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Caribbean News – March 2012

Sir Robbie Ferron
Sir Robbie Ferron of Budget Marine

Ferron resigns as head of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Sir Robbie Ferron has resigned from the Board of the St. Maarten Regatta Foundation and as Chairman of the Heineken Regatta Steering Committee. Ferron, who is credited with starting the regatta, now in its 32nd year, announced his decision just six weeks before the start of the March event.

Problems between Ferron and the Board of the St. Maarten Yacht Club over future policy came to a head at an extraordinary general meeting held at the yacht club in January.

A joint statement issued by the Heineken Regatta and Ferron said that “the position of Steering Committee Chairman and all functions related to that position will be taken over by Mr. John Gifford, previous co-chair to the event.”

The statement cited Ferron’s resignation as “due to his views on the future organization of the event differing from those of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Foundation board of directors, the organizing entity.”

www.heinekenregatta.com

Award for Rincon Sailing, Puerto Rico

Rincon Sailing is the 2011 award winner for the US Sailing Community Sailing Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Award. The award is given annually to a program director or program that has made notable contributions to promote public access to sailing by finding and including people in their program who would normally have no access to the sport.

Rincon Sailing said they were honored and proud of this acknowledgment.

“We are motivated to continue the mission: connect people of all ages, skills, and means to the waters of Puerto Rico. Through educational and recreational sailing programs, we hope to stimulate personal growth and an enduring respect and enjoyment of the sea.”

www.rinconsailing.com

HIHO becomes clothing sponsor for Antigua Sailing Week

HIHO, the BVI-based brand of Caribbean clothing, has inked a multi-year deal to be the exclusive clothing supplier to Antigua Sailing Week. HIHO will design a range of casual and technical clothing for the event. The collection will feature the brand’s well-known quality materials and details. HIHO will partner with the Galley Boutique based in English Harbour, Antigua to offer year round sales.

“Teaming up with HIHO provides us with a fantastic opportunity to underscore everything that is great about Antigua Sailing Week,” said Marketing, Sponsorship Liaison and Shoreside Organization manager Alison Sly-Adams. From Tortola the HIHO designers said: “It’s great to be a part of the Caribbean’s oldest and best sailing regatta!”

Info at: www.sailingweek.com and www.go-hiho.com

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – Photo: Todd VanSickle

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda open Virgin Gorda clubhouse

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda celebrated the official opening of its clubhouse in the North Sound, British Virgin Islands in January.  The occasion marked the completion and launch of the Caribbean location for YCCS, which has its home base in Porto Cervo, Italy.

The new marina has 38 slips for yachts up to 100m (328ft) and a draft of up to 9.1 meters (30ft).

The YCCS was established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Club currently has over five hundred members representing twenty two nationalities.

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