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Introducing St. Maarten's New Commodore

St Maarten Yacht Club’s new Commodore David Shuttleworth may be a relatively fresh face in the Caribbean, but is already a well-established figure among fellow members and local sailors. The retired Canadian businessman moved to St Maarten just a year ago with wife Liz, who is Principal of the Caribbean International Academy, and quickly became involved – first as a volunteer during the club’s move from container to clubhouse, then on more familiar territory as a club treasurer and administrator.

David followed the Heineken Regatta for many years from his native Canada, but now looks forward to being in place for the 25th anniversary regatta next year. For the time being, though, the challenge is to help make the new clubhouse a home. “The SMYC has never had a permanent home, so it is my goal to make the new building a focal point for all club functions,” David told All At Sea. “From regattas, junior and senior sailing and party functions to business meetings, we want the club to be the focus. We are looking to increase membership by having an affordable and friendly home away from home for members.”

Full details of SMYC activities, from youth sailing to social events, can be found on the club website,

David Shuttleworth’s predecessor at the Yacht Club, Jerry Blakeslee, is now cruising towards Grenada. Jerry was Commodore at the SMYC for four years, served on the St Maarten Marine Trades Association for three years, and is also the founder of Bay Island Yachts. He will be keeping his brokerage hand in from his boat using WiFi technology and hopes to start developing the Secret Harbour office soon.

Heather Underwood and Alain Barras have closed the Geminga office of Bay Island Yachts and have moved back to the Simpson Bay Office, where they are happy to report that business is as booming as ever.

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