Come Sail Greece and Turkey with 2-for-1 Specials‏

January 27, 2015 on 10:30 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Greece, Sailing, Turkey | Comments Off



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With fewer than 300 pampered guests, Windstar brings you closer to the enchanting islands and legendary cultures of Greece and Turkey. Enjoy a complimentary candlelit dinner in ancient Ephesus. Stroll the country lanes of Rhodes and the Acropolis of Lindos. Sail by the iconic blue domes of Santorini.

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YACHTING and THE ANATOMY OF SAIL‏

January 27, 2015 on 9:53 am | In Books Guidebooks, Sailing | Comments Off



WestMarine.com This April we have two nautical books that are the perfect edition to any library—whether you sail or simply love the sea.

An encyclopedic compilation of every element of a yacht, THE ANATOMY OF SAIL contains a wealth of information for the aficionado as well as the newcomer, taking apart the sailboat to explore every part of it in depth.

From keels and masts to portholes and binnacles, the modern sail boat is dissected by Nic Compton and examined in lavish detail. Beautifully illustrated with glorious photography and explanatory diagrams, each page is packed with fascinating anecdotes, absorbing history, and boatbuilding trivia that sailors love.

What makes yachting so special? In YACHTING, uncover the numerous answers to that question through a journey to the iconic places of the yachting world

In this homage to the art and beauty of yachting, Olivier Le Carrer explores the seamanship, lifestyle, and culture that surrounds it. This volume is a stunning visual celebration of the essence and elegance of the sport featuring the icons, legends, and great races that make yachting so electrifying.

I hope you will consider THE ANATOMY OF SAIL and YACHTING for feature and review coverage, and help us share these spectacular books with sailors and sea-lovers alike. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in receiving the official press release, receiving a review copy, holding giveaway competitions, or obtaining extracts.

THE ANATOMY OF SAIL: THE YACHT DISSECTED AND EXPLAINED
By Nic Compton

Adlard Coles, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: April 21, 2015
$60, hardcover
192 pages
ISBN: 9781472902757

YACHTING: A VISUAL CELEBRATION OF SAILING PAST AND PRESENT
By Olivier Le Carrer
Adlard Coles, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: April 21, 2015
$60, hardcover
192 pages
ISBN: 9781472901644

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Simplified logistics and fun themes for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

January 22, 2015 on 10:10 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Sailing, St. Maarten | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowSimpson Bay, St.Maarten . There is no straightforward regatta “formula” and many events around the world strive to improve the experience that participants have year after year. For the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta it is no different, and this year they are listening to the regatta sailors when it comes to on shore venues and locations. Splitting the nightly activities up between three areas this time instead of four will hopefully make it easier for sailors and party goers alike. Additionally, each evening will boast its own theme, and musical artists will tie it all together.

With a focus on efficiency and determination to grow the event, organizers have decided to centralize as much of the venue locations as possible. “Moving locations at the end of every day is not that simple for skippers and their crew and logistics can become complicated when trying to make arrangements for crew housing, dockage, transportation and supplies.” stated Regatta Director Michele Korteweg. “With that in mind the following regatta schedule will be implemented this year, the goal being happy crews and happy revellers.”

Thursday’s program will take place at Princess Port de Plaisance and will electrify the crowd during the official opening show and theme “Green Sensation”. Prize giving for that day’s Gill Commodores’ Cup will take place here and a variety of musical acts will take the stage. This intimate location offers a variety of food so sailors can come to shore and refuel before they enjoy an opening night of music and entertainment.


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Friday nights festivities will take everyone “over the hill” to the capital town of Philipsburg with the Boardwalk “Rocks”. This historic location is the Capital of the Dutch side and has evolved from a quiet trade town to the bustling duty free capital of the Caribbean. In addition to the cruise port, Philipsburg boasts the stunning Great Bay Beach and has a wide variety of bars and restaurants to satisfy any craving.

