Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00011
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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: January 2008
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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Volume ID: VID00011
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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issn - 1605-1998


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Weather News 2008 Looks Great!
Selected Shortwave reports....11 Annual Calendar of Events....27

Lost & Found
Abandoned boat tale..............20

One Year On
12 months' cruising...............22

Pleased with the Cays
Marine park's progress..........24

Security Issues...
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Business Briefs.....................8.
Regatta News.......................12
All Ashore............................ 26
Sailors' Horoscope .............34
Island Poets ..........................34
Cruising Crossword ...............35
Cruising Kids' Corner............36
Dolly's Deep Secrets.............36

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Editor........................................... Sally Erdle
Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre
Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman
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Accounting ...............................Debra Davis
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Cooking with Cruisers....48 41
Readers' Forum ..................42
Cartoon................................ 47
Meridian Passage ..............50
Caribbean Marketplace......52
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APIS Suspended
Much to the relief of cruising yachtspeople, professional charter skippers, bare-
boaters, yacht racers on the regional circuit, local boatowners and those involved
in the yacht tourism and yacht service industries, the requirement that both private
and commercial yachts submit Advance Passenger Information electronically
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before entering any of ten Caribbean Economic Community (CARICOM) countries
has now been dropped.
Legislation was passed in early 2007 requiring that "all vessels" entering, leaving or
sailing within CARICOM comply with the Advance Passenger Information System
(APIS). This meant filling out a detailed form on-line and submitting it electronically
or by fax before arrival at a port of entry, according to a given timetable. There was
virtually no prior consultation, regionally or nationally, to determine how such a
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no "advance information" disseminated to the public before the new law went into
effect in Antigua, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Barbados. (The other CARICOM
countries concerned had passed the law but hadn't yet enforced it for yachts.)
Authorities were apparently unaware of the difficulty, expense and inconvenience
that compliance would pose to the average yacht skipper, and the resultant dam-
age to local and regional economies.
Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada let their APIS legislation lapse in June 2007. Steps
are now being taken in other countries to amend the APIS legislation to protect the
Eastern Caribbean's vital yachting sector.
Congratulations go to the Caribbean Marine Association, an umbrella group for
the region's national marine trades associations, and to all the national associations
who worked with their governments to resolve this issue.
Fees Adjusted for St. Vincent & the Grenadines
The former per-day entry fee for persons entering St. Vincent & the Grenadines by
yacht (EC$5 per person per day, up to a maxmum of seven days charged) has
been changed to a flat fee of ECS35 per person per month.
The charter yacht license fee is now ECS5 per foot per month, and the occasional
charter yacht license fee is now ECS125.
Note: The amended legislation also provides for a penalty of EC$20,000 for not
clearing into the country with Customs and Immigration.
Nevis Sets New Mooring Rates
The rates for the newly installed yacht moorings at Nevis have been set as follows
for 2008 through 2010:
Yachts up to 35 feet, EC$27 (US$10) up to two days and EC$40 (US$15) from two
days to one week.
Yachts 36 to 60 feet, EC$40 (US$15) up to two days and EC$54 (US$20) from two
days to one week.
Yachts 61 to 90 feet, EC$54 (US$20) up to two days and EC$67 (US$25) from two
days to one week.
When approaching Nevis, call the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority on VHF16 to
be assigned a mooring.
When you arrive, pick up a copy of the informative brochure "Nevis Air and Sea
Ports Authority Yacht Mooring System".
For more information contact nevports@sisterisles.kn or phone (869) 469-2001.
Missing at Sea
Francisco "Paco" Lopez Pando of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, has been reported
missing and presumed dead after falling overboard on November 27th, 2007 from a
38-foot yacht sailing from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, to Puerto La Cruz.
According to reports received by Compass, Paco, an experienced sailor, was
helping a less experienced friend deliver the friend's new boat. Flying Cristina. After
being down below, the friend came up on deck to find Paco no longer aboard
and was unable to locate him. A search by MRCC in Martinique, and a later heli-
copter search by members of Paco's family were also unsuccessful.
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spray-painters in Marina Amerigo Vespuccio in the 1980s. Paco went on to become
vice president of the Venezuelan television station Televisora de Oriente.
Venezuela Turns Back the Clock
On December 9th, clocks in Venezuela were turned back 30 minutes in a meas-
ure intended to optimize use of daylight hours. The change occurred at 3:00AM, put-
ting Venezuela four and a half hours behind Greenwich Mean Time a unique
time zone for the Americas.
St. Croix's 'Best' Lighted Boat Parade
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Boat Parade 2007 was postponed for two weeks due to high winds and seas. On
December 22nd, the weather was perfect, the moon was nearly full and so was the
Christiansted boardwalk.
Festivities started around 4:00PM with Gentlemen of Jones caroling and a jaz
band playing. Santa and several helpers were sighted handing out candy canes.
The Hovensa oil refinery provided fireworks from Gallows Bay as the boats paraded
twice through Christiansted Harbor. Many spectators said this boat parade was the
best one yet!
Pirate Ship Discovered in Dominican Republic
Julia Bartlett reports: The announcement was made in early December that
Captain William Kidd's last prize, the 500-tonne Quedagh Merchant, has been

found amazingly lying in only ten feet of clear Caribbean water near Catalina
Island, off the south coast of the Dominican Republic. According to National
Geographic News, Charles Beeker, an archaeologist at Indiana University who
made the discovery, said he's convinced the wreck is Kidd's ship. But he said it will
take about two years of excavation to confirm the vessel's identity. It seems that
the wreck has not been looted and so it is hoped that it will provide some fascinat-
ing glimpses into Kidd's story.
Kidd was born in Scotland in 1645. He was engaged by the British government as a
privateer to help combat piracy in 1696. He sailed from London as captain of the
Adventure Galley and took the Armenian ship, the Quedagh Merchant, in the waters
of the Indian Ocean after becoming famous as the Scourge of Madagascar.
In 1699 he was in the Caribbean when he heard that a blanket royal pardon had
been granted for all pirates except for William Kidd. The story goes that he left his
prize in the care of his men and set off to clear his name. After he left, the men
looted and set fire to the ship.
He failed to clear his name, although now there's some dispute about whether or
not he was guilty. He was hanged at Execution Dock in London on May 23, 1701 and
the British made an example of him by dipping his body in tar and leaving it to swing
for two years as a deterrent to any thinking to follow in his swashbuckling wake.
The Dominican Government have invited archaeologists from the University of
Indiana to research the site. The plan is to eventually turn the site into an underwa-
ter reserve where amateurs can explore the wreck once researchers have finished.
So all ye yachties, keep ye wits about ye when snorkelling the vast and terrible waters
of the Caribees. Who knows what other treasures lie hidden just beneath its surface?

Two Yachts Robbed at Chateaubelair, St. Vincent
Two instances of armed robberies aboard yachts anchored at Chateaubelair on
the north leeward coast of St. Vincent were reported last month: one during the
night of Thursday, December 13th, and one exactly a week later on the night of the
20th. In both cases the intruders were reportedly armed with cutlasses (machetes)
and/or knives.
The incidents were reported to local law-enforcement authorities. The newspaper
Searchlight quoted Chairman of the North Leeward Tourism Association, Clem
Derrick, as saying, "This is a serious blow to an already fragile industry." Area
Parliamentary Representative Jerrol Thompson told Searchlightthat he is hoping to
have community meetings to sensitize residents about the importance of the yacht-
ing industry. The victims of the first robbery were taken to lunch and dinner by
Derrick, and community members contributed money to help make up what was
stolen. Investigations are being carried out by the Serious Crimes Unit of St. Vincent
& the Grenadines.
Coconut Telegraph Net
Rose Hansmeyer and Tom McMaster report: The Coconut Telegraph Net has been active
for about a year and is intended to keep cruisers connected and to share information. It
meets every morning at 0800 hours on 4060 USB using 4030 as an alternate frequency.
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Bob Bitchin reports: The sailing magazine Latitudes & Attitudes is now available
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Boatbuilding in Barbados
A handsome 29-metre steel schooner is being built on the shores of the Carlisle
Bay anchorage in Barbados. Word from our correspondent in the island, Norman

Faria, is that the Barbadian owner is planning to try his hand at inter-regional cargo
and passenger service with it.
From the design board of Thomas Colvin (born 1925, Chicago), the hull clearly
resembles 19th and 20th century working craft of the US Eastern Seaboard. That
boatbuilding culture also influenced shipwrights in the Eastern Caribbean island
chain up until the 1970s when the "schooner trade" came to an end with the intro-
duction of fully motorised vessels. (See Douglas Pyle's book Clean Sweet Wind, ISBN
0-07-052679-6, available from www.books.mcgraw-hill.com.)
The gaff rig schooner will have steel masts but no bowsprit and a big cargo hold
amidships. Compass will keep readers abreast of this commendable project as work
progresses, including news of the eagerly awaited launching day.
Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass, we welcome new advertisers Captain Gourmet of Union
Island, page 41; Douglas' Yacht Services of Martinique, page 7; and Sugar Mill
Cottages of Antigua, page 49. Also see our brand-new Caribbean Marketplace ads
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New Location for Carriacou Silver Diving
After 12 years, Carriacou Silver Diving Ltd. has relocat-
ed just 100 yards north on Main Street in Hillsborough,
Carriacou. In their new premises, owner-managers Max
and Claudia Nagel offer the same range of services
and professionalism, but refined in style
and amenities.
Silver Diving has also expanded its staff to offer cus-
tomers a more flexible schedule for diving
and dive training.
Max says, "In 2008 we are looking forward to our 15th
anniversary as Carriacou's pioneer in sport diving."
For more information see ad on page 48.
The 2007 Antigua Charter Yacht Show
Bob Williamson reports: Three days before this latest
annual show was to begin on December 5th, there
were audible gasps around English Harbour. There were
hardly any boats! Did this mean that St. Maarten was
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Charter Show, timed for December 3rd through 7th?
Well, at the end of Day One of the "Nicholson
Show" there were 85 showboats in Antigua, 45 of
them over 80 feet in length (one huge blue craft, the
Alfa Nero, took up one whole pier at the Falmouth
Marina at 271 elegant feet). The place was heaving
with brokers. And who wouldn't be attracted by the
delights of southern Antigua with its ambiance, clear
waters, restaurants (many brand new), dancing and
parties, sports, surfing and sailing?
Hundred of brokers, some from as far away as
Turkey, were here to collect bookings for some of the
smartest yachts in the world. Millions of dollars were
signed away on charter agreements stretching way
into next year. One broker I talked to, Pila Pexton of
Bartram & Brakenhoff in Newport, Rhode Island, said,
with exemplary caution: "I arrived only yesterday but I
think it's a great party let's say, 'So far, so good!'"
The yachts at the show, as usual, were all breathtak-
ing examples of elbow grease and gleamed almost
as much as their crews, who all flourished smiles that
were absolutely broker-breaking. Every visitor was
plied with exotic drinks served on trays made by
Cartier. At the feet of the gangways were intricately
woven wicker baskets into which brokers' deck-

destroying, needle-nosed or rapier-heeled shoes were
to be deposited. On the walls of the main saloons
were hung Louvre-quality examples of fine art includ-
ing works by Picasso and van Gogh. Again, Antigua's
charter yacht meeting was an event to remember.
For more information visit
www antigua-charter-yacht-meeing. com.
Douglas Rapier A Man for All Reasons
Ciarla Decker reports: What are the reasons you
should make the acquaintance of Douglas Rapier
next time you are in Martinique? Why should you go

to his new office at the marina at Marin and find out
what he's up to? Why is it that you need him even
when you don't know him?
Douglas Rapier is Douglas of Douglas Yacht Services.
Make his office a meeting point for your family, your
charter guests, your crew, your owner. He has WiFi con-
nection, secretarial facilities, washroom and coffee
service. He can arrange transfers, taxis and car rentals.
He will take care of all your provisioning needs and
refueling logistics. Is it your birthday? Does your crew
need time off? Douglas will arrange events and enter-
tainment deckside or dockside. He also offers "Discover
Martinique" package tours, with or without a guide.
Whether your boat is big or small, crewed by you or
by 20 uniformed deckies, you sometimes run into a
snag that you can't solve alone. Douglas Rapier has
been in sailing and tourism for 20 years. So take time
to go by his office, turn over the half-hour sandglass
on his desk, and make contact with this good con-
tact. For lots of reasons.
For more information see ad on page 7.
News from Horizon Yacht Charters
Horizon recently launched a seven-night "Cruising
with Cats and Kds" package, designed to make life a


little easier for parents and to keep the kids amused
during their charter. The company is providing free
use of water toys such as kayaks, snorkel gear, inflata-
bles and noodles, up to the value of US$100, for the
duration of a seven-night charter. Children under 12
years will also receive a surprise goodie bag.
Stable, spacious and with greater privacy, catama-
rans are ideal for charters with family and friends.
Non-sailors can discover the thrill of sailing in the
Caribbean by choosing a crewed package, which
includes skipper and cook.
If your interests lie in discovering more about the
Caribbean's most famous product, then Horizon
Yacht Charters (Antigua)'s newly launched 14-day
"Rum Cruise 2008" could be for you. Aimed at both
sailors and non-sailors, the flotilla will depart from
Antigua on May 9th with experienced guides Paul
and Marguerite Jackson, embarking on a 200-mile
voyage through the Leeward and Windward islands.
The group will visit a variety of rum distilleries, sampling
the rum on the way before ending the cruise in St.
Lucia on May 23rd. Skippers are available for non-
sailors or those who like to have someone guide them
through the islands.
For contact information see ad on page 37
Ferryman Insures Yachts in Caribbean
Don Street reports: My lolaire Enterprises has been
placing marine insurance for the past 46 years, with
US companies for the first six years (while based in the
USVI), then with Lloyds. Now I'd like to introduce you
to Ferryman Underwriting Agency Limited.
Through the years, as hurricanes have caused mas-
sive losses among yachts in the Eastern Caribbean,
Lloyds and other larger companies tightened their
requirements, making it more difficult to insure boats
in the Caribbean. Many underwriters are currently
unwilling to give coverage against damage caused
by named storms in the "hurricane box" between 12
and 35 degrees north.
Also, historically, insurance companies in both the
US and UK have refused to cover yachts in Haiti, the
Dominican Republic and Colombia because of politi-
cal instability and the difficulty of settling claims in
these areas. However, the Dominican Republic has
achieved stability and marinas have opened for busi-
ness, and in Colombia, the Coast Guard has now
become very helpful to yachts.
Ferryman is willing to insure boats in the entire
Caribbean Basin, no exclusions, but an extra premium
is charged while boats are in Haitian waters. Ferryman
is willing to insure boats within the hurricane box
against named windstorm damage, subject to sight
and approval of lay-up procedures if stored ashore,
and mooring plan and location if in the water.
Ferryman is able to insure boats with values as low as
US$100,000 and still make a profit whereas larger com-
panies cannot profitably insure the smaller values.
For iolaire Enterprises contact information see ad on
page 11.
Sevenstar Yacht Transport Launches New Service
Sevenstar, a leading provider of yacht transportation
services, has opened a new route between Savannah,
Georgia, USA and Zeebrugge in Belgium. "This was our
direct response to a shortage of space that was pre-
vailing on the transatlantic routes," explains Sevenstar
Managing Director Richard Kabbers. "It is ideal for
smaller yachts of up to 40 feet, mainly of the power-
boat variety." The first transportation of this monthly
service took place on the first weekend of December
2007. M/VStadiongracht loaded over 60 boats at
Savannah in less than one day.
"We had noticed in recent months a lack of space on
the RoRo and container carriers," Kabbers continues.
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Ti'Ponton The Sailor's Guide to Martinique
The 4th edition of Ti'Ponton, the sailor's guide to
Martinique, is now available. This free publication con-
tains the most extensive information that you can find
on yachting services, equipment, provisioning, places
to see and things to do on and around Martinique.

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Grenada's Port Louis Marina Acquired by CNMI
Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Ltd
(CNMI) has exchanged contracts to acquire the mari-
na at Port Louis, located in St. George's Lagoon,
Grenada, and certain marina-related real estate for
US$24 million from Peter de Savary's Port Louis Land
Ltd and Port Louis Trading Ltd.
The acquisition cost is substantially payable on com-
pletion this month. The final cost of the marina is pro-
jected to be US$36 million. As part of the acquisition,
CNMI is also purchasing approximately 23,800 square
metres of land (including reclamation rights), for
mixed-use development for which detailed planning
consent is in place.
Comprising approximately 100,000 square metres of
water area, held on a 99-year lease, of which over

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40,000 square metres is berth area, the marina at Port
Louis will accommodate over 300 yachts including 60
superyachts up to 100 metres in length. The marina
has already opened with 50 fully serviced berths. The
US$500 million Port Louis luxury accommodation,
restaurant and retail shop development bordering
CNMI's marina continues to be promoted by Peter
de Savary.


hat goes around.... In this 2002 photo, the Grenada
government signed a marina agreement with Camper
& Nicholsons, who have now bought Port Louis
Marina from Peter de Savoary
George Kershaw, Chairman of CNMI, said: "Port Louis
marks a further step in our program of acquiring and
developing strategically located marinas. Port Louis will
be a flagship Caribbean marina with an important
capacity for the fast-growing superyacht fleet. The
Government of Grenada has been pro-active in estab-
lishing a yacht-friendly legislative and fiscal climate that
will assist the further growth of yachting in Grenada."
Camper & Nicholsons' interest in this marina location
is not new. On September 20, 2002, the Government
of Grenada, represented by Acting Prime Minister
Gregory Bowen, signed an agreement with Poole
Capital S.A., a finance company, in association with
Camper & Nicholsons marina management company,
for the acquisition of 50 acres of hillside and waterfront
property at St. George's Lagoon. News reports at that
time said, "This new project, dubbed Port George, is
scheduled to start construction in six months and will
be in two parts: the marina and a waterfront and hill-
side village with hotel and private residences.... the
marina will comprise about 350 berths, some catering
to megayachts...." The Port George project did not
materialize as such, however. Ground was broken for
Port Louis by Peter de Savary in late 2006.
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St. Lucia's Rodney Bay Marina Expands
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Plan for dock redevelopment at Rodney Bay

properties, recently announced that it has com-
menced redevelopment of St. Lucia's Rodney Bay
Marina, which was purchased by IGY in early 2007.
Slated for completion in late 2008, the new Rodney
Bay Marina will feature 252 fully reconstructed slips,
including the addition of an ISPS-compliant dock with
30 megayacht berths.
Cuthbert Didier, general manager of Rodney Bay
Marina, says, "Prior to this redevelopment, there were
no first-class marina ports in the southern Caribbean
which cater to the megayacht industry. We look for-
ward to continuing to serve our loyal clientele with an
even better facility and welcoming new customers to
the Rodney Bay Marina."
Martin Lucas, IGY's Director of Customer Service &
Quality Assurance, assures Compass that the addition
of megayacht berths does not mean that Rodney
Bay Marina will be excluding other boatowners.
Rebuilt amenities for cruising and charter sailboats will
include berths on wider docks with improved lighting,
security, water and power.
Rodney Bay Marina also offers a boatyard and is situ-
ated in a well-protected hurricane hole. For the past 16
years the marina has been the final stop for the
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. The existing marina will remain
operational throughout the phased renovation.
For more information visit
Caribbean Maritime Institute Unveils New Initiatives
The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), headquar-
tered in Jamaica, has entered a number of strategic
partnerships that will see the Institute extending its
franchise of training programmes across the
Caribbean and providing its students with hands-on
training on some of the world's largest and most pres-
tigious vessels.
Executive Director of the CMI, Fritz Pinnock says:
"We have now formalized a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the Port Management
Association of the Caribbean for which the CMI is
their official training and research arm. This covers the
Eastern Caribbean ports inclusive of Barbados, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines and Dominica."
Pinnock also said that the Institute was "in deep dis-
cussions" with the Barbados Port Authority and the
Shipping Authority of Barbados to collaborate with
that government in offering the CMI's degree pro-
grammes to their students. "Similar discussions are tak-
ing place with the St. Vincent & Grenadines officials.
The objective is to make the CMI a truly Caribbean
Institution," he noted.
At the Caribbean Shipping Association Conference
held in Puerto Rico earlier this year, an MOU was
signed with the Dutch Caribbean Training Centre in
Curacao and De Ruyters Training Institute in Holland.
The Memorandum will meet the training needs of the
regional shipping and allied industries by facilitating
professional development and technical assistance. It
will also facilitate exchange and transfer of relevant
technology and expertise for the development of
maritime training and consultancy throughout the
Caribbean, Central and South America.
Pinnock added, "We have signed an MOU with a
large luxury megayacht crewing and management
company, managing in excess of 20,000 crewmem-
bers worldwide with offices in Fort Lauderdale and
Paris." Closer to home, the CMI is currently formaliz-
ing an MOU agreement with the Jamaica Fire
Brigade that will see the Brigade assisting with the
delivery and provision of equipment for the CMI's
fire-fighting courses.
Pinnock unveiled additional initiatives that the
Institute has embarked on towards gaining university
status by 2010.
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Cuba Hosts International Waterski Seminar
The awarding of diplomas to 24 participants and
the request that Cuba participate, for the first time, in
an international waterski event, ended the first
International Coaching and Development of Waterski
Seminar of the Panamerican Confederation, held
November 16th to 18th, 2007 in Havana.
Organized by the International Waterski Federation
and the Hemingway International Yacht Club of
Cuba (CNIH), the seminar featured theory and practi-
cal classes taught by coaches John Wood of the
United Kingdom, Jean Michel Cau of France, and
Larry Gisler of Chile, and supervised by Kuno
Ritschard, President of the International Waterski
Federation and member of the International Olympic
Committee. Also participating were coaches from
Ecuador and Colombia, plus representatives of
Cuban groups such as Gran Caribe Hotels, the
Enterprise Group of Marinas, and the Waterski and
Jetski Team of CNIH.
"As host of the first International Waterski Seminar in
Cuba and the Caribbean, the CNIH of Cuba has
made a serious commitment to do everything possi-
ble to promote waterskiing, with the hope of fulfilling
the request of Kuno Ritschard to stage a national
championship in Cuba and have our country repre-
sented in international waterskiing events," said CNIH
Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich.
For more information contact
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Teen Skipper Tops Round Tortola Race
Alastair Abrehart reports: The 38th Pusser's Round
Tortola Race took place on November 24, 2007, and
the smallest boat in the fleet Intac, an IC24 won
the Racing Class. Besting much larger boats in a race
which saw it battling big seas and winds gusting in the
20- to 25-knot range, Intac won this annual circum-
navigation of Tortola after corrected time was calcu-
lated. Second Nature, the Hughes 38 skippered by Bill
Bailey, won the Cruising Class.
Intac, owned by Mark Plaxton and skippered by
16-year-old Alec Anderson, was tenacious as it hung
on to the bigger boats that desperately tried to
shake it off.
Trimaran Triple Jack, a 29-year-old Kelsall One-Off
skippered by George Lane, took line honours and was
expected to improve considerably on its time of four
hours and eight minutes from last year but finished 17
minutes slower. However, there was good reason. The
owner, Steve Davis, went overboard on the spinnaker
run on the north side of Tortola and then the dagger-
board broke on the last beat of the race. In the end,
Triple Jack placed third behind the Sirena 38 Pipe
Dream. Having survived the man overboard incident,
Steve was awarded the Pusser's Survival Kit.
Both the Racing and Cruising Classes started in the
Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay and then
headed anti-clockwise around Tortola. After the beat
east up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the fleet
turned the corner at Great Camanoe and ran down-
wind to West End where, after a quick wiggle through
Soper's Hole, it was a beat back to the finish off
Nanny Cay for the racing fleet. The Cruising Class fin-
ished off West End.

