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Yacht Club News – Mar 05

Caribbean Yacht Club News from March 2005 for Anguilla, Antigua, Cuba and St. Croix

Anguilla

Dates for the 2005 Anguilla Mix Up regatta have been announced – May 6 to 8. This regatta pitches visiting yachts, many from St Maarten, alongside the famous local Anguilla boats. The frenzy on the water is matched only by the parties on shore afterwards.

Antigua

The Antigua Yacht Club offers a packed calendar these next few months. First up is the 4th International Laser Open, March 12/13. Last year, local legend Karl James battered a field of 16 competitors, many of whom were crew on visiting yachts.

The brochure is now out for the Classic Yacht Regatta (April 14-19), one of the highlights of the racing season. Dates for 2006 have already been set – April 20th to 25th. The Regatta Chairman is Ken Coombs, and more information can be found on www.antiguaclassics.com

The Mega Yacht Challenge, open to yachts over 100 feet, will run from April 8 to 10. There is a 15% discount on the registration fee for boats who register before March 15.

Cuba

This month, Cuba’s popular yachtie bolthole Marina Hemingway is at the forefront of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of relations between Canada and Cuba. A week of boating activities are planned, starting on March 13, including a race in front of the Marina and a nautical parade in Havana harbour. Commodore Escrich has extended a special invitation to Canadian yachtsmen – some 200 are already members of the Yacht Club.

St Croix

Friday March 18th is a date for the diary. The Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) will be holding an auction at both the St Croix and St Thomas Yacht Club. Up for bidding are weekend packages, asphalt, sailing excursions, paintings and boat haul outs, with proceeds going towards VISA. In turn, money raised by VISA sponsors sailors to visit events from Opti Nationals up to the Olympics. The auction will be held 6 t 9 pm. Contact Karen Stanton, Commodore, St Croix Yacht Club. Tel 773 9531.

Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association

The 5th annual International Cancer Benefit Regatta will run March 12 and 13th, with a Silent Art Auction on the 12th. The aim is to raise TT$500,000 for the T&T Cancer Society, in order to raise funds for a Mobil Mammography Unit.

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