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36 SHIPS BRING GREEN & GET CLEAN
Cruise Lines Change to
38 ANTIGUA'S SHANNON FALCON
Checks in from the Volvo Ocean Race
40 BOAT SONGS
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A record 35 boats competed in this
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12 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
WHERE IN THE WORLD?
14 CARIBBEAN NEWS
17 YACHT CLUB NEWS
19 SAILING HUMOR
Gybing into Nirvana
Sailing with Charlie: Business Ideas
24 RACING CIRCUIT
Summer Racing for Kids!
Regattas Behind the Scenes:
Judges Making the Right Call
Record Fish Caught at 1st
Palmas del Mar Tournament
The Fishing Event 2009
30 BENEFICENT BOATERS
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33 OUR NATURAL WORLD
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77 CARIBBEAN DINING
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Planning Officials Clean Up Coral Bay
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ARC Europe Fleet
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Following a $15 million investment, The Moorings opened new
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anniversary celebrations. The ceremony included christening of
new yachts including the Moorings 474 Power Cat, 4600 Catamaran
and 43.3 Monohull. The new, environmentally-friendly village is
at the southern end of the existing property and includes a spa,
business center, new hotel rooms, and Charlie's Bar and Restaurant.
New Budget Marine Alliance
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Megayacht captains, engineers, and chefs in the Caribbean will
welcome a new arrangement between Budget Marine and south
Florida-based Yacht Chandlers. Yacht Chandlers' clients now can
shop at any of the participating Budget Marine locations, use their
accounts and have access to the extensive and specialized large-
yacht parts inventory and provisioning. Budget Marine has the largest
inventory of marine products in the Caribbean with 10 locations.
Cuban Mariners Invite
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The Hemingway International Yacht Club has invited the Sarasota
Yacht Club (SYC) to participate in an offshore race near Havana,
restoring a 70-year-old international tradition. The June 6 Regatta
Castillo del Morro is a 15-mile race from Marina Hemingway to the
port of Havana and back. The Florida team, headed by Jay Meyer,
recently applied to the U.S. government for
permission to participate. While waiting word
from Washington, the Sarasota Yacht Club is
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in the events. www.sarasotayachtclub.org.
Stolen Yacht Recovered
John Burnie reports that S/Y Ishtar, a Cyclades
43.3, chartered in Martinique February 28 by
a Czech client, Milos Gaspar, was recovered
March 30 in Belize. Three years ago, the same
Sman stole a Lagoon 410 from Guadeloupe but
escaped custody when the boat was recovered
in the Cape Verde Islands. Gaspar is wanted in
the US for bank fraud and theft of a camper
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in St. Thomas, then moved on to Martinique where it loaded 18 more
yachts, totaling 32 power and sailing yachts for a final cargo value of
$140 million. In early March, the 556-foot Super Servant 4 departed
from Port Everglades, heading to Palma de Mallorca with another
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on March 23, 2009 in the British
Virgin Islands where he was working
as crew aboard SY Klosters. Francis
was born in France but moved to
Antigua in 1984 which has been
his home ever since. He leaves
behind his 23-year old sister Mandy,
his 21-year old brother Serge, his
father Denis and his mother, All at
Sea's Gilly Gobinet.
John F. Bryan IV
John F. Bryan IV, also known as
John St. John, died on February
19th, 2009 in Vancleave, Mississippi.
Most recently John was based out
of St. John in the Virgin Islands
after 14 years of many harbors and
adventures in the Caribbean. He
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(L to R) Billy Gibbo4 (STX), Rian Bareuther (STT). lan
Barrows (STT) Ol'Davis (STT). Jozsi Nemeth (STT),
Luke Davis iSTTI Tyler Rice iSTT) and Nikki Barnes (STT)
were among those attending the QCul 420 MidW ter
St. Croix Yacht Club
Club member Sue Gibbons reported on the 2009 420 Mid-Winter
Championships hosted by the US Sailing Center of Martin County in
Jensen Beach, Florida on the weekend of February 14-15: "Twelve
sailors from the Virgin Islands (eleven from the USVI and one from the
BVI) represented our region well. This event was also the Virgin Islands
Sailing Association (VISA)-designated qualifier for the 420s for the
ISAF Youth Worlds to be held this July in Brazil.
"The fleet saw 73 boats sailing in varied conditions. They were
broken into four flights and sailed a three-race series round robin
flights. The first two days were sunny and warm, though the water
temperature was in the low 70's, which is chilly for our Caribbean
sailors. The last day brought an overcast sky and heavy winds with lots
of chop. The race committee used the Z flag and black flag for many
races to keep the competitive sailors in line. After a total of nine races,
with the team's lowest score being dropped, Billy Gibbons from St.
Croix and Tyler Rice, from St. Thomas were the top U.S. Virgin Islands
boat and will be heading to the ISAF Youth Worlds in July."
Sue advises that Alec Anderson is also going to Brazil in the Laser
Radial category as well as Max Nickbarg (STYC) in the Laser Radial
(male) and Mimi Roller (STYC/St. John) in the Laser Radial (female).
Congratulations to four VI teams that placed in the top 20: Alec
Anderson (BVI) and Rian Bareuther (BVI/St. Thomas/St. Croix), 6th
place, Tyler Rice (St. Thomas) and Billy Gibbons (St. Croix), 9th, lan
Barrows (St. Thomas) and Olin Davis (St. Thomas), 13th, and Alex Coyle
(St. John/ St. Thomas) and Jozsi Nemeth (St. John/St. Thomas), 19th.
Congratulations are also due to Rian Bareuther, a member of the
St. Croix club, who has been accepted at the United States Coast
St. Maarten Yacht Club
Sailing instructor Maaike van Mameren reported on the second annual
Multi Class Regatta hosted by the club on Saturday, March 21. This
year there were four classes on the water: five Sunfast 20 of Lagoon
Sailboat Rentals (LSR) on the water (one skippered and crewed by a
group from Anguilla,) nine Lasers (two from Anguilla,) and two fleets
of Optimists, Silver and Gold. The Silver fleet was represented by up-
and-coming youngsters from the St Maarten Yacht Club competing in
their first race: Ilian Halbertsma, Joris Roosens, Ferdinand Jaffre-Unser
and Nathan Smith.
The Gold class consisted of Saskia looser, Johanna Looser, Alec
Scarabelli, and two youngsters from Anguilla, Cody Coburn and
The lasers were flying and the LSRs were all close to one another,
and the Optis had a real competition going on. After lunch the racing
continued the winds had calmed a bit which made the racing better for
the younger competitors. After the final race the entire fleet returned to
the St Maarten Yacht Club for hot chocolate, brownies and prize giving.
In the LSR fleet, first
i j prize went to Robbie
Ferron, second place
to Scott Ledbetter and
third to Guy Redmile.
In the Laser fleet, first
place went to David de
Vries, second to Rien
Korteknie and third to
Jolyon Ferron. In the
Opti Gold fleet, the
St Maarten Yacht Club
was proud to say that
Saskia Looser came in first,
followed by Marco Piazzi from
Anguilla and Alec Scarabelli
in third. And finally, in the
Silver fleet the first prize went
to Ilian Halbertsma, second
place to Joris Roosens and
third to Nathan Smith tied
with Ferdinand Jaffre-Unser.
The club is preparing for
the 20th St. Maarten Laser
Championships on June 6
to 7. -
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his first regatta
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When I was in Fort Liquordale and attempting to hustle my fellow
boats at the Southport Raw Bar, my business card just read, "Fatty
Goodlander, BN" (Boat Navigator, what in the hell did you think
Many of my ex-friends who invested in my Cayman-based 'Barnum
& Baloney Floating Circus' idea are incredibly tenacious... I can't
believe that after all these years they're still searching for their long-
My friend Larry Pardey has a
similar sense of humor. There is a
sign on the door of his shipwright
shop in New Zealand which reads
A 3M Company in large letters and
below that, in much smaller type,
"Mickey Mouse Marine"
But I didn't limit my business
"... I was faced with
how to prove my idiocy
in a serene Buddhist
paradise like, say,
failures to just the marine sector. The moment I saw the overall
literary rate of the West Indies I decided to form American Paradise
Publishing-figuring I could save a tin* of money on proof readers.
(*Tun? Toon? Ton?)
Basically, the story of my life is that I get bored with what I understand
and am attracted to what I don't. This makes for a laughter-filled life-
because my only other option is to cry.
Alas, I live in SEAsia now-where the people aren't nearly as money-
conscious as in America. Thus, to truly screw up here-you have to
do so much more cosmically than just being morally and monetarily
bankrupt. Thus I was faced with perplexing problem: how to prove my
idiocy in a serene Buddhist paradise like, say, Thailand?
Luckily, 'spiritual enlightenment for the intellectually dim' is growth
industry here. Asians never seem to tire of fleecing Western airheads
with fists full of cash and BDN (Big Dreams of Nirvana). I admire
these budding 'can't-we-somehow-blister-pack-Buddha?' budding
capitalists. They have no shame. I find it refreshing to meet young
smiling entrepreneurs who aren't in denial-who openly embrace
greed, gluttony and self-indulgence... even in the name of the
...why shouldn't someone charging you $400 bucks an hour tell you
rudely that your disgusting money is utterly worthless?
Do you have a problem with that? If so, it just proves the point:
selfishness causes suffering! But let's back up. I recently decided to
make a rare foray ashore in Thailand-and become one with Buddha.
I went to a Meditation Retreat at a place we'll call Swam Moke-in
deference to any libel-lawyers they might employ.
I went there with deep misgivings. After all, I'm a jaded, rude,
flippant guy who has skepticism tattooed on every strand of his DNA.
And I've been around. I have a built-in, highly sensitive, media-tuned,
globally-calibrated bulls#*t meter So you have to have a pretty sharp
pencil to out-scam this scammer!
The first thing that amazed
me about SM was its efficiency-
perfected by over 20,000 'spiritual
fellows' which have passed through.
Sa I expected that here would be no
mention of money in the beginning-
all the better to hit you up for the big
bucks later I paid a key deposit for
my room of $50 bucks-and went to
see it. It consisted over a cinder block
room with a cement slab, wooden
pillow and a mosquito net with more holes than a heroin addict.
I complained to the first monk I saw. "This isn't modern
accommodations... it's a torture chamber!"
"Yes," he said. "We want you to suffer! We hope you are very
uncomfortable-and believe that you will be! In fact, each day we'll
make you suffer a little bit more-don't worry, my verrrry good friend,
you'll be miserable by the end!"
This took the wind out of my sails.
I dashed back to find the complaint department-only to see a
notice on the wall with the rules-and Rule #1 was Absolutely No
Talking for 12 days. I started to open my mouth, but 146 of my fellow
spiritual seekers' frowned. I then whipped out my reporter's notebook
and scribbled, "Can I write notes?" and a passing monk threw my
notebook into the trash with a negative shake of his head. I then
whipped open my tiny Vaio laptop and managed to type "...are you
frig'n kidding?" before another monk slammed it shut and Frisbeed in
onto a high shelf.
I'd had no time to askthem what we were retreating from during the
retreat. Nor did I know what we were supposed to be meditating on...
when we emptied our self-centered and (in my case) lustful minds... to
get Mindfulness! Why is nothing spiritual ever straightforward? Why
is the answer to every simple question, some mumbo-jumbo like, "It's
the sound of one hand clapping!"?
The next thing I knew, people were being nice to me. I mean, I'd
had a guy be nice to me back in the 1960s...but he was a hippie and
high on drugs-at least, that's what I assumed. But now people were
being nice to me again and again for no reason. And I didn't even
know who they were and they didn't know who I was!
So, since nobody was watching and I figured that it would never get
back to my friends in the Caribbean, I was nice to a person.
It felt VERY strange, sort of like coughing up a golf ball... hell, a
bowling ball! I said to myself, internally, "Wow, so that's what goodness
feels like, for goodness sakes!"
Just about that time, a mosquito landed on my nose-and I started
to swat it... when my arm was caught by a Kung Fu monk who just
materialized beside me. "...intentionallytake no breath," he whispered
and disappeared in a puff of dust.
I looked around for the smoke and mirrors but couldn't spot them.
I then decided they weren't allowing me speak so that, during
meditation, I couldn't leap upon the stage and make a fool of
them all by saying, "...any monk who believes in telekinetics, raise
All of us were herded into a gorgeous open air meditation center-
and told to do nothing. Now this is exactly what I've been accused of
all my life-doing nothing. Every boss, lover, friend, family member
and wife that I've ever had has repeatedly screamed at me, "...BUT
YOU JUST DO NOTHING!"
...now I was to discover I was doing 'nothing' wrong. This came
as a rude shock. Not only wasn't I really doing nothing, I wasn't even
capable of truly doing nothing-which made me, even in my own
book, a complete & worthless screw-up. This struck me as incredibly
sad. My eyes started to leak. Tears ran down my face. Suddenly a
monk was beaming at me, "...good suffering, good suffering!" he
said in praise.
I smiled back-one of those creepy beatific smiles you see on
religious zombies in churches and other areas of codified insanity.
Damn! The bastards were starting to get to me.
At 9 p.m., they allowed us to return to our rooms. I was careful
getting into my mosquito netting and managed to do so without
disturbing the milling crowd of hungry centipedes, millipedes, spiders,
tarantulas, and scorpions which surrounded it.
There were only two horrible screams that first night-both from
terrified people-with-their-pants-around-their-ankles frantically fleeing
cobras. I kid you not, cobras abound! They come out of the rain and
hide in the darkened, damp toilet stalls. (The toilet doors sadistically
open inward... so often the escapee brutally slams himself in the
face-another clever way to 'increase the suffering,' I guess.)
At 4 a.m. a gong rang so loud that it levitated me out of my bunk.
A few minutes later I was in the lotus position, doing my 'silent
meditation' which consisted mostly of me forcing myself not to
scream aloud from back pain. After about an hour of this-when I
could not move my frozen muscles at all-they sadistically announced
it was time for yoga. For the next 90
"... I'm an offshore
is nothing to me.
minutes, they literally attempted to
twist my spinal cord out of my body.
They taught me the fish posture and
the cat...and the cow...and the lion-
I ve Daseu my LIe/ while I taught myself the crying-in-a-
marriage upon it." fetal-position posture.
Next, we attended a lecture by a Thai
who obviously thought that he could speak English. I think the main
purpose of this guy was to show us that, if you followed their system,
you could be blissful AND delightfully delusional. (The Thai guy, I must
admit, seemed to really get off while not communicating with us.)
At 8 a.m. we broke for breakfast. This consisted of...what
appeared to be...yesterday's regurgitated rice soup. Actually, it
wasn't too bad if you clothes-pinned your nose and managed to
keep it down.
