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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
If there's a common thread in every issue of All at Sea, it's that kids and boating go
together. This month, don't miss Lynn Fitzpatrick's story about the junior crew that
joined her on a new catamaran for a learning vacation. Get to know Max Nickbarg, a
junior sailor who just won the Cressy Trophy as best high school full rig laser sailor in
the United States. And meet a few of the 35 children who crossed 2680 nautical miles
of ocean in December's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. It's never too soon to learn to love
the water.-Chris Goodier
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White, a charter yacht broker who finds books for Caribbean kids.
Dear All at Sea,
Thank you so much for your interest in my book project.
The publisher kindly brought some copies of the maga-
zine over to us during the Annapolis Boat Show. We are
pleased to say there are almost 50 boxes of books on
their way through the islands on yachts now, and I have
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in junior sailing on other islands (St Vincent? St. Lucia? Grenada?), please let me know.
There is a lovely couple on a catamaran with whom I have "overlapped" on a school in
Union (www.handsacrossthesea.net). Harriet and TL have an easy infrastructure to donate
for US citizens, so maybe Caribbean Children will all benefit from that, if it can be made
known. We are looking for project to do together now, possibly a library (where there is
none now) for 800 children at a school in Liberta, Antigua.
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With a December 15 prize-giving ceremony, the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht
Cup 2009 organized by the International Maxi Association wrapped up.
Five boats from five different countries took part in the race from Tener-
ife to St. Maarten. The winner overall in elapsed time and IRC corrected
time was the Chinese boat Beau Geste, owned by Mr. Karl C. Kwok, now
the new race record holder The 2010 departure will be November 22
from Tenerife. www.intemationalmaxiassociation.com
Crown Bay Marina Presents
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offer chefs the chance to shine and win cash prizes. Charter chefs of
vessels docked at Crown Bay Marina on that date are invited to pre-
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Dominica Security Reminder for Cruisers
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minds all yachts visiting Dominica to moor or anchor in the North end
of Prince Rupert Bay (between Blue Bay Restaurant and Purple Turtle)
where security patrols are conducted nightly. "Although we recognize
that some visitors prefer the seclusion of the south end, current eco-
nomic conditions do not permit our group to patrol the whole bay."
RA.YS. is a non-profit association established in 2007 that includes 17
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ously scheduled for March 4 to 7. Citing
concerns with sponsorship and the re-
gatta's domain name, Thomas said the
event, which was held in 2008 and 2009,
will return next year. Last year's winner,
both overall and in the vintage yacht di-
vision, was Thalia. For information on the
2011 Grenada Classic, contact Thomas at
Horizon Opens Office
at Port Louis, Grenada
Horizon Yacht Charters and Management
has announced the opening of an office and
yacht services location at Camper and Nich-
olsons Port Louis Marina in St George's, Gre-
nada. The charter company has been estab-
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island's south coast, offering yacht charter
and management services, and now offers
an extension of management services at Port
Louis, a year-round, well-protected, in-the-
Horizon's team will specialize in the main-
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arranging installation of new equipment and
systems, haul-outs for bottom paint work,
and repairs. They will also operate a full yacht
brokerage service and arrange for buyer's
inspection, survey and sea trials. As agents
for Bavaria Yachts & Fontaine Pajot, Horizon
will offer new and used yachts for sale. For
more information: James Pascall, Tel: (473)
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will be Preferred IGY Provider
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Ships agent Dockside Management report-
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agreement with Island Global Yachting (IGY)
to be a "preferred provider" at IGY's two ma-
rinas in St. Maarten, The Yacht Club at Isle de
Sol and Simpson Bay Marina. Based on St.
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vessel services such as banking, clearance,
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Tortola's West End Yacht Club will run the 32nd Annual Sweethearts
of the Caribbean and the 26th Annual Classic Regatta on February 12
to 15 2010 out of Soper's Hole. Schooners will race on Saturday along
with the traditional single hander race for all comers. On Sunday, the
Classic will be open to all boats of a design older than 30 years. "Wana-
bees" of a classic design older than 25 years will compete along with
the ever popular all-comers Couples race for crews of less than three.
For more information contact Martin van Houton at 284 495-1002.
The club's Dark and Stormy Race Committee Chairman Marty Halp-
ern sent an invitation for sailors to this year's event taking place March
5 to 8. "Last years Dark and Stormy surely was, in fact it was so 'stormy'
that the event was cancelled for the first time in 12 years," he reported.
"Friday starts the Dark and Stormy with boat sign-up and welcoming
dinner and party at the Loose Mongoose. Saturday's race takes place
from Trellis Bay to Anegada. Boats are generously handicapped and
are welcomed to Neptunes Treasure with a complimentary smoked
fish happy hour. The famous seafood buffet and music follows. Mon-
day's pursuit race follows 'Fundays' and the sleigh ride carries the fleet
on the north side of Tortola, where whales have been seen each year,
to an exciting finish at the Jolly Roger"
On the morning of Saturday, October 31, the club held a 420 Regatta
for Parents & Sons. "This is an event we usually do it three times a year,
where Sailing Program participants have the opportunity to navigate
with their parents in the waters of the bay of San Juan. Eight parents
with their children in 420s managed to make four races in a round
robin with four boats. The day was sunny with light wind."
On Thursday, November 5th, Club Nautico celebrated the first Twi-
light Sailing. "The event involved four teams comprised of members
and their guests. Partners were able to sail with guests
in the J-80, sailing in the Canal San Antonio Bay San
Juan. We managed to make four races with two boats.
The night was a full moon and the wind light from the
southeast. The competition was fairly close. We enjoyed
a BBQ-thanks, as always, to the newspaper La Regata
and Hato Rey West Marine for their support."
On Saturday December 12, seven boats turned up in
squally conditions for the start of the annual St. Lucia to
Martinique race series known as the Sir John Compton
Memorial Race held in honor of the late Prime Minister
of St. Lucia, a keen yachtsman. The start was off the St
Lucia Yacht Club in Rodney Bay and within the fleet included two ARC
entries, Akarana and Boundless, and also two Martiniquan boats. The
race was hosted by the Yacht Club de la Martinique for the first time,
as previous races ran to Le Marin on the south west coat.
The first boat to cross was Akarana, followed by Vaguely Noble, a
Martiniquan boat which won on handicap. The boats berthed at the
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attended by the
St. Lucian Consul
following day en-
tailed a leisurely
sail down to Grand Anse D'Arlet, a bay on the south east side of Mar-
tinique. Finally, the boats returned to Rodney Bay where Akarana, the
Swan 46, was the first to cross the line after approximately four hours
sailing. Prize giving was held at the club with prizes awarded by Lady
Janice Compton. Akarana won first overall; Diamonds International
awarded first prize to Loose Cannon for "The Diamond Dash," for the
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WHY DO PEOPLE
LIVE ON LAND?
COPYRIGHT 2010 BY CAP'N FATTY GOODLANDER
While the exact numbers are difficult to come by-often the
victims are ashamed to publically acknowledge their hard
circumstance-many people live ashore.
They actually wallow-in-the-dirt-surrounded by bugs and worms
and snakes-as if there was no realistic choice. Why? Low self-esteem?
Lack of nautical education? Failure of the US government to properly
subsidize yacht ownership? Or is it a genetic issue-that some water-
averse citizens just don't have their aquatic genes stitched on?
I recently asked Professor Ima Fonie, of Hang Ten University of
Southern California, these very same questions.
"The answer isn't easy," she
admitted. "There's a diversity
of factors. For example: most
citizens in the US are born in
land-based maternity wards.
In Sweden, where they have
a number of floating 'sailor
birthing centers,' the sailor-
to-lubber ratio is much better
A growing number of behav-
ioral scientists feel that 'live-
aboard' maternity centers are
"'The fact of the matter is,
if God hadn't intended for
us humans to live at sea
he wouldn't have made so
much of it ... The human
body is made up primarily
of water-not dirt! If we
were meant to live in dirt,
why, we'd be dirt!'"
win-or give up on the American Yachting Dream. Now, if we're suc-
cessful ... when this happens, will there be a few people living ashore
who aren't criminals, drug addicts and/or sexual deviations? Perhaps.
Perhaps not. But let us allow science to tell us that-not prejudice,
which pre-supposes innocence when we all know the vast majority
ashore are guilty as sin!"
"I disagree," says Mildred 'Stormy' Gale, a Pacific ocean-based
biological anthropologist. "What is clear and quantifiable is that
women are more likely than men to suffer from shore-boundness-
and this isn't their fault. It's biology. 'Biology is destiny' isn't merely
a slogan, it is the literal truth. Mature women bleed. Regularly. We
know that. Sharks are misogynists, we know that too. So it is only
logical that the 'fairer sex' is more water-adverse. And, as Darwin cor-
rectly points out, more sharks have eaten more sailing women than,
say, farming women-so their water-genes haven't had as much op-
portunity to reproduce.
"Thus, the surviving land-huggers tend to breed more land-hug-
gers-and the cycle of poverty and crime continues unabated. And
'imprinting' their future sailors in a very beneficial, salt-water way"
Other government officials aren't so sure. "A lot of these 'trendy'
studies don't bear up under close scientific analysis," said Lieutenant
Detective Charles Whynner of the LAPD's marine patrol. "They simply
don't want to acknowledge the true facts. Instead, they want to coddle
the dirt-dwellers-blame the deteriorating situation on anything but
themselves. The fact of the matter is, most violent crime is committed
ashore. This is an inescapable, irrefutable fact.
"While the government and the media might conspire to pretend
that Somalia pirates are responsible for all the crime in Newark, New
Jersey, they are not. We've identified the criminals. They are land-
based. They live in houses, condos and apartments. We know where
they are, where they live. So it isn't that we lack specific information
and criminal intelligence concerning their shadowy whereabouts. We
could go in there tomorrow and arrest them all. But, again, we don't.
Why? Because we lack the political will."
Betty Pelter, an organizer of the National Association for the Ad-
vancement of Dock Watchers (NAADW), sees the problem through
a different lens. "Law enforce ashore is basically broken," she says.
"We know that. This is why concerned boaters around the world have
taken to patrolling their local coastlines-and attempting to push the
criminals back inland as far as possible.
"Sure, we've had some well-publicized successes-but our job isn't
done until we've locked up every single land-based criminal. We're at
war-and war is an ugly, dirty business. It is that simple. We have to
even worse-certain types of men callously attempt to delude their
long-suffering partners into thinking this isn't happening. They
say about sharks, "Oh, they are man-eaters," when all the male-
dominated statistics point in exactly the opposite direction. It is
time that women rose up against such obviously self-serving chau-
This touches a raw chord for many: reproductive biology masquer-
ading as classism.
"You don't think I've love to reproduce with a yachtie and have his
sailorboy?" asked a frustrated female dirt-dweller who requested her
name not be used. "Of course I would.
ting jumped. But there's no oppor-
tunity. The few marinas which aren't
offshore are heavily guarded. If you
don't have a suntan or sailor's tat-
too or Topsiders ... it is hopeless.
That leaves the rhum shops-where
most of the guys wearing yachting
caps are actually farmers from the
Midwest. I mean, a Jimmy-Buffett-
"It's horrible. I've tried. I've even
memorized some nautical sayings
to blend in, you know, 'Red sky
I'd jump at the chance of get-
"'Let's face it-it
is ignorance which
keeps people bound to
the shore. The ocean
and its many 'loosey-
scare people. Not ev-
eryone is ready to be a
citizen of the world."'
at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor take warning!'
but to no avail. Once, a sailor threw me down on the ground and-I
thought I'd lucked out-and then he asked me which side of the
boat the boom was on during a starboard tack ... damn it, I didn't
know enough at the time to shout 'Port!'!"
There's no question that such 'inter-habitat' mating takes place-
but few will go on record acknowledging it. But the internet is filled
with chat rooms in which sexually-brash boaters boast of such brazen
"Occasionally, I take my dinghy along the coast and troll for
land-babes," tweeted one sailor who called himself Randy Tarr. "It's
easy. I wear a Mount Gay hat, wave a Greenie and have pink sun-
block smeared on my face-and they know I'm the real deal. Many
of them want to go 'back to the ship, sailor!' but I prefer the safer
choice of hiding under a fishing pier or nearby dock to plant the
seed. But it is not all fun & games. Occasionally I'll be coastal sail-
ing and see naked, starving children playing in the mud puddles
of Dirtville and then think sadly to myself, ... could that be one
Members of the BBBB (Better Boating Business Bureau) are
quick to point out the criminal implications of such 'shore vis-
its' which have had a well-deserved unsavory reputation since
"Don't forget that it was called the 'House' of the Rising Sun, not
the 'boat' of the rising sun," said Bobby B. Baker, president of the
BBBB. "I don't want to beat a dead horse, but it was never a boat of
ill-repute-always a house, which presupposed dirt somewhere ... not
pure, blessed water."
The geologists tend to see the Big Picture-at least they believe
they do. "The fact of the matter is, if God hadn't intended for us hu-
mans to live at sea he wouldn't have made so much of it. Sure, land
is nice to use as a garbage dump or a veggie farm-and for sport
hunting-but basically it is a very foreign, very hard and very unforgiv-
ing environment for most people. Water is soft. You can drink it. The
human body is made up primarily of water-not dirt! If we were meant
to live in dirt, why, we'd be dirt!"
It is hard to argue with such logic.
"Education is the key," noted Professor Nora Nurdy, of Harvard
University, formerly of New England and now located in the Pacific
Ocean just north of Tahiti. "Let's face it-it is ignorance which keeps
people bound to the shore. The ocean and its many 'loosey-goosey'
freedoms scare people. Not everyone is ready to be a citizen of the
world. While living aboard might be considered the next evolutionary
step to the educated, some backward people cling to the 'odors of
the garbage dump,' as poet Ralph Newcoumb refers to the familiar
stench of Terra Firma."
Even the Vatican is slowly changing its hard-line position on
Aquatic Divinity. "The Bible clearly states that Jesus was a fisher-
man," noted a recent papal decree emailed from an ISP in Rome.
"And this has been confirmed down through the centuries in mo-
tion picture films, books, rap songs, etc. Example: Leonard Co-
hen's classic folk/rock tune, 'Susanne.' And now recent linguistic
research has solved another long-standing Biblical mystery: the
Holy Ghost was a 'pen name' for Mother Ocean, according to re-
Members of the fast-going Atlantis sect vehemently disagree.
"Mother Ocean as the one true God, period," they say. "What's-his-
name was, at best, a deck hand."
Of course, there are some 'mixed' people (often disparagingly re-
ferred to as guppies) who straddle both camps. "I spend half my life
yachting and the other half ashore," admits one such bi-guy "And I
don't think it is useful to demonize rock-sniffers. They are human be-
ings too. Some can't swim. Others get ear infections easily. A few are
dyslectic-and thus can't read the sail numbers. There's lot of reasons
why legitimate people might be forced into the 'low life' of shore de-
spite their inclination to do the right thing."
Perhaps we need to celebrate our diversity rather than kill each
other over our habitat choices. Many 'freshies' (live-aboards in fresh-
water lakes such as Michigan and Erie) feel discriminated against as
second class sailors. "I went to a boat show in the Indian Ocean and
was treated like I was a Manhattan sewer-pipe dweller," complained
one lake sailor. "I say a boater is a boater-once we go down the
'ketch or sloop-rigged' route, we're all doomed by slight individual
variations. Together we stand, divided we fall!"
