Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00002
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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: April 2007
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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APRIL 2007 NO. 139 The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

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effective January 1st 2007. This ban is not applicable to 121.5 MHz man-overboard
products which notify the base station on board your boat, not the satellite system.
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New Jetty at Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Max Krowdrah reports: If anyone said that a 180-foot-long and 80-foot wide con-
crete and wooden jetty could be constructed in less than a month, you'd (quite
rightly) be swayed by the
island time" theory and
would duly be proved,
well, wrong!
In St. Lucia s seaside vil-
lage of Gros Ilet, a beauti-
fication project is under-
way and the pride of
place is the new jetty,
which, by the time this
issue of Compass goes to
Stress, will be finished and
the cricket faithful well-
served. It s intended that
the cruise liners carrying
fans to the Cricket World
Cup matches being held
in St. Lucia will be able to
anchor as usual off near-
by Pigeon Island, and
then transfer passengers
i o directly to the fishing vil
large via tenders. They ll
head from there to near-
by Beausejour Stadium, circumnavigating the highway congestion which the
Cricket World Cup will surely bring.
Contractors CO Williams sub-contracted Barbados firm Marenco Ltd. for the work,
and work they surely have the ten or so people involved have been burning the
midnight oil. Project Manager Dave Seale said: "We might be a little over the three
weeks previously planned, but rest assured cruiseship cricket fans won't have to
worry over wet feet!"
The jetty is more than merely a one-off for cricket fans; it could well be the lifeblood
of the neglected waterfront village which needs tourism to boost a languishing
economy. Work has also started on resurfacing Beach Street, building a bridge over
the small river to Pigeon Island, and an increase in security and lighting.
The last word belongs to PM (that s Project Manager and not Prime Minister) Dave
Seale: "It s not a temporary structure it s part of the future.
Now that's what we like to hear!
Jet-Ski Operators Support Security Measures For CWC
Keats Compton reports: The hosting of Cricket World Cup matches has resulted in a
number of security measures being introduced around the Beausejour cricket
ground in St. Lucia. Ordinarily, this would not be expected to affect jet-ski operators.
However, the use of cruise ships to house multitudes of fans has resulted in the intro-
duction of an exclusion zone around the ships which will be anchored just offshore.
Operators agreed to suspend all activity during the period April 24 to 26, when the semi-
finals will be played. The need for the suspension was explained at a recent meeting
convened by the St. Lucia Air & Seaports Authority (SLASPA) attended by Ports & Marine
Police, he Ministry of Tourism and the Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia (MIASL).
The discussions also covered the bad press currently received by the trade, and
ways in which the operators could work to improve the image of their business. The
operators noted the impact on their revenue during the period, but accepted that
the suspension was necessary; they also accepted the need for regulation of the
use of small craft of every description; SLASPA announced its intention to demar-
cate the areas to be allocated to bathers, and the jet-ski access to and from the
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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

The Crime Scene
Are we making progress?.......31

Regattas in
Carnival and Schoelcher .......12

Cruisers love Luperon ...........14

Surprise Party!
Boarding party, that is ..........28

Boat Pridge
Cold enough for ya? ..............44

C'6tait D&licieux!
Dining ashore in French........47


Business Briefs.....................6.
Regatta News.....................7.
Meridian Passage ..............7.
Destinations .....................16
Different Boats ......................26
All Ashore.............................. 18
Product Postings...................43
Sailors' Horoscope .............36
Island Poets .....................36

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Tel: (784) 457 3409, Fax: (784) 457-3410,
Editor........................................... Sally Erdle
Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre
Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman
Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
Accounting ...........................Debra Davis
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Cruising Crossword ...............37
Cruising Kids' Corner ............38
Dolly's Deep Secrets.............38
Book Reviews..................40 41
Cooking with Cruisers...........46
Readers' Forum ..................48
Classified Ads......................52
Advertisers' Index ................52

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...beach at Rodney Bay; MIASL offered to assist the operators to inform users of their
obligations under the relevant legislation, plus providing US Coastguard safety and
regulatory information for their consideration.
The MIASL has received several reports of jet-skis, powerboats, and instances of harass-
ment threatening the personal safety of other users of our coastal waters. We continue
to work with all parties, including law enforcement agencies, to arrest this trend.
Powerboat Record in Doubt
Norman Faria reports: New Zealander Pete Bethune's attempt to break the powerboat
circumnavigation speed record was in jeopardy up to press time when the props on
his carbon fiber/kevlar 78-foot trimaran Earthrace started to disintegrate 16 hours after

leaving the starting line off Barbados. The props are also made of carbon fibre.
Seen off by Barbados' Minister of Energy and the Environment, Hon. Elizabeth
Thompson, at midday, March 10th, the US$1.2 million boat made some good
progress on its way to the first refueling stop in Panama when vibrations forced the
engineer to cut back on revs. According to the Earthrace website, a diver went
over to look for the reason and found "all blades have sections where carbon is
peeling off and the leading edge of one blade is coming to bits".
Organisers are now considering "a number of options" including abandoning the
attempt after arrival in Panama.
Captain Bethune and crew of four were aiming at 65 days for the circumnaviga-
tion. The boat has a madmum speed of 45 knots with the fuel tanks holding 10,000
litres of bio-diesel.
Refueling would have been made in 12 ports along the route, which included
going through both the Panama and Suez Canals. Prior arrangements were made
to have the special bio-diesel fuel (made from animal or vegetable fats) ready to
refill the tanks along the way.
The previous powerboat circumnavigation record of 74 days, 20 hours and 58 min-
utes was set in 1998 by the British Cable & Wireless team.
Non-US Yacht Crew Need Visas for USVI
Barby MacGowan reports: By now, everyone knows the new requirement by
Homeland Security that non-US Citizens must have valid passports to gain entry to
the US Virgin Islands. Another new, though less-publicized, requirement for non-US
citizens wanting to gain entry to the US Virgin Islands by way of a non-commercial
vessel for example a private sailboat is that he or she must have a visa. But if
you come by way of a commercial vessel for example, by plane or ferry the
previously required passport will still suffice.
The new visa requirement was expected to cause inconveniences for boats being
delivered by non-US citizens to the International Rolex Regatta, which ran March 23
to 25 in St. Thomas. The normal procedure previously had been for the boat and its
crew to stop at Cruz Bay in St. John, USVI, check in to Customs there, and then pro-
ceed to St. Thomas. But now, if a non-US crewmember is without a visa, he or she
will be turned away.
"The solution for those without visas is to re-route to West End, Tortola, in the British
Virgin Islands," said International Rolex Regatta Co-Chair John Sweeney, "and take
the 20-minute ferry ride to the St. John Customs Office. Since you came by com-
mercial ferry, the Customs office will stamp your passport and allow you to enter the
US Virgin Islands or even to re-enter at St. John aboard the private vessel but you
must have the documentation saying that you've been cleared.
"It was especially worth the effort for the European boats to get to the International
Rolex Regatta this year," said Sweeney, explaining that the new Governor's Cup is
awarded to the boat and crew that has traveled the farthest to race in the event.
The winners receive free accommodations at the popular Frenchman's Reef Hotel
for the 2008 running of the International Rolex Regatta.
Traditional Craft to Gather at St. Pierre
A gathering of traditional island sailing vessels is being planned for May 7th and 8th
at St. Pierre, Martinique. Yoles, gommiers and saintoises are expected from the vari-
ous French islands. Traditional sailing craft from other islands in the Eastern
Caribbean have also been invited, as have all the ships which have taken part in
the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
For more information contact Marie Fradon-Rubel, Ste Caribenne de Securite &
Technologies Mariimes, (596.696) 98 96.98, fradon.rubel@wanadoo.fr.
BVI Approves Beef Island Resort
The British Virgin Islands government has approved construction of an upscale resort
and golf course on a largely uninhabited island, over opposition from environmen-
talists who want the area to remain pristine. Developers of the Beef Island Golf &
Country Club Resort, a roughly 650-acre project, received government approval
after months of debate in the British Caribbean territory of some 22,000 people.
According to www.businessweek.com, Chief Minister Orlando Smith championed
the US$80 million project, which will cover most of Beef Island and includes an 18-
hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. "Yes, we must protect our environment
- but we must also think about creating jobs, growing our economy and securing
our tourism industry for the future," Smith said.
In a documentary commissioned by the British Virgin Islands Conservation & Fisheries
Department, biologists said pollution and habitat destruction caused by the resort
would damage important marine breeding grounds off an island famed for its reefs
and mangrove forests. Others were concerned the project would create only low-
wage jobs and distort the local housing market.
Smith said strong environmental protections will be in place before the developer,
Applied Properties Ltd, begins construction.
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Save the Whaleboats
The Bequia Heritage Foundation has begun erecting a building to house and display
examples of that island's historic boats, in particular the double-ended whaleboat

type which became the prototype for the sprit-rigged fishing boats such as those
that compete annually in the Bequia Easter Regatta. While in the French and some
other islands the dugout sailing canoe became the favored craft for coastwise trans-
port and fishing, Bequia's boatbuilders followed the swift and seaworthy pattern that
was brought to Bequia by New England whaleboats in the 19th century.
The financing of this indigenous-boat preservation project has come entirely from gen-
erous donors. The building is now about half-finished and it is hoped to have it com-
pleted by November of this year, but more funds are needed. The Bequia Heritage
Foundation is urging interested persons to help keep this project on stream. You can
post a donation to Bequia Heritage Foundation, PO Box 191, Bequia, St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, or drop it off with one of the following trustees: Owen Belmar at Le Petit
Jardin Restaurant or at Doris Fresh Foods; or Pat Mitchell at the Gingerbread Hotel. An
annual membership in the foundation is ECS25 and life membership is ECS200; any
amount is welcome to help Bequia preserve its boatbuilding history.
You can visit the site overlooking Friendship Bay by taking the road up the hill before
you enter Friendship Bay Hotel and then following the lower road towards St. Hillaire
point. There's a beautiful view down the Grenadines.
For more information phone Pat Mitchell at (784) 458-3800
or e-mail bequiamuseum@vincysurf com.
Development versus Doves?
Protests are being made that the planned development of a Four Seasons resort
overlooking Mount Hartman Bay in Grenada is threatening the last viable popula-

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tion of Grenada Doves on earth.
According to the American Bird Conservancy, a group dedicated to conserving wild
birds and their habitats throughout the Americas (www.abcbirds.org), the
Government of Grenada intends to de-gazette the Mount Hartman National Park
and sell the entire acreage to make room for a new Four Seasons Resort, including a
golf course and hundreds of luxury villas. A press release from ABC states, "Mount
Hartman National Park is the world's last stronghold for the Grenada Dove, which is
on the verge of extinction, with a total population of no more than 100 individuals.
The dove occurs on only a small portion of Grenada. The current Four Seasons Resort
proposal would encroach upon and degrade the remaining core Grenada Dove
habitat. The developer issued a cursory environmental impact report that greatly
understates the damage the resort, as it is now proposed, would do to the dove's
survival prospects, and provides no effective means for protection of the Grenada
Dove's habitat."
"The fate of the Grenada Dove... is at the mercy of Four Seasons Hotels and
Resorts," said Dr. Paul Salaman, International Program Director of ABC. "Four
Seasons should immediately pull out of this deal or face the dubious distinction of
directly causing the extinction of a wonderful and emblematic bird species."
The Grenada Dove, Leptotila wellsi, is the national bird of Grenada. Critics say that if
developed as currently planned, this resort would probably cause the extinction of
the Grenada Dove, since there is no other remaining area of undeveloped dry for-
est habitat of comparable size anywhere on the island.
Carriacou Kids Fund
Melodye Pompa reports: Just a reminder to all yachts passing through Tyrrel Bay: if
you can't be here for the Carriacou Regatta Festival and Carriacou Children's
Educational Fund (CCEF) fund-raising activities in August, you can drop off contribu-
tions for CCEF at the Carriacou Yacht Club. We can use "treasures of the bilge"
and household items for the auction, handmade crafts, and clean used clothing, as
well as school supplies such as permanent markers, poster and construction paper,
coloring books, book-bags (backpack style), crayons, pencils, erasers, pens, rulers,
notebooks, etcetera,
For more information contact boatmillie@aol.com.
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Faced with competition from a new cruise ship berth
that "captures" passengers on the Esplanade side of
the town of St. George's, Grenada, a group of busi-
nesspeople and professionals on the picturesque
Carenage side of town have banded together in the

Clarenage business AssociaTion TO promoTe Tneir nis-
toric center of commerce in a new way.
The placid waters of the Carenage are surrounded by
perhaps the best preserved collection of examples of
Georgian architecture in the Caribbean. These
include colonial-era nutmeg and lumber warehouses,
public buildings such as the library and museum, and
many unique shops and restaurants.
Observers in Grenada say that visitors who never get
farther than the cruise ship terminal's air-conditioned
shopping mall with its multinational duty-free offerings
are missing an opportunity. Cruise ship passengers are
urged to escape the terminal, walk through the his-
toric Sendall Tunnel or over scenic Young Street to the
Carenage and get a taste of the authentic St.
George's shopping experience.
Yachtspeople are reminded that the Carenage is an

easy dinghy ride, or a walk, from the Grenada Yacht
Club and the Lagoon, and also only a dinghy ride
away from the anchorage at Ross Point. Dinghies regu-
larly tie up on the Carenage in the area between the
popular Food Fair supermarket and the new Hubbard's
building. There is also a place to tie up at the new BB's
Crab Back Restaurant, which is at the far end of the
Carenage. BB's is lit by a purple light at night, which is
easy to see from the other side of the harbour. For
those anchored or docked on Grenada's south coast,
buses run reasonably regularly from Woburn, True Blue
Roundabout and Grand Anse; also just outside the
Yacht Club and the Main Post Office. All drop off on
the Carenage outside Cable & Wireless or Food Fair.
Business owners in the Carenage area are now offer-
ing "Go Carenage": regular Wednesday evening
shopping. Not only will 28 businesses including shops,
art galleries, internet cafe, pharmacy, bars and
restaurants plus the public library and national
museum stay open until 8:00PM on Wednesdays,
but there's often street entertainment as you stroll.
Sint Maarten Marine Professional of the Year 2007
In awarding their Marine Professional of the Year
Award, Budget Marine stressed that the success of the
Caribbean marine industry depends on the effective
supply of a number of services, most critically electri-
cal and electronic service, without which in today's
high-tech world, a yacht is unable to operate. This
year's award winner, Andrew Rapley, has consistently
been dedicated to providing these services in Sint
Maarten through his company Necol NV, and in con-
sequence has made a significant and substantial
contribution to the marine industry of Sint Maarten.
In addition to his professional contribution, Andrew
has also contributed to the island's many sailing
events through endless hours of voluntary service as a
race officer and in becoming the first person ever on
Sint Maarten to achieve the elite certification as an
International Race Officer.
When Andrew bought the company in Speetjens
Arcade in 1986, the demand for technical services on
the island was relatively low. A 50-foot yacht was large
and a switch panel with more than 20 switches was
huge. Today Andrew and his company are challenged
with providing service to highly complex yachts with
extensive computerization and computer guidance of
all systems. Andrew has constantly upgraded his knowl-

edge and understanding of these systems to allow him
to troubleshoot and resolve problems and meet the
tight time demands of the busy charter industry.
New Yachting Officer in Grenada
The Grenada Board of Tourism has a new Cruise &
Yachting Development Officer in the person of lan
Winsborrow. He replaces Danny Donelan who moved
to the private sector after serving as Cruise &
Yachting Development Officer for over a year.
As Cruise & Yachting Development Officer, lan is
expected to act as "the key link in coordinating the
mix of training and marketing activities that must be
addressed in order to deliver a quality experience for
visiting yacht and cruise ship passengers".
lan brings to the organization more than 12 years of
sales and marketing/business development experi-
ence in North America and the Caribbean. In recent
years, as part of a husband-and-wife team, he was
involved in a management consultancy company
focusing on customer service and management skills.
He also brings to the Grenada Board of Tourism over
15 years of experience in the yachting industry,
gained from being both a crewmember in various
regattas in the region and Canada, and crewing on
a charter yacht operating from St. Maarten.
In accepting this new position lan said that he is
"looking forward to working with all the stakeholders
to ensure the continued growth of Grenada's cruise
and yachting industry".
Conde Nast Loves Nevis' 'Sunshine'!
Sunshine's Beach Bar and Grill on Pinney's Beach in
Nevis was one of just 24 beachfront restaurants desig-
nated as Sizlers on the Sand' in the February 2007
issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Author lan
Keown scoured the Caribbean to present readers
with the "coolest of the cool" and this is what he had
to say about Sunshine's:
"...At this laid-back beach shack, the standard drift-
wood-and-license-plate decor is jazzed up with eight-
by-ten glossies of celebs posing with owner Llewellyn
Caines, a.k.a. Sunshine. And given its strategic loca-
tion at the edge of the Four Seasons resort, the cast is
quite impressive. But the main attraction is the signa-
ture Kller Bee cocktail, whose ingredients remain
Sunshine's secret: 'If I told you, I'd have to kill you."
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Strong Fleets at Grenada Sail Fest '07
The annual LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival brings together the highly competi-
tive local workboat fleets from the sister islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite
Martinique, and keelboat competitors from all around the world. The event this
year, held from January 26th to 30th, started with an explosion of fireworks at the
skippers' briefing on Grand Anse Beach and ended with a flood of champagne at
the final presentations held at True Blue Bay Resort.
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Competitors from 11 countries attended and some 230 crewmembers in all partici-
pated on the water. A variety of courses for the event's eight keelboat races
meant that the fleet of approximately 30 yachts sailed in varied conditions, from
the relative shelter of Grand Anse to the challenging waters off Grenada's south
coast. Both the racing and cruising divisions attracted boats that had participated
in the ARC rally, and for the first time ever the Grenada Sailing Festival ran a one-
design class for J/24s.
Seven yachts from Grenada and Carriacou competed, and featured significantly in
the prizes, with Mike Williams on his Beneteau Aquilo winning the pursuit race and
Jerry Stewart from Carriacou in his J/24 HOIC winning every race in his class and
taking the Overall Champion's prize. Trinidad entries Storm, a Reichel-Pugh 44 cap-
tained by Peter Peake; the Beneteau Oceanis Wayward, skippered by Jerome
McQuilkin; and the S&S 34 Morning Tide, skippered by Peter Morris, were the winners
in their respective classes.
On Saturday, the first day of racing, spectators on Grand Anse beach had the
added excitement of watching both the keelboats and workboats racing in the
same waters. On Sunday the keelboats raced only in the morning to enable the vis-
iting yacht crews to enjoy the Workboat Regatta which featured traditional handi-
crafts, local food and, of course, the magic of the workboat racing from the "Le
Mans" type start to the "race up the beach" finish all sailed under the eye of an
international judge.
The Workboat Regatta also boasted a fleet of nearly 30, with competitors racing in
classes based on communities Gouyave (sloops and canoes) Sauteurs, Woburn,
Carriacou and Petite Martinique each of which has developed a distinctive type
of sailing craft. Class winners after three races were: Gouyave Sloops, Riot;
Gouyave Canoes, Behave Yourself; Carriacou, Pimpy; Sauteurs, Razor; Woburn,
Unity; Petite Martinique (one race only), Now for Now. In the match race among
the various communities, the winner was Carriacou, with Andy de Roche becoming
Skipper of the Year.
With near-perfect weather, competitive close racing and great apres racing parties,
The LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival 2007 by all reports was a tremendous success.
The organizers give a huge "Thank You" to all of the sponsors, the supporters and busi-
nesses who contributed so generously and without whom it just wouldn't happen.
For full results visit www grenadasailingfesfival.com.
Fund-Raiser Boosts Grenada's Junior Sailing
Thanks to the sponsorship of American Eagle airline for two return tickets to Miami
and two return tickets to New York, the 2007 LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival
raised ECS7,000 for the Junior Sailing Programme in Grenada.
The draw took place at the La Source Grenada Sailing Festival's Awards dinner and
the two winners, Rick Lee of Prickly Bay Waterside and Leo te Boekhorst of North
South Trading magnanimously returned their tickets for auctioning. Wendy Bertucci
of La Luna resort and Justin Evans of Spice Island Marine Services were the eventual
lucky recipients.
Sweethearts, Classics and Wanabees in BVI
On February 17th, The Loyal West End Yacht Club (WEYC) of the British Virgin Islands
hosted the 29th Annual "Sweethearts of the Caribbean" Schooner Race, setting a
new standard for classic yacht regattas. Nine schooners ranging in size from 40 to
over 100 feet entered the competition. The simultaneous single-handed classic
event consisted of 12 yachts in a 16-mile pursuit race.
According to the WEYC, "The winds were light, the currents were strong and it took
unbelievable seamanship to get the schooners and the single handed sailboats out
of a wind hole coming around Sandy Spit. It was like someone put the brakes on.
The two fleets joined each other and appeared anchored under full sail. Steel Point
to the finish line proved another tough task. Lots of current and fluky winds tested
sailing skills as the schooners fought their way to the finish line."
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... I .. mfortable. The table below, courtesy Don Street, author of
i .. i ... i "II" *of Imray-Iolaire charts, which shows the time of the meridian
.11.1 1 Ilie moon for this and next month, will help you calculate the tides.
t hI .. generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running to
the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the moon
reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs we i i ., i, ..
i ,.i I i ,. r, the tide runs eastward; .... I i n
,11 11 ,. , . 1 Tre local.
i ii, . ........11i is I i ii i, new and full m oons.
For more information, see i ,.i . n the back of all Imray Iolaire charts.
Fair tides!
April 2007 21 1558 10 0623
DATE TIME 22 1658 11 0712
1 2332 23 1753 12 0800
2 0000 24 1849 13 0849
3 0011 (full) 25 1930 14 0940
4 0052 26 2013 15 1034
5 0134 27 2053 16 1132
6 0220 28 2132 17 1234 (new)
7 0309 29 2211 18 1339
8 0401 30 2251 19 1442
9 0455 20 1542
10 0550 May 2007 21 1636
11 0645 DATE TIME 22 1725
12 0738 1 2333 23 1809
13 0830 2 0000 (full) 24 1851
14 0920 3 0017 25 1930
15 1011 4 0105 26 2009
16 1102 5 0157 27 2049
17 1155 6 0250 28 2130
18 1252 (new) 7 0345 29 2214
19 1352 8 0439 30 2301
20 1455 9 0532 31 2352

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On 11.+ i :i: ,. I. :i :, :,: were held for the Classic sailboats (designs of 30 years or
older) and the Wanabees (designs of 20 to 25 years), with winds at the start of the

Light air for the Sweethearts approaching Sandy Cay: They appeared to be
anchored under full sail'
race at about 12 knots for the 18 Classics and eight Wanabees in the competition.
The Saturday's winning "sweetheart" schooners by class were: 35 to 45 feet, Seafari;
46 to 80 feet, Heron; and 81 to 110 feet, Teaoo. Diva won the single-handed race.
On the Sunday, Classic class winners were: 26 to 34 feet, Windshift 35 to 45 feet,
Osprey; 46 to 60 feet, Kate; and 61 to 100 feet, Heron. Taking top spot in the Wanabee
Class was Cayenne III, and first among the Island Sloops was Youth Instructor.
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Jolly Valentines Regatta in Antigua
A well-matched fleet of 19 boats competed for the 15th Annual Valentines Regatta
at Jolly Harbour, Antigua, February 17th and 18th. The event was sponsored by
Budget Marine, the Caribbean's leading chandlery group and yacht chandler to Jolly
Harbour. The races were sailed mainly off the Five Islands harbour located adjacent
to Jolly Harbour. The sailing area boasts flat water, plenty of space, highly convenient
facilities and windshifts that are interesting but not too dramatic as the wind comes
off the land of Antigua. Jolly Harbour Marina provided free overnight dockage.
The Racing Class was split between the high raters, being the two Beneteau 40.7s
Lancelot and First Across, and the 1720 by the name of Shaggy sailed by Sean
Malone of English Harbour. Second place went to Lancelot, which, though well
sailed, was unable to beat the light and asymmetrical-spinnakered Shaggy. Third
place went to the Lindenberg 28 Seeya, which was sailed by two persons without
spinnaker but managed to do very well without any weight on the "rail".
The Racer-Cruiser Class was the most intensely contested, with a very well matched
fleet of eight boats which was reduced to seven when the rig on the Dehler 34
High Tide threatened for one moment to adopt the horizontal position. This class
featured very close starts and much changing of positions. Hans Lammers aboard
the Rhodes-designed Sunshine dominated in the end through consistency and his
extensive skills in finding luck. Second place went to the Budget Marine (Tango
Mike) crew, who worked hard for the position with a well-prepared boat. Third
place went to the ever-improving Blue Peter. Noteworthy also was Bernie Wong's
Huey Too, which peaked with two wins in the final two races, although poor results
on the first day diminished the chances of good results.
In the Cruising Class, Charles Kenlock's folkboat 26 won the first two races but was unable
to continue. Colin Jones won the class with consistency and all wins on the second day.
David Milner's Fiesta took second place in every race to beat Paul Jackson's Mackenzi.
On the Saturday during the second race, the final mark caused a degree of inver-
sion of the fleet positions as a result of a wind hole which was traumatic for some as
they sat in it and watched the back of the fleet sail past them. Sunshine was one
that was in a hopeless position at the back of the fleet but came right up to the
front in that little on-the-water drama.
Unique to this regatta was the participation of three dolphins at the start of the
fourth (Sunday morning) race, who went from boat to boat to spend a little time at
the bow of each. Inevitably there was immediate controversy as to whether any
boat had arranged a tow "for the porpoises of beating the competition". The com-
petition in this regatta was clearly intense.
The prizegiving took place in the Dogwatch Pub, the home of the Jolly Harbour
Yacht Club, where the potential of Jolly Harbour as a race venue and convenient
marina location was highlighted.
For more information contact Cary Byerley at director@bigboatseries. com,
tel (599) 552-0068.
Close St. Lucia Independence Day Race
Max Krowdrah reports: Eight boats were scheduled to take part in St. Lucia's February
22nd Independence Day Race from Rodney Bay's St. Lucia Yacht Club to Anse
Cochon and back. In the end it was down to six however, it was six of the best!
White, Sea Queen, Hot Chocolate, Fido, Nut Cracker and Breeze-a-way took part,
with Doubloon, who retired, and Eclipse, who failed to start, making up the eight.
Incredibly, the time for the course was predicted at five and half hours. I say incredi-
bly, as all boats which finished did so within half an hour of the allotted time.
"Someone forgot to book the wind," said St. Lucia Yacht Club's Honorary Bosun
Ted Bull who, as usual, marshalled the event. The breeze was light for the 10AM
start as the yachts circled in front of SLYC. The flags went down, the hooter blared
and the race was on. Three boats paid the price (a five-minute penalty) for early
starts in the handicapped affair.
Doubloon, which later retired, was a late entry after experiencing engine problems
coming up from Marigot Bay and began the race around 30 minutes later than the
main fleet. The wind stiffened (someone had ordered it after all) as the boats head-
ed to the first Pigeon Island buoy and then set off for Anse Cochon with Hot
Chocolate leading the charge. With just three minutes separating first from last.
The finish was as close as the start, with Whitea finishing with an elapsed time of 5
hours 15 minutes and 13 seconds; Sea Queen was next with 5 hours 23 minutes and
27 seconds, followed by Hot Chocolate with 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds.
The well-attended prizegiving was held on the following Sunday with the Marine
Industry Association of St. Lucia's Keats Compton thanking sponsors Peter & Co,
Renwick, St. Lucia Distillers, Spinnakers, Cable & Wireless, Heineken, Waveriders and
St. Lucia Rainforest for their part in supporting the event.
Honorary Bosun Ted Bell presented the prizes, including a special prize for "The Spirit
of the Regatta" which went to Fido whose crew, judging by their T-shirt slogan,
expected to be picking up the winner's trophy. There's always next year!
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The biggest round of applause went, quite rightly, to the Whitea crew as they
picked up the prize for first place. Swiss captain Volkmar shook Ted's hand, not for
the first time as he's a regular at most SLYC events and promised to compete again
next year. I suppose you could say he's on a roll, a Swiss one of course!
Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race Sleigh Ride
With all but one of the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race entrants having posted
finish times, the 811-mile distance race from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Montego
Bay, Jamaica, officially concluded for 2007 on February 23. Bob Towse's
Reichel/Pugh 66 Blue Yankee from Stamford, Connecticut, won the seven-boat IRC
Class A, while Michael Brennan's Reichel/Pugh 45 Sjambok of Annapolis, Maryland,
won the seven-boat IRC Class B and took home the Silver Seahorse Trophy as top
performing IRC boat in the fleet. Frank Kern's J/120 Carinthia, homeport Detroit,
Michigan, which won the seven-boat PHRF class, also had the best overall perform-
ance for PHRF to win the Silver Pineapple Cup Perpetual.
Twenty boats signed up for the biennial classic, ranging from the 81-foot Bon Bon to
the 30-foot The Cone of Silence. In heavy winds, the yacht Captivity, a Langan 78
owned by Samuel Byrne of Hamilton, Massachusetts, was dismasted in the first hours of
the race. The crew reported no injuries but had to put in to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
True to its form for the past two years, the event delivered a thrilling sleigh ride
through the Bahamas and the Windward Passage to Jamaica. "It was the perfect
weather for our sort of boat," said Brennan, who debuted Sjambok his third boat
with that name at Key West Race Week in January. "It was a windy reach out of
Fort Lauderdale, and then the wind died, which was when we were working harder
than any other time, going 12 to 14 hours under ten knots. But by Saturday night, it
picked up again, making for a great run down to Cuba. The eastern end of Cuba
was breezy, with water over the deck: a wild sleigh ride in 40 knots."
The Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race is jointly hosted by the Storm Trysail,
Lauderdale and Montego Bay Yacht Clubs.
For full results and more information visit www.montegobayrace com.
239-Boat 'Marathon': St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The 27th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta concluded on March 5th with
a prize-giving ceremony on Kim Sha Beach followed by musical entertainment by
the band Orange Grove and the offspring of reggae legend Bob Marley sons
Damian and Stephen. As race organizers and the dozens of volunteers who helped

