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Caribbean News July 2011

Island Water World and Sea Hawk Paints Present Racing Prize
Oyster Pond - The yacht Diablotin racing in the Captain Oliver's Regatta in May, won a professional antifouling job courtesy of Island Water World (IWW) and Sea Hawk Paints. Valued at $3500, the prize included pressure washing, chocking, sanding, prepping and painting with Sea Hawk New Nautical Islands 77 at Island Water World's flagship store in Cole Bay, St. Maarten.

Regatta official Stuart Knaggs said the prize was given to Diablotin after consulting with IWW and Sea Hawk and was awarded for the spirit of friendly competition and as a way of rewarding the small guy for taking his boat racing with no big expectations other than having a good weekend's sailing with likeminded people.

The prize was presented to the winner by Denis Laesker of Sea Hawk Paints, and Rodger Lidstone, sales manager for Island Water World.

Tortola Yacht Services Expands Capabilities
Tortola Yacht Services (TYS), a full service boat yard, located at the edge of Road Town, Tortola, have expanded their lifting capabilities and can now handle even larger multihulls.

As multihulls increase in size and more charter, cruising and racing multihulls, visit the Caribbean every year, Tortola Yacht Services recognize that owners and crews need top class facilities in order to maintain their boats.

"Multihull vessels and their expanding widths are accounting for an ever increasing segment of the marine industry. It just made common sense for us to expand our facility to 33-foot width slip capabilities," said Tanya Whistler, Operations Manager at Tortola Yacht Services.

"TYS currently operates two Marine Travelift Hoists, the most recent is a 75 BFM11," noted Gary Work, President of W.E. Johnson Equipment Company, Marine Travelifts Caribbean and South Florida dealer. "Being able to accommodate 11-meter widths and 40 metric tons, TYS enjoys the enviable ability to handle most multihull vessels on the market today."

Club Swan 42 Arethusa Wins Swan Caribbean Challenge
Antigua - The crew of Club Swan 42 Arethusa came away from the 2011 Antigua Sailing Week as the champions of the Swan Caribbean Challenge following their impressive win in Class 3. The Club Swan 42, entered by Phillip Lotz of the USA, also gained the title of Best American Yacht. Arethusa won the class by a fair margin; the Club Swan 42 registered three race wins across the five days of racing and not once dropped out of the top three.

St. Maarten Marine Trades Association News
St. Maarten - Brian Deher of Island Global Yachting is the new president of the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMTA). He was elected during the association's annual general meeting in May. Mr. Deher replaces Kass Johnson of Dockside Management who now takes over as vice president. Joining them as executive members of the board are treasurer Lorraine Talmi and secretary Valeska Luckert.

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