United Airlines Expanding Flights to Puerto Rico

United Airlines is significantly ramping up its service to Puerto Rico, the carrier announced this week.

The airline said it would be increasing its flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to six times a week, up from just one flight per week.

More crucially, the route will operate with Boeing 777 aircraft offering 344 seats.

The expanded service will begin Dec. 18, according to United.

“For the last 25 years, United Airlines has been a proud member of the San Juan business community and has played a vital role in connecting Puerto Rico to the world,” said Millie Uriarte, United’s regional director of Sales for Puerto Rico. “Today’s announcement is just the beginning and we look forward to continuing to do business with customers throughout the island.”

Read the full article here. Puerto Rico is an ideal hub for accessing the British Virgin Islands – it’s just a short hop from Puerto Rico.

BAVARIA C57 – SOMETHING BIG IS COMING

BAVARIA YACHTS announces a new revolutionary sailing yacht, in the form of the new BAVARIA Cruiser 57, at the Yachting Festival in Cannes.

The innovative design, the smart layout, the high-quality equipment and build, and the impressive performance set new standards – and not only for BAVARIA YACHTS.

…..Something big is coming.

Watch this space for more announcements…

Stop press: Nautitech 46 Fly sailed at 16 knots on delivery from factory!

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46 Fly sailed at 16 knots on delivery from factory and Andrew Thompson, Director of Horizon, who sailed her from La Rochelle to Southampton, commented that she was incredibly well mannered and easy to sail in double digits, and knows there is a a lot more in the tank! “ We averaged 8.75 knots over the final 100 miles. This is a cat with the best bridge deck in class, a beautiful interior, first class construction, that gets up and seriously  goes, with no fuss at all.”

See the delivery pictures here. See video from the crossing here.

Prince Harry Planning Caribbean Visit!

Prince-Harry-950x477The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry will be visiting the Caribbean this fall, Kensington Palace announced Monday.

Prince Harry will be making the official visit in the late autumn on behalf of The Queen, officials said.

The Prince’s visit will include stops in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The visit comes after Prince Harry last visited the Caribbean in 2012 with a trip to Jamaica that included a friendly “race” against Usain Bolt.

The trip is planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Barbados and Guyana’s independence, along with the 35th anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda’s independence.

While the Prince last visited Barbados in 2010 on an official trip, this will be his first official visit to all of the other Caribbean countries.

You can read the full story here.

New Nonstop Flights Coming to Puerto Rico

Las Vegas-based air carrier Allegiant is planning an expansion to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The company is launching two new routes to Puerto Rico’s capital out of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

The seasonal service from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico will launch Dec. 17, with fares starting as low as $79 one way, according to the company.

It’s just a short hop from Puerto Rico to the British Virgin Islands…!

You can read the complete news article here.

Adventures in Small Doses

We were delighted to be featured in Cruising World! You can read their complete article on taking breaks away from your yacht here.

Delta Launching New Nonstop Caribbean Flights

Delta has announced a major expansion of its Caribbean flight network out of Boston. The carrier is launching new routes to a host of destinations out of the northeastern hub.

Delta will begin offering one Saturday nonstop flight to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. It’s just a short ferry hop from St Thomas to Horizon’s Base in the British Virgin Islands!

The new St Thomas service will launch Feb 18.

You can read the full press release here.

World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches

Grenada Sailing Association to Host World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches

Grenada Sailing Association has been successful in an application to host a World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches, which will be run from 22 – 27 July at True Blue Bay Resort. World Sailing (formerly known as the International Sailing Federation, ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is responsible for promotion, development, training and administration in the sport of sailing throughout the world. Grenada, via the Grenada Sailing Association, is a ‘Member National Authority’ (MNA) and because of this is eligible to apply to host one of the prestigious Technical Training Courses that the organisation runs.

GSA Treasurer Jacqui Pascall (Director of Horizon Yacht Charters in Grenada & St Vincent) worked in close liaison with Abbie Hewitt, World Sailing’s Training & Development Officer, the Grenada Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, successfully completing all the relevant paperwork and administration required, gaining the necessary funding via Olympic Solidarity and sealing approval to host the course. James Benoit, Association President, commented: “It is excellent news that Grenada is to host a World Sailing Technical Course. It will provide extremely valuable experience & knowledge to our keen young coaches and I would like to thank all involved for their hard work to make this happen.”

The course will be a 5 day programme and will be run by Tim Cross, World Sailing Training & Development, Nominated Expert, who will be flying to Grenada from England specifically to take part. The course will be a combination of theory & class work as well as practical experience on the water. Grenada Sailing Association has been able to offer places to Noah Bullen, Robert Fleming, Rees Evans, Kevin Banfield, Kwesi Paul, Shakeem Collins, Akim Clement, Aaron Malcolm, Zacharay Lagan and Arkmn Compton, young coaches/instructors from Grenada Yacht Club, Gouyave, St. David’s, Woburn, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Junior Sailing Clubs.

The aim of the course, as specified by World Sailing, is as follows:

‘To teach potential coaches how to introduce the fundamental skills required for non-sailors to be able to take part in their first experience on the water learning how to independently manoeuvre a boat on all points of sail in no more than moderate conditions. The Level 1 course candidates will need to be competent sailors who wish to pass on their passion, knowledge and practical experiences to anyone (youth or adult) wishing to take part in the sport of sailing. The Level 1 course covers the skills required to deliver entry level participation oriented practical and theoretical sessions and includes the development of skills required to turn novices into independent sailors.’

The Grenada Sailing Association is pleased to have achieved another important goal in the development of quality technical training in Junior Sailing and would like to thank the Grenada Olympic Committee for its valuable assistance. The Association would also like to thank Camper & Nicholsons Marinas; Budget Marine; Grenada Marine; Horizon Yacht Charters; Island Dreams Yacht Services; Grenada Yacht Club and Glenelg Spring Water for their long term support.

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JetBlue Adds Mint Service to Grenada Flights

JetBlue is ramping up its Caribbean expansion with the addition of another new Mint Cabin service to the region.

The New York City-based carrier has announced the addition of Mint premium cabin service on flights between New York and Grenada, set to launch in January 2017.

Read the full report here.

Delta, Seaborne Sign Codeshare Agreement

Delta Air Lines and Seaborne Airlines have announced a codeshare agreement that will provide customers from both airlines with increased travel options to and from the U.S. and Caribbean.

The agreement will complement Delta’s service to the Caribbean, extending Delta flight numbers and fares to 10 Seaborne markets with up to 40 daily round-trip flights.

The codeshare flights will connect through San Juan, where Seaborne is based. There will be Delta-coded Seaborne Airlines-operated routes to five new destinations in the Caribbean: Beef Island, British Virgin Islands; Dominica; Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis; Anguilla; and La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Read the full article here.