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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Grand Opening of Regatta Village marks start of the countdown to 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Boats are arriving, teams gathering, serious sailing and race tactics discussed and evening plans for serious fun prepared as the countdown to the start of the 39th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta continues with the Grand Opening of the Regatta Village.

Organisers, volunteers, local residents and competitors gathered to witness Race Director Paul Miller formally launch this year’s event, slicing the cork off a bottle of champagne in flamboyant style.  Robbie Ferron, one of the founders of the Regatta and a former Commodore of St. Maarten Yacht Club said this year’s event “welcomed in a new era.” He was joined by another former Commodore, Ian Hope Ross, who said, “This year is a highlight for next year’s 40th, and we welcome old friends and new.”

A key event on the Caribbean race schedule, the regatta attracts some of the world’s elite sailors and crews, with fast and furious racing in monohulls, maxis and multihulls with six races held over four days.  For those looking for a more relaxed experience, the “Island Time Class” designed for cruisers, offers one race a day, ensuring all the fun of the regatta, without the stress!

Part of the attraction of this regatta is in its variety, both in size of boat, origin and aspirations.  Some of the world’s most elite performance race boats, such as Polish-entered Varsovie, a Swan 100S will be racing head to head against Umiko.  This stunning Nautor Swan Frers 80 is skippered by yacht broker Bill Titus with a crew that collectively have raced in 150 St. Maarten Heineken Regattas, but this is the first time on Umiko.   Bill comments, “I first raced in St. Maarten in 1993. The balance of serious sailing, warm waters and lifestyle draws me back and it is great to see the regatta still appealing to professional and amateur sailors from across the world. It’s about having fun together as a team out on the water in a beautiful yacht.”  

Some of the tightest and most competitive racing, says Race Director Paul Miller, will be in the CSA 3 (Performance 40) group with 11 entries; meanwhile the five boats from Poland, including Sailing Poland, the Volvo Ocean 65 formerly known as MAPFRE, will be head to head against I love Poland, a Volvo Open 70.  Both these boats demonstrate Poland’s commitment to developing young and promising sailors from Olympic classes into a regular professional Sailing Poland Race Team. “To acquire this boat [Sailing Poland] was a step forward in our mission to become one of the largest sailing organisations in Poland,” said Piotr Zygo, Sailing Poland’s CEO.   

At the other end of the scale, the St Maarten Heineken Regatta attracts families and cruising sailors, some of whom are en route to other destinations.  Dobro Dani, an Elan 434 owned by Jason and Roberta Bowman, are exactly halfway in their journey from Croatia to Vancouver. “We are really looking forward to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and excited to be racing our boat in the Caribbean,” said Jason.  “We’re looking forward to tradewind round the can sailing and have heard rave reviews of the nightly parties and entertainment.”

On shore, the legendary parties at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta continue to excel this year with festivities continuing long into the night.   The Grand Opening saw live music from Remo and the Barbwire Band, with acts during the week including “Queen of Soca” Alison Hinds, Shermanology, Fatman Scoop with the highlight at the final night being The Jacksons, live on stage.

As skipper Trevor Middleton from UK-based Sun Fast 3600 Black Sheep said, “We have never done the regatta before, but the reputation precedes it.  It sounds like a good mix of sailing, drinking and parties, what is not to like about that?”

Find out more about the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, St. Maarten and island life here.

Tickets for the regatta parties can be purchased from the St. Maarten Yacht Club.

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About St Maarten Heineken Regatta

Now in its 39th year, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is four days of world-class racing starting on 28th February until the 3rd March 2019. Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, sailing is powered by the cooling northeast trade winds and run by an experienced and friendly race team.

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UFC GYM® Set To Open Fourth Hawaiian Location

UFC GYM®, the rapidly expanding fitness franchise that creates training programs for all levels inspired by the training regimens of world-class UFC® athletes, today announced the opening of its fourth location on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In partnership with UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn, this location in Kailua will provide members with a brand new, 20,000 square foot, full-service premium training facility that will include high quality equipment and amenities, including a Kids Club.

