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5 Labour Day. Public holiday in The Bahamas
6 St. Maarten Laser Regatta. St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC),
tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, firstname.lastname@example.org www.smyc.com
6-7 The Saintes Regatta, Cercle Sportif du Bas-du-Fort (CSBF),
6-7 Harris Paints Regattas, Barbados
7 FULL MOON
8 Queen's Birthday (UK). Public holiday in Anguilla
Corpus Christi. Public holiday in many places
14-21 19th Annual Jamaica Ocho Rios Intl. Jazz Festival.
13 Public holiday in Cayman Islands and Montserrat
(Queen's Birthday UK celebrated) and BVI (Territory Day)
19 Labour Day. Public holiday in Trinidad
20 St. Jean Pursuit Race, Martinique
20 21 Caribbean One-Design Keelboat Championships, St. Maarten. SMYC
20- 27 International One Metre World Championship Regatta, Barbados.
21 Summer Solstice
24 Battle of Carabobo Day. Public holiday in Venezuela
25 27 13th Annual St. Ktts Music Festival. www.stkittsmusicfestival.net
26- 29 Charlotteville Fisherman Festival, Tobago
28 July 5 HIHO Windsurfing Week, BVI. www.go-hiho.com
29 Fisherman's Birthday (St. Peter's Day). Boat and dinghy races
in many fishing communities
30 July 8 IODA North American Championships, Dominican Republic.
1 Public holiday in Antigua (Vere Bird Sr. Day) and Suriname (Eid-ul-Fitr)
2 Curagao Flag Day. Public holiday in Curagao
3 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in USVI
3-4 17th Annual Firecracker 500 Race, Tortola, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002, fax (284) 495-4184,
4 Independence Day (USA). Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI.
Carnival in St. John, USVI
6 Public holiday in Cayman Islands (Constitution Day) and Guyana
6-7 St. Vincent Carnival (Vincy Mas).
Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines. www.carnivalsvg.com
7 FULL MOON
10 Independence Day. Public holiday in The Bahamas
10- 12 Chief Minister's Cup Youth Regatta, Tortola.
Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC),
tel (284) 494-3286, email@example.com, www.rbviyc.net
11 Bequia's 14th Annual Fisherman's Day, firstname.lastname@example.org
11 19 Calabash Festival, Montserrat. www.visitmontserrat.com
11 Aug 1 Tobago Heritage Festival. Tel (868) 639-4441
14 Bastille Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
18 Volcano Anniversary. Public holiday in Montserrat
20 Luis Munoz Rivera's Birthday. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
20 21 St. Lucia Carnival. www.luciancarnival.com
21 Schoelcher Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
24 Birth of Sim6n Bolivar. Public holiday in Venezuela
24 26 USVI Lifestyle Festival, St. Thomas. www.usvimf.com
25 Constitution Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
25 27 Rebellion Days. Public holiday in Cuba
26 3 Aug 44th Annual Carriacou Regatta Festival. www.carriacouregatta.com
27 Jose Celso Barbosa's Birthday. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
29 Carriacou Children's Education Fund Potluck Barbecue,
Carriacou Yacht Club. email@example.com
30 1 Aug Canouan Carnival. Tel (784) 458 8197
31 Somer's Day. Public holiday in Bermuda
31 Carriacou Children's Education Fund Charity Auction,
Carriacou Yacht Club. firstname.lastname@example.org
All information was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time
this issue of Compass went to press but plans change,
so please contact event organizers directly for confirmation.
If you would like a nautical or tourism event listed FREE in our monthly calendar,
please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name
and contact information of the organizing body to
Cover photo by Wilfred Dederer: Bequia double-enders racing
at the Bequia Easter Regatta 2009
BVI & Grenada Implement 'Swine Flu' implemented in the BVI to mitigate the impact of
Check-In Changes Swine Flu (influenza A(H1N1)) on the Territory. Her
Following an announcement by the World Health Majesty's Customs has issued an advisory stating that
Organisation (WHO) that the global influenza pan- all Customs clearance procedures for yachts and
demic alert was increased to Phase 5, the British Virgin other non-commercial vessels will only be processed
Islands and Grenada have made changes to their through three designated ports of entry: Road Town
Customs clearance procedures for yachts. and West End ferry terminals in Tortola, and the
Starting May 1st, new clearance procedures were Spanish Town ferry dock in Virgin Gorda. Yachts wish-
Sing to visit Jost Van
Dyke, Anegada or
any other sister islands
Customs at one of the
Visitors who fail to
comply with the new
procedures may be
charged with illegal
entry into the Territory.
Cargo vessels docking
in the BVI will continue
to be processed at
-. Port Purcell.
Similarly, all yachts
arriving in Grenada
during the current
period of surveillance
.- for Swine Flu will only
-.-- -.. be processed through
S ".. two designated ports
of entry: Hillsborough,
At leastfor now, the only place yachts can clear in on Carriacou, and St. George's (at the Grenada Yacht
the island of Grenad is the Grenad Yacht Club (above) Club), Grenada. You must clear Customs, Immigration
in St. George's Lagoon. The BVI has also limited its yacht and Health at Hillsborough or the Yacht Club before
entry ports during the swine flu alert
proceeding to any other destinations in Carriacou,
Petite Martinique or Grenada. After you check in at
Hillsborough or the Yacht Club, the Health Authority
will issue you a pass that must be produced on
request. All persons who disembark having signs of flu-
like illness will be detained for further screening.
The precautionary measures in both the BVI and
Grenada will be in place until further notice.
Meanwhile, the WHO is not recommending travel
restrictions related to the outbreak of the virus. The
WHO website, www.who.int, says, "Limiting travel and
imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect
on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be
highly disruptive to the global community... Although
identifying signs and symptoms of influenza in travel-
lers can help track the path of the outbreak, it will not
reduce the spread of influenza, as the virus can be
transmitted from person to person before the
onset of symptoms."
Navigation Note, Martinique
Jeremy Hobday reports: There are four fishtrap lines
off Cap Ferre, the easternmost point of Martinique.
They are marked with a small white float, but have at
least 100 feet of floating line (interspersed with very
small floats just to make sure the line stays on the sur-
face) and are in 75 to 100 meters of water, about 3/4
of a mile offshore.
Grenada's Beausejour-Moliniere Marine Park
Chris Doyle reports: It's worth knowing that yacht
moorings are available in the Marine Park on
Grenada's west coast. There are four in Flamingo Bay
close to the reef on the south side, two in Dragon's
Bay, five on Moliniere Point near the underwater
sculptures, and one on the north side of Grand Mal
Bay. You have to attach your own line (leaving plenty
of scope) to these moorings. There are currently no
fees being collected.
Please observe the following:
* Priority for moorings is given to local commercial
vessels (dive and day-charter boats), which often use
them between 0930 and 1630. There is almost no
commercial traffic after 1630, so visiting yachts are
welcome to use them overnight. If you are staying
during the day, you are welcome to take one if it is
not in use, but if it is the last one and a day-charter
boat arrives, please vacate it till another
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to anchor in sand in Flamingo Bay. In Dragon's Bay
there may not be room to anchor in the sand patch.
Mooring and anchoring options are both available
in Grenada's leeward coast marine park
In Moliniere, the moorings should be used, as there
really is nowhere to anchor that will not damage the
coral or sculpture. In Grand Mal there is a ton of room
to anchor on the south side of the bay.
* All of the moorings are in ecologically sensitive
areas and very close to coral reefs, which is great for
snorkeling. Throw nothing off the boat.
Do not use bleach or copious
amounts of detergent, or pump your
bilge while in the park. If possible, do
not pump your head while in the park.
If you must do so, throw any toilet
paper in the garbage; do not pump it
out where it can litter the reef.
