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January 15, 2008
  • Laser sailing regatta in Cabarete
  • 500 years Higuey
  • Punta Goleta sales start
  • See You at the Ballpark!
Laser sailing regatta in Cabarete
The Dominican Republic's top Laser sailor, Raul Aguayo, has won the Sixth Caribbean Laser Midwinter Cabarete Tournament, held 11-13 January in Cabarete, Puerto Plata. This is the only Olympic class regatta in the Caribbean. The event is governed by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and the results count for the international ranking.
Aguayo, who seeks to win one of the remaining slots available to the Americas in the Beijing Olympics, defeated several leading Olympians who came for the event. Placing behind Aguayo were Lee Parkhill (Canada), Anthony Boueilh (Canada), Ari Barshi (DR), Chris Dold (Canada), Keith Wilkins (Great Britain), Tim Landt (USA), Benoit Meesemacker (France), Mike Schmidt (USA) and Vaughn Harrison (Canada). Irina Perez, Jordi Bros, Jean Pierre Domino and Andrea Verdeja competed in the Laser radial races, and Luis Prida and Sebastian Bros in the Laser 4.7 races. In the master category, Ari Barshi (DR) was first, followed by Keith Wilkins, Tim Landt, Mike Schmidt and David Hartman. The event was sponsored by Marquee Sapphire, Sea Pro Divers, Dakine, Thule Racks and EZE Bar, among others.
500 years Higuey
The first Higuey Book Fair will take place from 17-21 January, marking the first of a series of activities organized for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Higuey by Spanish settlers. The city's original name is Villa Salvaleon de Higuey. The book fair will take place in the city's 16 August Park.
Higuey will also be celebrating on Friday, 18 January evening, the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia traditional National Symphony Orchestra concert. Anyone interested in attending should be there no later than 7pm to get a good seat.
Commemorative events for the celebration of Our Lady of Highest Grace Day, on 21 January this year include a mass on 21 January at 10am, which will be attended by President Leonel Fernandez.
Punta Goleta sales start
Punta Goleta, 40-year pioneer of tourism in Cabarete, has gone upscale. The Noboa family launched sales of its first phase 82,600 lineal meter beachfront apartment section last week, becoming the first major resort & condo option in the area. Tourism consultant Victor Cabral handled the re-launch of the Cabarete beach site.
Punta Goleta is located on the western edge of Cabarete, approximately two kms from the bustling center of stores and restaurants in the windsurfing & kiteboarding community. The project integrates the southern part of the development, with more condominiums planned for future stages, reaching up to the Cabarete Lagoon, where the breezes that feed into the beach come from.
The apartments have been designed with a view of Cabarete beach, and many feature infinity glass in the dining room or bedrooms. A rental pool will be available to the owners.
Architect Eric Michelen describes the apartments as open, bringing the outdoors in. "What I have tried to do is to bring the beach inside the apartments, which are spacious and uncluttered," he explains. He has chosen tropical elements, such as coralina, but emphasizes the apartments come with modern lines present in the abundant use of glass and illumination. Washington Lithgow has been entrusted with adding the green in the garden elements. Studio apartments range are available for US$171,000-225,000, One-bedroom apartments from US$315,000-US$375,000; two bedrooms from US$390,000-US$536,000 and three bedrooms from US$815,000 to US$1,227,000. Apartments range from 47 meters to 281 square meters.
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See You at the Ballpark!
The Centro Leon opened its "See You at the Ballpark" exhibition with a special dedication to the DR's only member of the US National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Juan Marichal. The exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of Marichal's admission to the Hall of Fame and with the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Series.
Dave Petrosky, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame personally brought over the plaque honoring Marichal and described the San Francisco Giants pitcher as the Dominican Republic's best ambassador in the US. He highlighted the fact that it was the first time that a National Hall of Fame plaque had been allowed to leave the US.
Speaking at the event, Marichal described how he learned to pitch, and predicted that Dominican players such as Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero would accompany him in Cooperstown in coming years. Players need to be in retirement for five years before being considered for admission.
The exhibition focuses on the ways that Dominicans have adopted the sport as one of their signature cultural expressions. Petrosky stressed that, "it captures the love affair between our great game and this great country." He announced that Cooperstown would be staging an exhibition of Baseball in the Caribbean in April 2009, and some of the Centro Leon exhibits will be on display there.

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