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Caribbean News – Jul 08

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They Weren’t in Kansas Anymore

More than 1,400 guests turned out for the 8th Annual Captains & Crew Appreciation Party on April 12th at Westrec’s Sunrise Harbor Marina in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Various Dorothys, witches, tin men, flying monkeys, and other characters drawn from the movie took the “Wizard of Oz” movie theme to heart.  More than 40 companies helped sponsor the event to honor yacht crew.

St. Maarten Youth Invited to Sail on Tall Ship in Norway

One boy and one girl from St. Maarten between ages 15 and 25 will be selected to sail as crew on the 190 ft (62 meter) sail training ship Christian Radich during Tall Ships Races from Bergen, Norway to Den Helder in Holland in August 2008. The Maritime School of the West Indies, in cooperation with the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation, is offering the adventure, an initiative sponsored by Sail Training International and Canadian Sailing Expeditions. No costs are involved for the two participants.  Each year between 70 and 100 vessels, crewed by 5,000 or more young people from over 30 countries, take part in the four-day event.  For qualifications, email: [email protected].

Back Door to Cuba?

Jamaica’s Errol Flynn Marina advises in a recent newsletter that marina guests have been taking advantage of the proximity of Port Antonio to the southern coast of Cuba (65 NM).  “Many of our yacht visitors are doing a round trip that includes the South Coast of Cuba and Jamaica’s delightful north coast.”  Cuban ports of call include Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Cayo Largo del Sur, Batabano and Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth).  “One recommendation—stock up on your provisions in Port Antonio first as many items are hard to come by in Cuba,” suggests marina manager Dale Westin.

Grout named Manager of New Port Cove Marine Center

Old Port Cove Holding’s, Inc. announced in May that Bruce Grout has been appointed as the General Manager of New Port Cove Marine Center in Riviera Beach, Florida.  With years of experience as a marina manager and boat racing team member, holding a number of national and world racing titles, Grout has an advanced degree in marina management.  www.opch.com.

New Yachts for Martinique Sunsail Fleet

New models for charter company Sunsail’s Martinique fleet will include the Sunsail 393 (3 double cabins) and the Sunsail 44 (4 double cabins), of the recently launched Sun Odyssey ‘i’ range by yacht builder Jeanneau.  Available for bareboat or skippered charter, the new yachts arriving by winter will complement Sunsail’s fleet of 38’ to 50’ monohulls and catamarans, located in the south of Martinique at Le Marin. “With easy air access, Martinique is perfectly positioned for trips south through the Windward Islands and beautiful St Vincent and the Grenadines, or north to the lush landscapes of Dominica and the butterfly-shaped island of Guadeloupe, with one ways possible to our other Sunsail bases,” said Peter Cochran, Vice President of Operations.

Classic Trumpy Re-launched as Showcase for Modern Products

A classic Trumpy motoryacht will serve as a floating showcase for marine products at select east coast US boat shows for suppliers Raymarine, Interlux, Awlgrip, Imtra, Ronstan and Edson.  Originally launched as Sinbad in 1969, the 63’ Trumpy was re-launched June 20 as Showtime and will be open for public tours at eight boat shows between now and March 2009. “Showtime will showcase the finest in marine design, craftsmanship and product development. The yacht will feature a wide range of products that can be used on all sizes and types of boats, power and sail,” said marine marketing consultant Jock West, organizer of the promotional tour.

Dockwise Yacht Transport Partners with Billfish Foundation

Leading yacht logistics company Dockwise, with a fleet of semi-submersible ships offering float-on/float-off service, has entered into a corporate conservation partnership with The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the only nonprofit dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. “While we have continued to improve our services to the yachting world, we have committed to offering more targeted routes for the sportfishing community with its growing mobility needs,” said DYT Vice President Raymond Fisch. “By supporting TBF, we are supporting such programs as the organization’s signature research project, a Tag and Release Program in the Gulf and Caribbean Conservation Zone that uses the efforts of anglers to provide data and research to scientists and fisheries managers.”  www.billfish.org, www.yacht-transport.com.

New Nevis Yacht Moorings Attracting Mariners

The Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority’s 100 yacht moorings along the western or Caribbean coast of Nevis from Oualie Beach to Charlestown are enticing new visitors to moor safely for long or short term usage.  Yacht calls for all of January to May 2007 (five months) totalled 214 compared to 334 in just three months this winter from January to March.  The moorings can accommodate vessels in three classes: up to 35 feet in length or 50 tons, 36 to 60 feet or 50 tons, and 61 to 90 feet or 80 tons. A safe area has been designated where vessels over 90 feet can drop anchor. General Manager Spencer Hanley said, “The current trend clearly indicates that this initiative by NASPA is contributing to the development of tourism in Nevis in general and yacht tourism in particular.”

Passages:  Bill Berardelli

William J. Berardelli, 73, of Blue Bell, PA, died on May 13, 2008 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was well known to the BVI sailing community as the owner and skipper of the winning boats Mermaid I and II. He and his loyal crew raced the Caribbean circuit and took the honors of winning most of the major regattas including C.O.R.T. in 2001 and 2002. A part-time resident on ‘A’ dock at Nanny Cay, he lived aboard Mermaid II with his loving companion, Carol Lee, for almost 10 years.  He owned a large executive camp in Pennsylvania, Mermaid Swim and Golf Club, from which his vessels took their names.  Memorial Contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, PA 18914, or a cancer organization of your choice.

Save the date

October 4 – 11:  45th Annual Marlin Tournament, Port Antonio Jamaica.
Twenty-percent discount applies to registration fees received before July 31.  For registration details contact Ron Duquesnay at 876-927-0145 or 876-909-8818 (cell phone) or email at [email protected].  Coincident with the Marlin Tournament will be the 24th Annual Canoe Tournament scheduled for Oct. 8.

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