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Glass-Tech, una parada para todos tus servicios.

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Yordamiss.

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Tarpon Basics.

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The Catch of a Lifetime.

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A Boy with a Dream...

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ol y Mar Magazine es la primera y única revista digital bilingüe en el mundo que incluye información sobre turismo, pesca, industria marítima, hostelería, recreación, pesca deportiva y propiedades frente al mar, que ofrece a nuestros lectores una variedad de diferentes temas de interés en cada una de sus ediciones. Sol y Mar Magazine se puede encontrar fácilmente en los principales buscadores de Internet por texto o por palabras clave, así como en nuestra página web: www.solymarmagazine.com. Sol y Mar Magazine se envía a decenas de miles de personas e instituciones, de las cuales el 89% se encuentran en el sur de la Florida y el resto en distintos países de todos los continentes. La edad promedio de nuestros lectores oscila entre 20 y 65 años de edad. Si desea ampliar su negocio, especialmente en el poderoso mercado hispano, le sugerimos anunciarse en nuestra revista. ¡Bienvenido a bordo de Sol y Mar Magazine! www.solymarmagazine.com

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ol y Mar Magazine is the first and only digital bilingual publication in the world that includes information about tourism, fishing, waterfront properties, maritime industry, restoration, recreation, sport fishing and innovations among other things that are entertaining, informative and interesting to that appears in the advertiser’s own website and also (his/hers)our reader, who (will enjoy) a wide variety subjects and knowledge of different topics in our publication that addresses each of its editions. Sol y Mar Magazine can be easily found in the main Internet search engines by text or by key words, as well as on our web page: www.solymarmagazine.com. Sol y Mar Magazine is sent to tens of thousands individuals and institutions, of which 89% are located in southern Florida and the remaining to another countries in all continents. The average age of our readers is between 20 and 65 years old. If you want to expand your business, especially in the powerful Hispanic market, we suggest you advertise in our magazine. Welcome aboard Sol y Mar Magazine! www.solymarmagazine.com

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UNA PARADA PARA TODOS TUS SERVICIOS “Nuestra meta es mantenernos y seguir siendo la Mejor Marina del Sur de la Florida”,

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afirma Nelson Fernández Jr. Presidente de GLASSTECH CORP. Entrevista exclusiva de Pedro Díaz

acido en Miami, Florida, de padres cubanos en el año 1966, Nelson Fernández Jr. Presidente de GLASSTECH CORP. es uno de los empresarios más exitosos de la industria marítima en el sur de la Florida, siguiéndo los pasos de su padre Nelson Fernández Sr., quien fue el fundador de esta compañia hace 37 años; su padre comenzó en la fábrica Bertram en 1962 fabricando el Bertram 31’ el barco original que hizo la carrera a Bimini. El trabajó en la fábrica Bertram durante 25 años como Gerente de fabricación y producción. “Después mi padre quizo tener su propia compañia y fundó GLASSTECH CORP en 1985”, dice Nelson Fernández Jr. quien agrega: “Yo empecé a trabajar con él desde 1986 en un pequeño warehouse haciendo

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pequeñas piezas de fiberglass para el remplazo de partes del Bertram,en aquel entonces eramos un grupo muy reducido de empleados; posteriormente mi padre compró esta propiedad donde nos encontramos hoy dia.” ¿Qué lugar ocupa GLASSTECH CORP en calidad y realización de trabajo en comparación con otras compañias similares dentro de la industria marítima? “Yo considero que somos el número uno en el sur de la Florida” afirma Nelson Fernández Jr. quien continúa diciendo: “GLASSTECH tiene un buen nombre y es reconocido por todos en la industria maritima. Llevamos muchos años aqui en el rio de Miami y nos enfocamos en la calidad del trabajo y el servicio al cliente. Tenemos un poco más de 30 empleados y unos 20 de ellos llevan aqui más de 20 años. Nosotros garantizamos nuestro trabajo y siempre estamos aqui para responder y quedar bien con los clientes, todos los tabajos son importantes desde un simple mantenimiento anual, como la pintura de fondo, la restauración de fiberglass o la reconstrucción de un barco” ¿Qué servicios ofrece GLASSTECH? “Ofrecemos servicios desde sacar el barco para pintarle solamente fondo hasta hacer un proyecto completo de pintar el barco entero, asi como hacer trabajos de carpinteria y electricidad; tenemos un departamento de electrónica muy completo: instalamos radares y GPS. También reparamos motores, ejes, propelas, etc. Si hay algún servicio que no tenemos aqui como canvas, aire acondicionado o mecánica de especificos motores diesel, en ese caso nosotros subcontratamos especialistas de otras compañias.” SOL & MAR MAGAZINE

