Title: Caribbean Compass
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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: September 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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SEPTEMBER 2007 NO. 144

Carriacou Regatta Fes
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New Rules for Yachts in CARICOM
Yachts traveling from country to country within much of the English-speaking
Eastern Caribbean are looking at more paperwork.
Legislation has been passed which requires all air and sea carriers to submit passen-
ger information in advance when arriving at, and departing from, each of ten
Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM) member states. Participating CARICOM
member states are Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica,
Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and
Guyana. These countries are collectively known as a "Single Domestic Space" (SDS).
Compass is informed that the term "sea carriers" includes both private and
charter yachts.
To comply with the new regulation, you fill out a form (available by registering at
www.caricomeapis.org) which asks for information such as passengers' names,
nationalities and passport numbers, and the vessel's dates and times of departure
and arrival.
There are three ways the form can be submitted:
* By sending as an e-mail attachment to maritime@impacsjrcc.org
* By filling it in on-line
* By faxing it to (246) 228-4040.
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no later than 24 hours before arrival.
When departing from the SDS to a port outside of the SDS, the form must be submit-
ted no later than 15 minutes after departure.
When traveling between countries within the SDS, the form must be submitted no
later than one hour before departure.
For more information contact Diane Hazzard at (246) 429-7931 or
diane. hazzardimpacsjrcc, org.
The Dean Report
Hurricane Dean swept through the channel between the islands of St. Lucia and
Martinique on August 17th as a Category 2 storm. According to the US National
Hurricane Center, at 5:00AM local time the center of Hurricane Dean was located
near latitude 14.3 north, longitude 60.9 west. Madmum sustained winds were near
87 knots with higher gusts.
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Usually unrffled, the sea offTapion Point on St. Lucia's northwest coast was
whipped into breakers by hurricane force winds extending some 25 miles from
Hurricane Dean's eye

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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

Nice Nevis!
Tropical trail treks.................24
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Carib Canoe Trip
Gli Gli in the Leewards.............6

Trinidad & Tobago
'We're glad we came!'.............21

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What's a 'CUC'?
Cuba's Unique Cruising.........22

Port Antonio
Jamaican jaunt base.............26

Injury at Sea
And a silver lining ...............34


Business Briefs.....................9.
Regatta News....................... 1
Meridian Passage ..............19
Destinations .........................21
All Ashore............................24
Sailors' Horoscope ..............30
Island Poets ..........................30

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Tel: (784) 457-3409, Fax: (784) 457-3410,
Editor. ................................... Sally Erdle
Assistant Editor ...................Elaine Ollivierre
Advertising & Distribution ........Tom Hopman
Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
Accounting ............................Debra Davis
Compass Agents by Island:

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Cruising Crossword ...............31
Dolly's Deep Secrets.............32
Book Reviews.................32, 33
Cooking with Cruisers...........39
Readers' Forum ...................42
Classified Ads......................44
Advertisers' Index ...............44
Calendar.............................. 46

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Frc... I I:,. ,-,,:1.i- :'~I :I cker reports that although some buildings were dam-
aged and trees toppled, and the island suffered considerable losses to banana
and sugarcane crops, the yachting sector fared relatively well. Her own Sea
Services chandlery in Fort de France was unharmed, and Ciarla says, "Annie Zaghes
of the Ponton du Bakoua marina in Trois Ilets reports no infrastructure damage. The
Ponton is up and running, as are the restaurant and the mooring buoy system.
Owners of boats in front of the Ponton had moved them to safe hurricane holes
and Mme. Zaghes has not heard of any damage to them."
Ciarla also spoke with manager Eric Jean-Joseph of Marin Yacht Harbor on the
island's south coast. "Eric reports that the marina at Marin suffered absolutely no
important damage, and all the boats moored correctly within the marina were
unharmed. All the marina docks held and marina buildings resisted the wind. The
various services of Marin village were, for the most part, also saved from destruction.
"However, about 30 boats anchored out in the Bay of Marin were swept away, and
four sank. Eric notes that owners who had problems with their boats after the pas-
sage of Hurricane Dean are owners who did not adequately prepare their boats.
The worst of it is that these owners, by their negligence, have caused damage to
other yachts which would otherwise have had no problems."
From St. Lucia, Lee Kessell reports that at the popular anchorage of Pigeon Island,
the shorelines on both sides of the causeway were battered, with the bay side
being eaten away by many feet. The jetty was severely damaged, and some dam-
age was done to virtually all of the National Park structures. The Park will re-open
slowly as areas are restored. The new dock at nearby Gros Ilet village lost its wood-
en planking. However, it was reported that the dock had been designed to lose its
planking before the stress of the waves could damage the concrete structure, and
restoring the planking is a simple job.
Also in St. Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina manager Cuthbert Didier reports that the marina,
located inside a lagoon, "stood up to the onslaught, successfully sheltering more than
200 yachts." Cuthbert said the marina had put its own emergency plan successfully
into effect. "We were able to allow each vessel to tie up in a double slip so Rodney
Bay Marina was able to berth 115 vessels in slips, and another 95 on dry dock. We
kicked in our emergency plan and everything worked -there was no damage to
the facility." Cuthbert complimented all the staff, dock attendants, security and boat-
yard staff for their work in ensuring that each vessel was properly secured. He said:
"Rodney Bay Marina markets itself as safe and secure and our staff has lived up to this
promise in this storm. We have braved several storms in the past and our track record
proves that we are in fact a safe haven for yachts in times of a storm."
Cuthbert raised the matter of re-insurers who were reluctant to cover yachts berthed
in this part of the Caribbean. He said: "We run a marina that is ideally located and
while people are quick to say that we are in the hurricane belt, we have proven that
we can survive very bad weather. We have also proved that the decision of re-
insurers against covering yachts in the south of the Caribbean is misguided."
In Castries Harbour, a fishing boat was washed up onto the road and against the mar-
ket steps, and a small old iron ship was washed onto the rocks along the shore near the
Customs shed. Lee Kessell echoes Eric Jean-Joseph's sentiments: "The owners of derelict
vessels should be liable for the damage they cause." She also says, "Since the man-
groves and reefs of Pointe Seraphine were destroyed and given over to the building of
the large shopping complex, complete with its breakwater, the Petit Carenage (Vigie
Creek) has suffered grievously. The storm surge sweeps unmolested right through to the
wharves and docks and whereas the mangroves absorbed the onslaught, the break-
water now whips the waves right into the Carenage. The Coalpot Restaurant, recently
closed for two months for a remake, is now destroyed, and the docks along with it."
The inner part of Marigot Bay on the west coast of St. Lucia lived up to its reputation
as a hurricane hole. The southern edge of the eye of Hurricane Dean hit Marigot at
4:00AM, with winds gusting to 75 knots from the southwest and five-metre breaking
seas sweeping into the outer part of the Bay. In the inner bay, The Marina at
Marigot Bay and the mangroves were packed with yachts seeking shelter. Molly
McDaniel reports: "No serious damage was caused to any yacht in Marigot Bay
and any minor damage was only caused by inadequately moored boats in the
mangroves. The Marina and Marina Village, Discovery at Marigot Bay, Chateau
Mygo, JJ's Paradise and the Rainforest Hideaway were completely undamaged.
Doolittle's at the Marigot Beach Club lost a jetty and suffered some roof damage
but opened for business as usual on the following evening. The Shack restaurant,
built over the waters of the outer part of the bay, is badly damaged."
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The Marina remains ready should severe weather
threaten the island again.
Farther south in St. Lucia, at the Soufriere Marine
Management Area, manager Kai Wulf reports: "We
lost three yacht moorings during the passage of
Hurricane Dean and the Soufriere Foundation jetty is
damaged. The use of the facility has been prohibited
until further notice. But the waterfront has already
been cleaned up by the fire service and the repair of
the jetty will start soon. A comprehensive assessment
has been scheduled, when we will dive key areas for
potential structural problems and environmental
impacts. However, we don't expect extensive storm-
related destruction, since there was no major wave
action within our area. Generally there has been little
disruption." Lee Kessell adds, "From Marigot south,
scuba diving was not affected to any degree."
Farther still from Dean's eye, Hubert Winston of the
Dominica Marine Center and the Dominica Marine
Association says: "Days before the hurricane was due
to hit the Leeward Islands, yachts were heading south
like crabs heading to their usual hole. For years, it has
been the cardinal rule that boats go south for cover
- without much regard to weather patterns. At the
Dominica Marine Center in Roseau, the last charter
yacht headed south to Martinique after off-loading its
passengers just 24 hours before Dean was due. Most
local boats waited until the last minute, probably
thinking Dean would change course or their boats
would be spared by divine intervention. Due to the
lack of suitable dry dock facilities, haul-out services,
trailers and lift mechanisms, the local port authority
was overwhelmed as these boatowners barraged the
port berth for the use of its crane, almost all at the
same time."
Meanwhile, at Portsmouth in the northern part of
Dominica, boats ranging from small wooden water
taxis to cargo vessels measuring up to 130 feet shel-
tered in the mouth of the Indian River, the deepest
river in the country. However, Hubert reports that a
new bridge planned to replace the old one over the
Indian River will not provide adequate clearance for
many vessels to reach safety.
Hubert notes that "the Dominica Marine Association is
working with all stakeholders in trying to create solu-

tions for local boat problems during hurricane season,
and also on making Dominica one of the Caribbean's
hottest spots for yachties." Plans are being made for a
marina in Dominica's Cabrits National Park that will
accommodate yachts up to 130 feet with modern
amenities and facilities.
From Guadeloupe, yacht rally organizer St6phane
Legendre reports little effect from the storm, which
brought a maximum wind of 45 knots. He notes that
some beaches and seaside restaurants suffered,
but Marina Bas du Fort at Pointe-d-Pitre was com-
pletely unaffected. He adds a navigation note:
"Caution should be observed at Ilet Gosier anchor-
age as a small wreck moved from one side of the
mooring to the other, losing its superstructure in the
process. The wreck is very visible on the west side of
the islet on a sand bank. The superstructure is lying
one foot underwater, close to the islet pontoon -
so watch out!"
And although Hurricane Dean passed just south of
Jamaica on its westward track across the Caribbean
Sea, Christine Downer of the Errol Flynn Marina at Port
Antonio on the island's northeast coast reports: "The
Errol Flynn Marina suffered no damage to its marina or
boatyard facilities. There were a number of vessels in
our wet slips and also on dry dock and there was no
damage to any of these boats. Port Antonio and Errol
Flynn Marina and Boatyard stand ready to accommo-
date yachts, and supply fuel and boatyard services
as usual."
Mexican Tall Ship Bound for Curagao
On invitation from the Curacao Sail Foundation, the
Mexican sail-training ship ARM Cuauhtemoc will visit
Curacao from October 13th to 18th.
For more information contact ceo@curacaosail com.
Excuse Us, We're Lost
The photo caption on page 24 of the August issue of
Compass should have read "Bocas del Toro", not
"Bocas del Rio". Apologies for any confusion caused.
Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome aboard new
advertiser Sea and Sail of Guadeloupe, page 47.
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Boats Found Adrift
On August 20th, the catamaran S/V Kit-is (see photo)
was found approximately 51 nautical miles west of
Dominica by the oil tanker Goodrich Bay and towed

Dismasted but afloat, this cat was found adnft three
days after Hurricane Dean passed through the
St. Lucia Channel

to Point Lisas, Trinidad. It seems to have been dam-
aged by Hurricane Dean. Ship's papers in French were
found on board but the owner's name is indiscernible.
Anyone with knowledge of this yacht or its owners is
asked to contact the Caribbean Marine Association
at info@caribbeanmarineassociaiion. com
or (868) 634-4938
Also, a white 27-foot Albin Vega named Lorelei was
found adrift off the south side of St. John, US Virgin
Islands, on August 22nd. The sloop's anchor was
down, and a French passport in the name of Jacky
Millet was found aboard.
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runk of -. -.;I-;-; t;--- 1997 she sailed
with ten Carib I... ...... Carib Territory
down the Windward Islands chain, through the
Orinoco Delta and into the river systems of northwest
Guyana. A~m p-n'rinn (-i Gliwon that voyage was
Carmela, i i I i ....... .built trading schooner,
which carried a multinational film and support crew.
One of the main purposes of that expedition was to
create awareness of the current status of the Carib
people. Expedition members researched the surviving
customs, language and material culture of the Caribs
in their original homelands.
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Caribs from Dominica and accompanied by the support
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bers as well as an opportunity to generate awareness
ofi ...I ,i ... ... ..i... during the year, Gi Gl got
a I .11 ,,i, ,, ... i i. the local media and the
yachting community. It was the first time a truly
indigenous Caribbean boat had participated in the
ClassicY 1.1 II 1.. .. i I a lot of heads
turning. ... i , i . design sailing
amongst the most glamorous classic yachts in the
world, gave her Carib crew great pride and the fellow

others who did so much to make Antigua a perfect
starting point for our expedition.
On May 6th we sailed out of Nelson's Dockyard
accompanied by the topsail schooner Fiddler's Green,
owned and ... 1 by Captain Doug Watson of
Australia. L I i..i sail and with light winds on our
stern we set our course for Nevis.
On arrival in Nevis our host, John Guilbert from the
Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, and a thick
crowd had gathered on the Charlestown waterfront.
Within minutes it seemed, we were at the Nevis muse
um, being officially greeted by the Hon. Minister
Hensley Daniel. We then gave the first of our present
stations in the packed courtyard.
We showed the BBC film of our first expedition and
the Gli Gli band performed traditional Carib music.

Under the masterful leadership of Paulinus
Frederick, the chief spokesperson and musician of
the expedition, speeches on Carib culture and lively
drumming performances were to become a major fea
ture of our trip.
Th "nr--itvf of the people of Nevis was over
I- i ....... I ... the Nevis Tourist Board to Teach, the
Carib taxi driver, and the Yearwood family of Oualie
Beach Resort: we were given everything from a free
lunch to island tours and resort accommodation. On
leaving we were very happy to give our hard-working
host John Guilbert a sail to St. Kitts -starting some
thing of a tradition on the trip of taking our hosts with
us to the next island!
St. Kitts
Once again blessed by good sailing conditions, we sailed
into Port Zante marina to the delight of a massive crowd


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participants a positive insight into an aspect of of excited school children, the public and the press. Our
Caribbean culture most barely knew existed. generous host here was Hazel Brooks from the St.
The Gi Gi crew gave a musical performance in front I i ii,,i. 1 I iii,,,, 1 1,.,
of the Admiral's Inn as a tribute to the late Desmond .,,.,,.,,, 11,.,,, .1, ,, 11i ii i i
Nicholson, who had spent much of his life researching I ii i i ,i ,1 11 1,
the pre-Columbian peoples of Antigua. His daughter, media. That first evening Paulinus spoke outside the
Nancy, was Gli Gi's special host, and we give our museum and the GUI i I, i,,, .... I ,,,. crowd
thanks to her as well as the Antigua National Trust, that was intrigued to ... -
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by Aragorn Dick-Read


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Kalinago Caribs play an important part in the his
torical lore of St. Kitts, though sadly most noted for
their last stand against British and French invaders
and their final massacre at Bloody Point. It was here
we were taken the next day by a very interesting
Kittitian of old European descent, Greg Pereira. Greg


Gli Gli's arrival in St. Kitts, where Kalinago Carib lore
plays an important part in local history

has a lifelong passion for the pre-Columbian history of
his island and has made a business sharing that
knowledge as a tour company owner. At Bloody Point
we were met by a large group of school children and
their teachers, who accompanied us on the walk to
Bloody River to see the site of the massacre and the
S 1 1 .. 1 on the cliffs. This was a
S i e in the group. John
.. . I i .r, led a ritual of
remembrance for I' I. 1 .. ... by singing the
ancient Carib spirit-calling songs. We also took the
opportunity to hold a minute's silence in honour of
Prince Hamlet, one of the key men on the 1997 Gli Gi
expedition, who passed away three years ago.
We left Bloody River to visit the old British fortress
at Brimstone Hill where, in one of the store rooms,
Paulinus discovered the bones of some of the victims
of the Bloody River massacre packed up in cardboard
boxes. We all gathered around to contemplate this
physical encounter with the remains of the souls we
had just been with. .- -... ..... I -i, k tobe
holding the skulls o: ,. I. I I. i** before.
Paulinus made a pledge to ensure that the authorities
of St. Kitts show due respect to his ancestors and
rebury their remains in a monument to their honor.
St. Kitts was a powerful experience for the Gli Gli
crew. We were sorry to have to leave so soon, but we
made sure we took our host Hazel for a sail in the har
bour and Greg a passage to Nevis, where we prepared
for the crossing to St. Barths.

St. Barths
The St. Barths -r-.71n: began with fair breeze. We
had an enlarged :i i. 1. .3 three yachts from Antigua
had caught up with us: Rush, Jadie and Cooie. This
-mera crew the first opportunities to shoot
... I riddler's Green sailing together.
We were alsc 1 1 f the extra safety boats, had we
needed them. I' most dangerous point of sail is
dead downwind in rolling seas and as we lost sight of
St. Kitts in the Sahara haze the swells started to pick
up, nearly swamping us a couple of times. Etiene
"Chalo" Charles, builder and captain of Gli Gli, called
for shortened sail, so we dropped the sprit and retied
the upper clew three feet lower down on the bamboo.
We haven't reduced sail in this way before; normally
we take out the sprit completely and sail with a fold
ed lateen rig. However it worked very well to reduce
the roll of the canoe as we slid down the swells, allow
ing us to continue safely through the afternoon heat
to St. Barths.
Having waited a while at the eastern tip of the island

for Fiddler's to catch up and deliver the drums and
cameraman, we made our way into Gustavia. We were
greeted by i. . .... ... 1.... 1 se to the
elite of St. I .. I.- ... i.. i . .. I i .. I- Lou Lou
and Jenny Magras, our very gracious host Daniel
Blanchard (an ex-mayor, now in charge of Club
UNESCO), Raymond, Lou Lou's brother (another ex
mayor), and the current mayor, Bruno Magras, and
his deputy Yves Greaux. A bond of language was
immediately made between the Carib crew and our
hosts, who all spoke the same Creole French.
The Gli Gli crew was given very special treatment by
Club UNESCO. We were accommodated in the munic
ipal lodge, used for visiting sports teams, and we were
provided with a mini-van. Our cultural expedition
turned into something of i i, 1. ..- ;i f;
a few days, a big change :. ,,, I, ,, i ..
and hammock-and-mat sleeping routine aboard
Fddler's Green.
The pre Columbian heritage of St. Barths is some
what lost in the cosmopolitan luxuries of this once
tranquil island. Aside from historical records of the
first settlers being forced off the island by Carib war
riors and the few artifacts in the museum, there is lit
tle evidence of Carib culture, except, as we discovered,
that the traditional fishing boats of St. Barths were
once dugout sailing canoes.
For an island with no trees to speak of this was a
strange choice of vessel. We learned from Daniel and
his cousin Edouard, the pirogue, or dugout, hulls were
S. .. 1. from Guadeloupe or Dominica and then
i .-1.. I.. I ..I fishing boats on St. Barths by the appli
cation of frames and boardage to raise the freeboard.
By co-incidence, before Daniel knew anything about
Gli Gli's intention to visit St. Barths, he and his cousin
had ordered the building of one of these boats. They
had contacted Prosper Paris in the Carib Territory of
Dominica and commissioned an 18-fc t i- i; t 1
made. Prosper gave the job to Chalo, .. ., i, ,
Before we arrived, Chalo had finished his work and
shipped the hull to St. Barths, where we met it set up
and being worked on in Edouard's workshop. They
were very excited to have the two master canoe
builders of the Caribs and their apprentice sons come
to view the work. It was very interesting to see a canoe
being made in a neat workshop with all available tools;
you could see Chalo and Papa Merlin's eyes light up at
the sight of it.
The next day we went up into the bush at la Grand
Fond, to cut some poywe (white cedar) ribs to attach
the boardage. The moon was good and the chain-saw
working. It was fun to go "en bois" again with the Gli
Gli canoe-buildi.r- t- ;1- ---ti ir new friend,
looking for the : .. -h1. i I I .... I the job.
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After taking our hosts for a sail on Gli Gli, we had to
move on. There was a strong wind and rolling sea, so

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after a short stop at the dry and rocky Isle de Fourche,
we reduced Gli Gli's sail to a lateen and flew the 15
miles downwind into Philipsburg, St. Maarten, catch
ing a good sized tuna en route.
St. Maarten was fully awakened to the Gli Gli visit.
Our hosts, the St. Maarten Heritage Society, run by
Elsje Bosche, assisted by our friend Zdenka Kiric, had
spread the word and when we arrived to show our film
and perform some Carib music at the public library it
was standing room only. We are grateful to Ans Koolen,
who runs the library, for setting up this opportunity.
Many friends and family members of the crew, some
long lost, came out to see Gli Gli and give their support
to our mission. Being a regional economic centre, St.
Maarten has attracted many Kalinago Carib people
from Dominica, who came in search of work. Some of
them, under the leadership of Lindo Frederick, have
come together to form tli I. .i, 1.,,, ,I Group,
which raises money and .....-- I .... back in
the Carib Territory .
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to Anguilla's 'pre-Columbian cathedral' cave

great addition. What was to be a short trip around the
western tip of Anguilla and up the north side to Sandy
Ground turned 'it 1 1- .y's sail, delayed by a pic
nic lunch at one I .,,, 1 irresistible sandy coves,
and extended by a +-in? br-ze and an up-wind haul
to the bay. By late 11 ... .. still making long tacks
across the sound, we got the message on the radio
from our host, Damien Hughes, that the welcoming
crowd v II,,,. patientn. It was only when we got
within -..11 I i', beach that we quite understood
what he had meant by crowd -1,500 boat-loving
people of Anguilla had turned out and Gli Gli was
hauled up the beach by a hundred hands. It was an
overwhelming response that goes down in Gli Gli's his
tory as the mother of all welcomes!
The Anguillian people blessed us with shore-side
accommodation right behind the beach. Sydans guest
house donated two rooms, and former prime minister Sir
Emile Gumbs, who lives next door as his family has done
. gaveus .. i i i i ,
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up on the beach to be admired by the population.
Our next few days and nights were something close
to a fully fledged rock star tour, which doubled as an
intense Carib culture educational road show. One of
our first invitations was from Bankie Banks,

Continuedfrom previous page
Elsje Bosch, 1 ... behind the H it.: -- iety,
has created a -' i i museum full I ., We
had lunch there with various officials and the
International Association of Caribbean Archaeology's
Jay Haviser; acting Lt. Governor Mathias Voges
dropped by. An interesting debate ensued about pre
Columbian canoes and whether or not sails were in
use before Europeans arrived. No hard evidence has
been found of an ancient sail, possibly because sails
are usually made from -. t 1 .i t -i.1 For me,
the lack of evidence dc .. I ,'I II 11 IDssibility
that some form of sail was used before 1492. Trying to
paddle a canoe the size of Gli Gli, or bigger, in the
swells of the Caribbean Sea is no easy task. Chalo
firmly believes his ancestors used a sail of sorts. He
concedes that Gli Gli's sprit rig is quite possibly influ
enced by the early French Breton sail type, but it
could well be a modification of a pre-Columbian
design. The debate is on-going.
The museum has a steady contact with the Carib ter
ritory as Elsje buys crafts from there to sell in the shop.
At some point she had ordered a four-foot model pirogue
to be made for the museum's Carib display. Chalo spot
ted the canoe and recognized his own handiwork!
A gentle sail down the coast to Simpson Bay took us
to the beach bar Picante for another dinner and musi
cal event. The next day, after rowing under the bridge
and 1 --ii. 1 .il across the flat waters of the lagoon
we I i ,.,, i' side of the island and entered the
French side, where we were glad to use a free night to
relax and prepare for our next leg to Anguilla.
Our flotilla increased yet again at this point, with the
addition of Breath, captained by my good friend Peter
Muilenburg from St. John in the Virgin Islands. With
classic lines and rig, his home-built double-ender was
a good visual companion to Fiddler's Green. Peter has
been writing about the Caribbean for years and was
commissioned to write an article for Caribbean Travel
and Life on Gli Gli's voyage.
Our sail to the flat island of Anguilla was picture
perfect with smooth seas and an easy breeze. We invit
ed Zdenka to join us, and her sailing skills were a

