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Rio Dulce's rainy season begins E-mail
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gecko anchor  The rainy season on the Rio Dulce has officially begun.   It was noticed by many lately that the river was very low, much more so than usual. 
  This is, of course, only obvious when one is climbing out of a boat that is at a dock.  On the hook, hard to notice. 
  We are grateful for the slightly cooler nights, pleasant mornings, and everything getting green again.  
  For newcomers, June & July is the time when we get an occasional ' biama".   This local term applies to those strong storms that come from the south, usually late in the afternoon, or after dark.  They generally bring winds of 40 mph, lots of rain, and at least once in my memory, HAIL.  The good news is, they don't last long.  They are something like a microburst, and may hit one side of the river, but not the other.....just a Mother Nature event.  
  If you see one coming while you are away from your boat, stay put until it passes, even IF your hatches were left open.   Being in a small dinghy with a biama  is just not a good idea.

Keep safe, it's a jungle out there.

 
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GOOD MORNING, RIO !    photo by Roy
 
Marina managers on patrol E-mail
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  Rio Dulce marina managers Friday met with police, Inguat and lanchero representatives to discuss boaters' security issues and other concerns.
  Acting on a suggestion by John Moore, manager of Monkey Bay Marina, several members of the group agreed to participate in River Watch, a voluntary night patrol in conjunction with the local police department.
 Marina managers  The intent of the patrol with an armed police officer is to establish a late night/early morning law enforcement presence on the river in an effort to deter dinghy and motor thefts.
   The patrols are expected to greatly enhance security for boats at anchor, generally considered most susceptible for loss of property in early morning hours.
   "Once the dinghy thieves realize there is an armed law enforcement patrol on the river at night with full arrest authority, perhaps they'll be less inclined to pursue this type of activity," one of the managers commented. "At least we're interested in getting out there and doing something on a personal basis rather than sitting around and just complaining about the situation."

 
Hurricane Season Public Announcement E-mail
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HurricaneBy US Department of State
   This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. The official Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June through November. This Public Announcement expires on December 7, 2007.
  
Experts at the National Weather Service predict a 75 percent chance that activity during the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be above normal this year, forecasting 13 to 17 named storms, with 7 to 10 becoming hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations at this time for the upcoming season.

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Strong earthquake rocks Guatemala E-mail
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GUATEMALA CITY - A powerful earthquake shook Guatemala on Wednesday, U.S. seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the capital.
The magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck at 1:29 p.m. local time (3:29 p.m. EDT) and was centered 70 miles southwest of Guatemala City off the Pacific coast. Firefighters in Guatemala City said they had no immediate reports of injury or damage.
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New Sapodilla Cays regulations issued E-mail
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Here are some new rules and regs for the Sapodillas. Image

General Park Rules
1. To commercial fish you need a valid Belize Fisher Folk license from the Belize Fisheries Department.
2. No use of long-lines, spear gun or gill net in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve.
3. No use of Scuba gear to fish.
4. No casting or dragging of any anchor in the manner which may damage corals.
5. All Scuba divers shall register with the Reserve manager prior to diving.
6. All dive boats shall fly the “divers down flag” when divers are in the water.
7. Only certified Scuba divers, or divers undergoing training course conducted by a recognized instructor shall be allowed to use Scuba equipment in the whole of the reserve.
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Security Meeting to be held on Friday, June 15th E-mail
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    Representatives of Inguat, the Guatemalan Navy, the Rio Dulce police, and launcheros will meet with Rio Dulce marina managers/owners to discuss security issues affecting the local boating community Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at Crow Bar Marina.
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Francis Brooke mourned E-mail
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FRANCES BROOKE
 The Rio Dulce boating community mourns the loss of Frances (Fran) Brooke who died Friday, June 8, 2007 after a valiant battle against cancer.
   Her friends on the Rio offer condolences to her husband, Gaston Rioux, and family.
   Frances and Gaston cruised on s/v Relax.
  Family and friends will gather June 16 at 4 p.m  Grenadier Guards du Canada, 4171 rue de l'Esplanade in Montreal. to celebrate Fran’s life.
  Gaston can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Third El Relleno Dinghy Race E-mail
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Boaters Narrowly Escape Injury In Collision During Third Dinghy Competition

A slight miscalculation and, what the ...?
A slight miscalculation and, what the ...?

 The Third El Relleno Dinghy Race had spectators gasping with horror as the high performance craft of La Vida Feliz's Richard and Dart's Art went ballistics and sent Art into a semi-stupor breathless state and Richard into consternations of sympathy, guilt, concern and loss of racing time.

    The injuries were minor, the embarrassment acute and the spectator value high (there's nothing like a racing collision to improve audience ratings. Thanks, guys.)

    The El Relleno Dinghy races are a Great Scott Production sanctioned by the World Wrestling Federation (that's what the news release said) and sponsored by El Relleno Brewing Co.

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