Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 25th 2014 Contents "We first came here in 1995. We spend a
lot of money every year because we have old
boats that need to be fixed. We thoroughly
enjoyed the people."
Sharon often ventures into Port-of-Spain
to get sewing supplies.
"Like any large city in the world, you need
to be careful what you do, when you do it and
how you do it. We go to MovieTowne at night
and it s not a problem. We eat all the local
food that we can because that s the best. We
have people who we ve hired to look after the
boat just because they needed a job and they
have been very loyal and very helpful."
"It would be nice to see training programmes
that would help the guys learn cost estimation,
project management, some of the things that
are important to bring new kids into the pro-
gramme to make them useful contributors to
With the volume of repairs on boats to be
done all at once, there is sometimes a back
up of boat repairs to be complete. Lee com-
plains: "That is the biggest concern in T&T
because it takes so long for things to get done.
We need to have new people coming up learn-
ing the trade. I don t think there is a pro-
gramme to do that."
On the crime issue, Sharon said: "We have
friends who we have been travelling with all
the time, and they won t come down to
Trinidad. We can t make them come down.
They hear these stories in Grenada and they
Another suggestion is for the shore of Scot-
land Bay to be cleaned up. "It is hard to enjoy
the swimming when you look at the shore."
Lee is in high praise of the Coast Guard.
"The Coast Guard does a good job of keeping
an eye on things."
He is suggesting that local attractions also
First time visitor Devin Taylor said T&T is
a destination he has been dreaming of for the
last five years. Arriving here in late August,
he recounted his journey accompanied by his
friends---a party of six.
"We sailed all the way from the east coast
of the United States, through Bahamas,
Dominican Republic, Dominica, US Virgin
islands, British Virgin islands, Windwards and
Leewards. We spent quite a bit of time in the
Caribbean before coming to T&T."
On the Taste of Trini tour on land hosted
by Jesse James, a board member of the Yacht
Services Association of T&T (YSATT), Taylor
said he sampled most of the local cuisine and
"Basically, it is where you get into this maxi
taxi and we drive around and sample the dif-
ferent foods. It was absolutely fantastic as an
introduction to Trinidadian food. A lot of
things you would have tried on the tour, you
never would have thought about trying.
"We were in Port-of-Spain just a few days
ago and we were able to identify a lot of the
foods at the malls; foods we had tasted on
the Trini Tour.
Asked what were some of the foods, Taylor
said: "Dhalpouri with channa and chicken and
goat. Doubles are absolutely fantastic. Saheena
was one of our favourites. We ve had lots of
things, all the food in T&T is wonderful, it
really is fabulous."
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Cruisers visiting Trinidad have recommended that
the local yachting sector be more aggressively mar-
keted, customs and immigration forms be available
online and a harbour master be appointed.
Those recommendations were made on September
20 at a networking session for stakeholders in the
yachting sector at Crews Inn, Chaguaramas.
Vasant Bharath, Minister of Trade, Industry, Invest-
ment and Communications, in addressing the packed
gathering, spoke of the Government s commitment
to the yachting sector which can provide "sophisticated
Stating that within the current resources we have,
exist the "capacity, capability and inherent skill" to
further develop the sector, he assured the Government
is working to make entry and exit as efficient as pos-
He added the country wants to encourage more
to visit as part of the leisure sector and invited cruisers
present at the networking event to tell their friends
that "T&T is the place to be".
Providing an overview of the yachting industry
(repairs and tourism) were Risa Hall, president of
Yacht Services Association of T&T (YSATT) and
manager of Budget Marine; and Jesse James, executive
member of YSATT and a tour operator.
The yachting industry was targeted for development
because T&T is geographically poised below the hur-
ricane belt and is considered the premier yacht repair
hub in the Southern Caribbean, read a statement
from the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment
and Communications. In addition to being a safe
haven for yachts, T&T provides a wide range of spe-
cialised marine services, including fabricating, painting,
electronics, marine electrical, rigging, osmosis repairs
and sail making, all offered by a highly-skilled work-
"Most importantly, the facilities that provide these
services, together with car rentals, taxi services, travel
agencies, tour guides, hotels, restaurants, chandleries
and groceries, are all located within a two-mile radius
within Chaguaramas, the home of the largest cluster
of yachting services in the Caribbean," read the state-
The session included a sea tour of the Chaguaramas
area on a yacht, owned by Tommy Johnson, and built
Attending the session were Norris Herbert, acting
permanent secretary, and other senior representatives
of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and
Communications; the T&T Coalition of Services
Industries Ltd (TTCSI) and members of the Yachting
Steering Committee (YSC), including the Coast Guard,
Customs and Excise, Immigration Department,
Tourism Development Company, and the Chaguara-
mas Development Authority.
Vasant Bharath, Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, on
a tour of the Chaguaramas area.
COURTESY: TRADE MINISTRY
...Call for access to
Customs forms online
A cross-section of the cruisers and other stakeholders at a meeting hosted by the Ministry of
Trade, Industry, Investment and Communication on September 20, at Crews Inn, Chaguaramas.
INSET: Boat repairs at Power Boats, Chaguaramas.
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