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Mighty ABN AMRO won the CBBS (Caribbean Big Boat Series) Cup in the racing
category at St. Maarten Heineken 2007
make the regatta a tremendous success gathered themselves after the four-day
marathon of sailing and parties involving a 239-boat fleet, plans were already being
set in motion for the 28th running of the annual event, which is scheduled for March
6th to 9th, 2008.
Chairman and co-founder of the regatta Robbie Ferron, with assistance from a host
of St. Maarten dignitaries and officials, handed out prizes to the first three boats in
each of the regatta's 20 divisions, with special awards presented to the regatta's
top performers. The CBBS Cups, presented to the high scorers in the Caribbean Big
Boat Series, went to Mike Sanderson and his crew of ABN AMRO One in the Racing
category and Clay Deutsch and his team aboard Chippewa in the Racing/Cruising
class. Chippewa's prize included a handsome print depicting scenes from previous
St. Maarten Heineken Regattas donated by local artist Jim Johnston.
Rene Baartman's Moorings 505, Harten Heer, was named the Top Bareboat Charter
Boat in the fleet, and was awarded the Columbus Cup, as well as a sensational tro-
phy sponsored by Caribbean business Little Switzerland: a colorful, handsome globe
inlaid with stones from the continents represented on the trophy.
And the winner of the St. Maarten/Saint Martin Cup for Most Worthy Performance
Overall was handed to Antiguan sailor Bernie Evans-Wong, skipper of the Cal 40,
Huey Too, which dominated his Non-Spinnaker 2 Class with a perfect score of three
consecutive wins.
The 27th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, for the first time in the event's history, also
added a fourth day of racing this year, and 57 spinnaker-flying yachts signed up for
Thursday s extra session, which was scored as a separate series for the
Commodore's Cup, sponsored by Budget Marine. "It was a resounding success,
said Regatta Director Mirian Ebbers. "The turnout was great, well beyond what we
expected. We will definitely do it again next year."
Race organizers wish to thank everyone who participated and volunteered, and
who enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere at sea and ashore.
For more information contact director@heinekenregatt. com.
Jolly Harbour YC News
Pippa Pettingell reports: Congratulations to all the Antiguan yachts that put on such
a strong performance at St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2007. There were 12
Antiguan boats competing and every one made its presence felt! Six of these boats
represented JHYC and they all finished within the first five in their respective classes.
It was in the Non-Spinnaker 2 class that our yachts proved the strongest contenders,
with Huey Too taking first place, Sunshine second, and Blue Peter third. Under the
new ownership of novice Tanner Jones and helmed by lain Mellows, one of her pre-
vious owners, this was the third year in a row that Blue Peter achieved a podium
place. They were followed by Rick Gormley's Elethea and Sandy Mair in Streaker.
These boats all regularly compete in the Saturday afternoon racing at JHYC. It is
also notable that all of these yachts are "older ladies" and it is the skill of the crews
that has put them in front of the more modern "racing snakes".
JHYC is in a rejuvenation phase and is eager to encourage new members to come
sailing on Saturdays and give them an opportunity to learn from "The Masters".
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Angostura Tobago Sail Week Coming
Angostura Tobago Sail Week 2007 will be held from 13 to 18 May. For the 25th
Anniversary celebrations, there are plans for a full schedule of parties following
each of the four days of racing. Participants begin their arrival from the Friday, and
Customs and Immigration officials are on-site to process the visiting sailors. The com-
mittee desk and regatta office are officially open from 8.00AM on Saturday 12th
May for registration and measuring, which continues on Sunday 13th May. Classes
will be Racing (Spinnaker), Cruiser-Racer (Spinnaker or Double Headsail), Cruising
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Around Guadeloupe in Five Legs
Live-aboard monohulls and multihulls, plus beach catamarans, will race around
Guadeloupe in five legs from the 16th to 20th of May. The daily race legs will be:
Gosier to St. Louis de Marie Galante; St. Louis de Marie Galante to Port Louis; Port
Louis to Deshaies; Vieux Fort to Terre de Haut; and Terre de Haut to Pointe a Pitre.
The Around Guadeloupe Race is sanctioned by the French Sailing Federation in
association with the Triskell Association and the Guadeloupe Sailing League.
Registration will be held at the Marina Yacht Club.
For more information contact Jean-Michel Marziou, organisaiion@triskellcup. com or
visit www triskellcup, com.
Date Change for Caribbean One-Design Keelboat Champs
Cary Byerley reports: New dates have been set for the North Sails Caribbean One
Design Keelboat Championships, raced annually in St. Maarten aboard SunFast 20s
from Lagoon Sailboat Rental. This change is due to other regattas setting their dates
at the same time.
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St. Thomas' Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament
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Tournament. The one-day inshore fishing tournament that offers the best prizes and
attracts more participants than any other of its kind in the Virgin Islands will take
place at Hull Bay Hideaway, St. Thomas. First organized by the Northside Sportfishing
Club in 1987, the tournament last year attracted 272 anglers, including 34 junior
anglers, aboard 67 boats.
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St. Croix International Regatta 2007

Storm was Hot

on the Devil's Heels!

by Carol Bareuther

Fresh from i i ... Class win at LaSource Grenada
Sailing Week "- *- Storm cast off en route to the
northern Caribbean and entry into the 14th annual
St. Croix International Regatta in the US Virgin
Islands. The : i i I, I I, co-owned by Trinidad's
Peter Peake ... I I .1.1 .... Les Crouch, made an
impressive splash on the racecourse. But, in spite of
Peake driving and an all-star Trini and Vincentian
crew, Storm couldn't beat Crucian entry Devil 3, a
Melges 24 sailed by the Stanton brothers, for the top
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n't have those ,,i, ,,- I I- I I .. ery light.
Above ten knots, we go. And, that's what helped us catch
up the second day when the conditions got heavier."
Peake, who has campaigned his Henderson 30,
Slippery When Wet, in recent years, plans to sail the
Caribbean Ocean i .. .......le (CORT Series)
aboard Storm. ,. '' .I i the St. Croix
International Regatta, Heineken Culebra International
and BVI Spring I .11 .
S ;ot a really great I .1 said. Among the
Storm crew is Phil Barnard, from St. Vincent, who is
working two jobs in one -foredeck and calling tactics.
Forty boats hailing from the US Virgin Islands,
British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Trinidad,
sailed in this CORT kick-off that witnessed two major
changes this year. First, the dates of the event were
moved up a week, to February 9th though 11th, so as
not to compete with several on-island activities held
over the US President's Day Weekend. Second, the
regatta was shortened by one day, thus making it a
two-day event rather than three.
In spite of the changes, regatta director, Julie San
Martin, said, "We had 15 percent greater participation
than last year."
Representation from the Spinnaker Racing group was so
- tl t -egatta organizers had to split the class in two.
i i. ni p 3 won Spinnaker Racing 1, it was JWalker, a
J/27 skippered by St. Thomas' Chris Thompson, that led
the pack of mostly J-boats in this class.
One of the biggest controversies in recent years has
been what categorizes a boat in the Racer-Cruiser and
Performance Cruiser classes.
San Martin explains, "Racer-Cruisers are heavier dis
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and Spinnaker boats is that they are measured heavy.
They don't have a stripped-out hull. On the other hand,
boats can go into the Performance Cruising class from
either Racer Cruiser or Spinnaker. The issue is whether
they are measured light or heavy. They can fly a spin
naker or not, and are scored accordingly, but they have
to declare their intentions at the onset of 11' 1
What the Performance Cruiser designation 1 -
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race in a class competitively."
Ultimately, regatta organizers, the CSA measure

and sailors themselves put heads together and ironed
out class designations before the racing got underway.
The assignments seemed apt, as racing was close.
In the Racer-Cruiser Class, the BVI's Peter Haycraft,
aboard his Sirena 38, Pipedream, won by one point
over two Puerto Rican boats, Balaju 2 and Umakua,
who tied one another in points.
Meanwhile, in Performance Cruiser, it was the BVI's
much-modified 445, Three Harkoms, sailed by Chris
Lloyd, which won by three points over St. Croix's Tony
Sanpere's Soveral 27, Cayennita
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Richard Wooldridge brought over his Ielsel 45, Triple
Jack, and swept the Large Multihull category. St.
Croix's Chris Schreiber, sailing with St. Thomas' Terry
Jackson, sailed to a Beach Cat win in their Hobie 16,
Century 21. The Virgin Islands duo hope to qualify for
this summer's Pan Am Games.
The 4th annual Valentine's Day Optimist Regatta
was sailed at the same time with 24 juniors compete
ing. In the end, St. Thomas' Ian Barrows won the Opti
Overall in a tiebreaker with fellow islander, Nikki
Barnes. Both Barrows and Barnes, as well as St.
John's Alex Coyle, St. Croix's Billy Gibbons and St.
Thomas's Alec Tayler are training for the Optimist
World Championships in Sardinia, Italy, this summer.


Spinnaker Racing 1
1) Devil 3, Chris Stanton, St. Croix, USVI (8)
2) Storm, Peter Peake, Trinidad (24)
3) Ex Mero Motu, Antonio Mari, Puerto Rico (24)
Spinnaker Racing 2
1) JWalker, J/27, Chris Thompson, St. Thomas, USVI (8)
2) El Shaddai II, J/24, Jae Tonachel, St. Croix, USVI (19)
3) Good Bad & U I "i ,i... foster ,
St. Thomas, US' i I
1) Green Boat, Carlos Aguilar, St. Thomas, USVI (29)
2) Bmobile, Fred Ruebeck, Tortola, BVI (34)
3) INTAC, Mark Plaxton, Tortola, BVI (43)
1) Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, Tortola, BVI (20)
2) Balaju 2, C&C 37, Jose Sanchez, Puerto Rico (21)
3) Umakua, J/105, Papote Reguero, Puerto Rico (21)
Performance Cruiser
1) Three Harkoms, Modified 445, Chris Lloyd, Tortola, BVI (12)
2) Cayennita, Soveral 27, Tony Sanpere, St. Croix, USVI (15)
3) El Presidente, Thomas 35, St. Croix, USVI (19)
Jib & Main
1" ,, i nJoines,St. Croix, USVI (9)
2 1 ........ 1
Howard Silverman, St. Croix, I -
1) triple Jack, Kelsel 47, Richard Wooldridge, Tortola, BVI (7)
2) Piglet, Newick 23, Joe San Martin, St. Croix, USVI (14)
3) Chaos, Tremelino, Dr. Parry, St. Croix, USVI (21)
Beach Cat
1) Century 21, Hobie 16, Chris Schreiber, St. Croix, USVI (16)
2) MaxiCat, Peter Voyershark, St. Croix, USVI (18)
3) Wave Magnet, Nacra 5.8, Doug DeRue, St. Croix, USVI (19)

4th Annual :'s

Advanced Fleet Overall
1) Ian Barrows, STYC, 35
2) Nikki Barnes, STYC, 35
Si .11 -' 36
Red FIrlt
1) Nikki Barnes, STYC, 35
2) Billy Gibbons, SCYC, 36
3) Raul Rios, PR, 41
Blue Fleet
1) Ian Barrows, STYC, 35
2) Alec Tayler, STYC, 59
i I .1, Monllor, PYFC, 97
Whlllr Flrr
1) Mack Bryan, SCYC, 125
2) Addison Hackstaff, STYC, 147
3) Colin Brego, STYC, 155
Green Fleet
1) Patson Saner, SCYC, 16
2) Jonathan Woods, BVI, 26
3) Eric Perez, SCYC, 37

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hen you see the (male) director of your bank swirling down the road dressed
up in lace and lipstick, it gives you pause for thought. When, by his side,
the mayor of your town is decked out in a big, hairy wig and top hat, what
is your reaction? You laugh -because this is the opening parade for Foyal Carnaval
2007 and this year in Fort de France, Martinique, tradition, sounds, emotion and
artistic endeavour made for one of the best carnivals in recent years.

In Martinique, Carnival

Means Regattas!

by Ciarla Decker

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17 to 19, with over 30 boats from four clubs registered. During the three days the
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To add to the festivities, two regattas were held during the carnival period: Club
Neptune's Martinique Carnival Regatta and the Semaine Nautique de Schoelcher.
The second edition of the Martinique Carnival Regatta took place from February
17 to 19, with over 30 boats from four clubs registered. During the three days the
participants raced four courses and each evening celebrated the day's sailing with
barbecue parties, dances and prizegiving -a veritable carnival of sailing.
The Martinique Carnival Regatta class winners were: Cruising -Gibol 2, Michel
Laborde, Club Neptune; Multihulls -Drabenec, Thierry Normand, Club Neptune;
.e... Agreement, Philippe Leconte, Club Nautique Marin; Racing-Cruising
S Herve Le Gall, Club Neptune.
On the other side of the bay at Schoelcher, after a year of interruption for con
struction on the seafront, Guy de Chavigny once again w.--- 1. ;. 1 .;. 1 .1
close to 180 young and not-so-young people from the four ... ii 1. .1
to race during the 18th Semaine Nautique, held from February 16th to 21st.
Fourteen countries, including Barbados, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic,
France, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and Peru, sent representatives to sail in
Optimists, Lasers, Sunfish, Formula, Bic and Sport Multihulls classes.
On the Saturday, excellent conditions for the first day of racing allowed the two

courses to be completed and set the tone for the competition which was to follow. On
Sunday, winds of Force 4 to 5 blew steadily through the three matches. In each cat
egory, Saturday's leaders were replaced by new winners and the atmosphere of "it's
anyone's game" took over the clubhouse. An overcast Monday gave way to a bright
sunny Tuesday of racing with a fresh breeze and h-rrh-" ea. Martinican Laser 4.7
sailors Eliot Merceron and Anthony Ngo continued 11 I -.. of war between first and
second place, with Trinidad's Matthew Scott ultimately taking third place in this
class. The young Guadeloupeans dominated the Optimist Juniors, while Remi Vila
from Martinique battled Wicolas Schreur from Peru in the Formula windsurf class.
On the podium during prizegiving on Tuesday evening, all nine classes were dom-
inated by Martinique and Guadeloupe. Trinidad & Tobago did best in the Laser
Radials, taking second and third place there. While the Saint Lucian delegation did
not enter the winner's circle this year, the great number of enthusiastic competitors
from i.. ... proof of the growing interest of young people in Saint Lucia for
the sI I I ... 11 looks like next year's competition will be even stiffer.
The Semaine Nautique Schoelcher first-place class winners were: BIC 293 D (15
entries), Jean-Sebastien Luchel, Martinique; Sport Catamarans (13 entries), Pascal
Marchais and Arnaud Maurin, Guadeloupe; Formula Experience windsurf (32
entries), Remi Vila, Martinique; Laser 4.7 (10 entries), Eliot Merceron, Martinique;
Laser Radial (17 entries), Nicholas Rendu, Martinique; Laser Standard (7 entries),
Kevin Dufeal, Martinique; Optimist Benjamins (19 entries), Antoine Lefort,


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Laser racing was intense, with three different classes drawing a total of 34 entries

Guadeloupe; Optimist Minimes (40 entries), Yvann Thelier, Guadeloupe; and
Sunfish (8 entries), Olivier Alminin, Martinique. All results calculated were after ten
races, with discards, except BIC 293 D after nine races, one discard.
Carnival is in early February next year. Try to plan some time in Martinique. Club
Neptune would welcome your participation in the Martinique Carnival Regatta; the
young sailors at Cercle Nautique will again re-affirm why we all love this sport; and
who knows -you may even see YOUR banker in a get-up that stops your heart!
For complete Semaine Nautique Schoelcher results visit www.ligue-oile-martinique.org.


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Classic Yacht



Educational Component to Offer Workshops

The St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation recently acquired
the 47-foot wooden classic Camper & Nicholson yacht Norvantes. The thoroughbred
yacht has won awards in many classic and other regattas, represented England in
the Admiral's Cup (as Noryema V1, won the Newport-Bermuda Race and has beaten
Solway Maid, the last Fife ever built.
The previous owner, Johnny "Togoboge" McGowan, who sailed Norvantes in the
first St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta in 2005, has been unable to sail
lately due to illness. Through talks with broker No Limits Yachts and the opportu
nity to receive a purchase loan, a sale was closed and the yacht's ownership has
been transferred to the St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation.
The foundation's aim is to do an extensive restoration and give the yacht a complete
refit. The total restoration project will take at least a year or two, and the yacht will
again be called Noryema V.
The St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht .11 i ..dation will soon launch a
program (together with the Maritime School i 1' -1 Indies) in order to set up
shipwright workshops for students under the supervision of qualified instructors, to


Randy West steering the soon-to-be-restored Norvantes during the first Sint Maarten
St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta in 2005

learn ship restoring, maintaining and building classic boats. Negotiations are under
way with yacht restoration schools abroad, from where some instructors will be
attracted to teach in St. Maarten. Among the skills which will be taught to students
are: use and maintenance of hand and power tools; essential woodworking skills,
structural rebuilds lines-taking, fastening, lofting, all aspects of wooden yacht con
struction; use of all materials in yacht repair and construction; sanding, varnishing
and painting techniques; cabinet building, joinery and finishing techniques; electric
cal, electronics, water and pump systems; engine installation and maintenance.
The plan after Noryema V's restoration is to sail the yacht in most of the classic
yacht regattas in the Caribbean, the USA and Europe, with a professional captain
and one or two crew members, with some St. Maarten-St. Martin students as regat
ta crew. The yacht will promote sailing and especially classic yacht sailing while the
crew will act as ambassadors to promote the yachting and tourism industry of St.
Maarten-St. Martin and other Northern Caribbean island destinations.
The St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta is organized by West Indies
Events for the St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht .11. Foundation. The next
regatta is scheduled for Jan ' I 1. ... i ..
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Part 1: Luperon
by Julia Bartlett

I feel as though I'm in the middle of a computer game. There are rising violent
crime rates to left, pirates to the ...i.li ......i.... ... ..-rance zones in front and
inflating prices behind me, and th i I I I 'I ...." o find The Secret Harbour
where it is warm, affordable and '" "*' *' I I i' ... hurricanes and thugs for
your average, non-combat model, female.
I wasn't doing too well so I cheated, jumped on a plane and squished the
Caribbean Sea into a few hours from east to west and north to south. The fact that
I'm "sans boat" at the moment has enabled an emotional detachment and freedom

that I don't have when lumbered with a cherished and imperfect vessel to consider.
I have come up with a couple ideas to share with you.
The first is Luperon on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Study the aer
ial photo of the harbour and I needn't say any more about the protection. Study the
hurricane statistics on the Internet and you'll get the other half of the picture.
Luperon has an amazing safety record when it comes to hurricanes and violent crime.
Over the years there have been some bouts of thievery and boat- ---in
around in dinghies saying things like "Red alert all sectors, red alert 1 .
a secret channel and culminating in i. .- i.. ...i. ii. i^nl r-"-- Y it was a
nuisance, but it also added a touch o -1 ... I I .. I ..... I .. ... I there

was no actual violence, or threats of violence, that I have managed to dig up. And
that makes a big difference to how safe I feel as a woman on my own.
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the mountains t tthe north coast so theyjust bring rain -a lot. Its those moving north
towards the Bahamas that have everyo. n :i, 1int- ti- mangroves just to float gen
tly out again, i .l..... a sigh of relief .11 . I I, -' 1 I, 'I- ,I ... i,,,. at all.
So right in I. ....I II of the hurricane belt there is 1.. ... .. .. 1 i ... 11. worst

Warm, affordable, and nearly land locked, Luperon in the Dominican Republic meets
the author's criteria for an almost perfect' hurricane hole
the hurricane season has to offer, act of God or act of man. The main problem with
Luperon is that the insurance companies do not recognize the figures.
Perhaps it's a little too much paperwork to make an exception to the rules of lati
tude based on hard facts?
Perhaps a little well-informed pressure from their clients might help?
After all they can only gain from their customers' yachts being in a safe harbour.
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But Luperon and the Dominican Republic have more than a sanctuary to offer.
There is no need to sweat it out on the boat all season. Just a few minutes away by
foot is the Luperon Beach Resort where you can book in for an all-inclusive few days,
at a very reasonable price, but be close to the boat should the unexpected happen.
And I promise I won't split on you should I bump into you there.
Any guide book will tell you the details of the mountains, waterfalls, five national
parks including a marine park where humpback whales give birth, five distinct cli

mate zones, a saltwater lake with crocs, cave with Taino hieroglyphics, golf course,
-,,, i,, horse riding, the Haitian market and so on.
I i 'Well there's the whole gamut from the -. .11 i ii. I .11 .. i...
church, run by an ex-boater, on Sundays, through tc .. i ............
guitars and playing with the local ladies of the evenir., ,, i .... i I .1i .i i
and necessary; health care is inexpensive and good.
There's always spicy gossip and intrigue, weddings and divorces, love triangles and
the odd jealous husband with a gun.
Occasionally somebody decides to make money by running an illegal boat trip to
Puerto Rico. I don't know how many go undetected, but not all of them -and that's
when it gets interesting from the spectators' point of view. The Dominicans see us as
spectators, visitors who are not involved in the nitty-gritty of their lives. I have walked
past drug busts and demonstrations with burning car tires as though I am invisible.
The Dominican Republic is the only country I have been to so far where I have
argued with the officials and got a compromise. If a new charge comes in for the
boaters and it's unreasonable, the boaters get together and argue it out with the
authorities with the help of local business owners and the Tourist Board -and the
authorities actually listen.
There is a variety of places to eat and drink, ranging from Laisa's El Tipico chick
en shack, which is as popular as it was back in 1994 and --r- + -.iin:- pans hang
from the smoke-blackened wooden rafters, to Steve's Place i i II gringo food
just as you like it, literally, plus laundry, internet and cane rocking chairs, just to
make sure you relax.
Lenin, the owner of Puerto Blanco Marina, has one criterion: he wants people to
have fun, that's what he enjoys, and the more fun they have the happier he is. Lenin
and Freddy, his cousin and manager, offer their facilities to events like the Sunday

Flea Market, fancy dress balls, fashion shows, charity auctions, pot luck suppers or
anything else the boaters want to -r.i;;- Let me tell you, the marina has seen
some wild times. I might lose friend- .I I I.11 about them in print but if you want to
buy me a drink....
There are another half a dozen restaurants well worth visiting too, just ask around.
These days many locals speak enough English to help you order or shop, so there's
no need to end up with a plateful of something that is intimidating.
Luperon does not have a full service marina yet but you can have fuel delivered to

Puerto Blanco Marina
may not be full service,
but the more fun clients
have the happier
the owner is

the boat by Papo or you jug it yourself, for slightly less, from the service station.
There's always at least one person offering bottom cleaning and Margo and Brian will
do your canvas repairs. Boat spares can take time to find so it saves a hassle if you
bring any with you that' ; 1. ....1-.: -i n you'll need.
Wi-fi is emerging and I .- .. I i I ,, I cafes. There are inexpensive,
luxury buses to the capital, Santo Domingo, and the old colonial zone, and motor
cycle hire for the truly adventurous.
By the way, the harbour was used by the Mariposa sisters and their fellow revolu
tionaries in the days of Rafael Trujillo; sometimes its still called the Bahia de
Mariposas and it seems to me that they've left an inspirational spirit in the air behind
them. In my experience people somehow become more while they are in Luperon.
Luperon is the home of the Caribbean cruising authority Bruce van Sant. You
probably have his book The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South on board; if not,
it's available at many chandlers and Amazon. He has a website (www.thornless
path.com) and if you have particular questions you'll find his e-mail address there.
You are also welcome to e-mail me at juliamary2000@yahoo.com.
A useful chart is HIS017 published by Wavey Line, which has details of the har-
bour entrance and it can be ordered on line.
If you are feeling diffident when -;it-ri;n the harbour put a call out on VHF
Channel 68 and I :'' '.t . II unless its the middle of the night.
The down side i i "1 . .. I from the challenge of finding spares and the
insurance issue? There aren't many places to sail to keep you and the boat in shape,
but an hour to the east there's Cambiaso and a few hours to the west there's
Manzanillo, both fun for a couple of days.
Another safe harbour is Bocas Del Toro in Panama; you can read about that
next month.