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¿Qué capacidad de almacenamiento de botes dispone GLASSTECH CORP en sus instalaciones para hacerles mantenimiento? “Fuera del agua tenemos tipicamente unos 25 barcos a la vez de varios tamaños, desde 30’ hasta 80’ pies de eslora, casi siempre tenemos en el agua unos ocho o diez barcos. Ahora estamos en el proceso de terminar la construcción y ampliación de un nuevo varadero que vamos a incrementar de 21’ pies a 27’ pies de ancho, el cual debe estar listo para ser usado a mediados de noviembre, de esta manera podremos sacar barcos mucho más grandes y largos. Tenemos una grúa nueva de 150 toneladas que nos costó casi un millón de dólares, la cual tenemos lista para que pueda extraer del agua a barcos más grandes.”

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¿Cuál es su meta? “Ahora con la nueva ampliación del varadero que pronto tendremos disponible podremos enfocarnos en proyectos de barcos más grandes que requieren nuevas y más áreas de detalle, aspiramos a mantenernos y a crecer, trayendo mas clientes para seguir siendo la Mejor Marina en reparación, restauración y mantenimiento del Sur de la Florida.”

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ORDAMISS, cantante, compositora, actriz, conductora, productora y realizadora con una versatilidad única y una larga trayectoria dentro de la música cubana, ha compartido escenarios con grandes artistas consagrados como Gilberto Santarosa, Oscar D’ Leon, Olga Tañón, Arturo Sandoval, Cristian Castro, Paquito de Rivera, entre muchos otros, ha participado en numerosos festivales como “Buscando al Sonero” y “Viva la Diva en Univisión” y grandes eventos en América Latina, Europa y Estados Unidos, marcando el género tropical como su sello principal, aunque cabe destacar, su maravillosa composición. Posee un trabajo extraordinario como compositora en varios géneros los cuales interpreta con su potente voz, baladas, géneros del feeling, funk, reggae, pop tropical y la conocida salsa, entre otros. Yordamis Megret, nacida en la provincia más oriental de la isla, Guantánamo, es ex cantante de la popular orquesta cubana Bamboleo, ha realizado giras a nivel mundial con otras grandes orquestas, abierto conciertos a populares agrupaciones como DLG y dentro de Cuba, a José Luis Cortés (El Tosco) con NG la Banda, Manolito y su Trabuco, entre otros. Forma parte activa e importante del movimiento de la salsa femenina en el círculo de artistas de Miami, marcando su propio estilo e influenciando a la nueva generación. Esta versátil artista también maneja el mundo de la producción y realización de programas, series y sketches para la televisión. Conocida como la “tormenta de la salsa”, apodo que se le atribuye a la explosión de energía desbordada en el escenario, Yordamiss es un conjunto de baile, interpretación y energía arrolladora, donde mantendrá cada actuación en un alto nivel de excelencia que deleitará a cada espectador. Dados los últimos acontecimientos en su país natal y sintiendo el dolor de cada cubano dentro y fuera de la isla, Yordamiss compuso otro tema que refleja la tristeza, la nostalgia, la frustración y las lágrimas por la situación SOL & MAR MAGAZINE

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que vive su pueblo ya hace 62 años. Aún así un hálito de esperanza se refleja en la letra, música y estelar interpretación y orquestación de “Cuba Dueles”, el nuevo sencillo que recientemente lanzó la artista y puedes encontrar en plataformas digitales cómo Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, entre otras. Con un arreglo musical de Orlando Guanche quien también toca majestuosamente el piano, en la percusión Otto Santana, en el cello Keni Aponte y en los coros Miriamne Martínez, “Cuba Dueles” ha sido catalogado por algunos críticos y representantes del medio, entre los mejores temas interpretados y escritos recientemente a la isla. No pierdas la oportunidad de escucharlo y sentir en cada nota el dolor y la esperanza por la libertad de cada cubano. Puedes descargarlo ahora en tu plataforma favorita: https:// hypeddit.com/link/0s54wl YORDAMISS trabajó en América Teve Canal 41 por 9 años y Univisión por 1 año.

