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Issue 52 - June 2009

Port Vila Parasailing Launch

Port Vila Parasailing has undergone a change of ownership this year, and on Friday 5th June, Bruce and Helen Goad celebrated their new life in Vanuatu with a number of Port Vila residents and business owners. Bruce has a long history with the fire service in Adelaide, his career coming to an end when he could no longer physically perform his job.

Port Vila Parasailing has been officially launched under new ownership in early June 2009

Five years on, after successfully having bilateral hip replacements, the urge to take the sea change was too strong to resist. Bruce is supported by wife, Helen, who brings with her lots of life and business experience. Originally having a career as a Registered Nurse, Helen branched out into related fields including counselling and working with the disabled.

The Port Vila Parasailing Launch was attended by around forty local business people and residents. It was held at Café Du Village, where the parasailing boat “Deliverance” is moored. The guests must have enjoyed themselves as the 12-3pm function was still going strong at dinner time. Bruce and Helen celebrated in a novel way -  each guest received a lucky ticket in a free parasail to be had on the day. The day was all smiles and excitement. Helen and Bruce are keen to provide training and flights to anyone who is involved in promoting Port Vila Parasailing to visitors and residents of Vanuatu. Phone Helen on 77 42331 to make arrangements for this free service. (Source: VTO Island Nius)

Vanuatu Ocean Swim Kicks Off

The 3.2 Km and 1.5 Km Vanuatu Ocean swim race is being held in Port Vila Harbour on Saturday 13th June 2009, 8am. There will be over a hundred competitors taking up the challenge to swim right around Iririki Island and back to Seafront next to the Nambawan Café. Among the swimmers competing this year will be Nick Cordner, and Harriet Brown winners of the famous Lorne Pier to Pub ocean swim in Victoria. Also here will be ultra distance specialist and previous winner of the Vanuatu and Espiritu Santo swims, Shelley Clark, together with Stacey Hansford, winner of this years Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic at Manly.

One of the features of the Espiritu Santo Aore Swim will be the Traditional Canoe race from Aore Resort to Unity Park held as part of the event on Monday 15th June and with more canoes entered this year, there is expected to be a large crowd gathering at Unity Park to witness the race across the channel. The 2.6 Km Espiritu Santo Aore Swim, on Tuesday 16th June will go in the opposite direction across the channel from Unity Park to Aore Resort. (Source: VTO Island Nius)

La Grillade Restaurant

La Grillade is the signature restaurant of Starfish Cove, which aims to open in July this year. The restaurant features distinctive A la carte menu with a fine selection of Vanuatu Beef and Seafood Grills, to compliment the ambiance of a truly unique dining experience. Located right on the waters edge and blessed with a fine line 180o panorama lagoon frontage views, La Grillade caters up to 60 people, and every Sunday, the restaurant features a delicious Brunch (Sunday Brunch) from 11 am till 7pm. Currently, La Grillade serves only lunch and dinner at normal opening hours from 10am, to 10pm, and will soon be including Breakfast in the menu.

Other attractions and entertainment on site complimenting La Grillade are satellite sports multi wide screen TV, live band playing every Friday and Saturday evenings, water sports facilities soon to open, as well as the restaurant’s Tusker terrace bar built beside the lagoon. A pool is also constructed next to La Grillade for in house guests. Starfish Cove has 18 new resort apartments, and each apartment has its’ own private car park. Starfish Cove is managed by Mr Sydney Grace, a well known figure in the tourism Industry. For more information, contact 25806 or mobile 77 47127. Email

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