“We’ve experienced an amazing response from our membership community following the opening of our first three gyms and we couldn’t be more excited to open this new location in Kailua,” UFC President Adam Sedlack said. “Kailua has long been a priority location for our continued expansion throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and one of our key initiatives is to continuously provide our Train Different® philosophy throughout this incredible community.”

Since debuting in 2009, UFC GYM has opened more than 150 locations throughout the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, India, Ireland, Mexico, Oman, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

“I was born in Kailua Town and am proud to bring UFC GYM back to my hometown,” UFC Hall of Famer and UFC GYM franchisee BJ Penn said. “I’m really excited to connect with our Kailua community and allow families to train together, just as my family did growing up.”

Located in the Lau Hala Shops (573 Kailua Road), this new franchise will be the largest and most innovative fitness facility in Kailua. Featuring a large group fitness studio, boxing and kickboxing conditioning area, MMA and youth fitness classes, state-of-the-art equipment, full amenity locker rooms, a Kids Club and more, this location will have something for everyone. UFC GYM is also currently offering ‘Founding Member’ special rates for the first 500 prospective members who enroll. New members that enroll will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada, home of UFC.

“For many local residents in Kailua, staying fit is part of their lifestyle,” said Lance Parker, Chief Real Estate Officer for Alexander & Baldwin, which owns Lau Hala Shops. “UFC GYM’s top-notch equipment, training programs, and services will help meet that need, so we expect they will fit in well with the community.”

UFC GYM programming has been developed through exclusive access to the training regimens of internationally-acclaimed UFC athletes, providing members access to a variety of energized group classes, world-class private coaching and an engaging, family friendly community of fitness enthusiasts who love to train different.

Grand Opening of Cia. Maritima

On Tuesday, July 17 Brazilian swimwear and resort wear brand Cia. Maritima celebrated the Grand Opening of their first store to open in the USA. Notables Jenny Lopez, Maria Tettamanti, Carolina Lindo, Valeria Barrientos and Ginger Harris were joined by the owners of the Cia. Maritima to welcome the brand to Aventura Mall. Guests enjoyed Brazilian tapas and cocktails by MG Events while shopping the gorgeous and colorful collections by Cia. Maritima.

Photos courtesy of World Red Eye.

Grand Opening of Luxury Retreat in New Hampshire!

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Welcomes New Luxury Retreat

Pickering House Inn in Wolfeboro Prepares

For August 2018 Grand Opening

Overlooking the picture-postcard village of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee is the Pickering House Inn, which, upon its Aug. 1 grand opening, will be the first luxury inn of its kind in the state’s Lakes Region.  The 10-room retreat will be a New England hot spot for discerning travelers seeking exceptional accommodations and services within two hours from Boston.

The historic building, built in 1813 and for many decades the residence of prominent businessman Daniel Pickering, was close to being torn down when in 2016 Wolfeboro residents Peter and Patty Cooke purchased the property.  The couple – along with a team of local companies and avid supporters – brought the stunning Greek Revival structure back to life.  The new Pickering House will provide up to 20 guests with whimsical, laid-back luxury and an ambiance that lends the feel of a being in a friend’s lavish country home.

Interior designs in the guest rooms and common areas, which include the Gathering Kitchen and The Barn, blend rustic chic with modern elegance.  Patty oversaw every detail of the interior design process, fashioning each space with a different look and feel.  A sample of her keen sense of design is found in the “Wall of Doors,” an à la Alice in Wonderland look that came about when she noticed dozens of old doors being thrown out.  The doors, cut perfectly like a puzzle, now accompany the stairs leading up to guest rooms.

In the Gathering Kitchen guests will enjoy sumptuous homemade breakfasts, afternoon treats and evening nibbles with cocktails and wine.  For early risers, each floor will have a nook where freshly baked goods are available before breakfast. The Barn will host Saturday evening Innkeeper dinners showcasing the Inn’s chef as well as visiting chefs from New England and beyond.  Demonstration cooking classes held in the Gathering Kitchen will also be an activity for “at home chefs” in the making.