The prizegiving party was held at Pusser's Landing,
Soper's Hole, where Pusser's Rum ships' decanters,
flagons and hip flasks were awarded.
Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007
The inaugural Transatlantic Mai Yacht Rolex Cup
started on November 26th, 2007, with seven compet-
ing boats maxi yachts of 18 metres (70 feet) and
above sailing a 2,700-mile course from Santa Cruz
de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, to St. Maarten.
IRC handicap calculations handed overall victory
and a Rolex timepiece to Anders Johnson of Sweden

and the crew aboard his British-registered Swan 70
Blue Pearl. With its almost exclusively Swedish crew,
including skipper Kabbe Nylof who has crossed the
Atlantic over a dozen times, Blue Pearl finished fourth
over the line on December 8th, after 12 days, 2 hours,
22 minutes and 41 seconds at sea.
Second place went to Norway's Morten Bergesen,
whose predominantly Norwegian crew aboard the
Wally 105 Nariida included Volvo Ocean Race veter-
an Knut Frostad as skipper and the equally famous
Swede Roger Nilsen as tactician. Nariida, the oldest
boat in the fleet (launched in 1994), also received the
organiser's Italy's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
(YCCS) YCCS Line Honours Trophy and the
International Maxi Association (IMA) Challenge Trophy
for the highest-placed IMA member.
The Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007, which
the YCCS plans to hold again next year with the same
format, was promoted by the IMA with the support of
the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife and the Sint
Maarten Yacht Club. It was created by the IMA in col-
laboration with YCCS in response to requests from own-
ers for a transatlantic race specifically for maxi yachts.
Martinique's Une Femme, Un Homme, Un Bateau
Ciarla Decker reports: The Une Femme, Un Homme,
Un Bateau double-handed race for the Sea Services
Shipchandler Trophy held on December 1st, 2007
opened Martinique's racing season. Two classes of
Racer/Cruisers, one class of Tempests, and one class
of Laser Picos put 33 boats on the waters of Fort de
France Bay for this annual contest. The purpose of the
event is friendly competition for boats or crew who do
not normally race. It is open to all.
The "One Woman, One Man, One Boat" race is
organized by the Club Nautique Le Neptune of
Lamentin and sponsored by Sea Services
Shipchandler. Jean Michel Figueres, club president
and course designer, saw his course reduced by the
sailing committee in order to have all the boats in by
five o'clock. Though the wind was light, the weather
was fine. The male/female crew on certain bigger
boats were not unhappy for a light breeze, since they
were undercrewed in order to participate
in this event.
The race started at Club Le Neptune and ended at
Yacht Club de la Martinique, where President Philip
Volny and his committee had kindly invited Sea

Services and Le Neptune to have the prizegiving and
barbecue because Le Neptune is under renovation.
In Racing/Cruising Class 2, Vianney and Jackie
Saintennoy came first on Agoue, a Delph 28. In
Racing/Cruising Class 1, Jean-Patrick Socias and
Valerie Dewulf came first on Cap la, an Edel 5.
Jacques Ozier-Lafontaine and Dominique Marie won
on their Tempest and Laser sailor Jean-Pascal Socias,
known as the "The Handyman", took away a yacht
model to repair entitled "The Wreck".
Sailors were especially pleased this year by the
sponsorship of Habitation Saint-Etienne of Gros Morne,
Martinique. The Director of Production for this presti-
gious rhum distillery is champion sailor Sebastien
Dormoy, who has been taking first place on the podi-
um on an international level since the age of 12.
Teams from Une Femme, Un Homme, Un Bateau were
treated to the best that Habitation Saint-Etienne has

Double-handed fun aboard Ena Filmax in
Martinique's season opener
to offer when Sebastien presented them with bottles
of Extra-Old, Very Special Old, and Old Rhums.
Habitation Saint-Etienne, known as "La Distillerie du
Simon", is among the last eight functioning distilleries
in Martinique. It is worth a visit not only to taste the
high quality of its production, but also to see the tradi-
tional procedure still in use, including the steam col-
umn which has been providing energy to the plant
since 1934.
Delighted by the race, the prize-giving and Saint-
Etienne, sailors made a rendezvous for next year's edi-
tion. Cruisers are welcome to join "Une Femme, Un
Homme, Un Bateau".
For more information contact
New Match Race at Antigua Charter Show
John Burnie reports: A match racing event was organ-
ised at the Antigua Yacht Charter Meeting, held
December 5th through 10th, and all exhibiting brokers,
captains, crews and attendees were invited to enter
teams in the competition hosted by On Deck Racing,
based in Antigua. Two of the On Deck Beneteau 40.7
racing yachts were provided for the event and excellent
short courses were laid inside and outside the harbour.
The finals were held on the last day of the show in
testing conditions inside the harbour with tricky squalls
providing interesting wind shifts, courtesy of Tropical
Storm Olga passing well to the north of the island.
Bruce Tait won a good start in the final, surrounded
by some very experienced crew such as Ben Cameron
(ex-captain of Ranger and new captain of Mirabella
V). The Nautor's Swan Charters Team, led by Steve
Brownsea (captain of Patient Falcon) and with Bruno
Jacob (captain of Swan 62 Gienah) on the helm,
fought hard from behind and eventually took the lead
on the second downwind leg. During the third beat the
Bruce Tait Associates Team sailed some very good
wind shifts, regained the lead, and crossed the line
some 15 seconds ahead of the disappointed losers.
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Sunshine Takes JHR Caribbean Regatta 2007
The JHR Caribbean Annual Regatta 2007 was host-
ed by Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Antigua, on 8th and
9th December and raced outside the channel in
Morris Bay (off Jolly Beach) and in the surrounding


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area. There were 13 entries this year, competing in
three categories: Racing, Racer/Cruiser and Cruising.
Sailing conditions were definitely on the blustery
side, with scattered showers and gusty 15- to 20-knot
winds on the first day of racing. Drama was supplied
by Gypsy which contrived to pick up the windward
mark. In so doing, she ensnared Cydia, fouling the
rope around the propeller which Cydia spent the rest
of the day unknowingly towing around. The after
party at the Jolly Harbour Golf Club was sponsored by
JHR Caribbean Real Estate.
On Day Two, in light of the ever-freshening winds
which were reportedly gusting to near 40 knots inside
Five Islands, the race officer made the difficult deci-
sion to abandon the day's racing.
The class winners were: Racing Class, Forty Two,
Flying Tiger, Sven Harder, Gilly & Nick; Racer/Cruiser
Class, Sunshine, Rhodes Bounty, Hans Lammers &
Team; Cruising Class, Miramar, Beneteau Oceanis 400,
Brian Turton & Team. The overall winner of the JHR
Caribbean Cup 2007 was Hans Lammers on Sunshine.
For more information visit wwwjhycantigua. com.
Hirst Dethrones Rosenberg in Tortola's Quantum Race
Dean Greenaway reports: Calling it "one of the
toughest regattas of the year", British Virgin Islands

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Olympian Robbie Hirst picked up a victory in the final
race to break a three-way tie with St. Thomas' Chris
Curreri and defending champ Chris Rosenberg, to win
the 4th Annual Quantum Sails IC24 International
Regatta on December 9th, 2007.
Hirst, Curreri and Rosenberg were tied with 31 points
heading into the final race. "This was the toughest
regatta of the year in terms of competitors and condi-
tions," noted Hirst who was third last year, following a
two-point victor over Curreri. "It was actually a pretty
intense day today. It was windy and racing was as
close as I can ever remember. But, it came together
for us in the last race."
Hirst trailed Curreri and Rosenberg heading into the
final day of racing. "Our plan was not to take a lot
of risks on the first beat and try to keep our options
open by starting in a way to have an open strate-
gy," he recalled. "That was really important because
the winds were quite gusty and very strong. It was
the windiest regatta I've sailed in for a very long
time, so there was a premium on the boat handling
aspect as well."
Kevin Wrigley, whose Quantum sail-making compa-
ny sponsored the event, said, "It was definitely a fan-
tastic regatta. It was well organized, with a good
turnout of 14 boats, including three from Puerto Rico
and two from St. Thomas, and lots of wind."
Wrigley also took note of 16-year-old BVI sailor Alec
Anderson, who placed sixth overall. "Alec is sailing
incredibly well again and he shows he's got it in the
big boats as well as the small boats," Wrigley pointed
out. "He's calm and collected in the big breeze."
Matt Hood Wins RBVIYC Commodore's Race
Dean Greenaway reports: Matt Hood sailed his
Racing In Paradise to victory during December 16th's
Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club Commodore's
Race, ahead of 16-year-old Alec Anderson and a
group of junior sailors on Mark Plaxton's IC24, Intac.
Mike Masters' Black Pearl finished third in the competi-
tion which attracted seven participants, competing in
windy conditions.
"This race was a lot of fun, with winds blowing 20 to
25 knots and lots of competition," noted Commodore
Clair Burke. "Unfortunately, the IC24s caught us. I was
racing on Pipe Dream and we had line honors in both
races, but they caught us on handicap. So, despite
having two past Commodores and me on board,
they still ended up beating us and we finished fourth
in the competition."
The club passed out the following prizes during
Saturday night's awards ceremony: Most Improved
Club Dinghy, Molly Donovan; Best Junior Sailor, Donte
Hodge-Dickerson; Most Improved Club Yacht, Intac,
Alec Anderson and James Wood; Best Club Helm,
Peter Haycraft; Best BVI International Competitor, 3
Harkems, Chris Lloyd; Ruby Griffiths Memorial Trophy
for Outstanding Service to the Club, Michael and
Diane Krk.

39th Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Grenada's 39th Annual Spice Island Billfish
Tournament will be held on January 16th, 17th and
19th. Registration will be at the Grenada Yacht Club
between 10:00AM and 4:00PM on January 15th.
Pre-register on-line at www.sibtgrenada.com.
St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta 2008
Fifteen yachts had already been registered as this
issue of Compass went to press, and organizers of the
St.Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta hope to
attract up to 30 classics, "spirit of tradition" yachts,
schooners, wooden boats, vintage and traditional
yachts. The upcoming regatta will also have a special
Classic Look class for yachts which are not built to sail
under the classic or "spirit of tradition" rules but have



traditional lines or construction.
The regatta, scheduled for January 17th through
20th, is organized by West Indies Events and sanc-
tioned by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Local boats
will participate in separate races out of Great Bay at
Taloula Mango's.

One of the yachts already in St. Maarten for the
event is the 80-foot (26-metre) steel schooner Grote
Meid. Designed by Gerard Dijkstra and built in Holland
in 1989, this beautiful yacht with wooden superstruc-
ture and interior has participated several times in the
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.
For more information visit www ClassicRegatta. com.
Rallies Round the Caribbean
Club Transcaraibes is offering two of its popular
yacht rallies in 2008. La Route du Carnival sails from
Martinique to Trinidad from January 26th to February
5th, with overnight stops at Bequia and the Tobago
Cays. The rally arrives in Trinidad in time for the climax
of Carnival 2008. The Transcaraibes rally sails from
Guadeloupe to Cuba from March 29th to April 20th,
stopping at St. Martin, the BVI and the Dominican
Republic. Entry fees include dockage where applica-
ble, parties, and even a free haul-out for participating
Transcaraibes monohulls before the start.
For more information visit www transcaraibes.com.

2008 Casa de Campo Regatta, DR
The Casa de Campo Yacht Club and Marina, locat-
ed at La Romana, Dominican Republic, has
announced the 2008 Casa de Campo Regatta for
the Presidente Cup, running from February 13th
to 17th.
The Regatta is open to IRC, PHRF, CYA and one-
design monohulls from 24 to 100 feet. Classes will be
determined by the number of entries. There will also
be a new super-yacht division for yachts over 100
feet. The Presidente Cup is part of the IRC's Gulf
Stream Series.
The Casa de Campo Marina is offering free berthing
for all competitors of the regatta from January 21st
until February 22nd (this excludes utility charges). The
marina accommodates 400 slips and has a 120-ton
travel lift. The second annual event will be compli-
mented by a full schedule of social events including
musical entertainment, a gala dinner, and a golf tour-
nament at the Casa de Campo Country Club.
For more information visit
www casadecamporegatta.com.
First-Ever Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta
The first-ever Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta will be
held from February 21st through 24th. The organizers,
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S 'i I- i .r :. :i::ri the participation of up
to 30 vintage yachts, schooners, wooden boats, "spirit
of tradition" and other classics in this first edition.
On the Friday, the start will be out of St. George's,
sailing along the Grand Anse Beach coastline and fin-
ishing back in St. George's. A lunch buffet and drinks
will be offered to all captains, crew, press and VIPs
compliments of Port Louis Grenada. An evening party
with a live band will be open to the public.
The Saturday will also see the start out of St.
George's. The yachts will sail along the southern coast
to finish in St. David's Harbour. A buffet will be offered
to participants, press and invited guests at the Water's
Edge Restaurant, compliments of Bel Air Plantation. A
beach party for all, starting around 7:00PM with a live
band, is also scheduled.
On the Sunday the yachts will leave St. David's
Harbour and sail back to St. George's. An awards cere-
mony and cocktail party will be held in the late after-
noon followed by the closing party at Port Louis Marina.
West Indies Events is pleased to announce that sev-
eral sponsors have confirmed their participation. Port
Louis Grenada and Bel Air Plantation have signed on
as Silver Sponsors. Additional sponsors include
Shipwrights Ltd. and the Maritime School of the West
Indies. Fred Thomas, well known in the Caribbean for
creating several regattas over the years, is the owner
of Shipwrights Ltd. and has partnered with West Indies
Events in the development and operation of the
Grenada Classic Regatta.
For more information visit www. ClassicRegatta. com.

28th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2008 takes place
from March 6th through 9th. This is the largest regatta
in the Caribbean.
The first race was in 1980 and 12 boats took part.
The rise of the bareboat altered the Caribbean racing
scene forever and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
led the charge but it wasn't without a fight. For the
first few years, the cruising and racing classes looked
down at the bareboats as a bit of a joke, until they
began to realize that not only were the latest bare-
boats fast and highly competitive, they were sailed by
top class sailors who, aboard their own boats and in
their own countries, competed in some of the most
prestigious and arduous races around. Record num-
bers of bareboats have entered the 2008 St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta, with one travel agency in Holland
sending more than 500 sailors to the event.
Last year, 165 boats forming 21 classes crossed the
start line. In 2007, the regatta added an extra day of
racing for spinnaker-class boats. Called the Budget
Marine Cup, it now makes the St. Marten Heineken
Regatta a four-day event. As many as six Gunboat
catamarans will inject a shot of adrenaline into the
multihull division of the 2008 Heineken Regatta.
For more information visit

Puerto Rico's Culebra Regattas
Carol Bareuther reports: Hot racing, cool parties,
and boatloads of island-style hospitality are what
sailors will enjoy at the 3rd Annual Culebra Heineken
International Regatta (CHIR) and Culebra
International Dinghy Regatta (CIDR). New this year,

West Marine has signed on as series sponsor.
The CHIR marks the second leg of the Caribbean
Ocean Racing Triangle, or CORT Series, which
begins in February with the St. Croix International
Regatta and concludes in April with the BVI Spring
Regatta in Tortola.
Last year, 74 boats with homeports ranging from the
Puerto Rican mainland and elsewhere in the
Caribbean to as far away as New England and
Germany competed, with 39 junior sailors racing in
the dinghy event.

Set for March 14th to 16th, the 2008 edition will once
again base out of the Costa Bonita Resort, where on-
shore lodgings plus a regatta village with food booths
staffed by local restaurateurs await. "Courses will be a
mix of round-the-buoys and round-the-islands," says
regatta director, Angel Ayala.
Classes of entry to the CHIR will include CSA Spinnaker
Racing, CSA Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA J/24, IC24,
CSA Performance Cruiser, CSA Jib & Main, Beach Cat
and native-built Chalanas. "We would be happy to
dual score IRC-rated yachts that request it, but they
must also have a CSA rating," Ayala says.
Seven miles long by two miles wide and located
17 miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland and 15
miles west of St. Thomas Culebra is a sailor's dream.
Only 2,000 people inhabit the island. There are no mari-
nas, nor is there overnight anchoring allowed in several
bays due to their protected wildlife refuge status. There
also aren't any big chandleries, boatyards, or super-
markets. Yet, it is the unspoiled beauty, easy access via
a short voyage from either Puerto Rico or the US Virgin
Islands, and just enough creature comforts to keep
boaters happy that makes Culebra an ideal cruising
destination both before and after the regatta.
For more information visit
www culebrainternaiionalregatt. com.

Grenada's Round the Island Easter Race
This year will see the relaunching of the Grenada
Round the Island Easter Race, with a new start and
finish at Le Phare Bleu Marina and Resort, Petit

Calivigny Bay, on the island's south coast.
The Round The Island Race has a long history, with
the first race taking place in 1969. Over the years,
interest grew, but the organization ran out of steam in
1991. In 2003, The Grenada South Coast Yacht Club
was formed to breathe new life into the event, which
it has done with huge success for the last four years.
Now it's time for a change again, with new organis-
ers, a new location and an impressive venue for the
associated festivities.
The organizers of the 2008 Round The Island Race will

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be Swiss couple Jana Caniga and Dieter Burkhalter,
who are the owners and managers of Le Phare Bleu
Marina and, of course, enthusiastic sailors. The inten-
tion with this year's event is to go back to basics, con-
centrating on the Round the Island Race itself. The
whole event will be a relaxed occasion, hopefully with
just the right amount of competitive spirit to make the
race attractive to sailors and spectators!
The event will be held over three days, commenc-
ing on Good Friday, March 21st with registration, a
skippers' briefing and a Welcome Party. Saturday will
see the main event, the Round The Island Easter
Race, with activities for children taking place closer to
shore while the serious sailors are racing. The race will
be followed by the prizegiving, a barbecue and live
music. Sunday will be the "wind-down" with a family-
friendly Easter Brunch.
For more information visit

Bequia Easter Regatta Great in 2008!
The Bequia Sailing Club, organizers of Bequia's ever-
popular Easter Regatta, are looking forward to a
bumper turnout for three days of racing, from March
20th to 24th, with the prospect of very strong J/24 and
Racing Classes, great fun racing for cruisers and live-
aboards in Cruising II Class, and thrilling action from
the 30-plus local double-ender fleet.
For more information visit
www.begos com/easterregatta.
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Virgin Islands Unite for Race Week
Virgin Islands Race Week encompasses the International Rolex Regatta held in St.
Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands' Spring Regatta & Sailing
Festival, hosted out of Tortola and Virgin Gorda. The International Rolex Regatta will
be held March 28th to 30th. The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival kicks off March
31st and runs through April 6th.
For more information visit www.rolexcupregaft. com and
www bvispringregatta.org.

World's Best Youth Sailors to Curacao this Year
In June, the North American Optimist Championships (OPTINAM) will take place in
Curacao from June 28th to July 6th. This is the most important sailing championship
for children up to 15, after the Optimist World Championships.
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However, over the past years South and Central American countries have also
attended. Sailors from more than 25 countries will come to Curacao, and the top
three countries of the last World Championship New Zealand, France and Italy -
will also be invited to OPTINAM 2008.
The sailors and officials will be accommodated in three resorts at Jan Thiel Beach.
Besides the 200 participants and 100 officials, 200 other spectators such as parents,
press and Optimist sailing aficionados are expected to come to the island to wit-
ness "the North Americans".
Curacao was chosen to host OPTINAM in 2008, over Bermuda and Canada. The
event is organized under the auspices of the International Optimist Dinghy
Association and the International Sailing Federation. Insurer ENNIA and banker
Banco di Caribe are main sponsors of the OPTINAM and the Curacao Youth
Championships. Youth Sailing Netherlands Antilles, event manager Inga van
Uchelen and a big group of volunteers make it possible for this unique event to take
place on Curacao.
For more information visit www. optinam2008 org.

