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Cheryl Powell, The Moorings Chief Operating Officer, said: "This
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make it the perfect yachting destination."
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crewed vacations on a fleet of 11m to 15m (35ft to 51ft) custom-built
catamarans and monohulls. Info: portlouisgrenada.com

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With dates confirmed as the 24th to 29th of April, 2011, one look at
your calendar will tell you two things about next year's Antigua Sailing
Week. First, racing will start on Sunday, as it did for 2010. The second
thing is that the event will take place over Easter, so the decision to
enter should be made quickly
To prove they are serious about their game, the Regatta Organiz-
ing Committee held two meetings involving more than 15 racing sailors
to discuss ratings, classifications and destination racing versus a single
centre event. New Sailing Week Chairman lan Fraser commented,
"Feedback has been enormous and positive,
and we are gratified by the goodwill that ex-
ists for Sailing Week and the desire by serious The new Moorings
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that the racing has to be challenging and that
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Tortola The 'Anything that floats but a Boat
Race' and 'The Sinking Dinghy Race' made
up two of the main attractions at The Pub's
annual fun day Another fun event was the
frozen T shirt competition.
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fifty yard course in a boat riddled with holes.
The frozen Tshirt competition was a chilly ex-
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sailing charter fleet with the addition of the
all-new Moorings 50.5 monohull.
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Barbados Keeps Tradition Alive
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The Barbados Cruising Club, in association with Mount Gay Rum and
the Barbados Tourism Authority are organizing a special sailing race
in January 2011.
Racing around Barbados can be traced back to the days of the old
trading schooners, and by announcing a new annual race, the tradition
will live on. Sailed on January 21, a bank holiday, the race is in honor
of Errol Barrow, the island's first Prime Minister and one of the founder
members of the Barbados Cruising Club.
Classes include classics, monohull open (unlimited length) and
multihull open (unlimited length).
The aim is simple the fastest time around Barbados. Website:
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VISAR to Pound the Streets
in New York Marathon
It takes a lot to keep an organization like Virgin Islands Search and
Rescue operating. To raise funds VISAR volunteer Willem Kerkvliet
has committed to running the New York marathon in November,
2010. "This will be my first full marathon, however I have competed in
half-marathons in Tortola and in Amsterdam, my original birthplace,
said Willem, whose training involves distance running at least four
times a week.
Kerkvliet isn't the only one willing to pound the streets in support
of VISAR. Paul Hubbard and Eric Sywak are currently in training for the
Detroit marathon in October.
In October, 2009, four VISAR members ran the Chicago marathon
in an effort to raise funds for the organization. Paul Hubbard, Mark
Sanders, Eric Sywak and Adele Perrot all finished the 26.2-mile course
in respectable times.
At current levels of activity VISAR needs about $100,000 per annum
to meet the needs of the community VISAR is funded almost entirely
by charitable donations and relies very heavily on the financial support
of the local community and visitors to the BV|.
To support VISAR members in the upcoming events go to:
www visar org/funding Click on 'make a donation'

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Pirate aboard often-and show it such a good time it will never want
to return to shore and live among the dreaded dirt-dwellers. (I don't
believe in going to the absurd lengths some sailing grandparents do
to accomplish this: showing the infant pictures of boats and giving it
sugar water-and then showing them pictures of houses and giving
them electro-shock therapy)
Don't forget: I grew up aboard the John G. Aden-designed, 52-foot
schooner Elizabeth in the early 1950s. I slept sandwiched between my
two teenaged sisters in the V-berth of the forecastle. It was fun. My sis-
ters were at constant war. If one threw up, the other would say, "Well,
I can throw up better than that!"
Once they discovered boys, I was in heaven. My parents made me
'tag along and be chaperone' when my sisters went on informal dates,
My favorite port was Pensacola, as it had a Navy base. I became in-
stantly wealthy-as I allowed it to become widely known that I could
be bought.
"... That's right," I told the startled sailors when we were alone. "Ev-
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pens, cigarette lighters, and Captain's hats should you want to jump
the queue-in addition to other things.

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out more scope on the din-
ghy painter.
There are endless ways of
being creative with a young
Caucasian tot in the tropics.
For instance, you can place
plastic letters on their belly
and bring their bassinets on
deck at noon-to spell out
clever things. Not just the

"This means, if lunder-
stand this family relation-
ship thingie correctly, that
I will be a grandfather. I
honestly thought maturity
would come first-but,
hey, I was wrong.,,

but heavy statements too, such as I POOP, THEREFORE I AM.
Okay, my parenting skill may be a tad rusty-but I'm looking for-
ward to it.
My grand child will be fourth generation boat bum-er, I mean, will
have an illustrious maritime heritage to live up (or down) to.
What's the best way to insure this? Why, we'|| just have the Little



is pregnant. She is the first

Great News! Our daughter
Goodlander ever to plan it!
I mean, she intended to get
preggers! My, how times have changed.
Even more amazing: she's married. To a
man! And both of them have a job and an
apartment and won't have to sell the child
immediately to buy more crack cocaine.
How lucky can we get?
This means, if I understand this family
relationship thingie correctly, that I will be
a grandfather I honestly thought maturity
would come first-but, hey, I was wrong.
There will be a grandchild. It will look up
to me. (|'II be taller!) I can teach it things.
For instance, I can give it the benefit of
having spent 20 + years as a Caribbean
Sea Gypsy "Never trust anyone who can
pronounce the letter H," I'II tell it.
Or, "... if you don't know what 'bahn
heer' means, then you ain't!"
Sailing with an infant isn't difficult: we
can tow the soiled diapers. Better yet-
we can chop up that old storm trysail for
'disposable' nappies.
Sure, they'|| be a tad stiff-all the better to toughen up the little
bilge rat.
If the baby finds the diapers too stiff and cries, we can just let


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I actually printed up a price sheet-so the sailors would know,
in advance, the cost of their 'first base, second base, HOME RUN!'
This directly benefitted me in a number of ways: I was able to, early
On, discover 1.) the joys of voyeurism, 2.) the entrepreneurial thrill of
being corrupt, and 3.) the benefits of wealth.
yes, if things had gone differently, I might have ended up the
head of HP

Yes, it is still great fun toying with the local shore-huggers-even at
58 years of age.
But I'm more interested in future fun than re-living the evil glories
of my sea gypsy past,
I believe our new grandchild will not only be fun to sail with-but
highly useful as well.
Babies are great at deck sanding: first, you lay them on wet ep-
Oxy, then you set them on some beach sand, and finally you transfer
them to the hot surface of the deck. (The little beggars only go or-
bital, in-line sanding is impossible until around the age of six. And,
yes, bring your iPod if you are overly-sensitive to pitiful sounds.)
I'm constantly loosing small nuts, washers, and bolts in the bilge. It
will be wonderful to, once again, have a small child aboard which I can
just grab by an ankle and play "Dip for Grandpa's Treasure!" with,
I'm not big on spanking or corporal punishment. However, a little
'tap on the tush' does get their attention. But children, like dogs,
should never be hit with the hand-and a rolled up newspaper seems
a bit crass. Luckily, I'm a sailor I just tack extremely slowly and hold the
kid bottom-up to the whipping jib sheet-that does the trick!
Besides, if you want to threaten the kid in polite company, you can
just grin and ask'em, "Whatdaya tink, kid-we should tack?"
... that will drain the blood out of their smirky little faces. (I'|| save
my other marine-parenting technique re: gybing-until the kid is older
and has a sturdier skull.)
At bed time I'II read to the cute little tyke. For example, I'|| read it
all the non-sex parts of my autobiography Chasing the Horizon. That
should take three or four minutes.
Young kids don't need their own bunks-I'II just punch a hollow in
our spinnaker bag. Or stash them with the (phewl) laundry I don't be-
lieve in coddling 'em: why search around for Johnson's Baby Shampoo
when Borax and a deck brush will serve just as well?
Okay, okay-|'|| be safety conscious. I'II make the grandkids wear a
PFD and, when it is old enough, tell it what those letters stand for.
(Pretty Frumpish Device.)

Or, to put it another
way, my parents couldn't
afford to send me to Har-
vard-and did the best
they could instead. (As |'ve
matured, |'ve learned a
few additional things-like
never put 'pimp' on a job
Oh, I had a grand time as
a boat kid! I remember once

"I'm constantly loosing
small nuts, washers, and
bolts in the bilge. It will be
wonderful to, once again,
have a small child aboard
which I can just grab by
an ankle and play 'Dip for
Grandpa's Treasure!' with.,,

in Carrabelle, Florida, when a group of 'do-gooders' gathered on the
dock to discuss the State taking me away from my radical parents-
just because my father wore a dress (Polynesian pareo) and missed
Christians as 'delusional flat-earthers'.
So, to show family solidarity, I stuck my tiny hand out of a port hole
and showed the group just what I thought of them. I knew they'd seen
it-from the sharp intake of their horrified breath.
Even my sisters were shocked. "You just shot 'em the Bird!"
did not," I said.
did too," said one sister
did too," said the other
"I just ... well, lowered four of my other fingers, that's all!"
I explained.


I'II also insist on a long, strong safety harness. That way-it is easy
and convenient to chum for Great Whites-Just make sure you snatch
the kid back on deck and toss the shark hook as the ravenous crea-
tures hit the surface with their mouths wide open.
We Goodlanders have certain bizarre 'sea gypsy' traditions to up-
hold. For example, our daughter (the kid's mother-to-be) was raised
mostly in Caribbean rhum shops like Le Select on St. Barts. I remem-
ber once I was drinking there and an innocent American tourist couple
wandered in (by mistake) and the woman said in a horrified tone of
voice, "Oh, that's awful! There's a small child playing under the table
and ... and ... it is eating a bugl"
I immediatelyslid off the bar stool, bent down, and carefully observed
my child: it wasn't a bug she was eating, it was a chameleon. Still, it was
against the rules. So I used my stern Daddy-voice when I scolded her
"I told you not to spoil your dinner!" I said in exasperation.
Some people have accused me of being a tad greedy Not so. Both
times, when Mark Marin of Antilles School called me up to announce
our daughter was valedictorian of her class and when the trustees of
Brandeis University called me up to announce she'd won a merit schol-
arship-well, neither time did I mention money first. To Antilles, I just
asked if ... well, there was any parental cash involved ... and to Brandeis
if we could save them some dinero by opting for greenbacks instead
of the education (which is, let's be honest, sort of iffy in value).
Frankly, I credit my daughter's excellence in higher education to ... me.
Why? Because once I asked her why she was such an avid reader-and
she succinctly explained to me, "... either I read or I listen to you."

in eseh r motivator-
Honestly, I wasn't
that impressed with
the whole university
thing. It took her four
years to get a BS_
which I wallowed in ev-
ery time I drank.
Let's just say-| had
a different focus during
When she called me

"Young kids don't need their
own bunks-I'll just punch a
hollow in our spinnaker bag.
Or stash them with the (phew!)
laundry. I don't believe in cod-
dling 'em: why search around
for Johnson's Baby Shampoo
when Borax and a deck brush
will serve just as well?"

up about going back to school for her Master's Degree-we had a bad
telephone connection. I heard, "Dadj I'm thinking about going back to
school and (garbled)... taking (garbled) MBAl"
,, ,,
I dunno, honey, I shot back. "I'd be careful. In my day, it was LSD.
I'd recommend taking just half a cap-if you like it, you can always do
the remainder!"
The bottom line is that I thought we parents only got one shot at
torturing our kids-now I realize that's not true. We can stress-test the
grants' in the same horrible way we did their mother Yippeel Our
cup runneth over aboard Wild Card a

Cap'n Fatty Goodlander lives aboard Wild Card with his wife Carolyn
and cruises throughout the world. He 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 fattygoodlandercom.

