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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: November 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Volume ID: VID00021
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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issn - 1605-1998

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| Repo Man
Reclaiming a stolen yacht..... 32






Go Cariaco!
Venezuela's 'gulf course'. 18, 23 -- '

Bimini's Tops
A Bahamian favorite ............. 25



Cruisers get creative............. 39

Caribbean
Christmas
Revisiting ashore .................. 26 Trinidad's holiday traditions. 43




Business Briefs..................... 9 Cruising Kids' Corner............ 38
Eco-News............................ 10 Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 38
Regatta News...................... 14 Book Reviews........................40
Meridian Passage................. 32 Cooking with Cruisers..........44
Cruising Crossword............... 36 Readers' Forum...................47
Word Search Puzzle.............. 36 What's On My Mind..............50
Island Poets......................... 37 Caribbean Marketplace......51
Sailors' Horoscope................ 37 Classified Ads ....... ............ 54
Cartoons.............................. 37 Advertisers' Index................54


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ISSN 1605 1998


NOVEMBER
1 All Saints' Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
1 Independence Day. Public holiday in Antigua & Barbuda
1 D Hamilton Jackson Day. Public holiday in USVI
1 2 Women's Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championship, St. Maarten.
directordbigboatseries.com
2 19th West Marine Caribbean 1500 sets sail from Hampton, VA to Tortola.
www.carib1500.com
3 Independence Day. Public holiday in Dominica
4 Community Service Day. Public holiday in Dominica
6- 11 Le Triangle Emeraude rally, Guadeloupe to Dominica. ycsf@orange.fr
7 -8 BVI Schools Regatta, Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC),
tel (284) 494-3286, rbviyc@rbviyc.com, www.rbviyc.net
7 9 Heineken Regatta Curacao. www.heinekenregattacuracao.com
7 9 BMW Invitational J/24 Regatta, St. Lucia. slycmembers@gmail.com
8 St. Maarten Optimist Open Championship. director@bigboatseries.com
8 10 Triskell Cup Regatta, Guadeloupe. http://triskellcup.com
10- 15 Golden Rock Regatta, St Maarten to Saba.
bea@goldenrockregatta.com
11 Veterans' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
11 Armistice Day. Public holiday in French West Indies and BVI
13 FULL MOON
13 21 Heineken Aruba Catamaran Regatta. www.arubaregatta.com
15 Start of Spice Race from England to Grenada. www.spicerace.com
15 16 Nanny Cay IC24 Nations Cup, Tortola. RBVIYC
19 Discovery Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
22 Pusser's Round Tortola Race. RBVIYC
23 ARC 2008 departs Canary Islands bound for St. Lucia.
www.worldcruising.com/arc. Also ARC flotilla in St. Lucia,
slycmembers@gmail.com
24 Start of Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, Canary Islands to St. Maarten.
www.yccs.it
27 US Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
28 29 Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta, St. John, USVI. tel (340) 513-4022
28 30 Course de L'Alliance Regatta, St. Maarten/St. Barths/Anguilla.
www.coursedelalliance.com
29 30 Rodney Bay to Marigot Bay Overnight Rally, St. Lucia.
slycmembers@gmail.com
29- 30 Quantum Sails IC24 International Regatta, RBVIYC




DECEMBER
1 Independence Day. Public holiday in Barbados
3 Saba Day. Public holiday in Saba
4 9 47th Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. www.antiguayachtshow.com
5-6 Gustav Wilmerding 18th Annual Memorial Challenge, BVI.
West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002,
fax (284) 495-4184, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
5-7 JHR Caribbean Regatta, Jolly Harbour, Antigua.
www.jhycantigua.com/regattas.html
5-7 Carlos Aguilar Memorial Match Race, St. Thomas. www.styc.net
6 St. John Christmas Music Festival, USVI. stevesimonlive@yahoo.com
6 9 St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition. www.mybacaribbeanshow.com
7 Start of J/24 and Big Boats Series, St. Lucia. slycmembers@gmail.com
9 12 The Superyacht Cup Antigua. www.thesuperyachtcup.com
12 FULL MOON
13 National Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia. Boat races.
13 14 Quantum Sails IC24 International Regatta, BVI
14 St. Lucia Yacht Club ARC Fun Day. slycmembers@gmail.com
19 Separation Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
19 21 Carriacou Parang Festival. collinswallace@hotmail.com
20 Commodore's Cup Race, BVI. RBVIYC
21 Winter Solstice
21 28 Hightide Series, Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag,
www.antiguayachtclub.com
21 29 Chanukah (sunset to sunset)
25 Christmas Day. Public holiday in many places
26 Boxing Day. Public holiday in many places
31 Nelson's Pursuit Race, Antigua. AYC
31 St. Barts New Year's Eve Regatta

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.


ATTENTION EVENT ORGANIZERS!
The Compass annual calendar of events for 2009 is now being compiled. Send
information for your FREE listing to sally@caribbeancompass.com.


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Moorings Installed in Grenada Bays
According to a report in the October 9th edition of the Grenada newspaper The
Barnacle, "Vessels that use the Flamingo Bay, Dragon Bay, Moliniere Bay and Grand


moorings available


Mal Bay now have improved mooring facilities. This comes after the placement on
October 8th of permanent anchors that (vessels can) safely tie onto, eliminating the
need to drop anchor." Four moorings were placed in Flamingo Bay and four in
Moliniere Bay, while Dragon Bay and Grand Mal Bay each received two. These
bays, popular with day charter boats, dive operators and cruising yachts, are locat-
ed on Grenada's leeward coast just north of the capital, St. George's. Grenada's
famous underwater sculpture park is located at Moliniere Bay.
The Barnacle reported: "The Grenada Board of Tourism collaborated with the
Grenada Ports Authority to place the moorings in their positions. The GBT will also
continue to work along with the Ministry of Fisheries in their thrust to extend the pres-
ent scope of the Marine Protected Area (MPA), as well as its mandate to monitor
and enforce all laws regarding the protection of the marine environment."
On-Line Yacht Clearance Updates
The first phase of an electronic clearance system for yachts traveling in the
Caribbean, called eSeaClear, was launched on July 1st with a pilot project in St.
Lucia. Yacht skippers can submit the relevant information via the internet at www.
eSeaClear.com. The system will have progressive roll-out around the region.
Yachtsmen participating in the trials of eSeaClear so far have provided much valu-
able feedback, and as a result the system has already seen some amendments to
make it even more user-friendly. For example, the website now provides for free text
entry of home port and engine type, the ability to change a password, a more secure
registration process, contact-sensitive help for the calendar picker, and a new icon on
the notification list showing which notifications have been cleared by Customs.
Want to check it out? Visit www eSeaClear com.
Navigational Software 'Reborn'
Jan and Judie Glodowski report: A large number of cruisers will be pleased to hear
that navigation software The CAPN is being reborn. Most of us loved the software
and were greatly disappointed when Maptech bought the package. Maptech did
not want competition for their offerings and promptly put CAPN on a shelf to die.
Mariners still kept buying CAPN and it just would not go away. Recently Maptech
went on the chopping block; when Maptech could not be sold as a whole, its divi-
sions were sold off individually. For aficionados, the news that Star Technologies
Corp. bought The CAPN could not be better.
On our sailboat, Meridian Chaser, we have used CAPN for years. It is a well-
thought-out piece of work that has been an invaluable aid to navigation. We wel-
come this newest evolution. With 30 years experience supporting the space industry,
aircraft designers and the US Navy, the people at Star Technologies bring a whole
new perspective and promising future to the venerable CAPN.
For more information visit www thecapn com.
Panama Visa Updates
Panama's new Immigration law (Law #3 of 22 February 2008) is reportedly now in
effect and applies to all visitors arriving on yachts. It allows for the issue of a 90-day
tourist card to passengers and crew of yachts on arrival. The 90-day period may be
conditional on the prior issuance of a cruising permit for the same period of time.
After the initial 90-day period of the tourist card, a visa may be issued, also condi-
tional on the prior issuance of a cruising permit. The visa requirements listed are:
attorney authorized to execute the request; three photographs;
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Eight Bells
Long-time Caribbean cruiser Pam Jost passed away on October 1st after a six-


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month fight with esophageal cancer. Pam and her husband Steve sailed aboard
Viva and frequently shared their extensive cruising adventures, highlighted by
Steve's superlative photos, in the pages of Caribbean Compass. A Celebration of
Life service was held for Pam at the Josts homeport Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in
California on October 18th.
A Blue Water Cruising Trophy has been established and will be presented in Pam's
name to recognize all of the CBYC blue water cruising sailors, past and present. In
her memory, a donation can be made for the Pam Jost Blue Water Cruising Award.
Checks should be made and mailed to Jolene Burton, 2784 Hollyridge Dr., Los
Angeles, CA 90068, and marked for the Pam Jost Trophy Fund.
Condolences can be sent to Steve atjostphoto@aol.com.

Cruisers Site-ings
October 2008 marked the second year since "the cruisers' friend" in Trinidad, Jesse
James, launched his Members Only taxi service website:
www.membersonlymaxitaxi.com. Congratulations, Jesse!
While many people in the Caribbean were wondering just what effect the seas
generated by Hurricane Omar (see story on page 8) were going to have on their
island or coastline, a surfer's website displayed great computer-model graphics of
the projected wave patterns check out magicseaweed.com.

Cruisers Treat Young Readers to a Sail
Aubrey Millard reports: Four cruising sailboats recently took 29 young Grenadians,
ages seven to 15, plus some parents and teachers, for a two-hour sail. A few cruisers
anchored around Prickly Bay and Hog Island have been volunteering Saturday
mornings, working on reading and literacy skills with the Mt. Airy Young Readers
group, a community program led by Jeanne and Everest Pascal. On September
13th, the reading group was invited to go sailing on Wild Cat, a 38-foot catamaran
(thanks, Pam and Chris), Blue Tang, a 42-foot Hallberg Rassey (thanks, Guy and
Kevin), Debonair, a 30-foot cutter (thanks, Larry and Deborah), and Veleda IV, an
Ontario 32-foot sloop (thanks, Aubrey and Judy). Extra life jackets were provided by
other cruisers, so there would be sufficient for all.
The group was returned by dinghy to the public beach near the Calabash
resort in Prickly Bay, where all enjoyed swimming and a picnic with refreshments
provided by cruisers and parents. Many of the children enjoyed swimming with
the life jackets on, a good opportunity for them to become accustomed to
them. On the beach, the children were entertained by Jeanne with a spelling
quiz on nautical terms. A large nautical Word Find puzzle was made up by Judy
Millard of Veleda IV, for the kids to work on at home. (We'll share this in
a future issue of Compass!)
There is a large cruising community at anchor and in the several marinas in the
bays on the south end of Grenada. (Actually there are far more boats at anchor
than in the marinas.) A recent count of boats in Mount Hartman Bay, Clarkes Court
Bay, Hog Island, Prickly Bay, the Lagoon, and the anchorage north of Grand Anse
Beach indicated there were more than 170 boats at anchor, plus 50 docked in the
various marinas (Clarkes Court, Whisper Cove, Phare Blue, Martin's, and Prickly Bay
Marinas). These figures do not include the many boats on the hard in Grenada
Marine and Spice Island Marine, or the boats in the Grenada Yacht Club, Port Louis,
or True Blue.

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month, that would be an economic benefit to Grenada of (220 x 5,000)
EC$1,100,000 monthly. This amount goes directly into the local economy for taxis,
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Members of the Mount Airy Young Readers Group are now 'seasoned salts' after enjoying
cruising boats visiting Grenada. Cruisers have been helping teach reading skills anoth
thank you' for the island's hospitality


rants, entertainment, and to other local merchants and services not through any
government agencies or foreign-owned investments. In addition, this benefit is maxi-
mized by cruisers staying in Grenada throughout the hurricane season, a time when
cruise ship and other tourist income for the island is reduced in the off-season.
The cruisers appreciate the hospitality of Grenada and are happy to participate in
and contribute to the social and economic life of this
enjoyable island. Activities such as volunteering to
help with reading skills and taking kids for a sail pro-
vide the cruisers an opportunity to contribute to the
community socially, as well as economically. Thank
you Grenada for your hospitality.
Pre-Columbian Sailors Brought 'Bongs' to Caribbean
We all know that the Caribbean island chain has
been used in recent years as a drug-smuggling corri-
dor, but who knew that this was an ancient tradition?
S According to a report in the October 21st edition of
CaribWorldNews, North Carolina State University's Dr.
Scott Fitzpatrick says her team unearthed in
Carriacou the first physical evidence to prove that
the people who colonized the Caribbean from South
America brought heirloom drug paraphernalia on
their voyages.
"The research team used a dating technique called
luminescence to determine the age of several arti-
facts found on the Caribbean island of Carriacou,
and discovered that the items dated back to
between roughly 400 and 100 B.C.," said a statement.
The items tested were ceramic inhaling bowls and
S snuffing tubes that were likely used for the ingestion of
"hallucinogenic substances".
Fitzpatrick and her team theorize that the colonizers
passed down the paraphernalia from generation to
generation as they traveled through the islands. The
.. study, "Evidence for inter-island transport of heirlooms:
S luminescence dating and petrographic analysis of
ceramic inhaling bowls from Carriacou, West Indies,"
... will be published in a forthcoming issue of Journal of
Archaeological Science. Similar artifacts were found
"" on Puerto Rico and Vieques Island, over 750 km away.
'.. This may be the first evidence for inter-island trans-
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Tropical Depression 15 developed on October 13th at approximately
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According to the USVI government, Omar sank or submerged 47 vessels
in St. Croix: 33 in Christiansted Harbor, 11 near the St. Croix Yacht Club
in Teague Bay, one in the vicinity of Cotton Valley and two near Salt River.
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Grenada's Port Louis: A Cleaner Marina
The Government of Grenada and Camper &
Nicholsons have agreed that environmental issues are
of paramount importance in the development of
marinas. During a meeting between Grenada's
Minister of Tourism Hon. Peter David and Camper &
Nicholsons officials, environmental protection was dis-
cussed extensively.
Camper & Nicholsons' Port Louis Marina General
Manager Clyde Rawls discussed the steps Camper &
Nicholsons is taking to ensure that the environment is


A sunken Cuban builtfishing boat is now Grenada's
newest wreck dive site



protected. "Camper and Nicholsons has been in the
yachting business since 1782. We have a long tradi-
tion of environmental consciousness and advocacy,"
the General Manager said. "We will adopt best prac-
tices from the marina industry and apply them here at
Port Louis.
"In Grenada, we started by continuing the clean-up
of the lagoon. As you know, there were old wrecks
and other debris in the lagoon. We have done an
extensive clean-up, which has resulted in significantly
improved water clarity," Rawls remarked. "During our
construction phase we are also taking steps to ensure
that there is minimal disturbance to the environment.
Many of our docks will be floating docks (which) can
be installed with minimal disruption to the lagoon bed.
Yachts in our facility will not be allowed to empty their
waste tanks into the lagoon. They will have to con-
nect to our pump-out system where the waste will go


to our sewage treatment plant," Rawls explained.
Camper & Nicholsons will also put mitigating factors
in place to ensure that the lagoon stays pristine. Boat
owners will not be allowed to paint their boats or do
heavy repairs in the lagoon.
As a result of Camper & Nicholsons' ongoing effort
to clean up Port Louis Marina, Grenada has a new
wreck dive. A Cuban fishing vessel recently became
the 17th wreck in Grenada's diving portfolio.
Last month, a sunken 50-foot Cuban fishing vessel
was removed from the Port Louis Marina area and
relocated off Grand Anse Beach at a dive site called
The Valleys, which is part of Boss Reef. Phil Saye, presi-
dent of the Grenada Scuba Diving Association, said,
"The new wreck site will enhance an already amazing
dive site and offer divers a rare chance to view a
piece of maritime history." The Cuban fishing vessel is
rare in that it is made entirely of concrete, probably
built in the 1970s as a Cuban attempt to build low-
cost ships. As there is very little information on the his-
tory of the boat, including her proper name, she's
been called Daisy, in honour of the barge operator
who put her in her new home.


This is the second wreck that Camper & Nicholsons
has donated to the dive association's efforts to add
new dive sites. Recently a small barge was removed
from Port Louis and relocated in Dragon Bay as the
first attraction in what the Grenada Scuba Diving
Association hopes will become a new snorkeling
destination.
In 2007, the Peter de Savary Group removed the
wreck Hilda and sank it outside Moliniere Bay as a
dive site.
For more information on Port Louis Marina see ad on
page 21.
Errol Flynn Marina, Jamaica, is New Rally Stop
Port Antonio, Jamaica, and Errol Flynn Marina have
been added to the itinerary for the 10th Annual
Transcaraibes Yacht Rally, which will include a three-
to four-day visit in late April 2009. An estimated 15 to
20 yachts, mostly from the French Departments of
Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin, are
expected to participate, according to rally organizer
St6phane Legendre. The rally will also include stops in
the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. The decision


to include Errol Flynn Marina in the 2009 itinerary came
as the result of several rally participants recently stop-
ping at Port Antonio and subsequently urging the
organizers to include Jamaica in future itineraries. One
goal of the event is to focus attention on the various
marine facilities of the Central Caribbean. Both the
Jamaica Tourist Board and Port Authority of Jamaica
(owners of Errol Flynn Marina) will be working closely
with the organizers to ensure that the Jamaica visit is a
highlight of the rally.
For more information on Errol Flynn Marina see ad on
page 22. For more information on the Transcaraibes
Yacht Rally see ad on page 51.
Technicold by Northern Lights Launches Website
Technicold by Northern Lights, an industry leader in
marine climate control and refrigeration, announces
the launch of the brand new website
www.technicold.com.
Since purchasing Technicold from Rich Beers Marine,
Inc. in January 2008, Northern Lights has been devel-
oping the marketing campaign for the custom solu-
tions and advanced technology of Technicold's line
of onboard air conditioning, air handling and refriger-
ation solutions. The significant first step in that evolu-
tion is the Technicold website.
The site has been designed with the same easy-to-
use visitor interface as the Northern Lights marine gen-
erators website.
For more information on Northern Lights see ad on
page 42.
Bequia's Wallace & Co Moves to New Location
From the first of December, customers are invited to
meet their old friends Jogi, Bip, Kerah and Allan at the
new location of Wallace & Company chandlery in
Port Elizabeth, Bequia. Bip says, "The bigger premises
and convenient location next to the Porthole
Restaurant on the waterfront will make it possible to
extend our well-known range of fishing, diving and
boating supplies and services.
"As a duty-free chandlery, we will continue to pro-
vide the boats in transit with all their requirements. As
you all know, we go the extra mile to handle your spe-
cial requests with transshipment in coordination with
our broker and the Customs authorities."
Jogi, Bip, Kerah and Allan will be there to help you
with their expert advice. If you want to catch a fish,
Jogi can set you up with a professional fishing char-
ter or help you select the right equipment for catch-
ing one yourself. He has fished these waters for
more than 20 years and he has been extremely suc-
cessful in international fishing tournaments, including
the famous catch of a 435-pound marlin off the
coast of Bequia.
Bip will help you find the perfect snorkeling or diving
equipment for the whole family. If you need prescrip-
tion glasses, no problem. Wallace & Company carry
special masks and equip them with the glasses you
need for each individual eye so you can truly admire
the underwater beauty with total focus.
Long-time staff Kerah and Allan will be at your ser-
vice with the professionalism, good humor and friendly
attitude Wallace & Company are known for.
Bip says, "Come and see us and be ready for
a surprise!"
For more information see ad on page 29.
Comprehensive Cargo Services in St. Maarten
Managing Director Eric Bendahan reports:
CIRExpress of St. Maarten is pleased to announce our
new services for all shippers and consolidators. We
specialize in expert freight forwarding and warehouse
management. Our goal is to help you find better ways
to manage your cargo.
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2006, scientists and environmental groups, including
American Bird Conservancy, have been working with
the developers on Grenada to address the threat to the
critically endangered Grenada Dove posed by a new
C O Four Seasons resort. In response to these concerns,
developer Cinnamon88 greatly scaled back their plans,
E C O -N EW S Aand Mt. Hartman National Park, the dove's population
stronghold, was reconfigured to maximize the pro
International Coastal Clean-Up 2008 tected area. The new plan was approved this summer,
International Coastal Clean-Up Day 2008 was offi- and construction has begun.
cially celebrated on September 20th, with participa Meanwhile, to offset the loss of habitat at Mt.
tion from communities throughout the Caribbean Hartman, work continues to establish an additional
during the month. Most of the litter collected along new protected area for the dove in the vicinity of
beaches and shorelines was generated by human Beausejour, on Grenada's west coast. This effort has
activities and included millions of fast-food containers, stalled over a competing proposal for a housing proj
plastic soda and water bottles, and other items of non ect. The government is looking for an alternative loca
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small island. New concerns have also arisen over a
proposal to open a quarry at Beausejour, on a site
directly adjacent to occupied dove habitat.
In yet another twist, a general election was held in
Grenada on July 8, 2008, which brought the opposi
tion National Democratic Congress into power for the
first time since 1995. Discussions with new Prime
Minister Tillman Thomas' Administration over the
dove have only just begun, but it is hoped that the
change in government will provide new opportunities
to advance dove conservation.
Sea Turtle Hatching Observed in Venezuela
"Turtle watching" is the eco-tourism-driven activity
of watching sea turtles lay their eggs on Caribbean
nesting beaches. Through organized tours, many peo
ple have had the unforgettable experience of seeing
huge leatherbacks and other types of sea turtles com-
ing ashore, digging their nests, laying their eggs, and
returning to the sea.
More infrequent is the opportunity to see the eggs
actually hatching and the baby turtles making their
way to the water. Fundaci6n la Tortuga researchers at
Isla la Tortuga in Venezuela had this experience in
late September.
It has been estimated that one female turtle can lay
as many as a thousand eggs in one nesting season,
but out of those thousand ..- perhaps only two tur-
tles will reach maturity. can help by guarding
turtle nests from poachers and predators such as pigs
and dogs, by not purchasing items made from turtle
shell, and by keeping our Caribbean Sea free from
trash such as plastic bags, which turtles often choke
on. All species of sea turtle are listed as endangered.
Sea turtles are essential to the health of many marine
ecosystems. For example, their grazing helps keep sea
grass beds healthy and their nesting provides nutrients
to sand dune vegetation that protects fragile coastlines.