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TARPON BAS How to hook and catch your first mega tarpon By Pat Ford

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nyone with basic fly casting skills can catch a hundred pound tarpon on a fly if they are willing to properly prepare for the challenge. How do I know this? Mainly because I have pretty basic fly rod skills and I’ve caught a lot of tarpon over the years. Now, if you really want to catch you first tarpon, here’s how to do it. First of all you need to charter a guide who chases tarpon with a fly rod on a regular basis. The best guides are usually booked up well in advance of tarpon season but in today’s economy there are a lot more open days than you’d think. If you can’t find a guide by research and/or word of mouth, contact The Fly Shop of Miami (305-669-5851), Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada (305-664-5423) or the Salt Water Angler in Key West (800-2231629), but be sure to tell them that you want someone who specializes in tarpon on fly. Decide when and where you want to fish, do some guide research and book early. Now all a guide can do is find the fish and put you in a position to make a cast….the rest is up to the angler. You have to be able to cast a 12 weightrod 50 to 60 feet accurately and to do that you need to find the right outfit for your skills and you need to practice.. Fill your new reel with 300 yards of 50 lb Braid backing and a visible ‘tarpon Taper’ floating line. Braid can cut you finger if you try to put pressure on it while the fish is running. The floating line is the easiest to cast and makes it easier for you and the guide to keep track of the fly. When your reel is set up, take it down to your local fly shops and try out every 12 weight they have, till you find one that you can cast effectively. It needs to ‘feel good to you’ and when you are trying it out, tie on a heavy tarpon fly, preferably with the hook cut off. Loomis, Sage, Loop, Temple Fork, Scott and many other companies make excellent 3 and 4 piecetarpon rods. You can go with an 11 weight if it improves your casting, but a 10 weight is really too light. When rod selection is complete, you need to go out in the back yard and practice. Do not show up in the Keys and pick up your 12 weight for the first time. Tarpon fishing is expensive. It’s not the time to ‘practice’. If you’ve never fished in salt water before, find a casting instructor and take a lessen 58

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or two. You need to be able to shoot 60 feet of line with two back casts and put the fly reasonably close to a fish, the mere sight of which is going to send your nerves into the stratosphere. A half hour a day casting to a garbage can top exactly 60 feet away, hopefully, will allow enough pieces to stick together long enough to let you get your fly to the fish. In South Florida there are two separate tarpon fisheries – the ocean and the ‘back country’. In the ocean you will cast to a few hundred tarpon on a good day and if you’re lucky, 2 or 3 will eat your fly. But don’t feel too bad, they ignore most everyone’s fly. Eventually you’ll come across one with ‘stupid’ written across it’s forehead that will swing out of line and suck in your fly. Don’t give up, but be prepared for a lot of rejection. The ocean fish are tough! The ‘back country’ on the other hand has tarpon that will eat. You may only have a dozen shots but half of them will eat if they see the fly. The tarpon in the ‘back’ are more sensitive to wind and weather, but if the guide says that there are fish in the back, that’s where you want to be. These fish will be ‘laid up’ or cruising in relatively murky water so they prefer big flies that are harder to cast than the tiny flies we use on the ocean, but everything is about getting the bite and the fish in the back are far more forgiving on almost every level. Unfortunately they still have the same effect on your nerves. If you are on your first tarpon quest, do not worry about leaders or flies. The guide will have both and will rig your rod for you. Just be sure to mention to him in advance (for example, when you’re asking him what he’d like you to bring for lunch) that this is your first trip and you’d appreciate his expertise on rigging and fly selection. Like in fishing, presentation is everything! Every guide will have his own selection of ‘secret’ flies and he will know which patterns to use in each location. Now let’s assume that you’ve booked a good guide, practiced diligently with a rod you can handle and that you’ve just dropped your fly in front of a huge tarpon that, as you can see through your polarized glasses, is rising up behind your fly with lunch on his mind. This is phase two of the process and there are still 60

