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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: March 2007
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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MARCH 2007 NO. 138


The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

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annual carnival. Sail in next year and let your boat dog join the fun!
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Whimsical Redondan Tradition Continues
On January 6th there was a unique celebration at the Mad Mongoose Bar &
Restaurant in Falmouth, Antigua -the King of Redonda's 2007 New Year's Honours Ust.
The king of where?
A hundred and twenty-six years ago, after eight baby girls in a row, Matthew
Dowdy Shiell, a successful trader from Montserrat, was overjoyed to have a son. An
idea crossed his mind a few days later when he sailed past the tiny uninhabited
island of Redonda on a trading voyage. It was to try to have his new son crowned
the first King of Redonda. There was only one hitch the island belonged to Great
Britain. Undaunted, Shiell began to bombard officials in London to grant him his
wish. For months his bombardment met with silence. Then a letter arrived from the
Foreign Office saying that if the boy "behaved himself" he could become the King
of Redonda at age 15. The Kingdom is still recognized by the British Government
and the Colonial Office.
When the lad reached 15, a small group set sail to Redonda, where the Bishop of
Antigua, Dr. Hugh Semper, performed a ceremony on a stony beach and the
Kingdom began. The newly crowned king went to study in England and eventually
became a writer with over 30 novels to his credit.
There have been four Kings of (still uninhabited) Redonda since 1880, with the first
"ruling" for 47 years. The present king, Bob "Robert the Bald" Williamson, was
crowned in 1998 and lives in Falmouth near his square-rigged topsail schooner St
Peter which has appeared in all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
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DEPARTMENTS


Business Briefs........................7
Meridian Passage ................10
Regatta News....................... 11
Different Boats ......................15
Destinations .........................16
Product Postings...................24
All Ashore...............................28
Sailors' Horoscope .............36
Island Poets ..........................36


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Cruising Crossword ...............37
Cruising Kids' Corner ............38
Dolly's Deep Secrets.............38
Book Reviews .....................40
Cooking with Cruisers...........42
Readers' Forum ..................47
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In January, several law-abiding "citizens" and even some sailors received titles
honouring their alleged contributions to the whimsical Kingdom at the new head-
quarters of the Royal Redonda Yacht Club. The Major Domo of the Royal Flagship
St Peter, Errol Foster "Roachy" Joseph, made his way through the throng thumping
the schooner's stern flagstaff on the floor and shouting "Pray silence for de King".
He enjoyed it so much he was difficult to stop. One of the first to be invested was
Simon Pettet, who was made a Brigadier in the new regiment of Royal Redonda
Marines. Claire Grace, the driving force behind a new marina down island, was
made a Dame of the Kingdom. Connie Kirkpatrick, the proprietress of the Mad
Mongoose, received her Ladyship, leaving His Majesty with hopes of having more
free slices of her chocolate cake.
Time to Head for the Hills?
According to recent reports from the Tierramerica news service (produced with the
backing of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations
Environment Programme), many beaches and other low-ying coastal areas in the
Caribbean and throughout the world could disappear under the sea within this century.
The continued rise in the Earth's average temperatures, says the Fourth Assessment
report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), presented
February 2nd in Paris, could reach a 4C increase by 2100. Global warming, pro-
duced by emissions of gases that cause the greenhouse effect in the Earth's atmos-
phere, is making sea levels rise as polar ice melts, as well as intensifying storms and
hurricanes, with stronger winds and heavier rains, taking a heavy toll on humans
and the natural environment. Furthermore, the increases in temperature and acidity
of sea water, also caused by greenhouse gases, are destroying coral reefs, and
with them, the basis of the region's marine biodiversity.
According to the IPCC assessment, in this century the sea level could rise up to 43
centimetres (almost one-and-a-half feet) as a result of climate change.
Beaches are natural buffers, and their disappearance makes land more vulnerable
to storm surges, amplifying the effect of more intense hurricanes. "The temperature
of the oceans is the most important factor in the formation of a hurricane. If it
increases, the hurricane season will be stronger and last longer," Roy Watlington,
oceanographer at the University of Virgin Islands, told Tierram6rica.
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Anita Sutton reports: Leslie Joseph, better known as Checkers, passed away in his
sleep in the early hours of Sunday, 11th February. The popular Grenadian mechanic
was a fit and healthy 36-year-old, so this was a terrible shock for his family and all
those who knew him. He leaves a partner, Esther, and a young daughter.
Checkers was an experienced marine mechanic who worked for some years at
Grenada Marine, and had recently set up his own mechanical and engineering
business with a workshop next to his home in Springs, St. George's. He was busy with
both automotive and marine work, and he had taken on jobs for the Grenada Port
Authority as well as yachts and local marine businesses.
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Former USVI resident John Knight died January 26
after battling kidney disease and lung cancer in
recent years. He was 77. According to a February 21
obituary in the Herald Tribune, English-born John and
his South African wife Barbara crossed the Atlantic
Ocean from Johannesburg in 1963 in a 46-foot steel-
hulled sailboat, Arvin Court, which he designed and


built. Barbara said, "We had no equipment. We had
no refrigeration. We were young and enthusiastic and
a little naive, but we were never reckless."
They reached the Virgin Islands in July 1963, then wait-
ed until the end of hurricane season to set sail for
England early the next year on their second transat-
lantic journey.
The couple sold their boat in England and returned to
the Caribbean in 1965 when Knight was offered a job
with a charter boat service. He enjoyed yacht racing
and built a second boat, a 23-foot live-aboard cruiser,
while living in the Virgin Islands until 1986. The Knights
also ran Knight Air Service, an airline handling compa-
ny, in the islands.
During his retirement, the couple moved to the US,
where John created a men's golf league in Maryland
and owned and operated a print shop after moving
to Florida in 1994.


'Frequent Clearer' Option for US Boaters
US Customs and Border Protection has implemented a
Local Boater Option (LBO) for frequent small boat
operators and passengers in the USVI and Puerto Rico.
The Miami and Tampa areas in Florida are also includ-
ed. This will allow US Customs and Border Protection to
expedite the arrival-reporting process for "low-risk"
boaters. Enrollment in the LBO program is voluntary,
free of charge and will facilitate clearance proce-
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rather than reporting in person at a Port of Entry. All US
citizens and permanent residents over 14 years of age
are eligible to participate. In order to participate you
must contact US Customs and Border Protection at a
designated registration location and make an
appointment to present all required documentation.
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6755; St. John (340) 776-6741; St Croix (340) 773-1011;
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Grenadines Coastal Conservation Projects Funded
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funding to five community-based organizations in the
Grenadines for coastal and marine conservation
"mini-projects", which will give the groups experience
of implementing projects with the hope that they can
attract larger funding in the future.
The projects for 2007 are The Bequia Coastal Areas
Enhancement Project to be implemented by the
Paget Farm Government School 4-H Club; The
Protection and Beautification of Saline Beach by the
Mayreau Regatta & Sporting Committee; The Coastal
Preservation and Enhancement Project by the Petite
Martinique Catholic Youth Movement and the Petite
Martinique Women's Organisation; The Coastal
Plastics Reduction Project by the Union Island
Environmental Attackers; and The Fort Murray
Enhancement Project by the Union Island Museum
and Ecological Society.
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Carriacou Children's Education Fund
Announces Scholarships
Melodye Pompa reports: The
Carriacou Children's Education Fund
(CCEF) is an informal, voluntary group
including individuals from visiting yachts
and local businesspeople. Since 2000,
CCEF has conducted fundraising activ-
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the Carriacou Yacht Club in
The Union Island Environmental Attackers are among those granted funding Hermitage, Carriacou. coinciding with
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will provide full tuition for two years at TAMCC for
each of the two scholarship recipients, along with
ECS500 each to be used to help cover the cost of
required textbooks. These scholarships at TAMCC are
a natural extension of the assistance that CCEF has
provided the primary and secondary school children
of Carriacou in the past and we hope that they are
just the first of many more scholarships in the future.
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Educational Opportunities for Cruising Kids
The Woburn Pre-Primary School on the south coast of
Grenada is open to young cruising children, as well as
Grenadians and residents. The school is easily accessi-
ble from the anchorages at Hog Island, Woburn and
other nearby bays. For more information visit
Headteacher Judy Belmar at the school.
Cruising families should also check out www.floating-
classroom.com. It's full of learning adventures hosted
by Kim Saunders and David Hartman who are current-


ly cruising the Caribbean aboard their 37-foot S&S
classic Amanzi.

Cruisers' Site-ings
* Are you heading to Colombia by boat, or there
already? Be sure to check out www.destinationcarta-
gena.com/coast+guard-cruiser+alliance.html for a
wealth of useful information and suggestions.
* Planning to sail to the Spice Isle? Lisa Kaiser of the
yacht Hallelujah reminds readers that you can find
Grenada yacht clearance forms on-line at
www.grenadagrenadines.com.
* Interested in a novel by a young Caribbean author?
Have a look at www.lulu.com/delecia.
* Anthony Todd writes: I have started an On-line
Yachting Community called Yachtbuddy.com. This is
an ideal venue for those cruisers who travel with lap-
top and digital camera and wish to keep an on-line
travel log for friends to view. The site also has a sophis-
ticated Auction and Classified section where all nauti-
cal items can be sold.

Caribbean Marine Association to Meet
The First Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean
Marine Association (CMA) will be held at Antigua
Yacht Club, English Harbour, Antigua, on Tuesday 8th
May at 10:00AM. The CMA is a regional association
geared towards the development of the yachting
industry within the Caribbean Basin.
For more information contact CMA Manager Sharon
Mcintosh at info@caribbeanmarineassociation. com or
(868) 634-4938, or visit
www. caribbeanmarineassociaiion. com.

Ooops!
Okay, we'll blame it on the Printer's Devils. At least
they have a sense of humor. In the February issue of
Compass, the standing headline above Don Street's
regatta report on page 10 should have read "THE
SUPERYACHT CUP ANTIGUA 2006". But it seems the
devils thought "PROSPERO'S PANTRY BY FENELLA" a
standing headline for one of our recipe columns -
went better with the article's title of "Super Size Me!"

Charitable Writers
Who says cruisers are cheap? The following Compass
writers have donated the proceeds from recent arti-
cles to worthy local causes: Frank Pearce to the


Amazing Grace Foundation in Antigua; Ciarla Decker
of Sea Services in Martinique to the Bequia Youth
Litter Project; Heather Bacon to the Woburn Pre-
Primary School in Grenada; Kenwyn Boshoff and
Derek Berry to Bequia's Sunshine School for Children
with Special Needs; Steve Jost to St. Benedict's Infant
Hospital in St. Vincent; John Rowland to the Bequia
Community High School Library; and Al and Lois Leon
to the Mayreau Government School in Mayreau.
Your generosity is appreciated!

Compass Annual Writers' Brunch, April 5th 2007
Marjorie Mowry reports: As another memorable cruis-
ing year wrapped up in December, an indelible 2006
highlight came to mind: The Caribbean Compass's
annual Writers' Brunch, graciously hosted by said
publication aboard the magnificent Friendship Rose
during last year's Bequia Easter Regatta. I felt extrav-
agantly overcompensated for my poor screed as I
joined other contributing writers, photographers and
supporters aboard the historic, 100-foot island
schooner. As the expert Friendship Rose crew
weighed anchor, our champagne welcome evolved
into a delicious moveable feast under billowing can-
vas and blue skies. Topping it off was the spirited
conviviality, as we matched familiar bylines and
masthead monikers to friendly faces. Thanks again,
Caribbean Compass, for a marvelous experience
and another year of your top-notch publication.
And to all those wannabe contributors: I urge you to
start punching typewriter keys and shutter buttons.
Your viewpoint is appreciated and the perks
are fabulous!
The Compass Crew says: Calling all contributors! If
you've had an article, photo or poem published in
the Compass during the past 12 months, you are cor-
dially invited to bring a guest and join us at this year's
Compass Writers' Brunch on Thursday April 5th at the
ever-popular Mac's Pizzeria in Bequia. The Compass
Writers' Brunch is held just at the beginning of the
Bequia Easter Regatta, so you can stay on for a whole
week-end of fun. Tito reminded us to make sure to
mention that the party is absolutely free it's our way
of saying a special thank-you to everyone who makes
the Compass what it is. Hope to see all you
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I Your Expert Gide to Carriaco's Best Diving


Sanctuaries to

Protect Humpbacks

at Both Ends

of Migration
by Nathalie Ward
A humpback whale, named "Salt," makes a 3,000-mile round-trip journey each
year -swimming from the colder waters of the North Atlantic to the warm waters of
the Caribbean Sea. To protect Salt and her species on bc 11 i i .... .
the United States and the Dominican Republic and have, ,,, i .. i i ...
cial relationship a Sister Sanctuary.
Salt was first seen in New England waters in the mid-1970s. She is a great
grandmother! Over the past 30 years, she has escorted ten of her calves from the
:,.1... and calving grounds in the Dominican Republic back to New England's
: I.. grounds.
DR and US Partner in Historic Conservation Effort
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the
United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have estab
lished the world's first sister sanctuary Ji;l-. r- rtecting an endangered migratory
marine mammal species on both ends ol ..
The Santuario de Mamiferos Marinos de la Republica Dominicana (Marine
Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic) and Stellwagen Bank National
Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts, two marine protected areas 3,000
miles apart, provide critical support for the same humpback whale population of
around 900 whaler ---i- 1 : r.i and summer in the -i-, f--- i;-; r-;n- 1 -f
Stellwagen Bank I i. Il. .II. to the warmer wal I ....... ...
Republic in late fall to mate and give birth to their young.
The sister sanctuary agreement was designed to enhance coordination in manage
ment efforts between the two sanctuaries and help improve humpback whale recov
ery in the North Atlantic.
"Long-term research tells us that the same individuals that summer off New
England spend their winters off the Dominican Republic," said Stellwagen Bank
Sanctuary superintendent Dr. Craig MacDonald. "Coordinating management and
research across these habitats moves us several steps closer to ensuring the health
of this -n 1--.n---- --- "
The 11. .1 ... ... ... ...n of understanding to create the sister sanctuary rela
tionship was signed by Daniel J. Basta, NOAA Sanctuary Program Director and Dr.
Maximiliano Puig, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources for the
Dominican Republic. The sister sanctuary agreement -: into effect immediately
and establishes the cooperation guidelines for the next i. years.
"This conservation action is important as a model for the Wider Caribbean
Region," said Puig. "Our sanctuary was the first marine mammal sanctuary estab
lished in the region, and it continues to lead by example. Our broadest mandate is
to engender a new discussion in our society about the importance of marine mam-
mals, the oceans in which they live and our responsibility as ocean stewards."
As sister sanctuaries, the two sites will explore new avenues for collaborative man
agement efforts, :.. i,, 1,,,. i ,I -*earch, monitoring, education and capacity build
ing programs. T ib i. I.. I Marine Sanctuary Program anticipates that the
relationship will be crucial to future protection of the North Atlantic humpback
whale population, as well as to the development of further cooperative agreements.
"The sister sanctuary relationship will play a powerful role in protecting endan
gered humpback whales, and the opportunity for international cooperation in
marine conservation is invaluable," said Basta. "This agreement has the potential to
improve our scientific 1-n- 1-l-l nl .... ... ......., . I .1i ,.1 ... I ... .. the
program 's visibility I l 1 I- I 1 I I I I l I I I .. . .. I I
Regional Significance
-....... 'he past two decades, awareness of marine mammals and their habitats in
th I Caribbea .. ihas increased. Because marine mammals are trans
boundary animals, -.. -i1.i conservation of marine mammals in the region will
ultimately depend upon the commitment of countries there to build and maintain,
with international assistance, internal capacities for setting conservation priorities
and achieving high standards of population and habitat protection.
Our ability to protect humpback whales will be determined by understanding the
mosaic of interactions, including the pervasive historical, geographic, biological,
chemical and human factors, which influence their abundance and distribution. The
human activities that affect these animals are unlikely to stop but we can think
about what we do, and make choices about an integrated regional-scale approach to
research, outreach and policy strategy within an environmentally relevant and
socially responsible framework.
One of the goals of the Protocol .. ...... -.pecially Protected Areas to the United
Nations Environment Programn. I II j Convention for the Protection and
Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region is to develop
specific regional ... I .i ...1. ....... ..... plans for endangered, threatened or vul
nerable species : .. 1 'I I I tI .,... I I i diversity conservation efforts. In order to
achieve this, The Caribbean Environment Programme of UNEP, under the framework
of the Specially Protected Areas Protocol, developed a draft "Marine Mammal Action
Plan for the Wider Caribbean Region" in 2005. (See www.cep.unep.org/pubs/meet
ingreports/MMAP/mmap.php). This framework of activities has been developed in
order to assist governments in the region with their efforts to develop and improve
marine mammal conservation practices and policies. In order to accomplish these
objectives, the draft Marine Mammal Action Plan specifically requests the following
actions needed:
"...design marine protected areas and other management regimes that maintain
ecological connections between marine protected areas in order to satisfy species'
requirements, :. i,, i,,. 'sister sanctuary' relationships that promote protection for
transboundary -- i-
The Northern Sister
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of
r-"-;; -t-bi;-;- b-t----;; rn.- t- t;- 11 rape Cod offshore of Massachusetts.
.. .. i i , . i ., i I I I productivity, the sanctuary supports
a rich assortment of marine life, '-1-li;;-. marine mammals, more than 30 species
of seabirds, more than 60 specie- I i.-i. and hundreds of marine invertebrates
and plants. The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program seeks to increase public
awareness of marine resources and maritime heritage by conducting scientific
research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs.
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Continued from previous page
The Southern Sister
In October 1986, the Silver Bank Humpback Whale Sanctuary was established in
the Dominican Republic to protect the mating, calving and nursery grounds of hump
back whales. In 1996, the sanctuary was extended to include Navidad Bank and part
of Samana Bay, covering the three main humpback breeding grounds in Dominican
Republic waters. At this time the sanctuary was renamed Santuaria de Mamiferos
Marines de la Republica Dominicana. Today, it protects all marine mammals within
its 19,438 square-mile area. Within the sanctuary, Silver Bank, located approxi
mately 50 miles northeast of the Dominican Republic coast in the Caribbean Sea,
represents the densest concentration of humpbacks found in the North Atlantic.
Partners in Conservation
Created in the year 2000 by the merger of more than ten institutions, the Ministry
of Environment and Natural Resources is one of the young ministries of the
Dominican Republic. Its mission is to protect and manage the country's environ
ment and natural resources with i, i i i, i ,. ... i ..... i 'I development.
Every year, during the humpback .1 .. .. I i i i ..... .. to March, the
ministry establishes an agreement with local and governmental institutions to pro
.- mote tourism, marine and
business activities within the
Sanctuary that do not affect
m the habitat and reproductive
cycle of the mammals. This
g initiative is the result of the
ministry's policy for an open,
democratic and participative
management based on the
cooperation and strategic
alliances between the state,
local communities, the pri
vate sector and non govern
mental organizations.
NOAA, an agency of the US
Commerce Department, is
celebrating 200 years of sci
ence and service to that
nation. From the establish
ment of the Survey of the
Coast in 1807 by Thomas
Jefferson to the formation of
the Weather Bureau and the
Commission of Fish and
Fisheries in the 1870s, much of the United States' scientific heritage is rooted in
NOAA. NOAA is dedicated tc -n h;an-il economic security and national safety
through the prediction and : ,, 1I I weather and climate related events and
information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental
stewardship of the United States' coastal and marine resources. Through the
emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems, NOAA is working with its
federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to devel
op a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, pre
dicts and protects.
Humpback Whales' Family Tales
At I ii1 ..i ... humpback whales are named each year at a "Whale Naming
Party I I ... I of a humpback's tailflukes have a distinctive black and white
pigmentation pattern, unique to every individual, just like human fingerprints.
Researchers name whales based on these coloration patterns. 1 ii I I I
four generations of humpback whales. Born in 2001, Eden is 1I .. .. .. I I.. I I I
Veil. (Veil gave birth to Batik, who gave birth to Filament, who gave birth to Eden.)
From their summer feeding grounds in high latitudes, humpback whales migrate
thousands of miles to their winter calving and mating grounds in the tropics. The
humpback migration between New England and the Caribbean is approximately a
3,000 mile round trip.
Born in warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean (January to March), a humpback
whale is between ten and 15 feet (3 to 4.5 metres) long at birth, and weighs up to 1
ton i -" 1 the size of two pick up trucks.
TI, .ii I tail first, nurses on the mother's rich milk which has a very high fat
content 35 to 50 percent compared with two percent for human milk and three
to five percent for cow's milk). Hundreds of litres are drunk daily. During the first
six months of its life, the calf can grow almost an inch a day or almost 100 pounds
(45.45 kg) per day. This weight gain is important because the calves need to build a
thick blubber layer for their migration north to the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
The transiticea fr-a rineblr s t f-1 ia i.e tama er-und nine or ten months
(October/ Nov ,I 1 , 11, . .... I ''I I catch fish ,i
Fall, calves "e ....... 'I ,11Ih Ih I I h, I I' ''' including :1'ii I
(taking large g.. 1 .1- ,, I ,,
plates),bubblei I 1 I. 1I ,, 1,. .11
feeding '1 .... h- t l -1--- n the surface to stun swimming prey).
During 1I I I ... I ,-I to October), a humpback whale may consume up
to a ton II I I I I I I easily over a million calories! Or they can eat
about 5,000 sand lance. Each sand lance has fed on hundreds of zooplankton, that
in turn has fed on millions of diatoms. So, one meal for a humpback may represent
more than 400 million diatoms.
Humpback whales reach sexual maturity at six to ten years of r when males
reach the length of 35 feet (11.6 m) and females reach 40 feet I Each female
typically bears a calf every two or three years and the gestation period is 11 to 12
months. A calf will travel with its mother for 9 months to a year, learning everything
it needs to know to survive on its own.
Humpbacks do:, I .1 1.....- [ntermonths -.'I '. I Ion reserves of fat
builtup over the I i'. season. In 11'. ,. -mayloseuptoa
third of their body weight during the nursing period, which can last up to a year.
Scientists estimate th life span of humpbacks to be between 30 to 50
years, although no one ,, I certain.
For more information visit: Domirnican Ministry of Environment www.medioambi-
ente.gov.do; Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary stellwagen.noaa.gov; NOAA
www.noaa.gov; NOAA National Ocean Service www.oceanservice.noaa.gov; US
National Marine Sanctuary Program sanctuaries.noaa.gov.
Dr. Nathalie Ward, External Affairs Coordinator for Stelluagen Bank National Manne
Sanctuary, negotiated the sister sanctuary memo of understanding Since 1990, she has
served as marine mammal consultant for the United Nations Environment
Programme/Specially Protected Areas and its draft Manne Mammal Action Plan. She
divides her time as a marine biologist and marine mammal educator between Bequia,
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. For additional infor
nation about the sister sanctuary relationship, please contact Nathalie.Ward@noaa.gov
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Research Techniques


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by Nathalie Ward


What? Who? When? How? Where?
Si .......... In size is crucial to the conservation of marine mammal
sp .- .' I...... I I whales, two forms of identification are used -photo iden
tification and genetics.
What's in a Tail? Photo-Identification
Humpback whales have unique patterns on the undersides of their tails.
Photographs of these patterns allow scientists to identify and keep records of indi
vidual animals. Based on this work, it has been estimated that there are nearly
12,000 individuals in the North Atlantic. Approximately 900 of these are estimated
to be Gulf of Maine "residents" and some have been tracked since 1974. Each Gulf
of Maine whale also has a name inspired by its unique tail pigmentation and 1
upon by researchers and naturalists. Over the years, four generations of I I
Maine humpback whales have been tracked by photo-identification techniques. This
research has greatly improved our understanding of humpback whale migration,
habitat use, behavior and anthropogenic impacts.