We all had chores-sort of forced slave-labor. Mine consisted of
lighting five candles-which sounds easy...but I had to remember
to bring matches, walk to the candles, remember not to burn
myself, etc. It wasn't so easy. I'd have gladly bribed a monk to do it
for me...but not being able to speak cut down on my attempts at
Then we had our main DHARMA lesson. An unwashed monk, who
started off by confessing (who could make such a thing up?) that he
lusted after Olive Oil, Poppy's girlfriend... anyway, this monk who
lived in a hole in the ground and supported himself by begging
from poor Thai fishermen... told us the answer to Life, the Universe,
and Everything. That's right. He just laid it out. Simple as pie. Every
question I ever had, this dude answered it... nonchalantly!
I was stunned. I've been in the presence of a 'towering intellect'
before-but this Tan Dhamnavidu guy was over-the-top in cosmic-
cool! He knew everything about everything-and how it all related to
why...to why...to why I was just a complete idiot!
At this point, I began to worry. I'd come (okay, I admit it) to ridicule
the place! And now I was weeping tears of joy, more orgasmicly
blissed-out than I'd thought possible.
...were they mixing LSD with the morning gruel?
Then we had lunch. I've racked my brain for something positive
to say-and the only thing I can come up with is, "It was better
After lunch, I took a dip in the hot springs-and noticed there were
fewer people around than at breakfast...as if an invisible Buddha
was eating them. "But that's impossible," I thought to myself, "the
Awakened One is a vegetarian!"
...obviously, I was coming adrift from reality.
I really got into the mindfulness (being totally in the moment) and
had great fun moving around the garden-like meditation area while
pretending to be a slo-mo zombie.
...with some fake blood, we could have been an out-take from "The
Night of the Living Dead."
At first, the retreat organizers gave us two meals and demanded we
meditate for five hours and then ratcheted that up to one meal, almost
no sleep and eleven hours of oh-my-god-my-back-hurts meditation a
day. People started going, well, crazy! They'd laugh, cry, keel over-
and occasionally be taken to the hospital. (Of the 140 plus who started,
only around 70 finished.)
But I'm an offshore sailor-suffering is nothing to me. I've based my
life/marriage upon it.
By the eighth Day, we'd been reduced to blithering idiots and they
were hoping we were softened up enough to start hallucinating.
(The only thing I started to hallucinate was the Golden Arches-
I was that hungry!)
By the end of my experience I'd reluctantly come to the conclusion
that the people who appeared to be blessed out Buddhists with
hearts of gold...really were. This was driven home when I discovered
I didn't have to pay-my key deposit covered the entire cost!
(About five dollars US a day, all inclusive.) They didn't even ask for
a donation, and when I mentioned it, they said something like, ".
yeah, maybe on the website is an address where you could send a
check if you wanted."
All the staff members were volunteers. They were the finest group of
people I've never spoken with.
I was calm, utterly calm...calmer than I've been since...well, being
a child. My potbelly had disappeared. The yoga had made me supple
as a cat. I was filled with goodness-to-bursting.
The first person I met asked me, "How was it?"
"...awful," I said. "...no, it was WONDERFUL...awfully wonderful,
"I'm confused," said the person.
"Me too," I said. And smiled-just like a blissed-out zombie! -
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out his fellow
sailors. One thing that
Charlie noticed recent-
ly is that many new boats are equipped with electric winches.
It seems that the days of deck apes and tortuous winch grind-
ing at every tack are on the way out. Now it's gonna be 'push
button' sailing. Gone will be the need for sailing gloves to
protect pampered hands.
Charlie has just patented three new sailing accoutrements,
the index finger protector, the middle finger protector and the
big toe protector. They come in a multitude of colours and sizes,
the larger size for larger buttons (obviously for bigger yachts).
Charlie anticipates that the large red middle finger protector
will be the best seller. It has the dual purpose of protecting the
finger from wear and tear and also is quite conspicuous when
giving the finger to competitors when you're about to leave
them in your wake.
Just last week (the end of March) Charlie received his
Christmas mail-just a few days after an email message
from his old Mum in England who said, quite bluntly, 'You
f...ing reprobate, you could at least send a thank you note.'
Charlie's second business idea was born. He will be offering a
postal service from Europe to the Caribbean by sail boat. He
anticipates it will cut weeks off the traditional snail mail service
and be more environmentally friendly.
He'll sail over to Europe in late summer Pick up mail in
November in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar
(with a feeder service from the rest of Europe). Depart the
Canaries late November and arrive in the Caribbean before
Christmas. Emblazoned across his main sail will be the words,
'Express Mail.' All his sailing expenses will be written off and
he'll cruise the coasts of some of the best wine growing and
cheese producing regions in the world. Charlie has just mailed
his Mum: 'Thanks Mum, I luvya!' -4
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SUMMER RACING FOR KIDS!
ANNUAL REGATTAS PUT YOUNG INTERNATIONAL
COMPETITORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
school's almost out and kids can now enjoy full days of summer
sailing. Yacht clubs and sailing organizations on several islands
offer camps that combine sail-handling instruction with fun and
games ashore. In addition, there are three major regattas upcoming
where young people can test their skills against fellow sailors from
throughout the region as well as the world.
JUNE 19-21:2009 Scotiabank Caribbean International
Optimist Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI
Scotiabank is now in its 17th year and Regatta Director Cindy
Hackstaff says, "We hope to host more sailors this year even though
the economy is challenging because youth sailing provides wonderful
physical, social and cultural opportunities for the kids."
Junior sailors from 8 to 15 years of age are expected to compete
in the Scotiabank Caribbean International Optimist Regatta from
destinations including all three U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Maarten, the Dominican
Republic, Spain and the U.S. mainland.
What makes this event special, says Hackstaff, is that "We have an
extremely high caliber of racing amongst the young sailors, plus we
always have great sailing conditions. Many sailors use the clinic as a
training experience and we also have a team racing event. Finally, we
have fun activities and evening events that cater to the kids-and even
the parents have a great time."
The pre-regatta activities begin Monday, June 15th and run through
Wednesday thel7th, when top international coaches will teach a
three-day instructional clinic led by Agustin 'Argy' Resano. "The clinic
will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have two sessions with meetings
before going out and a video briefing after sailing."
The Sea StarTeam Racing event takes place June 18th. "Last year we
had 12 teams register and we expect more this year," says Hackstaff.
Final registration for the regatta takes place June 18th. In addition,
those that register prior to May 15th will have their names entered into
a special drawing to win top-notch prizes. The three-day regatta kicks
off Friday June 19th. www.styc.net
JUNE 30-JULY 8: IODA North American Championship 2009
(Optinam 2009), Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
The International Optimist Dinghy Association's Optinam was first
held in the Caribbean in 2005 in Tobago, and Curacao was last year's
venue. The Dominican Republic will host 2009's event at Andres Bay,
in Boca Chica, says regatta director, Eduardo Verdeja, "a beautiful
tourist beach located at only 30 minutes from Santo Domingo City
and 5 minutes from Las Americas International Airport."
As of the end of March, 22 countries have registered teams, including
Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Curacao, Argentina, Bermuda,
Brazil, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador,
Guatemala, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad &
Tobago, the USA, Venezuela and, of course, the Dominican Republic.
Verdeja says, "At the IODA Annual General Meeting held in Turkey
during the 2008 World Championship, it was approved to invite the
best team of each non American continent, making the Optinam a
The Hotetur Dominican Bay Hotel in Boca Chica is the official hotel for
the event. It's a 3 star all-inclusive resort with over 400 rooms distributed
in 19 buildings, all equipped with air-conditioning and satellite TV, two
swimming pools and several restaurants. The sailing venue is a short
walking distance from the hotel. www.optinam2009.org
JULY: Caribbean Dinghy Championships
The St. John's, Antigua-based Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has
long supported dinghy racing by sanctioning a number of Caribbean
Championships as well as holding the annual Caribbean Dinghy
Championship. This year's regatta is tentatively planned to take place
Cary Byerley, CSA president, says, "What boats are sailed depends
on the island that hosts the event. However, most islands will have
Optimists and Lasers, as they are standard boats."
The Caribbean Dinghy Championships have helped to develop
junior sailing in the region. "For juniors, to be able to go to any event
off their own island only boosts their knowledge all round," says
Byerley. "For me the most important side is that friendships are formed
with kids from other islands that can and will last a life time. If I look at
myself, all the Caribbean people I have met by going to other islands
for dinghy regattas are amazing, and with most I am still in contact."
For more information, visit: www.caribbean-sailing.com -&
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REGATTAS BEHIND THE SCENES
JUDGES MAKING THE RIGHT CALL
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
Win or lose, it might come down to the results of a pro-
test. It's a sailing judge's job to make the call, mean-
ing that fairness and a thorough knowledge of the
Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are imperative.
A judge ideally starts his or her career as a racing sailor, says
Luis Matos, a computer analyst and ISAF judge (IJ) from Puerto
Rico, who trained the judges officiating at the Pan-American
Games held in the Dominican Republic in 2003. "Racing gives
you excellent experience before moving on to the administrative
side," says Matos.
Ruth Miller, an attorney on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,
became an IJ by being in the right place at the right time. "We
were having a Grade 1 match race in St. Thomas and Henry
Menin invited me to come out on an umpire boat to experience
this side of the sailing. Not only did it give me a bird's eye view
of the competition, but there was an opportunity to flex my brain
and learn 'the game' from the inside. Once I learned the rules
well enough to umpire, it was a smooth transition to judging. By
the way, I still love to race whenever I can, and the better judges
continue to race to keep sharp."
Years working as the Caribbean Sailing Association's (CSA)
chief measure led David de Vries, director of Budget Marine St.
Maarten, into the protest room to deal with ratings issues. "When
there was an ISAF Jury seminar in St. Maarten, I decided to join to
get a better understanding of what was happening in the protest
room. When I passed the test at the end of the seminar, which is
one of the requirements to become an IJ, I decided that it was
worth it to work on becoming an IJ," de Vries explains.
The basic duties of a person on a protest committee or an IJ
are about the same, says Miller, who has officiated at Caribbean
regattas such as the International Rolex Regatta, Antigua Race
Week and Grenada Sailing Festival. "In larger events, you may be
called to have input into the Notice of Race (NOR) or the sailing
instructions, to help weed out confusing provisions or to anticipate
problems. Then, you usually arrive before the event begins to
meet with the other race officials and the organizer to help them
with last minute issues that arise. During the event, you may be
on the water, observing conditions and/or race committee work
informally, or you may be actually judging things such as kinetics.
You hear protests and requests for redress and decide them after
each day's racing. You should also make yourself available to talk
with the racers and help them learn the rules."
What's great about being an IJ, says de Vries, who has judged
at Caribbean regattas from Puerto Rico to Tobago, "is all the
interaction with sailors and other members of the Jury, trying to
bring as much fairness in the game as the RRS allows. Being part of
juries at international events gives you the opportunity to become
good friends with interesting people from all over the world."
A downside, says Matos, "is
that some sailors don't view you
as a friend anymore. Dealing with
kids is hard, heart-breaking, in fact.
Sometimes they cry and still don't
understand what they did wrong."
A common misconception
about the job on an IJ, says
Miller, "is that some sailors
perceive that it is the judges'
responsibility to find out where
Rules may have been broken,
S e y and go after the offenders, sort
of like policemen. In reality, in
most cases, it is the other way
around: the sailors need to watch, protest and follow through.
We are not generally there to be police, but to help the sailors
Finally, for those who would like to become an IJ, de Vries
advises, "Volunteer to become a protest committee member at
local sail races and tryto join as many protest hearings as possible.
Most juries will have no objections if you join the hearings as
observer. Once you are more familiar W
with the rules and, as important, with the
procedures during hearings, you can join
and be part of the jury. "
Miller adds, "The Caribbean needs
more judges and we are happy to help .
you along." ..
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer
and registered dietitian.
RECORD-SETTING FISH CAUGHT
AT FIRST PALMAS DEL MAR INTL
BAEZ WINS TOURNAMENT WITH TWO RELEASES SAME DAY
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
released two billfish-a sailfish in the morning and a blue
marlin in the afternoon-to score 600 points, win the 1st
Annual Palmas del Mar International Fishing Tournament held
March 6 to 8, and nearly hit the jackpot. A third billfish, specifically a white
marlin, would have netted Baez a Grand Slam and $50,000 cash prize.
TheAguja caught its billfish in one of the most promising recreational
sport fishing grounds in the Caribbean. That is, south of the Spanish
Virgin Island of Vieques, an area that is horseshoe in shape and spans
to the east all the way to the southern town of La Esperanza. There is
a famous trench here that is ideal for deep-sea fishing.
Meanwhile, the boat Four C Sons fought a huge swordfish up to
the last moment, and finally boarded it. The 522-pounder is the new
Puerto Rico Record on 80-pound test. Since the battle took longer than
expected, angler Rafi Casanova, owner of Four C Sons, could not be
present at the Award Ceremony. But as soon as he arrived to the yacht
club marina late that evening, the Organizing Committee immediately
handed the Largest Swordfish prize. Casanova has filed all needed
documentation with the Puerto Rico Sport Fishing Association for
national record purposes. His fish beat the previous swordfish record
of 250-pounds caught off Ponce by Alfonsito Diaz.
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Other winning boats were Pariente, owned by Georgie Hess, which
came in second by tagging and releasing a blue marlin caught by Eric
Alonso, while Paciencia, owned by Carlos Suarez, came in third with a
sailfish caught by Francisco Suero.
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In all, the 30 boats that braved high seas with heavy waves and wind caught something," said Luis "Cuquito" Muniz, Chairman of the
gusts, caught and/or released 31 fish, including four billfish that were Organizing Committee.
tagged and released and 26 fish that were caught, primarily wahoo, The tournament was held at the new marina facilities at The Yacht
dorado and tuna. Club at Palmas del Mar The marina, which has 162 slips, offers state
"The tournament was a success. All types of billfish were released of the arts facilities for megayachts up to 200 feet long inside the
such as the sailfish, white marlin, and blue marlin; we boarded a resort community of Palmas del Mar, Humacao. For more information:
swordfish; we almost had a 'Grand Slam'; and practically all the boats www.palmasdelmaryachtclub.com. _
ST. MAARTEN HOSTS THE FISHING EVENT
FOURTH SPORT FISHING TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED FOR MAY 27 JUNE 6
he Fishing Event 2009, billed by organizers as the biggest
sport fishing tournament in the West Indies, was held for
the first time in 2006 in Antigua. This month, the fourth out-
ing will be fished from the Yacht Club at Isle de Sol, St. Maarten.