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" i ,, i i .... -... of two miles away. I am
sure they would have gotten out of our way had we
crossed paths. We saw pigs fly that day, too.
We approached our destination on the west side of the
island looking for (the impossible, in our minds) two

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lonely palm trees. We were rewarded as, just around a
little corer in a secluded bay, we saw them. I must
admit in all our voyages, we plan our arrival so that we
have plenty of anchoring time and the sun is not hiding
those little rocks that have more fiberglass residue then
coral on them. This time we hit the mark perfectly as the
sun was just thinking of setting at our backs while the
boat backed down on the hook. The clarity of the water
and the sunny day behind us had Barb and I simulta
neously volunteering to dive the anchor, just to make
sure. iI ... I - i the anchor on
route i I i' I- .. I .'' a signthatall
was well or a taunt saying, "Ha, ha. I saw this place
first." When we arrived, the anchorage had a whopping
five vessels in sight, with us being number six. To our
joyous amusement all vessels left within a day of our
arrival! We checked: we don't have B.O.! It must have
been charter-change day or a weather-window of sorts.
So here we are with the entire island to ourselves.
This is when you really have to get creative with your
sunscreen options as some of those places have never
seen sunshine! The two days that followed were no less
than an adult fantasy theme park with snorkeling,
walks on the ample beaches and rolling around in the

sugar-like sand and window-clear surf. The palm trees
at night were a gathering place for a few donkeys and in
the morning their branches where adorned by number
ous parrots. After the third day, both Barb and I admit
ted to each other that we had exposed way too much
virgin flesh to the sun, causing the familiar sting of sun
burn in very unfamiliar places. The ultimate sign that

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Left: A vigorous day-sail from Porlamar to Juangriego

Right: In a secluded bay, we found the landmark
'two lonely palm trees'. To ourjoyous amusement all
other vessels left within a day of our arrival

we had indeed found paradise was the discovery of a
large patch of aloe vera plants just metres from our two
palm trees. The gathering of these leaves and obtaining
the nectar from them made both of us comment that if
you added an apple, a snake and the big guy in the sky,
we had indeed traveled back to the beginning of time.
On the fourth day, a local fishing boat showed up.
We waved at them and teased with the "huge fish" ges
ture as they headed out to set their nets. They said,
"Mafana, manana." The next day two young lads
showed up with big smiles and gave us two beautiful
snapper. They did not want money or anything, but
luckily we had some Canadian hats and other treats to
thank them for their generosity. We met more fisher

men on the beach and, in Spanglish, we learned about
the shells they were collecting from the rocks. It was
some sort of delicacy and eaten raw with lime, like
oysters. Again, they offered to share these treats. Isn't
it scary cruising in Venezuelan territory?
Snorkeling was a two to three-hour daily excursion
for us during our stay. Barb was equipped with her


new DVD camera in its underwater case so she could
take both motion and still shots. Among the numerous
varieties of beautiful coral in these clear waters, we
saw the usual multi-coloured fish as well as octopus,
rays and turtles. Most fish were a little more skittish
than those in Bonaire, which are used to seeing hun
dreds of humans hovering over them weekly. Once
they got used to you, they would pop out and spend
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not, required us to hold up another day to ensure safe
passage back to Margarita. In all the islands that we
have visited from Costa Rica to Venezuela, we would
have to say that this was indeed the best place in the
world, so far. If you are cruising through or around
Venezuela you cannot miss this island
as it is the ultimate paradise destination. I still cannot
reveal the location as the "little guy" on my shoulder is
jumping up and down screaming at me, but if you
check the best cruising guides and follow the clues,
you will know the place that I am talking about.
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A Personal Welcome

to Union Island

by Amal Thomas

Union Island, with an 8.5-square-kilometer surface, Amal How long you have been living in Union Island?
is the second largest Grenadine island within St. Felicia Well for over 18 years now, but I spend most
Vincent & the Grenadines. It is situated at an approx of my time on the mainland developing myself academy
imately equal distance from Trinidad, Barbados and ically. Therefore, I always have to be back and forth.
Martinique. Union Island is a small island where all Amal So can you tell me what are the major attrac
communities -whether of plants, animals or humans tions on Union Island?
are limited and have a very fragile ecological bal
ance. Without any natural watercourses Union Island
is not your typical "lush tropical isle".
People from all around the world visit, often by
yacht. Union Island can also be reached by small air-
craft, with companies such as SVG Air, Mustique Right:
Airways, Grenadine Airways and TIA (Trans Island Air) Felicia McKie
having flights out of St. Vincent, Barbados, Canouan, at Fort Hill
Mustique and Bequia. Flight schedules can change, so
ensure you make calls to suit your plans.
If you are interested in using public sea transport,
the ferries M/V Barracuda and M/V Gemstar are avail Below:
able with sufficient space for passengers and cargo Clifton Harbor
There are departures from St. Vincent on Mondays, from the air
Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Traveling time is six hours due to stops in Canouan

and Mayreau to offload and reload. That is an inter
testing maritime adventure. Check the ferry companies
or the local tourism bureaus for detailed information.
The main port for yachts and ferries is Clifton
Harbor, and it is the port of entry for clearance of
yachts arriving from south or departing SVG for
Grenadian waters. Here visitors can anchor or rent a
mooring; obtain fuel, ice and water; and find an inter
r-t -.f t --.i - r- ---Tr- t .;;-1 rT-=turant meals.
(C II 1 .I ...i. . I. .-nake sure to
t i .. i i i i ., i i 11 1I on the effect
of currents that sweep into the harbor.
On this island, the main industries are tourism and
fishing. The people are generally friendly, and when I
took the opportunity to invite a young lady to be inter
viewed, her response was, "No problem once is my
island!" (In other words, "I'm always happy to talk about
my island!") Felicia McKie is currently a student of the
St. Vincent Community C 11 T t-.rted my inter
view, her beautiful smile I I i i i. I in her island.

Felicia -I will say the
beaches and a few historical
sites. First of all let me chat
about the beaches. There are
beaches such as Big Sand,
Ashton, Chatham Bay and
Anchorage Beach. These
beaches are good for snorkel
ing, shelling and swimming.
These beaches can be
reached either by taxi or by
foot. Big Sand is located on
the northeast, Ashton on the
south, Chatham Bay on the
west and Pn-h-rr. on the
southern si I I island.
Amal Tell me about the
interesting historical sites now.
Felicia Let me say that
most people may think that
this little island has no history, but in fact it does.
There is Fort Hill located on a high hill north of Clifton
Harbor, with views of the Tobago Cays, Carriacou,
Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, and Petite Martinique.
The fort was reputedly built in the 17th century.
Today, there are two cannons facing the sea. It is real
ly breezy up there and the walking distance from
Clifton is 30 minutes. Also, there is Bloody Bay where
the French and Spanish fought. The abandoned castle
is now used for exploring and as a recreational area to
have cook outs. This Bay is located on the northwest
ern side of the island.
There are also Basket and Raffeal. Basket was built
out of stone and was well constructed. The Caribs
used it years ago to collect water and now it is a pop
ular limingg" spot for visitors and locals. Raffeal is
located near Bloody Bay and attracts people as a
recreational site which is similar to a battle camp.
Hugh Mulzac Square in Clifton Harbor is also a his
torical site. It was named after Captain Hugh Mulzac,

who was born on Union Island and became the first
black merchant marine naval officer to command an
integrated crew on a US vessel -i ri;-- World War II.
The square is a popular i.. ., 1 .- I on evenings.
Amal That was a lot! i. i 1- can you say on the
topic of tourism in Union Island?
Felicia Amal, a few months ago I made up a poem
which illu'tr*t-. -- f-- l,-. for Union Island. It is
entitled "T. .... .....
Amal- Would you like to share it with me and my fel
low readers?
Felicia Oh really, yes I will!

Tourism in My Isle

The beautiful sky, the exotic view,
the way the sun shines golden
between the mountain view,
what used to be now is made new.

Smiling faces greet you,
as you step your way
onto the Union shore,
so be open hearted
to know the tales
of the tradition that glows.

For these are historical sites,
people from all races, ages and creeds,
for heroes that passed,
Hugh Mulzac Square is the place to be.
So come one and all,
Tourism is expected in our blessed isle,
Beauty is here.

Amal Great work! So can you please explain your
feelings for your poem?
Felicia -Growing up in Union Island caused me to
form a subjective view of the island. This is partly
illustrated in the poem that describes the beauty of
the island. The island is basically a beautiful place
with sunny hot days perfect to go to the beach. The
sunrise and sunset are beautiful to experience in
Union Island. The island has a welcoming atmos-
phere. There is a lot to offer, whether it is beaches,
Easterval or historical awareness. This is "the tradi
tion that glows".
Amal I do understand you. However, are there any
disadvantages that may hinder the growth of tourism
in Union Island?
Felicia -Yes, I think the location of the solid waste
facility needs to be relocated. The reason why I say
this is because that is the first thing that greets you
when you depart from the airport. The crime level also
needs to be addressed. After all, our people's main
industry is the tourism industry.
Amal- Is 1. ... 1i..... :Ise you would like to add?
Felicia I- I ,1 I 11 to invite all visitors to the
Grenadine island of Union Island. And I would like to
you, Amal, to bring out the real stories on
S. .,, i tourism. Keep up the good work.
Amal Thank you Felicia. It is my pleasure inter
viewing you. Continue to contribute to the develop
ment of the island. I wish you all the best.
And visitors, if it is your intention to make a visit to
Union Island, check our local tourist bureau for hotel
accommodation and upcoming ...i -1.... events.
Sailors, remember the only port I ..i .. Union is
Clifton Harbor. Please ensure that you dispose of your
garbage appropriately on land. Please help to preserve
the marine life for the future. All the best for the cruis
ing season 2007!


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Reappearing Wreck

Linked to 1898 Hurricane
by Duncan Richardson ., I .

O uroldshipwreck i..11 I ....i I ..i I i.near U -
Georgetown, St.' ... .. i .. . She .a.
visits for a short while then dives beneath the -
sands for months, only to reappear and show a bit more k """ lu
of herself. Sadly, whenever she does appear, a little bit
more disintegrates, victim to the battering waves. .. ....
It seems most probable that she is one of three large ..... .
vessels blown ashore in St. Vincent by the great hur-
ricane of September 10th and llth, 1898. The ships '" '
in question are: ".g .;- g' .
The British-registered sailing ship Loanda of 1,447 --
tons, which was commanded by Capt Dodge and built A page from registry records of 1898, listing the Loanda
by J. Fraser in Courtenay Bay, New Brunswick,

had steamed out to sea from Bridgetown, Barbados
and survived.)
Newspaper reports at the time reported, "A terrible
hurricane has swept over Barbados in the Windward
group of the Lesser Antilles. Two hundred persons
have been killed and over 40,000 rendered home
less... St. Vincent has experienced the most violent
and destructive cyclone ever known there..." and
mention these three vessels coming ashore and the
crews escaping with their lives. They also reported
that St. Vincent's coast was strewn with wrecks
blown down by the storm. A few years ago on the
extreme south end of the Georgetown beach, near
Black Point, I did see a few ribs of another large ves
sel buried in the sand.
I have been able to measure what is left of the
shipwreck at Langley Park beach; it measures 156
feet by 40 feet at its widest. All that remains would
have been below the waterline. It appears to have
been an immensely strong vessel because of the
thickness of the hull -three layers totaling a thick
ness of 11 inches -and the size and close position
ing of the ribs, particularly near the bow. There is a
four-inch-thick, horizontal V-shaped reinforcement
across the bow cut from a single slab of timber, and

Above: There is afour-inchthick, horizontal V shaped
reinforcement across the bow cut from a single slab
of timber
Right: At nature's whim, the ship's ghostly remnants are
sometimes visible to the residents ofSt. Vincent's north
windward coast, and at other times completely buried in
sand. Note the close spacing of the vessel's ribs

Canada in 1881. She hailed from Windsor, Ontario
and was owned by Bennet Smith and Sons. She was
200 feet long by 40 feet wide and 24.5 feet deep.
She had sailed out of Rio de Janeiro and had been
anchored in Carlisle Bay, Barbados when the hur
ricane struck.
The American-registered barque Grace Lynwood
of 600 tons, normally commanded by Capt. H.A
Gilley but under Capt. Rafford for her last voyage.
She hailed from New York and was owned by Miller,
Bull & Knowlton. She was built in 1890 in
Bucksport, Maine by Beazley & Co. and measured
156 feet long by 38 feet wide and 18 feet deep. She
had sailed out of New York via Barbados for
Trinidad with general cargo and had been dragged
from her anchorage in Carlisle Bay, Barbados by
the hurricane.
SThe American-registered barque Lapland of 582
tons and commanded by Capt. Cates. She hailed from
Boston and was built in 1881 in Bucksport, Maine.
She measured 147.6 feet long by 32.9 feet wide by
18.7 feet deep. It was reported that she had been
returning from Africa and it was not clear whether
1 .....1, or had been anchored.
I( -' ,I I was probably a barquentine,
the Loveable. The British man o' war HMS Alert

a diagonal beam on either side of the bow starting
about 12 feet aft of the bow at deck level, moving
down and forward to meet at a lower point on the
bow itself.
The inside of the keel is visible and the fastenings
for the copper sheathing can still be seen on the
exterior planking. There appears to be some distor
tion on the starboard side of the hull, indicating
hull collapse outwards at some stage, but the port
side seems to have the original shape. The planking
and central deck-support columns appear to be
pitch pine and are well preserved, with a good pine
oil smell; the ribs are a darker wood. The iron fas
tenings are also still well preserved, as are the
bracket seen on the bow and a cylindrical iron
object, possibly a hawsepipe. She lies with her bow
pointing southward at an angle of about ten degrees
off the beach. The land has eroded sufficiently that
the entire vessel is now lying on the beach, some
times buried in the sand and at other times almost
fully exposed.
From all the research I have done it seems most pos
sible that she is the Loanda
Microfilm copies of newspaper reports in 1898 were
obtainedfrom newspaperarchive.com, and registry
information from www.mysticseaport.org.

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French Islands' Sanctuary

Protecting Whales

for 30 Years
by Lesley Sutty
Whales and dolphins are migratory creatures which most of us in the Caribbean
think of as a shared but threatened treasure.
Contrasting with whale and dolphin hunts in neighboring islands, the waters of
Martinique, Guadeloupe and its dependencies (Marie Galante, the Saints, Petite
Terre and Desirade), St. Martin and St. Barthelemy have, by law, been a haven for
whales, dolphins, manatees and seals for more than 30 years.
Twenty-eight species of marine mammals have been identified in the Caribbean.
From December to April, Humpback and Sperm whales leave their polar feeding
grounds to breed between the Silver Bank of the Dominican Republic and south
wards to the Grenada Bank. A variety of other : .t i..1 : uch as the Sei, Fin,
Beaked, Pygmy Sperm and Brydes as well as i . I ..... i ... a variety of dolphin
species can be observed all year round in the French Antilles.
The status of remaining whale populations in the Caribbean is uncertain. For
France and its regions, environmental concerns are high on the agenda and in June
2006 they took the lead regionally by reinforcing current conservation measures and
opting for more vigorous and active protection policies for whales and dolphins in
their territorial waters and the creation of a "French Antilles Marine Mammal
Sanctuary". This initiative echoes other French marine mammal sanctuaries in the
Mediterranean Sea and South Pacific.
In November of the same year this action .- ...l. .. i at a Wider Caribbean
United Nations Environmental Programmme I i j i i i1 the French Sanctuary
Ir i. i .. .. .i 1 1 11. Il, .. ..... ,,, l on the Action Plan for the
C ...1i ... I .. .. .. ....... . .. i I i,,,. i the Contracting Parties to
the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the
W ider Caribbean Region, i,, 1. ...... i -. 11 i i .. I .. ,, i . i, i -' habi-
tats and the banning or s 11 ., I I ..... h I 11 -1 -
On this occasion other governments were asked t- --n~il r t.l-i similar appro
private actions at the national level to meet tl, i I i i the Cartagena
Convention and its Specially Protected Areas of .1 11.1 i i Several parties
expressed interest in adhering to the marine mammal sanctuary formula.

A dolphin with reflection of watchers. Rules for whale and dolphin watching
operators are now being harmonized for the French Caribbean

The Sanctuary is part of France's Marine Biodiversity Action Plan n-1 7tr>t--- f-r
2005-2010 which is co-ordinated by a Task Force of men and womne. 'i 111
scientific and technical skills; fishermen and their cooperatives in Martinique and
Guadeloupe are key players who demonstrate enthusiasm for a whale sanctuary and
the evolution of the project. They are also reliable and keen observers of marine life,
whales and dolphins when fishing offshore.
The Task Force has established priorit-- -ti-;n f-r th- rn-i.-.-n- t -f thi
Sanctuary which includes communication i .. i ....I i ,, i ..... i i i
local populations, visitors and the yachting community as to the usefulness and
importance of such an area.
In 2020072010 nonlethal scientific cetacean research programmes in French
waters will focus on cetacean habitats and migration corridors, reproduction, feed
ing and resting habits and the permanent or shifting nature of the animals in these
zones, in order to control potentially harmful human activities detrimental to them
and the effects of pollution and global warming on these animals. The campaigns are
directed by the Department of Environment Martinique and Guadeloupe in coordi
nation with NGO partners such as the Eastern Caribbean Coalition for
Environmental Awareness (ECCEA), the Society for Environmental Protection and
Nature Martinique (SEPANMAR), Delphinia, and Evasion Tropicale and BREACH in
Guadeloupe, and will add to scientific data gathered during earli-r T-T '
The development of contr-11-1 --I-.l- ---t-hi;n- and derived .. ".. I II is
also a priority. Whale and ci 1 i.... I ''l. .. :harts, posters and booklets about
whales most often seen off the shores of the French islands and generally in the
Caribbean have been published I i.1 ... I .1.....- I .1 watching operators
are currently being authored .. I ..........- I 11 I .. I i* aribbean and linked
to those of the French territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.
For more than two decades Caribbean governments, Europe and UNEP have worked
I 1 ,1, ,11 .. . ... 11 promotionofeco-tourism
.. i i ..I i. . .. i, i i i i ... i ane Tipson of St. Lucia,
launched i. .. -1 II, .i Whale and Dolphin Watching Association and operation in that
country. The project was co-ordinated with the St. Lucia's Department of Fisheries and
Agriculture and resulted in the first "Rules and Regulations for Licence". Jane's murder
at her home in St Lucia in 2003 remains, alas, unsolved. However, the initial work of this
leading ecologist and that of many others in the region has ensured an expansion of this
particular activity and worthwhile direct ,,, i i I i .. ... i, ,," i,
The French initiative is a good examp i ,,I ...i i 1.1. .1 II I i.... I I .. term
measures which will help us understand cetacean behaviour, the potential effects of
human activities on these creatures and the urgency of meaningful regional cooperation.
Lesley Sutty is the CEO of ECCEA. For more information visit www.eccea.org.

Whale Families:

Repeat Visitors

to Caribbean

by Nathalie Ward and Jooke Robbins
There are five i i.... -i I i i......I i ck whales in the North Atlantic, known by
their feeding grc... i- .. i i .... Scotia, Newfoundland/Labrador, Iceland,
Greenland and Norway. When in colder waters, each feeding stock stays separate.
During the winter months, humpbacks from all these North Atlantic populations
head south to mate and calve in various shared breeding grounds throughout the
Antilles. The Dominican Rep uli- 1..- tl1. -- .;-:- tl li.., ,,i .1, ,, Iowever, hump
backs also venture to other I -1. . .. .... .... I . 1 I I I to Trinidad.
There is relatively little data from the Eastern Caribbean. However, there have
been four matches to date of feeding stocks and their winter destinations:
Newfoundland and Saba Bank; Greenland and Grenada; the Gulf of Maine and
Bequia; and Norway and Trinidad. There was also a winter-destination match
between Puerto Rico and Dominica. In all likelihood, islands throughout the Lesser
Antilles receive visits from Gulf of Maine humpbacks.
-.. : ft o humpbacks landed at Petit Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines were
i i .... I ... the website of a tourist who photographed the event on 6 March,

markings, it's Salt's daughter Yosemite (above) and her son Crystal (below).
Salt and Crystal have been sighted in both the Caribbean and the Gulf ofMaine

_-. --.-

1999. One image depicted the ventral flukes of the larger of the two whales.
Individual humpback whales can be identified from the unique pattern of pigmen
station on the ventral side of the flukes and the shape of the trailing edge. Standard
photo-identification techniques were used to match the image against the Gulf of
Maine Humpback Whale Catalogue curated by the Provincetown Center for Coastal
Studies (PCCS), Massachusetts. The match was subsequently confirmed by the
North Atlantic Humpback Whale -.t .1--;- (NAHWC) curated by the College of the
Atlantic, Maine. The ventral flul I 1i, larger animal were photographically
matched to a catalogued Gulf of Maine whale known as "Haar" (NAHWC #0694). She
was first seen in July 1987 and so was at least 13 years old when she died.
Salt is one of the most famous humpback whales in the world. She is known as
the "Grand Dame of Stellwagen Bank" because she has been seen on the Stellwagen
Bank in the Gulf of Maine in all but one summer since 1976.
Salt is also the first Gulf of Maine humpback whale to have been seen by
researchers on Silver Bank off the Dominican Republic. She is one of only a few Gulf
of Maine whales to have been seen by researchers in the Antilles in three separate
i'... 1. i. i, probably comes here every winter. Her most recent Silver Bank
-.i. .- .. ,,,, when she conceived her most recent calf, Soya. Her son,
Crystal, and grand-calf, Etch-a-sketch, have also been seen by researchers in the
West Indies.
Salt is the first humpback whale to have been given a name. Hers was given by
the late Aaron Avellar, whose family started the business of whale watching on the
east coast of North America. These days, humpbacks are given names based on
the unique pattern on the underside of their tails. However, Salt's name was
inspired by the thick white scarring on her dorsal fin that made it seem like it was
encrusted by salt.
Salt has given birth to at least ten calves in her life. Her most recent one was born
when Salt was at least 30 years old. Ti. .i .-- .- i i i ....1.i bornin 1985.
She is presently the only daughter I .11 11..1 .- I '. i i. tive, although
Etch a-sketch is now of reproductive age. Thalassa gave birth to Salts first grand
calf, Skeeter, in 1992. Since then, she has had four other calves. Her 2003 daugh
ter, Yosemite, was named from an entry in a naming contest sponsored by the
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Have you seen or photographed any of these whales in the Caribbean? If so, con
tact nward@mbl.edu. Sighting reports can help researchers learn more about the dif
ferent humpback whale stocks that visit these islands every winter. And perhaps a
Compass reader can name a whale!

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e first Antigua Sailing Week was conjured up
by the late Commander Vernon Nicholson 40
years ago as a cruise in company of charter
boats to wind up their busy season before the slow
off season.
By the second year they started racing; by the third
year they were not only racing but were beginning to
have a war over ratings. As the fourth regatta
approached, I was invited up from Grenada as an
impartial judge to set the ratings. I was offered air
transportation, accommodation, meals and beer, but I
turned it down flat. I was the broker for the insurance
on at least half of the competitors. I could not think of
a faster way to lose good customers than to assign a
boat a rating the skipper did not like!
Stealing the Prize
In those days the race-course marks were home-
made, crude and unreliable to the extent that the sail
ing instructions said, "If the mark is missing, just
round the navigational danger".
When I first started racing in Antigua, my Foredeck
Boss and Rock Pilot was Peter "Turkey Legs"
Vandersloot. Many people would ask him why he
would always race with "Squeaky", who only paid in
large quantities of "greenies", rather than sail on hot
racers with owners who would pay money for his
services. Turkey Legs would always reply, "Squeaky
owns me!"
Turkey Legs and a backer had bought the Baltic
Trader, Anna Marie, and re-fitted her for the charter

trade TI h- -rni,--d the insurance while the boat
was ... i .. .... 1.1 then re-organized the insur
ance once she was in commission. Unfortunately,
Anna Marie ran up on Grand de Coi shoal in the
Grenadines and was a total loss. The insurance pre
mium for in-commission insurance had not yet been
paid, yet I succeeded i.. 11 .... the total loss.
Hence, Turkey Legs was .. i.. I

Numerous times Turkey Legs would con us to with
in inches of rocks and sometimes thread us a zig-zag
course through coral heads. Competitors would ask
me, "Don't you realize how close you went, and how
dangerous it was?" I would reply, "I am like a Navy
pilot landing on an aircraft carrier; the pilot just
watches the Landing Officer waving his paddles and
follows his directions. Turkey Legs is my 1 ... i... offi
cer; I just watch his hand signals -I'm .Ii. look
over the side!"
Once when rounding Cades Reef en route to
Dickenson Bay during a race, the mark was missing.
Everyone rounded the end of the reef, and under
Turkey Legs' directions through the coral we made
massive gains. On the way back, we assumed the
mark was still missing. We rounded the reef, won the
race, and won the regatta -or so we i. ..1.1 But it
seems the mark was there, but lying : .1 lid not
see it. We were protested and thrown out (no time
penalties were given in those days). However, we "won"
in the end.
The prize for first place overall was a case of cham-
pagne; other prizes were cases of whisky, rum,
etcetera. The winners, naturally wishing to preserve
their winnings, did not collect these on prize night;
rather they returned the .. I ... ....... I pick up their
winnings. The morning I ,, .... I got up early
and picked up the whisky and rum that we had won
for winning individual races -and also the case of
champagne, as we felt that we had won the week. I
took it all back to the boat and the crew helped me
hide the individual bottles so well that when the win
ner accused us of stealing his champagne, we denied
it. We invited him to search the boat. He spent an
hour doing so but could not find a single bottle.
Drinking it back in Grenada, it tasted doubly good.

