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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: May 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Volume ID: VID00015
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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issn - 1605-1998

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The Caribbean's Mon


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SPRING REGATTA
See story on page 14


MAY 2008 NO. 152

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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
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SSailing Directions
Street tells you where to go... 28

Anchor Tales
Who hasn't got one?............. 32




Cool in Culebra = -
Regatta success.................... 12

Honduran Heights
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Dinghy Trips Shark Bait
Mini cruises save the day ..... 24 Nose tonose with nurses ..... 41



Business Briefs....................... 8 Dolly's Deep Secrets ............40
Regatta News............................ 15 Book Reviews....... ..............42
All Ashore..............18 and 27 Meridian Passage.............44
Sailors' Horoscope........ 38 Cooking with Cruisers..........45
Island Poets....................... 38 Readers' Forum................ 46
Cartoons................ 38 What's On My Mind..............50
Cruising Crossword............... 39 Caribbean Marketplace......51
Word Search Puzzle.............. 39 Classified Ads ......................54
Cruising Kids' Corner............40 Advertisers' Index.................54

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MAY

1 May Day/Labour Day. Public holiday in many places
1 Ascension Day. Public holiday in some French and Dutch islands
1 West Marine Atlantic Cup sets sail from Tortola, BVI to Bermuda.
www.carib1500.com
1 3 Le Combat de Coques Regatta, Martinique.
Club Nautique du Marin (Martinique). tel (596) 74 92 48,
fax (596) 74 62 02, club-nautique-du-marin@wanadoo.fr
1 -4 Big Drum Festival, Union Island, St. Vincent Grenadines
2 Arrival of loumoulico Carib Canoe Project at Scott's Head, Dominica
2 11 St. Lucia Jazz Festival. www.stluciajazz.org
3 Poker Run round-the-island powerboat rally, Guadeloupe. (590 690) 35 56 48
5 World Environment Day
5 Arrival Day. Public holiday in Guyana
8 Armistice Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
8 ARC Europe sets sail from Jolly Harbour, Antigua, to Portugal.
www.worldcruising.com
8 12 Canouan Regatta. Canouan Sailing Club (784) 458-8197
9 11 Anguilla Sailing Festival. www.anguillaregatta.com
9 12 42nd Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament.
www.antiguanice.com/fish
10 11 BVI Dinghy Championships, Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club
(RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, rbviyc@rbviyc.com, www.rbviyc.net
11 Dutch Antilles Windsurf Challenge, Bonaire
11 Mothers' Day, Public holiday in Puerto Rico
11 16 Angostura Tobago Sail Week. www.sailweek.com
12 Whit Monday. Public holiday in many places
12 20 Gastronomic Week, Sainte-Marie, Martinique. (596 596) 69 13 83
17 18 Captain Oliver's Regatta, Sint Maarten. www.coyc-sxm.com
19 Clipper Round the World Race stopover at Port Antonio, Jamaica.
www.clipperroundtheworld.com
20 FULL MOON
20 Independence Day. Public holiday in Cuba
21 24 4th Annual Bonaire Jazz Festival. www.bonairenet.com
22 Corpus Christi. Public holiday in many places
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Martinique
23 25 34th Annual Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, Jost Van Dyke,
West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002,
fax (284) 495-4184, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
23 25 BVI Music Festival, Tortola. www.bvimusicfest.net
23 27 Around Guadeloupe Race. www.triskellcup.com
24- 30 Les Jeux des lies (Island Games), Guadeloupe.
24 31 Curacao Dive Festival. www.curacaodive.com
26 Memorial Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
26 Independence Day. Public holiday in Guyana
29 June 1 Mount Gay Boatyard Regatta, Barbados.
www.thetecheng.com/mountgay
30 Indian Arrival Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
30 Anguilla Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
30 June 1 4th Mini Zoo Regatta, Gosier, Guadeloupe. www.zoo-regatta.com
TBA Heineken Jazz Fest, Puerto Rico. (787) 724-9200


JUNE

9 Queen's Birthday (UK). Public holiday in Anguilla
14- 15 Harris Paints Regatta, Barbados. www.barbadosyachtclub.com
15 Fathers' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
18 FULL MOON
19 Labour Day. Public holiday in Trinidad
20 24 La ExpoNautica Anzoategui (boat show), Lecherias, Venezuela.
www.enoriente.com/expomorro
21 Summer Solstice
21 Financial Services Challenge Race, BVI. RBVIYC
21 International Music Day: Music and Mariners Festival.
Marina Bas-du-Fort, Guadeloupe. (590 690) 72 88 09
21 22 Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championships,
St. Maarten. www.tropicalsailloft.com
24 Battle of Carabobo Day. Public holiday in Venezuela
26 28 12th Annual St. Ktts Music Festival. www.stkittsmusicfestival.net
27 29 Fishermen's Festival, Charlotteville, Tobago
27 July 8 St. Vincent Carnival. www.carnivalsvg.com
28 Jul 6 North American Optimist Championships (OPTINAM), Curacao.
www.optinam2008.org
29 Fisherman's Birthday (St. Peter's Day). Boat and dinghy races
in many fishing communities
29 July 6 HIHO Windsurfing Week, BVI. www.go-hiho.com
TBA Green Island Weekend, Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC), tel/fax (268)
460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag, www.antiguayachtclub.com
TBA Morgan's Run 2008, rally from Cartagena, Colombia to Old Providence and
San Andres. www.DestinationCartagena.com/morgansrun.html
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


Cover: BVI Spring Regatta 2008
Photos: Dean Barnes

















Info


Grenada Immigration
A person clearing into Grenada aboard a yacht
may now receive 90 days' stay from Immigration (this
reverts to the practice of a year ago). Following the
initial 90 days, if the person wishes to remain in
Grenada, he should apply to Immigration (at either
the Immiaration office at the Botanical Gardens in St.


George's, Grenada, or the Immigration office in
Hillsborough, Carriacou) for an extension, which will
be charged at ECS25 for each additional 30 days.
When clearing in, let Immigration know if you will be
flying out of the country rather than leaving aboard
the yacht. You'll be given a form to fill out that will
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French Form Gets Kudos
Keats Compton reports: Yachtsmen clearing into
Martinique give high praise to the single-page
Customs form in use there. There are two simple sec-
tions: one for essential information about the yacht
and one for essential information about the persons
aboard. It should take no more than five minutes to fill
out, even if you have beaucoup crew. Vive la France!
US Passport Rule
United States citizens traveling to the Caribbean,
Canada and beyond by sea, air or land, will be
required to have a passport to return into the US
come June 1, 2009.
Eight Bells
A pioneer in the Caribbean's scuba-diving world,
Bert Klbride died on January 8th at the age of 93. A
Massachusetts-born treasure hunter who came to the
Virgin Islands in 1956, he created one of the region's
first recreational diving operations. After a short stint
on St. Croix, he gained resident status in the BVI and
started Dive BVI.
In 1967, Klbride built the 12-room Drake's
Anchorage resort on Mosquito Island. The reefs sur-
rounding the island of Anegada, a graveyard of ships,
were nearby. He was involved in the finding of 91 dif-
ferent shipwrecks in that area.
In a 2000 article in Sport Diver magazine, A.J.
Bernstein wrote: "In 1970 Kilbride sold Dive BVI and
moved to Saba Rock, a 3/4-acre spit of land in Virgin
Gorda's North Sound. He had to haul in everything
from the dirt up. He built a house out of driftwood and
rock. There he began Klbride's Underwater Tours (Dive
With Pride With Bert Kilbride!).... In 1989, Hurricane
Hugo blew through the BVI and did enough damage
to temporarily kill off the dive business, so Kilbride
opened the Pirate's Pub on Saba Rock." Kilbride also
established a wreck museum on Saba Rock to display
many of his underwater finds.
According to Kilbride's website (www.bertkilbride.
com) "In the 1960s I created the 'Resort Course' for
beginners interested in scuba diving.

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eiaht years old. and that in 2004. for his 90th birthday.


Bert Kilbride, the face of scuba diving in the Virgin
Islands for halfa century

the Guinness Book of World Records proclaimed him
the Oldest Scuba Diver in the World.
Klbride told Bernstein, "I've thought about being fro-
zen just before I pass on. They could defrost me
around 2062, and I'd renew my 99-year lease on Saba
Rock, then maybe get in a dive or two. Wouldn't that
be something!"
Cruisers' Site-ings
Venezuela's maritime safety organization ONSA
(Organizaci6n Nacional de Salvamento y Seguridad
Maritima) welcomes boaters to its Web platform for


Discussion Forums at www.onsa.org.ve/comunidad/
forum/. You can register and participate in the English-
speaking section for Caribbean cruisers and other
English-speaking users (www.onsa.org.ve/comunidad/
forum/viewforum.php), to comment on and discuss
any issues related with life at sea: maritime safety,
tourism, incidents, etcetera.
For more information contact scnp@onsa org, ve.
The monthly bulletin of the international Seven Seas
Cruising Association (SSCA) is now available for mem-
bers on-line at the Members' Section of www.ssco.org.
Not a member yet? Visit the website to see all the ben-
efits of membership and learn how you can join.
June 21st/22nd, 2008 is the eighth annual "Summer
Sailstice" and an opportunity for you to join all sailors
in a common celebration of sail. Summer Sailstice is
the global holiday celebrating sailing held annually on
the summer solstice, the longest sailing days of the
year. It's easy to participate in Summer Sailstice and
it's free! Summer Sailstice participants who register
automatically become eligible to win one of over 300
prizes from the sponsors, from yacht charters to sail-
boats to gift certificates from top sailing retailers. Just
sign up at www.summersailstice.com and go sailing!
For more information contact
john@summersailsfice. com.
Not APIS Again!?!
A Caribbean Economic Community (CARICOM)
Heads of Government meeting on Crime and Security
was held in April in Trinidad. There it was agreed that,
building on the legacy of the security co-operation
arrangements put in place for the Cricket World Cup
2007, during which matches were held on several
islands, some of the elements would be upgraded
and expanded on a permanent basis. These elements
include the Advance Passenger Information System
(APIS), which wreaked such havoc when sporadically
applied to yachts in 2007 without prior consultation,
introduction or consideration of the peculiarities of the
yacht tourism industry.
At the beginning of 2007, ten CARICOM countries
(Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis,
Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and
Guyana) passed national legislation requiring APIS
compliance from "ALL air and sea carriers", although
to our knowledge, only Antigua & Barbuda, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines and Barbados ever actually
required yachts to comply.
To comply, the master of every vessel sailing to or


from a CARICOM port of entry was to supply detailed
passenger information via a complex "fill-in-the-fields"
form found on a website (www.caricomeapis.org).
Arrival time was to be stated in days, hours and min-
utes. The completed form was to be sent electronical-
ly to ports of entry in advance of arrival and depar-
ture. The forms were to be submitted according to a
strict timetable relevant to the vessel's time of depar-
ture and/or arrival, with different advance times
required depending on whether you were arriving in,
departing from, or traveling within CARICOM. Fines for
non-compliance were in six figures.
An overwhelming number of private yacht skippers,
and many of the professionals, too, found the compli-
cated, time-consuming and internet-dependent sys-
tem unworkable, placing the Eastern Caribbean's
yacht tourism industry at risk.
At an October 2007 meeting between stakeholders
and the Joint Regional Communications Centre
(JRCC: the implementing arm of APIS), Caribbean
Marine Association (CMA) Director Donald Stollmeyer
recommended: "...APIS be suspended for yachts
pending a properly organized, in-depth analysis of the
manner in which the yachting industry operates. Based
on the information gathered, informed choices could
be made to address the needs of the yachting indus-
try and, at the same time, satisfy the reasonable anti-
crime/terrorism requirements of the JRCC." Any appli-
cation of APIS to yachts was suspended in late 2007.
At the conference in April, the CARICOM Heads
agreed to sign the Maritime and Airspace Security
Cooperation Agreement, which includes APIS, by July.
Past CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of St. Vincent
& the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, was quoted in
the April 18th edition of the Searchlight newspaper:
"In relation to the Advance Passenger Information
System, we are aboard, but we have to put other sys-
tems in place in relation to the yachting business
because of the nature of the sector."
Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Organisation of
Eastern Caribbean States Council of Tourism Ministers,
held April 10th and 11th in Antigua, concern was
expressed over the implications for the yachting sec-
tor of the proposed reintroduction of APIS by
CARICOM. Ministers feared that APIS could reduce
the number of yacht visitors to the sub-region.
If you have any input or comments on the APIS sys-
tem to be put in place for yachts, contact your
national recreational marine trades association, or the
CMA at info@caribbeanmarineassociaiion. com.
Continued on next page


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A Bit of Fun
Bob Williamson, King Robert the Bald of Redonda,
reports:


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Earlier this year a new Duke was ennobled by the
Court of the Kingdom of Redonda: none other than
the esteemed Rodney Nicholson.
The eldest son of Commander Nicholson, founder of


first yacht harbour and later of the yacht
dustry in the Caribbean, Rodney sailed with
*r Desmond into English Harbour in 1948
heir father's yacht, the schooner Mollyhawk.
The Nicholson family settled in
the rather forlorn Nelson's
Dockyard, then crumbling, roof-
less and uncared for. Most peo-
ple shunned the Dockyard in
those days in the belief that it
was haunted (and many still
S believe that). Mollyhawk began
to charter to family friends and
her fame spread back in the UK.
S The two boys served as crew and
many guests had lovely holidays
on their unique cruises.
The investiture of The Duke of
English Harbour was held on the
terrace of Rodney's house over-
looking Nelson's Dockyard. Four
Redondan Court stalwarts clad
in Schooner St Peter T-shirts car-
ried King Robert the Bald head-
high on a chair across the lawn.
Team leader Vadim Uliyanov, in
a large, beribboned, pirate's tri-
corn hat, led the parade to the
waiting crowd. Rodney cele-
brated his 80th birthday at
the investiture.
There is only one other Duke in
the Redondan Court: Jules Walter
) of Falmouth who was one of the
first people to come aboard my
boat, the Royal Yacht St Peter,
when she arrived in Antigua after
her voyage from St. Petersburg in
Russia in 1995.
Rodney enjoys his newly
acquired title. The new Duke will
be invited to the 128th anniversa-
ry of the Kingdom of Redonda
sometime after the end of
Antigua Sail Week 2008, to be
held at the Royal Redonda Yacht
Club in the Mad Mongoose. The
on will also mark the tenth year of Robert the
gn. See you all there.
e and time contact bobw@candw ag.


Nautical Expo in Venezuela
The commercial center of Plaza Mayor and adja-
cent docks at Lecheria, convenient to the marinas at
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, will be the venue for La
ExpoNautica Anzoategui from June 20th through 24th.
This nautical exposition will showcase the boats and
boating-related goods and services available in the
state of Anzoategui. This is the only show in Venezuela
that exhibits boats in the water. The price of admission
is 15 BsF.
For more information
visit www enoriente, com/expomorro.
Lighten Your Load
Melodye Pompa reports: If passing through Carriacou
on your way south to your hurricane hole, leave your
unneeded stuff at the Carriacou Yacht Club for the
August 1st auction benefiting the Carriacou Children's
Education Fund. We accept all those spare boat parts
that you have never used, household goods, clean
used clothing, and, of course, cash.
The proceeds of the annual auction make it possible
for several students to attend the T.A. Marryshow
Community College and for a large number to have
the required uniforms and textbooks for primary and
secondary school. Your contribution makes a big dif-
ference in these children's lives.
If you are not rushing south, please join us in
Carriacou for the annual CCEF activities directly pre-
ceding the 43rd Annual Carriacou Regatta Festival.
For more information on the Carriacou Regatta
Festival visit www carriacouregatta com.
For more information about CCEF
contact boatmillie@aol. com.

Ooops!
We omitted the by-line for last month's What's on
My Mind department story, "Caught in a Net". The
author of that article was Martin Brown.

Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome aboard new
advertisers Soreidom of Martinique, on page 5; and
Carib Mar Electric, Gittens Engines, KNJ Mariner and
Ships' Carpenter of Trinidad, Sling's Upholstery of
Carriacou, and Petit Breton of Martinique in the
Market Place department, pages 51 through 53.
Good to have you with us!


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Briefs
Star News from the Marina at Marigot
Oscar-nominated actor and comedian Eddie
Murphy became the latest A-list celebrity to be spot-
ted at the Marina at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia's when
he cruised into the bay last month on board the luxury
mega-yacht, Sherakhan.
Murphy is not the first star to cruise into Marigot Bay.
Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Nicolas Cage and
John Malkovich have all been yacht-based visitors to
the bay, described as "the most beautiful in the
Caribbean" by the novelist James A. Michener.


Class act. The 229foot Sherakhan, easing into
St. Lucia's Marigot Bay. Actor Eddie Murphy
was aboard

At 229 feet LOA, Sherakhan was the largest mega-
yacht to berth in The Marina at Marigot this season,
with the classics Velsheda and Adela, each with a
draft of 16 feet 6 inches, taking the record for the
deepest yachts to berth there in the same period.
Marina Manager Bob Hathaway is looking forward
to a busy "low" season with yachts of all sizes taking
advantage of the shelter provided by Marigot Bay,
and the confidence provided by the tried and tested
Marigot Hurricane Plan. "For a marina situated in a
year-round resort and fronting a 5-star hotel, our low
season berthing rates are highly competitive," says
Hathaway. "Security, shelter and quality of service are
unequalled in the Caribbean"
For more information see ad on page 18.


DYT's joat on, float-off yacht shipping service offers
new routes for the sportfishing community while
supporting billfish conservation



DYT Partners with Billfish
Foundation
Dockwise Yacht Transport
has entered into a corporate
conservation partnership with
The Billfish Foundation (TBF), a
globally recognized non-profit
organization dedicated solely
to conserving and enhancing
billfish populations around the
world. Its constituency is a
comprehensive network of
anglers, captains, mates, tour-
nament directors, clubs and
sportfishing businesses.
"While we have continued to
improve our services to the
yachting world, we have com-
mitted to offering more target-
ed routes for the sportfishing
community with its growing
mobility needs," said DYT Vice
President Raymond Fisch. "By
supporting TBF, we are support-
ing such programs as the orga-
nization's signature research
project, a tag-and-release pro-
gram in the Gulf and
Caribbean Conservation Zone
that uses the efforts of anglers
to provide data and research
to scientists and fisheries man-
agers. As the largest and most
successful international billfish-tagging program in the
world, it unites thousands of anglers from every corner
of the world through a common pursuit -fishing the
world's oceans and improving billfish conservation."
"It is a pleasure to see Dockwise Yacht Transport will-
ing to put such an emphasis on the importance of
conservation in the marine industry," responded TBF
President Ellen Peel. "They set an example by giving
back to the resource, and without the support of busi-
nesses like them we could never hope to accomplish
our goal of keeping billfish in the water for future gen-
erations of anglers to enjoy."
Meanwhile, DYT's newest ship, the 687.5-foot Yacht
Express, left Ft. Lauderdale last month with a full load
of cargo: US$154 million worth of private luxury and
sportfishing yachts. The largest vessel of its kind, Yacht
Express was purpose-built with a semi-submersible
dock bay that allows yachts of any size to be safely
floated on and off as cargo. This was its first run on a
regularly scheduled round-trip route between Florida


and the Mediterranean, which typically takes 15 days
each way.
The first trans-Atlantic spring voyage of Yacht Express
is a great milestone for us and for the yachting com-
munity," said DYT President Clemens van der Werf. "It
provides yacht owners with a state-of-the-art transport
facility with additional accommodations for crew who
are riding along." Yacht Express features such ameni-
ties as complimentary cabins, an atrium with lounge
bar and swimming pool, restaurant and cinema, as
well as conference, media and fitness facilities.
"Im half tempted to come back across on the ship
myself in the fall," said boatowner John Walsey of
California, whose first mate is accompanying Walsey's
new 121-foot Broward on the ride across the ocean.
"Or maybe I should just charge my crewmembers for
the ride, since this is like being on a cruise ship," he
joked. With the rising costs of diesel, he calculates that
the price of the DYT service saves him money in the
long run, not to mention time. "It also allows the crew
some time off," he said, "and alleviates wear and tear
on the boat and its engine."
For more information see ad on page 15.
Island Dreams' 'Launched and Alongside' Service
Island Dreams Grenada can launch your yacht and
have it alongside, ready for when you return after the
summer season. As an alternative to spending your


It's notjust a dream. You can return to Grenada to
find your boat launched, alongside and ready to go

first few days in a boatyard, Island Dreams will have
your boat afloat and clean, with shore power and
fridge on.
Mark Sutton of Island Dreams says, "We can also do
any other preparations requested bend on sails,
check systems, stow provisions, etcetera. This service
was very successful last year, particularly for those
who have limited time available for sailing.
"We prefer to see the boat in the water before the
haul so we can spend an hour or two with the owner
to become familiar with the boat's systems. Once the
launch has been scheduled, the owner contacts us
and we liaise with the yard as required. We take pho-
tos prior to the launch for the owner's records, and
keep in close contact.
"Our new location in Grenada at Le Phare Bleu
Marina and Resort has proved to be popular with all
our clients, and with restaurant, bar and pool now
open it is a great place to start the cruising season."
For more information see ad on page 36.
Volvo Penta Customer Service Network
Ciarla Decker reports: Frank Agren of Inboard Diesel
Service in Case Pilote..
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This "guardian angel" service was created by Volvo
Sweden about five years ago to unite all service
agents working in the Caribbean and form a custom-
er service network. While each dealer remains inde-
pendent, the client of Volvo Penta can now count on
co-operation and communication among dealers.
Egbert Charles in St. Lucia, Carl Mitchell in Antigua,
Craig Lovett of Grenada Marine and Patrice Caillot of
Mecanique Plaisance, Martinique, all work with
Inboard Diesel Service to supply engines, parts, diag-
nosis and service to the Volvo yachting community.
Frank Agren started Inboard Diesel Service in Case
Pilote in 1988. In December 2007, he opened his
expanded showroom where he displays engines,
parts, transmissions, generators, fuel conditioners and
more. Frank has recently reached out to Sea Services
Shipchandler in Fort de France to provide Volvo filters,
belts and other common spares. This shows Volvo's


One proud member of Volvo Penta's Caribbean wide
customer service network is Inboard Diesel Service of
Martinique (above), where you'll meet
Frank Agren and crew (below)


continuing effort to be where the client needs them,
and Frank attributes Volvo's success to this attentive
service based on human relations and the competi-
tive labour rates that he provides with his team.
The hottest product off the Volvo line this year for
sailors is the Compact Collection. In Martinique,
Mecanique Plaisance takes care of all engines up to
100 horsepower; Patrice Caillot is the contact there.
Inboard Diesel Service does all Volvo units of more
than 100 horsepower, stocks Northern Lights
Generators from 5 to 32kw, and takes care of
general maintenance.
The Inboard Diesel Hotline is available to Volvo Penta


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annually at (596 596) 78 71 96. You can also contact a
technician at info@inboarddiesel.com. To locate a
Volvo Penta dealer, visit www.volvopenta.com.
For more information see ad on page 7.
Grenada's Le Phare Bleu Marina/Resort Officially Open
The Grand Opening of Le Phare Bleu Marina and
Holiday Resort in Grenada took place on April 12th.
Guest of Honour was Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime
Minister, who praised Le Phare Bleu for setting the
standard for progress within the tourism development
sector, adding that the event "symbolizes... the
vibrancy and dynamism of investment opportunities in
the Spice Isle".
It has been just four years since Swiss couple Dieter
Burkhalter and Jana Caniga arrived in Grenada and
saw the potential for developing the site at Petit
Calivigny Bay. Since then, the site has undergone a
metamorphosis from wild, unkempt bushland to the
completed Le Phare Bleu Marina and Holiday Resort.
At the peak of construction, more than 70
Grenadians were employed and now that the proj-
ect is fully operational, a further 30 Grenadians will
continue to be employed.
The Le Phare Bleu Holiday Resort expects to appeal
to a number of markets, including the Caribbean, the
UK, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the US and
Canada. Offering luxury self-catering accommoda-
tion, a swimming pool and a choice of restaurants, the
waterside development comprises nine bungalows,
four apartments and one villa, all fully equipped with
modern amenities, high-quality furnishings and enjoy-
ing magnificent ocean views from private verandas.
The full-service marina, which has been in operation
since 2007, has slips for up to 60 boats and is charac-
terized by the lighthouse ship Vistra Banken, aboard
which the popular Le Phare Bleu Restaurant is locat-
ed. Benedetto's, the new Italian restaurant ashore, is
also fast becoming a favourite. Le Phare Bleu Marina
and Holiday Resort recently hosted the successful
Grenada Round the Island Easter Race and hopes to
be the venue for many more events in the future.
For more information visit www.iepharebleu.com.


