Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00010
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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: December 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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Recent changes to the Immigration legislation of the Netherlands Antilles impact
the previous acceptance of the Seaman's Book in lieu of a visa for nationalities
requiring a visa (see
www.netherlandsembassy.org.uk/visas_mvvs/aruba_the/do_i_require_a_visa_0). As
this issue of Compass goes to press, all crew on that list are required to present a
visa for The Netherlands Antilles upon arrival. This visa can be obtained at almost
any Dutch Consulate around the world.
The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association has held meetings with the Island
Government of St. Maarten in efforts to obtain a postponement of the implementa-
tion of this new ruling. A relevant draft amendment is being circulated for discussion.
For more information visit www.smmta.com.
Anchoring at Princess Margaret Bay, Bequia
The Bequia Tourism Association requests that yachts anchoring at Princess Margaret
Bay, Bequia, stay at least 130 meters (140 yards) off the beach as this beach is a
designated swim area for both visitors (including yachtspeople) and residents.
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St. Lucia's PM Supports Yachting Sector
Keats Compton reports: The Caribbean can become a premier world yachting
destination, according to the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, the Hon. Stephenson King,
following his visit to the 48th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which
was held October 25th
through 29th. Mr. King
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Miami, Kent Hippolyte,
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Hosted by Gordon
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At the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, left to right: Association Services of
Keats Compton, President MIASL and CMA; Gordon the Marine Industries
Connell, Director of Association Services, MIASF, Charles Association of
Garner, President, IGY: Hon. Stephenson King, South Florida.
Prime Minister of St. Lucia Mr. King is no stranger to
the sea: his father sailed
on inter-island schooners. Appointed Prime Minister in September, Mr. King has
already committed himself to assisting to promote St. Lucia as part of regional
yachting initiatives envisaged by the Caribbean Marine Association.
At the Florida show, the Prime Minister engaged hardware vendors on the possibility
of job placements for St. Lucians, with a view to achieving the skills transfer required
to support the industry back home. The St. Lucia Government has placed yachting-
related skills on its priority list for educational assistance, as the level of investment in
marinas in St. Lucia has risen rapidly, with The Landings and Discovery at Marigot
Bay nearing completion. The recent acquisition of Rodney Bay Marina, the largest
full service marina on the island, by International Global Yachting will push that
investment significantly higher. St. Lucia's planned re-development of the main har-
bour at Castries into a dedicated cruise and yachting facility will permit the con-
struction of additional purpose-built facilities.
St. Lucia s Customs and Immigration procedures are being streamlined, and those
deemed to be harmful to the island's competitiveness will be reviewed. The Prime
Minister expects that these initiatives will all enhance St. Lucia s attractiveness as a
yachting friendly jurisdiction.
For more information contact info@miasltorg.
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Cover Photo: Tim Wright
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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

D N B 14

| Plank Walk
The Rio Dulce way.................28

A Winner
Meet racer Andrew Burke......18

Venezuelan Smiles
Cruisers help kids .................20

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A refreshing stop .................25

Antigua to Azores
One boat's passage................34


Business Briefs....................6.
Regatta News......................12
Meridian Passage .................20
A ll Ashore... ...........................22
Destinations .........................24
Compass Fiction ................35
Sailors' Horoscope ...............36
Island Poets .........................36
Cruising Crossword ...............37

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Tel: (784) 457-3409, Fax: (784) 457-3410,
Editor...........................................Sally Erdle
Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre
Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman
Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
Accounting ............................Debra Davis
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Cartoons .............................. 37
Cruising Kids' Corner............38
Dolly's Deep Secrets.............38
Book Reviews .....................40
Cooking with Cruisers...........47
Readers' Forum ..................49
Classified Ads......................52
Advertisers' Index ................52
What's On My Mind ..............53
Calendar.............................. 54

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award, the Trinity Cross, for their achievement. Harold wrote a book, All Oceans
Blue, about the voyage.
After being given to the Coast Guard for sail training and used for that purpose for
a while, Humming Bird / was stored at the Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association
yard for several years. The elements, and the local corbeaux (scavenging birds)
who made it their roost, took their toll. In time, the boat became "completely rot-
ten", as Harold told Compass last June in an interview.
In 2005, with the assistance of the Trinidadian government and the personal involve-
ment of the then Minister of Culture, the restoration project started. A young ship-
wright, Sherwin Bobette, was hired to work on Humming Bird II at the Museum on
the South Quay in downtown Port of Spain.
The hard-chined boat was designed by American John B. Clarke. Harold said he first
read about the design in an issue of Yachting magazine and sent away for the plans.
The restoration is faithful to the original design, including all interior and exterior fit-
tings. Some allowances will be made for the public inspection process when it is
finally put on display. It is hoped that a secretariat will be established to provide visi-
tors, including school children, with a video presentation about the building of the
boat and its historic voyage.
The La Bordes had earlier built a smaller plywood ketch, the 21-foot long Humming
Bird I, which they sailed to England with countryman Kelvin Wong Chong in 1960.
After they gave away Humming Bird ii, they started on an even larger boat. This was
the round-bottomed Humming Bird III, also a ketch. It is made of local teak. It car-
ried the La Bordes and their two young sons, Pierre and Andre, on another circum-
navigation from 1984 to 1986. "We've kept this one the longest," says Harold as he
lovingly makes sure all the ropes are properly coiled in the cockpit at the Humming
Bird Marina in Chaguaramas, which he recently sold.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad. Built on the shores of the Gulf of Paria by Trinidadians Harold
La Borde and his wife Kwailan in 1965, it should be ready for public viewing early
next year.
The La Bordes' historic circumnavigation of the world, the first by Caribbean people
in such a home-built craft, was from 1969 to 1973. There was a grand welcome
back home at the Chaguaramas docks by the then Prime Minister, Dr. Eric Williams,
and an appreciative crowd. The La Bordes were awarded Trinidad & Tobago's top


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Cops and Robbers on the Rio Dulce
Julia Bartlett reports: Following some dinghy thefts on
the Rio Dulce, on Guatemala's Caribbean coast,
cruisers organised a meeting with the Navy, Tourist

normal groans were heard from the cruisers: "We've
done all this before", "Nothing will happen", "I can
write the script." Not true in this case! Following the
donation from the cruisers of a couple of VHF radios,
the Navy leaped into action.
A report by Roy McNett which was published on the
river's blog, http://riodulcechisme.com, said, "Two local
men were arrested by the Guatemalan Navy early this
morning (November 3rd) in the act of attempting to
steal a dinghy and outboard motor from S/VAntares,
anchored in front of Crow Bar Marina.
"Henry Hauck, owner of Antares, said he was awak-
ened at 3:30AM by the sound of his dinghy rubbing
against the hull of his boat... Hauck discovered a
cayuka at the stern of his boat. 'At the same
moment, some shouting started, spotlights turned on
and I heard the noise of a loading AK 47 (or some-
thing like that),' Hauck noted.
"The Guatemalan Navy patrol, commanded by Navy
Officer Alferez Cardona, was also at the stern of
Antares, with two men under arrest who had already
cut halfway through a stainless steel security cable
with a pair of bolt cutters which they tossed into the
river when they realized they'd been discovered."
Julia adds: The Navy is now patrolling three "safe

anchorages" which are described in a safety and secu-
rity handout to be given to cruisers when clearing in at
Livingston. And they really are patrolling, every night!
For more information visit hfp://riodulcechisme.com.
Sailor at 85 Crosses Atlantic Solo
Ernie Seon reports: At age 85, when most people
would be winding down, Bill Marden is a solo high-
seas adventurer. Marden arrived in the Rodney Bay
Marina, St. Lucia, in November after crossing the
Atlantic from the Azores alone in his 52-foot yacht. He
did it, he said, "because no one was foolish enough
to come with me". Marina General Manager

Cuthbert Didier said that in the decade that he had
been at the marina, no one else of Marden's age has
sailed into the facility after single-handedly crossing
the Atlantic.
It's not the first time that Marden, a Texan, has sailed
long distances alone. Five years ago, for his 80th birth-
day, he sailed from Texas to Trinidad, a distance of
some 3,000 miles. The three-week voyage from the
Azores was about 800 miles longer but Marden was
not daunted when he set off after a brother who had
promised to make the trip with him dropped out.
A World War Two US Navy veteran, Marden has been

sailing for 30 years. During World War Two he served
on a wooden minesweeper under General Douglas
MacArthur on duty in the Pacific. Said Marden:
"Everything I learned about the sea I learned in the US
Navy which I joined as a teenager."
Recounting his voyage from the Azores, Marden told
of bouts of bad weather including a tropical storm. "I
knew all the while that one slip and it would be the
end," he said.
Marden's yacht will remain on the hard at the Rodney
Bay Marina for the next ten months. After spending
time with his family in Texas, he plans to return to St.
Lucia next year, pick up his boat and keep on sailing.
Amerindian Artifacts in St. Vincent
If you are planning to explore St. Vincent, don't miss a
visit to the St. Vincent & the Grenadines National
Trust's newly-opened permanent exhibition at the Old
Public Library, Heritage Square in Kingstown. The small
but fascinating display sheds light on the richness of
the Amerindian culture that existed on both St.
Vincent and the Grenadine islands from around
160AD, up to and beyond the arrival of the Island
Caribs around 1450AD. Open 10:00AM to 5:00PM,
Monday to Thursday. Admission EC$5.
For more information contact
svgntrust@vincysurfcom, (784) 457-1291.
Got Stuff for Carriacou?
As boats move north from their hurricane-season hide-
outs and arrive from Europe and North America,
please remember that the Carriacou Children's
Education Fund will gratefully accept contributions of
clean, used clothing; household goods; treasures of
the bilge; and handmade craft items. These items will
be auctioned at the annual fund-raising in August,
directly preceding Carriacou Regatta Festival.
Proceeds go to provide local needy children with
school uniforms, textbooks, and lunch money.
Contributions can be left at the Carriacou Yacht Club
in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou.
For more information contact boatmillie@aol.com.
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Business Briefs

Dockwise Announces Strategic Alliance
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) has announced a
cooperative partnership with BBC Chartering &
Logistic to expand global shipping options for its
clients namely owners and captains of private luxu-
ry yachts. This strategic alliance allows DYT to contin-
ue offering its unique float-on/float-off yacht transport
service with its own fleet of four semi-submersible ships
while adding an alternative lift-on/lift-off service
option through BBC, which operates more than 140
vessels worldwide.
"DYT's float-on/float-off method, which has been
raised to somewhat of an art form since we devel-
oped it in 1987, is used by no other yacht carriers,"
said DYT President Clemens van der Werf, adding
that the company built its recently commissioned
super ship", the 685.7-foot (209-meter) Yacht
Express, to meet the demand for more DYT transport
trips across the Atlantic. "The reality, however, is that
there will always be clients who need additional
scheduling flexibility or the ability to get to a desti-
nation we do not service directly. BBC is a power-
house in global shipping. While it will provide the
tonnage, DYT will manage their operations for the
yacht transport business, offering our clients extra
sailings and more flexibility."
"While yachts are similar to other heavy-lift cargo with
respect to the necessary lifting gear, they also require a
greater sensitivity with respect to the lift and stowage,"
said Svend Andersen, BBC's Managing Director. "This is
why the DYT/BBC alliance is ideal for the yacht transport
industry. BBC has the specialized vessels and equip-
ment, while DYT has the extended knowledge base for
managing the loading and unloading of such precious
cargo from start to finish, with its own loading masters
provided for all operations."
Among the new routes accommodated by BBC will
be regular connections from the Caribbean to
Northern Europe, Florida to Brazil, and to Dubai. All
other worldwide destinations can also be accommo-
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For more information see ad on page 43.

5th Marine Trade Show in Trinidad Another Success
The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago
(YSATT) held their 5th Marine Trades Show in October
2007 at the Sweet Water Marina in Chaguaramas.
Twenty-nine companies occupying 34 booth spaces
participated to show off to both local and visiting
boaters the marine services and accessories Trinidad
has to offer.
The Hon. Kenneth Valley, Minister of Trade and
Industry, opened the show noting that it was "...the
only show of its kind in the region that highlights the
services offered to boat owners, bringing together
suppliers and consumers in a dynamic environment
conducive to conducting business." The Minister went
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on to say: Government has identified yachting as
one of seven targeted industries which form a major
component in the country's diversification efforts ...
(and) ...we are deeply committed to this sector's
development." So much so that Cabinet has agreed
to the establishment of a Yachting Steering
Committee currently chaired by Sharon Mclntosh,
who is also the General Manager of YSATT to co-
ordinate the implementation of the industry's strategic
plan, which was prepared in 2005. This committee
comprises representatives of the Chaguaramas
Development Authority, the Tourism Development
Company, the Tobago House of Assembly, key state
agencies and industry stakeholders. The committee is
required to submit a report to Cabinet on its progress
through the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The show was attended by approximately 300 boat-
ing and yachting enthusiasts, with industry demonstra-
tions held at various intervals throughout the show. 3M
showed off their sanding and polishing systems by
treating a piece of gelcoat on the spot. Trump Tours
put on another interactive demonstration by bringing
cocoa farmers from the Lopinot area of Trinidad to
show visitors how to "dance the cocoa".
Weatherman Eric Mackie ended the demonstrations
with a question and answer session which lasted for
over an hour.
For more information or to reserve space for next
year's show, contact manager@ysattorg.
TechNick Yacht Services Opens in Grenada
TechNick Yacht Services Ltd. is a new engineering,
fabrication and welding business located in Spice
Island Marine Service Boatyard, Prickly Bay, Grenada.
Specializing in stainless steel and aluminium, TechNick
will work to customers' specifications, and repair or
design items to suit customers' needs.
TechNick is owned and run by Nick Williams, who
has 20 years of experience in the marine industry in
the Caribbean. Nick was the technical manager of
The Moorings in St. Lucia and previously owned and
managed marine construction and salvage vessels.
He has built numerous jetties and harbour infrastruc-
ture in Dominica and managed the final construction
of that island's Aerial Tram, which carries passengers
on a bird's-eye-view tour of the rainforest. With his
extensive technical experience and as a long-term
yacht owner himself, Nick is perfectly placed to
understand the needs and requirements of other
boat owners.
For more information e-mail technick@spiceisle com,
or call (473) 536-1560.
Digital Future for UKHO?
UK Hydrographic Office Chief Executive Mike
Robinson has outlined a digital future for his organisation
by reaffirming the UKHO's intention to launch a new
global vector chart service next year. Speaking at the
Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology
President's Day Forum on October 16 in London,
Robinson said the world of marine navigation was
changing from paper-based to digital products.
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He also highlighted that the UKHO, with its
Admiralty brand of navigational products and servic-
es, is determined to remain a commercial success in
this digital future.
"We are about to start trials of a new global vector
service which we will make available during the first
half of next year," he announced. "This will form the
basis for a number of future products and services
over the next few years."
Robinson explained that the availability and quality
of 'official' vector charts had not improved as quickly
as expected by the maritime community and wide-
spread adoption has yet to occur, despite potential
safety advantages.
"The principles established by International
Hydrographic Organization member states in vector
charting are somewhat different than in paper and
effectively prevent any one nation from charting the
world," said Robinson. He went on to add that
"although the UKHO considers that where they have
'the capability', sovereign nations are best placed
to chart their own waters, we (the UKHO) are
offering our services to take that base
navigational data and add value
with our world-class cartographers, and provide
products and services to the mariner that the
mariner deserves."
Although the UKHO has significant resources,
Robinson acknowledged that the challenge of mov-
ing to a digital world would test its capability.
"We are going to need assistance from industry in a
number of different ways; from original equipment
manufacturers, system integrators and software com-
panies. The world is going to change but there is time,
if we plan and invest in our people."
The UKHO is currently a Ministry of
Defence Trading Fund but it is undergoing a status
review which may see all or part of the organisation
become a Government-Owned Company; such a
change in status could possibly increase its ability to
compete commercially. Robinson was keen
to stress, however, that despite the organisation's
growing commercialization, the UKHO's primary
objective would remain to support the
Royal Navy. "We supply 70 percent of all charts and
publications sold to merchant shipping, but the
Royal Navy remains our largest and most
important customer."

Mustique Blues Festival...
Creative Director Dana Gillespie and Producer Basil
Charles have just announced the line up for the 13th
Annual Mustique Blues Festival to be held at Basil's Bar in
January. Appearing this year are: Ronnie Jones, Carvin
Jones, Zach Prather, Dana Gillespie, Papa George, Steve
Simpson and the London Blues Band: Julien Brunetaud,
Dino Baptiste, Jake Zaitz, Jeff Walker, Mike Paice, Darby
Todd and Enrico Morena. Special Guest: Felix Dennis.
The Mustique Blues Festival begins Wednesday
January 23rd at Basil's Bar with a Blues Jump-Up and
barbecue, and continues nightly until Wednesday
February 6th with special family "Sunset Blues" shows
at 5:00PM on Sundays.
For those who can't make it to Mustique, the Blues
Festival will be playing in Bequia on Friday January

off, as last year, with a Thursday evening performance
by the 13-piece Elite Steel Orchestra from St. Vincent
at the Frangipani Hotel. On Friday night, the Mustique
Blues Festival comes to Bequia and anyone who
has seen Dana Gillespie and her London Blues Band
and special guests perform in Bequia before will know
this is a night not to be missed.
On Saturday 26th the evening will have both a local
and international flavour, with Bequia String Band
music, country music Bequia-style from The Country
Relatives, and reggae bands from St. Vincent and
Bequia. These acts will be joined by an All-Star Band of
Bequia-loving musicians from around the world and
many surprise guests to make an un-missable Saturday
line-up. Returning by popular demand, the sensational
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you can catch musicfestivals from Jamaica to Caniacou throughout December and January. See Calendar on page 54
25th, and then on St. Vincent the following weekend. Barbados will close Saturday night with another show-
Each year the Mustique Blues Festival performances stopping performance.
are recorded and released as a CD, and the 2007 CD Sunday at De Reef in Lower Bay will be the ever-
is on sale now at Basil's Bar, or through www.basils- popular Music Fest Jazz & Blues Jam and Mount
bar.com. With all of the performing artists donating Gay Surprise Party on the Beach free for all, and
their services, the revenue from the CDs and from the the climax to a great weekend of music. If you'd
Blues Festival itself go towards funding secondary edu- like to jam with other musicians on Sunday after-
cation for the youths of St. Vincent through the Basil noon, please contact the organizers and they will
Charles Educational Foundation. More than 30 chil- try to fit you in!
dren are currently benefiting from the funds raised Advance tickets (ECS50 per night, or ECS85 for a
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Comes and Goes
In early 2007, ten member states of the Caribbean Economic Community, CARI
COM, passed legislation requiring Advance Passenger Information to be transmitted
to CARICOM's Joint Regional Communication Centre in Barbados for ALL air and sea
carriers including yachts -arriving at, and I I . i. .. each member state.

The form can be submitted electr .... 1i I I .. .. .. .. it.
Although i. .. i i ,i ....1. ,,- il i *. I Ito go into
effecton Fel ..... ,- ," n .-1 ... .. in . 1.i.... ..munityheardabout
it was in August, when yacht skippers clearing ..I .,, began complaining
about being asked, unexpectedly, to go to an Int ... I 1 II1 out a new and com-
i ......... I ... on line. At that point, only Antigua had begun to ask yachts to
'"1 i I I- ilations.
The difficulties that the average recreational sailor has with the API system as it stands
have been well documented, with yacht skippers reportedly struggling for anything up to
four hours i .. I i .- I a 1 fi; t 1 to complete
the form ii- 11 I i . i ii. i .... .. i , ,nfi n ,i i ..... procedures
were also s: ....... i .,, ,, I I- I.... I Yacht tourism is recognized as
i. .. I ... I .. .... .i T important form of tourism in the Eastern Caribbean,
I.. I I i I ..i 1 i .... hips. Anyone with knowledge of yacht tourism knew
that this kind of time-c-.:m.i..; 1 tipe could i,.' 11 -. ... 1 .. to death.
Due to the efforts ol 1. -. I ... Marine -- .. I I in general, and the
Antigua & Barbuda Marine Trades Association in particular, Antigua & Barbuda soon
recognized the 1 ,, i I .... I I ild do to its valuable yacht tourism sector and
in October dro1 I ... .... .. I I -. for yachts of less than 100 net tons.
But like the arcade game "Whac-A Mole", in which plastic mole figures pop up from
their holes at random, also in October St. Vincent & the Grenadines -like Antigua,
with no prior consultation or announcement unexp -t 11 Pl-- -. -n .1-ii t 1-ip
pers to complywithAPIS. Enforcement was sporadic: : ........ .i .. nI .. - ... 7G
ports of entry were more understanding than others I .-. ...... --..I i.. Ine
attempts to comply; at times officers required "proof of compliance in the form of a
stamped print out from an Internet cafe or a fax transmission report. (Notwithstanding
that you can print out an on-line form without ever having submitted it electronically,
and a fax transmission report doesn't indicate what document was actually sent.)
Numerous yacht owners have told Compass they began by passing St. Vincent &
the Grenadines or would do so. Others no doubt came here but avoided -1-.:n r
out, taking the risk that their papers would not be checked and costing 11. -
ernment their entry fees.
The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Recreational Marine Trades Association wrote to
the relevant Ministers of Government on November 1st concerning the APIS legisla
tion, stating: "This Association obviously would like to see our yachting industry
continue its sustainable growth. The [API] legislation currently being only marginal
ly and sporadically enforced has nothing other than negative connotations in this
regard. We applaud the most recent debate on the creation of [CARICOM] single
space initiatives... however it will be some time before this becomes a reality, if it
happens. In the interim all that we and the CMA are asking for is for the formal sus
pension of compliance with [APIS for yachts] so that we are, at worst, in the same
situation as our ... .. . 1,1 ... "
On November I - i.. I .imigration Officer told Compass that the APIS
requirement for yachts has been temporarily suspended in St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, pending review.
But we still seem to being playing Whac-a-Mole: we've just learned that yachts
clearing out of Barbados in November were asked to fill out APIS forms.
Trinidad & Tobago's APIS legislation lapsed at the end of June 2007. The remain
ing CARICOM countries involved -Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia,
Grenada and Guyana -never enforced APIS compliance for yachts, but at least
some of these countries still have the laws on the books.
The Caribbean Marine Association and its national level member associations have prom
ised to work with their individual Governments until a practical solution has been achieved.
Editor's note: The St. Lucia Ministry of Tourism contact given in last month's
Compass is incorrect. You can send comments regarding the effect APIS would have
on your experience of St. Lucia to vfrancis@gosl.gov.lc.

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Recycling in Antigua
LucyTulloch reports: 0.. ... i I .. i I .
of 108 square miles and 1 .I ..........
viving primarily from tourism, recycling is crucial to
the island's preservation. But with no primary manu
facturing industries, this can be an expensive and
challenging venture.
Currently, over 100 tons of waste is dumped at our
landfills daily, and this is increasing yearly. Most of
the waste, such as plastics, glass and metals, is non
biodegradable. These materials remain in our soils or
get transported into our marine environment where
they adversely impact reefs and wildlife such as
endangered sea turtles.
The National Solid Waste Management Authority
(NSWMA), has always advocated enhanced waste
diversion and the promotion of the "3-Rs" policy. The

message of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle has been pro
moted through the years but it is only in recent times
they have opted to facilitate the recycling initiatives of
the private sector and local NGOs.
The Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown took action. It
set out to establish a recycling processing facility and
t, I ..... I. .. . .. i,. II . .... 1. 1i ,,, .... o f
t-[ - -. --.-.. I ... , .. , I - I 1 -,.,a ll
Grants Program and the British High Commission to
cover equipment costs and public education. In-kind
contributions were received from the government in
the form of tax concessions and a building. The pri
vate sector contributed towards installation and build
ing improvements. The NSWMA now assists in collec
tion and public education initiatives.
In December 2005, the first waste recycling facility
in the Leeward Islands was opened in Antigua. The
facility receives plastic bottles, crates, aluminium
cans, non-ferrous scrap, lead acid batteries and now
printer -rtrid- -;-1 mobile phones. In the first year,
over : ........ I I- plastics and 25,000 pounds of
scrap metal were received for recycling. The actual
recycling process takes place overseas in Venezuela,
Florida and even Peru.
Batteries contain dangerous acid which leaks into
the soil and lead (a carcinogenic) persists in the soil
forever. Discarded batteries are now banned at Cooks
Sanitary Landfill but they can be taken to the
Recycling Facility on Powell's Industrial Estate just off
the Airport Road. So far, over 9,000 used car and boat
batteries have been sent to Venezuela, where the lead
goes back into making new batteries.
The English Harbour area was visited by over
3,000 yachts in 2006. That's a lot of water bottles!
We now have a big yellow recycling bin for plastics
and aluminium cans for this area, next to the
National Parks Garbage Facility in Falmouth
Harbour. It is emptied regularly but we must ensure
it is not mistakenly used for household rubbish. For
recyclable plastics (clear plastics such as soda and
water bottles; and cloudy-white plastics like milk
and gallon water jugs), look for the triangle on the
bottom of the container. All aluminium soda cans
may be recycled, e.g. Coke, Sprite, beer, sodas. At
the moment, we can't recycle steel cans (e.g. tinned
t.1-1 and fruits).
..... to launch an awareness campaign for visit
ing yachts, local businesses, schools and residents.
School children will be invited to be involved in teach
ing the adults, since the new generation are some-
times more informed on this subject than the oldies. It
will take us some time to get into the habit of recy
cling, but now we have the facilities, I believe we can
conserve our natural resources and hope to be one of
the leaders in recycling in the islands.
Anyone wanting to volunteer help can contact me at
lucy@thelucy.com. For more information contact Mario
Bento at bento@hotmail.com.

Cayman Island Divers Reduce Waste
Divetech in West Bay, Grand Cayman, recently
announced a new programme for its diving guests to
do their part to preserve the environment. Divetech
is offering reusable sport bottles, available for pur
chase by guests for US$6. With the purchase of a
sport bottle ;;t then get free drinking water for
the entire ... I I their stay, along with a souvenir
item to take home.
Prior to the implementation .......
guests would easily buy ten to i i111 ,
so in addition to being a great "green" practice, it also
results in a cost saving to the resort's visitors.
"Previously, we purchased about eight to 12 flats of
16-ounce bottled water a week," said Nancy
Easterbrook of Divetech. "This amounted to over
10,000 plastic water bottles going to the landfill each
year. Even if only half of our customers convert, that
-1 i .. .I. ... i1 I reduces the volume of plastic sent to

Islands Chosen for Climate-Change Project
A Special Programme for Adaptation to Climate
Change (SPACC) has selected Dominica, Saint Lucia
and St. Vincent & the Grenadines to implement pilot
adaptation measures .1r-==1:.- the impacts of cli
mate change. SPACC .- i.... I by the World Bank,
participating countries and other donor countries.
The project aims to design pilot adaptation measures
to reduce expected negative impacts of climate change
on marine and near-shore areas, and implement pilot
adaptation investments. Reducing climate-change
impacts will primarily result in protection of marine and
terrestrial biodiversity and prevention of land degrada
tion, especially along the coast. It will also induce eco
nomic benefits in the tourism, fisheries, agriculture and
forestry sectors, help maintain the resource base upon
which these economic activities rely, and promote cli
mate-resilient sustainable development. The experience
S i i.. ... 11. se local-level activities will assist and
S.. decision-making process and is
expected to influence the enactment of climate-resilient
sustainable development policies.
Specif-.11 tl- i -it -ill -,;- 2 among other
things, I -1,,, i, ,, I -I -1 ...- by increased
sea level rise and salinization; strategies to protect
biodiversity in coral reefs; and the strengthening of
key infrastructure to withstand intensified hurricane
winds and storm surges.
The project seeks to produce knowledge of global value
on how to implement adaptation measures in small
island states that can be applied in other countries in the
region, and even for islands in other parts of the world.
For more information visit www-wds.worldbank.org.

