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July 21, 2009
  • Cabarete Classic
  • The Registry Collection in Samana
  • Las Americas summer traffic up
  • Captain Kidd ship finding confirmed
Cabarete Classic
Cabarete is hosting the Cabarete Classic, this year's leading windsurfing event, that features a new long distance event and the Butterfly Effect. The event will last from 22 July to 26 July 2009. The 2009 Cabarete Classic will take place on Cabarete Beach in front of Vela Resorts in the center of town.
The Cabarete Classic is a four-day long event offering racing and freestyle categories for competitors of all ages and abilities.
The new Butterfly Effect, which will be held on July 22, is a non-competitive event promoting women and ocean sports.
And the one-day long distance event, beginning in Cabarete and ending in Puerto Plata, is designed for top racers from around the world.
See http://www.cabarete-classic.com/
The Registry Collection in Samana
Viva Residence has signed a strategic alliance with the Registry Collection, the world's largest luxury exchange program. The first Dominican property to be marketed, Viva Residence Las Terrenas, in Coson, Samana, will make it possible to carry out vacation exchanges with similar property at some of the most desirable resort destinations in the world.
Rafael Blanco Canto, vice president for Viva Resorts and Eugenio Macouzet, senior vice president and director general for the Caribbean of The Registry Collection signed the agreement. Blanco expressed his confidence in the new alliance, and stressed that Samana is the next great destination of the country.
The Viva Residence Las Terrenas becomes the company's only fourth destination in the Caribbean. The Registry Collection has 35,000 members worldwide with 130 properties affiliated in 25 countries.
For more information on real estate properties in the DR, see http://www.dr1.com/realestate
Las Americas summer traffic up
Traffic for July and August at Las Americas International Airport, the leading airport serving Santo Domingo and nearby Boca Chica and Juan Dolio areas, is expected to increase to 289,031 air arrivals for the peak two summer months. This would be a 6% hike over traffic in July and August 2008 that was 272, 626.
Aerodom spokesperson Yolanda Manan attributes the increase to new airline frequencies and to the start of the Taca flight to Lima, Peru and the Pawa flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Santo Domingo is the Caribbean city with connections to the most countries. From the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) one can fly non-stop on scheduled airlines to the US, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, France. Puerto Rico, Antigua, Aruba, Martinica, Cuba, Guadaloupe, Haiti, and St. Martin.
There are direct connections to the cities of Atlanta (Delta), Boston, Miami, New York (American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue), Newark (Continental), Fort Lauderdale (Spirit, JetBlue), Orlando (JetBlue), Philadelphia (US Airways). In Central America and the Caribbean, also Bogota (Avianca), Caracas (Aserca), Lima (Taca), Panama (Copa), San Jose (Condor, Taca). To Europe, there are flights to Frankfurt (Condor), Madrid (Air Europa, Iberia), Paris (Air France). And in the Caribbean, the cities with non-stop direct services service to Las Americas are Aguadilla and Ponce (Pawa), Antigua (Liat), Aruba and Curacao (Aserca), Fort de France (Air Caraibes, Air France), Havana (Cubana), Point-a-Pitre (Air France), Port-au-Prince (Air Caraibes), St. Martin (Insel Air, Dutch Antilles Express), San Juan (American, American Eagle, JetBlue, Pawa), Santiago de Cuba (Aerocaribbean).
Captain Kidd ship finding confirmed
In the not too distant future, visitors to the Dominican Republic will be able to see for themselves the sunken marvel of the most important pirate ship in American history. An Indiana University specialist team is making fast progress at the Captain Kidd shipwreck project, the Kidd Preserve, in La Romana.
And just recently the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Culture signed a collaborative work agreement with Indiana University, supported by USAID to establish a new National System of Special Protected Areas, with the Captain Kidd Shipwreck being the premiere site, a step that makes the opening of the site to the general public even nearer.
Chief researcher Charles Beeker of Indiana University announced that research at the Captain Kidd shipwreck site and recent analyses of the teak wood ship hull construction found off La Catalina island indicates there are "rabbet seams" that match the 1701 testimony of William Kidd during his New York trial, days prior to his being hanged.
Kidd is on record for then saying "built in Surat [India] the ship is very strong with all seams rabbeted".
According to Beeker "this type of 17th century ship construction is unique to west India, and no European ships are built in this manner. He says this proves this is Captain Kidd's shipwreck, the "Cara Merchant."
He says that "as the only pirate ship ever found in the Caribbean, the new Kidd Preserve will make an excellent sustainable tourism destination for future generations to appreciate the shipwreck and associated biodiversity, only found in the DR."
The discovery of the Captain Kidd shipwreck, was made in 2007, and Indiana University was invited by the local National Office for Cultural Underwater Heritage (ONPCS) to examine the shipwreck that was resting in less than 10 feet of pristine Caribbean seawater off Catalina Island. They suspected then it could be the 1699 shipwreck of Captain Kidd's Kidd's Quedagh Merchant. Their intervention is to protect and preserve the finding.
Since the mid-1990s, Indiana University researchers have conducted underwater and land-based archaeological research in the DR related to the era when the Old World and New World first met.

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