New Yacht Trash Depot
in Union Island
The Tobago Cays Marine Park
(TCMP) is continuing its efforts to
ensure that garbage collection and
disposal at the Clifton waterfront, on
Union Island in the Grenadines, are
managed in a sustainable way. As of
April, a new garbage receptacle has
been commissioned. The receptacle is
intended only for garbage from
yachts and vegetable vendors.
Business houses will not be allowed to
use the facility.
Pay a fee of ECS1 per bag when
depositing your garbage. Your coop-
eration is anticipated. The fee will be
used for the general upkeep of the
facility and to pay an attendant. The receptacle was
co-financed by the TCMP, Uniclean and the St.
Joseph Catholic Church, at a cost of ECS17,000.
Dinghy Dock and More for Cumberland, St. Vincent
The mixed reputation of the leeward coast of St.
Vincent is poised for a major upgrade, thanks to the
plans of the community-based NGO the Cumberland
Valley Eco-Tourism Organisation to run a new visitor-
service and recreation facility for both cruisers and
locals at Cumberland Bay. Cumberland Bay is well
known as one of best and most beautiful anchorages
on St. Vincent, but has also suffered over the years
from security concerns.
With support from the government of St. Vincent &
the Grenadines and funding from the European
Commission, the new Cumberland Beach Recreation
Park is designed to include a dinghy dock, office, res-
taurant, mini-market, washrooms, a laundry facility
and areas for local handicraft sales, all located on the
north side of the river that bisects the beach. There is
also ample flat land that could be used for picnics
and games such as volleyball, bocce ball bouless) or
The new Cumberland Beach Park, being developed on
the flat land seen behind the yacht in this photo, will
include services and recreation facilities for visiting
sailors and Vincentians alike
cricket. Construction of the complex has already
begun, and is expected to be completed by late
summer this year. The NGO members are well aware
of the security concerns of visiting yachtspeople, and
have had community members trained in security by
the Port Police.
In addition to the new facilities on site, guides can
be arranged for visits to natural attractions in the
nearby rainforest, including the Cumberland Nature
Trail for birdwatching and the spectacular, multi-drop
Dark View Falls.
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The Cumberland Beach Recreation Park is part of a
program of developing sustainable tourism and recre-
ation sites on the island of St. Vincent, along with a
National Parks System, to create new employment to
offset the decline of the island's banana sector. NGO
members are being trained to manage and maintain
sites in their own communities, especially those linking
with the environment, heritage and culture
of the island.
Montserrat Welcomes More Yachts
The Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) is happy to
announce that the yachting sector has seen a 62-per-
cent increase in yacht arrivals since 2005. Up from 219
yacht arrivals in 2005, arrivals in 2008 reached 354
yachts and brought a total of 1,840 passengers
to the island.
Yachtsmen can call at the Port of Little Bay.
Immigration information and downloadable Customs
forms are available on the MTB website,
In Memory of Paul van Beek
As reported in last month's Compass, long-time
Caribbean charter skipper Paul "Piggy" van Beek,
born in England in 1947, died on March 17th. At age
24, Paul bought one of the early Caribbean charter
boats, Flica II, with a friend. Paul sailed Flica II to
Bequia, but not finding any work there, he sailed her
to Europe. Learning that owning a boat was not
cheap, he and his girlfriend, Jojo Tobitt, took up run-
ning other people's boats, including the famous
Ocean 71 Sealesfial.
Having bought a plot of land in Antigua, Paul decid-
ed to build a house for Jojo and their daughter,
Montserrat's efforts to welcome yachts have paid off with a big increase in anivals
at the island's port ofentry, Little Bay
Shayne. He bought into Seagull Services with
Flemming Niehorster and also invested in Barbuda
Express. Piggy was also very much involved in the
Antigua Yacht Club, and was Vice Commodore in
1998; he may have been best known as the MC dur-
ing Antigua Sailing Week's Lay Day at the Yacht Club.
He also helped with the Antigua Classic Yacht
Regatta and Fincham Follies, a cabaret that is put on
every year at the Nicholson Charter Show to raise
money for charities in Antigua. He will be missed.
Thanks for Cary Byerley for information in this report
* Julia Bartlett reports: Folks preparing to visit the
island of Margarita off the north coast of Venezuela
will find the new website prepared by Robert the Wi-Fi
Guy very useful. Check out www.wifiguy.co.cc. It con-
tains the latest weather at a glance, information on
local services, security (what to do and places to
avoid), the local wi-fi service, links to a whole horde of
useful and fun websites as well as sailing sites, 1001
things to do with a can of tuna, Wi-Fi Guy radio, plus a
whole lot more.
* The CNN Mainsail program that was filmed in St.
Barths in March is available at www.cnn.com/mainsail.
CNN Mainsail's double Olympic gold medalist Shirley
Robertson sailed in the St. Barths Bucket Regatta.
* World solo sailor Donna Lange is back in the
Caribbean, and cruising with a cause. Check out her
latest adventures in promoting marine conservation
and aiding coastal communities in developing
Caribbean countries at http://oceanswatch.org/
In last month's issue of Compass, the lower photo in
the report on the Rolex Regatta on page 13 is misla-
beled. The boat identified as Three Harkoms is in fact
the Morris 48 Barra.
The article "Ten Things to Do in Trinidad" promised for
this issue of Compass will appear next month instead.
In this issue of Compass we welcome aboard new
advertisers IGY with The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and
Simpson Bay Marina of St. Maarten on page 11,
American Yacht Harbor of St. Thomas on page 26 and
Rodney Bay Marina of St. Lucia on page 47; and Sea
Shells Apartments of Bequia on page 21.
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Spice Island Marine Services Update
There are exciting developments at Spice Island
Marine Services in Prickly Bay, Grenada!
John Moren has come onboard as the new Yard
Operations Manager. John has a wealth of experi-
ence in the industry, including most recently manag-
News from St. Lucia's Marigot Bay
Years ago, Marigot Bay was a favourite getaway
spot for St. Lucians with fun and romance in mind. But
over the past ten years or so, the restaurants and
nightclubs in the northern part of the island have
proved to be a stronger attraction. Marigot restaura-
teurs and bar owners hope to change all that. "We
want to see people coming back to the bay again
and experiencing the Marigot magic," said Chef Jim
of Rainforest Hideaway. "There are five restaurants, six
bars and a coffee shop right here in the bay and
live entertainment most evenings.
At a time when hotels and restaurants worldwide
are closing for lack of guests, Mango Beach Inn at
Marigot Bay (www.mangobeachmarigot.com) is
opening its doors again. "We're busier than I dared
hope," said proprietor Judith Verity, "and it's not just
us. The smaller guest houses in Marigot seem to be
surviving much better than the bigger hotels we
can keep our prices down and offer the kind of per-
sonal service that gives true value for money in these
hard times. We're right by the beach and close to all
the restaurants and bars and the Marina Village, so
there's no chance of any of our guests
The Marina at Marigot Bay welcomes boats over
the summer. This year's St. Lucia carnival celebration
culminates in a two-day parade of the bands on July
20th and 21st; call The Marina to reserve a berth and
enjoy a luxury launch ride to the festivities. In hurricane
and tropical storm conditions all moored yachts are
separated from the dock and their neighbours by 13
feet and berthed with two ground lines/buoys and
their own anchor. The marina's Hurricane Plan can be
For more information on The Marina at Marigot Bay
see ad on page 29.
New Editions of Top Cruising Guides
Cruising Guide Publications publishes comprehen-
sive yachting guides that are perennially popular
ing a 30-acre boatyard and 345-slip marina in South
Florida. His friendliness and meticulous attention to
detail have quickly become assets in the yard and
are appreciated by customers.
Also, the addition of two new services within Spice
Island Marine greatly improves the product and ser-
vice offerings. One is a woodworking shop, managed
by the yard, which can produce high-end joinery,
decking and brightwork. Another new addition,
GTech Marine, will be able to offer the full range of
electrical engineering services for yachts, including
design, schematics, installations, and repairs.