The Pickering House is a three-minute walk to downtown Wolfeboro, which is dotted with artisan shops, galleries and seasonal eateries.  Guests may also enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee’s many aquatic activities, including stand up paddle boarding, boat rentals, swimming and canoeing, and excursions to other lakeside towns via a boat ride on the M/V Sophie C., the official – and oldest – floating post-office for the lake’s island residents. Additional activities include nearby hiking, skiing, antiquing, tastings at local spirit companies, and the popular Great Waters Music Festival.

For additional information on the Pickering House Inn, please visit www.pickeringhousewolfeboro.com or call 603-569-6848.

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En Avance x Maison Francis Kurkdjian Collaborative Concept Opening

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, luxury fashion and lifestyle store En Avance, a pioneer in Miami’s Design District founded by Karen Quinones, hosts the first Maison Francis Kurkdjian store-within-a-store in the United States. The new collaborative concept opened on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Paradise Plaza – 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 129 Miami, FL 33137 in the Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design and architecture. To commemorate this silver milestone and new partnership, over 160 longtime friends of the brand came to celebrate and support this meaningful new juncture.

“What an amazing way to ring in my 25th year and celebrate this amazing collaborative concept with Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I’m really proud of the beautiful Store we created together,” said Karen Quinones, founder of En Avance.

En Avance and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, an iconic French luxury fragrance house co-founded by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and its President & CEO Marc Chaya, share a portion of the space designed by Forall Studio in Paris who created perfectly the chic elegance of Maison Francis Kurkdijan Paris Boutique. En Avance is a chic loft type retail environment with beautiful white concrete floors and an exclusive repertoire of magical themed Fornasetti wallpaper panels that are at once iconic and covetable. The edited selection of designer fashion, accessories and home decor is displayed on metal racks and white lacquer Calligaris furniture. Free floating dressing rooms draped with custom red velvet curtains added a hint of drama to the architectural design of the space. Guests sipped on Moet Champagne Minis and enjoyed first hand looks of styles curated by owner Karen Quinones who has provided a platform to showcase young new talent from across the globe.

“It was such a nice way for Francis & me  to celebrate the opening of our first boutique in the United States in collaboration with Karen & En Avance! The party was all about friendship, beauty and good vibes,” exclaimed Marc Chaya, Co-founder & CEO of Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Notable Attendees: Louis Aguirre, Barbara Becker, Tracy Mourning, Sam Robin, Gabrielle Union, Veronica Webb

About En Avance

Celebrating its milestone 25th year, En Avance, established in 1993, has been a platform to showcase young new talent from across the globe. With its innovative, timeless, luxurious, yet functional sense of style, owner Karen Quinones carefully selects, curates and features new young talent and established designers also stocking sustainable fashion and beauty brands. Along with clothing, En Avance features exquisite fine jewelry, luxury lingerie, books, French ceramics and also exclusively presents Fornasetti’s furniture, objects and decorations adding a fresh and whimsical mix to her curation.Being the first multi-brand boutique to come to the Miami Design District in 2006, En Avance continues to be a destination at the forefront in the ever evolving industry.

About Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian was born in 2009 from the encounter between Francis Kurkdjian, a renowned master-perfumer with scores of successful creations to his name, and Marc Chaya, ex Ernst & Young advisory partner. Together, they fulfil their desire for a sensual, generous and multi-facetted landscape of free expression, creating a new emblem of French know-how and lifestyle. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has since developed into a key player in the luxury fragrance market with presence in nearly 500 ultra-selective retail locations in more than 40 countries. The Maison Francis Kurkdjian collection is sketched like a fragrance wardrobe, with myriad of facets of emotions. Designed in the tradition of luxury French perfumery, it advocates nevertheless a contemporary vision of the art of creating and wearing perfume. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has been a member of Comité Colbert since January 2016.

Rolls-Royce Vancouver

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver, part of OpenRoad Auto Group, marked the official grand opening of the venerable brand’s new Vancouver showroom, Canada’s first stand-alone Rolls-Royce retail facility. The official unveiling of the luxury auto maker’s most anticipated new model of all time – the Rolls-Royce Cullinan took place during exclusive events for both media and clients, marking the first time the luxury auto maker has held a new model debut in Canada.

