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Caribbean News – Nov 08

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First Aid and CPR Training for Marina at Marigot Bay Staff

In September, the staff of The Marina at Marigot Bay received certification in First Aid and CPR.  Marina Manager Bob Hathaway said, “It is the priority of The Marina at Marigot Bay to ensure that the marina staff is trained to the capacity needed to function efficiently in this industry. This First Aid/ CPR course is one of many training programs designed for the professional development of the staff and will continue as needs be.”  Coming soon will be further training in Basic Water Safety, Basic Small Boat Handling, Formal Small Craft, Collision Regulations, and Weather & Navigation, up to St. Lucia Coxwain’s Certificate level.

GWM appointed to ASW
Stanford Antigua Sailing Week organizers announced in September the appointment of GWM Racing Ltd to assist in all aspects of race management for the 42nd event from April 25 to May 1 2009.  Neil Forrester, Chairman of the 42nd Stanford ASW, said "GWM Racing bring a wealth of experience to help us ensure that Stanford Antigua Sailing Week continues to be the most prestigious regatta in the Caribbean.”
GWM is a UK-based company founded in 2007 and owned by Peter Wykeham-Martin and John Grandy, assisted by Emma Bourne.  It was in charge for the Dubois Cup in Palma in 2007 and the Superyacht Cup also in Palma in 2008.  www.sailingweek.com

US UK Border Agencies to Exchange Advance Information on Travelers

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection signed a joint agreement September 23 in Washington, D.C. with the United Kingdom Border Agency to share information on “people who may present a threat—including illegal immigrants, smugglers and foreign criminals—before they even arrive,” according to a U.S. news release.  The agreement reportedly will enable the two agencies to verify travel documents, detect false identities, determine admissibility, carry out customs purposes and identify persons traveling between countries who may pose a security risk.

Sunseeker Yacht Stars with Bond…James Bond

This month, a powerboat is coming to theaters near you.  Sunseeker International provided a motoryacht for the fourth consecutive time for “Quantum of Solace” starring Daniel Craig as 007.  Robert Braithwaite CBE, Sunseeker managing director, said, "As a worldwide British brand we are proud to be associated again with Britain’s most famous secret agent."

Easier Customs Clearance Envisioned with eSeaClear.com

Currently being introduced as a pilot program in St. Lucia and the British Virgin Islands, and scheduled to be launched soon elsewhere, the voluntary eSeaClear system means that boaters should soon be able to submit data via computer for Customs Clearance for entry and departure.  The project is being developed through a partnership of the Caribbean Marine Association and the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council.  Yacht captains must still report to customs on arrival, but the goal is to make the process faster.

Island Globe Yachting Opens Barcelona Office

In September, luxury marina developers and operators IGY announced the opening of a European headquarters in Spain.  The office will oversee operations and acquisition/development opportunities in the Mediterranean for the company, initially focusing on Croatia, Greece and Turkey.  The company’s Caribbean marina locations include St. Maarten, St. Lucia, the British Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas.  www.igymarinas.com.

Nanny Cay Village Completes Phase One

On Tortola, British Virgin Islands, the Nanny Cay Resort and Marina has completed eight waterfront townhouses, the first phase of its new waterside community.   The townhouses are available for rental, with rates ranging between $2500 and $3500 for five nights depending on the season, with a maximum of six people. ‘Stay and Sail’ packages are being offered.  When completed, the four phases of the Village will have 32 units on a canal with direct access to the Sir Francis Drake Channel. 

Dive Centre and Café Opens Near Dominica Boat Moorings

Cabrits Dive Centre and Café opens this month in the North End of Prince Rupert Bay right next to Big Papas Sports Bar & Restaurant.  The branch will offer dive and snorkel reservations, snorkel sales and rentals, and a European coffee shop right in front of the main mooring area.  The 5 Star PADI dive centre is a member of the Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security and the Dominica Marine Association.

