New airline service between Bimini and Fort Lauderdale
Yachts cruising as far north as Bimini in the Bahamas can now hop across the Gulf Stream to Fort Lauderdale by air thanks to Tropic Ocean Airways. Florida’s only seaplane airline now offers twice-weekly flights from the island to Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The service could prove useful for boats changing crew, people heading to Bimini to fish, or skippers needing parts flown in from the US.
One of the first to use the new service was writer John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, who was on his way to the Big Game Club in Bimini, where he stayed while gathering information for an upcoming feature story in Showboats International.
For info, visit: http://flytropic.com
Strong support for sailing from Sol at 41st BVI Spring Regatta
Tortola, British Virgin Islands – Hosted by Sol at the Regatta Village, Nanny Cay, junior sailors of the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) raised $4000 through raffle ticket sales during the 41st BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (BVISR) held March 26th – April 1st. The raffle is the largest annual fundraising effort undertaken by the club’s junior sailors and proceeds of the ticket sales will be used to purchase equipment for the youth sailing program.
“This is the second year that we have hosted the RBVIYC at our tent,” said Deborah Benjamin, country manager for Sol. “The youth sailing program is going from strength to strength and as a perennial supporter of the RBVIYC, we are happy to be contributing in practical ways to the progress of the territory’s young sailors as well as providing financial assistance.”
Port Louis Marina’s Summer Rates Special
Grenada – Port Louis Marina experienced their busiest summer yet in 2011 and they are looking forward to repeating and improving upon its success this coming season with their highly competitive ‘low season’ rates. Camper & Nicholsons’ Caribbean flagship marina in Grenada is open year round with summer rates valid from June to November. Yachts over 100ft are asked to contact the marina for a personalized quote. Catamarans are charged at 1.25 the standard monohull rate. All berths offer water, electricity, broadband internet, pump-out and cable TV (charges may apply).
For information, contact: [email protected] or phone +1 473 435 7432.
Club Nautico De San Juan’s 59th International Billfish Tournament
International anglers are marking their calendars for September 23rd – 30th. These incredibly productive marlin fishing dates are when Club Nautico de San Juan hosts its 59th International Billfish Tournament (IBT). Anglers need not bring boats or pack tackle. Visiting anglers are treated to a VIP spot on one of the Club’s ‘Armada’ of over forty, 50ft and above, fully-equipped air-conditioned sport fishing yachts. This is just one welcoming feature that has long made the IBT a ‘must do’ tournament for the world’s top anglers.
“International anglers receive VIP treatment at our tournament,” says Chairman Miguel Donato. “Anglers simply need to arrive to the Club each morning, enjoy a complimentary breakfast; head out to their assigned yacht for the day’s fishing and return to the nightly parties. International anglers have the opportunity to rotate to a different boat in the fleet each day,
offering a great chance for camaraderie as well as fantastic fishing!”