Sandy Which?
The missing mark problem plagued Antigua Sailing
Week till modern times. In the early 1990s I was sail
: as Rock, Tide and Wind Pilot on Warren Brown's
r Baby. I'd given Warren the course from Jolly to
Sandy mark, but he said, "That course is ---":.- the
boats ahead are off to leeward!" I said, ..i- I've
sailed this course dozens of times, it is correct."
However, I double-checked the course and showed the
chart to Jim Leonard, Warren's skipper. Jim verified
that the course was correct.
I then looked carefully with the binoculars and real
izedthe .... i. I i ... i iloffstation. We bore off,
headed: ... .. ... i ..nded it. I then pointed
out to Warren that the sailing instructions only said
"Leave Sandy mark to starboard" they said nothing
about Sandy Island itself.
To win the Dickenson Bay Race. the normal proce
dure is to tack inshore as soon as you can clear Sandy
Island. If the mark is in the correct place you have to
leave Sandy Island to starboard as well as the mark,
but the mark was so far out of place we could leave
Sandy Island to port and get inshore fast. Warren was
dubious, but I had Jim and Phil, the first mate, check
the sailing instructions. We all agreed we could leave
Sandy Island to port, which we did, and won by a
country mile.
We were protested for leaving Sandy Island to port.
Warren sent me in to the protest committee hearing. I
was greeted by the late Bobby Symonette with the

words, "What -are you here again? It is unfair; no
matter how sure you are of the rules and your posi
tion, you have only a fifty-percent chance of winning."
The protest hearing only lasted a couple of minutes.
The committee agreed the sailing instructions said
leave Sandy mark to starboard but said nothing
about Sandy Island. The protest was thrown out. The
next year the rules read "leave Sandy mark and

Sandy Island both to starboard". A hell of a note; how
can a Rock Pilot earn his keep if they won't let you
dodge rocks?
1973 Black Power
In 1973, my Grenadian crew and their friends got
S. 11 ... I i.. I Skip, we have got to race Iolaire in
..... I i.- year." I said we couldn't possibly,
i ,i I, i .11 I the time or money to sail her up
there and back. "Skip, we sail de boat up and back;
you and Miss Trich fly up." This was a viable proposi
tion, as in those days permanent West Indian resi
dents had a reduction on fare with LIAT. The crew
sailed the boat up, my wife Trich and I flew, and
Turke T :- was there again to run the foredeck.
The -1 Indies Rule had just come into effect: they
didn't have time to measure all the sails, so they just
measured the length of the spinnaker pole and the
height of the foretriangle. Turkey Legs borrowed a
spinnaker from the catamaran Stranger. It was ten
feet too long on the luff and eight feet too wide on the
foot, and we had to have 12 or more knots of wind to
fly it as otherwise it would drag in the water.
Racing from Dickenson Bay back to English
Harbour, we were charging along in a shy reach.
Turkey Legs yelled, "Take in the after guy to get the
spinnaker pole off the headstay." Reaching struts had
only just been invented and we didn't have one. Two
big Grenadians started cranking on the big bronze
winch handle to our Nevins winch. The pole didn't
come aft but the winch handle started bending so I
told them to stop. The problem was solved by taking
the after guy and lazy guy onto two separate winches.
We didn't win any prizes, but still did ourselves
proud as we placed a very close fourth in the racing
division in a 68-year-old boat.
Continued on next page

Antigua Sail Week:


by Don Street

'Put Turkey Legs down!' I said.

This isn't Turkey Legs,' Geoff exclaimed,

'this is Pete Vandersloot'

Continued from previous page
At the end of the regatta we were moored stern-to
alongside an English boat which had been chartered
by racing skipper Andy Copeland and his buddies.
They were -.ii,... ... their cockpit drinking beer and
moaning: I I .i i our modern race boat with a hot
crew from England be beaten by a 68-yeFr 11 -r i-
less yawl crewed by a bunch of West ,* i. ...- I
crewman Frenchie overheard. Frenchie, who at the
best of times can only be described as ugly and at this
point had shaved his head making him look really
fierce and even more ugly, leaned over lolaire's rail
and started swinging a great big winch handle around
his head. Remember, this was at the height of the
Black Power movement. "You got beat by Black
Power!" he intoned. The Englishmen froze. Frenchie
shoved the winch handle right under Andy's nose and
said, "Watch black power -a bent winch handle.
What else other than black power can bend a winch
handle?" and started roaring with laughter. The very
n .- -,, i, .i.... .. .i. started laughing and invited
F. .. I. .1 .. II .. than a few drinks.
Certain Advantages
Jol Byerley, a superb seaman and also one of the
hottest racing skippers in the Caribbean, had an unfair
advantage. His competitors racing in Antigua asked, "How
do you get your crew to concentrate on sail trim when
right next to you is Jol's boat with his half-dozen 'witches'
sitting on the weather rail?" Jol's crew were all female,
always very good looking, very buxom and topless!
There was also a boat from Guadeloupe that had a
female foredeck boss who really knew what the hell
she was doing; headsail and spinnaker changes were
done faultlessly. No only did she do a superb job on
the foredeck, but she was distracting to other boats'
crews -she was extremely good looking and her
entire attire consisted of sailing gloves.
Three's a Crowd
One year, the 1898 Falmouth Quay Punt Curlew
was back in the Caribbean, Tim and Pauline Carr hav
ing sailed her double-handed all around the world.
Curlew, a gaff-rigged cutter with topsail, raced in
many areas, and had a locker full of trophies. She won
both the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race and the ASW
Cruising Division hands down. The only problem Tim
and Pauline had was that in Antigua Week, the com-
mittee insisted that Curlew have a crew of three. Tim
and Pauline sailed the boat perfectly; they knew exact
ly how they wanted her raced and did not want a third
hand involved in the operation at all. But they sailed
by the rules: they carried a third crew, who was told
to sit in the companionway and do nothing.
The reason for requiring a minimum of crew of three
was that the previous year the late Arthur Holgate
sailed Antares, his 88-foot .11 .... I -1 1 schooner,
in Antigua Week with just .....- II ... I i..- partner
short handed to say the least. Something went wrong
on the start line one day and Antares' bobstay
removed bits and pieces from the committee boat. In
subsequent Antigua Sailing Weeks, participating
boats were required to carry at least three crew.
For Pete's Sake
Nineteen seventy-four saw the first case of skippers
:, i,,,,. .rew from abroad especially to compete
: i.... I Tony Lawson had bought a short
rigged Swan 44 called Supercilious, and to race in

Antigua he imported crew from both the States and the
UK. He didn't pay them, but covered most of their trans
portation and took care of expenses while they were in
S....... ie recruited me as helmsman. We spent about
S . 1.... I I i. ...gua Week, with a well
known Au- II .1 1 ...- running the foredeck.
Geoff was damn good, but Tony and I said that he would
be number two during Sailing Week -the foredeck boss
was going to be Turkey Legs. Geoff spent four days
mumbling and grumbling about this "Turkey Legs" and
why should he be running the foredeck.
On the day before the regatta I was at the top of the
mast in a bosun's chair when Tony yelled up, "The
boys have arrived -let's all go have drinks in the
Ads!" Geoff lowered me down, and as we headed to the
Admiral's Inn he kept on mumbling about how he felt
he should be running the foredeck rather than this
guy Turkey Legs.
As we walked onto the patio at the Admirals Inn,
Geoff spotted Turkey IT ran over, grabbed hold of
him and swept him 1I ..- feet, saying, "Pete, Pete, I
haven't seen you in year! Whatyo I ,. I, i .I
Turkey Legs down!" I said. "This :-i i i .-
Geoff exclaimed, "this is Pete Vandersloot; I've known
him for years!" I told him that it was in fact Turkey
I 11 Geoff replied, "W ell, if he i .. ......... 1 1
.: ,, that's no problem at all 1 i 11.11 I
number two to Pete Vandersloot." "But why don't you
know him as Turkey Legs?" I asked. "That's what
everyone calls him." Pete replied, "In Europe I'm not
Turkey Legs." "Why?" I asked. "Because there I wear
long trousers!" Only if you ever saw Pete in shorts you
would understand why we call him "Turkey Legs".
It was a hard-fought regatta, which we won with one
second place and four firsts which were captured by a
hair's breadth. They declared me the most outstand
ing skipper of the regatta and gave me a Rolex which
I don't think I deserved, as Turkey Legs ran the fore
deck, Turkey Legs and Pete Bowker worked out the
strategy, and Bowker called the close-in tactics. All I
did was sit there and twiddle the stick. However, it
didn't matter that I didn't earn the watch as the damn
thing didn't keep decent time anyway.
The Good Old Daze
We continued to race lolaire at Antigua Sailing Week,
but in the cruising rather than the racing division,
doing moderately well every year. On lolaire's 80th
birthday in 1985 we announced before the : .1 that
it would be lolaire's swan song in Antigua I We
were still competitive in the cruising division, but it was
getting too crowded with too many near collisions.
Iolaire v--nt -;;t i;n +t--- rli--i-n a close third in the
cruising. -..... i 11. i i i1 races, we were only
three points out of first place. The winner was a brand
new Hinckley 42, and in second place was a brand
new Shannon 48 which only beat us by one point.
I think all the old timers wou;l 1 that in the old
days we had a hell of a lot :-" I"" racing in the
Caribbean than they have today. We raced hard, but
winning was not everything. Some people may dis
agree with me, but I say th- ":-l--1 -ears" of
Caribbean i..... were from : i I- ', and the
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and Questions

by Angelika Gruener

Not long ago we entered Tyrell Bay in Carriacou, searching for a place to anchor.
We dropped the hook in four metres, let out 30 metres of chain -and found our
selves a bit close to the neighboring yacht. We let out another ten metres of chain
to lie well clear of our neighbour. Then the other skipper came out, ii.... us that
we were too close because he wanted to put out five metres more I ..- chain,
because he had only 18 metres out.
We agreed that 18 metres was insufficient, and decided to put out ten metres more
chain again, to maintain our distance. After a short time our neighbour yelled over
that he wanted to let out more chain again.
This was enough for us. We pulled up our anchor and found another place. We
wondered what was the motive in putting out more chain step by step: just to keep
newcomers busy and make them
feel insecure, or to use this lame
excuse to keep other boats at a
greater distance?
Real cruisers know how much
chain will be necessary to stay
safe at anchor. It is school-book
nonsense to say that three up to
five times the water depth in chain
will provide sufficient scope. The
shallower it is, the greater ratio of
chain will be required. For exam
ple, in three metres of water you
will need at least 30 metres of
chain (ten times more), while in 15
metres of water 40 to 50 metres of
chain (only three times more) will
co ^ be necessary.
At the anchorage in Tyrell Bay,
Sthe south side of the bay to make
use of wireless Internet at anchor.
Looking down into that million
dollar bay from the hillside we
counted more than one hundred
yachts. Some of the "water
campers" are there for years, oth
ers for weeks, and many more
come and go daily. Numerous
boats leave in the morning for
new destinations; in exchange, others arrive in the late afternoon or even during
night hours.
It seems a new bad habit is developing. New arrivals, especially those with charter
guests or bareboats, want to anchor in the front quarter of the anchor field. Maybe they
think there is less rolling there. The bad thing is that many of them arrive after sunset.
There is no sense to "--in vessel around an anchorage in the dark. You can't
see the anchored boat. 11 1s' are as many boats as in Tyrell Bay, and most of
them have an anchor light, the area looks more like "the Great White Way" with
many lights everywhere. There is no visible difference between anchor lights and
shore lights.
Just recently a bareboat, we'll call her Rambo, entered a bay in the late evening,
and bulled its way right into the middle of all the anchored homes. The guy on the
bow searched around with a spotlight, blinding us, and his helmsman even more.
When he was ready to drop the hook, he realized that he was too close to the other
boats -so he hesitated and the 20-knot wind blew Rambo sideways down towards
an anchored yacht, whose owner had already been shouting "Don't anchor here!"
Not knowing what to do, Rambo's helmsman went full in reverse, and as a result he
crashed backward at full throttle into the anchored yacht.
Then the wind blew Rambo onto the bow of the next boat, where his propeller got
entangled in the other boats anchor chain. There, at least his voyage stopped. But
damage did not stop, because now the wind pressed Rambo onto the bow of the
entangled boat and into its rigging. Because of the dark night it was difficult and
possibly dangerous to rectify the situation. But the bareboaters reacted quickly: they
left the boat to get a quiet sleep in accommodations on land while the owner of the
i. 1 1 boat did not close an eye all night because of the horrible constant noise
i pressed against his hull.
Next morning all had to get sorted out. Rambo had nearly no damage and just
sailed onward, while the owners of t]. t 1 .; 1 1- t; needed to run around for
repairs and won't be moving for a ."1 i i i i the owner of Rambo said,
"No problem, I have insurance." I don't think the other involved owners had the
same "it's okay" feeling.
The very next evening, other charter boats were speeding through the anchorage,
again when it was pitch black, to get to the places at the I I i1 ... .. This
has nothing to do with seamanship, only with stupidity! ... i i place
close to shore, get there in good daylight. That means leaving port earlier or making
shorter trips. And in case you arrive too late, then, please, anchor behind all other
yachts for that night. By the way, in Tyrell Bay there is lots of room at the northern
side. Nobody anchors there because there is no Internet reception. But for safety
reasons it is absolutely acceptable to do without Internet!
The new bad habit of anchoring after dark brings up the question of how to ward
off yachts entering during night hours if they want to anchor so close to you that
you fear collision. The next question is, in case of a nocturnal collision, how to get
hold of that perpetrator. We have already experienced twice that the perpetrator dis
appeared during the night, and we were left with significant damage. Skippers who
are inconsiderate enough to enter a de- -- 1-.--rin; .r -luring night hours and
ram other boats, do not hesitate to slip ,, i I l i .... I the cover of the night.
I leave these questions to you readers for discussion. Answers are welcome.
It would be a good solution if the charter bases would advise the skippers of their
boats NOT to enter into the middle of anchoring areas during night hours. If they
cannot avoid arriving after dark, they should anchor behind the last yachts.

For Ships that Pass

in the Night

by Peter Nuttycombe

In the cruising world, as everywhere else, people come and people go; how nice it
is to leave a little memento behind to just say "I passed this way." Little by little,
stone by stone, a wall is being formed on Isla Sur at Las Aves Barlovento. It is where
many cruisers have taken the opportunity to mark their stay in this lovely area.
I will not use this space to say how nice it all is because we have this beautiful
bav all to ourselves... except for the hundreds of birds. At the time of this writing

'We were here!' Robyn adds to the cruisers' memento wall at Isla Sur, Las Aves

(January), they are busy making nests and feeding their chicks. But if you happen
to pass this way, you will also see the brilliantly clear water and wonderful coral
teeming with fish. The local fishermen are friendly and -in exchange for six Cokes
and two Playboys we dine on fresh fish. Our bread-making is down to a fine art
and so what better supper can you have than fresh fish with bread and butter.
Sadly, after four weeks, we must move on; our stores are getting low and other
commitments are calling.
We pause to thank the little islands, to say good-bye to the wall and all those
yachts "i .-- i ... i ... ..
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by Norman Faria

Fons Oerlemans and his companion Margaretha Arens lived up to their reputation of
traveling the Atlantic in unusual craft when they recently arrived in Barbados's Carlisle
Bay in a junk-rigged schooner made from scrap metal -in a shape of a bottle.
They were last in the island in 1981 in a converted industrial boiler, thankfully
with the internal tubing removed. They also made a crossing to Trinidad on a raft

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made of two steel pontoons. Then there was the trip from New York to Europe in a
truck sitting on a raft with the propeller shaft hooked up to the engine and the cou
ple actually steering with the wheel and using the rear-view mirrors to check on fol
lowing seas.
The latest means of transport was actually based on the shape of a flying boat
designed and built by Fons to break the Blue Ribbon record across the North
Atlantic from New York to the Scilly Isles. When that attempt was ditched, Fons and
Margaretha kept the bottle shape for the water trip.
The idea came to them when they remembered the several bottles with written
messages inside that they threw over the side on previous crossings. The hull is from
. scrap cylinder found at a manufacturing plant. With the adc i 'I .I
Sand "cork", it is ten metres long. The hull is six centimetres i,, i ...
with six sturdy frames. Message InA Bottle, as it is called, has a long, one-tonne bal
last keel but the rolling was so severe that two stabilizing wing keels were later weld
ed on. It also has an 85-horsepower Nanni diesel engine. The masts are from recy

cled utility/light poles from their hometown of Antwerp in Belgium. ("They taper: big
.;-1 vtr-ii ~t -ottom and thin and light at top. Perfect!" says I ... .. i. i
I ... in the boat's name was from a project to i IA African
countries, collect written messages from school children there urging an end to
poverty, and take the messages to the United Nations headquarters in New York. As
with their own efforts at communication through discarded bottles (they never did
receive any replies), that also didn't pan out but they visited Africa anyway where
they had a wonderful stay. From the Cape Verde isles they made a leisurely, 33-day

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run to Barbados. The hull was okay but the bow configuration may have kept them
back. "Sometimes the cork at the bow went into the sea and woosh! the water
would come right back to the cockpit," explained 61 year old Margaretha.
They plan to stay in Barbados a few weeks to mull over their options, including
i.,krin' Telling the boat to a beverage making firm to use in public relations.
'. 1111 111 I t island, they renewed acquaintances with Barbadian couple John
"Rusty" Edgehill and wife Belina. Rusty, then a charterboat skipper, had met Fons
and Margaretha on their arrival off the east coast of the island on a previous visit.
Echoing a March report by the UN body FAO that pelagic (migratory ocean) fish
species such as basking sharks and blue fin tuna are depleted, the couple said they
were amazed at how little marine life they saw on this trip. Fons: "On our previous
trips, we saw rows and rows of dorados around the boat, and many sea birds, but
this time virtually nothing."
How did they meet? Margaretha: "I will tell you. It was in 1979 when nd
carefree and I answered, I don't know why, an advertisement in a : I a
woman to accompany Fons on one of its adventures. I was one of 61 women who replied
and I was, as they say, successful in my application and to this day still successful."
"She is a woman of quick decision who likes adventure and has many more posi
tive qualities," said the 69 year old Fons, an engineering technician by trade. They
havetwosons n I i I.....
What's the : I I ,; ... ...i et off the water this time; maybe some
thing on land in South America," said Fons, adding that another book, to join three
others, will also be written about this crossing.

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Mix of Tradition and High Thch
by Norman Faria

ed to make a Caribbean cruise, he chose a rela- .
tively modern craft, a fiberglass Achilles 24 class
sloop made in 1975. For his trip he also installed
all the latest navigational aids, put on Navik self
Yet, he also acquired a traditional mooring ball e
and gear to -ti-drogue while at anchor.
This mix I 1I I -, and high tech has worked
out well for William, who made a 24 day crossing
to Barbados from the Canary Islands. A forestry
development specialist, he had left Cornwall in
the southwest of England in August last year and
stayed for six months in Portugal.
"I think there is a role for some traditional prac
tices. 71 t.o I I I i ,,I .......I
easier, I I. .II1 I .1 h111,,- ,
He agrees newfangled technology can some
times stop working. He has a back up sextant,
for example.
William said he was influenced to use the black
anchor ball, which is hoisted in the : ..,,,. ,, the
bows while at anchor, because hi,- Iii, and
brother served in the Royal Navy. We don't see it
too much on cruising yachts these days, though
William says he saw a few on the voyage so far,
pointing to another yacht astern in Carlisle Bay Something old, something new.... Aluffe combines
with a smaller one. the best of both
Aside from installing the new technology after
he bought the boat five years ago, he also replaced the stainless steel rigging and overhauled the original Petter
six horsepower diesel.
Why did he chose the British made Achilles 24? "My girlfriend, Jacqui, once sailed on one and when we dis
cussed a boat about that size for the Caribbean trip, she recommended it. We saw an ad for one in our local paper,
the Cornish Guardian, and it turned out to be a good choice. I wanted something small because it would be easy
on my limited budget and the Achilles had a good reputation for blue watrr -r:i=in 1 ---it several making Atlantic
crossings and even circumnavigations," said William, who has taken the . 1. ... )urse.
The Achilles 24 was designed by Oliver Lee in 1971 and approximately .... I by Butler Mouldings in
Wales. There is a vibrant owners' association and the boats have good re sale value.
From Barbados, William was due to head for St. Lucia's Rodney Bay on Aluffe. Then, it's a leisurely sail north
to Antigua in time for the Classic Yacht ,,, here he hopes to sign on as crew on one of the boats. Jacqui
was due to meet him in St. Lucia for that I I journey.

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In the words of a famous songwriter, Margarita is

an island that "you can check out, but never
leave". I will be able to provide a few wonderful
stories in regards to the attributes of Porlamar in sub-
sequent issues, but the events of the last journey
compelled me to give you a glimpse into some other
realities of cruising in the Caribbean.
Our original destination, once we had left Cumana
on the Venezuelan mainland, was to be Grenada and
our arrival had been delayed by numerous calamities
of the mechanical nature. After tremendous amounts
of good fortune and drama that only getting work done
in Venezuela could provide, we were ready to continue
on to the "Spice Island".
Ladyhawke had a few ideas on the best route to
reach Grenada. The first option was to bash our way
to Los Testigos, rest a day or two, then continue the
bash against wind and wave directly to Grenada. The
other option we discovered was the coastal Venezuelan
route, which involves a quiet day-sail directly towards
the mainland of Venezuela. Sail until you are two
miles from the coastline, at which point you drop sail
and motor parallel to the coast using the counter-cur
rent to nudge you towards a straight rhumb line
towards Grenada. At dawn's early light you just make
a hard left turn, put up the sails and, voila, you end
up with a nice sail into Grenada.
Our decision, based on the weather forecast of calm
winds and seas for a four-day period, was to attempt
the bash. The coastal route was riveted with cruiser
stories of pirate perils which, in reality, had been
embellished to a point of a great Disney movie.
We headed off towards Los Testigos, leaving at a gentle
man's time of 3:OOAM. With our minds set on a wonderful
day snorkelling at Los Testigos and the owners desire to
just chill and bask in the tropical splendour, the reliabili
ty of the weather forecast came into question very early as It was thumbs up and Grenada bound for our clean sh
our wind-speed indicator hit numbers over 25 knots. Our

decisions were to bear off, throw up some sail, then, if we
had to, tack back into the islands. Our speed over ground
reached levels that caused all on board to smile with the
glee that reaches down to the soul of every sailor world
wide. The course was set and we were heading the right
way. The sunset was magnificent, even though we settled
in with the fact that we were not going to see Los Testigos.
Just as we thought all was in the groove, we encoun
tered a tremendous current giving us a sideswiping
drift that was no less than incredible.
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-contiunedfrom previous page drug runner's point of view, I guess it would be the end
We were on our way to the middle of the Caribbean Sea! of the world. We discussed details of the vessel, crew
We made course corrections and decided that we should and all other aspects of identification with the radio
just beeline it towards the closest mark for Grenada. Our controller on board the cutter. The discussion seemed
to be drawing to a close and we
stood by on Channel 10 waiting for
them to bid us good bye, farewell,
.4 adios amigos. The moments passed

We chatted for a fair amount of time and watched
helplessly as one of the Coast Guard's finest proceed
ed to give us all a demonstration of the signs of severe
sea sickness The Ireen clnw that he emitted linked AS

...our slogfest' (left) was interrupted
by a surprise visit from the US
Coasties (right)

course took us to the west II I -1.. 1 i, i.
equivalentofabrick wall. .. .1 ... .i I .I -
and seeing the drift taking us to destinations so far away,
we felt it would be quicker to go around the world than try
and make Grenada by the next morning. The best thing

I '' '', i.'. '.'..h I ... .. I 1 I'"."'IIh I, h h ,i
itself, kept me satisfied to stay out there for 40 days and
40 nights if need be. All on board adjusted to our new real
ity and we set our minds i i1. -i i 1 wards the
islands. The winds picked 'i ....i. that gave
us some exciting moments riding through 15-foot seas.
We adjusted accordingly and sailed on.
The groove was instantly shattered by a blip on the
radar that showed a vessel approaching at tremendous
velocity. My watch saw the lights go by, only to reap
pear after arcing around towards us. In a blink of an
eye, the cockpit around me erupted with a searing light
which caused me to think I was witnessing the end of
the world from a safe distance. The voice over the radio
announced that it was indeed not the end of the world,
but the US Coast Guard. Perhaps from a smuggler's or

- and finally we were given the go
ahead by the controller to continue
on our journey. We were making a
whopping 2.2 knots SOG, so I am
sure they couldn't be worried that
we could out-run their 45 kph
floating techno-fortress. Perfect
timing for me, as my watch was
ending and my berth was looking
Thirty minutes into our continued slog, the radio
barked to life: "SV Ladyhawke. This is US Coast Guard.
Please prepare for our boarding party!" Out of nowhere,
-n; -rn .- rocket ship appeared with all the lights and
: .i .. I high seas law enforcement. Their timing
must have been made for dramatic effect as we had
just entered a squall zone which brought torrents of
rain and a whip of wind which made it a chore for the
fellows to board. I can honestly tell you that the pilot
earned his money on this manoeuvre. After several
attempts all five officers were on board, fully ready for
every eventuality of armed combat or high seas rescue.
I am sure part of the perks for th'"- .11-- is the cool
gear they get to sport. They were : .' 1' aind court
ous, but no doubt about it, they were all business.
They went through the safety systems on the vessel,
which was the supposed reason for the boarding, and
made a thorough interrogation of myself and the other
crew on board. The real reason for their boarding was
apparent after all these swabs were taken throughout
Ladyhawke. They were whisked back to the main ship
for analysis of, you guessed it, "narcotics"!

if he'd swallowed a glow stick. Poor guy! We all felt for
him as he probably didn't know what was worse, being
seasi-l -r tr'in- so hard to hide it. Both require copi
ous .... .... energy.
The results arrived to tl 1 Ii. -1 time for
them to start their creative :.. I .. I .11 of us on
board. All was found to be in order and Ladyhawke
passed the safety inspection with flying colours, even
with a Canadian captain!
We all exchanged good wishes and up came the orange
rocket ship to take the officers back to their computer
ized haven. Our inventory of Cuban cigars was slightly
and happily depleted as we shook hands signalling the
end of our official business on the high seas.
The discussion between the yacht's crew and owner
after the Coast Guard left was vibrant and spirited.
After all, 11. i ,, i.... sure broke up a dull night for
us. Our ..i.... ..I I one American, one British citi
zen and one Canadian all agreed that we were happy
that the US Coast Guard was on duty off the coast of
Venezuela. All of those folks with stories from other
areas of the world complaining about the inconven
ience of a Coast Guard boarding, need to feel the relief
and confidence that we carry from this day forth trav
selling in high-risk waters. Thank you and a tip of the
hat to the US Coast Guard! May they always be there
and never run out of Dramamine.


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Treasures come in many forms. It is not limited to gold, silver, rubies or diamonds.
We discovered a true treasure last year while Kathy and I were visiting Le Marin,
Martinique, when we were befriended by Father Luc Philippon. He is native to
Martinique. When he was years ten old his parents sent him to Paris to continue his
education. Every year during summer break he was able to return to the island he
loved and the family that loved him. Father Lu- ;-.-.-t 1 f;. .--.; -sity with a
degree in law. He had a successful law practice i.. i .... i ...... ... In his late
30s he felt called to enter the priesthood and return to his native Martinique. He is
currently the parish priest of Ste. Anne and Le Marin.
On the day we met Father Luc we were lost -physically, not spiritually. It was dur
ing our third trip up the hill in Le Marin
where the church is located that he took
p ity o n u s H e: ... 1 . . .-. .. .
the window of I. l. I ..... .. I.I
and second attempts to find the office of
tourism. We had been told by two busi
ness owners down in the marina area that
the office of tourism was located at the top
of the hill very close to the Catholic
churl C--rn ti- ti r-1 time he came
outol0 I.. II ... I .Iii couldbeof
any assistance to us. At this point we were
f--1n, pretty stupid and gladly accepted
S. We explained what we were look
ing for. He smiled and said, "The office you
are looking for is in the marina area." We
must have looked pathetic because he
then said, "Let me walk you there." He
Father Lac showed us a sugar cane went back into his office to inform the
train (above). His parish includes the church secretary that he was taking his
pretty church at Ste Anne (below) lunch break. Then the three of us headed
down the hill.

