Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00003
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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: May 2007
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095627
Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998


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Update from Portsmouth, Dominica
Jan Brocksieper, treasurer of the Portsmouth Association for Yacht Security (PAYS) in
Dominica, reports that most of the Indian River Tour Guides are now participating in
PAYS as well. Current PAYS participants, with their cell phone numbers for easy con-
tact (area code 767), include Albert (317-4533), Deedee 'Sea Bird" (265-8101),
Edison (225-3626), Fostin Aleds (277-0013), Jeff 'Sea Bird" (245-0125), Jerome -Cobra
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anchorages in the Caribbean!
Weather Broadcast Changes
Melodye Pompa reports: The weather broadcasts on single-sideband radio from
NMN/NMG are apparently in the midst of change. There is a very human voice now
giving the weather broadcasts, instead of "Mechanical Mike". They also have a
new schedule, which you can find at www.nhc.noaa.gov/tafb-atl.sthml.
Unfortunately, the schedule posted there is not entirely accurate. The Caribbean
weather comes on about ten to 15 minutes into the broadcast, and they appear to
have dropped the New England portion but have not moved it to another broad-
cast, as stated in the schedule. However, they are still giving information for the
Mid-Atlantic (the Carolinas, etcetera) just before the Caribbean. It appears that this
new format will allow time slots for tropical weather warnings, position reports and
forecasts. That is good news. Previously, you needed to know where a storm was in
order to listen to the weather forecast for that area of the world.
Hawaii in Antigua
Frank Pearce reports: About 30 yachts and 150 people invaded "Hawaii" the week-
end of March 10th and 11th. In a pincer movement, some beat upwind from Jolly
Harbour Marina and others ran downwind from English Harbour.
Hawaii, a.k.a. Carlisle Bay, was obliterated in an onslaught of music, Hawaiian
punches (a blow to the head that took days to recover from) and authentic

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Hawaiian barbecued food. Most of the staggering was done on the beach, cele-
brating a culinary victory cooked against the odds.
The event was primarily a fundraiser for the benefit of the Amazing Grace
Foundation, an Antiguan home for severely disabled children and adults. It was
proven that "doing good" can be fun.
The fundraiser was the inspiration of Elizabeth Jordan, Vice Commodore
(Commodorable?!) of Antigua Yacht Club, who was ably assisted by many helpers
from AYC. The event raised more than $6,000 for the benefit of the home. All of the
food was supplied for free by Island Provisions Ltd who are wholesale and retail food
suppliers to yachts, hotels and private concerns. Other donors were Baileys
Supermarket, Crab Hole Liquors, Francianes Dockside Liquors and Claude's Gas
Station in Falmouth. Thank you all so much for your support.
Hawaiian costumes were the order of the day: coconut bikinis (ouch), leis and
grass skirts with Roger Gardner, one of the leading stars in helping the
Foundation, looking suitably disgusting in a grass skirt and with more hair than his
head has seen for years.
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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

Hurricane Holes
Bravo, Bocas del Toro............30

Around Grenada
New monohull record!............13

Greener Boats
Managing onboard power ....20, 22
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The road less taken ...............26

Who Are We?
Compass readers' survey .......35


Business Briefs.....................7
Regatta News.....................9.
Product Postings...................23
Meridian Passage .................24
Destinations .........................24
All Ashore..............................32
Sailors' Horoscope .............36
Island Poets ..........................36

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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 .....................39
Cooking with Cruisers...........44
Readers' Forum ..................48
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Advertisers' Index ................52

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and Huli-Huli chicken, cooked by Peter "Magellan" Smith and Dickie "Fridge"
Spratley, was irresistible and they were welcomed to join the party.
Taking advantage of the effects of the green or blue Hawaiian punch, an auction
was held on the beach run by Paul "Piggy" Van Beek. This raised about US$1,200.
Donations auctioned off included a beautiful hand-painted chiffon sarong by Liza
Krwan and a delightful watercolour by Maiwenn Beadle.
While all of this was going on, up in Falmouth Harbour the AYC held the 6th Annual
Laser Championships, another Antiguan victory, with Karl James winning all six races.
World Bank Gives Islands Storm Insurance Credit
On March 8th, the World Bank's Board of Directors approved a US$14.2 million zero-
interest credit from the International Development Agency (IDA) to four country mem-
bers of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia,
and St. Vincent & the Grenadines). An IDA grant of USS9.0 million was given to Haiti to
support their participation in the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).
The CCRIF will enable governments to purchase catastrophe coverage akin to busi-
ness interruption insurance that will provide them with an early cash payment after
a major hurricane or earthquake. Pooling their risk will save the participating coun-
tries some 40 percent in individual premium payments.
"The Facility, the first of its kind in the world, represents an important shift from react-
ing to disasters after they hit, to being much more proactive about disaster man-
agement and mitigation," said Caroline Anstey, World Bank Country Director for the
Caribbean. "These projects will allow Haiti and the OECS beneficiary countries to
pay their contribution to the CCRIF, giving them immediate access to funds if hit by
an earthquake or hurricane."
The IDA credit will provide Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and
St. Lucia with resources to meet their payments of annual insurance premiums dur-
ing the next three years.
On February 26, 2007, the World Bank hosted a donor pledging conference where
Bermuda, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean Development Bank
and the World Bank pledged US$47 million for the CCRIF's reserve fund. A total of 18
Caribbean countries are participating in the CCRIF, which is expected to become
operational before the 2007 hurricane season begins in June.
For more information visit http://web.worldbank org/external/projects.
Compass Brunch 2007
It's become a tradition: every year Compass Publishing Ltd. says "thank you" in per-
son to as many contributors to Caribbean Compass as are able to be in Bequia on
the Thursday before Easter.

Guest speaker, yacht designer Paul Johnson (left), chats with writer Morris Nicholson
at this year's contributors' get together
The Compass Writers' Brunch has become a moveable feast, having been hosted
for many years by chef Owen Belmar at the impeccable Petit Jardin restaurant.
Last year we enjoyed a delightful brunch cruise aboard the classic Bequia-built
schooner Friendship Rose, and this year 30 attendees were welcomed at world-
famous Mac's Pizzeria for a tasty and generous brunch buffet.
Enjoying the opportunity to meet and mingle at Compass Writers' Brunch 2007 were
former guest speaker Sir James Mitchell; environmental writers Herman Belmar,
Nathalie Ward and Lesley Quashie; adventure writer Hans Baer; book reviewers Bob
Berlinghof, Morris Nicholson, Cherian Gordon and Paul Tyler; and feature writers
Amal Thomas, Mariann Palmborg, Kedisha Compton, Heather Bacon, Tito and
Roberta Figueroa, and Charles and Cornelia Brewer.
The Compass Crew included our subscription fulfillment team from the Sunshine School
- Hansley, Liston and Armstrong and their teacher Keithroy Lavia, as well as produc-
tion manager Wilfred Dederer, managing director Tom Hopman and editor Sally Erdle.
The April 5th get-together's guest speaker was yacht designer, boatbuilder, artist and
world cruiser Paul Johnson. Paul was born aboard a yacht in England in 1938,
designed the handsome "Venus" double-ended gaff ketches, and has never lived
ashore for more than a few months (notably after shipwrecks forced him to). He
gave fascinated listeners an overview of the changes he has seen in cruising culture
and technology since he first started making international passages in the 1960s.
Thanks to Mac's Pizzeria, Paul Johnson and all our guests for making this year's
"thank you to our writers" such an enjoyable party.
Donna Lange Reaches Bermuda
Sailor, musician and songwriter Donna Lange, a popular figure on the Virgin Islands
yachting scene, has nearly completed a solo east-about circumnavigation. Donna,
a 45-year-old grandmother from upstate New York, left Bristol, Rhode Island, in
November 2005 aboard her 28-foot Southern Cross sloop, Inspired Insanity. Her first
stop was New Zealand, where she spent seven months.
Although she originally intended to sail from New Zealand non-stop back to Rhode
Island via Cape Horn, Donna made a two-week stop for engine repairs at Ushuaia
in the Beagle Channel, and also made a stop for rest and repairs in the Virgin
Islands. After making landfall at Virgin Gorda on March 28, she visited Tortola, where
she was made a life member of the Royal BVI Yacht Club. She set sail from St.
Thomas on April 5th after checking into US territory, getting some replacement parts
for her 26-year-old boat, and enjoying a jam session with old VI friends.
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Continued from previous page YSATT's New Team
En route to Bristol, she encountered a "monstrous" storm coming off the US east At the Annual General Meeting of the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad &
coast with reported 60-knot gusts and 40-foot seas. A knock-down damaged her Tobago (YSATT) held on April 18th, members voted in the Management Committee
for the year 2007 2008. The new committee is: President, Tommy Johnson of CISL
Marine; Vice-President, Mark Farfan of Dynamite Marine Ltd.; Treasurer, Donald
Stollmeyer of Power Boats Mutual Facilities Ltd.; and members Risa Hall of Budget
Marine, Jane Peake of Peake Yacht Services, Andreas Stuven of Ace Sails and
Canvas Ltd., Charlie Bell of IMS Yacht Services, Richard Harmer-Brown of Dockyard
Electrics Ltd., and Allan Dowden of Yacht Maintenance Services.
What is 'Fully Crewed'?
Justin Newcomb reports: pay attention to your yacht insurance policy s small print!
A recent judgment from England's High Court concerned a warranty that the
US$3,000,000 yacht Newfoundland Explorer would be fully crewed at all times. This is
not uncommon.
While laid up afloat in Fort Lauderdale, Newfoundland Explorer s starboard side
John Deere generator overheated and she was severely damaged by fire.
Crucially, none of the crew was on board the yacht at the time. The captain was at
home, 15 miles away. In the insurance proposal form, the assured had stated that
the yacht had one full-time crewmember, the captain, and two
occasional crewmembers.
The assured argued that "fully crewed at all times" just meant that crew must be
employed, or that sufficient crew must be employed to look after the yacht proper-
ly, but that either way their location at any one time was irrelevant.
The court, however, decided that the phrase "fully crewed at all times" meant that
there must be at least one crewmember on board the yacht at all times, although
certain duties could still be carried out immediately ashore, such as adjusting lines
Sand an emergency could still require all crew to evacuate the yacht, without
affecting cover.
This judgment only affects policies governed by English law, but it is wise to read
your policy for similar wording. The governing law is normally stated in the policy
and/or the separate standard terms referred to in the policy, towards the end of
either document.
Justin Newcomb is with yacht consultants MatrixLloyd SL For more information visit
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Tourism Intelligence Available
Did you know that the number of overseas trips taken by US citizens is increasing,
with the main tourism destinations aside from Canada and Mexico being Europe (44
percent) and the Caribbean (19 percent), and that the average "spend" at the
self-steering gear, forcing Donna to hand-steer for three days toward Bermuda, the destination per visitor was US$1,317? Well, if you had read Tourism industry
nearest refuge. Inspired Insanity was towed into St. George, Bermuda on April 18th. Intelligence Vol. 13, No. 8, you'd know that! In addition to market and consumer -
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visit her family. Her welcome party in Rhode Island has been set back from April 21 gy updates and more. o
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Cruisers' Site-ings
* The Caribbean Safety and Security Net, which broadcasts on SSB 8104.0 every
day at 1215 UTC, is pleased to announce that it has moved to a new home on the
Internet: www.safetyandsecuritynet.com. The new format offers more flexbility to
add new pages for both short-term and long-term issues. The new e-mail address for
Security Net issues is SVSecondM@aol.com. The Caribbean Safety and Security Net
gives thanks to the following for assistance during the development and testing
phases: Lance Batten and Susie Bowman of S/V Eaux Vives; Pat Glatz, formerly of
S/V Belleami; Conny Hagen of Arawak Divers, Carriacou; Rick Johnston of S/V
Panacea; John Pompa; Heinz Neuber of S/VAnfigua and Rose Russo.
* Denny Schlesinger reports: I recently launched a new custom search engine
dedicated to the cruising lifestyle. Based on Google, instead of searching the
whole world wide web, it only searches selected websites of interest to sailors and
cruisers. Initially we search 230 sites that I hand-picked over the past five years as
webmaster of Marina Bahia Redonda, Venezuela. As sailors and cruisers add their
favorite sites to the engine, we hope to reach about a thousand websites in all. Of
course, caribbeancompass.com is included as a charter member. Please give The
Cruising Life Custom Search Engine a try: http://cruisinglifecse.com/. If you like it,
please tell the cruising community about it. You might also think of using it on your
search page.
* Pippa Pettingell reports: The latest information about events at Jolly Harbor Yacht
Club, Antigua, is now available at our new website: www.jhycantigua.com. The site
is still being developed, but we hope to build a site that will be useful to members
and visiting yachtsmen alike. There are plans for a forum and classified ads, as well
as an events calendar and details about who's who in JHYC. There is also a links
page with useful contacts for visitors and residents.
* Sarah and Afsaneh report: The Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting's website,
www.antiguayachtshow.com, now has a great photo gallery of the 2006 show, with
yacht and party photos, and lots of the three-day Chefs Competition. We wish to
thank Peter Duce, Boat International, Suzy Finnerty and Buggsy, and Roddy Grimes
Graham for their photographic work. Registration for the 2007 show, December 5th
to 10th, is open.
* Share the adventures of cruisers Annie and Eric at www.webesailing.com.

Sailing Circus in St. Pierre
A theater circus company who perform on the deck and mast of the sailboat La
Loupiote will be presenting a show called "Entre ie et aile" (Between island and
wing) on May 6th and 7th in St. Pierre, Martinique.
For more information visit www voilierspectacle.com.

15th Anniversary of Hemingway International Yacht Club
The Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC) of Cuba is making preparations for
its 15th Anniversary celebrations on the 31st of May, and Commodore Escrich
extends an invitation to Compass readers to participate in this event. The HIYC has
organized a program of nautical activities which includes a sailing regatta, a rowing
race, a water-ski competition and a shore fishing tournament.
Commodore Escrich and the members of HIYC are pleased with the friendly rela-
tions they've established with hundreds of yacht clubs, associations, institutions and
important figures of the international nautical community. HIYC represents various
international associations in Havana, including Trans-Ocean, IGFA, the Ocean
Cruising Club, the Cruising Club of Switzerland and The Little Ship Club.
Over these last 15 years, the HIYC of Cuba has hosted numerous regattas organized
by yacht clubs from the USA, Spain, the UK, Martinique and Guadeloupe. In April,
Commodore Escrich's birthplace of Santiago de Cuba hosted the
Transcaraibes Rally.
In other activities, the HIYC will be working with the Ernest Hemingway Museum to
offer a conference on Ernest Hemingway and Sport Fishing. It will also sponsor a
conference on the history of Latin American and Caribbean port cities, to be held
from the 3rd to the 5th of October. This will be organized by the Institute of
Cuban History.
For more information contact yachtclub@cnih.mh.cyt cu.

Celebrate the Seventh Annual Summer Sailstice
Celebrate the seventh annual Summer Sailstice with sailors worldwide on the week-
end of June 23 and 24 the longest sailing weekend days of the year. Begun in
2001, Summer Sailstice was created as a holiday just for sailors, to be celebrated
wherever you sail in the Northern Hemisphere.
To participate, simply sign up at www.summersailstice.com and then go sailing on
the weekend of June 23 and 24. The website allows you to post your sailing plans,
invite others or see what other sailors are doing in your area. Whether you've just
launched the boat or you're in the middle of a circumnavigation, you can sign up
to be part of this global celebration of sail.
By signing up you also become eligible to win prizes donated by Sailtime, Moorings,
Hunter Marine, West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Sailing, Sunsail and many of your
favorite marine businesses. Prizes include a one-week BVI charter with the Moorings,
a Hobie Kayak, a sail at one of Sailtime's 30 bases and more than 200 other prizes.
New for 2007: a virtual circumnavigation to save the seven seas! Summer Sailstice
has teamed up with The Ocean Conservancy to help inform and mobilize sailors in
support of ocean conservation. Join the celebration and support healthy seas as
you sail.
For more information e-mail john@summersailsfice com or visit

Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers Boat Doctor of Trinidad, page
51; First Mate of Trinidad, page 34; and Jones Maritime of St. Croix, page 21. Good
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Island Water World Opens in St. Thomas
The new Island Water World location at Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas has opened
its doors to the public. With over 3,000 square feet of showroom space, the new Island
Water World store promises to give US Virgin islanders more choice at very competi-

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Sterling battery chargers, Kyocera solar panels, Sinergex Invertors, Waeco
Refrigeration, and a lot more.
From high-end marine electronics to rope, chain and Burmese teak, Island Water
World is known for its broad range of marine products in stock and priced right.
Based in St. Maarten and with stores in Grenada and St. Lucia, Island Water World
continues to grow in the region. The addition of the St. Thomas store will consolidate
its position in the Caribbean as a first-class supplier of marine parts and accessories.
Island Water World St. Thomas, located at the new Yacht Haven Grande marina, can
be contacted by telephone at (340) 714-0404. For more information on Island Water
World, see ad on page 56.
GRPro Clean Antilles get Environmental Manangement Certification
Bruno Augustin of GRPRoClean Antilles and Sea Logic reports: "We have just received
renewal of our ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management, making us
the only Caribbean company in the nautical industry certified for taking environ-
mental management into account in our boat cleaning and refurbishing activities. In
2007 we invested in an injection/extraction machine, enabling the in situ cleaning of
carpets, cushions and fabrics. We have been pleased to service several super-yachts
visiting Martinique using this process, including the Astondoa 90 Candy Flor and the
Royal Huisman 133 Surama."
In the Sea Logic line of nautical accessories, Augustin writes that they are develop-
ing their range to include: Certec, the French manufacturers of inflatable and air-
tights products for nautical applications, including the innovative "Rafale" auto-
inflatable lifejacket with harness; TropiKool freezers and coolers ecologically friend-
ly and ideal for the tropics; Tek-it Easy composite decking material, also known as
"tek deck", ranked the top choice of the synthetic teak decking products by
Practical Sailor and Powerboat magazines; Bushnell waterpoof compass binoculars
with night vision, as used by Ellen MacArthur; and Caribbean Yachting Charts from
Maptech and Nautical Publications.
For more information see ad on page 35.
DYT Vessel to Help Monitor World's Oceans
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT), the world's only float-on/float-off yacht transport
service, is partnering with the International SeaKeepers Society to outfit DYT's new
super ship, the 686-foot (209 meter) Yacht Express, with the organization's innova-
tive SeaKeeper 1000TM ocean and meteorological monitoring system. The
SeaKeeper 1000 TM is a fully automated unit that samples, measures, records and
then transmits its data to various scientific and public communities across the
globe. It is deployed in some 50 locations, plotting a broad and continuous picture
of the critical measures of ocean health, such as salinity, temperature, oxygen
and pollution.
Yacht Express is the largest vessel of its kind in the world and has been added to the
DYT fleet this year to provide yacht owners with faster and more frequent delivery of
their power and sailing yachts across the oceans.
"The ship's regular routes will enable us to provide consistent, ongoing readings of
ocean conditions over time," said DYT President and CEO Clemens van der Werf,
"which will offer better analysis opportunities compared to private yachts that are
only in certain regions on different occasions." Clemens added that those who typi-
cally use the DYT service have the same sentiments as the original group of luxury
yacht owners who founded the SeaKeepers Society in 1998 they are concerned
by the deteriorating health of the waters they have come to know and love. "This is
our chance to give back something to our clients and the marine environment."
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Islands at Risk from Global Warming
The most recent assessment report by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
established by the World Meteorological Organisation
and the United Nations Environment Programme,
warns that small islands and coastal areas including
salt marshes and mangroves are threatened by sea-
level rise caused by global warming. Developing coun-
tries where adaptive capacity is relatively low and
which face other challenges, such as tropical storms -
are especially at risk. Deterioration in coastal condi-
tions, for example through erosion of beaches and
coral bleaching, is expected to affect climate-sensitive
local resources such as fisheries, and reduce the value
of these destinations for tourism.
Corals are vulnerable to thermal stress and have low
adaptive capacity. Increases in sea surface tempera-
ture of about 1 to 3C are projected to result in more
frequent coral-bleaching events and widespread mor-
tality, unless there is thermal adaptation or acclimati-
sation by corals.
The report adds that by mid-century climate change is
projected to reduce water resources in many small
islands to the point where they become insufficient to
meet demand during low rainfall periods.
There is a ray of hope. The IPCC notes that the array of
potential adaptive responses to global warming is very
large, ranging from purely technological (e.g., sea
defences), through behavioral (e.g., altered food
and recreational choices) to managerial (e.g., altered
farm practices), to policy (e.g., planning regulations).
However, adaptation alone is not expected to cope
with all the projected effects of climate change. Non-
climate stresses can increase vulnerability to climate
change by reducing resilience and can also reduce
adaptive capacity because of resource deployment
to competing needs. Current stresses on some coral
reefs include marine pollution and chemical runoff
from agriculture. Adaptation measures are seldom
undertaken in response to climate change alone but
can be integrated within, for example, water resource
management, coastal defence, and disaster planning.
Cuba and the Dominican Republic have recently
agreed to cooperate on environmental protection in
both countries and to join forces to work on the issue
across the Caribbean region. The agreement provides
for scientific exchanges in energy efficiency, as well as
drawing up an adaptation and mitigation plan to
address the effects of climate change, especially in
coastal and marine areas.
For more information visit www.ipcc. ch.
Sign Up to Save Reefs
The International Declaration of Reef Rights was
announced on March 7th by the Reef Check
Foundation to promote action to save the world's
coral reefs. A goal of one million signatures has been
set, and the Declaration will be presented to the Heads
of State of all 101 countries with coral reefs on
December 31, 2008, as the culmination of the
International Year of the Reef.
Data collected over the past ten years by Reef Check,
the world's largest coral reef monitoring organization,
show that over-fishing, global climate change, pollu-
tion and sedimentation continue to damage the
health of coral reefs worldwide. The Declaration asks
signers to pledge to take practical action to stop
human impacts on coral reefs, such as choosing
seafood that is caught in a sustainable manner and
supporting reef-friendly hotels and tourism operations.
Reef Check invites you to sign the International

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New Hurricane Buoys
In April, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) deployed the first two of eight
new hurricane buoys off Puerto Rico in an effort to fill a
gap in important weather data coming from warm,
storm-generating waters there. Six more hurricane
buoys will be placed in the southwestern Atlantic
Ocean before the 2007 hurricane season ends in
These buoys measure wind, waves, barometric pres-
sure and air and sea temperatures to determine hurri-
cane formation or dissipation, extent of wind circula-
tion, maxmum intensity and center location. Hurricane
buoys also provide year-round data for analysis and
forecasts of other marine disturbances.
"We are in a period of an active hurricane cycle and
this deployment equips our forecasters with an addi-
tional tool to track hurricanes and support our mission
of saving lives and livelihoods," said retired Navy Vice
Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher,
Ph.D., undersecretary of com-
merce for oceans and atmos-
phere and NOAA administrator.
"Additionally, this feeds into the
Global Earth Observation System
of Systems, or GEOSS, which is an
international collaboration to
share vital weather data and other
environmental information critical
to our understanding of the Earth's
Air Pollution from Shipping?
Are oceangoing vessels overtaking
vehicles as air polluters? The evi-
dence indicates they may soon
produce more sulfur dioxide -
which adversely affects humans,
land and marine ecosystems -
than all the world's road-based
vehicles combined.
In a report entitled "Air Pollution
and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
from Oceangoing Ships: Impacts, Environmental g
Mitigation Options and Tortuga may cal
Opportunities for Managing
Growth" the International Council
on Clean Transport called for tighter emission standards
for international shipping. It said such efforts are need-
ed to address the public health consequences and the
contribution ships make to global warming.
The report also said that the International Marine
Organization has been slow in adopting the best avail-
able technologies and fuels. "International ships are
one of the world's largest, virtually uncontrolled sources
of air pollution," said ICCT president Alan Lloyd. "Air
pollution from diesel trucks and buses in Europe, Japan
and the United States has declined steadily for over a
decade. At the same time, air pollution from interna-
tional ships is rising virtually unchecked."
The study noted that IMO's fuel sulfur limit for ships is
several thousand times" greater than that of fuel used
by on-road vehicles in Europe and North America. The
ICCT is pushing for the fuel sulfur limit in sulfur-oxide
emission control areas to be lowered to 0.5 percent.
This single move, reducing the cap from the current
average of 2.7 percent, would reduce sulfur oxides
generated by ships by 80 percent and particulate mat-
ter by 20 percent.
The ICCT report also found that reducing air pollution
from ships was cheaper compared with land-based
sources. According to the report, lower sulfur fuels, opti-
mized engines and exhaust after-treatment will signifi-
cantly improve the performance of marine vessels,
while emissions from ships in port can be further cut by
using shore-side electricity sources.
For more information visit www.theicct.org.
Environment Disturbed at La Tortuga
Isla Tortuga is a low, dry Venezuelan offshore island
that provides a number of unspoiled anchorages pop-

ular with cruising yachts. The Fundacion La Tortuga
reports that road construction in the vulnerable south-
central part of Isla Tortuga is causing alarm. The group
says that the earthworks, apparently for a residential or
tourist development, will destroy unique geological
features as well as the habitat of species which are
found only on the island.
Studies collected in the Venezuelan Geological Code
indicate that the island is of extraordinary scientific
value for the country and the world. The numerous
studies that scientists from the Fundacion La Tortuga,
the Venezuelan Oceanographic Institute and the
Universidad de Oriente have carried out in the island
over more than two years indicate that the island, as a
whole, is a fragile environmental system in which activ-
ities such as those now underway may cause irre-
versible damage.
The Fundacion La Tortuga has requested that the rele-
vant Venezuelan institutions investigate this situation. It is
hoped that the devastation of this unique dry island
environment can be avoided.

roup Fundacion La Tortuga fears that rad building on Isla
use irreversible damage to the fragile island environment

Mullet Pond Studied
According to a March 27 report in the Daily Herald
newspaper, a survey was conducted recently by
Ocean Care, Environmental Protection In the
Caribbean (EPIC) and St. Maarten Pride Foundation to
assess the flora and fauna of Mullet Pond, St. Maarten.
The pond is part of Simpson Bay Lagoon, one of the
largest saltwater lagoons in the Caribbean.
Using underwater photography, the group document-
ed a wide range of fauna and flora in the pond, one of
the few parts of the lagoon that still has a viable man-
grove area. It serves as a breeding area for many fish
that eventually find their way to the reefs and seagrass
beds surrounding the island.
Many aquatic species were found during the survey
that are less abundant in open water, including pale
and ringed anemones, thorny starfish, various sponges,
mangrove oysters, mangrove tunicates and tiger
worms. Juvenile barracuda, parrotfish, schoolmasters
and grey snapper were seen in large numbers among
the mangrove roots. Above water, many land animals
and birds could be found sheltering in the foliage,
including a nesting night heron and numerous green
According to the environmental groups, Mullet Bay
Pond is threatened by plans to destroy the mangroves
and make way for a yacht marina. The group hopes
that the survey will raise public awareness of the
ecosystem and that steps can be taken to protect it
from destruction.
Other areas on the island that previously were man-
grove habitats, such as Dawn Beach and Red Pond,
have already been cleared to build hotels.
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Antigua's 6th Annual Laser Open Championship Races
Antigua's 6th Annual Laser Open Championship
series, held on March 10th and 11th, attracted ten
entrants. For the sixth year running, Karl James was the
winner, with Shawn Malone second and Alan Hart
third; a triple success for Antigua!
International participants included Paolo Redaelli
from Italy, Lucas Alexander from Australia, Jacob Rost
from Germany and David Reid from the USA.
Although a St. Lucia contingent had planned to com-
pete, they were unable to obtain flights. In addition to
the top three winners, other Antiguan entrants includ-
ed Raphael Harvey, Marc Fitzgerald and Richard
Chadburn, plus 14-year-old Tyvone "Buju" Richardson
who won the Radial class.
Excellent sailing conditions prevailed and the races
were completed without incident. The organizers give
many thanks to Tony Maidment, Henry Pepper, Chris
Martin, Shameena Bailey and Kadeem Warner for
making it all happen. Thanks went especially to Karl,
for not only representing Antigua in great style, but
finding time to organise the series of seven races, lay
the marks and provide inspirational enthusiasm.
Trini Juniors Shine in BVI Event
Trinidad sailors dominated the Laser class at the 2007
BVI Spring Regatta (see full report on page 12).
On the first day of competition, some boats struggled
to keep from broaching in gusts up to 26 knots. Others
reveled in the brisk breeze and turned wind into pure
power. Several youth sailors from Trinidad gave fellow
competitors from the USVI, BVI and St. Lucia a run for
their money in the Laser classes. St. Thomas' Tyler Rice,
who aced the Laser Radial class in the Heineken
Culebra International Regatta (see full report on page
10), said, "Those Trini sailors are intense. They have
incredible boat speed downwind. I was faster upwind
and probably played the shifts better, but they'd get
me every time downwind."
Day Two saw winds from 20 to 30 miles an hour. A
rough sea put sailors and boats to the test. Trinidad's
17-year-old Ryan Rocke "rocked" the Laser class,
scoring a first overall out of the Laser Standards,
Radials and 4.7s, and topping the Laser Radial class
as well. "I got good starts, even though the wind
would shift two or three times while we were in start
sequence," Rocke said. "Then I played the shifts. I
played every single one of them to advantage."
For the last day sailors were able to enjoy a consistent
20 knots of breeze, sunshine and relatively flat water in
races that, in many classes, determined who was to
stand on the winners' podium. In the Laser classes,
Ryan Rocke stretched his lead by 24 points over fellow
islander Stuart Leighton. Rocke said, "This was my first
international regatta and I'm very pleased with my
results. It was a lot less shifty today, so I was able to
really get ahead." Rocke led the Laser Radial and
Lasers overall. Meanwhile, Trinidad's Anthony Alkins,
also sailing his first international regatta in the Laser
class, led the Laser 4.7s.