Already known as one of the cleanest, best locat-
ed, and most efficient yards in the Caribbean, these
new services, as well as John's background, further
enhance Spice Island Marine's ability to take care of
all their customer's needs. Everything from seasonal
storage to total yacht refits is easily accommodated.
Contact Spice Island Marine for any of your yacht
repair and service needs while staying in or passing
For more information see ad on page 22.
among cruising and chartering sailors. For over 30
years they have been researching the islands and
waters of the Caribbean for bareboat charterers,
cruising yachtsmen, scuba divers and watersports
enthusiasts. Two of their longest-running and best-
selling guides are Nancy and Simon Scott's Cruising
Guide to the Virgin Islands, and Chris Doyle's Sailors
Guide to the Windward Islands. Both are now in their
14th editions, and these new and fully updated edi-
tions are now available.
Completely revised and updated for 2009-2011 with
full color sketch charts, the Virgins guide has been
indispensable for sailors since 1982. It includes a free
17" x 27" color planning chart covering the Virgin
Islands from St. Thomas to Anegada.
Revised and updated for 2009-2010, the Windwards
guide features detailed sketch charts based on Doyle's
own surveys, aerial photos of most anchorages, and
clear and concise navigational information. It covers
the islands from Martinique to Grenada, with darling
scenic photography, unsurpassed onshore information,
sections on exploring, provisioning, watersports, servic-
es, restaurants and photography. Information is linked
to the author's website where you can download town
maps and GPS waypoints from the sketch charts, and
obtain links to local weather, news and more.
Both books are available at bookstores and chan-
dleries in the islands, or from www cruisingguides, com.
Forum Ponders Caribbean Charter Show Conflict
As Michael Howorth reported to IBI Magazine on
May 7th, charter brokers from around the world gath-
ered in Genoa recently for a forum hosted by the
Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) to
discuss the issue of conflicting dates for the two major
Caribbean yacht charter shows.
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Last year, the 47th annual charter show in Antigua
started on December 4th, and the newer (fifth annu-
al) show in St. Maarten opened on December 6th,
essentially forcing charter brokers and yachts alike to
pick one show over the other.
According to Howorth's report, MYBA chairman Neil
Cheston admitted that the MYBA had perhaps not
made the right move when it rescued the then-failing
St. Maarten show, but the association's action was
with a clear mandate from its membership. He said
that the MYBA would honor the terms of its contract
with the St. Maarten Trades Association (SMTA) and
support the show through 2009 and 2010.
Jeff Boyd, president of the SMTA, then offered to
absolve the MYBA from that obligation to the 2010
show, but regretted that plans were too far advanced
to do the same for this year's event. He did not speci-
fy how future shows would be handled, but said he
was confident that there would be a show in St.
Maarten in 2010.
Forum delegates were divided as to which of the
two Caribbean shows should become the chosen
vehicle to promote the aims of the yacht charter
industry. A suggestion that the show alternate annual-
ly between St. Maarten and Antigua was emphatical-
ly refused by Janetta Miller, speaking on behalf of the
organizers of the event in Antigua, a venue that has
hosted a charter yacht show for the last 48 years.
At the end of the session, Howorth wrote, there
remained no conclusive agreement and it seems that
the two shows will continue to go head to head,
despite suggestions from delegates that doing so
would badly affect the industry at a time when it was
already suffering from the global financial situation.
For more information on the Antigua Charter Yacht
Show visit www antigua-charter-yacht-meeting.com.
For more information on the St Maarten Charter Show
Bequia Student Graduates
from Chapman Seamanship
Since opening its doors in 1971,the Chapman
School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida, has provided
maritime vocational training for over 16,000 students
from around the world, including many from the
Caribbean. The school was founded by the late Glen
D. Castle and the late Charles Frederic Chapman,
author of the best-selling Piloting, Seamanship & Small
Boat Handling, because of their concern for the lack
of maritime vocational training other than at
Kellee Myers of Paget Farm, Bequia, graduated
from the Chapman School on March 27th. Kellee, age
19, is the son of Rosetta and Tim Myers of Bequia and
is a 2008 graduate of the Bequia Seventh Day
Adventist Secondary School. He was active in the
Bequia Rotary Club's sail-training programme, Bequia
Youth and the Sea, and was captain of the pro-
gramme's J/24, Yellowbird. Kellee also participated in
the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Coast Guard's edu-
cational summer programmes.
The photo shows Kellee (at right) receiving his
Diploma and Certificates from Dean of the Chapman
School, Stephen Miller. At the Chapman School,
Kellee studied Seamanship, Rules of the Road,
Marlinespike Seamanship, Weather, First Aid/CPR, Boat
Handling, Piloting, Dead Reckoning & Electronic
Navigation, and Boat & Engine Maintenance. In addi-
tion, he gained experience in close-quarter maneu-
vering, docking and undocking, sailing, and man-
overboard procedures, and earned
the STCW-95 qualification.
Dean Miller says, "It was a great pleasure to work
with Kellee and I am sure all of his instructors here at
Chapman feel the same way. We all wish him the best
of luck in his maritime career. We all are sure that he
will go a long way and be very successful."
For more information on the Chapman School visit
New Services at Nanny Cay, Tortola
Two new businesses have recently opened at Nanny
Cay Marina: Sole Spa, offering spa and personal care
treatments; and Island Roots, a clothing and coffee
shop. Cameron McColl, co-owner of the resort and
marina, says, "We are constantly striving to improve the
services we can offer our hotel and marina guests."
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina is the host and pre-
senting sponsor of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing
Festival, the Nanny Cay Nations Cup, the KATS (Kids
And The Sea) Swim programme and the KATS Premiers
Cup. It is host to ARC Europe and the Caribbean
1500's Atlantic Cup for the first time this year.
For more information www.nannycay com.
Flynn for Mega-Yachts Only? No Way!
While Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Jamaica, is
capable of handling larger yachts than any other
marina in the Caribbean, some folks seem to have
gotten the idea that they only cater to the "big ones".
The marina's manager, Dale Weston, says, "Nothing
could be farther from the truth; in fact, we have
yachts as small as 20 feet in the marina and we wel-
come any size vessel. Regardless of who or what you
are, you'll all get the same courteous, welcoming
treatment that has become a tradition
at Errol Flynn Marina."
For more information
visit www errolflynnmarina. com.
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Today, maritime vocational training and certification is essential for those entering careers in
professional yachting and commercial shipping. Here, Kellee Myers of Bequia, St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, receives his diploma from the Chapman School of Seamanship in Florida
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by Orbin Ollivierre
Oh boy, how time flies as de sayin' goes! But fo' some of us, it ain't reach fast
enough. Fo' ah few months now, dey was ah lot ah gaffin' an' tongue-lashin' about
who could beat who. Well, de day is here.
Yes, it's Saturday, 11th April, Easter Saturday an' we standing' on Lower Bay beach
an' what a picture! We got 50 yacht wid all colour sail an' spinnaker an' 30 double
ender line up de beach, ready to do battle.
11:30, if i ,, i ..... .. ..es dis time. In de big class, we got Bequia
Pride, L ,i' .. .. . ... . fI ..an' Braveheart. Cloudy Bay enter but she
not in de line-up today. In de next class, t ri.;1..- an' IronDuke. Sorry, IronDuke
just break she mast, retired hurt. In de I I I lass, we got ah new name too,
Irie. She in wid Tornado an' NerissaJ. In de 5B class is Shamu, Devine, More Worries,
Shannalou an' Dem Say. After dat, is de small one dem. Ah can't tell yo' all dem name
because de page go' full!