Ventral fluke pattern of the whale named Salt.
Each humpback whale tail is different


A Pinch of Skin Biopsy Darting
Samples for genetic analysis are obtained by shooting a small dart from a cross
bow at the whale. The dart takes a small sample of skin and blubber before bounc
ing off into the water. Back in the laboratory, DNA extracted from the sample can
address questions such as the sex of each individual, population structure, evolu
tionary history, paternity of offspring, and social relationships.
Loyal Subjects Research Findings
Using photo-identification ... i analysis scientists are able to conclude
that humpback whales are .1i 1 ,, northern feeding r-n;;;- ---t mix with
other .-i;; -f humpbacks on their tropical breeding .... I- I. .1 from the
Gulf I .... Newfoundland, Labrador, Norway, Greenland and Iceland meet
annually in the West Indies where mating takes place. At the end of the season, the
animals return to their respective f .... ...... I- .1, 11, newborns following their
mothers. Mixing of the genes from 1.11 ..1 I i.... I ,,I tions is believed, among
other things, to contribute to the -.I. .. I .......1 whales. Despite having
been greatly reduced in numbers in the North Atlantic by intensive 19th and 20th
century whaling, humpbacks appear to be making a strong recovery i....I.
much of the North Atlantic. Studies on Stellwagen Bank and elsewhere .... '
of Maine show that the population is growing at between four and six-and-a-half
percent annually.
Interested in Assisting with Research?
Tail fluke photographs are critical to research and future conservation of hump
back whales throughout their range. If you have humpback whale fluke photos from
the Crt-.--i;; r- -n please send to the following address with your name and con
tact -..i .....- ,.. I crediting as well as date, place, longitude/latitude and any
other relevant information.
Nathalie Ward, Director
Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network
nward@mbl.edu
Did You Know?
One of the baleen whales, humpback whales are found in all oceans of the world.
-- -- -,, l. 1 i .--; 14 to 16 feet long and grow to 45 to 55 feet when
adu II I I I i ,,
From their summer feeding grounds in high latitudes (in both northern and
southern hemispheres), humpback whales migrate thousands of miles to their win
ter calving and mating grounds in the tropics. The humpback migration between the
sanctuaries in New England and the Dominican Republic is approximately a 3,000
mile round trip. The longest humpback whale migration is one documented
(through photo-identification) between the Antarctic Peninsula and Central
America, a one-way distance of over 5,000 miles.
Females reach sexual maturity at between five and ten years of age, and will
calve every two to three years thereafter.
Humpbacks d- i-t --.t 1- ;li -- -nter months, subsisting instead on reserves of
fat built up over -. ...... I 1 .- season.
In fact, female whales may lose up to a third of their body weight during the
nursing period which can last up to a year.
They can live to be 50 years old, possibly much longer.


i. i 1......I ween Caribbean islands with a favorable tide will make your
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'I ...i '1 of Imray-olaire charts, which shows the time of the meridian
S .11 ille moon for this and next month, will help you calculate the tides.
t I I .. generally tries to run toward the moon. Th i .......
the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about i ..i 1 .....
reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs we I I I, I .....
i,.. I I, ii 11 11 nadir, the tide runs eastward; I ... i i .
.11 I. Ii. 1 runs w I i Ti,,. . irelocal.
i I tide Is ,I tii ii new and full moons.
For more information, see '- I ...... i the back of all Imray Iolaire charts.
Fair tides!
March 2007 21 1413 9 0455
DATE TIME 22 1510 10 0550
1 2249 23 1608 11 0645
2 2333 24 1710 12 0738
3 0000 (full) 25 1810 13 0830
4 0014 26 1907 14 0920
5 0053 27 1959 15 1011
6 0132 28 2047 16 1102
7 0212 29 2132 17 1155
8 0253 30 2213 18 1252 (new)
9 0337 31 2253 19 1352
10 0423 20 1455
11 0514 April 2007 21 1558
12 0607 DATE TIME 22 1658
13 0703 1 2332 23 1753
14 0800 2 0000 24 1849
15 0856 3 0011 (full) 25 1930
16 0951 4 0052 26 2013
17 1044 5 0134 27 2053
18 1135 (new) 6 0220 28 2132
19 1226 7 0309 29 2211
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St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Grows
The second 2007 St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta started on January
18th with the skippers' briefing followed by an opening party at the Spinnaker bar
on the Sint Maarten Yacht Club premises next to the Simpson Bay bridge. Although


I pretty Charm III
was the
St. Marten
St. Martin Class
overall winner

only ten of the 18 yachts registered were able to race, this was up nicely from the
six yachts that entered last year's inaugural event.
Racing in what organizers describe as "perfect" conditions, the fleet was divided into
three classes Vntage, Classic and Spirit of Tradition guaranteeing a podium place
for almost everyone. The overall winner was Richard West's Charm II from Anguilla.
The St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta is organized by the St. Maarten-St.
Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation and West Indies Events.
For more information visit www. ClassicRegatta.com.
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The last of St. Maarten's January series of the Lagoon Sailing programme saw a
record nine boats enjoying stiff competition in light breezes that were generally
more from the south than usual. First place went to Frits Bus with 13 points, just pip-
ping Bernard Sillem with 14 points. Third place went to Luc Knol with 15 points. Many
sailors used this series as a warm-up for February's Necol Regatta, the winner of
which effectively becomes the Sint Maarten/St. Martin champion sailor.


New Round Antigua Record Set
lan "Magic" Hughes reports: Skipper Richard Archer raced his Swan 100 Virago to a
record best time of five hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds in the Round Antigua
race over the weekend of 20 and 21 January.
Caccia Alia Volpe, the Vallicelli 44 owned by Carlo Falcone, was the overall winner
ahead of Bernie Wong's Huey Too and Virago. Caccia Ala Volpe, had the services
of one of the world's top skippers, two-time winner of the America's Cup, Russel
Coutts, on board.
In the Racer/Cruiser Class, Huey Too beat Sandy Mair's Several 30, Streaker into sec-
ond place and Marie Marie, the Feeling 38 from Guadeloupe, in third position. In the
Classic Class, Hans Lammers' Rhodes 41, Sunshine, and Eddie Baretto's Hinckley 40
Moonshadow finished first and second respectively. Along with the racing, there were
some sideline events, including the Miss Round the Island show, won by Ms Streaker.
Castaways Beach Bar, Antigua Slipway, Last Lemming and English Harbour Rum all
supported the event. Carlo Falcone of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and Charles
Kenlock assisted with free dockage for the boats over the weekend. Tom and Inga,
two members of the committee boat, as well as Lord Jim's Locker, played major
roles in the success of the race.
For more information on Antigua Yacht Club visit www antiguayachtclub com.
Tuna Tops 38th Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Gary Clifford reports: The good weather, calm seas and promise of good fishing
helped attract 37 boats carrying 167 anglers to Grenada's 38th Spice Island Billfish
Tournament held at The Grenada Yacht Club from January 23rd to 26th. Boats par-
ticipated from Trinidad & Tobago, Scotland, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique and, of
course, Grenada. The fishing fulfilled expectations.
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,- I r r i, :, :1 :I r ::ri : ti :- ;. blue marlin were released plus three landed, 32
sailfish released plus three landed, five white marlin released, and 11 dorado, four
wahoo and five yellowfin tuna had been caught.
lan Hutson boated a record-breaking yellowfin tuna of 173 pounds on Ocean Spirit
of Barbados, probably the smallest boat in the competition, which earned them a
cheque for ECS5,000.
At the awards ceremony and closing dinner held on the beach at the Grenada
Yacht Club the results were as follows:
First place boat: Houdini (Trinidad), second: Legacy (Barbados), third: Miss Abbie (Trinidad)
First place angler: Danny Swanson (Miss Abbie, Trinidad), second: Bernard Johnson
(Grey Ghost, St. Lucia), third: Charles Ross (Houdini, Trinidad)
Top release angler (3 releases): Gregory Mendez (Charge Up, Trinidad)
Top release boat (6 releases): Houdini (Trinidad)
Boat pool (weight of fish brought to the scale): First: Miss Abbie (Trinidad), second:
Yes Aye (Grenada), third: Talking Blues (Trinidad).
Top Grenadian boat: Zu Zu
The SIBT committee would like to thank all the participating boats and anglers for
supporting the event, and to thank all their sponsors and especially Carib Beer and
Island Water World for making this competition possible.

Grenada Sail Fest 2007
It was time for area boats to shine at the 2007 Grenada Sailing Festival. In the
Workboat Regatta, this is a given, with entries all coming from the Grenada villages
of Woburn, Sauteurs and Gouyave, and sister Grenadine isles of Carriacou and
Petite Martinique. But in this year's yacht races the winners were also pretty close to
home. Although owner Les Crouch is American, the overall winner of Racing Class,
Storm, was built in Trinidad and co-skippered by Trinidadian Peter Peake. The J/24
Class was dominated by Carriacou's Jerry Stewart who won each of eight races
aboard HOIC. Another Carriacou skipper, Jerome McQuilkin, took Wayward to vic-
tory in Cruising Class 1, while Cruising Class 2 victory went to Peter Morris's Morning
Tide of Trinidad.
For full results visit www. grenadasailingfesival. com/results.htm.

Fresh Surprise at Around Martinique Race
Highlights of the Non-Stop Around Martinique Race, held on the weekend of
February 3rd and 4th, were the winning 13 hour, 21 minute circuit of Regis Guillemot's
Open 50 Hallucine, and the debut of a newcomer, the Surprise class Clippers Ship.









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Clippers Ship, at 7.45 metres, rounded the island in a blistering 15 hours 40 minutes, at
times surfing at over 15 knots. Clippers Ship's crew, Nicolas Gillet, Emmanuel
Velasquez, Bastien and Nicolas Poix, and Catherine Desrosiers, have all had previous
experience racing aboard Surprises. Nicolas raced as a teenager aboard a Surprise
that regularly did well at the Bequia Easter Regatta. Clippers Ship, completely refit-
ted by her new crew in Martinique after being found in poor condition in France,
now brings to six the fleet of speedy Surprises based in Martinique.

What is the Commodores' Cup by Budget Marine?
The Commodores' Cup is an extra day of racing that has been added to the St.
Maarten Heineken Regatta. It will take place on Thursday, March 1st. This is new to
the regatta, which has always had three days of racing. All boats will still race
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, however only the spinnaker classes have the option
of competing in the more prestigious Commodores' Cup by Budget Marine as well.
The difference in the extra day lies in the courses. The usual format at the regatta is


courses along the coast to a destination, or all the way around the island. During
the Commodores' Cup, the courses will be windward leeward courses instead.
For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

8th Rally to Cuba
The eighth edition of the Transcaraibes yacht rally from Guadeloupe to Cuba will
run from March 16th to April 8th, with stops in St. Martin, the British Virgin islands and
the Dominican Republic. The final destination is historic Santiago de Cuba.
Monohulls joining the rally can take advantage of the offer of a free haul-out in
Pointe a Pitre before the start!
For more information visit www. transcaraibes, com.

Bequia Easter Regatta 26 Years!
Preparations are well under way in Bequia for the Bequia Sailing Club's 26th Easter
Regatta, April 5th through 9th. In recent years, the Bequia Easter Regatta has grown
into one of the region's most popular small island regattas, with visitors and competi-
tors coming from all over the world to take part in the Easter weekend's activities.
Last year's record-breaking turnout of 40 yachts emphatically confirmed Bequia
Regatta's popularity in the racing and cruising community, and the Race
Committee is consistently praised both for its smooth running of the races and for its
well-organised social activities. The J24 Class, first introduced in 2005, and since 2006
having its own specially designed courses, continues to be a major draw; the
Bequia Sailing Club is also looking forward to a very active Racing Class this year
with boats anticipated from St. Lucia, Grenada, Martinique, Barbados and Trinidad.
The three-race series for 30 or more locally built double-enders from Bequia and other
Grenadine islands continues to be one of the highlights of the regatta, drawing huge
crowds of enthusiastic supporters and spectators at every available vantage point.
With loyal sponsors Heineken, Mount Gay, Pepsi, Mountain Top Water, Digicel, the
Frangipani Hotel and Tradewinds Cruise Club all back on board for 2007, the organ-
isers are looking forward to another four-day Easter weekend packed with highly
competitive yacht racing, thrilling double-ender action and an extra helping of
Bequia's famous hospitality to help celebrate 26 years of Bequia Easter Regatta!
For more information see ad on page 1.

Round Grenada Regatta 2007
The beautiful Spice Island has a keen fleet of locally based racers who welcome one
and all to join them for this year's Round Grenada Easter Regatta, April 5 though 9. A











Classic Class, including the famous Carriacou Sloops, will be an added attraction.
For more information see ad on page 13.

Guadeloupe's Triskell Trophy Regatta
The regatta pros in Guadeloupe are gearing up for the Triskell Trophy Regatta to
take place on April 21 and 22. Guadeloupe has been making quite a name for itself
in racing circles lately, and here's a chance to find out why!
For more information see ad on this page.

20th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Kenny Coombs reports: The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, to be held April 19th to
24th is 20 years old this year and still going strong. We are still expecting a good
turnout, especially in the Vintage Class, despite the fact that some of our regular
competitors are wintering in the Med in preparation for the Americas Cup in
Valencia. Our special thanks go out to Panerai for continuing as our Platinum Sponsor.
In celebration of our anniversary we are expanding our program to four races, and
reshuffling the social events to make it all fit into the same time frame. Registration takes
place on Tuesday the 17th and Wednesday the 18th, where all captains must register,
confirm their arrival and obtain important information regarding dockage, social events
and opportunities. The Concours d'Elegance sponsored by Boat International will now
take place on Thursday before the Skippers' briefing and the Single Handed Race will
be moved to Tuesday morning, with the four races with Old Road Race taking place on
Friday. The Butterfly Race will be held on Saturday. The famous "Cannon Race" will now
take place on Sunday to facilitate the parade into English Harbour, followed by a
longer and slightly more challenging new course on Monday.
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S: i : : : to entertain our participants with a better social sched-
ule, and the popular events like the Cream Teas and Gig Racing, the Sing Along,
Owners and Crew parties will be better than ever.
We have a new and improved entry form so please obtain one from the Antigua
Yacht Club. Visit our website www.antiguaclassics.com or by contacting us at
info@antiguaclassics.com or by phone or fax (268) 460-1799. Please enter early!
For more information see ad on page 10.

Morgan's Run 2007
Lee Miles reports: Sailboats are already preparing in Cartagena for the June 8 start
of a marine expedition which will take the participants to the islands and cays that
mark the northern borders of Colombia: possessions that extend almost to Jamaica
and the Cayman Islands. This will be the 6th edition of Morgan's Run, a blue-water
cruise/rally that sails from Cartagena to the Colombian islands of San Andres and
Old Providence located 150 miles east of the coast of Nicaragua.
Leaving on the 8th of June and the morning of the 9th, first landfall will be at Bajo
Nuevo, 373 miles to the north-northwest, which marks the northernmost border of
Colombia. Arrival will be on the morning of the 11 h. After two days of diving and
relaxation, the fleet will leave in two groups for the next stop, Serrana, 85 miles to
the southwest, arriving on the morning of the 14th. On Friday June 15, the fleet will
leave for Low Cay located nine miles to the north of Old Providence Island, arriving
the morning of the 16th, and that afternoon will sail on to the safe harbor of Old
Providence/Santa Catalina. Sunday the 17th of June in Providence and Santa
Catalina we will have a celebration marking the close of Morgan's Run 2007.
From this point on the participants are free to proceed to San Andres and points
south and west such as Bocas del Toro, Colon, and the San Bias islands as their time
permits. Foreign cruisers are welcome to join the Cartagena-based boats on this
expedition.
For more information visit www destinaiioncartagena.com/morgans_run.html, or
contact Lee Miles at morgans_run@desiinationcartagena.com.

HIHO Adds Open Class Racing
The Highland Spring HIHO, one of the world's premier windsurfing events, will
expand the competitive portion of this year's event to include Open Class racing.
Racers in the Open division will start in St. Maarten on June 30 and join the rest of
the Highland Spring fleet in Virgin Gorda on July 2. The 2007 Highland Spring HIHO
runs from June 29 to July 8.
The Highland Spring HIHO event has traditionally been a one-design event with all
racers competing on the BIC Techno 2 board. The Techno class will remain in place
with the new Open class competing alongside. The significant difference is while
Techno racers all compete on identical boards, Open racers are unrestricted and
may compete on any board they prefer.
Event owner and manager, Andy Morrell, states that the purpose behind this expan-
sion is to broaden the event's appeal. Morrell commented, "We'd like to see more
racers join the Highland Spring HIHO event so we're adapting it to provide a greater
challenge for advanced sailors. Extending the event and including a St. Maarten
start offers more racing, more islands to enjoy which raises the overall fun factor."
A further incentive is that the Open fleet will also have the chance to race for prize
money in some races. "We'll have a purse of US$500 for certain inter-island races,
confirmed Morrell.
Race director Rusty Henderson welcomes the addition of advanced sailors to round
out the fleet: "The Open class will appeal to the advanced and pro-level competi-
tor, with the pleasure of more miles of great racing to cover. The Open class should
expect to cover over 250 miles of racing in eight days of competition, compared to
the 150 miles in the Techno class."
The essence of the event is a week-long odyssey through the British Virgin Islands
aboard captained catamarans. Each day the fleet visits new islands arriving at vir-
gin sandy beaches for adventure, meals and parties. Daily island-to-island competi-
tion challenges the fleet of competing windsurfers. Non-windsurfers stay occupied
with a range of activities including sailing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking and island
discovery. Highland Spring HIHO participants call a captained catamaran home for
the entire event. All yachts in the event are provided by The Moorings.
For more information visit www go-hiho.com.

Bonaire Regatta's 40th Anniversary
October 7 to 13 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Bonaire International Sailing
Regatta. The preparations for this edition are in full swing, and this year especially
should be a memorable one.
The regatta is an annual sailing event which features many races around Bonaire
and Klein Bonaire. People from all over the world participate in various sailing as
well as surfing competitions. There are daily races in various classes and in the
evenings there is a variety of cultural activities, food stands, folklore shows and
bands. The event offers a variety of activities, on the boulevard and in the streets of
Kralendijk with lots of food, games and opportunities to buy souvenirs. A festival fea-
turing international bands takes place every night for one week!
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t. -t- previously in Compass about the launching of Kate a boat built to
I'I i rule ofcirca i "... 11 ..1 ,. I .11 It is aboatin which I have some
S.- i,. ing seen the :,, -1 i I i ., i i vn, then the half finished boat.
Philip Walwyn built Kate at Pleasant Boatyard in St. Kitts. This boatyard is as
charming a place as you could find for mad ideas. It is set way back in the cane fields
with a very distant view of the sea. It is next to Philip and (his wife) Kate's lovely
house and her impressive art studio (she is the famous Kate Design of St. Kitts).
The 12-metres of old had little to do with the later 12-metre America's Cup boats
which were probably faster, but much less beautiful and quite boring by compari
son. In their day, they were the junior rich man's toy -the senior rich man's toy
being the J-boats (also gaff rigged in those days).
So it was good news when I heard the second annual St. Martin Classic Yacht
Regatta was about to take place and Kate was expected. I even wrangled an invita
tion to the official presentation for the boat alongside the yacht club dock the night
before the first race. This in itself was interesting as Kate has no engine and had to
be towed in through the bridge.












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'My heart beat a little faster to see this boat under sail, and it was hard not to
exclaim "Wow!"'


I wanted to see the boat, but more than that, I wanted to see her sailing and get a
few pictures. This is where being a card-carrying reporter for Caribbean Compass
comes in handy. In no time I filled in a form at the yacht club and found myself in
possession of an official identity tag, a beautiful tote bag and a really top-quality hat
(much better sewn than the standard ones), all inscribed with the Classic Yacht
Regatta logo, plus a seat on the press boat (had I been earlier I probably could have
got on the helicopter, too).
Good for one evening's work -now how about the boat? I went down and took a
look. She is painted a creamy pale yellow with light tan sails. The decks are teak and
the brightwork varnished. Although 60 feet long, she is so low and narrow she does
not look impressively large, and while she looks beautiful at the dock, she is not at
first glance a boat that will turn many heads. She has plenty of room down below
with a master's cabin forward, a long saloon with very long upper and lower bunks
and a couple of pilot berths aft. The cockpit is long and very narrow.
The next day the wind was light with some ... I I- I . I-looking classic
yachts turned out for the start. It was here, .11. .. .... I I1.- .. the huge deck
,".pin. t--m '--tnding way beyond the stem, that everything came into place.
-I .... ........ my heart beat a little faster to see this boat under sail, and it
was hard not to exclaim "Wow!" It was like being whisked back and put behind the
camera of Beken of Cowes in the early 1900s. When the sun broke through the
clouds and shone on her, the colors and form all came into focus, and you could see
exactly why Philip would spend four years on this project and what a spectacular
- -rl-i;n; i- f irt he had produced.
I I I', ,- fly out ahead of the fleet, easing through the water at great speed
with virtually no wake behind. I would like i I 11. .i I ..... i I. -1 butwith
light winds and many of them headwinds, sel. . I i I I .I I1 I theend.
But speed is not of the essence here -beauty is.
This boat is going to draw crowds wherever she sails. I came back with some sev
eral hundred photos -nearly all of them of Kate.







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by Norma
Five years ago, when 22-year-old Norwegian Joachim Lindstol decided he
wanted a pocket cruiser for a Caribbean trip and possibly beyond, he didn't
get too many headaches with fiddling with choices.
First, he wanted a tested design, one which had proved itself in blue water. He
wanted a smallish craft, about seven metres LOA, to keep maintenance and marina
-Vr:-" -1---; He wanted a British-made boat of 1960s vintage, in keeping with the
.11 i... I action n of that country's boatbuilders.
He got what he wanted with a David Sadler designed Contessa 26, similar to a
Folkboat design he was familiar with growing up in the Scandinavia.
The boat was Sublime which he found on an Internet site. It had been owned by
another Norwegian who had to sell it because of back problems making it difficult
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The three Norwegian friends pool their resources and 'we make sure we don't get
into each other's way too often'

A deckhand on coastal freighters and ferries, Joachim found that the fiberglass
sloop of 7.7 metres (25.6 feet) lived up to all his expectations on summer cruises to
Denmark. In July 2006, he and school friend Simon Storegjerde, a carpenter, set off
for the much thought about Atlantic crossing. They made the usual stops on the
way, including Ramsgate in England where they replaced the burned out Yahama
diesel with a Yanmar. They reached Barbados from the Cape Verde Islands after
another old friend, Eirik Vibe, joined them.
How is it with the threesome living in such confines? Joachim: "It helped that we
knew each other for a while and we make sure we don't get into each other's way too
often. In a way, as young people, we are also traveling on a small budget so pooling
our r 7-.r--" c;n- i .i.-; n ey is a satisfaction. We did have to take out the WC
to g i ..' -I I ..... -II. but other than that we find the Contessa is an excel
lent little boat for what we want."
They were familiar with American --n;;-r Tania Aebi, who -ir-; hnr- -lt.
alone, except for a short passage with i.... I in the 1980s in .I - I
became the youngest woman to circumnavigate single-handed.
Aside from at the several factories in the 1960s and 1970 in the UK, mainly at
Jeremy Rogers, the Contessas were also built in Canada by J.J. Taylor up until
1990. Aebi's Varuna was Canadian-built. There is a vibrant owners' association with
over 4,000 craft world wide.
Joachim tells you that a Norwegian couple, Henrik Nor-Hansen and Nina Kristen
Hansen, are presently circumnavigating in a 1976-built Contessa.
Joachim and friends were due to head for Bequia and then the rest of the
Grenadines after leaving Barbados. They will then decide what next to do.


FROM TANKER

TO TREASURE
in Faria
W y en cruising people and seamen talk about tankers, the usual vessel they
refer to is one of those mega-ships, ten football fields long, that you see on
Sthe horizon every now and again. Specialized vessels for the transporting of
bulk liquid cargo, may be how a dictionary would describe them.
Yet, they can come as small as 43 feet 1-n -.1 t made of wood.
That was how the 40-year-old Danish '.. .. I off its life. Instead of the tradi
tional fish holds aft of the mainmast, it had one big tank holding 30,000 litres of
diesel. It serviced the fishing fleet in Scandinavian waters until sold to a fish farm
where the tank was cleaned out to carry water for live fish. The present owner, New
Zealander Dale Calvert, bought it in 2000 to carry him back home from Europe
where he had been working as a fisherman.
"In the "-innin. .i n il company owned it. Apparently, it was ji. 1i. .1. .
service th I,.-1,,. 11 I t also had basic stores for the lads out on I I I,
stint with I1. I ., .1.1 was laid up for nine years in southern Denmark where I found
it It was exactly what I wanted and I think I found a treasure," said Dale as he relaxed
in Barbados's Carlisle Bay after a 28-day run from the Cape Verde Islands in January.
It had been built to i' I .'. .. 1 i .- ..i.. I ... I .. I of two-inch oak planking on
oak frames fastened I.. .... - I I .... Ir such a boat. "Iwas a fish
erman in the North Sea and built wooden dories to sell and from my talking with


Jette lost cargo tanks and gained a sailing rig to gofrom uel delivery ship to blue
water yacht

people, the Danish wooden boats have a really good reputation even in England. I
also liked the shape because I had a similar style boat in New Zealand," said Dale.
The five-year restoration work didn't have to do much with the still almost-like
new hull. Main problem was interior. The first thing that went overboard was the
tank. The main cabin is beautifully paneled in traditional Norwegian pine. Jette's
original -n;1i; --- P -f-r -.1 ;-i this was replaced by a 100-horsepower Ford.
i1 ' ... ............... top. It would entail less maintenance than wood
and cost the same. The boat's hull below the waterline was also sheathed in alu
minum, apparently as established custom in Denmark as opposed to copper sheath
ing in some other countries.
Jette (a popular female Danish name) never had : 1i.: ;; 1.-r working life. Dale
did some research and rigged her with a tradition.' .11 I I I. ..
Because of good planning, no big problems so far. Just outside Barbados, the
hydraulic system on the steering however gave way and it was fixed, partly with the
use of a hand-operated portable drill press carried in the tool locker.
The boat actually sails. With "a good wind", it can make seven and a half knots,
Dale lets you know.
Swiss :. .1. i.... I I . came along as crew. Leaving Barbados to have "a
look at s ... I ii. 11 -1... i-" before transiting the Panama Canal, they hope to
be in New Zealand in mid-2007.


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p day was a good day. I'm sitting in the cockpit, lool
f ing astern, watching a crimson sun drop into a clot' i
on the horizon. There will be no green flash tonigI.'
but it - -- day anyway. Off the port side the weste..
shore I -1 I..I- strikes an arc into the northwest, sho-
ing a panorama of rugged hills and r -- fi-ll n Iff ,
bow, a troop of green velvet monkeys i i i.. 1 .i th( .
way to the north end of the bay, along the stony beach. Tb.-
afternoon we snorkeled off the boat. Three hundred yar I-
toward shore, -n-;; r-- .nd new coral growth, we four I
an abundant *'. i i- There were, also, sea slug-
some conch and Nancy saw an eel. It was especially coirT
forting to see the coral in new growth mode. The stretch I
sandy bottom between the boat and the rocks was litter I
with starfish, some the size of dinner plates. Then, on t ,
way back to the boat, I saw my first eagle ray. Three feet
from wing tip to wing tip, this graceful creature swam with
me for a few yards then vanished as quickly as it appeared.
It was a good day.
We are anchored in Ballast Bay, St Kitts. We are the only
boat anchored here. There are two or three others a mile north,
in White House Bay and some further north in South Friars
Bay, so we do not feel isolated. While 12-foot northeast swells
hammer the Atlantic side of the island, we rock gently at
anchor. There is enough wind to run the wind generator but
not enough to create an unpleasant chop. With our anchor
buried shank-deep in sand, we are quite comfortable here.


