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Masters Swim Meet Sunday, July 27 E-mail
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ImageLa Asociacion de Natacion Master de Guatemala (the Masters Swimming Association of Guatemala) will host 3 and 6 km swimming competitions this Sunday, July 27, at Castillo San Felipe park.

Categories of competition are based on swimmers ages – from 19 to 24 years old, 25 to 29 years old, 30 to 34 years old and more.

Rio Dulce boaters and residents are welcome to view the event. Entry to Castillo San Felipe can be by water or by vehicles. Entry fees are Q25 for non-residents, Q10 for national adults and Q5 for children.

The entrance fees allow visitors to tour the castillo at no extra cost.

The 3 km competition will be a round trip journey of 1,500 mts marked by buoys. The 6 km will be marked by buoys for two laps.

Registration of athletes starts at 7 am The competition will begin at 8 am and continue through the day.

For the safety of swimmers, support boats, kayacks, and rescue personnel will accompany the competition.

Medals will be given for participation in both rounds. Ttrophies will be awarded to the top three places.

Firearms, knives, alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited from the park.

Rio Dulce supports bomberos benefit E-mail
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Who could resist buying raffle tickets from these lovely ladies
Who could resist buying raffle tickets from these lovely ladies?
Story and Photos
by Jody Aston

The fundraiser luncheon for the Rio Dulce Bomberos (firefighters and emergency services), Saturday, July 19,  was a huge success!

Fundraiser chairman, Willy Ditzler, said 150 tickets were sold prior to the event and many more hungry walk-ins came on Saturday.

Everyone enjoyed a tasty meal, while raffle prizes were awarded to lucky recipients with winning numbers. Competitors eagerly waited to find out if their entry was the final winner of the silent auction goods and services.

On behalf of the Rio Dulce Bomberos, Fire Chief Rita Rabre expressed gratitude for the large turnout of people from all over the Rio Dulce area.

Special thanks are extended to the generous donors of the raffle and auction prizes, the organizers, cooks, the numerous helpers involved in this worthy project, and to Bruno's Restaurant and Marina for hosting the event.

View a Youtube video of the photos HERE.

More information, including names of donors, winners, and the total amount raised, will be provided after the final tally.

The food is worth the wait
The food is worth the wait

Bomberos benefit July 19 at Bruno's E-mail
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Fundraiser luncheon at Bruno's July 19
Fundraiser luncheon at Bruno's July 19
A fundraiser luncheon for the Rio Dulce Bomberos (firefirghters and emergency services) will be held Saturday, July 19 at Bruno's Hotel, Restaurant & Marina beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Fund raiser chairman Willy Ditzler wrote, "Your life, or the life of a loved one, might need the services of the Bomberos some day and this is your opportunity to ensure they are properly equipped to do their job when they are called on for emergencies in our community."

Willy said the fund raisers are looking for donations of items for gift certificates from local business owners to be raffled off at the upcoming event.

"We could also use donations of cash, good or services -- as well as the purchase of event tickets and raffle tickets," he noted.

Kathi Wright noted that they noiw have over $2,000 in donations for the raffle and silent auction.

Some of the larger items include three free haul outs (RAM Marina, Abel's and Nana Juana, $50 off refrigeration or AC service (SeaKist Services), pet grooming and vaccination services (VetZoo, just to mention a few.

 All funds collected will go toward the puchase of needed items such as ambulance equipment -- blood pressure kit, pulse ox meters, back boards, glucometer, supplies, and fire equipment such as water pumps, breathing apparatus,regulators, rescue rope and protective gear such as helmets and boots.

Long term goals include the purchase of a larger water truck since the current tanker only holds 500 gallons. Bomberos would also like to purchase and equip a fire boat, since many sidents are living on or near the river which is not accessible by trucks.

All funds will be used to buy the urgent supplies they need, and if any funds are left over, given to the Funds Committee within the Rio Dulce Bomberos which is reported to and monitored by S.A.T.

