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Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s Almost Time for Regatta–Bonaire’s Annual Sailing Event

For almost 50 years, Bonaire has continued to celebrate its sailing tradition by hosting the International Sailing Regatta, held each year in October. Sailors in all classes come to the island to race each other in various venues with even a category for 5- to 10-year old sailors. This age bracket competes in small craft and windsurfing events.

There are parties, races and dancing, as well as music, food, and drink. The entire island takes on a festive atmosphere and visitors from all over the world are welcome to participate as crew or spectators.

Starting in 2015, the event is going back to its roots–that is, the festivities will take place at Coco Beach, formerly known as Sunset Beach.  Sailing races will take place from the area in front of Coco Beach, providing onlookers with a great atmosphere in which to spend the day enjoying the event.  All day long there will be live music and entertainment from local and international artists, and a food court, a kids playground, sports and games.

The sailing races are held in between the main island and Klein Bonaire or on the north side of Klein Bonaire. For most of the sea -going sailing yachts, there will be two shorter courses in the morning and a longer race in the afternoon. For small categories like the Optimist and Sunfish, there will be races in between the islands.

It’s a wonderful way to spend a day, or two, or three, on the beach with family and friends.  See this year’s event schedule, as well as information on bands and festivities, on InfoBonaire’s Regatta page(Source:  Regatta 2015 Website)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 25, 2015 at 3:27pm AST
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Woodwind Snorkel and Sailing Excursions Launches New Web Site

Spending hours snorkeling and sailing on Woodwind is a popular pastime, both for visitors who are visiting for a week or more, as well as day visitors coming in cruise ships.  Woodwind has just recently launched a new web site, which provides easy navigation to any needed information about Woodwind, her crew, or available snorkel sailing trips.  View the new site at http://www.woodwindbonaire.com.

The new site is responsive, so it will display well on any device, whether it be it a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.  The web site provides a section dedicated to those arriving by cruise ship, with a calendar of availability through May, 2016.

The section dedicated to those staying on Bonaire for a longer term highlights the various snorkels and cruises which are available throughout the week.  It’s easy to see what’s available by the day of the week, or by your chosen activity.

There is an entire section which tells one all they must know about Woodwind, including glowing testimonials, Frequently Asked Questions, and a Photo Gallery.  There is even an area where you can review your experience on Woodwind for Trip Advisor, after you are back home.

Take a few moments and view the new web site by clicking here, and be sure to add it to your Bonaire bucket list for your next visit.(Source:  Woodwind)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 03, 2015 at 4:07pm AST
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Friday, October 03, 2014

It’s Party Time on Bonaire, 47th Annual Bonaire International Sailing Festival Kicks Off Now

It’s Regatta Week, so that means it’s time to party and enjoy the 47th annual edition of the Bonaire International Sailing Festival from Sunday, October 5th through 11th, 2014.  There’s a wide variety of events to keep everyone happy, with sailing competitions, windsurfing, kite-boarding, micro-boats, parties in Kralendijk, food, arts and crafts, and more.  Be sure to set some time aside in the coming week to enjoy this signature Bonaire event.

As usual, the week’s festivities will begin with the Jong Bonaire annual Swim to Klein Bonaire.  This sport and social event brings together families and individuals of all ages, with tourists swimming next to local residents, all to support the children of Jong Bonaire.  The Swim to Klein Bonaire is not a race, but a fun swim. For those who do not wish to swim back, there are many boats available to pick up people and return them back to the shoreline. Participants can use fins, masks, or even flotation devices.

After the swim, the Regatta will begin in earnest with captain’s meetings and parties.  The sailing competitions begin on Monday.  View the planned schedule for the week (available in PDF format) by clicking here.

And when everyone is exhausted from a week of burning the candle at both ends by watching the competitions and then partying in town until the wee hours, the folks at Washington Slagbaai National Park have a way to rejuvenate the soul--they will host another sunset hike to the top of Bonaire--Brandaris--on Saturday, October 11th, 2014.  There is space for only 20 participants, so secure your spot quickly and register by calling 786-5229 or send an email to washingtonpark@stinapa.org. Registration is required for participation. Participants must arrange their own transport to and within the park.  Admission is $10, and registered participants must be present at the entrance of the park no later than 4 PM. A good physical condition is important and children 10 years and up may participate if accompanied by parents or an adult. Put on hiking shoes and bring your own water and a snack and don’t forget to bring a flashlight.

Enjoy this special week!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 03, 2014 at 6:08pm AST
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bonaire’s 46th Annual Regatta to be Held October 6th through 12th, 2013

They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and that is going to be good news for this year’s Regatta Festival, held on the water and in Kralendijk’s streets from October 6th through 12th, 2013.