ARC 2007:


-t ;,1-- 1 the more than a thousand
Si 11- I '. .... nations who arrived in Rodney
Bay, St. Lucia at the finish line of the 22nd Atlantic
Rally for Cruisers (ARC) last month must now be even
better sailors than before.
After the November 25th start, the early part of the
crossing from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia offered
some typical tradewind sailing. But for three days
1irin. th- middle of th- -r-in ti- --r- of the
S .i i through an *. I .... 1 I thun
derstorm cells and squalls, with winds of over 40
knots pushing up big Atlantic waves. And as many
yachts approached St. Lucia, another period of wet,
squally weather, including feeder bands from the
unseasonable Tropical Storm Olga, made the land
fall and a snug berth in Rodney Bay Marina all the
more welcome.
i,. .i 1 ..... ,,~ily of the 235-boat fleet made the
2, ** .... I .... .. under three weeks and without "
undue drama, there were incidents.
Alla Byazina, crew on the Russian-chartered
Croatian Volvo 60, AAG Big One, was evacuated onto
, *. .. i. Goodrich Bay on Day Four of the event,
i I .dly scalded in the galley during a gybe.
Meanwhile, two other ARC yachts, Tallulah and If
Only, were assisting with the rescue of West Africans
who had been attempting to reach the Canary Islands
illegally on an unseaworthy vessel.
On December 1st, Philip Wright's UK-based Swan
48, GiGi, picked up a Mayday call from the British
Westerly Corsair Barbary Duck (not participating in
the ARC), advising that the crew were in a liferaft only On December 7th, skipper John Thompson, 54,
half a mile away. Barbary Duck's two crew were safely from Northern Ireland, fell across the cockpit and
brought on board GiGi. The Westerly had suffered bro struck his head on a genoa winch when his Oyster 41,
ken chain-plates and was in danger of dismasting. Avocet, took a heavy roll while running downwind in
Without a functioning engine, the crew took the pre boisterous conditions. The incident occurred 980 nau
caution of abandoning their yacht, which was left tical miles east of St. Lucia and 1,090 nautical miles
afloat with navigation lights burning. (Another yacht west of the Cape Verde Islands, well beyond the range
reported seeing Barbary Duck some time later, still of land-based assistance. : i .... ,. ict with the
under sail.) Maritime Rescue Control , i I , J Falmouth,

UK, and MRCC Fort de France, Martinique, a ren
dezvous with the Italian cruise ship Costa
Mediterranea was arranged, and at first light the fol
lowing morning, John and his son Dan were trans
ferred to the ship. Taken to the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital in Barbados, John, an avid sailor and long
standing member of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, died
on December 13th. A trust has since been set up in
his name to facilitate organ donation in Barbados.

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The German Hallberg Rassy 42F, Viva, skippered by
Petra Lehmkoster (right) arrives to a warm
St. Lucian welcome
On December 8th, the Irish Bavaria 50 Navillus res
cued three men from a non-ARC yacht. Former Royal
Navy radio officer Peter Kyne, 48, of the Scilly Isles,
was sailing the 31 foot catamaran Spam with his son
Adam, 17, and Swedish crewmember Augustin, 33.
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He called for help after Span lost its mast, was holed and
started rapidly taking on water about 750 miles from the
Caribbean. Coastguards contacted ARC race control who
were able to broadcast to all their race yachts as well as
making a distress relay broadcast into the area.
Navillus was only three or four miles away, but her
mainsail was ripped and stuck in place in the in-mast
furling system, which limited the boat's maneuverabil
ity in the Force 6 conditions. Nevertheless, the Spamr
crew safely transferred to Navillus via liferaft; the oper
ation took about 20 minutes. The liferaft was slashed
to sink it, and Spamr is believed to have sunk.
Pete told Compass that Navillus's skipper, Brian
O'Sullivan, and his crew "treated us like family." He
noted that, to his initial surprise, Brian put him and
Adam on nighb 1. .l.I. "It was stressful at
first, b---in i ....1i .1.1 I strange boat," Pete
said, I ..I .. I .i. I that it was a wise decision on
the captain's part."
This year's ARC fleet was, as usual, diverse. While
the average boa i ...11. .. i feet, the smallest was
Henry Adams' i ii I .i Ariel; the largest was
Rui de Soussa of Portugal's Ed Dubois one-design,
Mariposa, at 95 feet. The oldest boat, the 1889 British
gaff cutter Thalia, shared the ARC 2007 experience
with 35 new builds. Sobiestaw Zasada, age 77, aboard
the Polish Lagoon 570 Dada V, was the oldest skipper;
the youngest skipper .. i ,. ....... i ge 19, on
the British Oyster 56 I f I .i .. i I. youngest
participant (among the 28 children under age 16) was
Jorgen Heli-Hansen, age 7 months, aboard the
Norwegian Beneteau Oceanis 393 SoL
The largest number of national entries (108) was from
the United Kingdom, and, a .... ... . .,, i. i
the largest number ofyaci- ... ii 1 ii 11 .i
were 25 multihulls, .1. I .. 1.. .... 1. ... I at 13.
Before the start in l .- i .... .- 111 i . ... Work
shops and seminars offering practical and informative
advice for the Atlantic crossing included topics such as
rigging, power management, provisioning, routing and
weather. Scotsman Graham Roxburgh of the Hylas 46
Solferino told Compass that his main impression in Las
Palmas was "the enormous energy of a thousand
yachtsmen -the adrenaline was almost visible."
Graham first saw Solferino at the 1997 London Boat
Show, bought her seven years later, and has sailed her
out of Portugal since then. In preparation for the
Atlantic crossing, which is notoriously hard on rud
ders, Graham reinforced the arrangement for the
restraint at the head of his yacht's rudder post with

stainless plate. He also renewed much of Solferino's
running rigging with super-strong Dyneema.
Graham, who did the ARC with three friends as
crew, described conditions as sometimes "quite
tricky", with very high winds and crossing wave trains
in the middle of their rhumb-line course. "Winds were
quite vicious in squalls," he rep-rt' "rr'inn tpn or fif
teen degrees either way." The .. 1.. ..- .. I I find
any weakness": a shackle at the masthead failed, the
lib went in the water and 'ot run over in 30 to 40

and also asked experienced friends to list their favorite
spots. One friend, for example, listed the Tobago Cays,
the Pitons, Roseau, the Saintes, St. Barts and Road
Bay (Anguilla). Another mentioned St. Barts, the
Saintes, Bequia, Guadeloupe, Grenada, the Tobago
Cays, the Virgin Islands, French St. Martin,
Montserrat, Martinique and Nevis. Graham says, "The
lists will be sorted, and then destinations cherry
--- -i--t t- -vind and tide!"
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knots. His crewmrcmt-r "- n-;;;- -1 -- n. board Mid December's rainy weather saw the Rodney Bay
repairs and hand- I i i i ., i. ..... . autopi docks blooming with yachts
lot couldn't cope. After hearing of four other boats'
broken booms, the Solferino crew rigged not one, not wards) is also looking forward to cruising the islands,
two, but three preventers, with rubber mooring-type but for him its a question of when. Soon after arrival
snubbers incorporated to soften the shock loads, in St. Lucia, he had to get back to Ireland, where he
They arrived December 12th: "What a welcome we've has a boatbuilding company in Tralee. Navillus the
had from all the locals!" Among the services and shops four-cabin version of the Bavaria 50 -has been put
available at Rodney Bay, Graham noted particular sat into charter service at the TMM charter base in St.
isfaction with the well-stocked Island Water World Vincent. She had previously been in charter in Cork,
chandlery, and repairs done at the Doyle sail loft but with Ireland's short sailing season she was idle
"all very impressive in one marina". His wife flew out part of the year. So others will now enjoy sailing her in
to meet him and they stayed at the new Bay Gardens the Grenadines until Brian can return.
Beach Resort while partaking of all the post-arrival A couple dozen other ARC participants won't have
fun: "We like the social side of the ARC." time to see much more of the Eastern Caribbean than
Like most ARC participants, Graham eagerly looks St. Lucia, either -they'll be starting a circumnaviga
forward to .,i,,.. the Lesser Antilles. To plan his tion there with World ARC on January 23rd.
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James Anderson of the British Contest 40 Cleone did the ARC in 2005, and will join
other entrants in World ARC this month. But he decided it would be a shame to miss
Barbados, which hosted the ARC finish from 1986 to '89, so he crossed the Atlantic
independently this time and made his landfall there. In contrast to the hubbub in
Rodney Bay, he found only half a dozen yachts in Carlisle Bay. "We . I .
he told Compass, "there's lots to see and do, friendly people and a .,,,ii i, ,-
age." He adds that the inner
basin in Bridgetown would
make an excellent yacht harbor.
James' 2005 2006 cruising
season in the Windwards and
Leewards, however, was typical
of what many ARCers will expe
rience this year, with highlights
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and went from place to place
along the waterfront. One of our
sons came home late, the other
at friend's bodawn!"t ind Antcing Son Solferino's owner and his wife raise a glass to a
Week. In 2006, Cleone returned successful ARC three cheers for a good boat,
with ARC Europe, which leaves both ends!
annually in May from I ii I I
Whether crews wer I I ii I I ;'t- i n -ring up for a
circum navigation, or -Ii i ... i ,-.i ,,, i 1 : ,i i i..i... Rodney Bay
was buzzing. Andrew Bishop, "rin in. Director of the ARC organizing body World
.... .i told Compass, i .* participants have experienced a wide range
( i I.1 ... md challenges during their Atlantic crossing and have arrived in St.
Lucia in faster than usual overall times. All i1 ,, ,,, i I ,
than usual with the marina bursting at the .'.- '. i,,,. i .. i, ,
at the end of the event."
Martin Lucas of Island Global Yachting, which purchased Rodney Bay Marina last
year, tells Compass that comprehensive rebuilding of the docks is planned, with the
goal ol I ... . ir for the arrival of ARC 2008 in December. "Be patient it's going
tobe ,,1
Outside the marina, the whole area around Rodney I .. .. was buzzing, too,
as exemplified by Buzz restaurant's annual Monday '",,1.1 I cocktail party, a
"seafood fiesta" at Spinnakers on Reduit Beach, the Fun Day dinghy races at St.
Lucia Yacht Club, an ARC costume party on Pigeon Island, the marina manager's
party, plus specially arranged shopping tours, lectures on local culture and
Caribbean cruising, steelband entertainment and more, culminating in the gala ARC
prizegiving ceremony. Stamina was required for more than the crossing!
This wasn't the easiest ARC ever, but perhaps that made the post landfall activi
ties in December 2007 especially exuberant. As Graham Roxburgh of Solferino
summed it up: "Participants are enriched by the trip."
For more information; a list of event, port and corporate sponsors; andfull results
visit www.worldcmising.com/arc.

The Search for Arnolf

Lost and Found

by John Burnie
Participants in the 2007 ARC are reminded that a number of vessels were aban
doned during the Atlantic crossing last year. 1i, .,- ,..1,11 .... ...... ., that most
of the abandoned vessels still made the cros-t... --..11 .. liough they
had no crew on board.
I became involved in one particular abandoned vessel's plight, solely due to the fact
that the underwriting agent of the abandoned yacht happened to be the same compa
ny that carries the cover: 11. ..1... i. 1. ., 1 .-1. .. with mypartner, Ann Louise.
The Bavaria 35 Arnolf ,, ..... ... 11 .. -- lost its rudder on or about
10th December 2006 at a position approximately 19.42N, 34.360W. The owner
believes he struck an underwater object. Having unsuccessfully tried to control the
yacht without a rudder, the owner and the crew decided to abandon the vessel. They
S.. ... i .. i, ,... the event on the llth December 2006.
Si i .- .. I .. .... .11 .I i ship on the 14th February 2007 and
its position was reported at 18.25N, 56.15oW, some 350 to 400 miles northeast of
Guadeloupe. The vessel had in 64 days all but completed the remainder of the cross
ing without any sails or crew.
On the 19th February, I was in Antigua and, during a chance conversation with our
insurance underwriters, they mentioned to me the case of the abandoned Arnolf They
asked me if I knew anyone who would be in a position to help them locate the drift
ing vessel. I naturally offered. I happened to know a very good Antiguan aviation com-
pany, Norman Aviation, and I suggested we could make a targeted air search out of
Antigua. The insurance company were enthusiastic and so we put our minds as to
where the vessel might turn up, bearing in mind the range of a limited aircraft search.

My partner, Ann Louse, gets reaay tojiy as tne starDoara nana spotter

One of the great navigators on this planet is my f .... .. ,I winner
of the Sydney Hobart Race on Aera), so I rang HugI .... 1 i. I .I I i I..... to look
at the facts we had and asked him to come up with some predictions as to where we
should look for the drifting vessel. Hugh calculated from the information that we had
this abbreviated plan:
Air search planning by HJA in London
Feb 14 position (12Z) 18.25 N, 56.15W
Dec 11 position 19.42N, 34.46W
Historic drift rate 1,221 nautical miles in 64 days at 102 magnetic
19.1 nautical miles per day
Projected position based on historic rate 1815N, 5855W
Projected position based on guess rate 1723N, 5924W
24 nautical miles per day
085 magnetic drift
Centre of search area 150 miles from Antigua
5 hours search at 200 knots, so available search time 3.5 hours
Assume 1 nautical mile either side so 2 nautical mile swath
So 1,400 square nautical mile search area, 28 nautical miles x 50 nautical miles
Hugh drew the schematic plan below (not to scale) of where we should search for
the vessel bearing in mind the limits of the aircraft range ability (200 knots for 3.5
hours in the search area).
Hugh had to calculate all this from only two known positions of the yacht, one on
11th December 2006 and one on 14th February 2007 -with more than 1,200 miles
and 64 days between! He created a grid in which we should look, with an estimated
position of where the vessel might be. We decided we would start from a predicted
position P and then enter the square at the bottom corer near S4 and fly grids,
searching on either side of the aircraft with binoculars.

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Whyv did te n..t find the Amolf?
This is i.. ,. that will probably haunt me for a long time. The drift angle of
the vessel 'I ... I, last known position to Anguilla was again exactly 102 degrees
magnetic and the drift rate close to 19 miles a day. This is in exact correlation with
Hugh Agnew's original calculations. There was a short ... I .1 I .. ..... of
the 22nd February, but not high enough to throw our .1 ,,I .. ..I .
Below are two diagrams from Jonathan's ASBAR computer program predictions.
The dots on the diagrams are (moving) predicted positions of where the yacht could
be after the last known position. What I have subsequently realized is that, at exact

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ly the same time and place we were searching, there was an unusually strong clock
S- -i ., i n current (see Diagram 2). There is a possibility that this abnor
: i .1 11, .rrent took the yacht in a circle well to the north of where we
I. -i .. Unfortunately this data was not properly available until just
after we abandoned the search on 24th. The yacht was there -and probably very
close we simply missed it.

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After turning up offAnguiUa, Arnolf was hauled out at Marigot, St. Martin,
essentially sound but for the missing rudder

Lessons Learnt
* Yachts clearly do not sink easily. Here is certain proof that a yacht is still your
best life-raft.
Anyone crossing the Atlantic should consider how they would sail their vessel
if they lost the rudder. Few modern yachts can be sailed easily without a rudder,
especially down wind.
It might be advisable I 1. ii. -.. ..i. of your rudder post- is it steel or
another material? The i, I .1
A small yacht is very hard to spot at sea level even in the flattest of conditions.
A sat phone is a marvellous device for communication while offshore.
Failure is more -l~i-rn7 when you are tired. It took me days to get over the
disappointment of. I ... .... the vessel.
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So, the plan was set and we flew out of Antigua on the sea-grid search flight with
Norman Aviation on the morning of 20th February 2007. Ann Louise was press
ganged into being the starboard-hand spotter.
Some will say we were lucky (and we were, because the sea was .i ... .. i
but I still take off my hat to Hi ^j ,n--- n 1-, tor extraordinaire *...... ..... .
th- r--h eri1- fl-ine .t 1 ni ., i .... I .... spotted a yacht soundly afloat on the
.i ..i .. I -., i 1. .... 1 ... 15 miles south of the predicted position. Closer cir
cling at lower altitudes proved the vessel she had spotted was indeed the Amolf, now at
position 17.50N, 50.04W. After a few low passes we returned to Antigua.
I reported to the underwriters in Europe that we had located the yacht some 280
,,i. .. .i. .i i ,,. ..nd that the present drift direction would eventually take
Their next proposal took me slightly unawares: would I be prepared to put to sea
and tow the vessel back to port? This was quite an undertaking; we mulled over the
of any such rescue attempt.
'. ome discussion, Ann Louise and I decided that we had a reasonably good
chance of success. Firstly, we have an early N i I. ..i..... yacht that has two
80-horsepower engines, unusually powerful :. ... ..... I I a sailing yacht of
her size. (We also have i ---- --- T t .- t t- i iv t; for towing.) Secondly, we
had a really good fix or. i. II -- I .- I... 11 1I. weatherwas as calm as I
had ever seen it in the Caribbean. We rushed to pre -.r- --:. i;r 1. mind we would
have to tow a highly unstable vessel over a distance ol ........... i I engaged two
extra crew to help: one a highly experienced captain, the 1. . -1 i young deck
hand. The insurers also agreed to indemnify us in case ol .. ,
We put to sea late afternoon on 22nd February. En route I got down to some seri
ousplanningon the .,1 ii .. 11. 1 ... inLoi.l .1 ... i 1 .1 1 .1
approach to anynew I 1. i .1 , i I. ssel. ( .. ..i ...
we had, we reckoned we had a very good chance of intercepting the vessel on an
accurately predicted drift line. Strange as it may seem, vessels adrift are far more
influenced in their direction by current than they are by any wind.
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northeast of Antigua

We reached our predicted position at 1400 hours on 23rd February and found
nothing. We were not at that point particularly surprised at not :,. i. i. - 1:
spotting a small yacht at sea level is not as easy as from 1,000 fee ,,I 1 I,, I a
very slow search with radar right through the night, sectioning the drift line that we
expected the Arnof to follow. The radar on our yacht is excellent and I had no doubt
we would eventually spot the vessel.
The next day came and went. The sea was like a millpond and from the second
spreaders we could see a considerable distance. With Hugh's help in London we
criss-crossed the drift line on every permutation we could think of, but no vessel was
to be seen. We later raised a very large passing container ship on the VHF. On their
very sophisticated radar they could see no other vessels in a 25-mile radius either.
Where on earth was the Arnolf? Could she have possibly sunk?
I contacted the underwriters and explained our predicament. They felt we were so
close to finding the vessel they immediately sanctioned a second overflight by
Norman Aviation to try to guide us from th- .; 1 f- it t 1 .1- again. It was real
ly quite moving, making rendezvous with i i.. .i ..... 11 I .. .It to sea and under
such circumstances.
The aircraft made a full search for over one hour. As dark approached we felt
.1 i I pressed that despite all our effort, including the over-flight, we still had no
I .. vessel. We searched again all night by radar and awoke to another beau
I 1... day on 24th.
At this point the underwriters made a bold decision and instructed a second but
better arranged over-flight by the aircraft. This time we engaged the services of
Jonathan Cainer, who runs the splendid ABSAR res .. .
this particular moment Jonathan was monitoring the ... .. .
lantic rowing race. In conjunction with the US Coast Guard, Jonathan runs a high
ly sophisticated computer program on tidal, current and drift patterns -the pro
gram makes highly exact drift predictions in the waters surrounding the Leeward
Islands. Jonathan was right up to speed on the present current/drift predictions
I. ,11 .... I ,,, II I.. I I I,,I i. ..i i ..... I I we entered all the datawe had on
S I. if -,', ..- ... ,i,.. .' ,, incurred closely with our estimates
of where the vessel should be. Jonathan then kindly flew on 11. I 1., i. i
his wife as spotter and made a full search from the air for ,, i I,,,,.
felt really depressed and feared that the Armof really must have suddenly sunk!
We had to see some sense in this after all the effort and time spent, so at 1700 hours
on the 24th we called off the search and made our way back to Antigua empty-handed.
The Aftermath
The Arnolf arrived off Anguilla at the beginning of March 2007, and was .1 1
and towed into Road Bay by fishermen assisted by the Marine Divisio ., I 'I
,,.,,i .... lice Force. At almost exactly the same time another abandoned vessel,
I- ; .. (which was not in the ARC) arrived in Anguilla as well. This Grand
Soleil 39 had also lost its rudder, off the Cape Verde Islands, and she crossed the
Atlantic in about the same time frame.
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I I s something that is scoffed at by some of
the more shall we say professional or long-term
sailors. I heard many say, "I wouldn't want to cross
an ocean with a bunch of amateurs", or "Its all very
well, but I prefer to cross when I want to, not when
some organizer, who is not making the trip, tells me
to". Well, there is some truth in all of this -I speak
from experience, or lack of, one might say!
You see, many are inexperienced: some only cross as
crew to fly back, purely for the buzz. Others plan a year
out, and a few, like us, plan to make this their new life,
a cruising life for the next fewyears at least. With regard
to leaving when you want because of bad weather, it's
-t -1-..t --t .-ti--.l-- --- n the official start date.
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people making the crossing. Over a period of ten
years, that amounts to 20,000 people who have
sailed across the Atlantic in small boats. Thats less
than an average Saturday afternoon's crowd at
Manchester United's football ground!"
Yvonne and I crossed the Atlantic with the ARC
2006 aboard our Hunter 44DS, Chaser II, as rela
tively novice sailors, which is precisely why we came
with an organized group, hoping to have some back
up if things went bad. We weren't so naive as to think
we would all be traveling in convoy; in fact, I believe
we only saw two other boats during the trip, apart
from when we diverted to answer a Mayday.
I can briefly tell some of our experiences, 1. ;. .1 n
our home country Spain in August 2006. 11 ...
ing up our business, we decided to take off and cruise
the Mediterranean. We bought all the charts ..
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...and pilot books prior to going to the London Boat Show
early in the year. For some reason, on the ARC stand we
signed up for crossing the Atlantic! So, before leaving
Spain, our plans changed 180 degrees, something we
were to becon ... 1 1 1,,,,,; 11. ... ;,: ear.
I must say i i i11 i ... i. good
value for m--'" I --in 1- yI .lr-i? -nd social
gatherings, .. I- ....I II i. l .at many
marinas en route and in Las Palmas and St. Lucia, as
well as seminars in lifeboat drill, helicopter rescue,
flare firing, weather advice and daily weather reports.
But it's the social thing, the camaraderie, the friend
ships that develop that makes this event so special. No
price can be put on that.
Las Palmas is a great city, and when we arrived the
marina was slowly coming to life with the arrival of our
fellow ARC boats and others preparing to cross the
Atlantic. It is important to get to Las Palmas early:
there is always something you'll need to do or order,
the chandlers are snowed under with people, and
apart from that it's good to relax and meet the other
crews, many of whom we've since met up with, or
we've stayed in touch by e-mail.
The start day is a memory we shall cherish forever. It
was very emotional -r'in? good-bye to our -li]ct-r
who came to see. 1 ing"Seeyouin i I
to our new friends (or should we say competitors?) and
waving to the thousands of local people who came out to
see us all leave. Of course, for the majority of the boats
it is not considered a race. We, like many, and especial
ly being double-handers, were only concerned with get
ting to the other side safely and without any damage.
Ti ... ...., -,'"" was one of the fastest crossings
fo. 1. .... .. i i boats; the winds were stronger
than in most years previous, and this did take its toll.
Two ARC boats were lost (crews rescued by other ARC
boats) and a couple were dismasted, there were broken
booms and a couple of yachts lost their rudders.
We ourselves heard a Mayday, from a double-hand
ed non-ARC vessel, on our SSB receiver -a man was
lost overboard. We plotted its position and guessed
that we were one of the nearest ARC boats. The ARC
office e-mails a daily report of all participants' posi
tions, and according to that report we calculated that
about 20 miles away was another ARC boat, Macnoon,
with an SSB transceiver. We altered course to the dis
tress and made contact by VHF to Macnoon, who'd not
heard the Mayday, but immediately called for a
response and altered course. Having made contact
with the vessel in distress, Macnoon tried to contact by

SSB the MRCC in Fort de France. It was apparently
difficult to make contact, so we telephoned the MRCC
in Falmouth who in turn contacted the British war
ship HMS Lancaster that was on exercises in the area.
The skipper of the vessel in distress, due to good sea

Chaser II crosses the ARC 2006finish line -to begin
new adventures in the Caribbean

manship, managed to find his lost crewmember after
four hours in the water. The victim needed urgent
medication, but he was so lucky -it was midnight on
a moonless night. Macnoon relayed medical help from
a doctor aboard another ARC boat 200 miles away,
and we both stood by until morning, together with two
other sailboats, until the warship arrived.
The rest of our trip remained uneventful. We had
some strong winds made worse by a confused sea,
which I can tell you made it very difficult to balance
our little camera while it was on self timer, grab a
glass of champagne, run round the other side of the
cockpit in a harness in order to get a photo of the two
of us celebrating halfway! Nevertheless Chaser II made
maximum boat speed -lrin;: most of the daylight
hours. Every night we : I i ... Twizzle Rig while one
of us was alone on night watch.
They say that whenever two sailboats are together
there is a race. We, of course, had no interest in rac
ing but, as we got closer to St. Lucia, we started look
ing at the position reports a little closer. We realized
we were actually doing quite well, so instead of wish
n f-r little less wind, as we had done the previous
S..... i. we were looking for a little more.