In order to make things even more effortless for crews and spectators that are staying in the Simpson Bay area, there will be a shuttle bus service to and from Simpson Bay and Philipsburg. This will help alleviate the stress of finding parking or how to get there, as the buses will drop passengers off directly at the venue. The bus schedule will be available at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.

Saturday night’s “Caribbean Jam” will be just that, a night filled with Caribbean beats while enjoying the sunset on the beach with your toes in the sand and an ice cold Heineken in your hand. Kim Sha is the venue for Saturday night making it incredibly easy for sailors to get to and from their dock space in Simpson Bay. There will again be a variety of food and drinks available as well as regatta merchandise and weather permitting, one of the most breathtaking sunsets around.

Incredibly, there is yet another night of fun planned for the regatta. Sunday will be a most “Legendary Party” and will remain on Kim Sha beach. International artists Kool and the Gang will perform on the main stage this night. This area was, and still is, the heart of the fishing community and the fish market is located just up the road from the venue site. The tradition of sailing has its roots on this side of the island, making it the perfect location to end the festivities.

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will be the main headquarters for the regatta and as such all important information like Notice Boards, results and protests will be at the Yacht Club, simplifying things even further. So no matter your preferred taste in music, or food, there is a band and a restaurant to please your ears and your taste buds. Join us in celebrating 35 years of Serious Fun and visit each of our venue locations.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Office
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Welfare Road 90, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten

T: +1 (721) 5442079
Email: regatta@heinekenregatta.com

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New Sailing Adventure With Intrepid Travel

January 15, 2015 on 2:09 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIntrepid Travel is offering adventurous travellers an alternative to large cruise ship tours of Europe and the Caribbean with new small group sailing adventures around the Mediterranean’s Cote d’Azur and Cuba’s Canarreos Peninsula.

With Australia now officially the fastest growing cruise market in the world – a record 833,348 Australians took a cruise last year, reflecting a 20% growth year on year* – travellers wanting to experience life on the seas but who would rather not sit idle on a big, expensive cruise ship need not miss out.

“Intrepid’s new sailing itineraries in Cote d’Azur and Cuba are millionaire trips on a budget,” says James Thornton, Managing Director. “You don’t need a hefty bank balance to sit at our captain’s table! Intrepid sailing trips are all about adventure – navigate around small, pristine islands, learn the ropes of sailing and rub shoulders with the locals in quirky towns.”

The only tour operator offering the chance to sail along the French Riviera, Intrepid’s Cote d’Azur Sailing Adventure travels from one celebrated port to the next, uncovering a side of France only the rich get to see. Swimming and snorkelling in the clear waters and idyllic beaches of the Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago is a highlight out at sea, while the charming cities of Marseille, St-Tropez, Cannes and Nice provide the evening’s wining and dining.

Home General 160 600The eight day trip begins in Marsaille and spends seven nights on board a yacht before ending in Nice. It is from $1,811 per person and the first departure is on 30 May 2015.

The Canarreos Archipelago, comprising of around 350 islets south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, is the focus of Intrepid’s new Cuba Sailing Adventure.

Travellers will discover hidden beaches, uninhabited islands and underwater scenery, including the chance to swim with turtles and manta rays. Disembarking at Cienfuegos will see travellers drinking a rum or two with new friends.

The nine day trip begins in Havana and spends five nights on board a catamaran boat with all meals included before ending back in Havana.

It is from $2,195 per person and the first departure is on 15 November 2015.

Travellers can also add on the 8-day Classic Cuba trip beforehand to get a comprehensive land and sea experience in Cuba.

For more information about Intrepid’s sailing adventures visit www.intrepidtravel.com/theme/sailing


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Marina del Rey Hotel Opens After $25 Million Renovation‏

January 12, 2015 on 4:02 pm | In Beachbooker, Sailing | Comments Off



Marina del Rey’s First Hotel Re-Opens with New Guestrooms, Marina-Facing Pool and Chic Indoor-Outdoor Restaurant in Time for Marina’s 50th Anniversary

Marina del Rey Hotel, the Marina’s very first hotel, has reopened today after a $25 million renovation. Originally opened in 1964, the historic Marina del Rey Hotel opens as the Marina celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

The iconic waterfront property features 164 updated rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant aptly named SALT, 24-hour room service, concierge assistance, outdoor, marina-facing pool and sundeck, waterfront wedding venue, multiple meeting spaces, boat slips and many more 4-star amenities.

