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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: July 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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JULY

1 Territory Day. Public holiday in BVI
2 Curacao Flag Day. Public holiday in Curacao
3 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in USVI
3 11 Regatta Time in Abaco, Bahamas, www.rtia.net
4 Independence Day (USA). Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI;
Carnival in St. John, USVI
4 5 17th Annual Firecracker 500 Race, Tortola, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), tel (284) 495-1002, fax (284) 495-4184, mvh@surfbvi.com,
www.weyc.net
5 Independence Day. Public holiday in Venezuela
6 Bequia Fishermen's Day
7 CARICOM Day. Public holiday in CARICOM countries
7 8 SVG Carnival "Vincy Mas" www.carnivalsvg.com
8 22 St. Lucia Carnival. www.stlucia.org
11 14 Premier's Cup International Youth Regatta, Tortola, BVI. Royal British
Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, rbviyc@rbviyc.com,
www.rbviyc.net
11 20 Dominica Dive Fest. www.discoverdominica.com/site/divefest.cfm
12 Clean-Up Dive, Bonaire. www.dive-friends-bonaire.com
12 Aug 2 Tobago Heritage Festival
13 20th Bastille Kingfish Tourney, St. Thomas, USVI. (340) 774-5206
14 Bastille Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
15 Luis Munoz Rivera's Birthday. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
16- 19 3rd Freelander Fishing Festival, Marina Bas-du-Fort, Guadeloupe.
www.guadeloupefishingclub.com/calendrier.html
18 FULL MOON
19 Lowell Wheatley Pursuit Race, Anegada, BVI
20 28 Statia Carnival
21 Schoelcher Day. Public holiday in Martinique
24 Birth of Sim6n Bolivar. Public holiday in Venezuela
24 27 USVI Lifestyle Festival, St. Thomas. www.usvimf.com
25 Constitution Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
25 27 Rebellion Days. Public holiday in Cuba
25 Aug 5 Nevis Culturama (Carnival). www.nevisculturama.net
25 Aug 10 Emancipation Festival, BVI
26 Jose Celso Barbosa's Birthday. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
26 Aug 5 Antigua Carnival. www.antiguacarnival.com
27 Aug 3 Pro Kids Windsurf Event, Bonaire
27 Aug 4 43rd Carriacou Regatta Festival. www.carriacouregatta.com.
See ad on page 14.
30 Carriacou Children's Education Fund Potluck Barbecue,
Carriacou Yacht Club. boatmillie@aol.com
30 Aug 3 Saba Carnival. www.sabatourism.com



AUGUST


1 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Barbados,
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago
1 Carriacou Children's Education Fund Auction, Carriacou.
boatmillie@aol.com
3 7 Crop Over Festival, Barbados
3 10 24th edition Tour des Yoles Rondes, Martinique. Traditional boats round
the island regatta. Society des Yoles Rondes, www.yoles-rondes.org
4 August Monday. Public holiday in some places.
4 Kadooment Day. Public holiday in Barbados
10 Constitution Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
11 12 Grenada Carnival. Public holiday in Grenada
11 17 55th San Juan International Billfish Tournament, Puerto Rico.
www.sanjuaninternational.com
15 Feast of the Assumption. Public holiday in French West Indies
16 FULL MOON
23 Great Race (powerboats) Trinidad to Tobago
24 Festival of St. Barthelemy, boat races
25 St. Louis Festival, Corossol, St. Barts. Fishing contests, boat races
31 Local Fishing Tournament, Bonaire
31 Independence Day. Public holiday in Trinidad

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 photo: Chris Doyle
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New Yacht Fees for the BVI
The British Virgin Islands government has approved
the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (Amendment)
Regulations, 2008 allowing the Ports Authority to
enforce harbour charges effective July 1st.
Harbour charges are levied on vessels entering and
remaining in BVI Territorial waters or using a BVI Ports
Authority facility. Under the new fee structure, vessels
will be charged US$1.00 per foot, $0.75 per foot and
$0.50 per foot of vessel length for the first, second, and
third days respectively. Vessels using Ports Authority
facilities will pay $1.00 per foot of vessel length per day.
Her Majesty's ships, vessels belonging to the Crown,
vessels belonging to foreign governments, vessels
under 15 feet overall length and vessels that are
home-ported in the BVI are exempted from the pay-
ment of harbour charges.
One cruiser writes, "If I read it correctly, my 38-foot
sailboat would incur a fee of almost US$600 per month
for simply being at anchor in the BVI. Rather steep,
I'd say!"
Copies of the amended regulation detailing the har-
bour charges and exemptions can be accessed at

Ports%20Authority%20(Amendment)%20
Regulaiions,%20200897.pdf
Hog Island, Grenada, Notice to Mariners
Edghill Associates Limited, working on behalf of
Cinnamon 88 (Grenada) Ltd, developing the Four
Seasons Resort & Private Residences. Grenada, would


like to advise the public of the temporary restrictions
which will be in place in the water channel between
Hog Island and Mount Hartman on Grenada's south
coast. These restrictions came into effect from the
week commencing June 30th.
The construction of the new bridge will necessitate


the full closure of the channel between the Grenada
mainland and Hog Island while construction work is
being carried out. This is only a temporary measure to
ensure the safety of the public.
The construction of the bridge will be complete by
October 2008 and the channel will then be reopened
to allow access for small craft.
Edghill Associates apologize for the inconvenience
caused while these works are being completed.
St. Croix Celebrates Safe Boating Week
Ellen Sanpere reports: In perfect weather, a cele-
bration of Safe Boating Week was held at
Frederiksted's Ann Abramson Marine Pier, Saturday,
May 17th, with an opening ceremony and fair. The
stakeholders in safe boating came out in force to
raise awareness through information, education, and
to feature the resources available for those who mess
about in boats in the waters surrounding St. Croix,
US Virgin Islands.
The theme for the week was "Boat smart from the
start. Wear your life jacket."
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A US Coast Guard rescue helicopter
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Resources, US Coast Guard, US Power Squadron, and
the USCG Auxiliary offered safe boating quizzes, kids'
games, vessel examinations, and radio and fire extin-
guisher demonstrations, and distributed free children's
life jackets. Free hotdogs and hamburgers were given
to the hungry crowd. Groups representing game fish-
ing, jet-ski rentals, and HOVENSA refinery's marine unit
also had booths at the fair, dispensing information
and trinkets. Frederiksted Sailing offered rides on
Sunfish sailboats, and a large HOVENSA tug and
barge circled off shore in light air and flat seas.
More than 400 visitors were invited to tour the US
Coast Guard's 110-foot cutter, Chincoteague, and
the historic schooner Roseway, docked on the pier's
north side, stern to stern. On the south side of the pier
were a sportfishing boat and small working boats from
HOVENSA (oil refinery) Security and the USVI


Department of Planning and Natural Resources. The
East End Marine Park displayed their new runabout on
a trailer.
To the crowd's delight and amazement, the USCG
demonstrated rescuing a man in the water with their
HH65C Dolphin helicopter at the start of the fair, and
shot off outdated flares to finish the day's activities.
The North American Safe Boating Campaign started
in 1957, in the US and Canada, to encourage boater
education, boating safety and saving lives. The cen-
tral focus of the North American Safe Boating
Campaign is life jacket wear, and the simple and
memorable campaign theme is "Wear It!" Since most
recreational boating fatalities result from drowning,
and since over 90 percent of those who drown were
not wearing a life jacket, life jacket wear is considered
the single most important behavior change that could
prevent deaths on the water. Boaters need not worry
that they are expected to wear a bulky orange


"horse collar" at all times. Life jackets are available in
a wide variety of compact, lightweight, and attrac-
tive styles suitable for constant wear. Many are partial-
ly or wholly inflatable, and resemble a wide set of sus-
penders or even a belt pack.
The Campaign also promotes boater education,
avoidance of Boating Under the Influence, regular
vessel safety checks, awareness of the danger of car-
bon monoxide poisoning, and other important boat-
.,:.. ..: ing safety topics.
While Safe Boating Week has been an annual event
for many years on St. Thomas, this was the first time
the fair had been held on St. Croix. USCGA Capt.
Duane Minton said they are hoping to hold the event
in alternating years on each of the two islands in the
future. Dates for next year are May 16th to 22nd, 2009.
S.. For more information visit www.safeboatingcouncilorg.


Help Combat Aliens in Trinidad!
The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago
(YSATT) and the University of the West Indies need
cruisers' help.













Green mussels. University researchers want to know
how they're arriving in Trinidad

Invasive alien species are an increasing threat to
marine and coastal environments and their biodiversity.
At the simplest level, indigenous species in a community
may be threatened directly by the proliferation of pred-
ators or competitors. However, cumulative effects can
result in complex changes in the availability of resources
(nutrients, light, oxygen), the dynamics of competition
for resources, and ecosystem structure and function.
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This can have a severe impact on the biodiversity of
our islands. Additionally invasive species may outcom-
pete local and commercially important species result-
ing in economic concerns, e.g. where a fishery
is threatened.
One of these alien species, green mussels (perna
viridis), has already invaded the west coast of
Trinidad, possibly having been introduced via ballast
water or attached to ships.
The Department of Life Sciences of the University of
the West Indies will be assessing the introduction of
non-native species to Trinidad and Tobago via recre-
ational vessels at marinas in Chaguraramas.
UWI Lecturer Dr. Judith Gobin and her group of stu-
dents plan to study at least 30 recreational vessels.
Divers will do photo-quadrat sampling from each ves-
sel's hull and anchor and representative faunal sam-
ples from each vessel will also be collected. Samples
will also be collected from nearby
pilings, floating docks, jetties,
etcetera. An analysis of photo-
quadrats and examination of
specimens will be carried out to
identify invasive alien species.
If you wish to be part of this
study and assist students, please
contact YSATT before or upon
your arrival in Trinidad, either via L _.-
telephone (868) 634-4938 or via
e-mail info@ysatt org.
Is That Grass on Your
Antifouling?
John Kessell reports: Bernuth
Lines' Caribbean Jade suffered a
temporary steering failure when
leaving Port Castries, St. Lucia, at
2:00AM on June 14th and ran
aground on a soft bottom in
Bananes Bay, neatly missing two
large work boats, and two mostly
submerged wrecks. Both anchors
had been dropped: the first broke
its chain and the other dragged.
She was re-floated at noon the
next day with the aid of the two har- 'Who's got the
bour tugs in Castries and the two growth -this
workboats she missed. Divers
inspected the hull and she left at


7:00AM the next day. Jade is 4,000 tons, is 100 metres
long and has a draft of 6.47 metres, which can be
clearly seen in the photo!
Cruisers' Site-ings
Well-known cruising writers Kathy Parsons, Gwen
Hamlin and Pam Wall have started a most interesting
website called Women and Cruising. Kathy is author
of the books Spanish for Cruisers and French for
Cruisers. Gwen writes the monthly Admiral's Angle col-
umn for Latitudes & Attitudes magazine. Pam teaches
sailing at Women on the Water Week in the British
Virgin Islands.
Begun as a resource for women who attended
Kathy, Gwen and Pam's Women and Cruising
Seminars at boatshows around the USA, this site is
growing and will present women's perspectives and
concerns about cruising, showcase the many women
cruisers who are out there writina books, websites and


scrapers?' Just kidding... It's not a bad case of bottom
freighter had a little steering hiccup in Castries Harbour


blogs, and provide a voice for women cruisers.
A brand new feature on the site asks "What do
women like most about cruising?" and currently
includes the thoughts of cruising writers and, inci-
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What do women like most about sailing off into the
sunset? Ellen Sanpere says, 'Being a member of the
larger cruising community... If there is a better life,
I'd like to see it'
dentally, past and present Compass contributors -
Ellen Sanpere, Jody Lipkin, Gwen Cornfield, Eileen
Quinn, Marcie Connelly-Lynn and editor Sally Erdle.
Other prominent cruiser-writers sharing their thoughts
are Heather Bansmer, Beth Leonard, Elaine Lembo,
Nancy Birnbaum, Suzanne Giesemann, Debbie Leisure
and, of course, the website's three originators. Kathy
says, "You certainly don't have to be a famous author
to contribute to this site we just decided to feature
several women cruising writers on this page. We plan
to grow this site, adding more topics, giving us all the
opportunity to share our thoughts and our experiences
on cruising."
Check it out at www. womenandcruising, com.
Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers
Beacon Insurance with offices throughout the Eastern
Caribbean, page 55; Fortress Marine of St Kitts, page
29; the St. Lucia-Cuba Humanistic Solidarity Association,
page 28; and Barrow Sails of Trinidad, Port Marine
Supply of Venezuela and Venezuela Marine Supply in
the Caribbean Compass Market Place, pages 51 to 53.
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Stratis by Doyle is Tops for Superyachts
The all-black 120-foot Bristolian, designed by Philippe Briand, is the latest perfor-
mance sloop to be wearing the Stratis, custom-laid black dyed fibre-aligned sail-
cloth. Bristolian took its first sail on the Auckland Harbour recently. The sleek black
superyacht has 18,000 square feet of Stratis sailcloth designed and made in the
Stratis loft by Doyle Sails New Zealand.
Simultaneously, the 130-foot Tripp-designed Alithia was in Croatia being fitted with
her new Stratis sails.
And the Stratis onslaught doesn't stop there, with InMocean being launched by
Fitzroy Yachts and P2 slipping in the water at Perini Navi. Both yachts will have a
complete inventory of Stratis sails with P2 carrying not only the cruising version (GPc)
but also a full suit of racing sails (GPx).
For information on Doyle Sails Caribbean see ad on page 3.
The Berth of a New Era?
Camper & Nicholsons Marinas has announced that berths at the exclusive Port
Louis development on Grenada are now available for sale and annual rental.
When completed in spring 2009, the luxurious marina development will be a year-
round location for those wishing to discover one of the best unspoilt yachting desti-
nations in the Caribbean. Phase One of the development is nearina completion


and the marina currently operates 50 fully serviced berths. When completed, the
new marina will offer more than 350 berths for craft from ten to 90 metres includ-
ing ten berths for craft more than 60 metres in length.
Situated in a natural lagoon on the lee side of the island, services at the marina
will include wireless broadband and cable TV, electric carrying buggies and trollies
plus car parking, guardianage services and 24-hour security.
Looking ahead to next year, the Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival will be held
from January 30th to February 3rd, 2009, and registration is already open at www.
grenadasailingfestival.com. Regatta junkies can see some of the action from last


year's event and find out more about the Port Louis development featured on Boats
on TV via Joost. Go to www.jooost.com 2197p20 for a ten-minute review of the best
of the action.
For more information on Port Louis Marina see ad on page 22.
New Premises for Art Fabrik, Grenada...
At the end of 2007 the sudden disappearance of Art Fabrik on Young Street
(opposite Tikal) left the town of St. George's and the sailing community wondering,
"Where did they go?"
You can now find Art Fabrik at their new premises just 50 steps up the road from
their old place, on ground level. You can't miss the latest hot-spot an airy bou-
tique with a quirky ambiance where Art Fabrik's creative team produces hand-
painted batik and wearable art all made locally.
For more information see ad on page 44.
....and Down Island Villa Rentals, Carriacou
The new premises for Down Island Villa Rentals, in Craigston, Carriacou was offi-
cially opened by The Hon. Elvin G. Nimrod, on May 9th.
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is Marina earlier this year


Right: Ribbon cutting at Down
Islands' new building

company in 1992, their goals then were "to provide a first class management and
rental service to the growing number of home owners... and to promote Carriacou
as a holiday destination." New directors Gordon and Carolyn Alexander, who took
over the company in 1998, have continued to work to ensure that they provide
secure jobs for local people, offering them training and personal development with a
view to handing more responsibility to those who wanted to grow with the company.
At the opening managing director Allison Caton thanked her staff, associates and
the service providers such as restaurants, taxi drivers, water taxis and specialist shops
declaring that "...because of the efforts of all of them I am able to provide the
excellent services that the business was founded on."
For more information see ad on page 27.
Electronics in Trinidad
Navtech Electronics of Trinidad focuses on navigational electronics repair, sales of
VHF and SSB radios, antennas and is certified for GMDSS and Raymarine warranty
sales/service located in the heart of Chaguaramas, Trinidad. Manager Aaron
Hutchinson works hard to satisfy his customers needs by working together to engineer
a package to meet the yachtsmen's specifications and to keep to their budget.
For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 51 to 53.
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Hurricane Season at Island Dreams, Grenada
As of press time, Island Dreams still has a few of their "strong moorings" available in
Hog Island and Clarkes Court Bay on the south coast of Grenada. High specification


design and construction combined with Island Dreams Guardianage offers yachts
and their owners a reliable option for Hurricane Season storage.
For more information see ad on page 27

Errol Flynn Marina Back Door to Cuba
The proximity of Port Antonio, Jamaica, to the southern coast of Cuba (just 65 nau-
tical miles) makes Errol Flynn Marina the ideal stopping off place before heading to
the "forbidden pastures" on this pearl of the Caribbean. Many of the marina's yacht
visitors are doing a round trip that includes the south coast of Cuba and Jamaica's
delightful north coast. Cuban ports of call include Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos,
Trinidad, Cayo Largo del Sur, Batabano and Isla de la Juventud, plus the Jamaican
destinations of Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios and Oracabessa on the return
trip. The marina recommends stocking up on provisions in Port Antonio before leav-
ing as many items are hard to come by in Cuba. Not hard to come by though are
Cuban cigars, which, according to Errol Flynn, present no problems to Jamaican
authorities on your return to the island.
Finally, if you are flying into Kngston and travelling from there to Port Antonio, the
marina will be happy to book a responsible driver to meet your flight and at a
reduced price. Just call or e-mail in advance with your arrival details.
For more information see ad on page 21.

Or Cuba... by Air!
If you've always wanted to go, but haven't been able to sail to Cuba, this might
be your answer. The Saint Lucia-Cuba Humanistic Solidarity Association is organizing
trips by air to Cuba from Barbados. A ten-day trip from September 28th to October
7th includes round-trip airfare, seven days in Havana and three days in Varadero,
and visits to places of interest including Hemingway Marina.
For more information see ad on page 28.
New Home for noonsite.com
World Cruising Club, organizers of the famous Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC),
announced last month that they have taken over noonsite.com the global web-


site for cruising sailors from its founder, the author and sailing "guru" Jimmy
Cornell. Noonsite.com is the culmination of Jimmy Cornell's work on the global cruis-
ing scene for three decades and a distillation of his best-selling books World Cruising
Handbook and World Cruising Routes.
The site provides a free, one-stop location featuring
essential information on all matters of interest to sailors
planning an offshore voyage anywhere in the world,
whether already underway or still in the preparatory stag-
es. All cruising destinations are covered (currently 193
countries and almost 1,800 ports) with information on
clearance formalities, visa requirements, fees, weather,
special events and other facts needed by visiting sailors.
Also featured are details of repair facilities as well as
marine and shore services for every major port visited by
cruising boats.
Sailors from the international cruising community use
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ing accuracy of the information. In addition, a team of
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Antigua Charter Yacht Show
Registration is now open for the 47th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show, to be
held December 4th through 9th. The popular Welcome Cocktail Party and Buffet
dinner will be featured once again this year, as will the End of Show Crew Bash and
Party, which this year will also incorporate a Captains VIP Lounge area.
The annual Chef's Competition will once again be on the programme, although
changes to the format are in the works! Check out the website for updates on this
and all other aspects of the 2008 show.
For more information visit www antigua-charter-yacht-meeting.com.

Big Yacht Registry for St. Maarten?
The Netherlands is willing to assist St. Maarten in setting up a registry for big yachts.
"If St. Maarten wants to, the Netherlands will assist in building up the capability for
the island to register big yachts. That would be an economically interesting activity.
It's in line with the tourism activities on the island," said Dutch Minister of Transport
and Waterways Camiel Eurlings.
Eurlings met with the Executive Council when he visited St. Maarten during his
recent five-day tour of the Netherlands Antilles. He also visited the harbour facilities
and received a tour of Princess Juliana International Airport before leaving for Saba.
In his talks on all islands, Eurlings was promoting the establishment of a maritime con-
sultative body with the participation of all partners in the kingdom. This body would
give his Ministry a tool to keep the cooperation with the islands "practical" after the
dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles. Speaking of his Caribbean visit, Eurlings said:
"What we tried to do is to prepare ourselves for the new situation of two new coun-
tries St. Maarten and Curacao, the BES islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for
which I will be directly responsible, and Aruba."
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ECO-NEWS

New Marine Protected Areas to Be Created
Caribbean islands will create new protected areas for
fish and coral reefs under a US$70 million plan
announced on May 27th that will help safeguard
tourism backed economies. Nine Caribbean nations
agreed to extend protected areas to ten percent of their
marine and coastal habitats by 2012.
The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica,
Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Saint
Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines aim
to set aside about 12,500 square miles (32,000 square
kilometres). That area is roughly the size of Belgium or
the state of Maryland. The Bahamas will be the largest
contributor of protected areas under the "Caribbean
Challenge" and aims to set aside 20 percent of marine
habitats by 2020.
At the invitation of Caribbean nations, The Nature
Conservancy (TNC) is coordinating with participating
countries to execute the Caribbean Challenge, which
represents the largest coordinated, multi-nation con
i-7-.ti-;m; "T i;. ti- -i-;; "T;-; m'-- 0aribbean
S.1 .. .1 1. i 1 1 i , '1 . i ... 1 product
is derived from tourism," said Rob Weary of TNC.
"Countries are realizing the need to invest in protected
areas so tourism can remain the economic engine."
TNC said that about seven percent of the Caribbean's
marine resources now have protected status but only
a tenth of these were considered properly conserved.
Countries that sign on to the i..ii ... will gain
access to millions of dollars in :. I.... I".. to meet
their conservation goals, leading to more rangers,
patrol boats, scientific expertise and education pro
grams that will help to ensure effective protection of
marine and coastal resources.
The US$70 million cost would comprise $40 million
in a trust fund and $30 million for expanding pro
tected areas, Weary said. Among major donors, the
Conservancy would provide $20 million and Germany
was considering $8.6 million.
The project illustrates a widening belief that natural
systems provide free services that are undervalued by
conventional economic theory. Protected corals, for
instance, can raise overall fish catches by acting as
nurseries for fish that later swim to other waters.
Intact reefs also draw tourists and can shield beaches
from storm surges or tsunamis.
In Grenada, for example, TNC, the Fisheries
Department, local partners and community members
completed a conservation action plan for Carriacou's
Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area. The
plan, when implemented, will conserve coral reef habi
tat, turtle nesting beaches, mangroves and oyster
beds. The plan includes no-take zones and areas that
provide for community use and support traditional
livelihoods. Funding from the Caribbean Challenge will
ensure that the management plan becomes a reality
for the park.
For more information visit www.nature.org.