The Lofty Goal is, of course, mutual respect. Many landlubbers don't
even know they have a distinctive odor. Once they are made aware of
it and have it explained in a non-judgmental way-they can start to
add salt to their shower water and within a few short months-smell
Dirt-dwellers make contributions to the global good too. They have
worth-who else would man the recycle centers? Perhaps someday
they won't just be tolerated-but respected for their rugged living
arrangements. This is the beginning of a new year and a new decade.
Let's celebrate our residential diversity. Affirmative action programs
are now in place to give poverty-stricken landsmen the chance to
learn basic seamanship skills aboard Optimist prams. Many farmers
are learning to swim. Let's all hope for the day when 'home owner'
isn't a derogatory term nor 'sailor' a preferential one. -&
Circumnavigators Cap'n Fatty and his wife Carolyn regularly have
young international lubbers aboard their 38 foot Wild Card-in hopes
of giving them a brighter future. Fatty is the author of "Chasing the
Horizon" by American Paradise Publishing, "Seadogs, Clowns and
Gypsies," "The Collected Fat" and his newest, "All at Sea Yarns." For
more Fat-flashes, see fattygoodlander.com.
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SAILING WITH CHARLIE
BY JULIAN PUTLEY
Over the years, Charlie has discovered that a large
part of a maritime career involves rules. There are
thousands of them. There are rules of the road, envi-
ronmental rules, throwing away rubbish rules, head pumping
rules, dumping rules, safety rules, danger rules, hazard rules,
inland rules, international rules ... etc, etc. (and you thought
a life at sea was all about freedom ... HA!).
But there are two rules that Charlie absolutely insists on.
Rule 1: The captain is always right.
Rule 2: If you think the captain is wrong, refer to Rule 1.
Charlie allows himself the privilege of expounding to char-
ter guests his personal edict: "My boat is shipshape and is in
perfect seamanlike condition; our charters offer unparalleled
pleasure." Here is a list of questions from some of Charlie's less
seasoned guests, and the obvious and tiresome responses:
Squawk: The fridge isn't cold enough. Retort: It's perfect
for the red wine.
S: The chain plate is leaking onto my bunk. R: Of course
it is; it helps keep a constant humidity.
S: The food's cold. R: That's why we provide salad dressing.
S: I'm feeling a bit queasy. R: Just think how good you'll feel
when we stop.
S: The mast just fell down. R: Well spotted, it's part of the
S: Why is it blowing so hard? R: For great sailing.
S: Why is it so calm? R: For great snorkeling.
S: The boat's rolling. R: Free roller coaster, and
no extra charge.
S: There's a creaking noise at night. R: You're on the love boat.
S: The instruments don't work. R: On my boat, the wind
calls the tune.
S: The linens weren't washed. R: Water conservation is
of paramount importance on a sailing vessel.
S: What happens if we miss Anegada? R: Next stop
Bermuda. Or Greenland.
S: The beer's not cold. R: Because the alcohol content is high.
S: The water is tainted. R: Never waste a good thirst
S: We didn't ask for that. R: Please refer to Mandatory
Charlie has a long list of repeat clients. His yacht, Passing
Wind, is almost always fully booked. -@
Julian Putley is the author of "The Drinking Man's Guide to
the BVI," "Sunfun Calypso," and "Sunfun Gospel."
CARIBBEAN SAILORS ATTEND
SINGAPORE 2010 FRIENDSHIP CAMP
NIKKI BARNES AND DONTAE HODGE JOIN 400 INTL ATHLETES
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
in December to attend the first Singapore
2010 Friendship Camp. The British Virgin
Islands' DonTae Hodge and U.S. Virgin Is-
lands' Nikki Barnes took part in the five-day camp
along with over 400 other 15- to 17-year old athletes
representing 130 countries.
The camp, which was organized by Singapore's
Ministry of Education in partnership with the Singa-
pore Sports School and the Singapore Youth Olympic .
Games Organizing Committee, was one of the special
events leading up to the Singapore 2010 Youth Olym-
pic Games to be held August 14 to 26. i
"What I liked best about the camp was meeting new r
friends and becoming so close with people from all
parts of the world," said Hodge, who has traveled ex-
tensively to compete in sailing events such as the Laser
Mid-Winters in Florida and Optimist North American
Championships in Mexico and Curacao. "There were
no race problems. Everyone was treated the same and
we became so close that it was hard to leave each oth-
er at the end of the camp."
During the camp, the teens took part in a variety
of activities such Cultural Night celebrations and chats
with Olympic medal-winning athletes from Jamaica
and Australia as well as trying on a new sport, team
building games and a trip to Adventure Island which
included rock climbing.
Barnes, who has traveled to the U.S., South Ameri-
ca, Mexico and Europe to compete in Optimists and 1-420s, said, "We
Learned to never give up from
(Australian) Olympic swimmer
Michael Klim. He told us to
just keep going even when
init was hard. Training is tough
and hard, he said, but at the
C end of the day it works out
l -'- and pays off. Then (Jamaican
Feo C e sprinter) Asafa Powell told us
to never go for second place,
Hodge and Barnes didn't
get to sail, although they did
try out sports such as golf
and fencing, respectively,
and hands-on activities like
challenging," said Hodge.
"Being involved in sailing
where there is no ball in-
volved, it was a little difficult
at first, but I eventually got
the hang of it."
Dragon boats, said Barnes,
are long narrow canoes.
There are two people on ei-
ther side and everybody rows
with a one-sided paddle. You
have to paddle at the same rhythm and beat as the driver on the bow
in order to go fast."
The International Dragon Boat Federation (ICBF) will petition to
become an official Olympic Federation of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) when it reaches 75 member countries and territories.
Currently, 60 countries and territories are part of the IDBE
Fellow Caribbean junior sailors shouldn't fear traveling half way
around the world, said both Hodge and Barnes.
"Just think about the fun you're going to have, the awesome experi-
ence and the chance to meet many cool people and you're feel better
about the whole trip," said Hodge.
Barnes added, "Don't think about how far away from home you are.
Just live in the moment and make as many friends as you can. The mem-
ories you come home with will be way greater than any fears."
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based
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MATCH RACE HELD ON ST.THOMAS
HOLMBERG, LEROY TEAMS DEFEAT SKILLED YOUNG RACERS
BY LYNN FITZPATRICK
A sk anyone who participated in the Second Annual Carlos
Aguilar Match Race (CAMR) the first week of December if
they had fun, and you will get a unanimous "yes." Com-
petitors who flew in from Europe, the Midwest and New
England delighted in sailing in the sunshine while receiving reports of
snow back home. Those from the Caribbean took pleasure in showing
their guests a good time and demonstrating their sailing prowess.
The CAMR is a memorial regatta to St. Thomas sailor Carlos Aguilar
who had a natural gift that endeared kids to him. To see Taylor Can-
field and Kelly O'Brien Uszenski, who regularly sailed with Carlos and
Verian Aguilar, do so well as skippers against internationally-acclaimed
match racers would have made Carlos proud. Canfield, a Boston Col-
lege junior and top ranked collegiate sailor, won last year's event with
Max Nickbarg and Tyler Rice, who are still in high school. This year,
the young team had Chris Rosenberg on main & tactics and put on
a good show in the finals against well-known Caribbean sailors Peter
Holmberg, Maurice Kurg, Morgan Avery and Ben Beer.
Peter Holmberg, who has played a leading role in orchestrating the
growth of the CAMR, and his wise veterans were the first to score two
wins in the finals and
were crowned victors
with Ulysse Nardin and Fourth place team representing the
Trident Jewels & Time- 1 Chris Watters Colin Rathbun and C-
supplied watches at J
Yacht Haven Grande.
France's Claire Leroy,
who has been the top
women's match rac-
ing skipper for more
than two years, beat
Genny Tulloch, the US
Women's Match Rac-
ing Champion. Already
one of the few Grade
I women's match rac-
ing events in North America, the CAMR will be a much sought after
event to attend as we approach the 2012 Olympic debut of Women's
St. Thomians had a soft spot for Kelly O'Brien Uszenski's team. Re-
gatta co-director Verian Aguilar subbed in for Sophie Newbold one
day The team, which also included Emily Newbold and Andi Bailey,
drew island-wide support when they went on a three match winning
streak in windy conditions.
Colin Rathbun, Nick Cunha, Chris Watters and Chris Brockbank (IBV)
went into the regatta with superb IC24 boat handling and little match
racing experience. When they came ashore to prepare for the semi-
BVI Nick Cunha
Finals, Rathbun spoke for the elated
7 team. "We came out and wanted to
4' beat some of the pros and we did it.
U It's awesome. It's not every day that
i you get to do that!" Their compatri-
ots, Chris Haycraft, Andrew Waters,
Bob Phillips and Kevin Wrigley were
among Rathbun's loudest cheerlead-
'/ ers during their semi-finals matches
against Taylor Canfield's (ISV) team.
The presence of the El Salvador-
ian team meant more to Verian Aguilar than any other. Carlos
Aguilar grew up in El Salvador and his father sailed for El Salvador
in the Olympics. After a match racing clinic by Liz Baylis, WIMRA
President and representative for North America and the Carib-
bean, practice at home and sponsorship assistance, Juan Carlos
Escobar, Benjamin Diaz, Jorge Guevara and Humberto Zepeda
formed a team and represented their island nation at a Carib-
bean sailing event that had the whole world watching.
Kelly O'Brien Uszenski, Frits Bus, Chris Haycraft, Juan Carlos
Escobar and Colin Rathbun's Caribbean teams had a lot in com-
mon. They knew how to sail the IC24s well, but they did not have
the match racing experience of America's Cup and European sailors or
those who have made a commitment to get involved in match racing,
request invitations to events and travel.
Many of the teams participated in rules guru Dave Perry's introduc-
tory match racing session the evening before the regatta, and when
they weren't on the water, many were picking the brains of the better
Continued on page 27
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CATCHING THE MATCH RACING BUG
PLAYING WITH THE BEST ...AND GETTING BETTER
BY ANDREA BAILEY
T he Carlos Aguilar L I
Match Race in De-
cember was the
second match race regatta I
had ever done. As the host
club, the St. Thomas Yacht
Club got to field a team. It
would be the same team of
Virgin Islanders that sailed
the US Women's Match Race
Championships the month
before, with Kelly O'Brien
Uszenski at the helm, Em- .
ily Newbold on the bow,
Sophie Newbold handling B s
the jib, and me working the -o
main and calling tactics, i" j4 -
As with the previous regatta, there was no such thing as starting
off light. Not only was the competition tougher overall, but the
conditions inside Charlotte Amalie Harbor are anything but pre-
dictable. Huge shifts could come in from either side of the course,
and the race committee and mark boat had to work hard to keep
the course square. More often than not the boats would round the
leeward mark only to be greeted with a course change flag and a
sound signal directing them to a different windward mark.
Still, we went in with the comfort of knowing that we had al-
ready gotten our first regatta out of the way. We knew the drill,
so to speak, and though things were still fairly new to us, we'd
caught the match racing bug, and we wanted more. We also
had Verian Aguilar sailing with us on the first day of the regatta,
taking Sophie's place for the day. Verian's experience and qui-
etude helped calm our nerves a bit as we geared up for our first
race against Claire Leroy, the number one female match racer
in the world.
We lost race after race that first day. Going up against oppo-
nents like Claire Leroy and Gennie Tulloch, the number one fe-
male match racer in the US, it was no surprise. But every race, we
also learned something new, discovering the moves that didn't
work, and surprising ourselves by executing plays that did.
They say you go out and play with the best so that you can get
better, and after facing the best of the best the first day of the
regatta we came ready to win on the second. We won three races
that second day, and though we lost again to the champions as
we faced them in the second round robin on the third day, we
came closer every time.
Match racing is a game that you can never completely mas-
ter, which is one of the greatest things about it. Just sitting on
the waterfront of Charlotte Amalie, watching some of the world's
current best and former greats challenge each other was amaz-
ing experience. I watched as home town hero Peter Holmberg
took out the current US Match Racing Champion Dave Perry with
three penalty flags before the starting gun even went off, and as a
former America's Cup skipper Jes Gram-Hansen was disqualified
from a race for rounding the wrong windward mark.
I also watched as the winners, losers and everyone in between
cheered on the many volunteers who put on a world-class regatta
in honor of a dear friend. Only in the islands do you do a shot of
Patron to celebrate your finish. Maybe we should have taken one
out of Carlos's book and taken a shot of Patron to calm our nerves
and celebrate our start in match racing as well. I&
Andrea Bailey is a recent graduate of the College of Liberal Arts
at Georgetown University, Washington, DC and a former colle-
giate sailor who has returned to her home island of St. Thomas.
Continued from page 25
teams and listening to Pat Bailey's and Dave Perry's entertaining and
informative commentary during the semi-finals and the finals.
"Sailing is at a disadvantage to other sports because it's not broad-
cast the way tennis, golf, football and other sports are. Most of the
time it is offshore, so it's not very often that you get to see the pros in
action and can watch their moves," said Perry who led the crowd in
applause when teams executed great moves, won matches or made
valiant attempts to put on a good show.
The other team that Verian Aguilar and her co-director, Bill Canfield,
could not show enough appreciation for was their squad of dedicated
volunteers. Prior to the CAMR, Verian Aguilar said, "I can't say enough
about the volunteers. We are so grateful for everything that they do.
Everyone in the community-from those who are here everyday, to
the businesses, to those who have lent us their boats-is willing the
regatta to happen. They are so generous and supportive.
The team was up at 4:30 a.m. every day organizing breakfast, lunch, -
dinners, parties and racing. Without their hospitality and the generous
support from many businesses within the community, the regatta would
not have reached the status that it has so quickly The CAMR is on track
to making St. Thomas and the Caribbean a match racing haven. -&
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Dear Dr. IT,
I recently scared the day lights out of my wife when we returned
nearly five hours late from a fishing trip. Wind and sea conditions
kept us at low speeds and there was no cellular coverage until we
were very close to home. We fish regularly and I fear this could hap-
pen again. We are in a smaller boat with minimal electronics and elec-
trical power; is there any way to put my wife and family at ease?
-Bob J., Trinidad
Bob, I hate to admit it but I scared my wife as well just a few months
back when we arrived two and one half days late from a long sail pas-
sage, and she was not a happy camper. I was in trouble, but not that
much. Why not? Within a few minutes, she had our exact location.
How? Two words: the SPOT.
Before I go further I should say that I am not affiliated with SPOT in
any way. I own an older SPOT and am a very happy user; honestly, this
may be the best $150 I have spent in my boating life!
not mix well with
a smaller fishing
boat. These also
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boaters. So how
does the SPOT
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know of our posi-
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It works by collect-
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location and send-
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SPOT servers on the
internet; this data is
sent back to the servers
via momentary satellite
communications-so a clear
view of the sky is necessary for
the unit to function correctly.
The SPOT allows the user to send a few different basic messages
preprogrammed by the user, one for life-threatening emergencies,
one for non-critical emergencies, one to say all is well and one for a
custom message. These messages are all initiated by the button push
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Latitude and Longitude coordinates.
While not allowing complete communications, these messages
would allow enough communication with family and friends to ease
any tension that may occur if you were running late, or to summon
emergency help if needed.
