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Bill Bailey of Caribbean Marine Surveyors in Tortola, BVI, sent good news: Barbary
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AllatSea, has been found off Barbuda, dismasted, but otherwise in good shape.
(Caribbean News continued on page 20)
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Organizers of US iii,.i i Rolex International Women's 1...' I
Championship-the first world ,iii. i competition created forwomen
recently announced dates for the next biennial event. Houston Yacht
Club (HYC) in La Porte, Texas will once again host the regatta, October
14-17, 2009 which will offer 11 J/22 races in four days and is expected
to attract between 40 and 50 teams I1i iii. i four to 12 countries.
Competitors in the 2007 event included the Caribbean Women's l .... I
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Sea.) A preliminary Notice of Race will be posted online in early 2009
GMT has expanded its payment options and now accepts wire transfers in
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as well."It doesn't sound like much but in reality it means we aren't restricted
to trade in any single currency," says company president Tim Davey. The
company offers 24 hour services."You no longer have to wait until we open
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emergency or not'GMT works with airlines to provide Worldwide Seaman's
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Budget Marine annually recognizes individuals for their contributions
to the St. Maarten marine industry and on March 5, in collaboration with
the Sint Maarten Marine Trades Association, honored Mike Ferrier with the
Marine Professional of the Year Award. Ferrier was cited for, -i -i 1 i I better
communication and II, I i. I, 11. I between the Sint Maarten government,
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Sanders iiii, I of East Wind Marine Services at Renaissance Marina in
Aruba offers useful advice for yacht crew. "In regards to visa requirements
for St Maarten for non-North American or EC citizens, I would like to
suggest the ..II. ii. if one is going to a Netherlands consulate anyway
to ask for a visa for the Netherlands Antilles, make use of the opportunity
to also ask for a visa for Aruba. While Aruba is also part of the ii i.. I I... of
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Netherlands Antilles visa. We have run into this problem a few times in
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members. The agent's letter accepted by the authorities in St. Maarten
will not work in Aruba"' For Aruba details, see: www.brochures.aruba.com/
A rented emergency rescue beacon-and good Samaritans aboard a
local dive boat-helped prevent the loss of five lives aboard a weather
beaten "pirate" ship that took on water and sank Wednesday, February 27
near the Bahamas.
A .i. ii.I to BoatU.S., the Treasure Seeker, a 65-foot, diesel-powered
pirate ship replica, was en route from St. Petersburg, FL to a new business
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After the captain activated an Emergency Position I. II i Radio Beacon
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from Treasure Seeker. Soon afterward, with a USCG helicopter hovering on
scene, the twin-masted excursion vessel disappeared below the waves.
For more information on the EPIRB rental program for American boaters:
(Caribbean News continued on page 22)
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Raffle winner, Rosemond Etienne (Rosie) Antigua
with Brian Turton, JHYC Commodore 2008 Harbour
-, Jolly Harbour
Thanks to Jan Edwards for
1 1 s1 ai I on a fundraising
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Sto raise money for ABSAR,
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On Saturday March 8th
CYC organized its Warm
up Open Billfish Release
for the 42nd Luhrs Blue Al
Marlin Tournament that
was held April 4 6. The
winning boat, awarded
free i 1 1 -1,..- for
the April event, was Make My Day. Junior Angler Stephen van Heyningen
and Bertie Perret Gentil both released a Blue Marlin, two out of five
marlin total that were released. For detailed results on both tournaments:
British Virgin Islands "-
Royal BVI Yacht Club ,
The final session in this term's Kids
and The Sea ,IIII. I program took
place on Saturday March 15th eo
when nine sailors tookto the water
in Road Harbour and participated i
in a fun regatta. Sailors exhibited -
skills they had picked up in just o" -.
12 weeks of lesson, for a few *._.
hours a weekend, and tackled
the cliI,, I 1 of'- IIn,,, around
the race course in a safe, fun, and
( ,.11 .11 I m anner.
Certificates were given out to the sailors who had advanced from Level
Ones, to Level Twos, as well the new sailors who were given their Level Ones,
with thanks to volunteers who donated their time. The next Kids and The Sea
,iih, I program started April 12th. For program information, contact Chris
Watters or Nels Hagesnson at 1i. II. ,I .com or 494 3286 or 544-7000.
MakeMyDay won the Warm-Up Tournament in Curacao
St. Croix Yacht Club
Antilles School from St. Thomas just nipped St. Croix Country Day in the
Caribbean Qualifier for the MalloryTrophy Championships February 23 held
at the St. Croix Yacht Club. The i. iiii iiil of the regatta was the presence of
two new schools, St. Croix's Good Hope School and Puerto Rico's Palmas
Academy. "With four schools c *..i '1 11.' I the future for high school iii ,. I in
the Caribbean looks brig ht," reports Chris Schrieber The event was the South
Atlantic H'Iill School iiiiI. Association (SAISA) qualifier for the Mallory
National Fleet Racing Championship. Antilles School, as the winner of this
. 1 11i will next travel to Jacksonville, FL, for the District Championships,
which is the qualifier for the National Championship (won by Antilles
Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association
TTSA sent a team to compete at the World Laser Radial Championships 2008
in Takapuna, New Zealand March 22 30. 11 ,1. i.1 I the World Laser Radial
Youth Championships were Aaron Barcant, James Leighton, and Stuart
Leighton. Andrew Lewis also participated in the Men's Championships at
the same venue.
Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Easter weekend had the ten Jeanneau 20's from Lagoon ili ... I Rental
racing in theQuantum EasterBoat h. 1i ii. .1 II i ill 'i- loffouryoungsters
from the SMYC Youth iiii I program racing in the clubs Laser Radials. In the
Jeanneau class, the winner was Andrea I iI. Ill with his family team; In the
Laser class, Kevin van den Berg took first. The Laser sailors were supported by
SMYC coach Maarten 1'1I1 il. i'i who is doing an internship at the SMYC
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BY ANDREW DOVE
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOUTHERN SPARS
we are seeing more and more composite rigging. The idea of
exchanging II i,.. I wire or rods for PBO or Carbon fibers may
seem strangely uncomfortable. However, as with other changes in
the past, choosing composite rigging may slowly become the norm.
To a certain degree old is new and new is old. The Southern Spars'
Composite -1.. I".- i division has developed a lightweight composite version
of what was once, they claim, the state of the art in III .... 1 rigging, with
one major difference the use of Carbon fiber: EC6+ (Element C6 Continuous
Carbon -^ I 111,. ', In continuous rigging, the structural tensile elements are
continuous from theirattachment pointat a i I( .. -i I tang on the mast down
to the deck. This means that each i, ,. ..,- ,I rod runs from its tang over any
number of spreaders to the bottom. A 11,iii ii benefit of this arrangement
was the low profile spreader tips, requiring essentially no additional hardware
and therefore the 1,1 : 1and lowest drag solution possible.
Another player, Navtec, has had success with their Z-System Ultra. This
is a continuous fiber rigging system in PBO. To show how quickly textile
rigging is, i. ,. 11,. I Navetec claims a "10 percent rigging weight reduction
compared to traditional PBO rigging.' The notion of traditional PBO rigging
is i1i 1 I, .I in itse lf.
Future Fibers, a company that entered the composite rigging market in
1997, has taken another approach. 1, 1 11 I in Valencia Spain, this company
has developed their version of PBO rigging. Their formula is equally based
on a sound historical idea. This company turns continual fibers around two
terminals set at the designed distance. The PBO custom made 1 11'. i,. I
rigging, aft rigging and anti torsion forestays are covered for protection
against wear and UV (I ii .-, -..i, The end I,1m,.i. used are custom made
thimbles and the production technique has a well proven technology that
defines ,. Ii at given loads.