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a few things you need to do. Keep your rod tip at the water surface while you retrieve your fly. Strip slowly – fast ‘jerks’ will spook a tarpon as will a fly that’s charging the fish. The prey should be moving away from the predator. Always keep your rod tip down! Tarpon do not ‘bite’ flies. They suck the fly in by blowing water into their cavernous mouth and out through their gills. From the angler’s point of view, the fly just disappears while the mouth stays open. Wait till you see the tarpon shut it’s mouth and turn his head, then strip-strike him while moving the rod (with tip still low) in the opposite direction of the fish’s turn. It is also acceptable to strip-strike when the guides bellows ‘Hit Him’from somewhere behind you. It’s hard to set a hook in that concrete mouth so hit him good but don’t hang on too long because that big old prehistoric herring is about to go nuts. This is the best 60 seconds in fishing. Be prepared for chaos. Teamwork between guide and angler is essential in tarpon fishing. Standing on the poling platform allows the guide to see everything that’s going on a lot better than the angler. Don’t be offended by the guide talking you through the cast and hook-up. There’s an advantage to having a coach at the back of the boat, but there’s a big difference between a coach and a critic. No one wants to pay $600 a day for a critic, whether you’re a novice or an expert. Just something to keep in mind when researching a guide – find out how compassionate he is with newcomers. When you get that first bite, you’ll need to clear your line as Mr. Poon heads for points unknown. As everyone knows, when a tarpon jumps you need to ‘bow’ to him by extending your rod towards the horizon. The reason for this is that when a tarpon is swimming his weight is diminished by something like 80%. When the tarpon takes to the air, flip flopping and shaking his head, he weighs 100 lbs again. The tippet will hold up a lot longer if there’s no pressure on it during the jumps. The best instructions for fighting a big tarpon on a fly rod are contained in Stu Apte’s video “the Quest for Giant Tarpon”, which can be ordered from Stu’s website: Stuapte.net. This video is absolutely the best instruction you will ever find 62

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on fighting a big fish on a fly rod.. Consider it a necessary part of preparing for you first tarpon encounter. There is nothing in fishing that I have seen that compares to a six foot tarpon inhaling your fly and then going berserk at the sting of the hook. Something like 8 out of 10 fall off no matter who the angler is. Baby tarpon (under 40 lbs) are fun but nothing like their parents. If you want to absorb the total tarpon experience, go for the big boys. The only complication is ‘addiction’ but that’s not really all that bad.

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The Catch of a Lifetime (Part One)

By Dr. Martín Aróstegui

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n a beautiful night in October, 2002 Captain Bouncer Smith and I teamed up to make a very unusual catch. We caught and released a swordfish on fly fishing gear. This fish was the first and only swordfish caught on fly in South Florida at that time.This is the story of this very unique catch. Two years before, my son Martini asked if I could take him swordfish fishing. Even though he was only nine years old at the time, I took his request seriously since he was already an accomplished angler with sixteen world records to his name. This request brought back fond memories of my own swordfish fishing trips with my dad in Cuba when I was about the same age. I also remembered that in the seventies a swordfish fishery was discovered in South Florida but is was quickly wiped out by the commercial longliners. I told Martini that I didn’t know a lot about the status of swordfish fishing, I shared with him the stories from the seventies and promised that I would call my good friend Captain Bouncer Smith to see what we could do.

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ouncer and I have been friends for many years. During this period of time B he has guided my family and I to multiple MET Tournament championships, including the prestigious MET Tournament All Tackle Hall of Fame, which I would have never accomplished without his guidance. I was surprised when Bouncer told me that it was very likely to catch a swordfish here in South Florida. He explained that commercial longlining had been banned for sometime and that the swordfish stocks were rebounding enough to make a trip to target swordfish a worthwhile venture. One beautiful night in July 2001 Martini, two cousins and I went swordfish fishing with Bouncer. Just as Martini had predicted, at about 11:00pm he got his first ever swordfish bite. One hour later, Martini landed an 80-pound swordfish. This was the beginning of many great adventures. Martini and I scheduled a number of subsequent swordfish fishing trips with Bouncer. It was during this time that I started thinking about attempting to catch one on a fly rod. On a couple of trips I actually brought a fly rod in case we saw one coming up to the Hydro Glow light on the side of the boat. At some point I decided to get serious about this quest and started a dialogue with Bouncer. Now was the time for serious planning. We decided that we needed a heavy fly rod with a big reel that had capacity for a lot of backing. Another important component was a heavy sinking line in order to get the fly down. On one of our previous trips a squid passed by the light and right there and then we decided that a squid imitation fly was the way to go. I had some two- hook flies that I had tied for halibut fishing in Alaska that actually looked like a squid. Bouncer supplied me with a tinny cyalume light called a “Lunker Light”, which we tied between the two hooks. This fly really looked like the real thing in the water. Now we needed the right conditions. Swordfish will come closer to the surface at night during dark periods, before the moon rises above the horizon. With this in mind, Bouncer selected a night four nights after the full moon. At this time the moon rises about four hours after sunset, thus giving me about three hours of fly fishing time. On this October night the conditions were perfect. There was a very light wind from 88

