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Caribbean Compass Sailing Magazine - March 2018

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REGATTA NEWS Gran Prix

REGATTA NEWS Gran Prix del Atlántico Fleet Reaches Martinique All nine boats in the Gran Prix del Atlántico 2018 transatlantic yacht race, which began on January 10th in the Canary Islands, have reached Le Marin, Martinique. The last three boats arrived only a few hours apart on February 5th, having sailed almost in unison across the Atlantic from a pit stop in the Cape Verde Islands, from which they departed 15 days earlier. Line honors went to the Hanse 461 The Best Skipper, which arrived on January 28th. Visit www.granprixdelatlantico.com for more information. ON THE HORIZON BVI Regatta Village Moves to New Location With the changes to Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola, the BVI Spring Regatta Village 2018 will be located on the Outer Marina. “The slips for all of the racing and motherships will be located here, so we have brought the party closer to the sailors,” said Lou Schwartz, Village Manager. “It is going to be a new year, so why not have a new village? Sailors can still enjoy the huge bar, great food and music every night with dancing on the beach alongside the beautiful blue waters.” The BVI Regatta and Sailing Festival 2018 runs from March 26th through April 1st. Visit www.bvispringregatta.org for more information. Bequia Sparrow’s Premium Rum Easter Regatta Bequia Sailing Club reports: Plans are close to being finalized for what promises to be a hugely popular and successful Bequia Easter Regatta, March 29th through… —Continued on next page MARCH 2018 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 12 Lim Blus was the second of the all-Spanish ‘Gran Prix’ fleet to arrive in Martinique KENMORE HENVILLE / WWW.BEQUIAPHOTOACTION.COM News flash! SVG Customs clearance fees will be waived for visiting boats submitting a completed Bequia Easter Regatta entry form on-line at www.bequiaregatta.com by March 23rd Where Bluewater Sailing is a Passion! Major Rallies Planned JULY 2018 Chesapeake Bay to Maine/Nova Scotia PLUS: Membership, Seminars, Rendezvous, Socials, Newsletters, Dawg Merchandise, Sponsor Specials for Members and More! 2018 is the Year of the Dawg! MAY 2018 Antigua/Nearby Islands to U.S. East Coast NOV. 2018 Hampton, Virginia to Antigua Fetch more info at SaltyDawgSailing.org HELP TRACK HUMPBACK WHALE MIGRATION Your contributions of tail fluke photographs of humpback whales from the Caribbean region are critical for conservation efforts. INTERESTED in Helping? Go to www.CARIBTAILS.org

— Continued from previous page …April 2nd, and Bequia Sailing Club (BSC) is pleased to welcome yachts and visitors, whether participating or not, to beautiful Bequia — “Island of the Clouds” — where five classes will compete under CSA Rules over four days of racing in some of the best waters in the Caribbean. The Easter Regatta is also an opportunity for the local double-ender fishing boats to compete in their own set of non-CSA races, and we look forward to welcoming visiting boats from other islands to race with the local Bequia boats. BSC intends holding a non-CSA Optimist fun-race day on Easter Sunday for young sailors, and invites all with their own Opti to participate. A full program of evening social events is arranged for skippers, crew and their followers to unwind after a day’s racing. Prizes will be awarded for each day’s racing and class, overall performance, best yacht and best-dressed crew. Additionally there is a full program of shore-based activities and organized parties to suit all the family, organized by a separate Shore- Based Committee. Registration is open at www.bequiaregatta.com/registration.html Contact Yachts@bequiaregatta.com with any registration queries. For more information see ad on page 12. Youth to Keelboat Program for Antigua Sailing Week The Antigua and Barbuda Sailing Association (ABSA) in conjunction with Antigua Sailing Week (ASW) is launching a new program that will allow youths aged 16 to 25 to gain keelboat experience during Antigua Sailing Week 2018. In 50 years of ASW there have always been a small number of Antiguan youths on board, often from seafaring families or raised within yachting communities. Skip forward to 2017 and interest in sailing, not just as a sport or leisure option, but as a career has grown exponentially. The first youth program was developed by Antigua Yacht Club in the 1990s and then latterly by the National Sailing Academy. The Academy has now enabled every secondary school island-wide to offer sailing as part of the national curriculum. Both programs have produced an increasing number of youths with dinghy sailing experience but for many, that is where their sail racing ends. The Youth to Keel Boat Programme (Y2K) seeks to bridge the gap and help them make the leap to gaining keelboat experience. Seamus Hourihan, owner and skipper of the 55-foot Gunboat Thirst, says, “The opportunity to have qualified Antiguan youth sailors on board for ASW is a win-win situation. It’s a win for me in terms of augmenting regular crew with good sailors familiar with big winds off Antigua. And it’s a win for Antiguan youth in terms of gaining valuable big boat experience.” Antigua Sailing Week will run from April 28th through May 4th. Visit www.sailingweek.com/youth-to-keelboat-programme-launches-for-antiguasailing-week for details on the Youth to Keelboat program. Skippers who are interested in taking a youth on board can tick the request box during the registration process at yachtscoring.com or email lorna@sailingweek.com For more information on Antigua Sailing Week see ad on page 15. Les Voiles de Saint Barth Adds Extra Race Day Les Voiles de Saint Barth’s ninth edition, scheduled for April 8th through 14th, is already stacking up with top players, including US maxi teams Rambler 88 and Proteus. —Continued on next page CHRISTOPHE JOUANY Les Voiles de St. Barth will introduce the new Offshore Multihull Association Class and also add a fifth race day in the 2018 edition, coming up next month MARCH 2018 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 13

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