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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: February 2009
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: VID00024
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issn - 1605-1998

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FEBRUARY

2 World Wetlands Day
6 Pineapple Cup Race, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
www.montegobayrace.com
6 27 45th Annual Art Exhibition, Grenada
7 Independence Day. Public holiday in Grenada
7-8 Necol One-Design Regatta, St. Maarten. www.smyc.com
8 Cruiser/Racer Offshore Regatta, Barbados. Barbados Yacht Club (BYC),
byc@sunbeach.net
8 17 Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba. www.jazcuba.com
9 FULL MOON
10- 14 Tobago Carnival Regatta. www.sailweek.com
12 15 8th International Club Nautico de San Juan Regatta, Puerto Rico.
www.nauticodesanjuan.com
13-15 Budget Marine Valentines Regatta, Antigua. www.jhycantigua.com
14 Man-o-War Cay Craft Fair, Bahamas. (242) 365-6049
14- 16 31st Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 27th Annual
Classic Yacht Regatta, Tortola. www.weyc.net
14 24 La Route du Carnival rally, Martinique to Trinidad.
www.transcaraibes.com
15 Sunshine School Fundraising Auction, Bequia
15 J/24 Regatta, Barbados. BYC
16 Presidents' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
19 22 Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta. www.grenadaclassicregatta.com
20 22 16th St. Croix International Regatta (first regatta of CORT).
www.stcroixyc.com
20 22 6th Annual Optimist Valentine Regatta, St. Croix. www.stcroixyc.com
20 22 Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy and Diamond Dash Race, St. Lucia
to Martinique and back. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC), tel (758) 452-8350,
secretary@stluciayachtclub.com, www.stluciayachtclub.com
20 24 20th Semaine Nautique Schoelcher, Martinique.
www.optiworld.org/09norMartinique.pdf
22 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia.
22 Cruiser/Racer Offshore Regatta, Barbados. BYC
23 24 Carnival Monday and Tuesday in most Dutch and French islands,
Puerto Rico, Dominica, Carriacou, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela
and other places
23- 27 RORC Caribbean 600 Offshore Race, http://caribbean600.rorc.org
25 Ash Wednesday. Public holiday in Cayman Islands
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic
27 1 March 1st South Grenada Regatta. See ad on page 17
28- 1 March Boatyard Regatta, Barbados. BYC





MARCH

3 Budget Marine Match Racing, St. Maarten. St. Maarten Yacht Club
(SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, info@smyc.com,
www.smyc.com
5 8 29th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. www.heinekenregatta.com
6-7 10th Blues & Rhythms Festival, St. Vincent. www.svgtourism.com
6 9 12th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002, fax (284) 495-4184,
mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
6- 11 Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival, BVI. www.caribbeanartisan.net
8 International Women's Day
8 J/24 Regatta, Barbados. BYC
9 Commonwealth Day. Public holiday in some places
9 Baron Bliss Day, Public holiday in Belize
11 FULL MOON, Public holiday in Suriname (Phagwa)
13- 15 Grenada Round-the-Island Race. See ad on page 11
14 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
14- 15 Bananas Cup Regatta, Martinique. Yacht Club de la Martinique (YCM),
tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
14-15 J/24 Invitational, Barbados. BYC
14- 15 Around St. Lucia Race (to be confirmed). SLYC
17 St. Patrick's Day. Public holiday in Montserrat;
Festival in St. Patrick's, Grenada
18 Flag Day. Public holiday in Aruba
18 22 7th Annual St. John Blues Festival, USVI. www.stjohnbluesfestival.com
19 22 13th Annual Tobago Game Fishing Tournament. www.tgft.com
20 International Earth Day
20 22 Culebra Heineken International Regatta and Culebra International
Dinghy Regatta, Puerto Rico. www.culebrainternationalregatta.com
21 22 Gardel Trophy Race, Guadeloupe. www.triskellcup.com
Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
22 Cruiser/Racer Offshore Regatta, Barbados. BYC
26 29 International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI. www.rolexcupregatta.com
26 29 St. Barths Bucket Race. www.newportbucket.com/StBarthslndex.htm
28 J/24 Regatta, Barbados. BYC
30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
30 Apr 5 BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. www.bvispringregatta.org


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 monthly calendar,
please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name and
contact information of the organizing body to
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New Fees for Marigot, St. Martin
All vessels anchoring in Marigot, French Saint Martin,
must now pay anchorage fees that were implement-
ed by the Ports Authority effective January 1st.


Yachts anchored last year in Marigot, St. Martin

The initial administrative fee for arriving non-resident
yachts, which includes the first day's anchoring
charges, is charged according to length and ranges
from 20 euros for boats 8 to 13 metres long to 150
euros for boats of more than 75 metres. Non-resident
boats are then charged an anchoring fee of 0.25
euros per metre per day for Days 2 and 3; and 0.35
euros per metre per day for Day 4 and thereafter.
Residents of French St. Martin pay a reduced rate of
0.13 euros per metre per day. One euro is currently


approximately US$1.40.
The daily anchoring charge is currently only for
Marigot and does not affect other French-side
anchorages (although discussions are ongoing about
also implementing their collection in Grand Case Bay)
or the lagoon. There is also an additional charge of 5
euros to clear out.
According to a report in The Daily Herald newspaper,
Ports Authority Director Alberic Ellis said the new
anchorage fees were necessary for the better devel-
opment of the bay: "Efforts are currently being put in
place to provide more security on the dock. We have
already installed surveillance cameras to watch over
dinghies and more cameras will be added. The
Collectivite is also looking into improving the lighting
on the waterfront, and on the dock in particular
where the dinghies are tied up... If we are to continue
giving the level of service expected of us, that comes
with a price. That said, we fully recognize the yachting
and marine industry's significant contribution to our
economy. Naturally we want to keep St. Martin/St.
Maarten as an important port of call."
However, feedback from visiting yachtsmen indicates
that "boats are leaving here in droves" and "St. Martin/
St. Maarten is now a less attractive destination alto-
gether, considering that the other alternative clear-
ing on the Dutch side is so tedious and expensive."
One boatowner calculated that the new anchoring
fee would add US$176 to his proposed month's stay in
Marigot. "We were planning to stay and buy new
anchor chain and have some rigging work done, but
this adds too much to the price so we left."


SVG's Higher Fees Now in Effect
The former per-day entry fee for persons entering St.
Vincent & the Grenadines by yacht (ECS5 per person
per day, up to a maximum of seven days, and no
charge thereafter) has been changed to a flat fee of
ECS35 (approximately US$13) per person per month.
The charter yacht license fee is now ECS5 per foot per
month, and the occasional charter yacht license fee
is now ECS125 for yachts from 31 to 50 feet (the occa-
sional charter yacht license fee for other sizes remains
the same).
This fee schedule was announced early last year, but
has only recently been put into effect.
US Visits Now Require Travel Authorization
Beginning January 12, 2009, all nationals and citizens
of Visa Waiver Program countries are required to
obtain a travel authorization prior to initiating travel by
air or sea to the United States and its territories for
temporary business or pleasure. Visa Waiver Program
countries include Australia, France, Germany, Ireland,
Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden
and the United Kingdom, among others.
This authorization may be obtained online through
the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), at
https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. According to a press release
from the US Embassy in Barbados, "ESTA counterbal-
ances vulnerabilities inherent in visa-free travel by
establishing an additional layer of advanced scrutiny
that will enable DHS officers to focus on the small pop-
ulation of potentially dangerous travelers."
Application is free. According to the Embassy, you
are not required to have specific plans to travel to the
United States before applying for an ESTA and may
apply at any time, but at least 48 hours in advance of
travel. The website is available in 16 languages and
includes a help section that provides additional infor-
mation to guide travelers through the application pro-
cess. In most cases, ESTA will provide an almost imme-
diate determination of eligibility for travel. If authoriza-
tion is denied, the traveler must obtain a non-immi-
grant visa at a US Embassy before traveling to the US.
If the on-line form is not filled out, the traveler may be
denied entry to the US.
Each approved ESTA application generally will be
valid for two years and allows for multiple visits to the
US within that period.
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For more information visit www.cbp.gov/esta.
French Family Rescued from Liferaft
The Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard picked up the
French Bazin family from their liferaft on December
28th, 2008, after their catamaran, L'lle Deal, sank
while sailing from Martinique to Venezuela. The family,
Pascal and Joelle and their children Melanie and
Alexis, had spent four days in the raft.
Speaking with the aid of a translator, Pascal told
local newspapers that the family's catamaran had
been docked in Martinique since April, after the Bazins
made a successful transatlantic journey from France.
But while sailing to Venezuela, the Bazins encountered
"terrible" weather and a big wave crashed against
the catamaran, cracking its hull, Bazin said. More
large waves crashed against the weakened hull,
causing it to open, and the boat began to sink. Bazin
said he tried to effect repairs but ultimately had to
abandon ship.
A distress signal was sent. A collaborative effort
between several regional Coast Guard units, including
Barbados, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago, was
launched. Both Barbados and Martinique also
launched aircraft to join the search. On the Sunday
night, one of the Barbados aircraft spotted a flare
fired in the sky, 85 nautical miles south-southwest of St.
Vincent. They requested backup from the T&T Coast
Guard. A Pacific 24 speedboat was launched from
the Coast Guard vessel TTS Chacachacare and the
Bazins along with their liferaft were brought on board.
Inside their raft were bags of water, several flares, a
medical kit, rations, torchlights and other survival tools.
The Coast Guard believes these items were instrumen-
tal in the family's survival.
Despite the incident, Bazin said he still wants to sail.
Eight Bells
We regret to report the passing last month of three
well-known figures in the Caribbean sailing community.
On Jan 3rd, Utz MOller Treu died at his home in
Porlamar, Venezuela, at age 76. The German-born
sailor went to sea at the age of 16 with the Norwegian
Merchant Navy, right after World War II. He complet-
ed four single-handed circumnavigations on a 31-foot


wooden Norwegian fishing vessel before settling down
to cruise the Caribbean aboard the Norwegian-
flagged, Colin Archer-designed wooden cutter
Fr6ken. He soloed Fr6ken across the Atlantic five
times. In January of last year, Utz sold FrBken and
moved ashore to live with friends in Porlamar.


The late Utz Miller Treu, fourtime solo circumnavigator
and long-time Caribbean cruiser
On January 7th, Ramault Chassol, known to genera-
tions of boaters in Grenada as Frenchie, passed away
in the hospital in St. George's, Grenada, after a brief
illness. He had no known close relatives on the island
and had been looked after by the sister of his ship-
wright friend Bones (also known as Pilgrim) since being
rendered homeless by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
According to cruising guide author Don Street,
Frenchie was born in Martinique and fled to Grenada
to escape service in the French army, telling Don,
"What the hell was a black West Indian doing in a
French army shooting up Arabs in the hills of Algeria?
So I left." Frenchie crewed aboard Street's legendary


engineless yawl, lolaire, in many regional regattas in
the late 1960s and early '70s, during which he demon-
strated "Black Power" by bending winch handles.
Shortly after construction of the Grenada Yacht Club
in 1960, the club installed a marine railway upon
which yachts were hauled out by a hand-powered
winch operated by Frenchie and Bones. Grenadian
engineer and yachtsman Ray Smith says, "Had there
been no Frenchie and Bones there would not have
been the golden era in Grenada's history of yachting
development in the Eastern Caribbean."
On January 15th, Mariann "Why Knot" Palmborg
died in her native Norway, after having been recently
diagnosed with cancer. A long-time resident of the
island of Bequia, Mariann arrived in the Caribbean in
1984 aboard the 50-foot, gaff-rigged Colin Archer
ketch Fredag, which she and her then partner Peter
Roren had built in their back garden in Oslo. Mariann
and Peter chartered Fredag in the Southern
Caribbean, and organized the first marine auction to
benefit Bequia's Sunshine School on Fredag's spacious
deck. Mariann moved ashore on Bequia in 1995,
where she became famous for her knot-tying rope-
work. There will be a story about Mariann in next
month's Compass.
New Ferry Service Links Guadeloupe, Martinique
The Compagnie Maritime de la Caraibe has begun
a ferry service between Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
and Fort-de-France, Martinique, offering five round-trip
voyages per week. The "cruise ferry" service will be
aboard the 106-metre Spirit Star, a roll-on/roll-off vessel
with room for 674 passengers and 148 cars. There is a
bar and restaurant aboard, a souvenir shop and, for
night voyages, 119 cabins are available.
For more information visit www.caribbean-spiritnet
New Brochure for the Tobago Cays
Chris Doyle Publishing, the company that produces
all those good cruising guides, is happy to announce
that in collaboration with the Tobago Cays Marine
Park, it has produced a new brochure for the Park.
This should now be given to visitors on arrival so they
understand both the features of the park and the
main regulations. The Tobago Cays are one of the
most popular yachting destinations in the Grenadines.
For more information on the marine park
visit www tobagocays, com.
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See Grenada's Best Art!
From the 6th to the 27th of February, the Grenada
Arts Council will stage its annual exhibit in a very con-
venient location, across the street from Courts on
Young Street in St. George's. This is an open exhibit,
and will display works by artists resident in Grenada as
well as Grenadians living abroad.
For more information contact Susan Mains
at mains@spiceisle, com.
Sailors' and Landlubbers' Auction, Bequia
Bequia's annual Sailors' and Landlubbers' Auction to
benefit the Sunshine School for children with special
needs will be held on Sunday, February 15th, at
Portofino (same location as in previous years) on the
shore of Admiralty Bay. A preview begins at 1:00PM,
and the auction starts at 2:00.
It all began in 1990 when Norwegian sailors Mariann
and Peter decided to "give back" to their favourite
island, and held a Marine Gear Auction aboard their
double-ended ketch Fredag. In those days, cruisers
brought items they wanted to sell and put a price on
them. Any amount over this price went to the
Sunshine School.
In subsequent years, more and more items have
been donated that have nothing to do with the sea.
Recently, in between the anchors and winches
appear paintings by well-known local artists, lawn fur-
niture and more, and landlubbers are happy to join in.
Snacks and beverages will be on sale and all pro-
ceeds from these sales go to the school, as well.
Even if you are not going to be in Bequia on February
15th, look around your boat or home at all that stuff
which is just too good to toss, and pass it on. Drop off
donated items before February 13th at the Sunshine
School between 9:00AM and 3:00PM weekdays.
For information on the auction contact Lisa
at (784) 431-6332.
For information about the Sunshine School visit www.
bequiasunshineschool. org.
Cruisers Continue to Assist Carriacou Students
Visiting yachts and local businesses continue to assist
local students through the fundraising efforts of the
Carriacou Children's Education Fund (CCEF).
Following their initial award of two scholarships in 2007,
CCEF has awarded four additional scholarships to T.A.
Marryshow Community College, Carriacou campus,
for the 2008-10 school years, bringing the total amount


of CCEF scholarships to ECS 10,000.
Joining the 2007 recipients, Stacy Bain and Rena
Noel, are Carnisha Charles, Reann Martineau, Tahera


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Thanks in part to cruisers' generosity, Mt. Pleasant
second and third graders lear computer skills

Paul and Marcia Scott. For the school year beginning
September 2008, CCEF is providing full tuition for two
years at TAMCC for each of the recipients, along with
ECS1000 for each student to be used to help cover
the cost of textbooks. Scholarship recipients are
selected by the principals of the two secondary
schools in Carriacou, based on CXC scores
and financial need.
In another project, graduate students from the
Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North
Carolina State University who have done research on
Carriacou have helped raise funds to donate com-
puters to the island's primary schools. The CCEF has
provided more than ECS4,500, matching funds raised
locally two-to-one, for the completion of electrical wir-
ing at Dover Government School and the purchase
and installation of air conditioners for the computer
labs at Dover and Mt. Pleasant schools. The CCEF has
also committed to matching grants to help the
island's other schools with their computer labs.
The CCEF is an informal, voluntary group of individu-
als from visiting yachts, and a number of concerned
local businessmen and women. Since 2000, the CCEF
has conducted fundraising activities during the first
week of August at the Carriacou Yacht Club in


Hermitage, Carriacou, coinciding with the Carriacou
Regatta Festival.
For more information contact boatmillie@aol.com.
Martinique to Puerto Rico Paddle Planned
Under the scientific direction of the archaeologist
Benoit Berard from the Universit6 des Antilles et de la
Guyane, the Martinique-based Karisko association is
developing an experimental archaeological research
program concerning the pre-Columbian use of
canoes in the Antilles. As part of the program, two
60-foot offshore dugout canoes made by Kali'na
Amerindians from Surinam and French Guyana
crossed the channel between Martinique and
Dominica in May of last year, paddled by a 28-man
team including people from the Dominican Carib
Territory, Germany, Austria, Great Britain
and Martinique.
The group's next goal is to paddle the 400-plus miles
from Martinique to Puerto Rico in May 2009 a voy-
age estimated to take some 160 paddling hours. The


A Karisko crew crossing the Dominica Channel


organization of this type of expedition is far from being
easy and cheap, and Karisko is looking for captains
and crew to man the five liveaboard catamarans
that will act as supply and safety vessels accompany-
ing the canoes.
For more information contact benoitberard@orange. fr
Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers
South Grenada Regatte, pagel7, and Marina ZarPar
of the Dominican Republic, page 29.
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Charter Shows Show Their Stuff
The 47th annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting, held December 4th through 9th,
and the St. Maarten Charter Show, December 6th through 9th, showcased many of
the finest yachts chartering this winter in the Caribbean.
More than 70 sailing and motor yachts signed up for the venerable Antigua show,
ranging from 56 to 198 feet in length. The gleaming yachts and their beaming crews
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English, in the foreground, and Falmouth, behind
parties, and according to many, the highlight of this year's show was the Welcome
Dinner Party.
The St. Maarten show, now in its fifth year and set at the Port de Plaisance marina
in Simpson Bay Lagoon, featured more than 30 crewed megayachts. Lady Sheridan,
a 190-foot Abeking and Rasmussen powerboat launched last year, won the "Best
Boat in Show" award.
Both shows have much to commend them. The long-established Antigua show
attracts a larger number of yachts and includes magnificent sailing vessels as well as
powerboats. But being so large, it is divided between two locations English and
Falmouth Harbours. The St. Maarten event displays fewer yachts, and those only
large powerboats, but being more compactly contained in one marina, it gives bro-
kers more time to spend aboard each yacht.
Holding the two shows at the same time is problematic. Some boats would like to
appear at both shows, and brokers now have to make a tough decision regarding
what boats to see and what boats to miss seeing. Regarding the simultaneous
shows, Neil Moore, director and head of charter management for Burgess yachts,
was quoted in a recent issue of Dockwalk magazine as saying, "I can't see that it's
in anybody's interest."
The regatta organizers of the Caribbean are increasingly showing a spirit of mutual-
ly beneficial cooperation in scheduling non-conflicting events. Will the charter show
organizers be far behind?
Caribbean Yachting Season Launched at Port Louis, Grenada
Speaking at the exclusive launch of the yachting season on Saturday December
20th at the Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenadian Minister of Tourism
the Hon. Peter David spoke highly of the efforts being made by the private and


In Grenada, Port Louis's season launch said, Big up and go green!'


public sectors in partnership to develop the yachting industry in Grenada. The
event, which was marked by one of the largest fireworks displays ever seen on
Grenada, was organized to officially open the first stage of the marina's superyacht
berths. The marina can now accommodate 30 superyachts in excess of 30 metres in
length. When completed, Port Louis will offer almost 400 berths for craft from ten to
90 metres, including 73 superyacht berths of more than 25 metres in length.
Looking ahead, Camper & Nicholsons is in the process of obtaining "Blue Flag" sta-
tus for their Port Louis Marina. Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label owned and operat-
ed by the independent, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental
Education. The goal is sustainable development at beaches and marinas world-
wide, through the establishment of strict criteria regarding water quality, environ-
mental education, environmental management and safety, and other services.
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I: :,, i-, -,: il: i : j l-, I: : -: t we had Blue Flag certification as a goal," says
Clyde Rawls, General Manager. "The marina will not just be complying with the
requirements, but we are building it in a way as to have as little impact on the envi-
ronment as possible." Camper & Nicholsons has taken many steps to ensure strict
environmental standards are adhered to. The pontoons being installed are floating
docks, which promote marine life and minimize disturbance to the seabed. In addi-
tion, the company prohibits the dumping of waste and other harmful materials into
the Lagoon. The marina has also installed a sewage pump-out system that removes
waste from docked boats and puts it into the national sewage system. Until now,
the waste-generating activities of vessels utilizing the Lagoon have not been moni-
tored, creating potential environmental hazards and over the years, diminishing
water clarity and quality.
"In order for the project to be successful, we must properly manage vessels and
their activities in the Lagoon. To this end, all vessels anchored within the marina's
boundaries must register and dock in our berthing areas. The navigational channel
will, of course, remain open, however, those remaining at anchor within Camper
and Nicholsons' boundaries will be charged a usage fee," Rawls said.
Grenadian boatowners will be allowed to leave their vessels at anchor with no
charge, until continued construction no longer makes it practical. Grenadian citi-
zens will also receive a 30-percent discount on berthing rates.
For more information see ad on page 20

News from Port Antonio, Jamaica
Errol Flynn Marina reports that Jamaica's new North Coast Highway should have
reached the marina's location at Port Antonio by the end of last month, cutting tran-
sit time from the capital city of Kingston to Port Antonio by at least half an hour. The
poor condition of the old road has been considered a major deterrent in the tourism
development of Port Antonio. Now, boatowners and crew arriving by air at the
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Norman Manley International Airport will be aboard at Errol Flynn that much faster.
Unlike many other parts of Jamaica, Port Antonio prides itself on its distinctive "laid
back" traditional West Indian atmosphere, and on the fact that Portland Parish, in
which Port Antonio is located, boasts not only the lowest crime rate in Jamaica, but
also the entire Caribbean.
The Errol Flynn Marina and Boatyard will be exhibiting at the Miami International
Boat Show, February 12th through 16th, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The
Miami show is one of the largest marine shows in the world and runs concurrently
with the Miami Brokerage and Super Yacht Show, plus Strictly Sail at Miami Marina.
In March, Errol Flynn Marina and Boatyard will be at the San Juan Convention
Center, March 6th through 8th for the Puerto Rico International Boat Show.
For more information see ad on page 14.