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the east that made fly fishing optimal. Armed with a 14 Wt. fly rod, a large arbor reel, heavy sinking line and our special fly; I started roll casting on the transom of our boat “Timely Sale”. We also had two bait rods that we rigged on floats for Martini but after a few minutes he was sound asleep. I continued roll casting and letting the fly sink until the tip of the fly line was about eighty feet out from the boat. The retrieve was an attempt to make the fly look like a slow swimming squid-Strip strip stop, strip stripstop. As I stood there casting my fly, I thought about this vast, deep and dark ocean and what chance did I have to get a bite from a swordfish. I felt kind of lonely right about that time. Was this venture another futile effort? No angler had been successful in targeting swordfish on fly in this country and only a handful had been caught a few years before in Africa.

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La captura de toda una vida (Primera Parte)

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n una hermosa noche de octubre de 2002, el capitán Bouncer Smith y yo nos unimos para hacer una captura muy inusual. Cogimos y soltamos un pez espada (Emperador) con un equipo de pesca con mosca. Este pez fue el primer y único pez espada capturado con mosca en el sur de Florida en ese momento. Esta es la historia de esta captura única. Dos años antes, mi hijo Martini me preguntó si podía llevarlo a pescar pez espada. A pesar de que solo tenía nueve años en ese momento, tomé su solicitud en serio, ya que ya era un pescador consumado con dieciséis récords mundiales a su nombre. Esta solicitud me trajo buenos recuerdos de mis propios viajes de pesca de pez espada con mi padre en Cuba cuando tenía aproximadamente la misma edad. También recordé que en los años setenta se descubrió una pesquería de pez espada en el sur de Florida, pero fue rápidamente aniquilada por los palangreros comerciales. Le dije a Martini que no sabía mucho sobre el estado de la pesca del pez espada, le conté las historias de los años setenta y le prometí que llamaría a mi buen amigo el capitán Bouncer Smith para ver qué podíamos hacer.

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Bouncer y yo somos amigos desde hace muchos años. Durante este período de tiempo, nos ha guiado a mi familia y a mí a múltiples campeonatos del Torneo MET, incluido el prestigioso Salón de la Fama del Torneo MET AllTackle, que nunca hubiera logrado sin su guía. Me sorprendió cuando Bouncer me dijo que era muy probable que pescara un pez espada aquí en el sur de Florida. Explicó que la pesca con palangre comercial había estado prohibida durante algún tiempo y que las poblaciones de pez espada se estaban recuperando lo suficiente como para hacer que un viaje para pescar el pez espada fuera una empresa que valiera la pena. Una hermosa noche de julio de 2001 Martini, dos primos y yo fuimos a pescar pez espada con Bouncer. Tal como lo había predicho Martini, alrededor de las 11:00 pm le dio su primer mordisco de pez espada. Una hora más tarde, Martini capturo un pez espada de 80 libras. Este fue el comienzo de muchas grandes aventuras. Martini y yo programamos varios viajes posteriores de pesca de pez espada con Bouncer. Fue durante este tiempo que comencé a pensar en intentar pescar uno con equipo de mosca.. En un par de viajes, de hecho, traje una caña de mosca en caso de que viéramos un pez que se acercaba a la luz HydroGlow en el costado del bote. En algún momento decidí tomarme en serio esta búsqueda y comencé un diálogo con Bouncer. Ahora era el momento de una planificación seria. Decidimos que necesitábamos una caña pesada con un carrete grande que tuviera capacidad para mucho retroceso. Otro componente importante fue una línea de hundimiento pesada para bajar la mosca. En uno de nuestros viajes anteriores, un calamar pasó junto a la luz y allí mismo decidimos que una mosca de imitación de calamar era el camino a seguir. Tenía algunas moscas de dos anzuelos que había atado para pescar fletán(Halibut) en Alaska que en realidad parecían un calamar. Bouncer me proporcionó una pequeña luz de cyalume llamada “Lunker Light”, que atamos entre los dos anzuelos. Esta mosca realmente se parecía a la cosa real en el agua. Ahora necesitábamos las condiciones adecuadas. El pez espada se acercará más a la superficie en la noche durante los pe96