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In the Caribbean when Oc-

tober comes around peo-
ple get ready for The Sea-
son. But what exactly does this
ambiguous term really mean.
Someone once told me that in
New Hampshire they have four
seasons: the wet season, the
mud season, the fly season and
the off season. Still want to visit? Really, of course, in the north-
ern hemisphere north of the tropics, there are four seasons di-
rected by the earth's revolution around the sun, winter, spring,
summer and autumn (fall, to those challenged by the English
language). In the tropics we typically have two seasons, the
wet season and the dry season, but in recent decades the
seasons refer more to visitor arrivals than to climate change.
The high season is from Christmas to May, May to August is
summer season, August to November is hurricane season and
November to Christmas is ... well, shoulder season.
By December those in the tourist industry are usually anx-
iously awaiting the arrival of well-heeled visitors from northern
climes: empty pockets are in need. Conversely, by August the
stress and strain of continuous tourist arrivals along with the
ubiquitous tedious and mundane questions make employees
wish they had chosen an exciting career in accounting.
To those who find tourists unbearable there is a solution: it is
to be found in the above mentioned fly season of states in New
England. Apparently it is possible to become at least partially
immune to the nasty stinging bites of the voracious insects.
Some years ago a man wearing a wide-brimmed black hat at-
tracted hundreds of the bothersome critters. By sweeping his
hand across the top of his swarming head gear he caught and
then, in a rage, ate the offending flies. Hey presto! He became
instantly immune; he was never bitten again.
So, next time bothersome tourists become insufferable
eat a few of them. Word will soon spread and visitor arrivals
will drop to a more manageable level. After all it worked for
the Fiji group when Captain Bligh was chased by a canoe full
of savage natives screaming, "Faster, faster, long pig for din-
ner tonight!" Although Bligh escaped, tourism, even today,
comes only in fits and starts.
There is one caveat: To owners and managers of leisure
industry businesses who reap hefty profits from tourism it
might be wise to change the name 'shoulder season', espe-
cially just before Christmas.

Julian Putley is the author of "The Drinking Man's Guide to
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major sailing events in Europe this summer, representing the

Six junior sailors from the U.S. Virgin Islands traveled to three
territory and St. Thomas Yacht Club in the International 420
(|-420) two-person dinghy
This ambitious summer of sailing started off with Alex Coyle and
Alec Tayler and Nikki Barnes and lan Coyle competing at Kiel Week
in Germany, from June 24 to 27. Light winds created challenging con-
ditions, with only five races completed out of a planned 11 for the
regatta. Coyle and Tayler finished 17th and Barnes and Coyle 82nd in
the 204 boat fleet.
The team then attended a week-long clinic in Barcelona practicing
with Spain's top |-420 sailors.
Next stop was the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
in Istanbul, Turkey, sailed July 8 to 17. Only sailors 18 and under can
participate in this event. There are six classifications of boats and the
|-420 is one of them. Only one boys team and one girls team per coun-
try may compete. Coyle and Tayler represented the Boys division for
the U.S. Virgin Islands while Barnes and Agustina Barbuto raced in the
Girls division. Like Kiel, extremely light shifty winds proved difficult for
all sailors. Only three races were completed during the first two days
of racing. The boys had a difficult start under these conditions and,
while the girls performed better, they were carrying a DSO from the

first race and they hoped to get in enough races so they could drop
this worst score. In the end, the Coyle and Tayler finished 25th out of
36 and Barnes and Barbuto 14th out of 28.
Finally, the team traveled to the |-420 World Championships in Haifa,
Israel, held July 25 to July 31. Coyle and Tayler sailed in the Open Class
as did lan Barrows and lan Coyle, while Barnes and Barbuto competed
in the Ladies Class. The Virgin Islands sailors got off to a great start
with all three teams making it into the top half of their respective fleets,
which meant that they all qualified for the Gold Fleet. Coyle and Tayler
qualified by placing 26th out of 83 boats, Barrows and Coyle with a 17th
place finish, and Barnes and Barbuto an 11th place finish in the Ladies
Division. Great conditions meant the race committee was able to run
all 11 planned races in the Finals. Ultimately, Coyle and Tayler finished
19th/83, Barrows and Coyle 12th/83 and Barnes and Barbuto 13th/74.
This is a spectacular finish in a Worlds competition, especially given the
fact that the ages of the Virgin Islands |-420 team members ranged only
from 14 to 17 years. Here's to a bright future for the team!
The US Virgin Islands' |-420 Team was coached by Agustin 'Argy
Resano and chaperoned by Heidi and Tim Coyle,

Report submitted by Carol Bareuther





Alec Anderson wrapped up a hard yet successful season
by finishing sixth in the Laser Central American and
Caribbean Games, his first big Laser full rig regatta.
The young sailor began his season in Texas by winning the
Laser Radial Gulf Coast Championships. Then it was on to
the Laser North Americans where he scored an impressive
win ahead of a fleet of 97 boats.
With two wins behind him, Anderson traveled to Halifax,
Nova Scotia, for three days of top-notch training before leav-
ing for Largs, Scotland, and the Laser Radial Worlds. In Scot-
|and, Anderson teamed up with three sailors from the U.S.,
and embarked on three days of training while trying to ac-
climatize to the cold and rainy conditions.
The Laser Worlds were a challenge for competitors and
race management with only six of the twelve races taking
place. A spirited attack in race six saw Anderson finish in first
place, the win good enough to leave him 10th overall out of
98 of the world's best sailors.
With a quick turnaround to make Chicago in time for the
two ISAF Grade 3 match races, Anderson and BVI Coach
Chris Watters joined Colin Rathbun and Chris Brockbank
aboard their One Design. With Rathbun at the helm, Team
BVI finished with an even record of wins to losses, and had a
near second overall slip to a fifth in the very last race.
With his sights set firmly on the 2012 Olympics, Anderson
will look to compete in many international events starting
with the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in January

Report and photo submitted by Chris Watters

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Puerto Rican sailors may have had a home-island -

advantage at the 2010 Central American and
Caribbean Games (CAC), which were held in
Boquer6n Bay south of the host city of Mayaguez, in
Puerto Rico. But, they also showed incredible prowess --
and medal-winning performances.
Over 140 sailors from 16 countries competed in
eight different categories during the July 24 to 29
sailing portion of the Games. Seven to eleven races
were completed in each of eight classes in winds that
ranged from six to 16 knots.
In the 17-boat Sunfish class, multi-time world cham-
pion, Eduardo Cordero from Venezuela handily won
over countryman, Hugolino Colmenares, while 16-year-
old Ard van Aanholt from Curacao wore the Bronze.
"I started the competition very bad and after two
days I was in 8th overall, so I had a lot of catching up to do," says
van Aanholt, who also beat his father and former Sunfish world
champion, Cor van Aanholt, who finished 8th. "My success came
from years of training and sailing in the Worlds in Italy where I also
earned a Bronze medal. Also, I discuss many things with my dad,
like tactics and the trim of the boat. He is an inspiration to me."
Puerto Ricans Raul
Rios and Gabriel Ra-
mos dominated the
7-boat Snipe class .
with a flawless string
of first place finishes. / '
"Ever since I left a P. *
Optic's I have been
training for the Games ,* -- -
and especially this .
last year I have been
more focused on the
Snipe than the 420," -
Rios says. "Before the -
regatta, I was pretty - ". - *
scared of the North - "
American Champions
Jorge and Alejandro
Murrieta from Mexico.
After the first day of racing and finishing with a perfect score, ev-
erything felt a lot better as I saw our boat speed was better than
theirs. Earning the gold medal was our goal. This was possible
with good training with organization and learning new things ev-
eryday with the right concentration."
The Murrieta brothers finished second, while Puerto Rican sail-
ors, Marcos Teixidor and Ricardo Latimer ended third.
Puerto Rico's Enrique Figueroa, a former Hobie 16 nation-
al champ and four-time Olympian, with teenage crew Victor

Aponte, bulleted over half the races to win the nine-boat Ho-
bie 16 class.
"We expected our toughest competition to come from the other
Puerto Rican team of Keki Figueroa and Natalia Olivero, although
the ones to watch were the teams from Venezuela and Guatema-
la who had been winning most of the events leading up to the
Games," says Figueroa. "In the end, I believe our training, the
coaching, and mental preparation was the key to our success.
Figueroa and Olivero won the silver, while Javier Cabildo and
Katia Real earned the bronze.
The 9-boat J/24 class was easily dominated by Puerto Rico's
Efrain 'Fraito' Lugo, who finished with a Gold Medal and 10 point
lead over Silver winner, Puerto Rico's Jorge Santiago.
"Puerto Rico finally got the Gold and Silver in the J-24 class, but
from the beginning we knew that the Mexicans were the closest ri-
vals," says Lugo. "From day one we were leading the class and by
the third day we were still in the lead and our plan was to sail conser-
vatively and not make mistakes. Training and preparation, teamwork
and confidence in our goal for the Gold are what paid off."
Guatemala's Juan Maegli won the 22-boat Laser Standard class
followed by the Dominican Republic's Raul Aguayo.
"The other three guys from the top four (Juan, Jose Ruiz from
Venezuela and Thomas Barrows from the U.S. Virgin Islands) were
always on my mind. We were all in China (the 2008 Summer Olym-
pics in Beijing) and they all beat me over there," says Aguayo.
"What was really helpful was that I was able to sail at the ven-
ue for about a week before the event and got to know the race
course better than most."
Venezuela's Ruiz ended with the Bronze. For full results, visit:

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based
marine writer and registered dietician.




he annual Cruzan Open One Design Regatta (CROOD)

took place the weekend of July 17-18 on the waters of
Teague Bay in St. Croix. Hosted by the St. Croix Yacht
Club, the regatta, now in its eighth year, saw nearly forty sailors
take to the water in Optis, Lasers, 420s, and Rhodes 19s.
The racing got off to an inauspicious start on Saturday. Race
Officer Jim Kloss had no sooner anchored on station when a
squall line threatened, forcing the racers back to shore. Thir-
ty-five knot winds and heavy rains made things interesting
for those slow to return to the beach. After a couple of hours
delay and an early lunch, the racers headed out again. This
time the weather cooperated, providing puffy, shifty winds to
challenge the sailors. Four or five races were completed in
each class before another heavy squall provided some more
excitement, and ended the day's racing.
In the Optimist Class, Ryan Hunter found the conditions to his
liking, reeling off four straight firsts to end the day in the lead.
Jae Tonachel and Peter Stanton traded firsts in the Lasers, while
Mack Bryan and Beecher Higby led the 420s and Rhodes 19s.
Sunday dawned clear and breezy, allowing the Committee
to run four more races in each class before lunch. After a rest
and a meal, the sailors headed out for more racing. One race
was completed before the black clouds rolled in once more,
effectively ending the regatta.
In the Optimists, Conrad Yanez liked the heavier winds to
move into first, followed by Ryan Hunter in second and Alec
Kuipers in third. The Optimist Green fleet was won by Ra-
chel Conhoff, followed by her brother David in second and
Nati Kuipers in third. The 420 class was won by Mack Bryan
and Eric Perez, just edging out Kenny Richardson and Starlin
Rosario from Anguilla by a point. Butchie Gumbs and Zach
Richardson, also from Anguilla, took third.
The Laser class was dominated by Jae Tonachel, who had
eight firsts in ten races. Second was Chris Schreiber, with Syd-
ney Jones third. Beecher Higby, sailing with Sam Carney and
Melanie Conhoff, won a tight Rhodes 19 class, with Debbie
Schreiber, Jake Wilson, and Christopher Schreiber second,
and Ryan Murphy, Anton Kuipers, and Kelly Kuipers third@