These systems have fundamental differences beyond the choice of
material. On a cruising boat it can be argued that the separated rigging
elements allow for partial replacement when aged or damaged. Element
C6 from Southern Spars produce a non continuous alternative using carbon
fiber ., ,,. II with cone terminals. The system is based on cables constructed
28 ALLATSEA.NET MAY 2008
of a bundle of small diameter pultruded carbon fiber rods. The terminals
are critical here and care has been taken to reduce stress concentrations
and scalability that plagued early attempts at using carbon rods for yacht
I 11. Ill. I rigging. The rods can be jacketed with a number of materials to
protect them from chafe and i 1,I I I I1 I i I i materials include reinforced
neoprene and Spectra, Aramid, polyester and stainless steel
OYS (Ocean Yacht Systems) proposes another discontinuous system that
I have heard argued is one of the easiest to retrofit. They have extended
their classic rigging activity to traditional textile use from running rigging
such as runners and check stays, to I iI. iI. I rigging. Their technology
is a development of OYS's own system 1 ll .11i i .. 111.1 I their usage of
cones for Kevlar to PBO. Mike Orange, their technical director, explains,"Our
design of terminals have been developed and extensive tested for PBO, the
user can gain the advantages of cost reductions and increased factors of
safety, which translates as longevity". A recent success of theirs on a boat in
the Caribbean was with a torsion stay in PBO for a Code Zero from North
Sails, New Zealand for the Dubois designed 44m super yacht'Salperton'TThe
stay is 57.6m pin to pin measurement under load when tensioned up to 20
tonnes. This same company equally has a continuous system to propose.
Like Navetec and unlike Southern Spars they have chosen PBO.
Most systems provide a 1 11ii11 ii,, savings in weight and often windage
aloft. At present the choice of textile rigging on larger cruising boats and
most race boats where the rules allow is financially driven. These systems
are currently more expensive and as Tim Haynes from THL pointed out to
me, "the gains are important on larger rigs and race boats so that the extra
investment would appear reasonable. As prices change we may see the
potential market place broadening"
A i.iiii 1 rig reduces pitching and enhances performance. As a boat
pitches, the movements felt in the cockpit are amplified up in the rig.
As the bow rises the mast head relative to the axe of the boat moves aft
and, conversely, as the bow plunges the head of the mast advances. This
obviously changes the apparent wind in the rig with each wave. It is i.. .-I ii i
that the apparent wind angle can vary up to 16o due to pitching. In simple
terms the sails will only best be nearly trimmed when a boat pitches.
This i 1. ,,,. ,, i market has made great technological progress. Tim
Haynes told me of the usage of Textile rigging on Salcombe Yowls, a
beautiful yet keenly raced fairly classical day boat. Development is rapid and
as much in the relatively modest world of y,, i,1i11 i the potential ii, I ll
always filter a few viable competitors as the public and professionals begin
to fully understand the potential and iii 11 1ll. of these products.
Certainly there is a basic choice to be made between Carbon fiber and
PBO while ,i i i,. i other possibilities. The pultruded carbon fiber ii iliil
elements are not affected by exposure to moisture or visible i lii unlike PBO
or Aramid fibers. Flex in carbon structures must be managed. PBO requires
, 1i11. I for UV and humidity protection, where carbon in a race situation
can be used without. Chafe is another issue. PBO fibers must not unravel and
carbon pultrusions are as strong as the number of ., ,. II not damaged.
With respect to price it is not easy to identify as the usages today are fairly
unique and specific. The old y,, i, ii,. I adage-if you ask how much it costs
you can't afford it-may be partly true still, i ,.., I ii in this I '. II changing
area even a simple introductory article on the subject is ,...I 11,l, out of
date while being written. The internet is full of articles and updates on the
subject if you wish to go more deeply into the subject.
Our local riggers are already Iii iiiii with the realities of this new
technology, so please do not hesitate to approach them for help or advice.
Tim Haynes Limited and FKG / ,/ 1 iII i. i l. I have combined resources
recently to provide a cost effective service centre for super yachts in
the Caribbean. One project in 2007 they completed ... I ii I was the
1.i- i inI. i of PBO Future fibers rigging on the Farr 115 Sojana. The weight
gain on this refit was approximately; i -'I
Andrew Dove is Area Manager for North Sails Caraibes, based in Guadeloupe.
MAY 2008 ALLATSEA.NET 29
CLASS WEATHER: L
the world yachtsman
OK, WHAT'S THE CATCH?
How do two of the world's top weather navigators
give out free weather forecasts 24/7 for precisely
the information you want, anywhere in the world?
30 ALLATSEA.NET MAY 2008
Steve Hayles is a world class yacht racing
navigator who has competed in the Volvo Ocean
Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World
Race) four times and was selected as navigator for
the last America's Cup for Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle.
Besides his racing prowess, Hayles is an expert
in marine electronics, especially in producing
software to integrate different systems ... I i, I
This talent led him and ii.. ..iI. .I the
world racing navigator, Marcel Van Trieste, to
A GRIB file is a metrological format file which
is used for I- i weather forecast information
via computers. UGRIB uses this information as
a client application, a programme that runs on
your laptop or PC.
Steve Hayles explains how it works;
"It accesses our servers via the internet and
UGRIB allows you to choose what weather data
you want. You can choose the .iiii in time
of the forecast and the geographical location
of the forecast. The programme then grabs
this information and displays it to you in a
very user 11 ii. I, manner The user has access
to worldwide weather forecasts about a week
into the future and at the moment our free
(i -iu.i i gives you surface pressure, wind speed,
wind direction and rainfall. The service will be
enhanced further i.. .1. il..i.11 the year; shortly
we will be i( i i. Ii other information, such as,
wave height data in our standard package"
UGRIB is not the only free weather forecast on
the net. Hayles explains some advantages;
"One of the big advantages of UGRIB is that you
can decide how large an area you wish to have a
forecast for; this means that the data transfer can
be small in comparison to other sources. Also the
software allows you to set a limit for file size so that
you don't download a very big file by mistake.
(Continued on page 32)
MAY 2008 ALLATSEA.NET 31
"When we designed the software, we were
very conscious of 11.. 11 the user to download
what they needed .. i. ii. i to their type of
data connection. Sitting in port, on a cheap
.i .... I. I connection, perhaps you want to
look at the whole Atlantic chart. At sea, you
might be restricted by lower bandwidths or
expensive air time and want much smaller, more
localised data. UGRIB does both.
"Another advantage is that you have a
consistent source of data wherever you are
in the world. Don't get me wrong, there are
other weather forecasts which are very good
indeed and we fully support them. When I
am trying to get weather information for a
new location, I always look around at what is
available. However I think that UGRIB is easy
to navigate and gives consistent information
which is very useful.'
UGRIB's initial i.i ii.-i uses weather data
from NOAA, America's free world class weather
forecast service and so do many other free and
pay-for-use weather sites.
"The difference with UGRIB is that it is a piece of
software that you can tune to your requirements.
Other sites use an internet browser which can not
be manipulated as easily or without transferring a
lot of data on your connection"
So how come world class professional
weather navigators like Hayles and Van Trieste
offer the service for free?
"We do produce much higher resolution
models or forecasts with bespoke data for specific
professional clients ranging from Solo round the
world yacht races to individual Super Yachts; we
offer those services on a commercial basis but our
policy is that we only charge the end user if it costs
us *- 1 1 li, I to produce, regardless of amateur
sailor or Super Yacht captain. The standard model
is free for all but if we produce bespoke forecasts,
there is a charge-but it is often a small amount.
"We also offer commercial packages which
are of interest to other users; for example, sea
temperature data can be produced, using some
human input. This is of interest to fishermen or
marine biologists. We have commercial users
in other industries as diverse as fruit farming to
aviation. All of these commercial activities, which
produce income, allow us to keep the standard
service available for free'
For more information or to download UGRIB
and use it for free: www.grib.us -_
Louay Habib is a freelance yachting journalist. For
the past twenty years, he has competed at yachting
regattas and offshore events all over the world and
represented England in the 2004 Rolex Commodore's
Cup. Louay writes for a variety of clients including the
Volvo Ocean Race and the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
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When Does Title to a Vessel Transfer?
BY GAIL WASSERMAN
or a variety of reasons, beneficial owners
often trade "up" or trade "down" their
vessels. It's the nature of the industry,
whether the vessel is for personal use or for
charter hire. Once survey and sea trial have been
completed and acceptance of the vessel has been
tendered by the Seller to the Buyer, it is standard
industry practice that a closing date is scheduled.
Beneficial owners of vessels are usually not
available to attend a formal closing. A common
practice is for the beneficial owner to sign and
date a Bill of Sale in advance of closing and
PERHAPS-an Acceptance of Vessel is signed by
a Buyer's representative at the closing table.
But here is the question; when was the exact
time and date of delivery of the vessel? Surely
the Buyer does not own the vessel until the
Seller has confirmed in ,iII i receipt of funds in
full. It is imperative to document the EXACT time
and date delivery of your vessel occurred.