Guadeloupe Aquarium
Stephane Legendre reports: The only aquarium
between Curacao and Saint Thomas, the Guadeloupe
Aquarium should not be missed. Due to its central
location in the Eastern Caribbean, it is easily reached.
Created 20 years ago, more than 1.6 million visitors
have already enjoyed its 1200 square metres of under
water sea-life. Tourists represent 84 percent and school
children the rest. A shop and a restaurant are on site.
Since 2004, two million Euros have been invested to
increase this aquarium's capacity and attractiveness.
An extra 220 square metres, including a basin con
training 250,000 liters of water dedicated to Caribbean

sharks, opened in July 2007. The sharks can be
viewed through a 7.5 metre (25 foot) long, curved
methyl-methacrylate glass window, weighing four
tons. A new extension is planned for 2012.
Seventy species (a total of over 700 animals) are on
display: crabs, seahorses, corals, piranhas, turtles,
etcetera. There are some stars of course, like the ten
black-tip sharks. (The question which comes to mind
is always: are Caribbean sl .. i .. .. ..- The
answer is no; among the 465 -I. .. only
five or six are potentill-- n -..r ti man.)
The Karet medical .. .. turtles is locat
ed on the premises of the aquarium. Each year a num-
ber of injured turtles are successfully treated here,
marked and released. As all sea ',,, i .- .,,. ,
the public is reminded to not e I Ii I -. .. I. 11. .
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...not throw plastic bags over board (turtles mistake
them for jellyfish, eat them and suffocate); and not dis
turb them when seen at sea or on the beach.
Marine biology students come to the aquarium to
carry out studies in the aquarium laboratory. Aquarium
'--1- it 1..- successfully managed the reproduction
i ... ... I- f seahorses in captivity. These were later
released, improving Guadeloupe's marine biodiversity.
Since 1993 a program called "Ecole de mer" (sea
school) has hosted more than 12,000 children visiting
the aquarium each year, thanks to a partnership
between the aquarium and Guadeloupe's school direc
torate. This school also provides educational support
for teachers who are interested in marine biology.
If you sail to Guadeloupe, don't miss a visit to this
interesting place. It is conveniently located next to
Marina Bas-du-Fort at Gosier.
For more information
visit www.guadeloupeaquarium.com.

Avoiding 'Tourism Overkill'
The world's most appealing destinations -islands
-are the ones most vulnerable to population pres
sure, climate change, storm damage, invasive species,
and now, 'tourism overkill'.
To see how the integrity of islands around the world is
holding up, Traveler magazine and the National
Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations recent
ly conducted their fourth annual Destination Scorecard
survey, aided by George Washington University. A panel
of 522 experts in sustainable tourism and destination
stewardship donated time to review conditions in 111
selected islands and archipelagos.
The results show that beach-blessed islands draw
sun-and-sand resort tourism development that can
get out of hand quickly, although there are exceptions.
Multiple cruise-ship crowds can also overwhelm an
island, transforming it. No surprise, then, that cloudy,
beach-poor islands score well. Yet even these islands
are sometimes losing traditional families to soaring
real estate prices.
Islands were awarded points by the panelists, with
the most points being the best score.
Saint Luci. r.;l-i;n 21st with a score of 64, was
given as an .... I an island "in moderate trouble:
,ii 'i ..'. i... ...... i. r a mix of negatives and
I ... 1 I rs noted by panelists
SiI I I 1 I .11-inclusive resorts (a
majority of the hotel rooms on the island), which has
limited creation of a thriving restaurant scene [and]
also limits authentic interaction with locals, creating
us-and-them atmosphere." Positive factors included
"extremely attractive, natural, lush beauty".
St. Thomas, USVI, earned the lowest score, 37: "in
serious trouble". One panelist wrote, "Once upon a
time, St. Thomas was the most beautiful island in the
Caribbean, with sculpted peaks and deep coves. It's all
developed now, and the pressure of up to ten cruise
ships in a day (almost 2 million arrivals a year) erases
that natural beauty."
Among the top scorers were Dominica and the
Grenadines, I ..1.11. i lace in the world, with 77
points ("mii. 1.11. ..nI -"). Panelists felt that
Dominica's "lush mountains, indigenous population,
-t ;.ft .;-- 1- 1 products, and small-scale
I ...... i i I all add to the opportunity
for sustainable tourism development." But warning
was given about "a serious dichotomy between lip
service to preserving and protecting its wilderness,
which is the major product, and 1 i .1.. of more
cruise ships, the proposed oil: ... ... I support
for Japan on the whaling issue." The Grenadines were
seen as a "beautiful destination for yachting and
high end tourists [with] good environmental aware
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islands zealously. [But] given their fragility, there is

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Art Pneuveau!
Dawn reports: As I walked past La Kas aux Artistes
in Le Marin, Martinique, I was attracted by a three
foot tll .11 -;.-i2 1. out of no, surely not! I went
in, -.... ... I which got broader the deeper I
entered the world of Belgian artist Serge Van de Put.
Here's someone who obviously enjoys his work and
wants the public to share his humour.
No ordinary sculptor this, the raw material for his
work is none other than used tyres! While there are
other 'recycling' artists, he was the first to introduce
tyres to the art world and has been experimenting
with his chosen material for several years.

Artisan as well as artist, he constructs the stands
and skeletons of his sculptures using metalwork tech
niques acquired at the shipyard in the port of Angers,
his birthplace. He then puts flesh on the bones using
lumps and strips of rubber cut from used tyres, screw
ing them together, layer upon layer, to produce almost
living beings. Mostly animals and birds, full of express
sion and movement, but also extraordinary characters
that truly look alive.
These creatures have had a previous life, been
around, had the freedom of the open road; look at the
running ostrich: it has inherited the memory of speed
and great distances run. Listen to the 'human' char
actors, with their cubist appearance, stories of truck
stop and lay-by, of races and chases.
But behind this feast for the eyes and spirit lies a
serious message; the purpose of his exhibition is to
promote public awareness of environmental issues,
particularly recycling. In fact, all the materials used in
his work are courtesy of two local eco-friendly enter
prises involved in the collection and recycling of
industrial metal and automobile waste.
With their support, several educational workshops
took place with primary school children, who watched
with fascination the creation of fabulous creatures
from ugly lumps of rubber and even made their own,
learning at the same time the value of recycling.
An exhibition of work completed during Serge's stay
on Martinique will continue until December 9th.
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.I.. i i .. .. art, primarily from
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by Stephane Legendre

When John Burnie, Swan Charter manager for the Caribbean, asked me if I would
like to sail on one of his boats, with local racing star Claude Thelier as skipper, for
the seventh edition of the Triskell Cup regatta, I of - -
From November 2nd through 4th, the 7th edition i 11 i .... ..- Triskell Cup
took place off Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, on the superb waters of the Cul de Sac
Marin in front of Gosier Island. This year's event was interesting because, in addi
tion to Guadeloupe's avid racers, many fine-tuned boats came r .. .. ..1.1 .
islands and mainland France. Seventy boats turned up this year, :., i,, I,,. I i ...
Antigua, one from Dominica, 12 from Martinique, two from France and one from
Saint Martin, ...i i,... in seven classes.
We had very 1.11 ..I boats on the water for those three days -family
boats, luxury charter boats such as the Swans, racing boats like the ,,,,,i
Archambault 40s, and also a very interesting boat built in China: the Flying Tiger
from Antig ... I .- .... I. i e this boat with carbon mast and boom, plus rac
ing sails, -1- .. i -
We also had a Whitbread round-the-world race veteran, Neptune, which is cur
rently being restored. She came dressed with new sails, although the spinnaker is
missing at the moment. In the 1977 1978 Whitbread, Neptune competed against
contenders such as King's Legend, Pen Duick IV and Flyer, coming eighth overall
after 130 days at sea, 11 days behind the winner, Flyer.
The weather for Triskell Cup 2007 was ideal, with clear skies and 13 to 18 knots
of easterly wind, slowly dying on the last day. After a first day of two races followed
by a cocktail party, Day Two's two races culminated in a special dinner and a show
with zouk music. On Sunday, two more races preceded the prizegiving ceremony at
Marina Bas-du-Fort. Five of the seven class winners placed first in all five races.
Although fewer boats participated than last year's 83, the level of competition
remained high and the event is becoming increasingly professional. The jury had its
share of protests, but after those were resolved, everyone enjoyed what is another
strength of this event -the marvelous conviviality which prevailed every evening at
Marina Bas-du-Fort around the open bar and during the dinners and shows nicely
organized by Jean Michel Marziou's team.
Neil Forester, Antigua Sailing Week's General Manager, was on hand for Triskell
2007, also sailing aboard Claude Thelier's Swan 56. Neil came to Guadeloupe as a
friend, a neighbor and a keen observer. As Neil put it, in his perfect French, "Triskell
Cup's conviviality is ... 1,,,... : have to learn from. In Antigua the overall level is
higher, and the boat- 1.11 . i- more sophisticated, sometimes with profession
al crews. We therefore lack a bit of this 'French touch' for the evenings' events." He
adds, "We have a lot in common -geographical proximity and a central position in
the Caribbean -and a mutual interest in having great events if we work together."

In 2008, the Triskell Organization is planning to hold the Triskell Trophy race just
before Antigua Sailing Week so that boats coming from the south can conveniently
participate in both events, using the Triskell Trophy as a warm-up.
The obvious fact that we ha I 1 i 11. I. becoming a reality here -it is
very important for the future c I ... .. 0 i .h. .. the central area of the Lesser
Antilles. No single island can do it alone, and even though Guadeloupe is investing
a lot in nautical infrastructure, we need partners.
And what about my experience on the ... -' .1 .. delight under Claude
Thelier's experienced supervision. Not q...i .. ...I. ... I us to win, but never
theless a g ,,, ..
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A highly diverse leet reveled in good racing and magnifique after parties
at Triskell Cup 2007

Triskell Cup 2007 Winners
Racing Class 1
1) Clippers Ship, Surprise, Nicolas Gillet, Martinique
Racing Class 2
1) Caraibe Greement, Melges 24, Philippe Leconte, Martinique
Racing/Cruising Class
1) Sailing Styl Caraibes, Archambault 40, Arnaud Meillac, Martinique
Cruising Class
1) Getelec, Opium 39, Jose Vilier, Saint Martin
Coastal Monohull Class
1) Mac Village, Muscadet, Eric Michel, Guadeloupe
Multihull Class
1) Super U, CDK 28, Vincent de Meynard, Guadeloupe
Beach Catamaran Class
1) Tip Top, Hobie Cat Tiger, Thomas Bohl, Guadeloupe

'High Level' St. Maarten Opti Champs
The third annual Sint Maarten Optimist Sailing
Championships that took place on October 13th
showed an increasingly high level of sailing ability as
17 young sailors from Sint Maarten and Anguilla sailed
a series of seven races in the Simpson Bay Lagoon.
The event is sponsored by Sol, the suppliers of fuels,
lubricants and gases, who have given youth sailing
ongoing support over the years.
The sailors were split into two fleets, with the top
sailors going into Gold and the newer sailors into
Silver. The Gold Fleet winner was Stephen Looser, who
has won this event since its inception but who only just
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ahead of Zoe Pfeiffer from Switzerland and the last
race made the difference. Third place went to Jolyon
Ferron, who blew his lunch-time lead of two points in
the afternoon. Fourth place went to Kendall
Richardson of Anguilla, who is likely to be a strong
contender in the future.
The Silver Fleet was won by Ethan "Rumple" Loyd of
Anguilla, followed by Max Hootsmans of St. Maarten.
Third was Michael Curtis of Anguilla.
Many of the upcoming young sailors are products of
the training programmes of the Sint Maarten Yacht
Club and this regatta saw a number of younger and
newer faces who are currently being trained by the
club coach and sailing teacher Daniel Pennings.
Andrew Rapley was the race officer and an enthusi-
astic crowd of parents watched the races and the
numerous moments when the shifty winds of the
Simpson Bay Lagoon created some interesting
moments with many position changes.
The Optimist is the most popular small racing dinghy
in the world and is the class in which more top sailors
developed their skills than any other. Sailors cannot
be older than 15 years to compete.
Guadeloupe's Land Rover Fishing Fest
St6phane Legendre reports: The second edition of
the Land Rover Fishing Festival was organized by the
Guadeloupe Fishing Club from October 30th to
November 3rd at Marina Bas-du-Fort, Pointe-a-Pitre,
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record of 410 pounds.
Two days at sea fishing were separated by a lay-
day for swimming, eating, conviviality and family
entertainment at the Gosier Wiki Beach entertain-
ment complex. Seventeen boats, mainly from
Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and of
course Guadeloupe, participated. Initially 30 had
registered, but many were prevented from coming
by adverse weather. Although conditions remained
difficult the first day, they smoothed out nicely by the
end of the tournament.
Hook Up, skippered by Eric Petit Lebrun from the
Guadeloupe Fishing Club, won with a total of 1,300
points with two blue marlin and one sailfish released.
Mr. Constantini's Joao, from the Guadeloupe Marlin
Club, came second with 1,000 points for two released
blue marlin.
For more information
visit www. guadeloupefishingclub. com.
Girls Compete in Women's One-Design Event
While most teams competing in this year's Budget
Marine Women's Caribbean One-Design Keelboat
Regatta had an average age of 40, team Trinidad &
Tobago was by far the youngest team to compete,

WIT an average age or 10.
The participation of the T&T Women's Youth Sailing
team skipper Megan Chan Chow with crewmem-
bers Ella Bayne, Nephema Callender and Rushell

Rousseau at the November 3rd and 4th event,
raced at Simpson Bay in St. Maarten, was made possi-
ble with support from Budget Marine, Telly Paul
General Insurance Services Limited, the Public
Transport Services Corporation, All Dive & Marine and
the Sports Company of Trinidad & Tobago Limited.
At Team T&T s first regional regatta, they finished
sixth overall. After 12 races, the FKG team from St.
Maarten led by skipper Kim Frye took home the title,
with second place going to Women in M'Ocean from
Barbados, skippered by Penny Mclntyre.
First Triangle Emeraude Rally a Gem!
St6phane Legendre reports: The first edition of this
rally, organized by the Saint Francois Yacht Club of
Guadeloupe, took place from November 3rd to
11th. A fleet of 20 boats sailed from Saint-Frangois to
Les Saintes, Dominica, Marie-Galante and back to
The event attracted cruising boats, beach catama-
rans, racing boats, (and even one sea kayak for the
first leg), Boats were very different. I sailed on Claude

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a fantastic machine which sails at 17 knots with only 8
knots of wind. Half way to Les Saintes from Saint
Francois, left without any wind at all, it was a surprise
to see a sea kayak overtaking us. But soon the wind
came back and away we were sailing at 19 knots
entering Las Saintes' Terre de Haut bay before
anchoring for the evening.
In addition to sailing, the Triangle Emeraude Rally

gave participants the opportunity to follow an envi-
ronmental "Green Thread" during the week. What
does it mean?
At each stop-over, participants had a treasure
hunt, earning points which determined a winner per
leg and overall. Plus, at each stop a small confer-
ence on ecology and environment was organized
by Terre d'Avenir, an environmental association from
Guadeloupe. At Les Saintes the issue was: how do
we solve the problems of waste treatment and tap
water delivery?
In Portsmouth, Dominica, the challenge was to fill in
a questionnaire about the island while visiting sites
such as Spanny Falls, Indian River or Carib Territory.
The rally received a warm welcome from the
Dominica Marine Association, and evenings here
were respectively spent at The Purple Turtle and Big
Papa's restaurants on the beach, enjoying authentic
island food and music.
In Marie Galante, a conference was organized on
turtles and shore-birds before a buffet on Saint
Louis's beach.
The conviviality between all types of sailors partici-
pating was obvious and this big family of around a
hundred people had a really good time. Their only
comment was that it was too short and that the
organizers should next year think of a longer rally, with
maybe a new island to discover. Another suggestion
was to hold it a bit later during the winter season in
order to welcome sailors from Europe and North
America, who would be delighted to discover inter-
esting places while learning about environmental
issues the islands are facing.
The Saint Francois tourism office treated the rally
participants very well, hosting buffets at the start and
the end of the rally.
For more in formation on Triangle Emeraude Rally
visit www triangle-emeraude com or e-mail:
Caribbean 1500 Arrives Safe in BVI
All 69 boats sailing in this year's Caribbean 1500 rally
arrived safely in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, after pas-
sages of seven to 14 days. The rally started in
Hampton, Virginia, on November 4th. The 2007 fleet
included participants from 20 states, four Canadian
provinces, and Bermuda. Approximately half of the
boats were manned by veteran ralliers. The boats
averaged 46 feet in length.
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This year's passage brought three sets of weather
conditions to the fleet. The faster boats were unable
to find wind and motored a substantial portion of the
distance. The middle of the fleet was treated to a ten-
to 15-knot beam reach for much of the passage and
was, for the most part, able to maneuver around
scattered squall lines. The slower boats suffered with
extensive convective squalls east of the Gulf Stream,
reporting high winds and even hail.
For the second year in a row, the Overall Handicap
winner came from Class 5. The Four C's, a Jeanneau
43 DS sailed by Ken Johnson and his crew, took the
top honors.
For more information visit www carib 1500. com.

Island-Hopping Golden Rock Regatta
The 3rd Golden Rock Regatta ran from November
11th to 16th, taking participants from Great Bay, St.
Maarten to Gustavia, St. Barths; Oranjestad, Statia;
and Frigate Bay, St. Kitts; returning to Statia for a gala
prizegiving at historic Fort Orange.

The Golden Rock Regatta's goal is to promote
tourism to the region and to Statia in particular. Most
participants fly in from the US and the Netherlands
and board their chartered yacht in Oyster Pond, St.
Maarten. After completing their entries at Captain
Oliver's Yacht Club, they sail around the horn into
Great Bay where they are joined by participating
local boats. Charter boats were joined this year by

the 12 Metre Kate and the gaff schooner Passaat.
For the first time the Golden Rock Regatta featured
a Cruising/Racing Class, with two US teams on Sun
Fast 37s, fighting it out in a nail-biting finish. The series
ended in a split result with both parties scoring four
points. Team Truple, an almost completely women's
team, captained by Pam Morris from the Eastport
Yacht Club in Annapolis, was defeated by Team DLA
Piper skippered by Chris Land from the Manhattan
Sailing Club. Team Truple led the standings for the first
two days, after which the tables were turned with
Team DLA Piper winning the next two races. In such a
case the team winning the last race wins the series.
Prizes were awarded after each day's race, which
had been shortened from previous years to allow
crews more time ashore.
Class winners after four races were:
Cruising/Racing Class: DLA Piper, Sun Fast 37,
Christopher Land
Bareboat Class: VO.C. (Very Odd Crew), Cyclade
51, Bas Roorda
Open Class: Kate, 12 Metre, Kaas van Duuren
Overall winner of the Golden Rock Regatta 2007
was DLA Piper.
For more information visit
www goldenrockregatta.com.

BVI Women Tackle International Event
A team of four women Emma Paull, Becky
Roulette, Clair Burke and Linda Phillips represented
the British Virgin islands and the Bitter End Yacht Club
in the Rolex International Women's Keelboat
Championship, held November 14th through 17th in
Houston, Texas. They were the only Caribbean team
at the event.
Team BVI won the Caribbean Women's Keelboat
Championship in St. Maarten in 2004, '05 and '06. It
was after the third win that Emma and Clair decided
that the team should stretch and work towards com-
peting in the Rolex International Women's
Keelboat Championship.
Skipper Emma Paull sails Laser Radials and IC24s.
She is Club Manager at the Royal BVI Yacht Club.
Main and spinnaker trimmer and mother to a seven-
month-old, Rebecca Rowlette (Emma's sister) owns
Husky Salvage & Towing with her husband Kevin. Jib
trimmer Clair Burke is a senior manager at Tricor
Global and a Laser Radial sailor. Linda Phillips, on
the bow, runs Doyle Sails BVI with her husband Bob
when she is not sailing or spending time with her two

college-aged daughters.
In Houston, team BVI placed 18th out of 39 teams in
an 11-race series. The winning team was skippered by
Sally Barkow of Wisconsin, making Barkow's third Rolex
International Women's Keelboat Championship win.
Barkow was 2005 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
With the Rolex IWKC founded 23 years ago to
encourage women to step up to the male-dominated
world of keelboat racing, the regatta has moved from
New England to the Mid-Atlantic and now to the
Southwest to host over 500 teams, 2,400 women and
23 countries. Until its next edition in 2009, its reach will
be ever-expanding through ongoing clinics around
the globe and the Next Step to Rolex junior program,
further fulfilling the mission of inspiring women to set
new goals.
For more information visit www.ussailing org/riwkc.

Dutch Dominate Aruba Heineken Cat Race
On November 15th, three possible winning F18
crews sailed off Palm Beach, Aruba, for the final race
of the 17th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta.
After a long course with three sausages and two trian-
gles, Eduard Zanen and Mischa Heemskerk took the
bullet and the overall victory. Gunnar Larsen and
Bastiaan Tentij tied on points with Wouter Samama
and Sam Frank, but Larsen/Tentij became second
overall on count back. All three of these teams are
from the Netherlands.
According to the winning team's Heemskerk, they
had good preparation before the start of the last of
ten races, and tried to stay calm: "We knew the pres-
sure was on the top three teams. This morning, we
said to each other that our event was already suc-
cessful, so let's enjoy this last race and sail smoothly.
We won with a considerable lead."
This year's class of slower catamarans was dominat-
ed by veteran participant Manfred Thomasch from
Austria and Henk Hankart from Aruba. They took all
ten bullets with their Dart 18.
For more information visit www.arubaregatta. com.

Close Results in Nanny Cay Nations Cup
Alastair Abrehart reports: Team Bitter End Holmberg
managed to knock the defending BVI champions
from their perch at the third annual Nanny Cay
Nations Cup, held in the British Virgin Islands
November 17th and 18th, but it's hard to imagine
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two-day event, two-time winners Team bmobile BVI
were two points behind the USVI's Team Bitter End
Holmberg. The BVI team had to win the final race -
with the Holmbergs placing fifth (last) to win the
event for the third time in a row. If the BVI placed sec-
ond and the Holmbergs last, the regatta would end in
a tie. The Holmberg team had not placed worse than
third the entire regatta.
Conditions were perfect for the last day, with a little
more wind than Saturday but very little wave action. All
eyes were on 16-year-old Alec Anderson helming for
the BVI with Robbie Hirst calling the tactics. The start
went badly for the Holmbergs. They ended up "taking
transoms" and tacked out into the Sir Francis Drake
Channel, then rounded the windward mark in last
place by several boat lengths. It was a two-round race
but the Holmbergs could not close up on the run down-
wind, rounding the leeward mark still firmly in last place.
Back on shore the points were double checked -
the two teams were locked on 18 points each. In the
event of a tie, it's the number of first places that
decides the outcome. After sailing ten races over the
weekend, the BVI had five bullets but the Holmbergs
had six. Team Holmberg, representing the Bitter End
Yacht Club and the USVI, took the 2007 Nanny Cay
Nations Cup. The Holmbergs, namely John, wife
Dianne, son Kai (age 8), brother Peter and his wife
Denise, gracefully accepted the fine half-hull trophy
and perpetual award.
The Nanny Cay Nations Cup is a round-robin regat-
ta where the simple requirement for entry is that all
crew members carry the same passport. IC24s are
modified J/24s and the fastest growing one-design
class in the Caribbean with fleets in the US and British
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Hark, the ARC!
As this issue of Compass went to press, the Atlantic
Rally for Cruisers (ARC) was set to sail from Las Palmas,
Canary Islands, on November 25th, bound for St.
Lucia. At the Official Opening Ceremony for the 22nd
ARC on November 18th, 240 yachts from 27 nations
were entered, making this the largest-ever ARC.
Andrew Bishop, Managing Director of the organizing
body, World Cruising Club, declared ARC 2007 offi-
cially open and thanked the Port Authority and Tourist
Board of Las Palmas for their support with the event:
"The assistance we have received over the past 22

years must be one of the longest sponsorships in sail-
ing and for this we are extremely grateful."
Before departure, a full programme of workshops
and seminars designed to offer practical and informa-
tive advice for the Atlantic crossing was offered,
including vital checks for rigging, power manage-
ment, advice on provisioning, routing and weather.
The finish destination is Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia,
a distance of 2,700 nautical miles from Las Palmas and
a passage that will take most of the yachts between 18
and 21 days. The current ARC course record of 11 days,
5 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds, was set last year by
the Italian maxi yacht Capricorno.
Cuthbert Didier, General Manager of the Rodney
Bay Marina in St. Lucia, said an exciting month-long
programme of social, cultural and sporting activities is
being put together to host and entertain the hun-
dreds of yachtsmen and friends and visitors after they
arrive. The Marina will come alive from December 9th
when the ARC Village will be opened, offering nightly
entertainment featuring local artistes, plus food, drinks
and craft items on sale.
Didier said this year, other events taking place on
the island will be incorporated into the ARC pro-
gramme. These include the Kalalu Festival and the
Gros Islet, Anse la Raye and Dennery Special Nights.
Among the activities planned so far are a boat-
building and dinghy sailing day off Reduit Beach on
December 9; The Buzz welcome party on December
10, and a National Day extravaganza on December
13 featuring sports and entertainment.
Other events on the programme are "Tropical
Sundown", featuring soft steelband music at various
marina restaurants, the Caribbean ARC Costume Party
which will be open to the general public and will be
held at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, the Junior
Steelband playoff, cultural lecture and dance at the
Marina, the General Manager's ARC party for partici-
pants, sponsors and officials, and the ARC Jam.
For more information and to follow the fleet, visit
www worldcruising.com/arc.

Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007
As this issue of Compass went to press, an interna-
tional fleet of maxi yachts, representing seven nations
- Barbados, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy,
Monaco and Norway was set to depart Santa Cruz
de Tenerife, Spain, on November 26th in the
Transatlantic Mad Yacht Rolex Cup 2007, which ends
in St. Maarten. The event, promoted by the

International Maxi Association (IMA) and organized by
the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with the col-
laboration of Real Club Nautico de Tenerife and St.
Maarten Yacht Club, is open to monohull sailing
yachts of 18 metres (59 feet) and longer, racing under
IRC handicap.
A wide range of maxis will be competing: from the
largest boat in the fleet, the 35-metre (115-foot)
Sojana (GBR) owned by Peter Harrison, to the smallest,
the 21-metre (70 -foot) Mini-Maxi Blue Pearl (GBR) skip-
pered by Anders Johnson, and from the brand new
2007-launched Fado (ITA), chartered by Bernd
Kortuem and skippered by Marcello lacuzzi and Julie
Marie (GER), to the 13-year-old Nariida (NOR), owned
by Morten Bergesen.
Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony scheduled to
take place on December 14th in St. Maarten, fol-
lowed by a reception and dinner at Palapa Marina
where participants will get a flavour of
Antilles-style hospitality.
A satellite tracking system will monitor each yacht's
progress for the duration of the regatta and can be
accessed for viewing at www.yccs.it.