As ah say, dem all gone, de skies clear, sun hot an' de wind hitting' 18 to 20 in puffs
from de southeast. Dat why we not feeling' much in Lower Bay. But when we get down
West Cay, ah in de rescue boat an' ah begin fo' see sails in de water. One, two, three,
four down already, things bad. Lucky t'ing is de small one dem. Wait ah minute, ah say
small but Tornado down too an' she is ah 18footer. Rescue dem we will. On de south
Class 7 winner' s
f from Parliamenta
Lightning trailing As ah say, de weather was fine so nobody roll or break down.
Monday is here an' ah don't like what ah seeing Nine o'clock an' not ah breath of
air. Dem yacht out in de bay getting' ready fo' start an' dem only bobbin' an' weavin',
sails can't trap nothing .
But dem man say h1 1 ... ; 1 .. ;.. 1 1 West Cay. When dem go' reach dey, ah
don't know. Dey tek .1. i. ... I. Ship's Stem. Ah never know it had so
many ways fo' move ah boat -some rockin', some scullin', some jumpin' in forward
motion. Fo' tell yo' de truth, it working' because dem reach West Cay but ah see some
ah dem done burn out. When dey turn West Cay an' look up to Semple Cay, it sure
look ah far way away but is only free miles. But sun hot an' telltale can't even fly!
Bluff out in front by ah long way. Somehow, dey all get to de Semple Cay mark an'
downwind again. It got ah little air now but when dey reach outside Adams Bay, it
Dr. Godwin Friday
Right: Class 7's Passion
overtaking Class 2
champion, My Love
side, another 18-footer down, too, Dem Say, I .1 'free sheself. Dem got about ah
dozen empty plastic jugs strapped in so den. i ..i 1 .' dem life. Ah go' keep me eye
on dem but ah not goin' close yet because is ah habit dem got ah rollin'. Dem got de
record after More Worries; he down too. Fo' tellyo' de tri. .' ..... I I i.... fo' watch
1 1 1 only fo' check all who in de water an' who I1 -I .,, ,, i .- iraveheart
- ,II1 .' an' she goin' nowhere. Dem old people say de ship dat cannot be con
trolled by de rudder will go on de rock -yes, she rudder gone! Another one in tow.
We tek everybody on shore an' get to de finish line just in time fo' see lightning
flashin' through an' Confusion behind den Bluff. Bequia Pride break she dagger board
so she drop way back after bein' in de lead. An' Passion, she limpin' slowly to de fin
ish. In Class 5A, is Irie an' Nerissa J an' in 5B is only Shamu, Shannalou an' Dem
Say. Fo' dem who capsize, dey done reach shore an' wettin' dem thirst an' tinkin'
Sunday morning' is here, de weather fair to fine, de breeze touchin' 10 to 12 knots.
Clear skies an' everybody in good spirits. 10:30 an' off we go, 18-footers first. Dem
doing' ah triangle off Paget Farm an' finish at Admiralty Bay Point. Den de big boys.
Limbo tek de lead in her class an' so did Confusion wid Bluff right behind an'
cut off like ah tap. All boats, big one, small one together.
As dey turn West Cay fo' de last upwind leg, dem spinnin' round like top: some
goin' north, some goin' south trying' to pick up de air. It like it coming' from all direct
tion. Lightning tack up de shore in Moonhole an' like she getting' ah little t'ing off de
land. Confusion an' Bequia Pride going' out north an' all de others stick up like black
board. Is about free o'clock an' ah see ah few clouds start risin' an' ah little ripple
start on de water. At dis time, Lightning up front, Bequia Pride next, den Confusion.
But ah tell yo' what it go' be, ah long wait fo' me on de finish line because de wind
drop off again. Ah been around dis Regatta ting ah long time but dis race break de
record an' is de longest dem boat ever tek fo' do dat course. An' ah ha' fo' give dem
man credit fo' not ever t'inkin 'bout retiring, no sah! De tension out dey too tight,
nobody want to be chicken.
Dat good. Dey go' get fo' prove dem point in Canouan fo' Whitsuntide!
Class 1 Knowledge, Ryan Marks, Bequa
Class 2 My Love, Stanley Harry, Bequia
Class 4 Libey, Jamien Bess, Canouan
Class 5A Ifie, Daid Taylor, Bequia
Class 5B More Wonies, Andy NVtchell, Bequia
(ted) Shomu, Ekron Bunyan, Bequa
Class 6 imbo Allick Dariel, Bequa
Class 7 Ughiing, Benson Patrice, Beqia
erience Rodney Bay's
was Bequia Easter Regatta for the
28th time, and sailing to the eight
mile-long, northernmost Grenadine
island to join 30 indigenous dou
ble-ended open sloops for a week-
end of racing and good times were a record-setting
number of yachts. Fifty came to compete from the pro
verbial "near and far" -but mostly near.
The yachts included one each from The Bahamas and
Canada, three registered in the UK and six flying US
flags, but the rest -with the sole exception of Bernie
Evans-Wong's Beneteau 40.7 First Home from Antigua,
nm 97 mil) rli-t-nt 'nu- rl nm n rf- in
The ten-percentjump over last year's attendance was
unusual in a year when many regattas in the Wider
Caribbean Region saw numbers slump. Boosting the
size of a yacht fleet that made Bequia Easter Regatta
2009 the biggest regatta in the Southern Caribbean
were two one-design classes: a 13-strong J/24 Class
and a brand-new Surprise Class -a 25-foot Joubert
Nivelt design -with seven entries. There were also a
CSA spinnaker Racing Class (seven boats) and two
non-spinnaker Cruising Classes, one for CSA-rated
boats (11 boats) and one for full-time liveaboards and
other "fun" competitors (ten boats). An additional two
last day. The J/24s raced six times over the holiday
weekend on windward/leeward and Olympic courses.
The other classes raced one course on each of three
race days: Admiralty Bay to Friendship Bay and back
on the Friday, around the island on the Saturday,
and a harbor triangle on Easter Monday. Veteran CSA
Race Officer James Benoit, from Grenada, and the
dedicated volunteers of the Bequia Sailing Club,
including Rear Commodore Noel Mawer as race office
liason, did a very professional job of running the
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Cruising II honors went to last year's second-place class
winner, Appleseeds, with two firsts and a second. Appleseeds
is Canadian Peter Asselstine's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40.
Dave Baker's US-flagged J/37, Carina, placed second over
all with two seconds and a third. Going into the last day,
overall third was up for grabs among three boat h-in
eight points each: Dionysus, American Jack Burns' FI I .
Rassy 39, had a third place and a fifth; his fellow American
Johnny Pollis' Hinkley B40, Concinnity, had a fifth and a
third; and Thierry Paris' GibSea 51 Fetard, out of Martinique,
had two fourths. Dionysus decisively settled the matter by
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aboard the Surprise On.
Also energizing the Easter Sunday lay day were
the ever hilarious Crazy Craft Race, Sandcastle
Competition and other entertaining activities, and
Easter Monday featured the Almond Tree Fete with
cultural performances and music. Further enhanc
ing the camaraderie, there was a daily prizegiving
and party to wrap up each race day.
An estimated hundred or so additional yachts,
T1, -7;i-7 tourists and former yacht racers
... ..... .. .. islands, came to Bequia to follow
the sailing action, participate in the shoreside
activities and simply enjoy Bequia en fete.
Trinidadian-born, Antiguan-based racer Bernie
Evans-Wong, a regular on the northern islands'
circuit, said, "I'm seeing people here I haven't seen
in 20 years -this is great!" And Trinidadian J/24
racer Donald Stollmeyer said, "We just love coming
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Sailing Club, and of
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ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA 2009
by Lee Wolff
with the universal symbol
of Gratitude, I have the
"words "Will, Grace and
Gratitude" tattooed along
the outside of my right calf running from knee to
ankle. "Will" for the will to pursue my dreams, "Grace"
for the grace to receive and allow them (and all else
that enters my life), and "Gratitude" for what I have.
These are not in order of importance, and how I regard
them changes from day to day or week to week.
