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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: August 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
regular
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095627
Volume ID: VID00018
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998

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C7M PASS

The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
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Chaser in Cuba
Our cruising impressions...... 24

Guatemala
Adventure
Off the boat, up the volcano 28

Record SIOR
Dinghy Fleet
96 young sailors compete ..... 13

Six for St. With Turtles in
Thomas Trinidad
Another Premier's Cup win... 18 An unexpected interaction.... 38


Business Briefs..................... 8 Cruising Kids' Corner............36
Eco-News ............................ 10 Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 36
Regatta News...................... 19 Book Reviews.............4. 0 42
Destinations...............24 and 28 Meridian Passage.................42
All Ashore... .......................... 37 Cooking with Cruisers....43 45
Sailors' Horoscope................ 34 Readers' Forum.....................46
Island Poets......................... 34 What's On My Mind.......48 50
Cartoons.............................. 34 Caribbean Marketplace......51
Cruising Crossword............... 35 Classified Ads .....................54
Word Search Puzzle.............. 35 Advertisers' Index.................54

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ISSN 1605 1998


AUGUST


July 27 to 3 Aug Tour des Yoles Rondes, Martinique. Traditional boats' round the
island regatta. Society des Yoles Rondes, www.yoles-rondes.org
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. www.cropoverfestival.bb
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.
www.grenadagrenadines.com/fest.html
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. www.ttpba.com
24 Festival of St. Barthelemy, St. Barths. Boat races
25 St. Louis Festival, Corossol, St. Barths. Fishing contests, boat races
31 Local Fishing Tournament, Bonaire
31 Independence Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago


SEPTEMBER


1 Labor Day. Public holiday in USVI
5 11 Dia di Bonaire sailing races, Bonaire
6 Bonaire Day. Public holiday in Bonaire; boat races
6 7 Back to Schools Regatta, BVI
8 Virgin of the Valley Festival, Margarita, Venezuela
15 FULL MOON
17 National Heroes Day, Public holiday in St. Kitts & Nevis
19 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Ktts & Nevis
20 Clean-Up Dive, Bonaire
24 Our Lady of las Mercedes. Public holiday in Dominican Republic
24 Republic Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago


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: Abaco Rage -Regatta Time in Abaco (Sally Erdle)
Inset: Abaco Rage (Robert Dunkley)


















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Electronic Clearance for Yachts Introduced
Keats Compton, President of the Caribbean Marine
Association, reports: The Caribbean Marine


Association (CMA) and the Caribbean Customs Law
Enforcement Council (CCLEC) are pleased to
announce the introduction of electronic clearance for


It's voluntary and user
friendly. The eSeaClear
website guides you step by
step through filling out your
Customs clearance forms
electronically. You'll still
have to go to Customs on
arrival, but won't have to
fill out declaration forms
there by hand Intended for
eventual Caribbean wide
use, the system is now
being tested in St. Lucia
and user feedback is
encouraged


yachts traveling within the Caribbean.
The system was launched on July 1st with a pilot
project in St. Lucia, which permits yachts entering and
leaving St. Lucia to submit the relevant documenta-
tion either on computers at the Customs office on
arrival, or remotely, via the internet at www.
eSeaClear.com. You must still report at Customs upon
arrival, but Customs can access the notification infor-
mation to process your clearance more efficiently -
without the need for you to fill out the declaration
forms by hand.
The system is scheduled to be launched in the British
Virgin Islands shortly, with progressive roll-out around
the region. Yachts must, of course, continue to adhere
to each country's specific rules of reporting.
The electronic clearance system, known as
eSeaClear, was developed by CCLEC, a union of
some 35 Customs entities, including the EU and US, as
part of the Regional Clearance System, which was set
up to facilitate the processing of yachts traveling
around the region. The use of eSeaClear is completely
voluntary, so that yacht skippers with a preference for
existing paper documentation will not be forced to
clear electronically. Yachts departing from countries
that do not subscribe to eSeaClear will need to use
existing paper-based procedures, but the developers
are confident that the system will win converts quickly,
because of its intrinsic utility.
Registered users can access the system to enter and
maintain information about their vessel or vessels,
crew and passengers. Once all Caribbean countries
are aboard, prior to arrival at a new country the ves-
sel operator simply ensures the information is accurate
for the upcoming voyage and submits a new notifica-
tion: you won't have to fill in declaration forms by
hand at each country you arrive in. By using
eSeaClear to make your arrival notifications, you'll be
able to clear Customs faster and more efficiently so
you can start enjoying your visit sooner.
The importance of this development cannot be
overstated, as Compass readers might remember
the fury of the storm over the introduction of the
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) by
CARICOM governments late last year. The CMA has
argued that APIS is not yacht-friendly, and would
destroy the yachting industry in the ten Eastern
Caribbean countries (all English-speaking) that had
signed on to it. Most of these countries chose to
ignore APIS in light of the sustained opposition com-
ing from the yachting trade.
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to APIS as foisted upon the trade, arguing that CCLEC
provides a more realistic and practical vehicle for pro-
viding the relevant authorities with the required yacht-
clearance information. As such, the CMA has success-
fully lobbied the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean
States (OECS) to withdraw that group's support for
APIS in its current form. The OECS's position was for-
mally conveyed to the CARICOM Heads of
Government meeting in Antigua in June.
We would like to encourage all yachtspeople who
are able, to participate fully in the trials of
eSeaClear and to provide feedback on the forms
provided by CCLEC.
To register for electronic yacht clearance
visit www. eSeaClear com.

BVI Defers Implementation of New Yacht Fees
The British Virgin Islands' Government Information

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The British Virgin Islands' economy relies on yacht
tourism, and the BVI Cabinet has decided to set aside
prohibitively expensive harbour fees


Service reports: Cabinet has decided to indefinitely
defer the implementation of harbour fees for vessels
entering or remaining in Territorial waters or those
using a BVI Ports Authority facility.
In a statement made on July 15th, Premier
Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE, revealed that the
decision was taken at a specially convened sitting of
the Cabinet on the previous day.
It was previously announced that the new fee struc-
ture would have taken effect on July 1st but was sub-
sequently deferred until July 15th.
However, the Premier explained that based on rep-
resentations made to Government by local associa-
tions, maritime agents and others involved in the
yachting industry both locally and abroad, the deci-
sion was taken to defer the introduction of fees in an
attempt to protect the Territory's competitive edge as
a yachting destination.
"After all, the BVI has been known as the sailing
capital of the Western Hemisphere, if not of the
world, and therefore it was
extremely important for Cabinet
to consider the representations
that were made, as the Cabinet
will do for any representation
that the people will make," the
Premier stated.
He added: "It must be remem-
bered that the yachting industry
contributes to the economy of
the Territory and the yachtsmen
enjoy our waters from Anegada
to Jost Van Dyke." The Premier
further explained that the yacht-
ing industry must be safe-guard-
ed against adverse impacts.
"Cabinet reviewed the new
fee structure and also we con-
sidered the cost implications of
the charges when compared to
the rising cost of fuel," the
Premier said. He added, "In
addition, Cabinet determined
that if the BVI were to implement
this new fee structure, the
Territory may have become the
most expensive destination in
the world for mariners and
yachts." (Editor's note: Under the new fee structure, a
43-foot yacht, for example, would have paid approxi-
mately US$675 per month to visit the BVI.)


In addition to indefinitely deferring the introduction
of harbour fees, the BVI Cabinet has agreed to estab-
lish a seven-member focus group to review the said
fees. This group will be chaired by yachtsman Peter
Haycraft and will include local agent, Francis David;
Acting Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board, Terrance
Ford; Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority,
Vincent O'Neal; Comptroller of Customs, Wade Smith;
Lorraine Stoutt of Caribbean Transport and a repre-
sentative from the BVI Chamber of Commerce and
Hotel Association. The group is expected to submit its
report to Cabinet by September.
The Government is committed to ensuring maximum
economic development for the Territory and providing
the necessary protections for the sectors that propel
this growth.

Optional Moorings for Tobago Cays Park
Lesroy Noel, Education Coodinator of the Tobago
Cays Marine Park, St. Vincent & the Grenadines reports:
Continued on next page


Tobago Cays Marine Park rangers assembling the new
yacht moorings. The Park Board is deciding on a
mooringfee schedule as this issue of Compass goes to
press. Meanwhile, the cost will be EC$45 per 24 hours
for any yacht under 70 feet. Mooring users will still
pay the normal per person park entry fee


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Marine Park (TCMP) and to make it user-friendly, the
management of the park is now in the final stage of
putting down 32 yacht moorings. It is our view that
these moorings will limit damage to the park's fragile
habitats. The moorings are strategically placed to
deter yachts from dropping their anchors too close to
the turtle nesting area and the coral reefs, which are
two of the many attractions in the Cays.
We encourage the use of these moorings, even
though they are optional, as they are affordable and
help in the preservation of the marine life in the park.
The moorings were funded by the Government of
SVG and were installed by TCMP park rangers and
Sunsail charter company, the latter of which contribut-
ed technical and physical support.
For more information visit www tobagocays com or
phone (784) 485-8191.

Cruisers Site-ings
The irrepressible self-described "ink-slinging sea
gypsy" Captain Fatty Goodlander has a new web
page at www.fattygoodlander.com. Check it out!
The unique marine artwork of Patrick Chevalier, resi-
dent doctor on Palm Island in the Grenadines, can be
seen at www.artandsea.com.
Aargh! There be some great new seafaring music on
Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring radio, now on the air
24/7/365 and commercial free! Most of the artists fea-
tured are true boating singers and songwriters who
you won't hear on any other radio station.
Visit www.seafaring.com.

Trinis Join IGFA Observers Worldwide
Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director for the
International Game Fish Association (IGFA) was
recently invited to Trinidad & Tobago by the Trinidad
& Tobago Game Fishing Association (TTGFA) to train
several locals in an observer's course at The Lure
Restaurant in Chaguaramas.
Jason's primary duties at the IGFA include directing
conservation efforts such as participation in national
and international fisheries management panels, col-
laborative game fish research and liaison between
anglers and fisheries management. Jason said, "I've
been at IGFA about five years and we typically do
about five classes each year. We've held these class-
es in five US states, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos, Puerto
Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela and now in
Trinidad & Tobago. These newly certified Trinidad &


Tobago observers will join a prestigious group of 1,000
observers worldwide."
Jason also directs IGFA's World Record and
Observer Training Programmes. He holds a Masters
Degree in Biology from Old Dominion University in
Norfolk, Virginia and previously worked in fisheries
management with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission.
Chris Mouttet, President of the TTGFA said, "Jason is
an avid angler who enjoys all types of fishing and we
are very fortunate to have him come here to train
several key Trinidad and Tobago fishermen in this very
important training programme."

'Sink the Flying Cloud' Project
The British Virgin Islands Scuba organization and the
BVI Tourist Board are in the process of bringing the
three-masted, 200-foot, 400-ton tall ship Flying Cloud


to BVI waters to be sunk as a dive site attraction.
Built as a cadet training ship for the French Navy in
1935 as Oisseau des Isles, the ship was based in Tahiti
during World War II and later hauled freight in Mexico.
The renamed ship became part of the Windjammer
Barefoot Cruises charter fleet in 1968 and sailed regu-
larly in the BVI, where she was joking called by some
the "Frying Crowd". She was retired from the charter
fleet in 2002 because she was too expensive to main-
tain. Flying Cloud was donated to a museum in
Trinidad but that institution reportedly declined to
accept the ship.
Plans are now underway to have Flying Cloud
towed from Port of Spain, Trinidad, to the BVI. Her final
"resting place" has not yet been announced.
For more information
visit www. windjammerflyingcloud. com.
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regattas and festivals. Grenada is also the gateway to the Grenadines, one of the
world's most beautiful and unspoilt cruising areas.
Now there's another good reason to visit. There are 50 new fully serviced slips for yachts
of all sizes up to 90m available right now for sale or rental.
Sitting alongside the marina, the forthcoming Port Louis Maritime Village will include luxury
hotels, villas, restaurants and bars, plus some of the finest boutiques and shops in the region.


Slips are available for sale or rental. For a private consultation to discuss
the advantages of slip ownership, please contact our International Sales Manager,
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To fully appreciate this rare opportunity, we highly recommend a visit. To arrange an
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New Manager for Port Louis, Grenada
Camper & Nicholsons Marinas have appointed Clyde Rawls to serve as Port Louis
marina's general manager in Grenada. Rawls, who relocated from the USA for the
position, has many years
experience having man-
aged three resort marinas
nly a in Florida, including the
Bahia Mar Beach Resort &
Yachting Center in
Ft. Lauderdale.
Situated in St. George's
SLagoon Port Louis marina
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to this, Rawls will be on
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struction schedule, new
customer enquiries, and
the day-to-day opera-
tions for the 50 fully ser-
viced berths currently in
operation. From
November he will also
oversee the opening of
nine additional supery-
acht slips ranging from 75
to 85 metres in length.
Rawls said: "I am delight-
ed to be joining the
Camper & Nicholsons
team and look forward to
helping establish a world-
class marina with the high
standards that C&NM
Clyde Rawls is Port Louis, Grenada's, have established all over
new general manager the world for more than
200 years. Grenada is in a
perfect position for charters and cruisers wanting to explore the islands of Grenada
and the Grenadines."
Currently being developed alongside an EC$1.5 billion Maritime Village project, the
completed marina will offer more than 350 berths for craft from ten to 90 metres.
For more information on Port Louis marina see ad on page 7.
Errol Flynn, Jamaica, Offers Summer Discount
You can save 25 percent on dockage at Jamaica's Errol Flynn marina through
November 1st. For every three days at standard transient dockage rates, you ll get one
day free. This discount does not apply to already discounted long term and seasonal
dockage rates. Normal electrical and water charges apply to each day of dockage.
Port Antonio, in which Errol Flynn Marina is located, is an ISPS (International Ship and
Port Security Code) Compliant Facility, which means that there is a high level of
security applied to all areas of operation. At the marina level, there is 24/7 security
provided by a combination of marina personnel and private security services. The
premises also now have a 24-hour mobile patrol for the several kilometers of road-
way and walkway area within the compound. Marina management says, "It is
important also that we emphasize that Port Antonio and the Portland Parish in which
we are located have the lowest incidence of crime anywhere in the Caribbean."
For more information see ad on page 6.
Russians Discover Grenada's Marine Scene
Russian tour operators and travel agents visited Grenada's luxury seaside properties,
neighboring islands and coral reefs in June.
Twenty-five operators based in Moscow and Kiev visited numerous hotels and resorts
including the soon-to-be-opened Waterside Resort at Prickly Bay Marina. In addition
to enjoying an island tour with Caribbean Horizons Tours & Services, the group visited
the unique underwater sculpture park at Moliniere Reef and took a day sail to Hog
Island, site of the proposed Four Seasons Resort. The group also visited St. Lucia
Barbados and Canouan.
For more information on Prickly Bay Marina see ad on page I1.
For more information on Caribbean Horizons Tours & Services see ad on page 47.
Rally Originator Opens Yacht Consultancy
Jean-Marc Rutin, who founded the popular annual Transcaraibes yacht rally that
now runs from Guadeloupe to Cuba under the auspices of St6phane Legendre, has
opened a recreational-boating consultancy service called Conseiller Nautique.
A life-long sailor, Jean-Marc offers his experience to future cruisers, giving guidance
on every aspect of preparation from buying the right boat to provisioning it for an
extended cruise with family or crew. With his background in organizing rallies in the
Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific, as well as an annual transatlantic event,
Jean-Marc s expertise is also available to yachting event organizers.
For more information contact Jean-Marc atim.ruoin neu. fr.
Medicinal Plants of Trinidad and Tobago
A new paperback book has been published giving information on 63 local plants
used mainly sometimes exclusively by the East Indian/South Asian community
of Trinidad & Tobago. Plants including supari, katahar, madar, chalta, lauki, jhingi,
saigan, til and datur, as well as the more common ones such as black pepper,
ganja, nutmeg, baigan, pomegranate and wild cucumber are documented, com-
plete with botanical names, descriptions, origins and chemical composition. Each
plant entry is accompanied by original drawings to aid identification.
The price of TTS65 or US$20 includes packaging, registration and postage.
Available from major bookstores in Trinidad, and from the publisher
at dmahabir@gmail, com.
Discovery St. Lucia Angles for Fishing Visitors
Discovery at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, is offering a special summer package that is sure
to reel in fishing enthusiasts.
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Taking advantage of summer's ideal fishing conditions, anglers can enjoy a four-
night stay at the five-star Discovery at Marigot Bay with the added bonus of two


Summertime is fishing time, and St. Lucia's Mangot Bay is a great place to start


half-day sportfishing excursions on a private fishing boat. If you've never fished
before, an experienced fishing-boat crew will be happy to show you the ropes.
Experienced anglers can come and enjoy the thrill of new fishing grounds.
For more information visit www. discoverystiucia com.
RYA Training Expected for Antigua
The Antigua-based sailing charter and training company, Ondeck, has
announced the imminent opening of "Ondeck Training Antigua". The Royal
Yachting Association (RYA) of the UK will visit Antigua to credit the new facility with
the capability of training all ages, beginners to experts at the Ondeck base in
Falmouth Harbour. Ondeck hopes to open up sailing to more Antiguans and aid
them in developing careers on the water.
Ondeck has made plans for Antiguan skipper Logan Knight to go to the UK to fur-
ther his qualifications through Ondeck Training UK, which will qualify him to become
Ondeck Training Antigua's chief instructor. Logan will be trained to the Yachtmaster
Instructor level, which will allow him to teach all of Ondeck's courses on yachts.
Ondeck is headquartered in the UK and runs operations in Antigua, Portugal, and
the US Virgin Islands. The company will draw on the successful model of Ondeck
Training in the UK and Portugal to ensure that the Caribbean equivalent is as highly
regarded and respected.
For more information contact Liz Holder, manager of Ondeck's Antiguan opera-
tion, at lh@ondeck. co. uk.
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises Sunk
Although no official statement to that effect has come from Windjammer
Barefoot Cruises, all available information indicates that the company has gone
out of business.
For six decades, the Florida-based company founded by Captain Mike Burke ran
a fleet of historic and romantic tall ships in the Caribbean. Passengers loved the
laid-back ambience and reasonable rates, and many Caribbean men and women
found long-term work aboard the ships. Unlike large cruise ships, where everything a
passenger could want, from food to entertainment to shops, is found aboard, "jam-
mers" were famous for exploring and spending their money ashore, a boon to many
Caribbean communities' economies. The fleet included the Yankee Clipper (built in
1927), the Mandalay (1923), the Polynesia (1938) and the Fantome (1927), which
was lost with 31 crewmembers in Hurricane Mitch off Honduras in 1999.
After ceasing operations for several weeks last year, the Burke family-owned com-
pany planned to relaunch cruises on its fleet of ships, starting with the Legacy on
November 3rd, 2007, followed by the other ships in the spring of this year. In a series
of late-2007 press releases, however, the company canceled all sailings through at
least January 2008. April 1st, 2008 April Fool's Day was the day that the most
recent CEO of the company, Joey Burke, had promised Windjammer's faithful fol-
lowers that the fleet would once again be in full service.
But April is long gone and no Windjammer cruises have taken place since last
November. Many of the ships have reportedly been seized by creditors. As of this
writing, one of the former Windjammer fleet, the Flying Cloud, is scheduled to be
sunk in the British Virgin Islands as a dive site. (See related story on page 7.)
A posting on www.cruisemates.com says, "Throughout early 2008 the Burke fam-
ily went quietly underground. They stopped commenting in public and put out no
press releases. In March, the Miami headquarters went silently dark. The company
still owed millions of dollars in unfulfilled cruises alone, plus other financial liabilities.
Yet, they never declared bankruptcy or made any other formal financial moves
at all."
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has received
numerous complaints about Windjammer since its shutdown, because the company
has not refunded prepaid fares for the canceled cruises. A letter reportedly
received by a former Windjammer client from the Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services stated that Windjammer Barefoot Cruises Ltd. is "no longer
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Study Links Sunscreen to Coral Bleaching
A recent study indicates that chemicals in sunscreen
products might threaten tropical coral reefs. Corals,
among the most biologically productive and diverse
ecosystems of the world, are highly sensitive to chang
es in their environment.
According to the April 2008 issue of the journal
Environmental Health Perspectives, scientists at the
Polytechnic University, Italy, who carried out the study,
say chemical compounds in sunscreen products, even at
extremely low concentrations, can cause abrupt and
i i I . II, i .1- heystudiedtheeffect
I ... .. -... I' from tropical reefs in
the Red Sea, the Caribbean Sea, the Indian Ocean off
Thailand and the Pacific Ocean near Indonesia.
The corals were suspended in bags of virus-free sea
water supplemented with various quantities of sun
screen lotions. They found that the corals started
bleaching within a few hours and it took them just a few
days to become completely bleached. The samples were
compared with control samples of corals in seawater
without sunscreen. The controls remained healthy.
The researchers found that sunscreens stimulated
dormant viruses in zooxanthellae, the symbiotic algae
that live in a healthy coral. The chemicals -paraben,
benzophenone, cinnamate and camphor -caused the
virus within the algae to replicate until the algae
exploded. That led to spilling of the viruses into the
surrounding seawater, which spread the infection.

Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct
On June 6th, the US government declared the
Caribbean monk seal extinct, making it the first seal
species to vanish because of human activity. The US
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) blamed the


demise of the species on .1,....,,... in the first half
of the 20th century. "Hum ...- I I 1I. Caribbean Monk
Seal population unsustainable after 1.i........
them," said Kyle Baker, a biologist for the 11 -
The seals (Monachus tropicalis) once inhabited the
Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They were
listed as an endangered species in 1967, after hun
dreds of years of being hunted for food and their skins
and blubber. The last reliable records of this species
are of a small colony at Serranilla Bank, about 210
miles north-northeast of Nicaragua, in 1952.
The Caribbean Monk Seal was a relatively small seal
(six to nine feet long). The males ..1 1 ..i to 400
pounds. The seals spent much o: 1. .. I.... in the
water, occupying rocky and sandy coastlines for shel
ter ''-1 T-r---l i: Their diet included lobsters, octopus,
anc I i.-. 11 is believed that the average lifespan
was approximately 20 years. Like other true seals, the
Caribbean Monk Seal was sluggish on land. Its lack of
fear of humans also contributed to its demise.
According to The Ocean Conservancy, the surviving
Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals are also
;-n;-l.;-r- Hunting of monk seals has been banned,
i i ,,, II,,,. populations are hurt when young seals
play with trash and get entangled, often leading to
death. Additionally, the Conservancy stated that dis
carded and lost fishing gear are likely culprits in
entangling and killing the seals.