Bertrand Lacotte, CEO of The Fishing Event Foundation, said,
"We are the first to offer such a large amount of cash prizes
($100,000 US total) and this tournament is opened on invitation to
the best teams in the area." The Fishing Event is now a qualifying
event for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, Lacotte
reported in March.
"Nothing could be possible if we were not serious and
if the hospitality and the ambiance were not exceptional in
St. Maarten!" Lacotte said. "We expect boats coming from
Trinidad to Santo Domingo. At the moment, boats from Trinidad,
Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St.
Maarten, St. Martin, Saint-Barthelemy, BVI, Puerto Rico and the
States are registered."
Lacotte said he expects between 25 and 30 boats this year
"The location of the tournament is very important because Marlin
Boulevard in the east of St. Maarten has the reputation to be a
great spot to fight the Big Blue, thus placing it as one of the
most attractive fishing spots in
the Caribbean. St. Maarten also
provides beautiful turn key-ready
marinas fully equipped for this
calibre of event."
Besides Lacotte, organizers
for The Fishing Event 2009
include Jean-Marc Greaux, from
St Barthelemy, President (and
winner of the Fishing Event 2007);
Anthony Brash, Vice President;
Yves Pelisson; and James Roidis,
Rules have not changed since
last year, Lacotte said. "It's always
a billfish tournament and we
promote releases. Only big blue
over 450 pounds will have interest
to go the scale. We fish in 50 or 80 pound test and each vessel is
obliged to provide an observer.
"The program for our participants is two competitions with the
TFE Classic on May 27 to 31, and the TFE Master on June 2 to 6.
Each day, vessels will be at the dock in Yacht Club at Isle de Sol after
6:15 p.m., and people from St. Maarten will be invited to meet teams
and to see results of the day in a good ambiance. The opening
ceremony is in Casino Royale-Maho on May 27 and the Awards for
the TFE Classic will be at Yacht Club in Isle de Sol on May 31."
Lacotte said that partners as of mid-March included WIB,
Champagne PerrierJouet Belle Epoque, Autos Islands and BMW,
Cartier, Nagico, Cave de Marigot, Antillean Liquors, Contender,
Ocean Xperts, Yamaha, Island Water World, Telem group, Sol,
IGY, Carib, Kontiki, Pelican Resort Club, Sailfish Marlin Cie, The
Fishing Spirit and Marlin Magazine.
"Autos Islands and BMW are sponsoring a BMW X6 for a
special prize for the vessel with more than 15 releases," Lacotte
said. For more information: www.the-fishing-event.com -&
Submitted by The Fishing Event 2009
HELPS ISLAND CHILDREN
NONPROFIT DISTRIBUTES 150,000 FREE BOOKS IN PAST NINE YEARS
Editor's note: We've noticed that boaters are eleemosynary (look
it up-it's a good thing.) The All at Seam team would like to share
reports on things that you, or people you know, do to make life better
for others in the Caribbean-and how we can all get involved. Send
your story (500 words or less plus high resolution photos if possible)
oaters for Books, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization
based in Punta Gorda, Florida, this year shipped 115
cartons packed with hundreds of reading and library books
to schools in Carriacou, Dominica, Grenada, Nevis, and
Union Island (SVG). This is the ninth year the group has collected and
transported gently-used and new children's books to the islands. Their
efforts are supported by Tropical Shipping, which brings the books
from Florida free of charge, and Ann Street Mini Storage, which
provides space to receive, sort and pack the books prior to shipping.
In Grenada, arrangements were managed by Anita Sutton of Island
Dreams assisting Lillian Sylvester, Director of Libraries, Grenada Library
Services. Cartons arrived in Carriacou from Grenada on the Amelia A
ferry and were distributed by Natasha Lawrence, assisted by Sherwin
Noel and Kennet Alexis.
As always, the Dominica Lions Club managed the distribution in
Dominica with Louisiana Dubique in charge. The Union Island books
arrived from St. Vincent under the care of Heather Grant, Erika's
The project began in 2000 with a shipment of primary school materials
to Grenada and has expanded ever since, with annual or bi-annual
shipments to a growing number of English-speaking eastern Caribbean
countries. Islands have included Anguilla, Bequia, Montserrat, St.
Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to those receiving this
year's shipment. To date, nearly 150,000 books have been distributed.
Donors in the United States come from all walks of life and all
professions, but all strongly believe in encouraging children to read.
While the main focus has always been primary schools, in recent years,
several secondary schools, public libraries, and a community college
have received volumes to add to their collections.
This year's major donors include James Thomas and the Ames Free
Library in Massachusetts, Harriet and Tom Linskey, Hands Across the
Sea, Inc., Teri Bayus of Pismo Beach, California, the Visually Impaired
Club of Oswego County (New York), Mary and Ernie Hamer of Fulton,
NY, Edie Smith of Sarasota, Florida, and Jenny Setzer and the children
of the Congregational United Church of Punta Gorda, Florida. In
addition to these, there are many individuals and service groups who
collect and send several cartons of books each year, helping Boaters
for Books to maintain a steady supply of books being prepared for the
Boater for Books welcomes all donations. Instructions on where to
send books, as well as the types of books needed, can be found on the
organization's website, www.boatersforbooks.org. Those in the US who
would like to become personally involved in collecting and/or packing
books can contact Kathy Oberle, Director, at Kathyl @boatersforbooks.
org. People interested in helping to identify schools and their
library needs can reach Melodye Pompa at email@example.com.
For more information: www.boatersforbooks.org -.@
Submitted by Melodye Pompa, S/V Second Millennium, Caribbean
Project Director, Boaters for Books, Inc.
KEMP'S RIDLEY SEA TURTLES
BY BECKY A. BAUER
ago, a friend called from a beach bar in Florida. "You won't
guess what just crawled up to me while I was working on
my tan! It was a Kemp's Ridley and it came right out of the
water and up to my beach chair, and stayed for 10 minutes." I had no
clue who or what the heck she was talking about.
As we reported in last month's issue, Kemp's Ridley, Loggerhead,
and Green sea turtles won a temporary reprieve from becoming
bycatch of longline fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico when National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the United States announced in
late January that longline fishing will be suspended for a period of six
months. This reprieve and the protection plan that will be developed
during the suspension are critical to the sea turtles' survival.
Kemp's Ridley and their close relatives, the Olive Ridley, are the
smallest of the 7 species of sea turtles. Weighing 75-100 pounds when
fully grown, the Kemp's Ridley's grayish green carapace (upper shell) is
almost round, the only 'round' carapace amongst sea turtles species,
and measures between 24" and 28" in diameter. Their plastron (bottom
shell) is a pale creamy yellow. The Kemp's Ridley carapaces are horny
with 5 pairs of skutes, scale-like plates.
Kemp's Ridleys are found mainly in the Gulf of Mexico from the
Yucatan to south Florida and up the U.S. eastern seaboard as far as New
England. Although the NMFS estimates that 95% of Kemp's nesting
activity occurs in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, limited nesting has
been observed along beaches in Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas.
The most fascinating and outstanding characteristic of the Kemp's
Ridley species is the arribada, the annual mass gathering of gravid
females on beaches in Mexico where they lay two to three average
clutches of 100 eggs each from April through July. No one can explain
what causes the Kemp's Ridley turtles to gather in arribadas. Some
surmise it is lunar cycles, some hypothesize it is pheromones released
by the females and carried in currents throughout the Gulf that signal
the arribadas, and still others believe it may be offshore winds that
lead the females to the annual arribadas.
One of only two sea turtle species known to nest during arribadas,
Kemp's Ridley arribadas have declined precipitously In 1961, upon
viewing a Kemp's Ridley arribada at Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, filmed by an
amateur cameraman in 1947, scientists estimated 42,000 nesting females
came ashore in massive waves of clambering, scrambling turtles. The
film documented one of the two main causes of Kemp's Ridley's listing
as critically endangered. Villagers were shown raiding the turtles' nests
and taking the eggs. The scientists viewing the film witnessed 80% of
the nests destroyed. With an average clutch of 100 eggs, the number of
eggs taken that day may well have reached over three million.
In 1967, 20 years later, only 5,000 Kemp's Ridley turtles came ashore
to lay their eggs. And, the decline worsened. Thirty years after the 1947
film, a mere 200 Kemp's nested in Mexico and that trend continued
through the early 90's; arribadas shrank from 42,000 nesting turtles to
a mere 200 over a 30 year span bringing the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle
species to the very brink of collapse.
Preferring muddy, sandy bottoms, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles rarely go
below 160 feet, spending their time in relatively shallow water making
them particularly vulnerable to the hazards of dredging, trawl fisheries,
and longline fishing. Although TEDs, turtle exclusion devices, are now
required in shrimp trawls and are making a difference in the numbers
of turtle deaths, longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico continued to
pose serious risk to the Kemp's Ridley
The Gulf recovery plan which is to be developed during the six
month longline fishing ban will include several measures designed to
reduce the risk of sea turtle bycatch. Research in the North Atlantic has
already shown that sea turtle bycatch can be significantly reduced by
changing the type of bait used in longline fishing. Temporarily closing
longline fishing during certain periods of the year also reduces sea
Nest destruction by those collecting turtle eggs, as shown in the 1947
Mexico film, was devastating not only to Kemp's Ridley but also all other
species of sea turtles. While egg collection still occurs, it is rare and
protective regulations have been in place since 1966 making a significant
difference in the number of hatchlings emerging from the nests.
At the turn of the 21st century, the Rancho Nuevo arribada saw
2,000 nesting females. During the 2003 arribada approximately 3,500
Kemp's Ridleys nested at Rancho Nuevo with smaller nesting sites
observed in Texas. A record 127 nests were located during the 2006
nesting season along Texas beaches.
While the arribadas very slowly continue to increase in populations,
it will be a long time, if ever, before we see another arribada with
42,000 nesting females on the beach.
After 30 years as a wild and domestic animal rescuer, rehabber, and
educator in the states, Becky Bauer became a scuba instructor and
award-winning journalist covering the marine environment in the
Caribbean. She is a contributing photographer to NOAA.
oBY MIKE SHAW
How to Splice Your Lines Without Special Tools
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::n., :li Ilr, i.:.l-r i ys and general wear
can bring on the element of surprise. Picture
this: you're about to make landfall in the most
amazing anchorage imaginable when your
main sail suddenly decides to drop, saving
you the bother of going forward. As you gaze
aloft stunned, you realize that the halyard
has parted and the harsh reality sets in-the
closest chandlery is 500 nautical miles away
On board Meggie, our classic 30' wooden
ketch, I chose to use a high quality three
strand from New England Ropes for all
running rigging and working lines. I soon
realized how practical three strand really is.
I liked the feel of it and replaced all of our
life lines with 1/2" as I felt it was a far better
handhold than the standard plastic coated
lifeline. I spliced in a thimble just short of
the stern rail to gradually take up the stretch
with a lanyard, along with two gates-one
amidships and the other at the cockpit.
We have never had any problems
achieving good halyard tension. Meggie is
cutter rigged without furling, so with her suit
of four sails flying, our running rigging and
working lines get a real workout. We have
never had a halyard fail or seen any signs of
excessive wear after years of sailing. Three
strand has a good resistance to abrasion and
is also slightly stretchy, which makes it the
best choice for anchor rode. Another bonus
is the cost, about half the price per foot than
of some of the high tech lines available.
The last real advantage to three strand is its
ability to be easily spliced without the need
for special tools; all you need is your hands,
and simple splicing is a skill that every sailor
should have. The two most important splices
are the eye splice and the short splice. You
will always have a need for a loop or a thimble
at one end of a docking or mooring line, and
here the eye splice comes in handy.
It is important to have the confidence
and ability to re-splice your anchor rode if
it becomes damaged in any way. To splice a
halyard back together, or to repair a damaged
anchor rode, you would choose the short
splice. You cannot put spectra or yacht braid
Three strand rope has been around for
centuries-think backto the old days of clipper
ships when natural fiber three strand was all
they had. Those sailors could achieve perfect
halyard tension on thousands of square feet
of heavy canvas using muscle and traditional
methods of heaving and sweating lines. So
when the time comes to restring your mast
and choose new running rigging, consider
what has worked well in the past. _&
Mike Shaw has been living for two years with
his wife Kylie aboard Meggie, a Cheoy Lee
Bermuda 30 built of teak wood that they
have rebuilt. They sailed their boat from the
Great Lakes in Canada and are currently in
Here are basic steps for two simple and dependable splices,
the eye splice or the short splice:
Eye splice, step one: Unwind approx. 8" tails and tape the
ends. With the loop towards you, tuck one tail through any
standing strand from right to left. Now, insert thimble and
pull snug. It may be helpful to tape the thimble in place.
Eye splice, step two:
wise, tuck tail #2,
passing under from
right to left. #2 should exit were #1 entered.
Flip everything over
180 from step #1.
Tuck the third tail
under the last remaining standing strand working from
right to left.
Eye splice, step four:
Now flip back to
step #1, organize the
strands and repeat the steps. Be sure to keep the splice
tight and uniform. Six to eight tucks is plenty. If spliced
with care, this will handle all normal load applications.
Short Splice steps
one and two: For
step one, unwind
approx. 8" tails and tape all six ends. Bring the two
standing parts together. Now temporarily tie or tape
one set of tails to the standing part. For step two, simply
follow the same steps as the eye splice, working on one
half at a time.
Finishing the tails:
You can simply whip the three tail ends leaving them
aprox. 1/2"-5/8" long. This will depend upon the size of
the rope you use and adds a cosmetic touch. The most
effective method is to cut the tails off at approx. 1/4" long.
Now, melt the ends with a lighter and then press them
flat with a knife into the standing stands.
BY CHRIS GOODIER
aribbean residents, cruising sailors,
and island governments have differing
viewpoints when it comes to cruise
ship visits. Some people frown on
"mass tourism" while others depend
on ship calls for their livelihood.
Passengers spend an estimated $1.5
billion annually in Caribbean ports,
according to a March Associated
Press (AP) article.
Cruise-related expenditures generated 41,500 jobs throughout the
Caribbean, representing $600 million in wage income to residents,
a 2006 study reported. Love them or hate them, cruise passengers
are here to stay even though their numbers may decline due to the
Per person spending on a day in port ranges from $50 to more
than $200 for passengers and crew. Do the math: St. Thomas,
which enjoys the highest per-passenger spending level, welcomed
15,476 passengers and crew ashore on March 10, 2009 from
But even people who benefit financially may worry about ships'
impact on the sea. They dump trash, sewage and chemicals, right?
Take a fresh look.