Venezuela's Coastal Development Scrutinized
"We do not support any plans that will irreversibly
destroy the unique and representative natural space
es of the Venezuelan nation," declared Alberto
Boscari, president of Venezuela's environmental
watchdog group, Fundacion La Tortuga (FLT) in a
recent press statement.
Boscari clarified that the NGO is not against the
development of tourism, as long as it is done with
adequate consideration for the natural environment.
"Our intention is to avoid the repeated cases of devel
opment being done without the endorsement of stud
ies that analyze its total impact," indicated Boscari.
"The handling of visitors must be rigorously planned


before formulating any project development. Integral
protection measures should be created that ensure
development will interfere as little as possible with the
delicate environment and, simultaneously, afford visi
tors a quality experience that will satisfy their expect
tions. That is why it is important to establish the
maximum visitor capacity that the sites destined for
public use can support."
The island of Tortuga is considered to have scien
tific value of major magnitude in terms of flora and
fauna. However, earthworks that started there for
tourism development last year, specifically in the
south central zone of the island at Cerro Gato, one of
the distingu ii ..' i.. ,- i ..... I I, ,. md,
can ruin all . -. ii . 11. i .-1 .i II. i -for
Venezuela and the world, in addition to reducing its
attractiveness for the visitors," explained Alfredo
Morales, attorney for the Inter-Institutional Relations
Department of the Foundation. As a result of indis
criminate heavy machinery work that began in early
2007 on the environmentally richest and most vulner
able sector of the island, it has been made high-prior
ity to immediately initiate a plan of Environmental
Restoration in the affected areas, and implement


mitigating and corrective measures to diminish the
negative environmental impacts.
An Environmental Impact Assessment must consid
er that the construction and earthworks done during
the first stage of the tourist development proposed by
the Ministry of Tourism "have generated impacts by
the use of machines which have destroyed the coral,
t -ri i it 1i-t dust that is soon raised by the wind,
.11 i1.. 11. I I .1 11. is action contributes to the
i- .1.1. i, i II. -i ... I and when the rains begin,
that dust is going to be dragged towards the south,
affecting the clarity of the waters and therefore, the
existing marine life. In addition, there is much archae
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delicate natural environ
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devastated by the machines," said Andres Osorio,
o--- r7i-lh7-r and Scientific Adviser of the FLT.
1. 1 11 .. lorses the declaration made by Deputy
Earle Herrera, Natural Resources President of the
Atmosphere Commission, Resources and Arrangement
of the Territory of the Venezuelan National Assembly,
who recently stated that the tourism plans for that
nation's Federal Dependencies, especially Isla La
Tortuga, will be the object of inspection and control by
the National Assembly.
For more information contact
alberto.boscari@fundacionlatortuga.org.

Causes of Reef Fish Depletion in Barbados
Norman Faria reports: There's a need to increase the
mesh size of fish pots in Barbados. If not, says a
University of the West Indies professor, the reef fish
population around Barbados could be further depleted.
Already, said Dr. Robin Mahon at a news confer
ence in May, it has reached "dangerously low levels".
The UWI academic also pointed to over-fishing and
pollution factors.

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"Anybody who has been anywhere where reef fish are
in good .. i. ... ... i- -I1 1 their head in the water
and tell 1 li ...' i i1. I1. iI in Barbados) are very
low in abundance and very depleted," said Dr. Mahon
whoisDirectorofthe r ... i .. ... ..
and Environmental S i I i i 1 -I .1 I, ... .i
educational institution. He added, "You can II I I ,I
very small size of them, the low numbers of them, the
kinds that there are [that] it is a very heavily depleted
fish stock."
Saying that the problem with fish traps is a regional
one, he argued: "The way fish traps are commonly
used, the mesh size is too small. In the late 1990s, the
Government Fisheries Department (in Barbados)
agreed to increase fish trap mesh size by, I think, a
quarter inch every year or two years until it reached
the right size." Unfortunately, this was never done.
Two fish potters, who regularly set their traps in
Carlisle Bay on the island's south coast, told this
writer in recent weeks their catches were "way less"
than, say, ten years ago. Both, who wished to remain
anonymous, said part of the reason was that tourist
divers from several scuba diving operations are "letting
out the fish", further cutting into their earnings.
The "pot fish" are eagerly sought out by ordinary
Barbadians on Sunday mornings. The fish are mainly
chubs, barbers and grunts. They sell for Bds$4 (US$2)
per pound. Occasionally, lobsters and "sea cats" (octo-
pus) are also trapped.
For more information on CERMES visit www.cavehill.
uwi.edu/cermes.

Dominica Supports Ban on Commercial Whaling
The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit,
recently announced his government's reversal of eight
years of support for Japan's pro-commercial whaling
position, just prior to the IWC (International Whaling
Commission) annual meeting held in ,.,,i'. 1..1
from June 23rd to 28th as this issue ol ... i .. I
to press. The Prime Minister stated, "Our stringent
environmental practices and philosophies have earned
us the label 'The Nature Island' and, upon careful
review and deliberation of the issue, it has been deter
mined that voting for an overturn of the existing world
wide ban on commercial whaling would be inconsis
tent with the standards and principles of sustainabil
ity that we so fervently advocate."
According to Caribbean Net News (www.caribbean
netnews.com), Dominica itself is not a whaling nation,
nor is whaling permitted in its territorial waters. The
island's tourism industry is nature-based and relies
heavily on niche market "responsible tourists" who
seek out environmentally friendly leisure travel desti
nations. It is renowned for its pristine natural environ
ment and outstanding eco-adventure options include
ing scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and whale-watch
ing. In fact, Dominica is known as the "Whale Watching
Capital of the Caribbean" with 22 species sighted in its
waters and a 95-percent success record on whale
watching tours.
In recent .. I ... ... i i i 1, .i,, ,. , ...
have failed t II .... I . i i iI i
overturn the IWC moratorium. The moratorium became
effective in 1986 following the vote by IWC members
four years earlier to ban all commercial whaling begin
ning in the 1985-86 season in order to protect endan


gered species of whales and preserve the delicate bal
ance of the global marine environment.

Bequia Students Fight Litter with Art
Under the theme "What You Do on Land Affects the
Sea", all seven schools on the Grenadine island of
Bequia recently participated in a poster contest aimed
at visibly raising awareness of the importance of not
littering. The poster design and choice of colors and
materials was open to each student. The main idea
was for the children to be able to express on paper, in


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In addition to the successful 'What You Do On Land
Affects the Sea' poster contest, youngsters in Bequia
are making a nautical themed mural from discarded
bottle caps

a creative way, how they see litter and how what they
do on land affects the sea.
At the awards ceremony, appropriately held out
doors on the bayside under the Almond Tree in Port
Elizabeth, each student received an "I LOVE THE
ENVIRONMENT' T-shirt and a certificate from the
Bequia Tourism Association (BTA) for .. ., .i....
The poster contest was stage one ol 11 i i
Environmental p *---'r--'- r'mi'rin
The students' -1- I .1 numerous
locations in Bequia, including the Post Office, the BTA
office, shops, restaurants and schools.
The prizewinners were:
1) Akeem Ollivierre, age 12, Bequia Anglican
Primary School
2) Kelton Hazell, age 16, Bequia Community
High School
3) Ondine Mitchell Sutton, age 11, Paradise
Primary School
Runners-up were:
Kodi Williams, age 6, Paget Farm
Government School
Ackelia .... -.. 7, Bequia Sunshine School
Laurin 11 age 12, Bequia Seventh Day
Adventist Primary School
Keithon Grant, age 18, Bequia Seventh DayAdventist
Secondary School


Special awards were given to:
McKish Compton, age 11, Paget Farm
Government School
Lina Dornieden, age 9, Paradise Primary School
Loulanna Bynoe, age 10, Paget Farm Government
School (see Loulanna's poem on page 36).
Also as part of the anti-litter awareness campaign for
Bequia, the RIPPLES group and children from the vil
lages of La Pompe and Paget Farm began creating a
mural with bottle caps and paint on a large piece of
plywood. The mural is intended for display outdoors in
a public area of the island. On April 26th, the children
collected bottle caps from the ground in Paget Farm
and Lower Bay for their art project. On May 1st, the
group drew the design and began sticking on the bottle
caps. Look for the finished mural in Port Elizabeth this
summer. Many thanks to the Eastern Caribbean
Cetacean Network and the Bequia Tourism Association
for sponsoring this environmental activity!
For more information on the Bequia Tourism
Association's Environmental Awareness Campaign con
tact alexandra.paolino@gmail.com.

Jost Van Dyke to Launch Environmental
Initiative
The Jost Van Dyke's Preservation Society (JVDPS), a
nascent not-for-profit organisation working to pro
mote environmental, cultural and historical projects
on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, will
launch a new island-wide environmental programme
this summer.
Recently, JVDPS won a competitive grant from the
UK's Overseas Territory Environmental Programme
(OTEP) to fund its "community-based programme
advancing environmental protection and sustainable
development". This programme will include several
educational elements for island residents and youth
based upon scientific field research and the subse
quent publication of an island-wide environmental
profile that will be distributed to each island resident.
During Phase I of the Project, an environmental
profile (EP) detailing the terrestrial, coastal and
marine environment of Jost Van Dyke and its sur
rounding out-islands (Little Jost, Sandy Cay, Sandy
Spit, Green Cay and Sandy Cay) will be developed.
The EP, .;-i 1 1 --an Island Advisory Committee com
prised I .- ... I residents and members of relevant
government agencies (National Parks Trust,
Conservation and Fisheries), will identify major issues,
conflicts and problems in the islands' natural resource
management, helping to drive an island-specific con
servation agenda on Jost Van Dyke. The EP will be
completed by Island Resources Foundation, an envi
ronmental NGO with a 35-year history of environment
tal work in the Caribbean.
In Phase II, the project will draw upon EP findings to
disseminate information in several formats to island
residents, stakeholders, visitors, -n- PI' T--[mm-nt
agencies and initiate a long-term ........ I
tion, outreach and environmental monitoring to be sup
ported by the JVDPS. During Phase II, the Society will
also hire a local resident to act as an "Environmental
Monitor" to help continually evaluate the environmental
health of the community. The Society hopes to encourage
other island communities to initiate similar projects.
For more information on JVDPS and this programme,
contact Susan at Susan&jvdps.org.


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H O W TIr T time does fly! Easter was just
S // yesterday an' here we are, de
SV 11 th May, standing' on Canouan
beach, sails up an' ready fo' go. Yes, is de Canouan
Whitsuntide 11. e, Easter come early dis
year an' so i- i..I.... I Yes, we ready fo' go to
battle again. Nineteen boat line de beach, sails flappin'
in de little breeze, about eight to 12 knots, enough fo'
sail. Is 10 o'clock an' de sun hot fo' so but everybody
ready. Ready fo' tek revenge. Some ain't satisfy wid de
licks dem get at Easter so dem change dis an' dat,
lengthen dis an' shorten dat. Dem even change crew.
One t'ing though, ah ain't calling' no name, ah don't
want no bad blood.


we coming Ah holding' me own, ah say we go' get ah
S- filt t lay. But ah say wrong. As Tornado mek
-. i. 1 I I she sprit come down, something break or
bust. As ah pass she, ah ain't see no repair work goin'
on so ah say dis go' be ah easy one. She retire hurt,
not de way ah like fo' win. More Worries an' Progress
way back so ah have time fo' watch Bluff Confusion
an' Cloudy Bay. De last race at Easter was ah very
close one between dem free but not today. Dem too far
apart now fo' ah punchin' wid each other. Bluff in de
lead, Confusion second an' Cloudy Bay third. Well, as
ah say, is de first time in ah long time ah skipperin' ah
18-footer an' after dis Regatta, it might be de last
because as ah jump out on de sand, ah feel like ah 80.


de tale. We start at 11 again. It look like de time t'ing
improve, dem watch working' good. Off we go. Nerissa J
tek de lead around de first mark an' so did Bluff. But
something wrong. Confusion goin' in de other direction,
back to shore, out ah dat. Ah hold me lead on de first
lap an' so is Bluff: Cloudy Bay ah good way back. But
de wind dropping' an' Tornado inchin' up, we go' fight to
de finish! But ah watching' Cloudy Bay down by de
airport. She stand up an' she sails flappin'. Ah say to
me self, de airport open yesterday an' ah could bet
Nick an' Arnold want to be de first boat fo' ride up 'pon
it, but dem only touch up fo' see how it feel an' shove
off because now dem on de other tack. Well, dem say
may de best boat win an' so Bluffwin an' Tornado win.
Tornado get two firsts an' ah DNF an' Nerissa J get ah
first an' two seconds. Bluff get three firsts. Limbo sail
independent. Ah could only tell yo' what ah know so
ah will get de rest results from de Commodore!
Orbin Olivierre is a boatbuilder, fisherman and
Commodore of the Bequia Sailing Club.


Canouan Regatta

2008 Winners

Class 2
1) Bad Feelings, Samuel Forde, Mayreau
2) My Love, Stanley Harry, Bequia
3) De Robin, Paul Snagg, Canouan
Class 3
1) Liberty, Nick Harry, Canouan
2) Scope International, Rannie Hazell, Canouan
Class 4
1) NerissaJ, (Canouan) Orbin Ollivierre, Bequia
2) Tornado, Kingsley Stowe, Bequia
2) (joint) More Worries, Andy Mitchell, Bequia
Class 5
1) Limbo, Allick Daniel, Bequia
Class 6
1) Bluff Lashie King, Bequia
2) Cloudy Bay, Arnold Hazell, Bequia
3) Confusion, Wayne Gooding, Bequia


In de big class, we got Bluff, Confusion, Cloudy Bay,
no Perseverance, she still rig fo' whale, no Spank. We
got Limbo but no Trouble, no Iron Duke -she ha' fo'
sail alone; dat bad. In de 18-footers, we got Tornado,
Nerissa J, Progress, More Worries an' we got ten small
er ones from Canouan an' Mayreau. Not true: My Love
in dey, ah can't say if she from Bequia or St. Vincent.
Dem Canouan an' Mayreau boat got name like Bad
Feelings, Hard Target, De Robin, Scope, ah can't
remember all so ah ha' fo' stop dey.
Eleven o'clock, race start. Class 2 gone first, den 3
den 4. Dem doin' ah shorter course. Den Class 5 but
is only Limbo. Den off wid de big boys. Dem doin' de
long route down to Catholic Rock, south ah Mayreau,
Baleine Rock up to ah mark at Friendship an' back to
de first mark at start an' finish. Well as ah say, de
wind light an' ah ha' fo' tell yo', is de first time in ah
long time ah sailin' in ah 18-footer, yes, ah skipper in
Nerissa J, de new Nerissa J. Is only four boat in de
class so ah ha' fo' keep me wits up an' me eyes peeled
because Tornado ain't no easy boat fo' beat an' she in
de lead not by much. We turn de lee mark an' upwind


All over me body achin'. Time fo' get some greenies
down an kill de aches. Ah know one t'ing fo' sure. Ah
ain't goin' in no jump-up tonight! Yes, tonight is "wet
fete" an' t'ing over at de fisheries complex: could be ah
getting' old.
Sunday morning' is here, nice an' fresh, church bell
ringin'. But sorry, no church fo' me. Heaven will help
us all out dey today because de sun hot like Hell. We
start at 11 o'clock, reverse course to yesterday, wind
good, so we go' finish early. It got trips coming' down
from St. Vincent an' is de official opening' ah de jet air
port so all de bigwigs on de rock, including' de Prime
Minister. Ah can't tell yo' much about de race, things go
nice fo' some. Dem also g( .. .. -I I .... .I party
fo' so in de hard court .. .. I ... I I v cold
beers, ah big plate ah chicken an' chips, an' wrap up
in ah soft coat. Good night, Lucy, see yo' tomorrow.
Monday is ah short sail, triangle in de bay, good
breeze an' smooth water. Some ah dem boat mek little
changes wid dem jib an' t'ing but fo' me, ah ain't
changing' not'in', whatever come, ah go' tek. Tornado
beat me yesterday so we even de score. Today will tell


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ZOO REGATTA 2008


IT'S SAILING

TO THE MAX

WHEN AMERICA'S CUP

WINNER JOINS IN
by Stephane Legendre

Wind, sun, huge crowds of spectators, fun on the beach and on the water -all
this took place at the Karibea Beach Resort at Gosier, Guadeloupe, during the week
end of May 31st to June 1st at the fourth edition of the now famous Zoo Regatta.


Renowned international skippers from all over the Caribbean and Europe came,
including Peter Holmberg (USVI), Marc Fitzgerald (UK), Gildas Morvan (France),
Claude Thelier (Guadeloupe), Eric Baray (Martinique) and Yvan Bourgnon (France).
Peter Holmberg, who was aboard America's Cup winner Alinghi in 2007, and his
professional crew from the USVI came clearly to win the regatta. His America's Cup
match racing experience was a lesson for everyone present.
On the Saturday, six qualifying Silver Races preceded the Sunday's final four Gold
Races. Races were extremely stressful for both crews and boats due to the high level
of competition. The poor Sun Fast 37s suffered and repair crews had a lot to do on
Saturday evening to get things straight for Sunday's final, but everything was ready
on time.
Holmberg dominated the Gold round on Sunday, winning all four races. Second
was Marc Fitzgerald from the UK, who sailed the 2008 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
aboard the winner, Sojana. Fitzgerald scored three second places and a sixth. Gildas
Morvan, last year's Zoo I .11 winner, came third (3, 3, 6, 2). Claude Thelier (5, 5,
3, 4) and Eric Baray (4, I I -j tied for fourth place. After coming last in the first two
races, and then fifth, Yvan Bourgnon's valiant third in the last race couldn't lift him
out of the basement.
After the notorious 2 i I i .1 .... .. i the day ended with the prizegiving
in front of a crowd of: ... I ...- I. 1 .... .I I enjoyed their weekend. Receiving
his trophy, Holmberg .' i li, , '11. 1. -"1 .ie he had participated in an event
exactly like the Zoo Regatta, and that he and his crew would be back next year.
Victory for the USVI, victory for the organization of this fourth edition of the Zoo
1 .. ss story!
.. visit www.zoo-regatta.com.