The Caribbean and the IWC
Among the main issues discussed by members of the
International Whaling Commission (IWC) at their 2008
annual meeting, which --.";; Tune 23rd in Santiago,
Chile, were the possible 111,,. of the global ban on
commercial whaling as requested by Japan, and a
proposal by Brazil, Argentina and South Africa for a
South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary. In the end, the ban
remained in effect and the South Atlantic Sanctuary
did not come up for a vote.
Kelvin Alie, senior ir -' .-n' ;n .-r of the
International Fund for ...... .1 .. 111 i is from
Dominica. Dominica made news recently by reversing
its former "sustainable use" position on whaling: the
"Nature Island" now supports the IWC's worldwide ban


on commercial whaling. Compass asked Kelvin to com-
ment on Caribbean countries' involvement in the IWC.
S .... ..i 11. 1 .. ..... ...... -- }1 h l .l.. Kevin
sa .. II ... ., 1.. 1 1 .1 ,I I how
they see fit and not sell out to Japan's bribes. By pro
testing whales we're making the best choice for the
Caribbean and ensuring our economic future.
Although the vote on a proposed South Atlantic
Whale Sanctuary has been postponed, we asked
Kelvin why people in the Caribbean should care about
a southern hemisphere issue. He replied, "Absolutely
you should care! Whales have migration routes thou
sands of miles long and, for many species, we don't
even know where they go. Protecting a large swath of
ocean means that whales that migrate through the
South Atlantic Ocean, from warmer waters where they
breed to cooler waters where they feed, offers the best
chance of protecting these animals that know no
political boundaries. Creating sanctuaries is the first
step to protecting whales. There remains much to be
done to protect them from these other threats (such as
noise, pollution, ship strikes and climate change), but
the first step, and one with the most impact, is protect
ing whales from whaling. Sanctuaries are also good for
the economy by attracting eco-tourists: a healthy
ocean means a healthy economy."

Cayman Turtle Farm Heeds Alarm
Basio Pioro reported in the June 30th issue of the
Caymanian Compass newspaper that "It seems some
viable solutions are on the horizon for dealing the mil
lions of gallons of untreated effluent the Cayman
Islands Turtle Farm has been pumping into the ocean
for the past 40 years." Excess nutrients from the
Turtle Farm have contributed to an overgrowth of
green algae, which subsequently resulted in the death
or disease of virtually all the nearby coral reef.
The Cayman Turtle Farm was established in 1968 as
Mariculture Ltd. by a group of investors from the
United States and Great Britain as a facility to raise
the green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, for commercial
purposes. The intention was to supply the market with
a source of product that did not deplete the wild popu
lations further. By releasing turtles and facilitating
research, any harm created by removing turtles and
eggs from the wild would be mitigated.
Turtle Farm Managing Director Joseph Ebanks
invited experts to address the effluent situation.
Thomas Goreau, president of the Global Coral Reef
Alliance and Henning Gatz of Aquacare Environment
gave a presentation on June 25tl. .1i ....... their
plans. "Our goal is to bring this reef 1 1 1.1 which
means cleaning up the water and regeneration of the
reef," said Goreau. Gatz added, "We are here to devise
a cost-effective means of dealing with aquatic waste,
and the Turtle Farm as an awareness- ,,,i i, I. i. ,i
makes it an ideal place to do a project 1ii .,
Options the Turtle Farm might choose to control
effluent discharge include aeration, filtration and use
of artificial wetlands.
Goreau noted that Grand Cayman is not alone in its
water issues. He said that Turks & Caicos is the only
country in the Caribbean that requires every tourist
development to have a wastewater plant and to recycle
its wastewater.
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St. Thomas's Hull Bay Cleans Up
Carol Bareuther reports: Over 50 members of the
Northside St. Thomas community -adults and chil
dren alik I I I 1. on June 29th to clean,
beautify ,, I .... .1 1. public beach at Hull Bay,
in preparation for the 20th Annual Bastille Day
.. I ......ment, which took place on July 13th.
I1 I ... had the added benefit of bringing the
community together to share resources, work hard
and improve a common resource," says David Berry,
vice president of the Northside Sportfishing Club.
The Club and Hull Bay Hideaway co-sponsored
the clean-up.
Over the course of the daylong beautification effort,
volunteers removed every speck of .- - f.~m Hull
Bay Beach, an amount that nearly .11 I a huge
trash bin that was later hauled away for disposal. PR
Construction donated use of a backhoe and Gregory
Berry volunteered as machine operator for the day.
The effort was also entertaining and educational.
Participating school children painted and decorated


Youngsters in St. Thomas beautified trash receptacles
as well as the beach


trashcans donated by The Hull Bay Hideaway with
colorful beach scenes and environmental slogans.
"The cans, which will be permanently secured on the
beach and maintained by Hull Bay Hideaway, turned out
beautifully and we hope they will remind visitors to the
beach to put their trash where it 1-l-;= and to con
tinue to help keep our beaches I ... says Sarah
Haynes, general manager of Hull Bay Hideaway.


Organizers would like to thank Bellows International
for product and all of the hardworking community
members who gave their time and energy to clean this
beautiful natural resource.

Tourism Expansion:
Conservation Threat or Opportunity?
A publication of the United Nations Environmental
Programme (UNEP) states: "Tourism generates 11 per
cent of global GDP and employs 200 million people,
but produces 4.8 million tonnes of waste yearly and
consumes as much energy as a country the size and
development level of Japan. The number of tourists is
expected, at least, to double to 1.6 billion by the year
2020. Sustainal-- l n.'-.. t of natural resources
and wastes is - ,I .1 , wellbeing of this eco
nomic sector and natural ecosystems.
"Tourism is a fast-growing sector and an increasing
source of pressure on the environment and natural
resources. Its constant growth may not always be
compatible with sustainable development.... The
chief burdens come from transport, land develop
Sm- ent, water consumption,
excessive energy demand,
S* increased waste generation
and impacts on biodiversity.
I. i The seasonality of tourism,
1 Jand the fact that popular des
.. nations often coincide with
environmentally sensitive
areas, have resulted in some
places becoming victims of
their own attraction.
"Tourism pressure is
extraordinarily high in coun-
tries where tourists outnum-
ber local residents in certain
places. Tourism development
often takes place in a rapid
and unplanned manner,
S resulting in drastic landscape
transformation in a very short
period of time, including defor
station and drainage of wet
S lands. Such habitat disrup
tion can result in significant
biodiversity losses."
International tourist arrivals
(2002) given as a percentage of
total local population in select
ed Caribbean nations and ter
ritories are: Bahamas 496%,
Turks & Caicos Islands, 779%,
Cayman Islands 774%/,
Islands 500%, Anguilla 378%, St. Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and Barbuda 326%, Montserrat 300%,
Guadeloupe 120%, Martinique 115%, Barbados 185%,
Saint Lucia 171%, Grenada 164%, Aruba 659%.
According to UNEP, an international tourist typically
generates around 180 litres (about 40 gallons) of
wastewater per day. Used wastewater is a major envi
ronmental concern and can threaten human and wild
life health. Many tourist facilities are located in iso
lated areas and are not connected to water treatment
networks; the result is large volumes of sewage dis
charged directly to seas and rivers. In tropical areas,


sewage runoff causes ser-i* 1 ...1 t- 1 reefs,
stimulating algae growth, .... i. 11 I I.... corals
and hindering their ability to survive.
It is . 11 .... i .I I 11 .t tourism will
remain -.. .. i.. l 1. ..' ' developed and
- I; ;-1 by integrating environmental best practices.
i UNEP launched the Caribbean Environment
Programme (CEP), an unparalleled joint endeavor of
nations in the WV-I-r .r1-1--.n r-*-' which embrac
es the region's I. .i- 1- 1 1 .1- to advance eco
nomic prosperity and environmental health.
For more information visit www.unep.org/regional
seas/programmes/unpro/Caribbean.
Eastern Caribbean Whale News
Here is an excellent resource for anyone interested in
cetaceans in the Eastern Caribbean. Check out the
Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network's newsletter at
www.eccnwhale.org/pdf/newECnewsletter.pdf.

Environmentalists Study Puerto La Cruz Canals
The word Venezuela derives from "Venice-like", and
the El Morro complex at the coastal city of Puerto la


A project has been launched to determine the health of
EL Morro's unique canal ecosystem



Cruz was developed reflecting this, with an extensive
system of canals linking the sea with residential areas
and marinas, both of which are popular with
Venezuelans and visitors alike.
On July 2nd and 3rd, scientists with the Venezuelan
environmental group Fundacion La Tortuga completed
preliminary inspections for a project to monitor the
water quality of the canals in the El Morro complex.

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The project will determine the current water quality in
the canal system and devise plans to mitigate any
environmental deterioration. Among other things, the
scientists determined the location of permanent sam-
.. nations that will take into account run-off and
11.... from the nearby community of Lecheria.
Along with working with the relevant authorities on
the water-testing program, Fundacion La Tortuga will
also be hosting workshops for the residents and users
of the canal complex aimed at creating an ongoing
culture of protection for these unique ecosystems.
For more information visit wwwfundacionlatortugaorg.
Cruisers' Site Launches Cetacean
Collision Survey
noonsite.com the global website for cruising sail
ors -has joined forces with marine environmental
group MEER to launch a worldwide survey of collisions
and near misses between cetaceans and sailing yachts.
Collisions between ships and cetaceans are increasing
around the world, but information on collisions involve
ing sailing vessels is scarce.
Marine biologist Fabian Ritter, working for the non
profit organisation MEER, is investigating reports of
collisions and near-miss events between sailing ves
sels and cetaceans, to help understand the reasons for
the collisions and to help reduce the risk both for sail
ors and for cetaceans. As part of this research noon
site.com and MEER are inviting all sailors around the
world to provide information on any whale/dolphin
collisions or near misses during their sailing careers.
noonsite.com manager, Sue Richards, commented:
"Whales and dolphins are held in special affection by all
sailors around the world. We know from the feedback
from our site visitors -all of whom are cruising sailors
-that concern for the marine environment is a high
priority for them. We welcome this opportunity to help
focus r ,, i1 i". ... i1. .1i ial sailing community,
for the th i' I I I. ..I. i ... i te marine mammals,
and I urge all i i i i i .. 1 -. I
help build up '.. ..... .. .. I aa.
The MEER research project will run on noonsite.com until
the end of 2008. To log a report, visit www.noonsite.com.
International Year of the Reef Continues
Audrey Alleyne-Quiniou reports: The beauty of coral
reefs is featured in the -..1-1. I et John Keats' poem
"Endymion", which state- 1" -". of beauty is a joy for
ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into noth
S -;t -till will keep a bower quiet for us, and a
S1 ''11 I dreams, and health, and quiet breath
ing... Methought I fainted at the charmed touch, yet
held the recollection, even as one who dives three fath
oms where the waters r ... ...,.. ...i i- of coral."
The International Yea. 11. Il _...- continues to
focus on a global campaign to raise awareness of the
value of coral reefs and the threats facing them. Not
only do coral reefs possess aesthetic value, they also
serve as a natural barrier that protects land from ero
sion and the worst ravages of tropical storms. They
supply sand to beaches and draw divers and snorkel
ers to explore the diversity of the marine environment.
According to scientist Dr. Camilo Mora of Dalhousie
University, Halifax, Canada, the losses from the decline
of coral reefs in the Caribbean alone "are endangering


a large number of species, from corals to sharks, and
jeopardizing four billion dollars in services worth of
fisheries, tourism and coastal protection." According to
Mora's study, "Coastal development causes the most
damage to coral reefs and fish populations, because of
increased sewage and fishing pressure; while proximity
to agriculture results in macro algae due to runoff of
agricultural chemicals." It is estimated that currently
121 million people live along the Caribbean coasts
four times the population of Canada.
Mora further states in his study that "the future of
coral reefs in the Caribbean and the services they pro
vide to a growing human population depend on how


soon countries in the region become seriously commit-
ted to regulating human threats... The expected
increase of the world's human population from six bil
lion today to nine billion for the year 2050 suggests
that coral reefs are likely to witnes- -.,, ...
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tion planning, are not implemented soon."
Education of tourists and locals alike is critical.
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resources, projects and articles such as "Coral
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SCOTIABANK INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST REGATTA 2008


by Carol Bareuther

Maria Jose Cucalon isn't used to sailing in heavy winds at home in Ecuador. "But
I've traveled and raced in many countries where the conditions are windier and that
helped a lot in this regatta," says Cucalon, winner of the 2008 Scotiabank
International Optimist ..1 (SIOR), raced June 20th through 22nd out of the St.
Thomas Yacht Club in 11. I Virgin Islands.

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First lady! Maria Jose Cucalon is the first girl ever to become overall winner since
the Scotiabank event was established in the early 1990s -
and in a record sized fleet, too


Cucalon's win, the I.. -1 I ... ... this event, also earns her the title of Caribbean
Optimist Champion _'"'. .- ii.- gatta is a Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA)
sanctioned event.
A record 96 eight to 15-year-old junior sailors from 14 nations -Anguilla,
Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
Germany, Puerto Rico, Spain, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, the United States, all
three US Virgin Islands and Venezuela -sailed in this event, which is credited with
jump-starting Optimist sailing for kids in the Caribbean.
As well as winning the Overall, Best Girl and CSA titles, Cucalon also won the 13
to 15-year-old Red Fleet.
The USA's Christopher Williford led the 11 to 12-year-old Blue Fleet, while the
British Virgin Islands' Jonathan Woods topped the age 10-and under White Fleet.
"This regatta was good for me because it was medium," says Woods. "The wind was
really -tr-v- ti- first day and not blowing so hard the last day. It was perfect for
me," s -
Finally, it was Puerto Rico's Victor Rodriguez that placed first in the beginner
Green Fleet.
"It was really tight between me and my friend Jorge (Gonzalez) to win," says Rodriguez.
"I felt bad for him when I beat him and I w- h-prr- for him when he did good."
The Sea Star Clinic and Team Racing . 11 powered by Optisailors.com, pre
ceded the SIOR. Seventy sailors attended the three-day clinic taught by coaches from
South America, the USA and the Caribbean. Puerto Rico Team 1 won the Team
Racing event, sailed June 19th. Team members were Ivan Aponte, Raul Rios,
Fernando Monllor and Fernando Monllor. The Virgin Islands Team 1 finished second
with members Alex Coyle, Alec Taylor, Ian Barrows and Nikki Barnes.
Optimist sailing is definitely on a roll in the Caribbean. Not only are island kids
winning continental and international championships, but the island chain is des
tined to host the Optimist North American Championships four times in five years
-Tobago in 2005, Puerto Rico in 2006, Curacao in 2008 and the Dominican
Republic in 2009.
Looking ahead, the Dominican Republic's Omar "Mono" Bros, whose son
Sebastian sailed in the Red Fleet, says, "We'll sail the 2009 Optimist North
Americans out of Boca Chica, where we hosted the 1996 Sunfish Worlds and the
2003 Pan American Games. The bay is well protected and there's open-ocean rac
ing with a good breeze."
The Optimist is an eight-foot long, single-sail dinghy sailed by some 150,000 kids
in 110 countries worldwide. At the Athens Olympics over 60 percent of the skippers
and 70 percent of the medal-winning skippers were former Optimist sailors.


SIOR 2008 Winners

Overall
1) Maria Jose Cucalon, Ecuador (49)
2) Ivan Aponte, Puerto Rico (53)
3) Jordi Hernandez, Spain (57)
Red Fleet
1) Maria Jose Cucalon, Ecuador (49)
2) Ivan Aponte, Puerto Rico (53)
3) Jordi Hernandez, Spain (57)
Blue Fleet
1) Christopher Williford, USA (135)
2) Victor Aponte, Puerto Rico (157)
3) Carlos Llorente, Spain (188)
White Fleet
1) Jonathan Woods, BVI (430)
2) C. i.. . -1 lohn, USVI (484)
3) MI I.,,... i..... Trinidad & Tobago (506)
Green Fleet
1) Victor Rodriguez, Puerto Rico (27)
2) Jorge Gonzalez, Puerto Rico (29)
3) Lucas Miranda, Puerto Rico (94)


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the daily "ri-"i-in yFarties, and the 33rd Annual
Regatta Ti ..... I July 3rd through 1lth, pro
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round-the-buoys courses and destination races
between neighboring cays.
This year's Regatta Time in Abaco (RTIA), the pre
mier sailing event of the Bahamas, attracted 61 entries
to race in six classes. Scheduled between the US
Independence holiday and The Bahamas' Independence
Day, and before the height of the hurricane season,
the regatta attracts mainly yachts from the southeast
ern US to race along with Bahamian-based boats.
RTIA draws a big social following in addition to the
racers, being only one hour by air, one day by power
boat or two days by sailboat from Florida, at a time
when the kids are out of school.
But most regattas last 1-n. ----l--;nd, maybe five
days at most. How does :11 i,..... to induce so
many amateurs to race their yachts in a nine-day
event? Regatta Coordinator Ruth Saunders says, "They
like it because it's a family event, not just racing."
Plenty of limin' time is built into the schedule, with
three lay days included. RTIA Commodore Dave Ralph
says, 'We want to provide an event that reflects our
interesting and diverse location while allowing families
to enjoy time to explore... Each cay and each commu-
nity is unique with its own personality." The Sea of
Abacooffersa .. i i ........ .... i i ,
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Abaco boasts more marinas than any other Bahamian
island, and you can easily sail to a nearby cay for
lunch or dinner.
The boats in this year's regatta, all of which had to
be not less than 20 feet long and capable (at least in
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monohulls

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to steal the show with five bullets in RTIA Class


et rockets or beach cats need apply -raced in RTIA,
PHRF, Mother Tub and Multihull fleets. RTIA is for
light to medium displacement yachts that normally
race under the PHRF handicap rules, using spinna
kers and other specialty sails. PHRF class is for
heavier displacement racer/cruisers who also wish to
use spinnakers.
The Mother Tub classes have been established for
Boats equipped for cruising that do not normally race
competitively. No spinnakers or other specialty sails
are allowed, and handicaps assigned by the Race
Committee may be adjusted from race to race in order
to afford all Mother Tub yachts an equal opportunity
to win. Unorthodox, yes, but 46 boats signed up to be
a this year's "tubs" -enough for three big classes.
There are no overall prizes in the Mother Tub classes,
since their handicaps may change from day to day.
Although the races are run to a professional stan
dard and competition is, well, competitive, protests are
discouraged. (There weren't any this year.)
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One of the innovations at this years event appar
ently solved the perennial problem (unless there are
sufficient entries for separate classes) of having big,
relatively slow catamarans racing in the same multi


ing are wonderful -I'm loving it."
More RTIA first timers were John
Bolduc, his wife and their three kids
aged 14, 13 and 11 on the 30-foot
Hunter Latitudes. The Bolducs said, "We


The RTIA classes saw some close-in spinnaker duels.
Here Tampa Girl tries to edge past Rock Star

hull class with zippy little trimarans. Race Committee
co-chair Carol Ewing had the innovative idea to put
this year's small handful of cats in the Mother Tub
fleet and the let the three tris duke it out in Multihull
Class. Her co-chair and husband Jon says, "It's work
ing out great." Carol and Jon's Gulfstar 44 trawler,
Great Scott, was a great committee boat. The Ewings
were ably assisted by Barbara Dwyer taking times and
John Lowe helping set marks.
Also new for RTIA 2008 was holding that day's prizegiv
ing at the party after every race. The unique daily prizes
-small bronze sculptures of dolphins, sharks and other
marine life mounted on wooden plaques -were made by
local artist Pete Johnston of Little Harbour.
Former full-time cruisers Carol and Jack Ward from
South Carolina raced their Island Packet 40 Zippity
Doo Dah in Mother Tubs Class E. Carol explains, "Jack
and I have done the Newport to Bermuda Race and the
Charleston to Bermuda Race, and one of our crew sug
gested Abaco. It's great! Tuesday's race was ,
with a very close start." She notes, "The .i ...
Charleston via Fort Pierce was beautiful, although
there wasn't much wind so we motored a lot. There are
five or six other boats from Charleston, .. 1 1, .1,.
sailing friends as crew." Her crew Pan' I 1- I .. I
believe we're having so much fun." "Its our first time
in Abaco," Carol says, "but not our last!"
Captain Roger Carrol, who took time out from work
ing on the 72-foot Alden schooner Keewatin to race his
first RTIA on his cousin Janet Harding's Pearson 33
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but making the crossing and racing at Abaco has
broadened the kids' horizons tremendously." And,
especially since Latitudes won third place among nine
boats racing in Mother Tub E Class in the Marsh
Harbour Race, despite a broken boom, "Now they're
hooked. We'll have to come back next year!"
The Marsh Harbour Race, held on July 9th, was
typical: light to moderate breeze, the occasional squall
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course of 8.8 nautical miles, and the RTIA, PHRF and
Multihull Classes course was 12.8 nautical miles.
Skipper M 1, 1 ...... said of his Susimi's win
of the day, ": .... 111'" so we have some idea of
what's the right place at the right time, but the real
secret of our success is crew work with young people.
We're racing with a crew of five teenagers and two
dogs. Today we had a wild upwind leg with the wind
ward mark going adrift in a squall, but all the kids
were really into it."
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One of Susimi's teenage crew, Hope Winkler, is a
Laser racer back home in Kansas. This was her second
time in Abaco, racing on the Sweden 37 where she
helps call tactics and work the spinnaker. Her friend
Jillian, from Melbourne Beach, Florida, was racing on
the Pearson 30 Abaco Glow with skipper Andy Burke.
"I think :i -1. i ... .. don't see more young people
sailing," 1.11. .. -. so much fun."
The grown-up females were out in force at Abaco,
too. From Florida's Melbourne Yacht Club, a women's
team including Rochelle Yates, Karen Minette and
Amy Pearce that usually races Mouse, a Lindenberg
28, came to race on two friends' boats, Abaco Glow
and Rock Star, the C&C 115 that emerged victorious
overall in RTIA Class. "It's a long regatta, but the rac
ing is just great," says Rochelle.


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A Mount Gay "red cap" event in the past, Bacardi
became RTIA's new sponsoring rum this year. In addi
tion to the many commercial sponsors, the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism has sponsored this : I i .
past 15 years. Don Cornish, Director I 1 .
Tourist Office notes: "We appreciate avid sailors com-
ing. Boating is a stable part of the economy. People
commit to coming for the regatta, and these are the
kinds of visitors who will sustain us for a long time.
They let their friends know, too." At this year's RTIA, a
special prize was given in honor of the fact that one
South Carolina sailor who left last year saying, "I'll be
back with my friends" was. He brought five other boats
from Charleston this year.
"This event has facilitated the growth of our boat
ing niche and served as a catalyst to encouraging
business in the summer months," Cornish says.
"The committee's success in
organizing this event every year
and maintaining its high stan
dard- .- i I .. .. I .
the *. I I
participating in this event as
S well as the many sailing enthu
siasts that schedule their visit
in order to enjoy the festivities.
A summer would not be the
same in the Abacos without
Regatta Time....
Commodore Ralph says,
"When the regatta started in
1976, summers were slow, but
the high points of the year are
now Christmas, Easter and
Regatta. We want to continue
making Regatta Time in Abaco a
better event, giving our visitors
an experience that will bring
them back year after year." Ruth
Saunders and Committee
Member Wynsome Ferguson
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success in an overall
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new life into Regatta Time in Abaco so that people will
not be bored with the same thing year after year," so
stay tuned for more innovations.
We'll bet that in some future summer, the young
sailors who raced in Regatta Time in Abaco 2008 will
be 1- r -n;- th-ir ---; 1-i-s here, too.
i .' .I I ." RTIAcrew, the Abaco Tourist
Office, Island Breezes Motel, and everyone else who
made Compass's visit to Abaco not only possible, but
comfortable and fun. For more information and next
year's dates visit http://regattatimeinabaco.com.


