As we move towards the Annual General Meeting which takes place on November 10th, Franklyn Braithwaite, president of the ABMA, has put together a nominating committee who are taking on the role, as per the by-laws, to review the board structure, and actively seek new members to join the board for the upcoming year.
If anyone is interested in joining the board or would like to nominate another person for a board position, please contact one of the committee. The nominating committee consists of: Geoffrey Pidduck – email@example.com – (268) 720-7702
Nigel Benjamin - firstname.lastname@example.org – (268) 725 3013
Ashley Rhodes – email@example.com (268) 464-9962
There are also a number of active sub committees which members could chose to contribute to if a board position is considered to be too large a commitment.
Ondeck Joining The MDF
This week Ondeck, the RYA/MCA accredited sailing school and yacht charter company based in English Harbour has confirmed that from this week, all clients booking courses or charters with the company, will be asked to contribute to the newly formed Marine Development Fund.
The fund, launched earlier this year, has been created by the ABMA for purpose of building funds which will be used to contribute to, support and enhance our industry and the environment in which it operates. Decisions on how the fund is spent will be made by contributing companies along with representatives of the ABMA board.
At Ondeck it is perfect timing to launch the fund being as it is the beginning of a new season and the same timing as some upcoming new courses being offered by the sailing school. Of the courses Managing Director Pete Anthony says.’This season sees the launch of a range of Power and Motor Boat courses to RYA Yachtmaster to meet the demand of the many visiting superyachts along with a range of Boat Engineer courses from our new facility at North Sound. We continue to deliver a training hub here in the Caribbean to rival the biggest and best worldwide’
Customers will be offered the option of contributing to the fund when booking their course with Ondeck (link to form). Antigua Sailing Week trialled the MDF for 2016 registrations and attendees to Antigua Sailing Week by asking for a US$10 contribution per boat registered, and in doing so raised the first EC$1000 towards the fund.
The ABMA is interested in speaking to other businesses who would like to support the fund and long term aims to provide a sustainable way to raise funds for key causes such as ABSAR, Youth Sailing, Environmental and other projects in the yachting communities throughout Antigua.
To discuss your interest further please call the office on 734-6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Antigua Barbuda Marine Directory 2016/2017
We are working on the 2016/2017 edition of the ever popular ABMA Directory and would love to include you and your business in this pocket sized gem. Considered by many to be the ultimate ‘go to’ for all types of information from sail-makers to riggers to places to stay to marine engineers to provisioners and everything in between, can you think of reason not to advertise?
Black and white or full colour adverts, either half or full page are available at veryreasonable costs and we print & distribute 5,000 copies freely around the island. The ABMA Directory contains no write ups, no photos & no stories, it is purely an information based directory of advertisers and ABMA Members only. If you don’t have an advert, we can create one for you, again at a very reasonable cost.
DON'T FORGET we are offering a 10% discount, should you pay for adverts by September 30th 2016.
Dream Yacht Charter to become the Official Exclusive Bareboat and by the Cabin Charter Sponsor of Antigua Sailing Week through May, 2019.
The Dream Yacht Charter fleet consists of 850 yachts in 47 locations worldwide, many of which have actively participated in Antigua Sailing Week over a number of years. Dream Yacht Charter opened its charter base in Antigua two years ago with yachts available for charter including monohulls and catamarans from manufacturers including Beneteau, Catana (featuring the new Bali 4.3 and 4.5), Dufour, Fountaine Pajot, Jeanneau and Lagoon, to name a few. Visit the ABMA website for complete details
Count Down is on for 30th Classic Yacht Regatta
Preparations are in full swing for the 2017 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai, which will hold its landmark 30th annual event next April. Scores of vintage vessels are set to descend on the international sailing hub for an extra special edition of what has become a highlight of the global classic sailing calendar. Visit the ABMA website for complete details.
Six Young Men Became Sailing Instructors
The national sailing academy is pleased to announce that six of its students, all Antiguan, aged 16 – 18 years, have now achieved their royal yachting association qualifications as certified dinghy and keel-boat sailing instructor. Visit ABMA website for more details.