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Caribbean News and Views from January 2012

HIHO Antigua Fun Cup
Gusty and shifty wind conditions greeted racers at the inaugural 2011 HIHO Antigua Fun Cup regatta in Falmouth, Antigua. Raced in new PICO dinghies, the event saw two-man teams comprising adult and junior racers battle it out over six races on the two-day regatta schedule. Junior racers then raced singlehandedly in two divisions: 12 and under and 13-18 years old. Antiguan’s Rocco and Paolo Falcone aced the doublehanded division with Karen Porch and Tanner Esty in 2nd. BVI racers Sam and Andy Morrell took 3rd. Rocco Falcone won the tiebreaker with Sam Morrell for the singlehanded under 12 divisions while Hosea Williams took the older singlehanded division. The inaugural event saw competitors from Antigua, the BVI, Guadeloupe, France and the USA. Superb racing was complimented by meals hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club and a great dinner at Cloggy’s restaurant.

Velox Plus Antifouling Paint Now Available in the Caribbean
Curacao Marine announces that they are now the Caribbean distributor for Velox Plus propeller paint. Previously unavailable in the Caribbean, Italian based Marlin yacht paints have appointed Curacao Marine as the Caribbean distributor for this product.
While hull coatings have been designed to limit growth on the hull itself, Velox Plus is designed to be used on propellers, shafts, struts, rudders, trim tabs, and through hull fittings. Velox Plus dries to a hard finish, with excellent adhesion properties, and is designed to not promote galvanic corrosion. For info, visit: www.curacaomarine.com

Curaçao’s famous pontoon bridge out of action
Willemstad – the port of Willemstad was brought to a close November 11th when the famous Queen Emma pontoon bridge connecting the two sides of town was damaged and unable to open. The problem occurred one day ahead of the start of the Heineken Regatta and brought the entire port to a standstill. Working flat out, repair teams removed a damaged section of the structure and after several hours the bridge was opened allowing shipping to access the busy port. The pedestrians-only bridge remained in the open position for several hours until repairs were complete. With the bridge out of commission, the two ferries that operate a free service across St. Anna Bay were kept extremely busy.

David Raison wins the Transat 6.50 onboard TeamWork Evolution
While not a true Caribbean race, we thought our readers would be interested in the Transat 6.50 because many of the yachts in the Caribbean will have followed a similar course across the Atlantic and experienced the large trade wind seas. Crossing an ocean in a large yacht is adventure enough but people like David Raison want more. Raison took on some of sailings best to win the Transat, in which boats are limited to 6.50m (21.45ft) in length.

Raison sailed the 3120 miles long second leg between Madeira and Salvador de Bahia in 17 days, six hours and 13 minutes, at an average speed of 7.53 knots, and that’s remarkable. Although Raison must be credited with the skill for pulling of such a feat, praise goes to the design of his state-of-the art mini racer.

Editor’s note: In 1986, it took me 35-days to single-hand across the Atlantic in a 7.2m boat. Enough said.

X Marine opens in Grenada
X Marine is the newest Marine Business in Grenada. Based on the Lagoon in St. George’s, they offer the first dedicated technical services dock with berths for up to eight vessels.

The new company brings together the talents of Nicolas Roelens, who recently left Grenada Marine, where he was Technical Manager, and Mark Solomon, an engineer, ex- charter captain and experienced project manager.

X Marine say their aim is to work with clients to create the boat that is right for them, from stock installations, radical modifications for race preparation or trans pacific preparation and safety certificate compliance and conformity.

Sports fishermen mark your calendars 
The 24th Bonaire International Fishing Tournament will take place January 26th – 28th 2012. Boats from across the region will be heading to Bonaire intent on winning the top prize of a Toyota Hilux Pick-up truck, by breaking the Antillean Marlin record which stands at 803lb

The International catch and release tournament allows a minimum of two fishermen and a maximum of four fishermen per boat.  Activities ashore – opposite the It Rains Fishes restaurant – include BBQ’s, buffets, bar and music with various DJs and live  bands.

Organizers have reserved space for participants at the Club Nautico pier, on a first come first served basis. Boats are available for charter.

For information, email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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