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Caribbean News July 2010

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Jamaica Lightning Bolt Visits Home Port
Port Antonio, Jamaica welcomed the 10-yacht Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race to Errol Flynn Marina in mid-May. The event started on September 13 from the Humber on the UK's east coast and will return there this month after 35,000 miles of ocean racing. "We're a bit disappointed we didn't win the race to our home port," said Pete Stirling, skipper of Jamaica Lightning Bolt, which finished fifth. Tourism officials, drummers and dancers welcomed almost 200 of the crew plus their families and friends to Port Antonio for festivities before departure from Port Antonio to New York May 24.

This Month: CAC Games
Bring Athletes to Puerto Rico

The Central American and Caribbean Sports Games take place July 21 to 30, 2010 out of Magaguez on Puerto Rico's West Coast, and are expected to draw almost 5,000 competitors. Sailing classes include Sunfish, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Snipe, Hobie Cat and J24, along with windsurfing classes for men and women competitors. The most recent of the quadrennial games, held in the middle year between Summer Olympics, was in Cartagena, Colombia in 2006. www.mayaguez2010.com

St. Lucia's Didier
Assumes New Role

The new Director of Yachting for St. Lucia, Cuthbert Didier, will work for a two year period on a contractual basis with the Ministry of Tourism. Didier, who served as General Manager of the Rodney Bay Marina, says his agenda will include shaping policy for the yachting sector, getting an accurate assessment of the contribution yachting makes to the economy and capitalizing on employment opportunities.

Free Cruiser's Guide:
French Cay Harbor,
Roatan, Honduras

Jerry Blakeslee, now Dockmaster at Fantasy Island Marina in Roatan, has created a free guide for marine services, eating places, medical care, shopping and more. See the marina's Facebook page or contact him for a copy if you plan to cruise Central America. "It is a 'work in progress' and will be constantly updated and revised with input from cruisers and local businesses," Blakeslee said in May. "If you have something to contribute, please send me an email." [email protected]

BVI Yacht Sales Moves
Karen Simpson reported that BVI Yacht Sales moved in mid-May to an office on the ground floor of "B" dock in Nanny Cay, Tortola. Chris and Karen Simpson, who have owned the company for more than a decade, will now be in the location formerly occupied by Catamaran Charters. Contact them via Tel: 1-284-494-3260, Fax 1-284-494-3535 or Cell 1-284-499-2312. www.bviyachtsales.com

Grenada Government
Changes Cruising Permits

The Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) advised in May that the Government of Grenada has reviewed fees for visiting yachts and, in line with much of the Caribbean, the cruising permit fee is now charged on a monthly rather than "one time" basis. Monthly cruising permit fees range from EC$50 to EC$150 depending on length overall. Complete months spent in boatyards are exempt from the above fees.
MAYAG has requested that the exemption also be applied to time on the dock in marinas, and has proposed an amnesty period for yachts already in Grenada with an old "one time" cruising permit. MAYAG is awaiting confirmation from Customs on these requests and will provide more information when available. Yachts in transit continue to pay only 2.5% on imported parts and supplies, and yacht services – including dockage and yard storage – for foreign flagged vessels are exempt from VAT. For more information: [email protected].

Customs and Immigration
Now Open at Le Phare
Bleu Marina, Grenada

Lynn at Le Phare Bleu in Petite Calivigny Bay reported in May that the C and I office is now fully operational Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends, including holidays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Phone 473 443 3236.) The marina's mini market opened last November and offers freshly-baked bread, fresh produce, wine and more, six days a week. Underwater Solutions is a new company operating from Le Phare Bleu, offering professional diving service including underwater repairs.

Sunsail Plans Belize Charter Location
Sunsail will open its eighth base on the Caribbean Sea this November in Placencia, Belize, Central America. Clients will be able to charter the Sunsail 384 catamaran, cruise the 185-mile Belizean coast and discover the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the longest unbroken reef in the western hemisphere. "Belize offers an outstanding mix of unbeatable sailing conditions and an abundance of wildlife with undiscovered treasures," said Cheryl Powell, Sunsail's Chief Operating Officer. Sunsail was founded in 1974 and is owned by TUI Travel, PLC. www.sunsail.com

Island Water
World Opens
Curaçao Branch

In late May, Caribbean chandlery Island Water World expected a final container of goods from St. Maarten to arrive on Curaçao for the summer opening of their newest store at Caracasbaaiweg. The new outlet joins their physical locations in St. Maarten (Cole Bay and Bobby's Marina), St. Lucia and Grenada, and their online store. Three generations of the same family have owned the company since Harry Draper opened the first Island Water World store on St. Maarten in 1962. www.islandwaterworld.com

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