First Ever Crossing of Gulf Stream on SUP Paddleboard
Starting with a first paddle at the docks of the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina to a final stroke just landing north of Haulover Beach in Miami Beach, Miami Watermen Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history in June becoming the first to cross the Gulf Steam on stand-up paddleboards.
“It was paddle, hydrate, eat and paddle more,” said the 58-year-old Whiddon. “We did battle a 40 minute tough squall with the first hour of leaving the Bahamas and the seas went from flat to three-foot swells breaking into us.”
The pair, paddling to raise awareness for Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics campaign, battled rainsqualls, searing summer heat and the natural northern drift of the Gulf Stream, to complete the 60-plus mile epic journey in 17 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds from the first stroke to the last.
For information about the Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics campaign, visit: www.surfrider.org/pro grams/entry/rise-above-plastics
International Conference on Yachting
MARTINIQUE – Representatives from the marine industry, customs, coast guard and maritime affairs from islands throughout the Caribbean attended the International Conference on Yachting in Martinique in May. The conference, subtitled ‘Harmonization, Simplification and Best Practices’, discussed a wide rage of topics including the preclearance of yachts using the current and future electronic preclearance systems, safety and security, services, fees and economic planning.
Salty Dog Rally official sponsor named
Nv-charts, a global supplier of precision charting products for mariners and cruising sailors, has been named an Official Sponsor and the Official Charts Supplier to the Salty Dog Cruising Rally, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill and Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dog’!
The Salty Dog Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.
For information about the rally, email: [email protected]
Eight Bells: Captain Fred Thomas
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Captain Fred Thomas of Shipwrights, St. David’s, Grenada.
Fred was well known in the yachting community having started his career with Morgan Yachts after his apprenticeship at Detyens Shipyard in South Carolina. He went on to work with Caribbean Sailing yachts (CSY) who are credited as the founders of the Caribbean chartering industry with the delivery of the first 60 yachts to Tortola. He established Shipwright’s in Tortola, Trinidad and Grenada and worked on the restoration of some of the finest classic yachts in the region. Fred’s other passion was music, he was an accomplished guitar player and loved nothing more than to jam with his friends and to entertain guests at Bell Air Plantation where he lived. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.