Easter Boat Hop in St. Maarten
Robbie Ferron reports: The conditions were Caribbean
Excellent (which is even better than excellent) for the
first annual Quantum Sails Easter Boat Hop (Regatta)
held on the 6th and 7th of April. The regatta was
sailed in the western part of the Simpson Bay Lagoon
and hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Not only
was there great camaraderie and family atmosphere,
but also a high level of sailing by the nine-boat fleet.
With one-design racing the fleet stays very close, and
these went around the courses as tightly packed as
the America's Cup boats do.
We used a variety of courses, including many wind-
ward/leeward. At the end of the first day we raced

The Quantum Sails sponsored Easter Hop saw close
one design racing
back to the yacht club where all the boats stayed on
the dock overnight. The next day the we raced back
to the western end of the lagoon.
The winner was Frits Bus, who with Lyn Rapley and
some extra weight on the second day managed to
pull off a long series of first places. Second was myself,
and the big surprise of the week-end was the third
position of the Optimist
Youth team, Tropical
Kids, which was steered
in turn by each of the
sailors of the Optimist
senior racing team:
Stephen Looser, Jolyon
Ferron and Harry
Antrobus. This regatta
was the one that
emphatically showed
the level of advance-
ment that the Sint
Maarten Youth
Sailing Programme
has achieved.
Fourth position went to
Rien Korteknie, who
beat the Gilders family
team by one point.
Another family team,
the van der Burgs, took
sixth, staying ahead of
the "Kick em Annette"
team entered by Peter
Grannetia and "De
Zwarte Hand" entered by Ton Hooijmans. Coming in
at the back but showing great speed potential was
the team of Jefferson Benjamin who clearly showed
enormous potential in being able to stay up with the
fleet on his first outing .
The sponsor, Quantum Sails, provided goody bags,
cookies, bunny ears, afternoon tea, and, after the
prizegiving, a magnificent barbecue at the yacht
club. Bernard Sillem, one of the leading sailors, proved
that even active sailors can help manage the course.
Petra Gilders and Joan Price helped Cary Byerley on
the Committee Boat. There is every reason to believe
that this event is likely to be a highly desirable one on
the sailing itinerary in the coming years.

Provo Mariners' Week in June
The first Mariners' Week Celebration will be held in the
Turks & Caicos islands on the Island of Providenciales,
or Provo, from June 6th to 12th. The new celebration
will honor seafarers, ship- and boatwrights, riggers,
and all those who have worked to sustain nautical
cultures in the Caribbean Basin.
The organizers, the Turks and Caicos Maritime
Heritage Federation, also plan to establish a sailing
centre on Provo that will focus on research and the
collection of information about the Turks & Caicos'
maritime heritage, and host an exchange of informa-
tion with other Caribbean maritime cultures.
The first Mariners' Week Celebration will feature three
days of sailing competition, called the TCI Challenge

Cup Regatta. This year, for the first time, the Bahamas'
traditional sailors are bringing their famous sloops to
contest Turks & Caicos boats; it should be a very inter-
esting battle. The 17th Annual Fools Regatta will enter
this mix to bring in a more open racing competition. In
years to come, the organizers are hoping that most of
the maritime cultures in the Caribbean will come
to race.
The Turks and Caicos Maritime Heritage Federation is
a non-governmental organisation with close ties to
most of the other preservationist and conservation
organizations in this archipelago.
For more information visit www.marifimeheritage.tc/

Caribbean International Opti Regatta
The 15th annual Scotiabank Caribbean International
Optimist Regatta, hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club in
the USVI, is set to sail from June 21 to 24. More than 80
skippers from eight to 15 years of age are expected,
and participants will hail from all three US Virgin
Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bermuda,
Trinidad and other Caribbean island nations such as
Martinique and St. Lucia. "We're also expecting up to
four teams of sailors from the US mainland," says
Karen Rice, who co-directs this year's regatta with
Cindy Hackstaff.
Pre-regatta activities will begin on June 18 and run
through June 20, when top national and international

Scotiabank's annual international Opti event in
St. Thomas attracts young sailing talent from around
the Caribbean and the US mainland

sailing coaches will teach a three-day instructional
clinic. Cost of the clinic is US$185 and includes break-
fast and lunch for the three days.
Final registration and a practice race will be held
Thursday, June 21. However, those that register prior
to May 15 will have their names entered in a special
drawing to win top-notch sailing gear. Sailors can
enter on-line at www.styc.net.
The three-day regatta will kick off Friday, June 22, and
end with a beachside barbecue brunch and awards
ceremony on Sunday, June 24, locally celebrated as
Father's Day.
Racing will take place in Cowpet Bay. "If we can
logistically make it happen, we're trying for a sepa-
rate racing area for the Green Fleet (novices), to help
them feel more comfortable racing in larger fleets,"
Rice says. Trophies will be awarded to the top five in
each fleet and top three overall.
The regatta entry fee is US$135 and includes an event
T-shirt, registration goodie bag and all meals from
Thursday's (June 21) Welcoming Party through
Sunday Brunch.
For more information, contact Cindy Hackstaff at
cindy@styc.net, Karen Rice atkaren@styc.net,
or visit www.styc.net

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Laid-back Venue

Charms Sailors

by Carol Bareuther

The island is only ten square miles in size. Fewer
than 3,000 folks call it home. There are no marinas or
boatyards. But in spite of this, or perhaps because of
it, Puerto Rico's offshore island of Culebra is the per
fect venue for the annual Heineken Culebra
International Regatta.

St. Thomian Paul Davis' J/27, Magnificent 7, slices through

Sixty-six boats, hailing from the Puerto Rican main
land, US and British Virgins, Trinidad and from as far
away as Germany, competed in this year's third
annual event, held March 9 t 1 1 11. . 1. .-
attracted a strong following in I -1. ........ i i ...
thanks to a core group of stalwart Puerto Rican
sailors who seem to have seawater in their blood as
well as know how to throw a great party. Another rea
son is that the regatta is the second of the Caribbean
Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) Series, which kicked
off with the St. C. i,, I ... ... i i . February
9 to 11, and er. I I II 1 I Regatta,
March 26 to April 1.
Geoffrey Pidduck, an avid sailor from Antigua who
flew north to serve as one of three international
judges, set the scene nicely by describing the regatta
this way: "Everyone who is here is here to sail, every
one knows everyone. There's a certain camaraderie, an
air of friendly competition. This is in contrast to some
of the bigger Caribbean regattas where over half the
fleet are bareboaters from all parts of the globe."
That said, the competition was definitely keen. The
race committee gave most of the fleet buoy racing the
first day and an around the-island course the second.
The one-design IC24s and J/24s, as well as the beach
cats and native Chalanas, stuck with buoy racing for the
second day at sailors' request, and it was nice to see the
race committee's sailor-friendly and flexible decision.

A friendly rivalry that started in St. Croix continued
to Culebra and made for some great on-the-water
spectating in the Spinnaker Racing A Class. The
Stanton brothers, Chris and Peter, along with a
youthful and talented St. Croix-based crew, maneu
vered their Melges 24, Devil 3, with such skillful tac
tics as to keep Trinidad's Storm firmly
in second place on the scoreboard.
"They're fast. I'll give them that," said
Trinidad's Peter Peake, who co-owns
the Reichel-Pugh 44 Storm along with
Californian Les Crouch.
In Spinnaker Racing B, St. Thomas'
Chris Thompson proved that laidback
is good luck. "The hospitality here in
Culebra, and with all the motherships
rafted up together in the bay, reminds
me oi ... ... .1 ,... days where we'd
sail :- ... I I ... I said Thompson,
who skippered his J/27, JWalker, to a
first in class.
Puerto Rico's Julio Reguero, sailing
his J/105, Umakua, pulled a narrow
one-point win over fellow islander
Jose Sanchez aboard his C&C 36,
Balaju II. In addition to securing a
good win, Reguero's racing talent
serves as a good role model. His ten
year-old son, Andre, competed in the
Culebra International Dinghy Regatta
h heavy seas that was held simultaneously with
the big boat event, and placed third
in the White Fleet.
Three Harkoms, Christopher Lloyd of
the BVI's heavily modified Beneteau 44, was the boat
to beat in Performance Cruising. Fortunately for them,
and unfortunately for their competitors, they were
indeed unbeatable with a string of flawless first-place
finishes. Some say the boat is a "cheater", re-built to
be a CSA-rule beater. But, others look at the crack
crew and their constant trimming and tactics and see
another reason why they win.
Puerto Rico's Ci... i I ...1.1i... i. skippered first
Dottie I, then his i ..-. .... I, in just about
every spring regatta held in Puerto Rico -from
Humacao to Fajardo to Culebra. It's no wonder he's
always first.
In the beach cat class, four-time Hobie 16 nation
al champion and four-time Olympian Enrique
"Kike" .... handily won -in spite of turtling
on the i.. -i . e of the first day. "We're hoping to
qualify in the Tornado this summer and compete in
Beijing in 2008," says Kike, who sails with Jorge
Hernandez as crew.
Competition proved razor sharp in both the J/24
and IC24 one-design classes.
St. Croix's Jae Tonachel was glad for the two days of
buoy racing. "Races around the buoys are shorter and
lets us get more r .. .... .. 11 We kept hoping to
catch up to and I ., i I -year-old Tonachel.
Gilberto Rivera, driving his Puerto Rico-based Urayo,
was happy for the course racing too. "One race a day

decides it. More races makes it more fun."
Only one point separated St. Thomas's Green Boat,
skippered by Taylor Canfield, from Puerto Rico's Orion,
helmed by Fraito Lugo, in the IC24s. The Green Boat
ultimately won and continued the winning streak that
began at the St. Croix International Regatta.
Finally, Puerto Rico's Henry Santos skippered the
winning boat in the Chalana class, Son of Wind.
Chalanas are a backyard-built rather than factory
fabricated boat with a 75-plus-strong, highly compete
tive, one-design class that has a history dating back
more than a century.
"My crew was great," Santos said. "We had some
challenging conditions in the five to six-foot swell and
gusty 15 to 20-knot winds, but these guys really
knew how to work the boat. In fact, in the last few
races, it came down to a match race between Carlos's
Malas Manos and us. Imagine, match racing like in the
America's Cup on our Chalanas. And, I'm telling you,
it was that close."

Culebra International

Regatta 2007 Winners

Spinnaker Racing A
I i ..i 1 i 24, Chris Stanton, St Croix, USVI (4)
-. .... i i. I Pugh 44, Peter Peake, Trinidad (10)
3) Don Q Limc- M141" 24, Enrique Torruellas,
Puerto Rico j
Spinnaker Racing B
1) JWalker, J/27, Chris Stanton, St. Thomas, USVI (4)
2) The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Kirby 25,
John Foster, St. Thomas, USVI (11)
3) E Mero Motu, J-24, Toni Mari, Puerto Rico (13)
Cruiser Racer
1) Umakua, J/105, Julio Reguero, Puerto Rico (4)
2) Balaju II, C&C 36, Jose Sanchez, Puerto Rico (5)
3) Boomerang, K-33, Pat Nolan, Tortola, BVI (10)
Performance Cruising
1) Three Harkoms, Modified Beneteau 445,
Christopher Lloyd, Tortola, BVI (5)
2) Shamrock IV, J/120, Thomas Mullen,
New Hampshire, USA (7)
3) Dejavu, J-30, Fernando DeJesus, Puerto Rico (8)
Jib & Main
1) Dottie II, Pearson 26, Chuck McLaughlin,
Puerto Rico (4)
2) Blue Ma, C&C 44, Juan Requena, Puerto Rico (18)
3) Mary-Ellen, Jeanneau 54, Howard Silverman,
St. Croix, USVI (18)
Beach Cat
1) DRD/Suzuki/Red Bull, Tornado,
Enrique Figueroa, Puerto Rico (9)
2) Spookie Monkey, Hobie 16, Pedrin Colon,
Puerto Rico (16)
3) Heineken, Hobie 16, Francisco Figueroa,
Puerto Rico (19)
1) Son of Wind, Jose Perez, Puerto Rico (5)
2) Malas Manas, Carlos Marrero, Puerto Rico (14)
3) Tasmania, Henry Bastidas, Puerto Rico (20)
1) GreenBoat, Carlos Aguilar, St. Thomas, USVI (16)
2) Orion, Fraito Lugo, Puerto Rico (17)
3) bMobile, Colin Rathburn, Tortola, BVI (18)
1) Urayo, Gilberto Rivera, Puerto Rico (7)
2) ElShaddai, Jae Tonachel, St. Croix, USVI (13)
3) Fuakata, Carlos Sierra, Puerto Rico (20)

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Seven Classes Race for

Good Times and

Good Watches!
by Carol Bareuther
Caribbean regattas share a commonality: steady
tradewinds, warm waters, and sand in the toes
beachside parties that even get blue blazered yachties
to let their hair down and have some rum-inspired
fun. Yet, each regatta has its own unique character.
For the International Rolex Regatta, held for the 34th
year out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, March 23 to
25, its personality is made up of some of the best sail
ing talent in the world, combined with a friendly cama
raderie that centers on the Club itself as a central
meeting place. And, of course, the chance to sail off
with a Rolex watch.
Eighty seven yachts with skippers and crews hailing
from throughout the Caribbean, US mainland and
Europe participated inthis three day event that saw
breezes of more than 12 knots each day over a combi
nation of round the buoy and round theisland course
es. A watch was awarded to seven skippers, the top
skippers in each of the regatta's seven classes.
For some of these skippers, picking up a Rolex
meant maintaining a lead they gained the first day of
competition. Such was the case in the Spinnaker
Racing 1 Class. Caccia AUa Volpe, a Vallicelli 44 drive
en by Carlo Falcone from Antigua, maintained its lead
over France's Clive Llewellyn, aboard his Grand Soleil
48, Mad IV Tim Kimpton's Crash Test Dummies out of
"We started today with a three point lead over our former Rolex winner who really had some
competition [Mad IV]," said Karl James, an Olympic
Laser sailor who called tactics and trimmed the
main aboard Caccia Ala Volpe. "Our goal was to stay International
close to them and we did. We're used to around the- ntera
Sr in Antigua, so tis course wasn't diff 24 One Design (One Design 19 Boa

The Stanton brothers, Chris as skipper and Peter 1) Mi Broadband, Robby & Michael Hirs
calling tactics, along with their all star crew, maneu 2) Orion Fraito Lugo, Ponce, PR (47)
vered their Melges 24, Devil 3, to a lead in Spinnaker 3) BamboosEhay d i,,( I .-'m I St.
Racing 2 on the first day and never let it go. The St. Spinnaker Racing I ,. i .,
Croix-based crew is 1 t,. t tli l "ier's circle, 1) CacciaAUa Voipe, Vallicelli 44, Carlo F
S 1 i.. I I I whi le sail 2) Mad IV, J/V Grand Soleil 48, Clive Lie
: I, ', sey Devil said 3) Yeoman XXXII, 16, David Aishe
i I might go to me," said Chris. "The first one Spinnaker Racing2 C 9 Boats)
mtipatrk J tome,"sacidChris. "The firs tr oer 1) Devil 3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St.
went to my dad. He and my mom have really been 1) e ee 2, Cis Sntn,
behind us i ..... 2) Crash Test Dummies, Melges 32, Timot
He added 1 ... to have a bunch of sport boats 3) Expensive Habit, J/100, RobertArmstl
in our class that all sailed about the same angles. The Spinnaker Racing 3 (CSA 17 Boats)
last day, it seemed like the winds were light at first, 1) JBird 4, Olson 30, Doug Baker, St Tb
but they really weren't. We had a great start and 2) The God The Bad & The Ugly, Kirby 2
because the seas were much more calm, we were real 3) SP MbR & CT Center/Tax Return, J/24,
ly able to fly. In fact, we crossed the finish line and the Non-Spinnaker Racing 1 (CSA 17 Boat
next boat in our class crossed about ten minutes later; 1) Three Harkoms, Modified Beneteau 44
we were that far ahead." 2) Affinity, Frers 49.51, Jack Desmond, 1
Similarly, JBird, an Olson 30 sailed by a California 3) ElPresidente, Thomas 35, Jeffrey Fang
crew accustomed to manning a sleek sailing Andrews Spinnaker Racing/Cruising (CSA 9 Bo
80, got out in front and never relinquished their lead 1) Crescendo, Swan 44, Martin Jacobson
in the Spinnaker Racing 3 Class 2) Team Paul Mitchell, Beneteau First 40.
Keith Kilpatrick, JBird's tactician and jib trimmer, 3) Sharock V, J 120 Thomas Mullen, N
said, "We didn't have any 1 1 1- 1 -1 but we're a Beach Cats (Portsmouth 12 Boats)
pretty experienced crew good start 1) DRD/Suzuki/Red Bull Tornado 20, En
pretend shot off from there., 2) Heineken Hobie 16, Francisco Figuero
and shot off from there."
Yet another boat that suffered no losses was Three 3) Fitness Warehouse, Hobie 16, Dennys
Harkoms, a modified Beneteau 442, owned by


Tortola's Christopher Lloyd. "We haven't lost a race
yet, but I shouldn't say that too soon. We still have
BVI," Lloyd said.
He added, "I've got a great crew. They never stop
working. I have to say, we have a bit of local knowl
edge, too. I sailed my first regatta over here in 1972.
There wasn't a Rolex yet; it was just a club race.
Martin Jacobson from Greenwich, Connecticut,
sailed a near flawless regatta aboard his Swan 44,
Crescendo. Crescendo's tactician and part-time
skipper, James Wilmot, said, "It was just a lovely
regatta. We really enjoy racing around the islands.
It's beautiful."
In the Beach Cat class, Puerto Rico's four-time Hobie
16 national champion and four-time Olympian,
Enrique Figueroa, scored nothing but first place fin
ishes. He sailed aboard a Tornado, while many other
boats in the class were Hobie 16s. Figueroa said, "The
16s can go pretty fast in this breeze, so we had to keep
an eye out for them. But I have to say, many times it
was lonely out there. We got pretty far ahead."
Figueroa and crew Jorge Hernandez hope to qualify
this summer for a slot at the Summer Olympics in
Beijing in 2008.
This year's International Rolex Regatta was the qual
ifier for the US Virgin Islands representative for the
Hobie 16 class in the Pan American Games, set for
this summer in Rio de Janeiro. St. Croix's Chris
Schreiber and St. Thomas's Terry Jackson earned this
slot by placing fifth in class, higher than St. Thomas's
Tom Kozyn and Lisa Oseychik, who finished in ninth.
Finally, in the IC24 class, the race for first turned
into a tiebreaker. The BVI's Robbie and Michael Hirst,
aboard their Mio Broadband, scored the same number
of points as Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo skippering his
Orion. However, the Hirsts tallied a greater number of
first-place finishes to win the class.
Robbie Hirst said, "Our crew work was very good. You
had to figure out your strategy on the first beat, where
to position yourself, or you got buried by the fleet."

Rolex Regatta 2007 Winners

t, Tortola, BVI (47)

Thomas, USVI (61)

alcone, Antigua (11)
wellyn, Paris, France (13)
r, Kent, UK (17)

Croix, USVI (6)
hy Kimpton, Diego Martin, Trinidad (17)
rong, St. Croix, USVI (19)

lomas, USVI (6)
5, Johnny Foster, St. Thomas, USVI (22)
Carlos Feliciano, Caguas, Puerto Rico (25)
2 44, Christopher Lloyd, Tortola, BVI (4)
/assachusetts, USA (11)
gmann, St. Croix, USVI (13)
, Connecticut, USA (8)
7, Mark Palermo, Louisiana, USA (16)
ew Hampshire, USA (17)

rique Figueroa, San Juan, Puerto Rico (6)
a, San Juan, Puerto Rico(12)
Junco, Carolina, Puerto Rico (23)

Strong Winds Make

Exciting Racing

by Carol Bareuther

Wind was the word as skippers and crews competing
in this year's BVI Spring Regatta, sailed March 29th to
April 1st out of Tortola's Nanny Cay Marina, spent
almost as much time preventing their boats from
-r- -i;; .= th--- -I, I ,,i ,,,, I. competition The
I I .. .. .- i i 1 which included
everything from a 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race winner,
ABN AMRO One, to a contingent of hot Laser sailors
from Trinidad.
If the winds had been lighter, the outcome in
Spinnaker Racing A may have been different, says New
Zealander Brad Jackson, who drove ABN AMRO One
during the BVI regatta. "If it had been under ten
knots, we would have had to really worry about Titan
XI," says Jackson, about Tom Hill's : i, i ,, .
As it was, the round-the-world winn( . -. I .... I
with flawless first place finishes.
The same wasn't exactly true for Devil 3, a Melges 24
skippered by St. Croix's Chris Stanton, but Stanton
and his brother, Peter, who called tactics, did keep
their new sportboat in the lead all three days. Eyeing
keen competition from a pair of Melges 32s
Trinidad's Tim Kimpton and his Crash Test Dummies
crew, and Wisconsin's Dave West with his
Midwesterners -the Devil only let the other two boats
trump them in three races out of eight. Says Stanton,
"We made fewer mistakes maneuver-wise. Then on the
last day, the rea reward for us was hitting 17 knots."
The crew aboard JBird III worked their little Olson
30 into a half point win over Rick Wesslund's J/120,
El Ocaso. Small boats may not be this California
based crew's forte, as they usually race owner Doug
Baker's Andrews 80, Magnitude. They set the San
Diego to Puerto Vallarta record last year, but who can
resist the rum and reggae of a Caribbean regatta?
St. Thomas couple Chris and Christine Thompson
proved they were anything but lonely empty nesters in
the wake of both kids going off to college last fall. With
a group of good friends as crew, their J/27, JWalker,
won Spinnaker Racing D in the BVI, a class-win feat
that they also accomplished at thr i . ..
lier this season. "This was a good i .. ... i i
us. We got to sail with friends, and like everybody else
this weekend, we optimized the boat to the limit. That
is, we really got the greatest amount of boat speed pos
sible .11. .. . ... ... i..... or hurting anyone."
The i I- I i i i i.- raced in every single
BVI Spring Regatta. And, he's placed in the top three
in his class many of these years, including this one,
when his Sirena 38, Pipedream, beat out Puerto Rico's
Julio Reguero, skippering his J/105, Umakua.
Affinity, Jack Desmond's Swan 48, held on to its
lead in Performance Cruising A, while Performance
Cruising B was clearly dominated by the BVI's
Christopher Lloyd's highly modified Oceanis 440,
Three Harkoms. John Sweeney, crewmember on the
unbeatable Three Harkoms, summed up the regatta's
blustery second day best when he commented,
Si ., i on the water." No wonder. The boat
.i i i, it nearly caught a number of the
bigger boats that started five minutes ahead of them in
Performance Cruising A.

Competition proved close in Jib & Main. David Huester
scooted his Moorings 515, Mary Jane, out in front, but
Steve Schmidt's Santa Cruz 70, Hotel California Two, and
the BVI's Bill Bailey on his Hughes 38, Second Nature,
tied with an identical number of points.
The bareboat classes in the Spring Regatta aren't as
numerous as those in St. Maarten or Antigua. Still,
this international mix of sailors took their perform
ances seriously. Just ask the UK's Tony Mack, who
skippered his Moorings 515, Joyce Smith, to first in
Bareboat A, while Bareboat B was dominated by the
Netherlands' Jan Soderberg in the Beneteau Oceanis
440, Chess.
The Large Multihull and Beach Cat classes were light
this year. Even so, the BVI's Richard Wooldridge,
aboard his triple Jack, i ....... i 1.. ..1 utSt.
Croixs Joe San Martii i i race

I make i t youni

when his Piglet posted a first. High winds led to the
beach cat fleet staying on the beach for the last day's
competition. That gave St. Croix's Tom Ainger, driving
his Inter 20, Caribbean Auto Mart, the class win.
Racing was so close in the IC24 class that the winner
wasn't determined until the last race, with that honor
going to BVI brothers Robbie and Michael Hirst, sailing
their MTO Broadband This year saw on-the-water judg
ing in this class for the first time. "It helped the less
experienced sailors learn the rules, but it didn't change
a lot for the first half of the fleet," Hirst commented.
Finally, in the Lasers, Trinidad's Ryan Rocke led the
class from Day One and stretched his lead by 24
points over fellow Trini sailor, Stuart Leighton. "This
was my first international regatta and I'm very pleased
with my results. It was a lot less shifty today, so I was
able to really get ahead."

2007 BVI Spring

Regatta Winners

Spinnaker Racing A
1) ABMAMRO One, Volvo Ocean 70, Brad Jackson,
New Zealand (8)
2) Titan XII, Reichel-Pugh 75, Tom Hill, Sr.,
Puerto Rico (16)
3) Noonmark VI, Swan 56, Geoffrey Mulchy, UK (28)
Spinnaker Racing B
1) Devil3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, USVI (13)
2) Crash Test Dummies, Melges 32,
Tim Kimpton, Trinidad (19)
3) Chippewa, Melges 32, Dave West, USA (24)
Spinnaker Racing C
1) JBird III, Olson 30, Doug Baker, USA (23.5)
2) El Ocaso, J/120, Rick Wesslund, USA (24)
3) Team Paul Mitchell Beneteau First 40.7,
USA (24.5)
Spinnaker Racing D
1) J-Walker, J-27, Chris Stanton, USVI (12.5)
2) The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Kirby 25,
John Foster, USVI (21.5)
3) Magnificent 7, J-27, Paul Davis, USVI (25)
Cruiser Racer
1) Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, BVI (17)
2) Umakua, J 105, Julio Reguero, Puerto Rico (22)
3) Abracadabra, J-105, Carlos Camacho,
Puerto Rico (23)
Performance Cruising A
1) Affinity, Swan 48, Jack Desmond, USA (8)
2) Advantage, Grand Soleil 50, Brian Bennett,
USA (13)
3) Black Hole, Beneteau First 40.7, Patrick Kroll,
UK (15)
Performance Cruising B
1) Three Harkoms, Modified Beneteau 445,
Christopher Lloyd, BVI (5)
2) Diva, Modified 30 Square Meter, Robin Tattersall,
BVI (13)
3) Elmo, Grand Soleil 43, Robert Eggleton, USA (18)
Jib & Main
1) Mary Jane, Moorings 515, David Huester, UK (8)
2) Hotel California Too, Santa Cruz 70,
Steve Schmidt, USA (11.5)
3) Second Nature, Hughes 38, Bill Bailey, BVI (11.5)
1) Triple Jack, Kelsall One Off, Richard Wooldridge,
BVI (6)
2) Piglet, Newick, Joe San Martin, USVI (9)
Beach Cats
1) Caribbean Auto Mart, Inter 20, Tom Ainger,
USVI (6)
2) XO Bistro, Hobie 16, Tom Kozyn, USVI (16)
3) TBD, Prindle 19, Davis Murray, USVI (21)
1) MIO Broadband, Robbie Hirst, BVI (53)
2) Bambooshay, Chris Rosenberg, USVI (57)
3) MIO Roaming, Andrew Waters, BVI (84)
1) Ryan Rocke, Trinidad (28)
2) Stewart Leighton Trinidad (52)
3) TylerRice, USVI (65)

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by Wanda Brown Nicholas

Winds and spirits were high as a record was broken
at the 5th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Easter
Regatta. The event, held April 5th through 9th, was
hosted by Prickly Bay Marina. Trinidadian Peter

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Morris, captain of overall winner Morning Tide, called
the event "a very rni- -1- rnd exciting Grenada
Easter Regatta." He i I I boats raced closely
together and the Round-the-Island Race was a classic!"
The early Thursday afternoon arrival of a feeder
race from Trinidad at Prickly Bay Marina kicked off
the Easter festivities. After sailing up from Trinidad
with favorable wind and sea conditions Survivor came
in first, Beex second, and Morning Tide third. That
was followed by a Welcome Party, which, like all the
regatta's land events, was open to the public and had
. .t t;;;- out.
i.I conditions were excellent off the south
coast on Good Friday for two races sponsored by
Prickly Bay Marina. On this day, as well as on Sunday,
all boats raced in one class, Cruising. Race One was
voided because the southern mark drifted away, but
Race Two more than made up for it, with first place
going to Robbie Yearwood's Blew by You; Morning Tide
took second and Mike Williams' Aquilo came in third.
Grenada Board of Tourism Director Joycelyn Sylvester
Gairy joined Peggy Cattan, race coordinator, and
Jacqui Pascall, event coordinator, at the day's prize
giving ceremony. David Emanuel and his band played
lively music during the Westerhall Estate Rum's two




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hour happy hour at Prickly Bay Marina's after party.
Fifteen yachts registered for the Round-the-Island
race on Saturday, to race in two classes: Multihull and
Monohull. The big challenge was to break the multi


hull record for the fastest time around the island, held
by Huff N Puff at 5 hours and 50 minutes. It was a
windy day, and in the 20 to 22 knots of breeze Roger
Spronk's cat Shadowfax blew her jib off the north end
of the island and Sasha, another catamaran, got her
spinnaker jammed at the finish line. Although the
multihull record was unbroken, Champie Evans on
Julia set a new record for the fastest monohull: actual
time around the island was 6 hours, 3 minutes and 49
seconds, for a corrected time of 5 hours, 32 minutes
and 25 seconds. This made for an exceptionally excit
ing Race Three as well as the great news that the Carib
Cup will stay at home in Grenada. Well done to
Champie and crew!
The after-race party on Saturday was excellent, with
steel band music provided by Angel Harps and spon
scored by Republic Bank. This Carib Cup party drew
the crowds for the 8:00PM prize-giving, hosted by the
Grenada Board of Tourism's Yachting & Cruise
Development Officer, Ian Winsborrow. Jacqui Pascall
presented the Carib Cup and Peter Blake trophies to
the Round-the-Island Race's first-place winner,
Champie Evans. This was followed by an enthusiastic
Carib beer drinking competition, which was well sup
ported. Barracuda and his band supplied great music

for dancing into the night.
Saturday also saw the Port Louis Junior Challenge
Race, a great success with 22 sailors between the ages
if .1 ... 1 15 taking part in five races. The triangle
S... 1I. Prickly Bay beach was ideal. Danny
Donelan from Port Louis presented certificates to all
those competing and Budget Marine gave prizes to the
winners. In the Laser Class, Nick Goodchild came
first; in the Optimist Class, Kendall Martin; the
Mosquito Class was won by Kimo Sampson. Kite
; -.1i i ..ad flying was a highlight of the land activi
I i junior sailors.
Sunday was the day of the Budget Marine Races 4
and 5, again with excellent wind conditions off the
south coast to decide the overall placing for each
class. Morning Tide came in first in both races and
secured the overall winner's place in the Cruising
Class for the race series. Darryl Braithwaite's Second
Wind was the overall winner in the Multihull Class.
A memorable --nine at the Beach House
Restaurant & Bar I II I as guests were invited to
dance to the rhythms of the Tivoli Drummers.
Following the prize-giving ceremony and dinner, danc
ing was to the popular tunes of the Back in Time band.
Chris Mayhew, captain of Blurred Vision, commented,
"The location for the prize-giving was excellent and the
food was superb!"