Superyacht Cup Antigua Attracts Sponsors
The Superyacht Cup Antigua 2007 will be held
from December 12th through 15th, based out of
Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua. The start/finish line for
the daily races will be set just off the entrance to
English Harbour.
The Superyacht Cup is an excellent way to kick off
the Caribbean season. Captain Charlie Dwyer of
Yanneke Too says, "After completing seasonal yard
work and a transatlantic crossing, racing round the
marks against other yachts is a great way to get the
crew working together and motivated for the sea-
son." Having had a good experience at SYC Palma in
June, Yanneke Too's owner is flying to Antigua espe-
cially to take part in the four-day event.
Camper & Nicholsons International, who have been
long term supporters of the Superyacht Cup in Palma
and Antigua, return as Gold Level sponsors for this year's
event. A new sponsor at Silver Level is Ocean Yacht
Systems (OYS), world leaders in the design and manu-
facture of rod, kevlar and PBO rigging, custom
hydraulics and bow and stern thruster systems, who
have been long-term supporters of SYC Palma. OYS-
rigged yachts participating in SYC Antigua include
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joined up as a sponsor for the Superyacht Cup in
Antigua in December. This follows their involvement
with the very successful Superyacht Cup in Palma.
They are the world's leading boat and yacht logistics
company, and have been working with superyachts,
top racing teams and motoryachts for more than 30
years. With the recent purchase of the majority share-
holding of the Chicago-based AOS, Peters & May
have been able to provide an important global, yet
local, service to their customers. The Caribbean route
for moving boats from Europe is proving extremely
popular for Peters & May and their support of the
Superyacht Cup in Antigua firmly reinforces their inter-
est in this important area of the world. Peters & May
have also been appointed the 'official logistics suppli-
er' for the Superyacht Cup Antigua.
Other sponsors include Italian sports and leisure cloth-
ing company SLAM and Lyman Morse Boatbuilding.
The four-day event culminates in the traditional
Superyacht Cup prizegiving dinner which will be a lit-
tle more colourful this year: the 'black tie' dress code
has been dropped for a more Antiguan-fitting 'Loud
shirt/Caribbean Style'.
For more information visit

Curagao Youth Championships 2008
The Curacao Youth Championships will be sailed
from January 2nd through 4th 2008 at Jan Thiel Beach,
Curacao. Get there early for an Opti/Splash clinic
December 28th through 31st with two times Optimist
World Champion Martin Jenkins from Argentina.
For more information contact Marjolein van
Aanholt-Grol at marjolein@attbiz or visit

Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival 2008
The Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival 2008 runs
from January 25th through 29th. The keelboat racing
takes place over four days, with a mixture of passage,
pursuit, and open sea courses. In the hotly-contested
Workboat Regatta, sponsored by Digicel, local sailors
from Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique bat-
tle for the ultimate prize of Skipper of the Year.

A bonus for 2008 is that for the first time ever, keelboat
crews will be offered the opportunity to race the local
workboat dinghies.
With terrific racing, daily prizes, excellent parties and
a special dash of "spice", the Grenada Sailing Festival

has become an event not to miss! And guess what?
Just after Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival 2008 is
Carnival in Trinidad, February 4th and 5th, only a
night's sail away....
For more information see ad on page 11.

7th International San Juan Regatta
From January 31st until February 3rd, 2008, Club
Nautico de San Juan (CNSJ) will host their 7th
International Regatta. The regatta will bring together
hopefuls from United States, USVI, BVI, Trinidad and
Tobago and Dominican Republic, among others,
competing in Optimist, Laser and Snipe categories
As in years before, the Optimist category will be sub-
divided by age into Green, White, Blue and Red
fleets, while the Laser category will be subdivided into
4.7, Radial and Standard.
The racing will take place from February 1st until
February 3rd in the San Juan Bay area. Trophies will be
awarded to the first three boats in each class.

although other awards may be given.
"Each year the regatta gets bigger and better,"
stated Gilberto Berrios, the Regatta's Director. Berrios,

who is in charge of the CNSJ's sailing program,
expects this year's regatta to bring in the highest
number of participants to date.
Pre-registration will take place until December 1st,
but competitors have until January 31st to complete a
late registration form.
For more information visit
www.nauticodesanjuan.com or
e-mail vela@nauticodesanjuan. com.

Gran Prix del Atl6ntico Change
This year's Gran Prix del Atlantico transatlantic race
has changed its final destination from Puerto La Cruz,
Venezuela, to Le Marin, Martinique.
The start is at Gibraltar on January 9th, and a stop
will be made at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The
Spanish-organized event has a Mini Trans-At (6.5
metre) class, plus classes for catamarans and cruisers.
The prizegiving at Le Marin is scheduled for February
11th. Approximately 50 boats are registered and can
be followed online.
For more information visit www.granprixdelatlanfico.com.

28th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
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Regatta -www.heinekenregatta.com is now offi-
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Caribbean Sailing Association website, and once
they input their boat's name all relevant details, such
as rating and boat length, will be updated automati-
cally. This new technology will allow the regatta to
have the most current information at hand and allow
for a smoother, more relaxing registration. This new
system allows the entrant to come back to the web-
site at a later time to update their information.
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2008 runs from March
6th to 9th.

Bequia Easter Regatta: 20 24 March 2008!
The Bequia Sailing Club, organizers of Bequia's ever-
popular Easter Regatta, are looking forward to a

bumper turnout from March 20th to 24th, 2008, with
Easter earlier than it has been for many years. With
the prospect of a very strong J/24 and Racing Class
turnout, great fun racing for cruisers and liveaboards
in Cruising II Class and thrilling action from the 30-plus
local double-ender fleet, Bequia is THE place to be for
Easter 2008.
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Sailing, yacht designing, boatbuilding and racing to
new heights. In the past two years he has helmed the
SBeneteau First Class 10 Bruggadung I against the best
of the best in top regional regattas each year, consis
I tently bringing the trophies back home to Barbados.
In March 2007, Andrew drove the 10-metre sloop to
Victory in Spinnaker Class 6 in the St. Maarten
c Heineken Regatta. The very competitive class comprised


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Above: Andrew indicates thefine points in a photo of
his favorite design (so far), Bruggadung I, displayed
at the Barbados Yacht Club
I i ,, i ,, -i, II, with Andrew at the helm, once
. . Racing Class at this year's
Anqostura Tobago Week

Andrew (sitting) and his younger brother Wayne "Doc"
Burke standing by the mast ofAndrew's boat Drew Way

Sea Seitees

12 boats ranging from "-17 : to a J/100 and hailing
from St. Thomas, 1. I St. Maarten, the
Netherlands, Antigua and Guadeloupe. At Angostura
Tobago Sail Week in May, racing against 11 fierce oppo
nents including Californian Les Crouch's Riechel Pugh
44 Storm, and Trinidadians Michael Rostant on the
Mumm 36 High Tension/bmobile and Paul Solomon
aboard the Henderson 35 Enzyme, Bruggadung II took
first place overall in Racing Class for the second year in
a row, winning by 20 points after 11 races. And

although a collision with Donald Stollmeyer's
Bacchanal Woman from Trinidad nixed Bnrggadung II's
chances of winning the Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta in
home waters this June, as she did last year, both boats
were patched and back on the race course the following
day. Andrew Burke doesn't give up.
Donald, another veteran racer, says, "Andrew is the best
overall sailor I have raced against. Not only is he incredi-
bly good on the water, but he's incredibly good in...
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...preparation and forethought about how to make his
boat more competitive. His results clearly demonstrate
this. I was rather happy when our boats collided in the
Mount Gay Regatta last June -it meant we were close
to him!"
Andrew and his siblings grew up on the beautiful
beach at Carlisle Bay, Barbados's main yacht anchor
age, right next door to what is today the Barbados
Yacht Club. His grandfather had fishing boats.
"Burke's Beach" was a boatyard, run by his uncle and
his uncle's brother-in-law. One of the notable yachts
built on Carlisle Bay was the 43-foot, varnished
.1, .. -. .1 Reindeer. Another was Lady
Si q ... i built in 1922. "We had good ship
wrights," Andrew says.
As a boy, Andrew helped his father, Owen, in the
family home's basement, building small craft such as
wooden rowboats and Heron dinghies. The first boat
he built by himself was a 16-foot sailing canoe, the
Flying Fox. Unfortunately, it had a tendency to sink. It
was fast, though: "The only race we won was the only
race we finished." Later he dabbled with surfboards
and got into foam sandwich construction.
Andrew learned to race on Heron and Lightning
dinghies. His family built their own Lightnings' hulls,
tweaking the -1:-n he admits, giving the boat a
rounder bow .. i 11 .II sections aft.
Having learned to sail on 1..,1., 1. says, he still
doesn't over-rely on the use I i i. ... instruments
when racing. Again quoting Dylan, he remarks, "You
don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind
blows!" (He tells of one Tobago regatta where he sailed
as helmsman with Bruggadung II's original owner,
Ralph Johnson. Another crewmember kept interrupt
A1n1, rn-e because one of the instruments was
: n.... i. ...... "So Ralph beat them all to death with
I. ... I .... I the instruments, not the crew."
That they still won the event need not be said!)
In 1967, Andrew sailed a Lightning at the West
Indian Championships which were held in Barbados.
He won, to become that years West Indies Lightning
Champion. The same year, he sailed a Flying
Dutchman at the Pan Am Games held in Canada. He
didn't take home the gold that time -Buddy Melges
did -but he did beat the Puerto Rican contender.
Twenty years later, Andrew was back at the Pan Am
Games, in 1987 in Indiana, this time sailing a Star
having never been aboard one before. Selected to rep
resent Barbados in the Finn class at the 1992
Olympics, held in Barcelona, he had only had one
opportunity to sail a Finn before the event. He didn't
place, "but we beat Angola i I .
Along the 1, .... 1 ...... II 1 1
pickin g u p .. i i. i ... i,,- i ,I . . i ...
SImai ... .... n-in-- lnn imr lh- 1- -in.

i 11 1 .. 1.I Barbados. I just drew it on a
I ' ... .ld built the frames inside our
house when my wife and I were first married. We took
Nefertiti to PSV Regatta in 1977 and won all three races.
Then Morning Mist, a Swan 37, came along as compete
tion, so I added more draft."
After placing second behind the Trinidadiani 1 -"i-'
ITi .. ,, r. ness Machine, a couple of tir. ....
Si I 11 -i Vincent) Regattaagainin 1981,'82 and
'83. "I was always changing the boat," Andrew says. 'To
save --itht I put in a Briggs & Stratton lawnmower
engine ii West Indian handicap rule was subsequently
amended to disallow air-cooled engines!) But when his
friend Dan Stoute told SAIL magazine's Gail Anderson that
Andrew only allowed "one toothbrush and one tea .."
aboard for the entire crew, "thatwas an exaggeration". it I
- 1 1 : 1------ that his amputation took about 11
i .... i I eight, and also maintains a sense of
humor about the inevitable "single-hander" jokes.)

Noting the expense involved in campaigning the
regional race circuit, Andrew says, "It was always 'rake
and scrape' to do the boats -always a challenge to do
well." In 1982, at Antigua Sail Week, Andrew recalls,
"T 1--~. l ---in t the scoreboard when Bill McAteer (of
.'......... ... .... I told Jim Kilroy (of the Ron Holland
designed maxi Kialoa IV), 'This is Andrew Burke, who
i .-n to kick your ass in a boat that cost less than
I your winches'." Well, very nearly! Nefertiti
placed second overall behind Kialoa IV.
Bursting with new ideas, in 1984 Andrew designed
the famous Burke 10 Metre, Bruggadung, for his fellow
Bajan racer Ralph Johnson. Regarding A-],- "" ~ ie -
process, crewmember Renata Cr-Irid-. I I
it all in his head he's an .. I.-, i ., i , '. I was
built at the Harris Paints facility in Barbados (Ralph is
the company's CEO) and launched October 31st, 1984.
Within a week of launching, the new design placed third
in that year's Cockspur Rum Regatta, then won mid

November's PSV Regatta and went on to win Trinidad
Race Week (the event that later moved to Tobago) in
1985 and '86. Bruggadung participated in the 1987
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which finished in
Barbados in those days. Setting a then-record of 16
days, 20-plus hours from the Canary Islands, her
arrival back home attracted hundreds of well-wishers.
In 1987, Ralph Johnson purchased the Beneteau
10-metre Reverie from Martinique and renamed her
Bruggadung II. As stated on the An@nLetlr Tobago
Regatta website (www.sailweek.com) ii..- .- the boat
1. i .. .. ..... ... i .i ... :htingforthe
.. _. .. . ., .. . Yacht of the
Year in 1996.
Meanwhile, Andrew campaigned his self-designed
and built Countdown in Racing Class at regional regat
tas through the early 2000s.
In 2004, Ralph handed over Bruggadung II to his
-;;;--r i-r-t-r P-;l (Ralph now races his Beneteau
- .. .... ... I /Cruiser Class) and Paul enlist
ed Andrew as helmsman. "The First Class Tens are
really nice boats," Andrew says, and he often finds
himself racing against his cousin, Peter Burke, aboard
Blazin', another Beneteau 10-metre.
Still "always -h.;;;in; th- boat", Andrew has over
seen extensive ... 1.. .I. ..- to Bruggad,-l'-, rr .
as far as the rule will allow. Even the -i ...I. I 1.1
ting has virtually disappeared to save weight. Any
modifications to accommodate Andrew's one-armed,
balance-challenged status are also ultimately about
making the boat win. The 2007 edition of the maga
zine Sporting Barbados says, "For a number of years
Trinidad's Tim Kimpton (racing Hooligan, Crash Test
Dummies, etcetera) ruled the roost, not just in
Barbados but also across the Caribbean racing scene

including the prestigious Antigua and Tobago events.
But in more recent times the pendulum has swung
decisively in favor of the locals with Bruggadung II,
under the expert captaincy of veteran Andrew Burke,
lifting the premier award at both Tobago and
Barbados last year."
In addition to weight-saving modifications and
good sails from the local Doyle loft, Andrew attrib
utes Bruggadung II's ongoing success to Ralph and
Paul Johnson's ownership and to excellent crew
work. Among the regular crewmembers are Paul
Johnson (owner and cockpit crew), Dick Stoute
(main), Dana Seymour (ib trim), Alex McKenzie (fore
deck), Renata Goodridge (mast), Shane Atwell (cock
pit), Madelaine Mercure (cockpit), Rodney Reader
(main/cockpit), Darren Chow (runners), and Peter
Thompson (runners/jib).
Because Andrew is still on heavy pain medication,
his racing crew sails Bruggadung II to the start line,

Andrew and Team
Bruggadung II
accepting their prizes
in Tobago

where he takes over. And because he can't drink alco
hol, the crew is also responsible for most of the seri
ous after-race partying.
While undergoing a radical "left forequarter" ampu
station (as well as his left arm, the shoulder is gone),
plus chemotherapy and radiation, in England two
years ago, Andrew says, "I never asked the doctor
about death -I asked when I could go sailing again.
He said 'two minutes after you land in Barbados'." It
wasn't 'two minutes', but Andrew was shortly on his
way to Trinidad to help friends sail a Moorings 444
back to Barbados.
In addition to being Bruggadung II's racing driver,
Andrew currently owns a 43-foot Beneteau Idylle,
Regent One, aboard which he and his wife Sally won
the Two-Handed Around the Island Race in Fun Class
at Carriacou Regatta Festival last year, knocking Andy
Smelt's Spencer 44, Yellow Bird, from its accustomed
perch. Although his real love is A-i;n Andrew does
enjoy cruising with friends and I ....I especially in
the Grenadines. Asked what his ultimate cruising boat
would be, he jokes, "Maltese Falcon! No really, I like to
be more hands-on -a Frers 43 would be good."
Paul Johnson has told www.sailweek.com that the
intention of Team Bruggadung II is to probably put
one more serious year into a Caribbean campaign that
will include the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
Antigua Sailing Week, Angostura Tobago Sailing Week
and the Barbados Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta.
Following which, he hopes to re-join his brother Ralph
and put . i. ... . -,- n ;n --ith newracing
boat in I. 1 I .... the debut
of another Burke racing machine from Barbados?"
asks the posting.
We wouldn't be at all surprised.

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Cruisers Help Surgeons

Help Kids in Venezuela

by Ellen Sanpere
It was the same, it was different this year. The 16th : .... .. International
Mission .. 1.1 i 1, U.S. and Venezuelan medical t ....- i -' volunteers and
93 patiei- i .. I ., I ... 11 1. I . ... .- ... the Dr. Luis Razetti University
Hospital, Barcelona, Vene ,, i i ... I i I -11I to 20th. Led by Doctora Ana
Velasquez de Manyon, eastern Venezuela's only expert in cleft lip and palate repair,
Venezuelan surgeons Yvan Millan and Rafael Escobar greeted US surgeons, Richard
Bosshardt and Dennis Lynch, who flew in from Florida to help restore smiles to eco
nomically disadvantaged Venezuelans. Last year, only Dr. Bosshardt was able to join
the mission; this year 1. 1 .. 1.1 with him OR nurses Suzanne Oldham and Gail
Hughes, as well as a L .. .... grant from Smile Train (www.smiletrain.org), the
world's largest cleft lip and palate charity.


Above: Cruiser Tony, right, helping move patients
to the recovery room
Left: Teri and Tracy folding bandages at Marina
Bahia Redonda
As in the past, visiting cruisers at Marina Bahia
Redonda, Puerto La Cruz, were recruited to donate
tR-ir tim -n-r'r and money to the annual effort.
Sh i......... yachties" are well known for their
generosity, but there were fewer of them this year at
the marina. Nevertheless, those who were there joined
a few English and European cruisers to work hard in
many ways during the weeks preceding the mission. Everpresent Anne Robinson, of the
Bahia Redonda Mini Mart, --.I 1 ;;i: ;: f- fn-. raising, a toy drive and other activ
cities. Yachties raised over .- ......... I .... I ,.. md Spades and on a penero boat
trip to the beach. Jeanne . I i '. ., .i. and Lynette Scott of S/V Perfect
Ride, led teams making over 4,nnn nl-- -1nn-n-es. On their respective boats, Lynette
sewed and Jeanne washed 62 :.. i i -1. i-... and 45 meters of terrycloth, donated
or discounted, for sheets, blankets and towels, as there are none at the public hospital
available for the mission, nor at the homes of many of the patients.
Once the mission began, a crew of cruisers boarded a bus provided by a local busi
ness shortly after sunrise each day and headed for the hospital. Another group worked
the afternoon shift, from 2PM to as late as 9PM. Some went to the operating suite to wash
instruments, tables and floors, translate for the U.S. teams, or assist in the recovery
room; others went to the patient floor to occupy the children waiting for or recovering
from their surgery ... i 1 ..i i i I ..... i i. i i ... deCasanova
prepare and serve -. . .. I i 1. .I I ... .... I 11 families who
accompany the patients. Later, Dra. f' .., 1 .... 1 .. f her crazy hats and sang to
the children, accompanied on cuatr I .I, 11, I,, 1 Antonio. The caminito has
always been a favorite post for the cruisers, although this year, one familiar face was
Susan Franklin ofM/V Pipe Dream had passed away this summer. Her many
S. volunteer service were commemorated with a colorful banner on the kitchen
building. There were some new knives to chop onions and garlic, and cruiser/chef Olga
knew how to use the sharpening stone Hutch had brought. On the 4th floor, the oper
ating suite sported new lights, anesthesia machines, monitors and beds. The water
pump still had to be turned on manually when the instruments required washing.
According to economist Domingo Carmena, volunteers come from several organize
tions in the Puerto La Cruz area: high school students who fulfill their public service
requirement; Chevron's ex-pats, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, college students, and local
missionaries also donate their time to the approximately 7,000 volunteer hours of
this three-day mission. Marc Manyon coordinates the -...i. -i .1 ..volunteers
and commends the Bahia Redondans for their reliability 1 he says.
By Saturday --"nin? 86 operations had been completed i-l;;:;; ti. r-pairs of 25
cleft lips and ** I I palates. Congenital and acquired : .I i i ..... (accident,
injury or disease) are also treated. Seventy percent of the patients were children, some
having been under the knife several times before. One 18-year old girl had her 14th
surgery this year. The oldest patient was 91 years old, the youngest only four months.
Recent years have seen many top Venezuelan plastic and reconstructive surgeons
leave the public hospital for the vastly more lucrative private sector. Now, only
Doctora Ana helps those who cann-t .ffr-rl -lr'T-r in a country known for its pro
motion of cosmetic enhancement. I: .. i .ny economic strata can address
alone the complicated issues of nutrition, speech, education, social and psychology
cal development for a challenged child. In the past, when an economically disad
vantaged child was born with a cleft or malformed facial feature, the parents often
hid their embarrassment -and the child.
I .... i .... i- I I i' is the only organization in eastern Venezuela that reaches out to
1. i- ....I. .- surgery, each patient is followed for continuing revisions, dentistry
and care. During the annual international mission, the Hotel Punta Palma donates
rooms and meals for the visiting medical teams. When new restrictions on patient dona
tions were legislated, most of the F... I -..... -1 .11 i ansferred to the hospital payroll,
but funding never covers all the ex ..- I. .. -1. is not in the operating room or
foundation offices, Dra. Ana makes food and desserts for sale at the hospital and clin
ics to raise funds. Every Bolivar collected goes to help a patient in need.
It may take a village to raise a child -it takes even more to give some kids a smile,
and that has not changed. Want to help? Volunteer for future missions by contact
1 .r- ..---;n .tmanyon@cantv.ne" I ... I 1 in Venezuela? Send a check
I .... I ..... 11 1 Mun. 1213, P.O. : l imi, FL 33102-5352.

Ellen Sanpere lives most of the year in the Caribbean aboard S/V Cayenne III, an
Idylle 15.5, dividing her time between St. Croix, Venezuela and Chicago.

I ii. i.... I iween Caribbean islands with a favorable tide will make your
i. i ... i .. )mfortable. The table below, courtesy Don Street author of
-hI. I 1 I "1 of Inray lolare charts, which shows the time of the meridian
S. .. i 1 lie moon for this and next month, will help you calculate the tides.
t II 1- I 1I ll ll generally tries to run toward the moon. T .......
the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about c.1 I ..... II I..
reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs we i ., 1 ... i i II ......
Iill.l I Il I III 11.1 nadir, the tide runs eastward; -l I ... I i 1 I
.11 II ,II I II 1I1 runs westward Ti... .. ... local.
II ... ........ tide is 3 or 4 I . 1 1 w and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire charts.
Fair tides!
December 2007 21 2145 11 1438
DATE TIME 22 2250 12 1524
1 0549 23 2356 13 1609
2 0631 24 0000 (full) 14 1655
3 0711 25 0100 15 1744
4 0751 26 0159 16 1836
5 0832 27 0253 17 1932
6 0914 28 0341 18 2033
7 0959 29 0425 19 2137
8 1047 30 0507 20 2241
9 1138 31 0548 21 2342
10 1220 (new) January 2008 22 0000 (full)
11 1323 1 0629 23 0038
12 1415 2 0710 24 0921
13 1505 3 0755 25 0216
14 1553 4 0841 26 0306
15 1639 5 0931 27 0342
16 1725 6 1023 28 0423
17 1811 7 1116 29 0505
18 1858 8 1210 (new) 30 0548
19 1949 9 1301 31 0634
20 2044 10 1351

Stumbling Onto a Story

by Laura Sargent

This was a passage my husband, sons and I have done many times, the yearly sail
from Trinidad to Bequia. Nothing out of the ordinary, dodging ships and oil rigs
between Trinidad and Grenada, a few small squalls, generally a peaceful trip.
It was the morning of October 31st, 2007. Our heading put us between Sail Rock
and World's End Reef off the Tobago Cays when I noticed a large "something" in the
water about a quarter of a mile directly off our bow. I look. I i .. .. .i the binoculars
and saw it was the bow of a large wooden boat sticking .. i I I the water, the
rest of the vessel submerged.
When we got closer we called St. Vincent Signal Station on VHF channel 16 to
report our find and its location: a blue and white wooden power boat, about 40 feet
in length, badly damaged, no persons visible, and debris floating about. It appeared
to have been a recent wreck. Seeing the boat from a distance we were concerned
about crew or passengers in serious distress. As we approached we found there were

Main photo: Coming upon this at night would have been devastating. We don't have
radar and it was literally in our path
Inset: One of the packages floating near the wreck
no people visible. I asked the SVG Signal Station if we should stay around the wreck
until the Coast Guard arrived but they suggested we continue on our original course.
We sailed slowly past the wreck and started to recognize the debris as mostly
small, tightly wrapped packages. This scene was somethi,. -..I ... i .... ,han
it had originally appeared. The half submerged boat was : I i -. i, i -, on
the bow and there were large gaping holes on the bow and side. There were many
blue and yellow, brick-sized i1 .-1- fl .ti,. -;t from the hull, and some small
packages tied together along -,. I I . I This sight was a little unsettling
to say the least. It was still apparent that there were no people on board and, since
the recommendation from SVG signal station -;--;'r..-1 us to leave the area, we
proceeded on, passing more packages and deb '- II ... along the current line.
Subsequent news reports said that a Venezuelan boat had been seized by a British
Navy warship east of the area in late October with a reported 700 pounds of cocaine on
board. It was stated in the local newspaper that the crew had been arrested and this boat
had been in tow back to Venezuela when it broke away in bad weather. The local news
was asking people to please turn in ... i i ..- i.. .... -i. up on the beaches.
You never know what you may ... i .. .- I I. .. ibbean. To us this is
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We were sitting out the 2007 hurricane season in
Panama, near the town of Bocas del Toro on the
Caribbean island of Colon, along with many fellow
cruisers. There are two marinas here: Bocas Yacht
Club & Marina and Marina Carenero. There is also
considerable anchoring space.
After ----;; 1 -ut the Bocas del Toro area and com-
i i .I i --t we needed a field trip to
from it .11 .., I see more of the interior of
Panama. In September we partnered with our friends
Bob and Norma from S/V Happy Ours for a trip to the
town of David on Panama's Pacific side, and Boquete
and Volcan in the Chiriqui Highlands.

