Island Water World open new store in French St. Martin
Caribbean marine store, Island Water World, has opened a new branch in French St. Martin. Located in the former museum building between the St. Martin Tourism Office and Air Caraibes, the Marigot store is within easy walking distance of Marina Port Royale and local boatyards.
The new store will carry all the familiar products of their Flagship store in Dutch Sint Maarten, but with additional emphasis on French marine equipment. Prices at both stores are the same.
Speaking to the St. Maarten Daily Herald, Island Water World General Manager Birgit Röthel, said: “We hope to reinforce our branding on the French market; it is something we are working on. We believe with this store being close to the marine industry and French cruisers we can achieve this goal and bring more quality to the French side.”
The store is in the capable hands of manager Valerie Leroy. A business partner of longstanding, Ms Leroy ran an outlet for Island Water World at the nearby Fort Louis Marina, and has a loyal following of customers and understanding of the industry. www.islandwaterworld.com
Back to School Regatta 2013
Nanny Cay, BVI – Teddy Nicolosi of the USVI was the overall winner and Nathan Haycraft scored a victory in the Green Fleet when 21 optimist sailors gathered at Nanny Cay for the annual Back to School Regatta in September.
Sailed in near perfect weather conditions with an interesting southerly angle to the wind, the race committee chose to run windward/leeward courses with downwind finishes so that the line was right off the jetty, making it excellent for spectators.
Thad Lettsome led for most of the races however one bad score and a protest in race 5 cost him the overall win, but he still championed the Blue Fleet. Rayne Duff, in his last White Fleet regatta, took first in that age category and third overall. Mia Nicolosi from USVI was
Volunteers prepared an excellent BBQ lunch served on the deck at nanny cay with Ceres juice donated by Proudly African. Nanny Cay and Budget Marine donated inflatable markers for the regatta. Awards were made by Green VI glass blowing studio in Cane Garden Bay.
The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society and Endeavour II
The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society is proud to announce that it will launch Endeavour II, an original 32ft sailing vessel that is based on the traditional sailing sloops that once plied the waters of the BVI, in November. Once launched, the vessel will focus as a floating classroom offering environmental education, dive training and sail training activities for Virgin Islands’ youth.
The launch party and vessel christening ceremony is scheduled for November 30 on Jost Van Dyke.
New Budget Marine Chandlery in Jolly Harbour, Antigua
The doors are open on the new Budget Marine Chandlery in Jolly Harbour. The purpose build 5,000 sq foot facility will take over from the facility in which Budget Marine has been active for the past 20 years.
The building was constructed in a record seven months. The team of builders finished ahead of schedule, completing construction to a high standard and allowing Budget Marine to move in and settle down before the yachting season takes off.
The new facility already boasts the largest range of marine products in Antigua and will now make it possible to expand that range of products substantially thus increasing the stay periods of yachts in Antigua and boosting employment.
Budget Marine Antigua will also be opening a new location in English Harbour to serve the yachting sector there. This facility will open in November and will ensure that the advanced stock management systems that Budget Marine operates will bring benefit to that major yachting centre of the Caribbean, a press release said. www.budgetmarine.com
Spectacular Sardinia win for St. Maarten sailor Bus
Island Water World-sponsored sailor Frits Bus of St. Maarten helmed the 49.80m (163.4ft) Perini Navi ketch, Silencio, to a second victory in the third and final race of the Super Yacht Regatta in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, in September. With a victory on day one Bus and crew took Overall Honors.
“It was light, shifty conditions in the strait between the Island of Sardinia and the French Island of Corsica,” said Bus. “The yachts where sent around an island and rocks. Light patches everywhere and some pressure areas made the yacht try different tactics.”
Silencio will return to Caribbean in time for the St. Barths Bucket Regatta at the end of March when Bus will again take the helm.
Speaking to All At Sea, Bus played down his roll as winning helmsman and credited the crew with the victory. The crew included veterans of the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Transat, and Olympic sailors.