In 1999, Royal Caribbean pled guilty in U.S. Federal Courts and paid
an $18 million fine for dumping waste oil and hazardous chemicals.
Incidents like that "served as a wake-up call, causing our industry to
redouble its efforts to improve its environmental performance," says
the Cruise Lines International Association, representing 24 of the major
cruise lines serving North America and about 97% of the cruise capacity
marketed from there. Now, the AP article reported, some ships actually
generate less non-recycled waste now than a resort on land. And
perhaps less, per person, than some sailors on small boats?
Holland America Line, with a fleet of 14 ships, vigorously reduces
waste, recycles and complieswith all international regulations governing
marine operations. The line embraces cutting-edge technologies
when building ships like the 1918-passenger MS Noordam, a familiar
sight in Caribbean waters since it entered service in 2006.
"Myjob isto preventpollution," saysthevessel's onboard Environmental
Officer Willem van Woerkom who retired from the Royal Dutch Navy after
36 years' service before joining Holland America in 2007.
"Most difficult is the need to be aware of environmental regulations
of every country-every sentence-and some go back to 1995," he says.
Rules come from the U.S. Coast Guard and from the United Nations'
International Maritime Organization (IMO). MARPOL is the main
convention governing preventing pollution of the marine environment.
Countries and states like Alaska have their own sets of rules.
"It's a lot of reading," van Woerkom acknowledges. It's a lot of waste
to deal with, too. In a given week, passengers generate 60,000 gallons
of sewage and 25,000 pounds of solid garbage.
Van Woerkom's 10-hour workday consists of making the rounds of all
departments, people and equipment, and monitoring myriad records.
He trains crew, checks that certificates are up to date and gives onboard
presentations to passengers.
"They ask me, 'What is your
biggest challenge?'" says the officer.
"In all honesty, it is the guests." Van
SWoerkom recalls watching, aghast,
as a passenger on an Alaska cruise
tossed dead batteries from his
camera over the railing. The line tries
to educate and engage passengers
through its pre-cruise literature,
notices in the staterooms and trash-
Below decks, crew members
process both gray water (from
the galley, dishwashers, sinks and
showers) and black water (from toilets
and the infirmary's drains and sinks),
separating out the odd reading
glasses, dentures and rubber duckies
dropped into the toilets. Using a
series of tanks, filters, bio-reactors,
and ultra violet filters, they turn it into
drinkable water before dumping it
miles offshore according to various
"We have between our ears not
to drink it," van Woerkom says of the end product. "But many
countries in the world would love to drink this water." The ship
makes its drinking water by reverse osmosis or buys it in port after
The crew mixes food waste with water in tanks and dehydrates it
for burning or overboard dumping if it is legally-allowed. They also
shred, compact, crush or incinerate solids. In the garbage room, five
people sort paper, plastic, cans and bottles. Items like small amenity
shampoos are separated out and donated to homeless shelters.
If not incinerated, everything possible is bundled and offloaded in
places where recycling facilities exist like Fort Lauderdale, St. Lucia
and Aruba. Money from recycled aluminum cans goes to the crew
Holland America pioneered the use of cascade bilge-water
treatment systems, in which oily bilge water is treated by two separate
systems before being legally discharged overboard. New ships have
cleaner-burning propulsion technology, and the line now is studying
the feasibility of spraying sea water to "scrub" or reduce sulfur oxide
from engine emissions that come out the smokestack.
The technology is developing, the rules are increasing and the issues
are complex. The Caribbean still has not taken a regional approach
to adopting a 1993 U.N. ban on dumping of trash by some ships, like
ground up glass or cardboard packaging, perhaps because many
islands lack the U.N.-required ability to treat ship-generated garbage
ashore after such a ban is imposed.
Until they do, our islands must rely on sophisticated environmental
practices implemented by ships that cruise our waters and their owners
who have a vested interest in doing so. "The oceans cover 75% of
the earth's surface," says Holland America Line's van Woerkom. "If we
don't protect them, we are out of business."
Chris Goodier is a freelance writer and the editor of All at Sea.
.- .... .....
BY LOUAY HABIB
Checks in with All at Sea
three America's Cups-twice with Italian syndicates Mascalzone
Latino and Luna Rossa, and in the last with BMW Oracle. While
Falcone has excelled in the short course racing of the America's
Cup, his sailing routes are offshore in the world's oceans and he is currently
part of the sailing crew on PUMA Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Falcone grew up on Antigua and has sailed all his life (as has his Italian-
born father, Carlo Falcone, whose classic 80ft Fife, Mariella, is moored in
English Harbour). The first thing you notice about him
is that he is a big guy, 6'5" weighing in at 240 pounds.
However, Falcone is something of a gentle giant and
his attitude to sailing is extremely professional. You
are more likely to see him lifting weights in the gym
than putting down beers in the bar
SWho were your sporting heroes when you were growing up?
The rally driver, Colin McRae, the 'Windies' Cricket team at the end of
the 80s and early 90s, and Jacques Mayol who was the first free diver
to descend to 100 meters.
What was the first memorable competition that you won?
The Guadeloupe Race 1985 on Caccia alla Volpe. I don't really remember
the race, as I was only three, but remember the huge trophy!
What type of physical training do you do away from the water?
o It depends on whether am still training or on a break. If I'm still at work,
o I'll have a gym session in the morning which could mean weights,
cardio or simple core stability and stretching. Free weights are a large
Part of the program in order to promote stability in your personal
Strange of motion.
If away I'm away from sailing, I will stay active by cycling, running,
kiting; it pretty much depends on where I am. The priority is to keep
up an active lifestyle in order to maintain some conditioning for when
I get back into the gym. The other obvious point is to balance food
Intake to suit the intensity of the workload during the period away
From the water; this generally means cutting back.
However with Puma during the Volvo Ocean Race, the opposite
has been the case during stopovers, as I have had to work on eating
Enough to help recovery and keep my weight up in preparation for
Sthe next leg.
SWhat are you good at? Bad at?
Good at keeping things cool, always having a positive attitude and an
Optimistic outlook in life. Bad at keeping in touch with family and friends
as much as I should, especially during events like the Volvo Ocean Race
If you weren't a sailor, what would you be?
SPro-sportsman in another sport. I mean that would be great, however if
that wasn't the case it would basically need to have two pre-requisites:
involve being outdoors and be challenging.
during the Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race is widely-recognised as the toughest fully
crewed yacht race of all: 37,000 miles in the world's fastest monohulls
capable of speeds of 40 knots (without an engine!) The 70 foot carbon
fibre flyers are brutal to sail, racing up to 40 days at a time. Food is
only fuel and sleep is a luxury. Crew expect to lose up to 15% of their
body mass on some legs. I caught up with Shannon Falcone during
the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Singapore:
Besides sailing, what sports did you do as a kid,
and were you any good at them?
I went to school in England, so all the typical English school sports-
rugby, hockey, athletics. My best sports were rugby and javelin. I always
enjoyed the team sports.
Who do you admire from the non-sailing world?
Richard Branson-he took risks to get to where he's at. Plus he enjoys
doing crazy things and always has an interesting venture in the pipeline.
(Who knows, maybe he'll give me First Class flights from Antigua for
this!) Also, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and creator of the iPod
because he has an amazing ability to manage a company that keeps
designing products that somehow always end up in my possession.
Even when you know you don't really need them.
What is your ideal pleasure sailing scenario?
Instead of staying with the known, somewhere I've been, I'll venture out
into the hypothetical. It would have to be Los Roques (an archipelago
off Venezuela). A nice big catamaran with a BBQ off the back, industrial
ice-maker and lots of space on the nets for kiting gear. Friends from all
over, 28 degrees and 17-20 knots breeze... _-
Louay Habib is a freelance yachting journalist who writes for a variety
of clients including the Volvo Ocean Race and the Royal Ocean Racing
Club. 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.
ERIC STONE &
HIS SONGS FOR SAIL
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His music is a comfortable mix of rock,
pop and country but since all that he writes
is water related he likes to describe his art
explained, "Revolves around sailing."
To the casual listener he's a Jimmy Buffet
wanna-be but his song titled "Everybody
wants to be Jimmy Buffet" straightens .
out that myth in the opening line: "I don't
want to be Jimmy Buffet, I just want to be ,
me." Although he does sometimes play t
the Margarita man's music in his shows and
acknowledges that it has had an influence in
his style, he's been on his own convoluted,
melodious journey that started in the unlikely I
state of Texas. .
When he was ten, Stone's mother taught
him how to play her guitar and when he took
to it quickly and passionately, he never gave L
it back. His high school band, all rock and roll,
played on until a ticket out of Texas came in
the form of an airline job that landed him in
Florida. That day job was counterbalanced by
moonlighting in a rock band. Years later a job
transfer to Hawaii brought the opportunity to
learn the ukulele and that is where Eric's taste
in music turned tropical.
After nearly a decade of job security, Stone's
driving desire to become a serious songwriter
prompted his move to the music industry's
epicenter, Nashville. There within a week Stone
landed a publishing deal with Be Cool Records.
"That's where I really learned to write," he
explained. And write he did, every kind of
music including his own until he realized, "I
finally had enough songs to make my own CD."
Titled "Songs for Sail," it caught the attention
of the folks at Strictly Sail Boat Shows who hired
him to perform at their Chicago event. There
he met the infamous Bob Bitchin, publisher of
Latitudes and Attitudes, who agreed to carrythe
CD in his magazine before Stone finished his
second set. From that fortuitous performance,
Eric became the official entertainer of all Strictly
Sail Boat Shows and the musical voice of
The next meeting with Bob Bitchin at a St.
Petersburg boat show launched Eric onto
the stage of all the Latitudes and Attitudes
cruisers parties and rallies held throughout
the US and in exotic anchorages around the
world. He's played some amazing venues
with them but his favorite was a party in
Tonga where he performed for one of the
governors on an island with no power. A few
years ago the magazine added a television
component that opens each show with the
Eric Stone theme song titled, of course,
"Latitudes and Attitudes."
Stone has logged many musical miles
singing in over 35 states and nine countries.
The biggest crowd he captivated was 85,000
at a benefit concert in Australia. Behind him
is a trail of venues including numerous yacht
clubs, and corporate events for such names
as G.M., Hewlett Packard, Bass Pro Shops,
Carnival Cruise lines, Sunsail and Bahama
Breeze. During summers, he tours the states in
a big red bus and looks forward to winters at
his new home in the US Virgin Islands. He zips
around the VI waters performing at Latitude
18, Foxy's, Corsairs, Myett's, Sidney's Peace
and Love and other boater-loving bars.
When asked to name his favorite song he
hesitated. "It changes. I've got a catalog of
two hundred songs I've written." Coming
up with all those ideas seems to be no
problem. "Hang out with us for a couple
weeks," he said. "We meet characters
everywhere. I don't try to keep track of
everything...I'd have to write songs every
minute!" The lyrics for "Permanently
Temporary," the title track from his third
CD, are the autobiography of his life:
"We're not here forever you know, we've
got to live life." He seized it when he
wrote those words on a plane on the only
available paper, an unused airsick bag.
"Songs for Sail" has sold over 100,000
copies making it certified gold, no
small feat, considering that it was an
independent release. There are other Boat
Songs Collections along with two Scuba
Compilations and a Christmas collection.
His latest release, "Songs from the Virgin
Islands," is the first acoustic compilation and
already there are plans for more. "Mostly,"
he said, "I'd like to write songs for movies,
TV and other artists." Given Eric Stone's past
accomplishments, listen for those sounds in
his future. wwwboatsongs.com -
Jan Hein divides her time between
Washington State and a small wooden boat in
the Caribbean. She records heradventures on
the Bahama Breeze Restaurants-sponsored
website at www.brucesmithsvoyage.com
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36th Annual Intl. Rolex Regatta
Change of Watch Ceremony for
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Planning Officials Clean Up Coral Bay
Marina Developments on St. Croix
Around Island Race
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LET'S RIDE TAKES HOME PRESIDENT CUP
ith the participation of 17 boats
from the Dominican boat fleet,
the Casa de Campo Regatta
2009 Presidente Cup started
on Friday march 13th and ended Sunday March
15th. The event was divided in three Classes:
Class A, competing for the Presidente Cup;
Class B & C competing for the trophies from
each category: Spinnaker/ Gennaker & Non-
Spinnaker/ Non-Gennaker respectively.
In Class A, the first prize winner was the boat
Let's Ride with its captain Joan Rodriguez;
meanwhile, in second place the winner was the
boat Celtic X of Jose M. Rodriguez.
The third position was held by the
team Alante of Igor Bordas.
In Class B (Spinnaker/Gennaker)
the first position belonged to
Eduardo Verdeja and his team. The
second place was conquered by
the boat Jerliza and Captain Tamy
Flaquer, while the third prize was for
the boat Orion of Sven Holmbom.
In Class C (Non-Spinnaker/Non
Gennaker), the first place winner was
Hector Duval and his boat Shiraz;
in second place the boat Cecile of
Ramon Prieto was the winner, while
in third place the boat Lone Star
of Frank Langeard was declared
Let's Ride took
home the cup
The Award ceremony was held in the Plaza
Portofino of the Marina Casa de Campo. The trophies
were given by the Committee of Race, represented
byAndres Santana from the Federacion Dominicana
de Vela (FDV); executives from Cerveceria Nacional
Dominicana (Presidente Beer, main sponsor of the
event) and Listin Diario (Dominican Republic's main
newspaper and sponsor of the event). Gianfranco
Fini, Commodore of Casa de Campo Yacht Club,
Rafid Ynirio, Secretary of the club and Franco
Pistone, Director of the Casa de Campo Sailing
School all also participated.
"We appreciate in a big way the support received by
the main sponsors of this event, Cerveceria Nacional
Dominicana with its brand Presidente Beer, Listin Diario,
Ritmo Social, Central Romana Corporation,
Casa de Campo Hotel & Resort and Costa
Sur Dominicana. We would also like to
thank Naked Fish Pub & Grill restaurant,
Producciones Arco Iris, Agua Santa Clara,
Le Botti Rio Marina restaurant, CasaLife
magazine, Silgon, Casa de Campo Sailing
School and the Federacion Dominicana
de Vela (FDV)", said Gianfranco Fini,
Commodore and host of the III Casa de
Campo Regatta Presidente Cup 2009. -&
Submitted by Casa de Campo Yacht Club
PUERTO RICAN SAILORS
SAT 8TH CLUB NAUTICO
SIXTY SAILORS COMPETE IN 2009 INTERNATIONAL REGATTA
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
deal conditions-calm seas, winds 12 to 15 knots with an
occasional gust to 20-plus and plenty of sun-set the scene for
some great racing at the 8th Annual Club Nautico de San Juan
International Regatta, held February 12 to 15 out of San Juan,
Regatta director Jose Gilberto 'Yoyo' Berrios says, "We were able to
get in 18 races for each class in the three days of racing. We've never
been able to do this much before. I think the sailors were tired from
all the back-to-back racing, and at the same time, they were smiling
because they were having so much fun."