Overall Winners

RTIA Class
1) Rock Star, C&C 155, Tim Tucker, USA
2) Blue Moon, Beneteau 47.7, Oliver Liddell,
The Bahamas
3) Tampa Girl, J/120, William Terry, USA
PHRF Class
1) Susimi, Sweden 37, Mich. 1 ...... .. BR
2) Buena Vida, Sabre 36, D I I -
3) Tanglefoot, Morgan 35, Andrew Wilhoyte,
The Bahamas
Multihull Class
1) Evolution, Corsair F28R, Kathryn Garlick, USA
2) Bad Boys, Corsair 28R, Bob Harkrider, USA
3) Overdo, Corsair F28R, John Novak, USA



Mother Tubs First Place

Winners

Mother Tubs C
GREEN TURTLE RACE
Louise, Buzzard's Bay, Chris Thompson,
The Bahamas
GUANA CAY RACE
Odin, Jensen 40, Carlo Morato, USA
MAN-O-WAR RACE
Cl+l-- rl r^n Tr 'l P-nald Polin, USA

Dancing Girls, Fountaine Pajot, George Floyd, USA
HOPE TOWN RACE
Skylark, Morgan 45, Ronald Polin, USA
Mother Tubs D
GREEN TURTLE RACE
Backdraft, Nonsuch 33, Mike Kramer, USA
GUANA CAY RACE
Sempre Amantes, Hunter Passage 42,
Colin Whittaker, USA
MAN O0WAR RACE
Shenanigan, Gulfstar 50, Bradford Law, USA
MARSH HARBOUR RACE
Shenanigan, Gulfstar 50, Bradford Law, USA
HOPE TOWN RACE
Ragtime, Gulfstar 44, John Wright, USA
Mother Tubs E
GREEN TURTLE RACE
Abaco Glow, Pearson 30, Andy Burke, USA
GUANA CAY RACE
Larkspur, Hinkley 40, Tom Carpenter, USA
MAN-O-WAR RACE
Harding's EZ Dock, Pearson 33, Janet Harding,
The Bahamas
MARSH HARBOUR RACE
Monkey's Uncle, Hunter 45, Carter Quillen, USA
HOPE TOWN RACE
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you want to kick off a regatta
with happy sailors, giving
away 1,200 free cheeseburg
r ers, a hundred pounds of
french Tri-- h b;;-nlr--l _11-;n -f r;;n
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tainly sets the right tone. And that's just
what happened at the July 3rd "Cheeseburger
in Paradise Party" on Fiddle Cay, Abaco,
sponsored by Bobb and Patricia Henderson
of the houseboat Stranded Naked. Then,
after four hours of partying on the beach,
participants in Regatta Time in Abaco 2008
had their skippers' briefing. Whew!
A high standard had been set for the
numerous lay-day parties and daily race
prizegiving celebrations to follow. Festivities
included in this truly movable feast were a
street party at Settlement Point and a fete
at Green Turtle Club and Marina, both on
Green Turtle Cay; a get-together at
Grabber's Bar & Grill on Guana Cay; and
parties at Snappa's Bar & Grill, Crossing
Beach and Bristol Wines & Spirits, all on
Great Abaco island.
Parties featured a wide variety of dance
able live music ranging from mellow guitar
tunes, to the grin-inducing Browntip Rake
and Scrape musical saw players, to the
heart-pounding drums, bells and whistles of
traditionally costumed Bahamian
Junkanoo marching bands.


Copious quantities of the sponsors' bever
ages were available, and vendors were on
hand here and there with down-home culi
nary offerings such as conch salad, barbe
cue, and deep-fried lobster tails with peas
and rice. Also on sale at some venues,
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There were abundant give-aways of regatta
caps, bags and other goodies, along with
the daily prizes.
The gala final awards party was held
around the seaside swimming pool at
pretty Hope Town Harbour Lodge on Elbow
Cay. As expected, there were many tri
umphs celebrated and many lo-
mourned, while at least one winning si .
per inevitably ended up being sent f
fully clothed victory swim by his c.
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days and at least eight parties, the Reg .11
Committee and all their helpers had 11,
chance to really let themselves go i
party, too. And while some of the Mcil.
Tub families took their kids back to ,I
boat early to get some sleep, rumor h .
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The format changed and so did the name, but the
winning team stayed the same despite some very
skilled competition at the 10th annual Premier's Cup
Youth I .ii I merely the Chief Minister's Cup,
sailed ..I I ..... Cay Marina, in Tortola, BVI, July
12th and 13th.
Tom Gerker, regatta organizer, says, "There was
much keener competition this year. St. Thomas sailed
very well on both days, but they didn't make mistakes
on the second day, which is how they won."
Team St. Thomas extended its winning streak to six
years with this years win. However, at the end of the
first day's five races, Team Trinidad & Tobago was in
the lead with Team BVI second.
Rian Bareuther, tactician for Team St. Thomas,
says, "We ended up making a lot of mistakes colli


Cayman Islands (12.25 points) won the Silver Fleet,
with Anguilla (24.5 points) second, Puerto Rico (27.5
points) third and Bequia (32.5 points) fourth.
A new format this year saw three preliminary races
on the first day that were used to divide teams from
nine island nations into a Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet.
"This new format enabled the weaker teams to have
a shot at walking off with a prize," says Gerker.
More than just sailing, Gerker adds, "The fellowship
aspect is very important for this event and was one of
the reasons for starting it. We want the young men
and women to meet their counterparts from other
islands and nations, and establish a dialogue that will
w hopefully last well into their careers. They are the
future political and business leaders. This is a Rotary
o w sponsored event and one of Rotary's goals is to pro
mote world peace and understanding."
Trinidad & Tobago's Leighton says, "This event was
a great experience; being around other teams and
S i really nice. The whole experience
i i i ,.. i *is amongst the other teams was
i 'i to go again, now having sailed the
boat and having some experience, not promising any
I fj: Team St. Thomas under sail
I elow: Back row, left to right: Team St. Thomas: Rian Bareuther,
Spencer Winkles, Olin Davis, William Bailey, Tyler Rice. Front row,
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sions, fouls on mark roundings the first
day and finished with a couple of protests.
One resulted in a DSQ and dropped us
down to third."
Stuart Leighton, aboard Team Trinidad & Tobago,
comments, "We had a very good first day. In fact, the
performance of the team was excellent considering this
was the first time this crew had a- ii 1. on one
boat to sail and not to mention -.. I .- 'ad ever
sailed an IC24 before."
Leighton adds, "However, on the second day, we had
three bad races due to some mistakes we made as a
result of inexperi-- ., 1 .-t 1 -,.. accustomed to the
shifty and wavy ,, i -
In final results, following St. Thomas's (24 points)
win in Gold Fleet and Trinidad & Tobago (29.25 points)
second, the BVI (30 points) finished third, St. Lucia
(36.75 points) fourth and St. Croix (37 points) fifth. The


thing but the odds of the team coming first would be
pretty high."
The Rotary Club of Tortola initiated and sponsored
KATS (Kids and the Sea) BVI, a seamanship program,
more than a decade ago and this is what led to the
advent of this regatta. The Honorable Ralph T. O'Neal,
a long-time supporter KATS BVI and for whom this
event is named, helped with this year's 10th anniver
sary prizegiving.
The next Premier's Cup is planned for 2010. Gerker
explains, "Due to a severely burned-out group of vol
unteers, most of whom have done this for ten years,
we think that it will be fresher if we do it every other
year. We'll see."


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Trini Team Tops Caribbean Keelboat Championship
Heather Tackling reports: High winds and tight com-
petition made for a great weekend of sailing June
21st and 22nd at the Caribbean Keelboat
Championship regatta, held in St. Maarten. The event,
hosted by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, was raced in
boats provided by Lagoon Sailboat Rental.


Each of 14 teams sailed a total of nine races over
the course of two days as shifting winds made it diffi-
cult for them to implement any of their well-thought-
out strategies. Seven teams were from the host island,
with others coming from Trinidad (2), St. Lucia, the BVI,
St. Barths, Curacao and Martinique. Saturday proved
the most grueling with each team completing six or
seven races. Every race coughed up a new winner
and no team had back-to-back first place wins.
Eric Baray of Martinique came up with an amazing
win. Early on he had the lead. When his jib halyard
broke, using his quick thinking he used his main top-
ping lift to replace it and, after dropping behind,
managed to climb back to finish in first place.
By the end of the day it looked like the ladies' team
headed by Emma Paull of Tortola was sitting in a
good spot to start off Sunday's races. Andrea
Scarabelli of St. Maarten was also looking good, hav-
ing sailed consistently and pulling off a first place finish


Looking' fie in one design. The Caribbean Keelboat Champs' title went to the Trnidad team headed by PaulAmon


RENAISSANCE
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in Saturday's last race.
But with stronger and steadier winds, Sunday proved
to be an entirely different day for all sailors. The final
placing came down to the last race as most of the
top teams were within four points of each other. In the
end, St. Lucia's Mike Green placed third, while local
sailor Frits Bus walked away with a second place finish.
Trinidad's Paul Amon brought home first place overall,
including a first in the last race of the day. He said, "I
had a lot of fun; the partying was just as good as the
sailing. We changed tactician since last year and that
made a big improvement. We are now back to sailing
with our regular crew and that helped." Mike Green
commented, "It is always nice sailing one-design
boats against the best in the Caribbean, and I
enjoyed being on the Explorer, which is great for the
spectators and for the teams changing boats. This
event is always well organized and it shows."
After racing, all of the teams made their way back
to the Sint Maarten Yacht Club for lunch and prizegiv-
ing at the Spinnaker Bar & Grill.
For more information contact Cary Byerley at
director@bigboatseries. com.
Bio-Boat Breaks World Speed Record
Earthrace, the world's fastest eco-boat, has
smashed the world speed record for a powerboat to
circumnavigate the globe, completing the 24,000-kilo-
metre journey in just 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes.
The boat, which crossed the finish line in Spain on
June 27th, completed the journey using 100-percent
biofuel to demonstrate and draw global attention to
the potential for alternative fuel sources.
Earthrace is a 24-metre tri-hull wavepiercer built in
New Zealand, run by a team of international volun-
teers including engineer Tino de Freitas from Guyana.
"Pit stops" in the Caribbean were made at San Juan,
Puerto Rico and Colon, Panama.
Skipper Pete Bethune, a former oil worker, has dedi-
cated the past six years of his life towards reaching his
goal of smashing the record using biodiesel. He says,
'Earthrace's success has proved that any form of
transport, including marine, can be non-damaging to
the environment as well as being high performance."
TTSA Gives Awards, Announces New Circuit
The 2007-2008 Racing Season at the Trinidad &
Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) culminated in the
annual Prize Giving Dinner and Dance held at TTSA on
Saturday evening, June 28th.
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were his rests outstanding, but Business Machine partici-
pated in every race and John was recognized for his
enthusiasm and sportsmanship.
Special thanks were given to the sponsors of the
races, and to the members of the media for their cov-
erage of the sport of sailing.

St. Lucia Yacht Club's First Opti Championships
Ted Bull reports: June 28th saw the start of the St.
Lucia Yacht Club Inaugural Optimist Championships
for the youngsters of the St. Lucia Sailing Training pro-
gramme. This was an open event, with girls and boys
competing against each other. Senior sailing coach
Benjamin Todd and junior coach Teresa Aylott
arranged the event to conclude the sailing instruction
given over the past two school terms. The junior sailors'
ages ranged from eight to 13 years.
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Left: The crew of Business Machine
at TTSA's annual awards

Below: SLYC'sjunior sailors -everyone's a winner


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:,i :I i : :,ll-,i i :1 : t reserved tables for dinner
and the much-anticipated overall results for the season.
President of TTSA, David Leighton welcomed the
members and made mention of some highlights of the
season, notably the Cancer Benefit Regatta. He
praised Cancer Benefit Regatta Committee Chairman
Calder Hart for his tremendous efforts in making this a
successful fundraising event: since its inception in
2000, the Cancer Benefit Regatta has raised over
three million TT dollars.
Vice President of TTSA, Jerome McQuilkin, outlined
plans for a Southern Caribbean Racing Circuit in 2009.
The new Circuit will include the Carriacou Sailing
Series, previously held in November and now moved
to January, followed by the Grenada Sailing Festival
(January 30th through February 3rd), and then
Tobago Sail Week, which will also change to new
dates moving from April to February, just prior to
Trinidad Carnival. The new dates for the Carriacou
and Tobago events are expected to increase partici-
pation at these regattas, allowing for adequate time
for movement from one regatta to another.
The Prize Giving Ceremony began with the four most
coveted awards for the Youth Sailors. These successful
youths were also given gift vouchers and caps courte-


sy Budget Marine (Trinidad) Ltd. Peter Knox,
Chairman of the Dinghy Committee,
announced the winners:
YOUTH SAILING RESULTS (DINGHIES)
Best Female Dinghy Skipper: Kelly-Ann Arrindell
Best Optimist Skipper (12 to15 years):
Wesley Scott
Best Optimist Skipper (under 12 years):
Myles Kaufmann
Dinghy Skipper of the Year: James Leighton
The overall positions were calculated by the
results of 17 races. Mark "Fish" Loe, Race
Committee, announced the top three yachts
overall in each of the four classes, and the win-
ners were awarded "Boat of the Year" trophies
in their class.
BOAT OF THE YEAR FIRST PLACE WINNERS
Racing Class: Mojo, Marc De Verteuil
& Syndicate
Racer-Cruiser (Spinnaker) 1 Class: Morning Tide,
Peter Morris
Racer-Cruiser 2 Class: Business Machine,
Brenda Farfan
Navigator Class: Mariposa, S. Guilland
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winds of 18 knots with heavier gusts and occasional
rain showers, so it was decided to proceed using the
sheltered side of Rodney Bay. Two safety boats were
manned throughout the event. The sailing yacht II
Restless graced the event as the Committee Boat. The
race instructions planned for a possible six races (three
in the morning and three in the afternoon) with the
option of a discard. The event attracted ten eager
competitors despite the forecast and a heavy down-
pour just at registration time.
The longest courses took approximately 40 minutes
to complete and all racers, identified with a num-
bered bib over their lifejackets, stayed the pro-
gramme. The third and sixth races were shortened to
combat the weather, which came with heavy gusts.
Having on-the-water judges (coach Ben Todd and
assistant Fredric Sweeney) did away with the usual
time-consuming protest hearings. Infringements and
their penalties were settled immediately and with
creditable discipline, which spoke highly of the train-
ing. Credit must be given to all the helpers in this suc-
cessful regatta and in particular the organizing com-
mittee of Senior Coach Ben and Sailing Instructor
Teresa, with a helping hand from Ted, Danielle, Uli
and Lily.
Prizegiving for the Championship Regatta was held
on July 5th at the End of Season Fun Day at the St.
Lucia Yacht Club. Overall winners were Thomas
Meixner in first place, Stephanie Lovell second, and
Marcus Sweeney third. In the girls' division, winners
were Stephanie Lovell first, Raina Bergassse second,
and Marion Bardief third. The top prize in the Under
12s went to Marc Spurway. The St. Lucia Yacht Club
Best Junior Helmsperson Trophy was donated by Edgar
Roe and won by Fredric Sweeney.
Fun Day saw about 20 young participants divided
into two co-ed teams: "Pirates of the Caribbean" and
"The High Spirits". Coach Ben showed his inventive
nature and produced a fun-filled day while Lily head-
ed the organization assisted by junior coaches Teresa
and Freddy and other willing helpers. Lunch was laid
on by the SLYC restaurant staff and helpers. Following
the prizegiving for SLYC's Inaugural Optimist
Championships, the teams continued with an after-
noon of games including the Sailing Baseball event
sailed in 12 Optimists. The High Spirits won the day and
individual prizes were distributed to all.
A special presentation to departing coaches Ben,
Teresa and Fredric on completion of their contract


with SLYC, was made by organizing director Lily
Bergasse. She made the point that the training session
this year had been outstanding and we all regret los-
ing our coaching team.
Sponsors for these events were numerous and
included Ferrand's Diary, Home Services Ltd, Renwick
& Company, Jonathan Everette, Ted Bull, Ulrich
Meixner, Cheryl Renwick, Edgar Roe, Conrad Lovell
and Franck Chevrier. A big "Thank You" is given as
well to all volunteers involved in making the
Championship and the Fun Day a success. Particular
mention is also to SLYC's photographer, Danielle, who
has captured both occasions. Her pictures can be
viewed at www.stluciayachtclub.com.
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Championship of the International Optimist Dinghy
Association ended in Curacao on July 5th.
Reigning champion Raul Rios of Puerto Rico retained
his title by the narrowest of margins in the final race. If
he had not won the race or if Rachel Lee of
Singapore had registered another bullet, their positions
would have been reversed. 2006 North American
champion Ivan Aponte and Singapore's Russell Kan
were also still very much in contention.
The Singaporean team had been specially invited to
raise the level of sailing at the event, and with three of
their four sailors in the top ten they certainly did that.
Otherwise the Caribbean dominated the leader-
board, with four Puerto Ricans, two USVI sailors and
Ard van Aanholt from Curacao in the top ten.
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the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and
Barbados all figuring in the top 60 of the 204-boat fleet
from 25 countries. The Netherlands Antilles team, which
is sponsored by Seven Island Investments, showed
remarkable progress. Coach Martin Jenkins, two times
World Champion in the Optimist class, managed to
raise the level of sailing, putting five sailors in the top 50.
In the girls' ranking it was a different story. South
American sailors Lucia Falasca (Argentina) and
Kamilla Sabogal (Ecuador) took open silver and
bronze, while the closed North American prizes went
to Morgan Kiss (USA), Nikki Barnes (USVI) and Christina
Lewis (USA).
In the team racing, Puerto Rico retained the North
American championship. But host Netherlands Antilles
surprised everybody by winning the silver.
With a record of 25 participating countries, sailors
from five continents and the premiere of the race
tracking system, plus the opening in the center of
Willemstad and the rocking closing ceremony with
fireworks and dance shows by Optimist sailors, this was
an OPTINAM not to be forgotten. The 12 races can still
be seen through the race tracking system at www.
optinam2008.org.
The Dominican Republic will organize the North
American Optimist Championship in 2009.
New Spice Race Attracts Entries
Louay Habib reports: As of the end of June, the Spice
Race, starting on November 15th in England and finish-
ing in Grenada, has had nearly 20 serious enquiries
from Class 40 and IRC yachts, and more are expected.
Interest has come from countries including China,
Norway, South Africa, Germany, France and the UK. As
well as boats wanting to race, there have been enqui-
ries from people wanting to charter boats and individu-
als looking for crew positions, both paid and paying.
The race to Grenada is the modern version of a
classic route. The first new trans-ocean race out of the
Solent in nearly 50 years follows the route of the trad-
ing ships that plied under sail between British ports and
the West Indies.
The focus of the race is on the Class 40 competitors.
This is the fastest growing fleet of ocean racers, with
over 70 yachts built to date and more being
launched on a regular basis. The race is also looking
forward to attracting IRC yachts, especially those
looking for a more challenging race than the current
options. Class 40s and IRC yachts will have the same


start and course but will sail as two separate classes
for the purpose of awarding prizes. Class 40s will sail
boat for boat, IRC yachts according to their handi-
cap ratings.
The Spice Race is working in association with the
Royal Southampton Yacht Club which, as the organiz-
ing body, will be hosting the event: overseeing the
inspections, the race start in the UK and the finish in
Grenada. Spice Race CEO, Tony Lawson, has just
returned from a fact-finding trip to Marblehead,
Massachusetts (for the finish of the Artemis Transat)
and Grenada where he was pleased to find a lot of
enthusiasm for the Spice Race.
"It was good to know that some of the Class 40 rac-
ers in Marblehead were keen on the Spice Race and
see it as a great opportunity to race this winter.
Nobody wanted to keep their yachts in Europe when
they could be sailing in the Caribbean. I met with
both the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and
firmed up details of our reception in Grenada."
In a letter to the race organizers the Minister said,
"Grenada has enjoyed a long and successful relation-
ship with yachts and the sailing community. Whereas
we can only wish for fair winds and a safe journey for
the sailors who race, we can definitely guarantee you
all a truly hospitable welcome from our wonderful
people when you arrive in St. George's."
Spice Race will be putting on various events in St.
George's including a mini-regatta and entertainment
before the yachts disperse.
Lawson said, "I had a great response from the local
hotels and businesses on the island, many of whom I
know well. I am sure the fleet will enjoy a superb wel-
come. Prizes have already been offered in the form of
free yacht services and new sails. Some of the top
hotels, such as Laluna and The Calabash, are arrang-
ing accommodation. True Blue Resort, which is
renowned for its parties, is working on the entertain-
ment. With local groups and businesses in Grenada
we are arranging an "adopt a yacht" programme, an
idea I got from my only Transpac Race. Those partici-
pating will support 'their' boats and welcome them in,
regardless of the arrival time, with fresh food (steak
sandwiches and cold beer are my crew's prefer-
ence!), gifts and the like.
Spice Race is also trying to ensure that entry fees
remain as reasonable as possible. At this point in time,
the estimate is 2950 per boat, which will include the
installation and monitoring of the necessary safety/
tracking beacons, dockage before and after the
race, inspection and entertainment. There will be an


online tracking system that will enable family, friends
and sponsors to track the fleet's progress throughout
the race.
For more information contact Iouayhabibgmail. com.
5th Course de L'Alliance Set for November 28 to 30
Organisers have announced that the 5th Annual
Course de L'Alliance will take place from Friday
November 28th to Sunday November 30th.
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St. Maarten, and follows a triangular course of three
legs, taking in overnight stops at Gustavia Harbour, St.
Barths, and Anguilla's Road Bay. The last leg is from
Anguilla to Marina Fort Louis at Marigot, Saint-Martin.
Originally conceived in 2004 by Yacht Club Fort
Louis, the regatta aims to promote goodwill and
camaraderie between the sailing communities of all
three islands. Course de L'Alliance offers sailors con-
trasting views of the other islands, from the sophistica-
tion of St. Barths, to the laid-back charm of Anguilla,
to the dynamism of St. Martin.
The respective yacht clubs each have a hand in
organising the regatta, however the Sint Maarten
Yacht Club is the technical organiser. Aside from
excellent racing, sailors also look forward to the post-
race parties and entertainment on each island.
This year organizers hope to attract some 50 yachts
and are actively promoting the event throughout the
French Antilles and the Virgin Islands. There will be six
classes: Racing, Cruising, Multihulls, Beach Cats,
Open, and a new class for companies. The entry fee
for the regatta is 150 euros and includes breakfasts
and dinners for four crewmembers on Friday and
Saturday, dock space at the quay in the port of
Gustavia, dockage at Marina Fort Louis in Marigot,
and water taxis in Anguilla. A supplement of 50 euros
is charged for extra crewmembers. Beach Cat crews
are 50 euros each.
For more information contact Herv- Dorvil at Marina
Fort Louis hdorvil.mfl@wanadoo fr.

