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Around St. Croix The unexpected haven.......... 22
Fine time for local racers ...... 12
Grenada event had it all....... 14
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Tina's stingray shampoo!...... 35
A jungle river cruise ............. 20
It's Nice in Nevis
Business Briefs..................... 9 Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 34
Regatta News...................... 18 Book Reviews......................36
Different Boats..................... 26 Cooking with Cruisers.......... 38
Cruising Crossword............... 32 Readers' Forum................... 40
Word Search Puzzle.............. 32 Meridian Passage............. 42
Island Poets......................... 33 Breaking News....................43
Sailors' Horoscope.............. 33 Caribbean Marketplace......44
Cartoons................................ 33 Classified Ads .....................47
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5- 8 29th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. www.heinekenregatta.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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
6- 11 Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival, BVI. www.caribbeanartisan.net
8 International Women's Day
8 J/24 Regatta, Barbados. Barbados Yacht Club (BYC), email@example.com
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 12
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
14-15 J/24 Invitational, Barbados. BYC
14- 15 Around St. Lucia Race (to be confirmed). St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC),
(758) 452-8350, email@example.com
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 Parade of Sail, St. Lucia. Honoring World ARC 2008 arrivals. SLYC
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
4 28 10th Transcaraibes Rally, Guadeloupe to Cuba. www.transcaraibes.com
9 FULL MOON, Holy Thursday. Public holiday in USVI
9 13 Bequia Easter Regatta. www.begos.com/easterregatta
(see ad on page 13)
9 13 Easterval, Union Island, St. Vincent Grenadines. firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Good Friday. Public holiday in many places
12 Easter Sunday
13 Easter Monday. Public holiday in many places
14 Pan-American Day. Public holiday in Haiti
15- 19 St. Croix Food and Wine Experience. www.ATasteofStCroix.com
16 21 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. www.antiguaclassics.com
(see ad on page 11)
16 3 May St. Maarten Carnival. www.stmaartencarnival.com
18- 19 Celebrations Trophy Regatta, Guadeloupe. www.triskellcup.com
Declaration of Independence Day. Public holiday in Venezuela
20 Jose de Diego Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
21 -30 Marlin Madness Tournament, Trinidad & Tobago. TTGFA
22 Earth Day
24 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race. www.sailingweek.com
24- 26 Plymouth Jazz Festival, Tobago
25 30 14th St. Barth Film Festival. www.st-barths.com/film-festival
26 May 2 42nd Antigua Sailing Week. www.sailingweek.com
28 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in Barbados
30 Queen's Birthday. Public holiday in Dutch islands
TBA Curagao International Kte Festival. www.curacaokites.com
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
Cover Photo: Wilfred Dederer, Tobago Carnival Regatta
New Clearance Spot in Martinique
Isabelle Prado reports: Good news for yachties it
is possible now to clear into Martinique at the pretty
anchorage of Grande Anse d'Arlet. Since January
1st. the restaurant P'tit Bateau (oreviouslv Chez
Gaby) has had permission from the French Customs
department to do yacht clearances. This restaurant
is situated just on the beach in
front of the wharf. It also offers fresh water
and WiFi connection.
d'Arlet has long
been a popular
Now you can
clear in there too
St. Lucia's Marine Park Fees Restructured
The user-fee system for the Canaries Anse la Raye
Marine Management Area (CAMMA) and the
Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA), which
has remained constant since January 1st, 2004, has
now been slightly increased. The new fees, effective
March 1st, are as follows:
* Yachts up to 40 feet: up to two days, ECS50; three
days to one week, ECS120
* Yachts more than 40 up to 70 feet: up to two days,
ECS70; three days to one week, ECS160
* Yachts more than 70 feet: up to two days, ECS200;
three days to one week, N/A
* Foreign-flagged crewed charter boats: ECS945
annually (or you can pay by the visit)
There are also special arrangements for licensed local
vessels ask at the SMMA office for more information.
The daily dive permit will now cost ECS21 (which
includes a contribution toward operation of the
island's new hyperbaric chamber). An annual dive
permit is available at ECS60. A daily snorkeling permit
now costs ECS5.50.
For more information contact the SMMA at (758) 459-
5500 or email@example.com, or stop by the office
at 3 Bay Street, Soufriere, St Lucia.
Barbecue Nights in Dominica
Helen Hepp reports: The Portsmouth Association of
Yacht Security (PAYS) has begun hosting weekly
Sunday night barbecues. Tickets are US$20 per person
for dinner, including a free rum punch and of course,
lots of music and dancing. All proceeds benefit PAYS
and especially the night-security operations that we
manage in the bay. The barbecue venue changes
each week but anyone interested can contact their
yacht services provider for help.
For more information contact Helen
Guadeloupe on Strike
A general strike that began on January 20th contin-
ues to cripple the island of Guadeloupe as this issue of
Compass goes to press. The strike was organized by
the Komite kont pwofitasyon (Anti-profiteering
Committee), an umbrella group that brings together
trade unions, political groups and several Creole cul-
tural groups. The group demands that the price of
essential goods be reduced. Living costs are high on
the French islands, which depend heavily on imports
and use the euro.
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on an island where a largely white elite that makes
up a small percentage of the population controls
Roads and the airport have been blocked, cruise
ships have turned away from the island, and public
events have been cancelled. Most shops, restaurants,
banks, schools and government offices have been shut
in Guadeloupe since the start of the strike. An observer
tells Compass, "The absence of food, water and power
has created a politically charged and dangerous
social situation, and the situation is deteriorating."
Martinique began its own general strike in mid-
February. However, the Martinique Promotion Bureau
has told journalists that this island has been less
affected by the strike.
New Venezuela-US Rule NOT for Yachts!
Effective January 23, the US Coast Guard imposed
the following conditions of entry into the United States
on "vessels" that have visited ports in Venezuela dur-
ing their last five port calls. According to the new con-
ditions, vessels must:
* Implement measures per the ship's security plan
equivalent to MARSEC Security Level 2 (see www.uscg.
mil/safetylevels) while in a port in the above country;
* Ensure that each access point to the ship is guard-
ed and that the guards have total visibility of the exte-
rior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while
the vessel is in ports in the above country. Guards may
be provided by the ship's crew, however, additional
crewmembers should be placed on the ship if neces-
sary to ensure that limits on maximum hours of work
are not exceeded and/or minimum hours of rest are
met, or provided by outside security forces approved
by the ship's master and Company Security Officer;
* Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while
in a port in the above country;
* Log all security actions in the ship's log;
* Report actions taken to the cognizant US Coast
Guard Captain of the Port prior to arrival into US
* Based on the findings of the Coast Guard boarding
or examination, vessels may be required to ensure
that each access point to the ship is guarded by
armed private security guards and that they have
total visibility of the exterior (both landside and water-
side) of the vessel while in U.S. ports. The number and
position of the guards has to be acceptable to the
cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to
the vessel's arrival.
Realizing that this ruling would be confusing to say
the least for yacht skippers entering US waters after
having visited Venezuela, Compass phoned Michael
Brown, International Port Security Evaluation Division,
US Coast Guard. Much to our relief, he has informed
us that this ruling does NOT apply to private recre-
ational vessels. Thank goodness for small favors.
SSB Weather Report Changes
Please note the following changes (time and fre-
quency) to the Selected Caribbean Shortwave
Weather Reports listings published in the January issue
of Compass: George (KP2G) transmits weather at 0710
hours at 7250 LSB, and then he changes to 7086 LSB.
Antiguan Held in Mega-Yacht Skipper's Death
Antiguan police have arrested and charged
21-year-old Sylvester Lindsey, a resident of Antigua,
for the murder of 38-year-old Drew Gollan, captain of
the 163-foot Perini Navi ketch Perseus. The Australian
captain was shot and killed during an apparent mug-
ging attempt while walking home from a restaurant
near English Harbour with his girlfriend and their young
child on January 22nd. His girlfriend, Alena Sitkova,
was reportedly shot in the foot during a struggle over
her handbag, and Drew was then shot while chasing
Police have found a .32-caliber handgun that they
believe was used in the crime. Three other people are
also in custody. Police credit the involvement of the
public and numerous tips in the arrest. Lindsey appeared
in court on February 2nd, and was denied bail.
The killing resulted in Antigua police boosting patrols
in the dockyards but some yachts left the island fol-
lowing the incident. High-level government officials
spoke with about 350 members of the yachting and
tourism industries at a promptly held meeting chaired
by the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association, and
Police Commissioner Thomas Bennett promised to step
up security in the English Harbour area. "There is now
full 24-hour policing, which wasn't necessarily in place
before," he said. "Not just police officers being at the
police station but they will be on patrol both on foot
as well as vehicle patrol in the areas." Improvement to
street lighting is also being carried out.
Meanwhile, reports that Gollan was in possession of
an illegal drug at the time of his death have led to
calls within the mega-yacht industry for captains
and crews to "clean up their own act." The
Government and Police have reportedly recognized
the need to enforce a "no drugs" policy for both
users and dealers.
In related news, according to reports received by the
Caribbean Safety & Security Net, four days before
Gollan was shot, four men armed with guns stole two
kayaks and paddled out to a yacht anchored at
Antigua's Jolly Harbour. They held the captain and two
crewmembers at gunpoint and demanded money.
Barbados Schooner-Build Update
Remember that Bluenose-type schooner being built
in Barbados and reported upon in Compass last year?
Our man Norman Faria in Bridgetown reports that the
hull is now fully plated. Sandblasting to get rust off and
the spraying on of several coats of paint will begin
This Bajan built schooner is one step closer to launching
shortly. According to the builder, the 30-metre-long
gaff-rigged two-master, designed by Thomas Colvin,
should be completed next year. He describes it as an
auxiliary packet (carrying both cargo and passengers)
and fishing schooner plying Caribbean waters.
Mildred Newhall O'Laughlin, born March 24, 1920 in
Rochester, New York, passed away on January 31st
after a short illness. After retiring in 1975, she and her
husband, Earl, moved onto their sailboat, Sequin, and
spent 25 years cruising the US East Coast and
Caribbean, from Maine to Venezuela, including
Bermuda, Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, Grenada, Curacao, and Trinidad. A
happy and warm-hearted Caribbean cruiser, Millie will
be missed by all who knew her.
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Yacht Chef's Abductor Confesses
Sara Kuszak, a yacht chef from Savannah, Georgia,
was murdered on February 4th while in Puerto Rico to
help deliver a yacht with her fiance, Captain Cheshire
Mclntosh. Kuszak, who was five months pregnant, was
kidnapped during a morning jog at Ceiba on the
island's east coast. She made a cell phone call from
the trunk of her kidnapper's car, and her body was
found in a field an hour after making the call. Eliezer
Marquez Navedo was arrested after the FBI traced
the signal from Kuszak's cell phone. Navedo, age 36,
confessed to the random killing. Navedo's mother
had reportedly been previously convicted of an unre-
Marigold Mystery Solved
During January, vessels were on the lookout for the
yacht Marigold, reported overdue on passage from
the Canary Islands to Barbados. On January 15th, the
yacht's 65-year-old solo skipper, Terry Green, from
London, England, radioed a weatherman and com-
plained of suffering a mild heart attack. Coast Guard
personnel from several Caribbean countries including
Trinidad & Tobago searched a wide area in the
Eastern Caribbean without sighting the yacht.
On February 4th, the yacht was seen drifting off a
beach in Blanchisseuse, Trinidad. It was later discov-
ered washed ashore, with Green's body aboard. He is
assumed to have died of natural causes.
St. Patrick's Celebrations in Montserrat
Ishwar Persad reports: Montserrat is the only
Caribbean island to boast a noticeable Irish heritage.
The island was a haven for indentured Irish Catholic
servants in the British West Indies and the influence of
their culture is still felt today.
In honor of the island's rich culture and dynamic mix
of Irish and African heritage, Montserrat commemo-
rates St. Patrick's Day in true Caribbean style. With the
distinction of being the only country in the world out-
side of Ireland to recognize St. Patrick's Day as a
national holiday, the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean
will celebrate this annual event with festivities held
March 14th through 21st.
Activities will begin with a Kte Festival at Festival
Village on March 14, followed by the annual St.
Patrick's Day Dinner. The celebration continues on
March 15 with a church service held at St. Martin de
Porres Church in Salem, followed by a performance
by the Junior Steel Orchestra at the Cultural Centre.
On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, the Cultural Centre
presents the Emerald Community Singers Irish Cabaret.
For some, however, the highlight of the day's happen-
ings will be the rum shop tour: local bars and restau-
rants will be decorated with shamrocks and serve
plenty of Guinness.
The highlight of the week takes place on March 17th
with festivities that include a Freedom Run/Walk and
Heritage Day where traditional local food will be on
sale, along with a revival of traditional games, story-
telling and performances by masked street dancers in
traditional costumes. The Penny Concert for Senior
Citizens and the annual St. Patrick's Day lecture will be
held on March 18th and the School Heritage Day,
Karate Tournament and String Band Night on March
20th. The events will culminate with a Freedom Hike
and Creole Breakfast at the Montserrat National Trust
on March 21st.
Check out the slideshow of images from Alexis
Andrews: Carriacou Sloops Volumes I and II at www.
The German SiebenMeere TV-team has crossed the
Atlantic with the ARC aboard the yacht Fortuna.
Impressions from the 20-day crossing are shown in
Episode 11 on the homepage www.siebenmeere.tv.
Rolf and Joe are now cruising the Caribbean, visiting
many islands and checking out local events. They
chat with musicians and artists and love to get down
to serious cooking with a local chef. All this is shared
on their website.
Compass Writers' Brunch Next Month
Calling all Compass contributors! If you've had an
article, photo or poem published in the Compass dur-
ing the past 12 months, you are cordially invited to
bring a guest and join us at this year's Compass
Writers' Brunch at 10:00AM, Thursday, April 9th at the
ever-popular Mac's Pizeria in Bequia. The annual
Compass Writers' Brunch is held just at the beginning
of the Bequia Easter Regatta, so you can stay on for a
whole weekend of fun. The Writers' Brunch is absolute-
ly free it's our way of saying a special thank-you to
everyone who helps make the Compass special!
By reservation only Please RSVP by April 1st (no fool-
ing!) to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Sally
at (784) 457-3409.
St. Croix Food Festival
The St. Croix Foundation and the committee for the
St. Croix Food & Wine Experience and A Taste of St.
Croix have announced their 2009 schedule of fund-
raising events. The week of culinary events will take
place April 15th through 19th on St. Croix, US Virgin
Islands, to celebrate the restaurant industry and raise
funds for the St. Croix Foundation.
The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience showcases the
diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix. The
multi-day event includes gourmet dinners, wine semi-
nars, wine auctions, and the annual island-wide culi-
nary competition, A Taste of St. Croix.
The event benefits the St. Croix Foundation (www.stx-
foundation.org), a non-profit community foundation
that administers a number of local programs. The
event was started in 2001 by restaurant owners
Katherine Pugliese, original owner of Bacchus and
now an on-premise wine consultant with Premier
Wines & Spirits, and Kelly Odom of Tutto Bene, and is
recognized as the pre-eminent food and wine event
in the Caribbean.
For more information visit www.ATasteofStCroix.com
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers
Ciao Pizza of Union Island, page 37; Canash Beach
Apartments of St. Vincent and Atlantic Yacht
Deliveries of the UK, in the Market Place.
Good to have you with us!
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Port Louis Invites Charter Yachts to 'C'mon Down!'
Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina has been receiving excellent feedback
from its presence at the 47th Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting, held in December
2008. Camper & Nicholsons attended the show to promote Grenada and the Port
Louis Marina to some of the world's top yacht brokers, international press, yacht
builders and mega-yacht captains.
Grenada's public and private sectors have extended a warm invitation for yachts to
visit Port Louis Marina and the Spice Island
The company's Marketing Manager, Danny Donelan, was joined by Grenada's
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Peter David. Donelan noted, "His presence at the show sig-
nalled how serious Grenada is about developing the yachting industry. We met
some of the most influential persons in the industry and they were impressed to see
Grenada's government and the private sector working together for the benefit of
Minister David remarked on the importance of yachting in Grenada. "Government
intends to place tremendous emphasis on the yachting sector. We have recognized
it as one of our most important niches and we intend to work with Camper &
Nicholsons and others in the industry to develop a vibrant and viable industry.
Government knows that yachting will not only bring more tourists to Grenada but will
also create many high-value jobs and businesses which our people can take advan-
For more information on Port Louis see ad on page 23.
St. Lucia's Marigot Bay Welcomes its Largest Yacht to Date
On January 12th, a 241-foot private yacht so private its name was not released -
glided into The Marina at Marigot Bay. The yacht tops the length-list of luxury vessels that
have berthed in Marigot Bay, the second longest being Sherakhan, a 229-foot mega-
yacht. "We not only handle the big cruisers," says marina manager, Bob Hathaway,
"but we handle their need for privacy and the ability to maintain a low profile."
Since opening in October 2006, The Marina at Marigot Bay has become the pre-
mier mega- and super-yacht berthing marina in St. Lucia, offering a full range of
amenities and services to its guests, captains and crews. The marina can berth
yachts up to 250 feet with a depth of 16 feet and fronts the five-star Discovery at
Marigot Bay luxury resort and spa where the guests, captains and crew can dine,
relax around the pool and arrange an overnight stay.