Report and photo submitted by Chris Schreiber




During its recent visit to the BVI the Royal * *
Navy Lynx helicopter based on HMS ** -
Manchester took part in a joint training
exercise with members of Virgin Islands
Search and Rescue. The exercise involved 11 mem-
bers of VISAR and both the rescue vessels Spirit of
Tortola based in Road Town and Gorda Peak from
Spanish Town, as well as the four-man Lynx crew
from HMS Manchester. The aim of the exercise
was to practice winching drills, which is the ability ..
of VISAR to safely work underneath the helicopter ". ..T
while underway . -- , -e
Initially two members of the Royal Navy were
winched down to the VISAR vessel Spirit, one of
whom stayed on board to oversee the exercise for
the duration of the training, while the other mem-
ber, the winchman, participated in the actual winch-
ing. A total of five VISAR crewmembers were lifted
into the Lynx, which is said to be the second oldest
in Navy Service, and then recovered back to Spirit.
The conditions were not ideal, with a somewhat
fluctuating south easterly wind blowing at up to 15
knots causing a choppy sea. This made recovering
personnel back to the boat both tricky for the helm
and also potentially dangerous.

A crewman from the - -
b Sp 't
nhe In hoe t R al

Gerard Kraakman, one of the VISAR helms said:
"The hardest thing for me was to keep our boat in a
steady position underneath the helicopter, sometime
the helicopter would be blown slightly off course and
I had to chase it, making sure when the winch was
lowered, that the boat was underneath it so that the
people were positioned safely "
After over 45 minutes of continuous training, the
helicopter had to return to the ship, which was now
underway to her next port of call. The training was a
tremendous success and was a benefit to all VISAR
members who participated, building confidence and
helping to promote teamwork, as well preparing the
crew in case the eventuality of winching operations
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The mid-90s were the era when it first became popular to feature
artists and their artwork at tournaments.
"I was trying to make my mark in the industry back then, so it was
perfect," says Chen. "Of course, the tournament was a lot of fun. It
was really good times hanging out with all the right people.'
Virgin Islands' waters are known for an incredible blue marlin bite,
especially during the summer months, so it was natural to pick this
species to represent the VIGFC.
"I looked at the space and thought if I drew the whole fish that it
would be a smaller image and harder to see from the road," he says,
"So, I decided to just paint the head of the fish so I could really blow
it up in size.
Continued on page 32



lands Game Fishing Club (VIGFC) in Red Hook, St. Thomas,

Passersby of the marlin monument that fronts the Virgin Is-
might have wondered if a graffitist was at work one Sun-
day morning. Indeed, there was a T-shirted, ball cap-clad,
sunglass-wearing man standing with paint and brush in hand in front
of the iconic art. No worries. This was famous marine artist, Carey
Chen, and he was re-enlivening the six-foot tall painting of a blue
marlin skyrocketing from the sea that he was first commissioned to
paint fifteen years before.
"It was 1995 and I was asked to come down and be the featured
artist for the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament," says Chen,
who lives in Jupiter, Florida.




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It took Chen four to five days to complete the original design.
This time, he needed only three days to do the re-touch. He didn't
change the image, but he did alter his choice of paints to make the
fish more vibrant.
"The first time I used latex paint because I didn't know regular acrylic
would work for something that was outside and would be continually
subjected to the elements. This time I used acrylic paints," he says. "I
also corrected the fish and gave it more contrast with its background
to really make it stand out."
Stand out the design does, both now and when it was first painted,
In fact, just ask any of the sports fishermen who were around right after
Hurricane Marilyn and they'|| tell the tale about how the battery-operat-

ed light designed to illu-
minate the marlin monu-
ment at night was the
only bright spot in the
darkness in Red Hook in
the storm's wake.
Chen, who was born
in California to Jamai-
can parents, and raised
in Jamaica until the age
of 18 when he moved to
Miaml, has traveled the
Caribbean as guest artist
at a number of tourna-
ments, including the San

"'The first time I used latex
paint because Ididn't know
regular acrylic would work for
something that was outside
and would be continually sub-
jected to the elements. This
time l used acrylic paints,' he
says. 'I also corrected the fish
and gave it more contrast
with its background to really
make it stand out.'"

Juan International Billfish Tournament in Puerto Rico, and tournaments
in St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, Trinidad & Tobago and Curagao.
"One year I did the whole circuit, some 30 to 40 tournaments,"
says Chen. "That was the year I released 95 blue marlin. Since
then, I've released over 300 marlin. I've also won a few tourna-
ments. For example, our USA team also won the San Juan tourna-
ment three years ago with four marlin releases and I released two
of them
The chance to do some big game fishing is a side benefit of being
an event's marine artist. That's because much of the work takes place
before lines go in the water
"I create a unique design that's used on the cover of the tour-
nament booklet, on the T-shirts, on merchandise and for the art
show where a piece is auctioned off to benefit a charitable fishing
organization," Chen explains. "The organizers usually let me have
free reign in creating the design, but they usually ask for a local
landmark like El Morro in San Juan or the North Drop in St. Thomas
to be a part."
These days, Chen is as busy as ever with his art, but he's not travel-
ing as much since his pavement pounding years ago has made him a
household name in the marine art world.
"I've slowed down a bit," he says, "but I'II never tire of fishing and
St. Thomas will always be my second home."

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based
marine writer and registered dietician.

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he 2010 Tourism Development Company (TDC) Tarpon
Thunder Tournament which was hosted at the Sweet
Water Marina in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, was again a
huge success.
This year's tournament had 110 anglers competing on 26 boats
all along the North Western coast of Trinidad. A total of 154 Tar-
pons were released unharmed by the anglers,
Team Mapepire were again crowned champions after releasing
20 tarpons in this year's tournament. They were the winners of
the 2009 TDC Tarpon Thunder Tournament with the same team
members: Captain Marc Telfer, Dominic Wallace, Travis Ali, Mi-
chael De Freitas and Fernando Navarro. Second place went to
team Play Hool Team Barbie Doll Too captained by Gary 'Gaff' Story placed third
with team De Rog captained by Jonathan Bernard and D Jep
captained by JP Agostini placing fourth and fifth respectively,
Joshua Camacho on board Anger Management won the best
angler and best junior angler categories. Mike Holiday of team
Barbie Doll Too placed second in the best angler category with

Alan De Verteuil of De Rog taking the third place honors. Mat-
thew Vilain of Anger Management and Louis Devaux of Geordie
li placed second and third in the junior angler category and Susan
Persad of Taz won best female angler
At the prize giving, held at the Sweet Water Marina, Cornell
Buckradee, Manager of Investment Promotions at TDC praised
the organizers of the event, the Trinidad and Tobago Game Fish-
ing Association (TTGFA), for another successful year in promoting
the sport of fishing in Trinidad and Tobago to foreign anglers,
This year's tournament had foreign anglers make up approxi-
mately ten percent of the total amount of participants,
The winners received David Wirth Trophies, thousands of dol-
Iars in cash, Framed Pat Ford Photographs, Shimano Rods and
Reels Tackle Bags, Reel Covers, Hats, Reel Tackle Vouchers and
Sponsor's Products Gatorade, Carib Pilsner Light, Blue Water
and Red Bull.

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Sport fishing for blue marlin is the ultimate angling adven-
ture: man-against-beastfights aboard million dollar rigs. For
13-year-old Travis Morrison, who released his first marlin at
the age of nine and several more after that, it's a sport he's been
born into, excels at and aims to make his profession one day
The St. Thomas teenager literally grew up on the Red Hook
docks where his father, Capt. Eddie Morrison, runs the charter
boat, Marlin Prince. Travis would take the bus to the marina after
school, buy hooks and bait at the tackle shop, and angle along
the docks. There, he'd catch snapper, puffer fish and grunts, and
release them, showing his conservationist side from the get go.
What enticed this young angler to fish rather than play soccer
or baseball?
"It's the atmosphere," he says, "the excitement of something
pulling on your line when the fish starts to take the bait. That's
when you get an adrenalin rush. The fun is in the bite."
Travis soon moved from onshore to offshore, riding along when
his father had charters.
"I'd help out in the cockpit," he says. "My dad got little gloves
for me so I could learn to wire small fish like kingfish and bonito."
Red Hook is a hot bed of some of the most tal-
ented big game captains, crews and anglers in the -
world. Travis used this brain trust as his own private
marlin university.
"I'd be out there all the time, always asking
questions and listening to what the old guys were
saying," he says.
Travis earned the recognition and admiration
of many of the sports fishermen who in turn asked *
him out to ride along with them when fishing. One
of the first was Capt. Mike Lemon onboard the Re-
venge, winner of several Caribbean tournaments.
"We didn't catch anything, but it was an awe-
some day," says Travis. "I got to see several pitch-
es; teaser bites are the best. We'd be sitting there,
everything would be calm, relaxed and focused,
and then all of a sudden the line would go down
on one of the riggers and it was mayhem, orga-
nized madness.
In July 2007, a ride along aboard the April Mi-
chelle provided Travis with an opportunity to catch
his first marlin a white marlin. A month later, he
was invited aboard the Lady Lane after impressing
the captain with his knowledge. That day, the Lady
Lane headed east to Anegada where they spent
the night and were then the first boat on the drop- -
off the next morning.
"I was first up in the chair," Travis tells, "Things .
were slow and I was just about to get something to -
eat when the right long went down. I set my feet

on the footrest and took about two cranks on the line and the
hook pulled. The line was rigged with a lure, so the guys said to
keep reeling it in to check if the line had been chafed. Then the
line went tight. I had hooked him myself all IGFA (International
Game Fishing Association) legal! The next thing we see is the fish
jump by the outriggers. It was so cool to watch him jump like an
explosion of blue and silver flashes.
One hour and 42 minutes later, Travis released his blue marlin,
estimated at 400 to 500 pounds, once the mates got the fish up
to the back of the boat.
Big game fishing isn't always exciting.
"You're out there for 10 hours at a time and you need to be inter-
ested or really love it or you'|| go crazy out there," Travis says. "What
I do is to keep looking at the spread and to look for things that are
out of place because that might be a fish coming up. It's like trying
to find a piece of a puzzle that might never be found."

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based
marine writer and registered dietician.