There was some uncertainty as to whether the Regatta would occur this year, for the 46th consecutive year, but we’re happy to report that a smaller-scaled version of the event will take place.  This year Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) and Sekshon Kultura Arte i Literatura (SKAL) will be more involved together with Bonaire Sailing Foundation (BSaF), in the realization of this popular event. TCB and SKAL are joining forces to organize the famous night-time activities well known as the “Regatta Festival,’’ while BSaF will be in charge of the Regatta competition from the centrally located “Kas di Regata” on the waterfront.

The Regatta event web site has been updated with all the latest information for the 2013 celebration.  The week will kick-off as it always does with the Jong Bonaire Annual Swim to Klein when hundreds of residents and visiting tourists join forces to create a human wall on their way to Klein Bonaire (and back, if desired).

For those interested in sailing, the web site gives information on the Notice of Races, Sailing Instructions, and an Attachment B of the Courses.  Click on the general info page, and the full schedule for the week is displayed, day by day, with the sailing events and the festival events.

Visit the regatta’s web site by clicking here.  And be sure to come and enjoy the party!  (Source:  Bonaire Regatta Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 26, 2013 at 4:23pm AST
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

No Landing Zone Established on Klein Bonaire for Vessels

Unfortunately, there’s been an increase of stranding of rental boats or kayaks on the eastern shore of Klein Bonaire, which is harmful to the marine environment in that area.  Accordingly, the Bonaire Insider has been informed by STINAPA that a “no landing zone” has been established to avoid further damage.

Effective immediately, it is no longer allowed to embark or disembark on Klein Bonaire with any type of vessel in the area between Ebos Reef (12.09.881 N 68.17.703 W) and Nearest Point (12.08.081N 68.17.372W). This measure is necessary to preserve the shallow reef of that area, the only sea grass patch on Klein Bonaire, and the only foraging area for juvenile green turtles.

In the place of this area, No Name Beach may continue to be used as a landing area for all vessels.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 20, 2011 at 9:03am AST
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Place to Be Was on the Beach for Jong Bonaire’s 11th Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire

Bonaire’s 44th annual Regatta Week kicked off this past Sunday with the 11th annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, hosted by Jong Bonaire. The event was well attended by both island residents and tourists, with many on hand to cheer on the participants.

Unlike last year, when a sudden wind reversal made the swim difficult, this year the weather for the event was beautiful with clear and sunny skies, but a strong easterly wind and some waves in the channel made the return trip challenging for those opting to do the whole roundtrip. 325 swimmers participated in the event. The youngest participants were age 6, and there were several of them, and the oldest participant was 72. Plenty of volunteers and rescue boats were present for those who couldn’t finish the swim or chose not to battle the wind and waves on the return part of the swim.

This year’s men’s winner was Peter Zweers with a time of 34.40, followed by Leonard Klueters finishing at 35.27, and the third place finisher was Samson Everts with a time of 37.56.  On the women’s side, Terzha Richards finished first with a time of 37.30, followed by Ryda Luz Emmer at 37.50 and in third place was Kale Feliz with a time of 39.45. The Bonaire Insider’s own Susan Davis finished near the front of the group, coming in in about 49 minutes. The last person finished the competition in 2 hours and 3 minutes.

The wind forecast for the rest of Regatta Week is excellent with winds predicted between 12 and 20 knots each day. Various Regatta events will be held daily for the rest of the week, with the races concluding on Friday. The final party is Saturday evening in Kralendijk. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter, images by Tim Nesselrodt and Marc Sieverding)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 05, 2011 at 10:57am AST
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The 44th Edition of the Bonaire International Sailing Regatta and Festival Begins This Weekend

Scheduled activities will begin as early as this Friday and continue through Sunday, October 9th, 2011.  To view the schedule of events, click here.

The Bonaire Regatta is an annual sailing event with many races along the rugged coast of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. All kinds of boats, hailing from all over the world, participate in this sailing competition. Added to this are windsurfing- and freestyle-competitions. The daily races in various categories are scheduled very close to shore in the Kralendijk Bay, so spectators can easily follow the colorful sails.

The evenings are filled with the Regatta Festival activities along the Sea Promenade, Wilhelmina Park, and on the streets of Kralendijk. Stands with a variety of local food, souvenirs, games, and handicrafts attract locals as well as visitors; they throng the normally quiet streets during this time. International and local bands perform on stage every day of this festive week.