The document that should be agreed in
advance and signed by both parties at the
closing table is called a Protocol of Delivery and
Acceptance. This document is a protection for
Case in Point: The Buyer and the Seller's
representatives are 1iiiii at the closing table
exchanging documents. Buyer's representative
confirms he is happy with his documents and
instructs a wire to be sent to the Seller. As the
Buyer,. I I II 1 representativess 11 liiII. Ii the
closing table, the vessel (which is docked at the
Seller's marina) is struck by another vessel. There
is extensive damage to the vessel, causing the
vessel to sink. Buyer and Seller's representatives
are iI i at a closing table miles away from the
vessel. The sinking is not reported to the parties
until hours after the closing has concluded.
Exactly who owned the vessel when the
accident occurred? Whose insurance company
should the accident be reported to? If you don't
have a signed, sealed and delivered Protocol of
Delivery and Acceptance, it's anyone's guess.
Guessing is not part of a proper closing.
ALWAYS ensure a Protocol of Delivery
and Acceptance is executed at closing
with the exact date and time. Accidents do
happen. Protect yourself Hire a competent
closing representative. -
Gail Wasserman is Senior Director of Ashmead & White
Consulting, Inc., a maritime and aviation solutions
company based in the Virgin Islands. Previously,
Gail was Director of Paralegal Services in a law firm
based in South Florida which served these industries.
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USVI's Barrows Wins Optimist South American Championships,
Puerto Rico takes Nation's Cup Team Racing
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
L to R: AlecsanderTayler, Agustin Resano (coach),
Tim Coyle (Team Leader/Country Representative),
Nikole'Nikki'Barnes, Alexander Coyle,
lan Barrows and Kyle Brego in Peru
The pronouncement on the
International Optimist Dinghy
Association (IODA) website says
Robert Wilkes, IODA's outgoing secretariat,
summed up the Optimist South American
Championships, raced out of Paracas, Peru,
March 16 to 22, this way:
"Ten or even five years ago the idea that the
top four places at the championship would be
taken by sailors from the Caribbean would have
been unthinkable. But at the completion of
the scheduled 12 races, lan Barrows of the U.S.
Virgins emerged a clear winner, with 2006 North
American champion Ivan Aponte (Puerto Rico)
1. ii i three Puerto Ricans next in the ranking.
With Just van Aanholt from Curacao in 13th and
Nikki Barnes (ISV) taking girls'silver, the elation of
the islanders is understandable!'
"Concentration," is how 13-year-old Barrows
described his success. He, and 189 competitors
from 15 nations in South America, North
America and the Caribbean battled conditions
that ranged from 25 to 30 knots of wind on
.1 i1 i first day of iii ,.i to less than half that
the last day.
Puerto Rican sailors wrapped up the next
three slots with Ivan Aponte second, Raul Rios
third, and Juan Juanky' Perdomo fourth.
Meanwhile, Just van Aanholt from Curacao
finished an incredible 13th (i. i i1
"I enjoyed the competition very much,' says
van Aanholt."lt was my best result ever and even
the best result for the Netherlands Antilles in
a regional Optimist event. The racing area was
spectacular. There were great winds with a lot "-'"- u "
of good waves. I also enjoyed niiir i with a U
desert around me" R 20
The U.S. Virgin Islands' Nikole'Nikki" Barnes
' rounded out the medals for 15th i. ll and TO SUDAMERIC
took silver, or second iill, out of 54 girls. 'TIM IST .I
SGoing into the last day, Barnes was 16th
S i ll and 4th place girl. P '
"Since it was the last day and we only had ,
Sone race, I knew I had to put my all into it or
r,...iI.. and I put my all. That's how I moved
Sup,"says Barnes. 1
Puerto Rico won the Nation's Cup Team A
Racing Championship. "We entered two '
teams in the Nations Cup from Puerto Rico," L
explains Ramon 'Pirul' Gonzalez,
president of the Puerto Rico [P
Optimist Association. "Part of the
inspiration behind the winning
team's win was the fact that a
small Caribbean island could
triumph over iiii iI i super
power nations. The Puerto Rican
team is also the 2007 Nation's
Cup winner from the Optimist
North American Championships g ,
Ivan Aponte, Victor Aponte, ao
Manuel Gonzalez, Fernando -.
Monllor and Juan C Franco
were members of Puerto Rico's winning Nation's
Gonzalez adds, "The Caribbean region is now BVI's Anderson Competes
in the eyes of the international youth oimf I in March Florida Regattas
community. Our main goal this year is to bring REPORT SUBMITTED BY CHRIS WATTERS,
new kids to the Opti Programs and keep the good ROYAL BVI YACHT CLUB SAILING COACH
level for years to come' AND INSTRUCTOR
Caribbean's( ,,1111 I.., II ,u ltoCuracao
Caribbeans( ill l. 1 1 .toCuracao Over the weekends of the 16th 18th and 20th 24th
June 8 Jul 6, r the Optimist North American of March, British Virgin Island sailor Alec Anderson
Championships (Optinam 2008 see separate competed in both the Club 420 and Laser radial mid
article). Organizer Cor van Aanholt tantalizes: winters regattas, located in Jensen Beach Florida, and
"four to five star resorts with bungalows for each Clearwater Beach Florida.
team, resorts right at the beach, racing area five At the Club 420 midwinter championships,
i,1,.1 minutes from the beach, and great winds Anderson and crew Rian Bareuther from St. Thomas
teamed up to take on the 76 other two person boats
with many top high school and college sailors. Over
are planned to take place in the historic center of three days results posted by Anderson and Bareuther
three days, results posted by Anderson and Bareuther
Willemstad. Teams will parade past the famous would include two third place finishes, three fifth place
"swinging Old Lady ii.. ii,,. I bridge' finishes, and two sixth place finishes to end up in a
For results, see http:/, I i i I/ i.. i/ respectable ninth place overall out of 76 competitors.
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or van Aanholt, president of Youth iiII.I
Netherlands Antilles and Inga van Uchelen,
event manager of the OPTINAM are I I, II.
ready for the biggest youth sports event ever to
be held in Curagao.
"There may have been more athletes involved
in a youth sport event but the amount of
different nations is unique and a novelty for
Curagao," said Antillean two-time Olympian and
Hall of fame sportsman Jan Boutmy. This made
the Curagao Tourism Board step in as a main
sponsor, besides insurance company ENNIA and
bank Banco di Caribe.
After an evaluation of this January's Curacao
Youth Championships, with the depth of the
water for laying the marks being the biggest
issue, the team of volunteers is looking forward
to the end of June. Van Uchelen is trying to fill
in all the volunteers at the right spots, quite a
challenge in a small island where youth iiiII.I
started only seven years ago.
Van Uchelen: "We are looking for people
preferably with experience but we also need a
lot of other volunteers with a great motivation
to make this happen. I'
that we will fill in all the
i .i. .1I, We already
people from the Nethe
(Curacao is a former
colony) and lii. .1
islands i(i i in i to hel
Furthermore I'm in c
with IODA (Interna
Optimist Dingy Assoc
almost on a daily basis t
them informed about
preparation of the even
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BY MARJOLEIN VAN AANHOLT-GROL
PHOTOS BY FRED RADEMAKERS
II. Ill I
nation) b S i
All participants will sail in similar Optimists which will be shipped from
/rl. I. ii~l1 all sails, rudders and centerboards will be measured and weighed.
This makes theeventa truly one design class and thequalityof ili. -1 ll decide
who becomes North American Champion and not the material being used.
Chief Judge Pat Bailey from the ISV already visited Jan Thiel beach to see
the OPTINAM venue, and was very pleased with the i II,. I waves, short
distance to the racing area and the accommodations at iIl ii I distance.
He discussed with Cor van Aanholt and race officer Harm Donker about the
possibility to race in the Carcasbay if the current would become too strong or
the wind too strong in front of Zanzibar.
The OPTINAM is no longer the place where only North Americans meet
to find out who is the best Optimist sailor. Since a couple of years the South
Americans have been i iII.I the OPTINAM as well. As a matter of fact
the OPTINAM became so popular that at the IODA general I ,l. I the
North American countries decided to put a quota on the available spots
per country. A -. I,,. i to IODA all countries in
North and South America are Ill.. I to enter
if they are a member of ISAF (International
,,ii,. I Federation) and IODA. Besides the North
and South American countries, the top three
countries of the last World championships are
invited to take part in the event in Curacao.