At the moment, it is "Gratitude" that is uppermost
in my mind, as I have just spent the past week in
circumstances where, to this sailing girl, it would be
hard to think of life being any better, perhaps with
I am presently in Antigua. April 16th through 21st,
2009 was the 22nd Annual Antigua Classic Yacht
Regatta. It's over now but the memories will remain
with me for the rest of my days.
According to the official websit I .,.1,. i..
sics.com), the race grew from an :I ..... i I ,,
in the '60s to the formal Antigua Race Week in 1967
"in those days, all the boats were classics." In 1988
the classics were separated out from the growing num-
bers of modern yachts in the event, and the Antigua
Classic Yacht Regatta was born.
"Over the years, The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
has maintained a steady .' i, hosting between 50
and 60 yachts every year - the website. "These
include a superb variety of competitors including tra
ditional craft from the islands, classic ketches, sloops,
schooners, and yawls making the bulk of the fleet,
together with the stunningly beautiful Spirit of
Tradition yachts, J Class yachts, and Tall Ships." Even
through the eyes of the uninitiated, it is not difficult to
spot a "classic".
This is my first year in the Caribbean and so my first
as witness to this stunning spectacle. On each of the
four days, the races T--';n -t n 00AM and each morn
ing my crewmates ,.11 i .. I labeled "boat group
ies") and I were up early for the short dinghy ride from
our boat, anchored in Falmouth Harbour, to the pier
where we would begin the hike to the top of the hill that
served as our vantage point, known as Snapper Point.
We sat under a wind-worn tree, one we shared with
a couple of dozen geckos, a colony of ants (the kind
that are too busy to bother us) and several varieties
of bird life. This tree clings precariously to the hill
side overlooking the body of water between Antigua
and Guadeloupe that is the "race track" for this
Classic .11 .
On the I.. -1 I Tj of the races we arrived a few minutes
before the "-... 1 -tart", meaning each Division
starts at a I".11 ..I .... with the smallest and slowest
boats getting the first gun.
To say I was overwhelmed by what I saw is an under
statement. Whether I am actually ..,,,. ,.st
watching one glide past, the -1-s.;;-- i . is
never lost on me and never : ,,i- 1 I.1 my heart with
joy. This day I was awestruck.
Imagine describing the color blue to a blind person;
this is the same conundrum I .. ... .... '.... to
describe this awesome vista. ,, 1. ... I III I ng
around 12 to 15 knots, enough to create a few white
caps on the magnificent sea, almost every type of sail
boat hull, sail and rig went past and with the island of
Montserrat in the background, the :t .- : :et.
Three larger boats in the Spirit i i, 1,1, ,, Class,
Velsheda and Ranger in Race Three, as seen from our vantage point
the two J Boats -Velsheda with her gleaming dark
blue hull that reflects the water so beautifully, and
Ranger, her white freeboar 1 .1., ..... .. the sun
and Rebecca, a glorious :* i i I i, came into
view, dwarfing boats that would otherwise be consid
ered large. These examples of pure elegance charged
past our vantage point and took my breath away.
My senses were bombarded; I didn't know which way
to look. Sloops, cutters, ketches, gaff schooners, gaff
ketches, yawls, all with their white sails standing erect
in the -rn-rn. breeze. Boats with names such as
Astor, i... II I Horses, When and If, Stormoogel,
Veritas, Blues Traveler names as varied as the boats
they represented. My .1,1i, I for the opportunity to
see this was growing: '. II .'d many times over the
next few days I would whisper to the powers that be a
heartfelt "thank you" for my good fortune.
Tactics, trntIi -r and just downright courage, forti
tude and i ,i I ol' lady luck were the order of the
Continued on next page
Close encounter during thefinal day's race. Tis photo
was taken three seconds before the two J's touched
S BARDYN Ciarlo DECKER
Continuedfrom previous page
One highlight was Ranger's rounding of a mark on
the second day of racing. Approaching on a beam
reach, cutting as close to the mark as she could with
Rebecca on her starboard side, gave Ranger right of
way. It was a brave action that served her well and put
her ahead of Rebecca in one smooth move.
On the final day, an incident between Velsheda and
Ranger astonished entrants and spectators alike. From
my vantage point up on Snapper Point, I watched as
both sailed on a windward leg in the final race.
Velsheda and Ranger were both on a port tack, Ranger
in the lead by about two boat lengths. She then tacked
St.1- .1 f-; i-. V'lshedato do the same. However,
I i i i on her port tack, looking for all
the world like she had no intention of turning and tack
ing to starboard. I'd been watching this through the
viewfinder of my camera and managed to record the
action. Through my viewfinder, I watched Velsheda's
bowman in his dark-blue jacket run to the bow and,
while clinging to the sail and forestay, lean over to see
just how close the two boats were.
It's then that I took my eye from the viewfinder. For
the next few hours, my crewmates and I would specu
late on what we had just witnessed from our particular
Quite suddenly, Velsheda pulled up wind and
steered a 180-degree turn. At the same time, Ranger
luffed her sails, then, with Velsheda now out of her
way, turned back and continued on her starboard
tack. Meanwhile, Velsheda was now clearly out of the
race as she was heading in the wrong direction and
taking down her sails. For a few moments, Ranger
looked as though she would continue the race but a
then she too turned downwind and headed back to the
mouth of the harbor.
We were stunned! No one, not those in the race who
were close enough to witness the incident or those
spectators on the hill, could fathom what had hap
opened as these two beautiful boats slowly made their
way back to the docks. Shortly after we lost sight of
them the VHF radio came to life and Ranger announced
to the Committee Boat officials that she would be
;;;;-1i;-;. riotest against Velsheda.
I the other boats come in and were
pleased for many of our friends, who were crossing the
finish line one by one, but the wind had been taken
out of our sails too and we were desperately hoping
that no one had been injured. We diverted our disap
pointment by -i -i .1.... .n what had happened to
make these tw -I .- I 1. show limp home halfway
through the final race as we hiked back to the dinghy
with less than our usual vigor.
It truly bothered this journalist that what I "knew"
was purely speculation and T ..1 1.,' : I the scene
out of my mind. Then I had I ... -1 ... I have pic
tures of the incident -perhaps the skipper of Ranger
might be interested in seeing them." This would give
us an opportunity to get the real story. Stopping only
to collect the USB cable for my camera, just in case
they might want a copy, we headed straight for the
docks and Ranger.
Most of the crew were busy taking down sails and
cleaning the boat as we approached. Catching the
attention of a crewmember that wasn't preoccupied, I
told him of the photos I had. At that moment, I was
more popular than Paris Hilton at the opening of an
envelope. My excitement at my unexpected popularity
keeps me from remembering exactly how many inter
ested parties there were -at least three or four. I have
no idea what their place or position may have been but
they crowded around to have a look at the photos.
Perhaps one of them was the skipper, though I didn't
ask them to identify themselves so I still don't know.
Regardless of this, once they had a look at the photos,
they were very interested in downloading them and were
doubly pleased that I had brought the necessary cable.
Most of the entries to the Classic Regatta have
T-shirts, and sometimes hats, made with the name of
the boat embroidered on them. These are then pro
vided exclusively to the crew and serve as coveted
souvenirs for the participants. This was true for
Ranger and the desirability of these articles increases
with the size and perceived importance of the boat. To
my amazement, we were presented with both hats and
T-shirts as a thank-you for the photos. Some say we
should have held out for a lot more, but these gifts
were so very unexpected and we were delighted.
My main motivation, of course, was getting the real
story from a reliable source, a crewmember. As one of
the crew handed us our "booty", we asked the ques
tion, "What happened?"
"We clashed masts," came the matter-of-fact answer.