Left: Tight action was the rule on Good Friday and Easter
Sunday as all monohulls raced in Cruising Class off
Grenada's south coast

Below: On the Saturday, junior racers showed their style, too

but tne easter iun wasn't over yet. lNext came tne
celebrations on Easter Monday's "Fun in the Sun" day,
also at the Beach House Restaurant. Maypole dancers
came from Windsor Forest, the Grenada Salsa dancers
performed, and David Emanuel and his band played a
great set. There were hidden toys for the Easter hunt,
which the kids loved, and a running race for prizes.
The garden setting was ideal for the occasion. The
biggest laugh was the bungee pulling challenge that
got everyone on the beach involved. There was much
cheering when a competitor managed to reach the
beer bottle -and it got moved another yard farther
away! Prizes donated by Digicel were received by all
the winners.
The 5th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Easter
Regatta was a hit for sailors, landlubbers, juniors,
kids, sponsors and hosts!
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by Nicola Redway

After a week or more -f 1- d-n r-- 'l-i-- flil-
winds and constant rain, I .1..i ..... I.
April 4th, just in time to bless Bequia Easter Regatta
2007 with near perfect sailing weather.
But it wasn't only the weather that was worrying the
organizers in the run up to Easter. They were also
aware that the Cricket World Cup was having a knock
on effect particularly on travel throughout the
region and there were fears that this could affect
attendance. What a delight it was, then, to be starting
the regatta on a blustery, sunny C I I ..........
with 36 yachts signed up, just -I, I I I
record breaking total. By far the ?, -I ,,. I I
full third of the total entry, ,, i, I
Martinique. The French boats swelled the Racing
Class to a record 14 entries, creating a thrilling and
highly competitive three race series.
There are a few things that need to be said up front
about the growing number of Martiniquan sailors who
have been coming to Bequia since 2000. Number one, ..
they are extraordinarily committed racers, utterly ded
icated to competing at the highest possible level in
every race; number two, they simply love to be in
Bequia at regatta time; and number three they
know how to party everyone else under the table! (Oh
yes, and they don't care a hoot about cricket...)
Remember the phrase from the movie 'Field of
Dreams': "If you build it, they will come..."? Well, with
the help of the enthusiastic French racing boats, the
Bequia Regatta Race Committee has in recent years
built a superb Racing Class. The hope now is that rac
ing boats from around the: .. .1ii I .. ... .:d to
come to Bequia in 2008 tc .... 1 I -1. ...- the
great racing and hospitality that make this tiny
island's regatta so popular.

But back to 2007: Turnout in the J/24 Class also
exceeded expectations, with seven boats from Grenada,
St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent making up the
fleet for their specially designed six-race competition.
,ii .1. i .... I .i .i .. ..i .. .; in the CSA Cruising I
( i .- ... i .... I i I lars, some interesting
'--1-;; P-1;;i Regatta debutantes and even a 60 foot
,. 1 ... Cruising II, the stage was set for four
days of first class competition across the board.
Continued on next page

Below: Three firsts out of three in Racing Class
for Nicolas Gillet on Clippers Ship

Continued from previous page
A Very Good Friday
The Friendship Bay Race on Good Friday took all but
the J/24s around the outer islands on the south side of
Bequia. The super fast Surprise Clippers Ship, skippered
by the talented 24-year-old Nicolas Gillet took first place
in Racing Class, romping home in 136.66 minutes on
corrected time, nearly three minutes ahead of another
French Surprise, GFA Caribes, skippered by Gerard
Corlay. A mere 0.25 seconds of corrected time separated
Jack Arthaud's B28 Ascee Equipement and Arthur
Sii .1.... i .....1. .. bright pink Surprise
S i , i i i 1 i respectively.
In Cruising I, Barbadian Ron Hunt on his J/30
Jaystar was the clear winner over John Verity's Sigma
33 Dubloon ofMarigot, who beat out Kent Richardson's
Beneteau 456 Dark Star for second place. Over in
Cruising II it was dark horse newcomer Ken Campbell
in his C&C 51 Magic who came in ahead of C&C 38
Hot Chocolate, skippered by Rich Washington, with a
margin of just 23 seconds on corrected time. Another
Bequia newcomer, Peter Bennett, racing in his beauti
ful dark-hulled C&C 44 Destiny, took third place,
ahead of Actuel a Jeanneau Sunrise from Martinique
skippered by old-timer Gaetan de la Goublaye. With
C&Cs taking the top three places, the battle for
supremacy amongst them was well and truly on.
The J/24s had a shorter version of the scenic
Friendship Bay course for their first day of racing, and
it was St. Lucia's Jabal, skippered by Nick Forsberg,
who came in well ahead of Carriacou's Jerry Stewart on
HOIC in second and Lucian Jerry Bethel's Banana
Wind in third. With a number of (thankfully temporary)
breakdowns on Day 1, the talk at the results and daily
i.. ....- I. I ...... .... I lotel that night was all
S ,1 11 1.1 i ,. ,, i delay's Round the Island
I II Ii, I I I I I ..... wide open in all class
es and more good sailing weather anticipated.
Saturday Around Bequia
Saturday morning broke clear, but by 10:30 the clouds
had lowered and some ugly squalls came in, which chal
lenged both the yacht racers and the local double-enders
i. .,,.i, i, ,,i .. i, vere starting on their
S,, i - i ., i the wind settled and
bytheendol 11. i ... ,i . I . ... -. ,nthe
bag. In Raci .. i* ... . -i ,', ..., that
was the sta. i ,,, ..'.. . .h1 . cted
... .... I 11 second placed boat Open

place was close only -.. i .. i i .. -
arated Open the Bare and Hallucine, the sleek Open 45



Ron Hunt's Jaystar earned a long awaited Overal First in Cruising I

.1 ,, i i 1 1 T . 11 ... . .... -. g I, this tim e it
S .- .. I - I 1 i . I ..-winner, coming
in a full five minutes ahead of Jaystar, who in turn was
five minutes of corrected time ahead of Steve Schmidts
majestic Santa Cruz 70 Hotel Calfornia Too. In Cruising
II, C&Cs Magic and Hot Chocolate again took first and sec
ond, with Martinique's Patrick Velasquez on Virgo taking
a well earned third after missing Friday's race when his
boom broke at the start
With a series of three races for the J/24s on
Saturday, it came down to a tussle between four boats
-Jabal, Banana Wind, HOIC, and Peter "Wipers"
Hoad's Jabulani. In the end it was one, two, three for
Jabal, HOIC and Jabulani, with Banana Wind
squeezed out by just one point.
Easter Sunday: Solitaire and Sunshine
When the second get together party and daily prize
giving took place at the Porthole Restaurant on Saturday
afternoon, the talk this time was not only about the day's

results and the prospects for the final race on Monday.
I. I ... I .,, .,..i i. .... I I .. riich for
h. h .. .. ... U ""-11 .... 1.. 1 I ,. ,1 I i in the
CSA Class, was also creating a real buzz of excitement
Eight French boats were joined by Barbados veteran
Jerome Reid on Jump Up, Ben Jelic on the Kiwi 35 Sea
Devil and Steve Schmidt on Hotel Calfornia Too, all of
them eager to prove their skills in this demanding test of
individual seamanship. The results? Regis Guillemot on
.. ........... I I on GFA
Caribes, who in turn beat the seemingly unbeatable
Nicolas Gillet on Clippers Ship into third place. In the
non CSA Class there were just two boats entered
Actuel and Virgo, both from Martinique. Patrick
Velasquez on Virgo came in way ahead with an impres
sive corrected time of 173.29 -faster than all but the top
four boats in the single-handed CSA/Spinnaker Class.
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Caraibes to take second place by a mere 2.4 seconds
on corrected time. This result earned them Second
Overall, beating Overall Third winner Ascee Equipment
by one point. In Cruising I, it was Jaystar, Dubloon,
and Dark Star in first, second and third, echoing the
overall results. In Cruising II, familiarity with the tri

M.P. for the Northern Grenadines, each gave rousing
speeches of thanks both to the Bequia Sailing Club's
all-volunteer team and to the competitors. Then the
serious business of prize-giving began. All the cheers
were loud, but perhaps the loudest were reserved for
the determined young all-girl crew on Martinique's

Surprise StudiolO Le Poeton who placed overall sev
enth, competed tenaciously throughout the weekend,
and with truly no hint of sexism whatsoever, won the
(predominantly female) Race Committee's award for
their Sunday race, then returning to pull up on the angle course proved critical for Virgo, who took first Best Dressed Crew!
beach to be ready for their start on Monday. With a place ahead of newcomer Magic, who nevertheless It really was a terrific regatta -not only for the
good-natured beach splash and street fete taking place came out as the clear Overall Winner with his two smoothly run and challenging yacht races but also for
all day, there was truly something for everyone, firsts on Days One and Two. Hot Chocolate made third the exceptional bonhomie that pervaded the event.
Tactical Triangles on Monday (and hence Overall Second) while Actuel pipped Thanks must go to sponsors SVG Ministry of Tourism,
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Winners, Old and Ne
by Kedisha Compton

They say the way to a man's heart is through his
stomach. It must be true for women as well, because
when asked to write about the Bequia Easter Regatta
at the annual Compass brunch, which was held this
year at world famous Mac's Pizzeria, I said 'Yes"....
Thirty-two double-enders took part this year, rac
ing in seven length-based classes, with entries from
Mayreau, Canouan and Carriacou competing with
the Bequia boats. There was one new addition: the
18-foot Sweet Image, another creation from Bequia
boatbuilder Arnold Hazell, competing in Class 5A.
Perseverance, one of the fastest boats in its class, did
not race this year, but another boat built by Arnold
Hazell, Cloudy Bay, provided serious competition.
The first race for the Grenadines' fishingboats was
the Pepsi Challenge, on Saturday April 7th, which
, 1 .. ... -i Bay. The smallest boats, Class 1,
i. biggest boats, the 28-footers in
Class 7, set out a large dark squall blew in, resulting
in a collision that damaged a boat from Carriacou.
The race finished at Hamilton Point in Admiralty Bay,
then the fleet then sailed down to Lower Bay, where
the next day's race was scheduled to begin.
On Sunday, the 8th of April, I am awakened by the
sound of sails flapping on the beach in Lower Bay
and the steady ringing of halyards against masts.
Today's race is the Heineken Challenge, starting at
Lower Ba-- :-i;: .round the Admiralty mark, out
past the I. mark, then down to the Ship's
Stem mark -with Classes 1 and 2 making one lap;
Classes 4 through 7 making two laps -then to the
finish back at the Admiralty mark. It is a windy, hot
day; after many previous days of rain the weather is
finally paying respect to the regatta fans and players.
The race begins around 10:00AM with the
Commodore's hoarse voice being heard loud and
clear over the hand-held speaker: "To your places,
the race is about tc T--n;;'" There are a few mur
murs, followed by a I idy". The spectators give
their undivided attention, and photographers scurry
around to get their best shot. The horn blares and

the race has begun, aga... ..1.... with Class 1.
Class by class, the boats 1. I .. I iower Bay fol
lowing the route required.
Easter Sunday, combining the mounting excite
ment of Race Two for the double-enders, ...1
handed race for the yachts and a 1 1 -. I
for all, seems to be the best part c I I ... Regatta.
It also gives the local entrepreneurs a chance to
bring out their ice boxes and barbecues and sell to
the unquenchable crowd. After all of the fishingboat
classes have started, race fans :'i;-.t t ;;i
vantage points around the island i i
made by their favorite boats, loudly agreeing or dis
agreeing with each move.
Onshore the music has reached its peak, and
flocks of bikini-clad ladies and Rip Curl dressed men
walk the hot roads barefoot. I join in, too, hardly
noticing the rising heat. People caress cold beers and
other "cool downers", slowly shifting to the rhythm of
the music. As the day wears on, many retire early to
prepare for the next day's race.
Monday has finally come. It's the last day of
Bequia's annual regatta festival, and although every
thing has become rushed and last-minute, every
one's eager for the final race. Its the Mount Gay
race, a shorter course. The boats begin in Lower Bay
and head downwind for West Cay. Classes 1 and 2
round a mark off Moonhole; the bigger boats beat up
around Middle Cay and then run back down the
Paget Farm passage. All classes tack back into
Admiralty Bay where the racing concludes and
onshore the Almond Tree fete goes full speed ahead
with lots of food and drinks and live music. Like I
always say, "It ain't ah party unless yo' got music!"
Later on Monday evening the grand prizegiving is
held at the .... .. .... Hotel, which is also race
headquarters I I. I. -1 place trophy for Class 1 is
presented to Lady G, skippered by Damien Bess of
Bequia. Class 2 sees a tie between Bad Feeling of
Mayreau and Bequia's Never D, while another...
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'Get ready!' Class 5A boats prepare for the
Easter Sunday start at Lower Bay


Continued from previous page
...Mayreau boat, Mariann skippered by Bonnie Forde,
captures top honors in Class 4. (There was no Class 3
this year.)
Bequia boats dominate the bigger classes. Sweet
Image, skippered by Robert Hazell, proves her worth
as "new kid on the block" with an overall first in
Class 5A. In Class 5B, the recently modified Shamu,
skippered by Ekron Bunyan, triumphs. In Class 6 it
is a real old-timer's turn: the 130-year-old Bequia
whaleboat Iron Duke, skippered by Courtney Adams,
takes top place. And Lachie King skippers Bluff,
I I' II .- i . 1 competitor, to an over
There is a huge celebration with drinks courtesy of
sponsors Mountain Top Spring Water, Heineken,
Mount Gay and Pepsi. Good news travels fast and
although the weekend has only just ended, "dem say
it was ah success".

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MARINE ......


Bequia Easter Regatta
2007 Overall Winners
Class 1
1) Lady G, Damien Bess, Bequia
2) Red Saw, Man Tawe, Bequia
3) De Reef, Dickson Bynoe, Bequia
Class 2
1) (tie) Bad Feelings, Samuel Forde, Mayreau
NeverD, Cephus Gurley, Bequia
2) My Love, Stanley Harry, Bequia
Class 4
1) Marian Bonnie Forde, Mayreau
2) Libity, Elmore Snagg, Canouan
3) Ark Royal Roy Decoteau, skipper from Petite
Martinique, boat from Canouan


Class 5A
1) Sweet Image, Robert Hazell, Bequia
2) Tornado, Kingsley Stowe, Bequia
3) Nerissa J, Mike Harry, Canouan
Class 5B
1) Shamu, Ekron Bunyan, Bequia
2) Arrow, Rory King, Bequia
3) (3-way tie) Devine, Delacey Leslie, Bequia
Shannalou, Ray Leslie, Bequia
Worries, Andy Mitchell, Bequia
Class 6
1) Iron Duke, Courtney Adams, Bequia
2) Trouble, Evan Chambers, Bequia
Class 7
1) Bluff Lachie King, Bequia
2) Passion, Matthew Joseph, Carriacou
3) Cloudy Bay, Trevor Adams, Bequia

Racing Class
1) Clippers Ship, Surprise, Nicolas Gillet, Martinique
2) W.I.N.D., Surprise, Arthur Villain, Martinique
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Studio 10 Le Ponton
voted Best Dressed Crew'
Cruising One
1) Jaystar, J/30, Ron Hunt, Barbados
2) Dubloon ofMarigot, ...... 33, John Verity, St. Lucia
3) Dark Star, Beneteau I Kent Richardson, USA
Cruising Two
1) Magic, C&C 51, Ken Campbell, USA
2) Hot Chocolate, C&C 38, Rich Washington, USA
3) Actuel Jeanneau Sunrise,
Gaetan de la Goublaye, Martinique
1) Jabal Nick Forsberg, St. Lucia
2) HOIC, Jerry Stewart, Carriacou
3) Banana Wind, Jerry Bethel, St. Lucia



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Understanding Caribbean Weather

Part One:

Some Basic 'Whats' and 'Whys

by Clayton Lewis

When Fona and I were asked to take over the daily
VHF weather report for the Cruisers' Net in Trinidad for
a couple of weeks last season we decided to include a
daily item of weather information. These weather tid
bits got good reviews from cruisers and we thought they
might be of interest to anyone who sits out the hurri-
cane season checking weather reports every day. They
provide a little background on what's behind those
weather reports and will help you to understand some
of the terminology.
Where Do Tradewinds Come From?
Imagine a belt of air around the world at the equa
tor; it receives more sun than other regions of the
world. Hot air rises from 11..- i,, . .1 i I ... i.. ... ,
the atmosphere. It has :. i. i .i ...
the equator, causing st. ** "11 ... i
toward the north pole and one toward the south pole.
Altitude and movement towards the poles eventual
ly cool these flows and after substantial cooling both
air masses start to fall. Most of the falling (weather
reports call this subsidence) is in the area around 30
north latitude and 30 south latitude.
The global effect is an equatorial band of hot, low
pressure air and mid-latitude bands of cooler, high
pressure air, one in each hemisphere. These global
pressure differences (which meteorologists call gradi
ents) cause air to flow from the high pressure mid-lat
itudes toward the low pressure equator.
The Coriolis force (more information later) bends
these flows toward the west and they become the
well-known north and south tradewind belts.
Tradewinds are weaker in the summer, when there is
less temperature difference between the equator and
the mid-latitudes. They are strongest in the winter
when the mid-latitudes are much colder, causing the
strong trades we know as Christmas winds in the
northern hemisphere.
What's a Tropical Wave?
The flow of the tradewinds in the band between the
equator and mid-latitudes can be affected by land fea
tures. During the summer in particular the strong
contrast in Africa between the wet equatorial .....1 -
and the dry, hot Sahara to the north has a i, i
influence on the northern hemisphere tradewind flow.
Think of the tradewind flow as a river and the African
climate contrast as a writhing disturbance that tends
to disrupt the flow. The result is that waves form in the
river of air. These waves have a period of about two
days and, like any wave, consist of low and high pres
sure bands. The bands stretch north and south from
the equatorial area upwards to mid-latitudes. You can
think of them as enormous rollers that form over
Africa and roll west. The troughs, that is, the low-pres
sure parts of the waves, are called Tropical Waves.
When a trough reaches far north it's called a "high
amplitude" wave; "low amplitude" waves don't stretch
very far northward.
Tropical waves don't form every two days except in
the peak of the summer. If they did, the six-month
hurricane season from June through November
should see about 90 tropical waves. Instead we get
about 60 per year as the historical average.
What is the ITCZ?
If you've read the classic cruising books -Eric
Hiscock or Miles and Beryl Smeeton -you will have
read about the doldrums. In this era of acronyms that
very descriptive word has been replaced by "the ITCZ,"
the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone. What is converg
ing in the zone between the tropics are the two
tradewind bands, the southern hemisphere trades and
our northern hemisphere trades. The trades meet in
the equatorial area where intense heat causes the ris
ing of hot air. This is where the tradewinds finally
taper off. The ITCZ is characterized by large amounts
i ..... -,,, i ,,, i 1 i resulting in heavy cloud
.... i, ,, i111 ,, i ,, i I' luent showers and thun
The ITCZ, a.k.a. the doldrums, varies from about
20 to 150 miles wide and is most intense when it
is narrowest.
-I', ,. ,. i. ides in either hemisphere push the
I i i the other pole. So in our winter the
ITCZ is pushed south, as far as 5S. Weatherman Eric
Mackie (more information later) likes to say it is check
ing out the one-piece bikinis in Brazil. Likewise, strong
winter trades in the southern hemisphere push the
ITCZ north during our summer, sometimes as far as
15N, bringing us unsettled weather as it passes over
us. This north-south movement of the ITCZ lags

behind the sun's annual north-south migration by
about two months, so the ITCZ is farthest north in
August, typically about 10N. It is no coincidence that
this is also prime hurricane season.
What Causes Hurricanes in the Mid-Atlantic?
Most Atlantic hurricanes start near tropical waves.
We've all experienced the wind patterns associated
with a tropical wave; wind north of east as the wave
approaches and south of east behind it. Imagine rid
ing a satellite above the wave. You look down and see
the winds to the left of the wave are coming from the
northeast -angling downward from your viewpoint
while the southeast winds to the right of the wave are
angling upward from the equator. The cloud forma
tions near tropical waves show these "down left" and
"up right" patterns and are known as the signature
"inverted V curvature" of a tropical wave, visible in
satellite imagery.

See the power? The average hurricane releases ener
gy each day equivalent to 200 times the electric gener
ating capacity of the entire world All that energy
comes from warm water

Imagine standing just inside the inverted V. Winds
on both sides are trying to spin you counter-clockwise,
down-left and up-right. Its a prime location for
cyclonic circulation to begin.
If the ITCZ gets involved at the same time, push
ing north with a bump protruding into the inverted
V of a wave, it brings the southern trades into the
picture. Now well north of the equator, the southern
trades bend to the right due to Coriolis Force
adding westerly winds to the open bottom of our
inverted V; this strong force helps the system to
rotate counterclockwise.
These conditions of interaction between a tropical
wave and a northern bump in the ITCZ are often impli
cated in forming tropical systems and can be the
birthplace of hurricanes.
Hurricanes and Water Temperatures
If you go to Chris Parker's site
(http://caribwx.mwxc.com/marine.html) at this time
of year, the first thing in his forecast is the SST -the
Sea Surface Temperature. Of course, the reason is
that SST is perhaps the most important factor in the
formation of hurricanes.
The average hurricane releases energy each day
equivalent to 600 terawatts, six times 1014 Watts.
What the heck does that mean in real-life terms? It's
200 times the elb I, .... 1,,,. pacity of the entire
world. All that .. ... I. ... the warm water.
After a hurricane passes, sea temperatures are cooler
by as much as 6 C (11 F), in one case of a super
typhoon 9C (16F). All that energy has been absorbed
into the w . .. - ... w, , .,,,-. ,
In order ... i , .. I .... ...
the ocean should be at least 26C (79F). Furthermore,
this layer of warm water should be at least 200 feet deep.
As the passing hurricane stirs up the water it can kill
itself by dredging up water that is too cool.

Sometimes when a hurricane runs over a particular
ly warm spot in the ocean (an anomaly) such as the
Gulf Stream or a warm eddy, it goes through a rapid
intensification. Meteorologists first recognized the
importance of deep, warm eddies during Hurricane
Opal in 1995. Opal encountered a warm-water eddy in
the Gulf of Mexico and strengthened in intensity from
Category 1 to Category 4 in only 14 hours. Both
Katrina and Rita in 2005 intensified to Category 5 over
hot eddies in the Gulf of Mexico.
Similarly, a hurricane can stumble if it passes over
a cooler area of water such as a the track of a recent
hurricane. This is one reason that it is rare to have
two intense storms in the same general area in the
same season.
So long as the hurricane remains over warm water it
may gain strength. Once it hits land the source of fuel
is gone and it runs out of steam (pun intended).
Wind Shear, What is It?
Over and over in; i th- National Hurricane
Center forecasts ... i 11 I ,-I -. blog (www.wunder
g .... I .. I I I II I I we've been hearing the
v .- ... I 1. .. i. .. )w threatens to develop
into a tropical system. Low wind shear is necessary for
hurricanes to develop and high wind shear can cripple
or collapse a storm which already has developed.
Wind shear is the difference between the wind speed
and direction at the jet stream level and that at the
surface. Ideally a '-1-" pin- hurricane wants zero
wind shear -that:- .. 1"1 , in speed or direc
tion of the wind at all levels from the surface up to
about 40,000 feet. Wind shear of 20 knots or less is
considered "favorable for hurricane development".
Here's why: The center of a hurricane system
becomes a hollow column, like a -Iri;l-in;:-
around which warm, moist air is suck I .1 II i
umn pumps up water vapor which cools and condens
es, releasing untold energy and lots of rain. This heat
pump is the engine driving the hurricane. The
straighter and more vertical it is, the better it will
pump. i ... i- .1 II ill tilt the column; a differ
entwinc i. i... I II ii. also tilt it. Enough tilt and
the upper level core will be torn away and detached
from the circulation feeding it from below, killing the
heat engine and destroying the system.
What is Coriolis Force?
Coriolis Force plays a part in the formation of hur
ricanes and in steering them once they form. But
what is it?
The equator is 25,000 miles long. Imagine standing
on the equator for a full 24 hours. As the earth spun
through one revolution you would travel 25,000 miles
to the east in 24 hours -about 1,000 miles per hour.
But if you stood still at one of the poles for a whole day,
you would not have traveled at all since you are at the
center, the axis, of the earth's rotation. (However, you
would have very cold feet.) Points between the equator
and the poles move at different rates; fastest closest to
the equator. Points at 30 north or south latitude, for
example, move at about 850 mph.
So imagine standing in Jacksonville, Florida, at
30N and hurling a ball directly south aiming at the
point on the equator. You would be aiming for Quito,
Ecuador. As you let go of the ball, you, the ball and
Jacksonville are traveling east at about 850 mph but
Quito is traveling east at 1,000 mph. By the time
your ball dropped on the equator, Quito would have
moved well off to the east. The ball would fall into the
Pacific. If you drew a line on 1, .1 1 o1 follow the
trajectory of the ball, it would ... 11 I th, ..1..
your intended flight. Play the same mental .. I
throwing a ball from Quito aimed at Jacksonville
directly to the north and you get the same result
the traject, 1 nt to the right because the ball
is m-"n-in- .-i -I than Jacksonville. In fact, any
fligi. I -I. ball in the northern hemisphere will be
deflected to the right. The apparent force causing
this movement is named the Coriolis Force. And it
doesn't just affect balls! Air currents are subjected to
the same force.
In the southern hemisphere Coriolis deflects trajec
stories to the left. Imagine flinging that ball again!
This makes southern hemisphere tropical storms
spin clockwise, not counterclockwise as they do here
in the north.

Next month, Understanding Caribbean Weather, Part
Two: SouthAtlantic Hurricanes, Scatterometers, Weather
Models and some Useful Weather Info Sources.