A total of 204 sailors are expected June 28th.
New Zealand (number one and three at the
last WC in Sardinia) has already entered a team.
< Furthermore the Netherlands and Singapore will
send a team; Japan applied to send a team but
is being put on the III,. I list. Sailors from five
S continents will be iiil. I the Optinam 2008 in
Curacao. So far 23 countries have entered their
teams on the website: -1 .-111,, Ii I . I
Says Cor van Aanholt: "More than 60% of
n 1, i1 i n I in, II the Olympic sailors in Il.- I started their career
i. I' I" i ,' "' i, in the Optimist. The Optimist is the -i .- i i
pool for talents; it is wonderful to organize it
here in Curacao'. -
MAY 2008 ALLATSEA.NET 35
COUNTDOWN TO BEIJING
Trinidad's Andrew Lewis
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
SAILOR ANDREW LEWIS HAD JUST
LEFT AT PRESS TIME TO COMPETE
IN THE 2008 LASER RADIAL
MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IN
TAKAPUNA, NEWZEALAND. HIS GOAL:
A'WILD CARD' SLOT FOR 2008.
"If I don't get it, I'll be there in 2012 once
all goes to plan," says Lewis, who has already
achieved an impressive iiii. i resume.
Lewis' route to the sea came i,. .. il his
father. "My dad was always a sailor and I started
,iii I because of his influence,' he said.
More so than other sports that can catch
a teenage boy's interests, Lewis says he found
,iii. i to be "a one-of a kind sport... like no
other. It has so many opportunities. I just found
that it was so unique. I could never give it up
from the time I started 1ii,. i"
Lewis began his iiih I career in the Optimist
i ih, II He sailed local, regional and international
competitions, i1 Iil.iI.I the Optimist World
Championships where in 2004 he finished a
remarkable 38th out of 228 competitors with
four top 10 finishes. This feat showed he had
what it took to go to the next step.
"The Laser so far has been fantastic for me.
Some of these regattas in which I compete are
in Radials. I'm on the i 1ii side of the Laser, so I'm
able to sail in both classes, Radial and Full Rig,"
Lewis says."l really like one design iiii i and the
Laser is the perfect boat for I ,II. I an Olympic
About his Olympic aspirations, he says, "A few
years ago my goal was 2012 in the UK. But, then
I discovered that I could go to China and perform
in the i 1ii wind conditions. So, my life changed
In the past year, Lewis has ii ill, traveled
the word in preparation and to fulfill his Olympic
dream. He has competed in the Netherlands,
Canada, '. I 1ii Ecuador, Australia and China.
"All the top Olympic sailors were in China and
I competed with them in the 2007 Pre-Olympic
Regatta. I finished second in one of the races and
ended 25th out of 38 (. i ii, so I would say this
was my top 1 11 i for the year."
H.:.I. lhi ..I 1 ..-13 3 .'.,-
Another of Lewis' impressive finishes included a 12th (. i Ill at the Laser South Americans in
Ecuador, where he also scored a 2nd in the Under 18 age category.
Practice at home in Trinidad is also a big part of Lewis preparations.
"I normally sail four times a week and sometimes five. Currently, I'm trying to put on weight, so I
have been in the gym with my trainer six days a week. My performance has really improved since I've
started the gym training"'
Lewis performance on the international and Olympic iii ,. I scene bodes well not only for himself,
but for the Caribbean.
"Laser iii ,. I in the Caribbean is only now developing and I tend to be I, '1. i ii,. I at times," Lewis
explains."By people I 1 iI.I I to see sailors from the region going to the Olympics and other big regattas
worldwide, it will be recorded in the press and be a wake up call for sponsors"
He offers this advice for up-and-coming Caribbean sailors who'd like to follow in his footsteps:
"Firstly, never give up on your dreams. i.. ,, try not to depend on others as this will help you to
further your goals." -(
Photo by Esther Van San ten, Senior Administrative Coach, Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association Youth
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.
HELPING PROSPECTIVE CARIBBEAN OLYMPIANS
Athletes i... 11 1 i a campaign for the Olympics often welcome assistance. To contact Andrew
Lewis, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Trinidad & Tobago iii,. i Association,
Attn: Esther van Santen, PO. Box 3140, Carenage, Trinidad, W.I. or (868) 634 1216.
36 ALLATSEA.NET MAY 2008
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BY MARYANN HAMBLY-WILLIAMS
Editor's note: The April issue of All at Sea presented information on Carib Data,
a UK based scoring system used this year at a number of Caribbean regattas.
This month: a report on another option used in Grenada and at many other
international events this season:
despite all the paraphernalia that accompanies a yacht racing .1 iii ,
whether in the smallest of ihi. |i or the largest of classic yachts,
the real reason all those boats, captains and crew are there is to
race-and all want to win.
Over the years, all sorts of race results programmes have popped their
heads up, coping with the various i11 i II '1 *, I systems. What used to be
simply done using good, old-fashioned arithmetic-and then calculators
moved onto computer spreadsheets. And now, regatta organizers have
a choice of programmes which can, if they so wish, take over a lot of the
.1 1 management ... i Ii
For Port Louis Grenada iIh,. I Festival 2008, Yacht Scoring was tried out
(www.yachtscoring.com). The huge plus was that anyone with a computer
could get preliminary results within minutes of the boats ini, II.i i i:tually
just as fast as it takes to type in the numbers.
Scratch sheets, boat entries and information, daily and cumulative race
results were all available- and for the media, in a "rr ii iii II, "'format.
The drawback, like any computer programme, is that it is only as good as
the information it receives.
The writer of Yacht Scoring, Luiz E. Kahl, came to the Port Louis Grenada
iii,. i Festival 2008 to be on hand should there be any problems-there
weren't-but with his yacht racing background, he was able to be a
handy member of the Race Committee and stand-by Jury member
thank you, Luiz!
The package is fairly inexpensive and Budget Marine was more than
happy to be the sponsor, especially as this is one piece of information all
sailors look at.
For 2009 I i I it is hoped that all yachts will not only pre-register, but
enter and pay on line whenever they have the option, one less headache for
hard-pressed race organizers.
So next time you are iiiii i" at the racing parties just remember why it
is all b 1 .1I. I Ii, I ii .. 11 racing, there would be no results- and without
results there would be no winners! -&
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SEX and the
COPYRIGHT 2007 BY CAP'N FATTY GOODLANDER
Cap'n Fatty Goodlander lives aboard the Wild
Card, with his wife Carolyn, and cruises through-
out the world. He is the author of "Chasing
the Horizon", by American Paradise Publishing,
"Seadogs, Clowns and Gypsies", and "The
I think it is unfortunate how,just because of theway a
certain group of lonely sailors entertain themselves in private, they should be held up
to public ridicule. This should stop. It is not PC. I mean, sailing couples aren't known
as 'orificiers' are they? And, frankly, what singlehanders are doing is traditional. For
hundreds of years, the nautical saying has been, "One hand for the ship!" which, of
course, politely leaves out what the other is doing. And, for all I know, many solitary
boatmen might be ambidextrous-switch hitters, so to speak. I don't feel it is any of my
dang business! Why, this whole thing can easily be carried too far: what will I be labeled,
a'raging heterosexual' perhaps? And my gay sailing friends: how long must they endure
I mean, isn't it time we matured
The yacht racers are among the worst
offenders, always'hardening up'and such. Frankly,
I've been highly embarrassed during a recent
Heineken iii i 1 by the constant i. .'in,. i of
'pole tip up'during spinnaker changes. Really!
And I often feel sorry for solitary sailors
during offshore SSB radio nets, for instance. I
mean, how's a singlehander supposed to civilly
and chastely respond to a "position report"
demand? I mean, what's he supposed to say,
...sounds lame, don't it?
C. i ill, speaking, singlehanders don't
I 1i 1i speakaboutsex. Which isn'tto say they
don't speak-they usually do. Nonstop. Without
pause. And with great, oceanic endurance!
Yes, singlehanders are mighty iii,,. with
punctuation marks like periods.They love run-on
sentences... which go on-and-on-and-on.. like
'how-to' instructional phonograph records from
the Toastmasters Club which skip/repeat... and
skip/repeat.. and skip/repeat some more!