To learn more about Bonaire’s annual Regatta, click here(Source:  Bonaire International Sailing Regatta & Festival)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 28, 2011 at 4:43pm AST
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine’s Day Specials and Events Announced

Valentine’s Day is this Monday, February 14, 2011. To celebrate the occasion, several Bonaire businesses are offering some fun specials to choose from.

For those who enjoy music, Club Roomer is presenting a Valentine’s Day concert with contemporary folk musician Jim Gilmour, entitled “Not your Daddy’s folk music.” The concert will be held at Hotel Roomer, located at 97 E.E.G. Boulevard in Belnem. Entrance is free for members and $10 for non-members. Jim has worked for many years in the music industry and has two solo releases with his band: “Flatworld” in 2010 and “Quarterline” in 2003. To listen to his most recent CD release “Flatworld” click here. Club Roomer is a charitable organization which plans events to bring Bonaire neighbors and friends together. Proceeds from the events are given back to the Bonaire community for special events and needs.

Sunset Bar & Grill has a special Valentine’s Day menu including delectable choices for everyone’s taste including a special cocktail of strawberries, Absolute vodka and chocolate brittles, fresh oysters, shrimp and crab puff pastry with a brandy bisque sauce, Peking duck breast with an orange glaze, grilled beef tenderloin with Foie Gras shavings, roasted lobster, banana leaf steamed wahoo with cilantro, chili pepper and lime, and finished off with a special Valentine’s chocolate cupcake filled with raspberries and fresh cream in a white and dark chocolate sauce. Call 788-2698 to make a reservation.

For those who would like to be on the water, Compass Bonaire is offering a Valentine sunset cruise with champagne and tapas from 4:30 until 7:00 PM. The price is $50 per person and for more information or to make a reservation, call 786-7757. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Ann Johnson on February 12, 2011 at 2:25pm AST
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Woodwind Bonaire Launches New Web Site

Woodwind Bonaire, always a favorite provider of snorkel/sailing excursions, has just launched a newly renovated web site.  This new site provides detailed information about the excursions they offer to both stay-over visitors, as well as those arriving on cruise ships. 

Woodwind offers a variety of snorkel and sailing excursions throughout the week, including four- or five-hour day snorkel excursions, night snorkels, or sunset snorkels.  Dee Pedersen is a noted guide and naturalist, who is well known for her turtle sightings.  Seeing 20+ turtles in a day during nesting season is sometimes commonplace!  Even divers benefit from partaking in one of the Woodwind’s snorkel excursions, as Dee can spot many marine animals which might otherwise be overlooked.

To learn more about the Woodwind or the type of excursions it offers, click here to view their new web site.  You may also follow Woodwind on Facebook by clicking here(Source:  Woodwind Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 10, 2010 at 11:58am AST
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Mid-Week Recap of 2010 Regatta Events

As noted in a previous story, this week marks the 43rd Annual Sailing Regatta.  Weather has played an important role in the events so far, in both the Swim to Klein Bonaire, as well as sailing and windsurfing competitions.

The 10th annual Swim to Klein Bonaire was held Sunday October 3, 2010, hosted by Jong Bonaire.  It’s always a popular and well attended event by participants and observers, consisting of both island residents and tourists.

Even with rain pouring down, hundreds of swimmers turned out to make the annual trek to Klein Bonaire and back, with the youngest being only three years old.  Mother Nature decided to keep the event interesting by unleashing a heavy rain squall with a strong wind reversal shortly after swimmers began, making the swim exciting with large swells and heavy headwinds. Ample rescue boats and volunteers were on hand for those who tired or wished not to battle the waves.

Bonaire’s home-grown national swimming champion, Samson Evertsz, was the first to finish at around 28 minutes. This was no surprise as, for several years, Samson has been a national champion and in 2005 was the first Bonairean swimmer to win a medal at the national level. He swims for the Bonaire Barracudas Aquatics Club. Right behind Samson was Peter Zweers, of Botika Korona.  Even this reporter turned in a respectable time, completing the round-trip swim at the front of the pack in about 42 minutes.

As for the sailing events, unfortunately, the wind forecast for the week was not good, with unusual weather conditions persisting with westerly winds and overcast skies. Races were held on Monday morning and Tuesday, but Monday afternoon’s race around Bonaire and Lac Bay routes had to be canceled due to low wind. Wednesday was lay day for the sailors, but that’s when the micro-boats, fishing boats, kayakers, and free-style windsurfers tried to make the most of what wind there was.  Events continue today through Saturday night, when the island will turn out to say good-bye to the Netherlands Antilles and welcome our new status as a part of Holland.  (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter, images courtesy of Tim Nesselrodt, Boto Blanku Marine Services)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 07, 2010 at 12:11pm AST
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