Holmberg's Highlights
Born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in 1960, Peter Holmberg has become an
international yacht-racing star. Just a few highlights of his career include:
CARIBBEAN
ii .... i i i I .11 St. Thomas, 1st place (seven times)
t ,.ar te nine. I -" I lace (three times)
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, 1st place (twice)
BVI Spring Regatta, 1st place (five times)
..1 i i ,, T,. )at Series, 1st place
1988 Olympic Games, Finn Class, Silver Medal
1990 Maxi World Championships, 1st place
2002 Match Racing World Tour, 1st place
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Melges Dominate Anguilla Sailing Festival
After five races over three days (May 9th through
1 1th), the three Melges 24s swept a seven-boat spin- 1
naker fleet at Anguilla's annual regatta. They were
Budget Marine, skippered by Robbie Ferron; Pelican
Marine Residences, skippered by Frits Bus; and French
Connection, skippered by Rouault Didier.
For more information visit www.anguillaregatt, a.com.
26th Tobago Sail Week
The spirit of sailing was alive and well in Tobago during
the week of May 11 th through 16"t at Angostura
Tobago Sail Week 2008.
On the first day of racing, May 12th, Racing Class was
topped by the venerable Bajan Beneteau First 10M


Bruggadung II, with Dick Stoute at the helm. Cruiser/
Racer Class was won by Jerome McQuilkin's
Wayward, a Trinidad-based Beneteau Oceanis 430. In
Cruising Class, the famous sailing Farfan family's
Business Machine, a Heritage 36, got the upper hand,
and Charter Class laurels were captured by
Chequeamegone, a Moorings 443.
The next day's competition, sponsored by YSATT, as
were the previous day's races, duplicated Day One's
winners in every class except Charter, where Hemo, a
Bavaria 44, was victorious.
The third and final day of racing, May 15th, sponsored
by Gulf Insurance, featured a couple of upsets.
Bruggadung //was toppled from first place by
Drunken Monkey, a Trinidadian Melges 24 skippered
by Paul Amon. And in Cruising Class, Nirvana, a San


Juan 34, grabbed the top spot from Business Machine.
In Cruiser/Racer Class, Wayward held her position, as
did Hemo in Charter Class.
For more information visit www.sailweek com.
150-Mile Round Guadeloupe Race
St6phane Legendre reports: For its 30th anniversary,
the Round Guadeloupe regatta gathered 47 boats in
four classes: 14 Racing/Cruising, 8 Racing, 7 Multi-hulls
and 18 Beach Cats participated in this edition, orga-
nized by Triskell Association. Participants came from
Saint Martin, Martinique, Antigua, and all the way from
mainland France. Local knowledge was important: in
the end, all podium places were won by competitors
from Guadeloupe, with the notable exception of Sven
Harder from Antigua who was first in Racing Class.


This year's event followed the now traditional five-
legged route of more than 150 nautical miles in total,
racing around the Guadeloupe archipelago: The
25-mile Leg 1 goes from Gosier to Marie Galante; Leg
2, 55 miles, is from Marie Galante to Port Louis; Leg 3,
Port Louis to Deshaies is 20 miles; Leg 4, 25 miles, is
from Deshaies-Vieux Fort to Les Saintes, with a lap
around the Saintes before the finish line; and Leg 5
from Les Saintes to Pointe-d-Pitre is 30 miles.
The weather, as usual at this time of the year, was per-
fect: sunshine, 15 knots of wind and slight seas. Multihulls
didn't have quite enough wind this year to reach their
full potential, and lighter monohulls had an advantage.
Evening parties were as expected by participants:
friendly, very exciting and sometimes sleepless!
The beach cats were the best represented this year and
fights between competitors from Saint Martin,
Guadeloupe and Martinique were fierce. There were
seven Hobie Cat Tigers and 11 Hobie Cat 16s in the
class. Looking at the overall results, only a few minutes
separated the winner from his immediate opponents.
This class is well organized and most of the leaders travel
to Saint Martin for the Heineken Regatta, to Martinique
for the Round Martinique Regatta, and to other
Caribbean events. Guadeloupe is a wonderful training
ground for young champions this year Pascal
Marchais again won the "tour" in the Tiger class but his
son won the Hobie Cat 16 race -watch out, Daddy!
Racing/Cruising Class was, as usual, keenly contested,
especially between the Archambault 40 and the J/120,
which finished with under five minutes difference over-
all good boats with good well-trained crews!
The Racing Class confirmed the progress accom-
plished by Sven Harden's Flying Tiger, manufactured in
China, which led the competition this year. We can
only hope more of those interesting and affordable
boats come to the Caribbean in the future; a one-
design class throughout the Caribbean would be
interesting to replace the old Sun Fast 37 fleet we
have in Guadeloupe.
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offered the participants a wonderful five days sailing
around the "Butterfly" archipelago.
Hope to see you join the party next year!
OVERALL WINNERS
Beach Cats
1) Dell Snickers Quicksilver, Tiger Cat,
Pascal Marchais
2) Goyave Tiger One, Tiger Cat, Thierry Matias &
Rodolphe Sepho
3) Tip Top, Tiger Cat, Thomas Bohl
Multihulls
1) Coco Kaf6, one-off trimaran, Alexandre Bonvoisin
2) Super U, CDK 28 catamaran, Fabrice Enaux
3) Eo, KL 28 catamaran, Vincent Trancart
Racing Cruising
1) Soguanet, Archambault 40, Didier Coffre
2) Paulista, J/120, Philippe Champion
3) Sofaia Parapharmacie, Gib-sea 414,
Patrick Charre
Racing
1) Forty-Two, Flying Tiger, Sven Harder
2) Americano Cafe, Speed Feet 18,
Christophe Wilzius
,: -.-:,; i,, :lass 8, Luc Duponteil
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CROOD Means Family Fun
Ellen Sanpere reports: Family fun was the back story
as 16 boats in four classes competed on May 24th
and 25th, in Teague Bay, during St. Croix Yacht Club's
Cruzan Open One-Design (CROOD) regatta.
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crew Mike Weber took second place in the 420 Class


his worst finish was a third in a fleet of six. Three
Schreiber family members composed half of the Laser
Radial class with father, Chris, and son, Christopher,
finishing second and third, respectively, and mom,
Debbie, giving Felice Quigley and Beecher Higby a
run for their money.
Felice's son, Mack Bryan, took top honors in the
Optimist class, with Eric Perez in second and Harry
Hoffman in third place. Eric's brother, Hector, bested
Shane Ryan-Bataller and Vincenzo Ambrosi in Sunfish.
In the 420 class, Rian Bareuther and crew Kyle Davis
sailed to an easy first, with Challis Diaz and crew Mike
Weber in second and Sydney Jones (daughter of
SCYC Fleet Captain Kim Jones) and various crew
in third.
Challis's mom is SCYC caterer Kate Diaz, who, with
club manager Kiomi Pedrini, created a fun pirate-
themed party to open the regatta Friday night. CJ
Walker, a newcomer, earned the most improved sailor
award, finishing first in two of the weekend's 20
Opti races.
Wind conditions were puffy and shifty, resulting in
frequent capsizes and righting maneuvers in the small
craft. PRO Paul Lordi ran 16 to 20 windward/leeward
races in the two-day regatta, allowing a throw-out for
those who may have missed a wind shift. The regat-
ta's Sportsmanship award went to Bareuther and
Davis for abandoning a race to help a competitor
who had capsized.
Sailing Highlights 12th Island Games
St6phane Legendre reports: The 12th Island Games
were held in Guadeloupe from May 25th to 30th. This
was the first time the Caribbean hosted those games,
which take place every year on a different
island worldwide.


and 25 boys participated, some of whom have had
previous international regatta experience.
Competition was fierce between the Canaries,
France and Italy. Young sailors from the Canaries per-
formed extremely well, finishing first and second over-
all in both the girls' and boys' divisions.
This competition shows an increasing interest among
young sailors on islands that sometimes lack high-level
competitions, and it is an excellent opportunity for
them to show their talent. It is also a perfect way for
them to discover new islands. Above all, it is a pleas-
ant and interesting way of mixing all those cultures at
a very young age, making new friends and, in some
cases, having the opportunity to compete again at a
high level on the water.
OVERALL RESULTS
Opti Girls
1) Sonia Arana-Curbelo, Canaries (Spain)
2) Pilar Caba-Hernandez, Canaries (Spain)
3) Ana-Rita Pinto, Madeira (Portugal)
Opti Boys
1) Luis Benitez-lnglott, Canaries (Spain)
2) Mario Suarez-Ramirez, Canaries (Spain)
3) Antoine Lefort, Guadeloupe (France)
For more information (in French) visit www.lgvoile.
com or www. croji2008, com.
Caymans Head for Premier's Cup Regatta
The first-ever youth sailing team from the Cayman
Islands is now fully trained and ready to compete at the
international level against the cream of the Caribbean.
Between July 11th and 14th, a team of youngsters will
be participating in the former Chief Minister's Cup, now
the Premier's Cup, in the British Virgin Islands.
Teams from 12 Caribbean islands are expected to
compete in this prestigious regatta, which is the only


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Thirteen islands or island groups sent competitors:
the Azores, the Canaries, Cyprus, Corsica, Elba,
Guadeloupe, Jersey, Madeira, Mayotte, Saint Martin,
Sardinia, Sicily and the Isle of Wight. These islands rep-
resented six countries: Cyprus, France, Italy, Portugal,
Spain and the UK. Many disciplines were represented,
including tennis, swimming, athletics, and, of course,
sailing on Optimists.
The five-day sailing competition took place at
Datcha Beach next to Gosier Islet. Twenty-four girls


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youth team sailing event in the Caribbean. Each
team has a crew of six members between the ages of
12 and 18, along with a coach and a chaperone.
Over the weekend, there will be 18 races in 24-foot
sailing boats called IC24s.
The event is organized and hosted by the Rotary
Club and The Royal BVI Yacht Club is responsible for
the racing programme. All the teams will be staying in
a tented village at beautiful Nanny Cay.
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St. Maarten Youth Invited to Sail in Norway
The Maritime School of the West Indies, in coopera-
tion with the St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht
Regatta Foundation, is offering a once in a lifetime
adventure on board a tall ship to local St. Maarten
youth. The initiative is sponsored by Sail Training
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selected from the Cadets Corps who started sailing
just two years ago at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club
(CISC). The team comprises Jeremy Hill, Joshua Hill,
Romane Blake, Willie Cruz, Craig Ebanks and Stuart
Jennings. The team has been training for this event
since May using the Fortis-sponsored J/22 boat and
being coached by Mike Farrington of Compass
Marine Ltd.
The fact that the sailing team is able to compete at
this event is all due to the generous support of the
main sponsors: the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman,
who contributed C$I4,000, and the Cayman Islands
Olympic Committee. Additional support has come
from Conyers Dill & Pearman, Stuarts Walker Hersant,
Butterfield Bank, Scotiabank and Fortis.
"This sponsorship will enable a team of young enthu-
siastic Caymanians to compete against their peers on
the international stage, which will help to pave the
way towards future Caribbean and perhaps Olympic
success," said CISC Sailing Director, Michael Weber.
"The event will be an excellent way for our talented
young sailors to gain experience and meet other
young sailors in our region."
For more information on Team Cayman contact
Michael Weber at admin@sailing.ky
For more information on the Premier's Cup regatta
contact Tom Gerker at tom@partsandpower com.
Carriacou Regatta Festival 2008
Hot fun in the summertime! Carriacou Regatta is
coming July 27th through August 4th, and it's got
something for everyone yacht races, races for the
renowned Carriacou sloops, open-boat races, and all
kinds of shoreside games, cultural activities and enter-
tainment. It's the 43rd running of this unique event.
How can one little island offer so much fun? Come
and find out!
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Two native St, Maarten youngsters, one girl and one
boy, between the ages of 15 and 25 will be given a
chance to sail as crew on the 190-foot (62-meter) sail-
training ship Christian Radich during the upcoming Tall
Ships Races and sail from Bergen in Norway to Den
Helder in Holland, August 11th to 20th. No costs are
involved for the participants. Qualified candidates will


be selected by a jury.
The Tall Ships Races are held every summer in
European waters. Each year between 70 and 100 ves-
sels from 15 to 20 countries, crewed by up to 6,000
young people from more than 30 countries worldwide,
take part in this unique event that combines four days
of activities in each port with racing or cruising-in-
company between ports.
During the race series, the young crews gain experi-
ence by sailing with their contemporaries from other
countries while facing the physical and emotional
challenges that only the ocean can provide.
A "Tall Ship" is not necessarily one of the glamorous
square-riggers. Entry is open to any monohull sailing
vessel of more than 9.14m waterline length, provided
that at least 50 percent of the crew are aged between
15 and 25 years and that the vessel meets Sail Training
International's safety equipment requirements.
Christian Radich is one of Norway's well-known sail-
ing ambassadors. The ship functioned as a sail training
ship from the start in 1937 to 1998. Now the ship acts
as a training ship for the Norwegian Navy during the
winter season. During the summer period, the ship
offers voyages for school classes, arrangements for
companies and private parties. She is a regular partic-
ipant in The Tall Ships Races and has been first on cor-
rected time on several occasions.
Veerle Rolus, principal of the Maritime School
explained: "This is a chance we want to give to local
St. Maarten youth.

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more and more local people are also seeing that
there is a future in the marine sector and this is an
excellent opportunity that we are now able to offer
the local kids."
Jan Roosens from the Classic Yacht Regatta organi-
zation ads: "We've been in contact with the Sail
Training Organization for years and have tried to bring
those magnificent vessels to St. Maarten a long time
before we started with the Classic Regatta here. We
will have, for the first time, a special Tall Ship Day dur-
ing the next St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht
Regatta in January 2009." (See related news below.)
For more information contact info@MaritimeSchool.net
Martinicans to Tempest World Champions
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December 2006 cover of Caribbean Compass when
Martinique hosted the 2006 World Championship
Tempest Series? Since then, Martinican sailors Albert
Jean Charles and Alain Lotaut of Reha Team have
been active on the local, national and international
racing scenes. They recently returned from
Maubuisson, France, where, during May, they pock-
eted first place in the Challenge de France for the
second consecutive year. They have participated in
the Championnat du Monde in Austria in 2005,
Martinique 2006 and Germany 2007.
Alain and Albert are now preparing for the 2008
World Championship to be held in Weymouth,
England, from August 16th to 22nd. Look closely at the
poster announcing this international meeting: it's a
photo of Reha Team taken during the 2006 Martinique!
Good luck to our Tempest sailors.
45th Annual Marlin Tourney in Jamaica
The registrations are already coming in for the Sir
Henry Morgan Angling Association's 45th Marlin
Tournament at Port Antonio, Jamaica, October 4th
through 11th. Twenty-percent discount applies to reg-
istration fees received before July 31.
For registration details contact
rondq@mail.infochan.com.
Coincident with the Marlin Tournament will be the
24th Annual Canoe Tournament scheduled for
October 8th. Brochures and registration forms are
available at the Errol Flynn Marina office.
Spice Race: England to Grenada
A new transatlantic race ending in the Caribbean
aims to raise the profile of Class 40 racing yachts. The
Spice Race will start on the 15th of November in the
Solent and finish in Grenada in December. The event's
organizer, British businessman Tony Lawson, started his
first business in Grenada in the late 1960s, at the age
of 19, and retains strong connections with the "Spice
Island". His 44-foot Supercilious has won at Antigua
Race Week, he crewed on a winning Transpac yacht
and has completed several transatlantics. In recent
years, Lawson became involved with the Class 40 and
purchased Concise, an Akilaria 40. He expects about
ten Class 40s to compete in the Spice Race, either fully
crewed or two-handed, and is also inviting boats to
take part in an IRC division. The 4,300-nautical-mile
route is far more tactical than a straight tradewind run.
For more information contact
louayhabibdgmail com.


New Match Race Set for USVI
Carol Bareuther reports: The Inaugural Carlos Aguilar
Memorial Match Race Championship is set for
December 5th through 7th in St. Thomas, US Virgin
Islands, to be hosted out of the St. Thomas Yacht
Club. It will offer a high-caliber format that includes
international umpires, IC24s, and clinics leading up to
the event led by America's Cup sailor and native
Virgin Islander, Peter Holmberg.
"Carlos was a great sailor and had a deep love of
match racing," says Holmberg. "Match racing is dear
to me too, and I would love to see it grow in the
Caribbean. This event is a great start for a great
cause and I'll be making every effort on my part for it
to be successful."
Bill Canfield, co-organizer of the event along with
Aguilar's widow Verian, herself a keen match racer,
adds, "Carlos was fascinated by match racing, both
as a spectator and as a competitor. He was heavily
involved in helping our women's team and junior sail-
ors to hone their match racing skills in the absence of
Henry Menin and Peter Holmberg, when these two
men were away participating in the last America's
Cup campaign."
Match racing teams from both within and outside of
the Caribbean are invited to submit their resumes.
Slots are available for up to eight teams in the Open
Division and up to six teams in the Woman's Division.
IC24s, equipped with competitive sails,
will be available.
For more information contact Bill Canfield atstyc&
vipowernetnet The Notice of Race is available on the
St Thomas Yacht Club's website www.styc.net
St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic to Host Tall Ships
West Indies Events and the St. Maarten-St. Martin
Classic Yacht Regatta Foundation announced that a
Tall Ship Day has been implemented in the fourth clas-
sic regatta, which will be held during the third week of
January in 2009.
The first Tall Ship has already registered for the event.
It is the 245-foot (75.5 m) Canadian passenger-carry-
ing barquentine Caledonia. She carries 1,579 square
meters of sail and 20 crew.
The St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta
2009 kicks off on January 22nd with a skippers' briefing
and official opening ceremony.
Sailing starts the next day, from Simpson Bay to
Marigot, where the yachts will be hosted at Fort
Louis Marina.
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classics and the Tall Ships will start out of the bay in
Marigot and sail towards the finish line in Great Bay.
Organizers are planning to ask permission to dock
the Tall Ships at the Pointe Blanche cruise ship pier so
that passengers can disembark and an on-board
reception can be held after the regatta that day. The


idea is to keep the tall ships at the pier to offer the
general public a chance to visit the ships on the
Sunday morning. New passengers will board the ship
in the afternoon to go on a cruise that evening. The
regular classic yachts will set sail that Sunday morning
for the last regatta day to Simpson Bay and
finish there.
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in the 2009 regatta.
For more information visit www.ClassicRegafta.com.
Information about the Tall Ship Cruise can be
obtained at www. ClassicYachtForCharter com.
Entry List Open for World ARC 2010
World ARC, the flagship event in the global portfolio
of World Cruising Club (WCC) rallies, is building on the
success of the 2008 Rally with the
announcement that the entry list has
opened for a second edition, the 2010
World ARC Rally. This event will leave the
Caribbean in January 2010, on a circum-
navigation of the globe, returning to the
Caribbean 14 months later.
Ever since the concept for the inaugural
World ARC Rally was first announced by
World Cruising in 2006, there has been a
continual stream of international enquiries.
World Cruising has created an adventure
of a lifetime, with careful planning and
using up-to-date routing information and
the skills acquired over 20 years of running
ocean sailing events.
Forty-one yachts from 13 nations are
participating in the 2008 Rally, which set
off from St. Lucia in January.
World ARC is open to monohulls with a
minimum overall length of 40 feet (12.19
metres), and multihulls between 40 feet
(12.19 metres) and 60 feet (18.29 metres).
Minimum crew requirement is two people
onboard each yacht.
A range of safety and communications
equipment must be carried. The main
i!!l requirements include, but are not limited
S to, a liferaft; EPIRB; offshore flare pack;
two lifebuoys; two manual bilge pumps;
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grab bag. The requirements are detailed
in the Entry Pack available from World
Cruising Club.
For more information
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Buffett, one day. I have always wanted to ask him,
i i... i re in the world were you when
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was in their establishment at the time. And why is the
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of buck fever and could only manage to stammer out,
"Where have you been in your boat lately?" Jimmy, who
has probably never been at a loss for words, jumped
right in to say he'd just returned from Panama and
thought it was the best-kept secret in the Caribbean.
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Dominican Republic). There were 80 boats in the
anchorage that year. By the time I got to Trinidad, I
could only count 20 that I knew. Then Venezuela
eight, Colombia -two, and Boca del Toro, Panama
-zero. Jimmy, however, had just left again.
Well, I'm going to blab the secret right out. If you sail
the route I did, it just gets better and better as you go
from east to west -and then there's Panama, like the
pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Obviously, there
is no finish line in cruising, but if there were one it
might be in Panama. Let me tell you a little about that
pot, then, we'll take a little adventure.
Arriving from the east, the first part of Panama you
come to is Kuna Yala, or the San Bias islands. More
than 100 miles with more than 200 islands just off the
coast of Panama, this is as ideal a cruising ground as
I can imagine. There are beautiful islands, large and
small pristine beaches, live coral reefs, and abundant
fish, birds and other wildlife. There are secluded areas
and there are anchorages with 20 or more boats and a
radio net; you can tuck in completely alone or join in
the potluck dinners. You can trade rice and oil with
the indigenous Kuna islanders for fish, lobster and
crabs the size of Chicago, or you can catch them your
self and invite an islander for dinner. You can visit the
indigent( ... I seek out basic supplies or take
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You can check in at either end of the San Bias chain,
the west end being the better choice. But there is no
hurry. The island chain is owned and governed jointly
by the Kuna people and the Panamanian government.
You will pay a fee (which is fairly reasonable and
i.... i. i i i i1. upon signing in. You can
Si.. .11 I ..... I .. I I -.an Bias without going to
Panama proper, but if you do go on to Panama you
must check in again at Colon or Panama City. The
cruising permit from either of those ports of entry will
allow you to go anywhere in Panama.
If you anchor near a Kuna village, they will probably
-V.rT- you a five-dollar anchoring fee, which is good
i days. Considered by some a nuisance and by
others as an :..i -1.... interaction with a centuries
old civilization I I are minimal compared to the
priceless bucolic beauty of the region. Generally, but
not always, the villagers have a "don't bother the tour
ists" rule and, occasionally, you'll have to wave over
the fresh fruit, fish or bread boat. In any case, if you
like cruising you will feel at home in the San Bias. By
the way, the whole stretch is navigable between the
islands and mainland in calm waters. You do, of
course, have to pay attention.
Porvenir is the western end's check-in and check-out
settlement. From there you can jump off for Colon.
There are some interesting stops along the way, espe
cially the historic Portobello. Then you arrive at the
entrance to the eighth wonder of the world: the
Panama Canal. There are two marinas here to choose
from, one on either side of the canal: the Panama
Canal Yacht Club and Shelter Bay Marina. Each offers
a front-row seat to the 24/7 n- nt- of multina
tional ships the size of football i. i i- I ssing in and
out of the canal with the regularity of Swiss trains. If
you prefer, a large anchorage nearby has good holding
and the same view.
The town of Colon is lacking in socially redeeming
qualities and deserves to be skipped unless you need
supplies. Nearby, however, is a very nice resort hotel,
the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, which makes for a
pleasant day visit or a somewhat expensive land base
for exploration. Also the tourist train to Panama City
departs daily at 5:15PM from the station near the
marina. It follows along the canal and the ride is
rather enjoyable, especially with a group. (If you are
alone, you'll find a group in the ever popular bar car.)
You could easily spend a couple of weeks exploring the
environs of the 80-mile canal as it cuts through the con


