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News notes – Florida and the South

Bahamian resort and marina taking shape

Developers of the Chub Cay Marina & Resort in the Bahamas say strong interest from members has the first phase of the project well on track.

The $100 million project scheduled for completion this spring will include an expanded marina from 96 to some 200 slips on concrete floating docks and an overall depth of 12 feet throughout the marina, which can accommodate yachts more than 200 feet.

Fifty-seven Bahamian styled villas, including two-to-five bedroom homes will also be finished this year.


Boating the focus at medical conference

In March, OffshoreSailingSchool and the Wilderness Medical Society present the second annual Sail for CME Credits Conference, a unique continuing medical education program for medical professionals.

Held at the new South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Fla., this intense weeklong program combines a complete sail or power certification course with 13 hours of CME credits relative to the sea and outdoors.

Each day of the conference is divided into CME seminars, and classroom and on-water training in sail or powerboat handling. Participants choose in advance one of four US Sailing or US Powerboat certified courses offered during this conference: Learn to Sail, Performance Sailing, Bareboat Cruising Preparation and the Power Cruise Course. All courses are taught by OffshoreSailingSchool’s Coast Guard Licensed and US Sailing certified instructors. Founded in 1964 by Olympic and America’s Cup sailor, Steve Colgate, OffshoreSailingSchool has graduated more than 100,000 adults from its core courses.

The 2006 program is scheduled for March 26 - April 1. Package costs at South Seas Island Resort start at $2,994 per person, double occupancy in a Harbourside room with all elements of the sailing or power course, the CME program, boxed lunches, several meals and social functions included.

Learn to Sail and Performance Sailing courses are conducted on Colgate 26 sailboats, Bareboat Cruising Preparation is aboard a new Hunter 36-foot yacht, and the Power Cruise course is on a Luhrs Mainship 30-II Rumrunner. The package (accommodations and social events) for non-sailing spouses and friends is $1,174. For those spouses and friends who wish to participate in the sail or power training, packages start at $2,369 double occupancy. “This course is not just for doctors and nurses,” Jacobs said. “Partners and guests are strongly encouraged to join. It’s broad enough in scope so that laypersons will get a lot out of it.”

ContactOffshoreSailingSchool at (800) 221-4326 or visit .


Cartoon characters join U.S. Power Squadrons

Popeye, Olive Oyl and the U.S. Power Squadrons, America’s largest boating educational organization, have joined forces to remind all boaters to take a Power Squadron Boating Course during National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26. Nearly all 450 Power Squadron units throughout the nation plus in Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands and even in Tokyo will be offering a public boating course during National Safe Boating Week. USPS will be publicizing this in boating publications and with radio public service announcements featuring the voices of Popeye and Olive Oyl, who were made Honorary Members at the recent USPS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

King Features, which owns the rights to Popeye and his friends, arranged for the recording of the Public Service Announcement and for special Popeye art. To find information on a USPS Boating Course or SkillBuilding seminar in your area, call toll free (888) 367-8777 or visit the USPS web site at .


Shipwreck museum to re-open in New Orleans

Odyssey Marine Exploration, a leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, announced it would re-open Odyssey’s Shipwreck & Treasure Adventure in New Orleans Feb. 15.

After a Grand Opening Aug. 27, 2005, Odyssey closed the attraction as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

“New Orleans played a significant role in the history of the SS Republic, our first major deep-ocean archaeological recovery, and we believe the city’s tourism market will be an important customer base and learning model for future attractions,” said Greg Stemm, Odyssey Marine Exploration’s co-founder.

Odyssey’s Shipwreck & Treasure Adventure’s initial hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $13.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 4-12. Annual passes will be available for $28 for adults and $18 for children. For more information about the New Orleans attraction, visit .