200 Yachties welcomed for Yachtie Appreciation Week

The Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services (PAYS) is holding the third Yachtie Appreciation Week from February 18 to 24, 2018. Yachtie Appreciation Week is geared at increasing the yachters experience whilst generating revenue for the industry.

The week’s activity includes a welcome party at the Purple Turtle Beach, tours to the island’s sites and attractions, laying of moorings and a closing ceremony at Fort Shirley. Dominica expects to welcome two hundred (200) yachties to this event.

Approximately 30 moorings will be placed at the Purple Turtle Beach.

PAYS is a non-profit organization aimed at providing yacht services and security to visiting yachts, thereby assuring future development of the yachting industry in Dominica.

The first Yachtie Appreciation Week was held in celebration of the installation of a new mooring field in February of 2016. Mr. Hank Schiff of Offshore Passage Opportunities has shown a keen interest in the development of the yachting sector and is the main advocate for hosting this event.

The yachting industry has contributed immensely to the livelihood of many families in the northern part of the island among other locations.

The Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority will continue to work with the relevant authorities towards the development of the yachting industry. Much effort has been given to increase the island’s visibility as a yachting port, regionally and international by networking with the major players in the industry at yachting shows and promoting the island in yachting magazines such as Leeward Island Guide and the Superyacht Services Guide.

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9 Comments

  1. Unemployed
    February 27, 2018

    The members of PAYS – Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services/ Security must be commended for their hard work to keep this niche market alive. To complement their effort at providing security by doing nightly patrols, by maintaining the yacht moorings at Prince Rupert Bay/ Purple Turtle Beach and Yacht Anchorage, by providing various yacht services including immigration and customs formalities, provisioning, sail and engine repairs, laundry services, garbage disposal, cleaning, taxi and island tour services among others, serious consideration must be given by Government to invest more in the yachting sector by developing a full service marina, dockyard and slipway for yachts. This will create significantly more jobs for young people and could be easily funded with some of the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) funds. :wink: :wink: :wink:

    • Annon
      February 28, 2018

      I totally agree. And this event highlights the Big Heart of the Yaughties. Thank you to all the yaughties. A marina there is long overdue.

  2. Desmond
    February 25, 2018

    This offers great potential. I have lived in St. Lucia and Grenada and yachting is huge and income is rife so go on and don’t stop.

  3. CHRISTINE RAUER
    February 24, 2018

    The Government of Domonmica should also build NEW COMMUNITIES with Building Codes.

  4. Sacregas
    February 24, 2018

    The things we have to big up on our island we ignore but if it had tp do with the PM we would hear complete destruction.Anyhow i must congratulate my home town people on another job well done keep it up and make next year bigger and better.

  5. Karfwane Wedgehart
    February 23, 2018

    So hoist up the John. B sails!

  6. Looking on
    February 23, 2018

    Great venture. Thumbs up for the organizers. All the best in our future endeavours.

    • CHRISTINE RAUER
      February 24, 2018

      The Government of Domonmica should also build NEW COMMUNITIES with Building Codes.

  7. February 23, 2018

    yeh man Cobra and the guys do you all thing with pride.
    great tings happening and will continue to happen for PAYS.

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