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Caribbean News from December 2011

Proceeds from Eye of the Storm to benefit Special Olympics BVI

The Eye of the Storm author, Alison Knights Bramble, has created a magical world in a tropical setting. The land and sea of Kamaria, a fictional island in the Caribbean, provide countless discoveries including a kaleidoscopic marine life, abandoned ruins, buried treasure, unpredictable weather and unwelcome opportunism.

Ms Knights Bramble, who works as the National Director for the Special Olympics BVI, says her interaction with her sailing students over the years inspired The Eye of the Storm. In turn, she hopes the book inspires young people to read.

The novel includes an introduction by Geoff Holt, MBE , disability sports ambassador and 2010 Yachtsman of the Year.

Printing and publication of the book were made possible by sponsors including Caribbean Insurers Limited, INTAC, LIME, The Rotary Club of Road Town and the Rotary Sunrise.

All proceeded from the sale of the book will benefit Special Olympics BVI.

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Yacht Chandlers expand in Caribbean, form alliance with IGY Marinas

Thanks to a new strategic alliance with IGY Marinas, Yacht Chandlers will now provide its full compliment of services at IGY Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas and the IGY Yacht Club at Isle de Sol in St. Maarten.

In a press release, IGY said both companies are committed to providing the highest level of service, and view the partnership as a way to continue to provide this consistency to its clientele.

Kenny Jones, VP of Operations at IGY, said: “Yacht Chandlers is a perfect complement to the IGY hospitality and customer service culture. Their presence will add tremendous value and convenience for owners, captains, and crew.”

Yacht Chandlers will also be taking over operations of the bar/restaurant currently located at the Yacht Club at Isle de Sol in St. Maarten with an extensive renovation.

Hands Across the Sea … books and more

As All At Sea went to press the latest shipment of donated educational goodies was on its way to the Caribbean. The 528-box, 19,000lb, 23-pallet shipment includes 51,336 new and near-new books and 88 boxes of teaching resources and school supplies.

Hands Across the Sea say, thanks to generous support, they were able to fulfill the Wish Lists of a record 91 schools, community libraries, reading programs, and after-school youth centers on the islands of Anguilla, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.

Hands Across the Sea was founded by blue water sailors Tom and Harriet Linskey in 2008. Since then, the charity has shipped over 101,000 new and near-new books and 184 boxes of school materials, reaching over 30,000 children at 164 Hands projects.

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Sint Maarten

Isle de Sol Yacht Club and Divi Little Bay Beach have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag eco-label, making St. Maarten the first country in the Dutch Caribbean to have Blue Flag locations.

The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches or marinas that meet a specific set of criteria concerning environmental information and education, water quality, safety, services and environmental management. This accomplishment is no small feat as both locations were required to improve certain aspects of their facilities and meet stringent international criteria in order to be considered for the eco-label.

Camper & Nicholsons and Port Louis Marina visit Monaco Yacht Show

For the past three years the Grenada Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina team has visited the Monaco Yacht Show to promote Port Louis Marina as well as Grenada in non-traditional markets.

“Monaco Show this year had a great feel, with a more positive vibe than last year,” said Glynn Thomas, General Manager Camper & Nicholsons Marina Grenada.

“The new and improved C&N Marinas’ stand was well received and the Port Louis Marina presence worked well. I spoke with several key contacts and captains throughout the show including the captain of a 44-meter who is due to sign a contract for 15 months at the marina,”

The stand featured a 65 inch plasma screen which ran a six minute bespoke video on loop along with two iMacs running an interactive photo gallery. The video also had a one minute section on Port Louis with a selection of images promoting Grenada as a yachting destination.

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