Caraibe-Yachts Expands with New Name
The Caraibe-Yachts brokerage company is expanding rapidly, opening new offic-
es around the Caribbean. In the future, the name Caraibe-Yachts will only be used
in Martinique and Guadeloupe. In other places the name will be Caribbean-Yachts.
St6phane Legendre, well known as the organizer of the popular Transcaraibes and
other Caribbean yacht rallies, has recently joined the Caribbean-Yachts office in St.
Martin as a sales agent.
For more information see ad on page 43.
Newest Marina in Dominican Republic
Marina ZarPar is the Dominican Republic's newest marina with space for 360 boats
up to 120 feet long. The marina has a controlling depth of ten feet with slips and
moorings providing 30/50 and 100-amp service, and free WiFi.
Marina ZarPar is located 12 miles east of the capital, Santo Domingo, and seven
miles east of the Dominican Republic's international airport.
Marina ZarPar sponsored the development of the first complete Cruising Guide to
the Dominican Republic. The book is available free at www.noonsite.com and at
www.ssca.org. It can be downloaded at no charge in English, French and Spanish
and it has been hailed as the most comprehensive guide ever written for the entire
Dominican Republic. As well as a complete commentary on the culture of the
Dominican Republic, it also includes new strategies on those cruisers going east and
south from the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.
The marina has bilingual staff who are anxous to assist cruisers in the exploration of
the Dominican Republic.
For more information see ad on page 29
Shipwrights Ltd. Moves to New Grenada Location
Shipwrights Limited, formerly operating in the Grenada Marine boatyard, recently
announced the relocation of its operations. The new facility is located on the water-
front in the same bay, St. David's Harbour, but as an independent enterprise.
Shipwrights Limited is now back to being a one-stop boat shop. A new side-to, boat-
friendly wooden dock with a 14-foot draft will facilitate in-the-water projects just
steps from the shop.
The company and its owner, Fred Thomas, have a long history in the Caribbean,
having initially operated in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, from the late 1970s through
1990. After a short stint in Trinidad, Shipwrights moved to Grenada to contribute exper-
tise during the development stage of Grenada Marine boatyard and the overall rec-
reational marine industry in Grenada with Jason Fletcher, owner of Grenada Marine.
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In 2007, Chris Doyle wrote, "It is hard to think of
anything that will disrupt yachting tourism in the
Eastern Caribbean more," and Don Street agreed: "It
,ii i ,,1 i,. I .... and cruising in the Caribbean back
-. something called APIS, and after a
period of hibernation it might be waking up at a seri
ously inopportune time.
In early 2007, ten member states of the Caribbean
Economic Community (CARICOM) passed legislation
requiring Advance Passenger Information to be trans
mitted to the Joint Regional Communication Centre
(JRCC) in Barbados by all air and sea carriers, include
ing yachts, arriving at and departing from each mem-
ber state. These included Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda,
St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad &
Tobago and Guyana. The system was intended to
enhance border security by detecting terrorists and
other criminals before arrival.

(A I 1 ih .."11 ,,I ,,, II I I I ... .. I .- ...
only three countries -Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados,
and St. Vincent & the Grenadines -ever tried making
yachts comply. The problems that the average recre
national sailor had with the API system have been well
documented, with yacht skippers reportedly struggling
for anything up to four hours to access the website
(www.caricomeapis.org) and accurately complete an
on-line form that asked for times of arrival to the min-
ute and "5 Letter Port Codes", and had room for a
thousand passenger names. Submissions of the com-
pleted form were to be made according to a strict but
complex timetable relevant to times of departure and/
or arrival, which was sometimes not feasible given
yacht speeds and distances between islands.
As yacht skippers discovered how problematic com-
pliance with APIS was, they began to avoid destina
tions that demanded this extra step in addition to
Customs and Immigration procedures.
i at this threat to the: .. .1 i.l.... ..tdus
try, the Caribbean Marine -- .., ,, I. i i the
umbrella body for national recreational marine trades
associations, hosted a meeting with JRCC represent


tives on October 8th, 2007, in Trinidad. At that time,
JRCC's Compliance Officer said they would be willing
to make the form more user-friendly and to improve
the website, and agreed to take yachting stakeholders'
concerns into consideration.
Meanwhile, the three requests for yachts' APIS compli
ance were abandoned and most other countries involved
prudently let their APIS laws go unenforced regarding
yachts. St. Lucia er I I i ..-.I ... ember 2007
to waive the APIS : .... ...... i . 1.1- pending its
revision specific to 1 il,. -
The Secretariat *.. ..'- .1. .. of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS: Antigua &Barbuda, Dominica,
Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines, Anguilla and the British
Virgin Islands) expressed concern that "the [API] sys
tem in its present form will serve as a deterrent to yacht
visitors to the islands. Given the well-known fact that
yacht visitors contribute more to the economy than
cruise visitors, it is a sector in which sustainable
growth should be encouraged." At the meeting of the
OECS Council of Tourism Ministers held in April 2008,
and at the May 2008 meeting of the OECS Authority
(Heads of Government), discussions were held on the
consequences of the application of APIS to the yachting
industry in the Eastern Caribbean.
In June 2008, OECS Director General Dr. Len
Ishmael wrote to JRCC Director Commander Louis
Baptiste: "As you may be aware, a number of concerns
are being expressed by both public and private stake
holders in the Eastern Caribbean yachting industry
about the adverse, albeit unintended, consequences of
the application of requirements of [APIS] as proposed
under r-' ;.l security arrangements, to the opera
tions I 1.1- visiting the Caribbean region... The
OECS Authority has taken the position that the APIS
requirements are onerous and would impact negatively
on yachting tourism in the OECS :--1 i-. The
Authority accordingly agreed that the .I .- sub
S -,-. 1 ;i-- 1 ot commit to the implement
.. I 1. i... as proposed, at this time."
Dr. Ishmael suggested that this was "an opportuni
ty... [to] revisit the requirements of the APIS, as it


pertains to the i.... this in a bid to resolve
the economic .. ...- i 1. yachting industry in a
manner that does not compromise t i i
enhancing border security." A meeting I .
represent i -I 1i i i I I .. . .i . ..
for Crim e ,, i ,,,I. i u 1 u 1 1 ... i .. .
yachting industry stakeholders was duly held on
November 27th, 2008, in St. Lucia.
There Dr. Ishmael said, "For the OECS, unlike other
CARICOM countries, yachting plays a crucial part in
the economic life of the people." r ...... to the cur
rent global economic situation's 1I I .. land-based
tourism, she noted, "In 1991 when hotels in the OECS
countries found themselves in a similar plight... it was
the sailing business that remained healthy and helped
keep tourism afloat." She emphasized that the launch
of APIS had an intrusive impact on the yachting sector
and that OECS Prime Ministers have clearly stated
that they would not like to see APIS continue.
Lynne Anne Williams, Executive Director IMPACS,
replied that her delegation w .- .i .. I.... the meeting
in order to understand the .. ...- the yachting
industry and to see how best to take account of these
concerns while ensuring that the Caribbean remained
a safe region. However, she indicated that her team did
not have a mandate to waive any existing require
ments and was insistent that, because all CARICOM
C---rnT-nt' '" -.] K.n--1 i t- APIS, it had to be

It's a challenge to facilitate yacht tourism in a single
cruising area with numerous national borders. A key
recommendation of the study entitled "Development of
a Subregional Marine Based Tourism Strategy" under
taken by the United Nations Economic Commission for
Latin America and the Caribbean in 2004 was having
standardized Customs and Immigration procedures in
order to simplify the process of clearing in and out for
yachts, thus facilitating yacht visits. Even if APIS's
: ..i. .. and on-line form are made more user
:.... I .n the small countries that depend on yacht
visits tolerate this added barrier to inter-island travel
in tough economic times?
This issue will be raised at regional and subregional
ministerial-level meetings this month and in April and
May. As Dr. Ishmael pointed out in last November's
meeting, a secure environment is important, but secu
rity is meant to support economic benefit and enhance
international competitiveness, not hinder it. Can APIS
somehow be made a benefit to yachting rather than a
barrier, or can security concerns be addressed through
some other, less damaging, mechanism?


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eSeaClear


Much has been written about eSeaClear since it was
introduced last year. Comments have ranged from "It's
useless to me" to "It works great" to "What is it?"
What It Is
ESeaClear is a voluntary system of electronic pre
arrival Customs notification for yachts traveling in
the Eastern Caribbean, based on a standardized
Customs clearance form. Basically, it gives yacht
skippers the option of filling out Customs clearance
forms on-line in advance of arrival (and in some
places, on arrival), at a port of entry rather than doing
so by hand upon arrival.
The eSeaClear-using skipper must still go to Customs
to clear in. There, you give the Customs officer your
pre-arrival notification (PAN) I.D. number provided by
the on-line system. Your name will also work, if you've
forgotten your number. The Customs officer will pull
up your form on his computer and print it out for you
to sign. Any fees will be paid as usual.
The on-line form, found at www.eSeaClear.com, asks
for routine data similar to that on the various paper
Customs forms. After the first data entry, subsequent
uses are easy because all data is stored. Unless, for
example, there is a crew change, the only -hn.-= in
subsequent uses will be voyage data. Step E i
shows what you've entered in case any edits are need
ed before you hit "Submit". Changes can be made at
any time.
Having started as a pilot program in St. Lucia in
July 2008, eSeaClear is being introduced gradually
throughout the Eastern Caribbean. St. Lucia, the
British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St.
Vincent & the Grenadines are now aboard. Among the
countries using the system, there are still some ports
of entry that don't have computers. These ports'
names won't appear on the drop-down menu until
computers are installed.


CMA and CCLEC Cooperation
ESeaClear was developed by the Caribbean Customs
Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) as part of a
Regional Clearance System set up to facilitate the pro
cessing of yachts traveling around the Caribbean. The
Caribbean Marine Association (CMA), the umbrella
body for national recreational marine trades associa
tions in the region, supports eSeaClear and promotes
its use to yachtsmen.
Keats Compton, President of the CMA, wrote to
Merton Moore, CCLEC Permanent Secretary, in 2006:
"The primary aim of the Caribbean Marine Association
is to make the region the .... . i.,.... destination
with the theme 'many islh. i- -
that Customs formalities are an integral pa. i i
yachting experience, and that the existence of a
1--1 r't-ms entity presents a unique opportunity
: 1 .. between oul ..... I. ..- We are
aware, for instance, of the ,-1 .. I proposed
common clearance form, which we would be happy to
ask our member associations to lobby their
Governments to implement."
Mr. Moore responded, "CCLEC welcomes the initial
tive... to improve the efficiency and standardize prac
tice in the yachting business in the region. As you
recognized in your letter, we are in the process of stan
dardizing the yacht reporting form for use in the
region. This is not an easy .1.1---t1l-i;n; -s some coun
tries would bring forth 1. 11 ..I I- at different
times, some of those needs emanating from the yacht
ing fraternity, and others emanating from the govern
ment sector. As a consequence, it is probably timely
and appropriate for our two organizations to join
forces and ensure that concrete positions are agreed
on that would satisfy all sides."
At that time, the expectation was that a standard
ized paper form would be adopted throughout the
region. CCLEC has taken the concept a step further,
and presented a common screen on line, thus achieve
ing standardization (and hastening the obsolescence
of carbon paper!)..
ESeaClear Compared to APIS
Probably because both systems feature on-line
forms, some people have confused eAPIS (see story
on preceding page) with eSeaClear, but they are
very different.
In brief, APIS is intended to gather information about
security risks and places a mandatory additional
round of form-filling on every cross-border movement a


yacht makes. In its existing form, its requirements are
impractical and sometimes impossible for the average
yacht's skipper to comply with, fines for non-compli
ance are draconian, and it was imposed without any
prior consultation with the regional yachting industry.
APIS is administered by an organization headed by ex
military personnel who seem to have little contact with,
or knowledge of, the yachting industry.
In contrast, eSeaClear is simply an alternative
method for providing data to Customs for yacht clear
ance. Rather tl. ... i .... another layer of red tape, it
can minimize : .... 1.11... duties both by saving data
and because both entry and departure details are
entered at the same time, on the same screen. Use of
the eSeaClear system is voluntary, so there are no
problems with non-compliance. ESeaClear was devel
oped through cooperation between the public and
private sectors, and users' feedback is solicited.
ESeaClear is driven by Customs and yachting inter
ests. We've all had our hassles with Customs, but
Customs has worked with yachts for the past 40
years or so and continues to do so on a daily basis.
And the CMA's mission is to promote the regional
yachting industry.
What About Risk Assessment?
With eSeaClear, authorities have the possibility of con
ducting risk assessments prior to the arrival of the vessel
and its crew and the clearance information is effortlessly
transmitted to the Regional Clearance System. APIS pro
ponents have criticized eSeaClear for being voluntary,
but would persons with reason to evade the law be likely
to volunteer information by either system?
Ultimately, eSeaClear could have a wider spread.
,PTl -- I in onto by ten CARICOM member states.
S* I .- .... n of some 35 Customs entities include
ing EU and US territories.
Looking Forward
Customs offices in countries now implementing
eSeaClear have, or are in the process of getting, com-
puters for officers' use. It is intended that computers
will eventually be available for skippers' eSeaClear
data input on arrival as well.
Many observers hope that eSeaClear will some day
replace all existing Customs and Immigration forms in
all participating countries, and that having completed
an eSeaClear declaration prior to or on arrival at the
first participating country only an update of the
eSeaClear declaration would be required when a yacht
visits other participating countries.


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Marine Resources Assessed in Jost van Dyke
The Jost van Dykes Preservation Society reports:
During November 2008, Clive Petrovic, a British Virgin
Islands-based marine scientist and former head of the
Applied Marine Studies Centre at the H. Lavity Stoutt
Community College on Tortola, made several visits to
Jost van Dyke to conduct an assessment of the coast
al and marine resources of that island.
During his first visit, he identified coastal erosion,
algal blooms and land reclamation, all of which have a
significant effect on the natural environment.
On his second visit, Petrovic spoke to local resident,
business owner and fisherman Foxy Callwood about
the changes in Great Harbour over the last 60 years.
They discussed changes in the yachting industry both
in the types of boats used (from island sloops to fiber
glass motorboats) and in the increase in numbers of
boats anchoring there. Last year, 7,714 boats cleared
Immigration in Great Harbour.
Petrovic's third visit included the nearby islets of
Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Green Cay and Diamond Cay.
Extensive damage to the coral reefs from both bad
anchoring practice and from storms was noted. An
assessment of fish and other marine life present was
also done.
Along with information previously collected, Mr.
Petrovic's observations will form Chapter Seven of an
environmental profile, a draft of which is expected to
be available for review by the end of this month.
For more information visit wwwjvdps.org.
Puerto Rican Coastal Reserve Expands
Puerto Rico Correspondent Maria Miranda Sierra
reported last month in Caribbean Net News that in
January, on the 15th anniversal I. .... 11. 11 ..
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Rico, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and various other organizations cele
brated the purchase of 152 acres to expand a coastal


reserve near one of the areas hardest areas hit by the
spill on the northeastern part of the island. The land
has been added to the -n 4Min1-l Natural Reserve,
east of San Juan. The ." I. I this land expands
the reserve to 422 acres and contributes to an ongoing
effort to create the Northeast Ecological Corridor, one
of the Caribbean's last great unprotected areas.
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in the expanded Puerto Rican coastal reserve

coastal dry forest" m-nr--- the confluence of two
rivers, and the : ..... ... i 19th century hacienda
used for sugarcane farming. The reserve is home to 16
federally listed threatened and endangered species,
tin-l;;-; th- leatherback turtle, which nests here.
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protected coastal shoreline, preventing the fragmenta


tion of critical habitat," the Trust for Public Land's
Puerto Rico Project Manager Mildred Ramos Majoros
said. "It also ensures that publicly accessible coastal
lands and waters are not privately developed and will
continue to provide recreational areas for boating,
swimming, and fishing."
Bonaire Group Protects Seagrass Beds
In a move to protect the vital seagrass beds in Lac
Bay, Bonaire, the Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
group (STCB) has joined
with others in establishing
protected areas with an in
water system of buoys and
lines.
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important food source for
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and queen conch. Seagrass
roots in the near shore beds
prevent sand from eroding.
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ardy in Lac Bay due to heavy
recreational use there. The
line and buoy boundaries
are visual markers to warn
bay users of the seagrass
beds below the surface.
Roped off areas designated
by buoys are now located in
the heavy traffic windsurfer
area in front of Jibe City and
around the point to the wind
surfing competition area.
STCB is being joined in this project by Progressive
Environment Solutions and the National Parks
Foundation Bonaire. Two local businesses, Jibe City
and The Windsurf Place, have joined the i t ,
supporting partners, providing technical ,, I I .1.
cial assistance, and on site encouragement to users
to stay outside of the marked areas. Lac Bay is a
critical, sensitive environment, and this project will
benefit not only the sea turtles, but also Bonaire's
biodiversity in general.


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So, the creators of the Rolex Cup Regatta have come
up with another great race concept -and this one
gives a new twist to international match racing. From
December 5th through 7th 2008, the St. Thomas
Yacht Club hosted the first International Carlos
Aguilar Memorial Championship in St. Thomas Harbor,
right off the downtown Charlotte Amalie waterfront,
and it was a doozy.