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Saving onboard a boat can present a simpler, more
peaceful way of life. But this idyllic picture is
often spoiled by the realities of boat maintenance
and power management. Living in nature's most beauti
ful locations and in tune with our environment, we try
not to spoil our surroundings for those that will come
after us. But we still want the comforts of home; this,
after all, is our home. We need power to run our refriger
ation, watermakers, lights, entertainment and communi
cation systems and everything else you can think of.
Engines and batteries, while essential (at least in my
view), are definitely not "green". Whatever your views
on the causes of global warming, it beholds all of us to
pump as few pollutants into our atmosphere as possi
ble and put as little toxic waste into landfill sites as we
can. Legislation in many countries requires the
exhaust from trucks and autos to pass through cat
alytic converters to remove harmful pollutants, but
marine engines and generators exhausts are still very
harmful -even when new, and more so when you see
the dirty black exhaust from some of them.
There is also a financial side to this as well. Running
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... ... 11. .. I produce power, not only in terms
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Charging Your Batteries
Battery charging is a very complex subject and this
is a simple article, but I'll address the subject briefly
because some -1-r--t;;-li -. f how they work is
essential to usir, II Ii. ..I Most people have
owned autos or trucks and probably replaced the vehi
cle battery every three or four years. Imagine how
much less toxic waste there would be if every vehicle

in the world had a battery that lasted the life of the
vehicle. It is technically possible. How long do your
boat batteries last? Not long enough, I suspect, and
they are heavy and expensive to replace.
The life of a battery is dependent on the quality of
the battery and the way it is used. Advertisements fre
quently use the term "deep cycle" batteries.
Conventional auto batteries are not generally "deep
cycle", because the charging system springs to life to
recharge the battery as soon as the engine starts.
Deep cycle batteries are much more rugged to allow
you to power all your electrical systems for a period of
time and then jus .r:- ti-m back up again. Their
life expectancy is iI .. 1.. i as "so many cycles to
50 percent capacity". That means if you have a 100
amp/hour capacity battery and during your daily
power usage you take out 50 amp/hours before
recharging, then that is one cycle. Some of the cheap-
er batteries may have a life of 300 cycles, so if you
cycle them every day then in less than a year you will
be replacing your batteries.
The biggest problem you have is that the complex bat
tery chemistry will not allow you to simply pump in 50
amps for an hour from your engine alternator or gener
ator to recharge it. The battery may accept a charge of
50 amps initially, but as the charge level rises in the bat
tery, so the rate at which it will accept a charge dimin
ishes. So to bring your battery back to fully charged may
require two or more hours charging with a gradually

reducing charge rate. Efficient charging requires a
"smart" regulator which will control the rate of charging
to suit the individual battery type and characteristics.
The effect of this may be illustrated if we consider a
300-amp battery bank which has been discharged by
our daily drain of 100 amp/hours. Our engine has a
105 ..... ..... .. ,, i, ,,.,, .ii ..- 75 ampsbut
quit i i.. I * *... ... 11 i.. ...... rates run tim e
we have replaced 40 amp/hours power into the battery
and now the battery is at 80 percent of its full charge.
However, as the internal resistance of the battery
increases and to avoid i. .1.. 11, i .11 ,y, it will
now only accept a charge .1 I .-an hour
of this our battery is at 90 percent, but will now only
accept a charging rate of 10 amps. After 90 minutes of
this we are 95 percent charged, but now the battery will
only accept a charge rate of 5 amps and it will take
another three hours at this rate to fully charge our bat
tery. So, that's a total engine-run time of over six hours,
assuming that you only need to put back in 100 amps.
In practice the system is not 100 percent efficient;
you may need to replace 110 amps for every 100 you
take out. Your "smart" regulator will reduce the charge
ing voltage in stages to maximise charging while pre
venting over-charging, and in some cases even moni

tor battery temperatures to prevent damage.
As a general rule many cruisers only charge to 80
percent capacity, but this effectively reduces our avail
able battery capacity. Imagine we were drawing our
daily 100 amp/hours from a 200-amp battery bank
but only recharging to 80 percent. Effectively we would
be cycling that battery bank down below the 50-per
cent level, dramatically shortening its life expectancy.

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The converse is also true. If you only cycle your batter
ies using 30 percent of their capacity before recharging,
then their life expectancy will be extended. Published
tables for a high quality battery indicate that the life
expectancy when cycled to 50 percent is 1,000 cycles or
perhaps three years, but this increases to 5,000 cycles or
15 years when only cycled by 10 percent of capacity.
'Watt' Are You Talking About?
The technical terms can be a little confusing, for when
we speak of power we often talk about our systems
using "so many amps a day" when what we really mean
is amps per hour per day. Batteries rr- .nrll-- i-\-l
by their amp/hour capacity, so our .... i i
tery will, in theory, provide us with 20 amps of energy
for five hours. If your water pump requires, or is rated
at, 10 amps and you use it for one hour then you have
used 10 amp/hours of power from your battery.
Power may also be referred to as watts, which is the
nominal voltage of the system (12 or 24, usually) mul
tiplied by the amps.
As long as you have two of the three terms then you
can calculate the third. Our 10-amp water pump on a
12-volt system would be rated as 120 watts. My
Garmin GPS is rated at 2 watts; dividing that by the
voltage (12) shows it draws 0.166 amps and if we mul
tiply that by the number of hours it is on each day (24
if we leave it on!) then it uses 4 amp/hours of power
every day.
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by Glyn Johnson

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Continued from previous page
Understanding Your Requirements
Understanding how to calculate your power require
ments means you can make informed choices about
what systems you have and how you operate them. I
have heard of people who won't have a pressurised
water system on board as it uses too much power, but
lets work it through. My water pump draws 10 amps
and is rated as pumping 3.25 gallons a minute. I use
in total 6 to 8 gallons a day, of which over half is fed
directly from my watermaker into bottles for drinking

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power of conventional halogen or incandescent lights

and jerry jugs to refill the main tanks and shower
bags. So we actually pump about 3.25 .i ..- 1 day.
Assuming the pump is only 30 percent 11. .. then
that means it runs for about three minutes a day or
1/20 of an hour. Multiply the amps (10) by 1/20, and
the power used is 1/2 amp/hour a day.
Many people would consider an electric head as tak
ing way too much power, but when the flush cycle is
less than 15 seconds and the amperage 16 amps, then
you can flush your head 15 times a day for just 1
amp/hour of power. Electric heads often macerate the
waste before discharge into a holding tank or overboard
and as this aids the dispersal/treatment process their
fitment may even be considered a green issue.
Maximising Your Efficiency
How then do you maximise the efficiency of your
power systems? First, you need to check you are not
wasting power on systems that you don't need all the
time. As we have already seen, even very small units
can use a lot of power if left on f- .1 1 -: tiile.
High-efficiency lights use 20 .' I i 11. power of
S. ghts. The domestic
1 i i, i, i .,,, ..... becoming available
in 12 or 24-volt versions in a variety of sizes from 3 to
15 watts. The larger ones give off a similar amount of
light as a normal domestic 75 watt bulb and would
probably be too bright for anywhere but the largest
cabins. LED lighting uses even less power, but the
light is not to everyone's taste. I use some excellent
lights made by i ,,. i which use a 9-watt PL type
tube (compact 11.. ..i with two power settings.
These give a pleasant, warm light and two lights pro
vide us with excellent illumination in the main cabin
for just 0.6 amps per hour.
Refrigeration is probably the biggest consumer of
power on most boats and in many cases this is exac
erbated by poorly insulated boxes. It is possible to pro
vide both : Ii. I ..... freezer capabilities of a
good size fc* ... i.... a day or even less. I have
come across 40-foot boats with 13-cubic-foot refriger
ators and 6-cubic-foot freezers. It is virtually impossi
ble to maintain such systems away from the dock, but

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inside to make the boxes smaller and much improve
their efficiency.
Car type radio/CD players are notoriously inefficient
in power simply because they are designed to be used
when the vehicle engine is running and plenty of
power is available. Try to find a system which is
designed to be used on batteries with a 12-volt input
and that will have been designed to be much more
power efficient.
In the same manner, laptop computers are more
power efficient than desk-top units,
and portable DVD players can
sions more efficiently than house
hold units.
Remember: every amp/hour of
power you save is one you won't
have to replace when it comes
to charging.
Making 'Green' Improvements
Is there an easy answer to all
this? No, of course there isn't; if
there were we would all be doing it
already. However, we can improve
things greatly and th : - is
that the answer is I ne, I I iry
"green". Solar and wind generated
energy work well here in the
Caribbean because the reliable
tradewinds and sunshine are avail
able throughout the year.
Moreover, the g -reat r t--r-I ver
the 1. 1,a.1, hc... o i .. ... I all
the a .. I wind power allows us
to charge that extra 20 percent
battery capacity as well as reducing
the degree of battery cycling. Solar
panels will produce power even in
overcast conditions, and it has to be a very dismal day
to get no benefit from them at all.
Unless we are designing our boat systems from
new, we have to live to some extent with whatever the
builder decided we needed. However, the provision of
supplementary charging will pay dividends in the
long run with redh ---1 r-;. t-r or engine running
time and longer c 1,I nrerators or engines
should be run first thing in the morning when the
batteries are likely to be at their lowest point of
charge and ready to accept the maximum input. The
.. .11 I ,,,i the greater the power input
u, A 't i' '. ...... alternator, which should be
sized accordingly. Solar panels can maintain your
systems during the day and also improve on the state
of charge so that your discharge period is reduced to
the 14 hours of night.
We have sufficient panels to rely completely on solar
power, and a wind generator gives us a reserve on top
of that. We have a house battery bank of 660
amp/hours capacity u,-;.: : 1 111 ,; -, which are in
their tenth year of life al I -. I ... a poor charge
ing regime in their first five years until we gradually
developed our better power management. Our wind
lass battery is 17 years old and evidence of the rela
tionship between depth of cycling and battery life!
So how much power can you expect? A 100 watt
solar panel can produce 25 amp/hours of power a day
if left in a fixed position, more if it is angled towards
the sun throughout the day. Our wind generator is
capable of producing 30 amps, but unless you like
anchoring in very windy places the reality is perhaps
10 to 60 amp/hours a day. Recently in Falmouth
Harbour, Antigua, with normal March conditions, we
were running all our boat systems including refrigera
tor, separate freezer, and watermaker making 9 to 12
.i ... day, and had an excess of power most days.
II ,, watch DVDs on our laptop and normally
recharge that daily. We started with a wind generator
and later added two 60 watt solar panels. We later
added another two 75 watt panels and found we could
manage with virtually no engine charging. When we
put in our freezer we also added another two 80 watt
panels to give us a total of 430 watts of solar n-r-
Thus it is a continual process of development I I, I
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by Angelika Gruener

Anchored in a wide bay, we sit in our cockpit enjoying a breakfast of freshly
baked bread with butter, jam, Camembert, and some delicious pate, a
left over from yesterday's dinner. It is one of those serene mornings in the
Caribbean that promises a wonderful day ahead.
Suddenly an awful smell disturbs our morning ritual. It's not scorched milk or a
rotten potato. No -even worse!
Yesterday cruisers had come in and decided to anchor just in front of us, even
i, ,,., i, ,e was ample space elsewhere in
I..... I wide bay. And now, guess what?
They are running their engine. At first we
think they are weighing anchor, a good .
excuse. But after some time we realize they, FI A
are charging their batteries -while the wind p
blows all their fumes into our boat. .
Some days later these people complained
when others anchored in front of them and 'r
ran their dive compressor for an hour.
The number of cruising yachts has multi
plied enormously in recent years. No longer
can anyone have an anchorage just for him
self and expect to do whatever he wants. In
this huge bay, where we anchored totally
alone 18 years ago, there are now more than
a hundred yachts. But fortunately there is
still room for everybody, and usually boats
anchor far enough from each other to main
tain privacy. And even more fortunately, most
of our neighbors are not like the "breakfast
time stinkers".
Nearly every boat in the bay sports number
ous solar panels. And the yacht chandleries-
must have had a remarkable increase in -
income over the last few years by selling wind .
generators. Most of the "water campers" now '-._ --
have one or even two of these windmills run- whoI M aP erAlsd fa
ning, in addition to a couple of solar panels.
The effect is outstanding: these boats do not
have to use their engines to charge the bat
series. Fumes and noise do not bother others; fuel is saved.
We met a catamaran owner who has mounted 16 solar panels on his boat. This
gives him enough energy to run his numerous electrical units -dish washer, wash
ing machine t- .t --ff- -1.i. fri -- f-- --- i-rowave, TV, and so on. In
addition, he .- I.. i .. I .. I '. I .- I....I which, once charged, runs
for hours in utter silence. I was fascinated by this, and thought it would be marvel
lous to motor up a jungle river noiselessly, and to hear, and especially see, all the ani
mals in the 1 .. ..... 1 Tl. would not hear us, so they would not run away before
we even got .i.... I I. ... And best of all, as long as the sun is shining and the
wind is blowing, there will always be enough "free" energy to run a tiny electric motor.
Usually people go sailing because they love nature, so we should be considerate
about nature. We should also respect our neighbours, who get closer and closer as
more boats arrive every year. We all have the same desire: we want to enjoy sailing,
and staying in nice anchorages, with as much comfort as possible. But we cannot

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expect this at the expense of others' nerves.
Nowadays, it should go without saying that
everybody has to calculate how much electrical
power their boat will need per day, and to fig
U s e ure out how to get this energy into the batter
ies without using the generator or the main
engine. If you need more energy than solar pan-
I' l y\ els and wind generators can produce, then
either your power consumption is too high or
you are not capturing enough renewable ener
gy. If you have only two solar panels, it is time
r to think about installing a wind generator,
and/or more solar panels. As I already noted,
the demand for comfort is getting higher; that
means more electrical power consumption.
Wind generators nowadays produce a lot
more energy than the old ones like the Wind Bugger we bought 18 years ago. At
that time this was the only one available, and we were very 1. ., I ,1, ,1 even if
at 20 knots of wind it was as noisy as a helicopter at take -I 11 .... lievable
that such noisy windmills are still being built and sold, albeit under another
name and with a different design. You can hear them from far away, throughout
the whole anchorage.
But at least they only rattle; they do not smell, like the engine in the yacht in front
of us. Meanwhile, the goal for cruisers should
be to get the quietest and most efficient wind
generator. In just the last few months some
nice new ones have come on the market, but
it is hard to get them. There is such high

Because we are in need of a new wind gen
erator, we looked and listened around on
other boats. It is always interesting to learn
what others have. You get new ideas. Are
they content; are they complaining? We went
around the anchorages and asked which
wind generator seems to be the best. We
found out that some are so noisy or vibrate so
im uch 1i.ii. i .. i ......
night, II .. -I1 i ...
nonsense! During night hours, assuming
there is wind, we will need a wind generator
Sj'U 1 while the solar panels can't work. Next we
found completely silent windmills, but they
do not bring many Amperes. Finally, there
S_ gy were only two brands left producing an
S acceptable amount of energy and running
S- without vibration so that they can run night
S- -- or day without disturbing the owners and the
i L neighbours. One model is also very quiet. We
Shop that more highly efficient and noiseless
wind generators will come onto the market,
as there is a huge demand for them. Most
serious cruising yachts already are equipped
with one, or even two, units.
Only a few cruisers still resist using renewable energy. They prefer to charge bat
teries and produce every Ampere by running the engine, sometimes many hours a
day. Those cruisers never consider the presence of others and the effect of the fumes
and noise of a constantly running engine. And I do not want to mention the volume
of expensive, polluting and non-renewable fuel they *... ....'
I have to ask those people if they enjoy suffering ... I I. I or petrol exhaust
fumes from neighboring vessels while they are aboard their floating homes. If the
answer is "no", then they should embark immediately on a new project: installing
enough solar panels and wind --;n-r.t-- to satisfy their demand for electricity.
Otherwise they should anchor : I .. I all the other boats, where their stinky
habits can't bother anybody else.
Angelika Gruener is cruising the Caribbean aboard S/V Angelos.


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i. i.. i irween Caribbean islands with a favorable tide will make your
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i ... i "ii of Imray-lolaire charts, which shows the time of the meridian
S .11 1 i'e moon for this and next month, will help you calculate the tides.
, .i... generally tries to run toward the moon. Th 11 .....
the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about i ... .I ..
reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs we I, I I.....
.. I I ii ,. 1 nadir, the tide runs eastward; c.. I .. i i I
ii.11 I , II. 11 runs w I 1 Ti... _i ,. relocal.
i... tide Is I 1 ., II. new and full moons.
For more information, see'" I ... I .... ..I .. the back of all Imray Iolare charts.
Fair tides!
May 2007 21 1636 9 0643
DATE TIME 22 1725 10 0731
1 2333 23 1809 11 0822
2 0000 (full) 24 1851 12 0916
3 0017 25 1930 13 1016
4 0105 26 2009 14 1119 (new)
5 0157 27 2049 15 1223
6 0250 28 2130 16 1325
7 0345 29 2214 17 1423
8 0439 30 2301 18 1515
9 0532 31 2352 19 1602
10 0623 20 1646
11 0712 June 2007 21 1727
12 0800 DATE TIME 22 1806
13 0849 1 0000 (full) 23 1846
14 0940 2 0045 24 1926
15 1034 3 0140 25 2009
16 1132 4 0235 26 2055
17 1234 (new) 5 0329 27 2145
18 1339 6 0420 28 2238
19 1442 7 0508 29 2333
20 1542 8 0556 30 0000


A Beautiful I land

in Limbo

by Ross Mavis
It's painfully obvious that the people of Montserrat battle uncertainty daily while
the Soufriere Hills Volcano continues to rumble and belch smoke and ash. This
beautiful 40-square-mile island, now only habitable on roughly one-third of its orig
inal area, continues to face a shrinking zone for habitation. Many of the islanders I
spoke with during a recent visit have already moved their homes and businesses
several times over the years. Some of these moves were 1- -- f --r-.-i i -
clastic mudflows from the volcano. Others have been cl. I ..I .. ....
of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, a statutory authority that has increased an
already large exclusion zone.

Plans callfor development of a marina or boat basin in the Carrs Bay area

In this zone, many homes, villas and businesses, including the Vue Point Hotel, the
island's only resort hotel, have been cut off from public use. The capital city of
Plymouth was evacuated in 1995 when major volcanic action sent pyroclastic flows of
mud and ash over much of the city, creating a modern-day Pompeii. Since then some
residents have been relocated, but many others have still not found suitable -
Since the 1995 eruption, the island's population dropped from 12,000 1
than 5,000 today as many people moved away from this British overseas territory.
Those remaining residents are now looking for positive action from the British gov
ernment. Many are disgruntled by the apparent lack of effective effort to provide ade
quate alternate housing. Rumors of Britain "abandoning" the island are also rife.
There is word of a planned boat basin development in the Carrs Bay/Little Bay
area, but work does not appear to have started.
Yachts arriving at the island must anchor in Little Bay or Carrs Bay. Customs
clearance can be arranged by phone through the Montserrat Tourist Board at (664)
491 2230/8730 or by e-mail info@montserrattourism.ms.


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The UEpcted Pleases of Pcrlamr

by Cruisin' Canucks

Sailing destinations' reputations precede them, and Porlamar was no different.
Our slog from Cumana was to be straight to Grenada and no looking back -bye
bye, Venezuela!
However, our speed over,. .... I ii .... it,. ,.. I? that her plans were about
to be changed. Astute navi, 'I .1 .... I ..I 1 I I nused at our lackadaisical
attitude towards the current between Margarita Island and the mainland. I can tell
you that after our unceremonious arrival in the dead of night in Porlamar, that we
now always check the tide and current tables for the area, whether they are in the
Caribbean or the Pacific Northwest. The combined issues of mechanical failure, high
stress factors and amazingly tight deadlines (which we all know we aren't supposed
to have cruising) had caused a total meltdown among the crew aboard Ladyhawke.
and Porlamar was just going to be a rest stop... or so we thought.
In the morning we made our way to the dock of Marina Juan. On our arrival, the first
of Porlamar's unexpectedly pleasant features greeted us with open arms. Juan reminds
you of a mixture of a great safari guide and the fellow who walks on water. He was our
saviour in many instances and you could not find a more colourful character in
Venezuela. If you need a dinghy dock, use Juan's. If you need to use the radio, use
Juan's. If you need a taxi, they are there. If you need a bus to go shopping, Juan pro
vides it. Security for your dinghy is provided by myriad staff who not only welcome you
as you tie up, but also carry your garbage or parcels for you. (The can for tips is halfway
down the dock and was never as full as it should have been.) Could this all be true?
If you speak English, French, Spanish, German or other European languages, you
will have someone at Juan's who will be able to communicate with you quite fluent
ly. Veronica minds the store and keeps all the cruisers supplied with essentials such
as beer, eggs and ice with an infectious smile and manner that invites hugs from
everyone. Oh, yes -morning coffee is FREE! This place is an oasis in the desert sea!
Why didn't we plan to stop here in the first place?
So off we went to start getting arrangements made for repairs on several systems.
We hopped on the free bus and headed to the shopping center. Our low expectations
were delightfully shattered when we walked into a mall that seemed like it had been
picked up from any metropolitan city in the USA or Canada and dropped off on
Margarita. Barb's mood certainly picked up a few notches as the price-checker com-
puter was repeatedly checked for accuracy. "There is no way it could be that cheap"
was the saying of the day.
Everything that we had missed in Cumana seemed to have been purposely put on
the shelves that we stumbled upon first. Those black olives just barely made it out
of the supermarket prior to being devoured by yours truly. I promptly stuffed Barb's
almond chocolate bar wrapper in the empty olive can and discarded the evidence of
our indulgence into the trash bin.
We noticed that the veteran cruisers didn't have the same .1 11. 11 i the new
bies to Margarita had, but we were undaunted by their lack I ..I1...-.-... Perhaps
the problem was the temptation to think that all of this was free -until it came time
for tipping almost everyone you met. Some cruisers said they would have preferred
to have a set rate, as opposed to the illusion that many services were free. The prob
lem, I think, is exacerbated by the number of zeros in the Venezuelan currency:
"2,000 Bolivars tip? Wow, that's -;;ti. ;;--" Until you sheepishly realize that it is
between 50 cents and one dollar I .... rl-i-- .-11.: on the rate of exchange
you use. I don't think you could get that style i i.. .. I, service anywhere in the
world for a two-dollar tip.
In the anchorage in Porlamar, .1 ; I i-fi service, as long as your vessel stays
reasonably still. This service was ,, I i, I ,,I nor was it expensive, so all was good.
You have to pick your spot in the anchorage to ensure good coverage, as well as do
whatever possible to lessen the "Roll-a-mar effect" in this anchorage. Ladyhawke had
less of a problem than most, but I think tonnage had a lot to do with it.

The morning VHF Cruisers' Net was always entertaining and a great place to get all
the info that you needed to get around in Porlamar. It offers one of the finest weath
er reports in the Caribbean, served up fresh daily by CJ, the cruisers' very own "guy
in the sky". CJ's condo overlooks the bay so that this veteran cruiser can stay in
touch with us all. Dominos on Sunday? You bet! The downside of the net would show
its ugly head every once in a while as the truly colourful characters proceeded to show
their best sides and their worst sides in public, often within the same broadcast.
Listening and participating was a true adventure to start anyone's day. The attempts
by others to contact the water boat and the fuel boat were a daily ritual, and so were
the chuckles as the radio oozed the frustration of the newly arriving vessels. After all,
now as Porlamar veterans we'd earned the right to smile, hadn't we?
The presence of a worldwide cruising community is visible in the numerous
national flags flown by the yachts in Porlamar. At any one time there are usually

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close to a hundred in the anchorage, their crews ,. I I,,. taste of the fine shops and
metropolitan atmosphere that only Margarita c *, II In 1 -....1 1 y, you can
"shop till you drop" and have cruising conversations with a .. .. a far-away
country. The chairs at any one of the cruiser bars can be filled with equal numbers
of those who are "living the dream" and those who have slipped into a haze of Happy
Porlamar offers so much that we can easily see why everyone likes to stay as long
as possible. Once we realized that we were going to be here for a month or so, we
kept singing the "Hotel California" theme: "You can check out, but you can never
leave." You need to consider including this wonderful location in your travel plans.
You will not be disappointed. Bring along your "tip fund" cash and your sense of
humour, as Porlamar will captivate you.
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After a long afternoon of watching forms being filled in, we were happy
to see George appearing down the dock with a tray of ice-cold Cuba
Libres, made from the famous Havana Club rum, and the slightly less
famous local brand of cola. When did you last arrive in a marina and
get welcomed with a complimentary sundowner?
The check- i - ,,'..... i i, ,, I ... ...... with visit from the
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ing in our Curacao muesli. Next was the "pest officer" who told us about
Cuba's problem with .1 '.'numbers of flies (1 .... i .. ,i....I
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i i '....... ur Cuban visas had been issued and we were finally
i i ".. i to leave the marina.
(As an aside, a Portuguese yacht arrived in Santiago shortly after us.
We don't know what triggered it, but they were subjected to a full boat
search by a half dozen guys in jumpsuits. Water tanks were opened,
waypoints from their laptop and GPS were noted, and every single lock
er was inspected.)
Unlike many countries, in Cuba a scaled down check-in process is
repeated every time you enter a harbour, no matter how small the har-
bour. In the very small harbours, the Guardia (police) will commandeer
a local rowing boat and a fisherman (or woman) to row them out to your
yacht. We have heard from some cruisers who have found the constant
check-in process to be oppressive, but we found .11 I ,,,, , ..
to be friendly, smiling and interested in what we i ,,. i i I
versations were hampered by our poor Spanish, we always managed to
communicate, even if we needed the dictionary or our inflatable globe.
We have even on occasion resorted to drawing pictures. Some Customs
and Immigration officers in the Windwards and Leewards could learn a
lot from their Cuban 11- i-- .1- t customer care.
Cuban marinas, I ii i *rn a lot from their friends in
Venezuela. In several of Cuba's natural harbours, anchoring is "no permiso", forcing
cruisers to use the local marinas. Cuban marina docks are solid, but the concrete is
crumbling along the edges, leaving nasty metal spikes reaching out to scrape your
shiny topsides. There are electrical outlets on the docks, but the sockets are likely
to be incorrectly wired. There are plenty of showers, but there may not be any water,
any lights or a roof. There are toilets, but there may be no toilet seats, paper or
water. The chandlery is well stocked, but it is stocked with cans of local coke and
Havana Club rum.... Maybe that's not really a problem!
Our first stop in Santiago was to exchange some of our US dollars for local pesos.
A few years ago, the dollar was the standard tourist currency in Cuba. These days,
thanks to George W, dollars are officially unwanted. We exchanged our dollars at a
pitiful exchange rate, ... i, ,, i i 1 percent commission deducted. Ouch! If head
ing here, bring Euros I ..... i. better rates.
With pockets full of pesos, we hit the centre of Santiago de Cuba to soak up our
first experience of Cuban life. We weren't disappointed. From the four elderly gen
tlemen playing "Buenavista Social Club" favourites outside the museum, to the
young guys proudly displaying their bright yellow 1952 Chevy, we were entranced.
There were none of the hustlers we had been warned about, and we even felt com-
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Santiago to Cienfuegos
However, a schedule is a schedule, and after a couple of days it was time to start
heading west towards Cienfuegos. The southern coast of Cuba between - .. -, i
Cabo Cruz provides the most spectacular backdrop for a few days' sailin, i. ... -I
rugged Sierra Maestra (peaking at 1,972 metres about three miles inland) the coast
gradually sinks down as you sail westwards, to uninterrupted miles of uplifted marine
terraces. The scene is completely awe-inspiring and impossible to capture on camera.
At Cabo Cruz, we discovered that docking there was "no permiso", due to packages
of drugs being landed along this remote coast from Jamaica, just 80 miles away.
However, we were permitted to anchor off and snorkel on the reef. Sadly, the coral
in Cuba, described in our guide as "the finest in the Caribbean", has suffered the
same fate as further south, with many of the reefs now littered with dead coral.
The :- t t .1 -;.1 the coast is the Archipielago de los Jardines de la Reina the
Garden- Ii .... This is about 120 miles of mangrove islets surrounded by
shallow water and coral heads, a massive version of the Islas Aves in Venezuela.
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With just five days left before we were due in Cienfuegos, we decided to forego the
labyrinthine inner channels and instead scooted up the outside in reassuringly deep
water. We broke the trip up with a couple of overnight stops, both of which required a
final approach into the anchorage consisting of a couple of miles' motoring with less than
a metre of water below the keel. Thats another few grey hairs added to my collection.
Despite the remoteness of our anchorages, we received visits from fishermen who
.. .. -i ,. .... I to want a chat to add a bit of variety to their day. If we did want
Si -.. I t they had several to spare. As compensation for not trading for
lobsters (once a vegetarian, always unable to boil animals alive), we kept a supply of
cold beers for visitors, so everyone was happy.

The harbour at Santiago de Cuba is location of one ofFidel's holiday homes

Here's our prime example of the wonderful Cuban people w- m t H -in. declined
lobsters the night before, we had an early m -r --i;n .-t fr-i .I .1 I one fish
ing boat who brought us a plate of boiled ..- I. -. ii 1.. I I -1. 11 -i ; and crackers.
What a fabulous breakfast. I explained how happy I was to have eggs as I had not
been able to buy any in Cuba so far -so the skipper promptly rowed back to his
boat to bring me a tray of two dozen fresh eggs. Only in Cuba!
Cienfuegos to Casilda
We spent a couple of days in Cienfuegos to allow our new crew to get accustomed
to life on board, and also to search out some fresh provisions. Shopping in Cuba is
like no other shopping experience. All Cubans receive a weekly allowance of staples
such as bread, rice, pasta, sugar, beans and toilet paper from the government. This
means that these "basic" products are not stocked in the stores -hence the need
to stock up well before leaving Curacao. Recently, farmers have been allowed to sell
any produce they grow in excess of their required government quotas, so if you can
find a market, you can stock up. Peppers, cucumbers, and muddy-brown root veg
tables seem to be the only vegetables available, but the papayas, bananas, pineap
ples, oranges and guavas were delicious.
We had planned a nice, gentle overnight sail back east to Casilda, from where we
would be able to spend Christmas snorkelling off the nearby reefs, walking along the
1i- 1 1. -1- ite sand beach and catching a horse buggy up to Trinidad, a won
i i11 I old colonial town. Ahh, those plans.... An approaching cold front
from the north caused us to have to beat the entire way to Casilda in strong winds;
we took 23 1/2 hours to cover the required 40 miles.

