Red Sail Sports Newsletter Newsletter Volume 8
November 2004

in this issue
  • A Post Hurricane Ivan Interview
  • 2005 Cayman Calendar Offer
  • Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman Reopens November 21st
  • Letters From Our Customers
  • Aruba Climbs Into Conde Nast's Top 10 List
  • A Whale of a Time in Aruba!

  • 2005 Cayman Calendar Offer

    Purchase a piece of Cayman and raise money for Caymanians! Noted photographer, Anne Flinn Powell, has partnered with Red Sail Sports to sell her renowned 2005 Cayman Islands Calendars. Priced to sell at just $12/each - $10 from each sale will be donated to the Cayman Islands Red Cross which is currently assisting in its ongoing Hurricane Ivan relief efforts. Anne reports that the calendar is "near and dear" to her heart. She says, "I hope this calendar brings warm memories of Cayman back for you or lets you share its glory with friends and family around the world."

    Shipping is FREE when sent via regular mail. They may be sent via FedEx at an additional cost. The calendars make a great holiday stocking stuffer so don't delay. Order while supplies last, give a whole year of Cayman memories, and enjoy the Caymans 24/7/365!

    Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman Reopens November 21st

    Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman will open November 21 at the following resorts:

    • Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
    • Courtyard by Marriott
    *Hyatt Beach Suites to open mid-December.

    Please note: Rum Point, The Marriott Resort and Morritts remain closed. Rum Point should open in late December. Marriott expects to open by late February and news from Morritts should be forthcoming soon.

    Letters From Our Customers

    The following is typical of the dozens of kind notes we have received from our loyal customers -- both before and after Hurricane Ivan:

    "We have been diving with you all for the last 7 years and want to wish you all luck and blessings with the approaching storm. Our family has a special place in our hearts for all of you. Stay safe and we will be seeing you all again soon. Best of luck and our prayers are with you all."

    "We are so relieved to hear that all employees are safe. Please know that Red Sail Sports and Grand Cayman are in our hearts and thoughts. A sincere thank you for your timely website updates."

    Aruba Climbs Into Conde Nast's Top 10 List

    In diving, it's not good to climb the charts, but in tourism, it's great! Aruba was just featured as #7 in the list of "Top 10 Caribbean Islands" in the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler. That is the first time that Aruba made it to the esteemed top 10 list. They expect to inch closer to that top spot next year! (Editor's Note: We've always thought Aruba was a Perfect 10!)

    A Whale of a Time in Aruba!

    Talk about your Big Fish! This photo was no fluke. It was snapped by Patrick O'Neill in Aruba at the Antilla Wreck. Patrick reported that the visibility that day was striking, the water was full of fish, and the coral was colorful. On the last of his three days of diving, he swam with a 15 foot long whale shark that approached the dive boat. All the gear had been put away when this beauty appeared under the boat in 25 ft. of water. He and others grabbed their masks and snorkels to see this magnificent creature up close.

    The Red Sail Sports divemaster on the trip reported, "This is my first experience with a whale shark and I've been diving in virtually every site throughout Aruba for 11 years."

    Some fun facts about the whale shark:

    1. The whale shark is the biggest shark and the largest fish.
    2. It's NOT a whale!
    3. Its mouth can be up to 4 ft wide and its average size is 25 feet long.
    4. Because whale sharks are filter feeders, they're harmless to people and usually indifferent to divers.
    5. This enormous shark sieves large amounts of plankton to eat through its gills as it swims.
    6. It has been estimated that whale sharks may live up to 100-150 years.

    A Post Hurricane Ivan Interview

    An interview with Rod McDowall, Operations Manager, Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman.

    Q. HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE IVAN? A. We were fortunate. Our boats sustained very minor cosmetic damage and our buildings remained intact. The whole Red Sail Sports crew pulled together. I was and continue to be very proud of their efforts and teamwork. Everyone worked tirelessly in our clean-up efforts. I'm sure the staff is looking forward to swapping brooms for their dive gear!

    Q. SO WHEN WILL YOU REOPEN FOR BUSINESS? A. We're already taking cruise ship passengers on snorkel and dive trips. When the island open again for visitors on November 20th, we'll be open for business as well on November 21st.

    Q. WAS THERE ANY DAMAGE TO THE REEFS? A. The dive sites on the wall and the shallow reefs along Seven Mile Beach are in great shape! Most of the debris that got into the water was closer to shore and has already been removed. The Tourism Association has been organizing beach and reef clean-ups. But the visibility is great and plenty of fish life. Not to mention, the Stingrays at Stingray City remain at their posts and eager to greet snorkelers.

    Q. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD? A. We'd like to thank our loyal customers for all their good wishes and support. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Grand Cayman very soon!

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