Super size! This 241 footer has dwarfed all other yachts arriving in St. Lucia's
'Marina at Marigot Bay' to date
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come into the harbor. Visitors and locals are encouraged to visit the village and
browse through high-end boutiques, enjoy a freshly baked croissant at the bakery or
an ice-cold drink at the new Rowley's Caribbean cafe.
The Marina at Marigot Bay is also a great place to berth yachts during the hurri-
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For more information on The Marina at Marigot Bay see ad on page 6.
Northern Lights Introduces New Lugger Engine
Northern Lights, a globally recognized manufacturer of marine diesel generator sets
and Lugger diesel engines, has introduced its newest propulsion solution the
L6125H diesel engine, featuring an electronically controlled high-pressure common-
rail (HPCR) fuel system.
The L6125H is based on the time-tested reliability of the heavy-duty Komatsu indus-
trial engine block, and is custom-marinized by the Northern Lights engineering team,
whose five decades of experience are well known to mariners across the globe. The
L6125H reaches a high output rating of 470 horsepower at a modest 2300rpm.
"The Lugger L6125H combines state-of-the-art diesel engine technology with leg-
endary Lugger durability," said Colin Puckett, Northern Lights manager of marketing
and sales administration. "It's an ideal solution for anyone in need of an engine that
is able to run all day, every day.
"Luggers are legendary for their toughness and adaptability to a variety of applica-
tions," said Puckett. "The L6125H is fully customizable with options including front mount
PTOs, a full range of panels, transmissions and much more. We thoroughly test all of our
propulsion products and stand behind them with unparalleled factory support and a
strong warranty. We have a global servicing dealer network and all Northern Lights
products are designed for ease of installation, service and routine maintenance."
For more information on Northern Lights in the Caribbean see ad on page 21.
Parts & Power Wins Outstanding Service Award
Domestic Corporation, a leader in marine air conditioning and sanitation systems and
equipment, has announced the winners of its Environmental Awards for International
Distributors. Parts & Power Ltd of Tortola received an Outstanding Service Award.
The award categories are Sales Platinum, Sales Gold and Sales Silver, Sales Growth
and Outstanding Service. The Environmental Award is for sales of Dometic
Corporation, Environmental Division's Cruisair and Marine Air brands. This year a total
of seven Platinum, seven Gold and eleven Silver Sales Awards were handed out; six
companies were presented with a Sales Growth Award and 15 recognized with an
Outstanding Service Award.
Parts & Power Ltd is the Dometic Environmental Distributor for the British Virgin
Islands, St. Croix, St. Maarten, and Grenada. They distribute the Cruisair, Marine Air,
Waeco/Adler Barber, Grunert and Sentry brands.
For more information on Parts and Power see ad on page 22
Dockwise Yacht Transport Loves Rosebud Racing
The partnership between Rosebud Racing, the STP65 team that has been making
headlines since its launch in 2007, and Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT), the world's
leading yacht logistics company with its own fleet of semi-submersible ships, trans-
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Much Music Sweet Cry Festival Antigua
Donald Charles reports: March and April feature some of the hottest regatta action
in the Caribbean. As all sailors would agree, the chance of their yacht becoming a
winner will depend to a large extent on planning, preparation and execution.
It is these same tenets that the producers of Sweet Cry Festival Antigua 09 have
embraced as they work assiduously toward staging on May 1st and 2nd what will
certainly be the climax to an exciting two months of racing.
And what a two-day music festival SCF Antigua is shaping up to be. A more perfect
venue than the Dow's Hill Entertainment Park, English Harbour, could not have been
selected to stage an event that will showcase some of the world's foremost artists in their
Remember this album? Band
member Fuzzy Samuel will be
rocking his homeland of
Antigua at the Sweet Cry
Festival, May 1st and 2nd,
Sailing Week 2009
respective genres of music. As a result of the diverse mix of visitors who will be in Antigua
for the Antigua Sailing Week 2009, the producers have put together a music mix that will
include live rock 'n roll, surf, reggae, reggae rock, blues, soca and zouk, as well as DJ
music to include house, Caribbean house fusion, dancehall and soca.
A star-studded line-up has been contracted to perform to include the world's
greatest reggae ambassadors, Third World; the beautiful and exciting Jamaican
songbird Tessanne Chin doing a new style of reggae rock; Calvin "Fuzy" Samuel for-
merly of CSNY and Stephen Stills & Manassas who, along with his friends that include
a number of Grammy winners, will take the audience through a musical journey
from South Africa to the Caribbean to the UK and then on to the USA and South
America and then right back to Antigua, the birthplace of Fuzy.
The safety of the visitors to the shores of Antigua & Barbuda is of paramount impor-
tance and the production company, Behanzin Entertainment, will be donating US$2
from the price of each ticket to Crime Stoppers to assist this organization to secure
the English Harbour and Falmouth areas so that everyone will have a safe and
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T H E weather was perfect for ten
S Crucian sailboats to race
around their island in two legs,
January 24th and 25th. Two powerboats also did the
trip in a just-for-fun powerboat rally. I I. .
local racers were away at Key West R i II ,
Good Girl win the PHRF-2 Class, there we ....
:-,.;;1 -iid casual cruisers to make for I"'
With a 12 to 16-knot east-northeasterly
breeze, skies remained mostly sunny and fair-weather
clouds over the island provided an idyllic Caribbean
From the starting line off of Pull Point, a fleet of two
racer/cruisers, seven heavy cruisers and one small
trimaran beat to the easternmost point of the United
States and hung a right, leaving Point Udall to star
board, then bore off on a 27-mile run along the south
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ment at the pre-race meeting ... -. 1 honoring a
three-mile security exclusion .. 11 I. HOVENSA
oil refinery. Not all skippers followed the suggestion,
leading to some confusion and controversy.
From beautiful Sandy Point, where one boat's crew
reported seeing a large leatherback turtle, the course
ran north past the Frederiksted pier to a finish line off
Coconuts Bar. Tender and shuttle services were pro
vided to the fleet after anchoring, enabling hungry
and thirsty sailors to enjoy appetizers, sunset and
festivities at Coconuts. Joe San Martin's Newick 23
i ,i i ........ Piglet, was first to finish, followed by
i i ....... ... Thomas 35, El Presidente; my hus
band Tony's and my new-to-us J/36 Cayennita
Grande; and Jim and Gail Nealon's former live-aboard
Petersen 44, Endymion.
On Sunday, the upwind starting line had the fleet
heading to shore only long enough to cross it, then
bearing off sharply toward Ham's Bluff. The distance
from shore makes a difference here: being too close to
the bluff may result in finding light fluky air and slow
speed. Avoiding Juliet, a large three-masted dive-boat
anchored in the critical area, added a degree of diffi
culty. Some crews reported seeing whales at this
northwest corner of St. Croix.
Ten Local Boats, Two Fine Days
by Ellen Sanpere
Once past the bluff, it's a long beat back to the East
End. The trimaran and the heavy cruisers tended to
sail about halfway to St. Thomas before tacking (or so
it seemed), while the lighter racer/cruisers short
tacked in and out of the current along the north
shore, avoiding the reefs off Salt River and
Christiansted, to the finish line at Pull Point. The fin
ish order was the same as Saturday's, except Endymion
arrived about 90 seconds after Dave and Shannon
Altom's Morgan 45 live-aboard (with seven-month old
twins), Serenity. Sadly, Bob Ferris's Sun Odyssey 37,
Guneagal, was forced to retire when her headstay
broke in the choppy seas.
The winning Cayennita Grande crew. From left:
Heather Rippl, Scott Johnston, GeoffRivinius, Tony
Sanpere, Ellen Sanpere and Dave Flaherty. Tony is
holding the perpetual trophy; Ellen's got the "keeper"
Once the CSA correction factors were applied, the
1) Cayennita Grande, J/36, Tony and Ellen Sanpere
2) El Presidente, Thomas 35, Jeff Fangmann
3) Barbaric Yawp, Tartan 30, Taylor Babb
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defended that lead to the end. Die Hard and Jerry Stewarts Carriacou-based Hughes
38, Bloody Mary, also caught Wayward This was truly a great day's racing.
With two wins from two starts, Wajang went into the final day in a strong position.
Race Three was the most challenging of the series. The start was from Tyrell Bay, as
usual, then the course went to a windward mark in the bay, a run to The Sisters, a
beat into Hillsborough with Mabouya and Sandy Island to starboard, another run to
The Sisters, a beat again into Hillsborough, a third run to The Sisters, then farther
.~.a Carriacou based
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but couldn't defeat
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The new Southern Caribbean Circuit -including the Carriacou Sailing Series, the
Grenada Sailing Festival and the Tobago Carnival Regatta got off to ajine start
T H 2009 Carriacou Sailing Series, held January 10th through 14th,
saw some of the tightest racing ever, despite numbers being lower
T H E than usual (seven boats raced), mainly owing to sailors having
planned to have time off for the well-established events former November dates.
For Race One, the winds were in the 15 to 18-knot range at the start. The course
for this race is a short one .. ... ... ..-. i ,, . ... I to nearby Sandy
Island for the Carriacou S ... .. .... ... I I1 I .. .. sual, this was a
blast, and as usual the most difficult part of the day was persuading sailors high on
the spirit of sailing to leave the uninhabited islet.
Race One was very competitive with Darcy Carr's Beneteau 10 Metre, Wajang, out
of Trinidad, winning. She was closely followed by my own Beneteau Oceanis 430,
Wayward, and then Robert Yearwood's J/24, Die Hard, from Grenada in third place.
After that relatively gentle introduction to the new sailing season, we went into full
regatta mode for Race Two, a course distance about 20 miles which took us from the
start in Tyrell Bay out past The Sisters rocks, followed by a beat into Hillsborough,
then back away from the capital for a reach to a point between Carriacou and Union
Island. This was followed by a beat to Myers mark (the most windward mark of the
course), a run back down to The Sisters and a final beat into the finish at Tyrell Bay.
This race saw the lead change several times. The beat into Hillsborough can be
brutal. Wayward was first out of Hillsborough Bay and started the reach to the
middle mark, then the beat. However, Wajang caught her on the run and Wajang
west to the leeward mark, culminating in a last beat to finish. This is one of the best
courses I have ever sailed, with challenges and tests on every point of sailing.
The start was in unusu.11 1', 1. vind -in the five to eight-knot range. Bloody
Mary took the windward :. .. i i.. with an excellent tactical leg. The run to The
Sisters had many wind-holes in it and the lead changed many times. Hugo from
Antigua, the Beneteau First skippered by the legendary Sir I-i .i I 1 showed her
power by taking the pole position and rounding The Sisters i t -1 i ... then on the
race could only be described as fantastic. The boats that went inshore first took early
advantage over the boats that t.- 1 -t 1 1-:. f;- heavier wind, and then the roles
were reversed with the outsic i I I. .... i 1.1 over the inside. A tacking duel
ensued between Wayward and Hugo that saw Wayward barely clear Hugo with an
inside overlap at ... .. 1 ... i. i ....i . .. i i i r. uy sailed brilliantly, stay
;.- ;;t ft;;--t-l. I,, .... .... I I .... I . .,, I dropped back, making the
I I .... I 1 ,,,,, i,, I Bloody Mary second, and
The party after prizegiving was great and went on too late! (Sailors will overdo it
whenever they get the chance.) With the first leg of the new Southern Circuit over, it
was on to Grenada Sailing Festival for the second leg, then to Tobago for the final. If
Carriacou was anything to go by, the next two would be great.
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Live at Port
by Jeff Fisher
Almost everything that could happen on the race
course happened to us during this year's Grenada
Sailing Festival, held from January 30th through
February 3rd. Spinnaker broaches, false starts, man
aloft, men overboard, bucket in the cockpit, blood in
the cockpit, premature roundings, 360 penalties, and
It all started in lovely Grand Anse Bay. Sparkling
clear waters, verdant green mountain profiles to the
e,.t li"ednrin eln-1-r into the sky as rain showers
:.... i I .- I I I I .. stones down the mountains
I. I i .. ,member, Roger, in hopes of
taking the edge off it called them blessings. We were
blessed 14 times that first day. The blessings followed
us throughout the racing days. My personal means of
taking the edge off was to bring my foul-weather
jacket, but that only worked between races. The jacket
did not allow the agility required to race from rail to
rail in synchronized movements with one crewmember
on each side of the boat.
The rail: where six bodies hung suspended over the
water by a literal lifeline. I was at the aft end, next to
a stanchion. The lifeline went suddenly slack, both
bodies forward of me went headlong overboard, I held
onto my stanchion. Roger was able to hang on to the
lifeline, dragging in the water. Nicola was not so lucky
-he surfaced ten feet astern. We dropped the jib and,
with a body dragging in the water, were able to slow
down enough for him to swim to the boat. His expen
sive wristwatch though, did not survive, as it was
wrested from his arm by one of the many hands pull
ing him back on board. This happened on the day the
races were on the south side of Grenada, with winds
gusting *'* ... i i. .. as. Bl r--;n ---t-rwashed
overthe i ., 5, a :. 1.1. i1i 33, and
into the cockpit, at times necessitating some bucket
action performed by the smallest crewmember, Kenzo,
our skipper Richard Szyjan's 14-year-old son.
We saw turtles on the south side that day. We also
had some amazing downhill rides, faster than any
other boat out there that day. But like any wild horse,
the movements of Category 5 are temperamental. We
did broach, the cockpit took in water, we did get the
boat back up and we all skipped ankle deep to the
back end and watched all the water drain out.
We started this day with the pursuit race from
Grand Anse to True Blue -a good way to spot-check
the rating system as all boats are started according to
their rating and expected to finish close together. We
were a bit early for our spinnaker start so had to drop
the chute, round up and re-start.
During an unexpected jerky movement my middle
finger made contact with some metal on the mainsheet
block, gouging a neat little hole in my finger and color
ing the cockpit with red splotches. Fortunately we had
some .... .'- I. e on board which I used to mummify
the I- I I.... and stop the bleeding. This stuff
works really well; I could feel it continually q111 in -
as it is designed to do. Though, at the end I 11. I
it did take a while for the circulation to return.
In one race we rounded up early just before the
reaching mark '. I.... a possible infringement with
another boat. I. I quick 360 to exonerate our-
selves. After two boisterous races on the south coast
we still had to sail back to St. George's with more
blessin.- r 2rin- us all the way back.
The -1 I I the regatta saw us back on the
waters off Grand Anse Beach in calmer conditions,
where one last forced exercise was thrust upon us.
After rounding the weather mark, on the spinnaker
hoist, the head of the chute got pinned between the
lower spreader and the eased-outmainsail. Something
was able to also grip the release on the halyard
shackle, dropping the spinnaker on deck and send
ing the spinnaker halyard flying skyward to its little
nest at the top of the mast. Remain, Richard's older
son, donned a harness and was sent up to retrieve
the halyard. He re-attached, hoisted and we were on
In analyzing all that we were forced to execute, we
concluded that we actually lost very little time on
these potcnti.ll-- -.tntr-ihi- h;-.nni .nn In .it- of
these ove: 1 .11 I I.. .. -1. .. . I to
come in second in racing class. Kudos to the kids on
the foredeck, who easily controlled the pointy end of
Thirty-two yachts and 23 work boats took part in the
2009 Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival, based at
Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. The yachts
competed in four classes: Racing, Cruising, Charter
and J/24. The Saturday featured the Mount Gay Race
Series, and Sunday saw the True Blue Race. The
Monday morning saw another change in the Festival
schedule: for the first time, the Moat & Chandon
Pursuit Race started the day. The Pursuit Race was fol
lowed by the ever-popular South Coast Triangle courses
in the Heineken Race Series. The Camper & Nicholsons
Port Louis Race Series made the final day of racing.
The event for 2009 was run with presentation part
ners Port Louis and Camper & Nicholsons, in associa
tion with the Grenada Board of Tourism. The organize
ers also thank Work Boat Regatta title sponsor Digicel,
as well as True Blue Bay, plus Captains' Club Members
for 2009: British Airways, Colombian Emeralds, Mount
Gay Rum, Heineken, North South Wines with Moet &
Chandon and Beringer Wines, ScotiaBank and United
Insurance; and Crew Club Members: Budget Marine,
Boval, Island Dreams Yacht Services, TSL Grenada
Ltd., 809 Design and COT Caribbean Graphics.
Thanks also go to new 2009 party venues Le Phare
Bleu and The Aquarium, as well as long-term support
ers Coca Cola, Glenelg Spring Water, SOL EC Ltd.,
Steele's Autos Ltd., Horizon Yacht Charters and to
Deyna's and Grenada Electrical Contractors for their
great support at the Digicel Work Boat Regatta on
Grand Anse Beach.
happened aboard Richard
1) Lost Horizon, J/122, James Dobbs, UK
2)an' Category 5, Hobie 33, Richard Szyjan, Grenada
3) Storm R eichel Pugh 44, Peter Peake, Trinida
-h Sailing Festival2009
The overall yacht class winners were:
1) Lost Horizon, J/122, James Dobbs, UK
2) Category 5, Hobie 33, Richard Szyjan, Grenada
3) Stormr Reichel Pugh 44, Peter Peake, Trinidad
1) Wayward, Beneteau Oceanis 430,
Jerome McQuilkin, Trinidad
2) Bloody Mary, I... 1. 18, Jerry Stewart, UK
3) Jaguar, Frers I I I Morris, Trinidad
1) My Mistress, Bavaria 46, John Couper, UK
2) Second Chance, Moorings 44.3, Jaap Eringa,
3) Sacaj--' T rV i-rinj 1 1
Hans i I , I ,
1) Ambushe, Stephen Bushe, Trinidad
2) Jabulani, Charlie Gloumeau
& Russell Carrie, Barbados
3) Die Hard, Robert Yearwood, Grenada
Forfull results visit www.grenadasailingfestival.com.