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had some idea of what I was
looking at.
I realized that for every 20
or so pictures taken you may
be lucky to have one worth
viewing. Of course with the
advent of the digital age
this is not a problem. Each
time I snorkel I regularly take
around 100 pictures. Obvi-
ously, the calmer and sunnier

"The secret to clear
photographs is Photoshop.
You do not need the expen-
sive version, Photoshop
elements is sufficient. ...
all you have to do is
click on 'image' and
then 'auto enhance.'"

the conditions then the easier it is. I try to swim as slowly as possible;
it's amazing what you can see if you hover over a piece of coral or
around a wreck. Too many people just rush along and then get out of
the water saying "well there was nothing there to see." Wrong! There
is always something to see. I now never get in the water without my
camera, the one day I had forgotten it I had a very close encounter
with a dolphin. As wonderful as the encounter was I rue the day I had
no camera.




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|||usion is also a fun thing; I took the photo-
graph of the Black Tip Reef shark in Anguilla.
After much consternation from my family back
in the U.K., I was able to admit the shark was
a baby, maybe 18 inches long, and the photo-
graph taken in about three feet of water
As for turtles, I have found that in the Ca-
ribbean the easiest place to photograph
them is the Tobago Cays. There are literally
hundreds of them and they are unafraid of
snorkelers, so you can follow them around at
your own pace.
For the clearest water and the biggest fish
I have ever seen then it has to be Bonaire
and Curagao. Here you will see enormous
Parrot fish, Angel fish the size of dinner
plates, and all manner of fish that you have

. never seen before. AI| of this said it does not
- matter where you are, every time you get in
*' the water if you look hard enough then you
will be rewarded.
As a final note, as soon as you get out of
the water rinse off the camera case with fresh
water Camera manufacturers are getting very
clever Model changes now occur a few times
a year, so if anything happens to your camera
or case then more than likely you will have to
replace both. You can pay exorbitant
money to replace the case to fit your
old camera or vice versa.
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The camera I am currently using
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setting as I have found it makes
no difference to the end picture.
The secret to clear photographs is
Photoshop. You do not need the
expensive version, Photoshop ele-
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days, in 1956, I had the exploratory interest. The quote is

Donald Street wrote: From my earliest days, in the earliest
from his website, and he was talking about his pioneer-
ing sailing aboard his wooden yawl 10/aire. Does the name
sound familiar? It should because Street's influence on Caribbean
cruising is evident in the Imray-lolaire charts most modern Caribbean
sailors have come to depend on. Street's understated "exploratory
interest" made them possible.
Last summer, my fiancee Mia Karlsson and I led a teenage live-
aboard sail-training program for the adventure travel outfit Broa-
dreach. Aboard a 50-foot Beneteau named Arwen, which we boarded
in Anse Marcel, St. Martin, we covered the 600 or so miles from St.
Martin to Trinidad in a leisurely 32 days, retracing Street's exploration
and utilizing his knowledge as we made our way south.
Though Street's efforts occurred nearly half a century ago, rocks don't
move, and the waterproof charts he had a hand in creating are invalu-
able to the modern Caribbean sailor I was determined to teach the kids
real sailing, and we burned through less than half a tank of diesel on
the entire voyage-often anchoring and mooring under sail-the kids
learning seamanship the right
way Street, in his engineless
lolaire, would have approved.
Sailing the chain of Carib-
bean islands rather than cruis-
ing it, requires more than just
the knowledge gleaned from
glancing at the chart. The Im- .. 1
ray charts are typical in that .
they provide great detail of the .
dangers that lurk beneath the .-
water's surface. Yet they don't
offer much in the way of details
when it comes to the water it-
self and the wind that affects it.
Spend a few days in the Carib-
bean, and it becomes obvious
that it's windy and that it often
blows from the same direction,
the east, varying only slight
north and south depending
on the season. These are the
Trade Winds, that glorious
band of latitude in which the
islands reside, where it's al-
ways sunny and usually windy,
indeed sometimes too windy, a
come hurricane season.

By phase II of our 'Arc of the Caribbean' voyage, the kids would
begin relying heavily not on the front of the Iolaire charts, which
by now they'd mastered, but on the backs of them, where the real
value is hidden. Street hadn't simply charted the rocks and reefs
and outlined the inlets and anchorages, but also documented his
experiences in his sailing directions. These directions give life to
the islands represented on the front of the chart, describing typical
wind strengths, expected currents, and compass anomalies. They
even offer the best course-to-steer on the more popular routes,
and include tips on anchoring techniques, tide information and
buoy data.
New at navigating, I coaxed my students into figuring out Street's
directions on their own, rather than outright telling them. One morn-
ing I laid the passage chart upside down on the table and simply asked
our navigator for the day to start reading. It slowly dawned on every-
one that while the directions sounded like an adventure narrative, they
were in fact providing the clues the novice navigators needed to get
us safely to Nevis. They no longer needed me to teach them, as they
were teaching themselves.



Thanks to Street's ambitions as an explor-
er, his precise directions and my kids trust in
them, we were able to sail the chain of islands
and experience them in a way most modern
cruisers do not.
For more information about Broa-
dreach and the 'ARC of the Caribbean'
sail-training program for teenagers go to

www gobroadreach.com

Andy Schell is a professional captain and free-
lance writer, based in the Caribbean, Annapo-
lis and Stockholm, depending on the season.
He lives aboard his yawl Arcturus with Mia, his
fiancee. wwwfathersonsailing.com

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Gradually our kids became good sailors and
better navigators, sailing us onto the hook in
the Iles des Saintes after a successful over-
night passage from Montserrat. With Street's
help, they learned of the wind shadow created
by the high islands like Guadeloupe and St.
Lucia. They anticipated the blustery winds we
encountered near the northern and southern
tips of Dominica, where the wind often blows
fierce and from odd directions as it rounds the
rocky headlands. They learned to steer a more
easterly course through the inter-island chan-
nels, as the trades force water between the
islands, sometimes creating ripping currents
and bigger than normal waves that conspired
to push us west and off course.
Our final overnight passage was our lon-
gest yet, from Grenada south to Trinidad,
where we'd be dodging oilrigs and fighting
the North Equatorial Current, all explained
in detail on the chart. We made our landfall,
Street's advice on the current and his recom-
mended course-to-steer proving spot on.



islands). By the light of the moon I can see boobies flying

It is midnight in Las Aves de Barlovento (the Venezuelan out
around, chasing and squabbling with each other. There is a
mix of Brown Boobies and Red-footed Boobies and they are
noisy The word raucous comes to mind. Boobies are gregarious by
nature and this colony has many noisy juveniles and courting adults.
It is hard to describe the calls of the Red-footed Booby, but here it
goes ... ghaaow or try grack, grack grack! At the nest you can hear
grunts, honks and hisses.
In the daylight it is easy to pick out the Red-footed Boobies from the
Brown Boobies (All at Sea, April 2009). Red-footed Booby adults have
bright red feet and the juveniles have pink feet, all a have pale blue bill
and skin around the eye, with pink at the base of the bill. Their plum-
age is a bit confusing because there are several color variations called
morphs that range from individuals that are all white, except for black-
ish on the wing, to individuals that are entirely dark brown. Individuals
representing several morphs can breed in a single colony These are
the smallest of more than half a dozen booby species and they breed
in the tropical islands in Hawaii, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic, Pacific and
Indian Oceans, and seas north of Australia.
Red-footed Boobies are strong flyers and can travel up to 90 miles
in search of food. They often hunt in large groups of mixed seabirds.

Boobies are well adapted for diving and have long bills, lean and aero-
dynamic bodies, closeable nostrils, and long wings which they wrap
around their bodies before entering the water They locate their food
by sight from the air and make spectacular plunges with speeds up to
60 mph into the water when they spot fish. At night, they may dive for
schooling squid that are visible because of their phosphorescence.
AI| boobies and many other
sea birds carry their prey back
to their nest in their stom-
achs and regurgitate it for the
young. On the way back to the
nest they might run a gauntlet
of Magnificent Frigate birds
that will chase the boobies,
grab onto a wing or tail and
give them a vigorous shake in
hopes of getting the booby
to regurgitate the fish. That is
one of many ways the Magnifi-
cent Frigate birds steal food
from other birds (All at Sea,
November 2009).
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fishing boats for fish scraps. The
juveniles are especially curious
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the booby let go of his prize green plastic
squid as we reeled it in. Once in the water, the
birds use their webbed feet to aid swimming.
Although agile in the air, they can be clumsy
when taking off or landing. Boobies earn their
name from their antics in landing and taking
off and their natural curiosity
Red-footed Boobies build stick nests in
trees or bushes and nest in large colonies.
They lay one chalky blue egg, which is incu-
bated by both adults for 44-46 days. They
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around the egg to keep it warm during in-
cubation. It may take up to three months
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they make extensive flights. The low repro-
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lifespan, which has been reported to be up
to 40 years. Red-footed Booby pairs may
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harsh squawks and the male's display of his
blue throat. When not breeding these boo-
bies spend most of the time at sea, and are rarely seen away from
breeding colonies.
The Red-footed Booby is not globally threatened because it is so
widely dispersed. The biggest threats are coastal development and a
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The choice between power versus sail depends on a few decision
points. One of these is previous experience.
"If clients have experience with one or the other, power or sail, this
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There is no formal certification, license needed or spe-
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However, experience is essential.
To qualify for bareboat chartering you simply need
to have experience operating a yacht that is within eight
to ten feet of the size yacht you wish to charter and
with similar displacement," says Melody Delgado, yacht
charter broker with Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd., based in
Nokomis, Florida. "You also need experience with vari-
ous skills: anchoring, moorings, docking, navigating,
and so on.
The extent these skills are required depends on the dif-
ficulty of the location selected for charter. For example,
the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are considered an 'easy'
boating destination with very little anchoring, docking
and navigation required.
"In order to meet fleet insurance requirements, the
person deemed to be captain will be required to supply a
sailing resume', which the charter company will provide
In their format, outlining his or her boating experience.
The resume is then sent to the operations manager who
. .
will determine of he or she has sufficient experience,
says Liane Le Tendre of Bareboats BVI, in Tortola.
If this experience is lacking, the company may ask the
would-be skipper to hire a check out skipper for one or
two days at a cost of between $150.00 to $175.00 per
day, plus meals. The check out captain then makes the
final determination as to their suitability as captain.
"If you are borderline or not qualified," says David
Rohr, product manager for The Moorings, based in Clear-
water, Florida, "other options are available. For example,
you can hire a captain-only for your entire charter."

the best way to achieve that goal," says Liane Le Tendre of Bareboats
BVI, in Tortola. "The same thing applies if people are only here for a
short time but want to see it all and do it all."
Other pluses for power include space, stability and live-aboard
comfort, says The Moorings Rohr Air conditioning and generators,
electrical appliances like microwaves, coffee makers, blenders and TV/
DVD are on our powerboats."
A disadvantage can be a bigger fuel bill.
"Most power boats have twin engines and the engines are consid-
erably larger than those on sailboats for obvious reasons," says Bare-
boats BVI's Le Tendre.
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There are several
types of power yachts to
choose from in the US
and BV|. For example,
The Moorings offers a

37-foot ?-cabin power cat ideal for two couples or small families, and a
47-foot 4-cabin power cat that can sleep up to 12 in four-double cabins,
two V-berths and a salon table that converts to a fifth double bed.
"In general," says Virgin Island Sailing's Delgado, whose company
represents power yachts with from two to five cabins, "A monohull
tends to have more interior space than a power catamaran and a cata-
maran tends to have more exterior space. However, most models are
well appointed and spacious overall,
A sample power yacht itinerary through the BVI could start with a
cruise from Road Town, Tortola, to Cooper Island where yachts can
moor for the night in Manchioneel Bay with drinks and dinner only a
dinghy ride away Then, it's possible to rocket 16 miles to the east to

North Sound, Virgin Gorda, home of the Bitter End Yacht Club. The
next day, charterers can power out to Anegada for some of the best
lobster in the BV|. Next, Marina Cay, a Pusser's rum outpost, lies to the
west and is a good overnight stop, as is Cane Garden Bay the next
day where live music at Ouito's always draws a crowd. Finally, finish off
the week with a stop in Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke where there
are beach bars galore and du jour Finish off the trip by snorkeling the
caves at Norman Island before returning to Road Town.
"Lastly," says Virgin Island Sailing's Delgado, "Holiday weeks sell
fast, otherwise you should reserve your charter about six months
in advance."

