Venus in Sint Maarten
The super yacht Venus, built by Feadship for late entrepreneur Steve Jobs, was a surprise visitor to Isle de Sol Marina, St. Maarten in October. Jobs died in October 2011, the yacht was unveiled a year later at a cost of more than €100 million. The two upper decks are the subject of much discussion as they bare a strong resemblance to the back of an Ipad and iPod.
Curacao – New Stimulating Immigration Rules
The Dutch ABC Islands are a viable hurricane season destination once more.
Changes to Curaçao immigration laws mean visiting yacht owners may apply for a 180 day, (six months) visa per calendar year. The same rules apply to house or apartment owners and their relatives, however, certain rules apply. Applicants must have a minimum income of NAfl. 36000 (approx USD 20000) per annum or prove possession of a house or apartment in Curaçao or evidence of ownership of a pleasure yacht with a waterline length of at least 10m (33ft).
Yacht storage in Curaçao has no time limit as long the yacht is stored at one of the three Customs recognized storage locations, which are: Curacao Marine, Royal Marine Curacao and Seru Boca Marina.
New Sailing School in Tortola
Tortola Sailing School has launched its new sail-training centre in the BVI. The school specializes in professional and recreational sailing courses for tourists and local residents alike.
Steve Varrow, the school’s chief instructor, said: “We feel there is a need for a broad based stand-alone training facility in the BVI to enable students from the BVI and other countries to get professional training to qualify themselves for a career in the maritime industry. Whether you go on to become a sailboat captain, chef, engineer or business owner in the marine industry you need to have a basic understanding of boats and sailing.
For more information, call: (284) 341 0785 or visit: http://tortolasailingschool.com
Cup Winner Ainslie Wows Kids at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Fifty-one kids and a score of adult guests cheered when Sir Ben Ainslie and his Argo Group crewman Matt Cornwall entered the Royal Bermuda YC (RBYC) dining room. The British America’s Cup and Olympic hero and his longtime bowman were there to answer questions about sailing careers and experiences and to coach the kids on Hamilton Harbour in a RBYC Sailing Academy Optimist Dinghy clinic. Ainslie represents the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
Ainslie and his team were in Bermuda to race the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate stage 5 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club New Transatlantic Race
The RORC have announced a new Transatlantic Race that will set off from Lanzarote, Canary Islands in November 2014 and finish in the Caribbean, at a destination to be confirmed. The 2,800nm east to west race will act as a feeder for yachts participating in the 2015 RORC Caribbean 600, held annually in February from Antigua. Run under OSR Category 1, the start date will allow time for the yachts to finish in the Caribbean before Christmas.
Tobago’s Store Bay Marine Services Move to New Location
Tobago’s only dedicated marine services provider has relocated. Store Bay Marine Services (SBMS) new premises, 200 yards from the original location on Pigeon Point Road, are larger and features brand new laundry facilities for customers.
The company continues to provide full services for yachts including engineers for repairs to diesel engines, outboards, marine electrics and electronics, refrigeration, air conditioning, woodwork, metalwork, GRP and more.
For information, Email John Stickland: [email protected] or call: 868 390 5408
Interlux Regatta 2013
Sint Maarten – The 2013 Interlux Regatta, organized and presented by Lagoon Sailboat Rental, is set to take place February 8-9 2014.
Lagoon regattas have been active since 2002 and provide easy and competitive access to one design sailing in the ideal waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The boats, Jeanneau Sunfast 20s, do not require specific technical skills and the result has been highly competitive racing between local and visiting sailors.
This is the third year that Interlux Paint has sponsored the event. For more information, Email: [email protected]