Pre-sale tickets are Q40 and walk-in tickets are Q50.

Menu will be grilled hot dogs,  hamburgers, potato salad and cole slaw.

Amatique Bay Regatta Sat., July 12 E-mail
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Amatique Bay Resort
Amatique Bay Resort
Having recently received their INGUAT certification for a registered marina, Amatigue Bay Resort Marina is ready to celebrate with a special regatta for Rio Dulce boaters, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Esvin Chacon, marina manager, said the regatta will include cash prize money as well as other prizes for boaters.

Entry fee is Q100 which includes participation in the regatta and two overnight slip rentals, and use of all the facilities at Amatique Bay Resort.

“Join us for the regatta and a great afternoon and evening of fun in the Amatique Bay Water Park in the beautiful Amatique Bay Resort,” said Chacon.

Other activities will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12  including:

-- A display of boating supplies by Tienda Marina and Dismar.

-- Guatemala Quest travel agency will do a presentation of Guatemala destinations with land tours all around mayan world.

-- Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

-- Cash bar at reduced prices as well as drink specials.

-- Electricity at a rate of $0.45 per kw for the boats using electricity.

-- Entry includes two dinners. Additional dinners may be purchased at a cost of Q50.00 per meal.

-- Additional days of slip rental may be purchased at the reduced rate of $15.00 per day.

And, if you like Amatique Bay Resort so much that you don’t want to leave, check with Esvin for discounted long term slip rentals.

Watch for the announcement of a captain's meeting in the near future at a Rio Dulce location.

Remember, boaters can check in and check out of Guatemala with officials who will come to your boat at Amatique Bay Resort Marina.

Call Esvin at 4172 2104 for more information. Email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Amatique Bay Resort is located at 15º 44.82” N, 88º 34.82” W.

Check out the links HERE, HERE and HERE for more info and photos of Amatque Bay Resort.

(NOTE: This event, originally scheduled for June 28 was re-scheduled for Saturday, July 12.)

World Cup viewing opportunities E-mail
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World Cup at Mar Marine
World Cup at Mar Marine
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by Jody Aston

With the World Cup Soccer/Futbol games in Brasil - Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014 now underway, Rio Dulce boaters and residents have several locations to view the big event.

Sundog Café has a new big-screen TV and the channel is set to the World Cup.

They have a schedule on the wall which lists the games and viewing times for the month-long competition. Join friends and root for your favorite team, under the colorful flags of the  participating countries.

Backpackers Hotel is also hosting the games and has a special international menu for the entire month.

While in Rio Dulce, you can enjoy the World Cup with good food and drinks on either side of the bridge.

Other locations include Hotel Catamaran, Mar Marine, Hacienda Tijax, Bruno’s, Vista Rio and more.

Burnt Key offers mast removal service E-mail
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Maurits and Tom preparing to lift a mast
Maurits and Tom preparing to lift a mast
By Tom Gensemer
Cayo Quemado Sails

A round of cold beverages followed the first mast removal at Burnt Key Marina.  Maurits Groen, one of the owners of the marina and a licensed lifting specialist, designed and built the new crane.

"We've lifted masts down here before" said Maurits, "but never with this much ease or control." 

The new crane is built with an antenna mast and a static 40' post anchored by shrouds.  Tom and Damian of Cayo Quemado Sails and Rigging installed the wire and Dyneema shrouds and the Dyneema boom lift and Sta-set load line.

Up and out -- no problem
Up and out -- no problem

"I've been asking Maurits to build a crane for six months or so." Said Tom.  "It was the one thing I felt really lacking from our rigging work here.  With the mast on the ground, we can provide quicker, safer and higher quality work than is possible hanging in a harness 50' in the air."

The crane reaches 46' off the water allowing removal of most any mast on the river. 

