Ecotank Afloat: Eco-Friendly Pumping Station Delivers Services to Your Yacht

Despite a worldwide concern regarding the problems of pollution in marinas & anchorage areas, until now there have been no cost-effective systems or methods to efficiently resolve these issues, or to provide simple solutions in an effort to combat the dumping of contaminated fluids.

Ecotank is a boat especially designed to tackle these problems. Instead of vessels having to undertake the inconvenience of using land based pump-out systems, Ecotank expediently brings the pump-out to the boat.

Ecotank is an environmentally friendly and convenient alternative to on shore pumping stations for vessel water treatment. Ecotank is on call to operate alongside any vessel in need of a variety of services.

Ecotank is presently servicing the French Riviera with a fleet of seven new generation boats that will offer mobile pumping services along the coast between Monaco and Toulon.

Ecotank is compliant to the international standards of the European Union, Lloyd’s, and the American Coast Guard.

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July Caribbean Events Calendar

July Caribbean Calendar

Bonaire Cleanup

8 -10 KATS Premier’s Cup, Tortola (IC24 youth sailing)

8 – 17 Dominica Dive Fest. www.dominica.dm/site/divefest.cfm
9          Bequia Fishermen’s Day Competition. www.bequiatourism.com
9 – 17 Round Guadeloupe Race for Traditional Sailing Canoes. infocgvt@gmail.com
10 –     Public holiday in the Bahamas (Independence Day)

10 –      Underwater Clean-Up, Bonaire. www.divefriendsbonaire.com/clean_up_dives
14 –     Bastille Day. Celebrations on French islands
22 – Cruzan Open One Design Regatta, St. Croix, USVI. St. Croix Yacht Club (SCYC), www.stcroixyc.com

CROOD Regatta

17 – 20  BVI Billfish Tournament.

BVI Billfish Tournament

 

 

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Uncle Roddys Beach Bar is a Destination Must for Yachtsmen Cruising the Leeward Islands

Rodman George of Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar in Barbuda, listed among the Top 20 Beach Shacks in the Caribbean, will commemorate Princess Diana in a local ceremony.

Roddy’s Beach Bar, owned by renowned bartender Rodman “Roddy” George, opened its doors in 2005 to become legendary among yachtsmen sailing the Leeward Islands. Uncle Roddy’s Bar is steps from a pristine, white sand beach with magnificent views of neighboring islands Antigua, Montserrat, St Kitts, and Nevis.

An abundance of lobster, expertly prepared, and signature cocktails have provided the foundation for the growing fame of Uncle Roddy’s, recently rated one of the Top 20 Beach Bars in the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler.

George worked at the exclusive K Club as a bartender before opening his own place. Among the many famous guests at the resort the most celebrated was

Roddy and Princes Diana: Photo Credit Laune Isaac

Princess Diana. In her honor and commemorating what would have been her 50th birthday, Barbudan residents have elected to name a beach after her.

Councilwoman Dorcas Beazer commented, “We were honored to host Princess Diana on her many visits to Barbuda, and I believe that it is people like Uncle Roddy and the hospitality and laid back charm of Barbudans that inspired her repeat visits to Barbuda.”

Proprietor Rodman George will join Governor General Dame Louise Lake Tack, local Barbudan officials and residents in lighting a flotilla of 50 lanterns to signify the hope, peace and harmony that Princess Diana brought to Barbuda and to help spread her spirit of humanity via the ocean to the rest of the world. For persons who cannot attend the ceremony, their messages will be carefully placed on lanterns and floated off in the ensemble.

Uncle Roddy's is located on the beach front known as The Coral Group Bay. Anchor by Coco Point and tender west along the shoreline until you spot the rooftop of the beach villa adjacent to the property. Or telephone 1 268 785 3268 for a lift.

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A Romantic Sailing Yacht, A Dreamy Location, Celebrate Your Special Occasion

Reaction, a very popular yacht for very good reasons

Memorialize your special event with a romantic charter on board an elegant luxury yacht. Here is a selection of yachts with dreamy layouts and delightful crews that are ideal for your celebration. For an intimate, exciting and memorable honeymoon, anniversary, or romantic getaway, share with your loved one an experience that will create memories well worth passing down.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE Cruise the Florida Keys on this all inclusive yacht, air conditioned yacht that

Double Exposure is a sail and power catamaran perfect for the Florida Keys

is as ideal for sunning as relaxing in the shade.

Discover the pristine and secluded Bahamas aboard Dream Ketcher

DREAM KETCHER is a 41 foot ketch in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.  Rate is all inclusive with bar and up to 1 dive per day for certified divers.

REACTION is all inclusive 55 foot catamaran that will thrill divers with up to 5 dives per person per week in the amazingly clear waters of the Virgin Islands.

SANDCASTLE is a seaworthy 72 foot ketch in the Virgin Islands. The all

Sandcastle "The ranking went 1 to 10. We rate this yacht a 12"

inclusive special honeymoon package includes two spa treatments or two scuba dives.

Sayang "A fantastic sailboat, a superb captain and a lovely hostess"

SAYANG is a 55′ foot cutter  that sails in the Virgin Islands. SAYANG is one of our top picks for honeymooners, a lovely yacht with a very fastidious crew. Celebrate all inclusive, with complimentary fruit basket, bottle of champagne, $100 towards dinner ashore or spa treatment.

5 STAR, of all the monohulls in the Virgin Islands, has the classiest ambiance and a crew that accommodates clients in a 5 STAR manner with superb hospitality. Very romantic master suite in the forpeak with excellent amenities including terry robes, slippers.

SOULS CALLING is an owner version layout of the Lagoon 500 and has an elegant master suite with dressing area, large bathroom, and true privacy.  Amenities, like the hammock and center console tender, make this a very upscale yacht.