Perhaps the neatest feature of the SPOT is called the track progress
mode. In this mode, the SPOT sends a message with location informa-
tion back to the SPOT data centers every few minutes where they are
stored. This location data can then be viewed by the SPOT owner or
anyone they allow by logging onto a URL in their web browser The
track path is displayed on Google Maps in real time, thus providing
family and friends an up to date location of the user and a great level
of comfort knowing their family and friends are fine. If desired, the
historical location data can be exported in multiple formats for reuse
in plotting applications.
Bob, order yourself a SPOT, it is cheap insurance for your marriage!
Even if you do not keep it on in track mode while fishing, at least keep
it onboard. If you are running late or have an emergency, simply push
a button to communicate. I have sailed over 4000 miles with the SPOT
onboard running in track mode, rarely has the system missed updating
our position to the servers on the scheduled increments. Due to this
reliability and the added communication features I consider it more
valuable than an EPIRB in overall safety. -&
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SELECTING THE RIGHT UNIT
BY ANDY SCHELL
L ike any investment in onboard equipment, watermakers
spark debate between their users and their detractors.
This month we'll examine the technical aspects of produc-
ing water onboard, unit choices and power consumption. Echo
Marine Ltd. in Trinidad, makers of the ECHOTec onboard desali-
nization systems, supplied the technical information, keen to as-
sist All at Sea in our effort to "lift the fog" on watermakers.
Choosing the Right Unit A belt-driven pump
We focused our search on
units for sailing yachts in
the 40-50 foot range, fit-
ting out for long-term live-
aboard cruising, away from
facilities where water is eas- -
ily obtainable. Incidentally,
this is exactly the market
that ECHOTec targets, according to managing director Michael
Bauza. A yacht on such a voyage must be very self-sufficient, and
the ability to make water on board is an obvious advantage.
Bauza stresses simplicity: "The sailor should not be a slave to his
equipment onboard. His equipment should instead enhance his
freedom. ECHOTec was in the business of repairing watermakers
for a full eight years before starting to build our own, armed with
the knowledge of what doesn't work in an onboard system."
ECHOTec produces several ranges of watermakers, from AC
driven units for use on yachts with generators, to DC units that run
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belt-driven units, ideal
for smaller boats that
use their engine as
their main source of charging power.
Bauza made it clear that each of ECHOTec's systems use the
same, electronic-free technology to produce water-specifically,
a reverse osmosis procedure that utilizes a high-pressure pump
to push water through a special membrane-the only difference
being the power source.
A belt-driven watermaker, where the high-pressure pump is
mounted directly on the engine (in similar fashion to an alterna-
tor), can produce up to 60 gallons per hour while the engine si-
multaneously charges the batteries.
Echo Marine acknowledged the need for computerized and au-
tomated systems in the commercial market, where a watermaker
may be running 24 hours per day and producing upward of 10,000
gallons, and ECHOTec produces these. "These complicated and
intricate systems just have no place on a yacht," says Bauza. "The
sailor wants to be able to perform his own maintenance and enact
his own repairs when off in a deserted corner of the globe, which is
just not possible on many 'fancy' systems nowadays."
The biggest concern with many cruising yachts is "power in v. power
out." Power consumption varies according to the power source of a
desalinization unit. According to ECHOTec, a high output AC-pow-
ered unit-running off a generator-requires 19 amp/h on a 120V
system. This power input yields up to 60 gallons of freshwater per
hour, and requires a minimum 4 1/ kilowatt generator to operate.
Low capacityAC units, which produce upward of 13 gallons per hour,
require only a 1 1a kilowatt generator or a medium-sized inverter
A belt-driven system uses about 2.5 HP of the engine's power out-
put. Bauza noted that the addition of "load" on the engine actually
helps to prevent the buildup of carbon that occurs when an engine
is run under low loads, i.e. for charging batteries at anchor. J
Next month: the initial investment, installation and long-term
maintenance required for an onboard watermaker
Andy Schell is a professional captain and freelance writer, based in the
Caribbean, Annapolis and Stockholm, depending on the season. Con-
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Back in the seventies, we lived at Lovango Cay, the largest off
the Cays that form the northern border of Pillsbury Sound,
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. We spent four years there in
lovely isolation, living with the pelicans and the shiny show-
ers of silversides. It was a hardscrabble life in some ways-no electric-
ity beyond what we generated for ourselves, erything from groceries
tol00-lb. propane tanks had to be brought through the surf. No mat-
ter, it was our brave new world-and the best of it was Congo Cay.
Congo was a long, narrow, steep-sided cay lying just north of
Lovango, forming a sparkling channel between the two of them.
Congo sat in the water like a blade of chiseled rock, edge up show-
ing silver gray through the glossy profusion of tire palms which cov-
ered the slopes. At the west end of the island, naked, gnarly rock
dropped into the sea and made like a sounding lead straight for the
bottom, 90 feet down.
This edge of the ocean was our favorite, the kind of spot where
deeps abruptly give way to shallows, where a current runs through
it. The barracuda would snap the mackerel off your spear before you
could get it into the boat in one instant, a blur faster than sight, finish
it off and look up for more. One might see a 40-lb. amberjack cruise up
from below, suspended motionless in the clear water, then a blur too
fast to follow and-presto!-the "barra" would leisurely head back to
the depths. Schools of bonito would flash into view, zigzagging back
and forth, bewildering to behold.
The channel was alive with movement and blazing with light. Birds,
fish, men-all awaited the mighty minnow massed by their millions
and billions, an infinite clustering of particles in the primordial soup.
To them came the rest of the chain, schools of jack and bonito whose
frenzied strikes boiled the surface white. The small fry could hide in the
maze of mangroves, but the mackerel and snapper, like outriders of
the Huns and Tatars, would come peeling off from their squadrons to
launch themselves heedlessly at them, hitting mangrove roots head-
long with loud cracks, sending up skittering showers of frightened
little fry into the air, each leap like a piece of thrown wet silver.
One day I was trolling in my skiff when I noticed a fishing boat an-
chored near that same tip of the island. Then I saw him, an old man, a
fisherman from St Thomas, dressed in a yellow foul weather jacket with
a battered straw hat on his head. The sea was ripe with dense black
clouds of small fry, this first broad stage of the food chain.
Up within easy reach of sitting at the last level of the rock before
it pitched into the sea, the man was intent on his fishing and paid
me no mind. He was catching a phenomenal amount of yellow tail
snapper; it was a most prized and difficult fish to take, but this old
man had it down.
Beside him lay two delicate wooden boxes which once held cases
of liqueurs. Now they held wet sand in one and small fry in the other,
caught in his cast net. Just behind him lay a bundle of bamboo poles.
He took a handful of fry and a handful of sand and squeezed it sev-
eral times til the handful of fry was like sandy, ground meat. He threw
a handful, maybe two, in the water The sand clouded the water while
the freshly-crushed fry gave off an irresistible allure, and the normally
circumspect yellowtail went nuts, darting into the cloud to cull out the
delicious scraps. It was food frenzy, the fish driving reckless into that
Then the old man reached behind him and grasped a bamboo pole.
It had been prepared beforetime with a bare shiny hook and length of
nylon monofilament, tied onto its tip, about 20 ft. He cast it, still bare
of bait, and within seconds he pulled one out of the water. He threw
the rod, line and fish backwards into
a crevice in the rock and grabbed
another rod-he had a dozen of
them made up for this occasion-
and within minutes he had half a
dozen fat yellowtail flapping on the
rock. Thus were the wary and intel-
ligent yellowtail hooked.
Now, occasionally, some fisher-
"The channel was
alive with move-
ment and blazing
with light. Birds, fish,
men-all awaited the
mighty minnow ... "
men would wait til it was time to start for home, then withdraw a rifle
from where it was stashed in the bow of the boat, aim carefully at a
goat frisking on a steep slope, let fly-and with luck, the goat would
collapse and drop into the sea from which it could be easily retrieved.
Of course, many of them would die en route, out of reach, wasted.
Mr. De Wendt, the owner of the goats as well as half of Lovango,
was losing his sight. Nevertheless, he had preternaturally acute hear-
ing, and on days that were calm, he could hear the report of the
The sound enraged him. "Dey wouldn't a do so when I was in my
prime. If once I have my sight? ... and my long gun ... I gon' scyatta
dey ass one time!"
The image of the old man stumbling half blind through the bush,
angry and inebriated, with a loaded gun, was unsettling ... so much so
that Elsa, his wife, took to hiding the weapon.
"Confound it woman, where is my piece? I gon' make dem pay!"
"Hush, how you make 'em pay an you cyant see de boat? Yo might
shoot de wrong mon."
"Ah shoot any one a dem!" he blustered. "Dey is all tief."
When she heard such, Elsa would roll her eyes and suck her teeth, a
sound denoting disgust or impatience, and say, "More rum ... more
rum," and pour him another dollop of Ron Matusalem out of the old
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T he adage about best laid plans is one to remember as you
launch into that long-awaited Caribbean charter. Life's sur-
prises, including the good, bad and ugly, seem to grow
exponentially with a boat on island time. While talking to
charterers, I've noticed that how you handle the bumps in your bliss-
seeking holiday determines the outcome of the adventure-and the
memories you take back home.
Trouble can raise its unwelcome head anywhere. On a charter, it
could come in the obvious form of late flight arrivals or departures,
unruly weather, sea-sickness, gear failure or broken boat bits. Even
hangovers and sunburn can alter the course of a seven day cruise.
Recently I chatted with a charter crew of joyful gents, escapees from
the frozen north, who were having the time of their lives. When I in-
quired about snags or snafus, Captain Warren Loyns indicated with
a dramatic sweep of his arm, "It's been great!" A bit of digging un-
earthed the details of a diesel leak that stunk up the boat and two
"It's all minor stuff," Loyns
laughed. "We haven't sunk
the boat yet!" A quick call to
the charter base produced
swift repairs and these satis-
fied customers stayed focused
on the upside: it wasn't snow-
ing and the water was warm.
"It's mostly been clear sailing"
Loyns confirmed. "A great ex-
"If attitude is everything,
a positive one ... will
propel you through most
annoyances that bob your
way. While stuffing a sea
bag with swim gear and
sunscreen, pack your
patience and humor."
perience with good service from the company."
If attitude is everything, a positive one like Loyns' will propel you
through most annoyances that bob your way. While stuffing a sea bag
with swim gear and sunscreen, pack your patience and humor Most
traveling troubles can be avoided, and those that can't can either
be fixed or tolerated. West Indians coined the phrase "No Problem,
Mon" because, quite frankly, most aren't.
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THE PLAN B MINDSET
During the planning stages of your great getaway, re-
search everything that you want to see and do, and then
go a little further to learn about the rest of your options.
Have a Plan B itinerary in place-one that you hope won't
be needed, one you can live with just in case you blow out
a flip flop or the salt shaker gets lost. And keep a Plan B
mentality for all the great stuff that will pop up, too-you
might decide to sail further than planned on a day when a
pod of dolphins joins you, or to spend an extra day at the
best snorkeling spot or beach bar you've ever seen.
A Guys'-Week-Out crew from Toronto were on their third annu-
al sail, happily ignoring the little screw-ups of too much rain and
a seized up speedometer. To them it paled in comparison to the
blown out traveler the year before or running out of beer on their
first cruise. They were on a quest for happiness and nothing would
get in their way.
The men of the Silver family from Urbanna, Virginia were collecting
humorous stories while tacking from one "no problem" to the next.
During a snorkeling foray, they backed over the dinghy painter with
the outboard. It took three of them and a serrated galley knife to saw
it off. The island of Anegada
was removed from their itiner-
ary when the seas got lumpy
and the GPS packed it in. Son
Garrett explained, "We were
all saying the night before the
snorkeling trip that we needed
some special adventures."
Since they were only half way
through their cruise, I'm certain
they had more.
The Bujacich family from Gig
... we saw smiling
crew who had somehow
found a way to keep the
cruise alive and well.
They couldn't change the
weather but they could
alter their plan. Fun re-
mained the focus of all."
Harbor, Washington, had plenty of
tales to tell at the end of their charter when pretty much nothing went
as planned. The late arrival of teen daughter Kelsey's luggage might
have been "no problem," but when it finally surfaced, it was on the
wrong island. Dad Jack saved the day with an all-day trek across two
islands that required a bus, several taxis, a ferry and two sore feet to
claim it before he faced the return trip.
Once they finally got underway on their BVI tour they were greeted
by Christmas winds that blew them into protected Trellis bay. "We just
took the wind," Jack mused, recalling their prudent decision to stay
put. Whatever they missed, they managed to gain by going with the
flow. On the final day of the cruise, fifteen year old Allie was still very
focused on the dramatically positive. "We saw lots of crashes!" she
announced and, thankfully, none involved her boat or crew.
A few years ago, a storm from the north pushed whopper-sized seas
through the Caribbean. St. Martin's north side was hammered by eigh-
teen footers and the French side of the island closed all ports. Bare-
boats were ordered back to base or into the Simpson Bay Lagoon,
where they remained captives of the storm for most of a week. No
sailing, no snorkeling, no hopping from port to port-yet on boat after
boat, we saw smiling crew who had somehow found a way to keep the
cruise alive and well. They couldn't change the weather but they could
alter their plan. Fun remained the focus of all.
None of these folks had the perfect charter of their fantasies that
appeared in the imaginative, glossy ads. Everyone, though, flew
home contented, with salty tans, great memories and stories that
will linger large. -
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passage and arrived safely in Rodney Bay Marina,
Saint Lucia. The few exceptions were boats that encountered major
breakdowns or other problems along the way and had to stop or turn
back for repairs.
The first boat to cross the finish line was Big One, a Volvo 60 skip-
pered by Piotr Madej, on December 4 at 3:36 a.m. Though it was
technically the first to cross the finish line, it was actually over early at
the start. They weren't penalized because they were competing in the
Open Division. Bagheera, a beautiful dark-hulled Wally 80, crossed
just 20 minutes later to take honors in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's
Racing Division, which has stricter parameters for competitors. The
11 -day, 18-hour journey for these two boats was still not fast enough to
beat the all-time record of 11 days, 5 hours and 32 minutes set by the
Italian maxi yacht Capricorno in 2006, but the overall time of the fleet
was definitely one of the fastest on record.
Speaking to participants about their journey, I heard that some saw
whales or dolphins on their passage, and others shared tales of snapped
lines or torn sails, but everyone had stories of big breeze and big waves,
One thing that is particularly interesting about the makeup of the
ARC participants is that beside the many professionals who are bring-
ing their boats down for the Caribbean charter cruising season, and
the serious racers who are coming across to prepare for the many
spring regattas, there are a lot of families with young children who just
want to see the world and experience life on the sea. Eighteen of the
boats had children aboard, and 35 kids in all crossed the Atlantic with
the ARC this year
Willem and Haike Stellemens of Belgium own the brand new boatA
Small Nest, a Beneteau Oceanis '46, which they sailed across with their
three children, Sepke, 11, Ward, 10 and Flor, 7. The boat was delivered
to them in May, and on July 25 they set off for Las Palmas. They plan to
take three years cruising around the world, giving their kids life experi-
ences that could never be found in a classroom.
Placed prominently on the wall in the main cabin of A Small Nest
is a map of the world, tracing the places they've already been, and
turning geography into more than pictures in a book. Haike has a
Lonely Planet guide for every place they go, so they can learn about
the people and culture in a real world setting. "I love to learn all the
things about a place, so I explain it to the kids as well. When you learn
all these things and then you visit the
place and see, you will never forget it,"
she said. As for schoolwork, "They did
lots of schoolwork on the crossing,"
and she plans to home school them
herself for the next few years.