New Northwest Caribbean
Cruising Guide
Steve Pavlidis has just
issued the Cruising Guide to
the Northwest Caribbean,
which includes Jamaica, the
Cayman Islands, Honduras
and its Bay Islands, plus
Guatemala including the Rio
Dulce. Pavlidis' book sub-
stantially updates the previ-
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Barbados Prioritizes Marina
Development
A recent article in the
Barbados Advocate news-
paper highlighted the gov-
ernment's commitment to
getting the marina aspect of
the Pierhead
Redevelopment Project off the ground.
According to Tourism Minister Richard Sealy, it is
imperative that Barbados has a fully functional marina
that can handle a number of large vessels. "We are
missing out in a very significant way from a whole
aspect of tourism because of a lack of those facili-
ties," said Sealy. "The Caribbean is the number-one
area for cruising and sailing in the world, Barbados is
the first landfall over the Atlantic, and yet people sail
past us and go to other... destinations, because we
don't have the facilities here."
Sealy pointed out that such a marina would rede-
fine the nation's concept of tourism. "It is definitely a
must and will provide much-needed employment and
we will see our marine environment being used in a
more responsible way. When we think of tourism activ-
ities in the near-shore, we often think of the nuisance
of jet skis... and so on, choking up the beaches; but
we need to regulate all of that and realize that the
marine environment can become a major, major
boost," he explained.
Sealy also stated that, contrary to popular belief,
Port St. Charles is not a marina, but rather, a water-
front development, with people who have bought res-
idential units at Port St. Charles having the right to
berth their vessel there. What Barbados needs, he
said, is a marina like that in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

For Frugal Gourmets
Where can you get a three-course meal prepared
by a French chef for ECS80 (plus service and tax)? At
the dinghy-accessible restaurant at Whisper Cove
Marina on Grenada's south coast, Chef Luke offers
such fare as Soupe de Poisson de Provence, Tartare
de thon parfum6 aux fruits de la passion, Langouste a
la creme en aumoniere de choux, and Banane flam-
bee au rhum Vieux
For more information
visit www. whispercovemarina com.
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The Professional Standards Committee of MECAL
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Ltd. of Nanny Cay, Tortola, to carry out MCA Code of
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and Workboats. This should make it easier for locally
based charter boats to achieve MCA Certification in
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Caribbean Environmental Policy Being Developed
Panos Caribbean reports: Representatives of regional governments worked
towards developing a Caribbean Environmental Policy at a special Caribbean
Economic Community (CARICOM) meeting on environment held in Georgetown,
Guyana, last month.
The 25th Special I i-,. i the Council for Trade and Economic Development,
a sub-committee ol i * I examined specific issues related to environment
management in the region. Among the topics discussed were development of the
Caribbean Regional Strategy on Climate Change; the potential impacts of climate
change on vulnerable groups and communities; access to safe and sufficient water
supply; the status of a Caribbean renewable energy development project; marine
resource management; ratification and implementation of multi-lateral environ
mental .r--i--n-t- =;;tainable tourism and marine and coastal eco-systems;
funding I ......... .. management in the region; and disaster management.
The regional body said a Caribbean Environment Policy would transform pat
terns of econ .... .. i. in the region, promote sustainable development and
enhance the 1.. .1 I 1.1 of Caribbean nationals. The policy, the first draft of
which was developed at the meeting, is viewed as part of the regional thrust for
increased integration under the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME).
"The CSME presents both challenges and opportunities for protecting the envi
ronment, and resolution f .... .i' .. .. ..... ntal issues is central to the effect
tive functioning of the i i i I
Climate change is expected to more severely affect the small island states of the
Caribbean owing to their small sizes and the heavy economic dependence on the
environment for tourism-related products such as diving and snorkeling. It is also
predicted that global warming, which results in warmer sea temperatures, will
disturb the balance of the Caribbean's marine environment and have a negative
impact on the fish population.
The Caribbean is next expected to lobby on environmental issues as a group in
an international forum in December this year, when a follow-up meeting to last
December's Climate Change conference in Bali convenes in Poland.
Tourism and the Marine Environment
Panos Caribbean reports: The Caribbean's tourism sector and governments
must take greater responsibility for preserving and protecting the Caribbean's
reefs as they are essential to the region's tourism, says Alessandra Vanzella
Khouri, Programme Officer at the Caribbean Environment Programme, the region
al arm of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Vanzella-Khouri suggests that the tourism industry "can implement practices
that reduce pollution; one of the main 1..... s to put in tertiary treatment plants
on big properties as certain types of ...... i.. algae build up on the reefs when
u; t;.t- 1 ---._ discharged into the sea."
.. i i should stick to existing building guidelines (especially those
which are internationally accepted) that show how far from the beach facilities
should be built. Maintaining the beach's natural vegetation, she says, was also a
better environmental practice than removing the endemic plants and replanting
new ones as part of landscaping. She stresses that restoring coastal habitats like
mangroves and sea grass beds was a much more expensive and lengthy process
i.... ... .... ........ the integrity of the natural habitat.
I I,..I th- r-i-n'" nmm nti n--I t- -nf-r f r lti-n t- r-t-t
the rec i i i . I,, .. .. I .... I I .. .. ..... .. , .
EI s, 1h I . i, .. 1 i, I,. I ....i.,i I I i.. ..i i i.i [
make recommendations as to whether such development should take place," she
says. "However, despite the fact that some EIAs advise against some develop
ments, there are time 1. ,,, . ...... .11 investors to go ahead with the
project, ignoring the: ...... i . I 1, i i or, in other instances, EIAs are
not properly conducted and are biased."
She says that tourism strategy should aim at attracting visitors with more
spending power, while i I i,,,. 11' very same natural resource base on which
the tourism depends, I ....1 in my opinion cruise ship tourism is not
appropriate for every island. Building ports for large cruise ships requires massive
infrastructure which causes serious environmental impacts and puts additional
demands on the towns to handle the thousands of people that may arrive on a
-i-'-n -lay," she says.
I', I she recommends dive tourism as a viable option for the region, she says
that the success of this venture depends on healthy reefs that in turn attract a
variety of marine life. According to Mrs. Vanzella-Khouri, the Caribbean is the big
gest recipient of dive tourism in the world and, in addition, the majority of tourists
choose the Caribbean as a vacation destination because of the region's beaches
and colors in the sea, both resulting from the presence of reefs. However, unless
urgent steps are taken to protect what is left of the region's reefs, the Caribbean
stands to lose significantly.
"Unfortunately, people can't appreciate what they don't know, much less if they
can't see it. Reefs are underwater, out of sight, out of mind, and this is one of the
m aj( 1i .i .. .- . ........... .... ... .. 11. 1 .. h the threats to
the : ..d.. 1 .. ..11..... d h ,
Th .11 ...- .. .. Union says the only way to sustain live coral reefs
around the world will be to carefully manage the direct pressures on the reefs such
as pollution, fishing and damaging coastal developments, and hope that some coral
species are able to adapt to the warmer environment caused by climate change.
At the same time, a recent report by the World Conservation Union concluded
that a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the next 20 years would
be "critical to control further ......... ... 1 1 ... .... 1 1.. 1. ..1 on dioxide levels
that will probably reduce the: I ,,1 .. ... I '. I i. .. - corals and limit
the habitats for many other organisms living on Caribbean coral reefs."
Bonaire's Reefs 'Pristine'
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has desig
nated Bonaire as having "arguably the most pristine coral reef environment in the
Caribbean."
Bonaire's reef will now become the benchmark with which other coral reefs will
be compared, given that research has shown Bonaire as having the highest per
centage of coral cover and the lowest percentage of algal cover compared to other
Caribbean reefs. Additionally, an official study revealed that Bonaire is inhabited
by more species of fish than any other Caribbean island.
To collect further benchmarking data, NOAA initiated an Ocean Explorer signa
ture exploration titled "Bonaire 2008: Exploring Coral Reef Sustainability with New
Technologies," which took place January 7th through 30th.
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Maintaining beaches' natural vegetation can reduce soil run off that smothers
coral reefs

The exploration was conducted by a team of researchers and scientists from the
College of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the University of
Delaware and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography with help from STINAPA, the
organization that oversees the Bonaire National Marine Park.
The expedition consisted of mapping Bonaire's reef using methods beyond the
capabilities of conventional compressed-air scuba diving, including technical div
ing with mixed gasses and using three autonomous underwater vehicles to explore
greater depths, where little to no survey work has previously been conducted. This
unique rin. -f the biological and physical environment will document pat
terns ol i i ... ,, both shallow and deep parts of the reef.

Dive with a Researcher
The Caymanian Compass newspaper reports that the Central Caribbean Marine
Institute in the Cayman Islands is :.. ,,. i. -i to make a difference with a pro
gramme called "Dive with a Researn . i j
The i'' ,nn* gives divers an opportunity to become more knowledgeable
about .1 I conservation issues and efforts while helping collect and archive
data during dives.
Participants stay at the Little Cayman Research Centre, next to Bloody Bay
Marine Park on the North Shore of Little Cayman. Accommodations and all meals
for the one-week research mission are included in the programme.
Two morning dives will be completed each day at locations both inside and out-
side the Bloody Bay Marine Park. Dive sites visited include sites rarely visited by
divers as well as world-class sites. Participants return to the research station each
day by lunchtime and have the afternoons free.
The ; --;-; is intended for divers wanting a better understanding of coral
reefs a.. i 1, -. search that is taking place to preserve this environment. Divers
will be required to be a dive buddy with a principal investigator. Divers will work
together with the scientist and team of divers and may assist in collecting data, or
photographing and archiving data. Divers should be advanced open-water certified
with at least 50 dives logged.
DWAR expeditions are available in May, June and August. Qualified divers are
admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited so interested persons
are encouraged to com i 1. .-.... .. ...I payment process early.
Registration can be done ..I.. ..

What is an Eco-Marina?
An eco-marina is, among other things, one which:
Exceeds all 22 Guidance Notes to the Blue Flag Marina Criteria (www.blueflag.
org/Criteria/Marinas).
Is constructed of materials that do not leach chemicals into the water.
Prohibits fish cleaning within the marina. Fish carcasses or parts attract
predators to the marina which eat other marine life in the area which are not able
to repel such intrusion that, save for the fish cleaning activities, would not be in
their environment. This invasion has a trickle-down effect so pervasive that it
penetrates to the microorganism level.
Prohibits fishing within the marina waters or from the marina docks; related
to the fish-cleaning attraction of predators noted above which otherwise would not
be in the marina waters save for the addition of dead or live bait as well as the
blood from struggling or foul-hooked fish not normally freely found in the marina's
eco system.
Prohibits the transport and use of hydrocarbon products (e.g. oil and fuel) and
other chemicals within the marina, its docks and waters to minimize/eliminate the
leakage or accidental spills associated with such activity. The introduction of
hydrocarbons and chemicals into water brings the most potent and immediate
negative alteration to marine life and thus the balance of the eco-system.
Prohilt ,. .i I 1 1, -i,.... of holding tanks into marina waters; this long
common i ... ... I 1 I gest as well as most small island marinas takes
less than one year to totally alter the species of marine life within the marina waters.
Several years of such practice in all marinas but those located in "rip current"
waters results in pollution and destruction of the eco-system, creating a new, lower
quality environment which in turn breeds disease and disease- --in- bacteria.
Provides an in-dock pressurized vacuum system to each slit I I 1 removal of
grey and black waste water from berthed boats to an inshore treatment and dis
posal facility.
Provides an in-dock pressurized system for the extraction of engine and gear
oils from boats to an inshore storage an I 1... Facility. This again minimizes
the overboard bilge-pump discharge of o. i ... i ,i and spills so common in oil
V-. -:- It also eliminates the oily rags and oil-soaked "diapers" needed to per
i ...... -I activities. The disposal of these clean-up materials is a complete addi
tional chain of pollution and environmental degradation.
Prohibits maintenance or repair of vessels within the marina. No sanded par
ticles of eco-destroying paint, gelcoat, varnish, corrosion, etcetera, can enter the
marine waters and alter or destroy its eco-system when it is prohibited; the same
goes for wax (mostly hydrocarbon products).
Immediately expels vessels violating the environmental protection rules set by
the marina.
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INTERNATIONAL REGATTA


A TRADITION!

by Carol Bareuther
The population of Puerto Rico's ten-square-mile off Games," Figueroa says.
shore island of Culebra rose dramatically the weekend The 2010 CAC Games will be held in Mayaguez,
of March 14th to 16th, when sailors from 1.. ...i. .I Puerto Rico, while this island is also rumored to be the
the Caribbean, US mainland and Europe .... I host site for the 2009 Hobie Worlds.
the fourth annual Culebra Heineken International Experience also told in the racing.
Regatta (CHIR). The only thing that was missing St. Thomas' John Foster, who's been a winner on the
and only the first race day, says ISAF i; "- 'i-hael Caribbean racing scene since the 1970s, sailed his
Thompson, of Detroit "was wind. By .11 ... .. we Kirby 25, The Good, the Bad & The Ugly, to an undis
shortened the course for the bigger boats and the puted first in Spinnaker Racing II.
breeze filled in by another two knots. That allowed us Meanwhile, after a year's hiatus, Antigua's Jamie
to get off a couple of races. The sailors were definitely Dobbs is back in class-winning form aboard his Lost
having fun." ii i. .... . [i i ...ilis Olson 30 for a J/122.
. 1 lid dominate some of the racing in the . I ... ..... I I- m board. It was great,"
Si I i example, the Stanton brothers of St. I i .11 i i,,. I..- first place award in the
Croix, sailing their Melges 24, Devil 3, handily con Racer-Cruiser class.
S- -In other classes, Puerto Rican
R o sailors clearly dominated.
Bernardo Gonzalez sailed his
Beneteau, Bonne Chance, to a
first in the Jib & Main Class, while
Jose Santiago, skippered his
J/24, Maximus, to a class win.
While the CHIR is only in its
fourth year, it's rooted in a long
history. Puerto Rico's largest and
most successful regatta got its
start as the Copa Velasco, held
out of Humacao in the early
1980s. It progressed to the
Heineken International Regatta
and the Bared Cup as it moved
up to Fajardo and out of Puerto
Lugo del Rey Marina, and finally to its
present form. Sailing stalwarts
from the beginning are still
actively on the scene today. Bob
Fisher jumped in to do scoring by
hand as a back up when the
computer technology was on a
short hiatus. Chuck Lyman ran
Spinnaker I Class boats cross tacks in Ensenada the one design racing. And Angel Ayala has made the
Honda at the start of the Round Culebra Race switch from crew to capable organizer.
It is this i 1,h history, and the I i.,. that this
trolled the Spinnaker I class and maintained their event is akin to "C ,dI ... ,11 .- ,i i. used
class winning streak from last month at the St. Croix to be" in terms I .. .i. .... II.. that
International Regatta. "I like the Melges 24," says Peter attracts sailors to the CHIR. Live music, a party hearty
Stanton, who called tacticswhile brother, Chris, helmed. ,ii nid street parties in town, along with sociable
"It's a design that's both technical and tactical." i *i1 are all part of the fun.
Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo also ruled in the one Perhaps what really tells of this regatta's rich histo
design IC24 class. "Racing was close, especially ry, and nods to the future, is its youth regatta, the
among some of the newer ICs, but that's what we like," Culebra International Dinghy Regatta. Twenty seven
Lugo says. junior sailors competed in Optimist and Laser din
Lugo is responsible for converting six J/24s to IC24s ghies. What's remarkable is that ten juniors who
over the last two years in Puerto Rico, thus giving the would normally have sailed in this event were off in
class a real shot in the arm. Paracas, Peru, for the Optimist South American
Perennial favorite in the Beach Cat class, Puerto Championships, or participation would have reached
Rico's Enrique Figueroa, again rode to the top of the nearly 40 juniors.
class leader board aboard his Tornado, Suzuki Red Ronnie Ramos, who ran the 1... 1. said of
BulL "We'll start sailing Hobie 16s after Rolex in prep the turnout, "This bodes well I ii. ii... of our
aration for the CAC (Central American and Caribbean) regatta and for the sport of sailing."


Culebra Heineken

International

Regatta 2008

Winners


Spinnaker 1
1) Devil3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St Croix USVI (7)
21 -.I.. i. i i . i.. I t Croix, USVI (9)
31 ..i i i i, If I ....-1. ... St Croix USVI(12)
Spinnaker 2
1) The Good, the Bad& the Ugly, Kirby 25, John Foster,
St Thomas, USVI (6)
2) ExM oMotu, J/80, Antonio Mari, Puerto Ric (13)
3) JWalker, J/27, Chris Thompson, St Thomas, USVI (14)
Racer-Cruiser
1) LostHorizor I i i i i i .i.... I
2) Pipedream, -. ... i I
3) Lazy Dog, Beneteau First 40.7, Sergio Sagramosa,
Puerto Ric (12)
Jib & Main
1) Bonne Chance, Beneteau, Bemardo Gonzalez,
Puerto Ric (5)
2) Pom aPom, Pearson Flyer 30, Agustin Rodriguez,
Puerto Ric (10)
3) Dottie II, Pearson 10M, Robert Fisher, Puerto Ric (10)
IC24
1) Orion, Fraito Lugo, Puerto Rico (19)
2) Mi Roaming, Andrew Waters, BVI (25)
3) SalPaAlfuenm Jose Santiago, Puerto Ric (26)
J/24
1) Maximus, Jose Santiago, Puerto Rico (13)
2) Saudades, Leopoldo Lauria, Puerto Ric (22)
3) Urmyo, Gilberto Rivera, Puerto Ric (29)
BEACH CATS
1) SuzukiRedBul, Tornado, Enrique Figueroa,
Puerto Ric (5)
2) Exodus, Hobie 16, Enrique Figueroa, Puerto Rico (11)
3) Sookt Monkey, Hobie 16, Pedrn Colon, Puerto Ric (19)




Culebra International

Dinghy Regatta 2008

Winners
Optimist Red (Age 13 15)
1) Addison Hackstaff, St. Thomas, USVI (9)
2) E. Perez, Puerto Rico (48)
Optimist Blue (Age 11 & 12)
1) Nicholas Gartner, St. Thomas, USVI (29)
2) Mack Bryan, St. Croix, USVI (33)
Optimist White (Age 10 & Under)
1) Colin Brego, St. John, USVI (36)
2) Owen McNeil, St. Thomas, USVI (49)
3) Jonathan Woods, BVI (54)
Optimist Green
1) Victor Rodriguez, Puerto Rico (11)
2) Jorge Gonzalez, Puerto Rico (17)
3) Julio Rojo, Puerto Rico (21)


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International Rolex Regatta


SOM IETHING


FOR EVERYONE!

by Carol Bareuther


Trying to please everyone is always a tough job, but the committee at the 35th
annual International Rolex Regatta (IRR), sailed March 28th through 30th out
of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, seemed to accomplish this mammoth task, if
banter at the bar was any indication.
One person who relished Rolex 2008 was Trinidad's Peter E ..ii. .i.
Paul Solomon, co owner of the Henderson 35, bMobile Enzyme I,,, -, I ,I, .
third place trophy in the highly competitive ..... . . ...
here because of the competition, the total ir.... I . .- the area, and
I 1- .. r..i.. i ,, i, Caribbean, US mainland and Europe com
I I I i .. . .. . ... -island to round-the-
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ii i i I, ,I ... l drag race," says Mark Plaxton, who owns
S l, I t,,,, h , . 1, , , . 1 tter."
I o -.l oI Is o i h I ., I II- .. i ..I, Aquarius,
here n under CSA, b hh, i .Il ,,, i . .... I Ih .I 1,, I h.."
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the only option was to sail under th( . rl..i I .,, I ,,I Ie've sailed
here many times under CSA, butth'- I .r .- I I ,,I, I II C. We have
won several notable events in the UI .... ii ....-. 11 I .1 .- launched,
but we came here for more competil ... .1 I..- but IRC is
a better rating for us."
In addition to IRC, the IRR also offered the Portsmouth rule for Beach Cats
and its traditional CSA for most of the racing and all of the cruising classes.


Trinidad's I ..,I .. I his bMobile Enzyme under a CSA handicap, but as
chairman c iI. ..- .. gostura Tobago Sail Week, he wanted to know more
about IRC. i ... .... ..- know more and if it might be a good addition to draw
more boats i ... .
Big boat participation at the IRR had dropped in recent years. Yet, it surged
to 12 sleek 40-plus-foot hot racing yachts this year.
John Sweeney, IRR 1. I .1 ... th Bill Canfield, says "~"-'r- h t
see this IRC participate. ,, 11,,,, i 1 ., ., inthefuturct 11 ,,. i I,
also plenty of room in the racing for i i- We welcome II
Seventeen boats didn't worry about' bh-.;-i-.i-' at all. The Rolex Committee
set up a separate course for IC24s, i. ... 1.1. I 1/24 -1:-n innovated by two
St. Thomas sailors and avidly picked up by builders in I1 I I and Puerto Rico.
"What's nice about one-design racing," says the BVI's AndrewWatters, helming
his IC24, Mio Roaming, "is that every boat is identical. That means it all comes
down to pure sailing ability and tactics; it's a level playing field. With one design
racing you always know it's going to be close. All the boats are essentially going
at the same speed. It's the crew skill and tactics that work to beat the compete
tion. Plus, you can calculate in your head the points you need to win."
In the end, there was one thing that wasn't offered to everyone at the IRR a
Rolex watch. This much anticipated prize was earned by class winners, and the
i .11. wrapped up with the winners proudly taking their place on stage show
.. their fine timepieces.





Rolex Regatta 2008

Winners


IRC I 111
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Spinnaker Racing 1 (CSA 7 Boats)
i r i .. J 100, Robert W. Armstrong, St. Croix, USVI (11)
2) Devil Cubed, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St. Croix, USVI (13)
3) bMobile Enzyme, Henderson 35, Paul Solomon, Cascade, Trinidad & Tobago (22)
Spinnaker Racing 2 (CSA -14 Boats)
1) Urayo, J/24, Gilberto E. Rivera, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (12)
2) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Kirby 25, William McConnell/John Foster,
St. Thomas, USVI (21)
3) JWalker, J/27, Chris & Christine Thompson, St. Thomas, USVI (34)
Non-Spinnaker Racing 1 (CSA -12 Boats)
1) Medala Light, J/24, Juan Moline, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (9)
2) Affinity, Swan 48, Jack Desmond, Marion, Massachusetts, USA (13)
3) ElPreside .. 1. .....- I 1 .I ........ St. Croix, USVI (13)
SpinnakerRacing Cruising, I-
1) Lost Horizon, J/122, James Dobbs, English Harbour, Antigua (9.8)
2) Lazy Dog, Beneteau First 40.7, Sergio Sagramoso, San Juan, Puerto Rico (12)
3) El Ocso, J/120, Richard Wesslund, Coconut Grove, FL, USA (20)
IC24 One Design (One Design -17 Boats)
1) Orion, IC24, Fraito Lugo, Ponce, Puerto Rico (32)
2) bMobile, IC24, Fred Ruebeck/Colin Rathburn, Tortola, BVI (57)
3) Intac, IC24, James Mark Plaxton, Tortola, BVI (75)
Beach Cats (Portsmouth 17 Boats)
1) DRD/Suzuki/Red Bull, Tornado 20, Enrique Figueroa, San Juan, Puerto Rico (7)
2) Image Immobilier, Nacra F18, Olivier Bernaz, St. Martin (16)
3) Nacra St. Barth, F18 Nacra Infusion, Jeff (Jean-Francois)
LeDee/Jordil Vincent, St. Barthelemy, FWI (19)


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BVI SPRING REGATTA & SAILING FESTIVAL



STORM CONQUERS HIGH WINDS


by Carol Bareuther

fight wind -nliti-n .r" l--nd-l.-in Trini-nd-
LB uttwoof I. 1.. I ... ., 11 .. ......
raceboats Pe i .1 i . I I ....
and Peter Baillie and Paul Solomon's Henderson 35,
bMobile Enzyme topped their respective highly
competitive classes at the BVI Spring Regatta &
Sailing Festival, raced March 31st through April
6th, out of Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola.
"We can sail in all air, especially big air and big
seas like we had this weekend," says Peake, who
owns Peake Marine. "Our main competitor was
Oystercatcher. Their rating and ours are so similar
it was as if we were racing them boat for boat." The
UK's Richard Matthew's Humpheys 42,
OystercatcherXXVI, did finish second.
Meanwhile, it was fellow islanders Peter Baillie
and Paul Solomon and their crew aboard bMobile
Enzyme that trumped second-place competitor,
..- Caccia AUa Volpe, by nearly ten points.
II C I .'s good upwind in heavy air," says crew
and former owner, Tim Kimpton.
One hundred and ... 1. yachts from
throughout the Caribbe ... II. mainland and
Europe competed in this year's Spring Regatta.
Numbers were a bit down due to the winds, which
averaged 20-plus knots most of the weekend and
topped 33 knots on the first day. There was no
Laser class, a class that last year saw a strong
showing by Trinidadian junior sailors. There were
also only two Hobie 16 beach cats, a class that saw
over a dozen competitors in both the recent
Culebra Heineken International Regatta and St.
Thomas's International Rolex Regatta.
There were weather casualties that had a
bright side.
St. Croix's Stanton brothers, class winners all
season aboard their Melges 24, Devil3, had to turn
back due to heavy winds and seas and finally
arrived just in time to make the last race on the


first day. Chris Stanton explains, "We set off from
St. Croix Ti..... i .... ....... and had to turn back
because il .-.. .1 ii. .. we headed out again
at six o'clock on Friday morning, cleared Customs
in Road Town, picked up a crewmember at Nanny
Cay and headed right out to the course. The race
committee was nice enough to fill us in on the
course and we raced the last race." By the time
Devil 3 made it to the Shell Race Course on Friday,
they had missed three out of four races. Ultimately,
they took second in Spinnaker Racing D -but
first in Spinnake i .... for the Caribbean Ocean
Racing Triangle ,* *I I -.eries, which includes the
St. Croix International I .1 i1 bra Heineken
International Regatta i I I -I Regatta.
Then again, there were weather casualties that
had a somber side.
On the first day of racing, the BVI's Christopher
Lloyd's Modified Beneteau 44, Three Harkoms, had
an incident on the race course in which one crew
member was seriously injured. Kevin Rowlette of
I i. -1 .1 Towing, who was standing by on
SI ..- .vessels, overheard the call to the
race committee and proceeded immediately to the
scene. First response was provided by two of Three
Harkoms' crewmembers. VISAR (Virgin Islands
Search and Rescue) was called out while Kevin
towed Three Harkoms into Road Town. VISAR crew
met the boats en route, transferring personnel onto
Three Harkoms. Once in Road Town, the casualty
was transferred by ambulance to Peebles Hospital,
where his condition was stabilized. Overnight,
there was some improvement in his condition. He
was airlifted to Florida for further evaluation.
Winds or no winds, likely the most competitive
class was the IC24s. "Everybody sails really well,"
says Puerto Rico's Efrain 'Fraito' Lugo, who won
the class aboard Orion. "Its a class that's fun to
sail in, but not that easy to win."