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In this race, course conditions are a little different.
They may include seaplanes landing, fast ferries
screaming past the start line, cruise ships 1--1-;:
(well, that didn't happen, but it conceivably ,,i
and mega-yachts stopping to watch the race. Despite
these conditions -or maybe because they add extra
spice to course changes and make for really zany wind
patterns -this race lured the top six women racers in
the United States and eight of the top ten men racers
in the Caribbean.
Or maybe the parties drew them. Every night, locals
and visitors were eyeing a crowd of racers unwinding
at a private outdoor party right on the water, eating,
drinking, dancing and trading sailing stories to a
really excellent soundtrack of reggae, Eighties hits,
and classics. Many people passing by or seeing the fun
from nearby bars wandered in and joined the dancing,
attracted by a tanned and healthy crowd just bursting
with enthusiasm after a day on the water.
Every morning saw the racers -i. 1.... ..., relaxed
(some of them still rubbing sleep < I I nI. .. eyes), to
the pre-race meeting -heading straight for the coffee
fruit-and-muffin fuel. On the Saturday, when I was


there, the men raced later in the afte
eral of the men's teams didn't even ma
end of the meeting. Fellow racers collect
and race instructions for them. Like
races, it's a friendly one.
But that relaxation heated up fast.
the teams discussed race strategy was
A small crowd of onlookers, including


rnoon, and sev Carlos Aguilar, the dynamic local sailor killed last
ke it in until the year and memorialized in the race, would have been in
ted their papers his element as the world-class field cut aggressively
all St. Thomas and tightly around marks, VIP boats, the committee
boat, and the occasional landing seaplane. His father
The tension as sailed in the Olympics for El Salvador and Carlos was
palpable, well known in St. Thomas sailing circles for galvaniz
Sthe Governor of ing local racers.
In the early segments, local familiarity with the
shifty winds was key, but the non-locals quickly
picked up the quirks of the conditions. They're not
national and international-class racers for nothing!
The women's field included Genny Tulloch, silver
medalist in the US Women's Match Racing
Championships, teamed with an Olympic-caliber crew
including Sally Barkow, Jen Glass, and Liz Hall. This
team took the win in a series of aggressive matches
among the women's boats. They won over hot com-
petitors including Liz Baylis, 2002 Rolex Yachtswoman
of the Year and silver medalist in the 2008 Women's
Match Racing World Championships; Anna Tunnicliffe,
2008 Olympic gold medalist with an international
match caliber team; and a slew of other top sailors.
The men's field, including top racers from St.
Thomas, Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Croix, Puerto Rico
and El Salvador, fell to Taylor Canfield, a 19-year-old
prodigy who has In1a---l t- --1-i;;- ;; active Boston
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came back from a penalty in the finals to win a tight
match series here, catching a good break when anoth
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white tent set up on the waterfront as the boats screamed
through the course, which principal race officer Peter
Holmberg admitted was set equally to challenge the rac
ers and to put on a good show for watchers.
And it worked. As the women were ferried off the
course, Governor de Jongh said to one of the teams,
"This was very exciting! For a minute I thought you
were going to sink each other."


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to the team's experience.
The St. Thomas Yacht Club is no newcomer to world
class races. The organizer of the popular International
Rolex Cup Regatta also hosted the first Grade I internal
tional match race held in the Caribbean, and played host
to the 2006 TAG-Heuer Nation's Cup Regional Final.
And next year, the club will host the 2009 US
Women's Match Racing Championships. Look out
for ferries!
For results, see related item in this month's Regatta
News department, page 15.




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Statia Rocks! Golden Rock Regatta 2008
Bea Hootsmans reports: The island of St. Eustatius was
once known as The Golden Rock, and Golden Rock
Regatta, finishing here every November, is as alluring
as that precious metal. The regatta's island-to-island
format attracted a dozen boats totaling almost 100
participants for the 2008 event, held November 10th
through 15th.


Rockin'for the Golden Rock!


On Monday morning, November 10th, NIX, an X612
racing yacht, crossed the St. Maarten start line first
and finished about two hours later in Gustavia, St.
Barths, with one of the three entered Sunfast 37s arriv-
ing half an hour later only six minutes behind on
corrected time.
The race from St. Barths to St. Kitts started next morn-
ing; originally planned to be 53 miles, the course was
shortened to 40 thanks to a forecast of light winds. NIX
again took line honors but was beaten on handicap
by Kate, the St. Ktts-built 12 metre, which on correct-
ed time had 23 minutes in hand!
The next day the fleet sailed to St. Eustatius, the
Golden Rock, today better known as Statia. That race
was abandoned owing to lack of wind, but the follow-
ing morning the exciting upwind/downwind races
started at 9:00AM.
The Golden Rock Regatta prizegiving was held in his-
toric Fort Orange. Jan Verhagen's team, a group of
60-year-old beach cat sailors from s'Gravenzande,
Holland, took the last two days' prizes, holding off
John Burns' Canadian team with three minutes in the
first race and one minute in the second. But
Verhagen's team could not overcome their bad
results of the first two days, so the "Canadian
Yankees" went home with the Governor's Trophy. Both
teams, racing Sunfast 37s, were participating in the
event for the first time.
The "reverse feeder race" back to St. Maarten start-
ed in turbulent weather with 25 knots of wind, six-foot
seas and rain. The first boat in was Titi Racoon, winning
the Presidente Cup.
For more information visit www goldenrockregatta.com.


Inaugural Carlos Aguilar Match Race a Success
Carol Bareuther reports: The inaugural Carlos Aguilar
Memorial Match Race took place from December 5th
through 7th, 2008, in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, host-
ed by the St. Thomas Yacht Club.


The winning Men's Open Division Team, with skipper
Taylor Canfield at far left
The first day of racing in the harbor off Charlotte
Amalie saw all conditions, from near calm in the morn-
ing to blustery gusts later, and also saw St. Thomas's
Taylor Canfield lead the Men's Open Division and
Florida's Anna Tunnicliffe top the Women's Division,
while there was a three-way tie for third among the
Women. This Grade Two event was contested in IC24s
with each team consisting of a skipper and three
crewmembers.
Shifty wind conditions saw several lead changes
throughout the Women's Division racing in the morn-
ing of Day Two, followed by Men's Open Division
competition in the afternoon. The completion of the
second round-robin saw the leader board change,
with St. Thomas's 16-year-old William Bailey skippering
the winning team for the Men, and California's Genny
Tulloch helming the winning Women's team.
On Day Three, visitors and locals alike lined up along
the Charlotte Amalie waterfront to watch the con-
cluding matches in which the top four teams in each
division sailed to determine the overall winners.
Following racing that was razor close, St. Thomas's
Taylor Canfield won the Men's Division. "I've done a
fair amount of match racing this past year and this
win is an incentive for me to keep going," says
19-year-old Canfield, currently ranked 152 in ISAF's
Open Match Race rankings and who would eventual-
ly like to compete in the ultimate match race, the
America's Cup. Texas native Genny Tulloch and her
crew beat Californian and former Rolex Yachtswoman
of the Year, Liz Baylis, for the Women's Division title.
This event honors the memory of Carlos Aguilar, an
avid sailor and match racer, who was gunned down
last year following a robbery at his home. "Carlos
loved match racing and he loved a good party," says
Pat Bailey, a St. Thomas-based International Sailing
Judge at the awards ceremony at Yacht Haven
Grande. "He would have loved to be here."
WINNERS
Men's Open
1) Taylor Canfield, St. Thomas, USVI
2) William Bailey, St. Thomas, USVI
3) Alec Anderson, Tortola, BVI
Women's Division
1) Genny Tulloch, Texas, USA
2) Liz Baylis, California, USA
3) Anna Tunnicliffe, Florida, USA


Timoneer Tops Antigua Superyacht Cup
Kate Branagh reports: Blue skies, black clouds, sun-
shine and rain all in one afternoon marked the first
day of racing at the Superyacht Cup Antigua, held
December 10th through 13th. The forecast was pretty
accurate at 17 to 20 knots with occasional squalls -
but no one expected squalls on every leg, with winds
reaching over 35 knots several times during the two-
and-one-half hour race.
The Bruce King-designed 35-metre ketch Signe start-
ed first and led the fleet round the course to convinc-
ingly take the Ship Equip Race One. Captain Alistair
Marshall showed clear signs of taking the racing very
seriously; "It seemed a great shame to interrupt every-
one with multiple tacks we were enjoying our sand-
wiches on the last windward leg, so heading out to
sea on one long tack was the logical move. A lucky
wind shift on our final tack back to the finish helped us
to stay ahead and finish just over three minutes in
front of Timoneer." Several Superyacht Cup sponsors
joined the crew of Signe, with Mark Preston and
Andrew Porter from Hinckley Yacht Services trimming
mainsheet and headsails respectively. Also onboard,
representatives from sponsors Atollvic Shipyard from
Vigo thoroughly enjoyed their first Superyacht Cup
race in Antigua despite damp conditions.
Dubois-designed 44-metre ketch Timoneer managed
to claw back two places on her way around, and
had the usual team of experts, pulled together by
crew boss Greg Yeo. With Barry Jones at the helm and
world-class tactician Tomac of North Sails US, their
experience showed by close to perfect lay-lines
despite the very variable winds. Veteran Superyacht
Cup Captain Phil Wade kept a close watch on all the
team, including Timoneer's owners and guests, a
group of keen sailors with the most senior member
being 94 years old.
On Day Two, Timoneer stole the lead from Signe after
winning both races, despite having cracked their miz-
zen boom in the first race. Timoneer started 22 minutes
after Tenacious, choosing to go offshore on the first
leg resulting in big gains and eventually the lead.
Tenacious, after a promising start in the second race,
lost their main halyard and had to send someone
aloft, a daring call in such big seas. Despite their best
efforts to effect repairs at sea they were forced to
retire. The Faroux-designed Kalikobass Ii had a more
successful day, moving steadily up the fleet to score a
third and second. The only boat to hoist a spinnaker
today in both races in the gusty conditions, the
Kalikobass crew were proud of their improved results,
which brought them to third overall in the series.
After a very close Day Three of racing in what had to
be one of the most nail-biting finishes to The
Superyacht Cup Antigua ever, Timoneer claimed vic-
tory. With winds ranging from 14 to 27 knots on the
Abu Dhabi race, the competition for first place was
between Timoneer and Signe. Signe had to put at
least one other boat between them to take the title
and sailed hard around the course keeping the other
boats behind. As the fleet closed up together within a
mile of the finish, it still looked like it could be Signe's
day for glory. Yet another powerful rain squall
approached, shifting the breeze by 20 to 30 degrees.
Signe slightly under-stood her lay-line to the finish and
brushed the mark, earning a points penalty from the
race committee. Timoneer, which finished second,
claimed the overall title for The Superyacht Cup
Antigua. Kalikobass sailed across the line just 45 sec-
onds later.
These three yachts finished within two minutes, and
credit must be given to Jim Teeters' Bucket Rating
System, which had all of the yachts finishing within five
minutes of each other.
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The prizegiving for 160 people was held at the
Copper and Lumber Hotel in Nelson's Dockyard,
where each boat collected a trophy for at least
one race.
For more information visit www.thesuperyachtcup.com.

St. Lucia Yacht Club's ARC Fun Day
Lily Bergasse reports: The St. Lucia Yacht Club hosted
its second annual Fun Day at Reduit Beach in front of
the clubhouse on December 14th, 2008. Participants
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ARC participants joined St. Lucia Yacht Club members
for water games and lots of laughs on Fun Day

in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2008 and the
families were invited to join the St. Lucia Yacht Club
dinghy sailors in both morning and afternoon sessions
of water and beach games, including paddling an
Optimist dinghy filled with six team members of all
sizes, and a (really) short Laser course for able sea-
men/women/children. The morning session was
enjoyed by four teams of junior sailors as well as the
one and only early rising ARC crew, the "Wesley
Team" of four young boys and one girl. The Wesley
Team were awarded the Fun Day ARC Crew prize,
compliments of Island Water World, while the team to
accumulate the most points in the morning was the
"Billions and Billions of Blue Bilious Blistering Barnacles",
winning a hamper, compliments of Renwick & Co.
The afternoon session saw more ARC sailors, includ-
ing crews from Uhuru and Margrathea. Uhuru was the
overall winner of the afternoon games, which aimed
to be short, entertaining and full of laughs.
Many thanks must go to the organizer of the Fun
Day, SLYC Membership Secretary Danielle De Rouck
and her volunteers, as well as the two instructors of
the junior sailing Programme, Rob Hemming and Chris
Lowe. The day would not have been a success with-
out the generous sponsorship of Digicel, Island Water
World, Renwick & Co., Royal Bank of Canada (who
sponsored 12 new safety jackets for the Junior Sailing
Programme), Johnson's Marine Hardware, J. E.
Bergasse & Co, Sunset Heights, Delirius, Chris Doyle
Guides, and the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
For more information visit www.stiuciayachtclub.com.






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ARC 2008 Delivered on All Fronts
Peta Stuart-Hunt reports: Whatever the weather, par-
ticipating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is all
about the experience. "Fair but at times frustrating" is a
good summary of the ARC 2008. The winds and waves
were fair this last running of the event, though with
some frustrating holes at times, especially for heavy dis-
placement cruising boats. However, the plus side is that
less wind meant fewer breakages than is typical during
2,700 nautical miles of open ocean sailing.
"One of the happiest moments of my life! What a
.-.-- .. -, wonderful feeling" is how Ollie
Holden, skipper of the Nicholson
38 Nutmeg of Shoreham
described his arrival at Rodney
Bay, St. Lucia after 23 days at
sea. It is a sentiment echoed by
many of the crews as they
reach the ARC finish line. Many
report feeling elated with the
achievement but also tinged
with sadness at finishing an
extraordinary adventure. They
now join the ever-growing band
of sailors who can proudly pro-
claim, I Ive done the ARC!"
The final part of the ARC expe-
rience for its participants is the
official prizegiving. This took
place on December
20th, and marked the
close of ARC 2008.
-- Crews, families, friends
and invited guests
... gathered at the Gaiety
Theatre for entertain-
Sment generously host-
ed by the St. Lucia
"" Tourist Board. As well as
recognizing the achievements of the sailors,
the evening was also an opportunity for the
ARC organizers, World Cruising Club, to offi-
cially thank everyone who participated in the
ARC this year, a sentiment seconded by IGY
Rodney Bay Marina General Manager,
Cuthbert Didier, who also thanked the crews
on behalf of the people of St. Lucia, for
whom the ARC is so important.
In addition to prizes for line honours and
podium places in each Division and Class,
there were awards for special achievements,
such as the volunteer radio net controllers;
the ARC finish line boats; and the four yachts
Magic Pelagic, Windancer, Ohana and Vaiva -
which gave assistance to other yachts during
the crossing.
Norwegian Edvard Brook-Bratbak's young family,
including eight-month-old Marina, were called up for
four awards, including the Jimmy Cornell Trophy for
overall winner of Division One, as well as youngest
participant, and winner of Class H, with their Beneteau
First 31.7, Madonna. All the ARC children 32 of them
this year were welcomed on stage to some of the
loudest cheers of the evening, and presented with a
gift and certificate to mark their achievement. The
evening culminated with the presentation of the most
significant award, The Spirit of the ARC, which recog-
nizes the individual or crew who most represents the
ethos of the ARC. ARC 2008's winner was the crew of
Free to Be.
While some crews fly home immediately, most skip-
pers and their yachts spend the winter cruising the
Caribbean, exploring the islands and anchorages for
which the region is famous, and enjoying life afloat.
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of living their dream of Caribbean cruising lie ahead.
The ARC programme has received widespread
praise, improving year after year through closer ties
with local businesses, sponsors, and service support
specialists. Against this backdrop, Andrew Bishop,
managing director of World Cruising Club has
announced the signing of a five-year contract to
keep the Caribbean stage of the ARC at the new IGY
Rodney Bay Marina. Major sponsors in St. Lucia include
the Ministry of Tourism, Digicel, Heineken, and
Colombian Emeralds.
The entry list is open for ARC 2009 and already over
40 yachts have registered.
For more information visit www worldcruising.com.

Eight Take the Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge
Emma Paull reports: At the Latitude 18 Halyard
Challenge, held on January 3rd, organized by the
Royal BVI Yacht Club and sponsored by Latitude 18,
Dave West's Melges 32, Jurakan, crossed the finish line
of both of two races comfortably ahead to take line
honours. However, once handicaps were applied it
came down to a close duel between the Haycraft
family's Sirena 38, Pipe Dream, and the First 10R Luxury
Girl, skippered by Guy Eldridge.
In the first race, the fleet was too eager and all eight
boats were called back by Race Committee
Chairman Ron Gurney. The race started cleanly at the
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with Jurakan and Luxury Girl playing shifts up the
shoreline to pull ahead. Both chose a conservative
central line to cross the current of the Sir Francis Drake
Channel and round Cooper Island. This was the first
time many of the racers had seen the backside of
Cooper, but as Bob Phillips, Luxury Girl's tactician and
Chairman of the BVI Spring Regatta Committee put it,
"You'd better get used to seeing the outside of the
islands, we have several courses planned for out there
this spring."
On the run between Dead Chest and Peter Island,
Pipe Dream made a late charge and closed up to
third on corrected time, followed in by Kevin
Rowlette's Olson 30 Willy T
Ron and Diane Lewis entertained the moored bare-
boaters by setting a start line in the bay, with competi-
tors manoeuvering around the anchored Moorings cats.
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the line early and had to run off to the pin end, starting
well down the fleet. The lightweight sportboats Jurakan
and Andrew Thompson's Melges 24, Crewclothing.co.
uk, struggled in the dying breeze, while Luxury Girl over-
took Willy T The best gain was made by Colin Rathbun
at the helm of Team Lime, one of three IC24s, the small-
est boats in the fleet, who persisted in staying close
enough to win the race on corrected time. Team Lime's
second race win was enough to lift Colin Rathbun to
third overall.
WINNERS
1) Luxury Girl, First 10R, Guy Eldridge
2) Pipe Dream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft
3) Team Lime, IC24, Colin Rathbun
For more information visit www.rbviyc.com.

Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta This Month
Fred Thomas reports: Here's an opportunity for sailors
to become part of a very special occasion, bringing


on the Sunday evening. Kenny Coombs of the
Antigua Classic Regatta and Jan Roosens of the St.
Maarten Classic Regatta, along with myself, Fred
Thomas of Shipwrights Limited in Grenada, are all
involved with this prestigious event. The Grenada
Classic is positioned well in the sailing calendar
between the Classic Yacht Regattas of St. Maarten
and Antigua, and feeder races between the classic
regattas are planned for the future.
The courses for 2009 are off the rugged and scenic
southeastern coast of Grenada. They have been
designed to give skippers and crews some exhilarat-
ing, yet not too arduous racing. International classic
yacht photographer Cory Silken will be on hand.
For more information visit
www grenadaclassicregatta. com.