“We are proud to re-open the doors of this hotel that has served as a destination in the Marina for more than half a century,” said Matt Marquis, President of Pacifica Hotels. “We’ve put a great deal of thought and resources into the Marina del Rey Hotel to make it the preeminent hotel choice in Los Angeles. We’ve made significant investments in the Marina across several hotels, and know this will only serve to elevate the area’s hospitality landscape.”

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowMarina del Rey Hotel’s guestrooms reflect the California calm character of the property’s surrounding area. With cool colors and maritime touches that seamlessly blend the interior with the azure Marina exterior, guests enjoy a relaxing and retreat-like experience. Rooms are luxuriously furnished and appointed with 55” LED HDTV’s, premium high-thread Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown bath amenities, plush oversized robes, Keurig Coffee machines, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

SALT, the hotel’s on-the-water, indoor-outdoor restaurant, features seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets to create a quintessential Californian dining experience. Executive Chef Mark Gold serves contemporary favorites with a seasonal twist.

Daily breakfast includes sweet and savory delights, alike. Steel Cut Oatmeal Brulee with organic milk, brown sugar brulee, toasted pumpkin seeds, and fresh seasonal berries satisfies the sweet, while Buenos Dias Chilaquiles with fresh tortilla chips, poached egg, chorizo, avocado, black beans, hooks cheddar, radish, red onion, and roasted tomatillo sauce please those wanting something savory.


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Lunch and dinner offer both light and hearty fare ranging from a “Crab Louie” salad with fresh Dungeness crab meat, avocado, tomato and farm egg on little gem lettuce to Scottish Salmon on potato emulsion, with grilled king oyster mushrooms and tarragon butter. Sweet treats include a Warm Butter Cake with roasted apple and maple ice cream and a Banana Split with handmade ice cream, salted caramel, strawberry and marshmallow. Brunch combines some of the breakfast and lunch menus’ highlights, as well as champagne specials to accompany the scenic seaside setting.

Craft cocktails created by master mixologists include: the SALT with Cazadores Tequila, Patron Citronage, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, fresh lime juice, blue ice chips, blue salted rim; the Dry with green tea infused Hendricks Gin, Cherry Herring, Benedectine, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer; and the Sweet ‘n’ Sour with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, pineapple juice, coconut water, fresh lime juice, and hibiscus syrup. A selection of craft beers, as well as California and international wines are also available. A bar menu to accompany the refreshing beverages includes bite-sized nibbles like deviled eggs, Maine lobster roll and grilled artichoke.

A perfect after work place to mingle with colleagues or friends, or share a romantic sunset rendezvous with a sweetheart, SALT serves up a picturesque Happy Hour. Offering $5 bites, beer, wine and well drinks from 4-6:30pm, there’s no better place to cap off the day.

A poolside, kids and 24-hour room service menu are also available.

Featuring 9,700 total square feet of event space with breathtaking views of the Marina and main channel, the hotel is an ideal choice for conferences, weddings, and other noteworthy occasions. Designed to accommodate up to 350 guests, the Marina del Rey Hotel’s event facilities afford picture-perfect affairs.

A new waterfront event lawn has been added to the property grounds and offers panoramic views of the Marina. At 3,500 square feet, the grass lawn is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, or large waterfront gatherings. Inside, parties and groups can find a variety of spaces in the hotel’s dynamic meeting rooms. A waterfront private dining room that holds up to 12 people serves as an intimate venue for parties and celebrations of all kinds.