Anguilla's international reggae star. We spent a great
evening out at his driftwood palace, "The Dune
Reserve", feasting and sharing musical inspiration.
Our official host .....".. ii..i arranged our stay
down to the last i I .i ii.. I- i vo days we under
took a tour of almost every school in Anguilla. At each
stop, under the now expert leadership of Paulinus, we
gave the children a brief talk about Carib history and
culture, followed by a musical performance. The
response was astounding; aside from intelligent ques
tions and genuine interest in the Carib legacy, the
children (sometimes to the dismay of their teachers)
went wild at the sound of the Carib music.
We managed to squeeze in a press session at the
National Trust office that soon turned into :- .1 i:
cussion about the pre-Columbian history ci 11'
Later we attended a workshop on Carib craft, tradition
al drumming and cassava bread at Ijahnya's cultural
centre. Ijahnya is a culture-woman in the Rasta tradi
tion, who has built a space for all people to come and
share and learn. Here the afternoon. ..t t 1.
groups of school children various i i, i i
al Carib culture, including basket-making, calabash
carving, drumming, and, working with a lively 85-year
old Anguillian lady called Ruby Read, baking cassava
bread. It was a wonderful afternoon that illustrated how
many aspects of what we call Caribbean Culture are
directly inherited from the pre-Columbian inhabitants.
The people's enthusiasm for the Gli Gli expedition
was one thing, but the real highlight of our visit to
Anguilla took place out of sight of the public, in a
sacred cave that has been closed to visitors since it
became recognized as a major archaeological site 20
years ago. The Fountain can be described as a pre
Columbian cathedral, a cave 60 feet underground that
houses i. 1 i 1.. ... 1 'arvings of the complete pan
then o: I. ... .... i.... gods as well as a spring of
crystal clear water. Archaeologists rank this site as
one of the most important cave sites in the Caribbean
and the evidence found inside it suggests that it was a
major ceremonial centre. Shards of pottery from as far
away as South and Central America have been found
inside, :.. i. .1,,. i, i. ,1 'as an important shrine for
traveler- i. ... 11.. ...i. .. the region. We were hon
ored to have been allowed into the cave by the Anguilla
National Trust and hope that our visit will help the
Anguillians' bid to get it recognized as a World
Heritage Site.
The Anguillian people's love of wooden boats made
us feel very much at home. Evenings like the one
spent at Laurie Gumbs' bar, The Pump House, made
leaving Anguilla hard.
We decided to change our sailing plan to the BVI.
Instead of crossing the Anegada passage in one long
run, we plotted a course for Sombrero, a tiny rock a
little north of the rhumb-line. Sir Emile knows more
about this desolate rock than anyone. Having been the
owner of the schooner Warspite that once supplied the
lighthouse keepers, he had many tales to tell of visit
ing in all conditions. His advice to us was "Go! The
seas are flat and the forecast says no wind; you don't
get many opportunities like that in a year to visit
Sombrero." So we slid out of Sandy Ground with a
light breeze coming from the southwest, Fiddler's
Green captained by Sir Emile for old times' sake. As we
reach i i. Land, the Gumbs family departed in
their -i I .1 The wind dropped to nothing and so
we unstepped Gli Gli's mast and Fiddler's Green towed
her the 20 miles to Sombrero through a flat glistening
sea and schools of dolphins.
Sombrero is a sheer, rocky outcrop not more than
400 metres long and 100 metres wide, alive with birds
and sea life. The whole flotilla managed to tie to the
rocks surrounding the tiny inlet by the island's land
ing ladder. Our team dispersed for a day to wander the
island, explore the abandoned lighthouse, fish, eat
and laze around. After the previous 20 days of high
profile presentations throughout the Leeward Islands,
being in an empty space, a total cultural void, where
we could immerse ourselves in pure nature, was a
needed psychological relief.
Two hours ahead of schedule nature told us clearly
when it was time to leave. A north swell came in with
little warning and our lines began to strain danger
ously. The conch shell was blown and within ten min-
utes Fiddler's Green and Gli Gli pulled out of the rocky
hole under power. There was still no wind, so after
much planning and anticipation fo. ... 1 ... -1 cross
ing under sail, it turned out that i, i, .- I ) make
the rest of the Anegada under tow. This was
something of a let-dowr. I 1' core sailors of the
Carib crew, but a chance for all to wind down and pre
pare for the end of our voyage.
The welcome in the BVI was intentionally low key.
Family and friends gathered in Trellis Bay for a
relaxed dinner and an impromptu slide show of our
adventure. The Kalinago spirit was celebrated
amongst ourselves with drumming and singing
around the fire. Gli Gli was back on the beach in its
palm-shaded boat house and Fiddler's Green sat
lighter in the water, as all the equipment and i ;i
team were removed to our beach camp. The '
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Turbulence Ltd, Grenada announces the opening this
month of a new Turbulence sail loft at Grenada
Marine, St. David's Harbour, in addition to their existing

loft at Spice Island Marine Services at Prickly Bay. The
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Genoas and mainsails for boats up to 45 feet can be
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As the agent for Doyle's Sails in Grenada, Turbulence
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MYBA Acquires St. Maarten Charter Show
The Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA)
has acquired the St. Maarten Charter Yacht
Exhibition. MYBA is a trade association founded in
1984 by a group of prominent yacht brokers with the
aim of promoting standards of professionalism and
ethics in the yachting industry.
The acquisition of the Sint Maarten exhibition will allow
MYBA to offer charter brokers a winter charter show
run specifically with their best interests in mind, as well
as those of their fleets' owners, captains and crews.
The show, which will continue to be managed on
behalf of MYBA by the St. Maarten Marine Trades
Association (SMMTA), will now be known as the MYBA
St. Maarten Charter Show. The first show under the
new arrangement will take place in Sint Maarten from
the 3rd through 7th of December, 2007. Registration
will be open for all qualified brokers, yachts, press,
and exhibitors at the new show website:
Both the MYBA and the SMMTA are committed to
bringing the same standards and quality which has
become synonymous with the MYBA sister show in
Genoa while at the same time preserving the
Caribbean flair of Sint Maarten.

New Luxury Marina Complex for Anguilla
Island Global Yachting (IGY) held a groundbreaking
ceremony on July 9th to announce their selection as
the master developer and operator of a new luxury
five-star marina and upland facility at Altamer Resort
on Anguilla.
The development, which will serve as the official port
of entry to Anguilla, will feature a 101-slip marina of
which 30 percent of the berths will accommodate
megayachts. Additionally, the complex will include
740,000 square feet of upland space which is currently
slated for a 164-unit resort plus a duty-free shopping
and restaurant promenade. Scheduled to open in
late 2009, the project is a partnership between IGY
and Altamer Resort owners Michael and Rebecca
Eggleton, and will be the first marina built on Anguilla.

For more information visit www.igymarinas com.

The Moorings Expands Tortola Base
The Moorings yacht charter company announced that
construction has commenced on a USS10-plus million
project which will enhance its flagship base in Road
Town, Tortola. The Moorings' new village will be locat-
ed on the southern end of the current property, which
is being extended. The complex is designed to take
advantage of the ocean views, with an open plaza
for retail shops and concierge-style customer service.
There will be a new customer reception area and
lounge with wi-fi service, multimedia-equipped briefing
area, club-style shower facility, over-the-water gazebo
bar and restaurant, a new conference area and new
oceanfront hotel suites. The new retail shops will open
onto an outdoor dining plaza overlooking the harbor.
As part of this expansion, a new breakwater will be
built to provide additional slip space and the new
waterfront area on the main harbor. The new docks
and jetty will allow for additional dockage of
approximately 120 yachts and provide easier access
for the beamier designs of the new monohulls and
continually expanding fleet of catamarans. The envi-
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with multiple channels to increase the natural sea-
water flow into the harbor. Natural circulation will fur-
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existing water from the harbor entrance into the
innermost portion of the harbor, with filtration to
enhance its quality.
"The Moorings is proud to unveil this project which will
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The construction is expected to be completed during
early 2008. The existing hotel, pool, restaurant and bar
along with the dockside amenities continue to remain
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southwestern shores of St. George's Lagoon. Port Louis
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on coral reefs at a Ridge to Reef Watershed Training Camp, hosted by the Forestry
Department at their rainforest camp near Micoud. The students braved intense rain
storms to learn the connections between the rainforest and the coral reefs, and how
land-based activities can affect the sea.
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going onto our reefs?" The students' creativity was evident as they suggested ways to

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camp talent show, the students dramatized different ways to protect the water.
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environmental education and watershed improvement techniques they received
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based environmental training organization and Dr. Padgett Kelly, professor of envi
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St6phane Legendre reports: A new sailing activity has
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asts during the summer when major regattas are over.
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and the restaurant Le Plaisancier have initiated the
July Radio Controlled Lasers regatta series at Bas du
Fort marina at Pointe-a-Pitre.
For the inaugural race series, held July 4 to 25, a
space was cleared close to the restaurant area of the
marina for spectators to attend. Four very official
races included judges and security on the water.
Races started at 7:00PM and ended around 9:00 or
10:00PM. The evenings did not end there, though -
sometimes race-goers were at Le Plaisancier until 4
o'clock the next morning!
This year's series winner is St6phane Squarcioni from
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St. Lucia Juniors' Season Wrap-Up
Ted Bull reports:
July 6th saw the St. Lucia Yacht Club junior sailing pro-
gramme's 2007 end-of-season fun day, with sailing,
swimming and shoreside team events.
During the season these youngsters attended regular
sail-training sessions, starting with the very basics, pro-
gressing through various stages of instruction, and final-
ly sailing solo in Optimist dinghies. From there they took
advanced instruction in safety, boat maintenance, first
aid and finally the art of racing. At age 15, the young
sailors progress to the Olympic class Laser dinghy.
The all-day, season's-end celebration was organized

by coach Benjamin Todd, junior sailing events admin-
istrator Lily Bergasse, and assistants Jennifer
Spiegelberg, Sue Milner and Ulrich Meixner.
Twenty-five young sailors were on the water and later

received recognition for their achievements over the
period. The Chris Renwick Laser Championship Trophy
went to Dominic Lovell, with Luis Meixner in second
place and Fredrick Sweeney third. The Home Services
Optimist Championship Trophy was won by Raina
Bergasse, followed by Stephanie Lovell and Marcus
Sweeney. The Red Team, captain Luis Meixner, won
the team event. Special Achievement Awards went
to Sophia Spiegelberg, Most Determined; Mateo
Heinemann, Most Enthusiastic; and Dario Daniel, Most
Improved. Merit Certificates were received by Dylan
Charles, Andre Felix, Marion Bardies, Luc Chevrier and
Mark Spurway.
Caribbean Kids Sail Internationally
Some of the Eastern Caribbean's talented and hard-
working junior sailors are gaining world-class racing
experience at major international youth regattas.
Trinidad & Tobago sent five young sailors to the Laser
Radial Youth Worlds, held in the Netherlands. As this
issue of Compass goes to press, after five races with
one discard, Andrew Lewis is in 34th place out of 205
sailors; Stuart Leighton is 98th, Alistair Affoo 175th,
James Leighton 181st and Matthew Scott 198th.
Reports say that the North Sea's big waves and strong
currents are providing a real challenge to those
accustomed to Caribbean conditions.
Meanwhile, St. Lucian youth sailors Fredrick Sweeney
and Luis Meixner have set their sights on the 2012
Olympics. In preparation, Fredrick competed in the
2007 North American Laser Championships, where he
sailed a Laser Radial among the 58 competitors form-
ing the Silver Fleet, earning a very creditable 14th
place. As this issue of Compass goes to press, Luis is in
Canada, racing a Laser Standard at the 2007 Volvo
World Youth Championships.
Trinidad's Southern Caribbean Regatta
The Guardian Holdings Group will again sponsor the
Southern Caribbean Invitational Regatta, held in the
waters of Chaguaramas, Trinidad. This year's dates

are December 27th through 30th.
The organizing authority is the Trinidad & Tobago
Sailing Association. Classes include Optimist (two age
groups), Laser Standard, Laser Radial, MR 15 (a two-


man dinghy with asymmetrical spinnaker) and SR Max
(a three-man keelboat with spinnaker). Boats will be
available for charter.
Pre-registration begins this month, and is on a "first
come, first served" basis. Complete registration takes
place on Thursday 27th December from 9:00AM. Off-
island participants ask about the interesting option
of staying with a local sailing family!
For more information visit www. ttsailing. org.
Register Online for St. Maarten Classic
Online registration for the St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic
Yacht Regatta, to be held the third week of January
2008, is now open at www.ClassicRegatta.com.
Regatta entry fees have been set at US$4 per foot if the
registration is received on line. Registration in St.Maarten
on the day before the start will cost US $6 per foot.
Organizers hope to attract over 30 classic yachts to the
event. The St.Barth's-based Lone Fox, captained by Ira
Epstein, has already been registered on line for the
2008 event. Lone Fox, a 65-foot ketch, was built in 1957
for Colonel Whitbread of Whitbread Breweries, the orig-
inal sponsor of the Whitbread Round The World Race.
2008 Yacht Rallies Announced
Want to sail in company with like-minded boaters to
Trinidad for carnival next year? The third annual Route
du Carnival rally will gather at Port du Marin,
Martinique, on January 26th, 2008, enjoying two free
nights at the marina. Rally participants will then sail to
the Grenadines for an overnight stop in Bequia and
two nights in the Tobago Cays, before sailing on to
Trinidad where special arrangements are made to
see "the greatest show on earth".
Or, if you'd like to join a rally heading to Cuba, the
9th edition of the popular Transcaraibes will depart in
late March 2008, from Marina Bas du Fort,
Guadeloupe, bound for Santiago de Cuba with fun-
filled stops in St. Martin, the BVI, and the
Dominican Republic.
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: : i, i :., :., :,,,, 3l and the Transcaraibes are
organized by Club Transcaraibes. The organizer
speaks French and English.
For more information visit www.transcaraibes com.

Rolex 2008 to Offer IRC Division
For the 35th annual running of the International Rolex
Regatta in March 2008, St. Thomas Yacht Club, USVI,
will welcome yachts sailing under the IRC rating rule
as well as those sailing under the CSA rating rule. The
move a first for the Rolex and possibly setting a
trend for other Caribbean regattas is intended to
make it hassle-free for racing sailboats from the United
States and Europe to compete. IRC is the only rule
endorsed by ISAF (the International Sailing Federation)
as an international rating rule and accepted through-
out the world.
"With the majority of new racing sailboats being
designed to IRC, it makes sense to allow them the
chance to race under the IRC rule in one of the
world's best venues," said Regatta Co-Director John
Sweeney. "We aren't abandoning CSA; we are simply
offering options to the sailors, and with that, encour-
aging a larger international fleet." Sweeney further
explained that CSA certificate holders are eligible to
obtain an IRC rating as well. "We encourage owners
to investigate the requirements, and local measurers
can assist in the process," he said.
"With this development, we expect to see competi-
tive racing under both rules and a growing potential
for IRC throughout the Caribbean," said US-IRC
Executive Director John Mendez, adding that the
event will again be part of the US-IRC Gulf Stream
Series. "Yachts that are from the US and already have
their certificates can easily join the regatta; I view it
like a passport that travels with you wherever you wish
to sail."
The three-day International Rolex Regatta, scheduled
for March 28th through 30th, 2008, is an annual
favorite on the Caribbean racing calendar, catering
not only to handicap yachts but also to one-design
sailboats of at least 24 feet and beach cats.
For more information on the US-IRC and CSA, visit
www us-irc.org and www.caribbean-sailing.com. For
information on the International Rolex Regatta visit

Fishing Lines
Nikolas Murdjeff of Florida fished last year's Annual

Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament in St. Thomas, USVI,
and caught nothing. Not so this year. The 14-year-old,
who has spent summers with his father in the Virgin
Islands for the past seven years, reeled in a 32.54-

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pound kingfish from aboard a 30-foot Water's Edge
Sports rental boat to win the Largest Kingfish and Best
Junior Male Angler prizes.
Murdjeff pocketed US$2,000 in cash for his Largest
Kingfish, sponsored by N.E.M. (West Indies) Insurance
Limited, managed in the USVI by Red Hook Agencies,
Inc, and also a weekend for two at Divi Carina Bay
Beach Resort & Casino, with airline tickets compli-
ments of Seaborne Airlines, that his father is sure to
enjoy. Murdjeff also won US$250 in cash from Offshore
Marine and Yanmar for his Best Junior Male win.
The Second Largest Kingfish prize went to Ernest
Quetel, Jr., who caught a 29.40-pounder aboard 4Q2.
Quetel won US$750 in cash sponsored by FedEx
Express. Junior angler Peter Turbe, fishing aboard
WETKYAT, reeled in a 29.17-pounder to win the Third
Largest Kingfish cash prize of US$500, sponsored by
Offshore Marine and Yanmar.
With 16 fish caught total, Capt. Howard Griswold
aboard Gone Ketchin, won Best Boat and Best
Captain, and was awarded US$1,000 cash for each
title, from Offshore Marine and Yanmar. Ernest Quetel,
Jr.'s, catch of a total of 76.29 pounds of fish also
earned him Best Male Angler, and a US$500 cash
prize from Offshore Marine and Yanmar.

Marcia Griswold, aboard Gone Ketchin, reeled in a
total of 62.39-pounds to pick up the Best Female
Angler award and a US$500 prize from Red Hook
Agencies. Joanica Aubain caught 18.83 pounds from
aboard Rosaly to win Best Junior Female Angler and
US$250 cash from Offshore Marine and Yanmar.
All 34 registered junior anglers were eligible for a
"Catch In The Hat" award, sponsored by Hull Bay
Hideaway and Dan Perry. The first 16 names drawn
from a hat received US$50 cash and the last two won
US$100 dollars each. All registered junior anglers were
treated to complimentary Island Oasis fruit smoothies.
Each year, the Northside Sportfishing Club makes
donations to community organizations and individu-
als. This year's beneficiaries were The Joseph Sibilly
School, St. Thomas Rescue, the American Red Cross,
Kidscope and the Family Resource Center. The Club
also awarded college scholarships to Shanelle Brin
and Jason A. Brin.

The Marina at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, will be the new
venue for the St. Lucia Game Fishing Association's
annual billfish tournament. The 17th International Bill
Fishing Tournament, to be held September 25 to 29, is
being hosted by the SLGFA in conjunction with the
Marina and Discovery at Marigot Bay, the island's
newest five-star resort and marina village. Traditionally
the tournament has been held at the Rodney Bay
Marina in the north of the island, however organizers
decided to move the event to take advantage of
Marigot Bay's central location and new facilities. Over
100 anglers from throughout the Caribbean and from
the US are expected to take part in the event which
will feature activities on and off the water at
Discovery and neighboring JJ's Paradise, Chateau
Mygo and Doolittles.
The overall winner of the event wins entry into the 2008
Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship and prizes includ-
ing fishing tackle, a 225-horsepower outboard engine
and a tournament trophy. In addition, there is a prize of
a Sports Utility Vehicle for breaking the tournament
record for blue marlin, currently held by Jean-Francois
Fredonic of Martinique who caught a 707-pound fish in
1996. Last year's winner was Hard Play from Trinidad &
Tobago who reeled in a 407-pound blue marlin.
There will be cash prizes for tag-and-release catches
of white marlin, sailfish, long-bill spearfish, swordfish,
mahi-mahi, tuna and wahoo, and prizes for the best
female and junior anglers.
For more information phone Annie Hamu (758) 716-8124.

by Stephane Legendre

more professionally, like the famous Martinique yole
races. The skills of the participants have reached a
very high standard, and the championship is disputed
all year long. New boats are built to improve perform
ances within the rating.
Public attendance is greater every year. The beaches
at starts and finishes are packed with people, which
creates a friendly atmosphere during the summer hol
iday for kids and parents. Tents are installed to serve
food and host sponsors' products.
This year numerous media representatives were
there for the first time, and they followed every race
from beginning to end fitting for a major popular
event, which this race has become.

The Round the Island Race for i .... .i
craft of the French West Indian : -I ., i i i
was held this year from July 13th to 21st.
For the sixth running of this hotly contested event,
the course was different and interesting. A fleet of 35
open boats gathered in Les Saintes archipelago, south
of the butterfly-shaped Guadeloupe, then moved up
the leeward coast of Basse Terre, the butterfly's west
ern wing, for three races before heading to the wind
ward coast of Grande Terre. Eight legs in total were
sailed between Les Saintes and the village of Saint
Francois on Grande Terre's southeast coast. A weath
er forecast predicted a tropical wave to strike right in
the middle of the event, just to make things a bit more
difficult and selective than usual. But an even bigger
selection process t-- :-in:. t- take place along the
windless leeward . .- Terre, where local
knowledge is essential to succeed.
The jury came all the way from Martinique, neutral
because from a different island. Do not --t th .t
Guadeloupe is also nicknamed the "land ol I - "
and there is a lot of passion during this event!
All the leaders on the traditional boat scene were
present, many with new boats. Skippers came from
Les Saintes, la Desirada, Vieux Fort, Carenage (Pointe
a-Pitre), Sainte Anne, Deshaies, Saint Francois and
Marie Galante. Claude Thelier, the four-time winner of
the event, and the well-known Forbin boatbuilding
family also took part.
Although the first day's starting signal was i-An
with little wind, the breeze picked up as the 11
reached the Saintes Channel ... 1 -1 "n 1-,-t
from the northeast pushed the : I . .
to Vieux Fort at the southwestern tip of Basse Terre.
Things became difficult as the wind died in front of
Basse Terre city and the finish line. Claude Thelier, on
Foutefe, won that leg with a comfortable lead over the
others and took the lead in the regatta.
Legs Two and Three, to Vieux Habitants and Pointe
Noire respectively, were two days of nerve-racking
competition. Thelier's leadership was challenged and,
choosing a disastrous option in Leg Two, he lost his
chances of winning overall.
Then appeared the Forbin's family strategy: always
be close to the leader and above all never take a risky
option which you would have to "pay for in cash". That
strategy worked well for Patrick Forbin, on Ijala, who
was always close to the winner of the day.
Thelier trie-1 -lr...in:. t remainedof the, .. I
catch up by ......... i f the eight races, ,, I
..... i 1 I .... 1. to keep Patrick Forbin from
ii..... .1 i .. point. Thelier came second

overall with 36 points, and last year's second place
winner Alain Dabriou came third, with 52 points, on
Calin du Matin
The Forbin's family success story was confirmed
during this event: on Patrick Forbin's winning crew
was one of his sons; his brother Jean Forbin came
fifth, with 59 points, on Ti Bred'la; and another broth
er, Mathieu Forbin, was 12th only because he had to
abandon one race due to boat damage. Three of the
four Forbin brothers run boatyards, and one son is
working with his father, a family tradition which was
transmitted by the deceased father to all his sons. On
average, Jean and Patrick build five to six traditional
boats per year. This incomparable experience of both
-;nil-li;n -1 r .-.;; them explains the success of this
i ..... i ... ... .. . these difficult boats.
The Round Guadeloupe Race for traditional boats
has reached a new level and needs to be managed

Boatbuilder Patrick Forbin (inset) used a low-risk
strategy to sail Ijala to overall victory in
the eight day regatta

The conclusion to all this positive development is
that more professionalism in .... ...... i I
must be put in place to avoicl ..- -...
at protests.
Guadeloupe locals do not naturally turn towards the
sea and its activities, and this event is a real opportu
nity to foster appreciation of this new field of marine
recreation for many. Children are keen to learn and a
few schools are now teaching traditional sailing a
very good sign for future generations.
See you all next year!
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Is August de 4th an' ah standing' on de beach at
Lesterre, Carriacou. Yo' want to know what's up?
Is de start ah de first boat race in de 42nd
anniversary regatta. An' ah tell yo', is ah replica ah
last time ah been here, two years ago. It hardly got ah
cloud in de sky, ah ain't seeing' no wind on de water, de
sun shinin' hot like fire. Ah sorry fo' dem poor sailors
out dey today.
Well, is ah open race, dat mean no matter what size
yo' be, all sailin' together, call it ah party race! Eight
boats altogether: Bluff, Cloudy Bay an' Limbo from
Bequia, an' Passion, Ace, Out Rage, East Wind an'
Ghost from Carriacou an' Petite Martinique. As ah say,
12 o'clock dey start after ah long wait. On de course
map, dem put down 11 o'clock start but, fo' tell yo' de
truth, when in Carriacou, stop worryin' 'bout time;
after all, 11 ain't far from 12. Anyway, dem start. De
wind dead light an' dem snailin' dem way up to de
mark in Hillsborough. As dem reach dat mark, it look
like dem not goin' any further. De little air say, "Ah

done wid dat": ah say dem go' call it off. Not to be, yo'
see, in Carriacou, dem accustom to dem conditions,
dat is why ah 20-foot boat got sails bigger dan any in
de other islands. Dem sailmakers does smile when
dem walk in! Dey slammin' to de outer mark den
downwind an' back up. Ah can't watch dem fo' long,
de sun glare on de water hurtin' me eye. An' I on de
land -sorry fo' dem in de boats all white sails out
dey. Ah hope dey got Raybans, ha ha! About 3 o'clock,
de first one finish: Passion, she slip past Out Rage
right at de finish, den Ghost, de others slammin' dey
way up. Ah hope we got better luck next day.
Ah decide fo' tek ah tour out to Windward, see how
de party going Yo' see, dem sloops does race around de
- island on de Saturday an' do dem party fo' demself up
dey. Well, ah was ah bit shocked when ah see de ero-
sion dat tek place during' Ivan an' Emily. Most ah de
mangrove an' de manchineel trees gone, de water
almost up in de road, an' de shore line up wid small
steel boats rustin' away. Yo' notice ah say shocked,
S well, Windward famous fo' its wooden boat-buildin' so
S ah surprise fo' see so much iron on de beach. Good
S news, though. Ah see two new sloops building dey;
might be ready fo' next year Regatta.
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Well, all dem sailors partyin' an' arguin' who mek bad
tack an' who go' get dem ass cut tomorrow, very good,
back to town.
Well, is Sunday morning' an' ah look down on de har
bour an' fo' tell de truth, it pretty fo' so but fo' swim-
min' an' snorkellin' not fo' sailin'. Is like glass on de