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BVI SPRING REGATTA 2008
WINNERS

Spinnaker A
1) Storm. Reichel Pugh 44, Peter Peake, Trinidad (12)
2) OystercatcherXXVI, Humphreys 42,
Richard Matthews, UK (17)
3) Equation Andrews 68, BillAlcott, Michigan, USA (21)
Spinnaker B
1) bMoble Enzyme, Henderson 35,
Peter Ballie/Paul Solomon, Trinidad (15)
2) CacclaAlla Volpe, Vallicelli 44, Carlo Falcone, Antigua (25.9)
3) Minnie the Moocher, Ker 11.3, Anthony Richards, UK (27)
Spinnaker C
1) Mad IV Grand Solell 50, Clive Llewellyn, France (14)
2) Global Yacht Racing, Beneteau 47.7, Malcolm Gefter, UK (16)
3) Three Harkoms, Beneteau 44, Christopher Lloyd, BVI (36)
Spinnaker D
1) Silver, Melges 24, Morgan Dale, St. Croix, USVI (15)
2) Dell 3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St. Cmix, USVI (26)
3) Crew Clothing/Catb/HIHO, Melges 24,
Frits Bus, St. Maarten (27)
Spinnaker E
1) JWalker, J/27, Chris Thompson, St. Thomas, USVI (11)
2) Kosa Loka, Olson 30, Kike Gonzales, Puerto Rico (19)
3) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Kirby 25, John Foster,
St. Thomas, USVI (31)
Spinnaker Racer Cruiser F
1) El Ocaso, J/120, Rick Wesslund, Florida, USA (8)
2) Lazy Dog, Beneteau First 40.7, Serglo Sagramoso,
Puerto Rico (28)
3) Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, BVI (29)
Performance Cruising A
1) Stay Calm, Swan 70, Stuart Robinson, USA (7)
2) BadWine, Beneteau First 40.7, Peter Krol, Netherlands (7)
3) Coyote, Beneteau First 40.7, Franco Nanni, Italy (14)
Performance Cruising B
1) Augustine, Tony Sayer, Beneteau First 42, Antigua (5)
2) Xpresso, Marc Noordhoek, X412, Netherlands (10)
3) Nepenthe, J/40, Robert Read, UK (11)
Jib & Main
1) Hotel California Too, Santa Cruz 70, Steve Schmidt, USA (5)
2) Mary Jane, Beneteau 50, David Hueter, USA (7)
3) Clover I1, Swan 56, Neal Finnegan, USA (13.5)
Bareboat A
1) Joyce Smith Moorings 51.5, Anthony Mack, UK (9.3)
2) Justice, Beneteau Oceanls 473, Justin Barton, UK (11)
3) TeamFlmmecct Moorings 494, Netherlands (17)
Bareboat B
1) Acadia's Southern Comfort, Beneteau Oceanis 460, Bert
Keenan, USA (4)
2) Chess, Beneteau Oceanis 460, Jan Soderberg, USA (8)
3) Rudy, Beneteau 37, Mark Thompson, USA (16)
IC24
1) Orion Fralto Lugo, Puerto Rico (34)
2) Mto Broadband, Robby Hirst, BVI (48)
3) bMoble, Fred Reubeck, BVI (59)
Multiull
1) Blew Bayou, Manta 42, Charles McCormick, USA
Beach Cat
1) AutoWorldExpress, Hobie 16, Christopher Schreiber,
St. Croix, USVI
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Caribbean Juniors Star at Opti South American Champs
Carol Bareuther reports: The year 2008 is a double
record-setter so far for Optimist dinghy sailing in
Curacao. First, Curacao will, for the first time, host the


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Team Virgin Islands, left to right: Alecsander Tayler
(27th of 190), Agustin Resano (coach), Tim Coyle (team
leader), Nikole Barnes (15th and second Top Girl),
Alexander Coyle (41st), Ian Barrows (overall
champion) and Kyle Brego (106th)
Optimist North American Championships 2008, from
June 28th through July 6th. Second, 13-year-old Just
Van Aanholt placed an all-time-high of 13th out of
190 competitors at the Optimist South American
Championships, raced out of Paracas, Peru, from
March 16th through 22nd.
"It was my best result ever and even the best result
for AHO" (the Sailing Foundation of Curacao) "in a
regional Optimist event," says Van Aanholt.
Optimist dinghy sailing is certainly on the rise
Caribbean-wide. Witness the fact that in the recent
South Americans, in which 20 young Caribbean sailors
took part, the US Virgin Islands' lan Barrows placed first
as overall champion, followed in second through
fourth places overall by Puerto Rican sailors Ivan
Aponte, Raul Rios, and Juan Perdomo, respectively.
Van Aanholt, in 13th, and the US Virgin Islands' Nikole
Barnes, in 15th, rounded out the top 15 medal winners.
Barnes also picked up a silver medal for second-place
Top Girl.
Also, for the second year in a row, Puerto Rico won
the Nation's Cup Team Racing Championships at the
Optimist South Americans. "In Niteroi (2007)," says
Ramon Gonzalez, president of the Puerto Rico
Optimist Association, "we won against Singapore and
this year against team USA. Part of the inspiration is
the fact that a small Caribbean island can win over
sailing superpowers. The Puerto Rican team is also the
2007 North American team champion."
Puerto Rico's Jose Nigaglioni, who serves as the
International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) vice
president, says, "Puerto Rican sailors have been suc-
cessful not by themselves, but due to a series of fac-
tors of which the most important is the competition
between sailors in other Caribbean Islands, especially
St. Thomas, St. Croix and Curacao. This competition,


along with the coaching, has been the key to how
the Caribbean kids have reached the level they are
right now."
Looking ahead, Cor van Aanholt, organizer of the
Optimist North Americans (Optinam) in Curacao, says,
"We strive to make the Optinam 2008 the best ever.
We expect 204 sailors representing 23 countries from
five continents: it will be the biggest ever. Teams will
be housed in four- and five-star resorts with bunga-
lows. The resorts are right on the beach, and the rac-
ing area is five minutes from the beach where winds
average 20 knots and up. The Opening Ceremonies
will take place in the historic center of Willemstad.
Teams will parade past the famous 200-meter-long
swinging Old Lady' floating bridge towards the
Governors Palace. These are just a few hints of what
Caribbean sailors can look forward to."

Spirited Conditions for Quantum Easter Boat Hop
March's Easter weekend in St. Maarten had ten
Jeanneau 20s from Lagoon Sailboat Rental racing in
the Quantum Easter Boat Hop, along with a group of
four youngsters from the St. Maarten Yacht Club's
Youth Sailing program racing in the club's Laser Radials.
Most of the sailing took place in the western end of
the lagoon, which provides the best sailing conditions.
Winds were still shifty but not as extreme as in the Cole
Bay area. Winds were between 15 and 20 knots -
spirited but manageable conditions. Prizegiving took
place on Saturday evening at the yacht club, fol-
lowed by a barbecue.
In the Jeanneau class, the winner was Andrea
Scarabelli with his family team of his young son Alec,
and his sister and her boyfriend who are visiting from
Italy. Second place went to Robbie Ferron with crew
Huub Lambooy and Warren Miller; and third to Garth
Steyn sailing with his young daughter Kristi in her first-
ever race.
In the Laser class, Kevin van den Berg took first place
over Stephen Looser (with sister Johanna crewing).
Jolyon Ferron placed third, followed by Harry
Antrobus. Points were very close with positions chang-
ing regularly in this class, which made for some excit-
ing racing. The Laser sailors were supported by SMYC
coach Maarten Ruijtenberg, who is doing an intern-
ship at the SMYC for his sailing teaching qualification
course in Friesland, Holland.

Young St. Lucians Score Big at Bequia Regatta 2008
Ben Todd reports: The St. Lucia Yacht Club's youth
team won first place in the J/24 one-design racing
class at Bequia Easter Regatta 2008. Having previously
pitted themselves against some of the best on the
Southern Caribbean's J/24 circuit in particular the
two winners of Bequia Regatta 2006 and 2007 they
recognized the task ahead of them. But with consis-
tent scores and good teamwork, they kept in the top
five and pulled off a win.
On March 18th, a team of four young St. Lucian sail-
ors Frederic Sweeny, 19; Charlie Daher, 17; Eric
Simmons, 17; and Antony Clavier, 21 set off with
their coach, Ben Todd, to Bequia with high hopes of
finishing in the top half of the J/24 fleet.
The J/24 Attitude was kindly provided by Charles
Devaux and towed down to Bequia by Christian
Richings of Free Spirit Charters. The sailors helped to sail
the towing boat through the night. At 8:00AM the next
day the team arrived in Admiralty Bay, Bequia. The


team then had only two days to perfect their crew
work and boat-handling techniques. They soon had
the important manoeuvres running smoothly and effi-
ciently. All that was left now was to apply this newly
acquired knowledge and ability in a racing situation.
The first race started with 11 boats jostling for posi-
tion. These boats included big-hitting teams from St
Lucia: Olympic sailor Mike Green skippered Unbridled
and previous regatta winner Nick Forsberg was
aboard Jabal. Also present were James Arrindell from
Trinidad & Tobago and boats from Grenada,
Barbados, and Martinique. Winds reaching 25 knots
and a three-and-a-half-hour coastal course tested all
the boats and crews. At the finish, the young St.
Lucians were pleased to finish in second place and in
front of their older compatriots!
The next day of racing took place within Admiralty
Bay around a smaller, more technical course. The rac-
ing was again hard fought, and with renewed deter-


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Youth power! Ben Todd, only 25 years old, coached
an even younger St. Lucian team to a very competitive
class victory
mination the team secured two more second places,
despite snapping a spinnaker pole. This left the team
in second position overall at the end of Day Two,
causing a stir in the race camp as people were asking
who these kids were and where they had come from.
The team had no hesitation to tell of their Lucian
nationality and of their ages!
At the start of the final day there was much discussion
in the team as to whether they should attack and try to
take first place, or defend their hard-won second
place. The plan settled on was to attack in the first race
and see what happened. The start of the first race was
controlled well by the helmsman, Frederic Sweeny, and
after the first upwind leg Aftitude was first around the
mark. Attitude held the lead, with some clever tactical
decisions from the crew, until the last upwind leg to the
finish, when the mainsheet parted. This was not a quick
repair, and the team ended up in fifth position. First
place overall now seemed out of reach but second
place was secure, so the team decided that to leave
their mark on the regatta, they should finish in style and
get at least one first place in a race.
The final race was long, with some of the Cruising
Class on the same course presenting further challeng-
es but also opportunities to make big gains.
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leg to the finish, Attitude was in first position, being
chased hard by Nick Forsberg and Mike Green. The
team continued to make sound tactical and strategic
decisions to stay in front of the big boys, and held
their own to the last, getting that greatly desired first
place. Mike Green and Nick Forsberg followed in sec-
ond and third position respectively.
Back on shore the team was ecstatic with a race
win and second overall. Then they found out that the
leading boat had had a false start and had been dis-
qualified from that race! This meant that Attitude's
crew got the ultimate reward for hard work and
sound preparation and won their class at Bequia
Easter Regatta 2008.
The response from the organizers was fantastic;
everyone seemed so pleased to see young sailors do
so well against such a wealth of experience and tal-
ented senior sailors, and most importantly, sailors from
their own island, St. Lucia!
Special thanks go to Charles Devaux, Commodore
of the St. Lucia Yacht Club, for the use of Attitude and
a set of very expensive racing sails; to Christian
Richings for ferrying the team to and from Bequia with
his charter boat; and to Bill Simmons for supplying free
accommodation in Bequia for the team.
For more information visit www.stuciayachtclub.com.

Virgin Islands Race Week 'Great Idea!'
Carol Bareuther reports: Hot yachts from the
Caribbean, US and Europe sailed in the inaugural Virgin
Islands Race Week (VIRW), a ten-day event that


encompassed the International Rolex Regatta held in
St. Thomas, USVI, from March 28th through 30th (see full
report on page 13), and the British Virgin Islands Spring
Regatta & Sailing Festival, hosted out of Tortola & Virgin
Gorda, March 31 to April 6 (see full report on page 14).
Brisk trade winds in both regattas added to the chal-
lenge and excitement. In the end, it was Bill Alcott's
Andrews 68 Equation and Rick Wesslund's J/120 El
Ocaso on top.
"Combining the two best Caribbean regattas into a
race series that provides fun for both crews and fami-
lies is a logical and a great idea," says Alcott, from
Detroit, Michigan. As it was Alcott's idea, put forth six
years ago and resulting in the formation of the BVI
Sailing Festival in 2002, it is fitting that he won his class
in the inaugural event.
Alcott, having the top IRC-handicap yacht, won a
week's stay at the new Marriott's Frenchman's Cove,
in St. Thomas. Certificates for dinners at local restau-
rants Havana Blue, Lotus and Fat Boy's are part of
the package.
"We really liked the idea of combining Rolex and
the two BVI events into one vacation holiday," says
Wesslund, of Key West, Florida, who topped the CSA
(Caribbean Sailing Association) handicap class.
Wesslund received a week for two at the Bitter End
Yacht Club, on Virgin Gorda. Alcott and Wesslund
also each won a one-year subscription to ClearPoint
High Definition Weather.
VIRW is co-presented by the USVI Department of
Tourism and the BVI Tourist Board. The second annual
VI Race Week will take place March 27th through
April 5th, 2009.


VI Race Week's IRC Class winner, BillAlcott's Andrews 68, Equation


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2008 Cape Air C.O.R.T. Series
The 2008 Cape Air C.O.R.T. (Caribbean Ocean
Racing Triangle) Series, which kicked off with the St.
Croix International Regatta in February and included
the Culebra Heineken International Regatta in March
(see full report on page 1,2) concluded with the BVI


Left to eight: Angel Ayala, C.O.R.T. director, and Kim
Corkran of Cape Air, with Johnny and John Foster of
St. Thomas, second place winners of Spinnaker Racing
2 aboard The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival (see full report on
page 14). Seventeen boats competed in the 2008
Cape Air C.O.R.T. Series.
In the Spinnaker Racing 1, St. Croix's Stanton broth-
ers won aboard their Melges 24, Devil 3. St. Thomas'
Chris Thompson drove his J/27, J-Walker, to the top of
Spinnaker Racing 2, while Puerto Rico's Lazy Dog, a
Beneteau First 40.7 driven by Sergio Sagramosa, took
the Racer Cruiser Class. Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo's
Orion won the IC24s, the USA's Steve Schmidt's Santa
Cruz 70, Hotel California Too, took Jib & Main Class,
and St. Croix's Chris Schreiber's Hobie 16 AutoWorld
Express led the Beach Cats.
"Cape Air is pleased to be the title sponsor of the
2008 Cape Air C.O.R.T. Series. We strive to be as quick
and efficient in the air as sailors are on the water,"
says Kim Corkran, Cape Air's community relation's
manager. Cape Air offers hourly flights between
Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Tortola. The air-
line also offers special joint fares and convenient con-
nections with major airlines, making it easier for sailors
anywhere in the world to get to their favorite
Caribbean destinations. "We love being involved with
events such as these with our Caribbean island desti-
nations, the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico." Corkran adds, "We look forward to next
year's C.O.R.T., and until then, sail fast!"
First-place winners received two round-trip tickets to
anywhere in the Caribbean compliments of Cape Air.
West Marine sponsored VHF hand-held radios for first-
place finishers, PFDs for second-place boats, and
retractable beam lights for third.
For more information visit www.sailcort com.

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I- : -i : O.R.T. SERIES WINNERS
Spinnaker Racing 1
1) Devil 3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St. Croix, USVI (4)
2) Silver, Melges 24, Morgan Dale, St. Croix, USVI (8)
Spinnaker Racing 2
1) J-Walker, J/27, Chris Thompson, St. Thomas, USVI (6)
2) The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Kirby 25,
St. Thomas, USVI (7)
3) Magnificent 7, J/27, Paul Davis, St. Thomas, USVI (12)
Racer Cruiser
1) Lazy Dog, Beneteau First 40.7, Sergio Sagramosa,
Puerto Rico (7)
2) Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, BVI (8)
3) Kick Em Jenny, lan Hope-Ross, St. Maarten (13)
IC24
Orion, Fraito Lugo, Puerto Rico (3)
bMobile, Fred Ruebeck, BVI (10)
3) Brand New Second Hand, Chris Curreri,
St. Thomas, USVI (12)
Jib & Main
1) Hotel California Too, Santa Cruz 70,
Steve Schmidt, USA
2) Mary-Ellen, Jeanneau 54, Howard Silverman,
St. Croix, USVI
Beach Cat
1) AutoWorld Express, Hobie 16, Chris Schreiber,
St. Croix

Record-Breaking Catch in Marlin Madness
The Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing Association
(TTGFA) Marlin Madness Fishing Tournament, which
was held in Speyside, Tobago for the first time, turned
out to be the most successful fishing tournament in the
association's 28-year history. The tournament, held
April 2nd, 3rd and 5th, was sponsored by the Ministry
of Sport and Youth Affairs, Carib Breweries, Blue
Waters Inn and the Tobago House of Assembly,
among others.
This year's tournament also saw the largest payout
in cash ever: a total of TTS415,000 for prizes from
heaviest species caught to best foreign boat. Top
Female and Junior Anglers received prizes such as an
all-expenses-paid holiday, top-brand fishing gear and
boat equipment.
A record-breaking 890-pound blue marlin was
caught on the last day by 15-year-old Sean
Mendonca aboard Indigo, a 33-foot Proline, which
was also the winning boat. Indigo's captain, Maurice
Lloyd, and crewmembers Derrick Tardieu and Murray
Fourneillier witnessed the junior angler fight the record-
breaker four miles off Charlotteville for a little over an
hour in very rough seas. The water on the leeward side
of Tobago was so turbulent on that day that rough
water bulletins were put out by the Trinidad & Tobago
Met Office. Indigo had missed the entire second day
of fishing as big waves prevented the anglers from
getting to the boat, which was anchored in Man 0'
War Bay.
Indigo began to take on water when the transom
door was opened to slide the big marlin into the
cockpit. "Huge waves started to come into the boat,
which forced us to refocus our efforts from securing
the large fish to securing our lives," said the experi-
enced captain. "A few quick maneuvers in the
rough sea and quickly getting the boat up to a
speed of 15 knots while making our way back to
Speyside helped drain water out of the vessel and


then the celebrations began."
President of the TTGFA, Chris Mouttet, said, "When it
was hoisted up the scale and world-famous IGFA
weighmaster Bill Rewault screamed out the weight of
890 pounds, the crowd erupted into cheers. Then
everyone discussed the possibility of the catch making
it into the International Game Fishing Association's
record books for the largest blue marlin caught by a
junior angler. The existing record for an Atlantic blue
marlin is 815 pounds. Once this record is verified by
the IGFA, it will put the TTGFA Marlin Madness on the
world map for blue marlin fishing."
TTGFA Management Committee member Steven
Valdez said, "This record will tremendously improve
the TTGFA's sponsorship drive for all future tourna-
ments. Existing sponsors will be pleased to know that
they were associated with the magnificent achieve-
ment of this young Trinidad & Tobago angler. The
future of these tournaments is looking very promising










Fifteen year old
Sean Mendonca
landed this
record breaker at
Tobago's Marlin
Madness





indeed, as sponsors are sure to get mileage for their
involvement in the years to come." Tournament
Chairman Alan Sheppard was equally pleased to see
so many boats coming from all parts of the
Caribbean, despite the rough-sea warnings that pre-
ceded the tournament. "Twenty-nine boats entered
but only one can win, and our job is to make every-
one feel like winners at the end of the day. Our hospi-
tality is what we will be remembered for, despite the
inclement weather and rough seas, the final day
turned out to be a huge success."

Young and Old in Soremar Multi-Class Regatta
On April 12th, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club hosted a
Multi-Class Regatta sponsored by Soremar. Thirty-four
boats, including Optimists, Laser Radials, Laser
Standards and Sunfast 20s, raced on Simpson Bay
Lagoon in near-perfect weather. It is believed that
there have never been so many adults and children
racing on one course in Sint Maarten before.
A strong contingent of Anguilla's Opti and Laser sail-
ors came over for the event, and it is interesting to see
how well matched the youths are in their sailing capa-
bilities. The Optimist class, with 13 boats, was the larg-
est in the regatta, and was won by Rhone Findlay.


Saskia Looser came in second, only one point behind
Rhone. Third place went to Kenny Richardson of
Anguilla, who in previous regattas has shown that he is
a strong contender.
The Laser Radial Class, the next step up for sailors
who have outgrown the Optimist, was won by Kevin
van der Burg. Jolyon Ferron came in a close second
and third place went to Chris Orchard of Anguilla.
The Laser Standard is a "big person" boat with more
sail area. Winners were Rien Korteknie in first place,
Frits Bus second and David de Vries third. These sea-
soned sailors, impressed with the level of sailing of our
youth, know that their days as champions are threat-
ened. The Sunfast 20 class, with boats provided by
Lagoon Sailboat Rental, was won by Robbie Ferron,
followed by Paul Miller and Bernard Sillem.
A picnic lunch was held at Explorer Island, with
sandwiches donated by the Royal Deli Mini Market.
Marcel van den Boogaard of Soremar qave prizes to


Many classes, many sailors, many age groups
lots offun!
the winners at the Yacht Club in the afternoon. The
Multi-Class Regatta was organized by Maarten
Ruijtenberg, the sailing intern at the Sint Maarten
Yacht Club, who will be returning to Holland soon to
complete his studies. The SMYC wishes Maarten well,
as his enthusiasm and knowledge have been very
much appreciated.
For more information contact info@smyc.com.

Upcoming Regattas
And the racing fun isn't done! Here's a short list of
upcoming regattas.
Anguilla Regatta, May 9th to 11 h (www.anguil-
laregatta.com)
Angostura Tobago Sail Week, May 11 h to 16th
(www.sailweek.com)
Captain Oliver's Regatta, Sint Maarten, May 17th
to 18th (www.coyc-sxm.com)
Round Guadeloupe Race, May 23rd to 27th
(www.triskellcup.com)
Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta, Barbados, May
29th to June 1st (www.thetecheng.com/mountgay)
Mini Zoo regatta, Guadeloupe, May 30rd to June
1st (www.zoo-regatta.com)
Harris Paints Regatta, Barbados June 14th and
15th (www.barbadosyachtclub.com)
Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championship,
Sint Maarten, June 21st and 22nd (www.tropicalsaill-
oft.com/nsregatta.html)
Stay tuned for more details and more events!

Send your regatta news
to sally@caribbeancompass. com.


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and real estate development; north shore
Fry beach towns; the Mayan ruins of Copau
and interior mountain regions all offer
some degree of physical, intellectual and
social adventure.
and Monica We decided to take a couple of weeks off
during the hurricane season to explore the
Honduras mountain regions and ultimately
visit Honduras' Cleaque mountain cloud for
est and national parks. I like to call this "the
area where you can drink the water". Think
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each with at least one church, dating from the time of the conquistadors. Generally
speaking, each of those laid-back little villages is "famous" for something: its role
in history, obsidian arrowheads, opals lying around, caves complete with multicol
ored hieroglyphics, multiple symmetrical holes in the ground made by aliens,
miracles, Mayan ruins. To top it all off is the residual mix of Mayan-Spanish inhab
itants. These have to be the '.. .. 11. ... I ...... I .i.... ...d shortest people
in Central America. Under I ,,I ... 11 -I ... .I ,.. 1, I air you will find
yourself surrounded by a rare scene of native humility and security. It's enough to
make you want to mind your manners.
But enough tree '...... -'. one thing to come for the vista and another to visit
the adventure. The I .. i i -1 mountaintops, hidden gorges, really big waterfalls
and really, really big organic coffee fincas are all worthwhile destinations. But like
the man said, "It's not the trophy but the race, not the quarry but the chase," so let
me tell you about Cleaque.
Of all the paths you can take, trails you can hike and treks you can make, the peak
of Cleaque, the highest mountain in Honduras, is the ultimate i .i .11 I i iing
out at 2,874 meters, it sits in the middle of the largest of I. I ,, i i -1- in
Honduras. It is surrounded by pristine forests, uncontaminated rivers, and multiple
indigenous species of flora and fauna, and has a world of conservationists deter
mined to keep it normal. Cleaque in ancient Mayan means water box, and from this
mountain spring 11 rivers that supply water to five times as many villages. To say
the least, it is big, tall, steep and wet.
An interesting aside is that during the ice age when the glaciers pushed all the
vegetation south and then receded with global warming, several of the North
American trees like spruce, fir and pine remained on the tops of some high Honduran
mountains and evolved into relatively new species. Weird eh?
We had hauled out in the very nice, efficient, large, inexpensive, professional, laid
back and happy La Ceiba boatyard for the hurricane season and bottom paint. After
a two-bus, five-hour ride we reached Gracious, a refreshing cool mountain pueblo.
The next day we met with Walter, the self appointed -i:t T-i f r''acious, at
his hangout, the Giuauesco Hotel (nice place). He gave ,- i - II I. map and
rented us two sleeping bags for US$1.25 each per day. Quite a pleasant fellow, he
spoke good English, suggested alternate routing to see more animals and wished us
buen viaje. He did mention that some people take a guide for the first leg (alternative)
and we might want to take some plastic to sleep on. Translated in retrospect, that
meant that if you go that leg alone you will probably get lost and not be found for
weeks, and without plastic, will sleep in water with big spiders.
We left the next morning. First we had to go to the park entrance to pay the three
dollars admission each and three dollars more for each intended nights stay. This
entailed a three-hour hike or one-hour taxi ride. We elected to take the taxi to save
our -I. ...,. I i. .....lt itself (good idea). The "taxi" was a three-wheeled rick
shave .11 ... 1. .i ... i i a riding lawnmower with a bimini top. It did get us there
but it would have been much easier on horseback. As bad as the road was, it was
the best of the trails we were to encounter.
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After entering the park proper, the little half-inch on the map turned into a mile or
more climb up an equally bad road to the "visitors' center" or what could be called
the base camp, with bunks for 20, covered cooking area with grill, clothes-washing
area, shower and working toilets. Basically, all the comforts, plus dinner at sunset.
Directly adjacent to the base camp is a very real working coffee farm orfinca The
matriarch is a sweet little old lady who lives there with several of her eight offspring in
a small adobe cabin with no electricity but a great wood-fired stove and grill. For a
little less than two dollars she will cook you a meal that is as good as you can find
anywhere around. We thought about just staying here and trying to get acclimatized.