Over the past half-century, the Marina del Rey Hotel has served as the central meeting point for local yacht clubs, fashion shows, and high-profile Los Angeles functions. Set against a Marina backdrop of yachts and aquatic adventurers, and conveniently located just a few miles from LAX airport, the Marina del Rey Hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Positioned close to local attractions like Venice Beach, Fisherman’s Village, Ballona Wetlands and Santa Monica Pier; water activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and sailing; and a wealth of renowned dining and shopping options; guests have the best of Los Angeles within easy reach.

Rates start at $209/night. The hotel is offering a Grand Opening Special of 25% off, plus a complimentary upgrade to a Marina View Room. To book, visit: http://www.pacificahotels.com/marinadelreyhotel/specials

The Marina del Rey Hotel is located at 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. For additional information about the hotel, please call 310.301.1000 or visit www.marinadelreyhotel.com.

The iconic Marina del Rey Hotel is one of five Pacifica hotels in the half-mile radius of Marina del Rey. This prolific area penetration is part of Pacifica’s ongoing strategy to enhance regional tourism and bring additional business to the Marina del Rey area. The company’s other Marina del Rey hotels include Jamaica Bay Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey, Inn at Marina del Rey, and Inn at Venice Beach.

About Pacifica Hotels

Pacifica Hotels was formed in January of 1993 to consolidate the hospitality operations of Invest West Financial Corporation, which has been involved in the acquisition, development, refurbishing and operating of quality hotel properties and other commercial real estate properties for almost 30 years. Today, Pacifica Hotels is the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels on the Pacific coast. Pacifica Hotels’ 27 independent and flag properties in key California cities from San Diego to San Francisco, as well as Hawaii and Florida, feature outstanding locations, AAA 3 and 4-diamond ratings, upgraded amenities and high standards of guest service. For complete hotel descriptions and reservations, visit www.pacificahotels.com

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ABU DHABI OCEAN RACING GIVES SAILING FANS THE CHANCE TO ‘JUMP’‏

January 7, 2015 on 10:07 am | In Abu Dhabi, Adventure Travel, Middle East, Sailing, Sports Travel | Comments Off




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Worldwide sailing fans are being given the chance to join an illustrious group of sporting superstars as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the UAE capital’s entrant into the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) – launches a Facebook competition to win a once-in-a-lifetime thrill to join ADOR onboard the Azzam for the start of Leg 3. On January 3, 2015 the lucky winner will get to perform the traditional “jump off” from the yacht as it speeds out of port on its way to China as part of Leg 3 of the race.

The winner will join a star-studded group of people who have performed the feat including French football legend Zinedine Zidane, England cricket stars Graeme Swann and Captain Alastair Cook, as well as South African rugby legend Francois Pienaar who took the leap from the deck of Azzam at the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town last month.

For a chance to win this prize – which includes an all-expenses paid visit to the Abu Dhabi Volvo Ocean Race Stopover from anywhere in the world – entrants must submit a video or photo of the themselves or a group of friends jumping or about to jump from a creative spot. The video or photo with the most “likes” will win the prize.

To enter, applicants must complete the Jump4Azzam Facebook application at http://on.fb.me/1zmZUDB on the official Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AbuDhabiOceanRacing. All submissions should be entered by December 22, 2014 and the winner will be announced on December 23, 2014.

All participants and the subsequent winner must be able to travel on December 31, 2014 to Abu Dhabi. The winner must also meet visa requirements in line with the federal policy of the UAE. In addition, the winner must fly from a dedicated Etihad Airways direct destination (code share services will not apply).

ADOR recently reached the finish line of Leg 2 of the round-the-world sailing challenge to a podium finish at their home port of Abu Dhabi where a 23-day festival of entertainment and culture awaits at the UAE capital’s Destination Village. Visitors are currently enjoying sailing, watersports, entertainment and culture highlighting Abu Dhabi’s union with the sea and its maritime heritage. A large amount of tourists and residents are expected to visit.

For more information about Abu Dhabi’s 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race Stopover please go to www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com. For more information about Abu Dhabi, please visit www.visitabudhabi.ae.