Over 60 sailors, hailing from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
British Virgin Islands and U.S. mainland, competed in Optimist
dinghies, Lasers and Snipes.
The largest group were the Optimists, with Puerto Rican sailor Juan
'Juanky' Perdomo handily winning the class's overall prize with an easy
six point lead and string of bullets.
Hard work combined with good coaching is the secret to Perdomo's
sailing success, says his father, Carlos Perdomo. "He's training three
days after school and all day on weekends with Robby Bisi (an
Argentinean/US national coach and former accomplished Opti sailor)
at the San Juan Bay." Perdomo is training for the Optimist South
American Championships set for April 2-12 in Salinas, Ecuador.
Meanwhile, Perdomo also topped the 13- to 15-year old Red Fleet,
while St. Thomas' Addison Hackstaff won the 11- and 12-year old
Blue Fleet, St. John's Colin Brego the 10-and under White Fleet, and
the BVI's Robert Poole the beginner
In the Laser Radial Class, Puerto
Rico's David Alfonso topped the class
/ with 12 bullets in 17 races.
"This year there wasn't much
competition from the Virgin Islands,"
says Alfonso. "The sailors who did
race were novices who did not have
S much experience in heavy winds.
ii_,l Patrick Carolus was sailing, though, and
provided much competition. I just hiked
really hard and we (Patrick and I) traded
4,7 first places throughout." Next up for
Alfonso is college sailing.
"I was accepted atMIT(Massachusetts
Institute of Technology) and I am pretty
S sure I'm going to attend for undergrad,"
says Alfonso. "I met one of the coaches,
and I know some of the sailors, so all
S that's left is to get there, work hard, and
sail in the cold."
Puerto Rico's Patrick Carolus finished second in the Laser Radial
class, while fellow islander Jose Soler, ended third.
The reigning Optimist World Champion, Puerto
Rico's Raul Rios, moved on to the Snipe Class and
proved he was just as competitive with a win that put
him 15 points ahead of the second place finisher.
"Well for me, my success in the regatta was
simple," says Rios. "First of all, I was training
really hard for two months after the Orange Bowl __
Regatta with my crew Antonio Sifre. Secondly, we
both have good communication and we like to
sail with each other. Without good teamwork you
can't have good results."
Rios adds, "I sail Snipes in order to learn
techniques for future boats like the 470. Also, ,/
I'd like to represent Puerto Rico, with Antonio,./
in the Central American and Pan-American
Games. In these last few months, there has been
more motivation in the Snipe class than in years
prior, with several new sailors in the class and
The team of Fernando Paes and Fernando
Monllor finished second in the Snipe Class,
followed by Ramon Gonzalez and Angel Sanchez.
All teams were from Puerto Rico.
In spite of the good turnout, participation was down this year. Berrios
says, "I changed the dates to a long holiday weekend. Unfortunately,
it was the same dates as the Miami Boat Show, and with the economy,
we weren't able to get the 80-plus sailors we have in the past."
In 2010, Berrios adds, "the dates will tentatively be February 6 to 8
or the first weekend in February as has been customary."
The Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta is one of a
number of youth sailing events in the Caribbean that have boosted
the level of talent in the region." Junior sailors get enthusiastic when
they know they're training for a big event like this," says Berrios. "It
also helps them improve their skills. Its no wonder our kids are doing
well in events outside the Caribbean as well." For full results, see
Opti sailors round the
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DINGHY CLASSES MARK EVENTS
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
he sluggish economy
didn't stand in the
way of near record
participation at the 5th Annual
Culebra Heineken International
Regatta and 5th Annual Culebra
International Dinghy Regatta,
sailed in tandem March 20-22
out of Culebra, Puerto Rico.
Instead, it was a lack of wind -
after a month or more of sail-
tearing, mast breaking breeze
- that slowed sailing to a halt
on the final day of racing. Still,
the light winds made for keen
on his 1420
in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. "This is our first big race of the
year and it's a good measure of where we are before the
L qualifiers start in May There are maybe 10 to 12 J/24s
competitively sailing in Puerto Rico and only two can race
in the CAC Games."
Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo won the IC-24 Class. "We
are sailing the IC-24 for this regatta, Rolex (International
SRolex Regatta) and BVI (BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing
SFestival), but will switch to the J/24 for the J/24 Worlds in
S Annapolis in April and then the CAC qualifiers for Puerto
SRico," says Lugo.
SLikewise, the Puerto Rican qualifiers for the CAC Games
Start for One Design Hobie 16s in August. "There is a fleet
- o of about 10 of us sailing. It will be very competitive, just like
this regatta," says Jolliam Berrios, who placed fourth with
competition, the event offered a great tune-up for class qualifiers
to regional and international sailing events,
and the phenomenal number of dinghy sailors Culebra crew
bode well for the future of this regatta and have fun while
waiting for w
Caribbean sailing, on Sunday
"In light winds," says St. Thomas' John
Foster, who won Spinnaker B on his Kirby 25,
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, one of 61
vessels sailing, "the idea is to keep the boat
moving. You're tempted to sheet in tight when
in reality you should ease out and let the boat
go, ride the waves and pick up speed. It's a
hard lesson to learn."
Barely breezy meant "sluggish sailing,"
says St. Croix's Jeff Fangman, who helmed his
Thomas 35, El Presidente, to a tiebreaker in
the Performance Cruiser Class against fellow
islander Tony Sanpere who was driving his J/36 Cayennita Grande.
"We were better upwind and he (Sanpere) beat us downwind."
Fangman won the tiebreaker by winning the second and final race.
Puerto Rico's Edwin Romero sailed his Hunter Legend 43,
Nemesis, to the top of the Jib & Main class with two bullets.
"Light wind is good for my boat. More than 18 knots and it
doesn't perform as well. It's light in weight and a new head sail
Sailing in light winds is "tricky," says Puerto Rico's Pedro
Quinones, who sailed his J/24, Bravissimo, to a win in the one-
design class. "You really need to be consistent, be aware of the
conditions at all times."
The J/24 is one of the classes that will be represented at the
Central American Caribbean (CAC) Games, to be held in 2010
skipper Francisco Figueroa
aboard Heineken. "Light air sailing
to me is very technical. It requires a
lot of technical knowledge."
The Culebra Heineken
International Dinghy Regatta
marked the first regatta in the
Caribbean to host an International
420 (1-420) Class. St. John, U.S.
Virgin Islands' sailor, Alex Coyle
and crew Jozsi Nemeth, won the
four-boat class. "More time in
the boat and more time training
with my crew helped a lot," says
Coyle, who adds, "Light air is
always a challenge."
The dinghy regatta served as
the Puerto Rican qualifier to select
the 1-420 team to compete in the ISAF Youth Sailing World
Championship in Brazil this summer Raul Rios and crew, Antonio
Sifre, won the selection. Rios, who aced the Snipe class in February
at the Club Nautico de San Juan International Regatta, says, "The
1-420 teaches you speed, the feel of the boat and the use of the
trapeze. In the Snipe, you're constantly making changes to the
mast, trimming the sails. The synthesis of the skills of the two is
the Olympic 470."
Puerto Rico's Juan Carlos Franco Monllor won the Optimist
overall fleet in competitive light air conditions, while it was fellow
islander, David Alfonso, who topped the Laser Radials. "Light air,
heavy air, they both have their advantages and disadvantages and
you just have to sail your best in all conditions," says Alfonso.
BOATS DOWN, COMPETITION UP
AT 36TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ROLEX REGATTA
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
,pills, thrills and lots of competition sums
N iR 1', up the 36th annual International Rolex
Regatta (IRR), raced out of the St. Thomas
Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands, March 27
to 29, 2009. Though attendance was down due to
N .. global economic woes to only 64 boats, the level of
competition was high.
"This has got to be one of the most exciting
ii .Rolexes," said Bill Canfield, who co-directed this year's
regatta with John Sweeney "... a large number of
.. F" boats in each class and some really close finishes."
-1 First race, first day, all eyes focused on the biggest
yacht on the course: the USA's Jim Muldoon's Custom
01i ,''; 73' Donnybrook. The sleek-sail ing, black-hul led vessel's
huge spinnaker came splashing down on the second
leg of the round-the-islands race. The crew ultimately
had to cut the big sail free and it was swiftly picked
up by nearby safety boats. That ended Muldoon's
Rolex by sea, but he and his crew enjoyed the regatta
festivities ashore the rest of the weekend.
After a four year hiatus, the BVI's Kevin Rowlette's
Olson 30, Rushin Rowlette, was back on the race
course and looking good in a shinysafety orange paint
job. Problem was, there were a couple of corroded
spreader tips. Rowlette didn't notice the problem
during the vessel's face lift and it cost him and his
crew the mast on the second race of the regatta. Still,
everyone had fun. "We're racing with the same guys,
some new faces too," said Rowlette.
Ten-foot seas and 20-plus wind gusts can only mean one thing. "It was
wet and wild out there," said St. Croix's Chris Schreiber, skippering his
Hobie 16, Auto-Manic, to an eventual class win.
The five-boat beach cat class saw a mix of three different makes -
Hobie 16, Hobie Tiger and Inter 20. "We just focused on beating the
other Hobie 16," said Schreiber. "That gave us an advantage because
we pushed ourselves."
The competition was "fabulous," said Lawrence Aqui, skippering his
C&C 37, Top Gun, in the highly spirited Racer-Cruiser Class. "Ours
was one of the biggest classes, and if you looked at the finish times,
sometimes there was no more than a second or two separating
the boats. For us, local knowledge played a big role. It gave us an
advantage over other boats that were sailing just as well."
The Spinnaker Racing Class saw a battle of the planing versus non-
planing hulls with the planing hulls plainly winning. "I felt sorry for
the other boats in our class," said St. Maarten's Frits Bus, sailing his
Melges 24, Team Coors Light, to a class second. "The wind was good
for us because Melges can plane
in those conditions."
The BVI's Dave West's Melges
32 ultimately beat Bus out for the
Spinnaker Racing Class title. "It
took three years, but we finally won
our class," said West, who started
practicing last November and
added rock star crew like former
St. Thomas and now Newport-
based professional crew, Anthony
Kotoun. "The watch is cool," said
West, referring to his Rolex prize,
"but the nicest part is sailing well."
Nothing could have been
closer than the competition in
the one-desian IC-24 Class. One
point from the top going
into the last day of racing
Son his Orion, Puerto
A Rico's star sailor, Fraito
S ,- y srp Lugo, ended in 8th. "It
Sl wasn't my day," said
S1'. Lugo. "What can I say?
I have no excuses. You
SRcan't have a bad day in
IC24s and still do well."
The situation just about reversed itself for the BVI crew on Intac.
Fifth headed into the last day, the boat was one point from a Rolex
after a series of nearly flawless, astute moves on the part of 17-year-old
skipper Alec Anderson. "One bad race sealed the deal on our second.
You have to be really consistent to win, like Chris (winner Chris Curreri
on Brand-New Secondhand)."
A 'RAF' caught St. Croix's Tony Sanpere, helming his J/36, Cayennita
Grande, by surprise both on sea and on the scoreboard. "All of us old-
timers know the inter-island courses and we didn't bother to read the
race instructions carefully," said Sanpere, who along with two other
boats in the class missed the Ratta Island mark and earned a 'Retired
After Finishing'. Other than that, Sanpere scored three bullets, making
an impressive comeback for an overall third.
The IRR is one of only a few events in the Caribbean to offer
dedicated classes for IRC-rated yachts. "David Aisher, driving his
Rogers 46, Yeoman XXXII, said, "We just won the Caribbean 600
and the crew is used to doing more offshore racing. Still, with only
six boats in the class, there's lots of competition the Cookson
(Privateer) with its canting keel and the Swan (Arethusa) is really
While there's debate about the pros and cons of offering I RC Classes
in the land of the CSA rating rule, the UK's Mike Irwin, RORC's rating
office technical director, said, "What everyone should be interested
in is happy sailors, letting the local boats race under the local rule
and enticing visitors to race by offering the international rule. Happy
sailors mean a successful regatta and boost for the local economy"
Complete results: www.rolexcupregatta.com -&
IC24 winner, Chris
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U.S. Sail and Power Squadron's Change of Watch
Ceremony was held on March 1, 2009, at Honeymoon
Beach, Water Island. Commander Roxanne E.
Lettsome has been involved with the St. Thomas Sail and
Power Squadron for approximately six years and is serving
her second term as Commander following the position as the
The mission of United States Power Squadron (USPA) is to
provide a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to
making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes
in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Organized in
1914, USPS has 450 division squadrons across the United States
and in some US territories. Present membership surpasses
The St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron Division, founded
in 1989, is a member of the national USPS organization. The
Squadron offers basic boating courses for the public several
times each year and members may take as many advance courses
as they desire. Advance courses include Seamanship, Basic and
Advance Piloting and Celestial Navigation. The organization also
teaches specialty courses such as Weather, Engine Maintenance,
Sailing and Cruise Planning. One day seminars on the use of GPS,
Chart Plotting and other topics are available.
The St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron presently has
70 members. Member benefits include discount on most
boat insurance policies, discount with Maptec, Nobeltec
Navigation Software and Rose Point Navigation Systems,
LLC., to name a few.
For information about the St. Thomas Sail and Power
Squadron contact Commander Roxanne E. Lettsome,
telephone 340-513-2581. To have a check conducted for
your boat: Lloyd Romeo, Secretary, 340-775-1601. For a Basic
Boating Course: Thomas McCoy, Educational Officer, 340-774-
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"CLEAN UP"CORAL BAY, ST. JOHN
ENFORCEMENT ISSUES INCLUDE REGISTRATIONS, PUMP-OUTS AND MOORING PERMITS
BY LINDA LOHR
oral Bay boaters gota major case of anxiety when Planning
and Natural Resources Enforcement Division officials
arrived unannounced the week of February 23 to "sticker"
boats without registrations and, in the case of dinghies, those that
were too close to the water when tied up on the beach.
"We're doing our jobs. People are calling us and fussing,"
Planning's acting enforcement director, Roberto Tapia, said. Later
in the week and early the following week, Tapia held meetings
with boaters in an apparent effort to soothe their fears and
announce some upcoming changes in the way Planning does
business. About 50 people turned out for the first one and more
than 100 for the second.