The first mast to be removed was 50' off the water, keel stepped aluminum.  "It was a bit of an anti-climax" admitted Mavis, the other owner of Burnt Key Marina, "we were anticipating something to give problems, but everything went perfect and 20 minutes after Tom hooked the crane up to the mast, it was on the dock"

Burnt Key will provide mast removal and installation services as well as complete rigging overhauls in wire or Dyneema, mast painting, wiring, cleaning, varnish and storage facilities.

Music students perform at park E-mail
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Music students from Escuela Mundo Juvenil performed Thusday during a parade across the bridge and a concert at the municipal park.
Music students from Escuela Mundo Juvenil performed Thusday during a parade across the bridge and a concert at the municipal park.
The Placencia Marina now open E-mail
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The Placencia Marina - Belize
The Placencia Marina - Belize
If you have cruised through Belize the past couple years, you may have noticed a new breakwater being built north of Placencia Village. 

New managers John and Maxine White (Whitey and Max) are now accepting reservations for all vessels.  

As the only protected marina on the ocean between Mexico and Roatan, ‘The Placencia Marina’ has wide entrances with depths of 23 feet.  It is located 2nm North of False Cay off the Placencia Peninsula.  The North East entrance is located at N16 38’165 W088 19’592.  

The Placencia Marina accommodates yachts of all sizes.  The first stage of this marina development has 30 double slips of 35-50 foot lengths on a floating dock with double slips for catamarans and a fixed pier that can take mega yachts up to 200 feet in length.

Water is now available and fuel can be available upon request. Electricity will be available by the end of this summer. The staff can assist in clearing you and your vessel in to Belize territory (with advance notice).

This destination marina offers more than your average marina.  As part of The Placencia Hotel, marina guests will have access to the swimming pool and restaurants. 

Just down the road is Maya Beach that is home to numerous restaurants and a grocery store. Taxi’s are available to take you to Placencia Village which is located 9 miles south of the Hotel and Marina. 

The Placencia Marina has daily and monthly rates.  Reservations are encouraged and can be made at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or through the main office of the resort +501 533 4111.

To see more of The Placencia Resort complex, visit HERE.

Inauguration of a new secondary school E-mail
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Livingston Alcalde Interiano thanks ASOEMPO for launching the school and announces municipal plans to fund two teachers, one starting this year in June. The Director of the Ministry of Education also announced plans to fund three teachers next year. Profe Julio (left), the school director, is proud to serve the families of ten villages.
Livingston Alcalde Interiano thanks ASOEMPO for launching the school and announces municipal plans to fund two teachers, one starting this year in June. The Director of the Ministry of Education also announced plans to fund three teachers next year. Profe Julio (left), the school director, is proud to serve the families of ten villages.
On Thursday, May 15, the students from 10 rural villages and their parents celebrated the inauguration of their new secondary school (grades 7-9) with music, food, family, futbol, and visiting Guatemalan dignitaries.

The inauguration was officiated by Julio Escobar, the director of the school, and the Alcalde of Livingston, Vicente Interiano.

All dressed up for the occasion.
All dressed up for the occasion.

Also attending: the governor of Izabal, state and municpal Ministry of Education officials, community leaders, school teachers, and the women of ASOEMPO, the nonprofit organization that founded the school in collaboration with a host of supporters.

“I visited several villages last year and was overwhelmed by the number of children who just wanted to go to school—there were so many who had graduated 6th grade but had no way to go on to 7th grade. It really tugs at the heart,” says Annie Richey, first mate of s/v Emma and founder of ASOEMPO (Asociación Empoderamiento) <http://asoempo.org/>.

“Let’s get these kids in school, that was our idea. In January, we launched this school with the village of Barra de Lámpara and we started running two school buses. 116 kids from 10 villages enrolled, half of them girls.”

Within two months of opening, the school was recognized by the Ministry of Education as a public institute and within 5 months, government funding of all five teachers has been committed for the 2015 year. “Gracias a Dios,” says one mother, “we have education for our children and their children tomorrow.”

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