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such as I ... ... I 1. splashes", as well as that
washed to the location via storms and drains. Some of
it also originates from dumping by vessels at sea.
Thousands of volunteers collected tons and tons and
tons of trash and cleaned hundreds of Caribbean
beaches, and everyone involved is to be congratulated
on another annual job well done. But as the saying
goes, it is better not to make a mess than to have to
clean one up. Why are we citizens, residents and visi
tors to the Caribbean creating this appalling amount
of garbage every year?
For International Coastal Clean-Up Day 2009, let's
not see how much trash we can pick up, but how little
there is to pick up!
Progress on Protected Area for Grenada Dove Slows
Mt. Hartman Bay is a popular anchorage on
Grenada's south coast, where cruisers and Grenadians
alike have been watching developmental versus envi
ronmental issues play out in recent years. Many were
stunned when much of Mt. Hartman National Park,
habitat of Grenada's endemic national bird, the rare
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a conservation plan to protect whales, dolphins and manatees
I. .. ..i .i the Caribbean!
The Marine Mammal Action Plan for the Wid ... i i .. 1 i I id by
the United Nation Environment I .. ....... -j I J -I .1 I I I I , and
Wildlife (SPAW) Programme's I ..I .. I Parties (COP-5) at the beginning of
September 2008.
It's been a long history in the making. The Caribbean's marine mammal program
had its beginning in 1991 at the first SPAW meeting (in Martinique), wherein all
marine mammal species were listed on Annex II endangered animal species,
which required protection.
One of the goals of UNEP's SPAW Protocol is to develop specific regional and
national management plans for endangered, threatened or vulnerable species in


support of national biodiversity conservation efforts. In order to achieve this, Parties
of SPAW developed a draft Marine Mammal Action Plan (MMAP) for the Wider
Caribbean Region (WCR) in 2005 (Barbados). This framework of activities was devel
oped in order to assist governments in the region with their efforts to develop and
improve marine mammal conservation practices and policies. The Action Plan also
aims to prom-t- r-i--.l ---.r1 -tion on research, information and education and
enhance the I. I... I .... I expertise.
After five long years under development and negotiation by Parties and NGO
efforts incl.. i.... ... i,,.- -groups and workshops, the SPAW's Scientific and
Technical i ..i...1 [ I J agreed at the recent meeting in Guadeloupe (July
2008) to forward the MMAP to COP-5 for consideration and final adoption (in
Antigua September 2008).
The MMAP will set a framework and specific recommended actions to protect the
populations of marine mammals in the Caribbean region from a variety of threats
related to the following areas: Coastal and Watershed Development; Pollution and
Marine Mammal Health; Protected Areas and Other Management Regimes; Research;
Marine Mammal Watching in the Wild and Associated Activities; Marine Mammal
Standings; Marine Mammals in Captivity; Acoustic Disturbance/Underwater Noise;
Vessel Strikes; and Ci,,,, .1 -i, ..
The US delegation -.. -I. ,'itiated three priority actions for the upcoming
SPAW/MMAP Workplan and Budget. The first is a marine mammal stranding
response workshop in partnership with France and the Eastern Caribbean Cetacean
Network (ECCN) in the fall of 2009. The second is an offer by the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources to train personnel from neighboring
Spanish-speaking countries on marine mammal rescue and response. The other
priority actions are related to information collection and data exchange with priority
actions for whale watching and stranding programs.
What's :, I I i, .11 ... .- to translate the text on paper into ACTION! It is time
for a toast i I I for the future protection of whales, dolphins and
manatees in the Caribbean! It's been a long journey but so worthwhile. Please join


all of us who have worked over the past 15 years to make the MMAP a reality and
raise your glasses high.
From chin to nose,
Many a gallon flows.
-Bertram Wallace, Bequia, SVG

What is SPAW?
The Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment for
the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention, 1983) is the only region-wide
environment treaty that protects critical marine and coastal ecosystems, while pro
moting regional co-operation and sustainable development.
InApril 1990, Parties to the Cartagena Convention adopted the Pro*-- 1 r-,,
Protected Areas and .1 I11 i -
Protocol), a regional agreement for biodi-
versity management and conservation for
the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). The
SPAW Protocol became international law in
SJune 2000. To date, there are 12 Member
Parties including: Barbados, Colombia,
Cuba, Dominican Republic, France,
Netherlands, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Vincent
& the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, the
USA and Venezuela.
What is STAC?
A Scientific and Technical Advisory
Committee (STAC) f :- f .- t 1 : .
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mental organizat. ''- I *- I ,,I,
institutions, was established by the
Protocol. The STAC plays a pivotal role in
recommending to the Contracting Parties
the species to be listed in the Annexes. The
STAC provides a unique opportunity to
meet and reach consensus on biodiversity
issues relevant to SPAW and other
Caribbean conventions.
For UNEP working documents of MMAP
from COP 5 Meeting: www.cep.unep.org/
meetings /2008/v-spaw cop/meeting docu
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Dr. Nathalie Ward has served as marine
mammal consultant for UNEP/SPAW
Protocol and its draft Marine MammalAction
Plan since 1990. On behalf ofthe Stellwagen
Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the National Marine Sanctuary Programme, she
sewed as a member of the US delegation at SPAW's recent Scientific and Technical
Advisory Committee meeting in July (Guadeloupe). She divides her time as a marine
biologist and marine mammal educator between Bequia, Saint Vincent & the
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'BAH' but not humbug! More young Bahamians are learning to race,
Thirty-nine boats participated in the first edition of the thanks to a national sailing school program
regatta back in 2005. This year, a record total of 81 boats
entered in the Championship Fleet and the Green Fleet,
with young competitors coming from New Providence,
Eleuthera, The Abacos (including Man O War, Elbow and
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Sailing School programme, which started in 2004.
Seven races were on the schedule and all seven races ,'
were completed, although the very first race of the series
on the Saturda--... ---; nl--doned due to a lack of
wind. With an II ,,I ,,. .I of 9 points, Danny de l
Cardenas of the Royal Nassau Sailing Club became this
year's Bahamas National Champion. He was followed by
two-time National Champion Christopher Sands of the
Nassau Yacht Club with 10 points. Theran Mailias from a
Long Island took third place with 24 points.
In the Green Fleet, Spencer Cartwright finished first
with 9 points, Enrico Rio took second place and Alton
Jones the third, both with 32 points.
The organizers say, .. i ... II ..- 1 lese 81 young
sailors and let's see ,I ...i.. I, boats on the
starting line next year!"
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Safety First for Young Grenadian Sailors
Thanks to a donation by the Four Seasons Group of
a brand-new chase boat, young sailors in Grenada
will have a better learning environment when they
take part in the Youth Sailing Program run by the
Grenada Yacht Club (GYC) and supported by the
Grenada Sailing Association (GSA).
GSA Treasurer Jacqui Pascall explains: "This donation
is very important to the ongoing Youth Sailing
Program. Safety is our first priority with our young sail-
ors, whatever amount of experience they may have.
This new boat will enable our instructors Kevin
Banfield, Michael McQueen and Vaughn Bruno to
stay close to the dinghies out on the water, and give
much better technical and tactical instruction."
The boat was presented to James Benoit of the
GYC, who is also Vice Chairman of the GSA. In thank-
ing Four Seasons, he said: "On behalf of the Grenada


From right: Jacqui Pascall, Michael McQueen, James
Benoit, Kevin Banfield and, second from left, James
Vlasto, Sales Director of Four Seasons/Cinnamon88,
with members of the Grenada Youth Sailing Program
and the new chase boat
Yacht Club and the Grenada Sailing Association, I
would like to thank the management of Four Seasons
for this important support for the continued develop-
ment of sailing in Grenada. Captains of big boats and
mega-yachts start from here by learning to sail din-
ghies and learning to sail well and safely. With the


help of Four Seasons I believe we are seeing the start
of a very positive way forward for many of our young
sailors here today."
Jacqui Pascall added: "We are keen to see more
Grenadian would-be sailors joining us and finding out
not only what fun sailing can be, but also how reward-
ing. We already have young sailors from this program
who have now represented Grenada in regattas in
the region and our long-term goal is to have Grenada
represented in the future in more International events
and even the Olympics in London in 2012."
For more information contact Jacqui Pascall at tel
(473) 415-2022.
Caribbean 1500 Adds New Class, New Start
This year's Caribbean 1500 rally from the US to the
Caribbean will add a competitive class for perfor-
mance cruisers, thus expanding the racing portion of
the event.
"Responding to a request from some of our veteran
rally participants," explained Founder and President
Steve Black, "we are adding a level of more intense
competition for low-handicap performance cruisers.
This year, we will have our Rally and Cruising (non-
competitive) Classes, as always, but will add a
Performance Class. Qualifying boats that have
already signed up for this year's Caribbean 1500
include a Swan 56, a Hallberg Rassy 62, a Macgregor
65, a Farr 50, and a Santa Cruz 52 all veterans of
our previous rallies." Between 50 and 60 boats are
expected this year.
The Caribbean 1500 this year will
schedule simultaneous starts on
November 2nd from both Hampton,
Virginia, and Charleston, South
Carolina. "Over the years, we have
discovered that boats from the
southern US are hesitant to sail north
around Cape Hatteras to join us for
j. the start in Hampton," said Steve
Black. "In addition, some boats
S under 40 feet may have a less
stressful passage if they join the
Charleston start. The Hampton and
Charleston fleets will converge
simultaneously on our destination in
the Caribbean and join in post-
S event activities together." The rally
S ends at Village Cay Marina in
Roadtown, Tortola, British
Virgin Islands.
Over 10,000 website visitors each
day will monitor the progress of the
boats in the rally. With wireless tran-
sponders on each yacht, positions will be updated via
satellite every four hours. Each boat's track will be dis-
played on the Caribbean 1500 website using software
customized to incorporate features from Google
Earth. The transponder program is sponsored by
Davenport & Company, LLC.
For more information visit www carib 1500. com.
Opti Racing for Grown-Ups in St. Lucia
Ted Bull reports: The "Oldy Goldy" sailing members
of the St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC) decided to take up
the slack in the quiet weeks prior to the beginning of


the new junior training season. What started out as a
joke came to fruition on September 14th when seven
of the grown folks rigged and sailed the club's Optis
on a race off Reduit Beach in front of the clubhouse.


A Le Mans start commenced with the intrepid sailors
having first to climb in, fall in, or somehow get into
their floating boats and head for the first mark, which
was a reach of some 400 yards. With legs protruding
over the sides and some heads visible, the fleet got
away. At the mark, which they had to leave to port,
things got serious with endless screams for "water!"
and banging into the buoy.
A quick run down to the next buoy just a few yards
away, then harden up to the beat back to the
beach. The officer of the day, Peter Gibbs, stood up
to his waist in the water to take the results as the
crews disembarked as elegantly as they could -
"man overboard" style, mainly!
Tired, knees mashed up, wet and exhausted, the
sailors came ashore for a lunch break and some brag-
ging! Fed and watered, the O/D turned them around
for a second bash. Now with "experienced" Opti sail-
ors, the fleet took on a more serious aspect.
The post-racing "wash-up" and debate went on until
late, amply assisted by Mr. Heineken and Mr. Piton,
and the St. Lucia Yacht Club hosted more Opti
Saturday for grown-ups. The proceeds of the entrance
fees go to the SLYC Junior Sailing Programme.
For more information
visit www. stuciayachtclub, com.
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St. Maarten Opti Open Championship Rescheduled
Cary Byerley reports: The 4th Annual St. Maarten
Optimist Open Championship scheduled for October
18th has been rescheduled for November 8th, due to
delays caused by the passage of Hurricane Omar. The
event will showcase the abilities of young sailors who
participated in a year-long Youth Sailing Programme
run by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. The junior sailors
will be looking forward to trying out several brand-new
Optimist dinghies, thanks to generous donations from


The junior sailors in St. Maarten are looking forward
to racing their brand new Optis on November 8th


many of the marinas in St. Maarten. The St. Maarten
sailors expect to be joined by competitors from the
youth sailing programme in neighboring Anguilla for
the regatta. The event is sponsored by SOL.
For more information contact
Cary at director@bigboatseries. com
or tel (599) 588-2474.

Guadeloupe's Triskell Cup Attracts Diverse Crews
The 8th Annual Triskell Cup regatta, to be held in
Guadeloupe from Novermber 8th through 10th, has
attracted diverse international crews. The winning
crew of La Rochelle International Week in France
received six air tickets from the tour operator
Nouvelles Antilles.com and an eight-day charter
aboard an Archambeau 40 offered by Autremer
Concept in Martinique, in order to take part. More
French crews, from Nancy, Cherbourg and Brittany,
are also expected as well as numerous crews from
Antigua, Martinique and Dominica. At least four all-
woman crews, including those from Martinique and
Italy, are also expected.
For more information
contact organisaiion@triskellcup. com.


Here Comes ARC2008!
As the largest trans-ocean sailing event in the world,
every year the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) brings
together more than 200 yachts from all over the world
to sail from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic
Ocean to St. Lucia. Conceived as a friendly race for
cruising yachts to make the Atlantic crossing both
safer and more enjoyable, participating yachts must
carry a range of safety equipment including a liferaft,
EPIRB and VHF radio. Daily radio nets contribute fur-
ther to the safety of participants.
ARC2008 departs from Las
Palmas, Gran Canaria on
November 23rd, bound for
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. A full
programme of social activi-
ties, safety seminars and
demonstrations will be
organised by World Cruising
S- Club in Las Palmas prior to
the start, and after the finish
in St. Lucia.
For more information visit
www.worldcruising.com/arc.

............. Coral Bay, St. John,
Thanksgiving Regatta
The 27th Annual Coral Bay
Thanksgiving Regatta will take
place on November 28th and
29th. Serious PHRF racers, plus
Gaff Riggers, Cruisers, Multi-
Hulls, Single-Handers, and
Traditional boats compete.
On Saturday, as usual, the
PHRF class will start together.
But new this year, all other
classes will have staggered
starts in a Pursuit Race. Skinny Legs Restaurant is the
home of the Coral Bay Yacht Club, and the place to
meet for Skipper's Meetings, music, food, drink and the
Awards Ceremony. Entry fee is US$40. All proceeds go
to the Kids And The Sea program.
For more information contact Denise Wright at tel
(340)513-4022

Golden Rock Regatta Has New Sponsor
Nustar/Statia Terminal, the main employer on the
island of Statia. is the newest sponsor of this vear's


Golden Rock Regatta. Others include the Statia Island
Government, De Wilgen Vastgoed, Presidente, The
Moorings, Windward-Adventures, Lighthart
Communicatie, Bobby's Marina, Captain Oliver's, Sint
Rose Arcade, and Nettravel Associates.
Now in its fourth year, this multi-island regatta has
already attracted an impressive number of partici-
pants, mainly racing on chartered bareboats, and the
organizers say entries are up 30 percent. The regatta
itinerary takes participants from St. Maarten to St.
Barths, St. Kitts, Statia ("The Golden Rock") and back
to St. Maarten. This year's edition runs from November
10th through 15th.
For more information visit www goldenrockregatta.com.

Three-Legged Race: Fifth Alliance Regatta
The fifth edition of Le Course de L'Alliance regatta
will run from November 28th through 30th, with legs
from St. Maarten to St. Barths, St. Barths to Anguilla
and Anguilla back to St. Martin.
For more information
visit www. coursedelalliance. com.

Spice Island Billfish Tourney's 40th Anniversary
Gary Clifford reports: January 20th through 23rd 2009
will mark the historic 40th running of Grenada's Annual
Spice Island Billfish Tournament the longest-running
and most popular tournament in the Southern
Caribbean. For those who do not know the term, "bill-
fish" refers to members of the marlin, sailfish, spearfish
and swordfish family, which have in common the
extended upper jaw known as a "bill".
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i :,i i:ni :l ,i. I,.. I li dham of Grenada's
Flamboyant Hotel. He lived to fish and loved to ven-
ture along the coastline of Grenada in his 14-foot
open boat, Mambo, where he caught dozens of bill-
fish. In 1964, he called his friend Louis Rostant from
Trinidad and they met in Grenada with Martin
Mathias, owner of a beautiful sportfishing vessel,
Bahari, to stage the first-ever Grenada
Fishing Tournament.
Jim and Louis worked tirelessly to refine the organisa-
tion and adapted International Game Fishing
Association rules to suit the Grenada event. These
men worked hard at attracting visitors and local
anglers alike to participate in the annual event.


In present day tournaments, it's catchand release.
Fish are tagged, photographed and set free

Almost immediately, boats from all the neighboring
islands Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St Lucia and
Martinique joined in, and are to this day the main
contingent of support.
Back then, the number and weight of fish brought to
the dock determined the winner, and people would
crowd around the weighing scales at the end of the
day to see the fish displayed. Times have changed
and now, in the interest of conservation, most billfish
are released alive. Each boat gets a camera to pho-
tograph the fish in the water and points are awarded
based only on the species of billfish, not the size. Only
a few of the biggest fish (usually potential record
breakers) are retained and weighed for points.
The 2008 tournament had 36 boats carrying 175
anglers. Why do they come? Grenada's waters are
some of the most prolific in the Southern Caribbean
and the tournament reliably produces multiple releas-
es of Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish, and is prob-


ably the only tournament where you have a good
chance to catch a Grand Slam a catch of three
billfish species in one day.
As a major new change to celebrate the 40th anni-
versary, for the first time the tournament will allow the
use of 80-pound line. This development is sure to
attract more competitors, as this will greatly increase
an angler's chances of landing a blue marlin bigger
than the 669-pound record fish caught in 2006.
As an added attraction for anglers, SIBT is a qualify-
ing tournament in the IGFA Offshore championship -
the winner is invited to a tournament of champions
held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It is also included in
the newly formed Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit
(SCBC) which organises the billfish tournaments of
Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago,
Barbados, St Lucia and
Martinique into a championship
with prizes for the overall winner
based on their best three scores
from the individual tournaments.
The public is encouraged to
come and see the boats
parade from the Grenada
Yacht Club in St. George's
Lagoon, through the Carenage
and outside the harbour for the
Bimini start at 6:45AM on
January 20th (the Carenage
and Fort George will be good
viewing points).
For more information visit
www sibtgrenada.com.

New Circuit Finale Tobago
Carnival Regatta!
The innovative new Tobago
Carnival Regatta will take place
from February 10th through 14th.
This event, following its fellow cir-
cuit members the Carriacou
Sailing Series (January 14th
through 18th) and the Grenada
Sailing Festival (see item above) will no doubt end the
new Southern Circuit of Regattas with a bang.
For more information see ad on page 12.

CSA Boats Wanted for Caribbean 600 Race
Liz Brookes reports: In an effort to get more
Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) rated yachts
involved in the Caribbean 600 race, I would like to
bring Compass readers' attention to the following
website: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/200809294/
race-information.
The lowest CSA rating requirement is 0.870, which
means that fast (or fast-ish) 40-footers can take part
as long as they adhere to Royal Ocean Racing Club's
(RORC) safety requirements, which can be found on
the website. I am hoping that we will be able to push
the CSA entries up to more than ten yachts, which
would allow for a separate CSA class and trophy.
The inaugural Caribbean 600, run by the UK-based
RORC and Antigua Yacht Club, is scheduled to start on
February 23rd 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 non-
stop course is a total of 605 nautical miles.
For more information on forming a CSA class for this
event, contact Liz at eb@ondeckocenracing. com.

Grenada Sailing Festival
Promises Tons of Fun
The Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival, running
January 30th through February 3rd, will require stami-
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galore. Be there to get your red cap!
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St. Maarten Heineken Offers Match Racing
On March 3rd, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
will, for the first time, run a match racing event just
before the actual 2009 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
March 5th through 8th, and offer prize money to
the winners.


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This event will be sponsored by Budget Marine,
which has been supporting the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta since its inception in a host of different forms,
including pioneering the Commodores' Cup.
According to Budget Marine founder, Robbie Ferron,
"Sponsoring match racing is a great opportunity for
Budget Marine to promote new and exciting forms of
racing to the Caribbean."
The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup will take
advantage of the presence of the many top-level sail-
ors crewing the big boats that participate in the
Heineken Regatta. These sailors will have the opportu-
nity to win the US$5,000 first prize by coming a few
days early. The rest of the early arrivals will have the
opportunity to see some of the top world sailors in
tight action very close to where the majority of the
fleet will be anchored.
The race takes place in Jeanneau 20s with three-


man crews in the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The match
racing will be open to six teams by invitation.
Interested persons with match racing experience are
asked to request an invitation from the Regatta
Organization at director@heinekenregatta.com.
Also on March 3rd will be early registration for partici-
pants in the Commodore's Cup, the one-day pre-event


for the Heineken Regatta (for spinnaker boats only) that
takes place in a windward-leeward format. On March
6th, the three-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta starts
with the traditional around-the-island race.
For more information
visit www.heinekenregatta. com.

Le Phare Bleu Adds New Event
to Caribbean Calendar
January 10th, 2009, will see the launch party for a
brand-new sailing event: the South Grenada Regatta.
Taking place from February 27th through March 1st,
the event will be a welcome addition to Grenada's
sailing calendar, falling neatly between the Grenada
Classic Yacht Regatta (February 19th to 22nd) and
the Grenada Round-the-Island Race (March 13th to
15th). The South Grenada Regatta will be centered
around the Le Phare Bleu Marina & Holiday Resort on
the south coast of Grenada, which provides an excel-
lent location for the starts and finishes of the races.
The event will comprise two main races: a "warm-
up" event the Round Glovers Island Race and
then the more challenging "12 Degrees Cup", so


named because the race will follow a course marked
as closely as possible to the 12N line of latitude which
passes directly in front of Petit Calivigny Bay, the loca-
tion of Le Phare Bleu.
After having hosted the Grenada Round-the-Island
Easter Race in 2008, the organizers are confident that
having two shorter races and boats centralised in one
location between races, will create a highly charged
atmosphere of excitement and provide much for
spectators to see.
Le Phare Bleu lends itself perfectly for such an event,
as there will be lots of fun for family and spectators,
with a Pirate's Trail for children and workboat race
taking place on the Saturday, followed by a Junior
Sailing event and Dinghy Race on the Sunday. Free
berthing in the marina will be offered for all participat-
ing vessels during the event weekend.
The organizers are sure that the event will become a
firm favourite among sailors and their families and will
also be an attraction for local people who can par-
take in the fun and excitement while enjoying the
facilities of Le Phare Bleu.
For more information
visit www.southgrenodoregatta. com.