Other families with younger children
don't have quite the long-term view
that the Stellemens have taken, but
still wanted their kids to take part in the
adventure. Alex and Alison Fortescue
of Britain own Tilly Mint, a Discovery
67 that they brought across with their
three kids Laurence, 12, Hugo, 11, and
Imogen, 7. They planned to cruise the
Caribbean for a month, but would fly
back for the kids to resume school in
No matter the plans for the future,
everyone agreed that crossing with the
ARC was a good decision. Chris Wei-
land, whose daughter Lani is 18 months
old, said she and her husband knew
they wanted to do the ARC because "it
was a good opportunity to prepare and
get to know people beforehand, espe-
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Andrew Bishop, the Managing
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was in 1989 as a competitor. 0
Now, twenty years later, he is
in charge of what is the largest transoceanic race in the
world. "Taking the start of the ARC I actually sailed in
is always a happy memory for me," he said. He sailed
the rally with his father, whose aspiration it was to sail
across the Atlantic. "He'd done a lot of long distance
sailing, and that was the next step to really pushing the
boundaries," Bishop explained.
His story of a family achieving an ambition together
is the reason he works so hard to make this regatta en-
joyable, and it's his favorite aspect of the World Cruis-
ing Club as a whole. "The WCC ethos is to help yacht
owners push their own boundaries and meet their own
goals," he said.
A LEARNING VACATION FOR A JUNIOR CREW
BY LYNN FITZPATRICK
The opportunity to charter a Sunsail 384 catamaran for a week at the beginning of the Caribbean sailing season presented itself
this fall. Adventuresome friends had a Caribbean charter on their bucket list and were willing to take their kids out of school to give
them a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. The result? A crew list for Sunsail 384, No Name, that included three women, an eight
year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl.
In theory, one person can sail the Sunsail 384, because all of the
halyards, sheets and other controls are led to the helm station on the ..... Lesson' at the helmstation
starboard side. However, no matter how accomplished you are as a
captain, it's nice to have extra hands, especially when docking.
I had mentioned that I was cruising to a number of friends in
the Virgin Islands. Each suggested favorite snorkeling and dive
spots, restaurants, bars, beaches and entertainment. It's no won-
der that people can return year after year and never run out of
things to do.
Of all of the advice I received, the best was, "It's going to be windy <
and coming right down the channel. You should get the worst of the 7
sail out of the way in the beginning and enjoy the rest of your week." o
The trade winds indeed were blustery that week, and 20+ knots was
the staple day in and day out.
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With our sights set on Virgin Gorda's North Sound, we pulled away
from the Road Town dock at Sunsail's Tortola base. Not long after we
poked our twin hulls out of the harbor, we realized that breaking up
the trip by tucking into Beef Island and Trellis Bay for a swim and lunch
would make the long sail easier on everyone. The rest and the realiza-
tion that we were vacationing and could set our own schedule was a
welcome relief. The swim also made the kids happy.
As our cruise took shape, our teamwork developed; we overcame
our lack of brute strength and experience by assigning tasks and talk-
ing through potentially tricky maneuvers well in advance of show time.
We also practiced our knots so that everyone could tie a cleat knot,
a bowline and a clove hitch under pressure. Each time we picked up
and released mooring balls, anchored, docked, set the sails, tacked or
jibed without incident, we celebrated. After a couple of days, our crew
performed like old pros.
When the kids had burned up a lot of energy or felt a bit sea sick
(as we passed through the Dog Islands and around the northern tip of
Virgin Gorda), they read and napped. I was amazed at how much they
read throughout the cruise and how much they wanted to learn. The
12-year old's assignments included a focus on math and science, so
she became my first mate and learned her way around the instrument
panel and charts over the course of the week.
Our crew's "what if" sessions during dinner inspired conversation
and practical lessons. "What if the captain fell overboard?" "What if
we broke loose from a mooring ball?" "What if a storm came through
and we couldn't see land?" All were plausible situations that could
occur during any cruise.
Kids like simple things. Playing in the sand and spying nurse
sharks in the shallow water while we finished off dinner at the
Charter Operator: Sunsail Caribbean Yacht Charter,
Designer: Morrelli & Melvin, www.MorrelliMelvin.com
Builder: Robertson & Caine, www.RobertsonandCaine.com
Length Overall: 37 ft, 5 in/11.43 m
Length at Waterline: 36 ft/11.00 m
Beam: 20 ft, 1 in/6.14 m
Draft: 3 ft 5 in/1.05 m
Engine: Yanmar (2) 29 HP
Fuel: 92 US gal/350 Itr
Water: 264 US gal/838 Itr
Accommodation: Cabins 4, Heads 2, Showers 3
Sail Area: 991 sq ft/92 sq ft
Scott Woodruff, Regional Manager for Leopard Cata-
marans, the worldwide dealer for the new Leopard
38 model now in service with Sunsail, sailed the new
yacht in Cape Town and Annapolis: "This yacht is a well
thought-out and executed design. True to the Leopard
designs of the past, this is a quick, responsive cruis-
ing catamaran with easy and well thought-out access
throughout the yacht. Under sail, she is solid and re-
sponds to changes in wind-speed almost immediately;
but with her well balanced rig, she is light to the touch
on the helm even in stiffening breezes. We have not
had the first of our Leopard 38's delivered to the Ca-
ribbean yet, but we are confident that when they do
arrive, they will be met with the same resonating ap-
proval as we have seen in Cape Town and Annapolis.
"This is a fantastic cruising yacht and with Sail Maga-
zine's Catamaran of the Year, Cruising World's Catama-
ran of the Year and Cruising World's Import of the Year
awards now under our belt, it gives us a true sense
of what we truly have here." For more information,
tale signs of spectacular snorkeling that awaited us without the effort
of moving our floating hotel.
From above, the water was crystal clear over white sand. Only when
we put on our masks and snorkels did the silver school of fish that
went on forever completely mesmerize us. We swam in and out of it.
We saw trumpet fish, angelfish, parrotfish and many more, all without
effort. As one relaxed mom said of the morning, "this is just what the
kids needed." -
Bitter End Yacht Club; driving the inflat-
able; taking the helm of the 384; snor-
keling among the bait fish and thinking
that they could catch a Tarpon were
among the highlights of their trip. Best
of all, however, was being able to en-
joy an uncrowded white sandy beach
by swimming and snorkeling at their
whim, slurping virgin pina coladas and
nibbling on French fries or a PB&J at
Our final 24 hours on our Sunsail 384
were our favorite. We moored at The
Bight on Norman Island. Dinner, drinks,
volleyball, swimming and hiking were
among the activities available follow-
ing our mid-afternoon arrival. Reggae
music emanating from Pirates accom-
panied our onboard dinner. The wind
howled throughout the night, yet the
water was flat.
Hiking around the island on our final
morning was a treat, and the icing on
the cake was cooling off at the beach
near the main dock. The diving pelicans
and an occasional fish boil were the tell-
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I sailed in December on a Sunsail 384, a 40-foot catamaran, with
my captain, Lynn, and a crew of my mom, Holly, her friend Melissa
and Melissa's eight-year-old son, Quentin, and me, Isabel-the
First Mate. Our plan was to visit the best snorkeling sites that we
could during our six-day trip through the British Virgin Islands and
snorkel every day.
Our first stop was Trellis Bay on Beef Island (Tortola). It is a pret-
ty spot, and it broke up a long day's voyage to Virgin Gorda from
Road Town. There was a lot of coral and some fish, but it wasn't
alive with color like I had hoped.
Our next stop was Virgin Gorda. I love Virgin Gorda. We stayed
the night in the North Sound and then sailed to Long Bay for
snorkeling. It was very quiet when we arrived, with only one other
boat in the bay. But Long Bay is an amazing reef with tons of col-
or, animal life, plant life and a protected area for snorkeling and
swimming off your boat. Be careful of the sea turtles-if you fol-
low them without paying attention you could end up out at sea!
At the end of your swim, you will arrive at a nice quiet beach with
pretty shells. There is nowhere else to my mind that can compare
to the snorkeling at Long Bay.
The next day we went to the Baths on the shore of Virgin Gor-
da. The Baths are an intricate series of caves and passageways
formed by fallen boulders, and this is definitely a 'must visit' spot.
Note that there are moorings, so you don't have to pay a large
fee ($50 per person!) for a taxi ride to the Baths; you can take
your boat. It was easy to pick up a mooring and take the dinghy
close to the beach, and then walk through the caves and pas-
sageways to a series of beaches, each different than the other.
Some seemed almost hidden, and if you didn't keep walking you
would miss them, like most of the crowds. The key to a fun visit to
the Baths is to keep exploring when the rest of the crowd stops at
the first beach. If you can, bring a picnic. I wish we had, because
it was a perfect spot for lunch and a swim.
From Virgin Gorda we went back toward Tortola and moored
for the night at Marina Cay. The snorkeling at Marina Cay, which is
partially surrounded by
a reef and in between Isabel drivil
Camanoe and Scrub the ding
Islands (Tortola), was
excellent too. I saw my
first school of cuttlefish u
there, and was amazed
as I watched them vi-
brate with color that P "WH
continually changed. I
also saw a pretty scary 0
looking eel hiding in -
some coral. Marina Cay
was alive with lots of different exotic fish, and there was a lovely
restaurant right on the beach that serves the best lemonade!
Our last snorkeling visit was The Bight on Norman Island (also
called Treasure Island). The bay was beautiful with a really nice beach,
and tons of pelicans and brightly colored parrots flying around. Once
you enter the water, be prepared to see thousands of very small fish
surround you. You cannot move without touching fish, although they
are difficult to catch (we tried). There was a nice reef with a variety of
large and small fish, and if you look hard enough you can even find
an empty conch shell. We took our dinghy to the caves just outside of
the bay Be careful with younger children, the swells may scare them.
If you are feeling adventurous you can enter the caves, but bring a
flashlight for the deeper ones. The area around the caves had lots of
brightly colored fish. It is definitely a good snorkeling destination.
We had an amazing snorkeling adventure during our sailing
trip. My first snorkeling experience in the British Virgin Islands will
not be my last. J&
Isabel Anzani is 11 years old and is currently in the 6th grade. She
is a frequent traveler and avid snorkeler and swimmer She resides
in New York.
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Puerto Rico's five year-old regatta formerly known as the
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become the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta
(PRHIR). The venue change will welcome sailors to a new
facility and re-introduce three days of racing from March 19 to 21 off
Puerto Rico's southeast shores.
"We are excited about the plans for this year's Puerto Rico Heineken
International Regatta," said regatta director, Angel Ayala. "Palmas
del Mar is a beautiful facility. There's a brand new yacht club and full
marina where sailors will find everything they need."
Regatta festivities will kick-off with a Captain's Meeting on March
18. The fleet will race March 19, 20 and 21, with nightly parties and an
Awards Ceremony on March 21.
"We'll offer a mix of windward-leeward courses for the one-design and
racing classes," said Ayala. "There will be courses with reaches for the
cruising classes. We may run a distance race to Vieques for some classes."
Classes of entry to the PRHIR will include CSA Spinnaker Racing,
CSA Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA J24, IC24, CSA Performance Cruiser,
CSA Jib & Main, IC24s, Beach Cat and native-built Chalanas.
"We will also host the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta,
a two-day event, on March 20 and 21," said Ayala. "The Optimists,
Lasers and Laser Radials will sail right off the beach."
There is an entry fee of US $300.00 for all classes except Beach Cats
and Chalanas; the Beach Cats fee is US $100.00 and the Chalanas fee
is US $150.00. Entries received after March 1, 2010 will be charged
$350.00 for all the classes except Beach Cats and Chalanas.
Entry fee for Optimist and Laser Classes; US $50.
The PRHIR marks the second leg of the Caribbean Ocean Racing
Triangle, or C.O.R.T Series, which begins February 19 to 21, 2010
with the St. Croix International Regatta and concludes April 2 to 4,
2010 with the BVI Spring Regatta in Tortola. At the conclusion of the
three-race series, the first, second and third place boats in each of
the classes Spinnaker A, Spinnaker B, Racer-Cruiser, Performance
Cruiser, IC24, and Jib & Main -will receive prizes.
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to 200' with a restaurant, bar and grill, showers, pool, shops, deli and
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distance of the marina. Rooms at Palmas del Mar Hotel & Villas will be
offered at a discounted rate for regatta participants. In addition, there
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Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar is located inside the resort community of
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BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
Over ten legislative bills were introduced and approved by
the Puerto Rico Legislative Assembly recently and were
expected to be signed into law by Governor Luis G.
Fortuio. These bills form part of the Puerto Rico Tourist Reform,
a government initiative to attract more demand to Puerto Rico
as a tourist destination. One of these legislative measures is the
Nautical Tourism Act 2009. This bill sets the standards to define
Nautical Tourism and create a more "boater-friendly" island that
welcomes both private cruisers and commercial tourism-related
One of the key provisions of the Nautical Tourist Act 2009 is to
grant the Tourism Company the power to regulate all maritime
tourism activities. This includes issuing certificates to companies
carrying out nautical tourism activities-for example, chartering
and sports fishing-so that these companies can receive incentives
provided for under the act such as tax exemptions. This streamlines
the process from the past when a visit to several government
agencies was required.
Another provision of the act is to make it easier for boaters who
want to set up a nautical tourism business. This bill covers vessels
such as sail, power and even jet skis or water sports equipment. For
yachts 32 feet and greater, the vessel must be rented, chartered or
actively used in a tourist-related business for at least six months
of the year in order to obtain the tax incentives and exemptions
being offered. Vessels under 32 feet must be engaged in a tourism-
related business for the 12
months of the year in order to
get tax incentives. One of the
tax incentives provided under .
the law is no sales tax charged
on vessels bought in Puerto
Rico to be used in a tourism-
Cruisingyachtsmen will now
find it easier to visit Puerto
Rico under this act. Currently, .
in-transit vessels are charged -
a sales tax (or entry fee equal
to seven percent of the total ..
value of the vessel), when they
enter Puerto Rico's waters.
The current bill eliminates the
entry fee for in-transit vessels
and also allows them to stay
in Puerto Rico for periods of
up to one year without the z
need to obtain a license and
registration. The current law o,
allows 60 days only.
Another of the 10 legislative measures that are part of the Puerto
Rico Tourist Reform is a Tax Incentives bill. Provisions of this bill
include a 90 percent Income Tax exemption on Nautical Tourism
related businesses. For example, if a Florida-headquartered
charter yacht company operated a base in Puerto Rico and grossed
$1 million in revenue from that business in a calendar year, that
business would be taxed on only $100,000 at a rate of 29 percent
for foreign-based business.
This legislation is all geared to develop and strengthen a new
market niche for Puerto Rico which the Puerto Rico Tourism
Company believes, based on studies, has the potential to become
a revenue-generating sector as lucrative as its cruise ship industry.
