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Caribbean News - Apr 09

Antiguan woman earns skipper credentials

Ondeck reports that Nickey Emmanuel, 24, was one of four students on Antigua’s first accredited practical RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Sailing School course in February and is the first qualified Antiguan woman skipper. Ondeck’s Sailing and Powerboat School in Falmouth Harbour opened in November 2008. “My next aim is Coastal Skipper which will allow me to Captain yachts up to 60 miles offshore,” said Emmanuel. “Through Ondeck’s continued support I hope to go all the way to Yachtmaster.”

Horizon Yacht Charters supports conservation initiatives

Each Horizon base (British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Grenada and St Martin) has selected a nonprofit group’s conservation project specific to their island, such as removing illegal fishing nets that place marine life at risk, preserving turtle nesting sites or sponsoring a Mangrove seedling to promote reforestation. Charter guests are given the option of donating US$20 to one of the projects.

Privateer Overall Winner in 29th Pineapple Cup race to Montego Bay

Roger Sturgeon’s STP65 Rosebud/Team DYT (Fort Lauderdale) took line honors with an elapsed time of 2 days, 11hours, 28 minutes, and 35seconds and won IRC A class in February’s 811-mile distance race from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Jamaica. “That [Montego Bay Yacht Club] is an extraordinary club down there. Not only do they organize the race and the reception of boats very well, they are all very friendly,” said Ron O’Hanley of Boston, Mass, skipper of Privateer which took the overall title among the 12 boats that started.

Next World Yacht Racing Forum announced

The 2nd edition of the World Yacht Racing Forum will take place December 9-10 at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum. Last December’s inaugural event brought together 350 participants from 37 countries. Delegates included America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race team principals, yacht racing events and clubs, major yachting sponsors, industry suppliers, cities and venues. St. Maarten’s Robbie Ferron represented the Caribbean in 2008. (See February All at Sea for a report.)

Special Offer for Megas at Rodney Bay

Is your little toy 80’ or larger?  You have to keep it somewhere, right?  Through May 8, 2009, berth for two nights at Rodney Bay Marina and receive a complimentary third night from manager Cuthbert Didier. This slip night is based on availability and restrictions apply so contact the marina for details. IGY’s Rodney Bay has reopened following major renovations and now features 248 renovated slips, with 32 berths for megayachts up to 76 meters. Email or for details.

New Raymarine A-Series recognized

Awarded Best Product of the Year in the electronics category by Motor Boating Magazine, Raymarine’s revamped A-Series was sited as a “significant waypoint in the evolution of the electronics suite.” The product line consists of chartplotters and fishfinders with high resolution 2D, 3D and aerial photo charts that use HD Digital sonar technology and a built in high-sensitivity GPS sensor.

Yachtsign introduces waterproof luminaries

The Manufacturer of Yachtsign® lighted boat letters has introduced Delight custom made luminaries to solve failing light fixtures, costly bulb replacement, ongoing maintenance and difficult installation.

Electric components are integrated into the light fixtures and fully sealed to IP67 standard; they can be operated at 12V or 24V DC and have no metal parts. The dimmable neon-like lights can be used for outside lights, down lights, accent lights, and emergency lights on board yachts.

St. Kitts Christophe Harbour welcomes first yachts for previews

Six luxury yacht owners, crews, government officials and other guests attended a “Crew Rendezvous” event in December to preview plans for a new mega-yacht harbour and marina at the developing Christophe Harbour resort on St. Kitts’ southeastern peninsula. The resort is expected to launch in 2011 and will include an 18 hole golf course.

The planned marina will accommodate yachts up to 300 feet.

Nanny Cay Will be Host Marina for US Cruising Ralliers

The Cruising Rally Association (CRA) announced in February that the Nanny Cay Resort, Marina, and Boatyard will be the host marina for its Caribbean sailing events. In 2009, Nanny Cay will host the Atlantic Cup Rally (May 3) for cruising boats headed north and the Caribbean 1500 (November 2) for cruisers returning from the US east coast for next winter season. “Their commitment to supporting the ralliers is outstanding, and under its current ownership the marina has really blossomed,” said CRA founder Steve Black. More than 1300 boats and 5000 people have participated in CRA sailing events in its 20-year history.

St. Thomas Spring Charter Yacht Show April 21 - 23

Virgin Islands Charter Yacht League and Yacht Haven Grande will bring together international megayachts of all sizes with Virgin Islands-based Charter Yachts, all to be on display for the worldwide charter broker community this month. “What better venue to showcase to the world that the territory’s charter yacht Industry is active and open for business than to host a world class event at our very own world class marina facility,” said VICL Director Erik Ackerson. Call Kristen Galloway, YHG Marina Manager, at 340-774-9500 for reservations and VICL member exclusive discounted dockage. To register your vessel or to participate as a marine related vendor, contact Ackerson at 340-774-3944 or


Jean Allaire

Bernard Sillen of Budget Marine sent his thoughts on the late Jean Allaire: “This is what I would say (not in past but in present): He is a wild sea sailing, but not a social person. He has an extreme large respect for the people of the sea that don’t count their stories, and keeps his distance from those that speak too much about sea life. The friendly but wild Island (St Martin/Maarten) is his right place for him. All of us, who stay for a long time, are a little bit the same. Jean, have a good pirate’s rest!”

Ralph Christiansen

Avid billfishermen Ralph Christiansen of Puerto Rico, died February 8, 2009, after his chartered airplane crashed into the sea off Puerto Rico en route from the Dominican Republic where he was enjoying some angling over the full moon aboard his 60-foot, Pescador. Christiansen’s contribution to the sport is legendary. He released more than 1,000 blue marlin in his lifetime and was a founder of the Billfish Foundation. Most recently, The Billfish Foundation awarded him the Top Tagging Angler for Blue Marlin in the Atlantic Ocean in 2008. “Ralph was one of the best anglers in the sport and we here in the Virgin Islands have long enjoyed his friendship,” said Jimmy Loveland, who directs the USVI Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament.—Carol Bareuther

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