Historic Yet Fresh: The Grenada
Round-the-lsland Race
The 7th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Race
presented by the Grenada South Coast Yacht Club
(GSCYC) will be more than a single yacht race! The
event, scheduled to run from March 13th through
15th, will include, in addition to the main Round-the-
Island Race on the 14th, a fun day on the 15th includ-
ing a youth boating exhibition and a Bath Tub Derby,
brought back by popular demand.
The early versions of the Around Grenada Race
started in 1969 and ran through the early 1970s. It
started up again in 1990 and ran intermittently
until 1999.
A group of sailing enthusiasts revived this event in
February 2002, when it was held as a single race. The
following year saw the same group of young people
aim higher, with the revival of Grenada's Easter
Regatta and its famous feeder race, the Girl Pat Race
from Trinidad, blended with the hardened sailors'
favorite the round-the-island race. The GSCYC was
born that same year as the organizing body and host
for the new Grenada Round-the-Island Easter
Regatta. For the past few years, these old sailing tradi-
tions, with a new twist, have challenged and enter-
tained local, regional and some international yachts-
men. This year, the moving of the date forward from
Easter eliminates conflict with the 28th Annual Bequia
Easter Regatta (April 9th through 13th) and helps cre-
ate a smoothly flowing calendar of boating events
in Grenada.
Races will be held out of Garfield's Beach Bar on
Grand Anse Beach, and the gala round-theisland after
party will be at Bananas Restaurant at True Blue. This
year, the Grenada Round-the-Island Race festivities will
also include a tribute to the legacy of internationally
known multihull designer and builder Peter Spronk, who
built the famous Blue Crane in Grenada, to raise funds
for the first annual GSCYC youth sailing scholarship.
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away, I was busy servicing the engine,
generator and heads, as well as doing some interior
varnishing, readying Chaser II for an imminent depar
ture. Marina TechMarineOriente is a nice place with
agreeable staff, and Bahia Redonda also is pleasant
although busy, but by now marina life was beginning
to IL little tedious -as usual after a few weeks.
decided to head off for some nearby exploring,
and try and get into some water where one can swim
and snorkel. Lo and behold, only a few miles from
Puerto La Cruz (PLC) is Isla Chimana Segunda, which
fortunately is a safe, ideal place to stop. I say fortu
nately because our propeller was obviously heavily
crudded and we could only manage three knots with
the motor. There must be something in the water at
PLC -I've never come across such fast growth of
worms and barnacles.
Anchored safely in Chimana Segunda, we entered
the water with masks, snorkels and scrapers to
remove the offending debris. It took a couple of hours
but we got the job done. After lunch we snorkeled
around the cliffs in lovely clear water, before going
ashore for a coldie later in the afternoon at the bar
restaurant. We had a nice calm night, up at dawn as
usual for a leisurely departure to our next anchorage.
Occult Bay, according to our guidebook, is a good
overnight stop. Having spent nearly .1'i 1 .PLC,
one gets paranoid with all the 11 1 i es in
Venezuela, so we too were a little nervous about
anchoring in this lonely albeit beautiful bay. There were
two other sailboats in the anchorage, so we anchored
away from them in order not to intrude on their privacy.
After a swim, we dinghied over to ask if they were stay
ing the night. A lovely couple with their young children
living aboard Cavalo Marino said they were, so we did
too. It is a scenic area, as are so many of the islands
and bays surrounding Puerto La Cruz. In the morning
the park rangers came past to ask if all was okay.
We moved on early in the morning to Mochima, a bay
cut deep inland with a charming village at the bottom.
There is so much space to anchor! .. 1. .ii .. the
water is a little murky (it is three :..I i. ...i. i ea),
but in any of the preceding bays the water was good.
Mochima town is a bustling village with restaurants,


bars and small shops and many posadas (guest house
es). It is a tourist village and many local people come
here by car to be taxied out by pirogue to one of the
gorgeous beaches nearby. It was such a treat to be
able to jump into the dinghy after dark, motor ashore
to a small dock, then walk the streets and dine in the
restaurant Puerto Viejo, overlooking the bay and
Chaser. Prices were good too. In fact, throughout our


travels in Venezuela, the only place we have come
across where it is deemed unsafe to walk around after
dark are the streets adjacent to the marinas of PLC.
The following day, we explored some of the other
bays within the Mochima area. We anchored near the
head of the bay, tucked behind a small island where
there is room enough for just one boat.
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The water was clear and the snorkeling w-- -1
We have seen octopus, turtles and many ...1,,'.i
fishes, right here.
After a few nights in Mochima we decided to move
on. We motored out of the bay while being overtaken
by many of the water taxis. Once out, we sailed to
Cumana for a couple of nights. The intention was just
to get some fuel at the marina, check out a couple of
marine stores, and move on...
It's often sai- th-.t .--.1 i, 1 -l- t fi--ng boats in
exotic places. .- .. .. I I so there is
not too much maintenance to do yet, but we have a
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Ii i i- I ep : ......... . Itis our
second one (don't laugh). Tl. I.-1 I, ,,.i, I replaced
under warranty because of a problem that nobody could
diagnose, apart from myself (and what do I know?) and
a mechanic in Grenada whom Fischer Panda finally
listened to. I mention our generator because of the expe
rience we had in Marina Cumanagoto.
We visited Marina Cumanagoto briefly last year; the
price was about 18,000 Bolivares per night, but "you
gets what you pays for": the slips are falling apart and
it's full of apparently abandoned sailing boats. The
electric leaves a little to be desired, having to wire
directly to an exposed block, with no circuit breakers.
Having said that, its the first 230/240-Volt European
supply I've come across in the Caribbean. Normally it's
two i 1i -i . i. 1. i .1 about 215 volts, which
can i i i ....
However this year the price is 1.31Bfs (Bolivares
Fuertes, the new currency) per foot, so with a 300-per
cent price increase it makes Marina Cumanagoto's
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Fischer Price sorry, Fischer Panda -generator. It
was throwing out a bit of black smoke, threatening to
go the way the first one went, so before it did I thought
I would take a look.
A man walked along the dock asking if I knew an
American needing some diesel engine repair work.
Having just arrived I couldn't help, but his query
sparked a conversation between us. The gentleman
told me he was a mechanic, so I asked him to take a
look at the n-r.t-r I didn't want to take it apart
myself and I, ,, i,,, i [ needed a gasket or something
that I couldn't locate. He turned up on time the follow
ing morning, took things apart and damaged a fuel
pipe in the process, saying, "Don't worry, I can fix it".


He and I went to a couple of parts shops to locate the
necessary items. No luck. He was given a phone num-
ber of a supplier in PLC. He phoned them, asked for
the parts to be delivered and was apparently told they
could be delivered to him in a couple of hours. I would,
though, have to give him the money for them now, so


when he received them he could pay for them.
Okay, I trusted him, and needless to say I didn't see
him again. I trusted him because the marina security
had his cedula number, I knew where he worked and
had his car registration.
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It wasn't the money so much, but I was so annoyed
with myself for letting him do what he did. Now I had
a non-functioning generator that couldn't be fixed
without the making of a new fuel pipe and a new or
reconditioned injector, which would mean spending
more time in the marina.


outside town.
We arrived and with Andres's help explained the
problem. Within an hour all was complete. Andres and
I had time for breakfast and returned to the store to
collect the injector, and then Andres drove me to the
Cumana porpuesto (collective taxi) terminal to arrange
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aboard Chaser by lunchtime and the new mechanic
came the following morning to complete the repair.
So thanks to Caesar, the Cumanagoto mechanic,
and Andres from PLC, we were able to be underway
the following day. But what a nightmare, caused by a
coincidental chat with a shady mechanic and my
trusting nature. I have, by the way, been to the police,
made a denuncia and given them all the details. I've
also written (in Spanish) to Cumanagoto, advising
them not to employ the first mechanic, as he can't be
trusted. Maybe this will help prevent some other poor
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before sliding out of our slip, then, off to Medregal
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The Marina staff was very helpful. They sent a new
mechanic and he got the new pipe made, but the only
place to recondition the injector was in Puerto La Cruz.
I didn't want to sail back, so I decided to go by car. My Right: One of our escorts up
new mechani- .- the address, and told them I the Gulf of Cariaco
would arrive I I I 1.... morning.
I decided to phone Andres Hernandez in PLC.
Anyone who spends time in any of the marinas in PLC
knows Andres, a taxi driver and tour guide who does
anything to help the cruising community. Andres said
he would arrive in Cumana to collect me at 0630
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We passed some beautiful landscapes and attractive
anchorages, and were escorted by so many dolphins it
was unbelievable. We decided to stop only in Laguna
Chica, a charming little anchorage with a small fishing
village at its head. There is a huge bar and a tiny
church, so obviously more beer drinkers than wor
shipers, thank God. We decided to go for a beer and
prayed they had some. They did. We had a good eve
ning watching the sun go down over the anchorage,
goats running in and out of the bar and chickens pick
ing up the scraps.


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hotel, run by a Belgian man, Jean Marc, and his wife,
Yoleda, welcomes cruisers. There is a bar and restau
rant t -- t .1-1 t- i. : t .1-1- 1 .-i ;; pool,
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system, and Jean Marc will make up your bill when you
ask. Its a convenient system and avoids the need of a
permanent barman. However this does lead to Jean
Marc being taken advantage of. (Some nationalities, I'm
told, are worse than others, running up a large bill and
disappearing in the earl i .. .. ..I 1... i
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to go, whether it is shopping or sightseeing.
Just along the beach is a small house called
CocoBongo. Sven and his partner, Eva, are former
cruisers. They have sold their boat and opened a piz
zeria in the garden of their house. Sunday and
Thursday are the evenings they open, offering cold
beers and good pizza to eat there or take away at a
price you can afford. You can walk there from Medregal
Village or take your i.... i Sven's dock.
In between Medreg .1 .I .. and Sven's house is a
small kiosk that sells some basic foodstuffs. It is open
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We'll stop here before heading out to Isla Coche and
Margarita on our way out of the Gulf.
M'l--r 1 "ll is a marina/posada complex with
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into the sea and the travel-lift drives into the water
until it reaches the necessary depth for your vessel. I
can recommend Jean Marc and his staff; they do a
good professional job getting the boats in and out of
the water. Nothing is too much trouble for him, and
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Above: We enjoyed spotting critters such as this puffer
jish while snorkeling in clear water at Chimana
Segunda and Mochima
Left: The haul out at Medregal Village
in the Gulf of Cariaco

tables, milk, flour, etcetera. Walking along the road
or off road is interesting, too. Monkeys and anteaters
have been seen here, as well as small deer, capybaras
(giant rodents), and a vast array of birdlife.
I am surprised how few sailboats there are in the
area. Porlamar, Margarita, always has between 60 and
100 boats in the anchorage, whereas here there are
only about 20 on a good day. Yes, 11 -1. I i .... .-; bet
ter in Margarita, but this area is ,,' I ,,
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A warm welcome awaits you and your yacht at Port Louis


Port Louis, Grenada
Nowhere extends a warmer welcome than Port Louis, Grenada. Visitors can expect
powder-white beaches, rainforests, spice plantations and a calendar packed with
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.


Limited availability
Slips are available for sale or rental. For a private consultation to discuss
the advantages of slip ownership, please contact our International Sales Manager,
Anna Tabone, on +356 2248 0000 or email anna.tabone@cnmarinas.com
To fully appreciate this rare opportunity, we highly recommend a visit. To arrange an
on-site meeting please contact our Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Danny Donelan
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The Gulf of Cariaco has great sailing where you can travel up and down or tack
side to side with lots of safe and attractive anchorages. You can go ashore by dinghy,
walk the streets, take a beer at the local bars, and visit the local markets and shops.
We anchored for a few days off a pretty village called Guacarapo and then at the far
eastern end at Muelle de Cariaco. Here we dinghied up the river to see the hundreds
of Scarlet Ibis return to their nests and, as darkness fell, watch the fish-eating bats
stream past our heads. I'm glad they had good sonar -they missed us by inches.
No worries here about security, but at one anchorage we were advised by one of
the cruiser- i 1 1 L' 1... 1. He told us there had been "two robberies one month
ago". How I .. -I .. i formed him there had actually been only one robbery
two months ago. A couple of thieves stole a dinghy that was tied to the back of a
sailboat. The owner heard a noise and saw a pirogue silently drifting away with his
dinghy. He shouted and then fired a flare, which landed beautifully in the pirogue. I
suppose it ruptured the fuel line because the boat burst into flames. The crew
jumped overboard because they themselves were on fire. They swam ashore, leaving
the pirogue burning and the dinghy drifting (which was later recovered). The thieves,
needing some hospital attention, walked into the village, where they were recognized
by local fisherman who knew them for what they were. When the Guardia arrived
they were carted off to hospital, where I am told they are making a full recovery, after
which they will be sent to jail. So, it would appear the only thieves that operated in
the area are now off the scene. Of course, the local people themselves want a theft
free environment; they wouldn't want to allow any bad elements in, which could
jeopardize their livelihood and good reputation.
On 1. -..I i i .... T there have, as we know, been one or two serious board
ings a.. I Ii I .. .... I 11 northeast coast of Venezuela n-1 ", r-.rit which is far
too many and nobody would wish that to happen to an, I I, I ..rse there are
places renowned for problems, such as Puerto Santos and much of the north coast
of the Peninsula of Paria. Araya, too, is known to be problematic as is Robledal and
the Boca d i r .1 .. I .. I It's a shame, though, to tarnish a whole country
because o 01 I I i ...- I, for some reason cannot be controlled. I do still
believe that much of Venezuela is a safe place to be, but the reputation of Venezuela
as a whole, this huge country, gets tarred with the same brush. If you have a bad
meal in New York, you don't say, "I'm not eating out in the States again".






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Boat parade parties are part of Venezuela's annual Virgen del Valle fiesta


I know for a fact that some of the reported incidents were, shall we say, an exag
geration of the truth. In fact, a couple of the incidents that were described on
Noonsite and in the Caribbean Compass were so .. -. 1 by the writers, they
were almost fictitious. One such reported attemptsc i i .' I.. was in Margarita. At
3:00AM a call on VHF 72 reported fishermen trying to board a vessel in the anchor
age. The nervous owner saw a pirogue close to the stern of his boat, maybe ten
metres away. The fishermen were pulling a net, but our paranoid friend considered
that was a ploy to avoid detection, so he fired a flare at them and they quickly
started their outboard to get farther away, dragging their net with them. They con
tinued to pull their net, by now of course under floodlights from every yacht in the
anchorage. These guys had laid their net the previous afternoon between the
anchored yachts that's what they do -and we saw them do it on this occasion.
But of course now its in the record books as "another Venezuelan pirate attack".
Another "armed boarding" was also not quite as reported, but I wouldn't want to
report what really happened.
I know dinghies are stolen in Margarita its not a good place to leave a dinghy
unlocked -but I've also seen dinghies drifting away from the dock when a worn
painter had broken or wasn't tied properly. I collected one of these, and on another
occasion a French boat found another. They had been reported "stolen". We returned
them to the owners in th- -nn-i;: but the reports had already gone in.
On the other hand, : 1.. .. i I ours, aboard Saltberg 7, told us that once when
they were anchored at the eastern end of the Golf of Cariaco, they were approached
by a fishing boat with a family aboard. After a brief conversation, they invited the
fisherfolk aboard for a beer. The old granny with the fishermen asked if she could
use the toilet. The granny remarked how lovely the boat was. Three days later,
Saltberg 7 was approached by a pirogue -no, not pirates, but fishermen, and the
rnm 1-1 .rnnn'" was aboard. She said, "You have a lovely boat, but it is missing
.- ... 1.. -i1 handed them a crocheted toilet seat cover and toilet roll holder.
I love to hear these stories, but they rarely get mentioned. Many people come to
Venezuela reluctantly, just to escape the hurricane season, and don't go outside
Puerto La Cruz. They listen to rumors and wait impatiently for November, when it is
safe to leave and return to "civilization". There is so much to see here -Yvonne and
I have only scratched the surface. As I've said before, in my experience traveling
S....i. .... i. i und it a safe place to be and the people some of the

Carupano is a town not to be missed. It has beautiful beaches and a lovely, clean
town center, with good shops and friendly people. Tourism hasn't really arrived in
this part of Venezuela, so we foreigners are just treated as visitors and not wealthy
tourists. Jean Marc and Yoleda took us to Carupano by car through some stunning,
lush scenery. They showed us some of the sights, but we have to return again
there is too much to see in one day.
We're back now (September) in the '"-1lr l village anchorage to witness the fish
erman's fiesta of the Virgin Del Valle. I . i 11. fishing boats from the local village
of Cachicatos take part, I 1. 1i. 'ir boats with flags and balloons and parading
up and down the coast, I I "I i ...... and loud music is involved.
Chaser will take off again in a few days and explore some of the other delights of
the Venezuelan coast, but will return to Medregal for a haul-out and bottom paint in
November, then we'll do some more inland exploring.
















recent evening my wife and I
.... the cockpit of our
S i j Kathleen while
anchored in Porlamar, Isla de Margarita. Lightning
storms were scattered across the southern horizon. As
we recently spent some time in the Golfo de Cariaco we
know that many of these storms come from the main
land, cross the Golfo, then continue northward to the
northern edge of Venezuela. Despite that fact, we're
soon headed right back into the Golfo.


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sails available from one shore to the opposite shore, or
along either the southern or northern shores. In some
respects its much like cruising the British Virgin
Islands, where the islands are visible and the sailing is
easy. Fetches being shorter than in the open sea,
resulting waves are also reduced. Waves can still build
quickly in squalls but are more manageable.
We recently had a blow of 35 knots from the east as
we rounded the point into the Golfo. Waves soon
became a high chop so we headed for Puerto Real,


SMALLER BAYS IN THE


GOLFO DE CARIACO

by Roland O'Brien


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Don't get me wrong; we don't like '..1.i..... rms
any better than anyone else. However, I .... I too
many really good reasons to spend time cruising the
Golfo de Cariaco. The Golfo is entirely south of the
insurance "box," which means that nearly all the
insurance companies provide ; for a named
storm, should one hit the area I I I many of the
vessels in Margarita would logically run to Laguna
Grande, in the Golfo, if a tropical storm or worse
sh- .11 '1I -
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lake, with many of the same positives. It's about 35
miles in length and between five and eight miles wide,
which means there are many day sails or even half day


which is on the northern shore and well protected
against all but westerly winds. Puerto Real is a very
picturesque small fishing village with only a few
homes. We saw no evidence of vehicles except for a
lone motorcycle, leaving us to think tl.i i,,,,,,
required is brought in via pinero (local : ..... i
is known as a pirogue in islands further north). We
anchored in 17 feet of water at 10 34.17' North, and
64 06.864' West, spending a peaceful night despite
winds howling out in the Golfo.
Much has been written about the haul-out facilities
in the Golfo, both Navimca and Medregal Village.
However, there is a new pizza place, called CocoBongo,
just 250 yards east of the Medregal Village anchorage.
Sven and Eva, a Swedish couple, have taken up resi
dence on the shore and have built a large wood fired
pizza oven. They sell excellent pizzas on Thursday and
Sunday evenings.
As well, much has been written about Laguna
Grande, which is a huge lagoon containing many
anchorages, and with bright colored mountains sur
rounding it. We enjoy visiting Laguna Grande, how
ever, we actually prefer anchoring in the much
smaller bays, many of which are isolated or at least
very quiet.
One of the small areas we found was behind the wall
at the Navimca haul-out facility. There is room for a
few vessels but it could get crowded if more than five
or six tried to anchor. Despite what some of the cruis
ing guides show, II.... -... lie outer break-wall area
is a bit tricky. We 1. -I i I i, huge round outer buoy
to our starboard side, then the same for a couple of
small floats with a tiny red flag. The next items that we
kept to our starboard side were two 2-liter soda bot
ties, partially submerged.
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Right: Punta Tinajones features an
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Left: 'Many of the vessels in Margarita would logically
run to Laguna Grande if a tropical storm should
approach'

Below: The fishing village at tiny Carenero bay


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To our port side was a piece of white foam. After that
it was possible to anchor or follow some small floats if
you were intending to go to the haul-out area. We
anchored at 10 27.2' North, and 63 56.4' West, in 7.9
feet of water. We stopped here because we needed to
visit one of the chandleries in Cumana for a new float
I i ,'....., found it quite easy to go through
' ....i. the street and catch a taxi.
Moving a bit eastward, Carenero is a tiny bay, well
sheltered, except perhaps from northerly winds,
although its noisy due to its proximity to the coastal
highway with the many buses, trucks, and trailers.
Fortunately, the noise dies down in the late evening.
Perhaps six or eight homes surround this bay, mostly
fishermen, although we did see a sailboat and a pow
erboat docked at one home. There's a skeleton of an
old steel-framed vessel lying wrecked against the
shore, which the pelicans have taken over. Probably
not more than three or four vessels should attempt
ndT-;- r: h-r- at one time and one must be wary of
II I i..... II I I.S.. 3 so as not to cause
them problems. ... I I ... feet of water at 10
26.382' North, 64 02.272' West. It appeared possible
to go to shore here if one desired, although we didn't.
Moving eastward again, along the southerly shore of
the Golfo, Sena -. which means deeply indented
bay, is exactly th were the only vessel anchored
there the afternoon we stopped in. We had just covered


the mainsail and put the sunshade up, when a typical
mid-to-late afternoon storm hit. Sitting in the middle
of the bay we watched mud run down the hillsides into
the bay. Soon, we were floating in a sea of chocolate
milk and refuse from the run-off. The bay flushed out
within a few hours, bi, i i. ... ...... i. .
after these heavy rains, i....I I II i.. 11
be floating in the Golfo for the next day or two, so cau
tion is urged. At the head of Sena Larga, there's a
public beach and picnic area, including shelters. This
is another anchorage where the highway is close
enough to be easily heard. We anchored in 18 feet of
water at 10 27.2' North and 63 56.4' West.
One small anchorage we wish we'd not stopped at
was on the northern shore. Tinajones, from our view
point, turned out to be not well protected, deeper than
we like, and exposed to a constant flow of pineros
passi... m i i. ...i. ..I '' ... .i. .. enough time,
we'd 11. .. I ', . I i anchorages.
However, we dropped the anchor in 26 feet, and were
soon in more than 50 feet, at 10 33.191' North, and
63 53.293' West.
A nice anchorage on the northern shore (eastern end)
of the Golfo de Cariaco is 1 .1 1i ,, the village
of Guacarapo. Usually I. .11 I w cruisers
anchored here as its only a few Bolivars to ride a por
puesto (typical pickup truck with benches in the rear)
over to the village of Cariaco, which is the main shop
ping town in the east. The view here is not spectacular


