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2 -4 Martinique Carnival Regatta. Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN),
3 6 Carnival Monday and Tuesday in most Dutch and French islands,
Puerto Rico, Dominica, Carriacou, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela,
and other places
7 Independence Day. Public holiday in Grenada
9 10 St. Croix International Regatta. St. Croix Yacht Club (SCYC),
13- 17 Casa de Campo Regatta, Dominican Republic.
15 17 30th Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 26th Annual Classic
Yacht Regatta, Tortola. West End Yacht Club (WEYC), email@example.com,
17 Sailors' and Landlubbers' Auction, Bequia. (784) 457-3047
18 Presidents' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
20 Lunar Eclipse visible throughout the Caribbean
21 FULL MOON
21 24 Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta. www.ClassicRegatta.com
22 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia. Yacht races
24 Bonaire International Fishing Tournament. www.infobonaire.com
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in Dominican Republic
TBA Non-Stop Around Martinique Race. CNN
TBA Semaine Nautique Schoelcher, Martinique.
1 Spanish Town Fishermen's Jamboree and 12th Annual
Wahoo Tournament, BVI
3 H. Lavitty Stoute's Birthday (celebrated). Public holiday in BVI
6 Budget Marine Commodore's Cup, St. Maarten.
6 9 28th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. www.heinekenregatta.com
6-9 13th Annual Tobago Game Fishing Tournament. www.tgft.com
7 9 Blues & Rhythms Festival, St. Vincent. www.svgtourism.com
7 10 1 1th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta, BVI. WEYC
8 International Women's Day
9 23 6th Annual St. John Blues Festival. www.stjohnbluesfestival.com
10 Commonwealth Day. Public holiday in some places
14 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
14 16 Culebra Heineken International Regatta and Culebra International
Dinghy Regatta, Puerto Rico. www.culebrainternationalregatta.com
15- 16 Le Troph6e Gardel Race, Guadeloupe. www.Trophee-gardel.com
17 St. Patrick's Day. Public holiday in Montserrat;
festival in St. Patrick's, Grenada
20 Holy Thursday. Public holiday in USVI
20 International Earth Day. Beach and dive clean-ups in many places
20 24 Bequia Easter Regatta. www.begos.com/easterregatta
20 24 Easterval, Union Island, St. Vincent Grenadines. firstname.lastname@example.org
21 FULL MOON
21 Good Friday. Public holiday in many places
21 23 Grenada Round-the-Island Easter Race. www.aroundgrenada.com
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
24 25 Goat and Crab Races, Mt. Pleasant and Buccoo Village, Tobago
23 Easter Sunday
23 Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim
24 Easter Monday. Public holiday in many places
27 30 St. Barths Bucket Race. www.newportbucket.com/StBarthslndex.htm
28 30 35th International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI.
29 Apr 20 Transcaraibes Rally, Guadeloupe to Cuba. www.transcaraibes.com
30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
31 Apr 6 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. www.bvispringregatta.org
TBA Carlisle Bay Cruise Weekend, Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
TBA Antigua Laser Open. AYC
TBA Antigua Mega Yacht Challenge. AYC
All information was correct to the best of our knowledge
at the time this issue of Compass went to press but plans change, so please
contact event organizers directly for confirmation.
If you would like a nautical or tourism event listed FREE in our calendar,
please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name and
contact information of the organizing body to sally@caribbeancompass. com
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Cover: Aboard the 100 foot Swan Virago
at Antigua's Superyacht Cup 2007 "Some of the best racing ever!"
I C R B E N
New Fees for St. Maarten
New bridge fees as amended by St. Maarten's Island Council went into effect as
of January 1st. The hike in fees is intended to provide Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority
Corporation (SLAC) with increased revenue to make necessary investments in, for
example, the Simpson Bay Bridge.
The new departure fees, commonly called bridge fees, for cruise ships (mega-
yachts) per one-week stay or part thereof range from 18 Netherlands Antilles florins
(NAf.) for vessels with a length of nine meters or more but fewer than 14 meters, to
NAf. 153 for vessels with a length of 36 meters or more. US$1.00=NAf 1.79.
The new harbor fees that are due for passenger ships or yachts per one-week stay
or part thereof will range from NAf. 36 for vessels with a length of 8 meters or more
but fewer than 13 meters, to NAf. 324 for vessels with a length of 38 meters or more
but fewer than 43 meters.
Singlehander Scores a First
A British sailor celebrated the New Year by becoming the first European to have
both flown solo and sailed single-handed across the Atlantic.
Tristan Gooley, 34, arrived at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, on the afternoon of the 1st of
January in a 32-foot yacht called Golden Eye after 26 days at sea alone. In May
2007 he flew from Goose Bay, Canada to Oxford, England in a single-engine
Cessna Caravan, re-fueling in Greenland, Iceland and Scotland during the epic
The only other person to have achieved both is the legendary American naviga-
tor, Steve Fossett, who is still missing after a flight in Nevada in September 2007.
Tristan is using his achievements to raise awareness of prostate cancer. He says, "Men
are notoriously bad at discussing their health issues. If my efforts lead to one more per-
son learning a little about the disease of prostate cancer, it will have been worthwhile.
"It has been a difficult and unusual challenge but that has been a large part of
Singlehander Tistan Gooley with St. Lucian Member of Parliament Robert Lewis
the attraction. I like the fact that more people have walked on the moon than
tackled the Atlantic by air and sea alone."
Buddy Stockwell reports: On December 16, 2007, the cruising community of
Bonaire lost a wonderful, talented and trusted friend. Edward Alton Ridley, known to
all as "Chile", took his own life at the age of 58. Chile was born in Valentine, Texas,
and had battled the disease of depression all of his life. He is survived by his wife,
Linda Ridley of Marfa, Texas.
The Ridleys began their cruising life aboard their Valiant 42, Natural Selection, by
departing Galveston in 1998 and sailing to St. Petersburg, Florida, where their boat
was part of the 1998 boat show there. Then, they cruised down the Eastern
Caribbean chain, arriving in Bonaire five years later on Valentine's Day of 2003. As
avid scuba divers, both Chile and Linda fell in love with Bonaire and remained there
as residents living aboard Natural Selection. Chile was manager of Capture Photo
and also worked as a dive master.
Most important, Chile was an indispensable volunteer for environmental organiza-
tions such as REEF, STINAPA and the Bonaire Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Chile
completed 300 Level 5 surveys for REEF, collected hundreds of amazing underwater
images on film, and completed almost 2,000 dives. Chile's "True Grit" Texas spirit,
fine character, and exceptional skills combined to make him an unflagging cham-
pion of the environment like no other.
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always the first to volunteer. He will be missed by all who knew him, including the
beautiful sea creatures of Bonaire that he loved so well and fought so hard to protect.
The family asks that in lieu of cards or flowers, donations should be made in his name to
support the Sea Turtle Conservation Project by visiting https://www.supportbonaire.org.
Yachtsman's Family Establishes Charity Trust
The family of Irish yachtsman John Thompson, who died as the result of head
injuries received in a fall aboard his yacht while sailing to the Caribbean during the
2007 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, is setting up a charity organ-transplant network in
Barbados in his memory.
Thompson carried a card as a donor for all his major organs, but when he died in
a Barbados hospital after being transferred there from his yacht by a cruise ship, his
family discovered there were no facilities in the area for conducting transplants.
Donations can be made by cheque payable to J.D. Thompson Donation
Account, c/o Charles Stewart, Stewarts Solicitors, 3 Regent Street, Newtownards,
BT23 4AB UK.
While the majority of harbors remain trouble-free, cruisers are being warned to
avoid certain anchorages until it has been confirmed that crimes against yachts in
those areas have stopped.
According to the January 11, 2008, edition of The Searchlight newspaper of St.
Vincent, a spate of yacht robberies in Chateaubelair on that island's north leeward
coast has caused the authorities to increase the number of law enforcement offi-
cers in the area. Between December 10th and 26th, 2007, five yachts anchored
there were known to have been robbed by masked men armed with knives, cut-
lasses and, in some cases, guns. Police Commissioner Keith Miller told Searchlight
that although plans were already in place to install a Rapid Response Unit in
Chateaubelair, a three-member Criminal Investigation Department unit will also be
stationed in the area and there will be increased water patrols by the coast guard.
Investigations are ongoing.
According to the Venezuelan maritime safety organization ONSA, on January 15th
the French catamaran Ti Ve, with four people aboard, was boarded and robbed
by five men carrying firearms at Robledal, Isla Margarita. One of the crew was seri-
ously injured. Reports were made to local authorities and the French Consulate.
Investigations are ongoing.
For updated information on yacht-crime reports in the Caribbean visit
On-Line Maritime Discussion Forum
Speaking of ONSA, the Venezuelan maritime safety organization has recently
announced a new web platform for its Discussion Forums, at
The moderator invites cruisers to register and participate on the website's English
Speaking Section for Caribbean Cruisers and English-speaking users:
www.onsa.org.ve/comunidad/forum/viewforum.php?f=16. There you can comment on
and discuss any issues related to life at sea: maritime safety, tourism, incidents, etcetera.
For more information contact info@onsa org. ve.
Herbert Hirsch reports: The following observations were made during a cruise
between December 12th, 2007 and January 5th, 2008, aboard a Lagoon 38 from
In Guadeloupe, the Capitainerie at Marina Bas du Fort faxed my clearance form to
Point-d-Pitre for a nominal fee; within half an hour the fax was returned. I checked out
to Dominica via Marie Galante. At lies des Saintes, on the back side of the Mairie, I
checked in and out at the same time, bound to Antigua via Deshaies; again the filled
form was faxed to Point-d-Pitre and answered within half an hour. No charges.
At Portsmouth, Dominica, I found that no visa was required for Austrian citizens
(contrary to the tourism board's website). Checking in and out at the same time
The waters around
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was uncomplicated, with a stay of possibly two weeks. As it was a holiday
(Christmas Day), I paid an overtime fee of US$40. The entire procedure took ten
minutes. Note: Clearance from last port of call is absolutely required. (For a tour
guide in Dominica we had Martin Carriere, alias Providence. He did really a great
job: punctual, very friendly and extraordinarily competent.)
I arrived at Customs in English Harbour, Antigua, at 3:00P After being questioned
about why I had eight "crew" and no "passengers", I was given forms to take back
to the boat for each crewmember to fill in and instructed to proceed to
Immigration the next day at 10:00AM. Never before in my experience have all the
details of a yacht-clearance form been checked more precisely or more times as
they were at Immigration. I arrived promptly at 10:00AM and the procedure ended
at 11:50AM. Note: The Immigration form has six copies, so you must write with a hard
hand to avoid filling in the copies a second time. Although I planned to leave early
in the morning, it was not possible to check in and out at the same time. I was told
to come back at 3:00PM for the check out, which took until 4:00PM. It was a pity to
waste the better part of a day on clearance procedures.
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The coasts around Guadeloupe and the surrounding islands are spread with a lot
of fishing lines and buoys found singly and in pairs up to six miles offshore. They
are not marked with lights or poles, so are invisible at night or in bad weather. Some
buoys are as small as cricket balls. Many of these hazards can be found around
Marie Galante and outside Deshaies on Guadeloupe's west coast. To be on the
safe side, it's best to have a good lookout throughout the whole cruising area.
Passing from north to south: after the river's entrance, one of the green buoys is
missing and the other is adrift on Ilet Colas (hazardous in the night).
Of the three mooring buoys at the Bridge L'Alliance, one is missing, the second is
only three metres from the mangroves, and the third one, which we used, was
okay. The further buoys after the bridge were, in order: red okay, red missing
(instead, there was an unlit yellow plastic buoy the size of a basketball), red okay,
red unlit, green unlit, green okay. At Pont de La Gabarre, red okay, green okay! Of
the four mooring buoys listed in Doyle's Guide, we found only one okay; the second
was half sunk, and the further two were visible but adrift in the mangroves.
Sailors' and Landlubbers' Auction, Bequia
Bequia's annual Sailors' and Landlubbers' Auction to benefit the Sunshine School
for Children with Special Needs will be held on Sunday, February 17th, at L'Auberge
des Grenadines on the shore of Admiralty Bay. A preview begins at 1:00PM, and the
Auction starts at 2:00.
It all begun in 1990 when Norwegian sailors Mariann and Peter decided to "give
back" to their favourite island, and held a Marine Gear Auction aboard their double-
ended ketch Fredag. Cruisers brought items they wanted to sell and put a price on
them. Any amount over this price went to the Sunshine School. Mariann says, "It
struck me how many people just gave things and did not want to receive any
money at all. Here was a chance to really make money for the school!"
In subsequent years, more and more items have been donated that have nothing
to do with the sea. Recently, in between the anchors, winches and deck prisms,
appear paintings by well-known local artists, wall hangings, lawn furniture and more,
and landlubbers are happy to join in. Refreshments are also on sale.
Come and join the fun, but keep the good cause in mind and bid as high as your
purse can manage! In 2007 the result was ECS22,937 let's make it bigger this year!
Even if you are not going to be in Bequia on February 17th, look around your boat
or home at all that stuff which is just too good to toss, and pass it on. Drop off
donated items before February 16th at the Sunshine School between 9:00AM and
The jumble sale that used to coincide with the Auction will be held separately this year,
on Sunday, March 2nd, at 1:00PM under the Almond Tree in Port Elizabeth. Preceding the
jumble sale will be a Fun Walk sponsored by The Gym at Aqua, also to raise funds for the
Sunshine School. Registration is ECS20 per person; top fund-raisers will receive gym mem-
berships of a week or more! The walk starts at 10:00AM under the Almond Tree, goes
around the Mount Pleasant loop and returns to the starting point. Back under the
Almond Tree, cool down and partake in the sale of refreshments and baked goods,
books, students' crafts, Sunshine School merchandise AND the Annual Jumble Sale.
For information on the Fun Walk contact Lisa at (784) 458-3761 or 431-6332
For information on the Auction and Jumble Sale contact Mariann "Why Knot?"
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Total Lunar Eclipse this Month
Jeannie Kuich reports: All of the Caribbean will be treated to a Total Eclipse of the
Moon on the evening of February 20th. The Moon will be high and accompanying it
will be pearly Saturn and the star Regulus in Leo. This double event will be the only
one of its kind occurring within the next millennium.
Binoculars will enhance the view but all you really need is your eyes, maybe a
sweet young thing beside you to hold your hand (don't you wish!) and a big
chocolate chip Moon cookie. In any case, stupendous eclipses of the Moon are
always enhanced by having someone with you.
Eclipse times are:
First contact of Moon with Earth's umbra: 9:43PM
Total eclipse begins: 11:01PM
Middle of eclipse: 11:26PM
Total eclipse ends: 11:52PM
Last contact of Moon with Earth's umbra: 1:09AM
Unless atmospheric effects (such as those created by dust from volcanic eruptions
at Montserrat) influence the Moon's disk, it should appear fairly bright, especially
right around the beginning and end of totality. The lower part of the Moon will likely
appear brightest with a ruddy or coppery hue, whereas the upper half should look
more gray or chocolate color.
This is the only total lunar eclipse we may see in the Caribbean this year, so enjoy
this glorious event!
CCEF Wants Your Stuff!
Are you thinking that you should raise your boat's waterline? Too much stuff in
your lockers or on deck? Think about this: any spare parts you don't need, any
clean used clothing, any household goods leave them at the Carriacou Yacht
Club for the annual charity auction in August, which benefits the Carriacou
Children's Education Fund. AND, think about this: come join us for the fun and
For more information contact boatmillie@aol com.
WHERE'S THAT AGAIN?
Perceptive readers will have noticed that the photo of docked ARC yachts on
page 22 of last month's Compass was taken in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, before
the start of ARC 2006, not in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, after its finish same fleet, dif-
LET'S SEE, 30 DAYS HATH...
Perceptive readers will also have noticed that in the tables for the Meridian
Passage of the Moon in last month's Compass, we got carried away and extended
leap year by giving February 31 days. Woops!
Compass contributor Sandi Pomeroy, please contact Sally
In this issue of Compass we welcome aboard new advertiser Port Louis Marina of
Grenada, page 12; and all the new faces in our Caribbean Marketplace ads on
pages 52 and 53. Good to have you with us!
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Grenada: A New Marina for the New Year
Developer Peter de Savary and his team delivered
the Port Louis Marina and Creole Village open and
benefit for Grenada. "Port Louis Marina and Grenada
will now be marketed not only by us, but Camper &
Nicholsons will also put their world-class marketing
machine behind this project. In addition, the new
venture will mean that the marina project will now be
completed even faster, as we will now concentrate
on the development of the residential, hotel and
commercial aspect while Camper & Nicholsons focus
on the marina."
Both the marina wall and 100-metre trestle dock are
open with a capacity of up to 50 vessels including
14 superyachts all with full power, water and nec-
It's official! The opening ceremony for Grenada's newest marina was held on January 4th
operational for the Christmas and New Year holidays
in Grenada. The Port Louis Marina, which is already
accepting some of the world's largest yachts and
boats, was officially opened on January 4th.
The Opening Ceremony came just days after the
news of a major joint venture arrangement between
the de Savary Group and the largest marina devel-
oper in the world, Camper & Nicholsons. In the new
partnership, Camper & Nicholsons have pledged to
invest US$ 24 million to market and develop the Port
Louis marina into one of the best and most exclusive
in the world.
The opening was attended by His Excellency
Governor General Sir Daniel Williams; Minister of
Tourism the Hon. Claris Modeste Curwen; Minister of
Works, the Hon. Brenda Hood; Developer, Peter De
Savary; and Technical Director of Camper Nicholsons,
Bill Green. Minister of Tourism Curwen told the gather-
ing that the project would bring great benefits to
Grenada. "The Port Louis Development and the new
joint venture with Camper & Nicholsons have the full
backing of the Government and people of Grenada.
Government knows that this project will not just bene-
fit the many visitors who will come here but will also
bring thousands of good jobs to Grenadians."
De Savary described the joint venture as a huge
essary infrastructure. The Maltese Falcon, the world's
largest private sailing yacht at 289 feet, and the
mega-motoryacht Reverie, at 230 feet, were amongst
the first yachts to berth at Port Louis, in December
2007. Ultimately the marina will have berths for up to
300 vessels. The Victory Bar and village with its duty-
free shops are also open ready to welcome the mari-
na's first guests and the general public.
For more information see ad on page 12
'Benedetto's' to Open at Le Phare Bleu
From next month, sailors and landlubbers alike will
be able to enjoy the flavours of Italy at "Benedetto's"
at Le Phare Bleu in Grenada. The new restaurant,
lounge and bar, located alongside the beach and
the swimming pool, will be open seven days a week
for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a happy hour
between 5:00 and 6:00PM. There will also be regular
live music events and parties.
Benedetto La Fiura, an Italian chef with over 30
years' experience, has joined Le Phare Bleu team,
and will be overseeing an Italian, casual dining expe-
rience at the new venue. Those familiar with Le Phare
Bleu Marina will no doubt be aware of the already
popular fine-dining restaurant onboard the historic
lighthouse ship. With the opening of Benedetto's, Le
In addition to the restaurant aboard its signature
lightship, Le Phare Bleu Marina will soon offer an
Italian dining spot ashore
Phare Bleu will be ready to welcome customers look-
ing to enjoy snacks and light meals in a laid-back
atmosphere, surrounded by the tranquillity of beautiful
Petit Calivigny Bay.
Le Phare Bleu is also pleased to announce the comple-
tion of its full-service marina, with the availability of a fuel
dock and a Customs office on site from early March. Also
up and running in March will be the laundry service, car
rental and De Big Bamboo watersports boutique.
For more information see ad on page 18
Clipper Round-the-World Race to Visit Port Antonio
They first came to Port Antonio, Jamaica in 2006 as an
afterthought. Now after their first experience at what is
arguably the Caribbean's most beautiful and well-
equipped yachting facility, it has been announced the
competitors in the 2007-2008 Clipper Round the World
Race will once again be stopping at Port Antonio for
several days R&R after a long leg from Panama.
After leaving Port Antonio in late May, the ten inter-
nationally-sponsored 68-foot yachts will head for New
York. Included in the fleet is a Jamaican entry, skippered
by Simon Bradley of Errol Flynn Marina and Shipyard.
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The yacht is appropriately emblazoned with the
Jamaica tourism slogan: "Once You Go, You Know."
If the visiting crews are looking for a real taste of
Jamaica when they make landfall, then they need
look no further than "Norma's" at the Errol Flynn
Marina. There they can sample Norma's red pea
soup, along with her oven front whole-wheat garlic
bread garnished with her secret spread, and perhaps
DMC will order duty-free and VAT-free items for visiting
yachts and other vessels through their international
partners, but the management is looking for full duty-
and VAT-free status for visiting vessels to be available
throughout their store in Dominica.
Also, in response to increased demand, the
Dominica Marine Center is expanding with a second
store and other marine services in the island's northern
port city of Portsmouth. Before the end of March, you
should be able to get your marine items including
electronic goods, mechanical services, boat repairs,
Mercury Marine engines, Yanmar engine and parts
and Doyle sailmaker services all in one stop. The
Dominica Marine Center has also expanded its servic-
es to include sport fishing, which has become an
increasingly popular attraction on the island.
For more information see ad on page 47.
'See My Sea' Boat-Swapping for Boatowners
Not all boatowners are retired and free to cruise
wherever they want, far from their home port. Up until
now, chartering a boat in those distant places has
been the only realistic option for those who have to
keep their boat close to home.