We'll have a report on the Digicel Work Boat Regatta
2009 in next month's Compass.
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L_ I Itt K.,/the Caribbean.
True, a few miles northwest, both the Grenada Sailing
Festival and the Bequia Easter Regatta famously race
yachts and indigenous sailboats. And farther to the
west, the Heineken Regatta Curacao includes kite
boards, yachts and more. But at what other regional
regatta do you have events for yachts, indigenous sail
:,. , ,I- Iurfers and kiteboarders, plus two after
S i, .- fhr the kids and any crew with
energy to -1 -i . other venue offers offshore
courses for the keelboats and a reef protected "lake"
for the board sailors, set off by a preposterous sweep
of white sand beach backed by soaring palms, with
beach bars, shops, picnic tables and clean public toi
lets and showers? Not to mention a top-notch race
committee including elegant ladies dressed in different
matching swimsuits and wraps every day. Only in
Tobago, the farthest southeastern island of the Lesser
Tobago has hosted a well-respected annual internal
tional yacht regatta since 1982, first known as the
Angostu 1.1,.. World Regatta, then Angostura
Tobago ..i.... I But the organizers, the Trinidad
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Wind lovers united! The Festival of Wind' was windy indeed, creating thrilling conditions
for yacht crews, kiteboarders, windsurfers and bumboatt' sailors alike at Tobago's
spectacular Pigeon Point Heritage Park
& i .. ..i.ng Association and .11 Promoters
Lto I i....I I got the "27 year i .... I February
10th through 14th, 2009, saw the event broadened in
scope, rescheduled, relocated and rebranded as the
Tobago Carnival Regatta, the final regatta of the new
Southern Caribbean Circuit.
i ... i. i. re li t-n ;;----;n the events motto
S I., I .... I h i i 1. 1 .I Regatta in the
i. i ,.I I stival of Wind". Typically in Tobago
the wind starts light in the morning, picks up to a good
breeze during the day, and eases back by dark. During
the former May dates, racers could usually expect
some 15 to 20 knots. But on February 12th, it was a
solid 20 to 25 .. ,,. t i, , : ls, fore
ing cancellation. 111 .1 .. .. I ..... i ace in
deteriorating conditions. (The next morning, rough
seas disrupted the fast ferry service from Trinidad.)
But the show went on.
The Yacht Races 2009
A fleet of 23 yachts raced in the event under the CSA
rating rule in five classes: Maxis, Racer/Cruiser,
Cruiser, J/24 and Melges.
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The fleet would no doubt have been larger but for
this winter's ongoing blustery weather, which had
taken its toll on some of the boats and crews that
raced in Grenada not long before, and deterred others
fr-m 1--.'inf =nug havens. The proposed Racing and
S.....' ., Classes were combined as Racer/
There were four race days, with the Cruising and
Maxi Classes sailing five races in all and the Racer/
Cruisers and one-designs a total of eight. The J/24s
and "Melgii" (four of each) started 11 and were
scored separately. There was a : "... I numbered
courses for the Race Committee to choose from. For
some races the course was posted in advance, and for
others the number of the course was displayed from
the committee boat just prior to the start.
According to TTSA official and long-time racer
Jerome McQuilkin, "The courses have evolved over the
last five years, but we found they were "----i;; 1 -it
predictable. We have moved the new .... i,,' ,
north, where the shifts of wind are out of this world,
where there will be winds on either side of the course
and it makes the racing much more balanced, in a
much more competitive and keen atmosphere."
Officiating over the races were Dave Brennan, a vet
eran racer and Florida ...... Association judge who
has served as a race 1. ... the Caribbean at the
Rolex in St. Thomas and the BVI Spring Regatta, as
well as top-notch events in the US; and James Benoit
of the Grenada Yacht Club, who is Vice Chairman of
the Grenada Yachting Association and has served as a
race officer at the Bequia Easter Regatta and the
Carriacou Regatta Festival, as well as at numerous
events in Grenada. They were ably assisted aboard the
start boat by Karen, Pauline, Ruth, Megan and Indra.
The racing was as hotly contested as ever, with high
winds and current (full moon had been on the 9th)
adding to the challenges posed by other keen com-
petitors, many previous veterans of Tobago regattas.
Rawle Barrow, one of the originators of the event back
in 1982, was asked one day how the racing was going.
"I think we're doing okay," he said with a twinkle in his
eye. He captured a first in Cruising Class with
five bullets aboard the indomitable Petit
Careme. Another long-time participant, Paul
Solomon, also aced his class, Racer/Cruiser,
with ,1.i c..i. ,, 1 bile Enzyme. And inthe
Maxi'- .... I ,, every race.
In the one-designs, results were more mixed.
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Above left: Some of the most courageous yacht racing was aboard the smallest classes -the 24foot one-designs.
Stephen Bushe's Ambushe ended up at the top of the J/24s, as it had also done in Grenada
Above right: The mighty Rawle Barrow does it again! He raced in the first Tobago Regatta 27 years ago, and his
Petite Careme handily placed first in Cruising Class this year
Below: Paul Solomon's bMobile Enzyme sailed from Trinidad to conquer the Racer/Cruiser Class with eight wins
in eight starts
S BARDYN Ciarlo DECKER
-ontinuedfrom previous page
In the Melges Class, Synergy won her first and
last races, but the rest were swept up by
Drunken Monkey. And among the four J/24s,
every boat won at least one race, with Ambushe
and Jabulani both ending up with 14 points.
A sad note was struck when a guest crewmem
ber, Jim McLean, died of a heart attack aboard
the coincidentally named J/24 Die Hard, despite
the heroic efforts of CPR-trained crew aboard and
EMTs who responded swiftly ashore.
On the subject of having some races' courses
only made known by showing a number from the
committee boat immediately prior to the start of
the race, one experienced skipper said, "I don't
like it. It doesn't give you time to prepare prop
erly". And on the ultra windy Thursday, a weary
one-design racer said, "They should have chosen
the shorter courses, but instead we were out
there v--t -n-1 -1-1 fr- -irni;;; until after
noon." .. i .i ii. ii .' .1- i Captain
Ellis at the throttles, holding it in place as well as
possible, nobody was very pleased about the start
boat dragging. (Remedies, such as a better moor
ing, are already being considered.)
But CSA i:1- id racer Jeffrey Chen noted
with a grin, i1 ... I was billed as 'The Friendliest
Regatta in the Caribbean' there were protests, but
this year, with a new motto, there were none."
The Other Craft
The races for the open local sailing boats that
are called bumboats in Tobago and two-bows or
double-enders in the Grenadines are a whole story
in themselves -we'll bring that to you in next
The windsurfers and kiteboards enjoyed the
big breezes. In the windsurfing races, Stefan
Oest from Germany won Fun Race Class and
Overall First Place. Masters Class winner was
Skeene Howle and Veterans Class victor was
Ulrich Seidl. The Ladies' Class top place winner
was Jackie Kempson.
Pigeon Point offers excellent conditions for
kiteboarding -relatively flat water and lots of
wind-and the kite guys : ..' i .. Iii ...
selves but also put on .1 ... i .
everyone else. (As one local boat sailor expressed
it, "Watch man fly!")
Why were such drastic changes made to the old
i i .. I ...... and how did they pan out
ii- i i .. .... "I Mainly, the changes were
made to reverse the trend of I .. 11.... ....... -; of
entries in its heyday this .- .. I 11 I ..,est
regattas in the area, and as recently as ten years
ago there were 57 entries.
First, the date change. Jerome McQuilkin
says, "A Southern Caribbean Circuit has been a
long-held dream. The Southern Caribbean has
... -i,, ique to offer." Bringing the date
i I .I.I after the annual Grenada Sailing
Festival, not only made the Tobago event part of
a circuit but was also intended to address the
fact that by May, many visiting yachts are head
ed back to North America or Europe, or bound
for hurricane season destinations. The date
change didn't work for a few racers, notably
those who work in tourism or (ironically) yacht
ing businesses, for whom February is the busy
season. But for most it was fine. The possibility
is being looked at of a feeder race from St. Lucia
to the Grenadines to lead ARC participants into
the SoCa Circuit next year.
By the way, only two boats finished the entire
Southern Caribbean Circuit in its inaugural year,
Tobago Carnival Regatta 2009 Winners
1) bMobleEnzyme, I 1 .. i .. i -. )1 ... .. i .. 1 &Tobago (8)
. . . .. 11 B'. I I. I I. .1 1 i... .. Barbados (26
S . .. i. 1 1 I .. Trinidad & Tobago (29)
Crmui g Clai
111 I. I, i i, I i I Iarrow, Trinidad & Tobago (5)
S ... , i ,,,,,ildad &Tobago (10)
I, I ... ...i i i, i ,i .ii,, i. Trinidad &Tobago (15)
1) Spirit oflsts, Farr 65, Formula Events, UK (5)
2) Spirit ofJuno, Farr 65, OnDeck Charters, UK (10)
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With rip-roaring racing, this is definitely a not-to-miss regatta!
Above: Wayward, in Racer/Cruiser Class, crosses tacks with one of t!
Below: The crew of Drunken Monkey accept first prize in the Melges
Class from Neil Wilson of the Tobago House of Assembly
due to a conspiracy no doubt between the weather
and the economy. The circuit's first prize went to
Jerome McQuilkin's Beneteau Oceanis 430,
Wayward, of Trinidad & Tobago, and a well
deserved second to Robbie Yearwood's J/24, Die
Hard, of Grenada.
) Tobago Regatta regulars Phyllis Serrao and Nancy
Y en C h ,, .iii ..... Ih I i '11, ,,I Ih I il I
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has b, i
doing it for eleven years. The combination of the
yachts with the bumboats, windsurfers and kitesurf
ers i..... on a larger scale -but I'm hav
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energy and attract younger people who might then
become interested in yacht racing. We saw that rela
tionship blooming when the yachties and kitesurfers
got together at the beach games. And holding the
.11 .1 1 n Point, a national park, is a natural
: II,. ... Tobagonians involved."
And what about the new venue? Phyllis says,
"Just being on the beach is a different experience."
Previously, the regatta's shore base was always
the Crown Point Hotel, a couple of miles down the
coast. The more enclosed atmosphere there made
for .- .t -.araderie among the racers, but was
by I i....I -, being on private hotel grounds
somewhat exclusive. Of the move to Pigeon Point
Heritage Park, a national park, Niki says, "We
want to make sure I i Regatta doesn't ever
become like some ci II.. elitist' events farther
north its not for millionaires only; everybody
belongs. Its not about champagne on air-condi
tioned boats; it's about beer on the beach. And it's
more than just a yacht regatta; it's for all wind lov
ers, young and old, visitors and locals."
The Tobago House of Assembly's Secretary of
Tourism and Transportation, Oswald Williams,
endorses this spirit. "I am pleased at the renewed
vigor shown for sa:l.. ... I .. he said at the
SCarnival I .11. . .,, I pleased at the
widened- i I f.- .I uld like to see a
greater level of local participation and see more of our
young people embrace their maritime 1-rit The
i ,. House ofAssembly is now the .11 -1 onsor
..I ii- event, joining the Tourism Development
Company of Trinidad & Tobago, bMobile, Carib,
Peakes, Tobago Water, Dynamite Yacht management,
le OnDeck, Budget Marine and many other local and
international businesses in supporting the event
Getting a "new" regatta is like getting a new boat.
You might have had everything precisely the way
you wanted it on the old one, but eventually you
knew it was time for a change. So you get something
you hope will perform even better. Then the shake
downcruise: i ... I. i 1 I.I .., i L,- y?!?
Why aren't tl I I i I . the
heck are the extra snapshackles?" Frustrating at
first, but then you work the bugs out and grow to
love the new boat as you make it your own.
The Tobago Carnival Regatta and the
Southern Caribbean Circuit -have been well and
truly launched. Well done all!
Forfull results visit www.sailweek.com.
Many thanks to the 7DC, THA, Regatta Promoters
Ltd., Le Grand Courlan Resort, Sherma McDougall
Williams, Hugh Brown, Andrew Llanos & Intrepid,
Harris "Jungleman" McDonald, David Fogley, the
Amos Vale Hotel, Gabriele de Gaetano and all the
other Trinbagonians and regatta goers who made
Compass's attendance at the Tobago Carnival
Regatta 2009 possible -and lots of fun!
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104 Released at Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Gary Clifford reports: One hundred and four billfish
were released at the 40th Spice Island Billfish
Tournament (SIBT), held from January 20th through 23rd.
Grenada Yacht Club was host to 45 boats carrying
206 anglers, with more than half the anglers coming
from Trinidad & Tobago. Anglers from St Lucia,
Barbados, Martinique, Jamaica, the United Kingdom,
Germany and Grenada fished as well. Official results
Captain Andrew Ilanos of Hard Play II receives the
prize for First Place Boat at Grenada's premier
show 104 billfish released and one blue marlin land-
ed, as it died during the fight. Many more billfish
escaped and additional catches of yellowfin tuna
weighing up to 163 pounds, wahoo to 56 pounds and
dorado to 42 pounds kept anglers busy all through
the three-day tournament.
The boats paraded out through the Carenage, St
George's for a Bimini start across the harbour mouth
on the Tuesday morning. Totals for the first day were
21 sailfish, nine blue marlin, and eight white marlin
released, plus the blue marlin landed by Trinidad's Pair
a Dice 39 billfish in total.
The second day started with a double hook-up for
Blue Magic, but they lost both fish. Grey Ghost contin-
ued from the previous day releasing a Blue Marlin. Miss
Abbie had a long fight with a 163-pound yellowfin
tuna. To show the quality of the fishing, De Reel Viking
completed a Grand Slam (Blue Marlin, White Marlin
and Sailfish in one day). Exactly two minutes later,
Equity achieved their Grand Slam great action!
Junior angler Matthew Roach fishing on Legacy
added a blue marlin release to his sailfish of yesterday
- definitely a master angler in the making! The water
was very green in most areas for the day but the
catch rate was still good with nine blue marlin, six
white marlin and 22 sailfish released for a total of 37
releases, including two Grand Slams.
Day Three was an early start as usual and the stage
was set for a very close fight for both Top Boat and
Top Angler. The 26 sailfish and three blue marlin
released contributed to the final figures for the tourna-
ment which were: 69 sailfish, 14 white marlin and 21
blue marlin released and one blue marlin landed, for
a total of 105 billfish caught.
The awards ceremony and closing dinner was held
at the Grenada Yacht Club
and attended by anglers,
sponsors and the Minister of
Tourism and Civil Aviation, the
Hon. Peter David (who also
experienced the fishing on one
of the boats).
The First Place Boat (and
back-to-back winner of this
tournament) was Hard Play iI
of Trinidad & Tobago, with De
Reel Viking of Barbados sec-
ond, and Legacy of
Joint First Place Anglers were
Ryan Agar of Why Worry,
Trinidad & Tobago, and
Andrew Llanos of Hard Play II,
also out of T&T. Second was
Adrien Johnson of Legacy,
Barbados, and third was
Edward Aboud of Reel Finaiic,
T&T. The Top Female Angler
was Jeanne Aleong of Ega
Beaver, T&T. The Top Junior
Angler was Matthew Roach of
Legacy, Barbados, and the
Top Grenadian Boat was Crazy Horse Again.
SIBT is the first tournament of the Southern Caribbean
Billfish Circuit, which also includes tournaments in
Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia and Martinique.
The SIBT committee would like to thank all the partici-
pating boats and anglers for supporting the event,
and to thank all their sponsors and especially Camper
& Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Island Water World
and Carib Beer for making this competition possible.
For more information visit www.sibtgrenada. com.
St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic 2009 "Stunning"
Although there was a low turnout for this year's
event, held January 22nd through 25th, the yachts
that did make an appearance were stunning. The
weather was perfect, the water clear and blue, and
the racing truly low-key, with just four yachts compet-
ing on the course. But this race is not about the com-
petition, or high-speed boats, it is simply a great
excuse for these classics to dust off the sails, have
some fun in the gorgeous Caribbean waters, and of
course, get some attention for the type of yachts that
make a traditional sailor's heart soar.
In the end, it was last year's winner Lone Fox, a clas-
sic 65-foot (20-metre) wooden yacht built in Scotland
in 1957 for Col. Whitbread, sponsor of the Whitbread
Around the World Race, which scored a bullet each
day, and won the regatta overall. The 12 Metre classic
yacht Kate made a good showing as well, winning
second overall, while Infanta and RainDancer had to
settle for third and fourth respectively.