5 Star, a fantastic Benateau for couples looking to get away to paradise

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Souls Calling has an amazing crew and excellent amenities

AROUND SICILY IN 500 MILES: 14 Day Itinerary Courtesy of Luxury Sailing Yacht YUK

Around Sicily in 500 Miles

Circumnavigating Sicily is an experience of a lifetime. The captain and crew of YUK, a Hallberg-Rassy 62 foot sailing yacht, invite guests for an intimate journey into this land of extraordinary art and culture, fantastic landscapes and renowned cuisine. Sail 500 miles around Sicily while sampling the finest local food and wine both on shore and on board your luxury charter yacht. Explore the most interesting places on the coast and islands while sailing upon the crystal waters of three seas: the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Mediterranean.

Day 1: Depart from the capital city of Palermo to San Vito Lo Capo, a small

San Vito Lo Capo

townnestled between spectacular mountains, famous for the international Cous Cous Fest and dotted with charming seaside restaurants.  Enjoy a classic dinner of fish couscous San Vito washed down by a fine local wine.

View from Norman castle, Erice

Day 2: Sail from San Vito to the historic town of Erice located 750 meters above sea level. There are two castles and impressive ancient ruins worth visiting. Savor luncheon al fresco at anchor before navigating to Favignana, popular for diving and snorkeling. Dive into the ocean in the afternoon then prepare to explore the town and anchor for the night.

Day 3: Favignana is famous for bluefin tuna caught using ancient Arab techniques, and caves of calcarenite rock. Visit the tuna factory, do a bit of shopping and play in the sparkling sea. In the afternoon depart for Marsala, a short distance of 10 miles. Drop anchor in Marsala Lagoon and visit the windmills of Mozia Aperitif. Visit the old town at sunset for spectacular views and explore the ancient market of Marsala.

Porto Emoedocle

Day 4: The cruise from Marsala to Porto Empedocle passes 66 miles of spectacular coastline. There are several port towns and lovely beaches that are perfect for shore excusions. Moor in Porto Empedocle that lies on the coast of the Strait of Sicily and is steeped in culture and history.

Day 5: This morning visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The Greek pre-socratic philosopher Empedocles

was a citzen of this ancient Greek colony. Sail to Cala dei Turchi with its sweeping sandy beach and towering cliffs in a picturesque cove, the place of ancient Arab pirate landings in Sicily.  The surrounding sea is incredibly transparent and offers superb grotto diving. Cocktails and dinner on board the yacht and a night transfer to reach Marina di Ragusa.

Day 6: Ragusa is listed with seven other cities in the Val di Noto as a UNESCO

Ragusa

World Heritage Site. The city is a thrill for history, art and architecture enthusiasts, with origins that can be traced back to the 2nd millennium B.C.  From the noteworthy collections of the Hyblean Archaeological Museum to fabulous Baroque and Rococo architecture, Ragusa is an extraordinary destination.

Cathedral of San Giorgio in Ragusa Ibla

Day 7: Depart Ragusa for Siracusa via Portopalo di Capo Passero, due to its location a crossroads of civilization and culture for seafarers that have challenged the Mediterranean Sea.  Continue to Syracuse for a romantic dinner at a harbor restaurant in Ortigia.

Syracuse Giovanni Dall'Orto

Day 8: Syracuse, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an amazing repository of Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and is mentioned in the Bible because the Apostle Paul spent time here. There are also wonderful museums, shops and restaurants offering far more to do than can be done in a day.

Day 9: Navigate to Taormina

Taormina viewed from the bay of Giardini Naxos

where the yacht will moor in the picturesque Bay of Giardini Naxos, a popular seaside resort. The village of Taormina is perched on a cliff overlooking the warm waters of the Ionian Sea. Visit the ancient Greek theatre, remarkable for its state of preservation and location. Stroll among buildings and churches centuries old, lively bars, fine

Antique Shop in Taormina

restaurants and antique shops, all of which contribute to Taormina’s allure. Taormina is approximately a forty-five minute drive away from Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna.

Day 10: Depart for Messina, the third largest city on Sicily. Founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC, Messina is characterized by landmarks, museums, restaurants, shops, beautiful fountains and splendid squares at every turn.

Day 11: Embark upon the 35 mile passage

Messina Harbor

through the Straits of Messina to Capo di Milazzo, a thin peninsula that extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is the site where several civilizations have settled beginning in the Neolithic age, and the site of Ulysses shipwreck and fated meeting with Polyphemus. The port of Milazzo is a departure point for ferries to the Aeolian Islands and Naples.

Giovan Angelo Montorsoli, Fontana del Nettuno a Messina

Day 12: The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea and a very popular tourist destination. Here the weather will help decide which islands to visit and what adventures to pursue.  Visit the fascinating pumice quarry and plan for an excursion to Capofaro Malvasia Resort, situated under the lighthouse from which it takes its name, on Salina, the Aeolian Island with the greenest and most luxuriant vegetation. The Regaleali Estate is renowned for Tasca d’Almerita award winning wines and a restaurant offering typical Sicilian dishes prepared with estate grown produce.

Day 13: Depart the Aeolian Islands for the 55 mile journey to Cefalu. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board while docked in the Bay of Cefalu. The town is one of the major tourist attractions in the region with a young atmosphere and lively nightlife. The villages are attractive for artistic, cultural and historic reasons. Dinner can be enjoyed at a local restaurant on the sea.

Palermo Quattro Canti: Author Josep Renalias

Day 14: Time to return to Palermo and bid your captain and crew farewell. If possible plan to spend at least a day here in Sicily’s cultural, economic and tourist capital.  Visitors delight in the extraordinary restaurants, splendid Romanesque and Gothic architecture, palaces, museums and theatres and fine shopping.

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