SeeMySea is a new venture, operating much like
the very successful and popular house-swapping
agencies. Their goal is to make it possible for boat-
owners to discover new sailing destinations as well as
share with others their local knowledge and experi-
ence in an atmosphere of open-minded and free
exchange. Once joined up (the cost is around US$100
per year, but the first 300 applicants are free!), boat-
owners will have access to all the boat-exchange
offers and the various services of the site, for the next
12 months. Introducing new members will qualify you
for a discount on your next annual subscription.
For more information visit www seemysea cor or e-
mail contact@seemysea. com.
Left: Dominica Marine Center is branching out to the
northern town of Portsmouth
Below: Interested in boat swapping? Picture yourself
here, or in the Baltic, Great Lakes, Med...
followed by grilled bangers and sauteed potatoes.
That should really set them up for the next leg!
For more details of the race visit www clipper-
roundtheworld com. For more information on the
marina see ad on page 39.
New Grenadines Airways Service between
St. Vincent and St. Lucia
As of Sunday February 10th, Grenadine Airways will
be operating a Sunday service between St. Vincent &
the Grenadines and St. Lucia (Hewanorra). The serv-
ice is designed to connect with the international
flights (Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air Canada,
West Jet, US Airways, Air Jamaica, Delta and
American) arriving and departing from Hewanorra, St.
Lucia. If demand is good, then additional days may
Cost will be US$150 one way plus US$25 fuel sur-
charge and US$15 per person head tax.
For more information contact Grenadines Airways:
tel (246) 418-1654/5, e-mail infoggrenadine-
Duty- and VAT-Free Chandlery for Dominica?
The Dominica Marine Center (DMC) is working with
the Government of Dominica to implement a duty-
free and VAT-free chandlery on the island. Currently,
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Coral Concerns Mount...
As the cartoon character Pogo famously said, "We
have met the enemy and he is us."
A study published last month in the journal Nature
has singled out human activity, especially coastal
--1 i .t .. .: l --as the main culprit in
S I ......... i i i I coral reefs, even more so
than warming sea waters and acidification linked to
The study focuses on the Caribbean, where the decline
of reefs is endangering species of wildlife as well as
tourism and fishing that are vital for the local economy,
says lead author Camilo Mora of Dalhousie University in
Halifax, Canada. "The continuing degradation of coral
reefs may be soon beyond repair if threats are not iden
tified and rapidly controlled," he said.
Mora and University of Miami marine biologist
Robert Ginsburg compared several large-scale data
bases that had never before been systematically cross
referenced. Focusing on corals, fishes and seaweed in
322 sites across 13 countries in the Caribbean, the
study matched environmental and ecological data
against patterns of human population density, coastal
development and agricultural land use. Also included
were data on hurricanes, biodiversity, fish populations
and coral disease.
The statistics showed clearly that the number of
people is the main driver of the mortality of corals. But
different kinds of human activity resulted in different
impacts, the study revealed. Higher population densi
ty in coastal areas produces ..-; .- 1 1- --t-
fish stocks, both of which ai i.. ..-1 i i
coral mortality. Chemical discharges from .-i-11;lt .1
land drives an increase in macroalgae i- 11i
which is indirectly linked to coral loss.
Warmer sea surfaces are also contributing to coral
decline, but hurricanes are not, said the study. The
study also concluded that while Marine Protected
Areas help restore fish populations, they do nothing to
A fifth of the world's marine reefs have already been
destroyed and half are threatened because of human
impact, whether directly or as a consequence of rising
temperatures driven by climate change, according to
the World Conservation Union.
... While New Corals are Discovered
Two new species of soft corals were discovered during
an October 2007 expedition to Saba Bank, Netherlands
Antilles, the largest atoll in the Caribbean.
A team that included researchers from the
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and
Atmospheric Science's Biology and Fisheries Division,
Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and the
Universidad de los Andes in Colombia collected 40
species of soft corals and nearly a hundred different
species of crustaceans in just ten days of diving. One
of the likely new species was found in deep water (70
metres), and the other was found to be common in
shallow water (20 metres). Since the gorgonians of the
Caribbean are a well-known group of corals with only
a limited number of species, the discovery of a new
species in the shallowest parts of the Bank was unex
pected. The scientists have concluded that it belongs
to the genus Pterogorgia, in which so far only three
species are known.
The expedition is part of an ongoing effort by the
Department of the Environment of the Netherlands
Antilles to develop a sound management plan for the
Bank and legislation to support it. The goal is to have
the Saba Bank designated as a Particularly Sensitive
Sea Area (PSSA), which will help to regulate shipping
over the parts of the Bank that lie outside the territo
rial waters of Saba, but are still located within the
Exclusive Economic Zone of the Netherlands Antilles.
Blue Award for St. Lucia's Solar Ferry
Discovery at Marigot Bay on St. Lucia's west coast
has been awarded the Blue Award from US-based
Islands magazine in recognition for environmental
achievements. The Blue List, published in the
December 2007 issue of Islands, recognizes 100 lead
ers in responsible tourism who, according to the mag
azine, "ensure that islands remain environmentally
and culturally sound for future generations."
Discovery's locally designed and built solar-powered
ferry, the Sunshine Express, was number 63 on the list.
The ferry was launched in July 2007 to transport
guests of the marina resort to the bars and restaurants
dotted around Marigot Bay -all with zero emissions.
Resort owner Judith Verity said, "One resource the
Caribbean has in abundance is solar power and solar
power technology is becoming rapidly more efficient.
We hope that the Sunshine Express will be the first of
many solar powered boats not just in St. Lucia but
throughout the Caribbean."
Turtle Conservationist Honored
Four Caribbean nationals have been named 2008
winners of the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for
Excellence (ANSCAFE) for their work in fields ranging
from the arts to science, technology and the environ
ment. Among them is Annette Arjoon of Guyana, the
founding secretary and project coordinator of the
Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society. She has
been instrumental in protecting Shell Beach, a 100-mile
ecosystem in the northwest coastal region of Guyana,
where four species of marine turtles nest. All sea turtle
species in the Caribbean are considered endangered.
ANSCAFE laureates receive a gold medal, a citation
and TT$500,000 (US$80,000). The 2008 laureates will
be given their prizes in a gala ceremony in Trinidad on
Heineken Regatta Supports Nature Groups
The Nature Foundation of Sint Maarten and the St.
Martin Reserve Naturelle each received a donation
from Heineken St. Maarten recently, to put towards
conservation -;'- .;'-;;= on both the French and
Dutch sides i i ,. .-i.td. The funds were raised
through the sale of white "serious clean fun" bracelets
during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2007.
Left to right: Kim van Loo (Shipwreck Shops), Heather
Tackling (Heineken Regatta), Marisa Brandy (Nature
Foundation), and John Leone and Mandy Renkens
(Heineken St. Maarten)
The new bracelets for the 2008 St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta will be on sale soon, and the 2007
bracelets are still available from the Nature
Foundation offices and Heineken St. Maarten.
For more information on conservation projects on St.
Maarten contact the Nature Foundation at info@nature
foundationsxm.org or Reserve Naturelle at reservena
Statia's National Marine Park
The St. Eustatius Marine Park celebrated its tenth
anniversary in December 2007, with the official open
i;: -f tl- national Park Visitor Centre. The highlight
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announced that the St. Eustatius Marine Park had
been designated a National Park.
The Park Manager, Nic-1- F:t-1- .- i.ih
into the diverse habitats 11. ., ii I ... ......
the world, and described the development of the Marine
Park over the past ten years, acknowledging the impor
tant work of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance for
their work to provide long-term financial security
through establishment of a conservation trust fund.
The dive centres were represented by Rinda Hees from
Dive Statia who explained some of the direct benefits for
the dive industry, "Buoys were a great help in both sav
ing the coral and finding the dive sites, training new
staff is now much quicker... fish life has flourished with
larger fish, more pelagics and also the rarer species.
Relaxed evening seminars were held at different
restaurants during early December to inform the local
community and visitors about various aspects of the
Marine Park. The guest speaker was Kalli de Meyer,
Executive Director and former Manager of Bonaire
National Marine Park, who discussed the Marine
Parks of the Dutch Caribbean with a focus on the
development of Statia National Marine Park.
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Other seminars included a very well attended presentation about the conservation
of turtles around Statia by Sea Turtle Programme Coordinator, Arturo Herrera, and
an overview of the benefits of the Marine Park in terms of nature and the economy
by Nicole Esteban.
Still Keeping Bequia Clean
Alexandra Paolino reports: On December 1st, 2007, a group of friends in the
Bequia community pursued their monthly clean-up efforts, this time along the
Paget Farm waterfront.
Joining forces with
B H the Paget Farm
School students and
STteachers, the group
ensured that this
was only an initial
attempt to clean up
.f the area. The terrain
was very difficult to
tackle, consisting of
e b b w rocky bays where
fishing boats are
pulled ashore and
.tion is dense.
The group include
ed approximately 35
children and ten
adults. They filled 55 black garbage bags, mainly with plastic engine-oil bottles,
beverage bottles, bags, wrappers, cups and forks plus aluminum packets and
cans, old clothes and shoes, and some rubber items.
The school children were -it -...ti- i --;;t i---: 1 1 their country clean. The
main aim of the Paget Farm .1 I. i i ... .. II .i .- to raise community aware
ness of the importance of keeping our natural environment clean, not only to beau
tif- -inr -.rilr-inii, 1,- f t -.1- t- minimize environmental hazards.
i, I. .. ..I .. .. -- .1 1 .1 I donations. Many thanks to Bequia Venture, the
Bequia Tourism Association, Karib Cable, and Hutchinson Construction Company.
Whither Cuba's Marine Environment?
A December 25th, 2007, article by Cornelia Dean in The New York Times notes
that "through accidents of geography and history", Cuba retains one of the most
undamaged natural environments in the Caribbean. But what will become of it after
Fidel Castro and his associates leave power and, as is widely anticipated, the United
States ---'rnmm nt relaxes or ends i i,. 1 ,,,i..
Dean ..I [* ,I now] has an i. .... i ... i i .. that elsewhere in the
region have been ripped up, paved over, poisoned or otherwise destroyed in the
decades since the Cuban revolution, when development has been most intense.
Once the embargo ends, the island could face a flood of investors from the United
States and elsewhere, eager to exploit those landscapes."
Conservationists, environmental lawyers and other experts, from Cuba and else
where, met recently in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss the island's resources and how
to continue to protect them.
Cuba has done "what we should have done -identify your hot spots of biodiver
sity and set them aside," said Oliver Houck, a professor of environmental law at
Tulane University Law School (US) who attended the conference.
Cuba's relatively large underwater coastal shelves are crucial for numerous marine
species. Like corals elsewhere, those in Cuba are suffering as global warming raises
ocean temperatures and acidity levels. But they have largely escaped 1.;..;- from
pollution, boat traffic and destructive fishing practices. Diving in them .- i.i going
back in time 50 years," said Davi 1 '.. ..1. .... a conference organizer.
In a report last year, the World 1 11.1 .... I said that "in dramatic contrast" to its
island neighbors, Cuba's beaches, mangroves, reefs, ... i 1, .i ,
were relatively well preserved. Their biggest threat, t i I 1
of sudden and massive growth in mass tourism when the US embargo lifts."
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Andrew Burke's Single-Handed, One-Armed Round Barbados Sail
Prominent Caribbean racing sailor and cancer warrior
Andrew Burke aims to draw attention this month to the
need for support for cancer patient- I ..i, solo AND
one handed around his home :-I.,I I Barbados.
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chemotherapy, Andrew's entire left arm and shoulder
blade were removed in 2005.
Despite having only one arm, Andrew continued to cam-
paign the yachts Bruggadung I and II to victories in highly
competitive regional regattas such as the St. Maarten I
Heineken Regatta, Angostura Tobago Race Week and the 11
Mount Gay Boatyard Regatta in Barbados. [See "Bajan
Racer Burke is Bringing It All Back Home"', Caribbean
Compass, December 2007.]
Recently Andrew has been diagnosed with a cancerous
growth in his amazingly courageous heart. Treatment of
this is ongoing. So his latest sailing challenge comes
straight from his heart. .
The Barbados Cancer Society aims to re appoint anI ".
Education Officer and a Welfare Officer. They will address
the early detection and post diagnostic needs of cancer ..
patients, thereby reducing the island's death rate from .
cancer. Andrew's goal is to raise a minimum of
Bd$150,000 in order to make this cancer program effective
for the people of Barbados.
All sponsors will be recognized appropriately. Donations
should be written directly to: The Barbados Cancer
Society, Henry's Lane, Collymore Rock, St. Michael,
Barbados, and identified with Andrew's name. For more
information phone (246) 436 8888.
Andrew plans to make his solo, single handed circum-
navigation of Barbados on February 10th.
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ANTIGUA'S SUPERYACHT CUP 2007s
its Best!' for
the Big Boats
by Lucy Tulloch
Palma de Mallorca in the Mediterranean and Antigua in the Caribbean: two of the
most important superyacht destinations in the world with some of the most envi
able sailing conditions. With the second Superyacht Cup in the Caribbean immi
nent, Antigua's Minister for Tourism, The
Right Honourable Harold Lovell, had talks
with Juan Gual, President of the Chamber of
Commerce for Mallorca, at the 2007 Monaco
Yacht Show to discuss the developing trade
links -i .i ... .. 1.e marine industry.
And i .... ...i 12th to 15th, 2007,
Antigua's second Superyacht Cup, spon
scored by Camper & Nicholsons and SLAM,
was held amidst fantastic sailing conditions
with six entries ranging from 29 to 44 metres
competing in three days of pursuit racing off
Race One saw Tenacious, the Ted Hood
'1';;--1 im-tr- sloop, start first in a stiff
1 I I T Patient Falcon the Nelson
Marek designed 30 metre, then by Yanneke
Too, a 36metre Bill Dixon design. With a big
sea running and more than 25 knots of wind,
the sailing was exciting. Easing sheets onto a
broader reach down to Curtain Bluff,
Yanneke Too, Timoneer and Sojana all dis
played their downwind sails. This was fol
lowed by a dramatic beat into a black squall
with gusts of up to 45 knots, off Turtle Bay.
Yanneke Too crossed the finish line first,
winning by 2 minutes and 11 seconds.
Second was Patient Falcon, and third
Sojaa, finishing with less than 6 minutes
Race Two was blessed with tiiiin,:,n. ail
ing conditions off the Pillars I I ,,' at
the entrance to English Harbour. The 44
metre i- -. i i I i T7imoneer over
took Y . t i leg, keeping her full main and mizzen staysail in the
gusty trades, and then overtook the smaller Patient Falcon on the reach down to
Kenny Coombs, founder of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, who was sailing on
the 100 foot Swan Virago told me that it was some of the best ocean racing he had
Wild wind shifts of 20 degrees on the beat back up the coast tested the helmsmen,
and those with local 'n--"1.1f find a forgiving draft!) could hug the coast to take
the lifts and tack out I 1 i1 I seas. Finally, Timoneer won the second race.
Race Three brought very close sailing with all the yachts i....m-..... .l .... i min-
utes. Again, exhilarating weather conditions with 25 to 30 .. i i i .. i a big
sea tested these impressive vessels with Yanneke Too and Sojana sailing through the
fleet and finally overtaking Timoneer minutes before the finish. At Curtain Bluff, the
38-metre Farr-designed Sojana tacked around the mark just after Virago, before
hardening up to beat up the coast. Sojana was forced to tack off for clean air and
soon started to make her gains on the whole fleet farther off the coast. The larger,
heavier ketches Timoneer and Yanneke Too headed out to sea on long tacks, while
Sojana sailed up the middle of the course, benefiting from any wind shifts and wind
Timoneer approached the line from way out to sea but did not lay the pin end of
the li-- i"in' c'ana the opportunity to overtake her and storm through the finish
line. '.. point rating" for the last race, Sojana won The Superyacht Cup
Antigua 2007 by just 0.3 points.
Captain Marc Fitzgerald of Sojana, who had made it to the start only by gybing on
the finish line of the Role .1 - .11.. .. ., i . .. and b -li;; straight to Antigua,
told me that he thought ...... .- I .1 I .. kind I .., both with outstand
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'Too Much Fun' at SLYC Fun Day!
On December 16th, 2007, the St. Lucia Yacht Club
(SLYC) hosted its inaugural sailing Fun Day, inviting
local and Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) sailors to the
Laser and Optimist Dinghies event. An overwhelming
45 Laser sailors and 12 Opti sailors were geared for
racing. This response, however, meant that not only
did courses have to be shortened, but due to a limit-
ed number of boats, only 30 Laser sailors were able to
take to the waters. The second race for the Optis was
canceled due to deteriorating weather, as the gusty
winds became challenging for the young sailors.
Despite the long wait to sail a race or two, all sailors
enjoyed the day and many have been seen since,
proudly wearing their free SLYC Fun Day T-shirts.
The day was wrapped up with the prizegiving, and
the following placed for prizes: Mark Spurway, Dario
Daniel, Marcus Sweeney, Edgar Roe, Andreas Melia,
Nick Casey, Benn Atkinson, Christopher Uppheim, Sid
Payne and Leo Sogden.
This day was such a success that the SLYC intends to
make it an annual event (they may need to find
some more Lasers!). Of course, a day like this makes or
breaks on the volunteer help, so thanks go to:
Danielle, who did an excellent job of organizing the
event; Gary and Faye for providing the committee
boat Hullabaloo; Angela at the registration desk; Ted
and Peter on the start and finish lines, and many other
yacht club volunteers including Uli, Lily, Teresa, Fred
Many thanks to the main sponsors: Ferrands Dairy,
Marintek, Johnsons Hardware, Peter & Co., Spinnakers,
Cats, Island Water World and Chris Doyle Publications,
who allowed everyone to get on with the sailing, and
enjoy a great day on land and sea.
SR-Max Upset at Guardian's Southern Caribbean Regatta
This regatta, held from December 27th through 30th,
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2007 in Trinidad, has built up a tradition of great
dinghy racing for the Southern Caribbean, pulling
sailors of all ages and from several Caribbean nations
into the boats. Although only three types of boats
were raced (Optimist, Laser and SR-Max), the sailors
raced the following classes: Opti Under 12, Opti Over
12, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser Standard and the
locally designed and built SR-Max.
Winds are notoriously light in and around Trinidad,
so sailors were happy that it was only on the final
day that they had to sail past Five Islands in order to
find a breeze. By the end of that morning the wind
came in strong, allowing all classes to complete the
last two races and thus be allowed a drop from the
nine races sailed.
In the Opti Under 12 class, Derek Poon Tip (TTSA) and
Russell Franklin (Vessigny) placed respectively first and
second again this year. Third place went to Kelly-Ann
SLYC's first ever
Fun Day saw a
high turnout and
Arrindell (TTSA) who managed to keep both Abigail
Affoo and Myles Kaufmann just behind her in the last
day of racing (placing fourth and eighth).
The dropped race came in handy for Nicholas Knox
(TTSA), who happily dropped his 11 h place (a victim
of the dreaded capsize!), just beating his club-mate
Wesley Scott (TTSA) and taking home first place in the
Opti Over 12 class.
In the Laser 4.7 and Laser Standard classes, the
results stayed more or less the same from one day of
racing to the next. However, in the Laser Radial class,
the Leighton brothers had to give up first place to
Andrew Lewis, who clinched his position with a first
and second on the last day of races, leaving brothers
Stuart and James Leighton with respectively second
and third place. Perseverance is definitely a must for
any good sailor, so no doubt next year will see these
enthusiastic brothers making a bid for first one
The biggest surprise of the regatta this year was in
the SR-Max class. Paul Amon, the champion of this
class for the last three years in a row, was finally
dethroned by Peter Baillie and his crew. No doubt
Peter and his crew will enjoy the glory of this position
for the next year, and prepare to defend their title in
The best female sailor for the regatta was Abigail
Affoo, and the best male sailor was Christopher
Sposato of Barbados.
Medical Issue Raised at Nelson's Pursuit Race, Antigua
John Burnie reports: Rumor has it that the fifth edi-
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tion of this New Year's Eve race, held out of Antigua
Yacht Club (AYC), was "absolutely splendid". Thanks
go out to Tommy Patterson and the AYC for all their
organizational skills and giving of their time. This pursuit
race was not for the faint of heart, as winds with gusts
of more than 35 knots passed through, creating swells
and chaos in their wake.
The big boats prevailed through the weather and
the spoils of the "best elapsed time" were shared
equally between Carlo Falcone's beautiful 80-foot
Fife, Mariella, and the Swan 651 Tihama. Vessels of all
sizes and fashions participated, including several of
the new Dragons based at the recently founded
Harmony Hall Yacht Club their crews sailed magnifi-
cently. The competitive Swan 56 Lolita (past overall
winner of Antigua Sailing Week) was even specially
chartered for the event.
The race was partly clouded by an accident on one
of the yachts. Unpleasant though this accident was, it
was not life-threatening, and the incident was well
handled by the Race Committee and coordinated by
the extremely professional ABSAR (Antigua and
Barbuda Search and Rescue) inshore lifeboat support-
ing the race. In addition, the onshore medical facili-
ties are very good in Antigua, and are always pre-
pared to aid sailors.
Despite this, facilities to deal with critical trauma, such
as limb-saving operations, are perhaps not as sophisti-
cated in Antigua as they are in neighboring
Guadeloupe. The French Government has invested in
the medical staff, facilities and equipment needed to
deal with these most serious injuries and life-threatening
conditions. And Guadeloupe is only a short helicopter
flight from Antigua (less than 70 km).