We took a three-dollar water taxi from Bocas Town
to Almirante on the mainland, a 30-minute, high
speed boat ride. Once on the dock at Almirante, we
took a taxi to the bus station, a five to ten-minute ride
-i. -0 cents. Buses leave about every 30 minutes
Si a four-hour ride that costs US$7. This was
a beautiful ride across Panama's continental divide.
As we climbed into the clouds, we crossed several
rivers and streams, -.-1 -;-; 1 -.--! the native peo
ple, forests, grazing ... i ......... .' .- along the way.
In David on the : . i.- .I i ..a, we stayed at
the Hotel Castilla, located right off the central plaza,
for US$28 p ... .li it is best to phone ahead for a
reservation: i J Taxi fare from the bus station
should be 50 cents per person. ( -i. 1 i ... include
the Occidental, right on the pla; .. 1 -: I i er night
including breakfast (775-4068); the centrally located
Madrid, at US$33 per night (775-2051); and the Iberia
near the Grand National Hotel, at US $38 per night
In David, for good Chinese food at a reasonable
price, try Restaurante Mariscos y Steak House; phone
775-3385 for directions. Another nice restaurant with
reasonable prices is Mar Caribe; phone 721 2625.
Tourist maps of Bocas del Toro, Boquete, Volcan,
Bambito and Cerro Punta are available for about
US$3.50 each at Libreria Regional on the west side of
the central plaza.
To visit Boquete and Volcan, we wanted more flexi
ability than the bus would offer, and chose not to rent
a car, so we negotiated a price of US$7 an hour with
Alex, a bilingual taxi driver (6-521-3425).
Boquete is in 11. 1.... ... I ..1.1... i Although it is
only about 30 :.......1 .... I an early start,
as it frequently begins to rain by around 2:00 or
3:00PM at the higher elevations. We stopped before
reaching Boquete to check out the new, upscale,
condo community of Los Molinos, which features a
club house/hotel/restaurant. (Phone 507-263-4832,
www.losmolinos.com.pa.) The complex has beautiful
river and mountain views. Other upscale condo com-
plexes include Altos del Maria (507-260-4813,
www.altosdelmaria.com/pplanner) and Valle
Escondido, the first condo community in Boquete,
built in 2001.
As we entered the outskirts of Boquete we stopped to

visit Paradise Gardens, a bird and animal rescue cen
ter operated by retired Brits Paul and Jenny Saban.
They have rescued quite an array of monkeys, parrots,
macaws, a Central American variety of wildcat,
etcetera, and have sheltered them in very attractive
garden-'il-- .:-.1 .-r.. Entry is US$5 per person.
(Phone i i .Ii attractions you may want
to explore include Mi Jardin es su Jardin, Gonzales
Family Gardens (free), Caldera Hot Springs, the petro
glyphic site at the hot springs, Boquete Tree Trek, the
Kotowa Coffee Plantation tour, ., i ,I ., ....
From David, it is about on( i I I i i
Volcan, Bambito and Cerro Punta. In Volcan we visit
ed Sitio Barriles ("site of the barrels"), also referred to
as "Edna's Gardens". Edna Landau gave us a most
informative .1..... .1 tour on the site of an ancient
cultural cen I I .1 ,1. .... .... -I nes,
and many other .. i i 1- 111 1. I. ... .. I BC.
This is named the "site of the barrels" because of the
barrel-like stones found here. It is theorized that these
stones were used as rollers to transport building
materials such as other stones, timbers, etcetera,
from a considerable distance. The stone barrels are
therefore considered to be a primitive form of wheel.
This is the only pla i ..... ...
the Mayan culture. 11 .. ... I i .1
these ancient people :.. I I I I II I .. I
Oriental descent. Check 1i.... ..., -' bar
riles-24.jpg for a picture o: ,. .... ,i ... i nb at
the site. Special programs are held here every third
Sunday .. i,,. I. .. January first. For more informa
tion, c .11 i I.. i 1828, her husband Jose Landau
at 6 607 5438, or e mail luislandaumixmanail.com.
We enjoyed a meal at the restaurant of the Dos Rios
Hotel on the outskirts of Volcan (771-5555, www.dos

Left: At Sitio Barriles we saw artifacts that date from
2,000 BC, including this clayfigurine

Below: A Panamanian native margay at Paradise
Gardens animal rescue center

As usual, it started to rain by mid-afternoon, which
curtailed our activities for the day. However other active
ities and sights in the Volcan/Cerro Punta area include
whitewater rafting, coffee processing at La Finca
Janson, the trout farm at Hotel Bambito, Dracula
Orchid Nurseries (near Los Quetzales Ecolodge), and
the Gardens of Guadalupe. It may be possible to visit
the Harass Cerro Punta horse farm, where thorough
breds are raised and trained for shows and races world
wide. I understand you can also rent horses here; how
ever when we stopped, there was a closed gate at the
end of the driveway. There was a speaker at the gate, so
it may be possible to obtain permission to enter at that
point, or call ahead and inquire.
All prices above are per person, except lodging,
which is the cost for two persons.
Jack Cooley is cruising the Caribbean aboard S/V
Mystic Adventure.

Inland Travel in Panama

by Jack Cooley



1) Near shore
2) Coastal shelf
3) Deep slope
4) Abyssal plain
5) Ridge
6) Vent
7) Seamount

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The main house features a long veranda that pro
vides a commanding view of the Arima Valley -and
the bird feeders. Fruit, bread and nectar are provided
at the feeders which are almost constantly buzzing
and chirping. Bananaquits gather like flies on fresh
meat, but they are small yellow, black and white birds
on fresh papaya.
Purple and green honeycreepers add to the palette of
tropical colors. An occasional visit from a blue

crowned motmot is a treat. One could spend hours
watching the hummingbirds. The diminutive white
chested emerald hummingbird had staked out his ter
ritory at two feeders and when the larger white-necked
jacobin tried to visit the feeder the little emerald tried
to drive 11 I ... out of the air. They gave us a spec
tacular I 1..i1
Agoutis patrol beneath the feeders for crumbs.
These rodents are the size of a very large house cat
and prized for their sweet meat, so, unless they are in
a protected area, they are scarce and shy.
Make no mistake, this place is :. I .1 ,,I -'ii,,. on
the veranda and watching birds .1 I. I I but
between walks on the trails and during High Tea at
four in the afternoon, the veranda is the place to be.
There are miles of well-marked trails that wind around
hillsides, across small streams and over ridges.
Strategically placed benches provide rest and bird
watching stops. The pool at a waterfall provides a wel
come place to take a mid-day swim.
The Centre is proud of the tradition of serving local
foods prepared on site. Most of the fruit and all of the
coffee are from the *r-,;-,, -f the Centre, which tries
to be an example -..T I .... .1 i -I.: -; lt;; The site
is large enough, however, I. .1 .. .. I I as if you
are in an active plantation.
A visit to Dunston Cave, the site of nesting oilbirds,
is available to guests who stay at the Centre for at
least three nights or at a charge for other guests if
there is already a visit scheduled. The Centre limits
the number of visits to protect the birds from daytime


Chaguaramas, Trinidad, is famous as a place
to work on your boat. But my husband,
Hunter, and I were ready for a break from the
boat and from chores and it was time to he; .! ..I
ty boat knees, so we packed a duffel and -I ...
days and three nights at the Asa Wright Nature
Centre. The Centre is located in Trinidad's central
northern mountain range on an abandoned coffee
and cocoa plantation. In 1967, the now 100-year-old
house and its associated buildings were turned into
a guest house and the surrounding 193 acres were
dedicated to conservation and protection of native
animals and habitat. The Centre is well known in the
birding community as a great place to stay and see
lots of tropical birds. There have been 159 species of
birds recorded within its grounds.

disturbance. This conservation measure has proven to
be effective and the monthly counts of oilbirds show a
steady population that fluctuates between 128 and
170 birds.
The "cave" is really a gorge with a stream flowing
though the crack in the rock walls. Oilbirds are the
only nocturnal fruit-eating birds in the world. They
spend their nights foraging for the fruit of the oil palm
and tropical laurels. The chicks grow fat on these oily
fruits and before they fledge they are 50 percent heav
ier than their parents. Our guide described them as
"big balls of butter that are blind and naked at birth."
They are called oilbirds because the nestlings were
once used as a source of lamp oil.
Oilbirds spend the daylight hours in their cave,
roosting on ledges and nests. When disturbed they

make loud screams, snarls and clucks, thus earning
the Spanish name, "Guacharo" (the one that wails
and moans).
A close look at an oilbird will tell you a lot about how
they live. They are chestnut brown with white spots on
their neck and wings. This color and pattern provide
good camouflage in the cave environment. Large eyes
allow them to see better in 1 1 ..1 .iirr bristles
around their beak give them a .- I .. at their

'One could spend hours watching the hummingbirds'

face allowing them to feel around in the dark. A very
heavy hooked beak allows them to pluck the fruit of
palms and laurels. The whole fruit is swallowed and
the seed is regurgitated. Although the oilbird forages
by sight, it is one of only a few birds, and the only noc
turnal one, known to navigate by echolocation in suf
ficiently poor light conditions, using a series of sharp
audible clicks for this purpose.
We were guided into the cave i.. .- i ....
allowed to use cameras withoL, I II
was very careful to minimize our disturbance to the
oilbirds. It was just light enough to see the birds on
ledges and a few birds let out a raucous call that
echoed through the cave. It would be deafening to
have the whole colony disturbed at one time.
We walked back to the Centre on our own and
Hunter and I deviated to the bell bird trail. We were
rewarded with an excellent look at this ventriloquist
bird that is easy to hear and difficult to see.
For those not inclined to long walks, -1 -. .,
the veranda with a cup of tea or locally g. 11
equally rewarding. A naturalist guide was always
available on the veranda to help with bird identifica
tion or to point out a group of toucans that just land
ed in the far-offwild nutmeg tree. These local men and
women are very knowledgeable and are without excep
tion very warm and enthusiastic about the natural
history of this little slice of heaven in Trinidad.

Oilbirds, Honeycreepers

and High Tea

by Devi Sharp


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Located CALLIAQUA, St. Vincent
opposite Howard's Marine
TEL: (784) 457 1806 FAX: (784) 456 1364
E-mail: kpmarine@caribsurf.com
P.O. Box 17, Kingstown


We left St. Thomas early this year (August 10) with
the intention of going to Antigua and Barbuda to play
tourist. You have to intend to go there to get there
from St. Thomas. The wind immediately shifted east
southeast as we left Eustatia Sound off the east end of
Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. After 19
hours of slogging, we stopped for the night on one of
the mooring balls off Statia Island. Its always pleasant
to stroll ashore here and see what's going on in this
old island community.

workers gave us directions for the Port Authority,
i......... .I. .i and Customs -all in different places,
I . -
Walking up the road to the mainjunction, we passed
small business enterprises and homes, some long
abandoned and others long under construction as
though the families migrate around the island. Since
the British deeded the island to the abandoned ex
slaves en masse when they left, this may very well be
the case. There is no evidence of the tvye of active

ted, his lunch was delivered from the foodshop across
the street. The young delivery man offered to give us a
lift to Immigration; it's quite hot at noon. Along the way,
we asked about taking our dinghy through the northern
opening out of the lagoon back to our boat. He diverted
the car to show us the direction from the shore, but
reconsidered. Its a very tricky passage, and a local
guide is the only sure way of finding the way through
the reefs to where we wanted to go. Looks like I'm not
going to get out of draggin the Yamaha back across!

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The next morning was a 5:50AM start for another
motor-sail the 95 miles to Jolly Harbor, Antigua. For
the last three years, we had spent April in Antigua for
Sail Week and the Classic Yacht Regatta, mostly to act
as a sort of floating bed-and-breakfast for a race boat
and the TV 2 camera crew out of St. Thomas. Now we
wanted to see the island without the madness of hun
dreds of boats and the pageantry of regattas. It was
quiet and sleepy. The vendors, shopkeepers and dock
men who were our friends had gone back to their nor
mal lives. We felt a little lonely, so after three days vis
iting familiar haunts we went on to Barbuda.
The 30-mile sail to Barbuda was perfectly beautiful.
To make it even better we caught a four-dinner mahi
mahi on the way! What a bonus. HI"in.- r-ad about
Barbuda in Doyle's Cruising Guid '' i Leeward
Islands, we opted to avoid the tricky south coast for
the lovely anchorage off the Cocoa Point Resort and
the K Club.
The pinkish-white sand beach goes as far as the eye
can see. There were no other boats, and no people. We
were seduced. There's no other way to explain why it
took so long to get up the gumption to get in the
dinghy and go ashore. We were alone in perfect water
with an interesting little reef close by and fresh fish to
grill -that explains it.
We finally did take the dinghy ashore and wandered
among the large ranch-style houses that make up
these exclusive resorts. At this time of year, the only
i,,,,. l.ey're vying for is the sandspur growing prize!
.11 ... across the point, we looked out over the
waters of the southern shore. It's easy to see the
streaks of brown and dirty green which mark the com-
plex growth of reef off this side of the island. It's much
nicer where we were anchored.
The next day we motored around Palmetto Point to
Eleven Mile Beach which abuts another beach and yet
another. Here there are no resorts, no boats and no
people -just perfect beach and turquoise water. Later
a boat came in, but had the good taste to anchor miles
away. That evening a horse shambled up the beach,
head down, to disappear into the twilight.
We were parked close to shore near the narrow neck
between the sea and tl- h;;-. i;;l -- 1 ,-- that we'd
need to cross to get to l I .....I. I I out in the
morning. It looked like we'd have a weather window
coming up as Debbi headed into the North Atlantic so
it was time to get ready to go south.
There are two options for getting to town. You can
radio and ask one of the water taxis to pick you up on
the strand, or you can carry your dinghy across 50
feet of sand and then motor across. As we were drag
going the 90-pound Yamaha across, I had definite
regrets about not choosing option number one!
It's easy i... 1 1.... i .. it's the only group of
buildings i .. -. i II wet motor, we tied the
dinghy up among the small fishing boats by the city
dock. The dock was being repaired, and one of the

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development or island industries we see all along the
rest of the island chain.
Now where do we find the Port Authority? There are
no signs. As we were standing in the middle of the
main intersection by the market, a gentleman in a bat
tered pick-up stopped to ask if he could help. He was
the official we need to see! His house is on the corner,
and we sat on his porch rail while he made out the
necessary document. Next was Immigration across the
road and two houses down -we could see it from the
porch. At Immigration, we were told that the lady we
needed to see had taken the stamp to the airport to
meet that day's flight; we had just missed her. The air
port is not far, though, and Customs is along the way.
We strolled along the road through neat neighbor
hoods as far as the church, took a right for one block,
then a left to the second yellow house on the left. A
passerby assured us that this was Customs -just
knock on the : .1 1. ... 1 apartment door.
The Custom"- II. as happy to begin our paper
work, but we were now out of order and must drop back
in after seeing Immigration at the airport. As we chat

At Immigration it took only a few minutes to com-
plete the paperwork, but we lingered. Not many cruis
ers come to Barbuda, and the Immigration lady was
curious about our lifestyle. Since we had to return to
Customs, she asked us to carry back a small package
that arrived on the plane. Without a doubt, the
Barbudans are among the friendliest islanders we've
ever met!
With all of our official duties completed, we wan
dered at random along the roads, into, through, and
out of town, back to the market, and then to our
dinghy at the town dock. The ride across the lagoon is
dry in this direction, but the traverse across the sand
was just as hard as it was the first time. We took the
dinghy along the beach to look at some construction
-a small resort perhaps.
Back at the boat the dinghy motor is hoisted onto
the rail. Leaving the bay, a first reef goes into the
main. It is hurricane season, and we're headed for
Trinidad. Gazing back at one of the most beautiful
spots we've ever been in, we agree that we'll be coming
back to Barbuda. Then we'll play tourist.

A Refreshing Rest Stop- St. Vincent

T ie diesel engine quietly throbbed, breaking the
silence of the night as the boat glided on a glassy
sea lit only by the stars. A brilliant spotlight in
the center of the bay blinded the approach while the
steep, black hillsides of the bay loomed overhead.
Standing on the bow and scanning the blackness, with
spotlight in hand, my husband, Bill, eagerly searched
for the reflective white glow of a mooring ball but none
was seen. Calling to him from the helm, I gave him the
assurance it should be directly ahead. The darkness
seemed endless as the boat made cautious progress
into the bay and our minds flashed back to the warn
ings we'd read and comments of other boaters suggest
ing we stay clear of St. Vincent or be plagued by pan
handlers and worse. We didn't know what to expect but
were hopeful the darkness would develop a new reality
as we closed on the mooring balls.
We were ,,"i........ ur trip south from Soufriere,
St. Lucia. i I a little later in the day than
intended. The winds were light so our passage was
slower than anticipated. However, according to our
charts, there were no obstacles entering Wallilabou
Bay (1314.9'N, 6116.5'W) and we expected to find
mooring balls in front of the Wallilabou Bay Hotel.
We were confident one could tie onto the mooring ball
unassisted and were proceeding to do so when out of
the darkness came a man paddling on a surf board.
Because of all the warnings o- 1 : .; 3 suddenly up
as we anticipated aggressive .I .. I.... or something
worse. Instead, when the man spoke he welcomed us to
his island, assuring us we had arrived at a safe island

Above: Moored in Wallilabou Bay on St. Vincent's
lush leeward coast, set from the 'Pirates of the
Caribbean' movies can be seen at left
Left: Close-up of the movie set

and had nothing to worry about. He then proceeded to
connect our mooring line. He did not request any com-
pensation. As we normally tip boat b ....
the mooring, we offered him EC$10, 1 I .h II
ly accepted. He offered to come by in the morning and
fetch fresh bread, fruit or vegetables but we declined,
indicating we had to consume the supply we still had on
board. He wished us a good night and paddled off into
the dark. He never approached us again.
In the morning we woke with great anticipation and
S to see the bay we'd entered during the night
, i. .. peered out we were awestruck by the beauty
and peacefulness of our -1*, ,11,-,dn.- Pill said to me,
"This is what I've been -r ........ I I . he was refer
ring to was a tropical, .I I.. I j with lush jun
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the Caribbean movies. We understood many of the
stage sets were still intact. We immediately picked out
a number of the sets on shore and excitedly sat over
our morning coffee recalling some of the scenes from
the movies. The whole place had a completely different
feel and view from the nothingness seen through the
black darkness of the night approach.
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l Souvenirs, Craft,Tee Shirts, Pareos,
SBathing suits, Furniture and more...
Rou^ M ITel: (784) 458 8316
Union I land Bougainvilla@vincysurf .com
Seatood specialties, Live lobsters (Sept to
Apr) Bar, Pizzeria, Pool, Table Games
San its Giant Aquarium
Res: VHF 16, Tel: (784) 458 8311

Water Station, Dockage, Watertaxi, Ice
(Blocks & Cubes), Bakery (French bread)
Res: VHF 16, Tel: (784) 458 8878

Day Charter, Mayreau,Tobago Cays,
Palm Island, Mopion
Res: VHF 16, Tel: (784) 458 8878

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The morning began to take on enriched color. As we
relaxed in the cockpit in the early morning, enjoying the
breathtaking views, a man rowed to our boat to wel
come us to the island. He was low-key, polite and
respectful, offering to fetch anything we might need. As
an afterthought he asked if we'd like a fish. He then dis

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years old when the movies were being filmed and they
excitedly shared their experiences. They said the whole
bay was full of boats, many of them square-riggers. We

wandered into the hotel restaurant, which had also
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wandered into the hotel restaurant, which had also
been used in the movie and now displays memorabilia
and photos. Mounted on the wall was a huge poster

autographed by many of the actors. Other photos
showed some of the actors signing the poster so you
could see what 1. -'.'",. p erson looked like.
In the hotel w .. ..... I that our *'' -.. other
wise EC$10 per night, would be free :I I. I a meal
there. We came back for lunch and enjoyed an
authentic and delicious Creole lunch where I also had

to lend us a copy of the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD
to watch that evening on our boat. We were able to
recognize 1. -I I- from our day's visit.
Under tI 11 ... .. -mun we set off on a short hike.
There was a cooling breeze and we were surrounded by
rich green jungle broken by a stony creek where we
heard gleeful laughing and chatter. Through the green
ery we saw a couple of women, with children, washing
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my first glass of fresh guava juice. It was delectable, fresh lettuce from his garden and produced a few toma-
As we waited for our meal we were happily surprised toes from his refrigerator, as he had ..- .1. i -. -1
to find the latest edition of the Caribbean Compass This turned out to be the most i i III .1
available. The hotel staff was courteous and relaxed, buying stop we had ever experienced.
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We returned to our .1 i ..i1. I .11. ..- decision
to stop at Wallilabo. I. .1 ... .. -.n began
sinking into the sea we marveled at the overwhelm
ing feeling of peacefulness broken only by the occa
sional call of birds in the trees. What a wonderful
way to end the day.
The next morning under sunny blue skies we walked
up the hill under the canopy of green towering trees
.1-; paved road toward the town of Kearton Bay.
met by a few cars and colorful, neatly
groomed women i...... 11 .11 .. long the road, as
well as small gr .I- I ..... .... I school children
-;.-lin -ff t' school. We arrived at the bus stop and
S the road, a red, worn pickup truck serve
ing as a fishmonger shop. A man announced the fish
monger by blowing bugle calls 11.. .... .. it shell.
Another man scooped out his :. -1. .i.- .... odor
less catch from a large bin in the back of his truck. He
weighed the fish on a scale and bagged them for the
women who were patiently gathered around waiting to
make their purchase.
Our focus on the fishmonger was broken by the
arrival of a local bus to take us to Barrouallie. The
road was winding and narrow but the bus was cau
tiously driven by a confident driver. We found the
countryside colorful, the buildings well appointed and
though there isn't much money, great care is taken to
keep the homes neat and maintained.
Our sailing and visiting of islands comes with a pur
pose as we are members of a non-profit foundation
called Schools Beyond Borders (www.schoolsbeyond
borders.com). In this stead we soon arrived in
Barrouallie - ; t- 11-- .- -ff-duty wait
ress from th .... ... ... 11,1i .. 1, had offered
to introduce us to the principals of two schools serve
ing the area in Barrouallie. We met with the principals
of the elementary and secondary schools where we
were pleased to add them to the Schools Beyond
Borders Foundation program. Both schools are strug
gling, as are most schools in the Third World and
developing countries. This program is designed to help
where each participant in the program can do their lit
tle part in helping others in the world.
Our day continued as we caught another local bus
heading to "... .. he capital of St. Vincent & the
Grenadines I' I this way of exploring and
adventuring in the country we are visiting. Aboard
buses, we are able to meet and talk to local people as
we travel. We feel comfortable and find in general the
people on the bus are friendly, helpful and courteous.
We were delighted by the flashing views along the very
scenic coastline when it appeared. However, on this
trip our bus driver must have been a Grand Prix
enthusiast as he stretched the tolerances of the bus
wheeling through the curves along the narrow road.
We searched the faces of the other passengers, finding
them relaxed and not concerned, and once again this
reassured us.
Just before reaching Kingstown, we got off the bus
at the St. Vincent Botanical Gardens, the oldest
botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere. We
were offered a guide but chose to wander independ
ently through the lovely grounds, encompassing 20
acres. Our impression was initially that it looked like
an elaborate golf course with long stretching short cut
green ,.. ,i well-placed trees. The gardens were
out of II .... season and yet reds and violets were

mixed with varying shades of green. There are two
trees of great distinction in th- r .-l- One is the
Soufriere tree, last seen in the ,1 1 ,,, I I The other
is 1. 11-1 .... fa breadfruit tree -riin-ll-" -r-ught
to I .- I.. ,I ... Tahitiby Captain .11. .... I i The
gardens also contain a small aviary where some of St.
Vincent's endangered parrots are being bred. As we
wandered the grounds there were small groups of peo

After Queen Victoria was 'not amused' by a red robed
angel, this window was given to St. George's Anglican
Church in Kingstown

pie well spread out and the quiet was only broken by
occasional parrot calls and the call of other birds.
Walking in downtown Kingstown we passed the live
ly and colorful fresh fish and fruit/vegetable markets.
They were clean and pleasing to the eye. The locals
were busy going about their daily routine- p-in, lit
tle attention to us foreigners. We had a ..- I
uine acceptance by the locals.
One of our purposes for visiting "... -1 .. .- I I
check into the country. Customs doe I .11.1.1
almost daily when there are boats to check in. We
offered to attend their offices in Kingstown instead
where we found check-in was easy and straightfor

ward. We then had a short jaunt down the road to
Immigration. The lineup was short and we were
through in minutes. All officials were friendly and effi
cient. As a matter of fact, when the Customs officer
saw the name of our boat, E Shaddai he burst into
singing the song "El Shaddai", a popular Christian
song from the 1980s by Amy Grant.
Our Lonely Planet Guide stated there were three
churches in the downtown core, a short distance from
where we were. They were unique because of their
interesting designs. The first one we reached was a
Methodist Church that v T- --in ---pletely renovate
ed. One of the workmen -. ,,.I -1,,, a piece of fur
niture using a photo of the original church interior as
a guide. The interior was a startling bright aqua blue
in contrast to the grey exterior. There was a large pipe
organ located across from the altar.
St. George's Anglican Cathedral was stunning with
its stained-glass windows which were a strange con
trast to the bright yellow and turquoise walls. A
woman sitting at the entrance invited us in to take a
look. We were particularly interested in seeing the
stained-glass window depicting a red-robed angel.
Queen Victoria had commissioned it in honor of her
first grandson and then rejected it, citing that angels
in the Bible only wore white. Somehow this magnifi
cent work of art made its way to St. Vincent, and the
-.i .... .... h became the beneficiary. The grounds
SII. .. i... Church are filled with graves dating
I i 1800s.
The final church, St. Marys Catholic Cathedral,
has a unique mixture of architecture, including
Gothic spires and Romanesque arches. We caught
glimpses of the interior from the courtyard which is
open to the public.
We began our journey back to the peace and quiet
of our moorage in mid-afternoon where we settled
back on the boat for a delightful tuna dinner. As the
day was waning, across the bay from us a group of
local fishermen were setting up a net in a corner of
the bay. They carefully laid the net out on the still
water and then waited. Meanwhile, a fishing trawler,
Betty Boop, moved closer into the bay and appeared
to be waiting for the local fishermen to bring in their
catch. After what seemed like hours, the fishermen
started hauling in their net, keeping the larger fish
and shaking the smaller ones from the net back into
the ocean. They worked patiently, tirelessly and co
operatively, each one having a specific task to perform
in order to meet the needs of the trawler. Once the
netted fish had been transferred onto the trawler,
Betty Boop moved out to sea.
Our brief stop at St. Vincent gave us a feeling of
wanting to stay longer, confused with a need to con
tinue south. Drawn by th- tr-i-i r 'r~re to move
south, we pulled from the :...... .. confident
that the boats we sa -- :-in .n by, and many who
each day miss this .. I are missing a great
experience on a very safe and interesting island. We
can say confidently that where the books and
boaters talk about the dangers and hassling hawk
ers, our experience showed no evidence of those
concerns. As far as we could find, none of them exist
any longer.
St. Vincent, from the perspective of Wallilabou Bay
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lam here, on my own boat, in my own home at
last, surrounded by jungle at La Joya Marina
on Guatemala's Rio Dulce.
"So, where's the path into town?" I ask Garin,
the grizzled rancher who recently bought the
place and who is branding the dock planks to
keep in practice.
"Right behind you, just keep on going." He
points down a dock.
To go to the shops I have to walk the plank, literally.
It's the only way, apart from boat, I I I town.
The plank, planks actually, run 11 'I end of
the dock balancing on trestles sunk into the mud
and take me on the sort of adventure that I would
pay a lot for at Disney World.
First I step over barbed wire as I teeter above
the water hyacinths and get buzzed by turquoise

dragonflies. Water weed drifts under me from left
to right and I get the impression that the plank is
"--in7 and vertigo sets in.
I I look at the water," I tell myself, concernn
trate on the plank."
Tarzan-type vines drip from the trees and I grab
at one as I slip on a wet patch of wood. I miss the
vine but stay on the plank after a nasty wobble.
"Remember the wet bits are slippery, wet bits
are slippery." I am becoming my own nag.
Next is an incline that would be a challenge on a
wet day, then a T junction. No sign post.
The right-hand plank seems to go to a shack
perched above the swamp with something that
looks suspiciously like a crocodile lurking under
neath. I turn left.
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Several planks further on there is another T
junction. It's a maze snaking beneath black
trunked, dripping trees. Talking of which,
there is a movement in the branches above me
and I turn suddenly with another nasty wobble
as something hits the water next to me. No it
wasn't a snake; it was a three-ton bromeliad.
Even if it hadn't severely injured me it would
certainly have knocked me off the fantasy
walkway if it had hit me.
As I am recovering, a small figure rushes
towards me, pointing the way to turn.
"Fuerte, fuerte, cinco quetzales," he chirps.
"Strong, strong, five quetzales." (One quetzal,
the national currency, is worth about 35p or
70 cents US.)
I follow his instructions, ignoring the turning next
to me and moving on to the next one, the green
duoi .. 11. ... i ........ larpet now.

