Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, (March 14, 2016) – Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman announces the addition of the Spirit of the Islands, a luxury 65-foot Catamaran equipped with an onboard grill and water slide that will add to its family fun tours on the water. As the on-site dive and watersports operator at most of Grand Cayman’s top hotels, Red Sail Sports aims to be family friendly. All company dive packages include a free sunset sail, so the luxury Catamaran experience is already a part of all customer vacations. The new Swimmin’, Chillin’ & Grillin’ tour on the Spirit of the Islands is the perfect way for the whole family to enjoy Cayman’s crystal clear water and marine environment.
“Many of our guests spend the morning on the dive boat and they then want spend time with family members that don’t dive, and this is a brand new and exciting way to get them out on the water together to have fun,” said Dive Operations Manager Rod McDowall. “We expect it to be a big hit with guests who can now enjoy a fresh grilled lunch after working up a good appetite snorkeling, swimming and using the slide.”
The Spirit of the Islands was built in St. Croix by Gold Coast Yachts, the same outfit that built the other four vessels for Red Sail Sports. It was designed with the same attention to detail − spacious, comfortable and stable – but the grill and water slide were added. A crew of five, including Red Sail Sports Captain Dan Bond, sailed the catamaran on a five-day journey from St. Croix to Grand Cayman, cruising by Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. While the catamaran was going through the licensing and inspection process in Grand Cayman, Red Sail Sports employees held a contest to name the new tour. There were over 30 entries from staff but Michael Lawday of the Sales Department came up with the winning entry and the new tour was named “Swimmin’, Chillin’ & Grillin”.
The Swimmin’, Chillin’ & Grillin adventure offers a new Catamaran experience for the whole family. Guests take in the sights of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches while sailing to snorkel sites on shallow reefs. While customers are snorkeling, swimming or sliding down the slide, the Chef is grillin' a delicious late lunch. Grilled items include spare ribs, local fish tacos or beef burgers, accompanied by the usual sides, green salad, potato salad or pasta salad. A cookie or brownie tops off the meal.
SWIMMIN’, CHILLIN, & GRILLIN
Trip Duration: 3 hours
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
The Spirit of the Islands departs from the beach at The Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa and then The Grand Cayman Beach Suites, both located along Seven Mile Beach. The new tour can booked online at www.redsailcayman.com.
Red Sail Sports also offers a number of other adventures for the whole family―glass-bottom boat trips to the Stingray Sandbar, Catamaran snorkel trips, sunset sails and dinner sails, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and more. At East End call the watersports shop at Morritt’s Tortuga Club at 947-2097 and it offers dive and catamaran services. To reach the Red Sail Sports shop at Rum Point Club on the North Side call 947-9203. For more information, call the Red Sail Sports main office at (345) 623-5965, e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.redsailcayman.com.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, (March 14, 2016) - Students at John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay and Red Bay Primary School are enjoying new notebooks, pencils, crayons and other supplies thanks to the generosity of visitors they’ve never met. Members of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) held their annual winter conference on Grand Cayman last month, and in a gesture to give back to the local community, attendees brought school supplies to donate to schoolchildren. More than 500 visitors with the TCIA were asked by the association to “pack with a purpose” and the overwhelming response resulted in piles and piles of supplies.
Kristin Burak of Red Sail Sports’ Destination Management Services Division, working with the group to make sure all their needs are met on the island, received the donations and helped determine where they would go. With help from Webster’s Tours, she delivered two vans full of school supplies and presented the donations on behalf of Ms. Diane Morgan, Director of Meetings for TCIA, during special school assemblies.
The donations also included school backpacks and a handcrafted wooden Marimba, a musical instrument similar to a xylophone, for the school’s music program.
Acting principal at Sir John A Cumber Primary school Ms. Lorna Lumsden, thanked Red Sail Sports and Tree Care Industry Association for their generosity.
“You reaching out to us is an example of that business - community and school (aka public/private) partnership that we hear about in education. Thank you for partnering with us. Please convey our sincere thanks to the visiting group and be assured that the supplies will be used as intended.”
“It was unbelievably rewarding to see the excitement of the children. They were all so inquisitive and appreciative each wanting to know who had given them such wonderful things and volunteering their favorite subjects and hobbies,” said Kristin Burak, who was also given a tour of the school’s Project Grow plot, where they children are growing fruits and vegetables to learn about sustainable farming.
“It was fantastic to see the children learning to plant and grow their own healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Ms. Burak. “We hope to continue working with the schools in cooperation with corporate groups coming to the island.”
“Red Sail Sports is committed to being involved with the Caymanian community and helping in any way we can, especially with our schools,” said Operations Manager Rod McDowall. “We have these connections with international corporations and companies coming to the island to reward their employees. This is just an example of how we can tap into that source to benefit our children.”
Red Sail Sports is a full-service Destination Management Company, offering guests a wide variety of leisure activities as well as transportation, restaurant dining and special events. Grand Cayman is a prime choice for incentive travel planners, and as a DMC, Red Sail Sports assigns an experienced and professional employee to each corporate group to assist with booking and coordinating island activities. Red Sail Sports is also the largest watersports operator in Grand Cayman, with the resources to provide groups of any size with first class facilities, including five deluxe 65' catamarans, custom-built dive boats, and an impressive selection of watersports equipment.