“Cullinan will be a game-changer for Rolls-Royce, especially in Canada providing our clients with the ultimate in luxury and a totally capable all-wheel drive vehicle. Our customers expect to go everywhere in luxury and they have demanded a Rolls-Royce that offers uncompromised luxury wherever they dare to venture. Cullinan is that car,” said Pedro Mota, President of RollsRoyce Motor Cars Americas. “The new showroom and facilities at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver showcase the way we interact with our clients, in a luxurious and exclusive setting,” added Mota.

OpenRoad Auto Group’s new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is located at 1809 West 5th Avenue on Vancouver’s west side and replaces the former dealership located just a few blocks away. The 4,500 square foot, two level luxury automotive retail centre offers an elegant showroom featuring high end finishes, premium architectural details and space for up to six Rolls-Royce models. The new dealership is currently the only stand-alone Rolls-Royce dealership in Canada. All other Canadian stores combine Rolls-Royce with other luxury car brands like Karma or Lamborghini.

“It’s an honor to partner with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for the North American debut of the much-anticipated Rolls-Royce Cullinan while celebrating the official opening of our stunning new dealership,” said Christian Chia, President & CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “To host such a significant launch for one of the best automotive brands in the world is a true reflection of the strength of the Vancouver market and our relationship with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is currently the top Canadian volume dealer and one of the top selling Rolls-Royce dealerships in the world. OpenRoad Auto Group acquired the Vancouver Rolls-Royce retail store in 2014, and just last year purchased a second Rolls-Royce dealership in Bellevue, Washington along with an established Bentley and Lamborghini retail facility.

Authentic Rolls-Royce engineering – everywhere

Key to the creation of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV was the Architecture of Luxury – Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium architecture. The Architecture of Luxury really comes into its own in creating Cullinan. The engineering team behind Cullinan adapted the Architecture of Luxury to the design template of a high-bodied car laid down by Giles Taylor and his design team thanks to its innate adaptability. It was designed and engineered from the ground up in such a way as to be scalable to the size and weight requirements of different future Rolls-Royce models, including those with different propulsion, traction and control systems, thus underpinning the long-term future product roadmap.

“The drivetrain system we engineered for Cullinan had one key job to do,” explains Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for Cullinan. “To bring the famed Rolls-Royce ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector.” The integration of new technologies into the architecture was key to ensuring the fundamental quality of Cullinan as Effortless, Everywhere.

The 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce enginedelivers 563bhp/420kW and 850Nm/627lb-ft of torque to the all-new Rolls-Royce All-Wheel Drive. A four-wheel steering system provides never-before-seen handling. The entire package makes Cullinan capable of overcoming any challenge while still delivering the world-renowned “Rolls-Royce Magic Carpet Ride.’

Designing a force of nature

“At this point in the history of automotive design, SUVs have become homogenous and ubiquitous,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The label SUV

is now applied to anything with a two-box silhouette and the least suggestion of going off tarmac. We envisioned an authentic, three-box all-terrain high-bodied car with a convention-challenging design and absolute capability that would satisfy the adventurous urges of our clients.”

Contemporary and functional design ensures Cullinan gains iconic status in the face of increasingly bland SUV designs. The first “three-box” offer in the SUV-sector, Cullinan offers individual seating configuration where customers have the option of a unique glass partition wall that creates a distinct environment for passengers, separated from the luggage compartment. The most practical of Rolls-Royces, Cullinan is the most versatile, family oriented, fun-to-drive super-luxury SUV available today. Cullinan offers a suite of Bespoke features developed specifically for the many various lifestyles of its owners including the Viewing Suite and multiple options for a ‘Bespoke Recreation Module.

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce as never before seen. When Sir Henry Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”, he could have had Cullinan in mind.

ABOUT OPENROAD AUTO GROUP
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.’s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,200 associates representing 19 quality automotive brands at 23 full-service car dealerships. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards.

www.openroadautogroup.com.