Some 40 indigenous boats coming from seven islands
raced in ten classes at this year's
Carriacou Regatta Festival
water. : I .1. small tanker in de harbour -ah was
wonder... -1. pump out she oil in de bay, it so calm.
Eleven o'clock now an' ah feeling' ah little air on me skin
an' ah shadow on de water, good sign. De little air
coming' from de south so de land tekin' half. Dem got
two races today, about 40 boats sailin' including eight
deck sloops, nice fo' see dem increasing Last time ah
was here, dem had free left after de hurricane but now
dem building' back. Dey does look so nice downwind wid
all de pretty spinnakers. Well, as ah say, 40 boats out
in de harbour, looking' good, but my eyes on de long
open boats as dey call dem down dey. We also got
Tornado, Divine, Worries, Sweet Image an' My Love from
Bequia. Ah don't know all de names so, as de old peo
ple say, ah go' tell yo' what ah know. Dem do dey laps

an' coming' to de finish, Passion in de lead, Bluffin sec
ond place -but not fo' long. De wind cut about 100
feet from de finish. Ah stand up 'pon de end ah de
wharf, me heart in me mouth. Cloudy Bay 100 yards
behind an' got ah puff coming' wid ah bone in she troat.
Bam! She pass Bluff20 feet to de mark an' tek second
place. Ah couldn't believe it although ah see it happen
already right here in Carriacou. Limbo
beating' Ace by a long way, Sweet Image
just' beating' out Worries, an' Tornado
behind by ah long shot.
De second race start about half past two,
S still de same conditions, same course, not
much change only dis time, Bluffin second
place. So yo' know who behind. Ah hope it
S blow ah little wind tomorrow but de weath
erman say stable conditions affection' de
islands we go' see.
Well, Monday is here. Last race today an'
no change in de harbour, calm like a pond
as dey say. Eleven o'clock reach an' not
much difference, only some clouds hangin'
about, putting' doubt in dem skipper mind
it go blow or not: yo' t'ink we should
change de sail? Yo' t'ink we should carry
mo' ballast? Well, ah tell Bluffgo wid what
she carry yesterday, blow or not -she
stiff, she go' stand up. Dem start; down
wind dem go, Passion in de lead, Bluff,
Cloudy Bay. Dem in de second lap now an'
Same position but de wind doin' ah shift
around' every now an' den. As ah say,
Passion in de lead, Bluff right behind. Is de first time in
de four races dey ha' fo' tack, Passion on starboard,
Bluff on port -watch it! Bluff tack fo' get out she way
an' mo' tack to de finish, Passion still in front. About
100 feet to de finish, de wind drop. Passion stop in she
tracks, Bluffjump she sheets, tek de little air an' slide
right past Passion fo' tek de first! Ah know me friend
Leo nah like dat. But, after all, he know anyt'in' over 12
knot, Bluf is better dan Passion. Cloudy Bay trudgin'
behind, Limbo way ahead ah Ace, Sweet Image way
ahead ah Worries. Imagine, wind at five knots an'
Worries capsizing. Fo' all de year ah know Andy sailin',
he can't complete ah regatta without swimming !
All in all, ah enjoyed meself. It was ah very good
regatta, ah bit low-keyed, but so ah like it. I must
thank Leo an' Bernard an' de rest ah de regatta com-
mittee for mekin' my stay an enjoyable one an' putting'
on ah good show. Hats off -see yo' next year.



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Small Open Boat A
1) Ark Royal Roy Delisle, Petite Martinique
2) . .. .. 1 )mpton, Carriacou
3) .1 . I I Carriacou
Small Open Boat Al
1) Sweet Image, Robert Hazell, Bequia
2) Worries, Andrew Mitchell, Bequia
3) Tornado, Kingsley Stowe, Bequia
Small Open Boat B
1) Now For Now, Clayton DeRoche, Petite Martinique
2) Parasite, Clint Bethel, Petite Martinique
3) Perceive, Adlion Bethel, Petite Martinique
Small Open Boat C
1) My Love, Stanley Harry, Bequia
2) Bad Feelings, Samuel Forde, Mayreau
3) Hard Target, Victor Hazell, Mayreau
Small Open Boat D
1) Swift, Sean Martin, Sauteurs
2) Classic, Ted Richards, Gouyave
3) Passage, Nicholas Bethel, Sauteurs
Long Open Boat A (Budget Marine)
1) Passion, Matthew Joseph, Carriacou
2) asIl i Felli ....l F I ....
3), i-j B I I II II ii 4a
Long Open Ba B I i. I I ....
1) Limbo, Al I .... i
2) Ace, Devas Joseph, Carriacou
Stern Boat
1) i i, ...... .. uel Bethel, Petite Martinique
2) ...... ..... I Clement, Petite Martinique
3) East Wind, Gerald Bethel, Petite Martinique
Large Decked Sloop (Republic Bank)
1) ,.r 0 II, Bernard Compton, Carriacou
2) i ... heesman Patrice, Carriacou
3) Marie Stella Michael Bethel, Carriacou
Small Decked Sloop (Republic Bank)
1) Rosalina, Petroc Patrice, Carriacou
2) Run Away, Javid McLawrence, Carriacou
3) Small Pin, Hope McLawrence, Carriacou
Round-D-Island Race (PSV Resort)
1) Glacier, Cheesman Patrice, Carriacou
2) Marie Stella Michael Bethel, Carriacou
3) Margeta 0 II, Cyril Compton, Carriacou
Long Open Boat Saturday
1) Passion, Leo Joseph, Carriacou
2) '... .. uel Bethel, Petite Martinique
3) I ...... ..... I Clement, Petite Martinique

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Weekend for


by Jerry Stewart
One thing you can count on 1. .. 1. 11i.. a
Caribbean regatta in August is the ... i .... i the
weather. That, coupled with the ability to track tropical
waves while still over the African continent, caused a
mas- ..- I ,-.I,,,. 1.1- from Carriacou when a
low - -. -I ', I ''.. I ... wave several thousand
miles to the east of the island. The low filled in, but at
this years annual Carriacou Regatta yacht races, held
August 3rd through 6th, Tyrrel Bay didn't quite see the
numbers of competitors as previous years.
Nonetheless, 20 yachts were on the start line for
Friday's Doyle Offshore Sails-sponsored two-handed
Round Carriacou Race, -5nin: from Phil and Fay
Atkinson's Tramontana at I I to the Laser sailed
by Michael Weber and crew Ryan.
With conditions of 12 to 16 knots of wind and a flat
sea, once again the day's "cruise" went very well, with
almost everyone finishing in time for the afternoon's
fundraising auction. (See story on page 17.)
Taking just over three hours, the Australian
Tramontana was fastest 'round the island, dropping
to third place on corrected time, with Phil Renfro's
Hughes 38 Otra Mundo showing us how they win
races in Texas. Carriacou-based regatta regular Andy
Smelt aboard his Spencer 44, Yellowbird, corrected
to second.
The CSA Fun Rule worked very well in this 11
with such disparate yachts as Dominique .
Sanctus, a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47, correcting just 18
seconds in front of Uwe Gerstmann's Joshua Salai for
fourth and fifth places.
This .-1 has always attracted unusual yachts.
This .. -peedy" John Everton's 50-foot, Manuel
Campos-designed ketch Gaucho, at 60 years old,
added a classic touch to the fleet.

In CSA Class, Tim Sudell's Grenada-based S&S 44
Saga won line honours but on corrected time
Carriacou-based yachts dominated: Roy Hopper's
Beneteau First 38 Windborne recorded a convincing vic
tory, with my Hughes 38 Bloody Mary placing second.
Three multihulls joined us this year. Featured as
"the battle of the cruising multis", all at about 12
meters long, they sailed boat for boat. Surprising

Looks like fim! Yellowbird placed second overall
in the Fun Class

some, but not Irish owner Paul O'Regan, the Wharram
cat Stillus finished over 30 minutes in front of
Dutchman Bram Van Dijk's trimaran Bad Dog, with
British Petra Kopp's Joubert Nivelt cat Kayen two
minutes behind in third place.
Th -- nine' celebration at the Lazy Turtle pizzeria
: .... i Mount Gay rum punch, courtesy of
I 1 I unt Gay who also provided a bottle
S i i ..... I .- all com petitors.
Saturday's Island Water World sponsored race start
ed punctually, as do all races controlled by race officer
James Benoit, who kindly came up from the Grenada
Yacht Club once again to run the yacli .11 i..-
year, the strong south coast currents i. I .. I ....,
and the lighter winds gave crews the opportunity to
appreciate the colours and surroundings offered by

the south coast of Carriacou as nine boats raced
between the scattered offshore islets.
In CSA Class, once again Windborne sailed to a com-
fortable win over Bloody Mary and Saga, whose long
lead gained by the enthusiastic young crew was
destroyed by the handicap system.
Tramontana beat Yellowbird into second and
Sanctus into third.
This evening's party was
held between Twilight restau
rant and the newly recon
structed Old Rum Shop, with
entertainment from the
Harvey Vale Drummers.
As in previous years,
Sunday was for watching the
decked sloops race in the
local boat regatta that the
also run over this weekend.
The light winds which were a
feature of this day, were to
continue through Monday.
In Monday's race, spon
scored by Budget Marine,
again starting in
Hillsborough, ten boats com
menced in less than ten knots
of wind. The occasional five
minute hole to contend with made the day a little frus
treating. Nonetheless, the pattern of results established
over the previous two races remained CSA Class:
Windborne, Bloody Mary and Saga and Fun Class:
Tamontana, Yellowbird and Sanctus
The Carriacou Yacht Club provided the venue for
prizegiving on Monday evening. Overall, it was no sur
prise that Windborne won CSA Class and Tramontana
Fun Class in what proved to be a typically benign
August weekend.
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shirts) and After Hours Supermarket. Logistical sup
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officer James Benoit was assisted by Barbara
Greenwood and Gus Pierre on the committee boat. The
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by Majorie Mowry

The "Lucky" 7th Annual Carriacou Children's Education Fund (CCEF) benefit,
staged in Tyrrel Bay -lini;n Augusts Carriacou : . I -lival 2007, was a run
away success. The .. i -. various fun -and I,, I........ activities raised a
record-breaking EC$16,152 (almost 30 percent over last years tally) to provide edu
national assistance to local school children. At this waypoint, over EC$60,000 has
been contributed by yachtspeople and locals to the CCEF benefit, which was initiat
ed during the 2000 Regatta by cruisers wishing to express their appreciation for
Carriacou's warm-hearted hospitality.
Again, the lively CCEF Auction, held on August 3rd, proved to be the fundraiser's
highlight. A bumper-crop of auction inventory had already been stockpiled at the
Carriacou Yacht Club during the year, thanks to the combined generosity of CYC
management an I .-.i.... .... Eclectic additions included original watercolor
paintings, rare ... ... .I a boatload of bakery treats... even a seltzer
shooter! Magnanimous contributions from local businesses included a Tyrrel Bay
Yacht Haulout package; scuba sessions from Arawak Divers; and gift certificates
from Genevy's Massage, Lambi Queen Restaurant, Patty's Deli, Lazy Turtle Pizzeria
and Twilight Restaurant. An extraordinary and lucrative auction prize was volun
teered by the -, .1 i1 ... -.i.... xas mega-yacht Champagne Cher Their
five-star "part, I i I I .. I ..... I I bubbly and branded boatwear sparked
a fierce bidding battle amongst a posse of fellow Lone Star cruisers.
When the dust finally settled, a record high of over EC$11,000 had 1 .1 .. 1
by veteran CCEF auctioneer Mike Jordan of yacht Rhumb Runner. A "B .- . i .I
sale, craft table, shoreside diversions and cash donations helped top up the kitty.
This year, an expanded menu of Tyrrel Bay shoreside events was well-attended by
islanders and an impressive diversity of international cruisers. At least 20 nations
-including Iceland, New Zealand, Ecuador, Thailand and the Philippines -were
represented by over 60 visiting vessels, which ranged from the humble home-brew
tc '1 '- -.t class.
Si1 ....... I fundraising got off to a good start on August 1st at the 10th Annual
Welcome Potluck hosted at the Carriacou Yacht Club. Organizer John Pompa hon
ored the anniversary with a recap of the decade's achievements and a presentation
of commemorative plaques to longtime CCEF supporters. The evening's entertain
ment included a raucous :F.it.r ., 1 1- .- ing-along (thanks to pickers Steve
Wolfson, Richard Haner ... i I ... ... i i plus a "Dry T-Shirt Contest" (as
opposed to the infamous "wet" variety), in which sartorial sailors competed in "Best
Pirate-Wear," "Most Likely To Get You Arrested," and "Best Tall T-Shirt Tale" fash
ion categories. "Happy Hour" met the midnight hour as the camaraderie continued.
Another crowd-pleaser, the Beach Fun Day, featured Arawak Divers' Kayak

Klassic, Dirty Potato-Sack Derby, Tipsy Tug-of-War, the hotly-contested Beer
Chuggin' Challenge, and an Underwater Treasure/Trash Hunt. Event entry fees, a
dominoes tournament and book sales all contributed to the collection plate.
Finally, Carriacou Yacht Club's grand finale barbecue marked the end of a week's
worth of work and play. Hats off to hard-working volunteers from Arawak Divers,
Cayuga, Dreamcatcher, Drisana, Horta, Liward, M'Lady Kathleen, Nomad, North
Stand, Peregrine, Possible Dream and Second Millennium.
Cruisers and local supporters presented the 2007 CCEF tally to Susan Peters, the
Social Worker attached to the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.
Guided by Ms. Peters' conscientious management, the Fund provides needy local
children with school uniforms, textbooks, supplies and other educational assis

Visiting cruisers and local supporters present a record setting tally to Social Worker
Susan Peters for the benefit of local schoolchildren

tance. CCEFs steady growth has also enabled the creation of two new initiatives:
"Meals from Keels," a school lunch program; and a set of full scholarships to
Carriacou's T.A. Marryshow Communit 11 ..ce its inception, CCEF has pro
vided educational assistance in over I I.... .1." I cases; its estimated that this
year's Fund can support another hundred or more.
Although its our "Lucky 7th" anniversary, good fortune has less to do with CCEF's
ongoing success than the hard work, dedication, vision anc ..- -1 I i .-..
porters. Congratulations go to organizers Melodye and John : "I i
Millennium Carriacou Yacht Club's owners and staff for their gracious hospitality;
and managers of Tyrrel Bay Haul Out for their loyal support. Special thanks go to
all sponsors, volunteers and participants, as well as cruisers who could only be pres
ent "in spirit" through donations a. -1 -. -1l 1 -
CCEF volunteer Marjorie Mowry .... -.. b ,- ibbean aboard S/V North Stand.

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Bequia has always been known for its superb natural
harbour, Admiralty Bay. From Amerindian canoes thou
sands of years before Christ, to today's ferries and cargo
vessels, it has provided a safe haven for boats of all sorts.
Royal Navy officers wrote glowing reports of the harbour
-l;;~i; tI- "apoleonic Wars. For yachts, it has been a
i Fritz Fenger island-hopped from Grenada
to St* 'l i . iiI I] ... i i i i. ... I
and C i I i II ... II I I I I I
on the 46-foot ketch Carib in 1946.
In 1970, Don Street wrote in the Dukane Yachting
Guide to the Grenadines, "All true sailors love Bequia... [it
is] popular with yachtsmen as Admiralty Bay is an excel
lent anchorage in all weathers." Douglas Pyle noted in his
book about boatbuilding in the islands, Clean Sweet
Wind, that "Port Elizabeth, at the head of Admiralty Bay,
was still an active schooner port in 1972....
The island's population is increasing, tourism has
taken hold, development is taking place. Careened
schooners, whaling tryworks and thatched huts have
been replaced by villas, apartments and restaurants. And
harbour front redevelopment has not been forgotten.
Recently, Vincentian journalist Amal Thomas decid
ed to look at a project in _:- : ;furbishment of
the commercial wharf used i i ... ... I cargo ships.
He got two exclusive interviews: one with Brent Bailey,
a civil -;;;--r and the other with Johnny Ollivierre,
Port i i i, Grenadines Islands.
Interviews on the Wharf by Amal Thomas
On the 18th of June, I journeyed from St. Vincent to
Bequia on the ferryM/VAdmiral I. As the ship entered
the harbour, I noticed workmen with equipment work
ing studiously on the wharf. As I disembarked, I was
greeted by Johnny Ollivierre. He then introduced me
to the project manager, Brent Bailey.
Mr. Bailey told me that he has had experience in port
construction on a large project in Trinidad at Point Lisas,
and this is his second time around on Bequia. This proj
ect started llth May and is expected to finish llth
August 2007, at an estimated cost of EC$200,600.

He then explained the reasons for the refurbish
ment: "Firstly, the wharf was in a hazardous condi
tion and people may not have known that. The expo
sure of steel, and the cracks, are a potential threat to
lives and the environment. We saw the need to
replace fenders on the wharves, preventing boats
from hitting against the structure, replacing pile caps,
bollards and concrete curves. All this will help to keep
the wharf safe and able to withstand pressure. I think
it's a good project in the interest of people and the
environment and its good that you can take the time
to interview me."
I then targeted Johnny Ollivierre, who explained fur
their about the project at hand: "The work being car-
ried out is on the wharf and the ferry ramp area. There
are areas with damaged beams, and piles that are bro
ken, and this weakens the deck infrastructure. So we
decided on the replacement of piles, beams and fend
ers, making the wharf safe for vessels and lives."
I asked about plans for Admiralty Bay for the com-
ing high season and Mr. Ollivierre replied, "During
1, 1..,1. .... we make sure the ship channel is
S i yachts. And for the next season we
are hoping to get an updated chart provided by the
maritime agency showing where yachts, ferries and
other vessels are supposed to dock or anchor. The
authorities are organizing to purchase a vessel to
oversee all the ports in the Grenadine Islands to

includes items of special interest to yachts using
Admiralty Bay.
The jetty located near the vegetable market is used
by yachtsmen and fishermen, and sometimes as an
entry point for cruise ship passengers. According to
the project proposal, the jetty is not properly main
trained and the area surrounding it needs to become
ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security)
code compliant. This could be accomplished, accord
ing to the proposal, by extending the fenced area
around the ferry wharf to include the area at the foot
of the jetty. The proposal also includes plans to install
sheet piling and backfill along the existing rubble
beach to provide bow or stern-to berths within the
fenced area for small watercraft. Between the fence
and the berths will be a seaside walkway leading from
the jetty to the main wharf area.
On the other, south, side of the wharf, the area
around the popular public dinghy dock is slated for
major enhancement. As this area, under the historic
almond trees, is often the site for public events, for
which stages must be erected and then disassembled
each time, the proposal calls for construction of a per
manent bandstand under a gazebo. The almond trees
will be preserved. And as the market jetty would be
within the new ISPS compliant zone, the ISPS-inspired
chain-link and razor-wire fence currently at the foot of
the dinghy dock could be removed.


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A birthday party at a beach bar in the Virgin Islands was interrupted when a slim,
dark-haired girl climbed onto the gift table and called for silence. When all eyes were
turned toward her, she announced, "True love is not about finding someone you can
live with, it:- .1 .. ... .... someone you can't live without. So on Valentine's Day I
asked him a.. I I .. I 'We're 'ettinl married!"

The celebrating friends -and a few tourists -cheered and demanded details.
Where, when and what could they do to help? "Where" was to be on the beach at
White Bay, Jost van Dyke, "when" was ten weeks away, and the list of things to do
was promptly commandeered.
The wedding couple, Michelle "Smo" Smothers and Kevin "Mongo" Raymond, made
their wishes plain: no muss, no fuss, all their friends would gather on the beach with
them to witness their marriage and celebrate afterward. A simple beach barbecue
would make these long-time St. Thomas residents happy. The groom figured about
30 people would show up; the bride knew that 30 people showed up for their birth
day parties. Perhaps they needed to make a guest list and take a head count.
Friends flew into action: reserving rooms at the Sandcastle, Perfect Pineapple, and
Ivan's on Jost; .. "... I ii. barbecue at Gertrude's; and .1 i .1 .... the amount
~f TT-.; i~ I i .i I i I ie bride's wishes were respect' I I II most part,
I .. thing: her girlfriends insisted that she buy a new white bikini to wear
at i i1.... Four friends dragged the shopping-phobic bride-to-be to the Bikini
Stc.1 1 I i Sale Mall to buy one.

The wedding day dawned clear and fair. Relatively flat seas allowed a hundred or so of
S I .. i i i I I .... i.. to make the trip from neighboring islands and anchor
S. I .I. i,-I II I. I I, ts waded or dinghied ashore, where they donned their
black bow ties, visited and drank champagne while eagerly anticipating 1 1 I.. -..
Finally, the crowd quieted, the music started and the bride dancer i 1.. ..I. 11
ered arch down to the water's edge. Two tall friends carried her tc 1. I I 11.
boat where her fiance and the minister waited. Family and friends and a few
tourists -gathered in the water and on the beach to witness the couple vow to love
each other forever, and cheered when the minister pronounced them man and wife.
It was just what they wanted.
Capt. J. Summer Westman lives in St. Thomas, USVI, with her husband, Bill. When
not out on their boat, Excellent Adventure, Summer writes boating articles and designs
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Si. i. I I ..ribbean islands with a favorable tide will make your
S i I i .1 le. The table below, courtesy Don Street, author of
S I l I I I..... Iolaire charts, which shows the time of the neridian
.. 1 1 ie moon for this and next month, will help you calculate the tides.
I llll generally tries to run toward the moon. Th I .......
the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about .1 I I ......
reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs we I I I .....
Ill l I II i I I nadir, the tide runs eastward; .. I II I
11 I ii h. I. II I runsA I T i Ti... w ,re local,
I .I tide is I.I III I I. ii new and full moons,
For more information, see ', I .,. I .... ..1I the back of all Imray Iolaire charts.
Fair tides!
September 2007 21 1941 11 1153 (new)
DATE TIME 22 2034 12 1235
1 0300 23 2126 13 1319
2 0354 24 2216 14 1405
3 0452 25 2306 15 1455
4 0552 26 2356 16 1546
5 0653 27 0000 (full) 17 1639
6 0753 28 0048 18 1732
7 0849 29 0142 19 1823
8 0940 30 0242 20 1914
9 1028 21 2002
10 1112 October 2007 22 2057
11 1154 1 0343 23 2141
12 1234 (new) 2 0446 24 2232
13 1314 3 0547 25 2326
14 1355 4 0645 26 0000 (full)
15 1437 5 0738 27 0024
16 1522 6 0826 28 0126
17 1610 7 0911 29 0231
18 1700 8 0953 30 0335
19 1753 9 1033 31 0436
20 1847 10 1113

In 1988 I read Gaylord Kelshall's inter-
esting history of the Allied forces' defeat of W ere in ere
the German submarine offensive in there
Caribbean during World War II. While in th e C i
Trinidad recently, I sought him out.
He is now curator of the Trinidad
Military and Aero Space Museum, not
far from the multitude of marinas and by Norman Faria
boatyards in the Chaguaramas area to
the west of the capital, Port of Spain,
and I went there one Monday afternoon
to talk with him.
i .. -..' .. ... .. I ... a house
ma I ... i .. i '* i -1 i containers. Ten metres in front of his verandah, the
...... 1 .. .i . of the Gulf of Paria lapped onto what was once the concrete
i ii seaplane base whose hangar still stood next door.
After the pleasantries, I decided to start with a query about the base, where US
forces were stationed -linri; t- "'r. It was the largest in Trinidad, wasn't it?
"No. They actually 1 i - ... Trinidad & Tobago during the war. The largest
was Fort Read, in which Waller Field air base was located. Fort Read alone com-
prised 241 square miles."
If you asked him, Kelshall could probably tell you the names of all the command
ing officers at the facilities. Among his personal library of 12,000 books, mostly on
military history, are several the 67 year-old former Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard
pilot has himself authored, including the History ofAviation in Trinidad and Tobago.
He is perhaps more widely known though, and certainly received more royalties than
from any other book, for his book on the anti-submarine campaign. The UBoat War
in the Caribbean (ISBN 976-8054 11-5), as it is titled, has been reprinted in the US
and translated into German for sale in Europe.