New Offshore Race for the Caribbean
The Caribbean will have a new long-distance off-
shore race series next year: the RORC Caribbean 600,
run by the UK-based Royal Ocean Racing Club and
Antigua Yacht Club.
The event, conceived by a group of RORC members
living in the Caribbean, is scheduled to start on
February 23rd 2009 outside English Harbour, Antigua.
The course first takes the fleet to the north, passing a
mark off Barbuda. After taking Nevis and Saba to port
and St. Barths to starboard, the fleet will circle St. Martin
before heading south to Guadeloupe. After taking
Guadeloupe and Desirade to port, they'll sail back up
to a mark off Barbuda before returning to finish in
Antigua. The course is a total of 605 nautical miles.
RORC Commodore David Aisher says he is delighted
to be working with Antigua Yacht Club and believes
that in time, the RORC Caribbean 600 will become


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for marks? The proposed course for the Caribbean's
new ocean racing event is 605 miles



one of the world's classic offshore races: "We are
pleased that RORC members approached us with the
idea to start the first offshore race in Caribbean
waters. Preliminary discussion with likely competitors
has had a very enthusiastic response. I can see this
race joining the Bermuda Race, Rolex Sydney Hobart
Race and Rolex Fastnet Race as one of the 'must do'


races on the offshore circuit."
Elizabeth Jordan, commodore
of Antigua Yacht Club, welcomes
the opportunity to support RORC
to ensure the success of the race:
"The Antigua Yacht Club is excit-
ed at the prospect of working
alongside such a prestigious
yacht club as the RORC.
Members of our club used their
years of local knowledge to cre-
ate a course that was sufficiently
interesting and challenging to
excite the best offshore race
boats around the world."
The date, 23rd February, has
been chosen to fit in with the
major events in the Caribbean
calendar. Peter Harrison's Farr-
designed 115 foot ketch Sojana
has already agreed to enter the
1 race. Sojana's skipper Marc
SFitzgerald was one of the RORC
Members who conceived the
idea. "This race will appeal to all
S types of offshore sailors, both
monohull and multihull, and there
S.. will be no upper size limit. The con-
ditions in the Caribbean in
February are so perfect that the
race will attract a wide variety of
yachts. Our aim on Sojana is to be
S the first to set the course record."
Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard will
'- also join the race to try for the
course record. Skipper Chris
Sherlock thinks this race will pro-
vide a very interesting challenge.
"For a boat like ICAP Leopard, this race with over 13
legs will be the toughest of the 600-milers we have
done and I am sure it will appeal to all the top ocean
race boats."
The race is to be run under RORC's IRC rating rule,
which is used by race boats all over the world. The
lower size limit of yacht has yet to be set and consid-
eration is being given to have a division run under the
CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) rule.
A Notice of Race will be issued shortly and a
detailed study of the course is available on the RORC
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A lot has been written about Cuba during the past
months, but we all have different experiences and
interpret '-r--irn -'ltures differently. So this is my
summary I ... i which I hope will be of interest
to those planning to visit Cuba.
My wife Yvonne and I aboard Chaser II and our
friends Chris and Tony on Waylander toured Cuba for
a few weeks recently. Our journey continued on from
Jamaica. We had -ri in-1-" planned to leave Ile--
Vache, Haiti [see i i ..I -i Back in Time" in the
June 2008 issue of Compass], and sail to Santiago de
Cuba, but we discovered this port was currently
closed, at least to foreign-flagged vessels. We therefore
decided to sail to Port Antonio, Jamaica (a beautiful
area), 1- -f -r to Cabo Cruz, the southern
most i , .. 1
We arrived at Playa Colorado, the beach just behind
the Cape, made famous by Fidel Castro's i i... 1
the revolutionary period. We passed Cabo ... I ....
our yellow "quarantine" flag and were called by the
Cuban coast guard on VHF channel 16. They told us
we could not enter there because it is not a port of
entry. I said that we were not intending to clear
Customs, only to anchor outside overnight for a rest
before moving on. He said that was not possible and
we should make our way to Santiago, Manzanillo or
Trinidad for clearance. I informed him that we'd been
told Santiago was closed and Manzanillo, as we under
stood, was not an international port of clearance. I
added that Trinidad was our destination and we would
leave first thing in the morning after resting. Again he
said we could not stay and should move on. I explained
we were only two people and under the circumstances
I considered it dangerous to travel through these
waters until rested, but would do so at daybreak. He
said he would contact his boss and call back. He did,
and said we could stay.
We made several stops at the outer cays on the way
to Trinidad, hampered '1. .. i by the fact we couldn't
or shouldn't go ashore, I heard that lobster were
readily available and were looking forward to meeting
some fisherman on our travels through the cays.
Unfortunately, fishermen and .. i..... shrimp-like
were conspicuous by their absei. had to resort
to Sausage Thermidor.
On arrival in the port of Casilda in the city of
Trinidad, we anchored near where our pilotbook said
the Customs office was and waited. In the meantime
we put our dinghies into the water and Chris and Tony
made their way over to Chaser for a "welcome to Cuba
(finally)" beer. Sitting in the cockpit we stared at the
Customs dock, waiting for signs of life. About 90 min-
utes later a splashing was heard from the opposite
direction. Looking over the bow of Chaser we saw a
Customs man in a borrowed Tinker Tramp dinghy
coming towards us from the hotel/marina area about
a mile away. On arrival he took off his shoes and
climbed aboard.
"Buenas tardes," he said. "What do you want?" I
told him we wanted international clearance to
enter Cuba. He said he was sorry but this was not
a port of clearance and we must immediately move
on to Cienfuegos.
By this time we were not only disappointed but frus
treated, too. We'd been in Cuban waters for nearly a
week and hadn't been able to see *... 11,,,. It seemed
the right hand doesn't know what 11. I I1 was doing:
we had been told by two Cuban authorities to come to
Trinidad for clearance, and nobody knew Santiago was
closed. But having heard that Cuban bureaucracy


could be "difficult" we stayed calm and said, "Okay,
we'll sleep and leave first thing in the morning." Again
the officer apologized and said we must leave immedi
ately. I told him that was not possible: I am response
ble for the safety of my vessel and crew and was not
prepared to leave in the dark and without sleep.
He said he'd speak to his boss and let us know by
radio. W never 1i I .'i i.... .... ..... .11 .-that, so
we slept and 1 ... 11. .. ....... rivedd at
Cienfuegos I.. ...i. .. trrow channel into a magnifi
cent huge b. I ... to Socialist Cuba" the big red
sign said as we motored past the Guardia Costa. They
waved us through, telling us to go to the marina. We
called the marina by radio, trying all sorts of names
given to us by websites and guidebooks, but received
no answer so we just went in.
We were greeted at the marina (now called Marlin,


-1.;- or other disease and that the boat was suit
1 i I the veterinary and Customs people to come
aboard, which they duly did. Our fruit and vegetables
were checked and the sniffer dogs had a look round,
as did the : ....... I, and Customs officers. All very
polite and 11. ,I .nd all liking a coldie or two
(three in one case).
Then they slowly made their way ashore, leaving us
legally in Cuba at last. We were told the clearing in
would be difficult but when it finally happened it was
easy. Yes, there were many people involved, but no long
waits, no asking for bribes or "tips" as in the Dominican
Republic -they came and went. One item the Customs
man was concerned about was our satellite phone. He
said it should be handed in, as should any weapons.
However, our sat phone is permanently wired to the
ship's power supply and can't be removed. He wasn't
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CUBA, AS WE FOUND IT


We were finelyy) official welcomed to Cuba at the port of Cienfuegos


and listening on an American VHF channel) by the
dockmaster and security personnel. "Welcome to
Cuba and Cienfuegos!" they shouted. So, finally, we
are here.
Once we were tied up and settled, the onslaught
arrived. "Sanidad" was first, making sure we had no


happy with this arrangement but after a quiet chat he
allowed it to remain in service, though he did remove it
from his list of electronics we had on board. Its prob
ably best simply not to mention one if you have it.
Guns, of course, must be left with Customs.
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Since we've been here, Chris, Tony, Yvonne and I
have spent many an evening talking about the social
and economic system in Cuba, maybe hoping that we


governments. Even the US and the UK would find it
impossible to maintain any standard of living, but
Cuba has, almost.
So on to aspects of our travels and experiences,
which I will list in order to illustrate our impression of

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the Cuba we managed to encounter. I hope this will
help any other cruisers planning a visit. Remember,
the above and below are only my opinion, based on
personal experience.
Customs and Immigration
Santiago de Cuba, .' .".r, Cayo Largo and
Marina Hemingway j i .... e ports of entry,
unless someone closes one. Soon after our Cuban
visit, Santiago re-opened.
As mentioned above, it does appear the left hand
often doesn't know what the right is doing.
Nevertheless, the individuals who cleared us in were
efficient and very professional. Upon arrival in
Cienfuegos, all the officials were aboard, papers filled
out, documents signed and witnessed, all within a
couple of hours and without any hassle or problems
apart from the sat phone question.
Yachts have to clear out of each port ... 1 :
despacho to the next port. This is very -.1.11
ward and Immigration will assist whatever the time
of day.
Our problem when leaving Cuba was not knowing
whether or not Santiago had re-opened. If not, we
wouldn't be able to clear out internationally there. We
therefore considered two possible options. One was to
clear out internationally at Cienfuegos then head back
east, again not being able to go ashore and see any of
the towns or sites en route. Or, we could hope
Santiago was open. But if it wasn't, we'd risk arriving
in Haiti or Jamaica with only a despacho to our next
Cuban port and not international clearance. Our
experience said that the authorities in the next coun
try would probably understand, but nevertheless we
decided to clear out of Cuba in Cienfuegos. By this
time we had seen a lot of the sights by car.


Right: Arriving from the east, we originally
intended to clear into Cuba at Santiago. We
eventually were able to do so at Cienfuegos

could leave with a firm conviction that
socialism is good -or bad -for some coun
tries. But we all found it difficult to come to
any definite conclusions after our stay. Tony
sees Cuba as a "grey" country, meaning that
he tends to see other countries as black or
white, e.g. "I really like that system" or "I
hate this attitude". But in Cuba we never
felt that way: i..... was just "fairly
okay" or maybe .. I 1..I so good". So, to
avoid any politics or propaganda, I would
just say that under the circumstances,
Cuba's administration has done an amazing
job for its people given that not only has the
US continued a blockade during the past 40
years but also encouraged or insisted that
other nations do not assist Cuba in any way.
Very few countries the size of Cuba could
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Continuedfrom previous page rickshaws, lorries and taxicabs were the way to travel
Currency locally, the air-conditioned taxicabs being the most
The two forms of currencyin Cuba are the Convertible expensive. We found the opposite.
Peso, known as the CUC, and the local peso known as In Cienfuegos, for example, a horse and cart should


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the moneda nacionaL The local peso you need for buy
ing fruit and veg in the markets, maybe the occa
sional ice cream and street food. Other than that,
visitors will need to use the CUCs. You can change
local pesos in a bank called a cadeca. Don't change
too much, maybe just 20 CUCs at first, as they go a
long way -there are 24 national pesos to one CUC.
In banks or hotels you will be deducted 20 percent for
changing US dollars to CUCs and ten percent for
changing British pounds or Euros, so US dollars are
not the currency to take to Cuba. Cuba isn't cheap
and it's not expensive, but we did seem to get rid of
some cash.
Driving
We hired a car for a couple of weeks; the cost was
about US$50 per day for a small car with air condi
tioning. The price was all-inclusive: insurance, etcet-
era. Our European driving licences and passports were
all that was needed.
Driving in Cuba is a dream. There is very little traffic;
even in Havana we could cruise around and look at the
sights, stop and park without any hooters blowing.
Most parking areas seem to employ an official parking
man -at least that's what he told us, but he did have
an ID. It normally costs one CUC.
You drive on the right and the roads are generally
very good. Signposts are a little bit lacking, however,
so a good map and navigator are important. We had a
good map! When you get lost the local people are very
happy to show you the way. One guy on a bicycle said,
"Follow me!" and pedaled frantically for more than a
mile. We had a job to keep up sometimes. Across a
final set of traffic lights he said to go straight on. Then
he turned round and peddled back to where he came
from. Wonderful!
Public Transport
Our cruising guides told us that horse-drawn carts,


be one local peso per person into town, but they would
ask a tourist for one CUC per person. With some nego
tiation you c - I1 1 i I ) one CUC for four people.
Nevertheless 11 .- I .. ... than the local rate.
A regular car type taxi was two CUCs for the same
journey. So, for local people it is expensive but for us
it was the better buy, though maybe not so much fun
as the horse cart. However, the fun wears a bit thin as
do your shorts in the back of a wagon with wooden
wheels and no springs!
Places to Stay and Places to Eat
You can of course stay overnight in a hotel, where
the price per room per night is more or less 150 CUCs.
We stayed in casas particulares (private houses).
These government-approved houses are privately
owned or rented and have a white plaque on the wall
outside with what looks like a blue inverted anchor
printed on. There are many in the major towns but if
you can't find one, just ask someone.
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These houses, some quite large, usually have one or
two rooms available, most with en suite bathrooms.
These rooms are priced between 20 and 25 CUCs per
room per night. We usually had either a lounge or
balcony to use; otherwise we were welcome to use the
same lounge as the owners. Some casas particulares
include a breakfast that would otherwise cost three or
four CUCs per person.
The owners of the houses in most circumstances will
provide lunch or evening meals, too. If not they will -
surely know where there is a paladar (a private restau .
rant). These, too, are private houses offering meals for
parties of up to about 12 people. We found the private
houses and private restaurants to be the best places
to eat. A lobster or chicken meal including salad, and
sometimes soup and dessert, cost about 1.I o ten
CUCs. Drinks were extra, but the quality I I,. food
was better than any of the more expensive restaurants
we tried.
Because, I suppose, of Cuba's struggling economy,
private enterprise is now allowed in certain occupa
tons. It's not all profit though. Once registered, the
casas particulares with two rooms to let must pay
5,000 CUCs per year in tax to the government,
whether they let their rooms or not. With little or no
access to the internet it's difficult for them to adver
tise to foreign visitors. Even so, renting rooms does
contribute well to their living, as long as the tourists
keep coming.
Communications, Internet and WiFi ,
Mobile phones work in most built up areas without
a problem. We have a "Gymsim" worldwide card, .
which enabled us to make very cheap international
calls from Cuba. Check out Gymsim on the net.
Internet cafes are very few and far between, and they Above: Today's public transportation
are expensive six CUCs per hour, far more than
many local people can afford. WiFi doesn't really exist
and broadband doesn't appear to exist either: even the
internet cafes we used had dial up connections. Below: And a remnant of the capitalist past, Club Nautico, the yacht club in Cienfuegos
Museums and the Like
All the major towns have wonderful buildings such
as museums, theatres and palaces that are generally
open to the public for a CUC or two per person. Some
of the former parliament buildings now house muse
ums and some "palaces" have been converted to res
taurants. They are fantastic buildings, the architect
ture amazing, although some need TLC or a complete
restoration job.
All these places seem to employ a great number of
people. The Museum of the Revolution in Havana, a
huge building, has one person sitting on a chair in
each room d ,,,. ,, i...., -part from watching the
visitors. The II.....I... marble staircase needed
cleaning, it was just grubby, but nobody did it. This
was typical in all these places, whether theatre or
museum. The automobile museum was a typical
albeit small example, which to me highlights the way
things are here. Maybe that's the mentality within a ,
communist regime. This small museum in the center
of old Havana had at least four people working inside.
One was ii.., postcards, one was t'l-.1i the entry
money, (o0 I each person and .I wish to
use your camera), and one or two were sitting around
making sure no visitors used their cameras without
paying. The dozen or so historic vehicles on display
were covered in dust, rust was beginning to form, tyres
were allowed to go flat. A lovely exhibit of auto history,
but nobody thinks to clean the cars. I know the work
ers get paid peanuts, so I suppose there is no enthusi
asm to do any more than the basic, but (unlike the r
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by Chuck Cherry
You've heard about it. You've thought about it. You may have read about it. You've
probably wondered why so many i i 1 ; .I of their way to get to the Rio Dulce
-a river all the way over on the : -. I I '. Caribbean Sea -for hurricane sea
son. I'm here to tell you that if you haven't, you should. It's far enough away from
the Eastern Caribbean to weed out the faint of heart and cruisers with a schedule.
You might think the seasoned hard core would check this box off and move on. But
the truth is the return traffic is over 50 percent.
The big deal is that the Rio Dulce is a double-header. It is a really good hurricane
hole AND it's in Guatemala.
With over ten marinas, five haul-outs and a smattering of resorts and little
hotels, it's a haven for marina types. Even the most driven multi-taskers will have
difficulty keeping up with the variety of radio nets, potluck dinners, volleyball
games and sewing bees. The returnees and year-rounders welcome newcomers
with generosity and enthusiasm.
Some marinas are big, some are small. Some specialize in repairs, some in parties,
some in seclusion. The towns of Livingston, at the mouth of the river, and Rio Dulce,
six miles up, provide tourists and cruisers with the usual assortment of bars, res
taurants and vendors. Livingston is the larger; Rio town is primarily a bus stop with
connections to everywhere. The water-taxi ride between the two is a "must do" with
its mandatory stop at the conveniently located Indian co-op midway. The river has a
little something for everyone.
I personally like the Rio Dulce for a different reason (with all due respect to Bounos
Bar): the river is a great place to leave the boat and venture into the greater
Guatemala by "chicken bus".
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Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world, and certainly the least devel
oped in Central America, the people in this variety adventure-land .. .... .
and willing to help travelers get what they want. The political strife 11 .. 1. I I
out at the beginning of the new millennium and the different races, classes and reli
gious seem to have settled into a kind of casual existence with low expectations.
The lack of -"rnm-nnt and infrastructure has created a vacuum for volunteers.
There are so ... ... * (non-governmental .. .... I ..- that the whole place
looks like a Peace Corps training camp. Quite a i ....- find the hurricane sea
S 1 :me to light one candle instead of cruising the darkness. So if you find
i,.I do-gooder mood just ask one of the gringos without a camera where
to sign up. They are everywhere and they can tell you where to get off the chicken
bus and get involved.
The really big adventure here for Monica and me was climbing the active volcano
without getting toasted. But along the way there were .,,,, i
The first is almost always the city of Antigua. The fc.... . .1 .1 I .1 ... I a is
still the quintessential colonial mountain town. Perched among three volcanoes it is
cool, charming and charismatic. Bring a jacket and get started here.
There are over 60 Spanish-language schools featuring immersion classes in the
morning, field trips in the afternoon, and rooming in private homes (meals included)
all for about US$75 per week. It's a great way to brush up on those useful phrases,
see the sights and mix with the locals all at the same time for a week or three.
Brush up on your religion by visiting some of the restored and unrestored church
es dating back to the 16th century. If you're not feeling well, get in line at St.
Anthony's, rub old St. Pedro's casket and throw away those pills. He is the only saint
interred (or I should say on exhibit) in the western hemisphere.
Enjoy the festivals, bistros and cobblestone streets, horses, coffee farms, hiking
and street food. See at least some of the museums and spend a day with a volunteer
to see what that's about. Then plan your excursions from here.
Go to Lake Atitlan. Try to make arrangements to spend the rest of your life there.
This is the most beautiful lake in the world, marred only by the multitude of street
vendors. Get off the beaten path by hiking to the next town and catching a sunset.
Go to Tikal, the largest of the ancient ruined cities of the Mayan civilization. You
can do it in a two-day excursion from Antigua. On the way, read Collapse: How
Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed, Jared Diamond's book about the rise and fall of
certain civilizations. Tikal was the Paris of the ancient Mayan world, and when you
see it you will know why.
S1....1 :;..; atemala sits on top of three different tectonic plates -hence the
ne I i ... frequent earthquakes and copious quantities of caves. Read up
on where to go .i-l;;;;l- as there are several different types of caves. Take a
chicken bus and 11 1.i.1.
Last but far from least, get up close and personal with a volcano: Pacaya to be
exact. Where else in the world can you walk right up and jump into a volcano? No
walls, no ropes, no rules.
It's a night thing. For about US$25 you catch the bus at 6:00PM in Antigua for a
two-hour ride to the bottom of the mountain. Fortified with a jacket, water and very
good shoes, you begin the hour-long climb with a guide and 24 others in your group.
For about 20 dollars more, you can rent a horse.
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At the top there is a butte or ledge where you are about 200 yards from the fiery,
glowing and flowing lava. It is considered mature and prudent to remain here and
take photos.
Or you can join the young and foolish and cross the wickedly uneven, razor-sharp
dried lava bed over to the actual flow itself, hoping as you go that if you make it
without slipping and shredding or breaking your leg there won't be a sudden course
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Here you can see the lava flowing almost under your feet as you inch along. Where
your shoes don't melt, they get cut up by the sharp lava. Intense heat replaces the chill
of the climb. The last 20 yards are loose, charred gravel, making it almost impossible
to keep your balance as you approach the flames. But there are always four or five
blithe spirits (or blithering idiots) who make that final climb to be photographed by a
girlfriend who halted a more respectful 20 feet back. A little too much fun for me.
You get home a little after midnight, tired and short one pair of tennis shoes, but
happy in the knowledge that you are the only one on your dock to have kissed a
volcano flow.
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In June of last year I had the pleasure < i ..i...
along Venezuela's Peninsula de Paria on the ...
Isla Margarita to Trinidad. I was sailing with my par
ents, Peter and Betty, and their Gambian ridgeback,
Kankuntu, aboard the 41-foot British sailing yacht
Raven Eye.
Before leaving Margarita we had heard many scare
stories about this particular part of Venezuela, include
ing the story of two Frenchmen who had been attacked,
robbed and severely beaten at Puerto Santos -but
that had happened in the previous year. We decided to
go ahead and take the adventure as things happen all
over the world and if you're a landlubber you could
quite easily be run over by a bus.
We left Porlamar at 7:00PM on the 25th of June
2007, motorsailing against wind, waves and current.
We arrived in Puerto Santos at 3:45AM, glad to have a
rest. I was extremely glad not to have to look over my
shoulder every five minutes as the scare stories were
stuck in my head.
We were awakened at 8:45AM by the Coastguard
asking our intentions. They said that if there were any
incidents when we left Puerto Santos harbour, to call
them straightaway and they would be with us. We felt
this was a very nice thing for the Coastguard to do
and it left me feeling more secure about the onward
SI 3 Trinidad.
left the harbour at 5:00PM and headed east. As
the sun went down we were left in total darkness, as


there was no moon and no stars. Shortly after 10:00PM
the scare stories reappeared in my head and I sud
denly realized we were out of radio range for the
Coastguard to help us or hear us. I told myself to get
a grip and buckle up.
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As the hours passed I saw a few individual lights
near the coastline and my eyes never moved from
them, trying to determine which way they were head
ed. With every light I saw I got into defence mode, just
in case we became one of those scary stories.
As the stars came out near midnight I had never


seen such phosphorescence on a passage: the water
was .1 .th every moving wave and around the
hull i .. Eye it looked like a million fairy wings
Beautiful.
reached Trinidad at 10 o'clock the following
morning feeling very tired and drained. After such a
wonderful passage I felt a little silly for letting my
thoughts run away on negative things.
But this year, if I had done the same trip with my
parents they would not have been silly thoughts but a
nightmarish reality.
My parents checked out of Porlamar, Margarita, on
the 4th of July 2008, again heading for Puerto Santos.
They had a good trip, making it in nine hours against
the current. They told me they thought there was some
kind of party going on there the next day, as the har-
bour was filled with pirogues and there were lots of
people on shore. [Editor's note: July 5th is Venezuela's
Independence Day.] Last year there were no pirogues,
just a few Venezuelan fishing boats. There was no
Coastguard tc ;--t them this time.
My parents i 1i harbour just before the sun went
down. They were in good spirits, looking forward to
I. Trinidad and getting their generator's char
I About 40 minutes past sunset they were
roughly ten miles out when my father saw a pirogue
approaching with six men on board; one was wearing


a military uniform. My father's first thoughts were,
I'm not stupid -these guys are going to try and
board us." Then he saw the guns.
He turned Raven Eye around and slammed the
pirogue, then there was a shot fired. He ducked down
in the cockpit and was amazed that neither he nor the
boat had been hit. Again he went for another ram
ming manoeuvre but more shots were fired. The
pirogue was faster than Raven Eye, so my dad
thought about getting the flare gun ready to shoot
back. But then there were four guns on him and he
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I enjoyed the same passage in 2007

My mother, Betty, did too!