tinental divide separating North from South America.
There are four national parks along the way, each a rain
forest and each preserving a little historical something.
For starters, on a day trip from Colon or Panama
City you could visit the Miraflores locks, the Summit
Botanical Gardens and zoo, and the Sendero del
Charro nature trail in Soberania National Park, a pre
served portion of the original gold trail used by the
Spaniards over 400 years ago. This is a setting of seri
ous jungle only 25 kilometers from downtown Panama
City. Across the canal from Colon, behind the Shelter
Bay Marina, an hour's walk through the overgrown
ruins of the US fortifications will impress you with the
enormity of that effort. One of the terminally bored
firemen at the lonely outpost stations there might
gladly offer guide service for the price of a soda or beer.
I could continue on and on but the canal itself is the
main attraction here.
Around 14,000 ships pass through the canal each
year. Ships worldwide are built with the dimensions of
the canal locks in mind: 305 meters long and 33.5
meters wide. There are three sets of double locks and
the large man made Gatun Lake in the middle. When
created it was the ,' :t '.', made lake in the world,
with the largest da,,, I 'II million gallons of fresh
water are released into the ocean with each passing
ship. The more you learn about the monumental con
struction project (and the associated political intrigue),
the more interesting it becomes.
Ifyou're : t li ti ;it -1 i ,-.wnboat, or act
ingasalin I .... .. .... .. I- the easiest way
to visit the canal is to go to the free, built in museum
at the Miraflores locks. Here you can watch and learn
at the same time. Or, on Saturda-- you can
climb aboard the tour boat and I ... Panama
City to the Miraflores locks and back, followed by a bay
tour, for around US$150. Couch potatoes can log onto
the web cams at each set of locks and watch their
friends wave as they go through each lock. Once a boat
--, .. you can accurately predict the
1"'. '.... I ....- I' .... .I' each lock. The three or four
'- ." self contained mountain lodge resorts, and half the
hotels in Panama City, exist to accommodate the thou
sands of visitors from all over the world who have come
each year solely to see and explore the canal.
Cruisers Jeanie and Dan Miller took this portrait of Next stop on the westward cruise is Boca del Toro.
a Kuna matron in traditional dress during their sail Totally off the beaten path and out of the way to any
through the San Blas Islands in 2002. They liked where, this is the epitome of a quaint, historical "sort
Panama so much they bought property and settled of' tourist town.
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It's a laid-back destination for backpackers,
Panamanian tourists, cruisers and the occasional
Jimmy Buffett types. By "sort of', I mean it has sev
eral amenities over and above the usual small beach
town, without losing its charm. For example, there are
a movie and sports bar, a makeshift disco on the
water, an authentic delicatessen, and a multitude of
casual fine-dining establishments for special occa
sions. All this, plus the usual street vendors, open-air
markets, festivals and sea turtles laying eggs. The


marina is lovely, with a quaint restaurant and gazebo
bar. It is located beside the town and requires a five
minute dinghy or dollar water-taxi ride. From there
you can dinghy to a dozen different neat places like
reefs, points, bays, mangrove swamps, indigenous vil
lages and little resorts. Or you can hop by boat or taxi
to the nearby park islands -it's a great place to leave
your boat for a little inland adventure.
One plan is to climb the Volcano Baru and watch the
sunrise while viewing two oceans at the same time.
This is, of course, the only place in the world where


you can do this (okay, in the western hemisphere), so
you gotta go! And, as they say in the cruising world,
getting there is half the fun. First, you take the water
taxi to the city of Changuinola. This is an exciting
opportunity to ride through the defunct banana plan
stations and spot crocodiles, monkeys and parrots.
Then you take a short bus ride to David, a Pacific coast
town, followed by another bus up to Boquete.
Boquete, nestled in a .. .... i..... .1 .i 1060
meters, is cool, pristine ... I I .I I .11. II sweet
oranges '- riin-ll- from California), coffee (the best in
Panama) ... I I.. I gringos. If you are over 60, you
too can pay the thousand-dollar nationalization fee
and buy a small condo in the Boquete 'burbs and live
!1 i -. a small pension in paradise. It's an absolutely
S.... ..nmtain village of about eight to nine blocks with
all the necessities, plus Mary's strawberry pie store.
The head of the trail begins at the high side of town.
Trail is a relative term. At one point it was a road of
sorts used to construct the large communication cen
ter of towers, etcetera, on top. Today it would be better
described as a steep riverbed, complete with loose wet
rocks and muddy ruts fit only for very big tractors. On
the way down it was amusing to watch the much
macho hombres trying to upright their four-wheel drive
jeeps and trucks (twice). It was moderate to difficult
hiking with frequent stops for water and breathing.
And, naturally, it beg ... ..- 1 ir .. 1. 1 1, itch
the 7:00AM sunrise. I .. I .... I 11 ,-11. .1
We elected to take a guide, not an absolute necessity
but a good idea, as there are numerous forks in the road
leading off to pasture lands and farms. Taking the
wrong turn would cost precious time in doubling back.
Also, the guide acts as a coach, pushing, and pulling
and prodding you to stay on schedule. By the second
half of the climb, my partner needed a couch. By the
fourth quarter so did I. Near the top, the trail turned
cruelly steep and it was a big effort to get one foot in
front of the other at a snail's pace. Our guide's name
was impossible to pronounce but sounded like Geraldine.
This guy was anything but girly as he pushed us over
the top at 3,475 metres five minutes before sunrise.
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It was indeed one of those once-in-a-lifetime experi
ences that make you tingle. Then again, the wind was
howling and the temperature dropping. It wasn't until
well after the sunrise that we noticed there was one
more tip-top left, about 100 metres of straight-up rock
with a cross on top. Well, you know you've come this
far so you gotta go. Monica volunteered to stay behind
and take the picture of me on top, hugging the cross.
The guide and I crawled on our hands and knees to the
top, kissed the cross, got the picture and scampered
down to breakfast and more pictures of the absolutely
beautiful panoramic view of both shores, then the
descent of only six hours. The other reason to go up at
night is to beat the daily clouds that roll in around 10
to 10:30AM every -1-- r--1;;-i- visibility to zero. On
the way down we :.. ... . hapless hikers going
up (not counting the macho four-wheelers that would '
never make it). We didn't have the heart to tell them
about the clouds.
We got back to the village about 2:00PM. Cocktail
hour came early that day, as did bedtime. Tired mus-
cles and sore feet were a cheap price to pay for a near
religious experience.
Obviously there is more to Panama than there is
room here to discuss. Taking your boat through the
canal, visiting the Pacific side with Panama City, the
marinas, beaches and offshore islands, the remainder .
of the canal environs, the Darien wilderness and the 0 S
whole banana republic thing to name a few, would
make the transit worthwhile.

Chuck and Monica live aboard their 55foot trawler.
They enjoy cruising around the Caribbean and talking
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"The island pales in comparison to Culebra for cruis
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We wouldn't stop there unless we needed to on the
upwind passage from Fajardo to St. Croix."
"Isabel Segunda is an exposed anchorage."
"Esperanza is protected, but too grassy for reliable
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1....... .- 1 1 War II to use for bombing .
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In his Cruising Guide to the Eastern Caribbean
Puerto Rico, the Spanish, US and British Virgin Islands,


Don Street writes: "Vieques is one of the undiscovered
islands of the Eastern Caribbean, with many fine
anchorages... there is .... ...ising to keep a
yachtsman busy for we -1. I gives details of
numerous anchorages on the island, and it's well
worth getting a copy of this book (available at iUni
verse.com) to plan your visit.
Bruce Van Sant, in his The Gentleman's Guide to
Passages South: The Thornless Path to Windward, also
give Vieques praise: "Many consider these bays, coves
and beaches the best of all Virgin Island T-r-
Untouched by developers, they have stay I II II-
most of the last hundred years.... A good plan would
launch a cruise of Vieques from Culebra. While enjoy
ing superb Culebrenr --ru-i1 you can watch for a
window of favorable .11. This is another book
(available from www.cruisingguides.com) that will be a
most useful reference for a Vieques' cruise. Up-to-date
charts are als .. i I . . i....1. reefs and
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Van Sant predicts, "After munitions cleanup, perhaps
years, you can look forward to rampant development to
spoil these beautiful coves more than bombs could."
But that hasn't happened yet. The 1 .- :t -. -: on the
island was closed, and had been: ... .... as of
this writing. Commerce is low key, driven mainly by
small ... -. ... catering to beach lovers. Small
herds I I .- I ... horses, owned by humans but
unfenced and unfettered, wander the beaches and
roadsides. Long stretches of magnificent sandy beach
are backed by trees and shrubs, not high-rises, and
dotted with people only at long intervals, even in high
season. We recently saw just two yachts anchored at
Sun Bay, three on moorings off Green Beach, and four
at Esperanza. On the weekends, sportfishing boats
from Puerto Rico visit, but during the week peace and
quiet reign.
Cruiser Betty Karl named Ensenada Honda in
Vieques (there is also an Ensenada Honda in Culebra)
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Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, the
events surrounding Carnival covered the
entire month of April -and we weren't
going to miss it!
A multitude of events took place, beginning on April
6th with the selection of a Prince and Princess in
which children between the ages of 6 and 12 compete
ed. The selection of the Carnival Queen on the 12th
contained all the pageantry of a Miss America contest.
Women between 17 and 21 years of age were trained,
groomed, rehearsed and staged. They competed in the
categories of an Introduction Speech, Cultural
Costume, Swim Wear, Evening Wear, Talent and
Question and Answer.
Nor were the toddlers overlooked. A Toddler's Derby
was held the next day, where scores of ten-month-old
toddlers crawled to see who would cross the finish line
first. This was a must-see event. The parents were the
real show as they placed themselves at the finish line
and enticed their offspring with funny faces, treats,
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Traditional games of marbles, spinning tops, jacks,
and "steal the bacon" were also to take place the eve
ning of the 13th. Intrigued, we went to Lionel Roberts
stadium where older people were playing as though
they were still the kids they had been 60 or 70 years
ago. The whoops and hollers of the lucky winners
accompanied oaths spat by the losers.
Being boaters, we also made sure to attend Water
Sports Day on April 20th. Engineless IC24 class sail
boats raced as many times as conditions permitted,
each crewed by three to five persons. We joined the
spectators lining the historic Charlotte Amalie water
front, cheering on the racers. At the completion of the
competition, the boats paraded along the waterfront
throwing Mardi Gras style beads to the crowd. Then
the powerboats raced.
Every year at carnival, pre teens and seniors par
ticipate in "tramps." Student groups wearing school
T-shirts dance in the street to a steel drum orchestra
and march ("tramp") from Market Square to
Emancipation Garden. A prize is awarded to the school
with the most participants. Seniors in colorful cos
tumes tramp to a scratchband playing the traditional
quelbe music of the Virgin Islands. Quelbe is a form of
the quadrille.
Music is a very important aspect of any carnival
celebration. On St. Thomas, a Junior Calypso
Competition is held in which students from various
schools perform original songs dealing with social
issues or carnival themes. Some use props, backup
singers, or unique costumes to convey their message
to the audience. Cultural Night on April 16th was
highlighted by the Junior and Senioi T,,,. .nd Queen
of the Bands Competition. This was 1. 1.. -1 time that
spectators got a peek at the elaborate character cos
tumes that the troupes would enter in the final
Carnival parade ten days later. A Steel Band Jamboree
on the 20th made for an evening of wonderful music
-popular, reggae, calypso, classical all played on
steel drums. This was my favorite of the musical
events. There was also a Latin Night, where various
musical entourages played samb. i-r-i. r ;- -t-"tera,
a Calypso Review and a Soca : -... i- is a
mixture of soul and calypso).
During the final week of Carnival, Carnival Village
took over the large downtown parking area at Fort
Christian. A Food Fair celebrated fare from a variety of
island cultures -yummy! Game booths and amuse
ment park rides reminded me of the county fair carni
vals we used to attend as kids. And there was a stage
where a variety of groups performed. The carnival vil
lage provides a focal point for families and friends to
gather and there was a bustling crowd there both
nights we attended.
J'ouvert, from the French jour ouvert, means day
break. It is a night-until-morning street dance or
"jump up." It seemed like the entire island was there.
From 4:00AM until noon on the Thursday preceding
the final weekend of Carnival, revelers dressed in


makeshift costumes or T shirts representing the com-
munity group or band of their choice and pranced
along the waterfront to Carnival Village.
In the last days of Carnival, the parades take place.
The first is the Children's Parade. The Princes and
Princesses and a variety of troupes jump and sway
along the parade route. The adult parade takes place
the last Saturday of Carnival. What an extravaganza!
There are spectacular costumes, double-decker buses
containing steel bands, and mocko jumbies (cos
tumed stilt walkers). Scheduled for 10:OAM, it actually
started about 11:00 and was still going at 4:15 when
we left! There were several showers and one hard rain
-the musicians had to tip their steel drums to empty
the water! Various floats throw goodies -candy in
small, red Chinese-takeout-style boxes and Chinese
yoyos, hand towels, even neckties -an unusual
assortment, we thought! The costumes, the music,
the dancing celebrate the multitude of cultures in the
islands.
And finally, on the last night, there were wonderful,
magical fireworks. Following the fireworks was a


Mocko Jumbies take to the streets of Charlotte Amalie
during Carnival

Calypso Spectakula, wherein the costumed partici
pants danced and pranced one last time, taking the
Last Lap at midnight. Then St. Thomas Carnival was
over for another year.
Carnival is generally believed to trace its origins to
medieval Italy where a costume festival was held the
night before Lent began. Because Catholics were not
supposed to eat meat during Lent, the festival was
named came vale, which means "to put away meat" or
"farewell to the flesh". This tradition was carried with
European Catholics to many parts of the world. Today,
in the Caribbean, the religious aspects have given way
to a celebration of cultural traditions. Ancient African
traditions of parading and moving in circles through
1ii . ..... ... i ....1 believed to bring good
I .... i. .1 i I ...- ... i Iill out angry spirits,
exert a strong influence on modern Caribbean carnival
celebrations.
Once held before Lent, these festivities now occur
year-round in various parts of the Caribbean and it's
great fun to take part. Upcoming Caribbean Carnivals
include those in St. John, USVI, on July 4th; St.
Vincent on July 7th and 8th, St. Lucia from July 8th
to 22nd; Statia from July 20th to 28th; Antigua from
July 26th to August 5th; Saba from July 30th to
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GRENADA, NON-STOP


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O TR friends tended to fall into two camps. Those who don't know the
T r'Caribbean and sailing said things like "Oh, that sounds lovely,
I uckyyou." Those who do know the Caribbean would raise their
eyebrows and say "rather you than me..." and look pityingly at Leonie, my wife, or
offer: "Have you thought about hopping along the Venezuelan coastline? It's lovely."
We had been drifting round the Caribbean Sea clock face for a few years, going the
usual route after Grenada, which we left in autumn 2004. Tobago... Trinidad...
Margarita... Puerto La Cruz... Tortuga... Roques... Aves... Bonaire... Curacao...
Aruba. All very beautiful and special places.
But Aruba was something of a "Rubicon" for us. The next stop going west is
Cartagena, and getting back east from there is no joke. Also we are not full-time
cruisers right now -we hardly qualify as snowbirds, even. I wanted to leave the boat
in places where I knew I could get good work done, ar 1 :r- r-li :- while we were
away. Plus, in the Eastern Caribbean you can easily 1 1 .. i i .... a wide choice
of islands, whereas once you get to Venezuela travel is much more east-west, there
fore either easy or more difficult.
For all these reasons we were going back east. The mooring field at Kralendijk in
Bonaire is 382 miles from the entrance to Prickly Bay, Grenada, and the heading is
practically due east, so however you do it, the journey won't be easy.
Which way to go?
Coast-hopping along the Venezuelan r ji-nln-1 i. ---. 11t tr-t-- nt 1 i jour
ney made by many people. But we were: i.. I .,, I i I ... ..... .. First,
without wishing to restart the debate, the security position in Venezuela seems to
have deteriorated in recent months judging from reports on noonsite.com and else
where. It's always difficult to assess this, as the absolute numbers are small, and
none of our friends has had personal problems in Venezuela. But we would be trav
selling on our own and it was a factor.
Secondly, we were limited for time, so wanted to go more cii- 11 --.t .1 -
route would take at least ten days, very probably two we i 1- ,,i i
average four knots on the direct route it could be done in four days, though men
tally I allowed for double that. In addition, the direct route takes you a little north of
the offshore islands ofAves, Roques, Blanquilla and Testigos. This gave us the option
of popping in if we got tired or had gear trouble, and Margarita would be no more
than about a day's sail from the direct route once past Blanquilla.
The chances of finding a weather window that is good for five or more days of east-
erly passagemaking are slim indeed. It seemed clear that we'd get some days when
the winds were okay and some when they would be stronger than one would like,
but they were never going to be in the right direction. So early one morning after
saying good-bye to friends and to Bonaire itself one of our favourite islands in the
Caribbean we set off.
We leave Bonaire
The reach down the lee side of Bonaire is one of the finest sails you'll ever get in
the Caribbean. Flat seas and a flat land which make for a steady, predictable breeze
and fast reaches. Knowing we'd be facing headwinds after rounding the comer we
just unfurled th- --; n ---re still zipping along E.I 1.1 i knots.
Zingano is a 1 I .... .... I ... I .1 imaran. Ir. 11 ater with no wind we'll
cruise on one e ...... .i .I I, .11 I ,, i We can carry 600 litres of fuel, and the
Yanmars burn about three an hour. So that gives us a theoretical range of 1,300
miles. i I .. I ... I .... ..I ind and sea we'd achieve a lot less than that, but it
seemecl I. I I I I - the theoretical range being over three times the
actual route length.
Once we rounded the southern headland of Bonaire we got pretty much what we
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just three knots through the water and two-and-a-half over the ground. We'd plug
on through.
Trouble already?
Some hours later while I was resting between wat-1 tl, 1 1 .1.;;'. went off.
Never a note 11 i i ..... i the skipper's heart! Ig i "1 i .... *i i working
on the port ",,1 I I i i i a little water in when refitting the paddle log and she
thought this might have triggered it. But it seemed unlikely since we were talking only
a few pints and I knew our air switches are triggered by more than that. I traced the
action to the port engine bilge where we had a bit of water sloshing around, but no
evidence of where it was coming from. Then, as we bounced over a wave, I saw a gush
of water coming in through a cable run in the aft bulkhead, about two feet up. This
meant that water had got into the aft buoyancy compartment, between the engine and
the stern of the boat, underneath the transom steps. How could this be?
Going back on deck I soon spotted the reason. Some years ago in Malta we'd fitted
access hatches to the inside of the transoms since it was otherwise impossible to get
at some of the fittings (the builder obviously put them on before sticking the hull and
deck mouldings together). I'd been wanting to change these hatches, as they were
looking chalky and getting a bit powdery when I'd checked them and lubricated the
threads about a year ago. But I'd been unable to find them in Bonaire and it was on
the job list for Grenada. Now one simply had a hole in it. As the waves had surged
around the lower transom step they had clearly created enough pressure to punch
thi ii;h -.-1 -f tl I- 1-;-. 1 1 .t-1-
S. 111 .. -.. .... I. I I I able to repair the hatch, and, even if not,
th i ... i . I I ..I .. I Bible. I tried putting duct tape on over the
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swamped, so this clearly was not going to work. I went to remove the other hatch to
see if I could bail out the water and it started to crumble in my hand. Not good.
In the end, I carefully removed both the port hatch covers and accepted the tran
som would fill with water, but gradually get pumped out via the engine compart
ment, then stabilise if I could make a temporary repair. We cleaned up and dried the
covers, liberally plastered them with duct tape, and put them back. Would this be
good for another four to six days? I thought not.
Pit stop at the Roques
So, Plan B: we put in to an island. We were at this time passing the Aves. It was
dark and we appeared to be getting ID request calls from the Venezuelan .
but they did not answer our replies (the base was a dozen miles away). i I ., I
that the Aves coastguard could be friendly or not, depending on who you got, so we
decided to press on to the Roques, which also meant a late afternoon arrival. This
would give us time to do our repair job in daylight, leave stuff to cure overnight and
leave at dawn. 1 i 1 I....
This worked II i i ay is the westernmost anchorage of the Roques and we
felt our way in to a deserted spot on schedule in the late afternoon. We decided to
fix all four hatch covers. I'd been carrying a spare, so one was an easy swap. For the
others we cut oversize pieces of Sunbrella and glued them on with marine sealant so
that they covered both the lid and the mounting ring. The job was done by nightfall,
which left them overnight to cure a bit.
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We had the track set on the chartplotter as we came in so, although at 5:00AM the
light was decidedly poor, we reversed the route and made our way back out without
difficulty.
It had been my plan to keep friends and family updated with our progress on our
blog. We can e-mail blog upd.t-. =- =- -li;; 1 .... 1 ... l would also put less
stress on the limited e-mail 1 .1 .1.1. I .. - I I i modem combo using
Sailmail. The previous night, however, the setup fell over for some reason -I sus
pect the Pactor, but cannot be sure. Fortunately, as we passed Grand Roque I was
able get a --ll--ii- =i;n.l ;n;d called my daughter and asked her to post an update
'cwrinn 're i,, I I,, II, would be no more until we got to Grenada in four or
S -' time.
Back on track
The hatch patches were holding up well and we were back on track. After 1 -iin.
the Roques, the wind and swell dropped a little so our SOG rose to four knc -
were I ,., ., ..lid a day later we were trudging past Blanquilla, some eight
miles i. I... i, "I.I I flat it was impossible to see.
This was the longest passage we'd ever done as a couple (for our 11 -....
we had a crewmember) but our watch-keeping system was world .., i.. i
would go down to rest about 7:00PM and come up on deck around 1 :00PM. I'd then
rest and come up at 3:30AM and she would go back down. I find shorter watches
pointless as I need half an hour to wash and wind down, and often an hour to get to
sleep -especially as in these conditions there is a lot of wave and wind noise down
below. Coupled with rest breaks during the day we were both II.... enough sleep
and doing fine. Even better, Leonie, who often gets seasick at:.. -I .. the boat, had
been absolutely fine, thanks probably to the scopolamine patch that she'd put on at
departure. I, on the other hand, had been seasick for a while -the first time ever
on this boat (unless working on engines, etcetera, in a bad sea) in over 15,000 miles
of cruising. That's bashing to windward for you!
Set back by three knots
Once we got past Blanquilla things deteriorated. The wind got up again to Force 5
or 6, but worse, the current against us rose to three knots. We had expected adverse
current of around a knot and a half, but three knots was more than I'd planned on.
I started to get worried about the impact on our fuel consumption, since we were
now doing two knots SOG. We were motoring along a line between deep water and
shallower (more than 1,000 metres versus 200) so I altered course to the south to
take us into the relatively shallower water, hoping we'd find less current there. I
started to wonder whether we should have taken the coastal route, where favourable
counter-current can be found within a mile or two of the shore. But that was more
than 100 miles away.
The next day we re-did our fuel calculations and worked out that if we could do at
least two-and-a-half knots we would have just enough fuel. But that assumption
meant using all the fuel in the tank and we did not know where our pick-up point
was and whether as much as ten percent of our back tank (30 litres -ten hours
worth) might in practice be unavailable. Then there was also the risk of the Racor
filters getting clogged as the fuel got low, since the tanks have never been cleaned.
I'd tried several times in the Caribbean to get the fuel "polished" but, despite prom
ises, the job never got done.
We decided to see what mileage we could lop off the route by good old sailing and
spent the day beating to windward. But what with the wind, waves and current, the
leeway was horrendous -40 degrees at times! We usually tack through about 120
degrees (COG to COG). After all our daylight hours spent beating we'd advanced just
ten miles on our rhumb line.
Margarita or press on?
Margarita would now be an easy sail but we'd arrive at nightfall, so we decided to
motor on through the night and make the call at dawn. At that point, if we turned
south we'd arrive in Margarita in the afternoon. Come dawn, the wind was down a
bit; we were making three knots. We decided that rather than taking a minimum of
two days out by going down to Porlamar we'd press on, despite the attractions of
cheap alcohol and cheap diesel.
By this time we'd moved virtually all our fuel from the front tank to the back, so
we could keep careful eye on the remaining capacity. I was checking the Yanmars
daily and they were fine. The access patches were h-l-li;n- up.
The wind had moved a little north of east and I .... I that, by overhauling the
main, we could get another half knot. Not a lot but when you are only making two
and-a-half over the ground, it's a big help.
I had decided to approach Grenada north of the large Reindeer Shoal, which sits
off the southwest corner. I had several reasons for this. First, the anchorage off St.
George's is easy at any time of day or night, especially when you know it. Second, I
knew we'd have flat seas for the approach -good if you are tired. Third, it was an
extra seven miles to Prickly Bay and the opposing current could kick up. Having
made the Grenada-Trinidad run a few times, I know how that westbound current can
really pick up as it starts to get deflected by the shoal. I wanted to have as easy a
final run in as possible. Finally by coming in where the current was down, we could
always beat if fuel got really low.


