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Caribbean News September 2011

New Island Water World Team in Grenada

Island Water World welcome two new managers to their
Grenada store. General Manager Kelvin George started his
career as Finance Manager of the National Water and Sewerage
Authority (NAWASA) of Grenada. He joined Island
Water World in January 2007 where he has put his MBA to
good use; being instrumental in re-engineering the company’s
internal processes and establishing improved systems
of control and efficiency.

Shawn Jardine, the new Store Manager, is from Trinidad
and for the past six years ran Peake’s Chandlery in Chaguaramas.
Shawn has raced competitively throughout the
Caribbean for the last 39 years and currently owns the Ericson
36ft Catbird.

In a press release, Island Water World Managing Director
Sean Kennelly said the new management team would
revamp and reimage both Grenada stores over the coming
months to align the business with the Island Water World
Groups’ modernized branding strategy.

Search is On for Old Film Footage

Author, sailor, photographer and historian Alexis Andrews
is searching for old film footage of West Indies Continued on page 16
George. Shawn Jardine.
work boats. Over the years, Andrews has worked tirelessly
to promote and preserve the history of the traditional
boats of the Caribbean, both through his books
and magnificent photographs. Now he is working on a
documentary about trading under sail in the West Indies.
If you have any archive footage you would be willing
to contribute to the project then please get in touch
with Alexis Andrews. Contact: + 1 (268) 724 4435 Email:
[email protected]

Grenada Police Yachtline

Grenada – The Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada
(MAYAG) has issued a poster which they are asking
local businesses to print and display. The distinctive
poster, prepared by the MAYAG and the Royal Grenada
Police Force, carries the emergency yachtline number.
This number should be used to report crimes and suspicious
activity in the yachting community. For more information,
call the yachtline number: 473-405-7490 or email
MAYAG coordinator Jennifer Ellard-Alexis at: [email protected]

BVI Sailors Receive Grant
from Olympic Committee

Youth sailors in the BVI have received a grant from the BVI
Olympic Committee. The funds will be used to help prepare
for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjingh, China. According
to a report on the news website bvinews.com, the
BVI Sailing Federation will receive US$7,500 out of a total
grant of $10,000, and $5,000 as a discretionary grant based
on two grant applications submitted; one application relating
to general covering of all youth sailors and a preparation
grant for specific individual youth sailors. Writing in their
newsletter, the Royal BVI Yacht Club said they were delighted
to receive funding for their youth sailors from the BVI Olympic
Committee and went on to offer their sincere thanks.

Anchoring in Saint Pierre, Martinique

In an effort to protect the remains of the ships that sank in the
bay of Saint Pierre following the 1902 Mont Pelé explosion,
the French state has introduced a no-anchor zone. Within the
no-anchor zone there will be four moorings for dive boats. In
a release issued by Douglas Yacht Services (DYS), skippers
and owners of yachts 50m or more in length are reminded
that they must carry an official pilot, or the skipper must be
authorized by the Martinique pilot authority, when navigating
in areas that include St. Pierre, Fort de France, Le Marin,
Le Vauclin, Le François and Le Robert. According to DYS, the
pilots are very welcoming and flexible and make every effort
to meet the demands of the yachting industry.
For more details, contact: Douglas Yacht Services, tel:
+596 (696) 45 89 75. Email: [email protected]

Fishing Tournament to
Raise Funds for Haiti School

A new fishing tournament, to be held in St. Thomas on
September 13th, will raise money in aid of a secondary
school in Haiti, destroyed by the earthquake. Organizers
of the Virgin Island Billfish Tournament (VIBT) say the damaged
school, once the best and largest secondary school
in Haiti, has been operating in tents while waiting for rebuilding
to start. The VIBT are looking for sponsors and
anglers, as well as volunteers. In a release, sponsors of the
VIBT say they hope they can make this an annual event
and provide even more funds for the students in Haiti. For
details, email: [email protected] or call Mary Beth Kopko,
tel: 773-590-4150

New Caribbean Cruising Guide
from Frank Virgintino

Frank Virgintino continues his quest to promote
Caribbean cruising with his most comprehensive cruising
guide to date. A Thinking Man’s Guide to Voyaging
South ~ The many facets of Caribbean Cruising is nearly
200 pages and covers all routes from North America to
the Caribbean, and breaks the Caribbean down into four
quadrants with discussions of cruising in each quadrant.
The author brings to bear his 40 years of sailing experience
and extensive knowledge of the Caribbean and his
latest book is far more than a cruising guide. Virgintino
discusses things like choice of boat, equipment, electronics,
autopilots, provisioning, island history, customs
and more. The book is available free at www.freecruisingguide.com and through the Amazon bookstore as a
Kindle eBook.

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