For more information visit www ClassicRegatta. com.
Venue Change for St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The St Maarten Yacht Club has announced a
change to the event schedule for the 2009 St.
Maarten Heineken Regatta, to take place March 5th
through 8th. Upon careful review of the financial costs
for the organization of the upcoming 29th St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta, and in consideration of the world-
wide recession, projections strongly predict a loss for
the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Organization. In
order to avoid any threat to the long-term continuity
of the event, the organizers have decided to consoli-
date more of the sailing control centers and regatta
parties on the Simpson Bay Beach. While the party on
the Marigot waterfront will remain, the normal party
on the Great Bay Promenade will be moved to
Simpson Bay for the 2009 edition.
It is important to note that the racecourses will
remain the same.
The Sint Maarten Heineken Regatta is operated by
the nonprofit organization, the Sint Maarten Yacht
Club, and as a nonprofit organization they cannot
project nor absorb losses. The high chance of a reduc-
tion in the number of participating boats and entry
fees, as well as heavy expenses already made in the
purchasing of promotional media, make it essential
that the club reduce its expenses. Although they
anticipate a healthy event in March, the Yacht Club
has already observed a drop in the number of smaller
vessels visiting the island this season, as a result of the
recession and the increased costs on the island.
As a side effect, some of the many Yacht Club vol-
unteers and sponsors may benefit from temporary
relief in stress and finances, owing to the fact that the
complex logistics of moving base so often will be
reduced for this one year.
Heather Tackling, the Director of the St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta adds, "This move is necessary in
light of the many uncertainties we face, and we hope
everyone understands that this move, although per-
haps temporary, can help protect the long-term
health of our island's regatta. At this time, we do not
anticipate this particular change being permanent,
and we certainly hope the financial conditions
improve for the island, the government and our many
sponsors. We want to thank the businesses and
patrons in the boardwalk area for the great coopera-
tion they have shown over the past few years, and we
hope they can continue to benefit from the large
number of tourists that will still visit our island during this
year's St Maarten Heineken Regatta."
For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com.
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2009 BVI Spring Regatta Welcomes Beach Cats
Linda Phillips reports: With the economy being in the
toilet and race enthusiasts wanting to compete as
much as possible, the BVI Spring Regatta organizing
committee expects that sailors Caribbean-wide are
going to be looking for welcoming venues. BVI Spring
Regatta has always looked for ways to be inclusive
rather than exclusive, and this year beach cat sailors
should take note because all-night security for beach
cats has been added.
Judy Petz, Regatta Director, explained the initiative:
"In looking at who has been coming to BVI Spring
Regatta, we have seen an increase in almost every
fleet with the exception of the beach cats. Tomas
Dadet, from PR Links in Puerto Rico, suggested that
beach cat sailors want to make sure that their boats
are safe while they are enjoying the parties in the
Nanny Cay Regatta Village or getting a good night's
sleep. With that in mind, we decided that hiring all-
night security for the boats on the beach was well
worth it. The bottom line is that we want the beach
cat sailors to be part of our event."
The beach cats race on the LIME One Design course
with the IC24s and Lasers. This course is set closest to
Nanny Cay's shoreline for great spectating. This
course also hosts the on-the-water umpires.
The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival is celebrat-
ing its 38th anniversary from March 30th through April
5th. It is now a seven-day event with two events back-
to-back attracting an average of 150 yachts per year,
with 80 percent of the competitors from overseas.
For more information visit www.bvispringregatta.org.
Upcoming Events Not To Miss!
Planning your sailing itinerary? Make these iconic
Caribbean regattas a must:
* Grenada Round-the-Island Race, March 13th
through 15th. A quintessential around-the-island race,
and much more see ad on page 12
* Bequia Easter Regatta, April 9th through 13th.
Races for yachts, local double-enders, J/24s, coconut
boats and crazy craft see ad on page 13.
* Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 16th through
21st. See the grande dames of sail on parade see
ad on page 11.
Tortola-to-Bermuda Rally to Depart May 3rd
The Atlantic Cup Rally will depart from Nanny Cay
Marina, Tortola on May 3rd, and finish in Bermuda four
or five days later. The Atlantic Cup is the companion
rally to November's Caribbean 1500 and offers the
opportunity for returning cruisers to enjoy the camara-
derie, competition, and adventure of an 850-mile rally.
Pre-start festivities and skippers' briefings will begin on
"Over the years, we have found it best to split the
return trip from the BVI to the States into two legs. In
the spring, two short weather windows seem to be
more frequent than a single longer one," said Steve
Black, founder and president of the Cruising Rally
Association. "The Atlantic Cup is an organized rally
from Tortola to Bermuda, complete with radio call
schedules, professional weather routing, transponders,
social events, and awards. The passage often takes
advantage of the easterly tradewinds. And then, we
wait for the next weather window to leave for the sec-
ond leg. At that point, smaller groups of boats head
off for different destinations and informally continue
the radio call-ins as they go."
The 2009 Caribbean 1500 Rally will be the 20th annu-
al running of this event, making it the largest and lon-
gest-running offshore cruising event in The Americas.
Black anticipates a record entry of returning Ralliers for
the anniversary activities. The 2009 Caribbean 1500 is
slated to start November 2nd.
The Cruising Rally Association is widely supported
by leading companies in the marine, tourism, and
financial industries. These include Davenport &
Company LLC, Nanny Cay Hotel, Marina, and
Boatyard, West Marine, Blue Water Sailing, World
Cruising Ltd., Switlik, ICOM, Quantum Sail Design, Gill,
Hydrovane, OCENS, Bluewater Yachting Center,
Hampton's Towne Bank and Towne Mortgage,
Hampton Roads Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Mount Gay Rum, and Reed's Almanac.
For full information on future rallies and Ocean Sailing
Seminars visit www. carib 1500. com.
Barbados Ready for Early
Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta
Renata Goodridge reports: From the Boatyard at
one end of Carlisle Bay, to the Barbados Yacht Club
at the other, the waters and beach along the bay will
once again be home to sailors, spectators, family and
friends participating in the Mount Gay/Boatyard
Regatta, May 14th through 17th. Normally the regatta
runs two weeks later, at the end of May, so heads up
to all those sailors from overseas who want not only
the challenge of great coastal racing, but also the
challenge of sailing to windward to reach Barbados!
The Skippers' Briefing will be held on Thursday, May
14th at the Barbados Yacht Club, and racing will take
place Friday through Sunday. There will be racing
both in the bay and along the south coast of the
island. Veterans of this regatta know the winds usually
blow pretty hard, adding to the challenge of the
courses. There will be racing and cruising classes,
along with a J/24 one-design class. The Friday night
festivities take place at the Barbados Yacht Club, with
the Saturday night and Sunday Awards parties taking
place at the Boatyard all events to take part in.
This regatta is not only home to the Mount Gay hat
and the infamous rum, it is also the home of the
Mount Gay skippers' bags, full of event information
and many other goodies which the sponsors Mount
Gay Rum, the Boatyard, and the Barbados Yacht
Club find. We hope to see you there!
For more information visit wwwsailbarbados.com.
Barbados to Host World Championships
for Radio Boats
Renata Goodridge reports: The 2009 International
One Meter World Championships are to be held from
June 20th through 27th, with racing taking place in
the beautiful Caribbean waters of Carlisle Bay,
Barbados. Up to 76 skippers from all corners of the
globe will compete to find the new World Champion.
It will be the first time the IOM class has staged an
event of this stature in this part of the world, and it was
only made possible by the efforts of the Organizing
Committee in Barbados the Barbados Sailing
Association, under the direction of IOMICA, the con-
trolling body for the class. Daily results can be fol-
lowed at www.sailbarbados.com, where we will have
live video streaming of all the sailing.
The reigning champion from Marseille in 2007 is Brad
Gibson from Australia, who will be sailing to retain his
title. Strong competition is expected from skippers
from the UK, France, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Norway,
Spain, USA, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and
Australia, with the local Bajan skippers also in the mix.
There will be five fleets of up to 20 boats, competing
under the HMS system, where either four or six boats
are promoted or demoted after an opening round of
seeding races. It is theoretically possible for a boat to
progress from E Fleet to A Fleet in the one race by
being promoted from one heat to the next. Hopefully
25 to 30 races will be completed in the prevailing 12-
to 18-knot breezes predicted for the regatta.
The IOM class was formed in the late 1980s, in
order to provide a low-cost, uncomplicated, box rule
concept, radio-control yacht. The rule was worked out
by a group of yacht designers, which included big-
boat lateral thinker John Spencer of New Zealand,
and radio control guru Graham Bantock of the UK,
who set out to promote a class where amateur
designers/builders could compete with the profession-
als. The concept seems to have worked, as it has the
strongest worldwide representation of any radio-con-
trol yacht class. Basically, the rule restricts hulls to one
metre in length, 420mm draft, minimum weight of four
kilos, and having a #1 rig, with a main luff length of 1.6
metres, and either wooden or aluminium spars. The
only areas where carbon fibre can be used (apart
from some fittings) are in the fin and rudder; the hull
must be timber or fibreglass. Only two function radios
are allowed to control the sail winch and rudder
servo. Three rigs (jib and mainsail), are allowed, #1
used in winds of zero to ten knots approximately, #2 in
ten to 17 knots, and the #3 in winds 17 knots and up to
"blow-the-boats-off-the-water" strength. During the
2005 Worlds held in Moloolaba, Australia, the first day
was sailed in winds of 35 to 45 knots!
For more information visit wwwiomclass.org.
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It was still dark as my husband Neils and I left
Chaguaramas, Trinidad, aboard our liveaboard sail
boat, Baraka, bound for the port of Pedernales,
Venezuela. Following waypoints shared by previous
yachts, we skirted the oil fields and sailed wing-and
wing with a little help from the iron horse, an easy 55
nautical miles southwest to the Manamo River's
Baraka, a S
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and other fresh -'ll I I I both boats for another
week, so we were welcomed enthusiastically and
i .. spent an idyllic time following their lead up the
j Mnamo River, across a narrow, but deep, cano and
down the Pedernales River.
This year our congenial sailing companions were the
couple aboard the Swiss ketch Aenea Having "cleared
in" in the afternoon, which simply meant going to the
Pedernales Police Station where they wrote our details
in their register (no charge), we spent Christmas Eve
together on Pr-1l -nij-inn th- risers' usual inter
national mix I i ..- ... -- I. I . .. under mosquito
S netting hastily erected over the cockpit.
Next morning we eased our way over tidal shallows
into the Manamo, soon leaving all signs of develop
ment behind and entering the mysterious world of
tropical -:t 1 l i big river. If not exactly Conrad's
"Heart ol I I .. this amazing eco destination is
still relatively pristine and unspoiled, vastly different
from the Caribbean's tourist dominated islands. The
only reminder of Chaguaramas was the whine of an
occasional outboard (supplied by Chavez, I believe) on
a people packed canoe with minimal freeboard, flying
up or downstream.
Meandering 1---+- .1- we were sometimes close
enough to the ... Ih I tall trees to touch them, as
the river edge is often much deeper than the middle.
Swatting the odd horsefly, looking through the binocu
lars for butterflies, birds and monkeys, enjoying the
varied plants and strangely shaped river dolphin, and
ttlll-- rle-in in an environment cut off from all
S II was heaven. Niels turned to me in
an uncharacteristic outburst and said, "I feel so
SA happy!" I knew exactly what he meant.
We took our fat Baraka down a narrow cano to see
where it led, dodging branches with our spreaders
and water lilies with our hull. Later we touched bot
south Africanbuilt ferrocemet ketch, tom twice, but were able to reverse off. However
side theforest on the South American Aenea's crew was not so lucky and ended up strand
ed for hours, eventually kedging the boat off. The
result of Baraka's adventuresome detour and Aenea's
was our second foray into this northern unfortunate grounding was that the two boats totally
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Baraka's faulty VHF could not be heard and we kept
passing each other on different sides of the islands in
the middle of the river, divided by walls of tall foliage.
After spending the night anchored separately, we
eventually found each other in th- .-rn;n: hearing
Ronaldo's distinctive radio call "- ..II i1. South
Africa -this is Switzerland". We decided it would be
wise to keep each other in sight from then on.
At night, with little moon, the stars were truly mag
nificent. During the day we saw howler monkeys,
macaws, toucans, parrots, hawks, herons, hoatzins,
woodpeckers and small mud-waders that looked like
confetti when they rose in flight. A highlight of the trip
was Ibis Island, where we spent two awesome sunsets
--.t-li;;n thousands upon thousands of scarlet ibises
Si roost in their chosen spots, until the trees
looked as if they were dripping with glowing red paint.
At one point the river was so broad that we put up our
spinnaker for a short time, eyes glued to the depth
sounder in case we needed to drop it rapidly.
Bartering with the shy, but friendly Warao people en
route was a pleasure. We exchanged cloth, sewing
kits, T-shirts, toiletries, fishhooks, rigging rope and
wire for a variety of baskets, beadwork and a carved
wooden paddle. How they navigate their long, narrow
canoes with perfect balance and accurate direction,
paddling, bailing, standing and moving about without
tipping over, I do not know. Most houses are con
structed as they have been for centuries -a wooden
pole platform with a roof of leaves, furnished with
sleeping hammocks and hanging storage baskets. But
corrugated iron, bricks and plastic tarpaulins were
more evident than they had been the previous year.
There were also more electric generators, outboard
engines and factory-made boats.
Throughout the entire journey, we never felt threat
ened in any way, but were keenly aware that this unique
natural environment is under increasing threat.
The trip back up to Trinidad was bouncy, but could
not diminish what was essentially a perfect "time out"
from our busy lives.
River Trip Essentials
reliable depth sounder and VHF radio
mosquito nets, insect repellent, bat and fly swatter
river cruising notes with waypoints from other
yachts (copies are available in Trinidad from Boaters
Enterprise or Members Only Taxi Service)
canoe, kayak or rowing dinghy for silent
camera, binoculars and bird identification book
useful goods to barter (nothing requiring batteries)
sweets or snacks to give to the children
provisions, fuel and water for entire trip
good company of another yacht
ability to relax into slow mode
Ruth Lund lives aboard S/V Baraka in Trinidad.
.. .. W NEVIS:
clearance procedure was a pleasure, as the people here are very appreciative of visit
ing boats and the money they bring in. Nevis is not a hub, like the big yachting
islands, so officials are still glad to see you and your boat. The Customs guys were
formal but very welcoming.
After that, it was time to stroll through one of the West Indies' prettiest little towns.
Charlestown is an Old Caribbean treat of architecture and island culture. Next stop
was the local Immigration Office, which is also the Police Station, where in a matter
of minutes you are stamped in for the time you request.
Now about those moorings: they are owned by the Port Authority and managed
by the Port Captain. He's in a little office at the main dock and will take a few dol
lars from you after some minor paperwork and a big smile. Oh, for the days of
being welcome somewhere as a cruiser! What a treat this place is, when it comes
to first impressions.
So now comes the really good stuff: a West Indian market full of the most beauti
ful veggies you will see on any island. It turns out that local farmers are into
S organic gardening, which is a spin off from the tourist restaurants here. They pro
duce some amazing crops of green beans and carrots, a leafy lettuce, tomatoes that
are just incredible and the list goes on and on. Prices will astound you after the
ones in the British Virgin Islands and it's hard to imagine how this produce doesn't
get up there.
The mountainous interior of the island, by all accounts, is well worth the visit,
although I was not able to hike because of a foot injury. Every hiker I spoke with just
For several days the weather was still not in my favor to continue on to Antigua
so close but yet so far. Only 50 miles to the east, but days and days away as the
wind howled through at up to 35 knots with a few higher gusts, blowing relentlessly
out of the east. An extra line back to a vacant mooring behind me took the roll out
and made the anchorage quite pleasant.
As the wind was not going to ease any time soon, a visa extension was needed in
my passport and boat papers. Another visit to the officials was in order and it was
a breeze. I wasn't unhappy to stay.
Left: As a planned stop
or a pit stop, Nevis can
by Kevin Gray
G getting blown into Nevis can be all too common if you are sailing the
Leeward Islands in January. It turns out to be a good option, as my
schooner Amanda and I found out when we were getting the bejesus
kicked out of us going from St. Barths to Antigua.
Falling off and setting a new course bound for Nevis was the only real option that
night. Let's head for the barn! A quick study of the chart of The Narrows and off we
went. What a beautiful sail through that area of so called danger. Not much to it,
really, although you could see where a north swell could make it a little hair raising
at times. Our m1 1, ; i; .il though this area v .. .... -i rt of perfect. Right: The author's
Then came I, I .-1 I sailed along the: I .- I there was the best schooner, Amanda,
.,1. 1 n in a few weeks: a mooring field built by none other than the masters cruising along the coast
........ .- Moor Seacure from Tortola. A couple hundred well planned buoys
along the open roadstead were well spread for cruising boats. Next, the inbound
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S Dulce and Belize, we
were conscious that our catamaran, Zeelander, with
its two canoe hulls - ..1... the RutaMaya, the pre
Columbian trading ,,I i the Mayan civilization.
Canoes played a major role in the life and affairs of the
ancient Maya, and the few that remain, along with
written accounts, bear witness to the Mayans' naviga
tional ingenuity and commercial prowess in building
wealth by bartering produce and specialties indige
nous to each region.