Aia1 ,-

After a lovely visit while walking we arrived at the marina building that housed the
office of tourism. We expressed our gratitude to him and said our good-byes. When
we came out of the building Father Luc was waiting for us. He asked us if we would
like to join him for lunch. As any cruiser knows who has dined out on the French
islands the cost per person for an average lunch will run at least $25. We were faced
with a decision. I looked over at Kathy and she said with her eyes, "You decide." I
accepted the offer, with the full intention of picking up the check.
Father Luc ordered appetizers, sangria, mineral spirits and our entrees. The lunch
was fabulous and the conversation non-stop. I knew we had just blown our food
budget for the next two weeks but by this time I f 11 ... i.... i .1. I ..c was worth
every penny. I then learned something about the ..II... i i ..i.... ." It was time
for us to go and the wail i ., i I .1 ..- ..... .i I used myself and walked
over to our waiterand I ,1i ,,l ... .. ii. 1. I He gave me a look that
communicated, "You A ...... .. i .. ..... I i- d in a curt voice, "The
check has been taken care of." What I learned is that the French still honor their
priests and will often Compp" them their meals. Because we w Ii. .. i I 11.
Luc, our debt was paid. All I can say is that I was humbled i i .. .....
ity took a giant step forward.
After lunch Father Luc asked if we would make one more trip up the hill. A parish
ioner had given him a box of limes and we could have as many as we wanted. I real
ly did not care about the limes but by this time I was intrigued by the Father and
just wanted to spend some monr .... II,. I i ,, v him.
Before leaving him that day I -1 I i, ,, I i, to come to our boat and have
lunch with us. He accepted and the next day we picked him up at the dinghy dock
and had a delightful afternoon visiting on Grano de Oro. As soon as we arrived
aboard the boat Father Luc went below to change out of his black clothes and
remove his priest's collar. He reappeared wearing flowery swim trunks and a
Hawaiian shirt. We I I i ... Brie, pate, red wine and barbecued dorado. He
had never seen his cl.... I. i .... I. water and was impressed with its beauty sitting
at the top of the hill.
Two days later Father Luc picked us up in his car at the marina and he spent the
entire day giving us a tour of his island. We went to several rum distilleries and a
sugar cane plantation. He took us to Sainte Marie where he was raised. Everywhere
we went people greeted him warmly. He took us to the places he enjoyed. We
lunched, .1 1 ,... T 1 T .... e, at one of his favorite seafood restaurants. The
day was f..l i I I .. ., ...... many laughs and getting to know a new friend.

Yacht Crime 'To Do' List

Since our report on yacht-related crime in the
October 2006 issue of Compass and the subsequent
meeting of law enforcement officials, tourism officials
and cruisers in December 2006 (see Compass
February 2007), what steps are being taken or con
sidered to address the problem which has threatened
the second most important form of tourism in the
Eastern Caribbean?
First, to provide an accurate perspective on the
problem of crime against yachts, the issue of mean
ingful data collection is being discussed. At the meet
ing in December hosted by the ,. .e.. ,, of
Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), :.... i i I, lata
presented was extrapolated from information collected
by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net, which
meets on single sideband radio each morning on
HF8104.0 at 1215 UTC, principally to accept reports
and to provide answers about security issues.
Following on the meeting, Net Controller Melodye
Pompa circulated a letter to all attendees, which cau
toned that raw numbers of crimes against yachts
reported annually from ni--n location must be bal
anced t-. -int "yacht I. the number of yachts
per da i 11.I entire year- in order to provide a
meaningful analysis.
"For instance," Melodye wrote, "in 2002 Grenada
showed 31 reports, which is a high water mark for all
member states, all years. There were, however, over
500 yachts spending the hurricane season in
Grenada... and with increased population comes
increases in crime (500 yachts for a four-month peri
od equals over 60,000 yacht days). Similarly, 2004
and 2005 showed, for Grenada, a significant decrease
in reports until you recall that those were Hurricane
Ivan recovery years, with very few yachts spending the
hurricane season in Grenada....
"The correlation coefficient of 'yacht days' is more
appropriate to normalize this data than yacht arrivals
figures.... Yacht arrivals do not include those charter
vessels in, for instance, the BVI and St. Vincent & the
Grenadines which spend their entire time within terri
trial waters, nor does it allow for long visits such as
that described above in Grenada.
"While yacht days' are not difficult to capture for
private cruising yachts (simply the difference between
clear in day and clear out day), it is more difficult to

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Private sector initiative. This is one of the new security
features at the Power Boats yard in Trinidad. Unless
you look very carefully, you do not see the track for
the fence, which rolls out at 11PM. People call it
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capture for the charter yacht, and these yacht days'
must come from each charter company's booking
records. I do think, however, that it is possible to get
to this number, and having it will make tracking our
progress in combating crime against yachts a more

meaningful effort."
Lynne Glasscoe, Chairman of the Safety & Security
Committee of the Marine Industries Association of St.
Lucia (MIASL), noted in a position paper that yacht
security must be looked at from an anti-crime, rather
than antiterrorism perspective. As the legal systems
of many Eastern Caribbean countries do not different
tiate between commercial and recreational vessels,
"ships" are increasingly being subjected to new, oner
ous maritime regulations which, she says, are "aimed
squarely at the so called terrorism threat virtually
to the exclusion of measures needed to address the
clear and present threats from criminal activity... to
the yachting industry."
The paper adds that currently in St. Lucia, for exam
ple, there is no legal or institutional regime within the
criminal justice system aimed specifically at crime
prevention/prosecution within the yachting industry
(or the tourism industry as a whole) nor is there a legal
definition of "yacht" in any Act.
MIASL's position paper included the following
,i. t i, .l i i .. ri mustbeaninte
gral part .1 1 . I .,I, ..... .. ures.
Public private partnerships in the provision
of security should be an interim measure to augment
current government safety measures.
Marine Police/Coast Guard Units must be
the focal point of law enforcement partnerships.
Governments should aim to equip Marine
Police/Coast Guard Units with required resources to
be the sole enforcer of maritime rul .- .. I ... .1..
Cruisers will brand "The i .,I ,i i ..... i
if one, or a few islands have problems. The Caribbean
must therefore act in concert, not in blocs.
Governments and the public must be made
aware of the economic importance of the yachting sec
tor, otherwise none of the above will happen.
As national governments and regional bodies such
as the OECS examine data collecting methods in
regard to yacht crimes, and as national legislation is
amended to reflect yacht tourism's requirements, the
private sector remains active, with business associa
tions organizing harbor security patrols with more or
less ongoing success, and marinas increasingly
I i ..... .ates and watchmen among their essen

And as ever, the Safety and Security Net continues
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taken by '--rnmm nt In-] businesspeople to help
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Crewing is a simple thing. Do what you are told, as
you are told, and make do with the accommodations.
It is sort of like renting, rather than owning, a home,
except you do all the maintenance. Captains are the
lords on the water, supposed to make the voyage safe
and keep the passengers and crew confident and smil-
ing. They come in various shapes, sizes, moods and
mood swings. Because captains are responsible, what
they ask has to be respected and completed just as
they want. Mutiny is not an option!
The relationship between captains and crew is a lot
like a marriage. Listen, do it as fast and as well as it
can be done, keep your mouth shut, and everything
should be harmonious. Although this might seem to
define a relationship with a shrewish wife, most often
that type of captain is not called "honey" but "mother",
under one's breath.
Single-handers are both commodore and mate, and
talk to themselves just to hear the orders. We've all
soloed; some like it more than others. To me it is like
serving a solitary-confinement prison sentence. A solo
circumnavigator once said he liked it because there
was never an .;--;;*' t 1 -.-t --here to anchor. He'd
just divorced I .I .. I, I I
Since most of us see both sides of crewing and lead
ing we tend to value opinions and make cruising
almost democratic. I usually offer no opinion, unless
the decision is to anchor on a reef. One buddy on a
Grenadines trip consistently waited until both of my
hooks were planted before ritualistically saying, "I
wouldn't have done that."
My first skipper was undeniably the best. Could be
because I was a totally ignorant novice, thus Skip was
godlike, but I learned a lot. Skip was raised close to my
home in the States and the same age. He actually taught
a captains' course so he was skipper, mentor and drink
ing buddy. Navigation, sea conditions, and getting the
feel of a vessel were extra-credit courses learned while
sailing throughout the Lesser Antilles. Diesel mechanics,
!.,i .,.1 -. i. and DC current, were the "earn as you
... I- .- that finally got me a boat.
Slightly above ignorant, I began to have crew and
was democratic until I had to put steward Fast Eddie
off the boat for drinking excessive amounts of the
guests' beers.
Once, on a quarter-moon night, I put a mate on the
bow as we rounded Ram's Head into Coral Bay. I
thought I knew where the reef was, but it didn't hurt
to have someone watching, only to find out after
anchoring the dude was night-blind.
Another classic crewmember was Florida Mike. I
thought he was just laid back until I realized he could fall
asleep while you were talking with him. He had narcolep
sy, sleeping sickness. At least he wasn't a sleepwalker.
The best crew may have been a young lady from
Australia working her way around the globe. As we
were about to pick up passengers I found her scrub
bing the head with a toothbrush, my only one.
The worst was a penniless solo artist who claimed

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matter how I phrased "drop the I I. grimaced
as if I'd insulted his heritage. Finally we parted com-
pany after he scolded me for not tipping a
Venezuelan cabbie more.
Years went by before I r-----I ;rn People always
say, "No good 1 1 -:; ...... I 1 ut I've learned
the hard way I help a buddy no one else will
help". A year after Hurricane Hugo annihilated St.
Thomas, an older skipper took his single-screw Krogen
trawler out of the hurricane belt to Venezuela rather
than pay the increased insurance premiums. If the
fact that his ...i .. .. I i..- to travel with us wasn't
enough of a I'.. 11. .1, than pay" should have
given it away. The entire two days featured a huge

My first skipper was

undeniably the best.

Could be because I was

a totally ignorant novice

beam sea with no steadying sail, cheese-spread sand
wiches, no music, and only one shared bunk. He did
:.'I .. ..... for my return airfare.
I. 1 greatest experiences was sailing under
Captain Hope McLawrence in the Carriacou Regatta.
His Imagine was the most traditional workboat and we
won the round-the-island race that year. The well
used, once-discarded Moorings mainsail on the tele
phone-pole mast, boom gasketed with a treadless auto
tire, pushed the old wood boat to a good lead. Few ever
get a f( i I .1 ..i.. .11. basic at-sea manners
mixed 'I I 1 ,, I I ,, like Hope.
-1 1. I I I now their boats. You probably know
I. - I .i. i. i, I hour, grinning tales of hard rocks
and gales, but you've never sailed with him. I helped
such a buddy get his boat from the hard in Trinidad to
Grenada. No big repairs, like replacing the forestay, or
engine work, had even commenced before I arrived or
until we departed. Suddenly we were leaving, rushing to
buy whatever necessities, Immigration, Customs, and
fuel dock. He said he had checked the weather.

Offshore a good distance we were hit with a serious
electrical storm and then becalmed. Starting the
motor, the 11 .... ...... -. .... I I was dark by
then so we i .11 i I. ,1. ........ IIi i .... as the skip
slept. After my uninterrupted six-hour watch he
awoke a combination Captain Bligh and Mr. Hyde.
After he snarled a long list of "whys", I shrugged. "It's
your boat" must have been the wrong answer. I'm
thankful I wasn't lashed to the mast before we hit
Prickly Bay.
After a few years, an owner should confidently know
the ins and outs of his yacht. Crewing to Margarita,
- ,. ,*, I r older owner who had been day-char
I... i I.. I learned that this might not always
'I had waited days for that famous, but
seldom seen, "weather window". It was only an
overnighter from Trinidad with decent weather. We
sailed downwind doing four-hour watches until dawn
when he tried to start the motor. Seems the following
seas had flooded the diesel with water. It apparently
had needed some sort of one-way flow valve for years,
since this skip nervously said, "It always happens".
Then the mainsail, not all that old, started to tear.
"Hc--- 1, :-n rn-. -r in P-rlamar to anchor?"
he i....II i 1.11 I .1 i until we reached
VHF range. He then enlisted all on the net to be ready
to assist with an inflatable fendering fleet. It took the
remaining voyage to explain that Magellan didn't have
an engine. Luckily we found adequate room to maneu
ver, fall off, and comfortably drop the hook and the
sails as the forewarned sailmaker and mechanic
rubbed their eager hands together.
i i i'. i .ke some money and experience tug
Sii i ,',i' most bizarre captain, Tugboat Tim.
Tim cut a fine, deep-tanned figure, always adorned in
a different flowered shirt and expensive sunglasses.
He seemed very successful, always buying the next
round, so when he asked about crewing, I affirmed.
His tug was a converted supply boat with plenty of
power, electronics, and one room that served as galley,
salon and bunks with a private head. I was half the
crew. It was supposed to be a one-week trip to five
island t- 1- .---it. rane and a dredge. Tim
knew i I .. I and handled the tug as
an appendage. The small aft deck had the tow horns
and extra hawsers. Again, no music. What's with
tuneless boats?
With the first dawn and a fresh pot of coffee, I could
feel my insides ready to rumble. I started to the head
and found the lid sealed with several bands of gray
duct tape. Cranky from several hours without his
usual ration of -r' Tim grunted that it was out of
service. When I II I to do a simple fix, as it was a
regular flush toilet, Tim again snorted it wasted too
much water and to use the designated five-gallon
bucket on the aft deck. I had checked the watermaker
when I inspected the engines on my watch, but hey,
we could sort it out once what was rumbling inside me
was out.
As I precariously squatted above the seatless bucket
and tried to eliminate while the tug pitched through the
seas, Tim appeared and wanted to chat. It seems this
bucket was part of his particular mystique, and he
related how he enjoyed watching people adapt. I don't
think anyone could call me a prude, but "doing my
business" is a very private, seldom silent matter. Every
time nature called me, Tim arrived simultaneously with
stories of friends' "uptight" wives and business associ
ates leaving his boat constipated. If that wasn't bizarre
enough, Tim wanted to have discussions with the avail
able crew whenever he adorned his throne.
Boarding another's boat you get a real glimpse of
that skipper. We all have idiosyncrasies that especial
ly flare if things get tense. Think back on all you've
crewed for and all who've crewed for you. How many
were just "full of it"?


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lithering and wriggling along the bed of the
Caribbean Sea, a devious serpent, spawned off
the coast of Central America, streamed south
ward along the western shores of the island chain.
Pushed by a strong undertow, but a phenomenon
without wind, Benny slowly lashed island after island,
pounding and smashing each with a mighty sea surge.
No one knew the exact day or hour Benny would
strike; only that Benny was on the way. So long was it
in coming that each island secretly hoped it had
escaped the serpent's coils. In typical West Indian
fashion, the heated debate was not on Benny the phe
nomenon, but on the length of time its arrival had
been forecast. Consequently it was like a bolt from the
blue when and wherever Benny struck.
Quiet and stillness prevailed in St. Lucia. There was
not so much as a ripple on the water. In the early
--ninf pale the water acquired the appearance of a
S i windowpane. The outline of the coconut
branches and shingled, terra-cotta roofs on the oppo
site shore could barely be seen, for daylight had
already given way to dusk and the only hint of
approaching disaster was a concerned mother pacing
on a pier.

Those speedboats and other pleasure craft that had
been out for the day were already hosed down and tied
up. The lights along the quay were on. But in Lynne's
racing heart there were no lights on the Admiral Quay
pier that night. You see, her son Val had not yet
docked, and Benny had arrived.
The evening calm masked the destructive force with
which the sea surge hit. Most of the island's popular
tion only became aware of Benny's presence via the
early '-nin n ws telecast. All along the western
shore, i. ... -II. to north, Bei-' ' : : had left its
mark. Newscasters reported :,,. ..I I dollars in
damages. In low-lying areas Benny swamped beaches,
and crossed roads. Water flowed far inland, inundate
ing homes and business places in its path. In nearby
L i-- P 1ii .1.bF -f -r-tr -ll n -n-r-t- and
I i I Ih I Ih I ..... I hiter
race of the Royal Hotel evinced the serpent's strike.
The pictures portrayed a rueful .1.i . i 1 .. -1.
and staff busily mopped up the I.. ..I -I ... ... I
and lobby, knee deep in water.
Onward the camera rolled. Next to the Royal, the sea
had completely removed every ounce of sand from in
front of the ramp, the remnant of an old US Naval
Station mooring for seaplanes. The sand was thrown
yards back to where the local boys played football, cre
eating a ten-foot murky black pool where there had
once been a beach.

Positioning herself on her postage-stamp-sized lawn,
from where she could view, with a twist of her head,
both the pier and the television set in her living room
i.... i the wide-open terrace door, Lynne reasoned,
S'ven an overcast day. The bay is so calm. This
is the same water which flows from the sea through the
channel at the marina end of the bay. Surely I would

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have noticed a difference in the bay, a rise in the water
level, caps on the water, a little roughness, or some
wind perhaps.
Lynne continued looking out quizzically at the water
of the lagoon. Then the voice of the TV anchor caught
her ear again, reporting that the pier at Pigeon Island
was totally destroyed. Lynne focused her :. 'n the
television. The camera panned remains I ii. jetty
floating in the sea, and the water rushing all the way
into the Snooty Agouti beachside restaurant.
Then Lynne's panic truly set in. Pigeon Island was
the boy's destination. She flew the few steps down to
the pier.
Val and his friend Sachin were somewhere out there
in the midst of all of this. Val, named Valentine Paul
Holmes in commemoration of being born on February
14, was the most precious Valentine's Day present
Lynne had ever received. Two years later when her
daughter was born on December 24, she called her
Noelle, and knew that her children were priceless gifts.
The boys had set off in Val's dinghy on their cus
tomary 15-minute boat ride from their waterfront
homes a little after mid-afternoon with no idea of the

imminent undercurrent. With Val at the stern, the
dinghy pushed by a five-horsepower outboard engine
skimmed easily through the pewter water of the mari
na's narrow channel.
As they progressed into open water, the late afternoon
sun hid behind a cloud. Sachin, brushing aside his
.i. .. 1. .:k hair from his wide for-l -1 ;;;.-1 11
iI .. I too blue today, nor its t -.. i Ii I
Val studiously looked in all directions and replied,
"Not too blue? You mean not a hint of blue. But yeah,
a bit of a swell," and giving a little sigh he continued,
"Oh well, it's a short ride. We would only lime on the
island for an hour, two at the most. Remember, Lara
Croft beckons at six."
Looking towards the channel, all Lynne felt was a
black cloud descending, clamping her down. As she
continued patrolling, she raised both hands to her
head and squeezed the palms against her temples to
blot her mind, but still the frenzied question persist
ed. Where's Val? He knows that he should be home
before sunset. Where the hell is Val?
Suddenly, a falling palm branch startled her. She
peered toward an .rrr-.-hin: figure. Hopefully she
cried out, "Val, is I- .,
"No, Lynne. It's me, Paul."
"Any word?" she whispered.
"Come inside, Lynne. You're shivering."
"No, no, not yet," she pounded her hands on her hus
band's chest. She cried, "Have you heard anything?"
Paul tried to break the news as gently as he could.
"The Marine Patrol said the sea is very bad. They did
not see Val's dinghy in the bay."
He tried telling her, "I ran across to Sachin's home
and spoke with his parents.
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They said that the boys told them they would be
back by five because they wanted to go to the six
o'clock movie. They are just as worried as we are, but
they are keeping faith." But only "the sea is very bad"
resonated with Lynne.
"They always come back before dark. Paul, do you
think two fifteen-year-old boys could handle change
able weather conditions?"
"I think so. Remember their trek through the rain
forest when they got lost? They had to spend the night
in the open, didn't they? Well, didn't they?"
"But then they were in a group, with a guide,
although an inexperienced guide, a guide neverthe
less. Wherever the boys are now, there is no one else
with them. They did not carry ... 11...,. to eat and
what if they i .... ... 11. . i she shud
dered at the I. ...1.1 I I ...... the sea.
"Lynne," Paul reminded her, "they can more than
fend for themselves. Bear in mind all that swimming
S i,,. Ihey do! And don't forget the hiking and
I 1 1 are perfectly fit. I think they are still on
the island. There are enough places to take refuge,
and they can always find a breadfruit and roast it; you
know how they enjoy a good cook-up. Another plus is

that they could exit the island from the causeway."
"Yes," Lynne replied, "but a cook-up for pleasure is
far different than a cook-up for survival."
"All the more reason for a cook-up," Paul quickly replied.
"Do you think they will find them, Paul?"
Paul quivered as he replied, "Yes."
But Lynne was still hearing, "The sea is very bad".
Nearing the Pigeon Island '-.;-li;: -achin, perched
in the bow, turned and askea i -i. I i i we pull up on
the beach or tie the boat to the pier?"
"Tie it to the pier," Val quickly answered. "Don't
want a repeat of our Easter adventure." The memory
of that time, when they did not pull the dinghy far up
enough from the high-water mark, and the incoming
tide beat them to the boat, and dragged it into the bay,
was still very fresh in his mind.
""iimmnin.i after a boat in this swell would be no
fur. - I.... teased.
"Yeh, yeh," sing-songed Val. "Hurry up, let's get to
the saddle and get back down before the sea becomes
too rough."
They followed the winding pathways upwards to the
first lookout at the western end of the island with their
backs to the sea. They retraced their steps a little way
down and then they were in the saddle, as the wide
area sloping upwards from the island's western side to
the eastern point is called. "Race you to the point;"
Sachin challenged, and immediately both boys
increased their pace. When they got to the point and
were halfway up the single file path, Val, who was
behind, called out, "Notice anything?"
"What you mean?" Sachin hollered back.
"Well, there's not a single person on the paths today.
And look over your shoulder and see Rodney Bay."

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Sachin turned around in the path, missed his foot
ing and downward he went. Val's white face became
whiter as he saw his friend plummet over the narrow
ledge, then he heard a sharp thud. Oh God, I hope a
tree has broken his fall, he 1. ,,..1i1 i en he heard
a whimpering and called ot., i.... Sachin can
you hear me?" He put his hand to his ear in the
direction of where he thought Sachin had landed
but heard not a sound. He began sliding down on
his buttocks. "Sachin!" he called again and then he
heard another grunt. "Keep grunting, old buddy.
That way I will find you."
Meanwhile, - ': i ~\i '. vigil continued. "It is
nearly midnigi. ... I .1 1. m the patio. "Lynne,
come and get some sleep," he tried reasoning with her.
"No, I'm waiting for Val. I cannot sleep."
"But he won't come from the sea, the water is kick
ing. At least come inside and lie down," he pleaded.
"I'll get something to relax you." And going into the
kitchen, he emerged after a few minutes with a glass
of warm milk into which he had emptied the pulver
ized contents of two sleeping pills. "Sip this," he
coaxed. About an hour later he led her into the house
and up the stairs to bed.

Lynne awoke with a start, screaming, "The siren!"
She .... i. I .. "Don't you hear the siren?"
i, 1i -.. ie mumbled.
"Don't you hear the siren?" she kept repeating.
Paul pushed back the pillow that was over his head
and listened, "Oh, that's on the opposite side of the
bay, on the highway."
"So early?" said Lynne.
"What time is it?" he asked.
Lynne looked at the clock on the bureau and said,
"Half six."
Just then the phone rang and Paul reached to his
bedside table and picked up the receiver, "Yes, Holmes
here," and then there was a long silence as Paul
sucked in his breath and listened, his face arnm inr
paler. After a while he asked, "But are they I11
And again he held his breath while Lynne screamed,
"What's wrong? Tell me what's the matter with them?"
'-n -- ----r her bedside lamp in her hysteria.
i ... 1 11 gave a sigh of relief saying "Thank God,"
over and over and over.
He put back the receiver on its cradle and held her
close. "They are okay," he whispered. Lynne sobbed
uncontrollably, her tears of relief r'- -1---, his
chest. "That was the park warden ol I .. i -I i he
continue i 1. -i .. i .....1.1 the island. Sachin
fell over 1. i.11 .. i .. . ,. i ue him, Val twist
ed his ankle. They found them about 15 minutes ago.
The siren you heard was the ambulance taking them
to hospital -collarbone, rib cage, and kneecap
injuries plus a few other broken bones and some
bruises here and there, but they will live. We'll get all
the details when we see them."
And the surge, the serpent that was Benny moved on,
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The sea not too blue today,

nor its usual flat self

APRIL 2007

Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
This should be a productive month for you on the seas
of business or finance, with the high tide on the 19th.
Make the most of this aspect.
TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
As love interests ebb, your creativity will flow for the
next three weeks.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Members of the opposite sex may present ill winds for
you this month. Perhaps a solo sail will raise your spirits.
SCANCER (22 Jun 23 Jul)
You will feel the rising winds of energy after the 9th. But
you will have little direction and will feel blown to and fro.
Make the best of it by concentrating on completing physi
cal tasks aboard instead of mental ones.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
This should be a good month for marine business
prospects. Use your creative flair to best advantage by
making new contacts and exploring new ideas.
H VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
You may meet with contrary currents caused by members
of the opposite sex this month. Just stick to your course
and eventually they will come to see things your way.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Although communications may become garbled, your
love life should show signs of picking up favorable tides.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
This month will be mellow sailing for you. Smooth seas
and clear skies.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
It looks like you will meet with opposition no matter which
tack you take. This aspect should sail away early next month.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
You may have difficulty getting your creative ideas
across to others. Try signal flags perhaps?
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Do your best to stay on the rhumb line, as your love
interests may distract you from business concerns around
the 18th.

PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
You may find it hard to keep your sense of humor on an
even keel, and it will seem that everything you try will be
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Crossword Solution
4) TRAITS 25) TAR 12) TEAK
7) TUT 26) TOT 14) TABLE
21) TAT 5) TALE

Jsilan Poet

How Do I Explain?
How do you capture the infinite?
The shades of blue, the shades of green...
No artist can mix all the pigments.
No camera can catch the contrasts.
No poem can project the depth.

How do you describe the feelings?
The caress of the soft breezes on your skin,
The cool immersion into the sea,
The wind in the sails with the wheel in your hands,
The calm and quiet of sunrise in the bay.

How do you count when there are so many?
So many stars in the clear night sky,
So many beautiful creatures in the sea,
So many islands, so many bays,
So many beaches of crystal white sand.

I've only one lifetime.
I've started so late...

John Rowland


I swim wherever I want
No one can say "you can't";
I'm a dolphin
Who goes anywhere I wish.

Many don't want me to be,
They want to catch me,
Even use me in their movie,
Some want to eat me.