Chief among the changes is the department's plan to enforce
pump-out regulations. Tapia said that registration requirements
will include a provision that boaters show receipts from a pump-
out station to prove they legally pumped out their boat. If they
chose to go three miles out to empty their holding tanks, Tapia
said they must first call Planning so officers can witness them
leaving the bay.
"If they don't, their boats will not be registered in 2012," Tapia
said. He acknowledged that there are no pump-out stations in
Coral Bay, but said three people have submitted applications to
utilize a portable pump out boat. Currently, the nearest pump-out
stations are on the east end of St. Thomas.
At both meetings, Tapia spoke about the pump-out stations
that would be available at marinas planned for Coral Bay, but the
developers of the one planned for the vicinity of the Coral Bay
dinghy dock, T-Rex, haven't applied for the required Coastal Zone
Management permit. The other one, with St. John businessman
Robert O'Connor Jr the principal, received a CZM permit in 2006,
but work has not started.
Tapia worked out a deal with the Coral Bay Yacht Club to extend
the dinghy dock 10 feet and keep up dock maintenance. He said
dock ownership is unclear because of unsettled issues between the
Moravian Church, which owns the waterfront property, and T-Rex.
Planning also tackled the unregistered boats issue. "I had
people come in to register boats that hadn't been registered in
five years," Tapia said.
One boater asked what he should do about his situation. He
bought a boat that hadn't been registered for six years by the
previous owners. When he went to register it, Planning staff couldn't
find the documentation. "I hope you find the paper work because
you're going to pay the arrears for six years," the official said.
Tapia said that boaters who have anchored in Coral Bay for
more than a year but do not have mooring permits will be able
to receive permits. However, he said they may eventually have to
move because Planning expects to bring some sort of order to
the harbor by grouping boats by size.
Tapia said that boats that currently hold mooring permits in
the arm of Coral Bay called Johnson Bay are grandfathered in,
but no new mooring permits will be issued for the area. Planning
has threatened several times over the years to oust all boats
from Johnson Bay.
The official promised that once he gets the harbor in shape, his
officers will make periodic visits to make sure it stays that way As for
Planning's sudden appearance in Coral Bay without holding public
meetings and issuing press releases, Tapia said it just happened
that way because officers were working in Chocolate Hole.
When he said Coral Bay was scheduled for a clean up in
September, a few boaters groaned at the thought of having to deal
with Planning issues during the height of hurricane season. --
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reporter by trade, she has written for numerous international,
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wo marina developments planned on the U.S. Virgin
Island of St. Croix could eventually offer expanded
opportunities for yachtsmen.
Developers of a $575 million resort, casino and marina project
received a thumbs-up in January 2009 from the local Coastal
Zone Management Committee. This green light paves the way
for William and Punch Partners, LLC, in joint venture with the
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, owners of the Foxwoods
Resort Casino in Connecticut, to begin development of the
Amalago Bay Resort and Casino.
The development is slated to be built on nearly 600 acres
of the hilly northwest shore, including nearly 2000 feet of
white sand beach, approximately one mile north of the town
Kevin Rames, vice president of development for William
& Punch, LLC, says, "St. Croix is woefully underserved with
respect to the marine infrastructure. The creation of an inland
marina on the west end of the island not only provides an
extraordinary opportunity for pursuits such as deep sea fishing
and scuba diving, but it also provides a degree of safety for
boaters in the Eastern Caribbean that is not available on the
west end of St. Croix."
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villas, waterfront condominiums, spa villa units, a casino,
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A separate project announced in 2005 is the proposed $47
million marina spearheaded by Gallows Bay Development, to
be located east of Christiansted. The project is currently on
hold, says Duane Bobeck, until the VI Port Authority moves.
"We'll remodel for megayachts," says Bobeck. "Fuel is an
especially big draw because of its low price here. In fact, Larry
Ellison, who owns the 452-foot Rising Sun, came to visit St.
Croix, and fuel, this past winter." The marina will include 80
slips, including berthing for a 375-foot megayacht.
The government's extension of the town's boardwalk would
allow boaters easy access to shopping and dining. No date
has been announced for completion. "If we can find a way to
get the project started sooner, we will," says Bobeck.
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for Cruisers and enables yachts to cruise west to east
to Europe at the end of the Caribbean season as part
of a fun rally. There are two starting points on the
same date, St. Augustine in Florida and Tortola in the British Virgin
Islands where, for the first time, ARC Europe will be starting from
Nanny Cay Marina.
During the six-week event, yachts will gather at Nanny Cay in early
May 2009, before departing the British Virgin Islands and crossing
the Atlantic in company. The two fleets converge at Bermuda before
crossing the Atlantic and exploring the Azores Archipelago, reaching
the European continent at the end of June. Yachts can then join rally
stages to Lagos in southern Portugal, or northwards to Plymouth on
the southwest coast of the UK.
Organized by World Cruising Club, ARC Europe is open to cruising
monohulls with a minimum length of 27 ft (8.23m) and cruising
multihulls from 27 to 60 ft (8.23 18.29m) LOA. As the Rally is open
solely to cruising yachts, they are allowed to motor in calm periods;
results are calculated for each leg and fun prizes are awarded.
For this 21st Anniversary edition, ARC Europe has attracted entries
from Great Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal,
Belgium, Gibraltar, Italy, the USA and Australia.
The rally attracts largely offshore cruising yachts with an average
LOA of 14.15m (45ft). However this year's fleet ranges from David
Clarkson's Hallberg Rassy 36 Zephyr (GBR) at 10.85m up to Boris
Fedorov's BVI flagged Dixon 72 Gray Lady at 22.77m which will be the
largest yacht in the group.
Ten yachts are using this year's ARC Europe to return to Europe
having circumnavigated the globe as part of World Cruising's inaugural
World ARC rally with a fleet that arrived recently at its final destination
in St. Lucia.
The route map (solid line)
for this year's ARC Europe
A further six yachts, mostly from the US, will be setting out to cross
the Atlantic for the first time, whereas the remainder of the fleet have
already sailed with the ARC during the last two years and have been
cruising in the Caribbean in the meantime.
Crossing times obviously vary depending on the weather
encountered and the boat. However, most yachts complete the
longest leg of 1800nm (nautical miles) from Bermuda to Horta in 13
to 16 days. The legs from Tortola and Lagos are approximately 850nm
and are usually completed in five to eight days. For those sailing from
St. Augustine to Bermuda the crossing time is also five to eight days.
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY ECO-EVENT
AND CLEANUP A BIG SUCCESS
he luck of the Irish was truly with the BVI environment
on St. Patrick's Day. The first annual "GO GREEN" St.
Patrick's Day Beach Patrol at the Bitter End Yacht Club
really hauled in the goods: spare tires, mashed up fenders,
dead starter batteries, and bags and bags of various "boat
detritus" and flotsam and jetsam. Even an errant bikini top!
By the time the day was done, the participants marveled
at the wide variety of items that wash up on the beaches and
get lodged into the mangroves of the BVI. Bitter End Yacht
Club's Chief Operating Officer, Sandra Grisham, pointed out
that "today was a day to do our part to clean up the beaches
of the BVI...we are happy that so many people joined us to do
Teams of hotel guests aboard Bitter End's fleets of Boston
Whalers and Hobie Cats, were joined by captains and crews
from visiting private and charter yachts moored, docked, and
anchored in North Sound. Together and apart, they combed
the shorelines of Prickly Pear and Eustatia Islands, and the
beaches and mangroves of Virgin Gorda (surrounding North
Sound). Participants ranged in age from five to 75.
According to BEYC Resort Manager, Mary Jo Ryan, "you
could see the enthusiasm and pride as families returned bag
after bag of beach litter to the water sports beach." One mother
commented to Ryan that "morethanjusta greatgreen initiative,"
she thought this was "a great life lesson for the kids, something
they can go home and share with their schoolmates."
The effort was the first of what Bitter End plans as an
annual event (if not more frequently). But it is the Bitter End's
sincere hope that this will call attention (among boat visitors
and hotel guests alike) to the need to maintain the pristine
beauty of the BVI, one area at a time. We thank everyone
who participated this year, and hope to see an even bigger
turnout next year.
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CHANGES & CHALLENGES AT 29TH
ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA
WILD WEATHER FORCES ALTERED RACE COURSES
ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY ELS KROON
T he St Maarten Heineken Regatta, one of the Caribbean's favorite
racing events, was dominated by change. New pre-regatta
match racing, wild weather, unforeseen course alterations and
even different party venues marked the 29th year
Leading up to the Heineken, the "experimental" Budget Marine
Match races on Tuesday and a new sponsor for the Commodores
Cup race on Thursday, Island Global Yachting (IGY), were in the news.
(See report on Budget Marine Match Racing in this issue.) A fleet
of 52 yachts gathered in the clear waters off St. Maarten to contest
the IGY Commodore's Cup, a day for the flat-out racing yachts prior
to the three-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Winner of the A
Class was Katrina, a Swan 53 that sailed all the way from California
The 29th edition of the annual competition was one of the roughest
in the Heineken Regatta's history, with severe winds that peaked at
nearly 40 knots on the first day and whipped the waters relentlessly.
As a result, the race committee changed the usual weekend racing
in and out of exposed Marigot and concentrated the competition off
Simpson Bay on the south. Still, sailors suffered blown sails, broken
masts and bone-rattling collisions.
Surprising new champions were crowned, including Ronald
O'Hanley's Cookson 50 Privateer, with a perfect scorecard of four
first-place finishes, and Wendy Schmidt's Swan 80 Team Selene as
well as several past St. Maarten Heineken Regatta victors like Sergio
Sagramoso on the Beneteau 44.7 Lazy Dog, and James Dobbs on
the J/122 Lost Horizons who climbed the stage at the prize giving
ceremony on Sunday as Most Worthy Performance overall winner.
This year also saw a few changes in the program due to the economic
crisis in the world. The regatta organization wisely decided that it was
better to prevent a financial debacle than go broke afterward. The
animated Friday evening party on the Philipsburg Board Walk was
canceled, with another party
on the nearby Kim Sha Beach
ce added to the usual End of the
Regatta party on Sunday.
a a "We thoroughly considered
this option, looked at it from
S the different angles, and thought
it would be wise to cut the
knot" said Frank Hoedemaker,
Commodore of the sponsoring
St. Maarten Yacht Club. "Of
course Philipsburg's catering
industry managers didn't like
4, the decision, but it's better to
-sbe safe than sorry. We just want
to make sure that there'll be a
30th edition of our Regatta!"
The savings were partly spent
on creating a sailors' lounge at
the Yacht Club, a prime spot for
the Simpson Bay bridge. During
the Regatta, the terrace was
packed early morning through
late at night.
For filmmaker Anton van de Koppel of Quest Media, who has
produced video footage of the event for many years, the Budget
Marine Match Racing series provided another outlet to capture some
of the best sailing action for the Internet and TV including CNN, the
Sailing Channel, and other international outlets. A 28-minute video
on the regatta will be shown on the KLM/Air France in-flight program,
exposing it to nearly 11 million passengers.
Remaining the same with this year's changes was the evergreen
ability of organizers to put on a memorable and fun event for sailors.
The green Heineken cans, hallmarks of the event's lead sponsor, were
a constant, along with the metaphorical green, an awareness of the
island's natural resources. This year's event was certified as a Bronze
"Clean Regatta" by Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit American group
that works with local organizations to reduce adverse impact on
coastal waters. And again this year, the regatta known for serious fun
will donate proceeds from the sale of regatta bracelets, and now pins,
to local conservation programs.
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HOLMBERG TEAM WINS ST. MAARTEN'S SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT
BY ELS KROON
T he 29th edition of the A
Another duel between
St. Maarten Heineken Nikiorov (Iront) and Hlmberg
an early unofficial start and the
Budget Marine Match Racing
series made the true regatta
lover's heart quicken on Tuesday,
March 3 before the main
event. It was the first time that .
match races were held on the
windward island and the light,
maneuverable fleet of Jeanneau
20s was put to good use.
Budget Marine owner and
said the races were organized
as an experiment and, as all
participating sailors, spectators-
and referees agreed afterward,
it was a successful one. For
the referees it was a hard nut
In match racing two teams in the same model of boat compete
against each other It is not just about reaching the finish line
as quickly as possible, but also about bothering the opponent
as much as possible so they may overstep the mark and trigger
penalties, which is to the opponent's advantage.
Match racing is challenging sailing which demands a lot of
tactical and technical skill on the part of the sailors. Each of the
six participating teams is sailing a flight against any opponent.
After five flights, the four best teams proceed to the final
.1 races. Numbers three and four have to fight for the third place
in the petite finals, and the two best teams compete in up
to five flights against each other until the winner has won
This year's inaugural event pitted teams from Brazil, Russia,
the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands against each other. From
St. Thomas, the experienced match racer Peter Holmberg lived
up to expectations despite one (not caused by his fault) broken
mast in the second race. Through all flights, Holmberg remained
invincible even as the Russians passionately tried to block his
way. Skipper Eugeny Nikiforov and his team obtained third place
z behind Marc Fitzgerald's team, who ended up on a well-deserved
The Budget Marine Match racing series was launched for the
first time, as a prelude to the 2009 Heineken Regatta. Along with
St. Thomas, St. Maarten has now gained traction in this renewed,
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METEOR WINS 14TH ST. BARTH BUCKET
IDEAL SAILING CONDITIONS GREET LARGEST FLEET YET OF MAXI YACHTS
BY ELLEN LAMPERT-GREAUX
Hank Halsted, organizer of the St. Barth
Bucket, a one-of-a-kind regatta that takes
place on the tiny French Caribbean island
of St. Barthelemy every spring. The 14th edition of the
Bucket was held the weekend of March 27-29, 2009,
with almost ideal sailing conditions in terms of the
wind and the waves, not to mention the fact that with
35 boats on the starting line, this year's Bucket hosted
the largest fleet to date. And these are not just any
sailboats: the race is reserved for maxis over 100' long,
with the exception of two that came in just under the
wire-Windcrest at 98' and Symmetry at 96'-as well
as Wild Horses, a 76' W-Class that spends the winters
in Saint Barth.
One highlight of the 2009 Bucket was the mini-fleet
of Perini Navi yachts; a total of nine, including the sleek,
125' P2, which represents a new line of racing boats
designed by naval architect Philippe Briand for Perini Navi, and Tom
Perkins' mind-boggling, 289' Maltese Falcon, which won the Perini Navi
trophy presented each year at the Bucket for the Perini Navi yacht with
the best performance in the race.
Other notable entries include the 125' Ranger, a replica of the
J-Class America's Cup boat, and the overall winner, Meteor, a 170'
Royal Huisman gaff-rigged schooner Last year's winner-the 152'
Holland Jachtbouw yacht, Windrose-was back as well. The sight of
all these boats out on the water is simply unbeatable.