After 18 days and just over 2,700 miles, we arrived
in St. Lucia, being, I believe, the second double-hand
ed boat to arrive. Just before midnight, as we
approached the finish line, our friends Chris and Tony
aboard Waylander called us on the VHF ii1,,. -s to
hurry up because they wanted to go to L I told
them we're not into that sort of thing but we'd like to
join them for a rum punch! Yvonne and I were tired
ii' .i i.' .1. '.. -. . .. ...- ofhumour. We had
.i i I 11 I .nmittee and by our
friends who arrived before us. I'm sure this year will be
no exception and 1 ..... i I I :rew will have an
equall-- ni- 1- : I..... II made the trip
very ...I ,I .1 I probably more than we did; we never
took any water into the cockpit or had any misgivings
about her design or capabilities.
Would we do it again with the ARC? Going east to
west, most definitely!
Now, one year on, Yvonne and I are a little more
experienced. We have crossed an ocean, but our learn
ing curve is only just beginning. During these past
year, we have spent nine months on anchor, in deep
water and shallow, in calms and gales. We've learnt
more about the weather, our boat systems, repairing
sails, how to get WiFi (a modern sailor's vice), even
how to write magazine articles (albeit badly) -and the
more we learn from our experience, the more we real
ize how much more there is to learn.
I'm sure during these next months we'll hear stories
from the new arrivals in St. Lucia, their plans for the
future, and, if they stay in the Caribbean, we'll hope to
meet some of them on our travels.
As for Chaser II, we seem to be going places some
want to avoid. We are currently in Venezuela: there is
so much to see; its absolutely beautiful and a place
not to miss. Trinidad, too, was great and we will return
sometime. The island chain was enjoyable; it was all
new to us, so we spent a lot of time there -maybe too
much, because the best was yet to arrive.
Our plans, therefore, have changed considerably.
Originally we had planned to return to Spain in May 2008,
but now our plan is to cross the Caribbean in February
2008 to meet our dear ARC friends aboard Waylander in
the Dominican Republic, then together we'll travel west to
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Colombia, Panama, San Bias, Belize and of course our
return to Trinidad. I'm sure we'll be in the Caribbean
for the arrival of ARC 2008 and probably 2009 and, if
we stay fit, young and beautiful, 2010.

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I spent a couple of days in the Tobago Cays Marine Park in early December. This
was the first time I had visited since the park became active about a year ago.
Before then, as regular readers of Compass will be aware, there had been a lot of
controversy about how the park should be run and who should manage it. At one
time, the government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) planned to hand the
park's operation over to Palm Island Resorts Ltd, a hotel-management company run
by US-born Robert A. Barrett. One line of logic for doing so, which I heard at the
time, was that Vincentians would lack the skills and abilities to run their national
park themselves. Happily, popular opposition to Barretts for-profit management
proposal led to its collapse. Subsequently, many of us feared that, after the strong
ly pro-Barrett position taken by SVG's Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honorable
Ralph Gonsalves, the administration might not be able to switch gears and put in a
capable team of locals to do the job. I am happy to say that, at this point, such
thoughts seem to have been totally unfounded.
The progress the Tobago Cays Marine Park has made in ...... ...
government headed by Prime Minister Gonsalves is to be .- i. i i i ,,i
in a good management team. The board of directors; t i.i ... I .
Dublin; and the rangers are making an excellent start, and -I ... i ..
national marine park can be -and should be -locally run. The current ~n -
ment plan, developed with local consultation, is conservation-based, :. I 1'
oriented. The EC$10 per person, per day, park entry fee is intended to maintain and
protect the park.
The island of Baradel has been returned to its pristine state. All litter and charcoal
remnants, once the dominant features of the beach, are gone. The vegetation has
made an excellent comebac'- -.-ii-it the previous depredations of the goats.
I went out to Petit Tabac : 11 i1 -I time in years and found it also in a pristine
condition. I did not visit Petit Rameau and Jamesby, but feel confident they are the
same. Petit Bateau is the only island where barbecues and T-shirt sales are now
allowed. It is clean and well cared for. A toilet, which is essential for day-tourists,
has been installed in a completely hidden and secluded area, which is exactly as it
should be.

A series of small buoys now mark the sea turtles' feeding area in front of Baradel.
These buoys prevent boats from anchoring between them and the shore, and help
protect swimmers as well as the turtles. The buoys are a huge success; nearly every
one that snorkels here manages to swim with some turtles. (I think a useful addi
tion to this would be two or three dinghy moorings close together, right outside the
entrance to this area, so that people wanting to snorkel do not have to take their
dinghy inside the buoyed area at all.)
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surrounding them. are slowly but surely becoming a well protected area
By and large the vendors are driving their boats carefully and within the five-knot
speed limit. There is more of a problem with yacht tended ........ ... ent visit,
while the majority drove slowly, a few zoomed out to the: I .1 -i I and one
yachtsman was water-skiing through the anchorage on both the Saturday and
Sunday afternoons (no rangers were around at this time).
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Part of the problem here is that, at the moment, the users have little or no idea
what is expected of them. I have no doubt this water-skier thought what he was
doing was okay. The park clearly needs a leaflet, given out when you pay your fees,
that informs visitors of the park regulations -including the speed limit. I under
stand that the park used to have such brochures but has now run out of them. In
the meantime, in the spirit of trying to help, I have included some park regulations
and expected behavior in a sidebar.

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The small-boat passage in the reef has been well buoyed. More dinghy-mooring
buoys are needed on the outer reef, and I understand these are coming soon. The
reef, which has suffered considerable hurricane damage, still has lots of fish, and
the hard corals are -:-;;;;: to make a comeback. I saw a lot of white sea urchins;
these, along with tl I I .-I will help keep the algae growth down and allow the
reef to recover.
As a photographer and hiker, I love to be able to walk to a good viewpoint where I
can see the islands and yachts below. There are two good trails I know of in the Cays.
One used to lead to the high point on Petit Bateau, but now only goes as far as a
rock about halfway up. The other leads to a viewpoint on Jamesby. I think it would

be excellent if these, and maybe one or two other footpaths, were maintained by the
park rangers in an ecologically friendly manner. It would enhance the experience of
the park users and all those photographs taken from on high would do much do
publicize the park.
The Tobago Cays were perhaps in their most perfect natural state before the early
1970s when they were barely visited. On this last visit I saw them closer to this orig
inal state than they have been for very many years. I would like to say "thank you"
to the Tobago Cays Marine Park team for helping achieve this; also to the vendors
who are clearly cooperating .1-1 1---r;; the park attractive.
The Tobago Cays do not : I ....I ....", only a gentle managing hand. This is
exactly what is happening now. I hope the management team will keep this in mind
and consult with users before making any drastic changes, such as laying down a
large number of yacht moorings, which could potentially harm the appearance of the
area's natural beauty.

TCMP Regulations and Etiquette

Please enjoy this magnificent park and help others to do so by obeying regular
tions and being considerate.
There is a five-knot speed limit in the park. This applies to all vessels, dinghies,
water taxis and sailing boats. Please obey it and keep a good look out for swimmers.
People swim throughout the area -among the anchored yachts, from yachts to the
reef and to the islands. The speed limit precludes water-skiing and many water
sports. (The use of jet-skis is illegal in all of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.)
Please enjoy snorkeling and looking at the fish and turtles. They are here
because this is a conservation area and no fishing is allowed. You may not collect
or harm any kind of sea-creature including the corals. Do not take souvenirs in
any form including shells and rocks. Take only pictures.
A turtle-watching area has been established around the beach at Baradel. It is
marked by a series of linked buoys. If you wish to snorkel in this area, either
anchor your dinghy outside the buoys or take it directly (and very slowly) in to the
beach and pull it up on the sand. No anchoring or drifting with your dinghy is
allowed in this area. Do not run your dinghy through this area except to go to and
from the beach.
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Relaxing in St. Lucia

by Shirley Hall
A return to St. Lucia had
been on our agenda for
months after almost a decade
of cruising south of 12
degrees north. After anchor
age in bustling Chaguaramas,
Trinidad, my husband and I
decided that St. Lucia would
be a great place to relax and
be a tourist again. Early
November was chosen as a
good time as the Atlantic
crossers and other cruisers had
yet to appear in great numbers.
Most of the storms should have
passed, but the island would be
green from rains.
St. Lucia is a somewhat odd
island. It has some nice
beaches, yet a couple of steep ......
peaks are its Caribbean iden
tity. The Pitons are supreme
1-- -rt -ni- but virtually
II the average
person. St. Lucia does, how
S1 .1-ut a "drive
I .. .. i I ... Been there,
done that. Not overly
impressed. I had expected to
drive my rental car close
along the rim of a crater of
glowing lava. Instead I got
some mud and the smell of
sulfur. Good thing someone
mentioned it was the volcano!
Rodney Bay now has a full
scale hotel on Pigeon Point
where a decade ago Lucian
drivers came to chill, listen
ing to country and western
music. On the water were
fewer than 20 other yachts, very spread out. The haul A one day auto tour was within our cruising budget
out at Gros Islet looked busy from our dink (I desper and captured all the highlights
ately try to stay away from boatyards). The docks at oriented Caribbean towns, has traffic that doesn't flow
the Rodney Bay Marina were sparingly occupied and due to congested streets, twists and turns. I had forgot
had visibly changed little since our last visit. The ten that the impact of taxi vans and cruise ship pas
Bread Basket Restaurant/Bakery is larger, and their sengers can take some of the thrill out of the Caribbean.
coffee and pastries are still excellent. The parking and The great upside is that almost every road throughout
pick up area was as hectic as ever, as everyone St. Lucia has been very recently paved. Those roads are
seemed in training for the start of the season when the the real key to revealing the beauty of St. Lucia.
ARC arrives. Always on a budget, our last one day tour of St.
The downside was that four cruise ships were in Lucia had been almost eight years ago. This time the
Castries the day we went to the city, and an average of rental car was better, bringing us to the beautiful as
two were due every day. Castries, like so many tourist ever, barely changed Dennery scenic overlook on the

windward coast. (What happened to the banana
ketchup?) Farther along a sparsely populated south
east coast, a massive hotel and golf course are being
constructed. The impressive view from the top of the
town of Vieux Fort affords a 360-degree look at some
of the most beautiful undeveloped Caribbean. Since
we were last there, a Kentucky Fried had appeared.
The isolated international airport near Vieux Fort has
n't caused any big development explosions, except
now the town has a good-lookir.. i .... I ...... well
protected port. We had a great -.... I. I I grilled
mahi mahi at a family owned hotel nearby.
The goal of our visit to St. Lucia was to relax, and my
first desire was to settle into a hot natural bath at the
Soufriere Botanical Garden, worth ten times the price.
Fantastic, nothing had changed. i i. i he eager
crowd of cruise-shippers and spl i I i1 private
bath. The entire botanical garden is absolutely stun
ning, the waterfalls are exquisite, and the private bath
has an antique character. You get the key from Miss
Bess and fill it to your chosen temperature -the sul
furous water is hot, really hot. The story is that the
king of France paid to develop this volcano-heated
mineral spring as a spa for his soldiers. He did right.
We oohhed and aahhed while soothing old boat bites.
The time limit must be relative to how many people
desire the private bath: we had time to casually enjoy
some libations and fruit.
Totally refreshed and revitalized, we headed on to
"ni-- m-re spectacular views and the beginning of the
,. 1 ..... effect of desiring a cocktail in a scenic loca
tion like Anse Chastenet, just north of Soufriere. (Of
all the wonders of St. Lucia, why not fix that horrible
road?) The restaurant and beach bar hadn't changed,
except for the better. The rum punches and aromas
ri ,fr- the grill are true art forms. Another "must
.1 the parking lot is one of the wonders of
modern arctit--t;;;- -. 1- ut of place, six-level
monstrosity ... -. i .I i alien flying saucers.
On to the coup de grace, enjoying a sundowner at
the Dasheen Restaurant. I remembered the glistening
swimming pool beside the intricately carved bar. All
aspects of the Dasheen are now slightly bigger and
better. Dasheen has "the" island view of the Pitons.
This vista is best in the morning before the sun gets
1.. 1. is it sets, hoping for the green flash; in the
. 1 ..... the Pitons are obscured by a silver glare.
At lovely Marigot Bay, Caribbean-style (or something
closely resembling it) palatial condos with personal
hot tubs and stunning swimming pools now line the
bay's southern hillside. I never thought I'd see a mega
yacht tied up stern to at the gorgeous stone Hurricane
Hole Bar. The Moorings weren't bad .... v
cruisers are discouraged from entering II
or inner bay. The memorably ..... i ,,,.
Customs and Immigration office is no i ,, .. ....
Tourism has many edges: scenic St. Lucia still has the
true, friendly Caribbean product but investment,
development and much-needed jobs is what it is all
about. We found the changes shocking and drastic at
Marigot Bay, but it could be worse.
Relaxed after our day ashore, we went back to the
boat in breezy Rodney Bay.


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A t first glance you might be thinking, "Coastal hiking -what a concept!" But,
whether you are sailing between the islands or just taking a boat around the
oast to fish or down to one of the offshore islands to lime (Trinidad & Tobago
slang for "hanging out"), it is a way of getting close to nature. So why hike if you took
to the waters to get away from the land? This why I came up with the concept of
coastal hiking, as you do not have to venture very far inland since the coast provides
many opportunities to hike, so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Many islands have trails that take you along the coast, and some coastlines are so flat
that you don't need a trail. One such island that I have visited is Nevis, where the area
along Indian Walk takes you to the ruins of various sugar plantation stone structures
such as windmill bases, a great house, a refinery and a lime kiln. And as you walk along
the coast you see the ocean on one side and Nevis Peak in the distance. On this walk
you are not alone as there are lots of '; .1 1. i .t .' 1 monkeys. Despite the fact
that they are feral, they rarely pose al l 1 i i..1 I II I .. ..... at the sight of you.
As you move inland you see distinct changes in the vegetation. Along the coast
there is short, gnarly vegetation shaped by the wind action. These plants have tough
succulent leaves that can withstand the sea spray. This gives way to ra7 1 -.1
which is dotted with shrubs, and this leads to thicker vegetation. However ,I i ,
venture inland from this route, as you get to the grassy area you come across a net
work of trails. But you must exercise caution as some of these were made by these
feral animals and if you follow them you might get lost or end up in unusual places
like under bushes, which is where these animals go to .; .1, 1 r, m the hot sun.
However, this series of vegetation types is not typical I .11 ., i- Bear in mind
that the conditions and vegetation along the coast of one side of an island are not
necessarily constant all the way round. Varying -;;; t- -1-;- -lifferent parts of the
coast produce rocky beaches or beaches with lo, I I I1. all sandy beaches
do not have white sand; some, such as Pinney's Beach in Nevis, are black.
When it comes to vegetation, variation is also seen: coasts with gentle breezes have
larger vegetation including seagrape and sea almond trees, while others with heavy
winds tend to have short, twisted vegetation. An example of this is on Anguilla, where
Windward Point is much drier, so as you move from the shore you meet a small strip
I I i i i... i then patches of Turk's Cap cacti. Some of the islets lying
II i i , .,, i .- I, aribbean are so tiny that there is even less variety in veg
etation. Anguilla again presents itself as an example; one of its offshore islands is
Prickly Pear Island, so called because of the abundance of this cactus there.
Of course when you think of hiking, you think of barrelling your way through veg
etation, but with coastal hiking the vegetation is sometimes so dense that you end
up going around it rather than through.

Above: St. Kitts' southeast peninsula. The allure of hiking along the Caribbean coast
line speaks for itself

Below: Sun-, wind and salt tolerant vegetation, such as the Turk's Cap cacti in
Anguilla, are tough and prickly, so wear stout shoes. Also drought tolerant, they
serve to remind hikers to carry plenty of drinking water!


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Coastal hiking is not without its dangers. Most of the
coastal areas in the islands have the manchineel tree.
The sap from this tree is very caustic and is said to strip
the paint off a car. When it rains, the water that drips
from the leaves is a dilute solution of this caustic sap. So
if you were to use it as shelter, your skin would get very
irritated and probably blister. This diluted sap has been
known to cause temporary blindness. This tree can be
identified by its leaves, where a tiny dot (actually a
gland) is present at the junction where the stem started
from the base of the leaf. DO NOT EAT THE SMALL,
There is not much gear involved in coastal hiking,
beyond light cool clothes, sneakers or boots (cactus
spines can easily penetrate flip-flops), a hat and sun
screen. But, as -.1. i..i ... farther inland, it is a good
practice to walk .II. I first-aid supplies, such as
bandages, insect repellent to prevent bites (mostly from
mosquitoes and sandflies), and an antihistamine cream
in the event you do get bitten or scratched. Also, we all
1 I I i 1 ,i.... .... ... I .1 g closetonatureand
Si I ... I Butyoushouldwalk
with a cell phone or hand-held VHF, so you can contact
help in case you get into difficulty. You may also want
to carry a camera to capture the memories.
Islands have no shortage of coastline and in turn no
shortage of coastal hiking opportunities. But no island
is ever the same and every hiking experience is unique.

K .I.S .S .Mission accomplished,
with a little creative
help. The rudder is
Back in place, and we


That Works

by Betty Fries
N ever in my wildest imaginings would I have believed that a quart bottle of ace
tone, a hunk of foam rubber, and a plastic mailing tube for charts would be
the major technological tools for taking the slop out of our rudder sleeve, but
that's exactly what happened in the boatyard this year. Let me explain.
Our 1989 Catalina 42, Forever Young, had an irregularly worn rudder sleeve
enough so that with each strong wave running under the boat there was a distinct
thump. Very disturbing.
C atalin .. 1 ,,,1 -, .... h I i. I .1 .. ... I I -1 11" 1 h I .. -t
the top of l I II i I I I I I ... I .-
h ou se ju s1 .... I I i i I I I i I I I II . . I I .. I. I
gram s of 1. I- II ...... .. I I I h Ih,- I i II I I 1, I I
to slide tt i h. I., I .I I -I .... I Ih -h i I -I ..II .i
ly reduced. This didn't seem very permanent to us, so we opted for the second method
which was to pour epoxy down the sleeve around the shaft and fill in the extra space.
First, the rudder was dropped and the shaft was washed again and again with an
acid solution, then wet sanded with a 200-grit sandpaper to remove all biological
matter and bits of fiberglass. Pitting was smoothed by filling with epoxy and
microfining. The shaft was then given three coats of maximum quick-release mold
wax so the epoxy would not bond with the shaft and freeze it in the sleeve!
The rudder was put back into the boat and aligned in the proper position. Inside
the bilge, the packing flange at the top of the sleeve did not allow enough room for
the epoxy so three holes were drilled through the sides of the sleeve. Putty was used
at the base of the sleeve to keep the epoxy from running out. A collar of stiff paper
and tape was constructed at the base of the holes to act as a funnel. It took about
three hours to coax the epoxy through the holes; not a fun time for the person
crouched down in the bilge beside the sleeve.
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Then we waited for the epoxy to set, but something wasn't right. As we watched,
the West System 309 epoxy mixture continued to run out of the bottom of the rud
der sleeve -it wouldn't harden. As happy hour approached, we decided to drop the
rudder and try -. i the next day with a 306 mix.
After morning II and crosswords, we started in again. The rudder shaft was
thoroughly cleaned and re-waxed. The sleeve was sanded with 60-grit sandpaper
wrapped around a broom handle and washed with acetone. The rudder was insert
ed and the process repeated. This time the epoxy hardened. The rudder was broken
free and exercised back and forth while a solution of dish soap was poured from the
top to act as a lubricant. Back and forth, back and forth -for hours, but the action
was much too tight. It was so tight that it's doubtful I would be able to steer the boat
for a three-hour watch, and Freeman the autopilot would burn itself .1.- .
It looked like we'd made a worse problem than the one we were trying, I i'
We didn't have much time to be depressed over this situation. When you live in the
same boatyard every year for a month or two, you become part of the local commu-
nity, and it didn't take long for word of our situation to become general knowledge.
Typical of the spirit that guides this organization, help soon arrived in the person of
Donald Stollmeyer, Operations Manager and a General Partner in Power Boats in
Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and a builder of custom catamarans in his spare time.
Donald's presence soon attracted the neighboring yachties and before we knew it,
our rudder became an interesting problem to solve rather than a catastrophe.