While we had visited the ancient temple ruins at
Xunantinich in Belize, and Tulum in Guatemala many
years ago, we were looking forward to learning more
about this civilization and its descendants in the
Mexican states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan.
We were previously unaware that, unlike in Mexico
City where the dominant Aztec civilization and its
peoples were essentially destroyed or assimilated dur
ing the Spanish Conquest, the Mayan periods of civil
zation and prominence rose and declined a few hun
dred years before the Conquest. So the Mayans posed
no threat or resistance to the Spanish. What this
translates into is that the locals with whom cruisers
come in contact are usually Mayans.
We were shocked when the shipyard manager at
Puerto Isla Mujeres, where we stored our boat on the
hard during hurricane season, told us that the local
population learns virtually nothing of their Mayan
history or heritage in the mostly Catholic schools. As
a small compensation, we gave him our Time-Life
video, The Mayans, to share with his family and
friends, for which he was most grateful. The Mexican
government is taking broad steps to make up for this
historical deficiency, to the benefit of locals and for
eign tourists alike.
One of the first trips we took when our family came
to visit over the holidays was to Xcaret, an excellent
i i ... i .i miles south of Cancun
SI ih 1I I i. .... Isla Mujeres. Xcaret
allows visitors to experience and appreciate the local
cultures and heritage through reenactments of sacred
rituals, authentic architecture and sculptures, exhib
its, a Mayan Village and musical performances
throughout the park, using primitive instruments
from the ancient Mayan civilization copied from stelae,
books and artifacts in museums.
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LINGERING IN THIE
No cruise to the Yucatan peninsula is complete without a trip inland to view the astounding Grand Pyramid
at Chichen Itzd
A warm welcome awaits you and your yacht at Port Louis
Port Louis, Grenada
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S....... of Mexican I II which features the
world-famous Folkloric Ballet presenting the history of
the country from the Mayans and Toltecs through the
Spanish Conquest, Independence to modern Mexico. It
is breathtaking, especially the recreated Mayan Ball
Game -my grandson's favorite. My personal favorite
was the thrilling sacred ritual of the Papantla Flyers, a
forerunner of the now-secular bungee jumping.
Visitors also see firsthand the ecological systems
which sustain the beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula,
including the Underground River through which you
can snorkel-float, and the jungle through which you can
walk for encounters with jaguars, wild boar, pumas,
parrots and howler monkeys. There is a raft trip through
the newly discovered Rio Paradiso and its tunnel, a well
done Coral Reef Aquarium, and even beaches and dol
phins. Five restaurants offer buffets of diverse cuisine.
We .1 -- 1 day's boat tour to Isla Contoy, 14
miles .. .i'. I Mujeres. This is an uninhabited
S. ... . . i . .. -I I I m ultitude of birds,
S, ...... I . .. .. -.. .'' snorkeling.
On Isla Mujeres, swimming with the dolphins and
snorkeling are easily accessible. This is a laid-back
island with a charming and somewhat funky town,
which has not yet succumbed to the five-star over
development of its big neighbors Cancun, Cozumel
and the burgeoning Riviera Maya. There are even
Mayan ruins along the southern ocean road.
As it was only an hour and a half away from the
Yucatan capital of Merida, we decided to visit the
major Mayan site of Chichen Itza on a day trip from
there. This ancient city, one of the best known and
most extensively restored sites, was recently named
one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Our com-
fortable air-conditioned tour bus picked us up at our
downtown Casa del Balam hotel (an exquisite former
General's mansion on the main drag, Calle 60), at
9:OOAM and returned us at 5:30PM, in time to enjoy the
traditional Merida Saturday Night Mexican Fiesta.
We had an excellent tour guide and were immersed
in the cultures of the ancient Maya, dating back to
432AD, and the later Mayan-Toltec city, combined after
the Toltecs invaded in the tenth century. The Sacred
Well was the scene of human sacrifice for centuries,
even after the Spanish came. You can see clearly the
differences between the earlier "pure" Mayan with its
round observatory and nunnery and the later Toltec
influence, the .11 I .... ... war-lil- .i-1 f-.t ri;-,
many jaguars I .II. I- .pents, ...
course the famous Ball Court -the largest in Mexico.
The pyramid is awesome, with its elements carefully
constructed to correspond to the Mayan calendar. The
Mayans discovered the abstract concept of zero and per
fected the Mayan calendar as early as 200BC. This is
humbling when you realized that our modern time
m- n-;;; t--niques have told us that the solar year
-1 - -' days. The Mayans, who discovered place
numeration long before Europeans learned it from the
Arabs, computed a figure of precisely 365.2420 days!
We stopped at a cenote en route back to Merida
one of many sinkholes that served as water reservoirs
for centuries in this parched land. It is popular to
swim in cenotes, which are "bottomless". The water
temperature is bracing.
Back in Merida, we enjoyed the weekend festivities,
rotating between the upscale Paseo de Montejo and the
Gran Plaza for dancing, singing, outdoor cafes, mobile
stands featuring Mexican food, street performers and
people watching. Merida is a Spanish colonial city, yet
quite cosmopolitan with theaters, many museums, art
galleries, major medical centers, universities, libraries,
great shopping and superb re't." t..t f-ht .- i 1- l-th
delicious Yucatan cuisine and i.- 1i .1 I ..
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Our favorites were La Casa de Frida and Cafe Amorro, Before we left Merida for Cancun via express deluxe
both off the Gran Plaza. ADO bus (four hours and US$20 round trip), we took
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Above: Isla Contoy is an uninhabited sanctuary and
migration stop for a multitude of birds, with remnants
of ruins and superb snorkeling
Left: One of many sinkholes that served as water
reservoirs for centuries in this parched land. It is
now popular to swim in these cenotes
Our liveaboard stay at Villa Vera Puerto Isla Mujeres
Marina has been enriched by our greater understand
ing of and deep respect for the Mayan civilization that
thrived for centuries on this peninsula. We are glad
that the Mayan contribution to the history of human
development is being ----.ni-"d now and interpreted
for everyone to learn fi ... i..I Isla Mujeres is often
just a way station for many cruisers traveling between
Florida or the Gulf States and the Western Caribbean
delights of Belize, the Rio Dulce and Panama, we are
happy we lingered long enough to absorb some of the
local history and culture.
Suzanne Longacre and Captain John Gideonse are
currently cruising the mid Caribbean aboard Zeelander,
a 39foot Privilege catamaran.
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A Good, Functional
Boat from the 1970s
by Norman Faria
Despite the coming on stream of many new (some say "improved") -1 -ii;; 1--.t
designs from a variety of enterprising businesspeople on both sides ol 1 II ... I
there are those who still believe in a 1970s boat designed and built by tested-and
tried British firms.
One of them is Britisher Peter Needham. He recently sailed his 38-foot ketch,
Solara, to Barbados as part of a Caribbean cruise. It was made by the long
established Halmatic company in the UK in 1970 from the design by the equally
well-known designing and building company, Camper and Nicholson.
Needham said he bought the Nicholson 38 in 1998 and "did a lot of work" on it to get
it into bluewater cruising condition A"-nE the improvements we. i .lit.. .i.
tional equipment and replacing a P. I ...- i i1 .- engine with a 44 i i i
i i ii .I - i has a centre cockpit version with a traditional doghouse. Was
I-.. i i i...- he was looking for following a 15-year hiatus without a boat
after he sold another Nicholson?
Peter Needham says that the old faithful Nicholson 38 design has all the features
he was looking for
Needham answered, "Because I live aboard even in the UK, I was looking for some
comfort, relaxing in ports and also at sea, with both room in the main cabin and in
the cockpit area. Also, I wanted a reasonably priced boat with good resale value, a
ketch rig that I could handle alone and a good seaboat in short, a good func-
tional boat. The Nicholson 38 satisfied me in all these areas."
The Solara (ex-Blue Mink), which is hull number 54 of the over 100 made by
Halmatic, is equipped with a Hydrovane self-steering gear, though Needham also has
Autohelm as back-up.
Needham, whose home port is Lymington, the port out of which the Seawitch sailed
in Hammond Innes' still-engrossing book and equally memorable 1959 film, Wreck
of the Mary Deare, planned to visit some of the Eastern Caribbean island chain
before heading back home. It's his first trip to the Caribbean. He took the tradi-
tional route down the coast of Spain to Madeira, then to the Cape Verdes from where
he made a leisurely 17-day crossing to Barbados. Plans include a stop in Grenada
to replace a broken backstay.
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A Hard Delivery Job
by Norman Faria
When a German veterinarian, her husband and their three-year-old child arrived
in the Canary Islands from the Netherlands recently on board a small steel boat, they
were so seasick they said "Not a mile more!" They headed for the travel agent to buy
tickets to continue on the trip to Venezuela where she worked. But what about the
boat, a 3.8-metre German-built cutter?
Enter Jan Liehmann, an Austrian sailing school operator and part time delivery
skipper. He took over the boat in the Canaries and sailed it with a friend as crew to
Barbados on his way to reunite it with its owners in Venezuela. Speaking with
Compass in the island's Carlisle Bay yacht anchorage on board the Hummel, Jan
said he first met the family in Gibraltar when he was on another delivery job. "I guess
at the time they were already thinkir.. I ...... .nebody take it across for them.
Anyhow, I went to the Canaries and t' I .i I ... them and here I am with my
friend Marcus Semowoniuk helping me as crew.
Marcus looks like
he wants to keep
the flexible solar
panel in his
hands as a
They had a rough trip. First the batteries went dead soon after leaving Gran
Canaria .,,'' I ..... i 1. i i .. I i .. ....g purposes. Then they met up with
a couple I ... .. ... I ,. i1 ... i. -to for three days and at one time
"doing 1l i .. -I .....i i .. .11 i -ft ft ni.. gear worked "when it
felt like it". They traded watches, six hours on, si ... I at the tiller. They had
to use a hand-held compass, as the main one was "way off'. They ran short of food.
They had a long passage -30 days -to Barbados. It was hard.
What made 1...... -asier for them was a little roll-out solar panel. Swiss-made, it
helped keep tl. I -. batteries up, for example. Jan cups his hand to his mouth,
leans over and whispers, "Can you give them a little publicity? It is really a useful
product for boaters. Their website is www.offgridsystems.ch."
While in Barbados they were trying to get the 20-horsepower -1 -- : 1
batteries looked at. The Hummel, built in the German Democratic I I ...
still appears in good shape, despite a few rust streaks on the hull.
"How is the delivery business going these days in Europe?" I asked. Jan: "There is
business. I do it mainly in winter when my school is closed. Mainly charter boats.
Aside from my contacts with the charter boat firms, I go around to the bars and
yacht clubs asking a few questions."
Marcus, an insurance coordinator, said it was his first ocean cruise. He was
seasick at first but "got used to it". Did they contact the vet in Venezuela to tell them
they are on their way? Jan: "Yep. We told them of the troubles but they said they
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The Business of Caribbean Regatta Marketing
The Caribbean Sailing Association's president, Robbie Ferron, attended the World
Yacht Racing Forum Conference in Monaco in December 2008. We share some
excerpts of his subsequent report to the CSA:
The sport of sailing has been dominated by "Corinthian" oriented organizations for
many years. In the last few years this has been slowly changing as entrepreneurial
organizations have started to play a major role, particularly in those parts of the
sport where the nature of the activity (generally extreme or celebrity events) pres-
ents an opportunity for sports marketers to sell exposure to sponsors....
This conference was advertised as being about the "business of sailing" but actual-
ly it was more about the "business of sports marketing". This marketing activity is
going to be around a long time and it is going to contribute to the sport in many
ways, but it is also going to skew the market for exposure and will have a conse-
quence for Caribbean regattas.
While I, like many sailors, have been reading the sailing websites regularly, I had not
been aware of the extent to which this news is driven by management companies
and entrepreneurial interests. It has become clear to me that sailing news is going to
be more about extreme sailing, about celebrity events and about events that con-
tain an emotive component that will address a wider audience. We already knew
that normal sailing is boring and the nature of the more competitive media market
is such that boring material is going to be more severely penalized than before,
because there are parties that are creating events and managing stories that are
going to elbow out the normal material more radically than ever before.
For Caribbean regattas this means less and less opportunity to get a share of the
publicity pie unless we are able to produce extreme material. We need ding-
dong battles between Icap Leopard and Rambler or two J boats to get our materi-
al in the headlines.
It may also mean that our Caribbean regattas will want to select media channels
that better suit the recreational, image-rich product that we have, and where we
have to compete less with the extreme sports.
The organizers of this forum did an outstanding job at marketing their forum and
got together in one location the most outstanding line-up of players in the sailing
world. They are closely related to a motor sport forum that has attained a high level
of influence. Following this model, they will inevitably follow the sports-marketing side
of sailing, which is where the best financial returns are going to be. They are likely to
give less attention to the large participation regattas like Cowes Week, Caribbean
regattas and Block Island.
This is unfortunate, as the business models of these events are still in the process of
development and would be well served by conferences. This "business of the sport"
(of Caribbean regattas) would be well served by a separate conference that would
move this activity forward, but its nature is different from the sports-marketing focus
of the Monaco conference. The recognition of this marketing trend will, however,
make it easier for Caribbean regattas to more quickly focus on high-potential
media that better suit its "product".
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by Peter Roren
Mariann 'Why Knot" Palmborg was born in Sweden September 11th,
1941. At 20 years old, she moved to Norway and became a Norwegian
citizen, married and gave birth to two boys. Mariann was educated in
Social Studies and child care. She ran a youth activity club in Oslo for many
years, keeping young people off the streets and away from drugs. She met
Peter "Fixman" Roren in 1973 and together they built the gaff-rigged wood-
en ketch Fredag with the intention of sailing around the word.
In 1984 Mariann and Peter arrived in the West Indies, where Fredag hit
a reef and sank off Union Island in the Grenadines. They managed to sal-
vage their yacht and spent 12 years in the region chartering and running
cargo. Mariann and Peter split up and both moved ashore on Bequia in
1996. They lived as neighbours and good friends on top of Mount Pleasant,
as far from the sea as possible on that small island. Mariann died unex-
pectedly, after a short spell of illness, on January 15th, 2009, in a hospital
in Norway. She was 67 years old. Peter tells her story:
I first met my first mate and ex-soulmate Mariann in Oslo, Norway, when we
were both working on a boat-related rehabilitation project for kids.
Mariann was a country girl, her nautical experiences limited to rowing a seven
foot pram on a tiny, tranquil lake. When I told her of my dreams to someday sail
around the world, she responded by telling me that small boats and sailing were
not for her. Her husband at the time owned a 45-foot ketch together with three
other couples, and on the few occasions she had done some cruising, she had
hated every minute. Mariann was a tough and active woman, always on the look
out for daring challenges. She was quite unconventional when it came to a wom-
an's role and position in society. She did not at all enjoy being banished to the
. or sent to look after the kids down below. She didn't want to "stay out of the
She wanted to navigate, haul up the anchor and pull the ropes, all the
important work the men were doing. She told me she hated sailing.
In spite of that, she did accept my invitation to go for a short evening sail on the
charity auction or
just a party, with
Fredag was the fun
place to be
A strong northern breeze sent us and the 18-foot daysailer flying down the fjord
and out to sea on what was originally supposed to be a short trip in secluded
waters. It ended up as a 160-mile voyage to Denmark and back, only because a
restaurant in Skagen served the best pickled-herring breakfast in the world.
On the way hor"- -;n--;;;;t-i;-ir -me big seas, Mariann's captain got violently
seasick and was '",' i i 1 '1 die in the tiny forward cabin. On her first
voyage in open water, Mariann had to navigate and sail the 20-hour passage home
;.. 1 1.... 1 1 -"hen proudly taking the lines to the marina dock, she exclaimed,
I .... i i 'I you around the world! .et that boat built! Maybe we might
find paradise -or some sunken treasure!
The 50-foot Colin Archer ketch Fredag has a lot of running and standing rigging.
When we found it impossible to find a traditional rigger who could do a one-inch,
17 strand Liverpool wire splice, Mariann 1 ...11 1 ,ok on the subject. She soon
handled power tools and woodwork as a I -. .. i Within three years she had
be .... -1 .11 I .lI ., .1.1 rigger and sailmaker.
i ......... .1, ... 'redag's log reads: "Friday the 13th. Leaving to find
Paradise and a new life. Course once again set for Skagen."
Mariann was always trying to move boundaries, all her life until then longing for
adventure and challenges. This was her chance. She soon got them, but much
more than she ever expected -or perhaps really needed.
Shipwrecked in the Caribbean 12 months into her maiden voyage, her dream
and her home with all her belongings went to the bottom of the sea, 17 fathoms
down. She shed no tears and showed no grief. Her first words after seeing the top
of the mast disappear under the surface were, "Wow, this is surely something to
write home about."
After swimming ashore I was sitting on the beach staring out to sea in a state of
shock and disbelief, not capable at that moment to muster up any positive think
ing whatsoever. It was then she yelled at me, "Come on, Skip, snap out of it; let's
get her up and going again!"