The brave Kankuntu, who survived his wounds
angry. There was no way of out-running them, and if
he shot, when eventually they did board they would
be in more of a fighting spirit.
Five men boarded Raven Eye, getting my father and
tying him up on deck with a gun pointed at his back.
Three of the men went down below where my mother
was, two of them pointing guns at her head. My brave
i i. .. ....i.. -hot in the leg but this did not stop
i '..... i. ... i .i.... i,,. himself at the men. One was too
i .- i i..I ... ,,,, and stabbed him in the back.
Fortunately, he survived his wounds.
The only money my parents had on board was
US$200 and about a hundred dollars worth of Bolivars,
all of which was in my father's shorts. My mother
pointed to the shorts and got a reaction of "This is not
enough". They tried to take off my r-ti-r'- -----1-li;
ring and in the process injured her .... I i II i
can tell you that ring would have to be cut off her fin-
ger, it's on so tight.) She cannot remember how it hap
opened as she went into shock mode.
They continued their pillage while holding guns on
my parents. They took a mobile phone, laptop com-
puter, SSB radio, eight-horsepower Mercury outboard
and toolboxes. They ripped the microphones off the
VHF radios, ripped the compass out, ripped cables
elsewhere and left the boat in total disarray. They even
tried to rip out the forward-looking sonar, but to no


avail (my father and I fitted that last year pretty damn
well!). Then they proceeded to try and disconnect the
radar, also unsuccessfully (my father tried to take that
off last year with a wrench but got nowhere).
Once the scum had gone my parents had the choice
of turning back or carrying on. They had no communi
cation at all. My father took the decision to carry on to
Trinidad and get out of Venezuelan waters.
Once in Trinidad, still in shock and traumatized,
they informed Customs of what had happened. The
Customs officers could do nothing but console them.
A good friend in Trinidad gave them the British High
Commission's number, but they informed my father he
had to file a police report in Trinidad, then the police
would contact the British High Commission, then the
British High Commission would contact the British
Embassy in Venezuela, and so on. It seems this will be
a long process for my parents but if these people are
caught so they cannot harm others it will be worth the
strain and effort.
It seems to me that my parents were being watched
in Puerto Santos while the party was going on and the
perpetrators waited for them to go offshore so they
could do their dirty work unseen. I've been told that
there were two families a couple of years ago that were
running a piracy group around the location where my
parents were attacked ... 1 11. ., 1, ...
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authorities do their utmost in this case then hopefully
these pirates will be ... 1" too.
It is now the 10th I i.. so these events and feel
ings are still very fresh to my parents and my mother
is in total shock still. To say I am angry is a huge


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understatement. So to all of you who read this piece,
please take note of ... i ....... .. reports of attacks on
yachts and avoid tl. -I. locations. We thought
it would never happen to us but, like being hit by a
bus, it can happen to anyone. Be aware.
The only additional bit of advice that came to
mind after speaking with my parents is to carry an
extra mobile phone or handheld VHF and hide it in
a safe place.


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M/V Lady Susan


by Amal Thomas
Regional sea service is a very important trade within the Caribbean. I'd like to tell you about the M/V Lady
Susan, the captain who runs her, and the -=hirri igent who keeps her cargo service on a steady course.
Based in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, ,I. II, iady Susan departs Kingstown twice a month on Saturdays
and makes port calls at St. Kitts, Anguilla, Tortola and St. Maarten. She returns twice a month on Wednesdays
to offload.
The M/V Lady Susan carries general cargo, traffickers' produce such as ground provisions and bananas, drinks,
foodstuffs, vehicles and mail. She can also take passengers. If you want to take a trip, its best to check with the
captain aboard or phone Harry's Shipping Agency in Kingstown at (784) 457-1373. (Make sure to have a valid
passport.) That will be a very exciting adventure to experience.
M/VLady Susan is a white and black steel-hulled ship with an open aft deck. It has a crane that is used to stow
cargo on deck and also through a hatch into the hold. Her engines are GMs that whistle as she maneuvers into
the dock -you always know when M/VLady Susan is in port.
Formerly owned by the late Maurice Jones, she is now captained by his son, Nicholas Jones. The ship has five
crewmembers who work very hard to maintain and secure the cargo properly. M/V Lady Susan has some of the
latest navigation systems and Captain Nicholas ensures his systems are up to the mark. Captain Nick's personal
ity is very warm, and I've the privilege to be friends with him through my work around vessels.
Meet Captain Nicholas
Amal: Good day, Captain!
Capt. Nick: Hey, man, what's up?
Amal: Well, I just decided to bring you aboard my story.
Capt. Nick: No problem! You safe anytime.
Amal: How long have you been a captain?
Capt. Nick: I've been a captain for eight years now.
Amal: What inspired you to be a seaman?
Capt. Nick: Let me say, I never saw myself becoming a captain. This is what really changed me. One day my
Father told me he was going to buy a new vessel,
which is now the Lady Susan, since back in 1991.
His previous vessel was M/VSea Cyprus. Anyway, we
traveled together to America. Trust me, partner, it
changed my thinking. I said to myself, if whites,
Indians and Syrians can be a part of their fathers'
businesses, why cannot a young black boy like me do
,- --. the same? It just motivated me. And I also graduated
from school as an electrician and Lady Susan had a
lot of electronic devices. So I knew it was time to
prove myself, and step up to the hmelm And before my
father died, I was always his electrician.
Amreal Okay, pretty impressive! What are the
Happiest occasions you experienced aboard
Lady Susan?
Capt. Nick Man, it was not easy at the start,
because, one it fwas hard to be accepted by my
M/V Lady Susan plies the Caribbean Sea between father, and two his teaching was hard It was not
St Vincent and Tortola father and son; it was more captain and crew But
when he finally accepted me was when I proved to
him I can handle the ship. Ad any electrical problem, I always solved it. That, I will say, made te most happy
occasions for me and my father. When he gave te boat to me, I sailed the route from St Vincent to Dominica,
Barbados and back to St. Vincent. The second voyage also included St. Lucia. Also I proved myself after battling two
storms, in 2002 and 2003 All these things made me happy that I really can handle the sea.
Amal: ii are always a part of life what are your experiences like aboard Lady Susan
Capt. i t's not easy out there at times I will say tat navigation problems posed by other boats and
ships are l y main challenges at nights Also you've got to be always looking out for latenight bad guys and aban
done ships I Sometimes I come across bad weather and even if I am not on watch, my mind always has
to be on the i I Th my call to check out the course or any problems. I've got to always make sure iy cargo is
packed properly for safety.
Amal: Well, that's a great nuts n hell of stuff and I wish you t best for te upcoming season, Captain
Capt. Nick: Yeah man, thanks a lot And respect to you.
Meet Miss Adina Harry
Miss Adina Hary of Harry's Shipping Agency is a very nice lady and very serious with her work she takes on
a man's job with a passion. Letas meet her.
Amal: Good day, Miss Harry, and how are you?
Miss Harry: Hey, Amal. I am fine!
Amal: Would you spare your time to give me a little insight into your business?
Miss Hary: Sure! Thafts no problem, my dear.
Amal: How long have you been the agent for M/V Lady Susan?
Amal: Do you have any regrets about being the agent and if so, why
Miss Harry: No! The captain is a very understanding person to get along wit I've got more exposure in handling
different ships and vessels who have approached me to be their agent And it has also given me the gear to prepare
more for the advanced 21st century.
Amal: What are the challenges you experience in clearing the ship in and out of port?
Miss Harry Well, let me say that when it comes to Customs, I've got to ensure you have documentation which
deals with making sure the right goods are aboard the ship. This can be very challenging at times. Also working
along wit Customs procedures can be a hassle at times When dealing with customers within holidays and peak
seasons it can be frustrating, and they themselves are difficult at times. And sometimes we don't close until mid
night to make sure things are in the system.
Amal: What benefits do you achieve?
Miss Harry: I must ay that as a woman, its not easy. But at the end of the day when things go a planned, I am
happy, and so are te captain, workers and customers. In terms of income I benefit, due to more vessels And I've
created more employment you are one, because Customs wanted a proper account of goods, so I decided to have
you as my Tally Clerk on Saturdays. And I have two other employees All in all, it's good exposure as a woman.
Amal: That's really nice; I really appreciated your time.
Miss Hary: Thanks again and any time, feel free
Not many can cruise for pleasure. But we have seamen who still ply the cargo trade as a living, sailors and cap
tains sailing on a regular routine in Caribbean waters, and their hardwork- -- t-" who provide support systems
ashore. All the best wishes to working and recreational sailors alike, and ,, I',i with hurricane season!
M/V Lady Susan's Schedule
DEPARTURES ARRIVALS
St. Vincent, Saturdays, 11:30PM* St. Kitts, Mondays, 8:00AM
St. Kitts, Mondays, 8:00PM Anguilla, Tuesdays, 8:30AM
Anguilla, Tuesdays, 10:00PM Tortola, Wednesdays, 9:OOAM
Tortola, Sundays, 8:00PM St. Maarten, Mondays, 8:00AM
St. Maarten (Mon or Tues) 8:00PM St. Vincent (Wed or Thurs) 8:00AM
*Departs twice a month from St. Vincent.


STREET'S GUIDES
ARE MORE ECONOMICAL!
Written by an author with 50 years of sailing
experience in the Caribbean, the series' four volumes
cover the Eastern Caribbean from Puerto Rico
down through the islands and
the coast of Venezuela to the ABCs.













Grassroots Research

Cruise for the

Grenadines this Month

Be on the lookout this month in the Grenadine Islands for a community-based
research yacht sponsored in part by The Moorings. The Grenadines "MarSIS" or
Marine Resource and Space-use Information System is an on-going research project
led by Kim Baldwin, a PhD student of the Centre for Resource Management and
Environmental Studies (CERMES) of the University of West Indies together with the
Sustainable Grenadine i I I i based in Union Island. Kim has been working with
local marine resource .. i Grenadines to map the various marine resources
as well as identify areas of importance for conservation as well as for the livelihoods
of the Grenadine communities.
As many of you may know, the Grenadines are recognized for their beautiful natu
ral scenery consisting of rolling hills, spectacular beaches, clear blue waters and
diverse marine habitats. The Grenadines are one of the few areas within the Lesser
Antilles with an extensive shelf supporting the most extensive coral reefs and related
habitats in the southeastern Caribbean, including seagrass and lagoon, areas of
mangrove, and a variety of patch, fringing and bank barrier reefs. Marine-based
activities are the mainstay of the economy of the area, in which artisanal fishing
(primarily for lobster, conch and reef fish), transport and a variety of tourism activi
ties are major sources of employment.
The vital importance of marine resources to the people of the Grenadines is well
known, yet planning and management of the use of marine resources of the
Grenadines is becoming increasingly complex. Not only are the marine resources
distributed across the Grenada Bank but they are managed by two countries and
utilized by a variety of marine resource users (fishers, water-taxis, yachts, ferries,
ships, day tour operators to name a few) emanating from the nine inhabited
Grenadine Islands as well as from both of the respective mainlands of Grenada and
St. Vincent. Due to this dispersed and transboundary nature of the Grenadines,
marine management is extremely challenging. Furthermore, marine management of
the Grenadines has not been integrated among sectors, nations or between scientific
and local ln-1_ '1 teams. This segregated management approach has not been
effective I... I ... I I. -, failed to prevent the environ
mental degradation of the Grenadines in recent years.
A collaborative spatial approach derived from the Alr [
fullest possible information base was identified by the *
Sustainable Grenadines Project to effectively under
t_. i-11 -- -- tI- transboundary and multi- mp
f. i I .i,,, ... ..... resources and their asso- |
ciated users. In 2005, Kim Baldwin began work to n-. j
quantify the number of people within each community
whose livelihood depends on the sea. She has then wI
Aim---p

....... ................


T he MarSIS research yacht will be investigating the Grenadines
from August 4th through 31st
been working with these groups to capture their local knowledge not only of the loca
tion but also of the importance of the various marine habitats for each Grenadine
community. She has taken this information and combined it with a Geographical
Information System (GIS) to integrate the range of social, economic, cultural and
conventional biophysical information available into a single framework. This on-going
research will result in the development of a "public-access multi-knowledge trans
boundary marine space-use information system". This information can be used as a
planning tool that will provide a more holistic understanding of the value of coastal
and marine resources in regards to conservation, biodiversity and to the livelihoods
of the Grenadine people the I .- -.-1.... ... -..- ....o. le development.
As a part of this research, ., ... ..-. . ... i .. .11....." or validation cruise will be
conducted during the month of August to assess the accuracy of this collaboratively
built marine habitat and space-use map. The crew will consist of a diverse team of six
divers, including two Grenadines fishers, a local captain, two fisheries biologists (one
from the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Fisheries Division and one from the Caribbean
Regional Fisheries Mechanism) and a CERMES MSc student. They will live and work
together to achieve a better understanding of the differences between scientific and
local knowledge of the various marine habitats and areas of importance for each.
Emphasis will also be given to explore and map the little-known deeper areas (40
to 100 metres) of the Grenada Bank by either SCUBA di-in, -r n i a drop camera
to collect data. A secondary, yet equally important I i i this grassroots
research cruise will be to conduct an initial or baseline assessment of the abundance
and distribution of the key fisheries of lobster and conch in the Grenadines.
A variety of donors have helped fund this unique research, namely: The Moorings
yacht charter company, the Mustique Company shareholders, a number of private
donors, The Sustainable Grenadines Project, CERMES of the University of the West
Indies, ESRI, the Nature Conservancy and the Governments of St. Vincent & the
Grenadines and Grenada. The project coordinators also thank all of the local marine
resource users from every Grenadine Island -without their continual help through
out this three-year process, none of it would have been possible.
The crew is inviting interested community members to come aboard the Moorings
MarSIS catamaran for a day as they travel through the Grenadines and explore the
marine habitats of the Grenadines with them. For more information on how you can get
involved or to plan a day-trip please contact the Sustainable Grenadines Project in Union
Island at (784) 485-8779 or contact Kim Baldwin at baldwin.kimberly@gmail.com


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AUGUST 2008
Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
S reatlve inspiration before
: i 1 ..... i i. 1 1 our sense ofhumor won't

STAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Look to your female friends for boat -.- ,- i. 1
may be surprised at what they come ,.1 '
also be the promise of romance sailing into your harbor in
the last week.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
,I .'.... I . . ,,, ,i,

CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
You may find humor at low ebb and a rather black cloud
1 i tthe last week. Don't fret

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)

through any rough seas.
TH VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
II .. 1 1 .. .... close female friends
SI I this aspect while it
lasts you could make some long lasting contacts.
LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Things will be boringly balanced for the month. Perhaps
boredom will make you appreciate the stimulation of the
day-to-day in an active cruising life.
T[L SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Your creativity may be in the doldrur 1 i
ability to express yourself as your love, -
why not just drop your sails and enjoy the calm?
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)

related business may prove frustrating. ,
to a secluded anchorage, perhaps.
SCAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
You may make some i. i .. I .... i.
ness. Try to take some .. .
self through new experiences.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Creative matters and relationships with the opposite sex
may cause you frustration and stress in the first two
weeks. Focus on routine boat chores instead.
= PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Difficulties in your love life could prove very disruptive to

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HOTEL GUEST

for Robby Robinson

Out through green fronds,
I see a schooner
of rakish proportions,
tautly rigged
and tugging at her mooring;
feel again the tug
of the wheel's spokes,
the salt taste of spray
driven stinging
down i ...... lecks,
the lui .., i
and my belly hard
against it, hauling in
the bellying canvas,
as we approach
a foreign land.

Time, then, on watch
or off, held me
like a squaresail,
full and pulling;
time, then, was to roll
with the boat and go.
Is it any wonder
I'm most at home
here, on Bequia,
where I'm a guest
and the boisterous Trade Wind
blows undying?


Richard Dey





N-AAK NA CAY TOAST

Here's to good captains and their fine crews
that sail the BVIs.
Here's to the Trades and the islands made
and the blue Caribbean skies.

Here's to the rum and to having fun
(for that's the "real' treasure, I trust);
Here's to our dreams -here's to our schemes
and to the Pirate in each of us.


James K. Richardson


ights


Vivid sunset's
tropic splendour
quickly fades
to sudden
scented darkness.
Sweetly perfumed
night-wind sighs
through open
jalousied apertures.
Then vivid flash,
a mighty crash,
and thunderous,
sudden, soaking
downpour,
loud upon
a hot tin roof.
Sensuous cool,
a draught spills in
through
welcoming windows,
bringing with it
sounds of surf
out on the reef.
Then it's off
to the land of Nod.


Nicholas Lee


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Caribbean Sea Life


Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski
Part of the fun of cruising the Caribbean is searching for sea life. But you
can't dive, snorkel or beach-comb all the time! Sit in the shade for a while
with this word search puzzle and see how many kinds of Caribbean sea life
you can find.


CARIBBEAN SEA LIFE


ANGEL

BARRACUDA
BILL
BONEFISH
BUTTERFLYFISH

CONCH

GROUPER

HI-HAT

MAHI


MARLIN
MORAY EEL

OYSTER

PERMIT
POMPANO
PUFFER
PYGMY

SAIL
SCALLOPS
SEA
SEA STARS


Word Search Puzzle solution on page 26


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I S N A I L S N H S H R I M P
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S OBE M E J I O B I L LA F
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T R PA N A P P Y WR A S E
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S N M OR G F R N M A R L I N
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ECO T S P R A T H I HATO
N R T A N G E L E E Y A R O M
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BAR RA CU D A R E T S YO


SHRIMP
SNAILS
SNAPPER
SPONGE
STINGRAY
SWORD

TANGS
TARPON

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CRUISING KIDS' CORNER


"But I don't want to be a soldier!" Abudef was
shocked to h-r hi= ---;;; -on say this, especially as
he was the ......... i I .11 the fish forces located in
Cutie Cove on the northward coast of St. Lucia. But
not only that, Serg-.nt "r-i-r being the biggest and
strongest, are the i I .1 the Damsel Fishes and
are born and bred to be soldiers. "It is in our very
genes -good heavens what --- -r-n -ith Sim?"
thought the worried father .i,,,, II -,,,, was the
only one left out of the brood he had so recently nur
tured: all the rest could hardly wait to join the rest of
i .... .. tees. "But, but, but," Abudef stammered
:" '1. .. don't want to be a soldier, what do you
want to be?" Of course Sim couldn't answer this
because he had never thought about it but now he
wondered why he didn't want to be a soldier, he just
knew that he didn't. Abudef was so put out by the
audacity of his son that he didn't stay to wait for an
answer but went off to sulk under a ledge on the edge
of the reef. His first thought was that he must have
chosen the wrong mate and he frowned Tnnril- It was
very unkind and nasty of him to think 1.. I i. who
was and always had been the most loyal and loving
wife any Sergeant Major, indeed any fish at all, could
possibly have.
As Abudef sulked, thinking negative thoughts, he
started to relax as he remembered the day he had
decided to get married and raise a family. He had cho
sen a nest site for his bride-to-be on the vertical face
of a smooth rock, nibbling away all the algae, moss
and little sponges that had made their home there. He
had worked very hard to clear a big three-foot diameter
area of the rock face making it as smooth as a dinner
plate. He had gnawed at hard coral bases and uneven
rock with 1-: :tr-- i-vs and sharp teeth and fanned
away the :... I..- .. I rubbish with vigorous sweep
ings of his fins. Only when he was sure that his nest
would attract the most sought after young lady, did he
venture out to find her. Abudef himself was no ordi
nary Sergeant Major; 11. -1. ... the biggest
and the most handsoi]. .11 I11. I ,I young men.
His alternating yellow and black stripes were the
brightest and his silver belly scales were polished until
they shone like pure silver, but now he changed this
daily uniform for one of an aggressively barred steel
blue, his warning to other males not to interfere and
his signal to flirtatious young girls that he was court
ing. So Abudef swam with a proud swagger up and
around his nest site until there she was!
Other bachelors were after her as well, all making
frantic dashes about their own nests but lovely Thea
wasn't interested in any of them. Abudef made strong
vertical jumps above his nest, higher than anyone had
ever jumped before and then he swam in loops, leap
ing, looping, until Thea was hypnotized and before she
could help herself, Abudef had looped about his bride
and she was laying her purple eggs in the nest and he


was the proud father-in-waiting. Thea wasn't allowed
to care for the eggs; no, that is Damsel Fish fathers'
work. Abudef, still in his impeccable steel blue uni
form, fanned, nuzzled, cleaned and protected the
brood from all harm. With these memories, Abudef
smiled and knew he had indeed chosen the best of all
possible mates. He would let Sim think about his fate
for a while and in the nr .,, ;.. 1, ,,11 :1 .. ,,
commandinghisforces 1.i i i i I I 1i I 1. I....
in the bay.











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The very next day while on patrol, an army messen
ger swam briskly to Abudefs side and finned to atten
tion. Abudef waved his right fin and the messenger
gave his report.
"Commander sir, a strong force of enemy fish are
attacking the brooding nests on our reefs and the
solitary guards are being overcome."
Abudef immediately sent for all the regiments,
squadrons and platoons that he could muster and
swam off to reconnoiter. What he saw was horrible
indeed for he had never seen such carnage. He saw
that the worst of the marauders were the vicious Blue
Headed Wrasses, the Blue Striped Grunts, the Red
Lipped Blennies and the pink eyed Slippery Dicks, but
there were others too and crabs and sea urchins were
swarming everywhere, picking up the leftovers. The
guards on duty had not given up without a struggle
and while many were .1 ....1.i 1 others shivered,
wounded on the sand. L i -i i could 2-- -
counter-attack quickly, there would be no i i
and a whole generation of young fish would be lost.
Abudef didn't have to wait very long for reinforce
ments as the Sergeant Major soldiers arrived from all
directions, bringing with them the trainees. These
youngsters had never seen a real battle and now their
colours blanched, but still they begged to be allowed to
fight. Abudef knew that he needed every soldier he
could command so he agreed. He organized his forces
into tight groups that would defend each other while
attacking the enemy. One force, led by him would try
to hold the enemy advance. This was a suicidal


defense, but it would give the groups attacking from
the rear and to the sides the chance they needed.
Abudef hoped it would work.
Back in her sheltered home deep within the rock
ledge of the ou . I 11. 1 I -.l. I .11 the moth
ers and wives 11 .I .. i ... I . i ... the enemy
and Sim was there as well. They waved their fins in
agitation and looked at young Sim with disapproval
but Thea put a tender fin around the top of her son's
head and gave him a hug. Now, whether or not it was
his mother's love that jolted '1" ...1. 1..- 1. rt, but
Sim woke as if from a long dre T.... .11. ..I .. ques
tion, Sim at last knew his fate; he was indeed a
Sergeant Major, a born soldier. Sim shrugged his
mother away. "I'm joining Dad!" he cried and swam
quickly to the very front of the attackers, finning to
attention beside his father.
"Reporting for duty, Commander!" Abudefs heart
filled with pride and although he feared for the life of
his own dear son he let him stay, keeping him safe on
his left side.
And so Commander Abudef led his brave soldiers into
battle. They head butted the advancing killers, knocking
them aside and biting down with their sharp teeth on
backs and fins. The troops in the rear joined in, swoop
ing down upon the enemy, causing the killers to turn in
panic, but there was no escape as the troops blazed into
the battle from all sides. The crabs and the hermit crabs
lost their claws to friend and enemy alike for all was
frenzy and confusion. The Wrasses and Blennies turned
upon each other. Blood darkened the water until all the
fish were blinded by : i ..I l. . ... -.wereon
home ground and kn i i i,,, 1 i
Those of the marauding fish who still lived swam for
their lives, never to return, the rest perished. At last all
was quiet. The Sergeant Majors could not give their
dead comrades a military burial as the frenzied enemy
had consumed them, but they collected their wounded
and carried them to the hospital under the reef ledge
where the Surgeon Fish in their powder blue surgical
robes and the Doctor Fish in their smart black medical
uniforms with white fin --1:1n.= took charge of their
patients. There were mai I 11.I wounded but by a
miracle not one soldier was killed after those solitary
I-;; tho had defended the broods so valiantly. All
I i, -1, ,, the bay rejoiced in the victory that night and
many a toast was raised to the fallen heroes.
"You are all heroes!" shouted a voice from the crowd
and with that every voice was raised in praise. Sim
looked proudly towards his father and Abudef smiled,
he was a .i I -.ergeant Major. As for the enemy
dead, the ',,.,,1 1, I -wirled around them and carried
their bodies far out to sea to be eaten by the sharks.
THE END

Note:Damselfishes belong tothefamilyPomacentridae.
Sergeant Majors are the genus Abudefduf.


