Volvo Open 70 Race Yacht Visits Dominica


Individuals on-board of the boat

Selected tourism personnel and media employees were all excited as they were treated to a one in a lifetime experience on Saturday January 12th 2013.

They were invited aboard the Volvo Open 70 racing yacht ‘True North, ‘which took them on a sailing trip off the coast of Dominica.

The True North visited Dominica for a week as part of its promotional tour to promote Dubai, (United Arab Emirates) UAE as a candidate city to host the World Expo in 2020.

Dominica, as a member country of the Bureau International des Expositions, will have a vote in November 2013 to determine the successful candidate city to host World Expo 2020.

Captain of the True North, Alistair Moore, said this tour is a perfect opportunity for regular people to experience a ride aboard what is considered as the Formula One Race Car of the ocean, the Volvo Open 70 Race Yacht.


Captain of the True North, Alistair Moore

He said this tour will be used as a format to get people to discuss the problems they are experiencing and new ways of solving them.

Captain Moore says that it is important for Dubai to host the World Expo 2020, as they have been creating a lot of new technology to be friendlier to the environment and less reliant of oil and fossil fuels.

He mentioned that Dubai is seeking intelligent ways of solving environmental issues rather than just burying them. He believes that recycling into new materials is the approach we all need to take.

Every five years world expos attract millions of visitors who explore and discover pavilions, exhibitions and cultural events staged by hundreds of participants including nations, international organizations and businesses.

Shanghai 2010 World Expo which had 73 million visitors, featured a Caribbean Community Pavilion.

Captain Moore indicated that the True North is a US ten million dollar race yacht made up of carbon fiber and weighs approximately 18 tonnes.

He said they are extremely fast, strong and lightweight, however they cost a lot of money to maintain.

He highlighted that Dominica needs to benefit a lot more from the boating community by creating a solid marine industry.

He said it would have the ability to host sailing regattas and world class cruises.

Winston Jr

Owner of the Dominica Marine Association, Mr. Hubert Winston Junior

Captain Moore stated that Dominica lends itself amazingly to the maritime and marine industries with very hospitable people.

He added that one way in which the citizens can earn a very good living, is to utilize the wonderful coastline we are blessed with and getting involved in the marine industry.

Owner of the Dominica Marine Association Mr. Hubert Winston Junior noted it was a lifetime experience to be aboard such a wonderful yacht.

He said one of the main goals for the Dominica Marine Association is to promote Dominica as  yachting destination, while filtering out all news that gets out to make sure the right audience is captured.

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