Superyacht Captains Aim to Claim RORC Caribbean 600
A team of superyacht captains has announced their
intention to participate in the new RORC Caribbean
600 Race, sailing on Claude Theiler's Orma 60 trima-
ran, Reaion Guadeloupe. Their aim is to set a course


Racing gracefully... Classics will spread their wings in Grenada this month


together yachts steeped in tradition and history, each
with its own distinctive style and story to tell. Vintage
yachts, schooners, wooden boats, "spirit of tradition"
and other classics will be competing in the second
annual Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta, which will
start on February 19th with a skippers' briefing and
registration, followed by three days of racing. An
Awards Ceremony and party will conclude the event


record on the well-known vintage tri, originally known
as Primagaz, that won the Route du Rhum.
The RORC Caribbean 600 starts in Antigua on
February 23rd and is open to multihull, monohull and
two-handed classes.
The "super" team, which has been put together by
Mark Stevens and John Burnie, a founder of the new
RORC race, includes Mark Stevens and lan Bradshaw


of the 54-metre Huism :. -. : Ben Cameron of
the 75-metre Holland :.: :- and Steve Branagh
of the 110-foot Wally Narida.
The team will benefit from crewmembers Ed Danby
and Ben Wood, boatbuilders and multihull specialists
par excellence. Ed Danby is probably best known for
the key roles he played on Grant Dalton's super-maxi
cat, Club Med.
The legendary French multihull sailor Claude Theiler
will sail as team captain and the crew line-up is
completed with Guadeloupe-based navigator
St6phane Squarcioni and Antigua Yacht Club mem-
ber Richard Watson.
Mark Stevens says, "Ben, John, Steve and I have
known each other for a number of years and have
raced together at different regattas on various ves-
sels... However racing a pedigree Orma 60 trimaran
over 600 miles is very different and really appeals to
our aging sense of adventure it will be a close-to-
the-water, white-knuckle ride, slightly different from
Bucket sailing! We will be looking to the experience of
Claude, Ed, Stephane and Ben to see us around the
course quickly and safely. The aim clearly is however
to be first home and set the multihull record."
The RORC 600 Caribbean Race has attracted wide
interest. Regular Antiguan winner Bernie Evan Wong
has already entered his Mumm 36 High Tension and
participation announcements have been made by
Leopard, Sojana, Windrose, Velsheda and the recent-
ly launched 145-foot Wally, Saudade.
For more information visit http://caribbean600.rorc.org.

Heineken Regatta Funds for Nature Organizations
Heather Tackling reports: Funds raised through the
sale of black bracelets during the St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta 2008 were given to the Nature
Foundation St. Maarten and the St. Martin Reserve
Naturelle to put towards their conservation pro-
grammes on both sides of the island. "During the
regatta, we want to raise the exposure concerning
the importance of keeping our island and its waters
clean," says Heineken St. Maarten Managing Director
John Leone. "We started with the green Meet You
There bracelets which we donated in 2006 and fol-
lowed up with Serious, Clean Fun bracelets in 2007.
Through the sales of these bracelets we were able to
donate a total of US$6,000."
"We are extremely grateful for this contribution," says
Beverly Mae Nisbeth of the Nature Foundation. "The
Foundation is funded purely through grants and fund-
raising efforts. A donation like this makes a significant
difference to the work we do. The natural environ-
ment is one of St. Maarten's most important resources:
clean beaches, healthy seas and green hills are the
reason why many of our visitors come here every
year." When asked what Nature Foundation would
spend their money on, Ms. Nisbeth replied, "Staff train-
ing and mooring maintenance."
The Foundations and Heineken St. Maarten would
also like to especially thank the Shipwreck Shop and
the St. Maarten Yacht Club for merchandising these
items and individual volunteers for their efforts in selling
these items during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The new bracelets for the 2009 St Maarten Heineken
Regatta will be on sale soon, and the 2007 and 2008
bracelets are still available from the Nature
Foundation offices and Heineken St. Maarten.
For more information on the Nature Foundation visit
info@naturefoundationsxm.org. For more information
on Reserve Naturelle visit
reservenaturelle@domaccess.com.
For more information on the St Maarten Heineken
Regatta 2009, March 5th through 8th,
visit www. heinekenregatta, com.
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Grenada's Round-the-lsland Race Shaping Up
to be Best Yet
Jovanna Giannasio-Fern reports: The Grenada South
Coast Yacht Club announces the exciting Grenada
Round-the-Island Race to be held March 13th through
15th, based at Garfield's Beach Bar on Grand Anse
Beach. Free dockage for all participating boats during
the race weekend is provided by the new Camper
and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.
This year's event will continue a time-honored tradi-
tion of sailing competition, as well as family fun and
entertainment to Grenada residents, visiting sailors
and tourists. Highlights of the weekend include the
first-ever A Taste of Grenada food festival as well as
youth sailing and a Bath Tub Derby. The weekend
schedule is as follows:
After registration, captains' briefing and welcome party
on the Friday, one of the oldest sailing events in the
Caribbean is back for another year: the Grenada Round-
the-Island Race on the Saturday. Also on the Saturday,
Budget Marine will be hosting an event for youth to learn
more about the joys of sailing, and families are invited to
gather at Grand Anse for kid-friendly games such as tug
of war, potato sack races and an egg toss.
The Bath Tub Derby, in which creative participants
float their own version of a sailboat and compete for
a grand prize, takes place on the Sunday, along with
A Taste of Grenada, which will feature a wide cross-
section of local vendors selling their delicious food.
The awards ceremony and party, including food,
drinks and music, will follow.
For more information see ad on page 14.
Jet-Ski Championship Set for Guadeloupe
Agence BeCom Caraibes reports: Karujet, the Rally


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and place for et skis is next month in Guadeloupe


Jet-Ski World Championship,
will take place off the Viard
beach of Petit-Bourg,
Guadeloupe, from March 18th
to 22nd. Organizers expect
more than a hundred compet-
itors of 20 different nationali-
ties, both amateurs and world
championship participants,
and more than 50,000 visitors.
Radio and TV networks from all
over the world will cover the
event, which includes nine
legs and 550 kilometres of rac-
ing. The event will be preced-
ed by the Freestyle World
Championship at Fort de
France, Martinique,
on March 14th.
After the machines' technical
check and the opening cere-
mony on the 18th, the first day
of racing will feature three
legs: Viard to Marie-Galante;
circuit racing at Marie-
Galante; and Marie-Galante
to Les Saintes to Viard.
Day Two will see circuit rac-
ing from Gosier to RiviBre-Sens
to Pointe-Noire and return, plus
a Freestyle show at
Pointe-a-Pitre Harbour.
The two legs on Day Three
will be Viard to Saint-Frangois
and Saint-Frangois to Viard,
followed by a party in
the evening. "R
The final day of racing featu-
res a circuit and the final leg,
both off Viard beach, followed
by the closing cocktail party.
For more information contact
epaulin@hotmail.com
Culebra Heineken
International Regatta in March
Carol Bareuther reports: The
5th Annual Culebra Heineken
International Regatta and
Culebra International Dinghy
Regatta are set for March 20th
through 22nd.
Top-notch racing, laid-back
Caribbean-style parties and boatloads of island hospi-
tality are what you'll find at this regatta, and Puerto
Rico's offshore island of Culebra has quickly become
a hot spot for racing in the northern Caribbean. Costa
Bonita Villas is once again the regatta's host resort,
hosting registration, Customs and Immigration officials,
and rooms will be available for those who want to
stay ashore. Most of the expected 70-plus fleet's
mother ships will anchor in Ensenada Honda, Daiquiri
Bay or Fulladosa Bay, all beautifully sheltered spots. In
addition to mixed fleet racing and cruising classes,
they expect to have one-design classes for Melges
24s, J/24s, IC24s, and J/80s. There will also be a large
beach cat fleet and the native Chalanas.
The first day's racing will see windward-leeward
courses for the racing classes south of Punto Soldado
and round-the-cays courses for cruisers. The second
day's race will be an island circumnavigation for all
but the IC24 and J/24 classes. The CIDR offers
Optimist, Laser and Laser Radial racing for kids in
Ensenada Honda while the big boats sail offshore.
Classes of entry to the CHIR will include CSA


More top-notch sailboat racing is in store at Culebra's
upcoming International Regatta


Spinnaker Racing, CSA Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA
J/24, IC24, CSA Performance Cruiser, CSA Jib & Main,
IC24s, Beach Cat and native-built Chalanas. "We
would be happy to dual score IRC-rated yachts that
request it, but they must also have a CSA rating,"
Ayala says.
The entry fee is US$200 for all classes except Beach
Cats and Chalanas; the Beach Cat fee is US$100 and
the Chalanas fee is US$150. Entries received after
February 20 will be charged $250 for all the classes
except Beach Cats and Chalanas. Entry fee for
Optimist and Laser Classes is US$50. An Awards
Ceremony will cap the two days of racing.
The CHIR marks the second leg of the Caribbean
Ocean Racing Triangle, or CORT Series, which begins
with the St. Croix International Regatta, February 20th
to 22nd, and concludes with the BVI Spring Regatta
April 3rd to 5th.
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DESTINATIONS


We had just returned from a walk on the picture
perfect Caribbean beach on Isla Pilos in Panama's
San Bias Islands. These are the islands we had been
longing to visit since we first began planning our
Caribbean adventure three years ago. "I am sooooo
happy!" Desire smiled up at me from tl. 1... 1, as
Lady Pitkeathly sprang onto the sugar I I our
catamaran, Famous Potatoes. I do believe our dog,
Lady P, had a smile on her slim little face too.
We'd had a rough sail over from the Colombian Isla
Rosario the day before with crazy conditions: 12 to
14 foot seas and almost no wind. Storms to the north
had the western Caribbean stirred into a tempest. It
was a sweet moment when we dropped the hook just
off the tan sand beach lined with swooning coconut
palms and raucous green parrots squawking as they
flew overhead.
The Kuna Indian village of Tupak is half a mile up
the beach and we found the inhabitants tc 1 1 1..1.1
ful in many ways. They were genuinely :.... I ,
reserved, and they seemed to be as happy to see us as
we were them. The women were dressed in their color
ful traditional Kuna outfits, giving the village a faraway
foreign feel. The Kuna are very short in stature, second
only to the famed : .... could not have felt
more removed from ,I .1. .." if we were in the
middle of Africa or the South Pacific.
The first evening a Kuna man came paddling up in
his ulu, a dugout canoe, just after sunset. He was the
town tax collector and came to welcome us and to col
lect a US$8 anchoring fee that gave us the privilege of
staying for up to 30 days. Not a bad deal, even though
we just planned to stay for three nights.
The next day, all of the cruisers in the four boats in
the .'nT-r-.- headed ashore to hike around the
islan I met on the village dock by a handsome
young Kuna named David who said he spoke English
and was assigned to be our guide. David did tell me
right from the get-go that dogs were not allowed on the
island, but if I had a leash we could take Lady P with
us. We had left the leash on the boat, never dreaming
that we would need it here, but David allowed us to
take Lady P with us anyway. That turned out to be a
mistake. I learned later that the sahila, or chief, was
very upset with him.
David was a nice guy, although he charged our group
US$40 to simply walk around the perimeter of the
island with him. (To put that in perspective, a Kuna
woman may labor a full week to make an embroidered


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reverse-applique mola she sells for $15 or $20, and you
can buy-. i;; --t fDr about $100.) But the island
was so ... ... I ... i i walk so :. . .1 ,. h that no
one really cared about his exorbita'. i
The next day in town I was lucky to meet another


English-speaking Kuna named Brigilio Suarez.
Brigilio's English was passable and his Spanish was
spoken clearly and deliberately, so we were able to
converse quite adequately.
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I also brought along my stethoscope and volunteered
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bought for exterior cushions, a bag of school supplies
and pens and Post It pads. He was a serious old man
and never smiled but he seemed pleased. He asked


When they discovered that our boat's name was Famous Potatoes, the Idaho Potato Commission sent us hundreds
of souvenir pins. The children on Isla Pifos each got one


The chief was my first patient. After listening to his
heart and lungs and poking around a little it was obvi
ous he had a cold. He was a strong old man and he
seemed to be doing quite well without medication so I
advised him of that fact but gave him a week's worth


Brigilio to explain to me why dogs were not allowed in
the village. In the past, many Kunas in his village had
dogs but one day a dog viciously bit a child. The
sahila passed an edict at the next congress (village
meeting) that dogs were no longer allowed on the


island. The Kunas who owned dogs had to get rid of
them. This seemed a bit harsh to me, but it was my
first insight into how the Kuna culture operates at the
basic village unit. The sahila is the leader, but he is
even more like the wise father-figure who takes the
protection of his people very seriously. This is the first
place in all of our travels that Lady Pitkeathly was
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asked if I could spend one night in the .11
brought my own hammock. The sahia nodded his
assent and told Brigilio to take me to the number two
sahila to assign me a place. I had hoped to stay with a
family but instead was given what was the equivalent of
the presidential suite, a large new hut with a concrete
floor right on the waterfront with a constant breeze that
kept it cool and bug free. My closest neighbors were a
few pigs in cages built over the water's edge.
Brigilio invited me to go fishing with him, so we
made a quick stop at his hut to grab hi ... i i i.-
gear: a tiny spool of line, a baggie .......
hooks (two too dull to use), and a sinker. I thought of
my massive tackle box with five trays and 20 compart
ments and felt a bit of envy for the simpler way of life.
The next day I gave him a new spool of 14-pound test
line, a handline with some 100-pound test line, sev
eral sizes of sharp new hooks and a few sinkers.
We hiked out along the north coast of the island
until we got to just the right place: part sandy beach,
with some boulders and hard rocky shore mixed in.
We were followed closely by a small band of children
who vied for the privilege of holding my hand.
Occasionally I had two or three laughing children
grasping fingers on each hand.
Brigilio searched for crab burrows in the sand
and dug them out by hand, carefully dropping
them in a bucket until he had enough for bait.
Fishing was not so good this day but I enjoyed
watching the fishing, playing with the kids and
doing a little beachcombing.
I asked Brigilio if he would take me to the mainland the
next day to see the garden plots the village men had in
the hillsides over the swamps. He was pleased to do so.
Later in the day when Desire and I were walking
through i ii. ..... endedd by a cloud of
children I I I I .. . I had promised one
of the Kuna women a pair of reading glasses for her
mother and dropped by their compound to deliver them.
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There were four generations living there: the children,
the mother, the grandmother and, swinging in a ham
mock in the shade behind us, the old great-grandmoth
er who chanted nonstop as she shook out a rhythm
with a dried gourd shaker as she prayed to her god.
The Idaho Potato Commission had sent me a box
with 500 Idaho potato pins when they learned of our
boat name and journey. I had a pocketful with me and


A Kuna child and her traditionally dressed mother visit us i


the kids were thrilled when I "pinned" them and pro
nounced them members in good standing in the
Brotherhood of the Famous Idaho Potato. I believe
every kid in the village was wearing a new Idaho Potato
pin before we left.
As we strolled back toward the dock a woman came
running out of her hut carrying a fat little baby whom
she had dyed black from head to toe with a local plant


extract. She ran up to me and placed the baby at my
feet and, without a word, she stepped away. I didn't
know if the baby was sick or what she wanted me to
do, so I picked him up and put him on my knee and
looked him over for a few minutes, poked his belly,
took his picture and returned him to Mom with what I
hoped were soothing and reassuring words as I could
see no infirmity in the little black cherub. Before we
could leave, his brothers and sisters were pinned.
That evening at sunset I
returned to the village for
the night and Brigilio met
me at the dock. I had hoped
to attend the evening vil
lage meeting at the biggest
., hut in the village, the con
greso hut, but the meet
Sings were temporarily halt
ed as the old woman who
Lived next door was dying
and the sahila did not want
to disturb her. Typically,
the three village sahilas
recline in their hammocks
in the center of the hut
with the women and chil-
dren surrounding them,
sitting on little stools or on
mats on the dirt floor, with
the men sitting on benches
around the perimeter. This
is where any and all prob
lems (including marital) in
the village are discussed
and the law laid down by
the chiefs.
In many villages, the
n their ulu mandatory congress meet
ings are held nearly every
night. But if I understood
Brigilio correctly, only
three meetings a month were absolutely mandatory
and these were the nights that the number one sahila
spent mucl. I .... ,,,. praying to Jesus for the
safety and i I --, I ih community.
With no congress that evening there was nothing for
the people of the village, or me, to do other than to hit
the hammock. Brigilio escorted me to my hut just
before dark and he told me to go inside for the night. I


just could not obey completely and sneaked out and
sat on the step to watch the darkness fall. The village
was already quiet. There is no electricity and no one
uses lights *i ....1.i pt for a flashlight or two on
very dark :.i1i- .11.... 60 seconds three children
were suddenly sitting at my feet and within minutes
there were a dozen kids vying for the privilege of hold
ing my hand or just sitting by my side. I had the
Bauhaus Panama Cruising Guide with me to study the
Kuna words listed in the back. I practiced them out
loud, drawing whoops of laughter from the kids.
They wanted to see my book so I opened to the pages
about their island to show them the chart, but it was
the photographs that got them excited. They all knew
the people in the pictures and suddenly I had a steady
stream of adults coming to see. They were excited to
see that one of them had made it to the big time.
Finally I realized I had caused a bit of an after-hours
uproar and remembered Brigilio's last words, so I
smiled and bid a goodnight to all. Within 60 seconds
the village was quiet and not a creature was stirring.
I slept miserably. I had never even tried to sleep in a
hammock before. With the sea breeze blowing across
my hammock all night, I was cold and all I could do
was take the pillowcase off and pull it over my head
and shoulders and hug the pillow to try to keep warm.
I even put my feet in a plastic bag but I was stuck and
in for a long night. I occasionally heard one of the pigs
mutter and groan as though he was as miserable as I.
In the morning, after a sleepless night, Brigilio and I
paddled his dugout canoe three miles to the mainland
and hiked several miles through swamps and hills,
well into the jungle, to see the i.1i garden plots of
pineapples, bananas, and yucca. ran into several
bands of loud howler monkeys that followed us, howl
ing at us high above in the treetops.
After rowing home later in the day, I was as tired as
I think I can get. I had spent 24 hours living like a
Kuna Indian and it was not easy. I suspect that if given
a few weeks I'd learn to sleep in a hammock, and I'd
make sure I had a blanket to ward off the cool night
breeze. Then, after I learned to sleep, maybe I could
learn to live in paradise like a real Kuna.
Brigilio Suarez speaks enough English to serve as
a guide for visiting cruisers. I recommend him
highly if you ever visit the lovely Isla Pinos. Look for
the hut with a Florida license plate on the door. Be
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Our days among the Kuna people and their wonderful San Blas Islands were
some of the very best of all our days circumnavigating the Caribbean, However, we
cruisers are visiting in such large numbers now that we are having a noticeable
negative impact on the Kuna way of life. Here are a few ideas to minimize our
impact on their culture.
Giving Gifts
We know some cruisers who ' ..l1, i big box of Western gifts for some of the
children. The children who got a .1 Cathy" doll were thrilled beyond belief, but
many kids got nothing but a giant dose of Western envy. At Isla Pinos, where the
people are not supposed to come out to the boats, some are 1 nri;n- that if they
ignore the sahila's (chiefs) edict they have a good chance of ii.... the goodies"
before their neighbors. Are these "..- I a blessing or a curse? II vould like to
give something to the Kuna, bring ..11 for the village, not individuals. We gave the
sahila five yards of blue waterproof cushion material for the village and a box of
school supplies, which are always appreciated.
Buying Seafood
It was suggested in the past that we bring snorkel gear to give to the young men.
It seemed an act of kindness, but an unfortunate result is that so many men are
diving .. i ii.... seafood now that they have just about wiped out some species. It
is very 1.11. ..n I find a legal-sized lobster, so the boys are taking mostly juveniles
to sell to cruisers. If we don't stop buying "shorts" the Kuna will soon have no breed
ing lobsters left. We have ..i 1i. .... 1 iat if they kill the baby lobsters, no problem
-cruisers will buy them -.. II care about the future of these dear people,
please do not buy immature, egg-bearing or out of season lobster, conch or crabs.


