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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: April 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Volume ID: VID00026
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998

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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
www.caribbeancompass.com



- 5 A 'Stuck' in Grenada
L What's bad about happy? ..... 24






Local Boats Battle
in Grenada and Tobago .. 11, 12


High Wind
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Force 6 in St. Maarten ......... 19


o Crabby People

St. Croix's got 'em!................ 30

Blissful Bonaire A Cruiser Copes
The ice cream island............. 22 Medical emergency in Mexico..35



Business Briefs..................... 8 Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 34
Regatta News...................... 20 Cooking with Cruisers.......... 36
Street's Secrets.................... 26 Book Reviews......................38
Cruising Crossword............... 32 Readers' Forum...................40
Word Search Puzzle.............. 32 What's on My Mind...............42
Island Poets ................... 33 Meridian Passage................. 42
Sailors' Horoscope................ 33 Caribbean Market Place.....44
Cartoons.............................. 33 Classified Ads ..................... 47
Cruising Kids' Corner............ 34 Advertisers' Index................47

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Tel: (784) 457 3409, Fax: 784) 457 3410 compasgrnada@hotmailco
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Editor ...................................... Sally Erdle
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APRIL


9 FULL MOON
9 Holy Thursday. Public holiday in USVI
9- 13 Bequia Easter Regatta. www.begos.com/easterregatta
9- 13 Easterval, Union Island, St. Vincent Grenadines. melissaj@vincysurf.com
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. See ad on page 14
16 3 May St. Maarten Carnival. www.stmaartencarnival.com
18- 19 Celebrations Trophy Regatta, Guadeloupe. www.triskellcup.com
19 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. www.ttgfa.com/home.html
22 Earth Day
24 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race. www.sailingweek.com
24 26 Curacao International Kte Festival. www.curacaokites.com
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





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1 May Day/Labour Day. Public holiday in many places
1 Ascension Day. Public holiday in some French and Dutch islands
1 3 Ethnik Festival, Marie-Galante (concerts, films, free camping).
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1 4 West Indies Regatta, St. Barts. See ad in Market Place section
1 10 St. Lucia Jazz Festival. www.stluciajazz.org
3 West Marine Atlantic Cup sets sail from Tortola, BVI to Bermuda.
www.carib1500.com
4 Bank holiday (Labour Day celebrated). Public holiday in many places
5 World Environment Day
5 Youman Nabi. Public holiday in Guyana
7 ARC Europe sets sail from Nanny Cay, BVI, to Portugal.
www.worldcruising.com/arceurope
8 Armistice Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
9 FULL MOON
9 Anguilla Sailing Festival. www.anguillaregatta.com
10- 15 Mount Gay Boatyard Regatta, Barbados. info@sailbarbados.com
16- 17 Capt. Oliver's Regatta, St. Maarten
18 Public holiday in Cayman Islands (Discovery Day) and Haiti (Flag Day)
20 Independence Day. Public holiday in Cuba
20 24 Round Guadeloupe Race. www.triskellcup.com
21 Ascension Day. Public holiday in Haiti and Dutch and French islands
21 23 Combat de Coques Regatta, Martinique. Club Nautique du Marin
(Martinique). tel (596) 74 92 48, fax (596) 74 62 02,
club-nautique-du-marin@wanadoo.fr
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Martinique
22 23 35th Annual Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, Jost Van Dyke, WEYC
22- 24 Vela Cup Race, Puerto Rico. www.puertoricovelacup.com
22 24 St. Lucia to Martinique Race (to be confirmed). St. Lucia Yacht Club
(SLYC), tel (758) 452-8350, secretary@stluciayachtclub.com,
www.stluciayachtclub.com
23 Labour Day. Public holiday in Jamaica
23 30 Curagao Dive Festival. www.curacaodive.com
23 25 BVI Music Festival. www.bvimusicfest.net
24 Public holiday in Haiti (Mother's Day) and Bermuda (Bermuda Day)
25 Memorial Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
26 Public holiday in Turks & Caicos (National Heroes Day)
27 Abolition Day. Public holiday in Guadeloupe
28 1 June Canouan Regatta. Canouan Sailing Club (784) 458-8197
30 Public holiday in Anguilla (Anguilla Day) and Trinidad & Tobago
(Indian Arrival Day)
30-31 Yole (sailing canoe) Races, Martinique. www.yoles-rondes.org
30-31 Martinique to St. Lucia Race. YCM
30 1 June 5th Zoo Regatta, Gosier, Guadeloupe. www.zoo-regatta.com
31 Pentecost. Public holiday in Bonaire


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
sally@caribbeancompass.com.



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planks) that was lying in the shallows and on the reef.
One cruiser counted 68 tires within the span of five
boats. The group voted to offer its services to the
Marine Park. Din, the Chief Ranger of the Marine Park,
attended a meeting and it was agreed that three
park staff and the park boat would work with the
cruisers to pick up any tires that were free of coral or
sponge growth.


Guadeloupe Strike Ends
After 44 days, union leaders in Guadeloupe called
off an island-wide strike on March 5th after most of
their demands were met, including raising some work-
ers' pay and lowering the price of gasoline.
Negotiations continued regarding other demands,
such as lowering prices on 54 basic products. The
strike had paralyzed the island's economy since it
began in late January. Martinique's nearly month-long
strike, held simultaneously and for similar reasons, has
also ended. Businesses on both islands report "every-
thing is back to normal".
Antigua Improves Yachting Security
John Duffy reports: Since the shooting death of
mega-yacht skipper Drew Gollan during an apparent
mugging attempt in January, measures have been
put in place to increase security in the English Harbour
and Falmouth areas of Antigua.
Even very minor changes are making a difference.
National Parks has been clearing away overhanging
trees and bushes from the roadside, which reduces
hiding places for criminals. Street lighting has been
improved in the darker areas of the harbours and also
around Pigeon Beach, a yachties' favourite within
walking distance of the harbours.
The biggest change has been in the police presence.
The number of police stationed in the Dockyard Police
Station has increased by about 50 percent. The senior
police officer for the area has been moved from the
All Saints Police Station to Nelson's Dockyard, English
Harbour. The Dockyard Police Station is now open 24
hours a day with the front desk manned and all other
officers out on patrol either in vehicles or on foot. Stop-


and-search procedures of suspicious vehicles and per-
sons are already in place. VHF radio traffic is moni-
tored at the police station and the police have two-
way radio communications. Specific officers have
been appointed to liaise with different sections of the
community, with a particular emphasis on the commu-
nity taking positive action either directly through the
police or through the Crimestoppers programme.
The relaxed approach to the liquor licensing laws has
been tightened up. While not impinging on the plea-
sure of the majority of revellers, drinking until the early
hours of the morning has been curbed, thereby
reducing the risk of vulnerable persons being on the
streets and targets for criminals.
English Harbour and Falmouth are currently full of
yachts, possibly due to a reduction in the number of
charters as a result of the international economic situ-
ation. There are still plenty of crew enjoying the bars
and restaurants of the area, but there seems to be a
greater recognition that not only does Antigua need
to protect its visitors but also that the visitors need to
behave responsibly. The carefree atmosphere of
English Harbour and Falmouth has returned, but with a
subtle change: it is more mature and its residents,
police and visitors are all a little wiser.
For more information visit www.abmo ag.
Bonaire Underwater Clean-Up
Karen Chelswick reports: The project started as
Happy Hour chatter among the sailboat cruisers
moored along the shoreline in Kralendijk, Bonaire. It
was evident to all that the surge from Hurricane Omar
in October, 2008, had caused a dramatic increase in
the amount of debris (mainly tires and wooden


Visiting cruisers got tired of all the tires on the seabed,
and partnered with Bonaire Marine Park staff in
a clean up
Cruisers from all of the boats in the mooring field par-
ticipated. More than 40 people were organized into
teams made up of divers, swimmers and boat workers.
Toucan Dive Shop kindly provided free air fills for the
divers on January 29th. The group worked for three
hours to retrieve more than 60 tires, which eventually
filled a garbage bin on the commercial dock. The
event was so successful, that the boaters agreed to
complete the cleanup of tires from the remainder of
the mooring field and adjacent reef.
In the interim, boaters gathered and piled tires lying
in the vicinity of their boats. Then, on February 5th, the
boaters completed the tire project. In all, over 120
tires and a large piece of docking were collected.
Next, the cruisers carefully removed, from the reef top,
wood from the wreckage of the three main docks
along Kaya Playa Lechi and Kaya J.N.E. Craane.
Continued on next page


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Or. -l: I:n, I i- : 1: : :i i: :i : f wood planking was
recovered with the help of the marine park staff. Air
fills for this day were provided by Carib Inn.
The cruisers have just made a dent in the dock
wreckage. A large percentage of the wood remains
on the reef top, destroying coral and sponges.
Some of the dive shops that were approached to pro-
vide free air for the project declined to participate. The
project has gone on, nevertheless, with the sailors using
their own resources. As a group, the boaters look for-
ward to more participation from the dive businesses to
improve the reef from which they derive their income.
Now, thanks to the cruisers, shore divers, local and visit-
ing, who frequent this area can better enjoy and
appreciate the beauty of this portion of Bonaire.

Panama Canal Yacht Club Demolished
The historic buildings housing the 80-year-old
Panama Canal Yacht Club in Cristobal Port, Panama,
were demolished on February 28th, after a judge had
reportedly ruled only the day before that the Panama
Ports Company owned the property and a demolition
permit was issued. Club members were promptly noti-
fied of the ruling, but not that demolition of the club,
built only a decade after completion of the Canal
itself, would take place the next day. Panama Ports
Company personnel told visiting yachtsmen using the
club facilities that the marina docks and dinghy dock
would be closed until further notice, and boatowners
were told to remove their boats by April 1st.
In a recent statement, Panama Ports said that the
company has only exercised its right to make use of
the areas that were given to it when it won the con-
cessions for the ports of Balboa and Cristobal after
they were privatized by the Panamanian government
in 1997. The statement, as reported in the Panama
Star newspaper, said that the lease contract the com-
pany had with the club expired a long time ago,
therefore, the club was illegally occupying the land.
However, according to a yacht club source, the
club's administration paid rent to Panama Ports until
February 2009 and therefore there was nothing illegal
in the occupation of the land.
The PCYC was a major resource for yachts preparing
for a Caribbean-to-Pacific transit of the Panama
Canal as well as those completing a transit from the
Pacific side.
The Panama Ports Company, a subsidiary of the mul-
tinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited,
will reportedly use the land for container storage.


Eight Bells
Three long-time Caribbean cruisers have
recently died.
Fred Gunther of the yacht FREE died of colorectal
cancer on February 13th. Fred Gunther and Teri
Rothbauer started cruising in 1989 and entered the
Caribbean in 1991. Teri writes, "Sure there were days
when the refrigeration, windlass, outboard and wife all
quit working, but Fred was usually able to fix them.
Fred decided the secret to cruising was to repair
whatever broke as soon as possible because other-




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Caribbean cruisers
Fred and Teri with
their land yacht in
California (the
islands were still
'on his mind' -note
his Peake's cap!)








wise the to-do list got to be overwhelming. He
believed in humor, and as Compass contributor O.B
Servant, he saw things that made others laugh.
"By 1993 Fred found that cruisers are willing to help
their local community at Christmas with a little encour-
agement on the yachtie radio net and organization.
That year in Venezuela he helped run an auction of
boat treasures that raised several thousand US dollars
which were spent on food delivered to people who


were hungry. For many years in Trinidad Fred, a.k.a.
Ho Ho Ho, collected donations from cruisers, and with
the vital help of Jesse James of Members Only Maxi
Taxi Service, made sure that those less fortunate in the
local community got a little something special at
Christmas." Fred wanted people to remember him
fondly, and if they feel they needed to do something
to mark his passage, they could do a good deed for
a friend or stranger.
FREE is in Trinidad looking for a new owner. Teri is
switching to land cruising in the RV she and Fred


bought a few years ago to ensure they never had to
put down roots, and still uses the sailingonfree@aol.
com address since the new RV is named FREE TOO.
John Bryan IV of the yacht Adhara, better known
to Compass readers as contributor John St. John,
and to music lovers in the Virgin Islands as a singer,
songwriter and guitarist, died on February 19th of
malignant melanoma.
Continued on next page


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Nowhere extends a warmer welcome than Port Louis, Grenada. Visitors can expect
powder-white beaches, rainforests, spice plantations and a calendar packed with
regattas and festivals. Grenada is also the gateway to the Grenadines, one of the
world's most beautiful and unspoilt cruising areas.
Now there's another good reason to visit. There are 50 new fully serviced slips for yachts
of all sizes up to 90m available right now for sale or rental.
Sitting alongside the marina, the forthcoming Port Louis Maritime Village will include luxury
hotels, villas, restaurants and bars, plus some of the finest boutiques and shops in the region.


Slips are available for sale or rental. For a private consultation to discuss
the advantages of slip ownership, please contact our International Sales Manager,
Anna Tabone, on +356 2248 0000 or email anna.tabone@cnmarinas.com
To fully appreciate this rare opportunity, we highly recommend a visit. To arrange an
on-site meeting please contact our Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Danny Donelan
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: oe writes, "Everywhere he
went, John either had a friend or he made one. He
taught us all an important life lesson, and he lived that
lesson: live your life to the fullest and don't wait for
some day." See photos and reminiscences from
John's friends and add your own at
www.john-saint-john.com.
Jerome Janicot age 57, of the yacht Santana, died
on the night of March 8th, apparently as the result of
a fall at a dock at Clifton Harbour, Union Island in the
Grenadines. He is survived by his wife Sylvie, many
friends and family members.

Watch for Stolen Yacht
The 2005-built Beneteau Cyclades 43.3 Ishtar was


Every year, one or more bareboats go missing from the
Eastern Caribbean charter fleet. As of press time,
Ishtar's whereabouts were still unknown


chartered from VPM charters at Le Marin, Martinique,
on February 28th and was not returned as agreed on
March 7th. The sailing yacht is considered missing and
possibly stolen.
Ishtar is white with a "VPM Bestsail" logo and spe-
cially designed blue decoration stripe on both sides.
There are only four vessels of this model with this par-
ticular decoration stripe in the whole Caribbean
(mainly based in Martinique and St. Martin). The
boat's name and homeport ('FdF", for Fort-de-
France) are in blue on the transom. The boat has dark
blue sailbags and bimini, with a solar panel above the
bimini. The hull number is FR-BEYE4133K506.
The charter crewmembers' names given are Jan
Minarik (Czech passport), Milos Gaspar, (Czech pass-
port), Miroslav Dolezalek, (Czech passport), Petr
Dombrovsky (Australian
passport, born in Czech
Republic). All are male.
The yacht was reportedly
seen in Dominica March
2nd; apparently it was
intended to pick up an
unnamed crewmember
there. Informed sources

being used for smuggling
drugs or illegal immigrants.
It is reported that three
years ago Milos Gaspar
stole a Lagoon 410 from
Guadeloupe, and that the
yacht was recovered in the
Cape Verde Islands.
We are also reliably
informed that Petr
Dombrovsky may have
L. been used unwittingly, hav-
ing been engaged as a
qualified captain to guide
a group of Czech business-
men on a cruise aboard
the missing yacht.
Dombrovsky s wife reportedly received an e-mail from
him on March 9th, from Margarita, Venezuela.
If the yacht is seen, notify the police or coastguard
immediately If you have any information about the
whereabouts of this yacht, please contact cochsen@
mcs-germany.com.


Yacht Sunk at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Melodye Pompa reports: On March 12th, a vessel
sank just at the entrance to the channel into Rodney
Bay Lagoon, St. Lucia. She is submerged with about 75
percent of her mast sticking out of the water canted
at a 45-degree angle. It appears that the keel is held
firm in the sand (at least for now). She is about 30
yards to the northwest of the end of the north break-
water to the channel. The green entrance light is at
1404.6N 6057.3W.
It is not likely that the sunken vessel will be a hazard
to navigation to yachts as she is rather closer to both
the shore and the breakwater than any yacht would
normally be. She is, however, a hazard to the water
toys and to the local fishing boats.
The St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority will reported-
ly move the boat soon.

World Heritage Status for Grenadines Explored
A meeting of some 30 delegates from the neighbor-
ing nations of Grenada and St Vincent & the
Grenadines was held in Kingstown, St. Vincent on
March 17th to discuss the possibility of nominating the
Grenadines island group as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage
the identification, protection and preservation of cul-
tural and natural heritage around the world consid-
ered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
Existing World Heritage Sites in the Eastern Caribbean
are Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St Kitts &
Nevis, Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica,
and The Pitons in St Lucia. Those at the meeting,
including representatives from relevant ministries in
both countries' governments as well as numerous
NGOs, strongly felt that the unique cultural and natu-
ral heritage of the Grenadines as a whole is worth pro-
tecting and preserving at this level, and agreed to
explore the idea of proposing both countries'
Grenadines as a continuous transboundary World
Heritage Site.
For more information on World Heritage Sites visit
whc.unesco.org.

Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertiser
West Indies Regatta of St. Barths, in the Market Place,
pages 44 to 46. Good to have you with us!















BUSINESS



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Fun New Book at Budget Marine Trinidad
Ruth Lund reports: Budget Marine Trinidad has a lim-
ited number of copies available of On the Nose, an
amusing new "cruising life" book illustrated with car-
toons, which should have a market among cruising
folk in the Caribbean. Although the setting is
Mediterranean, the cruising lifestyle portrayed so well


tion mounts for a smoother, quieter package with only
minimal increase in height. Fuel and oil drains are
located outside of the sound enclosure for easy con-
nection and forward and rear exhaust exit options are
also important design features. While the M944T is the
first Northern Lights model to showcase this leap for-
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Lights generator sets will receive this design treatment
in the near future.
Easily customizable, the M944T is an ideal system for
vessels looking for increased power in the footprint of
a 25 to 33kW machine.
Founded in 1958, Northern Lights is a leading manu-
facturer of marine-diesel generators and propulsion
engines. The company's products are distributed
through a global sales and service network to over
40 countries.
For information on Northern Lights agents in the
Caribbean see ad on page 26.





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Trinidad with his wife Liz on their yacht. They plan to
travel up the island chain and eventually west. The
author hopes to write and illustrate a second volume
relating to his experience in the Caribbean.
For more information on Budget Marine stores
throughout the Caribbean see ad on page 2.
Northern Lights' Next-Generation Generator
Northern Lights, a globally recognized manufacturer
of marine diesel generator sets, has introduced the
first in the new generation of marine power solutions -
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Producing 38kW at 60Hz, or 32kW at 50Hz, the M944T
is the new industry leader in power density in the 32 to
40kW range. Based on a heavy-duty industrial engine
block, the M944T is custom marinized and engineered
for optimal marine performance.
The M944T also represents a step forward in the evo-
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Western Med, but the
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equally well to any
cruising ground
and a Caribbean
volume is planned


Big Boat Crews, Brokers Praise Port Louis, Grenada
Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and
Grenada received excellent reviews in the March edi-
tion of the Triton magazine, where Captain John
Campbell of the 147-foot S/Y Timoneer wrote: "We
have found Grenada to be the most friendly and wel-
coming of all the islands we visited this year. The offi-
cer in the Customs/Immigration office could not have
been nicer or more helpful. Even the paperwork is
easier here than elsewhere farther north. The crew
and I all gave Grenada a gold star for effort, facilities
and, above all, friendliness." Regarding Camper &
Nicholsons' Port Louis Marina, he complimented the
staff on their professionalism. "Perhaps the best asset
that the marina has is its staff. We found everybody
eager to please in every way. They all seemed truly
pleased to see us, and I hope that they manage to
retain this spirit as they get busier."
And on a trip organized by the marina earlier this
year, personnel from International Yacht Charter
Group, The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals,
International Yacht Collection, Yachtstore, Northrop &
Johnson, and Jill Bobrow, the Editor of Showboats
International, visited Port Louis Marina and toured
other sites in Grenada. The brokers ended their visit
with a cruise of the Grenadines on the M/Y Touch,


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A highlight of the recent yacht charter brokers' orienta
tion tour of Grenada was a visit to Belmont Estate to
see cocoa being grown and processed


stopping at Sandy Island, Carriacou, Mayreau,
Mustique and Bequia. Speaking of the large high-end
charter vessels these brokers represent, Port Louis'
Marketing Coordinator Danny Donelan said,
"Traditionally yachts have always been sent to the
north of the Caribbean in particular Antigua, St.
Martin, USVI, BVI but we are working really hard to
ensure that Grenada is included in the itineraries of
these charter companies. We intend to make
Grenada one of the hot spots for yachting
in the Caribbean."
For more information on Port Louis see ad on page 6.
CIRExpress Now Ships St. Maarten to Antigua
Need help getting things from here to there?
CIRExpress has announced its new shipping and con-
solidation service from St. Maarten to Antigua. Sailings
are biweekly.
Soon CIRExpress will also be transporting to Rio
Haina Port, Dominican Republic.
For more information see ad on page 35.
New Moorings Village, Tortola
Following a multi-million-dollar investment, yacht
charter specialists The Moorings have opened the new
Moorings Village in Tortola, BVI. The new Moorings
Village facility aims to be the most modern and envi-
ronmentally friendly charter base in the Caribbean.
Located on an extension at the southern end of the
previously existing property, the complex was designed
entirely around the needs of sailors. A business center
with free wi-fi internet access is on site, along with a
full-service restaurant and dockside market.
Environmental considerations were central to the
design of the new base.
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also includes a flow-through breakwater assisted by a
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For more information visit www.moorings com.
St. Vincent: Buhler's Yachts Burns
On the evening of March 3rd, the long-established
boatbuilder, Buhler's Yachts, located at Calliaqua on
the south shore of St. Vincent, burned to the ground.