Some special K.I.S.S.
ingredients: part of
an old acetone bottle,
a hunk of foam and
a plastic mailing tube
for charts

The first step was to take the rudder out again, clean it up and see just how bad
the problem was. To our relief, we were able to work the rudder slowly out -in fact,
it was easy because the heavy rudder was held so tightly that no blocks were need
ed to keep it from dropping suddenly into its hole! It's strange to see a rudder liter
ally hanging in mid-air. After washing and microfining, the rudder action was much
better. A little sanding and we would be able to steer normally, but there was still
the same slop in the rudder. The epoxy had not migrated more than halfway down
the sleeve, and the greatest area of wear was at the bottom.
The Captain wasn't about to settle for anything less than making it right. Our
"committee" got to work. Using a pair of red plastic calipers, it was determined that
the sleeve was three millimeters larger than the shaft, with a deeper groove at the
very bottom. Looking around under the boat, an empty plastic acetone bottle was

found and measured. It was slightly fatter than the shaft. Using blue masking tape
as a straight edge, a thin slice was cut out of the bottle and the excess cut out. This
was inserted into the rudder sleeve at the top of the deeper groove as a guide for
where the first fill of epoxy would stop. Using a stick found under the boat, Donald
mixed the epoxy, trowek I .i ...i 1.i ... I .. I the guide strip. A four-inch
section of the cut-down I .. i 11 i11 i .i..i i i .m rubber inside was insert
ed to push the epoxy against the sides of the groove. A piece of wood was taped over


To make man-
handling the
heavy rudder
easier, one of the
thick scaffold
boards as used
as a lever

the bottom of the hole to keep it all in place, and everybody went to lunch while the
epoxy hardened. The groove was now filled evenly with the rest of the sleeve.
For the next application of epoxy, graphite was added to make a slippery surface
to allow the rudder shaft to move more easily in the tightened sleeve. The sleeve was
wet sanded and washed with acetone. Looking around, a stiff plastic mailing tube
for charts was found under a neighboring boat. It was two millimeters smaller than
the final rudder sleeve needed to be. Using two inch plastic tape, the tube was built
up to the desired final thickness and coated with the mold release wax. The epoxy
mixture was troweled up into the sleeve, the mailing tube was inserted and turned
gently to help distribute the graphite epoxy around the walls of the sleeve. It was
then taped in place and left to harden overnight.
Next morning, the tube was removed. It was time .Ii ... I I Ii, i
the sleeve. To make manhandling the heavy rudder 1... ,I, I, I I I I .I
was used as a lever. Two men would lift the rudder, one would stand on the board to hold
it up while the fourth shifted the heavy wooden blocks across the water-filled hole.
Of course, the rudder would not go in the first time. There were some high places,
especially around the very bottom, that needed to be smoothed down. Flipping the
... ..,,,. ube around, 220-grit wet sandpaper was attached to the tube with spray
. -. This was used to sand the inside of the sleeve. After several rounds of sand
ing and re-inserting the rudder, a proper fit was achieved -no more slop and no
more thumps. The rudder moved easily.
Thanks to Donald and the committee of yachties at Power Boats, Forever Young
was ready to go back in the water with her crew of three: Captain, First Mate and
Freeman the autopilot.



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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
You will have lots of romantic distractions for the first
three weeks, but try to stay on course. Don't let a spot of
bad weather in the last week set your sails aback.
TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Your creative Juices will be flowing with lots of wind in
your sails. Make the most of it before the 21st. A new love
interest will sail in during the last week.
t GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Batten down the hatches. This January will seem to be
nothing but squalls of arguments in your love life, culmi
nating with a possible mutiny by month's end!
C CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
LU The creative head-seas that started late last month will
() continue for the first three weeks of this one. Your sense
Sof humor is still stowed in the bilge, too. Just concentrate
0- on work on board and the time will pass more quickly.

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
You may feel misunderstood and put upon during the
last three weeks. There will be lots of support from loved
S ones and friends, though, so use this aspect to sail
through to better conditions.
o VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Though your business sails may seem to be backed and
S love will be tacking to and fro, your creativity will be on a
Positive tack until the 21st.
C^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
SYour creative energies may not be appreciated until
Sthe 21st. Your verbal skills will help you coast through
0 the doldrums.
TLSCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
CO Other than a few misunderstandings, this month will be
0 smooth sailing with only an occasional shower to wash decks.
> SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Love and romance will demand most of your attention
this month. Except for a storm near the end of the month,
all should be smooth sailing.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Your creative juices will be flowing, so spend your time
with special projects onboard and put your business con
cerns in the sail locker for a while.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Use your verbal skills to express your inner concerns
and straighten out any misunderstandings with fellow
crewmembers or cruising pals.
= PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
This month you will meet head seas whichever course
you choose. There will be difficulties in your love life, too,
culminating with a possible squall at month's end. Try not
to let it all get you down fair winds are on the way.

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Big vessel reach today, wid plenty o' lights.
Ketch rig modern cuttah, dat is what dey call dem dese days.
Tree jib up front; all o' dem roll up kind... mon -a tall rig boy!
But ya know, ... I.... not right.
Watch! ...de : II I .1 dem almost cuttah sail and ting but,
De mainsail all covered and he cruising wid full awning sail rigged and all such ting!
De mizzen it got all set of radar and windmill and serious radio antennae and it covered too.
Now, it ain't got no Carriacou or Bequia or Canouan man going to trim his cuttah to ketch and none o' dem
would enter bay wid sails covered. No. Dat why I know it a yacht.
Dis one, de one I on, dat be the onliest true vessel in de bay on dis day.
What! ...you ain't know it?
De fishermen dem, dey know it.
And de West Indian people know, dem fellas up windward side...
Dey build good ships, and know how to sail dem! Dey must! Dey travel far...
and want to return to Windward
To home.

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'It's All About U'

1) Remove oars from oarlocks
4 3) Remove turns of cable from bitts
4) Below
8) Lying at single anchor
S6 9) Topmost, as deck
10) Dark shadow of the moon
11) Jack: British merchant flag
7 13) Personal rain shelter
15) Employ
16) Seventh planet from the Sun
9 17) Sound of uncertainty
18) Rules besides general laws of merchants
20) North America below Canada (abbr.)
1o 21) Not collected, as freight
22) Expenses of appraisal
11 12

1) Departed this life: his lifeline"
14 15 2) North American Indian tribe
3) Circular piece of wood by which the legs of a
crowfoot are extended for suspending an awning
16 4) Not down
5) St. Lucia based tall ship
6) People transported by sentence of law
17 18 19 7) Hulk of a ship of burden
9) Prescribed dress for Navy sailors
10) Sky gazer
20 12) Damaged or short of contents
13) Major: the Great Bear constellation
14) Untie
21 16) Dark gold brown color
18) Prefix meaning one
19) and them
20) Bad, as weather

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Cousin Ernie, Here I Come!

Trevor Spends New Year in Barbados

by Lee Kessell

Trevor was over the top with excitement. His mother
had given in to his constant pestering and agreed that
he could spent the New Year school holiday with his
cousin Ernie over there on the windswept Atlantic
coast of Barbados. Usually he had to wait a whole year
for the long summer holiday before seeing Emie again,
so this was a real treat.
Trevor's mother had rung Aunt Josefina and what
could she say but "Yes, we'd love to have Trevor. It will
stop Emie from moping about the house."
i- ,. i ,- Boxing Day before flying off to
s1 i . -1 11. holiday with Ernie because
Trevor wouldn't miss Christmas in his own home in
St. Lucia for anything. His mother baked the best
turkey and ham in the entire island along with baked
yams in sugar and butter; souse cold and set like a
jelly from boiled pig trotters and green figs; and there
was always a huge pot of red beans, pig tails and those
chewy little dumplings made from flour and water.
There were other delicious foods too, because a heap
of friends and family came for lunch, bringing along
plates of special treats like a broth of fish, onions and
plantains; fried breadfruit balls; sweet ground-corn
pastels neatly wrapped in banana leaf squares and
tied with string; and always his grandmother's black
cake soaked in run. .1.1 .... 1 inmged spicy,
crimson sorrel drink ... i .... ..i ..... .-beer, main
ly for the kids, because the adults always helped
themselves to the rich, creamy ponche crema, that
heady mixture of rum, eggs and condensed milk. Oh
yes, Christmas day lunch was too good to miss, even
for Ernie.
So Christmas Day came and went and Trevor was
disappointed that he didn't get a new bike. ("Well,
young man," his mother had told him, "we can't afford
a new bike AND your fare to Barbados, so consider
yourself lucky!") That shut him up. Trevor quickly
decided that he would rather go to Barbados than
have a new bike; after all, his birthday was coming up
in a couple of months and he would work on Granny.
Boxing Day was bright and sunny and Trevor's father
drove him to Vigie airport, saw that he got through the
line up at the ticketing counter and then into the depar
ture hall. He breathed a sigh of relief as he walked back
to the car where he had parked it in the shade of a very
old and very large seagrape tree on the edge of the
sandy beach. Uncle Solly would have the responsibility

of looking out for Trevor for the next two weeks.
Barbados airport seemed to grow bigger and bigger
every time Trevor landed there and the terminal con
fused him with its huge space and luggage conveyors.
He almost went through the wrong door trying to find
his way out and when he made it through the big exit
doors he almost dropped with relief to see Ernie's grin
ning face as he rushed to help him with his bag. Ernie
loved pushing those bags on their own little wheels
and so did Trevor, but he was too tired to fight for the
right to race it like a toboggan across the road to
Solly's car. Yes, and there was Uncle Solly smiling at
him through the windscreen and, sure enough, he had
on his stingy-brim hat. This was a sure signal that it
would be a mad dash home to the little cottage on its
coral pillars way and over above Sweet Bottom.
... .. 1 en they got out of town and into the
.. ... 1i 1- Uncle Solly trod on the gas as he
approached those sharp bends in the road and turned
his indicator right when he wanted to go left. The boys
shrieked with happiness from the back seat, bellowing
to Uncle Solly's back, "Ride 'em, Cowboy! Hi ho, Silver!
Yippee-ki-ay!" and anything else they could think of.
This encouragement made Uncle Solly go even faster
and when they met a donkey pulling a cart coming
around the last bend, they all took to the fields, the
donkey and cart one side, the car on the other. The
donkey was used to pulling the cart into the fields, but
Solly's old car bumped everyone painfully as it leaped
and bottomed over the ruts and into the cane. But
being a good and sturdy old car, the only damage was
more paint scraped from the doors by the cane stems
and a lump as big as a bird's egg on Trevor's forehead.
As they drove into the yard, Uncle Solly warned:
"Better put your cap on, Trevor, or else Josefina will
ask awkward questions if she sees that lump."
As usual, Uncle Solly had driven around to the
kitchen door instead of i .rl-i;n by the front parlor
causing Josefina to "tut .- -. hurried the wrong
way. The old dog raised his head from the dust by the
steps and gave Trevor a tired yawn and a wink.
Matilda the donkey gave the boys a suspicious glance
while the black and white goats sneered. But Nyna,
Ernie's little sister, ran down the kitchen steps and
threw her arms about Trevor's waist, not that she
liked the way the boys ignored her, but he was her
cousin after all.

Now Uncle Solly had planned to give everyone a big
treat while Trevor was in Barbados. He i .1 ... ..
to Oistins on Friday night for the big f-1 I., I h I
dren were wild with excitement. Oistins by the fish mar
ket o0.. .. I I ,,.1 was the most popular place in the
whole I I Tourists came from all the hotels
and the locals liked nothing better than the freshly
caught fish fried or grilled and the heaps of salads and
potato .- 1.1 ,I F for the grown
ups, :. i...I i I .1 i I i .. ...... everyone hav
ing a good time -what more could you ask?
So here they were, that first Friday night down by
the sea at Oistins. Trevor and Ernie grinned when they
heard the beat of the music and smelled the barbe
cued fish and they thumped e ic i. .. I to get rid
of some of tht "nr- iunt ... I the stall
(there were I- I ... i,,. i food stalls under the
great roof of the market extension) as far away from
the loud music as she could get, but the children did
n't mind because they could take their heaped plates
down to the tables and benches on the edge of the pale
coral sand that fringed the clear, rippling water of the
bay. Fishing boats bobbed at their moorings while the
moon speckled the indigo sea with fists full of dia
monds. Kids ran and shrieked along the beach, run
ning races and throwing balls to each other. It didn't
take long for Trevor and Ernie to gulp down their food
and run off to join them, leaving poor Nyna to sit qui
etly by her mother and plan a suitable revenge.
When Trevor saw the big breakwater up ahead he
ran off to explore it, Ernie trailing behind. It was far
other than he thought and impossible to walk over as it
was made of those enormous concrete blocks with legs
that lock into each other. Disappointed, the boys
decided to walk around it and this is when they got
lost, ending up in a woody forest. After they had
pushed their way through the brambles, scratching
their legs on the sharp thorns, backyards and little
lanes still blocked their way. Where was the fish mar
ket? Where did Uncle Solly park the car? They walked
and walked, their legs tired and stinging from the
bramble cuts, they were hot and thirsty and fright
ened. Would they have to spend the night curled up in
a dark lane? Ernie grumbled that it was all Trevor's
fault and Trevor called Emie a spook.
But somehow or other they made it to the main road
and then it wasn't long before they found the car park
and Uncle Solly's old car. They also found a very angry
Aunt Josefina. But Uncle Solly, who believed that boys
will be boys, thought that by the look of them they had
been punished enough and told them he would deal
with them later. Tumbled into the car, the children
slept while Josefina sat stiffly by Uncle Solly's side as
he drove carefully all the way home to the cottage
where the wild Atlantic dashed white waves against
the cliffs in the moonlight.

Iv ^, t.- -f /a The hottest temperature in the ocean was found on the sea bed of the
i Atlantic where hot water at 4070C was emitted from a hydrothermal vent.
S20,000 microbes were found in one-litre samples of sea water.
eS A school of approximately eight million herring was located off the New
I J Jersey coast, the biggest ever seen.
S. On the negative side, historical research documents the collapse of
I many marine species through human exploitation, loss of habitat and pollution.
Other presentations were made on the best ways to document the research and
what would happen when the census was complete. So, was the meeting suc-
Vcessful? Some serious questions came up for discussion.
SWhat scientific questions about the marine environment will still need
answers after 2010?
i Is there a need for another census after 2010?
L If there is a need, which projects will continue?
How can we be assured that international cooperation will continue?
y Eli r How will a second census be funded?
by Elaine Ollivierre The research carried out from 2000 to the present has shown how little was
actually known about the oceans and the multitude of creatures which live there.
In November 2007, approximately 200 scientists met in Auckland, New The first census (2000 -2010) has only served to show how much is still to be
Zealand, to discuss the on-going progress of the Census of Marine Life. The cen learnt. With cooperation from governments, international agencies and the sci
sus ends in 2010 so it is important that the scientists agree on how to pull entific and academic community, it is hoped that support for a second census will
together their findings for publication in that year. be forthcoming. In the meantime, research continues.
The census is divided into several Research Projects (described last month).
Researchers from each of the projects made presentations on their work and their MATHS PUZZLE
findings so far. New technology means that the scientists can investigate the By looking at how many new species have been found in particular areas of the
oceans more deeply and thoroughly than ever before and they have already made ocean, scientists have estimated that the total number of marine species in the
some astonishing discoveries. Here's a sample of them. world :... 1 1 as many as one and a half million. We already know approxi
More than 5300 new creatures or marine organisms have been found, mately ....... of them. In the seven years of the survey, about 5,320 new
including. .. ... i i... i I1 I lobsters, species have been found. If we continue to find new species at the same rate, how
Sea birds c .11 i -1. .. . I .... i to make a round trip of about long will it take us to catalogue them all?
70,000 kilometres across the Pacific and back in less than 300 days.
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of water spinning off its tail. A threatening screech came
from overhead, and I gazed up in horror to see a seagull
bee-ii1n-. f-r th- little fella. My heart pounded in my
thro .i -1. .... fist at the feathery beast, I shouted,
"No!" And then I r;;- in mid-air, racing -.; int
the gull and tim( 1I I do what exactly? ,.' .1
with nature? Who really ponders scientific questions at
a time like this? Gulls aren't endangered; sea turtles are!
Though, as luck would have it, both gull and turtle had
vanished when I surfaced. I'll never know what hap
opened to my little reptilian friend.
We were anchored off Oranjestad in Aruba, the
Netherland Antilles: roughly 475 nautical miles due west
of Grenada or a mere 15 nautical miles due north of the
Paraguana Peninsula of Venezuela. Ashore, my hus
band, Peter, and I had joined a crowd of onlookers on the
beach. Together, we all gazed at an endearing, hilarious
clutch of 85 green turtle hatchlings. They were scram-
bling out of a tiny hole i: .... i i ....
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little heads. Scarlet ribbo..- .. .11 ... I .. 1
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ined Julia Roberts to come striding down! Nearby, two
erudite volunteer naturalists stood by with watchful
eyes. They had daily strolled along the beaches, alert for

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because the water is brighter than the shore. If a turtle
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ded it back on course. At the water's edge, the same
hungry gull swooped down for supper, but the crowd
succeeding in frightening it away with a resounding
clap of hands or an impassioned yell. Finally, all the
turtles became waterborne, each successive wave hav
ing pulled them into the ocean.
After this trek to the ocean, the hatchlings will ride
ocean currents up the Atlantic coast, spending from
three to five years in the deep waters: They are rarely
seen in these early stages of life. As carnivores, they
subsist on pelagic crustaceans like squid, jellyfish,
and algae. Later, when returning to the shallow
lagoons as immature juveniles, they will settle into a
more herbivorous, shallow water lifestyle, feeding on
sea-grasses and seaweed, which is about when we see
them beneath our boats.
To breed, a female turtle may journey roughly 2,600
kilometers between her feeding grounds and Aruba,
the original .. -i,,,. -.*e. Individual tr--; turtls have
been seen i .. .. .11. as Canada, .- i .. II as the
southern tip of Africa and Argentina, and even
Ascension Island in the mid Atlantic ocean (you can

Other sea turtles are also killed to make leather prod
ucts. In Southeast Asia and China, turtles are both
eaten and used in traditional medicine. A greatly
increased Asian turtle trade in recent years has
..1 ...... formerly common species to the brink
S ... i. .. ... this region.
The good news is, in the Caribbean, private resorts
-r.- ,l.n. concerted efforts at conserving their
SI. -i returning female turtles: tourists want to
see them. Eco-tourism saved the .. -1,,,. I ach of
I ., ... ... ta Rica. During L I thou-
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eaten as i i i . .. .- When the 1'
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the once deserted beach. I ....... ..I jobs had
replaced the lucrative sale of turtle eggs, once a major
source of income for the villagers.
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waters, I wishedmy .l I .... i i i, k and happy
endings. Now, when . i,, I ... i -and flashes
me those liquid brown eyes, my heart swells; I feel
blessed. I know one more adult turtle has made it
back. Looking at such beauty in the water, I vow to do
my best at conservation by educating others, boy
cotting shops that sell tortoiseshell items, as well as
restaurants that sell turtle meat.

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anchorage and you will likely find a sailor who knows Juan Baro and
who has benefited from Juan's knowledge and his cruisers' services.
As far as cruisers are concerned, Juan Baro might be called "The Mayor
S of Margarita".
Juan is a small thin man with a big presence. His bushy ,. i ........
cigarettewedgedbetween. 2: fh.--. .;- t; -.l 1 ;, f ..1-... i-f, -I
but Sunday, sitting at his .... '"' 1 I' l'. I...' i 1
pT...... ..... 1... ...... ....... rangingfrom classicalto Bci I i i I, 1 I i .. ..
i 1 1 -". ...' I '.-'1 chair outside, chatting with some cruiser or other in
French, or English, or Spanish, or whatever is needed to communicate.
I don't think I've ever read a cruising article about Margarita or spoken to a fellow sailor
who was offering me advice about my upcoming visit, where Juan was not a topic of con
versation. The advice is usually, "As soon I; ., ........ ia i
you cleared in and tell you where you can 1 I I ,, ,,,.
for an ice-cold can of 25-cent Polar beer at happy hour, Juans got that covered, too.