Back in the days before we ever considered a cruising life, we spent a one-week
vacation on St. Kitts. One day we stopped on the road that overlooks Ballast Bay.
There were two boats anchored here that day. The tranquil scene stuck with us, per
haps sparking the beginning of the dream we are now 'i--"in- Th-n -. T""'- onto
the boat, now 15 months ago, Ballast Bay went on the .-1 i .... i -1 .. .11 the
"You'll know you've made it when..." list. St. Kitts & Nevis is not high on the list of
potential destinations for many of our cruising friends. We hear them say, "It's not
cruiser friendly"; "It's too hard to check in and out"; "There aren't any good places
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We came into the country at Charlestown, Nevis, from Antigua, ten days ago.
Charlestown is a quaint town of old stone buildings and brightly painted wood.
There is a good dinghy dock at the town dock, a trash bin at the shore end of the
dock and easy access to the town itself. Customs is right at the dock and
Immigration is at the police station, three blocks away. The procedures were simple


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and the officers very pleasant and helpful. There are several grocery stores, from
small storefront operations to large, well-stocked supermarkets. Buses and taxis put
everything with easy reach. It seemed cruiser friendly enough to me. There must be
a substantial financial industry in Charlestown, because it is unusual, in our expe
rience, to see a town this size with significantly more banks than bars. No problem
finding an ATM here. We enjoyed the place thoroughly. Ti.- .n-h-r.r- -t
Charlestown is open, a bit rolly, but very tolerable. Perhaps the :.. -I -. .... i .
ture of Nevis was the friendly attitude of the people.
North of the city, there is a long stretch of sandy beach with many places where it
is easy to beach a dinghy. One spot many people choose is near Sunshine's beach
bar. Sunshine's has good food, reasonable prices and a festive but relaxed atmos
phere which attracts a mix of cruisers, locals and tourists. We :.. ... ... i -1,,.
folks, including the owner and crew of a newly launched "Fir-1 i i i i i




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(design circa 1909) named Kate. She was built in St. Kitts and launched earlier this
year. This gaff-rigged beauty turned every head in the anchorage when she came in.
[See related story on page 14.]
From Charlestown, we went to Basseterre, the capital, on the island of St. Kitts.
We anchored just outside the marina. The anchorage was really quite comfortable,
with occasional swells generated by the ferries. There is a dinghy dock at the mari
na, providing easy access to downtown and the duty-free shopping area. Basseterre
is a great town with wonderful shops, some good restaurants and ample access to
groceries. The Circus, the center of town, is colorful and well kept. On Saturday, the
open market provides a great opportunity to stock up on fresh produce. There was
one negative: on Friday and Saturday night there was very loud Spanish music
blasting across -i .. .. .I ) the wee hours of the morning. We never did pin
point the source Ih .. ..... to check out, we'll use the Customs office conve


niently placed next to the marina. And we'll be sure it isn't a Friday or Saturday.
We came to Ballast Bay on Sunday. In this pristine setting, we've enjoyed the
panoramic view of the entire west shore of St. Kitts by day, glorious sunsets (with
one green flash) and the clear view of the stars at night. The water is the clearest
we've seen since coming to the islands.
Yesterday we took the dinghy north, along the shore, to do a bit -f ~'l-rinf The
beach in Ballast Bay is very rocky, unfit to land a dinghy safely .. that
extends one hundred yards west from a rocky -t t-r-i-'fn -n th- 1ieach, defining
the north end of Ballast Bay. The middle of the: I .- I .. ..I, I take a dinghy
across, but only with someone on the bow loo .... ..i I i i .I. rocks strewn
about the reef. The rocky shore has a stark beauty all its own which holds the his
tory of the formation of the island. The beach remains rocky through White House
Bay and into South Friars Bay. About a third into South Friars Bay, the beach turns
to coarse gray sand. We beached the dinghy and stopped at the Shipwreck, a class
sic, shack-style beach bar. The patrons were a mix of mostly locals, a couple of
tourists and a few cruisers. The beer was cold, the food was good and the conversa
tion friendly and interesting. It seems we meet more interesting people when we get
off the beaten track. The scenery and the folks we met made for a most pleasant
afternoon. I guess yesterday was a good day, too.
Tomorrow it will be time to move. Study of the charts and cruising guides tells us
there are several good anchorages on the south tip of the island, just around the
point which forms the south side of Ballast Bay. If what we find there is consistent
with what we've found in the rest of this lovely country, the next few days should be
good days as well. In case anyone asks us, we think it is a mistake to leave St. Kitts
& Nevis off your list of cruising destinations.







e anchored off St. George's in Grenada. One
Sday after our arrival our boat's starter motor
quit. A big "thank you" goes to Jonathan from
Island Water World in St. George's, who sent -and even
drove us to several mechanics. Without his immense
knowledge about where to find what and whom on
Grenada, we would have been really stuck. The first
mechanic was not able to fix our starter in the open air
between his flowerpots. Another mechanic had a fine
workshop in the north of the island, reachable by bus in
45 minutes. After multiple visits, we got our starter back
repaired. When we installed it, the starter motor ran, but
it did not jump into the flywheel to actually start the
engine. The mechanic concluded that the solenoid
switch of our starter must be broken, but spare parts
weren't available and rewinding wasn't possible. But in
one of his dusty boxes he had the same type of starter,
24 volts, with a burned commutator. With great goodwill
he got the rugged armature more or less fixed up, so that
our starter would do the job for the moment.
While waiting to get the starter fixed, we had the
opportunity to look around Grenada, which we had
last visited in 1989. Our first impression had not been
great. We had memories of a horrific bus ride over the
mountains to the town of Grenville on the east coast.
After that trip we were deaf for days; the music on the
bus was so loud it was a wonder that all the windows
had not shattered. Out of ill-kempt shops the same
noise volume blared. Bored-looking young shop clerks
sprawled in front of head-high speakers stacked on
the counter, and seemed annoyed when we asked for
any of the articles. Discarded washing machines,
stoves and engines were strewn along the beach.
Today everything is different. What a positive transfer
nation has come over Grenada during the last 18 years!
Traveling in the small Toyota buses, with a maximum
of 15 passengers, is now an enjoyable experience. The
music is played at a decent level, so you can take pleas
ure in the reggae and calypso. Most of the buses are
painted red, to be easy recognisable as public trans
portation, and on the front window's upper right side is
written a large number and the destination. The buses
are scrupulously clean inside and out. The seats are
usually covered with a thick plastic foil to protect the
fabric covers no worn-out spots or burn holes from
-During the trip, nobody is eating or -I1;nl-.-
S wants to stop the bus knocks hi.- I.
against the ceiling. Because the bus has only a sliding
door on the side, guests sitting near the door have to
disembark to let the guests from the rear seats leave.
Continued on next page


CONGRATULATIONS



TO GRENADA


by Angelika Gruener


A lot of the former small wooden houses have been replaced by real villas built out of concrete







Continued from previous page
On long-distance trips such a bus ride can
abound in physical exercise, but it's all done
good naturedly.
At the bus terminal is a big sign listing fines for
diverse offences. Just some examples (in US$):
Nuisance by noise or smoke $40; importuning
passengers $35; public filth $10; harassment or
public indecency $40; overloading of vehicle or
speeding $50; unauthorised posters or advertise
ments $200; loitering ........ .. I..,,,,. I I
comply with directions I ...1, .I i ..
Grenada now runs a tight ship!
We saw no litter or garbage lying around,
although rubbish bins are rare. As far as I could
tell, there seems to be no unemployment. The
Rastas with their long dreadlocks, sometimes
covered under a ?';.- 1. .t, are seen working at
jobs ranging from I ..... to stevedores to ven
dors. On a trip around the island we noticed that
a lot of the former small wooden houses have
been replaced by real villas built out of concrete
with big verandas, all painted in discreet pastel
colours, with nicely laid out gardens.
The people wear tidy, new, spotlessly clean and
ironed clothes, sparkling white shirts, bright
white socks and gym shoes. Grenada must have
the best washing powder in the world; my laun
dry never gets so white! Women and teens step
out in 1..1, 1, 1 1 .1, es and fashionable
clothes, II .. I .... i The gait is upright.
The young women endeavour to be as slim as
possible. The most stylish ladies dress modestly,
from the neck down to the calf. It seems that the
island's churches, whether ... ...
Presbyterian, Catholic, Methodist or a.. I .I
multiple sects, have a great influence. Modern
bikinis, however, adorn the young women when
they go for a swim. Nobody is hanging around
any more; nobody sprawls anywhere in public.
Tb 1 111 1 : .,
tive, competent, and very friendly staff. There has
been a big investment in general education, and
the young people took the opportunity to learn a
lot. They noticed as well that tourism provides
huge possibilities, from which every single person
on the island can earn his income, but only if the
tourist is given the proper attention. Grenadians
enjoy being tourists, too. We met a local woman
who was in our homeland, Germany, last year on


a two-week holiday to attend World Church Day.
She was extremely enthusiastic about her trip,
even if she still has to pay the loan for it!
Nearly every day one or two cruise liners come
to St. George's to discharge hundreds, some-
times thousands, of tourists onto the island. The
'- n-= :--3 well; taxi drivers offer their service
i ... I... I tour, women sell spices and sou
venirs, boys take passengers on small boats to
the next beach for a swim.
Yachtspeople come, sometimes with charter
guests, visiting family or friends, sometimes with
broken equipment like ours, and provide employ
ment for Grenadians in another sector. A statistic
from 2000 shows that Grenada estimated the
overall contribution of yachting to their economy
at more than 13 million US dollars. The study fur
other notes, "Charter incomes and charter tourist
expenditures are not included and contribute a
minimum of US$50,000 per bareboat per year.
Of course, Hurricane Ivan in September 2004
and Emily in June 2005 blew away or damaged
many buildings and cars, and these have been
replaced. Most of the houses now have new red
or blue roofs; the houses have been renovated
and repainted. But the contention put forward by
some, that Grenad-' -n-r.l upswing is simply
due to donations : .11 the hurricanes
cannot be true. It is obvious that this transfer
nation developed over many years.
All is not so easy for the island population,
though. The farm industry was terribly dam
aged. It will take years till the nutmeg trees
bear fruit r:n.; so that Grenada can once
again be on I 1I. world's top exporters.
As we saw on our recent visit, Grenada is pros
pering quite well. The frequent arrival of the
cruise liners and the booming yacht industry are
proof of it, and the inhabitants have worked hard
to reach that level of development we can find
now. Our big congratulations to all Grenadians.

Angelika Gruener is cruising the Caribbean
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The Human Error Factor in Computer Drawn Charts
Before electronic charts came on the market, com-
puters were causing problems in the reproduction of
charts. In the 1980s the old tin- -rt-.r-.ih-r was
dying out. Both the British I ..... 1, I I ,d the
United States National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) started re-draw
ing charts electronically, as that made them easier to
correct and easier to reproduce. But there is the prob
lem that anytime a chart is re-drawn there is a chance
of human error, as is illustrated by the stories below.


As a result, I have had to spend innumerable days
going through all the British Admiralty charts, listing
all the errors chart by chart, then sending the list to
our -1--tr-i- -hrt -.:t
S. .. I I I I I11 be posting on my website
www.street-iolaire.com the above list of errors
plus a list of errors that I have found in the British
Admiralty Leisure Charts of the Caribbean.
Despite putting notices in the October 2006 issue of
Compass and elsewhere requesting any corrections to
the Imray-Iolaire charts, I have received none. Can we


Thoughts on



Computer Drawn and



Electronic Charts


by Don Street


In the early '80s when we were exploring Tobago on
Iolaire, I had on board the latest British charts. One
day in a dive shop I saw an old British chart, and
noted that the old chart did not agree with the modern
one in a number of places. I presumed that the area
had been re-surveyed, thus the differences between
the old and new BA chart. However, when I checked
with the Admiralty they told me that there had been
no re-surveying of the island of Tobago and that the
charts should be the same. But they were not.
A few years later I found Alan Wilkinson (whom the
late Tom Wilson of Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson
described as "The fastest pen in the West") re-drawing
our Imray-Iolaire chart A271 for the northeast corner
of Antigua. I asked why. He reported that the
Admiralty had produced a new chart and that it did
not agree with the old one. I could not believe the
Admiralty had re-surveyed the northeast coast of
Antigua so I called the Admiralty. They reported that
there had not been any new survey work done, and
that the charts should be the same. But they were not.
I spotted two cases; how many are there worldwide?
Alan Wilkinson, who has been with Imray for 48
years, is coming up for retirement. Unfortunately
there is not another fast pen to take over, so Willie
Wilson, the head of Imray, decided it was time to re
draw all the charts electronically, making them all
metric (some were in metres and some in fathoms and
feet, which was confusing at times). Re-drawing them
electronically would simplify the printing process (the
old press was being wound down), plus it would allow
Imray to present their charts electronically on a disc.
I pointed out to Willie the above two stories of errors
--i;; introduced when charts were reproduced. Willie
i worry -they will be exact reproductions of
the existing waterproof chart".
When the first batch of about 12 charts was ready,
Willie asked me to come to Imray's home office to
check them. He felt it would take only half a day. It
took me three days as I discovered error after error in
shoal water soundings. This was most puzzling until
the boys in the electronic drafting room were given the
third 1- i
Imnr;, 1. charts are re-drawn Admiralty charts
(Imray pays royalties), but they have been divided up
in a fashion more useful to yachtsmen. Large area
charts have harbor insets on them so that separate
harbour charts are not needed, giving a considerable
saving in expense and also making the Imray charts
easier to use.
So, the electronic draftsmen were accustomed to
using the Admiralty charts as a reference Bible. It
turns out that when re-drawing the Imray-Iolaire
charts they cross checked with the Admiralty charts,
and wherever there were any differences between the
Admiralty charts and the Imray-Iolaire charts, they
used the Admiralty information. Thus they inserted
into the Imray-lolaire charts any errors in the
Admiralty charts -errors that I have spent the last 50
years eliminating from my guides and the Imray
Iolaire charts!
Not only that, but at the 2007 London Boat show, I
went to the four electronic chart companies that have
purchased the rights to Imray-lolaire charts for repro
duction as electronic charts, and ran through some
areas where I know the Imray-lolaire charts are correct
and the Admiralty were wrong. I discovered that evi
dently the boys on 1.... i . i .ne
thing as the boys ii, i.... I ... i, ,1,,,. .


then presume that our charts are absolutely correct?
Our charts B30 (St. Vincent and Bequia) and B31
(Bequia to Carriacou) are coming up for complete re
drawing. I feel the soundings on the north side of
Admiralty Bay are not correct. This and any other cor
reactions sent to streetiolaire@hotmail.com would be
much appreciated.
Electronic Charts: Raster or Vector?
Electronic charts are a wonderful aid to navigation,
but not the be-all and end-all: they are only an aid. A
book could be written about the groundings caused by
a crew studying the electronic charts and not using
eyeball navigation.
The accuracy of electronic charting varies widely. My
son Mark felt that the electronic charts he was using
in New England waters were absolutely dead-on.
However, I have repeatedly heard stories from very
competent captains who reported that their Caribbean
electronic charts were occasionally out by 300 or 400
yards. At times, if they had believed their electronic
chart, they would have been hard aground.
Furthermore, experienced skippers who have elec
tronic charts feel that they are useless unless they are
shown on a decent-sized screen -say, approximately
16 by 12 inches; the larger the better.
They all felt that there should be paper charts for
back-up. Some yachtsmen may say that this is
unnecessary, as they have a good electrical system
with backup -they would never have what is referred
to as a "dead ship". But if you are hit be lightning, ALL
electronics are fried, and there go all your charts.
There are two types of electronic charts: raster
and vector.
Not being up on electronic charts, I asked Simon
Deeves, the Digital Chart Production Manager for
Imray, to describe the differences to me and to give me
the advantages and disadvantages of both systems. I
have added my comments comments from an old
time seaman, cruising guide writer and chart compil
er -on the +-n.l--t:-= .1-I disadvantages of each.
RASTER i I i i ., I sically electronic photo
graphs of the original official paper charts, which
are stored in a computer-readable form. The image
is built up of a large grid of tiny coloured dots (pix
els), normally at resolutions of 100 by 100 dots per
inch (or more). This is the fastest, easiest and least
expensive way to create electronic charts and they
are created by simply scanning the paper chart.
Various reference information is then added so that
latitude and longitude positions can be calculated.
The resulting raster charts can then be reproduced
on a computer screen with the appropriate naviga
tion software.
Because raster charts are basically a photograph of
the paper chart, all the information is shown on the
computer screen exactly as it is on the paper, i.e. all
the symbols are the same, the text is the same, the
white border of the chart is present, etcetera. This can
be an advantage (the electronic chart is immediately
familiar and understandable to the user) or a disad
vantage (the chart cannot be easily manipulated)
depending on the user's requirements. Zooming and
panning is al- "n r.ll-- limited with a raster chart,
since when ....... ... .; ;- detail, the photo
graphic image -''....i I ...., I I and no more detail
can or will appear. (The Imray-lolaire charts avoid this
problem by providing detail via harbour plans insert
ed in the main chart.)
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HYPERBARIC CHAMBER



FOR ST. LUCIA

by Kai Wulf

For more than a decade attempts to estab
lish a hyperbaric facility in Saint Lucia have
been futile, but this is going t- -. : soon
through a donation of over :"- ..... I y Ms. --
Barbara Perfect, an American national and
keen scuba diver who recently purchased a
villa at the Jalousie Plantation Resort, and
her sister.
A trust fund has been set up and a corn
mittee comprising Saint Lucia's Dive
Association, the Soufriere Marine
Lr4n- -m-rnt Association and individuals
'I .. dical and private sectors, has
been formed to purchase the necessary
equipment and to set up the facility. The
chamber will be located at the Tapion
Hospital, where there are already four physi
cians trained in hyperbaric medicine.
The traditional use of a hyperbaric facility,
or decompression chamber as it is commonly
known, is the treatment of dive accidents,
when divers exceed the limits and body tis
sues become oversaturated with nitrogen,
which forms bubbles in the blood stream
upon direct return to the surface. This condi
ion, decompression sickness or the bends" A typical hyperbaric chamber. Thanks to a diver's donation,
can cause paralysis and even death if not there will soon be one in St Lucia
treated immediately.
When planning a dive vacation, many individuals chose their destination based on the availability of a hyper
baric facility. In the past, dive accident victims had to be sent to Barbados or Martinique, putting Saint Lucia at
a disadvantage in the development of this lucrative tourism sub sector. Additionally, conch divers often lack for
mal dive training, and quite a number of these fishers suffer severe health consequences due to the bends because
overseas treatment can not be afforded. There are now more than 12 approved medical indications which can be
treated in a hyperbaric chamber.
Kai Wulf is the Manager of the Soufriere Marine Management Association.


Continued from previous page
T. i .. -of raster charts are as follows:
i .i i.. -- )f reproduction. The electronic chart
looks just like the familiar paper chart.
DMS comment: A faithful reproduction of the chart, but
on most raster charts the chart's source is not given. Is it
Imray-lolaire, Nautical Publications, British Admiralty?
An exception to this is C Map, as there I was able to ascer
tain that the references were Imray olaire, BA, NOAA
and the (excellent) Colombian Hydrographic Office. The
boys in the drafting room inserted mistakes from BA and
NOAA charts. We now know of the errors in C Map, and
with the aid of my list oferrors, C Map will be corrected.
However, lam not sure how long that will take.
They are generally cheaper than the vector charts.
TI- is generally much wider than the
.. 1 I charts.
The disadvantages are as follows:
No information can be selectively removed or dis
played at different zoom levels.
Generally, raster charts are not easy to update.
DMS comment: How do you update charts? Not too
easily. It is worthwhile having update procedures
explained and demonstrated to you before purchasing.
Raster charts are generally slower to display on
the screen.
Raster chart systems are generally more memo-
ry intensive and can take many megabytes to store
the image of a single nautical chart. They are gen
erally distributed on CD-ROM and therefore raster
chart systems normally require a CD-ROM drive,
but not always. C Map is a small chip that looks
like a sim card for a mobile phone that you plug in
to a normal laptop.
VECTOR CHARTS are .1 I ......... 11. paper
charts to create raster: - .1 i .. I I, ,,- vec
torizing the data. Vectorization converts the lines on
the paper charts into coordinates that are then stored.
These coordinates are then used by the navigation
systems to re-create the lines of the chart on the
screen. These lines that are vectorized from the chart
are stored in groups (layers) according to the type of
line being vectorized. For example, all the coastline is
stored in one layer, the drying line would be stored in
another layer, etcetera. Once stored, the layers of
coordinates can be compressed so that the resultant
vector chart is stored very efficiently. A vector chart
can take less than a tenth of the space of a raster
chart to store the same amount of information.
DMS comment: Basically vectors are re drawn the
electronic draughtsman includes only the information
that hefeels is essential. There is a great chance oferror.
For instance, many years ago I was at the British
Admiralty's head office. They gave me a tour of the
drafting room where I was shown a chart ofAntigua


that they were re-drawing. They were in the process of
eliminating many of what I knew were very useful
ranges/transits. Asked why. They pointed out that the
ranges/transits were on windmill towers; the charts
were done in the middle of the 19th century, and the
windmill towers could not possibly still be there. Once I
explained to them the size and construction of the wind
mill towers and pointed out that they would be therefore
another hundred years, they decided to leave the
ranges/transits on the new chart. Had that been a vec
tored chart, they could have been eliminated and use
ful information deleted from the chart.
The advantages of vector charts are as follows:
Smaller memory requirements and therefore the
charts generally display faster and can be distributed
in memory cartridges and on floppy disk rather than
CD ROMs.
The displaying of vector charts is very flexible,
since different layers of information can be shown at
different times. As you ---' i iin-r--. levels of
detail can be available .II .. ... ..' in image
resolution. Chart presentation can be changed to
remove layers of information that may not be required
for the task that is ...' ..i I ,. ecuted.
Chart plotter : ........ .. ... build low-cost,
water-resistant, dedicated chart plotter units.
The major hydrographic offices of the world, include
ing the largest mapmaker in the world, the US Defense
Mapping Agency (DMA), have already announced that
their electronic charts will be in vector format. The
advantages and benefits of using vector charts are
almost limitless and we can expect to see mapmakers
of all types moving to the vector electronic chart in the
years ahead. The world's most advanced hydrographic
institutes will use seamless vector chart technology
when they build electronic charts in the future and the
International Hydrographic Office standards are for
seamless vector cartography.
That may be so, but the majority of experienced skip
pers I know prefer to use raster electronic and Imray
lolaire waterproof paper charts. They say that they pre
fer the raster chart as it has all the information that
appears on the paper chart, presented in the same
fashion. Therefore, they can operate with the raster
chart, but have on standby to take out on deck for eye
ball navigating the equivalent paper chart, and the two
are (or should be) the same. Notable landmarks and
other features on shore that may have been eliminated
on the vector chart are there to be seen.
Ultimately, electronic charts are a great aid to gen
eral 1-...n;; : -;; t for entering and leaving harbours
and I - navigation, paper charts, a hand
bearing compass and fathometer, a good look-out and
experience in eyeball navigation are still the best
means of minimizing the chance of grounding.


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Cruising



History


by Keith Smith


He wears a necklace of four Antarctic seal claws given to him, one for each of his
four solo .. ...... . .. I 1 ... -i ,i round lasted six years; his shortest,
two, allor. II I I I ... .. h i .. vessel. He's soloed his current boat,
Froken, a wooden Colin Archer-designed cutter, across the Atlantic (only) five times.
When he retired from the merchant navy to go cruising 39 years ago, he'd never
made a penny anywhere on land; his entire life's income has all been earned upon
the sea. And, unless you're more than 59 years old, he has been on that sea longer
than you've been alive. His name is Utz, and, at the age of 75, he's made what could
well be his very last sail.
I'd known Utz before but made it a point to know him better when our rhumb lines
crossed this (and, as I later learned, for the last) time here in Margarita. Why? Well,
Utz is a fascinating character in his own right, but equal to that, he is a living chap
ter in the history and tradition of cruising. Talking with him, listening to his stories,
connects me somehow to that rich past and a long life well lived at sea. His story
deserves to be told in full and, although my pen could never do it justice, I still want
ed to acknowledge Utz and his accomplishments here, now that the twilight of his
days at sea are upon him.


German born, he went to sea at the age of 16 with the Norwegian Merchant Navy
right after World War II. He's sailed square-riggers and trained merchant seamen
how to do the same usin. tr-hn-l -loser to that of three or four hundred years
ago than to the modern ,. I. I .... I on most boats today. In his time, he's had
young Polynesian native girls row out to his boat in their 1;; rt -'-es upon his
arrival in port. (Having seen too many movies, I'd always I I ...I about that:
the girls would be topless, they would feed me coconuts filled with some intoxicat
ing brew and would then seductively beg me to become their God of Virility. But,
alas, my dreams never came true. All I ever had come out to welcome my vessel were
overly aggressive boat boys! Yes, they were topless, yes they offered intoxicants, but
the only god they wanted was in my wallet. Not nearly what I'd had in mind. I guess,
unlike Utz, I started cruising just a little too late!)
To see Utz, you'd never guess all he's done. Sure, his tanned and weathered fea
tures tell of a long life at sea, but his slight physique seems less than that required
for such solo accomplishments as his. That made me wonder from where his true
strength must come. I suspect it comes from his brain, where he's stored all the
-.I I- .. i ,, i 1 arned over 59 years; from his heart, where he's kept his zest
i- -' I .. I.... for so long and from his belly, where he's found tl- :*;;t t-
do it, again and again -alone. Those inner strengths have enabled Utz I 11 I -
done when bigger men would have never dared leave the dock.
If he likes you, he's a pleasant fellow in his own salty way but not altogether tol
erant of us new age cruisers, nor would I be in his place. TI : t .T opinion on all
things nautical, some timeless, some you might view as ..I I .1 but all richly
deserved and every one warranting your consideration. But that takes work. Utz is
not an easy man for me to understand if for no other reason than English is not his
first language and German is my pitiful last. So I've had to follow his words very
carefully especially whenever we've shared more than a few rounds of rum together.
But listen I have.
His gear box broke down a while ago. Utz intended to repair and rebuild it himself
but needed new gaskets.
"I'll use charts," he said.
"Huh? What? Charts?"
"Charts. They make wonderful gaskets. But not British Admiralty charts, though.
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Continued from previous page
They're no good. The paper they use for those charts is too thick for good gaskets."
"Utz, why i, ,-. 1 111 sket material?"
'What for? I .i- I, I p -butnotBritishAdmiraltycharts they're too thick."
Although skeptical, I promised to keep that in mind. And sure enough, Utz
announced the next day that he'd rebuilt his gear box and that the nautical-chart
.1-t 1..1 :~1 1 just fine. I
I ,i ,, I I I i d wondering.
, I .t n i ,lid he use?
What exotic stretch of ocean,
sailed so long ago, did he think
was best for gear box gaskets?
My thinking, aided greatly by the
rum, tempted me to go back and
pose the question to Utz. Then I
decided not tc .' ,
laugh at the :
him who would think the geogra
phy of a chart could possibly
make any difference to its virtues
as a gasket. But I'm not so sure.
Wouldn't the chart for some
place holding fond memories
make a better gasket than the
chart of a place that didn't? I
may ask him still.
Some time ago, after having
sextant, Utz found a potential
buyer for Froken who wanted Utz
to sail her over to Trinidad to get
her hauled and surveyed. I
offered to help him take her
there (since Utz has lost much of
the vision in one eye and admits
only now to less strength than
he'd prefer for sol i : mak
ing). So I offered him.
Then I begged. Then pleaded.
Snapped through a porthole, this photo captures But Utz, more than a little stub
Utz, at age 75, two thirds of the way up born in his ways, told the poten
Froken's mast tial buyers no. If they wanted to
see the boat, they could damn
well come over to
was crushed. I had already 1--*nn frnt~i-in --'i .+t it would be like to
man on what would be the I .. I .. spanning 59 years, four solo cir
cumnavigations and five other ocean crossings. As a student of cruising and histo
ry both, it would have been my once in a lifetime opportunity to witness, first hand,
the final page in the final chapter of such a celebrated history of one man's cruising
life. You see, to me, Utz is famous and, for me to sail with him would have been north
ing less than accompanying Eric Clapton with my guitar or pitching a baseball to
Babe Ruth.
Are there more like Utz out here? Yes, I certainly hope so. We all should. e;r
is older than known history and, although well documented in endless -
book- 1. I .. I I I sit down and talk with such history, to put our lifestyle
into i' i ... I li 1 -1 '1 before its all lost in our hurried rush into the push
button future. That's why I'll never miss an opportunity to sit down with Utz or any
one like him. Not just because they're fascinating people, not just because of their
timeless wisdom or legendary stories, but (at least for me), because it's a chance to
pay homage to those who have gone before us, those who have done this further and
longer and, in important ways, better, with far less than we can ever really begin to
appreciate. Like Utz, they have shown the way, one that most of us can now only fol
low with our GPS, chart plotters and autopilot in hand. But try making a gear box
gasket with your chart plotter.
Fair winds, good luck and God bless you, Captain Utz. May I gain even a kernel of
your knowledge and experience so that, one day when my time comes, some young
whipper snapper cruiser on his newfangled, gizmo filled boat will want to hear my
stories of old and, more importantly, those I'll forever remember of you....