Paul Marshal, said his company was co-hosting the
event because it operates a shop in the marina and
all the marina's customers are potentially Bryden's
customers as well. He added that Bryden & Partners
had been a supporter of the ARC for the last 15 years
and would continue to do so.
St. Lucia Resort Says 'Take a Walk!'
The Pitons of St. Lucia and nearby Soufriere are
spectacular places to anchor and dive, but it's worth-
while to take the time to explore ashore, too. And
now there's a new stroll. Jalousie Plantation's new
Rainforest Walk winds its way from the beach up the
forested hillside on the lower slopes of Petit Piton and


Caribbean Host Marina for its sailing events. The first
Cruising Rally Association event to be hosted by
Nanny Cay will be the Atlantic Cup Rally, departing
on May 3rd and finishing in Bermuda. The Atlantic Cup
offers cruisers departing the Caribbean the camara-
derie and competition of an 850-mile rally. Pre-start
festivities and skippers' briefings begin on May 1 at
Nanny Cay. The Atlantic Cup is open to well-found
offshore boats at least 38 feet long and crews of two
or more. It is not limited to veterans of other Cruising
Rally Association events.
The second event to be hosted by Nanny Cay is the
Caribbean 1500, slated to start November 2nd. The
2009 Caribbean 1500 Rally will be the 20th annual run-
ning of this event, making it the longest-running off-
shore cruising event in the Americas. Steve Black,
President and Founder of the Cruising Rally
Association, anticipates a record entry of returning ral-
liers for the anniversary activities.
For more information on Cruising Rally Association
events visit www carib 1500.com.
New Dining Option in Dominica
Heaven's Best Guest House & Restaurant is located
on the northwestern side of Dominica overlooking
Douglas Bay, a two-minute drive from Purple Turtle
beach. Heaven's Best Guest House & Restaurant
offers American and Caribbean cuisine prepared by


Buhler's Yachts of St. Vincent, where boatbuilding, fiberglass repair work and spray painting were done,
was destroyed by fire in early March


Established decades ago by American multihull build-
er Vance Buhler, and more recently run by Vincentian
Matthew Llewellyn, the facility was well known for
building many of the large fiberglass day-charter cat-
amarans that operate throughout the Eastern
Caribbean. One was nearing completion when the
fire occurred.
Rodney Bay Businesses Say 'Thanks, Yachties!'
In St. Lucia on February 5th, Bryden & Partners part-
nered with Rodney Bay Marina for a two-hour
"Customer Appreciation Celebration", offering free
drinks and entertainment for over a hundred
yachtspeople whose vessels were berthed at the
marina. "It's really to show appreciation for the sup-
port which we have received from our customers over
the last 12 months," Marina General Manager
Cuthbert Didier said. About 40 percent of the partici-
pants from the last Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)
were still on the island and many of them were at
the function.
Sales and Marketing Manager for Bryden & Partners,


will eventually serve as an access point to the resort's
new rainforest spa. St. Lucia's Minister for Tourism, Allen
Chastanet, officially opened the new Rainforest Walk
on February 6th as part of a tour of the new luxury vil-
las and facilities at the resort. The circular walk is short
- about 15 minutes and open to the public.
Located in the Valley of the Pitons, a UNESCO World
Heritage site, the Jalousie Plantation includes 192
acres of rainforest.
St. Thomas' Spring Yacht Show
The St. Thomas Spring Charter Yacht Show will take
place from April 21st through April 23rd at St. Thomas
Harbor and Yacht Haven Grande Marina, organized by
the Virgin Islands Charter Yacht League, Yacht Haven
Grande and the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
For more information contact VICL Director Erik
Ackerson at (340) 774-3944 or at erik@vicl org.
Cruising Rally Association Picks Nanny Cay, BVI
The Cruising Rally Association has announced that
Nanny Cay Resort & Marina, Tortola, will be the


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Work Boat Regatta Skipper of the Year 2009, pl..- I : I .* cash prize. Petite
Martinique's Emmanuel Bethel also passed the early leader to take second place and
a prize of US$500. Carlyle Joseph came in third to win his prize of US$250.
Patricia Maher of title sponsor, Digicel, joined Race Chairman Jimmy Bristol to
present plaques and cash prizes provided by ScotiaBank to all the winners, and
Alyssa Bierzynski of Coca Cola and Nicholas George of Budget Marine presented
plaques and Budget Marine vouchers to each winning team member in the Junior
National Championships. United Insurance's Trevor Renwick presented plaques,
Budget Marine vouchers and FLOW vouchers to the Senior Championship winning
team, and plaques and Budget Marine vouchers to second and third place winners.
All participating boats received packs including T-shirts and racing gloves from
Budget Marine, plus Mount Gay Rum, Heineken beer and Red Bull energy drink.
Boats that did not win a place in their class also received packs including Budget
Marine and FLOW vouchers.
The event organizers would like to thank Digicel, ScotiaBank, United Insurance,
Coca Cola and Budget Marine for their strong support keeping the Work Boat
Regatta one of the biggest and most popular national events in Grenada, Petite
Martinique & Carriacou. Thanks also go to Bryden & Minors, Independence Agencies
and Spice Isle Fish House for support for crewmember lunches. Particular thanks
also goes to Electrical Contractors, Deyna's Tasty Foods, MCs DeLeon Walters and
Jericho, and DJ Blackstorm, who set up in some very bad weather.


A fleet of 23 local sailing craft competed in the Digicel Work Boat Regatta, held in
the waters off Grenada's Grand Anse Beach on January 31st and February 1st. The
locally built open boats came from various seaside communities of Grenada, each
having its own indigenous style of boat. Also competing were the GSF16s, a one
design fleet of traditional style, Grenada-built 16-footers especially designed to
enable local sailors to match race.
The Digicel Work Boat Regatta is part of the annual Grenada Sailing Festival, pre
sented by Port Louis and Camper & Nicholsons, in association with the Grenada
Board of Tourism. The event includes international yacht racing (see report in last
month's Compass).
This year, five community classes raced over the two days: Gouyave Canoe,
Gouyave Sloop, Petite Martinique, Sauteurs and Woburn. The absence of a Carriacou
Class this year reduced the numbers from last year's 30 entries. However, two keen
new boats built in the village of Grand Mal joined the Sauteurs and Gouyave Sloop
Classes, as there arn .. I .... 1 et for them to have their own class. Racing
was tight as usual, ... i I .I... i ..... competitors such as Bertrand Noel .....
Planass, who topped ,. ..I ... -1 Class in 2006, and former Skipper I I,
Year Lennon Marshall on Riot Act.
The GSF16 Match Racing got underway with the Junior National Team Sailing
Race, sponsored by Coca Cola and Budget Marine. Community teams draw for which
boat they sail from the fleet kept by the Grenada Sailing Festival. The experience and
tactics of Michael McQueen and Vaughn Bruno, now instructors for the Grenada
Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program, made the difference, and it was a popular repeat
win for last year's winners, Team Woburn. Four-time Junior Champion Team
Gouyave came in second, in front of the Petite Martinique crew.
In the Senior National Team -.,i,... championship, sponsored by United
Insurance, Team Petite Martinique I i I.. -I in front of Gouyave and last year's
champions, Sauteurs.
The final race was for the title of Skipper of the Year, contested by the winning skip
pers from each class: Gouyave Class winners Carlyle Joseph and Ted Richards; Petite
Martinique's Emmanuel Bethel; Andy DeRoche of Sauteurs; and Michael Charles
from Woburn. Carlyle Joseph took the lead from a good start and led the fleet for
much of the race. However, Andy DeRoche picked his time and moved past at the last


Gouyave Canoe Class
1) Ah Heat in Ah Food, Carlyle Joseph
2) Cockroach in Front Fowl Cecil Commissiong
3) Demon Dog, Edwin Sanderson
Gouyave Sloop Class
1) Classic, Ted Richards
2) Riot Act, Lennon Marshall
3) Endeavour, Javid George
Petite Martinique Class
1) D Matrix, Emmanuel 'Mano' Bethel
2) Solo, Aiden Bethel
3) D Trap, Clayton DeRoche ,
Woburn Class
1) Top Ranking. Michael Charles -A
2) Unity, Syten Bernadine
3) Old Dog, Alan Noel
Sauteurs Class
1) Passage, Andy DeRoche
2) Plannass, Bertrand Noel
3) No Retreat No Surrender, Jason Charles
GSF16 Match Races
JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Team Woburn
2) Team Gouyave
3) Team Petite Martinique
SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
1) Team Petite Martinique
2) Team Gouyave
3) Team Sauteurs
WORK BOAT REGATTA SKIPPER OF THE YEAR
1) Andy DeRoche, Sauteurs
2) Emmanuel Bethel, Petite Martinique
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Tobago's spectacular Pigeon Point





Dem o' people use to say, "Needle a. i ...-.. ..
pins, when ah man marries, his trouble ..- i i .. i
so fo' me. Ah ain't got no problems wic ..... I
problems began when ah built Bluffa: -a ., i i ,,
ous racin'. Dat was in 1995, some 14 . .. i.
was jus' Baltaza, Trouble, Iron Duke .. I ,,. .I
1it fl t t i .t ti- ah had to fight ff .;-.' lil-
! . h ..t, Perseverance, .' I r ,
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S of Carriacou an .. .....
., board of Tobago. Like if dat ain't
1I ,,I I ... i .. ii lecide he go' build another one.
I .. ... ,1 1 i ... i i ah pretty boat, paint an' all.
I1 i I ., i I. .ary and Bequia .t: Bluff,
S.. Pride about to i first
i i. .. i, i. ..1 de ramp in Paget Farm to Port
i i. .i i. I .i i i I irmiralBay. Yes, we invited to de
i .. We leaving' on de 10th so we
..... .... i its onboard an' leave tomorrow.
As .1 . start at de ramp up to Semple Cay mark
an' .I. -i. i ..' wid she. Ah sure dey go' be some bettin'
ashore but whoever do dat 1 I I I .i -i i..
out, we turn West Cay an I i., .I. I ... .. II....
away. But not to be. De wi.. i i i I .. i
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nine o'clock Sunday, passir .... ... i i i ,,i
Jan' den Carriacou pickin' ..
We dock in Tobago fo' eight o'clock an' awaiting
Immigration. What ah process! Is around 11 o'clock,
Si ho is anybody mus' be speak to somebody,
Si That ah mean, den de line start to move fast.
I. Lustoms, den out de gate. After 24 hours at
..h weather, to be held fo' six hours at
S...... . .. an' Customs! What torture! Like if dat ain't
... I. see ah army truck pull up an' men wid gun
Si I I II us jump in. Ah say to meself, like we turn
II. I III no, dat w &.- I ..... I I I
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in Tobago.


Tuesday morning is here. Time to tek off we boats an'
get dem to de sailin' ground at Pigeon Point. But ah tell
yo' what, around ten o'clock, all hell break loose. Wind
gustin' up to 25 knots so we can't sail, have to be towed
round. But dat went well. We go' rig tomorrow an' sail.
Wednesday an' de weather looking' good. Breeze about
15 to 18 knots, water smooth because yo' won't believe
it -we sailin' inside de Buccoo Reef. De water very shal
low an' all de boats handicap because we can't use we
dagger boards. An' we can't start until two o'clock. Dat
mean we got low tide. De racecourse say three lap round
an' round in ah circle. We had to walk de boats way out
i I .. ers hang. Anyway, two o'clock is here an'
11 i I lass go: Tornado, Nerissa J, More Worries
i .. i.... ..' Ace. Now de big boys: Bequia Pride, Bluff
Passion, Vengeance an' Troublesum. Well, we start, all
. I ... *Iluff stick in de moss bottom. Ah had to
I..1 I. .. I ... k ah close second. BequiaPridebeat me
.. I I I Passion lost she rudder an' Troublesum
didn't mek it; she retire hurt, ah don't know from what.
But from de time ah see both Vengeance an' Troublesum,
.1. i .. dey not goin' trouble us none. But ah tell yo'
I ,,, Is de first regatta ah goin' to an' not even ah
drink when we come ashore! But is only day one: we go'
see what happen tomorrow.
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ha' fo' do two races an' fo' one, .
second, we go' get giddy head goi....... I .. i ,,,
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When I was a little girl (a long time ago) we, all of us children, used to congregate
at the widest area in the community, when the moon was out, to play ring games*.
While we played, the older folks, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and older
cousins, would sit on the periphery with an eye on us to ensure good behaviour,
while they shared traditional knowledge.
They talked of the crops they were growing, the dishes they cooked and the medi
cine they prepared. Fundamental to their discussions would be arranging for "swap
labour", which is the exchange of services, mainly on farms, but also to help in mov
ing a house or in the construction of one, or just helping out with community needs.
Those were the days of real service, sharing and volunteerism.
This spirit of cooperation was evident, ... 1 -. ..1 r i I the Eighties. People
who work in the social services report 1.. i 1 i ........... appear poorer now,
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Proud boatbuilder Arnold Hazell as his latest creation was nearing completion
But this is not so in Bequia. Some residents of the southernmost village, Paget
Farm, came together to build a boat, and did so, with support from residents and the
business community. Community spirit still exists and it is evident in Bequia Pride
On a walk one Sunday morning, I noticed a new boat and a lone man working. Curious,
I walked up to investigate, and that's when I realized that Doyle, the man who came into
my workplace sometime ago asking for donations, was related to this project.
The Bequia Pride boat-building project began with a discussion by some villagers
who felt that Paget Farm needed a community boat in readiness for the 2009 Bequia
Easter Regatta.
The actual building was done mainly by Arnold Hazell, a boatbuilder of over 30
years experience, who has his own boat, Perseverance. The project lasted for about
three months. The cost of materials for the boat, approximately EC$35,000, was
raised by persons who shared the dream; they took sponsor sign-up sheets to indi
viduals and businesses on the island to seek donations.


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Bequia Pride in action at Tobago Carnival Regatta 2009
Bequia Pride was completed in time for this years new Tobago Carnival Regatta.
So on Sunday, February 8th, 2009, in Admiralty Bay, they loaded Bequia Pride, its
gear and a seven-man crew aboard the ship Admiral Bay, and along with five other
Bequia boats they headed to Tobago. Bequia Pride got a test run in the Tobago
Carnival Regatta, and won one race. [See related story on page 12.] Whatever short
comings identified with the boat would certainly be ironed out by April, and the
interest of all Bequians will be piqued and hopes high to see if Bequia Pride will fill
them with delight at this year's Bequia Easter Regatta. Paget Farm in particular will
b( i .. I i ..... its own community boat.
,..... ..- I Bequia Pride wish to thank all the "kind-hearted individuals
who and the business community which have contributed to the realization of
Bequia Pride."
Arnold Hazell, the boatbuilder, says, "I feel proud that we can come together to do
a project like Bequia Pride."
*Most traditional Caribbean ring games start with one player standing inside a circle
of other children. The children forming the ring sing (a popular song is "Brown Girl in
the Ring") and clap their hands. At a certain point, the center person is called upon to
perform a dance step or some other "motion". After performing a "motion", the center
player selects a partner and dances in the center of the ring with him or her. The
player who was selected then becomes the new center player and the former center
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by Ellen Sanpere


One trimaran, three Rhodes 19s, and two dozen "big
boats" braved rough weather during the St. Croix
International Regatta, held Febru.. -*I. I.. ....
22nd, '-**** * . I. .... the I I ..
from o i .... I . to Teague Bay from St.
Thomas, Tortola, Puerto Rico and even Christiansted
Harbor, keeping registration numbers down. By the
end of two days' racing, many skippers and crew
expressed gratitude the damage wasn't worse, and
most enjoyed the challenging conditions and legendary
Crucian hospitality.
DNF (did not finish) and DNC (did not come to the
starting area) notations were rampant on the results
sheets, as gear failures took competitors out of the run
ning. Kevin Rowlette's Olson 30, Rushin Rowlette, tore
her headsail, came back for more and then broke her
mast. Pipedream, Peter Haycraft's Serena 38, was dam
aged early Sunday, when another boat's mooring lines
parted after a night of rockin' and rollin' in the Teague
Bay anchorage. Winds held steady at 20 to 25 knots
with gusts up to 30 knots; seas were up to nine feet and
seldom laid down during the night, in harsh-for-the
Caribbean winter weather. Happily, rain showers held
off for most of the racing -it is Paradise, after all.
The all-volunteer regatta staff provided racers and
supporters a terrific shore venue at the St. Croix Yacht
Club. Friday nights Cruzan Rum party was compli
mentary for entrants, offering free rum, entertainment
and great appetizers under the regatta tent. Saturday
.... . ... hit with the
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buoys. Out on the channel course, the resident dol
phins showed off the newest tiny addition to their pod
and dodged the speeding keels at the starting line.
Principal Race Officer Sue Reilly set courses in the
Buck Island channel and ran six races for Jib & Main
and Racer/Cruiser classes. After two warm-up races
around the buoys, she sent them off to Gallows Bay
(Christiansted) to wow the tourists and local specta
tors. The Spinnaker classes ran the course on Sunday
to avoid congestion in the harbor and did a total of
seven races. Trophies were awarded to each class win
ner, and one skipper in each fleet took home his (or a


large crew member's) weight in Cruzan Rum.
Morgan Dale brought his newly renamed Melges 24,
Boogaloo, to a second-place finish in Spinnaker 1, but
few can win against the Stanton brothers' finely tuned
Melges 24, Devil3. Robert Armstrong's J/100, Bad Girl,
was the only boat in the class flying a symmetrical spin
naker and was unable to beat the Devil despite having
a crew just back from Key West with a resounding win
on a similar J/100, Good Girl Crewman Charlie
Nicolosi said, "We were lost dogs, racing by ourselves."
An eighth place in Race One relegated St. Thomas
veteran John Foster to a second in Spinnaker 2 on his
Kirby 25, The Good, Bad and Ugly, behind Chris
Thompson's J/27, J Walker, also from St. Thomas.
"- 1..1 - 1 pressure from both the weather and the
'1 .I .. .. said Thompson, "We kept it conservative
and had minimal gear failures." Slim Chris recruited
crewmember Frank Barnes to balance the scales while
cases of Cruzan Rum in assorted flavors were piled on
for the winner of the most competitive class in the
Spinnaker fleet.
Tortola's Guy Eldridge took a decisive lead in the
Racer/Cruiser class on Saturday (and the Cruzan
Rum on Sunday) in his Beneteau First 10-R, Luxury
Girl over the Haycraft's ill-fated Pipedream. Chris
Haycraft, at the helm for his ailing father, was given
redress and finished second in the class. Peter
Haycraft was also honored with the Commodore's
Trophy for best visiting yacht over many years.
Cynthia Ross, the only real "Girl" on the course, came
in third on her J/30, JDoe. Hers was also one of only
two boats that finished all six races in that class.
.1 i -i i..... 1 i ..'..1 ..- Santa Cruz 70CR,
H(, I .. .. .. .... and "had fun but
broke stuff." He was amazed there weren't "more car
nage, protests and race committee (mistakes)." Schmidt
single-hands the big sled between Caribbean racing
venues and said that he was delighted with the largest
pick-up crew he's ever found. He finished second in Jib
& Main, giving Tony Sanpere's winning J/36, Cayennita
Grande, some very close competition.
Sanpere recently bought the used J/36 in
Marblehead, Massachusetts, and had an untested
crew consisting of old hands, young blood and brand
new racers who had never sailed together before. He
had not wired the new instruments yet and flew an old


headsail, but managed to win Jib & Main class all the
same. On the Gallows Bay race, he flew a bright red
nylon 120-percent "wind seeker" jib that sure looked
like a spinnaker to those in the back of the pack. "I
liked the harbor course and had hoped to sail the
Beauregard Bay course on Sunday. i ''' i, 1i
ing than the windward-leeward cou: -
ing depths, navigation and air traffic issues. He was
pleased with the new boat and the new crew: no major
breakage, no one hurt.
Joe San Martin took honors in the Multihull class on
Piglet, the only entry, having warned competitors in
the past, "No more Mister Nice Guy."
Many of the winners and also-rans planned to contain
ue competition in 1 .. i if the Caribbean Ocean
Racing Triangle *I 1 which continued in
March with the Culebra International Regatta and con
cludes with the BVI Spring Regatta in early April. CORT
Organizer Pn-1 "-1 --ho sailed his J/80, Sun BumII,
to a fourth l I....-. I Spinnaker 2, raffled away free
tickets on Cape Air as part of the series promotion. Mary
Ellen skipper Howard Silverman won the tickets.
Inside the reef, two former junior sailors, Billy
Gibbons and Jae Tonnachel, came in second and
third, respectively, in the Rhodes 19 class, with the
win going to new SCYC commodore, Allan Mallory.
I .1. director Julie San Martin announced good
S- the future of the St. Croix International.
Finding a name sponsor had eluded San Martin after
Innovative backed out two years ago, but she has
secured affiliation for next year with the National
Hospice Regatta Alliance, a 29-year-old Annapolis,
Maryland, charity. Having a charitable event allows
solicitation of (US) tax-deductible contributions for run
...... 1. .... i ..es sorely needed funds for and
.... --i i I 1 care for an aging population.
The "ri- i"in -as interrupted several times as checks
total..", I : -"' were presented to Tracy Sanders of
Continuum Care, St. Croix's hospice. Since establish
ment in 2000, Continuum Care has helped over 800
families on the island. Affiliation with the National
Hospic i .11 ii ... vill be of immeasurable ben
efit in i. ,,,,, I patients and families.