1YD @T VNCN RSOR


4 4


Europe and sent students out on expeditions to collect plant specimens from
around the world. As the number of known organisms increased, Linnaeus had
to update the Systema Naturae several times to include the new species. The
names Linnaeus gave to the species in his lists became their scientific names.
How did Linnaeus' classification work? Ii -, i i .......- into a system
of seven different levels or taxa (singular, tax...n -1.11 seven today
although they are slightly different from the original set. These are:
Kingdom
Phylum (or Division)
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species


I D O LLY 'S DP SE T S The lowest level is the most specific. A species is a group of individuals which
have certain characteristics in common and can interbreed. In modern terms,
R they are genetically distinct. Several similar species make a genus. Several
by Elaine Ollivierre genuses (or genera) make a family, several families make an order and so on up
Sthe chain. There are also some subdivisions but we'll look at those another time.
A peculiar white, blind, lobster-like creature was found at the bottom of the The names in each level are based on Latin or Greek words so they look very
SPacific Ocean during surveys of the Census of Marine Life. Do you remember complicated. Lets look at two examples from the marine environment.
what it was called? Scientists named it the Yeti Crab but gave it the scientific
name, Kiwa hirsuta. Great white shark Yeti crab
Why are scientific names important? Up until the 18th century, there was Genwdnm Aima lia Animalia
no organized system for naming plants and animals. One organism might have yum ,i 1 Arthroloda
several names depending on who first found it or where it was found. Even today, ass ,,h, h hI ... I
each island of the Caribbean may have its own local name for a fish or a bird or Fal nidae i.l
Sa tree, for example. And, of course, there are the names of those same living Genus Carchnn Kin
things in other languages, say, French or Spanish. This can be very confusing. Species Carchardon carcharias Kiwa hrsuta
I So if every plant or animal has one specific scientific name, everyone will know (cientifi nam
exactly what they are talking about!
S Who first thought of scientific names? In 1735, a Swedish doctor and bota
nist, Carl Linnaeus, published the first attempt at classification of all living Next month, we'll take a closer look at what these names mean.
things: Systema Naturae. He met or corresponded with eminent scientists around
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ALL ASHORE...


f l ^ you've ever been to Florida you've seen the
pretty, pink conch (pronounced "conk") shells
That abound at souvenir shops throughout
Sthe state. In the Bahamas, driveways are
lined with them and fences and walls decorated. These
are the shells of the queen conch, a marine snail that,
in its wild state, is found throughout the Caribbean.
In early days, Amerindians and European settlers
harvested them as a food source because they were
slow-moving and lived in shallow water, thus -.l-i;n;
them easy prey. The settlers were nicknamed -'
a term still used in the Florida Keys. Bahamians, who
considered the Florida Keys as out islands, referred to
Key West as The Conch Republic.
Today the conch is a food staple that is becoming
scarce as commercial interests demand larger and
larger supplies. Historically, sailing sloops were used
to hunt for conchs. Today, outboards are used. A
glass-bottomed bucket (jokingly called a Bahamian
TV) is used to spot the conchs. Then swimmers free
dive to catch them. Since the conchs pretty much just
sit there, they are easy to "capture." Because of this,
like many other creatures of the sea, they have been
over fished.
But at the eastern end of Leeward Highway on the
island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos, there is
a conch farm, the only one in the world, where conchs
are cultivated.
We visited Caicos Conch Farm and took their tour. It
was pretty interesting. Portia, our tour guide, guided
us through the facilit-- Tlnin.- the various stages of
i... conchs. -. ... .11 the queen conch,
gigas, is one of the largest herbivorous gas
tropod mollusks. Its natural habitat is on sandy bot
toms where there are algae and sea grasses. Adults
t- inshore during the summer months, and
: offshore during the winter months -with a
range of two to eight kilometers during a season. While
conchs have no known diseases or parasites, natural
predators include sea turtles, nurse sharks, porcupine
fish, rays, marine snails, and larger crabs and lobsters.
Conchs burrow in the sand to escape from predators.
As they mature, their shells become larger and harder,
with spiny protrusions which serve as protection.
The female conch reaches sexual maturity at approx
imately three and a half years of age, just a few
months after the flared lip of her shell is formed.
Conchs gather in large spawning populations to breed.
The reproductive season lasts from about May to
November, and an individual female may spawn up to
nine times during that span. Fertilization takes place
internally, and copulation with the male may occur
several weeks before spawning. It usually takes 24 to
36 hours to produce ... .. mass, which consists of a
.. 1 continuous .. 1.11 i tube folded over upon
II to form a croissant-shaped collection of ..- I
is estimated that anywhere from 350,000 to .........
eggs are contained in a single egg mass.
The eggs float several miles out and fall to the ocean
floor where the juveniles hatch and bury themselves
in the sand to protect themselves from predators.
They take three or four years to mature and can live
as long as 20 years. In recent years, declining popular
tions have resulted in the conch not breeding, thus
adding to the decreasing number of conchs caused by
ii, ,. I1 1 ..... we got to meet Sally and Jerry, a
female and male conch respectively, kept in a shallow
tank. When Portia picked them up out of the water,
they immediately extended their bodies out of their
shells. Portia could then use them to demonstrate how
to tell a male from a female.


What We Learned at


the Conch Farm


in Turks & Caicos

by Jacquelyn Milman
The male has a dark appendage high up: that's his sex
organ. When he feels amorous, he climbs on top of a
female, ii i :-i .... ,
her egg I, ,I - I I
they are placed in .......I .... ii ., I, I I
hatchlings, tadpole Ii .... ii I i .. I.
placed in the nurse- I, ,,, I .
shell and become II i ii I i ,all,
actuallylooklikeco., I ii ..... I
sand. Then they are ... i ... ... ,
like enclosures, to I I. h i ,i I ,,,I
ready to harvest (. .i I I I
enclosed by fences I i
market for the harv. I I ,I I ,I I '"'I
At the end of the 1 I . ... ,.I I
museum where we 1 I ... h I ,
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-ana


i ... i -.. .1 hey are pink in color, like the inside

The tour was far more interesting than we had
anticipated, and we've developed a keener appreciation
for conch salad and conch fritters.
For more information visit www.caicosconchfanrmcom.


A fisherman taps a hole in a conch shell to extract
the meat. Farmed conchs now meet the demand
for this delicacy


CROSSWORD SOLUTION


ACROSS
1) WARN
2) WIN
3) WARD
4) WARTH
5) WATCH
7) WARRANTY
10) WATERAGE
11) WHY
12) WANY
13) WAKE
15) WALK
16) WASHSTRAKES
17) WAREHOUSE
18) WEATHER
19) WARSHIP


DOWN
1) WARP
2) WATCHTACKLE
3) WALRUS
4) WATER
5) WAY
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7) WASH
8) WHELP
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12) WALKERS
13) WASHERS
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S ...... aribbean island of
Si i ,, ntures into isolat
i bays that are for
ii ...... -I I I vacant, with dense
i giving them the sense of prehistoric times.
heading from the marinas of *.i,.. .. .......
to the neighboring island of Tobago in ,I' '' I' "
visiting its world-renowned beautiful white beaches
and clear waters. As light rose on the horizon we
pulled anchor in Scotland Bay and headed along the
north coast of Trinidad. We had told Customs in
Trinidad that we planned on spending three days to
make the journey to Tobago.
We worked our way along the coast and into Grande
Riviere Bay, our jumping-off spot for the daylong sail
over to Tobago. This bay is reputed to have more nesting
leatherback turtles than anywhere else in the world.
We followed the anchoring recommendations in
Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide to Trinidad and Tobago
and anchored on the east side of the bay. The rolling
of the surf called for a second anchor.
Approaching the shore by dinghy, we found two to
three-foot rollers breaking onto the sandy beach. As
S i . . i i . arched
,,, ...1 1. 1 ,, I hI h ... ll a con
create structure that turned out to be a creek's exit to
the bay. Here we found shelter from the pounding surf
and secured our dinghy.
A community-based environmental group controls
beach access between 6:00PM and 6:00AM daily during
turtle nesting season. Arriving to sign up for turtle
-t-i;-;T t r-nn-r -ve were greeted by a very friendly
I 'i ,,I .. -. 11 that advised us on the rules and
regulations. The required turtle-watching fee of TT$65
per person (about US$10) included the viewing of an
informative video and being accompanied by a knowl
pArlchl -orffrA A siA~nn th_ _ h l i r in ih 1 r_


Watching a leatherback turtle digging her meticulously
engineered nest


ning (it is illegal to go alone). We learned from the video
that leatherback turtles date back to prehistoric times
and are, in fact, among the few inhabitants of the
earth who have survived, like our nuisance friend the
cockroach, right through the eons to today's world. We
also were told that many individual turtles have been
recorded and tagged for identification in various parts
of the world.
However, one of the things we learned was distress




Turtle- Watching in Trinidad:


A LITTLE MORE


INTERACTION THAN


WE EXPECTED!
I u 1 -l111 1 Ir.

gered species" list due partly to the fact that many of
the beach areas they need: ''. i.... . i :n taken
over by human developerr' i .. .. i i ..- permit,
turtles will nest on the same beach where they were
hatched. But turtles apparently will not land to nest
where they perceive danger, such as humans or struc
tures on the beach. In this case, the turtle moves on,
1-:.-.- new nesting site and abandoning egg-laying
i ..i site isn't found.
On Grande Riviere beach, researchers have found
turtles that were tagged as far away as Mexico and
Australia, ,"' I .1 i . D i ..1ss mighthave come here
in search I .i .. -1,,,. -,i The results a crisis on
this beach, which is now grossly overpopulated with
nesting turtles. This gives the illusion that there are
more than enough turtles -until one realizes that
these are a large proportion of the world's last remain
ing leatherbacks.
The number-one destroyer of sea turtles is gill-net
fishing. In some areas one or more turtles per night
are trapped in these nets, preventing them from sur
facing for air, and they invariably drown.
With the sun setting and darkness closing in on us,
we saw black moving masses as they began to invade
the shoreline. They were leatherback turtles, approx
imately five feet long and three feet wide. Their delib
rate move from water to beach appeared agonized
yet determined.
The flippers turned to legs, i1-hi.; thi 1,000-plus
pounds of marine reptile out oi 1 .- and up the
uneven beach of soft sand. Each turtle seemed to be
searching for just the right spot. Our guide informed
us that they were actually sensing the warmth of the
sand to find the perfect temperature where they would
dig their nests.
Some 80 to 100 fertile eggs are dropped into the nest
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As each turtle arrived at the location she had cho
sen, her massive flippers began .1 .,,. her bulk in a
circle. Then she used her back :1.iI to scoop sand
from under her shell and throw it out to the sides.
The nest-digging process takes about 30 minutes
once the site has been chosen. The digging in itself is
of a miraculous design: each turtle deliberately digs a
hole that is hourglass-shaped and meticulously engi
neered. The first eggs laid at completion of the hole are
smaller, yellowish-colored and unfertilized. The grey,
larger, : 1, .. about the size of a golf ball, are laid
on top. II .. 80 to 100 fertile eggs are dropped
into the nest, a covering of unfertilized eggs serves as
protection from the compacting sand above, ensures
that oxygen gets down to the eggs and acts as a deter
rent to dog and bird predators.
At the waist of the hourglass design, the turtle gently
fills the small opening with sand, then covers over the
--- hole above and compacts it all with her back
:1.iI Finally, the entire site is camouflaged, obliter
ating any evidence of the nest.
Now comes the disaster caused by overcrowding on
this beach -a direct result of destruction worldwide
of turtles' original destination beaches.


PO. ow


Over a beachfront area that is not greater than 100
yards, as many as 350 turtles have been seen lining
up on the beach to come and lay their eggs, with a
.. 1 ....1 f 11 ... 1 1.... 1 blocking the first turtles
S... ........ I Ii .1I nd causing a traffic jam.
Finally the second rank moves onto the beach and
finds just the right spots. They begin digging their
nests over the top of the previous nests, throwing the
first turtles' eggs out and depositing their own. This
process continues through the night, finishing around
6:00AM when the last egg-laying turtles slowly begin to
move back to the sea.
We understand that in order to return to the sea
after laying their eggs, the turtles identify the location
of the ocean as beir. i1, 1 ..l 1.1 .. a in the sur
rounding darkness I ..... . or flashlight
coming from another direction can confuse a turtle,
causing it to head in the wrong direction. Therefore,


Right and below:
After laying the eggs,
the leatherbacks lumber back
into the sea








no flashlights or camera flashes
are permitted on the beach. In
developed areas, lights from
houses, hotels, etcetera, also con
fuse the turtles.
We saw approximately 20 turtles
.- in various locations in close prox
imity to us between 7:00 and
10:OPM when we headed back to
our boat.
Settling in for a good night's rest
after an exciting day, we looked
forward to a gentle rocking to
sleep. The anchor was set and all
was quiet in our "house": not a
creature was stirring, not even a
mouse. When out on the bow
there arose such a clatter, I sprang
from my bed to see what was the
matter. In my nightshirt and cap I
climbed the companionway, to the
deck to find the anchor rope in a
swing and sway.
To my surprise there was a giant
leatherback tangled in our second anchor rode!
Ti;-l n by what we'd seen on the beach, this was
S I big ones. C ... 1.1 ... ihe rope, she was man
aging to pull the 16 i ..- I ... boat. Then she swam
back toward the boat, dove under it, and swam circles
round and round the chain anchor rode, first to star
board then to port.
The rope was across her back, under her neck and
around her left flipper at the shoulder. It would have
been a simple matter for her to stop and back up to
release the rode, but she seemed to be panicking and
---. -1ly forward as a way of escape.
-. i for a way to free her safely and were
tempted to get in the dinghy and untangle her. We
quickly determined that would 1- t- 1.:- inview
of her size and strength, and 1 i I I that the
only solution would be to sacrifice our anchor by release
ing the rode. This we did and she was quickly set free.


We were saddened by the loss of one of our anchors
but happy that the turtle was free to roam the oceans.
We once again settled in for a good night's rest -only
to hear the low grumble and rumble of an anchor
1. .. .cross rock.
reluctant to pull our main anchor in the
dark, not knowing if the turtle had wrapped the rope
around our rudder and propeller, so we deployed a
second anchor for safety. Finally the boat was no lon
ger dragging and with the second anchor holding we
were able to sleep.
In the morning we returned to shore to get daylight
photos of the turtles on the beach. Then came the
arduous task of diving under the boat to see if any
damage had occurred the night before. Visibility was
only two or three feet.
We tried to bring in the second anchor only to find
that we couldn't break it free. We proceeded to bring
up the main anchor on its chain rode, but the wind
lass was under great stress. The reason for this was
quickly revealed as 1. 1. .... I .. .1 .. .1.. ge black
iron anchor similar, i l1. I i I l... -1.. grossly
corroded and covered in barnacles. Once released it
sank to the bottom.
We returned to bringing in the remaining chain rode.
To our delight our rope rode was wrapped around the
chain and on the end of this was our sacrificed anchor,
which we recovered. So the day was good -the sea
had returned our missing anchor.
We rested for the remainder of the day and readied
ourselves for an early morning departure to Tobago.
We looked forward to the pristine, clear waters and
sandy beaches there. Although not to a Jurassic Park
scale, we mused at the '1 ... i 1, iLd actually expe
rienced a world wonder I i..-1 .. reptiles here at
Grande Riviere.
We recommend this experience, less the anchor
problem, to all those who cruise in this area during
the turtle nesting season. It can also be experienced
without the boat through tours arranged by Jesse
James of Members Only Maxi Taxi Service in
Chaguaramas, Trinidad.


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This is the House



That Jack Budit


This is the farmer sowing his corn
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.
Wkipedia tells us: 'This Is the House That Jack Built' is a popular nurs
ery rhyme... It is a cumulative tale that doesn't tell the story of Jack,
who builds a house, but instead shows how the house is indirectly
linked to numerous things and people..."
Many years ago, Jack Dausend and his wife Cathy Winn came to Trinidad aboard
their yacht Wind Psalm and decided to stay. That decision helped transform the port
of '.- .... ..... into the vibrant yacht-service mecca it is today.
Si i ... I i a business called Boaters' Enterprise, which for 13 years promoted
Trinidad & Tobago's yacht-service industry through the 250-page annual Boaters'
Directory of Trinidad & Tobago, a monthly free newsletter called The Boca, and the
Boaters' Enterprise website. Boaters' Enterprise has also partnered with Chris Doyle
on the Cruising Guide to Trinidad & Tobago, and for a decade Jack has been the
Trinidad advertising sales and distribution agent for Caribbean Compass.
Among many other activities, Jack hosted seminars to introduce visiting boaters
to the culture of his adopted country, including the popular "Taste of Carnival". In
2007, Jack was presented with the prestigious Bateman Cruising Station of the Year
Award by the international Seven Seas Cruising Association.
Over the years, Boaters' Enterprise employed many talented young Trinidadians to
help man the office, produce its publications, design advertising material, maintain
its website and organize its numerous activities.
With Jack re. i..... 1. .. f 75, Boaters' Enterprise restructured last year, mov-
ing to smaller ".. .i. .. -; Chaguaramas office rl n nei'inr staff and suspend
ing publication of The Boca. Boaters' continues to 1 .. ., i.. design, advertising
and promotional services, and remains as agent for the Compass. The next edition
of the Boaters' Directory of Trinidad & Tobago is scheduled for June 2008 delivery.
Meanwhile, a new publication has appeared on the Tri:.. i I .1.... .. ihe
Bay: Chaguaramas is the magazine of the Yacht Services ... i i I.... I I &
Tobago (YSATT). Its inaugural, June/July 2008, issue contains 16 full-color pages
in an 8 1/2 by 11-inch format. YSATTs manager, Gina Hatt-Carvalho, says, "Our
vision is to use this magazine as a tool to get the wants and needs, . .. 1 ..1.
and the concerns and comments of the boating public -both lo ,I .. i i .
across to the relevant authorities."
Despite the larger format and unique cover design, The Bay's inside pages will look
familiar to readers of The Boca, and its first editorial column ...- 1 '* 1 .t 1... -
to Jack Dausend: "The management committee of YSATT cc..-. i I ii II I-
the closure of The Boca and agreed that it is important to publish a periodical that
would continue to provide news and views... The Bay comes about almost by default,
essentially to continue the good work that Jack Dausend began..." The editorial
outlines even more of Jack's good works than we have room to list here, and, in
answer to the question "Why did he do it?" replies, "... it certainly hasn't got anything
to do with money... Its about passion: passion for the industry of which he's been
such an integral part..."
Boaters' Enterprise alumnus Catherine Whitby is now on the staff of YSATT.


But wait -there's more! The proposed annual Trinidad & Tobago Island escape:
your navigator guide is scheduled to appear in January 2009. Promotional material
promises a "detailed directory and guide publication aimed at the tourism and yacht
ing industry". The 240-page publication will feature information on tours, restau
rants, festivities, accommodation and shopping, as well as tide tables, a comprehen
sive "yellow pages" for all advertisers and a quick alphabetical listing. If this sounds
like a page or two has been taken from the Boaters' Directory, it's not surprising:
Boaters' Enterprise graduates Janna-Lise Chung and Tiffany Campbell are two of
this new publication's three top managers.
This is the cruiser reading a new mag
That took over now from his favorite old rag
That first gave a voice to both whiners and boat bards
That perused the ads for the chandlers and boatyards
and taxi services, maxis and minis,
That were designed by bright young Trinis
That now are involved in new publications
That welcome cruisers from many nations
That sail to Chaguaramas and stay
to enjoy the pleasures of the bay
That rest on the foundations that Jack built.


TH'AS


I Guides that just
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W] LAE THEY

WE WHEN THE

VO] ;.ANO BLEW


...And the Sirens Still Wail, by Nancy Burke 2006.
Paperback, 166 pages. ISBN 979-4050-1703-9.


Macmillan Caribbean.