I was later to be told by someone on Velsheda that
they clashed sterns as well but this was not mentioned
in our conversation with crew on Ranger. "With Ranger
on a starboard tack and Velsheda on port just behind
us, I : t-:: its really not uirri-i; these are huge
boats I went on to say 11 had to take the
strain off the mast and rigging by taking down the
sails 'cause there is no way to tell if there's been any
structural damage, so for us, the race was over. We
Above: Before the incident, Ranger (left) and Velsheda
had some elegant duels
Below, left: On Day Two, Velsheda < i r .,. ,, i ft,
and the big ketch Rebecca at right, i i 11,
fleet: 'a superb variety of competitors'
won't know till we have some tests done; looks as
though Velsheda has started with the inspection
already." With that he pointed over to Velsheda's
mast. Sure enough, someone was up in the mast
inspecting her rigging. With that, we said our good
byes, wishing them well and good luck. I do hope to
see them again next year.
I don't know a great deal about J Boats and you can
be sure when I return home to Canada I will be doing
a lot of research into these elegant giants. Beautiful,
sleek, with graceful hulls that slice through the water
like a knife through butter, any research done will be
a labor of love. Close your eyes and imagine yourself
standing on her bow in a 15-knot wind on a beam
reach. Yes, that would be heaven, wouldn't it?
It's time for us to leave Antigua. The overall results
will be announced tonight at the .. .... .. ,, .1, .I
Harbour, an event I wouldn't r... .... i 1I I
inducement or enticement. If the past few nights are
anything tI 1 a good time will be had by all. Each
night has 11 I varied types of entertainment, food,
drink and atmosphere. The time and effort put into an
event like this is monumental. If the efforts are reflect
ed in the success of the event, then this Antigua
Clas'-. I ..11 has been a huge success. I, for one,
will :. I it and for ..i.... ,irl it doesn't get
much better than this: i. . and Gratitude
together in Antigua's 23rd Classic Yacht Regatta.
The exception that I mentioned is perhaps to crew
-hIri;;: -- --- r's race. Time will tell.
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Dominica Yacht Club at Bequia Easter Regatta
For the second time, the Dominica Yacht Club ven-
tured into regional competition without one of its
founding members, Anthony Gunn. This year, the DYC
crew of Fitzgerald Charles, Allan Daisley, Natalie
Pigeon, Kerry Verrahou, Joe Peters and team captain
Hubert Winston sailed at Bequia Easter Regatta, April
9th through 13th, under skipper Ronan Budet.
The Bequia Sailing Club has always been welcoming
to the young Dominican club, which participated in its
first-ever regatta competition in Bequia back in 2006.
Team DYC also gives special thanks to Robbie
Yearwood and the Grenada Yacht Club for having
the J/24 Blue by You brought to Bequia for them to
sail. Team captain Hubert Winston says, "The
Caribbean sailing clubs and associations can show
regional leaders a thing or two about unity and work-
ing together for a common cause!"
With only their team captain having had experience
racing a J/24 prior to Bequia, Team DYC did not fare
too well this year, placing last. But if the last leg of the
last race hadn't been forfeited due to light winds,
they would have beaten one other boat. Winston
says, "We have now gained much experience, and
with added aids such as the CDs provided as gifts
from the Bequia Sailing Club, we are already excited
about Bequia Easter Regatta 2010!"
Dominica will host its first regatta in 2010 and looks for-
ward to regional support. Stay tuned for further details.
Rio Rules at 42nd Antigua Sailing Week
The list of boat names is legendary, and the roster of
yachts that have captured overall honors at Antigua
Sailing Week includes legendary names such as Titan,
Kialoa, Infinity, Sayonara, Morning Glory
The 42nd Antigua Sailing Week was run from April
25th through May 1st, and on the final day of compe-
tition for the Division A race boats, a new boat joined
the list when Charles Dunstone's Transpac 52, Rio,
capped a dominating performance in Racing 1 with
two more victories.
"We got what we came for, sunshine and 25 knots
every day," said Rio's captain, Richy O'Farrell. Rio's
largely professional crew (including many members of
England's Team Origin America's Cup squad) also
included former Duran Duran lead singer and Whitbread
Round-the-World Race veteran, Simon Le Bon.
Rio, a Judel/Vrolijk design, has been overhauled for
IRC competition and recorded second-place finishes
in both Skandia Race Week and the Acura Miami
Grand Prix, and a third in IRC-1 at the 2009 Acura Key
West Race Week.
O'Farrell said, "Our Racing 1 class was pretty small in
the end which was a shame. ICAP Leopard broke
their boom on the first day and I think Windemere did
some damage to one of their bulkheads so it was
down to us (and the Rogers 46, Yeoman XXXII). But it's
been good fun."
Early in the week, Antigua-based Jamie Dobbs's
J/122, Lost Horizon, appeared to have a lock on the
Racing 4 title. But when Lost Horizon suffered a broken
boom midway through the week, Dig Van der Slikke's
Grand Soleil 43, Curacao Marine, from the
Netherlands Antilles leapt at the opportunity, and
earned the class honors.
In Division B's Performance Cruiser 1, Clive Llewellyn
and Alec Schwed's Grand Soleil 50, Mad IV, from
France had a runaway class victory. In Performance
Cruiser 2, Hong Kong-based sailor Nick Burns earned
eight straight victories aboard the chartered Swan 44,
Crescendo. And in Performance Cruiser 3, Antigua-
based Geoffrey Pidduck's 6-Meter, Biwi Magic, com-
pleted a stirring comeback after a sluggish start to win
the very competitive ten-boat class.
In Cruising 2, Antiguan sailor Hugh Bailey finished a
strong week aboard the First 456, Hugo B, to top the
15-boat fleet. The overall winner in Cruising 2 was USA-
based Ulrich Rohde aboard the Swan 53, Dragon Fly
Plus, which edged out Hugo B to earn the Cruising
Overall title. The Danish sailor Poul-Richard Hoj-Jensen
capped a perfect week six wins in six starts to
capture in the International Dragon class. Running
Cloud, Larry Pollock's Flint 54 from the USA, was the
winner in Cruising Multihulls.
On Day Two of the event, Division A fleets raced 50
nautical miles in the Yachting World Around the Island
Race; the Performance Cruising classes negotiated a
34-nautical-mile race to Fort James, while the Cruising
divisions, Bareboats and Multihulls sailed a 17-nautical
British racer Peter Harrison's Farr 115 ketch Sojana
shattered the record for the Round the Island Race.
With Virgin Island Olympic medalist and America's
Cup veteran Peter Holmberg at the helm, Sojana's
time of four hours, 37 minutes, and five seconds sur-
passed Titan's previous mark of five hours, four min-
utes, and 45 seconds.
For full results visit
http://asw result vg/public/regattaindex.
825-Pounder Caught at 'Marlin Madness' in Tobago
Angler Jovan Jango on the 50-foot Bertram Reel
Fanatic caught a 825-pound Blue Marlin on the final
d Tobago's annual
I- Marlin Madness'
.a h uwas only 65
pounds short of
the event record
. ..... ...
day of the TTGFA (Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing
Association) International 2009 Marlin Madness
Tournament held on April 29th, 30th and May 2nd at
Pigeon Point Heritage Park, Tobago. Twenty-nine
boats with 143 anglers from the US, UK, Barbados,
Martinique, Grenada, Venezuela and Trinidad &
The TTGFA allowed 130-pound rod and reel tackle for
the first time in the 29-year history of this tournament
to give anglers a better chance at landing a 1,000-
pound Blue Marlin. If anyone had been successful,
they would have won TT$1,000,000 (approximately
US$160,000). If anyone had broken the local record of
890 pounds held by 15-year-old Sean Mendonca, they
would have received TT$60,000.
Jovan came the closest as he fought the big fish for
six hours and 15 minutes. His team placed first overall
as a result. Second place went to Viking 4, and third
to Fun Now. Jovan also won Best Angler, with the Best
Female Angler prize going to Teressa Jack of Viking 4.