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We hauled out in the La Ceiba boatyard, then went exploring

It would take a book to describe the layout of this place. For starters, the coffee is
necessarily grown organically because the adjacent river supplies the water to
Gracious and several other small 'ii This entails the planting (among the coffee
plants) of certain fruit trees for ": I' and to attract certain birds which eat cer
tain coffee-1 1 ..- It takes 700 pounds of hand-picked, big red coffee "beans" to
get 100 po '- I 1' little seed inside that we end up using to make coffee. The


other 600 pounds of shell gets hand-plowed back into the soil as humus to keep it
fluffy. Then there is sorting by size, shape and density, followed by sun-drying (in a
cloud forest), packing, .'.. ., I ... .i . -1... I -te over a wood-fired grill. These
1,,,,.- is theusual .. I... II .. I .. 1I1 I pigs, turkeys, dogs andguests
: I ... keep Mama and the boys busy. But I digress.
The next day we began our assault on the mountain after a -' .t 1 breakfast at the
finca. We took number-one son along as a guide for the first 11 deciding to go
the longer roundabout way to swing by the monkey neighborhood. Now the going
was really tough. "Hiking" here is a relative term i-l.-li;;. itr-t hes of hike-or-die
narrow trails, rock climbing and river crossing. : I' I .. inclines were the
norm and "slippery when wet" is all the time in .. I -1 The drizzle wasn't
much of a deterrent as the trail was wet anyway, but when the clouds really rolled
in, t: I', i..1.1 .... I i. ... d ..I lark. We never saw a monkey but the
snak- 1... 1 .,, . -.I e did see toucans, parrots and one quet
zal, ,, i i .. I I U II i ... .....- I.. around in the underbrush. We also saw
one panther's paw print in the mud and heard his howl later on that night. The for
est itself was beautiful, and the view of the surrounding mountain range spectacular.
Also of interest were a large variety of big beautiful orchids. These were hike stop
pers, demanding a photo and including the national flower of Honduras. All, of
course, indigenous to these mountains.
After a little over five hours, we arrived at the first upper campsites. Here we found
a run-down cabin with two "sort-of' bunks and a completely worn-out latrine, but
also a nice river with clean drinkable water. We were a little reluctant to go in the
cabin at first as it seemed like a good place for spiders and snakes, but it turned out
to be real 1i .. .1 1 .i. I ........ 11. ...ide left us here and after a short time
young - ....-1 ..' I I. ... I. I., i I I ..- having come up the "easy" way (three
hours). The next day they gave up and went back down.
At this point we decided not to try for the second upper campsite the same day.
We were dog tired.. I ,, I ald rest up and the next day try for the last two
legs with only one I I - .
I had already decided to give this hike a 10 on the Cherry Scale of 1 to 10. Not
because of the hike-or-die stretches or the slippery rock climbing or even the three
day duration, but rather due to the number of lives the mountain claims each year.
In the 12 months preceding our climb there were six: two in a plane crash and four
just got lost. Our guide showed us one spot where one hopeless fellow was found and
I swear it was less than a hundred yards from the trail. When the clouds roll in, they
really roll in. The trail is well marked by bright orange ribbons every 20 feet but some
times that seemed like not enough.
The next day, after cookies and apples, we set off at 6:00AM sharp to try to reach the
summit before the clouds moved in. Tl;. 1 : was harder than the first but mercifully
shorter. The adjectives "steep" and "-1. I I just don't cover it. The forest got wetter
and greener and the birds got more colorful. We reached the second upper camp in
two and a half hours. Here there was a tin roof on four poles with plastic walls provide
ing shelter for about two people. Oddly enough, there was a first-class latrine. We had
a rest and snack and headed for the top with only two Snickers bars.
At this point we were over 7,000 feet up in a serious cloud/rain forest. Needless
to say, everything here -including the air -was real, real wet. It seemed odd to
be in a swamp at that altitude, but that's what we had for the next two hours,
complete with mosquitoes.
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Cruiser's News


Guatemala's Rio Dulce, an increasingly popular hurricane-season destination
for cruisers in the Western Caribbean, has its own on-line news magazine, Rio
Dukce Chisme Vindicator, at http://riodulcechisme.com. The staff at the Chisme
Vindicator is a conglomeration of boaters on the Rio Dulce who (as they them
selves admit, most likely having too much time on their hands) have decided to
have some fun with an interactive publication.
Focusing on events on the Rio Dulce, Chisme Vindicator is a resource for the
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Not so much climbing now, as sloshing up and down a series of small hills using
the machete constantly to reclaim the path from the jungle that seemed very much
alive. At about 8,000 feet we did come to the last "up". Like they saved the best for
last, we were crawling over slimy rocks masked by wet pine stray I-- hil-i;;H partner
was no longer whimpering but crying out loud and using every 1 .. i I threat
to force a retreat. The compromise was to stop every ten feet to breathe. That suited
me fine. We reached the top at 11:45, just in time to watch the clouds come in and
block the majestic view.
It was almost 9,000 feet with as many mosquitoes. Not to be disheartened after
such an achievement, we danced and whistled, managed a few photos through the
gathering clouds and took several pictures of each other with the sign "cerro menus",
a strange name for the highest peak in Honduras. Then we slid down.
One more night at the base camp visitors' center with one more great dinner and
now old friends and then one more roller coaster ride down to Gracious the next
morning. After a fruitless search for a masseuse in this small village, I sit here now
licking my wounds, writing and scratching mosquito bites. It's a good feeling.
Afterthoughts
I mentioned mosquitoes several times, as they are plentiful. They are, however,
easily controlled with generous applications of repellant. Just remember to coat
your undies or you will return with a multitude of bites in places you can't scratch
on TV.
This hike is strenuous but doable by wimps like me and Monica. If your land legs
are out of shape, take an extra day going up. The slower you go, the more you see.
The Honduran powersthat-be are starting to encourage "interior tourism". There
are several other national parks with well-marked trails and mountains to climb. For
example, Santa Barbara Mountain (and park) is only a few feet shorter and sits
beside big old Lake Yojoa.
Finally, I personally think that if you don't fall in love with the top of mountain
country in Honduras you need to see a doctor. But I have met a few people who think
that drinking out of rivers requires too much bending over and that mud is dirty and
that climbing up mountains is similar to work. If you are one of those, then come
explore the pueblos, take Spanish lessons in-house with a local family, muse over
the mysterious Mayans in Copan or wash off the salt water in Lake Yojoa, but don't
fail to get sidetracked in Honduras.

Chuck Cherry and Monica Bermudez live aboard the traveling Cherry Bowl and
enjoy cruising the Caribbean and talking about it.


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SWENREUElAN IAULdOUT &


THE PAINTMETING BUGS


I, i Roland O'Brien


Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide to Venezuela and
Bonaire also provided some good information and we
happened to '--h n.- some Bolivars, the local cur
rency, with a i 1 vho had just returned from a
haulout at Medregal Village. We questioned him at
i .. .I .it the situation on the mainland and more
SI', .1. his haul out experience. His comments
being positive, we decided to schedule our first haul
out there, so we e-mailed Jean-Marc, the owner/
operator of Medregal Village and asked for prices,
availability, and amenities. His response was immedi
ate and sounded good, so we scheduled the visit.
We first sailed over to Coche, one of the outlying
islands to the south of Isla de Margarita, -..--ri;; -;
the western end of the island at I -- I
6359.403W. There was only one other boat anchored
there with us and as the island is largely taken up by
a resort, we didn't bother going ashore. The following
day we sailed to the neighboring island f r'l -.1
just to the west of Coche, anchoring at i '
64009.697W.
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S 9 all read some of the recent
T7V stories about cruising in
WVV V Venezuela, both positive and
negative. This is a story about our experiences during
just a small portion of the several months we recently
spent in Venezuela. Our vessel is M'Lady Kathleen, a
Coronado 41. It is an inexpensive, heavy, production
sailboat, which we refurbished and outfitted for blue
water sailing, with Captains Kathleen and Roland
aboard. The vessel is sloop-rigged and is shoal draft.
While in Porlamar, Isla de Margarita, we decided to
do a haul-out, as it had been 30 months since our last
.i. i' i... application, back at our homeport of
i 'I1.1 York, and the Trinidad SR paint was
beginning to show some bare spots. The previous hur
ricane season, which we spent in Trinidad, required
scraping the bottom monthly to remove barnacles and
other growth, which was hard on the bottom paint.
Several people told us about a haul-out location,
Medregal Village, on the mainland of Venezuela, how
inexpensive it was, and how happy they were with

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This island is occupied by a handful of fishing camps
and a research station, with not many lights at night.
The breakers were quite strong, crashing on shore and
making dinghy landings interesting. Several other
boats were anchored there and we stayed two nights,
having no problems.
The trip south to the cardinal buoy (at approximate
ly 1039.64'N, 6419.37W) just off Punta Chica at the
northwestern tip of the
Peninsula de Araya, was a
downwind sail with i.,i,
winds and little boat .11,
Upon reaching the buoy we
were able to turn southeast
and follow the coastline
toward the Golfo de Cariaco
opening. This leg was a
broad reach as the wind,
much stronger now, was
coming from approximately
70 degrees. The boat traffic
was heavy on this section as
several ferries and fishing
boats were heading in and
out of the Golfo using a
close line parallel to shore.
We found it easier to just
stay outside the apparent
shipping channel, although
there was plenty of room.
Kathleen and I discussed
whether to stop in Laguna
Chica or Laguna Grande but
opted for Laguna Grande as
we prefer solitud- t- --i
too close to the :.....
and shoreside homes of Laguna Chica. The first thing
you notice coming toward Laguna Grande is that it is
not easy to see the opening as it blends into the sur
rounding ledges and hills. Once y I .i.... ...1 or
so, the opening becomes quite cl ,, I" I L I',se
an anchorage close to the eastern shoreline and settled
in. Out came the camera, as the terrain is spectacular,
with beautiful red mountains, small brown and green
covered islands, a real mix of colors. In fact, it reminded
us of Bryce and Zion National Parks in the United
States for harsh desert landscape and color scheme.
While anchored in Laguna Grande we saw only one
other sailboat go past and a few small fishing pirogues
with only one or two occupants. All was quiet as the wind


virtually stopped around 7:00PM. In the morning while
we were eating breakfast, a small group of goats came
across a tiny path, foraging as they went. We still wonder
how often the goats go home or how the owner finds
them, as its wide-open country and sparsely populated.
Later that morning (Saturday) we sailed toward
Medregal Village, tacking regularly as the wind was on
the nose. We hadn't sailed far when we heard a
whooshing sound close to the boat. A group of a couple


afternoon. Having been alerted to Jean-Marc and his
wife Yoleda's Saturday evening barbecue, we went
ashore to find out more details. Dinner was served at
about 7:30, and that meal, the first of many, was
sumptuous. The meal started with a large plate of
three different salads, at least one with a house dress
ing to die for. Following that was an entree of three
different kinds of Venezuela:. .; :-. i.-l;lii .g a
popular large blood sausage, i.. 1 I I ..... i I an
acquired taste. Accompanied by potatoes and other
vegetables, the meal was hearty and well prepared.
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dozen small dolphins had joined us. They put on quite
a show, frolicking, jumping ;-1 =--im- in: i-l r the
boat. We tried to get some 1 .1i tried
that you know we got great pictures of splash rings,
waves, and not much except water. One little fellow did
three consecutive high jumps, for which we gave him
at least a 9.5.
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Getting back to work, we hauled out on Tuesday
morning. The lift at M&M Marina is unique in that it
goes into the water down two sidewalk type ramps until
it is deep enough to allow the slings to go under your
boat. It ...- .I ........I .,,i i.. .11 w M edregal
Village t i ...i I i .. i .. I II .1 ...*i .I .- the water,
so the lift had to be modified to keep salt water out of
the hydraulically driven wheel apparatus. This took
quite some time, so the marina has only recently start
ed hauling boats. We think we were maybe number 14
or 15 and thus received a ten-percent discount on all
services. The lift went perfectly and, after a power wash,
we were quickly settled on stanchions in our spot.
As we made the decision to haul out in
Venezuela while in Porlamar, we were only --
able to purchase Venezuelan paint. They were
all inexpensive, most manufactured by
Pinturas (paint, in Spanish) Internacional. If
we had wanted to wait a couple months, we
could have gotten other paints. We do recom-
mend -r-r .=in7 i rint for hull and/or anti
fouling I I . i,,,. Venezuela if you have
a preference for the major manufacturers'
products, unless you have adequate time to
wait for deliveries.
Over the next 22 days we prepared and
painted the entire hull from the toerail to the
waterline and the anti-fouling. We also accom-
plished many other tasks, such a- 2-rnihiii
brightwork, installing a new ..... i ,
engine i1.... water, installing new zincs, changing.
oil and 1.11 .- doing various dodger and bimir..
repairs, etcetera.
We started to apply anti-fouling on the bottom bl I
before we got far we were inundated with small blacl
flies, slightly larger than deer flies in the eastern US
These flies loved the copper rojo (red, in Spanishj
paint. They literally dove into the paint in the tray, the
roller, any wet paint around the can cover, etcetera.
They walked in the paint, getting their feet wet and
red. Kathleen described them best by comparing them
to Saturday morning television cartoon bugs, each
wearing six red sneakers.
Actually, we had been warned by a nearby Italian
gentleman, barely able to speak English, who came by
and said, "The bugs are eating my paint!" He was
black anti-fouling but we never did determine
: ,I the same brand of paint as ours. While the
paint was drying on the bottom of our boat the bugs
literally sucked it off.


Once the paint was dry they couldn't touch it and
they went on to the next wet spot. We had to touch up
several small areas where the paint was removed by
these unusual bugs. Another unusual aspect was that
at dusk these bugs disappeared almost magically, so
we could touch up without being bothered. Now, we
must tell you that the paint had a strong chemical
odor, not dissimilar to lacquer, MEK, or other strong
solvents (we used proper chemical masks for our appli
cation), so the bugs had to be pretty hardy to survive.
During the time spent in the yard, we took several
trips to town, usually on Saturday mornings with
either Jean-Marc or Yoleda, in their old Range Rover
(since we left they've bought a new van), over very






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store, and when I talked to
Phillip, one of the clerks, in my ;,- ..;- 'i 1.i he
said, "Whatis ityouwould like?":.. I I ... -1 He
seemed happy to practice his English and that I tried
to speak Spanish.
Without going into too much detail, the cost of our
entire stay at Medregal Village ... I i1,,,. a private
shower and bathroom, water, I i.. .1 I. out and
into the water, perhaps six meals each, drinks, trips
into town, and more -totaled less than US$400. Were
we happy? You bet! We still remember Jean-Marc
stopping by as we were working and his favorite ques
tion was, "All fine?" For reference purposes, we have


no financial ties to Medregal Village. They just per
formed a very valuable service for us and we look for
ward to going back.
While at Medregal we met another cruising couple on
a boat named Honah Lee II. Denis and Marie, from
Montreal, Canada, had left their boat, traveled a bit in
South America by bus, and returned to continue cruis
ing. We splashed the same day they did and together
decided to visit the far eastern end of the Golfo, called
the Boca del Rio, which is popular due to the Scarlet
Ibis nesting nearby. We anchored as close to the end as
we dared, watching the depth meter closely (we anchored
at 1029.500'N, 6339.443'W). Just before dusk we took
the dinghies up the river to watch the Ibis and other
aquatic birds. The river -: :1 ---- --i. f-.i;-l..
.eanderingthrough I ii ....I I ... ... .
I .nging tree branches. We went perhaps a couple
....i priver and then drifted down quietly, watching
1.... ihat moved. We saw many of the Scarlet Ibis,
i .. i, and other typical aquatic birds.
Ii leaving the Boca, both couples wanted to stop
I .. .ma Grande, so we again anchored there for one
....I. As on the previous visit, all was quiet once the
wind dropped for the night. In the morning
as we were leaving, headed back to Porlamar,
two other boats joined in a mini-parade as
we headed out into the Golfo. Once we all
had our sails up, it was obvious that an
older junk-rigged sailboat was faster than
the other three and they just sailed on
ahead of us. No matter what we did to sail
faster it just wasn't happening. It was only a
week later in Porlamar that we found they
had their engine running on that entire
stretch of water!
Will we go back to Venezuela? Absolutely!
We met with no hostility toward us from any
of the people we met, nor did we encounter
any crime. However, we do take precautions
any prudent person should in any populated area,
regardless of the country.

Kathleen and Roland are both licensed US Coast
Guard captains with 50-ton Master's licenses, with
Sailing Addendum and Towing Assist. Additionally,
they are SSCA Commodores and have been cruising
nearly three years since leaving their homeport in
Buffalo, New York. Roland has had five articles pub
lished in Living Aboard magazine. Their website is at
www.freewebs.com/sv-mladykathleen. They intend to
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by Deanna Chaney

It was late / .I .**,- and we'd been tied up to a slip at Bahia Redonda Marina
in Puerto La .. I I i Venezuela, for over a month. While multiple projects had
our boat torn apart and unfit for travel, my husband Nick and I had developed a bad
case of marina fever. What was the remedy? To our rescue came a veteran cruiser
who recommended a 1...1. ... i Chimana Grande, an island just four miles north
of PLC on the other I I i Bay.
Chimana Grande Cure
Skimming across the bay in the early morning calm, our first stop was the
Cienaguita anchorage on the south side of Chimana Grande. Motoring through a
narrow cbhnnll It-- n t---rinl -liffr -1- ... -; 1 f f;l *;,'.'; 1]f,'
.. I i our dinghies onto a mud beach and hiked up a steep hill --.rl-linn thi
lagoon. The morning was steamy, with barely a breath of wind. .' -i i .. I
ed, slipping and sliding on shifty rocks while dodging cactus thorns. It was wet
season ari1 th- n--t- -;;i -- discovered the new menu item: fresh, steamed gringo.
Our bug at the bottom of the hill in the 1....1. After much
-.-l;;-- ;i -1 swatting, we were rewarded with a lovely view I ... consecutive
i i. I 1 to the west. The only thing missing from this idyllic vista was our
boat bobbing at anchor. We made a promise, which we later kept, to return in the
big boat.
To the west of Cienaguita is the &:- ienaga anchorage, where there's a modest
reef to snorkel on the east side ol -.. .11 beach. A narrow channel through over
hanging mangrove roots connects the two bays. On a subsequent trip we explored
this channel from the Cienaga side, but our dinghy was too fat to make it all the way
through. A kayak would be ideal.
Our journey around Chimana Grande continued with a side trip to neighboring
Chiman n-;;;; The geological formations of these islands are grand in scale and
I found :, I .- thing I had some knowledge of geology. At sea level, striated rock
I.. -1. ,. i .. 1 .. 1 i ... 1 .. ,, .... In contrast, the island's hill
i *' .... I II. ,, i i.. i i Ii, Jature. The arid landscape is
-1, I I I .. In -i ,- Ih I I,. I., , -i,,,I bery and cactus.
II I I 1 I I ... ..... i... I .I .. i- reminded us that the lunch
hour had arrived. We stopped at Playa Puinare, a public beach on the southwest side
of Chimana Grande. The beach was crowded with families enjoying an outing before
school resumed in September. All of the covered tables were occupied, so we rented
chairs for US$1.25 apiece and found a shady spot to eat our picnic lunch. After
lunch and another hike, we enjoyed a refreshing swim.
By mid-afternoon, we loaded up '1. I,,... .. i, .I I II i to the marina, feel
ing revived and ready to tackle the- ,, I - i I J j
Borrachos Booster
Three weeks later we had a relapse of marina fever. It was time for another dinghy
adventure. For our second outing, we decided to visit some rather impressive
Venezuelan "drunks." Five miles northwest of PLC are the islands of La Borracha
(Drunk Woman), El Borracho (Drunk Man), and Los Borrachitos (The Little Drunks).
La Borracha is the largest island with rock cliffs soaring 1200 feet from sea level.
Our flotilla of four dinghies headed out just after th- n-T-;;;: 'IF net. Since hav
ing the dinghy bottom cleaned two weeks before, we'o I 11 -.ii.... in the water.
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In that short period, a thick colony of coral worms had blossomed on the bottom,
which now resembled the fringe on a table lamp. Despite our best efforts, we could
not get the 15-horsepower Mercury to bring the dink up on a plane. Our companions
stopped and waited for us as we slogged across the bay.
We finally reached a coral-fringed anchorage on the northwest side of La Borracha.
A lopsided fishing hut sat just behind the white sand dunes, where a statue of a
mustached hombre greeted visitors. I couldn't wait to pull on my snorkel gear and
enjoy some clear water for a change. While I swam off in search of a coral reef, Nick
strapped on his snorkel and mask and busied himself scraping the reef off the bot
tom of our dinghy.
On the west side of the anchorage, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small, but
prolific elkhorn coral reef with an occasional brain coral. Spiral Christmas tree
worms of blue, red, and purple adorned the yellow coral branches. The familiar
crunch-crunch of t. i .1 I.-i. I i.... .1 coral was music to my ears. Curious dam-
selfish approached ... -.. ... I.... and then darted away. Several varieties of
parrotfish wove through the shallow reef while a school of jacks hurried past. A spot
ted moray eel, curled atop a coral head, snarled at a pesky damselfish. When I
turned around to L better look, the eel vanished without a trace.
I swam back to I... I Nick had finished cleaning i. i..... 1 11 .n. He gave the
dinghy a test drive, and it skimmed lightly across I. -.. .. -I i.i e it should. We
dried off and joined the others under a shady tree I '
After lunch, we motored around the island with the other dinghies. Amid towering
cliffs, intriguing caves and sheltered grottos lured us in and inspired thoughts of


Isla Borracha's caves and grottoes make for intriguing dinghy exploration

romance amid their secluded walls. The terrain was similar to what we saw on our
trip around Chimana Grande. These are not the lush tropical islands we enjoyed in
the Eastern Caribbean, but they are just as breathtaking in their stark grandeur.
The Borrachos are noted for one unique feature: vampire bats. Sailors anchoring
here overnight are advised to close or screen their hatches.
By mid-afternoon we were flying across the bay back to PLC on our spotless dinghy
bottom. Just outside the green and red channel markers, the Mercury sputtered to
a stop. The other dinghies gathered around while Nick refilled the tank from our
extra can, and then we all reluctantly headed back to the murky brown water of the
marina and our lists of unfinished boat projects. It was a wonderful day exploring
another beautiful Venezuelan island. We promised to return whenever marina fever
strikes again.
Tips
You'll need a go-fast dinghy with a clean bottom for the four to five-mile trip across
the bay. Bring an extra can of gasoline if you have any doubts about your range.
Leave early in the morning to zip across a flat bay. Keep an eye on the weather and
return before the afternoon wind or thunderstorms kick up.
You'll soon feel like a fried egg in an uncovered dinghy, so apply plenty of sun
screen. Better yet, wear a UV shirt and a hat.
If you plan to hike, bring shoes with good traction because the steep hills are very
slippery. It's easier to go up than it is to go down. Bug spray may be needed during
rainy season.
Bring plenty of water and food. You may be able to purchase food at Playa Puinare
or El Saco on Chimana Grande or El Faro on Chimana Segunda, if the restaurants
are open.
Keep a watch on your dinghy if you tie up to a public dock since dock urchins
may meddle.
You'll be within range of PLC, so bring your handheld VHF. A buddy dinghy is also
a good idea and makes the trip more fun.
Refer to Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide to Venezuela and Bonaire for information on
snorkeling spots.
You may encounter the police dinghy, which patrols the area from Playa Puinare
to El Faro. We found the two officers to be polite and appreciative of cold water and
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public transportation is public transportation
no matter what country you visit? Well, it
isn't when it comes to the Caribbean. Here
it can be an inexpensive : i- .t rI to
the sights and insights c .i .
Why take public transportation? For one thing, it is
relatively cheap, and if you are oi i, ., i ,, i ii...
is a plus. It is also a way of takir. i
of a small island. In Grenada or i i '
pie, one can use public transportation in the form of
buses to get around the entire island. Aboard a bus,
you are also immersed in the culture of the island and
hear the views of the people on everyday life and gen
eral and political issues, rather than what you may
read in the national newspapers. You can travel like a
local on almost any island you visit.
On most of the islands of the Eastern Caribbean,
vehicles designated as public transport are indicated
by the first letter in their license plate, which is either
an "H" or a "T'. H represents Hire and T is for Taxi.
However, this rule does not apply to Trinidad, where
"T' indicates vehicles used to transport materi
als. Generally those designated "H" cater more
for the general public and are cheaper, while
the "T"s are more expensive and cater for tour
ists. They are more expensive since you are
pwqin t" hir- the entire vehicle, while on the
I I, i .. pay for a seat. In Trinidad and
Tobago there are also "PH" vehicles, which are
privately owned but are often used by the driv
ers to provide a taxi service. The drawback to
choosing this option is that you are not sure
they really know the route or whether they
might even have criminal intentions. Also you
are not insured in the event you are in an acci
dent while travelling in a privately owned vehi
cle rather than a licensed taxi.
I said that in "almost" all of the islands you
could use public transportation; this is because
in Anguilla there is no public transportation, as
almost all households own a vehicle. But there
are "H" vehicles that cater for visitors.
A variety of vehicles are used to provide taxi
or bus services in the Caribbean: cars, jeeps,
mini-mokes, pick-up trucks and SUVs, with the
most common being mini-buses, which are
small vans installed with rows of seats holding
up to 12 or 15 passengers. Most are painted
outstanding colours and patterns and given a
name, which can be colloquial slang, the name
of a movie, movie character, song or artist. This
is printed on the top of the windscreen or -
across the front, and sometimes on the back
and sides as well.
On the more populous islands, such as
Trinidad, you can take larger buses to many of
the major towns and cities; you buy the tickets
in advance. However, you can also take smaller
buses, called rural buses, which take you as
the name indicates to the rural villages. They
operate the route two to three times a day, and
you pay the driver at the end of the trip.
On some islands, the bus service is operated
by the government, in others, by private enter
prise. Barbados, for example, has both. Bus fares are
fixed. The fares depend on the distance you are going.
Short trips may be from EC$2 to $5. Longer trips,
such as from St. George's to Grenville in Grenada, are
around EC$6.
One important thing to keep in mind is that most of
these vehicles are privately owned, often by the driver,
so they do not want their vehicles dirty or damaged.
Many owners spend a lot of money in upholstery, tint
ing of windows, music systems and elaborate paint


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jobs -all an effort to make their vehicle "cooler" than
the others, in the hope that more people will want to
travel with them. So if you are muddy and wet from
hiking, do not count on taking public transportation to
your destination. It is better to arrange alternative
transportation in this case, or bring a change of
clothes and a plastic bag for your slimy gear. Also,
since seats are positioned close i1' it is not
advisable to use these mini-buses 'i have lots of
bulky parcels.