St Croix International
Regatta 2009 Winners


Main & Jib (8 boats)
1) Cayennita Grande, J/36, Antonio Sanpere, St. Croix
2) Hotel Callfornia, Too, Santa Cruz 70CR, Steven Schmidt,
California
3) El Presidente, Thomas 35, Jeff Fangmann, St. Croix)

Racer/Cruiser (5 boats):
1)Luxury Girl, Beneteau First 10R, Guy Eldridge, BVI
2) Pipedream, Serena 38, Peter Haycraft, BVI
3) J Doe, J/30, Cynthia Ross, California

Multihull (1 boat)
1) Piglet, Newick, Joe San Martin, St. Croix

Spinnaker 2 (8 boats)
1) J Walker, J-27, Chris Thompson, St. Thomas
2) Good, Bad & Ugly, Kirby 25, John Foster, St. Thomas
3) Glory Daze, J/24, Chuck Pessler, St. Thomas

Spinnaker 1 (4 boats)
1) Devtl3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St. Croix
2) Boogaloo, Melges 24, Morgan Dale, St. Croix
3) Bad Girl, J/100, Robert Armstrong, St. Croix

Rhodes 19 (3 boats)
1) Allan Mallory
2) Billy Gibbons
3) Jae Tonnachel


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by Chris Doyle

Although it started on February 23rd, the first RORC
Caribbean 600 had good strong Christmas winds with
the usual intensifying squalls that come with them.
Some 27 boats : i ...i. "..ne countries entered
this 605-mile nc.. -i I1. yacht race, a good
turnout for this new event. Run by the Royal Ocean
Racing Club (UK) and ,.,,.. Yacht Club, with a
course zigzagging north I.. -St Marten and as far
south as Guadeloupe, it could become the Caribbean
equivalent of the Fastnet -without the risk of truly
life-threatening weather.


came hurtling by at about 20 knots in a rain squall
-it was only when it had gone by I realized they had
not yet put up theirjib. For sheer size and power, Mike
Slade's 100-foot Maxi, ICAP Leopard, looked majestic
cally impressive with 14 crewmembers all sitting out
on the rail (see cover photo).
There were three starts 20 minutes apart, after which
the boats beat upwind for nine miles to leave Green
Island to port. The three Class 40s -more sports
boats than ocean cruisers -were making impressive
speed to windward, not their favored point of sail.
One of the very cool things about this long-distance
race was that you did not have to forget it once the


for an average speed of around 15 knots, which would
have meant considerably more speed i.... i.
water with all the tacking. Says John B...... I .I
was an incredible ride!"
Region Guadeloupe was followed a few hours later by
ICAP Leopard, to set the course's monohull record of
44 hours, 5 minutes and 14 seconds -13 minutes
less than she took to complete the 2007 Rolex Fastnet,
a race of roughly the same length.
On handicap, Adrian Lee's Irish Cookson 50, Lee
Overlay Partners, beat ICAP Leopard by over an hour
on corrected time to win IRC Class Super Zero,
Canting Keel and the prize of Overall Winner of the






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Iop: Line noTors went ro region iuaueloupe, ownea Dy ouauetoupe sauor -lauae irneuer. Lurncnea m luu as
i ...... i ..... I sailehed her to Ro duRhum victory twice. In 1994, she set the westtoeast
., .. I i ... i I.. ... record at 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes, 42 seconds
Above: The inaugural Caribbean 600fleet blasts off from Antigua


The start i... ii i .. ii. iHarbour, Antigua, was
long, as is : . I- 11 that included boats up
to 115 feet, as well as those as small as 34 feet. I was
on the press boat; we were rolling.. I I 1,,,,. ... I i.
only non-sailor among us was ab, ,i i i I I. i.
Most of the boats were reefed as they milled around
before the start. We had to go full ahead to get in front
of Region Guadeloupe, the ORMA 60 trimaran with hot
racers John Burnie and Claude Thelier aboard, as it


boats went out of sight. Each boat was fitted with a
transponder, and the RORC website (http://caribbe
I had a course map on which you saw
ii, I .1 I every boat. As you held the mouse over
a boats icon, a photo would come up with the details
of the boat and the speed it was making at the time.
Perhaps : I .... .... 1 line honors went to Region
Guadeloup I.. I. I.... -. I in the multihull record
setting time of 40 hours, 11 minutes and 5 seconds,


.. eloupe's happy skipper John Burie.
r f I. f this new event, he's an RORC member
and his day job is managing the Nautor's Swan
charter base in Guadeloupe
RORC Caribbean 600 under IRC.
Local knowledge also counted. In IRC 1, Bernie Evan
Wong's Mumm 36, Cafe Americano High Tension was
the class winner. The Antiguan boat showed experience
and Evan-Wong showed courage: he injured his ribs
but refused to throw in the towel, '-irin th- iniu-
for over two days. In IRC Two-Hand i i .1 ... .
Class 40, Lou, from Guadeloupe, came out on top.
"We wanted to set a course which showcased the
Caribbean, giving the competitors some stunning
scenery, but also we wanted it to be a challenge," says
Stan Pearson, one of the committee who devised the
course. "The feedback .. ,. .- that we have
achieved both of those Llillgs
Commodore of the Antigua Yacht Club, Elizabeth
Jordan, commented after the race, "To bring an excit
ing new event to the Caribbean has long been a dream
of the members of Antigua Yacht Club and with the
efforts of the RORC the dream has become a reality.
The RORC Caribbean 600 can be added to the calen
dar of the most prestigious events in the Caribbean."
Thanks to Louay Habib for information used in this
report. Forfull results visit http://caribbean600.rorc.org.











SOUTH GRENADA REGATTA 2009


FINE TURNOUT FOR

FIRST RUNNING
by Jeff Fisher
Clear skies and a fair breeze welcomed the first annual South Grenada Regatta
held at Le Phare Bleu Marina and Resort, situated where a valley meets the sea, just
across from Calivigny Island on the south coast of Grenada. This small harbour has
a distinctive, old, red lightship on one of the docks. Beaches ii i ..
dens interspersed with tropical hardwood cottages, a fine s 11., i n. I I
sailing event held February 27th through March 1st.
Ir -9 ~ 4~


Cruising Class and J/24s set out for novel racecourses on Grenada's south coast

The Rocky Pontoons, an impromptu quartet from Switzerland, created some great
music on the Friday night to launch the festivities. Fourteen boats signed up for the
two races that would take place the next day. The weekend would include more than
just yacht races. There was a very elaborate "pirate's trail" that involved manoeuvr-
ing .. .... .. 1. i both on land and at sea great entertainment for the
kids II. I ,i i, ii. .. junior sailing with both Lasers and Optimists on the
Sunday. Another fun event -speed trials using somebody else's 15-horsepower
dinghy over a marked course -was available to quench our thirst for speed.
The Saturday arrived with ,. .1 I .- .' i.. A Fun Class, a Cruising Class
and three J/24s made up tI ...f... ,, ,11 I multihull Fredrik Jensen's
Rattata went out for a go at the appropriate times. Two races along the south coast
were run: the Glovers Race, from Le Phare Bleu Marina downwind, around Glovers
Island and back; and the 12 Degrees race, upwind along the south coast to the
Westerhall marker at 12N, then downwind to Point Salines where another marker
at 12N was rounded.
In Cruising Class, the Hobie 33 Category 5 finished first in both races. Jason
Fletcher's Albin Stratus 36, Apero, was overall second and Scott Watson's Jeanneau
Sunfast 52, Boxxer, third. In the Fun Class, the sharpie Hogfish Maximus took top
honours overall, with Rodney Hall's Caradow second and Tosho Yakkatokuo's Gibswill
third. In the Js, it was Die Hard with a first and a second who took the day; Tempest,
driven by Mark Solomon took second place, followed by Bru Pierce on Blew By You.













The Category 5 crew, winners of the Cruising Class. Young crewmember
Kenzo Szyan (fourth from left) also won the Optimist races
Besides boosted egos, the prizes given by the sponsors were well received. Robbie
Yearwood on Die Hard received a small outboard from McIntyre Brothers and wine
from North South. Chris Morejohn on HogfishMaximus received free dinners from Le
Phare Bleu. And Richard Szyjan on Category 5 as overall winner received two tro
phies from Art Act Design, rum from Westerhall Rums, weekend accommodations,
wine and champagne. Second and third players also received liquid prizes.
-.... I ii. ........ .. ..... he Optimists and Lasers. Four races were run
di.. i, I. I .. ., I .I I ii. ... Lrina. Kenzo Szyjan won all four races in his
01 1.....-. I* . -1, . .., Collins and Kwasi Paul third. In the Laser
Class Kevin Banfield was the winner followed by Vaughn Bruno with Michael
McQueen in third place.
After the prizegiving and awards, more fine music from The Rocky Pontoons rocked
away the night.
The year 2009 has seen the launching of many new Caribbean regattas, and the
new South '* .. I. I ..1 a worthy addition to the calendar.
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BIUDGET *AINE MATCH RACING CUP.2009


Dismasting Marks Holmberg's


Sole Loss in 'Great Experiment'


This year has seen a number of new yacht racing
events in the Caribbean, and not least among them is
a dedicated Match Racing series in the lead-up to the
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. "There's a tremendous
amount of interest among sailors in match racing,"
said Budget Marine founder Robbie Ferron. "This new
--t ;,-. portunity to promote new and
i., i '- i ... to the Caribbean." Ferron also
serves as steering committee chairman for the St.
Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The inaugural Budget Marine Match Racing regatta
took place in Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten, on
March 3rd, with three-person crews racing windward
leeward courses aboard Jeanneau Sunfast 20s. An
ISAF-sanctioned Grade 5 event organized by the Sint
Maarten Yacht Club, it had a total prize purse of
US$9,000: $5,000 for first place; $3,000 for second;
and $1,000 for third.
Six crews raced. .-- i i 1i .... champion Peter
Holmberg from the ...... I ... I defeated English
skipper Marc Fitzgerald in a straight-set, 3-0 victory,
to win the finals. Fitzgerald is the skipper of Sir Peter
Harrison's Farr 115, Sojana. Russian match-racer
Eugeny Nikiforov placed third.
Holmberg's lone loss in the five-flight round robin
that determined the finalists was in a tight race with
Fitzgerald in the second race of the day. It wasn't a
matter of deficient tactics or boat speed, however;
Holmberg and his team were forced to withdraw after
their Jeanneau 20 was dismasted on the second wind
ward leg. "After we cleaned everything up we found a
cotter pin on deck so I think the leeward shrouds came
loose before we tacked," he said.
"I just told the fellas, 'For the rest of our lives we can
say we beat Peter Holmberg in a match rac 1 ., 1, 1
Fitzgerald. "We just don't need to discuss i' I i -
Holmberg and Fitzgerald advanced to the finals with
identical 4-1 scores in the round robin.
Good boat handling paid a premium in the early rac
ing, conducted in 16 to 18 knots of puffy breeze. For
the afternoon series of final races, the wind moderated
to a more manageable ten to 12 knots.
"Good stuff in the morning," said Holmberg. "It was
very settled and heavy air so you had to figure out how
to go fast in that breeze with these boats. So that was
a challenge for the crews. In the afternoon a couple of
squalls came through and the breeze dropped so it got
pretty tricky. So you had to balance it out between
covering your opponent and sailing to the next puff."
Before the racing began, Budget Marine's Ferron said
the new match racing series would be "a great experi
ment." Afterwards, he deemed the experiment a success.


"Match racing is here to stay," he said. "We all
know it's going to get bigger. The question is how.
This was a great start and I'm very satisfied. I'm com-
mitted to make sure something evolves to continue
what we've started."
Holmberg seconded those thoughts. "My personal
dream is to see more match racing here in the
Caribbean," he said. "We started one in the Virgin
Islands this year, and nc i1 i ..... i..
cessfully run this event. I I..I I I .... I. I, I
from this year and make some improvements for next
year. I'd be happy to help them to see if we can grow it
some more."
In the shorter term, --- T----- -l .1 to figure
out what to do with 1 i .. .......... I... going to
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I ST. MAARTEN HEINEKEN REGATTA 2009


Big Wind, Big Swell,



Big Excitement!


by Stephane Legendre
The 29th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held March 5th through 8th,
will be remembered for its winds and the damage they caused. Although winds eased
a bit for the last day of racing, 25 knots gusting to over 35 was Heineken racers' lot
for the first two racing days. At least six masts came down, a few hulls were holed
in collisions, and spinnakers exploded like colourful popcorn. Racers also suffered
from an assortment of injuries -fortunately nothing serious enough to endanger
their lives.
That was the bad part, but the fun was present every minute of the races and, as
usual, back on land the excited crews had a lot to tell about their "red hot" racing day.


Spinnaker Class 2 at the start. Yeoman XXXII (sail number GBR124) ended up second in
Fresh from an overall win at the Pineapple Cup, Privateer (second racing boat from right) i

On the squally Saturday, when I boarded a Farr 65 from the UK-based OnDeck
racing and charter company, I knew the day's racing was going to be rough. But I
never imagined that by the end of the day we would have broken a genoa halyard


and leach, and ripped the mainsail, which caused us to abandon the race.
On the Friday, competitors braved impressive winds and seas on the round-the
island course. On the Saturday 11. . ...., ,, took the very wise decision to cancel
the Marigot Race's finish line 11, 1- ..... I I swell, and end the race off Simpson
Bay instead, but the party took place on Marigot's village square just the same. That
was the ; .i -1.; on the water. On land, Philipsburg's evening party took place
on the ..... -1.. I 1 on the Friday, as did the Sunday closing ceremony.
There were 237 boats registered this year, ranging from the Farr 115 Sojana (in her
fifth Heineken) to Gunboat catamarans to Melges to bareboats. This is quite a turn
out, considering the international economical context and the difficulties encoun
tered by sponsors.
- .... Committee Chairman Robbie Ferron puts it: "How do you measure the
I regatta? Is it the number of boats that enter? Is it the number of pro
tests heard? Is it the closeness of the sailing? Or is it the number of beers con
sumed? Unfortunately, success is not easily measured empirically -although the
......1 1.... 1, 1, The ultimate success has to be found in the energy and excite
: .... i1 11. i, which probably converts into number of boats and close finishes
and beers consumed, but also stands on its own."
Lost Horizon, owned by the indomitable James Dobbs from Antigua, was named
"Best Boat" of the regatta; the J/122 recorded four straight wins to dominate the
Spinnaker 4 Class.
See you all next year for more fun and excitement!
For complete results (including Bareboat and Multihull Classes, and IGY
Commodore's Cup) visit www.heinekenregatta.com.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

2009 Winners
Spinnaker 1
1) Team Selene, Swan 80, Selene Maritime, USA
2) Sojana, Farr 115, Peter Harrison/Marc Fitzgerald, UK
3) Nikata, Swan 82s, Matt Hardy, UK
Spinnaker 2
1) Privateer, Farr/Cookson 50, Ronald O'Handley, USA
2) Yeoman XXXI, Rogers 46, David Aisher/Barry Lewis, UK
3) Storm, Reichel Pugh 44, Peter Peake, Trinidad & Tobago
Spinnaker 3
1) Lazy Dog, Beneteau 44.7, Sergio Sagramoso Puerto Rico
2) Mad IV, Grand Soleil 40, Clive Llewellyn, France
3) Barra, Morris 48, Bruce MacNeil, USA
Spinnaker 4
1) Lo st Horizon, J/122 .... i i .. ,,,,,,.
f 2) ElOcaso, J/120, Rick' ..i,,, i ,I .1 .i i USA
3) Elandra, Beneteau 40.7, Calvin Reed/John Linton, UK
Spinnaker 5
1) Augustine, Beneteau 42, Tony Sayer, Antigua
2) Speedy Nemo, Dufour 34, Raymond Magras, St. Barthelemy
3) Kick'em Jenny, Beneteau 36.7, Ian Hope Ross, St. Maarten
Spinnaker 6
1) Bad Girl J/100, Robert W. Armstrong, USVI
2) Jurakan, Melges 32, Dave West, BVI
3) Budget Marine/Gill Budget Marine/Andrea Scarabelli, St. Maarten
Non-Spinnaker 1
class 1) Rapajam Beneteau 53F5, Ralph Johnson, Barbados
vas first 2) imaginesailing, Beneteau Oceanis 461, John Dickinson, USA
3) Acadia, Frers Custom 48, Burt Keenan, USA
Non-Spinnaker 2
1) Streaker, Soverel 30, Sandy Mair, BVI
2) Elethea, Beneteau First 38, Rick Gormley, Antigua
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No Record for 'Challenging' Pineapple Cup Race
Held since 1961, the 811-mile distance race from Fort
Lauderdale, Florida to Montego Bay, Jamaica, has
officially concluded for 2009. Roger Sturgeon's STP65,
Rosebud/Team DYT(Fort Lauderdale), took line honors
with an elapsed time of 2 days, 11 hours, 28 minutes
and 35 seconds, just one hour shy of the race record
set in 2005, and won IRC A class. Daniel Woolery's
King 40, Soozal (Alamo, California), won the four-boat
IRC B class, while Jack Desmond's Swan 48, Affinity,
won the three-boat PHRF class. Ron O'Hanley's
Privateer took the overall title for the 29th running of
this ocean-racing classic, and collected the silver
Pineapple Cup. The Pineapple Cup is awarded based
on a PHRF conversion in order to combine both fleets.
Twelve boats started the biennial race, ranging from
the 70-foot Denali to the 36-foot SpiderGlide.
Privateer finished on the morning of February 9th. "In
all honesty we didn't think we were in contention
when we got in," said O'Hanley. "The race was very
challenging and we felt we sailed a good race, but
we also knew the breeze was heavy behind us. PHRF
ratings are very wide and historically it's been mid-size
boats that have won." O'Hanley praised his crew,
which has been together since 2003.
"We had plenty of wind," said Sturgeon, whose
Rosebud/Team DYTwas greeted at the finish line with
the traditional case of Jamaica's Red Stripe beer. "But
it was more on our nose and not typical for this race,
not in those proportions."
The Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race is spon-
sored by the Lauderdale Yacht Club, the Montego
Bay Yacht Club, the Jamaican Yachting Association,
and the Storm Trysail Club (Larchmont, NY), and
administered by the SORC Race Management team.
For full results, visit www.montegobayrace com.
'St. Maarten's Best' Sail NECOL Regatta
On February 7th and 8th, most of St. Maarten's best
sailors were on the starting line for the third annual
NECOL Regatta, providing intense competition in
eight teams. Conditions that were never too strong or
too light provided ideal racing off Baie Nettle in the
Simpson Bay Lagoon.
The winner of the fleet of Lagoon Sailboat Rental
Jeanneau 20s was Andrea Scarabelli with his Budget
Marine/Gill team who, with 28 points, had a com-
manding lead over the second place team headed
by Frits Bus (42 points). Third place with 48 points went
to Bernard Sillem and his Dutch French Connection
team. Paul Miller (fourth place) squeezed Robbie
Ferron into fifth by a point and Lyn Rapley (sixth place)
did the same thing to Shag Morton (seventh place).
Ruargh Findlay brought up the rear, yet still had two
third places on the Sunday morning, reputedly with
the help of his Optimist sailing, tactically proficient son,
Rhone Findlay.
The sailors particularly appreciated the regatta
because the competitors were so close and the results
show some of the top sailors coming way down the
fleet on occasion while many of the lower-end finish-
ers regularly enjoyed periods at the front of the fleet.


The fleet sailed 13 races and the end results were
largely a result of consistency.
This year the regatta included a Laser fleet. Ernst
Looser and Bill Mintz took on three of St. Maarten's
youth sailors, with the result being that Ernst had to
fight Jolyon Ferron down to the last race to gain his
lead. Both Ernst and Jolyon tied for first with 11 points
but the tie was broken by Ernst having four first place
finishes to Jolyon's three. Third place went to Harry
Antrobus who just nudged Stephen Looser into fourth
place by one point. Bill Mintz brought up the rear,
keeping the youth sailors on their toes.
Also announced at the awards was the St. Maarten
Yacht Club and Lagoon Sailboat Rental Sailor of the
Year 2008: Rien Korteknie.
The NECOL regatta is the Sint Maarten Yacht Club's
regatta that focuses on sailors present in St Maarten.
NECOL is a marine technology company long estab-
lished on St. Maarten that is led by Andrew Rapley,
who also served as Race Officer for the event.
16th Budget Marine Valentine's Regatta, Antigua
The 16th edition of this event was held from February
13th through 15th, and continued a tradition of good
regattas held in flat waters with a great spirit of sports-
manship. Organized by the Jolly Harbor Yacht Club,
the regatta consisted of two racing days in the Five

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went in favor of the former, skippered
by Geoffrey Pidduck.
The spirit of this regatta was best captured by the
Cruising Class, in which a mixed group of passionate
sailors drive a variety of boats around the course with
great spirit and old sails. Coming out on top was Colin
Jones sailing a Columbia 34, Cydia, with great skill.
David Milner sailed his Van de Stadt 30, Fiesta, into
second place and Charles Kenlock took third place
with the British Folkboat May Winners of the Racer
Cruiser and Cruising classes both received US$1,000
worth of Micron 66 paint, sponsored by Interlux.
Sailors welcomed Jean-Michel Marizou and crew
from Guadeloupe, as the rest of the sailors were local-
ly based. Race officer Stephen Parry flew in from the
UK to again officiate the event. Additional prizes were
Osculati binoculars, Leatherman Skeletools and
Xantrex inverters (all available at Budget Marine).
The event is sponsored by Budget Marine chandlery,
which has its oldest "branch" in Jolly Harbour. Budget
Marine, operating in the Caribbean since 1982, has
locations in Antigua, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada, St.
Maarten, St. Martin, St. Thomas and Trinidad.