"Si, claro," I reply, which means, yeah, sure.
I weave my way onwards to where laundry
flaps off a barbed wire washing line. The wire is
a just the right height to take my eyes out if I
should become 1 .. .. 1, to daydream.
"Ten cuidado I .. .' ---n ----
steps out of the house, : 11- 11 I ...... .,
smiles, "Cinco quetzales."
The fact that she has asked for the same
amount as the boy makes me realise that this is
indeed a toll path. Well, if they built it and are
maintaining it, its fair that they should be paid.
"Una via o dos vias?"
"Por dia."
Okay, once I pay I can go back and forth as
many times as I want to that day, cool. I can
see myself tripping along this path loaded with
groceries, jugs of diesel and crates of beer, I
don't think!
The path turns and I come to a passing plat
form and crossroads. To the right a pig is
sleeping like a dog in front of a house. He sees
me and comes to :. -,.
"Good pig, nice I .. as he sticks his
;-; int tihP- '-'i'-' lens.
i .. I. .,, i i, steps back, puts his
head on one side and cocks his ears up like a
dog. He is obviously oblivious to the fact that
the humans he is guarding are going to mur
der him and eat him!

I cross more flowing water and something
cool and wet touches the back of my leg. I
freeze. Slowly I swivel from the waist up and
look down into a polite pair of brown eyes. It is
a 1 i-', a hurry, asking to come by me.
you have to wait a minute," I tell him.
Ahead I can see a passing platform and open
marsh with a concrete building in the distance.
The building turns out to be a school and the
road is right there.
The road is loaded with huge trucks, tankers
and buses. I turn towards the bridge, a huge
modem span of concrete that flies over the Rio
Dulce above the tree tops. I climb slowly, leav
ing the shade of the trees at the side of the road
behind and emerging into a harsh beating sun
that bounces back off the white concrete,
attacking from all sides at once.
A continuous yellow line runs along the cen
ter of the road meaning no stopping and no
overtaking. In front of me the road disappears
into a few puffy white clouds and up there on
the cusp vehicles are parked while drivers and
crew get out to look at the view. An enterprise
ing local has chairs arranged under a shade on
the sidewalk and is taking pictures of visitors
with an instant camera, using the view as a
backdrop. He peels the laminate off and slots
them into a cardboard frame and the truckers
and tourists wander off to admire their own
images, ignoring the soaring birds and the
river and islands laid out beneath them.
I take a towel from my bag and wipe the
stinging sweat out of my eyes as I start down
towards Fronteras, the only sizable settlement
in these parts. I am at eye level with the plants
that cling to the power cables and then the
micro eco-systems in each of the trees. Plants
growing on plants growing on plants. Nature
crowding into any foothold it can find in the
encroaching concrete.
Finally I reach the jam-packed street of
Fronteras and turn down the steps reeking of
last night's urine that lead off the road and
then into the shade of Bruno's Marina. The
shade pours over me like cooling water and the
noise of traffic fades miraculously away and
bird song takes it place.
Just one cool one and I'll be ready to
enjoy the vibrant bustle of town. It's all
about pacing myself.

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Having left our boats, Chaser and Waylander, at
a marina on the Venezuelan coast, my wife,
Yvonne, and I and our friends Chris and Tony
had headed inland to explore.
After a few days in the town of Merida at the base of
the Andes (see last month's Compass), it was time to
leave our posada (a kind of guesthouse) and make for
Los Llanos, Venezuela's famous savannahs. We packed
our rucksacks, said good-bye to our hosts and walked
round the corner to a small bar for some breakfast. Our
tour organizer Carlos met us there to introduce us to our
driver and guide. He'd already explained our itinerary,
and what to take: clothes,' :1.-- -t--t- He told us
the accommodation woulk I I .-. .ild have to
sleep in hammocks, but there were toilets and showers.
Our driver, Namier, arrived with the jeep and we
were introduced to Pablo, our guide for the week. After
a short delay getting a cold box, we put our gear into
the truck and said adios to Merida. We stopped at a
great restaurant where they serve the best kebabs
ever. Not really kebabs: the Venezuelan version is like
a side of a cow on a broom handle roasting vertically
against a log fire. As well as beef, they had pork
sausages -you pay by the kilo. Our food was all
included in the tour price; Pablo simply ordered meat
enough for the six of us, together with salad, vegeta

bles and half a dozen Cokes. This was the best steak
I've ever tasted, crispy burnt on the outside and suc
culent in the middle.
We drove on and on; it was a long way in a 4 x 4. The
National Guard stopped us and checked our papers,
causing a delay, but eventually we arrived, in the
darkness, to be greeted outside the gates by a six foot
caiman (a type of alligator).
Inside the camp we were introduced to our hosts for
the four-day stay: Nicolandro, the owner, and his wife
Rosa. We'd been on the road for about 14 hours, so we
just needed to chill out in our room. We were shown to
our accommodation.
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15 years, so we speak a bit of Spanish, but in
Venezuelan Spanish some words are different. One of
these words would appear to be basic. Now basic
accommodation means a room without TV, doesn't it?
Our posada in Merida had been "basic": bed, shower
and toilet. Bearing in mind we were looking at this
through tired eyes, but we were shown into a round
hut with mud/cow dung walls and a straw ceiling
which housed its own eco system of insect life ranging
from cockroaches to large spiders. We did have a pole
in the centre of the room, in case you wanted to do
some dancing, I suppose. It also served to support one
end of our hammocks.
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It wasn't all bad: we did have an electric light bulb.
The toilet block was across the field outside. Tony and
I thought we'd investigate in case one of us needed a
night visit. The toilets had a lightbulb, too, but only till
11:00PM when the generator is turned off, which is
quite fortunate in some ways as the single-cylinder
Lister diesel was thumping away just outside our hut.
I opened the door to the shower to see a brick-walled
shower and a black-and-white-speckled marble floor.
Oops! Wrong again. On closer inspection it was a white
floor covered with 200 bugs and roaches 11'i' 11
a frog the size of a rabbit. We closed the I I .
The dunny wasn't as bad. Bad, but not that bad.

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We strolled rather quickly back to our hut, wondering
how to explain this to the girls. But what the hell, we're
all transatlantic sailors, and now backpackers -we
can handle these things. Well, we had to because there
was nowhere else around for 50 miles and even there
their accommodation was the same. We didn't unpack
our bags; we just raised them off the floor into spare
hammocks so we didn't get any unwanted occupants.
We accompanied each other to the toilet (Tony took his
machete) before rolling into our hammocks hoping that

with the light of day things would look different.
Curfew came at eleven and lights were out. You've
heard the expression, "Can't see a hand in front of
you"'? Well, we couldn't. It was black, which was a lit
tie disconcerting knowing that we had to give way to
an alligator outside the camp, and inside the camp in
one of the trees were two boa constrictors. The noises
outside let the imagination run wild too, with chickens
l'-"I-~i~- ~ows mooing and many sounds we'd never
S.. 1 I I so much so, we just couldn't help
laughing. We all got a fit of the giggles, which helped
us go to sleep and avoid hearing the footsteps that
were no doubt going on inside our hut.
We woke at day-break, quickly checking our ham

Left: Our hut. We
took turns to ven
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Right: Posing for
photos with a
not pleased looking
caiman, who was
soon released

mocks to see if anything had moved in. We took turns
to venture outside to the amenities. Either the shower
had been cleaned up or the frog had a large meal -the
floor was empty. We checked the toilet to see if the
bugs had moved house, but that was okay too. We took
turns to stand under the hose pipe in the shower and
have a chilly ..I i -1.,,,. ...- II We were called in
for breakfast I. .1 i .- 1.11 i with bread, ham,
scrambled eggs, fresh passionfruit juice and coffee.
Our first trip in Los Llanos was in a dugout canoe with

an outboard motor, up-river through the savannahs.
This was beautiful: what we wanted to see. We soon saw
some freshwater dolphins. Nothing like the ones we see
in the ocean, these were pink, blind and dumb-looking
with no dorsal fins -strange creatures. Moving on far
their we came across large iguanas, and, as we stopped
to take photos, Nicolandrc 1 1 .:; boat slowly back
wards to the bank, dived i 1. -I into the water and
' 1 .. .. 1 1 . i 1 1 .... i.irtle we've ever seen.
1 i .1 11.. i, r more traveling across
the savannahs before returning to shore where we got
back into our jeep to return to the camp for lunch.
After our meal of beans, chicken, rice, plantain,
etcetera, we had a siesta for a couple of hours before


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we saw capybaras, the world's largest rodent, a three
foot-high guinea pig. We also saw caimans and ana
condas. Anacondas frequent these areas in large num
bers and can be up to 20 feet long. Unfortunately after
recent heavy rains they were proving hard to find
despite Nicolandro's persistence walking through the
marshes with bare feet, poking around with a stick.
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It was getting near dark so we started to make our
way home, but Wilfredo, Nicolandro's son-in-law, saw
a caiman dive into the water as we drove past. He told
the driver to stop and he and Nicolandro jumped over
a fence and ran into the water (again with no shoes),
poking around with a stick in one hand and a lasso in
the other. Wilfredo managed to do the rope work and
as the noose tightened there was much thrashing
around in the water until Nicolandro jumped on the
caiman's back, and this was only a small one! They
managed to lift it out of the water and bring it back to
the road where i1 I ... 1.... around its snout.
We all took our i.....- I 11 I I I shoot. After the
release, four very satisfied sailors, backpackers, and
now wildlife hunters were driven back to camp for the
-nin- meal. After dinner we had a quick chat with
i I ''" and our guide before falling into our ham
mocks for our second night.
We were beginning to accept our conditions a little
more now, realizing too that we had the top-end tour
because our ten-seater jeep had only the four of us in
it. Our hut, too, would normally have had to accom-
modate any other passengers in our jeep. Chris and
Tony are good friends, they respect our privacy as we
do theirs, but another four strangers would have been
too much, I think.
Next day after breakfast we were back aboard the
jeep for a trip upriver to do some pirana fishing. We
were all given handlines and some meat in order to
catch the voracious eating machines for our dinner
that night. That we did; we even have 1 i I prove
it. It was very hot, though, and I was I i"'. 11' heat
for some reason that day, but come 1200 hours, we
headed back to the camp for lunch. I wasn't too hun
gry as Yvonne and I are not used to eating so much
especially at midday, but Chris and Tony didn't let us
down -they managed to make our cook feel needed.
After our siesta it was horse-riding time. This was
one activity Yvonne wasn't looking forward to. She
doesn't like heights, especially wobbly ones, but she
was given a sleepy horse and we all trotted off. About
an hour along the road our young horse-riding guide,
Wilfredo, a great horseman, said we should go cross
...... ... the water to look for wildlife. I didn't
.111 i,,, horse stepping on an .11.. but
Wilfredo assured us there was no probk ... were
about a mile inside the water-logged fields when
Wilfredo galloped off, -he saw something in the dis
tance. It was a giant anteater, which he rounded up,
then shouted at us to come closer. Now these "charter"

horses seemed to know who is boss, and it certainly
wasn't us. They go when they want to go and stop
when they want to. Wilfredo managed to come a little
closer and call our horses and they trotted towards
him. The anteater was a great find; we were lucky to
see one this time of year. They are apparently a mem-
ber of the bear family; in Spanish they are called an
ant-eating bear and when you see their large claws
you can understand why.
It was time now to trek back, but my horse came to a
standstill and despite talking to it nicely, giving it a swift
kick in the groin and a whip on the shoulder, it would
n't move, and as usual the Waylanders were out in front.
Wilfredo came over. He didn't shout, just blew a kiss to
my horse and it took off like a scud missile, 1 i -
Chris and Tony and leaving them to eat n i", i i'
first time. Okay, granted, I fell off, these things have no
brakes, and no mainsheet to release. It did eventually
stop and while I was ---n.l up at its belly, I considered
how fortunate I was, I 11. reasons: one, I didn't fall
in cow dung; two, I didn't fall in water; and three, I was
n't wearing my new super-cool cowboy hat and poncho
-then I would have felt stupid!
My horse calmed down after being a bit skittish and
we all trotted off back home. Yvonne, Chris and Tony
didl..' 1 i. 1 ..... h!
( ... I.1 .. ....... we got an early start, but our bus
back to Puerto La Cruz wasn't leaving the terminal till
about ten o'clock at night so we decided to treat our
selves and our guide Pablo to a white-water rafting
trip. It was an eight-hour drive from the camp to the
river, so we said our good-byes to Nicolandro, Rosa
and Wilfredo before heading off with Pablo.
We arrived at the river at about 1:30PM. Our driv
er went to collect the boat from somewhere up-river.
The raft guide was with him when he returned with
the boat on the roof of the jeep. We all lifted it off and
slid it down the river bank, then walked down some
steps to carry it across to a safe entry point. Our
new guide explained the rules: strap your feet in,
then, when he says, paddle frantically either forward
or backward according to command. If needs be,
stop paddling and get down inside the boat, then
when told, get back in position and paddle. This was
all in Spanish -it's a good way to learn the lan
guage when your life depends on it! The rafting trip
was fantastic and a great finale to our ten days
away. We were soaked, but got changed and back in
the jeep, and then were driven 20 miles or so back
to the bus terminal.
The bus was late, we were tired and smelly, and

when the bus turned up at midnight our group of
seats wasn't available. In fact, we i' 1. ii,
weren't any seats at all, but after a little i.. i i
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going to sleep and I didn't wake until 5:00AM when the
bus made a stop. At that time some people got off,
which meant Chris and Tony could come out of the
boot and I could go back with Yvonne and we had four

These charter' horses seemed to know who is boss,
and it certainly wasn't us!

seats together in comfort again.
Arriving back at Puerto La Cruz around 2:00PM we
jumped into a cab and were whisked to our respective
boats. Oh! the luxury, clean soft beds, no bugs, clean
toilets and hot water, television, cold wine and a rum
and Coke -with ice!
Did we enjoy the ten days? Would we do it again?
It was fantastic, we all had a great time, we would do
it all over and we'd recommend it to everyone. I do
believe though, if our jeep had been full and we had
not been able to stretch out on a sideways-facing
seat for 12 hours, the ride would have been very
uncomfortable. Also, sharing a hut with many
strangers with no facilities or space to put things
would not have been much fun. So, just being the
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Some countries in the Caribbean are two-island or
tri-island states and getting between some of these
islands can be done by air. But the most affordable
and enjoyable way is by ferry. It provides the opportu
nity to take photos and view features not seen from
the air. When you go by air you get a flat view and only
see details when you are just about to land. But when
you travel by boat you get to see much more.
But why endure this commute at all? Well, the most
obvious answer is to visit friends and family. Then
again, travelling to a neighboring island is also a
means of going on a vacation. Ferries are how some of
the smaller islands also get material -for example,
food and building materials -from the larger and
usually more commercial sister isle.
I am from Trinidad and visit friends and vacation on
the neighboring island of Tobago often, so the most
economical way is by ferry. I also have friends in St.
Kitts-Nevis and ferrying is the method of travel when I
go between those islands.
When it comes to buying tickets, in some islands you
can buy your ticket ahead of time to sail for a certain day
or on the day of the sailing, as with the ferry between
Trinidad and Tobago. And, similarly to an airport, you
have to arrive a certain period of time before you depart
and get your ticket confirmed and wait to board. In
Grenada you buy your ticket for the fery to the sister
island of Carriacou just before entering the ferry.

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tions. For instance in St. Kitts-Nevis, you buy the ticket
at one counter and around the comer is another window
where you pay the departure tax.
Waiting for the ferry to arrive or depart is a good time
to strike up conversations v a I ii .-... -. and
find out more about your i -1... i .... i Ical's
point of view. Of course these conversations do not
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you can buy food, craft items, souvenirs or fruits.
When on ferries you have two options; you can pass
the time inside or on the deck, depending on your
mood and, more importantly, the weather. The trip to
i i .. .- ile long, lasting two hours by catamaran
S- I ... .- they are locally called), or five hours on
a slower vessel. But I must note that the cost varies,

with i ..; the slower vessels costing less. There
are i i.' .. i if you want to take your own vehi
cle. The duration of the journey depends on whether
-- .7r- -i--ith: th- -urrent (shorter trip) or against

The bigger boats also carry more cargo. On the larg
er vessels you have the option of booking a cabin, and
at night this can be a plus, however it will cost extra.
To cut costs, some people bring a blanket or -1--i-r
mat and sleep in chairs, couches or on td 11
Travelling at night is quite an experience, on these
long boat rides. I recall on a night crossing back to
Trinidad, my friends and I sat in the first row of seats
at the bow. The sea was a bit choppV and you could
see the outline of the waves .i1 I 1--I every time the
ship went over a wave.
As I say this, I know that a major concern many peo
ple would have about travelling on the sea is motion
sickness. If you know you are prone to it, please take
some medicine before getting on board. Besides medi
cine one preventative measure that has worked for me
is not eating any frm-- or heavy meals just before
departure or on 1. i When I get hungry during
the trip, I munch on crackers or some fruit, such as
apples or grapes.
If you decide to stay inside, you could have a proper
meal -either one you brought with you or one bought
on board. Ferries between Trinidad and i .
food, and there are also sections on the I
you can look at a movie during the trip on wide-screen
televisions. Different sections show different movies
during the trip.
On the way to the sister island of Tobago, you
have to go around the top of the Trinidad as it is
not possible to put a port at Toco, which is the
closest point between the two islands, owing to
the rough currents. As you travel around the
north coast you can see the different seaside vil
lages and our capital city of Port-of-Spain. There
is a point at the northwestern tip of the island
where the sea gets quite rough, called
the Bocas. This is where the outflow of
the great South American Orinoco River
enters the Atlantic Ocean and the con
flicting currents cause the rough
waters at this point.
Whether sitting inside or on deck,
make sure you . You
getto see p;..- i...i that
are inaccessible. For instance,
along the way, you pass
j | between some of the closer off
shore islands i,, ,. Monos
and Huevos. i ,, i1, tide is
low, you can see caves along
the coast of some of these off
shore islands.
W while . 11.... ... -.t. Kitts
to Nevis, .1 .. .... to see
the lush green landscape give way
to the dry desert-like conditions of
the Southern Peninsula. Sometimes
two ferries cross and you get to wave at
the passengers on the other
ferry. You also might get to see
great marine life on the way,
such as dolphins and fly
ing fish.
SThe trip between some
islands is not long; for
instance, the commute
between St. Kitts and
Nevis only lasts 20 minutes.
Sometimes I think that you can
never be late for the ferry, because they usually wait
an extra 10 minutes in case anyone is late. This is a
short but vital link between islands. Can you believe
ordering a meal from St. Kitts and getting it delivered
to Nevis? How cool is that! With such short commutes
it is expected that besides visiting, some people work
and go to school on neighboring islands. Therefore, it
is only natural that travelling on the ferry gets crowd
ed, such as at the start and end of the work and
school day. In Trinidad and Tobago, since the trip is
long, most Trinidadians would go over for the week
end, as a sort of mini-vacation.
From my ferry rides and listening to the experiences
of others, one thing I have to say in closing -the
route may be the same but every trip is unique.

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Leaving the Caribbean:

Skybird's Transatlantic,

Antigua to Azores

by Mary Robinson

After an extended period of cruising in the Caribbean,
it was time to go home. My husband Alan and I pre
pared our yacht, Skybird, for our passage back to
Europe at anchor in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua.
Our first problem was to get the autopilot repaired.
Our "Alpha 3000" is an old model; no one locally
seemed to be familiar with it. Cay Electronics sent the
entire thing back to the USA and the makers recom-
mended that both the ram and the control box had to
be replaced. When this bad news arrived, we even con
sidered replacing it with a more recent and better
known model. But we decided to stick with the Alpha,
as we knew it had suited the boat perfectly in the past.
The new parts were ordered.
Our second problem was Alan's health. He had been
feeling unwell for fully four weeks; we had both kept
hoping that it was just a "tummy bug" and that he
would get over it. It was only a week or so before our
proposed departure date that we realized that he
would have to see a doctor. Dr. Full. ... .
capital, St. Johns, was very thorough ,, I I'. 1i *.. I
sent Alan for various tests. When the test results came
through a few days later, the doctor had to deliver us
a bombshell: he advised us that Alan should not sail.
By this time our friends David and Graham had
arrived by air from UK to crew the passage with us.
When they arrived they had been shocked to see Alan
looking so ill and weak, so I think they were less sur
prised than we were to hear the doctor's orders. Alan
would have to fly home, leaving the three of us to sail
the boat. I would be navigator, but as I am not very
S. nowadays, David, who has a yacht of his own in
I. md who had sailed on Skybird before, would be
"Sailing Master".
It was already well into June, the start of the hurri
cane season, so I was getting twitchy about leaving as
soon as possible. A forecast of a good southeast breeze
for the next few days gave added urgency to my deter
mination to get underway as soon as possible. The
autopilot parts at last arrived, so Cay Electronics fitted
them on Saturday the 9th. Alan spent Sunday, his last
day on board, passing on every possible piece of infor
nation that he could about the boat, the engine and the
stowage of tools and spare parts. Then he was gone.
The three of us planned to waste no more time but
to put to sea on Monday. We deflated and rolled up the
dinghy before we took Skybird to the Yacht Club
Marina for fuel and water. While we were tied up there,
I walked over to English Harbour to check out.
I I, ,., in Monday afternoon, giving the
Si Ii i,- trial as we went. The sea trial was
not successful so we had to turn back and anchor
once more back in Falmouth. We had to re-inflate and
re-launch the dinghy on Tuesday morning to fetch Cay
Electronics back on board. I didn't want to go back to
Customs .. i i ........ i. to report that we had failed
to leave, s I..- i I I id yet more urgency to our
departure. On Tuesday afternoon we set out again.
This time, to our relief and delight, the autopilot
worked perfectly. We named it George; he became by
far the most popular and hard working crewman on
board as he steered unfailingly day and night in all

conditions. The rest of us stood watches of four hours
on and eight hours off unless the person on watch
called for an extra hand on deck.
I had registered with Chris Parker to receive cus
tomised weather information via single-sideband radio
for the passage. As he predicted, we had a fair south
east wind for our first two days, heading north.
Thereafter, he warned that we would encounter a mas
sive blocking area of high pressure that lay from mid
Atlantic to the Bahamas. We would have to motor for

Skybird's reduced '
crew on arrival at
Pymouth, England.
During the passage
from the Caribbean,
they stood watches
offour hours on,
eight off

the next two days if we wanted to make any progress.
The weather was exactly as predicted. In the high
pressure it was appallingly hot. The sun at midday
was directly overhead; we rigged up a white awning
over the cockpit dodger to reduce the impact of the
searing rays. North of the high we picked up a wester
ly breeze and set the sails and turned off the engine at
last. By now I wanted to get Chris on the radio again,
but he had taken a long weekend break and wasn't
due back on the air until the following Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, David was on watch as dark
clouds built up astern. Graham emerged from his
berth, planning to quietly make himself a cup of tea. His
gentle start to the r-rni;n was interrupted by David's
shout of "Pull this! I I -et a reef and furled half the
genoa. The squall hit; rain lashed down, lightning split
the sky and great crashes of thunder pealed around us.
The thunderstorms lasted for over an hour that
morning, so I had no chance whatsoever of making
contact with Chris on the radio. The next day I tried
Chris again on 12350 (the frequency that was recom-
mended at this distance) but could hear nothing and
had to give up. By Thursday I was really anxious to
make contact; I could hear Chris very faintly on 8137
but he couldn't hear me. Radio interference caused by

e-mails or fax transmissions made matters much
worse. But eventually I got through with the help of a
relay. The same thing happened when I tried again a
few days later. Again I was helped by a relay. Both
times the weather routing advice was excellent and the
relays were invaluable. Many thanks to all concerned.
The rest of the trip was reasonably uneventful.
Skybird went well; our best day's run was 181 nauti
cal miles. We hardly saw any shipping, nor even the
trace of an aeroplane in the sky. Just an empty, ocean
bathed in sunlight by day, lit up by moon, stars and
phosphorescence by night. After a fortnight we began
to see a few fishing boats, the occasional dolphin or a
distant whale as we approached the Azores.
The sun still shone, but it was blowing hard by the
time we made landfall in the island of Flores, 16 days
out of Antigua. The top of the island was masked in
thick white cloud. But as we neared tl- *."-h-r- -
Lajas the cloud swept down in a cold, i i i .
the mountains to meet us. As we rounded the massive
breakwater, the dark windswept harbour did not
appear to be in the least pleasant or a welcoming.
Our first impression was wrong. Flores is the most
beautiful, unspoilt and welcoming of all islands. Even

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by Bob Berlinghof

Bruno sat in the cockpit of his 38-foot steel ketch, Never Mind, and watched the
sun streak the sky orange and lit his second cigarette of the day, with his second
cup of coffee. Another incredibly sublime dawn, less hazy than yesterday, not so
much Sahara dust. He thought of trying to get Hal banished from Bellevue island's
ex-pat community for sins real and imagined, because he was running out of
options. He would never rat Hal out to the authorities. Only wimps did that. He was
not fond of violence, though it occurred to him that a threat with a tire iron might
do the trick. But that's all it would be, a threat. Banishment wasn't gonna fly -Hal
was too popular with the -- ;;;;- set at Musket's bar only the Old Guard would
rally behind Bruno, and I them were suspect. He would have to put it to Hal
like in the old Westerns: "This town ain't big enough for the both of us."
He --: 1-i.:. the ramifications of using the tire iron as a prop, when a local
double 1' I I I' 1.. boat clunked astern of the cockpit.
"Hello? Bruno Frankenheim?" called a female voice, with a grating New York
accent. "Can I come abawd?"
Bruno was naked and went below for a towel. When he emerged, she was strug
gling onto the aft deck, having clumped up the boarding ladder in tiny-strapped
leather Manolo Blahnik heels, wearing a white blouse under a tight-fitting grey
Armani jacket with a matching grey skirt, very smart indeed.
"Take off the heels!" screamed Bruno. "And watch the teak!"
"Sorry," she said. The water-taxi operator handed her up a little black handbag
and an oversized Louis Vuitton suitcase.
"Hold on a minute," said Bruno.
"Can you pay the man, please?" asked the woman, no older than 30. "I get all con
fused with this local currency, and I don't want to pay him too much."
"Take it off what you owe me, Franklin," said Bruno, annoyed, to the young man,
who waved and motored away.
"To what do I owe this pleasure?" said Bruno, towel wrapped around his loins, won
during if his memory had really deteriorated so badly that he didn't recognize this
young, pert, and possibly sex-starved woman before him. She's moving on board, he
i. ,.i but the implications of her suitcase were threatening as well as li,, ,1,..
lon't have e-mail, and evidently you don't get your snail mail ,11, -;he
began, moving unsteadily before ducking under the awning and sitting down hard
in the cockpit. She left the suitcase on the aft deck but clutched the handbag in her
lap like a hand grenade.
"To make a "-., -t- -, hort, I am Rene Goldman." She held out her hand which
he firmly shool I ,, I, fail-d t- r h--ni h mr nnle she continued, "Daughter of
Sarah Bernstein later Sarah I '... -1.11 ,, I,,
"But you knew her as Sarah Bernstein... in the Bahamas... back in November,
1977? I was born the following August."
"My daughter? You are my daughter'
"So she told you? She never even told me!"
"How is ol' Sarah?"
"She's... gone, I'm afraid."
"Breast cancer."
I'm so sorry. Sarah was... incandescent. I'm sorry she didn't feel the same way
about me."
"Well, we have to look on the bright side. I only found out about you in her will I
confirmed that you lived here by Googling your name. You were written up in
"Good or bad?"
"Bad. Said you were a -quote -cantankerous old fart."
Bruno dressed and offered his daughter breakfast. Over a soft-boiled egg, toast,
mango slice, and coffee he heard her abbreviated story. Her mother, a violinist with
the New York Philharmonic, had returned to New York pregnant and determined to
take as little time off as possible. She had married Lou Goldman before Rene was
born. Goldman, a real estate developer, left Sarah and Rene a fortune when his
Cadillac ran under a tractor trailer on I-95 in heavy rain. Rene was just 16. Rene
had had boarding schools, Vassar, and more money than she could spend while
growing up (though she must have tried pretty damn hard, if her clothes were any
thing to go by; Bruno knew nothing of brand names but he could smell that they
were expensive).
Yet he could not help but be distracted by her shiny straight brown hair -she
looked like a walking shampoo ad -to crown her ample bosom, generous hips, and
narrow waist. He tried to expunge such imI i ,, i., i>est he could.
Then she began to describe the absolute ., ,i..... I TI she had getting here,
i' ' i i. to Barbados, the smelly, cramped connecting flight and terri
: .... i .. sed ferry. At the ferry dock a local,. ,11 .... I -1 1 was load
S. i ,, and the captain had offered her a .. I -1. -easick and
there were chickens shitting all over the deck! Chickens! Shitting! All over the deck!
She had sailed into Bellevue after 9:00 PM and stayed the night at the Blue Sky
Guest House, a place ("can you believe it?") with NO AIR CONDITIONING! By dawn
mosquito bites had dotted her arms and legs, forcing her to check out and look for
Bruno's boat.
Bruno hadn't been hard to find. The young water-taxi driver knew him -he owed
Bruno 50 bucks for an outboard repair.
"Why didn't you ever write or call me?" Rene said, suddenly turning on him. "Did
you really not give a shit about me that much?"
"Hey, wait, that's not really fair. I knew you existed, yes. But when I offered your
mother support money in return for visitation rights she turned me down flat. Said
she was getting married and wanted nothing to do with me, in fact, she didn't want
me to ever contact you. She said it would be too confusing for you, that you would
soon have a real father, and I..."
"So you just pretended I didn't exist?"
"No, I sailed around the world on two different boats. I was pretty busy myself.
Look, now that you're here, why don't you sleep in the forepeak? I promise you, no
mosquitoes." As he showed her below, she was frank about the less than luxurious
"Not much light down here, is there? When was the last time you painted?
"Does it always smell like old socks and diesel oil?
"That's the shower? Coffin, is more like it!