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based
marine writer and registered dietitian.


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ithin one week's time no less than two sets of Cali-
fornia friends asked me about chartering a boat in
the Caribbean. One group included an offshore
racer who could no longer count the number of
times he had raced a sled to Hawaii, Ensenada or
Cabo and his wife had flown in to greet him. The other group included
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three top level husband and wife Snipe teams who had raced their din-
ghies in events all over the world. The Bahamas, Japan, Sweden, Uru-
guay they had sailed at every exotic place imaginable but not one of
them had ever been to the Caribbean! Their sailing resumes were more
than adequate to satisfy the charter companies of their sailing ability
My friends had saved up frequent flyer miles and had determined
that they were going to the BVI's. The offshore racer wanted to try
something really different, so he decided to charter a catamaran. The
three couples on board the cat could enjoy their privacy and have
plenty of storage space by using the spare cabin to stow extra gear
The Snipe sailors opted for a monohull.
For the weeks before the great vacations, everyone took up a vigor- gg
ous exercise routine. I spied the ones who lived in my neighborhood
running early in the morning and late at night, pushing child-laden baby
carriages up hills and going to the gym for spin classes, extra sets of sit-
ups and core exercises. They wanted to look good in their bathing suits
and they wanted to eat and drink with near reckless abandon while they
were on vacation. In the case of the Snipe sailors, it would be the first va-
cation that they had taken without their respective young broods in over
five years. While charter companies make available large numbers of
boats for charter during regattas such as St. Martin's Heineken Regatta,
the Californians were taking a break from racing also.


I rattled off my list of favorite spots just as my
Virgin Island friends had done with me the year
before. I told them that there were so many
great places to kick back and relax that they
wouldn't be able to visit them all in one week.
I gave them pointers about the wind and sea conditions and where I
would go given certain wind directions and sea states and then I reas-
sured them that most of their questions would be answered in the book
that they would receive from the charter company well before they left
the dock. The book and assorted brochures and charts that would be
provided to them would make things pretty clear and their orientation,
complete with slides showing the approaches to popular mooring areas
and harbors, charts and maps indicating heavily frequented bars and
restaurants would make everything crystal clear
Off they went to Tortola's Road Harbor where The Moorings, Sun-
sail and Barefoot Yacht Charters have their hubs. One group brought
some cereals and dry goods with them to complement the provision-
ing package that they selected from the charter company The other
group planned on dining out for every meal. Both sets were deter-
mined to visit every sailor's paradise, The Bitter End Yacht Club. Over
the years they had heard so many stories about Jost van Dyke that a
visit at Foxy's was unanimously voted into their voyage plan also. At
least one of them was hoping to get shipwrecked there.
Tortola is incredibly accessible by plane and by ferry and I am sure
that plenty of sailors have walked from the airport to the dinghy dock
in Long Bay or Trellis Bay to meet up with their crew. However, if you
are chartering, Road Town is a must see. Four hundred Moorings,
Sunsail and Footloose charter boats are based in the marina, that's

about 350 more than are at any of the other charter hubs in the world.
Monohulls comprise approximately 60% of the fleet. The rest are cata-
marans, including 25 power cats. Powercats are becoming more popu-
lar because they offer space, stability and comfort. Good seamanship
is a must on every boat, but operating a powerboat does not require
the same skill level as needed to operate a sailboat.
Line of sight navigation throughout over two dozen islands, warm
water, dependable wind and a smartly developed infrastructure to ca-
ter to charter boaters and cruisers, the BVI is the most popular cruising
ground in the world, but it is not the only one in the Caribbean. The
Moorings' Caribbean bases include the BVI's, Antigua, Guadeloupe,
Martinique, St. Vincent and St. Martin. Belize and Grenada have been
added to its offerings this year Each set of Caribbean Islands has its own
flavor, culture and festivals that will make each of your Caribbean charter
vacations special in its own right. My friends enjoyed their experience so
much that before they returned to their routines in California they com-
mitted to booking another bare boat charter in the Caribbean. &

Lynn Fitzpatrick's articles on sailing appear regularly in international
publications including AARP The Magazine and Cruising World. She
has been a highly competitive Snipe sailor and was the 2008 Sports



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"'Must do's' are to rent a mule (self-drive gasoline-powered golf
cart) and drive across to stunning Macaroni Beach," says Sethia.
"Have a cocktail or meal at Firefly, visit the Cotton House, or chill at
Basil's Bar rated by Time magazine as one of the best 10 bars in
the world."
The next day, sail to Salt Whistle Bay, on Mayreau, the smallest of
the inhabited Grenadines. The anchorage here is breathtaking, but
small. Saline Bay, on the southwest, is not as picture-postcard, but
there's much more room.
"Walk up to 'The Village' and hang out at one of several friendly,
local-style bars where you'|| meet some real characters and can enjoy a
great West Indian meal," says Sethia. "Visit the beautiful hilltop stone
church with its expansive views across the Grenadines. Eat at Dennis's
Hideaway (he even has a pool) or Robert Righteous.
Day three, sail to the Tobago Cays Marine Park.
"Swim with turtles, snorkel on the reef, have a picnic on Petit Tabac
where Captain Jack Sparrow was marooned in Pirates of the Carib-
bean, and ask the fishermen to prepare a lobster or fish barbecue on
the beach," suggests Sethia.
Sail over to Clifton Harbor on Union Island the next day. Dinghy out
to 'Happy Island', which is built out of conch shells, sand and stone,
and chill out in a hammock with a cold beer Happy Island's creator,
Janty, is usually around for a chat. There are many little stores here to
stock up on provisions. Then, take an afternoon sail to Petit St. Vin-
cent. Walk up the hillside to the one and only bar, sit down with a
cocktail in the lush surroundings where hummingbirds abound, and
stay for dinner,
The next day, cruise to Charlestown on Canouan,
"Hike across the central ridge and down to the windward lagoon,
says Sethia. "Take a picnic lunch, relax on the beach or snorkel on
the reef."
Finally, round out the week before heading back to St. Vincent,
with a stop at Admiralty Bay, on Bequia. Stroll through Port Elizabeth
and check out the local boat builders and handicraft stalls, hike up to
Spring and Industry and visit the Turtle Sanctuary, or laze on Princess
Margaret Beach.
"You can also hang with the locals for fun and food at Lower Bay
on a Sunday afternoons," says Sethia, "and sway with the rhythm at
Thursday night jump-up at The Frangipani."

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based
marine writer and registered dietitian.

"The sailing is more open water than in the British Virgin Islands,"
says Narendra 'Seth' Sethia, base manager at Barefoot Yacht Charters,
headquartered in Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent. "It's adventurous sailing,
but not difficult. The lay of the land puts you pretty much on a reach
whether heading north or south. Inter-island distances are relatively
short: from one to four hours, though typically two and half hours.
This means a leisurely morning sail with plenty of time to settle in an
anchorage, enjoy lunch and a lazy afternoon on the beach."
Some would describe St. Vincent & The Grenadines as 'the way
the Caribbean use to be', and this is indeed spot-on. The area is
un-crowded; no high-rise hotels or fast food chains here. Yet, there's
plenty to do ashore: eateries to suit every pocketbook and taste buds,
great hikes, sleepy fishing villages where wooden boats are still built
by hand and lively 'jump-ups' for the night owls.
A great one-week itinerary that hits the 'high spots' of the territory
and also takes into account the prevailing wind and current, is to cast
off from St. Vincent and sail to the private island of Mustique. Here
royalty and the rich-and-famous play anonymously Think Prince Wil-
liam, Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. There's only one
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elissa (single mom), Holly (devoted mother with a
husband who travels a lot) and I (single) had trekked,
cycled and kayaked together in Patagonia, Turkey,
Iceland and Switzerland, so when I booked a charter
for a Sunsail 384 in the BVI, I didn't give a second
thought to our crew. As others heard of our adven-
ture with two pre-teens, they were taken aback. The comments varied
from, "I haven't heard of women and children chartering a boat alone
before" to "did you run into problems?" to "good for you, it must be
nice to be that independent." The truth is, in all of my years of sailing,
it was the first time that I had sailed on anything larger than a small
keelboat with complete novices on board. It was a rite of passage that
made me think further about women chartering boats.
The more I travel, the more I meet successful and independent
women. It is not beyond them to participate in adventure sports, travel
to remote places or acquire the sailing skills, knowledge and confi-
dence to charter a sailboat. While Sunsail and The Moorings do not
keep statistics on the number of women chartering boats, their head



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of distribution for the Americas and Asia, commented, Fu
"We see more women chartering in the Caribbean. They of
are usually women who haven't had children yet or women
who have children who are grown up. Young children cre-
ate a bit of a gap.
Sunsail, The Moorings and other charter companies
qualify their charter clients through an application process
that matches the size boat and cruising grounds to the
level of experience. If your resume isn't up to snuff for a
bare boat charter, there are other options. You can hire an
experienced captain or a full crew, or you can sign up for
a learn to sail vacation at Sunsail's ASA and RYA certified
sailing school.
Girls for Sail (GFS), is another fun learn to sail vacation
option. GFS, an RYA sailing program for women, cel-
ebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Its principal, Annie
O'Sullivan, has seen more than telltale signs that more
women are sailing dinghies and keelboats. "The number
of female sailing instructors must have grown by ten times
in the last decade. In 2000 there were two female skippers
that I knew of. Now I have ten and there are others out
there," said O'Sullivan.
Operating out of the UK and the Caribbean, O'Sullivan
and her Elan 37 Diamonds are Forever, have had an aver-
age of 250 to 300 women per year participate in the sailing
program. While many of the participants want to take the plunge and
be able to sail on their own, others want to gain more confidence in
their abilities. "I recently had an RYA course with three married women
as students. They wanted to be able to go out sailing with their hus-
bands and not get told what to do," said Sullivan,
Each year, a large number of absolute beginners cruise and race
on Diamonds are Forever and are taught basic rule don't panic and
don't yell. "No matter what happens, the women always work togeth-
er," remarked O'Sullivan. "They are very methodical and calm and
they tend to reward themselves with little treats."
My primary goal on the charter was to make sure that no one got
hurt and everybody had a fantastic time. I wanted to convert two
adults and two great kids into sailors. Yelling was out of the question,

lly In control

Good fun snorkeling and diving, awesome meals and well deserved
cocktails were part of every day
Admittedly, I did not have a relaxing week, because I was always
thinking about how to make the next leg in the trade winds as pleas-
ant as possible. I tried to avoid beam-reaches and big waves striking
the boat broadside. Everyone learned how to tie knots, read the depth
sounder, take the helm and what to do in a man overboard situation.
To minimize surprises, we talked through approaches to moorings
and docks, anchoring and casting off well in advance, so there was no
need to panic. We also celebrated after each tricky situation and at
the end of every day. We will absolutely charter again and I hope that
other women will be encouraged to charter on their own or take part
in sailing programs such as those offered by Sunsail and Girls for Sail.
Girls for Sail will be in the Caribbean for the en-
tire upcoming season and will compete in the Ca-
ribbean 600 and will be at St. Barts. Diamonds are
Forever is spending more and more time in Gre-
nada where O'Sullivan will try to defend a 'Best
Female Skipper' award that she and crew won last
year. She is looking for a core crew that will sail from
St. Thomas to Antigua and would like to have five
or six women who can join Diamonds are Forever at
different times throughout the season and help her
to introduce more women to the joys of sailing and
racing in the Caribbean. .0