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in the Caribbean durig 1942 1943

terminology) were sent to the Caribbean area. The Allied forces (USA, UK, Commonwealth
countries and USSR) were unprepared. The submarines wreaked havoc. By the end of
that year, according to The U Boat War in the Cribbean, 36 percent of all worldwide mer
This map from Kelshall's book on 'the UBoat War' shows shipping losses

chant shipping losses had occurred in the Caribbean theatreduring 19421943ree hundred ad t
It is a seminal work. In February 1942, five German submarines ("U-boats" in popular
terminology) were sent to the Caribbean area. The Allied forces (USA, UK, Commonwealth
countries and USSR) were unprepared. The submarines wreaked havoc. By the end of
that year, according to The UBoat War in the Caribbean, 36 percent of all worldwide mer-
chant shipping losses had occurred in the Caribbean theatre. Three hundred and thirty-
seven ships totaling 1.87 million tonnes were sent to the bottom. Many were laden with
valuable oil and bauxite, war materials from Trinidad and British Guiana destined for
Britain. But the Allies built up their forces, including stationing anti-submarine planes in
Trinidad. By the end of 1943, the U-boat threat had been smashed. Kelshall chronicled
this little-known theatre of the War through excellent research over a ten-year period that
inr i iI .,i .i... 1. U-BoatArchives in Germany and the US Navy Historical Division.
i .11, -I. i i ,. .. ... i ... ... . viewpoint: it speaks of the bravery and
suffering of soldiers . II - i i, i, -., i they fought for. There was a need for
Allied governments' ,,, -1,I,,,. II .. i i .. 'tism during the War to maintain com-
mitment and productivity and even sacrifice, as some of the exhortations on period
posters in the museum reflect. He : i i .i1 in retrospect, it is good for all to look
at the side of the ordinary soldier I ii i
Kelshall insists that the German submarine service, despite having appalling



Gaylord Kelshall of Trinidad
researched this little known theatre
of the Second World War

casualties (32,000 of 40,000 enlisted perished), was not affected by a type of "poli
tics" as was, perhaps, the German Army which included the fanatically murderous
Nazi SS. "These [submariners] were ordinary servicemen. Generally speaking, both
the officers and rank andfile sailors didn't believe in the Nazi thing, those who
actively promoted Hitler's undemocratic, racist regime. There was only one German
submarine captain, Heinz Eck, who was tried and executed after the War for
machine gunning survivors of a sunken ship," said Kelshall.
Along with monuments in the Museum's yard to Allied servicemen and women,
including Trinidadians (58 died in air force action alone), there is a smaller memo
rial (a large plaque really) to the German submariners. It was erected by German vet
erans who had reunions over the years at the Museum, in the same way Allied vets
have their get together. Though it may seem insensitive to some, it can in no way
be compared, argues Kelshall, to the type of monument like the Yaksukini shrine
which venerates the WW II Japanese armed forces, including war criminals, and
which right-wing ultra-nationalist politicians use to try to revive militarism. A bust
of the great South American Independence fighter, Francisco de Miranda, is also on
the Museum compound, donated by the local Venezuelan Embassy.
U-boats ranged as far as the Gulf of Mexico and the northern coast of South America
I....... ,. I i. mans ever come ashore in the Caribbean? Kelshall answers:
i i There were many places where the home defence could not
guard. But, strangely, they didn't commit any sabot,.: -,, 1. 11 ;..: up a pipeline,
in Trinidad. They did, however, shell oil facilities in i ...
What of the story told of the German submariner who, when captured, was found
with two ticket stubs I i I ,, I ., i los, cinema in his jacket pocket?
"A Captain Adden, i. -1 'i I I .... I I vessel, reported after the War that he
was taken on board a German submarine and shown ticket stubs from the Globe
cinema in Port of Spain and was told 'I recommend the show. Go and see it'. But
there are variations of the story in French Guiana, Curacao and Barbados," said
Kelshall, who wondered if it really happened.
Another story is that the U-boat skippers took on local seafarers, perhaps from iso
lated islands, to help guide the subs through dangerous and uncharted channels.
Kelshall: "I have no evidence of that. What I do have is that they stopped at isolated
islands to get fresh fruit."
Kelshall said the residents of the p .tih t-rit-, i2n-l.-li;n; tq-n British Guiana,
were committed to British rule. They I 1. .. ... i i I .... I in home defence
units and overseas in Allied armies. For example, Kelshall's father, Ralph (who died in
1998), was Chief of Civil Defence in the southern Trinidad city of San Fernando and
I ... . .. in addition to serving as a sterling role model for his sons in
:..-1.11. 1 ... .. I . lifelong interest in military history. Among the duties of
home guard and civil i i ,, was to ferret out German spies, several of whom were
nabbed, including the head of the SS office in Caracas, Venezuela. German nationals
were also rounded up and detained. "People at the time had a feeling they belonged to
i-... i.. to the home country, the British Empire. They were very patriotic. This is
I. I i .. the lyrics of the calypsos at the time."
Kelshall sees the maritime dimension of his Museum as an important one. He laments
the dearth of maritime artifacts locally with very few historic boats of yesterday, for exam
ple, preserved. One exception is the yacht Humming Bird II, in which his countrymen
Harold and Kwailan La Borde circumnavigated the world, the first Trinidadians to do so.
A local archaeology group has dived on a Cri-ni=7 ll--n wreck in coastal waters,
Among the items recovered are "pieces ci ..1.1 -.1 coins, and blocks and
cordage, which are in the Museum.
Still writing i1,,,,. long hand ("Don't know how to use the computer -I let
my secretary ... 11 ii, .i he says), Kelshall looks over the Gulf of Paria waters as
I leave. He is daydreaming. Perhaps of the time when the harbour was full of cargo
boats, destroyers, and tankers waiting to set off in convoy to the UK. And as we
shake hands until next time, there is a glance below to the still serviceable concrete
ramp from where the armed seaplanes once departed to see the ships safely off.
Norman Faria, Compass's man in Barbados, recently vacationed in Trinidad. Next
month: "Changing Times at the Mission for Seafarers".


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or Yvonne and me the biggest dan
gers of Trinidad and Tobago are the
people. Thats right, the people who
tell you not to : 11. Throughout our
cruising in the ,' I ., I chain we have
met many new friends and spoken to
numerous people in the local hangouts. We
discuss our current cruising grounds and
our plans for the future.
Many so-called cruisers told us "Don't
go to Trinidad" or "You need to lock every
i.... everywhere" or "On your own head
S. It annoys me when people spread
this scaremongering. If you have been to
Trinidad or Tobago and have some useful criticism or
advice, great -we can all benefit. But many of the
"don't go there" haven't been there themselves.
Si. 11 .. their alleged "facts" from other "don't go
ti. read reports on websites that tell us of
the dinghy theft and the robbery. They forget to say (or
maybe don't notice) that these events have taken place
spread over five or six years. I read one report from a
well-known writer and cruiser that said "south of
Antigua is dangerous, the exception being Bequia".
I'd like to share experiences of our short visit to the
wonderful twin island state of Trinidad & Tobago and
its people. I'll briefly speak of our visit to Tobago
because there was a lovely article about Tobago in the
July 2007 issue of Compass.
Our daughter Susie booked a flight for herself and her
boyfriend to join us in Tobago. We'd not seen them
since we left Spain. Yvonne and I sailed south from
Grenada at the end of June for Trinidad (we had a
watermaker problem and the makers are there). We
arrived in Scotland Bay and spent the night there prior
to going into Chaguaramas. What a wonderful entry
into a new country! Scotland Bay was like being in a
creek in the jungle surrounded by parrots, pelicans and
vultures. The coastline at Chaguaramas is superb.
On arrival at the Customs dock, we cleared in and
explained our situation to the Customs officers. We
had already arranged for the repair of our watermak
er, so we knew we would only be in Trinidad for one
night before heading off to Charlotteville in Tobago.
Customs were so helpful, clearing us in and explain
:,. ,i. i, I I to sign and stamp our depar
C Iha ir 1o e i. and that upon arrival at
Charlotteville we'd present that same paper to
Customs who in turn stamp and sign it. On departure
from Tobago we'd get it stamped again. So no prob
lems there, and no charge.
We arrived in Charlotteville two days later, having
motorsailed from Chaguaramas to Gran Riviere on
Trinidad's northeast coast to overnight and get a bet
ter shot at Tobago. This worked well and we had a
good daysail north past Store Bay right up to
Charlottesville, .rri-in- t 3:00PM.
The following i 11 having our papers stamped
by Customs, we sailed back south to Store Bay to
anchor and wait for our daughter and her boyfriend.
Yvonne and I dinghied ashore and walked to the air
port. After all the hugs and kisses, we grabbed their
bags and walked down the road to the beach, stopping
for a couple of cold ones on route, of course. Our
dinghy isn't 11. 1 ,.. -. i1, world so we made two
runs out to i i. .I way to start a holiday!"
they both said.
A fortnight goes only too quickly so Yvonne and I
were keen to show our guests as much as possible of
Tobago; it was new to us as well. Store Bay is the com-
mercial end of the island, though hardly Las Vegas,
but there were a couple of hotels and a fast-food joint,
together with some lovely restaurants.
During our travels we stopped in Buccoo Bay, Mount
Irvine, Plymouth Bay, Castara Bay, Englishman's Bay
and Charlotteville. We also took a maxi to
Scarborough and toured the falls and rainforest. The

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highlights for us were Mount Irvine Bay, Castara Bay
and Charlotteville. All the guide books tell us of
Charlotteville and it is truly charming, as are the local
people we met, Streetly and Hilda to name two, a love
ly old couple.
However, Castara Bay, little mentioned in our "Doyle
Bible", was probably our favorite, followed closely by
Mount Irvine *.. I i ..-1 ..... Bay. Castara Bay has
local charm, ...i.I..I I. and amazing snorkel
ing -the best we've seen on our travels so far.

What, me worry? Not in tranquil Tobago.

Restaurants are quaint, charming and inexpensive.
The Cascreole restaurant is right on the beach. Its in
the Bible, but the Bible fails to mention the separate
bar and snooker room, which is huge, with four pool
tables and one table tennis table. It's well-used too, by
local people, holidaymakers and cruisers alike. Don't
get me wrong; it wasn't heaving, it wasn't noisy, nor
was there any of the bad behavior, violence or bad lan
guage that often frequents these places. It sure is a
lovely place to spend an evening.
In fact, we spent three nights in Castara Bay. Once
we had a very good late local meal in Loris and Hazel's
restaurant (L&H). In the morning we bought some
supplies: bread, rum, beer -you know, the kind of
things you need when you're on holiday. The bakery
was a treat: a large clay oven in a field behind the
Cascreole Restaurant. Just tell the lady your needs
and she'll have it for you in an hour, if she hasn't
baked it already.
Our family time was over quickly. 1i. ..i.... with
our daughter at the airport, we asked I .. ...- .1 they
would mind stamping and signing our piece of paper
rather than us having to bus back to Charlottesville.
The officer in charge sat us down, got out his rubber
stamp and pen, asked us a couple of questions (like,


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"Have you had an enjoyable stay?"), then
told t- 1. .--1 --- 1 excellent!
So i..1 ... I .. i .... 1 ...I Tobago.
We walked the streets at night, no has
sle, no muggings; in fact we never even
chained the dinghy. Were we just lucky?
I don't think so.
So on to Trinidad. Having spent just
the two nights or so there previously,
Yvonne and I were really looking forward
to returning and exploring what
appeared to be a lovely country.
Let's get the crime thing out of the way
first. Trinidad has 1.3 million people con
centrated in a relatively small area. Of course there is
crime, some is drug related, but you get that through
out the world. Yvonne and I live in Spain, a beautiful
country, but it too has its share of murders, thefts and
muggings. So you don't walk some of the streets at
night, you lock anything that you leave in what one
would consider a "dodgy" area.
Now, Chaser II is in -i1. ......... .. Powerboats
Marina, our first real ........ i .... months. As
usual, we t _i some money to the local busi
nesses in .... I some services. They have all
been prompt, efficient and the quality of the work very
good. We've walked from one marina to another visiting
the sailmakers, chandlers, supermarkets and once or
twice the on-site bars and restaurants. If you don't
want to walk and ...', ..- ...1. YSATTprovide
a shuttle boat an i 1 i i I. ii ... US$1) it'll take
you from one place to another. Just call on VHF 68.
From a marina and service-centre point of view,
Chaguaramas has all you could wish for and more,
more being Jesse James at Members Only taxi service.
Jesse's business is to cater for cruisers, and what a
service he offers! He'll arrange sightseeing tours, shop
ping trips, market tours, ... 11 .1 1,,... I ntists, you
name it. He even arrang, I ... 1 i jabs. Not
that Yvonne and I need help, but it certainly makes our
stay here run smoother. We like the tours, help and
advice, but we also like to do our own thing and Jesse
can even advise how we can do that!
Maxi buses stop right outside the marina gates. In
fact they'll stop anywhere if you put your arm out, or
even if you don't, if the bus is half empty! Several
times we jumped on a maxi to a shopping mall or
supermarket down the road, or to go to Port of Spain,
a bustling city with good stores and history. The bus
drivers were all polite and the passengers all say good
-rnn as they get on. You don't get that in the UK!
met some very nice people during our stay
here. Some are expats who've lived here for many
years, like Richard and Sue of Dockyard Electronics at
CrewsInn; a great service they provide, too. And
there's Michael, the chairman of Powerboats Marina,
who has offered to take us for a tour and lime around
some of the small local islands.
So listen up all you "don't go theres. In our opinion,
Tobago is a lovely place with beautiful beaches, and
Trinidad is the best island for services we have traveled
to so far. If we have a problem here, I'll write and let you
know. Hopefully we won't, but it can happen anywhere.
So if any cruisers out there are considering coming to
Trinidad, DO IT! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Yvonne and I are glad we came. We wish we could
-t.-- 1-1n-r P -;t we have commitments in Venezuela,
... I1. I .. I 1 there" place. I only hope it is as nice
there as it is here in Trinidad. In fact our plans con
stantly change, and we are now thinking that if we
survive the turbulence ofVenezuela, the drug runners
of Colombia, the Panama pirates, the communists in
Cuba and the voodoo in Haiti, we'll probably come
back south to Trinidad -unless of course, we find
somewhere even nicer, before returning to our home in
Spain and a Mediterranean cruise.
Viva Trinidad and Tobago!

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Cuba, which we cruised in May and June 2007, is the safest
country we have ever been in. We had gentle winds all along
the Cuban coast, often able to sail wing-and-wing with
the genoa poled out and the spinnaker sheeted to
the main boom. The people are poor but most
generous; everyone we met wanted to give us
something or feed us as we wandered the
country. Truly a wonderful experience.
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Cuba on the southeast coast. .
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very secure and we left our boat often to travel inland.
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re-1 i a i i I ** .. all. We began to see
how many public servants Cuba has. We were
boarded by three doctors with assistants;
health, veterinary and plant quarantine
personnel; etcetera. Customs ..1. two
beautiful sniffer dogs aboard. I, .. i pro-
a d duced my camera, I was told that photos
were forbidden but finally I was allowed
just one picture of the great Labrador who
c s gallivanted excitedly inside our boat.
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I must add that everyone here, unlike all other countries where we'd been boarded by
officialdom, took off their shoes and walked our decks barefooted (except for one who
donned cotton operating theatre shoes over his old boots). On and on they came, all
delightful people, I .... i I. I- -1 i,. could, apologizing for the intrusion, then sit
ting and sipping I. I I,, ,I II I before inviting us to their houses or offering
advice on what to do and where to go in their district. Some boaties whine and say they
keep losing days because of the authorities, but we enjoyed them.
Santiago de Cuba was our major check-in port. At other stops, the officials would

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Right: At some stops, officials would row out to us in fisherman's dinghy to check
passports and visas. I offered to tow them back to shore but this was forbidden

row out to us in a fisherman's dinghy to check passports and visas. Again, they were
always polite. In one case, they told us we could not come ashore directly, but sug
gested we go to a port of entry 40 miles away then come to their village by hire car
to see the magnificent lighthouse. I offered to tow them the mile or so back to shore
(so I could photograph this structure) but my devious plan was foiled as this was for
bidden, and they paddled away in the overloaded dinghy, bailing as they went.
The currency the tourist uses, and Cubans use for all luxury items, is "CUC"
convertible pesos. Luxury items include soap, shampoo and clothing for example.
The CUC shops were stocked with goods ranging from refrigerators and TVs (both
seemed subsidized) to toys and foods considered luxury, such as pasta and tinned
foods. One CUC equals one US dollar, or currently 24 Cuban pesos. Soap costs one
CUC, so a Cuban must take 24 Cuban pesos (eight percent of an average monthly
salary) to a government money changer to get the CUC to buy soap. In one of the
ii. we anchored off, a woman burst into tears after we gave her a cake of
4 -1. I as a fisherperson and traded her catch for stuff she needed: pork, veg
tables, etcetera, and had not seen a CUC for years. "Soap is the most ,, I i, 1 .'I
you could have 'i--n m-," she cried as she showered us with coffee, .1 .. i I
You can buy ', I i'- 1. the money changers, but if you tender US dollars, they are

devalued by 20 percent. We had Euros, which are taxed only two and a half percent
when changed.
I ...I . de Cuba, after all the authorities had inspected us, our vegetables, our
.... Ii i our music CDs, the inside of each drawer and cupboard, we were free
to enjoy Cuba. We walked to the bus stop, where a horse and cart awaited. We were
armed with some Cuban pesos someone gave us in Colombia. "One CUC," the man
S-l-li;n ti- reins asked.
I .,I i I lady paid five centavos; why should we pay 120 times as much?"
"The fare for '-r-. ,-r- is one CUC, while the fare for Cubans is five centavos. If I
am inspected, I 11 .. am, and cannot show CUC when I have foreigners aboard
this government-owned transport, I will be put in jail."
We explained we had no other money as we had just arrived and were heading to
a bank. He told us to hold the money until we wen I ,,,. off and hopefully at that
time no one would see us and ask him to show i he had none. A woman
aboard saved the day by asking for 26 pesos for the CUC she offered. All aboard
chastised her for asking too much and we were ordered by those gathered to give her
50, as she passed two CUC to the man at the reins. This was a lesson in Cuban soci
ology, as no one complained while this ten-minute transaction and discussion took
place -they just waited. Public transport is very unreliable, except for buses that
carry tourists. Often on the country roads, we saw hundreds of people waiting for a
bus that did not come. Private transport is uncommon in the Cuban countryside.
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Clipping and clopping towards the town centre was an adventure in itself as we talked
to the six other passengers about markets and moneychangers. When I produced my
camera, they ordered the cart stopped while I alighted to photograph the waving pas-
sengers. The town was clean and had a wide pedestrian street crowded with shoppers
and controlled groups of tourists. Ice cream, at five Cuban pesos, was my first pur
chase. The line was long, as the chocolate ice on a stick had just arrived. We learnt to
buy what we saw when we saw it. No point coming back later, as it would be sold out.
We found a travel agency and Yvonne, a bird-watcher, organized a car and driver
to take us to her beloved birds. This was expensive and in CUC, but anything for
tourists is not cheap by our standards. A guide was compulsory and ours held a doc-
torate in biology, and several other degrees. We soon learnt that many highly quali-
fied people turn to tourism as a guide or taxi driver, because a US$5 tip is half a
month's salary. Our guide was exceptional and fou.. 1 T I...T .... 1 i.
see, the smallest bird in te world Cuba has many.
delighted with each birding expedition.
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Above: The view from our anchorage of Nevis Peak; it's unusual to see it not shrouded in clouds

Left: The welcoming Charlestown waterfront is clean and colorful

Nevis is a land of wonderful tropical trails. You
can walk through the rainforest on a carpet of
fine grass growing over small cobblestones laid
in the 1700s. Masked in the shadows under the
canopy and behind the shroud of green, you catch
glimpses of the sugarcane fields and cisterns of long
ago. The air is still and cool and only disturbed by the
sounds of chirping birds and the call of a monkey. The
peaceful silence allows the imagination to run wild,
envisioning horse-drawn carts burdened with piles of
sugarcane on their way to the mill.
We arrived on Nevis somewhat skeptical of what we
would find. We had only heard of it in passing from
another cruiser, who said he preferred to anchor at
Nevis and travel to St. Kitts by ferry. We selected this
option, as we favored the winds and weather by sail
ing on the east side of St. Kitts rather than the tradi
tional west side. This route took us through The
Narrows passage between St. Kitts and Nevis.
We soon arrived at our planned anchorage in Nevis,
at the south end of Pinney's Beach, which proved to be
secluded, sheltered from the south and beautiful.
There is a long sandy beach extending for three and a
half miles to the north. Along the south end of the
beach is a plantation of tall palms fronted by a rich,
green shrub windbreak. In the background is the tow
ering Mount Nevis with her peak shrouded in cloud.
When Columbus first saw it he 1. .. .1. .t looked like
snow and named it "Our Lad I ,I. Snows"
Nuestra Senora de las Nieves -and from that grew
the name Nevis.
The anchorage proved, through our four days on
the hook, to be one of the kindest and most beautiful
we have experienced so far. Only five minutes to the
south at the commercial dock is a dinghy dock lined
with automobile tires. T --in our dinghy chained to
a tire, any fear of 1... 1. II. 1 was immediately dis
pelled for at the en i i 11. I I was a public market
and square where we were greeted by friendly, smil
ing faces. We had a sense that we'd have no worries
about crime while on Nevis. What a refreshing
change, especially after our first few days in St.
Maarten, where 15 boat break-ins had occurred in
one week.
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As we entered the town we felt like we had gone back
in time. The buildings had been perfectly restored and
preserved. This was pleasing to the eye and confusing

Above: At Golden Rock Estate we were greeted by Pam
Huggins Barry, a descendant of the original owner

to the mind, as the only evidence of this modern age
was the flow of automobiles. What a great entry to a
new island for us and a pleasant surprise. No pushy
cabbies and no hucksters flogging wares greeted us.
People just went about their business, but taking the
time to give us a glance and a greeting.
Our first day was a day of discovery which meant vis
iting the tourist office, conveniently located on Main
Street next to the post office and :' .. 11. I... land
ing. We explored the downtown .. ... i .... I the
sidewalks narrow or non-existent. We just copied the
locals as they negotiated the traffic on the streets. At
one point there was a pick-up truck stopped on the
street and from the back the driver was selling a load of
bright yellow honeydew melons. Locals were gathered
around and he was passing out samples. We also had a
sample and purchased the juicy, sweet fruit. Also, to
our delight, we paid the same price as the locals.
Back at our boat it didn't take long to start invest
gating what else Nevis offered, as our first day was
completely delightful. The information obtained from
the tourist board office revealed an island that has
taken great care to preserve the evidence of their past
and maintain the natural beauty of their island.
(Guess what, no garbage strewn around.) Among the
main island attractions are the preserved sugar mills
whose towers can be easily seen from a distance.
On Day 2 we caught a local bus from Charlestown to
a side road leading to Golden Rock Estate, a sugar
plantation dating back to 1801. A fine quality resort
has replaced the crude sugar refining equipment, and
a 50-foot, mountain-spring-fed swimming pool was
......11i i cistern. This resort has been man
Si by Pam Huggins Barry, a direct
S ,, i ,i original owner. The management
encourages artists and eco-minded tourists to enjoy
their resort. For hiking, there are marked nature trails
which wind their way through the plantation grounds
and up Mount Nevis to the top. Another choice is a
shorter 30-minute route through the plantation, which
has been consumed by the rainforest. If exploring on
these trails from mid-afternoon onward you are highly
likely to spot wild African Green (Vervet) monkeys. The
monkeys occupying the forested plantation grounds
are nourished by mango trees which are in abundance.

