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Team Galati takes first place in the 28th annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament
Submitted by the Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 11:15

Team Galati, Holmes Beach, FL receives the First Place Team award for the 28th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, June 12-17, 2011, Abaco, Bahamas. (L. to R.) Left to right: Drew Hill, Mike Kasten, Christian Hightower, Capt.Chris Galati, Joseph Galati Jr. Daniel Menard, Darren Plymale, Mike Stein, Joe Galati. (Photo Credit: Paula Fishman I www.sunphoto.biz)ABACO, Bahamas -- Team Galati took top honors at the 28th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, held June 12-17 at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina, Abaco Bahamas. Owned by Chris Galati, Holmes Beach, FL, Team Galati scored 2,500 points with four blue marlin and a sailfish, winning  Top Team, Top Release Team and other honors. They released a blue on Monday, a blue and a sailfish on Tuesday and two blues on Thursday, beating 11 teams and 60 anglers.

Boneshaker, owned by Joe Lehner, Stuart, FL finished second with a blue, a white and two sailfish for a total of 1,000 points. Third place went to Ticket, owned by Jim Jensen, Satellite Beach, FL, for releasing a blue and a white marlin 800 points.

Top Angler and Top Release Angler went to Ed Dwyer Cocoa Beach, FL, on the Ticket. Team Galati's Joe Galati, Jr. won Top Junior Angler for releasing one blue. Team Galati's second junior angler, Christian Hightower, Holmes Beach FL, released a blue but was trumped by time for the Junior Angler award.

Second place angler went to Josh Herbert, Ponte Vedra, FL for a blue marlin release and the first blue of the tournament on Pandemonium. Darren Plymale, Odessa, FL on Team Galati took Third Place Angler for a blue marlin release.

Ticket took two top honors in the Fun Fish division. Top Tuna went to Karl Schneider, Satellite Beach, FL for a 33.2 lb. yellowfin. Garett Van Orman, Rockledge, FL took Top Dolphin with a 37 lb. fish.

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Sea Spray Resort, Abaco - 2nd Annual Summer Art & Craft Show this Saturday
Submitted by Bahamian Arts & Culture   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 13:23

ABACO, Bahamas -- The Sea Spray Resort and Marina in Elbow Cay, Abaco presents its 2nd Annual Summer Art & Craft Show featuring local artists with indoor and outdoor displays this Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 11am to 4pm.

Ferry service from Marsh Harbour leaves at 10:30am and returns from Sea Spray Marina at 4:00pm, provided by Albury's Ferry Service. Call for transportation from Hope Town. Call 242-366-0065 or VHF Ch.16 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  See poster below:


 
US Ambassador Avant donates life jackets to Abaco students as part of safe boating campaign
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:36

U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant is met upon arrival to Abaco by Island Administrator Cephas Cooper, Supt. Noel Curry, RBPF and other officials.ABACO, Bahamas -- U.S Ambassador Nicole Avant and Lieutenant Commander Brian Betz from the United States Coast Guard visited the Agape Christian School in Marsh Harbour and the Hope Town Primary School on Wednesday, June 15 to promote the USCG’s “Youth Safe Boating Campaign.”  

The U.S. Embassy officials were joined by representatives from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) and student trainers from the RBDF Rangers Program to educate students about boat safety and how to keep themselves, their families, friends, and fellow boaters out of harm’s way. 

LCDR Brian Betz outlines safe boating tips as the students follow attentively.The presenters also emphasized the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times while on the water, even if you are a good swimmer. At the end of each presentation, students received their very own life jacket thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

In her remarks, Ambassador Avant encouraged the students to make sound decisions when they are on the water and to not be afraid to speak up if they think that the practices on a boat may not be safe.  

“You are all so blessed to live in Abaco where you have access to a rich marine environment that most people in the world only dream about,” said Ambassador Avant.  “But with this gift comes one important responsibility – always think of safety first when you are on the water.”

While in Abaco, Ambassador Avant also met with Island Administrator, Mr. Cephas Cooper, representatives of Hope Town’s American community, and top students from the Royal Bahamas Defense Force’s competitive Ranger program. The Ambassador also had the opportunity to meet Anna Albury, who was recently awarded the 2011 Primary School Student of Year.

Before her remarks to 50 primary students assembled for the safe boating presentation, Ambassador Avant applauded Anna for her achievement and encouraged her to reach for her dreams.  She also praised Hope Town’s supportive community environment and the primary school’s entire student body for fully embracing Anna’s unique abilities and gifts.  

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Bridge linking GB and Abaco could be monumental says Administrator
By K. Nancoo - Russell / The Freeport News   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 08:08

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Support for the proposed "Grabaco" bridge, which would link the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama is being expressed by the administrator for the east Grand Bahama District Bradley Armbrister, who says the advantages of such a project would far outweigh the disadvantages.

The idea of building a bridge linking the two islands has, over the years, been strongly promoted by honorary chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Sir Jack Hayward.

Armbrister was one of the presenters at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Summit Friday, and said he believes the bridge would provide a boost to the tourism industry for both islands.