St. Croix Valentine Optis: Sail and Bail!
Ellen Sanpere reports: The St. Croix Yacht Club host-
ed its annual Valentine Ootimist Reaatta in Teaaue


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Don't give an inch! The most closely competitive class
in Antigua's Valentine Regatta was Racer Cruiser,
where Encore sailed to victory by just one point

Islands Harbor adjacent to Jolly Harbor, with a 15-boat
fleet. Winds were always 12 knots but never excep-
tionally strong.
The racing class was dominated by Jamie Dobbs'
J/122, Lost Horizon, sailed by a top-notch crew that
made few mistakes. The indomitable Bernie Evans-
Wong followed him around the course in the Cal 40
Huey Too at a fairly consistent distance to take sec-
ond, and third place went to Paul Hoj Jensen and
Sven Harder in the Dragon Compass Point.
The most competitive class was the Racer Cruiser,
where Jerry Bardoe's Contention 33, Encore, man-
aged to squeeze ahead of Tanner Jones's J/30, Blue
Peter, by one point. A tough battle between the 6
Metre BIWI Magic and Tony Sayers' Beneteau First 42,
Augustine, for third ended with a tie of 18 points, and


Bay, February 20th through 22nd. A Race Clinic for the
youngsters was held on the Friday, and Principal Race
Officer Ronnie Ramos and his all-volunteer race com-
mittee ran ten races in especially tough conditions. It
was rough inside the reef, according to Regatta
Director Julie San Martin, and "sail and bail" took on a
greater urgency as capsizing and righting became
routine throughout the two-day competition. "The kids
were just worn out," she said.
Competitors came from Tortola's Royal BVI Yacht
Club, St. Thomas, St. John, Frederiksted Community
Boating and St. Croix Yacht Club, with many of the
dinghies brought to St. Croix on larger "mother ships"
by cooperating parents. The junior sailors were also
offered housing by volunteer hosts.
Kyle Brego of St. John, one of the older and larger
skippers at age 14, used his weight to good advan-
tage, winning top honors over Addison Hackstaff, first
finisher in the Blue Fleet. Kyle won the Red Fleet, and
Colin Brego topped in the White Fleet.
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In windy conditions, crew weight was an advantage
On the lighter end of the scale, Mollee Donovan placed
fourth in Blue Fleet
lowed by Harry Hoffman and Casey Bergstrom. Good
finishes and fewer DNFs was the key.
The winners were:
Overall (16 boats)
1) Kyle Brego
2) Addison Hackstaff
3) Jonathan Woods
Blue (6 boats)
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2) Jonathan Woods
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World ARC Nears Finish in St. Lucia
The inaugural World ARC cruising fleet, comprising 37
yachts from 13 nations that set off from St. Lucia in
January 2008, is expected to "close the circle" in St.
Lucia as this issue of Compass goes to press. After a
stopover at Grenada's Port Louis Marina in early
March, the yachts were expected to visit St. Vincent &
the Grenadines before a scheduled rendezvous at
The Marina at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia on March 26th. A
parade of sail will end the circumnavigation back at
Rodney Bay, 15 months and 25,000 nautical miles after
the World ARC commenced.
The rally's final ocean passage sailed from South
Africa to Brazil via St. Helena. Organisers World Cruising
Club took the decision to route the rally via South
Africa, an option that has proved timely, since pirate
attacks off the coast of Somalia have caused Lloyds of
London to withdraw insurance cover in the Red Sea.
Meanwhile, the entry list is open for World ARC
2010/11 and to date 34 yachts have entered. World
ARC is open to monohulls with a minimum LOA of 40
feet (12.19m), and multihulls between 40 feet (12.19m)
and 60 feet (18.29m). Minimum crew requirement is
two people onboard each yacht. World Cruising has
published the proposed itinerary for the 2010/11 World
ARC at www.worldcruising.com/
worldarc2010/itinerary.aspx.

Celebrations Trophy, Guadeloupe
The Celebrations Trophy Regatta will be held at Petit


Cul de Sac du Marin and Gosier Bay, Guadeloupe, on
April 18th and 19th, organized by the Triskell
Organisation. The race is open to Beach Catamarans,
Liveaboard Catamarans, Coastal Monohulls and
Liveaboard Monohulls. All races will be windward -
leeward courses.
For more information visit www.triskellcup com.

Transcaraibes Rally to Hit Jamaica
On April 22nd the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio,
Jamaica, will be hosting one stopover of the 10th
annual Transcaraibes Rally 2009. As many as 25 yachts
are expected to be participating in this year's rally,
which includes Jamaica for the first time. The rally
starts in Guadeloupe and includes stops in St. Martin,
the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.
The group will be in Port Antonio through April 25th
when they will depart on the final leg of the Rally to
Cienfuegos, Cuba. It is expected that a number of the
yachts will also call at Port Antonio on their return to
Guadeloupe.
For more information on the Rally, visit www.
Transcaraibes.com.

St. Barts Hosts New Event for Island Boats
The inaugural West Indies Regatta, to be held May
1st through 4th, is open to all traditional West Indian
sailing craft. The idea for the Regatta was formed by
LouLou Magras of St. Barts and Aleds Andrews of
Antigua. St. Barts used to be the main port of call for
down-island trading vessels. They would sail up to
exchange rums, fish and produce for liquor and ciga-


A Carriacou cargo sloop in Gustavia, St. Barts,
circa 1975
rettes to be smuggled back to the Windwards. As this
issue of Compass goes to press, entries include six
Carriacou sloops and the Alexander Hamilton, a Nevis
schooner. With a renewed interest in traditional sail
gaining momentum throughout the Lesser Antilles, it is
hoped that the regatta will promote and encourage
traditional West Indian boatbuilding.
For more information see ad in the Market Place sec-
tion, pages 44 through 46.

Largest Ever ARC Europe Set to Go
It was 21 years ago that the concept of ARC Europe
first came to fruition when the inaugural event, then
named "TransARC", set off in 1988. In 2000 the rally
was re-named ARC Europe to better reflect its associ-


ation with the world-famous ARC (Atlantic Rally
for Cruisers).
ARC Europe is based on the format of the ARC and
enables yachts to cruise west to east to Europe at the
end of the Caribbean season as part of a fun rally.
There are two starting points on the same date,
namely St. Augustine in Florida and Tortola in the British
Virgin Islands where on May 7th, for the first time, ARC
Europe will be starting from Nanny Cay Marina.
For more information visit www.worldcruising.com/
arceurope.

Scotiabank Caribbean Opti Regatta in June
The Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned 2009
Scotiabank Caribbean International Optimist Regatta
is celebrating its 17th year of fostering junior sailing in
the Caribbean. Hosts of the 2009 event, to be held
June 19th through 21st In St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands,
are the St. Thomas Yacht Club and the Virgin Islands
Sailing Association.
"We hope to host more than 96 sailors this year (last
year's participant number), despite the challenging
economy because youth sailing provides wonderful
physical, social and cultural opportunities," says regat-
ta director Cindy Hackstaff. "Our regatta is a great
way to practice for the Optimist North American
Championships, which start June 30th in Boca Chica,
Dominican Republic."
Junior sailors from eight to 15 years of age are
expected from the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, St. Maarten, the
Dominican Republic, Spain, the U.S. mainland
and elsewhere.
What makes this event special, says Hackstaff, "is
that we have an extremely high caliber of racing
amongst the young sailors, plus we always have great
sailing conditions. Many sailors use the pre-regatta
clinic (June 15th through 17th) for training, and we
also have a team racing event. Finally, we have fun
activities and evening events that cater to youth sail-
ors, although the parents have a great time too."
"The idea of the clinic is too offer high-level coach-
ing to a wide range of skill levels," says Agustin 'Argy'
Resano, who is heading up the clinic with Optisailor
coaches Gonzalo 'Bocha' Pollitzer and Manuel
'Manny' Resano, as well as Leandro Spina from the
No Excuses Sailing Team in Florida.
For more information visit www.styc.net

21st Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, St. Thomas
July 12th is the date set for the 21st Annual Bastille
Day Kingfish Tournament at Hull Bay Hideaway, St.
Thomas. This one-day inshore fishing tournament offers
the best prizes and attracts more participants that any
other of its kind in the Virgin Islands.
First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in
1987, the tournament last year attracted 247 anglers,
including 35 junior anglers, aboard 68 boats. Last
year, Derek Quetel, aboard a 27-foot Rambo, 4 KIT2,
reeled in a record-setting 54.11-pound kingfish and
took home prizes that included US$2,000 in cash.
Quetel, who also won Best Boat and Best Captain,
won in three of over a dozen prize categories. Award
categories also include lady anglers, junior anglers
and other fish species like jack, bonito, tuna, macker-
el and dolphin.
The Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is one
of many activities that celebrate French Heritage
Week in July. As well as being a fun-packed day for
the whole family, this Tournament benefits the
Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue, The
American Red Cross and The Family Resource
Center, as well as provides college scholarships for
students of French descent.
For more information, contact tournament director
Monica Lester at (340) 774-5206.


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PK .. 1 1,..1 1 ii. ..oment she first smelled land
five :... -I I I .... Her nose went into a spasm
and she danced around my feet all the way to
Kralendijk. Kralendijk is a colorful town with lots of
bright colors, yellows and blues, with architecture that
I suppose would be called gaudy Dutch colonial.
Desire volunteered to get Famous Potatoes ship
shape while PK and I headed in to clear Customs and
Immigration. Bonaire officials rank very high in friend
lines and efficiency and it took little time to clear in.
"Welcome to Bonaire; we hope you enjoy your time
here," said each agent I spoke to with a genuine smile.
There is one thing I long for after spending a month
or two in remote tropical areas of the world where there
is little hint of civilization. That would be ice cream!
I knew Bonaire had to have an ice cream shop and as
soon as I cleared Customs and Immigration I went in
search of it. It didn't take long. Right across from the
dinghy dock I found the mother lode, in the Harbor


Side shops. What a joy it was to lean my h'n;-l .1 int
the chilled glass and peer down into. -
quickly settled on a big cup of mint chocolate chip. PK
trotted expectantly at my heels as I walked back across
the cobblestone street, precious ice cream in hand, and
scrambled back into our dink. I cast off the painter and
just floated away, sitting on the bow with my feet dan
gling in the still, clear water, the sun hot overhead.
As I spooned the cold creamy treat into my mouth I
looked down at the cup in my hand and realized that
the mint-green ice cream mimicked the light-green
mint-colored water at my feet, and scattered rocks on
the white sandy sea bottom looked like much like
hunks of chocolate. Suddenly I felt like I was floating
in a sea of mint chocolate chip ice cream. What a won
derful feeling, to be I .i.... ... ... 1 a delicious sea... a
magic carpet ride. . ...... led me of my hippy
days long ago.)
Two large green-and-blue parrotfish seemed sus


pended in air beneath me and they were soon joined
by a school of blue tangs, darting and flowing under
my feet, then yellow-and-black striped sergeant majors
took their place.
I finished my ice cream and PK was thrilled to lick
the cup clean as I picked up my dive mask and snorkel
and slipped silently into Octopuses Garden. PK was
not about to be left behind and she dove in after me
and climbed up on my back. We floated just off the sea
wall in about five feet of water, mesmerized by the
flashing kaleidoscope of colorful fish. A big spotted
brown moray peered up at me from under a ledge, his
mouth opening and closing to push water through his
gills making him look ominous. Brave little yellow
tailed damselfish swam past his gaping mouth without
a care in the world.
Was this like heaven? I wondered briefly. No, this
was Bonaire, the diver's paradise I had longed to visit
since I became a scuba diver in 1966.
Oh my, I could have snorkeled along the sea wall for
the rest of the day, but I knew Des was waiting
patiently back at the boat.
Des and I hooked up our Brownies Third Lung hoo
kah rig and dove right off the back of our catamaran,
down to the th 1 H, I thit -.-.n n feet
below us along I 1 Ii I II 11 11 I II ...I the
dark blue depths. The healthy, vibrant coral forma
tons got thicker and more luxuriant as they spilled
over the cliffs into the clear deep waters below.
The coral .r-l-.- --ere teeming with multicolored
tropical fish, i. ... i... blue wrasses to fat green par
rotfish. When I breathed very quietly I could hear big
red and gray stoplight parrotfish munching on hunks
of algae-covered coral.
I paused frequently to see how many fish I could
identify, never seeing fewer than 20 different species
and occasionally a new fish I had never seen before.
There are 98 official dive sites surrounding Bonaire,
but the truth is the diving right along the mooring field
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the coral cliffs below. At times it all seemed more like an
aquarium than a wild ocean, and Des was able to relax
and enjoy '. I.-i ....1.1 i. here without any worries.
We enjo' I I .11 I of superb diving around
Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, but all too soon it was time
for us to set sail for Aruba.
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by John Rowland

Unbelievable!! It's a quarter to cruising friends, both old and new.
February!!! As I write this, it is 2345 Then it was time to haul out at Spice
hours on January 31st, 2009 and we're Island Marine. Once hauled, we spent
still in Prickly Bay, Grenada. I just about a week making arrangements for
checked the log-boci ,,,, i .....- the work we wanted done: new bottom
14th, 2008. That's i..... I.- .. paint, new davits, and installation of













The number of cruisers at the wine bar's weekly Ladies' Night is steadily increasing.
Why are we not surprised?


If we stay here for St. Valentine's Day,
we'll have been here six months! Are we
cruisers or are we snoozers?!? How did
this happen?
The log says we arrived on August
14th, '08. As usual when we arrive in
Grenada, there is a long list of .....
need for the boat and a shortly i.-i i
maintenance and repair items that
require the boat be on the hard to com-
plete or that require technical assistance
to assure a satisfactory completion.
Since we had not contacted Spice Island
Marine ahead of time, we could not
secure a haul-out date until October
3rd, 2008. (Note to self: A schedule may
be the enemy of a true cruiser but, some
times you take things to extremes!) That
gave us about six weeks to accomplish
the tasks which did not require the yard
and to enjoy Grenada and the cruising
community which it attracts.
Enza Marine supplied the help our ail
ing refrigerator required. Island Water
World and Budget Marine supplied
access to the various bits and pieces we
had not been able to find farther north in
the island chain. Many of the tasks
cleared the list as the days progressed.
We also had time to reacquaint our
selves with many of our favorite restau
rants and bars in Grenada. We are mem-
bers of the Grenada Yacht Club and
Christine, the lady who runs the restau
rant there, still serves the best curried
goat in the islands. Space does not per
mit a complete listing of all of our favor
ite haunts in Grenada but, rest assured,
as each task was accomplished there
was a commensurate reward in the form
of a visit to one of those establishments.
As soon as we arrived we realized many
of our friends were already in south
Grenada. Our friends introduced us to
new folks and soon our circle of social
contacts grew significantly ";;';;t ..1
September dissolved in a :, i i .
completed, pleasant outings to our favor
ite haunts and social engagements with


solar panels, just to name a few. With
things organized for our return and the
boat safely strapped down and stan
chions chained together, we made our
planned two-week trip to North America
to catch up on Nancy's parents, our chil
dren and, of course, the grandchildren.
On our trip, we even managed a couple
of days at the Annapolis Boat Show to
procure a few much-desired items.
When we returned, October was wan
ing and it was time to execute the plans
we had put in place before we left. We
all know how the schedules associated
with boat projects tend to creep. As
October slipped away and November
became a reality, living on the hard
morphed from an adventure to an incon
venience to a state of existence closely
akin to 1--in -. t--th requiring a root
canal, i. .... I our scheduled
launch date so many times, the yard
: ... ... i. 1 . i i . us for the
i *..i .. i. .. I... I quired for
the changes. (Actually, I believe he was
kidding. At least I couldn't find the line
item in the bill.)
But at last the work was done. As she
sat in the straps of the travel-lift, new
bottom paint gleaming and the new davits
-i., I1 1,. i1 ii, ,1 of art they are, the
,, 1, i, ., I I .1 .em ed worth it.
On November 14th, 2008, we splashed.
We dropped the hook in a protected spot
just south of the Prickly Bay Coast Guard
il--l- .n-; -nr fIi-nds' boats. There
I II i.- whichweattacked
amidst speculation on when we could
depart from Grenada. In the meantime,
with the official end of hurricane season
behind us, more and more of our friends
were arriving, some coming up from
Trinidad or Venezuela and some coming
back from an extended stay in North
America. Our social calendar filled with
happy hour gatherings, pot lucks, having
folks to dinner on our boat, going to dinner
on other boats, and so on.
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Then there was the e-mail from my
i 'Is there would be a gath
S i clan for American
Thanksgiving at his home in Kentucky.
A chance to see some of the grandchil
dren and children! A chance to see my
niece and nephews whom we had not
seen in four years! A chance to see the
grandnieces and nephews, some of whom
we had never seen! With the prediction
of settled weather and three of our
friends anchored around us, we hopped
a plane and left the boat on the hook for
a week. When we returned, filled with
turkey and chocolate chip cookies, knees
still sore from the traditional Thanksgiving
Day touch football game, we realized,
unbelievably, it was December!!!
Now :--- t- 1 1--i. for a "weather
window I ... 1 11, run up to
Carriacou. This is never an ideal trip,


Then it is January. The New Year ush
ered in the company of friends and the
Christmas Winds have arrived. To add
to the weather mix, exceptionally cold
and stormy weather coming off North
America keeps the Atlantic churned up
with gale-force winds, driving higher
than normal seas down into the island
chain. Also, an unusual combination of
:-t- 1-- .1 f- .-;;-: pawns a multi
I I -i ....- ..i- and generally
wet, miserable conditions. Every day we
have choices; we can make an uncom
fortable passage or we can take advan
tage of the things Grenada has to offer
and enjoy the cruising community here.
There is a wine bar that offers a "Ladies
Night Special" on Thursdays. For sever
al weeks Nancy has joined a group to
take +--nti ; of this and each week
the :...... I ladies in the group is
increasing. What a choice: Go out with


Above: With an ample choice of boatwork,
recreational and social opportunities, the anchorage at Prickly Bay on Grenada's
south coast has been a popular cruisers' hangout for decades

Below: On the beach at the head of the bay. Are we cruising or are we snoozing?
Do we have to choose?


with the prevailing winds this time of
year on the nose, the seas generally on
the nose and the currents, you guessed
it, on the nose. More comfortable to
spend the holiday season .-n: --
friends and the welcoming ... I i.... 11
people of Grenada.
On Boxing Day (December 26th for
the uninitiated), a pot luck/jam session
ri r-ni{-'1 It Whisper Cove Marina.
S.... ... five different bays in
south Grenada converge on the event by
bus, taxi and dinghy -perhaps some
even swam? Ar. -t-tt;;-,i ;n ft-rn-
and eveningof: .. ... i i i.. .. 1.. I .
and meeting new people. Far better
than getting beaten up on an uncom-
fortable passage.


a group of our friends for a glass of wine
and pleasant conversation or make a
-- with the boat doing an imita
1 corkscrew style roller coaster?
Well, maybe we can go Friday? But each
day there are more choices. Get tossed
around by confused seas while making
three knots with the wind on the nose or
go to the best sushi restaurant in the
islands? Get your brains beaten out
going to weather or go to a beach bar
and listen to a great blues band? Day
after day we must make these difficult
choices. Folks, this ain't rocket science!
So here we are, at a quarter to February,
enjoying the comfort of Grenada and the
cruising community, waiting for a weath
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Timing is Important
Skippers leaving the Caribbean often make the mistake of leaving too soon, and get
their tails kicked.
Boa l--'in- th- 'aribbean for Florida often find themselves in trouble if they
leave i ..... I I '. They run into a northerr" -a northwest wind, dead on the
nose. This wind then clocks to the north and then northeast, making the Silver Bank
and the Bahamas a dead lee (deadly) shore. Boats heading farther up the US East
Coast also frequently run into trouble with a late-season northwesterly, blasting
them with high winds and a severe temperature drop. But by late April, the northers
that force their way down to Florida are not
too strong.
Boats heading northwest to Charleston,
Morehead/Beaufort, or the Chesapeake
should wait till mid or late May, as they/ L
are traversing an area where subtropical
hurricanes can crop up through April and
possibly later. These small, intense sub
tropical hurricanes were only spotted in
recent years when weather information was
gathered from satellites. Prior to this, since
they were small and in an area where big
ships seldom go, there were not enough
reports of these storms to show up on the by D
weather charts.
When heading for Europe via the Azores,
a boat should not leave the Caribbean
before mid-May. A look at the North Atlantic
weather chart shows that if you leave after mid-May you have a good chance of get
ting to the Azores, and possibly on to Europe, without going through a gale. Unless
you are extremely unlucky, you will only be caught in one gale at the most.
On the back of Imray-lolaire planning chart #100 ,' .i,. .. .l..i .... wind
direction and frequency, and areas where gales ano I ... 11 I I ;t can
be expected. These show that boats leaving the Caribbean in April for northern
Europe will probably be hit by two gales, possibly three, and that waves higher than
12 feet can be regularly expected. Regarding wave heights of "12 feet", oceanogra
phers and surfers point out that waves will get in sync and build up to double the
li 1r swell. Thus, if a 12-foot swell is running, one must expect waves of 24
Also, it must be remembered that when gale-frequency charts speak of "Force 7 or
over", they do not state how far over Force 7 the gales will be. In April one can expect
gales of Force 8, 9 and possibly 10.
Leaving the Caribbean in mid-May means the boat is not up in the gale area until
June, when the gale frequency is low. If a gale is encountered, it most probably will
not be as strong as ... i i 1 rtheless, before leaving the Caribbean the boat
should be given a .' I'' I i, i she should be prepared to weather a gale.
The Traditional Route to Florida
The traditional route to the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area departs from St. Thomas
or Puerto Rico, taking a course of roughly northwest, -1 .. i.... the northern edge of
Muchoir and Silver Banks and the northeastern edg( I I. Bahamas, until you
reach the northeast Providence Channel. Then swing west, through the northeast/
northwest Providence Channel and on to Florida. On this route you should be


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broad reaching, or sailing dead downwind before the Trades.
This trip should be duck soup, but unfortunately it has proven to be a great prob
lem for insurance underwriters. I think the reason sI. .; t -itl-l--1- fl .t:
lost off the Bahamas is that they are coming from i i.. .i i .
most cases, deep water right up to the shore, then .-i... -1 ... i i i
with off-lying reefs and shoals extending two, three .' I.... i I,
A faster route with fewer navigational dangers is to head west from St. Thomas,
skirt the north coasts of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, then sail through the Old
Bahama Channel favoring the Cuban side (it is better marked and has deeper water
close to shore). Then head north to the
Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.
C To the Carolinas
n The best routing is subject to much
C arib b ean : debate. I favor leaving from St. Thomas and
heading roughly northwest, using the same
route as one takes to the Miami/Fort
Lauderdale area, passing north of the
Muchoir and Silver Banks, and via the
Bahamas. But instead of go ... .. .... the
Providence Channel, pass :. .11. I and
Bahama, run over to the Gulf Stream, pick
up the Stream and head northwards. With
Street luck you will carry the Trades all the way
up to the Gulf Stream, then with the
Stream underneath you will be wearing
seven league boots. If a northwest front is
predicted you can duck into Charleston
and either wait it out or continue north via the ICW. If there is no norther predicted,
ride the Stream right up to Morehead City/Beaufort.
To the Chesapeake
If you can't negotiate the ICW (your mast must be able to pass under the 65-foot
high bridge just south of Norfolk, and your keel must draw less than nine feet), sail
a rhumb line from the Eastern Caribbean to a point 100 miles east of Norfolk,
Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. When you approach the latitude of
Norfolk, turn west.