The main breaks loose
T ....... i. ... .1 .1, .11 .1 i tme on watch, the forefoot of the main broke
... i .- Ii .i i -. .... .... i .. the lazyjacks. It is our rule at night that before
you leave the cockpit you get someone else up. But the seas and wind were down,
Leonie was asleep and I had my lifejacket and harness on. I figured if she woke up
hearing me bashing about on deck she'd come and help. If not, she needed the rest.
I managed to get a line to the tack and haul it back with the winch, then remake the
lashing, which had chafed through. Leonie slept on -she needed it.
Looks like we'll make it
Things were now starting to look better. We were 36 hours away from St. George's.
The current was starting to drop off to more like a knot and a half opposing and I
felt sure that as we got into the lee of Grenada the wind, waves and current would
fall further. The wind was now down to a Force 4, which was making a huge differ
ence to progress. At the same time I knew that if -- t hit 1-- Force 6 we'd be set
right back. The prospect of having to go back to I .- .. .I ran out of fuel, say
30 miles off, was a bit depressing. At least we had that as an option and it would be
a lovely downwind sail!
But the wind didn't pipe up and at 3:00AM, when I came on watch towards the end of
our sixth day at sea, I found we were i. I- ... ... i. ... I i.i. ... withjust half a
knot of opposing current. Wewere dow.. I ... ..1.11, i I I ...I I ,I I .I were nowmak
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Journey's end. After making landfall at St. George's, Zingano tucked in
at Le Phare Blue Marina on Grenada's south coast


It was a wonderful feeling gliding over those flat seas sparkling with the reflected
light of St. George's. It felt like we were hardly moving, as everything seemed so
quiet and still. Yet the instruments insisted that our SOG was almost six-and-a-
half knots.
My fallback plan -to tack in if we ran out of fuel -would not have worked. I'd
forgotten how dead the wind can be in the lee of Grenada, so we'd have had to hope
for a tow. But anyway, we were going to make it.
Landfall at St. George's
As we approached the St. George's .. 1, 1 00 AM, two yachts broke silently
away from the pack, heading north, I i.1 II I \l big space for us in the middle,
so we dropped the hook and rested for a few hours before clearing Customs.
By mid-morning we had cleared in and filled the tanks a bit; by lunchtime we were
-in? up at Le Phare Bleu Marina in Petit Calivigny bay and saying hallo to old
:.... i- Mike and Lucy, now running Palm Tree Marine there. And they had just got
a fuel-polishing unit! By 4:00PM, Mike had sucked out and polished the fuel (a job
well worth doing -there was certainly some crud in there) and by --"nin- we were
in the bar with the cruising community, back to the "other" cruising, 1.
696 to go 382
Time taken: just a shade under six days.' i.. .11 1 .. i 696 miles through the
water to make the 382 "crow flies" miles. Ti ., II ... i. down Bonaire, devia
tion to the Roques, and day spent beating, I think that would have come down to
maybe 650 miles to windward. I reckon our average head current was about two
knots. We'd picked a time of relatively high currents, but this was still higher than
I'd expected.
Shortly after our arrival in Grenada, a couple of tropical waves came through with
stronger winds. If we'd still been out at sea that could have been enough to set us
back so we could not quite make it. It was close.
Would I do it again? I wouldn't want to. But no one wants to go to windward for
six days. On the other hand, if you accept the penalties, and just want to get there,
and get it over, you have a willing engine and crew, with plenty of fuel to spare for
each, then this is a perfectly valid route.
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A GUIDE TO NAVIGATING


MEDICAL SHOALS


by Lee Kessell


Did the captain break her leg tumbling down the
companionway? Did the cook suffer serious bums in
bad weather? If you are caught with an ill or injured
companion, whether you're cruising the Caribbean or
have dropped the anchor permanently here (like we
have in St. Lucia), much of the information below will
apply. Often a debilitated patient has to fly on a com-
mercial plane to reach appropriate care on another
island or in another country. Sometimes you'll have to
deal with the situation in a foreign language. I'll tell
you my personal story, pointing out my errors and
what I think I should have done instead.
Don't Assume Anything, Check Everything
After a near-fatal heart attack, my husband, John,
was "resurrected" by the marvelous care given by the
medical staff at Tapion Hospital, St. Lucia. After
almost a week of intensive care, I was allowed to take
him home and was told that in a month or six weeks I
would have to take him to Martinique for an angio
plasty. I prepared myself for this, but John hated the
idea, as he was feeling extremely weak and tired very
easily after only a little time on his legs. It seemed to
me that six weeks would be a better option than four.
Then, on a late Tuesday evening during Week Four,
a nurse from Tapion phoned to tell me that it had been
arranged for John to visit Martinique the following
Monday and this would be confirmed in the morning.
I waited for the morning confirmation that never came,
so I assumed the nurse had made a mistake and I
forgot about it.
On the Thursday evening, John picked up the phone
and immediately a doctor from Tapion began talking
about Monday's trip to Martiniqu I....I ... I hn
knew all about it. This came as a i. 11.. -1. I to
John and a bad one for me as it left me only one day
to get currency from the bank, extend our credit card
limit and make sure of a flight to Martinique.
Do What You Have to Do to Get Attention
The date was November 30th and the bank was
jammed with people wanting loans, money orders,
currency, etcetera, for Christmas. I obediently took a
number and waited. After half an hour of complete
inactivity with a number so far down the line that I
feared I would never be attended to, I decided to create
abigfuss. I I'. .11 ..' I I ... where, so I threw
a hysterical i .,...... I i ...... proportions. This
got me an official of high rank who attended to my
every need.
Always Get the Print-Out
Now I needed guaranteed flights. I was advised to
ring the airline direct and was soon in possession of
on-line confirmed return flights with the return open
ended. I was given only a confirmation number and
even though the attendant offered to e-mail me a
print-out, I stupidly declined. This lack was to cause
me additional worry.
Consider Food and Drink
The flight was mid-afternoon and John and I were
so tensed up that we ate very little for breakfast or
lunch. Later in the day, this became a problem. Try to


end. I should have asked.
It is also helpful, before you leave, to orient your
self as to where the airport is in relation to the hos
pital. Maps found on the internet can be useful in
this regard.
Request a Wheelchair at the Hospital
After what seemed a very long time, the taxi hurtled
i. .. .i I hospital gates, where we were stopped
: .... 1i check. Then we proceeded on a round
about drive, eventually being disgorged at the base of
a wide flight of concrete stairs leading to the adminis
tration desk. I helped John out of the car and up the
stairs. The large foyer that we entered was virtually
empty at this hour: one young man sat alone at the
desk. I strode up confidently and presented John's
medical file. The young man searched his computer


relax and eat light nourishing meals, as you don't and announced in French -he didn't speak a w
know when the next meal will be. Drink lots of water English -that there was no record of a John Ki
and carry bottled water with you, as dehydration sets It was easy enough for me to decipher this an
in quickly, began a hand-waving li.1 -- The young ma]
Guarantee Your Airport Wheelchair extremely pleasant and I. I ,i but in the end t(
I had been assured that John could safely take a comr we would have to go to the Emergency Depart
mercial flight as long as he took it very easy a wheel And where was that? He pointed in the direction
chair out to the plane ..111 1 1 The airline elevators and explained with diagrams the circt
offered a wheelchair fo: I i... .. i I .I I .ccepted. route, and off we went.
When our flight was called, I expected that John Two floors down we came out into a long tunn
would be accommodated with the chair and when it passage and continued on and on. I was extr
didn't arrive I thought they must have been bringing worried about John, who should not have been
it after everyone else had got out of the terminal. No. ing about like this, and I made sure he took sip'
My mistake. Always make sure the attendants know our water bottle. Eventually we came out to a jul
you must have a wheelchair. As it was, I had to half where medical personnel were hurrying ab<
carry John as he shuffled slowly to reach the gang thought this can't be right and so we returned.
way. I was furious by the time we arrived there and Back at the desk I told the young man that I co
asked the attendant if she couldn't see that we find Emergency so he pondered the situation for
needed assistance. She sprang to attention and tried moments. Fortunately a cleaner appeared, an
to help him up the steps
fortunately few.
Arriving at the Lamentint had a nightmare
Airport it was the same story I felt that I had entered a nightmare -
-everyone else raced off and
left me half dragging John to one of those where you can't find
the terminal. Make sure you
have a wheelchair waiting. No
matter what extra it may cost, your way back home
this is vital. The wheelchair
people will take you into the
terminal and steer you though
Immigration, Customs and straight into a taxi. For us young man asked him to take us. Back down the
it was a horror story, two floors and along the same passageways, bu
Have an Address at Your Destination time at top speed. I was sure John would drop d
The Immigration officer at the airport looked at our my feet. All this was a terrible mistake. Requ
passports, which were in order, then asked where we wheelchair and refuse to make a move without o
were staying. I said John was going to the hospital and Again, Have an Address at Your Destination
I had had no time to find accommodation. This threw We now found ourselves being raced through
him into a silent fit. He spoke no English and I, in my emergency ward itself. A security man armed
state, had forgotten my ent.. i i I, i, I ut I truncheon and gun opened the one-way door a
worked out that he had to .... - He were almost shoved out into the emergency rec
shuffled papers and looked grim and I thought he was area. We waited our turn to be called to the admil
about to return us to St. Lucia. Then he asked to see desk and it took a very long time to fill in forms
the "invitation" and I realized this must be the thick duce passports and credit card -and of court
envelope of John's records that I had picked up from me to be asked, "Where are you staying?" "Now
Tapion. He asked if he could open it, I nodded, and "Not good, impossible." If you are not a patient
with a flourish he broke the seal and looked learnedly cannot stay in Centre Hospitalier Universitai
at the pages of medical jargon. He bluffed his way Fort-de-France, not even on a bench in the foye]
through it, replaced the pages and, mercifully, waved One of the girls in reception kindly telephoned
us through. hotels and all were fully occupied. I was told in
All this had taken so long that by the time we found ture of English and French that December was i
our way out of the terminal, night had set in. I had no sible as everyone takes their holidays then, and
idea where anything was but had been told that taxis with visitors and locals there was not a room
were always there to take i1 ...1II I1. 1. -i had. John, meanwhile, was fading at my side
tal. So I helped John out I I I .......II .. i, lack of food and sheer exhaustion. I began to m
first double glass door I c -,I i i i i I .... i 'I fuss, stood up, and shouted for someone to care
facing a very dark car park. I left John on a bench and husband (see "Do What You Have to Do..."). Ir
walked up and down. Discovering that I had turned in operation to get rid of us, they now allowed Joh
the wrong direction, I eventually found the car hire the interior waiting section. I protested that I w
people and the taxis were all the way down the other to go with him but was not allowed to until, after


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promise of a hotel room for me through a late cancel
lation. With all formalities now complete, I was allowed
to go to John.
Again, Consider Food and Drink...
and Sleeping Pills
Now began a long wait with other restless and morose
people. It was like a black comedy, especially when a
frisky blond doctor appeared with John's medical file
that I had left with reception and, i.. I'. I i 1 i.
explained that the doctor to whon i i .....
tion" was addressed was extremely annoyed that he
should be expected to deal with a mere angioplasty
when he was a by-pass surgeon. His department was
A; John should be directed to department B.
I told the blond bombshell that John needed food
and she replied non, non -no water either. Like hell.
Always carry food and snacks.
At last I had to go to my room in the Hotel Galleria,
part of the extensive Galleria mall. You won't find any
i11. cheaper in Fort-de-France that is decent and
SThe cost included a good buffet breakfast that I
made full use of, as I had gone to bed on an empty
stomach. I scarcely slept with worrying about John
and from then on walked around dazed and disori
ented. Make sure you have so.- -rt -f :.l--Fin aid,
preferably a prescription from i ... I , ,, I then
Advil or Tylenol PM.
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-ontinuedfrom previous page
So much relies upon your ability to see your patient
i ... his ordeal that you need to be well rested,
I and alert.
Mission Accomplished...
In the morning I returned to the hospital and went
up to the admittance desk in the main administrative
building. There were tw- r;;.-n-;; women in atten
dance that had to be -.. i i .. 1 to attend to me.
They went into the computer, rolled their eyes at each
other, shrugged and told me in French that they had
no John Kessell in the hospital.
For one ghastly moment I thought he must have died
and was in the ;1, ; T. -n, with fire in my eyes, I
demanded that 1., I.. I ...r husband! (See "Do What
You Have to Do..."). Quick as a flash they called for a
high-level supervisor who, having heard my tale of
woe, understood immediately and directed me to go up
to Level 7B ... i i 1 11. -...- She showed me where
the elevator- I .... I knew from the previ
ous night -and up I went.
I found John in a private room, waiting anxiously to
see me and tell me of his experience. He had event
ally been seen by a trainee cardiologist, given the first
of many blood tests and then put in a wheelchair and
transported skyward. There was no room in the men's
section, so here he was in the women's section and
comfortably at ease in his air-conditioned room.
From then on, we he i1..... Iut praise for the
care and attention he : i i. ... doctors, nurses,
orderlies and the beautiful -in spirit and gentleness,
and not bad-looking either -surgeon who while per
forming i ..... i I erted a stent.
... But Pay the Bd l Wien it is Presented
T --. i--n -t -f papers that included the itemized
.11 i. ,. .... ... the following morning at Intensive
Care to see John. I would then take him home on the
late afternoon flight. I .. umed that
,, i. h I .. I i. I I i ... the credit
I i ,i ... i ii .h I. I.i emergency department
h ,I. ,,I'. I 111 to go any time.
Never assume anything. Hours later I was asked for
the receipt so that John could be released. What's
this? So I raced off full speed, omitting to take my
credit card with me. Great mistake. Always have your



Continuedfrom page 25 Vieques...

It was interesting watching the ripples in our water
glasses when a practice bomb went off nearby. That
.---r.- r-i-.ins one of my favorites."
I i .... at Isabel Segunda, you can also stop
at the bank there and visit the supermarket to stock
up if necessary. At Esperanza, the only other "town",
you wont find banks or supermarkets but there are
some good restaurants -try Mucho Gusto for local
cuisine. Otherwise, you'll be at anchorages with few or
no facilities ashore.


credit card, passport, etcetera, with you.
Once down in the lobby, I rushed to the main admit-
tance desk and the same two women were there from
the morning that I created a scene. I presented my bill.
They shouted at me in French and pointed to a set of
kiosks in the far wall and told me to take a "billet" and
wait. Wait? I ran across and sat down. "Non, non," I
heard echoing after me, "billet!" Where? Take a ticket
out of that red box on the wall you idiot!
Now I found myself waiting for a number that I thought
would take all day to come up. Oh God, please let us
make it to the airport in time. Eventually (and I think it
wasn't quite half an hour) I entered one of the two work
ing kiosks. Once more the person couldn't find John on
her computer. There was much calling for assistance,
arm waving and demands for my credit card.
Credit card? But you have all of that information.
Non, non, credit card and I was pointed to an empty
cashier's kiosk across the hall. Oh no! Back I raced to
Emergency to find the door locked, so I had to knock
and knock. Finally a bad tempered doctor opened one
side of the door a crack and I told him I wanted my
wallet. He brought my bag; I got the wallet and told
him to keep the bag. He would have slammed the door
in my face if the door spring had allowed it. Back down
I flew, waiting for the dreaded elevators again, and
finding the cashier still absent I went around banging
on any door I could find. At last she appeared, took my
card, swiped .1 i. ...1. i. .- machine and gave me the
receipt and i ....
Don't Panic
Now, my mind went into defunct mode -the batter
ies had given out. I ran back to the elevators, but went
in entirely the opposite direction. I ran down passages,
passing waiting rooms filled with people who all turned
and looked at me. I raced on and on as if I were having
a final tour of the hospital until I came to a wall with
windows that looked out upon a grassy field and pas
toral hills in the background. No time to admire the
scenery. I stifled a sob and turned and ran all the way
back. I felt that I had entered a nightmare -one of
those where you can't find your way back home. Then
I caught up with two young men in white coats. I
.-.11 1 at the nearest sleeve and tugged. "The eleva
S. gasped. And they led me back to the foyer and


pointed across to the other side. Of course. I slunk
back, trying to look as if I had had some important
business at the other end of the hospital, and found
John dressed, bags packed and waiting for me in the
doctor's small waiting room.
Find Out Where Your Departure Gate Is
Back at the airport, having made it in ample time, we
checked in and rested on uncomfortable iron mesh
chairs until i. ...1.1 it time to proceed to the depar
ture lounge, i .. i where was it? Not where you
would expect it to be when you check in. I now had to run
all about to find it -and yes, it was up somewhere at the
other end of the mezzanine floor. I had to hurry John
along, shuffling all the way, because now we were late.
Okay, so I hadn't slept more than two or three hours
a night for weeks and almost none at all for the two
nights in Martinique. Again, tell your doctor to pre
scribe something to help you sleep.
And, once again, it's very important to make sure
you have a wheelchair waiting for the return journey.
Otherwise, in many island airports, your patient has
to negotiate steps, ramps and rough paths to reach
the gangway.
A Few Extra Tips
Make certain that your cellular phone is capable of
roaming in your destination. Although my grandson
i, ...i., i, had verified this with one he was giving me
': 1. p, it never worked in Martinique and this
caused me infinite trouble and worry.
Don't lose your sense of humour. No matter what,
try to see the funny side of things. And don't worry
about communicating in a foreign language: a lot of
my school French came back and I used it on people
who then tried their English on me -this relieved the
tension. At the hospital, kindhearted nurses and the
orderlies laughed with me at my mistakes.
Most important of all, carry health insurance. John
and I thought we would be young and healthy forever
and such ,i.. .. .. ..i I .11 would be sudden and
final, so :. .. i I I 1' .111' insurance. Wrong.
With increasing age all sorts of aging problems occur
(not least of which are the skin lesions pale-skinned
people get in the tropics, especially if you sail and
swim a lot).
That's it then, so off you go and good luck!