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came primarily from the southwest. It was : ...I
watching the pineros come racing in off the 1 .11,
some tying to docks, while others used a bow anchor
and a stern line to some .n' r-,-r to await the
storm's passing. We anchored ... I I water at 10
29.787' North, 63 44 .012' West.
A pleasant stop at the far southeastern end of the
Golfo is Muelle de Cariaco. This is a wide anchorage,
with room for many vessels. Access to the street in this
fairly large village is easy after taking the dinghy to the
fishermen's dock. Additionally, scarlet ibis, parrots,
kingfishers, egrets, and other aquatic birds abound.
You can see them from the anchorage but either an
early morning or dusk drift with the dinghy is better.
This anchorage is also close enough to be able to take
the dinghy to the small stream that feeds the bay, and
runs into Laguna de Cariaco. We've motored up the
stream for a mile or more and then shut off the out
board and drifted back out using just paddles or oars.
Beautiful jungle sounds and all the wildlife make this
trip extremely worthwhile. There's a gasoline station
up the hill and it's only a short por puesto ride to
Cariaco. We anchored in 17 feet of water at 10 28.591'
North, 63 degrees, 40.077' West. Oh, don't be sur
praised :I -,. from the village row out in small
pineros .-1 i andy or cookies. They do it in a
non-threatening manner, so we took it in good humor
and participated.
There are many more small .I.-h-rI."-= iw the Golfo,
2 ., ,i 1 i i the locals
i, 11', t11 ' .- [.- ... sers and on more than
one occasion have'-- fi- .1-1 -;-;; -; .-.i.t t:1.-l I
in pineros. Leisuri .. ,, I I .
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imini is a popular deep-sea fishing area immor
talized by author Ernest Hemingway. Consisting
of two main islands, North Bimini and South
Bimini, the Biminis are the westernmost islands of the
Bahamas. They are about 60 miles east of Miami,
Florida. Bimini is a Native American Taino word meaning
Mother of Many Waters (Bibi = mother, mini = waters).
South Bimini has a small airport and a quiet resi
dential community. It is home to the Bimini Biological
Field Station (www.miami.edu/sharklab), known local
ly as the SharkLab, famous for its research on marine
ecosystems, especially those supporting various spe
cies of sharks.
North Bimini contains the community of Alice Town,
a collection of small shops, some restaurants, a muse
um, and the Customs house. Probably the most
famous establishment was The Compleat Angler, a
modest three-story hotel made famous by Ernest
Hemingway, who often frequented the establishment.
It became a major tourist attraction, housing much
Hemingway memorabilia. Alas, a fire in January of
2006 destroyed the building.
Aboard Che'lu, our ten year-old, 36-foot Trawlercat
(a power catamaran made by Endeavour in Clearwater,
Florida), my husband Chris and I traveled to Bimini
from Nassau, crossing the Great Bahama Bank. There
was NO wind, so i .- i i,.ll',,,i ... the water
slick calm an i. I I i I I. i traveling.
The sun wasn't up high enough at first to give the
water its greens, blues and aquas yet. It was a con
tinuous gray sheen that ran seamlessly into t"- r -"
sky, as though there were no horizon, just an -' II
sea that goes into forever. The water was so fantasti
cally clear -our depth gauge registered over 90 feet
and you could count the starfish on the bottom! The
silky surface was stunningly beautiful. The flying fish
made zipper trails on the surface when they took off.
They would go several yards, sometimes gaining even
more distance by touching the water and then launch
ing themselves again, like skipping stones. Something
big jumped and flying fish went in every direction, like
spokes in a 180 degree arc.
We saw pilot whales off, oddl ...-. 1 "hale Point.
Their shiny backs bumped out i .Ii ., glistening
like onyx. The sun was directly behind us, casting a
silver swath that made it look like our wake was gilded
and stretching all the way to the horizon.
As the sL .. 1.1. it danced on the riplets of the
wind, like "I .... i- i tiny, twinkling stars splashing
in joyous abandon before they have to return to the sky
on night duty, then disappear as the surface smoothes
to a mirror-like quality again; like hundreds of thou


sands of tiny tin men, marching across the ocean water,
trudging up and down the hilly waves, their armor glint
ing in the sun as they top each crest. Little salt crystals
glinted in the sun where water had splashed on the
deck. And the sun was refracted into a million jagged
shards on the choppy surfaces of the sea.
We were getting a lift from the current, doing over


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Top: Sunset on the Great Bahama Bank
Above: 'As we naigated the channel to the dock, a seaplar
charging toward us'
Below: Golf carts are available for rent. Many fences are de
with conch shells


nine knots at times, with the engine at 3000 rpms.
Our wake trailed behind us, leaving a foamy froth bor
dered by diagonal, white-capped wavelets on either
side, cresting, one following the other, decreasing in
size until they dissipated altogether.
As we neared Bimini, a seagull followed us for a
minute or two, hoping we might have something for
him. Funny how sea birds learn that boats are pos
sible sources of food. As we navigated the channel to
the dock, a seaplane came charging toward us. The
channel was also the "runway" for Chalk's airline
(n"inr tn -. t; .;- -ident last year, Chalk's no lon
I. -i i i at Weech's in Alice Town and
.. I I.... I the big pink building that houses
Customs and Immigration.
At Weech's office there is a parrot outside, near the
bathrooms/showers. He whistles and talks. A friend
was in the shower and, just as she undressed, she
heard this wolf whistle and looked around to see if the
door had come ajar and some man was watching. It
was the parrot!
We rented a golf cart and drove around the island.
There is a gorgeous beach on the Atlantic side. Conch
abound in the waters surrounding the Biminis and
many fences are decorated with the shells and drive
ways lined with them.
Bimini is home to several phenomena
S of nature. The Fountain of Youth for
which Ponce de Leon searched is rumored
to exist on South Bimini. Natives told de
Leon of a land called "Beemeenee" where
the fountain could be found. Today, on
i, i i i.... to the airport, there is a
..... i, .I . well with a plaque to
commemorate the Fountain of Youth.
The Bimini Road is another phenome-
non that has attracted much attention.
In the 1930s, American c ... ...i 1..
Cayce predicted that r .... ... I i 'I
S Lost City of Atlantis would be found off
the coast of Bimini in 1968 or 1969. In
1969, almost a half mile stretch of pre
cisely aligned rectangular limestone
le came blocks was discovered in about 20 feet of
water off Paradise Point on North Bimini
corated by the Honorary Curator of the Miami
Science Musem while diving. Historian
Dr. David Zink believes the stones were
placed by humans. Author of 1421: The
Year China Discovered America Gavin
Menzies believes the "road" was created
by shipwrecked Chinese voyagers. Still
others claim the limestone blocks, many
ten to 15 feet long, are the result of
dredging, tidal fluctuations, or sea des
posits. Today they are called "The Bimini
Road." We snorkeled over it, following
what looked like huge stone rectangles
laid out as if for vehicles to travel on. It
does indeed look like a road.
There is excellent snorkeling and div
ing all around Bimini. A shipwreck, the
Sapona, is a landmark as it juts out of
the shallow waters. Fish abound, as do
corals and other sea life growing on the
rusty remains.
In conclusion, even though Bimini is
tiny, it has a number of attractions to
keep one busy for several days. It is a
delightful place to visit.








































































low passengers. "Eh, boy he going through... he eh
slowing down at all at all... he mashing the X fuh so".
When a monster of a swell gave the vessel a severe
rock, hurling one of the three or four standing pas
sengers back down on his seat, one commentator let
us know that the "cap" had hit a manhole. Yet anoth
er asked .. I l'. i,,,. passengers, "Yuh see it?"
"Yes, eigl., i I I* II would give anything to
see a wave like that, is ycr-. tr--lin- up and down
and ah never experience ... 1 ... .


my last visit to the sister isle, which was well over a
.1 1 .:
.. I .1 I I so incredible driving off the ferry into
busy, bubbly ..1 .. 1. What delight! Just jump
in your car an I i.. 11 1I. boat. Hallelujah! If only
all overseas travel could be the same -without the
bothersome necessities of disembarking and then
having to get transport to your destination, of going
1i. ... i Immigration, waiting for your luggage and
! ... customs.


I ALL AS HORE...0


he scarce sun of the preceding week finally
shone for our TT Spirit ferry crossing from Port
of Spain, Trinidad, to Scarborough, Tobago,
one mid-morning in late December. But the blue sky
did not reflect in the choppy water, which retained its
pewter hue; and my poor, dizzy head was not because
of brew!
Sitting in the front row at the bow, we were enter
trained by the knot-by knot commentary throughout
the voyage via the best of surround sound -our fel



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At last! We cross a .. i i.... .ich of sea and
we're sailing in blue wa I I1. mountainous,
wooded coastline of Trinidad behind, and we're look-
ing directly into a luminous light radiating from the
Tobago lowlands. There are more '2il-li;;: than I
remembered. I could not believe I h I I -. II .. that
Tobago is so pretty. The view from the vessel was
breathtaking: the Atlantic shore with the picturesque
Scarborough Harbour framed by its brightly painted
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One of the most notable differences of this trip for
me has to include the ferry ride -the first time for
me. The other was driving from Scarborough along
the bucolic Claude Noel Highway, onto the Milford
Road to lively Crown Point where we stayed. Previously
the drive was always reversed, starting from the
Crown Point Airport end and going towards
Scarborough, whether to branch off on the Shirvan
Road to get to Mt. Irvine, or to go to Bacolet.
But this time our destination is Crown Point. You
spot the tower of the hotel from the
Store Bay Road, long before you
turn into the hotel's driveway. As
you leave the reception area and
head poolwards, you blink from the
blue glare of sea and sky that meets
the e 7i. i .... ith their gar
den I ..... and apart
ments on lush lawns, complement
the startling blue. In front of the
apartments bordering the street side
of the compound, a half dozen or so
common fowls scratch in the sun
burnt grass.
Below us, waves pound the facing
of the high rocky terrain, from which
steps with plantation-style railings
take you down to the popular Store
Bay. Across the sandy beach, a
beautiful view of the Coco Reef Hotel
greets you, and, -l-+;;- -lt t-
smiles and smiles I ,I I .I Ih,
water. But my head is still woozy
from the trip so I take a tablet for
the dizziness and try to sleep it off.
Early in the evening I emerge and
roam the -r--n- -ni- i~n ti-
atmosphere ...I I Ii . 11 .
bench nearest the pool area where a
small garden wedding reception is
being held.
-- I strain my ears to hear a female
vocalist singing 'The Christmas
Song', so unlike the loud Soca music
/ which suddenly startled us the fol
lowing night while sitting in our liv
ing room, shooting the breeze with a
couple from a nearby apartment. A
look through the kitchen window
from where the airport tower and
everything in-between could be
viewed shows no sign of activity.
Thinking some carnival-size fete is
taking place "next door", our curios
ity gets the better of us ladies in the
group, so we decide to track down
the source. Crossing the entire
length of the compound, we exit through the Johnson's
apartments' back gate near the Store Bay car park.
By this time it is around ten o'clock. One or two lim-
ers are around. Strolling on, we notice a couple on the
beach. We continue walking towards the sound on the
other side of the deserted eating area where, to our
surprise, we discover five I I .. ...... I
a sound system. This was 11' I ...
ined. My eyes could not believe what my ears heard.
That was Saturday night fever?
Next morning, sightseeing Sunday, around mid
morning we take a drive along the coastal road in
Lowlands through a sleepy Scarborough and then we
climb 1. ... I.... . I adorned by stately flamboyant
trees t 11. I h .1 the Scarborough hospital. The
museum at the fort is closed on Sundays, but at the
lookout, we look back at the lowlands area from where
we had just traveled, still bathed in that shimmering
light first noticed from the bow of TT Spirit In the
opposite direction an upscale residential area, Bacolet,
lies before us, blanketed in a green variegated cloak.
It looks inviting, and soon we ar "'y1l-rin the area.
I am enthralled rediscovering .. i .. favourite
places in Tobago. Leaving Bacolet, we get to the
Claude Noel Highway as far as the turning into Mason
Hall and venture into the interior of Tobago -anoth
er first for me, all previous visits being confined to
coastal roads. Facing west, we drive across to
Plymouth, taking in the wide open spaces on either
side of us, as well as the impressive secondary school
building with its sprawling lawn, everywhere so clean
and crisp. But shortly we are on the other side of the
island. We check out Plymouth village, sizing up the
scene for the April jazz festival. Hmmm... I am sure
there must be a less choked-up venue in Tobago!
Leaving Plymouth we pass the Grafton Hotel and
turn seawards at the Stone Haven Bay road, thick
foliage on either side of the road blocking out a good
deal of sunlight, creating an eerie ambience. The
many hotels and villas, hidden away from the main
thoroughfare, surprised me. Making the loop we find
ourselves back out alongside the Grafton.
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We head for home, but at the road to Mt.
Irvine Hotel we turn in and drive past the
hotel's entrance, along the uphill road, sur
veying future vacation lodging -lovely
homes, but a bit on the secluded side
security-wise 11. ,
December I I, i- ..- in bliss on Pigeon
Point Beach. We enjoy our time in the sea
and sun. Later that evening we take our
last meal for the year, plate service, out to
the patio table in the garden and eat there
-by now we don't have the yard fowls to
contend with, they are long asleep. We are
not the only ones thinking outdoor dining.
We see lots of set tables outside. Nearer the
hotel, on the lawn at the edge overlooking
the sea, some guest is hosting a large din
ner party. .,.1i- -trung overhead and on
the trunks i i' illuminate the formally
set dinner places. We four in our quiet little
corner are animated with the happenings of
the evening and ...... 1...1. 1 .. we
pop the cork, :.11 .. .-- ... i in
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us "Auld Lang Syne" fills the air. Then we
hear the ra-ta-ta and see the spectacle over
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beach, a huge bonfire glistening on the grounds of
Coco Reef gives off a golden glow, creating a tropical
wonderland, the fireworks above ...i.... up the sky.
We look on in awe. When Coo i i- display is
through it is Crown Point's turn to dazzle, and then
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Last night, the sheet blew right off the berth in the wind sneaking through a
half closed hatch. And the breeze was so cool I actually got up to get the sheet
back. Kayaking this morning, I went to snap a picture and blew 40 feet backward
by the time I pulled out the camera. The wind strikes a turbulent balance in
Bequia, somewhere between pleasantly cooling and deafening. And if you have
long hair, you must bring conditioner here.
Admiralty Bay
Apart from wind, the small island of Bequia in the Grenadines is an enchant
ed spot for walkers, hikers, and cruisers of all kinds. The principal port of
Admiralty Bay is a truly delightful cove. With only one dock big enough for a
mid sized car ferry, it nevertheless sports a couple marine repair spots, a sail
loft, several mechanics, two grocery stores, fresh produce, shopping, and a
bunch of really good restaurants.
And the harbor's welcoming, simple-minded approach is easily accomplished
li ;- '- fi --i- ~methodology: the drink-in-hand. Even in a boat drawing five
i... i I i.... 1.1i I cruising Ericson 36), it's easy. It's also barely a whole whop
ping hour's sail from the nearest island to the north (St. Vincent; although check
ing into the Grenadines there can be time-consuming so you might want to skip
it and check in at Bequia, which you can also do at Admiralty Bay, and without
waiting).
Inside the Bay, the boats float quietly at anchor even while that wind continues
at 20 to 30 knots almost the whole ten days we're here (with startling hiatuses
that unbalance you in deafness). The locals all say it's unnaturally windy, but
the cruisers who've been here before are split its either far stronger or just
the same. Somehow, though, it doesn't really rock the boats. It just makes for
cool, breezy nights, even with half closed hatches, and gives the boat that perfect
gentle motion and lapping sound that sends you gently to sleep at night... some
times mid-afternoon.
In the beautifully sheltered inner harbor, there's a nice choice of rickety docks
to tie the dinghy to. You can also beach it and clean it right in front of several
truly awesome waterfront restaurants.
One day we spend on the harbor walkway, visiting tiny craft shops, bars, and
eateries. I buy a cute female-cut tee in the charmingly named Sail Relax Explore
charter/travel boutique, and negotiate a horn carved from whalebone at Handy
Andy's. This is legal here, because Bequia islanders are allowed to "take" up to
four whales per year. Some years they don't get even one, but the week we're
here, 1 .1... ... II ... i -.... a whale at their low-tech whaling center
on tin i I i i i .1 messy, smelly business and we should
stay far, far away, so we do.)
We lounge for an hour or so over freshly made frozen margaritas in the charm
ingly iconoclastic Tommy Cantina, admiring the bizarre local crafts: beer-bottle
votives and rum-bottle hurricane lamps. They're oddly appealing, both visually
and from a reduce/reuse/recycle perspective. We sit in bright hand-painted
chairs and watch the harbor from the shady table. The cheerful staff is friendly
and the hand-painted bathrooms are fabulous, with homemade sand-and-shell
mirrors, reed toilet-paper holder, and a floor patterned with palm fronds.
(Literally painted by dipping palm fronds in paint and dropping them on the
wooden floor.)
',ii .... ihe hundred yards back to midtown, we make a detour to visit the
.i II i of our favorite magazines. Yes, the famous Caribbean Compass is
headquartered right here in Bequia.
Later, we spend an hour on Handy Andy's internet cafe while they finish fold
ing our laundry. They do everything at Handy Andy's: it's a laundromat internet
cafe-fax-realestate-office-giftshop.
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Instead of going to see the whale chopped up, we hike an hour or so from Admiralty
Bay to lovely Friendship Bay, where we while away another afternoon drinking rum
punch in the swinging chairs at the Moskito bar by the beach, which we both find
much more soothing.
Another day, we hike two hours across the island to Industry Bay. This is much
prettier than it sounds: its a sweep of pale sand fringed with tall palms. On it,
Crescent Beach is a lovely old hotel with a 40 foot ceiling, giant-sized doors and
shutters, and peaceful open air walkways populated only by tiny lizards and white
birds. Through sheer sloth we decide we can't walk another ten minutes to see the
turtle farm. But we are later told the turtles come right up to you and poke their
heads above the water to be stroked, like cats. Maybe next season.
Back at Admiralty Bay, we eat a fantastic dinner at the Frangipani, one of several
traditional Caribbean hotels. Juicy prime rib with peppercorn crust and crisp conch
fritters. The dark raftered ceilings, tile floors, and open air layout of these hotels give
the shore an air of old time elegance. Even these upscale spots welcome cruisers
straight off the boat, which we know because we beach the dinghy by their back door
and go in with sandy feet and very wet bottoms.
Princess Margaret & Lower Bay Beaches
Along the harbor's southern edge are two palm-lined beaches, Princess Margaret
and Lower Bay. In some spots, lounge chairs hold cheerful French families under
coconut palms. Others are deserted stretches made for quiet walks at water's edge.
The cliffs around Princess Margaret Beach are packed with pools, cracks, and small i
caves to explore. And yes, Princess Margaret once stayed here, visiting from a near-
by private island, Mustique.
On the far side of a rocky cliff is Lower Bay, a longer, local er beach, perfect for
more energetic runs and deserted paddling. Even here you don't have to bring your
own drink stop by one of the low key open air beach bar/restaurants: Dawn's, De
Reef, Keegan's and even one called Can't Remember the Name.
Moonhole
One especially windy day, we head out by dinghy along the coast to unearthly,
ghostly Moonhole. Founded by an iconoclastic architect, Tom Johnston, this remote
community is hard to reach by land. It's also hard to reach by sea, with a rocky lee Port Elizabeth's picturesque main street
shore and no beach on the Admiralty Bay side. How the residents get here, I still
don't really understand. I hear it involves an off road Jeep and a lot of walk
ing.
Already dinghy splashed, we don't even consider trying to land. We laze
away ten minutes --- -1=hi) -- 1 rd forth in a relatively sheltered cutout
between cliffs as ,,.I .- I ... I apartment buildings, which is kind of
what they are eerie Tolkienesque dwellings hewn out of the cliffs as if
by underworlders. Many have no right angles. All odd curves and acute
angles, they're linked by stairs staggering drunkenly up the erratic cliffs.
Most have no glass in the windows open to breezes, .: and salt
spray. This : the whole place a curiously ruinous look saw not a
sign of life ., II i1n like we had rounded the headland only to encounter
the deserted ruins of a previous culture.
More Civilized Fodder
Tomorrow, our last day, we're going to the Devil's Table restaurant, where
we'll debark directly from our dinghy to a harborside table, and listen to live
music while they combine local cuisine with home cooking. They claim the
rights to "the best steak in this whole corner of the Caribbean" and also to
excellent calalloo soup, a Caribbean delicacy. It's made from leaves. I can't
-. -. wait for the meal, the music, and even for the leaves.
I'm going to miss this quirky place. But we'll be back.


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When I first arrived in Grenada, in March of 1962,
there was no yachting industry. By the early 1970s,
Grenada was on a roll head and shoulders ahead
of Antigua. By the early 1980s, yachtsmen had a
choice of marinas and boatyards, and The Moorings
made Mt. Hartman Bay the southern terminus of their
Caribbean charter bases.