In April one can expect gales

of Force 8, 9 and possibly 10


Cape Hatteras, just below the Chesapeake, has been known as a graveyard for
ships for over 500 years. Many people feel that the only way to pass Cape Hatteras
is to either have it 30 miles to the east of you (i.e. be in the ICW), or 200 miles to the
west of you. Imagine a boat riding the Gulf Stream northward up the coast near Cape
Hatteras. If a northwester comes in, the wind switches north and then northeast,
giving 20, 30 or even 40 knots of wind against the three-knot Stream.
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The resulting sea conditions are such that no progress can be made. Once the
wind goes northeast, Cape Hatteras and the coast north of it become dead lee
shores.
Most yachts will be able to obtain warnings of approaching northwesterly winds.
But when a northwester blows through, not only are you beating to windward but
the temperature drops -sometimes to freezing. Every single member of the crew
must be fully outfitted for severely cold, wet weather.
The Bermuda Route
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Before leaving
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Star. The wind should be on the beam, giving a good fast reach. If the wind is north
of east, don't worry about staying on the rhumb line, just trim the sails and adjust
the course so that you are going as quickly and comfortably as possible. Even if you
are driven below the rhumb line, at about latitude 27N the wind will ease off and by
latitude 29 or 30 it will frequently die out altogether. Usually when you come out
of the calm spell, the wind comes in from the southwest. If you are west of the rhumb
line, ease sheets and head for Bermuda. The loom can be spotted 30 or more miles
off. Entering St. George at night is not advisable as shore lights make it difficult to
correctly pick out the navigation lights.
Boats heading for the States via Bermuda should be sufficiently provisioned
and prepared to by-pass Bermuda if necessary. Bermuda attracts gales like a
magnet, and entering the narrow St. George Channel in gale conditions is
extremely dangerous.
When leaving Bermuda to head for the States, wait until late May or early
June. It is essential that you obtain a really good long-range weather forecast.
It is pretty much a rhumb line course, but try to ascertain what the Gulf
Stream is doing. Frequently there is a southeast meander, which will stop you
almost dead.


Bermuda to the Azores
A popular route from the Caribbean to Europe is from the Virgin Islands to
Bermuda, then from Bermuda to the Azores.
When leaving Bermuda for the Azores -I-l;; --nt course to take can be difficult.
There is a straight rhumb-line course ol i -''.... I I Flores, which frequently leads
right through the Azores High and results in either a slow passage under sail or long
periods under power. To a I ..i. ..... -k your way gradually up
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-..Ii. 1 I 1 -n '" i ,', but it is likely to be rough and cold.
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distances of the Northern Route 1,800 miles, the Middle Route 1,720 miles, and
the rhumb-line or Great Circle Route -1,680 miles. While in Bermuda, check the
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A my yacht-service business in the Azores, one of the most persistent
problems found aboard yachts arriving from the Caribbean is contami
nation in fuel tanks. This is usually caused by water, dirt, sludge,
microbes or a combination thereof. When this slurry is churned up after a few days
at sea, it can choke fuel filters, and fill water separators and sediment bowls. If not
dealt with, ..1.. .11 i. ..... may refuse to run.
Water car. ,i i. I- I .I through the on-deck filler pipe if the O-ring is old,
cracked and leaking, or through a buildup of condensation, which also plays a part
in the growth of microbes and bacteria. Dirt and other crud can also come onboard
at almost any quayside pump.
If you can get into your fuel tanks f-r -1- ;;;;; and inspection before setting out
to cross the Atlantic, you may save .... I- I i f ;i-f .t Tihi is especially
true with a yacht that has sat for a year or more .1. I ... ..... i and partially
filled tanks.
The next time a fuel tank is "empty", consider opening the inspection hatch, the
fuel suction pickup or the fuel g~, 'i .,. for a cleanout. A small DC pump with a
nitrile impeller, some hose and I ,. II, I copper or PVC pipe is about all the tech
nical equipment you'll need. Obviously, you are trying to reach the lowest point in
the tank where the water, crud and ..... i i. . i .- (usually near the fuel suc
tion or pick-up pipe!). The rigid copy . i -I, ,,i i i long enough to comfortably
reach the bottom of the tank so you can vacuum the contents into a sludge con
trainer to take to the oil recycling barrel. It's interesting to put the first quart or two
of tank effluent into a clear container for inspection.
When the tank is empty, don't be afraid to reverse the pump and rinse the tank in
behind the baffles with a bit of fresh diesel. If you have a decent-sized inspection
hatch, reach in and wipe the tank sides and bottom with a clean cloth.


BEFORE CROSSING

AN OCEAN...
by Duncan Sweet

While you are concentrating on the fuel system -;;17 th- primary and secondary
fuel filters and make sure you have enough :.11 I. ... crossing: four primary
and three secondary filters should be a minimum. If you have an unusual primary
fuel filter/water separator, stock up -they may be harder to find where you are
going. It's also - 1 1- t- refer back to the original engine manufacturer's filter
numbers. The :I , II 1 if not an OEM part as per the manual, may be far
removed from what was originally specified.
Th- -;i~-' Itwater circulation and cooling pump is also a potential offshore
I I I I is any evidence of salt building up on the pump body or, heaven
forbid, -i.. 1. drip, it is time to change the water seal (and check the bearings and
cam). I .I u are at it, change the impeller and keep the used one as a spare.
While you have the pump dismounted for service, check all the rubber cooling
hoses for signs of old age, -r --; splitting, chafe and rusty hose clamps. More
than likely the hose leading ... the saltwater pump goes to the heat exchange
er, which is a favorite place to find all the missing bits of impeller blades that have
broken off over the years. If possible, remove that cooling hose and gently try to
remove any rubber bits you find in or near the heat exchanger entrance, which may
restrict the cooling water flow and cause the engine to run hotter than normal.
Another seldom-remembered potential glitch in the engine room is the air cleaner
or air filter element. It's usually a simple task to remove the unit and give the inside
a good cleaning or, if fitted, replace the air filter element. Also make sure any engine
room blowers or extractor fans are working and the i,, i ...- .. i i as giving the
engine plenty of clean unrestricted airflow is essential i II i i, I combustion.
The alternator(s) will normally do a lot of battery charging on a crossing and replace
i, th- f.n 1- -lt is a task more easily accomplished in harbor than in a six-foot swell.
SI ...-. I done it for a while, replace all the belts fitted in your engine room now:
it's cheap insurance. Carry at least one spare of each.
Another pre-crossing task many people avoid is going aloft and having a good look
around the rig and rigging. Use a comfortable bo'sun's chair, pick a calm day and
take your time -and a camera! A very short knot in the chair's halyard will make
it a lot easier at the top to look closely at the mast cap and all fittings and fixtures.
Please go up on two halyards and don't use a snap shackle on the chair.
On older rigging, look for signs of de-swaging where one or more of the 1x19 strands
may have broken, normally just out of sight inside the body of tht :- 1 terminal.
You are looking for any stainless steel strands that appear to be ": I I s they are
no longer under tension; they'll stand ever so slightly proud of the companion wires
on either side. If you are not sure, press on the strands with a small screwdriver, try
ing to detect a slight movement at the break. Terminals with a lot of rust discoloration
are especially suspect. A high percent; r 1 .;,,;;. .1 1 1 level, especially in
lower shrouds, but can happen to any .. 1 1I11I,,. 11 II .. -. are seriously dis
colored, polish them with a green pad from the galley and look closely for one or more
thin black lines indicating hairline cracks in the swage body, usually near the wire
end of the terminal. Many of these failures are in swages susceptible to salt water
running down the wire and, with time, ... i. ,,. inside the swage body.
Any strap toggles should be checked *' 1.'1 i cracks where the steel has been
bent 180 degrees. All clevis and split/cotter pins should be looked at with care, as
well as shroud and stay tangs, spreader attachment points and the spreader tips
where the cap shrouds come in contact or pass through them. If something doesn't
look right, it probably isn't. If you ... ..... .. I .. I understand take pictures
to show to the rest of your crew c .... 11 II -1 I .- boot or rigging tape has
not been off in a while maybe it's time to remove it and have a look, as this is a
favorite spot for moisture and salt to build up and start problems. Also check the top
of the roller furling gear for halyard chafe and correct wrap-stop or fairlead position
ing. Make sure all sheaves are -'r'in;' -asily and are lubricated as well as the spin
naker and topping-lift sheaves, .1 1I11 I Have a good look at all masthead fittings,
VHF antenna and cable, wind instrument, masthead/tri-color 1..1.1 i etera, which
should all be solidly fastened with no signs of chafe, stress I i.,,1 and able to
withstand a few weeks of ocean.
And then make sure you have plenty of snacks for the night watches.
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Easter Time Traditions

in Trinidad and Tobago
by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
Trinidad and Tobago have a rich mixture of cultures and customs attributed to the
various ethnic groups that call them home. This mixing is evident in the unique way
we celebrate many worldwide observances such as Christmas or Carnival, and
Easter is no exception. Although we do carry out some of the same activities as oth
ers around the world, such as Easter egg hunts, tea parties and Easter Bonnet
competitions, at Easter time Trinidad suddenly becomes populated with "bobolee"
effigies and Tobago has goat and crab races.
On midnight Carnival Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) we say goodbye to the Carnival sea
son and enter the Lenten season. On Palm Sunday, Roman Catholics in Trinidad
parade the streets singing hymns and waving palms to symbolize what people did
to welcome Jesus to Jerusalem. Some young palm fronds are also woven into
crosses. On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross are carried out as early as 4:00AM
on Mount St. Benedict above St. Augustine in the north of the island and on San
Fernando Hill in southern Trinidad. Holy Week celebrations are especially big in the
southern town of Siparia where people from all over the nation visit to take part in
the Holy Thursday and Good Friday Masses held at the La Divina Pastora Roman
Catholic church. To accommodate this, the town centre is blocked off from vehicular
traffic and vendors are allowed to sell their goods, including clothes, food and
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A unique Easter pastime in Tobago is very serious goat racing


On Good Friday a traditional meal of ground provisions (root crops) and fish is
eaten, as well as hot cross buns, which are soft sweet buns with a cross made of
icing on the top symbolizing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. On Easter Sunday, there
is an elaborate Sunday lunch with baked pork, roast chicken and ham.
i. . ', i.l the country, individuals or entire villages set out effigies locally
S bobolees, which represent Judas. They are usually placed along the
roadside or hung on trees and beaten by passersby as a punishment for Judas's
betrayal of Jesus. In recent years some of these effigies have been fashioned to the
likeness of local political leaders and also "punished", so to speak.
Non-religious activities traditionally held at Easter time include kite-flying come
titions. These are popular on both islands on Easter Monday, and are made possible
by the high winds usually present around this time of year.
Other activities include horse racing, originally held at the Queen's Park Savannah
in the capital city of Port of Spain in Trinidad since 1838. However, all horseracing
events are now held at the Santa Rosa Park in Arima. ( *i 1. . ... 1 1 I es include
the aforementioned crab and goat races held at Bucco( .11 .. .. II .. These are
noisy events as spectators yell and cheer to encourage 11 ,, I .... I vin.
Goat racing, which has been held for 84 years on the island, is thought to have
developed as a response of the grass roots to the favorite pastime of the upper class.
These races take place with all the pomp and pageantry that would accompany a
horse race, such as the parading of the animals, announcing the favourites (who
hold colourful names like Troublemaker and P- "-1 T-r-l H -;- -l-i n1. 1--t Mind
you, these "steeds" are not any ordinary goats .. .. -i 1 .11 I I . .... with
long legs being a favoured characteristic. They have their own trainers and are fed a
special diet -including stout! Their care also involves taking baths in the sea. The
track used - t is similar to that used in horse racing, as there are starting
gates, and ... -1- i 100-metre stretch of turf. The jockeys don't ride their ani
mals, but instead keep them tethered on a long rope and run either behind or next
to them, and so the speed of the jockey is also put to the test. The rope also serves
to guide the animals.
Crab racing is also popular, generally using large blue crabs. The track may be
straight or a circle drawn in the sand and the first crab to get out is declared the
winner. The crabs are harnessed, using a short ...11i of vtrin- and a bamboo twig
is used to guide and encourage the crabs to the I....-1 li '. *I course the winning
crab's owner takes the prize while the winner ends up in the pot as curried crab and
dumplings -a traditional Tobagonian dish.
Finally, there are many who just want to enjoy the long Easter weekend with
friends and family and opt for spending it at the beach, which is locally termed a
"beach lime".
So, whether religious or secular, traditional or not, the celebrations around
Easter time in Trinidad and Tobago are yet another example of the diversity found
on these islands.


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by Ellen Sanpere
As things go on St. Croix, it's an old tradition. Caribbean hermit crabs (Coenobita
clypeatus) have been around since before Columbus landed in 1493. Racing them
goes back to the early 1990s, at the Wreck Bar's Crabatorium, where the audience
was mostly adults needing something to amuse them while drinking.
Tito and Sue Bacallao, Crucian transplants since 1980 and 1990, respectively,
lived on a series of boats in Christiansted Harbor until 1997, including the Hunter
37, Saltfish. Tito also crewed on racing boats in St. Croix for fun.
The weekly crab meets start. i ... 1i,, .1 i, iT,. ii 'irina Bar, later
." .lini t P- t ---- P ron the Cl ...-. i II I .11 h. .....-; Alley closed for
Sii .-i... i, racing moved next door, to the Brew Pub on Mondays.
Clawing their way to the top of the sport, Tito and Sue took the decapod derby to
Cheeseburgers in America's Paradise on Wednesdays, and to the Tamarind Reef
Hotel on Fridays, bringing fast-paced competition and generous purses to East
Enders and island visitors in venues their children can enjoy as well.
Red legs, small to mid-size shells (mostly whelks), a fierce pincer claw and clever
(but never vulgar) names mark these special racers, which are recruited from the
beaches of St. Croix. They are housed in spacious "crab condos" tastefully furnished
with soil and seagrass, and fed a high-tech diet of veggies and dogfood for a two-week
racing programme, after which they are released. No special training is given the tiny
trotters, and Tito reports that wild crabs in the paddock area of ,, 11
cages to feast on the free food. Completing the stable scene are :. ii....
the animal shelter.
Born in Cuba, raised in New Jersey, Tito transports about a hundred crabs in a
large plastic box to the venue .1;- ---it thr--2 5-gallon buckets, microphone and
PA, an overhead clamp lamp, i.. .... .... I .i.e and a large bin of toys for the kids
to take home as souvenirs, wii II .. hundred percent luck," he says.
Originally from Philadelphia, Sue manages Quiet Storm, an apparel shop on King
Street and often has to run to make the 5:00PM start of registration on Monday
nights at the Brew Pub. By 5:01, there is a long line of visitors, locals and Crab
Groupies, waiting to pick... um, choose crabs from the box and name them. Some
will put names on five or more, in hopes of having a winner.
Barefoot, deeply tanned and looking like the archetypical beach boy, Tito takes up
the microphone and welcomes the crowd with a voice that would be successful on a
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The first order of business is to create a racetrack on the Pub's cement floor. He
volunteers an audience member to stand on the foot shape he has drawn on the floor
with chalk. A rope is looped around the volunteer's ankle. The other end of the rope
holds a fat sidewalk-chalk crayon, which Tito uses to draw a small circle for a start
ing line, a larger finish line circle, and a third, even larger, stay-away-from-the-finish


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At left, punters pick their crabs at the pai-mutual window, and at right, the popular race
Miss Judith
line circle. He chalks in four compass points and joins Sue at the pari-mutual win
dow (two chairs and a box of crabs) to begin the entry process.
Sue: I i. ..... .. . i. ab on her master list and on a small sticky note
for the .1 .. 'I. .. ii I- 'I US$2 per crab entry fee. Tito writes the chosen
name with a felt-tip marker on masking tape affixed to each crab's shell and places
the contender in a white bucket.
When everybody has their crustacean competitors named Tit- 1--.;;J his spiel
about the crabs. "These are hermit crabs," he says, holding .. .. i.-,I "and they
have a pressure claw that can be painful but not fatal." Oddly, no volunteers come
forward to help demonstrate.
Racing fans may bring a personal crab. "There's a $2 entry," says Tito, "plus $50
for a drug test. Just kidding about the drug test. I'm not going to make him pee."
Then he outlines the racing card: There will be four heats; two crabs from each
heat run in a final race to determine the evening's winners. Three "drink" races are
also run, and three crabs in each will win a prize.
On an island with few rules, there are only two for crab racing, and the Groupies help
with the volume: "DON'T POINT YOUR FINGER" (at the crabs, as that will make the
highly-strung thoroughbreds stop in their tracks) and "DON'T STOMP YOUR FEET'
which could also "wipe out the competition". If anyone violates those rules, masking tape
will be used to assist that person (usually an adult) in controlling his or her behavior.
Tito works the crowd, calls for last-minute crabs, and introduces creatively cos
tumed Miss Judith, the Peanut Lady, who has developed a speech of her own to sell


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bags of peanuts and candy from a converted baby stroller. She does a queen wave
and works her way through the crowd while Sue takes a few more entry fees from
latecomers. Tito mentions the haute couture Crab Race T-shirts, f- t;;ri;. racing
crab with flaming shell, available in child and adult sizes. At last,,, I I 11 Tito
is done with the speech and asks if anybody wants to hear it again. The Groupies
yell, "NO!" (some yell, "YES!") and the races begin.
^Tito and Sue bring two white plastic buckets contain
ing the crabs to the center, carefully dump the crabs
into the starting circle, and invert the buckets over
them. Tito holds the microphone above Sue's kazoo as
she blows a nine note cavalry charge. They lift the
buckets up and away, and the crowd yells, "CHARGE!"
Two piles of crabs start racing, well, most of them any
how, crawling in every direction. Not all can do the dis
tance, it seems, as the sturdy steeds must carry their
chariots on this turf. Their "owners" yell their names,
i cheering them on. There isn't time to overcome a bad
start, as there are plenty of competitors sprinting home.
Tito does the call: "There's Blue heading north and
to the east; Old Bay's on top, and Buster is going
Nho knows how he can read the tape on their
shells, but he does.
As the first two crabs cross the finish line circle, Tito
announces their names. Sue snatches them up, puts
them in the red Rest Bucket to wait for the final race,
and records the winners. Then she joins Tito in scoop
track snack vendor ing the remaining contestants into the starting buckets
for the next event. As they pick up crabs on the south
and west, other crabs run to the north and east into the
sandal-footed crowd. "If he goes for your toes, don't
worry," Tito declares. "They don't eat much!"
When four heats are finished, eight crabs are in the Rest Bucket, and the first
drink race is announced: three winning "owners" will get free drinks or rum or a gift
certificate from a St. Croix eatery. Tito mentions each prize donor again, Sue sounds
the kazoo, and, they're OFF! By this time, someone in the crowd has had an arm
taped to her waist, with much fanfare and cheering.
The eight finalists run their race to determine the final order. After two more drink
races, the prizes are awarded. Tito again describes each prize, for example, a show at
the Harbormaster Club, a Salt River nature trip in kayaks, a sail on the schooner
Roseway, a jeep tour in the rainforest, bar tabs, two-for-one dinners, ..I Ii .
and the coveted Silver or Gold (RUM, that is), among others. Each ,.
comes forward for a handshake r.' 1 1 ;;.; :il fi--;. '-; who presents the homemade
certificates. Swapping prizes is: ..1 .1
Out on the boardwalk, people stroll as the moon rises above the Cay and the clear
harbor waters lap gently against the boats at anchor. Children pull at their parents'
arms to peer at the giant tarpon swimming below the planks. The Crab Groupies
order another round of brew, while Tito and Sue pack up the crustaceans for anoth
er day at the races on St. Croix.
Ellen Sanpere lives aboard Cayenne III, an Idylle 15.5, in Christiansted Harbor and
regularly takes her lumps at Tito & Sue's "crab meets" (sorry!) at the Brew Pub. She
is looking to change shells and find a terrestrial condo in the area.