Above: Vieques' sleepy main town, Isabel Segunda
Left: Idyllic Green Beach, with Puerto Rico in the distance


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roads. If you want to visit Puerto Rico without taking
your boat there, there are daily ferries to Fajardo from
Isabel Segunda, and commuter flights from the tiny
airport to San Juan.
Don Street says, "Vieques is like Tortola in the early
1960s." If that thought appeals to you, a cruise of
Vieques might be just the thing, either this summer,
for nearness to a hurricane hole (get to Ensenada
Honda before the crowds from Puerto Rico or the US
Virgins!) or in the winter, when the milk run anchor-
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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 .11 I
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : ....
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Ti 1 1 local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new ,, 1 ...
For more information, see 'Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!


July 2008
DATE TIME
1 1020
2 1127 (new)
3 1231
4 1332
5 1426
6 1516
7 1602
8 1645
9 1728
10 1810
11 1854
12 1940
13 2028
14 2118
15 2210
16 2310
17 2352
18 0000 (full)
19 0040
20 0127
21 0212


22 0256
23 0340
24 0426
25 0514
26 0606
27 0702
28 0804
29 0908
30 1013
31 1115
August 2008
DATE TIME
1 1212 (new)
2 1304
3 1354
4 1437
5 1521
6 1604
7 1649
8 1734
9 1822
10 1911


2002
2054
2145
2235
2322
0000 (full)
0009
0054
0138
0224
0311
0402
0457
0556
0658
0801
0902
0959
1053
1142
1228


is a popular saying that goes "Leave nothing but footprints and take
I ling but photographs." But sometimes photographs and memories are
"-I not enough and you would like to bring back different souvenirs of
..- travels.
There are a variety of things that can help you remember your trip to the islands
in the Caribbean. But travelling is quite expensive and, although each island is like
a new paradise, as Sydney Hunt says in his book How to Live in the Caribbean (for
merely titled How to Retire to the Caribbean), "the paradise ends when the wallet gets
flat." The first and most obvious way to cut costs is to shop around. Don't buy the
first thing you see or in the first shop you visit. You never know, the next shop might
have something less expensive and more to your liking.
Local souvenir shops are ubiquitous and offer a slew of items such as T-shirts,
hats, ceramics and postcards, just to name a few. But rather than bringing back a
selection of things you picked up at random during your ----l-r.i;;r --h-- not start
themed collections? For instance, you can collect flags f. ... 11. 1.11 .. islands,
CDs of island music, 1 '--- ;; or even, since virtually every island has its own
brand and brewery, 111 I .' Foodies can collect bottles of every kind of hot
sauce. Personally I prefer small items, so I collect lapel pins featuring the country's
flag or national emblem, as well as ceramic thimbles. I prefer small items because
they are easy to carry and store, and don't take up much space to display.


ekefreJ


Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal


You can't collect Caribbean forts, but you can collect visits to them virtually every
island has at least one

If you are into art, there are many galleries and craft stores on the islands that sell
paintings and sculpture by local artists, or you can visit their studios or workshops
and buy it directly from them. Some islands are renowned for aspects of their art
work or culture so you may want to base your collection on that. For instance, Nevis
.. i ,,i,. ... re known for clay sculptures while St. Kitts and Grenada are known
I: n i In Puerto Rico and Venezuela you can buy paper mache carnival
masks. On several islands you can find wonderfully painted or carved calabashes
(boleys). The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago are known for the steelpan music,
and you can get a variety of items there with this theme.
If photography is your thing, then I suggest doing some research before your visit.
Many tourist websites will give information on areas for scenic or nature photogra
phy, as well as historical sites. They also frequently provide maps that show the
routes, so on arrival you can rent a vehicle or put on your hiking shoes and be on
your way. Another alternative is to join a tour group. Many tour operators offer half
or full-da 1..... .i. .- 1 .1 r ,- photographers. Often it is done in special jeeps with
an open 1.11 i .II. .- ..d guardrails and a tarp roof.
Another interesting concept would be starting a "collection" of activities you did,
one on each island you visited. One example is taking a bike ride around the entire
island, which is possible on most of the small islands like Nevis as there are shops
where you can rent bikes. Or you could visit all of the forts or plantation houses (or
their ruins) on an island. If you are up to the challenge, you can climb to the '.. ..
point on each island you visit. Most of the islands in the Caribbean were I ... i
through volcanic activity so that most of the resulting peaks are quite high, some
over 914 metres. (Most tour companies have guides capable of getting you to the top
safely.) But if you want to start off small, I would suggest visiting Anguilla where the
highest point is about 65 metres at Crocus Hill, or Antigua where you'll find Boggy
Peak with a maximum height of 402 metres. Going in the other direction, you could
collect scuba or snorkeling site visits.
You might even want to consider sending yourself a postcard from each island,
giving a brief summary of what you did during your stay. I like to think of it as an
interesting twist to keeping a journal. You get a lovely photo or scene to remember
where you visited, the stamps if you like to collect them, and you get to reminisce
about your visit.
I hope these suggestions have given you a different outlook in creating memories
of your visit to the Caribbean islands.


TKeP


PaNciS












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FISH BROTH


by Billy Jno Hope




When the party was finished, we searched frantically for food in a house that was
notorious for having only snacks for party people. As usual, there was no food left.
Wild youth and free liquor combined to destroy coherent thought. Casper voted to
plunge headlong into the wild kingdom that we reveled in by drinking i..... ..
sight. I wanted to drink more too but my belly growled for attention. Ou, i 1I i I.
rail-thin Shark-Boy came up with the perfect, logical, solution to our hunger. "Let's
go fish on the harbor," he said, with a glass of rum next to his lips.
Casper jumped up. He quickly swallowed his own. "Damn, let's do that, man," he
remarked, smacking his lips. Riley rubbed his red eyes and looked away from us. I
felt anger boiling inside me. Shark-Boy started walking out followed by Casper, who
grabbed a bottle of rum.
I turned to Riley. He watched me with a grimace. "What?" he asked.
"Nothing, man," I said. "Do what you wanna do." I grabbed the other bottle and
went to the street. He shook his head sighing.
"Let's go by me for the :'.-i.... i...es, and don't forget the rum, man," Shark
Boy shouted. I grinned an I II I them. I didn't see Riley making the sign of
the cross.
We made quite a raucous shuffling down to the port at three in the morning. The
female guard smiled at me, glared at Casper and warned Shark Boy to leave some
fish for her, please.
"You know how it go," Shark-Boy exclaimed, grinning, trying to hide that same old
ego underneath a layer of false modesty. Riley tried to explain something to the
guard, and failed. He came up behir-I1 '- -- ri-lin-m. About Babylon system.
Two old men with buckets full of 1i..... i -1 I.. us. We shouted in unison:
"Damn!" They 1 ... 1. 1 ut loud then started whistling.
Casper ran .11 I ....
"Give us some bait," he demanded. They watched him, hesitant.
"Come on, just about three fish we need, okay?"
"Why you bothering us?" the shorter one said. "Go finish drinking your rum."
"Mind your damn business," Casper shouted. I- ..I some bait, man."
"Leave them, Casper. To hell with their fish I -I' ,I I and turned to follow
Shark-Boy, who had walked off to the edge of the port.
Riley seemed to be debating something with himself next to a decrepit police boat
in serious need of repairs. Suddenly the men laughed again and threw some fishes
at Casper.
He made to scoop to them up and before they knew what was happening he
grabbed two fistfuls from their bucket and ran towards us.
They screamed at him. "Damn you, boy. D ..... .. I .11.... the police."
"Take it easy, old timer," I said "You have e.. I -I I I I


"Damn you, boy," they continued as we ran to meet Shark-Boy.
Shark-Boy caught the first fish and most of the others that eventually thrashed for
air in our bucket. Riley fished like a man possessed but without success, while
Casper cursed and drank from one side of the port to the other. I caught my usual
pittance and didn't mind.
W ith i i. i ii,,,. ,,i I ...i ... ,, i ...-of the morning. After
awhile, ..i i I . i,. i 1,.I I i ,,, i 1 i .... i. .n orthodox technique
for gett., ..... i, i.-1. I I,, ,, only made us explode with laughter.
Only Riley feigned uninterest, and he moved away to another part of the port when
Shark-Boy started telling us how he got his most fashionable name. To hell with
Riley, I thought.
My words almost came true. -.i - ........ His cries penetrated slowly into
our intoxicated consciousness. Ii -i I ayed and tried to make sense of
our environment.
"Riley in trouble, man," I said. Shark-Boy scanned for his location with half-asleep
eyes. It took us a while to pinpoint the area where he was screaming from.
Casper spat in the water, then cursed and started grinning. I watched him, puz
zled. "Follow me," he said.
We followed him to a section of the port where steps lead you closer to the water.
We found Ril--- -1;;.;in- to a pole and i ...i.... over the water. He looked real fearful.
"What the. 11 i I. happen to yoL ..... I asked.
"Help me, man!" he shouted. "Come on, help me, man.
Casper watched him with a spaced-out look. I could feel my head throbbing.
"Hold on, Riley, we will pull you up," Shark-Boy said and he nodded to us to get
ready. Slowly we leaned together towards Rilev and told him to reach for us on the




Shark-Boy tried to explain his unorthodox
technique for getting so much fish but it only
made us explode with laughter






count of three. We saw the barracudas circling before we even reached the count
of two.
Riley lay gasping on the port. I didn't know what to say to him. Casper and Shark
Boy were shouting at the barracudas to please bite on their bait.
I watched the hill, not looking forward to our climb home but relishing the thought
of eating the fresh fish. The sun was about to peek through. I could already see the
S...... *.. i i wn on the edge of the atmosphere.
I i the hill like dead men, quite unlike the boisterous way we had
descended. Somehow we made it home, tired and hung-over, unable to even light
the fire.
Hours later I woke up witl 1.n. -'.,-- 1 1.i empty house. I drifted straight out
side to the sweet kitchen ... I, I i .1 I ...i i the living room. A huge pot was on
the fire and Shark Boy was stirring it like it was the most natural job in the world.
H 1 ... 1 1. he saw my look of surprise.
II1 I1.I, I man. I just adding spices," he exclaimed.
"Cool vibes," I said. "I hungry ".... 1 to eat a horse."
"No horse today, no donkey, ,-" I1 i'- man," he replied.
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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
This will be a flirtatious time. Fluky winds? Who cares?
You'll be inclined to change course and neglect your busi
ness destination.
STAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
I---- If ,..- 1, t 1 I -t- ---i, -,.---- --,t.


SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
At this time you are aspect free, so just ease the main
sheet and take a breather from the usual concerns.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Your creative energy is under full sail; use it to best
advantage in business during the last week.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
S* se and will have a distracting

SVIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Get a haircut (or trim that pirate beard) and clear the
decks to make time for the love interest which will sail in
around the 23rd.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
You'll feel low in energy but high in humor, so hang out
at the beach with friends and take some time ashore to
refresh yourself.
T SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Relationships will encounter some rough seas this July,
so bear off and use the time to create new opportunities in
your business or financial life.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Love once again will offer romantic distraction from rou
tine boatyard work. Enjoy it while it lasts!
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
This month will be a beat in almosS 11 I ... ,
Si i i .siness, so . .
, i 1 i1 .n i I 11 i wind shift.
^ AUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Your love life will be full of squalls. Try not to take it all
too seriously and use your sense of humor as your lifeline.
PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
i .. i e energy to make life aboard
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Crossword Solution

ACROSS 36) HIS 16) PIECE
1) HEADER 37) WINDS 17) MASTS
7) OPEN 41) FAMILY 19) SCROLL
8) CRINGLES 42) RAIN 21) TOILET
11) PUMP 44) STICKS 22) AN
12) DO 45) LOSE 26) MARU
14) EEL 46) SHEETS 27) FAST
15) IN 47) TIMBER 30) HEAD
18) HOLES 31) BUSY
20) NETTING DOWN 33) BOARDS
22) AS 1) HEADING 34) BILLET
23) SEA 2) DRUM 35) RAILS
24) IRON 3) ROPE 36) HI
25) COMET 4) HEEL 37) WATER
28) DULCE 5) ICE 38) NICE
29) WAY 6) FIDDLE 39) SASSE
32) CLUES 9) LOO 40) WINE
33) BY THE 10) SAILS 43) TOM
34) BUSTS 13) ONE


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I stood and looked at the deep blue sea
When suddenly it occurred to me
There is life under the sea
Just as there is life on land
I told myself I need to take a stand
To let you know 11i..... be
That what you d( I ... .11 the sea

The garbage you throw along the beach
Do you really know how far it can reach?
Cans, bottles, plastics especially
Go deep down into the sea
Kill turtles, fishes and other lives
The next thing you know, no more food for we
What you do on land affects the sea

So listen to me, one and all
Before you and me have to bawl
Dispose of your waste carefully
Comply with the rules of the Central Water and Sewage Authority
And if you do that, you will surely see
How better for us, things will be
Remember, what you do on land affects the sea


Loulanna Bynoe














Ten year old student Loulanna Bynoe of
Bequta receiving the Special Award
medal she won for writing this poem
about how what we do on land
affects the sea


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BOAT MAINTENANCE
Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski
After a day of fixing, adjusting, and working on your boat in the beautiful
Caribbean, sit back at anchor and unwind with this word search puzzle.


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GPS
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HANDLE
HATCH
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JAM CLEATS
JUG

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SHEETS
SPARS
SPONGE
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ICRUIESNt j~GK.1 I1IS COIRNiE 1


by Lee Kessell




"De jumbies go' get yo' an' carry yo' inside dat tree!" Joseph's mother was always
telling him that, but Joseph didn't care. Now that is a very silly way to behave,
because jumbies are mean and horrible creatures. This particular jumbie tree was
at the junction of the dirt road and the riverbank not far from a little ajoupa cottage
in a village deep in the northern range of Trinidad.
Joseph's great great-grandparents had been indentured field labourers, brought
across the seas from India, but Joseph's father worked for himself, keeping a water
buffalo for its rich, delicious milk and growing crops of pigeon peas and cassava that
he sold at the market. Joseph had a younger brother, Saul, and you might think that
the boys would have be n 'i-n Hindu names like their parents, but it had become
the fashion to give the ... I ..." names.
To get back to jumbie trees. In Caribbean folklore, from Jamaica down to Trinidad,
the Silk Cotton Tree is known to be the home of the spirits of the dead. The spirits
have chosen the Silk Cotton Tree because it lives for over a hundred years, r -in
so tall and big that it needs buttress roots to hold it up. With age, hollows ... I I.-
sures open up between the -t -.t 1 --ti creatures make their dens inside and
burrow up into the trunk. I' ,, i. ... I I I ws, the branches creak and moan and
at night, eyes glow in the dark as both the living and the dead peer out from between
the rustling leaves high at the top of the tree.
Jumbies are the evil spirits of the dead, while the good spirits have separated from
the same body and flown off. That is why you must keep your distance from a
jumbie tree. Don't walk under it during the day and NEVER, NEVER go anywhere
near it at night. During the day, jumbies will grab you, throw dust in your eyes,
pinch you, steal your bangles, and hurl your schoolbooks in the river, all the while
r ........... ... -I i I .. i i. ,, I .. ... .. prowl about the tree and ifyou
e i. I I.... ... I r sure because they have NO
NAVEL. Even worse are i. i- i 1. jumbies T. .. .. i 11. iree by day ...
and grunting way up at 11. I I i i trunk, but ... ... .11 and they. 11
y- -- :. .... 1 .lure made of 1- .1-, : -h- 1 .lii,1 :i aboutlike a dog
o,, i ... -i, ,,, i I II, tw igs for toe- ,I .. i i I1 . ... I .- your life!
Well, it wasn't as if Joseph didn't know all this, but he had boasted at school "Me
na afraidd noffin". So one day, walking home from school with Saul and the rest of the
village boys and giving that nasty jumbie tree a wide berth, Naresh the bully grabbed
Joseph around his chest and thrust him hard towards the jumbi i, 1 ... 1...
he did, "Who go' be afraidd now!" Joseph tried to stop himself as he .
his arms going like out of synch propellers, but he only stopped when he hit the
jumbie tree and fell down between two of the buttresses. The boys ran off laughing
but little Saul stood there, shaking with fear.


Joseph had all the wind knocked out of him as the roots of the jumbie tree dug
into his stomach, so it took him a minute or two to catch his breath and when he
tried to sit up he felt as if his legs were being held tight and his arms had become
numb. "0 God!" Joseph cried out, "Me being held by de jumbies!" Poor Saul sobbed
out loud and ra.. 11 i I 1..- mother, and Joseph thought that even his brother had
deserted him. II .1 ,, I ,eph felt sharp prods in his ribs and tugs at his hair.
Horrible black wings beat about his face, and a sharp beak pecked at his face, draw
ing blood that ran down his chin and dripped onto his shirt. Desperation gave
Joseph just enough strength to get his arms moving and he waved them about his
head until with a loud caw and a clatter of dry feathers, the bird flew away, high up
into the branches above Joseph's head. Now for the legs. Joseph struggled and
kicked and at last -n---.'- I to free his feet from the tangles of vines holding him
down. He backed ol' 1I1 prison of the jumbie tree and once away from the deep
shadows, he struggled up onto his shaking legs and limped off.
Turning the corner towards home Joseph almost knocked into his angry mother





Strange creatures make their dens inside

and burrow up into the trunk





with .--l '-.-.-i" -.t her heels. "EEEeee!" she screamed. "Stupid, stupid, worthless
boy! I II .. I tell yo' to stay 'way from de jumbie tree?" She grabbed Joseph
by the ear and twisted it until she almost pulled it off, making Joseph bawl loud
enough to wake every jumbie for miles around. "Look yo' good school shirt! An' where
de name of de Lord yo' school bag?"
"De jumbies hurl it in de river, ma!" sobbed little Saul, who had witnessed it all
through wide staring eyes. "EEEeee!" screamed the ,,, 11, .. .... i I go' pay for
new bag an' book an' t'ing? You go' work till yo' I i i ....'" And the
mother picked up a stick from the side of the road I .,, I .1,,. I ,seph as hard
as she could on his already bruised backside. "Wail i, 1 i i II ... home! He go'
beat yo' good!"
Joseph bawled even more and little Saul cried big tears in sympathy, whimpering
all the while, "but Ma, it Naresh push Joseph. It Naresh, Ma!"
When the boys' father came home that evening, his wife had calmed down enough
to tell her husband what had happened, having listened to little Saul at last. The
upshot was that Naresh got a beating from his pa and Joseph worked hard every
weekend helping in the fields until he had paid for his new school bag and books.
And you can be sure that every time Joseph has to pass the jumbie tree he RUNS
FAST, FAST!
THE END


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DOLLY'S DEEP SECRETS
by Elaine Ollivierre


Do you remember how fishes reproduce? Most species are oviparous
which means they lay eggs. The females release hundreds of tiny eggs which
are fertilized when the males release their sperm on top of them. This is called
external fertilization.
Sharks do it differently! The male shark has two claspers (part of the pelvic fins)
underneath which he uses to transfer sperm to the female through an opening
on her body called a cloaca. The female's eggs are fertilized inside her body so it's
called internal fertilization.
In most sharks, the eggs develop inside the body and hatch there. The babies
(called pups) grow and are born later: up to two years later in the case of the
dogfish shark! Other sharks lay their eggs in the ocean in tough leathery purses
and the eggs stay there until they hatch.