Recently much work has been done by Neil
Forrester (Chairman of Antigua Sailing Week) and
Jean Michel Marziou (Triskell Sailing Organisation,
Guadeloupe) in promoting closer sailing ties between
Antigua and Guadeloupe. This endeavor has been
hugely supported by the likes of Tommy Patterson and
Stan Pearson in Antigua, as well as other active mem-
bers of the French and Antiguan sailing clubs.
However, a fail-safe agreement between the
Governments of Antigua and Guadeloupe to allow
"bureaucratically free" emergency medical evacua-
tion flights directly to the hospital in Guadeloupe has
yet to be ratified.
As more sailing events take place in Antigua (creat-
ing large influxes of people onto the island), the
potential for straining the island's medical resources
increases. A medical "entente cordiale" between the
islands would enhance the safety considerations of all
sailors participating in sailing regattas in Antigua (and
allow all mothers of sailors to rest more easily during
the racing season!).
Fast Barbados Round-the-lsland Race 2008
Renata Goodridge reports: Barbados likes to com-
memorate one of its sailing statesmen, past Prime
Minister Errol Barrow, by holding a race around the
island. This is not for novices, as the east coast of the
island carries its share of shoals and big waves. This
year, the event was held on January 20th, the day
before the bank holiday (allowing the sailors a day of
rest before getting back into the work week).
Three boats participated this year all 80-foot maxi
racing boats. The local company Ocean Racing
Challenge entered their two Whitbread maxis, Athina
and Martella. The visiting IMS maxi Longo Barda,
owned by Paul Edwards of the UK, also joined In the
race. This latter maxi is a little bit wider and has a taller
mast than the other two, so was able to carry more
sail, which helped her push ahead to win the race.
The boats all raced equally, with a start
at 1015 hours.
Continued on next page
* Coconut Boat Races
* Crazy Craft Race
* Sandcastle Competition
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Continuedfrom previous page adding a new one for 2008: the Curacao Heineken Regatta,
... 'M F` whose motto is "Serious Fun". The Curagao Sailing Festival will
-. ...... .. hold this regatta from November 7th through 9th this year, with
.... .. racing held in and around historic and colorful Willemstad.
This will bring the number of large Heineken regattas to seven.
S.. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 6th through 9th),
Sinu .h annually draws over 2,500 sailors from over 40 countries. Within
SI the sailing world, St. Maarten is synonymous with quality and
S i. --. racing fun, and increases the number of visitors to the island
,. "a w b w a every year.
The Culebra International Regatta, held this year from March
Stl, e14th through 16th, is always a well-contested event over 70
boats raced the event in 2007.
SContinued on page 33
I Left Curaqao's Sailing Festival is now included in the roster
So of regional Heineken sponsored regattas
Below: Maxs charge across the starting line at the 2008 Around
These boats are fast! The visiting yacht won the race, with
a time of 5 hours 29 minutes; Martella was not far behind
with a time of 5 hours 35 minutes. Athina fell behind a bit
due to some sail difficulties, but finished with a time of 6 /" ,
hours 3 minutes. "
The racing conditions were demanding, with consistent
northeast tradewinds blowing at a minimum of 25 knots,
and the big sea swell ensured that all crews (even the sea- T
sick ones) needed to stay focused.
Paul Edwards had said before the race that he would
donate Bds$1000 to the crew that won the race. When his
boat ended up winning, he promptly asked ORC what their
favorite charity was. So the Barbados Cancer Society,
through Andrew Burke's Sail from the Heart campaign (see
story on page 12), will benefit from Paul's generosity. ORC is
also donating their boats and time for this event, and will be
in the flotilla that will sail alongside Andrew on the final leg '
of his journey (down the calmer west coast of the island) /.
These ma) men and women sure know how to support not
only local sailing, but local charities as well.
Heineken Regattas for 2008
For 30 years, Heineken has been involved in sponsoring -
sailing regattas in the Caribbean. And they are .. z-"
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...FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
SVAAP SISTERSHIP Ideal Wave Will Do
by Norman Faria
From the shores of the Carlisle Bay anchorage this past December, the ketch
rigged 30-footer riding gracefully at anchor looked familiar.
Rowing out to her, I found her to be the sistership of the John Alden-designed
Svaap in which American William Albert Robinson made one of the earliest solo cir
cumnavigations (during 1928 to 1931).
On board the later version, named Walkabout and built in Australia by the Driscoll
Brothers in 1952, was another singlehander, Britisher Clive Ellis.
Clive, ,, I -1.i.. ... 1. ..d he bought the still immaculately maintained long
keeler fro. II. ..... I i .... of Zimbabwe who had sailed her from Mozambique
to England in the 1960s.
This is Clive's second visit to the Caribbean in Walkabout
"I bought her in 1974. At the time I was living aboard an old Dutch barge, built in
1916, in a marina in Chichester, and Mike and Liz and their kids were in the boat
nearby. When they decided to move ashore, I took it over. I rebuilt the cabin interi
or and put in a new Beta 35-horsepower diesel to replace the BMC Captain. Also an
electric anchor winch and roller furling for the jib and a few other luxuries."
This is the second visit to the Caribbean for Clive in Walkabout. In 1979, he vis
ited Barbados and other islands during a leisurely Atlantic sojourn.
The Driscolls had built her hull to last. It is of the really hard jarrah (Eucalyptus
marginata) wood with copper-riveted, steam-bent frames. The laid decking, very
beautifully done, is also of a type of eucalyptus. The boat's length overall is actual
ly 33 feet (10 metres).
Basically, except for the "few luxuries", most of the original gear, including the
wooden spars and bronze fittings, are still there and functioning well. The Aries self
steering is the same one used on the previous Atlantic crossing. On this trip,
Barbados was raised after an uneventful 16-day run from the Cape Verdes.
Ci. .. i ... .. ., ,i i. 1 1 1 ,., ,- -intl --ooden boa 1. 1, 1 . .,,
her i i .1 ..i i i .. .. .. I ,p ... I .. i have his '
and Shoal on board. I just happened to be there at the time (when the Saunders
decided to sell). Now, I've had the boat so long, its part of me. I have a son bum
ming around, as they say, on a bus in New Zealand. I am heading there now and I
guess I will pass on the boat to him."
From Barbados, Clive was due to head for Carriacou in the Grenadines and then
Grenada on this still fine example of American boat design know-how and
Australian boatbuilding expertise.
by Norman Faria
In 1966, American film director/writer Bruce Brown made the still-memorable
movie called The Endless Summer which chronicled the world-wide travels of two
young surfers --.r-.h;. for the perfect wave. Also in that year, a young Swedish
S- t 1- i -- 1 I . 1 came up with a remarkable little pocket cruiser which he
11 ii i Vega.
Recently, young German surfer Holger "Beule" Sander sailed his Vega to
BarbU, i - .. i.... Caribbean quest for a good, ideal -he wouldn't go so far as to
Back in the mid-1960s, the movie 'Endless Summer' was influential in popu
larizing the sport outside traditional areas like Hawaii and California. Holger, on
his beach-hopping so far, isn't any trail-blazer in that respect. The sport is all
over the world now, he tells you as he makes coffee for us aboard Liza in the
Carlisle P .n-'b-r-
How is I'. .... i... I. "I've been to a couple places on the east and south
coast here, including Bathsheba which I understand is the place for internationally
onships. The waves in
the island are okay, but 9
it depends on the .
weather which changes: : 1
the wave sizes and pat-
terns. I'm looking for- Y
ward to visiting some of
the other islands." T -
Holger, who hails p
I '....i. ,, -said
he bought tie Vega in
June 2006 from his
friend Kyle Taylor after
both of them had sailed
it across the Bay of w. *
Biscay. Holger then
sailed Liza across the e
by old friend Tony wel.t
Chavez, who naturally, -a .r
is a surfer from
California. Also on Holger's Albin Vega, Liza, is a proen pocket cruiser
board is a dog of
unknown breed called
Guvvy, whom they found while staying at a campground in Morocco ("world class
waves there," Holger chips in). Beside the other gear on board, including the surf
boards, are two life vests for Guvvy.
Everything has gone well so far. Liza made a fairly slow (28 days) crossing from
the Canary Islands to Barbados. The German made Wind Pilot self steering gear
performed exceptionally well.
The Albin Vega turned out to be a good choice, too. The 27 foot (8.25 metre) sloop
was well built out of fiberglass by the Larsson Marine yard in Sweden in 1972. Over
3,000 were built and many are sailing all over the world. Liza (original name) bears
sail number 634.
A review of the design in Good Ol P it m- .-in-'- ---+,site noted: "sailboat per
formance is the distilled essence of I . ... ....- -" but went on to say that
Brohill came up with a really outstanding, fast, reasonably roomy, and inexpensive
Holger, who does carpentry- a 1 .1,,' 1.1 .1 1..... ....- may have some
disagreements with the descri., I... ... I I ,I I I, was thinking of
buying a Morgan Out Island.
Gazing at the waves coming home to break over the reef in front of the new Hilton
Hotel at Needham's Point, he hasn't as yet found his ideal wave. The two stars in the
film 'Endless Summer' found theirs off the southeast coast of Africa, if I remember
from seeing the movie 'I .. .. II Jolger doesn't feel he has to go that far. From
what he's seen of the ( ,, ... ,, it could be right here.
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"Launch de boat! Launch de boat!" The crowd was
Many of them had been there on the beach on the
tiny Grenadine island of Petite Martinique since
9:00AM. It was now late afternoon and there were still
a few feet of sand between the boat and the shore.
They had already listened to the speeches from vari
IIII .. i-l-l;;n: the Prime Minister of
.... I i hI I I I Carriacou are part. (The
P.M. was on PM in the PM.) Film crews had abandoned
their tripods, now gloriously employed to hold the
boatowner's bottle of Guinness.
One last heave and the crowd gave a loud cheer, fol
lowed by a collective sigh as the bow embedded itself
firmly into the shoreline, the stem still on land. This was
a heavy boat for a 40-footer and the method of launching
her was a bit unusual too, at least by local standards.
We had arrived a bit late, sailing the Spencer 44
Yellowbird upwind from Carriacou's Tyrrel Bay to
Petite Martinique that morning, Sunday, January
13th. I was disappointed, thinking we had missed the
II. i 1. It's a real delight to see all those strong
i i, i ... men wielding large axes slashing at the
supports in unison until a vessel gently rests on her
side, but since this boat's keel was already attached
and loaded with 3,500 pounds of lead, they chose to
roll the boat to the water while still in her cradle,
which explains why it was taking so long.
The rollers themselves were a bit too small for the
job and, since they were soft galvanized pipes, they
were flattening under the excessive load. Though not
his first choice, the builder was forced to use whatev
er was available that's the :. i,,, i i .11 .i i... .
this neck of the woods. Anc i l I ... I. ... I.
experience and it will be better next time. "Lucky" Jeff
gel i ,
i -i ..- is captain of Jambalayca a 65-foot
Carriacou-built wooden schooner that plies the
Grenadines on charter, a breathtaking sight under full
sail, postcard perfect. He had this new sloop built to
take smaller groups of :- i:t out on day charter, but
it was not meant to be. I I the vessel was complete
ed he had received a purchase offer. Now all he had to
do to close the deal was get her rigged and ready to
race in the Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival at the
end of January. Then he could start the whole thing
over again and build the next boat. But first there was
the troubling matter of a little sand.
by Susan Payetta
Above: Afloat at last!
Left: Local cargo vessel Adelaide pulling Savvy
into the sea
Magic was first up. Her day job is school bus, taking
children from PM to Carriacou and back, but she was
n't strong enough to pull the sloop out to sea. Next up
was the Adelaide, a big cargo vessel that carries all
sorts of freight to and from Grenada. She was up for
the job, but the line let go on the first try, giving us
time to move Yellowbird out of the way. Another bit of
fiddling with lines from speedboat to cargo ship and
suddenly Savvy was afloat. Raucous -h--rin: ---.-
immediately followed by a hasty retreat i ,. 1 I '
t-r7 1~.1--ri the last ferry returning to Carriacou,
1. -i. i 11 i I they got what they came for.
Boatbuilding on Carriacou and Petite Martinique is
still a way of life for a handful of families that have
been doing this work for generations. The youth aren't
as interested in this skill as much as the old folks
would like. "Dem --;;: fellas just wanna lime
around," I hear man' i I. old craftsmen complain.
It's hard work and can be tedious, doesn't pay as well
as construction and there are no tips from tourists.
There are many idle days when they can't get the
material they need, or sometimes just because it's
raining and they haven't proper shelter. Simple things
with seemingly simple solutions.
It's a rare sight to see politicians, police and the
press at a launching. It's usually a priest, a bloody
chicken and a bottle of rum. But boatbuilding is enjoy
ing a resurgence, thanks in part to people like Jeff,
and the powers-that-be are starting to take notice.
Young men can take pride in building a boat, some
thing rare in these days of mass production, and the
old men are delighted when they can get a commission
to keep their boys working and pass on their experi
ence and knowledge.
Baldwin DeRoche has been building boats since he
was a boy and talks articulately about his craft. Next
time he'll use stronger rollers, maybe bigger. They
were lucky to get the lead they needed, it has been a
scarce commodity and it's much better than the alter
native, a hull full of stones that can shift dangerously.
Handling the lead is risky business, too. The last
launching in Carriacou was delayed while the owners
slowly collected old batteries to melt down for the lead
content. There's recycling for you! Too bad we can't
reuse all those aluminum beer cans to make a mast.
And when the next vessel is launched I'll be sure to
be on time, just in case they can't get lead for the bal
last and go back to cutting her down.
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gambol: to leap, to frisk in sport
by Ellen Sanpere
She was built in 1965, one of 12 fiberglass training Academy, painted white and renamed Kittiwake.
vessels for the US Naval Academy midshipmen in The government of the Virgin Islands bought her in
Annapolis, Maryland. She replaced a nearly identical 1994, but had no resources to restore her after Hurricane
but engineless mahogany yawl of the same name. Lenny washed her ashore in November, 1999. When the
Hundreds of midshipmen, ten or 12 at a time, cruised VI government auctioned her in July 2006, there were no
and raced her sturdy blue hull while practicing com bidders. It ...
mand and control at sea. The Luders 44 yawl Frolic, hurricane ,,....... I I I ..1 , ,,
NA 5, was transferred in 1987 to the US Coast Guard reef, her decks soft, her interior a termite banquet Her
Before. These photos taken in October 2006 at the
Christiansted boardwalk show that Frolic's interior
and exterior.., um, needed a little work
hull was covered by oysters, a sharp line on her bulkhead
marked where the waters of Salt River lay for nearly
seven years, and who knew in what condition her rigging,
sails, engine and cushions would be?
Joe McCants grew up on St. Simons Island, Georgia,
1 .' I I I ..... I I I ...... .
Dancer, a Hunter 30, and others. He also has a horse farm
near the Rio San Juan in the Dominican Republic, that is
now for sale. "Yawls are still new to me," he says.
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Joe sailed Vigilant, a Luders 44, on the Chesapeake
Bay in 1982, and knew he'd like to have a Navy yawl
someday. Vigilant, NA-12, and Alert, NA-2, had retired
from Academy duty and were in use at the Navy
Sailing Club in Patuxent, Maryland. Closer to Joe's
home, Resolute, NA-3, (renamed Osprey when trans
ferred to the Coast Guard Academy), is
now owned by Lee and Larry Best of St.
John, USVI, and has visited St. Croix .
often. When Joe saw Frolic at a
Department of 1 ......... & Natural
Resources mooring .11 11. unsuccess
ful auction, he could tell that 1) the
Luders lines were as beautiful as he'd
remembered, and 2) immediate action
was needed or his dream would sink
before the next auction, in October. A
rented pump kept her afloat until Joe
submitted the only bid.
A good friend of the late artist Gabby
Hayes, Joe introduced Gabby's widow,
Diane Given Hayes, to sailing. She had
lived and worked within sight of the har
bor since 1987, and had loved childhood
-ih vacations in her native
I .... After coming to St. Croix on a
ten-day vacation trip from which she
never returned, Diane worked as a com-
mercial artist, doing ad design for news
papers and at Caribbean Printing. For
extra income, she waitressed. After
Gabby's death, in 2003, Diane helped
restore Ghost Dancer, then moved aboard
with Joe. Living aboard a 30-foot sloop was not too dif
-;t f;- -; .;,iH:. They knew they could restore the
S. iI Having a tiny mizzen would
keep the boat head to wind at their mooring.
Diane and Gabby were full-time painters after
Hurricane H;'i- 1- -- t 1 1.. .1 r of the island's homes
and offices .,, I ..... i, I ,1- *. work. They sold many
of their paintings through displays at Baggy's Too, a
popular restaurant in Gallows Bay, where Diane
worked as a waitress. "He taught me patience," Diane
says, an especially important skill when working in
watercolors, where 'you have to save the white space
for last." Living on a boat, however, meant she had to
limit the size of her works to 11"x15". Her desire to
-...1 1 .;-; paintings was satisfied in part by com-
murals. Her most visible murals are in
several St. Croix restaurants: Golden Rail, Styxx,
-I. ....... ... ... i Smuggler's Cove boast large, color
I ..... ,i I acrylic pieces. The public murals
have led to private commissions in acrylic and small
er watercolors. With Joe aboard Ghost Dancer, she
sailed to Venezuela, where they explored islands and
inland, including a rare visit with the Yanomami
..... '. L*'
After. Joe and Diane are rightly proud of their beautiful
ly transformed 'plastic classic'
Indians near Rio San Carlos in southern Venezuela.
She is eager to see more of the Caribbean islands and
Frolic's recovery began in October 2006, with a tow to
the Christiansted boardwalk, where multiple layers of
paint were power-washed away into many five-gallon
pails. During a month hauled out at St. Croix Marine,
Joe hammered off the oysters and replaced the boat's
engine and propeller shaft. At her mooring in the har
bor, Joe and Diane continued the work and moved
aboard as soon as they could after selling Ghost
Dancer. They were pleased to find the hull and spars
were sound, the lights worked and that 17 sails, cush
ions for the nine bunks, and an awning had been
stored ashore and were in good condition. The heavy
bronze portlights were watertight. Frolic now has new
rigging, new non-skid on her new decks, and a new
electrical panel. New wood, including a native
m^lh- rn tH-l1 replaced termite-dam
I I i....... i... Joe has serviced and
|i on the list: roller furling and topsides
S paint. The bunks amidships will be con
verted to a dinette and settee. When the
hull is painted, blue, the name on the
transom will return to Frolic.
While Diane worked at the Paradise
Cafe last summer, she noticed when the
space above Judith King's Yellow House
Gallery became available and seized the
S opportunity to have a studio of her own.
Named after the warning sign on its
ancient stairway, the Watch Your Step
Studio's grand opening was during
November 2007's Art Thursday. "I like the
1-ht th'-r- ii -~]:i r. -, and I can
I I ..,.. ."". .... "The studio
has a bathroom with a shower! You know
how important that can be to a cruiser,
especially one with a cockpit shower, dur
ing the winter." A mural on one wall por
trays the adjacent wall's bare stone and
brick as a bougainvillea-framed ruin,
beyond which one could almost step into
Trunk Bay. Bright red shutters hang on
windows overlooking Queen Cross Street.
When the work on Frolic is finished, Joe and Diane will
cruise the Caribbean for two to three years, then look for
their next project. For Diane, that might be learning
about oil painting, where the white is painted on last.
For Joe, it might be another yacht restoration -or not.
Postscript: A major overhaul ofVigilant has also been
done, and she participated in the Annapolis Sail Boat
Show in October 2007.
The US Naval Sailing Association has been given per
mission to raise money and fnd a home for Intrepid, a
sister ship of Frolic. She is currently on the hard in
Annapolis, about to be disposed ofifUSNSA cannot fnd
the resources to keep her. For more information contact
Bob Howe at usnsanusna.edu.
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by Devi Sharp .
I to feel welcome in a new anchorage, and .
Ih I .1 Chamber of Commerce is on hand to
I us to Pelican Island on the Macareo
River, one of the main tributaries in Venezuela's
Orinoco Delta. Nine brown pelicans are lined up on a
partially submerged log behind the island and wait
until our anchors are set to fly off, leaving us to pon
der the fact that we had "broken suction" from
-. .... ...... T..... lad, and now floated in the fresh
As we enjoy our first sundowner, we watch and pho
tograph Scarlet Ibis, Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets
and Little Blue Herons landing and roosting on the
island. The Scarlet Ibises look like Christmas decora
tions on the mangrove islands.
We sleep with new wonderful jungle noises and wake
to howler monkeys calling nearby. I think I hear bar
nacles on the hull giving their last breath as they die
in the fresh water.
We are four boats: Arctic Tern, Asseance, Camille
and Good Time Charlie. I have named our fleet the
Macareo Meander. Bob on Good Time Charlie has been I
up this river twice before and we listen to his advice to
sneak I i, h, -I ,ii .. Barra Macareo Cosaria, so
we do : I I -'.,' I I I .11 of our trade goods at this
village of about 300 people. We don't manage to actu
ally sneak past, but we decline to trade and tell them
that we will be back in a few weeks.
The river is broad, about half a mile across, and silty.
We minimize the one to three knot current by staying
close to the shore and on the insides of bends. The
bird, I ...... I '..... i-. .i andthat makes
me h. 1 i ... nd three canoes
come to greet us and ask us for "cambio," the word
used for trade. Blue and Yellow Macaws are flying over
the house platform. We trade T shirts and shampoo for
a few small baskets and beaded necklaces.
