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In Topic: N2E - time to plan for Mexico

07 April 2014 - 03:15 PM

A tip on the Ensenada TIP

For those of you who are just getting started in preparation for this year's Ensenada race, I have found the best way to deal with the Mexico Temporary Import Permit, or TIP.

If you are like me, you looked at NOSA web page and noticed that you needed this permit. Then you thought, "Yeah, right, I am just going to pass on this race." Then a couple of days went by and the thought of missing the race started to take effect and you looked at the application again.

Now just pick up the phone and call Joan Irvine at Romero's Mexico Service at (949) 548-8931. She will make this easy for you and keep you on the race course.

Now, take another deep sigh and don't invent reasons not to go on the race.

The TIP permit has been around for a long time. You just need to make sure your boat's hull number/VIN number is fixed in the bilge and matches what's on your documentation certificate or DMV registration.

What I plan on doing is calling Sign Depot at (949) 645-4123 and have them make me an engraved plastic plate, the size of a name badge, and then epoxy it in the bilge. The permit can only be in the name of the owner or a relative of the owner.

If the boat is registered with an LLC, the permit can be issued to anyone. The permit is good 10 years; don't lose it because it cannot be reissued. Next time you are on your boat make sure to check your VIN number and write down the serial number that's on your engine. You can complete your TIP permit process within three days.

This has nothing to do with your TIP permit; just remember not to bring any fishing gear. If you do, you will need more permits. If you have a Single Side Band radio you will need to show your ship station license. The whole process is very simple, and I can feel a windy race in the near future.

In Topic: What's up with Baldwin Cup ?

02 April 2014 - 03:56 PM

Word is: NHYC will have a drone capturing the event. This could end up being as big as the table cam was for professional poker. I might even start to understand how to team race?

In Topic: 2014 Heineken Regatta filmed by Drone

22 March 2014 - 03:24 PM

I hope the people from The Newport Harbor Yacht Club contact you to film The Baldwin Cup. This event is a 4v4 team race and from the drone view I might even begin to understand team racing.


I also contacted one of our harbors commissioners and informed him this type of filming would be perfect way to introduce visitors to the harbor.


Mentioned the drone in my Harbor Column this week to the home town.  http://www.dailypilo...0,1562479.story


Good Stuff!

In Topic: St. Martin Heineken health concerns

15 January 2014 - 04:24 PM

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta We understand your concerns about the Chikungunya virus however a very small amount of cases have been reported on Island. The Sint Maarten Government are in the process of fogging the island to reduce the mosquito's and the will also release an official statement regarding this soon. We will do our best to ensure that all information we receive will be passed onto to our fans and participants. No extreme measures need to be taken at this time as it is not considered an outbreak with the very few cases reported at present.

In Topic: St. Martin Heineken health concerns

14 January 2014 - 05:08 PM

I sent a note to the person we are chartering our boat from and he received this email from the race director.


Hi Pete,


Thank you for contacting us regarding this matter. The Tourism Office sent out a press release regarding this matter a little while ago, but will send out another one soon as a lot of people are worried and the last thing we need is to get less visitors because of it. We’re trying to do some damage control!


Chikungunya is a little more severe than dengue, but not as bad as the media makes it sound. Your reply is exactly right! The government is doing a lot of fogging in the areas where cases have been confirmed and preventively all other areas too. So far no tourists have been infected.








Michele Korteweg – Regatta Director

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta | 6 March - 9 March 2014


Regatta office

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club

Welfare Road 90, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten


Phone:  www.heinekenregatta.com