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Caribbean News February 2010

Antigua's Sprout Wins Island Water World's First Draw

The first winner of Island Water World's online game was Russell Morton, alias Sprout, from Antigua, who became the proud owner of a dinghy-outboard combo worth US $3200 in November. The company planned to give away two more Walker Bay Air floor Hypalon AF240 Dinghies with a Mercury-5HP-outboard Combo by the end of January and ship them free of charge. "No matter how small or big the purchase, every buyer had a chance to win," says Sean Kennelly, Managing Director of Island Water World.

Five Boats Arrive with Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup

With a December 15 prize-giving ceremony, the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup 2009 organized by the International Maxi Association wrapped up. Five boats from five different countries took part in the race from Tenerife to St. Maarten. The winner overall in elapsed time and IRC corrected time was the Chinese boat Beau Geste, owned by Mr. Karl C. Kwok, now the new race record holder. The 2010 departure will be November 22 from Tenerife.

Crown Bay Marina Presents Competitions for Charter Chefs, Captains

On Friday, February 19, Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas, USVI, will offer chefs the chance to shine and win cash prizes. Charter chefs of vessels docked at Crown Bay Marina on that date are invited to prepare barbeque spare ribs with a complimentary side dish for the grand prize. A BBQ sauce featuring rum as an ingredient must be used to compete and a basket of ingredients will be provided to each contestant. Register seven days in advance by calling or emailing at (340) 774-2255 or In conjunction with Mahogany Run Golf Course, captains of vessels docking at Crown Bay Marina are invited to develop a two-person team to participate in a new progressive golf tournament format for a grand prize of $2500. Each team must consist of a captain of a vessel docked at Crown Bay Marina on the night of play. For contest rules, contact Crown Bay Marina at 340-774-2255 or

Dominica Security Reminder for Cruisers

The Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services and Security (P.A.Y.S.) reminds all yachts visiting Dominica to moor or anchor in the North end of Prince Rupert Bay (between Blue Bay Restaurant and Purple Turtle) where security patrols are conducted nightly. "Although we recognize that some visitors prefer the seclusion of the south end, current economic conditions do not permit our group to patrol the whole bay." P.A.Y.S. is a non-profit association established in 2007 that includes 17 members from the yacht tourism sector in Portsmouth. Contact either Jeff Frank (President), tel. 767 245 0125) or Helen Clarke (Cabrits Cafe and Dive, tel. 767 275 3020) with questions.

Easier Megayacht Clearance for Martinique

Douglas Rapier of Douglas' Yacht Service in Martinique reports that local customs has now formally stated that pick-up and drop-off for megayachts is possible as long as a charter contract is on board that was not signed in Martinique. His company is authorized for pre-clearance In/Out sent via Email as a PDF file. "Commercial/charter yachts can therefore base themselves in the French Islands," Rapier reports. "Private Yachts are no problem and have temporary entry valid for 18 months." Contact Rapier for more details: Douglas' Yacht Services, Marin, Martinique. Cell: +596 696 45 89 75.

Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta Postponed to 2011

Organizer Fred Thomas announced his decision in January to postpone this year's Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta, previously scheduled for March 4 to 7. Citing concerns with sponsorship and the regatta's domain name, Thomas said the event, which was held in 2008 and 2009, will return next year. Last year's winner, both overall and in the vintage yacht division, was Thalia. For information on the 2011 Grenada Classic, contact Thomas at

Horizon Opens Office at Port Louis, Grenada

Horizon Yacht Charters and Management has announced the opening of an office and yacht services location at Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in St George's, Grenada. The charter company has been established for 10 years at True Blue Marina on the island's south coast, offering yacht charter and management services, and now offers an extension of management services at Port Louis, a year-round, well-protected, in-the-water location.

Horizon's team will specialize in the maintenance of clients' yachts while they are away, arranging installation of new equipment and systems, haul-outs for bottom paint work, and repairs. They will also operate a full yacht brokerage service and arrange for buyer's inspection, survey and sea trials. As agents for Bavaria Yachts and; Fontaine Pajot, Horizon will offer new and used yachts for sale. For more information: James Pascall, Tel: (473) 439-1000, (473) 535-0328, or e-mail

Dockside Management will be Preferred IGY Provider in St. Maarten

Ships agent Dockside Management reported in December that they have signed an agreement with Island Global Yachting (IGY) to be a "preferred provider" at IGY's two marinas in St. Maarten, The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and Simpson Bay Marina. Based on St. Maarten, Dockside Management provides vessel services such as banking, clearance, visa assistance, courier/freight, provisioning, parts and repair.

This Month: Club Nautico Regatta February 4 - 7

Club Nautico de San Juan (Puerto Rico)'s annual Optimist, Laser, Sunfish and Snipe Regatta will begin with check-in on Thursday afternoon, February 4 followed by racing through the weekend. The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday afternoon, February 7 to conclude the event. Registration is $160 ($190 for Snipe). Boats are available for charter. For full information, contact, Tel. (787) 722-0177, Fax: (787) 724-8059.

Product Spotlight: Sea-loving Soap and Shampoo

For the Caribbean cruiser, finding anything-from electronics to soap-that works well in salt water is an exciting discovery. High tech gadgets that function at sea have been around for ages, but a salt water lather was hard to find. Most sailors have used dishwashing detergent or held out for that precious fresh water shower. But now we can take along Savon de Mer, a shampoo and body gel that foams in both salt and fresh water. Not only does it work itself into pleasing, soapy suds in the ocean for washing both body and hair, it also leaves behind no filmy, hard-to-rinse residue. Finally, all our bases are covered and we can cruise the world armed with products created specifically for our salty environment. Ladies and gentlemen of the sea, enjoy! PS: it smells satisfyingly clean to boot. -Andrea Bailey

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