Now that we know how to identify the vehicles
and are acquainted with travelling etiquette, how
do you actually go about taking public transport in
the Caribbean?
You can get these mini-buses at a bus station, which
in most cases is a large parking lot where the buses
are arranged so that each route has a section. On
some islands, the route is given a number, or the
names of the destinations are written on the top third
of the windscreen, as in Grenada. In Trinidad, the


colour of the lateral bands across the vehicle indicates
the route.
There are also bus stops along the routes, indicated
by signs or clusters of people standing by the road.
Some bus stops have shelters.
At the bus station or taxi stand, you stick your arm
up and wave to I lhe driver's attention.
In almost all I II' islands you can also flag down a
bus almost anywhere along the route by sticking your
arm out and waving it slightly up and down.
Once you have the driver's attention, you
should indicate how many persons in your
party are traveling, either by yelling it, mouth
ing it or holding up your hand indicating the
..... I ". ... I'... hen the driver can
Si i '1 1 i ..- 11. space or he may
refer you to one of his friends that does.
Of course you have to understand the sig
nals made by the drivers. If the minibus or car
is full, the driver will give a wave or shrug his
shoulders if you hail him along the route.
When boarding, always double-check with
the driver to ensure he is going to your desired
location, as there may be multiple routes to
his final destination. To avoid a traffic jam, an
accident, road maintenance or rush hour, the
driver may not always use the route that
passes by your stop.
There are various ways to get the driver to
stop and let you off. In St. Kitts you yell when
it is your stop. In Grenada you tap on the side
S of the bus. In Trinidad you use a buzzer placed
S on the wall at the end of each row of seats.
Paying the fare is usually done near the end
S of the trip. In mini-buses, you give the money
to either the driver or the conductor (if there is
one). The conductor's job at the bus station is
*. to call people over to travel and fill up the
vehicle with passengers. He then rides along
on the trip, collecting the fares, letting the
-, driver know when a person wants to get off,
spotting *'--n.;-r -lIng the wa' ., i i
the drive .. ,i I, is space. i I I I ....
as an "in-vehicle secretary", keeping track of
all these things so that the driver is free to
drive. He might also open and close the door,
'- flip folding seats up and down, and help with
parcels. There are also persons referred to as
"touts". They only fill up the vehicles and
remain at the station or stand. In --- hn.-
they receive a small fee from the I i
their service.
As in any part of the world, there are just
some times when you should avoid using public trans
portation, for example, at the start and end of the
school and work day when buses are crowded and
drivers tempted to go fast. Also, when the weather is
bad some drivers might not come out to "ply the
route". Many, being self-employed, have the power to
do so.
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rude term. As the information says, hash, not the
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and women, young and old, children, grandparents,
and everyone in between, E- -- -rnn"n. some walking,
with smiles and sweat on 1. .. i the same time.
So where is all the fun in this? Its difficult to identify
but seems to be in the camaraderie. It seems to be in
the doing of something that nobody else does and
nobody else cares to do. It seems to draw out the adven
ture in us, the strike into the unknown zone. Well,
that's where the fun is. Dashing down trails, thrashing
through brush, climbing steep hillsides, sliding down
others, being turned back because there is a circle of
paper saying you've met trails' end and
you must return to the main trail. Once
again the silence is broken by a bugle call
sounding a retreat. All the lead you man
aged to raise has been lost and you're
back with the main pack. Then a call
i.... the bush, "Here it is, onward ho",
,, i11 you go down another trail until
finally it seems hours after the start, it
feels like 10,000 calories have been lost
and 100,000 more are needed to revive.
The' i1.. ..Ji. the greenery appears the
grey ,,Il., Ithe parking lot. Totally
muddy from the knees down, shirt and
shorts drenched in sweat, any bandan
nas long since abandoned. Now the
smelly soaked wretch stands in a line
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even woes with smiles. The hash develops
generally into a rough circle of fellow
hounds, who declare "Down-Downs"
(drinking down your drink in one gulp)
for real or imagined errors and mistakes
by participants, including accusations
that are blatantly made up. This is relat
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The exercise in its entirely is to give
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overall health.
Here we are in mid-life and invited to a
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are guided through our first hash run. We
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hounds after h i .I, did we realize
this is a worldwide activity and, from
organization to participant, completely
volunteer-run. It was a delightful experi
ence and rewarding in that we found
another new reliever of stress. This, coming
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ne would think that after a yacht has sailed to the Caribbean from North
America or Europe, and has spent -i .. .i .
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seasoned vessel's subsequent trip back to the States or Europe, or onward
to Panama.
Nothing is further from the truth. Boats leaving the Caribbean for Panama, North
America and Europe cost underwriters large sums each year, in heavy weather dam
age claims, groundings and abandonment/total losses. Almost invariably, these
losses are caused by the yacht's leaving the Caribbean at the wrong time of year.
Timing is Important
Boats heading for Europe tend to leave too soon, and end up getting their tails
kicked.
When heading for Europe via the Azores, a boat should not leave the Caribbean
before mid-May. All you have to do is to look at the North Atlantic weather chart to
realize that if you leave after mid-May you have a good chance of getting to the Azores
and possibly on to Europe without going through a gale. Unless you are extremely
unlucky, you will only be caught in one gale at the most.
Imray-Iolaire planning chart #100 is a gnomic projection where a straight line is a
great circle course. On the face of the chart are recommended routes to and from the
States to the Caribbean and also recommended routes to and from the Caribbean to
Europe. On the back are weather charts lhmn",in wind direction and frequency, and
areas where gales and waves of more tha,, I i i can be expected. These show that
boats leaving the Caribbean in April for northern Europe will probably be hit by two
gales, possibly three, and that wa' 1i,.1, i" ... i I t can bI rlll*rl.- expected.
Regarding wave heights of "12 : I . i, and -...I I ,.I out that
waves will get in sync and build up to double the height of the swell. Thus, if a 12-foot
swell is running, one must expect waves of 24 feet or more.
Also, it must be remembered that when gale-frequency charts speak of "Force 7 or
over", they do not state how far over Force 7 the gales will be. In April one can expect
gales of Force 8, 9 and possibly 10.
Leaving the Caribbean in mid-May means the boat is not up in the gale area until
June, when the gale frequency is low. If a gale is encountered, it most probably will
not be as strong as an April gale. Nevertheless, before leaving the Caribbean the boat
should be given a very careful check; she should be prepared to weather a gale.
Bermuda to the Azores
A popular route from the Caribbean to Europe is from the Virgin Islands to
Bermuda, then from Bermuda to the Azores. The Caribbean-to-Bermuda route was
described in last month's Compass.
When leaving Bermuda for the Azores 1 --i-li;;: -- .t course to take can be difficult.
There is a straight rhumb-line course ol i ....I.. Flores, which frequently leads
right through the Azores High and results in either a slow passage under sail or long
periods under power. This route should be taken by either a racing crew that doesn't
mind playing with the spinnaker and light genoa, or a boat with ample fuel to power
through the dull periods.
To avoid the Azores High, you can work your way gradually up to 40 or 42 North,
run along that latitude and finally turn south to the Azores. This route usually pro
duces plenty of wind, but it is likely to be cold. In 1985 Iolaire did 410 miles in 48
hours on this route, with no help from the current. But, for the second day of the run
lolaire's log reads: "The coldest, most miserable dawn I have ever seen in my life.
Wind howling out of the north, big northerly sea building up against the old south
westerly 11 ii.... i... e two waves meet occasionally and explode in the air like
a geyser, 1..- i -.i only be taken by boats with a good strong crew that does
not mind heavy weather and are equipped to face the cold.
There is a middle way between these two routes as shown on the chart. Look at
the distances of the Northern Route -1,800 miles, the Middle Route -1,720
miles, and the rhumb-line or Great Circle Route -1,680 miles. While in Bermuda,
check the position of the Azores High and make your decision.
Despite all the predictions, things do not always work out as they are supposed to.
In 2002 on Nimrod, a 49-foot Oyster ketch, we left with the usual westerly and head
ed northwest. One da ..I i. ... ..... ....d to the east and we spent the next
36 hours beating to ,, I I .... I , I I ....... and staysail, II.... wherer. We
seemed to tack on each header. Finally we stood to the south ... i .1 48 hours of
hard beating, the wind freed us and we took off on a screaming beam reach. Then the
wind switched further aft and blew so hard we were doing eight knots under staysail
alone. The Azores High "went walkabout" and we blasted across to the Azores rattling
along at 160 miles a day, under shortened sail. So much for the Azores High!
Caribbean to the Azores
In the Azores I once ran into an acquaintance who had just arrived from St. Martin
in a 38-foot sloop. He left St. Martin with it blowing hard, so he had just set the
number-two genoa and no main, and close-reached on the Great Circle Course direct
to Faial, carrying the wind all the way. He averaged 160 miles a day from St. Martin
to Faial straight through the area where the Azores High is normally found.
However, very seldom can one sail the Great Circle Course from the Caribbean to the
Azores, as when leaving the Caribbean the wind is from the east. Rather than beating
to windward, boats normally stand northeast -1-- r-- in. -L n .t r Dard tack. Then,
as they get farther north, the wind usually - ... i 1... i1.. 1. I the south. This
enables a boat to head more eastwards, closing on the Great Circle Course.
Often that Great Circle Course leads right into the Azores High, with its very light
or non-existent winds. This is the time to make a decision. Either power along the
Great Circle Course and hope you will pick up wind before you run out of fuel, or turn
north and sail or power north across the Azores High, come out of the top of the High,
pick up the southwesterlies, and continue on to the Azores. That is the general rule
of how it should be done. However, God sometimes has other ideas.
In 1989 a large fleet of boats left Antigua all at about the same time. We all stormed
off happy as clams as the Trades were south of east. At the end of seven days, Iolaire
was over halfway to the Azores. We imagined we were in for a wonderful, fast passage.
Then the wind died.
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We were talking to the other boats on VHF and I announced I was tr..ni-. -di
north to work my way across the High and pick up the southwesterlies i .
ing for the Azores. The skipper of Wet and Wild came on and said, "Squeaky, forget
about it. I've got a weatherfax and there is no wind in the Atlantic all the way up to
Greenland. Just keep plugging away in the light airs, heading straight for the
Azores." This is what we continued to do with everyone else.
Although we'd gone more than halfway across the Atlantic in only seven days, it
took us 15 days to do the rest. However, when we finally arrived we discovered that
despite having no engine, we were not that much slower than the boats with
engines. All the boats with engines had run out of fuel. At one point, when reporting
positions, boats around us wanted to know how we could make 60 miles in 24 hours
in a nearly flat calm, as they were sitting still. I pointed out that, for one thing, we
were not towing a propeller. Since the wind (what there was of it) was dead aft, we


dropped the main ,, 1 .. 1 I ..... .1 one rigged to the end of the spinnaker
pole in the normal I .-1 .. ..... 1. ... ain boom all the way out and guyed it
forward, disconnect I I .11 I -.. I- so it was absolutely square, and set
the other spinnaker to the end of the main boom. With two masthead spinnakers in
the lightest of airs, lolaire slowly chugged along.
Whichever route you take to the Azores, everyone who knows those islands agrees
that the first stop should be Flores. It is an island not to be missed.
Azores to Europe
On leaving the Azores for southern Europe, it is basically a case of taking the
Great Circle Course to your chosen landfall. (The Imray Chart C19 covers the west
coast of Spain I, I i .1i. i... i .... ,, to Gibraltar.) A Great Circle to Gibraltar
is 852 miles; b.l i ii I,, Dast of Spain or Portugal make sure you
lay your course considerably north of your landfall, as when you approach the
Iberian coast in June, the Portuguese Trades will be in full tilt, blowing a steady 20
to 25 knots out of the north. Thus you want to make sure you are well north of your
landfall point so that you can ease sheets and reach across the Portuguese Trades.
S. I I against these winds is an exercise in frustration.
i ,. I ... the Azores for England, Ireland, or France, hopefully you can
sail the Great Circle Course, but sometimes the wind comes out of the northeast.
If this is the case, stand north on a starboard tack until you pick up the south
westerlies. Then take off for Ireland or England. (Imray Chart C16; Western
Approaches covers the south coast of Ireland, ... i ... i ... i the French coast from
Ushant to Brest, and has harbour charts ol I. I .. Crosshaven, Milford
Haven, Falmouth and Brest.)
If you are in the Azores and there is no wind, wait until the wind fills in. In 1995
aboard lolaire we made the mistake of leaving the Azores in very light airs. Thirty-six
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the town of HilIsborough! Caribbean to Gibraltar
he town of isboroug A few boats head direct from the Lesser Antilles to Gibraltar, a long haul only to
7701 Ti*.- 5U.i be taken by boats that have very good range under power or boats that sail well in
@9si.B light airs and have a crew on board that is willing and able to do a lot of sail chang
es and really work at sail trimming.
It is also essential on this route to be in daily contact with a weather router or have
30 am and 1.30 pm or individually onboard equipment that enables you to make up real-time weather maps and do
s at PADI 5 Standard your own weather routing.
Ind Snorkel Gear Rental There are two advantages of the direct route over the Azores route. One is time:
s from Beginner to Instructor getting a crew out of Horta in less than five days is a major victory.
ilties in English & Deutsch The other advantage of the direct route is that it puts you .1 1. I . f the
rvice for Sailors at Hillsborough, gale area. You would be very unlucky to encounter a gale, ... .. .1 .. I the
SIsland & Tyrrel-Bay wind would be westerly, blowing you in the right direction.
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Group Prices fr S S Some Europe-bound boats leave the Caribbean, head for the States, travel up the
Intra-Coastal Waterway to Norfolk, sail up the coast to New England and on to Nova
Scotia, and then cross the Atlantic from there. Others leave the Caribbean, stop in
Bermuda, sail to Nova Scotia and then go across.
Boats that take either of these routes are well advised to take the time after they
leave Halifax, Nova Scotia, to go into the Bras d'Or Lakes, a body of fresh water,
warm, crystal clear, with no fog even when there is fog off the coast. Then continue
ura3ft, BI" & CO-r ia on to the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. From St. Pierre or Miquelon it is a short
_ C 14 4 hop to Fortun on the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland. This is a useful stop if you
A'- ~. M. -i U, .. 11 L, need to do a crew change as Fortun is connected to St. Johns, Newfoundland's main
town, by a daily bus service.
4.. ii1i'. ? An examination of the weather charts for May, June and July, checking the gale
*. 1, *.".* "*, frequency, wave heights and ice conditions, makes it absolutely obvious that the
last week in June is the ideal time to jump off from Nova Scotia sailing the
Northern Route.
From Halifax the course to Mizen Head, Ireland, is 2,150 miles. In 1975 lolaire
S-* .1 averaged 154 miles a day, from Halifax to Mizen Head, downwind all the way -glo
rious sailing. However, it was definitely cold, except for the last three days, and it
was nine days out of Halifax before I got my first sun line.
.. i ,, If one sails coastwise and up through the Bras d'Or Lakes, the passage from St.
Pierre and Miquelon to Ireland is only 1,800 miles -at 150 miles a day, only 12 days
at sea.
By the last week in June, the ice problem has minimized, you have almost 24
hours of daylight and gales are few and far between. On this route the amount of fish
and bird life you encounter is amazing. You should have a following breeze all the
way across.
When sailing this route, there are two i...... i i .. ..ii monitored. The first
is the southeast edge of the growlers. Yot .,, I,, I ,,,I ..... I. ,, on how to ascertain
the southeast edge of the growlers on the back of the Imray lolaire Transatlantic
The second thing to watch out for is Race Rock. When we sailed over in 1975, for
about two hours the sea humped up much rougher than the amount of wind would
indicate. I did a DR plot and figured we must be close to Race Rock. I thought it was
about 15 to 20 feet down, as we had no detailed charts of the Grand Banks. I almost
had a heart attack about ten years later when in New York Nautical, I saw a
Canadian chart of the Grand Banks, and discovered that Race Rock was only nine
feet below the surface! Then in the middle 1990s, I discovered a copy of Captains
Courageous, where Kipling describes that, in periods of fog, the : -i. i ..-
the Grand Banks would use dead reckoning to get near the r i
ada and the Grenadines. listen for the waves breaking on the rock, and then anchor. Obviously a yacht does
not want to go anywhere near Race Rock!
tty and replenish your Also, now that there are oil rigs on the Grand Banks it is even more essential that
WATER and ICE you obtain the Canadian charts to the area.
WATER and ICE Finally, while sailing in ..... I i area, if you are sailing along in clear or
the Grenadines. semi-clear weather and fc, 11- ... -I you are probably approaching an ice
berg! (The locations of all icebergs reported out of the normal ice area are noted on
VHF channel Imray-Iolaire Chart 100.) It should be noted that o 1 -- almost made it to
VHF channel 16 Bermuda, and numerous icebergs have been spotted 'ill I the Azores.
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When sailing the northern route, I strongly recommend stopping to enjoy the
southwest coast of Ireland. There are pleasant harbours at Schull, Glandore (my
home in Ireland), Kinsale and Carrigaline. Then head north up the Irish Sea to
Scotland. The Caledonian Canal makes an easy route to Norway and the Baltic,
avoiding the heavy traffic found in the English Channel and North Sea.
-.: : Or from the south coast of Ireland you can head for Falmouth and the south coast
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S.. : Here have been presented basically all the options for crossing the Atlantic east
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THIS CRUISING LIFE


by Heather Bacon


I'm a Sailor by Marriage who returned from a cir
cumnavigation waxing eloquent about simple pleas
ures: bathtubs, dishwashers, toilets that flush.... I
hoped never again to stockpile bad books, wash my
clothes in village streams or hang out at laundromats
hoping to meet a kindred spirit. I dallied with the fan
tasy of an apartment in a city, volunteer work in Laos
or a starring role in the annual pantomime at the old
folks' home.
But Fate and spouses can put to rest the best-laid
plans. My husband had expressed a desire to get our
boat from the Caribbean to the west coast of Canada.
I gently pointed out that there are ships and trucks
that can do that. But he had researched the best sail
ing route and opted for Panama, the Galapagos,
Hawaii, Alaska and British Columbia.
During our home visit back in Canada he continued
to wax enthusiastic about the voyage. But slowly he
began to allow as how Heather didn't really want to do
long passages anymore. He began an active attempt to
solicit crew. Strangely enough, although there is a
plethora of people who exclaim about the romance and
the excitement of life on a boat, when you are looking
for crew there is no stampede. There were two promise
ing candidates with whom my husband spent a lot of
t ... ............ ,. Both disappointed us after sev
e. .I ... .. i ,, I planning. A third seemed to be
serious and we planned to rendezvous with him in
Panama after the boat was back in the water.
We had left the boat up on the hard at Shelter Bay
Marina, on the Caribbean side of Panama, for three
months. I flew down with Hugh to keep him company
and to carry excess baggage. (A spare rudder was
among our luggage this time, "just in case".) But while
i,,. ..... 1 to the boatyard to ready Argonauta I for
I. .. .. sabbatical" was to begin. I had opted to
take a Spanish course in Panama City for two weeks,
then join Hugh to provision and accompany him and his
i .. .. i ihe Canal. After Argonauta I sailed away
. i, i I. ,I I I would continue to study and travel in
Central America, explore volunteer opportunities and
visit several friends who would be within reach.
My two weeks in Panama City were dynamic and
satisfying. There were four hours of instruction a day
in a small group. I lived in an apartment with an active
84-year-old Spanish lady. I practised Spanish in res
taurants, taxis and shops, explored the city and met a
great many people. My landlady asked her muchacha
to make ropa vieja for me and I later cooked up "old
clothes" on the boat -in tropical temperatures I
. ..1. 1 1 I did a bird-watching trip, went to movies
I -I for jubiladas, pensioners) and, reading the
local newspaper for practice, discovered a Picasso
exhibit opening. I went with my landlady and was
gratified to see that wine flowed! My neighbourhood,
Cangrejo, was reminiscent of Europe 20 years ago;
people strolled at night along a boulevard lined with
restaurants and parrots shouted to be heard above the
cacophony of traffic.
I took the Panama Railroad from Panama City to
Colon to meet the boat. This vintage train with exotic
wood panelling and dome car travels along the Canal
and through the jungle. It is a relaxing and very enjoy
able way to go between the cities of Balboa at the
Pacific end of the Canal and Colon at the Caribbean
end. Once in Colon, however, it is expedient to taxi out
as quickly as possible. Downtown Colon is seedy and
considered dangerous, even by locals. A -rn--nt of
the latest James Bond movie was being :.i... i i. re;
the setting was supposed to be Bolivia.
My arrival at the marina was mixed. The good news
was that James Bond carried my suitcase. (Well, it was
his double, a cuter and friendlier personality than the
protagonist.) The bad news was that my husband was
less than delighted to see me at that moment: four
technicians ---- -1-. .--und in the boat, thread
ing wires a.. i i . ...11 Every item from the
"garage" was piled in the salon and on i .,, i
stove. I was banished to the balcony ......
restaurant for the day.
The next day I ~t -it i rovisioning mode. Not my
preferred form ol i. I ...-... but I've had lots of prac
twice. There is a bus from the marina every morning.
You have to get there 30 minutes ahead of time or
there is standing room only or no room at all! The
route to the closest shopping centre crosses the Canal
and invariably there is a wait while vessels go through
the locks. If a car stalls (it has happened more than
once) delay is longer while everyone backs up and a
tow truck is called. Once at the store I scoured the
aisles for the familiar. I was stocking basics, planning
to return later with our crewman for specifics.
Then we returned to seedy Colon to go through the
necessary steps to arrange a canal transit. Once bank


Sabbatical Sabotaged:


How the Panama Canal Transit


Slowdown Changed My Life


ing was completed (US$600 for transit, $800 refund
able deposit) we awaited a date. To our dismay we
learned that there would be a one-month wait. April
16th was the first date we were assigned, later
advanced to April 12th. I began to hang out at the
laundromat again and we had steady entertainment as
the James Bond crew practised high-speed chases and
crashes in boats.
Our crew arrived a few days later. We got on fairly
well, 1. ..1. i. didn't eat my ropa vieja and he smoked
a lot I .. He was taken aback to hear that we
must wait around for a month. To pass the time, as do
many cruisers, he volunteered to line-handle for
another boat on their canal transit. When they asked
him if he wanted to go to the Galapagos with them the


next day, he leaped at the chance. We were gracious
but taken aback.
At this point, my skipper realized that he could not
go via the Galapagos because it would put him in
Hawaii too late to avoid the start of hurricane season.
So he thought he ..i I ..i -.. 1. ... 1 1 .. .. 1. i to
Hawaii, a passage ... .........
Unfortunately I am afflicted with the remnants of a
Catholic Guilt Complex. I really can't comfortably let
my husband go off to sea alone for such a long period
of time. We have always been conscientious about night
watches. I know that single-handers just have to sleep
and trust in Fate, but I always worry about them.
Soooooo, 1 i i i
Don't call ... I ,, i I' tited on shore!


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THIS CRUISING LIFE


I t seems whenever cruisers are gath
ered over sundowners and the topic
of anchoring comes up, a lively dis
cussion follows. Probably the degree
of emotion associated with anchoring
is directly proportional to the number
of ways uncomfortable situations can
develop from miscalculations or circumstances beyond
your control.
It is said, "Whenyou drag" not "Ifyou drag", because,
at some point, every- 1;.:-
Early in our first - ... .... told us how they
had run into difficulty retrieving the hook, only to
find that a basketball-sized lump of coral had broken
off and was wedged between the spade and the shank
of their Bruce anchor. The captain was concerned
that the anchor itself may have bent. At the time we
were using an identical anchor, so we found the story
of interest.
Later that very day we anchored in Great Harbour,
Peter Island, in the BVI. Nancy backed down on the
anchor to 2200 rpm while I kept a hand on the chain
and we agreed we were set. This was before we had
installed the chart plotter, so we each took landmarks
to watch, and set about putting the boat to bed.
Twenty minutes later, Nancy said, "John, we
are 1 ... '
I .. 1 1 .. i and put my hand on the chain but
could feel no vibration. We entered a debate, with
Nancy declaring we were dragging and I, still feeling for
some vibration in the chain, saying we weren't. Nancy
refocused my attention when she yelled, "John, we've
passed three boats!" Sure enough, our position relative
to the three boats to port had changed significantly.
Our boat is equipped with a manual windlass. When
we pull the anchor up, Nancy maneuvers the boat
toward the anchor while I pump the lever to retrieve
the slack chain and, eventually, the anchor itself. The
lever seemed very hard to pump for an anchor that was
-.:t 1--i- on the bottom. I became uncharacteristically
S I to the point that, with perhaps 15 feet to go,
I switched places with Nancy for a few minutes. In the
end, when we got the anchor to the surface, there was
a basketball-sized lump of coral wedged between the
spade and shank of the anchor, heavy enough to
dampen the vibration while the anchor dragged.
Since then, I always get a little nervous when folks
from other boats relate disaster stories.
Had I dived on the anchor, we would have identified
the issue earlier.
Some months later, we had been anchored in
Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Martin, for about a week and
returned from doing e-mail and lunch at that venera
ble cr; 1- -1. -;t Shrimpy's. As our dinghy passed
the *. ... i. i I our starboard stern, the captain
hailed us and waved us over. The captain said, "I'm
sorry, but we had to board your boat. You were drag
going down on the boat anchored directly off your stern.
I'm really sorry about the mess we left on your deck.
Apparently you were anchored into a large piece of old
canvas on the bottom and it became dislodged. I didn't
want to throw it back in for this to happen again to
someone else so I just left it on your deck."
Aside from being completely surprised by the fact our
anchor had dragged after holding its position for a
week, I was amazed at the apologetic attitude our sav
ior was taking. 'i ....... -.. the deck disposing of the
three large bag'- I II .. muddy canvas was little
issue compared to the mess we'd have had if our neigh
bors had not come to our rescue in our absence. It was
yet another example of help we have gratefully received


from other cruisers since we've be
In this case, even if I had been w
lagoon to check the anchor, the
been hidden by the mud. Now,
Martin, we anchor out in Marigo
some long dinghy rides, but the
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by John Rowla


Whenever you enter an anchora
attention of crews of neighboring
and set your hook. Some interact
bors relating to anchoring can get


en out here. We were anchored in Prickly Bay, Grenada. Late in
killing to swim in the the afternoon, a charter catamaran pulled in and
canvas would have dropped the hook, its stern ending up some 100 yards
when we visit St. off our bow. Nancy and I were in the cockpit watching.
It Bay. It makes for We were concerned about the amount of chain put out
French side is more and, to us, it didn't seem a real attempt was made to
set the anchor. As we watched, the 100-yard gap
seemed to be shrinking.
This was a bareboat in every sense of the word. The
crew consisted of eight men. The first thing they did was
S to remove their clothing and either jump into the water
or line up to use the stern shower. One crewman
exchanged his clothing for flippers, mask and snorkel
and began to snorkel toward the bow. I hoped he was
going to check the anchor but he seemed to get distract
ed by the reef nearby and moved away from the boat.
By now the original 100-yard distance from their
stern to our bow was under 40 and closing at a dis
ie cernable rate.
Nancy was uncomfortable with any direct converse
tion due to their lack of clothing. I grabbed a boathook
o and went forward to either get their attention or, if
need be, fend off their boat when the remaining gap
closed. One of the crew saw me coming and, simulta
neously, saw the gap between our boats narrowing. He
froze. For a split second, I don't think he knew wheth
er to put on his pants or start the engine first. He
raised the alarm and his crew began to scramble. They
came out of the water, powered up the engines,
manned the windlass, pulled up the anchor and began
md to move their boat to another location, farther north in
the bay. That is, all but the snorkeler. When last seen,
he was frantically kicking, his snorkel and bare bum
sticking out of the water, chasing the catamaran up
the bay.
In a perfect world, every boat in the anchorage would
swing in unison and no one would get in any other's
way, but....
Not long ago, we anchored in Clifton Harbour in
Union Island, out near the reef that borders the chan
nel. The wind that day was from 090 degrees and the
spacing we had with the boats around us seemed very
acceptable. Three days later, when we were planning
to leave, the wind had backed to 070 degrees and the
boat off our port bow was now sitting over our anchor.
I realized we had miscalculated potential swings when
we came in. Embarrassed as I was, I asked the captain
of the other boat, now directly off our bow, for help.
The captain was gracious enough to pull his boat away
while we weighed anchor.
About six weeks later, we were anchored in Admiralty
Bay, Bequia. Planning to leave at "oh-dark-thirty" the
next morning, we went into town to run some errands
Sand clear out. When we returned to the boat we found
that we had several new neighbors. One of them was a
monohull resting quietly with our anchor underneath
it, just forward of its rudder. In front of that was a
catamaran with the monohull's anchor below her,
right amidships. I couldn't get too angry because I still
remembered the situation we had created in Union
Island not long before. After a very friendly discussion,
z the crew on the boat ahead of us agreed to be up at the
crack of dawn to maneuver while we picked up our
anchor. Overnight, the wind clocked around about ten
degrees, giving us a bit more room and the departure
was quite uneventful.
One last incident...
ge, you will draw the Anchored in Rodney Bay, St i .... i i i i,
boats as you drop throughthe channel and into ti. I i, i i I
ons with your neigh dinghy dock. As I entered the lagoon I noticed a large
interesting, blue yacht having trouble pulling up the anchor. As I
passed, the lady on the bow called, with a heavy French
accent, "Can you help us?" On the boat, aside from the
woman on the bow, there were three others, one obvi
ously the captain and two male crewmembers. There
was also a great deal of yelling and confusion, more
confusing to me, perhaps, since I don't speak French.
I took my dinghy to the bow of the boat and the
problem became obvious. Hooked to their anchor was
the anchor of another boat. I tried to lift the other
boat's anchor off theirs but there was too much pres
sure. I was waved away and the crew took over. The
blue boat started forward, eventually dragging the
smaller boat with it, like a baby elephant following its
mother. There was no one aboard the second boat.
The blue boat stopped and, apparently in the pro
cess, relieved the pressure between the two anchors,
freeing one from the other. This left the blue boat dead
in the water with the smaller boat approaching from
astern under its own momentum. The crew from the
blue boat used their dinghy to stop the smaller boat
a,, I I I .1 1. ... ........... ... .. the stern. W hen
1.- ,- ,i, i I- -- I 1 t was anchoring
the other boat near the spot from which it had been
dragged. I'm not sure I would have approached the
problem in the same way, but if it works....
I have mor, -..:-ri.n tales but I'm sure you have
your own. Ti. 1I i.. .. and variety of anchoring
situations are probably why discussions on the sub
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THIS CRUISING LIFE


T ey say that on every beach on the world you
will find one shoe. Well, in fact you may find
ive shoes or even six. But, of course there
will be no two alike.
I purchased a psychedelic-coloured pair of knock
offs of the popular Crocs, or "holeys", at a chain shoe
store in a small town in Canada. The store is called
Payless, and indeed one does! Whenever I actually
need to wear shoes, this is my personal boutique.
Lightweight, inexpensive, washable and
having the ability to float, the pseudo
Crocs seemed like the perfect boat shoe.
Well, on one of my return visits to
Canada we went to a wedding: shoes
definitely recommended. Although I
dredged up a classier (and less comfort
able) pair for the event, my tie dyed
clogs were great for marathon treks to
restaurants. Throughout British
Columbia, considered by some to be
one of the more sophisticated areas of
our frontier country, I was constantly
stopped in the street by people who
wondered where I had found my unique
"Crocs". People even pointed to my feet as they
passed my table in a yuppie restaurant!
I returned to our boat in Venezuela and, once again,
total strangers were stopping me to admire my zapa
tas. Unfortunately, a day spent walking the streets of
Puerto La Cruz meant some serious scrubbing that
evening. But we set out to cruise the Roques and Aves
with my trademark footwear gleaming proudly. They
were comfortable for island exploration and co-ordi
nated nicely with my holey clothing.