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We loved our stay in Margarita. When we arrived we announced on the net that we
would be moving on in three or four days. Laurie, the net controller that morning,
laughed and said something like, "That's what they all say." We ended up staying sev
eral weeks. Looking back at the possible places to hole up for hurricane season, I think
Margarita is the place to be next hurricane season. It is not below the hurricane belt
as far as most insurance companies are concerned but it is just a day sail to some
excellent hurricane holes along the coast of Venezuela, officially below the belt.
The water in th- '- .--r ..- off Juan's dock is usually clean for water-making and
swimming. "The .1 .. provides the best WiFi service we have seen in all the
Caribbean and provisioning is easy, thanks to Juan.
Three days a week Juan lines up a free bus 1.. .-permarket complex where
we bought large quantities of case goods, beer, II i... a new computer, and veg
tables and we didn't have to carry a thing. It was all carefully boxed up and deliv
ered right to Juan's dock where Alviz carried it all down to our dinghy. Prices are
great. We bought baguettes for 12 cents and filet mignon for less than US$4 a pound.
I'm always curious about people so I sat down and sipped a few beers with Juan
one warm Saturday afternoon in October. I learned two important things about Juan
: i I 1.. .1 4 been passionate about travel and he has always had a
S- .. I -1 ,,, i,,. the significance of his life.
Juan was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1952, the son of a successful businessman.
He became infatuated with the idea of world travel as a Boy Scout. The trips he made
with the Scouts lit a fire in his soul to travel and as a very young man he started a
log where he wrote down all the places around the world he wanted to visit. He went
so far as to make a pledge to himself to set out to tour the world when he reached
his 18th birthday. He kept his promise.
What better way to see the world than by ship? Juan's first travel was as crew on
a cruise ship, the SS Donicetei, and his first port of call was in Peru.
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Over the years there were many more ships to crew on and many, many exotic
ports of call. His adventures in Africa and the South Pacific had the greatest impact
on his life. If you meet Juan you may notice that he wears two unique bracelets on
.. 1 .. r 11 was given to him by one of his international mentors, wise men
I i.... I I I.... and taught him much about life. Each bracelet is supposed to
have special powers. The cowrie shell bracelet was a gift from his South Pacific
friend who told him to never let anyone touch it or it would lose its power. If some
one does touch either bracelet he was taught to take it off immediately and not wear
it again until it is purified by leaving it in a glass of salt water for 24 hours.
I pretended that I was going to reach out and touch one and he didn't flinch. He
smiled, knowing I would not dare.
"It has been at least four months since anyone touched them," offered Juan. "I am
very protective of them and I can tell when someone is looking, usually a woman,
and I know...."
He has always been an avid reader and is pretty much a self-educated man, never
attending university. He taught himself five languages, which has been very helpful
in his business. It is rare that he is not able to communicate with a sailor from just
about anywhere in the world. He speaks Spanish, English, and French fluently and
gets by in Italian and Portuguese. He has read "all the great religious books" as well
as books on philosophy and international business, all subjects he loves. His phi
losophy seems more Zen Buddhist than anything else but he says he has a very
open mind about all things.
I asked Juan if he ever had his own sailboat. He got a devilish smile on his face and
leaned toward me to say, "I have never owned a sailboat, you see, because I am a very
smart guy!" and he laughed he .. l 1.;. i .,..1 1: ... 1. ..rfed .. i..
H e l; 1;, ; .. ... .; 1 ,, i i .. i .. .. i. iut, 1 1 I I
he sa i i 11I,,, i ,,, .. i i i ,. i i 1.1, a heavy weight on
my shoulders so I had to leave there and I came to Venezuela." He spoke so fervently
I could almost feel that weight he had fled.
His first job working with cruisers in Porlamar was as an employee of Vemasca.
He was hired to do pretty much what he does now: provide clearance services for
yachts. After a few years, he was let go. For Juan that was not a crisis, it was his
opportunity. A few days later he rented a desk in another waterfront business,
1 ,.1.1, VHF radio and announced to the harbor that he was in business for him-
I I1. .i was seven years ago.
Two years ago he rented his current location, what is now known as Marina
Juan's, a small office with a tiny convenience store and a long dinghy dock with "24
hour security". The convenience store is run by his partner, Veronica, one of the
sweetest people you will ever meet. She offers beer, soft drinks, ice, eggs, a few
snacks and occasionally some yogurt or cheese.
The majority of Juan's business is still taking care of all the clearance paperwork
for cruisers. It is possible for a cruiser to clear into the country on his own but most
who do realize too late that it was far more trouble than it was worth. [Editor's note:
There is apparently a new, simplified clearance system in place; see letter from
Gabriele Drucker in this month's Readers' Forum.] Leave your papers with Juan by
9:30 in the morning and return at 3:00 to be escorted to the police station to offer
a fingerprint on your documents, a quick stop by the Immigration officer to say hello
and you are done, no hassles. Your part takes all of 10 minutes.
As we continued to sip our cold beer, food became the topic of conversation. "I love
to cook!" exclaimed Juan as he slapped me on the shoulder for emphasis. "It is my
hobby and I am passionate about it," he said, now perched on the edge of his chair
as though we were finally talking .I ..i .. ... important.
Cooking is one of my hobbies toc i 1, ,, i hour we sat there, two old salts,
talking about food and exchanging recipes. (Two of Juan's favorites are given below.)
I asked Juan if he had any concerns about the future. He looked at me quizzical
ly, "Why would I worry?" he answered, "What would I worry about?"
"Well, ... ,,i,,,. Marina Juan's; what if you lost your lease, what if it was
sold to ... .. I asked.
"No, I never worry. In my life, I learned the best lessons when things did not go my
way. I do not worry and I trust people; I prefer to trust and sometimes be disap
pointed. That is the way I live," said Juan as he lit another cigarette.

Juan's Fish in Foil
Lay out a large sheet of aluminum foil and add layers of thinly-sliced onion, zuc
chini, tomatoes, and peppers and very thinly sliced Idaho potatoes.
Lay a fillet of your favorite fish on top, drizzle with fine olive oil and some minced garlic
if you like. Add salt and pepper to taste and finally drizzle a little good white wine over all.
Close the f( i,. ,i1i I i I ... room for steam to build up. Make a small hole
or two with c -1, ., I ,,, ... I .1 .n a moderate oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Juan's Chinese-Style Fish
Prepare a pot of rice and after it is cooked dump it in a bowl, sprinkle sesame oil
over it, and mix well.
Cut any white fish fillets into one-inch chunks and boil in seasoned salted water
until just done. Drain chunks and set aside.
In a saute pan add some good olive oil and fry thinly-sliced fresh ginger, julienne
green onions and minced garlic. Sprinkle with soy sauce and toss.
Dump the fish chunks on top of the rice and pour the ginger and onions over the
fish. Thats it!

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'.,- .... I I1. 'aribbean from North America or Europe, you've prob
atl ... ..... British) or canned (if American) food stored away that
you didn't use on th '.. :"^ 1 if ---u spent the summer in Venezuela, no
doubt you've taken I .,i .. I 11 i..... rate and over-stocked!
Here are some more tasty recipes using those necessary tinned/canned supplies.
This time we are using up tinned fish such as salmon or tuna, but you can use
tinned mackerel or sardines if you prefer.
Mexican Salmon
1 can (14 or 16 ounces) or 2 smaller cans of salmon (or equivalent amount of
tinned tuna)
1/2 Cup of salsa, plus some extra for serving (It is up to you how fiery you want
it, but "medium" is probably best so it doesn't overwhelm the fish)
3/4 Cup refried beans
1/2 Cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 Cups shredded lettuce (approximately)
2 ol 1 .1-, tomatoes
12 -... .11 m 1/2 inch) tortillas
Heat oven to about 350F/180C. Drain fish and break up into chunks. Chop
tomatoes and let them sit them in a sieve or strainer for 10 minutes to allow the juice
to drain.
In a bowl, mix the salmon and salsa. Put the 12 tortillas on baking trays in a sin
gle layer and divide the refried beans and cheese evenly between them. Pop them
into the oven for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
Take the tortillas out of the oven and divide the salmon-salsa mix between them,
then do the same with the lettuce and drained tomatoes.
Fold the tortillas and serve with extra salsa and some sour cream if you wish.
Salmon Wheels
1 can (14 or 16 ounces) salmon
2 Tablespoons sweet chutney or relish
2 Tablespoons grated onion
2 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Cups Bisquick or similar biscuit mix
2/3 Cup milk
Here again, you could use the equivalent amount of tuna. This is an easy recipe to
cut the quan,' I. 1 .1 1 i ,, ... on how many hungry mouths you have to feed.
Heatoven -
Drain and flake the salmon. Mix together the salmon, chutney, onion and lemon
or lime juice, salt and pepper.
In a bowl combine the biscuit mix with the milk till just blended to a dough. Roll
the dough, on a lightly floured surface, into a 9x9 inch square.
Evenly spread the salmon mixture over the rolled dough. Roll up the dough to
make a long Swiss roll/jellyroll shape, and seal the edges well.
Slice the roll into 8 even slices and place them cut side down on a greased baking
tray. Pop them in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
These can be served hot or cold as a main meal, with or without a sauce (try bar
becue or sweet and-sour sauce). Made a little smaller they can be served to guests
as finger food, possibly with a dipping sauce.
Salmon & Rice Casserole
1 Cup uncooked rice (Basmati is nice for this recipe, but you can use ordinary
white rice, or brown, which is healthier for you!)
1 1, -- (14 or 16 ounces) salmon
1, ... iinion, chopped
1 can mixed vegetables (or the equivalent of frozen)
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic-and-herb or Mediterranean seasoning
Freshly ground pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 Cup bread crumbs (either fresh or packet)
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat oven to 350F/175C. Drain and flake the salmon. Drain the -t .11-
Cook the rice .---r-1;n to packet instructions; you can cook it in I.-. veg
etable broth if .. i I While it is cooking, in a bowl thoroughly combine the
salmon, onion, mi 1 .. ... 1 -
Use the olive oil .. ... - I .1 ,. dish, preferably one with a lid. When
the rice is cooked, drain it well, add it to the salmon and mix thoroughly. Put the
mixture into the baking dish and level it out. Sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs
and Parmesan if you are using it. Pop on the lid (if you don't have a lid cover the
dish tightly with foil) and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for another
5 to 10 minutes to allow the top to brown a little.
Tuna Pasta Casserole
Cooked pasta of your choice
1 tin "cream of' soup (Use what you prefer, such as celery, mushroom, broccoli,
tomato, etcetera)
1/2 tin of evaporated (not condensed) milk
1/2 Cup mayonnaise
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tin peas or mixed vegetables
1 tin mushrooms (optional)
2 four-ounce tins (or 1 large tin) tuna
1 Cup tasty cheese
In this recipe you can, once again, vary the type of fish you use. I tend to use
tinned tuna. You really can throw in whatever you have to hand, within reason, and
you don't have to be too exact with quantities (use more tuna if you like). If you wish,
add some suitable seasoning of your choice; for example, a little curry powder makes
a welcome change. This recipe is ideal for using up pasta you have left over from
lunch or the day before.
Heat oven to 3500F/1800C. Drain peas or vegetables and tuna.
In a suitably sized casserole/oven dish, :... I 11. i..... II ,i, cheese.
Sprinkle the cheese over the top and pop ... 11. ,, I _" -I '........,' till it is
hot, and the cheese melted and starting to turn golden.



Among the lettuce, spinach, dasheen bush and
other leafy greens at the Caribbean roadside vegetable
markets is pak choy. Long and dark green with bright
white stalks, pak choy is usually sold with two or
three heads bur. ii I i, .
I never liked I I I .1 green vegetables, but in
Trinidad we sampled them as a breakfast served on
sada roti (a soft tortilla-like flat bread). It was good, but
pak choy alone is bland. Like spinach, it needs some-
.. Id zest. Then another cruising gourmet friend
1 with shrimp and it tasted heavenly. Today I
prepare it with chicken breasts, gizzard or beef to make
great main courses for simple, healthy dinners.
Pak choy is a member of the cabbage family that
forms a small, elongated head with plump white stalks
and dark green leaves. It has a slightly bitter taste.
The leafy vegetable has many names. Cantonese
Chinese call it pak choi or bok choy; the Mandarin
Chinese call it pe-tsai. It is also called choi sum, cel
ery cabbage, white cabbage, Chinese cabbage or
Chinese leaves.
Pak choy originated in China, but migrated to
Europe, Australia and the Americas too with the
Chinese workers who mined gold and constructed the
railroads in the 1800s. When the workers completed
the jobs they began their own gardens and markets.
Pak choy should be used fresh, but can last in a
good fridge for a week. When purchasing, check for
leaves with no black or slimy spots.
Pak choy is rich in vitamin C, fiber and folic acid, all
of which reduce the risk of various types of cancer.
Pak choy has more beta-carotene than other cab
and more potassium and calcium. A perfect
i dieters, one cup of cooked pak choy has only
20 calories, with no fat, but three grams of carbs and
three grams of protein.
To prepare pak choy, first rinse thoroughly and
shake or pat dry. Young pak choy has a mild flavor
and can be eaten raw while mature stalks are slightly
bitter. This bitterness is transformed into a sweet
creamy taste by ---l-;;- It can be cooked whole,
steamed, or braise i 11 1 vegetable is mature, sepa
rate the leaf from the stalk as the stalks should cook
longer. After about two minutes the stalks soften, then
add the leaves.
Pak choy is a necessary in.r--i-I.-t in n-.;- Chinese
recipes and almost any -. i, 11 .11 can be
shredded and lightly sauteed. It is a great addition to
soups or stews.

Pak Choy Salad
One bunch pak choy chopped into 3-inch strips
2 Tablespoons vinegar (preferably rice vinegar)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 garlic clove, well minced
1/2 teaspoon each of sesame oil, canola oil, and dry
mustard powder (yellow mustard can be substituted)
Steam pak choy, rinse and allow to cool. In ajar that
seals, mix all remaining ingredients and shake well.
Coat the pak choy with this dressing.
Serves four.

Green Stir-Fry
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic
1 small onion (one inch diameter)
1 bunch pak choy
1 Cup bean sprouts
1 Cup same beans or fresh bodi beans
1 Tablespoon cornstarch

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1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 Cup hot water
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop onion finely. Mince garlic. Slice pak choy into
1-inch strips. Cut beans into 1-inch pieces. Dissolve
bouillon cube in hot water.
Heat oils in a large skillet; add soy sauce, ..
onion, pak choy, sprouts and beans. Stir-fry :
minutes. Mix together cornstarch, sugar, and chicken
bouillon. Pour over vegetables, stirring constantly.
Season to taste.
Serves four.


Pak Choy and Chadon Bene
1/2 Cup tomato sauce
1/2 Cup water
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon minced ginger root
4 Cups pak choy sliced into 1-inch strips
1 small green sweet pepper, chopped
1/2 Cup chopped green onions
2 Tablespoons minced fresh chadon bene
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper
Mix tomato sauce and water. In a large skillet, mix
half the diluted tomato sauce, the garlic and ginger
over medium heat for two minutes. Then add the
remaining ingredients and remainder of tomato sauce.
Cook until pak choy is wilted. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serves six.

Pak Choy and Beef
1/2 Cup white wine
1/2 Cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 pound beef "clod", sliced into thin strips (approxi
mately 1/2 by 1 inch or smaller)
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 1/2 Cup
of water
1 Tablespoon minced ginger root
2 Tablespoons garlic chopped fine
3 chives chopped fine
Salt and spices to taste
1 bunch pak choy
Cut pak choy into 1 inch strips.
Mix wine, soy sauce and cornstarch and cover beef
strips. Marinate for at least two hours in refrigerator.
Over medium heat, heat the oils in a large skillet
and brown beef strips. Add ginger, garlic, chives, and
stir for half a minute. Season to taste. Add pak choy
strips and fry for one more minute.
Serves six.

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Dear Compass,
I have owned and run a charter yacht in the
Caribbean for over 15 yea- :t---t -iiting
friends and I spend tens of I ... ... I- i .. up
and down the islands, from Trinidad to the Bahamas.
We are very happy to contribute to the local
economies; we always get a warm welcome.
Now, with the insane idea of APIS looming [see
Compass October, November and December 2007. re:
the Advance Passenger Information System being
applied to yachts traveling to and from Caribbean
Economic Community countries], I am ready to quit.
This is an idea dreamed up by bureaucrats with no
idea of how the real world functions beyond their com-
fortable offices. It won't work. Articulate and intelli
gent Customs and Immigration officers I have spoken
to in the last fex 1 ... This nonsense will
inconvenience i i ... i ept the smugglers
and criminals.
If implemented, I will simply not visit the islands
involved. If the whole Caribbean catches the insani
ty, I will take my yacht back to the Mediterranean. I
can see a day when the 250 visiting yachts from the
ARC go elsewhere. How much money and goodwill
do they bring to the Caribbean? A huge amount I
would think.
Could the sensible people involved here PLEASE
bring pressure upon the lovers of pointless paperwork;
there are much better ways of deterring and catching
criminals, starting with well-trained and motivated
Police and Customs staff. "Solutions" based around
bits of paper are dumb; you've got to get your people
out of their offices and into the problem zones, watch
ing, 'i:t- iin: ;;.g human intuition.
If i '.'ii ..- the criminals will be laughing.
Visitors, and millions of tourist dollars, will fade away
but I guarantee this: there will still be people selling
cocaine on the tourist beaches. And bits of paper being
faxed backwards and forwards won't stop guns chang
ing hands.
Stop APIS. Its dumb. It won't work. Give the people
behind APIS uniforms, radios, fast boats. Get them off
their backsides and out of their offices.
David Broughton
St. Barts

Dear Compass,
"Anything that will make people safer," the senior of
the two Immigration Officers said.
"I don't think this makes anybody safer," I replied.
I had checked out of one small-island country, was
Si .... ... ... i. .s neighbor. The new rule says
S1I I I..... I i .. meaning, for me, a trip to a
cyber cafe) a form detailing everyone aboard and our
arrival time (which, aboard my engineless yacht, is a
joke), and send it to a multi-national .n-r that is
complying with Bush Administration 1 j anti-ter
rorism policies. (This story also includes a fruitless
trip to a cyber cafe that was closed, with an incorrect
www-address Immigration had written down for me.
But that is not my complaint -that is just an exam
ple of what "pop-up" bureaucratic crap results in.)
I'm told that I must give advance notice of my
arrivals. And I must give advance notice of my depar
tures. If I go island by island to the end of this island
chain, a distance less than, say, Kansas City to
Denver, there are at least six islands signed up for this
nonsense, 12 reports required, 12 on-line sessions at
times other than my still required country-to-country
clearings in and out. Double the bureaucracy. I avoid
going on line and am not good at it. I know many who
don't even know how to go on line. I know many who
are out here becav" th-hnt-f" driven lifestyles and
other distractions f ..... 1 11 the very thing they
are escaping.
Moreover, in terms of this-is-the-law, this procedure
also applies to local vessels such as fishermen and

local sailors, and applies to cargo, including the
Caribbean Compass. All movements on these islands
are now subject to another layer of bureaucracy. A
layer of bureaucracy that has little, if any, practical
value, that is intrusive, and that requires many or
most of those imposed upon to learn a new technolo
gy. And, once again, it gives the rich, those already
equipped with and versed in technology, the advan
T1;. ; n't just about yachts.
SIih,.. that will make people safer." Is that real
ly what we want our governments to do? That's one
question, here's another: does this (or much or most
of the many ridiculous anti-terrorism measures
imposed since 911) make anybody safer? Some local
boats and some yachts don't bother to clear in or out
-the new rule will have no effect on them. They can
carry anybody they want to. Few yachts are actually
boarded when clearing in or out -should all vessels
be boarded and searched? (I hesitate to suggest that,
because I believe that to be the logical extension of
this sort of procedure). But, what, in reality, prevents
yachts or any other vessels from loading and unload
ing terrorists, weapons, contraband, or just dropping
off a fisherman who wants or needs a tow anywhere
along the way? Only by chance are such things
detected. Is it time for total surveillance of all vessels,
all people, and all cargo, everywhere, at all times?
Until that is done, this is a ridiculous and useless
intrusion upon the innocent. We do all the work and
spend the time and money. What a cowardly act of
bureaucracy. What an arrogant piece of politics. What
an unthinking and disruptive procedure. Regarding
security, what a fraud. What an arbitrary restriction
to personal freedom.
This latest we ....... 1 i i.1.i.... .1 -say
"terrorism arrog .. .. i - I. ... 1. I i 1 ice
berg. Its a little spike out in the south forty, beside the
coiled razor wire fence between the palm trees and the
flowers on the beach at Bequia. They are equal in
security value, utterly useless. Their only function is
to remind us to be afraid -which is, in itself, a "big
brother" end.
Razor wire, corkscrews in airport bars, toothpaste
aboard airliners (presumably laptops are banned, too
-should be), advance notification, these are tiny
pieces of an enormous jig-saw puzzle that will always
have missing pieces -witness the 200 years plus that
the US has been trying to seal its borders against
guns, alcohol, drugs, and illegal immigrants. Our
opponents are only looking for the missing pieces,
which they can get from any successful smuggler. The
impact of the pieces they find is not the damage done.
It is the fear we feel. Somewhere in a cave, bin Laden
is rubbing his hands in glee.
What is needed is total surveillance, our things, our
bodies, and our minds -as the Soviet Union tried to
do. But now we have the technology to actually do it.
All yachts could be made to automatically and contain
uously report their position, all humans (and their
pets) could have their vital signs continuously moni
tored, and all things (including money) could be
equipped with tracking devices. It would be for our
own good. I would expect much of humanity to eager
ly embrace it, and most of humanity to accept it.
I don't want to live in that world.
Jim Hutchinson
S/Y Ambia

Dear Compass,
It seems that CARICOM has decided to introduce
some sort of a new regulation or procedure called
APIS. Since there seems to be no official and well
documented source of information regarding this
issue (at least I didn't find any), I'm very confused
and troubled since I already booked my annual sail
ing vacation for 2008 in St. Vincent & the
Grenadines unaware of this new development.
From the information that I could gather from non
official sources via the internet (www.doylesguides.com
and http://safetyandsecuritynet.com), I get the
impression that these API regulations seem to apply to
S1.1... .- as well as commercial ships. From the
... ...1 ... ..i that I have, I get the impression that
theprocedure i- , i. .I ... .
teryacht custo... ... I I .... I I I
keep visiting your beautiful region or should start look
ing for a new charter area to spend my precious vaca
tion days (and money).
Since I'm a long-term charter customer and yacht
ing master with many happy and beautiful memo-
ries of unforgettable trips to the Windward Islands,
I'm very worried about this latest development. It
seems that the outcome of such a regulation, if
indeed applicable to (charter) yachting, will be
extremely unfavorable for the region and local
marine-related businesses.
Since I can't imagine that governments who seem to
be very keen on improving tourism seriously initiate
such bureaucratic and unrealistic procedures and at
the same time forget to inform their potential visitors
in detail about the procedures via their public internet
sites, I guess that this can only be a bad joke. Because
if it wasn't a joke, I would expect:
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S I- i .r : r :i: :ri the participation of up
to 30 vintage yachts, schooners, wooden boats, "spirit
of tradition" and other classics in this first edition.
On the Friday, the start will be out of St. George's,
sailing along the Grand Anse Beach coastline and fin-
ishing back in St. George's. A lunch buffet and drinks
will be offered to all captains, crew, press and VIPs
compliments of Port Louis Grenada. An evening party
with a live band will be open to the public.
The Saturday will also see the start out of St.
George's. The yachts will sail along the southern coast
to finish in St. David's Harbour. A buffet will be offered
to participants, press and invited guests at the Water's
Edge Restaurant, compliments of Bel Air Plantation. A
beach party for all, starting around 7:00PM with a live
band, is also scheduled.
On the Sunday the yachts will leave St. David's
Harbour and sail back to St. George's. An awards cere-
mony and cocktail party will be held in the late after-
noon followed by the closing party at Port Louis Marina.
West Indies Events is pleased to announce that sev-
eral sponsors have confirmed their participation. Port
Louis Grenada and Bel Air Plantation have signed on
as Silver Sponsors. Additional sponsors include
Shipwrights Ltd. and the Maritime School of the West
Indies. Fred Thomas, well known in the Caribbean for
creating several regattas over the years, is the owner
of Shipwrights Ltd. and has partnered with West Indies
Events in the development and operation of the
Grenada Classic Regatta.
For more information visit www ClassicRegatta. com.