Others want to destroy me
and everything in the sea.
I'm asking everyone to care for the sea
And cherish me and my family

Let's Sail Away

Let us sail away
to the stars if you may
On my gravity-ship Atlantis
Past Pluto if you wish
And look down on earth
the land of my birth

Let us sail away
On the wings of a dove
(for we are in love)
High above the waters
And fill the wind with laughter
And we'll look down
In search of whatever there is to be found

Let us sail away
Way past the clay, way past the bay
Into the earth's core like an oil drill
All this we can do your wish is my will
We'll look for hell down under
And feel the fire in the other side
We'll travel the length and breadth,
Deep and wide f
So lets sail away to a place where we can just be
And live like paupers and still be happy

,- Kedisha Compton

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Conpaass Cruasing Crossword Nautical Alphabet:

..... Time for 'T'

1) Make up lines or they'll do this
3) Having a gam
4) In sailboats, weatherliness and crankiness are these
7) D i -. .;~.i : ---. f- a king?
9) T; I I duty to be paid on cargo
10) Racers use these and strategy
12) Take care of
13) A mast has this shape to decrease weight aloft
14) Contaminates
17) "All-a- -o" means shipshape
20) Some marline is this
21) You can get a tit for this
22) Containers for liquid
i ....i .... speak
25) Old word for deckhand
26) Short drink
27) Reefing or lowering sail (two words)

1) aback, let wind get on wrong side of sail
2) Aftermost rail
3) What sheets on a well-trimmed sail are
4) Rope end
5) Yarn
6) Treated, as leather
8) Short for 15 Down
11) Tool for painting ratlines
12) Hardwood used for decks, etcetera
1 j ,.1 canvas cover
16) Upper break of rudder
17) Change course through the wind
18) Body art on 25 Across
19) In a yacht race, the finish line is your
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The Good Soucouyant
by Lee Kessell
Angy was the baby of the family and she lived with her mother Sonia, brother Jim and sister Eldira in a small
village on the edge of the rainforest deep in the heart of St. Lucia. As Angy was only three years old she was too
I ..... 'I. .i I 1 with Jim and Eldira but one morning she had her chance. Sonia had been mean
S, i i. 1 -.. I ,.. ges, it had one of those annoying latches that, once you i. ,, .1, ,, h ad closed
it, sprang right back open the moment your back was turned. This is just what happen I I,. I. i morning.
Sonia was busy in the house, Angy was -1-.;; i; th- '.rden and when Jim and Eldira grabbed their school bags
and hurried off to school Sonia called oli I -... I gate close!"
Jim and Eldira ran off down the dusty road to catch up to their friends and were soon out of sight but baby
Angy could still hear them and she wanted to go too and when she looked up, expecting to see the gate closed, it
was OPEN! Such an invitation col -l 1-t -- in-r--l and Angy .-t ;i on to her strong little legs and toddled over
to the gate, through it and on to 1. I.. I 1 hurried .11 11 big children as fast as her little legs would
go and when she came to a small path leading off into the cool forest she took it instead of keeping to the road
that led to the school. Angy quickly forgot about the big boys and girls because she saw a pretty green and brown
lizard dart across the path. She followed the lizard, watching it catch little ants with its long, quick tongue and
before long she was completely lost, tired and thirsty. Angy sat down where she was and cried. When nobody came
to see what she wanted, she picked herself up and looked for the lizard again. It was still there and when it hur
ried off, so did Angy and fortunately the lizard led her to a small puddle of clear water by the roots of an old tree.
Back home, Sonia went out into the garden to pick -; "i*'-and take her for 1-.-;-; ,--.1 -i, 11i I ,,i ..
I ii .11.1 i I ..... I ii, ... saw the i GATE. "Ooh m eg, I .. .. Ih 11. -, i I ii ... ..
i,,i ... ... .i ,i I I, 1 r her baby and when Jim and Eldira came home from school and still no
Angy she wailed with anguish. Jim, being the "man of the house", organized a search with the village men and by the
time they had eaten, it had grown quite dark. Flambeaux -that's what they needed, so they wrapped rags about the
ends of long sticks, dipped them in kerosene and lit them. They burned bright and lighted their way through the forest.
Now, we come to old Mama Stephanie. She was a secret soucouyant... and if you don't know what a soucouyant
is, let me tell you that it is an evil creature indeed, a village woman who has sold her soul to the devil so that she
can climb out of her skin and become a ball of light. Under this disguise the soucouyant roams about until she
finds a baby, then she will drink its blood. Once a soucouyant is known, you just have to find the skin, rub salt
on it and when the soucouyant returns before cock crow and climbs into her salty skin she will be done for good!
But Mama Stephanie was not like that. She did not sell her soul to the devil, one night she simply woke up and
found herself a soucouyant. All Mama Stephanie did was I ,,i 1. r n ;.. about the rainforest something
she had always wanted to do since she was a little child. I. I ..... I I .... heard about Angy she determined
that if the men didn't find her, she would.
So the men set off and they couldn't find Angy anywhere because they were going in the wrong direction. Mama
Stephanie, being very careful that no one would see her flying out of her bedroom window, traveled over the rain
forest at lightning speed and sure enough she found Angy curled up, fast asleep between the big buttress roots of
a tall forest tree. Mama Stephanie flew back to Jim and the men and she danced about in front -f th-. hi-;;
to show them the way, but as soon as the searchers saw the bright ball of light they shouted -.. ...I .
and ran for their lives. But Jim was not going to leave his baby sister out in tI -1 .11 ,,, i.1 so he stood his
ground and watched as the beautiful -1 .;-;. li ht f-obbed off into the forest, ..I I .- ,1 Ih re meant to fol
low, and when he did, on the ball ol i..I. i .... I again. Of course Jim had his worries, he knew that the
soucouyant could be leading him deep into the forest just out of evil spite, but he was brave and kept on going.
The ball of light stopped by the buttress roots of a big forest tree and then hovered close by. When Jim looked
where the soucouyant had stopped, sure enough, there was Angy.
Jim cried a few tears of relief and happiness and picked up the sleeping child in his arms. Angy opened her eyes,
smiled when she saw that it was Jim who held her so tight and went right back to sleep again. You could almost
see that kind, sweet soucouyant smiling at Jim and Angy and then she bobbed about as if doing a dance of hap
piness and led the boy and his sister back to the village by the shortest path she knew. When Jim told his story,
the whole village was amazed and wanted to thank the soucouyant, but alas they couldn't find her and the secret
stayed with Mama Stephanie until the day she died. For her reward, Papa Bois made Mama Stephanie the
guardian of all the forest creatures in the rainforest close by where she had lived her quiet and peaceful life.



by Elaine Ollivierre

Boats called trawlers tow huge nets behind them. The nets can be towed at
different levels under the sea. The nets look like bags and catch everything in
their path. The mouth of the net is held open by a beam which, at the lowest level,
drags along the sea floor. Sometimes, the nets also have chains at the front.
These stir up marine life from the sea bed so that everything will be caught up in
the net. Many of the marine creatures caught in this way will be too small to use.
But if they die in the net, they can never grow to a size which would be valuable
to a fisherman. So, the beam trawl nets do two things which are damaging: they
destroy marine habitat and they take large amounts of by-catch.
Drift nets are left in the sea and allowed to drift with the sea currents.
Some drift nets measure over two kilometre ... i ...11. and they too take mas
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unwanted species? Most countries have laws relating to the size of mesh that can
be used to make up a net. Square mesh would be more environmentally-friendly
than the usual diamond mesh because it does not close up so quickly when a net
is being towed. This means that fewer fish will be tangled up in it.
l I I I h l h "I

lraw nets mally Ue improve y inserting Lsquare mes panelll 111 Ult e mi el
to allow baby fish to pass through. Noisy pingers placed in the nets may be used
to keep away turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins who don't like the
sound they give out. Time restrictions on how long a net may be left out at sea
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations classifies would help to decrease by-catch. And, of course, areas of the sea could be desig
fishing methods into 12 categories which were listed here last month. With the nated as : I i .... s.
introduction of new .--n- 1i- modern fishing methods are very efficient, per Whal .I .' 'I-1... methods that don't use nets? Are they dangerous too?
haps too efficient, as ... I 11. ... are having very harmful impacts on the envi We'll look at those next month.
I ronment and on fish stocks. Do you remember the old saying, "There's plenty
more fish in the sea?" Well, that's just not true any more.
The most destructive methods of fishing are those which 1 .' .; the sea bot Word Puzzle
Storm as well as taking a lot of by-catch. This means that the :- .... .. take up a By changing one letter at a time, how many steps will change NETS to FISH?
J lot of creatures that they weren't actually fishing for. Let's look at beam trawling
l as an example. Answer on page 27

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The Distracted Zen of Fishing

by Tina Dreffin

We were on passage from St. Martin to St. Lucia aboard Scud, our 44-foot St.
Francis performance catamaran. And we still hadn't snagged a fish after an entire
morning of waiting, waiting, waiting. Beans and rice are the norm of our diet, being
largely vegetarian, but enough Mexican and green stuff -we wanted a big one!
"Why haven't we caught one yet?" I asked Adam, our handsome 17-year-old son
and official angling expert. Both he and his brother, '.... 1. 16), were reared in
the Caribbean on boats, and are famous for their .... i .11 I lures constructed
from pink and yellow plastic bags ; .- 1 f.-m i. 1 ,. ,1 t: i
"I'll check the lures, in case we -..... I I I... inattentively. Odd.
Normally, he's intensely focused on the status of his rig the set and proper boat
speed to land a fish.
"Sweet!" Warren exclaimed animatedly, as he appeared in the open doorway of
our cockpit.
Turning forward, I followed his gaze my eyes danced with merriment. Scud was
approaching a charter cat; on the stern gracefully posed a Sheilaa" clad in an itsy
bitsy teeny weeny, neon pink bikini, ...1 .... 11 .. 11.... ~ 1.. .. 1
behind her in the breeze, as the cat '' I I' I I ,I h i II i
Leopard trumpeted in large golden letters across her quarters.
My husband, Peter, a stealthy tactician, tightened his grip on the helm to out
maneuver and overtake her. Sheets were tweaked, as his eyes twinkled with the
thrill of the chase. "She's definitely a TEN!" the guys chorused together. (The cat or
the pink bikini, I wondered!)
Warren launched onto the other sugarscoop to join Adam, as Scud charged the
Wild Leopa r a formidable prey. We'd stolen their wind! (There would be hell to pay
for outwitting the king of the seas!)
Once coming abreast of the cat, the boys languished astern; sun glistened off their
toned bodies, earned from years of challenging watersports. They were posing for
Pink Bikini, angling this way, then that! Ah, the antics of the young! (I made sure
Peter focused on the helm, and not the sex bomb flashing our way.) Soon, we left the
charter cat in our wake, floundering in dead air, and we plunged forward, passing
scenic coves fringed in palms, silhouetted against --rin? -rint Pitons.
"Hey guys," I said merrily, "you know dinner. I I I I do the chat?" "
Their high school courses had included the philosophical hunting precepts
acquired from Buddhism and the North American Indians. They teach one to culti
vate compassion for all animals, to ask for your gift from Mother Nature, then apol
ogize to the kill when acquired, thanking it for coming.
So we gave it a go: C-n i;t- tt- -ure blue sky and cobalt blue sea, we "pushed"
forward loving intent, I ,. I I- I, to feed our family. We promised to follow the
universal laws of protecting the oceans: save our trash until landfall, catch only
1 .1, We whispered how we loved the waters the .I ........ ., ., i I
'I, Iphins that darted across our bows. We promi- I I .
tect the oceans, standing tall to defend it. Last, we sent appreciation for the fish we
hoped to land, and especially for the opportunity of being here, in this moment, sail-
ing in paradise.
After our little "chat" we forgot about it, and Pink Bikini. Very soon, though, the
clothespin alarm went flinging a :- t- --1 i t : 1, l 1; i the face; the line
raced into the depths of the sea .I..... -. I I .. one!" heyelled.
Once aboard, its size was iml ... I ... i I -I.. I spoke gently to
the magnificent mahi mal.. 1n i .'1 ,, it for coming. "Be still, sweet one. You are
splendid in your colors; o ,' I -,,I I cooed. Suddenly, it went quiet, and its life
gently receded.
Adam proudly held up our prize on the stem, as I shot the photo. In the viewfinder,
I noticed T'Vt r *--I .n1.l-n u 1 -1- CF ind t1 the advantage when
we'd slow ill 1 1 11. . 1 I 1.1.1 1 I I I.-.prize they explode .
ed in applause and Pink Bikini waved earnestly. Adam's grin split his face in two.
"When we reach port, guys," I said, "we'll invite them to join us." Two beauties at
the table are far better than one.

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Fandango's Gold, by Robert Louis Boudreau, Tiller Publishing, 2006, a novel, 255
pages, paperback. ISBN 978-1 888671 193.
Captain "Lou" Boudreau grew up on his father's schooners in St. Lucia before
going to sea himself His previous book, The Man Who Loved Schooners, was a fac
tual account of his father's remarkable life
l N i *. and was favorably reviewed in these pages.
A L N The post-World War period in these islands
S(t "| saw the advent of a few hardy souls strug
gling to survive in the charter trade. Lou was
second generation, and his insights about
that period and the characters that floated
through on their vessels 40 years ago are
spot on.
Set in 1967, this flight of fancy concerns a
schooner named Fandango which is owned
and operated by Jack Carlton, a one time
test pilot. Jack and his two local crewmen
are based in Antigua when the novel opens.
It is an adventure novel all the way, with a
little discreet romance thrown in for good
measure as Jack eventually wins over his
tempestuous red headed cook during lulls
in the action. The plot moves along well,
there are accurate sailing scenes, and there
nl, b it Ids d are excellent descriptions of Eastern
Caribbean islands before their independ
ence from Britain.
The plot concerns a charter from hell in which the guests pack automatic weapons
as well as treasure hunting gear. Jack is a bit thick about their intentions, consid
ering he was attacked aboard his vessel the same night he showed off his gold dou
bloon in a bar. The coin was stolen, and three days later a charterer arrives out of
the blue, wanting to go to remote Aves (Bird) Island where Jack found the coin
for double the usual fee.
The lost gold is found and te melodrama begins. There is an obligatory hurricane
scene and a miraculous coincidence which saves the marooned captain and his
mate from a slow painful death. The bad guys are sometimes cardboard and two
dimensional, but it doesn't dampen the fun as Captain Jack struggles to get his
hijacked boat back.
If it all sounds like a made for TV movie, that's because this *-prailya i- to
doesn't pretend to be more. Its still ran 1-- h1- ride to the fini- i. .i I
where coincidentally, this reviewer:,, - i I, ,, a Caribbean island in 1967!
What saves the book is its authenticity. The author has a good ear for local dialect,
the incidental characters are realistic, and l. i ... ... i ..- ... I Irate.
It is an enjoyable time capsule as well as I I I go
Available at bookstores or from the publisher at www.tillerbooks.coum

Sundowner Stories: Yarns from the Cockpit, by Guy Matthews, Quite Nice
Publications, 2006, short stories, 280 pages, paperback, ISBN 0 9788740 0 1/5.
Guy Matthews has been around the block as a yachtsman, marine insurance
adjuster, and collector and improviser of yams. The ten stories included here are all
humorous ditties, light fare for the reader's entertainment, and they succeed as
such due to the author's wit, which intentionally goes against the grain of a slight
ly formal style.
The collection opens with three stories
about Watson Swift, a successful conserve
tive radio show host, and his wife Wanda
Sue, "whose IQ was hardly larger than her
bra size". The two are perfect comic foils if
one doesn't take the politically correct high
road which dictates that their author must
be a sexist pinko obsessed with big boobs,
short shorts, and halter tops.
In fact the heroines all seem to be ex-strip
pers or Rubenesque, slightly faded beauties
who like boat work, and the heroes are
stereotypical jack of-all trades solo sailors
who have never had a serious emotional
involvement. There are dangerous bad guys
intent on blowing up things through suicide
missions, and there are both wise and fool
ish insurance adjusters who attempt to
clean up the mess in their own clever and
selfish ways.
Sometimes phrases too are unnecessarily
repeated, but this doesn't occur often
enough to shame the author. Perhaps the editor just dozed off temporarily, as if to
say we shouldn't take any of this too seriously. The heroines all make their men feel
love for the first time, tl-' bd 1 -- are foiled, and a few of the stories actually end,
"And they lived happily .', I
My favorite story of the collection is the next to last, "The Last Interlude of
Innocence", an obvious reference to the author's adolescence in 1950s Texas.
Although it features a generic Wanda Sue like female, the story is about a group of
wharf rat teenage friends and a practical joke. If expanded, it could make a good
screenplay along the lines of Biloxi Blue; a coming of age story full of nostalgia,
humor, and innocence, with an ensemble cast. Unlike the other "yarns", the reader
knows this story was real, and it has an emotional impact the others don't even try
to achieve.
Like Fandango's Gold, Sundowner Stories is enjoyable light reading, well written
and quick paced. I didn't burst out laughing (as it did one back cover blurb writer),
but there were plenty of smiles of pleasure and recognition, as the author showed
an excellent knowledge of the islands and the sub culture of yachties known as
shoestring sailors.
Available at bookstores or from the author at QN46@aol.com.


Understanding and


A Natural History of Mustique: A Field Guide to the Common Flora, Fauna
and Marine Species, by Mark de Silva and Dianne Wilson. Published by The
Mustique Company Ltd, 2006. Soft cover, spiral bound, 331 pages. Color photos
throughout. ISBN 976 8204-08-7

Here is a well-illustrated descriptive field guide to the lesser-known inhabitants of
the "island of the rich and famous". While many tourists set foot on Mustique hop
ing to catch a glimpse of Mick or Tommy, this book shows that if you keep your eyes
open and know where to look, there are many more, equally fascinating species to
behold on this small Grenadine isle. The indigenous Turnip-Tailed Gecko wears an
outfit David Bowie would admire, and the velvety black-and-green striped Urania
leilus moth has recently joined other elegant visitors from South America.
This book is by no means a jokey "what else to look for while you're celebrity stalk
ing" gift-shop item, though. It is an excellent catalogue with three primary objectives:
To establish a fairly comprehensive record ol ,,, i i,. .... -i ,
To introduce people to the beauty and var i iI. i ... i .. 1 111
To make people aware of the important cor.l ..i i i, I, I 1 11 ., i
the ecosystems in which they live make to the island's economic well-being, and per
haps inspire other Grenadines islands to become similarly aware.
Chapters on geol 11. I 111.. of the island, the physical environment, the nat
ural environment, Ii .i ...... invertebrate fauna, flora and marine wildlife are
lavishly illustrated with color photos, making identification a snap.
Mick Jagger, former Chairperson of the Mustique Environmental Committee,
writes in the book's introduction:
"Around the world, soci
eties are changing. We are
more sensitive cl I,. ,I
ecosystems than ,
A fathers and are coming to
see the value in the wee
T things that crawl and sing
and bloom. As we learn, the
scales are removed from
our eyes, and with wonder
we see the intricate world
around us.
"The natural history of
our planet is so diverse it is
c. ..e I .. ,,the variety
SI ,, people have
made it their life's work to
know and understand the
life around us. Most of us,
however, only have an
innate curiosity about the
plants outside our homes
and the bugs under our
beds. For these questions,
there were no immediate
C answers. A book about the
species of Mustique
seemed like a good idea.
"Not all the curious are
scientifically minded, and so
that thirst for understand
ing has been unquenched.
That is why the Mustique
Environmental Committee
accepted Father Mark de
Silva's gracious offer to com-
: .;i 1 of the natural
I Mustique. We
know that through educa
tion and understanding comes appreciation, and with that appreciation will come, we
hope, even greater care of the environment."
The greatest threat to the environment of the Grenadine islands as a whole is the
tourism industry and its overwhelming demand for the remaining undeveloped land.
It can truly be said that the Grenadines and indeed all the islands of the
Caribbean ar ,, I .,. II ....... victims of the exquisite natural beauty for
which they are : .. ......
On Mustique, an active environmental committee is an official instrument of the
Mustique Co. Ltd., the island's de facto "local government." Mustique, after many
years of environmental neglect, has finally, on its own initiative, made the connec
tion between a healthy natural environment and the sustainability of its exclusive
tourism investment, something that many island resorts have yet to understand.
The Mustique Company has made and kept many hard decisions over the years, and
the authors say in the preface that "Mustique is now recognized as a fine example
of sustainable development". One recent initiative has been this guide to the biodi
versity of the island, with the objective of increasing public awareness.
Partly because of competition with other islands for foreign investment, proper
comprehensive environmental impact assessments are too often not done in the
Caribbean, and "the environment" is irrevocably damaged in the name of "tourism
development". In islands without Mustique's circumstances, rare national parks
might be turned into resorts, irreplaceable woodlands into golf courses, valuable
wetlands int( ..........- i... .... reefs into airport runways. A descriptive and picto
rial guide to I -I I Caribbean island threatened with over development
or non sustainable development also seems like a good idea. It would be best to
know, understand and appreciate what we've got before it's all gone, and tourist
watching is the only tourist attraction left in town.

Available from The Mustique Company Ltd., Mustique Island,
St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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Birds of the Bahamas and
the Turks & Caicos Islands,
by Bruce Hallett. Macmillan
Caribbean Pocket Natural
History Series, 2006.
Paperback, 256 pages, color
photos throughout. ISBN 0 333
93744-9. 7.95.

Less than 70 miles off the
coast of Florida, as well as a dif
ferent culture arni .-^r-yfph
there exists a i 111 ,i
birding environment. This book
takes you there, with color pho
tos of the breeding birds of the
widespread Bahamas archipel
ago and the Turks & Caicos,
plus the most commonly
recorded avian migrants touch
ing these shores. Land and
water birds are presented, and
information is at a layman's
level. Emphasi= -*
ton; behavior i .i I i
S erences are covered, as well as
calls and songs.
If you, too, plan to migrate
through the Bahamas and
Turks & Caicos, having a copy
S of this book aboard will add to
your experience. What this
broad .1.. .i i
lacks :, I ', I .. I 1 uii
makes i .... .
diverse abundance of feath
ered friends you should get to
know better.

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S: i : n : :, : and sipping on Killer
Bees since Sunshine opened his beachside eatery
over 12 years ago. Sunshine's is open seven days a
week for lunch, dinner, dancing and drinking. The
menu consists of barbecue dishes including fresh,
local lobster, fish, shrimp, chicken and ribs, plus salads
created from vegetables and fruits grown on the
island. Open daily at 11AM, Sunshine and his staff will
keep the bar hopping and the music cranking until
the early morning hours, just as long as the guests are
happy and the Killer Bees keep everyone buzzing.

St. Vincent is Cruise Magazine's 'Most Improved'
St. Vincent & the Grenadines has won an award in
the 2006 "Most Improved Destination" category from
the US magazine Dream World Cruise Destinations,
which gives out annual awards to cruise ship
destinations in several categories. The certificate was
presented at Seatrade Miami on March 13th.
Dream World Cruise Destinations is a guide to new
and traditional cruise ship destinations, providing infor-
mation on ports throughout the world. The publication
is renowned for recognizing ports and tourism partners
who have delivered their product or service in a com-
mendable way.
The Most Improved Destination award is given to des-
tinations with advanced tourism products and a well-
functioning structure in terms of issues including public
transport, urban landscape planning and tourist infor-
mation services. These annual awards are based on
surveys and the polls cast by senior management
executives of the world's cruise ship industry.

Volvo Names Southern Caribbean Distributor
Ciarla Decker reports: Volvo Penta, the Swedish
engine manufacturer known for innovation, quality
products and good management, will celebrate its
100th anniversary this year.
Frank Agren, owner-operator of Inboard Diesel
Services in Case Pilote, Martinique, has been appoint-
ed the official distributor for the Southern Caribbean.
You can contact his sales representative, Stephanie
Rose-Heloise, at stephanie.ids@wanadoo.fr who will
reply in English or French.
While Frank minds the big picture, Mecanique
Plaisance in Trois Islets and Marin attends to sailboat
engines under 100-horsepower, spares and service. In
addition, Sea Services Shipchandler in Fort de France
now carries Volvo spares including filters, oil, hydraulic
and transmission oil, impellers, isolation sheets and
water separators.
And don't forget the new dealer for Volvo in St. Lucia:
MarinTek at Rodney Bay.
For more information see ad on page 15.

Newest Beach Bar in Bequia
Tony Regisford reports: Jack's Bar is a beach bar,
restaurant, spa and boutique on arguably the best
beach in Bequia, Princess Margaret Beach.
The bar offers a dinghy jetty so that visitors and deliv-
eries can arrive by water. Both jetty and bar have
been designed in a manner to minimize the negative
impact to the environment. The design of Jack's Bar
shows that it is possible to combine sensitivity and due
deference to historic surroundings with confident
expression of individuality and a modern identity.

Jack's Bar is the first of its kind in Bequia and has a
strong local and regional appeal. It is aiming to be a
focal point of the tourism plant in St. Vincent & the
Grenadines and it will add to the many compelling rea-
sons for tourists, especially on yachts, to visit our shores.
Jack's Bar is offering fusion food and specialty cock-
tails. In addition to this, it is offering a location for
clients to spend the day relaxng either on the beach
or in hammocks in its landscaped gardens. The bar
offers all-day food and drink, a specialty grill, a state-
of-the-art flat screen TV and, best of all, the most
spectacular view of the sunset the island can offer
with half price drinks from 5:00 to 7:00PM. Taking a bar
offering to a new level, it also offers a secluded but
open-air spa plus a boutique selling original island
made kaftans and beachwear. Jack's Bar staff take
real pride in this innovative new project and provide
the best service the Grenadines can offer.
For more information see ad on page 32.

Atlantis Marine Moves to Lagoon Marina
Atlantis Marine is the newest business to open its doors
at Lagoon Marina, St. Maarten. The company special-
izes in electrical and communications installations and

is the fifth marine-related company to locate in the
new Lagoon Marina complex.
Atlantis Marine has been trading on St. Maarten for
three years and the recent move to its new premises
allows them to provide a sales-and-service area cov-
ering a full range of marine electrical, electronic and
communication systems. As a certified installation and
service centre for Raymarine, Atlantis Marine can
plan, install and certify warranty documents as well as
undertake warranty services.
With dinghy access and docking facilities available at
Lagoon Marina, Atlantis Marine is now able to work
with its customers at their convenience in the heart of
the marine trading location of Cole Bay.
For more information e-mail
gui@atlantismarinecarib.com or visit
www. aaniismarinecarib.com.