Still, we dropped anchor at 4:00PM, poured the tea and heaved a sigh of relief. Ten
minutes later, we were underwx-- :i;; following a visit from an official who
informed us it was currently "no ...... to anchor at Casilda. There is a marina at
Casilda, but the entrance is only 1.8 metres deep -not quite enough for our two
:.. i. ... 1. tere to go with just over an hour of daylight?
'* 1 i . of our guides and electronic charts we headed out into a coral
reef and sandbank-infested maze. With only a mile to gi ... ... i .
we discovered that the critical buoys marking a narrow I ..... i .. 1 .,, I
were missing. Having gone aground once in the fast-failing light, as we tried to ease
our way across, we doubled back in hope of finding another alternate n-h-r r- -
small mangrove islet a little way to the north promised some shelter f ... i, I
cast wind, but for once our trusty 23-kilo Delta anchor just refused to hold in the
soft, silty mud. After five attempts, it was pitch black, and there was no option to go
anywhere else. We had read about using two anchors in series, but had never tried
it. It seemed like a good time to give it a go. We secured our lightweight aluminium
Fortress anchor in front of the Delta, dropped the whole lot over the side, and it set
instantly. The new crew withstood all these rigours, but it sure wasn't the way I'd
hoped to introduce my parents to the joys of Caribbean cruising.
Once the weather perked up, we headed down to islands at the northern end of the
Gardens of the Queen -Cayo Blanco and Cayo Zaza de Fuera. Both islands are
dominated by mangroves, with a few palm trees planted near the beach bars that
were constructed to serve the day-trippers arriving from Casilda. The highlight of the
islands was the wildlife; the beaches are criss-crossed with trails from the multi
tudes of hermit crabs and the dozens of prehistoric iguanas. Add to this thejutia
a four kilo edible tree rat -and you may not have everyone's ideal range of pets,
but they are fascinating to watch.
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Town Time
We decided on an early return to Cienfuegos in order to visit Trinidad by road. We
had briefly toyed with the idea of renting a hire car. After all, there are only a few
cars around, so we thought the drive wouldn't be difficult. Thank goodness we went
for the taxi. There may not have been many other cars on the roads, but I would
never have coped with the ox carts, horse-drawn buggies, goats, Tour-de-France
style cyclists riding four abreast, cowboys herding cattle, and stretches of potholes
which force cars to drive for a mile on the wrong side of the road.
The centre of Trinidad is frozen in time with a beautiful collection of opulent buildings
from the 19th century. Armed with the "Lonely Planet" guide book, we hiked up to a
point from where we could look out over our cruising grounds to the south, and also
down into a valley to the north, once home to the prosperous sugar plantations. Carlos,
....... 11 .i I i tually the security guard from the communications station atop
1 ,1.111 i .... 1 1. r it now costs more to produce the cane sugar than it can be sold
for. He also told us how, following the "Triumph of the Revolution", an entire citrus
plantation owned by a German family was bulldozed. Progress?
Trinidad gave us our first opportunity to try out a paladare. These are unofficial
restaurants where you are served home-cooked local food by a family in their own
house. We were "guided" to the paladare by a friendly local lady and ende ;; 1 i
ing a splendid lunch seated in the basic courtyard of someone's home. i ,
ures large on the menu in Trinidad; I guess they are the "spare" lobsters that the
fishermen land in Casilda, six miles away.
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Our family time together on Do It was complete n1 ; '
and I decided to have a holiday and head up to FI .1 i
couple of days. We booked a room in a casa particular, sim-
ilar to a "bed & breakfast". For a very reasonable price, we
had a room in an old colonial terraced home -in a slightly
dodgy-looking area. At street level, the place looked typically
run down; peeling paint is a feature everywhere in Cuba
other than the restored tourist centres. However, once past
the three-metre 1...1, 1ors and up the stairs to the first
floor, a whole I1" ,,I world awaited us. The place was
immaculately tidy, not a speck of dust anywhere, which was
quite amazing given that every inch of flat surface was fes
tooned with glass animals, porcelain babies, ornate gilt
framed mirrors, massive vases overflowing with gaudy plas
tic flowers, several complete tea sets, and dozens of rows of
delicate glasses. I hardly dared to turn around in case I caused mass devastation with
my backpack.
Habana (yep, it is spelt with a "b" over here) certainly met our expectations. On Day
One, we followed the "Lonely Planet" walking tours around the partially restored old
town tni^in the spectacular architecture and --=ini t i- fict that our digital camera
had I i I days before. There was no hassle I' ....... and we felt completely at
ease even when returning to our "casa" late at night.
On Day Two we hit the museums hard. To prepare ourselves for an arduous day,
we started at the Chocolate Museum, which served drinking chocolate to wash down the
chocolates handmade on site. Next up was the City Museum, housed in a baroque palace
complete with a -1 11ii'i,. peacock in the courtyard. A short stroll across town brought
us to the MuseL.... i II Revolution. This former presidential palace with decorative
touches by Tiffany displays the nation's history as told by Fidel's fans. (I'm not sure it is
necessary to display the blood-soaked clothes worn by various "Heroes of the Revolution"
as they died.) A swift reviving coffee in the art deco Bacardi Tower, and we were ready to
tackle the Capitolio, which is a smaller-scale version of the White House in -- ... .i ,,
DC. Having seen the massive mahogany doors and mahogany table capabi I .1,,
24 comfortably, we weren't surprised that there's not much local mahogany left!
Back Aboard
We returned to Cienfuegos relieved to find Do It still afloat. This was the first time we had
left her for more than a night since we left the UK. It was time to escape from life in the
marina and head down to the white sand anchorages promised in Cayo Largo. Once again,
we have found it "no permiso" to anchor in places recommended by our guidebook. Rather
than anchor off a nearby beach, the local authorities insisted that we anchor within sight
of their marina (or better still, tied to their dock).
Cayo Largo is a larger version of the earlier cayos we visited: a low island covered with
mangroves and scrub. But in place of the iguanas and tree rats, there are thousands of
tourists ensconced in their all-inclusive holiday resorts. This is not the Cuba we knew from
the earlier part of our visit, and as the Cuban economy places an increased dependence
upon tourism, we can only hope that this type of resort tourism doesn't spread too far.
From there, we headed down to Grand Cayman, a sharp re-introduction to the capi
talist world!
So what has been the biggest surprise in Cuba? The tiny numbers of cruising yachts
encountered. In six weeks, we only encountered eight other cruising yachts. I'm not sure
why there are so few other yachts there, but we shall certainly return one day.

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Pesos Nationales while tourists use Pesos Convertibles (CUCs). Prices in pro
duce markets are in Nationales; you can pay in CUCs and receive your change
in Nationales. Ti, i .,,.- rate during our visit was approximately 23 Pesos
Nationales to i
EXCHANGE RATES (in December 2006):
1 = CUC1.70
Euro 1 = CUC1.17
US$1 = CUC0.93
Customs CUC20
Doctor CUC30
Visa (first month) -CUC15 per crew member
Cruising Permit CUC15
Entry tax CUC10
Departure tax -CUC10
Visa extension (for one additional month) CUC25 per crew member
Our total for a two month visit: CUC165 (97/Euros 141/US$177)
0.43 CUC per foot (0.25/Euros 0.37/US$0.46 per foot)
Included drinking water, electricity, showers
Cuba A Cruising Guide, by Nigel Calder, Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson, 1999
The "must have" Cuba pilot book, with detailed pilotage information, but
few adjectives.
The Cruising Guide to Cuba by Simon Charles, Cruising Guide Publications, 1997
Complementary to the Nigel Calder guide. It has more details about what
awaits you ashore, but less detail on the tricky pilotage.
Cuba Lonely Planet, Brendan Sainsbury, 2006
T1i. 1: .1-1- I1- t- 1-t t 'do/eat once you get to your destination.
S i .... ... .... ,, about the history and culture.

The Cuban hydrographic department has produced a series of seven excel
lent chart books that cover the entire coastline. We were given photocopies,
but we saw the originals on sale in both Santiago de Cuba and Habana.


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Part 2:

Bocas Del Toro

by Julia Bartlett

As I said last month, I am in search of the perfect
hurricane hole. Somewhere I am stalked neither by
hurricanes nor violent thugs. Somewhere I can explore
by sea and land in relative safety, where I can anchor
in a deserted cove, wander in the rainforest and walk
to a friendly bar in the evening.
When I researched Bocas Del Toro, located on the
western end of Panama's Caribbean coast, I was
impressed. It's below the hurricane belt and Panama
was recently awarded the Pinkerton Global Intelligence
Agency's 1...1. rating for tourist safety. "Wow!" I
thought, '1 .- ...ght be the perfect hurricane hole."
I needed to cover the miles fast so I decided to jump
on a couple of planes, arriving in Bocas on one that
qualified more as a mosquito. In San Jose, Costa Rica,
I tottered up a ladder reminiscent of a jungle suspen
sion bridge, loaded with my laptop and bags, and just
had time to collapse into my seat before the pilot start
ed revving the engines. And I mean revving, like a
motorcycle at a stoplight; the whole plane shook.
"Fasten your seatbelts and keep them fastened," he
ordered. "It's going to be rough up there. There are
safety instructions in the pocket in front of you." That
was the entire preamble, and I could only just hear it
above the roar as we gathered speed down the runway
while I fumbled frantically with the seatbelt. Then we
were airborne. I hoped that everyone had a strong
stomach; I couldn't see any of those little bags.

View from Careening Cay of homes on stilts.
Many hotels and restaurants are 'right on the water', too

Through murky grey clouds dark green splodges in
the ocean gradually emerged below us, none of them
very big, and none looking like the magical islands I had read about on the Internet.
Then a couple of bounces on the runway and I was in Panama.
Believe me, it has got to be less traumatic to get here by boat.
The next day the sun came out, the waters turned blue and I began to feel the
magic of the islands. You hire cycles or boats here, not cars. There are more than
300 islands scattered like petals across Bahia de Almirante, varying in size from 40
miles long to just a few hundred feet. Most of them are scantily populated, if at all.
If you want more open, but still protected, waters the Laguna de Chiriqui lies to
the east, set into the coast alongside Bahia de Almirante.
These waters were where Henry Morgan and his buccaneers, who sacked both
Portobello and Old Panama, hung out, waiting to ambush the Spanish galleons leav
ing Portobello laden with looted gold. It is also where many are rumoured to have
buried their retirement funds.
Treasure hunters are by nature secretive, not wanting to share their prizes, so it is
difficult to know how much has already been found. It is : i tl .t ti-- --i ;: i- ;
find in 1956 on the Two Sisters Cay when a group of I ... .. .. - I .i ,

months there before disappearing in the night leaving behind a large excavation.
Divers tell me that there are still galleons aplenty beneath these waters, not salvaged
because of a lack of funding -but nobody is willing to divulge their whereabouts.
1i,. ,,1. *r yacht insurance company will be happy with the Bocas latitude
(a ..I '* '* i it does lie in tropical waters. There was a tornado in 1975, a storm
worth mentioning in 1964 and an earthquake in 1991, which felled the cathedral
built almost a hundred years before. But the biggest danger is fire, because most of
the buildings are wooden.
Another important attribute is that, apart from the minor crimes found everywhere,
it is, as Pinkerton's say, safe. As a woman I feel safe cycling in the countryside on my
own and walking in town at night. Thats not to say that one shouldn't take sensible
precautions, especially during holiday periods, the same as everywhere else.

The community is small, with a population of 4,100. The police presence is visible
but low-key; their main task seems to be asking the surfers, mainly male, not to go
bare-chested in town.
The town of Bocas is the capital of the province and is lively, colourful and some
how unorthodox. The cultures and races haven't merged. Indigenous Indians look
like indigenous Indians and ex-pat suburban Americans look like... you've got it!
Then there are the surfers, who come in all shapes, sizes, ages and colours but still
look like all they care about is the next wave.
Characters like Mel Gibson and Jimmy Buffet come here to play and they blend in,
earning only a passing glance. I suppose it has the sort of atmosphere that Key West
must have had at one time. By boat you can wander around the islands, in clear,
sheltered waters, I...... i ick into town to provision, catch up on th' -.
hang out in your I .....I bars with names like "Bohmfalks" and I i i i
Pirate". At night the main street is lined with craft-laden stalls run by locals and
surfers, some lit by flickering candles.
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By day and night the Bocas exude vibrancy
and a joy in life that is contagious. I feel that I
have to take deep breaths and stretch to keep .
up. Everything is rampant here, the flowers,
the molas and hammocks, the smells, the cul
tures, the smiles and the garbage. -
Hotels and restaurants are advertised as
over the water" because they are. Many are .f
built on stilts, like local homes. Other sections
of the waterfront are taken up by docks for the /
pangas, dugouts and water taxis. If you want "
to travel any distance in the Bocas you have to "
go by boat.
There are two marinas. Bocas Yacht Club &
Marina, on Isla Colon across the bay from
Bocas Town, is a beautifully maintained, new
facility where you can look overboard into clear
waters. They have purchased a travelift, which
is already in the area, but are still negotiating
a site on the mainland for the yard. Then there
is Careening Cay Marina, on Isla Carenero,
which has been a family-owned enterprise for
the last nine years. The owners live on site and
supervise all aspects of the marina business.
Both marinas have websites with full details.
There are a small number of marine services
in Bocas, but most boat parts can be found in
Panama or Colon (where cruisers prepare for
transiting the canal or crossing the Pacific
Ocean), or ordered through Marine Warehouse
at Bocas Marina.
The cruising community is outnumbered by
retired gringos lured here by the Panamanian
government's wonderful incentives -includ- -'
ing qualifying as a pensioner from the age of
18. As a pensionado you can reap benefits
such as 50-percent off entertainment, 25-per-
cent-off restaurants, 20-percent-off doctor's *

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lies to the east'

consultations, 50 percent off hotel stays and a whole list of others including trave
and legal discounts.
Although Spanish is the national language, Bocas is historically English-speaking
.t Cr& The first schools were set up by the United Fruit Company and English is an impor
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airectory and guide to Panama wnhicn is worth looKing out for. Bocas Direct wnhicn
is specific to the Bocas, can be found on-line. It is worth a few minutes of Web surf
ing to find some of the other excellent sites on the area depending on where your
interests lie.
The down side of the Bocas is: where do you go from here? Well, it seems that
cruisers who do leave either go north or through the Panama Canal. But many of
the boats in the marinas return season after season. They have found their perfect
hurricane hole.
If you'd like to chat more about Bocas Del Toro you can e-mail me at
juliamary2000@yahoo.com and I'll be happy to answer what I can or try and point
you in the right direction.

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Cruisers Love Free Fun:


by Ellen Sanpere

Sailing the tradewinds amidst pods of dolphins,
: i. i ct shell, or -.. 1 1i .. coral .r-l-n is
: .. meteors in -1 1ii I sky, -, a
wave just right, watching :.t- 1 i;- nd swoop
is fun. Landing a tasty tui j'.-1 ,, I.... I dinner or
witnessing the green flash is fun.
Cruisers love having fun, and "free" is really fun. On
board, its all free, or 1 .. ,, i i,, .,
however, there are i.... i ... i i
attached to nearlyeve I 'h i i.... I .
ever, if one knows where to look. In St. Croix, the best
place to look is the Christiansted boardwalk, which, by
the way, is convenient to cruisers who stop for low
priced fuel. It's a short dinghy ride from a peaceful,
protected (and free for 30 days) anchorage, with water
so clear one can count the links on an anchor chain.
A quarter-mile of pedestrian-only planks connect the
seaplane terminal with Fort Christiansvaern, and
someday may extend around Gallows Bay to the com-
mercial dock and US Customs office. Meanwhile, it is
a perfect platform for walkers, joggers, people-watch
ers, bird-watchers, seaplane-watchers and watchers
of anything else associated with harbors. Benches, pil
ing tops and adjacent restaurants provide free front
row seating.
At the eastern end of the boardwalk lies the
Christiansted National Historic Site, which is seven
acres and five buildings run by the US National Park
Service (NPS). Yellow Fort Christiansvaern is set in
grassy Jackson Park, where ancient ih-.n" tr-
shade benches and picnic tables. The : i i
the Danes by slaves and Free Black artisans in 1738,
and re-built in 1749 after a fire and a hurricane. It
protected the landowners as well as the harbor.
Restored to reflect the 1830's period, it has dungeons,
ramparts, old cannons and a military exhibit, plus a
sweeping view of Gallows Bay. At the fort and at the
Steeple Building Museum (1753), seniors with a NPS
Golden Pass get in for free; regular admission is US$3.
The other buildings are free, including the Old
Customs House built in 1734 and a second story with
graceful "welcoming arms" staircase added in 1829.
During the Danish period, all imports and exports
went through the Customs House and the Scale House
(1856), now the NPS visitor's center, before going to
the Danish West Indies & Guinea Company ware
house across the street. Information brochures on
three St. Croix NPS sites are free at the Scale House;
plaques at the various buildings provide more back
ground. See --- /chri. Information is also
available for i .i11 .. tour of this quaint, attrac
tive town, that looks much as it did in colonial times.
Sunny benches on the bulkhead are well placed for
viewing marine traffic in and out of Christiansted

Harbor. The Hot-C ferries passengers to Protestant
Cay for a day on the beach or to rent water toys. The
Hotel on the Cay hosts Tuesday night beach barbe
cues, and the pleasant steel pan music can be heard
throughout the harbor.
Adjacent to the park is the King Christian Hotel,
where the Avocado Pitt offers light refreshment and


seating in the shade under an arched colonnade.
Around the corner, window shoppers drool at Crucian
Gold's creative displays. Crucian Brian Bishop and his
sons are never too busy to chat while showing their
unique handmade jewelry designs.
Kings Alley Walk is one of several shady arcades
i ,Ii,.. the boardwalk where a weary board-walker
., i,, i rest and refreshment. It's also a shortcut to
retail opportunities (tax-free) on King and Strand
Streets or a free tour of Government House. Pleasants
Bar has a pool table, and near 11. i,,..- Alley Hotel
lobby is an ice cream hut. The i Iming Soon"
restaurant will offer air-conditioned comfort, but less
of a view than the open-air Fort Christian Brew Pub,
the only micro-brewery in the Virgin Islands.
There's free family mega-fun every Monday at the
Brew Pub: Tito and Sue's Crab Races. By 5:00PM, the
queue extends across the boardwalk, as old and young,
local and tourist pay US$2 to name a racing hermit
crab. Former live-aboards Tito and Sue Bacallao have
hosted the races since the mid-1990s, and keep more
than 400 crabs in a "crab condo" at their home. Each

crab is fed, pampered and raced for two weeks before
being released on the beaches of St. Croix. When the
racers are ready, Sue sounds the kazoo, and "They're
OFF!" Tito does the call as up to a hundred crabs race
to the outer circle for sponsored prizes for their "own
ers." While watching the races is free, its hard not to
want a crab of one's own to race. The only rules are,

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"Don't point your finger and don't stomp your feet."
Violators' limbs are wrapped in masking tape to restrict
ii1 movements that frighten the crabs and can
.11 the race results. Kids each get a toy after the
races, and micro-brewed beer is free with an entree
purchased in the restaurant. Waving like a monarch,
Miss Judith, queen of the boardwalk, makes a nightly
appearance, selling peanuts and candy. Her wardrobe
is unique and her smile infectious.
When sugar was king, more than a hundred wind
mills processed cane on St. Croix, and a mill-base
replica stands behind the Comanche Hotel, providing a
unique background for cruiser photos. Nearby, the
Free Beer Tomorrow mural of a steam engine going
i.. ...1. i...... 1 on the wall of the Pan Am pavilion
: i-1. ... I the beholder. It is one of many murals
on St. Croix by local and transient artists. Another is
inside the pavilion, and a new one by yachtie Diane
Givens-Hayes appears upstairs at Stixx On the
Waterfront's soon-to-reopen restaurant. Downstairs,
one can sit in the shade and watch the world go by.
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Tenders to yachts from all over the world tie up at
the Stixx dinghy dock. Cruisers and ex-cruisers seem
always to bump into someone they know, and this is a
good place to get directions '.i 1 1 .1-.- 1- --
It's been said that St. Croix .- -. I . I I ... I
and this might be the friendliest part.

Scuba and Big Beard's boats load and unload divers
and Buck Island day-trippers at the end of Queen Cross
Street near their stores in the Caravelle Hotel. The hotel
lobby has racks of informational brochures, free post
cards and maps for touring St. Croix. The pleasant
arcade has a babbling water fountain and quiet tables
for enjoying a fancy cup of coffee and wi-fi access.
Sunday brunch means pan music and people
watching at Rum Runners, and every evening flood
lights and food scraps attract HUGE tarpon in shallow
water. Locals and visitors can't help but gawk, and the
fish stare back with eyes aglow. It's hard to believe so
many big fish can occupy the small space between the
boardwalk and the restaurant deck.
The Harbor Web-Cam, on the deck bar's corner wall,
attracts those with cellular phones -many US
phones work in the USVI with no roaming charges.
Standing in the painted circle, they call someone at
home with a computer, who then goes to the website
www.gotostcroix.com. That person (presumably shiv
;; in a snow-covered city) will see their cruising
... in front of a picturesque tropical turquoise
ii I ... i I lli I I li i I iI. .1 .. palm
i - Ih h ill- il Ii I..... from
gloating too blatantly -or not.
This is also a great viewing spot for two of St. Croix's

parades that score high on the free-fun-o-meter. In
December, the boardwalk is jam-packed as lighted
holiday-decorated boats (power and sail) parade
through the harbor, and the Gentlemen of Jones sere
nade. Powerboats pirouette in front of judges seated on
the upper deck of the Caravelle, while crews dance and
wave at the crowd. In late January or early February,
Krewe de Croix and the Animal Welfare Center present
Krewe de Barkus, a Mardi Gras parade of dogs dressed
in colorful costumes. The most popular breed is the

Left: Miss Judith, a boardwalk regular, seen here in
St. Croix's annual St. Patrick's Day parade

Right: Murals, such as this at popular
cruiser hang-out Styx, add to the atmosphere of fun

"AKC" All Kinds o' Crucian, of course.
The Silver Bay Dock is home to charter sport-fishing
machines, and when they return from a day on the sea
crowds gather to watch the crews clean the huge
wahoo, tuna and dolphin. The tarpon do scavenger
duty below, warming up for the Rum Runners job later.
There's no cover charge for musical entertainment dur
ing dinner and Sunday brunch at The Mix, and the
music fills the harbor, though it's rarely loud or late.
Around the corner is Jones Maritime, more fun but,
alas, only the wind is free. Once just a sailing school,
they offer performance sailing gear, charters, broker
age and dockage for the sailing crowd. Beyond their
secured dock is the Seaborne Airlines seaplane base
and the western end of the boardwalk. Every 15 to 45
minutes a pontoon plane lands or takes off to St.
Thomas or Old San Juan, the noise and splash
thrilling first-time observers.
Several events on the free fun aficionado's calendar
can start or finish on the boardwalk. Tour maps are
free, -nl tf--r- -V.r- f1r rll- "11l- V-ld the
first" .... i .... I .I. i i i .. .. i i w hen
art studios and galleries stay open until 9:00PM.
Socializing with .. -- .- ..... .. I with wine and
cheese, gratis, a, I .. I I. I I ..,,1,.- photographs,
prints, glass, sculptures and original jewelry on display.
Four Friday nights a year, downtown merchants
stay open late for Jump-Up, a giant block party.
Streets are closed at 5:00PM, and food vendors set up
for the crowd. Mocko Jumbies parade through town
performing amazing maneuvers on tall stilts, eyes level
with the second story. Different corners present jazz,
steel pan or scratch bands to delighted audiences.
On St. Patrick's Day Saturday, the bands, floats and
miscellaneous green creatures assemble in Jackson
Park and parade down Company Street through Times
Square and then up King Street.
The Half-Ironman International Triathlon starts, finish
es and transitions in Jackson Park on the first Sunday of
May. Swimmers swim from Protestant Cay to the fort,
then bike and run all over St Croix and back to the park.
Spectators line the bulkhead and the streets to cheer for
the 600-plus athletes. What a show and its free!
From fort to seaplane, the boardwalk is a special place
in a special harbor. Cruisers can swim and snorkel to
beach or bar. Squid squads patrol beneath the hull,
rays jump sky high, and octopi hide in cement blocks
on the bottom. The show from the cockpit features
egrets, pelicans and sometimes a peregrine falcon

perched on a spreader. When the sun sinks behind La
Grande Princesse Hill, the serene harbor turns Monet
colors. Behind the palms on the Cay, the moon rises
and illuminates the starfish races on the sandy harbor
floor for more free fun in America's paradise.
Ellen Sanpere first visited St. Croix in 1967, but did
not return until 1995. She cruises aboard Cayenne III,
a German Frers design Idylle 15.5, with her husband
Tony. Christiansted is their home port.

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Pt. Udall Millennium Monument,
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Heritage Trail driving tour
Crucian Christmas Carnival, Frederiksted
Mardi Croix parade, Cane Bay
Sunset, West End -best place
to witness the green flash
Rainforest hiking tour
Tito & Sue's Crab Races, Divi Hotel (Wednesdays),
Deep End Bar (Fridays)
Kite-boarding at Coakley Bay
Music & volleyball, Rainbow Beach, (Sundays)
All beaches have free public access
Snorkeling from the beach; at least eight have
easy access to living reefs
Dive/snorkel at Cane Bay; walk from the beach to
the 13,000-foot-deep ocean wall
Dive the Frederiksted pier; many other sites
accessible from land
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Columbus Landing (1493), Salt River,
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by John Rowland
It's the first day ofApril. We are i. i i ... i. i -, i .. ... Ne arrived in
St. Martin on 12 February, seven w, i .. ..I .... ..... .- with friends
last week, someone said, "St. Mart ... ... ... I ... -- ,I .re right. Our
plan was to stay a month, at most. We're not alone; we meet many folks who stay here
longer than they had planned. What seduces us to stay here longer than we plan?
The island is unique. The split political structure -half French, half Dutch
. it i sort of charming, yet schizoid, character. The French side has a European
i ., I ambiance. The currency is the Euro. The approach to life is relaxed yet
sophisticated. The Dutch side has a more North American feel. The currency is the
US dollar. The pace is quicker, more business-like. The combination has an appeal
which is difficult to describe. Yet that doesn't explain why so many of us stay longer
than we plan. There must be other attractions.
The availability of goods and services at affordable prices is a major attraction for
cruisers. Yachting is a big part of the economy in St. Martin. As such, there are
chandleries and services here that are not available in many of the islands. Virtually
every cruiser I talk to here has at least one item to be purchased or project to be
done which would be difficult or impossible in other islands. Last year we bought
our dinghy here; this year it was the new anchor and a long list of bits and pieces.
Provisioning is outstanding here. There are large markets with a good variety of
familiar North American and European brands, discount stores and some smaller
markets and shops with specialty items. For those of us who enjoy wine, there is no
beating the selection and prices on wines on the French side. The US Marche, near
the French bridge, has become a favorite of ours as a source of great wines and an
excellent selection of meats, cheeses and basic groceries.
You can find clothing, electronics, and more here. We were able to get a battery for
Nancy's aging Sony laptop. There are malls and "big box" stores, as well as shops of
every size and description.
But given all this, a shopping trip won't last weeks. Days maybe, but not weeks.
The feature of this island that holds your ground tackle is fun!
We enjoy the French side of the island. There are several I i.i .,i .i .... ...I -in
Marina Port la Royale. The atmosphere is decidedly Europe ..' ... i i I I I. I )od
is wonderful and the service is excellent, yet very lighthearted. We particularly enjoy
The Village and La Main a la Pate. We like to walk through the cobblestone streets
I I .,. I ., I browse the shops. There are sidewalk cafes where you can enjoy a
S I Lstry. The people are friendly and helpful.
Four or five miles north of Marigot Bay is Grande Case. This picturesque little town
is another attraction for cruisers. There is a good harbor and an excellent stretch of
white sand beach. During the high season, the main street is closed off on Tuesday
nights and the town turns into one big street fair. The ribs at Talk of the Town are
not to be missed. The crowd is a mixture of cruisers, vacationers and locals, cap
tured in the mood of a block party.
On the Dutch side of the island there are some fun places, too. Shrimpy's is a
cruiser-oriented bar with laundry service, free wi-fi, a boat flea market every
Sunday, and a VHF net (VHF 14, 0730 hours I I i .. ...i. Saturday. Visit
Fathoms restaurant, just off the airport, on the ..II. -I -. I I the lagoon. Half
price drinks and tapas during happy hour serve as a catalyst to make this a popu
lar place for cruisers to gather. A similar happy hour structure at the yacht club,
just on the east side of the Dutch bridge (on the lagoon side) has helped drive the
custom of cruisers gathering to watch the boat traffic into and out of the lagoon at
the evening bridge opening times. It is interesting to watch the huge mega-yachts
s i. ii.. .. i. ihe channel and I'm sure all the boats appreciate the enthusiastic
r i'. .' ... .I well-lubricated cruisers gathered on the patio.
To take advantage of the shopping opportunities, renting a car is a good option.
We had a car and took the opportunity to motor-tour the east side of the island;
there are some beautiful beaches and bays.
We stopped at the infamous Orient Bay. The bay is protected by two large reefs,
providing a spectacular vista of breakers when the north swells are running. The
south end of the beach is a "clothing optional" area. The fact of the matter is that
this beach, at any point, is not a place for anyone with a puritanical view of beach
attire. It is a beautiful beach of several miles, dotted with beach bars and restau
rants and enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Perhaps the most fun in St. Martin is the number of cruisers here at this time of
year. This is the turning point for those headed north and those headed south for
the approaching hurricane season. But they come here, stay a b., i ,1. i1 .. i,
intended, renew old friendships and acquaintances and make -... .. i.... i
We've enjoyed St. Martin but its time to go -until next high season.