28th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2008 takes place
from March 6th through 9th. This is the largest regatta
in the Caribbean.
The first race was in 1980 and 12 boats took part.
The rise of the bareboat altered the Caribbean racing
scene forever and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
led the charge but it wasn't without a fight. For the
first few years, the cruising and racing classes looked
down at the bareboats as a bit of a joke, until they
began to realize that not only were the latest bare-
boats fast and highly competitive, they were sailed by
top class sailors who, aboard their own boats and in
their own countries, competed in some of the most
prestigious and arduous races around. Record num-
bers of bareboats have entered the 2008 St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta, with one travel agency in Holland
sending more than 500 sailors to the event.
Last year, 165 boats forming 21 classes crossed the
start line. In 2007, the regatta added an extra day of
racing for spinnaker-class boats. Called the Budget
Marine Cup, it now makes the St. Marten Heineken
Regatta a four-day event. As many as six Gunboat
catamarans will inject a shot of adrenaline into the
multihull division of the 2008 Heineken Regatta.
For more information visit

Puerto Rico's Culebra Regattas
Carol Bareuther reports: Hot racing, cool parties,
and boatloads of island-style hospitality are what
sailors will enjoy at the 3rd Annual Culebra Heineken
International Regatta (CHIR) and Culebra
International Dinghy Regatta (CIDR). New this year,

West Marine has signed on as series sponsor.
The CHIR marks the second leg of the Caribbean
Ocean Racing Triangle, or CORT Series, which
begins in February with the St. Croix International
Regatta and concludes in April with the BVI Spring
Regatta in Tortola.
Last year, 74 boats with homeports ranging from the
Puerto Rican mainland and elsewhere in the
Caribbean to as far away as New England and
Germany competed, with 39 junior sailors racing in
the dinghy event.

Set for March 14th to 16th, the 2008 edition will once
again base out of the Costa Bonita Resort, where on-
shore lodgings plus a regatta village with food booths
staffed by local restaurateurs await. "Courses will be a
mix of round-the-buoys and round-the-islands," says
regatta director, Angel Ayala.
Classes of entry to the CHIR will include CSA Spinnaker
Racing, CSA Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA J/24, IC24,
CSA Performance Cruiser, CSA Jib & Main, Beach Cat
and native-built Chalanas. "We would be happy to
dual score IRC-rated yachts that request it, but they
must also have a CSA rating," Ayala says.
Seven miles long by two miles wide and located
17 miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland and 15
miles west of St. Thomas Culebra is a sailor's dream.
Only 2,000 people inhabit the island. There are no mari-
nas, nor is there overnight anchoring allowed in several
bays due to their protected wildlife refuge status. There
also aren't any big chandleries, boatyards, or super-
markets. Yet, it is the unspoiled beauty, easy access via
a short voyage from either Puerto Rico or the US Virgin
Islands, and just enough creature comforts to keep
boaters happy that makes Culebra an ideal cruising
destination both before and after the regatta.
For more information visit
www culebrainternaiionalregatt. com.

Grenada's Round the Island Easter Race
This year will see the relaunching of the Grenada
Round the Island Easter Race, with a new start and
finish at Le Phare Bleu Marina and Resort, Petit

Calivigny Bay, on the island's south coast.
The Round The Island Race has a long history, with
the first race taking place in 1969. Over the years,
interest grew, but the organization ran out of steam in
1991. In 2003, The Grenada South Coast Yacht Club
was formed to breathe new life into the event, which
it has done with huge success for the last four years.
Now it's time for a change again, with new organis-
ers, a new location and an impressive venue for the
associated festivities.
The organizers of the 2008 Round The Island Race will

Competitive start at
the 2007 Culebra
International Regatta

be Swiss couple Jana Caniga and Dieter Burkhalter,
who are the owners and managers of Le Phare Bleu
Marina and, of course, enthusiastic sailors. The inten-
tion with this year's event is to go back to basics, con-
centrating on the Round the Island Race itself. The
whole event will be a relaxed occasion, hopefully with
just the right amount of competitive spirit to make the
race attractive to sailors and spectators!
The event will be held over three days, commenc-
ing on Good Friday, March 21st with registration, a
skippers' briefing and a Welcome Party. Saturday will
see the main event, the Round The Island Easter
Race, with activities for children taking place closer to
shore while the serious sailors are racing. The race will
be followed by the prizegiving, a barbecue and live
music. Sunday will be the "wind-down" with a family-
friendly Easter Brunch.
For more information visit
www aroundgrenada.com.

Bequia Easter Regatta Great in 2008!
The Bequia Sailing Club, organizers of Bequia's ever-
popular Easter Regatta, are looking forward to a
bumper turnout for three days of racing, from March
20th to 24th, with the prospect of very strong J/24 and
Racing Classes, great fun racing for cruisers and live-
aboards in Cruising II Class, and thrilling action from
the 30-plus local double-ender fleet.
For more information visit
www begos com/easterregatta.
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As new marinas are being built and existing ones
expanded to provide more dockage for yachts, fans of
free anchoring wonder, 'Where do we go from here?'
Dear Aubrey, Name Withheld and John,
I hope I didn't inadvertently give the impression that
Peter de Savary thinks every single cruiser in the world
is a freeloader, as I doubt that would be the case.
Nobody who has seen the 2003 ECLAC yachting report
(www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/7/1 4387/G0775.
pdf) or who works in the industry can call the yachting
community as a whole "freeloaders".
We all know cruisers who spend considerable sums
in the Caribbean and elsewhere. But since the subject
of freeloaders has come up, most of us have also wit
nessed the behavior of some who really are -sneak
ing into marinas at night to 'liberate" water, posing as
guests at all inclusive resorts to chow down at the buf
fet, skipping out on boatyard bills, "borrowing" gear
from other yachts, etcetera, etcetera. We don't have
time for these guys, either.
Re: Aubrey's statement "The Lagoon has been afree
sheltered anchorage for sailors since the time of
Columbus". The Lagoon was not actually accessible to
yachts until a channel was dredged in 1960 to accom
modate them. It's been a popular yacht anchorage for
about 40 years. But the government giveth, and the
government taketh away: now the Grenada govern
ment has apparently decided to change the Lagoon

Continued from previous page
Has he read the 2003 ECLAC (United Nations
Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean) report that states that yachts contributed
some EC$36 million to the Grenadian economy and
provided employment for 250 people? Doesn't sound
like freeloaders to me.
Name Withheld by Request

Dear Compass,
I'm not, generally, one to write letters to the editor,
but Peter de Savary's comments in the interview, in
the November Compass, discussing the Port Louis
project in St. George's Lagoon, Grenada, raised seri
ous concerns in my mind.
Mr. de Savary's characterization of cruisers as "free
loaders" is personally insulting ar I .... 11....
Grenada has a long history as . .. .- .
In our two years in the Caribbean, we have spent over
three months in Grenada. The people of Grenada have
-1 1--i;;: f'i ly and helpful. We know many
: I I I ... I a significant portion of whom we
know well enough to consider them our friends.
During our time in Grenada, we have spent, by our
standards, considerable sums of money enjoying the
restaurants, taking advantage of the shops, provision
ing, upgrading and repairing our boat. There is sub
stantial infrastructure on the island to support cruis
ers and we have gladly and gratefully taken advantage
of the available services and expertise. I'm sure, how
ever, the folks we have done business with in Grenada
do not consider us "freeloaders".
In the October Compass, there was a detailed article
("Grenada's South Coast: Yacht Services on a Rising
Tide") which left the reader with the distinct impression
Grenada intended to remain a preferred destination for
cruisers. The Port Louis project and Mr. de Savary's
comments seem to be contrary to that intention.
It is my sincere hope that Mr. de Savary's belligerent
attitude toward cruisers does not become institution
alized among the power structure of Grenada. It is my
further hope that Grenada will continue to welcome all
cruisers, in spite of Mr. de Savary.
John Rowland
S/V Silver Seas

Unless MYBA radically change their perception of who
they are and what they represent I see a potentially
serious conflict of interest.
These are two quotes taken directly from the
MYBA website:
Over the last decade in particular, yachting has evolved
immeasurably and, as a result, MYBA has adopted an
increasingly influential and significant role in an industry
which has no regulatory body or ombudsman.
To provide a framework with a view to the resolution
of commercial conflicts between Members or between
Members and their contracted parties with a view to
suggesting solutions with professional common practice
and with current regulations through mediation.
As far as I am aware, every respected regulatory body
or ombudsman takes care to avoid any potential conflict
of interest in the matters they are supposed to be advis
ing on or regulating. FIMBRA (Financial Intermediaries,
'rn-.-r- n,-1 Pr-l--r P-il-t-ry Association) in the
I. ..I' I i II .. i. .I ... impartiality the finan
cial affairs ... ..... taking place in banks if they
were the ox .. -1 bank for example. By taking
on a direct and commerciall- r -.ni-- role in an
industry event like the St. I .. ... -1. MYBA have
divorced themselves from any notion that they could
(now) ever be considered to be truly impartial.
Continued on next page

from a yacht anchorage to a yacht marina. Would cruise
ers be happier if it continued as a free anchorage? No
doubt. Would the Grenadian people and economy be
better off with the Lagoon as an anchorage, or as a
marina? Time will tell.
Aubrey also refers to squatters who were "evicted by
this development". Yes, people who had taken up res
idence on land that is now part of the Port Louis proj
ect were "evicted", but they were not made homeless.
With the help of the Grenada government, de Savary's
company acquired tracts of land at Beausejour and La
Sagesse, new houses were built and, although not all
were pleased by the move, the squatters were reset
tled. Moreover, we've been told that the former squat
ters were given legal title to their new homes and
house lots.
Re: land basedpollution of the Lagoon As we mentioned
in the article, assistance has been offered by de Savary to
the Grenada government to help prevent sewage and
other contaminated runoff from the surrounding land
entering the Lagoon. We hope that the marina's new own
ers, Camper & Nicholsons, will take up this initiative.
Having said all that, the issue of creeping anchorage
loss is a real and urgent one, and one we've addressed
before. As yacht traffic increases in the region, anchor
ing is increasingly being prohibited for reasons ranging
from environmental protection to avoidance of user con
flicts to development of marinas and other commercial
enterprises. Not just in Grenada, but across the
Caribbean, there is the need for policies that balance
these factors with the overwhelming desire of yachts
people to have access to abundant anchorages. While
the clock will never turn back to the days when we
could anchor just about anywhere, we hope that the
powers that be will wisely use the principle of "asset
allocation", designating appropriate areas for environ
mental reserves, fishing, commercial shipping and
recreational boating -including an appropriate mix of
marina slips, moorings and plenty of room for good old
fashioned anchoring.

Dear Compass,
Am I alone in questioning the wisdom of the
Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA)
decision to involve themselves directly in commercial
enterprises such as the St. Martin Charter Show?

Continued from previous page
Surely this is a fundamental requirement in any organ
ising body aspiring to be regulatory or acting as
ombudsman, official or otherwise?
If for instance, a company not attending the St.
Martin Show (preferring to exhibit at the more estab
lished and rival Antigua Yacht Charter Show) has a
dispute with a company which has invested heavily in
the St. Martin Show, are we seriously to believe that
MYBA could now be seen as an impartial judge/medi
ator/advisor in that dispute? Clearly not, in my opin
ion -business-minded folk rarely bite the hand that
feeds them!
MYBA has, it seems, evolving commercial interests
and these are n---- f-r -r i-- rt of its core activity
in there lies a i -. I - and these are deci
sions I perceive to be imprudent, bearing in mind
the fundamental objectives that were laid down at
their inception in 1984. Those ideals MYBA contain
ue to publish on their website. I believe MYBA
should immediately remove from their website any
misleading notion that they can, any longer, act as
an independent and impartial mediator or advisor in
our sector disputes. MYBA are now inextricably
aligned to a highly commercial enterprise in our
industry that is clearly a direct commercial rival to
the Antigua Yacht Charter Show which many of
their members attend -that conflict alone auto
matically denies them the impartiality to which they
lay claim.
What do you think?
With kind regards,
John Burnie, General Manager
Nautor's Swan Caribbean S.A.R.L.

Editor's note: We e-mailed the MYBA offering to pub
lish a response, but one was not received by press time.

Dear Compass,
Just a word of warning to those of you that cruise
between Grenada and Bequia. There is a large blue
and-white liveaboard dive vessel operating in these
waters that is setting ur hi1---;n --rin-, in their dive
spots. The mooring is II .1.,,. .. ... -a-half-inch,
"--Tlr-F"l-n black-and-yellow line with no ball or
:.. i i ... kind, leading to a sand screw.
Leaving Isle de Ronde bay with all five sails set and
motoring out towards Carriacou, my prop fouled in
this unseen line. It stopped the engine, shearing the
engine mounts, snapping the staysail boom and bend
ing the prop after riding on it while I cut it free.
Later I talked to some local fisherman who con
firmed who it belonged to.
It is hard to believe someone, especially a commer
cial enterprise, would do such a thing to other people.
Scott Nichols
Schooner Satori

Hello Compass Readers,
There was a time, I am sure, in the Caribbean when
it would have been unthinkable to enter a Caribbean
anchorage after darkness had fallen, especially on the
more rural islands where it has always been accepted
that lights and buoyage have traditionally been either
non-existent or, in those places which do have night
time navigation aids, they have always been deemed
questionable at best and certainly not reliable.
With not just the advent of the GPS, but more
recently, the lower cost of chart plotters and PC-based
navigation software I have noticed an increasing num-
ber of yachtsmen making a night-time entry. It should
always be possible, in the islands, with an early start
and good pa -l.-nn.i: to make the desired day's
destination ... I . I I sunset.
It goes without saying that it is up to the individual
mariner to assess the risks he or she takes on decid
ing to enter an anchorage in darkness, and very occa
sionally, through some circumstance or other, we all
may have to do it.
But when a yacht enters an anchorage after dark,
why does she not anchor at the back of the fleet and
assess the situation in th- :-rn;;;.; ;; ii=t 1- .1-I
to have got there, : ....
through to the front i 11. 11 .11,. 1 1,. 1 ,
hoping to find the best spot and causing anxiety to
all other yachtsmen, who are now trying to relax at
the end of the day, and who have been prudent
1 .. in good time and anchored respect
Ii,11 .11i ,, i to all other yachts already resident?
Its simple, and safe, if you find yourself --in i at
night, to anchor at the back of us all, ... I .1 .. ire
not carrying on the next day, well, you can find a bet
ter spot on the morrow, and then say a friendly hello
to your neighbour.
(Yes, there was a time, too, when people used to say
hello to each other! And this is not Don Street talking.
Sorry, Don!)
Respect to you all and happy sailing,
Andy Morris
S/Y Happy Spirit

Dear Compass Readers,
Friends of Bequia Hospital is appealing to all vessels
planning visits to Bequia to donate date-expired med

ical kit to the island's hospital.
Hospital nursing staff are looking for equipment such
as scissors, sutures, bandages, dressings, complete
medical kits or any other similar equipment which is
close to or past it's use-by date. Such items can be
recycled after sterilising and subsequently used per
fectly safely rather than be simply thrown away.
Arrangements have been made for the landing and
immediate customs clearance in Port Elizabeth of
any donated equipment. Please note that currently
no form of pharmaceutical or medicinal drugs can
be accepted.
For further information and delivery -;.--n-nt
call David Webber, cell (784) 495-5607; -
(784) 455-6529, Mary or David Harvey (784) 458-3496.
David Webber

Dear Caribbean Compass,
I would like to announce a found dinghy.
On October 28th, we caught a drifting dinghy next
to our boat in Porlamar, Margarita. The line was cut.
We chained it alongside and made a call on the net
on subsequent mornings for anyone who had lost a
dinghy in the night. No one claimed it, though over
the next few days we got offers to buy it. We hoisted
it on deck in plain view and to date no one has
claimed it. If anyone out there has lost a dinghy at
that time and place, they should please contact us
with full description and/or serial number and we
carn .rrnT its return. Contact mehlel@yahoo.com
or 3- II 350-9228
M/S Independence

Dear Compass,
Until recently the clearance procedure in Venezuela
was handled by private persons, so-called "agents",
who earn fees. Th.: 1.. 1. ;. ;;1
InPorlamar, I .- I . 1.. 1i .1 tentryfor
hundreds of ya i. ..I .' .... Iinidad or
Grenada, the government has now conveniently unit
ed the different authorities in one building on the
beachfront and therefore eliminated cumbersome
moves through all of Porlamar, as it was before.
Unfortunately, some agents still tell the yachting
community that it is necessary to use them when
-I-r .i; ;-i and out with the authorities when doing
II1 clearance, that is when you change from
one state in Venezuela to another (e.g. Porlamar, in
the state of Nueva Esparta to Cumana, in the state of
Suci I T .. .. -, national clearances we found
the : iI .... .., i...., .. on the internet:


The official Venezuelan Gazeta Oficial No.37.321,
dated 9th November 2001, details Article 38 of the
marine activities law. This law establishes the rules for
departing Venezuelan ports (customs, port captain
authorization, zarpe). It also establishes exemptions
from these activities. The law specifically EXEMPTS
: , .. . . . . . . i I .. .. . . . i I "

International check-in and check-out is still required.
Unfortunately some people and businesses are not
aware, or are consciously choosing to ignore this
important change to Venezuelan law. It also seems
that Venezuelan officials turn a blind eye and keep
charging for NATIONAL check-in and check-out.
The law in question was passed to aid the develop
ment of tourism. Please do not hesitate to get an
excerpt of the law from Gazeta OficialNo.37.321 del 09
de Novembre de 2001 and provide a copy of this infor
nation to any civil servant who requires you to com-
plete a NATIONAL check-in or check-out.
Lawyers for the Sucre state Chamber of Tourism are
collecting information in order to file official complaints.
This text is available in Spanish, E... i.
same as the official Article 38, from II , I
De La Republica Bolivariana De Venezuela, from 9th of
November 2001. Hopefully this Article will lead to eas
ier and cheaper traveling of yachts within beautiful
Venezuela, as it was intended to.
Back to Porlamar.
In recent years Marina Juan provided good service
es to the yachting community. In addition to the
clearance paperwork, free buses were organized on
several days of the week to the shopping malls
"SIGO" and "Rattan" while your dinghy was guarded
at th i ..i. dock of Marina Juan. Between 0800
and .*** ..... ernational phone calls could be made
and safe taxis were waiting at the dinghy dock to
pick you up and take you wherever you wanted. In
the morning one could pick up fresh bread, get
water or dispose of garbage, or just relax and talk to
other sailors over a cold beer. These services have
obviously been reduced. No taxis are waiting at the
dock and the shopping tours have been reduced to
one mall, SIGO.
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A good alternative has developed 300 metres farther
south, in front of the Rumbar. A new dock has been
built, with a depth of two metres and 24-hour securi
ty. Water and electricity will be available shortly, with
authorities for clearance only 100 metres away. The
helpful guy who is watching the dinghies speaks
English, German and Spanish. There are several busi
nesses around, e.g dive shop, sailmaker, mechanic for
outboards, and a small supermarket. Just around the
corer are several day-time restaurants and therefore
it's easy to find a taxi there.
Porlamar is a very important anchorage for hun
dreds of yachts who sail the Caribbean and want to
stay out of the hurricane belt in summer. This new
infrastructural development is definitely going in the
right direction. By the way, we haven't heard of any
piracy attacks or other burglaries in the 2007 season
so far.
Gabriele Drucker
S/Y September
Dear Compass Readers,
Anybody who has been to Bequia during the past
month will have probably seen the high wall that has
sprung up to block the path over the headland between
Plantation House and Princess Margaret Beach.
Ugly and threatening, it is topped with broken glass
i .. ...... ..... iof razor wire at the sides to rein
How can it be that a path which has been in use for
hundreds of years, so by normal criteria must have
established a clear right-of-way, be blocked and
amenity destroyed in this way? Who has allowed it to
happen? More important, who in Bequia has the
authority to get it removed?
Almost everybody in Bequia one speaks to is per
plexed and angry at this selfish destruction of amenity.
Richard and Suzanna Roxburgh
S/V Mirounga
Dear Compass,
One of the more charming features offered by Bequia
is the bayside footpath that starts in Port Elizabeth

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on this path by youth from the Paget Farm Sports
Culture and Environmental Organization, who
planned to continue upgrading it by putting in hand
rails in the steep spots.
So, imagine my surprise when I walked along the path
in early December to be met by a huge, ugly concrete
block wall, topped with jagged shards of broken glass and
complete with razor wire, built right across it! This is
towards the top of the headland that separates the Sunny
Caribbee beach from Tony Gibbons Beach. Yes, the prop
erty is private, but is not a major path that has been used
for generations a de facto and legal right-of-way?
I discovered that the property owners had put in the
newspapers .... i .- ... .. -I ,,. this was private
land, nota . .1.1 I I .i loes wishing this
and adverti.. ., .... .1 i. was nothing in
i. I .- . ..I -1 .1.. i .rly this long established
... .- I I I or saying where objec
tions could be posted.) Michael Connell, Chairman of
the Bequia Tourism Association, tells me he wrote to
Anthony Bowman of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines'
Physical Planning Unit as soon as he saw the ad and
has not yet had a reply.
I discussed the matter with Herman Belmar, Deputy
Director of Grenadines' Affairs. He tells me once he
took Mr. Bowman to the spot where the wall was sub
sequently built. Mr. Belmar says that at the time Mr.
Bowman expressed a view that agreed with his: that
this traditional right-of-way should stay open.
Did the planning board give permission for this wall
to be built and a right-of-way that is part of both
Bequia's .. and its tourism product destroyed?
If so, can ,i. r1. -. .i i ......... I nit tell us why
this decision was n I .,, I , ,II ... .1. r
appeal? If not, has this structure .. i ... 11 .... i.i
ly? If so what action will the planning board take to
ensure these landowners remove this wall and reopen
the right-of-way?
Chris Doyle
Yacht Ti Kanot
Editor's note: We e-mailed the Planning Board in St.
Vincent offering to publish a response, but one was not
received by press time.