"If you link Abaco and Grand Bahama together, you instantly create 200 miles of ... delightful island appeal. There is enormous potential in such a venture. I believe that a Grabaco Bridge would expand commerce and broaden opportunities for innovative Bahamian entrepreneurs," he said.

Citing the container port, harbour, airport and oil storage facilities available in Grand Bahama, Armbrister said if the bridge is constructed, citizens of Abaco would be able to utilise them to their advantage.

"Even adding the trucking fee, I believe that merchandise could be imported cheaper through Freeport. This could really impact the transportation industry," he said.

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Next up - BBC 2011 Final Leg - Treasure Cay Championship
Submitted by the Bahamas Billfish Championship Teaser   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 08:04

ABACO, Bahamas -- As the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Championship draws to a close, all eyes are on the Treasure Cay Championship June 22nd to 26th at Treasure Cay Resort & Marina. Historically, the final tournament of the season determines the winner of the Series. This year is no exception. With a season of record high scores for tournament wins, there are several teams in contention for the title of Bahamas Billfish Champion.

There will be a competition on Friday evening to see who has the oldest BBC tournament T-shirt. While we are fortunate to have many new anglers and teams, there are many in our group that have participated in BBC tournaments for over 20-years. Several of these individuals pride themselves on having classic BBC T-shirts and this is their chance to show-off these 'classics.' There are cash prizes and bottles of Bacardi Anejo for the winners.  

The Treasure Cay Championship is sponsored by HMY Yachts Sales, Viking Yachts and Bank of America's Wealth Management Group, US Trust and Merrill Lynch. Through the courtesy of Bahamas Brewery & Beverage Co., there will be complimentary Sands Beer at registration as well as throughout the week during image review.

The Treasure Cay Championship's 'schedule of events' includes two awards ceremonies on Saturday evening in the air conditioned Spinnaker Restaurant. Prior to dinner, the awards will be presented to the winners of the Treasure Cay Championship. After dinner, the awards for the overall winners of this year's BBC will be presented. Several of our major BBC trophy sponsors will be making the presentations including Steve Lewis of the Lewis Marine Group. Monica Higgs and Andrew Pinder of Abaco Gold will award the 'Championship Ring' to the Overall Winner of this year's Championship.

As of Tuesday, June 14th, thirty-three entries are confirmed to be fishing the final leg of BBC 2011 at Treasure Cay. See you there!

 
Krazy Salts 'mixes-up' a win at Guana Cay Championship
Submitted by the Bahamas Billfish Championship Teaser   
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 07:36

David Anderson's team Krazy Salts of Medford, New Jersey, christened the event perfectly by scoring 3,000 points to take First Place at the Guana Cay Championship, the fourth leg on the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Championship.ABACO, Bahamas -- A field of thirty-six of the world’s top sportfishing teams were on-hand for the first billfish tournament ever held on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos. David Anderson’s team Krazy Salts of Medford, New Jersey, christened the event perfectly by scoring 3,000 points to take First Place at the Guana Cay Championship, the fourth leg on the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Championship.  Keith Greenberg, captain of the Viking 70, directed the team in releasing two blue marlin on day one and concluding with three blue marlin on the final day.

The fishing was excellent for the three day tournament despite higher than usual June winds. An impressive 49 blue marlin were caught and released by the 36 participating boats. For the win, Krazy Salts received the Randy Rich designed First Place trophy from Alton Herndon, President of Bertram and Don Jones, Vice President of Bertram. As Top Release Team for the Guana Cay Championship, Krazy Salts was presented with an original Hy Jacobsen teak sculpture awarded by BBC sponsors Murray Products and the Al Behrendt Marine Group. The Lewis Marine Group sponsored Top Crew trophies were presented to Capt. Keith Greenberg and the crew of Krazy Salts.

Winner of the Central Abaco Championship, Bear Trap, finished in Second Place. John Stout’s Chattanooga, Tennessee based Spencer 66 captained by Greg Eklund caught four blues and one white marlin for a 2,600 point total. Michael Anderson of Baldwinsville, New York, chartered Capt. Geno Pratt’s Vista 49 Geno IV for the BBC’s Guana Cay leg. The team managed to release four blue marlin over the three fishing days to capture Third Place with 2,400 points. In addition to the Randy Rich acrylic trophies, the top three teams all received gift certificates from Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and Bacardi Anejo Rum from Bristol Wine and Spirits of the Bahamas.

During the three day tournament the 36 participating boats caught and released an extraordinary 70 billfish; 49 blue marlin, 13 white marlin and 8 sailfish. The Bahamas Billfish Championship utilizes time and date stamped digital images to validate the species and release times of all billfish. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team releasing fish further confirms that the billfish was released in accordance with IGFA and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.

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Primary School Student of the Year meets the Prime Minister
BIS   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 06:48

The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year, Anna Albury, a 12-year-old blind student with a grade point average of 3.80 from Abaco's Hope Town Primary School, visits the House of Assembly on Monday, June 6.  Ms Albury is pictured being greeted at the door of the House by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year, Anna Albury, a 12-year-old blind student with a grade point average of 3.80 from Abaco's Hope Town Primary School, visits the House of Assembly on Monday, June 6.

Ms Albury is pictured being greeted at the door of the House by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham.

(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

 

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