Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sam's Tours and Royal Belau Yacht Club Dives Against Debris

Royal Belau Yacht Club and Sam's Tours Dives Against Debris
Focusing on Preventing Debris Underwater – One Dive at a Time

Sam's Tours, the Royal Belau Yacht Club and local volunteers will Dive Against Debris this Saturday November 3rd at Sam's Tours, starting at 10am. As part of Sam's Tours and the Royal Belau Yacht Clubs commitment to protecting the ocean, trained divers and snorkelers not only remove underwater debris such as plastic bottles and fishing line, but also identify and document everything seen underwater in a larger effort to prevent marine debris.

This will be the second harbor cleanup scheduled for 2012 following on from the great success of the April 22nd Earth Day Cleanup with over 65 volunteers from Sam’s Tours staff and guests, Royal Belau Yacht Club members, Pathfinders volunteers and Planet Blue kayak donation, hauling over 700lbs of trash out of the Malakal harbor area.

Marine debris – or our trash in the ocean – makes its way to our underwater environments by the ton.  Sam's Tours and Royal Belau Yacht Club, along with divers and snorkelers around the world are demanding a permanent reduction in and prevention of the garbage we create that damages sensitive marine ecosystems - even in some of the most remote corners of the globe.

Dive Against Debris, organized worldwide by Project AWARE Foundation, a non-profit organization mobilizing divers to protect the ocean, has an underwater approach that’s totally unique. It’s a year-round, citizen science program to tackle trash beneath the surface and address its negative impacts.  Project AWARE Foundation, a registered non-profit organization, mobilizes the world’s divers to protect our ocean planet – one dive at a time. Join the growing movement of divers striving toward a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet at   

Scuba divers, snorkelers and all ocean enthusiasts are uniquely positioned to tackle the global marine debris issue, to take action every day and prevent debris from entering the ocean.  Divers and snorkelers alike are invited to join the cleanup this coming Saturday.  There will be exciting prizes!  For more information or to volunteer to assist on the upcoming Sam's Tours/Royal Belau Yacht Club Malakal Harbor Cleanup visit Sam's Tours Dive Shop or call 488 1062.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

RBYC October Update - What's on this month

A reminder to those on our mailing list who aren't RBYC members, you can still participate in many of our social events such as Movie Night at Sam's Tours, or Girls Night Out, without being an RBYC member.  We're a fun bunch and welcome everyone to join in the fun with us.  Here's a sneak peak at what's on for October.  There's a number of additional events on the boil that aren't quite confirmed yet, so I'll be sending another post out later in the month to give you all a heads up.

What's on this month?

Thursday 11th October - Movie night at Sam's Tours 6.45pm screening the 2011 Award Winning drama 'The Iron Lady' starring Meryl Streep in her excellent performance of Maggie Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of England.  'An elderly Margaret Thatcher who talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene'.

Friday 12th October - RBYC and Sam's Tours Girls Night Out :) Starting at the Executive Lounge for a cocktail at 6.30pm, followed by dinner at Kramers from 7.30pm, then after dinner and a couple of cheeky wines, we're off to ATT to Karaoke till the wee hours.  Fellas you can come too as long as you don't mind talking about shoes, shopping, boys...

Thursday 18th October - Movie night at Sam's Tours 6.45pm screening the 2011 Aussie Comedy/Family/Drama 'Red Dog', based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.

Thursday 25th October - Movie night at Sam's Tours 6.45pm screening 2012 Action/Adventure film 'The Hunger Games'.  Based on the first of the Hunger Games trilogy novels, it's set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.  Now I've already bought two copies of this film, neither of which work very well, so if you have a better copy you'd like to share please let me know.  If I can't get a better version prior to this screening date I may postpone this until November.

Friday 26th October - Palau Night Market at Bethlehem Park from 5-9pm.  Join us for some delicious local cuisine, craft and music :)

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Waterfall Cove Raft Up - We're still looking for interest in the raft up at Waterfall Cove.  This would be an overnight event or a whole day event.  A sign up sheet is up on the notice board at Sam's.  Please list if you're interested in taking your boat, and if you haven't got a boat, please write if you'd like to be stowed away on one :)

Welcome Joy Carey to the RBYC Board of Directors! - A big hello to Joy as she joins the RBYC Board of Directors for the remainder of 2012.

RBYC Membership Renewals in Q4 2012 will roll you over to the end of 2013 -  So pop in to the Sam's Tours Dive Shop and renew your membership today, so we don't need to chase you for it next year ;)  We're pleased to announce that our membership dues for 2013 remain unchanged with Regular membership $25, or Family membership $35.  A list of all the RBYC member benefits can be found on our blog here  Our updated Application and Renewals form is attached below if you'd like to complete it ahead of time and return to either the Sam's Dive Shop or to RBYC.

Wanted - 1 inch solid aluminium or stainless pipe 4-5 feet long required for the brackets on the Dinghy Dock walkway.  If anyone has a pipe they'd like to donate please do so, or if you know of someone who might be able to assist us please dob them in :)

Have a great month ahead!

From the RBYC Team!