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ríodos oscuros, antes de que la luna se eleve sobre el horizonte. Con esto en mente, Bouncer seleccionó una noche cuatro noches después de la luna llena. En este momento la luna sale unas cuatro horas después de la puesta del sol, lo que me da unas tres horas de tiempo de pesca con mosca. En esta noche de octubre las condiciones eran perfectas. Había un viento muy suave del este que hacía que la pesca con mosca fuera óptima. Armado con un caña de mosca 14 Wt., carrete de árbol grande, sedal de hundimiento pesado y nuestra mosca especial. Empecé a lanzar en la popa de nuestro barco “Timely Sale”. También teníamos dos cañas con carnada que montamos en flotadores para Martini, pero después de unos minutos estaba profundamente dormido. Continué lanzando la caña dejando que la mosca se hundiera hasta que la punta de la línea de mosca estuvo a unos ochenta pies fuera del bote. La recuperación fue un intento de hacer que la mosca pareciera un calamar nadando lentamente. Mientras estaba allí lanzando mi mosca, pensé en este océano vasto, profundo y oscuro y qué posibilidades tenía de obtener un mordisco de un pez espada. Me sentí un poco solo en ese momento. ¿Fue esta aventura otro esfuerzo inútil? Ningún pescador había tenido éxito en la captura del pez espada con mosca en este país y solo unos pocos años antes habían sido capturados dos o tres en África.

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A Boy With a Dream... A real Tale about Powered Paragliding Ike Morinigo Certified USPPA PPG Instructor www.flyfun.us

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y name is Higinio; my friends and students used to call me “Ike.” I would like to share a little of my “story” with you and how personal aviation has changed my life. After my parents divorced as a child, I moved into my grandparent’s house in my city down Town. This magnificent house was designed by a famous architect and it was perfectly situated to overlook the historic center. This stunning view included the bay, the river and the vast flat land that lies far and beyond... The house itself was very special in style; a nautical architecture is so well done, that to this day no one notices that the house itself is the superstructure (bridge) of an imaginary mega yacht (by 1930’s standards). My mother’s family was large, with plenty of family gatherings; it’s easy to imagine how much we enjoyed those meetings running, screaming, jumping, listening to stories told by our elders, enjoying Christmas, New Years and countless birthday parties, cousins of about my age used to come to spend a week or two. One of them, Sandra, has a great curiosity with everything that flies. We used to have paper airplane competitions, dropping them from the highest point in the house and seeing whose would fly the longest. We spent much time recovering them from the neighbor’s roof and yard, trying to not getting in trouble or to be seen when trespassing... Thus, between flights and dreams, perhaps inspired by the vast blue empty land that we watch every day, we decided to do some design work on paper. Our goal was to build a fabulous aircraft that would transport us (pedaling) to the skies, we would call the “Gill-Copter,” since our previous last name was McGill. This dream-craft came together using two bikes (one of which belonged to my younger sister, who remained terrified about us “splitting her bike in two”), a ceiling fan, two emerging (and ridiculous) folding wings, and a rudimentary rudder with a flag proudly painted on it; a wicker basket under one of the “banana” seats (in use at the time) would contain food for our ”picnics” on our flying away trips “Wow!!, How wonderful!!,” we exclaimed “then we’ve added one or two “very important” features to the design!” On take-offs, we should pedaling with all our strength to ascend; once we reached straight and level flight, we would take turns pedaling counting

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on our “folding wings” as a back-up plan in case we could go no more. We imagined ourselves flying over the city, the river, fields, and our Grandpa’s house wondering cousins and friends. As far I can remember, my childhood memories were centered around the dream of flight. Today, I can’t recall when our adventures took us next as a whirlwind of colleges, scholarships, travels, careers now fulfilling my memories. Life continued its course until a given day, about 30 years later. I was flying over the same city after taking off from a nearby open field. I found myself flying just above my grandparent’s house. When I looked down, there was a child, standing on the house’s top terrace, staring at me. I found the guy strangely familiar as if I had seen him before. I smiled and waved a salute at the same moment when a low cloud erased him from my vision. A moment later, I realized that the child was no other than myself many years ago! I immediately became aware of what I was actually doing; FLYING!...I was in a Powered Paraglider with a frame and front wheel system similar to what a “flying bike” should look alike the GILL-COPTER WAS FOR REAL! I couldn’t believe it !!; I was flying the same craft from my dreams! The old house is still there – challenging time, and now surrounded by buildings that block the view. However, that child. That child is no longer there for sure, because he is here with me, looking out astonished at so many skies through my own eyes. Flying has been such a huge part of my life. It was the realization of my childhood dream. Now, years later, I devote my time to teach the ART of flying to others. Much of my time traveling, flying in new areas, and changing the lives of “those who dare to chase the same dream I had.” As an Instructor, my greatest satisfaction is to watch a novice pilot land after his first flight. Seeing that specific smile on their face and KNOWING how amazing he feels is my greatest reward. There is an unspoken bond between those who have seen the world from above. It amazes me the way the universe seems to align mysteriously; often ending up going much farther than we have ever dared to dream. If you are like me and have always dreamed about flying, I am waiting to help you to realize your dream! Contact me and let’s start your life’s next greatest adventure! 122