Lynn Fitzpatrick's articles on sailing appear regu-
larly in international publications including AARP
The Magazine and Cruising World. She has been
a highly competitive Snipe sailor and was the 2008
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Caribbean dealer for Jeanneau Yachts, Lagoon Catamarans and
Hunter Sailboats. Atlas is a full service dealership with new model
sailboats and Lagoon Catamarans in inventory and on display
This all began when Jim moved to Puerto Rico in 1991 and
purchased an old, French built 9-meter what was then known
as a 'Hurricane Hugo Special'. After many years as a skipper,
Jim began a yacht management operation while also working
as a broker for Dave McCall's Atlas Yachts Sales and Charters.
In 2001, Jim bought Atlas from Dave. At that time Atlas only
dealt in brokerage vessels and yacht management. After some
growth in the brokerage sales department, Atlas took on the
Hunter dealership and started the Sailtime base in PR as well as
an ASA Sailing School.
2007 was a big year as Atlas became the dealer for Lagoon
Catamarans. With the addition of the very successful Lagoon

line, Jim started SailCaribe Yacht Charters, answering the huge
demand for bareboat sailing charters to the Spanish Virgin Is-
lands of Culebra and Vieques.
The offices of Atlas Yacht Sales and SailCaribe yacht char-
ters are in Suite106 at Marina Puerto del Rey. Family owned
and operated, Deborah Veiga, Jim's wife, runs the administra-
tive end of the business and Jim manages the sales and the
charter operations. Atlas employs full time maintenance and
technical staff and is open seven days a week, year round, to
serve your needs. The SailCaribe fleet and new inventory ves-
sels are located at their private facility on Dock 10 at Puerto
del Rey.
Atlas Yacht Sales Caribbean has been a corporate member
of YBAA since 1998, and has been serving the Caribbean ever
since. With their reputable customer service, the best sailboat
brands in the sailing industry and a great central location at Ma-
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Clive Allen, Chris Simpson, Brian Duff

VI Yacht Sales is located at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina,
the premier marine service location in the British Virgin Is-
lands. This facility includes a 200-slip marina and full service
yard, comfortable hotel and good restaurants set on a tropical is-
land offering our clients the most enjoyable Caribbean yacht pur-
chase experience possible,
With a staff of three full-time brokers, an office/closing man-
ager and a marketing manager, we are amply staffed through-
out all aspects of the brokerage,
Our Brokers include Brian Duff, with experience from owning
many different yachts, sailing on every type of boat out there,
and working in the service and repair side of the industry for the
Iast 15years. Brian recently sold 'Southbound Cruising Service', a
rigging specialist shop he had started and run in the very active
Annapolis area before making the move to BVI Yacht Sales last
fall. Brian's knowledge of yachts is full and far reaching, and he
puts this to work helping you fully understand the boats you are
buying. Having made a living upgrading boats and having rebuilt
many too, Brian is very well-equipped to advise sellers on the
little things that can be done to get the best sale price, fast! Brian
and his wife Kim already have thousands of miles of offshore and
coastal cruising under the keel, and continue to cruise under sail,
with their seven-year-old son, at every opportunity

Chris Simpson is a full time broker and co-owner of BVI Yacht
Sales over the last decade. Prior to brokering, he was Opera-
tions Manager for TMM Yacht Charter's largest base, taking care
of 50 yachts for many years. Chris's early passion was teaching
sailing, which he did for a decade in the U.K., including running
his own RYA School with his wife and co-owner, Karen. Chris
has spent a quarter of a century in the sailing industry as well as
much of his childhood years cruising offshore with his parents
which, combined with his other sailing, totals around 40,000
miles. Chris is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor who has a well-
rounded knowledge of most things nautical which he is always
happy to share with clients.
Clive Allen, our newest broker, started his nautical career in
the diving industry two decades ago leading him to work in
Australia and Asia including running his own dive shop in the
Philippines. Clive has spent four years live-aboard cruising from
Hong Kong to Madagascar and, more recently, two years cruis-
ing the length and breadth of the Caribbean with his wife and
young daughter Clive's extensive travels have given him a well-
rounded outlook that allows him to quickly tune into any client's
requirements, he is also fully fluent in French which is a great
plus. Clive holds the French Ocean Captain qualification and
has a strong background in diesel mechanics.

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Southern Trades Yacht Sales was formed in 1977 and oper-
ated out of Yacht Haven Marina in St. Thomas, USVI until
relocating to Road Town, Tortola, BVI in 1997.
As such Southern Trades is the oldest independent yacht sales,
management and charter company in the Caribbean. From the
time of its inception, Southern Trades has always specialized in the
resale of active, income producing, crewed charter yacht business-
es. We have never attempted to be in the bare boat re-sale end of
the brokerage industry nor have we ever really chased after mom
and pop wanting tosetsail for Australia when they retire.
Due to our excellent and prominent location in the heart of Ca-
ribbean chartering we have become the world-wide, industry lead-
er in guiding new owners into ongoing, income producing, crewed
charter yacht businesses which require little or no owner input; be
it time or financial contributions. We also offer those yacht owners
wishing to move up the opportunity to sell their yacht charter busi-
ness. We are constantly in need of additional crewed charter yacht
businesses that are for sale- we have willing and able buyers!!
We also own and operate the largest crewed charter yacht
clearing house in the Caribbean and by doing so we follow up

after the sale and assist new owners and assure them of getting
off to the best start. We believe in hitting the ground running
when it comes to purchasing an ongoing charter yacht business.
We assist in all aspects of USVI and BVI Government li-
censing, yacht registration, company formation, banking,
insurance, parts procurement and professional crew staffing
for the yacht. We have 3 fulltime staff devoted solely to our
yacht management division for off island owners who require
intensive, day to day management of their yacht, crew and
charter business.
Our competent staff in our Tortola office includes charter con-
sultants, accountants, yacht managers, crew liaison personnel,
charter broker liaison personnel, yacht sales staff and govern-
ment liaison staff. We are confident in our abilities to identify,
locate and make successful almost any yacht that an owner may
wish to place into the charter industry
Please contact us for information on certain charter yacht busi-
nesses we are currently offering. We can supply budgetary infor-
mation as well as prospective income stream reports and other
pertinent information on the crewed charter yacht industry


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Probably the thing I love best about what I do ... is being at
the cusp of change in people's lives. I facilitate people mov-
ing on to The Next Big Thing ... buyers and sellers alike.
Having spent three years trying to get my own head around
selling up everything to go sailing (I eventually ended up on
a therapists couch!) and having spent almost two years trying
to sell another boat through brokers a decade later, I am well
placed to know what buyers and sellers want,
Essentially, I give my clients what I expect a broker to give to
me ... and I am picky
It's that simple.
A background in the design, and sales of big ticket com-
munication systems, where a knowledge based, proactive
service was imperative, a lifetime spent tinkering with things

mechanical, together with time spent as an apprentice aircraft
mechanic before I came away, certainly helps.
So too does the thirty odd years I have been messing about
with boats of all sizes, the 40,000 odd sea miles and two At-
lantic crossings, the first in 1981 with a sextant and a lead line.
(and Yes ... we got lost.)
In the nearly seventeen years we have been in the Caribbean,
we have run charter boats, run charter boat bases, rebuilt "sunk
to the bottom" hurricane destroyed vessels and project man-
aged teams of workers refurbishing private and charter vessels
... and bought and sold boats for our own account.
The brokerage was the next logical step ... and we under-
stand silver service!
Ask around ... you will probably like what you hear

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colorful as to have you believe they are artificial. The
same market also has a crafts fair which you will find
interesting and worthwhile. And the best thing you
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One of the most interesting things you can do is visit the Bob Marley
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F or the fifth time in a row this fun
beautiful Villa Taina Resort on
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island's north coast. The Cabarete Classic was
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spirit of windsurfing alive in the village, and to
introduce a new generation of windsurfers to
fellow competitors from around the world.
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took first place, Aaron Etmon from Curagao
second and Jensi M. Penos from the DR third.
The participants in the Women and Sports class raced together It was
very tough for the men to stay in front of the powerful ladies. Michelle
Bourdeau crossed the line first ahead of Andrea Muh| and Andrea
von Draiby Antonio Chevalier, better known as 'Chino', placed first in
the Sports class, way ahead of the fleet, making him now the fastest
windsurfer in Cabarete, and a fine example for everyone to follow. Oscar
de la Cruz finished second and Federico Arias Jilo or 'Chivo', third.
The junior heats were the most exciting. This, the largest group of
racers, pulled out all the stops to get that coveted first position. It
was Jean-Patrick van der Wolde from Curagao who managed to grab
first place away from Cabarete's fastest juniors, Eduardo J. Torres and
Leury Fereira.
AI| six heats finished before a huge squall rolled in from the north-
east, causing the wind to die for the next 24 hours. After one discard
the final results for the Men's Open class were: 1st Diego Domenianni
(USA), 2nd Constantino Saragosa (Bonaire), 3rd Antonio Esteban (DR).
On Saturday everyone enjoyed the spectacular moves preformed
by the Freestyle athletes during a double elimination competition.
Philip Soltysiak, the number four ranked PWA professional windsurfer
from Canada, joined the fun and claimed first place in the Men's open
Freestyle after an amazing show on the water 'Chivo' lost his title, but
managed to take second place ahead of Fernando Garcia, also from
the Dominican Republic, proving that the local windsurfers are of a
very high standard and able to keep up with the world's best.

In the Freestyle under 18 category, Florian Wegerer from Bonaire
threw an amazing double Flaka, to win first place ahead of Carlos Jose
Perez from the DR and Milan Gielingh from Curagao.
This year the local youngsters made it difficult for defending
champion Steven Max from Aruba to keep his trophy Despite their
great tricks they didn't succeed and Max kept his first place for the
third year in a row, leaving Luis Miguel Perez and Denny Manuel in
second and third place respectively.
On Sunday, the last day of the event, a Long Distance race
was held for windsurfers and kiters. Leaving from the beach at
La Hermita, the competitors followed a 20 kilometers downwind
course back to Cabarete Bay. Again Diego Domenianni proved to
be the fastest on the water, finishing slightly ahead of the fastest
kiter, Bobo Curie|.
During the awards ceremony held at Vela, all the champions were
praised for their accomplishments and again incredible prizes were
given out.
Looking back on another successful event, organizer and local icon
Pablito Guzman promised that next year's event will be as good and
fun filled as this year's, if not better.