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Good Time Charlie has been up this river twice before
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By the end of the day we pass another settlement
and, to our great surprise, a pink sun hat is a hit.
More beaded necklaces are offered and traded for
toothbrushes and toothpaste, more T-shirts, maga
zines, fish hooks and D-cell batteries. Several boating
magazines and newspapers have just increased their
circulation. National Geographic magazines are popu
lar -everyone loves to look at the photos of animals
and other neonle.
The people living on Macareo River are Wareo
Indians and are called the "Canoe People." That is an
apt name. The Wareo houses are platforms built only
a few feet above the river. Hammocks, baskets and
bags hang from the structure and hold the posses
sions of the occupants. Most of the house platforms
have no walls. The canoes are hollowed-out logs and it
is hard not to notice that some are very leaky. In many
respects the Wareo live as they have for centuries, but
change is coming fast.
Bob provides us with a sense of what has changed
since his last visit three years ago. Several of the set
elements now have some buildings with tin roofs and
there are many more outboard motors. The larger set
elements also have generatcre Th- m--mrnm nt hle
provided the generators and 11 .. i .. l .. .
need to find cash to buv the gas and oil. We are wit
nessing a profound change in this culture as they
move into the cash economy.
At several of the settlements we are asked for flour and
sugar since these food commodities are very scarce. We are
surprised that there is some interest in non-traditional
foods -more than we were led to believe from the notes
from previous cruisers. This is more evidence of change.
The traditional foods come from the river and the
land. Palm trees provide hearts of palm, moriche (a
fruit of the palm) and a paste that is made into flour
for baking bread. Fish is the main source of protein
with the occasional addition of river turkeys (horned
screamers), wild boar and caiman. The settlements
that have dry land have chickens and pigs. There is lit
tle organized gardening because it does not work well
in this seasonally inundated environment. Many of the
people living in the settlements in the lower 20 miles
Above: We spent a portion of almost every day, and
sometimes whole days, exploring side canos
Left: Scarlet Ibises roosting for the night;
the bird watching is best near the shore
of the river move upriver in the dry season because the
river becomes salty without rain and the constant
influx of fresh water.
One morning we invite a young fisherman aboard for
a cup of coffee. We show him a National Geographic
and he recognizes elephants, but not zebras.
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It is hard to know how much of the outside world the
Wareo are familiar with -why elephants and not
zebras? There are two schools in the first 60 miles and
many more settlements. Many of the children do not
about ten, manage their boats almost flawlessly. When
they have an out-of-control moment there is much gig
gling and chatting. We all laugh.
Most of the people we trade with understand and
speak Spanish and, since I am the only Spanish
Wareo houses are platforms built only afew feet above the river
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give him a notebook and pencil for each of his 28 stu
dents. His primary curriculum is to teach the children
to speak "Venezuelan" (Spanish). All along the river chil
dren ask for cuaderno and lapiz (notebook and pencil).
It is comical to see a canoe coming toward us with
.i. i i ..... .ii ,. outfit. Oneboyis paddling
I' I .. .... 1i bailing. They ask for libros
(books). Young kids in canoes, whose combined age is
speaker in our fleet of cruisers, I do a lot of translate
ing. But, truth be known, this whole trip could be
done with minimal Spanish, good skill in charades,
and a big smile. We are floating trading posts. The
number one request is for flanelas (T-shirts) and a
very close second is tela -fabric for making dresses.
Scraps or small pieces will not do. A dress requires at
least a yard and a half of cloth, depending on its
width, and maybe more for a larger woman.
As we float by a settlement, the experienced traders
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come dashing out in their canoes and set a course to
meet us at our boats. I don't know if the Wareo have
learned to approach sailboats carefully and use the
side with the fenders, or it is just good boat sense, but
they are very careful and i, I .1 ,i i .. ..
The old hands at cambio I ,.... I I I' "i'i
would like to acquire. We see toothbrushes that look
worse than the old brush I use for cleaning stainless
steel. Toothpaste tubes that have been slit open and
the contents carefully scraped out serve as models for
their needs. By the end of the trip we have all scoured
our lockers for extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, sham
poo and bars of soap. We can re-provision in Trinidad.
I, Ih.. wears us out and we are happy for an early
SI the evening. We spend a portion of almost
every day, and sometimes whole days, exploring side
canos. These are the side streams and old river chan
nels off of the main river. Some of the canos offer a
welcome change from the silty water of the main Rio
Macareo. Some of the canos are deep and open enough
to allow us to take the big boats up them. Cano
Tucupita has access to the Rio Macareo at both ends,
so on our way back down river we follow it and do not
retrace our up-the-mainstream route.
We spend three days in this 18-mile stretch of river.
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some men in a motor canoe if the fish were piranha and
they say yes and that piranha are very good to eat. Cano
Nabasanuca is very open and deep and we take the big
boats up about five miles, where we anchor for a swim
and lunch. The bird-watching is excellent and the lack
of silt in the tannin-brown water makes for a nice swim.
Hoatzins fascinate all of us. These primitive birds
look like something in the chicken or pheasant family
that is having a very bad hair day. They have a spiky
crest and our ;., ,i , ii ... i ...* an outstretched
hand on top ... ,. II ....- eat leaves of the
giant arum plant and are found only in swampy or
other locations where these grow. The young have a
claw on each wing that assists them in climbing
around in vegetation, and when disturbed or fright
ened the young simply drop into the water, swim to
safety and climb back into the jungle. The claw and
ability to swim are lost as they grow into adults.
Although these are shy birds they do not hide well
because of falling young and the noise of the adults
clambering about the leaves. They appear a bit clum
sy, but we find them hard to photograph.
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Towards the end of the three weeks, we are begin
ning to run low on trade goods and we dig deep into
our lockers and our creativity. The little kids often ask
for bombs and our supply of balloons is low. Hey, we
all know the trick of blowing up a latex glove and tying
it off and calling it a chicken. We show the kids how to
make bombas de gallo (rooster balloons). More giggling
erupts from the kids.
We are very aware that our presence has an impact
upon the Wareo. Many needs that they feel are in a
large part brought on by the intrusion of modem socie
ty. The government has been involved in the villages
during the last two years. Tin roofs, generators, out
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and forest have sustained them for years, probably cen
tries, so one could argue that they do not need sham
poo and T-shirts, but you can also see that this is a cul
ture involved in the steep .. i 1. 1, .... ... i i
opment" curve. W e try to ...... 11n.1 ... ... ... i
make a positive impact on the Wareo culture.
During our time on the river we make use of the
Rio Macareo navigation package that was put togeth
er by other cruisers in 1999 and recently updated. It
is now available at the Members Only Maxi Taxi
Service office (Jesse James) in Chaguaramas. The
text is very useful and accurate and we used the
chartlets in the i .1 -.
This is not a "- I 1 .. Not all bottom paint
will remain effective after a prolonged immersion in
fresh water. (It would be a shame to ruin that new bot
tom paint in a few quick weeks on the river.) Most
importantly, you need to be self-sufficient. There is no
place to re-supply. You are the chandlery, grocery and
hardware store. You are also the mechanic and the
doctor. Our trip was during the rainy season and
there were bugs. We on the four yachts had our "sun
Exploring the Orinoco Delta
by yacht is a radical
change from Lesser
a Antilles island hopping.
SYou must be completely
downers" and shared meals at mid day in order to
avoid the evening onslaught of mosquitoes. Bob had
made his previous trips in the dry season and he said
that the overall number of mosquitoes was lower in
the dry season. But the upper canos and lagoons def
initely supported healthy mosquito populations even
in the dry season.
I have many wonderful photos and memories of the
Rio Macareo -and by the way, the barnacles did die.
Devi and her husband Hunter are currently exploring
the Caribbean in their sailboat Arctic Tern.
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EXPLORING EAST VIEQUES
by John St. John
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I had taken off from Culebra for Vieques to check out
a neat bay on the eastern end, a former military prac
twice range where our good US government bombed and
strafed from the 1950s until just a few years ago.
Bahia Icacos has a tricky entrance between a small
island and a coral reef. I pulled in on a Wednesday to
a beautiful bay with no one else there. I was walking
forward to anchor when a truck pulled up on shore
and the uniformed guy got out and kindly explained
that they were defusing unexploded ordnance and I
was not allowed to anchor there except on the week
ends. I motored back out between the reefs and set
sail west for Isabella Segunda, the small capital of
Vieques. It was a smooth sail with a southeast wind
coming over the island holding me just offshore of the
extensive reef system.
So, on a weekend, I took off again to visit the
bombed end of Vieques, sailing a light east wind the
eight miles south across Vieques Sound. As I neared
Bahia Icacos, I was disappointed to see not one, but
seven large sportfishermen already in the anchorage
behind the reef. As I closed with the island, three more
big sportfishermen pulled in. Now, I am always one for
a party and have raised a fair amount of hell in my
time, but few hold a candle to the party power of the
Puerto Rican. They can drink and yell and play loud
music all night from their big boat stereos and then go
to sleep in their ice castles with their generators run
ning all night to keep them cool. Not what I was look
ing for in the least.
As I sailed into the harbor, I noticed the next bay to
the east was empty. Although my chart showed a con
tinuous reef enclosing the bay, with the sun overhead
I could clearly see a narrow pass in through the reef. I
doused the sails and went for it under power. Just
then, a giant plume of cloud lifted up from some boil
ing cumulus hanging over Vieques, making eyeball
navigation way less exact. I had a good picture in my
mind from before the cloud, though, and went on in
with memory and the depth sounder. Spinning the
boat around in a tight circle to smooth the water for a
look, I found good bottom in seven feet of water over
grass and dropped the plow. There was almost no
wind and I saw a big dark spot about 50 yards behind
the boat and decided to ... . i .1. iothe east
was a large sheer cliff ol I I II i going out
into a precipice like a small Rock of Gibraltar.
After lunch of raw onion and -.1-1 sandwiches
with hummus, I rowed ashore to :.. I i i class sand
L- rr lin;si; t- bbeach. There were also big signs say
. 1.1 i i i with graphic depictions of exploding
,Ii i I i that the roads were safe, as I had
seen the guards driving on them, so I headed off for a
..i i i i .1 .1 .... r of the island, walking only on
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There were bomb craters everywhere and no trees of
any large size. The landscape here is gently rolling and
I noticed port-o-potties everywhere -more than in
most public parks. I guess defusing dud bombs can
have an adverse effect on the sphincter muscle.
There were plenty of roads running every direction and
sharp-edged shrapnel everywhere, including on the
Below left: Peaceful
landscapes contrast with the
island's former role as a
bombing practice site
Right: Searching for solitude,
our correspondent found an
unusual spot to anchor at
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HONDO SLAS SYALLS
roads. As I came around a curve, I discovered three low
sided steel boxes full of bombs and mortars. My deter
mination to stay on the roads was certainly strength
ened. I climbed to the top of the yellow cliff to survey the
boat, now that the sun had returned, and learned I had
anchored just ahead of a small isolated inner reef.
I headed back down into the valley and as I was
crossing to the south side of the island, I passed what
appeared to be a simulated truck convoy made up of
old heavy construction equipment -bulldozers, road
graders, pay loaders, tractors and such. It stretched for
a quarter of a mile and had had the literal living
(rhymes with skit) shot out of it. Large iron castings
were shattered, hard steel-cogged drive wheels three
feet in diameter and five inches thick were broken like
cheap china, giant diesel engines were smashed and
thrown clear of the vehicles and every piece of sheet
.-t1l ; --;.; i i: was ripped and perforated with bullet
S i .11 (Swiss cheese has fewer holes).
On the south shore I climbed a hill where a large
Sherman tank had sat for years on a promontory. This
had always been a landmark when sailing down the
south side of Vieques. The tank was now in the
process of being dismantled with a cutting torch, the
parts placed in a big pile of scrap. The large air-cooled
engine and transmission had been removed, the turret
had been cut off, and the gun barrel had been cut up
like :.*.:- links. They had started cutting up the
body I 1. lank where the metal was easily one and a
half inches thick. Somebody was going through a
bunch of tanks of oxygen.
Then it was back across the island by a different
route, skirting a large dried-up salt pond with craters
of dark blue-green water pocked throughout. I :.....
they would make great hot-tub mineral baths, i i .
the exotic metals in the explosives probably lingering
in the water.
I headed back towards the boat down the road run
ning beside all of the sportfishermen, and over the hill
to my boat's anchorage. Just as I was crossing the last
hill, I heard a truck coming up behind me and figured
I was screwed -caught trespassing red-handed. And
I had been so close to getting away with it! I had
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always wondered about the big red-and-white lookout
tower in the middle of the island on the highest hill,
and was looking at the bright side of being arrested by
figuring that I would be taken there and at least get to
The guy pulls up beside me and rolls down his win
dow. I say "Hi!" He is a nice-looking Hispanic in a
guard uniform. He looks at me with a smile and says
in Spanish-accented English, "Stay on the roads!"
Apparently the east Vieques mantra! I agreed to do so,
saying that I figured if he could drive on them, I could
walk on them. And that was that. He drives on and I
walk on, still a free man and still always willing to take
Back to the boat for a swim on my private little reef,
just off the stern, where I saw plenty of sea life include
ing large yellowtail worthy o -+-.--1i;- Then a beau
tiful sunset with the yellow 1.11 1.1 .' by the red set
ting sun and a quiet night with all the sportfish noise
and lights downwind behind the hill.
Fair winds, and remember "Stay on the road!"
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Of the 14 islands off the northwestern coast of Trinidad, Chacachacare is the
largest and westernmost. Presently, Chacachacare is relatively uninhabited (light-
house keepers are present), as are most of the other Bocas Islands. Although most
of these islands have been inhabited at some time, Chacachacare remains the best
known, because of the leper colony placed there in the 1920s.
I first visited the island during a Tropical Island Ecology field trip, as an undergrad. We
camped in the abandoned Nun's Quarters at Marine Bay on the north side of the island.
I fell in love with the island. What attracted me was that it is a huge ghost town, with
eroding roads and abandoned houses in various stages. What events they have seen!
Besides homes, there were once hospitals and quarters for the nuns and doctors
that cared for the lepers. There were also Catholic and Anglican churches and a
Hindu temple for East Indian patients. There was a jail and a cinema; sadly all that
is left of it is some of the equipment. Not much is left of many of the buildings except
for their foundations along with some concrete stairs. Don't be surprised to see a
solitary set of stairs or a flat pad of concrete when you are walking in the bush.
Chacachacare boasts the only salt pond in Trnidad & Tobago
There are a few cemeteries on the island. Except for the small, well-kept one near
the nuns' quarters, they have gotten covered with vegetation and their exact loca
tions are not known.
During World War II, a battalion of US Marines was stationed here and nine bar
racks were built to house them; three around the convent area in Marine Bay, one
at Perruquier Bay in the east, three around the lighthouse, and two above Rust's
Bay, also in the east. These sites were given back to the Trinidad & Tobago
Government in 1947. Small portions of the buildings remain, as well as some deep
1;; .-1 ---rete ammunition dumps.
i ... entire island abandoned? Let me give you a brief history of the island.
The first inhabitants were the Amerindians and evidence of their presence was
found in middens at Sanders Bay on the south side. By 1777 there were no more
Amerindians and the Spanish had settled on the island and established sea island
cotton plantations. You can see remnants of the plantations in clumps of cotton
trees along the way from Sanders Bay to Marine Bay. Cotton disappeared as a com-
mercial crop sometime around 1850 and was replaced by whaling, which only last
ed for 50 years. However, ruins of the old whaling establishment at Bulmer's Bay on
the southwest of the island are still seen today, in particular the rail tracks that were
used to pull the whales up on land to extract the meat.
All the while Chacachacare was growing and was once home to 300 people. In
1921 all this changed when the government of Trinidad decided to turn the island
into a leper colony and evicted the inhabitants. The island was chosen because of
its isolation, .. ....- i1. ... I 11. lepers spreading the disease. In September
1984, after tl. ...I. i, .. .. -..I treatment by multi-drug therapy, the last
of the lepers were sent home.
If you spend a few days on the island you will get the feel of life here during the
last century. There is no freshwater source, so former inhabitants depended on the
rain. If you are camping or boating, bring your own.
Camping can only be done by permission of the 'i-. .... ... Development
Authority (www.chagdev.com). If you intend to camp in .. I In ... ny abandoned
buildings, exercise caution as they may be unstable the roof could come crashing
down on you. This caution should be extended ,,, i ...1 i .. ., plan to explore,
as most floors are wooden and parts have decay I .11 11 eventually all the
buildings will be taken over by the vegetation and nature will reclaim what was hers.
Because of its once relatively large population, the island had a network of roads.
Those inland have become trails, while most of the coastal roads have eroded and
fallen into the sea. If you come ashore to explore, you'll see that the trails are paved
with asphalt. In some places, where the asphalt has eroded, pieces of coral are vis
ible. Coral was used as gravel when the roads were constructed.
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(This is also seen in such areas in Trinidad as Point Gourde on the northwestern
coast.) This is all that is left of these roads. Most of the verges have been taken over
by shrubs and short vegetation. The only maintained road leads to the lighthouse,
which is functioning.
Above: What attracted me was that it is a huge ghost town...
Below: Except for the small, well kept one near the nuns' quarters, the cemeteries
are covered with vegetation
One road takes you past a natural wonder of the island: the salt pond. Many of the
smaller islands in the Lesser Antilles, such as St. Kitts and Anguilla, have numerous
salt ponds; however, this is the only place you will find one in Trinidad & Tobago.
Most of Chacachacare's vegetation is desert-type. There are also vultures, and it is
common to see a vulture sitting on a cactus or on old electricity lines, adding to the
ghost-town atmosphere. To me, this is part of the fascination of the island.
After hiking, enjoy a swim on one of the beaches. Many are shallow for many
metres before ending in a sharp drop, perfect for people who cannot swim or just
want to laze in the sea.
So, whether you are a visitor or a local of our shores, if you get the urge to visit a
ghost town, why not try our Caribbean version?
Sounds good so far? But how do you get to this island?
For locals and land-based visitors, the usual way is by water taxi. This can be
expensive, but the larger the group, the lower the cost per person. On my visits to
Chacachacare, we have docked at the small jetty at the Nuns' Quarters at Marine
Bay and the larger jetty at Sanders Bay.
You can also sail to Chacachacare in your own boat. It's about five miles from the
yachting centre of Chaguaramas to the island. There are four or five anchorages in
i1,. i Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide to Trinidad and Tobago (third edition):
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the southeast or the northeast, so one side is often more protected and you have to
be prepared for a change in wind direction. The bay is very deep, and when it shelves
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than 100 feet. Therefore it pays to approach any anchorage cautiously.... Sanders
Bay probably offers the best all-round anchorage."
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Think Mustique and most people's minds will turn to the rich and famous.
However, as the other Grenadine islands get taken over by a ., I i,11., and
house-building frenzy, Mustique might soon be better known as .. I ,I. least
spoilt and most natural of the Grenadine islands; a place where you can hike or
bike or wander in peace -through an often wild landscape.
The Mustique Comr i-;-- --- i-. ..n -r th- i-l.n-1 is owned by the landowners,
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You can start from the anchorage at Britannia Bay and walk to beautiful,
ronment but do well in real estate. House prices there are not in millions of dollars,
but in tens of millions of dollars.
I i ,i i.. i. visitors are welcome to wander the roads and use the trails, a
Si 1 11 ,, from some newer and brasher developments that use "keep out"
signs and guardhouses to stop you getting anywhere on the property.
Yachtspeople would do well: : ,,I ,, I, i ,,,
them to search for the rich .., i I .... ... .. I 1 . i .,, I ... I
great trails in the conservation areas. The wonderful thing is that you can start
right from the anchorage at Britannia Bay and walk to beautiful, undeveloped
places. The following will help you find your way.
The Salt Pond Trail (45 minutes to an hour)
Our first exploration led us southward along the shore. We soon left the spank
ing new road and found ourselves on a coastal pathway with palms and beach.
There comes a point at which the salt pond almost touches the beach. Here we
found ourselves on the salt pond trail, which goes right round the lagoon. A side
trail leads to a cute observation blind with seats and windows, where you can hang
out with binoculars and identify any birds. (We did not have our binoculars, but we
saw a fine gecko inside on the ceiling.)
The path emerges in Lagoon Bay with a perfect swimming beach. We continued
east along T 7--n Bay to the roadway where the trail starts again round the east
and north I I the pond. Way back through the mangroves you catch glimpses
of the Mustico work buildings. This helped with orientation on our next day's walk.
A clearing allowed us to see sandpipers and a whimbrel. They have several signs on
trees so you can add black, white, and button mangrove to the red mangrove you
probably already know.
East Coast Hike (three to three and half hours).
The next morning we set out on a more ambitious hike that would cover the south
ern and wildest third of the island. We left the boat at 0715 hours, and would not
have wanted to start out later as, by the time we got back, the day was getting hot.
The first part was on road; it was shady and cool, and we saw our first red-legged
tortoise of the day ambling along the roadside. We followed the road south back
towards Lagoon Bay, but this time stayed on the road rather than following the
beach, which meant going one block east.
After 20 minutes or so, there comes a point as you get close to the salt pond,
where you see first a works driveway on your right, and the road down to Lagoon
Bay. At this point the . i ,i 1,ii .,, i -I two gateposts in either side -uphill
past the posts is the I I .. -1 the main road, it is hard to go wrong
until you come to a i,. 1 i iI ..... *., 1, orner of this turn is a concrete shed
and a cattle grid goes across the road. Turn left here. If you fail to do this, you will
come to Obsidian House; an indication you have missed it.