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On Isla Pinos the sahila does not allow the women to come to the boats to sell
molas. He wants all the women to have an equal chance, so when cruisers come
ashore all the women of the village get to display their lovely creations together. As
we sailed north, the mola selling women became more and more aLressive. Trvini


The author, upper left, reminds us that our actions -including purchasing habits
can have negative as well as positive impacts on the people we visit

to avoid them, we anchored as far from the villages as we could, yet fleets of women
would paddle their dugout canoes for several miles to bang on the side of our boat
or just climb aboard uninvited. Then, they would ask us to tow them back to their
village in our dinghy. As is true throughout the islands, a friendly but firm "no" is
understood. If we allow people to board our boats without permission and pester us
into buying things we don't want, we are teaching them that aggressive behavior
pays, just like the boatboys of St. Vincent learned years ago.
If you would like to read more stories about their experiences circumnavigating the
Caribbean Basin, Jack and his wife, Desire, have an excellent website. Visit web.mac.
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paint can threaten to dirty the clothes of spectators (often by hugging them) unless
paid not to.
To play a Devil, you smear yourself with coloured body paint -red, blue, green or
black -and don a pair of horns. Previously, there were only black devils when people
would cover themselves in tar, grease or oil. But the resultant loss of the ability to sweat,
coupled with the hot tropical weather, proved to be a cI ... ..- ... .... .. ... 'an
play this character on your own or with a band. Some I I I i .1 i i i . -. -
French patois for Molasses Devil. In addition to body paint, they cary pitchforks and
wear chains and padlocks to represent the Devil restrained by his minions.
Continued on next page


carnival in the sister isles of Trinidad and Tobago is a time
,f pnrtr.in TTenqil, hld in February, the climactic two
i i -.. I. I i .. ,, mark the end ofa month
or more of celebrations and are the final opportunity for
merrymaking before Lent.
Carnival was celebrated by both the English and French who
occupied these islands in colonial times. Trinidad Carnival
evolved from the street parades of the 19th century and was once
celebrated differently by the upper and lower classes. Before
1838, people of African descent or of mixed race were forbidden
to take part in street parades but this did not mean that they did
not hold their own celebrations. Meanwhile, the upper classes
had masquerade balls at the Great Houses on their sugar
estates. (From these masquerades comes the word "mas" for
today's costumed Carnival festivities.) Many of the Carnival cos
tumes were symbolic, reflecting the cultures of the various ethnic
groups on the islands or those wh- f--rnd- them.
Some characters directly made : .. i ich folks. For exam
ple, the Dame Lorraine or Dame Lorine character was an imita
tion of the upper class ladies at their masquerade balls. The
liberated slaves used costume jewellery and scraps of cloth to
produce the elaborate dresses of the period: however, they would
emphasize the bum and bust areas to comical proportions.
The pinnacle of Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago
spans two days, the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
The Tuesday, especially, has come to be called a festival of "biki
nis and beads" owing to the similarity of many of the parading
bands' costumes to those seen at Mardi Gras in Brazil. But the
Monday is what many consider to be the "real Carnival".
Carnival Monday day starts off with what is called J'ouvert
(from the French jour ouvert, or daybreak), which typically
begins around 4:30AM. Here people can participate in Mud Mas,
which is exactly what it says: you put on old clothes and smear
yourself with mud.
Oh, You Devils!
If mud is not your style, you can play Devil Mas, which hosts
many old-time Carnival characters. It is also a form of what is
termed "mas for money": masqueraders covered in grease, oil or


In Devil Mas, a Carnival costume can be as simple as paint,
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Members of the band also attach neck straps to large biscuit-tins to make drums,
and beat on car-tire rims and blow whistles to the chant of "Pay the Devil!" You can
hear them coming a mile away, which gives you a head start to make a clean getaway
-pardon the pun.
Another form of Devil Mas is the Jab Jab, which again is derived from French patois
and is commonly called Pretty Devil Mas. Here the costume resembles that of a court
jester from the I II having a hat with padded horns. They carry whips which
they crack eve., 11 and which can reduce another Jab Jab's costume to
shreds.
The Bat also forms part of Devil Mas. Persons clad i:. i. I lack or brown body
hugging costumes wear a papier-mache headpiece in I I .... of a bat, shoes and
gloves with claws, and bat wings made from wire and cane or bamboo covered in the
same costume material. And of course they imitate the movements of bats, crawling
on the ground or opening and closing their wings and flapping around. But there is
method to the madness and these movements are choreographed to form a bat
dance.
Then there is the Bookman, also called the Ruler or Gownman, who forms a part of
Devil Mas. He is dressed in either a satin or velvet gown with rich embroidery or
Tudor-style pants, a large flowing cape emblazoned with Biblical scenes, a ruffled
shirt and an oversized headpiece that resembles the Devil. He carries a large book and
a pen and writes down the names of prospective souls for the Devil. Accompanied by
an orchestra of saxophones, trumpets and drums, his dance is quite elegant and
waltz-like. This is expected, as any sudden movements might cause his large head
piece to fall off.
Old-Time Caribbean Characters
During J'ouvert there is an 01' Mas competition where masqueraders wear home-
made costumes depicting any current or popular topic -usually of social or political
importance, but sometimes just an interesting twist on a saying. For instance there
I fishing a lime" which means that you are hanging out ("lime" is our
i I I. ... ". out). So when my mom was young, she dressed as a boy and
pushed a lime with a stick down the street.
Another common J'ouvert character is the Baby Doll, which was most popular in the
1930s but is still portrayed at 01' Mas competitions. Dressed in a frilly dress and bonnet
nd orninr q rdnll (Rn'mh liin n an :ii .. ....1. I .1 I 1, i masquerader accuses male
S i ... th( i .I ... i i ... ... money for milk for the baby.
This character is portrayed by both men and women, but is much funnier when done by
men who speak in high-pitched voices.
Another old-time character is the Burrokeet, which comes from the Venezuelan
Spanish cultures. The name of the character is derived from the Spanish word burro
S.... ... ....... ,111 i,, the masquerader wears a wire frame (originally made
." i 1."i ... i i ...i i a donkey, giving the illusion that he is riding this
beast. The masquerader wears a large straw hat and a large satin dress, the skirt of
which covers the donkey's body. The tail is made of rope and may be decorated with
flowers. There are reins leading from the donkey's head, and the masquerader dances in
a way that mimics the bucking action of a donkey. The Burrokeets may also perform a
dance called Burriquite, which originated in Venezuela.
Staying v 1, i ... 1 .. 1 iheme, there is the Cow Band where small groups of
men wear -I..... -.... i ... rice bags covered with dried plantain leaves, and a
papier-mache cow's head mask. It was usually portrayed by abattoir employees, who
would behave like stampeding cattle and run through the crowds. It became part of
Carnival Tuesday celebrations, when the cows, matadors and male and female singers
were all dressed in colourful costumes and masks. Here the music was provided by
banjo, cuatro, guitar, mandolin, violin and chac-chacs or maracas.
Outside Influences
Some Carnival characters were solely influenced by North American culture. This
is shown by minstrels, who imitated the minstrel shows which were popular at the
turn of the last century, dressing in tail coats, striped trousers, top hats and gloves,
and playing guitars and singing. In contrast to the North American minstrels, how
ever, here black persons paint their faces white.
Other characters include the Fancy Indian, based on Native Americans from North
America but with more elaborate costumes including immense headdresses of beads,
mirrors and feathers, some of which are so large they have to be built over a frame.
Another feature of this character is the "Indian language" they speak, which is adapt
ed from that used by the Black Indians at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. There are other
types of Indian characters generally referred to as Wild Indians. These include the
Blue Indians and Red Indians (Warahoons) of Venezuela and Black or African Indians.
To me, the best thing about playing this character is that entire families can partici
pate as a tribe.
There are two more characters that display linguistic skills as part of their perform
mance. The first is the Pierrot Grenade who is derived from the Pierrot, a richly
dressed scholar who would spell long words and quote Shakespeare. He is armed with
a whip and leads a band of female supporters who fight on his behalf against other
Pierrot groups. The Pierrot Grenade is dressed in a suit made of burlap material,
covered in strips of coloured rags, with small boxes and tins containing pebbles that
rattle when he moves.
The second such character is the Midnight Robber who, dressed all in black, is well


known for his "Robber Talk" where he boasts of his exploits, bravery, ancestry and
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S.....i. .I ,,. 11. vocabulary and speech patterns of the plantation owners. However,
I- ... i i... i. such as the shirt and pantaloons, is influenced by the cowboys of
North America. He also wears a large flowing cape painted with a skull and cross
bones, and a huge fringed broad-brimmed hat. He is armed with a sword or gun; he
has a wooden moneybox in the shape of a coffin and a whistle around his neck that
he blows after each of his recitations as a means of indicating the end of one and the
start of another.
The Sailor character came about in the 1880s with the arrival of French, British and
American naval ships, and some variations on the character included Fancy Sailor
and King Sailor. The Sailor costumes are decorated in medals, braids, sashes, epau
letters and other embellishments, such as a crown for the King Sailor and paper
mache headpieces in the shapes of animals, birds or plants. Portraying this character
means performing the dances that go along with it, including Crab, Rock de Boat,
Camel Walk and Skip Jack.
There is one character that is portrayed throughout the year as well as at Carnival.
This is the Moko Jumbie. Moko, from the Congo language, means "diviner" and
Jumbie (or zombie) means "ghost". These masqueraders walk on stilts up to 12 feet
high which are covered by long colourful pants. They also wear bright shirts and hats
and some even wear masks. The concept behind this authentic African masquerade
is that its great height allows this protector of the village to see evil faster than ordi
nary humans can. In the old days they would dance a sort of a jig to drums, flutes
and triangles while collecting money from persons in the balconies of houses.
One character that is now extinct is the Negre Jardin. This is French for "garden
slave" and was once portrayed by plantation owners. After emancipation, the charac
ter was adopted by the former slaves. Other extinct Carnival characters include
Firemen or Stokers who dressed in . I ..,. 11.. k 1 ... 1 ..1 ss and would
push a long thin iron rod as though 1l. -1 1 .... 1. i '. ' usually pre
cede the Sailors. The Yard Sweeps wore long skirts, old clothes, large floppy hats and
a mask and carried a coconut frond broom. They would offer to sweep one's yard for
a fee, refusal of which usually meant acts of vandalism. The Fancy Clowns' colourful
costumes included a crown and an elaborate large fan-like collar with baggy pants and
shirt and oversized shoes. Pai Banan or Banana Trash characters covered their faces
with brown cloth or a papier-mache mask and wore a white headpiece with either two
long wire antennae or horns and would scare people ....l. 1T.. i, 1920s, some
would dress up as Charlie Chaplin, wearing their sho I 1 i ..1.1 I Iere was also
Police and Thief where one person dressed as a thief I I .. -1 I .. chicken and
would run away from another dressed as a police office. i, ,, 11, 11, I" was caught
he would be spanked and released.
Some characters were vulgar, such as the Jamets women who wore many
starched petticoats and large hats with flowers and feathers and exposed their
breasts, while the men wore lots of gold chains and their pants low on their hips.
Pissenlit ("wet the bed") were men and women dressed in long nightgowns who used
foul language and danced in the fashion known as "wining" today.
Catching Traditional Mas
Although the 01' Mas characters are not played in mainstream "bikinis and beads"
Carnival, they are still portrayed by smaller groups on Carnival Monday. J'ouvert
lasts only a few hours, with various bands and competitions happening simultane
ously, so it is up to you which one you want to participate in or look at. In Port of
Spain, Trinidad, after the J'ouvert celebrations end around 9:OOAM, the Carnival
bands take to the streets to parade. Characters like Bat, Minstrel, Moko Jumbie,
Fancy Sailor, Jab Jab and Gownman are performed by small to medium-sized bands
numbering a few hundred. Fancy Indian mas is still big in the city of San Fernando
in the south of the island.
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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F ...i.. I .11 I I
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : ...
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Ti1 1 . 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!


February
DATE TIME
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2 1735
3 1831
4 1931
5 2035
6 2139
7 2241
8 2340
9 0000
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11 0124
12 0211
13 0258
14 0344
15 0431
16 0519
17 0609
18 0659
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7
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1939
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1106
1151
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More Than a Yacht Sales Agent:


The Late, Great


Norma Prudhon



by Clare Sudlow


As reported in last month's Compass, long-time Antigua resident
Norma Prudhon died on November 1 th, 2008. English-born Norma
and her husband, Marc Prudhon, sailed their 50-foot Anahita to
Antigua in the late 1960s and chartered with the Nicholson fleet. The
couple later ran the 63-foot schooner Lord Jim for owner Jol Byerley,
and then the 114-foot Marie Pierre for Baron Bic. After Marc and
Norma separated in the early 1970s, Norma settled ashore in
Antigua, working in various businesses at English Harbour including
the Galley Boutique and Nicholson Caribbean Yacht Sales. In the
early days of Caribbean Compass, Norma was our Antigua island
agent. She was one of the first members of the Antigua Yacht Club.
Former cruiser Clare Sudlow shares two anecdotes relating to
Norma Prudhon.


Above: 'How lucky we were to have our lives touched, albeit briefly, by Norma'


Below: 'It is doubtful that Joe and I would have bought such a sizeable yacht as
Grand Alliance II if it hadn't been for her'


Norma Sells Us S/Y Grand Alliance H
It is doubtful that my partner Joe and I would have bought such a sizable, hand
some yacht as Grand Alliance if it hadn't been for Norma, our broker -then of
Nicholson's Yacht Sales n---r -.;; th- ;;;;ll-ely scenario of agent and prospect
tive buyers partaking in an ..I .. i .I1 ... .. i p while viewing the boat lying "high
and dry" in a boatyard in Tortola!
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Continuedfrom previous page
This unlikely story came about on a hot and humid tropical summer's day in 1998
when, following a very early start to catch a typically complicated and erratic LIAT
flight from Antigua to Tortola, Joe, Norma and I grabbed a taxi (by way of a quick
"swing by" to check out the newly renovated horse race track) to arrive eventually at
our destination, Nanny Cay Marina. Here we had an appointment to view Grand
Alliance II, a once splendid CT54 ketch, on the hard and sadly neglected. Now mid
morning with the sun blazing down, we had to first find a ladder to get aboard and
secondly a man with a key so that we could open the blisteringly hot boat. Once both
had been obtained, we spent the remainder of the morning in great heat and discom-
fort familiarizing ourselves with the systems, layout, rig, etcetera, as best we could
while Norma did what only Norma could so, 1 1 ... 1... I .1 he never ceased
chatting away, seemingly about the most '... i I .i .. I always cleverly
out weighing any negative attributes we came across with many more positive ones
that we may have overlooked!
It was a couple of hours in the afternoon that clinched the deal. Replete from a
surprisingly good lunch in the boatyard cafe, we returned to a now much cooler
Grand Alliance with the full and sensible intention of making best use of this, our
one-and only day of viewing, to really get down to a thorough further inspection
cabin soles up to check the bilges and through-hull fittings, bottlescrews checked for
rust, chainplates scrutinized, etcetera -but no, with barely a word ..--hn."rl
between the three of us, as if by unspoken mutual agreement, I went 1 .
better "feel" of the main cabin, Joe went forward to do likewise in the guest cabin,
while Norma, God bless her, snoozed the afternoon away in the saloon! During that
afternoon Grand Alliance worked her special magic on us all and Joe and I went on
to buy her as our home and tI ,i I -.1 1 i. best (and often most frustrating!)
six years of our lives cruising I .,, i- i ... I BVI to Trinidad. We were always
thankful to return to our home base and welcoming friends in Antigua, feeling lucky
to include Norma as one of these special friends.
Norma Sells Grand Alliance H on Our Behalf
As often happens, life had to move on and much as we loved our seemingly idyllic
cruiser/liveaboard lifestyle a decision had to be made -to continue to break our
backs maintaining our now beautifully restored GrandAlliance II or take an opportu
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Life had to move on...' Joe and the author eventually sold Grand Alliance II (with
Norma's help, of course), worked in Europe for afew years, and are now back
in Antigua
nity to travel and work in Europe. We decided on the latter and in 2004 sadly called
up Norma at Nicholson's Yacht Sales to ask her to act on our behalf as broker.
She soon found an interested couple from the UK and, after much negotiating, they
booked a flight to come and view the boat. Luckily for us they were immediately
impressed with GrandAUiance and requested a sea trial. This was duly arranged, but
considering our prospective buyers' total lack of seagoing experience, Norma advised
i',. i ...... I I .I I I treat the "sea trial" like a day charter: Joe, Norma and I would
S .... I , 'I : sail under genoa and mizzen only down to Carlisle Bay and
anchor there for a special lunch served in the cockpit. Then, having put the main up
at anchor, it would be a tack, tack motor-sail back to English Harbour.
On the chosen day, most fortunately in many ways (and most unusually), there
was not a breath of wind. So having motored down to Carlisle Bay under the swelter
ing winter sun, on anchoring we all decided that a swim was going to be the savior
of the day! Norma had come prepared and was already attired in a "bathing dress",
and lowered herself into the .... ..1 ., I i 11 .......... 1 i .-whilethe
rest of us leapt in and enjoy i i i i.... i. ... ...... i I ndIsoon
skimmed up the ladder and back on board to make the necessary preparations, leav
ing Norma and our two enthusiastic prospective buyers to admire Grand Alliance's
waterline, hang off the anchor rode, and do all the other things one does.
The young couple were eventually back on board and Joe and I were handing out
towels and serving drinks when we heard a great deal of huffing, puffing, shrieking,
laughing and splashing coming from the swim ladder. Looking over the side we soon
realized that we had rather a ., problem on our hands -there was no way Norma
was able to haul herself out I '1. water, let alone propel herself up the ladder.
Now, very thankfully one of the very "Grand" accessories fitted by GrandAlliance's
previous owner was an electric, submersible I.. .1. Ii 1. .... As a last hope of ever
getting Norma aboard again, Joe lowered th I .1 .1... .1- deepest extent. With
more shrieks, giggles and splashes Norma negotiated herself onto the lift and was
electrically elevated like a self confessed "beached whale" up to deck height to be
safely rolly-polly'd back on board!
Her memorably s lf -ff.-in. -ni'-nnt of the whole situation, where others might
have cringed with ,,,I . .--....., i I an instant bond between herself and the
;;; prospective buyers. And, to our advantage, she had proved the "multiple-use
." of GrandAlliance's dinghy lift a- ... ii-... point. What a broker!
The young couple went on to buy . I r and remained in touch with
Norma over the years, feeling as we and many others do how lucky they were to have
had their lives touched, albeit briefly, by dear Norma -one of life's most special, fun
and kind people.
Clare Sudlow and Joe are former Caribbean cruiser/liveaboards who have for the
past fie years been co-authors ofthe Superyacht Services Guide to the Mediterranean.
They have now come home to roost in Antigua.


