Budget Marine’s Annual Customer Party – A Rocking Success
Sint Maarten –Budget Marine treated their customers to a Rock Star Party for their Annual Customer Appreciation night in February.
Guests were encouraged to turn up dressed like rock stars and many spared no effort to do just that, the crew of the Mega Yacht Paraffin winning the prize for the Best Dressed Rock Group.
Upon arrival guests were given a cool pair of Elvis-style sunglasses to put them in the mood and a t-shirts to have as a memento of the event.
With more than 500 party goers in attendance, Budget Marine’s General Manager Christopher Marshall announced the company’s participation in the growing Fun Miles Program. Now, loyal Fun Miles customers can instantly start earning and redeeming rewards across all the Budget Marine stores within the Dutch Caribbean.
Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba
If ever a sailing community suffered because of politics it would have to be that of Cuba. Despite the ongoing US embargo, the Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC) continues to offer the hand of friendship to cruisers, racers and sports fishermen.
On May 21st the club will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and to mark the occasion they have organized a string of sailing events and workshops beginning April 26th when the subject will be ‘80 Years of Nautical Relations USA – Cuba, Present and Perspectives’. Other discussions will look at nautical recreation in Cuba, present and future (May 19th), and climate change and the effect it is having on the migration of the billfish species. The latter, on May 28th, will also include a presentation on circle hooks and tagging research and is timed to coincide with the start of the 62nd Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament.
Anyone visiting Cuba during the celebrations are cordially invited to the HIYC on May 21st at 20:00 when Commodore Escrich says “the club and its club members will dress to receive, with great pleasure, all friends and members of the international sailing community.”
For more information, visit: www.hemingwayyachtclub.org
Mark your Calendars
Racers & Classic Yacht aficionados get ready for Antigua because Antigua is ready for you!
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Nothing stirs the blood like the sight of a fleet of classic yachts and once again this year many of the world’s most beautiful will be in the Caribbean for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta April 19th – 24th.
The regatta planning committee has announced that it will publish an enlarged 64-page commemorative edition program in honor of the 25th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, with abundant color photographs from previous regattas as well as dockside images of participating yachts. Shoreside activities during this year’s regatta will be enhanced with new events, as well as old standbys, and will include the State of Maine Sail Party with lobster bisque, and the ever-popular Concours d’Elegance competition sponsored by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance.
Antigua Sailing Week
The 45th edition of Antigua Sailing Week gets under way on April 29th. This is the longest running regatta in the Caribbean and attracts some of the world’s top sailors.
“Probably one of the main attractions of this regatta is that it provides the best ocean sailing conditions of all the Caribbean events, where you can expect big breeze and big seas for some exhilarating rides,” says Peter Holmberg, winner of the America’s Cup and a veteran competitor of Antigua Sailing Week. “Sailors can really enjoy the great West Indian culture of Antigua, visit some of the spectacular beaches, and hang on for some true trade wind racing.”