Red Sail Sports offers a number of adventures for the whole family―glass-bottom boat trips to the Stingray Sandbar, Catamaran snorkel trips, sunset sails and dinner sails, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and more. At East End call the watersports shop at Morritt’s Tortuga Club at 947-2097 and it offers dive and catamaran services. To reach the Red Sail Sports shop at Rum Point Club on the North Side call 947-9203. For more information, call the Red Sail Sports main office at (345) 623-5965, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.redsailcayman.com.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Feb 3, 2016 - Since her sinking five years ago, a great number of divers have explored the Kittiwake Wreck, one of Grand Cayman’s hottest dive sites, but none with the personal connection of Kelly Stuart who dove the wreck in December. Stuart served as a salvage diver on the USS Kittiwake when she was in active service during the ‘70’s. The former serviceman made a dive on his old ship on his 60th birthday.
“When I first entered the water I could not see her. As we descended, this dark mass started to take shape, and once I made out the ship, I felt a great sense of nostalgia,” said Stuart, who was hosted by Joanna Mikutowicz owner of Divetech.
“The first thing I did was reach out and touch the gunnel rail, and thought, ‘what a Birthday gift!" he said. Going through the wreck Stuart swam down memory lane - seeing his reflection again on a familiar bathroom mirror; touching the recompression chamber and dive bell that were once his domain; and being in the wheelhouse again.
“It was a bit ghostly, but I felt a real sense of accomplishment and pride having been a diver on board her,” he said.
“Shipwrecks are monuments to the sailors who served on them in their glory days, now silent reminders of our seafaring heritage, and of Mother Nature and her occasional wrath,” says Nancy Easterbrook, of Divetech.
This year Cayman is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Kittiwake and the 20th anniversary of another iconic shipwreck, the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts in Cayman Brac, acknowledging their special places in the exemplary dive product of the Cayman Islands.
“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) is honoured to celebrate this significant milestone with our partners in the dive community,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism. “The continued health of our marine environment at these unique wreck dive sites are a top priority in order to deliver a quality underwater experience.”
Both wrecks attract divers from across the world. The Capt. Keith Tibbetts is a 330-foot-long Russian frigate once used in Cuba, and now a coral-encrusted shipwreck covered with sponges, and home to all kinds of marine creatures. With depths that range from 30 feet near surface to100 feet at the seafloor, this multi level wreck challenges divers of all skill levels.
Five years after it was intentionally sunk off Seven Mile Beach, the Kittiwake is one of Grand Cayman’s most popular dive sites. The wreck dive has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award from the travel website for great customer reviews. 64 feet deep at the bottom and 15 feet from the surface and now teeming with life, travelers say the Kittiwake dive is easy for beginners, but also challenging for experienced divers who choose to explore the ship’s many levels.
Kelly Stuart spent an hour diving his old ship, and as an experienced Navy diver, he’s impressed with the wreck.
“The Kittiwake is the perfect size ship to dive on because it has lots of escape areas so it is very safe for anyone. Even more exciting was to see how the fish and other animals were already using her as a living reef,” he said.
Dive industry leaders who worked hard to bring the Kittiwake to Cayman are proud to see that five years after her sinking, the wreck is living up to expectations.
“The Kittiwake is well known as a new wreck dive in the Caribbean and it draws people to Cayman,” says Red Sail Sports Operations Manager Rod McDowall. “The wreck adds so much to our diving − it offers diversity and rounds out the whole Cayman diving experience. It’s a big, spectacular wreck in clear, shallow water, and the Kittiwake’s got a lot of marine life now living in it. The process of creating an artificial reef has s
tarted, there are corals and sponges growing there.”
Cayman has10 named shipwrecks; some wrecked by natural causes and others, like the Kittiwake and the Capt. Tibbetts, sunk intentionally to create artificial reefs. All contribute to Cayman’s maritime history and marine environment, bringing with them the mysteries and history this is compelling to divers worldwide.
“I dove many sunken ships during my Navy diving career and each time I entered a ship I thought about the sailors who walked the passages and decks,” says Kelly Stuart. “I know first hand what its like to live and work on a ship, so I could almost feel a ghostly presence of the people who served on her. I think that's the compelling force that excites divers to dive shipwrecks. It’s not a scary feeling, but you get a keen sense of history and nostalgia every time you do it.”
“Undoubtedly, diving in the Cayman Islands is recognised year over year as being the best in the Caribbean, and the wrecks add to the diverse dive offerings our destination provides. As a pioneer, the importance of diving to the Cayman Islands is paramount to the visitor experience and the CIDOT will continue to promote the sport of scuba diving as an integral part of our strategic marketing focus for the destination,” said Mrs. Harris.
Kelly Stuart plans to return soon to make another dive on the Kittiwake. “It should be on top of the list for any experienced diver. It's a dive you will not forget!”
Visit the Kittiwake during her anniversary year with the Wreck Anniversary Package.