"I can't possibly pump the toilet, I'll break a nai l
"This sure isn't quite the yacht I imagined."
How long can I stand this? Bruno wondered.
She complained that she couldn't understand the local language -gibberish she
called it, and the food was, like, disgusting. "I mean, how many times can you eat
macaroni pie and a salad made of sliced carrot and diced cucumber? Yuck!"
"Tell me, do you work for a living, Miss Vassar?"
"Yes, I do. I go up into Harlem twice a week. Volunteer work. 1, '. ..... i i .,, i
Hispanic children. I teach them to appreciate ahht, and scul. I I.. -

I .- how long may I expect the pleasure of your company?" asked Bruno, able
to contain himself no longer.
"Funny thing is, I thought I'd check out some property to buy here."
A chill ran down Bruno's back and he tried not to shudder. "Really, but why?"
"New York's just such a rat race, you know? I want out, at least during the winter.
And then there's the whole 9/11 thing."
"Yeah, I heard about it. But you do realize this ain't Paradise, not even close."
"Yeah, but there's something here. The sea. The sky. Reggae. Strapping black men
-hey, I'm just teasing you... Dad?"
Since it was Saturday Bruno decided to skip work and take Rene to the beach. She
squeezed into a white bikini and .. 1. .1 ... a ].1- rr--n 111- ir-- and her pre
cious handbag. They motored Bn .... .. .11 i .... I I .........I -" to a desert
ed beach, 400 yards long, adorned by a single wooden shack with a sign outside,
Karaoke every Fri. night Bramley's Beach Bar.
They swam and had a fish and chips lunch. There was no denying Rene's physi
cal presence, but he cringed whenever she opened her mouth. H ,.11 ,, 1... 1,
ter be such a... a shrew? A spoiled Jewish princess? What did I i i I
grateful she cared enough to look me up. I haven't exactly been a model father.
Things were just beginning to thaw between them when Hal Everton's radar drew him
in a beeline towards Rene. He sat down next to her, ignoring Bruno, and began chat
ting her up! The nerve cftl-.t F--t--- ti- t P;;;- inn;;1:- t- 1i-: f-t. It was too
much for him to bear. "Y, .. 1.11 -.. I I .... -... I I I I I grabbed the
neck of Hals T-shirt, and yanked him to his feet. 'Where's my wheel puller?"
"Shit, Bruno, I didn't know you needed it back."
"Take it and get the hell out of Bellevue!" Bruno shouted, getting to the point, as
he shoved Hal onto a concrete step at the beach's edge.
"Is this about Jeanette? She's gone back to Sacramento."
"I... don't... like... you," Bruno hissed, puffing out his chest like a lizard.
Ti i 1 .. 1,i ,,, F ..... yes and smiled in his disarming manner. "So?"
11 I I Ii ... I. I I ... He pushed Hal's chest as hard as he could, Hal fell
backwards, and they rolled around in the sand for what seemed an eternity before
Hal's head was pushed down, then Hal bucked Bruno off and they were separated
by massive Wayne Alleyne, a local weight-lifter. Hal suffered a minor nosebleed
where Bruno's elbow had clipped him by accident, that and a graze over his right
eye. Bruno pretended to have to be restrained by Wayne and danced on his toes.
He had lost it momentarily but realized that without the element of surprise, the
younger man would surely have prevailed. Oh, but it felt so good for a second, he
thought. I did it!
His triumph turned to ashes when Rene ran over to Hal to see if he was all right.
"What is your problem?" she spat out at Bruno. She poured her drink in the sand,
wrapped the ice in her silk pareo, and applied it to Hal's forehead and nose. Hal was
happy to stare at her cleavage while she clucked and offered sympathy.
Later that day she returned to Never Mind to pick up her suitcase. "Hal's got much
more space on his catamaran,," she said, matter-of-factly.
"What the hell do you see in him?" Bruno wondered out loud.
"He's so... gorgeous! Don't you think? I'm afraid I'm, like... falling for him."
Six months later, Bruno sat on deck on a clear and windy winter's morning at
dawn, smoking a cigarette, smiling at the delicious irony of it. Rene and Hal were
planning an island wedding later that month at the old Wallace house, which Rene
had bought. Everyone would be there -the combined ex-pats from Maggie's bar and
Musket's bar and an even greater number of Bruno's local friends, clients, and for
mer employees, some with their children and extended families -over 120 people
in all.
Weird how things work out, thought Bruno. I may be the only man alive to have
simultaneously lost a shrew and a rival and gained a son and daughter. Soon she'll
be Hal's headache -and good bloody luck to him, he'll need it!
Bruno sucked in smoke and exhaled with a satisfied smile. He would wait until
after the wedding to tell Rene about her half brother in the Tuamotus.

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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Although crewmembers may be less than supportive in
the first week, aspects are good for productive progress in
creative endeavors.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Be prepared for endless rough seas with your mate. Some
Taureans could find love is on the rocks by month's end. It
might be time to cut the ties that bind and sail solo for a while.
: GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
There may be some bits of truth in the many creative
opinions floating toward you. If you remain emotionally
aloof you will be able to collect the gems amongst the flot
sam and jetsam.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Ho, ho, ho! While you won't feel like working on the boat
-or doing much of anything -this month, lust will be
overtaking you with its myriad possibilities for fun.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
You will start the month with high winds in your busi
ness. Stay on course and try to ignore the constant com
plaining from crew.
W VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
You will be sailing through some rough seas in your cre
active life, with misunderstandings and petty quarrels in
the wind. Don't worry, you can weather it.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Maintaining a sense of humor may prove a challenge
and your good mood will have cut the anchor rope and
sailed away. Ask Santa to bring it back!
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Your love life will take the helm and even though you
may pass through some sloppy seas in the first two weeks,
things will smooth out nicely by month's end.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
You will receive some good business news around the
third week, a nice holiday gift for a deserving sailor!
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
It will seem that crew and family will oppose you at
every tack during the first three weeks. Even your sense of
humor will have disappeared. But by Christmas fair winds
and following seas will return.
SAQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Batten down the hatches until the New Year. This month,
,'ll get

PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Love and lust will be high on your list of priorities this
Christmas season, while creative pursuits will be some
thing of a beat to windward.

Crossword Solution

2) TYE 23) TWIN 10) TRIM
4) TROW 24) TRAP 11) THAR
10) TWINE 1) TWEEN 16) TWO
19) TROLL 6) TUCK 24) TU
20) TIP 7) TRUNK

JsilanJ Poets


Freedom, i ..i.... just me and the sea
Peaceful, II iI as living should be
No hustle or bustle, no time for "up-tight"
Ocean, sweet ocean, she makes me feel right.

Fishes they call me, "Come in and come play!"
Mains'ls and fores'ls, the wind shows the way
Wavelets or whitecaps, we glide on along
List'ning to Nature's most glorious songs.

i." -i"'. i -.... .ng to those who can hear
I ...... i with those who stay near
God in His glory gave oceans and sand
Heavenly samples to split up the land.

Drifting and floating on waves without end
You and the ocean are my two best friends
My dream will be always that you and she
Shall be here with me eternally.

Sandra Pomeroy


Rouge-red cloud
magenta mountains,
flocks of
scarlet ibis
descend in
evening twilight,
come to
roost the night
in Caroni Swamp.
Nature's beauty.


Treausre4$ ISie

Mast-head lights like fireflies
dance above the ships that lie
at night's anchor in Norman Harbor.

A mere speck on the Caribbean Sea
but a place whose bold history
has been immortalized by R.L. Stevenson.

A mysterious isle where legends say
old Blackbeard hid his gold away
in sea caves along the rocky coast.

Now I think of days before
of bedspread sails and wooden swords
and the pirate games we'd play.

Skull and bones on handmade flags
a buried treasure in ..... 1 1 1
we boldly sailed our I i

And as a child I'd been amazed
to know that there'd come a day
I'd walk along the very shore.

Now in the morning I'll sail away
but this 'Treasured Isle' will always stay
anchored deep within my heart.

James K. Richardson

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And then Parlumps came to the
sad realization that he'd never
: be able to- water ski off the island.



Nautical Alphabet

'Crossing Your Ts'

1) Bracket supporting square-rigger's lower yards
2) Runner of thick rope or chain
4) Type of salmon boat
5) Render oil from, as whale blubber
7) Clubs
8) Edible intestine
10) Fine line
11) Asian hurricanes
14) Copper nailed to mast to ,,I .11 i .... chafing
15) Hawksbill or loggerhead, ...
18) Spanish squall
19) Fish off stern of moving boat
20) End
21) Rust bucket?
22) Loose-footed storm sails
23) One of two equals, as jibs or screws
24) Capture
25) Island nation between Hawaii and Australia

1) Between, as decks
2) To haul up
3) A cruise is one
4) Regatta prize
5) Pertaining to area between sun's greatest northern
and southern declinations
6) After part of ship under the transom or counter
7) Steamer luggage
8) The Monitor was a ship
9) Pin used to hold oars
10) i .- .ssail
11) -1. blows!"
12) I .., ,,,. using a line, as yard or anchor
13) i .11 i chainpump
14) Boat from Borneo
16) A cat has this many hulls
17) Tacks
19) head: an ornamental knot
20) Pull
23) Towing vessel
24) You, in Spanish
Solution on page 36



"Mummy, what is Christmas?"
Mother Damselfish got the surprise of her life when her little 1..... .1i .....
asked that question one sunny afternoon on the reef in the sand3 i
did you hear the word Christmas?"
"I was swimming by the shore where some human children were playing and I
heard them talking about Christmas," Dimity replied.
"They were all very excited and asked each other what
they wanted Father Christmas to bring them. Will
he 1 T- -n m e ., 11.....
i. th., .1 I i'I Damselfish sighed.
"Earth people have all sorts of customs and
beliefs that we don't have here on the reef and
Christmas is one of them."
"But it sounds fun!" Dimity persisted, "And I want
Father Christmas to I ........ ... ..... too!"
This got Mother ....- ii.-1. 11... .... and she
decided to get all th .. ....H d
the first Christmas .,'I I 1 I i ... I,,
no time at all the whole bay was talking about the N T
Christmas party and volunteers were coming for
ward and offering their help in any way they N
could. And there was plenty of work to be done.
As so many children and parents and even those By LB
without children or grandchildren were invited, it
was decided to hold the party on the big sandy
area at the base of the reef. The children could
play games on the sand while the grownups
relaxed. Food and drinks would be set out on the
ledges of the reef and everyone, even the children, h
would help decorate the entire area. Once the idea
got going there was no stopping it.
Not everyone knew about Christmas, especially the children, so Mother
Damselfish tried her best to pass on the little information she had. She understood
it had something to do with the birth of the Christ child and that everyone who
wanted to, celebrated the day each year with parties and 1i 1 1.. ..11-
Mother Damselfish remembered the day when she was only -' .. I , , .,,
a party of human grownups and children had come into the bay where they set out
a picnic and played games on the beach. Then, half-way through the afternoon, a
small boat had motored into the bay and a very fat man dressed in a red jacket and
pants trimmed with white, with a red cap on his head and a long flowing white
beard, had leapt out onto the beach and begun handing out brightly wrapped pack
ets to the children. There was lots of laughing and talking, hugging and singing and
everyone enjoyed themselves until the sun sank into the sea, leaving the blue sky
streaked with red and yellow rays just like a Sunset Tellin sea shell. Yes, Mother
Damselfish was determined that the reef would have a Christmas party just as good
as that or even better!
The day before the party, the reef children collected garlands of green and yellow
sargassum seaweed and draped them all around the rock ledges of the reef. They
found some lovely blue Y-branched algae and made them into posies held together
with frills of white scroll algae. The bright pinks of the twig algae gave splashes of
colour to the ledges and the purple sea pearls dotted about glistened like -i ..i i...
stars. Mother Damselfish said that the reef decorations far outdid ar. I i.i
coloured paper streamers and twinkling tinsel that the human children had used as
their party decorations. The reef children laughed with delight.
The reef mothers had a hard time getting their children to bed that night they were
so excited, but in the end their drowsy eyes closed and they fell asleep. The next

morning everyone was up bright and early and all the food preparations began.
There were mounds of fresh and juicy sea grapes, lots of crunchy sea lettuce, shells
piled high with soft, sweet-tasting oatmeal algae, dark green leaves of sea watercress
wrapped around yellow Swiss cheese algae and whatever else the inhabitants of the
reef managed to gather and form into mouthwatering delicacies.
..1 1,.... .- ready for the reefs first
S... -.... I I -I .- I all the children were hun
S grier than they had ever been! Mother Damselfish
declared the party open and adults and children
tucked into the food until they could eat no more.
While the adults nodded off, drowsing away the
effects of so much eating, the children swam and
crawled about the sandy bottom of the bay. Some
of them played hide-and-seek while others tossed
T M A[ ,,.-..-..- .11 tl .t Dne of the children had
S I i i of the adults felt up to
Sit, they organized races. The fish children were
divided into age and size groups and they had
E swimming races, while the sea snails, shells and
bristle worms scurried across the sand. With so
RF Much playing the children were soon hungry
again and so everyone finished up the last of the
Kessell party delicacies.
And it was none too soon for it was time for the
'- .--.itl -i--.l of Father Christmas with
,.. .I hI I I Fat, II i I i i
Eel had been chosen for tl, j i i .11, I..
S beard made of fine, white net algae he was the
perfect underwater Santa. The children shrieked
and clapped when they saw him and could hardly
wait for Mother Damselfish to give out the presents.
There -i..... I 11 -1. ii. whose occupa.t. 1.t 1 -. since left them, made
into ne i I.1- .1, with bracelets :.. I I small sea pearls. The
boys were given bats of wood smoothed by sand and sea found by the edge of the
beach and old seeds dropped from trees and round as ping-pong balls. At the end of

In no time at all the whole bay

was talking about the Christmas party

the gift-giving the sun had begun to sink down into the sea painting the blue of the
water a happy Christmas red, so before .1 I i rk, the parents collected their chil
dren and everyone went home -but : I i I they had all clapped and cheered,
hugged and kissed and declared that from now on, Christmas on the Reef was to be
Cutie Cove's very own tradition.

ro l' ~ /46 Outside the continental shelf, the terrain slopes sharply down to the abyssal
plains at the bottom of the sea. These slopes are the continental margins and
they and the abyss are also being :.. .1 I r the number of species which
S^ eS live there. The bottom of the ocean .. I I I.. just like on dry land there are
mountains, volcanoes and ridges. Seamounts, vents and seeps and the mid-
ocean ridges are other areas studied in the Census for the peculiar organisms
that can survive in the tough conditions so far under water.
The Antarctic and Arctic Oceans (ice oceans) are being specially studied as
they are particularly prone to the effects of global warming. And the sea itself is
I being investigated to find the number and variety of microbes and zooplankton
S(tiny, microscopic organisms) present.
D O LLY S D E E P C R ET S OBIS will also include information on the history of fishing to give us some idea
L of how mankind has been using the world's ocean resources in the past so that
plans can be made for the future.
Many of the scientists involved in the Census met in New Zealand in early November
by Elaine Olivierre 2007 for an update on all the projects. Find out next month how they got on.
For more information, check out the Census websites at www.coml.org and
Do you remember learning about the Census of Marine Life? This is a ten .
Year undertaking to survey the world's oceans and seas to find, count and track PUZZLE
the thousands of species found in the marine environment. All the information The diagram shows a cross-section of the ocean bottom. Match the numbers to
gathered will be stored in a database called OBIS: the Ocean Biogeographic the terms given.
Information System. Let's look more closely at the different projects which are OOC-En4 SJgF fCE _
part of the census. They are marked here in bold print. Abyssal plain -
The marine areas of the world have been divided into sections which are being Coastal shelf
surveyed by different groups of scientists and researchers. The near shore envi Deep slope
ronment is being studied for biodiversity, that is, a look at how many different Near shore
Creatures, large and small, live on the shore. Coral reefs are als- --i: n--ti- Ridge
gated to find how many species use the coral reefs as home. The .11I .... is Seamount
Being used as an example of a regional eco-system so special acoustic technol Vent
ogy is being used to count the fish which live there. A study of life on continen-
tal shelves and one on tracking large migratory (pelagic) fish are both being O C-Eiar F looD
carried out in the Pacific region. Answers on page 22.





on Bequia

by Mariann Palmborg

In 1980 my spouse, Peter, and I started to build a
replica of a Colin Archer rescue boat from 1910. We
were just ordinary ."--"i-n r--ple -social workers
but we were not i . i..... we both were hard
workers and very determined. We built the 50-foot
boat in the middle of Oslo and called her Fredag. We
sold all our belongings and started a circumnavigation
in 1984.
After a year of cruising, it happened -what all
cruisers probably have nightmares about -we went
on a reef at night and sank after the coast guard tried
to "save" us. The boat was all we had, and we had no
savings and no insurance.

Of course we had to save Fredag. With a lot of help
from other yachties and the lovely people of Union
Island, and the late John Caldwell (author of
Desperate Voyage) who ran Palm Island Resort at that
time, we were able to raise her.
Then came six hard years when we were known as
the couple who never gives up. We chose Bequia as a
base and survived by doing charters, transport, what
ever. With insufficient maintenance funds, we had a
series of mishaps: dismastings, engine disasters and
so on and so on. In 1995 we sold Fredag. She went
back to Norway to become a school ship, while Peter
and I stayed on Bequia.
As long as I can remember I have gathered people on
Christmas Eve for an informal glogg party. Glogg is a
spicy, hot wine drink we use to warm ourselves at
Christmas-time in the cold north. I started to invite
people aboard Fredag for glogg in 1992. The party
grew over the years until the last time I had it aboard
there were 150 people -at the same time! After mov
ing ashore on Bequia, it grew even bigger.
Now this party is a "must" for Scandinavians, a
meeting point for all Scandinavian boats crossing the
Atlantic that year and island-resident Scandinavians.
Other nationalities want to join in, but there are rules:
you have to have a strong connection to a
Scandinavian country and/or speak the language. (I
have some American friends with roots in Norway,
who are practicing Norwegian really hard to qualify for
Lately the party has included a raffle: guests bring
prizes with a Scandinavian twist, like caviar, aquavit
or Swedish meatballs. Children from the Sunshine
School for Children with Special Needs sell the raffle
tickets and we made over EC$1,000 last year the
money goes to the school.
All Scandinavians are welcome to the glogg party at
Mariann "Why Knots" place in Mount Pleasant,
Bequia, on Christmas Eve 2007 from 1300 to 1500
hours. Bring red wine for the glogg and a raffle prize if
you have something typically Scandinavian. Taxis will
be available at the Port Hole Restaurant in Port
Elizabeth from 1250 hours; pay only one way at the
time (EC$3 per person, half price for children).
For more information call "Why Knot" on VHF chan
nel 08, phone (784) 4573047 or 432-3232,
or Skype whyknotbequia.

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Sailing Directions Eastward from Panama


by Don Street

If you draw a line through the Caribbean Sea from
Isla de Mona, off Puerto Rico, to Aruba, the area east
of the line is covered by so many guides that they are
impossible to list. West of that line, although it is not
terra incognita, there are vast areas that are charted
poorly or not at all and not covered by any guides.
Jamaica, the San Pedro Bank, and the Morant Keys
are well covered by the late John Letheridge's guide,
originally printed about 15 years ago. It has not been
re-printed but rocks don't move so much information
in the guides is still valid. Panama and the San Bias
Islands are well covered by the highly respected The
Panama Guide by Nancy and Tom Zydler. But infor
mation about other areas in the western Caribbean is
very scarce.
I have been writing guides since 1964. My Cruising
Guide to the Lesser Antilles, published in 1966 and
now back in print, was a result of ten years cruising
the area. This guide was revised and expanded many
times through the years, last revision 2001.
My Guide to Venezuela and the ABC Islands (1980;
revised, expanded and re-printed in 1990) was also
the result of about ten years cruising the area, amend
ed with much information supplied by experienced
Venezuelan yachtsmen. It is out of print, but again,
the rocks haven't moved.
My forthcoming Street's Guide to the Atlantic and
Caribbean Basins is a re-write of my 1986
Transatlantic Crossing Guide, which was mistitled by
the publisher as it not only covered all transatlantic
crossing routes, but also getting to and from the East
Coast of the United States and Panama to the Eastern
Caribbean, and was a cruising guide to the Atlantic
islands: Bermuda, the Azores, Madeira, and the
-.1 .. '- .-.-y and Cape Verde islands. Almost all
i I ..... 1 ,, was based on personal experience or
first-hand information. (I hope it will open up the Cape
Verde islands to the cruising yachtsmen. Presently
they are regarded as a quick stopping place en route
to the Caribbean while in actuality they are a wonder
ful, undiscovered, uncrc ------1 -riin. r-.. Thu can
cruise the Cape Verdes: '.. I ... I enjoy
Christmas there and cross the Atlantic in January
when the Trades have filled in reliably.)
The chapter "Eastward from Panama" in the new
Guide to the Atlantic and Caribbean Basins has been
the most difficult writing I have ever done, as for the
first time in my guide-writing career, I have had to rely
on second-hand, and sometimes even third-hand,
information. In contrast, the rest of the book is based
on personal or first-hand information.
Little has been written about sailing eastward from
Panama as it is so tough no one does it twice unless
they are a highly paid delivery skipper, and even they
never do it a third time. The only yacht delivery I have
left uncompleted in my more than 50 years of off-shore

sailing was one from Cartagena,
Colombia, to Grenada in a 40-foot Sea
Wolf ketch. We aborted in Maracaibo,
Venezuela. I believe that if we had had
the information included in my forth
coming guide we would have been able to
complete the trip.
A few tough sailors just say "to hell
with it", stick their heads down, take off
from Panama, and beat to windward
without stopping until they hit an island
in the Eastern Caribbean. The late Major
Ron Roberts (father of Patti Stoken of
Independent Boat Yard fame) took off
from Panama single-handed on his
.l.... i I I i -.... i Cheoy Lee. He tied
... i i i. 1 working jib and
sailed direct from Panama to St. Thomas.
No wonder we called him, with great
affection, "Mad Major".
But no matter how you cut the cookie,
heading eastwards from Panama,
against wind and current, is .1
There are, however, many Ill I
options -all based on the premise that
most yachts will want to make stops.
The coast of Colombia is poorly charted
by the US and British N"-r- fni'
offices. There are general ( .. I I i
coast, and detailed charts of a few of the
major commercial harbors that yachts
,,,I h , h 1 ... .. ..1 1h l
at and anchor as they fight their way east.
I am told that the Colombian hydro
.r;Thi- -ftl-e has done an excellent job
i i i .... detailed charts of the har
bors along the Colombian coast.
Unfortunately, the only way to obtain
these charts is tc :- t- -.rt-;-; get in
a taxi, go to the: i .1 i I. I. (well
out of town), select the charts wanted,
get a bill, get back in a taxi, go back to town, take the
bill to the designated bank, pay the bill, get a receipt,
find another taxi, go back to the b"-lr yrbi- -ffi-
show the receipt, pick up the char I.. ... 1. '. .
and go back to the boat in Cartagena.
Google Earth (earth.google.com, which maps the
earth by superimposition of satellite and aerial
imagery) covers some of the .i.-rH. quite well.
You can also buy electronic ch .. i ,. area, but
MOST IMPORTANT -check the datum from which
the charts were developed: if British Admiralty or US
datum, forget it. Only use the ones done from the
C I ,I ... I h I 1 I c
I ,. I .. I I ..... ., ,, ... cruisers w ho have

Donald M. Street, Jr.