Keeping Cruising Destinations Clean
Despite steady growth in yacht tourism since the
1960s, the charm of the BVI happily remains more or
less intact although the impact of today s heavy
petroleum-products usage is becoming ever more
present. Combating this is General Manager Charlie
Jackson of Island Marine Outfitters in Roadtown,

Tortola. Island Marine Outfitters has recently taken on
the Clean Water Solutions, Inc. line of bio-remediation
products. These funny-named foam carriers, known as
Oil Eradicators, use simple biotechnology to convert
oils into beneficial by-products that are food for fish
and aquatic plant life.
Microscopic organisms (strains of the naturally occur-
ring Archaea microbes) literally eat oils, diesel and
lubricants. You just throw the foam carriers impregnat-
ed with these microbes into your bilge and let them
do the dirty work while you're enjoying that cold beer.
Jackson says that the buzz about these little critters is
finding its way into the dock and bar talk of the boat-
ing community, and that retail sales are rising. Charlie
is also introducing these microbial scrubbers of nature
to the BVI Government to bring about better, cleaner
practices for handling petroleum in the islands.
Spills and surface slicks will be around for as long the
internal combustion engine endures. Clean Water
Solutions believe their Oil Eradicators provide an inex-
pensive yet effective means to naturally combat the
problem and keep cruising destinations clean. They
are actively seeking additional retail representation in
the Caribbean region..
For more information e-mail info@cwsius.com or visit

St. Lucia Jazz 2007
The St. Lucia Jazz festival, scheduled for May 4th
through 13th, has undergone some major changes in
the way it is to be managed and produced by the
St. Lucia Tourist Board. Following the issuance of new
policy directives from the Ministry of Tourism, St. Lucia's
private sector has been given an opportunity to stage
their own shows through their own financial support.
The move has been welcomed by the private sector,
with a full commitment to continue with Jazz on the
Square, Fond d'Or Jazz and Jazz in the South.
This year, Pigeon Island, the only venue that will come
under the direct management of the St. Lucia Tourist
Board, will feature John Legend, Al Jarreau & George
Benson, WES Group, David Murray, Tania Maria, Will
Downing, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Jonathan
Butler and Isaac Hayes. Commenting on the composi-
tion of the 2007 line-up, St. Lucia's Director of Tourism,
Maria Fowell said, "We really wanted to return to our
core musical genre, hence the heavy smooth jazz
influence this year".
For more information visit www.stiuciajazz.org.

French Lessons in Martinique
Tito and Roberta from S/VAlleluia write a glowing
account of their visit to Martinique this season. Their
highlight was meeting and befriending local artist,
Margot Asphe in Ste. Anne, who offered to give
French lessons to them and a group of other cruisers,
using the invaluable French For Cruisers book by Kathy
Parsons. Tito reports: "Now we have a better under-
standing of why the French give us these funny looks
when Americans try to speak their language the
pronunciation is tries difficile! There is just no substitute
for a French teacher when it comes to learning
French pronunciation and Margot is not only very
patient, but teaches with enthusiasm and good
cheer. During our next season in Martinique we plan
to continue our French lessons with Margot.
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Summer Attractions at Marigot Bay
According to Molly McDaniel, PR and Marketing Manager for The Marina at Marigot
Bay, Marigot Bay on the west coast of St. Lucia has long been known as one of the
Eastern Caribbean's safest
and most attractive hurri-
cane holes, but now
There's even more reason
to make this harbour your
port of choice over the
summer months.
The new Marina Village,
with its shops, boutiques,
French bakery, bank and
supermarket, is open year-
round, as is the new luxury
Discovery at Marigot Bay
resort and spa situated
right above the docks. The
bay itself is dotted with bars
and restaurants popular
with both visitors and locals
-attractions that have made Marigot Bay a favorite pick-up and drop-off point for
yacht charters, especially when coupled with direct airlift from both the US and the
UK and facilities for landing private jets.
"Traditionally larger yachts tend to leave the Caribbean and head back to the
Mediterranean for the summer months," says McDaniel, "but they don't know what
they re missing. As the tradewinds diminish, the waters around St. Lucia become
much clearer, providing some of the best scuba diving and deep-sea fishing condi-
tions of the year." As further enticement, visiting yachts will also enjoy lower marina
rates during the summer. with discounts for long stays, while the associated
Discovery resort also extends low summer rates for their rooms.
"The Marina at Marigot Bay is the perfect gateway for exploring the other southern
islands of the Caribbean any time of the year, but in the summer it has the added
advantage of fewer crowds, lower prices and cheaper flights. For the charter
yachts that stay, there s also the attraction of being able to offer fantastic summer
charters in Caribbean while the rest of the charter fleet is in the Mediterranean,
said Daniel, adding that "St. Lucia is close to Venezuela, an easy-to-reach refuge
for larger yachts in the unlikely event that a storm should head our way."
For more information visit www.marigotbay com.
Brand New Marina at Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Sunday Marina, a newly constructed marina which opened in December 2006, is
located in Fajardo (18'20'25"N, 6537'58"W) on the east coast of Puerto Rico.
Sunbay Marina offers 282 berths on finger pontoons for yachts up to 60 feet. Each
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information that might be needed. Fajardo is a US Port of Entry and US Customs and
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and other chandlers, Wal Mart, Kmart, Sears, major supermarkets are located within
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"This is a military-rugged radio," says Bob Carey, Vice President of Icom America
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It's All in the Box

by Glyn Johnson

I read an article the other day by Cap'n Fatty
Goodlander on the proliferation of electronic gadgets on
modern boats and the need to generate large quantities
of electricity to power them. He then went on to say he
cruises without any: .... I I ,,. . .. I ., I This
reminded me of the I ... i. ... 1. I tloaf
album Bat out of Hell ".11 I I I ... ii",,,. I rlove
(but I won't do that)". I wouldn't like to cruise without
Si. i let alone -,,.. -I 1 I my wife!
I. ,, purchased I J . Star in Florida she
had been laid up for a long time and none of the sys
teams worked. Although we had been sailing for 20 or

so years in the UK, we had never had proper refriger
ation on our boats and the need to install it had
always fallen below that of a cabin heater in our list of
priorities, so this was virgin territory for us. The sys
tem fitted on Wandering Star was a 12-volt holding
plate system with three boxes and appeared similar to
the system advocated in Nigel Calder's excellent book
on mechanical and electrical systems.
We took advice from a : i... .i. .. expert who
explained all about how the I... ..I gas R12 was
now banned and we would have to use an alternative
and that our system would be very power hungry and
that it was unlikely the box would get cold enough to
work as a freezer. He concluded that we needed to
install an engine-driven compressor to drive the sys
tem, which seemed like a good idea until he told us
that it would cost about five thousand dollars! At that
stage the system was going to work as was or we
would be cruising like Fatty. Three hundred dollars
later, having had several leaks fixed and the system
regassed, it was up and running. The boxes were
intended as a freezer, :f fi -i .t-. 1 --ol box and
as we had been advise' I 11,. ... I really cold
I ,. .1 fy as a freezer so we ran that as a sec
SI i .. ,. It was also power hungry, consuming
over 100 amps a day, no matter how efficiently we

tried to manage it, but at least we had refrigeration.
Over the next couple of years we had a leak or two
and had to call in an engineer each time to repair it,
relieving us of another six hundred dollars. The sys
tem would draw 35 amps when it was running and
you could hear it start up from 50 yards away and as
it was water cooled we couldn't use it on the hard.
While refitting in Trinidad in 2002 I was faced with mov
ing the compressor unit in order to facilitate other work
and then the prospect of having to call in an engineer to
eventually reinstall it Did I want to spend any more
money on this old inefficient unit or was this the time to
bite the bullet and upgrade? It
was a week before Christmas so a
good time to rip the galley area
apart with the promise that I
would finish it before Christmas
D ay !Iste o ,t ,
but lo I, n wo I Iet

Whether for a cold box (left) or
freezer (right), good insulation
is critical in the tropics

adverts from the different manu
facturers it became apparent
that many of the small evapora
tor plate type units share com-
mon parts and in particular the
Danfoss compressor, which is
the heart of the system.
The other thing noticeable was that very little attend
tion was given to the "box" that the unit was to cool.
My experience was to show that the box is the most
important part of the system. No matter whose refrig
eration system you use, it will not work efficiently
unless you have a good box and if you have a really
good box then virtually any manufacturer's system
will do.
I set to work and stripped out the large bore copper
piping and the compressor. I pulled off the top of the
boxes and removed the holding plates; the *.1.
these was enormous and they deserved thei. I ,II
proof construction" claims. The freezer and refrigera
tor boxes, side by side, were in reality one box with
four inches of insulation separating the two halves, so
this could go as well. Just removing these items
increased the usable space in the box by 20 percent!
The box itself was heavy-gauge stainless and could be
reused, but the three quarter inch drainpipe would
have to go. I don't think drains are necessary: ours
was letting out cold air, which it had cost us a lot of
power to chill, and this in turn sucks warm air con
training lots of moisture into the top of the box, which
causes all the frost as it cools.
Now we were able to lift out the box and we come to
the heart of the matter insulation, and lots of it.

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Closed-cell foam is normally used so that it will not
soak up any moisture; kits are available but like many
of the commercially available boxes or indeed domes
tic refrigerators, may be woefully inadequate for the
tropics. Isotherm, whose refrigeration unit I was to
install, advertise ready-made panels just 46mm thick.
My view is that you should use four inches or 100mm
as an absolute minimum. The bigger the box the
thicker the insulation required. If you can't afford the
space for this then there are high-tech alternatives
using specially made vacuum panels which have very
high thermal insulation values in panels just one inch
thick. Glacier Bay have a very good website detailing
these but the drawback, as of course there must be
one or in this case two, is firstly the cost and second
ly that they can't be cut or altered in any way.
T .. 1.. 1 ... 1 1, re the space to install min
:........ I- ..* .. i I .... with more between the box
and the side of the hull where the sun's rays would lift
the temperature way above ambient levels. Care needs
to be taken to avoid any gaps, and interleaving layers
of foam works well. The better the insulation then the
less power you will need to run your system.
Prior to reinstalling the box I wrapped it in a damp
proof plastic membrane to stop condensation getting
into the foam. It is very important to ensure the box is


properly supported in amongst its insulating foam as
when stocked with all your drinks and supplies it will
be extremely heavy and the pounding in Caribbean
seas will soon show up any weakness. A metal box has
good thermal conductivity and helps the cold to circu
late around the box, but is not easy to keep looking
good. Ours, with its modifications, was a definite eye
sore, so we lined it with eighth-inch white Cintra sheet
held in place with mastic and this has been very effect
tive as a wipe-clean and durable surface.
Our "new" box came in at 180 liters or six cubic feet,
slightly larger than a normal domestic under-the
counter type refrigerator, and we chose a large, flat
panel evaporator plate with an air-cooled compressor
to run it. Evaporator plates are sized for the cubic
capacity of the box and the thermostat operates over a
relatively small tempe-t.r- r.;f;- Th- r1l-t-, with one
bend, would lie along -. i 11. i the com-
pressor is air cooled it is best installed where it has
good air flow from the coolest part of the boat and pro
vision for the warmed air to escape. The compressor
and evaporator plate come pre-charged with the refrig
erant gas and special fittings which allow you not only
to couple them up without losing all the refrigerant
but also to dismantle them later if you need to.
We mounted our compressor in an open box shelf
high in our large bilge area, which allows it to vent into
the cupboard under the sink where the slight increase
in temperature isn't a problem. This was within the
2.5 meters of the pipe work but one-, two and three
metre extension kits are available if required.
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Continued from previous page
The included thermostat has to be attached to the evap
orator plate and then the plate mounted high in the box.
A special word of caution here as the plates are alumni
um and need to be isolated from the stainless box to pre
vent corrosion! Care needs to be taken when bending the
evaporator plate to prevent the small tubes being
i, I ....... i. ssand Iuseda two-inchplas
,i ,., I .... I cut slots to allow space forth
tubes. The top of the box and a snug-fitting lid need to
be insulated to the same standard as the rest of the box.
Awo AlnxTnmicl thf orlo- T-ir itf ,i ookrT fr t it.

Our newest compressor lives under the cooker

50-amp rating to ten, and connected it all up and we
were ready to go on Christmas Eve. The first thing we
noticed was how quiet it was -unless you put your
ear to it, you didn't know it was running! The next
thing was how cold it was; the previous boxes would
run at around 40F but now, unless we were careful,
we would freeze the milk and orange juice! Finally, the
power consumption was minimal compared to the old
box and probably averages around 30 amps a day.
Power consumption will vary depending on how many
times you open the box and the quantity of warm
goods you put in to chill. We use little ice as all the
drinks are already very cold and a bag of ice would
now last us three weeks, kept in the coldest part of the
fridge. All this and we were still on the hard in
Trinidad. Is there a stiffer test?
How big is a 180 liter box? Well, we normally have
about six gallons of various drinks, plus vegetables,
meats, cheeses and all the condiments that require
refrigeration nowadays. I fitted a shelf rack along the
back to store the fruit and vegetables and two shelves
. i i. The compressor and its evap
S- less than we had spent
maintaining the old system.
Four years on we are still delighted with our refriger
action, particularly having spent long periods when we
were living on the boat on the hard. So much so that
this year I converted the unused third box into a 70
liter freezer using an identical refrigeration unit and
evaporator plate but with a freezer thermostat. In the
smaller box the evaporator plate fits snugly around
three sides of the box. I managed to make space under
the stove housing by reducing the free space under the
cooker to mount the compressor with fresh air from
below the floor and venting up behind the stove house
ing. The compressor runs on a 30-percent duty cycle
and uses about 35 amps a day. Temperatures in the
box are 4F to 8F (-13C to 15C) and ice cream
keeps perfectly!
All our systems are solar and wind powered and we nor
mally make six or more gallons of water a day, depending
on how much wind we have -but that's another story.
Glyn and his wife Jenny have been cruising on
Wandering Star full time for nine years and in the
Eastern Caribbean since 2000.

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Ever been to the market and seen what
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on steroids? That is bodi, a pencil-thin
bean that resembles a green bean
although not as crisp. Bodi, sometimes
known as yard long beans, can indeed
grow up to about three feet long,
although they're usually harvested at
18 inches or less.
Native to Southeast Asia, bodi is an
annual climbing plant with white, yel
low or pale purple flowers. Bodi is also
called asparagus bean, Chinese long
bean or snake bean, and belongs to the
same family as the black-eyed pea and
pigeon pea.
Beans have been cultivated for at
least 7,000 years. It is believed beans
originated in Central America. There
are more than 12,000 species of beans
Ji ... i, ,. the world. Bodi comes in
I'' varieties, ranging from the
more common pale green pod variety,
to the more slender darker green one,
to a deep brownish-red variety.
Bodi is very nutritious. A 100-gram
serving gives four grams of protein, 110

milligrams calcium, five milligrams
iron, two milligrams vitamin A, and 35
milligrams vitamin C .
Bodi can be prepared in various ways:
stewed with tomato sauce; steamed and
drained, then seasoned with lemon juice
and oil; or simmered in butter or oil and
garlic. The pale green bean is meatier
and sweeter than the dark green bean,
which has a less delicate taste.

Long Bean Stir Fry
1 pound pak choy
1 pound bodi, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 Tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut off the very bottom of stems from
the pak choy, and then cut in half
lengthwise. Blanch the pak choy in hot
water, drain and set aside. Steam the
bodi until bright green (about four min
utes), and then combine with pak choy.
Heat peanut oil and sesame oil in a hot
frying pan. Add the bodi and pak choy.
Stir fry for two minutes. Add soy sauce
and sesame seeds. Season with salt and
pepper. Makes four servings.

Simple Chinese Bodi
1 pound bodi, cut in bite-size pieces
and steamed
3 cloves garlic, chopped as small as
1/2 Cup balsamic vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and
serve at room temperature. Serves four.

Chinese Bodi Salad
1 Cup bodi, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 red onion, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 Cup bean sprouts
1 sweet bell pepper (preferably red),
seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 medium cucumber sliced thin
1/3 Cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon herbs such as basil or

thyme, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
Salt to taste
In a large frying pan, mix bodi, onion
and vinegar. Cook 2 minutes with con
stant stirring. Take off heat and allow
to cool. Mix in bean sprouts, pepper
and cucumber. Then mix dressing and
add to veggies. Chill for 2 hours before
serving. Serves six.

Sauteed Bodi
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 Cup chopped onion
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 Cup pork (or chicken) cut into
thin strips
1/2 Cup deveined shrimp
1/2 pound bodi, cut into 2-inch pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil, garlic and onion. Add toma
toes and cook until soft, stir in pork
and shrimp. Cook, stirring occasional
ly. Add bodi and cook until tender.
Season to taste. Serve hot. Serves four.

For the Gardeners:
Bodi grows quickly in the Caribbean's
warm climate. In fact it grows so well
that Trinidad produced nine million
kilos of bodi in 2003! Bodi prefers a
light, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5
to 6.8, enriched with compost or rotted
chicken manure and grows to maturity
in less than 60 days.
Being a climbing plant, bodi provides
extra work for the gardener. Soak the
seeds in water before sowing, for better
germination. Plant seeds an inch deep,
at least eight inches apart with raised
rows separated at least three feet. The
distance between rows is necessary
because sticks need to be placed every
six to eight feet along the rows. Some
farmers put in the sticks before planting
so as not to irritate the young plants.
Strings are then strung at three lev
els, one, two, and four feet, between the
sticks. As they grow, carefully weave
the bodi vines between these strings.
Bodi is perfect for the home gardener
who has a chain link fence for it to
climb. Bodi can also vine on dead egg
plant or hot pepper trees.
Beans are hungry and deplete the soil of
nutrients, so it is wise to rotate planting
areas. Urea or a high nitrogen fertilizer
works well on all beans. In the early
growth stages use a 12 24 12 fertilizer
mix and 12 17 2 mix when flowering
begins. Flowering will occur five weeks
after sowing. Fruits will grow from open
flower to suitable length in about 10 days.
Pick the pods at the tender stage at max
imum length before the seeds mature or
swell -usually 12 to 18 inches.
Mole crickets love young bodi.
"Ringing", where the beans actually
turn into a spiral, is one of the most
common diseases. Aphids are drawn to
the pods of this plant. Thrips tend to be
a pest early in the season. Spider mites
can be a problem, producing a silver
speckled appearance on leaves. Bodi is
also susceptible to nematodes and
mosaic virus. A chemical spray of
Fastac or Vydate-L is beneficial. Be
careful to spray chemicals at least two
weeks before harvest.

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Dear Compass,
I loved Julia Bartletts articles, "To Pet... Or Not To
Pet?", about her onboard animal experiences.
Laughed my *** off last October at getting the Great
Dane on board with a bosun's rig. And it only got bet
ter; tears came close after from more laughing. This
gal has a great point of view and expresses it well.
Melinda Parke
Seattle, Washington

Dear Compass,
In the November 2006 issue of Compass there was an
article in the Whats On My Mind department about
the project to develop Hog Island/Mt. Hartman in
Grenada. This letter expressed concerns about the
impact the project is having on the environment and on
the plant and animal life in the targeted area. In a later
issue of the Compass there were subsequent letters
that were very critical, personally, about the author
and her views. Much of the criticism in the letters had
nothing to do with the issue; it was an unnecessary
personal attack directed at the writer, Deborah Gerber.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerber are not "squatting", they are
very legally in Grenada and they do much to help the
local population and to enhance yachting in Grenada.
They both give back much more than they take.
Because they have spent so much time in Grenada
they have become very familiar with the local popular
tion, their issues and concerns, and are aware of the
impact 1.1.... tourism can have on Grenada (both
good an I -I I ~ this end, they have worked directly
with the Yachting Tourism Officer in the Ministry of
Tourism to improve yachting for everyone's benefit.
They were also very involved distributing hurricane
relief supplies after Ivan and Emily, and Deb served on
the Board of Directors of Grensave (children's and
family services) for two years.
Thus, one can make his or her own decision of the
value or detriment of a visitor staying for an extended
period of time on one island. Surely one would agree that
a yacht dropping anchor for a night or two, or even a
month or two, would not be able to make the same kind
of contributions that the Gerbers have made to Grenada.
Disagree with others if you want, but please do not
question their integrity because they have a different
view of the world than you do.
Regarding the other issues in the response to the
Gerber article: the clearing of the land on Hog Island
and Mt. Hartman is a serious concern not just for the
i,, .,,. .1; .', but more importantly also to many
ci I' I i renada. Before writing letters to the
Compass criticizing what another writes, it would be
valuable for the authors to become familiar with the
issues) by making an effort to become at least a little
informed on the subject.
The Mt. Hartman area being developed is the primary
habitat of the Grenada Dove -the national bird of
Grenada. The Dove is indigenous to Grenada and it is
estimated that there are only 180 birds left in existence,
20 pairs of which are in the Mt. Hartman National Park.
There is a great concern on the part of Grenadians
about what is going to happen to their national bird.
All three of the local newspapers in Grenada have
published editorials on these concerns. There have
been a number of critical "letters to the editor" on the
subject from local citizens, as well as from visitors and
tourists from other countries. There was also an
impact statement in the newspapers from BirdLife
International (see www.birdlife.org/news/news/
2007/02/grenadadoveupdate.html, and also a
protest from the American Bird Conservancy at
So when the writers to Compass say that saving a "flut
tering butterfly (or a Grenadian Dove) is a tad selfish" or
that squatting yachts are using "the environment and
fragile birds to support their cause... shame on them",
are the writers of these letters to the Forum also criticize
ing the people of Grenada for wanting to preserve their
heritage, or criticizing the children for being concerned?
Recently, we were invited to attend the Grenada

Independence Day celebration at the local primary
school. Part of the celebration was an exhibit of art
work by students, one r-i-in. -f which was the
Grenada Dove, captioned I '". I i i-. FOREVER".
John and Melodye Pompa
S/V Second Millennium

Dear Compass,
Having read an article in the December 2006
Compass by Frank Pearce concerning Puerto La Cruz
[ "Venezuela: The Good, the Bad and the Return Trip,
Part One"], I feel obliged to respond. It would appear
that he is a fellow Brit. We usually do not moan and
groan when things we do not like upset us; we get on
with the task in hand and learn by experience. I do not
know how long Mr. Pearce has been in the Caribbean
but his narrative seemed to convey a certain naivete.
He mentioned many,. i.......i ,, ..
I appreciate the need ti I I 'I, i I .I
However when the negative factors are of his own
making, he should have reconsidered the manner in
which he wrote the article, as it leaves readers in a
quandary: to visit or not to visit?
[Frank wrote: "I was somewhat dismayed to see the
backdrop of high rise building i I ... ...
Puerto La Cruz are the vacation I ....
Venezuelans, so how are they supposed to be accom-
modated, in thatched huts?
I have never encountered the visa problem that Mr.
Pearce had [flying back to Venezuela from England].
However, I have not flown for over a year so Immigration
rules may have changed. That's easy to check up on:
make enquiries with the embassy of your intended
country and your airline when confirming your flight
and not at the airport check-in desk. How it took 20
hours to fly from Britain to here is beyond me. The best
deal that I have come up with when traveling to or from
Europe is with Alitalia. -iI. ... planes in Milan, a one
hour delay, then you're 11 .II fantastic views of the
Italian and Swiss Alps. There is also a new service oper
ating out of Barcelona direct to Miami with internation
al connections, possibly worth investigating.
Never, ever get into a conversation here with some
airport hustler regarding your onward flight or chang
ing currency. It happened to me once, and I ended up
whacking him. Perhaps not the wisest thing to do, but
it solved the problem. I was once promised an earlier
flight and a lucrative deal on currency exchange, but I
knew my flight time, there was no alternative and I had
to wait. Somehow, these clowns clone your ticket, and
the same with your credit card: never let it out of your
sight. Should you need to change currency at an air
port, use the official cambio. Most of the hustlers are
out to catch visitors smuggling in dollars, who want to
exchange them on the black market at a more lucrative
rate. Get involved in that, and you will lose everything,
including your boat. Wait until you arrive at your mari
na; there are plenty of places where you can obtain a
good rate without any consequences. I have never had
any bad experiences while on internal flights here, and
have found them to be punctual with no lost luggage.
On the question of crime, it happens everywhere:
there are certain places in my home port of Swansea
that I would not visit day or night, let alone with a new
watch strap, designer sunglasses, and sterling in my
pocket. As for the two cruisers who opted to walk from
their marina into downtown PLC, they must have had
a death wish. The area outside the marinas is the
most dangerous of all. It is well documented in the
Compass, by myself and many other correspondents,
that certain areas outside the confines of Venezuelan
marinas should be avoided at all times, especially on
weekends when 1. ..... i .. ks .1, 1 1.., 1. .. 1 e
start drinking at - i .... Th i i i
times. They exist on a day-to-day basis, and if 40 bucks
seems like peanuts to some, to them it is a fortune.
As for the safety of anchorages illustrated in the cruis
ing guide mentioned, you have to appreciate a couple of
things. This particular guide was written in the 1990s.
[Editor's note: Doyle's guide to Venezuela was originally
written in 1994 and updated in 1997 and 2002. The most
recent edition, updated in 2006, is now available.] At the
advent of the 21 st century, Venezuela experienced a rad
ical political shift. When the leader appears on TV and
states to the nation that it is okay to rob your neighbor
if you do not have money to buy food, the writing is on
the wall, matey. Fortunately, not many citizens go along
with that philosophy, but there are those who will.
If "adventurous" cruisers in Puerto La Cruz wish to
frequent such concrete jungles as the Plaza Mayor,
and surround themselves with constant noise while
..1,.. .. i food, that's tb .. I . However, a
i i..... i I yards from : ... I ..... marina is a
ferry across the main canal. From there you can head
west towards El Morro. Along the causeway you will
find numerous restaurants serving some of the best
inexpensive seafood I have ever tasted. They are right
on the beach, have thatched roofs and are ventilated
only by the sea breeze. That is what living in the
Caribbean is all about, and it's crime free.
Ralph Trout summed it up perfectly in his December
article: we want, want, want, and when people see
what they do not like, start to bitch.
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Continued from previous page
If cruisers in the Caribbean are looking for Nirvana
they may well be disappointed. To find that you will
have to head south to some atoll in the Indian or South
Pacific Ocean; the northern hemisphere is on a down
ward spiral due to man's greed and self indulgence.
So, is Venezuela a good place to visit? That depends
upon your own demeanor. If you adopt a positive atti
tude, read and take note of the various articles in the
Compass concerning security here, listen to the advice
given by your marina and fellow cruisers, then it is no
different than walking around Hyde Park at 0200 hours.
Peter Phillips

Dear Compass,
I would like to reply to Bob Franklin's comments in
the January issue's Readers' Forum. [Bob Franklin
wrote: "It is inconceivable to us that the new (US pass
port) Regulations' would have any effect on Caribbean
travel plans. The effort and costs are minuscule com
pared to the planned travel costs."] Contrary to Bob's
comments, there are problems for a US citizen travel
ing to a foreign country, both in -i;t-ri;; the host
country as well as returning to the 1 -
My experience spanned the time period of January
15 to February 4, 2007. I decided to help a friend
move his boat from Crystal River, Florida, to
Georgetown, Bahamas. A week before leaving. I took
my passport out of the file where it had been hiber
nating for the last four years. It was 18 months out of
date. Here are some of the facts:
Regular renewal takes six to eight weeks, at a cost
of US$75.
Expedited service takes up to three weeks. With
constant follow-up via the internet and phone calls,
my passport arrived USPS (the only one they use)
Express Mail in two weeks. Good service, but it costs
another US$75.
I was further told by US Immigration that although
I may be able to get into the Bahamas without a pass
port, I would not be allowed back into the US without
a US or other passport.
Next, I checked with the Bahamian Consul General's
office in Miami to see if I could check into the
Bahamas without a passport. I was told .1i. ...i. ii.
Bahamas was implementing a "passport ..I I
the implementation had been put on hold for 30 days
and that I could enter with a birth certificate and a
picture ID such as my Florida driver's license. The
person I was talking to emphasized that I would most
likely be denied re-entry into the US. To confirm this I
tried to reach Immigration in Nassau but after several
attempts and no pick-up on the ringing phone I did no
further verification.
Due to tides and a tight schedule, I departed on
Main Bris without my passport. I had arranged for my
wife to FedEx it to me if and when I reached
Georgetown. (Having lived and cruised on a boat for
many years I knew the time and place of arrival could
be affected by many things, including but not limited
to .1 ..... I ..-breakdowns. Besides, it was peak
tinrr. I I I .. express" fronts.)
Arriving at Georgetown Immigration at 1500 hours
on February 4, I attempted to check in with my dri
very's license and birth certificate. The young woman
quickly said, "You must have known about the
January 23, 2007, deadline of entry into the Bahamas
with a passport only!"
I replied that I had checked before departing with
the Bahamian Consul General's office in Miami and
was told that this deadline had been extended for 30
days, and if that had changed I would have had no
way of knowing as I was at sea. She doubted my
story and said she was going to apply the Bahamian
law as she knew it and how she was instructed to
apply it. She further told me I must get back on
board and the boat should leave Bahamian waters
until I had my passport. After further pleading and
telling her that my passport would be there on
Monday via FedEx to Exuma Market, she said she
would call her supervisor in Nassau. After some dis
cussion -in which she took my side -I was allowed
to enter for one week and told to show her my pass
port immediately after receiving it.
The Immigration .. ,i further comment was, "I
wish Nassau and th I rould make up their minds
on what they want to do so we little people know what
to do." She was very nice and just as frustrated as I
was. At 1700 hours we went down to Regatta Point
with her two young children and fished and visited.
i, ,i. ... i..,. ihe fact that it takes some time for
i i.. .. to filter down to the Out Islands
(and know that many of the Out Islands consider
Nassau a foreign country), if I had arrived by air or
cruise ship rather than private yacht, I may not have
had such a tough time.
This experience supports the president of Sandals'
claim that the new rule will affect travel to the
Bahamas in the short and maybe the long term. US
citizens are used tc :-;;:- i:n nd out of the Bahamas
as if they were a L I ..I like the USVI. Impulse
travel and nearness to the US, along with the former
ease of checking in and out, was a definite advantage
to visiting the Bahamas.