Dan Shelley, president of Puerto del Rey, Inc., said, "Puerto
Rico is one of the best locations in the world for nautical
tourism. Especially here on the eastern end of the island, we're a
jumping off point to cruise the Spanish Virgin Islands of Culebra
"The airport infrastructure is here. Nearby Roosevelt Roads (now
the Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport) will be expanding to handle
international air traffic and will have Customs and Immigration,"
said Shelley. "We, at Puerto del Rey, will be upgrading to a 330-ton
travellift in order to haul megayachts. The vocational high school
in Fajardo will be training students in the nautical trades. This
legislation also opens up a lot of opportunities in the industry, for
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T hirty-five vessels- I
everything from an
er, mono and multihulls,
traditional wooden yachts and
fiberglass production boats,
cruisers and racers, liveaboards
and several-handers-set sail in
the 29th Annual Coral Bay Yacht
Club Thanksgiving Regatta,
held off of St. John's east end
on November 27 and 28. What
didn't show up in any force for
the racing was the wind.
On the first day of sailing,
when the single-handed and
gaffers raced, St. John's Brion
Morrisette, owner and skipper
of the 18-footer, Sweet Ting,
remarked about the nearly lack
of breeze, "Ghosting around
the course seemed to be our
collective fate, which was notthe
day of exciting, close quarters
sailing that all sailors love. At
least I had the satisfaction of
knowing that my little Bequia
boat would move at least as
well as any other boat in light
air, though she likes wind."
After the Skipper's Meeting,
Morrisette said, "John Costanzo,
owner of Calabreeze, a Coral
Bay-built cowhorn, flashed a
pirate's crocodilian smile at
me, and threatened nicely to
exterminate me in the Gaffers
Class that we would both soon be sailing in. It was a cheeky threat worthy
of Johnny Depp, as he knew that Sweet Ting would dance circles around
him, especially in light air-but the pre-race banter was almost as much
fun as the race itself."
In the end, Sweet Ting did indeed win the Gaffers under 35-foot
class, with Calabreeze, a 32-foot custom built Block Island schooner,
finishing second in class.
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"That day," says Costanzo, "we had a Pursuit start. Since my boat is
slower, I had one of the earlier starts. We sailed out to Flanagan and
rounded it to starboard and then to LeDuck leaving it to starboard
when the wind died to nothing. All I had was the downwind left. It was
so funny to see all the racing boats behind me, not gaining on me at
all. It's usually the other way around."
Even so, Morrisette's Sweet Ting, weighing only a couple thousand
pounds did beat Calabreeze with its seven-ton keel by an elapsed
time of over an hour.
However, Costanzo did win the Peter Muilenberg "Spirit of the
"I've raced this regatta every year except the one when I went to
my parent's 50th wedding anniversary," says Costanzo, "so I guess it
was my turn."
Peter Muilenberg and a group of friends, who had all built their boats
in Coral Bay, founded the Coral Bay Yacht Club in 1982 and founded the
annual Coral Bay Yacht Club Thanksgiving Regatta. Today, the event is
a fundraiser for the local Kids and the Sea (KATS) program. Raffle tickets
were sold for the prize of a new Caribe 13 and Yamaha 15.
Denise Wright, who has raced her Cal 27, Reality Switch, in the
Thanksgiving Regatta since the mid-80's, won the prize. Prizes and
trophies were all awarded at the after party held at Skinny Legs Bar &
Restaurant, the host Coral Bay Yacht Club's official "home."
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EVENT AGAIN LAUNCHES
VIRGIN ISLANDS RACE WEEK
Expl--.. i-- rntoc* ICU e' egatta Directors John Sweeney and Bill Canfield issued a
Notice of Race last October for the 2010 International Rolex
R Regatta and made an irresistible invitation: "On behalf of
the St. Thomas Yacht Club and our principal regatta sponsors, Rolex
and A. H. Riise, we are honored to offer sailors from around the
world three days of unparalleled competition and shore side fun.
Explore the urnouched beauty Organizers say they pride themselves on running a regatta that
of the Virgin Islands, is easy to participate in, but a challenge to win. "From registration
to scoring, from complimentary breakfast & coffee to post-race
Our daily excursions let you island-style BBQ and rum, the regatta operates out of our yacht
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Proof of citizenship required from the race course each day, allowing you to take full advantage
to travel between the British of all the club and islands have to offer"
and US Virgin Islands. Principal Race Officer will again be Dave Brennan and Chief
Judge will be Arthur Wullschleger
"This year's day one morning course offers a downwind start
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opportunity to see St. Thomas' beautiful and historic capital," the
notice promises. "The afternoon race starts in town and finishes
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the Caribbean Ocean, south of Cowpet Bay. The final day's racing
takes place on scenic Pillsbury Sound, in and around our beautiful
Cays. The Rolex Awards Ceremony, which takes place on the
beach Sunday evening, will again be of epic, memory-making
proportions, highlighted by the presentation of an abundance of
prizes and video by t2p.tv," organizers report.
The International Rolex Regatta is the first leg of the Virgin
Islands Race Week; the second half of the series continues as the
BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival.
St. Thomas Yacht Club Commodore William Newbold added
that the 2009 Regatta was a resounding success on which the
dedicated Rolex Committee will build. "Competitors can rely
on another regatta with hotly contested one-design and grand
prix racing, along with spirited sailing in cruising classes. The
picturesque distance races from the East End of St. Thomas to
Charlotte Amalie harbor and back have established themselves
as an Island tradition.
"The beautiful and yet tactically demanding Pillsbury Sound Race
in and among the cays of St. Thomas and St. John, is a highlight
of the Regatta. This 'Sunday drive' has decided final standings in
most classes each of the last five years," Newbold reported.
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USVI SAILOR PLANS LIFE'S NEXT CHAPTER
BY ANDREA BAILEY
t. Johnian sailor Max Nickbarg won the Cressy Trophy in
October, which means he is the best high school full rig
laser sailor in the United States. Max is a senior at Antilles
School, a private school on St. Thomas. He sent in his application
for early action to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA and in
December was accepted, meaning that he'll spend the next four
years on the US West Coast.
As he waits for the next chapter in his life to start, Nickbarg has
been keeping his head in the sailing game. The Antilles Sailing
team practices three afternoons a week in 420s, keeping him
sharp in the boats favored for high school and college events. On
weekends he gets out on his laser, working to better himself in a
boat and rig that no one else down here sails. He's just transitioned
into the laser full rig, and it's taken some getting used to.
"I've gone from being a heavy radial sailor to a light full rig sailor.
Right now I'm around 160-165 Ibs, and I should be between 170 and
175. I've got to get to the gym," he said. He also used to have people
to practice against in the radial, but he's the only one who's made
the move up to the full rig. It's been hard to test his speed, and as for
getting in any big fleet practices before regattas? Forget about it.
So what does a solo sailor suggest to keep up with the
competition? "Be serious about practice. Don't waste time. If
you're going to go out, it's better to go out for a serious hour and
a half than to float around for three hours and get nothing done.
And with a laser, you have to be in shape too."
"'Be serious As for 420 and FJ sailing, which is
about practice. what he can expect in college, he's
Don't waste time. pretty confident he'll be able to handle
it. "I've been sailing with the Antilles
... And with a la-
team for five years in 420s, and I've
ser, you have to done a couple of regattas in the states
be in shape too."' in FJs. They don't seem that different."
What's certain is that he doesn't
expect anything but the best from himself. He also has enough
short-term goals and regattas to keep him busy and in the groove
for the next few months: he'll be in Florida several times between
December and March for regattas, the results of which we'll be sure
to track. He said he hoped to place in the top five at the Orange
Bowl Youth Regatta in Biscayne Bay December 26-30. Then he's
considering doing the Rolex Miami OCR, a grade 1 event where
the world's best sailors come to compete. Later on he'll be at
Midwinters East in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is the qualifying
regatta for the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC).
The Midwinters will be particularly challenging for him, not
only because they serve as a qualifier, but also because he'll
be competing against his old high school teammates and role
models, Thomas Barrows and Cy Thompson, for the two spots
that are available for the CAC Games. Still, he's looking forward to
racing against them again, and, as he said with a little optimism,
"I only have to beat one of them." -&
ST. CROIX HOSPICE REGATTA FEBRUARY 20 21
INSPIRED BY COMPETITION, ENHANCED WITH COMPASSION
Regatta season in the northeastern Caribbean is coming
soon. The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta starts
things off on February 19th, with an Opti Clinic for the
youngsters and a fabulous rum party for the adults, followed by
lots of great racing, February 20-21, 2010.
"Inspired by Competition-Enhanced with Compassion is the
regatta's mission statement," says Julie San Martin, regatta director
"In addition to being a great warm-up for boats and their crews
(Competition), we are sailing for a worthwhile cause, supporting
hospice services for all who need it on St. Croix (Compassion)."
Competition: The winning CSA Spinnaker-1 skipper will get his/
her weight in Cruzan Rum and an invitation to the Hospice
Regattas National Championship, held in Rochester, NY,
next June. The competition will include up to thirty other
Hospice Regatta winners from the U.S. and Canada.
In St. Croix, racing is for the entire family. As many as thirty
eight to15 year-olds will compete in four Optimist divisions
after attending an Opti Clinic, back-by-popular-demand, to
improve their skills. The kids also get breakfast and lunches,
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In addition to Opti and CSA racers, the regatta invites all local
and visiting live-aboards, cruising boats and multihulls to race in the
Buck Island Channel, and promises at least one day of point-to-point
racing, including the challenging Christiansted town race. One-
design IC-24s and Rhodes 19s are invited to race in the protected
waters of Teague Bay, with lunch ashore at the yacht club.
Compassion: The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta is an all-
volunteer effort to raise funds and awareness for hospice care on St.
Croix. Over one-third of the St. Croix population is under-insured
or has no health insurance coverage at all. One hundred percent
of the funds raised will go to support the end-of-life medical needs
of St. Croix residents,
." ensuring a dignified and
u peaceful closure to their
lives regardless of their
ability to pay
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communities. Fiscal non-
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Sponsorship Opportunities, and Visiting St. Croix, please see
the regatta website, www.stcroixregatta.com, or contact SCYC:
email@example.com, phone: 340.773.9532. --
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Legs Round Tortola Race held
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In conditions seemingly made for
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Tortola in three hours, thirty-three
minutes andtwenty-seven seconds,
beating closest rival Jurakan, a
Melges 32, by 42 minutes across
With the wind blowing from the
south-south-east, unheard of in its
40-year history according to race
veteran Peter Haycraft, the fleet
was predominantly able to sail
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on the north side reach directly I
to Soper's Hole. Once there,
however, the lottery of the fickle
winds played havoc with some competitors' finish times but not Triple
Jack's-she "rattled through" in three painless tacks.
Because of the light winds and excellent wind direction, the Nanny
Cay sponsored Triple Jack, a Kelsal 47, was able to carry full main,
spinnaker and half-furled genoa almost the entire length of her
northern run along Tortola, allowing her to really stretch her legs and
put time between her and the rest of the fleet.
"It was six tacks, one gybe for the entire race," said Richard
Wooldridge, skipper of Triple Jack. "Sail area wise, if there had been
another five knots of wind we would have been a bit over-pressed on
the shy reaches. But with that mainsail, genoa and that kite we had, we
were perfect, just absolutely perfect."
"We could hold it," added crewmember George Lane, "whereas
other people, I think, were caught between a jib and a spinnaker. They
were kind of going fast in the wrong direction with Code O's."
Sailing without instruments, the Triple Jack crew was a little unsure
on wind-speed, settling on 10-14 knots on the north side of Tortola. "It
was quite a refreshing way to sail actually, and I think we sailed a little
bit better because of it," added Richard.
Triple Jack smashed her own 2002 record of 3 hours and 55 minutes
from Road Town to Nanny Cay, sailed when the Round Tortola wasn't
quite a complete circumnavigation.
Peter Haycraft's Pipe Dream was second in racing class, 14 minutes
behind Triple Jack on corrected time and last year's winner, Dave
West's Jurakan painfully missed second place by one second to place
third. Guy Eldridge's Luxury Girl, after a seemingly excellent start, lost
a whopping 22 minutes after missing her recall for being over; it's
never a good sign when you have to use a spinnaker to get back to
the line to restart.
Tom Mullen sailing Shamrock Vfor the last time, won cruising class,
while Adrian Sinton's Rascal was second and Dr. Robin Tattersall's Diva
was third. All classes started in the Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny
Cay and then headed anti-clockwise around Tortola. After the beat east
up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the fleet headed round Scrub and
Great Camanoe islands and onto a downwind run to West End where,
after a quick wiggle through Soper's Hole, they beat back to the finish
off Nanny Cay.
A raucous prize giving was held at Peg Legs Restaurant in the
evening with Dick Schoonover as MC. Full results and photos can be
seen at: www.nannycay.com/peg-legs-round-tortola-race -(
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TWENTY BOATS ENTER NOVEMBER ST. MARTIN RACE
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t is only natural that St. Martin, also known as "the friendly island,"
would be host to a regatta named La Course de I'Alliance, an
event aimed at fostering friendship and camaraderie among St.
Martin (both French and Dutch sides), St. Barth and Anguilla.
Taking place the last weekend in November, the event, now in its
sixth year, was mostly a local affair, with 20 boats entering across four
different classes racing, racing/cruising, cruising, and multihull.
Every day the boats sailed a single race, a
fairly direct route from one island to the next, the
goal being to showcase each of the three islands
over the course of the weekend. The distances
between islands were short enough that with a
little luck and a little breeze most boats arrived
at the destinations by mid-afternoon, giving the
competitors the chance to do a little exploring,
or to just enjoy the fresh scenery of a new
anchorage each night between races.
The boats left from the Sint Maarten
Yacht Club on Friday, November 27th and
sailed through intermittent rain and shifting
breeze to St. Barth. They stayed overnight
in Gustavia, then headed for Sandy Ground
in Anguilla on Saturday morning. Again, the
breeze was lighter than many had hoped for,
but with live music at the beach bar Johnno's
Place, and a 70s theme party at the Pump
House just across the street, the sailors found
lots to do in the small beach town, which
serves as Anguilla's main harbor
Twenty boats may be considered a fairly small regatta, and size may
be an issue to some, but the organizers of La Course de I'Alliance could
care less about the number of entrants. When asked about whether he
thought the regatta had grown much in its six years, Robbie Ferron,
Commodore and founder of the St. Martin Yacht Club replied, "I'm
not interested in bigger or smaller I'm interested in good and bad.
Size is not the point. Organizing a regatta is really about creating an
experience for the racers."
As Ferron said, "If you can have
a good regatta for 20 people,
isn't that what you want to do,
rather than give a regatta for 1000
people and treat them all badly?"
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Each island played perfect host
as the backdrop to a wonderfully
run event, which is no wonder, as
many of the organizers, including
Ferron and Heather Tackling, are
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ENTRIES PICK UP FOR THE 30TH EDITION
Owners and participants have been filling in their entry
forms and so far the numbers look positive for the next
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, organizers reported in
December The event takes place March 4 to 7 2010 and will include
the pre-event Budget Marine Match Racing Cup on March 2 as well
as the GILL Commodores Cup on March 4th. Organizers are pleased
with the commitments made thus far, online as well as verbal.
George David's 90-foot Reichel/Pugh-designed Rambler, in
its first appearance at this race, will bring an exciting mix to the
30th edition of this event, listing what some may call the stars of
sailing from around the world as the crew. With a long list of wins
including the 2007 Nordbank Transatlantic Race, 2007 Middle Sea
Race, 2008 Buenos Aires to Rio Race as well as setting the course
record in the 2009 NYYC Queens Cup, Rambler is sure to set the
bar for others who race against her.