The biggest change that stimulated the yachting
industry's next phase of development in Grenada was
the local Evans family buying Spice Island boatyard
from John Blunt in 1984, installing a travelift and fill
ing in land to the south. Now Spice Island, instead of
being limited to hauling one boat at a time on a rail
way, with their newly installed travelift could haul,
and work on or store, a maximum of about 20 boats,
a real improvement that substantially increased the
amount of money yachtsmen spent in Grenada.
By 1997, the Evans family decided that the Spice
Island boatyard was too small and another, larger yard
would have to be established. Eventually they received
permission to fill land at the head of the northwest
arm of Prickly Bay. With the addition of a travelift,
chandlery, sail-loft and restaurant, Spice Island Marine
was born.
Roger and Myrna Spronk took over the management
of the original Spice Island premises (which Peter
Spronk had been instrumental in starting), renaming
it The Boatyard and adding a popular Tiki Bar and
internet lounge.
Then in 1998, local businessman Jason Fletcher
took a real gamble, which has proved to be a winner.
He wanted to open a new yacht storage facility, as
Spice Island was well filled but increasing numbers of
yachtsmen wanted to lay their boats up in an area
outside of the so-called hurricane box. Most under
writers put the south end of the hurricane box at
12030' to 12050' North, so boats stored in Grenada were
covered against losses caused by named storms at no
extra cost.
Jason found nine acres at the head of St. David's
Harbour on Grenada's south coast. The land was filled
and graded, a dock and travelift installed, buildings
built, and he persuaded the government to rebuild
and re-surface the access road. He encouraged vari
ous trades to open up shop in his yard, including
canvas and woodworking shops. Grenada Marine was
a success.
By the summer of 2004, both yards hosted branches
of major Caribbean chandleries (Budget Marine and
Island Water World) and were booming. The infra
structure to support yachting in Grenada was improve
ing by leaps and bounds.
Unfortunately, Murphy's Law kicked in, in the form
of Hurricane Ivan, which hammered the island on
September 7th, 2004. Many insurance underwriters'
immediate reaction was to move the south end of the
hurricane box to 12 North, just at the very southern
tip of Grenada, potentially eliminating Grenada as a
good place to store boats in hurricane season.
However, some yachting writers and insurance bro
kers pointed out that if boats were properly stored
-i.e. with plenty of stands properly tied I 11.
pads to keep the legs from sinking into the 1 i ... i
rigs out, boats tied down to dead men and stored with
a decent amount of space between them they


The History


of Yachting


in Grenada


Part Two: 1984 to Present

by Don Street

should be insurable. Many underwriters have been
convinced and will insure boats properly stored
ashore in Grenada.
In 2002 Camper & Nicholsons, a company that owns
numerous marinas both in the UK and worldwide,
signed an agreement to take over and develop the old
Grenada Yacht Services in St. George's Lagoon.
However nothing happened until Peter de Savary
arrived on the scene. He is a man that gets things


done. Peter, whose creation of Pendennis shipyard is
credited with : .1 .1. .... -i.e economy of Falmouth,
England, took ., i the surrounding area in
Grenada, and really got the ball rolling. A modern
marina called Port Louis has been built, the squatters
moved to new housing on the south coast, and the
edges of the lagoon completely cleared of derelict
vehicles, wrecked boats and other debris. He undoubt
edly stepped on a few toes and got some people mad at
him, but he has created a marina that will eventually


have hundreds of berths for normal-sized yachts and
some 70 berths for mega-yachts.
With development of the new Port Louis marina,
cruising yachtsmen lost about 20 moorings in a badly
Sii, I i .. that has been famous for poor holding
: 'I ".ck. But why complain when right out
side the harbour mouth in Martin's Bay (also known
as Pandy Beach) one finds an anchorage within easy
dinghy distance from town and the Yacht Club, with
cle . ... 1 1. 1 1.... sand bottom .
Y 1i,1,,. .- .. 11 ... -1 1.1 .-intensive industries
in the world. Even when a marina is only half full, it
will still provide considerable local employment -to
the extent that many feel that Grenadians working in
'1, i,, I .. other islands in the Caribbean and
i i i working in the States will return to
Grenada because of the demand for good, skilled yacht
labor created by the completion of Port Louis marina
an I 11, .. ... .. s of the other facilities.
S....... I ... ..... .- such as Le Phare Bleu, Prickly
Bay Marina, Martin's Marina, Clarke's Court and
Whisper Cove, have sprung up to cater to the yachts
that congregate in the various anchorages on the
south coast of Grenada. The Moorings has moved its
charter base to Canouan in the Grenadines, but
Horizon Yacht Charters has developed a base at True
Blue Bay.
Grenada might not replace Trinidad as the number
one place to lay up a yacht during hurricane season,
but she will certainly give Trinidad a run for the money
if all the major players in the island's yachting indus
try get together and pull together. And as a place for
boats to spend the hurricane season with crews on
board, Grenada, with its rapidly improving infrastruc
ture, will become the place to be. Grenada, with clear
water for swimming and diving, an abundant variety of
anchorages, and ready access to cruising the
Grenadines, will appeal to many liveaboards as a sum
mer destination.
Hopefully, if a hurricane approaches Grenada, all
liveaboard crews will have enough sense to head south
to Trinidad, or southwest to Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela,
bypassing Margarita. I 11..- i .. ...i could easily
become untenable, or i .hII 1, 1 a hurricane
aimed at Grenada continued due west. For many yachts,
once south of 12 North, they are out of the hurricane
box and their insurance comes back in full force.
A very important matter that many yachtsmen do
not realize is that most marine insurance policies that
do not give coverage for named storms in the hurricane
box, do give complete normal coverage -for ground
ing, loss of mast, etcetera -as long as the loss is not
caused by a named storm. Thus Grenada and the
Grenadines are perfectly acceptable cruising grounds
during hurricane season; just head south (or better,
south and west) if a named storm approaches.
Yachting has in the past put large quantities of
money into the economy of Grenada. With the develop
ments in recent years, if the entire yachting commu-
nity all works together to convince the Government of
Grenada that yachting puts massive amounts of
money into the economy, the future looks bright not
1i I 11. 1..... ... i... i. rbutalso for the island of
S. ... i .. iI I i.tsmen that support the
industry by basing their boats in Grenada or visiting
the island frequently.


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Early Caribbean Voyages:


Earlier Than


'We Thougiht?
by Norman Faria


The history books will have to be rewritten about
Barbados -at least when it comes to dating the earli
est habitation of this Eastern Caribbean island.
Discoveries by British archaeologists in recent years
at a former Amerindian village site in the island's
northern St. Peter parish show that the first Barbadians
("Bajans") lived there as early as 2000 B.C.
Prior i.I,..... vas that the earliest human presence
was bet '.. "-' B.C. and 400 A.D. To test the new
theory, the British scientists took pottery shards and
skeletal remains with them to Britain for carbon dating.
Historians say the Eastern Caribbean islands were
first settled by Amerindian voyagers from South
America. The --t 1.re aboard large ocean-going dug
out canoes, -I II. ,, from island to island. Barbados
was probably settled after scouting expeditions came
from what are now known as St. Vincent and St.


ture at the Barbados Museum that the jumping-off
point for the Amerindian explorers was in northern
South America, specifically around the Orinoco coast.
This general area comprises the present-day
Venezuelan coastline and its environs, including parts
of Guyana.
Of the everyday life of the native peoples in Barbados
before the European peoples arrived, Dr. Drewitt said
they were farmers and fisherfolk. The first Caribbean
peoples gave the name Ichirouganiam to Barbados. It
means, roughly, "red land and teeth", referring probably
to the land's red clay soil and its sur
I, I I'".. i shortly before Columbus
visited the Caribbean, the 166-square- -
mile island had, he estimates, a total of
50 to 60 villages with approximately 300 .
to 500 people in each one. They farmed
manioc, maize and cassava and fished in A
both inshore and offshore waters for mol-
lusks, crustaceans and fish.
Because Barbados is of soft coral for
nation, it did not have any hard stone
such as granite. The native peoples there
fore had to carve tools out of shell mate
rial, mainly conchs. Among the examples ,._ -.
of tools found at the sites were some --
m ade oi ... I ....1 i ,, .1I1 I ... the
neighb( ...... .-1 I -1 ... ..I and
St. Lucia, which were formed from volca-
nic activity.


Why was that? Surely at that time there was plenty
of wildlife on both land and sea, in addition to agricul
tural produce. Dr. Drewitt disclosed that on some of
the skeletons found at the archaeological sites, most of
the teeth were gone and the jawbones were abnor
mally thin. This suggested that there was malnutri
tion. "It could also mean that the Amerindian settle
ment became overcrowded, with the population
unhealthy and unable to properly sustain themselves,
causing the inhabitants to move away from the island,"
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towards them.
Leader of the University of London team which
worked on the St. Peter site and others in the island
over the years, Dr. Peter Drewitt, said in a 2003 lec


Above: This engraving from
1590 shows Amerindians
making a dugout canoe in the
age-old manner, using fire
and seashell scrapers. The
first inhabitants of Barbados
would have used the
same methods
Left: The original settlers of
the Antilles paddled their log
canoes from the coast of
today's Venezuela and
Guyana northward through
the island chain.
(Surprisingly, this
18th century map calls the
Caribbean the 'North Sea')


Despite the Amerindians' resourcefulness and cre
activity, life for them wasn't any Garden of Eden. They
didn't, for example, live very long by modern day stan
dards. "You would be seriously old at age 30. Most of
the burials we found were people in the 35 to 40-year
old age bracket," said Dr. Drewitt.


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"If this is correct," he continued, "then it helps to
explain how the Amerindians could have been easily
wiped out by the introduction of European diseases
which arrived about 200 years later."
The population could also have been decimated by
slave-gathering sea raiders from neighboring islands
that were settled earlier by Europeans. By the time the
first organized European settlers sailed to Barbados in
the 1600s, it was uninhabited.
Dog skeletons were found with several of the human
remains. Dr. Drewitt explained: "Dogs were probably
used, as they are today, as pets and to retrieve downed
game such as birds. Perhaps the dogs were also
revered for religious purposes to replace the jaguar
found in South America. The way the dogs were buried
is similar to the way jaguars are ritually buried in
South America."
What about cannibalism? The British scholar, who
has written a book on Barbados' first settlers, dis
missed the theories that the Amerindians were canni
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There is no archaeological evidence in the Caribbean
that human remains were butchered or chopped up
for human consumption."
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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F .. i i,, .1 .,
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : I ... 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 1. .....
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!


November 2008
DATE TIME
1 1429
2 1520
3 1610
4 1658
5 1744
6 1829
7 1913
8 1958
9 2043
10 2132
11 2224
12 2322
13 0000 (full)
14 0024
15 0130
16 0237
17 0339
18 0437
19 0530
20 0618


21 0703
22 0746
23 0829
24 0913
25 0958
26 1045
27 1133 (new)
28 1224
29 1315
30 1405

December 2008
DATE TIME
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2 1540
3 1625
4 1708
5 1751
6 1834
7 1920
8 2008
9 2102


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0120
0223
0320
0412
0459
0544
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0711
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0842
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1020
1111
1201 (new)
1250
1338
1423
1506


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companyy and act as their local contact in the Caribbean. (Readers
may remember the account I wrote in the January 2008 issue of
Compass on the search and recovery of the yacht Amolfon behalf
of the underwriters. Amolfwas abandoned during the ARC 2006 and later found
adrift near Anguilla.)
Cruisers sometimes complain about bureaucracy and red tape, wondering why
the authorities want to check up on "innocent yachties". But not all yacht cruises
are innocent.
,, ,,.,.. .,' known and dangerous Polish criminal stole a Lagoon 44 cata
:.... ... i .... i i company based in Greece. The criminal had done this before
and his mission was usually to use the boat for human trafficking (including chil
dren) and transporting illegal immigrants to the USA. I had been watching out for
this vessel in the Caribbean, and Bill Bailey of Caribbean Marine Underwriters had
been assisting in the search. Bill had already helped recover another yacht this same
criminal stole some years before and sailed to the Dominican Republic. Bill was
therefore clear what we were up against if we were to find the stolen vessel and
needed to confront the criminal!
Leisure vessels of this size and nature are stolen worldwide, but statistically 80
percent of them are found and recovered within 12 months, so underwriters will
always be determined in their intent to recover where possible.
In late August, the EPIRB (emergency beacon) registered to the yacht that was
stolen in Greece suddenly gave a short "ping". This signal was picked up by MRCC
(Maritime Communication System for Rescue Coordination Centres) and forwarded
to the UK and the vessel's Greek owners.


Bill and I were informed about the EPIRB "ping" and we traced the signal -not to
a Caribbean location, but to Brazil. It was decided that Bill and I would set off on a
mission to check out some of the likely places near the area where the signal was
located -basically between the mouth of the Amazon River and Fortaleza. I cannot
describe adequate 1 1.;; tl. n' uth of the Amazon is, so Bill and I were slight
ly daunted at the -i i I',, i finding the stolen yacht. We travelled through
Manaus and Belem and made our way down to Fortaleza, with the idea of retracing
our steps back up north to the mouth of the Amazon, all the time searching the
prospective areas. Bill had already contacted all the relevant authorities in Brazil, all
of whom were very keen to help us apprehend the criminal.
It appears this vessel had been already seen near Belem and the Polish individual
had alread-- tr 7 .- r several local by laws. He had, in fact, been trying to sell
the vessel I i- Ii 1. vessel's inventory. While Bill and I searched in the south,
the Federal Police suddenly caught the villain in Macapa at the mouth of the
Amazon, just north of where we were. This is exactly where the New Zealand yachts
man Sir Peter Blake was killed. The Federal Police arrested the Polish criminal with
out any trouble (last time, Bill had to get the Dominican Army to help!) and he is now
in jail in Brazil awaiting deportation.
Bill and I travelled to Macapa and are, as of this ", ,,,,. - - .. th- yacht
for the insured parties. It is not entirely clear why the i i I i - I found
the unit in its box, switched off and apparently unused. We also found various drugs
on the yacht as well as some shocking evidence of human trafficking. The doors on
the cabins were all modified with bolts and locks on the outside to make the cabin
areas small "prisons".
The yacht is in poor condition and it currently rests in the jurisdiction of the
Capitania dos Portos in Samana, near Macapa, until the paperwork is cleared for its
release. Bill and I found all the authorities in Brazil to be highly professional, con
siderate and helpful. Both the Port Captain and the Federal Police have shown a good
intention to release the yacht quickly and with as little bureaucracy as possible.
The Amazon is a fascinating area of the world. However, I would warn the
Caribbean cruising fraternity looking for new destinations that this particular part
of the Amazon (near the mouth) is very challenging -it is very tidal and not par
ticularly easy '-r -r;i=. -.chts in that moorings, water, etcetera, are not readily
available. The: . ... I quite a problematic environment for the average cruis
ing yacht, and specialist knowledge and ability are required if you are to remain in
the area for a period. Macapa is, however, a fascinating if remote town where a very
traditional "river traffic life" still exists and where there are wonderful restaurants
that serve delicious freshwater fish that I have never seen before!
Bill and I are now assembling a crew who will collect the yacht and deliver it to the
Caribbean for repairs and eventual return to the insured.
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Second Time Around for Goodwin


by Norman Faria
From the Carlisle Bay shore in Barbados earlier this year, the
little double-ender cutter bobbing up and down in the anchorage
seemed familiar.
"Yes, the boat was here in the 1990s when you interviewed then owner
Olle Landsell. I bought it in 2000," Swedish national Anders Dicander
tells me as I row out to have a chat.
Anders made a few changes on board. One, he put in more electrics
powered by solar panels. There is also a 15-horsepower Mariner on a
special bracket. Oh yes, there is the refrigerator. Anders and his girl
friend Stephanie, who joins him every now and again, wanted comfort
even if the cabin of the six-metre-long (20 feet) sloop named Goodwin II
gets a bit cramped inside.
These little double-ender pocket cruisers continue to be quite popular
in Sweden, says Anders. About a thousand of the boats were built. It is
called the Havsfidra class (in English, Sea Nymph). The Goodwin II is hull
number 744 and was built in 1968 for the OSTAR Atlantic race and
sailed by Ake Mattsons. It was designed by Lage Ekland.
Anders, 38, said he would have liked another, slightly larger, Swedish
boat, the Albin Vega. He settled for the cheaper Goodwin II. He took her
to the Western Mediterranean and lived aboard for two years while work
ing there before heading west to the Caribbean. He previously had a six
metre racing catamaran but "too much spray was coming aboard".
One of the reasons for "thinking small" is to keep maintenance costs
low. Swedish people, however, like "working on and repairing boats" and
preserving maritime culture, he says. You only have to look at the many
restoration projects of old wooden boats there. Boating clubs and co
operatives are also significant in this regard. Anders belongs to the UVBK
(Upplands Vasby Batklubb) in Stockholm.
Most frequent com mn i- .... i .... .1 1i i i ... i . )
He tells you: "Are you i ... ,- I .
Unlike Olle, who on his trip headed north through the islands to the
Virgin Islands and then back to Europe, Anders said he was thinking at
the time of heading west across the Caribbean and on into the Pacific.
From Barbados, he was to join Stephanie in Martinique.
You may reach Anders at goodwinll@hotmail.com to see how he is
getting along.


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Go small, go now, keep going. Swedish sailor Anders Dicander aboard
Goodwin II in Barbados, on its second visit to the Caribbean. He planned
to head west


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What Goes Around


by David Barton



When their yacht, The Rose, sinks between Martinique and St.
Lucia after striking a submerged object during a squall, our narrator
and his girlfriend, Zuma, find themselves adrift in the dinghy.
'Now and then on the top of a wave I thought I could see the flash
of the lighthouse at the entrance of Castries Harbour. We agreed we
were more than ten miles out, and we were slowly moving away in
the direction of Panama...'

Part Two
In a short while, the heat of the sun made the rain gear we were wearing begin to
feel warm. Taking off the jackets was no problem but pulling off the bib-topped pants
without I .... -1 i. I ... lie dinghy wasn't easy. The shorts and light shirts we
were boti ...... i I i .- a while until the sun rose higher and began to bake
the back of our necks, arms and legs. We draped the rain gear over our backs, heads,
and legs. Our exposed salt-caked skin was soon burning under the roasting rays of
the sun.
With one hand and forearm in the water, we continued kneeling and paddling,
changing sides now and then. We paddled in silence. When the sun was directly
overhead we both seemed to stop at the same time to turn and look at each other. I
asked, "How are you doing?"
She said, "Stand up and look. If we're halfway there, I'm doing just fine."
We were lucky in that the tradewinds seemed to be taking a holiday. There was
practically no wind at all with only light puffs coming from the north. I crawled up
and sat on the seat, letting the heavy rain gear that had been shading me drop to
the bottom of the dinghy. It was broiling hot. The sun beat down on my sweating
skin, burning through the thin cloth of my short-sleeved shirt. I was parched, hun
gry, and my arms and shoulders felt like hell from their hours of effort. My knees
were raw from kneeling in the salt water that continually got back into the dinghy to
slosh around.
I cautiously stood to look toward the island. It was hard to tell if we had closed any
distance at all. I said, "We are definitely getting closer," but my positivism slipped as
I added, "but not by much."
Zuma groaned with a look of despair as she crawled onto the seat, rubbing her
shoulders. As I gingerly sat down beside her she asked, "Judd, are we going to
make it?"
"Yes, for sure, because I sure don't like the only other possibility. We are going to
make it!" I was glad she wasn't looking into my eyes, seeing the doubt.
It was obvious we wouldn't go far in the next ten hours of our paddling effort: we
were tiring. At the latitude of St. Lucia, the tradewinds are very dependable. It would
probably be only hours before the wind shifted to come again out of the east to push
us away from our goal. I 11i of the wind direction, our dehydration would
probably put an end to ', i .I II.... effort some time the next day. Depression and
: ..... ent me forward with my elbows on my knees and my head in my hands.
SL while Zuma nudged me with her hand. When I looked into her face she had
a serious expression but her eyes were smiling as she said, "I've been thinking about
staying with you. I decided that I would. But considering that in our first trip we went
through a hurricane, and in this one the damn boat sank, I don't think I want to sail
with you anymore.
As I watched her face she began to smile through her parched dry lips and then
we both started laughing. We laughed for too long. We hugged each other and she
began to quietly sob. Silence fell on us. There was :. i1,,,. I -ay. We lowered our
selves back down to our knees to again begin our I ,, I i each paddling with
one arm.
The sea became flat, the air dead. The sun bore down on us like a weight. The haze
in the atmosphere made the distant mountains look impossibly far away. We grew
lethargic. By mid-afternoon we each had stopped looking to see whether the bow was
pointed toward the land; we just kept our heads down and our shadows, cast by the
afternoon sun, ahead of us in the bottom of the boat.
And then we gave up and just laid down, trying to cover, to hide from the sun, our
areas of bare and blistered skin. We baked. Time hung like a shroud.
A blast of cool air made me think I was hallucinating; and then I heard a loud clap
of thunder. Clouds covered the sun and it began to sprinkle. The possibility of catch
ing rainwater to drink revived us. With our shirts we wiped most of the salt out of
the boat in the hope of keeping rainwater drinkable. When torrents of large drops
turned the sea around us white, we held the rain jackets extended out over the side
to direct more rain into the boat. We drank and soaked the water in through our
parched skins. It stopped as quickly as it had started. The sun came burning down
with what seemed increased force; but we had water.
By dark we convinced ourselves we were a lot closer to the island than we had been
that morn..'. I ..... -i ....1 i i....ls trying to balance on the seat and sleep
because i -.. i, i -I -.I. .... n -in the bottom of the dinghy made sleep
ing there impossible. The one who was awake laid belly down over the bow with
hands and arms down into the water paddling, paddling, ii11. paddling.
A very light breeze came up, ln in1 no in the directic.. I I. scattered lights.
Belly down, head over the front I ii. i,,.i, it soon became painful to keep look
ing ahead, turtle-like, to maintain direction i. i 1 i ... .. ... legs and butt
became my compass for a while. In the:,,, i Ii I 11 .... i. i .... I died moment
tarily before a fresh breeze started blowi., i. .. I ... i .. the oncoming
waves grew large enough to splash into my down-turned face hanging over the bow.
They became my steering compass. And again the situation looked hopeless.
To escape the misery, my mind wandered. Four times the sea had tried me. If I had
stayed on the bow of the troop ship one more wave I would have been washed overboard.
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If my brother or I had failed, or more realistically if our luck had failed, in just one
of the near-disastrous moments of our ill-fated offshore trip we would have been
another missing fishing boat. Later, when this same boat had sunk, this time with
only me onboard, I had taken a long swim in water too cold. I was in it too long to
survive, but I did. And there was the hurricane that Zuma and I, with a lot of luck,
had made it through.
Coming back from my reverie, hope balanced reality.
With the return of the easterly wind I knew we would never paddle our way to the
island. Zuma also knew.
When the wind had shifted she gave up her effort to sleep on the seat. With a groan
of resignation she lay in the water in the bottom of the boat. I stayed bent over the
bow the rest of the night, sometimes paddling and sometimes not; but always won
during if this was the time that luck, or the guardian angel I almost believed in,
wasn't going to be there to save me.
When my face had taken all of the salt spray I could stand, I turned around and
faced the back of the boat, sitting at the very narrowest part at the bow that I could
squeeze my butt into. My hands could reach the water on either side and I paddled
backwards. The effort to make headway was abandoned; I just tried to keep the bow
into the wind to reduce the chance of water splashing into the boat, into our drinking
water. Now and then it did anyway.
In th- f- f tci- first light of day, Zuma cautiously crawled back up on the
seat, .. i..i .1 -..... that her new position didn't allow seawater to splash in and
ruin our drinking water. I had tried a double handful a little while before that, and
found it already tasted pretty salty and rubbery from the raingear. The wind seemed
to be freshening, which prompted me to suggest that we drink all the water we could
before it got any saltier. Zuma said nothing but went down on her hands and sore
knees and drank like an animal from the water in the bottom of the boat.