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FOR SECURITY


by Mike Beaumont


The issue of personal security has gripped the cruis
ing community for some i ..... i 1 1
with many pleadings for :.. .... .....
I hold the view that these countries that we visit sim-
ply do not have the resources to protect visiting
yachtsmen and women. The locals have a hard time
protecting themselves against crime.
Police protection, although essential, is difficult in
small island communities with open borders.


I think that we in the cruising community must do
more to protect ourselves. At home one would not
leave the house without locking up, so why not make
the boat secure? One's dinghy should always be
locked too. Remember the slogan "lock it, or lose it."
One common argument against locking up the boat
is "It's too hot. We need the air." This argument has
validity when the day is a furnace and at night partic
ularly when the breeze dies. The answer is some form
of security grille to replace the companionway doors at


night. This would allow air to enter the boat but pre
vent unauthorized entry.
Two problems need to be solved: first, somewhere to
stow the additional item, and second, a bolt design that
keeps the companionway hatch secure and stowable.
The first picture shows my solution to those prob
lems. The grille is simply made with 7/8 inch stainless
steel tube welded up to fit the companionway entrance.
The bolt one can see in the picture. The bolt is sim-


ply fabricated but h ---r1 l+--i nt- It lies total
ly flat within the i.. ..-. ..- 1. ... 11 vhich allows
foreasystowage I 11. ... .... i. thforexam-
ple. The lock is easily accessed and very visible from
both inside and outside the boat. I offer this design as
it may provide a solution for your boat.
Having solved the problem of companionway securi
ty my attention then turned to the hatches that we
used to open at night. These hatches were Lewmar
designs and, having replaced one recently, I was aware


that it would be very difficult to install a system of
bars. In any case I felt that we do not want to live in a
prison and we do require a means of escape in an
m-nrn -- Tn our case we are fortunate that the boat
I, i 11'' opening side ports but even when open
these provide little air when at anchor as they are
wrongly situated to catch the breeze.
A good friend of mine, Alan on Blue Gull, had faced
the same problem anadhad come up with the design of


1TI 1


A screen door' (left) keeps out any pests of the homo
sapiens variety, while porthole scoops (above) draw in
welcome breezes

vacuum-formed wind scoops which one could attach
to the cabin sides with industrial Velcro. Alan had sev
eral of these made up and we were given a couple of
them for our boat.
You can see from the second photograph how they
attach to the cabin side over the opening ports and
scoop the air flow into the cabin interior.
These items have solved our security problem. We
insert and lock the companionway grille at night, we
lock the Lewmar hatches which can be unlocked by us
from inside in a second, then open the two portlights
with wind scoops for plenty of airflow through the boat.
One final point, the wind scoops DO NOT keep out
the rain. Unfortunately the rain is blown in by the
scoops right over my berth so I have to close them
when it rains during the night!
I hope these ideas might inspire you to think more
about your security at night.
Mike Beaumont is cruising the Caribbean aboard
S/V Phantasie.


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t was a bit like a .1' .- I suppose,
it started out so -' 1 and full of
joy. But once the honeymoon was
over, it turned into a love/hate relation
ship which didn't improve with the pass
ing of the years, until finally we divorced
and I was glad to see the back of them.
"Them?" I hear you ask, but yes, of
course I'm referring to my davits. You
know: those pieces of metal slung out the
back on many boats to raise and abuse
your inflatable dinghy on.
Let me start at the beginning. We flew to
Fort Lauderdale to look at cruising boats
suitable to live on full time and found
Wandering Star, a Hermanson 44 custom
built in steel and aluminum, which
appealed to my senses as only a sailboat
can. The only thing missing, as we refitted
and tried to get working all the systems
which had lain dormant for many months
in the tropical climate and now refused to
function, was some transport to take us
from those: I 11. ... .i .. o1 the shore.
A scan of t i .- -.. i .... i a nine-foot


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by Glyn J(


Avon RIB with a five-horsepower Nissan in Clearwater seeking a new home. We were
headed that way to visit friends for the weekend and were able to close the deal. The
next weekend, having traded our hire car for a suitable vehicle with a roof rack, we
brought them back to River Bend marina and Wandering Star.


Wandering Star's dinghy has found a secure onboard home, neatly inserted aft.
The stern is supported by stainless rails


The next problem was to find a way of
hoisting the dinghy out of the water when
it wasn't being used. I have to admit at
This stage that I had always thought that
davits gave a boat a sort of grown-up air;
they made a boat look like a real cruiser
S... i I I.... that just day-sailed out
S.......... delighted when I found
a used pair of davits which looked the
part, all shiny and purposeful. Some engi
neering was required to mount them off
the stern deck at sufflci ,,- 1, 1.,i 1, 11
the dinghy well clear of ...
and minimise the dragg.. i l.. .
over the large step created by the sugar-
scoop stern, but eventually our little Avon
Swas swung into position and looked just
the ticket, hanging there ready for action.
Our maiden voyage was to be across the
Gulf Stream to the Bahamas and for that
we lashed the dinghy tight on the davits,
hnson but that turned into the trip from hell with
the roughest passage we have ever experi
enced. The poor little Avon bounced and
swayed, loosening some of the lines, but it
was too rough to risk venturing onto the aft deck to retie it and we were lucky to
arrive in West End without serious damage. After that baptism of fire, the Avon
found a home stripped out and upside down on the foredeck for serious passages.
Up and down the islands in the sheltered Bahamian waters and back in the States
on the ICW and Chesapeake, even up to Maine, all went
Then we came down to the Caribbean, with real wind and
seas to contend with. Days getting soaked every time we
dinghied ashore soon lost their appeal, and we knew we
had to get a sturdier dinghy with big tubes and a bigger
engine to raise it on the plane above those slapping waves.
The imminent arrival of friends to be carried about forced
the issue, and a nine-foot Caribe with 15-horsepower
Mercury was soon riding on our stern.
Passages between the islands were generally pretty bois
terous and trying to lash the dinghy on the davits so it
couldn't move was almost impossible. Overnight in an
.,, 1, ;1 lift the dinghy complete with engine,
I, I I, I ..t this was very close to the structural
limits at the heavy end for the davits and the strain was
showing. For passages, we would remove the engine onto a
bracket on the stern, but just as our clothes seem to shrink
as we I 1der so the engine gets heavier!
To I ." the davits were spaced for a longer dinghy so
they were not lifting directly vertically, but try as I might
with spring ropes and breast ropes and all-round ropes,
something always seemed to come loose and would need
retying as we roared down the waves. On one passage to
Trinidad we arrived with a deflated dinghy -a hole had
been chafed through the fabric.
Slowly but surely those davits lost their appeal and I knew
they would have to go, and I certainly wasn't going to get a new
dinghy and risk the continuing wear and tear that I was expe
riencing. I wasn't alone in this: I watched others with davits
and saw similar scars o .. ...... I I,... .. I typical davit
abuse, handles torn off .,,I I..I. 1 .1 I. .. .... I the ends.
We visited the boat show in England and looked at the big
boats, 60 feet or more and way out of our price range, to see
what they did with their dinghies, but most of them expect
edyou to use I 11 1..... . roll it up and stowit
in a deck locke i, ., 11 I I,,. Clearly more thought
was needed!
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Looking around at other cruising boats it was apparent that some people had
found their own solutions, ingenious platforms on sliders allowing the platform to
slide down the transom and the dinghy to be floated on, and then the whole plat
form winched back up. A large catamaran had a huge and obviously very heavy
stainless hydraulic arm mounted under the bridge deck to raise and lower a similar
platform. Most noticeable of all was the absence of davits on motorboats, which
seemed to favour small cranes which would pick the dinghy out of the water and
swing it onboard onto some form of cradle. A simple and elegant solution.
Wandering Star is a centre-cockpit boat with a small aft deck and large sugar
scoop stern. The backstay was split about ten feet above the deck and connected to
two chainplates on the stern about five feet apart. A Caribe dinghy is a little over five
feet, but the beauty of an inflatable boat is its flexibility! Stripping all the pieces out
of the dinghy to lighten it, and with the help of friends, I tried maneuvering the
dinghy lengthwise into the stern of Wandering Star, between the backstays, and it
looked like it could fit.
A plan started to take shape! If we could mount a swiveling crane to one side of
the rear step and make some rails to support the dinghy above the sugar-scoop
stern, a little above the aft deck so the V of the dinghy bottom would be clear of the
deck, then the dinghy would be supported in a similar fashion to when being trans
ported on a boat trailer or trolley. The flat fibreglass portion of a nine-foot RIB is fair
ly short and support would only be needed along a section about three feet long and
close to the transom.
Some old bimini frames from a catamaran provided the stainless tubing with one
bend already done. Two rails rising from the large rubbing strake around the stern
platform and then curving around the shape of the stern to tie in with the pushpit
formed an obvious gateway where we could mount our swim ladder. Two more rails
would "T' off these and run forward to the aft deck to support the dinghy.
Changing the backstay to twins would open up the entry onto the aft deck a little
more, and all that was left was to find was a crane. Easy you might think, with all
those motorboats around, but a troll through the various catalogues and even the
internet was to prove frustrating. We found one manufacturer in the States but his
prices for stock items was, for us at least, prohibitive, let alone the customised crane
we required to fit on our crowded stern. Trinidad is normally a great place to get
things fabricated, but last year trying to get anything done also seemed frustrating.
Pricing also seemed to be prohibitive, but that's another story.
Eventually I sourced some four-inch schedule 40 aluminum tube to make a stand
pipe to be bolted to the flat deck on my stern and fixed at the top to my old davit
mounting. A Delrin base plate inside the tube with plain Delrin bearings top and bot
tom would allow the crane constructed out of three-inch aluminum tube to be sup
ported and yet swivel freely. Designing the cranes offset to clear other fixtures on the
stern and still give sufficient height and range to pick the dinghy up cleanly from the
side of the boat, and bring it around and into the aft deck, was largely trial and error,
playing with sections of plastic waterpipe and lots of measuring.
A one-and-a-half-inch tube bent to the appropriate radius, together with side
plates, would support the weld of the offset joint and attachments for a winch, and
turning blocks would complete the design. I cut all the sections myself and took the
parts to a machine shop for the welding and bending operations, the parts looked
huge but finally it looked like a crane. Once it was painted and fitted on the stern
then itjust seemed to blend and fit in with the radar arch and solar panel structures
already there.
It was another month before we were able to go back into the water and put the
new structure to the test away from inquisitive eyes, but the project was a 100-per
cent unmitigated success. The crane raised the dinghy together with all its load of
engine, fuel and spares easily, and swung it round into the stern of the boat where
it sat. It was so snug and secure that we felt confident about motoring up and down
to the Trinidad anchorages without having to tie it in any way. It is a one-person job
now to haul and stow the dinghy -no more damage dragging it over the rear step.
The engine is probably better supported on the transom of the dinghy than it would
be on its outboard bracket. Fitting in longitudinally means that the dinghy will
always drain on either tack in the event of heavy rain. It is such a neat solution that
many people going past our boat when the dinghy is mounted on the stern don't
even notice that it is there.
Some months down the line we have thoroughly tested the stowage with some
very rough seas, but all remains secure. This project has had advantages we never
dreamed about and makes our cruising not only easier, but also safer, as the
dinghy with its 15-horsepower engine in place is readily available for use in any
emergency, from a man overboard situation to just assisting with propulsion into
an anchorage should the main engine fail or not be available due to a rope round


the prop. Total cost of the project was less then US$1,000. Confident about the sys
tem, we got our new dinghy -but could only afford a used one with the handles
all torn and the sides scuffed where the previous owner used to have trouble secur
ing it on his davits!

About the author: Glyn is a supporter of the "If it looks right, it probably is right"
College of Nautical Engineering. With his wife Jenny, he has been cruising full time for
nine years, and in the Eastern Caribbean since 2000.


Above: The crane lifts the dinghy outboard and all and swings it into place
between the backstays and under the radar arch


Below: The dinghy's support rails form an obvious gateway and hand holds
for the swim ladder







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ADMIRING THE ANGEL

By Cruisin' Canucks


U expected downpours of rain in Cumana had
led us to take a break from the boatyard and
head for some of Venezuela's inland wonders.
Who could paint a boat in the rain? And who wouldn't
want to see Angel Falls? Arriving in the nearest town,
Canaima, totally exhilarated by the small-plane flight
(see last month's Compass), it seemed the short wait
for the tour operators to get their act together was con -
sidered by some people as disorganization. I would
rather think of it as a collective calm among the oper
ators themselves. They knew how many people had to
show up and they would not leave anyone behind.
Our group consisted of French, German, Colombian
and Swiss couples, with a few singles thrown in. As
with most of our South American adventures, we were
the only ones representing the Maple Leaf. We loaded '
up in an enlarged pickup 4X4-style vehicle which I am
sure was military salvage used to carry troops in some
war years ago. No one really minded, as the seats were
clean and the view was great. Too bad they forgot to fill
the truck up with fuel; halfway up a hill the 4X4 part -
of our trip came to an unceremonious halt.
Gear in hand we all hopped out and proceeded to par
take in the short hike to our next conveyance -a canoe ,
-with laughter and joking that transcended any lan
guage barrier. This was really going to be fun. The 12 -
person canoe powered by a 45-horsepower motor await--
ed us at the end of the trail. At this point we realized that
our intended itinerary had -h .;--I and although a bit
concerned, the "go with t] 11 attitude prevailed.
Having watched all of our gear being stowed meticulous- .
ly in a manner that shouted to us that we were about to
be involved in something more then just a little meander
on a quiet river, our group cautiously boarded the vessel.
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We all knew we were going to get wet! This was going to
be a great test for Barb's new waterproof camera case.
The canoe was expertly guided through what started
out as tranquil waters and ended up as an embroiled
river torrent We literally jumped up the small waterfalls
and careened around rocks and trees. The constant
chant of the operator's assistant, manoo mano" (in other
words, watch out for your hands), was for good reason as
our canoe and the rocks both showed the battle scars of
paint. I am sure that these rocks have eaten a finger or
two in their time. The boat trip came to a partial stop as
we hopped out at a portage spot. The 40-minute hike
over a flat savannah was a quiet interlude and offered
everyone a chance to enjoy a 360-degree view of a spec
tacular piece of natural real estate. Once all the liquids
were drained and...
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the swimmers to partake
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The .11 ...I .- a place called Happiness Falls.
All of the thrill seekers clambered over the rocks and ven
tured into the wonderful pools under this picturesque


Off we went up the river for more thrilling turns,
rapids and white-water excitement. We arrived at our
hiking outpost after a trip that our minds were saying
should have lasted longer but our bums wer- cwin
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waterfall. The water was warm and refreshing and The trip began and ended in tranquil waters. Tepuis,
inspired this group of adults to giggle with glee like kids or table mountains, are this area's signature
running through a sprinkler on a hot day. The lunch pro geologicalformation
vided was devouredbyall, iI . i i .i... Ih-1. 1.it
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The hike to the base of the Angel Falls is well
marked and started out as a lovely stroll 1i... I. i,
..... 1 i enezuela. Barb's fascination ,. ,I
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!ittl- it-nti;n -f -.t-i;-; the others up, much to
IiI ... -.. I i, ,, I ... guide. He soon learned
that we were fine and his initial worry for us wan
during alone at the back of the pack was replaced by
the silent understanding that only body language
can interpret.
The Angel Falls lived up to its billing as a fantastic,
almost divine sight as it towered above us after our
two-hour hike. The base was inviting the swimmers to
partake in a magical dip ,,, i ... ,,, ,, i i., ,
rock formations, jungle .. I -I i .. I .1 .
decided to forgo the swim as the hike had definitely
taken the wind out of our sails and we found a power
ful force holding us to the view. Our feet had taken the
brunt of the hike as we had undoubtedly made the
wrong shoe selection. A little hint to fellow travelers in
regards to footwear selection. If you see -. -i ---.,
normally 1 .I f 1 p a ..i
shoes, it .. lI .- 1 iI suit! The beach
thongs just don't cut it, even though we had been told
that they would be fine.
The hike down from the falls was filled once -;
with plant photos and a surrounding sense
until dusk. We all popped into the canoe expertly and
made the short journey to our camp. The chicken
grilling on an open spit was a bit of distraction while
we chose our hammock spot, but all was good for
everyon- (I-1lin- the numerous chickens that per
ished -I '" hunger).
Morning came early, as I was given a hint that the
Angel was best admired at sunrise right from our
camp. I was not disappointed as the entire mountain
side changed from a dark looming shadow to a bril
liant gold spectacle in the matter of an hour.
Completing the morning ritual by skinny dipping in
the river brought all the sensations of this magical
place to a wonderful climax and the day was only just
-.rii-iii With a hearty breakfast and the P11- .t--
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race down the rapids to Canaima. Our international
band of travelers had thought through their collective
i ii. .. i I .ii that this would be the highlight
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clicked until most batteries were down to their last few
drops of power to get every possible photo. You will see
in our next episode that as spectacular as Angel Falls
were... the best was yet to come.


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Panama's Gamboa



Rainforest Getaway

by Suzanne Lonqacre


Got your Panama Canal transit date, but it's still
days or weeks away, even though you've worked like
beavers to get everything ready on your boat for your
Pacific or Caribbean adventure? Or are you in Panama
City to check out expat retirement alternatives, real


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When we arrived at the Gamboa Eco Resort before
noon after a 20 minute ride from the domestic air ter
minal at Albrook, we were warmly greeted with a wel
come drink in the Monkey Bar and confirmed our e
mail reservations for the 3:00PM Aerial Tram Tour.


Because our rooms weren't quite ready (checkout is
at 1:00PM), we hopped the free shuttle to Los
Lagartos, the riverside luncheon restaurant at the
resorts marina. Seated on the terrace, you can see all
the Canal traffic passing through a few hundred
yards away. We were also graced with wildlife
company just over the railing -turtles on a
log, small ferret-like animals and many birds
in the trees above.
The six-year old Rainforest Aerial Tram is a
bit smaller than the one in Dominica, but it
boasts a marvelous, very tall Observation
Tower at the top of the hill, with user-friendly
ramps instead of steps. The breathtaking views
over the rainforest canopy are of Soberania
National Park in which Gamboa Resort is
located, the Rio Chagres all the way up to the
dam, and the Canal itself with its never-ending
stream of marine traffic. Our guide was
extremely n 1-- -l P1-bl r-l.rdin. the flora
andfauna, i i..... i.. .i. .. itourfor
adults and I.. i. .. .1 II 11. Iram, we
also visited the on-property Aquarium (learn
ing firsthand the difference between crocodiles
and caimans), the Butterfly House, the Orchid
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Our spacious rooms boasted a balcony overlooking
the grounds, pool, river and mountains beyond, with
hammocks so comfy I bought one for Zeelander, plus
the usual five-star amenities.
The next morning, we boarded covered launches at


the marina for tours of Lake Gatun: the men went to
Radio Island to see the remains of the strategically
important military post established to protect the
Canal during WWII, as well as the wildlife ashore and
along the lakeshore. The rest of us opted for the
Monkey Island Tour, which also featured a crocodile
sunning on the banks of the lake. I remembered vivid
ly when we made our Canal Transit in 1995 how
relieved we were to jump in the cool lake after anchor
ing for .... .1. .11 a very hot day after transiting
halfway 1 ... I .. Little did we know at the time
that the lake is home to many resident crocs! The
howler monkeys were hard to spot -they've learned
to camouflage themselves very well -but on the next
island, hungry capuchins were awaiting ... ,.
treats. They actually climb on board the i i II
launch for real up-close encounters. Yes, the grand
children were thrilled (as were their mother and
grandmother).
We spent the afternoon vegging out at the huge trop
ical oasis they call a pool. In the Monkey Bar that
evening, we had an interesting conversation with a
marine bio-engineer from the Smithsonian Institute,
which has a Research Center on the Canal, as well as
'1. 1 ii I .... i ..... Environmental Exhibits
., II. i I i ... I ... seway on Culebra Island
in Panama City. My 11-year-old grandson is consider
ing a career in Environmental Engineering, so who
knows -maybe a seed was planted!
While the rest of the family arose at daybreak the
next day for a Birdwatching Trek along the famous
Pipeline Road in Soberania National Park, your
sybaritic writer opted for a therapeutic massage in the
resorts very well-equipped spa. After dinner that
evening, we all went on ",... 1. r :hiva" (open-sided
truck) to see nocturnal ,1 11I, I, a spotlight. Both
the night chiva and the kayaking are free resort activ
cities, as are guided daily nature treks along the Las
Cruces Trail or the Chunga Chagres Trail. The pool,
restaurants and tours are all available to day visitors,
a wonderful option for those with limited time or
resources. Gamboa Resorts location, about midway
between Colon and Panama City, makes it easy to
reach from either the Caribbean or the Pacific coast.
Checkout their website at www.gamoboaresort.com.
Bidding farewell the next morning was not easy,
though we chose a very special way to return to
Panama City: a partial Canal tr... ....... ..
Flamenco Marina on the Pacific ... I ..... .,i
helpful guest relations staff, Katarina Litvinova, had
our luggage transferred to their bayfront highrise sis
ter property, the Intercontinental Miramar on the Bay
of Panama. The location was superb, service was top
notch and the facilities luxurious.
We hope our family was as thrilled going through the
Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks as we were many
years before. Our three guys took a side trip out to
Miraflores Locks from the City to see the excellent new
1 .,...i nuseum there especially for engineering
i1 all visited the well-done Panama Canal
Museum in Casco Viejo (the area is being restored to
its former Colonial elegance), though it would have
been more helpful with the addition of English trans
lations. Fine restaurants (our favorite was Eurasia),
S, 1.. .... ... 1 .1 i ping awaited -gifts and
1.'i.11. I II. I .. '11 1 I boat parts for us.
We truly enjoyed our city fix off the boat, but the real
winner was escaping to Gamboa -a wonderfully
stimulating and relaxing way to spend a day or more.

Circumnavigators Suzanne Longacre and John
Gideonse are currently cruising the Western Caribbean
aboard their 39 foot Privilege catamaran.


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We looked at the house. Solar power? Cooking with propane? Water collection?
Back-up generator? Really remote area? No problema, kinda like living on a boat that
doesn't move. Yeah, we can do this. We packed drinks and food and books and com
puter and chow for Mandy -oh, and a few clothes.
We must confess to being a bit intimidated by the condition of the road out to Bluff
Beach. Jim and Sumayyah took us out to their house in their big four-wheel drive


by Mary Heckrotte

For the past 15 years, we've lived on our sailboat, Camryka, presently in Bocas del
Toro in Panama. We don't know -;;-Ih l -;;t li--i;- ; n ;; -.17- anymore, but we think
itmightbe. i. I. :totime I 11..i .1 .1 I I .,, I,. ,,lewhere. So we thought
trying out I I ..- might b I I 1 I. ..I..... SumayyahMcCarren,
owners of Buena Vista Bar & Restaurant and Buena Vista Realty in Bocas asked if
we'd like to stay in their house out at Bluff Beach and .. 1. .I I I for
three weeks while they went to the US, we said, "Sour -, .
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but I never dreamed I'd end up really sitting on this baby!


We knew we'd be
with our boat dog).


jg' two big dogs (seen here having beach time


So we went for a visit mainly to see if Mandy, our little Miniature Schnauzer, could
hold her own with Guinness and Bluff, their two huge Rottweiler/Dobermans.
Guinness, who's still a youngster, seemed delighted, treating Mandy like a brand new
mouse. The two of them took turns chasing one another up and down the beach,
Mandy ; ; ;i 1, .11 ..i 1 .i ... 1 Guinness just loping along in low gear. The more
mature I - I. I 1.111 I I I I in all this foolishness with complete disdain.