Best Junior Angler was Oma Davis, also of Viking 4.
Seventeen blue marlin and seven sailfish were
released during the tournament.
TTGFA President Chris Mouttet thanked the platinum
sponsors Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, the
Tobago House of Assembly and Carib Beer for their
tremendous support, and promised that the new
venue of Pigeon Point Heritage Park will be the home
of many more big catches. The TTGFA President said,
"Last year Tobago was put on the world map with
Sean Mendonca's junior world record Blue Marlin. We
will remain on the world's fishing map for 2009 as a
result of Jovan's catch and who knows what sur-
prise catches are in store for us in 2010?"
For full results visit www ttgfa.com/home.htmi.
Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta Reaches Record Numbers
It was a record regatta in more ways than one. There
was an all-time high of 37 boats, way up from last
year's 23. They ranged from 24 to 80 feet long, and it
was fantastic to see so many boats from Martinique,
St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad make the beat to
windward to race in Barbados!
Racing courses were not only in Carlisle Bay, but also
along the south and west coasts of the island.
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triumphant in Racing A at Barbados's biggest-ever
Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta
compass on the Saturday. Protests were minimal,
despite the 14 keenly competitive J/24s battling from
their own start line.
There were two racing classes, two cruising classes
and a J/24 class. In Racing A, the A40 Sonadio from
Martinique, skippered by Eric Baray, beat local boats
Bruggadung ii, a Beneteau 10 Metre sailed by owner
Paul Johnson, and Ninja, skippered by former
Olympian Shane Atwell, into second and third place
overall respectively. In Racing B, Tangalanga from
Grenada was dominant, taking overall honors ahead
of the Ralph Johnson's local Beneteau 53F5 Rapajam
and Steve Schmidt's Santa Cruz 70, Hotel California,
Too, from the US.
Cruising Class A attracted only three boats, all local.
Ron Hunt's J/30, Jaystar, took all the bullets, with
Jerome Reid's Jump Up placing second in all races.
Last was Geoffrey Evelyn's Lantana. Mike Krimholz's
Indigo was the overall winner in Cruising B, with Irwin
Gaffin's MoGuffy from the British Virgin Islands sec-
ond, and third overall was John Hanshell's Beneteau
In the J/24s, first overall was Robert Povey on
Hawkeye, followed by Peter Hoad on Jabulani and
Colin Symes on Maximum.
The Barbados Yacht Club and the Boatyard were
wonderful hosts for the parties held each evening,
where plenty of Mount Gay rum was readily available
for thirsty crews. Next year's regatta the 25th will
be from May 13th through 16th. Hope to see you there!
For full results visit www.sailbarbados com.
2009 IOM Worlds for Barbados This Month
Renata Goodridge reports: The International One
Meter World Championship Regatta will be held on
Carlisle Bay, Barbados from June 20th through 27th.
This will be the first time the International One Meter
(IOM) Class has staged an event of this stature in this
part of the world. Up to 76 skippers from more than 15
countries are expected to compete with their radio-
controlled sailboats. Organizers hope to complete 25
to 30 races in the prevailing 12- to 18-knot winds.
The IOM Class was formulated in the late 1980s to
provide a low-cost, uncomplicated box rule for radio-
controlled yachts. The rule was worked out by a
group of designers including John Spencer of New
Zealand and Graham Bantock of the UK, who set out
to create a class where amateur designer/builders
could compete with professionals. The concept
seems to have worked as the IOM has the strongest
worldwide representation of any radio-controlled
yacht class. The biggest fleets are presently in the UK,
France, the US, and Australia where registration
numbers are approaching 1,200.
Only two-function radios are allowed to control the
sail winch and rudder servos. Three rigs are available:
to handle 0-10 knots, 10-17 knots, and 17-whatever
wind blows the boats off the water. Spectators will be
able to watch live webcasts of the racing at the event
site, and results will be posted daily. The Barbados
Yacht Club will also provide daily reports to their offi-
cial event media partner www.sailinganarchy.com.
For more information visit the 2009 IOM Barbados
Worlds event site www.sailbarbados.com/iom.htmi, or
contact Penny at email@example.com.
Martinique Billfish Tournament Set for November
Audrey Quiniou reports: Martinique's 19th Annual
International Billfish Tournament, is scheduled to take
place November 10th through 13th at Port Marin on
the south coast of the island.
There is a chance to not only fish, but also to win a
beautiful car by breaking the Blue Marlin record of
767.5 pounds. The record has been held by Reynald
Pasquier of Guadeloupe since 2003. There are several
other attractive prizes to be won, including an engine
for the tournament's winning boat. Breakfast, electrici-
ty and parking are free for all registered boats, and
ice, bait, water and drinks will be offered to all tourna-
ment participants. As well, tax-free gasoline is reserved
uniquely for foreign boats.
Registration takes place on Monday, November 9th,
with a briefing for boat captains, followed by cock-
tails. November 10th and 11th are fishing days, with
the 12th as a rest day. Friday, November 13th will be
the last day of the tournament and end with a prize-
giving ceremony followed by dinner.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
St. Croix Regatta 2010 to Raise Awareness for
Ellen Sanpere reports: The St. Croix Yacht Club has
announced acceptance of their annual international
regatta by the National Hospice Regatta Alliance with
fiscal non-profit sponsorship by the St. Croix
Foundation. Regatta organizers intend to attract both
new sponsors and new racers to this 501(c)(3) charita-
ble event, while raising awareness and funds for their
local hospice, Continuum Care, Inc. The dates to save
are February 19th through 21st, 2010.
New race courses, including a long distance course
especially designed for first-time racers and live-
aboard cruisers, will entice heavy displacement ves-
sels that don't normally participate in standard wind-
ward/leeward racing. Hard-core racers (those without
a six-month supply of wine and canned goods
aboard!) will find the "sausage" and "triangle" cours-
es they love in the Buck Island Channel, and one-
design dinghy racers will race inside the reef in beauti-
ful Teague Bay. A separate Teague Bay racing circle
will host the under-15 set in Optimist dinghies.
According to regatta director, Juliet San Martin, "We'll
give a start to anybody who shows up to race."
The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta is the first
leg of the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT),
which will continue in Culebra and the British Virgin
Islands in March.
Shoreside activities will include the famous Cruzan
Rum party on the Friday evening, daily continental
breakfast, live musical entertainment, and a weigh-in
for winning skippers to receive his/her weight in
Cruzan Rum. New in 2010: expanded on-site first aid
facilities and a fundraising component to benefit
Continuum Care, Inc., provider of hospice care in the
Virgin Islands since 2000.
While hospice care is a fully covered benefit under
Medicare Part A and other health care plans, more
than 40 percent of patients on St. Croix have no
insurance coverage at all. Continuum Care's end-of-
life services, including emergency care, pain relief,
caregiver and family education and grief counseling,
are provided regardless of a patient's ability to pay,
according to CCI founder Tracy Sanders. Funds
raised by the regatta will help to ensure continuing
coverage for all who require supportive care in their
St. Croix Yacht Club, founded in 1952, has hosted an
annual international regatta since 1993. The regatta
continues to be an all-volunteer event, well known for
its legendary Crucian hospitality. The regatta's affilia-
tion with the National Hospice Regatta Alliance brings
to the Virgin Islands great racing inspired by competi-
tion, enhanced with compassion.
For more information, contact:
Juliet San Martin, Regatta Director:
email@example.com; (340) 690-1917
St Croix Yacht Club: stcroixyc@gmaili corn;
www.stcroixyc.com; (340) 773-9531
Continuum Care, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org;
New Offshore Racing Event Planned for Grenada
This year's Grenada Round-the-Island Race, hosted
by the Grenada South Coast Yacht Club, was such
a success that the race committee is already plan-
ning to expand the event from a single round-the-
island race to a four-day offshore racing series.
