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Friday, November 10, 2006

Queen Beatrix Continues Her Bonaire Visit Opening Art Exhibit and Meeting Windsurfers

On Thursday, November 9, 2006, Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands continued with her Bonaire tour.  After visiting the Marshe di Rincon, she continued to the Kas di Arte to open the new exhibit highlighting works of many Bonaire artists.

Here the doors were opened wide for the Queen to enter and privately view the collection consisting of paintings, sculpture, stained glass, and traditional costumes decorated with scenes of Bonaire.  As she stepped out from the exhibit a few minutes later, she was pleasantly surprised to see a group of young children saluting her, after which they performed several dances.

In the afternoon, the Queen honored Bonaire Windsurf Place with a vist to meet Bonaire’s legendary sailors and watch an exhibit by the Bonaire Kids as well as those who have turned professional.

The Queen leaves Bonaire on Friday morning, to continue her Antillean tour with a stop in Sint Maarten next.

To view images from Thursday’s visits, click here to view the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 10, 2006 at 1:19pm AST
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations Announces February Singles Weeks

Singles Week will be held from February 3, 2007 through February 24, 2007, for the third consecutive year, after Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations realized there was a need for travel services designed specifically for the solo traveler.

In the past, many windsurfers and kiters wanted to head to warmer waters for winter sailing, but lacked a traveling companion to enjoy the island experience.  Now each year, single windsurfers and kiters meet up each February with other like-minded solo travelers to feel the breeze by day and enjoy the sites and sounds of Bonaire’s balmy winter nights. After a day of sailing, dine under the stars seaside and after a sumptuous meal, dance to the sounds of a local Caribbean band. Snorkel and dive trips as well as caving, nature tours, kayak tours, and more are readily available. Organized by Ann Phelan, herself a single windsurfer and travel agent, all services such as airfare (from select cities), single accommodations, gear and vehicle rentals can be arranged.  For additional information, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com(Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 18, 2006 at 10:00am AST
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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bonaire Sailing Foundation Announces Schedule for Regatta Week

BSaF (Bonaire Sailing Foundation) has just announced the schedule for all activities during Regatta Week from Thursday, October 5 through Saturday, October 14, 2006.

The days will be filled with sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, micro boats, and fishing boats, all competing in several events throughout the week.  Special events abound including the Working Boat Parade, a Pia Pia 10-kilometer Walk, the Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire, the FCB 36-kilometer Bicycle Tour. and even a parade of nations.

Nights will be filled with festivities on the Regatta Boulevard from Karel’s Beach Bar, City Café to the Wilhelmina Park, a variety of stands with food, souvenirs, games, shirts, bars, local and International live music and shows. There will be also live music groups with after midnight party at Karel’s Beach Bar, Pirate’s House, City Café. 

For additional information, click here(Source:  BSaF Web site)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 05, 2006 at 10:50am AST
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Windsurfing Documentary Features Bonaire

Just out is a new documentary on the art and sport of windsurfing by filmmaker Spaako (Frank Borghstijn). The documentary, called Wild Birds, claims to feature the best wavesailing and freestyle action on the planet. The documentary was shot in Bonaire (at Sorobon and Salt Pier), Holland, Maui, Belgium, Western Australia, and Denmark.

The film is a tribute to what it feels like to experience the atmosphere, passion, dedication, and the dream of becoming a professional windsurfer.

Among the Bonaire windsurfers featured are brothers Tonky and Taty Frans, Kiri Thode, and the Saragoza brothers.

Wild Birds is available on DVD for € 34.90, and has a run time of 47 minutes, plus 73 minutes of extras.  (Source: Wild Birds Movie web site, Review of Wild Birds)

Posted by Jake Richter on September 07, 2006 at 10:18am AST
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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wind & Sun Vacations Offers Low-Season Dive, Windsurf, and Kiteboard Specials

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations has teamed up with various Bonaire tourist-sector companies to provide a variety of low season packages for divers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders.  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is owned by windsurfer and event promoter Ann Phelan, who has over 19 years experience in Caribbean travel planning. 

For the full news release, click here(Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 26, 2006 at 9:57am AST
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Monday, August 21, 2006

Invitation to the 39th Bonaire International Sailing Regatta 2006

Elvis Martinus of the Bonaire Sailing Foundation announces the 39th Bonaire International Sailing Regatta will take place from October 8-14, 2006.

On behalf of the Bonaire Sailing Foundation I am proud to invite you to this year’s Bonaire International Sailing Regatta.  Information about this year’s event is available at our updated web site at www.bonaireregatta.org.  This site offers participants and visitors complete and up-to-date information on where to go and what to do on Bonaire during the regatta this year. Our site gives you a feel for everything there is to do and see while you’re here. Enjoy!