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This floating seed seems to be a Valentine's Day gift
designed for sailors by Mother Nature
by Tina Dreffin
She raced down the beach in Orient Bay of St. Martin like a wild mare, with her tangled
blond mane streaming behind her. Taken aback, I charged after her, considering my new
cruising buddy to be in dire need of help. Had she been stung by a bee? Seen a child
bolt in front of a speeding car? We had been -li- == ii the merits of exte;-l -I.
while our husbands traded outboard engine i. .... techniques at a -1 I .1
nearby. And then Debbie simply launched into overdrive, nose to the sands.
Suddenly, she halted in her tracks, bent forward into a stunning yoga pose, and
retrieved a faultless sea heart from the high-water tide mark. Arms stretched to the
blue heavens with fingertips wriggling, she shouted a prayerful "thank-you!" Her
exclamation resounded into the bars and cafes, shops and homes alongside the road.
Curious bystanders stopped to view the commotion.
A sea heart! My heart soared -good fortune strikes the lucky person who finds
one so near to St. Valentine's Day. Sea hearts are an ninir- -f f-tter things to come
and fi .f-.. :- the perfect gift for a kind la I I ,. who was cruising
the C ...1 i ... I 11. first time on Island Fever, a Lagoon 42.
It is said that a sea heart gave Columbus the inspiration to sail west from Europe in
search of new sea-routes to Asia. When embarking on long ocean voyages, the sea
hearts were worn by his crew as amulets, and called favas de Colum or Columbus
beans. Sailors believed they would be protected from evil spirits and illness if they wore
the heart, for the bean can survive long perilous journeys across oceans for years.
Sea hearts are more widely known as sea beans or drift seeds. Coconuts and
tropical almonds are larger examples of drift seeds. The smaller sea '- -.t: -;;,.t
as seeds inside large pods of a wild tropical vine (Entada gigas), like 11. .... i ...
the Amazon River Basin and other rainforests around the world. Clusters of blos
soms dangle from upper rainforest canopies, where they are easily accessed by
night-flying bats. The bats sip the sweet nectar, transferring the pollen to other
plants. Once pollination occurs, the ovary of each flower develops into a legume pod
c-t -i.ii- ---- .1 1 .;- -- 1 Some resemble hearts, others miniature hamburgers
b ...- I ii .i I". ...I .- from the vine. The tropical vines twine through the
forest canopy like botanical boa constrictors, creating "monkey ladders" -arboreal
i i... i I ibrest animals. Because of the intense competition between plants
S- . i ,. the monkey ladder can quickly climb to heights of a hundred feet
or more in just 18 months. Monkeys, sloths, lizards, and snakes become adept tra
peze artists of the forest by using it.
Once the giant velvety legume pods produce the large, heart-shaped seeds, hurri
cane-force winds force them out of the pod and onto the forest floor, where gullies
and creeks collect them and carry them out to sea. Because of their hard, thick,
woody seed coat, the seeds are impervious to water, and internal air cavities make
them buoyant, allowing them to ride ocean currents for years to a distant port. Due
to strong Caribbean ocean currents, thousands of drift seeds are found each year on
beaches in Florida, the UK, and Europe.
Not only are sea beans symbols of good luck, they have a multitude of medicinal
purposes. The bean pods contain the brain neurotransmitter dopamine, which is
given to patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. Male and female seeds from one
particular rainforest liana are believed to prevent hemorrhoids and are carried
between villages by natives in the Amazon River Basin. They have been ground into
poultices to relieve painful inflammations and taken internally for contraception,
constipation, snake bites, or as an aphrodisiac. Village women use the poultice as
shampoo or laundry soap.
Few Caribbean ports are without these lovely sea beans: in Belize they are called
ojo de buey (eye of the bull) by local residents; in Dominica, they are used as an
ornamental shaker gourd. I've seen them used as rosaries at Catholic mass, and sold
as stunning necklaces and bracelets in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.
A week later, I caught up with Debbie at the local farmers' market. From her neck
dangled a lacquered sea-heart that glistened brightly in the morning sunlight. Little
did I know that good fortune awaited me, too, as I later strolled down the beach, nose
to the sands. My prize: a Mary sea bean, considered r.- -.-n' it t-~---- -r as
only one in 1,000 is ever found. On the face rests a .1 ''I .... i ... ,I im-
bol for faith, hope, and love for the New Year. It now dangles from my neck, the
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Hassel Island is a small US Virgin Island of 135 acres set in St. Thomas
Harbor, just off the town of Charlotte Amalie. It gets its name from the
Hazzel (or Hazel) family, prominent residents in the early 1800s.
Once upon a time, it was a peninsula of the island of St. Thomas, forming an orkan-
hullet, or hurricane hole, where ships took shelter during storms. The peninsula was
separated from the main island by the Danish government in 1860, to allow better
water circulation in the harbor, thus decreasing sewage build-up and ensuing cholera
epidemics. The cut was widened by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1919.
The entire island can be seen from atop any of several high promontories on St.
Thomas, and an old fort and other ruins are visible from the
harbor -so, intrigued, we took the dinghy over from Long Bay
to explore. It is also sometimes possible to find room to anchor
at Hassel Island among the local boats at Careening Cove,
home of the famous sailmaker, Manfred Dietrich.
In colonial times, Hassel Island's strategic location was uti
lized by the Danish to defend the harbor. The British occupied
St. Thomas during the Napoleonic Wars from 1801 to 1815,
when Denmark allied with Napoleonic France. The British con
structed Fort Shipley (or Shipley's Battery) on the highest point
of the then Hassel Peninsula. These are the ruins that had
attracted us to the island.
In 1840, a British shipping company based its operations on
the island and built a dock, warehouse, coal station and other
facilities. These installations were referred to as FortWilloughby
and were in use until 1885.
The Danish built a marine railway and made great use of it
until 1910, when it failed commercially due to worn-out struck
tures and hurricane damage. Henry O. Creque bought it at
auction, restored it and reopened it as the Creque Marine
Railway in 1912. The railway was purchased by another family
in the 1930s and remained in use until the 1960s. In 1978 it
was sold to the Department of the Interior and incorporated
into the Park system. It was one of the earliest steam-powered
marine railways in the western hemisphere and may be the
oldest surviving example of such a railway in the world.
In the mid-1900s, most of the island was owned by the
Paiewonskis, a prominent local family. There was a small hotel
on the island, which became the setting for Herman Wouk's
novel, Don't Stop the CarnivaL Today most of the island is part of
the Virgin Islands National Park. A few private residences
remain. The entire island is included in the Hassel Island
Historic District and the fort and marine railway are listed on the
National Historic Places Registry. Work is being done to restore
the ruins and uncover other, still hidden remains.


We wandered through the structures at Fort Shipley, and then
followed one of the hiking trails through dense growth consisting of
bushes, grass and cacti. We scared a couple of wild goats and an
iguana while climbing. The view from the top is not to be missed.
Back at sea level, we beachcombed. The coast of Hassel Island is
rocky with a couple of small sand-and-pebble beaches. The beach
by the 1... 1 1 1 had a lot of seaglass, so we gleaned a few trea
sures I I .... this fascinating site.

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I CAIBBEN MAITIM HISORY


Much has been written about the treasure that the frightful pirate Blackbeard hid
on the island of Tortuga and of the Brotherhood of the Coast, the armed privateers
and buccaneers who protected it. All this happened on the island of Tortuga off the
coast of Haiti and not the Isla La Tortuga off the coast of Venezuela, as is sometimes
thought. Nevertheless, Venezuelan waters, with almost 3,700 kilometers of Caribbean
coastline and 314 islands, also constituted a suitable stage for nautical drama.
For the Venezuelan Isla La i .1,,. the story opened in May of 1499, when
Spain sent towards the New .1 Alonso de "i tl ,.--i.t Americo
Vespuccio and the -*rt- ri-h-r Juan de la Cosa. ,,, .11 11I I II I the route
of the third voyage I i...i ..- but
a detour allowed them to make the
first complete exploration by
Europeans of the Venezuelan coast,
during which Juan de la Cosa took I
the opportunity to carry out the first
known survey of Venezuelan waters.
One of the oldest known references
to Isla La Tortuga appears in Relacion
Geografica de Nuestra Senora de
Caraballeda y Santiago de Le6n, of
1578. There, Don Governor Juan de
Pimentel indicates that salt was being
extracted from the island. But it was
not until the mandate of the Governor a
of Cumana, Don Francisco Nufez
Melean, that this industry -compa
rable in importance to today's oil
industry -reached its peak.
In 1605, after the Spanish expelled
the Dutch from the salt mines of the Araya peninsula, the Dutch
settled on Isla La Tortuga to mine salt there. According to an old
map that rests in the Archivo de Indias, in Spain, the Dutch con
structed a fort of bricks containing numerous pieces of artillery.
The salt mines were located in the eastern part of the island and
the port of embarkation was on the southeastern coast where they
had constructed a wharf for loading the valuable commodity onto
their ships.
The Dutch remained on the island until the beginning of 1631,
when Nunez Melean removed them with the support of a flotilla
equipped with 40 selected Spanish soldiers and 116 native South
American "Indians" armed with bows and arrows. Under the com-
mand of Captain Benito Arias Montano, the expedition took the Dutch p ,
by surprise. Although they tried to flee in two ships, the Dutch were
quickly intercepted by the Spanish forces. After a short but intense fL
hand-to-hand battle, the Dutch were taken prisoner, the Spaniards
proclaimed victory and a large shipment of salt was carried to the
mainland port of La Guaira as if it were pirates' booty. This was the
first battle on the '.. 1 er salt. With it, the Spanish crown
regained possession i I 1' that it already considered part of its
domain, expelling those it saw as usurping enemies who removed
we .1I 11 .i I ..i i .. .i.l,,i r have gone to Spain.
ii )f La Tortuga has been considered state
gically important for Venezuelan national defense. But not much is
known of what occurred on the island after the decline of the salt
industry. Pejoratively called "of little commercial value", it has
remained outside the general interest, although fishermen always
realized its importance. Nevertheless, it is the second largest
Venezuelan island after Isla Margarita. In 1903, the Venezuelan
Congress decided to use this extensive area to found estates for the
growing of fruit trees, and the raising of goats, cattle, pigs and poul
try, as mentioned by Pablo Ramirez in his book, Diccionario de Islas As indicated by
Venezolanas. This initiative did not prosper and by January 1910, the salt pans' a
executive of the State of Nueva Esparta leased the land to a resident the salt left beh


of Pampatar, Margarita, for the production of charcoal.
In recent years, Isla La Tortuga has been discovered by yachtsmen looking for
beautiful, unspoiled anchorages below the hurricane belt and off the beaten track.
Playa Caldera and Cayo Herradura are favorites.
Gradually, and largely unnoticed, Isla La Tortuga has been damaged environment
tally over the years. Today the island continues almost uninhabited but increasingly
susceptible to deterioration if suitable measures are not taken to control inappropri
ate development and other detrimental activities now taking place, and instead,
encourage low-impact uses. The investigations made over the past four years by the
non-profit group Fundacion La Tortuga
have shown that this space serves as
I .1i 1 .1iitat for hundreds of species
a i ...... I- and plants, many of them
endemic and in danger of extinction.
The protection of this biodiversity,
along with the historical, geological
Sand archaeological value of the island,
vis a necessity.
Thanks to Fundaci6n La Tortugafor
information in this article. For more
S n n information visit
S I www.fundacionlatortuga.com.


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Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski


HAT
IMPS
JAB
JOUVERT
KING
LIME
LOOT

MARDI GRAS
MAS
MASK
MINSTREL
MOKOJUMBIES
MOVE
MUD
MUSIC
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TRANSPORTATION
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FEBRUARY 2009


Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
It's your turn for romantic distractions, so just ease
your mainsheet and enjoy!
STAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
S, , , iil dissipate during the second
we i 111 I i done while it lasts.
GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Your powers of persuasion will serve you well this
month, except where your heart is concerned.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
While romance sails over the horizon, your creativity
will blossom.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Seas will rise and winds howl to challenge your creative
ity; make sure your love life is well secured.
Tp VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Just batten down the hatches for this month. Business
may be slow, and rough seas could make things worse
around the 20th.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
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Ing a new ... ...... .
TTL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
S 1 i 11 i he winds fair, so
us, h I .. I I. with projects
on board.
SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Pile on more sail! The r. .. 1. r .... that hin-
dered your progress last .... .1 1 11 ..d you will
make headway once again.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Use the first three weeks to finish projects before
you run out of wind and become distracted by a ship
board romance.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
This will be a productive time for you; use it to best
advantage on boat projects and cruising plans.
= PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
As your romantic distractions wane, your creative ener
gies will gather way. Take this time to mak i
any onboard projects you've been putting 11


A rainy day on Bequia,
line squalls driving through.
A rainy day on Bequia
hard not to think of you

and of the love we lost,
a schooner underway,
losing diesel, masts,
and anchor off Shark Bay.

A rainy day on Bequia,
halyards pull and slap;
a rainy day on Bequia
and my nerves snap

against the Trade Wind blowing,
line squalls driving through.
Where's that rainbow shining,
in bands yellow, red, and blue?

A rainy day on Bequia.
Squalls silence roads and clean
old hulls and nourish trees;
squalls keep the island green.


Richard Dey



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Mavis and John, brown skin and light
meet each other on a star-shining night.
The big man smiles, and the lady just now
looks in his eyes and they fall in love.

He bought her a ship as beauteous as she,
and talked about sailing -she said: "Yes sir!"
They crossed the Atlantic in very few days,
so in Seru Boca everyone says

That John is a sailor, really so great,
and we sailor friends, we cannot wait
to see them kiss on Valentine's Day,
and sail farther on, living the loving way.

Anne Hjaelmso


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28) YOE 10) ZEALOT
1) YON 29) YARD ROPE 11) ZOE
2) ZODIAC 31) YES 12) YELLOWS
3) YELLOW 32) XUGIA 13) ZENITH
5) ZAG 33) YEAST 14) YOU'VE
8) YOW YOW 34) YAWL 15) YARD
10) ZONE 35) ZULU 16) YOYO
12) YARDARM 36) YACHTING 17) YAR
13) ZOO 19) XEBEC
14) YOKE DOWN 20) YEOMAN
15) YANKEE 1) YOKO 23) YELLS
16) YEARN 2) ZIG 26) YAUGHT
18) YOLK 3) YAW 27) ZONAL
20) YEN 4) WAY 28) YESTY
21) YIN 5) ZERO 30) YARN
22) ZEPHYR 6) YARDS 31) YAY
24) YOO 7) XRAY 33) YU
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In Part One of this story, published in last month's Compass, the St. Lucian school they were sent up to bed. "I don't like to be disturbed once I'm asleep," she warned
boy Trevor is in Barbados visiting his cousin Ernie. Their strange old aunt, Madam them, "so don't come banging on my door if you get scared."
Cinta, has decidedto take the boys andErnie's little sister, Nyna,fora bizarre adven Going to that ghostly room filled even Trevor with dread, but there was nothing for
ture -a night at a haunted hotel! it but do as they were told. They left the door open so that the light from the landing
could shine in and they certainly left their own light on. Satisfied that they had done
When Madam Cinta told Trevor, Ernie and his little sister Nyna that she was taking what they could, Trevor and Ernie sat with Nyna on her little bed under the window,
them to spend the night at the Hospice Inn with all its the curtain pulled back to let in the pale light from a
stories of bloodied ghosts and screams, they didn't cloudy sky. They told each other stories until they
know whether Madam Cinta' .- i. .... .I iF 1. .. 11. .t couldn't keep their eyes open any longer and Trevor
or was having a joke. "Trying .. ..- ........ and Ernie were forced to retreat to their operating
bled, "but I don't scare easy." Little Nyna was scared --- table bed while Nyna snuggled deep down under the
before she even got there and Ernie didn't like ghosts of sheet and faced the wall. Somehow they all fell asleep,
any kind and certainly not blood-dripping ones. ... .... ...... the night Trevor and Ernie woke
Now, Madam Cinta had a big old Cadillac and by the ,I ,1 , h, ',., when their door slammed shut
time Jameson had loaded Madam's elegant 1.h. .. J.L with a terrible bang. The light in their room went out
and the children's bags into the boot, it was .- I ... and dragging footsteps sounded along the corridor.
o'clock and the afternoon traffic was building up. Little The bed tilted and the boys clung to each other to keep
Nyna had to sit in the front with stern Madam Cinta from falling off. A gurgling noise came from under the
while the boys sat in the back. And what a ,.. 1 .i..... mattress and they could hear the slow running of liq
it was! Madam Cinta paid no attention to 11. i uid into the jug beneath them.
the road, barging across intersections, ignoring red Part Two "Oh Trevor, its blood, I can smell it." Ernie gasped
lights and occupying the middle of the road. The as his heart almost leapt out of his chest. Tre-- -1;;;-
offended motorists got out of the way in the nick of by Lee Kessell to his cousin and his heart thumped so 1
time and screamed abuse as she speeded away. thought it would wake the dead if they weren't awake
When Madam Cinta pulled up in front of the Hospice already. It certainly woke up the ghost train that blew
Inn, she pointed to an outside stairc.- i ...i .....- the side of the old Inn. "That its whistle with a piercing shriek and thundered straight through the lower half of
staircase," Madam Cinta explained to I'. II I .. the way to the operating room the inn, and then it came to a shuddering and -l1,;;;; Dt7p. Trevor's breath, when
on the second floor and it is so steep that the patients had to be strapped to their he 1 n 1 -1 t- -t-h it f-r 1- -- it- mist in I. ... I 11 now ice cold room. There
stretchers to stop them from sliding off, and I'm told that they groaned with pain all wa -,.I1,,. I .i '. i ... I I somewhere and then the dragging of feet as
the way." She paused to let this unpleasant information sink in. "Oh yes, and run heavy stretchers were pulled and pushed up the outside staircase. The groans from
ning right past the Hospital was a steam train and it stopped out front for the the injured grew louder and louder as the stretcher-bearers neared the operating
patients to be carried off. Of course the train and rails were taken away long ago." room. Suddenly the door to their room creaked open.
Madam Cinta strode off to the reception desk, telling a frail, old porter to carry the "Jump, Ernie jump!" Trevor came alive with a great burst of willpower. "We've got
bags to their rooms. Trevor, Ernie and Nyna followed meekly behind as they climbed to get off this table before they cut us up!"
the staircase from the foyer to their rooms. The porter, bent over with arthritis, The boys jumped together and they heard their feet splash into running ooze. They
dropped Madam Cinta's suitcase with a grunt outside her door, and then beckoned leapt like sprites across to Nyna who was sound asleep in her bed. Pale ghosts
to the children. He opened a small door at the end of the corridor and switched on dragged themselves about the operating table, groaning and sighing and waving their
the light. In the middle of the room there was a narrow bed for two that was built on severed legs and arms. Blood dripped from their wounds and their black mouths
top of a platform and to reach it, there was a little ladder with three steps. "This was screamed and their hollow eyes filled with luminous green tears.
the old operating table", the old man said. "I'll show you how it worked." He pulled Trevor and Ernie fainted dead away.
back the bed covers and revealed the original operating table beneath the mattress. Nyna woke up when the bright sun shone into the room and she was surprised to
"The table used to slope a little so that the blood gushing from the knife would run find Trevor and Ernie on her bed, so -i, -i i 1 ....... iI
down the channels and through this tube into this crockery jug. The jug was under "What? What?" Trevor blinked his e .... ..' I ... I' ...... 1" still alive.
the table in its own little box to stop the .I, ,, i. ... all the blood and dying "What are you and Ernie doing on my bed? Get off"
of fright. Anaesthetics weren't very good I I I. .. Now get dressed, I want my breakfast."
Little Nyna was paralyzed with fear, Ernie felt that he was about to be sick and When Madam Cinta asked Trevor and Ernie if ghosts had kept them awake, Trevor
even Trevor had turned pale. "Our guests like to know the history of the Inn and they answered, "No, we slept like logs." Madam Cinta raised her eyebrow.
tell me that they hear terrible screams in the night and see pale shadows of ghosts On the drive home that day, Trevor and Ernie agreed to keep their night of horrors
wringing their severed arms and legs dripping blood. Oh! They do enjoy it. I know a secret even from Uncle Solly, but they knew that they had seen and heard blood
how boys are and you'll have 51n 71,i-- ----r the operating table. But for the little dripping ghosts and phantom trains and that memory would stay with them forever
girl here we have a bed by the .. I I I pulled back the heavy curtain allow- the terrible night on the operating table bed in the old Hospice Inn.
ii,1. i I,, ~1, 1i i, to flood into the room. When he was gone Trevor grinned, "You know, Ernie," Trevor whispered to his cousin that night in bed, "I'm never
I, I I .1 going to boast about our ghosts in St. Lucia ever again. I think that people should
Madam Cinta ordered dinn. ... 1. i ,,- i...... ... where the doddery old believe what they want to believe and not think they are always the best."
porter winked at the boys as 1. ... i. ... I I.. ter dinner the children "Right on!" agreed Ernie with relief.
were allowed to watch TV in the sitting room, while Madam Cinta read, then at 9:30 THE END







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I 4W stripes on its back and sides. It .- ii.. I.. I . g its back. It is not
i r i Sa very fast swimmer, averaging c. I I . ....- ... ... but it travels great
I t W'd l distances through the world's tropical oceans. These sharks are quite placid and
divers have been known to swim alongside these gentle giants.
rAnd that's the last clue. This is the biggest fish in the world! The largest
SD O L L D E E P specimens measure over 40 feet in length and they can live for over 70 years.
S Join the dots to see the shark.