It is uphill again, but early in the morning, it is shady and c 1 ... i .1 ;
house on your right. Here you have a choice of roads: take the - i I, i
which is a dirt road. This leads to Obsidian Bay where there is -, i. .
servation area." It took us about 45 minutes to walk to this point, including time for
getting lost and taking plenty of photos.
From here we followed the remains of an old road over to the east coast and head
ed north along the trail. It is very wild and beautiful, with hundreds of barrel cac
tus and small plants bent to the wind. Tortoises became so commonplace that we
stopped photographing them.
The trail is poorly marked and we went astray several times, but often we could
see a bit of trail ahead and :'.'" I ',t how to rejoin it. We followed a false trail
right down to the coast clos, I ,1 Island and had to cut back inland to get
back on the real thing.
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At the headland just before Pasture Bay, we failed to find a coastal path over the
headland (if there is one), and found ourselves instead climbing a well-made path
back to the road. We were happy about this, because just as we saw the road, we
also saw another trail that led back down to a roofed seating shelter with a perfect
view of Pasture Bay.
An excellent shady trail led us from this shelter down to the beach. We had now
been walking two and a half hours, and my original plan was ,,, ...... ,. ,
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of the morning, the sun was heating up and we decided instead to head west on the
shady roads over the center of the island back to Britannia Bay. We were back in
time to buy Maranne's Ice Cream at the coffee shop.
There are other trails in the northeast of Mustique that I have not explored, but
they are on my "to do" list.
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and cell phone charged and ready. We all
should practice safety by wearing harnesses when out
on deck and having life jackets and fire ... 1. -
at the ready. Also it is for good reason 11. 1... i-
should know our itinerary when making passages,
should we go lost.
Butwhat if bad luck i.. ... ... .. .
or ashore, and no one i. .. 1 ,
assistance is required, do you know a doctor? Will
(Industrial Marine Services).
As perhaps a premonition, the Sea Cow stalled
- it-Fi;; ti- Bocas. Its Perkins had only cut out once
S ... water in the fuel. Not knowing the tides
and currents, I frantically bled the injectors, sent
flares as fishing vessels passed, and called the
Coasties. All I got was nauseous. Then she started as
if of her own mind.
Sea Cow was on the hard at IMS the same day.
That was the seventh of December and every mechan-
ical and cosmetic repair was completed in just ten
days. It was the holiday season and I didn't know any
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There are times when bad luck can actually be good.
Better the halyard sticks going up rather than coming
down. Better the engine doesn't start when you're
anchored at a crowded harbor with mechanics available.
I never believed in insurance. My Sea Cow is unsink
able, as my many instances of negligence have proven.
Life insurance is another 'sure' bad bet, as no one ben
efits from their own policy, but it makes life easier for
a -lIri-in f-- Then there's health insurance. Who
ca .. i 1 Would it really put me in good hands
when I needed them?
Then there are friends. Having good friends has been
my best insurance. This isn't really about insurance or
accidents, but about Trinidad, a very good place to
My serious bad luck started with Hurricane Lenny in
1999. The old Sea Cow took severe licks hooked
behind the not-so-protective Sandy Island of
Carriacou. After weathering the reverse seas I needed
a proper boatyard. Tyrell Bay didn't really seem to
have an operating one then, St. David's in Grenada
was too remote, and at that time Spice Island was too
cramped. I turned south for Chaguaramas and IMS
Above: Folks like Tanty Elsie are a major reason why I
fell in love with Trinidad
Left: Calypso King of the World, the Mighty Sparrow,
at the Mas Camp Pub in Port of Spain during last
one in Trinidad. As soon as a new zinc came for my
prop shaft, I planned to head back to buddies in
Prickly Bay, Grenada, and then on to Old Year's Night
at Basil's Bar in Mustique.
It was late afternoon on Saturday, one week before
Christmas. I rented a ten-year old Nissan Sentra for
the weekend to tour around Trinidad. It was a dusky
five in the afternoon and Western Main Road was
empty as I turned into Tropical Marine.
I awakened in Port of Spain Hospital. I didn't know
what happened. I didn't know that Trini drivers are great
at overtaking cars making signaled turns. My right
shoulder was dislocated. A later look showed the Sentra
had saved my life. The seat belt did its job better than
my shoulder. If I had literally been two seconds further
into the turn it would have been gonzo for Ralph.
I was stretchered on the hospital floor, a spotless
floor. After the nurse told me I'd been in an auto acci
dent, I explained I .. ...... 1 ... 1. 1 .sI had no
pain, but it would ... -1. I, i ,1 a syringe
of Darvon and I joked that that was for women's
monthlies. It was then that nurse put my life at that
moment in perfect perspective. "Sir, you are in the
Third World. You will take what T-- "
Being a tourist, I expect I got I ..i. I treatment
and within an hour I had X-rays and then was wheeled
to a room with two doctors, a man and a woman. The
man explained my right arm had serious problems and
repair would require a specialist. They then set my
shoulder and sent me on my way. Absolutely no
charge! Socialized health care got my immediate vote.
Then I realized all of my papers were in my rucksack
stowed in the trunk of the now smashed rental car. All my
engine oil, filters, and spares were also in there. Oh well,
that all could be sorted out -the least of my worries.
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After a painful, restless night I went to Sinclair
Private Nursing Facility and the doctor there said
nothing could be done to repair the damaged tendons
holding the shoulder joint together. I did get a better
The following evening, the police from the Carenage
Station requested I make a formal statement as to
what I remembered about the accident. I walked with
.. 1 ..... ... 1. 1 .. to and from that police station
.11 I ii, ,i. T hassles. That probably would
n't happen in today's Trinidad. The father of the young
driver who hit me was also there and said the accident
was my fault since as a foreigner I had no right to be
on Trinidad roads.
Liability started to raise its head. The rental car sat,
bent and irreparable, at the station's gate. Then the
car rental company actually tore up my credit card
slip so I didn't owe them anything.
I tried to move the light aluminum ladder : -1.
alongside the Cow and pulled my shoulder I
joint. In a grimacing maneuver a la Mel Gibson in
Lethal Weapon 1, I pushed it back into place against
my boat. I knew with certainty that unless my should
der got some magic, my boating days were finished
and life as I knew it would change dramatically. If I
couldn't hold a ladder, I couldn't reel in a fish, pull an
anchor, or lift a dive tank.
I didn't know a doctor anywhere, in the islands or
stateside. My shoulder needed specialized attention,
yet that was probably not affordable.
Then came the friends. I returned to Tropical Marine
and re-met Mike Lancer, the man I was told had
pulled me from the wreck. We had previously played
some pool at Tropical's Wheelhouse Saloon along with
his brother Mark, and fellow fisherman Derick.
Another cruiser at the dock had my rucksack and told
me who was holding my box of parts and oil.
Everything was returned with smiles of pleasure that
I had actually survived the accident.
And yes, Trinidad does have palm trees
and beaches, too...
Again, the Caribbean's rule of, "It's not who you
know, but who you drink with" came into action.
While sucking down some libations, Mike Lancer's
father, John, the owner of Tropical Marine, put me on
to Trinidad's foremost orthopedic surgeon, Dr.
Louisang, who was also an avid fisherman. The Doctor
said he could bring back my arm, but it would take an
operation and at least three months of recuperation.
It worked, with no scar. Three months went on to five
before my shoulder tendons were healed enough that
the screw implanted in my shoulder could be removed.
The doctor laughed when I said I wanted the screw.
"Probably so cheap a yachtie you're going to reuse it
on your boat," he said. "No," I told him. "As I've never
married, this is the most expensive screw of my life!"
Actually my total Trinidad physical repairs, with
apartment rental, came to less than US$3,000! My arm
was almost as good as new. The Cow would sail again!
In those five months I fell in love with Trinidad. For
good reasons, I had to rent an apartment away from
the toxic boatyard environment. Maxi drivers would
drop their 'hire' sign and take me directly to my doc
tor's office. I tried to walk everywhere and met with no
problems. No one tried to .-1 I. .-.t.-- f n- condi
tion. I became a regular a, I -", iI '' I limes
and Smokey and Bunty's, and knew every one of the
many green spaces Port of Spain has to offer. The
Savannah, with the more-than-adequate zoo, botani
cal gardens, art and history museum, coconut water,
and shark-and-bakes, occupied many afternoons.
Once my arm healed, I rented cars and headed to the
end of every road on the island as none go all the way
Through another quirk of fate, I got referred to prob
ably the only Trinidad attorney who would handle my
accident/insurance claim on contingency. Those tall
buildings in Port of Spain weren't built because insur
ance companies easily pay claims. I won the case after
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February 2008 21 2342 11 1521
DATE TIME 22 0000 12 1620
1 0723 23 0007 13 1721
2 0814 24 0057 14 1823
3 0907 25 0135 15 1924
4 1000 26 0217 16 2021
5 1053 27 0259 17 2123
6 1153 (new) 28 0342 18 2202
7 1232 29 0427 19 2247
8 1320 20 2330
9 1406 March 2008 21 0000 (full)
10 1453 DATE TIME 22 0012
11 1541 1 0656 23 0054
12 1632 2 0748 24 0136
13 1737 3 0841 25 0221
14 1825 4 0932 26 0307
15 1927 5 1022 27 0356
16 2029 6 1110 28 0447
17 2130 7 1158 (new) 29 0539
18 2226 8 1246 30 0630
19 2319 9 1335 31 0721
20 0000 (full) 10 1426
My husband and I have been sailing on our 37-foot catamaran, Jacumba, for one
year now, which leads to a little introspection.
One reason I wanted to become a cruiser was to experience the camaraderie of
other boaters, something I had read so much about. I'm a native New Yorker and
had gotten used to the anonymity that came with living there. I wanted to make
friends when I moved to Arizona but in 13 years, the only thing I learned about my
neighbors was what kind of car they drove. Thats all I ever saw of them, quietly slip
ping into and out of their garages. After more than a decade, I still knew no one out
side my work circle.
So when my husband and I decided it was time for a break from the usual and
bought a boat, I had great expectations of being drawn into a tight-knit community.
We had a strong desire to establish connections that could only be created between
i 1 i '.. similar adversities and adventures.
.. on the seas, I can happily say that I have not been disappoint
ed. When money was tight, boaters brought us leftovers and us canned goods
they knew they'd never eat. When we had a close call during a .. in the Bahamas
and questioned our right to be out here in i..- i *. ... raisers rallied, lift
ing our spirits and guaranteeing us that ot.. .. i i ..... i 1 would only grow if
we persevered. When we were hemming and hawing about where we should spend
hurricane season and getting the cold feet that lots of other boaters get, in
Georgetown, Bahamas (also called "chicken harbor" for that very reason), pals on a
trawler pushed us to head south, a decision we've never regretted.
by Renee Petrillo
What's been really interesting though, is how often we see the same boats over and
over. Or how we meet other .... ..... i i '.. .. i .1. -i,,i -; we already have.
A typical example of this hap .. i I .. .. II i..i ... i .111 larbour, Bahamas,
we met a couple on Fine Line. Although we were in the anchorage together only a
short time, we continued to e-mail and read each other's blogs in order to keep tabs
on each other's whereabouts.
While we were in the British Virgin Islands, Anne on Fine Line told us to look out
for friends of theirs on Appleseeds, Eileen and Peter. -....... ... night motorsail
to St. Martin, we heard Appleseeds .... 1.i .1 I .. 11 ... I pleased to dis
cover that they too were on their w&. i I .. I -. .. i1, ,I ... out after a couple
of days and introduced ourselves and talked about our connection. We told them
where we had been and they wondered if we had crossed paths with Merengue.
Merengue?! We love those guys! So now we had something else in common.
We were then generously invited to meet up with them and other boaters who were
trying to catch a bus to Philipsburg and watch a parade. While we were waiting at
Just one year out, we have a group of new friends with whom we can explore and
share stories. We love these guys!
the dock, we saw another couple that looked familiar and realized that we had
helped them when their dinghy engine conked out in Salinas, Puerto Rico. What
were the chances? Turned out they were part of the crowd going to the parade, so
now we were going to get to know them better. Folks from two other boats rounded
out the troop and we had a new group of friends with whom we could explore and
What's truly wonderful is that no matter what we do for each other -dinghy tows,
boat repairs, assistance during a drag -no one expects anything in return other
than that we help someone else in the future.
I've met more people in a year of sailing than I have in my past 42 years on land.
I've had my faith in humankind renewed over and over again. And you can't deny
that the "six degrees of separation" appears to be a true phenomenon, at least in the
world of cruising, although I haven't seen Kevin Bacon out here yet.
plenty of Heineken in evidence. This year, the dates for
this regatta are April 3rd through 6th.
The legendary Antigua Sailing Week (April 27th
through May 3rd, 2008) also has Heineken as a spon-
sor, as does the Puerto Rico Heineken Regatta.
Somewhat smaller events, such as the Bequia Easter
Regatta (see ad on page 14), also enjoy Heineken
sponsorship. And the Aruba Heineken Regatta, which
has been going on for 18 years, continues to push the
envelope in catamaran racing. This year, their regat-
ta will be held on November 13th through 21st.
Over the years, many of these regattas have
changed from small local races to large international
sailing events, resulting in visitor investment in many of
the Caribbean islands' economies.
Next Budget Marine Commodore's Cup, St. Maarten
Last year was the first year that the Budget Marine
Commodore's Cup (BMCC) was added to the St.
Maarten Heineken Regatta. It was a huge success,
with 58 entries. It was easily won by the Volvo 70 ABN
AMRO who shocked everyone with her speed as well
as the sailing abilities of her crew. The rest of the fleet
enjoyed tight racing with close results.
Budget Marine is pleased to be the title sponsor
of this added day and invites all eligible to partici-
pate this year on Thursday, March 6th, the day
before the start of the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta, creating an extra day of racing for the
The difference in the extra day lies in the courses.
The usual format at the regatta is for courses raced
along the coast to a destination, or all the way
around the island. During the BMCC, the courses will
be windward-leeward courses, always much more
competitive for the hard-core racers.
To sign up for the Budget Marine Commodore's
Cup and the Heineken Regatta
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IRC Splash for Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI
The Notice of Race and on-line entry forms for this
year's regatta (March 28th through 30th) are now
available at www.rolexcupregatta.com. (Entries
before March 6th avoid a late fee!) The website also
has helpful travel information such as lodging options
in St. Thomas, and passport and visa needs.
IRC will make a big splash in the Caribbean this
year. The International Rolex Regatta joins the
President Cup and BVI Spring Regatta in offering IRC
and CSA classes. These three events make up the
southern circuit of the hotly contested 2008 US-IRC
Gulf Stream Series (GSS: www.yachtscoring.com).
John Sweeney, co-director of the International
Rolex Regatta claims, "There will be competitive rac-
ing under both the IRC and CSA rules. With the addi-
tion of IRC for 2008 we are encouraging a larger inter-
national fleet. We've had positive feedback from
both Stateside and European boats." Dockage for
the deeper-draft IRC boats can now be accommo-
dated by the new Yacht Haven Grande in Charlotte
Amalie (www.yachthavengrande.com). Sweeney
added that the International Rolex Regatta caters
not only to the handicapped racing yachts, but also
to Beach Cats and one-design sailboats 24 feet and
longer the most popular being the home-grown
IC24 fleet, which always has an impressive turnout.
"The regatta's popularity is attributable to its profes-
sional race management, dependable trade winds
and varied and challenging schedule of races,
including a mix of round-the-buoys and round-the-
islands courses that make for serious competition,"
After racing, beachside social activities blend St.
Thomas Yacht Club's island-style hospitality with the
outstanding camaraderie that hundreds of partici-
pants have come to expect each year.
For information on the regatta, visit www.rolex-
cupregatta.com or contact Co-Director Bill Canfield
at styc@vipowernetnet or phone (340) 775-6320.
For more information on the US-IRC and CSA, visit
www.us-irc org and www. caribbean-sailing com.
Combined 'Virgin Islands Race Week'
Giving sailors and their families another good rea-
son to put the International Rolex Regatta on their
holiday calendar is the opportunity to participate in
the inaugural Virgin Islands Race Week, presented by
the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. VI Race
Week bridges the International Rolex Regatta (March
28th through 30th) in St. Thomas, USVI, with the BVI
Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival (March 31st through
April 6th), hosted out of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, cre-
ating a "ten-day holiday" that offers both intense rac-
ing and quality family time. Sailors can customize their
vacations by mining and matching hard-core racing,
just-for-fun racing, and leisurely cruising with family
activities such as shopping and golf outings on St.
Thomas. There is no additional fee for entering, and
prizes will be awarded to the top overall IRC- and
CSA-handicapped yachts competing.
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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
The month starts with a continuation of the romantic bad
weather you slogged through last month. This should last
into the third week when the sun will finally break through.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
The steady winds of romance will continue to fan the
flames of your desires until the 18th when they will join
your creativity on a downwind course.
] GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Although communication may be weak and full of stat
ic, your creativity will be strong especially in Weeks Two
and Three when love sails in to give you a hand.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
The squalls of the last week of December will continue
until the 19th. Clearing weather will be a real relief after
the rough seas of the last few weeks.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
It's always something! The contrary currents in creative
ity and communications you beat against last month will
continue until the 19th, when squalls in your love life will
p VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Business is still in the doldrums, so let your love life put
some wind in your sails until the 18th.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
The island of romance will be an unattainable landfall
until the 18th when your patience pays off and the winds
of change bring success in your creative course.
TSCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Stay off the radio: whatever you say will have a tenden
cy to come out wrong and throw you off course. But keep
your radar on, as your romantic life will be on a collision
course after the 18th.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Business is still wishy-washy, so take this time to rein
force relationships with crew or cruising pals before the
last week when even your love life takes a dive.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Your sense of humor will assist in giving your business
a lift. Good relationships with crew and boat buddies will
help until the 18th, so find ways to make these aspects
work for you.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
The vessel full of creative energy you sailed aboard last
month will continue underway until the 19th. Romance will
be right off its stern, sailing into your harbor of love. Enjoy.
SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Business will still be in the doldrums for the first two
weeks. Attempts to stimulate some activity will be in vain
and may cause counter-currents in the last week, so you
might as well douse the sails and relax.
ACROSS 23) FLYING 14) DOG
5) SEACAT 27) ALBACORE 15) BARACUDA
7) GUMPUS 29) JELLY 16) EGGS
9) INCH 31) BOATS 17) DEVIL
10) CAT 32) MINNOW 18) TUNA
11) FLAT 33) CARP 19) TRIGGER
12) WRASSE 24) CAPT
13) NEEDLE DOWN 25) DRUM
15) BAND 1) GAR 26) BLACK
17) DOLPHIN 2) MACKEREL 28) MONK
18) TANG 3) PUFFER 30) PIPE
20) ALE 4) CUTTLE
21) HERRING 6) ANGELFISH
22) KING 8) SAW
My island is a special place,
A spot where I can slow the pace
i i. md absorb a life
ii .- i, from worries, challenge, strife.
There's nothing here that can invade
The sweet tranquility that's made
From having lots of things to do,
But nothing pressing, and if you
Should choose to spend the hours just gazing
At vistas which are quite amazing,
,,i ,i ii unds great to me,
I, - with conscience free.
Having a willing friend to hand a
Drink to me on the veranda,
And if I'm hot, why then I cool
Myself down in the hillside pool.
But, if perhaps I feel a surge
Of energy, why I can splurge
And walk the beach, or take a sail
To nearby cays, which never fail
To convince me that heaven is not
As far away as once I thought!
The negatives are there it's true,
And hurricanes have come which blew
The sea into a wild, mad frenzy,
And when it passed, no one would envy
Us the task to clear away
The devastation left, but hey!
Good neighbors come and lend a hand
To clear the debris, grit and sand.
Life can be hard at times it's true,
But I'll spend mine in Carriacou!
- Nan Hatch
The lagoon is flat.
Not a ripple, not a whisper.
The gray green surface
Reflecting the darkening sky.
The sun has retreated,
Sinking in the sea beyond the channel,
As the rest of us wait;
Thirty boats, their crews and the lagoon.
Out of the darkness they come;
At first, a breeze and a drizzle;
Building to twenty knots,
Building to a driving rain.
The gathering gloom thickens,
Twenty builds to thirty five,
Rain in blinding sheets
Bombarding the empty decks.
The banshee gusts spring from the dark,
Whipping the lagoon into a froth,
Blending it with the horizontal torrents,
'til the surface seems to disappear.
The boat seems suspended,
Adrift in a malevolent chaos,
Direction is meaningless,
Lost in the enveloping din.
Anchor rode groan, rigging whines,
Hulls dance to a hypnotic song,
Hell's gates open, its fury unleashed.
My soul is frightened and cold.
The new day's dawn pierces the gloom
As the raging storm moves off,
Building its strength, on a westward heading,
To haunt some other sailor's dreams.
Compass cZri n Cr.oso" FISHES
5) Caribbean nickname for octopus
7) Fish that allows itself to be caught
10 11 9) Unit for measuring fish length
10) A fish has whiskers
11) fishes include flounder and sole
12 13 14 12) Blueheaded is a common type of this
13) Shorter 30 Down fish
15) or ribbon fish
17) fish: dorado or mahi-mahi
18) Blue reef fish
20) Wife or Old Wife
15 16 21) Northern fish, popularly served marinated
22) West Indian fish with no side bones
23) A fish has "wings"
7 is 27) Type of 18 Down
29) A fish has no bones
31) Fishermen's vehicles
19 32) Small bait fish
33) Large Asian ornamental pond fish
20 21 DOWN
22 1) Fish with green bones
2) Smaller version of 22 Across
3) A fish inflates itself when fearful
23 4) Squid bone
6) Large beautiful reef dweller
8) A rare fish related to sharks and rays
24 25 26 14) A fish is a type of shark
15) This toothy fish is alternatively spelled
barracuda, barracouta, picuda, becuna or
27 28 29 ao 16) Some fish are born from
17) Another name for 28 Down
18) Popular food fish
24) I , ,,, I ....... ......