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ful and eager for information relevant to your lifestyle.
We've learned what Compass content you like best
(your own Readers' Forum tops the list for the fourth
time running!), and we've taken notes on what you'd
like to see more (or less) of in future issues of
Compass, so stay tuned!
The majority of respondents report that they read
the Compass every month and usually read most arti
cles, rating them good to excellent. Some readers note
that although they don't read certain columns, they
realize that they are important to others. Even depart
ments that do not have universal appeal have their
handful of passionate fans.
Copies of the Compass are reportedly easy to find,
and two or more people read every copy.
As in previous surveys, the typical Compass respon
dent is 45 years old or over, is cruising the islands
aboard his or her own yacht and is usually on the
move. Two-thirds said that they came to the
Caribbean with the intention of staying for more than
one year, with the average having cruised for seven
years in the Caribbean -talk about long-term visi
tors! A number of those who say they do not intend to
stay for more than a year note that they regularly
come to the Caribbean to cruise, often for four to six
months each winter. The majority of respondents
came from North America, and the rest from Europe.
Advertisers please note: Ninety-six percent of
respondents said they consider the advertisements in
Compass "useful" or "very useful"!
Although more than half our respondents still say
that they feel that security is getting to be more of a
problem, there was a slight decrease from previous
surveys. As in our last two surveys, the majority of
respondents feel that local authorities are not taking
adequate action to ensure visitors' security.
Nevertheless, nearly three-quarters of the respon
dents agree that the Caribbean is relatively safe com-
pared to most other tourist destinations. Readers have
obviously drawn a distinction between "security" and
"safety" that is, theft is an important concern, but
readers don't feel that they are in personal danger.
To improve the security situation, readers see a need
for prompt police response to yacht-related crimes
(perhaps facilitated by VHF radios and quick-response
boats), official follow-up after crimes and speedy jus
tice in the case of any crime against a visitor.
As in previous surveys, most people are in favor of
the introduction of marine parks and are willing to pay
park entry fees, "as long the fees go directly to protect
tion of the environment, not to private enterprise or
the government".
More than two-thirds do not believe that yachts con
tribute significantly to marine pollution.
Eighty-eight percent agreed that disposal of yacht
garbage should be banned on small islands without
adequate facilities. Nearly the same percentage felt
strongly that yachting destinations, especially mari
nas and boatyards, should provide facilities for envi
ronmentally safe disposal of used oil, batteries and
other toxic waste.
Although 95 percent said in the last survey that
yachts should pay a fee to help pay for collection and
disposal of yacht garbage when clearing into a coun
try, slightly less than 90 percent feel that way now.
One respondent commented, "Why should yachts pay
for proper disposal? Local citizens throw their garbage
and litter everywhere and when it ends up in the sea
the yachts get blamed for it." Another noted, "Sailors

need to address their own garbage issues; we can't
expect others to."
The Perfect Anchorage
According to this year's survey respondents, as in
the past tl i- ---t .', 1 ;-- 1.. f. tibove all else,
a clean .. .. ..... ... ... I i . 11 1 Other desir
able features include a dinghy dock, security patrols
and the availability of fuel and water. Shops, moorings
and marina facilities were considered somewhat less
important. Write-in comments indicate that the ideal
anchorage is also scenic, quiet, uncrowded and has
helpful, non-aggressive boatboys.
T- -...--r.:- ---i- --irtu.lly nobody wants to be
..' I .. ... i ...- harassment, noise, an
unclean environment and overcrowding. Lack of facil
ities was not of much concern. Other undesirable fac
tors written in include nuisance boatboys, too many
moorings in the good anchoring spots, and lack of
respect from other watercraft operators including jet
ski users, speedboat drivers and anchoring-chal
lenged bareboaters.
Fully 100 percent of this survey's respondents say
they prefer to be in areas without jet-skis.
Customs & Immigration
More than 80 percent of readers agree that most
Customs and Immigration officers in the Caribbean
are efficient and courteous.
As in our last two surveys, respondents said that
they found the "most efficient and courteous"
Customs and Immigration officials on the islands of
Bequia and Martinique. In national groupings, the
French Antilles as a whole came out ahead, with St.
Vincent & the Grenadines a close second.
Although one reader felt that "most are improving",
two countries that showed marked improved in our
2004 survey compared to 2001 did some backsliding
this time. We'll Lb hl-in.- pri'--te word with those
who were voted "' .-1 I .. ., I courteous"!
Grenada ... i, I.... Carriacou) received the same
number of "... -1 .. I "least" votes, as they did in the
last survey.
As in previous surveys, it is strongly suggested that
tourism departments work closely with Customs and
Immigration to build good customer-service skills.
Survey respondents would also like to see Customs
and Immigration hours, rules and fees clearly posted
at each port of entry.
There is a loud and clear call in this fourth survey
for sub-regional unity regarding yacht clearance.
Readers suggest that Customs and Immigration pro
cedures be standardized (and even computerized) for
the entire Eastern Caribbean.
In fact, many survey respondents see a need for
more collaboration among all the Eastern Caribbean
governments and boating stakeholders to safeguard
and improve yacht tourism.
The Future?
We introduced a new topic to our Readers' Survey
this year, "What is your vision of the Caribbean in the
next 5 years?" Interestingly, about half our respon
dents see a sweet dream while the other half see a
nightmare. But the issues are the same.
Environmental concerns (e.g. pollution, environ
mental degradation, habitat destruction) are para
mount. Overcrowding, overdevelopment, alienation of
once-public land into private (or corporate) hands,
mass tour.i7 i-ir-n.ii: Fri-es, more bureaucracy
and the : *' "I 1.1' I . i of moorings in good
anchorages are visions of an undesirable future. "I
hope the beautiful coasts will not become spoiled by
mega-projects, '---: 1 -il lings and marinas," says one
correspondent. -i. ... the uniqueness of the
islands will be lost."
A new specter has arisen in many respondent's
minds: the fear of boating becoming increasingly
expensive across the board due to a mega-yacht boom.
A reader asks, "Do all the islands need to jump on the
mega-yacht bandwagon? It would be interesting to
know what they bring to the average citizen."
Some, however, see the other side of the coin: a
Caribbean where the focus is on the environment,
crime has been brought under control, governments
appreciate and nurture the contribution to the local
economy of all types of yachting, there is less bureau
cracy, prices are still reasonable, and the standard of
living for local people has been much improved.

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MAY 2007

Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
In the second week you'll feel a surge of inspiration and
drive towards new ideas and changes to make life on
board easier. Don't let negativity from female crew or
cruising buddies blow you off course.

d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Use this time to develop the many creative ideas flowing
toward you during the first week. With business in the
doldrums you may feel especially put upon in the third
week. Maintain your course and keep a firm grip on the

I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Communications will be prolific and productive until the
third week when things become garbled and you may find
static and misunderstandings abound.

0 CANCER (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Love will dominate your thoughts this month. The prob
lems you had last month will change tack to happier

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
You will find difficulties in communicating creative ideas
until the llth, when propagation should improve.

T VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
As the previous month's rough seas in your love life
calm down, you will find that misunderstandings compli
cate matters for the last two weeks.

I LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Your love life will meet with bad weather after the 8th.
You should get a surprise in the mail after the 11th.

TUL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
While you're in stagnant waters in the creative and com
munications areas of your life, romance will take a turn
for the better.

SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
The breezes of business will freshen, while your ability
to make yourself understood meets with one storm after
another. Don't let it throw you off course.

6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Your love life will be a beat after the 8th. Try to stay cool
and don't let fluky headwinds force you to change sails.

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Your business will seem to be stuck in the mud, but the
tide is rising and good news is on the way.

= PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Even though you will find it difficult to express yourself,
you will find romance with a new crew member to liven
your days.

Crossword Solution
10) TEAL 1) THOLE 20) TEST
12) TAIL 2) TINY 21) THERE
13) TENON 3) TOR 22) TARP
15) TEA 5) TEMPEST 24) TO

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My beloved lover is light brown, slim
I can dream myself away
In his blue eyes.
He is clever, his brain is like the sharpest knife at the butcher.

His hair is soft and yellow, like a baby's.
His hands are big and strong
And warm
To get around mine.

But he is a Gemini, a twin -who changes
From hot to cold, from home place to wide world. I
I'd learnt that. I'd learnt so much
still he is my number one! V
Yet, there is a problem: There is another she,
A beautiful white lady, twenty years old. F
When she -without words asks him for something,
He gives her what she needs -and a little more.

I haven't seen it yet, but I imagine I
That he kisses her in the night,
When I seem to sleep in our double bed, .
And he walks around.

I am not a jealous woman,
But I just wish it was me
To whom he gives all this attention, big money and care. E
Sometimes, I wish I was Rumkath.
Anne Hjalmso


Dans la plage
shadows still long
on a pink shell beach.
Espied afar
a lithesome lass,
far too jaunty
in too brief a bikini.
"Bonjour" says she
with impish grin,
in the morning early.
Look, but don't touch
I decide,
Mats pourquois pas?
Pas de problem!

Later on,
french kisses
in the evening shade
where palm trees
tell no secrets.
Encore amour
in calypso dreams.





t seems, in every harbor,
'hey are there:
Vashed up on the beach,
Stripped and bleaching
r a mast or a bowsprit
'rotruding from the water
r a mastless, hatchless hull
n a barnacle-encrusted anchor chain

t seems, in every yard,
'hey are there:
aded gelcoat and rusted stainless,
Ragged sails on a broken boom,
Sagging rigging and tattered flags,
'i.. forlorn on the jack-stands
S for owners who never come,
Eroding in the wind and rain.

t seems, in every bar,
'hey are there:
drinkingg beer at oh-nine-hundred,
I, i, )f a patient barman,
,,i I -I of past glories.
'he sad, empty look deep in the eyes;
'he sloped posture; the crestfallen gait;
afraid and lost and filled with pain.

re these the derelicts,
'hese boats, these people?
think not!
'hey are the debris,
'he flotsam of derelict dreams.
)reams that never materialized,
)reams lost in life's storms,
)reams run out of courage,
)reams strangled from being held too long.

Vhen I see them, I shiver.
Vhen I see them, I pray.
)reams are that which fill my sails.

SJohn Rowland

Nicholas Lee

Tel: (784) 458-3255 Fax: (784) 458-3824
E-mail: reservations@frangipanibequia.com Website: www.frangipanibequia.com

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22 23

24 25




Nautical Alphabet:

T' for Two

1) Canvas shelter
3) Not this
5) Hollowed gaff end, fits around mast
6) bark; color of old-time sails
7) Once sailors' food item from Galapagos
10) A shore bird
12) Rope end
13) Square heel of mast cut to fit into step
14) Cash box
15) for two"
16) sheets to the wind"
18) Sailor's girl?
20) Controls sheets
21) Wind direction indicator
24) "Fastnet Force
25) Edward pirate
26) Wood-eating worm
27) Freshwater turtle

1) Type of wooden pin for holding oars
2) Very small
3) Name in Norway
4) Ring spliced into a rope
5) Gale
6) ship, or square-rigger
7) Frugality
8) Pertaining to the effect of the moon and sun
on the sea
9) Sea bird
11) Yarn
13) Engine control
14) Now and
17) Pronoun often preceding ship's name
18) Small vessel that services a larger one
19) "In God We
20) Trial
21) "Over
22) Short for canvas hatch covering
23) Thick and block; one with different
sized sheaves
24) _and fro
-Solution on page 36

parlumps marooned

Watching his message bob into
the sunset, Parlumps had second
iho0ughts about how he'd signed off...

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Further Adv e ntures in Barbados

by Lee Kessell

A whole year had passed and Trevor was back in Barbados to spend the school
holidays with his cousin Ernie. Trevor loved staying in Uncle Solly's little cottage, set
upon coral blocks in a small village overlooking the wild Atlantic coast. He loved his
Aunt Josephina's fish cakes and he loved it when Uncle Solly drove his car around
the sugarcane fields at breakneck speed. Every Sunday Uncle Solly herded his fam-
ily into the old car and set off for an afternoon drive. Uncle Solly was a terror on the
roads; he had no respect for stray animals wandering lazily along the narrow roads
and blew his horn at everyone and everything to get out of the way. But what really
made Ernie's little sister Nyna cover her eyes with her hands and Aunt Josephina
clutch onto the strap hanging by her right arm was the way Uncle Solly sped up
nearing the sharp corners that cut the sugarcane fields into neat squares, putting
his foot on the brake just in time and careening around the corner. When the cane
was high you couldn't see a thing coming in the opposite direction and many a poor
driver got the shock of his life. Trevor thought this a blast and would cry out "Hi-ho,
Silver!" every time.
Last year Trevor and Ernie had harnessed the little old pony to the buggy that
Uncle Solly had built and they had almost ended up as road kill, so they weren't
going to do that again. Now what? After a week, the boys had done just about every
thing exciting they could think of and were now teasing the old dog lying by the
kitchen steps. Aunt Josephina had had enough.
"Why don't you boys go walk down the old railway line? You know where it is, don't
you Ernie?"
Ernie wondered why he hadn't thought of it himself. In the old days, a single-track
railway ran all the way from Bridgetown, the capital, along the coast and ended up
north past Bathsheba. At the bottom of the grassy hill was an old cutting through
the limestone cliffs before the train made a stop at Bath. The passenger carriages
were pulled by a puffing steam -;nn- and although all the carriages looked the
same, there were three classes I .. When the engine threatened to conk out
going up the inclines, the first-class passengers remained in their seats, the second
class passengers got out and walked and the third-class passengers pushed! Ernie
. 1 1 i..ne Uncle Solly told the story.
i ...-.... ran, down through the coarse grass. They came out at the old coral
rail-track bed. Of course the rails were long gone, but the cutting would be there for
all time.
Very soon, the boys found themselves in a tunnel formed by stringy, grey-barked
trees with their branches meeting overhead. On one side of the track was a wall of
porous limestone and on the other, a sheer drop down to a rocky shore and glimpses
of blue water. It was very quiet too, gloomy and spooky, and it got gloomier and
spookier the farther they went. The open drop to the sea rocks soon became anoth
er cliff of limestone and on the landward side the cliff opened out in hollows and cav
erns where Strangler Fig trees had taken root. It was e'. ......... .11 i f hor
rible creatures living in the caverns behind the long, g. .-, i 11. 3 and
when a slight breeze rustled the leaves at the top of the gully, Ernie called out, "A
monkey! I'm sure I saw a monkey up there!"
"Where, where?" yelled Trevor. He had seen a few monkeys on his drives with
Uncle Solly but never close up. Not so for Ernie, who was scared of the Green
Monkeys that roamed wild all over Barbados. They had fangs that could bite through
anything, he sniveled, and they were nasty and malicious creatures that rined the

farmers' vegetables, taking a bite out of everything and tossing away what they did
n't like. But Trevor wasn't convinced. He climbed up into the branches of the
-. ....1 .... 1 i. re he found a deep limestone cave. "Come on up Ernie! I've
.... i ..-... '" So Ernie forgot about the monkeys and followed Trevor into
the cave. Even Trevor was sensible enough to watch where he put his feet because
with limestone you never knew when a jagged pit would open up and swallow you.
The floor of the cave was dusty and there were husks of old nuts and decaying fruit
dropped about .... ....... I. 1. i1 i ... i ... ..1 -; hiding out there, but kept the
idea to himself. 1. -.... I ........ i- ... I I .,- dd the dim light that struggled
i. ...1. ihe prison of the tree roots cast deep shadows into the throat of the cave.
.. I had my torch with me!" gulped Ernie as he trod on a dry twig that cracked
loudly under his sneaker.
"Sissy!" chided Trevor as he felt his way deeper and deeper into the dark recesses
of the cave. Suddenly there was a gush of air over his head, a twittering of angry
bleeps and a squadron of offended bats rushed out of the cave. Ernie shrieked and
- .1-1 1 Trevor, who 1. 1 .1 t ne of the nastiest shocks of his life, but he put a
i I onitand I. ." I nly bats! We woke them up, that's all."
Trevor felt his way along the wall of the cave and soon it grew quite dark. "There
must be an end to this cave," he whispered while Ernie clung to his arm in ter
ror, "and there must be a pirate's treasure here too." Just then, Trevor tripped
.-.... i.. solid, sort of round and hollow sounding. "I think I've found
i-... Ii,,. i shouted. "I bet it's a pirate skull!" But Ernie didn't want to find a
skull no matter who it belonged to. "I'm scared; lets go back," he whimpered. But
Trevor shrugged off Ernie's hands and bent down to pick up whatever it was he
had found. It certainly was a skull because in the deep dark he could feel the eye
sockets and the hollow where the nose had been. But what was this? All of a sud
den he felt long, saber-like fangs. In panic, Trevor dropped the skull and turned
to run back out of the cave, knocking Ernie over and then falling on top of him.
The two boys clung to each other in fear and where Trevor had expected to see
the light from the entrance to the cave showing him the way out, all he saw was
a terrible blackness.
"Do you know where we are?" sobbed Ernie. Trevor had to admit that he hadn't
any idea, but he knew it was no good blustering about and getting lost even deeper
in the tunnels so he pulled Ernie over to the rough limestone wall and said that they
had better wait for Uncle Solly to find them. And that is just what happened. When
the sun set and the boys had not returned Josephina told Solly i, , i, i .
So Uncle Solly got the big electric torch, called up the old dog i i I ,
the boys, "I'll give them both a good beating," he muttered.
The old dog, happy to be off for an adventure, ran along the old train line, barking
and yapping and when Trevor and Ernie heard him they yelled for all their worth. It
didn't take long for Uncle Solly to find the cave and shine his big torch's light into
the bends and turns of the tunnels until it lit up the relieved young faces.
Back home Aunt Josephina looked crossly at Trevor and Ernie and asked her hus
band, I i ,, ., I1, m licks?" Uncle Solly winked at the boys, "Beat 'em real good
for sur . i

*cheups: to suck one's teeth; a common, expressionfilled sound for West Indians




by Elaine Ollivierre

or reef creatures such as sponges get caught up as well as the shellfish, they will
be squashed under the 1.i ... 1 die.
Longlining is anotl. .-I..... method which can be destructive. Fishermen
put out a long, sinking i... I1 I. stern of the boat. The line can be many kilo
I-n-t 1-;; .n-1 it has baited hooks at intervals along its length. It is then left in
S .1 1 .. time before being hauled back into the boat. The problem with
longlining is that it gathers too much by-catch. Some marine mammals, turtles
and seab:, 1. ... 1. .. the hooks. The seabird by-catch is most worrying,
because I ..- ... i- I i .. i- are killed by longlines each year. The birds are
attracted to the baited hooks as the line is put into the water, so they dive to
snatch the bait and are caught on the hooks.
Fishermen are trying a variety of methods to keep the birds away. The boats
can carry waving plastic streamers to scare them off. If the bait used is defrosted
it sinks faster, so there's less time for the birds to see it. Some boats release the
line through a chute so that the birds can't see the bait at all. Others only release
their 1..- ..1 ,, .1 1. .. .1 1 .. 1. .. not there.
i , i .,,. ,, i,-,,. ,, ,I I -; include use of poison and explosives, but
these are now illegal in most places in the world.

In an attempt to increase fish stocks, :, -, I ......... has seemed a worthwhile
venture. However, even this has its problem i are fed fishmeal, which is I
We have looked at ways in which sorry ,. 1, i I I.- i,.,,. that use nets can made from all the little fish that humans don't like to eat. These little fish are at
be very damaging to the environment as II .- I i .1 ,.i, stocks. But there the bottom of the food chain so their disappearance affects creatures higher up
are other methods without nets that are just as destructive, the chain who then don't have .,, 11,,,, to eat.
S Last month we described the damage caused by beam trawling, in which the Is there any good news? II least everyone now r--ni- that there
sea bed is stirred up by nets and beams that are dragged across its surface, is a problem. Only sustainable management of the world's :,,. I i.-1..rounds
Imagine then, how much more destructive it is when the fishing method actually will ensure a continual supply of fish for the future.
Assets out to dig up the sea floor. This is what happens in dredging, which is the
method used to catch species which live in the sand and silt of the sea or lake
I bed (for example, oysters and other shellfish). The dredge is a metal basket (or WORLD PUZZLE
bag) with a bar in front, usually with teeth. As the basket is towed, the bar rakes many t e-letter words can you make out of te letters of the word
How many three letter words can you make out of the letters of the word
il remain in the basket. The ..i ..... i I metal rings to withstand the FISHERMAN?
bumping over the ground, but these make the basket very heavy. If any small fishswer on page

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would include Sir James' fellow countrymen and women, his former constituents,
O Other regional political elite, journalists, and scholars of local politics, regional politics
and more. A casual reader might find confusion in the welter of names and organi
zations that Mitchell mentions. It is understandable that Sir James would want the
L O O K IN G B A K historical record to be complete and it is obvious that he has drawn on considerable
I iO ... 1 ut I would beg for a bit more charity to the uninitiated; a glos
The Lesser Antilles have provided the world with faces and names in all fields of
.A N D B E Y O N D human endeavor that are far out of proportion to the isles' size. Names as disparate
as the Mighty Sparrow, Derek Walcott and Dame Eugenia Charles come to mind. Sir
James Mitchell has written his testament and now awaits the judgment of history.
Beyond the Islands: An Autobiography by James Mitchell. Macmillan Caribbean,
2006. 464 pages, black and white photos and maps. Paperback ISBN 1 4050 1417 Available at bookstores or from www.macmillan caribbean.conm.
2, 14.50; hardback ISBN 0 2300 2220-0, 17.95.
It is easy to be cynical about a political autobiography these days; the levels of
specious reasoning and spin in the global news militate against an I
assessment, which is, of course, their purpose. That said, former Prime I,- I
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sir James "Son" Mitchell has written a political auto
biography. He has, after all, founded a political party, the process of which he doc
uments in detail that might be bewildering for those not familiar with modern
Vincentian history. He could not have survived and flourished for more than a quar
ter of a century without finely honed political instincts. Indeed, some of his autobi
ography is an account of his battles and his victories. After all, he is the one who
survived having dung and stones flung at him during his first outing into politics
and sometimes suffers the verbal equivalent today. On St. Vincent, there is still a
cottage industry devoted to his deprecation, even in retirement. I have no expertise
in the local politics but I do know that it would be wrong to dismiss this book on
account of petty partisan bickering. There are many stories interwoven into his long
reminiscence that raise it well above the level of base political motivation.
Son Mitchell was born into a different world from today's. Bequia was a much more
traditional place of boat builders, sailors and fishermen, with few modem amenities.
Then, the strength of families was the first, and often the only, barrier to the dan
gers of the outside world. It is a world I,,, i i i.... from view in the explosion of
electronic media. Beyond the Islands n r I- I'. I I I a man rising from what once
was a small, distant colony to become the leader of a newly independent nation and
a recognized leader on the world stage. Sir James records his youth and the educa-
tion of his mind and senses in and out of school. As a university student in Canada
he worked as a railway porter. Later, from England, he hitchhiked on the continent
and returned to reside in London. After years abroad, Sir James returned to Bequia,
became a businessman and founded Bequia's iconic Frangipani Hotel.
The island nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines was born in a time of crisis, in
the aftermath of a destructive volcanic eruption and with superpower tensions on
the rise. The difficulties attending the nurture and growth of this small group of
islands, impoverished and lacking infrastructure, were immense. Sir James Mitchell
records his work in opposition and government to thread the maze of international
institutions to create and build a viable state. It is instructive to anyone who wants
to understand the myriad problems confronting small countries in their efforts to ".. .
make a better life for their people.
Some of the most interesting pages in Beyond the Islands are transcribed from Sir
James' diaries. They have 1 ... ,. ....... T, r penned in the heat of the moment
or during quick reflection ilh 'I, . .... I, '- I eminent event. Storm clouds hovered
over the islands of the Caribbean as the small republics struggled to find their feet and
Sir James gives us an insider's view of these sometimes tragic events, ranging from the
brutal collapse of Bishop's regime in Grenada to the Muslimeen coup in Trinidad.
Through the diary entries we also get to know his concerns for his family and the dif
ficulties of a public 1.i I -i, ,1i. passing asides, we get a glimpse of the man: a
bit of a raconteur, 1. .- I I good wine, fine clothes and handsome women.
However, Sir James is a reserved man in his book and he is willing to let his public
striving and his known accomplishments stand for him without revealing more.
The book is not without its faults. Styles vary within it. I have been told that an
editor died in the preparation of Beyond the Islands and this may account for sty
listic differences between the terse opening chapters and the more expansive ones to
follow. The nature of the intended audience is problematic. A natural readership

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Six Ripe Slices of West Indian Life

Anthony Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in
1942. His family moved to Montego Bay when he was
eight; a year later, his father sent him back to Kingston
to live with his grandparents. He began his secondary
education at the Excelsior High School, however, he
moved back to Montego Bay where he attended
Cornwall College. After leaving high school, Winkler
moved back to Kingston again, where he worked as an
accounting clerk.
In 1962, he migrated to California, where he attend
ed California State University, from which he graduate
ed in 1967. He also obtained a Masters Degree in 1968.
After leaving university, he taught at the Pasadena City
College for a short period. He then joined firm of col
lege text-book publishers who influenced him to begin
writing. He became a full-time writer in 1975 and
returned briefly to Jamaica, where he was married.
Shortly thereafter, he returned to the United States,
where he established himself as a writer of tertiary
level text books.
His first foray into fiction, The Painted Canoe, was
published in 1983 and was a critical success both in
Jamaica and the United States. In 1987, he published
The Lunatic which became a bestseller. This was fol
lowed by The Great Yacht Race (1992), Going to Home
to Teach (1995) and The *..i ,1997). In 1991 he
wrote the screenplay for i. f.... version of The
Lunatic, and in 1999 his original screenplay, "The
Annihilation of Fish", was filmed in Los Angeles star
ring James Earl Jones, Lynn Redgrave and Margot
Kidder. He has also written two plays, "The Burglary",
produced in 2003, and the "The Hippopotamus Card" in
2004. His sixth novel, The Dog War, was published in
2006. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

I had really enjoyed reading Anthony Winkler's col
election of short stories, The Annihilation of Fish, and
felt myself lucky to have been in Toronto to see his
play, "The Burglary", performed there. So I looked for
ward to reading his six novels which were recently re
issued in paperback by Macmillan Caribbean as The
Anthony C. Winkler Collection.
I decided to read the six books in chronological
order, for want of any other reason for choosing a par
ticular volume first. The themes are very diverse,
though all the stories are centred on the life, culture
and personalities of Jamaica.
My favourite, I think, was the first and probably
most famous, The Painted Canoe. This tells the story
of Zechariah, a fisherman who drifts out to sea after
: ii .i p in his canoe. The reader knows that he
..I .... from incurable cancer, so his desperate
measures to reach land are especially poignant.
Meanwhile, we read of an expatriate doctor, deeply
unhappy and envious of Zechariah's willpower and
endurance. Apart from a rather -1-- .ri;n- -;.-li;;r f
Zechariah, the contrasting tales i I1. I ... . i
for absorbing reading.
The Great Yacht Race tells of the intense rivalry
among Jamaican boat owners in anticipation of the
annual yacht race from Lucea to Montego Bay. The
year is 1955 and personal friendships and animosities
are revealed as preparations are underway. In what
was still a colonial society where lighter skin and hav
ing lots of money were qualities to be admired, the
interlinked stories of the upper class and expatriate

communities are all hilarious but often touching at the
same time. To those of you who ar. 11 enthusi
asts, the descriptions of the race :I- II .1 strike a
chord as you read of the tactics and strategies used in
desperation to be first across the line.