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Compass Cruising Crossword 'Back'


STUDY UP ON YOUR SPANISH FOR CRUISERS,

AND THEN TRY THIS WORD PUZZLE iDISFRUTE!
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APRIL 2009


Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
While your love life is experiencing slack tide, concern
trate on creative projects and your communicative skills
a ham license, perhaps?
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Spend time with sailing friends this month and just
enjoy yourself and their company.
] GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Use all that Gemini versatility I 1 i r r -ft I-
onboard and clear the decks to be : I 111
sailing your way.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
11 veaboards! Home is where a Cancer's heart is,
Si s a good time to spend there, fixing it up and
making it comfortable and efficient.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Use your creative energies to put wind in the sails of
your business or financial prospects with new ideas.
W VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
You will find April full of little irritations and aggrava
tions. Don't let them get to you -these are just choppy
S 1 .1 1 ... ..t of these con

^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Keep an even keel in spite of small obstacles on your
course caused by others on board.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Communications may be gart'l- 1 --*.I love life in
the doldrums. Hang In there; .. i", 11 clear when
you least expect it.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Take some time to give a hand to someone who needs
it. It will make you feel worthwhile and ease someone
else's burden.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Try to be flexible and accepting of others' needs on
board. Being stubborn and pedantic will only make
things worse.
SAQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
I I ... I ii e invaluable this
.i" i i,, i I I. 1 Ii whichwoulddeter
you from your course. Good things will happen around
the 19th.
SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
You'll have lots of energy this April. Use it to positive
effect by concentrating on your charted course and not
letting circumstances get you down.








Crossword Solution

ACROSS 26) END 9) OARS
1) BOOM 28) FRAME 10) STRAPPED
4) FORWARD 31) SE 12) AT SEA
6) SW 32) ORAL 14) SIDE
7) LARBOARD 34) SIGN 17) ASTERN
10) SUN 36) REVERSE 19) STAFF
11) SAIL 37) SEAWIND 20) CUTTING
13) AFT 38) TAFF 22) WATER
14) SPAR DOWN 23) KEEL
15) TIDE 1) BOW 25) KEELSON
16) STAYS 2) MOON 27) SWEEP
18) STABS 3) ABOARD 29) ROPES
19) SHIP 4) FILL 30) MOOR A
20) COTIA 5) DORY 31) STUFF
21) PUNT 6) STARS 33) SET
24) BACKSTERS 8) RIP 35) NUT


CARIBBEAN

CUSTOMS

REGULATIONS


Caribbean Customs are really quite a chore.
The process for a yachtsman is such an awful bore.
Regulations differ wherever you may go,
And yachtsmen think it is a farce when they are treated so.

In Trinidad you have to leave one hour from checking out.
All others give you twentyfour, and still there is some doubt.
How long you have for checking in is anybody's guess.
If overtime is payable you're under some duress.

In Bequia on a Sunday we moored at 5 PM.
The Customs launch demanded that we go at once to them.
'The office will stay open today till six o'clock.
You must go now and clear or else a hefty fine well dock."

Arriving at the Customs Hall the queue was to the door.
They're raking in the overtime, we really felt quite sore.
No weekday evening did we see the Customs launch go out.
Twasjust to get the extra pay, that's what it's all about.

English Harbour's office is smart and clean and new,
But after you have visited they'll have you in a stew.
You're lucky if you get a smile; it's usually a grunt.
However nice you try to be you're subject to this front.

In Rodney Bay Marina the Immigration guy
Is often absent from his desk, I do not tell a lie.
But if you moan you've wasted time and have to go to sea,
Its clear they do not care a toss -at least it's clear to me.

Anguilla's rules permit a yacht to stay Just in Road Bay.
To go to any other place, a fortune you must pay.
One hundred dollars every day for every smaller yacht,
But superyachts pay little more. Is this fair? It's not.


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Of the process in Grenada we cannot now complain.
We're made to feel quite welcome -at least that's in the main.
No grunts or scowls are aimed at us when we go in to clear.
Perhaps while filling in their forms, they'll offer us a beer!

In Martinique and Guadeloupe no money changes hands.
It is quite clear to one and all you're welcome in these lands.
Clearing in is simple, no complicated form.
And no one needs to get uptight, that really is the norm.

Dominica's got it right, we've found it quite okay.
When you check in, there is no fuss; you are allowed to stay.
For fourteen days you can enjoy this island in the sun.
No further visit is required; your clearance out is done.

So why cannot the OECS, which all were British Jewels,
Get their act together and simplify their rules.
However much we argue and try to make a noise,
The answer is quite simple: it's all jobs for the boys.

When sailing in these islands we have not many fears.
But cries to sort out all these rules are falling on deaf ears.
Our carefree life's not free of care, here's where we all get caught:
You have to pay due homage to officials in each port.

But think a bit, how you would do,
With scruffy yachties in a queue?
Perhaps some humour you might lose.
So relax, stay cool, don't blow a fuse.

But finally one wonders, if we all ignored the rules,
And sailed around the islands without checking in like fools,
Ifwe all rebelled together and didn't play their game,
They could not send us all right back to start from whence we came.

Rocco Relic


Grenada Morning

The harbor is still with the glassy calm of early morning,
And sailboats face obediently northeast,
The beauty and the peace invade my heart,
And for my eyes provide a feast.
Thank God that I am here today to see His works' perfection,
And not absorbed in mundane tasks in four or five directions,
That I see the bougainvillea. It clambers up the trees
And cascades over walls, intense with color in the breeze.
Dark clouds bring gentle rain; perhaps the blossoms feel a thirst,
Or perhaps rain makes their colors glow until it seems they burst
And shower me with the rainbow of their hues, so strong and sweet,
Until I am suffused in them -a vapor, mist, complete!

I'm blessed to be a living witness to this myriad glory,
It seems that paradise is here, and heaven an allegory!


Nan Hatch


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I CRUISING KIDS' CO*NlRl*M


Peter Tefican



Battfesfor His Life


by Lee Kessell


Continued from last month's Peter Pelican Flies South'.
The rain was pelting down hard and jagged spears of lightning were piercing the
sea between Peter the big brown pelican and the shoreline, but as yet no wind was
blowing. Peter had come too far to turn back and find shelter in Haiti so, like it or
not, he had to risk the lightning bolts and try to make the sheltering cliffs of Puerto
Rico. Better to be killed quickly by the lightning, Peter thought, than to struggle
against a hurricane and drown slowly.
As he flew nearer, the lightning almost blinded him, but as Peter couldn't pick a
S,'i i .... ii, II I Its, it was up to his guardian angel to guide him through. The
:, i ...... was even worse than the inten- ..1 i
of the flashes, because it sizzled and cracked with a .1
ing force that almost blew Peter's heart out of his chest and
threatened to paralyze his muscles and send him plunging
into the rising waves.
Flying with his eyes squinted to thin slits, the lightning
danced so close to Peter that a blue glow gleamed all over
his body and spun off the tips of his wings. He looked like
a blue sprite leaping from wave crest to wave crest, but '
there was no one to see him.
The first breath of wind glanced off the sea and Peter
thought he was doomed but the hurricane hadn't finished
playing with him yet. There was a long pause and then a
heavy gust knocked Peter sideways. This is it, he thought, but again the wind
stopped. The reprieve was only short-lived because the next moment a tremendous
roar came sweeping over from the land, almost drowning out the sizzle and crack of
the lightning.
S ;r-l. ;;; -, ---i rely 1 I' .11 I I ... .. the nick of time he sud
i ,,I I. .i. 1 i, . i in frc I 1,11 .. I .. ... raft of air wafted him up
II, -I, , ii I blew him into a limestone cave just beneath the cliff edge.
Peter tumbled over and over right to the back of the cave where it was dry and dark
and he lay still, panting and exhausted.
Without pause the hurricane swept across the land, blowing everything before it
and the cliff shook with the i,,, I i 1.. 1 1 ,, .,, ., ,, 1,.. 11 1
feet. He shook his =- r--1 --in: ... II .. . I i ... 1 ,. 1..
th e oil from th e g i ,i I i , i. I ,, i i i i... i .. . i i ,,, i i, \I i .... .
to fly again should he escape from the cliff alive.
When he had finished, Peter looked out of the cave mouth and what he saw was a
discouraging sight. Whole branch iI i, 'es came flying over the edge above
him and were blown into the sea. i ....I- 11 like cannon balls, whistling as they
went. Great fronds of palm leaves tore themselves to shreds against the jagged cliff
edge and leaves that had been ripped from the trees and minced into a green sludge


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DOLLY'S DEEP


SECRETS


by Elaine Ollivierre

Biodiversity describes the number and variety of organisms -plants and
animals -in an environment. It is very important to preserve biodiversity as
every organism has its place in and makes its contribution to the health of its
environment. So, what happens when something happens to destroy part of
that environment?
Thats actually what is happening in the northern parts of the Caribbean,
especially in the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. f-r-ir. fish was
introduced there by accident and seems to have made 1- 11 it home.
Unfortunately, this extra fish is not adding to the biodiversity of the region


with the terrifying sound of machine-gun fire added to the hellish uproar.
Peter wondered how safe he really was in his high cave with the spray beginning
to mist the air around him. Would the waves he could hear beating against the base
of the cliff rear so high that he would be washed down into the sea? He waddled
slowly to the entrance and peered down. The waves were rearing and biting at the
cliff wall almost reaching the entrance to his cave. So he hurried back just as one
wave, higher than the rest burst at the cave edge, sending a froth of cold water after
him. But it drained harmlessly back into the sea.
By now Peter was so tired that he had to close his eyes and try to sleep, but he
could only doze. And when sleep did overtake him for a few minutes, he dreamed of
a huge black demon trampling and destroying his home in the peaceful swamp back
in Jamaica.
So the long hours of the night passed and when daylight struggled into the cave,
a sudden quiet came with it. Peter was stiff and hungry and he thought with relief
that the hurricane had gone. Then he realized that the quiet and calm had happened
too quickly and he knew it was the eye of the hurricane!
Peter also knew that when the wind returned it would be even worse because it
would blow directly into the cave and the waves would crush and drown him. He had
to get out while he could and find a shelter somewhere on land. Peter spread his
wings and ran as fast as he could to the edge of the cave and launched himself into
space. The same updraft of air caught under his wings and forced him high over the
cliff top. Peter soared and turned until he was flying over the land.
As he searched for a shelter he looked upon a countryside smashed and tangled.
Huge trees lay broken and uprooted, tree trunks had been sliced into matchsticks
and all that he could see of the little shacks of the people who lived scattered across
the countryside were the short stone pillars that had sup
.- ported the wooden walls and tin roofs. There were no people
visible at all.
SPeter was looking for a clump of rocks or another cave to
shelter in when he saw an old stone wall, a ruin that had
been a fort long years ago, and he settled for that. The wall
was st ... 1 1..... ...h to deflect the wind that would
o come :.. so Peter glided down for a close
) inspection. There were lots of broken branches and other
bits of vegetation piled against the base of the wall and
nearby were shallow depressions filled with water. Peter
wasted no time in quenching his thirst and then looked
about for something to eat. Amongst the storm leavings he
found some dried coconuts that had been smashed against the wall into many
pieces and Peter used the hook on the end of his bill to scrape out the oily dried flesh
clinging to the dark shells. It was nourishing and good and as he ate Peter felt his
strength returning.
With renewed hope he scratched out a nest for himself deep amongst the twigs
and splintered branches, where a buttress built into the wall gave added protection.
A small snake had found the spot too, but Peter let it be. It was harmless and
,in. ...i. i. could have swallowed it at one gulp he was happy to let it share his

With the first gust of wind swirling in from the sea, Peter huddled close against the
old stones, tucking his head down into his chest and cradling his body with his
strong, warm wings and then he waited. The gusts grew in strength and then, with
a roar that was far worse than anything Peter had experienced so far, the hurricane
that had almost claimed him for its own was searching for him again.
Read the final part of Peter Pelican's adventure in next month's issue
of Caribbean Compass.


i. i. appetitee and eats up all the baby fish, lobsters, crabs, etc.,
Si i i -., .... all the reef fish may have serious ecological and financial
S.... ii ril-t-- .; r-:r-; in years to come.
The new fish is the I i. ..I.-. i volitans). A few specimens probably
escaped from an aquarium in Florida after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. They
reproduced and are now an enormous threat to the reefs of the Caribbean.
The red (or common) lionfish is usually found in the Indian and western Pacific
Oceans. It was first described by Linnaeus himself in 1758. It can grow up to
43cm (17 inches) in length and has very distinctive red, maroon, brown and
white stripes with spots on its fins. It also has a series of very poisonous spines
along its long, feathery fins. There is no record of anyone dying after touching
the spines but lionfish stings are excruciatingly painful.
Red lionfish are solitary creatures. They loiter in reef caves or under coral
ledges waiting for their prey. When they see a fish or baby lobster above them,
they make a fast lunge upwards and grab it, swallowing it whole.
How can we protect our reefs and waters from this intruder?
Firstly, fishermen, swimmers, boat owners and anyone else who uses our
waters must be educated about the dangers of the red lionfish. They need to
know how to handle the fish if/when they catch one. Apparently, it is very good
to eat but difficult to prepare! So it's best if the catcher wears thick gloves to take
the spines off the fish.
Secondly, we need to find a natural predator. There only appears to be one
predator here in the Caribbean and that is the fish called the grouper. Some
-- -- -r 1.-- 1- f-.l -vith pieces of lionfish in their stomachs.
.i'. .-1 ...... .i i i. i' groupers to allow those left to multiply and
eat up the lionfish!
The red lionfish is a fish which can adapt very quickly to a new environment.
Although it came from a tropical habitat, it has been found in temperate waters
of the United States as far north as New York. Keep an eye out for it and notify
your local fisheries officers if you see one.
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Medical Emergency in Mexico

by Ann Westergard

Despite f--l ;;1. little rough around the belly, Skipper Doug was ready to leave Isla
Mujeres. headed south aboard our new to-us Valiant 40 towards whatever
port on the Yucatan coast we might reach -hri;;:- high daylight, maybe even Belize.
So we moseyed downwind, close to the 11 I .... reef to avoid the current. It was a
good day to be doing exactly what we were doing.
Doug dozed in a warm corer .1ii ....... 'in. hp's just got a little indigestion
and he'll feel better soon. But :... .1 I dl I ii,,,I we'd better stop at Puerto
Moreles." Yes, sir! By mid-afternoon, we were anchored off the small town, behind
the reef.
Doug slept, all curled up, took the occasional charcoal pill, one of the half dozen
over-the-counter remedies that constitute our 'medical kit', had a shower, slept, and
moaned, and slept. Next morning he sprang to life, but immediately wilted.
Ashore I located El Centro de Salud, open and not busy. Bad sign (and good).
Doug, now in substantial pain, was ready to go there right away. I'd been parsing
symptoms from my yard-sale medical dictionary and believed we were steaming
towards appendectomy. The clinic doctor concurred.
Within the hour we were in a taxi, bouncing towards a private hospital, Hospital
Americano, 25 miles north in Cancun. How did we find the hospital? We asked a man
on the street who spoke English. He thought the public hospital would be too busy and
other private hospitals too expensive. Isn't that how you make all your decisions?
Hospital Americano looked like a construction site, busted concrete in buckets and
rebar sticking out of the walls. But the Urgencia door was open and we were ushered
into a reception room by a concerned woman who, with little formality, listened to my
broken Spanish, then ordered a blood test and an ultrasound. Within minutes other
forces were marshalling around us, including an ultrasound d ..... 1...1, ..1...
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Yes, she said, the appendix. Doug collapsed into a wheelchair, which went up the
elevator into room 309, clean, plain, simple, clean. Protocols were followed, which I
recognized and took comfort in. Doug got an IV, the surgical team got phone calls,
and the business office got a swipe of my Visa card. I got a phone for a Hail-Mary
call to my US insurance company, which offered translation service and 'medical
guidance' but who knows what else?
The organ had ruptured, but by about 6:00PM it was gone forever and Doug had
been fitted with a gasket and a drainage bag, plus a couple of small puncture
wounds. I didn't even know removal would be laparoscopic until it already was! We
both slept to the comforting sound of the IV pump.
Next day back in Puerto Moreles I shanghaied a cruiser off the street (good thing
we're all so easy to spot!) for help moving the boat to a mooring behind a seawall in
a marina -one less thing to worry about. The cruising community is wonderful in
that, and many other, respects.
And I must say, this hospital was just right for us -a small family-style place, not
corporate; B&B rather than resort. Records were handwritten or typed, not a com-
puter in sight (except in accounting!), but so what? The ultrasound was there, the
IV drip machine (that half the nurses were too short to hang bags onto), the operate
ing room and the laparoscopic-whatever in it. Carefulness and good intent were in
the air, plus the surgeon had done hundreds of appendectomies. And, despite its
external appearance, the hospital was clean. We didn't know any of this in the begin
ning, and maybe should have found out, but how?
Eventually it became almost fun. The nurses trained Doug to report 'pee-pee' and
'poopoo'. He trained them to always bring jello when they brought food from the
cafeteria downstairs. Doug shuffled around on paseo with his skinny new novia on
wheels, admired the new baby in the next room, watched TV (whole anotherr story
there, and not pretty!) and slept all he wanted.
.1... with medical emergency is not a situation you can ever really prepare for,
or .'1 .. felt satisfactorily armed, you'd have so little life left, why bother? We went
from 'indigestion' to emergency surgery in 36 hours. We're not the only people that
this has ever happened to, and, although in our cruising life we don't spend time
looking for it, a structure exists to deal with these situations. I'll bet in most cases
it's a good-enough structure, too.
The only advice I can give is to make sure you can get some money into your
credit card account if you have to. We had to pay all bills in full before we left (no
cash, no splash!). Our insurance, which was supposed to partially cover life-threat
ening conditions outside the US, is still shuffling papers. Now I know how to say in
Spanish "It's only money" and "I bought my husband's life" and, for a laugh, "Maybe
not quite so much money as that!"
So I'm sticking to my general world view, which is that the orbit of Galivant and her
crew intersects with many other unseen orbits and cycles, Halley and Hale-Bopp,
shipwreck and disease, but also benevolence and good fortune. The best luck of all was
that we weren't offshore, miles from anywhere or anyone. Doug said that if he had
actually died, it would have been doing something he wanted to do: sailing in Mexico.
I just wish I could stop that sympathetic throbbing in my own iliac quadrant!


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2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1 Cup grated raw pumpkin
2 Cups chicken broth
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 Cup milk
1 bay leaf
Salt and spice to taste
In a large soup pot, saute onion and garlic in butter,
add curry powder and cook, continually stirring, for 3
minutes. Add pumpkin, bay leaf, salt and spices; then
add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer
for 10 minutes. Put a small part of this mix in a new
small pot, add cornstarch and heat until cornstarch is
dissolved. Add back to pumpkin mixture and cook
until mixture has thickened and is bubbling. Serves 4.
(Add whatever garden veggies you may enjoy.)


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related ancestor plants have been found in Mexico,
dating back over 7,000 years. Native Amerindians
used pumpkin centuries before the Europeans arrived.
The explorers soon made pumpkins a staple in their
diets and 1 .. 1.i 1 1.i back to Europe, where they
became I 1 -. 11 Early settlers used pumpkins
for stews and soups and desserts. In addition to cook
ing, the New World Europeans also dried the shells
and cut strips to weave into floor mats. The settlers
learned from the natives to make "pumpkin pie" by
removing the seeds from the shell, filling the hollow
with milk, honey and spices, then baking it.
One cup of cooked pumpkin has 24 calories with one
gram of protein. Th- -r;. fl-Ih is a dead fi-----
that pumpkin is '.. I I I carotene, a I '. i'
antioxidant. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in
the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin,
vision, bone development and many other functions.
Pumpkin is also a tasty source of carbohydrates and
potassium, and is high in fiber.
Eating pumpkin seeds reportedly helps men avoid
prostate cancer. They were once recommended as a
cure for freckles and snakebites.
Pumpkin seeds are a great, healthy snack. A handful
of shelled pumpkin seeds tossed into a salad adds
flavor and crunch. Its odd that islanders usually do
not eat nutritious pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Salt and spices to taste
Wash seeds. In a pot of water dissolve 2 Tablespoons
salt and spices such as hot pepper, curry, or cumin
-whatever is your taste. Bring to a boil and add
seeds. Simmer for 15 minutes. Drain, add more salt
and/or spice if desired, and bake in a 350F oven for
ten minutes.

Pumpkin Broccoli Chowder
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 ripe tomato, diced
1 large potato, diced
4 Cups chicken stock, canned or fresh
1 bunch broccoli, tops cut into small florets,
stems julienned into strips
3 Cups fresh pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1/4 to 1/2 Cup canned evaporated skim milk
In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
Add onions and saute slowly for 6 to 7 minutes. Add
soy sauce and diced tomatoes and cook, stirring
often, until tomatoes' juice has evaporated, about 5
minutes. Transfer saute to a soup pot. Deglaze the
skillet with a little stock, add to pot, and add remain
ing stock and pumpkin puree. Heat, stirring often. In
a separate pot, cook diced potato in one-half Cup
boiling water until tender. When done, using a slot
ted spoon, transfer to soup pot. Save remaining liq
uid. Add the broccoli to potato cooking liquid and
blanch for 4 minutes, covered. Add broccoli and
cooking liquid to soup pot. Then stir in enough milk
to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper
to taste. Let soup cook over low heat, stirring occa
sionally, until hot and the flavors have blended, 8 to
10 minutes. Do not let soup boil. Serve hot. As an
entree, serves four.

Curried Pumpkin Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Madras curry powder


Pumpkin Bread
2 Cups cooked pumpkin, mashed
1/4 Cup canola oil
2 Cups sugar (half if you desire)
1 egg
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda (not powder)
2 1/2 Cups baker's flour
1/4 Cup raisins, crushed peanuts
or grated fresh coconut (optional)
Mix all ingredients until batter is smooth. Fill
greased bread pans. Bake at 350F for about 90 min-
utes. Watch after an hour, as smaller baking pans will
cook faster.

Pumpkin Fritters
1 Cup baker's flour
1 Cup mashed boiled pumpkin
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Cup milk
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt to taste
Combine all dry ingredients in a good-sized bowl. In
another bowl, mix wet ingredients. Then mix dry and
wet ingredie.- i 11. .. 1 i. mixer will save
effort. Drop I. -1 'I..I 1. I greased griddle
or skillet and cook both sides until golden brown.
Serve with stewed pumpkin or any other vegetable.

