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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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New route between U.S. and Abaco launched
By Jammal Smith / Nassau Guardian   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 06:25

Another new route from the United States has arrived to the Family Islands.  IBC Travel is offering direct flights between Palm Beach, Florida and Marsh Harbor, Abaco.

The new service will offer non-stop flights three times a week — once daily on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  IBC Travel Director of Business Development for the Caribbean Richard Rose said the company is happy to provide such a service between the two markets and is optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead.

“Here at IBC Travel we are excited to deliver the well-deserved service offering of this market to The Bahamas; we see great potential in this new development,” Rose said.

The flights will operate out of Palm Beach International Airport and will fly using a 30-seat twin turboprop aircraft.  Growing airlift from the state makes the new route a promising one, according to President and CEO of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau Jorge Pesquera.

"According to a 2009 study conducted by the Visitflorida.com website, Florida enjoys roughly 176,000 visitors a year from the islands of The Bahamas, which carries the potential for growth as airlift into the state increases each year," Pesquera said.

The Florida-based company already offered previous flights to the Family Islands, running services between Ft. Lauderdale and Bimini and Marsh Harbor. IBC Travel also extends its operations to other Caribbean destinations.

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Bahamas Billfish Championship heading to Guana Cay
Submitted by the Bahamas Billfish Championship Teaser   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 07:09
ABACO, Bahamas -- For the very first time, the Bahamas Billfish Championship will be visiting Guana Cay June 8-11th. While many BBC anglers and crew have been to Guana Cay, in particular Nipper's on Sunday afternoon, this will be the first major fishing tournament hosted by Orchid Bay Yacht Club & Marina and the island of Guana Cay.

The Guana Cay Championship is sponsored by Allied Marine and Bertram Yacht. The Bertram factory team will be competing in the tournament aboard a new Bertram 63, Hole 19.

Registration, anglers meeting, opening night dinner and the awards reception and dinner will take place at Orchid Bay. Tournament registration is from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 8th. There will be complimentary Sands Beer at registration as well as throughout the week courtesy of Bahamas Brewery & Beverage Co. Click HERE to register. Click HERE to view the schedule of events.

A BBC tournament at Guana Cay would not be complete without a visit to Nipper's. So, on Thursday evening, tournament activities will include a Bacardi Anejo Drink Contest at Nipper's. The team of judges will score the contestants on originality of the drink, presentation and the contestant's performance as a bartender/'mixologist.' Cash prizes for first, second and third place.

As of Tuesday May 31st thirty-three entries are confirmed to be fishing the Guana Cay Championship. See you there!
 
2011 Central Abaco Lionfish Derby - 'No lionfish too big or small ... we gotta catch 'em all!'
Info Editor   
Monday, 23 May 2011 12:44

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Under the theme "No lionfish too big or small ... we gotta catch 'em all!" the 2011 Central Abaco Lionfish Derby takes place the weekend of May 27-28th headquartered at the Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room.

FRIDAY, MAY 27TH —5:00-7:00PM: Captain’s Meeting, Late Registration, Cocktails, Lionfish Presentation. (Pick up Derby Rules and Derby Bag)
SATURDAY, MAY 28TH— DERBY: Sunrise TO 4:00 PM, Official Recording up to 4:00 PM, AWARDS CEREMONY: 6:00 PM

1st Prize $2,000
2nd Prize $1,000
3rd Prize $500
*Additional prizes for largest and smallest lionfish.  Up to 4 people per boat.

To register click HERE or contact 367-2721 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Click HERE to visit Friends of the Environment's website.

 
Abaco artisans show creative form
Written by BIS   
Monday, 09 May 2011 06:49

 Birds made from shells, by Reno Smith of Moore’s Island, Abaco were a hit. (BIS photo/Gladstone Thurston)MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has added 103 Abaco artisans to the growing craft industry as the new multi million dollar craft market downtown Nassau nears completion.

And, construction of a virtual market place in cyberspace from where Bahamian artisans can sell their products over the Internet to anyone in the world has started, it was confirmed.

Utilising ingredients found in the local environment, participants from Moore’s Island, Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, and Marsh Harbour last weekend showed off their creative skills during graduation ceremonies for them.

They produced a variety of figurines, jewellery, bags, hats, utensils, paper-weights, key chains, and other items.

“I am so impressed by what they have done,” said BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key. “The quality of the products is fantastic.

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St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students perform during E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications [photos]
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:19

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students performed poetry, drama, and song as individuals and groups during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the Marsh Harbour, Abaco school.  Students scored well and drew praises from Drama Adjudicator and Bahamian cultural icon James Catalyn. ABACO, Bahamas -- St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students performed poetry, drama, and song as individuals and groups during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the Marsh Harbour, Abaco school. 

Students scored well and drew praises from Drama Adjudicator and Bahamian cultural icon James Catalyn. 

(BIS photo gallery / Eric Rose)

 

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