In 2001, a female hammerhead shark at a zoo in Nebraska, USA gave birth to
a pup, even though she had had no contact with a male shark. At first, the zoo
keepers could only -i -'- that the mother had stored sperm in her body from a
mating encounter I she was captured for the zoo. But that was over three
years before, so this was thought to be unlikely.
In 2002, a bamboo shark laid some eggs on the floor of her tank at a zoo in
Detroit, USA. She had laid eggs before but the curator had thought they were
infertile and always threw them out. This time, he had read about the shark in *
Nebraska so he decided to keep the eggs to see what would happen. After nearly
four months, two baby sharks were born!
In early 2008, a white-tipped reef shark in a Hungarian zoo also gave birth to
a pup, even though she had never been in the same pool as a male.
All these cases have been studied by scientists trying to find out what hap-
pened. DNA testing was difficult but, this year, new techniques have shown con
clusively that no male was involved in the birth of these babies. 'Virgin birth' or
parthenogenesis is common in smaller, less complex creatures like insects, but
this was the first time it had been seen in an animal as large as a shark!
.,I i. .. .... .iiows species to reproduce in tough conditions when partners
.. 111. ,i I I I but it also means a loss of genetic diversity. When babies
acquire genetic material from two parents, they are better able to survive and
adapt to changing conditions in their environment. Still, one parent is better than
none if a species is to survive at all, and parthenogenesis may provide some hope *
of removing sharks from the endangered species list.

WORD PUZZLE

How many five-letter words (not including plurals) can you make from the let
ters of PARTHENOGENESIS?


Answers on page 28
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Remember, however, that this
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YACHTIES BEHAVING BADLY

Rum Justice, by Jolien Harmsen, Macmilan Education, 2007. ISBN:
978-1 4050-9905-9.
Ms. Harmsen, a Dutch resident of St. Lucia, has written a thoughtful and nearly
factual account of a painful chapter for the people of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
-the 1996 murder of Bequia water-taxi driver Jerome "Jolly" Joseph and the out
come of the subsequent trial of two American yachties. By putting the events into
novel form, the author has protected herself from any blowback while allowing her
main character, Claire, room to speculate on what really might have happened.
Claire, an Australian resident of the island of St. Cecilia, is a reporter for the local
newspaper and thus allowed access to certain inside information. The couple
accused of the murder, the Cunninghams, bear a striking resemblance to the pair
accused of the real-life murder -wealthy dissolute Americans on a yacht holiday
from h 11 TI. ........1 . 1, ,L. 1 i much .. I I ... I,,. 1i .1i and -it-in.
them . ii 1 I Ih. .- s,and I I I I I I - the i ..
has i..-1 I ... .. .I I I ...- She also has had affairs with younger black
men on every island, while her husband drinks himself into a stupor.


There are numerous inconsistencies in the Cunninghams' testimony about what
happened to the alleged murder weapon, a .22 caliber pistol, which they declared
upon entry but which they claimed was later stolen by a local crewmember. Claire
tries to make sense of the crime, but in the end the reader is unsure of who exactly
murdered "Smiley" Riley Jackson, what the motive was, and whether or not the case
should have ever come to trial. In the book, as in the events on which it is based, a
chain of convincing circumstances presented in the Preliminary Hearing was enough
to force the couple to stand trial. In real life, key pieces of the circumstantial evidence
were:, i 1....1 I I I.. i Court. The defense moved to dismiss, and the couple was
release i 1 .i... -I 'ear in prison. Without telling the reader that the book
adheres to that verdict, I was impressed by the many shades of gray that the author
painted on the moral and cultural differences between the plaintiffs and defendants.
What role did the US media play in pressuring the judge? Who were the real racists,
Claire (accused of reverse racism because she sided with the islanders) or the US
media? How much did the defense attorney, who was also the leader of the
Opposition in Parliament, stand to gain or lose b-- =--i; the couple acquitted?
Finally, with no forensic evidence, no gun, and no .I -.... how could a jury of
St. Cecilians possibly convict an American couple of murder and risk having eco
nomic sanctions imposed on their island?
All these issues make .... .. .. ... ... i mnd informative read. And unlike
many tales of island life ,,il ,, I I ,. I- Harmsen's prose sparkles with
wit, authenticity, humor, pathos and even outrage at what she sees, hears, smells
and feels. The plot is, on occasion, somewhat contrived so that Claire is able to learn
some facts of the case before the police do, but this is a minor quibble. There are
interesting asides about I ..i I.... house in the West Indies, which succeed, and
those such as riding in a I II .. ...", which are overdrawn, but in general this book
shines with keen observations, written in prose that flows like a river.
Everyone in the yachting community has seen foreigners misbehave, but the
Cunninghams will live on as the prototypical "Americans gone wild", living life with
out considering the consequences of their actions, and guilty of crimes more severe
than just baring their boobs.
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IN ,

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by Richard Dey
You go ashore with a list of things to do as long as your arm. You need food and
rum and ice and propane and various parts; but you need something else appar
ently, for you find yourself in a bookshop.
Full of books, the tables and shelves inside the shop are waiting to be considered.
You look them over. Basically, you have two choices: to buy something, anything, to
read or to buy something decidedly local, something odd and interesting and not
something you already have back home or would likely find there.
It is in this spirit that I ha ,,I i I i i ... i .. .Ii i ... 11. islands for
nearly 40 years. I:.. .. 1 I. I- I ,- I i .. -book shops
in the States also I i ,... I , nd books. It helps, in so far as amassing a collec
tion goes, to know what you are doing. It also helps to remember what you have
already collected!
The immediate thing is to look over the stock and see what's there, at what price.
You never know what you will find, and that lends the excursion an element of dis
cover. Imported books in the islands can be expensive, due to shipping costs, duties
and taxes. On the other hand, imported books from a country not your own may be
items you can never get anywhere else. Best of all, locally produced books, or books
by local authors, can be a bargain.

I AO


I he author and collector, at leJt, with his son Alex (Connecticut College Class oJ
2009) at the display of chapbooks from the West Indies
In this way I have collected hundreds of island titles, the preponderance of them
coming from the Windwards. They are part of a larger, mainly literary and maritime
collection. More recently, I have found books on the Internet -at Amazon and sites
like it, at used and rare book shop sites, and at author websites.
In the collection are chapbooks and I recently mounted an exhibit of some of them
at Connecticut College, USA, in the lobby of the Charles E. Shain Library. The
S..1 .. ., .1,1 100 titles filled eight cases, one of which was devoted to chapbooks
: .. -I I lies.
A chapbook is any slender volume, hard cover or soft, side-stitched or stapled, that
numbers about 32 pages, though it can be as few as four or as many as 48. It exists
in the world of print between a leaflet and a book. Chapbooks were popular in 18th
century America and Europe; containing popular matter and illustrated with wood
cuts, they were hawked on street corners by chapmen. Unlike full books of the time,
chapbooks were light and cheap and available. They fell into obscurity in the 19th
century when they were displaced by the advent of magazines.
A chapbook today is normally literary whereas its sister, the pamphlet, can be
prose of almost any sort. The two words, chapbook and pamphlet, are often used
int r-hlnn l- P and booklet is another synonym. Chapbooks, be aware, are fragile
., i i I 1 well in the salt environment, where staples rust.
In the West Indies case were 25 items. The case was meant to be a summary of the
exhibit, in that it featured a variety of f .... i .. ,,i,. I variety of genres and topics.
Each is interesting in its way, both as .. i ...... I i ,- text; following are highlights.
Selected West Indian Chapbooks
It was late in the 19th century that chapbooks, in an ironic evolution, became liter
ary, and often enough contained poetry. Prominent in the exhibit was Shake Keene's
The Volcano Suite: A series office poems. This suite was written in the aftermath of
the eruption of Soufriere in April 1979. With dramatic cover artwork by Owen "Sap"
Coombs, it was published by St. Vincent's Fishnet Restaurant that year. It came in
wrappers, with 20 numbered pages, and was stapled. The number of copies printed
in the first and only edition is unknown.
Shake Keane (1927-1997) was a Vincentianjazz trumpet. -I..1 t
cian, he lived in London and performed in Europe in the ''...- .... i i .-... i ,s
S1 fl; l he Angel Horn his Collected Poems, was published
1 .i ......... ,, ,'' 1 K by Nehesi Publishers, in St. Martin, in 2005.
When Derek Walcott, the poet from St. Lucia, was awarded the Nobel Prize in
Literature in 1993, his acceptance speech was published as a hardcover chapbook,
The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, in New York by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Artwork for the front and rear covers of the dust jacket is watercolors he himself
had painted.
After poetry, history is probably the most popular genre found in chapbook form.
Michael Jessamy's Forts & Coastal Batteries of Grenada was published in St. George's
by Roland's Image Productions in 1998. With copious :ii,,., ...... its 56 pages
and in full color, including a foldout centerpiece sho' -, II. i ,- I i1 for forts at
Richmond Hill, it is an example of how desktop publishing has affected island printing.
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continued from previous page
More precious is 11i 1. -i About Canouan by Silvanus Burke, published in
St. Vincent by the , i 11. Estate of Burke. The first edition was published in
1966 when Burke, a retired schoolmaster, was alive. It was reprinted at least once,
in about 1975.
The title page has a brief Introduction, which begins: "This booklet is intended to
give the youth especially of Canouan a sim] i i .. i i. i 1. Estate of the Snaggs'
Brothers in the days of their parents and .... 1 .. ..i I. small island south of
Bequia had been a .... 1 state. After Emancipation, its population survived on
subsisten-- f-;n-.i;-i ..... n-1 -oatbuilding. It is a resort island today.
While ,- I .1i ,'' ... I is a product of studious research, it comes also
in the somewhat diluted text of guidebooks. If chapbooks are ubiquitous, guidebooks
are their most ubiquitous kind in the islands. Like coloring books, recipe booklets,
and programmes, they come in every size and shape. An interesting juxtaposition
occurs with Visitor's Guidebook: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a compact 24-page
item in green ink published in 1974 by the Tourist Board, and Historic Kingstown, a
similarly sized booklet in color written and published in 2005 by the polymath of St.
Vincent, Edgar Adams.
,11,, i while a department of study
ua u. II .- kind of history, and a rich
variety of chapbooks have come out of its
various fields.
From archaeology, perhaps the most con
Sspicuous of its fields, is the late Earle Kirby's
PreColumbian Monuments in Stone. Published
in Kingstown, St. Vincent, by The St. Vincent
Archaeological & Historical Society in 1969, it
was reprinted in 1977. In distinct yellow
wrappers, it has 12 pages of text plus 17
pages of black and white -a-t-writ 7 -f ti-
stone monuments, and a -. I I I
showing decorative marks ...... I
its binding: British stapling top down, with
the wrappers overlaid an 1.. 1
Folklore is considered o I I I I study under
both English and Anthropology. One interest
ing chapbook comes in Christine David's
Folklore of Carriacou, privately printed in
Barbados in 1985. At 54 pages, it is about as
big as chapbooks get and yet it retains the feel
of a slender item. Two color wrappers, along
with a map, line drawings, and black and
whitephotographs, distinguish it.
A topic of great interest over the centuries to both the indigenous and the visitor
is comprehensively dealt with in Bush Medicine in the Bahamas, by Mrs. Leslie Higgs.
Originally published in 1969, it was reprinted many times. It is a large chapbook,
measuring 10 x 8 inches, and has a striking cover in color. Its interior of 20 glossy
pages has for a frontispiece a photo of the ageing author, a white Bahamian; her
introductory essay; and some 60 annotated drawings in black and white of medici
nal plants.
CfnI t tI is another crossover field of study. Mary W. Toynbee's A Visitor's
S, . Patois was privately published in Castries in 1969. It comes with color
wrappers and in 44 pages, and is stapled. The text was handwritten by the author, and
is reproduced as such. It is based on the authority of a doctoral thesis and has the
charm of an amateur production. It is enhanced by three pages of local proverbs.
From anthropology finally, is a wonderful item I came across while cruising in the
Abacos. Written and drawn by William R. Johnston Jr., Bahamian Sailing Craft:
Notes, Sketches and Observations on a Vanishing Breed of Workboats was published
by Out Islands Unlimited, a private press, in Coral Cables, Florida, in 1973. This large
(12.25 x 9.25 inches) 49 page chapbook was reprinted many times. A handsome,
hand written and illustrated chapbook in pen and ink, it captures a time now gone
and will break a sailor's heart. "The End" in the chapbook equals the end of an era.
Tourism and Yachting in Chapbooks
Chapbooks are uniquely fit for essays, lectures, speeches and other short forms of
writing. They help to get the word out or to pass the word along. None in my col
election are better in this sense than several written and initially published by former
St. Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Sir James F. Mitchell. It was Mitchell's
habit as his political career developed to write speeches and then publish them first
as chapbooks and later collected in paperback form. His speeches are, at best,
really essays. I have several as th--- -i illi Ippeared and prize most highly one
that contains two essays: Land r ...... ~ Caribbean (CADEC lecture at the
University of the West Indies, i f:r t o n 1972) and To Hell with Paradise: A New
Concept in Caribbean Tourism I' -- at Caribbean Travel Association Press
Conference, Haiti, September 21, 1972). The item is without the usual notation of
place, publisher, and date but one assumes Mitchell had it printed in Kingstown in
1972. In plain, heavy stock wrappers, it has 13 pages and is stapled.
To Hell with Paradise is Mitchell's seminal essay and was prominently featured in,
of all places, Sports Illustrated magazine for the benefit of yachtsmen who at the time
were the principal tourists in the region. It includes these statements: "Let us face
it, there is no paradise, only different ways of life" and "A country where the people
have lost their soul is no longer a country and not worth visiting."
I will conclude with mention of one of the most extraordinary items from the
islands in the exhibit, a hardcover by Fritz Seyfarth. There are many others, each
interesting for different reasons, and I might add for Compass readers that in the
exhibit were several yachting titles, including John Rousmaniere's history of the New
York Yacht Club, The Clubhouse at Sea, sumptuously published by the club in 2001,
and a fine oblong catalogue of paintings, John Mecray: The Racing Yacht, published
by 'Trjlluritt Riordan in Stonington, Connecticut, in 1988.
SIi I' ,1 was a yachting journalist and charterboat skipper who operated out
of the Virgin Islands for some 30 years beginning in the late 1960s. He had the
unusual biography of having dropped out of a successful corporate career in south
ern California to take up chartering in his 40 foot Alden ketch, Tumbleweed, in the
West Indies, ,,, I ,i ..... .... - I "' the yacht an open sea collision with a pass
ing freighter. i I .' II I I 'I I Ii. I in the sailing magazines, one mainstream
book, Tales of the Caribbean (DeGraff 1978), and numerous chapbooks. He had the
great good fortune to team up with artist Dee Carstarphen, whose pen and ink draw
ings illustrate his work.
His Mavericks in Paradise. Pirates of the Virgin Islands. was published in St.
Thomas by the Spanish Main Press in 1988. A back to back book that is, two
books in one binding, with two front covers (and no rear covers), each book is sewn
upside down to the other. Mavericks is in 40 pages, Pirates in 32 pages. Also known
as a dos-a dos book, it has no proper order to its titles. Both were published earlier
as separate chapbooks. In effect, this is two chapbooks in one or is it one book of
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SERVING AT SEA BY SHIRLEY HALL


People in the English-speaking Caribbean call
these long pods ochro and use them for many
dishes, but in the United States they are
called okra and are used mainly in "southern
style" dishes.
Ochro or okra is a tall-growing plant in the same
family as the hibiscus. Ochro is believed to have origi
nated in Ethiopia and spread to North Africa and the
Middle East before reaching the Americas with the
slave trade. The name ochro is of Bantu origin.
This green pod is best known as a key ingredient in
the i- i -i ..'.... i .. i 1.chisSwahili for
ochi i,, I i I green to white,
fat to slender shapes, with either a ribbed or smooth
surface. Green, ribbed pods are the most common.
Ochro is rarely cooked unaccompanied, except when
it is fried. Ochro alone is nr-ll-- too "gooey" for most
people's liking. Usually 11 i .1 is added with other
vegetables into rice, soups and stews, ... 11. .... .1
thicken any liquid it is added to. With ..... 1 ,
and texture, somewhere between eggplant and aspara
gus, ochro mixes well with other vegetables, particu
larly tomatoes, peppers and corn. Ochro is easily dried
for later use. A little dried okra in prepared dishes pro
duces much the same result as the fresh vegetable.



OCHRO

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In some lands ochro is grown just for the seeds. Ripe
seeds produce an edible cooking oil. The ripe seeds of
ochro are sometimes roasted and ground as a substi
tute for coffee.
Ochro has many valuable nutrients. It is a prime
source of soluble fiber in the form of gums and pec
tins. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol and reduces the
risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber,
which keeps the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing
the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colo-rectal
cancer. A half-cup of cooked ochro has only 25 calo
ries, 2 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams protein, vitamin A and
C, calcium, potassium, and n.n-'. "-arly ten
percent of the recommended ..... B6 and
folic acid are also present.
Don't wash ochro until just before you cook it; mois
ture will cause the pods to become slimy. Store
untrimmed, uncut ochro in a paper or p' 1 .
the refrigerator crisper for no longer than .. I .
days or it will turn to mush.
Never prepare ochro in a cast iron or aluminum pot,
or the vegetable will darken. The discoloration is
harmless, but makes the okra look rather unappetiz
ing. To remove some of the stickiness from ochro, soak
the pods in vinegar for half an hour. I slice my ochro
early in the morning and let dry in the sun for hours
before frying.
When -'in- ochro as a side dish, cook the whole
pods 1: until crisp-tender or just tender -to
minimize the thickening juices. Try the same quick
cooking when you are adding ochro to any cooked
dish in which you want to retain its crisp, fresh qual
ity -add the vegetable during the last ten minutes
of cooking time. On the other hand, when ochro is to
be used in a soup (such as calalloo), stew or casse
role, or a dish like coo-coo that requires long cook


ing, it should be cut up and allowed to thicken with
its juices.
Ochro Melee
2 Tablespoons cooking oil (preferably
health-wise canola)
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 Tablespoon of thyme and basil
1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
corn kernels cut from four ears
2 Cups small ochro pods sliced in
quarter-inch rounds
1/2 Cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
In a large frying pan, heat oil and add onions, garlic,
and spices until onions are limp. Add bell pepper and
continue cooking until onions are transparent. Add
tomatoes, ochro, broth, salt and pepper. Reduce heat
and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occa
sionally. Add corn and cook five more minutes longer.
Season to taste.
Serves six.



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Ochro and Green Beans or Bodi
1 pound of whole ochro pods
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 pounds green beans or bodi beans
2 ripe tomatoes chopped (or 1/4 Cup ketchup)
1 Cup water
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and rinse ochro pods with the caps still on.
Chop green beans or bodi into two-inch pieces. In a
saucepan, combine water, tomatoes, olive oil, onion,
,,, i I, i ..... I i.i1 ...... ,.. .. 1i I I och ro
.,, I ., I .- I .. I .1 1 Ii ) cover
I i .. I ...... ier for
11, i ... .....h I I .... 3 -I 1 I ..d e r .
Serves six.
For the Farmer
Ochro is perfect for a hedge around a tropical back
yard garden, because the three to six-foot-tall plants
produce beautiful blossoms that rival its cousin the
hibiscus. Plant the seeds one inch deep and a foot
apart. Ochro usually grows well in any good garden
soil. Four 1 . 1.. .. 1,. r
fam ilies. 1 11, ,, 1 1i
every year.
Pods should be cut (not picked) while they are still
immature and tender at two to three inches long. This
vegetable must be picked at least every other day.
Ochro has short hairs that can irritate bare skin so it
is wise to we., .1 and long sleeves when harvest
ing. A sharp ...I .11 cut off the pods and should not
harm the rest of the plant. When the stem is difficult
to cut, the pod is probably too old to use. The large
pods rapidly become tough and woody.













STOVE-TOP


CHOCOLATE CAKE


by Ross Mavis
Gas ovens are great but they aren't meant for confined spaces in warm climates.
Add to this the rising cost of fuel and it's easy to understand why stove-top recipes
--i fewer British Thermal Units are popular. Stove-top cooking is a fine art in
:I. I i should not be given short shrift. I learned to cook at my mother's side
when, at an early age, she involved me in the daily meal preparation. I often wonder
now, many years later, what really appealed to me to become a chef and a writer who
specializes in food and life experiences.
During my school years, right through high school, I wanted to be a chemist or
chemical engineer. Life takes many turns and twists and I never did attend univer
sity to get my chemical engineer training. However, being completely immersed in
the kitchen provided me with domestic or food science at its best.
Mum was proud of me and her lessons paid off well. Stove-top cooking was one of
the first methods I mastered. I remember well the salesman that came to our door
in the early 1950s selling Wear Ever Aluminum cookware. My father .. 1. the
complete set for my Mum and she used her aluminum cookware daily 1 was
sharp, active and in good health up to the last of her 98 years -so much for the
Alzheimer's-and-aluminum controversy.
One of the great stove-top recipes handed down to me from my mother is the one
for this chocolate cake baked entirely on top of the stove in a large heavy duty alu
minum fry pan with a tight lid. It can be baked in any cast type pan that provides
ample thickness to allow the cake to bake without burning on the bottom. The lid
keeps the heat and moisture in while the cake bakes. The lid is not lifted until the
baking is complete. It requires courage not to peek during the baking but no peeking
is essential.