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Corona Virus Questions and Answers

By Dr. Martin Aróstegui

Cases and hospitalizations are decreasing in many parts of the US. What are the factors involved? Let me start by stating that there is a lot about this virus that we still do not know. In many countries, the cases seem to increase and decrease in two-month cycles that we cannot totally explain. We are learning more every day. We have vaccinated an increasing number of people and many have received immunity through prior infection. Many people are following public health recommendations of mask wearing and social distancing. All of these factors are probably involved in the improving situation we now see. This is not the time to let your guard down. Get your vaccine if you haven’t done so yet! Too many people are dying every day. I am confused about boosters. Can you clarify the situation for us? All three vaccine 140

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companies authorized in the US have developed data showing that certain members of the population should receive boosters after having received the required initial doses of the vaccines. Pfizer was the first to apply and obtain emergency use authorization for a booster shot.Boosters are authorized for individuals after six months from the last shot in the following categories: Sixty- five years of age or older, individuals eighteen years of age or older with underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe illness. Individuals eighteen years or older that work in high-risk settings such as first responders and those working in settings where they are exposed to large numbers of people while performing their duties. Please check CDC recommendations for more details. Moderna just received authorization for a booster shot with similar guidelines as the Pfizer booster. Johnson&Johnson has received authorization for a second shot two months after the original shot for everyone. Also, now you can receive a second shot from Moderna or Pfizer if your original shot was Johnson & Johnson. This is called Mix and Match. SOL & MAR MAGAZINE

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A new pill has been developed to treat covid. Can you tell us about it? The Merk pharmaceutical company recently announced the development of a medicine to treat corona virus disease that can be taken orally at home and has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and death by 50%. The drug is called Molnupiravir and is an antiviral that works by preventing the replication of the virus inside the body. The medicine is administered orally in capsule form. The company will be applying for emergency use authorization in the very near future. If authorized, this treatment will be available by the end of this year. This medicine cannot be taken by pregnant women because it may cause birth defects. Other companies are attempting to develop other antivirals to treat covid and I expect to hear further news in the near future. This development is very good news but please keep in mind that vaccines are still the best way to prevent severe illness or death from the corona virus. 142

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What is the status of vaccines for children? Pfizer announced recently that their corona virus vaccine for children 5-11 years of age has proven to be safe and effective. This vaccine may be authorized in the next few weeks. Children recently have accounted for one in five corona virus cases and more children have been hospitalized and treated in intensive care units than any other time during the pandemic. Nearly 30,000 children were hospitalized during the month of August. As of recently, 500 children have died from covid during the pandemic and 125 were ages 5-11 years of age. As schools have started and winter approaches, it is imperative to protect children by vaccinating them as soon as they are eligible. How can I convince my dear friend or family member to get vaccinated? First please listen carefully to their objections and concerns. Do not start an argument, it will make things worse. Show empathy and then explain why you think they should be vaccinated. Get prepared for the task by reading about this topic from medically reliable sources.