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anchored in almost all the anchorages on the
Colombian coast [Editor's note: see Cruising Guide for
the Coast of Colombia by Lourae and Randy Kenoffel:
"Colombia Coast Update" at www.caribbeancom
pass.corn, but there are a few gaps.
There is a possible harbour I spotted via"
Earth, Salina de Tr'.1.:. .t 1153.281 N, 72
The entrance is : '- I I I with a rock in the mid
dle. The harbour is about two miles long, but narrow. It
would appear from Google Earth that there is sufficient
water in the harbour, but this is not confirmed by any
user reports. If it is a viable harbour, it would provide a
stopping place between Five Bays and Cabo de la Vela.
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Continued from previous page
Another information gap is along the Panamanian
Colombian border. Isla Rosario, well charted by the US,
is 20 miles from Cartagena. It is a playground of
wealthy Colombians. Via about third-hand information,
I gather there are a couple of anchorages in this area
that would enable yachts to head eastward from
Panama to Isla Rosario in a series of daytime sails,
anchoring every night. If anyone can supply information
on these anchorages, it would be greatly appreciated.
There are other routes east from Panama. You can

Also out of print is Hart & Stone's seminal A Cruising
Guide to the Caribbean and the Bahamas
(first published in 1976), which included
this illustration of eastward routes from Panama
head north, stopping at Albuquerque Cays, San
Andres, Providencia and then through the Yucatan
Channel; or northeastwards to Jamaica with possible
stops at Roncador, Serrana, Quita Sueno and
Serranilla Banks. All these are marked by lights of
dubious reliability you can end up on the bank
before you see the light. Obviously these cays should
only be approached by experienced reef pilots in con-
ditions of good light.
A brief description of all the above is given in Reed's
Caribbean Almanac. They note that on all these banks
anchorages can be had, but not only do they warn that
they are uncharted, they note that the lights are not in
their charted positions. Usually the position is correct

in latitude, but off in longitude, a common mistake in
early charting before the advent of very accurate time.
(This is an example ol i. I .. .,i .. offices' failure to
correct their charts. All i i. I ..ks are marked by
i..1.1 1. .......I I should be? periodically main
.... i ... ... tenance crew took a position, even
with a hand-held GPS, the lights' positions could be
charted correctly.)
Some of the above -San Andres, Albuquerque,
Providencia -are covered by British Admiralty
charts, but remember they were done in the middle

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years of the 19th century and have not been updated.
Eyeball navigation in good light, not GPS, is required.
Cruisers Rod and Jan Tuttle visited these islands
and reported on their cruise in Compass in the
August, 2000, issue: useful information that I have
used in my new guide with appropr. 1.1 ..
Cartagena resident Lee Miles led 11 1.11 I I to
Banco Nuevo, where he reported an anchorage but an
-,, ,1, ~ ii ii ., I ... 'here they went to Serrana and
: 1 ... i .. I'm looking forward to receive
ing details of both these anchorages from him.
About Roncador and Serranilla I have absolutely no
information. Can anyone help?
Heading from Panama northeast to Jamaica the trip
can be broken up by stopping at Banco Nuevo and
San Pedro Bank. Regarding San Pedro, the BA and US
charts are th- ---n. ale and from old survey; use
Letheridge's ,,, *' can find a copy.

Heading east from Jamaica to the western end of
Hispaniola, the trip can be broken up by stops at
Morant Cays and possibly Navassa Island. The for
mer is covered by Letheridge's book. The latter is cov
ered by two US charts done in the early years of the
20th century and also shows up well in Google
Earth. Looking at Google Earth and the chart, it
would appear that there is an anchorage off the
southwestern tip of the island. Navassa Island is
uninhabited but listed as a US possession. Why? The
reason should be of interest. I have not been able to
obtain any information on this island. Can any
one help?
The south coast of Hispaniola is not covered by
any guides but is well charted by both US and
British charts, all done in the early 20th centu
ry. But the charts have not been updated in the
Last 30 or more years, so new harbors and mari
nas are not shown. An excellent article by Alan
Clemmetsen on the south coast of Hispaniola, in
the November 2006 issue of Yachting World, pro
vided a lot of useful information but illustrated
the fact that all second and third-hand infor
mation must be double and triple-checked.
Doing this I discovered that one harbour was
listed as being one degree of longitude (50 miles)
west of where it actually was.
Phil Richards, who has sailed in the Caribbean
since the early 1960s, has spent a lot of time on
the south coast of Hispaniola and in the western
Caribbean. He was kind enough to go over my
material and charts of the area.
At the most recent Annapolis Boat Show I dis
covered that Lisa and Andy Copeland have
spent a couple of months on the south coast of
Hispaniola, and are writing an article on the
area for Cruising World and also a guide. Lisa
has kindly offered to review that section of the
chapter "Eastward from Panama", correcting
any errors and adding any information she feels
is important.
If cruising yachtsmen will help me by filling in
the blanks in my information as listed in this arti
cle it will not only allow me to do a really good job
on this section of the guide but it will also make
S-.-- .:t.- 1 iH. tl- 'aribbean easier.
Si i i ... .... to streetiolaire@hot
mail.com. Thank you!

P.S. Researching this section of the guide, I real
ized that the historians are wrong. Historians say
that the Spanish treasure galleons left Panama and
Cartagena in the middle of the hurricane season
because the Spanish accountants wanted to have
the treasure ships back in Spain in time for them to
close their financial books by the end of the year.
This was not the reason. Checking wind and wave
height charts, one realizes that no square-rigger
(much less Spanish galleons, which were not noted
for their weatherliness) could beat eastwards from
Panama except during hurricane season when the
sea goes down and the wind eases off and becomes
variable. These summer conditions allowed the
galleons to stand north and pick up the Yucatan
Current, then the Gulf Stream passing north of
Cuba and west of the Bahamas, then the south
westerly across the Atlantic.

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guishers on board?
Fire needs three components to exist, commonly
known as the fire triangle: a source of ignition, some
i .... o burn, and .--?"n Fir" on board may start
: .. one of a ' I. .- but the I r 1
them follows a standard pattern: remove ...
: .,,,, remove the fuel, remove the .--.n
S.I does this mean in practice? I 1- plan, or
priorities I would seek to achieve in the event of smoke
-- i gfr-m ... F t --;1-1 E--
S1 -1...i i .. 11I -.1 .. i- i,. ,, ,, Thatm eans
all electrical circuits, engines and generators, etcetera.
2) Turn off cooking gas and fuel lines at their source.
3) Block off all vents and hatches into the area of the fire.
4) Use the extinguishers. But remember extinguish
ers are a one-shot option and so, unless you can get
right into the seat of the fire, they are unlikely to be
effective unless you have already taken one or more of
the other stens

Shortly before 2:00PM on Wednesday, September
19th, 2007, a large sports fishing vessel was anchored
near a small pier in Chacachacare in Trinidad while the
owner and his friends relaxed. We were anchored near
by with friends Mike and Barbara from S/VPhantasie.
This is one of our favourite anchorages in Trinidad away
from the crowds, and we bh1 -ni- "-- nice lunch and
were looking forward to a i'" I 11 ..
We had seen this sports fishing boat on previous
Wednesday at this spot and this was obviously a reg
ular day out for the owner. Suddenly we heard the
shout of "FIRE!" across the water and looking out
could see dense clouds of smoke pouring from the side
vents and back of that boat. Most of the people who
had been aboard it were nni- in- a swim and were
therefore safely away from II' In
Mike and I collected my fire extinguishers and
jumped into the dinghy to try and assist. It appeared
that the fire was in the fishing boat's engine room
where a generator and other equipment were still run
ning. The owner and another man were on the foredeck
using a powered crane to lift a large dinghy over the
side and into the water. There was a lot of very acrid
smoke coming from the vents along the side of the boat
and we tried to direct one extinguisher to act through
there. We quickly found that the vents had screens
which tended to blow the powder back in our faces.
The smoke at this time was too heavy to try and enter
the stem of the vessel. We gathered swim towels and
things to try and block off the vents and tried the second
and third extinguishers with the nozzle pressed hard
against the screens to minimise blowback. We -n ..--l
to momentarily knock the fire down and for a I
bonds there was no smoke coming out. But it then flared
up again and, with only one extinguisher left, we realized
that we were losing the battle to save this lovely boat We
fired off the remaining extinguisher but to no avail.
As I considered what to do next, I was able to see
into the stern of the vessel and found the large hatch
to the engine room was open. All I could do at this
stage was to close it and hope the fire would burn
itself out. With all persons accounted for there was lit
tle more that could be done.
The owner informed me that he had 1,100 gallons of
fuel on board and it was time for us to move our boat
out into the bay away from the danger. In any case, it
was necessary to move to be able to make radio con
tact with the coastguard.
Some local pirogues had arrived and were trying to
throw water onto the boat. We moved back in close to
them to use our deckhose, but it was already beyond hope
and with the difficulties of trying to maintain position in a
sailboat in order to use a deckhose we once again backed
off to become spectators to this tragic event. The vessel
continued to burn and about two hours later it erupted
with huge flames and plumes of black smoke billowing
into the air as the reported 1,100 gallons of fuel went up.
Thinking about it afterwards, I am sure that we
should have been able t i....... .11 fire but we
were hampered by our I I I I about that
type of boat and we'd reacted too quickly with our
extinguishers. Worse, somebody had opened the
Room hatch to see what the problem was and
I I I to close it again, supplying oxygen to the fire.
This was a very sad sight and it makes you think
about your own vessel. Have you a fire control plan?
Do you know what to do? Have you adequate extin


,..... .o Is

I here was a lot oj very acrid smoke coming jrom the
vents along the side...'
In practice, how much you can achieve and the order
in which you achieve those items will depend on the
particular circumstances on the day. Clearly, a simple
fire such as a cloth blowing onto a stove top is readily
dealt with. But a fire in an engine room or an electrical
fire behind panelling or in an enclosed space is much
more difficult to extinguish. If it appears to go out, then
leave everything to cool down or have another extin
guisher ready, as opening up a compartment to look
will let in the oxygen again and it could go whoosh!
Smoke is a killer in its own right, as well as making
it difficult to see and breathe. Dive masks can help,
keeping smoke out of eyes, and the sort of face respi
rator you should wear when sanding bottom paint can
help with the breathing.
What should you carry for firefighting on board? Ask
an expert for advice, but practise with your old, out
of-date extinguishers (we all have them I expect) so
you know what will happen when you really have to
use one. Used properly, they are very effective.
Finally, prevention is better than cure and working
out a fire drill is more relaxing than actually fighting a
fire for real.
Always keep in mind that this may be the only life
: 1 ~ md virtually anything can be replaced

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I put it to you that guests who come to stay on
boats coui i .- 1 i I I I ,, .1 ,
Firstly, I .. I .....' ... 1. 1. .. .1 .11 will stayfora couple of
weeks. They sometimes drive us mad and we may have a couple of disagreements,
but this is normal in most families anyway, and at least we're familiar with their
various habits. So we refrain from Familicide.
Then there are the friends who arrive for a few days. They insist on helping, break
a few things because they don't realize that, for instance, they can't put their entire
.1 ,.' ,, i, pit table. They, at least, do leave. Though sorely tempted,
Finally there are the guests from hell. This set arrives but refuses to leave. All
entreaties fail and we have to resort to murder.
We hate the idea of killing any living thing and our beliefs mean that we never do
-with three exceptions.
We do not hesitate to kill mosquitoes and have to question, quite seriously, why
they ever evolved at all.
We do kill cockroaches but have a slight pang when doing so as all written infor
mation insists that they're very clean insects. It's just such a pity that the very sight
of them is so horrible that no one, with the possible exception of an insect special
ist, could find them fascinating!
The third boat guest to come under scrutiny, and subsequent annihilation, is the
poor, hard working and tiny Crazy Ant.
The mosquito needs no introduction, or 11. ,, I.,' It is responsible for malar
ia, dengue fever and many other diseases .11 I i,. i, can be fatal. Huge sums of
money are devoted to eradicating this pest and we certainly do our bit by using the
spray can.
No one we've ever spoken to can tolerate that high-pitched, unmistakable sound
of a mosquito just about to land on their ear at three o'clock in the morning! The
first reaction is to whack, blindly, at the thing. This often means hitting your own
ear which, at least, serves the purpose of waking you up. This method is never suc
cessful and, if you just turn over and go back to sleep, the process will be repeat
ed. So, their ,. 1i.... for it but to get up and try to look for the thing. Well, boats
are perfect .... .. 1.. for the rotten little mozzy which merely flies onto the near
est bit of wood, which most boats have in abundance, and there it reposes until
i,,. settles down.
I .1 the thing has a huge brain ... I ,- .1 ,,1 .1i.. speeds and distances and
iti ... i... ... 1I -i h1.1
Si.... I I i -. i the cabin and go elsewhere to read for a quar
ter of an hour until the spray droplets have settled. At least the mosquito will be dead.
A mosquito net over the cabin hatch helps, but what do you do if it rains? If it's
me, I leap out of bed at what I fancy is the first sign of a deluge and drop the hatch
to nearly shut -thus saving the life of the net a little longer. The excess net then
dangles inside the cabin and, as the rain gets heavier, so the water creeps onto the
net and down into the cabin. So, up I get again, re-open the hatch which brings a
fair amount of water onto my head, put my arms outside and pull the net off the
hatch. As the : i .. 1. I i,. I...I I of lead the whole thing then drops into
the cabin if I'r . I i.. i .. I I'm now fairly wet. Now I have to shut
the hatch, so I drop it onto its catches then raise it slightly with my head in order
to lift it off the catches and drop it to its closed state. I have to use my head because
I'm not strong .. ...1, i lift the hatch with my hands and pull the catches back at
the same time. i. .... I doing this when my husband is a big butch boy at six foot
one? Because I sleep on the outside of the bunk! In any case he's asleep and does
n't get bitten by mosquitoes.
The next question is whether to open the hatch when it h ;1.iTi To
put the net back in place involves going topside which, in :- I .... .- i ..... the
risk of being bitten by the outside mozzies.
Iii I . i, 1i I .... i I i ii .....I iI 1, II I I .blet thingwhich
i. I i ii I ,,,, ..I .. I I I I I I i [ run on 12 volts.
We've tried the tennis racquet things, with their electric wires, but they're only
any good if you can see the mosquito.
The slowly-burning coils are not okay for us either as we get lost in a cloud of nox
ious smoke and end up with headaches which are worse than itches.
One final thought on mosquitoes though: the dengue-carrying mosquito, which is
a day-flying insect and the same size as the night one is, apparently, quite recog
nisable by its striped legs. Now, I don't know about you, but I am not sure that I
could spot the stripes on a leg that is about five hundredths of a millimetre thick
and being trailed by a fast-moving insect!
Cockroaches are a completely different kettle of fish. We, sadly, have to report
that we are familiar with both the German roach and the ordinary, huge, black, dis
gusting things which lurk in the inaccessible places in the boat.
The large roaches have two similarities to the mosquito in that they can fly and
they emerge at night.
We constantly asked ourselves how these repulsive insects got onto the boat. We
-i' .r.- ti- stands, when ashore, and spraying the mooring lines when in a
.... . bring cardboard aboard and we dunk suspect fruit and vegeta
bles into seawater.
In fact the answer is simple -they fly aboard and, once in residence, are loath
to leave.
Our one experience of the German roach, which is brown and has long, constantly
searching feelers, is that they're not too difficult to eradicate with spray but, gosh,
they can move quickly. So, the remedy is to always have a spray can to hand because,
if you spot one, and take your eyes off it for a picosecond, it will have vamoosed.
Ti. i . i ith its calculated way of standing stock still, could have me dash
i... I I. I...... Again, it succumbs to spray but, with its last bit of life limps off
into a dark corner and drops a packet of eggs which, given time, is going to produce
lots and lots of roachlets.
I would get up in the middle of the night, tiptoe into the galley in the dark, get
hold of the spray can then, suddenly, put the light on and bingo! if I was lucky
there'd be one lurking on the cooker which would be so mesmerised it would give
me a moment of attack time.
We tried the boric acid cakes and we tried the Roach Hotels, including the eco
logically friendly ones with the sticky mats; now I don't know about you but I real
ly didn't want to see a live roach with all its six legs stuck to a piece of cardboard.
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The contraption is lauded for containing no poisonous substances but it can't be
kind, even to a repulsive creature, to have it die slowly from being glued down.
Besides the darn things make squeaking noises.
We actually started to feel sorry for roaches after reading Kafka's Metamorphosis,
but not sufficiently to want to tolerate them on Tixi Lxi
The answer for this yachty nightmare is The Bomb. Not easy if you live aboard and
want to i-- 1 -t 1 -.;- so we had to wait until we were going to vacate the boat for
a while. i..... i I a bug-free zone with only the carcasses to contend with.
My only question is -how is it that if we found a dead roach aboard it never had
any innards? Do th-- li--inr t th- I-n
(Shouldyou wish 1i 1. .. I . I. 1. .- I coffee-table book called The
Complete Book of the Roach by Mark Everard which is, unaccountably, unavailable from
Amazon at the moment! Not only do we know that it exists but we have an American
friend who has a copy. Your future as an entomologist could just be beginning!)
And, finally, there's the busy little Crazy Ant. I'm not proud to say that we've had
an infestation of these fascinating creatures too.
Our ketch, Tixi Li, had been hauled and standing under trees and, on going back
in the water, we noticed just the odd ant doing its crazy little journey here and there
on the boat. We presumed that the ants had dropped from the trees.
These few little ants, which measured no more that three millimetres in ...i.
rapidly became many ants. At the height of the problem we would see three I'
ent columns all wending their way to who-knows-where. It's difficult to tell with
crazy ants as they all run in all directions.
The one i..... I did notice, though, is that they would form a rough column and
we would .. II ever see a hoard all collected in one place all at once. Does this
mean, therefore, that they all line up in the nest and have a controlled departure
time when they're about to go off on a foray?

"We hate the idea of killing any living thing and our beliefs r ....*
that we never do with three exceptions"

It was difficult to predict the habits of the ants as, sometimes, they'd be out and
about and, at other times, we'd see none -at which time we'd become hopeful that
they would have been eradicated, or just jumped ship. No such luck!
Although we admire the work ethic of the ant, we don't want it carrying on with
any of its practises, on Tix.
We'd been looking at various extermination methods from the on-set of the prob
lem. We'd bought a spray, which we were assured, by the label, couldn't fail. It did.
We tried a solution which had to be put on a little mat. We were informed that the
ants would love it because it was sweet, they would go back to their nest and the
whole ant family would die.
I cut up little bits of plastic margarine box which I then stuck to the various sur
faces of the boat, where there was an obvious ant track, popped the solution onto
the plastic and waited. The box said that within three weeks the ants would be gone.
Well, the ants loved the solution. This tim-. tl. 11 -.t --,
lapped up the nectar. I was replacing the : i .... i .,,. I .11 i
to elapse at the end of which time we had even more ants.
Interestingly, for me at least, the odd one would drown in the solution. It would
remain there until the fluid had been consumed and then the other ants would carry
the corpse away -I still ask myself, why?
We found one ant nest and, in the time it took me to find the spray (the right one
for ants!) the little insects had picked up their larvae and gone. Vanished.
Next I tried boric acid powder mixed with a bit of jam. This time I was sure I'd got
them but no, again they loved it and, after a day, the mixture became hard and they
merely walked on it.
After all these fruitless efforts I began to wonder if we were being invaded by some
other creature altogether. In desperation I peered at the things through a magnifying
glass and could see that they were, indeed, Paratrechina longicoris or, more simply,
Crazy Ants. Then, joy of joys, salvation arrived thanks to a friend in Trinidad. He came
up with the remedy in the form of a tiny little bottle -f T-rr- -iiti-:n jin: lust one
drop at a time, which did the trick. This time we had .. i,,* -1 I I I ., result
Again, the ants loved the drops, went back to the nest to break the good news of
food available in the galley and, within two weeks they were gone. Just like that!
So, Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, my client appeals to you to find her guilty
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Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
"Sweet potatoes", with their soft, brilliant orange flesh, are an integral part of every
US Thanksgiving. It wasn't until we cruised the Caribbean I discovered we had actu
ally been eating a variety of yam. The pale to yellow-fleshed, red-skinned sweet
potato in the island markets is even sweeter and lends itself to more recipes that its
mis-named continental impostor.
Sweet potato is a Caril- .] t.1 t.l 1- t1- tl- .t i- ;.lires a long growing season to
produce mature roots. i 1 i .. .. i ... I with yams, however yams are
very different. While the sweet potato is native to Peru, yams originated in Africa.
Although yams contain more sugar, they do not taste as sweet as sweet potatoes, and
can grow as heavy as 100 pounds. Before Europeans landed in the Western
Hemisphere the sweet potato was already well traveled. This root had already passed
through South America and Mexico, and was carried by boat to far-away Pacific islands
and farther on to New Zealand. In many countries of the Pacific, the sweet potato is a

prime food source, especially if the rice i .- .i .... ...... I, the world's crop.
Columbu- 1 1., back to Spain :..... .. i i I.- i during his first
voyage in : I ', ;et potatoes were among Columbus's treasures. The Spanish
immediately loved the sweet potatoes and began cultivation. Soon Spain exported
the sweet root to their rival, England. France acquired a taste for the root when
Napoleon's wife, Empress Josephine, who was born in Martinique, craved the sweet
potato. The Portuguese seafarers carried the sweet potato to Africa and Asia.
The sweet potato is very nutritious. A half-cup of cooked sweet potato supplies two
grams of protein, four grams of fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, beta-carotene,
manganese and folic acid. Sweet potatoes may be shredded raw and added to sal
ads or used as a topping for soups. Sweet potatoes can even be juiced!
Sliced Baked Sweet Potato
Slice peeled sweet potatoes 1/2 inch thick. Place on a piece of foil or baking sheet
and brush both sides with vegetable oil. Bake at 400F for half an hour or until
cooked through.
Fried Sweet Potato Cakes
3 nice-sized sweet potatoes
2 .
1/ a, up flour (more or less, depending on moisture content of potatoes)
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel and grate raw sweet potatoes. Mix in eggs and flour. Season to taste. Form
into cakes about an inch thick. Heat oil in skillet and place cakes in oil. Cover and
fry till cooked through and the cake breaks easily. Uncover and brown.
Serves four.
Sweet Potato Soup
4 1 .. --- -t potatoes
1 large onion
Additional 3 cups of water
Salt and seasoning to taste
Peel sweet potatoes and onions and chop both into one-inch pieces. In a large
stockpot, put water, potatoes and onion. Boil until potato is soft. Put vegetables and
liquid into a food processor or blender and puree. Return pureed mixture to stock
pot and add additional three cups of water. Heat and add seasonings.
Serves six.
Spicy Sweet Potatoes
3 large sweet potatoes
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds (other nuts -even coconut -can be substituted)
A pinch each of salt, pepper, cloves and cinnamon (or to taste)
Sufficient flour to coat balls
2 Cups vegetable oil for frying
Peel and mash boiled sweet potatoes, then add butter, nuts and spices. Blend
until sweet potatoes can be rolled into small balls. Carefully roll the balls in flour.
Deep fry until golden brown and serve.
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Here are more ideas for creative meals using items
you probably have stored aboard.
What to do with all those tins of soup you have left
over, purchased for that rainy day that never hap
opened? Here are some ideas.
Chicken Risotto
1 Tablespoon olive oil
500 grams (1 pound) boneless and skinless chicken
breasts or thighs
1 ten-ounce can of condensed cream of chicken
soup (use any other sort, such as celery, mushroom,
etcetera as long as it is condensed "cream of')
13 fluid ounces (1 2/3 Cup) milk
2 ounces (1/2 Cup) grated Parmesan cheese (you
can use the stuff that comes ready grated, but
fresh is nicer)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
14 ounces (2 cups) uncooked Minute Rice
1 tomato (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Cut chicken into small bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil
in a frying pan/skillet. Add the chicken and cook until
it is just browned.
If using the tomato, chop it up and put to one side.
In a medium-sized saucepan with a lid, mix togeth
er the soup, milk, cheese and Italian seasoning. Bring
to a gentle boil and add the rice, chicken and tomato.
Cover and cook on a low heat for about five minutes
till the rice is cooked. Serve sprinkled with some extra
Parmesan cheese.
This should serve four people -depending on appetites!

Easy Chicken Casserole
7 ounces (1 Cup) uncooked rice
1 kilo (2 pounds) chicken pieces of your choice (and
yes, they should be skinless!)
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
1 ten ounce can "cream of whichever flavour soup
you prefer" (chicken is best)
1 soup can of water
1 can of mushrooms (size depending on how much
you like mushrooms)
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 180C (350F). Drain and rinse
the mushrooms.
Put the rice into a fairly large, greased casserole dish that
has a lid. Arrange the chicken pieces on top of the rice.
In a saucepan,:.. 11. m i .. .. .. i mix, the
"cream of which ... i .....shrooms.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, heat and pour
over of the chicken.
Sprinkle the paprika over the top. Cover and bake
for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Take off the lid for the last 15
minutes to allow the casserole to brown.
If you don't have a lid for your casserole dish,
kitchen foil put tightly over the top will do the trick.
This should serve about six people and is lovely with
steamed green vegetables.

Tomato Beef Pasta
3 Cups pasta such as elbow macaroni, penne or the
curly sort
2 Tablespoons olive oil
500 grams (1 pound) minced (ground) beef
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
1 ten-ounce can condensed cream of tomato soup



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1 twenty eight ounce can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
Garlic granules to taste
Cook pasta according to packet directions and
drain. Pre-heat oven to 180C (350F).
In a medium-sized saucepan, brown the meat in one
Tablespoon of the oil, breaking it up as it cooks, then
set it aside in a colander to drain. Using the other
Tablespoon of oil fry the onion till tender. Add the
cooked beef to the onion along with the soup and
diced tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, for about five
minutes. Add the cooked pasta and mix well.
Pour into a 6 pint (3 quart) casserole dish and bake
for 40 to 50 minutes. (Pop some grated cheese over the
top next time, to make it a little bit different.)
This makes a complete meal in itself for about six
people. It can be stretched further with some steamed
carrots, broccoli or cauliflower.