'Considering that in our first trip

we went through a hurricane,

and in this one the damn boat sank,

I don't think I want to sail

with you anymore'


Afterward, with a sad, tense expression, she watched the sea now and then splash
into the boat and farther pollute our drinking water.
She spoke i.. ...i. 1 .. 1.1 "You know, people swim the English Channel."
She sat in -.I I i .- .I she was furthering the thought. I asked, "Are you
that good of:. .......
"Maybe good .... 1 to do better than this fucking boat is doing!"
"Go ahead. II -I n the boat and wave at passing ships. When you get to the
beach you will send someone out for me, won't you?"
"Maybe." And after a long silence she mumbled through thick lips, "Do you think
it is true that people in the water that get bitten by sharks don't feel any pain? I
wonder if it really hurts to drown."
For a long while I listened to the sound of the splash of the waves on the side of
the boat, the whisper of the wind, and watched dawn's light turn the grey water to
deep blue.
As the sun came over the distant top of the mountains, Zuma closed her eyes and
I could just he .. 1 .1.,,. ilumming sound coming from deep within her.
It was like a I -- i', .,, a prayer, or a strange sobbing.
When the unearthly sound stopped she looked as though fear had left her. She still
looked totally weary, but now she was relaxed and at ease.
In silence the sun rose. Time dragged by. And then there was a sound on the wind,
a murmur that very slowly grew until it was recognizable as the sound of an out
board engine. We listened intently as it seemed to be getting closer. At first it grew
louder and louder as if it were coming directly at us, but we could see nothing. My
heart sank as the sound began to move to one side of us as if it were passing us by.
Abruptly it stopped. There was again only the sound of the water, the waves on the
side of the boat, and the wind.
"Zuma, sit in the bottom of the boat; I'm going to try to stand on the seat."
With great caution I stood with the yellow rain jacket in my right hand. I strained
to see something over the top of the waves in the direction the motor had last been
heard. There was nothing but waves with here and there a little spindrift of white. I
stood there, hope sustained, and finally I thought I saw something as we were lifted
by 1 .-- -.e. I waited an eternity, and then it came up again as if rising out of the
top I. Distinctly, I saw a large hat on a black head.
Frantically I began to yell and to wave the yellow rain jacket as high as I could
swing it above my head.
The dinghy tipped and I fell to the seat, struggling to not go overboard and risk
turning the boat over with me. Zuma yelled as I rolled and tumbled on top of her.
In my hysteria I paid no attention, immediately climbing back up to stand on the
seat and straining to see the hat on the black head. I yelled and swung the jacket
over my head, but wave after wave lifted me and I saw nothing.
The world seemed to stand still when I heard the outboard engine start, and I
thought they were leaving. The sound moved away and I knew we were dead; but no,
it grew louder. The hat reappeared and as it moved toward us two more hats joined
it. Soon, I saw three standing figures in a boat as it plunged over a large wave. They
came straight at us but I continued to wave until finally the man in the bow waved
back and I was absolutely sure they had seen us.
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It's always Fair Weather
Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski
Well, we all hope the storm season is over now and we can once again
start 'broad-reaching through Paradise with the barometer pegged on Fair'!
Enjoy an idle hour with this fun Fair Weather word search puzzle.


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SAILING
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NOVEMBER 2008

Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Any little squalls in the sea of romance should blow
themselves out after the second week. Creative endeavors
may meet contrary currents, so concentrate on routine
shipboard tasks.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Your love life will sail away after the second week, taking
your sense of humor with it. Don't let it overwhelm you:
there's the promise of new love cruising ---; way in a
couple of months, or the reappearance of 1* i i one over
the horizon.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)

will still be in the doldrums, but keep in mind that the
best things in the cruising life are free!
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
o i .... .. i ,. . i i , m l, i .

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)

tion may be ust the ticket to help get your spinnaker back
up and drawing.
T VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Romance will sail into your sphere of influence to add
another vessel to your growing fleet of positive influences
this month.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
..... ... .. ..I.i .......- 1. lf-
I, i i. i i ... ... ,, eet and power
through the bumpy patch.
T[L SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Creative energy will be at high tide. Use it to make for
ward progress in projects on board and to clear the decks
for coming action.
/ SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Romance will be on the wane -.n 1 .;; feel in the
doldrums. But the weather will I. '.. II. last week
and you will feel creative energies freshening.
CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)

some time on i. .I .. .....
work for a while.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Th: I II I 111)1 I.
kick I II h II.
daily I
PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
You'll have ren-"'d In~r'" in the creative cockpit of
your life. Make t.



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ACROSS DOWN
1) LAY 1) LEE
3) PORT 2) FANG
6) BEAM 4) TIDE
7) VANE 5) BARGE
8) SIDE 6) BASED
10) SAG 8) SHORE
11) HO 9) QUARTERDECKS
12) LEEWARD 13) WAY
14) GAUGE 15) GUNWALE
17) CLOTHS 16) LURCHES
18) ANCHOR 19) BOW
19) BOARDS 20) HATCH
21) LEEWARDLY 23) HE
22) KETCH
24) RAILS
25) HELM


Cruising Manners Maler



To buy a boat and sail for fun Some
For winter winds and lots of sun, Whate
Is part of every sailor's dream, When
'Specially when the wind's abeam. To infc

Drop anchor in a lovely bay, And ke
But learn the rules you must, I say. Where
For other people are there too, The jo
And in some places quite a few. In a qu

If you're very close at anchor Many
To other boats, you'll cause much rancour. To e-m
Cruisers think this very rude, Their I
And spoils their happy tranquil mood. And bl

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Will very likely cause a row. Everyb
Now it may be smooth and calm, It how]
But it can change and cause alarm. If you

Test your anchor very well, At nigl
Expect more wind and perhaps some swell, A fixed
You must ensure you do not drag, So all
Or other folk may lose their rag. Exactly

Bigger boats should moor behind. No flas
To smaller boats they should be kind. Or oth
Catamarans are another story, For fla
To monohulls they can cause fury. So don

If you charter, you should know, This r
That there are many tales of woe, 'Cos sa
When charter yachts have hit a cruiser, / I ... 1
Please take care you're not the bruiser..

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Prudent sailors use a lock, Just a
But keep it on a nice long line, How in
So other dinks can get in fine. Those

Some think boat boys are a pain, So ple;
But chat to them and ask their name. Annoy
It's hard for them to make a living, A little
So buy some fruit and be forgiving. This g

And in your dinghy do not race, So do
And cause much wash by your fast pace. But I
Your neighbour may be cooking supper, Their p
Or boiling water for a cuppa. I hope

Remember many people swim,
Then you come speeding at a whim.
The danger is you may not see
And then cause death or injury.







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cruisers seem to love to shout
ver task they are about.
anchoring, just try using signs,
Irm your crew of your designs.

ep your music volume low,
ver you might choose to go.
ys of other people's din,
iet bay can wear quite thin.

yachts use SSB,
ail home or friends for free.
HF signal spills right through,
ocks reception right on cue.

is a wind machine of fame,
iody knows its name.
Is at us like a screaming banshee,
have one, go back out to sea.

ht an anchor light should show,
White light and not too low,
will know when it is dark,
y where their neighbours park.

thing light should pierce the gloom,
er cruisers will just fume.
shing is reserved for buoys
't confuse us with those toys.

ule applies to everyone,
iling in is not much fun
I 1. .. Ichts are all unlit,
S - .1i please do your bit.

servations -if I dare:
few seem not to care,
[any folk they do upset.
other yachts they just forget.

ase remember, you should not
those on another yacht.
give and take we need,
olden rule's for all to heed.

enjoy your sailing here,
vill say that most hold dear
privacy and peace of mind.
that's what you too will find.


John Lytle


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1aste Spy?



by Lee Kessell




"Mr. Worm is just the man for the job." Ed the soldier fish spoke with the author
ity of his position and all the residents of the bay agreed with him.
"But will he do it?" asked the timid little garden eel who hid at the least disturbance.
You see, Mr. Worm was the local night monster and divers in the bay in the
south of the island of St. Lucia had only ever caught a tiny glimpse of Mr. Worm.
They called him THE THING. When the divers with their torches peered under
ledges and into caves, sometimes they just caught the hint of a huge, long monster
retreating into the dark. The legend of THE THING had grown out of all proportion
to the reality. Everyone believed that this was a genuine sea serpent, a diabolical
creature at least 20 feet long with fangs that could tear a limb from a nosy diver
and swallow it in one gulp, waiting to tear
off the other leg or arm if it came back.
Divers shuddered at the thought but t still
tried to find it, wanting to be proclaimed
a hero and have the monster named after 'Divers were
him or her.
To te tell te truth, Mr. Worm was no sea
monster at all but an inoffensive segment a c tc in 1 o
ed, elongated worm Yes indeed, it did catching a lot
grow quite big six feet, in fact and
certainly Mr. Worm was not a pretty sight. r n
Although his deep reddish colour was for an aq
okay, his head looked like an evil drilling
machine with its five long tentacles sur
rounding a nasty puckered mouth. He
also had long, feathered exterior gills that
looked very menacing, as did all of the deep 7-"r-iit of his body that ended in the
stubby feet that gave him the speed he was : I... .. I What's more, Mr. Worm had
no sting, claws or teeth so he couldn't hurt anyone but he did like his privacy down
there beneath the ledges at a hundred feet needing to come ,i ,,,. 1,' I forage for
food and that was when the divers were waiting. But Mr. ...... l-icker than
any human and in the mini second when the light first hit him, he was gone.


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"I know that Mr. Worm will take a lot of .. ....... replied Ed, "but once I've told
him our trouble, I don't think he'll refuse.
"No", spoke up the sandtile fish, "but you'll have to find him first."
"Do we have any volunteers?" Ed looked hopeful, as he didn't want to be the one
to have to convince Mr. Worm, because that ugly head gave him the shudders.
As no one volunteered, Ed had to take the job, like it or not. Well, after calling loud
and clear for some hours, Mr. Worm finally emerged and Ed told him that they
needed a Master Spy.
"You see, Mr. Worm, I was lucky .. .. 1 to overhear a couple of divers talking
about their plans for catching a lot ci ..- fish for an aquarium and all they are
S,,, the license to begin. The trouble is, I can't hang around all the time to
i ,i Ih .. this is going to happen, but you are so fast, you can do it easily."
Mr. Worm was silent as he pondered the request. He could hear quite well down in
the deeps through the water but he knew he would have to make quick dashes to
the surface to pick up news of the time and day that the hunt would begin.
After listening and surfacing in quick dashes for a few days, Mr. Worm was getting
tired of the project and was ready to tell Joe he must have been mistaken, when
down came the unmistakable voices of happy men. Up he darted and keeping close
to the wall heard that the men had their license and would begin siphoning up their
specimens the very next morning! They planned to meet at the dock at 8:0OAM
sharp. Master Spy darted back to the bottom of the cliff and hissed at the first pass
ing fish and sent him to get Joe.
The next morning at 8:30 when the men jumped into the sea in their scuba gear,
the reef fish were ready for them that is, there was not a fish, large or small, in
sight and no am'r--~t -f 1-.r-};;;. could find any. That was okay for now, but these
men had to be i- .... I i time, so flying out of the blue came an army of
octopuses who pulled the masks from the divers' faces, sucked the regulators out of
their mouths, bit through the air hoses and turned the air on full blt t n-imyFin
the tanks in a disorienting -1 ..... i i 1 i
bles. Sharp beaks slashed at the webbing
of their buoyancy vests and some small
sting rays rose up out of the sand and gave
tCing about the men a few painful stings not enough
to do much harm, but enough to send the
men kicking frantically to the surface.
US ree fr sn The men, after first aid treatment, swore
they would never go near that reef again
and they confirmed what everyone
arium!' thought: "We were attacked by that vicious
Sea Monster. It was 20 feet long, had
sharp teeth and claws and a sting in its
dragon tail. Take it from us, leave THE
THING alone."
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killer whales) and the Phocoenidae (porpoise) families. What fantastic names!
Students of Latin and Greek may be able to work out what they mean. We'll look
particularly at two whales commonly found in the Caribbean.
The humpback whale is part of the Balaenopteridae family because it is a whale
with baleen plates in its mouth. The humpback is a rorqual, which is a word of
Norwegian origin meaning 'furrows'. It refers to the grooves under the humpback's
throat. The humpback's scientific name is Megaptera novaeangliae. This actually
means '-i..)t f;- 71 -i; fi t-; .1 of New i.. ..,,.i ., i (angliae). The name
refers -. ,,,, .1 I I...... .11. their 1 l. i Ii New England coast
in the eighteenth century.
The sperm whale is part of the Physeteridae family and has two scientific names.
The more common one is Physeter macrocephalus, which means 'a blower with a
big head' but, sometimes, it's called Physeter catodon, which means 'a blower with
lower teeth'. Both names are very apt. The sperm whale definitely has a big head


ly Eluiftne LLUivi er and it has teeth in its lower jaw only!
Now see if you can fill in the correct names on the following chart to show the
This month, we'll take a look at the scienufic names of the whale family, particu relationships between the different types of whales.
Slarly those whales found in the Atlantic and the Caribbean.
The Animalia kingdom contains a phylum called Chordata, which includes all
those living things with a spinal cord. This phylum contains the class Mammalia. ())M
Whales are mammals, not fish, so they belong to this class. The particular family
to which whales belong is called Cetacea. This family also includes dolphins and (b)
porpoises. What do these cetaceans have in common? t
Cetaceans are completely aquatic but they have lungs and need to come to the
Surface for air to breathe. They give birth to live young and nurse them at sea.
Some species can grow very 1 -;- 1 -ause their weight is supported by sea water.
SAll cetaceans have a layer ol I i..I I (fat) under their skin, which insulates their (c)M (d)
bodies from the cold water. Answers
i There are many different kinds of cetaceans so, to make their classification a ( )p Ans
little clearer, the order Cetacea is split into two sub-orders. These are Mysticeti,
the baleen whales, and Odontoceti, the toothed whales. (B__ ()Z on page 43
The sub-orders are further split into several families. The mysticeti (from a Greek
word for 'unknowable') have the Balaenidae (right whales) and Balaenopteridae (6) D
S(rorquals). The odontoceti (from a Latin word for 'teeth') have more: the Physeteridae
(sperm whales), the Ziphiidae (beaked whales), the Delphinidae (dolphins and O)-
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Did you pack the spare cabin with art and craft material in the hope that
cruising life would inspire you to become an artist? Or have you secretly w
try a creative endeavor but never had the time? Now you have the time
inspiration but have no place to purchase the materials. Like many of us,
interested in learning to paint, but afraid you have no talent? These are
complaints among 'wannabe' creative cruisers. Yet we seld ..., I 11i,,.
But you can! Consider the advantages of watercolors. They i
your boat and have a quick drying time. The rewards are immediate.
While cruising the eastern coast of Venezuela, my husband and I discover
color artist Teri Jones. Her inspirational life journey through art,.. ,, ,i
to try our hands at painting. Teri grew ., ..1.... I ..was not a ...
not pick up a brush until she was age i ..... from a debilitating in
managing a demanding career. Even then she feared she had no skill with
She felt she was supposed to have talent from the beginning. At first, expe
of perfection hobbled her attempts to paint. She even took a beginning w;
class -three times. Gradually, Teri forgot her preconceived expectation
allowed herself to play. Soon she found herself lost in the process of
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""9 Everything else went away: the pain of her injury, the daily stresses, even time
seemed to disappear.
Over time Teri realized her creative relaxation had turned into a passion for art. She
S quit her fulltime career as a drug rehab.i., ... .... i I I i.... i ..1.. ii.
San Juan Islands of Washington State i . ...1. ..... .i .
S Like many sailors, Teri missed cruising ,, ,,, I I .. ... I
art. She crewed her way to the Caribbe ... i .... .11
St. Thomas and several other venues. Three-and-a-half years ago she agreed to help
Britt Solomon sail his vessel, S/VSea Otter, for ten days. Well, the rest is history. Teri
found her dream of combining art and sailing. She and Britt are still cruising the
islands and Teripair ... i i. .1 i .i..I 1i, , i .,id.
Next to doing her o- .... i -. I I ... .I .. ... a ,I ., I ... Shesays,
"I love developing the passion for art in others and there is nothing like seeing the
excitement and joy my students gain from discovering their own talent." Teri teaches










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adults and many cruising home-schoolers. She enjoys instructing families of "school
aboard" so the parents can continue to provide help to their children.
Teri has a unique, simple, and easy approach to teaching watercolor techniques. Her
background in counseling helps us novices to get beyond our self-imposed barriers
and let ourselves enjoy the flow of creative experimentation. She teaches acceptance
of the happy accidents in life and art, and demonstrates how to go with the flow of
inventiveness to surprise yourself with a beautiful result.
Whether you have a stash of paints aboard, yet are not pursuing your creative
interests, or you can't find supplies or decide where to begin, Artist Jones provides
easy kits of :. .; .1. I ; ... 1 1 ..... for adults, families and kids as she cruises
the islands. -1. .i- i .1 1 II ... of return students who come back to learn
more. Teri Jones advises cruisers to expand their sailing adventure by -in. art to
connect with the natural world we are so fortunate to be -rpri n-in~ I over
yourself, enjoy and develop a passion for this relaxing form I 1 I .- .. You
are what you say you are going to be. So if you want to be an artist, just start learn
ing, doing and saying it and you will become it. You cannot have a dream unless you
envision it." Yes, through her growth as an artist, Teri learned how to allow herself
to be a beginner and how to help us begin.
Teri Jones can be located via the Coconut Telegraph at 8:00AM on frequency 4060 or
via Teriartist@msn.com or www.tenjones.com. She frequents the Virgin Islands from
November through March and is an artist in residence in Antigua during the Classic
Yacht Regatta in ApriL Her work may be viewed at Gallery St. Thomas, #1 Main Street,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
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Papillon, by Henri Charrie. Harper Perennial Modem Classics 2005, paperback,
688 pages, ISBN 9780007179961.


When cruisers sail around the Cape of Good Hope bound for the Caribbean, many
stop at Les Iles du Salut off French Guiana. These islands gained a sinister reputa
tion because of the former French penal colony there. The prison was closed in 1947,
and has since become an attraction for bluewater sailors. There is a good, sheltered
anchorage south of Ile Royale (517'N, 5235'W). Reading Papillon while anchored
here ranks among -r.iin:-' t-p reading experiences.
Many will remem I 11 ,," as a movie starring the tough guy and the short fry:
Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. It is considered a classic. Perhaps of lesser
fame is the book. In 1969 Henri Charriere, called "Papillon" for the butterfly tattoo


on his chest, published an autobiography that makes the movie seem a cheap Cliffs
Notes version of the truth.
Charriere wouldn't have thought of writing his story, according to the introduction
of Papillon, if he hadn't chanced upon a book by Albertine Sarrazin, who was then
famous for her true prison escape yars. Charriere was inspired. H 1 ; ... 1 1 1;,,
in spiral-bound notebooks of the type students have. In two montl I- I i 1 11
them. He sent the books to the same publisher Sarrazin used, accompanied by this
note: "Here are my adventures: have a professional write them up."
But the great charm of the book proved to be Charriere's colloquial style, so it was
left his own. He is a charismatic storyteller with one of those rare minds prone to
recalling rich and explicit detail, and it doesn't require a stretch of ii .
to transport oneself to the penal colony, to see oneself perspiring in I i
island palm, listening to Charriere begin at the beginning.
"It was a knockout blow..." the book opens, "a punch so overwhelming that I didn't
get back on my feet for fourteen years." Charriere was convicted of murder in 1931
(he forever claimed innocence) and sent to i ...... 1 ,,,. i.- .. .dden penal colo
nies (bagnes) in French Guiana, where the i I i i ...- .-1 found new defi
nition: ESCAPE. The bagnes were already infamous in France thanks to the "Alfred
Dreyfus Affair," in which a young Jewish captain in the French Army was 1
and famously, convicted of ii... military secrets to Germany in 1894. EN .. ,
proven innocent, Dreyfus n I 11 to rot for a shameful length of time on Diable
(Devil's Island), one of Les Iles du Salut.
The bagnes were built under Napoleon III, who, when asked, "Who will guard these
bandits?" replied, "Worse bandits." Prisoners were shipped first to the mainland
penitentiary of Grande Terre, then siphoned off to more secure islands according to
the severity of their crimes. Three penal islands lay just off the Caribbean coastline:
Ile Royale, Saint-Joseph, and Diable. Collectively known as the Iles du Salut, or
"Safety Islands," they were more difficult to escape from but did not prove a sanctu
ary from the plentiful plagues of the mainland.
Papillon contends that 80 percent of the population died in the bagnes annually.
Not so much from assassinations (plentiful) or beatings (plentiful) as from leprosy,
yellow fever, dysentery, tuberculosis, malaria, and other tropical delicacies. The odds
against living -let alone escaping successfully -are what make Papillon's true tri
als and tribulations worthy of being classified .-n'-, -th-r amazing triumphs of
human will. "Each time I was tempted to despa.. ..... said, "I would repeat
three times: 'As long as there's life, there's hope.'"
It would be a spoiler to go into detail about the escape attempts, except to mention
that Charriere was a creative man, never escaping the same way twice. He employed
1;;-1 --1- riot, raft, sleeping potion, dynamite, boat, and the good old wall hop. Most
i 1i .... he had accomplices in fellow prisoners and guards and even wardens
whose palms had been greased. While on the lam, everyone seemed to want to help
him. Most notably, the rotting lepers on the Ile aux Pigeons, the bishop and nuns of
Curacao, a lawyer and his family in Trinidad, and the .. .i.. i.. i ...- who not only
adopted Charrirre but presented him with a pair ol ,,1,,1,i Apparently,
everybody considered the French justice system an abomination that deserved to be
escaped from.
No matter how charming the film is, it becomes clear that Charriere and his mem-
oir Papillon are superior -not only for being true but for the very depth of that truth.
The movie had the odds stacked against it from the beginning: a film that hoped to
be completely faithful to the book would run about 26 hours long.
What did the film omit? Escapes, mostly. "Papillon" the movie presents only a third
of the escapes that actually took place, and even those aren't accurate: the first is
made up, the second ends prematurely and the final one did not, in fact, end with
Charriere floating on a sack of coconuts in the Caribbean Sea shouting in a cracked
and tattered voice, "I'm still here, you bastards!"
The tropical Iles du Salut permanently closed their gates to prisoners not long after
Charriere's final escape. These days the rotting ruins are tourist attractions, Caribbean
versions ofAlcatraz that, for all their barbarity, failed to castrate the part of the human
spirit that clings to hope -and never more poignantly than in Henri Charriere.
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Growing Up


Bi-Racial in Trinidad

Walking by Joanne Haynes, Macmillan Caribbean, 2007. Paperback, 186 pages.
ISBN 978-1 4050678-12.
I did not really i. 1I..- book, chiefly because I did not like the main character.
Walking tells the I Josephine Chin, a Trinidadian of mixed Chinese and
African ancestry, from her entry to primary school to her life choices as an adult.
As a teacher myself, I can honestly say that Josephine is the kind of student who
would drive me nuts: sma: I '.I ii.. ..i academically very able, but obsessed with
boyfriends and sex to the I i..... .. i a lot of her schoolwork. Despite her erratic
performance in school, Josephine man
ages (with only a year's gap after the
death of her father) to follow a very
traditional educational road through
school exams to university to a teach
ing career where she sees a side of
Trinidad she never realized existed.
Marriage and babies follow and, even
tually, a career more in keeping with
her personality and character.
Josephine's sheltered upbringing
and dysfunctional family didn't help
to make her a happier person. Her
father abandoned his wife and seven
children when Josephine was small.
He visited on occasion and supported
them financially but there wasn't
much of an emotional connection
between them until she realizes that
he is dying. Her mother taught at the
same primary school where Josephine
N experienced some very miserable
moments but the mother failed to
come to her aid at those times. With
such a poor start in their relationship,
Sno wonder then that Josephine and
4 her mother argued constantly.
SUnderlying the whole tale is a con
sciousness of race that I found a little
uncomfortable. Josephine herself
describes both her Chinese father and
her black mother as racists. Her parents are distressed that she cuts her hair into
an Afro style and becomes more "African" looking and her sisters are described as
more Chinese looking", with the implication that this is "better". The Trinidadian
white girls at her school are treated as oddities although Josephine actually ends
up with a light skinned husband, first described when she meets him as a "sexy
red man".
Josephine's self absorption, evident low self esteem ,. I i1 ...... i ,,, question
ing of her purpose in life did get on my nerves after I I,. I I I- felt at all
rebellious, it didn't show except in her relationships with the opposite sex. She still
finished school and did well at college. I never found her to be a sympathetic char
acter; in fact, I kept thinking that regular therapy sessions or some counselling
might help to sort her out!
A glossary helped to explain some Trinidadian colloquialisms but, in any case, the
book is a quick and easy read. But I got bored too quickly with such a miserable girl.