Rambler will be skippered by the owner George David joined
by Ken Read, Vice President of North Sails North America, two-
time winner of the United States Rolex Yachtsman of the year,
and skipper of the Puma Racing Team il Mostro for the 2008-2009
Volvo Ocean Race; and Jerry Kirby who has raced with Pirate of
the Caribbean and was bowman of the Puma il Mostro as well as
a two-time veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race. With twenty three
crew listed to participate, organizers are pleased to see some of
the top racers visit St. Maarten.
In addition, 80 charter boats from both Sunsail and Moorings
have been confirmed, and it looks as if the bareboat fleet will
maintain its large numbers for another year. In 2008, the event
hosted a record 125 Bareboats while that number dropped slightly
in 2009 to 105. The charter boat fleet is the largest of this event as
well as the largest of all the Caribbean regattas and organizers work
closely with the charter companies, travel planners and individuals
to assure that fair racing and competitive sailing is accomplished.
Organizer Heather Tackling reports, "With technology being
one of our main sources of contact to the sailors around the world,
the regatta office is working with Anton Von de Koppel and Quest
Media to bring our island, the Yacht Club, and the event to the world
by means of Visual information pieces. We will be broadcasting on
YouTube and the regatta site as well as Facebook and Twitter, a series
of four to five video clips addressing certain topics about the island.
The first one is out and on YouTube and mainly describes the Yacht
Club, what we have to offer, the regatta website and how to navigate
it. We are pleased to be able to bring yet another innovative idea to
the event and credit goes to Quest Media who continually work on
our behalf to keep the event ahead of the game." www.youtube.
Report submitted by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
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5TH ANNUAL REGATTA
SIR ROBERT (BOBBY) VELASQUEZ TAKES FIRST OVERALL
t a ceremony at Fort
Oranje, St. Eustatius, Sir
Robert (Bobby) Velasquez,
representing the St.
Maarten Yacht Club, received the
Governor's Trophy presented by Statia
Governor Hyden Gittens. The trophy
is awarded to the boat with the best
overall performance in all five races of
the Golden Rock Regatta series.
Governor Gittens welcomed the
more than 150 sailors and regatta
officials at historic Fort Oranje. After
the trophy presentation, the governor
honored Juul Hermsen, the founder of
the regatta, for his efforts in successfully
organizing the event and promoting
the interests of St. Eustatius.
This was Velasquez' first appearance
in the regatta and, in accepting the
trophy, he praised the event and
promised more St. Maarten support
along with his participation in coming years. Velasquez was also the
winner of his class in the 2009 Heineken Regatta held last March.
Sir Robert, racing his Beneteau 45 F5, L'esperance, overcame a lead
established by Jan Vanden Eynde who won the first race (Great Bay to
Road Bay) in his Open 750 Panic Attack. Vanden Eynde, however, was
forced from the competition by the failure of his starboard rudder.
The annual event began with fresh breezes on Friday the 13th of
November for the 30 mile run from Great Bay, St. Maarten to Road
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race to Oranjestad, St. Eustatius was moved from Grand Case to Great
Bay. By this time, the forecasted doldrums arrived causing several racers
to turn on Iron Mike to insure reaching Oranjestad before dark. The first
across in corrected time was again Bobby Velasquez.
The Golden Rock Regatta fleet arrives at Statia every year on the 15th
of November, the day before Statia Day, which marks November 16,
1776, the day when Holland became the first country to recognize the
United States as a sovereign nation by returning the 13 gun salute from
the U.S. brigantine of war, Andrew Doria. AndrewDoria was on a mission
to purchase and carry back ammunition and supplies to the colonies
and the Continental Army under General George Washington.
The morning of the 16th witnessed a reenactment of the First Salute
when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo, a half mile off shore,
fired 13 shots from her deck gun.
That morning the winds were perfect and the first of two closed-course
races in Fort Oranje Roads came off well. Bobby Velasquez won and
continued his dominance over the regatta. When the afternoon winds
died completely, the second race was cancelled and Sir Robert received
the Budget Marine Trophy. There was a close race for second place as
Doug Moy's Team Manhattan on a Harmony 52 beat Dirk K6hn's German
team aboard a Dufour 40 by only 11 seconds in corrected time.
That evening, the trophy presentation was followed by a dinner party
at Blue Bead, a restaurant named after the Dutch beads used as currency
with the Carib and Taino Indians during the early colonial days.
The Presidente Cup is an informal race from Statia back to Oyster
Pond. Though the morning breeze failed, the first boat in was Henk
Ligtharts Dutch team aboard Funfactor8, a Moorings 51.5. The last night
was highlighted by a lobster buffet and live music at Captain Oliver's.
This 5th running of the Golden Rock Regatta saw some firsts. For the
first time there were teams from Germany, St. Kitts and Belgium. The
U.S. entrant, Team Manhattan aboard the Harmony 52 Vivaldi, won the
Bareboat 1 class while a German team aboard Lady Marlene, a Dufour
40 and skippered by Dirk K6hn, won the Bareboat 2 class.
Plans for the 2010 Golden Rock Regatta are under way
and information can be obtained by contacting Joe Russell -
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boats over 2008. Champion Boat Good Livin II from St.
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"We won for most combined weight of 612 pounds," reported
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Jason Harl from Nevis at the helm. "We were the only boat from
St. Maarten-all the rest were from St. Kitts (5 boats) and Nevis (10
boats)," Smith said.
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ANTIGUA'S OFFSHORE RACE
FOR SECOND YEAR
RORC CARIBBEAN 600 BEGINS FEBRUARY 22
he RORC Caribbean 600, which takes in 14 islands along a
605 mile route, returns this year for a second outing. By the
end of 2009, big names had already signed up including
the 100-foot super maxi ICAP Leopard, owned by London
property millionaire Mike Slade, with a crew representing who's who
of yacht racing talent from all over the world. The colossal canting
keel flyer holds twelve world records in total and, as All at Sea went to
press, was slated to be shipped from Sydney after the Rolex Sydney
"It will be a quick turnaround at Hobart," commented Leopard's
boat captain, Chris Sherlock, "but we are determined to make the
Caribbean Race because the beautiful trade wind conditions, blue
sea, blue sky and guaranteed wind are the perfect conditions for a
boat like Leopard."
Also coming from the Sydney to Hobart race on the same boat is
the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennstr6m's JV 72, Ran,
which has as its skipper the world class helmsman Tim Powell. Powell
is backed up by a top class team including stars from the America's cup
and Volvo Ocean Race, Steve Hayles, Ado Stead, Jeremy Robinson,
Andy Hemmings and many more.
Joining Ran and Leopard in the race will be the Farr 80 Beau Geste,
whose owner Karl Kwok hails from Hong Kong and has his own star-
studded line up of professional sailors from the America's Cup and
the Volvo Ocean Race, including principle helmsman, New Zealander
Gavin Brady, Italian tactician Francesco de Angelis and Ericsson 4
bowman Phil Jameson.
From America, expect to see two very competitive boats: Roger
Sturgeon's STP 65, Rosebud, which won the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart
and has South African duo Johno Swain and Mike Joubert as part of
the crew. Also expected is Antigua race week veteran Tom Hill with his
brand new Reichel Pugh 75, Titan.
Last year's overall winner, Adrian Lee's Cookson 50, Lee Overlay
Partners, will also be back to defend her title, but she will have stiff
opposition from her sister ship, another Cookson 50 called Privateer,
which is based on the east coast of America.
From Italy, Danilo Salsi's stunning Swan 90, DSKPioneer, will be back
to try and win the race: "Last year the boat was brand new and we had
not tested her in such tough conditions," said Andrea Casale, DSK's'
world champion helmsman. "This year the boat will be pushed much
harder to try and win the race, because we know that this beautifully
built boat can take the Caribbean conditions."
Also expect to see a good fleet of Class 40s who will be Caribbean
based after their Atlantic crossing in the Solidaire du Chocolat two-
handed race from France to Mexico.
John Burnie, one of the founders of the race and a member of
both RORC and Antigua Yacht Club who support the race, says that
the event will become a showcase for the Caribbean. "This race is
destined to become one of the classic ocean races ranked alongside
the world famous Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Sydney Hobart races," he
said. "The quality of the competitors means that the world's media will
be focused on Antigua and the Caribbean next February."
Burnie will be sailing Region Guadeloupe, the ORMA 60 Trimaran
that he chartered for the 2009 race. It was a sleigh ride he will never
forget and he cannot wait to do it again.
Highly experienced Antiguan yachtsman, Bernie Evan Wong will
definitely be back to defend his class win. "If you love sailing and
adventure it's hard to beat the RORC Caribbean 600 ... the 2010 event
will be much bigger than the last, a definite must!"
For more info and online entry: www.caribbean600.rorc.org -
Preview and photos submitted by Louay Habib, RORC Caribbean 600
BIG & EXPECTED
AT ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK
43RD EDITION APRIL 24 TO 30 FEATURES EXTRA DAY'S RACING
despite the current financial challenges, the 43rd
edition of Antigua Sailing Week promises to be .
one of the best yet. The organizers of this an- i'
nual Caribbean classic have listened to the competitors'
views and have come up with a new, tweaked format,
incorporating some of the event's traditional features,
such as reintroducing lay day, and the Dickenson Bay
Beach Bash. There will also be an extra day's racing, with t
the series kicking off on the Saturday afternoon follow-
ing an early morning breakfast briefing.
For serious racers, the big boat Ocean Series is now a .
key element of Antigua Sailing Week and is really starting
to attract some quality competition. The aim of this three-
race series (Guadeloupe to Antigua Race 23 April,
Yachting World Round the Island Race 25 April, and the
Round Redonda Race 28 April/lay day) is to allow the
crews on big racing yachts, many of whom will have been
competing in some of the other Caribbean regattas, such /
as the RORC Caribbean 600 race, the opportunity to Peter Harrison s Solar6 '
with Peter Holmberc'at /
enjoy a selection of long-distance ocean races at ASW. the helm in 2009 /
Some of the key players, such as Mike Slade's 100ft / t
super maxi ICAP Leopard, and Peter Harrision's Farr 115
Sojana, which won the inaugural Round Redonda Race
last year and established a benchmark elapsed-time I
race record, have already indicated their interest in the
2010 event. Adrian Lee from Dublin, Ireland and his race /'
winning team aboard the Cookson 50 Lee Overlay
Partners will also be back next year to defend their overall
winning title of the first ever Antigua Ocean Series.
Niklas Zennstrom's JV72 Ran, with a star-studded
team of British professional sailors onboard including .
Tim Powell, Adrian Stead and Steve Hayles, will be
another team to watch out for. Danilo Salsi from Italy
has also confirmed his place on the startline with his
stunning new Swan 90 DSK Pioneer.
An interesting addition to the fleet at Antigua Underway the
Sailing Week 2010 will be the arrival of the three British to Antigua Race
Services Transglobe 67ft steel-hulled, former BT Global .
Challenge yachts which will, by then, have completed
Leg 9 of their round the world tour The 40-plus British
forces service personnel aboard the yachts will count
Antigua Sailing Week as Leg 10.
With such a vast array of competitors signing up for ASW, .i.
and with charter companies such as event silver sponsors i
OnDeck reporting a "sell out" aboard all 15 charter yachts,
and the likes of international professional sailors Brian .
Thompson, Sally Barkow and Doogie Couvreux skippering
Safe Passage Sailing charter company's Farr 65s and
Beneteau 40.7, there'll be no shortage of competition. -- -- -
On shore, Antigua's legendary party scene is already revving up
with plans well underway for not only the Dickenson Bay bash and
Jolly Harbour party but also the Antigua Sailing Week welcome
party on the first Saturday night, a Caribbean street party on
the Tuesday, a lay day beach party at the Pigeon Point, and the
legendary Shirley Heights party on Thursday night, and of course
the grand prize giving in Nelson's Dockyard on the final Friday.
For regular, updated information, racing schedule, and to
secure a place on the start line of Antigua Sailing Week and the
Ocean Series 2010 go to www.sailingweek.com.
Preview submitted by Antigua Sailing Week
48TH ANNUAL ANTIGUA
ELEVEN THOUSAND FEET OF SUPERYACHT
he highly successful 48th Annual Antigua Charter show
held in early December at the marinas of English Harbour
and Falmouth, "the BEST Antigua Show yet," attracted
record numbers of participating yachts, charter brokers, sponsors
and exhibitors, giving not just a boost to the local economy but a
positive "kick start" to the 2009/2010 Caribbean yachting season
whilst keeping Antigua firmly on the map as one of the most im-
portant superyacht destinations worldwide.
There was little talk of world recession on the docks at this
year's show that hosted 93 of the world's most high profile charter
yachts (with eight massive 'mega-yachts' of over 250') including a
record entry of first-time showings exhibited by eminent charter
brokerages. With strong support from both the U.S.A and the U.K.,
such names as Burgess, Camper and Nicholson, Edmiston, Fraser
Yachts, International Yacht Collection and Nicholson's Yacht Charters
were seen flying from mastheads and adorning many a passerelle.
Some two hundred and fifty charter yacht brokers from as
far afield as New Zealand and Poland enjoyed the privilege of
viewing this truly impressive fleet whilst numerous worldwide
sponsors and non-exhibiting vendors from such far reaching
destinations as the Galapagos Islands, the U.S.A and Europe all
enjoyed hospitality provided by the show's organizer, the Antigua
Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM).
during the show
The ACYM team (Chairman, Paul Deeth and co-board members
Anne Marie Martin and Janetta Miller along with the management
team of Sarah Sebastian and Afsaneh Franklin) are all dedicated to
the continuing improvement and success of the Antigua Charter
Show and wish to thank the owners and the agents for making the
effort to come, exhibit and enjoy this year's event.
With hotels in the English Harbour and Falmouth area fully
booked, restaurants buzzing and marine service companies
profiting from the early season boost of business, it is undoubtedly
the marinas who are the biggest beneficiaries of this years high
show attendance, being filled to capacity with many large yachts
'standing off' awaiting dockage space to be freed as the show
exhibitors leave for their Christmas charter cruises.
This year's Welcome Dinner Party was again a success
where the 650 guests, welcomed by the ACYM board, enjoyed
reception drinks within the historic Copper and Lumber Store
hotel followed by a West Indian buffet dinner with formal seating
arranged on the lawns of Nelson's Dockyard. Local band Itchy
Feet struck up after dinner to complete a memorable evening.
The popular annual Chef's Competition received rave reviews
from both participating yachts and visitors. Hosted poolside at
The Inn at English Harbour, this event saw the highest entry listing
to date, with all the categories "max'd out."
Sponsors included the National Parks Authority, the Antigua and
Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Department
of Marine services, Goldsmitty, E3 Systems, The Antigua Refit
Group, Boat International, Dockwalk, Liat Quickpack, Queen of
the Galapagos, Global Services, Bluewater Books and Charts,
MTN Satellite Services, Le Gout du Vin, The International Culinary
School, Yachting Financial Solutions, CYBA International, Charter
Index, Cello Nautico Yacht Charters and Yacht Carbon Offset. -
Submitted by Antigua Charter Yacht Show
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THELIER/PIOCHE WIN ZOO REGATTA
NEW LOCATION AND NEW BOATS MARK 2009 EVENT
he Zoo Regatta
2009 was held on
21 and November
22,2009, with 2 days
of intense racing at a new site,
the beach of La Creole Beach
Hotel Spa in Gosier. This year's
racing utilized new boats, the .