Which isn't to say I don't like singlehanders.
I do. I just don't like to encourage them. Thus, I
avoid them.The reason I avoid them is I, ii. .i-
on to you. By that I mean, if you show them ANY
kindness whatsoever, they immediately smile
and utter the universal singlehander 1 ii iii
of,' ..why, sure I'd love to come to dinner aboard
Why are all singlehanders-even ones on
multi-million dollar yachts-starving?
I guess it has *.. 1 i .1ii to do with the
way they provision their vessels for offshore:
I noticed i. i. i .i i, i cartof oneJoshua Slocum
wanna-be was filled with Ramon r. .... II and
boxes of Kleenex... r .11. i else... but what more
do they need?
Frankly, I try to tell each singlehander I meet
that they talk too much-but it is hard to get a
word in edgewise.
I found this very difficult to 1 II II until my
wife Carolyn recently gave me those Bose noise
Ic 11 1 I headphones for Christmas.
SpeakingofChristmas l i., 1i-1, companionn
impaired, how about a mirror?
I mean, where in HELL do singlehanders get
their fashion tips?
It's almost a uniform: the duct-taped, grinning
topsiders... those stained, broken-zippered ,iii,. I
shorts held up with hemp twine... iii.iI 11 d
bifocals atilt... the faded & ripped t-shirt with
It is obvious singlehanders don't buy
Gentleman's Quarterly with their Lats and Atts!
...must all of them look like rejects from Jack
Sparrow's crew? I mean, where will this new
trend of weaving nose hairs into dreds stop... at
their barb-wire eyebrows or far lower?
Of course, I've single-handed myself Or, to
put it anotherway, I bought a girl who was iII i
with me a pair of shoes-and she il I out
on me. (Another sad ,hii,. i chick-departs-story:
I purchased a different female crew member
a bicycle... and she's still i. I. II I her ass in
Yes, I've learned these lessons the hard way:
never invite a woman aboard who can swim,
that's my motto.
No, I don't like ii 1. i iii, ih,. i because I hate
11i I with an idiot. And a jerk in the 1 i ll Ora
imbecile as a navi-guesser
Let's put it another way: I'm a man
who is a good judge of people and has
low self esteem.
Yes, Cap'n Fatty offshore alone on a ll ....
is probably the worst c..11 I..I of iii
incompetents ever ,,iii I ... ii, on the
Frankly, I think that niii,.i without a
crew member to berate, ridicule, yell at, and
terrorize... well, takes a lot of the pleasure out of
pleasure ..' iinii
I mean, when I look back at the best moments
I've had offshore... they almost all include a crew
member weeping, puking or begging to return
...sometimes all three.
Oh, I hate quitters most of all. I've had
numerous crew members... let me rephrase
that... most of my crew members... demand to
be 'let off' at some point. I'm always .i .1 i. in..
I open the lifeline gate via its pelican hook and
say, "Okay. GO!"
38 ALLATSEA.NET MAY 2008
Suddenly, they change their mind real fast."I
meant, to be let off on land... not into the water
in deep ocean!"
"Well then," I hiss, "that's a different matter,
isn't it? But not to worry, you wishy-washy bully
boy... sure, you can quit on me... let down the
team... fail to make the grade... renege on your
promise... and spit in the face of 4,000 years of
nautical tradition... in about a month or two
when we get to our next port!"
Yes, the sad truth of it is that I've sailed with
everyone in the Caribbean once, but none twice.
Except for my current wife... who is, Iiiiii .11 I
as shoeless as she is clueless.
That's one of the reasons I had to cruise the
Pacific-to find new people to irritate.
Actually, none of the above is true.The reason
I don't single-hand is because I'm embarrassed.
Some sailors can be nonchalant while saying
they're' ,iiII i with the five sisters' but not me.
Ditto, 'shaking hands with an old friend'
or 'playing pocket pool' or any of the other
euphemisms the rain-coaters ,ii ,iii,.
I mean, while I'm hauling up my Danforth or
my CQR, I don't want my fellow yachtsman to be
i, i i,1. I "Who is the wanker at the anchor?"
Ofcourse, not i11 ii ii, 1, I 1 .aremen.Some
are woman. But they have similar complaints...
opposite, perhaps... but almost-the-same.
"The moment I poke my boat's bowsprit
into a new hidey-hole harbor, the eager-beaver
sailor-boys start (ci iii. i in their im. liii '" one
tough ole Ms. -i lli told me. '..like, well, flies to
honey. You wouldn't believe the blunt offers
I've had... yes, lots of 'em want to help me
with my plumbing... as if, I, a former corporate
lawyer from LA... really purchased a small il ....i
and singlehanded it across the Indian ocean...
and dropped the hook in .. II peopleless
Chagos... in desperate hopes of I i ii. i laid by
some old toothless codger about to broad-reach
i,.1i 1i the Pearly Gates.."
It does seem an odd way to go about it, eh?
But I'll say one i... i for singlehanders
1. .i11 of gender: they have some pretty
I was once drinking in a waterfront bar with
a singlehander when the USCG sail training
ship Eagle charged by on the horizon. "I could
sail it," said the fellow nonchalantly. "It would
take me awhile... I i 1 i. I all those sails trimmed
from all those yards... there would be a lot of
running and (cliiil ,. I involved and I'd have to
use more brains than brawn... but I could do it.
Of course, a lot of people think singlehanders
are all crazy. I do not. I believe, for instance, that
Donald Crowhurst was taken by aliens into their
spacecraft for scientific study... which must have
Frankly, I think that sailing
without a crew member to
berate, ridicule, yell at, and
terrorize... well, takes a lot of
the pleasure out of pleasure
set back their humo-social-research at least a
decade or two.
Oh, sure. There are people who iii i.iiii in
being mean to singlehanders... showering them
with r. ii Ii ,i I 11m. I man overboard gear
for Christmas... MOB ..1 'l,. i units, horseshoe
buoys, Mini-RDFs, giant 11. 1'1 1 poles with
MOB I I. and those cute little yellow drogues...
all Ii,1i attached to the vessel... but not the
poor sap forlornly ih,1 I water behind it.
...oh, yes, such sadists exist... giving just the
pink'her'towels to the male singlehanders and
the blue 'his' towels to their I... 111ii female
equivalents. Or giving one of those battery
operated voice-actuated toy i .i, which, when
someone in the room speaks, says, "You're
11 11ii i to yourself again,"or"I've heard this story
...human cruelty knows no bounds. I recently
was 1, 1i i my life raft supplies and came
across a waterproofed and sealed 'survival ration'
box I hadn't noticed before. I carefully read all the
emergency marine stuff which was inside... all
the water, food, spear guns, suntan lotion, solar
cookers, desal plants, DVD players, plasticized
Playboys, i ii. liii and sat-phones... until I
realized with a start it was TOTALLY impossible
all that gear could fit inside it. So I cautiously
opened it-and jumped backwards in surprise
when the emaciated, obviously dying-of thirst
sailor/skeleton exploded out of the Jack Tarr-in
Sick, huh? (I assume my wife must have
placed it there as a joke... who else could hate
me that much?)
If such'harmless'pranks happen even to me, I
assume singlehanders have it even worse.
All joking aside (if you can say such a 1.11.
this late in a humor column), perhaps the reason
singlehanders are subject to such abuse is...
because they can take it.They are mentally strong.
I mean, if I wrote such insults about hetero
couples... the ladies would scratch my eyes out.
But the men.. just sprinkle on more cologne and
head ashore with high hopes yet again.
The true reality is I'm incredibly impressed by
most singlehanders. Frankly, I don't know how
they do it. For every minute I spend alone with
myself, I have to spend an hourwith my therapist
(and even she, I can tell by the way she grimaces
during our awkward sessions, doesn't really like
me... only my money).
My wife Carolyn and I have been ,iii,.i
offshore .. li, I for almost 40 years now. We
recently sailed i n...1 Ii a series of gales in the
Roar'n Forties and were utterly exhausted when
we finally plopped the hook down. A couple of
minutes later, a singlehander anchored close by
and came over. "How did you handle those last
three gales," I croaked, .1 iii. i heavily from
both external and internal boat bites.
..what gales?" he smiled back.
And that myth that they'll all eat you out of
'house-and-home' is false. At least two of them
only made it halfway i,,. .,i.i the provisions
aboard Wild Card... before daintily leaning over
the toe rail to purge.