We arrived at the plantation around noon and were
greeted by Pam Huggins Barry who provided us with
maps and intriguing stories about the plantation's past.
Before heading out to hike, we had lunch, enjoying a
delicious carrot soup and a cold beer in the out
door restaurant. The menu suggested high qual
ity cuisine choices with moderate prices. The
peace and quiet allowed us to focus on the beau
,,,i ., i ., and lush tropical surroundings.
'. ,t anticipation we set out, with a
hand-drawn map provided by Pam, along a
rainforest trail marked Upper Round Road
with hope of seeing the monkeys. The trail
marker is a black circle and has a triangle
S with a U in the center. This road runs midway
S up Mount Nevis and was the interconnecting
Road around the mountain for the sugar plan
stations built in the late 1600s. This trail fol
lows the contour of the mountain and though
designed to carry heavy carts, with a bedding
S.- of smooth round stones carpeted in short
grasses, it makes for excellent walking, 1 .
and horseback riding. It can take up
hours to cover the nine-mile trek of the com
plete road; however, our trek was but a short
l section of it giving us a sample of the pure
magic of this ancient road through the rainfor
est. Here we spotted at close range a Green
Monkey who stopped momentarily on the road
and looked at us in as much surprise as we
looked at it. Then in a single leap it went over the
embankment and disappeared into the forest.
We exited the forest, taking a short-cut back
to town on a residential road. Reaching the
main road, we hailed a bus and rode back to
the main dinghy dock.
SDay 3 t -.; with another visit to the tourist
board II. to ask whether the Botanical

them and confirmed they were. Learning we
were cruisers, the staff in the tourist board
office became enthusiastic and informed us
that the islanders are very serious about devel
hoping the island as a cruising stop. They then
introduced us to the Nevis Air and Sea Ports
Authority General Manager, Spencer Hanley.
Mr. Hanley informed us that beginning in
August 2007 they would commence the pro
gressive installation of 100 moorings for yachts
up to 60 feet. The moorings will run along the
west coast of the island from Oualie Beach to
Charlestown (including Pinney's Beach). In addition
there will be a designated area for mega-yacht moor
ings. They will also be improving their dinghy dock
and providing cruisers' services such as showers,
internet access, laundry services and water. Full boat
maintenance services are being planned for the
We then visited a rustic mineral-spring bath facility
which is a 15-minute walk from the dinghy dock.
Located above the spring are the
remains of a hotel dating back to 1778.
The mineral-rich spring, with a faint
sulphur odor, is believed to contain
healing qualitie- i... .. I i .11
and a natural i i i i
runs alongside the Bath House are
both available for public use at no
charge. We tested the waters and they
were comfortably warm.
To reach the Botanical Gardens you
can take a bus to the road access, fol
lowed by a one-mile walk. We arrived
to find ourselves the only visitors. As
it was July, at the end of the dry sea
son, the flora and fauna was burned
by the sun and only the hardiest flow
ers were in bloom. There was still
interest and wonderment at every
turn. During the moist months, this
property (according to photos) trans
forms into a tropical wonderland of
lush colors and textures. The
Botanical Gardens are known for
their unique variety of orchids.
A one-half mile trek up the road led
us to the Montpelier Estate. On the
left side of the road is a very large,
old, silk cotton tree where the British
naval hero Lord Nelson married Fanny Nisbet, a beau
tiful Nevisian widow, in 1787. (Imagine a tree living
that long.) A short jaunt up the road was the sugar
mill for the plantation which has been converted into
a luxurious resort. We were free to roam the grounds
and house properties. We found them all very inter
testing, inviting and well-preserved including many
photos and paintings dating back to the 18th century.
We hiked back to the main road where we caught a
bus to Charlestown for EC$2.50 each. (Taxis are also
available for all locations.)
On Day 4 we took one of the hourly ferries which run
between Charlestown and Basseterre, the capital of St.
Kitts. The one-way fare per person was US$8 for the
ferry and EC$1 for the port tax. Ti ..... .took about
one hour on the Sea Hustler, i. .. i. I1 l aster Carib

Surf cat ferry takes only 35 minutes for the same price.
(We came back on Carib Surff) We explored Basseterre's
downtown area, which included a dressed-up cruise
ship dock facility and town square called Circus, fash
ioned after London's Piccadilly Circus.
Changir.: -: from the romantic Nevis to the met-
ropolitan . I L Kitts, we found ourselves hurrying
along to the bus depot by the harbour. From there we
caught a bus marked "Sandy Point" heading north
along the coast road to Brimstone Hill Fortress. The ride
was a shock as the bus drivers maneuver their vehicles
as though they were in a Grand Prix race, completely
'i.-rin.- road speed limits and any measure of safety.
I ... I ourselves tense, white-knuckled and totally
uncomfortablE .1. ...i. .ii locals appeared relaxed.
This gave us ... .. i that the buses actually
reach their destination.
The climb to the fort is a mile and a quarter up a
paved, steep and narrow winding road. Taking our
time, we reached the fort in about 40 minutes. On
the way up we stopped at a : ....1.... lime kiln
which was apparently built in tb I -~, .- I manufac
ture lime for the mortar used in building the fortress.
This kiln is a large stone cauldron with fire pits
around the base and steps leading to the top for load
ing. It was amazing to see the quality of the con
struction and to imagine labourers carting contain
ers of limestone or coral to dump into the cauldron.
These are things we have never seen before in our
travels as in most locations time has destroyed the
evidence of the engineering tools of the past. This
- us even more excitement about what we would
i... I at the top of the hill.
The name Brimstone is well suited as the fortress is
built on an 800-foot volcanic dome which still emits a
slight sulfurous odor. The fort tour cost US$8 each
plus an optional single cost of US$5 for an audio guide
of the site which we highly recommend. Though rec
ognized by the world as one of the best preserved 18th
century military architectural accomplishments, we
found the fort more interesting from the point of view
that it was a military assignment designed to protect
Britain's sugar interest on the island which was
threatened by France. Around the fort in all directions
lie the remains of sugar plantations including current
sugarcane fields. The site is in excellent condition con
sidering its age.
Arriving back in the city we were quick to get to the
ferry dock and catch the first ferry back to the tran
quality of Nevis. The contrast between the two islands
is dramatic and we found ourselves longing for the
beautiful anchorage where our floating home was
waiting. On the way, as we passed our anchorage
about a half mile offshore, we spotted a bright yellow
dinghy adrift. It appeared to be our neighboring
yacht's dinghy (as no other yacht in the area that we
were aware of had a yellow dinghy). We decided we
would recover 11, 1.. .1. r our neighbour, so as
soon as we got 11 11. I .. hopped into our dinghy
and headed straight for it. Our neighbours later

Taking aferry to St. Kitts one day, we toured the
18th century Brimstone fortress

explained they had left th i, .i, on the beach and
the tide and wind had i .11 I .1 away. They were
pleased to recover it.
Our four days spent in this anchorage provided
some of the most peaceful, interesting and eco-cen
tered adventures we've come across since leaving the
Bahamas. We cannot help but think that cruisers who
sail right on by Nevis are missing one of the cruising
life's best-kept secrets. It truly is a walk on the wild
side where man has kept the wild preserved and safe.
Bill and Bev Bate are cruising the Caribbean aboard
S/V El Shaddai.

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We sailed to Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio,
Jamaica, from Santiago de Cuba near the end of
January 2007. The rugged setting is lush, tropical
jungle with towering, mountains in the background.
My husband, Bill, and I drank in the breathtaking
beauty as we approached. The marina is a wonderful,
modern facility with helpful, efficient staff and skilled
workers to 1 I .... .. We stayed
on a moorir,. I .11 I I - I ...... i. i - a night for
long term), with free wireless.
We learned that actor Errol Flynn, famous for star
ring in pirate movies such as the 1935 "Captain
Blood", first came here to Portland parish in 1946
when inclement weather ran his yacht ashore. He was
so impressed with the place he made his home here.
One day we took our dinghy and explored Navy Island,
across from the marina, which was previously owned
by Errol Flynn. As we munched on our brown-bag
lunch in the breezeway of his former home, now in
decay and consumed by time, we imagined him enter
training a host of famous Hollywood types, like Bette
Davis and Ginger Rogers, in elegant style.
Port Antonio
Port Antonio is an active little town, a bit rugged and
for the most part unscathed by tourists. The open
market, with an abundant variety of stalls with fresh
produce, souvenirs, wood -'r-inr- music and even
meat is bustling every day i Ii. I except Sunday,
when the town virtually shuts down. When the sun
1 ;- other vendors set up charcoal fires and the
.... sizzling jerk-seasoned pork and chicken
drifts over the market area. Free samples are offered,
tempting the taste buds to want more. Despite our
enjoyment of "hot and spicy" their jerk seasoning was
a little over the top for us.
The pr-'-.-'l- 1-.-ln from the marina along the
waterfr ,"i 11. ,,. i.1111 planted and well :''' 1
was a :. I Ii is and the locals .
stroll, or to sit and visit on the many benches along
the way. The ice cream parlor with multiple flavors
attracts non-stop traffic.
Jamaica's reputation for high crime was quickly dis
pelled in Port Antonio. We felt so secure we left our
boat o ... .... 1 .11 for five weeks while we returned
to Cai i i i, other country we have traveled
where we would have felt safe doing that was Cuba.)
Rafting on the Rio Grande
We asked other boaters for their recommendations
on sights to see from Port Antonio. The top item on
ev .. .- i. . ,,, i. down the Rio Grande.
I... .... i ,, i. ., /VOasis to go together.
The taxi ride was along winding, narrow roads through
remote villages. Houses were perched precariously on
mountainsides among the lush vegetation. In about 30
minutes we reached the check-in point where we were
assigned two separate handcrafted bamboo rafts with
captains (US$48 per raft). Albert Harley, our captain,
took particular care by arranging fresh-cut flowers in the

Above: Sweeping Long Bay is
but this day there were none

Below: Everyone's number on
the Rio Grande

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popular with surfers, arduous task pushing against the current but they'd
in sight sure get to know the river intimately.
About halfway along the route we stopped for a
lunch break and a chance to take a refreshing dip in
e outing rafting on the river. We had no deadlines to meet so were happy
to enjoy all the perks along the way. The bathroom
facility was a squat in the bush.
A pleasant, cheerful lady, Belinda, prepared lunch
over an open fire: fried chicken, dumplings, bok choy,
peas and rice, breadfruit, and ackee and saltfish (the
national dish). Belinda does preliminary preparation
at home before '.rr-in- her load of food on foot about
one hour to the , I then boards a raft that fer
ries her to the other side. From there she hikes anoth
er 20 minutes or so to the lunch spot. At the end of her
day her pots are stashed in the bushes nearby as it is
physically impossible for her to cart i ...
each day. She inherited and learned I. I '. i
how to do the business. The care and attention
Belinda put into the meal and the variety of spices and
seasonings including onions, thyme, jerk sauce, all
spice, salt/pepper, was amazing.
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cup holders on the raft and having an umbrella available
in case of rain. None of the other rafts displayed such
TLC. Heb i .... . .- ,, ..1, leRioGrandefor
the past ** ..- 111. ..I. 1, I, realize it at the
time, -- ....- .... 1." -1 -i captains for the
trip. ..i i I. .1. recommend Captain Albert.
We sat in the bamboo seat as Albert guided the raft
by standing at the front of it poling his way along the
river over calm waters, small rapids, shallow and
deeper sections. The scenery was spectacular with
towering mountainsides covered in thick jungle foliage
in a mass of varying shades of green and dotted with
red, white and purple flowers. The peace and tranquil
ity was awesome. Along the way we spotted some men
dragging rafts up the river on foot. Apparently there is
an initiation period where all potential captains spend
about two years doing this. It looked like a long and

by Bev Bate


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Boston Jerk and Long Bay
One day we took a route taxi to Ferry Hill where we
had an appointment at a local school to learn about
the education system and the needs of the school.
Afterwards we walked along the road a short distance,
S 1 i i ... i,, Winnifred Beach which
.o i .,,,. i ,,, i i i. area in the past but is
now vacated in preparation for development. Not far
beyond is Jamaica's world-famous Boston Jerk barbe
cue center. Several vendors had rustic lean-tos where
they prepared and served jerk-seasoned chicken and
pork. We had a tasty lunch, but we weren't convinced
it was worthy of the title "Jamaica's best".

Catching another route taxi, we continued along the
scenic coast to Long Bay. The beautiful beach was
practically deserted. The pristine turquoise waters and
large surf make it a popular hangout for surfers, how
ever, that day there were none in sight. We walked
along the beach and marveled at the beauty and pri
vacy we enjoyed.
Reach Falls and Blue Lagoon
Another day our destination was Reach Falls. We
took a route taxi to the turnoff where another route
taxi was waiting for a fare to the falls. We considered
walking but the climb was long, winding and steep
and we chose to ride. Reach Falls is a tourist destina

tion and very commercial
ized. The admission was
US$15. The scenery was
spectacular, with Reach
Falls set in a rainforest with
several cascading falls tum-
bling over limestone rock for
nations. A guide is available
to guard your belongings and
to assist tourists wishing to
climb from one side to the
Other, over the top of the
falls. He patiently helps
plant one's feet to ensure a
solid grip. We swam in the
pool, enjoyed the cool,
refreshing water and visited
with other tourists.
When we emerged we
I expected a route taxi would
probably be waiting to take
tourists to the bottom. This
was not to be, so we began
1 the long descent on foot to
the main road. Going down
was not that difficult and we
enjoyed stopping along the
way, taking photos of the
awesome scenery with the
misty Blue Mountains in the
background. We stopped fre
quently and chatted with
locals, including a man
me... but the house is doing woodcarving. He invit
ur own picnic ed us to view his room full of
beautifully handcrafted carv
ings where I spotted Jesus
and Buddha sitting side by
side on a table.
On the return trip we stopped at the Blue Lagoon for
a quick look. The Blue Lagoon (known as the Blue
Hole by the locals) was made famous by the movie
"Blue Lagoon" starring Brooke Shields, which was
filmed there, and by Jacques Cousteau who did a 52
meter dive. It is fed by freshwater springs and displays
every imaginable color of blue, emerald green and
turquoise throughout the day. We learned that the
Blue Lagoon has recently been purchased and future
development planned.
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for Venezuela's offshore islands of Los Testigos, and
made excellent progress under mizzen and genoa. The
equatorial current sped us onwards all day and was
sweeping through Los Testigos at a good three knots
as we made our way to Breakthrough Bay, where we
dropped anchor for the night. The palm trees and
sandy beach tempted us to stay, but we didn't want to
inflate and launch the dinghy just in order to check in
with the Guardia Nacional. Their office on Isla Iguana
was three miles away; three miles against wind and
current would be no small undertaking in the dinghy.
Instead we set sail at dawn the following morning for
S. I the anchorage at Porlamar in the after
noon. Behind the high-rise blocks that line the shore,
the sun was shining over the mountains. A few white
clouds clung to the summits. Pelicans, boobies and
frigate birds paraded through the air or perched pre
cariously on our pulpit.
There were some 60 yachts anchored in Porlamar
Bay. The water boat and the fuel boat wandered
amongst the yachts with cries of "Agua?" or "Diesel?"
This was our fourth visit to Venezuela and we were
i I to be back. Next .-rii;;: -e listened to the
i i radio "cruisers' : I 1I' were no security
problems. CJ gave an excellent weather forecast.
Going ashore, we were greeted on the dinghy dock
by a big Venezuelan in a straw hat. He took our line
and our bag of rubbish with a welcoming smile and a

"Buenos dias". The marina owner, Juan Baro, who is
also an agent for Customs and Immigration, took our
papers and passports, which he returned to us later
that I I. i. .i 1 a cruising permit. The cost was
abou I- -' .. i. ding his own fee. He also
exchanged a quantity of dollars for Venezuelan
Bolivars at what certainly seemed to me to be a good
rate. We then sat outside his office, listening to the
strains of Mozart over his speaker system to await the
shoppers' bus.
The bus runs to a giant out-of-town supermarket
and shopping mall. There are unbelievable bargains in
beers, wines and spirits and excellent value
Argentinean steak and almost every variety of gro
series. Perhaps a few items on our shopping list might
be out of stock. (This time -in the spring of 2007
they had no tinned sardines and no tonics. Last year
they had been short of coffee. They never seem to stock
wholemeal bread flAir -r :;;r:r .1-1 We forget any
shortcomings when" 11. i.. ... I veg area which
is piled high with mountains of pineapples, passion
fruit, bananas, plantains and almost every vegetable I
could wish for. Avocados and mangoes were nearly as
big as rugby balls. I certainly hadn't seen such variety
and quality since we left Trinidad in November 2006 to
cruise the Grenadines and Grenada.
We reached the checkout with a couple of seriously
overladen trolleys. Paying our bill, some furious men
tal arithmetic confirmed that the hundreds of thou
sands of Bolivars that we had been charged for gro
series amounted, in pounds sterling, to less than half
of what I might expect to pay back in the UK. Wine,
also, was about half British prices; beer and spirits
were barely ten percent.
It was then that the full merits of the shoppers' bus
service became apparent as our purchases were taken
over by a polite young man who pack I 11.....
into boxes. He couldn't have been :..... i .
Nothing soft or vulnerable was placed where it might
S- r .. 1 1; the box containing eggs was marked
..- I so that neither English nor Spanish
speakers could make any mistake. Every box was
numbered and the young man then took the whole lot

away, leaving us free to wander round the shopping
mall or to visit the cafeteria.
The bus departed at one o'clock back to Juan's
dinghy dock. There our boxes reappeared like magic to
be unloaded, identified and sorted for us. The bus run
is free, provided by the supermarket; but one is
expected to tip the box handlers. An adequate tip for a
good service is part of Venezuelan custom. In the past,
yachtsmen who :... .I have spent the equivalent of a
couple of hundr I I -. dollars or more in the super
market often only used to give a few cents as tip.
Nowadays, Juan insists on a minimum tip of US$1 per
person. As our pile amounted to 11 large boxes, such
a tip seemed barely adequate.
The man with the straw hat now appeared on the
scene with a big barrow on which he offered to trundle
our purchases to the far end of the dinghy dock. He
would also help to load the dinghy if needed. Again, the
customary tip is expected, but where else in the
Caribbean would one ; I such friendly, helpful and
unassuming service? I. .. prices ashore are no more
than a fraction of what one would pay up the island
chain, it is only reasonable that a tiny part of the prof
its are passed on in return for such valuable assistance.
The tide was low, and there was less than two feet of
water at the dinghy dock. An even shallower sand bar
lay a short distance offshore where small waves would
develop into 1 I .. .., .... .. . .. iming
and luck wo..I Ii .. I I .' I I I 11 con
tents of our overladen dinghy dry. But we made it safe

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ly back to Skybird and Alan heaved the heavy boxes up
onto the deck. I hastily stowed the more vulnerable
items into the fridge and we opened a bottle of wine.
M .. ;I : .. ...... 1 ,1 ........ ; icretejun
gle i .i... i .. ..i.. . i i i Som e are
in ....- I I ."l, 11 ...' I i ,'tly aban-
doned. The largest of all is the empty shell of what had
once been a luxury hotel, closed since a disastrous fire
some 17 years ago. In any gaps amongst the high
rises are the shantytown dwellings of the Venezuelan
poor. Here, empty plastic bags line the roadsides and
small children play amongst the rubbish. It is not
unusual to see a young man scouring through the
contents of a rubbish skip in search of empty beer
cans to sell for scrap. Small wonder that there is a cer
tain element of crime coupled with such poverty. It is
also commonplace to see heavily-armed police wan
during round the streets and in the shops.
Venezuelan crime exists. But it has also become the
subject of much exaggeration. A fleet of between 50
and .-.. .. 1 i.i .. ..1 ... i. .. .. IPorlam ar.
M an 1 -I I . .. ,.- .. I i ..... ear after
year. Relative to these numbers I don't think there are
any more incidents in Porlamar than in many other
anchorages in the Caribbean. True, we are all advised
to lift our dinghy without fail every :...1i nd true,
there are certain "no go" areas ashoren I not the
same be true for many seaside towns the world over?
At the same time I don't wish to underestimate the
problem. I could name at least five excellent
Venezuelan anchorages which we have ourselves vis
ited over the years but which we have decided not to
visit this year due solely to reported incidents. Even in
past years we have never dared to explore much of the
mainland coast and have always stood well clear of the
Paria Peninsula.
After a few days, once we had our fill of retail thera
py in Porlamar, with our lockers loaded with whisky
and wine and our veg nets and fridge filled to burst
ing, we set sail without delay. Our next destination
was another Venezuelan offshore island, but a very
different one.
Next month: Splendid isolation at Isla Blanquila.

Skybird's Final Caribbean Season:


by Mary Robinson

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have come to the conclusion that I might be addicted to boat shopping. Having
just made a jaunt out of Panama through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras,
San Salvador and into Guatemala and the Rio Dulce and returned boatless I'm
getting slightly uneasy.
One danger sign is that I liked lying back on a squishy bus seat, with twice the
room of economy class on a plane, and a foot rest. I liked having a pillow tucked
under my head and a soft blanket thrown over me, new movies shown to me, and
no ..i 11 ...1. 1 .i hes. I 1.1---1 V.;-.-;; -h. .r Min; ---;;; man peeling grapes for
me i i ... ... i,, her fa - 11 ii i I .... me food and beverages.
Most of all I liked Customs ., I ..... ., ,, ....... 1 I didn't evenhave to get
out of my seat.


by Julia Bartlett

Then there are all the reunions as I keep meeting up with old friends. In every
n-.i-ri ~- there are parties waiting. Plus, boat shopping is a great way to make new
I ... I .... I see new places. I am having a ball. And I get to spend my days explore
ing other people's boats.
..... iI .. i. .. i i 1. I might know too much about boats. I can do the
.I, I' "II.'. ,1 I 1 .i. i. m my head as I just glance around.
When I bought my first boat I was a believer. When the own( i ,, i
gasoline-driven monster in the narrow dark cave and said i ... i

There might be another problem.

I might know too much about boats

engine for anyway? It's a sailboat I 1i ...1.1 II .ot a point." Duh!
God looks after drunks, fools, ,,I ... i ,,. -1 ii.. boat buyers and I was proba
bly all four. My first boat was a gem and it fitted me like a .1 i ...... -r -
first time buyer, and I'm savvy when it comes to boats., I've .. I ,.
months so I'm not sure I even qualify as a sailor. That only leaves one out of four. I
think that I might be on my own on this one.
The boats are entertainment in eir own right. Take this one. The ad said Yanmar
engine. I like Yanmlar n P;- t-ecause I am familiar with them. On board I found a
Yanmar prototype I .1,. I, ... 1066. It didn't bear any resemblance to today's
engines. The 20 something French male owner had thoughtfully left starting instruc
tions that went something like this: Open the seacock, put in neutral and crank like
hell. This time I am not exaggerating. I am female, weigh 110 pounds, and am near
er 70 than 20 so I thought that particular boat might be a tad ambitious for me.
The next one advertised that it was ready to go to sea, everything was included; all
I had to do was step on board. There were a couple of minor oversights; I'll mention
just a few. The foredeck :- ..:-t f:f 1-..- like a trampoline, a lightning strike had
taken out the advertised ...i .1 1 i I .nd VHF, and when the mast had been
restepped, they had forgotten to hook up the electrics.
Then there was the se: Ti. 1i i1 ,,i, I .... ..i. that I fell seriously in lust with,
only to find it .: 1- -i .. .. I. .. ...i..i I I termites and the owner would
n't accept my 1 I.. I. perhaps was a blessing.
I also found a pretty, but decrepit, pilot cutter where I would have had to lean over
the boomkin to haul up the outboard that drove it, a maneuver which the young
male owner, this time Italian, admitted periodically defeated him.
One owner showed me over his boat himself and he talked so fast and so loud that
I was reeling around like a cartoon character by the time I got off. All I can remem
ber is that he kept repeating that the boat had lots of Stuff, and that most of the
Stuff appeared to be rusty.
A beautiful Tartan almost seduced me until the owner admitted that the gasoline
engine was a bit of a problem because it had seized up when he got water in the oil.
I wasn't too keen on the fact that the gasoline tank was under a berth in the salon,
either, and he was rigid on a price that didn't reflect the minor inconveniences of
shipping a new engine in to a remote location.
Maybe I'm just a tad too fussy or, more likely, I just don't have enough money for
a boat that I really want.
What do I want?
Just an old fibreglass boat that's pretty enough to make me swoon, with rigging
that isn't about to fall down, a long keel, a tiller, perhaps a neat little Yanmar and
some nice woodwork. A windvane t-.-ri;: -ystem and tan sails would clinch the
deal. Is that too much to ask for I - ........ I promise I'd cuddle it every night.
Sailor and writer Julia Bartlett has done extensive research on subjects as diverse
as port rot, pets aboard and Caribbean hurricane holes. She can be contacted at

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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Your sense of humor will help you afloat in dealings with
argumentative crew or cruising pals. Don't get your sails
aback at how silly it all is.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
A female crewmember or i i i i i ,
11 l.1 l l.. 1i -d I ... .. Iii I II i iI ...

SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Tn.I ill1 1 time to patch the sails in any mis
I i crew. You may be in for a pleasant

SCANCER (22 Jn -23 Jul)
Misunderstandings may cause choppy conditions most
of the month, but in the last week, insight into the prob
lem will be like oil on the waters.

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Your love life will seem to be in irons until the 9th, when
good times and romance sail your way.
T VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Your renowned attention to detail in business will be the
right sail to hoist on the 3rd. With creativity in your sign
now, you should be able to use this aspect to chart any
course you want.
LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
1. l ii, li ... I 1 1

and get everything back on an even keel.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
fi-1 ~-nt v currents in love this month,
S. Try to maintain your sense of
i...... .. i I too picky with your mate.

SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
While male crew or cruising companions will seem to
Si. .l es will be helpful and

SCAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Youll be feeling a rising tide of creativity, so take the
-rr-ri-;;-t- t- -- -1-l n.... --vs to deal with difficult

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
This will be a month of verbal opposition and .
communications. The last half of the month will I I,
most trying. Unplug the radio and get out the signal flags.
SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
You will have romantic rough seas and could end up
on the rocks. But remember that every ending brings a
new beginning.

