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Sea Hawk-Sponsored Sailing Yacht Takes 2nd Place

March 19, 2012

Sea Hawk-Sponsored Sailing Yacht Takes 2nd Place in

2012 Grenada Sailing Festival

More Caribbean Races on Horizon

CLEARWATER, FL (March 16, 2012) – The 2012 Grenada Sailing Festival, which took place January 27-31 at Port Louis Marina on the island of Grenada in the lower Caribbean, ended in celebratory fashion for Sea Hawk Paints, the family-owned paint manufacturer in Clearwater, Florida. Sea Hawk sponsored one of the sailing yachts, Slippery, which was captained by Peter Peake, owner of Peake Yacht Services, the Caribbean’s largest and most comprehensive haul-out facility in Trinidad. The yacht finished in second place overall.

Slippery, a 2004 37-foot custom design by Reichel-Pugh and built in South Africa, won both races on the first day, in spite of her older main and headsails. On the second day, she managed a second in the first race but was down from first overall due to wind damage on one of the older sails. Slippery needed two firsts on the last day to maintain her title. The night before the last day's race, “Fish”, a crewmember and the owner of the Soca Sail loft in Trinidad, did some rush repairs on a head sail in order to participate in the next day's race. The day started with Slippery winning the first race. During the second race, Slippery was first at the top mark, but on the way up to the windward mark, another sail ripped, taking its toll on the yacht’s performance. Slippery only managed a sixth in the second race, which brought them to second place overall for the regatta.

“There are cheaper antifouling paints on the market, but when I suggest using Sea Hawk’s Islands 44, and my customers agree to use it, they always come back and ask for it the next time they haul out,” said Nicholas Gomes, Director/Operations Manager of Peake Yachts in Trinidad, who also sails Slippery in Caribbean regattas. “Even between races, when the boats are hauled out and stored ashore, when we put them back in the water, their bottoms stay clean,” he said.

Sea Hawk-sponsored Slippery also sailed in the recent Heineken Regatta, and will compete in the BVI Spring Regatta, March 26 – April 1, as well as Antigua Sailing Week, April 29 – May 4.

 A trendsetter of nautical bottom paints, New Nautical Coatings, Inc. was established in 1978 and is dedicated to bringing only the highest quality products and customer satisfaction to today’s mariner. The company is family owned and operated with a commitment to excellence. It offers an array of products that include antifouling systems, primers, gel coat, resin and other fiberglass products. Now offering innovative products globally, the Sea Hawk brand has enjoyed unprecedented growth and continues to grow as its products become more in demand worldwide. For more information, contact Jason Revie at 800-528-0997 or visit http://www.seahawkpaints.com.

 

(Editor’s Note:  For a high-resolution image to accompany this article, please contact Mary Orme at 727-733-9332 or mary@amcenergy.com.)

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