For the Gardener
Pumpkins should be planted on mounds about a
foot high to increase drainage from the roots. Plant
seeds one inch deep, with about four seeds per mound.
The mounds should be in rows, with five or six feet
between each mound and between each row. Because
pumpkin vines "rn;." .1I-; the ground, they require a
minimum of 50 .. I. I per mound. When the
young plants are well established, thin each hill to the
best two or three plants. The first fertilizer should be a
pinch of starter 12-24-12. After the vine begins to
spread, mix equal parts of 12-24-12 with calcium
nitrate. When the blossoms appear, use calcium
nitrate equal with 12-12-17-2.
Pumpkin plants should be kept free from weeds by
hoeing and shallow cultivation. Irrigate if an extended
dry period occurs in early summer. Always mark
where you planted the seeds so you can water the
roots directly; watering the vines and leaves can start
a fungus problem. Pumpkins tolerate short periods of
hot, dry weather pretty well. A long dry period will
cause small fruits, and a hard rain after a dry period
will cause the fruit to split open. A long wet period will
cause the fruit to rot.
Bees are necessary for pollinating squash and
pumpkins, and may be killed by insecticides. When
insecticides are used, they should be applied only in
late afternoon or early evening when the blossoms
have closed for the day and bees are no longer visiting
the blossoms. As new blossoms open each day and
bees land only inside the open blossoms, these polli
nating insects should be safe from contact with any
potentially deadly sprays.
Always cut pumpkins from the vines carefully, using
--rnn =h-.r a sharp knife, and leave three to
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the vines results in many brol ...- -. i. II "
Pumpkins without stems usually do not keep well.
Wear gloves when harvesting fruit because many vari
eties have sharp prickles on their stems.


Never tasted pumpkin cooked as a vegetable until
I came to the Caribbean. In Trinidad especially, it
is the most popular member of the squash family.
Last year Trinidad produced more than five million
kilos of pumpkin.
Once I learned how easy it is to cook and how good
nutritionally, pumpkin became a galley mainstay.
Pumpkins are used to make soup, stews, curries,
pumpkin butter, pies, custard, bread and cookies.
Although the Caribbean pumpkin is a different variety
than those of North American Halloween fame, you've
still got to wonder why they waste all that good food
just to make a candleholder.
The biggest pumpkin on record is over 1,500 pounds!
Pumpkins are grown on all continents except
Antarctica. They are even grown in Alaska and Siberia.
Pumpkins originated in Central America. Seeds from


























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My wife Willa and I took a trip to Cuba a while back. It was a -; .t to put a
refreshing hole in the Canadian winter and I developed a love I . things
Spanish: the people, the language and the food. My determination to learn the
-;;; hopefully will allow me to become better acquainted with the people and
This year, I've been taking Spanish lessons from a long-suffering lady from
Colombia. I' i" I I 11. thatyou can'tteach an old dog new tricks. However,
great patient '- - I .. 11 1 to perform new tricks. I inmi-n- through
hoops is more akin to an -.- I -... I1. through double doors ol ..... .... home.
High-wire work resembles an assisted, halting grope along a well-lit corridor. But at
least I'm trying.
A lesson I learned about traveling to any foreign country is that most (not all, but
most) people travel because they want to experience all aspects of other cultures. So
when our Cuban friends attempted to ply us with North American food like pizza,
hamburgers and fries, we were not excited. We flew at some expense to a foreign
country to experience most aspects of a different cultun I ', i egros, por favor.
Black beans, please. Beans, rice, plantain, yucca, pork ... I .1 I dishes were the
foods we wanted.
One day we were on an eco-tourism trip into the mountainous jungles of Cuba.
Our lunchtime arrival at a large resort was later than planned. A more punctual
group of tourists had mostly consumed the buffet. Our Cul ..- .: 1ii was very
embarrassed and apologetic for the lack of what she called "g. I
I happened to notice Cuban workers eating at a rough lunch table in one of the
rooms off the main dining hall. I asked our guide if we could have what they were
eating. She was somewhat appalled to think we would want such "common food". It
was a stew of black beans, rice and chicken. We assured her that this was exactly
what we had been wanting! We were promptly served a plate containing a delicious,
.' I ... ... 1 1. 1. Many of the Cuban workers came to see what I suspect they
1i ,.., i .....I I gringos" eating such common food when they could have
good North American stuff.
Black beans are also called turtle beans and are very popular in most Central and
South American countries. These legumes have a black skin and a white, creamy
interior. The beans are high in vitamin B, carbohydrates, fat and minerals. Bland in
flavour, adding peppers, cumin, coriander and other spices can hot them up. Like
many other savory dishes, black beans improve in flavour and texture when cooked
in advance. Whenever I eat black bean dishes, I reflect fondly on our Cuban,
Mexican, Guatemalan and Colombian friends.
Black Bean Soup
1 pound dried black beans
2 Tablespoons corn oil
6 -- I -I garlic, diced
1 Cup chopped fresh tomato
1 chili pepper, crushed
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
i teaspoon cumin seed, ground
I teaspoon coriander seed, ground
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro for garnish
(Coconut cream, optional)
Choose beans carefully, removing any that are wizened and any small pieces of
rock or grit. In a large bowl, add beans and enough boiling water to cover them. Let
soak until water is absorbed: about one hour is sufficient. Beans can also be covered
with cold water and left to soak overnight if you wish.
In a deep pot with a heavy bottom, cook diced onion in oil for about five minutes.
Add beans, diced garlic and six cups of cold water. Bring this mixture to a boil over
medium heat, skimming off foam that might rise to the surface. Reduce heat and
continue to simmer, covered, for 60 to 80 minutes. Beans should be fairly soft at this
point. Add all ,i ..... I ... I .....I .- covered for another hour. Taste for sea
soning and adj-. .1, .. i 1
Let soup cool and then refrig . .... 1. i 1 warm serving bowl(s) of
soup in the microwave, adding cl. I I i -I. .1 ... ... I dollop of coconut cream
(fresh or canned) if available.


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BOOK REVIEW BY THE CARIBBEAN BOOKWORM


CUBA ON THE CUSP


Telex from Cuba, by Rachel Kushner, published by Scribner, New York, 2008.
320 pages. ISBN 978-1-4165-6103-3.
Cuba has been under wraps so long that most of us can recall little specific about
its pre-Castro persona. To observers and visitors in the 1950s, however, it was a
happening place with a bustling economy, synonymous with nightlife, romance and
outdoor adventure .-.. I 1. .... i. bout class divisions, a mass of workers
ridden hard and I -I i i. 111 upper class, and the often unethical
manipulations of corporate and f--T-nmmnt imperialists (American as well as
Cuban), that sparked the "people's I.. '
Telex from Cuba focuses on that period at the cusp of revolution. It's set in the
American "fiefdom" of eastern Cuba
that had its headquarters at Preston.
United Fruit and nickel mining
interests ruled not only the cane
fields and mines. They also pulled
strings that controlled the Cuban
government and economy, as they
worked as one with the United
States government. Cuban leaders,
first Prio, then Batista, were in
cahoots with the oligarchs and
own country.
Telex from Cuba is a novel, but
SKushner's parents lived in that
American enclave during its heyday
and were among those forced out
when Castro came to power. They
have told their daughter a lot about
the place and it is on this material
that the novel is based. Their daugh
ter has been listening to all these
stories carefully.
She knows the Avenida lined with
mansions filled with servants, the
constant dust from the nickel mines,
the intense labor of the sugar har
vest. Much of this is reported by the
children who, as they did in the
Fifties, roamed their world freely, seeing with clear eyes the intrigues of the enclave.
No one without such good insider connections could have nailed the flavor of the era
and place so well.
There's a character to illustrate just about every category of person in the colony:
children, servants, wives and workers, politicians, cabaret dancers. In less skilled
hands it could have been a cobbled up catastrophe of cardboard stereotypes. Luckily,
Kushner makes their stories blend and seem perfectly natural, not at all forced.
it's nice to see historical events like te Cuban revolution spot lit from this oblique
'1 Of course, Cuba wa I drastically in every respect by the events of
S But even those "bit I I the American fiefdom had stories to tell, and
felt the changes with regret, loss, even homesickness when they left.
And it adds depth to our current views to be reminded that the Castro family was
a land owning elite, and the deposed Batista was of landless peasant stock. Know
too, in case you've II i, United Fruit and the US government were like an
old married couple I, I,,,,I, I each other's sentences and treated Cuba like a
child. And the brutally difficult work of harvesting the sugar cane was not performed
by downtrodden Cubans, but by even more downtrodden Haitians.
If you're at all interested in Cuba (and with it about to reopen to the world, that's
probably everyone in the Caribbean), read this book. It will color your understanding of
the last 'free' Cuba. It's a nicely written book about a special time and a special place.
This book is available fromAmazon.com.



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DVD REVIEW BY SALLY ERDLE



Antigua Week

a Quarter Century Ago


Don Street





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Don Street: Antigua Race Week
2005 Sea TV.
When I suggested on a recent
Sunday afternoon that we watch this
re-released DVD, my husband, Tom,
groaned. "But this is 24 years old...
and it's an hour long!" After the first
five minutes, he muttered "I have to
have a Heineken with this," and from
then on, his attention was so fully
engaged that even the post-lunch
hammock couldn't lure him away.
The footage was shot in 1985 aboard
Street's then 80 year old engineless
yawl, Iolci1'- iii-. 1 ;- last outing at
,,- ... 1111. .... .. I lolaire is com -
I h, i. L podium place in C; .
Class, crewed by family and I. '. -
including Don's wife, Trich, and four
year-old son Mark, mate Lesley
Duncan from Grenada, and Timi
Carstarphen. Street is best known as
a c .... .... ...., I iI.... 1 .. I . ...


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that he was a top-notch competitive skipper as well.
Also racing are well-remembered yachts r .1 -_ f. -n classics such as the 1936 L.
Francis Herreshoff ketch Ticonderoga and 11i I I tch Sumurun, to the custom
ized Cal40 Huey Too and the Soverel 42 Legacy.
Most boats racing in Antigua Sailing Week these days probably don't have four
year-olds in their crew, but when a larger boat overtakes Iolaire Mark pipes up from
his station in the cockpit, "Dada, is that Kialoa?" -and he's right. And Trich shows
herself to be an ace relief helmsman.
lolaire is only 46 feet on deck, and narrow, so the camera is never far from the
action on deck and the feeling is very much "you are there". The camera work and
-i,11. .,. I i I; ssional but workmanlike, I -]--I;;-;^ on -.irl- ---rt- r---1r:-.;
I I .. rather than showing off I I i ..11of ... ..i 1 .. I
tricks. Also refreshing is the blessed absence ol I I ... ...... ind beat, so you
hear all the skipper-crew interplay, the sound' I ,1, I .i .,, I 1,, sea, even occa
sional commands given on nearby boats. Any voice-over is minimal and to the point.
Nothing distracts you from "being" aboard lolaire during the racing. The insertion of
course maps, however, is most helpful for orientation before each race.
Antigua's famous mid week layday and the post racing Dockyard Day are not
neglected. The tugs of war (both on land and in dinghies), limbo and beerchugging
contests and crazy craft race are -'r.r n D- they still even do a wet T shirt con
test? No matter. And Street, mad -I. .I I ,I1 day, is in his glory, with personal
belly dancers and all. Why belly dancers i ,,.,, Again, no matter. It's all silly
fun, crews blowing off steam between and .11 ,I ry serious days of racing.
lolaire's swan song sings. She went out in style, placing third overall in class and
only five points away from first, despite being early over the line at one start (yes, the
skipper used the "S" word on camera).
As the credits rolled Tom sighed, "They don't make 'em like they used to." I didn't
know if he meant boats, skippers, - .. i,,,. ..... ..i .... .t they do make
Antigua Sailing Weeks like they us I I ., ii 11 i I, [2nd running
from April 26th to May 2nd.
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Dear Compass,
Reading the January and February issues of the
Compass with the stories of the yacht fees in St.
Martin (both French and Dutch sides), higher fees in
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and ridiculous enforce
ment of Customs i i,.......,. .I .. .. i -, in Trinidad &
Tobago, makes me ,, I ,.1 .1 .. to head west.
Thank God I am old enough to have -ni"^- the
Eastern Caribbean in the golden years : ... I -' to
1975, before mooring and anchoring fees, and when
the Customs -," I i -....... .1 ,, process was (to a very
large extent) : .... I ... I ... pensive and regulations
were not enforced to the letter of the law.
If my Li'l lolaire had not been destroyed by a cata
maran dragging down on her in Hurricane Ivan, and if
I were a few years younger, I would head west and join
my old friend Dave Ferneding. Dave is cruising
Colombia, the San Bias islands and Panama during
the winters, laying his boat up n -ith-r 'rt -; -r
Panama (both are south of the .... ..... .. . II
hurricane seasons and spending his summers in
Maine. He says that from the yachtsman's standpoint,
the Colombia-Panama area is the safest in the
Caribbean. Dave has worldwide experience. After
chartering in the Eastern Caribbean from the early
1960s to the mid-1980s, he forsook the Caribbean to
skipper big power boats and make money, but then
went back to his true love: sailing.
He reports that not only is the southwestern Caribbean
safe, but also the Customs and Immigration officers are
friendly, there are seldom any harbor charges, anchor
S. .... wded, food and beer are cheap, the peo
I I ,, I ..II and there are no hurricanes.
Don Street
lolaire
Dear Compass,
In February's Compass, a news item on entry
requirements to the USA by boat or air noted that this
now requires ESTA authorization (free) for visitors
traveling under the Visa Waiver : .... he website
given in that article is incorrect. I ..i ..i i that web
site and it demanded a US$59 fee per application.)
The correct website for ESTA application for free
authorization is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.
html? flowExecutionKey= c819B3B10-947C-A604
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Whew! It's a long address, but we used it and got
through with it for free.
Mike Hatch
Cynara
Dear Compass,
In the last two issues (February and March) I have
enjoyed particularly the account of the visit to the San
Bias Islands by Jack Foard, and the piece on Mariann
"Why Knot" Palmborg by Peter Roren. Suffice to say in
the latter case, that I wrote and you published a poem,
"Mozart under the Coconut Fronds." The only thing
missing in the tribute was a picture of her red vehicle,
bedecked in white ropework and parked beside
Bequia's open market!
Richard Dey
Massachusetts, USA
Dear Compass,
Thanks to Peter Roren and Norman Faria for their
remembrances of Mariann Palmborg in the March
Compass. My first introduction to Peter and Mariann
came when we landed in Tortola in January 1995 and
received our first official mail package as cruisers. In
that issue of Cruising World magazine was an article
by Peter entitled "How We Came to Bequia". We, like
Peter, had never heard of Bequia before, but that story
put the island on my list of must visits.
Every time I saw Mariann in the past eight or so
years of landing in Bequia, she would grab my arm
and ruffle through her satchel for a flyer or brochure
about her latest passion. And, unlike most of the rest
of us, when she took on a new passion, she kept on
with the old ones: her ropework, the Bequia Regatta,
the Sunshine School Auction, the concerts and, most
recently, the puppies.
When we arrived in early January this year, I looked for
her but by then she was already back in Norway, and I just
didn't want to ask about her -a premonition, maybe?
IE .. 1 ...i.. times a year was the extent
of ... I I ,,, I she was an integral part of
Bequia for me and I will miss seeing her.
Melodye Pompa
S/V Second Millennium
Dear Compass,
We are currently cruising the Caribbean on our boat,
S/VRigole. \ ,i i ... .-ay's article on Nevis in
the March :--. r II Compass, as we too
shared many of his experiences.
We had the pleasure of meeting Kevin in Nevis in
January, but have lost contact information for him.
We would like to keep in touch. I hope Kevin reads this
issue and will contact us.
We really enjoy your publication.
Alexis and Chick Pyle
S/VRigole
Dear Compass,
On reading the March 2009 issue, number 162
today, we find a possible error in information.
The Earth orbits the Sun once every 365 days
(approximately), and the planet meanwhile spins every
24 hours (approximately). The Moon circles the Earth
once every 28 days (approximately), revolving on its
axis exactly one time per orbit.
Question: From a given vantage point on Earth,
does the Moon appear to rise earlier or later on
successive days?
Now, through ........ i e are always remind
ing ourselves th .1 I ,,. I -I navigation tools are
the ones we are born with, our eyes, and that we
should be aware of our surroundings and constantly
reviewing them, especially in areas such as the Tobago
Cays and the like.
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So, when we saw the moon at the point of Waxing
Gibbous and approximately two days from full last
night, March 8th, we noticed a problem with the infor
nation given in the table unci i .... I .. i
the Moon: March and April ...... .. i .-.. I
table informs us that it was a New Moon on the 7th of
March and that it will not be a full moon until 21st
March 2009. This information is supplied from anoth
er source, we understand, but it would seem that it
may be somewhat misleading for sailors in the
Caribbean who read it and take it as read. The source
might be from a 2009 almanac to guide said sailors
and your editorial maybe able to bring it to their atten
tion to have it reviewed.
Anyway, we thought it was worth checking into just
in case the sundowners were having a detrimental
affect on our visionary sensors.
Oh, and by the way, if anyone tried answering the ques
tion above by calculating it mathematically, then they
may want to review th-ir ---.t- 1--'] i, ---;; -T-nnts
and run awareness t' ........ i ... i ,
Ray and Irene McTear
S/V C-Drifters

Dear Ray and Irene,
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, as did a sur
prising number of others. It's good to know that there are
so many readers who refer to our Meridian Passages of
the Moon -you must really be out there sailing (or at
least planning for the nextfull moon party)!
We'll let our resident lunatic explain what happened
to last month's tables.
CC

Dear Moontable Readers,
Yes -I must admit that was last year's Meridian
Passages of the Moon for March and April! For some
mysterious reason I pulled the wrong template out of
my files archive, and the Full Moon happened wrongly,
11 days later than its supposed to happen -the right
date would have been the 10th of March.
I'm really sorry about the "Screw Moon" and here is my
promise to all Navigators and Full Moon Party Goers:
The next Full Moon will be on April 9th. And it will
be correct in the Compass! Why am I so sure? April 9th
is my birthday!
Keep the sundowners going -there's nothing wrong
with your vision.
Wilfred Dederer
Compass Design and "Astro Specialist"

Hi Caribbean Compass,
I read in March's Compass about the Swedish
yacht being robbed in Wallilabou, St. Vincent, on
February 1st.
The yacht that I skipper was robbed the night after;
between the hours of 11:00PM and 1:00AM someone
came down into the middle cabin of the boat and stole
an SLR camera (this was the last day of the trip and
our guests had document i I I -1 .1,. trip with
their two young children ..I .. I ... .-. phones
and a Blackberry right from next to the head of a
sleeping guest.
We were on a mooring and tied stern-to in the north
ern end of the bay in front of a small restaurant. When
we arrived, we were immediately shafted. The boatboy
told me it cost 20 dollars for the mooring, which I paid;
half an hour later, the owner came to collect his 20
dollars for the mooring. When I confronted the boat
boy, he told me his 20 was for tying me to the mooring!
For 20 dollars, I would have secured my own mooring
(as I pretty much always do) if I hadn't been misled.
The robbery was reported to the police, who informed
me that this type of .... i... i sen "going on for
months". Which kind I ,.,. I I what Mr. Russell


stated in his reply to Capta... 1 letter -that is,
that Wallilabou has only a ... 11.. of incidents each
year. As for acts of violence, I think the only act of
violence to come will be against these thieves when
they wake the wrong person: some. ....1. .1 .. 1
my vessel in the night would not be .11 ....
This night there was someone on the docks (a
watchman or policeman, perhaps?) shining a flash
light around the bay and somehow this person
- ,' I I , ] l i
i.. I ...'. I understand is how no one in this
small community admits to knowing anything about
robberies from yachts, nor are they doing anything
about it, yet are all capitalising on the sailboats visit
ing the bay. No one seems to give a hoot, as long as the
boats keep coming and the money keeps coming in. All
the electronic gear that is stolen is getting sold locally
for sure. On that note, I noticed the next day in
Cumberland Bay (it was too late to leave for St. Lucia
that day after I dealt with the police, or I would have
left St. Vincent right then) a boy of about eight years
old using a 500-dollar pair of binoculars.
It's not just up to Mr. Russell to try and make the
bay safe; I know he is making an effort and its sad he
seems to the only one who gives a damn. It is up to the
community to make their area a safe place. Who wants
to anchor their boat in a bay that needs security light
ing and special patrols to keep you safe?
There are so many other beautiful places to anchor
in this part of the world. I will never be returning to
Wallilabou with any of my guests.
Ben Findlay
S/V Carla

Dear Compass,
Some comments on Compass's March Forum:
Dorsetts anchorage rating system produced a big
surprise. The letter says that the system specifically
penalizes rolly anchorages. Yet it rates Tyrrel Bay,
Carriacou, which has had a remarkable amount of
rolling over the past six months, as in the top two for
comfort. Perhaps it makes a difference when you are
there? And maybe you have to be in a place for a while
before you rate it?
Regarding eSeaClear, my fear is that as soon as it
becomes generally accepted, then it becomes manda
tory. One letter says, "...but most modern day com-
puter literates will have no problem." Well, a lot of us
are not computer literate and have no intention of
becoming so. I think there should be a grandfather
clause that people born before, say, 1970 don't have to
file anything on line. More terroristic than that,
though, governments are learning that the only cost of
-nil-i;; --= fill ut another form is to put it on line and
;- i ** ** fine (CARICOM's eAPIS security fraud).
We do all the work, waste all the time, and pay all the
cost. They don't have to print a form or even have any
one read it. The thing is, you see, terrorists can't pay
the $300,000 fine, so they will have to declare them
selves. My country's previous administration was
equally clever.
Poor Wallilabou Bay. I've got some friends there:
people at the Wallilabou Anchorage, in the Boat Boy
Association, and others. But now they're going to have
security lights and a permanent coast guard boat.
Those reassured by such 1...... enjoy, for it really is
a beautiful place. Say "hi" ....
Finally, the insurance advocate who shows us how
an uninsured yacht could lose a whopping $100,000
judgment even if (mostly) in the right. My math on the
same numbers shows it a net loss of only $10,000...
only? Anyway, compare that to the crushing $300,000
for failing (or forgetting, as Chris Doyle did twice while
trying to remember eSeaClear) to file APIS -should
that pointless :,.1., ..... return. And I actively dislike
yachts that sa i ,, I worry, we have good insur


ance." I have no interest in wasting my time and san
ity on your insurance company and lawyers over
something that should be dealt with now. By the way,
whether you have insurance or not, taking your own
responsibility is your best insurance.
"One Man" Hutch
S/Y Ambia