25) Grunt fish
31 32 33 26) Color of 15 Across or 25 Down
28) fish lives in a monastery?
30) You can't smoke this fish!
Solution on page 34
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Trevor and the
farthqua e e
by Lee Kessel
"0 lors, Ernie, yo should seen de body jump!"
Trevor, who lives in the mountainous island of St.
Lucia, was visiting his cousin Ernie over in Barbados
by the wild Atlantic coast, just up the ridge from Sweet
Bottom. As a special Christmas treat Trevor's parents
had packed him off for Christmas and the New Year.
There was so much to do in Barbados, so many
wonderful adventures to go on, that at first, Trevor
and Ernie had forgotten all about that dreadful earth
quake that had struck the Caribbean islands in
November. But now, when things had settled down a
bit, the two boys had started to tell each other scary
stories when they had been sent to bed and the lights
were out. Ernie's little sister Nyna could hear them
whispering together because her bedroom was right
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next to theirs and she wished she were a boy and
could join in all their adventures. As it was, they
wouldn't let her near their room and ran off whenev
er she tried to join in their games. "It's not fair!" Nyna
complained to her mother, Josephina. And as for her
father, Solly, he just picked her up, put her on his
knee and told her he much preferred his little
princess to all the boys in Barbados!
Now, before Trevor got to this spooky part of the
story, he had to explain to Ernie all about the funer
al. He had to start off with explaining to Ernie how
the chapel was built on top of the Morne and then he
had to explain that the Morne was right behind the
city of Castries.
"Castries surround by hills!" Trevor boasted, "but de
Morne is high high much higher dan here. It so high
dat two tunnels running under it and you should
hear de noise of de cars an trucks gon thrum, thrum
as dey wheels hit de concrete."
Ernie could only sigh and hope that one day his par
ents would send him over to St. Lucia to stay with his
big city cousin. Trevor then boasted that of course
everyone in St. Lucia had felt the earthquake much
more than in Barbados because his island is so moun
tainous and Barbados is so flat -well, all except for
those high hills and cliffs above Sweet Bottom. Trevor
didn't know whether he was right saying this about
the earthquake and who felt what, but it sounded good
and Ernie wouldn't know anyway.
So, there they were, he and his father attending the
funeral of a distant uncle in the big, tall chapel on top
of the Morne. As usual the coffin was placed in front
of the altar and as usual the coffin was open. Trevor
toci -t .t i ;-- 1-. -ribing to Ernie how the uncle
in -. I... - I up in his best dark blue suit.
"He have clean white shirt, stiff collar and black tie
about he neck, so tight he mus feel pressure fo so. He
even have shoe on and white sock and de shoes pol
ish bright bright. But yo should seen de face! It pow
der bright orange and de lips bright purple and de
eyes closed with copper penny to stop de evil eye from
"Ooh, Trevor, wish I does been there!"
"We all look serious, serious an den de chapel begin
to shake! 'Oh,' de fella next we shout, 'dis man be
strong, strong! He fight like crazy to stop we bury he!'
Next ting shaking be worse and every man an woman
an chile run out de chapel. I go follow but me fadder
grab me should and shout, 'Why you does run? Dis
be de house of de Lord! God protect we!'
"And den big big rumble and shaking so bad de
chapel walls sway and bend and den de body does
start jumping ur tTin t- .t out de coffin and run
like all de rest. I ...- I I grab hold de body and
force it back where it belong and he pray all de time,
'Oh Lord, keep dis brother from hell fire. Take yo ser
vant on high.' There be second big big rumble and
c. .-i. .11 de ting on de altar, de cross, de chalice,
d ... le book and de pews does dance round
and crash over and I does -i .. 1 ri, 1. .. and me
fadder hold dat body down ".11. I i 1. ,,.I calling
pon de Lord to protect us poor sinners. More shaking
den little little and me fadder straighten he uncle in he
coffin, pull he suit proper, straighten de legs, wipe de
shoes, pull de necktie tight and make all neat and
proper. Then he hold me hand and we find we car and
By this time, Trevor was so excited that his whisper
had turned to a shout and the next thing Uncle Solly
had thrown open the door and told them not anoth
er word or he would send Trevor back home. Aunt
Josephina was huffing in their bedroom down the
hall and little sister Nyna was all ears and big eyes in
her moonlit room. Trevor and Ernie slunk down in
their beds and once Uncle Solly's door closed with a
thud, Ernie lent over to Trevor, touched him on the
shoulder and whispered: "That story worse dan de
coffins flung all round de vault up dere in de church
yard of Christchurch. Boy, just yo wait till night
come round agen, yo hair gon stand on end!" And
Ernie grinned at the thought that he had a cool cool
spooky story to tell his cousin Trevor that would shut
him up for good.
IM.C .. ..... b tional ... .i. ..- was formed to devise and then implement a ten-year action
Plan : 11 GEOCSS Representatives of over 70 countries and nearly 50 non-gov
Segment a, ..... .. .. attended the 2007 GEO conference in Cape Town to dis-
/cuss the .. i plan. It focuses on nine areas: disasters, health, energy, cli
mate, water, weather, ecosyrt -.. -.-i-ti-- ,.,-1 1-i- li--
( i i GEO 11. Partnership for Observation of
.. the Glk.bal Oceans 11. dea for POGO was first raised in 1999 when the direct
I tors of several *.. .. i1. ... 1. ... .. .... I the world met and discussed how
to coordinate I .1- i -i.. I I .... .... ronment. New V--hin--'. were
becoming available to monitor marine systems more closely. Th ,I ... .. ,, col
R elected could be used to predict changes in weather and sea patterns that may
OD E E P L adversely affect human beings, as well as those that can improve human health,
wealth and safety. Temperature changes in the sea, over-fishing and pollution are
O LLLVY'SL E all issues that c ... I .. I through global observation systems.
At the end of I. GEO ,.. .... participants issued the Cape Town declaration.
b Elaine Ollivierre This noted the achievements already made by its members and confirmed their
by E ine Olierre commitment to further work. They also resolved to meet again by 2010 to review
Do you remember how much of the earth is covered with water? Oceans their progress and to ensure implementation of the GEOSS plan.
cover approximately 71 percent -that's nearly three-quarters -of the earth's
surface. Yet the importance of the oceans to life on earth has only recently been GUESS WHAT?
acknowledged. The following acronyms belong I ... I 1i ....., .. in partnership with
Last month, we looked at the November 2007 meeting in New Zealand of the POGO. Can you guess what the :...i- .
scientists from the Census of Marine Life. At the end of that month, another 1) CoML
important meeting was held, this time in South Africa when the members of GEO, 2) GOOS
the Group on Earth Observations, met for their annual conference. Let's look at 3) IGOS
the history of this group and its activities. 4) IOC
In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development .1 . I . 5) IODE
itwas very important to coordinate world-wide observations o.. I I I II I i I 6) IOTWS
and its environment Participants at the First, Second and Third Earth Observations 7) MIA
Summits held in .-i1..... .. F. 12003), Tokyo (2004) and Brussels (2005) respect 8) OOPC
tively, established I.. L GEOSS, Global Earth Observation System of 9) SCOR
Systems. The GEO, which is a voluntary partnership of governments and interna- 10) WMO Answers on page 47
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Away to Bequia, written by June Stoute, illustrated by Jehanne Silva Freimane.
2007. Published by Oraef Inc. Full color. ISBN 976 8215 86 0.
Barbadian writer June Stoute is no stranger to Bequia. She and her husband,
amateur racing sailor Dick Stoute, have been cruising the Grenadines for many
years on their yacht, Shangri-La June has been shore crew while Dick, a familiar
face on the racing circuit, has crewed with fellow Bajan sailor Andrew Burke on
Nefertiti, Bruggadung I and Bruggadung II, and with Carriacou-based Jerry Stewart
on his Bloody Mary.
June Stoute describes her
self as a business executive
by day and a creative writer,
r publisher ar 1 Th-t-.r T--r
after hours. -I h, I i
in the book industry in 2000
by publishing her husband's
book, The Fear Factor. In
December 2006 she moved
front stage with her own
dren's book, Would You
Please Fetch Me A Pail? For
this she teamed up with her
Daughter, Jehanne Silva
Si i Freimane, who illustrated the
story. This was followed in
T April 2007 by Giant African
Land Snails + Snail Facts
S At last year's National
Sr Independence Festival of
Creative Arts (NIFCA) in
Stoute received a Bronze
Award for Would You Please
Fetch Me A Pail? and a Silver
Award for GiantAfrican Land
Snails + Snail Facts. Stoute
believes she has the ingredi
ents for a Gold in Away To
Bequia. Stoute has been suc
cessful in several local liter
ary competitions over the
years and her poetry has been published in the University of the West Indies Cave
Hill Literary Annual.
Away To Bequia is the story of young Roger's first inter island -r-==-1, -a trip
which turns into a voyage of discovery and wonder when his ., i. I. sets a
course towards the setting sun.
Bequian book reviewer Cherian Gordon writes about Away to Bequia
There have been many great storybooks written from yesteryear to this present
day. Of the many I have read, I must say that this one isn't just great it's amaz
ing. From its beautifully written words to its vibrant pictures, everything blends
uniquely to form a vast image of the whole adventure in the reader's mind. You can
see, feel, hear and even smell all the exotic textures in the story. The eccentric flow
of rhythm and rhyme cultivates a cascade of poetic Caribbean flavor, when every
word is read.
The most amazing thing about ti - ,. i. is that it is a family adventure
and though today such a thing is c ,., IIom. I II this writer depicts its beauty as
i, i i i,. .... ry day. As a true Bequian, I salute June Stoute for basing this
. i ,,i ad by i .. expedition to my blessed home and I would recommend that
it be read by all children.
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Llewellyn Xavier: His Life and Work, series editor Edward Lucie-Smith,
Macmillan Caibbean Art Collection. Hard cover, 208 pages, full color throughout. ISBN
Llewellyn Xavier is St.
Lucia's pre eminent visual
artist, known worldwide for
strong conceptual work that
has explored such issues as
race, sex, spirituality, and
A new retrospective of
work by Xavier has been
published by Macmillan
Caribbean as part of its
series on Caribbean artists.
The book is narrated by
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and provides an in depth
look at the artist's 40 year
Twenty years ago, Xavier
made statements about the
ongoing destruction of the
natural world i.... i I.
masterpiece sel II .1
Council for Restoration of
the Earth's Environment".
Inspired by impending
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this work would raise aware
ness about dire ecological
issues. Now, 20 years later, Xavier's concerns are forefront in te international polite
In addition to his environmental work, Xavier is esteemed widely for his abstract
watercolours and oils inspired by the dynamic Caribbean weather and for his strik
ing and colorful depictions of the Pitons, which are featured on the book's cover.
The book offers an inclusive look at Xavier's most significant work from the 1960s
through the present. It also features Xavier's second environmental series,
I ......... I i. ", which involved conceptual works made entirely from recy
I I ii I I ,ids of commercial paint, and embedded with shards of 24
carat gold representing the millions of trees that have been ground into dust for
commercial purposes, the finality of earth's resources, and the preciousness of our
environment. Xavier is currently completing his third series of environmental work
titled "Global Warning", which has not yet been shown to the public.
Available at bookstores or www.amazon.co.uk.
Guadeloupe Marine Info 2008 the Guadeloupe Nautical Directory. Edited
by Club Transcaraibes Association, Stephane Legendre. Paperback, 163 pages, full
color throughout. Free.
Neither a cruising guide nor
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-- There are five chapters: General
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The chapters in the print version
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the useful island, town and marina maps. A separate page listing emergency phone
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BOOK REVIEW BY BOB BERLINGHOF
Close to a Classic
Just Another Day in Paradise, by Julia Bartlett, 2004, 257 pages. ISBN 978
This tale of a plucky solo sailor, Morgane, and her travels between islands in the
Caribbean contains something I have never before come across in sailing literature
a realistic, harrowing account of the aftermath of a tragic hurricane.
The island on which she survives, wisely called St. Bertha, was modeled on St.
] i '.i' ... I i i ..... I .. to itbyHurricane Luis over a decade ago. Atthe time,
S.... .... -.. I 'i, ly were largely glossed over by the news media. Bartletts
account of countless lives lost, both at sea and on land (a mudslide killed uncount
ed illegal immigrants when the hill they lived on collapsed), shows a country in chaos
and distress. It is not pretty, but it is one of the best features of this novel.
The supporting characters are generally well-drawn. Morgane's boyfriend, Jimbo,
and their sidekick, Terry, who each have their own boats, are particularly vivid. The
li.1-- 1- -- -, -t1. sparkles with wit and authenticity. This reader feels like
ii 1I i i i ". them. Morgane's cat, Nelson, is also featured with inter
:--.! ; 1 7: which should please cat lovers, but I found this a little too cute.
S characters, Ronnie, the bartender, Yves, the escaped convict, and
Isabel, a woman crushed by the death of her friend, are well-portrayed. For comic
relief there is a nutty taxi driver and an eccentric self-taught chiropractor. This
book is chiefly about surviving a hurricane, but there is quite a bit of humour
stuffed in between the devastations.
There is also a parallel story to Morgane's, ....... 1. r.. .1. -.1. iend Victoria.
We are told in the first chapter that Morgane 1 i ....... i... ... I and whining
kids" to become a self reliant sailor. Victoria, a cog in the wheel of the English penal
system, is seeking to escape a mundane job, and a family that doesn't appreciate
her, by vi itin' -r- n- The hurricane alters her travel plans and causes her to
have the I ,i,,, I I' life by forcing her to "wing it."
The hurricane description is quite good, but its aftermath is even better, told from
the points of view of Morgane, who manages to get ashore only to be buried under
the mud, and Yves, an escaped prisoner who is searching for the remnants of his
family while dodging the soldiers and police who are shooting at looters.
Unfortunately, the realistic and bleak tone of this novel is upstaged by a jarring
Hollywood ending. There are three or four miracles towards the end of this book
which indicate that Ms. Bartlett was hoping to please everybody with an "all's well
that ends well" smiley face attitude. This somewhat trivializes the horror of what
has come before I" i II11,.. li e novel's serious tone.
The side story ii ... i ... who feels victimized by local prejudice, is not
enough to balance the contrived happy ending of all the characters. Morgane's
brush with a drug baron is particularly weak. Some of the local dialect fails to ring
true, but that is a minor complaint.
Although uneven in tone, I would still recommend this book, although I can't help
but wonder what a classic it could have been had the author set out to write a
funny and bleak Caribbean novel without the miraculous ending.
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Marketing. Distributed by Bennett Media Corporation.
120 minutes, color.
In many ways sailing across the Atlantic in 1985
was more like it had been a century before than it is
like today especially if you were doing it aboard an
80-year-old, engineless wooden boat. But some things
about sailing seem eternal: the joy of a fair-weather
sunrise at sea after a long night watch, watching dol
phins speed effortlessly in your bow wave, the satis
faction of learning seamanship from an experienced
and patient skipper, the conflicting emotions of a long
This DVD is a re-release of the 1986 video made by
British advertising executive Gavin Shaw, who took a
three-month sabbatical to sail 5,000 miles with Don
Street aboard the 44-foot lolaire from Glandore,
Ireland to English Harbour, Antigua, via Vigo, Spain,
the islands of Porto Santo and Madeira, and the
Salvage, Canary and Cape Verde island groups.
Street says, "We had no electronic navigation, only a
Brooks and Gatehouse RDF, a sextant and a radio to
i i ....., i. 1. re were no cruising guides: we
i .. .. iI... 'i 1 Santo, the .1 i Cape
Verde islands, and very little ol ii ...... s. We
sailed in and out of everywhere as we had .- --. "
With no self steering gear either, the crew I I. I k
turns hand steering, by tiller, all the way. Gavin adds
that lolaire was a wee bit wetter to sail than the mod
ern craft his skipper refers to as i -i..... plastic
bathtubs", remarking that often "s I 1.1 she's
sinking out from under you". (No fear: the tins of food
may have gotten rusty, but lolaire had enormous and
r91nrl1- exercised bilge pumps.) As Gavin said at the
.. i i trip, arriving in Antigua, "We felt more like
explorers than tourists."
The DVD has a very "you are there" feel, giving a real
sense of what it's like to do a long ocean
small boat. A little too real sometimes I ....I
Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four... (three
months, remember) occasionally gets just as tedious
as living through a long voyag i.1.... I,,,, I,
interest is happening and .. .....
favorite foods. But, as in bluewater voyaging, with all
its sidetracks and slow spots, there are also moments
of exhilaration and transcendent natural beauty
found nowhere but at sea. Gavin has an eye for shots
which capture the moment, and the original back
ground music by Craig Wrigley, mostly acoustic gui
tar, adds to the overall aesthetic appeal.
The educational components of this DVD will be
greatly appreciated, especially those concerning sail
trim. Gavin's clear i. ... -1 11ii ...... rigs
(such as "poor man I .. i. ..I- ..- I .. trip,
and Don's voice-over explains them. Also throughout
are seamanship tips that are just as valid today as
they were 23 years ago.
Of the making of the original video, Gavin writes:
"When Don saw the JVC equipment we hoped would
survive the three-month passage from Ireland to
Antigua, he said: 'Electricity, copper and salt water
make green gunge.' However, electricity itself was in
short supply on lolaire and cooling the skipper's beer
was the first priority for the wind and water genera
tors. Diverting enough power to charge the video bat
The reviewer apologizes for the authentic saltwater
splashes on the cover of our copy!
film's current fad for quick, choppy cuts (three sec
onds is now a I ..." shot) and a dozen car crashes
per hour might I... I this DVD's pace -well, as slow
as sailing itself can sometimes be. Just ease your
mainsheet. Its worth taking 120 minutes to settle in
with a favorite beverage or two, a big bowl of popcorn
and a few sailing buddies and take this historic yet
Sailing doesn't lose its magic.
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teries was one challenge. However, death by green
gunge was the .. -1 threat to the camera on Don's
dear old boat. 1, - a thousand gallons were hand
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:-t kneading and fussing, new recipes have been developed for really easy
S. 1 making. Compared with the old way, it is like GPS compared to celes
I .I aviation. It's perfect for galley dummies and single-handers. The fol
lowing recipe is adapted from Mark Bittman's article in the New York Times, which
described the no-knead bread of Jim Lahey, owner of New York City's Sullivan Street
Bakery. It has been modified here to minimize the mess, and also with comments
on making it work with a boat oven. The bread you get looks much like sour-dough
bread and has a wonderful crust.
by Chris Doyle
You need the following equipment:
A pottery dish or metal saucepan with a well-fitting lid that fits in the oven (about
8 inches diameter and 3 1/2 inches high)
A largish cutting board
A large clean tea towel
A bowl large enough to mix four and one-half cups
A plastic bag, Caribbean plastic bathing hat, or a bit of plastic, which you can
put over the top of the bowl to stop any moisture escaping. Unless you get the
Caribbean bathing hat, you will also need a rubber band to hold it tightly over
A rubber spatula (you can get away with a spoon, but it is not as easy)
Some cornmeal to stop things sticking (if cornmeal is a problem, you can get
away with flour, but the result will be messier, cornmeal is far better)
That is most of the work right there: making sure you have the gear.
Next, the ingredients:
2 1/2 Cups of white baking flour (use 3 if you have a house oven, not a boat oven)
1/4 teaspoon of dried instant yeast
2 teaspoons of salt
Half as much water as flour (1 1/4 Cups for a boat oven, 1 1/2 for a house oven)
Let the dough rest overnight, bake the next morning, and you'll have ajresh, crusty
peasant loaf for lunch or supper
Start this bread in the evening. Mix the dry ingredients well in the bowl. Add the
water, mix thoroughly. Put the plastic over the bowl and seal it with a rubber band.
Leave overnight. (This standing time is what makes no-kneading possible, so don't
Next morning, dust a cutting board with cornmeal; scrape the ingredients out of
the bowl onto the cutting board with the rubber spatula (or whatever). Gently flop it
over, being sure there is still enough cornmeal beneath the dough. (This flopping
over gets you cornmeal on top of the bread so the tea towel does not stick). Cover
loosely with a clean tea towel and leave for two hours.
After one and half hours, begin getting the oven and pot ready. Put your saucepan
or baking dish with the lid on in the oven. Turn it on and set to 450F. If you have
a boat oven with no temperature gauge on it, put it on the very highest setting.
After half an hour of pre-heating, remove the saucepan or dish and take the cover
off. Flop the bread mix into the saucepan or dish, put the lid back on, and put it in
the oven. Bake at 450F for half an hour, then remove the lid, and bake for anoth
er quarter of an hour. You are now finished except for removing the bread from the
oven and turning it out onto a board.
I suggest making this bread for the first time with white flour. After that, experi
ment with multigrain, whole wheat, or whatever. You can also add half a cup of oil
cured pitted olives cut in two to make an excellent olive bread.