This is the first non-fiction title to appear in the Macmillan Caribbean Writers
Series, and it's a worthy one.
Nancy Burke relates with a ..... ... 1i.. .. how she and her husband, Richard,
coped with a twist of fate. She I 11 i, i ways been our dream to retire from
New York City to 'the good life'. No smog, no traffic. We wanted to get away from the
greasy soot that found its way onto our windowsills the minute they were opened..."
But after they finally found the retirement island of their dreams, settled into a new
home there in 1992, built a happy social life -and, not incidentally, acquired
numerous cats and dogs -Montserrats Soufriere Hills volcano came hideously alive
in 1995 after a 350-year nap. And although the Burke's house was in the "safe zone",
instead of merely having city soot to contend with, "Ash came by the inch.
Accompanied by small warm rocks. The brooms gave way to shovels... Ash, rocks
ground fine like baby powder, is the most invasive thing I've ever experienced. No
door, no window, no tied plastic bag could keep it out. You eat it and breathe it... It
is on your toothbrush, in your bed, in your fridge, and in the oven. It gets sucked up
by your car's engine and thrown about by the simple running of a small animal in
the grass."
It wasn't the volcano's increasingly violent fiery explosions that drove the couple out
of their beloved Montserrat. It wasn't the swift, incinerating pyroclastic flows that
killed every living thing in their path. It wasn't the debris that buried the town of
Plymouth. It wasn't the evacuations or even the deaths of people they had come to
know. It was the insidious, unrelenting ash that covered everything, the film that
grimed every surface, the dust that invaded every lung and burrowed down to the
skin of each living creature. As the eruptions continued and more and more people
left the island or moved into shelters, more and more dogs and cats were dumped on
their doorstep, and the Burkes never turned an animal away. The fright, misery and
endangered health of their collection of pets played a large part in the couple's deci
sion to leave their home for a temporary reprieve.
Determined to remain in the Caribbean, Nancy set off on a reconnaissance mission
to St. Lucia and Grenada, but after a chance communication with a friend she took
a detour to St. Vincent and it was love at -. -. 1.,
Her saga of crating up their pack of dogs and I -.I I its, and traveling with them for
days aboard a small inter-island freighter to St. Vincent, is like the story of Noah's Ark.
After a year and a half in the countryside of St. Vincent, where Nancy was involved
and contented, and Richard was bored and "homesick" for Montserrat, they figured
it was safe I 1 1 They'd received word that the volcano was quieting down. Their
house in i 1 .. was still intact but needed attention. They packed up the
animals, chartered another small freighter and sailed back to Montserrat.
But life in Montserrat proved to be untenable for them. "I had supposed we would
fall back into the old groove... [but] there was no old groove to fall back into." Too
much had changed. And the volcano was -1.1i ,, ,1 ,,
They packed up the animals, boarded ..... 11 ,.i, I .... and went back to
St. Vincent for good.
The book contains some minor editing glitches ., I I i ....- ii..... i 1 .1 place
names), but the narrative is engaging and the sti.. i.. I I ... ... i -1.... non
chronological order.
Despite their heroic exertions on behalf of their pets, this is not an account written
by people who "love animals more than they love people", as foreigners in the
Caribbean are often accused of doing. The Burkes took manydisplaced Montserratians
into their home and assisted countless more. In St. Vincent, they let passers-by use
their outdoor water tap t' i.I I ,,i i, ,1 i .... i .,,.. neighborhood meeting
place: "Our washbasin ,i, 1 i i ,,.- 1. i .....' to meet almost the
entire community."
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Read in Next Month's Compass:

Don't Worry, Be Happy in Jamaica

Venezuelan Bus Adventure

Carambola: Star of the Tropical Fruits

... and more!






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of the Caribbean Compass at any of these locations (advertisers in this issue
appear in bold):


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Also look for the Compass at bars
and restaurants in Potnte a Pttre,
Deshates and Basse Terre.


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 .
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : .... I
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Tin I.. local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new i.....
For more information, see 'Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!


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
11 2002
12 2054
13 2145
14 2235
15 2322
16 0000 (full)
17 0009
18 0054
19 0138
20 0224


21 0311
22 0402
23 0457
24 0556
25 0658
26 0801
27 0902
28 0959
29 1053
30 1142
31 1228

September 2008
DATE TIME
1 1313 (new)
2 1357
3 1441
4 1527
5 1614
6 1703
7 1724
8 1845


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2026
2114
2201
2247
2333
0000 (full)
0019
0107
0157
0252
0350
0452
0554
0655
0753
0846
0936
1022
1107
1151
1234


What's My Line?




Don Street's Knots, Line Handling and Line Throwing.
DVD. 60 minutes, color. US$19.95.

One of a skipper's most important tasks when new crewmembers come aboard is
to "teach them the ropes" -although few if any ropes are called ropes on a boat.
There is running rigging: sheets, halyards, guys, preventers and what have you.
There are anchor rodes, warps and hawsers. And there are lines, including clewlines,
buntlines and dock lines.
And then we have all those ingenious things you can make with them, called knots,
bends and splices....
Learning how to handle all these ropes properly, ... i., i,,. oiling, tying and throw
ing them, is critical to the efficient functioning ol .. I Having a poorly coiled
main halyard go halfway up the mast in a tangle is an embarrassment, but losing
the end of the anchor rode because the lubber's knot at the bitter end came undone
crn Y. tr;"-- we've all forgotten to put a stopper knot in the end of a jib sheet
a,, .. I .... through the block, or had the dinghy go adrift because the rab
bit didn't go through the hole. But maybe we've redeemed ourselves by going on deck
one dark and stormy night and using our best rolling hitch to tie off a halyard that's
been slatting against the mast and keeping everyone awake. Or we've been heroes
during the regatta's last race when a line parted and we were able to throw in a quick
sheet bend and save the day.
Coming alongside a dock, going stern to a quay, an- -;t-ri;;. marina slip or a
lock -especially when wind or current ar-n't --i; i I..I ... be a major chal
lenge. As Don Street says, "Bad line .''... I,,, I throwing can ruin a good
approach, go( I I',. I' ... II..-. *, I i.. ... can bail out a poor approach."
Inthis one-1. I I i 11. .. - ..I Don Street walks you through the essen
tials of knot tying and line handling.





Don Street's Knots


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DVD I- Ideal tor Io achln practical skilts and after
deaderB ? ocean ailing in "tolalrw'" hn 40'
eng@l les* yawl, Don cerlainly knows th. ropes. In
only sixty minutes h shows you everything you
nrnd tI know aboul knots and iine handling



In the knot tying section, you are advised to follow along with two pieces of line in
hand as the DVD uses slow motion and freeze frames to show each step explaining
the uses of basic knots and how to tie them. Basic knots shown include the stopper
knot, square knot, bowline, half hitches, sheet bend and rolling hitch. Advanced
knots include the useful fisherman's bend and towboat hitch.
The section on line handling includes cleaning and handling hl-'-ri- t-in -nil
i. .... i... I r , 1 tlh; ing a dock line using ... ..i i- 1. i
: - ,i .. 1I ,I, I ... this, there's a little hiccup: It's a good idea
to secure the dock line to the messenger before throwing the latter!)
The section on splicing might be the least used information on this DVD. While
watching, we first wondered how many yachtsmen would use their teak deck for a
cutting board, as Don does in his demonstration. Then we went on to wonder how
many of today's sailors would take the trouble to repair a chafed section of three
strand line by worming new strands into the worn part, rather than just replacing
it? (Honest now, when was the last time you used a hollow fid?) A little background
music, as for the knot demonstrations, would've been nice here, too.
Ashley's Book of Knots might be the bible, but this DVD is much easier to carry
around. Everyone aspiring to be good crew should watch, study and learn.
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More Easy Stovetop Bread:



Irish So(
by Jim and Barbara McConn
Take a tip from the Irish and make your boat bread the quick and easy way: with
baking soda or baking powder rather than yeast. Various types of soda bread are
made in Ireland. A loaf form can be made in the oven, but the "farl" version, cooked
in a skillet or frying pan on the stovetop, will hardly heat up your galley at all.
2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 Cup milk or buttermilk
Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add the
milk all at once. Stir immediately and vigorously. Turn out of bowl onto flat surface.
(If there's any dry stuff left in the bowl, place it on top.)
Knead to mix all together and form a ball. But knead less than 30 seconds! Don't
handle the dough too much, and don't use extra flour if possible.
Flatten the ball into a ten-inch circle approximately half an inch thick. Cut into
fourths (like a pie) with a table knife.
Warm a heavy bottomed, non-stick frying pan on low heat. Transfer the pieces to
the warmed pan (I use a pancake spatula to lift and transfer them). Arrange the
pieces back into a pie shape, leaving a quarter of an inch between the pieces.
Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for about five minutes on each side until
golden brown. (If the pan is too hot, the outside of the bread will burn before the
inside is cooked through.)
We usually eat at least one piece immediately by cutting it crosswise (like an
English muffin) and spreading it with butter and jam.
They are also good later if cut crosswise and toasted, then spread with butter and jam.
We also use them for:
Pizza farls: Cut crosswise, top with pizza sauce, pepperoni, onions, whatever, and
sprinkle with parmesan cheese before heating under the broiler.
Tuna farls: Cut crosswise, top with tuna salad and sprinkle with parmesan
cheese before heating under the broiler.
Garlic farls: Cut crosswise and coat with butter before toasting under the broiler,
then rub with a fresh, peeled garlic bulb while still hot.
Jim and Barbara McConn sailed their 3 foot Southern Cross, the Spanish Stroll, out
of Redondo Beach, California on April 9th, 2004. They have since logged over 30,000
miles while crossing four oceans and visiting over 20 countries. Their recent 5,400-mile
passage around the Cape of Good Hope and up to the Caribbean lasted 65 days and
took them across the equator for the fourth time. They plan to transit the Panama
Canal and complete their first circumnavigation early next year.


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The oven version of Irish Soda Bread shown here is more rounded. The skillet, or
farl version, will be somewhat flatter. Both are traditionally cut into fourths to
allow the bread to expand while cooking


CRUISIN' SHOES
by Debby on Sunshine
What happened to that shoe on the side of the road? That old shoe used to have a
best friend (Lefty or Mister Right), and possibly belonged to a conscientious owner.
But one day this old shoe decided to be adventurous and "took to the road" by burst
ing a strap.
In my shoes' experience, this would not be for the first time. Because the first time
one of my shoes experiences a blow-out it gets taken back to the boat to be glued,
especially if it is a favourite shoe.
Having to take a shoe home for re-gluing is an indignity. Obviously the intact shoe
also has to be removed, because you would look really silly with one shoe on and the
other shoe off. Most of the people who see you barefooted think you must have had
a "liquid lunch". Who would walk barefooted on the coral and stones of a boatyard
if they were sober? Not only that, you have to keep up a regular pace, as if nothing
happened, and the pain through the soles of your feet causes your brain to burst
with little pebbles of pain.
So the shoes finally get back aboard, and the owner, too. As we all know, every
boatowner has superglue. The glue has been in the refrigerator, repaired dinghies,
fixed just about anything. Just when it is required to repair the favourite shoe, oh
yes, it has gone hard.
A trip to the over-priced nearby store is required. Hey, we can even get some bread
and onions, so that means the lunch problem will be solved. A few dollars more and
the glue is purchased. Then it's back to the dinghy, rinse off the aching dirty feet,
and back aboard to have lunch and repair the shoes!
Onion and cheese sandwiches have always been a favourite. Just wipe a frying pan with
alittleoliveoil and ,i i..i .... i i ...... .... i . .,.i 1 I 1, hopped
onion, a sprinkle o: I i I I 11 ..... I I .- I i.. II. II ... i I -. in the
hot frying pan, toast for about a minute each side, slice and serve. Delicious!
Now lunch is over, we can get back to the shoe repair. But where did I put the glue?
Why don't they mr.l -... .1.. ... 1 .. brighter containers? Oh, there it is. Then in
just two minutes, 11 .i ,- I, 11, I -1, is in a nearby findable location, the glue job
is done. Eureka! A good day has been had -can't wait for happy hour to celebrate.
The repaired shoe looks almost perfect, and since I have had a lovely nap I'm ready
to meet friends in the pub -with shoes on. Good friends, great times, and finally
time to go back home. It was just a little stumble, I mean a really small trip, and the
shoe broke again. This time, the broken shoe remains where it failed me and the
good shoe stays on, because it deserves to.
The shoe that died will remain on the side of the road as a permanent reminder to
anyone who has a blow-out not to waste time trying to repair shoes. I take my hat
off (the hat is another story), to the barefooters out there, or are you just returning
from lunch? Go and buy another pair of shoes; save the superglue for boat repairs.
Epilogue: Having written this little story, I decided to wait until the story settled
and I could make objective improvements before sending it to Compass. Meanwhile,
on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, I went to Sambil Shopping Centre. Anyone who knows
this centre knows that you have to dress up somewhat. Suddenly my gold sandal
had a blow-out. Guess where I went? To the false nail shop, and bought, yes (I can't
believe I actually did it), superglue! New shoes are a trifle expensive at this centre. A
few days later I had to buy new shoes to replace both the gold sandals AND the pair
I wrote the above missive about. Makes one wonder doesn't it? Now I am a happier
soul, with two new pairs of shoes, and lots of half-used tubes of superglue.


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Mangos, mangos, juice dripping, shirt staining mangos are a true Caribbean treat.
I've read articles on how to eat this fruit without a mess, but does it really matter?
Some recommend consuming a juicy mango while wearing a bib! You can lean
uncomfortably forward so the juice drips to the ground, but why bother? Eat them
at the beach and take a wash-off dip.
About 4,000 years ago the mango --;iint- l in East India in the foothills of the
Himalayan Mountains. Mangos were I 1'I first fruits humans farmed. Asian
kings had vast orchards of trees. An Emperor of Delhi, Akbar (1556 to 1606) had
100,000 hectares of mango trees. The word 'mango' is derived from the Tamil word,
man-kay, which Portuguese explorers changed to manga. India is still the largest
producer of mangos with very few exported. Mangos traveled to the Caribbean in the
mid 1700s. More mangos are eaten throughout the world than any other fruit. There
are over 20 million metric tons of mangos grown yearly.
Mango is a true 'comfort food' because, like papaya, mango contains a stomach
soothing enzyme. Mangos not only make you feel good, they are great healthwise
because they contain plenty of fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium. One large mango
has about 100 calories with no cholesterol and half of the necessary daily fiber.
There are over 1,000 varieties of mangos throughout the world. The Caribbean has
starch, rose, Julie, calabash, dou-dou, turpentine, Graham, ten-pound, spice,
grafted, Ceylon and others. My personal favorites are dou-dou and calabash. Green
mango can be prepared into kutchela, chutney, preserves, takari and amchar.
Mango Chow
This is a unique way to eat this sweet fruit.
Slice at least two half ripe mangos, with the peel and seed removed, as thinly as
possible. Put in a bowl and mix with salt to taste. Add two cloves of garlic, grated,
and three leaves of chadon bene, chopped fine. Mix together and let sit for an hour.
Add a quartered, seeded hot pepper if you "have a hot mouth".
Mango Pie
3 Cups of sliced mangos (peeled and sliced)
2 Tablespoons quick tapioca
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
Two 9-inch pastry crusts
Combine all ingredients except pastry and let stand for 15 minutes. Line a pie pan
with one pastry crust. Fill it with fruit mix and cover with the other crust. Wet your
fingers and press edges of both crusts together. Using a fork, neatly jab the top to
let steam escape. Bake at 400F for one hour. Let stand till cool before serving. (Serve
with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired.)
Mango Crisp
5 Cups ripe mangos (peeled and sliced)
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup flour
1/4 Cup soft butter or margarine
Mix mangos, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and lemon juice and place in a
greased 10 by 10-inch baking dish. Blend '- -, : ;;.- flour, remaining cinnamon
and butter until mixture is crumbly. Drop 'I II ....... over the mango. Bake at a
350F for 35 minutes.
Mango Bread
2 Cups flour
2 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup brown sugar
3/4 Cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 Cups diced mangos
In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. Create a pond in the center and add everything
else. Mix with a big spoon. i ... .. m1 d floured bread pan. Let the mixture
sit for half an hour before I .1 ..., .1 Ii one hour.
Mango Salsa
1 Cup diced mangos
1/2 Cup diced red sweet peppers
1/2 Cup diced red Spanish onion
1 small hot pepper, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
I ...I. ii ,., ,, ..i.. I i ,11 Use as an accompanying sauce or marinade with
mi .1 I I I. I i.i, i- I .1 with sada roti, or chips.
Mango Stuffed Chicken
1 whole chicken
2 very ripe mangos, peeled, halved and pitted
1 small hot pepper, minced
2 chadon bene leaves, chopped fine
1 medium onion, chopped
Prepare chicken for roasting. Mix .-nin ;i ingredients and stuff the chicken.
i ... i .-,, pan. Bake for one hour, then uncover and bake

For the Gardener
Choose your favorite type of mango and seek out a tree vendor. Unless you choose
a dwarf grafted mango, allow a circumference of at least 50 feet for the tree. It should
bear in about the third year. Keep young trees adequately watered. In the dry season
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The Pressure Cooker:



A Most Valuable Tool

by Ross Mavis


Whenever I mention pressure cookers, some folks
run for cover. Nothing could be safer when used prop
erly. In fact, the molt -in' -r-;; t-Dl in your galley is
definitely a knife. It ... I I I used incorrectly.
So don't shy away from a pressure cooker. Reduced
cooking time, barely any loss of nutrition. Incredibly
tender, savory dishes -even from the cheapest
cuts of meat -emanate from a properly used pres
sure cooker.
A few simple rules make pressure-cooking a breeze
and not a hurricane.
Never fill the cooker more than two thirds full.
Bubbling lentils or split peas can block the rocking
pressure valve. Not good.
Always make sure the pressure relief valve is clear
of any blockage before you put the cooker on the heat.
Never use high heat; medium is fine.
Use the exact amount of liquid called for in the
recipe. This will assure no burnt offerings.
Finally, don't try to open the cooker until the pres
sure has dropped.
Ah yes, you say, but I'm still frightened to use one.
Well, look at it this way: it can be a lot like sailing
when you pop the chute. Granted, more care and
attention are necessary then, but the results are won
derfully exhilarating and most gratifying.
Someone asked what I would take with me if left on
a deserted island. A good knife, a small fire grate and
a basic pressure cooker were the only cooking utensils


a pressure cooker can proviae easy one-poe meats tue
Vesuvius Chicken, to serve solo or dress up with
a salad and crusty bread


I chose. The chance of having electricity or gas for
---1-;;----;1-1 -- remote at best, so leave all those
ii i i i. behind. A pressure cooker can be
used over a wood fire. The toughest wild pig can be
cooked into tender succulent pork dishes and fruit
turned into delicious puddings.
Furthermore, on board a boat, pressure cookers
work well during a heavy slop, when other pots spill
their contents. Also, pressure cookers can be used
quite safely to temporarily keep excess food. If you are
only able to consume half the pot of stew, carefully
pour out only that amount you will be consuming.
Replace the lid, bring the contents to the boil until the
safety valve jiggles, and then remove the pot from the
stove. While cooling, the valve is sucked tightly to the
pan, keeping everything inside vacuum sealed, as in a
tin can. This method depends upon not 'i-tr--11;;: -.
spoon or ladle into the cooker. The spoon ... .
contain bacteria that can lead to spoilage.
What exactly is the secret to pressure cookery? Quite
simply, water boils at 212F or 100C at sea level. At
15 pounds pressure, the top pressure-cooking pres
sure, water boils at 250F. The higher temperature
cooks foods faster. Furthermore, the retention ofjuic
es and flavors allows nutrient-rich and scrumptious
broths and gravies to be made with little effort. Seafood
stews, poultry dishes and even steamed clams are
easy fare for the pressure cooker. Custards, cakes and
stewed fruit exhibit the cooker's full repertoire.
There are several models of pressure cookers now on
the market. I still use my old standard Presto model
that is more than 30 years old. Occasionally you may


need to replace the rubber gasket that seals the lid to
the pan or the small rubber relief valve. Other than
that, only a good clean up is necessary, just like any
other pot or pan.
Follow the directions that come with your cooker for
best results. Basically, brown meats in the pan over
medium heat. When nicely browned, add veggies and
the required amount of cooking liquid. Bring this
nicely to the boil and clamp on the cooker lid. Let
steam escape for 30 seconds or so from the relief valve
and then add the rocking pressure
Regulator. Reduce the heat to low and
wait until the regulator starts to rock.
Start your cooking time at that point.
The gentle sound of escaping steam
as the pressure regulator rocks back
`411l and forth assures you all is well.
When the required cooking time is
I reached, turn off the heat and remove
the cooker from the stove.
P Either of two methods can be used
for cooling the cooker before opening
it. The cold water method is the fast
est. Simply run cold water over the
entire pressure cooker and you will
hear the pressure drop quickly. The
small pressure safety valve will drop
and you can then remove the regulate
ing rocker. Now it's fine to unlock the
cooker and savor the results.
Everything inside will still be very hot
so be careful.
If the recipe calls fcr '1 -- ln
then let the pot cool :.i, .1 i i
opening it. The contents continue to
cook until the pot is nicely cooled.
There. Now you know ,i..... I now about press
sure cookery. It is my i ,, i to make baked
beans, chili, stews, soups and incredibly tender cuts
of meat from cheap, tougher cuts. Here's a recipe you'll
want to try.

Vesuvius Chicken
An easy chicken dish that is full of flavor and a
breeze to prepare. Don't let the name frighten you. It
has nothing to do with the volcano.
3 Tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
1 three to five-pound (1.5 to 2 kg) chicken, cut up
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt and pepper mixed
4 to 6 small potatoes, peeled and halved
6 cloves garlic, diced)
1/4 Cup (60 ml) chicken broth
1/2 Cup (125 ml) white wine
1 teaspoon oregano
a sprinkle of red pepper flakes
1 lemon, sliced
parsley or chopped chives to garnish
Heat oil in cooker and brown chicken pieces over
medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Remove
chicken when browned.
Put potatoes in the cooker. Add balance of ingredi
ents except for lemon slices and place chicken on top.
Lay lemon slices on chicken. Bring mixture to a boil
and close cooker lid. When steam starts to come from
vent, add pressure regulator. Once regulator starts to
rock, start timing and cook for 15 minutes, adjusting
heat to keep regulator rocki:.. ..
After 15 minutes, remove I i. ... .1 and cool
quickly with cold water. When pressure has dropped,
remove lid. Remove chicken and potatoes to a platter.
Reduce liquid over medium heat (no lid this time) until
nicely thickened and pour over chicken and potatoes.
Serve hot. Garnish with parsley or chopped chives.


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Dear Compass,
Re: Robbie Ferron's letter in May's Readers' Forum
accusing me of writing "drivel" in my article about
marine pollution which appeared in the February 2008
issue of Compass. In that article I looked at the situa
tion harbor by harbor in the Eastern Caribbean, start
ing with St. Thomas and continuing south to Grenada.
Robbie insists: "It is not true that the Simpson Bay
Lagoon (St. Maarten) has a particularly serious pollu
tion problem". His letter makes some very good points,
but I'd like to take issue with some other statements.
First, the points we agree on.
It's true that yacht heads pumping untreated human
waste directly into the sea actually produce little pol
lution because this organic discharge breaks down
rapidly and the fish love it. Witness the Street family,
who raised four children on lolaire without using any
disposable '.,, 1 .. i i, .. i.i i 1 i, .i fourcloth
diapers wer -e ,I i .. i I I I. I ;reatjob of
cleaning them.
It's also true that human waste mixed with fresh
water (and chemicals) in holding tanks and then dis
-hr--1 i;nt- the sea is very polluting.
I,,, I. current is strong, flushing action
is good.
True: The pollution in -.,,"i I I .. as else
where in the Caribbear .- I .. I i ... shore
based sources.
All the above are true, but let's examine some other
statements.
Robbie's letter states: "All" mega-yachts "have treat
ment facilities so their contribution is relatively small."
Can it be -It- -ri-11-' stated that ALL have adequate
treatment I .1.1. Do they never discharge their
holding tanks in Simpson Bay Lagoon, as I've person
ally seen them do (evidenced by huge, foul-smelling
"brown clouds") in certain other yacht harbours?
Flushing action of an enclosed body of water demands
not only adequate openings but also a large tidal range.
The tidal range in the Caribbean is usually 12 inches
at neaps, 18 inches at springs; at the spring and fall
equinox it will reach 24 inches and sometimes a bit
more. With this small tidal range there is little or no
:... ..... action in enclosed harbors in the Caribbean.
my not bh-irn been in Simpson Pr-- Tl.
"for a very long .... I have viewed the i .
the shore every year from 1960 to 2006. -
say, my engineless lolaire and Li'l lolaire never visited
the lagoon. However in 2005 while sailing on Kinship,
a 52-foot Baltic, for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
not only was I in Simpson Bay Lagoon but I witnessed
the poor skipper diving into it to clear a clogged sea
cock. Kinship's skipper took a LONG shower to clean
up after his dive.
Water quality in all harbors can be improved if the
authorities enact and enforce the British Virgin Islands'
rule: no i- i, .. holding tanks unless at least
1,000 yar I- II -I. But the problem of poor water
quality in lagoons and other enclosed bodies of water
in the Eastern Caribbean is insoluble until shore
based pollution is stopped.
Don Street
lolaire

Dear Compass,
i ,, I Clayton Lewis for his terrific article
I I ,-i. I,. Tropical Weather and Hurricanes"
[Compass June 2008]. He put together a wonderful,
easy to read and understand, as well as detailed report
about tropical weather.
Having spent over 14 years aboard Pizazz (11 of
those in the Caribbean), we learned to watch, listen,
and .1. the various weather forecasts in order to
stay ,I I harm's way. Living on a boat you give up
some security for the freedom that you gain. You also
give up easy access to weather broadcasts and, there
fore, become dependent upon '..1. r, .1. ,
broadcasts from "the experts". I 11 ...
the experts never explain what they are talking about.
You have to learn that yourself.