Crossword Solution

1) BOAT 40) PILOT 20) KNEE
6) LOOSE 43) 0' NINE TAILS 24) AND
8) OF 45) SAND 27) SET
11) CASTING 46) ROW 28) LAP
15) SO 31) FALL
18) LEE 1) BLOCKS 36) SHIP'S
19) HOOKS 2) SEA 38) HEAD
23) ABEAM 4) LOT 42) PAW
25) CAT THE 5) RIG 44) TO
26) GUT 6) LASH
33) AT 9) FISH
37) TOM 13) NOOK

JslanJ oets

SA passing pirogue
Named Digrnt6,
r Ariler ison
like a Caco bird,
Ghosting along, fishes peacefully,
outward bound gently rocking,
from the Bocas, dipping to the swell.
slipping by "Wha' hoppenin' dere, mon?"
iridescent the owner shouts.
Grenadine shores,
with a cargo of While farther out,
Angostura bitters, the weekly
asked rums, Geest-boat arrives
cayenne and cocoa beans, with the dawn,
seeking green gold.
Ocean currents
leave feathery, Sliding past
foaming traces a sea graped shore
among inshore reefs, where,
home to the under leaning,
violet-black Negrita. wind-swept palms,
Far out at sea, tangled mangroves
in the standing proud
Islas de Barlovento, on a jungled shore,
summer squalls a boat's a-building
loose a new generation,
,i i,,. -.I wers to replace these
1 ..... i,, tired old timbers
slate-coloured of aged Acajou.
-Nicholas Lee


-i ... rough the anchorage,
i drive so fast?
Have you r--.-n1, engagement?
What's 1. 11I . between this life and your last?

If you drive more slowly,
You have time to stop and say hello,
To watch i t i- tl- t1- -1+,i: up,
See the i.., .. i i I I 1. below!

To look at all the different boats,
And ponder whence they came,
To s .....i. ... .... ... wonder
The i i . ....

So why not drive more slowly,
Chat and wave to cruisers new.
Or better still lift your engine
And row it's good for you!
-Susie Stanhope

C j ia c ori 'CATS'

1) Cat : beamy yacht with only one sail
3) Cat : inner part of 21 Down
S4 5 6 7 6) I
8) 1 .1 "o" means in 42 Across
11) Act of heaving anchor with 1 Down and 3 Down
8 9 10 14) What cat does off lee shore?
15) Order to quit hauling on a 40 Across
16) Breeze or wrap
11 12 13 14 18) Downwind side
19) Catch anchor rings with cat
22) Catamarans sit on an keel
15 16 l7 23) At right angle to the vessel's length
25) anchor with 1 Down and 3 Down
(2 words)
18 19 20 26) Cat_: a tough cord used in music, sports
_, ... taking a cat nap is this
21 33) What cat and rat have in common
34) Mechanism that increases force applied
35) Ship's cat's prey
22 23 24 1 37) Male ship's cat
38) Cat : spaces in the quarter for springlines
40) Book of sailing directions
25 26 27 41) Cat back-__: line for h.ulin.1 19 Across
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An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life, by Liz Fordred.
McGraw-Hill, 2001. Paperback, 272 pages, ISBN: 0071373942
Don't Kill the Cow Too Quick: An Englishman's Adventures Homesteading in
Panama, by Malcolm Henderson. universe Inc, 2004, paperback, 230 pages, ISBN
10: 0595319491
Last month I read two stunning books that are different in many ways but they are
both true stories, both are told with heart-warming honesty without a trace of self
pity and I will never forget either of them.
The first, An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life, is written
by Liz Fordred who built a
boat with her husband, Pete,
and then sailed it from South
2 Africa to Florida. That on its
S.own is quite a feat but con
W side doing it when neither
( partner has the use of their
Body from the chest down. It
perhaps takes someone who
has spent time in a boatyard
I ' ,, ,r appreciating the
-I, 111. a wheelchair
must present. Then imagine
coping with a storm at sea,
getting to the head, being
seasick and getting in and
out of a dinghy.
The obstacles they met
were not just physical, they
were financial, emotional and
social, such as the blatant
prejudice from authorities
who wanted to veto the proj
ect by refusing to allow them
to go to sea after all their
Shard work.
That was contrasted by the
hard work and support of
friends and family: food just
appearing on the dock, a
small donation arriving by
mail every month from an old
lady they never met, and the selfless sharing of knowledge, expertise and time from
other sailors.
The yacht was built in Liz's mother's garden. Parts that had taken months to com-
plete had to be sawn off on its way to the ocean and it was dropped before making
it into the water.
This is t i .......- ... . i'.' I ,, to tears more than once, and I have
sincerely .... I ,,- I ii , II I .1 my legs sea, or land for grant
ed again.

The other book, Don't Kill The Cow Too Quick, by Malcolm Henderson, is the story
of a retired English art dealer I , i. mestead on one of the islands in Bocas
Del Toro on the Caribbean coa-
Why would boaters
be interested in this
book? Boats are an
essential part of life in
the Bocas and the sto
ries Malcolm tells
about learning the art
of boating are hilari
ous; I could identify
with more than one of
them. One night,
about midnight, I was
rolling around in bed,
doubled up with
laughter and with
tears rolling down my
face unable to put the
book down. The next
day I got some queer
looks from my
Panamanian neigh
bours. Perhaps they
thought that I had
snuck a man into my
There is a percentage
of cruisers who are qui
etly on the lookout for
that special slice of
paradise where they
could settle when they
move ashore again,
and this book captures
exactly the sort of
learning experience
they can expect. I have
heard similar stories
from other sources but
Malcolm tells them
with a charming hon
esty and all the jokes
are at his own expense,
reminiscent of James
Herriots style in his
famous vet books. He
paints wonderful pic
tures of what it is really like to live immersed in a Caribbean culture on a small
island. If you are looking for a quiet life, don't do it!
I had a "blind date" with Malcolm one : .1. 1 ... 1.- wants to buy a larger ver
sion of the cat boat he already has and ........ i i.. .. I recommended that he ask
my a I .1 I !i .. .I .... -arolina to Panama. At 75, Malcolm looks 60 and
his e'..ll..- .... I , I ..... every page of his book. I wish he would find time
to write another.
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no known antidote. In Japan, the government has regulations on who can pre
pare and serve fugu so that no one dies by mistake!
When puffer fish are 'p* 'nin. there may be more poison in their bodies, so
fugu is served mostly ,,.I- I I the reproductive season. Japanese fishermen
who catch the puffers when the price is low often keep them in cages in the sea
until the price rises. Fish kept this way turned out to be less poisonous than wild
puffers. 1. . .1 University bred some puffer fish in captivity and
altered I .. ..-.... I I I shellfish and starfish. Their puffers turned out


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Lets continue our look at fish farming. Perhaps one of the most unusual
Marine creatures farmed for human consumption is the puffer fish 1 i. 1'
porcupine fish in the Caribbean). There are many different types ci '"i II
worldwide, ranging in size from a few inches to over two feet but they all have the
same defence mechanism. The skin of a puffer fish is very tough, has no scales
and is covered with spines. When the puffer fish is in danger, 't ;-'1 .t-r into
I its body so that it swells up like a prickly balloon. This make .1 .11, ,, for a to have no poison at all.
predator to catch hold of it. The puffer fish also has a mouth which is strong The demand for fugu led the Japanese to raise puffers on fish farms because
Enough to bite off a finger! the farmed fish are less of a risk to the consumer. However, there have been
So, why is this strange fish so much in demand? reports of chemicals added to purify the water there which may actually be harm

t restaurants which is surprising because parts of the puffer fish are very poison- attractive option for gourmet diners.
ous. The liver in particular contains a deadly toxin called tetrodoxin. A tiny By the way, when the tetrodoxin is very diluted, it can be used as a painkiller
amount of this poison paralyses muscles and causes respiratory arrest. There is for rheumatism and arthritis.
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In Search of the Buccaneers, by Anthony Gambrill 2007. Macmillan
Caribbean. Hardback, 258 pages, with illustrations, maps, glossary, index, and bib-
liography. ISBN: 978-0-333-97652-4.
Anthony Gambrill has been interested in buccaneers since obtaining a rare copy
of Alexander Exquemelin's Bucaniers of America, published in 1684. He has lived
in Jamaica for 50 years and is chairman of a large advertising agency; in 1998 he
received his Master's degree in History. Mr. Gambrill has created a thoroughly
researched and beautifully illustrated text covering the glory days of the bucca
neers, from 1630-1700.
He posits that the buccaneers (whose name derived from their practice of smok
ing meat over a wooden barbecue grill, or boucan) were not pirates, though their
exploits -such as raping, pillaging, and plundering -came perilously close to
piracy. The difference, and it is a fine legal one, was that the boucaniers were mer
cenaries who were usually (but not always) engaged in state-sanctioned terrorism
against their enemies. Furthermore, the buccaneers experimented with a form of
democracy a century before Thomas Jefferson. This allowed the Dutch, French, and
English buccaneers to ally in sacking Spanish cities in the Caribbean. The bucca
neers' six decades of success and eventual dissolution ultimately led to the encour
.--t of greater colonization in the West Indies by Spain's European rivals.
11 olumbus, Spain ruthlessly pursued the New World's gold, silver, sugar
and dyes; they outlawed colonization by their rivals, and even trading with other
European powers was forbidden. This was as unenforceable as it was impractical,
and rogue traders from other nations found markets for their goods with Spanish
merchants. French pirates and "privateers" (those with Royal sanction) such as
Hawkins and Drake attacked Spanish settlements with gusto in the 16th century,
forcing Spain to fortify its ports. As the mineral-rich mainland settlements at Vera
Pr"- r'rt-,n P-rt-1-ello and Nombre de Dios drew colonists away from Santo
c ....... ... ... 1i ..- ... Western Hispaniola (Haiti) were abandoned and their live
stock roamed the countryside. In 1605 a Spanish decree was issued to abandon all
m;;; haciendas in Western Hispaniola, since the Crown couldn't afford to
I i 1'.I .... Owners were ordered to move to the city of Santo Domingo, which
was heavily fortified.
The boucaniers were frontiersmen living off the wild cattle and pigs from these
abandoned Spanish settlements on the north and west coasts of Haiti. Rough and
rugged, they honed their marksmanship skills by hunting, and they survived by
trading meat and skins for gunpowder and shot, living in camps much like the
indigenous Taino Indians. They cured their meat over open fires on raised sticks of
lignum vitae, lived in conical huts held up by a centre pole, and slept in hammocks.
Their members consisted of shipwrecked .i .- i i r,.i. ... i i, ,, i
colonists escaping religious persecution or ..... ... ,, ,,,
servants, freed slaves, and even a few Indians.
They were not averse to taking Spanish ships as prizes, which they originally
attacked from dories, until they became a nascent naval power. As their numbers
increased, the Spanish tried to wipe them out. This forced them to pool their
resources and develop leaders and plans for their common defense. Eventually,
many made the two-mile journey to the island of Tortuga, off Haiti's north coast,
to get farther away from their Spanish tormentors and built a defensible port.
Tortuga before 1630 had so many wild hogs that it was called the Island of Pigs
(L'isle de Porceaux). Some of the settlers were .. 1. -1. lonists from Nevis who had
been displaced by the Spanish attack there ... I- Tortuga became the first
colony '' .-;- -- t .----; 1. -lnial power. Alas, the experiment in democ
racy w: .. ..-.. --..I .- I ...I. and French settlers fought, and in their
weakness they were attacked again by the Spanish. Eventually Jean LeVasseur
S -i;t-1 r----r-r but once in power he became a despot solely interested in
.......... i .. fort was built overlooking the harbour, and LeVasseur
reigned like a king for 12 years.
The English buccaneers, meanwhile, had joined the armies of General Venables
and Admiral William Penn (the father of the founder of Philadelphia) in 1655 and
taken the island of Jamaica from Spain. Port Royal, the capital, became the Sodom
and Gomorrah of the western world and the base for such notable leaders of
English buccaneers as Christopher Myngs, Edward Mansfield and Henry Morgan.
As governor of Jamaica, Sir Thomas Modyford sold "commissions", or letters of

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marque, for 20 pounds each, legally allowing buccaneer captains to pillage Spanish
ships and towns so long as the Crown got its cut -16.66 percent.
Meanwhile, on board the buccaneers' ships, captains could be voted out if they
lost favour with their crew, and the crew's pay was strictly determined by a per
centage of the booty obtained ("no purchase, no pay" or "no prey, no pay"), after
expenses. Morgan's looting of Portobello, Panama, in 1668 netted his crew over
700 men on 12 ships -a massive 120 pounds per person, while his more daring
feat of taking Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1669 netted a crewman only 30 pounds.
This money was generally squandered on drink and women in Port Royal, whose
purveyors were the great beneficiaries, but merchants and other colonists were
also positively affected by the sudden influx of such great wealth. The marvelous
cover art of In Search of the Buccaneers depicts such a debauched scene and is
taken from a French painting that now hangs in the Marine Museum in Paris.
The chapters of this book describe the buccaneers' campaigns geographically,

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rather than chronologically, and are mind-bogglingly comprehensive in describing
the various Dutch, French, English and Spanish leaders, governors, admirals and
captains of the day. It is a little confusing to be backtracking in time during some
chapters, but the number and range of hostilities reported lead one to conclude life
was not easy for the early colonists, who were constantly being preyed upon by
agents of hostile nations as well as being victims of smallpox, yellow fever, dysen
tery and tuberculosis.
The buccaneers' story ends around 1700, although piracy flourished for another
half century and has continued to this day. By the 18th century the buccaneers'
type of legalized piracy was considered counterproductive by their rulers in Europe
-the galleons of Spanish gold and silver were in decline, and peace briefly flour
ished among the old adversaries. Instead of bringing in wealth, the buccaneers'
exploits were hurting the fragile stability of the colonial planters and deemed bad
for business.
In 1692 Port Royal suffered a cataclysmic earthquake; thousands drowned when
two-thirds of the port slid into the sea. By that time, Henry Morgan had beenjailed
to appease the Spanish, released from the Tower, knighted, and had lived out his
years as lieutenant-governor of Jamaica. When he died in 1688 he left an estate
worth over 5,000 pounds, but his grave sank into the sea when Port Royal was
submerged, a fitting end for the world's most famous buccaneer.


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Planning a 1,200-mile passage to Cuba on our 1978
Ontario 32, Veleda V, we departed English Harbour in
Antigua by 0800, January 4th, with a double-reefed
main, as the winds were predicted to be 20 to 25 knots
for a few days. Within an hour we had shut off the
engine and were cruising along "wing and ." -
knots in brisk Force 6 easterly winds. I ii -.
seas caused quite a bit of yawing, but the Raymarine
self steering system worked quite well and held Veleda
on course in spite of the three-metre (ten-foot) over
taking swells. At least we were going in the right direc
tion, as we wcr- h---li;; west ....... ....
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situation, against these same winds!
In th- nin- we followed our usual sea routine
I, i .1 Judy went to bed shortly after sup
per while I took the first watch from about 1900 to
2400, with our friend Doug enjoying a nightcap of
whiskey with me after doing the dishes before he went
to bed. The winds held easterly at Force 5 to 6 (15 to
25 knots) all night and intc th- -rn-;;; --it-h three
metre swells. Judy had the :... I I i. ... I**) to
0400, and Doug the morning watch from 0400 to
0800. We enjoy .. i ,. c; --.r-1 ;.;;; especial
lyas he assumes I '. I ,.11 -.1 ... which he
insists on doing all the dishes after meals (maybe
that's why he always wants to take us out to local
restaurants while at anchor) and getting coffee and tea
ready for us first thing in the morning.
The Medical Emergency
I got up at 0700, and Doug apologized for not hav
ing my coffee ready as he thought I would not be up

before my 0800 watch. He went below to start get
ting it for me. I asked him if he was sure he wanted
to do so in this heavy following sea, to which he said,
"We'll see.
In the cockpit, I was familiarizing myself with the
morning weather and sea state when I looked below to
see Doug having some problems with the coffee. We
use a conical plastic basket with a paper filter and set
it on top of a steel thermos in the sink, pouring hot
water through the ground coffee. He had spilt the bas
ket and had the right sleeve of his white knit cardigan
messed up with coffee grounds. At first I thought he
had just spilt the basket and was cleaning up the
mess. He seemed busy at getting the thermos and bas
ket under control, and I thought, "I too have occasion
ally spilt the basket, with appropriate curses as I was
cleaning up the mess". Doug didn't curse. In fact it
was not until I noticed skin peeling from his left wrist
down his thumb that I was aware he had badly scald
ed himself. I immediately called Judy and went down
to see how serious it was.
It was bad! Rather than holding the basket, he had
held the thermos, and when the basket tipped the
boiling water he was pouring spilled over his left wrist
and hand. He still didn't yell or curse, and I think he
was still trying to clean up the spilt coffee grinds. I
took the thermos and basket out of the sink while he
flushed his hand with cool water from the tap to clean
the wound. I then got a two-litre measuring cup filled
with chilled water from the refrigerator to plunge his
hand in while Judy got some burn cream and band
ages to dress the area.
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Continuedfrom previous page passed Montserrat and Nevis, and would have had to
She dressed his wrist and hand with Flamazine, a beat back against the wind to return to either. We
burn cream recommended by our doctors before we thought it best to get Doug to a clinic as soon as pos
left Toronto in 1998. (We have a very extensive med sible to assess and clean the burn, and to consider if
ical supply prescribed by our doctors before we left, he could stay with us for the rest of 11. ,i i,
and fortunately have not had to use much of it other should head immediately back to ... .i i .1
than a few bandaids and a couple of antibiotic treat ment which we could not provide on board. Looking at
ments for cuts.) To keep the cream in contact with the the charts again we realized that St. Croix in the US
burned area, she wrapped Saran Wrap around it, and "'ir-in T1 .1;-1 was only 75 miles to the northwest, and
taped it off. We made a sling out of some :. I .... ... ., e altered course for Christiansted on St.
rial we had left from the curtains Judy .... i i II Croix's north coast. This meant a night time first entry
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been me, I would have hollered loud and clear when I Harbour and the Gallows Bay anchorage
did it and been c ..... .. i ,. i I i I the
pain. Not Doug. I I..... I I I I .. I i port
settee, his bunk while with us, and started to consid- A Hazardous Night-Time Entry
er our options. We made good time on a broad reach with the 25-
This was the second day out and we still had 1,000 knot winds on our starboard quarter. We had a limit
miles to go to Cuba. T holler t the computerized ed amount of information on St Croix, other than a
chart, Judy thought ol I .. I I Rey in Puerto Rico, 20-year-old Virgin Islands pilot and our computerized
145 miles away to the west-northwest. We had already mapping system. No other charts! The last sentence

in the pilot on the entry to Christiansted said, "It is
imperative that the entrance into Christiansted
Harbour be made in daylight..." as the entrance
around the east end of the island is shoal-studded
between Buck Island and the main island, and the
actual entrance into the harbour is a zig-zag course
between several shoals and 111 ... islands. Without
a doubt, this was our most 1.1. ..n and dangerous
night entry.
Judy did a great job of plotting the multiple legs on
the C-map on our laptop, and had it hooked into our
Garmin 128 GPS for our night entry to Christiansted.
The just past full moon didn't rise until after we were
in, and as a result we had a very black night with
nothingbut shore 1 .1 ... i i I .i.i I .. . ition
aids to guide us. 11 i 1 i 11 1. h r the
crestline of the island. We were totally dependent upon
the C-map, GPS, and our limited "mark one" eyeballs
(our depth sounder was not working, and we have no
radar). As we rounded the east end of St. Croix down
the channel between it and Buck Island, the wind kept
up at 30 knots astern of us, with one-metre following
seas, causing Veleda to yaw ten to 20 degrees to port
and starboard of our GPS course line. I wa 't--7.
using the ship's compass rather than the i .
didn't know how much leeway we had in the channel.
The compass did not have an operational compass
light, and I wore a red LED headlamp to see the com-
pass course. Judy was down below at the laptop
screen directing me from the C-map, and calling up
the magnetic course I should be steering.
Once past Buck Island we called the marina by radio,
just in case anyone was there. No such luck! However,
we got a response call from Avalon V, a Canadian boat
we met down at Hog Island in Grenada. They were at
anchor behind Protestant Island, at the far side of the
harbour, where we had anticipated going if not to the
marina. They recommended n-t -.in- t that anchor
Sas it was quite crowded, .. I ...I .... I us that the
i, I dock was at the far side of the marina.
To make matters worse, there was a one or two
knot tidal current astern of us, setting us down
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1 i 1 .1 i I .. I II setdown
below the next buoys and had to crab our way against
the current to round, but not overshoot, them.
Another time Judy said there should be a buoy dead
ahead, and we should turn to port. But -there was
no buoy in sight! Turn anyway! Okay!
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Additional confusion was created by the sight of
other buoys marking a secondary channel north
around Protestant Island, a direction we were not tak
i --i; these flashing green and red buoys in a
.,. i black harbour created a degree of uncer
tainty: were they for our intended channel or the other
channel? Both Judy and I trusted our C-map more
than the confusion of flashing buoys. The situation
reminded me of "Blind Pilotage" exercises I did for my
watchkeeper's certificate in the Canadian Navy when
all the bridge windows would be covered up and I had
to navigate on instruments only.

After Doug's galley mishap, he donated burn
dressings which we presented to Nurse Pansy
Franqois at Woburn, Grenada

As we worked our way cautiously around the last few
buoys towards the marina, we still could not see the
docks, or have any idea of how they were laid out. There
were no lights on the docks, just a black indistinct
stb 1... 1.. 1. F. 1.l .. 1 ... to even approach. I saw
a ..I ..1 .1 ... . tomyport, outsideofthe
entrance channel, and decided to go towards them and

if possible anchor between them. I had no idea of the
depths outside of the channel markers, but thought if
they could anchor there, so could we, as we draw only
four and a half feet. I crept Veleda up to the starboard
quarter of the outermost anchored boat and dropped
the hook. By the time we settled to a secure anchor, our
stern was a few feet out into the channel, but what the
hell, we were secure in the ominously named Gallows
Bay at Christiansted (1745.02N, 06441.96W) after a
scary night-time entrance.
Next morning we dinghied in to the fuel dock and
informed the people at the marina chandlery of our
situation. They were most helpful, checking with the
emergency department of
the hospital and calling
Homeland Security at the
airport for us to be able to
check in to US territory.
We walked to the Customs
and Immigration office a
couple of hundred yards
down the harbour where
we met with a very co
operative officer. He called
a cab for us from his
mobile phone to send
Doug and Judy to the
emergency clinic at the
hospital, and I remained
to do the check in formal
ties, after which he drove
me to the hospital.
I filled out an entry and a
departure form. The forms
were for a 48 hour period,
and if we were there longer
we would need to come
back for more paperwork. There was no charge for the
completion of these forms or any overtime incurred. I
was mildly surprised at this relatively simple efficient
entry formality, as I know airport security for the US
involves personal and baggage searches, and would not
have been surprised if he requested a search of Veleda
The reasonableness and co operation of the Homeland
Security officers was greatly appreciated.
At the hospital, we waited from 1100 to 1530 before
Doug was seen. The scald was inspected, cleaned and
re dressed with Silvadene cream (basically the same
as the Flamazine we had used) and wrapped with
gauze bandages. We were told the burn was bad

enough (deep second and possibly third degree) that
he should return to Canada for further treatment.
D o .. ,, ,, .1 .. i.....
go, I ,,I ,,I I, ,,,,I I .... .. I II.
his continuing with us.
This was the first serious injury we have had on
board during our nine years of cruising. We are aware
that any mis-step could result in a major accident
causing a broken limb, head injury, crushed fingers,
burns or scalds, or even a man overboard situation.
This incident has caused us to be that much more vig
ilant -and I have made more instant coffee at sea
since Doug's accident, rather than the more precari
ous filtered coffee!
A Silver Lining
In Toronto Doug was well cared for as an outpatient,
and he was given a large batch of dressings to protect
the wound between debriding sessions while it was
healing. He had many dressings left over, and gave
them to us on our spring visit to Canada to donate to
a medical facility on our travels.
There is a large international cruising community in
the T-: TI71-n-1 ..-. -r .- ;;-ir the village ofWoburn
on 1 I ... I In July, we donated the
dressings to the Woburn Medical Station, presenting
them to Nurse Pansy Francois, who then gave us a
tour of the facility. The medical station was re-com-
missioned by the Basic Needs Trust .. .....
in February of this year after damage. I... i i ...
Ivan which devastated Grenada in September 2004.
The rebuilding was funded by the Government of
Grenada, the Caribbean Development Bank and the
Canadian Internati .. .1 i ... ..i .. However
the station is still -1. .I I ... 1" .... .. and fur
nishings. We returned later in the day to donate an
electric kettle, and a gas bottle with regulator and hose
for their cooker, which we had noted were needed.
Thanks also go to Deborah and John Gerber of Sea
Witch long-time liveaboards located at Hog Island, for
the information about the needs of the station and for
transportation to and from the facility. We would
encourage more cruisers to donate to worthy causes in
communities in which they anchor or hunker down in
marinas, in addition to just buying groceries and sup
plies as their contribution to the economy.
PS -We never did reach Cuba, as after leaving St.
Croix we had to divert to Kingston, Jamaica, due to
storms and to repair steering problems. We arrived at
Kingston without charts or pilot book, but at least this
time we entered in daylight.