No, I consider all solitary sailors to be my
friends. I do not have any problems with them at
all.. except for halyard slapi
MAY 2008 ALLATSEA.NET 39
Sailing with Charlie BY JULIAN PUTLEY
JULIAN PUTLEY IS THE AUTHOR OF"THE DRINKING MAN'S GUIDETOTHE BVI"AND"SUNFUN CALYPSO."
SHOULD CRUISE SHIPS BE CALLED ZOO SHIPS?
It's a valid question.
Here we are at Easter time and it's high
season in the islands. In the BVI there are 5
upwards of six cruise ships in the harbor at
Road Town on any given day. With an average
of 2,000 people ii i. .i.. 1 I from one ship,
on six-cruise-ship days 12,000 people are
swamping the island-and the place teeters
under the weight.
After all, it's an additional .. i.111i i1 iii
the normal population straining the already
barely adequate infrastructure. Town
becomes one big traffic snarl up. Beaches
become so crowded as to resemble a zoo,
with .. 11, shaped people in various stages
of undress completely .... i. 1111. the mind.
Thus it is that these folk have the (..c 1 i,
sobriquet, "sheeple." Derogatory perhaps,
because it describes people who trust to
others' 1 .... i 11. 11..1 and follow the leader: the
cruise ship tour organizer.
Many sheeple choose to go on a day i .,,. I
on a "cattlemaran" (catamaran?) to a local place
of interest only accessible by water...(sheep
become cattle for the day! They must like being
treated as a herd.)
When sheepleareon board ship they become
...iii because they are fed from morning,
noon, till night. One cruise line offers: early
morning tea, breakfast, mid-morning coffee,
lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, dinner, evening
supper and a midnight buffet: that's nine meals a
day. ( '. I. I1 shaped people?Yes it's a fact, and not
surprising. Girls who should be pretty young
ili. become 'dogs' Guys, after too much
imbibing, become 'animals' and II .I.
At the zoo there's an entrance charge
you visit the exhibits -at the end of the day
the stalls are cleaned out and the animals
are fed. At a visit to Tortola, ships' passengers
are charged a il,.in.i tax, they visit local
attractions, sewage and trash are removed,
ships are watered. Without a doubt there
is a similarity -and because of the gate fee,
the phenomenon will continue. It's part of
island life &
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BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD I PHOTO BY DEAN BARNES
Puerto Rican Hobie 16 sailor
Joliam Berrios likes being at
the helm. But long-term, she's
opted to crew instead and is
making a big splash in the
international sailing world
A native of San Juan, Berrios grew up as
did many of the island's best beach cat sailors.
That is, with a family home right on the beach
in Isle Verde complete with a constant view of
"My first ,iIII Iexperiences were aboard big
boats, cruising boats with my friend's family,"
Berrios says."We sailed for recreation all the time.
It was fun. Later, it was my friend who got me
into Hobie 1iiii i"
Berrios first sailed a Hobie at age 16.
"Pedrin Colon's crew didn't show up one
weekend. We knew each other i .., i mutual
friends, so he called to me and said 'gear up,
we're leaving'and I said 'sure!"'she relates.
-. ii off the bat, Berrios fell in love with
Hobie 1iII,. i "I already liked ii ... 1 but the
Hobie goes so fast. That's what made me fall in
love with them:'
Berrios competed in her first regatta in 1999,
in Boqueron. "I didn't do very well. We capsized
about 20 times. Still, I wanted to keep 1ii 1. I and
ended up going to the Hobie 16 Nationals with
Berrios and Torres had crewed ... I i many
times on Torres' Melges 24, Clubman. The two
practiced *.. I. i for a few weeks on the Hobie
and headed to Syracuse, New York, for the
"We didn't do so well, but the experience and
what we learned really sparked my enthusiasm
for the sport. There were so many boats, it was
so cl(ll 11 i. i. and I met so many dedicated
sailors. It was fun to see the boat's potential and
so many good Hobie sailors. At the same time,
I knew we had many II ,, Hobie sailors in
Puerto Rico to practice with and against, so the
opportunity to improve was there!"
In 2004, Berrios asked fellow Hobie sailor,
Francisco Figueroa, to coach her.
"I wanted to be a skipper," she says. "There
aren't many girls in the skipper position. But,
being skipper means a lot of time. I didn't
have that time, especially because when I do
..,i 1ii,,.i I want to do my best. So, when
Francisco lost his crew he asked me right away to
join him. I set my sights on being the best crew
possible. We've been ... li I as a team since
-. il from the start, the two composed
a calendar of top Hobie events around the
island, nation and world and attended many of
these to gain experience and ranking points.
Amid the duo's many successes came a major
disappointment in 2006.
"Our boat broke on the second day of the
qualifier for the last CAC (Central American
and Caribbean) Games," Berrios says. "The main
traveler went, and nuts and bolts ii 1 i1, flew.
We borrowed a boat for the next weekend of
the qualifier, but that boat had problems too. It
wasn't our regatta"'
Puerto Rico's Enrique Figueroa and wife, Carla,
did win the qualifier and went on to earn a
gold medal at the 2006 CAC Games, held in
"We said'let's try i.i III says Berrios."We got a
new boat and set off to gain even more practice
Their hard work paid off. The next year, in
October 2007, the two achieved a stunning top
ten finish at the Hobie 16 World Championships,
in the Fuji Islands. Fifty-six teams ii 1 ,i'll. i 15
"We were happy to qualify and Francisco
researched the venueand its weather extensively,
so we felt well prepared," Berrios said. "We were
very relaxed and just tried to stay consistent"
This spectacular finish in Fiji, along with
impressive results at the 2007 Hobie Nationals
in California, Madcatter iii I in NewYork, Pan
Am Trials and Copa Cummins in Mexico, and
Pan Am Qualifier, Heineken International, and
Olympic Fiesta all in Puerto Rico earned Figueroa
and Berrios the II I 1 .11 im. I distinction of a 1st
place ranking by the Hobie Class Association of
North America for 2008. The two outdistanced
the second place team in the rankings by nearly
five points and topped a total of 401 teams from
i,. .11. ii. ... Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central
America and the Caribbean.
In addition, the Puerto Rico Olympic
Committee named Berrios 'Female ilim..i
Athlete of the Year' in 2007 and her skipper,
Figueroa,'Male liiI. i Athlete of the Year' in the
The 2008 ,ii,,. i season started with a jump
in interest for the Hobie 16 in Puerto Rico, says
Berrios. "We had eight teams out for our first
regatta instead of just four or five. So, the local
scene is picking up. This could be due to rumors
that Puerto Rico will host the Hobie Worlds in
2009 and the CAC Games will be held in Puerto
Rico in 2010'
When she's not 1iiI.I. Berrios works as a
Brand Manager for Heineken. She is the first
woman to assume this position for Heineken in
Puerto Rico. "I work hard and a lot," says Berrios.
"But, I have a very supportive boss.'
For other women who'd like to follow in
Berrios' path, she recommends, "Do what you
believe in. All the sacrifices are worthwhile.
Sports aren't just for boys. There are especially
a lot of crew opportunities in the Hobie 16
because of the weight requirement'" .
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One-design Fleets SHIE at Culebra
Heineken International Regatta
Most half twenty-eight out of
sixty-two boats sailed in one
of three one-design classes at the
4th annual Culebra Heineken International
Regatta, held out of Puerto Rico's offshore
island of Culebra, March 14 to 16. It
seems the attraction and popularity of
one-design versus handicap racing in the
Caribbean comes and goes, but in Culebra, it
Beach Cats represented the largest one-design class. All but one of the 12 competitors sailed a
Hobie 16. The lone competitor that opted to sail a Tornado was Hobie 16 national champion and four
time Olympian, Enrique Figueroa with crew Jorge Hernandez.
"It's hard to be so far ahead that you can't see the rest of the fleet,' says Figueroa, at the tiller of his
Suzuki Red Bull. "For us i,.. I, it was good to have a bigger boat on those long reaches'
Figueroa adds,"After Rolex, we'll go back to a Hobie 16 and start preparing for the next CAC (Central
American and Caribbean) Games"
The 2010 CAC Games will be held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
A i i ( 1 I.11 from Puerto Rico has also submitted a bid to host the Hobie 16 Worlds on the island
St. Croix's Chris Schreiber sailed his Hobie 16, Auto World Express, and loved it." ', ii. I beach cats,
especially with ten other similar boats on the line, is a blast. Even when you're going slowly you're
1.i ii action-packed racing is what the BVI's Andrew Waters loves about one-design racing. He
sailed his IC24, Mio in the nine-boat IC24 class.