Sun Fast 37 Hi WETA 4.4 sport
trimarans made available by
The league sail Guade-
loupe was the ruling party
directly on the water, with
each fault committed by the .
sailors immediately identified
by the judges that followed
the competitors like their
own shadows. There were 16
teams (4 pools of 4 defined by
drawing lots) that clashed on --
Saturday, and only the first two -
teams from each pool qualified ..
for the finals Sunday On 7 a.m. ",- .
Sunday, the wind was slow to
get up but the crews were ready to do battle on beach. After four rounds,
the winning team was Claude Thelier and Anthony Pioche.
The awards ceremony and celebration on Sunday evening at Wiki
Beach allowed the pressure maintained throughout the two days to
fall away. Two magnificent days on fun boats, powerful and so easy,
with crew who are pleasure, in a friendly atmosphere-thanks to all
and Roll On next year! _'
Report submitted by the Zoo Regatta
RACE, MARCH 12 14,2010
RACING BOATS INVITED TO CHALLENGE 2009 RECORD
"...t the 2009 Grenada Round-the-Island Race (GRIR), the
"" trimaran Horizon Region Guadeloupe shattered the
race course record, slashing more than an hour off
-;. ........... the previous record by crossing the finish line with an
elapsed time of 3 hours, 54 minutes and 2 seconds. This new sailing
record raises the bar of competition for the 2010 GRIR and poses
an exciting challenge for boats everywhere. As such, the Grenada
South Coast Yacht Club has responded by creating a prestigious
prize for any vessel that breaks the record, upping the stakes for
the 2010 GRIR.
"The bar has been raised," pronounced Danny Donelan of Port
Louis Marina, who was on board the Horizon Region Guadeloupe
4 during the 2009 race. "Itwill be interesting to see if there is any yacht
out there that can beat this
new record. [The 2010 GRIR] to
should be an interesting and s
.... really fast one. Anyone up for Ou
While sailors raced, the challenge? "
kids played on land Chartered by John Burnie
for Claude Thelier, the Horizon
Region Guadeloupe will be an
back in 2010 to defend their title Oe
and even attempt to improve th "
their 2009 time. In so doing,
they hope to continue their reign as one of the fastest yachts in the
Caribbean. At present, the Horizon Region Guadeloupe holds several
records including fastest time Round St. Martin, Round St. Bart's,
Round Guadeloupe and Round Martinique.
/*In addition to top quality sailing competition, the event will bring a
E l :: wide range of entertainment to the shores of Grenada's spectacular
Grand Anse Beach. High points of the weekend will include A Taste
of Grenada food festival, the youth sailing exhibition, the ever-
popular and quirky Crazy Craft Bathtub Derby, and more events to
be announced. The Grenada South Coast Yacht Club and 2010 Race
0 Committee are working to continue the GRIR's tradition of promoting
sailing excellence while also providing an exciting lineup of events
that celebrate Grenadian culture.
The pinnacle of the race weekend, however, will undoubtedly be
the post-race party where the awards ceremony will reveal if any
yachts were able to successfully take a crack at the course record. With
Bragging rights on the table, the 2010 GRIR promises to be one of the
most exciting sailing events of 2010.
.For more information, wwwaroundgrenada.com or contact Roger
Spronk at (473) 439-4369 or (473) 444-4662.
Preview submitted by 8th Annual Grenada RoundtheIsland Race
11 -..I Preview submitted by 8th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Race
2ND SOUTH GRENADA
FEBRUARY 26 28
SHORTER COURSES,THIRD RACE ADDED
he yachting community brings in a lot of revenue to
Grenada and is an active and thriving industry. Le Phare
Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel wanted to celebrate
this community and also attract yachts from other islands to
come to Grenada. Due to this desire they held the first South
Grenada Regatta in February 2009. The Regatta was a huge
success. So much so that they launched the dates for the sec-
ond South Grenada Regatta (SGR) at a special launch recep-
tion in November. The 2010 dates are 26th 28th February
Richard Strachan, in his capacity as Chairman of the
Grenada Board of Tourism, said that he was truly encouraged
by the fact that so many Sponsors from the last Regatta were
still on board, plus some new and significant Sponsors had
been secured to support this professionally run Regatta.
Damon Du Bois, Marketing & Sales Manager for Westerhall
Estate Ltd, also said how pleased Westerhall were to be
supporting the event for a second year and that Westerhall
were using their sponsorship opportunity to promote their
Westerhall Plantation Rum.
Jana Caniga, owner of Le Phare Bleu Marina and co-founder
of the SGR, explained that after the very successful first South
Grenada Regatta the committee sat down and discussed what
they could do to enhance the experience for participants and
spectators. They decided to shorten some of the courses and
add a third race. The Junior Dingy Sailing will be held on the
Saturday and the Sunday is for the prize giving, relaxation,
family and fun. One significant change is the registration fee,
it is only US$50 per vessel. The main attraction for families is
the fabulous Pirates Trail which takes place on the Saturday
The SGR Committee would like to thank all their sponsors and
supporters especially Westerhall Estate Limited, Netherlands
Insurance, Real Value and Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique
Hotel. For more information on the South Grenada Regatta, visit
Preview submitted by South Grenada Regatta
FAVORITE HIKES FOR CRUISERS
ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY DEVI SHARP
ne of the joys of sailing in the Caribbean is dropping
anchor and exploring the island. I love to get off the boat
and explore the natural world, and Trinidad provides
excellent opportunities for hiking and exploring. The
diverse fauna and flora reflect the island's historic connection (about
10,000 years ago) to the mainland of South America. There are
several places to hike around Chaguaramas for daily exercise, which
provide a much needed break from boat chores. There are also some
spectacular hikes to waterfalls and hikes along the coastline.
My favorite hike from Chaguaramas starts behind the fire station.
The road ascends five miles to the Coast Guard Radio Post and a radar
dome. The vegetation is lush and supports many birds and butterflies.
If you take this walk early in the morning you will mostly be in the
shade and might get lucky and hear howler monkeys. To get there you
walk from the marina area in Chaguaramas towards Port of Spain and
stay on the main road until just past the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing
Association. There will be a road that makes a Y; follow the left fork.
Walk about a quarter mile to the fire station. Take the next left after
the fire station and follow the paved road uphill. This road is open to
bikes, pedestrians and vehicles associated with the radio tower on
top of the hill. You can also take a maxi taxi to the fire station; just tell
the driver where you want to go. This road is very popular with local
walkers and bicyclists.
My favorite inland hike is to the Guanapo Gorges. We have done this
trip twice and would go back again. We joined a trip organized byJesse
James, Member's Only Maxi Taxi service. Jesse provides transportation
and hires a professional hiking guide to lead us through the woods and
Jesse James Members Only Maxi Taxi:
868.683 5202. Members Only is just a name;
there is no membership.
Hike Seekers-Laurence Pierre (aka Snake)
www.hikeseekers.com/, or 868 632.9746 or
Sacketeers Hiking Club:
Port of Spain Hash House Harriers:
For those who prefer to hike on their own, a very good
source of hiking route information is "The Trinidad and
Tobago Field Naturalist Club Trail Guide," or "Nature
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into the gorge. We met Jesse at 6 a.m. and, in keeping with Trini culinary
traditions, we stopped at a doubles stand for a second breakfast and
additional fortification for the day. At the doubles stand we met up with
Snake, our hiking guide. Snake is a gregarious man who has worked for
the Trinidad Army as a Survival Expert. He now makes his living leading
guided hikes-he knows his stuff.
One of the consistent features of a hike with Snake is that he stops
often to pull out his cutlass (machete) and lop off a fruit or vegetable
for us to try. We nibbled our way to the river and changed into our
swim suits. We took only items that could take a swim with us, donned
our life jackets and jumped into a pool in the river For the next
hour and a half we swam and waded thorough the gorge. The lush
tropical vegetation hangs over the river and provides dappled shade
and sunlight and the cool air smells like moss. It is heavenly to be
submerged in cool, fresh water. What a great way to spend a day!
Another great way to see the country side and meet people is to
join the Hash House Harriers on their fortnightly hike. Hashing is an
organized run or walk. Hashing began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in
1938. A group of British colonial officials and expatriates would meet
after work on Monday evenings to run, following a paper trail, through
the environs of Kuala Lumpur to get rid of the excesses of the previous
weekend. Hashing in Trinidad takes you through fields, across streams
up and down hills through terrain that you would never see on your
own. At the end there is a bit of eating and drinking.
Devi Sharp is a retired wildlife biologist and is exploring the Caribbean
with her husband, Hunter, on their sailboat Arctic Tern.
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2009 DART 18 WORLD TITLE
POLS BROTHERS WIN ARUBA HEINEKEN CATAMARAN REGATTA 2009
On Thursday November 26 in Aruba, Emmanuel
Dode and Fred Moreau from France won the
2009 Dart 18 World Title with one race to
spare, with seven bullets and two seconds.
A crack in the back beam almost put an end to their
attempt to prolong their title, however the strong French
team spirit brought them back to finish the job. British
duo David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce won silver, and "..
Germans Matthias Huber and Dominik Volke took home
the bronze following cancellation of the final day's racing
due to 28 knot winds.
"Nobody has ever won the Dart 18 World Title twice in
a row, so that was my goal for this year," said Dode, "and
it was the French team that made it happen, as everybody
helped us solving the problem with the boat."
"We are not happy with silver," Lloyd said. "We have had
a fabulous season so far We won the Dutch, Belgian and
UK Inland Nationals with one race to spare and now we are
second. It is my fifth podium finish in a row, but I still miss a
first position. Joanna also took two silver medals before, so
I really wanted to win here." According to Lloyd, the incredible upwind
speed of the French winners made the biggest difference.
"This is outstanding," said Matthias Huber of the German team of
their third place. "We were looking forward to the last fight with Thierry
Wibaux, but of course we are also very happy with this result." In 2008,
DART 18 WORLDS 2009
Final top five after nine races and one discard:
FRA Emmanuel Dode & Fred Moreau, 9 points
GBR David Lloyd & Joanna Jones-Pierce, 20 points
GER Matthias Huber & Dominik Volke, 30 points
NED Ruud Goudriaan & Bart Damen, 37 points
NED Nicolette van Gorp & Ruud van Gisbergen,
ARUBA HEINEKEN CATAMARAN REGATTA
Final top three after nine races and one discard:
NED F18 Xander & Mark Pols, 7 points
NED F18 John Moret & Paul Smissaert, 18 points
NED Tornado Leo Ambtman & Maarten Kroon,
Huber and Volke won the German Nationals and finished eleventh at
the Worlds in the Netherlands.
Xander Pols and his brother Marc Pols easily won theAruba Heineken
Catamaran Regatta the same week with their F18 Nacra Infusion. Marc
Pols enjoyed the week's sailing: "It was spectacular racing and our
boat handling was fast. I think the strong breeze was an advantage for
us, as we can manage these conditions pretty well." The Dutch F18
sailors John Moret and Paul Smissaert stayed upright on the final day
of racing and climbed back to second position overall. Leo Ambtman
and Maarten Kroon dropped to the third place.
InotherDartl 8 News,on November 26 attheAnnual General Meeting,
"We proudly announced the Aruban Dart 18 Class Association," said
Nicolette van Gorp, Chairman of the International Dart Association
(IDA). "Over the last few years, the Aruban Dart 18 fleet has grown from
one to seven boats at the moment." It was the first time that the island
has hosted a World Championship for catamarans. Next year's Worlds
will be in Weymouth, England.
According to event organizer Edwin Lodder (NED) the twentieth
edition of the Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta is going to be
a true jubilee: "In 2010, we will try to bring as many former and new
competitors together in another great sailing week on Aruba. Hopefully,
the exposure to the ten countries that were represented this year will
bring new sailors to the Caribbean." For information: www.arubaregatta.
corn, www.dartworlds2009.com. -&
Report submitted by Aruba Catamaran Regatta and Dart 18 Worlds
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romantic Valentine's Day evening with an intimate affair-
music, flowers, wine, chocolate, candlelight, and a delicious,
sensuous, dinner. Want to heat up things earlier? Invite your
"someone special" into the galley, pour a glass of champagne and
have fun creating the menu together.
BROILED OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL
Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 2 minutes. Serves: 2.
12 fresh oysters, in shell
Freshly ground sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons cut in quarters
Melted butter (optional)
When you buy oysters in the shells, make sure they are tightly closed.
Wash off the outside of the shells and dry them. Open and remove
the upper shell, lay them on a broiler and broil over a clear, hot fire,
or under a gas flame. As soon as done, put small bits of butter on
each one, dust with a little salt and pepper, and serve in the shells
with quarters of lemon.
To broil without opening: Wash the shells, lay them on a broiler,
and put them directly on a bed of hot coals. As soon as the shells
pop open* they are done. Serve with melted butter and lemon juice.
Note: throw away shells that do NOT pop open when cooking.
LAMB FOR LOVERS
Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 7 minutes. Serves: 2.
1 (7 bone) rack of lamb, trimmed, fat reserved
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp olive oil
Mint Sauce (a good brand is Crosse & Blackwell)
Preheat oven to 450F. (230C). Place a cast iron or oven-proof skillet
in the oven, and preheat. Rub lamb with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt,
pepper, and garlic. Coat with panko breadcrumbs. Carefully remove
the heated skillet from the oven, warm 2 Tbsp olive oil in the skillet,
and sear lamb on both sides, 2 minutes. Return the skillet with the
lamb to the preheated oven, and continue cooking 5 minutes, for
medium-rare. Serve with mint sauce.
OVEN ROASTED RED POTATOES
Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 40 minutes. Serves: 2.
1/2 pounds small new red potatoes (about 8), scrubbed & dried
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Preheat oven to 350F Pare a narrow strip of peel from the middle of each
potato. In a large bowl mix the oil, garlic and rosemary; add the potatoes
and toss well. Transfer the potatoes to a shallow baking pan and roast
until potatoes are tender when tested with the tip of a knife. Serve hot.
Hint: These can also be chilled and served with fried chicken or ham.
GREEN BEANS AMANDINE
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 10 minutes. Serves: 2.