Cheesy Meat Balls
500 grams (1 pound) tasty sausages or sausage meat
Cooking oil
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
3 Cups Bisquick or similar biscuit mix
Pre-heat oven to 230C (450F). If you are using the
sausages take the meat out of the skins and discard
the skins.
In a large frying pan/skillet, with a little cooking oil, fry
the sausage meat until browned and cooked through.
Take the meat off the stove, add the cheese soup and
mix well. Add the biscuit mix and mix well again.
Now for the messy bit! When it is cool enough to
touch, using your hands form the mixture into balls
about 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls onto a non
stick baking tray and pop in the pre-heated oven for
about 15 to 20 minutes.
You should have about 40 or so balls. These are nice
served warm or cold. Put a cocktail stick in each one
and serve around a bowl of homemade (or bought)
tomato sauce, sweet and sour sauce or barbecue
sauce for dipping.
Offshore Marinara
1 ..I ..1.1 .... can chopped tomatoes and
th .. ... ij i i. tinned whole tomatoes just
chop them up with a pair of scissors while still in
the can)
1 six-ounce can tomato paste
1 Tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin is best)
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or 1 teaspoon dried
parsley or basil (or you can use fresh herbs if you are
lucky enough to have them)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground fresh pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sugar (I like to add a little sugar to toma
to recipes as it takes away the acidity, but omit it if
you prefer)
2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) red wine
In a medium-sized saucepan heat the olive oil and
1 11, .. but do not let it burn. (Garlic becomes
.1I 1 .I II I to burn)
Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste to
the garlic, stir well. Add the Italian seasoning, salt,
sugar and red wine. Let the sauce simmer gently for
about 15 minutes. Add some chili flakes or hot sauce
if you like it hot and spicy.
This sauce is good and easy if you want to serve the
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Dear Compass,
In your September issue Mike Cobbe of Kelly's Eye
told us that some of the things he reads in Caribbean
Compass beggar belief. I, in turn, am amazed at the
way in which some people, like Mr. Cobbe, rush into
-i -t 1 f--- -.- .;.- their brains and, in the process,
S 1 ,,i I iI I themselves.
Mr. Cobbe's belief was beggared first of all by an
article which you published in August. This was by
Aubrey Millard and described how he and his wife
Judy set out, with a friend, to sail f ..... ,i.,,
Cuba. Mr. Millard told how an accio ,,I I II ,
friend after they passed to the south of Nevis and a
decision was made to divert to Christiansted in St.
Croix. Approaching the harbour in 25-knot easterly
winds, Millard made the decision to proceed with a
night entry in spite of the fact that his 20-year-old
pilot book said "it is imperative that the entrance...
be made in daylight". Clearly Millard felt that their
computerized 1 ., i.... ... 1,, I lto their GPS,
would give hi... II ..I ,,,I -.... i .. to enable a
safe entry to be made and in his article he made it
clear that his wife, Judy, a highly experienced and
capable navigator, would run the plot while he had
the con.
In the event, the exercise was successful in spite of
the fact that the compass light proved to be inopera
tive. Upon arrival Millard likened the experience to the
"blind pilotage" exercises that he did for his watch
keeping certificate in the Canadian Navy when all
bridge windows were covered and he had to navigate
by instruments only. His article included a reproduce
tion of the chart plot, which showed clearly how the
passage into Christiansted was made.
On reading Millard's article my first thought was
that he had proved yet again that the views expressed
in pilot books do not always have to be treated as if
carved on tablets of stone. The authors of these pub
locations have to protect themselves and sometimes it
is better to say "never", rather than suggest that cer
tain passages can only be undertaken by highly expe
rienced yachtsmen and thereby risk being sued by
incompetents who end up on the rocks.
On the basis of these facts Mr. Cobbe reached for his
pen and describes Millard as stupid, although con
ceding that he writes intelligently. He then castigates
him for putting other people's lives at risk, sailing
without harbour plans for ports of refuge and using a
20-year-old pilot book.
Therefore he thinks it logical that, for the benefit of
all, Millard should simply give up sailing!
What effrontery! Who does this mindless scribe
think he is?
Unlike Mr. Cobbe, I have given this matter some
1. ... i putting pen to paper and I do have the
I .,.-. I knowing what I am talking about. As
mentioned, Aubrey Millard was in the Canadian Navy;
he was a career officer who commanded warships and
had full responsibility for the lives of those who served
under him. Since then, he and Judy have sailed the
32-foot Veleda IV nearly 40,000 miles, including two
Atlantic crossings. It is my guess that Aubrey has
spent more time going astern than Mr. Cobbe has
spent at sea.
When you printed the letter to which I am reacting
you did follow with a note reminding readers that
Aubrey Millard's night entry into Christiansted was in
response to a medical emergency. I am confident that
many other experienced yachtsmen will share my view
that it was an o I.1 ., 1;... r .1 r ... ... ;, Tr I1.
were Caribbean *, i ... I . I 1 ... .. i
and Judy wouli .1 1 1 1'' i' .
have no doubt that their injured friend would support
my view.
As for Mr. Cobbe, an award for dentopedology might
be more appropriate.
Yours sincerely,
Christopher Price
S/Y Hummingbird

Dear Compass,
I have no choice but to refute the offensive, erro
neously conceived, supercilious, biased, and sopho
moric judgments of Mike Cobbe in his rant in your
October issue's Forum about our hazardous night
entry for a medical emergency into Christiansted, St.
Croix, that appeared in your September issue.
He accuses me of having no harbours of refuge on our
passage from Antigua to Cuba. In the article, I indicated
we considered and had pilots and chartlets for Montserrat
c, i , .. i, , I i ,. [
on Christiansted. We are always cognizant of alternatives
or harbours of refuge on our passages. Yes, our USVI pilot
was 20 years old, but we had no intention of going there,
or near there, in our original passage planning. However,
rocks, capes and islands do not change and we had a cur
rent computer navigation system which covers all the
Caribbean islands, and many other locations as well, and
as we had a medical emergency we had to deal with,
Christiansted was the best harbour to head for. We could
divert with a functioning computerized navigation system
to any port or harbour of refuge from Antigua to Cuba,
including Jamaica, not, as erroneously accused by
Cobbe, only to St. Croix.
He picks on the picayune detail f -- 1 ,i.: light
for our magnetic compass, but .... i I that
I mentioned that as a standard practice for -iht -,
sages we wear headlamps strapped to our i
with red LED lights, allowing us to see all our cockpit
instrumentation, including the compass, as well as per
mitting us to make log entries and to consult the pilot
books in the cockpit without harming our night vision.
I was also offended by his cheap shot at the
Canadian Navy in which I was privileged to serve. He
owes an apology!
He insultingly belittles my sailing skills, suggesting,
fallaciously, that I am a danger to others and should
instead take up something else like knitting. I guess I
have just been lucky these past ten years of full-time
liveaboard cruising not to have endangered anybody.
To the contrary, we, my wife and I, have participated
in several rescues over the years, -tiin. aid to sailors
in distress, and t-n,,in? h- t to .I I guess I am
justlucky in ti ii 1 ,* n '.. i I I I
mywifeand I inour29yearold .,..I I I I I
have sailed -and the passages through all the Great
Lakes, the Mississippi and Tennessee-Tombigbee
waterways, I -.. a circumnavigation
of the Unite i i..... i .. . ....1 I the North Sea, cir
cumnavigati .. i I. .. i I Ii erranean, including
circumnavigation of the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, as
well as a circumnavigation of the Black Sea, and three
transits north and south of the Windward and
Leeward Islands of the Caribbean down to Tobago,
Trinidad and Venezuela, including the Orinoco Delta
-we have not put any other lives at risk. I guess I am
just lucky, eh?
Aubrey Millard
S/V Veleda IV

Dear Compass,
Tina Dreffin made some good points in her article in
the November issue of Compass about freshwater
borne diseases such as leptospirosis. One problem
with this article, though, and those of Dr. Marybeth
Ellison from 2005, is that a description of a problem
?i-..- -. little indication of its probability- necessary
..I ..... i if you want to assess risk. It is like being
told gruesome blow-by-blow stories of pirate attacks
without knowing how often they actually happen.
First off, I can only assume the wheelchair-bound
friend Tina met must have been in St. Lucia in the
1970s or before, because schistosomiasis was eradicat
ed in a big program conducted during that decade. I
talked to Dr. Michael Camps who was a community
pediatrician in St. Lucia for the last 20 years and he
said he never saw or heard of a case in this time. He
also pointed out that to catch schistosomiasis you have
to be in a pool of still water (it could be at the side of a
fast-running river), but that you would not catch it in a
fast-running stream. You also need some kind of dam
age to the skin (cut, scratch or abrasion) for it to enter.
So what about leptospirosis? The figures are hard to
find. Leptospirosis is a world-wide problem and the
United'I 1 .1 ,I ..... 1, 1 cases a year (most
with a -.. .. j 1 i .. jump on a bus or
drive a car and think nothing of it, so let us compare
this with car accident statistics for the same USA. There
were 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in
2005 with 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die
every day in vehicle crashes in the United States -one
death every 13 minutes. Okay, I know, more people
drive than bathe in rivers, but it gives you an idea.
The correct source for Caribbean information is
www.carec.org, but their site and figures often seem
horribly out of date. But in the Caribbean the lep
tospirosis rate ... i i , i .- .-
probablyless c ,, i i .
and more a factor of how many people in the Caribbean
go barefoot and wade in mud. The last figures I could
find were for 2001 up to week 39. At that time there
had been 224 cases of leptospirosis reported. This
compared with a flu case load of 46,288.
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As Tinasaid, th ....... ... i :creasing
your risk, and in. I I i ,-. likely to
be much more prevalent after heavy rains when the
rivern- I .11 F ..-noff from the land. Living is risky
and ... .... i i stuff sometimes happens.
Good swimming all,
Chris Doyle
Ti Kanot

Dear Compass,
I just downloaded the November Compass, and read
your article on APIS. Its a great update -thanks for
staying on top of it!
I can confirm the situation as reported for Antigua.
When I cleared out at Nelson's Dockyard on 31
October, the Immigration officer made no mention of
APIS, so I asked what the status was with regard to
private yachts, since I had read that they were require
ing it. She told me that Antigua was no longer require
:. i ivate yachts to provide Advance ... .
,, however it is still required i 1
yachts over 100 tons.
I sincerely hope that the CARICOM nations will do
the sensible thing and transform APIS into a means of
making yacht tourism amongst the islands more invit
ing by a providing single clearance process for all of
the islands.
Best regards,
Hudson Hoen
S/Y The Belle of Virginia

Dear Compass Readers,
It was with great sadness that I read the Johnstons'
letter in your November issue's Readers' Forum. Their
photo of large sea turtles being slaughtered in
Soufriere, St. Lucia, haunted me in the darkness of
night; I only found peace when I awakened in pre
dawn hours to write this impassioned plea to the St.
Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadine f---rmmnt-
the fishermen who netted the sea ',,I II 11
according to the newly reinstated turtle I -1,,. .-
laws), and the new generation of children following in
the steps of their fathers.
Sea turtles face a plethora of life-threatening chal
lenges: even if the eggs aren't (illegally) harvested, few
survive hatching due to avian and land predators;
sharks prey on them during their first five years of life
as they swim in open waters; suitable :. -1 ,,. -
lost to coastal development; they droi . I ,
ing ..i ... 1 1 n monofilament fishing line or nets,
and I. .... i,,,. ocean trash. They can take from ten
to 50 years to mature and reproduce.
By the time you even see a turtle, it has survived all
this. And then is killed. A creature that tastes so good,
is so easy to catch, and comes back to the same place
over and over again could disappear before anyone
knows it is gone. Some scientists fear sea turtles could
become extinct in the next few decades.
If sea turtles are protected in neighboring islands,
but are harvested in St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, the conservation effort has been under
mined. We could be at the turning point of saving
these ancient beasts, or of losing them.
How blessed you are to live in the natural beauty of
the jewels of the Caribbean! Tourists flock to your
islands to see such beauty, to feel it, and revel in it. By
killing your sea turtles, instead of making them guests
on your shores, you are leaving a lasting impression.
Tourists return to islands that support admirable con
servation efforts. Owners of restaurants, boutiques,
and supporting industries benefit. Surely, sea turtles
are worth more alive than dead as the next generation
looks to the future for jobs.
Martin ..11. -.... I. nominated Thich Nhat Hanh
(a Vietna... ,, i II.- monk) for the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1967. I leave you all -as mindful individuals
-with one of his precepts, -li7 ri- to promote rev
erence for life: "Aware of the -..1 ..... caused by the
destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and
learn ways to protect the lives of people, animals,
plants.... I am determined not to kill, not to let others
kill, and not to condone any act i i .II... ... the world,
in my thinking and in my way ol 1.1
Very kind regards,
Tina Dreffin
S/V Scud

Dear Compass,
I think Vladimir Putin was the cause of all my trou
Last Friday (October 5th) I went to VC Bird Airport
in Antigua to pick up two Russian friends who want
ed to stay on my boat as a working holiday you
know, do a little work, go to the beach. I got there in
plenty of time for an anti-diabetic hot dog, drowned it
with a coffee and went to see them arrive on the Virgin
Atlantic flight from Gatwick. They didn't. Finally when
all the -7,n.r7 had left the airport I went to the
Virgin c -I they on the plane?" I asked. "We
can't tell you that for security reasons." "Why not?
Surely security is finished when they've all left the air
port?" "No, it's finished when we say so." (I half
expected her to say "And stop calling me Shirley").
"Well," I replied with a locked jaw, "one of them is

called Aristotle. Now, there are probably only three
people in the whole world called Aristotle and two of
them probably live in Greece. Now, if you can secretly
examine your secret 1r= '"~.r list and find two
Russian names, and .. i I. .... I, A' beginning his
first name then I can suppose that they were on the
flight." They refused to do that so I drove back to
English Harbour, head spinning with this latest
example of bureaucracy.
Later we discovered that they had missed the plane, so
I rang Immigration at Gatwick. A bad-tempered woman
answered my question and said that the two guys had
been stopped getting on the Virgin flight to -
course I asked the reason and she said vagL 1
something to do with a visa problem." "But they weren't
carrying visas because they were in transit and they
weren't required to have . I, ,, ... "All Russians
must carry visas to er, II. I i. n in transit"
"Thats rampant rubbish," I replied. "Two weeks ago my
first two Russian guests arrived with precisely the same
papers and no visas and had no problems. Maybe," I
went on, "this outrage is due to Vladimir Putin chucking
a load of Russian bomber- .t "11=1-1 ---T-r-...-
,,, I ..... i i. ...i-. o ff ,- I . I ,,, Ih ,I
S -1. I i 1. '"We're not politically motivated
her I . .. ,
I ., I I as told thatyou ar- t- -1
them back to Russia this evening so I :. I i 1 -.
to try to reverse this ridiculous situation." "Oh no,"
she replied smugly. "You're too late. We put them on a
plane for Kaliningrad this afternoon."
Mr. Putin, you can send your bombers to Gatwick
any time you like but tell them not to land unless they
have visas, even if they are in transit!
Bob Williamson
Schooner St. Peter

Dear Compass,
Since the 15th of October, fees have gone up quite a
lot here at Marina Cumanagoto, Cumana, Venezuela.
At the new rates, a 43-foot monohull ketch is charged
59,125 bolivars per day.
A couple of marinas in nearby Puerto La Cruz quot
ed lower rates.
Mary Draker
Yacht Kristina

Dear Mary,
While we can understand boaters being upset by
unexpected price hikes, it's hardly surprising that mari
na fees in Venezuela -along with the prices of many
other things -are being adjusted. Although the official
annual inflation rate is 17 percent, one Venezuelan
newspaper reported that the inflation rate in the month
of October alone was 13 percent!
A source in Venezuela tells us that the official gov
ernment exchange rate is currently 2,150 bolivars to
the US dollar, but that's irrelevant because boaters gen
rally get their bolivars from money changers. On the
black market, the bolivar held the line at 3,700for quite
a while but recently it took off like crazy: since early
September it has reportedly gone to around 5,700 in
Puerto La Cruz and as high as 6,500 in Caracas.
Another cruiser wrote in early November: "We just
left Cumand. I guess dockage at Cumanagoto did
triple, sort of Last year we paid Bs21,000 and this
year it was Bs63,250 -including electricity and
water. But convert that into US dollars [we got 5,800
bolivars per dollar this year], and it comes to US$8.08
in 2006 and US$10.91 in 2007. Fuel was Bs47.8 per
liter we paid Bs25,000 (US$4.31) for 427 liters of
diesel and about 13 gallons of gasoline. And we had a
good meal at a new air conditioned restaurant in the
mall, overlooking the marina. Dinner for three with
wine and dessert was under US$50."
Another friend asked Marina Bahia Redonda in
Puerto La Cruz for a quote on November 9th: the dock
rate therefore a 43foot sailboat was given as Bs45,200
daily (if you use air conditioning there's an additional
Bs155 per foot daily, to cover the cost of electricity).
Assuming A/C is used (at Bs6,665 per day for the 43
footer), Bahia Redonda's pricefor this size boat is about
a dollar a day less than Cumanagoto's.
At the official exchange rate, a slipfor a 43foot mono
hull at either Bahia Redonda or Cumanagoto will cur
rently cost the equivalent of about US$21 to US$27.50
per day. At the black market rate given above for Puerto
La Cruz, the cost would be somewhere in the range of
US$8 to US$11 per day. Either way, compared to the
US$15 to US$25 per night cost of a mooring in the
Virgin Islands, for example, we don't think it's an out
rageous price for a marina slip.
By the way, you can track Venezuela's black market
exchange rate at www.venezuelafx.blogspot.coim Note
that this website gives what the bolivar is going for in
Caracas, probably for large sums; the exchange in
Puerto La Cruz is usually about ten points lower and
lower still in Cumand and Margarita.

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43' 1979 Young Sun,
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33' 1973 Pearson 10M Sloop, refit, new eng. paint,
40' 1984 Endeavour sloop, Well maintained, ready to cruise,
49' 1979 Transpacific Ketch, Bluewater cruiser, Excellent cond.
55' 1956 Custom Yawl, Excellent charter business, CG cert for 18

27' 1991 Monza, twin Mercs, trailer
30' 1997 Salt Shaker SF, new 250HP Yamahas, cuddy cabin
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$ 33,500
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Read in Next Month's Compass:
Annual Calendar of Caribbean Events 2008
Selected Shortwave Weather Reports
An Informed Look at Security Trends
Relaxing in St. Lucia
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Tel (784) 458-8888 US$285K Moran 6 US195K propane tank fill-up, background with marine
San Juan 34 40K, Vanderstat personal laundry service, experience preferred. Fax CV
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55 40 PASSENGER DAY Yanmar 2GM20, new Awlgp, Refrigerator/Freezer, Cook UNDERWATER DMING SERVICES Marine Engineering Co, in
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COAST 34, 1984, major refit
and upgrades in 05 including
new up sized rig, all electron-
ics, separate diesel alterna-
tor/water-maker, batteries,
fridge/freezer, interior, ground
tackle, cockpit cushions/cov-
ersradar/arch, dinghy/davits,
far too much to list, must be
seen, hauled in Antigua, well
below current survey, asking
119,000 Canadian, for
specs/pictures E-mail
solar wind generator, water-
maker, SSB, inverter, dinghy,
outboard and much more.
Cruise ready, located in St.
Crok. Just completed 4 year

Profurl, Yanmar, B&G instru-
ments & pilot, Lying Trinidad,
repairs needed. Sacrifice
USS7500/offers E-mail

CAT excellent condition,
loaded electronics, 12'x21'
upper deck w/full cover 9 x
170w solar panels, 16 Trojan
batteries, new inflatable
dinghy w/10hp Mercury.
US$380,000 Tel (868)
312-2993 E-mail
1998, very good condition
ready for a fc.-t --,I I.-t
reduced toUS$ .. ,.:* i- .d

Lovely 1250 sq ft. cottage, 100
yards from beach. 2 master
bedrooms, 1 guest bedroom,
full kitchen, laundry, level with
road no stairs! 12,558 sq ft of
land, fenced with mature
fruit trees. US$320000, Term
rental available. E-mail

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

Point, Lower Bay, Bequia.
House and Land. Serious
buyers only. Sale by owner.
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cal problems and yacht
deliveries. Tel Cris Robinson
(58) 416-3824187 E-mail

BUSINESS 20 weeks con-
firmed bookings on 39
Privelege Catamaran, 4 cab-
ins/ 2 heads. Broker/web-site,
turnkey operation. US$295D00
Tel (784) 430-4481 E-mail

GRENADA Looing for a mulfi-
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needed for busy Marine
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have excellent organiationd
skills, ability to write service
reports and prepare warranty
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It was three days before Christmas, the sun was shining and the palm trees rus
tied in the Trades. Our boat-sized Christmas tree had been dug out its home at the
far end of the pilot berth, the fairy lights tested and the cocktail cabinet was full. I
had a last minute list ready for an early morning Christmas Eve Day visit to the
supermarket with brussels sprouts underlined, wistfully. They were not big on brus
sels sprouts in Venezuela.
My keep-fit regime had worked and I could affc1 t --- 1i;;]- -. li-tl over the
holidays. Undressed in the shower I surveyed the : -. ,,, I I ... the mir
ror and that's when I noticed that my left breast was an odd shape. ii .
me, catching my breath like an icicle. I lifted my arm and it looke. i '
right hand I felt my breast and there it was, a small hard lump. I had my shower and
checked again. It was still there. After a sleepless night I told my partner.
"What do you want to do?" he asked. "Do you want to go home to get it checked out?"
The boat next to us, in Marina Hilton, was Thunderball with Larry and Carrie on

Christmas Past,


Christmas Future

by Julia Bartlett

board and they were my heroes. Three years previously while we were all in Luperon,
on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Carrie had discovered that she had
breast cancer. Well, actually Larry found the lump while they were having fun.
Carrie had opted to stay in the DR for treatment and one of the reasons was that she
felt that once she went home, psychologically, it would be harder to hang on to the
cruising dream.

'Carrie and Larry were an inspiration to me. Christmas morning I shall
drink a toast to them'
I am-t -1i.; t- tell you the full story of Carrie's fight but here are a few details
t I ... Treatment involved long bus journeys on Dominican roads to
Si Domingo while '.1-;. -h-mo-therapy, coping with tl- 1..;. 1
rier and watching other patient- -..11 ... I decline because they ., i i i i i.
same treatment that Carrie was having. The clambering on and off a boat at anchor
after a major operation was an agonising exercise. Larry nursed Carrie, supported
her emotionally, cooked often-rejected but i .-... meals, shopped and main
trained the boat. All this was in the steamy h .1 i 1l. tropics.
Carrie recovered fully, if a little lopsidedly, and when they sailed out of Luperon
they took a little piece of everyone's heart with them. Who better could I have moored
alongside when I found my lump?
I 1. ..i., .1 ..i ... i ,. ier's question and then I answered, "I think that I'll get a
biol i,, -. , ... that decision when I get the results."
When I told Larry and Carrie about my lump I discovered that they were waiting
for the results of Carrie's routine six-monthly blood test.
"Larry's promised that if I'm clear we can do the Great Wall of China next year,
Carrie said.
The day before Christmas Eve I had my fine-needle biopsy performed and Carrie
t tl .11 clear from her blood test.
1 .- wonderful Christmas present; I'm so pleased," I said as I hugged her.
"Yes it is," she said. "Do you know I've got a hernia now? Getting old sucks and
that's for sure!" And she laughed.
"The alternative is pretty boring, though," I said.
"How are you coping with the anxiety of waiting?" asked Larry.
"That's the hard part. Nobody talks about that much," I said.
It helped that Larry had asked about the anxiety because I had the suspicion that I
was over-reacting to my discovery. After all, it was just a little lump that was probably
totally benign. I wouldn't have been surprised if I had a heart attack from the level of
anxiety, perhaps fear is a better word, I was experiencing. I was ten times more scared
than the first time that I realized that the nearest land was three miles under me.
There aren't any medals given out for the way that Larry and Carrie had risen to their
challenge but they were an inspiration to me and an example that I wanted to live up to.
Continued on next page

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b~atitudcs slncldisikl~


1 -2 17th Wilmerding Memorial Challenge Regatta, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), Tortola, tel (284) 495 1002, fax (284) 495-4184,
mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
1 -2 St. John Christmas Music Festival, USVI. www.stjohnbluesfestival.com
3 -7 MYBA St. Maarten Charter Show. www.mybacaribbeanshow.com
5 Saba Day. Public holiday in Saba
5 10 46th Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. www.antiguayachtshow.com
5- 12 Chanukah
9 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in Antigua
9 ARC Village opens, Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia
12 15 Superyacht Cup Antigua, www.thesuperyachtcup.com
13 Prime Minister's Cup, St. Lucia. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC),
secretary@stluciayachtclub.com, www.stluciayachtclub.com
14 Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup prizegiving, St. Maarten. www.yccs.it
14 16 Carriacou Parang Festival. www.grenadines.net
15 Kingdom Day. Public holiday in St. Maarten
15 Commodore's Cup Race, BVI. Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club
(RBVIYC), www.rbviyc.net
16-24 Nine Mornings Celebrations, St. Vincent. www.svgtourism.com
19 Separation Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
21 Winter Solstice
24 2 Jan St. Kitts Carnival
25 Christmas Day. Public holiday in many places
26 Boxing Day. Public holiday in many places
26 Triumph of the Revolution Nautical Festival, Havana, Cuba. Club Nautico
Intl. Hemingway (CNIH), yachtclub@cnih.mh.cyt.cu
26 1 Jan St. Croix USVI Festival, www.usvitourism.vi
28 31 Opti/Splash clinic, Curacao. marjolein@att.biz
29 Merry Christmas Race, Havana, Cuba. CNIH
31 Festival Day. Public holiday in Montserrat
31 Nelson's Pursuit Race, Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag,
31 St. Barts New Year's Eve Regatta


1 New Year's Day. Public holiday or "recovery day" in many places
1 Patron Saint celebrations at Marin and Diamant, Martinique
1 -2 St. Kitts Carnival, www.stkittsnevis.com
1 -5 St. Croix Christmas Festival, www.usvitourism.vi
2 Victory of Armed Forces Day. Public holiday in Cuba
2 -4 Curacao Youth Sailing Championship. www.cyc2008.org
6 Three Kings Day/La Fete des Rois. Public holiday in some places
9 Gran Prix del Atlantico race departs Gibraltar bound for Martinique
11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
11 13 6th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta, Dominican Republic.
11 23 St. Barts Music Festival. www.stbartsmusicfestival.org
12 Underwater Cleanup, Bonaire. www.dive-friends-bonaire.com
14 20 Barbados Jazz Festival. www.barbadosjazzfestival.com
15 Martin Luther King Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
16 19 Spice Island Billfish Tournament, Grenada. wendypatw@yahoo.co.uk
17 -20 St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta. www.ClassicRegatta.com
Errol Barrow Day. Public holiday in Barbados
23 Feb 6 12th Mustique Blues Festival. www.basilsmustique.com/blues.htm
24 26 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Montego Bay.
24 27 Bequia Music Fest. www.bequiatourism.com/events.htm
25 29 Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival. See ad on page 11
31 Feb 3 7th International Club Nautico de San Juan Regatta,
Puerto Rico. www.nauticodesanjuan.com
TBA Ronde de Nuit Race, Martinique. Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN),
TBA Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge, BVI. RBVIYC
TBA Zoo Regatta, Gosier, Guadeloupe. v.demaynard@ool.fr
TBA Governor's Cup Race, BVI. RBVIYC
TBA Around Antigua Race, AYC
TBA Curacao International Regatta. www.curacaoregatta.com
TBA Around Barbados Race. www.sailbarbados.com

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 sally@caribbeancompass.com

Continued from previous page
Christmas Day was extra special, everything was poignant, emotions were more
tender, but it's not an innovation that I would recommend. I had had my
Christmases Past and Christmas Future was a question mark, so I did my best to
make the most of Christmas Present. It was like living within a twist of "A Christmas
Carol" and the moral of the story was similar. There were changes that I was plan
ning to make in my life if I got the chance of more Christmases.
My results were late. They had told me they would take ten days but had forgotten
to allow for the holidays, which are somewhat extended in Venezuela, so it was well
after New Year when I got them. I was handed a plain white envelope.
"No se observan evidencias citologicas de malignidad en la muestra examinada,"
my partner read, and 1 --ii-h-;; th- Ci-n*, h before I could translate he
announced, "It's clear, no .. .. i i
I felt strangely flat, deflated, as the adrenaline subsided. I suppose it's like the
anticlimax after the holidays. There was no one apart from Larry and Carrie to share
the good news with because I hadn't wanted to worry family and friends, especially
during the holiday season. Then gradually a quiet, warm feeling of well-being spread
through me and I made some special New Year resolutions.
It was when we had met up in Grenada, just before leaving for Margarita, that
Carrie asked me to write about her story.
"I know that cruisers and would-be cruisers worry about having a serious health
problem while they are away, especially in an underdeveloped country. I'd like them
to know that there are ways around it other than giving up and going home," she
said, "and sometimes it works out better. The treatment I received in the DR was
first-rate, nurses were wonderful and it was relatively inexpensive."
Sadly, Carrie's blood -I I ... 1, 1 been for a particular sort of cancer and
her "hernia" turned out I i i11 i I looked after Thunderball for her and
Larry when they returned to the States and was there for her last visit to the
Caribbean to say good-bye to the boat four years after her origir. ... .
Carrie's story has also become partly my story because of the : .11 i ...
pie she and Larry set me. This Christmas my best presents will be this Christmas
itself, my health and my loving family and loyal friends. These are the most precious
gifts I could possibly have. Christmas morning I shall drink a special toast to Carrie,
and to Larry, now gallantly continuing on his own, and say thanks for the gift of
appreciation of the present they gave me.
I hope that you all enjoy this Christmas Present and I wish you a healthy and
happy New Year.




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