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We always hoist the dinghy up beside the boat at w
night, even in benign places. One night I left my
beloved shoes in the dinghy. A mighty wind came up
.... 1. ... 1 ... ihe morning only one shoe remained! B
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hues gave a clue to the missing shoe. On the little T
island off which we were anchored yachties had cre
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Ironically, a few single sandals were scattered among
the artifacts. But none could match my beloved clog.
We returned to our Ontario home after leaving
Argonauta I in Curacao. I enjoy catching up on the lat
est trends, reading book reviews, checking out new
taste sensations. It was a shock to see a newspaper
article dedicated to the overwhelming popularity of the
"holey shoes". Crocs began it all, gardening stores
vaunted "holeys" and then the cheaper knock-offs
began. Among the photos only one was slightly similar


Smy own. But it was by no means as cute. As with all
-ends, from the pet rock to the ipod, popularity is an
invitation to revile. Critics described the shoe as
utterly hideous", "r-1-iil-li;n d-ilie masks for feet"
nd even "single-i' .. iI ......... the world"! George
ush was photographed wearing a grey pair with black
ocks! They are now i.... decorative pins to put in
he holes: ladybugs, :l and skulls.

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wooden clogs known as sabots, which were weather
roof and functional if not on a par with Gucci.
Well, being often away and having acquired the
eather-beaten appearance of a career boatie, I had
-,- yven up the aspiration to compete with my city
. .. i- who can manage to look chic at a barbecue.
ut there I had been, for the first tin. i i .
dge of the latest fashion statement, i.. -1 I -
hen came the ill wind.
There is, however, a positive footnote (sic). After my
ip to BC I returned to Ontario, made a special visit to
my local Payless store and purchased an
identical pair to the clogs which had
inspired so much adulation. Perhaps, I
thought, I could set up a bidding war in
a popular spa.
So, even though one shoe has been
lost at sea, I have two more to flaunt
when my friends wear Prada.
And if you happen upon a shoe of
many colours in your travels through
the Aves, send me an e-mail and we can
arrange for two lonely soles to reunite.


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THIS CRUISING LIFE




SOLITARY


by Jan Brogan
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doing much better now and hopefully he will return in a couple of days.
So I'm here -with the boat, which I now refer to as Mistral Prison.
I've been in solitary confinement for about a week now, trying to keep occupied
until his return. With nothing to do, I study a little Spanish (for Venezuela) but I
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lovely bottle of Perrier Jouet, and chilled two glass i 1. .... 1 i open the hatches,
switch on all the lights, turn on some great jazz .. 111 ... II -trobe anchor light.
Could I be ANY MORE welcoming? But alas, it is just not meant to be.
In desperate need of outside stimuli, I decided to go snorkeling this morning. I saw
many colorful fishes. Fish are pretty much like hot 21-year-olds. Lovely to look at,
but ya can't really have a conversation with one.
Still in need of someone to communicate with, I thought maybe I'd write and share
with you the events of my day.
First I scrub the toilet, which is filled with muddy lagoon water, and looks more
like...
Okay, let's not go there.
Then I run the engine for an hour to charge batteries and chill cold plates. The
diesel fumes are extremely aromatic in the calm, oppressivel -1 ii ..
Next I prepare several cans of tunafish, and put that in I i... .1 which
will remain cold until about 5:00PM, at which time I must run the engine for yet
another hour.
Then I pump the bilge so I won't sink.
Then I get in the dinghy and go to the little fruit stand to get a couple of nice man
gos and a papaya. Ooops, they don't have any mangos or papayas today. That's okay;
I have tuna.
Finally I trek tc th- fr- -r- store with my canvas bags and a large backpack.
I walk around I -.,. i something for dinner. I don't eat meat, which is good...
because there IS no meat. But I'd like to find a chicken breast or two. NOPE -all I
see is mutton and goat hoofs (or is it hooves? And how can one be sure? One hoof,
two hooves, one roof, two rooves? Nooooooooo: ROOFS!).
So, fine, no chicken. That's okay; I have tuna.
(Make mental note to look up stewed mutton recipe on internet.)
I pick out more canned items and a couple of gallons of water and head to the
cashier, where my bill is 538 dollars. The EC dollar is 2.7 to 1 US. I do the math.
Still twice as expensive as in the States. (At these prices I realize that tuna may no
longer be within my budget. I do not despair. Instead, I envision the many delectable
dishes I will soon be preparing with goat hooves.
Now that I'm EC$538 lighter, the groceries don't feel heavy at all and I easily walk
the three quarters of a mile back to the dinghy.
The multiple transfers begin. Set groceries on the dock, then down into the dinghy.
Next, haul them up on deck, then lug them into the cockpit, and finally drag them
down below.


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As Jan knows, along with canned tuna, a sense of humor is a cruising essential

S.. ........... rything into lockers and cabinets, I remember to rotate all the
ru-1 ...- I. 1. ..i as they must be eaten first.
Now that I'm done with my chores it's time to play! I turn on the computer to read
my mail. Ooops -no signal. I cannot connect. Decide to take a shower instead.
I squeeze into a bathing suit that is becoming tighter every day, gather up supplies
and head out to the swim platform. Although the sun is beating on me with the
intensity of molten lava, I 1. I soose-bumps washing my hair in the frigid saltwa
ter, which barely trickles .. 11. sprayer.
Since I haven't shaved in two weeks, I decide to do some yard work. I pull out my
razor, which has a very rusty blade. (Make mental note to get tetanus shot.) I finish
my legs and now it's time to mow the lawn. After years of practice, I've become
extremely good at shapes. (It's true! Go ahead -name ANY barnyard animal.)
Ooops! There's my neighbors. They're anchored so close I can count their eye
lashes. I politely smile and wave. Decide to let the grass grow another day.
Now that I'm all fresh and clean, I put on my best dirty clothes and try to get on
the internet once again.
YAY! I've connected. Go directly to my mail... only there IS no new mail. All my
friends have forgotten me because I'm so far away.
I think I'll take a nap and call it a day. I've never actually fallen asleep in the
middle of the afternoon but I'll head straight to the after-berth where I will probably
just toss and turn until it's time to eat.
Can you guess what I'm having for dinner?
















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by Jacqueline Milman
A T.t--.l part of Caribbean culture is "steel
L | ... i .nusic. While in Trinidad, we were
able to visit a steel drum, or "pan" factory.
It was housed in a warehouse-type building that
divulged nothing of its interior from the outside.
The owner and our host, a Rasta named Antonio,
greeted us. He explained the history of the pan, the dif
ferent types, and how they are made.
Steel drums, we learned, are not technically "drums".
"Drum" in this case refers to the steel drum containers
fromwhich the musicalinstruments are made. Musically,
the instruments fall into the idiophone (percussion)
family of instruments and are correctly called "pans".
Steel pans originated in Trinidad, where hand drums
were once used for communication among neighbor
hood gangs. To try and curb the violence, the govern


ment outlawed hand drums. The gangs turned to bam
boo sticks, which they pounded on the ground in
rhythmic "signatures". The sticks were called Bamboo
Tamboo (Tamboo, from the French tambeau or drum).
Machetes were often hidden inside, so gang violence
continued and soon the bamboo bands were also out
lawed. Deprived of their traditional instruments, the
Trinidadians used any objects they could find, include
ing empty oil barrels from the Navy bases on island.
They used these instruments to play the same distinct
tive rhythms and formed what were called Iron Bands.
Musical competitions, which took place at Carnival,
eventually replaced the street fights.
In the late 1930s, someone noticed that a dented sec
tion of a barrel head produced a tone. Experimentation
began to tune pans. And so the newest instrument in
the world came into being. Even the synthesizer was
invented before the steel drum, in 1912.
A pan-maker apprentices for up to ten years before
he is able to make a quality pan. The process consists
of three phases. First the bottom is pounded into a
bowl shape in a process called "sinking" the drum.
Various hammers or a large, heavy steel ball that
resembles a shot-put are used to "bend" the pan. The
top is pounded until it is stretched to a particular
depth, different for each type of drum. The deeper the
bend, the higher the tones produced. Great care must
be taken to stretch the metal evenly without tearing it
or deforming the rim. Sinking the pan can take up to
five hours of hammering!
The early method of making pans was described as
the "ping pong" method, wherein dents were pounded
into the drum in a more random manner than mod
ern-day pans. Today the "spider web" method is used,
whereby intersecting lines radiate from the center,
with one or two concentric circles to give the appear
ance of a spider web. The larger the dent or oval, the
lower the tone.
Next, the steel must be tempered to increase the resil


ience and strength of the metal. Many pan-makers take
their drums to the beach and build a fire there. The fac
tory we visited had a fire in the building. After firing and
heating, the drum is plunged into cold water.
Now comes tuning. A template is used to mark the
placement of each note. Then the notes are "ponged" up
from beneath with various sized hammers, making them
stand out like bubbles. So that the notes do not run into
each other and produce discordance, they are separated
by grooves, etched in by carefully tapping on an inverted
nail around each note. It has to be exact or the note will
not ring true and the drum will be spoiled.
At this point, the "skirt," the side of the barrel, is cut.
The length of the skirt affects the highness or lowness
of the pitch.
Now the pan is ready to be put in tune with others. In
the early days, there was no uniformity and drums were
seldom in tune with each other. Later, an Englishman


Above: Antonio explains the 'spider web' method of
making a steel pan

Inset: The larger the dent or oval, the lower the tone


invented a tuner, which Antonio called a strobe, to tune
them so they could be played together. Each note is
carefully hammered from the top, stretching and smooth
ing the note area so that it vibrates precisely. Each
individual note must be tuned in relation to the other
notes or the pan will not "sing" correctly. When the tun
ing is completed, the pan is said to be "blended."
To clean any oil or other residue from the drums, they
are charred over a hot fire. To keep them from rusting,
the drums are plated with chrome or painted with
enamel. The chrome bath detunes the drum slightly, so
itmustbere .... i i i.
The entire -. I I I i,,,,-1. / take up to
a week. This makes it understandable why a finished
pan may cost upwards of $750.
Pans are produced to copy the tones made by the
instruments of an orchestra. There exist at least four
types of bass drums, each with three or more notes.
Then there are several tenor drums, with up to 36
notes. There are also guitar drums, cello drums, and
soprano drums. A steel pan band has several of each
type and may include more than a hundred drums.
Often one person plays several instruments at once.
Pan bands come in all sizes from as small as
three instruments to large "orchestras." Some of
the larger bands are transported on an open-air,
double decker bus.
We have listened to a number of steel drum bands
during our island ramblings. Calypso is the most popu
lar musical style, but bands also play anything from
classical to pop music. "Silent Night" doesn't sound
quite so solemn when played on pans.













1839 SLAVE REVOLT ON SCHOONER AMISTAD:


REPLICA VISITS BARBADOS




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June 1839, two Cuban plantation owners were transporting their 53
newly bought slaves from Havana to another port 100 miles to the east
on a small coastal schooner when the slaves revolted, seized the vessel
and ended up shipwrecked on the shores of the eastern United States.
Had the survivors come ashore and merged with the people, living and dying
obscurely, little would be known about this significant and courageous rebellion
except perhaps as footnotes to better-known accounts of slave uprisings such as
those in Haiti (led by Toussaint L'Overture), the US (Nat Turner, the Louisiana
Revolt, and the Black Seminole rebellion, for example), Barbados (Bussa) and
Guyana (Coffy). There were also several documented "mutinies" on slave ships on the
Atlantic crossing.
The Amistad Uprising (so described because of the name of the schooner) is now, and
justifiably so, one of the most extensively written about and remembered rebellions of
this type owing to the subsequent court cases and the involvement of the slavery abo
litionists. The US movie director Steven Spielberg made a film about it in 1997.
A replica of the famous ship, named Freedom SchoonerAmistad, was launched in
2000 from the famous Mystic Seaport yard in the state of Connecticut in the US. The
ship recently visited Barbados and I was greatly honoured to tour it.
I learned 11. 11. -, ... i ...- i- ... .i, i. 1i, i i ...st and exposure when
thevessel I.1 I I I ..I I I '. I (the captain and cook
were killed in the incident and two sailors escaped) were brought ashore by armed
US personnel at New London, Connecticut. They were put on trial for murder and
piracy. The testimony against them came from the ungrateful and lucky slave own
ers, by the name of Ruiz and Montez, who had been on board and whose lives the
slaves had spared.
In a series of highly publicized trials, which involved the then US President (Martin
Van Buren) and a former head of state (John Quincy Adams), ": ti- t T;;.-- 1 i-l;
Judson set the slaves free. His ruling was opposed by Van B,- - I I i ...- -. 1
port among slave owners in the southern US would be compromised. The Spanish
government also wanted the ship and "goods" returned to her colony, Cuba. Though
one would question the US judicial system of that era, in terms of its limitations
---In -d-lin--- -th i in-- l- in? people of colour, Judge Judson realized that the
- i .... ........ ,.,. I .. 1820 international treaty prohibiting slave trad
i;- -t--Peen Spanish territories made the 1839 kidnapping and enslavement of the
S. ...- .11 .i 'he slaves were from western Africa (the majority were of the Mende
........ i ... what is present-day Nigeria). The slave owners tried unsuccess
fully to use forged papers to win their case: they had given the slaves Spanish names


to make it look like they had been in Cuba long before the treaty was signed. The
main leader of the revolt, a Mende man named Sengbe Pieh was, for example,
renamed Joseph Cinque.
One reason the trial's verdict went in the rebels' favour was that abolitionists mobi
lized public opinion. The three persons (who happened to be white) :' i..., the
I h i .... ..I I .. il..... ee included the editor of the "Emancipat 11. offi-
.1I I, II ... .. ..,.-Slavery Society. Sections of the public, in the north
ern states at least, also appeared to admire Pieh's fight for a just cause and his own
personal leadership qualities. By this time, several nationally publicized slave revolts
had also taken place.
A problem for the "defence" team at the trials was to find someone to translate the
English testimony and documents into the Mende language. How was this achieved?
Chris Roche, a British volunteer aboard the Amistad replica, told me: "A professor of
theology at Yale, J.W. Gibbs, an abolitionist sympathizer, managed to learn to count
to ten in the Mende language. He then went around the New York docks repeating
the words to sailors. Eventually he met up with man named James Covey, a seaman
on a British warship named the Buzzard who asked him why he was speaking his
language. So Covey was enlisted as an interpreter."
In 1841, the 35 African survivors of the Amistad rebellion, along with some mis
sionaries, returned to Africa on the barque Gentlemar T .n-li;n in Sierra Leone,
some of them dispersed to their ancestral lands. Pieh .....- II I. I there and was
buried among the missionaries.
According to an account written by Sierra Leone historian Arthur Abraham and
published in a US State Department information website to which I am indebted for
some of the information in this article, the actual Amistad schooner had been auc
tioned off by US marshals in 1840. It then operated as a trading schooner, renamed
the Ion, in Caribbean waters under a new US owner/captain until sold to a French
owner in Guadeloupe in 1844, after which nothing is known about it. No plans were
known to exist of it and the replica was based on lr-- n.- of it and on other tradi
tional Baltimore-type schooners. The original --- i i I 1-n. -- erall but the rep
lica is slightly longer with higher freeboard. i ..-. ,, I i 11 present Amistad
was funded mainly by the state of Connecticut.





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In Barbados, the Second Mate on the Amistad, Elaine Eno (left), points out feature
of the mast hoops on the mainmast to the author (middle) and Guyanese-Barbadian
photographer Rasheed Boodhoo
Among those in Barbados on the occasion of the Amistad's visit was Bill Pinkney,
the first African-American to single-handedly -ir-m-nll-ilt- th- world in a small
cruising boat. In a lecture in the auditoriur I .. i I Workers' Union,
Pinkney said the idea of a replica vessel had been around for some time. In 1976, a
- .i.... vessel named La Amistad was chartered from Cuba to participate in the Tall
- .. Parade to commemorate the bicentennial year of the United States.
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MAY 2008



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Loose lips sink ships. Be careful what you say during a
business meeting in the third week; you may regret what
you agree to.
TWRTUS f21 pr 21 May)
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GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
I ... .. 10th, bringing
fl i i i 1 pects to assist
with creative projects aboard.
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down by next month.
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Throw a r^"- on the beach or just have a .... ,
friends :.. cockpit. Relax and enjoy the warmth
around you.
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off easily.
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SAQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)


PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
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Crossword Solution

ACROSS 27) SWALLOW 18) CHICKEN
1) PELICAN 30) LAY 20) AIR
3) GULL 31) EAGLE 21) BOOBY
6) MAW 32) WAKE 25) OWL
7) PUFFIN 26) EGGS
8) BLUE DOWN 28) AUK
10) FOOTED 1) PEAK 29) OFF
11) BIRD 2) COULTER
12) FULMAR 3) GANNET
15) TERN 4) ISLAND
17) PLOVER 7) BEAKS
19) MALL 9) ALBATROSS
22) HEN 12) FRIGATE
23) TROPIC 13) MEW
24) STORMY 14) GOOSEANDER
26) ERNE 16) NELLY


End of

Descended the bus
Just at dusk,
End of the line,
The road stops here
At Maxi's Bar,
Where ryd'ms
Emanate,
Pulsate,
Into the cool night air.
Catch my breath
Listening to Bob,
Words still true,
As dominoes clack
And dice smack,
Garifuna mostly,
Sponyamon few.
After a break,
Head off,
Destination's ahead,
Way down the beach
Beneath
Leaning, rustling
Coconut palms.
Past the house
Named "Aquamour"
And along the track
Called
"Ole Burygrounds Street".
Then on
Barefoot,
Under the stars,
Breaking surf
A constant murmur.
Cross the creek,
Wading waist deep,
Tide's at peak.
Boats pulled up,
Shadows,
In the dark,
Punta Mona
Ahead in the gloom.
Colon was here
Long years ago,
Now its quiet
At the end of the line.
Night sounds,
And then,
Monkey's howl
A rising crescendo.


the Line


Nicholas Lee


AEET -AE XT THE HEKON

Odd, you write, how one of these hotels
stood in every one of the colonies
like the one in Kingstown, St. Vincent, on
the second-floor overlooking harbor
and market, with balconied rooms around a courtyard
interior alive with tree : f rns,
and a view over rooftop- i 11 volcano.

It was a gateway for us, sailors who'd taken
to the telescopic convenience of jets
that did not fly to the Grenadines, a place
below Government House where lesser officials,
Thermos salesmen, and Peace Corps people met.
It smelled of disinfectant, bacon, and flour,
and on the top stair sprawled a dog whose bark,
depending on your scent, welcomed or scared you.
A phone was ringing at the front desk where
a sign, not so faded, read: SOMERSET MAUGHAM
SLEPT HERE. Mrs. Mac minded the switchboard
wired to no phone in any room. Did it matter?
In a windy downpour, which was not infrequent,
the rain on the tin roof drummed, as it will,

and in the beds beneath 1 ............. ii. is
were lumpy, the hallways 1.. i i .. .
but the rum punches and mosquito netting
did the job, and the price was always right.
The common room was cool and breezy, a place
in which to catch your breath after shopping,
waiting for the schooner. That backpack jammed
with rum and frozen chicken melting is mine!

It was the embodiment of empire
at empire's end, and now it lies in ruins,
the pine boards eaten by termites and hot sun,
the cement (made with beach sand and salt water)
in the first-floor stonewo i 1...... I ,,,
the family who owned it ,I, i i ,,- luck.
It has been sold, reportedly, to a black
Muslim, and on its site will rise McDonald's,
that phoenix of American Imperialism, serving
travelers. God Save the Golden Arches!


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Compass Cruising Crossword SEA BIRDS

12 3 4
ACROSS
1) Pouch mouthed fish eater
3) Smaller Black Capped
6) The crop of a 11 Across
7) Small sea 11 - .1. 1 i bill
8) Color of some I 1 1 1
9 10) Pink Shearwater
11) The 8 Across 10 Across 21 Down is one of these
12) Web footed cousin to a petrel
15) Sea swallow
17) Similar to sand piper
19) Sea gull
22 Female 18 Down
23) White 11 Across with a long, split tail:
11 Across
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32


26) Sea eagle
27) Tern
30) Produce an egg
31) lolaire means sea
32) Cliff nesting gull: kitti


DOWN
1) 26 Across's favorite resting place
2) Another name for 7 Across
3) Sea goose
4) Seabirds will often nest on this
5) Bills
9) Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous 11 Across
12) Large sea 11 Across that bullies others
for their catch
13) Larus canus: gull
14) Merganser, sea fowl resembling a duck
16) 11 Across that follows ships around
Cape of Good Hope
18) Mother Carey's 11 Across
20) What 9 Down spends most of its life in
21) Its feet turn 8 Across during mating season
25) Arctic bird: snowy
26) Baby 11 Acrosses come in these
28) Extinct sea bird with short wings
29) Take to the 20 Down: take

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Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski

Have fun searching for these famous boats on paper rather than on the water.
Some are obvious to all, but others are from history, sailing lore, or Hollywood.
How many do you recognize?


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EIAIM
E ANOT
NDRAP
NE I LN
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RRMAY
EL DOV
NPEQU
UTTYS
OLDEN
EN I TN
MON IT
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IRAMATNAS
BE BACI ATE
EWROG E M Y A
AROFU G H Y W
GN I NANCH I
L L I C KS TOT
E YS CA P U Y C
FLOWE RDR H
E FE RAAGOA
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ARKM I MICA
H INDSJ Y I T
ELAV T U LV N
ORYEASFI A
O T H U D R E M S


AMERICA GIPSY MOTH SANTA
AMISTAD MARIA
GOLDEN
BEAGLE HIND SANTANA
BOUNTY SEA WITCH
MAYFLOWER SPRAY
CUTTY SARK MIMI
MONITOR TITANIC
DOVE
NATCHEZ VALENTINE
ENDEAVOR NINA VICTORY

FLYING PEARL WANDERER
DUTCHMAN PEQUOD
PINTA YANKEE


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CRUISING KIDS' CORNER


Trevor and Ern e



Get S-wept Away


by Lee Kessell


At home in mountainous St. Lucia, that pretty island famous for its sky-piercing
volcano cores, the Pitons, Trevor's school had broken up for the Easter holidays, a
full week before Good Friday. Trevor's parents had stopped arguing with Trevor
about wanting to go to his cousin Ernie's home in Barbados every time holidays
came around, and as his Uncle Solly and long-suffering Aunt Josephina said that
they were happy to have Trevor, they bit the bullet and paid the fare. Little did they
know that Aunt Josephina only put up with Trevor because she was a good Christian
woman. You see, every time Trevor stayed at their little weatherboard cottage on top
of the ridge high above Sweet Bottom and looking out over the wild Atlantic coast,
Trevor and Ernie got into trouble. What would it be this time, she wondered.
Well, Trevor arrived on the very Thursday that a ;: ;;- ;i,; 1. 1 -.ne out to all
the islands, saying that a low-pressure weather - ... i.. i i .... I out in the
Atlantic near Puerto Rico, and that the islands would suffer extra-high swells that
would cause havoc on shore with the waves peaking at 18 feet.
"Wow!" said Trevor when he heard this. "We'll have a grandstand view up here in
your house, Ernie!"
Ernie was excited by the news too and -- tnin- the boys could hear the roar of
the waves breaking on the cliffs all the i .... II lighthouse in the south to the
lighthouse in the north. They couldn't wait for the morning to see what the waves
looked like, but like all children their eyes soon closed when they went to bed and they
remained fast asleep until the sun began to rise, tinting the stormy clouds with orange
and pink. Trevor and Ernie weren't at all interested in this dramatic sunrise; they
simply sprang out of bed to have a look at the waves. Yes, the waves were rushing into
shore in quite an angry fashion, but nothing worse than Ernie had already seen.
"Just wait," warned Uncle Solly. "Already the fishermen and boaters have been
warned to haul their boats ashore, because what with a full moon and high tides,
this surge is going to get very bad."
And very bad it got. Yes, it' .., 1 .,. 1 ir the sea was just a wide towering wall
of churning white. The boys I, i. I I i. ......ing because they wanted to see what
was "r-ni--' -1---n tf ; .i..... I oats, so after lunch, Uncle Solly, who had
growl i.. i i 1i, ,, -1 .... i 11 right, you can walk down the old rail track
to the fishing bay, but make sure you stand well back."
The boys promised they wouldn't go anywhere near the waves and off they ran all
the way down the spooky overgrown rail bed to the bay. Most of the fishermen, now
that they had a holiday and their boats were safe, were sitting at benches under the
shade of big seagrape trees, drinking rum and playing cards. Trevor and Ernie hur
ried past without anyone =--i:- tf.-m and crept to the edge of the sands where the
waves were surging back ... i i , Ernie was scared being so close, but daredevil
Trevor stood his ground. As often happens, there was a brief lull in the waves and
taking advantage of this Trevor ran down to the water's edge. Taking off his flip-flops,
he waded into the water. Ernie, not wanting his cousin to think him a chicken, waded


in after him. Suddenly, a huge wave reared up and Trevor and Ernie began scram-
S,. i, I of the higher reaches of the sand but it was no use, the wave was
i I I ... other of them. Before they could scream for help (not that anyone
would hear them), the white, fuming monster fell upon them and swept them away.
Trevor and Ernie were rolled about in sand and water and dragged out to sea and
Trevor thought he had really done it this time. His struggles only made matters
worse and he was on the brink of having used up all the air in his lungs, when the
next wave picked him up and threw him back on the sand, way up beyond the
smaller waves that followed. Trevor lay still for a moment, tr-in- t- get his breath
back and when he -n.r --1 to sit up his first thought was : i .... He jumped to
his feet in a panic i .. ... I only a few yards away he saw his cousin, face down
and unmoving. Trevor ran and breathing hard, flopped down beside Ernie. Quickly
he turned him over and shook him but Ernie looked like a dead porpoise.
"Ernie, Ernie!" sobbed Trevor, tears mingling with the .- .1, ., -11 ........... lown
his face, at the same time i...... ,,, I ,ie hard on hi'- i. -i .. I i .. 1I11,,. his
shoulders and shaking him .. .... .. on Ernie, you *,, i .... I