Boat ovens can present certain problems. If you find the bread burns at the back
or bottom, the flame is probably too close to the pan. The fix is to cover the shelf
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outside. If you find it way too wet for this, sprinkle a little cornmeal on top to pro
tect the towel and then scrape the mixture into the pot with a spoon (the bread will
still be fine), but next time try just a tad less water. It should not be too dry, how
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THE YUMMY YAM
The array of root vegetables in Caribbean markets c ... 1 ..r...;.; Cassava, tan
nia, eddos, yam, sweet potato and dasheen are thi ... i .....I .. names in the
Eastern Caribbean; on the western side of the Caribbean you'll hear boniata, bata
ta, otoe, name, hampi, yucca, malanga and yautia.
There is often confusion between "sweet potatoes" and "yams"; many North
Americans use the names interchangeably. But yams and sweet potatoes are not the
same thing. They don't even belong to the same family. Real yams belong to the
Dioscoreaceae family with hundreds of edible varieties -and not very many recipes.
Yams are perennial vines with shiny heart-shaped leaves and underground tubers,
usually buried deep and difficult to dig up. The edible tuber is long and cylindrical
and its skin is rough and scaly, almost like a tree's bark. Sweet potatoes, on the
other hand, belong to the
Morning Glory, or ) 1
Convolvulacae, family, and I e,
have a smooth red skin. .
eties of yams, with brown,
black, white or pink skin,
and with white, yellow, or
purple flesh. They can grow
up to seven feet and weigh
The name yam came from
the i,., word
"inham II, Spanish
word "name," both of which
are derived from an African
word "nyami," meaning "to ..-
eat." In the English speak
ing Caribbean, traditional r
ly, all root crops are called .
ground provisions" or
ground food". This term came from the sugar plantation days when food for the
workers was scarce. Ground food was a reliable source of nutrition, since these roots
could survive extreme dry spells and the wrath of tropical storms. Also, roots such
as yam, dasheen and cassava could be grown inconspicuously with the
crop. The yam remains a staple food in many of the Caribbean islands, Ic... I
Yams' sugars and complex carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream slow
ly and, because yams are high in fiber, yams fill you up without filling out your hips
When buying yams at the market, look for solid, hard roots which are heavy for their
size, with no soft shrunken spots, cracks, or mold. Pick the best by pricking through
the skin with a fingernail. The fl 1, 1. ..1 11 .f., ... 1 i..: Store the yams in a cool,
well ventilated place. In a cool, I. I I e II I I i I w weeks, but in less than
ideal conditions, they will only keep for a week. Use before they get soft.
Yams taste more like an Idaho potato than any other tropical tuber. Yams can be
boiled then mashed with milk, butter and cheese to make yam pie. Or yams can be
just mashed with plenty of butter and seasoned to complement meat, chicken or fish
dishes. Yams can be finely sliced into chips or simply baked in their skins. Yams are
a wonderful addition to many soups, especially fish broth. Cold boiled yam can be
made into a type of potato salad by i ..... i. ........ union and celery. Yam
chunks can be added to stir fry or -. .. I .I- I I .1 Roasted yams, fen
nel, onions, and mushrooms are a delicious combination.
It is not advisable to eat raw yam. In any case, the skins are difficult to peel until
the vegetable has been cooked. Wear gloves if peeling raw yams, since they secrete
an acrid juice that can irritate the skin. Scrub yams before cooking.
Recipes from Mary Heckrotte
Bourbon and Beer Yamcakes
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ..- separated
1/l, up milk
1/2 Cup beer
2 Tablespoons bourbon
1 Cup yams, boiled and mashed
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Pinch each, ground cardamom and ginger
In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat the
ii .... I them to the flour mixture. Add milk, beer, bourbon, mashed yams,
i -1 Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Beat egg whites until stiff
peaks form, then fold into batter.
Heat slightly oiled skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Pour 1/4 Cup batter
into pan and cook until edges are dry and center has bubbles. Turn and cook other
side until golden. Serve with maple syrup.
Baked Garlic Yam
1 small yam
2 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons sour cream
Bake yam at 400F for 45 to 60 minutes or until yam is fork-tender. Remove from
oven and split yam in half. Holding halves with a potholder, use a spoon to scoop out
insides. Discard skin.
Heap on a plate and spread with butter then sprinkle on garlic salt to taste. Top
with a dollop of sour cream.
Makes one serving. Multiply ingredients for more servings.
2 small yams
1 quart water
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1 small onion, sliced thinly
2 to 4 Tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 Cup water
Boil yams in 1 quart water (or to just cover) until
barely fork-tender. Drain, peel, and slice in 1/4-inch
slices. Put in skillet with remaining ingredients. Cover
and cook over medium-low heat until yam slices and
onions are tender. Add more water if needed to prevent
scorching. Serves two.
True Yam and Apple Casserole
2 Cups yams
4 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup corn syrup
2 Tablespoons dry sherry
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1/2 Cup pecans, chopped
Boil yams until fork-tender. Grease a 10-inch round
oven-proof pan or dish. Process yams in food processor
with 2 Tablespoons of the butter, sugar, corn syrup,
sherry, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Spread half
of mixture in dish. Layer on half of apples and half of
pecans. Repeat. Brush with remaining butter.
Bake uncovered at 325 for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
Caribbean Bubble and Squeak
1 pound yams
One-half pound cabbage
1 medium onion, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Peel, boil and mash yams. Shred and steam cabbage.
With fork, mix -- -1 onions, salt and pep
per. Add a little ,. ,i .... .- dry.
Heat a small amount of oil in large skillet and turn
mixture into it. Flatten mixture and brown. Stir all
then flatten again. Brown, then turn and brown other
side. Serve hot.
2 small yams
Oil for frying
Salt, garlic salt, and/or chili power as desired
Boil yams until fork-tender. Peel and place in refrig
erator overnight. Next day, slice as thin as possible
then fry slices a few at a time in very hot, deep oil.
Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle with salt and
desired spices while hot.
Trini Fish Patties
1 1/2 Cup cooked fish, flaked
1 1/2 Cup yams, boiled and mashed
1 Tablespoon onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Flour to coat
Oil for frying
Combine all and form into balls. Roll in flour and
flatten between hands. Heat oil in skillet over medium
heat and brown patties on each side.
Recipes from Shirley Hall
Healthy Yammy Chips
2 pounds yams
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons canola oil
li ... 1 .. .;. to taste
I ...... I,,,, I as possible. Rinse slices in cold
water mixed with the lemon juice to keep the flesh
from turning gray. Lay slices on a baking sheet, sprin
kle with oil and toss so both sides of the chips are
coated with oil. Sprinkle chips with salt and pepper for
spicy chips or use nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar for
Gingered Chicken and Yams
1 pound yams
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons minced ginger root
4 chives, chopped
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Salt and spices to taste
Slice yams and chop into matchstick-sized pieces.
Chop chicken into small pieces.
Heat one Tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan
on medium heat. Add yam sticks, and onion. Cook for
five minutes stirring frequently. Spoon off into a cov
ered bowl and keep warm.
Increase heat to high and add the other Tablespoon
of oil, chicken, and ginger. Cook for five minutes till
chicken is no longer pink inside. Return the yams and
onion to the pan with the chicken and mix in the
remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for
three to five minutes.
Remove from heat and serve with rice or pasta.
1 pound yams
2 Cups baking flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening or vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
Bake yams, mash and set aside. In a large bowl sift
all dry ingredients together. Use whisk or an electric
mixer (set on medium) to mix in the mashed yams and
shortening for about two minutes. Slowly add milk to
the yam mixture.
Spread wax paper on your countertop to reduce the
mess, and then dump the bowl's contents onto it.
Knead for about a minute, until just slightly moist.
Lightly roll out mixture to about an inch thick.
Cut out biscuits about two inches in diameter.
Place about two inches apart on an ungreased bak
ing sheet. Roll all leftover pieces together to make
Bake in the oven at 450F for about 15 minutes or
until biscuits are lightly browned on top.
Mango and Yam Surprise
1 pound yams
4 to 6 nice-sized mangos, ripe to overripe
1/2 Cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons baker's flour
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 Cup peanuts or almonds
1 Cup miniature marshmallows (optional)
Boil, peel and chop yams. Peel and slice mangoes.
In a large bowl, mix together sugar, flour, nutmeg,
and cinnamon. Add butter and nuts and mix until
mixture starts to crumble.
In a two-quart oven-proof dish, arrange mixed
yam and mango pieces. Cover with sugar mixture,
and marshmallows if used, and bake at 350F for
Simple Yam Soup
3 pounds yams
2 medium-size sweet peppers (prefer red for color)
5 Cups chicken broth
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1/2 red or yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons minced chadon bene
Salt and seasoning to taste
Peel and slice yams. Combine all ingredients in a
large pot and simmer on medium heat until vegetables
3 pounds yams (about a pound each)
1 pound medium shrimp
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Cup milk
salt and spice to taste
Peel yams and cut in half lengthwise. Boil in salted
water, careful to avoid breaking. Scoop out center of
yam halves so that only an inch of the shell remains.
Mash the scooped-out yam.
Boil, peel and de-vein shrimp
In butter, saute onion, chives, shrimp, and gar
lic. Mix in the mashed yam and the milk. Season
to taste. Fill yam hollows with mixture and broil
2 pounds yams
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1 medium onion, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1 .li .. 1 -. . .; ; to taste
Peel and chop yams. Boil yam pieces until tender.
Drain the liquid but retain about a half-cup.
In a large bowl, mash yams, adding the cooking liq
uid until the yams are almost creamy. Add flour,
cheese, eggs, onion, garlic and seasonings.
In a frying pan or wok, place three inches of oil and
heat to high. Carefully place yam mixture by the
spoonful into hot oil and fry for three to four minutes
until golden brown.
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some shipwrecked sailors. Unable to identify any infor
mationaboutthea -1 i 11. ........ i it appears to be
aH.W.STiestley) Ic. i i .1 i 1 painting (1900)
and a name on the rescue vessel in the i ...' -i.
In earlier investigation I found an .. I I I. ... the
New York Times which mentions the steamer Hubert
returning from St. Vincent with a group of five men
from the wrecked ship Grace Linwood (spelled
"Lynwood" in Mr. Richardson's article). While in the
harbor of Barbados on September 10, the hurricane
hit, and the Grace Linwood's anchor line fouled with
another sailing ship, the Luenda (spelled "Loanda" in
Mr. Richardson's article). They beat against one
another but finally the Grace Linwood's anchor chain
parted and all the next day was driven west until
wrecking on the shore of St. Vincent, 96 miles from
the harbor of Barbados.
Thanks to Duncan's article; it helped me identify the
exact location where the wreck and rescue occurred!
I have just sailed down from Spain to Brazil and
have been looking/asking for info on Venezuela
regarding boat storage and berthing. I got very little on
the net, with many sites inoperable. Bahia Redonda
was the only one that managed a reply, courtesy of
Then a fellow yachtie passed me an October 2007
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I just picked up my first issue of the Compass the
other day (the November 2007 issue). Tall have put a
lot of effort into a great complimentary publication.
While I am not a cruiser, I do live in the Caribbean,
and have my own 17-foot pleasure boat, but don't go
far -and won't after today. I think that if I was aspir
:. I ...- I now would wake up in cold sweats, and
i i i I -. a boat, I'd place a full-page ad in your
classified to off it quickly, and not tell anyone why.
While r .li -.- -f your articles, I came across the
one abo II'..- I [Editor's note: the Advanced
Passenger Information System is no longer being applied
to yachts]. APIS does not concern me personally, but I am
an advocate of freedom (one of the many reasons that I
would never want to return to the Communist States of
America). I am an advocate of no more regulations. There
are enough already. There is one way to solve the APIS
problem: all you ;-;;: ;- i'.t 1 ,n't go to those particular
islands. Simple. ...- Look at the globe. LOTS
of blue water. Go elsewhere. Problem solved.
But I was most disturbed by some of the letters to
the editor. There were two readers ,,i,. .bout their
experiences with law enforcement II .1- and the
judicial systems in the USVI and BVI. It was scary,
reading what happened to these folks.
I am not sure about BVI law, but I know the corruption
in the US, and the corruption in the judicial system, and
all' .. .. I ,-ii i11 11 ... -and see thatin
the i 'I .. 1 .i- i .. well) the lesser
the offense, the harsher the penalty. This is outrageous,
It's possible that this
depicts a scene from
the 1898 hurricane
That swept ships out
-" fe of their Barbados
,anchorage to be
4.i wrecked on the coast
of St. Vincent
officials terrorizing these folks for such petty mis steps
while all the real criminals run away with the bacon.
Then there was the poor fellow who got scammed
and extorted after running aground on Union Island,
when they charged him outrageous amounts of cash
to free his boat it 1.1 have been easier and cheap
er to light the .1 .1h and take a commercial flight
back.) Ironically, you placed this letter in the same
issue as you focused on that part of the Caribbean!
I realize that being a cruiser, for many people,
means having a lifetime of savings either in the rig, or
to live on, and many bad guys know and take advan
tage of this fact. There are more and more unscrupu
lous people in the world.
Anyway, thanks for the enlightenment. I will contain
ue to seek your publication, but I think any ideas of
cruising are now confirmed dead.
Thanks for the kind words about Compass. It's a real
group effort, and everyone involved from Cockpit Crew
to advertisers, contributors, pointers, island agents and
distributors to first time letter writers like yourself
deserves a hand
The things that you say have turned you off the idea of
ever cruising the Caribbean instances of bureaucracy,
unfair application of the law, and the actions of unscrupu
lous people -certainly exist in the region. But they also
exist universally. As you say, ifyoufollow the news in the
US, or anywhere else (except where the news is state con
trolled propaganda or tourist orientedfantasy), you'llfind
plenty of examples. I'll bet you could cite examples ashore
in Bonaire, too staying put doesn't make you immune to
these kinds of trouble. But we think that on balance, the
cruising lfe in the Caribbean is pretty good You'll have to
think of better excuses for not taking the plunge.
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Thank you for the April 2007 article entitled
"Reappearing Wreck Linked to 1898 Hurricane".
Imagine my surprise when I came across Duncan
Richardson's article while researching the origin of a
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The possible death' i ... ....... . I I Cruises,
founded by Mike 1 "I ... I i - 1 orted by
Norman Faria in the November issue of Compass. I
say "good riddance".
I saw Burke's operation from the early days.
Frequently, when crew walked off the boat for non
payment of wages, Burke flew in a replacement crew
that quickly departed with the boat, leaving the
unpaid crew stranded on the beach.
Safety was abominable. In the 1970s Jeff Hammond,
an editor of Yachting and Motorboating and Sailing,
wrote that over the years until then, at last seven pas
.1 crew were lost overside and not recovered.
.11 I -ow of the tragic fate of the Windjammer
fleet's Fantome, lost with 31 crew aboard in 1998's
Hurricane Mitch. _-r-lin t- the book The Ship and
The Storm by Jim .... 0-07-135526-X), her
stability was so bad she may have capsized when it
was blowing only 45 to 50 knots. Would the Fantome
have passed a proper safety inspection done by an
internationally recognized authority?
Can any of the Windjammer fleet pass a proper safe
ty inspection done by an internationally recognized
body? The crew, many of them West Indians, are
young, enthusiastic and trying, but are they properly
trained? Are the officers properly licensed to be cap
t t- l -t-1 i-..s of the size of
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letter about Venezuelan politics to the Compass which
generated numerous responses. The Compass then
stated that enough was enough, and would only pub
lish further comments on the political situation here if
the safety of cruisers was involved. Roger that, matey!
It was therefore a disappointment to read an article
in the November 2007 issue that quoted a highly
charged political phrase. It made my blood boil, as no
doubt it did amongst Venezuelans. This cruiser was
visiting a children's zoo! So why use that rhetoric dur
ing an innocent day out? I assure you it had nothing
to do with the admission price. Cruisers who perpetu-
ate this nonsense seem intent on spreading collateral
damage wherever they go.
Politics aside, also in the November Compass a visi
tor stated that the patrols and curfews in the canal
system at Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, were "crimping
their fun" as they can no longer go to the MareMares
marina for dinner by dinghy. If you can afford to eat
there a couple ,,, .1i week, you can afford a taxi,
which is more I ,, I, .1 to the community. This cur
few has been imposed for nearly a year and is paying
dividends. I live on a canal that has a short-cut to the
sea for dinghies and small powerboats. Before the cur
few and patrols, Venezuelans as young as ten tried to
re-enact the golden age of flying boats in rubber ducks
that papi had bought them, powered by 60-horsepow
er motors -they were out of control. It therefore came
as no surprise to hear about a serious accident which
resulted in the death of one Venezuelan who became
shark bait when he came into contact with the prop.
There are some cruisers who also act in an irrespon
sible manner. They load their dinghies up at the Plaza
Mayor and take the short cut, full ahead and to hell
with bank erosion.
At the beginning of 2007, another visitor stated that
the non-availability of diesel in Puerto La Cruz was
due to "unscrupulous cruisers", Give me a break. How
much fuel does the average sail boat carry, 600 or 700
liters? Thats not worth smuggling. The problem was
with the Venezuelan fishermen who converted their
fish holds into fuel tanks and were supplying Asian
longliners in the islands. This same person also chas
tised another cruiser for insulting the marina staff.
The phrase that was used is not considered an insult
here; it is commonly used as an expression of frustra
tion, much the same as we would use four-letter
words if something had dropped into the bilge.
We appreciate your long-term resident's perspective on
the scene in Venezuela, but disagree with a couple of
the criticisms of other Compass contributors.
For readers who didn't see the November edition, the
cruiser who visited the zoo in Merida, Venezuela,
praised the reasonable price of admission, saying,
"Like many places we've seen so far here in Venezuela,
they're not out to rip you off I'm sure they could charge
a lot more but then people couldn't afford to go.... That
is, I suppose, socialism, which is blatantly advertised
on walls and buildings everywhere: 'Socialism,
Patriotism or Death!'" It seems clear that the writer of
the article was simply relating what he'd seen posted
on walls during his trip, just as many tourists in Cuba
take souvenir photos of all the Che Guevara portraits,
without considering it a political act.
"Socialismo, Patria o Muerte" (perhaps more accu
rately translated as "Socialism, Motherland or Death")
is a catch phrase used by Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez. This phrase might raise some people's hack
les, no matter what the context, while to others it prob
ably seems no more offensive than New Hampshire's
state license plate motto, "Live Free or Die".
The idea that the words "Socialismo, Patria o Muerte"
must not be repeated, but that it's okay for a visitor to
say "cono de tu madre" ("your mother's c.**") to marina
staff strikes us as a cultural anomaly, to say the least.
I read "A Question of Murder" by Lorna Rudkin
(Caribbean Compass, December 2007) with great
delight; funny and clever at the same time. I hope that
she treats us to some more articles like that.
Editor's note: For those of you who didn't see Lora's
article, don't panic -it was about exterminating
insects on board!
I am Peter Hughes, the Managing Director of the
company that operates "the large blue-and-white live
aboard dive vessel" that was, I am assuming, the ves
sel referred to in Scott Nichols' letter in the January
edition of the Caribbean Compass.
I am at a certain disadvantage here, because the let
ter published on the subject offers no time line as to
when the alleged incident occurred.
ITi .1 I ... .. I concerns me greatly because by
I i ... I .. - interests we operate many such
"liveaboard dive vessels" around the world and were
arguably, one of the first operators ever to install per
manent -i-rIi. (=. long as 30+ years ago) for the
benefit ol 11 ..... I and in particular, for the ben
efit of the environment. We have always done so in
compliance with all local laws and with the safe oper
ation of all other vessels traversing the area in mind.
With this in mind I can assure you we NEVER use
"invisible" moorings ANYWHERE for ANY REASON, for
the most obvious of reasons (e.g.: the situation
referred to being the perfect example) and I can fur
other assure you that we have always marked the Isle
De Ronde mooring as we always do, using a large
white float with a blue stripe around it.
As has unfortunately happened in the past, and I
assume must have this time too, our -n--ri;; floats
have been all too frequently cut away by -... for
I also dare to suggest that other vessels frequently uti
lize the moorings and recently a certain research vessel
operating in the area was seen to use the mooring in
question. This vessel is considerably larger than the
M/V WindDancer and is also a considerably larger ves
sel than the mooring was ever intended for -perhaps,
this larger vessel might have damage i 11 ...
I can assure you that prior to the I i .
leaving the area for an unscheduled repair at the
Interisle Fabrication & Construction Co. Ltd, in
Trinidad recently, there ABSOLUTELY WAS a mooring
float on il. .........' 1. i1. vessel's absence it would
appear 1. .. .... ... .. has chosen to cut away
and/or perhaps inadvertently damage the mooring
I-.... i......... .. ii. ... I lijat.
. ... ... I ., -. to Scott Nichols of the
schooner Satori and should Mr. Nichols wish to dis
cuss the matter further, I can be reached at this
address but I DO NOT ACCEPT OR ASSUME
RESPONSIBILITY for the actions of others that are
totally beyond my control i.e. Whoever it was that
cut away or caused to be cut away the mooring mark
er float in our absence.
I hope I have made my position on this most unfor
tunate incident clear and that Mr. Nichols will accept
our sincerest apologies.
Peter A. Hughes
Wind Dancer (Grenada) Limited
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Chris Doyle wrote about progress in the Tobago
Cays Marine Park in January's Compass.
For many years, full-time liveaboard cruisers have
worked tirelessly to protect the natural beauty of the
Tobago Cays by picking up trash on the islands and
helping bareboaters anchor in the proper places. I can't
count the number of times I and other cruisers have
cleaned up the garbage on the islands, putting it on our
boats and taking it to Union Island to dispose of prop
erly. Or the number of times we went over to a bareboat
charter party and suggested that they anchor in a place
that would not damage the ecosystems.
