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YACHT GOES AGROUND
There was near disaster early on Christmas Eve morning when the
ninety foot Canadian registered yacht "Ring Andersen" went
aground in the Grenadines.
Skippered by owner Jan De Groot, the "Ring Andersen" sailed from
Grenada on the 23rd, bound for Martinique where she was due to
pick up a charter shortly after Christmas. Late that afternoon,
however, sailing west of the Grenadines, that stretch of small
islands which dot the Caribbean between Grenada and St. Vincent,
the "Ring' developed engine trouble and had to rely on sails only.
Soon after, it was discovered that her generator had broken down
and th t she was taking water through a hole in her exhaust
system. Captain De Groot decided that, as it was already dark
and as he had no certainty that ,his batteries would keep his
navigational lights going, to seek anchorage in the lee of one
of the islands.
In an exclusive interview today (27th) Captain De Groot told of
the difficulty he had in getting his boat to a small bay on the
north coast of Carriacou, the largest of the Grenadines. "There
was a heavy swell running", he said, "and frequent wind shifts,
and it was difficult to got the "Ring" to answer the rudder".
As the boat entered the bay and the anchor was dropped, the sails
were lowered, but a sudden gusty swing of the wind caught the jib
which had stuck, and the "Ring Andersen" was driven ashore.
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Another anchor was put out but not before the yacht had swung
shorewardsi and was beaten on the rocky bottom by the running sea.
At this point a distress call was put out and was picked up by
the Unitud States Coast Guard in Puerto Rico, but the signal was
faint and the exact identity and location of the boat was not known.
At daylight, a search was begun from Trinidad and Grenada, but,
it was not until two crewmen from the "Ring" made a hazardous
trip in a small boat over some five miles of rough sea to the
resort island of Petit St. Vincent, that it was known that the
boat in difficulty was the "Ring Anderson" and that she was
aground on the north coast of Carriacou.
In the meantime, pulling on the two anchors, Captain De Groot had
been able to get his boat afloat and he was later taken in tow by
a power boat from Petit St.Vincent and taken to that island.
Her engine repaired, the "Ring" returned to Grenada on Christmas
Day and is now in drydock undergoing repairs. The extent of
damaUe has not yet been ascertained but, it is expected that
within ten days she should be afloat again.
Captain De Groot was high in his praise for the crew, for the
management of the Petit St. Vincent Resorts and for Captain Peter
Davis of the motor trader "Hildur" who assisted in engine repairs
and escorted the "Ring Andersen" back to Grenada from Petit
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ELECTRICITY HATES PROTESTED
The Grenada Chamber of Commerce is to seek the cooperation of
the Businessmen's Association, the Grenada Consumers Association,
the Trade Union Congress and the Hotel Association to protest
to Government against the increase in electricity rates to be
put into effect by Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. on mater
readings taken after January 1st.
At an Extraordinary General lutingg held on December 18th, it was
proposed that a delegation of these organizations be formed and
that a meeting be sought with Government to discuss the matter.
It was falt also that an enquiry should be held into the operation
of the Company, the efficiency of which was questioned by members
of the Chamber.
Grenada Electricity Services Ltd is jointly owned by the Government
of Graonada and the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
On December 14th, the Rotary Club of Grenada celebrated its
6th Anniversary with a banquet in honour of District Governor
Dr John A. Watts, the founder and Charter President of the
Grenada rotary Club.
Among the guests at this banquet was Sir Leo DeGale, Governor
General of Grenada and Lady DeGale, and Mr Jean Rayon, Notary's
District Governor elect for the 1975-76 term, and now President
of the Fort do France, Martinique, Rotary Club de Sud.
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NEW CRUPS FOR GRENADA ?
The Department of Agriculture in Grenada is to make a series of
soil tests to determine the suitability for the production of
rice, soya beans and grapes.
This development is as a result of a recent decision of the
Grenada Cabinet and is designed to have long term effect on
the diversification of the island's agriculture.
27t December 1974