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The Cayman Islands, by Jenny Palmer. Macmillan Caribbean, 2008. Hardback,
color photos throughout, 272 pages. ISBN 978-1-4050-7724-8. 25.
The Cayman Islands remain a mystery to most yachtsmen. Although physically
they are almost in the dead center of the Western Caribbean (about 190 miles north
west of Jamaica), they are off the usual sailing routes to anywhere. Partly because
of their isolation, pirates in the early 18th century 1 I f them.
Most sailors know about the damage Hurricane I' ... ... I i ...I )4 on Grenada,
their awareness because of the numbers of yachts stored or summering there, but
many are not aware that Ivan also smashed into the Cayman Islands as a Category
5 hurricane with a 12-foot storm surge. Like Grenada, the Caymans have worked
hard to recover.
Jerrems Hart and William Stone's out-of-print classic A Cruising Guide to the
Caribbean and the Bahamas says, "Though Grand Cayman can hardly be classed as
a -ruiin er-1, in itself, it has enough amenities and facilities to attract yachts for
S- I i ,,i of several days or weeks along the gorgeous beach on its gen
erally sheltered western end, or within the expansive North Sound, protected by a
formidable barrier reef." And being immensely popular with beach-vacationing tour
ists, cruise ships, and scuba divers from around the world -as well as being home
to numerous artists and craftsmen -the Caymans offer just about every kind of
goods and services a sybaritic sailor could want. Oh, and during Pirate Week every
November, the "pirates" come ashore and take the Governor hostage.


Sounds like the off-the-milk-run type of place many cruisers arc 1 l-i;n for these
days, and if you are one of them, Jenny Palmer's island portrait, I .11. i specially
commissioned color photographs (mostly giving an authentic sense of place, but
perhaps a few too many proudly featuring her son), will wet your whistle. Maybe
you'll be enticed to make a stop here next time you're on your way to nowhere.
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USVI's Peter Holmberg Launches Pro-Sailing Business
Carol Bareuther reports: Any rumors that St. Thomas'
Peter Holmberg might be ready to embark on another
America's Cup campaign were laid to rest in
September with the launch of his new web-based pro-
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The decision to operate his pro-sailing business from
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"Twenty years ago, when I made the move to pro-
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Racing Yacht Trips from Antigua to Montserrat
From December 1st, the Antigua-based company
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with full instruction given for novices.
The yacht, a Farr 65, departs Falmouth Harbour in
Antigua at about 8:00AM on Mondays, Wednesdays,
Friday and Saturdays, with the trip to Little Bay in
Montserrat taking up to four hours. The return journey
to Antigua will depart at approximately 1:00PM on
those same days, taking up to five hours.
The trips have been designed to be flexble, so
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visitors will be offered sight-seeing options including
island tours, rainforest trekking, scuba diving or snorkel-
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Observatory, a boat tour around the island to see the
buried remains of the capital Plymouth.
OnDeck's yacht trips can accommodate a maxi-
mum of 15 guests in addition to its professional crew.
The trips are open to guests of all sailing abilities.
For more information on OnDeck sailing trips visit
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on Montserrat visit www visitmontserrat com.
St. Maarten Charter Yacht Show
The fifth annual St. Maarten Charter Show will take
place December 6th through 9th, 2008, to introduce a
range of luxury charter yachts and their crews to yacht
brokers. Special events will include "yacht hops", A
Taste of St. Maarten, and a Concours du Chef.
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D during my travels, when I compare cultures with the people I meet, most of them comment that we
Trinidadians take Christmas to the extreme. From August, advertisements go in the newspapers about
sales on various types of merchandise, and if you close your eyes you may be able to smell "black cake"
baking. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself.
Christmas celebrations in Trinidad really begin in September or October with the start of th -
which continues until 6th of January. Especially popular in Trinidad and Tobago, I ... i
folk music with origins in South America. Traditionally the songs contain religious i I -1... lyrics, but now they
include a variety of topics and customs surrounding the Christmas celebrations in the country. -........ i rang
from house to house was our version of caroling. At each house, the parranderos would get a pie .... if
the ham was not ready they would just get a drink. Nowadays, parang is more often done on a national competition
level rather than at a community level except in some rural communities.
To others the first sign of Christmas is the "Christmas Breeze", which to me has a hint of a chill.
I do agree with the observation that we have the .,1 I ,i. i. 11....i. ... Trinidadian household must be perfect
for Christmas Day. This includes new curtains, :......I,...... I .1 i.... It is not uncommon to see furniture
trucks parked outside of houses, delivering new sofa sets or --fr.. -rt-ri ;;-1 washing machines. (Of course, when
the holiday season is over it is another common sight to se I i... i outsidee these same homes if the new
owners failed to make the payments. The furniture ends up in "scratch and dent" sales that follow the holidays.)
Most of us like brand-new curtains, and it is not uncommon to see people with packs of ready-made panel cur
tains piled up in their arms, or in the process of deciding which colour will go best with a piece of furniture or wall
colour, or sometimes just trying to remember what colour combination 1. i...... ap last year so as not to buy the
sai.. .... .... Ihese brand-new treasures get hung up a few weeks i I i. big day or on Christmas Eve.
,I-i .. i. i. 1 ..I arrangements was not a common practice in the past, so flowers made from crepe paper and
secured to a strand of cocyea (coconut frond spine) with string were used as decorations. Artificial flowers are
still popular.




TRI NI C-H1ISTMAS


PAST A ND PRES E NT

by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal


Also, when Trinidadians paint for Christmas they paint i... inside and outside. The entire house is
turned inside out and in each room the furniture is piled ir I1. .... i II while the walls are being painted.
In the past there was a lot of pride taken in the furniture owned, particularly since it was very expensive to
obtain. So every year around Christmas time all the furniture would get a coat of varnish while the wooden floors
got a coat of lacquer. Many a time guests have become stuck, because amidst the celebrations the homeowners
forgot to notify them that the furniture had just been varnished! Last-minute painting has always seemed to be a
tradition of a Trini Christmas.
When do we get the time to do all of this? Well, the answer is "when we can", be it after work or school. And
when the school vacation rolls around, well, then there is even more activity with the children pitching in with
the preparations.
Sometimes it seemed as though everyone was in the yard doing something. The women were boiling the
Christmas ham in a biscuit tin (salted crackers used to come in 1.;- : t iare metal tins) on an outdoor fire. The
children played outdoors th- .-;-; 1- ;;- t-.t the house steps .. i II had been painted, as well as the walls,
so that you could not go :..-. i i .. .I I to. And who would want to with all the hustle, bustle and excite
ment going on in the yard?
When it came to food, like most cultures at special times you would partake of those that were quite expensive
as well as not present all year round. Common examples included fruits such as apples, grapes and pears. These
were a luxury, as they were rarely imported except around Christmas time. Other items on a typical Christmas
menu included a variety of desserts such as i-,-n: -ike, sweet bread, and black cake, the latter being the
Caribbean version of a fruitcake. This is filled Ii. I. ...- soaked in rum, and after baking preserved by pouring
some rum on it every few days.



Christmas breakfast consisted

of black pudding and hops bread



Even the way the cakes were baked was interesting. If you were lucky back then, you possessed a tin oven. These
large square ovens were placed on top of the burners of kerosene stoves, the object being that the hot tin would bake
the contents inside. If you didn't have a kerosene stove, you would place it on an outdoor fire or use a clay oven.
Using a clay oven was quite a process, in that first a fire had to be lit inside in order to heat up the clay. When
this had been reduced to ashes the oven was swept out and the breads and pastries placed inside. A wooden door
was put in place and the space around the door was sealed with wet cloth bags. Not everyone in the village would
own a clay oven and you would have to use your neighbours', which meant paying a user fee (usually 25 cents, or
one of the breads or pastries). So it was not unusual to see a line of people with their ingredients and baking tins,
waiting their turn to use the oven.
Another method, usually reserved for small households, was to place the baking tin in a pot on an outdoor fire.
The pot was covered with a small sheet of "galvanise" (metal) and a fire built on top of this to simulate the action of
an oven.
Some other types of food eaten at Christmas are from a variety of cultures that have occupied the islands at some
point in history. These include black pudding (blood sausage) from our British ancestors. A traditional "ole time"
Christmas breakfast consisted of black pudding and hops bread (you can think of it as a tough hamburger bun).
At Christmas time, we make pastelles, an indigenous Amerindian food that the Mexicans call tamales. The soft
cornmeal dough is rolled to form a thin circle and vegetables or meats such as beef or pork are placed in the
middle, and then wrapped in the dough. The parcel is then wrapped in pieces of banana leaves that have been
boiled to sterilize them and to make them pliable. The wrapped parcels are tied with string and boiled for 45 min
utes to an hour. We also make paimees. Here the cornmeal mixture used to make the pastelles is formed into a
ball, wrapped the same way and boiled.
When it comes to drinks, we usually make pretty, red sorrel, which is made from boiling the sepals of the sorrel
fruit (roselle, or Hibiscus sabdanffa) with spices such as cinnamon and cloves and straining the mixture. For
ginger beer, the ginger roots are either grated or smashed using a mortar and pestle, and placed in a jug with
cloves and water and left overnight. In the old days the ginger mixture would be placed in the sun for a few days.
What has always been a staple is Peardrax (a pear-flavoured soft drink), which was and still is treated as non
alcoholic champagne.
The most exciting part of all the weeks and months of Christmas preparations in Trinidad is that most of these
activities -the painting, cooking, baking and decorating -ends up getting done on Christmas Eve.
What you have to remember is that times were very hard during the early part of the 20th century and some of
the holiday practices we retain from those days may seem primitive by our current standards. But that does noth
ing to take away from the Christmas spirit. But whether these traditional activities have remained the same or
have just been modified, when it comes to Christmas in Trinidad, "we don't make joke"!


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Basil's Bar is home and originator of the Mustique Blues Festival, January 21 -February
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White Sea


Urchin Omelet
by Judy Simmons
Often called the "sea egg", the white sea urchin (Tripneustes ventricosur -
to about five inches in diameter and has half inch-long white spines. (Do.' I ,,I,-
it with the hazardouF 1-~;. .i. --1 -l -1- 1 r-:-.-. [Diadema antillarun], whose
sharp, brittle spines c I .1 11" ... I ... ... i a painful, irritating wound.)
The eggs or roe of the white sea urchin can be eaten raw or cooked.
Look for them on shallow reefs during the day. Gently crack around the sea urchin
with a knife and lift the top to expose the insides. The edible parts are the orange
bits that look like tongues.


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Scoop these gently from the inside of the shell and wash thoroughly to remove bits
of shell and seaweed. Refrigerate if not using right away as the roe is delicate and
needs to be handled with care. Depending on their size, the roe from 12 to 18
urchins would be enough for one big omelet.
Prepare an omelet mixture of four whisked hen's eggs, milk, salt and pepper and
set to one side along with three -h-r -1 -rTn. onions (or chives).
Melt 2 Tablespoons butter (or .I .... 1. .... p an. Saute the roe with spring onion
until it firms up, then add whisked egg mixture on top and turn the heat down,
scraping the sides as with normal omelets to allow even cooking.
Grated Swiss cheese melted on top is nice, also some chopped parsley; these should
be a I I I i.1.1 .1i-1 i1i .. mixture has been poured over the sea urchin mixture.
Ti .- ... I ,- 1. 11 1'11 I fold, so simply cut it in quarters to serve.
This is "fun food" as it involves snorkeling and a good bit of giggling! Be sure to
wear gloves when handling the urchins, and bon appetite!
PS Some say that you should only eat sea urchins during the months that have
the letter R in them. There are restrictions on taking sea urchins in many Caribbean
countries. Before you harvest any, check the current regulations with the local
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7 SPROUTS:



A Healthy

Shipboard
ttjf" T re a t
by Ross Mavis Treat


I remember the first sprouts of my hippie days I .1i i I ... 1. i..... .nd mung
bean sprout sandwiches with sunflower seeds .. i i. .. I i. i --.... were the
order of the day in the Sixties. Since then, sprouts have come a long way and are
now making a popular comeback, both on shore and off.
Years ago, sprouted grains and seeds of many kinds helped storm-stayed settlers
weather long periods of isolation. Sea voyages by explorers and sailors were facili
tated by consuming beer brewed from sprouted grain rich in vitamin C. Recent tests
indicate that one half cup of soybean sprouts contains as much vitamin C as six
glasses of citrus juice. Grains containing vitamin B complex, when sprouted, can
double or even triple their initial potency. Whole oats increase their vitamin C con
tent by up to six times when sprouted.
Another major benefit of sprouting is that a garden plot is not required to grow a
continuous supply of leafy green vegetables. A large Mason jar with a screen or
cheesecloth covering the jar's mouth is a perfect greenhouse for a family's sprouts.
Several jars can be used for a supply of different greens. A cool, dark shelf or cup
board in the galley is the perfect place for incubation. Use organically grown raw
S, ii ....... ..... .i. i ... everything from alfalfa to zucchini seed
., i -, i 1 i .. . I. I ver, don't sprout tomatoes or potatoes,
Popular sprouts include clover, radish, onion, alfalfa, wheat, oats, corn, lentils,
millet, barley, rice and shelled sunflower or pumpkin seeds, plus beans and peas of
several varieties. -i i.... tends to turn carbohydrate content into ':..n: nmd
resulting sprouts .. ..i sweet when harvested early on. The spi II. of
sprouted mustard, onion and radish seeds is a wonderful addition to sandwiches
and salads.
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Our guests on board for the weekend marveled at how these newly harvested
sprouts tasted so delicious. Don't worry about looking slightly like a sheep chew
ing a mouthful of field greens. The taste results are worth any embarrassment
or inconvenience.
Follow these four easy steps for great sprouts:
1) In a clean Mason jar, rinse about 1/4 Cup of untreated grain or one Tablespoon
of seed with lukewarm, fresh water.
2) Cover the rinsed seeds or grain with double their volume in tepid water. Place
the open jar in a dark pantry cupboard away from cold or excessive heat -between
20C and 26C (68F to 79F) is best -and allow them to soak overnight or for at
least four hours.
3) Carefully rinse the sprouts again the next day, using slightly warm fresh water.
S... necessary to remove any foam or froth formed as the seeds swell.
Si ....- ds or grain at least twice daily until ready to harvest. Its important
that they be drained properly as rot will occur if they are left submerged.
Your greens will be ready in two to six days, depending on what is being grown. I
prefer the tender, sweet, young sprouts to the older, nuttier flavour of sprouts aged
for three or more days. If you like your sprouts leafy green, then expose the glass jar
to sunlight for the last few hours of their growth before harvesting them.
Don't try to grow too much in a jar at once, as crowding will curtail growth and
sometimes promote rotting through poor air circulation. Sprouts keep well in the
refrigerator or icebox for a few days. Try sprouts in omelets or salads for great taste
and visual results. A wispy nest of onion or radish sprou ...
a scoop of chicken or shrimp salad as a light luncheon
Turn the kids on to healthy sprouts, too. Add them tc I
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The hot chili pepper is the spicy side of the Capsicum
family, which also produces the sweet, green bell pep
per. Black pepper has :. i..... ..i common with hot
peppers. Black pepper, .. i 1. world's most com-
mon tabletop condiments, is ground from the seeds of
a vine grown in Asia.
The hot pepper originated in tropical Americas about
3,000 years before Christ. The Incas and Aztecs culti
vated the hot pepper, using it mainly for medicines.
The Caribbean's passion for peppers can be traced
directly to Christopher Columbus. The explorer was
searching for spices of the East, especially black pep
per, when he stumbled upon the potent hot pepper.
Five centuries later, hot i1 ': ; 1
the climate permits and .. 11 I .. -I i 1 I I. ... I
ern spice market. By tl. .... i i .. ... I
growing peppers. A century later the pepper had won
over Europe and the spice paprika was born. By 1600,
Portuguese sailors planted hot peppers in Asia and
India. All peppers in India are called "chilis" (from the
South American country Chile), even though their
American origin is forgotten.
Due to various climates and soils, nature has pro
duced an assortment of hot pepper types. Trinidad, for
example, grows the Scotch Bonnet (also called the
Congo), the bird pepper (penguin), the fiery seven pot
(habanero), the long red Cayenne chili (from Guyana),
and the jalapeno. These pepper types vary in size,
shape and color. The hottest peppers usually mature
to a fiery red color. Dried peppers are even hotter than
fresh. The seeds and membrane are the hottest part of
the pepper. All types of hot peppers emit oil that can
burn eyes or skin when handled. Many people wear
kitchen gloves when handling hot peppers.
Why does the world have a hot mouth? It seems
capsiacin, the active ingredient of hot peppers, fools
the body into experiencing pain. Capsiacin causes the
brain to produce natural pleasure chemicals called
endorphins. These pleasure chemicals remain after
the pain of the pepper. The brain remembers the plea
sure and forgets the spicy pain.
Hot peppers contain high levels of Vitamins A, C and
E, and also some Bs. They can be eaten fresh, dried,
pickled or in pepper sauce and even pepper jelly. The
first popular commercial hot pepper sauce was made
from the Tabasco pepper and took its name. Today,
you can find pepper sauce -in an almost infinite
variety of colors, flavors and temperatures -in every
Caribbean grocery store, market and gift shop. Ask
market vendors to explain to you the range of fresh
peppers available you don't want to use a "bird pep
per" when a "flavor pepper" is called for!


Hot Stuff:

A Passion

for Peppers


Many people have a bad, mouth-burning first taste
of hot peppers, but if you get past it you can have a
life-long affair with this fiery spice. My first experience
with hot pepper was when Mama put it on my fingers
to stop me r 1 n. 1-iin, them. I guess that's how I got
such a "hcl ... II Trinidadians call a love for
spicy food. If prepared correctly, peppers can add a
spicy flavor without searing your tongue. However
there are persons who love the burn of pepper and
seek out the hottest.


Mango Heat
1 hot pepper
2 starch or rose mangos
1 small green-but-about-to-ripen papaya
1 Tablespoon grated ginger root
1 Tablespoon honey
salt to taste
Remove seeds from hot pepper. Slice mangos from
the seed and spoon mango flesh into a blender, dis
carding the skin. Peel and seed papaya, then slice and
add to blender with pepper, ginger, honey and salt.
Pour blended mixture into a small pot and cook over
low heat for ten minutes. Serve with chicken, beef or
fish dishes.

Smoking Pepper Soup
1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 Congo peppers
1 brown paper bag
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Cups chicken broth
1 Cup cubed cooked chicken (boneless)
salt and spices to taste
2 Cups milk
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
Heat oil in a frying pan. Put in whole peppers, turn
ing until all sides are blistered and browned. Place
them in a clean brown paper bag and seal until they
cool. (This is done so none of the taste evaporates as
they cool.) Then remove stems and seeds.
Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil. Put peppers
in a blender with onions, garlic, chicken broth and
spices and blend until smooth. In a pot heat the milk
with the butter and flour. Mix in the pepper blend.
Cook on low heat stirring constantly for 30 minutes.
Add chicken, heat through and serve.
This could be too hot!

3 Pot Pepper Soup
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef, cubed
1 pound spinach, chopped
1 hot pepper, seeded
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and spice to taste
1/4 pound ochro (okra), sliced
2 Tablespoons butter
In the first pot, cover beef cubes with water and
bring to the boil. Then simmer for 1 hour.
In the second pot, boil the spinach for ten minutes.
Drain and blend. To the beef and its broth, add pep
I -,,- ,-. i-1 spices, and spinach. Bring to a boil
i . I -, minutes.
In the third pot, fry ochro in butter until browned.
Add to beef mix. Let sit for ten minutes so the flavors
can combine before serving.

Chili Pepper Poppers
Two dozen jalapeno peppers
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 Cup breadcrumbs
1/4 Cup grated Cheddar cheese
Remove tops and seeds from peppers. Mix remaining
ingredients and use this mixture to stuff the peppers.
Place in a covered oven dish and bake at 350 F for 20
minutes. Make sure there is plenty to quench your thirst!