Should frequent repeat visitors to marine parks such as
the Tobago Cays be able to purchase multiple entry
I had the opportunity to talk with Father Andrew
Roache, Chairman of the i .. Cays Marine Park
Board, in early January. i. i a nice discussion
about the .. i ...i .i 1 .... .-.... 1 ;. ;;.
marking 11ii 1i, , .- I I i ... .... i i
the area where there are now numerous Green Turtles
--int and restoring the dinghy m--;-i;n near the
: for snorkelers so that the : i- .. protected.
Their work is making a difference!
During my conversation with Reverend Father
Andrew, I made a suggestion that he said warranted
further consideration by the Board of Directors of the
TCMP. My suggestion was to have a system that would
allow private yachts crewed by the liveaboard owners
to purchase an annual pass to the Tobago Cays
Unlike the charter boats, where the people are pay
ing vast sums for a short vacation, many long-term
cruisers are living on fixed-income retirement checks
or limited budgets. Under the per person per day entry
fee system, spending a few weeks every season in the
Tobago Cays is now out of reach for many cruisers. We
who have for years helped take care of the Tobago
Cays can now no longer afford to enjoy them as we did
in years past.
It is also important to consider the impact to the local
economy if we bypass the Cays and sail on to other des
tinations. I spent some time visiting with Walter, one of
the old-time locals servicing the boats in the Cays. He
confirmed that a numTr-- -f -1-iii fri-;--= h- has
made over the years I .... .." ., i,. not
been here recently, or, when they come, spend just a
few days and move on. This has impacted his business
and to make ends meet he has had to raise his prices
for bringing bread, ice, and other supplies to the cruis
ers because there are fewer cruisers enjoying the Cays.
"The charter boats are still here," he said, "but my
friends are no longer coming or staying just a few days."
I also spent some time with Heather Grant, who
manages Erica's Yacht Services in Clifton on Union
Island, talking about this. She is also on the Board of
Directors of the TCMP and thought my -.... -1. .. of
an annual pass was worth considering. .11 i a
while about a price that might be acceptable to both
the cruisers and the Board. The local service boats all
pay an annual fee of EC$250 for a permit to work in
the park. I suggested a similar fee for private yachts
crewed by their owners for an annual pass. The pass
would be sold at the TCMP office in Clifton, which
would verify that the pass was issued to liveaboard
cruisers on their private yacht, not in commercial use.
Charters of any kind and private yachts with paid pro
fessional crew would still pay the daily park fee col
elected by the park rangers as would private yachts
who did not wish to purchase an annual pass.
Another suggestion was to have some sort of a flag for
pass holders to fly just below the St. Vincent & the
Grenadines courtesy flag that announces to all that the
boats a "Friend ci 1, I .. [Editor's note: There
is a registered . I .." t St. Vincent & the
Grenadines called Friends of the Tobago Cays, so this
name would not be available to park pass holders
unless, of course, they also joined this worthy environment
tal watchdog organization. For more information on Frends
of the Tobago Cays, contact marlon.mills@gmaiLcom.]
The intent of this is two-fold: First to recognize the sig
nificant work that cruisers have done to support the
Tobago Cays in the past and to foster a sense of co-oper
action between the cruising community and the TCMP.
And second, cruisers who are granted an annual pass
would be expected to help the park rangers by continuing
to assist newcomers to the park to anchor in the proper
places and 1 ample of conduct in the Cays.
Heather t i I .,, 11, benefit to cruisers from the
new park rules. Service boats are now held strictly
accountable for their actions and courtesy to guests of
the Tobago Cays.
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any further complaints against him would result in a
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of the Cays.
So far this is just a suggestion from myself to the
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Regarding the article in the August 2007 issue of Compass by Aubrey Millard
about his night time entrance to Christiansted Harbor, St. Croix. Sailors who know
the area advise against doing this, as through the years so many boats have ground
ed here (some ending up as total losses) that no one has an accurate count.
A medical emergency, however, made it imperative that i .. .I ... 1. With
it blowing hard, and a strong westerly set of the current, i ..., I II 11. I. .rbour
entrance was not an option.
The use of a 20-year-old pilot book is acceptable, IF it were written by someone
familiar with the area. But looking at the courses sailed by Veleda, it seems the
author of the pilot book was not familiar with the island of St. Croix nor the entrance
to Christiansted Harbour.
Aubrey and his wife safely got into the harbour and anchored by dint of good nav
igation, good piloting, good boat handling and a bit of good luck. I say this as Veleda
passed between Buck Island and St. Croix; luckily they did not hit Channel Rock
that has nailed a number of boats in the past.
The sailing directions in my first guide -the privately printed 1964 Yachtsman's
Guide to the Virgin Islands- recommended :.ii ---i.t was locally referred to as the
"schooner channel". The guide said, rougl- i i 1 i for the radio tower by Fort
Louise Augusta, stand on in, leave flashing red 4 to starboard continue on in until
you are very close aboard, run along the shore and gradually bear off." Then direc
tions are given to the anchorage west of Protestant Cay.
These directions were repeated in my 1966 Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles,
and again in its 1979 revision and expansion. In the '79 guide i .i, ..1 com-
mended not following the normal marked channel (as Veleda i. II .-....... this
channel requires two right angle turns, a 500-yard run dead downwind, and usual
ly two gybes -and then still you are not home free as you can easily clip the
unbuoyed Little Middle Ground.
These directions have been re-printed in all Street's Guides since then, but in the
later guides I said not to anchor west of Protestant Cay as the area is too crowded
with local boats.
Also to keep in mind is the fact that electronic charts are no better than the charts
they are copied from. The C Map chart of St. Croix is taken from an inaccurate NOAA
chart. I can say without fear of contradiction that the Imray Iolaire chart A234 is the
most accurate chart of St. Croix available.
The NOAA and BA charts of St. Croix have been compiled from surveys done in the
middle 1930s, with updates. The Christiansted Harbor update is from a dredge com-
pany's 1990 survey that I discovered was in error when we were making our A234
in the early 1990s.
In about 1990 Captain Nick Castruccio, USN Ret., said that, racing in the regat
tas off St. Croix, the locals had an "-lrntl^- as they knew where the coral heads
and shoals were and could "rock i. I ..... better than visiting yachtsmen. He
asked if Imray could do a very detailed chart from Salt River, east. We agreed to do
it as I knew that in the middle 1980s NOAA had done an unpublished but very
detailed survey of St. Croix, so detailed that they lost two inshore survey boats in
the surf Captain Nick promised that he and other members of the St. Croix Yacht
Club would help.
I was given a copy of the dredge company's survey by the Harbor Master. The east
ern side of the harbour did not look correct, so I got in the dinghy and, with a sound
ing pole, checked and found eight feet of water to within a boat length of shore,
where i. I l . -.... -iowed shoal water. I asked questions and dis
coverecl 11. .. I 11.I I.- I .. The dredge company needed a place to moor
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bour. But that was not allowed on their EPA permit, so they left it off their survey.
D.M. Street, Jr
by Julia Bartlett
The Missionary Position is where you lie back on your air-conditioned bunk and
ask -well, beg, might be a better word -for the money to maintain a cruising
lifestyle. It works; that's all you have to do, and I jest not.
Now, in case you are thinking that such a cruising lifestyle means scraping by
on a tiny sailboat, no air conditioning, no refrigeration, rowing ashore, only drink
ing at happy hour and eating enough for the week at Tuesday's pot luck, let me
SCruising on a
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I do not have the money to haul the boat, but we have to do it. I do not have the
money to fuel it up, but we have to do it. I just keep putting it all on my Credit Card,
but how are we going to pay the bill? I know God will provide, but He wants me to tell
you our needs. I am asking, please, anything you can do to help. Whatever God lays
on your heart, ifyou are not sure it is God and it might be you, then double it, triple it,
I don't know, maybe just give the whole bank! I am praying that $10,000.00 to come
in right now. Maybe $20,000.00, we really need it now. I do not think you have ever
heard me ask like this before, but if you usually give $25.00, maybe give $250.00 or
$2,500.00. Maybe take $100.00 to $1,000.00, or even $10,000.0. We have no option
if we continue as missionaries to make money other than through you all. We are
God's servants asking His people for help. Can you imagine just 20 people at
$1,000.00 each is $20,000.00! Please ifyou can, help us ....
Please be in prayer as we are all exhausted. The stress of all that has happened,
plus all the work we have been doing on the boat while getting it fixed. I am tired and
my herniated disk in my back has been acting up again, so a fair amount of pain. I
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the same day, $25,000.00!!! Why does Canada do the old-fashioned surgery with 6
weeks recovery and lots of pain, plus waiting how long for the surgery? I have put all
our expenses on my Master Card, and I do not know how we will pay the bill when it
comes in. Diesel fuel bottom repair, generator repair, stocking up on food, dockage,
The Borthwicks, whose liveaboard missionary lifestyle is funded by donations
solicited on their website
etc.... plus I have yearly boat insurance due the first week ofJune, about $7,000.00....
Pray for ourfinances as we need to pay $7,900.00 for boat insurance for another
year, due by June Oth. Seems impossible as our accounts are depleted, but I know
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this last leg of this part of God's ministry journey! Pray for strength.
Please pray as we need to purchase a vehicle as soon as possible. We use the little
boat to get to the villages on the river, but we need a vehicle to get to the churches and
100s of other villages in the area, and for teams. There is a perfect small Chevy pick
up for sale, four doors and seats 6, 4x4, turbo diesel so good on fuel, year 2000, and
Guatemalan registry which is what we need. It is a little rough with dents, paint fade,
oil leaks, etc., but it would be a great vehicle for us. They want $7,000 US, but I would
like to try to get itfor $5,000 ifI can afford it. Another step offaith, so for now we walk,
but please be in prayer about a vehicle for us.
Now, I always had a vision of missionaries as folk who moved into a community and
lived, more or less, as the local people lived. It involved a lifestyle that really didn't do much
for me, which goes to show how out of date I am. Nowadays, you swan up a river through
the jungle, with all those horsepower of engines guzzling fuel, and arrive in the local vil
1 crisp and neat fresh from your luxury yacht, full of the love of God. Cool.
S lon't believe that it's possible to fund luxury cruising by having a lot of peo
ple praying for you and exercising their credit cards, have a look at www.wind
word.ca. Now are you a believer?
There is a down side though. You have to preach to parents who send their chil
dren to Casa Guatemala, an orphanage, during the week because they can't afford
to feed them at home. The volunteers at the orphanage live in rough wooden dormi
stories with no electricity, which means no fan, let alone air conditioning, and have
to time their showers for the couple of hours a day the water is on, and manage with
candles after dark. But I am sure that when they have read the Borthwick's web
-- they'll be moved to spare a little towards these cruisers' pressing needs.
i. am I left feeling that something's wrong here?
Perhaps I am just having one of my cynical days.
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40' 1984 Endeavour Sloop
49' 1979 Transpacific Ketch
33' 1973 Pearson 10M Sloop, refit, new eng. paint,
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55' 1956 Custom Yawl, Excellent charter business, CG cert for 18
30' 1987 Luhrs Alura, Lobster/Picnic boat, diesel
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44' 1986 Tollycraft MY, Cockpit, twin cats
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Because of the large new Imri ;;. t-: hed in St. George's Lagoon, this
subject is very much in the : 1. minds in Grenada. But before
people get too excited and start offering half baked, and in some cases impossible,
schemes to eliminate yacht-generated pollution in St. George's Lagoon, let us look
at the situation harbor by harbor in the Eastern Caribbean, starting with St.
Thomas and continuing south to Grenada.
Fifteen years ago in St. Thomas, USVI, I was walking along the Charlotte Amalie
waterfront, when a pick-up truck driver offered me a lift. It was an old friend whom I
had not seen in 20 years. During that time he had gone to the States, obtained an engi
;-- T-- returned and had been working as an engineer for the VI government
: ...... The subject of sewage treatment came up. He reported that, at that
time, St. Tii .. . .I ..... i i ,, was so overloaded that 50 percent of it went
into the ..... .i .I .. 11. I ... ras broken down so all the sewage went in
untreated. In the light of that, the amount of sewage generated by yachts in St.
Thomas Harbor was immaterial. I mention this because the same situation exists
today in many islands where population growth has out-stripped the infrastructure.
Although land-based sources may create the most marine pollution, yachts do
contribute. In years gone by, although none had holding tanks, yachts were small
er and fewer. Their gradual discharge of sewage dissipated, broke down and caused
little problem. But the exponential expansion of yachting, including increasing num-
ber -f -, 1-,t: 1,. --.;: 1 i. l -lem in some places.
F I i .11, i I .. .i11 .. I 1. similar to that ofthe BritishVirgin Islands
which states that holding tanks cannot be discharged within 1,000 yards of shore. This
means that sewage in any quantity is discharged in deep water where there is a strong cur
rent The effluent is quickly dissipated, breaks down and is not a pollution problem.
Yacht-generated pollution has been less of an issue in some harbors than in oth
ers. In Christiansted, St. Croix, for example, the ocean swell comes in over the long
reef, filling a harbor that has as its only exit a narrow channel. This creates a real
ly 1 if Icleaning current.
S.- Cay, Tortola, on the other hand, is an enclosed body of water with no
circulation and plenty of yachts. But still, in comparison to the shore-created pollu
tion the yacht pollution is minimal. When Village Cay Marina was being built there,
the marina's general manager at the time, John Ackland, hired a local team to do a
survey of all the houses on the hillside that drains into Wickham's Cay. They tallied
all the out houses, the homes with improperly installed septic systems or no septic
tanks at all, how many people lived in each house, etcetera. The result was rather
horrific; the amount of sewage draining into the harbor produced by the houses on
the watershed was infinitely greater than whatever could be produced by the yachts.
Maya Cove, the home of the BVI bareboat fleets, I do not think has too much of a
problem as crews join a bareboat and depart, or arrive on a bareboat and depart; no
large group of people resides permanently on boats in Maya Cove. Marina users are,
of course, encouraged to use shoreside toilets.
Most other harbors in the BVI are wide open, with plenty of natural water flow.
Likewise, Anguilla, Barbuda, Statia, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Dominica all
have large, open harbors.
But Simpson Lagoon, St. Maarten, has a problem. It is an enclosed body of water,
shallow, without sufficient tidal circulation through its two narrow entrances to
flush it out. In addition to land-based pollution t mn, knnrlrvqP there is as yet no
"no discharge" rule, or even one forbidding i- ..i. I I I i, tanks. Each year
this lagoon becomes more polluted, to the point that I do not know which is worse:
to fall into it and drown or fall into it and be rescued.
Jolly Harbour in Antigua is one of the most environmentally friendly marina develop
ments in the Caribbean. The way they save, use and re-use every drop of rainwater that
fallsis toolongto describe here, a ii . I i ..... ii .,. i.-
al plant. Again,'. t : ...t-1-... I I I... ........... .... .
induced marine1 I, ,, 1 . i -,11 . I
i ..1 .. -i ,,,I I... .. problem. Although the marinas there encourage use of
I I ,,I I i. ,1,, i I pump-out-truck service for holding tanks, in Falmouth
Harbour I know of no regulation that actually requires yachts to go out of the harbor
to discharge their holding tanks. As a result, an unknown quantity of yacht sewage is
pumped directly into the harbor. Residents point out that annually, almost all the
yachts have departed by June, leaving Falmouth Harbour virtually empty until late
November when the yachts start arriving for the season. They report that during the
summer, the harbour starts cleaning itself, to the point that by October it is a pleas
ure to swim in. But in November, the whole pollution process starts again.
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English Harbour has less of a problem: the outer harbour is quite clean; only the
inner harbour is stagnant and polluted. It was proposed in Nelson's time, 200 years
ago, to dig a ditch through the narrow neck of land between English and Falmouth
Harbours to provide water circulation to minimize pollution. This almost happened
in the 1980s. Why it did not is too long a story to present here.
Falmouth .. I .. .1.i I I -; can be cleaned up considerably if the Government
I I... I .. I, I government: require all yachts to be 1,000 yards off
-, I I I ..... their holding tanks. But would this drive the mega-yachts
to St. Maarten, where they can discharge while in Simpson Lagoon? It is time for the
yachting industry in St. Maarten and Antigua to co-operate and BOTH get their gov
ernments to pass a "no holding-tank -1Vi-br- law.
In the French islands, the amount I discharged by the yachts is minimal
in comparison to the municipal sewage discharge.
In St. Lucia, an independent survey done a number o I .. i
showed that there, too, the majority of pollution was If ,,, I I I ... .. II
from outhouses, poor septic tanks and untreated sewage from Castries and other towns.
St. Lucia has, at present, the yacht based pollution situation pretty much under
control, however. When Rodney Bay Marina was built 25 years ago, they installed a
state-of the-art sewage treatment plant, adeq';t- f-r th- -rii;n;l ri;;.n I1l-: other
marinas, they encourage yachtspeople to use I. -1. -. I ,I- II I. .. treat
ment plant is expanded to take care of the expanded marina, and yachts with holding
tanks are forbidden to discharge inside Rodney Lagoon, and the same thing is done in
in,-r 4-.M7-t P v, the situation in St. Lucia should be well under control.
SI I I I. T. -t-.-.l --"r i-.n c't "Incent are all open with plenty of cur
rent to dissipate I.- I, ... ... ..... I I 1 s. In the Grenadines, too, nearly all
anchorages are or .. 11. il I I .1 11 So all is well, as long as yachts with
holding tanks do not discharge them until they are, as is required in the BVI, 1,000
yards offshore. The Tobago Cays Marine Park has a "no discharge" rule.
Now we come to St. "-- -'. T --, Crmnada. Pollution in this lagoon cannot be
blamed on the yachts, .. I :. ... I in Grenada on lolaire in March of 1961,
the channel into the lagoon had been 1i 1 1 -. .1 ;;t --- i -usly. There
were just two other boats in the lagoon Ii I,* I I ... I .I .1 i ., )with Dodd
German sitting on the stern, and a 45-foot gaff sloop owned by Laddie McIntyre's
older brother. But the lagoon was already well polluted by the run-off from out
houses and poor septic tanks and direct sewage from the local system. As years
went by, the area around the lagoon became more and more populated and pollu
tion increased accordingly.
Port Louis Marina does have options, like building their own sewage treatment
plant and urging those on yachts to use the marina toilets. Then make it an absolute
rule that there can be no discharge from holding tanks within the lagoon. If it is
impossible to build an adequate sewage treatment plant, another solution would be
to run the sewage untreated through a T Czr' -li-V:.-- pipe, long .. ...1, i reach
deep water and h- =tr-n i-rt -,outh I .... .. i II. i est coast oli .. i
On the south .-1 i .. i the harbors are large enough, and the yachting
population small enough (so far) that sewage from yachts is not a problem and will
not be a problem as long as yachts, especially mega-yachts, do not discharge their
holding tanks in harbors.
It is time for ALL the islands to enact the same law as has been enacted in the
BVI: no discharge of holding tanks within 1,000 yards of shore.
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1992 29' l..cr- ."l,**... .;iRevducIn USS 18000 1985 43' Gian USS 115O00
1999 30' :-r.. ,.,,..,F i.,',..,c.i $ S 60,O 1999 44 Finngul (Reducedo US 209,000
1978 34' S el SloopROB USS 4.000 1988 44' Hyta USS 250,00
1986 36' Latwrn Tosca US 538.0 1992 45' Fortun US$ 150.000
19M 36' Reinke Super 10 SleeStoop USS 45.000 11t 50 Cesltial PiMahoue USS 68.000
1977 36' P- U.M:-Mii US$ 40,000 1987 51' Bentelau lye55 US5 160.00
1977 3T ,i... .- i-",M .. .-1 EU$ 30E80 1988 52 GrandSaele US$ 275,000
1987 38' .,s. USS 120,00 19 6 53 SuperMaramu Reducewd) US$ 329000
1968 39' ClWyLee OfShomr40 USS 9.000 1982 53' Halras Luy Cruiser US 254,000
1978 40' Allantc4 0 ISS l70.04 1994 55' 1--.tr US 776,000
2002 40' Panoramer40 ( urminiuini SOID! 1973 5~' '', i sI r ,.r US$ 150.000
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Flying Fish Ventures
Grenadine Island Villa
Horizon Yacht Management
Island Water World
Discovery Marlgot St Lucia 38 John Cawsey
Lagoon Marina Hotel
Le Phare Bleu
Maranne's Ice Cream
Mclntyre Bros Ltd
Mid Atlantic Yacht Services
Northern Lights Generators
Peake Yacht Brokerage
Petit St Vincent
Ponton du Bakoua
44 Prickly Bay Marina
Salty Dog Sports Bar
Santa Barbara Resorts
Bequla 36 Schip-O-Case
St Lucia 35
St Crolx 30
St Vincent 30
St Vincent 11
Sea and Sail
Sevenstar Yacht Transport
Shelter Bay Marina
Simpson Bay Marina
Spice Island Marine
St Thomas Yacht Sales
Tikal Arts & Crafts
Trade Winds Cruising
True Blue Bay
Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Wallace & Co
Yacht Shipping Ltd
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Tel 3407140404 Tel. 599.544.5310 Tel. 599 543 7119 Tel 758452 1222 Tel: 4734352150 Tol 473443 1028
Foa 340 714 0405 Fax 599 544.3299 Fax 599 542 2675 Fao' 758 452.4333 Fax: 473 435 2152 Fax 473 443 1038
Prices may vary in St. Thomas, St. Lucia and Grenada as a result of customs charges and environmental levies.
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