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Caribbean News December 2009

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“Star Studded” RORC fleet headed our way

The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) Caribbean 600 Race returns to Antigua for a second year on February 22, 2010. The course, passing four islands and circling St. Martin, takes the fleet south to Guadeloupe and back, a total of 605 nautical miles.

Organizers said in October that big boats with big names have committed to participate, including 100 foot super maxi ICAP Leopard and the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennstrom’s JV72, Rán, both boats to be shipped from Sydney in January after the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race; last year’s overall winner Adrian Lee’s Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners; from Italy, Danilo Salsi’s Swan 90, DSK Pioneer; and from America, the STP 65 Rosebud owned by Roger Sturgeon, who won the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart, and Tom Hill’s new Reichel Pugh 75 Titan. Antigua’s John Burnie again will be sailing Region Guadeloupe, the ORMA 60 Trimaran that he chartered for the 2009 race.

It’s for the children

The Carriacou Children’s Education Fund needs donations of boat gear, household items, clean used clothing for children and adults, school supplies and cold hard cash. Leave donations with the staff at the Carriacou Yacht Club, Tyrrel Bay. To date, over $106,000 has provided school uniforms, free lunch for hungry children, scholarships to the Carriacou branch of TA Marryshow Community College, and grants for building computer labs at three primary schools. For more info, contact [email protected]

Virgin Islands college sailors trample the competition

Navy Fall in college sailing, this year held October 18-19, is “arguably the biggest intersectional regatta during the fall semester,” reports All at Sea’s Andrea Bailey. “There are four divisions: A &B sail 420s and FJs, while C&D are laser full-rigs and laser radials, respectively. Someone from the VI won every division except C division, and that’s only because there wasn’t anyone from the islands sailing in C division. That’s a pretty good showing, especially considering they all go to different colleges. Clearly they learned a little something back home that no one else has!”

Grenada Round-the-Island Race returns in March

The 8th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Race will take place March 12 to 14, 2010 on Grand Anse Beach, presented by the Grenada South Coast Yacht Club. “In addition to the big race day, expect an even bigger youth sailing exhibition, bathtub derby, family beach games and A Taste of Grenada-with tasty local cuisine and live entertainment,” the race committee promises. Call 473-444-4662, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.aroundgrenada.com.

World Cruising Club opens 2010 entry lists

The cruising rally specialists best known for a transatlantic sailing event to St. Lucia, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), has opened its 2010 entry lists for ARC Europe, Rally Portugal and the ARC. All events are expected to fill up quickly. In a new development, starting June 2010, yachts in all World Cruising Club offshore rallies will carry satellite tracking units, capable of automatically reporting the yachts’ positions anywhere in the world.

ARC Europe 2010 starts May 6, crossing the Atlantic from west to east at the end of the Caribbean season. The event starts from both Tortola (BVI) and from Florida, calling at Bermuda and then cruising the Azores, before finishing in Portugal and northern Europe.

ARC 2010 starts November 21 and celebrates its silver jubilee next year. The crossing covers 2700 nautical miles from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

St. Lucia resort adds high-tech kitesurfing school

Coconut Bay Beach Resort now offers a kitesurfing school where novice or advanced kitesurfers can learn how to harness the wind from pro Chris Haysey of 2Elements Watersports Centre at Coconut Bay. Gear features helmets equipped with strategically-placed cameras and internal radios so surfers can communicate with instructors on land who help correct performances and improve technique. All instructors are qualified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA). www.cbayresort.com

CYM appointed as authorized Oyster Marine Service Center

Caribbean Yacht Management, based in Road Town, Tortola, has since 2001 provided shore support services to Oyster crews and owners. For the coming season, CYM in conjunction with Oyster USA, will introduce a yacht charter program to allow owners of managed vessels to generate a revenue stream to offset expenses, and has added a satellite office in Nanny Cay from where the charter and managed fleet will base for the coming season. www.caribbeanyachtmanagement.com

New book for Fitzpatrick, Forster and Kaufman

All at Sea contributor Lynn Fitzpatrick has collaborated with sailing photographers Daniel Forster and Juerg Kaufman to produce a coffee table book, “Classic and Modern Yachts in Saint-Tropez.” Sailors’ stories complement the local flavor, the landmarks, the community and the sailing spectacle that takes place every year. “It is more than enough to warm you during the coldest, greyest days of winter,” reports George Nicholson, Chairman, Camper and Nicholsons International, who wrote the introduction. www.regattabook.com.

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