The Bucket fleet is divided into two classes: Les Grandes Dames de
la Mer, or cruising boats, with Meteor, Maltese Falcon, and Windcrest
coming in first, second and third respectively; and Les Gazelles, or
racing boat class, which was won by the 128' Ganesha by Fitzroy
Yachts, with P2 in second place, and Destination Fox Harb'r, a 134'
Alloy Yachts entry in third place.
In the overall standings, Adela, a 180' Pendennis Restoration took
third place, with Windcrest second. They trailed Meteor, who raced
beautifully with captain Dean Maggio at the helm, winning the
first and third days' races, and placing a disappointing 13th on the
second day, yet putting in the best overall performance. A list of all
2009 awards and winners can be found at: www.bucketregattas.com/
After last year's Bucket, Camper Nicholson Yachts generously
donated 12 small Vanguard sailboats to the St Barth sailing school,
and this year the kids from the school raced in a mini-Bucket with
British sailor and double Olympic Gold Medalist Shirley Robertson on
hand to give out the awards: that ought to be a great inspiration for
the island's young sailors!
This year, the Bucket organizers donated 17,500 Euros, or 10% of
the entry fees from the race, to the island's junior high school for new
computers, once again helping the kids on the island. "Our computers
are antiques, this will make us much more modern," explained school
director Christian Ledee.
As part of the awards ceremony on the dock
on Sunday, March 29, island president Bruno
Magras noted: "This is an important event for us
and I offer a big thanks to the owners of these
fantastic boats. We hope to host the Bucket for
many years to come." Organized in conjunction
with The Port of Gustavia and the St. Barth Yacht
Club, the Bucket is also now affiliated with the
French Sailing Association (FFV) and an official
event on the French sailing calendar.
With such sponsors as Holland Jachtbouw,
Perini Navi, Royal Husiman, Vitters Shipyards,
Alloy Yachts, and others, and a record number
of yachts jockeying to participate, it looks as if
the 15th anniversary of the Bucket will be quite a
celebration in March 2010! .
Ellen Lampert-Greaux lives in Saint Barthelemy
where she is editor-in-chief of Harbour Magazine,
and has been a regular contributor to All At
Sea since 2000. She also writes regularly about
entertainment design and technology for
Live Design magazine, and about Caribbean
architecture for MACO, a Trinidad-based lifestyle
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Like so many others before and
since, Katie McConnachie arrived
in Antigua by boat. Born in
California, she sailed here from
Florida in1985 in time for Sailing Week, on
a boat skippered by her then-husband, and
never looked back. Originally illustrating
special effects for cartoons for Hanna-
Barbera in California, Katie applied her
talents to painting in Antigua and quickly
won prizes in such events as the Annual
Brysons' Art Show and the Island Arts Quest
Competition in 1988 and 1989 respectively.
She and her former husband opened
Seahorse Studios in Falmouth Harbour,
which quickly established a reputation for
its very popular Sailing Week T-shirts. The
most sought-after designs were the All Girl
ones, developed whilst Katie was crewing on
Antiguan legend Jol Byerley's Hightide. The
rule for Jol's all-female crew was "topless
at the 5-minute gun," and this concept was
beautifully and brilliantly illustrated on the
back of the annual Sailing Week T-shirt,
with a different design for each of the eight
consecutive years that Katie crewed. They
were reserved exclusively for the crew of
Hightide on the first day of each Sailing
Week, then became available to all comers
and participants for the rest of the races.
Katie also sailed with Jol (ironically, her
future father-in-law) on Hightide in many
Heineken Regattas and participated in the
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta on various
prestigious yachts such as Alejandra and
Latifa. Although she enjoyed taking part in
the different race weeks, over the years it
became more difficult to find all-girl crews
(her current husband crewed a couple
of times on Hightide in the absence of
iKatie designed All Girl T-shirts
while crewing on Hightide
willing female crew members) as the number of participating boats
increased. When Katie first took part in Antigua Sailing Week, there
were about 50 boats. Seahorse Studios produced T-shirts listing all
the participants on the back-when they had trouble fitting all the
names, Katie realized how big the
event had become!
Seahorse Studios expanded to
include the Seahorse Art Gallery,
which opened in Falmouth in 1990
and did very well until its closure
in 1997. Katie had also meanwhile
opened galleries in Redcliffe Quay,
St. John's and in Jolly Harbour, but
found that the demands of running
these galleries left her with very
little time to paint. Her personal
life also changed dramatically,
prompting her to close all the
galleries. However, the net result
was her subsequent marriage in
1999 to lan McConnachie (who runs
Nicholsons Yacht Sales, amongst
other things) which allowed her
to devote herself to painting and
illustrating full time.
Another happy offshoot was the
joint venture with Jol Byerley on a
children's book, "Shadows on the
Moon," written byJol and illustrated
by Katie. This was the first of a series of children's books that she was
subsequently commissioned to illustrate by Macmillan Caribbean,
with husband lan helping out with the various poses needed for some
of the images.
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Katie illustrated The Caribbean Cook Book and also The Nature of
the Islands by Chris Doyle. Her preferred medium for these illustrations
and in general is the use of Prisma Colour Pencils. However, about
five years ago she began to paint in acrylic on canvas and other
surfaces, such as wood and concrete (in the form of murals on walls)
and found that her very detailed and highly-stylised techniques were
perfectly adapted to this medium.
Katie McConnachie likes painting wild life and pet portraits best,
and her originals, prints and cards are available at Harmony Hall
Gallery and The Art Loft, St. John's. She also works on commission
and welcomes visitors to her studio at her home near Falmouth where
she lives with husband lan, dogs Abbey and Chili Dog and four cats.
To view more of her artwork: www.katiesfineart.com -
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residence on Antigua in the Caribbean in 1984. She has been painting
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BAR SET FOR ROUND
REGION GUADELOUPE BEATS RECORD BY TWO HOURS
BY DANNY DONELAN
I had always looked at trimarans as a bit of an oddity, a curiosity,
a vessel used by Kevin Costner in "Waterworld." But I get a
phone call from John Burnie one week before the Round the
Island Race saying that he is coming to Grenada with Region
Guadeloupe, an ORMA 60, to shatter the record held for the race. Of
course the first words to pop out of my mouth are, "You need crew?"
He answers no, the trimaran is being sponsored by Horizon Yacht
Charters here in Grenada and they have filled her with crew already.
My next phone call is to James Pascal, begging and pleading to be
a part of the crew. Sorry, Danny, all places are taken up already. But so
wished, so becomes reality. I get a call from James on Thursday night
saying that one of the crew has dropped out and I'm in.
So Region Guadeloupe sails into the marina, 60 foot long by 60
foot wide, and Captain and owner Claude Thelier walks off onto the
super yacht docks of Port Louis Marina (host marina and one of the
sponsors for the race) after his very fast 15 hour trip from Guadeloupe.
There is now a real buzz in the marina. Every single spot is filled, as this
weekend the marina is hosting both the Round the Island Race and
the World ARC.
Region Guadeloupe is sitting right next to her older and smaller
sister, another trimaran, this one only 50 feet, and straight away
everyone on the docks is hoping that this is going to be a true race,
with these two mean racing machines looking like they are ready to
jump out of the poll positions.
Saturday morning, we all head onto Region Guadeloupe. It's
Claude, John Burnie, James & Jacqui Pascal, Olivier, Cutbert
Johnson, Dwayne Haywood and myself, and we are all shaking with
excitement. Claude and John give us our duties and off we go. The
race is basically a start right on the outside of St. George's Harbour,
around the island in a clockwise direction staying on the outside of
Sugar Loaf and Glovers Island-and the end is back at the same
position as the start.
At the start, Category 5 is looking like she may have the best start, GRENADA M ARINE
but within a few minutes we are very quickly pulling away from the
fleet. After 15 minutes, the sails are quickly becoming smaller and
smaller. After an hour, we no longer see them and miraculously we are
passing Gouyave. On this day I was completely short of words-the .
only one that seemed to be working for me was "WOWWWW!" I was
completely awestruck by the speed of this beast, average speeds of 18
knots up the west coast, and we are watching the land blur go on by.
Heading down the east coast, we are clocking an average of 25
knots with top speeds of 29 knots. I have never been on a boat this fast
and the feeling of exhilaration and adrenaline makes you feel alive.
On the outside of Glovers Island, we call the racing committee to let
them know that we are close to the end and will be in very shortly. Their
response was, "You joking, right? You guys are that close already?"
We are on track to break the record by over two hours.
Five hundred yards from the finish the bolt on the rudder snaps and
we have to let the sails down and salvage her before she drops off.
We still manage to complete the race in less than four hours, a new
I came off of Region Guadeloupe on a natural high. It was amazing
being a part of this race aboard this boat. Thanks, Claude and John,
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Anchored in crystalline waters in a beautiful bay with white sand
beaches, swaying palm trees, and clear blue skies. All you need is a
cooler full of great things to eat and drink! Even when your boat is on
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Please send me your suggestions of what you would like me to write
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Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Freezer time: Overnight. Serves: Many.
1 large (42 oz) can pineapple 1 (2 litre) bottle of sprite
1 (12 oz) frozen orange juice 1 litre bottle of vodka
Stir together all ingredients in a container that can go in the freezer
(not metal.) Leave overnight, stir occasionally. Next day stir so it is
all "slushy." Spoon into glasses. Tip: I like to use martini glasses,
so you can eat it until it thaws a little. Delicious!
COCONUT AND CRAB DIP
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Chilling time: 30 minutes. Serves: 8.
1/2 cup unsweetened 1/2 cup mayonnaise
canned coconut milk (well stirred) 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tsp finely chopped 1 Ib jumbo lump crab meat,
fresh jalapeno chili pepper coarsely shredded
4 scallions, chopped Salt to taste
In a blender add coconut milk, jalapeno, and scallions. Blend
together until smooth and pour into a bowl. Whisk in mayonnaise,
juice, and cilantro until just combined. Stir in crab and salt. Chill
covered. Stir before serving. Serve with plantain chips (recipe
below). Note: May be made several hours ahead-keep chilled.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Grilling time: 45 minutes. Serves: 8.
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 medium plantains, moderately ripe (mottled-looking)
peeled and cut into 1/4 inch diagonal slices (about 4 cups)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place plantains
in bottom of skillet and fry plantain slices for about three minutes on
each side or until browned. Transfer with tongs to paper towels and
sprinkle with salt and cayenne. Repeat process until all plantains are
cooked. Note: Chips may be made a couple of days in advance and
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SPICED PORK TENDERLOINS AND SALSA
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 40 minutes. Serves: 8.
2-1/2 Tbsp kosher salt 2 large garlic cloves, mashed
1 Tbsp ground allspice 1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp cayenne 2 Ibs of pork tenderloins
Preheat oven to 500F. Blend first five ingredients in small bowl.
Sprinkle pork with spice mixture. Place in large roasting pan. Roast
for five minutes and turn down to 400F and roast 20 minutes more
or until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 150F.
Transfer pork to plate and let sit 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with
Salsa (recipe below), green beans, and wild rice.
Preparation time: 2 minutes.
Chilling time: 1 hour Serves: 8.
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, 1/3 cup olive oil
seeded and chopped 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 red bell peppers, 2 Tbsp white vinegar
seeded and chopped Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
In a glass bowl mix together all ingredients. Chill in refrigerator for at
least one hour to blend flavors. Serve over Spiced Pork Tenderloins.
PISTACHIO PINEAPPLE DESSERT
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Chilling time: 2+ hours. Serves: 8.
8 oz tub Cool Whip Coconut as desired
1 pkg pistachio pudding mix 1/2 cup small marshmallows
1 can crushed pineapple
Mix and chill. Serve in decorative stemmed glasses. _j
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33' '73 Pearson 10M sloop, refit,....
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38' '92 Kennex Cat, AC, AP....................
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43' '95 Hunter430 stepped transom......
44' '77 CSY Sloop, new rigging............
46' 75 Durbeck, Bluewater cruiser.......
49' '79 Transpacific Ketch, loaded.......
50' '78 Nautor Motorsaller, exlnt cond.
14' '06 AquascanJetboat, 160HPYamaha.. $34.9K
26' '87 Whale Boat, Diesel, CG cert .....$33K
27' '05 Bayliner 265................................. $56K
27' '88 Luhrs Alura, cabin, IB gas cabin.. $20K
29' '94 PhoenSportFsherT225HPVoKs.$64.5K
32' '96 Carver 325, twin Crusaders ........$75K
34' '89 Sea Ray Express, diesels............ $55K
35' '00 Tiara, twin Cummins ................. $160K
36' '80 Litton Trawler............................... $40K
36' '89 Grand Banks Trwl twin Cummins...... $89K
36' '89 Outer Reef Trawr, fishorfamlycruiser..65K
39' '98 Mainship Trawler, twin diesels... $129.9K
40' '97 Carver MY, Cockpit, twin diesels$120K
40' '99 Tiara Express, Twin Cats................... 275K
42' '81 Post SF, twin DD's, 2 strms....... $129K
42' '84 Present Sundeck 135 HP Lehmans... 135K
42' '83 PresentSundeck,WasherDyerAP.... $99.5K
42' '92 Grand Banks Trwl, 3 strms........ $160K
48' '02 DynaCraftMY,3strms 450HPCats...$490K
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REDUCED TO $1.49m and delivery to the Caribbean. 3.75m Euros REDUCED TO $2.2m on trailer. Storm damaged but did not sink.
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Located in Independent Boatyard, St. Thomas, USVI
Member of The Yacht Brokers Association of America
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45 Morgan, 1978
Spacious CC Ketch, Isuzu diesel
Recent electronics custom canvas $89 000
42 Cruisers 4270 Express, 1999
Twin Cats, low hours, fully loaded
Excellent condition, reduced to $199,000
Too many upgrades to list! Email for
details on new mechanicals, wiring,
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tronics, much more. Not a fixer upper.
2200 hours on 300hp Cat 3208's. Now
in Virgin Islands, probably Ft. Lauderdale
Listed at only $89,500 USD.