SUV, only six miles from Bocas Town but it takes iI1 .i I. ... 11.. i.. 1 the incred
ible potholes. It only took one look at those little .,,i .11 i I ,, to make us
say "hunh-unh!" to driving the SUV.
Instead they left us with their two all-terrain vehicles -ATVs. We were there sev
eral days before we got up the nerve to for a trip back into Bocas Town. But woo
hoo! What a ride! We raced through the jungle, splashed through surf, and plowed
through those incredible potholes, ending up with mud splattered to our knees. Yes!
I want one of those things for the boat!
Life was definitely a beach out at Bluff Beach and my fingernails were even grow
ing with no boat chores to keep them broken down to the quick. Mornings we sat on
the porch, muy tranquilo, reading, listening to the waves whooshing just across the
road, the parrots coming and going through the trees, the geckoes squeaking down
the walls, howler monkeys in the jungle surrounding us. Carl liked the rocking chair
and I liked the two wicker chairs with purple cushions.
Well... at least until I decided it might be more comfortable to sit with two back
rest cushions in one chair. I'd been snuggled in for about an hour or so, feet propped
up, reading, relaxing. The sun had moved. The other chair would be better. So I
grabbed the backrest from the chair I was sitting in and -ohmigawd, a SEAT MATE!
There, curled in the crevice under the backrest, where I'd been keeping him snug
gly warm, was a three-foot long boa constrictor. Maybe next time we'll ask a few
more questions about exactly what kind of pets we'll be sitting.


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Caribbean Sports for Cruisers:



Conversations,


Connections and


the Cricket Cup


by Ralph Trout

When was the last time you played a sport other than "who can consume the
most cashews"? What do we cruisers do for exercise besides bench press a few cock
tails at sundown every evening, or labor our jaws on the -n-r;n;;; -t0 Card games
don't count, but competitive sailing or windsurfing does. ii i i ,ii., or snooker
also count because you are walking around a table.) Most boats have snorkeling
gear, but other than going to scrub the waterline, when's the last time you actually
went for a swim? We've all got the required canvas sports shoes, shorts, jerseys and
hats, but is your vessel equipped with a volleyball, a baseball, a basketball or either
type of football? A few yachts have a handy tennis racquet for cool mornings, while
even fewer stow slightly rusty sets of irons and woods. The universal claim is we
cruisers are spectators to the natural wonders of the islands, yet islanders are very
competitive in sports.
A lot of us read about the islands before we visit. We learn of the natural won
ders, the flora, the animals and birds, and most try the local cuisine and beverages
to really understand and mingle with the locals. Yet we stick to our version of sports,
and they stick to theirs. How hard is it to get a grip on the sports connections as an
easy common denominator?
In the mid-Eighties, Luperon on the north coast of the Dominican Republic had
one lone dock with a half a dozen rusting hulls. Once we satisfied all the hurdles of
clearing in and were satisfying our thirst with "muy fria Presidentes", the local kids
took to our New York Yankee and Pittsburgh Pirate ball caps. A few cold ones later,
we were bantering in broken Spanish with partial English with others at the bar as
to who were the best baseball players. After sharing a bottle of Brugal we realized
that both Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb had been born in the Dominican Republic.
Weathering the hurricane season on the south side of Puerto Rico the year fol
lowing dramatic Hugo -i n-.n1td my dormant baseball fever. It seemed every
Puerto Rican was either i.. i a relative of a major league player. The Alomar
family, Sandy Senior, Sandy Junior, and Roberto, all extraordinary pros, are from
Salinas. Roberto Clemente, the Hall of Fame right fielder, is from Carolina. Puerto
Rico was a great place to watch the World Series.
If you can't see the Series in PR, try the DR around Laguna Verde or San Pedro
de Macoris, from whence Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez hail. Check out the
Stadium Milwaukee built in Puerto Plata to cultivate players. Nearby, differently
aspiring teens cultivate sugarcane.
If you aren't truly competent in Spanish and are headed for Havana, try speak
ing baseball. The USA's long-standing embargo has not stopped quality players from
emigrating, transforming from socialists to capitalistic millionaire idols. The great
twin Canesco brothers, Jose and Ozzie, are Cuban, along with Luis Tiant, Tony
Perez, and Bert Campaneris.
Every nationality has its own internal sports clock to know the dates of cham-
pionships. During the '98 season I was in Bequia drinking at the Frangipani and try
ing to locate a TV with cable to see the sixth game of the NBA Championships. The
bartender recommended a small rum shop in the village of Hamilton. It was a rainy
night and I straggled into the pub just in time to see Michael Jordan sink his last
jumper as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz. Everyone shrieked with joy as the
world's best-known hoopster was the hero again. I often wonder how many tall men
in the Eastern Caribbean islands have never touched a basketball, yet given the
chance could they have played professionally, like St. Croix's Tim Duncan, the star
of San Antonio's NBA championship team.
Golf is a good topic, and Tiger Woods translates easily throughout the islands,
although Stephen Ames of Trinidad is the only big money-winning golfer from the
Caribbean. Those rusty clubs and woods can be used on most islands. Isn't it amaz
ing that parched Canouan only got electricity in 1994, but about a decade later bil


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lionaire Donald Trump has a tournament golf course there? Two more tournament
quality golf courses are under construction in St. Lucia.
American-style football is extremely rare in the islands and it is difficult to view
American football beyond the Virgins, where every resort is bound to have either the
Sunday NFL games displayed or whining tourists displeased, I. ...i. I was into
about my third year of serious cruising, party Sundays with the i -1 ,11 beckoned.
I had watched weekly games at the medical school in Grenada, but the students
weren't fanatics. I wanted the type of drunken Super Bowl festivity I had grown
accustomed to at St. Thomas's Greenhouse. I hauled anchor to tourist-mecca
Bequia, only to discover its cable was blanked for the game i .-. i I
a big setup at the Train Station in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. i i i _.)
folding chairs with only four viewers.
Swinging on the hook in Chaguaramas, I suffered through a lot of locally tele
vised cricket matches. To make matters worse, they are replayed either in the early
morning or late at night. Being a slow-moving sport, to me a cricket match was a
substitute for a sleeping pill. But in the boatyard, maxi-taxi bus, or bar, cricket (or
football; soccer to Americans) is the easiest conversation.
My first encounter with cricket was on Sundays next to the high school in the
sand-fill on St. Thomas where dapper men played, dressed neatly in white, usually
adorned in floppy-brimmed hats. Finding the game as complicated as French verbs,
and too hot for me to sit and watch, I usually headed to the beach. Finally cricket
was explained to me as the Brits' method of defining eternity. I learned the rules at
the East Harlem Shelter Bar on a rainy Saturday in Nevis. I did not have enough in
my pocket to get a Four Seasons' breakfast with a "complimentary" New York Times,
so I was downing greenies and learning about "sticky wickets". In those days, Sir
Vivian Richards and Gary Sobers were the men whose pictures adorned shop walls
and who were emulated by every West Indian boy.
I will always question whether a top baseball hitter (with or without steroids)
could hit a cricket pitch. The Babe Ruth of cricket, Brian Lara, is from Trinidad.
Unimposing Lara has broken almost every international and Caribbean cricket
record. I was lucky to see him play and the Windies actually win a game against
Zimbabwe at the Oval in Port of Spain in 2000. Not fully --ri--T- ,.li;- th- game,
I didn't want to spend big money -bleacher seats their -1. .1 -: Frigid
beers for 90 cents US, hauled in icy five-gallon buckets, made everything under
standable. Just as the NFL has tailgating, cricket has a party in the stands. I expe
rienced the "Trini posse lime" move from the Oval to the Cricket Wicket on Tragarete
Road. Once the match finishr-c Tr.n'ln- mothers and daughters started to wine
to calypso. That's a real "tail .i
Always the spectator, I was anchored in St. George's Lagoon in '95 as the
Grenada Yacht Club clamored with the opening cricket match at their new national
stadium. More than slightly claustrophobic, I instead climbed the hill to the grave



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yard close to Maurice Bishop's monument and watched thousands of locals packing
into standing room only. As usual, local rum shops buzzed for months as to which
player should have done what, to help win that match.
If you are a cricket dummy like I was, get 1-n-"'-l. l q f1i-1- "-1 this
year a huge crowd will be arriving from the far: i i. i... i i -. ..I ..
The Caribbean is holding the Cricket World Cup throughout the islands. There will
be parties everywhere, and you have to learn to talk the talk if you want to imbibe
with the revelers and realize that bowlers aren't only on the lanes, but in the fields.
On April 12th, Grenada hosts the Winner B versus C. The semi-finals are at St.
Lucia on April 25th. On April 28th, Barbados has the honor of hosting the finals.
The price of tickets to the semi-finals start at US$300 and soar from there -seats
for the finals are listed on the Internet at over US$800! I just hope there are enough
hotel rooms, but cruisers have the i .. I ......... Ii. .r own accommodations
with them, and several yacht charter .... i ... .. 1I ..... Cricket Cup specials.
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medal or a trophy, Caribbean sports always revolve around a serious party, and if
you speak sports you're in.
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bout three years ago, I had the opportunity (I
thought it was a necessity) to attempt to find
A rew to help with passages, since I was abrupt
ly left alone on my 47-foot boat in the Virgin Islands
with hurricane season rapidly approaching.
Imagine a complete stranger invading your life and
home, one who has assured you that he is the most
capable, experienced crew you could find. Most of the
men I've had on board have claimed previous expert
ence on many ........ 1 .. i, feet, and claimed
to have been ......... ..- 1 . passages. Most
had amnesia when it concerned that experience.
Even after several weeks or months of e-mails and
phone calls, the person who arrives is a stranger (and
getting more so by the minute). Sometimes even the
pictures they've sent don't resemble the actual person
who arrives. Most times, their faces are hidden by
hats and large sunglasses. Ahhh, so I can't compare
them with pictures in the Post Office!


The first guy arrived with THREE duffle bags of stuff
i ii.... I I i him to pack light. No personality,
:. i i I figured its gotta get better....
Second day, at lunch, he informs me that this was
n't the vacation he wanted -he wanted the catama
ran in the Bahamas where they go to a new place
every day, dive and they have a giant watermaker AND
air conditioner! I was nice enough not to inform him
he was my fourth or fifth choice.
This guy was a PE teacher -physical education. I fig
ured he would be in great shape, right? He could hard
ly bend over and couldn't keep up with my walking pace.
He was shocked to find such "primitive" living on a 47
foot boat; all his friends had assured him that a 47-foot
boat would certainly have air conditioning! Oops, he was
talking to motorboat people living at docks.
First trip was a short trip between islands, luckily. I
told him to point the boat into the wind so I could put
the mainsail up -no problem. Then I go back to the
cockpit and proceed to put staysail out -no problem.
No help either. I put out the foresail -no problem, no
help either. Finally, we're cooking along about seven
knots, beautiful conditions, wind on the beam. I'm
comfy and so's he, sacked out in the shady part of
the cockpit with his cute little wrist bands to prevent
seasickness, one arm thrown over his face. Hmmmmm
-I thought he looked a bit pale. On his first trip in the
Caribbean, he did not sit up once, never looked
around, until we entered the next harbor. At least he
c1: 1.'1 ; I ..; 1 Those bands must work.
Si- lasted three days. Gee, I sure hope
it gets better -sure can't get much worse.
The second guy arrived with enough luggage for
about six months, even though I only remember him
wearing one shirt and one pair of swim trunks during
the month he was aboard, except for the rare occasion
when we went to a cruiser .. ....
He would go swimming .11 ... .. and after
about a week, I noticed he was heading for the bow
after every dip. .... So I watched one day while he
faced the stem I 1. i)oat with his back to the wind
and lifted the back of his swim trunks in order to dry
off. What a treat for the group anchored in front of us
having drinks and munchies in their cockpit.
This guy had trouble with a very complex piece of
machinery on the boat. For some reason, he just
couldn't get the concept of roller furling. You let out on
one line (maybe I should say rope, in his vocabulary)
while the other person winches in on the other. Yeah,
I should have had him winch, but I considered it exer
cise. Anyway, I i.. .ii .. i' with the frustration and
did the foresail'- .. -
We left the Virgins to do a straight shot to some
where in the island chain, ending up wherever the
wind would let me point to. It was about the third day,
after a rough night due to a tropical wave passing
i . .nd I explained in ... .i.. i ..i that I
I rhumbline I had- I I . ..I Ii, land
fall. I explained that I was tired since I had not been
getting enough sleep off watch and I really needed to
rest and since this was the most comfortable point of
sail, it didn't matter to me that we were off a few
degrees from the rhumb line. I stressed this with great
emphasis -no problem, don't make changes. Okay,
nap time for me and I passed out as soon as I laid
down. About an hour later (it seemed like minutes), I
felt the motion of the boat change and realized we
were beating into the wind and waves and I could hear


the water crashing on deck. I staggered up into the
cockpit and asked if conditions -h;n:-1 lie had a
broad smile on his face and said. I i right on
the rhumb line again!" Since it's illegal to toss crew
overboard and it would be lots of trouble i. liini.
where that person was at the next port, I i i ....
he remembered our discussion just a short hour ago.
No changes, don't care about being on target
remember? Not much answer, just a nonchalant
shrug. Okay, too much angry adrenaline for me to
sleep so I told him he was off watch, which was prob
ably what he wanted anyway.
At the nc--t .-h-r".- he asked if I minded if he
wanted to 1 11. i I said I didn't care as long
as it wasn't a crc ----1 -..-h -r- .nd do it discreet
ly. I didn't think ... ii,,. I I .. day or so later, I
notice he's going at the gate in the middle of the tran
som. The boat has a reverse transom and there is no
way he's clearing it. When I told him that I didn't


mean for him to pee on my fiberglass, he gets up out
of the cockpit, walks over to the transom, looks down
and then comes back and sits down. "Gee, it doesn't
look yellow....
Time for a break for me after he gets off the boat at
the next harbor and I decide to spend a few months
alone on the boat and do the next couple of passages
by myself.
When I'm ready to go back to the Virgins again from
Venezuela, I carefully pick the next crew guy. Okay, so
he's a racer, big deal. But he's got 30 years of experi
ence at it, so he's gotta know the pointy end from the
other end. He claims he wants to learn about cruising
since he wants to do that when he sells his house. I
spent months e-mailing ii ..- .y and phoning him and
telling him about som i 1 other crew I'd had. He
told me he was eager to learn all about cruising and I'd
be a great teacher because I'd been cruising for years.
I think I really have someone coming with potential
and someone with the willingness to do it right. Great;
I can deal with the inexperience. No problem while we
were at a dock -except for the bizarre question about
the head. COn.- mrrn;: he comes out of the head and
claims the . .- 1 I BLACK and oily. Is the head
connected to the bilge? I looked over the side of the
boat and pointed at the water and told him that's
exactly whats in the head.
Time to get the boat ready to go, I asked him to take
the jib sheets from the bow where they were coiled and
bring them back to the blocks and into the cockpit.
Okay, no problem, but I suggest he may want to redo
them and put them OUTSIDE the shrouds. He's
standing there at the shrouds, frowning and then
grabs the courtesy flag halyard, shakes it, and asks if
they should go on the outside of that too.
We went on a short day passage, which unfortu
nately turned out to be a motor trip. We anchored in
a calm little harbor just in time to take a quick swim.
I asked him to check the anchor to be sure it was dug
in; the water was so clear and shallow I was sure he
could see it. He came back from the trip to the end of
the anchor rode and told me it was all buried. It was
such a cai... 1 ..i .... i ., ,1 . i 1 1 well and in the
morning i i i I ... I-t for exercise, I
went to look at the anchor and to my amazement, the
flukes of my Bruce were pointing up at me! Thank
goodness it was such a calm night and the boat had
been hanging easily with just the weight of the chain.
After we were anchored at the next destination, I
told him about these problems, as well as some of the
others, and reminded him that he claimed he wanted
to learn about cruising. At that point, his ego got the
better of him and he told me that he was upset
because he was missing a good deal on a boat in
Florida because he was helping me take my boat to
the Virgins. I suggested he better just go buy that boat
real quick before someone else got it.
Next guy yes, I do it again has a captain's license,
but (ust in case I decide to check) he tells me that he let
it lapse since he never used it. That should have been the
red flag. In preparation for a trip, I asked him to go down
and whack the barnacles off the prop. I know they're
down there; I've been sitting there long enough for a
nice growth. He comes back up and says they're not
bad. Okay, so how thick are they? Oh, only about an
inch on each side of the blade, but since the shape of
the blade is still there, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Cruises stately mothership Amazing Grace when she
calls into the islands. Well, this is not about her, it's
about the Amazing Grace Foundation in Antigua a
totally different matter.
Riding a bus from English Harbour to St. Johns, you
may see on your right-hand side on the All Saints Road,
a white painted, cheerful looking West Indian house
with the sign "Amazing Grace Foundation". It could be
taken for a nursery school perhaps, but the cheerful
ness of the exterior belies some of the hardship within,
as it is a home, in some cases the only home, to about
ten Antiguan children and adults who are all severely
handicapped. Some cannot walk or talk and have been
abandoned by their parents. The Foundation runs
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a nominal amount but deserve much more.
The marine community in Antigua recognizes the
needs of the Foundation. For example, at the end of
the Charter Yacht Meeting this year, various items
associated with the Follies variety show were auc
tioned and as a result two new commercial washing
machines for the home have been purchased. Various
charterboat crews have pledged a share of their "tips"
to the Foundation. Thank you so much, crews of
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dry foods could enhance the regular menus, so don't


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Sure, I believe that one! I convince him that the boat is
not moving until the prop is clean and that's a crew
chore. He borrows a Brownie machine from a friend of
mine and spends forever chopping off those little babies.
Later, he's looking at the chart and asks a simple ques
tion: "How many miles between 62 degrees and 63
degrees?" Okay, maybe he forgot the captain's course.
This man convinced me that I should not be getting
crew from the internet. It took me a week to get him
off the boat due to numerous problems and a complete
lack of consideration and respect. Since he kept telling
me stories about why he couldn't get a ticket home, I
was just about to buy him a ticket to the cheapest
place I could find just to get him off my crew list. It
was very uncomfortable (not to mention counterpro
ductive and aggravating) having him on the boat and I


be shy to donate them. Clothing is also welcome,
together with bedding, blankets, sheets, toys and of
course money.
If you are .-.i.... Antigua and have ... i....
think may be i ..- please contact any i i I
i:- Roger Gardner on S/YSanctuary, VHF 68 or 771
Frank or Sue on S/Y Samadhi, 464-2762;
Maiwenn on S/Y Hornblower, 728 2807; Judith "Two
Cents" on 464-3243. Any of us can arrange to come to
you and collect goods.
Now for the fun part: every year Antigua Yacht Club
creates "Hawaii" for a weekend down at Carlisle Bay.
This year, on Saturday 10th March, a small fleet will
set sail from Falmouth to race, in a leisurely style,
downwind to Carlisle Bay. In the evening there will be
a barbecue on the beach. On Sunday llth, after
Bloody Marys, there will be a lunchtime barbecue with
a distinctly Hawaiian flavour: hulas, leis, a prize for
loudest shirt (mine?), bikinis made from coconuts,
buckets of "Pacific punch", etcetera.
The food, donated by local suppliers, is prepared by
AYC volunteers and all proceeds from its sale go to the
Amazing Grace Foundation. Last year this raised some
EC$6,000 thanks to the efforts of the cooks and of
course the donors, among whom were TCM Ltd.,
Horizons Ltd, Baileys Supermarket, Dockside Liquors
Supermarket, Island Provisions and Best Cellars.
At the after-barbecue auction, you can get rid of
some of those lurking "treasures" :. ...... i .1. and
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the dock in Trinidad one day. He had just gotten off a
boat and wanted to get on another and asked me if he
could rent my V berth. We talked quite a while and he
seemed like a nice person, interesting to talk to as we
compared our cultures. He moved aboard and then
decided to help me I l.e boat ready for passage. He
really did help and I. I a few things, but I had to
laugh because it seemed that every project he tackled
required a hammer. It became a joke that whatever he
did, he asked for the hammer first.
The third good crew was a man I met in St. Thomas
who was working for a charter company and needed a
place to stay. People knew I was alone on the boat and
working, so they told him to get in touch with me. He
started out by renting my V berth and ended up doing
a passage south with me and remains a friend. As
with the other two good crew people I found, he was


never used the internet for crew again. He was the last
crew I had on the boat before I did the passage from
Margarita to St. Thomas solo, all the while thinking I
was very lucky he was not aboard.
Near misses, as they would say at an airport....
Somewhere among these guys was a man who claimed he
lived on a boat. His boat was a ketch, but then he said
that ketch over there was nice. Did he mean that yawl
over there, the blue one? He came down before a passage
and never got to leave the dock. I said that I really need
ed to change the bow dock lines and got up to do it. While
I was doing what needed to be done, he sat in the cockpit
with his drink and watched. After I had finished and sat
down, he proceeded to tell me how I should have done it
I got a very nice e-mail from a man from Russia.
When I asked him if he had a visa to go to a US terri
tory, he claimed he had papers from the UN and all he
had to do was request asylum when he reached US
territory. No problem. Okay, but not on my boat.
I did have three guys who turned out to be good
crew, even though one didn't have much sailing expe
rience. It's interesting to note that these guys did NOT
come from the internet. One was a man who could
only stay a short while, unfortunately. He was recom-
mended by cruiser friends I had known for years.
The next good guy I had on board wandered down


considerate of my home, helpful with projects and
preparations, and interesting company. Obviously, it
helps to have friends recommend crew, or get to know
them in person to get a good idea of what they would
be like on board.
It makes me feel better to know that male singlehan
ders I have talked to also have had problems getting
qualified crew, or get crew who misrepresented their
qualifications to get on board. There really is no way to
check up on these people; even references can be phony.
It can be hard enough sharing your home with some
one for a few weeks, but when that person is a total
stranger, its worse. When that person is inconsiderate
and questions your decisions and ability while showing
their own incompetence, it becomes unbearable. I
found that it's less stressful for me to do a trip myself,
even if it's multiple days, than to have someone on
board who actually is more trouble than he's worth.
Not to mention the chance that he could be an accident
waiting to happen. The lrd lin? 'you never know
someone until you live 1 I., i .... totally true.
Now that I've sold my boat, I don't have to find crew
and I don't have to do - : r by myself. Even so, I
will miss my boat. I g - i I1 put in some land time
and maybe find someone else to sail with. I think I
know how to be a good crewmember.


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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
A female crewmember or boating buddy will be a source of
help in business, but it's best not to get too involved on a per
sonal level as it could turn into complications after the 18th.

d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Romance will take a tack towards rough seas after the 18th.
This could have a negative effect on your business plans.

] GEMINI (22 May 21 Jim)
You'll have gale force work energy this month. Use it to
best advantage on board by attacking that boat project
you've been putting off for so long.

0 CANCER (22 Jun 23 Jul)
High tides of creativity and communications will be flow
ing this month. Make the most of this aspect by clearing
up any correspondence or business left undone.

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)


W VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
The aspects that are positive for Leo this month will
cause problems for you in your love life. Reef down -
there could be some bad news around the 16th.

LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
You'll have a full cargo of energy and drive. Use it
towards improving conditions on board. A touch of paint
on the bulwarks will do wonders for your sense of accom
plishment.

TTL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
March is a good month for you to work on creative ways
to improve your personal life and relationships with crew
or cruising pals.

SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
With Jupiter in its home port of Sagittarius, things will be
bright and cheerful for you. Make the most of it by spend
ing your off watch having fun with friends and family.

6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Romance in your life will change course from sailing
away to tacking towards you, bringing calm seas and fair
skies.

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
You will have lots of work energy so put it to good use
doing repairs on board. There may be a spinnaker broach
on your business course around the 20th.

SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Don't get overwhelmed by the plethora of things
demanding your attention. Make the situation into a pos
itive by completing some of the easier tasks aboard ship to
clear the way for more difficult ones in the future.




Crossword Solution
ACROSS 23) SALINE 12) SPLASH
2) SWINGS 24) SWEAT 14) SURGE
4) STAYS 25) ESS 15) SWIFT
6) SLOE 26) SCUD 16) SYSTEMS
8) SWAGE 27) SILL 17) SWEAR
9) SLANG 20) SWIVEL
10) SW DOWN 22) SETS
12) SUPPORTS 1) STEW 24) SWAB
13) SWIRL 3) SWIGS
14) SUD 4) SOS
16) STOW 5) SWEEP
18) SURVEY 7) SALTY
19) SWASH 9) SWORD
21) SURF 10) SUDS
22) SE 11) SWIM


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"Imagine La Boheme on Bequia!"
I said to a friend at intermission.
"And from a lithe soprano, no less!"
She was in a group of Oslo conservatory students,
"Pirates from the Norwegian Fiords,"
doing Schubert, Chopin, and Debussy.
But the first half was a mere warm-up, a turn-on,
as were the violin slopes of the woman
dressed in see-through fabric and waving a fan
in the audience beside me.

Then, as they began the -"nine s main offering,
a squall came through. p .11
As the clouds drove over the hills and across the bay,
1 -l -;;;--; the sky above Piano Concerto 11,
i' ' I was followed by fierce driving rain.
Coconut fronds reared back, roused by the gusting winds.
Inside, rain drummed on the pavilion roof
and the wind scattered sheet music,
while the musicians, unheard, played on,
only smiling to acknowledge the drowning rain.

And then, as quickly as it came, the squall left,
leaving the island wet, secretly glistening.
The piano, tempo di minuetto, r .;,, 1 1 .
augmented now by a chorus of .
could Mozart possibly have imagined tree frogs?
The tree frogs had come alive in the wake of the squall.
They came in concert not only with the piano,
but with the slopes of my neighbor's shapeliness,
in a fantastic confluence, an ecstasy
not that she'd stayed past the intermission.