Dear Compass,
I am encouraged, which I hope is not misplaced, with
the development and introduction of eSeaClear. [As
reported and commented on in past issues of Compass,
this is an electronic Customs clearance form option for
yachts, now available in certain Eastern Caribbean
countries; see www.eseaclear.com]
It is long overdue for the politicians in the islands to
reexamine the deeply unpopular checking-in and
- 1-. I -i;;t -rocess that has been passed down the
.. i ... ... 200-year-old Merchant ..i I .... ct.
I wonder how many people have :-- i ... .11 a
sailing holiday saying "never again 11 paperwork.
More than 99 percent of all inter island recreational
sailors have just, several days or weeks ago, arrived by
air from Europe or North America and had their pass
ports validated. Why have to do it again and again
every time you sail from one sandy beach to another?
ESeaClear can be successful but it needs an addi
tional feature:
Allow arriving holidaymakers who are going sailing
to purchase a "sailing permit" to cover the island
groups they want to visit. These permits could be
issued by the individual countries they wish to sail to,
plus cover a time period. The details could be included
in the eSeaClear data so Customs will know that they
have paid their dues. A sticker, such as used for a
vehicle licence, could be displayed on the boat.
Customs and Immigration now have their information,
and dues have been paid, so it should not be neces
sary, having secured the permits, to present oneself to
the authorities. In addition, with a valid sailing permit
one should not have to check out and check in all the
time. Perhaps two adjoining countries with such sail
ing appeal as St. Vincent & the Grenadines and
Grenada could try and make this work. I am sure it
will improve their income while allowing holidaymak
ers more time to enjoy their sailing.
Terry King-Smith
Dorado ofBeaulieu

Dear Compass,
In response to recent letters in the Compass relat
ing to yE i ...... .. . ., eriences at the
Customs ,, i i......... ... .. II. .I Chaguaramas in
Trinidad, we would like to put on record our own
more positive experiences.
We have attended these offices five times over the
last year and on every occasion we have been dealt
with professionally and in a most cordial manner.
More recently we applied for an extension of our stay
in Chaguaramas; we arrived at the appointed time and
were duly given the requested extension. This process
took less than 20 minutes, during which time we
found the Officers to be both polite and helpful.
We trust this letter can be published as we consider
it important as visitors to retain good relationships
with local officials.
Paul and Sue Rush
S/V Coulibri

Dear Compass,
Cruising has its moments.
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in
as president of the United States. I'm a US citizen, and
was in Bequia that day for the remarkable event that
will change the world as we know it.
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Being a stockholder in the outcome, I realized that I was
not alone. The day was spent in the lobby of the
Frangipani Hotel, with the owner, Son Mitchell. As the
ex-Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, he has
a political bent. As a resident of the country, he was
excited about the goings-on in the US as much as I was.
Son had invited his friends and family to share the
moment. He served us champagne and appetizers, and
made us comfortable in the .... ltrin- h -t as we
watched the process unfolding ,,, 1i i ... cold of
Washington DC. When I swung my head around to see
who all was there, it was a snapshot of a remarkable
flow of colors and thoughts sharing this moment as
one. Electrifying, we all were riveted to the flat screen,
and it was so inspirational we forgot to toast with our
drinks. Everyone was a shareholder in that moment.
There were people from all the islands, Canada, the
US, Europe, and we all were rooting for the same
i.. We were focused on the possibilities of the
:i.. as the future was that moment.
Captain Art Ross
New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA

Dear Compass,
Myeai. i .. 11. waters of the
30,000 -. 1 ... i i i. I ICanada'sLake
Huron, i i. i I ... ..... i.i .. ... the 1980s his
old plywood eight-metre cabin cruiser Seaborn II,
refurbished it, renamed it BOLD in his honour (his
initials), and ran it from Lake Superior to the Erie
Barge Canal in neighboring New York State.
In Georgian Bay, sandy bottoms with good holding
are precious. T .; ;; with the impression that an
anchor was i. i i.... i The only times I felt secure
was when we sandwiched bumpers against a sheer
rock wall with sturdy lines to trees ashore, or when we
-ni Ib th- occasional luxury of "in- to a dock. One
I .... sobering memories o: 1. days was an
incident that happened one windy night.
It was late in the season. The warm day was forecast
to turn abruptly wild that evening with westerly winds
of 30 knots that would hold through the night. As my
small family and I in BOLD closed with Beausoleil
Island I was hoping the floating dock in Frying Pan
Bay would have space available, and I was lucky, ours
was the only boat in that small land-locked bay.
The wind came up as promised, but at our dock in
the windward corner of the bay the water was still,
even i' .i. he cockpit curtain strained and shook its
tube ........ But with a sturdy dock on the other end
of my lines I was content and we fell asleep.
In the early hours of the morning we woke to the
unusual sensation of insistent rocking under us. I
knew something was r---. T got up and peered out
into the black night. still safely tied to the
dock, but the shoreline looked alien, cocked strangely
with none of the features I remembered from the eve
ning before. It took awhile before I recognized the
awful truth: the dock was no longer where it had been
earlier that night. BOLD had wrenched it from its
moorings and it had crossed the bay, coming ashore
on the leeward si ,, .i 1 .... .1,, .. so that it hit
the beach before ... I i...- ...- d us no dam
age. But as you might imagine t-1 1-;-..- it caused
to my confidence lives on. The :.. .11.1 i .- proved to
be fallible.
So now, Dear Reader, we skip forward to a recent
day. The scene is the beautiful I 1 ,. ays, and our
boat is now a sailboat, a Bene& ... I- my beloved
BOLD now only a memory. But I recognized the same
wind, that constant wind that always stirs the blue
green water of the Cays. I had anchored in the past
there, but now I knew the use of the new mooring balls
was to be encouraged and I had no problem with that.
The moorings were new and I knew they would be in


good condition, so I felt totally confident in them.
The stronger than usual wind that had been a con
stant feature of the last few weeks continued through
the night, but I had felt that same confidence that
.... I an Bay's dock had offered. Hmm.
I seven o'clock the next morning, I lay in bed
thinking of the day's planned activities when suddenly
I felt a shock which was a little different from the other
....- . .. l.. ,,, boat. I asked my wife "what
1 ... i 1. .. i I i up through the front hatch.
The roller-furled jib and sheets were like cross-hairs
against the sky, and aimed exactly at another boat's
mainmast just a couple of metres away.
"We've hit another boat!" I shouted as I popped out
the hatch. I could see a small group of face' ---t-hi;n;
me from the cockpit of the other boat, ... i i .
moment I considered that they had hit the bow of our
boat with their port side while passing too close. But
then I noticed that we were beam-on to the waves and
I knew that couldn't be right.
Indeed, something was certainly wrong, as I could
see the mooring ball still attached to the bow of our


boat, with its warp streaming back along my port side.
Looking downwind I saw another small group of boats
at anchor at some distance, but I knew I was a long
time from hitting them. The mooring warp was not
long enough to reach our propeller, so I started the
engine and got the sailboat back into its previous posi
tion and lowered the anchor. I was incredulous. What
had happened? I pulled the mooring ball aboard at the
bow and examined the warp. The thick rope was
attached to a length of chain, which led to an assembly
involving a thick stainless steel bolt. It was clearly the
bolt that had separated from ... 1,,,, n the sea
floor and caused the mooring tc I '. I ..I ... examine
tion of the bolt showed no damage at all. Clearly the
bolt seemed to have unscrewed itself due to the motion
of the mooring ball in the waves.
I felt VERY lucky that there was also no damage
either to our boat, or to the beautiful Jeanneau that
we had hit. It seemed most likely that our bow roller
had struck their shrouds or chain plates, but there
wasn't a mark on either boat. A few hours later the
Park Rangers came by and I was able to give them
back their errant mooring ball and warp. They did
seem to be genuinely disturbed and assured me that
they would be ch---in. -11 th- --r- n= in the park.
The concernistl.i 1. ...- I i i.11 design;
if this can happen to one mooring it will happen again.
The problem needs to be addressed, and I'm sure the
conscientious park staff will put this right.
For me, the spectre of Frying Pan Bay still remains,
and I'm sure that the universe is -1i11 ..... its small
entertainment at my expense. Bu' I .. an inno
cent laugh. Later that day I put out a second anchor.
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Editor's note: We asked Lesroy Noel, Education
Coordinator of the Tobago Cays Marine Park, for a
response, which follows.

Dear Compass,
Responding to the letter from Brian Domander, the
management of the TCMP would first like to sincerely
apologise to Mr. Domander and others who were
involved in the collision. TCMP is equally concerned
about the potential -lnn.i-r -f I=--;ri moorings; we
are seeking ways to i -.1. .1. ,,
More than 20 yachts visit our park each day and we
have provided the optional service of moorings to
-;n--;;r; -- Eters not to anchor on the sea beds by
S... ... alternative. Therefore the safety of the
visitors, yacht crew and craft are important to TCMP.
We strive to provide the best, stress-free a-d- r]l-in-
visit to maintain our slogan of a "paradise- .
In light of this we have reported the incident to the
supplier of the moorings, Environmental Mooring
International Inc. In our dialogue with them they point
ed out that this situation is an unusual one, given that
the moorings were installed just over nine months ago.
They are currently :. -,. .,,,,. the matter to assess
what went wrong. i,. i II expecting a detailed
response from Environmental Moorings shortly.
In the meantime, Park Rangers are currently check
ing each and every mooring to ensure the situation
doesn't repeat itself.
Lesroy Noel
Education Coordinator
Tobago Cays Marine Park

Dear Compass Readers,
We want to hear from YOU!
Please include your name, boat name or shoreside
address, and a way we can contact you (preferably by
e-mail) if clarification is required.
We do not publish individual consumer complaints or
individual regatta results complaints. (Kudos are okay!)
We do not publish anonymous letters; however, your
name may be withheld from print at your request.
Letters may be edited for length, clarity and fair play.
Send your letters to:
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by Chris Doyle
I have had a couple of interesting incidents this year, not in ways I particularly
wanted, but you always learn a thing or two. And one of the things I learned was
that, despite the standard complaints you hear about the Caribbean, you can get
service here that is second to none.
It started when I was sailing to St. Lucia from Bequia. The diesel outboard on my
catamaran, Ti Kanot, started racing. "Uh oh", I thought, "what can this be?" Clearly
I was going to need a mechanic, so the sooner I started looking the better. I con
sulted Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands, and found I had highly recommended
Alwin Augustin. Now, I admit I had never met Alwin, though I knew his reputation,
so it looked like I would soon find out whether he lived up to my recommendation.
I soon had him on the phone listening to 1. ...... A fuel problem seemed a pos
sibility, so after he hung up I changed the f.. 11 .nd ...... I ... to run
a lot smoother for about an hour. Then it raced again a i I I, .. ..td sud
denly there was a loud bang followed by silence.
I lifted the engine cover and was met by a depressing sight. Half of the timing belt
was lying loose, and the other half had been turned into a sort of fine wool and dis
tribute all over the ;.-;i;- mt a good sign.
It was the lth ol ... i My partner, Ginny, was arriving in St. Lucia on the
14th and flying out from St. Kitts on the 2nd of January. The next day Alwin came
aboard and I 11, we got the motor off the boat and into his van a distinct
advantage ol i ..... an outboard, however cumbersome.
The next day he let me know what had happened. The governor had come apart,
releasing the pressure on the timing belt that had been chewed up and then come
off. This had caused all sorts of bad things to happen with pistons and valves.
He also had a rather long list of bits that would need replacing. Unfortunately, this
model of Yanmar diesel outboard is not made any more, and parts are sometimes
available, but not always. Further, if they are only available in Japan, they take some
weeks to arrive -for some reason the company who sells them will not use FedEx.
So I.. -1 Il.... Monday I was up looking for Ian Cowan at Island Water World. As
the :....... a chandlery, Ian is one busy man, so you have to catch him when
you can and pray not too many people come in before he has time to do whatever
you need him to do. But he is master of parts and soon found out where all the parts
resided, and we had those available on order.
The one stuck in Japan was the complete governor -I would be on my own for
that. Luckily I managed to track down Sean Clark, who runs Island Girl Charters in
Tobago. His fleet contains a sister ship of Ti Kanot's that has a motor of the same
type, and he kindly agreed to get a mechanic to remove the governor and FedEx it to
me. I had a fit when I tracked the governor and saw that it had gone to Puerto Rico
from I I -. i .t it eventually got to me -that is how FedEx works.
The I.. -1 i .1 i. of parts came in missing a few, so the next order went in. We were
now a few days away from Christmas and Alwin went to work. It looked like we might
make it. Then Alwin called: the main drive wheel for the timing belt, which is made
of some kind of fiber, broke as he removed it. (Having looked at it, I cannot see how
it could be removed without breaking it, and the manual is no help.)
Back to Ian. Mastri, the dealer, was soon to close and would remain closed well into
the New Year. But if a part was available and if they sent it out right away, I might still
get it on Christmas Eve. Everything clicked and I did. Alwin worked over Christmas
and Boxing Day and delivered the ---rl-i;- -;;.;;- th- -I.y after Boxing Day.
To me, this was incredible service I. ... .. I ... who had never seen a diesel
outboard before, read the manual (which 1i1 1 1 -'1. i ,, e), figured it out and
worked seriously overtime to get it running. II I I I. .1i .i .- I i Ian corralled all the
parts, and as I saw the faxes I know it was not that easy. Sean was wonderful to take
a part off an engine and then FedEx it to me -just one yachtsman helping another.
I doubt this repair would have happened at this speed, over a major holiday, any
where else in the world.
But that was not the end of my travails. With the engine repaired, we began push
ing hard up the islands so I could get Ginny onto her plane, and the usual Christmas
winds were blowing. I happened to be looking at the windmill when the whole blade
assembly took off like some demented spacecraft in a bid for freedom and crashed
into the sea. Ooops. (This I found out later was my fault. When I reassembled it, I
think I must have left off the lock washer.)
I had bought it at Budget Marine, so I sent them an e-mail telling them what had
happened and asking if they had the relevant parts, and if not, could they get them?
They e-mailed back the next day saying that they did not have the parts in stock,
and that II H .. Duld be far too expensive. But they offered to take the necessary
parts fror .. i 1 new units they had in stock and sell them, and when I arrived
in St. Martin they had all the parts ready and waiting for me. When did you last get
that kind of service from one of the big chain stores in the USA?
So I say, despite the occasional complaint you hear, that when it comes to service
for yacht equipment, the Caribbean is now right up there with the best.



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36' 1989 Outer Reef Trawler, 41' 1985 C & C Sloop, Custom
Ex longliner fish or family boat Racer/Cruiser excellent condition
$65,000 $119,000
Sail
35' 1977 Pearson Sloop, 2003 yanmar, new awl gripped topsides $44,000
45' 1983 Beneteau First 456, AP, Max Prop, rebuilt Perkins $89,000
45' 1975 Durbeck D-46 World Cruiser, Ketch, Hard top Bimini $94,900
49' 1979 Transpacific Ketch, Bluewater, 3 strms, loaded $180,000

Power
26' Whale Boat Navy Capts gig, Perkins, 4109 $39,000
29' Phoenix SF, Twin Volvos, trim tabs, outriggers $64,500
32' 1996 Carver 325 Twin Crusaders, great condition $69,000
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42' 1983 Present Sundeck My AP, Sundeck $85,500
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Islands Spirit 37 2001 US Flag
Perfect Condition Attractive Price
St Martin 199 000 US$


2 27 Cv Yanmar Good condition
Martinique 245 000


MONOHULL
Amel 54 2005 VAT Paid Tahiti
Amel Mango 1979 Martinique
Amel Super Maramu 2001 Superb Guadeloupe
Alubat Ovni 435 2006 Guadeloupe
Oceanis 411 1998 (Superb) Guadeloupe
CATAMARANS
Lagoon 500 2006 Martinique
Lagoon 380 2004 St Martin
Nautitech 395 1999 St Martin
Athena 38 1996 Venezuela


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length: 12 meters, width 6,60 meters Lenght: 9, 14 meters, Width: 3, 04 meters
Depth: 1 meter Depth: 1, 22 meters
Main Sail area 50m2 Foresail 20m2 Engine: Ford Sabre 225V
Diesel Yanmar 3 GM 30x2 Material : Fiber Glass, Built: 1975
Capacity: 26 passengers. Price: 30 000 USD
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1975 German Frers 39ft,
2 sets racing sailsUS 57.000
1981 Cape Dory 30,
US 39.000, St.Lucia
duty paid
2000 Catana 471 4 cabin.
460.0D0 Euros
1987 Irwin 44 US 105.000
1992 Dehler 37 CWS.
90.000 Euros
1981 CT 54 US195.000
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Tel (868) 739-6449
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KETCH fiberglass, gc, new
engne, very well equipped,
excellent live aboard and
cruiser. Price reduced from
US$1990 to US$169030 ONO
fora fast sale. Lying St Lucia. For
more info and pictures please
e-mail venus46@live.com or
phone +596696907429.








Engine 2006 Sole Mini 32
Auto/ndpilot GPS.VHF.
Readyto go US$25,00
E-mal: derbram@yahoocom
BENETEAU 37, 1987. Two
heads, two staterooms,
davits, solar panels
150wt. Carib 11 hard-
bottom, 6hp Yamaha,
good cockpit canvas,
good sails, new range/
oven, rigging updated,
engine runs great, new
hoses, mounts. Many
spares, tools and cruis-
ing stuff". We cruise the
BVI area Feb. 11 to April
2. Everything works well.
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Twin 280Yahama Outboards
in excellent working condi-
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fuel, head, outriggers
rigging station 45 give bait
well, ish boxes. Ample o
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rods and gear. Triple axle
Aluminium Fast Load Trailer.
US $650X Tel:(784) 5329886










MTU, VP propeller, Pekins ge
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GREAT LITTLE 25'
WEEKENDER '77 F.G.
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05, ngin Grenada
$13K USD Tel: (473) 440-7525







1999 JEANNEAU 40, 2 cab-
in, 2 heads, solar panels
440wts, refer, freezer, water-
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dinghy/w 15hp Merc, good
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log, auto pilot, depth, speed
VHF, toilet, unsinkable. New
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Yamaha, solar panels, wind
gen. radar, hull & bottom
painting 2005. Lying Puerto La
Cruz Venz. 50.000 Euros E-mail
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Tel: 584249589879/58412946468



SELDEN RIG for VINDO 35,
deck stepped, boom,
spreaders, lights, winches
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E-m i
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Studios and 1 Bedroom
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$1,100.00 montt i: I .
also Available. See photos
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Call 526-5742 (Sabrina) VHF 68

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CIRExpress St. Maarten
Clipper Ship Martinique
Cooper Marine USA
Curagao Marine Curagao
Diesel Outfitters St. Maarten
Diginav Martinique
Discovery Margot St.Lucia
Dockwise Yacht Transport Martinique
Dockyard Electric Trinidad
Dominica Marine Center Dominica
Dopco Travel Grenada
Down Island Real Estate Carriacou
Doyle Offshore Sails Tortola
Doyle's Guides Caribbean
Echo Marine -Jotun SpecialTrinidad
Electropics Trinidad
Falmouth Harbour Marina Antigua
Fernando's Hideaway Bequia
Food Fair Grenada
Fortress Marine St. Kitts
Frangipani Hotel Bequia
Fred Marine Guadeloupe
Gourmet Foods St. Vincent
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Grenadine Island Villas Bequia
Grenadines Sails Bequia
GRPro-Clean Martinique
lolaire Enterprises UK
Island Water World Sint Maarten
Johnson Hardware St. Lucia
Jones Maritime St. Croix
KNJ Marine Trinidad
KP Marine St. Vincent
Le Phare Bleu Grenada
Lulley's Tackle Bequia
Marc One Marine Trinidad
Marina Zar-Par Dominican
Mclntyre Bros. Ltd Grenada
Mid Atlantic Yacht Services Azores
Navimca Venezuela
Navtech Electronics Trinidad
Northern Lights GeneratorsTortola
Old Fort Estates Bequia
Perkins Engines Tortola
Petit St. Vincent PSV
Porthole Bequia
Power Boats Trinidad
Renaissance Marina Aruba
Salty Dog Sports Bar Bequia
Santa Barbara Resorts Curagao


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Savon De Mer Caribbean
Sea Services Martinique
Ship's Carpenter Trinidad
Sling's Upholstery Carriacou
Soper's Hole Marina Tortola
Spice Island Marine Grenada
St. Thomas Yacht Sales St. Thomas
Superwind Germany
SVG Air St. Vincent
Technick Grenada
Tikal Arts & Crafts Grenada
Trade Winds Cruising Bequia
Transcaraibes Guadeloupe
Turbulence Altematve Energy Grenada
Turbulence Sails Grenada
Turbulence Sails Grenada
Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout Carriacou
Vemasca Venezuela
Voiles Assistance Martinique
Volvo Martinique
Wallace & Co Bequia
Wallilabou Anchorage St. Vincent
West Indies Regatta CW
WIND Martinique
Xanadu Marine Venezuela

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