Simple Pepper Sauce
4 Congo peppers
2 Cayenne peppers
2 jalapeno peppers
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 Cups white vinegar
1/2 small unripe papaya, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
If you can't get all three types of peppers, use any
one or two of the three. Lightly fry peppers and garlic
in olive oil. Add ketchup and half th- -- -.r Boil
while adding remaining ingredients. ....... I min-
utes. This can be pureed or bottled just as it is.
For the Gardener
Peppers are easy I .. I -.. -I -I .1 I. 11, ..t in
trays, using seeds 1 1 i. .. ...- to
six inches tall, transplant the seedlings to a well
forked bed. Plant about a foot apart and water regu
larly. Peppers thrive on light doses of 20-20-20 fertil
izer mix every three weeks. If you are 1, .1i i11 fertil
izer, a good pepper tree can produce: .i... -I year.
Once the plants start to flower, use 12-12-17-2 mix.
Water is the biggest enemy to pepper cultivation the
soil must be well drained. Harvest when the green fruit
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Dear Compass,
I refer to the article by Betty Fries about S/YForever
Young's experience in Nevis, in the October 2008
Caribbean Compass. It appears that those that did
not follow proper procedure want to blame Nevis for
their fine.
To state .'.i 11. ...i. we have enjoyed previous
visits to St. .11 ... our experience this time has
rined these islands for us," is pathetic. To paraphrase
.they flouted the law, and the law won.
.the southeast winds, we arrived at Nevis'
Oaulie Bay around 5:30PM." This is not a Port of Entry
and is only a few miles from Charlestown on the west
side of the island.
As for southeast winds, that is a red herring:
Charlestown is on the west side of the island. They
could have motored if they needed to do so.
They admit they have visited Nevis before and are
aware of:
1. Correct procedures of Customs and Immigration.
2. As experienced yachties they know that it is illegal
to go ashore without clearing with the authorities.
3. As previous visitors they knew the opening hours
of the Customs ;.. i ....... .i.. ,, plus they had a copy
of"the cruisers' .... I Chris Doyle's Cruising
Guide to the Leeward Islands (2007 edition) [which]
told us, 'Charlestown Customs open week-days 0800
1600 and weekends 0900-1300. Go in plenty of time
as they may leave early... If you arrive in the afternoon,
plan to check in the next morning'."
4. They know where the Police Station is located, but
chose not to go there. The Officers may have been able
to help them (or maybe have informed them to go back
aboard and wait until morning).
"After ..I.... .I-ide the office for 45 minutes,
-' 1 normal operating procedure in
I Dominica and the French islands, for exam
ple, is for vessels arriving after business hours to
check in the next morning." Okay, maybe, but surely
not to go ashore (and take stuff, e.g. fish, ashore)

i. I i out his cell phone and offered to
call his friend in Immigration to come down to Oualie
and make everything 'all right'. He also suggested,
twice, that we take down the Q ii Now why would
we want to pull an official out ol ..- home after work
ing hours when we can clear in tomorrow morning?
We declined his offer."
Idiots, they are solely responsible for their predicament
By their own admission, "We had the gC i. ..
go check in first thing in the morning. I .. .i..... I
over the seven years we've been cruising these islands,
we've become lax in our attention to the proper mes
sages symbols like the Q flag convey. This is a lesson
we were soon to relearn."
It was their flouting of the normal procedure and
acting illegally that got them into trouble. If they did
this in the USA or other large country they would be
injail. Bet they would not try it in Colombia, Venezuela,
Mexico, or Europe, so why try in Nevis?
Best regards,
Doug Gillanders
Basseterre, St. Kitts

Dear Compass Readers,
We passed Doug's letter on to Betty for comment,
which follows.
CC

Dear Compass,
The letter writer is right -it was our fault, based on
previous experience. We "yachties" are used to the
climate of benign neglect that the islands have allowed
over the years. The attitude encourages cruisers to
visit. I believe most of the islands have come to the
conclusion that we mean no harm and are a general
benefit to the places we stop.
However, I feel this writer really comes over as very
self-righteous, and not very in touch with our day-to-day


reality -quite rigid, in fact. But more to the point, the
islands vary in their exact requirements, and we do not
carry a publication with us that lists them all -if such
exists. Where do you find these publications, and who
spends the time hunting for them? You have to come
ashore to find them and then you're illegal already!
Given the experience, I do not view St. Kitts/Nevis as
an inviting place for'. .i i 1.. 1 cruisers, and I am
entitled to my opinic.. .- I much poorer.
Betty Fries
S/V Forever Young

Dear Compass,
Thanks for publishing my letter about the Tobago
Cays in the October issue. I think Chris Doyle is a wise
man, waiting to see the new moorings before making
comments, and relying more on his anchor than on
the moorings!
However, as a clarification, please read what Chris
wrote in a 2004 Compass edition:
"A lot of the New Agreement is about moorings, which
is strange considering that the most knowledgeable
report on the i i ,. ays National Park -Tom van't
Hofs 'Evaluat' i ii, Tobago Cays Marine Park', an
ECLAC study done at the request of thi b?- m-nnt -f
St. Vincent & the Grenadines and .. i- i --
-states clearly that, for the most part, yacht moorings
are COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY for the park. (It
mentions that a few -.--ri; ---n-- -necessary to the
west of the islands : i .. . I .- but that where
most yachts currently anchor, they are unnecessary.)
This is a fact that is obvious to all of us who sail there.
Furthermore, in the New Agreement, the moorings
have spread from the i i ,. -*ays to Mayreau and
Union. Now, the idea i i ... moorings in various
Grenadine anchorages, whether done by PIRL or oth
ers, may have merit. But it should i i. .. ..... to do
with a plan for the Tobago Cays 1 ,. .. .i i
Despite TCMP's Education Officer's reply to my letter
last month, I am still unclear about what, exactly, the
moorings in the Tobago Cays are protecting. If moorings
are required to protect the marine environment, why is
their use optional and why is anchoring still allowed?
Thr ..--ri.;;- --'l-1--'t b-- been installed to protect
the '... - ... .- i i... area because this has
alrea i I I i i year, thanks to a line of
floating boys.
To protect the reef? Yachts never anchor on the reef;
its too shallow, and bad holding, and of course, most
of them know this causes severe damage to the coral.
So I still don't know, specifically, what the moorings
are i i ,
I i I 1 I about my comments regarding the fact I
have never actually seen the Park Rangers engaged in
their law enforcement role, checking on dinghies, etcet
era. I regret this and apologize to the TCMP's hard work
ers. Moreover, I have tried to help by personally stopping
two boats f. .. i .i -.i.... ... I ..... Park waters.
Again, tl .. i ..... I I I the park should
not be denied. Rangers, educational programs, scien
tific surveys, etcetera, all cost money. The park needs,
and deserves, adequate funding. Why not simply make
the users, and especially charter companies that earn
money thanks to the park, participate by raising the
park entry fee? But please do not desecrate a pristine
marine environment park with mooring buoys!
Best regards,
FrB6dric Dalle, Manager
Nemovoile
Martinique

Dear Frederic,
A continuing dialogue about these things is good -it
underlines the importance of open communication
between the TCMP and its users.
My understanding is that Tom van t'Hofs ECLAC
study was primarily economic, rather than environment
tal ECLAC is the Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean.
I also was once adamantly opposed to moorings in the
Tobago Cays Marine Park, mainly for aesthetic reasons,
and also because moorings can be problematic if not
properly installed and maintained. But some of the
TCMP rangers have since told me that occasionally some
yachts (notably bareboat catamarans) really did anchor
on coral (and on the turtlegrass beds before the buoyed
line was installed). Also, environmentalists including the
original TCMP manager, who is a marine biologist, told
me that silt stirred up by anchors being dropped and
pulled up repeatedly has done some damage to some
reefs downcurrent. Hopefully the moorings have been
installed where they will ameliorate that situation.
Additionally, there were requestsfor moorings from some
of the charter companies themselves, to benefit anchoring
challenged bareboaters who might otherwise drag and
endanger other boats as well as the environment
I believe that these are among the reasons behind
putting a limited number of moorings down, but fort
nately not the huge number called for under the since
discredited for profit" park management plan that
Chris was objecting to in his 2004 Compass article. In
other words, the placing of a limited number of moor
ings in the TCMP is a compromise.
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Hi Compass,
First thing to say is that I think Compass is a great
publication and continue the good work.
Would it be possible to mention the website www.
cubahurricanerelieffund.com to raise donations for
those who have been stricken by the hurricane dam
age in Cuba?
Sean Fuller

Hi Sean,
Sure, there you are! And to donate to other hurricane
stricken islands, see www.frc.org/what/disasters/
response/hurricaneseason.
CC

Dear Compass,
I am still trying to get an extension on my visa here
in Curacao. Whew, what a bureaucracy! I have been to
more than eight offices, back and forth for over three
weeks, to get a two-month extension. And of course it
represents an hour or two each trip just waiting for, or
in, a bus from the anchorage to get into the main town
ofWillemstad.
One must continually carry a pile of documents that
would choke a horse when visiting these "bureau"
folks; you never know when they might want to do
some checking on the validity of your mother's maid
en name. And none of these government employees
seem 1 11 1. I. ... I, Itisnot
in the i , i .. .... -1 .. to pro-
m ote II .. ...- .. II I I .' in five
people works for either the Dutch, or the Antillean, or
the Curacao government they seem to take a certain
pride in watching long lines of people in hot crowded
offices, while the employees do their nails or read
romance fictions! They wax ecstatic in contemplation
of the fact that when we (the public) ar( .. .,.... ,.
line, w e are all <.. ... I I .11 .. ... ',, i l ,
trying to find ., 11' -....1II I, o wait in for a
while, only to be told to go somewhere else or to come
back next week.
A friend of mine applied for a two-week extension so
he might wait for his wife to arrive and when he final
ly received it the two weeks had already expired so he
started the whole process over again and had to spend
another two weeks to get permission to stay in order to
be legal to get permission to leave!
Is this any way to run a country?
Sign me,
Crazy in Curacao

Dear Compass,
I am the former cook on a yacht chartering in the
Caribbean. I am Colombian-born and internation
ally educated, and speak fluent Spanish, English
and German. I have also lived aboard a cruising
yacht, where I learned painting and varnishing very
well. I have sailed approximately 100,000 miles all
over the world.
I have recently experienced something that could be
a lesson for the many other South Americans, espe
cially women, who take jobs on yachts.
The owner of the charter boat and I were a couple for
the first two years of my job. I had a signed contract
stating that I was hired to cook and do basic mainte
nance including small repair jobs. On that boat, I


received a base salary of US$400 per month and got
an allowance per guest that I cooked for. The relation
ship had its ups and downs, but the boat was like my
home and I worked very hard to make her beautiful. I
did major painting and varnish jobs without extra pay
and I cooked well enough that we had return guests
for the first time in the history of the boat's ten-year
charter business. I was often told that I was the reason
for the boat's very successful business. But the down
side of the relationship got to me. We decided I would
stay aboard only as crew. I was asked to bring other
Colombian women to the boat to work with me but
they all left unhappy about the treatment they received
from the owner.
In June 2008, the owner decided that he would
return to Europe and would send a hired captain to
work with me, but in Panama he had a near heart
attack. I stood by him in the hospital and took care of
the guests we had at the same time.
In July, the new captain took over and the owner
left. We did the scheduled charters and then were to
sail from Panama back to Trinidad. It was a fiasco.
The captain was completely incompetent but he
refused to -1-n--l fl. that I might know anything
about the .1 ii. I1. years being first mate and
this would be my fourth time to make this same pas
sage. He often told me to stay in the galley and leave
captaining to him.
Contrary to my advice, he killed the generator with
air in the system and had to hire a mechanic. He did
not understand the watermaker and we had to carry
water to the boat -never enough. For three of us he
loaded ten litres of drinking water for the trip from
Cartagena to Trinidad. When it was finished in three
days we had only briny water that hc .--.- I to get
from the small watermaker, or pipe I ... ports
that gave us diarrhea. He n-r-- the owner's orders
for bunkering and we had I I, I five times on the
trip, which took 23 days! Each time he borrowed my
private money to buy it. He anchored in a known dan
gerous bay in Estado Sucre, Venezuela, against my
protests. We could have been in .1 1 -. 1. .d it not
been for the Guardia Costa who I ,' 1 I i .. eye on
us until we left.
I called the owner and told him what was happening.
He did nothing to save his boat or protect me even
i. ...1. I had been his most trusted partner and crew
: i.. years.
When we hauled the boat out in Trinidad, the owner
had promised me extra pay for doing extra work on the
boat in the yard. I worked extremely hard, even when
I had an eye infection, while the captain and his newly
arrived wife lounged in the sun and played high and
mighty. Nothing I said to the owner brought any
improvement or even appreciation for my warnings
about the danger to the boat and the captain's dishon
1-t 1-.1;: He just told me I should "take a long vaca
... see you next year".
It finally reached that point where the owner had to
do something about the captain or I would leave. He
did nothing, so I left -in front of witnesses to verify
what I took. Now I t 1--;;-n t-ld the captain is bad
mouthing me. The .. I me to leave through
his inaction so he can say that I broke my contract. I
did not. I needed this year of charters, especially the
bonuses he promised me for return guests and the pay
for the extra jobs I did which I have not received.


Now I am without a job, out of season. When I had
good offers, I refused because of my contract and out
of loyalty. Surely a European would never have been
treated this way. Frequent opinion is that South
American women are easy, cheap and not worthy of
respect. I know several decent South American women
who have been horribly degraded by men on boats.
That we work for less pay is one thing, but to be
treated as if we have no rights as human t--;;r. is
quite another. This letter barely skims the -... I of
absurdities I have been through on this job. I just
wonder at myself for staying so long and ever believing
that it might get better.
I want to bring this to the attention of crew hopefuls.
Clear contracts need to include crew pay, duties,
rights and terms of termination, but also the obliga
tions of the owner/captain including treatment of
crew. No verbal agreements for extras. Get it in writ
ing. I did more than my contract required and instead
of thanks or compensation, I am pushed aside with
attempts to damage my reputation so the owner and
captain can protect their own. The owner refuses to
acknowledge my letters or communicate with me.
So, fellow South Americans, be forewarned!
Angela Jaramillo
Colombia

Thefollowing letter is reprinted with permissionfrom the
October 8, 2008 edition ofthe Antigua Sun newspaper:
Dear Editor,
Given the fact that we can expect the tourism indus
try to take a hammering from the world economic
downturn and, to a lesser degree, because of local
criminal events during the past summer, Antigua &
Barbuda should be looking into diversifying, expand
ing and encouraging their local industries.
Unfortunately, the contrary is currently happening.
One of the most ignored, neglected and yet overregu
lated industries with the most local potential, remains
the marine industry. We need to think further than
just the Boat Show or Race Week. The money is actu
ally spent by yachts sitting here, having maintenance
work performed, provisioning, having parts flown in
and prepared for their charter work. On a
medium-sized yacht will spend ten percent I -"ti
mated value every year on servicing and running the
vessel. You can judge what that would mean here in
Antigua & Barbuda considering the number of yachts
that come here during the course of the winter.
Over the past year, we have had many meetings
with and have sent letters to the Antigua & Barbuda
Marine Association (ABMA), National Parks, the
comptroller of Customs and Minister Harold Lovell.
On too many occasions, we have not even had the
courtesy of a reply or they have neglected to get back
to us at the date promised. Why is this? Are we small
fish non-voters? Let me point out that many resi
dents of English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour and the
areas around Jolly Harbour directly or indirectly
depend upon the yachting and marine industries for
their income.
We are not advocating the same ..i ...
as in St. Maarten. However, some i i i .
tion and opening up of the marine industry are
needed to encourage yachts to stay here for their
time in the Caribbean.
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With rumours of the application of ABST (sales tax)
to yachts that stay over 90 days in transit, it would be
another blow to the industry that already sees consid
erable competition from neighboring islands like St.
Maarten, and expanding and new major marinas in St.
Lucia and Grenada.
The authorities in Antigua & Barbuda need to take
cognisance of the importance of the yachting industry.
Several years ago, Ivor Jackson a very illuminate
ing presentation on the impact i Ih yachting indus
try on Antigua's economy. He showed that the yacht
ing industry generates revenues by far in excess of
i.. i ..i., in by the cruise ships.
i .. would the authorities do everything they
can to sabotage the marine industry with excessive
bureaucracy, antiquated Customs procedures, and
now the threat of ABST on yachts that are deemed
"resident" if they spend 90 days in Antigua?
Legislation pertaining to the marine industry has
not kept up with the times. We should be striving to
make it easier and more affordable for visiting yachts
to come here. Instead, it seems to us that the yachts
are being seen more and more as cash cows that will
always be here. Wrong. They can, will, and have
moved away. There are already more mega-yachts in
St. Maarten than were there four years ago. These
used to be here in Antigua. One well-known yacht will
never returr I .. .... I .... i 11 lawlessness
apparent in .....I Ii ,,. I .,I .. over the last
18 months.
It is time to open our eyes because we want yachts
to stay here and not only see Antigua & Barbuda as a
holiday destination. We do not want them to pass us
by with their guests and do all their maintenance work
and get their supplies in the other islands. Although
the hurricane season is starting to wind down, it looks
as if there are dark clouds packing over the marine
industry in Antigua.
S.I. in Falmouth Harbour
Antigua

Dear Compass Readers,
The Compass Crew would like to thank Delma Hazell
andDaphne Ollivierrefor arranging the use of Caribbean
stamps from a wonderful international stamp collection
for our colorful new Readers' Forum logo. Thank you!
CC

Dear Compass Readers,
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A Salutary Lesson for the New Season

by Richard Roxburgh
When the skipper of the brand new 54-foot, Jeanneau-built sloop Dan Marco IV set
sail from Union Island on Wednesday March 26th 2008, he didn't think he was
about to have a bad day. In fact, he thought it was going to be wonderful. The sun
was shining; the winds were normal northeasterly around 18 knots. The boat that
he had rented a few days before from a Martinique-based cruising company was a
happy one.
Alain Laou, a 46-year old skipper and fisherman from Martinique with well over 20
years sailing experience, much of it in Caribbean waters, had spent the evening in
Union Island together with four clients and had decided to sail on a round trip to the
Tobago Cays via the scenic sand spit of Mopion, then Petit St. Vincent, and from
there past the windward (eastern) side of Palm Island.
On that same morning we, in our 45 foot Prout catamaran Mirounga set sail from
Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau, for a morning a.I i i I. ays. We caught ham radio
enthusiast and weather forecaster Eric on I. - I *. hours. I cannot remember
exactly what he said. He may have mentioned the possibility of occasional and scat
tered squalls but nothing to warn one off a normal day's sailing in the Grenadines.
How wrong one can be.
Once at the Cays we dropped anchor, the newly installed Park Rangers came
round and collected their fee and we got ready to enjoy the fish and corals nearby.
There was some cloud around but also still lots of sunny breaks to light up the cor
als. Around midday we decided to up anchor and pick our way through the reef,
heading south for the short hop to Palm Island, but while we were preparing to leave
we saw the skies darken. It was the sort of squall one has from time to time when
anchored in the Tobago Cays, and rather i..i. .1.... to weather at anchor. But
definitely not one to be out in when sailing i I I- So we decided to wait until
it passed.
Forty-five minutes later we were back in sunshine emerging from the Cays when
my wife Suzanna said, "There's a boat stuck on the reef It's still got its sails up but
definitely looks =tri "
This was the ...I ....1. i Dan Marco. The squall had hit Alain Laou when he was
running parallel to the windward-side reef with what he considered a safe gap of 200
metres between himself and the reef A bit close for some, perhaps, but probably fine
in good visibility, although it does represent a classic lee shore. But when all visibil
ity suddenly disappears, the game changes. Taking up the story, Alain Laou said, "I
have never seen a sudden storm like this. No visibility at all. I reduced sail and kept
on the same compass heading I had planned on, but the wind and current and piling
up seas pushed me onto the reef I couldn't believe it. Suddenly we stopped and there
was this awful grinding sound and I knew we had a problem."
When talking to him on the phone the question that struck me forcibly was, why
didn't he have a waypoint set at a safe distance from the northern edge of the reef
which he could sail towards with confidence when the visibility dropped? But he said
that as an experienced skipper he sailed on a compass heading, and "Anyway, the
Dan Marco had no repeater for the outside so one couldn't keep diving back inside
to check on preset waypoints".
A few hours later we were high up on Palm Island, looking down on the stricken
vessel. At this stage there were high hopes of being able to pull her through the reef
into the slightly deeper lagoon on the other side. The crew had been safely evacu
ated and were enjoying the hospitality of well-known doctor, artist and Palm Island
resident, Patrick Chevalier and his wife Virgine.
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As another string to his bow, Doc, as he is known, has a big powerful motor
boat and at that point he was leading the attempted rescue. As he said, "Dan
Marco had already been bumped about 40 meters into the reef by the waves so
it was too far to do the obvious thing and pull her off eastwards out to sea...
hence the plan to pull her into the lagoon." This was gruelling and heroic
work. During the time we watched the attempted rescue we saw three tow
lines break. By now two other boats were involved belonging to the brothers
Bertrand and Jean Marc Sailly of nearby Union Island who own the
Bougainvillea Restaurant and operate the charter boat Wind and Sea.
By the second day of pulling, a large hole had opened up in the port side but Dan
Marco was tipped over to starboard in less than two metres of water so the hole was
exposed and repairable. Plywood, fibreglass and epoxy were brought in and under
difficult conditions a very workmanlike repair was made. The pumps seemed to be
-l-lin .;n-1 1-- -1;;.1 on the third day the rescuers thought they had a good chance
S i i i .... i .. the skipper preparing for ... 11... 1 .. 1 ... 1. 1 . 1 l1....
were not so rosy. "I was tired. I was hungry. I i ,. I I1 ... I,, ,-
dent. This was a big shock." So at about midnight, when the pumps seemed to be
losing ground, he decided to wade ashore and get some sleep.


Above: The brand new 54foot Dan Marco IV, only hours after striking the reef
at Palm Island. At this point there were high hopes of salvaging her
Below: Five weeks later she is a stricken hulk, stripped of everything salvage
ble and about to be disposed of 'It's a question of principle. We cannot
abandon this wreck here. We have to keep the Grenadines clean'


Talking with Doc and Jean Marc, I sensed surprise and disappointment when they
returned at dawn on the fourth day to find the fight aboard Dan Marco was lost.
Water was pouring in through the broken keel and saving the boat became an exer
cise in salvaging as much of the brand new equipment as possible. So, during the
next few weeks, there were daily trips out to her to remove mast, rigging, engine and
electronics, which were transported to Union Island and became the insurance com-
pany's property (and problem).
All that was left when we next passed by five weeks later in early May was a
lonely hulk. I asked Jean Marc if she would be left to break up but he was 'in-li:.n
at the suggestion. "Its a question of principle. We can't abandon a wreck I'
have to keep the Grenadines clean."
So when you next pass by Palm Island you won't see the DanMarco. She has gone.
But losing any vessel leaves a whole raft of problems which have to be sorted out
and questions to be answered. What it also leaves is a sense of sadness at the loss
of a beautiful vessel and all the hopes she carries. And maybe because of this sad
ness, respect for people's feelings and a desire to move on and not ask too many
embarrassing questions.
Apart from all the obvious lessons from the story, the thing that surprises me is
why anybody would sail close to reefs using cl I ...... ..1 .i , ,, ., I.
ting waypoints for safety. In fact, I am sure I 1, ... -I I I I ...- ... .. I...
myself, feel much safer with waypoints set .t -;.1 intervals so you are always
heading towards a known point (carefully I I I reasonableness, of course).
This may not appeal to 'Real Sailors' but surely it is much safer. And yes, I know all
ii. .. ..... .1. i i "What happens if your GPS breaks down or the Americans turn
11 II. .1 .11 - if it is safer to have preset waypoints, surely all boats -par
ticularly charter boats -should have repeaters so the information is readily avail
able in the cockpit. Then sailors will have no excuse not to know where they are in
all circumstances.


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