S, i. I was tight as usual,' says Waters, who finished second behind Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo on
Orion. "The new Puerto Rican boats were Iiii. i into the class well and the skippers and crews had
their boats going fast'
About the advantages of one-design racing,
Waters adds,"With one-design racing you always
know its going to be close. All the boats are
essentially going at the same speed. It's the
crew skill and tactics that work to beat the
competition. Plus, you can calculate the points
you need to win in your head'
Seven J/24s made up the third one-design
class of the regatta. However, only three vessels
were Class Legal. The J/24 is a recognized class in
the CAC Games, hence the strong interest in this
boat in spite of the growing IC24 class.
St. Croix's Beecher H. II who crewed aboard
Morgan Dale's Melges 24, Silver, wasn't iiII.Ii
one-design this event, but his heart is in this
form of racing.
"I like one-design -Lasers, Rhodes 19s you
name it. Either you're ahead or behind. You don't
need to do any calculations to i. it out. And,
you get to do a lot more racing.
The Stanton brothers from St. Croix sailed the
other Melges 24 and won the Spinnaker I class.
"There's more action between boats and
that's fun in one-design racing," says Peter
Stanton, who called tactics aboard Devil 3. "One
design classes are usually simple and relatively
inexpensive. That helps the class grow. Melges
24s are more technical and tactical. That's what
we like about racing them'
The downside of handicap racing, says St.
Thomas'Jim Jameson, who crewed aboard Chris
Thompson's J/27, JWalker, "is that you can race
your butt off and cross the line first and really
have no way of knowing how you did unless
you know the handicaps of the other boats in
One-design or handicap, the BVI's Chris
Haycraft, who sails IC24s and also aboard his
father's Sirena 38, Pipedream, sums up the debate
best when he says,"Its all fun. There is a time and
place for i I ik r i"
The event was the second leg of the Cape Air
C.O.R.T (Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle) which
concluded with the BVI Spring Regatta & ,i,,. I
Festival April 4 to 6.
Complete racing results are posted at
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44 ALLATSEA.NET MAY 2008
(Top Boat in Class)
Devil 3, Melges 24,
Chris Stanton, St. Croix, USVI (7)
The Good, the Bad& the Ugly, Kirby 25,
John Foster, St. Thomas, USVI (6)
Lost Horizon II, J/1 22,
James Dobbs, Antigua (7)
ll.-ih r r h .- -l .'._ i : ..., i..i'
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JIB & MAIN
Bonne Chance, Beneteau,
Bernardo Gonzalez, Puerto Rico (5)
Orion, Fraito Lugo,
Puerto Rico (19)
Maximus, Jose Santiago, Puerto Rico (13)
Suzuki Red Bull, Tornado,
Enrique Figueroa, Puerto Rico (5)
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Iwenty one Uptimist sailors entered the competition, a remarkable number given that
I II III I l I ,11 II 1 I I ,,ll 'u, Rico were away at the Optimist South
S I Ii ~ II i'i..,Ii I I.II I ,I .is and it bodes well for the future four
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Dinghy Regatta 2008 Results
(Top Boat in Class)
OPTIMIST RED (Age 13-15)
St. Thomas, USVI (9)
OPTIMIST BLUE (Age 11 & 12)
St. Thomas, USVI (29)
OPTIMIST WHITE (Age 10 & Under)
Colin Brego, St. John, USVI (36)
Victor Rodriguez, Puerto Rico (11)
St. Thomas Opti kids scored
big at the Culebra Dinghy Regatta,
with Addison Hackstaff
(back row left) taking top honors
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Puerto Rico's Carolus Tops Lasers at
Culebra International Dinghy Regatta
A rlirl. a 'uI:i11 1 wor
[I F W 1, -.11 -1. I [I I I
First Caribbean Regatta to
Offer Exclusive Classes for
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HE 35TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ROLEX TOOK ON A NEW TWIST THIS YEAR.
While yachts with an IRC ,,.i have been welcomed and scored
dually with CSA (Caribbean .iiiiii Association) rated boats in past
years, this year IRC yachts were given a class -or classes, as it turned out -of
Is this good for Caribbean ,I.I i' Bad? i 1 officials and organizers
and sailors weigh in:
Luiz Kahl, owner of Detroit, 'i Ii. ii based Yacht Scoring and new
US-IRC executive director, says, "I've raced Rolex for a number of years, and
over those years, I've seen the number of big boats (I mi. II I believe there
were less than six last year. This year there were 12 all racing IRC."
What i.l i 1. | IRC means, says David Brennan,
the Florida-based principal race officer who ran
all the races except for the IC24 class, "( II 'ii
IRC presents the opportunity to draw boats from
S outside the area or region, principally from the
U.S. and Europe, that normally don't come here.
They're attracted by the IRC rule, they sail under
it in their own country and are comfortable with
it because it puts them on a level platform with
Sam Fleet, from East Greenwich, Rhode Island,
is one of the competitors who came to the IRR for
the first time because of the IRC i .i .i Fleet,
racing his Swan 601, Aquarius, says, "We took
delivery of the boat last November. It was the old
Artemis, geared for Mediterranean ihII. Il in eight
knots. But now it's a go fast boat since we added
a bowsprit and an asymmetrical spinnaker for
IRC racing. So far I'm really happy. The courses are
beautiful and I love going around the islands'
The UK's John Munns, who raced as navigator
and skipperaboard Richard Matthews'Humphreys
42, OystercatcherXXVI, agrees and adds, "In the
past, the only option was to sail under the CSA,
or the'Caribbean Rule' Richard, with his previous Oystercatchers, has sailed
here many times under CSA, but this boat was purpose built for IRC. We
have won several notable events in the UK in the year since the boat was
launched, but we came here for more competition. We also have a CSA
111'i I but IRC is a better ,i, I for us:
Munns adds with a laugh, "But technically we're not in a position to
argue, because we just won (in CSA racing) at the Heineken .i1 ill "
St. Thomas native, America's Cup skipper and Olympic silver medalist,
Peter Holmberg, drove one of ONDECK Ocean Racing's Farr 40s, ONDECK
Bandit, in one of the IRC classes. "I think it's good that Rolex and the
St. Thomas Yacht Club have been open to 1, 1i 1,i. ,. I a handicap rule that is
46 ALLATSEA.NET MAY 2008
growing around the world. But we need to be careful not to exclude local
boats and those I iii, I from around the Caribbean. There needs to be the
John Sweeney, IRR co-director along with Bill Canfield, does see this
balance as achievable. "I think we'll see IRC participation grow and there's
certainly plenty of room for CSA competitors and we welcome both'
The IRC and CSA rules are similar from a technical standpoint, i.e. they
both produce single Time on Time correction factors for handicaps, they
are both secret rules meaning there is no public access to the IIII.I
formulas, and they both require objective (measured) and subjective
Bob i uih ., chairman of the BVI Spring Regatta f ,i,,. I Festival and an
avid racer himself, says,"CSA is the oldest continuously used handicap rule
in the world, so it's certainly stood the test of time. In the BVI, we've dual
measured for IRC for the past three years, and dual scores for IMS before
that. We will always offer duel scoring for any handicap p'
While mainly bigger boats have embraced the IRC rule, Kahl says, "Any
boat can get an IRC ,111 i I certificate. We have Melges 24s with IRC ,IIIi.
One ofthe I'ii, i ii.. I blocks to obtaining an IRC II I- is that a full iii,. I
requires the boat to be weighed. The BVI's Christopher Lloyd did this, weighed
his Beneteau 44, Three Harkoms, in a Tortola yard the day before Rolex.
Traditionally having sailed under CSA, Lloyd opted for IRC in this year's IRR.
"We wanted to upgrade ourselves and chose to race IRC," Lloyd says."We
also want to take the boat up and race in Chicago this summer and need
an IRC i i." i to race there'
On the horizon, there may be options for more Caribbean boats to
obtain an IRC i'i." I as well as CSA.