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2015 Sports Events in SW Florida‏

December 30, 2014 on 11:35 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Sports Travel | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFrom Motocross Races to Spring Training, a Super Boat Grand Prix and more,

The Sports Action is Non Stop

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Dec. 23, 2014) – Besides individual active pursuits such as swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, golf, and tennis, there are great sports competitions held on land, sea and in the air throughout Charlotte County. Whether you participate or spectate, you’ll surely find some sporting fun to enjoy, regardless of athletic prowess or age.

· Florida Tracks & Trails.

Projected Grand Opening is March 2015

39450 Bermont Road, east of Punta Gorda

Florida Tracks & Trails in Punta Gorda, is under development to become the only multi-themed outdoor adventure and live entertainment park of its kind. The family-friendly 1,000-acre park will include a 56-acre entertainment ground with a spacious 40,000 square foot indoor venue and an outdoor event lawn exceeding 30-acres in size. Surrounding the entertainment grounds will be miles of one-directional OHV trails, four professionally designed Motocross tracks, 80-acres of world-class paintball, RV campgrounds, zip lines, a fresh-water beach, and a full suite of on-site amenities such as OHV rentals, a general store, party pavilions and more. Phase 1 is targeted to open in Winter 2015, with additional amenities opening shortly after. http://www.floridatracksandtrails.com/

· The 6th Annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta

Feb. 5-8, 2015


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Featuring one-design fleet races on Charlotte Harbor. Ph: 941-206-1133. Entry fee is $75 per boat and tickets are available for related social events. For Notice of Race information, online registration and ticket sales visit: www.charlotteharborregatta.com

· USA/BMX Sunshine State Nationals

Feb. 13-15, 2015

BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing derived from motocross racing. The Nationals feature sprint races on purpose-built off-road single-lap race tracks. The sport is very family oriented and largely participant-driven, with riders ranging in age from 2 to 70, and over.

Charlotte BMX Track, 2505 Carmalita St., Punta Gorda Ph: 941-637-1676

www.charlottebmx.net

· Snowbird Baseball Classic 2015 Tournament

Feb. 13 – April 1, 2015

At select venues: Charlotte Sports Park, North Charlotte Regional Park, South County Regional Park, and Charlotte High School

Root for your Alma Mater at the largest annual tournament featuring Div. I and III college teams from across the country. Ph: 941-743-1900. Schedules: www.snowbirdbaseball.info

· Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training

Competitive Cyclist Spend $250 Get $50March 5 – April 2, 2015

Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Voted the #1 Spring Training facility by USA Today in 2014, an estimated 17 spring training home games will be played at Charlotte Sports Park against major league opponents in 2015. Single-game spring training tickets for games at Charlotte Sports Park will go on sale in January with a specific date and price ranges to be announced. For full schedule and tickets Ph: 888-Fan-Rays. www.raysbaseball.com/springtraining.

· 35th Florida International Air Show

Mar. 27-29, 2015

Punta Gorda Airport, 28000 Airport Blvd., Punta Gorda.

High-speed military jets and acrobatic performers will roar into Punta Gorda Airport in Punta Gorda on March 27-30, 2015. Enjoy expanded aircraft exhibits, displays, a kids’ entertainment area, and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Southwest Florida working charities. www.floridaairshow.com.

· Pedal and Play in Paradise
Mar. 28, 2015

100 Nesbit Street, Laishley Marina Pavilions , Punta Gorda

Bicyclers of all skill levels are invited to choose from five exciting bicycle rides! Metric Century 62-mile Tour; 30-Mile Tour; 15-Mile Tour; 10-Mile Mystery Tour; City Manager’s/History Tour, 1 pm

For your safety, the 62, 30, and 15-mile rides will not be mass start events. Event includes: Welcome breakfast and full lunch; rest stops for 62, 30 & 15 mile rides; Morning riders may also go on the City Manager’s Tour in the afternoon. All rides benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and TEAM Punta Gorda’s bicycle-friendly community initiatives. Event will take place rain or shine. Helmets required. Additional information for Pedal and Play in Paradise including online registration can be found on their website https://www.facebook.com/PedalAndPlay 941-637-TEAM (8326).