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The i;;t-l-i-r-.;Thi .l -ming Home to Teach was
written .1 ,, ,.... I '--J when a great number of
expatriates were teaching in Jamaica. The Jamaican
political situation then seemed to many to be unsta
ble, and there was a huge "brain drain" of educated
Jamaicans to the US, Canada and Europe. It was
unusual to find a Jamaican returning home to work,
so Mr. Winkler was a rare creature indeed.
Settling in the countryside to teach at a local

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*--h- tr-. in;; n ;as difficult for him and his
,, it .. I .1 .i j I *.. he soldiered on despite the
eccentricities of other members of the staff, including
the alcoholic principal, and the tyrannical attitude of
his deputy. Disappointed with an outdated, irrelevant
British curriculum and frustrated with the bureaucra
cy cf Tlmi .n f ---rnm nt -ffi-~ h .nt.lly felt
he b. I .. i I I ... i ... i to the
US. Once again, accurate portrayals of the people and
the political landscape of the time make for fascinat
ing reading.
The Duppy is related in the first person by a man
who has just died and goes to... well, a place that
looks remarkably like Jamaica but where everyone
can do anything they want. Is that heaven? This story
has provoked much religious commentary but, even
without any faith-based interpretations, it's an enjoy
able tale with a happy ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dog War which is about a
youngish Jamaican widow, Precious, who goes to
Florida to stay with her police officer 1.... 1. ...d
family, and who is tricked into a job as -
for a wealthy American lady. Her impressions of life in
the concrete jungle compare badly with life in rural
Jamaica, although. 1 ... -I 1 .. of contention (for
give the pun) is witi 1. I . 11 Riccardo insists on
using Precious' leg .....- ...imentionable pur
suits, and fending 11 11. I 1. I utler and even her
son-in-law takes all I i' ... ., The challenges of
a- aribbean immigrant in a world so totally dif
I .i clearly felt, but Precious (helped by her daily
under-the-bed conversations with God) is a character
strong enough for ..i,,,,
The author's love I I..- ...- I1. country and its mul
titude of zany inhabitants is very obvious in all the
books. His characters are so finely drawn that we will
all recognize similar individuals from our own back
grounds. My only problem with the books was the
(almost) constant references to sexual intercourse and
the more private parts of the human body. Using local
dialect words for this only made it more graphic. I hated
the book The Lunatic because of it. (Winkler's mother
hated it too, apparently, but maybe not for the same
reason.) In this story, the not-quite-mentally-stable
black guy (Aloysius) meets up in the forest with a
nymphomaniac white German tourist (Inge) whose life
seems P- -- -'- 1-;'; - .1 exploit, shared in this case
with a i... I1 I I j vhom she finds in the near
by village. The tale almost ends in tragedy when Inge
decides they need more money and they decide to bur
gle the home of the local land-owner. Even though,
again, I am sure I know characters very like those in
this book, I wasn't h-q .- with the stereotypes -all
white women are ... 11. Caribbean just for sex and
all black men are not on the prowl for white women
and I felt that the language and the scenes verged on
pornographic. Although I don't consider myself particu
larly prudish, I did have to cringe at a lot of what I read.
This volume apart (and, by the way, the introduction
says that many readers have found The Lunatic hilarious,
so maybe it's just me!), the other books are well worth
:-.li;n for their accural ., 1 ......l.- into and
,'.1.1..1 descriptions ofA 1I.. I ... .1 ... I culture.

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I become a well known singer. Her boss
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Many years ago, while living in Trinidad, a friend called me a "culture vulture". His definition was someone who Marine Survey throughout the Caribbean
sought out the cultural events: concerts, art shows, dance programs, and poetry or book readings. Well, that does
In Venezuela I have sought out symphony performances in Margarita, Puerto La Cruz and Caracas. The state
orchestras are very good and the concerts are free. In Margarita, Kyoko, from the sailboat Oasis, played violin with Bob Goodchild
the symphony there. In Puerto La Cruz we attended symphony concerts in MareMares marina, PDVSA Cultural
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audience to get up and dance. It was a magnificent evening.
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and movie themes. Two dance schools performed with the orchestra, performing folk dances indigenous to the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster (Commercial)
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'At World's End'

The latest and the last of "The Pirates of the Caribbean" film series, "At World's
End", opens in cinemas on May 25th. It was put on ice for a year after being shot
back-to-back with the second film, "Dead Man's Chest", at locations in St. Vincent
and Dominica.

Johnny Depp stars as the sleazy, campy Cap'n Jack Sparrow, who, despite his
filthy fingernails, managed to exude sex appeal in the last two films the way one
imagines a battered alley cat does. Is that going to be enough. i,' .i ii J '
Elizabeth (Keira Knightly) aboard his ship, or is she going to play : 1 i I I
long-time love Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and play saint to his martyr? I know
which way I would jump, but then again perhaps a woman who handles a sword like
Elizabeth does should have her own command and love them and leave them.
At the close of "Dead Man's Chest" our bedraggled heroes had sheltered with Tia
Dalma (Naomie Harris), a voodoo enchantress, and she had offered them a way to
rescue Jack from Davy Jones' Locker. They needed a captain prepared to make the
voyage to World's End and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who they thought was
dead, reappeared to pick up the challenge.
In the new film, Tia Dalma accompanies them as they cross a frozen sea, pre
sumably because she is lusting after Will. Perhaps he can get her to clean the
black betel-nut juice off her teeth. Next they are hurtled over a gigantic waterfall
while Jack's varied egos are locked in battle in Jones' Locker. Our merry crew
eventually rescue him only to discover, horror of horrors, that Davy Jones has
teamed up with Cutler Beckett to rid the world of pirates. Unfortunately the Safety
and Security Net has given the ending away because they keep telling us that there
are still pirates around.
It seems to be a tradition at the end of this sort of trilogy to have a big battle scene,
so the Brethren of the Coast, including Sao Feng from Singapore (he made a quick pas
sage), can fight the East India Trading Company while being spun in a whirlpool the size
of a small country. At least the whirlpool saves polluting the ocean with dead bodies.
However you look at it thib tril-- i -t to become a cinema classic and hopeful
ly it will take over as a ....- I ...I from the tired and trite "Captain Ron".

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New Grenadian Harbour Master for Port Louis Marina
Port Louis, Grenada's ambitious EC$1.5 billion marina resort, spa and maritime village
development, is making steady progress in preparing the Port Louis Marina for the
arrival of some of the world's most prestigious mega-yachts. To this end, Port Louis
Grenada has recently appointed Junior Cuffie as the Harbour Master, with responsi-
bility for the day-to-day operations of the Marina docks. He will also be expected to
ensure as far as is reasonably possible that all boats in the Marina and all the
docks are kept safe and secure, and that slips are rented. Cuffie will also work with
law enforcement officials to ensure that all laws are observed, that boaters observe
marine rules and regulations, and that all dock staff are adequately trained.
Junior Cuffie has worked in the yachting industry for five years and is an avid sailor.
Speaking about his appointment, he said: "The job of Harbour Master is a very impor-
tant one in the development of the Port Louis Marina. We have to maintain the high-
est standards here if we are to get the world's best yachts. I intend to work with the
Port Louis team to ensure that we become one of the best marinas in the world."
Richard Hallam, Head of Development and Operations for Savvy Grenada, the
investors and constructors behind the Port Louis project, warmly endorsed the
appointment. "We at Savvy Grenada are happy to have Junior on our team. We
have tried as far as possible to employ talented Grenadians to fill key positions and we
will continue to hire competent Grenadians. This project is very much about the devel-
opment of this country, so the people of Grenada must be involved in its success.
For more information visit www.portlouisgrenada.com.
Sunsail BVI Gets Danish Royal Approval
Sunsail yacht charters recently hosted a group of visitors from Denmark that includ-
ed Prince Henrik Consort of Denmark, husband of the Queen of Denmark Margrethe
II. The Prince was sailing with members of his family and a journalist who will be writ-
ing articles helping to promote the British Virgin Islands for various Danish magazines
and newspapers.
Nic Parton, General Manager of Sunsail, said: "We are delighted and honored that
Prince Henrik and his family chose Sunsail Tortola for their holiday."


The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South: The
Thornless Path to Windward, 9th Edition, by Bruce
Van Sant, @2006. Cruising Guide Publications. Soft
cover, spiral bound, 330 pages, black-and white photos
and sketch charts. ISBN 0 944428 79 7. US$29.95.

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'Passages South' provides sailing directions for easi-
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Venezuela; charts and cruising data for the Bahamas,
Turks & Caicos and Haiti; and cruising guides for the
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Spanish
Virgin Islands. The sketch charts, navigation informa-
tion and cruising data for the Bahamas, Turks &
Caicos and Haiti have been completely updated, and
new shore-side maps and information for the
Dominican Republic have been included. Sailing direc-
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sea miles and nearly 30 years of experience sailing to,
from and within the Caribbean, Van Sant has figured
out how to make island hopping safe, comfortable and
pleasurable in his word, thornless and shares his
time-tested methods clearly and concisely.
Understanding tropical weather and weather reports,
the effect of islands on the behavior of the tradewinds,
knowing when to sail at night and strategic route plan-
ning are some of the key components of a thornless
passage that Van Sant knowledgeably discusses.
A big ocean racing yacht fully crewed 1-- -. il 1.-
20-year-olds might not mind bashing to .1. .
days and nights on end. But Van Sant recognizes that
there is a major cruising demographic, including
undermanned small boats with sexagenarians at the
helm", who prefer not to push the risk and comfort
curves. If this sounds like you, Van Sant will be a good
friend and mentor.

The 2007 2008 Cruising Guide to the Virgin
Islands, 13th Edition, by Nancy and Simon Scott,
@2006. Cruising Guide Publications. Soft cover, spiral
bound, 344 pages, color photos and sketch charts
throughout. ISBN 0-944428-75-4. US$29.95.
The authors have set themselves a big task: to
write "a complete guide for yachtsmen, divers and
watersports enthusiasts" in one of the busiest
marine-tourism areas in the world. The fact that this
book is in its 13th edition over a 25-year span testi
fies to their success in accomplishing it. Navigational
and anchoring information is augmented with abun
dant sketch charts, GPS coordinates and aerial pho
tographs. Once you get to your anchorage you are
steered to marine facilities, sightseeing highlights,
dive sites, live music venues, art galleries, shops,
restaurants and more. Advertising is included,
adding to the guide's overall utility. An Island
Directory section provides telephone, fax, e-mail and
website information for a variety of businesses.
There's even a chapter on real estate, if you decide
it's time to swallow the anchor.

And as the ads on TV say, "But wait; there's more!"
A free color planning chart of the Virgin Islands from
Virgin Gorda to St. Thomas is included with each
book, and regular Virgin Islands information updates
are available at www.cruisingguides.com.
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Have you seen the small bundles of dark green leaves sold by some vegetable ven
dors and wondered what they were or how they tasted? I first encountered these
leaves in the main market in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Shopping at the big city mar
ket is an experience to remember. I saw many unusual -----t-. -'4 I spices. A ven
dor took the time to crumble a piece of this green : I i. I "...,ent smell was
unusual, but definitely cookable. Immediately the aroma made my mouth water as
it said emphatically "Pesto!"
The vendor said it was called chadon bene. It took me awhile to get the name and
i. -i ii,,. ,, I I ike me, you probably thought this favorite kitchen herb was
S I I, I i ." or "chado bene". The East Indian word for this green leaf is
dhania. Trinidadians might call it bandhania
However you say or spell the name of this great-tasting leaf, it is one of the most used
plants in Trinidad and throughout the world. Chadon bene is actually part of the car
rot family and is more commonly known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or coriander.
Is chadon bene a spice or an herb? Specifically, "coriander" names the entire plant,
or the seeds alone. The leaves are called chadon bene by some, cilantro by others.
The leaves and the seeds have two distinctly different tastes, hence the different
names for the same plant. The seeds' name, coriander, comes from the Greek word
koros, which means "bugs", because 1i 11'. i ... ii Ii .... The entire plant
-leaves, seeds and roots -is edible, i i' I i .-.. -... 11 the stronger fla
vor. Trinidad grows the most potent variety in the world.
Scientists believe chadon bene was first native to Mediterranean Europe. Because
of its unique flavor it has been cultivated for thousands of years and in many coun
tries. The Israelites chose it as one of the bitter herbs eaten at the Passover. In
ancient Egypt, it was widely cultivated for its seeds, which were mixed into bread.
The Romans brought the flavorful green to England, where it was served by Tudor
kings in a highly spiced drink (called hippocras) that was served at weddings.
Throughout the world, chadon bene/coriander is regarded as a drug. It is thought
to be an aphrodisiac. If a large quantity is eaten, it acts as a narcotic. The seeds,
when crushed, flavor liquor, meats, chewing gum and even cigarettes. The seeds are
a common remedy for gas pains and are chewed to ease the pains of birth labor.
Morocco and Romania presently are the main producers of coriander seeds.
Other than taste, chadon .... 1. I food value. A quarter Cup of the leaves
has only four calories, with ,,i,, 11 fiber, cholesterol or carbohydrates, and
only one milligram of vitamin C.
In Trinidad, chadon bene leaves are used in seasoning pickles, barbecue sauce,
curries, and chutneys. In Mexico and Central America it is used in dishes ranging
from salsas and salads to burritos and meat dishes.
Fresh chadon bene will keep extremely well if wrapped in paper towels and then
put in a plastic .. -1i i ... .,, the fridge. Another method of keeping this herb
fresh is to place .1 ... .. I .1 uncovered, in the refrigerator.
Shirley's Green Sauce
Twelve leaves chadon bene
1 head garlic
1 full grown stalk celery
2 leaves Spanish thyme
1/4 Cup vinegar
Mince all together in a blender and store in a bottle. Add to almost any cooked dish.
Chadon Bene Oyster Stew
1 Cup white wine
1/4 pound butter
1/2 Cup chopped chives
1 Cup oyster juice (water poured off fresh oysters)
1 quart water
1 quart cream or milk

1/2 Cup chadon bene
Salt and pepper to taste
4 dozen large fresh oysters (use more if small)
Cooked rice
Boil wine in a large frying pan until only about 2 Tablespoons remain. Add butter
and lightly cook the chives. Add the oyster juice, water and cream (or milk); simmer
as you blend in the chadon bene. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the oysters to
the soup and cook for five minutes. Serve in bowls with cooked rice. Serves six. For
variation, add a variety of garden vegetables to your taste.

Chadon Bene Barbecue Sauce
2 heads garlic
3 Cups chadon bene
1 Cup parsley
1/2 Cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Wra ..i ... foil and bake in 400F oven for 45 minutes. Cool and squeeze the
garlic :bI I i processor, blender, or whisk by hand. Add the remaining ingredi
ents and blend. It is best to marinate chicken, lamb, fish or pork in this sauce
overnight. While grilling, keep applying this sauce. You can also use this sauce over
pasta, rice or grilled vegetables.
Chadon Pesto
1 Cup chadon bene leaves
1/2 Cup parsley
1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup almonds
1/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 Cup of any one of the following: pine nuts, fried pepperoni, chopped olives,
chopped mushrooms
Puree the chadon bene, garlic and parsley in a blender or food processor until
smooth. Add the Parmesan, almonds, oils and salt and puree to a smooth paste. Stir
into hot pasta and serve.
Chadon bene is a hardy plant easily grown in small pots on any boat, especially in
full sun. The easiest way to get chadon bene growing is to cut the root from stalks
from the market. Plant the roots in wet soil and keep wet. You can trim the leaves
with scissors and the plant will continue producing.

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by Mary Heckrotte

Meander about any Caribbean market and you'll surely find your roots. In fact,
you'll see a mind-boggling assortment of roots and tubers -some round, some
nme fuzzy, some rough -that are all staples in the island diet. You could
i i i vegetables more suited for a centuries-old Caribbean tradition. Hiding
under the ground, these vegetables will still be here after droughts and even hurri
canes have passed.
The main ones are yams, yucca (a.k.a. cassava) and taro. Collectively 11 i,-
called "roots" or "ground provisions", and if you try to get any more -I I .
that, you're sure to get confused. I've been asking a:. i . i... about these roots
and tubers for years, and the more I learn, the more i, I II I I get. So I've decid
ed that I'm just going to tell you
.- what I think might be true about
I one kind of root, the one most
often called taro. (We've already
r done an article on yucca and we'll
do one on yams soon.)
Take a look at this picture of
taro. Now if you go to a market
and pick up an object that looks
exactly like this, it might not be
S called taro at all. Talk to the ven
dor and she could tell you you're
holding a cocoyam, dasheen,
malanga, yautia, yam or eddoe.
And that's only if your vendor is
m P-i, jt`-- l1sh. All bets
ii i -i ,- names she
might use in Dutch, French or
Spanish and its sure to be
something different when you
S-han- countries or even islands.
SII ,se the Latin name, Colocasi
Sescuentla (which your vendor isn't
apt to know), we've narrowed it
i down to only two hundred or so
varieties but we won't let that
.. little detail bother us. (Some vari
4 eties of taro are grown strictly as
ornamentals, however, and these
Ti are NOT edible. We just have to
trust that our market vendors do
V h s not go around digging up their
Neighbor's landscaping.) For
co g .. P eI "- sake, let's all call this
I Ii md go from there. Just
remember that if you find a recipe
That calls for one of those other

The identifying characteristic of
the root you're looking for is pink
ish white flesh with a ring of color at its base. The root ranges from finger banana
size to big cucumber size. It is somewhat pear shaped and will have a hairy brown
skin with horizontal rings. It will have sort of a top knot at one end and shaggy
rootlets at the other end unless it has been trimmed. When you cut open a taro
root, you'll find the inside smooth, with a texture something like a jicama or water
chestnut. Ti ... 1.1 be white, slightly grayish, or even speckled, depending on the
variety. Y. ,, II -.I to choose roots that are rock hard, heavy for their size, and
without soft or moldy spots or cracks. Prick the skin with your fingernail and test
the flesh for freshness; it should be juicy and crisp. Back at the boat, store your
taro in a cool (yeah, right!), well ventilated place and use them within a few days.
Before it is dug from the ground and brought to market, taro root sports huge,
t i 1 l : fi luently called elephant ears because that's about the
i I .... I is likely to be a stack of them where you're buying
the taro roots and the market vendor might call them dasheen. When eaten raw,
these leaves will make your mouth burn and itch and your throat feel like it has
permanently closed for business. Taro, especially the leaves, contains an insoluble
crystal called calcium oxalate. Fortunately, cooking leaches out these crystals. The
cooked leaves taste a lot like spinach, mustard or turnip greens. They are the base
for callaloo, the traditional Caribbean soup famous especially in Trinidad. Indeed,
some market vendors will just call the leaves callaloo.
The whole taro plant is one of the most important in all the tropics and has been
cultivated for so long that it- ........ .. is unknown. One of the most traditional
foods of the South Pacific is 1 ,, I those ethnic dishes that seems to require
an acquired taste to appreciate. Poi is made from cooked, pounded then fermented
taro. And in China, there are written records of this dish from as early as the Han
Dynasty. In fact, the name dasheen is thought to have come from "de Chine."
Additionally, across Africa and all over the Caribbean Basin and surrounding
Central and South American countries, taro is an everyday food. Now Europeans
and North Americans .:i. on, too.
To prepare the root I I -,. wash it, brush it, and then peel it. Raw taro is
quite harsh on your hands so it is best to wear gloves, or oil your hands first. (If
your hands come in contact enough to cause skin irritation, rinse them several
times in a solution of baking soda or salt dissolved in cold water. Afterwards, apply
an anti itch cream.) Cut the roots into the desired size or prick them with a fork if
cooking whole. Put the root in a pot with plenty of water and boil until the center
is soft about 40 to 90 mir'i I '' i "'. '' i. size. To help rid the root of the
calcium oxalate and reduce Ih I' ... I ,, ,I ,I, ,, to the mouth, change the water
several times. When cooked, rinse the roots under cold running water until they are
just cool enough to handle. If you boiled the roots with the peels on, you can now
easily remove them.
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Both taro root and taro leaves are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and the
root is an especially good source of fiber. Even when cooked, both contain oxalic acid
which should be avoided altogether by people who have kidney problems, gout, or
rheumatoid arthritis.
The taro root is quite starchy and has an earthy, chestnut-like flavor. It is used
mostly like a potato and is sometimes called the "potato of the tropics". You can sub
stitute it for potatoes in most recipes, but always use it hot, because the texture
turns rather rubbery when it is cold. Taro serves as a natural thickener in soups and
stews, becoming custard-like as it cooks. It can be roasted, pureed, fried, or dried
and ground into flour, but it definitely must be cooked. Like potatoes, taro is espe
cially nice with a rich cream sauce.
Two kinds of taro leaves make their way to market, some with green stems,
the most common, and some with purple stems, usually a little more expen
sive. The leaves are one and a half to two feet 1-;n. though the -i-- r tender
est ones will be smaller. You'll need a pound ol I to make a .1 I..1 when
cooked. Store the leaves in a perforated bag in your refrigerator until you are
ready to use them; they'll keep a few days. Strip off the stems and pinch off
the leaf tips and discard. Wash the leaves by submerging them completely in
water to remove any grit. Chop the leaves into bite-size pieces, or as your
recipe states, and cook them for at least 45 minutes to avoid the irritation to
your mouth caused by the calcium oxalate. Some people may still note a bit of
irritation to the mouth. If so, rinse your mouth several times with a mixture of
cold water, baking soda and salt.
You can substitute cooked taro leaves for many recipes calling for cooked spinach
-and vice versa, of course. You can also use taro leaves as a substitute for banana
leaves to wrap fish for baking -it imparts a delicious flavor.
The good news about both taro root and taro leaves is their versatility. Using the
roots as a substitute for potatoes and the leaves instead of spinach, you'll find
many recipes to try. And if the market lady is confused when you ask for taro root,
she most likely knows it by another name. If you can't find taro, just use one of
the other roots, such as yams or cassava. See? Life is easy when you get back to
your roots.

Taro Burgers
1 pound taro root, peeled, boiled, pureed and kept hot
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 Cup milk (approximately)
1 onion, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced
3 Tablespoons parsley, minced
1 egg, beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste -s'
1/2 Cup flour *
1/2 Cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons olive oil
In a medium mixing bowl, mix hot taro puree with butter and milk to the con
sistency of mashed potatoes. Add onion, jalapeno, parsley, egg, salt and pep
per, and flour. Stir well, then shape into burger-size patties. Put olive oil in a
skillet over medium heat and brown the patties on each side. Drain on paper
towels. Serve hot as a side dish or make a sandwich with hamburger "fixings."
Makes 4 servings.

Caribbean Taro Patties
1 pound taro roots
2 Tablespoons mint leaves, minced
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 .. 1 ten
1 i ....... 1 'mango, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
In a large pot, boil the taro roots in their skin for about 40 minutes or until they
are fork tender. Drain and cool just enough to squeeze the peels off and grate the
flesh. Mix with mint leaves, cumin, egg, and mango. Make into little cakes. Heat oil
in a skillet over medium-high heat and fry patties until browned on each side. Drain
on paper towels. Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

Baked Taro Leaf Casserole
2 to 3 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
2 green onions, sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons minced parsley
1 pound taro leaves, washed, drained, stemmed, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 ..- beaten
1lI / up grateded cheddar or gruyre cheese
Heat butter or olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute green onion and pars
ley until transparent. Add prepared taro leaves, salt and pepper. Stir 5 to 10 min-
utes. Stir in prepared mustard and then put this mixture in a greased casserole
dish. Beat together the eggs and cheese and pour over the leaves. Bake at 350F
for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden. Makes 4 servings.

Taro Chips (with variations)
Prick whole taro roots with a fork and blanch in salted, boiling water for just a few
minutes. Drain. Chill for a few hours. Peel then slice very thinly on a mandolin.
Alternatively, you can peel and slice the raw taro root and simply cook the chips
longer. Fry the chips in deep hot oil over medium-high heat until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels and add salt, seasoned salt, and/or chili powder. For a sweet
treat, sprinkle the chips with a little cinnamon-sugar. Taro root makes a harder and
nuttier "potato chip."

Chicken with Taro Leaves
1 1/2 pounds taro leaves, washed, stems removed, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds skinned chicken pieces (thighs, legs, breasts)
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/2 Cups water
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 teaspoons cornstarch .
1/4 Cup cold water
1 Cup unsweetened coconut cream (not Coco Lopez!)

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Boil taro leaves in 1. 1. pot of salt
ed water for 30 to i chicke Drain in a
colander and set aside. Heat olive oil in
same pot over medium high heat. Brown
chicken pieces on all sides, then remove
them to a plate and set aside. In the same
pot, saute onion, garlic, and ginger in the
hot oil. Return the chicken to the pot and
add bouillon cubes, water and pepper.
Reduce heat to low. Cover pot and simmer
about 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add prepared taro leaves and simmer
for an additional 15 minutes Mix cornstarch into 1/4 Cup cold water Stir into pot
until slightly thickened. Stir in coconut cream and heat through. Serve with rice.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Trinidad Callaloo
(Recipe adapted from Naparima Girls' High School Diamond Jubilee Cookbook)
12 taro leaves, washed, stemmed, chopped
1/4 pound ham bone
1/4 pound salt pork, soaked then drained
2 Cups coconut milk
1 green pepper, chopped
2 live blue crabs
8 okras, sliced in rounds
2 sprigs thyme
1 onion, chopped
4 chives, chopped
1 Cup boiling water
1 Tablespoon butter
Put all the ingredients except the butter into a large saucepot. Bring to boil over
high heat, then reduce heat to simmer until all ingredients are tender, about 20 to
30 minutes. Stir in the butter and serve hot with rice. Makes 4 servings.

Cream of Taro Root Soup
4 Cups peeled taro root cut into 1 inch cubes
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 medium onions, chopped
3 medium carrots, diced
4 chicken bouillon cubes
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 Cups water
1 (13.5 ounces) can evaporated milk
In a large soup pot, cook taro root in boiling water for 30 minutes, changing water
at least once. Drain and return to pot. Add celery, onions, carrots, bouillon cubes,
pepper, and 3 Cups water. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all
vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Add milk and heat through but do not boil.
Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

Taro Loaf
(Recipe adapted from Naparima Girls' High School Diamond Jubilee Cookbook)
3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup milk
1 1/2 Cup chees- t .t 1
1 pound ground
1 onion, chopped
1 blade chives, chopped
2 Tablespoons catsup
1 pound taro leaves, stemmed, chopped, cooked until tender
2 Tablespoons butter
In a small saucepan over medium heat, make a cheese sauce by melting butter
then stirring in flour. Stir in milk and continue to stir until mixture thickens. Stir
in cheese, remove from heat, and set aside while cheese melts.
In a skillet, saute ground beef with onions and chives until beef is browned. Stir
in catsup. Set aside. Stir prepared taro leaves into cheese sauce. Spray bottom and
sides of a casserole dish with non stick spray. Put in a layer of cheese mixture then
a layer of meat. Continue layers, ,,.. 1. 1Ih cheese. Dot top of casserole with but
ter and bake at 350'F for 30 min. - Makes 4 servings.

Taro Root with Cream Sauce
(Recipe adapted from Naparima Girls' High School Diamond Jubilee Cookbook)
1 pound taro root
4 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Cup milk
1 onion, minced
few drops of lime juice

i- ., ii .11 lack pepper to taste
Prick unpeeled taro roots with a fork and boil in a large saucepan with water to cover
until fork tender, about 30 to 40 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water until just cool
enough to handle. Squeeze out the pulp. Put in a serving dish and mash with a fork.
In the meantime, in a small saucepan make a thin white sauce by melting 2
Tablespoons butter, stirring in flour, then adding milk. Stir sauce until thickened,
then set aside. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons butter and
saute onion until transparent. Add lime juice, salt and pepper and cook for 2 min
utes. Add bitters and white sauce. Pour over mashed taro. Makes 4 servings.

Taro and Coconut Cake
2 Cups hot taro puree
1/4 Cup melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 Cup grated coconut
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped topping
Mix hot taro puree and butter. Stir in eggs, coconut, and sugar. Mix well. Add nut
meg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer o. 1.. 1, 9 i minute. Pour
into a buttered 8 inch cake pan and bake in preheated o ,. -,, I for 45 to 60
minutes or until cake is firm in the middle. Cool in pan on a rack. Serve with
whipped topping. Makes 9 servings.