CSA measure, Tony Sanpere, says,"I just bought a J/36 and will be taking
a course to become a certified IRC measure in Newport when I go to pick
the boat up in July'
Sanpere adds,"There is certainly room for two rules in the Caribbean. The
benefit of the IRC im i. i allows you to travel and race anywhere in the world
without having to be measured or weighed for another ,ii i certificate."'
For 2008 Rolex results, see www.rolexcupregatta.com.
Lawrence Aqui, Scotia Bank
MAY 2008 ALLATSEA.NET 47
Writer Fatty Goodlander to be featured
on America's National Public Radio
BY CHRIS GOODIER
Long-time All at Sea columnist
Cap'n Fatty Goodlander will
broadcast six 3.5-minute National
Public Radio spots on host Liane
Hansen's Sunday "Weekend
Edition" program from May
through August 2008.
"The first and the last will include a
'live' interview with her from the deck of
Wild Card... from somewhere in SE Asia..
probably Malaysia or Thailand,' Goodlander
told All at Sea publisher Chris Kennan i
March. "The spots will be audio essays ab.. 11
the strange & -, iii I i reality of bei .i I
modern sea gypsy.'
I i ii..i1. .. DC-based NPR produces
noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment
programs as a not-for-profit membership
i (. 1.11 11 .. that "serves a growing audience of
26 million Americans each week in partnership
with more than 860 independently operated,
noncommercial public radio stations,",' i. i .
to its web site.
Goodlander and his wife Carolyn, known
to readers as Fatty's steadfast, 1 ii. iii .I and
long '111 111-.i companion, cruise the world
aboard a $3,000, 38-ft Hughes cutter, Wild Card.
Never ,... i i11, correct, Fatty's often-hilarious,
tongue in cheek essays probe i i1,11.i from
"progress" on remote Pacific islands to coping
with mildew and repairing a head when there
are no plumbers at sea.
For what he calls "a couple of rhum-soaked,
happy decades," the Goodlanders based
themselves out of "the most wonderful place
we've ever lived under the American I.1 St.
John, U.S. Virgin Islands," where many friends
remain. They now live at sea."My life is a journey,"
Goodlander wrote in 2007. "I'm only content
when I'm in motion"
All at Sea tracked down Fatty and Carolyn in
Port Princesa, Palawan, Philippines preparing to
head toward Thailand.
AAS: You seem happy about this news.
FG: I'm really excited about NPR. To me it is an
affirmation that all i1n111. are possible... IF you
have a clear vision, a righteous cause and you
NEVER EVER quit! (Carolyn often jokes, "Fatty is
successful because he never allows reality to get
in his way!") There's some truth to that.
AAS: How did it all come about?
FG: I've wanted and worked hard for this
opportunity-foralmostten years. I have pitched
NPR numerous times...with very sophisticated
'packages' and audio tapes and complete,
polished, sample proii II... iii absolutely no
response...up until now.
AAS: NPR is seriously big-time.
FG: It might seem that laying around naked in
my cockpit amid the outer islands of primitive
Micronesia might make it difficult to talk the
staid programming directors of NPR into taking
a chance on me... but the exact opposite is true.
People like them need people like me.
AAS: Agreed, but what's in it for you?
FG: I'm II111 I with the opportunity to reach
so many millions of NPR listeners all over the
world... and to be able to celebrate the cruising
life style to so many land-lubbers, dirt-l I i.
and audio-addicted harbor huggers!
AAS: You do have some radio experience, right?
FG: I would not have this wonderful opportunity
if not for Radio One WVWI of St. Thomas... which
carried my Marine Report for 17 wonderful,
I ,, II. I years. I'd like to thank station owner Bob
Noble (now, alas, deceased) for giving me my first
'real'chance at .... i I, i. 1 and Randy 1ii. iii
for making my show one of the two programs
he carried over from Noble. In specific, I'd like to
thank Bob Wilmer, Rick Ricardo, Wally Boswick,
Tex Murphy and Nicky 1 '. iii, Whitey) Russell
MAY18: TWO-WAYWITH HOST LIANE
HANSEN AND AN ESSAY ON WHERE
WILD CARD IS HEADED THIS SUMMER.
JULY 20: ESSAY
AUGUST 3: TWO-WAY WITH HOST LIANE
HANSEN AND/OR ESSAY
AUGUST 24: (TENTATIVE FINAL SEGMENT)
... ... . .. .. . ... . ..
1. . 11 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 , 1 11, 1 d . ,, r
II, I i. ..I 1 1 1. 1 1i I1,i, 1 Ii , Id
I ll l , ,, , I 1 , '... .i . I ..q 11 1 ,in 1 ., J s
,11 1...1 ,,1 1 1 1,1 .1 1.11I .1,
AAS: So you actually worked when you lived in
FG: I believe that the USVI and the Caribbean is
still filled with opportunity. I mean, where else
could I have had a radio show for 17+ years.. and
not even visit the station or call or email it... for
five solid years! (At first when I returned, I had to
convince'em I was me... I kept saying, "I'm Fatty,"
and they were like, "Naw, Fatty ain't here, mon!")
AAS: And you became a writer, too.
FG: Perhaps I really owe it all to Jim Long and his
early Long Bay fishwrapper named "Caribbean
.., 11,." This led not only to "All at Sea" and
my marine column in the "St. Thomas Daily
News'.. but to "Sail" magazine and, ultimately,
my position of Editor-at Large of"Cruising World"
AAS: Good luck with the broadcasts. Just be
FG: When I first heard Timothy Leary say, "Tune
in (to reality), turn on (to life) and drop out
(of modern society)," I didn't perceive it as an
empty hippy-dippy slogan... but a sensible, literal
prescription for contented I iii II look forward
to the NPR spots.The key for me is to hang loose
and have fun just like my goofy II ...I i i II..
on these pages. Life is a giggle... or ought to be.
Chris Goodier is the editorial director of All at Sea
and a freelance writer. Her articles and photographs
have appeared in numerous publications including
Caribbean Travel & Life, Discover St. Thomas/St. John/
St. Croix, and Caribbean Meetings & Events.
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On Saturday, March 15, Great Harbour,
Jost van Dyke was crowded with over
75 boats from neighboring Islands
coming to party and celebrate 40 years of Foxy's
bar: 1968 to 2008!
Fi .i11 .. I on Sunday at a Gala Brunch, more
than 100 invited guests filled the banquet room
to roast and toast the icon of Jost van Dyke.
For 40 years Foxy C ill .... I has entertained the
never- 1. ihi,. I stream of sailors and tourists with
his big white eyes, wide black grins and unique
blend of earthy calypsos.
Many stories remembered the early
beginnings of the bar which consisted of palm
fronds and "sticks from the forest'" Today Foxy's
is a substantial two story structure c.. I .i iii
of open air tables, two well-stocked bars and
an intimate gift shop. The banquet room above
the extensive kitchen overlooks an area once a
swamp-today the boat yard for Foxy's beloved
Built in traditional style with keel uppermost,
the Island sloop Endeavour was recently 11 I
over and now rests in the center of Foxy's "estate"
ready for topsides ini. ii .ii The modern day
sloop project is the heart of the Jost van Dyke
Preservation Society and has attracted interest
and funds from around the world 1. Il.i. a
donated engine from Volvo. Much of the work has
been completed by the youth of BVI schools.
Several speeches included accolades to
Foxy's 11,. 1. I, ,i but uniquely independent
contributions to BVI tourism. Typical is his
support for 34 years of wooden boat regattas
held here every year in May (As long as there
AND HARD WORK
ARTICLE AND PHOTO BY MIKE KIRK
is one wooden boat in the BVI, there will be a
i ii, says Foxy). Today his passion drives the
Preservation Society which represents a dream
come true and will continue to keep Jost van
Dyke a special place in the BVI.
As the Mimosas and Bloody Marys flowed
freely, the stories got more unrepeatable until
more champagne appeared for the official toasts,
which seemed never i I.. ih, .1 Clearly, it was Foxy
and Tessa's day with Foxy unable to contain his
dancing spirit as the band played a blend of
island rock and old standards.
In his responses Foxy alluded to his style of
independent hard work in the BVI, c( . iii, iii I
that even today there was no representation from
the island fathers. But he 11 i 1ill ate his own
words when the ex Premier, Dr Orlando Smith
arrived shortly thereafter to thank him for his
friendship and historic contribution to the BVI.-
Mike Kirk is a retired Engineer from the corporate world
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