During the past 38 years we have combined spectacular sailing races with outstanding activities for participants as well as for visitors to Bonaire.

From the “Kas di Regatta” (the papiamentu words for “House of the Regatta") we organize our daily races in a wide variety of sailing classes. We have Optimist races on the sheltered waters of Kralendijk. Windsurfing is done on Lac Bay, home of the famous Bonaire Windsurfing Kids. Juniors and adults may participate in the Sunfish or Laser class or on Sailboards or Yachts. For fishermen we also have races in the traditional Fishing boat class. Except for the “Round Bonaire race” for sea-going yachts and kids windsurfing, all races will be held on the south-west side of Bonaire.

Races will be held daily in the mornings and early afternoons. Wednesday is our lay-day, which gives everyone the opportunity to go and watch the King of Kralendijk Freestyle competition, which will be held this year in front of Kas di Regatta. The breathtaking action may be watched from close-by from the shoreline.

Sailors and non-sailors meet each other daily after the races at the festival, which offers many activities and live performances on stage in downtown Kralendijk.

We invite you to participate and hope to see you on the 39th Bonaire International Sailing Regatta 2006.

Elvis Martinus
President - BSaF

(Source: Bonaire Regatta Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 21, 2006 at 4:07pm AST
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bonaire Windsurf Place and Caribbean Web Cams Team Up for Bonaire’s Newest Web Cam

Bonaire Windsurf Place and Caribbean Web Cams LLC are pleased to announce that a new WindsurfCam is available on Bonaire. The WindsurfCam, Bonaire’s latest cam, joins a popular roster of other Bonaire-based web cams, including the first permanent open water reef web cam in the world, along with four land-based web cams.

Images from the new WindsurfCam are available for viewing at www.bonairewindsurfplace.com/webcam.html. The WindsurfCam images are set to update every minute, and, as with all cams provided by Caribbean Web Cams, the current image is free to anyone who accesses the site. Archive images are also available at www.bonairewebcams.com. However, to view the archives, one must have a membership in Bonaire Web Cams, and different levels of membership are available at very reasonable fees, including a limited access free membership.

The Bonaire Web Cams have proven themselves to be very popular with visiting tourists from around the world, and have, on their own, became famous, from the award-winning underwater cam, to the beach cams and DonkeyCam. Many Bonaire visitors plan at least one trip to the cams to wave to family and friends back home. www.bonairewebcams.com receives an average of 200,000 visitors per month, with an average of 2,000,000 page views per month.

Bonaire Windsurf Place is pleased to be part of this growing technology. Owner/operator Roger Jurriens states, “Now our customers can be a part of Bonaire’s windsurfing scene from any location in the world. All they have to do is logon to the site, and they can view live images of Lac Bay. It’s a great way for people to stay active and excited about our sport.”

Bonaire Windsurf Place is one of Bonaire’s finest windsurf shops, offering all levels of training, excellent equipment, kids’ and women’s specialty clinics, and a popular beach bar and restaurant - all at one of the best windsurf locations in the Caribbean - Lac Bay. Bonaire Windsurf Place also is the home of the Bonaire Windsurf Kids. Additional information is available at www.bonairewindsurfplace.com, or email or call +599-717-2288, or FAX +599-717-5279.

Caribbean WebCams, LLC, owner and operator of the Bonaire WebCams and the award-winning Bonaire ReefCam, specializes in all aspects of commercial WebCam set-up and installation for resorts and travel destinations. Company headquarters are located in Bolton, Massachusetts in the U.S.A. Caribbean WebCams information can be found at http://www.CaribbeanWebCams.com, and the company may be contacted at or by phone at +1-703-783-8370 or by FAX at +1-703-783-8371 in the U.S., or by phone at +599-7-174112 on Bonaire.  (Source: Bonaire Windsurf Place and Caribbean WebCams)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 09, 2006 at 2:03pm AST
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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations Launches New Web Site

Just launched is Caribbean Wind & Sun’s newly renovated web site. Now everyone can get up-to-date information when planning your dive or windsurf vacation to Bonaire.

Ann has over 19 years experience in Caribbean travel services. She is also an avid windsurfer and Bonaire resident. Ann offers her professional expertise to plan a customized trip for you and your friends and family meeting any budget.

Peruse the new site for information about the many island properties Ann represents, as well as banner updates on special events and groups. All aspects of your vacation from airfare, accommodations, windsurf gear rentals, concierge and vehicle rental, can be handled at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. For more information visit www.bonairecaribbean.com. To make an inquiry online, go to: www.bonairecaribbean.com/inquire.html(Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 10, 2006 at 3:57pm AST
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