SECRETS
I I
by Elaine Olivierre
This month, we're :-in; t- tl- -loser look at one particular shark. It I'
belongs to the order I I .1 .... and is the only species in the rhinco- I
dontidae family. What is it?
I The name 'orectolobiforme' means 'having a lengthened tail lobe'. The top part I1 *
of this shark's tail fin is much longer than the bottom half. .
1 i .1 i .1 . .... ...i i .... i.When the shark was first --
| de- .ii I I ,i .. .. h .. I. i.... I ' he gave it the scientific I
rnm- f Phini-t- h? hfi Thi' m-ans 'rasp teeth' which accurately describes the o
| :,, ...... ,ii,, i,... the shark's mouth. Later, the name changed to 0O o
Rhincodon typus, perhaps through printer's error or perhaps because this means ( J
'snout teeth'. The 1984 catalogue, Sharks ofthe V, ii .. ..- i. ... ...... I ..O
in the same year, the International Commission o. .. i .. ii,
formally declared 1i .i... i . was the accepted scientific name. a 4---"
But we still hav ,, I -'I I i'- i, particular shark. Lets give you some more
clues. Despite its thousands of teeth, the shark doesn't use them for feeding. It 3
Seats mostly plankton and small aquatic creatures which it filters from the water
through large sieve-like plates in its mouth.
* The sharks of the order Orectolobiformes are also called carpet sharks So what is it? Rhincodon typus is more commonly known as the whale shark.
S because most of them have distinctive patterns on their skin. Our particular Did you guess it correctly?
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Caribbean


Eco-News


Marine Resources Assessed in Jost van Dyke
The Jost van Dykes Preservation Society reports:
During November 2008, Clive Petrovic, a British Virgin
Islands-based marine scientist and former head of the
Applied Marine Studies Centre at the H. Lavity Stoutt
Community College on Tortola, made several visits to
Jost van Dyke to conduct an assessment of the coast-
al and marine resources of that island.
During his first visit, he identified coastal erosion,
algal blooms and land reclamation, all of which have a
significant effect on the natural environment.
On his second visit, Petrovic spoke to local resident,
business owner and fisherman Foxy Callwood about
the changes in Great Harbour over the last 60 years.
They discussed changes in the yachting industry both
in the types of boats used (from island sloops to fiber
glass motorboats) and in the increase in numbers of
boats anchoring there. Last year, 7,714 boats cleared
Immigration in Great Harbour.
Petrovic's third visit included the nearby islets of
Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Green Cay and Diamond Cay.
Extensive damage to the coral reefs from both bad
anchoring practice and from storms was noted. An
assessment of fish and other marine life present was
also done.
Along with information previously collected, Mr.
Petrovic's observations will form Chapter Seven of an
environmental profile, a draft of which is expected to
be available for review by the end of this month.
For more information visit wwwjvdps.org.
Puerto Rican Coastal Reserve Expands
Puerto Rico Correspondent Maria Miranda Sierra
reported last month in Caribbean Net News that in
January, on the 15th anniversary I. ..... I.. .1 .11
Berman Oil Spill that damaged I ...l i i ,, ,
Rico, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and various other organizations cele
brated the purchase of 152 acres to expand a coastal


reserve near one of the areas hardest areas hit by the
spill on the northeastern part of the island. The land
has been added to the -n 4Min1-l Natural Reserve,
east of San Juan. The I. I this land expands
the reserve to 422 acres and contributes to an ongoing
effort to create the Northeast Ecological Corridor, one
of the Caribbean's last great unprotected areas.
The San Miguel Natural Reserve is a mosaic of
o .1 1. .i .i ... i.. i.. ..-shore coral reefs, more
tl ... .....I 1 1 1.1 ., ...I ;r-tidal areas, wetlands,


Sea turtles and other creatures are now better protected
in the expanded Puerto Rican coastal reserve

coastal dry forest" m-nr---" the confluence of two
rivers, and the : ........" i 19th century hacienda
used for sugarcane farming. The reserve is home to 16
federally listed threatened and endangered species,
in-l-li; ti- leatherback turtle, which nests here.
.... this site provides a continuous stretch of
protected coastal shoreline, preventing the fragmenta


tion of critical habitat," the Trust for Public Land's
Puerto Rico Project Manager Mildred Ramos Majoros
said. "It also ensures that publicly accessible coastal
lands and waters are not privately developed and will
continue to provide recreational areas for boating,
swimming, and fishing."
Bonaire Group Protects Seagrass Beds
In a move to protect the vital seagrass beds in Lac
Bay, Bonaire, the Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
group (STCB) has joined
with others in establishing
protected areas with an in
water system of buoys and
lines.
Seagrass provides an
S important food source for
Bonaire's juvenile green tur
tles. i i . . .
also .1I i . .,, i
oxygen for other marine life,
ranging from microorgan
isms to fish, crabs, shrimp
and queen conch. Seagrass
roots in the near shore beds
prevent sand from eroding.
S B Areas with dense seagrass
bottoms have been in jeop
ardy in Lac Bay due to heavy
S recreational use there. The
line and buoy boundaries
are visual markers to warn
bay users of the seagrass
beds below the surface.
Roped off areas designated
by buoys are now located in
the heavy traffic windsurfer
area in front of Jibe City and
around the point to the wind
surfing competition area.
STCB is being joined in this project by Progressive
Environment Solutions and the National Parks
Foundation Bonaire. Two local businesses, Jibe City
and The Windsurf Place, have joined the i it
supporting partners, providing technical -. I I-..
cial assistance, and on site encouragement to users
to stay outside of the marked areas. Lac Bay is a
critical, sensitive environment, and this project will
benefit not only the sea turtles, but also Bonaire's
biodiversity in general.


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I always marveled at my e.. I... 11. .. i.e for
sticky buns: handfuls of this i "' I. I, I ,, I but-
ter the size of a walnut. When older generations of
folks pass down the recipes to the next generation, it's
often done "hands on", not written on a three-by five
inch card. Such is the tradition of the national dish of
Grenada, the amazing Oil Down of the Spice Island.
On Saturday, January 3rd, 2009, cruisers had the
opportunity to participate in the fourth Oil Down Day
arranged by Cutty, a Grenadian well known to the cruis
ing community for island tours and taxi service to events
such as Fish Friday in the village of Gouyave. Twenty
f-- .-- .t-- i, ..-1. -f -- i ;.-t f- t filled two
... ,h .., I .. . ih parish
of St. David, Cuttys neighborhood. From Prickly Bay
and Clarke's Court Bay we traveled up winding roads
and steep hills overlooking the south coast of Grenada.
Our destination was a rum shop up the road from
Cutty's home where some of the neighbors had gathered


the mix. Carrots were scraped before being cut into
chunks. A large pumpkin was peeled, seeded and
reduced to bite-sized pieces, as was a green papaya.
Stem ends and tips were trimmed from the okra pods,
which were added whole. There wasn't enough okra so
one of the guys made a quick trip to the market for
more. Half a dozen cucumbers were sliced in half the
long way. i .. .... ... ..-.. . i Sprigs of
fresh pars' i I ..i i I. I I .1 .- poured on
top of all tl ----t .1-- the root crops are called
"ground .-. .. I Grenadians -in the kettle,
and Andy, the head cook, squeezed the juice of halved
lemons into the water. The lemon juice serves a dual
purpose. The acid in the lemon juice helps get the
sticky goo from all the veggies off the hands, and also
keeps the ingredients from discoloring from exposure
to the air.
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The mast muthentic Oil Dowun contains bounteows ingredients and is cooked outdoors over an openfire


for the afternoon. And then the 5m-. t- '
Oil Down, the national dish o .. i is not just a
dish. It's an event that has been compared to a
Saturday barbecue with your family and friends,
where men preside over the grill. At the Oil Down, men
do the preparation and cooking, including building
and tending the fire, but the cruisers are invited to
help in the preparation. Many of the women did just
that, but for the most part our men were content to
watch with beers in hand.
The list of ingredients seemed endless: breadfruit,
plantain, green bananas, pumpkin, cabbage, yams,
cucumbers, green papaya, onions, okra, garlic, car
rots, sprigs of fresh parsley, young callaloo leaves,
dried coconut and turmeric. First, several breadfruit
were quartered, peeled, cored and dropped into a large
kettle. Bunches of green bananas and plantain were
peeled, but left whole. A few cabbages were sliced into


er bowl of what we all guessed, rightly so, were pieces
of pig snouts and maybe some pig tails, too. Everything
would go into the really big cooking pot that would rest
on three stones with the cooking fire underneath.
When all the ---t .11- i.;-- clients were ready, Andy
reached into thI 1 1 1 1, i.... the slices of breadfruit,
and placed them in the bottom of the pot as the base
layer. The rest of the vegetables were then layered on
top of the breadfruit. About halfway to the finish, sea
soning sauces including ketchup, creole sauce and
Baron's Hot Sauce, were liberally splashed on every
thing. The meat was added, and also splashed with
seasonings. I thought it was odd that no salt or pepper
was added, but I .'- there was enough flavor in all
the sauces. One I 11. neighbors explained that the
hot sauce is not really hot, as that would overpower all
the other flavors.
Continued on next page


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Rocks don't move or if they do they are shown on
up-to-date Imray charts. Regarding marine
infrastructure, virtually every island puts out a free
marine trade guide every year, which is much more
up-to-date than any guide; similarly, the tourist
departments put out a free annual guide for bars,
restaurants and hotels.
With al I these updates readily available,
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While all this was happening, dry coconuts had
been opened with the blunt side of a machete, the
water poured out, and the pieces of coconut meat
were rinsed in water. Along with the coconut, tur
meric (locally called saffron because of its golden
color) was -.t 1 into a large bowl to which water
was added 11 some stirring, the water was
squeezed out of the grated coconut and turmeric,


Cruisers help prepare
essential ingredients
such as breadfruit and
'ground provisions'


and would be poured over the top of
the layers in the pot, after which the
gratings were discarded.
By now the fire was ready, so the
callaloo leaves were placed over the
top of the mixture like a blanket to
keep all the flavors in and to help with
the steaming and cooking of all those
goodies. It's not surprising that it
takes two men to carry that pot and
place it on the stones. A piece of flat
tened corrugated tin was placed over
the pot for a cover.
One of the cooks '.1- 1- .1-. i.
a mixture of flour, 11. I .1
ii I... ihe dough had been
. ii ,. I pieces were rolled
into dumplings that resembled the
small green bananas in size and
shape. These were placed on top of
the callaloo leaves. Coconut/turmeric
water was poured over the top of
i. and the cover was put in
1 I the one and a half to two
hours of cooking.
In the meantime, Cutty roasted a
whole breadfruit on the edge of the At last, Andy and Cutty heap plates with the savory,

and about to split open, we had samples spread with slow cooked meat, vegetables and dumplings
butter. Some of us had slices of ripe papaya and a
taste of the coating around fresh cocoa beans. Cutty
also showed us savory lemon leaves and berries con
.11 i-- TVr, ---.s plenty of time to talk to
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cold liquid refreshments from the rum shop.


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Darkness had fallen by the time the Oil Down was
ready to serve, and we were ready to eat. Cutty and
Andy filled plates and passed them around. The
aroma promised a tasty meal, and we weren't disap
pointed. All the flavors blended together. The liquid
had boiled down to make tasty gravy. No one could
walk away hungry.
And just when we thought we couldn't eat another
bite, we remembered all the desserts the cruisers had
brought to share. A few
hardy souls danced to
music from the rum shop
bar. Before we knew it, it
was time to board the
buses and head for home.
What great memories we
all took home with us, the
food, the camaraderie, and
a wonderful opportunity
provided by Cutty to expe
rience a traditional island
event. It was evident from
Cutty's smiling face that
he truly enjoyed sharing
Oil Down with us.

S^ Kathleen and Roland
O'Brien are cruising the
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THE BOUNTIFUL

BREADFRUIT

Breadfruit is a Caribbean island mainstay food. It's
not an attractive fruit, an off si i 11
ing brown marks, and the ., I i .i I .
breadfruit is choosing one that hasn't over-ripened. I
first tasted it cooked as oil down (pronounced "dong")
in Grenada. Realizing that it was another inexpensive
and tasty starch to add to my galley recipes, I quizzed
the cook, and now breadfruit is a regular on my table.
Breadfruit -riTi.nt- in Micronesia in the Pacific
Ocean. It is t.b l.. I a beautiful tn i .. -. to a
hundred feet. Both the seeded and I - ...eties
are grown on most of the Caribbean islands. The tree
acquired its name because explorers found the fruit
could be eaten before it is ripe, supposedly tasting and
Si... like fresh bread. Polynesian sailors spread the
:,i i .. and wi-1- 1-ri;-nn it to Hawaii around 1100
AD. European I . 1.. encountered breadfruit
about 1600 and quickly realized its nutritional value
to cost-effectively feed their slave labor.
Although credit for importing the breadfruit trees
into the Caribbean is given to the famous Captain
Bligh, a French sailor, Sonnerat, first brought seeds
from the Philippines to Martinique in 1772. Bligh
failed on his first attempt to carry a thousand bread
fruit trees from Tahiti to the Caribbean in 1787. Six
years later, Bligh delivered two thousand trees of five
different types to St. Vincent and Jamaica. The real
cause of the famous mutiny on the HMS Bounty wasn't
just the beautiful Tahitian women, but breadfruit! The
sailors didn't enjoy the thought of going thirsty while
the breadfruit trc t -.tred. After all the prob
lems, when the '. i .11, reached the Caribbean
islands, the slaves didn't like the unfamiliar taste and
at first refused to consume it!
Aside from having edible fruit, the wood of the bread
fruit tree can be used to build houses, furniture, and
even small boats. Pacific islanders make a cloth (tapa)
from the inner bark. The rough skin of the fruit can be
used as sandpaper.
A nice-sized breadfruit weighs two to three pounds.
Cooked breadfruit freezes excellently. Breadfruit may
be consumed before it ripens. Unripe fruit is usually
green, turning yellowish green as it ripens to a yellow
brown when it is fully ripe. Unripe breadfruit can be
chunked .- II i 1 . .. ..... .... .
bles to m 1 i i I I 1, ,, .I l e
steamed, boiled, roasted, or fried. Ripe fruits may be
quartered and steamed with 7-i 7 r t i 1-
rolled in flour and fried. The .. i ... i
fruits can be mixed with coconut r.ill .it
to create a pudding. In Barbados, 11. i i ,
dried and made into flour as a substitute for wheat.
Soft, slightly overripe fruit is best for frying as chips.
On some islands, you'll see blackened, charred
look... .1 1 being sold by the roadside. These
are . 11.I.. that have been roasted over an open
fire delicious.
An average breadfruit has about a hundred calo
ries, two grams of protein and less than one gram of
fat. It has 25 '-.",: -f carbohydrates. Breadfruit is a
good source I i. ....... B, and there is more Vitamin
C in the riper fruits. It contains calcium, phosphorus
and iron.
Two-Day Breadfruit Crisps
1 green breadfruit
ice cubes
vegetable oil for frying (such as canola)
salt and spices to taste
Scrub, peel and core the fruit. Put pieces in ice
water in the fridge overnight. Slice breadfruit pieces
as thinly as possible and replace in ice water until
ready to fry. Heat the oil, pat the breadfruit pieces
dry with paper towel, and fry until golden brown.
Don't overcrowd the pan. Drain, spice as you like,
and serve as a cocktail snack or with sandwiches,
burgers, etcetera.
Breadfruit Tuna Cakes
half of a soft breadfruit
1 pound fresh tuna (canned can be used)
1 egg, beaten
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and spice to taste
1 Cup breadcrumbs
oil for frying
Peel and core the breadfruit, boil or steam until
cooked, and then mash. Saute or grill the tuna until
just cooked, and flake.
Mix all ingredients except the oil and breadcrumbs
into 10 four-inch cakes. Dip in breadcrumbs and fry
until light brown on both sides.


Baked Stuffed Breadfruit
1 whole breadfruit
1 pound minced beef, chicken or fish
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 bunch chives
1 Tablespoon butter or canola oil
salt and spices to taste
Boil the breadfruit intact for ten minutes in salted
water. It will not be fully cooked. Set aside to cool a bit.
Fry onions, garlic, chives and minced meat, then add
tomato and spices. Peel and core the breadfruit. Then
stuff the fruit with the minced-meat mixture. Brush
the outside of the fruit with butter or canola oil. Bake
in a 350F oven for 40 minutes. Every ten minutes
brush the fruit with butter or oil. Serve hot.
Breadfruit Pie
One breadfruit peeled, cored and chunked
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, .t-
1 stalk ol '. chopped
1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 Cup milk (approximately)
Boil the breadfruit chunks and mash. Add the onion,
- .t 1 carrot, and celery with just enough milk to keep
.1i .... Place mixture in an oven dish and top with
grated cheese and spices. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.



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Simple Breadfruit Dessert
One well-ripened breadfruit
2 Tablespoons butter
2 eggs beaten
1/4 Cup brown sugar
spices to taste (e.g. cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg)
2 Tablespoons brandy (optional)
Peel, core, chunk and boil breadfruit. Mash and mix
with remaining ingredients; blend well. Heat through,
stirring constantly, until eggs are cooked. Serve warm
or cold.
Candied Breadfruit
1 large ripe breadfruit
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1/2 Cup brown sugar
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Cup lemon juice
Peel breadfruit, leave whole, and simmer one hour in
a pot of water. Slice the fruit in half, core it and slice
one-half inch thick. Grease a baking dish with the
canola oil. Place the slices in layers, coating each layer
with sugar, butter and lemon juice. Bake in a 350F
oven for half an hour.
For the Gardener
Breadfruit needs space t- -nd deep, fertile,
well-drained soil. However I II.. I has adapted to
various climate and soil conditions throughout the
world. Some Pacific island varieties grow along rivers
while others thrive on sandy coral soils. One variety is
tolerant of the salty seaside environment. Transplant
a sucker of the seedless breadfruit variety. It should be
partially shaded and watered daily. These sucker trees
should bear fruit in about five years. Mealy 1T .
ants are enemies of these trees. Breadfruit ,- I. .i
and easily bruised. The fruit must be used within a
week of picking. Jamaicans keep excess fruit sub
- 1 i, water until they are needed. All parts of the
. 11.. tree including the fruit are rich in milky
latex. Jamaicans partially roast their breadfruit to
congeal or thicken the latex for export markets.


