Events

Crown Bay Marina Celebrates National Marina Day

A growing interest in National Marina Day has sparked lots of questions about this special celebration and we’d love to answer those that we’ve received most frequently as well as share a little of how we got involved in this unique event at Crown Bay Marina.

What is National Marina Day?
National Marina Day is a nationwide boating event dedicated to growing boating participation across the country. With involvement from marinas in the Americas and Caribbean islands, Crown Bay Marina has taken part over the past three years.

Why does Crown Bay Marina enjoy participating in National Marina Day? 
We want to give back to the community and allow children to have exposure to marina activities that they may not have taken part on before.

When does National Marina Day take place?
From Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Engaging in community service provides children the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Crown Bay Marina in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands is providing an opportunity for children to be exposed to a nationwide boating event that is geared toward educating children about the boating industry.

National Marina Day is a nationwide event dedicated to growing boating participation across North America. Marine businesses collaborate to hold events that introduce the public to boating through on-water and landside activities at Marinas in every corner of the country. Crown Bay Marina takes part by hosting events that cater to children ages 7–13 from the Boys and Girls Club of the Virgin Islands.

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The overall objective is to provide the participants with engaging activities and learning experiences that aid in the development of skills needed for the boating industry. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and other adverse circumstances; the recreational activities available for children to participate in are at an all-time low. Nevertheless, Crown Bay Marina is pleased to redress this situation by offering a taste of the boating lifestyle. The activities provided encourage non-boaters to get out on the water and acquire boating knowledge from a wide array of activities.

Each marina holds a unique event, but has the purpose of celebrating boating with fun-filled exercises that the youth can enjoy. Ultimately this extraordinary event caters to the needs of the community by providing children with the boating experience of a lifetime. Crown Bay Marina has hosted National Marina Day events for 3 consecutive years and we anticipate that it will continue to flourish and provide boating education for the community. 

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National Marina Day 2017 was very special at Crown Bay Marina. The morning began with a curious group of children who arrived at Crown Bay ready to enjoy a light breakfast while gathering on our two provided tents. Shortly after the kids received a demonstration on how to use fishing lines, bait and tie knots, handled by Jerry from Crown Bay and Mekisha and Sarah of Fishing and Wildlife. Valerie Peters explained the importance of the Blue Flag USVI and its positive impact on marine life, and the kids were eager to get fishing.

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The children walked along the docks of the marina and they all made an effort to hold the title of “First Catch of the Day”. The competition began and volunteers as well as CBM staff helped out. The children spent hours strategically thinking of the ultimate goal—catching the most fish. They weighed, recorded and released their catch back into the ocean and were surprised by visits from sea turtles, jellyfish and lobsters.

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Once the fishing was over the kids were treated to a boat ride around Water Island with Captain Benji, they were full of smiles, singing and laughing as they boarded the boat fully clad in life vests provided by the CBM staff. They returned to a lovely lunch of hot dogs and burgers and got ready for an afternoon of games that included ring toss, Jenga and blind-folded Duck Catch, the prizes and healthy competition added to the excitement of the day which closed with ice cream provided by Scoops and Brew and awards, prizes, trophies and t-shirts.

For a full National Marina Day photo album, please visit our Facebook page >
For more information contact Liza Lord at (340) 774-2255

Crown Bay Marina at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016

The team at Crown Bay Marina is excited and getting ready to attend the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Please come see us and we'll be happy to give you details about Crown Bay, our unique offers, brochures, and special welcome-surprises for our booth guests.

We'll be located at the Dockwalk Captains' Hideout in Bahia Mar, which we proudly sponsor.

The Captains’ Hideout provides a space for superyacht captains and crew to relax and get away from the stress of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. To join us at the Hideout, please register in advance of the show here.

As well as providing complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments to hard-working crew, the private area is a great place for crew to catch up with old crewmates and industry contacts. In addition, high-speed Internet, soothing massages and a selection of activities and competitions are on offer for crew to enjoy in their limited downtime.

The Dockwalk Captains’ Hideout, which offers professional networking opportunities throughout the day, is supplemented by The Dockwalk Party, a fun-filled evening event for crews to enjoy together after a long day’s work. Organised by Boat International Media in conjunction with Dockwalk magazine, the Dockwalk Captains’ Hideout caters specifically to a highly targeted global audience, representative of our readership that we know inside out.

What: Crown Bay Marina at FLIBS 2016 (Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show)
When: November 3-7, 2016

Our booth: Dockwalk Captains' Hideout • Bahia Mar Hotel • Commodore Ballroom

Clyde Tapp and Liza Lord are returning to represent Crown Bay Marina at FLIBS 2016.

USVI Chamber's lighted boat parade & networking

There are a few exciting events coming up this week at Crown Bay Marina. On the evening of Thursday, December 13, the AT&T Store is hosting the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event at Crown Bay Marina. On Friday, December 14, don’t miss the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce lighted boat parade that will depart from our marina at 6pm.