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Preguntas y respuestas sobre el Corona Virus

Por Dr. Martin Aróstegui

Los casos y las hospitalizaciones están disminuyendo en muchas partes de los EE. UU. ¿Cuáles son los factores involucrados? Permítanme comenzar diciendo que hay muchas cosas sobre este virus que aún desconocemos. En muchos países, los casos parecen aumentar y disminuir en ciclos de dos meses que no podemos explicar totalmente. Cada día aprendemos más. Hemos vacunado a un número cada vez mayor de personas y muchas han recibido inmunidad a través de una infección previa. Muchas personas siguen las recomendaciones de salud pública sobre el uso de mascarillas y el distanciamiento social. Todos estos factores probablemente estén involucrados en la mejora de la situación que vemos ahora. Este no es el momento de bajar la guardia. ¡Reciba su vacuna si aún no lo ha hecho! Demasiadas personas mueren todos los días. Estoy confundido acerca de los impulsores. ¿Puede aclararnos la situación? Las tres compañías de vacunas autorizadas en los EE. UU. Han desarrollado datos que muestran que ciertos miembros de la población deben recibir refuerzos después de haber recibido las dosis iniciales requeridas de las vacunas. Pfizer fue el primero en solicitar y obtener autorización de uso de emergencia para una vacuna de refuerzo.Los refuerzos están autorizados para personas después 144

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de seis meses desde la última inyección en las siguientes categorías: 65 años de edad o más, personas de 18 años de edad o más con condiciones médicas subyacentes que los colocan en alto riesgo de enfermedad grave. Personas de dieciocho años o más que trabajan en entornos de alto riesgo, como socorristas y quienes trabajan en entornos donde están expuestos a un gran número de personas mientras realizan sus funciones. Consulte las recomendaciones de los CDC para obtener más detalles. Moderna acaba de recibir la autorización para una inyección de refuerzo con pautas similares a las del refuerzo de Pfizer. Johnson & Johnson ha recibido autorización para una segunda inyección dos meses después de la inyección original para todos. Además, ahora puede

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recibir una segunda toma de Moderna o Pfizer si su toma original fue Johnson & Johnson. Esto se llama Mix and Match. Se ha desarrollado una nueva píldora para tratar el covid. ¿Qué puede decirnos al respecto? La compañía farmacéutica Merk anunció recientemente el desarrollo de un medicamento para tratar la enfermedad por el virus de la corona que se puede tomar por vía oral en el hogar y se ha demostrado que reduce las hospitalizaciones y la muerte en un 50%. El medicamento se llama Molnupiravir y es un antiviral que actúa previniendo la replicación del virus dentro del cuerpo. El medicamento se administra por vía oral en forma de cápsulas. La empresa solicitará la autorización de uso de emergencia en un futuro muy próximo. Si se autoriza, este tratamiento estará disponible a finales de este año. Este medicamento no puede ser tomado por mujeres embarazadas porque puede causar defectos de nacimiento. Otras compañías están intentando desarrollar otros antivirales para tratar

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el covid y espero escuchar más noticias en un futuro próximo. Este desarrollo es una muy buena noticia, pero tenga en cuenta que las vacunas siguen siendo la mejor manera de prevenir enfermedades graves o la muerte por el virus corona. ¿Cuál es el estado de las vacunas para niños? Pfizer anunció recientemente que su vacuna contra el virus corona para niños de 5 a 11 años de edad ha demostrado ser segura y efectiva. Esta vacuna puede autorizarse en las próximas semanas. Los niños recientemente han representado uno de cada cinco casos de virus corona y más niños han sido hospitalizados y tratados en unidades de cuidados intensivos que en cualquier otro momento durante la pandemia. Cerca de 30,000 niños fueron hospitalizados durante el mes de agosto. Recientemente, 500 niños han muerto de covid durante la pandemia y 125 tenían entre 5 y 11 años de edad. A medida que las escuelas han comenzado y se acerca el invierno, es imperativo proteger a los niños vacunándolos tan pronto como sean elegibles. ¿Cómo puedo convencer a mi querido amigo o familiar de que se vacune? Primero, escuche atentamente sus objeciones e inquietudes. No empieces una discusión, empeorará las cosas. Muestre empatía y luego explique por qué cree que deberían vacunarse. Prepárese para la tarea leyendo sobre este tema de fuentes médicamente confiables SOL & MAR MAGAZINE

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El Poder del Crédito

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l evento latino de United Wealth Educators Red Unity y el Poder del Crédito se celebró en el Double Tree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention, haciendo historia en nuestro negocio. Muy feliz de ver más de 500 latinos viajando a nivel nacional para aprender de Crédito y conectarse en persona durante este evento. Vamos a cerrar el año con todo y comenzar nuestro Nuevo Año 2022 con metas Grandes. ¡Dios bendiga a todos y vamos a la cima!

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Back Cover/Contraportada: Captain Jimmy Nelson Fishing with Luiza

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