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colonial cities with old world charm, museums, and an active nightlife
. but the best part of Puerto Rico lies in the warmth and the charm
of its people.
Puerto Rico is only 100 miles by 35 miles and can be sailed all the
way around in a few days, but why rush. So, come visit us, go marina
hopping around the island, rent a car, explore our coasts, valleys and
mountains, and see for yourself.
Your adventure can begin from anywhere on the island, it all depends
where you are sailing from. If coming from another country, even the
USVls, you must clear customs in one of these ports: Culebra, Fajardo,
Guanica, Mayaguez, Ponce or San Juan.
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from there sail west to San Juan stopping at San Juan Bay Marina (40
miles). Then sail to the bay of Aguadilla (65 miles) or Mayaguez (80 1
miles) then south to Cabo Rojo (35 miles), then east to Ponce (35 miles)
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telephone, electricity, water, and diesel
lines so you can fuel up on your slip. For
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to visit Old San Juan where you can go
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up to 180 feet, a repair yard, and a dry-stack facility The resort
will include residential units, a hotel, a casino, spa, conference
center, beach club, helipad, pools, restaurants and commercial
entertainment. For information call 787.691.3537. Until Discovery
Bay is built you may want to sail another 18 miles to Mayaguez.
When in this area make sure you visit the Arecibo Observatory and
the Camuy Caves,

Cabo RojolBoqueron (Southwest) Marina Pescaderia (wwwmarina
pescaderia.com) opened in 2010. It has 93 slips, fuel dock, pump out

station, fresh water and ice, bathrooms with showers and a mini market.
For information call 787.717.3638. While in this area visit the village of

Ponce (South) Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club (wwwponceyacht
andfishingclub.com) has a gym, two pools, tennis courts, basketball
court, small golf course, running track, playground, small beach, bar
and restaurant, fuel dock, boat yard, and 168 slips. Known as the
'Pearl of the South,' Ponce is a major cosmopolitan and cultural hub
in Puerto Rico. This architecturally rich city houses several museums
worth exploring.

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San Juan

Salinas (South) Marina de Salinas (wwwmarinadesalinas.com)
Salinas is known for its mangrove cays and great harbors. The marina
has 103 slips located in a well protected bay lined with mangroves.
They also have a hotel with pool, snack bar and a restaurant which
serves international cuisine. Many sailors use this bay as a 'hurricane
hole'. For information call 787.824.5973.

Humacao (Southeast) Palmas del Mar Yacht Club (www palms
delmaryachtclub.com) is the newest marina in Puerto Rico with
slips for yachts up to 175 feet. It has expertly trained staff, a
business center, concierge, Wi Fi, cable TV, pool, Jacuzzi, 24-hour
security, restrooms with showers, laundry service and ice. In-dock
fueling and waste pumps also available along with a fuel dock
and a fish cleaning station. They monitor VHF channels 11 and
16. For information call 787.656.7300. Palmas del Mar just opened
a fabulous ocean front bar and grill and told us that a Pusser's
Landing Restaurant is in the works.

My family and I have stayed at most of the marinas mentioned
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t. John's Coral Harbor .
holds an iconic
collection of boats
but none quite like
the 110 foot Silver Cloud.
Weighing in at100tonsshe's
certainly the biggest and, at
110 years young, she's the a
matriarch of the fleet.
One can only imagine the
work involved in keeping such
a historic steel vessel afloat. .
Elliott Hooper, the man who
has owned and loved her for ..
Over 20 years, would tell you -1 4-..
that it's taken a village and,
at times, it has. Like when a
hurricane blew her ashore,
or the day an anchor failed
and the boat dragged onto a
rocky shore, it was the Coral
Bay community that came to
the rescue.
Hooper, I quickly learned, is
a humble man who takes little credit for the shipload of energy he's
poured into his vessel from the moment they met. That was 1987 in St.
Augustine when, he notes, "I had a dream of having a boat." It was a
leap of faith, considering that his first and only boat was a Hobie Cat.
After two years of major work
Silver Cloud was ready to go -. iS 8 humble
so when friend and artist David mail w to
Wegman suggested a moveto
St. John, Hooper set off with -
his t-shirt printing business .
onboard and a 1941 panel
wagon strapped on deck. mome it met"
As Silver Cloud and crew 'A'as
neared Puerto Rico they 18 a
noticed dozens ofsportfishing dream a boat.'"
boats flying toward the island.
Arriving in Coral Bay they discovered why: Hurricane Hugo would hit
the next day "I'd never seen a hurricane," said Hooper "Didn't think
much about sailing in September Silver Cloud was swiftly secured in
Hurricane Hole where she washed ashore but miraculously floated off.
After months of helping with the devastating mess, Hooper got a
business license for Tall Ship Trading Company and got busy printing
shirts. For twenty years it's been steadily growing into the mini-

museum, art gallery, t-shirt shop it is today "A hurricane would come
by and we'd rebuild. We started salvaging, collecting stuff, trying to
make Tall Ships like a shipwreck."
The building is cobbled together with bits and pieces of vessels:
broken masts, boom crutches, frames, hatches. Just a few months ago
he found a wreck buried in the mangroves, treasure from the deep.
Throughout the place Hooper's collection of vintage marine gear
fills walls and shelves: clocks, compasses, taffrail logs, portholes and
mysterious parts from long-lost vessels.
Half the building is a workshop where the designing and printing
of shirts takes place. In an old fashion, high quality way, each is hand
printed using several screens. Retail shelves hold a medley of winning,
timber-shivering designs.
Despite the busy schedule required to clothe troops of tourists and
pirates, Hooper takes time out for Silver Cloud. He lived aboard for
14 years and most summers he puts together his long standing crew
for a cruise to Trinidad or Venezuela. One cruise, to replace the decks,
lasted a year-and-a-half. "That saved the boat," said Hooper. "Once
you get water going into a steel boat, it's the beginning of the end."
Homeward bound they load up with mahogany, purple heart and
cabucali for the island's builders. Other cargo has included a Bequia
dinghy, a 22 foot Calypso boat and numerous water tanks.

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Countless voyages were to
aid others. After Hurricane Luis
hit St. Marten, a team of friends
organized a St. John wide drive,
collecting 15 tons of donations.
They loaded it onto Silver Cloud,
sailed all day to get there,
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Coral Bay with Hurricane Marilyn
hot on their heels. "We weren't
ready," said Hooper. "She went
up on the rocks. It looked like it
sailed up there, facing the wind,
anchors out tight." Seven months
later she was off, thanks to a
railway, skids, one bulldozer, a tug
and that village of volunteers.
For the past 12 years Silver
Cloud has been the venue for
the Guy Benjamin Primary School
flotilla. Last year 39 students
spent a memorable day at sea.
"For some of these kids, it might
get them excited and they join

KATS," said Hooper. The flotilla
takes place as part of a benefit
run by the Coral Bay Yacht Club.
Money collected is poured into the
school. Hooper also makes his ship
available for a few weddings and
funerals, sending all donations to
Kids And The Sea.
Silver Cloud and Elliot Hooper
are two large links in the chain of
giving. Two years ago, when the ship
dragged anchor and went ashore,
it took only minutes before she was
surrounded by dozens of dinghies
full of able bodies that worked
together to pull her off. "It's stuff
like that that makes you want to live
here," said Hooper That and a tall
ship with a big heart.

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expanded group health insurance for the marine industry,
the invitation of sports fishing and dive boats to the fall St.
Thomas Fall Yacht Show and one-stop boat registration
and business licensing are among dynamic "what's new" news in
the U.S. Virgin Islands' marine community
As of April 1, members of the Virgin Islands Charteryacht
League (VICL) and associate members are eligible for new group
health insurance offers through BUPA Health Insurance, based in
Miami, Florida.

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people who are independent operators with no store front. Now,
these folks can join the VICL as an associate member and obtain
health insurance at a competitive rate."
The group health insurance, represented locally by Theodore
Tunick & Sons, is offered at three different tiers to fit a variety of
needs and pocketbooks.
Yacht brokers will get a first-time opportunity to meet with
expanded categories of water sports operators, along with the
traditional yachts on charter, at the St. Thomas Fall Yacht Show,
set for November 9 to 11, 2010 at Yacht Haven Grande marina.
"The ability to rendezvous with fishing and dive operators is
a way charter operators can enhance their offerings, which is
especially important in a down economy," says Ackerson. "By
making these folks a part of the fall show, brokers can see and
meet them, and it benefits our wider marine community."
Finally, the days of camping out for a whole day at government
agencies responsible for renewing business licenses and boat
registrations will be a thing of the past next year Not only will
these services be available on-line starting in June 2011, they will
be coordinated so that both tasks can be accomplished at the
same time.
"The Department of Planning & Natural Resources and
Department of Licensing & Consumer Affairs are working together
on a plan where the cost of a business license can be prorated,
and both this license and boat registration can be renewed in
June in a one-stop shop," says Ackerson.
Also new, boaters will be asked to respond to three new and
additional questions when they register their vessels in 2011.
The first is the location where the boat is kept. "This will give us
information about if and where more moorings may be needed,"
says Ackerson.
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hen BVI resident Bob Phillips bought six
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a free paint job and haul out worth $2,500.
Mr. Phillips was the winner of Sea Hawk's Treasure Hunt
paint promotion, which came to an end when he scratched
off the lucky ticket.
Customers were given a scratch-off ticket for every gallon of
Islands 77 Plus paint they purchased. The regional promotion
rewarded customers with gift certificates, koozies and shirts.
Out of 2,500 tickets, Mr Phillips found the grand prize.
"I am very unlucky most times of my life, but this was one of .
the good times," Mr Phillips said.
He has always used Sea Hawk paint on all of his boats
starting in 1993 when he arrived in the BV|.
"It is my paint of choice," Mr Phillips said. "What I am excited about
is going to the next step up. Switching to 77 Plus was a logical choice."
Mr. Phillips Custom 60-foot Trawler will now receive a fresh coat of
paint courtesy of Sea Hawk.
"Sea Hawk became very well know for its TBT paint, and it is very
effective. This [promotion] is a way to draw attention that Sea Hawk
has more than just one paint," noted Ramiz Abuhaydar, Golden Hind
Chandlery Managing Director. "More countries have started to ban TBT
and the company started developing a tin-free product. More and more
boats have moved towards a tin-free paint," Mr Abuhaydar said.
The Islands 77 Plus is tin-free and works in salt, brackish and
fresh waters.
Denis Laesker, Seahawk Paints Sales Representative said Islands
77 Plus shows that the company has "alternatives and solutions to
different situations."
"This promotion was launched in the Caribbean last year to let
customers know that we do have a tin-free solution," Mr. Laesker

