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Caribbean News – Super Maxi Circuit in Jeopardy

Z86s bottle it in Cork

In the April issue of All At Sea, we reported how Pyewacket’s Roy Disney and Morning Glory’s Dr Hasso Plattner had written to fellow big boat owners to sound out the possibility of creating a global Super Maxi circuit. Previously, at the St Maarten Heineken Regatta, it was all smiles as the two Z86 Canting Keels met for the first time.

So it was something of a shock to see relations sour considerably during July’s Cork Week in Ireland, where Plattner withdrew Morning Glory from the competition on the final day ‘for safety reasons’.

Pyewacket’s Robbie Haines has since been quoted as saying, “I have mixed feelings about whether the class will survive,” partly because the prospect of a one design maxi class needs other owners to commission new builds, which so far is not happening.

For the time being, the camaraderie on show between the two crews in the Caribbean this year looks extra special.

2004 Bitter End Pro-Am Regatta

The Bitter End Yacht Club has announced the participating skippers for the 18th Pro-Am Regatta. Competing in Lasers, Hobie Waves and the Club’s own Hunter 216s will be Ed Baird, Robbie Haines, Russell Coutts, Andy Burdick, Betsy Alison, Peter Holmberg, Lowell North, Rod Johnstone, Butch Ulmer, Tom Leweck and Keith Musto.

This unique regatta, which assembles Americas Cup, Olympic and Round the World legends, will take place from October 30 to November 6.

Caribbean Yacht Works has new manager

Bernard Bouyges has been appointed General Manager at Caribbean Yacht Works in Trinidad and Tobago. The Chaguaramas boatyard specializes in yacht servicing and refurbishment and is the largest covered boatyard in the Eastern Caribbean.

Bouyges is a former French Navy Commando whose aim is to make Caribbean Yacht Works one of the 20 best repair yards in the world. He has a degree in Maritime Technology and is a member of the prestigious SNAME (American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers).

National Marine Manufacturers Association Awards

As thoughts turn this time of year to refitting and upgrading, it might be interesting to know that seven new marine products were presented with awards at the NMMA Trade show, held recently in Las Vegas. Judged by Boating Writers International, the awards celebrate innovation and distinction from products already on the market. Practicality and cost are also taken into consideration.

Without further ado, this year’s winners were: Echo Pilot for their Collision Avoidance Sonar System (tied with Vexilar for their AlumaDucer); Performance Metals for their Wear Indicator Anode; Imperial Quality Products for their 8-way adjustable engine mount; Skydex for their SeaShocks; Durasafe for the Couplemate, and Barton Marine for the Clam Seal.

www.nmma.org has full details on the products listed.

Antigua Women’s Laser Open

The 14th Annual Antigua Women’s Laser Open will take place on Friday 15th October. Racing will be divided into Gold and Silver fleets and Doubles and will be sailed in Falmouth Harbour on an Olympic Triangle course. The entry fee is $75 US.

The Ladies open will be followed by the 16th Annual Caribbean Laser Team Racing Championship, to be held Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October. Up to 12 teams can compete, with an entry fee of $225 US per team.

For more information contact Antigua Yacht Club at [email protected] Tel/Fax: 268 460 1799

VISAR kept busy

VISAR’s reputation for swift response was confirmed not once but three times over the July holiday weekend.

In the first case, the lifeboat was launched when a diver, who was staying on a bareboat anchored off Peter Island, experienced difficulties after an 87’ dive.

The following day, help arrived within ten minutes for the Captain of a yacht who had been knocked unconscious and overboard by a swinging boom.

Hours later, a day charter boat guest suffering from a suspected heart attack put out a call, although a nearby boat was able to arrive first at the scene.

Stone Cold To Unveil Remote At IBEX 2004

Stone Cold will be unveiling their new remote controlled marine fridge at IBEX 2004, Miami Beach between October 25-27. The remote control unit is designed to address the problem of refrigeration units often being hard to reach and will be capable of controlling and displaying compressor speeds, water pump selection and LED faults. Visitors to the Miami show can take a look by visiting booth 1056.

Youth sailors battle it out in Tortola and US Nationals

The sixth annual BVI Chief Ministers Cup Youth Regatta, held July 10/11, saw eleven teams travel to Tortola, from St Croix, St Thomas, St John, Virgin Gorda, Antigua, St Lucia, Bequia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Sailing took place in IC24s, a modified J24 and for many this was the graduation from Optimists or Sunfishes.

Cy Thompson’s St Thomas team took the championship with Antigua second. Sailors spent the weekend in a tent community at Nanny Cay, with St Lucia going on to win the Cleanest Campsite award.

Later in the month, Thompson was joined by St Croix’s Tim Pitts in competition at the US Laser National Championsips. Thompson took an overall 6th place out of 47 in the Laser Radial fleet, while Pitts finished in 16th place from 42 in the Laser fleet.

Isotemp wins heater test

Isotemp’s 24-litre water heater beat off competition from 8 other 20-litre water heaters in a test conducted by Norwegian boat mag Batmagasinet. The Basic 24 delivered 23 litres above 40 degrees after a cooling period of 12 hours. Models are available at Budget Marine.

2005/6 Imray Cruising Almanac

The Cruising Association’s popular Cruising Almanac is now on sale. The latest version, at an impressive 464 pages, includes extra sections on tides and weather, and fully revised texts and charts. Priced 30 pounds ($54), details of Caribbean stockists can be obtained from www.imray.com

HMS Nymph salvage delayed

The BVI’s Clyde Lettsome, permanent secretary of the Chief Minister’s Office, has confirmed that efforts will be made to preserve HMS Nymph, the British Warship that sank 225 years ago in Road Harbour.

The island Executive Council has yet to approve plans to salvage artifacts and raise the remains, but Lettsome has promised, “we have not lost sight of what needs to be done.”

An eight-person team from Bristol University was due to begin a salvage operation in June, but the project had to be put on hold until the estimated $40,000 could be found.

Caribbean Sailing Association meets in Trinidad

Look out on www.caribbean-sailing.com for the conclusions from the second Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) conference, currently being held at the TTSA, Chaguaramas, Trinidad over September 4/5.

The 2002 St Maarten conference set out the structure for member clubs of the CSA to organize sailing events. According to CSA President Robbie Ferron, the 2004 conference is expected to focus more on event organization, marketing, PR and Volunteer management and sponsor relations.

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