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51 1995 Hylas, Quality center cockpit performance cruiser....$295,000
48 1981 Cheoy Lee-Major upgrades in 28 REDUCED, OFFERS..$129,000
48 1974 Maple Leaf- Classic CC cruiser, new paint in 2006...$117,500
48 1970 Hughes Includes turnkey successful day charter bE ....$299,900
46 1981 Morgan- CC ketch, bargain price, needs refitting............$22,500
45 1978 Wndboats-Fero cementCC ktch, unique desgn, beaubul....$125,000
45 1980 Hardin Heavy cruising cutter ketch, 4 cabin, 2 head...$115,000
44 1978 CSYWalkover Value pnced for immediate sell, call today .... $50,000
41 1982 Morgan 01 CC cruising ketch, ready to sail away .........$69,000
41 1974 Formosa Yankee Clipper Beautfully reft, baded with gear.. $70,000
40 1979 Pearson Centerboard performance cruiser, great buy.... $39,000
39 1974 South Seas Steel CC cutter ketch, ready to cruise .......$65,000
38 1978 Van de Stadt- Steel passage maker, ketch rig, Yanmar... $69,000
38 1978 Morgan Ted Brewer designed sloop ............................$42,000
37 1977 Gulfstar- Major refit 2002, beautiful kept, OFFERS ....$55,000
36 1980 Mariner Stout cruising ketch, priced for immediate sell...$49,000
35 1994 Beneteau Oceanis Perkins desel, perfect weekender, ofers...$45,000
35 1985 Jeanneau Sunrse new engine and nagging 2004, fast ...$42,000
34 1988 Tartan Classic design, scheel keel, low usage..............$44,000
33 1973 Morgan Out Island Spacious cruiser, bring offer............$29,000
31 1995 Corsair Performance trimaran with trailer .......................$86,000
30 1963 Allied Seawind- Classic cruising ketch, readyto sail .....$24,900
27 1988 J-Boat Race ready many sails, trailer, wnner 07 &08... $29,000
27 1970 Albin Vega Sloop, outboard engine, dinghy included...$12,000
57 2003 Careryager Rblhouse MY- os, bw hours. Loaded...$599,000
46 1985 Logcal PowerCat- Perfed charteror Iveaboad, huge cockpt.$180,000
42 1978 Grand Banks Twin Lehmans, genset, MUST SELL.....$99,000
40 1994 Tara Twin Cummins, recent bottom paint and canvas....$149,000
38 1967 Camcraft -Aluminum crew boat, full cabin, GM, genset... $50,000
37 2002 Itrepd-(3)NewSuzul OB's,newgesetcompletecabin.....$245,000
37 2005 Fountaine Pajot Prrate power cat, excellent condton.....$399,000
31 2005 Maxum Comfortable sport cruiser, twin Mercruisers.....$92,900
30 1951 Egg Harbor- Complete rebuild 1987, Perkins, beautful... $39,000
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Bennett trim taps, 13' Novurania dinghy in new condition with collapsible
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Currently located in St. Thomas, USVI.PRICE REDUCED $575,000 USD.
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1999 38' Island Packet 380 1973 42' Striker Sport Fish
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Pacific 639 000 St Martin 129 000
Amel 54 2007
Amel Super Maramu 2001
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Oceanis 411 1998 (Superb)
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Marina Puerto del Rey
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Yacht in excellent condition, fully equipped
for extended cruising and living aboard.
Fiberglass hull. Length 43'. Height 21'.
Two 700 HP Caterpillar Engines.
500 gallons fuel capacity.
Speed 16 knots. 1,000 engine hours.
Tel. +370 685 38776
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REPAIR FOR HOUSE BOAT, on sale,
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1990 SEA RAY 310EC 31' CABIN
CRUISER for sale located at the Rodney
Bay Marina in St. Lucia. Contact email:
email@example.com or tel# (758)285-2859.
DECK CAT 31' 2007 POWERCAT
CENTER CONSOLE SPORT FISH-
ER/ DAY CRUISER, 2X150HP 2007
Yamaha,VHF, stereo ipod jack, Raymarine
E80GPS/Navionics, 20gal fresh watertank,
transom shower, wash down upgrade,
two live wells, table, extended blmini,
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head/6' head room/sink/shower, custom
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NOVURANIA RIB 530DL /YAMAHA
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BVI Watersports Centre 284 494 0669
38FT JEANNEAU GIN FIZ SLOOP
1984, Sailed over from Greece.Cruising
Chute. Chartplotter. Yanmar 3GM engine.
Loads of spares. Excellent live aboard.
Laying Tortola, BVI. Tel:- 284 544 5895
or firstname.lastname@example.org for further
FOR SALE!!!!! 48,6'KETCH, built
Ft.lauderdale by William Beatty, All Masson
design handlelght fiberglass, all woodwork-
Burma Teak, asking price EU 50000'-,
sound but needs work, reason-getting old.
Presently Dominican Republic vrsels at
hotmail.com, tel. 8094538038
Great roomy custom liveaboard.
Wood/epoxy composite. Yanmar 24hp
diesel. Recent Batteries, new AirX wind
generator, solar panel, and refrigeration.
9ft AB inflatable w/15hp Yamaha.
Located Virgin Islands. 608-334-8553
BOAT FOR SALE. 1990 THOMAS-
35 BUILT BY TARTAN. Asking
$59,000. All offers welcome. 48" dia
wheel. Auto helm, GPS. 24hp Yanmar
diesel. 8ft hard bottom dingy with 8hp
Tohatsu outboard. Many extras. Contact
Jeff Fangmann at Jfangmann@Hovensa.
com or (340)-773-0106
1991 HUNTER LEGEND 43, Excellent
Condition, Windlass, 5k Generator, GPS,
2 A/C, EPIRB 2006, Spinnaker, VHF,
Zodiac Tender with Engine, Autopilot,
Depth Finder, Knotmeter, 50hpYanmar,
Electric Winch, Galvanized Steel Cradle,
Many Extras, $129,000, Located Salinas,
Puerto Rico, Contact Ronnie 939-639-
7820 OR email@example.com
CATAMARAN BENETEAU BLUE II
35 FT 1987, sleeps 6 in 4 cabins,
full equipped, 2 solar panels, furling
genoa, main sail with lazy jack, registered
in Austria, located in Grenada, Asking
82000 USD, Call 00584121418476,
48' PRIVILEGE CATAMARAN 26'
beam, Located in Curacao, Seeking
partnership for 1/2 ownership, 1/2 a
year each! 125,000 USD, AFFORDABLE
CRUISING AT ITS BEST FOR THE
WHOLE FAMILY, Canadian owned vessel
apply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAXIM 38 CATAMARAN, 2001 -
great condition and very well equipped
for extended cruising: SSB, watermaker,
2 x 29hp Yanmar, plotter, 2 x auto-
pilots, cruising chute, 9ft Caribe etc.
US$227500. Email maxim4sale@gmall.
com or +14735362319 for more info.
Lying SE Caribbean
1970 GALLANT 53 KETCH, Lying St
Crolx complete re-build, Classic lines and
modern conveniences, including: Gen,
Refrig, radar, fully battened sails, electric
windlass, harken winches, whitlock steer-
ing, raymarne, worm gear auto pilot, hard
dodger. ready to go! asking 185k make
offers. Email: email@example.com
28 FOOT PEARSON TRITON,
dependable 10 hp diesel, 35 watt solar
panel, well equipped for live aboard or
cruising, Located St John USVI, $8500,
340 626 7843
Strong, solidly built fiberglass yacht,
fully equipped for comfortable
passagemaking. Living aboard, cruising
the Caribbean the past 13 years.
Never chartered. Surveyed May, 2006.
Reduced to $129,000.00 USD.
Photos & specs at:
CANADIAN REGISTERED, SOUTH
AFRICAN BUILT LELLO 34. Strong
GRP construction. Classic lines, full
keel.Volvo 2030, new main, SSB, liferaft,
dingy, pilot, wind vane, arch and panels,
much more, extensive inventory. Ready
for extended cruising. 38000USD, St
PEARSON 424 WITH 'SUGAR
SCOOP' 1978, gen., inverter, water-
maker, washer/dryer, auto-pilot, roller
furler, fully-battened main. 60HP die-
sel, 3-blade Maxprop. Large cockpit,
nice layout, comfortable fast cruiser.
Try high $50's for quick sale. Lying St.
Thomas.(340) 776-3331, tomt@surfvi.
com for info & plcs
FERO BLUE WATER CRUISER;
15.5MTR Cutter Ketch; Full Inventory;
Ready & Equipped To Go Anywhere;
Live Aboard (4 persons); Very Reluctant
Sale; Full History. Delivery worldwide.
Lying Algarve, Portugal. GBP47,000
ONO; Tel: Steve 0770 9616 354 /
51FT. SLOOP: IDYLLE 15.5, FRERS
DESIGN, BENETEAU BUILT 1986.
Highly customized for comfortable live-
aboard, performance cruising. Autopilot,
watermaker, genset, Perkins 4-236,
dual-coil fridge/freezer, walk-around
queen berth, full awning, dodger/Bimini.
Excellent sail-away condition. Lying St.
Crolx, USVI. $210,000US. E-mail: cayen-
36' BRUCE ROBERTS CUTTER-
RIGGED CRUISING SAILBOAT,
1987. Great roomy custom liveaboard.
Wood/epoxy composite. Yanmar 24hp
diesel. Recent Batteries, new AirX wind
generator, solar panel, and refrigera-
tion. 9ft AB inflatable w/15hp Yamaha.
$18,500. Located Virgin Islands. 608-
VANDERSTADT, 42', BUILT 1979,
South Africa. Centre cockpit, furler, SS
railing, stout mast, foresail & mainsail,
large aft cabin, this is a project boat need-
ing to be finished. She has great lines and
is a great blue water vessel. Extremely
solid hull. Externally looks great. $18 000
OBO, Ph: +599 524 4640 (St Martin), E-
f FOR SALE:
Well taken care of, 2 estate room
layout, GPS, stereo, auto pilot, yan-
mar engine rebuilt 03/09, stove,
microwave, 16K BTU AC, fresh
bottom paint 03/09, electric wind-
less/winch, currently in Vieques,
Puerto Rico. 480-353-8272
SMALL CLASSIC YACHT. 1972
CONTESSA 26' sleeps 4, full keel,
good sails and rigging, head, 15hp out-
board. Small Ships Registry. Excellent
weekender could be outfitted for off-
shore. Some cosmetics useful. Hauled
out Soper's Hole, Tortola. Asking 6K. 284-
494-4734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TALES FROM THE CHARTER COCKPIT
IT ALL STARTED WITH AN ASTRAEA TUBER
BY JEANNIE KUICH COPYRIGHT 2009
than catching your dinner from the sea. Sometimes,
you get more of an adventure than a meal, particularly
when you're not sure how to prepare it.
One beautiful bright morning on charter we anchored Avenir II
off Green Cay just east of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.
While Mike took the men to the reef to hunt for lobster, Queen
Triggerfish or other fish, I took the rest of our group to the sand
spit to collect dead shells on the beach along with tiny beautiful
bits of pink coral. Finding few shells, we took to the reef and found
a large pile of dead, pearly Astrea Tuber or Starshells. Only one of
them was alive.
A number of dead shells together is a sure sign of an octopus
lair. Aha! There it was, mostly hidden in the rocks nearby, but barely
noticeable because it blended perfectly with the dark brown rocks.
When it saw us it pulled further back into its den. We called the mighty
hunters over, feeling smug that it was us, not the men, who had found
* At dawn a fleet of five planets
sails across the eastern sky,
but the tropical dawn and lack
of telescope prevents us from
seeing them all: Mars-Venus-
get excited. Remember the
incredibly rare all-planets-visible-
at-once spans of 1982 and 1984.
But we take what we can get (or
see). The Eta Aquarids in the first
week peak on the 6th before
dawn and are fairly favorable,
but dawn light will intrude.
May Planet Particulars
* The action is mostly on the dawn
racecourse with wee Mars charging
faster to close the gap with Venus
around the 21st with the crescent
Moon peeking at them. Jupiter
has a tussle with Neptune in late
month but only Jupiter is visible of
the two. Saturn is the only bright
planet in the evening sky at Leo
the lion's feet past center of early
evening race course.
BY JEANNIE KUICH
The Moon Sails Near
Sun. 3rd: the star Regulus
in Leo in evening
Mon. 4th: Saturn in evening
Sun. 10th: Antares in Scorpius
Sun. 17th: Jupiter before dawn
Wed. 20th: Venus before dawn
Thu. 21st: Mars before dawn
Wed. 27th: the star Pollux in
Gemini in evening
Sat. 30th: the star Regulus
in Leo in evening
Sun. 31st: Saturn in evening
Fri. 1st: First quarter
Sat. 9th: Full
Sun. 17th: Last Quarter
Sun. 24th: New
Dusk: Alpha Centauri,
Arcturus, Vega, Procyon
Dawn: Vega, Capella,
Well, Well! Octopus hours
d'oeuvres tonight or pop him
Into the bouillabaisse, maybe?
a But first we had to catch the
critter and this wasn't a task
e for squeamish fingers. You
couldn't take his rocky haven
apart because it was solid. And
Soctopuses have the strength of
-t" ten men, so we couldn't pull it
out either So it meant getting
Mike and the men and the
spear gun. They came and they shot the octopus.
Before we could grab it, someone shouted, "Look out! Here comes
an eel It was a fair-sized Spotted Moray Eel and it made a beeline for
the octopus, disdainfully ignoring eight pairs of legs. It lost the scent
once, hesitated and raised its head to sniff, then turned directly for
the hole. Quicker than any of us could move, it had that octopus in its
mouth and tore off an arm.
"Hey! That's my octopus!" cried Mike and he proceeded to clobber
the eel with his spear. That didn't thwart Mr. Eel an inch. It lunged at
the octopus again so Mike shot it. We had never cleaned an octopus
nor an eel. We assumed you had to get the skin off so we first cleaned
and soaked the octopus in vinegar, then used lime juice to loosen the
skin. With much grouting and clomping of teeth, we gradually peeled
the skin off with pliers and fingernails.
Next, a quick dip over the side (not the octopus, the cleaning team)
and the second preparation began: tenderizing the octopus. Meat
whackers, whiskey bottles, your husband's head anything hard is
good! But you gotta beat that meat until either your arm falls off or
your cutting board cracks! Suitably tender, we chopped it up and fried
it in batter accompanied by a hell fire hot sauce.
The eel was good, too, as it tasted just like fish. But you had to eat
it in small bites because the tiny bones were a problem. We learned
much later that eel were carriers of ciguatera and that we shouldn't
have eaten it. However, with eight people consuming it, none of us
had more than a few bites of it.
And what about the Astraea Tuber? Of course, we ate it too after
desanding and boiling it. >-
Jeannie Kuich, once a long-time charter chef in the Virgin Islands,
has been writing monthly columns for the Daily News since 1985
and periodic columns for Caribbean Boating, Nautical Scene, St.
Thomas This Week and Cruising World magazines. Jeannie is the
author of "Soap Operas of the Sky", the only stargazing sky guide for
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