said. "At the end of the day, customers are looking at a product
that performs.
Mr. Abuhaydar is seeing more charter companies switching to
Islands 77 Plus. He explained the tin-free paint allows the boat to
travel to the United States, Canada and other countries were the tin-
based paints are banned.
"Why put yourself in the position where you have to strip the old
paint," Mr Abuhaydar said,
Mr. Phillips boat is registered in Canada, although he doesn't see
himself taking his boat there anytime soon, it was still a reason why he
made the switch to the tin-free paint.
Sea Hawk is based in Clearwater, Florida, where the paint is made,
tested and developed. The company works closely with the University
of California in Clearwater, where 700 panels in the water are tested
on a daily basis.
"The [students]go everyday and pull out the panels and photograph
them to see what types of sea creatures are growing," Mr Laesker said.
They not only test Sea Hawk's paint, but its competitors as well.
"We are seeing what works and what doesn't," Mr. Laesker said.
The company looks at factors like water temperature, the sun and
organisms that could affect the paint.
Islands 77 Plus was initially named Islands 66. But after Sea Hawk
received a letter from its competitor's lawyer saying the name was
already registered, they decided to call the new product Islands 77
Plus, instead of spending years in court.
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year we will be looking at something else. It is a very dynamic industry'
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It's one of those hot, still, lazy summer
afternoons that seem to stretch on
forever, and the children of Jost Van
Dyke are amusing themselves by jump-
ing off the Great Harbor Customs dock
and paddling. This summer looks exactly .... q^r
like last summer, except that in between .
cannonballs and backflips, the children are
paddling about in homemadetin and wood
canoes. For the first time in about twenty
years on Jost Van Dyke, island youth are
paddling these small, roughly constructed ,
boats, better known as bateaux, as part
of an activity organized by the Jost Van
Dyke Preservation Society with assistance
from the BVI's National Commission for
UNESCO, and carried out by JVD islanders
to revive a dying cultural tradition.
There may be few generalities you can
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islanders will agree with, but one thing is
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Amerindian inhabitants paddled to these shores in giant dugout
canoes made of Silk Cotton trees and lived on a diet probably
dominated by food harvested from the sea.
Fishing and boating have played an important role on Jost
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food, commerce and recreation. For recreation, model toy boats
were constructed made of local woods or coconut shells. Starting
sometime in the 1940s, islanders recall youths paddling in these

bateaux the French word for boat, which may have been
associated with the community of fishermen of French descent
on St. Thomas, USVI, where similar vessels were constructed.
Around the time that galvanized roofing material was imported
to the Virgin Islands (circa World War II), residents began making
bateauxby pounding sheets of old galvanized tin into flat panels.
Scrap wood would then be used to fashion a transom, bow piece
and rails. "We were too poor to buy boats like they have today,
recalls island resident Dean Callwood waving his hand towards a
line of dinghies and kayaks lining Great Harbor Beach. He fondly
remembers paddling out to greet visitors on the first yachts
visiting the BV|.
"Those days were hard but they were fun," recalls another
resident as he catalogues a list of chores associated with farming,
fishing and livestock tenure that would make most grown men
sweat. In their precious spare time, instead of enjoying imported
toys, children in Jost Van Dyke found recreation by making items
out of natural materials or recycled goods.
"Man, we were brave! That was dangerous back then!"
exclaims Gerald Chinnery, explaining how they would create
makeshift paddles out of anything, such as the metal lids of
Export Soda Cracker tins and how hungry Barracuda would dart
at the shiny metal lids at the possible expense of the bateau
paddler's fingers.

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"We used to get all cut up and go home covered in tar,
recalls an islander with a smile. Patching these small boats was an
essential part of the experience.
Windy Callwood has a hard time containing his laughter
when he describes the tar that all residents remember gathering
from around the Great Harbour rocks. "In school," he says,
our teachers used to tell us it was whale dungl" The tar balls,
believed to be from oil spills from passing tankers, were indeed an
environmental calamity, however, Jost Van Dykians demonstrated
traditional island resourcefulness, finding alternative uses for the
tar such as patching bateaux and even their homes.
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environment. The boat Holy Cow pays tribute to the island's
historic livestock economy; Red Hind Rocket honors the island's
legacy as a fishing community; Cutlass Cruiser hints at the
communities prowess as bushmen, and Man-O-War is the local
name for the Magnificent Frigate Bird, which roosts on nearby
Great Tobago National Park.
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the Red Hind Rocket with 11 year old Edeisha Chinnery and we
weaved our way in and out of the Great Harbour anchorage with
homemade paddles. Edeisha's father, Eddie had told me tales
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waving a hand towards other kayaks on the beach. "A little
galvanized, a little wood, some paint. There you go." I hope that
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Encouraging sailors to get their keels moving is more than a job for
one man, no matter how enthusiastic that man might be, and Hope-
Ross relies heavily on support from his ad-hoc committee
Annette Grannetia is another volunteer who spent a lot of time and
energy promoting and organizing the new Boat of the Year series.
Looking to the future, Annette said they have already come up with
some new ideas for next season. "We definitely want to do an around
the island race and we want to make it easier for more boats to come
out and join us. Also, we want to bring more fun into it. Boats don't
have to sail all ten races in order to take part."
Captain Garth Steyn at the helm of his Catalina 36 Pelican Marina
Residences carried away the title Boat of the Year in Non-Spinnaker
Class. Steyn has shown good form this year and was delighted to add
another trophy to the list. "It was nice to see all the local boats out on
the water," noted Steyn. Adding, "Victory was even sweeter because we
sailed with a crew of trainees." Steyn confirmed that he would take part
in the event again next year "We have a good sponsor for the coming

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T he racing season drew .
St. Marten Yacht Club
with the Boat of the
Year Awards. Competing for the
new trophies has breathed life into
local keelboat racing, setting an
example for other Caribbean yacht
clubs to follow.
Hosting an international sailing
event is a wonderful thing: St.
Marten has the Heineken Regatta;
Antigua has Race Week and Classics.
These regattas offer wonderful
racing, but what happens when the
last beer is drunk, the campers
runs out, and the trophies are put
away for another year? Sadly, for
local racers, the answer is often little ..
Or nothing.
Determined to bring about change
tition, the St. Marten Yacht Club
(SMYC) proposed a new series that
would run over nine months, one
that not only recognized winners
and runners up, but also awarded
points for attendance.
The formula worked and around
60 people attended the Boat of the Year awards ceremony at the St.
Marten Yacht Club. Prizes were modest but striking with the winning
boats in Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker Class receiving a perpetual
trophy in the form of a silver cup engraved with the winning names.
Skippers of the first three boats in each class also received an
engraved tankard.
The winners' trophy was donated by St. Marten Yacht Club
Commodore lan Hope-Ross, whose mission in life is to get people out
on the water and rejuvenate what was, pre hurricane Luis, a vibrant
local racing scene.
"This series was an absolute success," said Hope-Ross. "But we
still have to get more people out of the lagoon and racing. There are
lots of nice boats there that just don't come out." Hope-Ross said
the yacht club must be more active in seeking out potential racers,
and that was something he would pursue at the start of the new
season. "We have such a fabulous setting and it's going unused, so
we need more people. This is our first year and we are going to build
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together "Its an excellent
event, a community thing. We invited some of the youngsters to come
out with us to give them some sailing experience," he said. Johnson
confirmed he would again take part next season,
For Commodore lan Hope-Ross it was a double celebration. The
inaugural event was a great success and his Beneteau 36.7 Kick 'em

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Jenny was named Boat of the Year in Spinnaker Class, 12 points
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by Frits Bus.
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n Saturday, July 31, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club sailors
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Wine Pursuit Race'.
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club (JHYC) are probably the only yacht club
in the Caribbean that stages a keelboat sailing event on almost
every weekend of the year and, as there was a scheduled break in
their Summer Series calendar, Miramar Sailing stepped up with this
pursuit race,
The original plan was to give away a one-and-a-half litre bottle of
red wine that had graced Miramar's drinks locker for years destined to
never be consumed. Heady stuff this red wine and space was needed
for the more palatable Rum and Vodka.
As soon as the Notice of Race went out, Angie, the proprietor of
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winners of the series races.
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The club have four courses that are sailed according to wind
conditions on the day For this new event Miramar Sailing created
a completely different course based on the same fixed club marks
that would give competitors variety and something to think about.

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Regrettably Sultan of Timbwane, last week's winner of the Club
Handicap 'Rum Ration', had not recovered from the effects of that
prize because she didn't know the course and assumed it was a
standard club course! Being first to start she had no other yachts to
follow and by the time the rest of the fleet sailed out of the harbour
following the correct course, it was too late to recover so off she went
for a leisurely afternoon cruise.
The remaining nine yachts all set off in hot pursuit of each other
with a start time spread of 28 minutes between first and last. The
conditions were perfect with around 15 knots of breeze in flat water
with a gorgeous sun to illuminate the spectacle. AI| points of sail were
involved, and by the time the last yacht crossed the finishing line after
about 90 minutes of 'Hare & Tortoise', the time spread had come down
to 12 minutes and a lot of overhauling had taken place.
The award ceremony afterwards in The Foredeck Bar was the usual
gathering of skippers and crews with the usual excuses of "what went
wrong" and "why we didn't
do so well" flying in all
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are to
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in one place at one time. HOW OVOIlt
In the end the result was a created a
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Cydia, driven in her usual the same club marks
impeccable style by owner would
Colin Jones, came first from
tors and some-
a start position ten minutes
behind the lead boat. Colin
opted for a 'Rum Ration'.
In second place was Gypsy, skippered by that titan of Antigua
Sailing, Tommy Patterson, who made up most of his eight-and-a-half
minute handicap on Cydia to finish two minutes behind her. Tommy
opted for the other 'Rum Ration'.
That left the 'Really Huge Bottle of Cheap Pre-Owned Red Wine' to
go to the third place yacht.
By now you have probably guessed it. The wine went to Miramar
who actually lost ground on her original 27 second handicap to Cydia
to finish three-and-a-half minutes behind her. That is the irony, the
poetry is that this result has guaranteed a second edition of this fun
pursuit race on a date to be advised, but it will not be the same bottle
of wine. So determined were Miramar's owners Brian and Pippa to rid
themselves of this 'Anchor in the Drinks Locker' that plastic cups were
handed out to the bar customers and the wine went with it. Apologies
to Angie for a short break in The Foredeck's liquor sales but it just had
to be done.
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Series Racing is open to all comers
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ship near St. Lucia that was able to recover all crew but lost track of
13 of their 40 containers. The informant goes on to explain that locals
have been paddling out to open the boxes and shop.
Kitty repeats his message, nearly word for word before beginning a list
of net protocol. She invites new arrivals to step up to the mike, but hearing
nothing she sails on. "Any folks fixin' to be off like a herd of turtles, please
transmit now." This part, one of my favorites, often turns into an Academy
Awards thank-you-a-thon as departing sailors spill gratitude to their
neighbors, friendly businesses and island hospitality before declaring
their next port and promising to come back. Soon.
Traditionally, net controllers volunteer time and battery power as
a community service to fellow boaters. If there isn't an established
rotation, as is customary in Grenada, then the job is open for anyone
brave enough to try Some nets are run primarily by local businesses
that invite cruiser call-in throughout the program. Although no longer
in the bar business St. Martin's Shrimpy still holds court, and the folks
at Antigua's Lord Jim's Locker customarily DJ the airwaves for their
visiting vessels.

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Just like TV news, weather leads the show. In Grenada, Island Water
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"Movin' on," Kitty declares, "Is yer boat broke? Drop a thingy-ma-
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