Sf- ,,,-,- .;;-1 -h.ll-n. t--;;;n;-1 Bliss was tarnished by hurricanes, tsunamis,
S'I ,i I ... .. I '. I .-, financial difficulties and a South American
revolution. On one occasion, as Fredag drifted towards Central America with all sails
blown out and a broken crankshaft, Mariann's captain finally threw in the towel.
She had to kick him back into action. Mariann would not have her captain giving
up, although a little house and garden with a picket fence and a horse didn't seem
a bad idea at the time.
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There was no paradise, no sunken treasure to be found. But Mariann had found
something more important; she had built up immunity to hardship and had devel
oped a strong motivation to survive. She discovered that paradise i .. ...
you have inside you, so it doesn't really matter where you are -in I. -1......
Calcutta or Tierra del Fuego by Cape Horn, where she once was bound.
Bequia became Mariann's paradise. As close as you can get -good enough to
move ashore. Bequia was the place to be. Here was a site where she could do her
marlinspike-style ropework (Why Knot) and throw her energy into her many
favorite charities and -;i -t the Easter Regatta, the Christmas gl0gg-party for
Scandinavian sailors, ... .. Day Celebrations, The Sunshine School for
Children with Special Needs, the Mozart Under the Coconut Tree concerts and her
recent animal-welfare project, Happy Puppies.
She gave with all her might -doing her best to give something back to a commu-
nity that had initially shown her so much acceptance and later so much approval.
Mariann had just recently received her T'-.r--in rpnsion, and had big plans
for the future. Sadly, an intense short pe i i .I.. - cut short those dreams.
Her fighting spirit, immunity to hardship and determination to get well, were no
match for the creeping cancer. Up to her final hours she showed incredible brav
ery and did her best to make her many visitor 1 ., .1, She would spend several
hours on the phone connected to her island, I I I back," she would tell her
Bequia friends. "Maybe not in body, but for sure in soul." She died with her two
sons by her bedside -and with a lot of people praying for "she" on Bequia.
Having kept a
dog and a cat
Closely connected to the sea as she was, she wished her friends in Bequia to
aboahold her memorial service aboard the venerable Bequia schooner Fiendship Roseedag,
She wanted the ceremony to be in a sort of Hindu manner: no tears, sad tedious
sermon f of gathering of friends from land and sea a ceremony
to give .... thanks toanislandand 1 1. much
and made those 25 years on Bequia her finest and m
SpClosely connected to the sea as she was, she wished her friends Big Smiea to
hold her memorial somewhat unusual expat sett venerable, Bequa caring and generous woman
working hard to integrate into te in a sort of Hindu manner: no tea, sad tedious
sermTo the many young women who crewedring of friends from land and sea; an inspiration
andsignificant thankstoanslandand model much
and then ofse 25 yther e were all the dogs that were rescued, given good homes
The people on the island found the "Why Knot Lady with the Big Smile" a
remariann was a true sailor, a great companion settler, and the best and bravest firstwoman
working hard to integrate into the community.
To the many young women who crewed on the Fredag, she was an inspiration
and a significant role model.
And then of course there were all the dogs that were rescued, given good homes
and loving care.
Mariann was a true sailor, a great companion and the best and bravest first
mate a captain could ever wish for. Just before Christmas, we said a final goodbye
to each other in Barbados. She knew then her time would soon be up.
Her final words to me were, "Thanks, thanks for finding the way to Bequia, my
captain. Now you go home to Bequia and say thanks and goodbye to all my won
derful friends who have given me so much -and take the whole bunch out to sea
on my final passage."
A yacht dips below our horizon on her journey and we
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At the same time the yacht appears on somebody else's
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I'm southward bound and I might never come back!" Peter shouted as he rose up
out of the calm waters of the bay, his webbed feet pedaling until his powerful wings
could thrust him into the air.
The truth of the matter was that Peter had grown tired of doing the same things day
after day. He was tired of the chatter of his friends. And most of all, he was tired of all
the girls who wanted to make him settle down and raise a family. No, Peter wanted a
girl like him, a brave, adventurous spirit who would fly to the ends of the earth.
Peter was a Brown Pelican and he had lived all his life in Jamaica. Like all of his
kind, Peter was a very handsome fellow. He had dark brown, glossy feathers over his
body and wings, a lovely chestnut neck, a gold-yellow cap on his head, bright yellow
eyes ri;. -- in -m-= n and a white arrow pointing down to his dark chest. His great
bag I ... I .. -1 I throat was a ribbed black that matched his webbed feet.
Unlike proud Peter, some of his friends had moved out of the bay to enjoy the easy
life of the dock near the town, where they snatched at the handouts that the tourists
threw at them. When the pickings were lean, they flew from the tops of the pilings high
into the air and, folding their wings to the sides of their bodies, dived at dazzling speed
down into the water. It surprised and delighted the tourists, especially when the peli
cans surfaced with a fish held delicately at the end of their bills. Then, after letting the
water drain from the -. .1 .1 they tossed the delicacy into the air and swallowed it
with one giant gulp. i ... pelicans didn't usually feed this way. When there were
fish to be had they caught a billful. But by putting on a show, Peter's friends were
always rewarded by the onlookers 1- t-. ; 1 .-; i- -es of hamburgers, French
fries, sticky buns and other foods I .. .11i. ..... .. beast nor bird.
Peter, with his wingspan of seven feet and his long neck tucked into his chest to
conserve energy, was more than capable of flying wherever he wanted to, so he was
very excited as he flew south. Well, he hadn't decided to fly I.. 1 ,.11. ., i. away.
He was southward bound certainly, but he played with 1.' I I 'I .... ast to
Hispaniola first. Yes, Hispaniola sounded very exotic and perhaps he would find his
soulmate there and they could continue the journey together. The more Peter
thought about it, the better he liked the idea so he increased his speed from lei
surely to fast.
Peter touched down for the night in a small deserted inlet on the southern coast.
He was diving for his dinner and swallowing dozens of small, silvery scads when all
of a sudden a bunch of aggressive local pelicans flew into the bay. Instead of the
expected welcome, they pecked violently at him, striking with their heavy wings.
Even the females joined in the attack, 1hri-:-i;n rnses and insults.
With a heavy heart, Peter flew off t I... I 1 II for the night. He found a safe
hideaway amongst some large rocks on the edge of a bay a few miles further on, and
then he closed his eyes and went to sleep.
The first sunrays brought light and new hope and Peter stretched his wings and
looked about. But hope died as quickly as it was born, because rowing into the inlet
were two fishing boats heaped high with nets. Now every pelican knows to keep away
from fishermen because if the nets don't catch and drown them, the men will hurl
well-aimed stones or even shoot them if they possess a gun... and it's the same
everywhere because fishermen think that pelicans are their worst competitors. But
in fact, pelicans eat only small, unwanted fish. So, after waiting until the fishermen
were deep inside the bay and busy with their nets, Peter hobbled out from the rocks
and plopped clumsily into the water. He paddled furiously in an effort to take off and
once airborne he flew out to sea to catch his breakfast.
Peter had often heard cheeky children laughing that "his bill holds more than his
belly can". They didn't know that his bill holds more because his bill is just a big fish
net and the water has to drain away before he can swallow his fish. But Peter didn't
care because his belly was full and he knew that pelicans are amongst the most
ancient birds in the entire world.
Never one for giving up, Peter was determined to see if the coast of the Dominican
Republic was any better, so he continued on his flight east, keeping low over the
waves so he wouldn't be seen. This part of Hispaniola seemed prosperous, with fine
villages and green valleys running down to the sapphire sea.
So Peter rose up into the air to see where he could :-- .1- - f l 1 -l -md
look for his soulmate. He no sooner turned in towar i- i ... I I I ... i.. at
the end of a long and peaceful bay, than he felt a sizzle of metal whiz past his ear,
followed by a sharp CRACK!
Peter knew instantly he was being fired at, and sure enough, there on the beach
was a bunch of boys, each one armed with an air gun or a slingshot, and all were
using him as target practice. Worse was yet to come, because as Peter put on as
much speed as he could to get out of range and back to sea, a man cam- tr ..-t
along the water's edge with a shotgun. He stopped, took aim and fired.
all around Peter and some of them nicked his tail and shoulder feathers. But none
entered his body, which was fortunate, because lead pellets would fester and poison
him and he would die a slow and lonely death and become carrion for the vultures.
Ugh, Peter shivered at the thought. But before the man could reload, he was, thank
fully, out of range.
What to do now, Peter wondered. Should he fly on to Puerto Rico or take the long
haul right across the Caribbean Sea to South America? No, Venezuela was too far,
so Puerto Rico it would be, before continuing south.
As Peter flew eastward, he felt a change in the weather. The air. 1 ';--- oppres
sively hot and still, and when he looked up, he saw streaks ol i".I ,' y clouds
against an overall brassy glare. Many, many miles away, a streak of lightning glinted
briefly, but it was too far away for the sound to reach, even for a bird with such keen
hearing as a pelican.
It had been a long time since a hurricane had hit Jamaica, but Peter remembered
that as a fledgling, his mother and father moved him and his nest mates to a safe nook
deep inside a rocky cave. Even so, Peter's natural instinct told him that he was flying
directly into a hurricane and he'd better land somewhere fast and find shelter.
The channel was a wide gap between these large islands and as Peter flew on, the
cloud streaks gradually I i II i. ...I' low, heavy, purple masses and lightning
bolts struck the water. 1 off on the sea's horizon, but now were
heard with an echoing rumble.
Peter was flying low over the sea to pick up the lift from the air currents and this
c.-: ---- 1 1 --- 1- ause he knew he would need all his strength in the coming
h ... I- II I i the sky began to darken with yet more sullen clouds, Peter
rose in the air to look for land. And yes, there, was a brown line across the horizon.
The first big rain drops began to fall, widely spaced, but heavy, so Peter dipped
down low to the sea again. A brilliant flash of lightning struck the sea close to the
brown land and with it came a terrible crack of thunder that shuddered the air and
tingled deep inside Peter's chest.
The raindrops were closer together and faster and Peter felt them pelting his head
and glancing off his wide back. Lightning bolts accompanied by crackling reports
were .n-r-;n; too, as if determined to keep Peter away from the only sanctuary he
..i i i. make it?
Find out if Peter survives to continue his quest for the perfect mate in next month's
issue of Caribbean Compass.
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by Elaine Oltivierre
Commission has 28 members from 20 countries and its Secretariat is housed at
the Natural History Museum in London.
The ICZN is .. .. i i i .... *.I ,. that obtains its funds from donations
and from the .i i .- I ".I .' .. in particular, the quarterly Bulletin of
Zoological Nomenclature. Thousands of new animals are discovered every
year and each one is publicized in the Bulletin so that zoologists can discuss
the names before the ICZN makes a final decision on what the new name
With the development of computers and the Internet, the ICZN has under
taken to make a : -i:t- -f .11 tl- names of all the species already known and
to publish this or. I. .1 1 I Web. This project is called Zoobank. A pre
liminary register of 1.6 million names was made available in August 2006 but
Zoobank's official .in-h.in ---as on January 1st, 2008. This was the 250th
anniversary of the 11. -. ,' of scientific naming, when Carl Linnaeus pub
lished his Systema Natura in 1758. Zoobank's website (www.zoobank.org) will
allow new species to be added as they are discovered.
Why is scientific naming so important? The biodiversity of our planet is
under threat from the effects of global warming, climate change and human
activity, so it is vital that scientists can accurately identify which species are
particularly endangered and take measures to help preserve our environment.
So far, we've talked about zoological classification of animals. What about
For some months now, we have looked at scientific names. These are names plants? Plant nomenclature began officially on May 1st, 1753 and the names
given to identify all the living organisms on earth so that, no matter what the are regulated using the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature as well as
local name of that organism might be, scientists all over the world will always the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. Even bacteria
know what it is. have their own code: the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria, begun
So, who decides what the scientific name of any organism should be? in 1975. So now you'll know where to look if you think you've found something
Who makes the rules that tell you how to name a newly found plant or never seen before!
animal? If a new organism is found by two different scientists at the same
time, who chooses which one has the right to name it?
Assigning correct names to animals is the responsibility of the International
Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), which publishes the WORD PUZZLE
International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. The Code describes the rules for How many words of four letters beginning with M, can you make from the let
assigning names to animals. The Commission was founded in 1895 to bring ters of NOMENCLATURE?
some order and consistency to the naming of animals. At present, the Answer on page 39.
Dhncdng with S tingray
by Tina Dreffin
The curvy beach on Anguilla seemed like the perfect spot for a luxurious saltwater
bath. An islander stood at one end, doing something unusual with large shells. I
sauntered towards the opposite end for my reverie. My rain dance on Scud -our
44-foot catamaran -missed the univer=;l =1 n.l somehow so with shampoo and
liquid Quell in hand, I took the ril;;;- I 1 i in colors enveloped my mask-less
vision underwater, and I let :. II p for a long period, r l1 in- in the prettiest
waters on earth. Getting on with the business at hand, I :..... I ...I the shallows
and, standing with legs splayed wide for balance against the slight surf, proceeded
to shampoo my hair. Feeling "in the groove" now, I twisted mid-length curls into an
impressive lather, shaping them into tall spikes, and then gnarly dreadlocks, while
-r-l;n out "Zippity-doo-dah".
I.. I your feet, lady!" shouted the islander behind me on the beach. (I thought,
"How did I drift down towards him so fast?") Shoving aside a bubbly spike of bangs,
I squinted with one open eye to see him yanking out the fleshy snail from a queen
conch for a gaggle of lobster-red, sunburned tourists, who had clustered around. I
became alarmed when a stifled cry came from one of the women. Suddenly, I felt
- .... II ., i -.i.... slide between my legs. Clawing at the soap in my other eye,
I I1 -i i, i I ,, I.I when I peered down to see a large grey shape undulate
between my feet: i .. -. ,.,. ANhat the heck? Then I lost my balance, and tum-
bled backwards ini I i I I conch shells, litter from the conchman. Ouch!
I felt something soft and slimy glide between my legs... a stingray!'
Hungry, the stingray cruised the beach for leftover conch bits; I -. 1 in wonder.
Satiated, .,,,-1 .. -nore, the stingray torpedoed into a rhumb :.. I the conch
pile behind I ... I i out!" the conchman shouted. I quickly gathered my wits and
tried to stand, but my bikini bottom had snagged in the conch shells. Extricating my
suit would've taken only a second, but seconds I didn't have. "Catch!" the conchman
shouted again, then launched himself into an Olympian roll of the shoulder, -it-hi;n
conch entrails at me. Gooey guts i ii.... i, the air, misty slime spinning 11 I
raindrop- I .... 1. the wet mass, .. I -... I what to do next. "Feed it to him," he
hissed. 1 1
Clutching the guts by the foot, I shoved them underwater at the eager stingray. It
slithered slowly towards me, and then stopped at my entangled legs to feed on my
proffered entree-of the-day. As they were vacuumed from a ventral mouth, the head
bobbed up and down, and swirling sands billowed out from beneath giant wing-like
pectoral fins. Ti .. ... i..... veird happened the ray partially slithered onto my
lap, looking for ... i. I1 I I do! What do I do? Newspaper titles blasted in my
numb brain of: "Yachtswoman Dies in Shallows from Sea Creature" or "Sea Monster
"Don't move! Mind the tail!" shouted the conchman, and then tossed me more
conch guts. "Hold it under the snout!" The red tourists, oohed and ahhed, snapping
digital photos in rapid succession.
Ever so slowly I placed my open palm beneath the head of the ray, offering it as a
token for my life. Nice kitty; please go home to mommy, I cooed in pleading tones.
My Buddhist nature screamed trouble: I don't believe in harassing or taming sealife.
This is nuts!
The ray nuzzled my palm, caressing my fingers with soft, velvety lips -like those
of a sweet-natured mare. A pleasant tingling sensation arose, and rushed up my
forearm. I simply smiled. After poking around for more, the ray swirled around to
retreat, whipping a bulbous tail across my trembling feet. I froze, not wanting to
startle it with any sudden movement.
This is NOT recommended behavior. Petting or feeding rays encourages human
approach. The long, i.. 1.1 .i I -.... ... ...i1. Lt severe wounds stingrays are,
in fact, the most cor .... .. ...- i, -1.- The barbed spines at the base of
the tail contair i .-.... .I ,i i- I i iI .,. mechanism against predators.
In addition, -..... -.. I .- ... .. creatures. On Scud, my husband, Peter, and
I see them often. In quiet anchorages, we hear them as they catapult from water into
mid-air, landing with a thunderous thump. We dash on deck to watch the show, feel
ing lucky with their repeated performance. When snorkeling, we see them feeding on
mollusks and crustaceans in shallows: we know they are near when broken conch
shell shards litter the ocean floor or when a cloud of whirling sands emerge before
us, making navigation through swirling sands difficult. "'- -- tl-. a wide berth,
not wanting to disturb them, and then turn to admire I. .. 11.. 11 .... ballet as they
glide through still waters. Swimming alongside a pair i I I is a mystical
experience. Once, as a young girl, while snorkeling for the first time, I was astonished
S 1 1 me and discover ...... i,,, ,, i i ii ,,, i i ... irom the ocean
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BOOK REVIEW BY SALLY ERDLE
Cap'n Fatty's Cruising World Yarns, by Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, 2008 Gary M
Goodlander. Self-published. Paperback, 220 pages, B&W photos. ISBN 1440447241.
