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NEWS: Island Water World to co-sponsor Open Caribbean Laser Championships

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Island Water World to co-sponsor Open Caribbean Laser Championships
The Open Caribbean Heineken Light Laser Championships (June 13-15), has a new format and co-sponsor.  With Island Water World back on board after a break of many years, organizer Frits Bus says the championships, one of the oldest and largest one-design regattas in the Caribbean, will offer more than ever.

“This year will again feature a ‘training’ regatta in St. Barths in the weekend prior to the Championship,” said Bus.  “This will make it more lucrative for the visiting sailors who can enjoy two regattas combined with three training days in St. Barth.”

According to Bus, participants will train with top Caribbean sailor Benoit Meesemacker, who ranked fourth in the Laser Master Worlds.

Bus said that with affordable accommodations in St. Barths, and in St. Martin courtesy of Club Orient at Baie Orientale, this is a must for any Laser sailor in the Caribbean or abroad.

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Former Caribbean Champion Raoul Aguyo (from the Dominican Republic), along with many past winners have promised to take part in the regatta.

For more info, Email Frits Bus: fritsbus@caribserve.net 


New boat show for Panama
The company known for its orchestration of the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach International Boat shows is adding another show to its roster. Fort Lauderdale-based Show Management said it is launching the inaugural Panama International Boat Show on June 20-22 at the Flamenco Marina on Flamenco Island in Panama.

“Central and South America are two of the fastest growing regions in the world, both in general economic growth and growth of the marine industry,” Show Management CEO Efrem ‘Skip’ Zimbalist III, said in a statement.

Flamenco Marina is located near downtown Panama City and features 238 boat slips, a fuel dock, nine restaurants, and a new dry stack storage facility that’s under construction.

Source: South Florida Business Journal


One-Design Race Area returns to BVI Spring Regatta
Back by popular request, the BVI Spring Regatta’s one-design race area will be part of the 2014 regatta (March 31- April 6). For years the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival had three separate race areas. It has been a signature of the Spring Regatta to give the classes more selection and the race officers more options. Having a race area specifically for one-design boats has worked to great advantage. The one-design was started for the IC24s, (converted J24) and now will include the fast growing J-70 fleet.

“With the one-design area, the race committee can set courses that allow these boats to have up to five races a day. The course they can set on the fly with existing wind conditions is fantastic. The sailors can maximize their time on the water and get plenty of tight racing among the one-design boats,” says Robert Phillips, Race Committee Chairman.

Seaborne Airlines increase services within Caribbean
Seaborne Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the Caribbean, announce the launch of service to its 18th airport, Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with non-stop service from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, effective April 15 2014. Santo Domingo will be Seaborne’s fourth destination within the Dominican Republic, the others being La Romana; Punta Cana and Santiago.

“San Juan to Santo Domingo provides another access point to the U.S. market and reinforces the importance of Puerto Rico as a connecting point in the Caribbean,” said Gary D. Foss, president and chief executive officer of SeaStar Holdings, parent company of Seaborne.

All markets are planned to have daily service and will no doubt benefit yachts wishing to pick up or drop off crew.

FKG Rigging and Horny Toad donate to St. Maarten Yacht Club Youth Program

FKG Rigging and the Horny Toad Guesthouse stepped up to the mark and shared the cost of a new RS Vision dinghy, which they then donated to the St. Maarten Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program.

Before ordering the new dinghy, the yacht club say they would like to raise enough money in order to purchase two and are seeking sponsors and running a donation drive. Each RS Vision costs $11,500.



Walker High-Performance air filters for Cat® 3500 Series Engines
Walker Engineering Enterprises., manufacturer of the popular Walker AIRSEP® crankcase fumes-disposal systems, has launched a new line of high-performance air filters for Caterpillar® 3508, 3512, and 3516 marine engines.

Easy to install, the filters are a direct replacement for the stock paper elements (part # 8N6309 & 4P-0710) that are currently available from the Caterpillar factory or various aftermarket manufacturers of paper air filters.

“Up until now, there has not been a high performance air filter available for these engines,” states Michael DeLillo, vice-president of sales and marketing for Walker Engineering. “These high-performance air filters are an excellent choice for superyachts because they are washable and reusable, and that’s important when cruising in remote areas or in countries where import-duties makes ordering spare filters very expensive.”

Walker air filters are available direct from the manufacturer and from select dealers. For information about Walker air filters and Walker AIRSEP CCV® systems, go to: www.walkerairsep.com. Email: sales@walkerairsep.com. Tel: Walker AIRSEP (818) 252-7788.

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Gary Brown
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Gary E. Brown is the Editorial Director of All At Sea Caribbean. He is a presenter on Island 92, 91.9 FM, St. Maarten, and the author of the thriller/sailing adventure Caribbean High. For more information, visit: garyebrown.net

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