1/2 lb. fresh green beans
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp sliced almonds,
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
Trim beans and rinse. In heavy saucepan, place green beans in cold
water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10
minutes until crisp tender Drain well and set beans aside. (You can also
use frozen green beans cooked according to package directions.) Melt
butter and olive oil in saucepan and add garlic and almonds. Cook,
stirring constantly, until almonds begin to brown. Add beans along
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HOT ICE CREAM WITH STRAWBERRIES
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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32' 1978 Rival MDC.................................................................. US$35,000
34' 1978 Steel Sloop (ROB) .................................................... US$30,000
36' 1977 Roberts Home Built (located in Barbados)............... US$40,000
38' 1987 Topaz ......................................................................... US$85,000
38' 1997 Beneteau ................................................................. US$100,000
39' 1968 Cheoy Lee Off Shore 40 .......................reduced to US$70,000
40' 1981 Divorne Steel ........................................................... US$50,000
40' 1986 TaShing Tashiba (excellent condition) .reduced to US$179,500
40' 2002 Hermine DI (launched 2008).................................... EU264,000
41' 1982 Sigma Marine Project .............................................. US$60,000
41' 1985 Irwin Ketch ............................................................... US$85,000
42' 1986 Endeavour................................................................. US$98,000
43' 1999 Wauquiez Pilot Saloon............................................. EU247,500
43' 1985 G itana ....................................................................... US$115,000
45' 1998 Peterson cutter...................................................... US$189,999
45' 1999 Passport a/c 44....................................................... US$365,000
46' 2001 Tayana (Vancouver pilot house) ......................... US$329,000
48' 1971 Motor Sailer............................................................... US$90,000
50' 1974 Motor Yacht (locally built) ...................................... under offer
50' 1991 Celestial Pilothouse............................................... US$268,000
50' 2001 Beneteau ................................................................... EU188,000
51' 1986 Beneteau ................................................................ US$225,000
51' 1990 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey ..........................reduced to EU99,000
51' 1987 Beneteau Idylle 15.5, located in Martinque............. US$160,000
53' 1984 Amel Custom Mango ............................................. US$269,000
55' 1979 Herreshoff Marco Polo .......................................... US$170,000
55' 1998 Zerft Motor Sailer (must sell!!!) .............................. US$40,000
55' 1994 O yster 55 .............................................................................. sold
56' 1973 Visch Motor Yacht ................................................. US$175,000
75' 1976 Murry Peterson Coaster (Schooner)...................... US$40,000
33' 1988 Dean Ocean Comber.............................................. US$145,000
37' 2002 Fountaine Pajot, located in Guadeloupe ............. US$325,000
40' 1999 Woods Catamaran.................................................. US$247,500
43' 2001 Lagoon Catamaran................................................. US$334,000
54' 1980 Norman Cross Trimaran ........................................ US$350,000
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45'Robertson & Caine'99 45'Downeaster 1979 45'Jeanneau Sun Ody.45.2 44'Freedom 1982 44'CSY 1979
Well Eqtiiperl a,-nd MainTainrd Ral. Sihoan-r.. Deck Salon 2, 00 BUEaulirurly Kept and l.eautiful and FRie Well Equipped and Priced
Asking 5309k Aih ing 5139K Wt II Equipped A'.kng S 189K A'k.ngy S9K Aking 57q'.
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42' Hallbrg-Rassy 1984
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42'Beneleau 423 2004
Clean Well Maintained
42 Island Packet 2001
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42' Lagoon 420 2008
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42 Gulfstar / CSY 1987 42' Bruce Roberts Spray '8
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40' Beneteau M-405 1995
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57 Carver Voyager PH Motor Yacht, 2003
Twin Volvos, fully equipped pilot house layout
Low hours and great condition, $499,000
45 Endmrance Windboats PH Ketch, 1978
Heavily built center cockpit cruiser
Well equipped, beautifully maintained, $125,000
50 1987 Gulstar/CSY- Center cockpit slop, 3 cabin. 2 head, Offers ...$125,000
48 1974 Maple Leaf Vintage Canadian built CC cruBer, pnce to sell.. $89,000
48 1970 Hughes Classic S&S design Yawl, solid and fast ...........$110,000
41 1982 Morgan OI CC cruising ketch, Perkins, dinghy & more.. $69,000
38 1978 Van c Sadt- Steel passage maker, kelch rg, Yanmar, newsas...$69,000
38 1978 Morgan Ted Brewer designed sloop, bring offers............. $30,000
36 1982 Pearson Cutter, recent engine, rigging, cruise equipped $59,000
36 1980 Mariner Ketch -Well built offshore cruiser, bnng offers ......$29,000
35 1977 Pearson -Centerboard performance cruiser, recent upgrades ..$27,500
30 1963 Ailed Seawind Classic cruising ketch, ready to sail away..$19,900
49 Hylas semi custom Gutter, 1994 bo Angel GocKpit Motor Yacht, laWb
Private one owner yacht, extensive equipment Owner's layout, twin Cats, twin gen.
Numerous upgrades, excellent condition $335,000 Roomy layout above and below deck, $295,000
39 South Sea steel cutter, 1974 36 Ericson Cutter, 1976
Strong passage maker, original owner Well equipped for liveaboard
Equipped for single handed cruising, $55,000 Many major upgrades, great value $37,000
27 1988 J-Boat- Proven race winner, great shape, extnsre sais, traier...$19,000
46 1985 Logcal PowerCat- Perfect chareror Ileaboard, huge cockpt.$180,000
42 1999 Cruisers Twin Cats, fuly equipped, excellent condition. $199,000
40 1994 Tara Twin Cummins, great value, pnced for immediate sell....$119,000
38 1967 Camcraft-Aluminumcrewboat in excellent shape after reflt..$50,000
31 1998 Sea Ray- Twin Mercruisers, genset, a/c, swim platform. $59,000
30 1993 Luhrs Tournament Twin Vohos, cabin, flybndge & more ..$69,000
28 2003 Scout- Qualy centerconso, twn Yamahas, well mainained....$39,000
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30' 1984 Pearson 20' 2005 Caribe Dinghy
I Mainsnip Irawler
26' '66 Columbia MKII, excellent cond......$9K
28' '78 Cape Dory, Classic, Refit 6/07. ...$35K
30' '84 Pearson 303, new rigging ........$22.5K
33' '73 Pearson 10M sloop, refit ....... $25K
36' '80 Albin Stratus 75K w/business.....$45K
38' '67 LeComte, classic, great cond......$80K
40' '84 Endeavour, ready to cruise...... $79.9K
41' '80 Morgan Out Isl, Well maintained.$69K
43' '85 Morgan Catalina, stepped transom .$89K
44' '77 CSY Sloop, new rigging .............. $115K
44' '85 Beneteau Idylle, AP, AC, Genset.....$79K
46' '00 Jeanneau 3 strms,great cond....$159.9K
49' '79 Transpacific Ketch, loaded ........$180K
50' '78 Gulfstar Ketch, Classic, 3 strms... $112K
50' '78 Nautor Motorsailer, refit, excellent cond.$370K
60 '82 Nautcal Ketch, 4 storms, charter or cruse..$219K
20' '05 Caribe Dinghy, 115 HP Yamaha..$20K
26' '87 Whale Boat, Diesel, CG cert ........$28K
27' '88 Luhrs Alura, cabin, IB gas cabin. $20K
30' '2 Hydrocat 300X, Yanmar diesels....$90K
34' '89 Sea Ray Express, diesels ............ $55K
39' '98 Mainship Trawler, twin diesels... $129.9K
42' '81 Post SF, twin DD's, 2 strms....... $109K
42' '84 Present Sundeck 135 HP Lehmans $79.9K
48' '99 Dyna Craft MY, 435HP diesels..$299.5K
48' '02 DynaCraftMY,3strms 450HPCats...$490K
53' "76 Unflte Utilty, custom Navytransport..$129.5K
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Fajardo, Puerto Rico ,
BERTRAM 31' FLYBRIDGE
SPORTSFISHER. Yanmar diesels,
excellent runners. Aft deck bimini,
windlass, brand new chartplotter/GPS,
VHF. Very clean boat. $69,000 Call
Kevin 284 496 0205.
1986 40' SILVERTON AFT CABIN
MOTOR YACHT FOR SALE.
Wonderful live aboard or day boat.
Asking $60,000. Located in St. John,
USVI. Email: cindylouwhostj@yahoo.
corn or call 340-642-2572 for details.
CLEARANCE SALE BRING ALL
OFFERS! Bowrider STARDECK 24 ft
2004 $29.000; house boat HOLIDAY
MANSION BARACUDA 38FT new
engines $49.000; ZODIAC DELUX
14FT semi rigid new Merc.40hp
$8.000; (599)522 4861 email:jelic@
UNBELIEVABLE PRICE: 27 FT.
BAYLINER seats 11 airconditioned
cabin; kitchen, fridge, shower, queen size
sleeping quarters. $40 K OBO. sam-
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CLASSIC SEACRAFT SCEPTRE
20' FOR SALE: Year 1976, 2 Yamaha
85hp. Bottom paint done, engines
checked, regular maintenance, 2 new
batteries. Boat is in good general con-
dition, photos available. Asking 8.000,-
, located St.Barths. Call 00590-590-
279220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
POWERBOAT AZIMUT 46 FLY-
BRIDGE, EXCLUSIVE VERSION
2001, European luxury yacht with per-
fect technology; condition like brand new,
2x457PS; Length 14,93 m, Complete
equipped; 3 cabins; Boat lies Antigua;
Just reduced Call 001 268 773 5005 or
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2000 ISLAND HOPPER 30' DIVE
BOAT WITH 3208 TA CATERPILLAR
375 HP, U.S.C.G. inspected and certified
for 14 divers/19 passengers, recent hull
and annual inspection with fresh bottom
paint, radar, GPS, depth finder. Excellent
condition and well maintained. Asking
$105,000 Located Puerto Rico. 787 244-
41FT GULFSTAR 1974. Great well
maintained, roomy liveaboard family
boat/charter yacht. Sleeps 6-7. Aft cabin,
head + shower (walkthrough). V-cabin+
head. Roomy centre cockpit. New rig-
ging and bimini. Recently overhauled
50 hp Perkins diesel. Dinghy+ sailfish.
Located Curagao, quiet and safe berth
available. Asking 30.000 email willem.
GEMINI 105MC 2007- HULL#973
Great condition and many extras.
Screecher, A/C, Caribe RIB, etc. Lying
Fajardo, PR. Will deliver. 169k. 787-565-
35FT THOMAS-35 BUILT BY TARTAN
1990 SLOOP EL PRESIDENT FOR
SALE. Asking $59,000. All offers wel-
comed. Excellent condition, GPS, 24hp
Yanmar diesel, auto helm. Many extras.
Contact Jeff Fangmann at jfangmann@
hovensa.com or (340)-773-0106
OCEAN 60, BESPOKE WORLD
CRUISING YACHT, built to highest
standard, launched 1988, UK, never
chartered, VAT paid, extremely compre-
hensive inventory, immaculately main-
tained by fastidious owners. Currently
located New Zealand. $US 298500. Tel.
REINKE TARANGA (SIMILAR),
38FEET, BUILD 1989, safe steel
construction, good condition, located in
St. Martin.Price 29.000,00 Euro. For
detailed information pleasecontact owner:
CLEARANCE SALE BRING ALL
OFFERS! J 120 racer cruiser project
1998 $90.000; KIWI 35 extreme racer
ready $35.000; (599)522 4861 email:
35FT THOMAS 35 BUILT
BY TARTAN 1990 SLOOP EL
PRESIDENT FOR SALE. Asking
$59,000. All offers welcomed. Excellent
condition, GPS, 24hp Yanmar diesel,
auto helm. Many extras. Contact Jeff
Fangmann at jfangmann@hovensa.
com or (340)-773-0106
MAXIM 38 CATAMARAN, 2001 -
great condition, very well equipped for
extended cruising: SSB, watermaker, 2
x 29hp Yanmar, plotter, 2 x autopilots,
cruising chute, 9ft Caribe etc. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Now heading
to St Martin / Virgins / Puerto Rico.
AMEL MARAMU KETCH 46 1981
95000euro st martin tel 0690224553
51' SLOOP: Idylle 15.5, Frers design,
Beneteau built 1986. Highly customized
for performance cruising or comfortable
live-aboard. Autopilot, watermaker,
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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WEAR
AT NIGHT ON CHARTER
OR DON'T WEAR ...
BY JEANNIE KUICH COPYRIGHT 2010
Why is it that the worst squalls seem to come at night
when you're on charter? Maybe you're in a crowded
anchorage where it's so noisy and you can't see
First, you will hear on your own boat the loud thumps of hatches
pulled down and thudding of portholes being secured. The rigging
sounds like an orchestra tuning up, and the clashing of the chain
against the bobstay or on the anchor roller is loud and frantic.
Then there are the screams from other boats, much closer to you
than when they had first anchored. "Aiyeee! You're dragging! Put
out your fenders! Pull in your dinghy! It's caught around my anchor
chain!" Or, "No, I'm not dragging. You're dragging. See, you used
to be right in front of me! Now, you're not! Can't you tell that, you
?" (Impolite words.)
It's utterly chaotic and often scary if the rocky shore is only a few
feet away. What's even scarier is the boat dragging so close to you
that both their crew and you are fending off each other and you are
separated by only a short distance. You can't help but see every detail
of their anatomies, even in the dark. They're completely nude! Then
SKY LIGHTS BY JEANNIEKUICH
* Just a few minutes after
sunset on the 16th, use
binoculars to see the two
brightest planets, Venus and
Jupiter, very close to the
western horizon. The Alpha
Centaurids, a sometimes
major meteor shower, peaks
on the 8th after midnight and
may be numerous.
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almost neck and neck at the
evening finish line, but Venus
slips over first. Saturn ends
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long after Mars which
appears overhead, big and
bright for its tiny size.
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Thu 4th: the star Spica in
Virgo before dawn
Sun. 7th: the star Antares in
Scorpius before dawn
Fri. 12th: Mercury just
Sun. 14th: Venus and Jupiter
very low in evening
Sun. 21st: the Pleiades star
cluster in evening
Thu. 25th: the star Pollux in
Gemini and Mars in evening
Sat. 27th: the star Regulus in
Leo in evening
Fri. 5th: Last Quarter
Sun. 14th: New
Sun. 21st: First Quarter
Sun. 28th: Full
February Brightest Navigation Stars
Dusk: Sirius, Pollux, Rigel, Capella
Dawn: Arcturus, Vega, Spica, Antares
you realize that you are
"Hi, Joe. Hi, Rhonda," -
you manage to stutter, --
trying to appear calm and .n "'
not stare at certain parts of a
their bodies. "Nice night, 4b
eh," or some other drivel
as you try to avert your eyes
from their very white bodies
a mere foot away!
With charter guests
around you, wringing their dinghy
hands, eager to help but
mostly getting in your way,
it's much more complicated. It's wise to have some sort of clothes on just
in case you hear a crash on the hull and have to come up running.
One dark and stormy night, anchored in the small harbor of Union
Island in the Grenadines, a nasty squall hit around two a.m. There were
a lot of boats in the harbor and there was instant action with crews on
deck checking their anchors. We had some new charterers on board
and they came on deck too. This time we were the boat dragging and
were very concerned about the reef to leeward of us. Sure enough, we
hit it hard and turned sideways to the wind.
Mike in his skivvies leaped into the dinghy and tried to push us off,
while I, in a long black nylon nightie plastered to my wet body, gunned
the engine. No good. Mike went under the bow and with help from
the guests, got another anchor and chain into the dinghy and threw
them overboard far to windward. Then he pushed the bow toward the
wind with the dinghy.
All this time the women were wringing their hands, scared to death.
One had put her bra on over her nightgown. The men were at the
anchor winch bringing in the chain while I gunned the engine. Slowly
the bow turned into the wind and we came off the reef so that Mike
could get aboard again, bring in both anchors, and re-anchor.
The next morning, dry and happy with a big breakfast in our
bellies, one of the men recited a short poem he had composed after
the excitement. The last line reminded me not to wear such a sheer
nightgown while on charter. It said: "Oh my goodness, god o'mighty!
There goes Jeannie in her nightie!" -&
Jeannie Kuich, once a long-time charter chef in the Virgin Islands, has
been writing monthlycolumns forthe Daily Newssince 1985and periodic
columns for Caribbean Boating, Nautical Scene, St. Thomas This Week
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