Richard Dey







Comnass. Ctisng Crossword 'Nautical


Alphabet: S'

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ACROSS DOWN
2) What a boat at anchor does 1) Good hot meal at sea
when tide turns 3) Drinks
4) Fore-and-aft standing rigging 4) Morse distress signal
6) 0in -- ir--li-: nt 5) Long oar
8) i 111,,. i .I,, i ,. ,..,,. 7) Sea dogs are this
9) Vulgar talk 9) Pirates fight with this
10) Compass point (abbr.) 10) Soap by product
12) Reinforces 11) 'Sink or
13) Whirling motion 12) Wet accidentally
14) South, in France 14) Tidal wave action
16) Pack for sea 15) Fast
18) Vessel inspection 16) Methods
19) Shifting of liquid from side to side 17) Curse
21) Ride the waves 20) A snatchblock can be this type
22) Compass point (abbr.) 22) Waves come in these
23) Seawater is this 24) Deckhand
24) Haul line as tight as possible
25) Letter of the day
26) Run before a squall
27) Timber at the foot of a dry dock



Solution on page 36


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2) SEINE
3) TRAWL
4) DREDGES
5) LIFT
6) FALLING
7) ENTANGLING/GILL
8) TRAPS
9) HOOKS/LINES
10) GRAPPLING/WOUNDING
11) HARVESTING


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THE BUGGY RIDE


by Lee Kessell


O ver in Barbados, Trevor had a cousin Emie.
Now Ernie, his sister Nyna, his Aunt Josefina
and his Uncle Solly lived in a small town on
the Atlantic side of the island.
Trevor loved staying with his cousin in the little con
create house perched on coral rock up and over the hill
from Sweet Bottom where Uncle Solly kept a motherly
chestnut cow, two black-and-white goats and a pony.
Matilda the pony was as old as Nyna; that is, she was
a sturdy, mature old girl going on ten. Uncle Solly had
let his children ride Matilda in a gentle walk over the
coral roads ever since they could walk but this year,
Uncle Solly had built a buggy!
Always clever with his hands, Uncle Solly had got
hold of two old bicycle frames, put new rubber tires on
the wheels and joined the frames together with two
good pieces of timber. He had then built a two-seater
buggy on top of this with a padded cushion to sit on
and a backrest for even greater comfort. He had kept
the brakes on the back wheels and the brake levers
were so positioned on either side of the seat that you
pressed the levers away from you. As protection from
the sun and rain he had constructed a roof on metal
struts. The whole thing was painted a dignified black.
So here was Trevor in Barbados just at the time
when Uncle Solly had finished making his wonderful
buggy. He had taken Matilda and Ernie for a test run
and pronounced that it was pretty well perfect. Ernie
and Trevor couldn't wait to get their hands on the
new buggy.
They hung about the hou- ..i... I I acle Solly
to go and play dominoes I .11. I .... I and the
minute his back disappeared over the hill, they
raced to the shed, pulled out the buggy and the
pony harness, got hold of Matilda and began to put
all of them together. This took some doing, because
Ernie had only been out in the buggy once and
although he thought he knew how to harness
Matilda between the shafts, it took some trial and
error before he was satisfied.
Matilda wasn't too pleased to be harnessed to the
new buggy. She had been out in the paddock all day
and when the boys came for her she thought they were
taking her to her stable for the night, where she would


be 'i- n 1 Hi- bundle of freshly-cut grass and a buck
et I I I ..- oats soaked in water to soften it.
Matilda stamped her little foot and jerked her head but
the boys were determined and poor Matilda really had
no choice in the matter.





'Mummy,


Mummy, look de


pony cart!'





"Okay Trevor, hop in!" grinned Ernie as he held
the reins.
Trevor climbed up on to the left-hand side of the
buggy and Ernie walked Matilda out of the yard and
onto the coral road that ran along the edge of the
cliff where the Atlantic waves hissed and thundered.
He then leaped up onto the seat beside his cousin
and pulled the pony's head back from the tough
grassy verge.
Naturally Matilda wanted to walk in the grass and
munch at the tufts, but Ernie knew that between the
road and the cliff edge there were many hidden hollows
and Matilda could hurt herself if she stepped into one of
them. He allowed Matilda to walk slowly on the crushed
coral road because her delicate feet were unshod. He
would let her head go when they reached the paved sur
face. Once around the bend in the road and Matilda put
her foot on the paved surface, off she went into a rat


tling gallop. This gave Ernie quite a start and he pulled
back on the reins and made the pony trot.
Soon the road began to climb the hill and the village
houses opened up on either side of the road. Little
children came out of their doors and waved pleasant
ly. The boys waved back. Parents stood and looked at
the boys sternly.
"Hello Mr. Hodge!" called Ernie politely.
Mr. Hodge frowned. "You boys be careful with that
Does your father know you're out?"
I. Ernie had walked the pony on and he escaped
telling a lie by turning his head back and waving. Not
hi I I i .1 them crossly.
11 -. I 1 .1... ... the road, it took a very steep
climb so Ernie jumped out and helped pull the cart as
Matilda drooped her head and plodded upward. Trevor
lazed back in his seat enjoying it all.
The road made a perfect right-angled bend onto a
much busier road and as the pony wanted to move
straight out into the middle of this road without a
pause, (after all, the blinkers stopped her from seeing
any approaching danger), Ernie had to pull back on
the reins as hard as he could and Trevor, in alarm,
jammed on the brakes on his side with all his might.
He wanted to go back home to St. Lucia in one piece!
Now that the road was approaching the junction
with the main road, cars sped up behind them at a
fast clip, only to stop with an alarming screeching of
brakes when the drivers realized that the vehicle in
front was a slow-moving pony cart. I .... i ... i
ly gave the pass signal by a wave o i. ... i i.i i ..
leaned out the windows, waved and laughed and
called to their mothers, "Mummy, Mummy, look de
pony cart!"
Adults gawked as they drove by, heads turning to
stare out the back windows. No one could believe
that such an old-fashioned vehicle still existed.
Trevor and Ernie didn't care; they were proud of
Ur 1 1 ". 1
P I ..1 I .. .. I. -i1. ... paved road, trotted on to
the junction but as those annoying blinkers stopped her
from seeing the main road up ahead, she was prepared
to trot right into the cars speeding both ways at the T
junction. Ernie pulled back on the reins with a neck
LT--l-in ;;- ll 'n.1 Trevor pushed on his brake lever as
.i i..- ii i I I on it, which of course, it did.
Ernie waited at the junction while the cars raced
along the road that would eventually come out of the
cane fields to arrive in Bridgetown. Trevor looked out
to make sure that the road was clear behind them,
and then when all was safe, Ernie turned the pony's
head for home.
Aahh -this was just what Matilda was waiting for!
She picked up her feet and galloped full pelt back
down the road. The .... bounced and rattled and
Ernie yelled "Hang on!
Continued on next page


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1) SONIDRUGRUN nets. These look like purses which can be drawn up around
and beneath a school of fish.
2) INSEE nets. These are long rectangular nets which can pull a school of fish
towards shore or to a boat.
3) WRTLT ,, i ii .. I lowed behind a single boat or a pair of vessels
.1 i ... ... i i i .. I th em .
4) GERSDED. These 1 .. 1. .. 1 along the sea floor to catch bottom
I II.. -pecies, '11 -h1 11
5) F LI T .. These nets with their catch can be raised out of the water by hand
or by a mechanical device on a boat.
6) GLAFLIN gear. This category includes cast nets which can be dropped on top
of a school of fish to catch them.
7) LAGGINNENT and LIGL nets. These form walls of netting which hang
vertically in the water to trap fish as they swim along.
8) SPRAT. Fishpots are left at sea for some days. Fish/lobsters swim in and are
caught inside.
)1 uSTCI' anrl ENIiL- FishinY with thepep is nne nf the nrlept fishin mpethonrd


They can be used by individuals or towed at length from a boat.
10) PLANGGRIP/INOWDUNG gears. These include harpoons and spears which
S Apologies are due to those readers who tried last month's word puzzle. A font target individual fish.
problem apparently omitted some of the symbols. So let's make this month's arti 11) SHIVERGANT machines. These use pumps to suck up their catch.
cle one big puzzle! 12) The last category is MISCELLANEOUS and includes anything not covered
A report in the journal Science says that the world's fish stocks will collapse by the first 11 methods, for example, gathering by hand (with or without diving
by the year 2048 because of over-fishing, pollution and destruction of habi equipment), poisons, explosives, trained animals and electrical fishing.
I tats. Fishermen have so far used new technologies to improve their vessels and
their fishing gear to increase production. Now they must develop equipment
which must have less impact on the environment if the fishing industry is
I going to survive. -Answers on page 37
The word gear means the tools used to catch fish. A fishing method describes
Show th- :.. is used. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
S(FAO) I .- fishing gear in 12 different categories. Use the definitions given ,, .methods is/are causing problemsfor global fish stocks? Find
below to help you unscramble the headings and identify all twelve...

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Continued from previous page
"Oh God, de road ending!" hollered Trevor. It was the
right angled corner. But Matilda saw the cautionary
black board with its white chevrons just in time and
she clipped the corner on the wrong side almost tip
ping the buggy over and throwing the boys from their
seats. Fortunately no car was coming around the cor
ner or they all would have been goners!
Now the road began its steep descent and Ernie held
on to the reins as hard as he could and pressed his
foot forward on the brake. Trevor grabbed his brake
lever with both hands and pushed. The .. i',,,i 1
and bucked and the struts holding the I I .
heads creaked and shook.
"Trevor!" screamed Ernie. "Use your feet! Press hard
with your feet!"
Trevor let go of the brake lever; leaned back against
the backboard and using his feet put all his strength
into stopping the buggy. The brakes sang a high,
unrelenting soprano interrupted by baritone groans
and tenor screeches. It was enough to wake the dead,
but the buggy slowed and so did Matilda. She skidded
into an uneven trot and then into a sliding walk.
Children ran out of their doorways and screamed,
"Mummy look de devil coming!" and fled inside. Angry
parents shouted, "Stop de ruckus! You boys need licks
for so!" Small, quarrelsome dogs raced out on to the
road and nipped at Matilda's little feet. Big, angry dogs
yanked at their chains, half choking themselves to get
at the black monster behind the little fawn pony.
Chickens flew squawking up into the highest branch
es of the nearest trees. The gentle brown cows looked
up in alarm. Black-and-white goats sneered and
laughed into their beards. But Ernie and Trevor had
no breath left in their bodies to answer these protests.
At last, their lips white with fear, their whole bodies
aching with the jolts riding up into i ,.. ...1. 'i
rough road, the boys and the buggy .. i i i .. .
it down to the coral road. Matilda turned the corner
into the homestretch and walked delicately on the
sharp crushed coral to home where tl-- fr-h --
grass was waiting for her, topped by the i i I i i,
cious oats. Ernie and Trevor never said a word as
Matilda stepped through Uncle Solly's gate, but they
looked at each other to make sure they really were still
alive just as the blood red sun sank down behind the
peaceful hills.
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The Nautical Publishing Company, paperback,
284 pages, with photos and illustrations.
The recent passing of 99-year-old Captain
Niels Thomsen, whose memoirs (Voyage of the
Forest Dream) were reviewed in these pages,
reminds us that the stories of the men who lived
and worked on cargo schooners in the 1920s
and '30s and who served their country in the
Second World War are becoming increasingly
rare. The Last Schoone;-.." i -- :;-1. :- It
documents the life of C .1I .... I . 1- I '"
1991), a seafaring John Wayne with a penchant
for hard work, and, if necessary, quick fists. A
generous family man, Lou was also:
...a tightwad, so tight, he squeaked....
As a perfect example of his frugality, he would
choose the names of ports in which to register his
vessels based on the fewest number of stencils he
had to buy to paint the city's name on the stem.
In the Northeast he used RYE (New York) several
times. 'MIAMI' was favorite because it only took
three stencils. If he was forced to register in a port
where too many stencils were required, he simply
would not bother painting the name on the stem.
Lou's ships often plied the "milk run," hauling
salted cod or lumber to Barbados .n-1 r-t1 ;-;;;i
with Bajan rum and molasses, tb .. 1.11i... 11
hold with salt from Turks Island. After a scrape
with the law in the US, Lou moved briefly to
Barbados and established an annual round-the
island schooner race in 1936, which was won by
his 115-foot Sea Fox (built in Sweden in 1888).
For four years the race featured 15 to 18
entrants, but Sea Fox won every time and was
even immortalized by a calypso, "The Sea Fox beat up
the Mona Marie."
It was in Barbados as well that Lou met and married
his wife, Pat, the beautiful socialite daughter of a
Scottish doctor. The wedding was frowned upon by
both sets of parents; Lou's mother didn't attend the
wedding, thinking Pat was black, and Pats parents
were not thrilled at the thought of a rough-and-tumble
sea captain for their daughter, not realizing that Lou's
family was also socially prominent in Stamford,
Connecticut. It was a match that endured tough times
as well as good times, as Pat was salty enough to work
as cook on several of Lou's ships, until the couple


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bought a home in Nova Scotia so that their fast
expanding family could settle down.
Lou started his sailing career in a rowboat with main
and jib, at age 11 graduating to a small keeled sloop
(he called it Tilky -This Is Lou Kenedy's Yacht) and
at 14, a 25-foot Maine fishing boat. In the summers,
Lou and his crew sailed around Block Island, Martha's
Vineyard, as far north as Gloucester, occasionally
stealing food from a farmer's field or liberating lobsters
to ':' .'1- their larder, which was described as "pret
ty ,I
At 18 years, the strapping 200-pounder dropped out
of Georgetown University to work on a Chesapeake


schooner for 18 dollars a month. He moved on and
hauled lumber from the northeast US to Nova Scotia
and worked aw- ... . .I ork yacht club before
signing on to ..- i.. ...... square-rigged, ship,
the 1,800-ton Tusitala, in 1930, bound for Hawaii. On
returning, Lou studied for three months and earned
his Master's ticket on the day after he turned 21. He
then set off with a buddy in a Stutz Black Hawk for
Lunenburg to purchase his first three-masted
schooner, Abundance.
On her second voyage Abundance was destroyed
on a Jamaican reef and Lou's second ship, the 500
ton Adams, sank when her seams opened with a
hold full of salt, but Lou was never without com-
mand of a vessel for very long. Author Joe Russell
sensibly separates Lou's ten vessels (he owned
115 foot Sea Fox twice) into 11 chapters in
chronological order.
Sailing romantics may be dismayed to find
that Lou turned towards power boats in the '60s,
hauling freight from Miami to the Bahamas, but
he ended up 1 .... mn a 62-foot motorsailer
(renamed Se(. I .11 his beloved schooner),
which he and Pat cruised up and down the east
coast from the Bahamas to Nova Scotia, visiting
family and friends, until he was 75.
For all the years in between, author Russell
combines compassion, wit, and thorough
research into his telling of Lou's countless adven
tures of a lifetime at sea, including close encoun
ters with hurricanes, the law, union toughs, and
local hoods. Many photographs accompany the
text to make this a i ,,, i
Wawaloam, Lou's I I,,, I I. ... was sunk
by a German U-boat. The captain allowed Lou to
come on board the surfaced sub while his crew
stayed afloat in two dories; Lou had the presence
of mind to ask for a tow closer to port!
One yc ,,,. 1I . 1 I i ..- otch and said,
"Er hat I -.... i -. i .. i ii, all laughed.
"What did he say?" Lou asked.
"Your balls are made of brass!"
The captain politely refused the tow, but he
radioed the missing ship's position to increase
their chance of rescue. He also gave Lou some
flares, which saved them on their sixth night at
sea. All hands were rescued as well as Butch,
Lou's pet German shepherd, by an Irish
freighter. On the first try, the crewman hauling
Butch over the ship's rail cried, "Oh my Lord
Jesus, 'tis a great beast," and dropped him back
into the sea. Lou shouted up, "You dumb sono
fabitch, haul this dog aboard or I'll personally
come up there and beat the living crap out of
you. This dog's a survivor, for Christ's sake." They
hauled Butch back on board, no worse for wear.
After the war, Lou tried to contact the German skip
per but was told that his U-boat was sunk by the
Allies. "I would have liked, after the war, to get togeth
er with him over a couple of beers and compare notes
of our adventures," Lou reflected, years later.
Reading Lou Kenedy's life story, one truly appreci
ates what captains and able seamen went through in
the days of commercial sailing, and how the survivors
had to adapt. Lou was the ultimate survivor. He was
no saint, but I would have loved to have raised a pint
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GRENACAWI


LEFTOVERS


by Mary Heckrotte


Making lasagna seems to dirty half the bowls in my galley. So while I'm at it, I
might as well make a huge pan full, enough for six large servings, that being either
a company meal or three meals for the two of us.
We don't mind having lasagna two nights in a row, but if I've got those other two
servings left over, I wrap them in foil and pop them in a plastic bag in our tiny freez
er. Zapped in the microwave, accompanied by a salad and some garlic bread, we've
got an easy dinner when I'm in hurry or don't feel like cooking.
Another double batch I always make is rice, which takes no more time or energy
than a single batch, and we're sure to put it to use within a couple of days. Those
are examples of "planned leftovers."
Lasagna, like a number of other dishes, just gets better with the re-heating. Stews,
chilies, barbecued anything, meatloaf, sauces, soups, pots of beans -all are better
for being left over. Extra helpings do, in the long run, cut cooking time. In fact, many
cruisers live by the philosophy of "cook once, eat twice." Saves time. Saves fuel.
Saves heating up the boat. Generally more economical, too. But planned leftovers are
like wanted children: we know what to do with them. It's finding a role for those lit
tle odds-and-ends orphans that challenges our creativity.
My friend Ellen Sanpere of the yacht Cayenne III is likely as creative as a cruising
cook can be. She writes, "What do you do with a cup of cooked rice, half a green pep
per, one carrot, one egg, one chicken breast, one pork chop (why do they always
come three to a package?)?"
She then proceeds to tell me exactly what she does: "I usually ad lib based on
known recipes, e.g. chicken fried rice, black beans with mojo criollo, stir-fry veggies
with pork, Ramen noodles with bits and pieces of meats 1 1 , i1
And even though those bits were: fi-- '.t- orphans left ... ..... ..
who would know it from the fine f.. I II ,, oncocts with them? She can set a place
for me anytime!
One cookbook that I have found particularly useful in figuring out what to cook
with what you have on hand is called How to Cook Without a Book: Recipes and
Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart, written by Pam Anderson. This author
teaches exactly what we should have/would have/could have learned before we left
our childhood home.
It's all a matter of having our lockers stocked with the t: 7 iir-'-1-i-nt we use
most, mastering the variety of basic cooking techniques - ... ... .... baking,
t--ling, poaching, broilin. .. ...sing, etcetera and developing a
I.. ingredients combine II I* I'''i I I 1. I]' .
Another useful tool for selecting recipes to r.. .t i. -I .. .... i. ..I .s a comput
erized cookbook program. Williams and Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking, Joy of
Cooking, Julia Child Home Cooking with Master Chefs and dozens more are available.
One I like very much is Master Cook Deluxe, though my all-time favorite (probably
because it was my first and is most familiar) is Key Home Gourmet. With thousands
of recipes in their data bases, these programs do the job of near-instantaneous
searching for recipes that match your ingredients. For example, in Key Home
Gourmet, if I type in "pork, egg, and rice," I get a recipe for "Subgum Rice." When I
type in "rice, green pepper, and chicken," I : I1 different recipes such as: "Cajun
Dirty Rice", "Lively Shrimp Casserole," and . Savory Pilaf."
So, lets say I've got a small bunch of broccoli that really must be used today and,
besides that, I've made way too r ;; 1 ;'t .' 1 want to find ways to use some of
it. So what will I cook? "Broccoli i .-,,, I I w about some "Broccoli Quiche"?
But so far we've 1--- t.ll-i;n1 1 -.l--t -t.rt' i from scratch with those extra bits of
fresh ingredients.. I ... i I, I. I 1, is what to do with those single or half
-f .1-eady prepared meats, veggies, pastas, salads, etcetera. Everybody has
I as its impossible to judge exactly how much food to prepare for a
given meal. If we serve them the next day, we'll likely also listen to groans from the
mate: "Arrrrgh, leftovers for dinner? Again?"
Guess we've all been subjected at one time or another to soggy broccoli, limp salad
r-- ;- 't1le bread, too-dry roast beef, or mashed potatoes with a decidedly scorched
,i-I probablyc.i ....11 I I i 11, trash can with left . 1 i 1- ...
the deep recesses of I... I I we can no longer : i ., ,
boasts that she has a .1. solution for all her leftovers: she puts them in her
fridge, waits until they turn blue and fuzzy, then feels ever-so justified feeding them
to the fish. Hmmmm, money overboard?
With a little creative experimentation, leftovers can turn into fabulous meals. Some
of these One-Night Stands could even win prizes -if we could remember what we
put in them! The main categories for --,n 1-ft--ers include soups, stews, pasta
dishes, frittatas or omelets, casseroles, II ... I cake, salads, and stir-fries.
It's important to deal with leftovers soon after they are cooked. To be safe, food
should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking. Its best to store leftovers in small
batches so they will cool quickly and use them within a few days. If you won't be able
to use them that soon, just put them in the freezer where most foods will keep for
three months or so. Be sure to label and date your containers so they don't get lost.
Little dibs and dabs of meats and veggies -a spoonful of peas, half a baked potato,
a slice of steak -can be put in the same container in the freezer until you have
enough bits to make soup.
Soups and stews are the easiest leftover answer -just a matter of tossing meats
and veggies in some broth, adding spices and whatever else you have on hand to
round them out. If you don't have broth, you can always use bouillon cubes but it's
handy to keep a jar in the fridge just for saving the water from cooking meats and
S- But if you're like the crew of Camryka, the idea of a nice hot bowl of soup
i. day sweating in the tropics is about as welcome as another parade the day
after Carnival in Trinidad.
So lets take a look at omelets and frittatas. The difference between an omelet and
a frittata? I..... 11,i. ,,... omelets have :.. ..- frittatas have more meat and/or
veggies. Fo. II .. chop up the v .- I meats and veggies you have on
hand, toss them in a skillet heated with a bit of butter or olive oil, and saute them
till they are just tender. Then you'll add eggs and some cheese and voila! You've got
a dinner.
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Cakes and fritters are cousins, too. Both use flour, eggs, and milk to make a bat
ter and then you can add your leftover meats, s -f 1 .. .. i. 1 .
have a thinner batter and sort of spread out in I.I -1 '11 I i- iaLte er .-:u e G.t
Dessert Pancakes) while fritters, with a thicker batter, tend to cook up more round
ed like the Second-Hand Seafood Fritters.
Stir-fries are naturals for leftover meats and veggies, even some fruits and nuts,
in most any combination. (W 11 ... 1 1 i. .11 .., 1 i"i The good news here
is thatyou can follow your .- .. .1 ..-... . ... ... ... i -- .1- stirfry
ing them first, then adding any cooked ingredients. C. I I .. II such as
lo mein, chow mein or Ramen can be added : ... ... the same pan and heated
through. Or you can serve your stir-fry over a I. -1.1 cooked batch of noodles or
rice. Most of the time, these stir-fry dishes will be totally unique and no matter how
satisfied you might be with the creation, you're not likely to have just the same com-
bination ever again. There's a sample recipe below, Just-For-Tonight-Honey Fried
Rice, or y, .. ....1.' Follow this tasty-sounding example from Ellen:
Rice left i. ... the Chinese carry-out restaurant is perfect for fried rice -fry
in oil (I add a dab of sesame oil to canola oil) until golden, add a little bit of sauteed
green pepper and leftover roasted pork loin (or shrimp or chicken) and maybe some
peas, onion, garlic, ginger, any other leftover cooked .. cut up, and one or two
beaten eggs (scramble them in a hole made in the :... I II the rice then break up
and stir in.) Sprinkle with salt, pepper, soy and serve. I often make enough to freeze
for a third meal.
Pastas and leftovers are another natural combination. Make either a basic white
sauce or a tomato sauce or use something store-bought, add cut up leftover veggies,
meats or seafood, and serve over pasta. Fettuccini, spaghetti, macaroni -most any
pasta will do. If you want to include any fresh .. ... .s in the mix, just cut
them into slices, strips, or cubes, saute them il. i .1 I i ,,I or olive oil until ten
der, then dump them in with your cooked leftovers. Got a small piece of cheese
handy? Grate a bit on top of each serving.
And what if you end up with some of the pasta itself left over? Not a problem. Make
your sauce first then heat the pasta right in the sauce and your meal is ready. Thin
noodles like -i .i. 11. .. i i 11 'lcini also can be chopped and added to stir-fries
instead of ric 11 .1 nicely as a type of "crust" for pizza or frittata. Just
add a bit of butter to the noodles and pack a layer about half an inch thick in the
bottom and sides of a casserole pan. Add filling or topping as usual and bake.
Another way to use leftover pasta is described in Spaghetti Pancake. You might
also experiment with making pasta salads from leftover macaroni, penne, rotini,
corkscrews, etc. An example is the Use-Em-Up Pasta Salad.
We haven't even addressed using leftovers for sandwich fillings, tacos and que
sadillas, pizza toppings, muffins, baked potato toppings, dips and spreads. The pos
sibilities for what to do with leftovers are limited only by our imagination.

One-Of-A-Kind Soup
5 Cups broth (chicken, seafood, vegetable or beef broth (or substitute 5 Cups
water and 2 bouillon cubes) or 6 ounces of tomato paste and one 16-ounce can of
tomatoes
1 Cup cooked or raw proteins (chopped chicken, beef, pork or seafood, or use
already cooked beans such as pinto, kidney, black or Great Northern)
1 Cup cooked or 1/3 Cup raw grains (rice, pasta, corn, barley)
1 Cup cooked, canned, or raw vegetables
1 teaspoon each of two or three herbs or spices (choose from basil, cumin, garlic,
thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley, etcetera)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Bring broth (or tomato sauce) to boil in a large pot over high heat. Add any raw
proteins and veggies. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Add cooked proteins,
cooked veggies, raw or cooked grains, and spices. Turn heat up and return pot to
boil then reduce heat and simmer another 30 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Just-For-Tonight-Honey Fried Rice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 pound cooked or raw meat, cut in thin strips or cubes (optional)
2 Cups raw or 1 1 .. (onions, green pepper, carrots, broccoli, eggplant or
whatever you ,, ... ij
1/4 Cup nuts (optional)
1 can bamboo shoots or water chestnuts (optional)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon milk
3 Cups cooked rice (more or less)
Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add any raw meat and
saute until tender. Remove meat and set aside. Add raw veggies to skillet and stir
fry until just crisp-tender. Add cooked veggies, nuts, and bamboo shoots or water
chestnuts; and meats. Sprinkle in sugar and soy sauce. Heat through. In a small
bowl, mix eggs and milk. Push veggies and meats to the side, making a little hole in
the center of the skillet. Pour egg into hole and cook until set. Add rice and mix all
together, cutting the eggs into small bits. (Alternatively, you can remove the veggies
and meats, add a bit more oil to the skillet and 1 1. .. i T.. without stir
ring. Flip it once and when it is done, remove ii .... I. I .... II .1 up and cut it
into strips. Return the meat and veggies to the pan. Stir in the rice and heat
through. You can either mix the egg strips in or use them to garnish the top of the
entire dish.) Makes 3 or 4 servings.