· Charlotte Stone Crabs Baseball

Apr. through early Sept., 2015

Charlotte County Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

The Tampa Bay Rays’ High-A Affiliate co-owned by the Rays and Ripken Baseball, swing into season. Attending a Charlotte Stone Crabs baseball game is a family-affordable vacation activity in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. Full-season, half-season and 10 game mini-plans are available, too. Reserve tickets by contacting the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 941-206- 4487 or visit www.stonecrabsbaseball.com.

Download images of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands from this link: https://www.cleanpix.com/cleanpix/portal/W1hgR-Q8f-M26 .
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

BeachBooker Beach VillasLocated halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com  or call1-800-652-6090.


Nova Star Cruises Offers Unique ‘Wine Experience and Education’ Events

December 23, 2014 on 9:48 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Canada, Cruise Boats, Dine Drink, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Sailing, Toronto | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe fastest growing wine region in North America is not Napa or Sonoma, or even the wineries of upstate New York. It’s Nova Scotia, and for the past several months Nova Star Cruises has featured some of the finest, award-winning wines Nova Scotia has to offer at special “Wine Experience and Education” seminars during Nova Star’s voyages between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

“Because of the cooler climate and distinctive terroir, Nova Scotia’s vineyards are producing some premium quality grapes,” said Gillian Mainguy, office manager for the Winery Association of Nova Scotia (WANS). “As a result, our 12 member wineries are increasingly producing award-winning wines that are garnering international acclaim.”

To further the education of international wines, with an emphasis on those from Nova Scotia, sommelier Bill Foster leads the weekly events on Sundays in Nova Star’s upscale restaurant, Currents. The presentations offer insight about the region and the winemakers, and guests partake in tasting and critiquing sessions. In addition to wines, Foster also shares information and samples of beers crafted in Maine and Nova Scotia during the onboard events.

“The Nova Scotia wine region has developed a favorable reputation in the wine industry in a very short period of time” said Foster, President of Edgegraphics, Inc., a Kennebunkport-based firm that cultivates entrepreneurial opportunities by promoting and selecting wines from around the world. “As I educate myself about the wines and the unusual varieties of grapes from which they’re produced, I also find that my audiences are pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines, which include a selection of whites, reds, sparkling, dessert and ice wines.”


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Nova Scotia Wines Featured On Board the Nova Star

Whites

Dusey Seyval Blanc

Domaine de Grand Pré, 2012

Ortega, Luckett Vineyards, 2012

Tidal Bay, Jost, 2013

Vintner’s Reserve Riesling, Domaine de Grand Pré, 2013

Reds

4 Skins, Jost, 2012

Vintners Reserve Castel

Domaine de Grand Pré, 2013

Phone Box Red, Luckett Vineyards, 2012

Triumphe, Luckett Vineyards, 2013

Vintner’s Reserve Foch, Domaine de Grand Pré, 2010

Hanspeter Stutz, president and CEO of Grand Pre Wines Ltd., who also gives wine-tasting presentations on board the Nova Star commented, “Nova Scotia is truly an up-and-coming wine destination with seven distinct regions that are producing award-winning wines.” Stutz continued, “Introducing the wines to guests sailing on the beautiful Nova Star is not only enjoyable for them, it’s a great way for them to learn about an emerging industry in the country they are going to visit.”