Holmbergs Defend Nanny Cay Nations Cup Title This Month

The 4th Nanny Cay Nations Cup takes place the weekend of November 15 & 16 in the British Virgin Islands.  Last year’s winners, the USVI team of Peter and John Holmberg, will return to defend their 2007 title.  In a hard-fought last race, the Holmbergs snatched the crown from the BVI Hirst brothers who had held the title since the event’s inception in 2005.  The event uses a Tortola-based fleet of IC24s in a round-robin format.  www.nannycay.com.  

Port Antonio added to April Transcaraibes Rally

Port Antonio and Errol Flynn Marina have been added to the itinerary for the 10th Annual Transcaraibes Rally for a three to four-day visit in late April, 2009.  An estimated 15-20 yachts from the French Departments of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin are expected to participate, according to Stephane Legendre, rally organizer.  The rally will also include stops in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.

Maritime School of the West Indies Moves

St Maarten’s MSWI announced in September a move to a new location in Simpson Bay, Airport Road 12 above McDonald’s close to the Simpson Bay Bridge.  The school started the new season with the first STCW’95 course on October13th. 

“Spice Girls” Saga Continues:  Hannah White at the Helm

Hannah White, 25, from Lymington, UK, will skipper the Class 40 Concise in the inaugural Spice Race scheduled for November 15 from the UK to Grenada.  White and her girls team will race against other Class 40s and IRC yachts from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line in the Solent and cover a distance of 4321 nautical miles.  www.spicerace.com

KMI Sea-Lift™ Goes to Work at Puerto del Rey

Puerto del Rey marina on the east coast of Puerto Rico in Fajardo is first to take delivery of KMI Sea-Lift’s newest model, the 45 Adjustable, developed at the request of marina president Daniel Shelley. “Catamarans are the ideal sailboat for the Caribbean, and we are seeing more and more of them of all sizes here. They’ve become a huge part of our business, and we needed a machine to haul them without difficulty.”  Puerto del Rey needed a piece of equipment that could adapt to its smaller boats as well. The customized machine utilizes hydraulic cylinders to move the lift arms closer together as needed to fit between a catamaran’s two hulls and reduce the carrying width from 14 feet to 10 feet.  www.Sea-Lift.com

New Book by Kroon Celebrates 300 Years

All at Sea writer/photographer Els Kroon’s new book was presented during a celebration of Curacao’s 300-year old Penha building, a famous landmark in the Caribbean passed by all visiting sailors on their way to the Customs and harbour authorities. The 144-page text, in English and Dutch, highlights the 300-year history of the building and even includes a few ghost stories.  The book was published by Miami, Florida’s HCP/Aboard.


Dale Westin at the Errol Flynn Marina sent the following sad news to All at Sea:  “Julie Ryder, who for many years was the honorary USA consulate in Antigua and longtime English Harbour resident, died in Miami Sunday, August 31, following a battle with cancer.  She was known to many captains and crew whom she assisted with visa and passport matters through the years and was active in various civic matters and cultural endeavors.  She is survived by her husband, Sven.”

Save the Date:

November 8, 9, 10:  Guadeloupe’s 8th Triskell Cup

Jean Michel Marziou of Association Le Triskell looks back on the first edition in 2001, when he was proudly counting 31 boats, half of them bareboats.  “Today such bareboats are only 10% of the regatta fleet of almost 60 boats, meaning that private owners are more and more motivated,” Marziou said.   He reports that the local government, "Région Guadeloupe" just introduced new political investment in the sailing environment, to provide support for the organization of nautical actions and events in the area.  www.triskellcup.com

November 8 – 14:  Golden Rock Regatta. 

Nustar/Statia Terminal, the main employer on Statia, joins the 4th Golden Rock Regatta as a sponsor.  Also new this year, race officer, judge and sailor Alfred Koolen replaces Ian Thring, who cannot accompany the regatta this year due to business abroad.  Entries were up 30% as of late September, with teams expected from the Netherlands to compete on bareboats and Sunfast 37s. Pam Morris and her team from the US, the runner up from last year, again are taking part, as are Canadian teams. www.goldenrockregatta.com

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