Dinner Omelet for Two
4 eggs
1/4 Cup milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Cup chopped cooked veggies (onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes,
etcetera)
1/2 Cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, Jack, Havarti, etc.)
In a small bowl, beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Melt butter in a non
stick skillet over: 1 .... .. 1.. 1. F ur egg mixture into skillet, reduce heat, and
cook until eggs ai ..11 1.11 i. -. with a rubber spatula and pull them toward
the center so that egg cooks evenly. With 1 ..- I i ,, the top still shiny, spring
kle on the veggies and cheese. Fold ome I I ,,,.11 r pan, and let cook until
cheese melts, usually 1 or 2 minutes. Makes 2 servings.

Variable Vegetable Frittata
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 Cups cooked or canned vegetables, drained (potatoes, tomatoes, artichokes,
corn, etcetera)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
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Pinch of thyme or oregano
4 ..- beaten
/ up bread crumbs or 2 slices of bread, cubed
Cheese, grated
In a frying pan over medium heat, saute vegetables in olive oil. Sprinkle with
spices. Pour eggs over all and add bread crumbs. Stir to blend, lower heat, and
cover skillet. Cook until eggs are set in the middle. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Serves two.

Spaghetti Pancakes
1 1/2 Cups tomato sauce
8 ounces thin spaghetti, cooked and drained
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 Cup milk
3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1 Cup cooked chicken, beef, pork, or seafood, diced
3/4 Cup cooked veggies (peas, broccoli, onions, green pepper, cauliflower,
etcetera)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 teaspoons olive oil
Heat tomato sauce in a small saucepan over low 1- .t T. ;i-- -li ;;;-i--i i bowl,
combine eggs, milk, and Parmesan. Add spaghetti, :, I i I .1 i salt
and pepper. Stir gently to combine. In a 6-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat,
add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Put one-fourth of spaghetti mixture into skillet and press
to flatten evenly. Cook about 4 minutes until bottom is browned, using a spatula to
slide underneath to avoid possible sticking. Flip pancake and brown the other side,
about 3 minutes more. Keep warm on a baking sheet. Make three more pancakes.
Serve with hot tomato sauce on top. Four servings.

Use-Em-Up Pasta Salad
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 Tablespoon butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 Cups cooked veggies (carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, etcetera) julienned
3/4 Cup cooked chicken, seafood, pork or beef, cut in thin strips or diced (optional)
1/4 Cup honey
1/4 Cup lemon or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon or lime peel
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed basil
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 to 8 ounces cooked pasta (spaghetti, linguini or fettuccini, macaroni)
Parmesan cheese, grated
Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir
fry for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook until just tender. Add cooked vegetables,
any meat or seafood, honey, lemon juice, lemon peel, basil, oregano, salt pepper.
Heat through, stirring gently. Remove from heat and toss with pasta. Cool. Sprinkle
with Parmesan and serve chilled or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings.

Any-Old-Thing Stovetop Casserole
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, sliced thinly
1 1/2 Cups other raw veggies (green beans, eggplant, broccoli, etcetera)
1 Cup raw rice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Pinch of thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 Cups water
1 small can mushroom stems and pieces with liquid
1 can of cream soup (chicken, mushroom, celery, etcetera)
1 Cup cooked chicken, pork, ham, beef or seafood, cubed
Put all I ..... I .11. water in a large heavy pot. Bring to boil over medi
um heat, -1....... II .. pot and reduce heat to lowest and simmer about 10
minutes. Add canned soup and any ALREADY-COOKED ingredients, stir to mix,
then re-cover pot. Continue to simmer another 10 minutes or until all water is
absorbed. Makes 4 servings.

Second-Hand Seafood Fritters
1 Cup cooked seafood (shrimp, crabmeat, fish, etcetera)
1 small onion, grated
1 egg, beaten
3/4 Cup breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
3 to 6 drops hot sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
S1 .I i .. ....... (e.g. OldBay)
I/ .- .... ., ...... i .1 Ij low-fat)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all but olive oil. Heat oil in skillet over medi
um heat. Shape seafood mixture by hand into round balls about 2" in diameter.
Place in hot oil and with a spatula, flatten slightly. Brown about 4 minutes per side.
Drain on paper towels. Serve with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. Makes four main
dish servings (leftovers are fine on sandwiches) or make smaller fritters to serve with
crackers as an appetizer at Happy Hour.

Whatever You've Got Dessert Pancakes
1 Cup plain flour (or 1/2 Cup plain plus 1/2 Cup whole wheat flour)
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 Cup milk
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 Cup diced fresh or canned fruit (mangoes, peaches, pineapple, bananas,
etcetera)
Whipped topping, maple syrup, honey or fruit jam
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another
bowl combine egg, milk, and cooking oil. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture. Stir
just to moisten -batter should be lumpy. Fold in fruits. Coat a small skillet with
cooking spray. Set over medium-high heat. Pour 1/4 Cup batter into pan. Cook
until surface is bubbly and bottom is browned. Flip to other side and brown.
Remove to a warm plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve pan
cakes warm with whipped topping, maple syrup, honey, or fruit jam.










French for (hungry, thirsty) Cruisers ....,,a it .n
by Kathy Parsons colbeerorgassofwineisperfetoswesitatadocksidecafoend
Andit' ll much more relaxedand un when youhave the Frehnch


Ordering at the Counter
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the men-boardc behind the counter
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the bakery/ so fnd the end of the /ine and take
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purchase while you waltyour turm
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clrk wth a bonjour, madame obonjour,
monsieur before you start orderng
The lek w/iklskyou "Sur place ou
emporter? so se ow etto w
up your pure /ase observe It on a tray here mn
even be two sets of prices posted on the s/gnbc
depending on whether you plan to eat in the
akeryor c (sr place ot you oo
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1fyou wantto order some delI/cay behind the
counter and you don't knowthe name, point ti
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Be careful, Ifyou/holdup fngers to show the
number ofpains au chocolate thatyou want


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au chocolate (bout0 90) areq,
thepetit dejeuner whichoften

BAKERY ITEMS
apple pastry
baguette
bakery
breakfast
buttered bread
croissant
chocolate-filled pastry
small tart with coconut filling,
specialty of the Saintes
ham & cheese sandwich
sandwich


Ice Cream





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ICE CREAM

Sla glace) sherbet
le sorbet) scoop
'e@fuf/n the
lds cone
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ers should common /the
Je peuxgouter? chocolate
e otast el memory
guava
Is sold bythe scoop
vanilla
home-made
sthehome-made home-made
oyave sorbet your choice
tare sold on the beach
ndsstragtoutoe Can I taste?
e eIt's delicious
It's delicious!


GREETINGS
Good day, madam /sir. Bonjour, madame I monsieur.
Good evening. Bonsoir.


ORDERING AT THE COUNTER
I would like...
We would like...
and /with
Please
We are together.
What is it?
How much does it cost?
That's all.
take-out, take-away
to eat on premises
a napkin

GOODBYES
Thankyou, (madam).
Have a nice day.
Goodbye.


Baguettes (boute
nable Foraon even bet
vith coffee croissant


chausson aux pommes
baguette
boulangerie
petit dejeuner
tartine beurree
croissant
pain au chocolate
tourment d'amour

jambon-fromage
sandwich


glace
sorbet
boule
cornet
coupe / timbale

le parfum
chocolate
goyave
vanille
fait maison
au choix
Je peux gofter?
C'est delicieux.


shoh-sohn oh puhm
bah-ghet
boo-lahnzh-ree
puh-tee deh-zhuh-neh
tahr-teen buh-reh
krwah-sahn
pehn oh shoh-koh-lah
toor-mahn dah-moor

zhahn-bohn froh-mahzh
sahnd-weetsh


glahss
sohr-beh
bool
kohr-neh
koop / tehn-bahl

pahr-fuhn
shoh-koh-lah
goh-yahv
van-nee'y
feh meh-zohn
oh shwah
Zhuh puh goo-teh?
Seh deh-leess-yuh.


Je voudrais ...
On voudrait ...
et I avec
S'il vous plait
Nous sommes ensemble.
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
Combien ca cofte?
C'est tout.
a emporter
(A consommer) sur place
une serviette


Merci, (madame).
Bonne journee.
Au revoir.


Bohn-zhoor, Mah-dahm / Muhss-yuh.
Bohn-swahr.


Zhuh voo-dreh...
Ohn voo-dreh...
eh / ah-vhek
Seel voo pleh
Noo suhm zahn-sahn-bluh.
Kehss kuh seh?
Kohn-b'yehn sah koot?
Seh too.
ah ahn-pohr-teh
(ah kohn-soh-meh) sewr plahss
ewn sehrv-yeht


Mehr-see, (Mah-dahm).
Bunn zhoor-neh.
Oh rih-vwahr.


C
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Drinks
BEVERAGES
a tea, [plain /with lemon]
an orange juice, freshsqueezed
a lemonade, frshsqueezed
a fruit juice
an expresso
a coffeewith milk
a coffee, large ( cnntratd
a coffee, decafeinated
a draft beer
local drink of strong rum, sugar and lime
served in a shot glass. Beware!
Planter's punch of rum, fruit juies, spices
with ice
another round
a bottle...
a glass...
a carafe...
Sof [white/red/rose] wine


Sof [sparkling /flat] water


Bonjour, madame.
Je voudrais ...
un pain au chocolate,
un cafe au lait
et une orange pressee,
s'il vous plait.
... sur place




Je voudrais ...
une glace ...
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
... Je peux goOter?
... C'est delicieux!
Je voudrais deux boules.

You'lindall/these wor sand phrases (w/th
pronunciatlon) n the tables on th/s pageI


On voudrait ...
un verre de vin rouge,
une pression, un ti-punch, et
une bouteille d'eau gazeuse.


Boissons
un the [nature / citron]
une orange pressee
un citron pressed
un jus de fruit
un caf4, un express
un caf4 au lait
un grand caf4
un d4caf4ine
une (biere a la) pression
un ti-punch
(ti mean small n ole fom petit)
un planteur
avec des glacons
une autre tournee
une bouteille...
un verre ...
une carafe ...
Sde vin ...
Blancc / rouge / rose]
Sd'eau [gazeuse / plate]


vote (un verre/une carafe d'eau ouut wnt pn


French column:


Bwah-sohn
uhn teh [nah-tewr/see-trohn]
ewn oh-rahnzh preh-seh
uhn see-trohn preh-seh
uhn zhew dOh frwee
uhn kaf-feh, uhn ex-press
uhn kaf-feh oh leh
uhn grahn kaf-feh
uhn deh-kaf-feh-ee-neh
ewn (b'yehr ah lah) press-yohn
uhn tee puhnsh

uhn plahn-tuhr
ah-vehk deh glah-sohn
ewn oh-truh toor-neh
ewn boo-teh'y
uhn vehr
ewn kah-rahf
Sduh vehn ..
[blahn / roozh / roh-zeh]
> doh [gah-zuhz / plaht]


SPetillante


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consonanty
Pronunciation column:
hu pronounceasoucoul
Bw sound betweeneeandoo
bluh pronouncethe consonan
/uh i Mdr talP/ voy/ fa nronon,


nasal vowels (pronouncethe vowethrouh thenose)
eg unbon vinblanc uhn bohn vehn blahn
y always ronounceasykeyes
zh pronounced lkesnpleasure


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shaped brilliant yellow, orange or red :...
about three inches long, with one brown wrinkly nut
attached to the bottom as if it were an 11 ', 11 ...1.
Related to the mango, the cashew's I r, i, ,,I
is incredibly sweet, but the raw nut is severely bitter.
Portuguese explorers discovered the trees, which they
called caju, in northeastern Brazil and transported the
original cashews to Africa's east coast shortly after
Columbus' voyages. Africans cultivated the trees for
the nuts, which they sold back to the Portuguese.
They shipped the nuts to India to be shelled and roast
ed. India soon took over cashew cultivation and now is




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the world's -; :-t i- t- f the delicious nuts, with
Brazil secor I -, I '' II.. 1 Together they produce
200,000,000 pounds a year.
The cashew fruit or "apple" is really a false fruit that
develops from the blossom. The delicious apple is sel
dom sold since it is too fragile to market, spoiling with
in a day. The apples contain tannin and begin to fer
ment immediately. Although the fruit can be made
into a marmalade or jelly, and East Indians prepare
the fruit into a liquor they call fennyy', it is often sim-
ply discarded.
The nut is really the cashew seed. Cashew nuts have
a good local market; h II,,,. -.e nuts is not
easy. First you have to .-1 I. .... ... the fruit. Try
to avoid staining your clothes with the fruit juice.
Then the nuts must be shelled. The nut is encased in
a hard, two-layered shell coated with a caustic natu
ral resin called cardol, which can cause severe blister
ing. Finally, the shelled nuts are parched or roasted.
To roast cashews at home, place nuts in a preheated
oven at 175'F for 20 minutes. [Editor's note: Be sure to
remove ALL of the shell before roasting; cardol fumes
can be dangerous.] At room temperature cashew nuts
spoil quickly since they contain much oil. Refrigerated
nuts can keep for half a year.
It is easy to prepare a cashew version of peanut but
ter by just placing a pound of roasted nuts in a food
processor until you get the desired consistency of
crunchy or creamy style. Cashews are a great addition
to vegetable rices, salads, stir-fries, pastas, or
steamed vegetable dishes. Always add the cashew nut
after the cooking process is complete, as heat will
cause the nuts to soften and dissolve. This softening
is why other nuts are preferred to use for baking
recipes rather than cashews.
Spirited Pineapple-Nut Soup
1 ounce salted butter or margarine
1 red Spanish onion, minced
1 Cup pineapple pieces without juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 pound cashew nuts, chopped
4 red potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Cups vegetable bouillon
1/4 Cup dark rum (optional)
2 Tablespoons cornstarch with 4 Tablespoons water
2 Cups water
Salt and spices to taste
In a large skillet fry onion and garlic until soft. Add


cashews, pineapple, rum, water, bouillon, and spices.
Bring to a boil. Simmer on very low heat for 30 min-
utes. Stir cornstarch into the four tablespoons of
water until smooth. Add to soup stirring constantly
until mixture thickens.
Cashew Rice Special
1 1/2 Cups brown rice
3 Cups water
1/4 Cup raisins
1/4 Cup chopped cashews
4 cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine
2 bay leaves
Salt and other spices to taste
Always rinse rice before cooking, until the water is
clear. In a suitable pot combine rice, water, cinnamon,
cloves, bay leaves, and salt. Cover pot and bring to a
boil, then cook on low for 20 minutes. Remove from
heat, but keep covered for 15 minutes. With a fork,
blend in butter, cashews, and raisins.
Cashew Chicken Casserole
2 Cups chicken, cooked and cubed
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch, divided
4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 Cup chopped red Spanish onion
1 Cup celery, chopped
1/2 of a fresh hot pepper (optional)
1/2 Cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 bunch of pak choy, shredded
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 Cup chicken broth
1 Cup cashews
Salt and spice to taste
2 Cups cooked chow mein noodles or brown rice
This recipe is to be cooked in a wok as stirfry. That
means stirring constantly over high heat. If you do not
have a wok, a large frying pan will be adequate. Place
chopped chicken in a medium-sized bowl and cover
with two Tablespoons soy sauce mixed with 1/2
Tablespoon cornstarch and refrigerate for half an hour.
Heat two Tablespoons oil in a large skillet; add
chicken and fry for five minutes. Add chopped onion,
celery, hot pepper, and mushrooms and cook another
three minutes. Empty the skillet to a bowl.
Refresh skillet with two Tablespoons oil, add pak
choy strips and sugar and cook for four minutes.
Return chicken-onion mixture to the heated skillet
with the pak choy. Stir one Tablespoon of cornstarch
into four Tablespoons soy sauce. Add to chicken broth
and pour over chicken veggie mix. Add cashews and
cover for one minute. Uncover and stir until sauce
thickens. Pour mixture over a bed of chow mein noo
dles or cooked rice.
Nutty Tomato Sauce
4 pounds plum tomatoes, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 Cup water
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon each fresh or dried marjoram, rose
mary and oregano leaves
Salt and spice to taste
1 Cup cashews chopped as small as possible
Bring water to boil in a lar,. -i .i I I .11 ii .
ents except cashews. Cook o.. i-. i i ..i -.. i ...
so it does not stick. After 20 minutes pour or spoon off
excess liquid. Stir cashew pieces into sauce. Serve
over noodles, rice or vegetables.


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Dear Compass,
I was inclined to ignore the letter from "Maritime
Mobile" [Readers' Forum, January 2007] concerning
my thoughts on the Hog Island, Grenada development
in the November Compass. Someone who doesn't even
have the courage to sign their name to such a letter
doesn't deserve a response. However, since he chose
to not only attack myself but also many of my friends
in his diatribe, I will respond. The so-called Hog Island
"squatters" he refers to include a prominent business
owner who is a huge contributor to the tourism indus
try, several people who hold work permits and are law
fully employed, and also permanent residents of
Grenada. As for John and I on Sea Witch, after spend
.............. 1, we are back at anchor.
i i .- 1 i. ... ,-11. we are still working on
Hurricane Ivan damage (very true). But, we love the
country and the people and are in the process of appli
cation for permanent residency. It is not a streamlined
or inexpensive process. According to our Grenadian
attorney, we should plan on the process taking any
where from two to five years.
As for us not contributing to the economy, give me a
break! We buy our groceries right here; we don't load up
in Trinidad and gripe about Grenada prices and we
don't "I nezuela and load up on fuel. We spend
over : *- ..... a month .. 1. 1. .-.me on you! As
for your reference to the :. i i, .1 ., not out cruis
ing the Caribbean you are right: I never claimed that,
the editorial staff selected the title of my commentary
and added the footnote t'hwin t thit Tr as cruising the
Caribbean on Sea Witch I 1 ii. i jT later this year
Sea Witch will be back in shape, just like a lot of other
boats that are finally getting their Ivanization fixed.
As for the letter from Mr. Cameron concerning the
commentary. If you will reread it you will see I did not
speak out against development. I am very excited
about some of the development taking place in
Grenada. You are evidently not aware of the number
of fabulous resorts, hotels and villas we already have
here in Grenada. Please contact the Board of Tourism
and they will be hIrr- t- r-nd you some information.
Forourx . . 11 n I .1 1 . -. 1 .. .
here in C ... I .... I I I .. i..h I .11 I I
The commentary was intended to let cruisers know
what is going on in a very popular spot and to plea for
a considered environmental approach to development
whether it occurs here in Grenada, or anywhere else.
Sincerely,
Deborah Gerber
S/V Sea Witch


Dear Compass Readers,
Deborah's letter brings up our footnote policy. When
we publish articles which have been received signed
with a person's name and a boat name rather than an
address, we take them to be cruisers and therefore,
unless they have supplied their own footnote material,
we routinely add "So-and So is cruising the Caribbean
aboard Such-and-Such." We apologizefor any misun
derstanding this might have caused in Deborah's case.
CC

Dear Compass,
Regarding Mary Heckrotte's article about pineapples
in the January issue of Compass, I can inform you
where the word pineapple comes from. It's not
because the outside looks like a pine cone and the
inside tastes like an apple. In the Polynesian lan
guage, the word for that fruit is "pinapou" -I do not
know the correct spelling. When the English sailors
came and heard this word, they transformed it to what
we call it today: pineapple.
Regards,
Angelika Griiner
S/V Angelos

Dear Compass,
I just happened to be paging through the January
issue of the Compass, and BAM! Right in my face,
something that says "Here Comes 2007" by Julia
Bartlett, listing her top ten resolutions for the New
Year. Although I am a landlubber, I realize this woman
must have been reading my mind, because all of what
she wrote is in my top ten -out of 23!
So, here goes mine, I will be changing a few so it
does not sound so, what's the word... personal?
1) Save more money
2) Put photography and writing first
3) Eat healthy
4) No alcohol... or should I say less?
5) Veg-Ah-Bit!
6) Stay away from lowlifes
7) No smoking
8) Focus, focus, focus
9) Look for a better job
10) Watch weight
11) No babies until 30-something
12) Learn to be more patient
13) Always say thank you and please
14) Every day give the Almighty thanks and praise
for life
15) X boyfriends) out for good!!
16) Last but not least, BE HAPPY!
Sorry I could not put in all 23; the others would be
inappropriate for your paper. I am a landlubber, land
lover, call it what you want and, no, humans don't
come any better!
Cheers,
Kedisha Compton
Bequia

Dear Compass,
I'm mortified that you printed my letter without clar
ifying the fact that on the first day that charges were
implemented in the Tobago Cays Marine Park we were
charged not only EC$10 per person but EC$50 as well
for the boat!
For goodness sake, no-one, surely, can have a prob
lem paying EC$10 per person, least of all me.
Since then we've been back to the Cays twice and
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has now been sorted out.
Susan Bruce
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Dear Susan,
Apologies if my bad memory was the cause of any
mortification. Your February letter simply stated: "the
long-awaited introduction of parkfees (excessively high
in my opinion) has sadly come too late for the turtles".
You have since recently reminded me of other corre
spondence in which you mentioned that in December
your boat had mistakenly been charged a mooring fee
in addition to the per person entry fee. (This certainly
would have made the cost of that particular visit, if not
the park fees per se, excessively high.) I'm sorry this
unusual circumstance was not clearly outlined in either
your February letter or my reply, as it had slipped my
mind. Caveat to letter writers: Your editor is only
human, and the contents of any other correspondence
or conversation does not always surface in my brain
when dealing with every month's new letters.
Sally

Dear Caribbean Compass,
After reading about the new park fees and proposed
mooring fees at I I .. tys I can't help but be
reminded of the .. I .. Yellow Taxi", written and
sung by Joni Mitchell.
George Syvrud
S/Y The Vagrant

Dear Compass,
In the February Forum, Kent Gomez chastised
December writer "Mr. Cruisin' Canucks" for calling
Venezuela a "dictatorship economy", and Mr. Gomez
stated that Venezuela "is a modern democracy by any
standard". Really? Isn't President Chavez now ruling
by decree? Isn't this step admittedly designed to fast
forward socialism? And isn't Chavez now angling to
become President-for-Life? If this is "modern democrat
cy", I'll take the old fashioned kind any day.
Rigoberto Mufioz
Miami, Florida

Hi Compass,
With the political mess going on in Venezuela,
Cartagena, Colombia has become a safe and very pop
ular port of call for cruising yachts, plus the gateway
to the Panama Canal. This is our second season of
cruising Colombia aboard Cielo. It's too good not to
hang around!
The Colombia Coast Guard has approached a num-
ber of us cruising folks and local marine establish
ments asking what they can do to make Colombia a
more desirable area for visiting yachts. In my 47 years
of drifting around the Caribbean I have never met
such a polite and receptive group of uniformed gov
ernment officials.
Dave Ferneding
S/V Cielo

Dear Compass,
I have noticed this year quite a few boats that use a
strobe at night as an anchor light. My question is "Why?"
It is i ... i ....I .1"i. to have the incessant "flash"
"flash" -i .- I i.I have a quiet evening in my
cockpit, and unnecessary in a designated anchorage,
specifically in a mooring field like Britannia Bay,
Mustique, AND according to Chapman's a strobe is to
call attention -just what kind of attention are these
people looking for?
Can someone please enlighten me to this new nauti
cal rule?
Thank you,
Laura Sargent
Yacht Malolo

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Dear Compass Readers,
We publish the letter below not as an individual con
summer complaint, but to illustrate a serious point to
keep in mind when hiking ashore on any of the moun
tainous, forested islands. They are forested because
they are rainy (because they are mountainous), and the
rains frequently can and do change the characters and
courses of the rivers and streams. Mudslides and rock
falls that change a rute are not uncommon.
When living in Grenada in the 1970s, ourfavorite hike
was on an unimproved trail to the then seldom visited
Seven Falls. One memorable time, I lingered behind my
companions, enjoying the rainforest flowers and birds,
completely unconcerned because I knew the way well
fromformer visits:justfollow the stream when you reach
it. Suddenly I looked up and realized I was totally lost. I
backtracked until I recognized a landmark, thenfollowed
the stream again. Lost again. The tale of the tourists who
decided to try an "alternate" route down St. Vincent's vol
cano and staggered into a remote village four days later
sprang to mind Only whistling and shouting for what
seemed like ages finally brought my companions back to
find me. Yes, I'dfollowed the stream, as informer visits,
but a heavy rain had cut a new streambed which led
me into terra incognita rather than to the falls.
We always recommend i ii'. 'r firsttime on
any hike, that you go ... .. "i has done it
recently, whether or not you have written directions.
Sally

Dear Compass,
The guides of Saint Christopher Doyle will be family
iar to all readers and rarely a day passes on S/Y Oriole
without reference to one of these excellent public
tions. However we have formed the opinion that Saint
Christopher views the Caribbean through rose-tinted
spectacles and rarely, if ever, describes anything other
than in glowing terms.
We had been warned by a keen mountaineering
friend that the "cool shady walk" up the Deshaies
River behind the bay of the same name in
Guadaloupe, appealingly described by Saint
Christopher, was not for the faint-hearted and that he
had turned back defeated by impenetrable jungle and
roaring torrents.
So armed with steely determination we set off to find
out for ourselves. Our confidence was somewhat
undermined when we met en route a yachtie couple,
who having braved the loosely tethered bull, had also
turned back defeated.
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Where the concrete road ends at the river there is no
discernable path and the route is as described by
Saint Christopher: "follow the river from rock to rock".
What he does not say through his rose-tinted specta
cles, is that the rocks are extremely slippery and even
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from rock to rock occasionally sliding into one of the
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ing skinny dip but realized that by now it was double
or quits. We could not face climbing down the way we
had come so we had to continue. This we did either
along the riverbed or when it proved impassible struck
out into the jungle.
However we never reached the "road that joins the
river on the left hand side", which returns in "about


fifteen minutes" to Deshaies, as, after over an hour's
hard struggle, our attention was drawn to a faded
notice nailed to a tree warning of propriety privee and
defense d'entrer. Such notices are often an indication
of welcome nearby civilization, so we ignored the
warning and climbed up through the steep private
property to reach a farm and eventually a convent sur
rounded by numerous shrines. We were about to enter
to fall on our knees to give thanks for our deliverance,
but were deterred by a no'. ..I. .i.... -.i pping
homese" not to enter ii.. .... I. ....- avec
manches" which we correctly translated as a shirt
with sleeves.
We finally emerged onto the road, which presumably
eventually meets the river as Saint Christopher
describes. Thirty minutes' brisk walking returned us
to Deshaies two and a half hours after we had started
out. We rewarded ourselves with lunch in one of the
lovely restaurants on the waterfront. With voluminous
libations to Bacchus we thanked the god that we had
avoided a broken ankle or worse and had come
through with no more than a gashed shin and thor
oughly wet clothes. We have decided that Saint
Christopher must have had a mountain goat to guide
him and cast iron ankle bones. Either that or he has
never done the walk at all! Maybe he will tell us!
Whatever the outcome we now view our walk through
rose-tinted spectacles.
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Dear John,
We passed your letter on to Chris Doyle for comment,
which follows.
CC