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Letter of

Sthe Month

Dear Compass,
I want to clarify a couple of points made in the October issue's article about cruis
ing Venezuela's Paria Peninsula by Elaine Conklin of S/V Manana.
The discrepancy in dates [of incidents of crimes against cruisers on the north coast
of the Peninsula] from Noonsite, which Elaine used as her primary source, and the
dates cited by the Compass, are due to Noonsite's using the date when the report
came in, rather than the date of occurrence. Several of the reports were forwarded
by Jack Dausend of Trinidad's boating newsletter, The Boca, as well as the footnote
concerning the incident with the yacht Dutch Concrete, and several others are one
line reports giving few details.
In addition to the incidents listed, the Caribbean Safety and Security Net has
logged four more reports, in the January 2003 to February 2004 time frame, as well
as one yacht report--1 mriii;n-i n-ver found) and one yacht found with no one
onboard along this i
Although the number of crime reports from this area has decreased, it is note
worthy that every report received by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net from the
Paria Peninsula for the past seven years involved assault and robbery -a distinct
tion unique within our -ri1=li-: grounds. It was these r- -rt 1l-.: with the fatal
assault on Les Chouans ... -.- I which spurred the Ve.. ..I ... -.1 1 organization
ONSA to increase the threat level for the Paria Peninsula to "high risk" (see
www.onsa.org.ve/riskzonesmaps). At that same time, both the United States
Embassy and the French Embassy in Caracas notified their citizens that this was
an area to be avoided.
As Elaine says in her article, this whole scenario is unfortunate, because the local
folks who live .1--;. this beautiful coast are quite welcoming to visitors. In fact,
Robert Monniei I -, Myriad reported that when his yacht was boarded in Punta
Pargo in 2004, the fishermen on the boat anchored nearby welcomed him to spend
the rest of the night on their boat.
I have also received reports that the Venezuelan Navy and Coast Guard have
stepped up their patrols, to combat 1..'. ;;1. .- --11 as acts of piracy
against their own citizens. In fact, som I I. i.-i. .... .. who are welcome
ing to cruisers have been themselves victims of these pirates who have stolen
primarily their outboards.
It is impossible to tell whether the decrease in reported incidents since 2004 is due
to the patrols or to the lack of transient cruising boat population, but it is probably
a bit of both. Does that make it safe to stop along this coast? As Elaine indicates, it
is a personal decision for the captain and crew, but I would caution anyone consid
ering this route between Trinidad and Margarita to practice all possible precautions
(see www.safetyandsecuritynet.com for a lengthy list of suggestions accumulated
from cruisers over the past 11 years).

Melodye Pompa
S/Y Second Millennium
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Being Unprepared

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by Jane Baum

Before any crossing, most boaters -ourselves included -like to have a good din
ner and a -Iit i ----. preparing our boat for the journey. You set your route, put
away thing- ii *i around the cabin should the waves or wind pick up and,
most important, you get a good night's rest.
We are Dick and Jane Baum aboard sailing vessel Cheetah II. We left Washington,
North Carolina, in October 2006 and slowly worked our way down the island chain
i.. ...i. i. I ahamas, Turks, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Leeward
,. i ,, i ., I Islands. On the fourth of July 2007, we arrived in Trinidad, a place
deemed by most boats' insurance as being safe to spend the hurricane season. We
also had heard from friends that this was the place to get routine boat work done:
paint the bottom, replace the zincs, and the list goes on. I had also heard that mate
rial is inexpensive and wanted to get the upholstery redone.
We spent four months, two days and lots of money on the boat in Chaguaramas,
the boat-service center of Trinidad. We also spent money touring the countryside,
and at the local markets, stores and restaurants. We made lots of new local friends
and enjoyed what the island had to offer. Then hurricane season was almost over
and it was time to start sailing back up the island chain.
The n-T-;;n; of Friday, November 2nd, 2007, was spent filling the tanks with water
and di than met friends for a belated/early birthday lunch. After lunch, the
four of us went to check out of Immigration (they were very friendly) and then went
to Customs. The man at Customs told us how much we owed for harbor fees; we
paid and left. Of course our next stop was the duty-free shop. By the time we got
back to our boats, the winds had picked up and we all decided to go a couple miles
up the coast to quiet Scotland Bay, where we would be staging our early morning
(4:00AM) departure. This bay, easy to get in and out of heading north, is where every
one stays before heading out at first light. By the time we got to the anchorage and
dropped the hook it was 5:30PM. There were 21 boats in the anchorage.
Here our story becomes strange. We watched as a boat approached our friends on
S/V Non Linear. It stayed there 15 minutes or so, then headed our way. Looking
through the binoculars, Dick said that it was a Customs boat. It went around a
British-flagged yacht, then a Canadian-flagged yacht, then i .. 1. -1 ... I yacht to
get to us -a US-flagged yacht. There were eight men fror.. .. ...- i..1 armed.
They asked to see our papers, which we showed them.
The head guy then said, "You must leave our country right now"! Dick told them
that we planned on leaving at first light and that we just weren't ready to go to sea.
The officer said he did not care what our problem was and to leave immediately.
The Customs boat then circled a couple of other yachts (one was French flagged
and one British flagged) and went to another US flagged yacht. They told them also
that they had to leave immediately. Would you believe that the last boat they went
to in the harbor was another US 11 .. I boat?
Is it a coincidence that only U!- II .. i boats were among the five tagged? I don't
know. We've talked to other boaters who have stayed the night at this anchorage
before taking off in the morning and they have never had any problems. Have we
done something to upset the officials? I don't know.
What I do know is that leaving i ... 1 at night, with no rest, and with the
boat unprepared, was dangerous i ..- i, I do know is that the winds and the
seas were not yet settled as they would have been in the morning. What I do know
is that only US-flagged boats were told to leave the anchorage.
If the law has changed, it isn't printed on the paper you get from Immigration or
Customs, but you only do have ONE hour to leave the country after clearing out. Is
that realistic? Not really -it takes longer after checking out to leave Chaguaramas
harbor and get out of Trinidad waters.
Do I feel that we were unnecessarily targeted? You bet! Will we come back to
Trinidad? NO WAY!

Editor's note: We asked the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago (YSATT)
to help clarify the situation. YSATT spoke with the Customs Officer in Charge at
Chaguaramas, Mr. Khan, and provided the following information:
Customs requires vessels leaving Trinidad & Tobago to depart no later than two
.... i. i ... ut. The vessel must be on its way; overnight stops are not per
:...i i ...... i I, outlying bays or islands. Customs, through their Marine
Interdiction Unit (MIU), has been recording daily departures and undertaking spot
checks to ensure that foreign yachts within Trinidad & Tobago waters are here legal
ly. Mr. Khan confirmed that he was aware of this particular incident. He stated that
the checks were not targeted at any nationality and that the checi ..... ii.
led. The MIU works with Caribbean and US Customs intelligence. i I I 1
will be ongoing.
Should an emergency situation (e.g. engine trouble, personal injury) require a stop,
it is advised that you immediately contact Customs to clear back in. Customs will
make allowances if the situation warrants it.
Mr. Khan reminds us that the Customs and Excise Division in Chaguaramas is
open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except between 12 noon and 1:00PM when
the offices are closed for lunch. Regular working hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00AM
until 12 noon and 1:00PM until 4:00PM. Any transactions occurring outside of these
hours will incur overtime fees.
The procedure for purchasing goods duty free during extended hours is as follows:
1) Advise Customs of your intent to leave at an unusual hour; pre-fill your depar
ture form for Customs to hold. When you are actually leaving, return to Customs to
finalize the time of departure and then go.
2) Customs will prepare a stamped a 1 1 - - t f intent to depart, and inform
the duty free shop that they have app. i I. ,i I duty free goods. You are free
to go and do your last minute duty free shopping.
3) Upon purchase, the duty free shop will send the goods to Customs; these goods
will be released to you upon your departure.
T&T Customs provides 24-hour service to cruisers, and yacht-in-transit facilitation
for yacht spares and parts. Further enquiries may be made at the Customs and
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by Melodye Pompa

After some 1 *-: f i..; i embers of reports to the Caribbean Safety and
Security Net, .- .* ~ ,- I I.1 this) to show a substantial drop in reports of
crimes -!-i-t --chts: I i.....1. the end of October as compared to 113 for each
of the; ,, ,-. and ... h I November and December are traditionally busy
months in terms of reports, it is likely we will end 2007 with less than half the num-
ber of reports of 2006, and the number of crimes involving weapons and/or violence
is down by even more.
Taken as a percentage of the total number of reports received for the year, the BVI is
up, as are Grenada and St. Lucia (while the actual number of reports is down), St.
Vincent & the Grenadines remains constant, and Trinidad and Venezuela have signifi
cantly lower portions of the total. Dominica continues to have few problems since the
start-up of their security patrols in 2006, organized and operated by the private sector.

A nearly empty Reduit Beach (Rodney Bay) anchorage in early April 2007, a time of
year when there used to be lots of boats at anchor

The Security Net still receives few reports from Trinidad and the Virgin Islands
(both US and British) unless there is a cruising boat with SSB radio making the
report. Casual conversations with crews who spend time in both places indicate that
the level of incidents in Trinidad remains the same as last year, .11. .i ...... r are
not reported, and those in the BVI (mostly charter boats with no III i i. bili
ty) are actually on the rise, and this is reflected in the few reports received.
Someof thepercepF . ... ..... I.. i i .. ,i .. . i
availability ofe-m ail, I I , , , ....... .- .. ... i I -, ...... .
are flow ing at a rate ,, ,1 ... I i 1 i I ...... 1. .. ..... 1.1.
the early days of the Security Net. For instance, a single boarding in Petit Saint Vincent
last June quickly turned into "five boardings of Moorings charter yachts in the Tobago
Cays". After a number of days of ci. 1 ..... ,, i ..... I i . ... I I here was one sin
gle boarding -someone overhead: ... .. i .. 11. ii ... I 11 rumor spread.
Some of the responsibility for the decrease in reports is directly tied to increased
patrols in Venezuelan and Colombian waters by their Navies and Coast Guards, in
an effort to stop drug traffic and to curtail acts of piracy against Venezuelan and
Colombian citizens who are boatowners, and cruising yachts have been beneficiary
ies of these patrols. The commandant of the Colombian Coast Guard has met with
cruisers in Cartagena and presented several suggestions for improved cruiser safe
ty, and these have obviously paid off. Contrast that with the Eastern Caribbean
where virtually all yacht-security expenses are borne by the private sector.
Dominica, and particularly Prince Rupert Bay with the : ..... .. i, ,, [ its nightly
security patrols, has seen reports drop from 15 in 2005, t I . .....1
incident in 2007. The businesses that support these patrols ., i I
continuing to provide this service for their yachting guests.
Some of the decrease in reports is also due to increased vigilance by yachtspeople
themselves, both cruisers and charterers .. .11 ii. i,..i. .... iinghy dock
from Dominica southward are locked. Mo-1 1.- ,, I I 1,111 ,, dinghy at
night, even the small wooden ones with two-horsepower outboards. If the crew is
leaving the yacht, the companionway and hatches are locked, especially at night,
although I still see a few left open on unattended boats during the day.
A decreasing rate of reports appear- t 1 1 .. but the reports from a given
country or island must be viewed in ..I I 11. '. .nsient yacht population a
smaller yacht population means fewer incidents of crime (i.e., fewer opportunities).
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With more stringent insurance regulations, fewer yachts are spending much time
in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenada. They move quickly from St. Martin, Antigua
and the Virgins south to Trinidad and Venezuela for the hurricane season. In addi
tion, many more yachts are sailing west to the ABCs and the western Caribbean
and on to the Pacific to escape the perceived crime problems in the island chain.
Increased bureaucracy, rising costs, and the loss of the serenity once associated
with the Caribbean are also given as reasons by those abandoning Eastern
Caribbean waters.
During the two months we spent in St. T ;;; -. t :iii. tl,;, -; a noticeable
decline in the number of yachts at anchor i i I I I from Rodney
Bay Marina indicate an upswing of some 23 percent in occupied berths at the mari-
na during World Cup Cricket, the decline out in the bay was at least that much,
leading me to believe that those who usually anchored had moved into the marina
for security reasons.
Grenada, too, has far fewer. 1i -I .. 1.... long periods of time, with the excep
tion of those stored on the .. II i i....... season. In the late 1990s and early
2000s, the daily count ran between 400 and 500 for the time frame of July through
November; based on observations by several visiting yachts this year, there were
probably fewer than 100 total in all Grenada anchorages. The construction of Port
Louis Marina in St. George's Lagoon has blocked those who used to spend several
days or weeks there doing their shopping (and based on the comments of Mr. De
Savary in the November Compass, that is unlikely to change), Mount Hartman Bay
has no amenities including transportation to town, and Prickly Bay, while providing
easy access i .1, i i ;"; ." 1 ; ,, w displays what looks like a beached whale
carcass on i, .1i i i, .1 i I i 11. "prettiest boatyard in the Caribbean". Only
the Hog Island/Clarks Court Bay area has come anywhere close to maintaining its
boat population.
With entry fees being charged in the Tobago Cays Marine Park, those cruising
yachts that formerly spent one or two months in the Cays are now bypassing them
.i i. ...'.. i. i -;o in Mayreau. Some have expanded the time spent
SI .. I -I.. i .- 111 I' .i ..- or in Chatham Bay, but not in sufficient quanti
ties to make up for the loss of days in the Cays. When we passed through Bequia
last June, we saw far fewer yachts than in the past for that time of year: one promi-
nent marine-related businessman asked me, "Where are all the boats?"
Nearly one year after the OECS Crim- Aginet YVahts Meeting in St. Lucia, in
December 2006, there is little visible I .. I II .1- by governments and most
NGOs to protect their yachting tourism revenue, and yachts are voting with their
anchors by not spending time where they do not feel safe. Late last spring an offi
cial in St. Lucia said that his records indicate fewer than half the yacht days in 2007
as St. Lucia experienced in 2006; whether or not that decrease will be evident when
yachting revenues for 2007 are calculated remains to be seen.
There continue to be jurisdictional issues in the southern Grenadines, where a
crime is committed in Carriacou or Petite Martinique (Grenada waters), and the per
petrator speeds over to Union Island (St. Vincent & the Grenadines waters) where he
is unlikely to be prosecuted. Or a charter boat is boarded in PSV and the boarder
escapes to Petite Martinique.
There are plans in the works in Union Island, the Tobago Cays Marine Park, St.
Lucia, and Grenada to implement measures to deal with crime against yachts but
nothing is in effect at this point. The much heralded Ports Police patrol boat in
Rodney Bay (funded by several marine businesses) sat at the dock during the
entire time we were in Rodney Bay, as evidenced by the long grass skirt growing
along its waterline.
There is still no central database for gathering any meaningful statistics on yacht
ing visitors (in terms of yacht days, not yachts clearing in) to which we can compare
the number of reports. As such, the reporting numbers are raw data and without
much meaning in demonstrating progress or regression.
Tying these two indicators to yachting tourism revenue is also meaningless, with
the -- i;; -gle indicator the revenue :... i themselves. If those numbers are
dow' i ... _'"" or for any combination i the various '--m-nti n-
marine trades organizations must devise ways of taking accurate : '11.'
the: ....i . I it the perception of crime in an anchorage or a country is causing
the i wi I 1 i to boost that revenue by building additional services and mari
nas are wasted efforts.
Melodye Pompa, cruising the Caribbean aboard S/V Second Millennium, is the net
controller of the Caribbean Safety and Security Net.

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nicdal 11 Obequia.net 2897 www.rimbu-browne.com reports and prepare warranty include name, address and
FRIENDSHIP BAY, BEQUIA E-mail rimbu2000@yahoo.com claims, strong communicafion- numbers in count. Line draw-
Love 1250sqft cottage UERWAER DIVING SERVICES al skills, project management ings/photos accompanying
L y 120 sq ft. cottage, 10 UNDERWATER DIVING SERVICES s ss and classified are EC$20/US 8.
yards from beach. 2 master sa/age/emergency/moodngsi the ability to handle quality Pre-paid. Deadline is the
bedrooms 1 guest bedroom ft ba. Al undeater c control issues Mechanical 15th of each month preced-
full kitchen, laundry, level with Tel F473) 537-9193/538-408 bcrou th marine ing the month of issue. Copy
road no stairs! 12558 sq ft of E-mcil fadshiooat@yahoofr background with marine ing the month of issue. Copy
land fenced t 55 sq t EMfashonboa tyah. experience preferred. Fvx CV received after deadline will
fruit trees. U $320m Term WATERMAKERS Complete sys- (284) 494-6972 E-mail be held for next issue. Send
SA IA -: rental available. Email teams, membranes, spares and tom@partsandpower.com copy, photo and payment
.ElnC ALAnTA listronlable. Ema service available at Curacao to: Compass Publishing, PO
an993ong com- jocelne.gauierwanado.fr andPuertoLauz Venezuela. MARINETECHNICIAN WANTED Box 175BQ, Bequia, St.
forale, good condition, lying Check our prices at IMMEDIATELY Respected Vincent and the Grenadines.
Margarita US$20, E-mail CARRIACOU, ONE ACRE LOTS www.watercraftwatermaker.c Marine Engineering Co in Far (784) 457-3410 or E-mail
mashaguber@hotmdl.com and multi acre tracts. Great om In PLCTel(58)4163824187 Grenada seeking all around tom@caribbeancompass.com
views overlooking Southern experienced technician for
Sa diesel electrical electronics KEEP THE ISLANDS
wwwcadbtrace.com water makers & refrigeration. KEEP THE ISLANDS
N.W. GRENADA Recently refur- Ideal for cruiser or independ- BEAUTIFUL...
bished 3 bedroom house on ent tech looking for the stabili-
1/4 acre land 300 yds from sea ty of an established company Dispose of your
overlooking CrTsh Bay. quiet in Grenada CV to; E-mail garbage properly!
Location, goo anchorage, enzamarinecaribsurf.com garage
USS200COTel (473) 442-1897 Tel (473) 439-2049

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Admiral 38 Catamaran. For BEQUIA, Lower Bay, Bells
Sale Summer 2008. You can Point, House and Land.
follow her adventure now at Serious buyers only. Sale by
webmaccom/amouspotatoes2 owner. Call (784) 456 4963
after 6pm.
36' DUTCH STEEL CUTTER 1976 E-mail lulleym@vincysurf.com
Profurl, Yanmar, B&G instru-
ments & pilot, Lying Trinidad,
repairs needed. Sacrifice
US$7500/offers E-mail PUERTO LA CRUZ, VENZ.

cal problems and yacht
deliveries. Tel Cris Robinson
(58) 416-3824187 E-mail

Eggs, bread, cheese, ice on
sale. Taxi service available,
uu00 LA.-OOri .i pO.'.t propane tank fill-up,
CA i : -11,I : -, personal laundry service.
I: ,- 'i "- i "--"": : i I Happy Hour every day from 5-
upper deck w/full cover, 9 x 6pm Moonlight party every
170w solar panels, 16 Trojan full moon. VHF 16
batteries, new inflatable
dinghy w/10hp Mercury. BEQUIA BEQUIA CANVAS
US$339,000 Tel (868) Interior/exterior/cus-
312-2993 E-mail tomized canvas specialist
zazenzafaun@hotmail.com Tel (784) 457-3291 E-mail
ALOCK 34 hi-ihl r -"ir-d FEELING STRESSED?
blue water .:, ... 1., .i www.clearthemind.5u.com
Details on www.petetheno- Grenada (473) 414-1274
mad.com Tel (473) 415-1026

hulls. 16-17 & 22 meters.
T ir.J : ,i i. ::Ji -

providing concierge,
catering, errand services,
mail management and for-
warding, bill payment, pur-
chasing, sourcing, reserva-
tions and a host of other
services. Tel (473) 404-2707

.-CEtl iADitl C HAc i
BUSINESS 20 weeks con-
firmed bookings on 39
Priilege Catamaran, 4 cab-
ins/ 2 heads. Broker/web-ste,
turnkey operation. US$295000
Tel (784) 430-4481 E-mail

BVI Turnkey, long term, prof-
itable Sail & SCUBA business
with broad Trade License, all
operating permits and room
o eand. This is a limited
company that allows all assets
to be transferred by shares.
Sale includes a large 12 Pax
multihull which averages 20 to
30-week long charters per
year with an approx turnover
of $400,000. In Dec 07 boat
was surveyed at above aver-
age condition structurally and
cosmetically This is an excep-
tional opportunity to establish
yourself in the charter capital
of the world. Asking price
$600s00 www.charteryachts-

GRENADA Looking for a multi-
tdented couple to operate a
small lodge during our holidays
from 13/5 until 24/6/08 for more
information: www.ccbier.com
needed for busy Marine

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