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Continuedfrom page 23 ...Cuba
Music was a highlight, too. Tov ..-... i .11. had "music houses" where for a dol
lar you could hear exceptional .. i. ... 4:00PM to whenever. We bought CDs
from many groups and relive Cuba as they play.



Cuba: No amps, no bling, no problem

Tourism is enormous in Cuba; the few US citizens who visit enter via Canada and
Mexico. The resort hotels are all-inclusive, keeping tourists away from the real Cuba
and the Cubans. We sat down at one such hotel's restaurant and ordered a bowl of
pistachio ice cream (the first for a month) and beers. We did offer to pay, but the staff
were confused at the offer of money. A one CUC tip solved the matter. At another
hotel's bar, I was challenged. "Are you in the marina?" I was asked as I looked down
at my wrinkled yachtie clothes. "If not, you must pay CUC 17 to be on our grounds,"
the waiter said. Then he added, "But that is ridiculous, so leave us a tip and you can
drink and eat all day."
Yvonne's brother, David, and his wife, Irene, arrived in Cienfuegos, where we were
waiting, and we toured inland before heading for the offshore islands and lobsters.
It seems there are no small lobsters in Cuba. Fishermen in rusty concrete boats with
bits falling off would throw lobster on our decks looking for a trade. A dollar's worth
of rum gave us five grand lobsters. We also ate -1..... and turtle given us. Many
islands had good snorkelling but due to the main ..11- f seafood, we had no need
to shoot fish. David did land an enormous tarpon, which we released.

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Havana has some wonderfully restored buildings (as well as dilapidated, unre
stored buildings) and we delighted in walking for miles. The Capitol, where the one
time democratic parliament operated, was a masterpiece and we spent hours explore
ing its nooks and crannies.
The Cuban family unit is very strong. Grandma is always in
the house to look after children while both parents work.
Unless the family owned the house before 1954, all houses are
m--m-nnt n- -I] The extended family lives in one house; we
I ....I I ... ,generations crammed into a house as best
they could manage. On our inland trips, we stayed with fami-
lies in beautiful homes which operate as guest houses. All the
pre-1954 furniture, paintings and porcelain are displayed.
STherewe. I I .1... delicate interior --"rt-r- 1n of
0 course, I i.i . ..,, hosts. We pa. i a
night, the Government-prescribed amount. The owner pays a
monthly fee to the Government and we filled out papers as we
arrived. Authorities can arrive at any moment to check the
books of such a house, and jail or large fines ,-il i-unish
any cheating. Neighbours count the number I ., -- and
report in. To one particularly generous family we tried to offer
a gift of an old electric drill. The head was aghast, "If I took
S that the neighbours would report it and how could I explain?
Why, I could end up in jail."
Private enterprise does exist and we bought great pizzas from
a vendor with a street oven for five Cuban pesos (20 US cents)
but these are intended for Cubans to buy, as tourists are not
meant to have Cuban pesos, only CUC.
Two months was all we were allowed in Cuba. We were
Headed next for Norfolk, Virginia, to refit our boat. As
Australians, we had been treated as inferior beings by USA
embassies in Colombia and Jamaica, who wanted us to wait
S.months for an appointment to get a visa for the States. In
Havana, at the United States Interests Section of the Swiss
Embassy, our visas were issued the next day. One fact that impresses or depress
es the USA citizens is that the United States Interests Section is a seven-storey
Ii I..1 ,. vithin at least three acres of secure f --in; and has a very large staff.
S1I I -I is processing over 200 visas a i I Cubans (as well as two
Australians) to visit the USA.
After David and Irene departed from Isla de Juventud, we sailed for Maria la Gorda
at the western end of Cuba, to check out. Then, before June 1, came Tropical Storm
Barry, the first named storm of 2007, so we sheltered along the northwest coast of
Cuba, island hopping each day. As soon as the weather improved, we sailed for
Beaufort, North Carolina, and entered the USA I I -...i the Customs simply
told us we could not come from Cuba to the I ... i I Iny Cuban cigars. We
showed our US visas, issued in Cuba, which amazed them.
We look forward to seeing many USA mates or at least talking to them when we
get to the internet.
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1lrge part of what's so appealing about the
risingg life is the variety of peoples and places
experience. Sometimes these experiences
are a bit different than we are used to, but that's the
islands, Mon.
Annually, we live aboard for a while in our favorite
boatyard. Cooking is a chore so when the marina's
grocery store bought a rotisserie, we took advantage of
the spicy chickens they cooked.
This was a chicken night. The Captain left me sip

ping a "dark and diet" and admiring the golds of the
evening creeping over the harbor, while he went for the
chicken. He was gone a while, but the Captain's a
sociable type, so I didn't worry. Eventually he was
back with a warm bag. Plopping it on the table, he
said, "You're not going to believe this. I went into the
store and looked to make sure there were chickens in
the machine. Yes. So I went up to the cashier....
He says, "Is one of those chickens available?"
She says, "No, would you like to pay for it now?"
Pause, try again.
"Is one of those chickens available?"

by Betty Fries

This photo was taken 552 miles north ofSt. Thomas
en route from the Chesapeake. There was no wind,
so Captain Lany grilled what else? chicken

"No, would you like to pay for it now?"
T -nr pause, look around.
.. I have one of those chickens?"
"Yes, would you like to pay for it now?"
We chuckled all the way through dinner.
Being a bit insular, we don't speak French. That

doesn't stop us from enjoying some of the lovely
advantages of the French islands. However, provision
ing can be an adventure.
i i -... ,, i'i. I .. of St. Pierre, on Martinique, we
' i 1 ... i i grocery, two streets back from
the wharf. Pate is always on the list, but this time we
were looking for a chicken for the grill. Happily, there
are usually pictures on the food wrappers. We brought
our purchases home. Now, the Captain has some very
firm ideas about cleaning chickens, so he goes at it. In
a few minutes I hear:
"Mate!" (Thats me.) "There's no breast on this chick
en!" .- .. .. 1. ..1 1 reast. Still, enough for two peo
ple f i 1..... i -I .11 plates are loaded with grilled
chicken and sides.
Bounce goes the fork. More determinedly, the
steak knives come out. No go. This is the original
rubber chicken!
Plan B: 24 hours later we have chicken soup, Yum.
Most Fowl
There ought to be a law in Tortola, BVI, that every
man, woman and child must eat roast chicken for
Sunday dinner. That ought to eliminate the genetical
ly defective birds that start crowing at 1:00AM thinking
it's morning.
Sort of Fowl
We were in one of the Grenadine islands, and opted for
grilled chicken and rice from a roadside stand. Taking
our hot foil packages, we sat under a tree looking out
over the bay. Unwrapping my chicken, I looked at it for
a moment before I realized the drumstick was eight inch
es long! Oh well, tastes just like chicken... sorta.
Absolutely the Fowlest!
According to the pickup truck driver turned impromp
tu tour guide in Great Inagua, Bahamas, traditional
Christmas dinner was/is roa=t fli;-n.;- Makes me
think that Inaguans must be ,, .1 1 .- f gravy, with
that much neck to work with. I also have to wonder how
they fit those drumsticks into the oven!

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Central America, cultivated by the Mayan and Aztec Amerindians. Christophene is
now cultivated in the world's tropics from Australia and Madagascar to China and
Algeria. It has many names, christophene to the French, chayote in Spanish, cus
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in the US. There are two basic varieties, smooth or prickly.
One cup of christophene has only 25 calories and almost no fat or carbohydrates.
However, it is a source of sodium (salt). It also has some fiber and Vitamin C. A tea
made from christophene leaves is a bush treatment for hypertension and is reported
to dissolve kidney stones. Christophene is very versatile and can be eaten raw (grat
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Raw christophene juice is difficult to wash off, so oil hands lightly before peeling.
Baked Christophene
4 christophene, halved and seeded
2 Tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
1 bunch chadon bene, chopped
Salt and spice to taste
Wash, but do not peel christophene halves. Place in a baking dish with the cut side
down. Brush with olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle with the chadon bene, salt
and spices. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.
Christophene Soup
4 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced thin
1 large onion (red preferred), chopped
2 christophene, peeled, seeded and cubed
large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/bunch chadon bene, chopped
Salt and spices to taste
Half of a hot pepper, seeded and minced I
1/2 Cup water
Grated cheese and/or breadcrumbs to garnish
In a large skillet heat the oil before adding the garlic and onion. Then add
christophene, tomatoes, chadon bene, salt, spices and water Sinmmer for half an
hour. Top with grated cheese and/or breadcrumbs.
Christophene Onion Quiche
1 large onion, chopped
3 christophene, peeled, seeded and cubed
1/4 Cup butter
1 firm tomato, chopped
1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese
Salt and spice to taste
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 Cup milk
I medium red sweet pepper, sliced into rings
1 unbaked pie shell
Saute onions and christophene in butter until cooked but still firm. Mix in the
tomato. Add half of the cheese, salt and spices and pour into the unbaked pie shell.
Mix the eggs with the milk and pour into shell. Cover with remaining cheese and
pepper rings. Bake at 350Fs for 45 minutes, or until the egg mixture is cooked
This can be changed into an omelet by omitting the pie shell.

Christophene Sweet Pepper Salad
2 christophene, peeled, seeded and sliced very thin
1 large sweet pepper, preferably red, cored, seeded and cut into matchsticks
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and spices to taste
In a bowl, well mix the christophene and sweet pepper pieces with the oil, lime
juice and seasonings Let stand for at least 20 minutes before serving
Christophene Casserole
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound minced beef (or chicken)
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1/2 sweet bell pepper, chopped
2 Cups christophene peeled, seeded, and I
1/4 Cup tomato sauce
1 leaf chadon bene, chopped
Salt and spice to taste
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 Cup breadcrumbs
In a frying pan brown the onion and garlic with the minced meat in the oil, then
add sweet pepper and christophene pieces. Mix in tomato sauce, chadon bene, salt
and spices before dumping into a buttered casserole dish. Cover with breadcrumbs
before baking at 350'F for 45 minutes.
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Perhaps you have seen the christophene plantation on the road from Arima to
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lot of attention to grow. This vine loves the sun, but also needs plenty of water and
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Our beautiful Cabo Rico, Spectre, got hauled out
here last week and joined the boats on Row D. We
have cleaned up everything inside (I admit I am fas
tidious) and put on the tarp. Tomorrow we head back
to the city, leaving the boat here until the next cruis
ing season.
It is a good yard: a bit pricey perhaps, with lots of
rules, but well-run and responsible. Trees all around
give great protection. With the sun on your skin and
the sand firm underfoot, it is a pleasant yard to work
in. Besides; we have lots of friends here. Billy and
Dawn, that couple we met in Sainte Anne, have their
Tayana 37 in our row. They have been cruising for
years. I don't think I have ever known a couple more
"at one" with their boat. Next to them is that family of
keen racers we met in Antigua with their brand-new
Beneteau. They sail everywhere. I suspect the engine
is too small. The two teenage sons talk about carbon
fiber and sheeting angles all the time. Beside them is
that reserved Canadian couple with the Alberg 37 who
seem very content with it.
You have to love the shape of boats. When they are
up on the stands you get a chance to admire their
underwater lines: the sleek overhangs of the Alberg;
the chubby cheeks of the Tayana; the delicate bowl of
the Beneteau poised on its fin keel. Each one is a dif
ferent creature.
We did not get very far this year because we had to
stay somewhere convenient for the grandchildren. We
read a lot and I did odd jobs around the boat. I must
say the jobs have been a little harder this year. My
body seems stiff. My loyal wife and longtime cruising
companion has evidently noticed it too. Last week she
was unusually blunt.
"Look at you. You are all hunched over like an old
man. Your hand trembles when you walk."
She made me go to a local quack who prescribed
some tablets. I don't believe in pills but I took one with
my coffee this morning just to keep her happy.
The travel lift is grinding up the yard with another
boat for our row. I have seen that beat-up Morgan
before. I remember the bent pulpit and the scars along
the topsides. It must h -- -; h-r-l .r r-;-n -n its
side at one time. Now I: 11 i 1. ... I met
him in Marathon, a single-hander with a .in-r beard
who was arguing with the marina staff. I-i ', I next
to us in the yard so we will have to get along. And here
he comes, -h -1-i;n mad about something.
"Look al I..- He is brandishing the marina
brochure. "They charge two hundred I...-. I ,cks to
put the boat on the stands and, on toI i i. .i twen
ty-five bucks every time you want to move a stand to
paint the bottom. Twenty-five bucks to move a frigging
stand? What a rip-off. No way, Jose!"
Well, it takes all sorts.
That pill I took this morning. It's quite remarkable. I
feel distinctly different, more limber. Look, I am walk
ing upright. My hand is not shaking. The doc said to
take one a day but I think I will try a few extra this
-.nin. and see how I am in the morning. That way I
., I. I out what these pills can really do. Anyway it
is encouraging. Perhaps I can get back to my old self
and be more adventurous next season.

It is ou. 1.-i ....1. Tl. boat is shut up so we are
--441-;; ..... i .... i trailer. God, it is stuffy. My
'' '. .ently. I can't sleep. I will go for a walk
until I get tired. I tip-toe out of the trailer. It is curi
ous, all my perceptions seem heightened. My muscles
are on edge, like a racehorse in the starting gate.
What a beautiful night!
How strange the yard looks in moonlight. It is quite
transfigured. The sand has turned to dazzling snow.
The black trees stand stiffly, alert as sentries, holding
their breath with expectation. The boats have grown
larger. Their swelling bodies lurk in deep shadow. In
the bluish light their covers gleam like wet fur. I imag
ine that I have strayed into the secret dormitory of
some huge marine mammals, giant walruses perhaps.
When the night breeze moves the covers these crea
tures seem to stir in their sleep. I hide in the shadows
so as not to disturb them.
What was that?
I thought I heard a voice. A cold shiver grips my neck.
I must be imagining things. I have noticed that when it
is very quiet, the mind makes sounds of its own.
No, there it is again, a moaning female voice.
"I am glad it is over...."
Now I am wild with fear, my hearing acute.
"They push me too hard...."
The voice is coming from that Beneteau! Some poor

woman has been left on board.
"We are always pounding upwind, straining the rigging."
I should rush to help but my limbs seem paralyzed.
Then, right behind me, an intake of breath. I turn
with horror. On the hull of the Tayana, close to the
bow, an eye has appeared, a small, shrewd elephant's
eye, with lashes. It closes and opens again.
A deep voice speaks: "The things we put up with.
But listen; if they look after your gear you will be safe
enough. Eventually they will get tired of it too. Long
ago I made a point of performing poorly up wind. It
took a while, but our lot finally gave up rt'in -nd-
waited until they could get to places on a re I'
they do that I try to give them a smooth ride."
The Beneteau shakes her covers. I can see the hull
move as she takes a breath.
"I don't mind carving upwind in flat water. That is
what I am made for. But this pounding....
The lips on the plumb bow compress tightly.
"You have to be patient." This quiet Canadian voice
is coming from the Alberg. "For a while, my couple car
ried too much sail. I had to pitch everything out of the
galley onto the cabin sole a few times before they
caught on. Now we get along fine."
I can hear other voices murmuring all down the row.
My eyes catch the open sores on the Morgan's flanks
oozing in the moonlight. The Morgan is talking to its
neighbour. Its neighbour? That is our boat! I refocus
my hearing.
The Morgan said "I would kill him if I got the chance.
He is so incompetent. Half the time he is drunk. We
have been aground, hit docks, hit other boats. He never
:. .... ..... .... .-.hamed to be seen like this."
i .. i. .. 11..11 ..... all around now. Conversations
.. .. .... .. all over the yard. I am frozen with fear.
I I -I - go places."
That is our boat answering! An eye, a moist, black,
whale's eye now glistens at the bow. A crescent of
white appears as the eye turns to the Morgan.
"I have a couple of old farts who never go anywhere.
Can you believe three months in Vero Beach? On a
mooring? Sure, they fuss about varnishing and remov
ing every speck of rust, but what for? I am an ocean
boat. I just wish they would sell me to a younger cou
ple who want to do blue water. I would show them
what a real boat can do."
I am furious! Old farts? I -, ,I .... i,,.i,
"How dare you say I.1 Ih I I i.
Caribbean several times."
All the boats are suddenly hushed. A silence sweeps
across the yard like a hiss. But I can tell they are just
h -l-l; their breath, listening. The whale's eye closes
... I i back into the hull.
"Come back," I shout.
"John. Is that you?"
It is my wife calling. She is coming down the yard in
. ..1 ... i 11 sailing boots.
.. i.. I ..... taking to? You sounded angry."

We are back in the city now with all its noise and
hurry. I have been dragging around to specialists.
They say I have a neurological disorder. It is progress
sive but it can be slowed. TI t.l-i;n: different pills
now. They seem to control -.1.. - and they don't
keep me awake all night.
Reluctantly, after repeated family discussions, I call
the boat yard.
"We have to sell our boat, Spectre. It is on Row D."
"Row D? Just a minute." A young cheerful voice. He
must be new on staff. I can hear shifting papers and
voices in the background.
Someone in the distance says, "Is he calling about
the Morgan?"
"No, Spectre."
There is more mumbling, then the young voice
comes back on the line.
"It is okay. Your boat is okay. So we will tell the bro
ker that 'Spectre' is for sale and have him advertise it.
You may be in luck. There was a young couple here
yesterday looking for a boat like yours to sail to New
He sounds way too glib and cheerful for a serious
moment like parting with a boat.
"Thank you. Please have the broker call me...what
was that about t]. .
"Are...are you i ,,
"No. Why?"
"Well I was not here at the time. I just started last
week. Apparently the owner moved the stands to paint
the bottom. We don't allow that, you know. Anyway
the boat fell on him."


by Peter Ashby



by John Guy

At a marina somewhere south, former stockbroker Jack Chap joined J.P. Morgan on J.P.'s 56-foot Morgan Rico.
It must have been a bad day for J.P. "I tell you, Jack." said J.P, "This boat will eat you alive. My annual expense
es are at least a hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. This marina wants more than eight hundred a month,
plus electricity. And everyone wants a bit of me, like that Manuel, the dock worker, always trying to get a bit more
out of me, and out of you. And my stockbroker. I called him last night, around ten, and he would not take the
call. I know my account is small, less than five million dollars, but he could at least take my calls, after all the
years I've been loyal to the guy."
Next day, they went out to dinner. J.P. bought them a bottle of wine for $20. "Jack, even this meal is expensive.
Look, my bill for this food, if you call it that, is going to be at least twenty-five bucks, yours probably the same.
But what really irks me today, and I mentioned it to you last night, are these dock workers. What do you pay
Manuel, by the way?"
"Around four dollars an hour."
"Ahh, you are the one! I've been loyal to Manuel. I promised him several months of guaranteed business, and
you know what he did? He said that you asked him to wash your boat, and he's leaving mine undone until tomor
row. But the bigger problem is that you are paying him too much! Everyone else here pays around two seventy
five an hour, but then you comr .1-;:. tr.' -r t- the marina, and you accept whatever he asks, taking him
away from me, and raising the g. .. I I I .. for all of us. We had a pretty solid agreement to stop that,
over in Puerto La Cruz, I think it was, but every once in a while some innocent neophyte, like you, comes in, pays
more, and causes problems for the rest of us. Damn it, Jack! Look what you've done!"

Every once in a while

some innocent neophyte,

like you, comes in...

At this point, Jack was not counting on a long-term friendship with J.P., but he only commented "Well, J.P., I've
gotten to know Manuel pretty well. His work is fine, and cruisers like him. Of his sixty years, he has worked here
almost thirty. But he lives day to day, without benefits, except some minor government programs, and there were
a couple of times I had to advance him a few pesos just so he could get over here to work. At the rate that you
say is the going rate, he takes home $23 per day, for him and his wife. Most weeks he works six days, some seven,
but occasionally no work is available from the cruisers. So, I give him a little more.
"Cut it out, will you Jack?" said J.P. "These people are just out to get us for all we've got, as though our vaults
were filled with gold. You just want to be sure he works for you instead of me, right? I've got to get things done
here too, you know. Hey, want another bottle of wine?"
The next morning, about five o'clock, Manuel came by, knocked on Jack's boat, and said he had to get some-
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ised to help, but could not for a day or two. Jack asked what was going on. Manuel said, "My mother died last
night. I've got to go the funeral. It is in my pueblo, a couple of hours from here. Jack, can you advance me some
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Dear Compass,
Further to the ongoing discussion of the use of
str( 1.. I .i 1 -

type chaps who left the I .... I, .,,,. ,,, i
and one of the first things that I learned was enpais qui
vai uzenzo que trove, which means "in countries where
you go, use what you find there".
In Venezuela, I find countless hundreds of fishing
boats using -....1 D-cell fisherman strobes, visible a
maximum ol I miles, usually set fairly low to the
water and just about the only thing that works when
seen against the backdrop of towns like Juangriego or
Porlamar here in Isl- M tre ritl It -in't -xactly a car
dinal light by any -I. I I I ,..,,, l, ,, but it does
get the old attention ..... i i I II I i ike a second
look -because, after all, it is what works, not what
suits all the maritime lawyers.
I was run over twice and now use whatever works to
keep this old engineless gaffer singlehander fool out of
harm's way. If you see a low intensity strobe -well,
back off. Maybe I am 45 miles i i i I i ...i...
As an oft-becalmed drifting ,l i ..'..'. I I
much fits the description of a drifting longliner
i i I, I.,,,, 1i,,, runs vertical, and might contain
,,i i ,,, ih I -I I of flying two vertical red lights,
signifying a vessel not under commar 1 ....1 1 ....
der who reduces sail to catch a bit of h n II ,, i ,
efits by posing as a drifting fisherman. When I lie ahull
or reduce speed, my normally towed surface, I1,,,,.
line becomes a deep line and Mermaid, :
remains i 1-i,.... .- ....... I ..i. .... I you will
and he. i 1 1 I ... ... ..... I I ... II use m y
fisherman's "marker strobe". Hopefully most marine
lawyers and pinball wizards might see the difference
between a marker strobe and a high-intensity mast
head rescue strobe.
I have spoken with several operators of ocean tugs,
large fishing vessels and even an occasional cruise
ship captain, all of whom agree that second to main
training a good watch (sometimes awkward when sin
glehanding) a low intensity strobe does get their atten
tion and that is exactly what I want to do. My small
strobe and often-encumbered : ......... 1 .1i- seem to
indicate a small fishing vessel .I ,,. I I hauling
gear. Then a small course change on their part of as
little a five degrees will keep their hull clear of any
potential fouling gear and, most importantly, clear of
my hull.
I replaced the single D-cell battery in my fisherman's
strobe when I left Sint Maarten over three v 1 .
and it still is working, as are similar lights o. .... I
the vess-1' 1,rr-iT-,i,- 1- i-r- in Juangriego, and I
have nc I I I I
On ... 1. . II 11 datura, called
Burundanga in Venezuela, Borrachio in Colombia,
and Angel's Trumpet or Zombie Cucumber in the
English-speaking islands, has hit the :.1. 1..1 ', .
scene. Persons under the influence i 11 .... i1
shade family drugs can be asked to release pass
words, empty bank accounts and engage in sexual
acts without their consent or even their full knowl
edge. "The victim cannot say no," says Dr. Camilo
Uribe, head of Bogota's foremost toxicology clinic, "It
is like chemical hypnosis, and from the moment it is
given the victim remembers absolutely nothing of
what happened." This substance can be given by liq
uid, cigarette or inhalant. It is tasteless and odorless.
So, with the way things are with Burundanga just
n I I I i .. ... I i..ting with a stranger
c' .I i i i 1 , ,i i -i i i There are probably
countless people trying to figure out what happened to
them on that long night out that they can't remember
when they were not careful with their drinks and woke
up penniless and lost.
Still nc ;-;i;- still not a lot of sense, but plenty of
success tay afloat and be a sailor" kind.
John Smith
Mermaid of Carriacou

Dear Compass,
I'. .. .... I usually snorkel out to check on the
ar, i ..... i -Ieeing the patterns made by anchor
chains as they scour the surface of the seabed have
clambered back aboard feeling guilty and a bit
depressed knowing that my anchor is going to be
doing the same and not knowing what to do about it.
I am one of the poorer folk afloat and have been an
instigator of campaigns to keep anchoring fees down.
Also I have treasured the right to drop my hook where
ever I like. But those days are gone because we pleas
ure cruisers have already done too much damage in
popular anchorages by our numbers, thank-you Mr.
GPS. Now I welcome Frank Pearce's suggestion in his
letter in the July issue of Compass that we should
support the provision of moorings in popular anchor
ages and maybe make some suggestions about their
type and maintenance.
For example, the moorings in Chaguaramas,
Trinidad, are a nightmare. During the several months
I used one, I tried every which way to stop the rode
winding around the eye and the metal can from bang
ing against the hull. From my favourt- ---.t-~;; h-1-
I could watch the can spin in the i .
boats. Eventually the rode was so short that when
more wake came the yacht yanked its bow straight up.
This action had led to the sand screws being pulled
out on occasion.
It would help me feel that I was II... value for
money if the port authorities had .1 i- describing
their moorings, the installation and the maintenance
of them; perhaps even including a recommended
method of tying up to them for those of us unfamiliar
with that particular type.
Julia Bartlett
Another Old Fart in Paradise

Dear Julia,
We asked Sharon Mclntosh, General Manager of the
Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago
(YSATT), to comment on the mooring situation in
Chaguaramas. Her response follows.

