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Caribbean News – May 07

New salt water protection for MerCruiser® sterndrives

Mercury Marine has begun production of SeaCore, a new line of sterndrive packages for comprehensive corrosion protection for the engine, transom and drive of boats operated in salt water.
The new models have a stainless steel package for increased durability and reduced maintenance.  An engine-mounted flush system cleans minerals from the water passages with tap water. Propulsion components on the sterndrive and transom assembly are constructed of hard-anodized XK360 low-copper aluminum or stainless steel, resulting in an electrical insulator that interrupts the galvanic circuit most responsible for salt water corrosion damage. www.mercurymarine.com.

New marina extension at Seru Boca Marina, Curacao

Cees de Jong sent along a photo of the new marina extension at Seru Boca, built using the latest technology of Peralu Marine in Canada.  The marina is in a protected area, completely surrounded by mangroves.

Horizon launches new course

Horizon Yacht Charters in Antigua begins on May 1st to offer a tailor-made seven-day “New Adventure” course for people who want sailing instruction without pressure, structure, or studying for a formal qualification.  With RYA instructor Frank Pearce, Horizon will provide content ranging from coastal and inter-island navigation, principles of sailing, mooring and anchoring, to safety at sea, using yachts from 40 to 50 feet in length.  Information:  [email protected] or call (268) 562-4725.

Rudderless boats turn up in Anguilla—sans crew

Bill Bailey, Caribbean Marine Surveyors Limited in Tortola, BVI, sent us this story and photo: “Vessel Arnolf (Bavaria 35), abandoned 10th December 06 mid-Atlantic, drifted to Anguilla and was found 2nd March. Vessel Stella di Mare, (39′ Grand Soleil), abandoned 13 January 1000 miles east of Grenada, drifted to Anguilla and was found 5th March. I am working for both insurance companies. Both boats lost rudders and the crew were picked up, one by a tanker and one by another vessel.” 

Bailey learned that the French crew of Arnolf, Paul Bourgie and Jacques Clermont, were participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Las Palmas to St. Lucia last December when they collided with a submerged object, possibly a whale, and battled unsuccessfully to control their vessel for 48 hours.  Skipper Trevor Goodson on his ARC yacht Be-Bop-A-Lula heard their distress call and rescued them.  Arnolf completed the crossing without the crew.  Bailey, working for both insurance companies, says, “The attached photo is amazing to me, both boats tied up together in Anguilla having crossed the Atlantic without rudders—without damage!”

From the ‘hate it when that happens’ file

Charter guests were “safely” moored overnight at Ballast Bay near Cane Garden Bay in Tortola.  Through no fault of the guests, the mooring failed, and the result is a big damage insurance claim, Virgin Traders Motor Yacht Charters reports.  Guests were all ok, but the boat? Not so much. VT has amended briefings and now only will allow the use of Moor Seacure overnight moorings.

Budget names Andrew Rapley Marine Professional of the Year

Citing Andrew Rapley’s dedicated years of providing increasingly-complex electrical and electronic services to boaters in St. Maarten through his company Necol N.V., Budget Marine has named him “Marine Professional of the Year 2007.” Budget reports that Rapley has also contributed “endless hours of voluntary service as a race officer as well as following training to achieve certification as an international race officer, to become the only person ever on St. Maarten to hold such certification and one of the few in the Caribbean.”

Sunsail BVI greets the royals

Sunsail yacht charters hosted a group of visitors from Denmark in March, which included Prince Henrik Consort of Denmark, husband of the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II.  The Prince was sailing with members of his family and a journalist.  Nic Parton of Sunsail said, “We are delighted and honored that Prince Henrik and his family chose Sunsail Tortola for their holiday.”

Bitter End signs Holmberg as Director of Marine Operations

In March, Virgin Gorda’s Bitter End Yacht Club announced that veteran Captain John T. Holmberg has come aboard to expand waterfront programs. Dana Hokin, Bitter End Managing Partner and Owner, said, “With the growing demand for mega yacht services, we needed to have someone at the helm who is not only deeply knowledgeable about the resort and the British Virgin Islands, but who also is an expert yachtsman himself.”


Captain Oliver’s & Carib Beer Regatta May 19 – 20
Race director Stuart Knaggs invites sailors to the CCRegatta this month: “We hope to build on the success of the past two years and make this weekend even more exciting than before.  We have new courses to challenge all classes of boats.” 

St. Martin Billfish Tournament:  June 12 – 17
Philippe Casaubon invites anglers to the 10th edition of the St. Martin Billfish Tournament in June.  Contact him at 011 590 690 618161, or email [email protected]

North Sails Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championships:  June 16 – 17
Cary Byerley reports that due to other regattas setting overlapping dates, the North Sails regatta is changing to June 16th & 17th, 2007 on St. Maarten;  they’ll be using SunFast 20s from Lagoon Sailboat Rental.  For information: Cary Byerley, [email protected] or call 599-552-0068 or 599-557-0714.

Caribbean Offshore Regatta:  June 28 – July 1
After a one-year interruption, the Caribbean Breeze Offshore Regatta is back, with sailing planned from St. Maarten to St Kitts, on to Nevis, then back to St. Maarten over a three day weekend kicking off at midnight, Thursday, June 28.  Sunday’s prize giving will be at the 12 Metre Yacht Club. Boats will be subdivided in monohulls (spinnaker and non- spinnaker) and multihulls.  Information:  Jan Vanden Eynde at [email protected].


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