Gary Goodlander, the self styled "Cap'n Fatty", is perhaps the best-known cruising
writer in the I .. .i. language today. He's not necessarily a bold high seas adven
turer or an 1 -ii ldilkrun voyaging pioneer (although stuff happens), but more a
sort of married guy, modestboat, Boomer vintage, cruising Everyman with a dif
ference. The difference is that he writes about nearly everything he does, sees and
feels as a cruiser, from the sublime to the ridiculous. And, unlike most cruising
author wannabes, he writes so engagingly and well that he actually makes a (modest)
living -1- : t
One I I ..s is
I being Editor at Large
(no pun intended, I'm
sure) at Cruising World
about his two circum
navigations and what
ever else inspires him
I-~I _-E to put :""-' u" to
laptop p Is ,, his
muse, Carolyn. "I've
been writing for the
magazine almost a
decade now," says
Fatty, "and suddenly
realized how many
great stories I had
accumulated over the
years. My wife Carolyn
and I printed them
out and culled the
best and were star
tied to see we had
more than ps ..a1. i
-L : `1;~a book. So I,.,,,
The entire book was
created aboard their
38 foot sloop, Wild
Card, during their sec
All the writing, graph
ics and layout were
done either at sea or
at anchor, and then
uploaded using vari
ous "borrowed" WiFi links. Sometimes the "home made" nature of the project shows
in little glitches such as typos and punctuation mistakes, but no matter, the content
more than overcomes the smattering of technical flaws. Fatty is able to bring both
i I ..,, I, .,I ,i. ......... i together in his stories, and presents the seam
'... I ... events to inner thoughts as a friendly gift to
Even though The Fat One doesn't write for Caribbean Compass owing to exclusion
ary contractual obligations elsewhere ahemm), he did generously write on his web
site's "Influences" page: "It would be remiss of me as a longterm Caribbean writer to
write a note about writing without mentioning [Caribbean Compass editor] Sally
Erdle... who has done more to encourage marine writers than any person alive. My
hat is off to you, Sally!" Well, shucks, Fatty, we see encouraging marine writers as a
serious part of our job. (We're lazy; we don't want to write everything ourselves!)
We return the favor by noting that Fatty has not only inspired countless people to
become sea gypsies, and, as ,i .. -. live the dream", but has also inspired
many to emulate him and ,, .1 I about what they live. The world is
richer for people going to sea and telling their truths.
Thanking Fatty for his influence by buying this book is also something very nice
you can do for yourself. Enjoy.
This book is available at www fattygoodlander.cm and Amazon.com.
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Spanish for Cruisers: The Boater's Complete Language Guide for Spanish-
Speaking Destinations, second edition, by Kathy Parsons. Aveturas Publishing
Company. Softcover, ring bound, 368 pages, B&Wphotos and illustrations. ISBN 978
0 9675905 2 3. US$31.95.
Are you headed by boat to Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, the Rio Dulce, Isla
Mujeres, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico or Miami? Unless Spanish is
your native language, don't set sail without this book. It delivers exactly what it
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promises: Spanish for cruisers. It will make you smarter and happier. (How often do
you get that for 32 bucks?)
Kathy Parsons' first edition of Spanish for Cruisers immediately became as indis
pensable as charts, as word went around the Caribbean -r'i7i;n. -ommunity:
"You've got to have this book (and its sister publication . I Cruisers)!"
Cruisers using the first edition then suggested ten useful new topics (such as provi
sioning, internet use and banking) to Kathy, which she has included in this expand
Kathy, a cruiser herself, has compiled a comprehensive, practical and unique
yachtsman's Spanish English phrase book, nautical dictionary and conversation
guide. It covers all the language and vocabulary necessary to cruise in Spanish
speaking countries (except some of the : .11 ...... i, 1.I ihe book is targeted
at readers who don't know any Spanish Ii -ri .. '. Cruisers will also be
a boon to those who are fluent in Spanish but lack technical boating vocabulary
do you know how to say wingnut or fuel shut off valve in Spanish?
Every word and phrase is accompanied by its pronunciation, so you can say it cor
rectly and be understood. The vocabulary has been extensively reviewed for accu
racy by Spanish speaking boaters, mechanics and marine workers from Spain to
Latin America, so you can learn the words that are actually used in the countries
Over 30'' i,. ...... photos and illustrations support the text. Even the cute little
cartoons .- i- I' ,i The book's compact size, spiral binding and water-resistant
wrap around cover make it durable and convenient to use.
From holding radio .... .i ..i ,, . -.. at sea to asking for separate
checks in a restaurar ,I .... i....... i .... ., I i. ., slating a weather report, this
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I BO K0E VIE I0 BOB I E RI. le
The White Witch of Rosehall, by Herbert G. de
Lisser, Macmillan Education. First published in 1929.
261 pages. ISBN 13:978-1-4050-8592-2
Manchineel, by John Ballem, Dundurn Press, pub
lished 2000. 318 pages. ISBN 0-88882-2170
The drumbeats of obeah, also known as voodoo, are
the common thread of both these island tales.
The better story, to my surprise, was The White
Witch ofRosehall (first reviewed in Caribbean Compass
in May 2000), written 80 years ago by the editor of the
well known Jamaican newspaper, The Gleaner. Mr. de
Lisser weaves a tale of a young gentleman just off the
boat from England who has agreed to accept the lowly
position of bookkeeper at a Jamaican estate so that he
can learn the sugar business from the ground up. It is
his intention to one day take over an estate in
Barbados belonging to his father, an estate that nei
their of them has ever visited.
The date is 1831, on the eve of the emancipation of
all colonial British slaves, and there is unrest in the
air. Into this cauldr-n; turn -h l ---n P-'--rt
Rutherford, age 26. He ...... .. .11- ..- ... -
ly boss, Annie Palmer, the widowed owner of Rosehall
Estate. Her last three husbands have died at Rosehall,
an impressive number for a 31-year-old, but Robert
nonetheless is bewitched by her beauty, sensuality,
and frankness. She doesn't give a fig about what oth
ers think, and takes Robert to her bed on his second
night of employment.
Complicating the picture is a beautiful and spirited
mulatto, Millicent, who falls for Robert and becomes
his "housekeeper" or mistress. Robert starts drinking
rum and within a week he has changed considerably.
Over the course of the book Robert discovers the
true nature of Annie, seeing a cruel and sadistic side
he never imagined when he swore his love for her. His
sympathies switch over to Millicent. Annie is con
sumed with rage and jealousy, but Millicents grandfa
their is a powerful voodoo priest, and the fun begins.
There are spells, apparitions, curses, and an attempt
ed exorcism, but this book shines not for its knowl
edge of the darker arts, but for its everyday details
about i ...... i., last days of slavery. The descrip
tions ci II. ....I, the sun, rain, and moon, are
rendered in minute detail, as are many of the customs
and habits of both black and white Jamaicans in the
early 19th century.
There is tension between Robert and the estate over
seer at the start, as the bookkeeper is lower in status,
but once Robert beds Annie the tables are turned.
Robert Rutherford is a creature of his class and a
decent man, but he still uses the "N" word, a realistic
departure from "political correctness".
These and other charms of a book written nearly a
century ago await the reader. A few of the descriptions
run long, but they are all part of the attraction in my
view, for this was written in the era of Somerset
Maugham. In fact, had Maugham written about
Jamaica, he could not have come up with a better
book. The evil plotting colonial female was one of his
favorite characters, and he wrote to de Lisser, "I
enjoyed your books; they are full of life and charac
ter... They are also, a trait not too common in modern
fiction, extremely readable."
Manchineel by John Ballem, is a "Castle Street
Mystery" or genre book. It was made known to me by
a friend in Norway, of all places, and is still available
on Amazon.com. Its author has written at least ten
novels, and though extremely competently written, one
gets the impression that he cranked this one out with
a wicked sense of humour.
The mystery that is solved by its wealthy pilot/hero,
Skye McLeod, to me was secondary to the delicious
and sardonic satire of its setting. Manchineel Island is
obviously modeled on our own exclusive playground of
the rich and famous in the Grenadines, Mustique. Old
island hands can immediately recognize some real-life
characters who shaped that island's development.
There is Princess Helen, a selfish lush with eyes for
young men, and Lord Fraser, the eccentric head of the
Manchineel Company, with his pet cheetah and chim
panzee. The portraits are none too flattering, but they
help shake off the counter-myths that the island has
carefully cultivated since the departure of the two indi
viduals on whom these characters are modeled.
Of course anyone connected with modem Mustique
would find the idea of voodoo ceremonies performed on
their island ridiculous. But voodoo is only the back
ground for the dark crimes uncovered in the plot by
"Skye pilot", who, for fun, beds a divorced wife from a
powerful political family very much like the Kennedys.
It's all a bit corny but it appears that Ballem spent
more than one holiday on Mustique and had a pretty
good knowledge of its residents' foibles. His observa
tions about locals are in turn humorous (his house
servant is named "Overfine"), sympathetic, and cyni
The book's one cheap shot is an all-too-simplistic
characterization of the island's playboy/bar owner,
Nick, who, to tell the truth, could have been fleshed
out in a far more interesting manner had the author
cared to go beyond stereotype.
Beyond a few quibbles I found Manchineel to be an
enjoyable read, if for no reason other than the fun it
pokes at the affectations of the very, very wealthy,
while it serves up a dark dish of murder and kidnap
ping, set in the Grenadines with a voodoo backbeat.
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A firm, ripe slice of avocado alone or with fried egg, fish, or chicken in a sand
which with salt and a bit of freshly ;-.t- 11lack pepper is a personal favorite of mine.
Caribbean markets have avocados 1 .. called pears -either round or oval, with
green, purple, or black skin. Avocados ..-.. .1 ii ... .. I 1o pounds, but can
grow to double that size. The yellowish-g. .. I -,1 .. ..... I a single large seed.
Test for ripeness by very gently squeezing the fruit it should give -1..1.i1 Don't
test by shaking to see if the seed is loose this can bruise the inside I 11. fruit.
The tree is a member of the laurel family, and has been growing in Central and
South America for ten thousand years. The Spanish explorers rediscovered the tree
-it- 1-n;; -g-shaped leaves and greenish 'petal-less' flowers. The word avocado is
i I... the Spanish aguacate, and originally it came from the Mexican Aztec
word ahuacatL Avocados have been cultivated since the beginning of the twentieth
century by grafting branches. Now avocados are grown throughout the world in tem-
perate and tropical climates.
Avocado is a very nutritional tree fruit. Although high in calories, avocado is good
for the heart. It contains oleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol, potassium to lower
blood pressure, and folate to lower the risk of heart attacks. One cup of avocado has
236 calories, but is also rich in vitamins K, B-6, C, and copper. Avocados also pro
vide vitamin A, thiamine, and riboflavin. Second to the olive in oil content, the fruit
of the avocado is about a quarter oil.
Avocados are used in salads, in sandwiches, and in soups. The most common use
of avocado is guacamole, where the soft fruit is blended with various seasonings and
used as a spread or as a dip.
Hot Scorpion Guacamole
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1/2 Cup tofu
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire ("English") sauce
hot pepper sauce and salt to taste
Blend tofu with a fork, or in a food processor or blender, until smooth. Then mash
in the avocados. Mix well with remaining ingredients. Don't be shy with the hot pep
per sauce -it should have some "zing". Place in a bowl and cover closely with plas
tic wrap to prevent darkening. Chill and serve as a dip or spread.
Chilled Avocado Oyster Soup
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
juice from one lemon and one lime
1/2 bunch chadon bene (island cilantro)
2 Cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire ("English") sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 dozen nice-sized, well-cleaned fresh oysters
Mix .ii ,... i. ..I i ,. in a blender. Add oysters to the mix, chill the
soup ,. I -
Fettuccine with Walnuts and Avocados
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 Cup wine vinegar
1/2 Cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tablespoons chopped chives, chopped
1/2 Cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 Tablespoons walnuts, chopped
1 whole avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
1 pound dried fettuccine noodles
1/4 Cup diced sweet pepper
hot pepper sauce and salt to taste
In a large bowl combine olive oil, vinegar, basil, chives, sun-dried tomatoes, wal
nuts, and half of the avocado. Toss so the pieces of avocado are evenly coated.
Cook the fettuccine for three minutes or according to package directions for at
dente. Drain and combine with oil-and-vinegar mixture while pasta is hot. Toss all
ingredients and top with remaining diced avocado. Serves 6.
Baked Stuffed Avocados
3 firm ripe avocados, cut in half and seeded
1/4 Cup sherry
2 Cups diced cooked turkey, chicken, shrimp or fish
1 1/2 Cups diced celery
1 1/2 Cups toasted almond slivers
1 pimento, chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon grated lemon rind
1/2 Cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon minced onion
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450F. Pour the sherry in a saucepan, add poultry or seafood and
heat gently, then add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and fill avocados. Place
in baking dish and bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.
For the Gardener
Avocado trees are usually bought at nurseries. They grow to 60 feet with a spread
of 20 feet, so they need ample space. A nice project for a young person or a newlywed
couple is to sprout your own tree from a seed. Select a seed from a specific tree;
purple avocados are my favorite. In a glass or cup of water, suspend the seed by
toothpicks so only the bottom half of the seed is submerged. Watch as the seed
sprouts roots. Transplant the seed when the roots are about two inches long to a
plant pot with soft soil and keep it moist.
by Ross Mavis
It was grocery day for my Mum. At 96 she continued
to live on her own and go through several hundreds of
dollars of groceries monthly. Mum's eyesight was not
good so she relied on me to take her =h-i -rn usu
ally about once every three weeks. -i. ..i hold
onto the grocery cart while I slowly pushed it down the
aisles, calling out the products located there. She
never failed to amaze me by trying most of the "new
foods" that come on the market. I've never eaten multi
grain Cheerios but Mum knew them well.
"I prefer them even to oatmeal," Mum said recently.
Now this was a shock. My mum, of Scottish heritage,
epinr she preferred a commercial cereal to oatmeal!
i..... 1 .. 1 determination to live forever was a
fine exan1 i i i i mind over matter.
She passed away quietly in her 98th year, after say
ing she no longer wanted to eat. At Mum's funeral we
had a kilted piper play the hymn Amazing Grace. My
mother truly was amazing.
I have never been to Scotland but I'm determined to
go. Mum was born in Aberdeen and traveled with her
mother and sisters to Canada in 1910. Although
Mum didn't remember much of the journey, she did
recall having breakfast in Montreal before boarding a
train heading for the west coast. My father would
often say that my mother and her siblings were
encouraged off the ship 1 i I- 'i "'i i. oatmeal
down the gangplank. He ii11 i. i i i to her
as an oatmeal savage.
Oatmeal or porridge was not. 1 i i . i 1. ..
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary r ''. I ,. I. .,..,,
in 1755 defined oats as a grain that in England was
generally given to horses and in Scotland supports
the people. It can be easily understood why the Scots
are such a hardy breed as oats are by far the most
nutritious of the cereal grains. Kept in a watertight
bin, oatmeal is the ideal grain to have on board. Keep
it tightly sealed.
Once oats have been cleaned, toasted, hulled and
cleaned once again, they become oat groats. These
can be cooked and served as a cereal or used as you
would rice. When steamed and flatted by heavy roll
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further processed and rolled again into quick-cooking
Instant oats cannot be used as you would rolled oats
or quick-cooking oats. The instant variety has been
precooked and the softer product often can become
lumpy or mushy when used in muffins or cakes.
Scotch oats are coarse unrolled oats that resemble the
texture of couscous or cracked wheat. These are great
in a breakfast cereal but require longer cooking than
oatmeal. When using oat flour (finely ground groats) in
baked goods, additional leavening is needed to help
the product rise.
There is a plethora of recipes, both sweet and savory,
that use oats or oatmeal. Oatmeal in meat loaf, oat
meal and brown rice with spices, and oatmeal cookies
galore incorporate this versatile grain.
Here are some wa-- t -ni-- -Itmeal other than
traditional porridge, 1 i.. .1 i ... .-,. in itself
Toasted Oatmeal and Honey Sandwiches
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) oatmeal
4 slices brown bread
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) butter
3 Tablespoons (45 ml) honey
Preheat oven to 350F (177C). On a baking sheet,
spread oatmeal and bake in oven about 10 minutes
until pale brown. Spread bread with butter and honey.
Sprinkle cooled, toasted oatmeal over honey. Top with
buttered bread. If oats are toasted in advance, this is
a quic nd
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Use almost any combination of fruit for this delicious
1 Cup (250 ml) flour
1 Cup (250 ml) rolled oats
1 Cup (250 ml) brown sugar
1/2 Cup (125 ml) butter
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) grated nutmeg
3 Cups (750 ml) chopped pineapple
1 Cup (250 ml) chopped mango
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) butter for top
Mix together flour, oats and half the brown sugar in
a large bowl. Cut the half-cup of butter into mixture
using a knife or pastry blender.