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I remember the first time I saw and tasted this delicious chocolate cake when it
came out of the skillet. Wowser! You, too, will be amazed I'm sure.
But before you try this easy recipe on your stove top, let's consider the science
behind it. Baking is done either with a dry or moist heat. Take for example the lowly
dumpling or doughboy if you wish: a mixture of flour, baking powder for leavening,
shortening or butter, pinch of salt for flavor and milk for moisture. This simple bat
ter is dropped by the spoonful into a bubbling stew and the lid placed on the pot to
provide an enclosed atmosphere allowing the mixture to rise as the carbon dioxide
gas bubbles form from the baking powder. Once again, no peeking is essential for
the lightest most delicious dumplings ever. It's an easy jump to chocolate cake in the
skillet. Ovens are not new and they essentially are all the same: an enclosure with a
heat source to allow food to cook or bake nicely without the disturbance of wind or
cold draughts. Some of the first ovens were made out of clay and were fired with
wood to provide the necessary heat. Years later, commercial ovens were built from
brick and finally the more sophisticated metal container with wood, electric or gas
heat became a part of most homes.
A heavy cast skillet with nicely fitting lid works just fine on a galley stove when
placed over a constant medium flame providing a proper temperature for baking. If
you have a breezy galley you may want to lightly drape aluminum foil around the
skillet so the burner flame remains constant. Here's one of many easy cake recipes
that bake well on top of your galley stove.
Stove-Top Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 Cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour
1 Cup (250 ml) white sugar
1/3 Cup (75 ml) cocoa powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking powder
1/3 Cup (75 ml) vegetable oil or melted shortening
1 Tablespoon (14 iml .
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ii.... . ...
1 Cup (250 ml) warm water
Spray the heavy skillet well with non-stick cooking spray or grease well with short
ening. Preheat skillet over low flame. Meanwhile mix all dry ..... 1. i, ... 1 i rge
bowl. Make three wells using the back of a spoon. Pour oil :.. I. I I I by
vinegar, vanilla and warm water. Mix well by hand for a couple of minutes. Pour into
warm skillet and cover with snug-fitting lid. Bake over medium heat for 40 minutes.
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Further to your Letter of the Month in the May 2008
edition of the Compass, which deals with the clear-in
and clear-out charges on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, I
would like to point out that the charges listed by Kris
on S/V Nomotos in his letter are not always what one
ends up paying. The charges seem to vary from boat to
boat and maybe depend on which Customs or
Immigration official one deals with.
I have been to Margarita many times and always use
the local shipping agent, Juan Baro, at Marina Juan.
His charges are just 20 Bolivars (about US$6 at the
current exchange rate) more than the prices for clear
ing in yourself, as stated in Kris's letter. Juan also
provides many useful services such as free use of the
dinghy dock with security, and a free bus to the shop
ping mall three days a week. There is a shop with
movie rentals and one of the best book swaps in the
Caribbean. For me, all that is worth an extra six dol
lars. I hope others will feel the same, as it would be a
shame to lose these facilities.
Regards,
Steve Carter
S/V Moonshadow 3

Dear Compass,
I read the article entitled "Solitary" by Jan Brogan,
included in the May 2008 issue of Caribbean Compass,
with horror.
I presume, however, that Ms Brogan intended to
write with some levity.
The most worrying aspect of her article was con
trained in her third paragraph. She tells us that after
several nights of locking herself into her boat, whilst
alone, she decided I .- I . i . -1, .,,. ... I -ks
the question, "W o 1 I 1I I I 1I I j a
strange man...." In other words, she imagines being
raped as an attractive prospect.
Even if this article was written in a light-hearted
manner the subject of rape is no .. .1..... matter and
she, together with any reader wl I .... I the article
funny, should consider the following points before
finding this subject e' .. -i-.. .musing ever again.
Rape is a violation I ii I .. just short of mur
der. The perpetrator of this crime demands absolute
control over his victim.
Rape victims are likely to have suffered serious
physical harm, both internal and external. Rapists
may well use objects such as broom handles or broken
bottles during sex attacks. It is most likely that sex
attackers will deviate from normal sex by a wide mar
:; t- -.tisfy their :-1--,
.. who are r. I .. .'i1 ... their
ordeal and many commit suicide.
Women are so traumatised by this heinous act that
they find it difficult to enjoy close physical relation
ships, even a kiss, ever again.
Raped women will, most likely, change personality, and
marriages and other relationships often break down.
These women have to undergo 11 ....- 1,,, and
an HIV test knowing that their I - .. i .... this
moment forward, be limited. They will already be suf
fearing from I 1 ...- I horror terror and nightmares,
which may -1 .. if not the rest of their lives.
Twentywomen a dayare raped in Caracas, Venezuela,
according to the Butler County Rape Crisis Program
Website. Several other websites suggest that a conser
vative estimate for rapes per annum in the United
States of America is half a million. Statistics underes
timate the incidence of this i .11,. ..... because
many women will not come : ...- of guilt,
shame and the -1. Lches to the act.
After 25 years .- I I -- .I Counsellor, talking
to women who have suffered from this terrible ordeal,
I can find nothing amusing about this topic.
In answer to the author's question "Would it be so
awful..." the answer is that it would be more awful
than she could possibly imagine.
Rape is no laughing matter.
Name Withheld by Request


Dear Compass,
In regard to Fatty Goodlander's recent article in AlAt
Sea about single-handers, we all surely hope that
nothing happens to Fatty's S.O. (Significant Other), a
world-class sweetheart. Having spent personal time
with Fatty (never more than 30 minutes: who could
stand the pain?), it is clear that no other woman
(with any self-respect) could put up with him for any
longer period.
i.i ever does happen to Fatty's S.O.
i I i Ii i. will surely become -....1 hander
and Fatty, in the classic line from ... i "You're
going to need it!"
John St. John
USVI

Dear Compass,
I am writing in response to the article in the June 6,
2008 edition of The Vincentian newspaper about cut
backs in flights and cruise ship visits to St. Vincent &
the Grenadines. This news is indeed something that
will have serious consequences for our country and
tourism. The soaring cost of fuel is responsible for this
drastic action. Indeed, airlines worldwide are cutting
routes arn- -rni;; ri-,n.-rm' oore for flights.
SVG's I' ....i I ... ..... I Beache, says, "We
must reinvent ourselves," but I think what we must
do is look back to the beginning of tourism in this
country -and that is based on yachting. Our islands
have consistently been awarded top marks for being a
fabulous ...... I -I... tion. Constant tradewinds,
proximity I ... I ...... .. islands, friendly people and
a safe environment politically -all these add up to a
great destination.
The government decided some years ago that they
wanted to attract the large cruise ships. To do this,
they built an elaborate cruise ship terminal in St.
Vincent. Of course, after terrorist attacks in the US in
2001, security measures around the world tightened
up. Our small country was forced to comply with spe
cific security measures if it wanted the cruise ships to
continue to visit this land. So St. Vincent and Bequia
built fences and enclosures to US specifications. All
th 1
I,, I ,, I ,, i,, ,. I I I, . ... .. [ this coun
try from the cruise ships? A few cruise ship -nt
have done very well. The government receives its I, .
tax" levied on each --.=-n'-r -Pit businesses in gen
eral feel little benefit i. ,' 1 .....- ship visits.
Small business is the financial backbone of every
country; all those "little" companies, employing people,
training their staff, providing the services that tourists
need and like. This is what keeps a country alive and
vibrant. Of course large enterprises have the financial
resources to help develop infrastructures that coun
tries need, but it is important for governments to rec
ognize -and support -the small businesses that
create an ambiance that makes tourists love this
country and return for another visit.
Many local businesses benefit from yacht tourism.
Every yacht-full of guests buys groceries; most dine in
restaurants. A lot of them buy souvenirs, hire local
vendors to make beach barbecues, some have laundry
done and visit internet cafes. And many donate or
otherwise contribute something to this country. What
they do is have contact with the islands and the peo
ple. Its not a one afternoon affair. Most yacht charter
ers spend a minimum of one week in this country,
specifically in the Grenadines, and frequently make
lasting links with local people and businesses.
And (guess what?), yachts run on wind power, not
fossil fuels. If we have learned anything from all the
7 ;;- ---: -.t.t:lit itis thatwe
I.I. ,,,, I I.. . I .... , I sil fuels. W e
cannot afford it any more. The earth cannot support it
any more.
"Sustainable" is a word being used by a lot of people
these days, but do many know what it means? My
dictionary says: "able to be maintained". Well, I believe
that sailing yachts are sustainable. The wind is still
free. Nobody can raise its price or charge VAT on it.
Sailing does not hurt the environment. And we already
have a network of charter yacht businesses in this
country. There is a huge investment in bases, yacht
inventory, employees, marketing, etcetera. Let us all
support this industry. We are lucky to have the perfect
place for sailing.
Please, Mr. Beache, : ,I ... 1 market our yacht
charter industry. Use -..-i .' .1 i and "fossil-fuel
free" as keywords. The world will cheer us on for our
proactive and sympathetic approach to keeping our
country alive.
Heather Grant
Union Island

Dear Compass,
On May 19th the King of Redonda left the Royal
Limousine in the car park of Slipway in Nelson's
Dockyard, Antigua, then climbed aboard John Bentley's
Sea Pony for a tow of the Royal Yacht St. Peter up to
Jolly Harbour to sort out a leak and complete the
standing rigging, left half-done by Russian insurgents.
He returned to Slipway the fll""rin n morning to take
the limo (an ancient Mazda i i his home.
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At some point during those 12 hours, some miscre
ant had half-inched the Royal Crown that, epoxied in
place, had been gracing the roof of the car for several
years. Panic ensued in Court -
when the news of this circulated
amongst the members of the
Redondan establishment. Many
were horrified that the growing
crime rate had descended so low,
given the vast majority of law
abiding islanders. No such das
tardly deed had ever occurred
before. When the two newly
appointed Royal Canadian
Mounted Police heard of this bla-
tant theft they must have shed
despairing tears of despondency.
The chief of Slipway, when he
heard about it, simply burst out
laughing. But he must be a com-
mitted republican to behave in
such a way.
Two days later Mike East was
trucking across the harbour
towards Slipway when something
floating, glistening, caught his
eye. He stopped and fished it out.
It was the Royal Crown from the
limo. He was at first amazed and
then quickly realized that by fish
ing it out from what was soon to be a watery grave
was, in fact, his passport to heavenly recognition -at
least a knighthood in the Kingdom. The King was
1 1. 1.1 1 hen he heard the news at Skullduggery
, i ih. I offered Mike the title of Dame.
Mike, surprisingly, turned this down without really
thinking. After all, Geoffrey Pidduck once was dubbed
a Dame and revelled in the title.
Is there anyone out there with a spare bit of
epoxy and a hefty through-bolt, hot-wired with
maximum prejudice?
Bob Williamson, the King of Redonda
Schooner St. Peter

Dear Compass Readers,
It's time to gear up for the eighth annual Carriacou
Children's Education Fund (CCEF) auction, which will
take place Friday, August 1st, at the Carriacou Yacht
Club. (This is a great time, with the Carriacou Regatta
Festival underway, to be here.)
We have already received several donations from
businesses in Carriacou and look forward to hearing
from each of you that you will once again make a con
til- ti- -f 1-- -- .---- t- ti -- thwhile effort.
S i i , Ii . .. .. I i all the other
1 I , I i 11 I coming just
before the activities begin.
For those of you who would like to view in person
and maybe to own the newly published two-volume
book set Carriacou Sloops, reviewed in glowing terms
in the June issue of Compass, the author/photogra
pher Alexis Andrews ha -r -i-nl--" --nted a person
ally ...I l ., 1 1 1 i. I I .. . For a sneak
prev i I .ful photos in these books, visit
YOUTUBE.COM and search on Carriacou Sloops.
This is in addition to lots of other good stuff to be auc
tioned (a brand new cockpit table still in thi- .-l- i
box, a large CQR anchor, an almost-new I 11
which needs some work on the transmit switch, to name


a few items), so join us for the eighth annual CCEF
Auction and other fun and fund-raising activities.
Over the past seven years CCEF has raised more
than EC$65,000 used to purchase school books and


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uniforms for needy children of Carriacou, to pay for
lunch for a number of Harvey Vale Primary School
children who would otherwise not have lunch, and to
pay tuition and books for six students to attend the
local branch of TA Marryshow Community College. In
addition, CCEF has also provided funds for two pri
mary schools to obtain necessary air conditioners for
their computer labs.
We expect this year to make a significant addition to
that sum.
For more information contact boatmillie@aol.com.
Thanks,
John and Melodye Pompa
S/V Second Millennium
Founders, Carriacou Children's Education Fund

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Dear Compass Readers,
Here are some tips that might be of interest to cruisers.
I'd heard of ethylene incompatibilities before, but
here they are in list form [from http://pakupaku.info/
knowledge/ethylene.shtml, an interesting vegetarian
food site]. With the relatively small spaces in onboard
fridge box :- 1 -- ..i- tion with regard to ethylene
will keep : i
Ethylene Gas and Your Grocery Bill: Organize
Your Fridge!
Most fruits and vegetables generate ethylene gas
while they ripen. Why should you care? This gas is a
very active plant hormone, and if you don't get orga
nized, itcan ,. ii ..- .. .... . i .. i up
your month .. I ,11 .1 I -ery
sensitive to ethylene, even in very low quantities.
Lettuce, for example, begins to decay when exposed to
ethylene gas at low temperatures, i.e. even in your
refrigerator! Products sensitive to e, 1' .'. 1
as broccoli and bananas, will spoil i I i
the same areas as avocados, melons, and apples,
which are ethylene producers. So if you want to be
smart, get segregating! Keep your veggies apart and
make your food last longer.
These Create Ethylene Gas:
Apples, apricots, avocados, ripening bananas, blue
berries, cantaloupe, citrus fruit (except grapefruit),
cranberries, figs, guavas, grapes, green onions, ripe
kiwi fruit, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, nectarines,
okra, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peppers,
persimmons, pineapple, plantains, plums, prunes,
quinces, tomatoes and watermelon.
These Become Damaged by Ethylene Gas:
,..--.: ,;. 1 --ccoli, Brussels sprouts, .11 :- car
ro ...I.11 chard, cucumbers, cut 11 egg
plant, endive, escarole, florist greens, green beans,
kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas,
peppers, potatoes, potted plants, romaine lettuce spin
ach, squash, sweet potatoes, watercress and yams.
And, Electronic Rice...
Another handy tip for sailors comes from an article
in the May 22nd edition of The New York Times:
"A bag of dry, uncooked rice can save your bacon if
you accidentally drop your cell phone in a puddle or
some other body of water. If your phone takes a splash,
get it out of the water as soon as possible and take out
the battery and SIM card (if it has one) immediately.
"Pat the phone parts as dry as possible with a paper
towel and seal them in an airtight container full of dry
rice for a day or two. The rice helps draw out the mois
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A Quorum



of Few




by Jim Hutchinson

Despite how it looks in the guide, and things you might have heard, this is a
pretty lousy anchorage unless you're just blowing through on your way elsewhere. A
handful ofyachties asked me to tell you that. The bay has a commercial port, derelict
ships, slicks on the water, trash floating by, an occasional loading ramp screeching
back and forth across a concrete dock all night long, sometimes all-night machinery.
i -i, .i. , ii,,,,. ,ii . .i the anchorage. The once sandy bott-; i, .
i . i... .. i, .. .. dredging and ship prop wash. All:,,. i,. i. ..
a construction site obscure most stars, .. i i. i ,, 1 I the interior of my yacht through
un-curtained windows... as do intense 11 .i,,,. anchor lights. Outboard motors
blast through the anchorage day and night, both local boats and yacht tenders. And,
of course, occasional slapping halyards, barking dogs, and once in a while someone
thinks everybody should listen to their morning net on the cockpit speakers. And
gasoline generators. And diesel stink and noise when someone runs one off your
bow. I've been asked to tell you this by a quorum of yachties I was partying with
aboard a forty-some foot retirement yacht in an increasingly crowded bay that was
once one of my favorites. These folks are aboard some of the yachts that regularly
inhabit the bay. The bay is one of their favorites. We all feel that there are already
enough or too many of us here, and that the deterioration of the bay should keep
other yachties moving on. Viva yo. Or something.
So, I'm telling you about this place, blowing the whistle on an anchorage once
thought (by some) to be paradise... still thought by some.... No need to name it, these
bays are all over this part of the world. And elsewhere, I suppose. The difference is,
this is the bay that we are in. So, stay away.
One of said yachties said I could mention their whooshy wind generators, too, as
long as I mentioned the rest. Most models of wind generators are quiet, some silent.
But all the three-bladed wind -n-r.t-r that I know of, for some reason, are
"whooshers". The most popular I 11. 1. -bladed wi1 -n-r.t- .r ...-1 - .
the whooshiest and can be heard at 200 meters. They ,* 1, - i ...... ... .... i
in the early morning hours which are my favorite time of day, before and as the
birds awake.
Some environmentally minded friends get nervous when I come down on whoosh
ers: "I'd rather those than engine-driven ger. i .. .. ... . don't
make noise. And the ones that whoosh are:. i .. - ... ... I i..i idput
my money on one of the many bladed "daisy wheel" generators, which seem to work
better in the lighter wind and which range from quiet to silent. And there's a new
wind generator on the market that claims to blow the whooshy one away in output
and is quiet enough not be heard by the neighbors. Wind generators don't have to
be noisy.
But whooshy wind generators aren't the biggest noise or stink from the modem
yacht. Its propulsion and generating engines sometimes are, but mostly its the ten
der, the "dinghy". "I simply won't tolerate a i....i. i1.. .. I get me to the dock in
less than three minutes" -that's a quote. I "... I s and their gear" is a
common criterion for these Sporty Utility Vessels that make possible all the running
around that the modern yachtie needs to do. I think it is common knowledge that
outboard engines should be run flat out.
But, tr-n ."-" in this particular bay, the yachties seem to drive a bit more slowly.
Quite E. I .. row. And there are several sailing dinghies. More reasons not to
name the bay.
The secret of generating enough power with the wind and sun, by the way, is to
size your system (and your usage) to actual conditions, not their rated potential. And
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This is the time of year when the weather forecasts are actually immediately con
sidered, rather than soon disregarded. Charts are pored over for the nearest hurri
cane holes and possible haul-outs. Plans are in hand for anchoring, dr.-- l i;.t, the
mangroves; stores are laid for the contingency of having to manage 1 1 ious
storm. The chance of hurricanes does reduce our cruising range, we chose not to be
more than a few days from a secure anchorage, but there are many places to visit
which are close enough for even our high level of risk-aversion.
Conversations can, however, sound rather worrying but the fact that the interlocu
tors survived their experiences can be seen as some reassurance. Those who expe
rienced Ivan tell stories that would make your toes curl. As these overheard conver
stations are often at bar or poolside some embroidering is forgivable.
Last year we were caught in Hurricane Dean in Martinique. The locals, lulled into
apathy by the many hurricanes which in previous years approached and then
dodged around their island, turned into the kindest, most generous friends after they
sa- l- 1.;.-- wrought by Dean.
S. .. I I is about in both his dinghy and his car; Richard, a newfound friend,
insisted on helping with, and solving, a mechanical problem; Robert offered his
space in the local marina (a generous offer which we did not need to take up).
We were welcomed into Elie's home for tl. 1I i l hurricane and stayed
rather longer; he later lent us his car for the I I -I .... Txi Lixi, our by then
rather beaten-up, *"i -1,ii i .1,,,. i I h.
Despite e te real i ,i 1,1 i i.. to experience another hurricane, this is a
wonderful time to cruise the Caribbean.
If any time of the year gives the pleasurable feeling of being free of the "nine-to-five
hamster wheel", this is it. I do sympathize with those racing back to their places in
the structure, and strictures, of the modem world.
We do know that this is the Hurricane Season. We are not complacent but we
choose to sail when others don't. We left when the charterers started to wreak havoc
around us: Ti Lixi was hauled when others were launched.
Those of us who sail these islands during the quieter times are delighted to be here
for this season.


by Andy Pell

a T I Tis the time to start the sailing season. The brown, snuff dry
\ I J \ hillsides will soon start to change to vigorous greens; the
N V V birds have started nesting, a sure sign that the rainy season
is about to start. The anchorages are emptying and although the sailing can be
wetter and wilder, the people on the islands have more time for us and are even
more welcoming.
This is the time to cruise these islands, to have the freedom of the seas. There is a
slightly different feel about; we know that there might be a hurricane; we know that
we might have to rely on each other. Our boats may even lean on each other if the
worst happens, but we are the cruisers who actually choose to be here. There is a
greater sense of community and a real feeling of pleasure in meeting other yachties
who also stay beyond the time insurance companies feel we should have moved to
places where hurricanes have not recently visited. Given the nature of life it may be
that the insurers will gamble on the wrong places again. There has even been a hur
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