Dear Compass,
John is not the first to write to me about the dangers
and difficulty of the Deshaies River. Another reader
gave up and said, "No way without proper hiking
shoes". I have, of course, been up there quite a few
times in either flip-flops or sandals. I have to say it took
me some years to make it all the way up to the water
fall; it is a long way and I usually ratted out on the top
road and was not sure whether the fall was the figment
of someone's imagination. But one year I pushed on up
and there it was, not too far up from the top road.
Anyone who gets to the beginning of the Deshaies River
and thinks it needs special equipment or the back-up
of a search-and-rescue team, might do better to visit
the Botanical Gardens instead, which are truly delight
ful, and do not normally include slippery rocks.
In a similar vein, I say in my Leewards guide that in


calm conditions you can .11 ,"' I i ., i... ... Saba at
Ladder Bay which was, .11 11 II. "I y to get
ashore until recent times. I am changing the wording
this year to discourage this, since many people have
damaged themselves in the attempt.
Happy sailing and hiking!
Chris

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we're rather confident that the claim money will be
there when we need it.
Coverage is fine for our needs, with all the major
risks covered (subject to no more than the usual
exclusions). We can say that after six years, our poli
cy terms have not changed much. This is a relief in an
age when many insurance policies suffer from "exclu
sion inflation" over time.
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39 Stevens, 1981 $ 46,000
37 C&C, 1985 $ 59,000
36 Frers, 1985 $ 55,000
35 Island Packet, 1991 $119,000
34 Tartan, 1988 $ 55,000
32 Bristol, 1976 $ 22,000
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55 Vitech Motoryacht, 1998 $ 499,000
55 Cheoy Lee LRC, 1980 $ 389,000
50 Marine Trader, 1980 $149,000
43 Mainship 430, 2003 $ 359,000
34 Mainship, 1979 $ 42,000
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27 Grady White, 1997 $ 50,000
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But most importantly, we have found claim pro
t be relatively easy and painless. The folks
S Assurance Group are attentive to your
needs and quite responsive. Their quality of service
far -... - ... 1... we experienced in the US and
Eur ..... ... documents, you can process
claims exclusively by e-mail. Cruisers know that e
mail is the only efficient way to "take care of busi
ness" with distant providers in the US and else
where. For six years now, Global Assurance Group
has been processing the claims we send them from
the Caribbean and Europe with nary -or almost
nary -a hitch. If a hitch occurs, they are prompt to
help fix it.
Go to Medishealth.com and see for yourself. There
really is no excuse to go cruising without health insur
ance these days.
For the suspicious (and in our experience, all good
sailors are suspicious), we have no connection with
Global or Generali, and receive no consideration from
them. It's just that when we have tested a product for
six years, and found it to work well, then we like to
share the experience. We all know that very few things
on boats work as advertised.
It's easy to pick the best whatever "it" is you want on
the internet. The difficult question is whether whatev
er it is you just bought with your precious cruising
dollars will stand the test of time in a difficult envi
ronment. Our health insurance has done just that;
and that's worth writing home about.
Please sign us,
Happily Insured Sailors

Dear Compass,
We are currently in Panama. We left San Francisco
in 1996 for the start of our circumnavigation. In
1998 we purchased a Four Winds II wind generator
directly from the manufacturer, Everfair. We
S, .1, the unit down to Mexico from the west coast
i- I installed it there. Because Mexico has very
light air we never could really test the unit until we
headed out across the Pacific, eight months later.
When we got to New Zealand we discovered we had
a multitude of problems. After running around in
circles like hamsters on a treadmill with the old
management at Everfair and getting the run around
from them, too, we got lots of "It's not our fault; you
must have broken it or done something wrong; try to
fix it yourself'. Most of the problems were manufac
turning related.
Recently, a friend of ours and fellow SSCA member,
... .. I i i ge, told us that Everfair has
...... i ...... I- Enterprises, and new man
agement and appeared to be some nice folks (Paul
Marcuzzo) who v'r- ?nl-in l- interested in "-1p-i;
some unhappy .- ... i ... years past.
mailed Paul and told him our story. He e-mailed back
the next day and with no reservations, went above and
beyond the call of duty for us, since we had an unusu
al amount of manufacturing-related problems. He did
n't have to do anything, since this was before his time,
but he did and showed us that there are still some
good, honorable business folks around who genuinely
care about their customers and their products. Even
after the smoke clears. Even if it wasn't their smoke.
This guy went the extra mile for us, so we'd like to go
the extra mile for him.
We recommend Paul and his company with no reser
vations at all. He's a good businessman who is inter
ested in manufacturing good products and standing
behind them, unlike a lot of marine-related business
es we've encountered over the years. Paul also advised
me that they have made some changes that have made


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cruisers talk to each other at some point and the topic
usually comes up of what works and what doesn't.
Who gives good service and who doesn't. Not to men
tion all of the new to-be cruisers that read the letters
we current cruisers send to cruising magazines on
these topics.
Fair winds and following seas to all,
Buddy and Ruth Ellison
S/VAnnapurna

Dear Compass Readers,
As cruisers, we share many similar experiences and
concerns. I believe that most of us would say that,
despite the lovely surroundings, our fondest memories
are formed around the people we meet. Cruising is an
opportunity to meet a far broader cross-section of
people than life on land provided. In the short time (20
months) that we have been cruising, we have met
many wonderful and :..I -i.... people. Recently, on
St. Lucia, we met i. .....I that operates the
Harmony Beach Restaurant & Bar. They are some of
the finest people we have met anywhere. The food and
service was some of the best we have experienced any
where in the Ca .1 1 ... ..1 1 1.. 1.1 .......1
them to anyone i i "- .. .. 1, ,, ,,i,, .I 1, ,
They will transport you from and to your boat, and
also provide land-based taxi and tours.
As we are all aware, St. Lucia has been in the spot
light because of recent crimes and the sometimes
peskiness of certain boat boys. We believe that the
government is making a serious effort to improve the
environment for the cruising community. We realize
that no place is one-hundred-percent safe. Major
North American cities have struggled to reduce crime
for two hundred years, and continue to do so. That
does not prevent us from visiting places like New York
City. St Lucia is a beautiful and interesting island, as
are its people. We are happy that we stopped for a
visit. Our cruising experience, and our memories, are
better because of them. We hope you all take the time
to share our positive experience.
Tony and Kris
S/V Ticketoo



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Open Letter To The St. Lucia Tourist Board
Dear St. Lucia Tourist Board,
I write with concern for the safety of visitors to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. This bay,
as everyone knows, is one of St. Lucia's greatest assets for the hotel industry. It is
about one-and-a-half miles wide and the same in depth, offering splendid sheltered
waters for just about all watersports. Even those who do not participate in these
water activities I 1...i in watching the paragliding, kayaking, ..il I... Hobie
Cat sailing, ped.l i .ii and wave runners. This all sounds ide .1 .. i ', Ih most
part it is, but playing in beautiful water playgrounds needs supervision. I have
observed that those hiring out watercraft do indeed have safety boats. However they
are either too slow to react or have other duties to attend that keep them from
responding quickly in situations that can put visitors at risk.
Just a case in point: a Hobie Cat was happily sailing towards the center of the bay
in light winds, when it was caught by a gust that caused it to capsize next to the
cruise ship Club Med 2. For an experienced sailor this is not too hazardous. Simply
: .1, 11i. .i .. ,i ..i .. ... i 1.,.. i .. .. the hulls would do the trick
,i 1 ,g i i i i .'' e tossed into the water, and
the cat was caught in the anchor chain of ClubMed2 which made it difficult to .1
it. The hulls were sticking up out of the water and with another gust the cat :
itself and drifted quickly away, leaving the two men in the water and in a bit of a
panic. In this case a fellow cruiser, realizing these people needed help, went to their
aid in his dinghy. He had to pull them from the water and even though they both
had life vests on, they were blue and not easy to spot. Also one of the men had a life
vest that was too big for him so it was slipping over his head.
Having rescued the men, the cruiser offered to go after the Hobie Cat for them. The
bedraggled sailors were no longer interested in their craft. One exclaimed, "You
could die out here!"
The safety boat eventually arrived, took the men, retrieved the Hobie Cat and
towed it in with- th- i,-n t i-- on the safety boat.
In this case :.. I .. i .. and the lack of an attendant safety boat almost
caused a nasty accident. In a similar incident, tourists in a pedal craft, not realizing
the dangers, had gone too far out into the bay. Pedaling furiously against a 15-knot
wind and an out going tide, they were getting nowhere. They ended up way out by
Pigeon Island, and again the rescuer was a cruiser.
A sailboarder got too tired... a wave-runner whose craft would not operate... all
rescued by cruisers. I could go on and on.
A water taxi was seen carrying four fairly large customers out to Pigeon Island
innocent you might say? But the weight of those four people and the operator left
very little freeboard, and not a life vest in sight.
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46' 1980 Pan Oceanic
Heavily built cruiser, (2) helms,
new awlgnp, Cruising Tnnldad $120,000

34' '93 Searunner Trimaran So
34' '89 Pacific Seacraft Bli
44' '82 Ta Chiao CT Ca
56' '95 Arthur Robb Design Cu


30' '68 Fjord Diplomat, All
35' '88 Luhrs Alura SI
42' '81 Post Sportfish Tw
48' '89 Hi Star Trawler Su


47' 1986 CT Cutter
Aft cockpit cruiser, Cutter ng, 62HP
Perkins, Cruising Venezuela $99,900
Sail
lid wings, AP, clean 45,000
uewater cruiser in great condition 95,000
Inoe Stern, Perkins 4-108 105,000
stom Ferro/Fbg composite, 3 strms 100,000

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in DD's, very good condition 174,900
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52' Jeanneau Su Ody, 3cab/3hd Loaded! '03
46' Kelly Peterson, 2cab/2hd, Immaculate! '83
46' Hunter 460, 2cab 2hd, Well equipped! '01
46' Hunter 460, 3cab/ 2hd 40K Price drop! 00
46' Beneteau 463, 3cab/3hd 99
45' Jeanneau Sun Ody. 3cab/3hd 99
45' Downeast Yacht, 3cab/2hd, Well maintained! 79
45' Hardin Voyager, 4cab/2hd Bargain! 79
45' Bombay Explorer, 2cabl2hd World cruiser! 78
44' Beneteau 44CC, 2cab/2hd, In great shape! '94
44' CSY 44 2cab/2hd, Reduced- Motivated! 77
44' CSY Walkover, 2cab/2hd, Great condition! 79
44' Nordic Cutter 2cab/lhd Refit 2000i '86
44' Moody CC, 2cab/lhd, Great value! '95
43' Irwin Mark III, 2cab/2hd, In excellent shape! '89
43' Mason, 2cabl hd, World Cruiser! '81
43' Serendipity, 2cab/lhd, Performance Cruiser '81
42' Dutour Gibsea, 2 cab/2 hd, Well maintained! '01
42' Jeanneau CC 2 cab(2 hd, Recent upgrades! '97
42' Beneteau 42 CC 2cab/2hd Reduced! '03
42' J Boat J/130, 2cab/lhd, Fully equipped! '93
40' Island Packet, 2cab/2 hd, New Listing '98
40' Beneteau M405, 3cab/2hd, Loaded! '95
40' Baytield, 2cab/2 hd, New Listing! '84
40' O'Day, 2 cab/1 hd, Comfortable cruiser! '86
40' Catalina 400, 2cab/2hd, New Listing '95
38' Hunter 380, 3cab1 hd, In St Vincent '99


37' CSY 37 Cutter, 2cab/2hd Good upgrades '78
$465K 36' Beneteau CC, 2 cab/1 hd, Never chartered! '97
$210K 36' Tiburon, lcab/lhd Solid cruiser! '76
$189K 36' Beneteau M362, 2cab/lhd, Lowest on Market! '00
$149K 36' Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, 2cab/lhd '99
$159K 36' Hunter Vision 36, 2cab 1 owner since new! '92
$149K 35' O'Day, 2cab/lhd, Great condition '87
$159K 35' Beneteau Oceanis, 2 cab/1 hd '95
$ 70K 32' Beneteau 322, 2cab/lhd aft ckpt '99
$ 65K MULTIHULLS
$198K
$ 85K 46' Fountaine Pajot Bahia 4cab4hd 2avail. from'01
$155K 45' Prout Catamarans, 2 cab Never chartered! '95
$139K 45' Prout Ocean Ranger, 4 cab World cruiser '80
$175K 44' Voyage Norseman 440 4cab/4hd '02
$149K 42' Lagoon, 3cab/2hd, Well equipped! '92
$129K 42' Solaris Cat, 4cab/4hd, in Rio Dulce '86
$ 69K 40' Fountaine Pajot Lavezi, Owner'sVersion '03
$129K 38' Fount.Pajot Athena, 4cab/2hd '99
$149K POWER
$179K 56' Horizon Motor yacht, Immaculate condition! '01
$199K 50' Hatteras Sportfisherman, 3 cab/2 head '81
$239K 48' Horizon 48 Motor Yacht, 3 cabl3 head '00
$119K 42' Nova Marine Trawler, Sundeck trawler '98
$110K 42' Hershine 42, Motor yacht 4 cab/4 head '89
$ 59K 36' Heritage East 36 2cabl2hd, galley down '01
$139K 35' Maxum SCR 3500, 2 cab/ head '01
$ 89K 27' Eastern 27 Down East, 1 cab '06


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S/Y HURRICANE 72' KETCH
Mahogany on Oak & Teak,
130hp Fad Lehman. 15kw
Northern Uts Gen. Built 1967
Kawasaki Yards, Japan. Punning
condition. US$150100 Capt
Yannis Tel (784) 458-8513 E-mcil
yannis@caribsurf.com


Martinique, recently rest
fiberglass hull, seaworthy, com-
fortable and spacious vessel.
Well maintained, 6 berths, full/
equipped. US$75,000 Tel
(+596) 696-907429 E-mail
calmisl hotmail.com

FANCY SAILOR 33' RACER, foam
sandwich construction, ellipical
lead keel, new jib & stack pack
main, 5hp OB. At Barbados
Yacht Club US$8#00 Tel
(246) 231-0464 E-mail
rincon@caribsurf.com

CMS YACHT BROKER 72 Pwr
Cat, P.O.A. 45 Roberts 97K/US
42 Roger Simpson.
52 Grand Soleil. Ji
Bavaria, '.' San Juan,
35K/US. e :,- 45Ki/US .3
Van der Stadt. 139K/US 24
Meter Motor Sailer, 1.9M/US 38
Sail Meter, 1.9M/Euro. Trinidad,
Tel (868) 739-6449







TRANSPAC 49, 1980 Center
cockpit cruising ketch, 3 cabins,
2 heads, huge aft cabin & fore-
peak, walk-in engine room
w/work bench, hardbimini/rain
collector, PV panels, Air-X,
rebuilt Detroit diesel 353, good
sails, new reefer. Must sell,
US$970D3 (needs work) Lying St
Thomas Tel (340) 6900217
www.ArubianPrincess.com


5I DAY SAYING CATAMARAN
Built 1964. For more information
contact aM. Khan in St Lucia Te
(758)489-4433







39 SPARKMAN & STEPHENS
YAWL 1956, "Winifred" sister-
ship/fnistee ready for giving
aboard and off-shre sailing,
stipplanked Mahogany,
bronze fasteners, teak
cabin/trim spruce spars, Pekins
4-108, 2006 survey "A rare find!"
One owner, 30 years, daysailing
USVI. For equipment list/photos
www.winifred@sailwinifed.com
US$85000 Tel (34) 775-7898 E-
mail wini ed@slwinifred.com







52 HARTLEY TAHITAN STAYSAIL
KETCH, ferrocement, 125hp
Perkins diesel, Northern lights
genset 65kw/110h, aluminum
masts, 4 ccbhs, salon, gaey 2
heads, enclosed wheelhouse,
Lcfrans Fdcon wndclss, 150 of
1/2" chin, 110 Bruce, 110
Danforth, cmcstnew awnhg/sdi-
covers, 8 man Euovin liferat
(needs survey Loch Fne sdchg
dnghy/2p OB. On the had at
Grenada Maine for 3 yeas.
USS25,JC ONO Far more hfo E
mdl lekadl@ydhoo.com
GANS HUSTLER 25.5, 1977
Overhauled last winter. New
mast, rigging, sails. Yanmar
diesel inboard. Lying Grenada
YC US$150l3 Tel (473) 443-2905






M
199545 PRIVILEGE CATAMARAN
4 cabins/3 heads, total refit
2004/05. Volvo Penta 40x2.
Gen, A/C, Doyle sails, new RIB,
Yamaha 15. SSB, life raftx2.
'.r-ir? i l -1-ii,, --il r *ri
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MOODY 422, new engine, new
sails, Mng Jolly Harbour, Antigua.


73(000 o near offer, VAT pcid.
Tel (+44-771) 5705350
BISCAY 36, long keel ocean
cruising yacht. 3 TransAtfantic
passages, strong construction,
owner ill must sell. Spice Island
Marine Services, True Blue,
Grenada 17,500 Contact
John Cawsey Grenada Yacht
Club, St. Georges, Gda
Tel (473) 440-3050







FAST, STRONG, BLUE WATER
CRUISER 1982 Semi-custom
Tanton CT44, Autoprop,
Autohelm, AirMarine. Excellent
condition, great aft cockpit,
beautiful to-staterom interim
2 heads. Reasonable at
US$105K but must sell. E-mail
jacksurflvi.com for more This


IE-mdl cackyen@ychoo.com
PEARSON 30' BUILT 1973, new
Yanmar 2GM20 newAwlp, 2
jibs, 2 mains, spinnaker, TV, CD,
wheel steering lots more. Good
condition US$30300 E-mail
nicdal 11 @bequia.net
41 FT. Hans Christian, Cutter
Rigged Yacht, Pullman berth
2 cabin layout with 1 full/1
half bath. Blue Water Proven
and ready to continue.
Impeccably maintained,
2005 Updates on Rigging,
Instrumentation, Sails, and
interior.. etc too much to
mention here Wt V~ sre


equipment Safe and ccpabe.
US$3500 ITel (340) 513-4668
PEARSON 30 SLOOP 1971 In sail-
ingcondition, 14hp OBengine &
d hy. Located in Bequia
US$00 Tel (784) 458-3656 E-
mail seashel@vincysurf.com
37 VAN DER STADT DESIGN SLOOP
GRP, built in Germany 1970
new mainsail, new rebuilt
engine 2003, electric windess,
solar panel, wind pilot, etc.
Excellent smiling properties, fully
operational, needs cosmetics
on deck and interior. Lying
Aruba, priced to sell $20,000 E-
mail yoelwillner@hotmail.com
30 PENN YAN One new diesel
Yanmar, needs second
engine. Grenada Tel (473)
4090730/404-5795 E-mail
porkypig spiceisle.com


LEASE FOR SALE Grenadine
Islands restaurant lease for sale
10 years. Year round
business, highly recommended,
beautiful location.
Would suit professional cou-
ple/yachtsman. Owner retiring.
Serious enquires only. E-mail
cater inthesun@hotmail.com

RIB/OUTBOARD lodestar 3.5M
3DV RIB with high pressure
inflatable floor & Yamaha
10hp, short stem. 6 months
old US$2,500, Bequia, Robin
Tel (784) 526-672


FRIENDSHIP BAY, BEQUIA
Lovely 1250 sq ft. cottage, 100
yards from beach. 2 master
bedrooms, 1 guest bedroom,
full kitchen, laundry, level with
road no stairs! 12,558 sq ft of
land, fenced with mature
fruit frees. US$320,000, Term
rental available. E-mail
jocelyne.gautier@wanadoo.fr

GRENADA, SPRINGS, ST,
GEORGES 1 acre, sold with
access road, flat and sloping.
$10 sq/ft. Lovely view, Ronnie
Tel (473) 418-3520


PUERTO LA CRUZ, VENZ. INSUR-
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wife accomplished chef want
interesting position. E-mail
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Continued from page 51
Every time we are anchored in the bay, there are two or three incidents a week.
Visitors come to St. Lucia to relax, have fun, sometimes to get married on those
beautiful sandy beaches, so romantic. They are not always people who understand
that the sea commands respect, so that they can enjoy their holidays.
It's all very well for me to criticize, y ....... However there is a solution, and
it's so simple it's a "no brainer": One .1 i i .1 contributed to by all watersports
operators, patrolling the bay whenever any watercraft are out there. (The safety boat
operators should be aware that rain squalls increase wind speed and many visitors
cannot cope with these conditions.) For the sake of a few thousand EC dollars,
Rodney Bay would be prepared and avoid any fatalities that would surely blight the
reputation of this island paradise.
I do hope that this is taken as a helpful observation and not a criticism. I sincere
ly hope that my words are empty warnings and that for the sake of a watchful eye,
a watercraft would not be drifting helplessly towards Venezuela or some pour soul
drowning. This wonderful water playground is part of what keeps St. Lucia a top
class holiday destination and I am sure with your good offices and some much need
ed regulation, it will stay that way.
Yours sincerely,
Barbara Morgan
Yacht Phantasie
Dear Ms. Morgan,
Thank you for your letter which explains in detail some of your observations on
the water-related activities which took place during your recent anchorage at
Rodney Bay.
The Board recognizes the need for proper regulation of watercraft operators in the
area, but we are guided by several initiatives which will lead to a more structured
use of Rodney Bay and will redound to the safety of all users of the resource.
The Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia (MIASL) along with the Ministry of
Tourism have had discussions on a way forward on the issue with the initial step of
allowing the operators an opportunity to regulate their own conduct. Ongoing
reports indicate self regulation has not resulted in a change in behaviour and so a
revisit of the issue became necessary.
The Ministry continues to work with MIASL on continuing efforts such as a
coxswain training program which has seen over 300 men and women operators com-
plete the course, the acquisition of published material on safe practices for jet ski
operation and the introduction of demarcated exclusion zones for specified uses,
among others. In addition, high level discussions continue on increased co-ordina
tion between 1-i;; i_ =. -St. Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority, Marine Police,
Ministry of Tc ........ 1 - to explore new measures that will assure users of
our coastal waters, such as yourself, that they need not fear for their safety or that
of others.
We take your well-grounded suggestions on board in the spirit in which they were
kindly offered and hope that you will see marked improvements on your subsequent
visits. We 1 .. 1. ..... -. ... you again on the effectiveness of the modes of oper
ation and I, .1I .. I i. I .... to keep St. Lucia and more specifically Rodney Bay
safe for everyone.
Sincerely,
Maria C. Fowell
Director of Tourism
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8 International Women's Day
9 10 St. Vincent Blues & Rhythms Festival. www.svgtourism.com
9- 11 Bared International Regatta, Puerto Rico. Club Nautico de Puerto Rico
(CNPR), tel (787) 761-7541 or (787) 863-3761
9- 11 Heineken Culebra International Regatta, Puerto Rico. www.sailcort.com
9 12 8th Dark & Stormy Regatta, BVI. West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola,
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11 12 International Open Laser Championship. AYC
12 Commonwealth Day. Public holiday in some places
14 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
15- 18 12th Annual Tobago Game Fishing Tournament. www.tgft.com
16 7 April 8th Transcaraibes Guadeloupe to Cuba Race/Rally.
www.transcaraibes.com.
17 St. Patrick's Day. Public holiday in Montserrat; Festival in St. Patrick's,
Grenada; 38th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration
in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI: http://stpatricksdayparadestcroixvi.com
17 18 16th Banana's Cup Regatta, Martinique. Yacht Club de la Martinique
(YCM), tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
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22 25 34th International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas. www.rolexcupregatta.com
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29 1 April St. Barts Bucket Race.
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5 Annual Compass Writers' Brunch, Bequia. sally@caribbeancompas.com
5 7 Caribbean Cup (Optimists), Martinique. Club Nautique Le Neptune
(CNN), Martinique, tel (596) 51 73 24, fax: 0596 51 73 70,
cn.leneptune@wanadoo.fr
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5-9 Grenada "Round-the-Island" Easter Regatta. www.aroundgrenada.com.
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6 9 Spanish Town Fisherman's Jamboree and
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7 9 Virgin Gorda Easter Festival
8 Easter Sunday. 7th Annual Model Boat Race,
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9 10 Goat and Crab Races, Mount Pleasant and Buccoo Village, Tobago
12 2 May St. Maarten Carnival
14 Underwater Cleanup, Bonaire. www.dive-friends-bonaire.com
17 Jose de Diego Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
19 Declaration of Independence Day. Public holiday in Venezuela
19 24 20th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. www.antiguaclassics.com.
See ad on page 10.
20 22 Tobago Jazz Festival, Plymouth, Tobago
21 Virgin Queen Pizza Pursuit Race, BVI. Royal British Virgin Islands
Yacht Club (RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, fax (284) 494-6117,
www.rbviyc.net
21 22 Triskell Trophy Race, Guadeloupe. See ad on page 12
21 29 Barbados Congaline Carnival
22 Earth Day
22 28 St. Thomas USVI Carnival
25 29 Caribbean Film Festival, St. Barts. www.st-barths.com
26 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race. AYC
27 29 6th Carriacou Maroon Music Festival.
www.grenadagrenadines.com/fest.html
28 National Heroes' Day. Public holiday in Barbados
28 29 8th Annual Int'l Cancer Benefit Regatta, Trinidad. Trinidad & Tobago
Sailing Assn. (TTSA), tel (868) 634-4210/4519, fax (868) 634-4376,
info@ttsailing.org, www.ttsailing.org
29 5 May 40th Antigua Sailing Week. www.sailingweek.com
30 Queen's Birthday. Public holiday in Netherlands Antilles
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