Combine cinnamon, nutmeg and the remaining
' -- ;;-.; i -1 .irate bowl and mix with fruit. Mix
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Ti. 1.;- 1- uttered glass baking pan, spread a quar
i .......I mixture and pat into a base. Add fruit
mixture on top and spread evenly. Cover with remain
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or fruits, toiletries, household goods, 1:00 pm
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We got the January Compass in Martinique. I read
the lionfish article with interest as Bermuda (our
home) is also dealing with this problem. The fisheries
officer at the Bermuda Aquarium, Chris Flook, is doing
a great job of raising awareness, as well as being very
active in catching all he can. Apparently the spines
can be quickly made harmless with a blowtorch! He
has also persuaded a top chef, Chris Malpas, to exper
iment with cooking the fish. Chef Chris now declares
that lionfish is his favourite eating fish. On a recent
talk show 1 1,, 1,1, 1,.1 1.5 problem, a call .. 1
having a ...-1. I.-1..... tournament. I I I I 11 -
will come to something.
I also read the articles on budgeting. I don't think
anyone mentioned laundry. Do all the small stuff on
board. If you don't have a machine on board, try to
find a laundromat -not always easy -to wash
sheets and towels. Dry everything on board. Cut down
on bath-towel use by first drying yourself with a wash
cloth -it takes up about 80 percent of the moisture.
Dry the towels outside after every use and they'll stay
Thank you for publishing my letter on an anchorage
rating system in the January issue. I would like to reply
to Kevin Hughes' letter in the February issue concern
ing this matter. Kevin's statement that the placement of
the measuring equipment at the mid-beam of the yacht
would penalize a rolly anchorage is true. However this
is intentional. A roll- -I,. 7r- 1. ;;11-.11- uncomfort
able. His described i,.... i.. i ........ the anchor
is well known and I have used this on many occasions.
If the springing technique is successful, the measure
ment can be made after it has been done, resulting in
a higher rating for that anchorage.
I now have several more ratings for Caribbean
anchorages. Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, and Chaguaramas,
Trinidad, are the only ones so far visited that score
over 30. Scores below 10 are usually the result of a
swell working its way into the anchorage -such as at
Carlisle Bay, Barbados, and Saline Bay, Mayreau.
At the moment we are in Trinidad, preparing for our
first haulout in three years, and after that we will
revisit Grenada. I would also look forward to a discus
sion on this topic with Mr. Hughes.
S/Y White Princess
Editor's note: For those of you who missed the
January issue of Compass, here's Mike's Provisional
Anchorage Rating System Equation:
"I devised this rating system to give an easily deter
mined rating to an anchorage, with a high rating being
very sheltered and a low number being exposed and
rough. Perhaps somewhere a list could be established
for the ratings.
The method of determination is very simple, and the
equipment needed should be available on most yachts.
All that is needed is afixed weight and a pair of scales.
The weight could be anywhere between OOg (a small
glass of water) to Okg (a diving weight belt). The scales
need to be appropriate to the weight used -a set of
kitchen scales for the 1 OOg or fishing scales for the
10kg. The scales and weight are placed midway out to
the beam of the boat, at about the fore-and aft center
line. The weight is placed on the scales and the reading
observed for a few minutes. The maximum and mini
mum weights are noted. The mean value of the weight
is divided by the difference between the maximum and
minimum weights noted. This will give the rating figure
for the anchorage.
R = ((Max + Min)/2)/(Max Min)
It is inevitable that different results will be obtained
by different boats, and that these will change with the
weather, but a good anchorage will show consistently
higher values than a poorly sheltered anchorage. Also
other factors that affect the anchorage, like unwelcome
commercial activity (such as jet skis and fast speed
boats), could be factored in."
Having read your article and Chris Doyle's letter in
the February issue on the new on-line Customs clear
ance form, and having been fed up with -.ii.... in
various scruffy offices around the Caribbean 1,1,,,. in
what is effectively the same form with minor varia
tions, I ji, ,..1i I Iould give eSeaClear a try. Not bad
for a I - I not particularly intuitive, but most
modern-day computer literates will have no problem,
so it is looking good.
I noted that on the home page the last line of text
says it "does not replace clearing in and out of
Customs" -the key word here being "out". Chris
Doyle also mentioned in his letter that it currently
does not cover departure. So I popped up to the friend
ly Customs officer in Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia,
and he agreed that the system is only currently envis
aged for arrival notification.
So here we are: I fill in the form on line, arrive at my
destination and give the nice Customs man a number.
He prints out a form, stamps it and gives it to me once I
have paid my fees, a great saving in time and effort When
I come to leave, however, the old paper form and reams
of carbon paper reappear and once ..i-, T .- t sit in
a sweaty office filling in the same ol i -1 i I .. i
Only in the Caribbean...
Yacht Tiger Frightener
PS. In continuance of ... .. -,.. .I .- I asked
another Customs officer i,, I I uld check
in with eSeaClear on returning in a week's time. He
said they hadn't been trained and had "no computers".
There was one on the desk. I then did a clearance into
Bequia, as the system says they are on-line, and when
I arrived the Customs man said they could not use the
system, as they had "no computers" -while standing
right next to a modem flat-screen computer.
I have recently arrived in Antigua, and would like to
make a small complaint: Antigua's paperwork is worse
than Trinidad's. They really need eSeaClear!
Talking of which, I discovered yet another advantage
to eSeaClear. On a previous visit to Nevis, I had not
done an advance entry (I forgot they were part of the
eSeaClear system) so I filled in the usual form by
hand when I arrived. When I came back almost a
month later, I again forgot to do it with eSeaClear.
When I went to clear in, the Customs officer (a very
nice guy) recognized me, and told me that in the
meantime he had entered all the data on the first form
I gave him onto eSeaClear. So now, when I wanted to
clear in, he just brought up my form on his computer,
we took one crewmember off, he printed it out and,
hey, it was done! No form for me to fill in. (Of course
he printed a copy fo, I ........ .. .i who then ignored it
and wanted me to :,1 11, ,I -.. Most identical form,
then the Port Authority did the same, but one in three
is better than none.)
So the bottom line is, if Customs officers use the
eSeaClear system in this way, it can also save form-filling
for those who are not using the advance internet feature.
Editor's note: We've been receiving a lot of letters
about eSeaClear, both criticizing it and praising it.
We're not closing the subject, because eSeaClear
seems here to stay and there will inevitably be teeth
ing pains during its roll-out. But we do ask that let
ters, pro and con, add new and useful information,
opinions or suggestions to this ongoing discussion
this we welcome.
By the way, thefolks behind eSeaClear, the Caribbean
Customs Law Enforcement Council, have recently pub-
lished a brochure explaining the basics of the system
and answering FAQs. Look for it at Customs offices.
It was sad to read in the February issue the death of
Mariann "Why Knot" Palmborg whom I knew for many
years. During my almost annual visit to Bequia in the
1980s and good part of the 1990s, Mariann and her
partner Peter always gave me a warm welcome. She
was a true ambassador for her adopted Caribbean
island home. I was sorry when they split up -they
seemed such a beautiful couple when I first met them
on their Colin Archer ketch, Fredag -and also that
she had passed away in her native Norway. But life
goes on, as she would like it.
The article on the breadfruit ("The Bountiful
Breadfruit" by Shirley Hall) was good. What a versatile
fruit. I liked the menus. Shirley, however, probably
didn't have space to include a receipt for traditional
Caribbean Breadfruit Cuccoo! People may know the
more familiar cuccoos made from cornmeal. (They are
also made from green bananas).
I still remember the delicious cuccoos from my
grandmother and my mother.
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nU 0 Marine
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
Then, if the claim is denied
or unsatisfactonly settled,
it is too late.
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I don't have any recipe but I am sure your readers
will send in some (also for the cornmeal and banana
variants). The best were "lathered" in that old-time
salty butter from tins and best served with saltfish! I
guess too much salt these days is not 1 f- ou.
Now again I try to make it. Anyhow, i i . -. is
worth, here goes:
Peel one ripe breadfruit. Cut in slices (about five or
six), taking out core. Boil in salted water until soft.
Mash slices until consistency of bread dough. After
placing on a plate, put two or three tablespoons of old
style butter on top (after all, we only have it once in a
while). Serve with salt fish (and a chopped hard-boiled
egg, if desired). Serves two. Great!
Hi Caribbean Compass,
I'm Captain Kjell of the Swedish yacht Treviljor, and
I just want to warn the sailing community of the pos
sible hazards of 1n-h-ri;n in Wallilabou, St. Vincent,
now apparently .1 .. .I -' bay".
As we sailed down the coast on the 1st of February,
we were charmed by the seven-knot rowing strong
man who cheerfully met us more than a nautical mile
off the coast. He told us of the very fine anchorage in
Wallilabou. So we changed our plans to go to rolly
Young Island Cut and opted for a quiet night in lee
ward-side waters, before my friend would leave for
the airport and the long flight back to Sweden the
I had heard all about the bay's reputation and had
been there in the early 1990s, when you had heaps
of boatboys hanging all over your topsides and half
way into your cockpit. But this time I told everybody
that only the guy who took our line would take care
of all my business, and most of the others dropped
We had a nice evening and ate the .. 1i yellowfin
tuna we caught earlier while 1.... :nt to bed
late after taking all the photc 1 ..friend Bengts
digital Olympus mu1030 camera, which you can take
down to ten metres under water.
Good thing we did.
When we went to bed we cleared the cockpit and all
deck areas of all valuables and took everything down
below. During the night, between 0400 and 0630,
somebody came aboard and removed two Nokia cam
era-telephones, my US phone, and my local Digicel
phone from a place 30 centimetres in front of my head!
They also lifted two pairs of trousers from the hooks 15
centimetres over my head and emptied all the pockets,
sorting out the various currencies and only taking EC
money, leaving my trousers nicely laid out on the sofa
in the saloon!
Thankfully they left the two credit cards and the two
laptop computers that give me access to my bank
accounts. (The perp also missed my Swedish phone,
which is open to all calls worldwide, so who knows
what this could have cost me.)
i, i ,. i -. i .. his camera and wallet were removed
-I' i i..... i, d EC dollars and some US dollars.
We were lucky that the 1,000 pictures taken during the
voyage were now on my computer, which was under a
pillow on the other settee instead of in the bag where it
was usually kept and which the thief removed.
The daytime security :.1 I 1. 1. .1 iid we were
lucky we stayed asleep, : i .I ..1 i. .I eager prob
ably wouldn't stop with II .. i 1-. -- 1
So anyway, keep your hatches Ic i i -'1 -' Ly
there. Ours was the second boarding in two weeks,
and the German yacht beside us had a visit the same
night but nothing was taken, probably because noth
ing was accessible.
I now feel violated and lock the hatches at night,
even in Bequia, which is a sad story after 20 trouble
free winters sailing in the Caribbean.
Editor's note: We asked Steve Russell of Wallilabou
Anchorage, which provides yacht services in the bay,
for his commentary on the situation, which follows.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the
situation involving Captain Kjell and the incident
aboard his yacht, S/Y Treviljor.
Our normal course of action in such a situation is to
work closely with the local constabulary in . ...1.1
investigating all claims an i i .11 ... ... i i i. i I,
perpetrators responsible, i.. ., i ... 1. I :ase, the
chall-l : .---;; 1 .. . .1 indicated
his : ..i .. .. i 1.... 11,.1 .. 1 1 .11 a b ru sh
of rancorous malignancy.
Based on our investigations, we were able to draw
from four statements given by Captain Kjell. The first
was given to Cpl. Daize of the Barrouallie Police
Station at 7:00AM on the morning of the February 1st
and duly signed by the Captain himself. A quantity of
lost items was also recorded in the "Stolen Property
Register" and bears the I.D. number 27. The second
report was made to me at 11:15AM at Wallilabou
Anchorage, in which written notes were taken. The
third statement was written by Kjell himself in the
'Visitors Book" of the Pirates Retreat, a restaurant
located at the northern end of the bay. The fourth is
enshrined in the above letter written to Compass.
Please note that three of the four statements are
affixed with the actual signature of Kjell himself.
In statement #1 given to the police, Kjell states that
he was boarded between ll:50PM and 7:00AM and
robbed ii. I ii .... one Olympus MU1030 camera
(value : ,I ,, ,i ,, gold Nokia cell phone (value
EC$1500), one silver Nokia cell phone (value US$280),
EC$700, and US$100.
On realizing that he was robbed, he went up on deck
and saw a Rastafarian on a white surfboard paddling
hastily from his boat. He gave chase in his dinghy and
had an altercation with him. Some mention was made
of this in statement #3. As a result of a description
given in this statement, one person was questioned by
the police and released for lack of evidence.
At 11:15AM, F ii i1 i -1. nent #2) the inci
dent to me at .11,1 .... I, ,,. He stated that he
heard footsteps on his yacht at 6:00AM and assumed
that it was his passenger, Bengt. However, on seeing
Bengt exit from his cabin, he realized that someone
else was on his boat. He quickly ran up on deck and
noticed a man in a red and blue boat rowing away from
his yacht and who sought the sanctuary of an adjacent
yacht to affect his escape. Kjell was particularly
descriptive of the small boat and mentioned that it had
S: -r- ount of : .... ...... i ,1 area of the
.. i .. with th i 1.- I .. .i ... -, mentioned
above, a passenger's laptop was also mentioned, as
well as Swedish money and euros. Kjell felt that the
only reason his own laptop survived was because he
had put it under his pillow.
At2:00PM Kjell entered the Pirate's Retreat Restaurant
and proceeded to personally lodge statement #3 in the
visitor's log. He recorded that the robbery happened
specifically at 6:25AM and in addition to the above, he
lost 500 Swedish kronas and a five mega-pixel Digicel
Statement #4 is his letter above.
I sympathize with the victims of crime of any kind,
anywhere, and particularly here in Wallilabou where
we havr .-1- triin.-nt efforts to create a safe and
secure .. .. ..... .. i the visiting public. In my 18
years at Wallilabou, there have existed certain inalien
There has never been an action of violence perpe
treated against any visitor in this bay.
We hav- -ii-r-; -.mount of helpers (boat
boys), the :......'I I I',, I are sometimes intimi-
dating and the actions of which can be construed
There is a functioning Boat Boy Association with
traiif1 rP -nnl rin i I I I I
is recorded in the bay each year.
Wallilabou Bay is on the cusp of a new transform
tion. New security lighting is soon to be installed by
the Ministry of National Security, there has been a
recent increase in police patrols, and a new permanent
coast guard boat is to be introduced next month for
Wallilabou Bay. These measures will transform our
bay into one of the safest in the entire Caribbean.
Finally, I wish to declare that no other incident was
reported that night, but as we continue to be vigilant
in our efforts, we must be mindful of the ubiquitous
nature of crime and its adherence to no boundaries
and in so doing strengthen our resolve to create a
Director, Wallilabou Bay Resort Ltd.
Dear Compass Readers,
I've now read all I can quietly tolerate on the topic of
cruising without yacht insurance. Apparently one does
not need comprehension of basic math skills to be a
cruiser. Obviously we need to explore the other side of
the proverbial coin for a moment.
Suppose lightning strikes your boat one day, holes it
and sinks it resulting in a total loss. Without insur
ance, you alone will pay the price for your decision,
and that is how it should be. But life isn't always so
simple is it? Let's say, for example, that one day in a
crowded harbor my boat strikes yours and you sustain
$20,000 i- 1.... -- I i .i;.. -e will pay for your
repairs. I- .1 .... I . I ... .1 circumstances you
were to cause the same damage to my boat, I'm
screwed. You don't have insurance to cover the dam
age. Nor do you have an extra $20,000 lying around to
pay for it out of your pocket. (If you did, you would
have used ten percent of that to buy yacht insurance.)
I would have to file a claim with my insurance com-
pany to repair my 1...-- 1 1. -'ould eventually
result in an increase .........
So you see, when you decided that you don't need
insurance, that you are willing to take the financial
risk to save yourself a few bucks, you also made the
decision to risk my cruising kitty, yet I see no savings.
I really don't appreciate having you make decisions
that affect my finances, as I'm sure you would not
appreciate my neglect costing you!
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let's explore that. Lets say you are in a
busy harbor entrance, just outside the
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ing a $1,000,000 yacht owned by a US
politician. You're lined up to pass port-
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turns in front of you, crossing your
path. You have no time to react, let
alone maneuver, and you hit his star
board side. Both boats sink on the spot
from the damage and both are later
declared total losses.
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fault. But because the \,,i i the
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all times, in any circumstances, and
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cent responsible. What that means is
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90,000; and you, who were almost run
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him ten percent of a million, $100,000.
You're left boatless and have orders
from a maritime court to pay a United
States Senator $100,000. Could life be
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multiply the numbers by ten, making
those premium dollars you saved seem
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insure your boat to protect -
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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 ii I,
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : ... I .1
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Tin' local.
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Wallilabou Anchorage St. Vincent
Xanadu Marine Venezuela
MP = Market Place pages 44 to 46
tigrain, banana bread, herbs
& flax, butter crescents. To
place order Tel (784) 457-
Orders are delivered FREE
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Slip to rent,$15 per day inc
water, electricitycable TV.
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SUPERVISOR SEE WWW.
with experience in marine
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as waterfront and Travelift
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New BVI Publishing
Company seeking a Graphic
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STUDIO looking for 2 employ-
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required at our busy Art
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candidates are a couple
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