Dear Compass Readers,
Chaguaramas is an extremely vibrant multi-use
harbour. The yachting community shares the bay
with the fishing industry, energy sector, commercial
maritime industry and local pleasure boat users. At
all times, there are high levels of activity in the bay.
Owing to the large and varied number of marine
craft using 'i,1 ....... Bay, the Yacht Services
Association 1..... i i n d Tobago (YSATT) was
mandated by the Marine Pilots to restrict the
anchoring of yachts to a specific zone and provide
clearly defined access channels to the inner parts of
the bay. Maritime Services Division, the Marine
Pilots and YSATT worked together to establish this
-h-r.- zone.
responded by establishing moorings to
demark two entrance channels -one runs east/west
along the northern shore and the other runs
north/south along the eastern shoreline, that is, along
CrewsInn's ship dock. Within this area, yachts may go
on anchor or rent one of the moorings that have been
placed and are managed by YSATT. There are moor
ings in the bay that have been placed and are man
aged by private persons, however, the YSATT moor
ings are the only moorings approved and recognized
by Maritime Services Division and the Marine Pilots
Association. YSATT cannot account for moorings
placed by other persons and users of these other
moorings must be aware of this.
Once a yacht takes up a YSATT mooring, the proce
dure i .......h ,i, .
Upon: i- i i, lb I, I i .. i r
Users" il .... i, I II..
1) EE, I ..... I tu
imately) concrete block, one inch thick nylon rope and
three-eighths-inch chain attached to an orange float
ing buoy. There is a steel hoop at the top of the buoy
for attachment of the boat's bow rope. All moorings
are clearly marked with "YSATT" and a number.
2) There are only six to eight feet of extra line
(scope) between the mooring block and the buoy. If
users prefer to lift the i.. .... i i, .i,11 .1 the
water to-r--- t 1t .-;; ,,. II, I,, i i i Lsed
at least I I I i i I ., the boat in times of bad
weather. This allows the boat to ride the waves with
SI 1.11... .I ... ....' block. For this reason, when a
1 ,. II ..... 11 ..I I on an YSATT mooring, even for
just a few hours, the buoy must be released by 12 to
15 feet. Chaguaramas Bay can be subject to unpre
dictable weather, particularly between the months of
June to November.
3) Boats that weigh more than 15 tons or have par
ticularly large superstructures are not permitted to
use the moorings.
4) Moorings are available on a first-come-first-served
basis. Boats are welcome to attach to an available
S... 1 ......i , at the YSATT office, located
.H I. hI .. i I, rews Inn, as soon as
possible. The cost I .. .. is TT$30 per day or
TT$750 per month (30 days).
Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page
5) The moorings are checked every four months to
ensure that they are in good condition. If necessary,
maintenance work is carried out at that time. Should
you notice any problem or wear, please report this
immediately to the YSATT office.
We have also posted information about the ---
on our website at .1 ,. and in th i
office. At the YSATT II. .. always ready to lis
ten to and discuss the concerns of the visiting cruis
ers and encourage cruisers to provide us with con

Trinidad but he was a bit shy about taking up my sug
gestion to send them to Compass. I am pleased that he
overcame that shyness and I hope that other readers
enjoy them as much as I did.
Nice one, Steve.
Julia Bartlett
Still Boatless in Paradise

Dear Compass,
After reading the article "Common Sense, Common
Knowledge and Common Decency" in July's Compass,

\, / I

'Look darling, what irresponsible, dangerous behavior! Sailing in restricted
waters...They can run someone down!'

structive feedback in order for us to improve our serve
ice to them.
Kind regards,
Sharon McIntosh, General Manager
Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Dear Compass,
I thought that your other readers might be interest
ed in some background to Stephen "Nara" Bourassa's
article "Prankster Pilots" in July's edition.
Steve is one of the Caribbean's characters. He wan
ders around, often shoeless or in odd flip-flops, main
training his boat with ingenuity. If you don't need
something, Steve will find a use for it or will pass it
along to someone else along with a helping hand in fit
ting it. I would class him as a sailor rather than a
cruiser and he is one of life's gentlemen.
What shone through the whale tale was his immense
experience, compared to most of us, in sailing these
waters and his familiarity and comfort at close quar
ters with the some of the largest wild creatures left on
the planet.
Steve told me this story and many others back in

the pencil touched the pad and I couldn't help myself!
Bela Almeida
Merlin of Seixal

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Retired Cruiser Shares the Dream

Millie and Earl O'Laughlin, of Rochester, New York, set sail in 1982 to cruise full time aboard their Youngsun
35, Sequin. The lived aboard for the next 22 years, spending much of that time in the Eastern Caribbean. Millie
lost Earl to cancer in 2003. The year before, Earl had made his last trip: a return to Grenada to prepare Sequin
for sale. It was sold to a British couple with a similar dream of using early retirement to sail the world.

Millie's heart is still at sea.
According to an article by Mike
McLaughlin in the July 19th edi
tion of the Laurel Leader news
paper of Laurel, Maryland,
Millie now gives a weekly pres
entation, "Sailing Aboard
Sequin", for residents of
Morningside House Assisted
Living Center. Every Wednesday,
the octogenarian recalls one of
the many places she and Earl
visited by using detailed recol
elections, plus charts, photos and
other visual aids.
McLaughlin wrote: "Millie
knows the map of the world like
the back of her hand. And like
any good sailor, she knows the
work involved in making the time
between places enjoyable, despite
the distances traveled. She
makes the world smaller for her
SE listeners, and allows them to
experience the joy of the journey.
poRT What really makes 'Sailing
Aboard Sequin' work, however, is
Millie's love of the places she's
been and the people she has met.
And of course, her .. -
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Spice Island Marine
St Thomas Yacht Sales
Thomas Peake & Sons
Tikal Arts & Crafts
Trade Winds Cruising
True Blue Bay
Turbulence Sails
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Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Volles Assistance
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I. : I _-

Letter of

the Month

Dear Compass,

The July issue's Whats On My Mind contribution, titled "Common Sense,
Common Knowledge and Common Decency", claims some common truths that are
mostly nonsense i- '1 .i1. i I t lots of readers fell for some of them.
The "Common Sen- - I, is that "sailing a *';: heavy boat in a restricted
area is dangerous". Two examples are given. One :- a 32-foot boat sailing into
Tyrrel Bay while the writer watched from a : .1.... I .. But moments before, a
young girl had slid off the bar to swim back as . I1. of course, one sees the
mortal danger which is of twice the .1. 1 .... it's a "young girl". Apparently
the young girl would not be endangered' I I .. Ieavy boat in a restricted area"
coming or going under power. Apparently she was not endangered by all the yacht
dinghies blasting back and forth at several times the speed of a sailboat, doing a
hundred times the mileage in the anchorage of the occasional y 1i ..1.... in, back
and forth all day and late into thi- n ht i;-l ;;-li t- .;;-1 fr- I, ..."... bar from
whichtheyou-:. i 11, .1 1 1i- .. .... i1. i. .. i, ,,.. .. the author
him self says - . jJ .. g I i .. 11,.. 11 .. -. I- . of a bored
yachtie looking for a cause.
Nonetheless, bored yachties (and others looking for cause) endanger my lifestyle.
There will eventually come a time when, for instance, sailing into an anchorage is
banned. And by then, someone will have noticed that yachts motoring in without a
bow thruster also endanger young girls in the water. Unlimited blasting back and
forth through the anchorage in dinghies will remain unnoticed we need our sporty
utility vessels. They are the car we once had in the lifestyle that we are trying to bring
with us. Or the lifestyle from which we are commuting, as the case may be.
And so, this is all as it should be! The article asserts, "many of us know we can
competently sail onto and off an anchor, or at least hope we can in an emergency."
No! If you are not practiced at sailing in harbors, don't do it when you have an emer
agency! If you are preoccupied with an emergency and learning to sail in restricted
waters, you are endangering the young girl in the water -and the other yachts! It
probably won't endanger her as much as all the dinghy trips for e-mails, faxes,
Customs, and such to repair whatever the emergency was, but it will endanger her
more than if you knew what you were doing. Likewise, if you can't steer your boat
without a bow thruster, don't come in when it is broken. That's just common sense.
The other example is of a yacht sailing out of Rodney Bay under mainsail. The
author says it would have been okay under headsail. That shows how open-minded

the writer is -if you do it his way. Raising the main in harbor conditions, however,
.. - ... I I I II I fort, noise, and safety) over r .... ..
i ,i, 1 ,1 I " .... 1 1 could the skipper stop the i .
could :i-- :.- 1 .1. -.: -- iiig that (is anybody interested?), mostly things
you'd .,.. i ...i I I -1 i i ... but also, stopping. The writer proposes a ludi
crous maneuver and says you'd "have more chance with a stern anchor or sky hook!"
He's right! Stern (or bow) anchors are real good tools! Though probably not for the
stated situation. I'd stick with the sky hooks, the sails. All sorts of marvelous things
can be done under sail, even steering around swimmers! I'm not saying that every
one knows how to do it, or that every boat is capable....
The "Common Knowledge" section of the article tells us "it's common knowledge for
cruising folk, and should be for all [all?] that the text-book 'three times' scope is a
bare minimum...." I'd burn that text book. But that may explain some of the yachts
that drag down on us.
Finally, the article gives us a fill on "Common Decency", regarding peeing over the
rail -and worse. Peeing over the rail has already been discussed in the Compass,
but since its here again.... He uses the example of a yacht at 20 meters and implies
the guy is deliberately peeing toward him. That's pretty close to be anchored, so
there may be some cause and effect here. But that's far enough that anything he
actually sees is mostly in his mind's eye. Skinny dipping and such are okay, he says,
it's the "not so attractive parts" he doesn't like which in today's world, is a mat-
ter of taste, so to speak. But here's my system: I pee over the rail unless I have close
neighbors, or am within, say, 200 meters of shore. Then I use a jar. But if someone
anchors close enough that I can fling it onto their boat, I just might. Same thing for
dinghies blasting by as close as they can. My range is five to ten meters, depending
on the wind.
But let me end with this: sailing yacht, motoring yacht, planing dinghy, sailing
dinghy, or rowing boat, we are all required to keep a lookout. And the young girl in
the water almost always has the right of way. And she should keep a lookout, too.

Jim Hutchinson

Compass Point Marina, 6300 Est. Frydenhoj, Suite 28,
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802

Tel: (340) 779-1660
Fax: (340) 779-2779

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33' 1973 Pearson 10M Sloop, refit, new eng. paint, $ 33,500
37' 1973 Irwin Sloop, Perkins 4-108, AC, AP, Genset $ 34,000
40' 1984 Endeavour sloop, Well maintained, ready to cruise, $ 95,000
55' 1956 Custom Yawl, Excellent charter business, CG cert for 18 $250,000

26' 1991 Grady White, Sailfish, fully equipped $ 42,000
30' 1997 Salt Shaker SF, new 250HP Yamahas, cuddy cabin $ 79,000
36' 2002 Custom Catamaran, aluminum fishing cat,w/Tuna Tower $125,000
50' 1996 Carver CMY, Cat engs. Low hrs, new electronics $249,000

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SAIL 40' Catalina 400, 2cab/2hd, Great Condition '95 $109K
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60' Palomba Pilothouse CC Ketch 5 cab/2 hd '70 $119K 40' Jeanneau Sun Ody. 3 cab/2 hd '99 $109K
58' Boothbay Challenger CC Ketch, 3 cab/2 hd '73 $249K 39' Tollycraft Fast Passage Cutter, 2 cab/l hd '83 $125K
54' Gulfstar 54, 3 cab/2 hd Luxurious & Spacious '86 $349K 38' Morgan 38 CC, Sloop, 2 cabll hd '98 $ 99K
53' German Frers, Ketch 3 cab/2 hd '01 $275K 37' Tartan 3700, 2 cab/1 hd, Upgrades '03 $219K
52' Jeanneau Sun Ody 3 cabl3 hd, Loaded! '03 $399K 37' Jeanneau Sun Ody. 2cabl1hd, Motivated '00 $109K
51' Formosa Cust. Ketch CC, 3 cab/3 hd '80 $199K 36' Beneteau, Sloop, 2 call hd '00 $69K
50' Beneteau 50, Cutter, 4 cabll crew/5 hd '02 $329K 36' S2 11.A, 1 cab/1 Qtr berth/1 hd '85 $ 49K
49' Ta Chiao CT49, Cutter CC, 2 cab/2 hd '85 $159K 36' Tiburon, Cutter/Ketch Icabflhd Solid Cruiser'76 $ 47K
47 Vagabond, Ketch CC 2 cab/2 hd '87 $249K 36' Beneteau M362 2 Cabflhd, Lowest on Market'00 $75K
46' Morgan 461 CC 3 ca/b2 hd '82 $ 87K 35' O'Day, 2 call hd, Great Condition '87 $42K
46' Kelly Peterson KP46 CC Cutter 2 cabl2 hd '88 $249K 33' Beneteau 331, Sloop, 2 cab/1 hd '01 $59K
46'Formosa Peterson Cutter, 2 cab/2 hd '79 $119K 32' NorthshoreVancouver 32, SbopCutter,1cabl hd'87 $125K
46' Hunter 460, 3 cab/2 hd 2 avail.from '00 $139K
45'Jeanneau Sun Ody. 3 cab/3 hd '99 $149K MULTIHULLS
45'Jeanneau Sun Ody, 2-3 cab/2 hd '01 $158K 82' Dufour Nautitech 8cab/8hd, Major refit '95 $895K
45' Bombay Explorer, 2 cab/2 hd World Cruiser '78 $ 59K 46' Fountaine Pajot Bahia 4 cab/4 hd, 2avafrom '01 $370K
45' Hunter Marine Passage CC, 2 cabl2 hd '98 $149K 42' Privilege 42, 4 cab/4 hd '00 $276K
44' Beneteau 44CC, 2 cab2 hd In Great Shape '94 $189K 40'Fountaine Pajot Lavezi, Owner'sVersion '03 $295K
44' CSY 44CC, Cutter 2 cabl2 hd, Redued-Motatled 77 $85K 38' Lagoon 4 cab/4 hd, Meticulous owners '01 $239K
44' CSY Walkover CC, 2 cab/2 hd Great Condition '79 $165K 27' Heavenly Twins, 2 cabl2 hd '92 $59K
43' Jeanneau Sun Od. 3-4 cabl2 hd 2 avail. from '01 $175K
42' Dufour Gibsea, 3 cabl2 hd, Well Maintained '01 $125K POWER
42' Hunter Deck Salon, 2 cabl2 hd, New Listing '03 $199K 56' Horizon Motor yacht, Immaculate Condition!'01 $690K
41 Morgan 416 Ketch CC 2 cabl2 hd '83 $78K 42' Hi-Star Trawler, 2 cab2 hd '88 $199K
41' Tayana V42 Sloop CC 2 cab/2 hd '85 $130K 42' Nova Marine Trawler, Sundeck trawler '98 $249K
40' Dufour Sloop 3 cab/1 d '05 $249K 42' Hershine 42, Motor yacht 4 cab/4 head '89 $99K
40' Island PacketCutter 2 cab/2 hd, Well Maintaned'98 $219K 36' Heritage East 36 2 cab/2 hd, 2 avail from '01 $187K
40' Beneteau M405 3 cab2 hd, Loaded '95 $119K 35' Maxum SCR 3500, 2 cab/l head '01 $129K
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Ahoy, Compass Readers! When in St. Maarten/St. Martin, pick up your free
monthly copy of the Caribbean Compass at any of these locations (advertisers in
this issue appear in bold):

Budget Marine
Cafe Atlantico
Capt'n Oliver's
FKG Rigging
Food Center
Immigration Simpson Bay
Island Water World
Marina Fort Louis
Sell Simpson Bay
Simpson Bay Marina
Simpson Bay Yacht Club
St. Maarten Sails
The Mail Box
The Yacht Club


3 Labor Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
6 Bonaire Flag Day. Public holiday in Bonaire; boat races
8 Virgin of the Valley Festival, Venezuela. Religious boat parades
15 International Coastal Cleanup Day. Coastal Cleanups in many islands,
plus Underwater Cleanup, Bonaire (www.dive-friends-bonaire.com)
17 National Heroes day, Public holiday in St. Kitts & Nevis
19 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Ktts & Nevis
24 Republic Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
TBA 24th Annual International Blue Marlin Tournament, Havana, Cuba. CNIH


3 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia
6 7 Pete Sheals Match Racing, BVI. Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht
Club (RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, fax (284) 494-6117, www.rbviyc.net
7 13 40th Bonaire International Sailing Regatta. www.infobonaire.com
8 Columbus Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
10 War of 1868 Anniversary. Public holiday in Cuba
13 Willy T Virgins Cup Race, BVI. RBVIYC
13 5th YSAT Marine Trades Show, Chaguaramas, Trinidad. See ad on page 9.
14 Chinese Arrival Dragon Boat Festival Kayak Centre,
Chaguaramas, Trinidad. maggi1902@wow.net
15 USVI Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (Public holiday in USVI
if no hurricanes occurred)
20 22 Trafalgar Race, BVI. RBVIYC
21 Antillean Day. Public holiday in Netherlands Antilles
21 St. Ursula's Day. Public holiday in BVI
21 Blue Food Festival (local cuisine), Bloody Bay, Tobago.
25 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in Grenada; boat races
26 28 11th Foxy's Cat Fight multihull regatta, Jost Van Dyke.
West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola,
tel (284) 495 1002, fax (284) 495-4184, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
30 Independence Day. Public holiday in Antigua
TBA Ladies' Laser Open, Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag,
TBA Laser Team Racing Championship, Antigua. AYC

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

Chaguaramas from a

Local Point of View

by Arlene Walrond

A lot has been written about Chaguaramas in the past year or so, i. ,, .
tive, :, .1 .i ,i ..I,,, crime in the area. But no one seems to i 11,
real i -. ,. ., 11 i... Chaguaramas from a local standpoint.
I decided to write this .n , an article in a magazine that caters to the
yachting community. Th i .- notion that *i, .." .'."..- wild and
uninhabited place when the Americans arrived in 1941. I .. - I .. i. ...' the truth.
Chaguaramas has a rich history that not many people seem to be aware of.
Originally inhabited by Amerindians who named it for the majestic Chaguaramas
palms that grew there profusely, many other families later moved in -these were
mainly of African descent with a few whites and some French Creoles.
Many villages existed there: Petit Bourg, Nicholas, Haskott, 1i, .... ....- Tetron
(where Trinidad's army barracks are situated) and Larry, t( ....... I When
Trinidad was under British rule, land w,.- 1 ,, 1., under Royal grant directly from
the Crown. Ranging in size from one to -- parcels of land were bought by
independent families paving one shilling (24 cents) tax per acre per year.

Today, Chaguaramas seems to mean forest of masts', but the area was named for
the handsome palms that were once its most prominent feature

As the United States
became involved in the
Second World War, the
US government gave
Great Britain 50 ships
in exchange for the right
to establish military
bases in strategic
British colonies: the
Bahamas (Great
Exuma), Jamaica,
Antigua, St. Lucia,
British Guiana and
Trinidad. When the
United States leased the
I. peninsu
; i ... a, 1 British
Government, signing a
99 year lease in 1940,
Chaguaramas was a thriving place with many plantations and holiday homes, and
Staubles .- d, .1 for people from other parts of the country who wished
to go "dov I is, visit the islets off Trinidad's west coast.
According to my sources, te majority, if not all of the homes and other buildings
were demolished by the Americans to make way for their specialized military struck
tures. My two uncles worked on the "American Base" during the construction peri
od. (I wish they were still alive to tell me what it was like. It's so true what they say:
"You never miss the water till the well runs dry".)
Contrary to media reports over the years, not all former residents received com-
pensation for their lands. I was told this by eI .,-- ., i I ....i.. dentt of
.i .. .. ....... .. five years old at the .... I .- I .... I.- I ... I He has
i ,I wo I to ,, f a group of people (children and grandchildren of landhold
ers) who have been agitating to get restitution for their properties, and travelled to
England to stage a demonstration in front of the Trinidad & Tobago High
Commission in July 2006. According to him, their claim is valid since the leases and
deeds were not signed on takeover. Some of these leases go as far back as 1886.
Mr. Noel says he has documents to support this claim. He also has in his possession
documents that prove the disparity with which payment was made to the different racial
groups. White residents were given $1,000 per acre while the Africans and others were
given as little as $30 per acre. He also claims that some residents got no compensation
whatsoever. He believes it was the .. I 1 1 ... I rpetrated in this country.
When in 1960 our then Chief ..'-I I .'" .....- led a march of protest
against the American occupation, the former residents of Chaguaramas (the major
ity of whom were relocated to Carenage; some went to St. James and Diego Martin)
had hopes of regaining their lands. But instead, when the peninsula was finally
returned to Trinidad & Tobago's control in 1977, he vested it to the Chaguaramas
Development Authority, rather than restoring the properties there to those who had

cheated from being owners of acres of prime agricultural land they were reduced
to being 99-year leaseholders of one lot of land barely big enough to fit a house.
Apparently it's not easy for these people to sit back and look at the development
taking place in Chaguaramas today while some of the descendants of the original
landowners are struggling to make ends meet and others are turning to drugs and
crime. This, then is the bone of contention among former residents -they want their
land back or to be compensated fairly.

Latest Edition of Hurricane Survival Book
The newly updated edition of The Cruiser's Guide To
Hurricane Survival is a practical manual to help you
prepare your yacht to weather gale-force to hurri-
cane level storms.
This book covers it all how to prepare your boat for
a storm at the dock, at anchor or hauled out, and the
risks of going to sea. Weather websites are listed,
along with how to read your barometer and what the
numbers mean in terms of wind velocity and duration
of the storm. Do you know how to estimate the direc-
tion the wind will be blowing? You will when you read
this book. There are even recommendations for deal-
ing with insurance issues in the aftermath of a storm.
Brad Glidden has lived on his 60-year-old Rhodes sloop
in the Caribbean since 1975. He has weathered at
least eight hurricanes. With a 100-ton USCG captain's
license and 25,000 miles at sea in a sailboat, his experi-
ence is the basis for sound, detailed advice to prepare
your vessel for a storm while minimizing personal risk.
For more information visit www cruisingguides.com.

Marine Travelift's Better Boat Mover
Marine Travelift Inc has unveiled the latest develop-
ment in its Mariner forklift series. The Mariner M2500 is

capable of lifting an impressive 25,000 pounds, thanks
to the Cummins QSB4.5 Tier III engine, which has 130-
horsepower output; while the four Michelin Stabil'X
XZM wide-track tyres keeps the Mariner M2500 firmly
on the ground. The four-speed power shift transmission
offers a top speed of 10.8 mph; and the side-mount-

ed cab, with stepped entrance and ext, gives per-
fect visibility for the operator.
For more information visit www.marinetravelift com.

Database-Driven Nautical Website
Sail-the-net.com is a site for "all things nautical"
according to its creators. It is predominantly about
yacht chartering worldwide, with a look at different
types of yacht charter, reports on yacht charter desti-
nations plus an extensive global marine directory with
2,800 yacht charter companies and a guide to har-
bours, moorings and anchorages. A basic listing in the
directory is free, with enhanced and premium paid
listings also available. The site has additional sections
that will be of interest to boaters including Sailing
Courses and Schools, Boat Jumble, Crew Swap and
Gear Guide. All are database-driven, allowing users to
post and share information.
Check out www.sail-the-net com.

New CD from Ed Teja
Former long-time Caribbean cruiser, Compass contrib-
utor and musician Ed Teja's new solo CD, "Soft
Dreaming Blues", is coming out this month from
Morrhythm (a label of Outstanding Records) in

California. It contains 11 songs and two instrumentals,
all loosely categorized as smooth jazz. You can hear
the title track on Ed's
myspace page (see
below). All the tunes
are originals (some
written with cowriters)
and the CD will initially
be available only via
the record company's
website www.out-
However, diehard fans
can get an auto-
graphed copy for just
USS12 including ship-
ping by ordering direct
from Ed. "It's quite a
different musical direc-
tion for me, and one I
think you will enjoy,
.i- too," says Teja..
For more information
e-mail EdTeja@gilanet com or visit


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