It wasn't long before the sea was just a

wide towering wall of churning white





But Ernie flopped in Trevor's arms and his eyes stayed closed. In despair, Trevor
gave Ernie a really ferocious shake and all at once, Ernie spewed out a gallon (so it
seemed to Trevor) of seawater and his eyes fluttered open. Trevoi 1..... 11..... sin
hard and laughed and cried at the same time. It took a few deep . i- I .... to
stay alive but slowly his eyes lost their glazed, dead-fish look and he gazed at Trevor
as if he were a stranger. Behind them the sea waves roared on and then Ernie real
ized where he was and what had happened.
"I drowned, didn't I?" he gasped.
"Oh Ernie, I thought you were dead, dead, dead, but we beat them all!"
Ernie wondered whom they had beaten, but he wanted to go home and didn't ask.
But before they could do that they had to get clean. Trevor helped Ernie up and they
limped to the freshwater tap outside the fish depot and cleaned themselves all over,
S-ff their clothes and putting them back on.
i . we going to tell my ma and pa?" Ernie wailed.
"We can't tell them the truth, that's for sure. We'll just say that we got so salty
from the spray that we rinsed ourselves off."
"What about our flip-flops?" Whimpered Ernie.
"We won't say anything about them and hope that no one notices. If they do, we'll
say that we left them around somewhere."
That had to do and it wasn't really a lie, so swearing on their blood brotherhood
oath that they would never tell another living soul what they had done, Trevor and
Ernie walked back along the spooky cavernous train bed as slowly as any two boys
with a combined guilty conscience could, without actually crawling.
THE END


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DOLLY'S DEEP SECRETS
by Elaine Ollivierre
We have looked at the long voyages of leatherback Lurtles, which are being
studied by scientists taking part in the Census of Marine Life. What other find
ings have been made during the Census so far?
.... report was the discovery of two new kinds of crustaceans.
WhaL are Lhev'
The larger of the two is very large, averaging around four kilograms (nine
pounds) in weight. A fishing vessel caught some giant lobster specimens while
working in the Indian Ocean, off the island of Madagascar. Researchers at the
University of Cape Town, South Africa, investigated these lobsters and found that
they were a new kind of spiny lobster, similar to those we have in the Caribbean
but much bigger than the average found here.
These newly discovered lobsters were found to be very old, probably between 30
and 50 years old. So maybe they ar 1. -- 1 -use of their age. Unfortunately,
now that they have been discovered, I1. I'- 1... vessels will be able to find them
and catch them.
It's unlikely that anyone will be able to fish for the other new species of crusta
cean. It's so different from anything seen before that it has been given a whole
new scientific family name, Kiwaida. Kiwa is the goddess of crustaceans (or, pos
sibly, the god of the ocean) in Polynesian 11'i and Polynesia is where the
new animal was found, over 2,000 metres I'' I IJ down in the Pacific Ocean,


south of Easter Island. The species has been given the name Kiwa hirsuta
'Hirsuta' means 'hairy' and refers to what looks like silky fur all over the animal's
pincers. Scientists have nicknamed it the Yeti Crab. It is white, blind and about
15 centimetres (six inches) long and it lives around hydrothermal vents on the
ocean floor. Toxic gases are emitted from these vents but the Yeti Crab seems to
be able to tolerate them.
Scientists aren't sure what the pincer hairs (called setae) are used for. They
have found that the hairs contain lots of bacteria. Some scientists think that the
Yeti Crab uses the bacteria for food although others reported that it is definitely
carnivorous as they saw one eating a piece of shrimp! Some scientists think the
bacteria may counteract the toxins from the hydrothermal vents so that the Yeti
Crab can safely live there.
How many more species are yet to be discovered? Thousands, probably, so
there's a lot of work still to be done.

WORD PUZZLE

Write the answers in the spaces provided, using words from the text above.
The initial letters form a topical word!


1. Not small 2. Not young
4. Soft to the touch 5. Poisons
7. Scientists


3. Single-celled organisms
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SHARK



by Tina Dreffin

"T ~ 9 go in there, if I were
1 WOuldnU. you," warned the dock
master at the Virgin Islands marina gas dock. My
husband, Peter, and I were poised to tie up our dinghy,
needing gas for our jerry cans. Dressed in wetsuits,
we'd planned a free-diving expedition to look for conch
on the outer reef. Scud, our St. Francis 44 catamaran,
was anchored just outside the bay. Before clambering
out of our dinghy, I stared down with interest at the
nine nurse sharks resting in the shallows below. They
weren't really going anywhere, just hanging out.
"What are they waiting for?" I asked the friendly
West Indian.
"De food, mon, when the divers come in to clean de
fish. Dey go bananas!" he added.
Jerry cans can wait. This could be fun, I thought to
myself. After grabbing my mask and snorkel, I slipped
an underwater pocket camera into my neoprene shirt
sleeve, then, throwing caution to the wind, slid quietly
into still waters clear as gin.
"Stay close," I asked Peter, who sat patiently by the
dinghy outboard, rolling his eyes. He was used to my
crazy ways.


Mainly nocturnal, a nurse shark lazes the day away.
The author (above) has decided 'no more nighttime
skinny dipping' and no more shark barbecues, either



In eight feet of water, I gazed down in amazement as
..I 1 .-own nurse sharks (ginglymostoma cirratum)
i I. i the sand with large pectoral fins, as if they
were walking along the ocean floor. As I swam in close
to a particularly comatose seven-footer, its head
turned to eye me warily. I eased into reverse gear, giv
ing it more respect, and more spar- yTi i rFurr- I
cooed in my head. Taking refuge in I. -1. I i 11.
drifting dinghy, I allowed the current to take me over
two other nurse sharks. They were busy feeding on
small marine invertebrates: crabs, sea urchins, or
snails hidden in the sand. Fortunately for me, human
flesh is not included in their diet, a small comfort to
stupid American tourists, like moi.
Out of my peripheral vision, I caught sight of a juve
nile male torpedoing my way, much closer to the sur
face than the others. Alarmed, I sped over to the din
ghy that had drifted away; the curious shark was close
behind. One i .-. 1 ii 1... 1 handle, I gave a
fierce kick, II ..... I ... II .I the wet floor.
"Having fun, dear?" Peter said, a wide grin spread
S i face. (I love it when he teases me.)
S I replied coolly, with more confidence
than I felt.


BAITI


Nurse sharks, often known as sand tigers, are sluggish
in daylight hours, becoming more active at night when
they congregate in larger numbers to feed. They won't
attack unless provoked, but they can be dangerous.
Nurse sharks have been recorded as having attacked
c.1-- i i---- 1;,- tl-, last four centuries. Out of 42
c.11 . -i -. ..i they come eighth in line in the
number of attacks worldwide, behind the hammerhead
(31), bull shark (69), tiger shark (104), and great white
(311). Who's counting, when it's me in the water?
But I know that the nurse shark knows that I'm
there. Acute eyesight enables a shark to locate me at
:. 1. .........1 r waters. It can sniff me out one-quarter
i i ....i with powerful sensors. I was only a few
feet away! Sharks are sensitive to movement, and can
detect weak electrical charges through pores in their
skin, enabling them to hunt buried prey at night.
No more nighttime skinny-dipping for me, even if it
is beside the boat during a full moon, calypso music
across still waters, coconut palms swaying....
I have compassion for all sharks. Snorkeling in their
habitat has brought me great pleasure, though not all
would feel the same. Ill-informed fishermen kill sharks
intentionally, believing the predator lessens their
catch; thousands die in their :.i,,,,. ,, 1. ar.
Humans hunt sharks for sport, I Ii ,* I ..1 .p is


prized in Southeast Asia) and medicine: shark liver oil
is a source of vitamin A, the .,.1.. ,3 extracted for
cancer cures, and skins are ..... i I. shoes, hand
bags, and belts. Little regard is given for the health of
shark populations. According to NOAA Fisheries, over
100 million sharks are killed each year needlessly.
Shark survival is further threatened by low produce
tivity of their young pups: they eat each other before
birth, in-utero (intrauterine cannibalism!), thus mak
ing it harder for the shark population to rebound from
near extinction. These combined factors have made
the nurse shark listed as Endangered by IUCN, the
non-governmental World Conservation Union.
And the ..i ... -. .. 1 .11 1 listed above? More
people die I. .... 1i.1,,,,,. -1 ,, and water-related
activities e. i. .. I1 .... .. i shark attacks are
sensationalized by the media, shaping erroneous pub
lic opinion. In most cases, shark bites are in error. The
shark realizes their victim is not a marine mammal,
and the person is released without further injury;
repeated attacks are rare.
As scavengers of the sea, sharks play a primary eco
logical role by preying on weak and dead fish. As apex
predators, by controlling the population size of many
lower-level species, they further contribute to the sta
ability of marine ecosystems and maintain biodiversity
in the food web of the vast sea.
Next time a cruiser invites me to partake in a shark
feast on the beach, I think I'll pass, offering my tofu
nori California rolls instead.


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A DIFFERENT


PERSPECTIVE


St. Vincent in the History of the Carib Nation 1625-1779, by Edgar Adams.
Published in St. Vincent, 2007. ISBN 978-976 95004-8-8.
This book is "Dedicated to the memory of the Carib Nation of the Lesser Antilles,
1200-1797." It is the first history book I have read which describes and documents
the events leading to the near extinction of the Caribs in St. Vincent from an indige
nous point of view. I would be remiss as a book reviewer, however, : .. i i ..,i. ut
the obvious: the date on the cover is written ...1 --" sh ,I I I
The Caribs that Mr. Adams describes were ..I I ... ..I to the Windward and
some Leeward Islands at
the time of Columbus, hav
ing displaced the more
peaceful Arawak people
some time in the preceding
300 years. Columbus' ini
trial voyage came into con
tact with the Arawak
descended Taino Indians,
who were enslaved and
exterminated by disease in
only two or three genera
.. ... -' ...:: ..: tions. In contrast, the
S.11..... who were
...... aribs", were far
more hostile to Europeans
from the outset. Their
nation extended from St.
Kitts to Grenada and they
had their own language,
culture, customs, and
beliefs. One by one the
Caribs were massacred on
each island until they were
Sallowed only on Dominica
land St. Vincent in any
numbers. These were
declared "neutral" islands
,iso a ein 1657 by the colonial pow
ers, but this did not pro
.r Vhibit them from attempting
u p Cto place settlements there.
SThe French and British
vied to colonize St. Vincent,
and in general the French
were less hated by the
Caribs, some of whom
adopted that language. After several slave ships sank on the coasts of Bequia and
St. Vincent, a sizeable number of African survivors adopted the Carib culture and
their offspring were known as Black Caribs. Their numbers became large enough by
1700 that the colonial powers negotiated a treaty to partition St. Vincent; the west
ern side was designated for the Yellow Caribs and the east for the Black. It was also
reaffirmed that the island remain "neutral", but both the French and the British
reneged on this agreement by ..... 1.. a ... ..I their own in the south and
pushing the two Carib tribes I ',' .. .11. i II ii, Treaty of Paris (1763) the
island was officially ceded to the British, only to be recaptured briefly by the French
(1779) and ceded once more to the British by the Treaty of Versailles (1783). The first
Carib -Tr''71. in 1772 ended in a military stalemate six months later, and the
Caribs I I to swear allegiance to the King of England and sign a treaty they
poorly understood.
The French were willing to provide the Caribs with arms to overthrow their oppres
sors, but it was the Caribs' great misfortune that the British prevailed in the end.
Following the second and last Carib war on St. Vincent, over 5,000 Caribs were
herded onto ships and "relocated" to Roatan ("Rattan"), an island off the Central
American coast, in 1797. The vast majority of these were Black Caribs; fewer than
half survived the journey. The staging ground for this horrendous chapter of British
history was the tiny Grenadine island of Balliceaux, where the Caribs suffered and
died while waiting for transport. The survivors are known as Garifuna, and they have
persevered to this day in Honduras, Belize, and Nicaragua.
The Caribs who remained on St. Vincent lived in the north of the island, where
many perished after the eruption of the Soufriere volcano in 1902. The only indige
nous "pure" Carib settlement exists on Dominica today, though there are still many
people on St. Vincent having Carib blood, high cheekbones, and straight hair, with
family names such as Baptiste dating from their initial alliance with the French.
Mr. Adams' story largely ends with the destruction of the St. Vincent Carib Nation,
but he should be given great credit for the new information he brings to light in the
form of the marvelous appendices at the end of each chapter. He has had many
primary source French documents translated, which gave this reader a fuller under
standing of the battles, treaties, and lives of the Caribs than could be gleaned by the
British accounts I had previously encountered. Some of these are quite lengthy and
detailed, but the information provided made the journey worthwhile. As I noted
before, the author sides with those whose history has previously been written by
their colonizers, which sets this book apart from any other about this era.
As this book was self published, there are a few criticisms, which I hope are recti
fied in a later edition. Mainly, the 18th century maps must be copied on higher
quality, glossy paper so that the names are legible; the other illustrations would also
benefit greatly from better reproduction. Besides the obvious :.; t .1- ;.. tl.
cover date, the author states twice that the American War ol Il- I i .i 1 i
in 1778 instead of 1775. But these small slip ups did not detract from the pleasure
of reading this unique history of the Carib Nation.
Available at Adams Bookstore on the cruise ship wharf in Kingstown, St. Vincent, or
from the author at yasada@vincysurf com.










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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F ...i I .. I
moon's setting to just after Its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : .... 1 i .I ,
nadir to soon after Its :-I ; the tide runs westward. Ti'1 I ,' local.
Note: the maximum I or 4 days after the new ... ..
For more Information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray lolaire
charts. Fair tides!
May 2008 21 0037 10 1808
DATE TIME 22 0128 11 1849
1 0822 23 0219 12 1931
2 0909 24 0309 13 2013
3 0958 25 0358 14 2058
4 1052 26 0445 15 2144
5 1149 (new) 27 0531 16 2233
6 1252 28 0615 17 2323
7 1358 29 0700 18 0000 (full)
8 1504 30 0747 19 0015
9 1607 31 0836 20 0106
10 1704 June 2008 21 0156
11 1756 DATE TIME 22 0243
12 1844 1 0931 23 0329
13 1928 2 1030 24 0413
14 2010 3 1135 25 0457
15 2051 4 1242 26 0541
16 2132 5 1349(new) 27 0628
17 2215 6 1451 28 0719
18 2300 7 1547 29 0814
19 2347 8 1638 30 0914
20 0000 (full) 9 1724


Fighting Evil Keweevil


An embarrassing commentary on

my sloppy housekeeping

by Chris Doyle
At various times I have had boats invaded by cockroaches, ants, and rats, but
nothing quite prepared me for the Week of the Weevils.
It all started when Ben, a friend of mir i. .. .i...,. -I i, first ti i .. i.
heartedly complained that he had not hE. i i i I .-' II .... weevils i I I.-
hard tack. Like many new to sailing, he i... ..... I .1 11 .i i true to a Patrick
O'Brian novel.
A while later, I noticed a couple of weevils on the cabin sole.
Ben left and my partner Ginny arrived, and while this happened, the weevils mul
tiplied. We started seeing many dozens of them on the cabin sole, on bulkheads, and
inside lockers.
It has to be said that weevils are not the most obnoxious of guests -they don't sting,
there are no vampire weevils, and unlike cockroaches, they do not scurry or wait till
dark to creep out. They mainly walk sedately or just stand quietly looking bemused.
We started off squishing them, but neither of us particularly liked the little crunch,
and there were too many to give each one so much individual attention. With the aid
of dustpan and brush and mini-vacuum they were easy to remove from the surfaces.
Then we offered them a major life decision: swim ashore or drown.
But however many we removed, within a few hours there would be more. All my
basic provisions, such as flour and rice, are in sealed containers.
We checked them -no weevils. We emptied a locker or two where the density
seemed worst -nothing.










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It was like they were spontaneously generating from nowhere. Strangely enough,
scientific thought before Darwin hypothesized that frogs could arise spontaneously
from mud, and Linnaeus himself thought that in winter swallows somehow disap
peared into the reeds beside rivers t -m- ;- spring.
But to even think this way today : -. I Ii and leads on the sure path to mad
ness wherein you start babbling about intelligent design like members of the
Discovery Institute, and start calling your biologist friends "Darwinists", a sure
qualification to get you voted onto a school board in Florida, Kansas or Texas.
No, there had to be a better way. Luckily at this point the weevils had not eaten,
carried away or taken up residence in the computer, so we cornered a sample weevil
and Googled him. Maybe it would be a boll weevil. At least then I could imagine
myself in a Woody Guthrie song.
They were not boll weevils, but they looked very like rice weevils. They could have
also been wheat weevils, or damn near any other kind of grain eating weevil tell
ing the difference between members of this sub group of weevil species is not for
the amateur.
But here was the interesting thing we learned: weevils typically use one unit of
their preferred food to produce each young. They lay many eggs, but only one, say,
per rice grain. The larva eats up the inside 11' .. ........ i ... a hole in the husk,
metamorphoses to an adult weevil and ... ... ... I x, rock 'n roll and
more rice.
Now if they were indeed not spontaneously generating, this would mean that we
had to'. ;it 1,. ..i, I i 1.. ,,,. .... vhich they were emerging we had
taken b.... I 1. l i ii I I. .. I ........... lesson.
Ginny had determined the largest concentration was in the workshop; it was a
hotspot, there were even a bunch in the tiny bilge among the transducers. "I think,"
said Ginny, "it is something you brought back on your bike."
My bike sits on the cabin sole in a big nylon 1 1 . worst concentration
of weevils. This seemed to me unlikely; I mean i .. .... I .. stuck in the treads
yes, but hundreds, hardly. Also, just in case she was right, I had sprayed a quick
i .. i bag a couple of days before. It made no difference. Still, in the
:eI l, -1I pulled the bike out into the cockpit and opened the bag; it was
weevil free.
By luck, I pulled an old mug out the dim recesses of a locker and found a few dead
weevils inside. This was a locker we had looked in before, but not really cleaned
now was the time. Out came dozens of little sealed containers until all that was left
was an untidy stack of bowls way in the back. There between the nested bowls was
a plastic bag of split peas.
i, i .. . ilg, each split pea had a hole, and tl. i 1 I; 1 1.. 1 ..... 1. 1
I Ih I i i -1. I the weevils dispersed fast, so the I ,i I,

When in search of boll weevils, next time we will check the bowls first.
















A fruit common to the Southern Caribbean but rare
to Europe and North America is the pommerac.
Trinidadians and Guyanese especially love this fruit.
The juicy, shiny red (sometimes pink) pommerac fruit
has one large seed and is usually oval -..1., i .
shaped with the taste and texture ol '1 i


through coconut husks and poured into deep wounds.
The root is used to soothe itches, and is also effective
against dysentery and as a diuretic. Brazilians have
used pommerac as a remedy for diabetes and consti
pation. The juice of crushed leaves can be used as a
skin treatment and can be steeped into baths.


POMMERAC


mixed with a Bartlett pear.
Also named the Malay apple, it is native to Malaysia
and was dispersed by prehistoric sailors throughout
Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands. Early mission
aries recorded that the Hawaiian Islands had only
bananas, coconuts and pommeracs when they arrived.
It was the Portuguese who transported the pommerac
to Africa. Captain Bligh, better kno--. f-r 1-r
breadfruit to the Caribbean, delivered i ... I.
pommerac trees to Jamaica in 1793.
Throughout the world the pommerac (derived from
pomme du lac" meaning "milk apple" when translated
from Trinidadian-French Patois) has various names;
such as rose apple, mountain apple, water apple,
plumrose, cashu di Surinam, and, unfortunately, it is
also misnamed the Otaheite apple (which is better


suited to the pommecythere). Pommerac is a member
of the same family as the spice, cloves. Pommerac
blossoms are a beautiful pink I i 1 1 I I ... 1.. .1
a bottlebrush. New blossoms ... .I I.. I
changing to shocking pink. They have only a very
slight aroma.
Pommerac (Syzygium malaccense) is rich is iron,
calcium and phosphorus il. .i..-... lly eaten raw
out of hand or sliced :..I i,,, .. I for example
-Guyanese stew them with cloves for a dessert. They
can be jellied, pickled, or prepared as a spicy chow
when they are immature. Puerto Ricans make a deli
cious wine from this fruit. Indonesians use the pom-
merac flowers in salads or preserved in sugar syrup.
They consume young leaves and shoots, before turn
ing green, with rice or cooked as a vegetable.
Pommerac has many medicinal uses. An extract of
the bark is used as an astringent to fight infections.
The bark is pounded into a mix with sea salt, filtered


Unripe, green pommeracs are peeled, sliced, and
dipped in chili powder and salt as a type of chow. The
green fruit is also cooked in chutneys and also adds a
slightly sour taste to soups, sauces and stews. Young
leaves are used to steam a pleasant flavor into fish or
rice. Ripe pommeracs are cooked into curries, jams,
drinks, wine and desserts.
Pommerac Chow
6 ripe pommeracs, peeled
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and minced
1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Remove seeds from the pommeracs and slice


pieces half an inch thick. Place slices in a large non
metallic bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir so
slices are covered. Let sit for at least ten minutes
before enjoying.
Stewed Pommerac
6 firm pommeracs (not over-ripe)
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon Angostura bitters
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
4 cloves
pinch of salt
Peel and slice pommeracs, removing the seed. In an
uncovered saucepan boil the sugar and the water for
ten minutes before adding fruit slices. Simmer until
fruit is soft, but do not cook to mush. Stir in cinna
mon, cloves and bitters.
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Dear Compass,
Your correspondent Don Street has written such
drivel in his "What's on My Mind: A Look at Marine
Pollution" [Caribbean Compass, February 2008] that I
am stimulated to respond.
Toilet effluent and pollution: He assumes that toilet
effluent is a serious polluter and it is not. When toilet
flush is immediately deposited in salt water the break
down is rapid. When it is retained with fresh water in
a holding tank for long periods it develops into some-
thing far more threatening.
Simpson Bay Lagoon: Mr. Street assumes that the
flushing effect by tides is worse when the openings to
the sea are smaller. This is not true. The smaller open
I.se a higher current speed and therefore more
S flushing. In the case of the Simpson Bay
lagoon, there are parts that are very effectively flushed
through i -... .11 i ..I i... i. current openings and there
are parts I. 11. 11- ,, ,,,. action is much less, but it
is not true that the Simpson Bay 1 .-- 1. -. particu
larly serious pollution problem. I . .- problem
this is where land-sourced i -1--1 t. :- into the lagoon
in those parts where the :I .-1..... i. is the least,
being the Cole Bay corner and the Marigot corner.
In the case of the mega-yachts, these all have
treatment facilities so their contribution is
relatively small.
I have not seen Mr. Street in the Simpson Bay lagoon
for a very long time and I am there every day.
Robbie Ferron
St. Maarten

Dear Compass,
This is in response to Chris Doyle's recipe for Crusty
Boat Bread in the February issue of Compass, and
Sue Simon's response to it in the March issue's
Readers' Forum.
Yes, it is possible to enjoy delicious homemade bread
on-board without an oven, and without -n.l-i;
mess! But you will need two special pieces 1" 1
ment, which most boats already have: a pressure
cooker and a non-stick wok. And if you don't own
these implements, you should! You will find dozens of
other delicious uses for both.
Here is the dough recipe we use, though this meth
od will work with any bread dough:
-,. plain flour
multigrain flour
i i .i i, east
S."....i i -i., .. I 100ml of salt water (or 300ml
of fresh water with one half teaspoon of salt)
1 Tablespoon cornmeal
To make no-mess bread dough, put the flour and dry
yeast into the wok and mix with a wooden spoon so as
:. I 1 .... i, .... -stick surface. Let stand for five
:....... I- I. I i,,. the water and salt. Mix ingredi
ents then knead the dough, still in the wok, for a total
of ten minutes' mixing l-;-;-; V-; -V ; ; dust
your hands with some I ,,, 11. I i I i.... r the
wok, so that any spills will be absorbed by the dough.
No mess! Cover with a tea towel and let rise, 60 to 90
minutes. Punch the dough down and knead again for
ten minutes. The dough should not stick to the wok or
your hands, leaving a clean galley.
To bake bread on the stovetop you need a pressure
cooker, preferably a heavy aluminium one with straight
sides (which allows you to turn the loaf out easily).
Follow your favourite bread-dough recipe, or use the one
we have provided. Prepare the pressure cooker by greas
ing the bottom half with margarine or butter, add the
cornmeal and shake it around to get an even coating.
After your dough has risen and you have kneaded it for
the second time, place the dough in the pressure cooker.
Cover with the tea towel again and allow to rise, 60 to 90
minutes. Remove the tea towel, tighten the lid and,
WITHOUT THE WEIGHT (to allow the steam to escape),
cook on very low heat for 45 to 60 minutes. The bread is
cooked when the top is dry, or a quarter-sized damp spot
in the middle remains; you may n I I II -I i i
ing time to suit your equipment. I i I I II I


and soft on top, with golden-brown crust on the bottom
and sides. Turn the bread out (a shake may help loosen
a loaf that has stuck to the sides; grease a little higher
next time), allow to cool, and enjoy!
The boat stays cool and the galley stays clean. This
is also a low-carbon recipe, using very low heat instead
of a pre-heated, high-heat oven!
We find bread made this way will 'ii .11
up to five days later, even if stored '. i 11, I.
Craig Lovett and Sylvie Honnay
Liaison

Dear Compass,
After: 1... your request in the April issue of
Compas. I1 gentleman who sent you a recipe for
Oven Free Bread to contact you as his name was lost,
may I offer my recipe for Oven-Free Bread that uses
very little .- (as was commented on by Sue Simons
aboard -I orensu)?
This bread is easy to make and cook. An extra
advantage is that you don't need an oven: you cook it
on the stovetop, which uses very little gas.
1 Tablespoon dried yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
4 Cups white bread flour
1 1/2 Cups of sea water (read Notes below)
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the sea water, then
thoroughly mix the flour in.
Put t .... ... ii... thick bottomed
pot anc .11. 11 1,11,,, 1, I II have found that
a deep i .1 ..i *** ii1 I - ..ches in diameter
works best)
Let stand in a warm place for about two hours or
until double in size.
Cook on a low flame for 30 minutes, gently turn the
bread over and cook for another 30 minutes.
Best if eaten while still hot.
Notes:
You can substitute the sea water with 1 1/2 cups of
drinking water with 2 teaspoons of table salt mixed in.
You can also use 1 cup of drinking water and 1/2
cup of milk (fresh or sour), also with 2 teaspoons of
table salt mixed in.
You can add a tablespoon of cooking oil to change
the texture a little.
You can also experiment with different types of flour.
You can use multigrain, whole wheat, etcetera, but the
cooking times will have to be increased.
If the lid of your pot is not a good fit, cover the pot
with a piece of aluminium foil first (shiny side facing
the bread), and then put the lid of the pot back on.
You can also add 1/4 cup of sliced or halved olives
to make a great olive bread.
My favorite is to add 1/8 cup of olives, 1/8 cup of
sun-dried tomatoes cut into smallish pieces, and a
level tablespoon of crushed garlic. (The addition of
garlic, even just a little, makes the bread last longer.)
Bon appetit!
Kind regards,
Errol (don't lose my name) Lishman
S/V Zephyr