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Dear Compass,
I am replying to Kent Gomez's letter in the February
Compass, in which he insulted the Cruisin' Canucks
while claiming that Venezuela is a modernr democracy".
The Canucks are Canadian citizens. Ladyhawke is
not their boat, and they do not spend all their time
onboard. They travel extensively inland, .. i... 1 iut
their experiences, and their appraisal ol . i is
spot on.
Do not blame the US press, Mr. Gomez, for adverse
crm---t --;;--;;;; your hero; it is self-generated.
TI. ... .- I .. .. said, "If a nation expects to be
ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never
will be. The people cannot be safe without information.
When the press is free and every man can read, all is
safe." Surely Mr. Gomez, that cannot be your demo-
cratic explanation as to why press publications, radio,
and TV channels here in Venezuela are being forced to
close. The US is Venezuela's largest trading partner,
so there has to be something wrong with your ideolo
gy when your hero insults any nation that opposes his
point of view.
Mr. Gomez's claim that the "savior" of this country is
i, .', i i '.... .I the rest of the world" has
I 1 j i i' h ,tury. There are 18 other
nations in Latin America, only three of which have
sided to a certain extent with you-know-who. (That's
an acceptance level of less than 17 percent.) Of those,
only one employs the same draconian measures that
are now being forced upon the Venezuelan people.
To give Mr. Gomez some credit, I will say that his
statement "a New World is emerging" here is absolute
ly correct. Unfortunately, it appears that he did not
study history in school: it is just a make-over of the
Old World, with corruption, dictatorship, and the sup
pression of human rights.
It is obvious to me Mr. Gomez that you do not live in
a rancho here, so you cannot experience the depriva
tion in which 70 percent of the population lives. The
citizens are just pawns in a world chess game of ideo
logical thoughts and are easily sacrificed. Look
around: what do you see, a booming economy? No,
you see poverty and the disintegration of law and
order. Well, matey, if that is the road you want to walk
along, it's your call. It is known here as the La Bonita
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[Editor's note: A number of readers have responded to
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I read with interest Mike Beaumont's "A Solution for
Security" in the March issue of CC. I am sure that
many cruisers are considering how to make them
selves secure.
Mike suggested making a security grille of stainless
steel tubing to replace the companionway doors at
night. This would allow air to enter the boat but pre
vent unauthorized entry.
In doing this, however, remember the entrance you
are defending against assault is likely to also be
your emergency exit. What kind of m-r.-n you
might wonder? Well, I have known I 1... L few
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but not leave you a whole lot of time to vacate. There
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wiring, equipment failure, or a gas explosion
(though it has to be said the exit part might be
solved in the gas explosion).
There are also freak accidents. A man was asleep

one night when his boat was sideswiped by a depart
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emergency smoke flare became detached from the
superyacht and set itself off on top of the yacht, cov
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I would not consider a snake swimming aboard and
making itself free in the main salon to be an emer
agency, but some would, and this has happened.
Then there are freak accidents that have not yet
happened yet but might -like a strong wind
detaching a wasp nest and depositing it right into
your hatch.
So, as you construct a system to deter would-be
"tiefs", keep in mind how you are going to exit in an
emergency, and do the extra work to make this easy.
Finding a key and inserting it in a padlock would be
hard or impossible in many situations.
Sleep tight!
Chris Doyle
Ti Kanot

Dear Compass,
Upon reading the March issue and the letter from
Laura Sargent, I really have to wonder what people do
to keep themselves from going crazy. Flashing strobe
lights for anchor lights annoy Laura.... Okay, well I
have spoken to the higher authority and the Green
Flash is officially cancelled, as ii -. i
that flash to attract attention. : I
Anchor lights are there to attract attention and the
better other sailors can see them, the less likely there
will be things that go bump in the night. Sorry Laura,
but you are barking up the wrong strobe here. Of
course strobes are to attract attention, and it is one
result of the collective "we" always looking for ways to
make boating safer.
If the lights really bother you, then look the other
way. But please when you are anchored in a designate
ed spot or not -you can flash me any time.
Derrick Harvey
Aldebaran H (the boat with the flashing anchor light)

Dear Captain Betty Karl,
Sorry, but I can't resist pointing out that I couldn't
find the word "captain" anywhere in your article in the
March issue, and believe that omission my be a clue
to your crew problems. A vessel and an aircraft may be
the last places in our democratic egalitarian modern
world that a single person, the Captain, is held
responsible for all that happens, and -
there is the potential for dangerous, ,, II ii ,
ening situations where there is no time for democrat
ic action or discussion.
I have found that if a crewman is dexterous enough
to hang on to a lee shroud with one hand and with the
other unzip his fly, he can be trained to be useful
enough for the length of the voyage -if instructions
in a voice of authority are applied. I have found clear
ly worded, simple and emphatic instructions during
the first few hours new crewmembers are on board
usually will give good clues as to whether they are
wannabe captains or wannabe passengers.
Sailing with serviceable crew is usually a matter of
quickly determining two things: one, if they have had
enough time on a boat to not be a hazard to them
selves (you are responsible for their safety); and two, if
they are trainable to the way you want things done. If
they don't obviously meet those two requirements,
leave them on the dock.
If the intention is to meet glib internet correspon
dents, you seem to have the better system.
Captain David Barton
S/V Nugget II

Dear Compass,
This is in response to a number of articles that have
appeared recently in the Compass.
It is hard to believe that a single-handed sailor could
spend four days on a passage and still be standing 24
hour watches as required by national and integration
al rules (see US Coast Guard Navigation Rules, Part B,
Section I, Rule 5, etcetera). Simply make shorter pas
sages! When a shorter .. i -, ... .
ule, change your sched. I .. ,, i ....... ,, 11,
passageway? Can you imagine letting your airplane
pilot or chauffeur nap at the wheel? On several occa
sions while on passage I have encountered small unlit
fishing boats essentially "in the middle of the ocean".
Have you ever seen the newspaper pictures of
freighters arriving in port with a sailboat mast hang
ing from the stored anchor, unbeknownst to the cap
tains or crews?
There is no need for a yacht with crew limitations to
anchor in front of other boats. There are a great num-
ber of harbors in the Caribbean with large, open
n-h.-ri-. An extension cord with a switch could
Si i ... ii.- control in the cockpit, increasing han
dling ability. Ask a neighbor to help.
Additionally, many simple tasks can help prepare for
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...as of 1/1/2007); t---- -;;.n= -t -ach through-hull;
bilge pumps ready; i .1 ... I (remember, bow
line knots cannot be readily untied under tension);
conveniently located abandon-ship bag with VHF
radio; proper lighting on; handy knives and flash
lights in the cockpit and in your pocket; preset emer
agency frequencies in your radios; life jacket and safe
ty harness ready; and do hourly written log sheets
underway (when is the power going to fail?). The list
is much longer, but uncomplicated. Why not pretend
you do not have all that safety gear and see how you
would change your preparedness. My race crew
would practice at anchor doing tasks wearing blind
folds; it greatly improved their knowledge of the boat
and ability to work in the dark.
Did you read about the single-hander who sold his
house and business in 2006 to go sailing and, after
being rescued not long ago off the South American
coast, just wanted to get another boat and ignore
paying the published cost of US$200,000 for the
Chilean Navy and US$50,000 for the local .i....
boat per day (lost fishing time) to save him? I .I -
next, climbing Mount Everest solo with your back to
the mountain for a better view? So many people want
to "just jump into it", forgetting how many people
i.. i.. i volunteers) are tired of being lifeguards.
S ears of USCG Auxiliary volunteer service,
my experience suggests many rescues could have
been easily prevented. Single-handers have a harder
job to stay safe, but no less responsibility to do so.
Take steps to keep others from having to save you
from yourself.
I.M. Goestrighting

Hello Compass!
I read Leigh von Bertouch's letter in the April issue
of Compass about the unjust "cricket tax", and
wholeheartedly agree with him. I am English and
don't have to pay it, but am told my Norwegian wife
should pay it.
In fact, only Antigua has actually tried to force
her to pay up -so we left after a few days. St.
Lucia and Dominica didn't seem to mind at all.
However, we have now chosen to avoid the remain
ing CARICOM countries, spending our tourist dol
lars in the French and Dutch islands. We are cur
rently on St. Martin.
By the way, Leigh, we'd love to hear from you at
Nigel Anderson
Yacht Nano

Hello Compass,
Julia Bartlett's article about Luperon in your April
2007 issue gave a flavor of Luperon, but here are
some specifics.
I spent the 2005 hurricane season in Luperon, and
talked to people from the 2006 season, so I don't claim
to know everything about Luperon.
A very protected harbor; the best-protected in the
northeastern Caribbean.
A very beautiful country, with green mountains
and lakes.
Generally nice people.
A very Spanish-intensive experience.
Can't day-sail out of Luperon harbor and along the
coast; the officials won't let you. You're only allowed to
check out and go to another major port: no cruising.
The harbor is polluted, so no swimming. Probably
shouldn't fish or run a watermaker either.
No cruising boatyards anywhere on the north
coast. Maybe in an n-r-n- n you could rent a crane
for a large amount ... ..
Extremely hard to ship parts into the country they
get lost or delayed for months or you have to take a two
day trip to the capital to ransom them out of Customs.
No marine store in Luperon (there used to be one,
but 11. ..1 1.,' I arts into the country).
S( 11. I I ... l n r che .... 1....
der in 2005, it cost I : i, for ..i. .. i i ..
and a half months in harbor. Cruise .. -. i. ... I ,
vote with their feet: I've heard the :... i i i .1-
staying there is declining. The officials are nice these
days, but fees are high.
Food and drink are no longer extremely cheap,
as apparently they were five or ten years ago. Prices
are moderate.
Some theft occurs, mostly of anchors: every
season, someone comes through the harbor and
cuts rope rodes on second anchors to steal the rode
and anchor.
The transient cruisers are fine, but some of the
permanently "stuck" boaters have formed cliques and
developed grudges with each other.
The bottom line: most people (myself included) come
out of Luperon thinking of it as an interesting once-in
a-lifetime visit, but are glad to get out.
Bill Dietrich
S/V Magnolia (1973 Gulfstar 44 ketch motor-sailer)

Dear Compass,
S '. I .. i. rat the I .. recently,
ii ... .. .. - 1i 1 Iworkin I .I Ito goto
Clifton on Union Island instead, as we were not happy
about anchoring in the Cays at night, having no wind
lass, in case we dragged. There are just the two of us.
We were approached in Clifton Harbour by the usual
boat boys renting moorings. We did a deal for five days
for EC$200 (a fool and his money are soon parted) and
tied up to a mooring off the harbour between the two
reefs. I was not happy with this, but was told that all
the moorings in the harbour were full and we would be
moved the next morning as soon as a mooring was
vacated. That was the last we saw of our boat boy.
We decided that the mooring was probably okay, as
there was plenty of demand for them and if '
boats than ours used them, then the chance o: I
parting was probably remote.
I dived down and discovered that there was no
chain, just a rope tied to a big metal block on the bot
tom. Alarm bells sounded, but not loud enough to
make us move. The wind was constantly 15 to 25
knots. I set the anchor alarm for the minimum that
would not sound with the boats swing: 0.03 nm.
The alarm sounded at 2330 hours, just as we
were going to bed. We rushed on deck not knowing
what was happening; the night was completely
black with no references whatsoever. We were adrift
-and heading for the reef. Luckily, I had left the
key in the :.."I. and the engine battery on, not
something I 11 lo.
JustasI- I i .i.. I 11 -. i ...... thudfrom
below. We .. 11. II 1. 1I.. -1 .l1 -t
off. It was so dark we could not see without 1.. I i
our very powerful lamp, and the only way I could tell we
were in deep water was to stay alongside the other boats
-i -n;;ne power and bowthruster. It was the most
:... i. .... time I've ever had. The other boats around us
did not seem to recognize that we had a problem.
Eventually I i .. .... i 1. ..11 .-tofind
the entrance 1. I I ".', .' '', he bow
with our powerful lamp. We found our way out to the
main anchorage and picked up a vacant buoy there.
There we passed a sleepless night on anchor watch.
In the morning I examined our bow -to find all of
the mooring still attached to us including the rope,
about 50 meters of it, and the float. The rope had also
wound itself around our bowthruster and I had to get
into my scuba gear and cut it free. Luckily it only need
a fuse replacement.
We departed ASAP having learnt our lesson: always
dive on rented moorings, and if any alarm bells sound,
listen to them!
Gerry and Denise

Dear Compass,
I wrote to you several years ago after a strange time
in Deshaies, Guadeloupe, when the yacht that we then
worked on, Holga, was involved in a "salvage" opera
tion. We later found out from a local working with the
Antigua tourist board that we had been the victims of
a well-known ring and we understand that the police
officer involved was sacked. They now keep a close eye
or. 11,,,... there and there has been no trouble lately.
again been involved in some salvage, but
this is a good news story!
We were motorsailing to Antigua from St. Maarten to
meet a charter commitment, towing our dinghy on a
long line astern. It was a foul night: 24 knots on the
nose with a very rough short sea. No moon and per
sistent nasty squalls.
It was around 2:00AM, when north of St. Kitts the
dinghy's towing U-bolt pulled through the bow of the
dinghy and we were left with a long piece of rope -no
dinghy. On arrival at Fai..... i i ... .. .
wentto Nicholson's, enqu,, i . i .i i..h I Ih
charter in 24 hours time, i i 11
have lost your dinghy?" This was rather a surprise, but
Afsaneh of Nicholson's had just received an e-mail from
Luc Gaborit, captain of the charter catamaran Motu, who
had found the dinghy floating south of Nevis as he was
on passage from St Maarten to Guadeloupe. In very
rough seas (though by now daylight) he, Fred Avizou and
the crew had managed to secure the frolicking dinghy
and tow it to Pointe-a-Pitre.
Having completed our charter and now en route to
St. Lucia for another, we picked up the straying
dinghy in Pointe-a-Pitre where it was intact with all
the kit aboard -even the spare petrol tank, still full!
The bow is now repaired and a new U-bolt strongly
attached. We plan to meet up with Luc to raise a glass
to gentlemen of the sea.
So not all our experiences are bad, and I hope that
you find room in Compass to credit this captain and
crew for their thoughtfulness and honesty.
Best Regards,
Bridget Mackwood
S/Y Aurora 67
PS There are several Auroras sailing in the
Caribbean (including a catamaran, an Island Packet,
and a cruise ship), so we identify ours with its length
to avoid confusion.
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Dear Compass Readers,
My wife and I are in our third season r- i-i thi
Caribbean aboard our sloop. Having .i i i .
Florida to Trinidad, our 5,000 mile journey has taken
us through 17 countries, some of them several times.
A recent stop at Jolly Harbour, .i.... to check in
with -:....... .I. .. 1.as to be one I i. vorst experi
ences i ... . -
In spite of my smiling face and usual greeting of
"Good morning, how are you today? We've just arrived
and would like to check in", the young woman and
young man behind the counter gave me nothing but
an attitude and a feeling that they really didn't want to
be bothered with me, or their job.
During the next hour, while the young woman ate
her breakfast, the --;;n: ..; interrogated my wife
and me like crimin.i- .11. .i due cause, we were
belittled and disrespected -not only as visitors, but
as human beings. I was actually yelled at like an ele
mentary school teacher would berate a student for not
pressing hard enough on the form for it to transfer to
the sixth page. I say this because while the
Immigration officer was only eight feet away, he did
not make eye contact with me and had not actually
looked at the form yet; he was only assuming that I
was not pressing enough.
In the end I was made to grovel for permission to
enter Antigua, the wayo:. i ...... .. 11. .I. .I1
a little authority and no: .... i l '
son grovel.
I feel that an individual who behaves in this man
ner is grossly unqualified for his or her position to
represent their country and its businesses. I would be
quite interested to hear from other Compass readers
if they have had a similar experience with
Immigration in Jolly Harbour, or if perhaps this was
just an isolated incident.
Fearing repercussions, which we were threatened with,
Name and Boat Name Withheld by Request

Dear Compass Readers,
We asked John Duffy, President of the Antigua &
BarbudaMarineAssociation foraresponse, whichfollows.

Dear Compass,
Thank you for sending me a copy of the complaint
from a visitor to Jolly Harbour. I will be ,. i.... 11.
letter to the Hon. Harold Lovell, Minist. i ........
and the Director General of Tourism, Lorraine
Headley, together with the Marine Liaison Officer,
Nigel Benjamin.
Firstly, on behalf of the Antigua & Barbuda Marine
Association, please extend our :i- 1 .- to
your correspondents for the i .. ii in
which they were treated at Jolly Harbour. There is no
justification for what they had to suffer.
Unfortunately, and hopefully rarely, one has to face
unfriendly officials wherever one goes. It happened to
me last month when entering the United States, where
I was kept waiting in an office for over an hour and
nearly missed my .... i... i. 11. .i i ing said,
there is no excuse I Ii,- I i i .. ... particu
larly in an island which relies on tourism.
The government of Antigua & Barbuda is very keen
to see that first-class service is given to visitors, but
occasionally they are let down by their staff.
It would be useful to know on which day this
occurred in order that the staff on duty can be
reminded of the courtesies visitors are entitled to
when arriving on the island.
In general, I have always heard good reports of the
Immigration staff at Jolly Harbour, more so than some
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this incident. I have no doubt that the recent Cricket
World Cup and the CARICOM visa has put a lot of
pressure on the Immigration staff and, maybe, staff
who are not used to dealing with yacht entry were
temporarily stationed in Jolly Harbour.
As I have said, regardless of the reason, there is
no excuse for the manner in which your corre
spondents were treated and if they are still in
Antigua please put them in touch with me because
I am sure Ministry Officials would wish to extend
their personal apologies.
Yours sincerely,
John J. Duffy, President
Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association

Dear Compass,
I read so many stories and letters in Compass that
now I must give my opinion of the so-called "cruisers"
in the Caribbean.
I am an independent journalist and writer from
Austria. I've been sailing for around 30 years, and
have logged more than 60,000 nautical miles, first on
stinky powerboats and on charter boats of all types
and sizes; then I lived seven years on my sailing ves
sel Key ofLife, a S&S 0O f-t mkh-n"1rr 1--y rnl
then seven years ona .. i -I i ....
er ketch; and now we've lived more then seven years
on our second Key of Life, a 40-foot ferrocement
sloop (Ingrid design) underway in the Caribbean
between Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Lesser
Antilles to Venezuela. I am 57 years old and have
taught sailing and navigation, so I think I know
something about seamanship.
Many years ago, I always criticized the bareboaters
for their way of operating their boats. Even if they
had a license, they were inexperienced because they
are only once a year on holiday on the boat. But now
I must apologize to all the bareboaters, because
what I have seen in the Caribbean is indescribable.
There are so-called "cruisers" who are mostly sailing
their own boats, but most of them have no idea what
to do and I wonder how they came so far without
hurting themselves!
Consider the "cruisers' nets" on the VHF radio,
heard all morning from George Town in the Bahamas
to Porlamar in Venezuela. I only listened to the net a
few times, then I stopped because it is really painful
when the so-called "cruisers" talk more about Mexican
Train dominoes and bridge lessons than dragging
anchors or stolen dinghies. Sometimes it is very help
ful to get a weather report on the net -thanks for
that, and the people who broadcast it.
Normally I prefer to listen to the weather on the SSB,
but now it is very difficult in most anchorages because
dozens of "pactors" are running, sending e-mails, or
you are surrounded by running generators and
engines from early in the morning to late night and
you are not able to receive a clear signal.
I think people who need all this and like the useless
talk about i ,, that have nothing to do with cruis
ing are bett 11 staying in their condominiums.
Flags are another issue. Sometimes you see yachts
flying no flag at all, or flying a flag from a sailing asso
citation, but not a courtesy ensign or even a national
flag. This is a disgrace for all cruisers and offends the
countries they sail in. Flags and the boat's name and
hailing port written legibly on the hull are identifica
tion, like a license plate on a car. Many times I've
seen boats run into and damage other boats in
stormy weather, because their anchor is dragging,
and then run away. But if you don't see a name,
home harbor or not even a national flag, how you can
report such an incident?
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And I meet a lot of people on boats who are not able
to find any destination without GPS, because they
have no seamanship skills and no idea of navigation.
And I don't talk about a sextant -they are not able to
use a hand-bearing compass, not to mention a tide
table, and they don't even try to learn.
I think if somebody has his boat in the yard for eight
months, then stays three months in a marina, he is
not a cruiser -he takes a holiday on his boat.
If the time comes when I no longer have the abili
ty to navigate and handle my boat and I become
dangerous to other cruisers, I will show some con
sideration and stop cruising, even though this will
be very painful to me. I am responsible for the safe
ty of my wife and partner and I cannot put anybody
in peril. Some of the so-called "cruisers" should
think about it, too!
All the best to the real cruisers and fair winds, even
if the wind will be always against the direction we
want to go!
Skipper Erich Beyer
S/Y Key of Life

Dear Compass,
Work continues here at Carenero, Venezuela,
aboard the Mermaid -well, at least under the

Mermaid I recently tore out six planks and eight
fr--m r- l -in. frames with the mangrove cut in
I-i- i i i the corner of the bay was razed for
the new Carriacou Marina complex. Will get planking
next week and finish off. Outta here soon, but not sure
of direction or destination.
John Smith
Mermaid of Carriacou

Dear Compass,
Sailing in Caribbean put me in the hands of some
boat mechanics, as we all know boats always break.
Although I had some bad experiences, I would like to
share my good ones with your readers.
In Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia, Bruden, a very
nice guy, found the fridge's electronic control box
eaten away by wat i 1 ... 1. a replacement unit,
which he installed -I ..... I minutes. He said he
wanted to be paid later, after the fridge ran for a day
or two. Amazing!
In Rodney Bay, Jon and Vincent from Regis
Electronic fixed my Auto Helm very quickly and
charged a fair price.
Curtis Edmond, also in Rodney Bay, works on
engines diligently, handles all parts very carefully and
keeps them extremely clean; it is a pleasure to see him
work. And yet his per-hour charge is a small fraction
of the price that a boat cleaner wanted!
Best regards,
Art Zawodny
Sailing a 35-foot Baba

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equipped. US$7500D Tel
(+596) 696-907429 E-mail
calmisl hotmail.com

Ketch. Some exterior deck & top-
side damage from Hurricane
Wilma but all systems &
interior in exc. cond. Located Ft
Lauderdale US$300K o best
offer, for information E-mail
svperseverance@hotmail.com or

41 FT. Hans Christian, Cutter
Rigged Yacht, Pullman berth
2 cabin layout with 1 full/1
half bath. Blue Water Proven
and ready to continue.
Impeccably maintained,
2005 Updates on Rigging,
Instrumentation, Sails, and
interior.. etc too much to

mention here. We stress
Serious Inquiries only as she is
ready to sail. Berthed in
Harbour Village Marina
Bonaire. Serious inquires
E-mail: captronbon@yahoo.com
foam sandwich construction,
ellipticd lead keel, new jib &
stack pack main, 5hp OB. At
Barbados Yacht Club US$8000
Tel (246) 2310464 E-mail
Rassy 45 $35K/US, Hallberg 45
P.O.A.. Custom Ketch 40
100k,72' Pwr Cat, P.O.A.. 45
Roberts 95K/US, 42 Roger
Simpson Cat, 8(6/US, 52 Grand
Sdeil. 285K/US, 44' Bavaria. 150
Euro, 34' San Jua. 40K/US, 36
Pearson. 45K/US. 40 Van der
Stadt. 139K/US. Trinidad,
Tel (868) 7391449

condition. 2x reliable /bhp
Yamaha Enduros, timabs,
solar charger, fshfnder/GPS
anchors, life vests, fenders, all
the ropes and some fishing
gear, loctaed in the
Grenadines US$280D0 Peter
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30 MIURA SLOOP 1982 built So.
Currency in Antigua 8' alumini-
um-bottomed dnhy/suncov-
er, hull treated with 5 coat
Westcoaf epoxy system 2
years ago, last ani-fouled June
'05, inventory& photos on
request. US$30,000 E-mail


1983 HATTARAS 36 Convertble
Sports Fishing Boat.
Twin 671 Detrot desels engines.
ust Rebuilt) New Generator
flly air-conditoned. Available
for viewing. Sedous offer ony Tel
(869469 9 0\662 806.
E-mdl seabrat@sisterisl.kn

GANS HUSTLER 25.5, 1977
Overhauled last winter. New
mast, rigging, sails. Yanmar
diesel inboad. Lyng Grenada
YC US$150 Tel(473) 443-2905
34' MORGAN needs plenty work
US$11,000 in Trinidad E-mail
PEARSON 30' BUILT 1973, new
Yanmar2GM20,newAwlgip, 2
jibs, 2 mains, spinnaker, TV, CD,
wheel steering lots more. Good
condition US$3000 E-mail
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WESTSAIL 32, proven world cruise
er, in US Virgn Islands. New ig-
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hrs. lovely redwood interior, 5
berths new dinhy, loads of
equipment. Safe and ccpcble.
US$35O Tel (340) 513-4668
GRPbuiltinGermany 1970,new
mainsail, new rebuilt engine
2003, electric windless, solar
panel, wind pilot, etc. Excellent
sailing properties, fully opera-
tional, needs cosmetics on
deck and interior. Lng Aruba
priced to sell $200 E-mail

BUSINESS in English Harbour,
Antigua. Successful
equipped salvage boat and
equipment going for a very
reasonable price. Suit an
experienced operator. Owner
wishes to retire and wants to
sell now. Tel (268) 562-3274

engine, 1500 hrs, runs great.
Includes cruising package,
gaskets, seals, water pump,
Generac generator parts: AC
voltage regulator, AC control
boards, brushes. Contact
Terry Tel (473) 538-0731

NESS in Trinidad. Sales and
service of major refrigeration
and air-con brands. Includes
manufacturing or refrigera-
tion units. Very valuable to a
qualified refrigeration techni-
cian. Owners keen to sell
now at a very reasonable
price. Tel 268) 562-3274

Lovely 1250 sq ft. cottage, 100
yards from beach. 2 master

bedrooms, 1 guest bedroom,
full kitchen, laundry, level with
road no stairs! 12,558 sq ft of
land, fenced with mature
fruit frees. US$320,000, Term
rental available. E-mail

and multi acre tracts. Great
views overlooking Southern
Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay

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

DAVID prime location for
Eco-tourism project. With 2
bedroom, 2 bath Japanesse
style house on 4 acres of cul-
tivated land. House designed
for easy expansion. Tel (473)
409-0730/404-5795 E-mail

ANCE SURVEYS, electrical prob-
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moon. VHF 16

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* Management of a Blue-Flag Yacht facility accommodating cruising sailboats,
fishing vessels, commercial & mega yacht vessels up to 350 feet.
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to yachting accommodation while in port.
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Oversee all operations of the marina including property and equipment maintenance,
vessel launching and towing, fuel sales, boatyard operations and lease administration.
Liaise and maintain relationship with officials and potential clientele in the tourism,
marina and boating fields.

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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://stluciajaz.org
5 Ascension Day. Public holiday in Netherlands Antilles and Guadeloupe.
5 World Environment Day
6 7 On-board circus, St Pierre, Martinique. www.voilierspectacle.com
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 rally sets sail from Jolly Harbour, Antigua, to Portugal.
11 13 Anguilla Regatta. www.caribbeanracing.com
12- 13 BVI Dinghy Championships, Tortola. Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club
(RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, fax (284) 494-6117, www.rbviyc.net
13- 18 Angostura Tobago Sail Week, Crown Point, Tobago. www.sailweek.com
14 Mother's 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), club-nautique-du-marin@wanadoo.fr
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 and Bonaire.
25 26 20th Curagao Jazz Festival. www.curacao-actief.com
25 27 33rd Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, Jost Van Dyke. West End Yacht Club
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 15th Anniversary of the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba
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.

6 12 Provo Mariners' Week, Turks & Caicos. www.maritimeheritage.tc/
7 Corpus Christi. Public holiday in many places
8 17 Morgan's Run 2007 rally from Cartagena, Colombia to Old Providence
and San Andres. Lee@DestinationCartagena.com
9- 10 IC24 Worlds, BVI. RBVIYC
12 Queen's Birthday. Public holiday in some islands.
15- 18 Les Saintes Regatta, Guadeloupe.
15 7 July 2nd La Route des Tepuys rally from Martinique to Puerto la Cruz.
16- 17 Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championships, St. Maarten.
16 23 Bonaire Dive Festival. www.diveintoadventurebonaire.com
18 Fathers's Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico.
19 Labour Day. Public holiday in Trinidad.
21 Summer Solstice
21 -24 15th annual Scotiabank Caribbean International Optimist Regatta,
St. Thomas, USVI. STYC, www.styc.net
21 -24 10th Annual St. Ktts Music Festival. www.stkittsmusicfestival.net
21 1 July HIHO Caribbean Passage rally, BVI. www.go-hiho.com
22 24 Fishermen's Festival, Charlotteville, Tobago.
23 24 Financial Services Challenge Race, BVI. RBVIYC
23 24 Summer Sailstice, worldwide, www.summersailstice.com
24 Battle of Carabobo Day. Public holiday in Venezuela.
28 8 July HIHO Windsurf Regatta, BVI.www.go-hiho.com
29 Fisherman's Birthday. Boat and dinghy races in many fishing communities.
29 30 16th Firecracker 500 Race & Chili Cook-Off, Tortola. WEYC
29 10 July Vincy Mas (St. Vincent Carnival). www.svgtourism.com
30 FULL MOON ("blue moon": the second full moon this month)
30 Green Island Weekend. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC), tel/fax (268) 460-1799,
yachtclub@candw.ag, www.antiguayachtclub.com
TBA Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta, Barbados.
TBA 20th Annual Aruba Hi-Winds Amateur World Windsurfing Challenge.
TBA Bequia Carnival. www.bequiatourism.com
TBA 11th Angola Construction Sailing Competition, Bonaire.

All information was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time this issue of
Compass went to press but plans change, so please contact event organizers
directly for confirmation.

If you would like a nautical or tourism event listed FREE in our calendar,
please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name and
contact information of the organizing body to:
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