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off

December 15, 2014 on 3:22 pm | In Antigua Barbuda Anquilla, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Sailing | Comments Off




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The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Sponsor party, held on Monday December 8, 2014, turned out to be a successful and enjoyable event. Over 20 sponsors received acknowledgement and praise for playing a very important role in the successful continuation of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this year and coming year. The organizers also took a moment to thank all the additional supporters and volunteers, to emphasize that without them and the sponsors, this event would not have grown to the size it has become today.
The Regatta Organizers were happy to welcome the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, Mr. Thadeus Richardson

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta hosts its sponsor party every year to show appreciation for her sponsors, supporting companies, persons and volunteers that make the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta event possible every year. Michele Korteweg, St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Director, and Jeffrey Sochrin of Island 92 and Treasury Board Member, kicked off proceedings with a presentation to the sponsors to say thank you for their support and enthusiasm. Korteweg and Sochrin then went on to thank the many local associations that also support the event and help the organization to run the event safely and successfully both on land and on the water. Special thanks went to the volunteers. It takes about 150 volunteers to run the Regatta, many of them are members and supporters of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.

The approximately 100 attendants at the Cruise Terminal at the Port of St. Maarten, where the sponsor party was held, were thrilled and attentive about the outspoken appreciation and the new information being presented regarding the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2015. The new developments will highlight the 35th anniversary of the event. A new house style and logo, new website, more racing and more convenient logistics were the points of discussion. The Regatta Organizers emphasized that the entire island needs to become involved in the event by showing off what the island has to offer, to ensure that we generate return visitors in low season.

Highlight of the evening was the announcement of the two main acts for the weekend; Tessanne Chin on the Saturday and ‘The Kool and the Gang’ on Sunday night. The roster for this anniversary edition is filling up quickly and the organizing committee was quick to announce that local talent will be performing as well and that more artists will be announced soon. A special thank you goes out to the Port of St. Maarten for making the location and logistics available. A partnership was founded in the previous year and will continue to grow as both parties focus on destination marketing and by joining forces more goals will be achieved.

St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

For 35 years, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.

For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

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Explore the History and Culture of Haida Gwaii, Canada’s Galapagos

December 8, 2014 on 11:32 am | In Adventure Travel, British Columbia, Canada, Labrador, Sailing | Comments Off




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Paddle your way through rocky haul outs where sea lions lounge, float around cliffs where tufted puffins perch and glide through channels where humpbacks and orcas play. You’ll think you’re in the Caribbean when you look down through the clear tidal shallows and find colorful sea stars lighting up the water.

Tofino Expeditions wants to show you this protected land, its native culture and the endemic wildlife that give the Haida Gwaii archipelago its nickname of “Canada’s Galapagos”.

Never heard of Haida Gwaii before? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This torch-shaped cluster of islands is only a two-hour flight from Vancouver but is remote enough to detour all but true adventure seekers. Tofino Expeditions has led tours to Haida Gwaii– formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands – for more than 20 years and has developed a route that lets paddlers experience the very best of this not so distant land, exploring many unique ecological and cultural highlights.

The islands are home to one of North America’s first native civilizations, the Haida. Today, fewer than 5,000 people call the archipelago home, including descendants of the Haida people. Some descendents serve as caretakers of important historical sites like Skung Gwaii Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to many of the Haida’s ancient totems.

Paddlers will visit Skung Gwaii on the Tofino tour and will spend time with the Haida Watchmen, those who protect and interpret valuable cultural sites.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineNational Geographic rated Gwaii Haanas National Park as a top park destination in North America The tour offers travelers a truly authentic wilderness experience with plenty of creature comforts.

Paddlers spend quiet nights camped on sandy beaches under the stars and are treated to gourmet backcountry meals that are expertly prepared by Tofino’s professional guides.

Guests will also have up close and personal views of native wildlife native including Sitka deer, black bears, bald eagles sea lions, whales, fascinating birdlife and more.

Other highlights include hiking through Gwaii Haanas to see diverse flora and fauna like the thousand-year-old cedars and hemlocks, admiring Haida’s ancient totem poles, observing the highest density of intertidal life at Burnaby Narrows as well as many breathtaking views and unforgettable photo opportunities along the way.

The 8-day Haida Gwaii Kayaking Tour offers July and August departures, when the weather in Haida Gwaii is best. Price is $1995 per person.

Visit www.tofino.com  or call 800-677-0877 for more information and to book your tour dates.

 


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