Hello, Yachties,
It's me again, after a long break. You know, the one
who takes the rise out of the pathetic ones. You know
the ones I mean: those whose faithful friends have
brought them thousands of miles. Then what hap
pens? Their faithful friend develops a fault -and they
abandon it.
This is in response to the "Info & Updates" item in
the April issue about the poor sailors who abandoned
their boat in mid Atlantic because the chainplates
were coming loose and they feared a possible dismast
ing. The boat then drifted intact to the Caribbean.
"0 my god," they say. "What shall I do?" Well, it is
obvious even to the fools who cross the Atlantic these
days. Jump in the liferaft and scream, "Heeeeeeeeeeee
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp! I can't fix it." Didn't Daddy ever
tell these people that you step up into a life raft, not
down into it? Reference the Fastnet tragedy: more
people died in liferafts than on the damaged yachts. I
sincerely hope the insurance companies hammer
these pathetic characters. Mind you, doesn't it give
these so-called mariners a bit of kudos when they
relate the upgraded story in the local yacht club?
It's like the crews you see in the Caribbean these
days on the so called superyachts. Courtesy? They
don't know the first thing about it, screaming through
the anchorage at 25 knots, looking at themselves to
see how they are doing.
Anyway back to the wannabes. Why don't they carry
a bit of knowledge and tools of the sea? I have come
across people who have arrived in ..... from
Europe who do not know even the basic- I 11. .. own
boats, let alone having enough knowledge to help any
one else. I spent years acquiring an engineering ticket
in 40,000-horsepower engine rooms and I still do not
know it all -I still learn. Although I have always been
an advocate of "free sea and sail", I think that the fools
who are now setting out across the oceans should not
be allowed to step off the shore till they have some
knowledge of what they are embarking on.
I am as always,
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Dear Compass,
I read the item in April's Compass ("Business Briefs"
department) on generator noise with great interest.
Having looked at the full report I see that the gen set I
use was not tested, probably not yet classed as being
built by a prominent builder. Anyhow, I reckon I have
the quietest r-a-r.t-r -n any boat anywhere in the
world! It is a i. i- .. -. and provides me with all the
power and hot water we could ever wish for. It has NO
internal combustion. No "squeeze BANG push" and
consumes 0.6 litres of diesel per hour. I'd be happy to
show my fit and let you (try to) hear it running!
I have no deal with the company, am just a very, very
satisfied customer. I think Roger at Maintech on St.
Maarten is the local agent and I have told him that I
will happily show my generator to anyone interested. I
believe that it is now competitively priced.
Steve Hunt
Maggy May

Dear Compass,
Our dinghy was stolen recently in front of Rodney
Bay, St. Lucia. It was locked but the stainless-steel
chain was cut. We went at midnight to the police sta
tion in Gros Islet and made a report to Mr. Hippolyte.
This nice police ... 1 ...1. ... 1...1, 1 1 i vo
days later in good .. i,, ,, i,.i. ....... i .... i i
We think it is necessary to say that if you are the
victim of theft, first and immediately go to the police
station. Then be patient: you have a little time to wait
so that the police can do their work.
We are happy that all is okay and the police in Gros
Islet (especially Mr. Hippolyte) were very friendly,
kindly and helpful.
Maria Schukle and Michael Sumper
Shalimardue

Open letter to the Bequia Sailing Club,
Arriving back in ,,i. .11 ,- a boisterous sail
from Bequia, it's tim. I 11 i the wonderful time
we enjoyed in Bequia before during and after the
Easter Regatta.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all
those who put in so much effort to make the regatta
such a success, particularly Noel Mawer and his sis
ter Nicola Redway, Wilfred Dederer and the many
helpers who were working towards the . i -
before the event and thereafter, and :. i ,. II,,.
thanks to James Benoit (Commodore of Grenada
Yacht Club) for coming up from Grenada to assist
with the yacht races.
Th- r-i;n was excellent, with varying courses, each
day 1.11 ..I each day exciting. Prizes were copious;
even we on Samadhi came home with something to be
proud of.
There are many who have, with just cause, been
attending this regatta for years, coming from Antigua,
St. Lucia, Barbados, Carriacou and Trinidad, plus a
great French .. .... ,..I .. i 11. added enthusiasm of
the J/24 fleet ... .. i,. i ... St. Lucia and farther
afield in boisterous conditions. All contribute to make
this a -' .t event.
The I bow" or double-ender local boat racing,
-r-ni-- by Bequia Sailing Club Commodore Orbin
Sii .. was spectacular as ever. These open boats
are, to our yachtsmen's eyes, grossly over-rigged and
extreme but they are sailed with consummate skill.
Some are a hundred years old; their origin is to be
seen in old engravings illustrating Moby Dick Such
enthusiasm, competitiveness and yet friendliness
amongst the competitors, local guys, many of whom
make their living out of the sea.
Putting on an event such as this does not happen
overnight; it involves days spent in preparation, hours
spent on the committee boat and working out results,
and then presenting prizes, all 1 ... : .. ; I
the sailing community. Thank; .. ..... I .11
be back.
Frank Pearce, Vice Commodore Antigua Yacht Club
Yacht Samadhi

Dear Compass,
In post-war Europe the Marshall Plan resulted in the
economic miracle of Germany recovering from WWII
devastation to become an economic powerhouse. It
seems that the Dutch side of St. Maarten is trying to
copy the Marshall Plan even though the French did
not ask for it, nor seem to need it.
On visits to St. Maarten -St. Martin in January of
2008 and again in March, Marigot Bay (French side)
was filled with boats. Simpson Bay (Dutch side), on
the other hand, was almost deserted. In the lagoon, on
the Dutch side -which is normally crowded with
boats -huge areas were totally empty. Just past the
airport runway, i.e. on the French side, boats were
anchored in numbers we've never seen before in the
five years that we have been in and out of St. Martin.
The same was true of Marigot Bay -lots of boats,
compared to very few in Simpson Bay.
The reason for the change became obvious very
quickly: a huge increase in the fees for staying on the
Dutch side of St. Maarten is now in effect. For exam
ple, a 46 foot boat now pays US$40 for a one week
stay whether in the lagoon, or out in the bay. If you


-. .. .... .ii bridge, the same size boat gets to pay
.. 1. * A one-week stay in the lagoon for a
46-foot boat is therefore US$70. Each additional week,
or partial week would cost this size boat another
US$40. A complete fee schedule is available on the
internet, although it was not accurate when I looked at
it. The fee schedule is also posted in the office at
*. I- ...i I ...... .. I . II. bridge. Thisisa -1-a i-ln:
i11 h I ... I ... -. .. .. 4, ni l, ,
the boat, even more in the cas 1. I .. fee.
Many of us stop in St. Maarten -St. Martin to have boat
work done, often resulting in a several-week stay. The
costs add up in a hurry, and this is only for anchoring.
S1. .... I i I I i 1 .... on the French side
pa - :- .i I i . I . k or four weeks.
The idea ofhaving t- .-f- .-1-;; ;.- -;;t -tl -e bay
has always been a .. ..I ... .. ....- ever
since the Lagoon Authority implemented the fees. This
latest increase has caused even more outrage among
cruisers and has been the talk of the morning net and
the various watering holes that line the lagoon.
Needless to say, cruisers are voting with their wallets
and are staying away from the Dutch side in droves
-restaurants and bars have noticed a drop-off in
business. (Yes, I talked to a number of business own
ers and also a mega-yacht skipper who was also
unhappy, but obviously less so, since this money is
not coming out of his pocket directly).
The results have been very predictable: boats are
anchoring on the French side of the island and the
lagoon, leaving the Dutch side almost empty with
the exception of the mega-yachts using the yacht
clubs/marinas.
I don't know the driving force behind the increases,
nor whether anyone is working to have these fees
rescinded. It is doubtful that these fees put more
money into government coffers since many cruisers
are moving to the French side or staying away. They
certainly hurt restaurants and bars since boats/cruis
ers are now on the French side. And, yes, many busi
nesses there are still offering the one-to-one exchange
for the dollar to the Euro.
One can only conclude that the Dutch authorities
are trying to discourage cruisers, for whatever reason.
Ah yes, pass the croissant and vive la France!
Here is an abbreviated Dutch-side fee schedule in
US$ (the full schedule is available at www.smmta.
com):
BRIDGE FEES:
9 to 12 meters $10
12 to 15 meters $30
15 to 18 meters $60
ANCHORING FEE:
8 to 13 meters $20
13 to 18 meters $40
18 to 23 meters $60
CUSTOMS CLEARANCE $2
HARBOR CLEARANCE $5
Eric Dehmel
S/V Psyche

Dear Compass,
Yachts are no longer welcome in St. Maarten. At
least that's the n- ': being broadcast from the
south half of the I .... II Island'.
Simpson P.- T1 .:--n ;nti-rity Corp. (SLAC) dou
bled their' ..... 1, 2008. Ifyou wishto
anchor in the Dutch side of the Lagoon, or outside in
Simpson Bay, a fee of US$20 is imposed for our
43-foot boat for a week or less.
S1 1 1. 11 11 .1.1 i .. i i .....I..1 You must
.. II . 11 , 1 ....... .. .. ... 1. each w ith
their own window, each with only one clerk. In any other
Caribbean country, if I walked in and saw seven people
in line I would go do some errands and come back later.
But with only one person ahead, I : ;. 1;.. Only in St.
Maarten is it common to stand ... i.. I an hour
because the one person in front of you happens to be an
agent who may be processing as many seven boats. Why
isn't there another process for agents?
At the Immigration window you can wait in line for
a couple cruisers, plus an agent from the ......ii
ferry who is carrying 18 passports from 12 1 i1 ,i
countries, including three countries on some kind of
S1 .1 'watch list'. After 30 or 40 minutes, when
i.... i it is your turn at the window, you have the
privilege of asking the :........ .1, ,, Officer for the
appropriate form so you ... 1.11 t three pages of
documents, then get back in the same line and wait
-.i; t complete your business. Why isn't there a
1.11 "i process for ferries and why aren't forms
available in the lobby?
On January 1, 2008, SLAC also began to impose
fees to transit the bridge for vessels less than 90 feet
(which were previously exempt), US$30 in our case.
We had anchored outside in Simpson Bay for several
weeks until we needed fuel and water. We could have
gone in the morning's first bridge to a marina in the
Lagoon, tanked up and come back out the second
bridge, re -.i.--r-i;; th- same spot in Simpson
Bay. But i i - : ... I this plan unacceptable,
so we cleared out and took our business to the
French side.

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Additionally, around the first of the
year the St. Maarten Coast Guard began
to patrol the Dutch anchorages, board
ing yachts and inspecting ship papers to
be sure you have paid your SLAC fees.
While this is certainly within their rights,
they seem determined to harass cruis
ers. They don't bother the large tenders
of the mega yachts, the local vendors or
the marina tenders speeding around.
They don't mess with the local fishermen
or water taxis that put out so much
wake that you have to eat your lunch off
the galley floor. But cruisers have been
stopped and fined US$250 for failure to
carry a light in 1.. .1. during daylight
hours. During I
Two guys were stopped because their
dinghy was not traveling in a straight
line through the anchorage. They were
told, in the opinion of the St. Maarten
Coast Guard the operator must be
drunk, a violation which carries a fine
of US$250, and is payable in cash, on
the spot. When the operator replied he
did not have $250 cash in his posses
sion, they instead fined the passenger.
Apparently in St. Maarten, it is illegal to
ride in a dinghy with an operator who
cannot drive a straight line through an
anchorage full of yachts, moorings,
chop and wake.
If these actions were performed in the
interest of safety and security, all
speeders would be treated equally and
they would stop the marina tenders
and fishing boats with permanent lights
to be sure they work during the day.
But cruisers are not alone in feeling
discouraged from visiting Dutch St.
Maarten. The mega-yachts are also dis
courage by the high fees, the new
Immigration laws limiting their crew
members, and the limited access
through the drawbridge. The St.
Maarten Marine Trades Association
(SMMTA) lobbied on behalf of the large
boats for night-time bridge openings
that would limit the impact on auto
traffic, a balance that needs to be main
tainted. Though the Dutch f---rnmnt
has approved this concept 1I. -I1
refuses to implement the idea. It should
be clearly understood that the SLAC is
a corporation, sub-contracted to the
Dutch government -the tail is wag
going the dog.
According to the SLAC, to move a
yacht from Simpson Bay or the Lagoon
to Phillipsburg, one must check out of
Simpson harbor. Of course to move
from the Dutch side to the French side
one must check out of the harbor and
the country. Both of these regulations
involve fees. Because they cannot pos
sibly process more than 50 boats a day,
the Heineken Regatta President had to
ask about the requirements for their
268 raceboats, which sail from Simpson
to Phillipsburg and on to French
'{1rii-t The local newspaper reported
response as: "The rules are
quite clear and must be followed. We
are not interested in promoting yacht
ing in St. Maarten." With that kind of
attitude it seems that St. Maarten can
kiss their Heiney goodbye!
Perhaps politics can explain all this
irrational behavior. St. Maarten is cur
rently attempting to get a divorce from
the Netherlands. Apparently, before
independence The Hague has asked
them to show better control of
........... sues and demonstrate
:. .,i But could St. Maarten
become e , .. 1. .. .i ...... ii
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marine industry?
St. Maarten used to be the yachting
capital of the Caribbean, but the cur
rent course leads only to disaster.
Sadly submitted,
Tom Henkens

We passed Eric and Tom's letters on to
the St. Maarten Marine Trades
Association for comment, which follows.
CC

Dear Compass,
Thank you for the opportunity to
respond to the letters of Tom Henkens
and Eric Dehmel on the fees for yachts
of Dutch St. Maarten and other issues.


In general, the St. Maarten Marine
Trades Association is fully in agreement
with the points brought up by the writers
and := ---1-~1~i hard at in. t- amend
the structu] II me to
make some points on the issues relating
to i. i. .. I i arten:
1 i i extensive
"good government" procedures that
would normally require the private sec
tor, in this case the yachting industry,
to be consulted prior to this huge
increase in tariffs which could threaten
the US$90 million industry in Dutch
St. Maarten, there was no such consul
station and in December 2007 the Island
Council changed the relevant ordinance
and instituted it one month later.
Some years ago, the management of
the lagoon and the bridge was put in the
hands of an organization called SLAC
(Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority
Corporation) with the stated statutory
goal of developing the area and the
yachting industry. The management of
this organization was put in the hands of
a Mr. Russell Voges who stands out in
respect of his unwillingness to co-operate
with and support the yachting industry.
Just over a week ago (this was writ
ten April 25th) the St. Maarten Marine
Trades submitted a proposal for revised
rates to the Executive Council of the
Island Council, which proposed a set of
rates that sho;;l- 1 :- .t deal more
palatable to I .-..... 1 these are
accepted then the rates will go down,
although the issues of long waiting lines
will still remain to a large degree. The
proposals include the change of rates


being inside the lagoon. We are pleased
to note that leading government figures
have expressed their acceptance of a
change in rates and we hope that an
announcement could be made this sum
mer for a change in the rates.
It is useful to know the origin of this
rate problem for yachtsmen. The
Simpson Bay Bridge was rebuilt some
years ago and still needs to be paid for
and will require a major refit in the
near future. These costs have to be
borne by the island and the tariffs were
introduced apparently to cover these
costs, but the St. Maarten Marine
Trades Association is not familiar with
the financial position of the SLAC .
It is also useful for yachtsmen to
know that the rates that are published
on the website of the L. . i.. ,
are those of 2007 an .I , I
grossly incorrect. This inability of the
Lagoon Authority to update their site is
in line with their inefficiency at the pay
ment kiosks and the non-cooperative
manner of their managing director, Mr.
Russell Voges.
The letter writers also refer to
other issues:
Coast Guard fines: The issue of the
dinghy operator accused of drunk driv
ing has been passed on to the author
ties by us. We continue to work with
the Coast Guard in trying to get a bet
ter understanding by their patrol boats,
which are manned by employees of the
Kingdom Coastguard, to better under
stand the issues relating to yachts.
We would like to thank the letter writ
ers for expressing their concern. We can
only agree with most of what is written
and promise that we will continue mak
ing every effort to avoid the demise of
Dutch St. Maarten as a yachting desti
nation for all sizes of yachts.
We encourage those persons who are
unwilling to pay the Dutch rates to visit
via the French side of the island at a
clearing cost of only US$8. Bring us a
croissant if you have the chance.
Robbie Ferron
Member of the Board for
Government Relations
St. Maarten Marine Trades
Association

Dear Compass,
Cruisers frequently complain about
the quality of the mail service in the
islands ("snail mail" as it is now
called) but I ask you to consider this
true example.
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was addressed: complaints. (Kudos are okay!) We do not
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the Month


Dear Compass Readers,
There is bad news and good news in Venezuela.
Venezuela took a couple of bad hits recently as far as cruiser crime is concerned.
Both occurred in the eastern offshore islands.
The first armed attack on a yacht ever documented in Islas Los Testigos occurred
on January 26th, 2008. One of the victims was shot and rushed to Isla Margarita for
emergency treatment. The bad guys got away.
Also in January, the sixth armed yacht robbery to our knowledge in Porlamar, Isla
Margarita, since 2003 had the American-flagged Nomad as victim. With a shotgun
and pistols in their faces the boat's two-person crew was robbed. A local business
man heard the emergency call on VHF and telephoned the police. The police never
showed up. The bad guys got away.
Detailed reports of these two incidents are posted on the website www.noonsite.
com/Members/doina/R2008-03-20-2.
It is not all bad news in Venezuela, however. The Venezuelan government has sim-
plified and centralized the bureaucracy for visiting cruisers. It is no longer necessary
for private yachts to use so-called agents to clear in or out.
In Porlamar, the INEA office (Port
Captain) is conveniently located in
front of the Guardia Nacional station.
This office has been expanded to
include both Immigration and
S Customs. The officials now buy the
required stamps for you at the local
banks so that it is n- 1- --r necessary
for you to do that .... II It is now
quick, one-stop shopping with no need
to go elsewhere.
Senor Jose Casal is the current
Immigration official on duty there and
he speaks good English. Senor Manuel
Guerra, the Customs official, also
speaks good English. The Port Captain, Senor Arquemedes Bolivar and his secretary
both speak enough English to get the job done. If they spoke no English at all there
would still be no problem as they have done the paperwork hundreds and hundreds
of times and know just what to do. The bottom line is that language is not a problem
getting your paperwork done. The paperwork is professionally done, all on computer.
Everyone is friendly, efficient and could not be more helpful.
There has just been an increase in the price of the required stamps. The stamp
prices are linked to the rate of inflation. These are the new service rates:
INTERNATIONAL CHECK IN:
Immigration: No Charge
Customs: 69 BsF *
Port Captain: 139 BsF
INTERNATIONAL CHECK OUT:
Immigration: No Charge
Customs: 69 BsF
Port Captain: 1 BsF
As indicated in Ms. Gabriele Drucker's January 2008 letter in Compass there is
still some disagreement on the need to do national check-ins and national check
outs. In any case, the good news is that there is no charge for either at the Porlamar
INEA office.
There is more good news. Jackie's Restaurant, the longtime base of so many cruis
ers visiting Porlamar, is again open for lunch, dinner and the ever-popular Happy
Hour. Under new management, it has the new name Sunset Bar & Grill. The restau
rant has been expanded and renovated and given a new expanded menu. The food
is good and plentiful and supported by :- 1 .
Another feature of the restaurant is 1 'i 11 you are anchored close enough
and have a good antenna, you can even get it on your boat. Depending on your loca
tion and your antenna there are a number of other free WiFi services that you can
access from your boat at anchor in Porlamar.
Porlamar is one of our favourite stops. Regrettably, there is the risk of being
boarded and robbed. However, with the proper precautions, it is possible to visit
Porlamar unscathed, as most do every year. Forewarned is forearmed!
Kris and Sandra Hartford
S/V Nomotos

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decimal point was simply moved three places to the left. The official fixed
exchange rate is now 2.15 to the US dollar (compared to last year's official rate of
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A the 2007 2008 sailing season nears
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ricane holes, haul-outs or summer
A ,cruising grounds, we are met with
changes. Most notably, the cost of .. .
taxes and fees, fuel and even basic i ... 11 ..
throughout the Caribbean. This is not just a regional
phenomenon, but has a lot to do with the world econ
omy. Some questions arise.
Are yachties expected to make frequent cruises
as usual?
ii . ii attendancee be affected?
i i II comparative increases in the cost of
yacht services in various islands and Caribbean coast
al nations?
With price hikes, which countries are likely to be
affected by a decrease in port calls?
As the EC dollar used in many English-speaking
islands is tied to a weakening US dollar, will the
region become more attractive to European sailors?
Or as Caribbean prices rise, will Europeans seek
cheaper destinations?
Will bareboat charters decrease, or perhaps
increase as a form of affordable holiday?
Are too many businesspeople now pinning their
hopes on th- ;:- -.. 1 .; -. -1.-t sector?
How c i . Ii.. I I I rising or cost
of racing increases? How can those working in yacht
related businesses adapt?
How does the yachting sector intend to deal with
inflation-related issues on national .. .. i i i -
A relevant factor is taxation. Let's i I. i I I, .i
most Caribbean countries earn their main revenue
from the tourism industry. We want visitors to come
here. However, if the government taxes that have to be
paid by visitors are too high, they will drive visitors
away. In various countries and ports, yachting visitors
may have to pay one or more of the following: national
entryfee per .. ... .. .. i. ead tax"), Customs
clearance fee ......... i ..... yacht license fee,
harbor dues, i,.i, i ,, i. I i and departure tax
in addition to mooring or berth fees if those facilities
are used.
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Dealing with


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Problem in


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by Amal Thomas


Do paid-for moorings have insurance coverage if
there's a mishap?
Why are crime i- .... 1 i ..- -..- even in
countries yachts m 1 I
What benefits can be provided out of yacht fees to
make yachties feel more at ease, thereby encouraging
them to visit more frequently and make longer stays?
I would like to encourage yachties to ask questions
if they are uncertain about something when paying
their dues. The satisfied yachting customer is more
important than ever because everyone within the
marine sector is feeling the tension. Many persons'
jobs are at stake and everyone will have to compete to
stay afloat.
These problems have to be raised. The prudent
mariner knows that the time to reef sails is when
you first think about it. I hope that others who have
studied solutions to similar problems can bring for
ward their thoughts on this issue. Let us spread our
ideas and work toward a thriving sailing season
2008 2009!


What benefits can be provided
out of yacht fees to make yachties
feel more at ease?


like to sail to a particular island, but they are all run
ning from the level of bureaucratic expenses. It's really
asadsit, ,i. -1 .I i .i .. .. anents see these
fees as '. .. ... .i .. ... i .... there comes a
point when such taxes become counterproductive and
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Let Us Save


the Sharks

by Audrey Alleyne-Quiniou


Recent incidents of adults and children being
attacked by sharks, sometimes fatally, bring to
mind that terrifying motion picture of 1975,
directed by 't----, i -11 -- We cannot forget
"Jaws," the .i ..- i .. film of these dark
creatures lurking beneath the water and fatally
attacking swimmers. The memory of this movie
is probably the reason why sharks have earned
a destructive reputation.
A lot of shark attacks, however, are provoked.
Deaths from unprovoked shark attacks are rare,
according to statistics compiled by the ": "
International Shark Attack File (www.flmnh.ufl.
edu/fish/Sharks/Statistics/statistics.htm).
Dean Grubbs, a researcher at Virginia Institute
of Marine Science (VIMS) has stated that sharks
do not target humans as prey. Results from his
annual shark survey of the Virginia waters indi-
cate that Man is a greater threat to sharks.
Some species have been brought near extinc "
tion in order to satisfy markets for shark-fin
soup and other specialty products, or for sport.
As shark populations plummet worldwide, pleas
to cease unsustainable practices in shark fishing
are also being proffered by environmentalists
who seek to raise awareness of the plight of the
shark. According to a study released in March,
the massive over-fishing of the largest predatory
sharks in the coastal waters of the Atlantic over
the past three decades has led to an explosion in
the species that they prey on, with devastating
effects for some of the organisms at the bottom
of the food chain. "Our study provides evidence
that the loss r ,, .1 ,1 ,,, I,. n
thatcascade 11..... .. .-1.11 I i
Julia Baum, a doctoral student at Dalhousie
University in Halifax, Canada, and co-author of
the paper.
In Southeast Asia, there is a voracious appe


tite by the people for shark-fin soup. At the other end
of the world, here in the Caribbean, shark meat is
used as another kind of delicacy. Maracas Bay, situ
ated on the north coast of the Caribbean island of
Trinidad, is one of the island's premier beaches. In
recent years it has become ... ....1 popular, not
only for its beauty and fine -... i for something
now called the "Maracas Bay experience.
This experience includes both locals and visitors
alike, standing in long queues in front of several ven
dor huts to purchase the popular "Bake and Shark"
sandwich. Bake and Shark (or Shark
and Bake) is a native Trinidadian dish
that consists of deep-fried shark stuffed
I into a pocket of deep-fried batter. The
Cooked batter is bread somewhat similar
Sto the native-American Indian "fry bread"
or the Middle Eastern pita bread.
In recent times, indiscriminate shark
fishing off the north coast of Trinidad's
sister isle of i i has alarmed resi
dents. Species I .1 lypes and at all ages
are being caught, some not having the
Chance to breed. Reports state that the
S shark meat is being sold in Trinidad,
mainly to supply the Bake and Shark
market and also for shark-fin soup.
Residents in I i .. fear an environ
mental disaster sharks," they say,
would mean a "dramatic increase in the
' number of smaller fish, which in turn eat
out the coral reef." The coral reef is a
S major tourist attraction in 1 .
SIn sport and recreation i.-i,,,. there
are rules to follow. Fishing enthusiasts
S should be more alert to observing catch
and-release rules. This could go a long
way in protecting many species of endan
S gered fish. Let us save the sharks.




Healthy shark populations are crucial
to the marine environment's balance,
but some species' survival is now at
risk owing to Man's appetite for
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E-mail dreadeye@surfbvi.com
ELECTRONIC MARINE SALES
Key responsibilities; Assisting


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Requirements: atleast
2 years experience in elec-
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depth knowledge of the
products. Excellent custom-
er service skills Ability
to perform basic tests on
electrical/electronic items
Must be fluent in English and
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Budget Marine N.V. attn.
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544-3134 extension 243.

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seeking all around experi-
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independent tech looking
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lished company in Gr
enada CV to; E-mail
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