Clayton explained it all in simple terms. Thank you,
Clayton, for a great job! We hope that most cruisers
read this article and now understand what tropical
weather is all about. And, Clayton, we hope that you
and Fiona are enjoying Colombia and Panama.
Lourae and Randy
Formerly aboard Pizazz but now living on land
in Bonaire
P.S. We continue to receive requests for our Colombia
Guide and information. We gladly share our gathered
data with all cruisers heading west (or east) along the
Colombia coast. That coast is subject to its own weath
er more than just tropical conditions. Anyone inter
ested, can request a copy of our guide by contacting us
at sypizazz@yahoo.com.

Editor's note: An electronic copy of Clayton's article
can be requested from sally@caribbeancompass.com.

Dear Compass,
From the fifth floor of my little condo in Porlamar,
Margarita, Venezuela, I enjoy watching the comings and
goings of the cruisers who come to enjoy the best
weather in the Caribbean and do their provisioning at
the supermarkets here. I also enjoy the Sunday Mexican
Train domino sessions that take place weekly.
After reading the June issue of Compass (in which
they reported their incident) I was happy to see the
return of the yacht Moon Goddess. I knew Joe in Ft.
Lauderdale several lifetimes ago when I had my own
27-foot Dufour, and I was pleased to meet Diane here
in Porlamar when they came to play dominoes on
Sunday. They are a welcome couple at the games and
I am so glad they didn't stay away from Venezuela
because of an unfortunate experience. Their boat was
boarded while they were aboard at Puerto Santos.
They were locked in and no harm came to them after
they fired flares through a small hatch. They knew it
wasn't a safe place to anchor for the :.... 1 ..i they
were tired! The incident shook them up I 11 I .I not
enough to keep them away. Good thing!
Sandi Pomeroy
Call sign: Sea-Mistress

Hi Compass,
Thank you for publishing my letter in the June issue.
However, your response explaining the sorts of visas
appropriate for foreign yacht crews entering the United
States does not address my particular problem. My
crewmember/fiancee is not an employee on my boat so
V- 1 n-..... rl-.. --ntract. My problem is that the
i -i....... .. i.. a visa because my crewmem-
i .... i. 'e that she will go back to her
country, Venezuela. Rule 214B says that a visa appli
cation will be denied when the applicant cannot prove
that he/she has good reasoin- i : 1 1 to their coun
try (for example, proof of -i ,,. .....i connections
such as a spouse or children). My crewmember/fian
cee has family -two sisters and a mother -but that
is apparently not enough for the US government.
In the US embassy they told us to make another
appointment which means paying another
US$200 ano II11. a lot of frustration -for what,
another "no
Can any Compass readers tell me if there is an office
where I can go with my problem about getting a visi
tor's visa for my crewmember/fiancee so we can
cruise US territories such as Puerto Rico and the US
Virgin Islands?
Regards,
Eddy Huybs
S/V Helena

Dear Compass,
It is with regret that I feel the need to inform your
readers of our recent incident in Roseau, Dominica.
We arrived early in the afternoon of June 13, 2008
on a Sunsail bareboat catamaran and proceeded to
pick up a mooring ball in front of Sea Cats boat (he
does tours, yacht services, etcetera). It is just north of
the Anchorage Inn. Of course this decision was assist
ed by the prompt arrival of a local boat boy, whom I'll
call "X', to make the mooring available, collect a fee,
etcetera. Having never been to Dominica, we decided to
avail ourselves of a bit of local knowledge and comply.
After -1-;ri;: Customs, we explored a bit of the
south ei. I I .I island, had dinner and returned to
the boat around 10:30PM. We were both quite exhaust
ed and went to bed early.
Not being familiar with this boat and her "night
sounds" we were aware of some noises but not alarmed
enough to investigate them as we thought it was the
mooring ball on the hulls.
I left my purse in the cabin and about 20 minutes
S. ......... ... I icided to switch cabins to enjoy the
S... ..... drizzle in another bunk (under an
open hatch). The night passed quietly and was seem
ingly uneventful.
The next day at breakfast ashore, we went to pay the
bill and discovered that all the cash had been removed
from the wallet on the boat while we were sleeping.
Yes, I know, it should have been divided and hidden
better but -hindsight. The good news is they left the
passports and credit cards.
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continued from previous page
There is no question as to when the money was sto
len, only "who done it"! We have our theories.
We checked around with other locals and Sea Cat
himself has a good name and reputation. He was quite
upset about the incident.
The incident was also reported to the Dominican
Coast Guard and the Board of Tourism as well. Most
everyone on the island whom we met was very sad to
hear of our misfortune and assured us that Dominica
is usually a safe and trouble-free place. These folks
take a lot of pride in their beautiful island.
One other word of caution: the Dominican Coast
Guard, while very respectful, likes to check your boat
coming and going. It is understandable that they are
combating drug smuggling and want to maintain a
strong presence. Do be advised however, that they
don't make a practice of putting out fenders when they
come to check your vessel, so be prepared.
Happy cruising,
Tanya and Marion

Dear Compass Readers,
As I sit here on El Vagabond a few days away from
my 126th birthday (18 years to you humans), rolling
to the left and then t 1,. ...1.i I must confess to
occasional nostalgic : i....- i the warm, cosy,
unmoving apartment where I used to live.
Having crossed the Bay of Biscay twice and the
Atlantic Ocean last year I guess I'm a pretty experi
enced sailor with over 12,000 sea miles and looking
forward to many more.


Would T .;:- things? No chance -I rule the roost
in this ..I.. I pace my parents call a boat. I've got
loads of cosy hideaways, food available 24 hours a day
and am constantly spoilt with Mum and Dad on per
manent call.
I'm not sure what is meant by a "dog's life" but I sure
am enjoying this Sea Cat's Life.
Mind you, I'm cruising the Caribbean for now but I
am a bit concerned as I keep hearing mentions of
"Chile next year". I just hope it's warm there....
Mishima Mortimer
El Vagabond

Dear Compass,
Yes, the Caribbean Safety and Security Net has
received yet another report of an armed boarding in
Chateaubelair, St. Vincent. And seven reports from
Venezuela, including armed boardings off the Paria
Peninsula and in Isla Margarita, at both Porlamar and
Pampatar: all this since the beginning of June, when
security issues traditionally slow down.
Crime against yachts has received lots of press over
the past six months or so: the January issue of the
US-based magazine Cruising World, the March issue of
the UK-based magazine Yachting Monthly, and the
June 6th issue of the Los Angeles Times newspaper,
which article was picked up and reprinted by the
Baltimore Sun, the Detroit News, the Seattle Times, the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and numerous websites
and blogs.
Maybe its good news that the problem is r---i-in -
some attention, but the bad news is that I .. I
incidents has been vastly exaggerated. The LA Times
says: "attacks on yachts...with increasing frequency"
and "dozens of incidents involving beatings and stab
bings". And what is most embarrassing to me is that
they are quoting the Security Net's website as the
source of that misinformation!
While I acknowledge that the Security Net does not
receive reports of all crimes against yachts, I believe
that what we do receive is a fair indication of what and
where the problems are. Yes, Chateaubelair has been
a problem spot since the recent rash of armed robber
ies began in November 2007. But the data indicates


that in the time period since then, the increase in
reports has come almost exclusively from Venezuela,
an area not even mentioned in either the LA Times
story nor the Yachting Monthly article. And "the
increase in the use of weapons", a direct quote from
me in the LA Times article, is evenly spread among the
island chain covered by the article and Venezuela.
Yachting Monthly reported initially on one of the
Chateaubelair incidents but went on to include so
called "expert" commentary, rumors and recollections
of isolated incidents from a number of sources, some of
which were looking back some 40 years, but with the
implication that all of these incidents were very recent.
Hardly factual reporting! Their response to criticism is
that they must advise and protect their readers, but
instead they at i .....1. ..., i he rumors.
None of this:- i i i i ... the trauma of those on
board the yachts involved. All of the people were in fear
for their lives and with good reason, with someone
:1 .,1.. .... ichete or a pistol in their faces. But let's
: I .11 I I on blaming poverty as the excuse these
men were not robbing in order to feed their families. As
one fellow quoted in the LA Times article said, "It's
guys who don't want to work" but still want cell
phones, CD and DVD players, and yes, probably
drugs. If in fact, poverty were to blame for the crimes
against yachts, the incidence of crime would be much
higher. Most of the people in the island chain and in
Venezuela are good, honest, hard-working folks who
do not consider crime as a means to an end. In fact,
they are as horrified as we are when their community
is damaged by one of these incidents and are insulted



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It's a Sea Cat's IAfe for
Mishima aboard
El Vagabond







to hea tl..t : .- -;-i, that their standard of liv
ing is:
On the bright side, all this publicity has resulted in
a much wider audience for the Security Net. Many of
the reports I receive now are from charter boats via the
website -prior to the recent press coverage, charter
boats were an untouched audience. So these visitors
are coming to the Caribbean much wiser in terms of
which anchorages to avoid and what precautions are
appropriate in other anchorages.
Until governments join together in establishing
: I. 1 I 1 .. I 1. 1 .. I ..i i . 11 se reports, the
;. l l l. i I .-I .. I l II I .. I is w w w .safe
tyandsecuritynet.com, not your next-door neighbor
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sensationalism to sell their product.
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When it Stops




by Bruce Parnham

One of the worst sounds you will ever hear is the sound of swimming, when
it stops.
Jan Berkey joined me in St. Martin for a leisurely sail down the islands. She
was a cruising newbie and wanted to see it all and do it all, all on the first day.
Having spent much of her life ri7-.n: kids and plants, especially flowers, she
was quite familiar with them. -1. .- thrilled to be able to see bougainvillea,
orchids, flamboyant and so many other tropical flowers on their own turf.
We visited St. Barths, Statia, St. Kitts and Nevis before moving on to Montserrat,
where we anchored right next to the 246-foot yacht Leander, with Prince Charles
and Camilla on board, and watched while they enjoyed the beach.
Slowly we moved along the island chain before going east to Antigua, where
we enjoyed the festivities of the Classic Yacht Regatta. Lots of fun, parties,
friends -and, of course, the racing. Those classics are wonderful and Jan took
a real interest in wh-t :--: -
Jan had always I .... I II .... a reporter or travel writer, so at every
opportunity, she would interview people to learn their take on life, while taking
endless pictures of the exotic places she was seeing.
We did Guadeloupe and the Saints, and went on to Dominica, where Jan
found the rainforests breathtaking, the waterfalls refreshing and the people
very friendly.
Jan seemed very happy to be meeting the other cruisers along the way and
would ask endless questions. She wanted to know it all, and right now.
Everyone was happy to answer her questions and to help guide her along on
her adventure into discovery.
When we arrived at Martinique, I had another crewmember joining us. Pat


She was a cruising newbie and

wanted to see it all and do it all


arrived on Wednesday May 21st and we moved the boat to the main city, Fort
de France. By Friday the 23rd, Jan was dead.
We had spent much of Friday in Fort de France, checking out the stores, find
ing Internet, getting some provisions and just 1--l- n .round. Jan discovered
when she checked her bank that her income '. i ,,, I had arrived and she
was quite pleased. We all went back to the boat for lunch and Jan asked if I
would take her back to shore for the afternoon. Pat and I met her on the dock
later and we all went back to the boat.
We had dinner together and then settled in to watch a movie. Jan had seen
it before, however, so she went out on the bow to watch the moon come up.
After the movie was over I went to the bow and talked with her for a few min-
utes. She mentioned that she wanted to go swimming. I replied that she had
been drinking, it was dark, and swimming would not be a good idea. She simply
replied that she was a good swimmer, which she had proven several times.
When I went back to the cockpit, a splash was heard. Jan soon swam to the
stern and was laughing and splashing around. She did a few laps around the
boat, and then began swimming out and back in several different directions.
When she came back to the boat I suggested that she had had enough fun and
should come back onboard. She merely stated that she would come back when
she was ready. It was during her next swim away from the boat that the sound
of swimming stopped.
I grabbed a large spotlight and looked in the direction of the last sounds. I
couldn't spot her and I jumped into the dinghy to go looking. After an hour of
making many ever-increasing circles I returned to the boat and called the
French Coast Guard, who took the information, asked several questions and
said to stand by.
When they had not called back a couple of hours later, Pat and I reluctantly
went to get some sleep. We were up at sunrise to check the area again and
when nothing was found, I called the Coast Guard again. They took the same
information, gave me directions to the police station and told me to go there to
make a report.
The French police were thorough and efficient. They interviewed Pat and me
numerous times, I i1. .nd separately. Divers searched the area around the
boat and nothing .. 1 .... ,,., .1 ... I I ... ,1 .. 1 rich
Army helicopter, and was rec I i ... .... i ,, .,,, i ... .
This began a week of lots of questions. Our passports and the ship's papers
were seized. I contacted the person whose name Jan had written in her pass
port to notify in case of emergency, and he informed her family. The US
Embassy became involved and everyone was very professional in their efforts.
An autopsy was performed which determined that the cause of death was
accidental drowning. Our passports and the ship's papers were returned.
Take a lesson here. When having someone on board, get contact informa-
tion, even for someone you know, and strongly discourage any swimming
after drinking.

Bruce Parnham has been cruising for 12 years, has circumnavigated and is
now cruising the Caribbean aboard S/V RPhurst.


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Black Pirates and How We

Should Portray Them

by Norman Faria

When most people hear of pirates, they think of their activities in the 17th and
18th Centuries right here in the Caribbean area. From our schoolbooks, many of us
might remember names such as Henry Morgan and Blackbeard. We've read books
such as Treasure Island in which pirates came ashore to bury their treasure. Older
folks recall Hollywood actors such as Errol Flynn starring as swashbuckling heroes
in 1940s and 1950s movies.
A little known fact is that in the later half of the "Golden Age of Piracy" (from 1650
to 1725), nearly a third of the estimated 5,000 pirates (sometimes known as buc
caneers) then operating in the circum-Caribbean were of African descent. Some
histories depict them as the "shock troops" that led initial charges onto the decks of
treasure-laden vessels. Others served as cooks, ordinary sailors and even onboard
musicians. Most were escaped slaves.
Unlike the relatively -. ...1. .. I task undertaken in recent times of highlight
ing the role of black I i .. doing largely (a small number were common
outlaws) honest work, the chronicling of the role of black pirates needs a more care
ful approach.
Let us be frank. Despite Hollywood's glamorization of them and Treasure Island
author Robert Louis Stevenson's storytelling license, pirates were in general ruthless
murderers, rapists and other low types. They would chop off a captive's hand with a
cutlass to get the ring on his finger. They kept slaves.
There have been attempts to revise history by painting pirates as humane with
their own brand of democracy. For example, an article by William J. Broad,
"Archaeologists Revise Portrait of Buccaneers as Monsters" (The New York Times,
July 6th, 2008), points to excavations of the wreck of a 100-foot pirate ship found
in 1984 off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It had sunk in a ferocious storm
in 1717.
The name of the wrecked three-masted ship was the Whydah (pronounced WID
da). As was true for the pirate population overall, about a third of the approximately
150-man crew were people of colour, mainly of African descent. One of the two men
who escaped the wrath of the storm that sank the ship was John Julian, an
Amerindian from what is today Belize.
The eventual owners of the wreck and recovered artifacts wanted to set up a
"Whydah Pirate Complex", first in Boston and then in Tampa, Florida. They met with
stiff opposition from, among others, Byron Rushing who is African-American and a
Massachusetts State Representative. This opposition, which resulted in no theme
park being set up in th t. I 1 th .t to insensitively portray black men as
pirates and slaves in a ...... .. -. I -i. would erode the -;;-in: campaigns
to portray African-Americans in a positive light. The Whydah wa' ... I I built as a
slave ship in London in 1715. It was captured by pirate Sam Bellamy on its way back
to Africa after -li=-. Trin a cargo of slaves at Cuba. "Haven't the wealthy and pow
erful profited e. ...I. i. .... the bestiality of slavery?" one Tampa protester asked, as
i i .i.. 1..... ,.,. i i i ,e Black Ship: the quest to recover an English pirate
il i ... ., Clifford and Paul Perry, Headline Press, 1999) and
for which I am grateful for some of my information on pirates.
The Whydah wreck discoverers and their business partners objected to these pro
tests. Their case appeared ini -- t--k the traditional liberaldemocratic
position that it was a histol I i i I' ... pirates existed and this needed to
be told. Indeed, the organizers contended, the fact that black pirates lived alongside
whites in apparent equality in a relatively I . .. i- .... should be highlighted.
A selection of the artifacts recovered front '. 1. 1 i ,i ow on public display at
the Expedition Whydah Sea Lab & -";rn;n Center on Cape Cod (http://whydah.
com). "Real Pirates: The Untold St. I Whydah", a traveling exhibition of
Whydah artifacts sponsored by National Geographic magazine, opened at the
Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 31st and
will run throughout this summer. Last year the show appeared at the Cincinnati
(Ohio) Museum Center. To make sure that slavery's role was properly explained, the
organizers of the exhibition, National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions
International, and the Cincinnati Museum Center, formed an advisory panel of aca
demics and scholars to review the content of the show. Stuart Ferguson wrote in the
September 12th, 2007, edition of the Wall Street Journal: "Happily, the panel seems
to have provided more than just political insulation, and -mprh -i-n. the ties
between Africa and America, both profitable and cruel, has lift i i .1 I ,, -' from
easy popularity and made it revelatory..." The exhibit features profiles of some of
Whydah's crew, including black pirate Hendrick Quintor, a former sailor turned
pirate when the Spanish ship he crewed on was captured. According to the National
., .. ... i ... .... il uintorhad

In a way, sections of the African-American community had valid criticisms about
the original Whydah Pirate Complex project as it was put forward at the time. The
wreck and its history should nevertheless be permitted to fit into an authentic
museum setting, properly researched and displayed, with the right emphases and
context. The campaigns against stereotyping of black people in the mass media,
including newspaper cartoons and movies, has been an important work area for the
civil rights movement in the US. Educational campaigns to discredit and remove
from public circulation repugnant cartoons and advertisements showing black peo
ple with, for example, oversized and grotesque physical features, eating watermelons
and dancing, was totally just and correct. Tellingly, a native peoples' group in the
US, the American Indian Movement (AIM), also condemned the Whydah theme park.
The AIM had previously spoken -lt -.iinit stereotypicall portrayal of "Indians" in
movies and mass media. The ( ..I ... I..... communities in Dominica and St.
Vincent have also expressed disappointment about portrayal of indigenous peoples
in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
They were correct in arguing that s-iih -r-t-r- n -1 inullting references need to
be exposed. Future ones need to be ..I i ..-. I ...... This needs to done so
as not to influence impressionable minds. There should be no freedom of speech for
those peddling misrepresentations that can stir up racial and other tensions and
divide people of different races, colours and religions. This of course does not apply
to law enforcement agencies and the mass media when they identify the race or
colour of criminals or wanted persons in modem day societies. They have to.
Out of the debate and discussion about the Whydah should not have come division
but a better understanding of and sensitivity towards the display of maritime arti
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a century ago.
A shirt-waister was a dress with a bodice like a shirt
and a full, gathered skirt that was drawn in at the waist
with a wide belt. Under the dress one wore a multitude
of net petticoats stiffened with a sugar solution. They
were popular in the days of Bill Haley and the Comets
and rock 'n' roll and jiving, the days when my mother hit
the local Palais de Dance and when all her positive
energy shone out long before she became a bitter and
angry old lady.
I never saw my mother sad or even disgruntled wear
ing that dress; it was her hFrr- -r ss.
That's when I thought I .i.... my boat the Netta
Davies, after her. I wrote and told one of my brothers of
my idea but I didn't get any feedback. I didn't know
what to do, as my mother really disliked me at that
moment: she wouldn't see or even talk to me.
Then my mother became ill. My brothers and an old
family friend were wonderful in the way took on car
ing for a very difficult old lady and here I was doing
what I love best, pottering around on my "new" boat
in paradise.
Many of us are going to be placed in the position of
- trying to decide whether or not we should go "home"
because of our family's needs. In my case, I decided to
trust my brothers' judgment. I wouldn't be much help if


my mother wouldn't even see me, let alone let me help
look after her. They knew that I was ready to jump on a
plane at a moments notice if they said the word.
I was feeling pretty useless, although I was phoning
every day and absorbing as much of their frustrations
as I could. I wasn't worried about feeling bad when my
mother died because I had done everything that I could
think of to make my peace with her.
My mother is vain. I have inherited that vice and so I
thought I would have another go at the naming-the
boat-after-her idea. I sent my other brother a photo of
the boat and asked him to show it to Mum and tell her
that I was going to name it after her because it remind
ed me of her in that shirt-waister dress.
When I phoned next, my brother told me that Mum
knew exactly which dress I wa1 t.ll-i;n about and it had
bought a secret little smile to . I He said that she
didn't want the boat called the Netta Davies because her
name had been a source of unhappiness for her as a
child. Instead she suggested that I called it the Marietta
Her second name is Mary and so is mine. That way it
would combine both of our names, she said.
What it means to me that my mother thought of a
name that would combine our names is beyond words.
Later in the day he had shown her the photo of the
boat again and it had bought the same smile to her face.
And whenever I use my boats new name it will bring a
smile to my face, too, and an image of my mother's
swirling yellow skirt.


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2000 Catana 471, 4 cabin,
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Seismic Activity in Montserrat
Scientists have reported a significant increase in seis-
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quakes, the island's Soufriere Hills volcano vented gas
and steam in late July and a series of blasts released
ash from inside a hardened lava dome. One of the
ash columns rose to about 2.5 kilometres (8,000 feet)
above sea level. Wind blowing from the east pushed
most of the ash from the 3,000-foot (900-meter) high
volcano over open water. Small pyroclastic flows were
also reported.


The Montserrat Volcano Observatory is a safe
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A report from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory
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activity seen during the week (of July 18th to 25th)
are probably not caused only by instability of the
lava dome. It is very likely that there is in increase in
pressure beneath the volcano and possibly a fresh
injection of magma, which may lead to a resump-
tion of dome growth. Even if lava extrusion does not
restart, the dome is still a very large mass of very hot
material which is capable of collapsing or exploding
at any time."
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Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers
Boatshed international yacht brokers of the BVI, page
50; Trintrac Honda sales and service of Trinidad, page
50; and Fortress Woodworking, Marc One Marine of
Trinidad and Pro Marine of Trinidad, in the Caribbean
Compass Market Place, pages 51 through 53.
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