In closing, knowing that Bob has had experience
down island, I assume he takes the "no problem mon"
attitude. But sometimes there is a problem if only
to emphasize that "This is our country and, contrary
to popular belief, the US does not run our country".
Bob Mercer
S/V Ooh La La

Estimado Compass,
Your February issue carried a letter from Kent
Gomez who took exception to an article in an earlier
issue whose author had claimed that Venezuela is a
dictatorship (or has a "dictatorship economy"). Mr.
Gomez asserts, instead, that Venezuela is a "modern
democracy" and is "well regarded by the rest of the
world and especially the Caribbean".
So it is with some irony that I noted in the USVI
Daily News that the Chavez-controlled legislature in
Venezuela has just given President Chavez the right to
govern by Presidential Order, just like all the other
"modern democracies" in the world -Canada, the
UK, France and Germany. I'm sure the US Congress
is, as I write this, drafting legislation to allow
President Bush to govern by Presidential Order.
As to President Chavez being well regarded in the rest of
the world, his bid for one of the revolving seats on the UN
Security Council failed miserably, not in the least because
he badly abused his UN-sanctioned visit to the US when
he used his address before the General Assembly to spew
outrageous personal insults at the US and President
Bush, the head of state of his host country (which, I would
point out, is also the UN's host country).
His "people's revolution" consists mainly of taking
property from the middle class and wealthy citizens
without compensation and distributing some of it to
the "poor" but most of it to his political allies -the
same "equalization of wealth policy" being pursued by
President Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
The government is trying to placate the population
through a system of price controls which set a legal,
but artificially low, selling price for most basic com-
modities. Because these prices are below the economy
ic price (at which the producer can recover his costs
and make a reasonable profit) shortages develop as
producers withhold under-priced goods and services
from the marketplace. Chavez' response is to send in
the army and police to find "illegal" hoards of -
and to confiscate them for free distribution ii
people". Sounds like a dictatorial economy to me.
Finally, his oil "deal" for the poorer EC countries
didn't sell them oil for less than the market price, but
allowed them to "defer" part of the payment to some
unspecified time in the future. So this is in no way a
humanitarian gesture, but a cynical plan to make as
many countries as possible indebted to him so he can
apply financial leverage to further his leftist goals in
places he has no business meddling.
So Kent, I hope you and your boat are in Venezuela
when President Chavez or his minions decide that
yachts owned by "rich" f-r-ir;-r- are an affront to
"the people" and will be "I.- .I I (without compen
station, of course) and the owners tossed out of the
country. That might help you understand the meaning
of "modern democracy".
Bill Brady
S/V Tempest

Dear Compass,
Regarding Klaus Nenn and Frank Pearce's response
es in February to my letter in December's issue:
Firstly I find Klaus's comparison between theft and
rape offensive and sexist. You consider a woman to be
no more than a possession?
You both seem to have read so much between the
lines that you added words of your own to my letter. I
never said that all the "bad guys" are local; we all
know that some are cruisers. There is a criminal ele
ment in any society.
Rather than offend Melodye Pompa [who offered ear
lier remarks on security], I w.= Tr--i r ---itih hr and
offering a simple effective :,, 11, I ....... your
1 ., .I ,.. 1., i .- when you are away), so you can sleep
-.... I ... .. r bunk and have the breeze running
through the boat. If more people listened to her advice
there would be fewer incidents. Most police authorities
worldwide promote prevention as a crime deterrent,
yet you don't agree.
If you feel you can defend your property and family
at 3:00AM when you are woken from your slumber by
someone at your bunk side holding a knife to your
throat demanding money -then good for you. I don't
have such delusions! A mesh grill at the companion
way at night is to keep the animals OUT, not in.
You are right about the dogs; and I never said "all
dogs", only the yappy ones. I should apologize for
wanting to feed them to the sharks -it is the uncar
ing owner who hasn't trained them that is to blame.
Where do I live? On my yacht in the Caribbean, did
n't I say that already? The only time I have been a vic
tim of crime, so far, was through my own stupidity,
which I freely admit.
I also didn't say everyone was stupid. However there
are people who come to the Caribbean and behave in
a manner that calls their common sense into question.
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31 Tiara wfcuddy, 1994 $ 79,000
27 Grady White, 1997 $ 50,000
26 Fortier w/cuddy, 1985 $ 59,900
26 Grady White, 1996 $ 42,900


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V & I % L

Continuedfrom previous page
Like going to the supermarket in a bikini, wearing
expensive jewelry in Port of Spain or flashing a wallet
full of cash at the local bar. Anchoring in an unsafe
area on your own and not locking up, or accepting a
ride from a tr>.i"i- And I am not saying that all
islands are ...- .1
.... Grenada have always been two of the
S, and have little in the way of crime
-t -risers. I don't know the circumstances of
I sail theft but you haven't traveled within
the islands if you haven't seen how many uses there
are for a large piece of sail cloth other than its intend
ed purpose.
If you don't mind trailing around looking for your
dinghy when you get back to the dock, fine, but if you
had locked it you'd know where it was. Try parking it
on the 1....1. dock in Marigot, St. Martin, and see if
you car i... i t again! Dinghy theft there is a regular
occurrence; a strong cable and lock is recommended.
Most of the bareboat charter companies in the BVI
now recommend locking dinghies as thefts are on the
increase there as well.
As for clearances, again you miss the point; tourism
brings millions of dollars to the islands each year.
Cruisers don't because there is not the volume of peo
ple arriving on their boats and their expenditure per
island is less.
If Klaus is implying that because my neighbor leaves
his boat open I should do the same, he's on another
planet. If each person were responsible for their own
property there would be much less of a problem
because the opportunities would not be there -is
that not what Melodye tries to get across? You each
make a choice about your own security and then you
live with that choice. Why should it all be left to the
local authorities to deal with crime if you can't take
simple precautions that may have negated the prob
lem to start with?
If you live in a neighborhood where you can sleep
with the door unlocked and windows open, you are
very lucky. I'd like to know how you manage to get
contents insurance when any insurance company
will expect you to take due diligence to protect your
own property. Do I think the local police chief is
going to look more kindly on a cruiser whose wash
boards were smashed to gain entry than a cruiser
who left his boat wide open? Absolutely! The latter
should be fined for stupidity.
So, if one day you get back from shopping to find
your dinghy's missing and you I .; 1 out to where
your boat was anchored only to i.. .1 .lot there, how
are you going to explain to the local authority and your
insurance company that you'd left both unlocked and
the keys in the ignition? While it is ...1.1 1
that, criminals don't playboy the rules, i .. 11 I
someone else to deal with it for you. If the thief were a
cruiser, which authority would you expect to act?
I take Melodye's advice to "lock it or lose it", and
locking up at night is not detrimental to our enjoy
ment of the islands. If anything, it enhances it
because we sleep well at night. Locking up the boat
when I leave to go ashore is second nature, as is lock
ing my dinghy.
Lin Rankin
Kailani III

Dear Compass,
I would agree with L.r.. .r- 1-;t --~- --i- in the
March issue that the : - ... II II 1 II. -," of
strobe lights used as anchor lights is extremely
annoying as well as being illegal. Moreover, if some
one wrecked their boat by mistaking such a strobe
for a navigational marker, I would guess it is possi
ble the yacht owner displaying the strobe could be
sued, and his insurance company would not pay up
as the use of a strobe for an anchor light is clearly
contrary to regulations.
I suggest anyone who sees such a light goes up to
the boat in question and asks "What is the emer
agency as it looks like an emergency distress signal.
The best time to do this is at 0300 hours.
Which brings to mind the other favorite yacht light
-what I call the "garden gnome" light -those solar
rechargeable LED lights used to mark garden paths.
They are of course totally inoffensive, so I have no
problem with them, and on a pitch black moonless
night with no other boats around they may just be
marginally better than nothing. But they do not com-
ply with international regulations, and are impossible
to see if any other lights are around on the sea or
shore. If a boat collided into yours the insurance
would quite rightly refuse to pay up if that is all you
had on view.
These days there are two very effective low current
alternatives. A proper LED anchor light is very effect
tive and uses almost no curnr .. 11. i... 11. initial
cost is high. You can also buy, : -. .1 i :- about
$40 if you buy the one yachtie Davis version rather
than the Chinese generic), a little hang-up light which
claims to be visible for two miles, and so may well be
legal. It uses about a tenth of an amp, the visibility
relying on a small light but a very effective lens. It also
turns itself on at dark and off at sunrise. The only dis
advantage with these lights is that they are not at all

waterproof, so if you use them as is, they will last for
a couple of years -or until the first rainfall, whichev
er comes first. However, we yachties are a resourceful
bunch and it is not too hard to come up with a suit
able modification. Both Island Water World and
Budget Marine carry at least one version of this light.
Happy and safe sleeping,
Chris Doyle
Ti Kanot

Dear Compass Readers,
Imray-Iolaire charts are now being re-drawn, an
ideal time to send in corrections or suggestions on
how to improve the charts. Information particularly
being sought is controlling depth for the new channel
leading into Mt. Hartman Bay, Grenada, and control
ling depth in the old channel to the west of the new
channel; and soundings on the north side of Admiralty
Bay, Bequia.
Thanks for your input,
Don Street

Dear Compass Readers,
This was going to be a first for us, h--in. -mmpany
that we had not met before. Randy, 1 .. .. I I .- years,
had a new girlfriend and he wanted to literally "test
the waters" with her. The plan was to see how she
adapted to boat life and to see if she would fit in his
plans to cruise full time.
We were of course apprehensive; would she use up
all the water; could she tolerate the small space;
would she pitch in with chores; would she bring a hair
dryer; on and on we suffered. The last e-mail we
received stated that they were headed off to buy her
first mask and snorkel. Oh my, she had never
snorkeled before!
The day arrived and we went to the airport in
Bonaire to greet the plane. After the last passenger
went through the gate, we went to the ticket agent to
find they had missed the plane and rescheduled for
the day after tomorrow. We learned that the tornadoes
that hit Orlando perhaps affected them and we were
worried. No, in their excitement they got the days
mixed up and didn't discover their error until the
plane had taken off and landed in Puerto Rico. A few
hundred dollars later, they were able to secure anoth
er flight in two days. Not off to a good start!
Again we went to greet them but this time with a
huge sign and a date, making the most of their error.
Almost had to change the date again, for the plane
was three hours late, putting us after midnight.
Tatyana is taking pictures of EVERYTHING!
Randy's comment sort of scared me: "It's like having
a five-year-old around." But her excitement was con
tagious and her zest for life infectious and there was
never a dull minute. Tatyana grew up in Russia and
has been living in San Francisco for the last nine
years. She had stories to tell of life in Russia and of
the hard life her parents still live on a monthly pen
sion of $150. We became enamored with Tatyana and
her strength to leave Russia with two young boys.
She vowed not to lose them to a world of fighting in
Russia and spent her young life figuring out a way to
leave. Having succeeded in doing just that, she is
i... an empty nest as the boys have headed

The waters of Bonaire are filled with a spectrum of
1.- i 1i i.i 11. .l 11 ... 1 1.. I I someone who has
1 i ... 1 i 11 .....1111., I ; ,-.1 Tatyana
witnessed an octopus mating; i. I I I dolphins
in the dinghy and almost swam with them close up;
tagged the hawksbill turtles with the conservationist
:-, ,,,.1,, little tuna and ate sushi; sailed the
1 ..I '' I i and took a thousand pictures.
It was a treat to share the experience with her and
to learn how much company means to us. We will
never be apprehensive again, for the dream of living
the good life is to be shared and nourished. Realizing
what we take for granted is so spectacular and won
derful; it is good to be reminded of just that.
All the best,
Honoree and Walt Cooper

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Letter of

the Month

Dear Caribbean Compass,
I'm an Australian cruising yachtsman who arrived .'.. ......... 1... itmas Day
2005, nine years after leaving Australia. I was made i i i in all the
Caribbean countries from St. Martin to Venezuela. I really enjoyed entering last
years Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and looked forward to participating again this
year until I returned there on February 1, 2007, after i i i,,,- January 11, to
find that if I now enter any ex British island I'm up for a I -: -, visa fee to cover
"cricket security". [Editor's note: The Cricket World Cup 2007 matches are currently
being held in a number of English speaking islands.]
I realise that, sadly, security is an issue that has to be addressed and this costs
money. With the small population of taxpayers, the various islands can't afford this
out of their coffers, so need to raise the money from other sources. Surely the logi
cal answer is to raise ticket fees and the international media rights. If this is not
enough, then the fairest method is to put a visa fee on all visitors to enter the coun
tries concerned. To exempt some and hit others is discrimination. It seems ludicrous
that a Brit, for example, can come to see the cricket and not pay this fee towards his
own security, yet a Norwegian who doesn't know one end of a cricket pitch from
another or has any more idea than me of what is a leg bye, has to pay the fee with
no intention of watching a match.
Ironically, the exempted countries appear to be the majority of foreign vessels in
the Caribbean and those in the minority are hit. It's not the fee that concerns me
but the unfairness in the way it is applied. I 11. .. .... after collecting my mail and
now spend my time and money in countries i. i i I welcome and not discrimi-
nated against. So in my case it's the small local businesses that have missed out on
a few thousand dollars -the restaurants, taxis, laundry ladies, chandleries, mar
ket stalls, bars, etcetera.
I'd like a tourism minister to explain how and why nationals of some countries
have to pay a visa fee to cover "cricket security" while others are exempted. Was it a
i i ,.. ......- ut of a hat? Why don't they apply a lower fee across all, which
..I I I ... 1, I .- I know of other vessels that have also left these islands con
cerned and are now spending their money in other islands where they feel welcome.
I expect to leave the Caribbean in a few months feeling for the first time ever I've
sensed discrimination as an Australian; sadly it won't be the nice memory it should
be of these islands.
Yours faithfully,
Leigh von Bertouch
Yacht Mi Querida

Dear Compass Readers,
The International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2007, which began on 5 March,
is being played through 28 April The games, including warm up fixtures, are being
held in Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Trinidad
& Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Grenada, and Antigua & Barbuda.
During the period 1 February to 15 May, the nine host venue countries plus
Dominica are operating as a "Single Domestic Space", and during that period special
visa arrangements apply to all visitors for any purpose to any of these ten countries.
The intention of the temporary Single Domestic Space was that people would be able
to travel among these countries using a single CARICOM visa to ensure hasslefree
movement for visitors to the 2007 Cricket World Cup. During this period, travellers
within the Single Domestic Space will only have their passport stamped and have to
submit completed entry and departure forms at the first port of entry. When continue
ing travel throughout the Single Domestic Space, persons (including those using the
common visa) will not be required to have their documents processed to clear Customs
and Immigration and will not have their passports stamped.
It was decided by the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)
heads of state that nationals from all countries -except Canada, France, Germany,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, South
Africa, Spain, and CARICOM countries* with the exception of Haiti would require a
CARICOM Special Visa, at a fee of US$100 per visa application, to enter the region
during the period 1 February to 15 May. Children under 12 years of age (and afew
others, such as merchant seamen and airline crew) who require a visa will not be
charged the fee. For more information visit www.caricomimpacs.org.
It does seem unfortunate that visitors to the Caribbean from a number of countries
participating in the World Cup in particular keen cricket fans from India, Pakistan,
Australia and New Zealand will need to obtain the US$100 visa.
Paying a "Cricket World Cup tax" also seems unfair to the numerous people from
non exempt countries who are visiting the affected area for any other reason whatso
ever (yachting, business, beach holidays, diving, weddings, eco-tours, etcetera,
etcetera) during this time. We have heard other tales of woe from yachtspeople who
have sailed these waters before without needing a visa and now are unpleasantly
surprised to be asked to pay US$100 for one, even ifjust visiting an island for a day
or two. Regattas in the affected countries during the period in question include the
Bequia Easter Regatta (5 to 9 April), the Grenada "Round the Island" Easter Regatta
(5 to 9 April), the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (19 to 24 April), Antigua Sailing Week
(29 April to 5 May) and Angostura Tobago Sail Week (13 to 18 May). These sailing
events usually enjoy wide international participation, and it will be interesting to see
what, if any, impact the temporary "cricket visa" requirement has on yachting as well
as other tourism sectors.
By the way, we think it would be a great boon if the Single Domestic Space concept
as usedfor cricket could be adopted for another type of "sports tourism" -yachting.
Requiring that yachting visitors only clear in and out at their first and last port of
entry, at least within the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean, would eliminate one
of the major drawbacks to yachting in the sub-region -having to clear in and out of
a different country every few miles. (In fact, it's such a repetitious exercise, many
skippers often -albeit illegally avoid doing it.) If the "hasslefree movement for
visitors" Single Domestic Space experiment is a success for the one-off World Cricket
Cup, we hope the powers that be will give favorable consideration to instituting it on
a permanent basis for the benefit of the sub-region's perennially valuable yacht
tourism industry.
CARICOM members are: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint
Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.

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PEARSON 30 SLOOP 1971 In sail-
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30 PENN YAN One new diesel
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engine, 1500 hrs, runs great.

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GEORGES 1 acre, sold with
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Tel (473) 418-3520

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I'm not a lover of flying but if you live on or visit any of the Caribbean islands reg
ularly, as I do, then you end up accepting air travel as just another mode of trans
port and jump on and off as you would a bus. But whereas buses are generally
looked on as a public service, flying is considered an unessential service, a luxury
almost, and costed as such by the airline companies.
Historically, airlines have enjoyed many business advantages denied to other com-
panies. Until very recently they have legally been able I... -. i ..
tures among themselves and agree upon a common L i i ..... ..... i
prices for any given route. It is only recently that go ...... ., ... I
Europeans in particular, have been looking into past agreements with the industry
with a view to making them less anti-competitive. Despite this move they are, to this
day, still artificially protected from competition by governments in any individual
,,, ,i ,i i,,, reign airlines from flying internal routes. Thus British Airways
SIN i. ... I .. i m to New York but not on from there to Denver; and Iberia, who
sometime .i i .. ... i 1 i .i .... the Caribbean from Europe, can
only do -1. I ,,,. ... I ,, i ,, 1, to Madrid as only then can they
legally fly to Puerto Rico. Stupid maybe, inconvenient certainly, but that's what the
rules make them do.
Financially, the business model developed by the scheduled carriers was based on
selling the same seat in any aircraft for the most they could get for it. Thus extreme
ly complicated rules were developed to ensure that as much was extracted from the
traveling public as possible. A simple example: those flying on business for whom a
S, .....1 .I ,- may be inconvenient would pay considerably more than the
Si i .... , n a Saturday :... .1 1 is presumably part of the fun.
Other idiocies developed along the line; I .... one-way flight can be, and fre
quently is, twice as expensive as a return fare!
As in most protected industries, the result of little competition among the airlines
was total inefficiency. Sold seat capacity for any given flight was often as low as 50
percent, over-staffing was the norm and wages went through the roof as manage
ment had no incentive to control costs, it being only too easy simply to raise ticket
prices. Any attempt by a start-up to compete was ruthlessly squashed, as was
Freddy Laker's attempt in 1977 to create a cheap walk-on walk-off "Skytrain" serve
ice from London to New York. British Airways, Pan Am and TWA .-- 1 to tem-
porarily reduce prices (by a gigantic 66 percent!) to Laker's level. - to say,

If you visit any

of the Caribbean islands regularly,

you end up accepting air travel

as just another mode of transport

once Skytrain was gone, prices went back to their original levels. The subsequent
threat of being sued by Laker for their uncompetitive behavior made these airlines,
together with Lufthansa, Air France and British Caledonian, settle out of court for
US$100 million, but that did not help the public who had enjoyed, briefly, the first
attempt at a truly international low-fare service.
But, elsewhere, times were slowly changing. Low-cost (which translates to low
fare) carriers began emerging. Southwest, who began in 1971, are generally credit
ed with being the first in the modern era (although the real first was Pacific
Southwest way back in 1949). They were, some years later, followed by RyanAir
(1991) and EasyJet (1995) in Ireland and Britain respectively. The advantages to
the ticket buyer of a simplified pricing system based on a .... 1 passenger class
and one-way fares, with prices only increasing as the flight 1.1- encourages early
commitment rather than a last-minute scrambl- t n.-r try to buy at the
discounts scheduled airlines tend to offer to fill ... 1 ,,, 1, I .st few days before
th i. 1.1 leaves.
-- ,- '7 we have the crazy situation of:.. I I. i. i .. i .i .i... ... ... deep
financial trouble while the low-cost carried .. ... .....i i 1.1 .1 i .. I USA,
Delta, United, US Air and Northwest have all declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while
American has only just avoided doing so. Internationally, many others have thought of
or actually declared bankruptcy as low-cost entrants come into their home markets.
And yet these same airlines continue to support their, surely by now, antique and
unworkable and obviously unprofitable business model. They only attempt to mod
ernise their systems to those which their customers obviously prefer when they come
into direct competition with a low-cost carrier.
And getting any airline to provide someone to interview, to ask just why some of
their sillier policies still exist, is like trying to get blood from a stone. They don't want
to explain, 11i 1 i I I 1.
Perhaps : ii... I ...... ..- to take drastic action. Dump bankruptcy pro
tection. I i. ..Iii i i ...1. .o to the wall, allow a new industry to grow
in its pl I 11. i .. .. .... showed that, although hard for a while,
denying -,i, '1 I I half-dead enterprises allowed businesses to regenerate or oth
ers to grow in their place, to the greater benefit of all in the long term.
My suggestion to existing carriers: don't wait until someone else offers a low-cost
option and then try to compete; do it now. Innovate, dump the old, get with the new;
don't just stick your head in the sand and hope that "low cost won't go everywhere."
It will. It's just a matter of time.

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5 7 Caribbean Cup (Optimists), Martinique. Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN),
Martinique, tel (596) 51 73 24, fax: 0596 51 73 70,
5 9 26th Bequia Easter Regatta. www.begos.com/easterregatta
5 9 Grenada "Round-the-Island" Easter Regatta. www.aroundgrenada.com
5 9 Easterval Festival, Union Island. (784) 458-8350
6 Good Friday. Public holiday in many places
6 9 Spanish Town Fisherman's Jamboree and 11th Annual Wahoo Tournament, BVI
7 -9 Virgin Gorda Easter Festival
8 Easter Sunday. 7th Annual Model Boat Race, Catamaran Marina, Antigua
9 Easter Monday. Public holiday in many places
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 7
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 29 Barbados Congaline Carnival
22 Earth Day
22 28 St. Thomas USVI Carnival
25 26 Circus on a Yacht, Marina Bas du Fort, Guadeloupe. www.voilierspectacle.com
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


1 May Day/Labour Day. Public holiday in many places
1 Festival of the Sea, St. Barts
3 West Marine Atlantic Cup sets sail from Tortola, BVI to Bermuda.
4- 13 St. Lucia Jazz Festival. http://stluciajazz.org
5 Ascension Day. Public holiday in Netherlands Antilles, Guadeloupe
5 World Environment Day
6 23 Carib canoe Gli-Gli's Leeward Island Expedition. dreadeye@surfbvi.com
7 -8 Traditional Boats Rendezvous, St. Pierre, Martinique.
8 Armistice Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
10 ARC Europe sets sail from Jolly Harbour, Antigua, to Portugal.
11 13 Anguilla Regatta. www.caribbeanracing.com
12 13 BVI Dinghy Championships, RBVIYC
13 18 Angostura Tobago Sail Week, Crown Point, Tobago. www.sailweek.com
14 Mothers' Day, Public holiday in Puerto Rico
16 20 Around Guadeloupe Race, Triskell Association, www.triskellcup.com
17 19 Le Combat de Coques Regatta, Martinique. Club Nautique du Marin (CNM),
17 19 3rd Annual Bonaire Jazz & Salsa Festival. www.bonairenet.com
20 Independence Day. Public holiday in Cuba
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Martinique
24 28 Canouan Regatta. Canouan Sailing Club (784) 458-8197
25 Ascension Day. Public holiday in St. Barts, Bonaire
25 26 20th Curacao Jazz Festival. www.curacao-actief.com
25 27 33rd Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, Jost Van Dyke. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), tel (284) 495 1002, fax (284) 495-4184,
mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
25 27 7th BVI Music Festival. www.bvimusicfest.net
26 27 Transcanal Race, Martinique to St. Lucia. Yacht Club de la Martinique (YCM),
tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
27 Anguilla Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
28 Whit Monday. Public holiday in many places
29 Memorial Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
30 Indian Arrival Day. Public holiday in Trinidad
31 4 June 41st Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament.
TBA 4th King of the Caribbean Freestyle Windsurfing Competition, Bonaire.
TBA 57th Annual Ernest Hemingway Fishing Tournament, Havana, Cuba. CNIH
TBA Second Annual Captain Oliver's Carib Beer Regatta, Saint Martin.
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