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FOND


MEMORIES


OF


FONDUE
Fondue pots are again back in vogue.
Like slow cookers, you could only find
them at flea markets a year or so ago
but now these unique cooking utensils
are front and centre in many small
appliance departments. No matter if you
are entertaining onboard or ashore, a
fondue provides the opportunity for
- 1 f 1 ;- .t entertainment and joy
II ... -, ,, around a dining table. I
have fond memories of fondue parties in
the late 1960s and '70s. Copious quan
titles of wine were often consumed in
the course of the meal, adding, no
doubt, to the informality of the evening.
Fondue cooking was new to me then.
From the French word fondre -to


melt, the term fondue has several
meanings and does not pertain just to
an entree. Most fondue parties involve
guests seated around a heated fondue
pot in the centre of a table. Ideally four
people can use one cooking pot. For
larger groups, increase the number of
pots. For best results, the hot oil must
be kept at a temperature of close to
380F (200C). Broth fondues are kept
close to boiling temperature. Remember,
too many forks can spoil the broth or
oil by lowering the temperature, thus
retarding cooking. Good quality vegeta
ble oil with a high smoke point is best.
Canola, peanut or safflower oil works
well. Olive oil should be avoided.
Forks bearing pieces of raw meat,
vegetables or seafood are thrust into
either hot oil or broth and left to cook to
the liking of the "forkee". The deep
bowl-shaped pot is heated by electricity
or the flame of an alcohol burner.
Electric fondues are more reliable and
less hazardous. On board, use a metal
tray to hold the fondue pot in case of
spills. A good, tender cut of meat
should be used for fondues, as it is
seared in hot oil and is best eaten
slightly rare.
A classic fondue aufromage consists
of Swiss Gruyere or Emmental cheese
melted in combination with white wine,
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into the hot savoury mixture and eaten
while still hot and gooey.
The most decadent of all fondues
involves rich, melted chocolate, cream
and possibly a liqueur into which
impaled fresh fruit or chunks of pound
cake are immersed. Both cheese and
chocolate fondues can be heated suffi
ciently with a chafing candle.
No matter which type of fondue you
plan, the emphasis is on fun and enjoy
ment. The meal usually takes the better
part of a couple of hours. Appetizers
and salad can be served while the fon
due pot is heating merrily in the centre
of the table. I am a cautious individual
and always have a small fire extin


guisher close at hand. Remember, it is
hot oil cooking you are using and care
must be exercised. Table coverings
should not be your very best lace cloth
or the plastic (i.e. meltable) picnic type,
because drips and spills can and do
occur. Hot forks can make a mess of a
plastic cloth or place mat.
Dipping sauces are a wonderful part
of fondue fare. Make some hot and
spicy and others sweet and tangy.
Each guest should have his own
colour-coded (for easy identity) long
handled fondue fork. A large supply of
paper napkins or substantial cloth ones
is also a good idea. Add to this, each
person's own supply of raw meat or








Fork it let's
get out the pot
and have
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seafood and vegetables, a dinner plate,
and various small dishes of dipping
sauces. Hot crusty French bread or
rolls are also a necessity. Allow about
one-half pound of meat per person.
The etiquette for this type of dining is
quite simple. Carefully impale the meat
or -- .1-- -ou wish to cook upon
you. I 'I I1. first time is quite easy.
The second time requires more dexter
ity as the end of the fork will be
extremely hot from the oil. Place your
fork into the pot and let the meat fry for
one or two minutes. Gently check its
doneness, being careful not to knock
another guest's meat from his fork.
Remove the cooked morsel to your plate
and then spear a second piece to cook
while you eat the first.
The mix and match method of trying
various sauces with various meat or
vegetables you cook brings remarkable
taste sensations. Expect lots of laughs
from this great way to dine with new or
normally stodgy guests. A plate of fresh
fruit with or without a chocolate fondue
makes a perfect, easy dessert. At the
end of the meal you will probably feel as
if you were a 1-i1 ..; ---1-in; ---ners
around the ...i. i'' ' It's
fur -nt-rt*ii;; n ;-1 very social way
to :,,, i I ..
Don't hesitate to use commercially
prepared sauces for fondues. There
are many good ones on the market
now. Hot Thai and peanut sauces are
just two of these great time-savers.
Here is a quick and easy sauce you
can make yourself.
Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce
1/2 Cup soy sauce
1/4 Cup dry white wine
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon honey or sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh ginger root
In a small saucepan, add all ingredi
ents and simmer over medium heat,
stirring often. Bring to the boil and
remove from heat. Strain and use for
dipping beef, pork or chicken. Enjoy.


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TITTR E U CRBTIEU S GErO G ESP DENTAT


Dear Compass,
Further to Richard Dey's review of the memoir
Mary's Voyage by Mary Caldwell and Matthew M.
.. n Caribbean Compass of December 2008. In
i ... 1971, I was mate on the 70-foot schooner So
Fong. My skipper, Laurie Jordan, always took charters
over to Palm Island. He considered the place and
people important to the Caribbean story.
The skipper and charterers would go ashore and
have a great time at the little thatched bar. The skip
per knew the Caldwells. I may have met the Caldwells
though I don't recall it specifically.
I certainly heard some Caldwell and Palm Island
stories as retold by Captain Jordan. In those days, the
Caribbean was well stocked with interesting charac
ters and stories. Captain Jordan knew them all.
He had lots of stories, some of which may have been
true. At different times the skipper had sailed for the
famous Mike Burke and Irving Johnson.
Fact is, I didn't get ashore very much that season.
Mates did not have much time to chat with the guests,
either. As mate, I was usually on anchor watch with a
very long "to do" list. No complaints -that was the
job. I learned it well and thank Captain Jordan and So
Fong for training me well. Dey's review of Mary's
Voyage reminds me of some of what I missed. Wish I
had had time to learn from the Caldwells.
Interesting that Dey mentions Exy Johnson and
Gwen Tompkins. I sailed many sea miles for Gwen's
son, "the Commodore". I am told that the Tompkins
introduced the Johnsons aboard Wander Birdt
Maybe. The Johnsons were great friends with my
mother's parents, Norman and Meg White from Cape
Cod. For years, letters from the Johnsons would arrive
at the Whites' house. They were read with great cere
mony. As a little kid, the sea tales were magic. The
White and Johnson story began in the late 1920s
when Grandfather White was invited to move aboard
Yankee with his new wife and my mom, but
Grandmother put her foot down. Mother grew up a
shore-based sailor (and a darn good one, too). I know
she always wished the invitation had been accepted.
Had it been so, Meg White's name would be on the list
of long-suffering seagoing wives.
I miss the old hands. They were remarkable men and
women. Even with my roots back in those old tradi
tions, I don't have their presence.
Few do. I don't think it is the plastic boats that have
changed sailors as much as it is schedules. For
example, I doubt we fueled So Fong twice that season.
S;-.t: took time to sail. They also took time to
S i I days exploring an island. Also, the boats
were complicated, requiring constant maintenance.
Only a real sailing character could handle the job. It
was fun.
Thanks for the review and comments about the old
days. Time for me to collect the books by Caldwell.
Best regards,
Norman Martin
Nanny Cay, Tortola
Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Compass,
Although I agree with Tim Sadler [Readers's Forum,
December 2008] that visiting yachtsmen should not be
i i.. .. he should perhaps investigate more thor
.ii i i he accuses Mediterranean yachtsmen of
being responsible for the destruction of life on the reefs
in the Caribbean.
For many years, large Venezuelan fishing boats have
come out to the offshore Roques and Aves islands and
literally vacuumed out the reefs of fish and lobsters,
using nets, scuba gear, etcetera. This has been hap
opening since the mid-1990s, when we were there, so it
is not surprising that the reefs are devoid of fish. Of
course, it is their country and they have a right to
deplete their own fishing grounds.


On the other hand, most French spearfishermen
spend a long time in the water, killing fish one at a
time and exerting a lot of effort in the process.
I have seen French boaters spend hours in the water
to catch just one or two small snappers for their din
ner. As to the comment about them "killing any crea
ture even vaguely edible", I would venture to guess
i 1,, ii ., I 1,,, i ....., would even think of
t p. A y ti. I i .,.. ,'. angelfish touch his
saute pan! And yet I have often seen these fish in the
local markets!
As to the issue of spearfishing at dusk -people
who kno ... 1,,,,. about fish behaviour know that
dusk is fI I I i. time. Thus, the best time to hunt
is at dusk.
Please don't assume that the "Mediterranean" types
are the only ones who break or bend rules. While
anchored on the north side of Carriacou we've seen
cruisers of various nationalities busily spearfishing on
the reef.
A cursory read of scientific studies would provide
more potent causes for fish depletion. These would
include increase of ocean temperatures, global
warming, -bh. -i= in weather patterns, etcetera, as
well as I.- .
Arleen Hebster
Yacht Tiger Lily H

Dear Compass,
As we have seen from letters to Compass in the
January 2009, December 2008 and several other
issues, many cruisers have now tried the eSeaClear
[electronic Customs clearance form] system. I think
this will be the system for the future, so we should
welcome the opportunity to give it a try and let the
Customs people know what we think, so they can get
it working really well.
The system in its initial trial was for St. Lucia, St.
Kitts & Nevis and the BVI. This means that until it
expands, unless you are clearing from one of these
countries to the other, you can only use it for inward
clearance. That will soon change, as St. Vincent & the
Grenadines will soon be on line.
Let me outline the advantages: The system stores
your boat and crew details, so you do not need to fill
in the same information time and time again. You can
easily change these details, add crew details and store
information about crew who are leaving to return at a
future time. In the expanded phase, when you are
sailing from St. Lucia to St. Vincent, if I understand it
correctly, the entry into St. Vincent will also be your
clearance from St. Lucia, so you will do both bits on
one entry. When you do your entry, you receive a
number, which is evidence you have done the entry.
Yes, you will still have to visit Customs and let them
print out the paper and stamp it, as well as paying
your fees. But there is no technical reason why, when
the system is up and -;;;;;;: the departure part
could not be automatic. I ... persuade Customs
of this we could cut down our visits to Customs
offices by half. This is not going to happen under the
present system.
One criticism noted was in the case of a change in
sailing plans. It shouldn't be a big deal. For example,
you clear from Grenada to St. Vincent then something
happens and you need to go direct to St. Lucia. Well, as
soon as you can get on the internet (maybe at the port
you arrive at), you change the form and resend it.
There is the problem that not all Customs ports cur
rently have easily available internet access. Part of the
plan for this system is that Customs offices will even
tually be equipped with WiFi stations with free access
to the eSeaClear internet page.
Then there are those that do not have computers on
board. I can see two solutions here -the skipper
could use an internet cafe, or the Customs stations
could be equipped with one or two customer comput
ers for those that do not have their own. (This is how
you now do your entry in Martinique).
This system is not only going to be a boon for us, but
a huge boon to Customs, who at this moment have to
take all those forms you fill in and enter the data into
a computer. With eSeaClear, it is automatic for both of
us. Give it a try: https://www.eseaclear.com/
Chris Doyle
Yacht Ti Kanot

Dear Compass,
I found Mr. Dorsetts Anchorage Rating System
[Caribbean Compass, January 2009] quite interesting.
S i method to compare harbours would be

However, his placement of the sensing equipment
would penalize an anchorage with seas coming from a
different angle than the wind, inducing excessive roll
into the motion of the boat. Delivery skippers and
cruisers have been utilizing a solution to this rolling
problem for decades.
By fixing snubber lines from both the bow AND stern
to the anchor rode, and adjusting their length, the
angle at which the boat takes the oncoming seas may
be adjusted to have them meet the bow and eliminate
ing most roll; transforming it into the more dampened
and tolerable motion of pitch.
Continued on next page


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^ Insurance
The insurance business has changed.
No longer can brokers talk of low rates.
Rather, the honest broker can only say,
"I'll do my best to minimize your increase"
There is good insurance, there is cheap
insurance, but there is no good cheap
insurance. You never know how good
your insurance is until you have a claim. ,
Then, if the claim is denied
or unsatisfactonly settled,
it is too late.













Continued from previous page
(As bipeds, humans pitch slightly during the act of
. e are much more used to it than the
i ,1 i side-to-side rolling.)
If I ever happen upon Mr. Dorsett, I would love to
entertain a discussion on how a simple, inexpensive
accelerometer could be fashioned into an effective
sensing device. Perhaps we could provide a useful tool
to provide those quiet nights for sailors everywhere.
Kevin L. Hughes
S/V Windigo HI

Dear Compass,
Thanks for all the cruising-kitty stretching tips in
the January issue of Compass. I'd like to suggest
another one suitable for boats in the tropics: solar
cooking. Various types of compact, portable, collapse
ible and lightweight solar ovens are available, or you
can easily make one yourself. Basically, a solar oven
consists of a set of reflective panels or a box that sur
rounds a cooking pot and concentrates the sun's rays
to cooking temperatures. Solar ovens commonly reach
temperatures in the mid to upper 200Fs, making
them especially suitable for slow-cooked stews, rice
and beans, etcetera. They can also be used for drying
fruit, baking bread and sterilizing water. Set one out
on deck, and let the sun do the work. A basic "CooKit"
from Solar Cookers International is just US$25. There
are many other types of solar cookers, including roast
ers, and solar cookbooks are also available. For more
information about buying, making and using solar
cookers, visit www.solarcookers.org.
Sign me,
Ray on Sol Patrol

Dear Compass,
We would like to report great service from the folks
who make the WASI Powerball Anchor Connector. We
have one of these fitted and recently opted for new set
screws to ensure that the connector remained prop
erly assembled. Having ascertained that the Caribbean
retailer from whom we bought the connector does not
carry the spares, we e-mailed WASI in Germany. They
immediately volunteered to send us new set-screws
-ith ;- .Tr- The package reached our UK address
I i to use that rather than ship across the
Atlantic) a few days later. They were also careful to
point out that the whole connector should be inspect
ed and maintained regularly.
In return, they asked us to pass on our report of
their great service. So we have -they were delightful
to deal with!
Best wishes and fair winds to all Compass staff and
readers.
Peter & Robbie Nuttycombe
S/YPR2

Dear Compass,
A two-week trip in December 2008 through the
Leeward and Windward Islands showed me that since
my last visit a few years ago some things have
changed, others have not.
I travelled via LIAT airlines this time, rather than by
sailboat. LIAT used to be an inexpensive way to travel,
today it is not. But LIAT is the same in that they've
stayed true to one of their nicknames: "Leave Islands
at Any Time". I won't bother you with the gory details,
but after arriving at the airport in Antigua at 0700 we
landed in St. Maarten, with a plane change, at 1500.
i ..... i the St. Maarten airport at 0615 for an
I .' iI to Grenada, I had two plane changes
and six passages through security, and finally arrived
in Grenada at 1600 -minus my mobile phone, lost
somewhere in security. From Grenada, an 0700
scheduled departure, plane switch in Barbados,
arrival in St Lucia 1800. Scheduled departure from
St. Lucia 1300; arrived Antigua 1730. On the other
hand, the nickname "Luggage In Another Terminal"
seems no longer true. They did not lose or delay my
bag even once.
But to get back to boating, the chartmakers Imray
are in the process of electronically re-drawing the fol
lowing Imray-lolaire charts: B4 Tobago, B30 St.
Vincent, Bequia and Mustique, B31 Bequia to
Carriacou, and B4 Barbados. It would be greatly
appreciated if owners of these current charts would
examine them front and back, and report any correct
tions or suggestions to streetiolaire@hotmail.com, s.
deeves@imray.com, fax 011 (353) 283-3927 or D.M.
Street, Rock Cottage, Glandore, County Cork, Republic
of Ireland.
Many thanks,
Don Street
Yacht Iolaire

Open Letter to the Ministry of Tourism
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Dear Minister,
We have just recently departed your country and
wish to bring to your attention a matter of concern to
my wife and I.
We have made many visits to your country since
1994, but I fear this will be our last. We have always
enjoyed the people of Trinidad & Tobago and the many
sights of the islands, while sailing our yachts Tiger Lily


and Tiger Lily II. Your facilities are most impressive.
However, dealing with officials has become so onerous
that we will not be returning.
Instructions for departure provided by the Trinidad
& Tobago Customs and Excise officials at the
Chaguaramas boarding station were both contradic
tory and confusing. My wife and I are committed to
complying with the regulations of the countries that
;t : -t However, after three visits to the
i i. .. .... .- II. to obtain outbound clearance, at
9:OOPM we were told to leave at 10:00PM. These clear
ance procedures, of course, are determined by the
clearing official. We were most concerned and nervous
.1i i i .,',. ,.i. .. .. 11. I jca in the dark because
I .i ... i ..I .. ... that area over the past
few months.
The incident, however, which finalized our decision
not to return to Trinidad, was what we viewed as the
unprofessional conduct of the two Customs officials
who made derogatory comments about my name and
asked, "What kind of a name is that?" Such rude com
ments are not what might be expected from govern
ment officials.
Minister, I provide this information for your atten
tion and action.
Denis Webster
Yacht Tiger Lily II

Dear Compass Readers,
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Please include your name, boat name or shoreside
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We do not publish anonymous letters; however, your
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How Is It Being 'Old'

While Still Cruising?
by Angelika Griner
I'm in my fifties while my husband, Richard, is in his early seventies. He says I am
young. Our son is 24. He says I'm very old.
When we started cruising in the 1980s, most yachties were about the same age as
we were. There were not so many cruisers as nowadays. But, even then, we were told
the Caribbean was overcrowded with boats. To give you an example of "overcrowd
ed": for one week in June, 1989, our Angelos was one of only two boats in the Tobago
Cays; in August, it was the only yacht in all of Tobago, and there were just three
foreign-flagged :- -1 1;;;i: the hurricane season in Trinidad till November.
Nowadays ma.. I i ... I cruisers are grey-haired, as we are now as well. Many
are pensioners. We all have one thing in common: we enjoy staying a bit longer in
an anchorage. Some prefer staying in a marina to have easy access to land. We wait
for the right weather to hop to another port or island.
All goes a bit slower, but we still enjoy the cruising life. We don't run around to get
things done -we take our time, 1-in. a chat in between. What we can't do today
-well, tomorrow is another day. time millionaires!


I IFI4ZN


Still 'time millionaires' after all these years. Angels, Richard and Angelika today
and 20 years ago

And if we've found a good place, why not stay longer? We take it easy. "Don't worry,
be happy," says the -. 1 l1-ri n The older we get, the shorter the distances to sail
will be. Our limbs ai ,.... -1.11 But still, we manage our -riiiin lif ."e still
have to crawl and squeeze in between hull and engine, even i: ... I I II is in
the way. Cruising keeps us busy and active.
And the young? They don't know anything about that. They are enthusiastic and
energetic. They chase after things, work on their boats from early morning till late
evening to get the boat ready as quickly as possible. "Its time to leave, the season is
short, we've got to be in Panama by February. Hurry up!" they tell us. They don't
understand our behaviour, staying sometimes for weeks in the same anchorage.
"How boring!" We are getting nicknames like "Lagoon Johnny", "barnacle-grower",
"water-camper" and so on. Places are getting nicknames too, like "old-timers' club"
or "old people's home".
My reply to you youngsters: laugh at us! But if we had not been cruising 30 and
more years ago, and telling our adventures, you would never have gotten the idea to
go cruising yourselves. You don't understand us elders, but we understand you
youngsters. Remember, we were young, too. Then, we also were hurrying to get to
Panama and farther on at the right time.
And it was much more difficult than it is today. Parts for the boat were not easily
available. Thanks to us old hands, boat parts of all variety are now on the market,
where we never dreamed of finding them before. There was no GPS, no weatherfax,
not even a good weather report, only NMN's automatic voice.
And by the time you get around, you too will be older. Quicker than you think, you
are an old-timer with grizzled hair. Some of you will give up sailing. Some will not,
to keep in shape, like we do now. What will you do then? Exactly what we do now
-sit at a nice -n-'r.:- .;d watch the hyper-activities of the young.
But because I ... I ... stays, sometimes we have problems with Immigration.
Some countries apparently don't want us old visitors, even if we have a monthly
income and our own health insurance. They seem to overlook the fact that we don't
take anything from the country; instead we pay for everything, plus keep local people
employed with part of our income. It's not the young who spend their money easily.
No, they live mostly on saved-up money. We did the same, and turned every penny
ten times before we spent it "a penny saved is a penny earned," said Benjamin
Franklin. Old hands often spend money more easily because they live on a regular
income, and "you can't take it with you".
From this perspective, it would be advisable for '.ri 1- n 1- -.-- .t, to look out
for us old-timers, maybe by giving us a special ..-.. .. . I I i' would allow
us to stay longer, to spend even more money. But, '-- rnmnte n -n't f-rf-t th"
young cruisers they are the future oldies wanting 11i1 I ' ...... "
1 .- tay as well! I hope that some day it will be a mark of pride and distinction
I, ,1 I and nations to have the most "Lagoon Johnnies".




Read in Next Month's Compass:

Nevis: An Unexpected Passage Stop

Exploring Ashore in the Western Caribbean

What Do Caribbean Cruisers Really Want?

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