Stand by to learn the event's new name, which will
reflect its evolution!
For more information visit www aroundgrenada.com.
2010 Fireball Worlds Coming to Barbados
The Barbados Sailing Association is proud to
announce that it will host the 2010 Fireball Worlds in
late April and early May of next year. The Fireball is a
two-person sailing dinghy. The Barbados Yacht Club
will be the main venue for the regatta, with racing to
take place in Carlisle Bay. The regatta is open to all
interested in participating in the two-week
The Barbados Sailing Association is the governing
body of sailing in Barbados. It has several affiliates,
including the local J/24 Club, the Barbados Optimist
Dinghy Association, the Barbados International One
Meter (IOM) Association and the Barbados
Windsurfing Association. The BSA is an affiliate of the
Barbados Olympic Association, the Caribbean Sailing
Association, the International Laser Class Association,
and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
For more information visit www.sailbarbados.com.
THIRIB INTROD CON
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O U R third cruise to Cuba
was planned and the
forward cabin of
O U R Australia 31 was com-
pletely full of clothing, 68 pairs of shoes, saucepans,
cutlery, rope -anything we knew from past visits that
Cubans would appreciate, we collected. I only hoped I
did not have to get into the chain locker, which was
accessed by passing through this impossibly full space.
December 2008 was not the best time to depart the
US for Cuba as the tradewinds as well as the cold
fronts brought strong winds. Added to this, we wanted
to head for the eastern end of Cuba's north coast.
From this point we could day sail westward along the
coast for months with the wind behind us.
We set off with a good forecast, "brisk" which
changed to "bad". We pounded our way along and after
30 hours, as we were all too slowly passing through
Santaren Channel, the wind went crazy and on the nose
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reviewed our plan. We decided that when the wind less
ened or changed direction, the 50 miles to Marina Cayo
Coco-Guillermo (2225'N; 7828W) would be a better
option than -~r .;;n.1 destination, Puerto de Vita
(2105'48"N, -- - i These are the only two ports
in this part of Cuba where we could "enter" and get our
cruising permits for a month with a month's extension.
Arriving in Cuba, we anchored in the lee of a reef
as we arrived too late to attempt the shallow pass
into Marina Cayo Coco-Guillermo. Arriving at the
entrance to the shallow channel we radioed the
marina. Media, the public relations lady, replied in
perfect English. We had to wait for high tide at
4:00PM to go in, but as long as we did not touch land
before clearing in we could use the dinghy. So I sur
veyed the course -finding it bloody shallow! At
3:00PM the channel's depth was just six feet -our
draft. Finally Media sent out a pilot to lead us in and
we followed with our depth sounder showing as little
as 6.3 feet.
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No sooner had we tied alongside the wall than, led by
the attractive Media, an army of 16 officials and two
dogs marched towards us to clear us in. This is Cuba,
and a part .--- i. -1ding young Customs ladies in
the briefest i ...... i some with coarse, black net
stockings, and every one with a briefcase or satchel.
First a doctor confirmed our good health, then a
veterinarian checked food supplies, then Immigration
officials -three of them -handled our ship's papers
and passports. On it went. The Guardia came and
searched our boat, looking in drawers and other amaz
ing places. I made the stupid mistake of telling them
we had 231 storage places on the boat, but my poor
Spanish was lost and Yvonne kicked me. Next the Port
Authority people came aboard to make out our cruis
ing permit. After three hours we were in Cuba offi
cially and we bid the "army" good-bye. Media then
offered us a five-page marina contract in Spanish that
she wanted to translate, 1 ,I T i.. ; 1 :1 .. I offered
her a beer. This mature .- .- .. ... 1 I I.. and was
surprised we were not, by this time, angry. But we had
enjoyed the banter with those officials who would, or
could, banter although a few were most serious.
The next morning we walked to the nearby little vil
lage, which had a small ship unloading at the port at
one end. Cuba has 11 million people and three million
are in uniform, so even in this tiny town Guardia were
everywhere. Officially we are forbidden to give Cubans
gifts so we walked with 1 i...., I ly inside two
backpacks, greeting the ..'.. I 11 .
The workers are employed at the many tourist
resorts in the vicinity. One ancient woman sent a cute
tiny boy, her grandchild, to shake my hand and give
Yvonne a kiss on each cheek. (This custom of a kiss on
each cheek from perfect strangers gives me an oppor
tunity to view up close and even touch the beautiful
Cuban women. I have recommended to President
Obama to make this compulsory in the USA. Then
even Australia may adopt the custom.) Their warmth
is the reason we love the Cubans so much.
A family invited us to their home, and as soon as we
were indoors they all crammed into the room and we
enjoyed their faces as we handed out clothes to these
poverty-stricken people. Some ran off t- f rn -.ck a
potato or a few beans as a gift for us. I i.. . -1 fish
arrived with a request for men's trousers. Yvonne had long
discussions with people in the crowded house and trans
lated some of it to me. I must learn Spanish one day.
The following day, with three full backpacks, include
ing one of baby clothes and one of shoes, we were
stopped for inspection at the marina gate. "It is wash
ing," Yvonne said as the Guardia unloaded the bags,
"and the shoes are for repair in the village."
"You have a lot of babies aboard your boat," the
guard knowingly replied as he allowed us to pass.
The village was waiting and I was in charge of wom-
Above: Safe inside Guillermo Marina after negotiating
the shallow entry channel
Below: Yvonne enjoying the 20-cent street pizzas
men's shoes. I have heard stories of how women try on 50
pairs of shoes before buying, and found them as true
here as anywhere else. I made a note not to bring more
than five pairs of shoes ashore next time. Examples of
shoes were passed from hand to hand, and the second
shoe demanded for a short stroll while every other
woman commented on them. Then it began all over
again. Two hours to dispose of the shoes. Some women
even asked if we had their choice in a different colour.
One man took us to meet his blind father whom we
found could see in a blurry fashion. We had 50 or so
pairs of eyeglasses that friends had given us and one
pair was immensely strong. I fitted them on him and
he shouted with joy and amazement as once again he
could see the pretty girls --i.i: his house.
We were the new heroe- I I' town and the next
morning, as we passed its total length on the way to
find a bus to a resort to buy CUC, the Cuban tourism
currency, everyone greeted us.
We bought CUC as well as moneda national, the
local currency which tourists are not meant to have.
One CUC (overvalued to 0.9 Euro or US$1.30) equals
24 local pesos. We use local currency in markets and
street stalls. An '1., ... 1. pizza costs 20 cents US in
local money but I -: ,i tourist money.
The plastic all-inclusive resorts were set around a
plastic town (that only dealt in CUC) crowded with
tourists wearing armbands. The market was outside
this town but was devoid of vegetables except for some
local potato-like tubers. The three hurricanes that
recently hit this coast destroyed all the crops and new
ones had not grown to date. In any Cuban market, buy
what you see as you never know when or where you
will se- it ii:n Yvonne excels at trading in the mar
kets, .I ,... i unavailable such as eggs. Someone
always knows someone and black market eggs appear
within the hour from an unknown source.
The weather was still bad for sailing, so we decided
to take a trip inland.
Foreigners are not allowed to travel on local Cuban
buses; they have their own CUC buses to travel on. But,
having given him a gift, on New Year's Eve the driver of
a workers-only bus allowed us to travel from Guillermo
with the n- rin "Imrlprs to the town of Ceigo de Avila
where we i I 1- .1 I- wanted to visit.
It was wonderful to stay with the family, which
includes three children. We walked around the town
with ti. ... ..... .11 the .rr in for example,
large: ...- I , peso t. I -I The greatest
thrill for the children was to go to Coppelia, the two
level ice cream parlour for Cubans. The line was long
and we waited for two hours along with many happy
Cuban fan... .. .... is never a problem for
Cubans. A I .I .i 1 bus is normal and if the
bus never arrives, "that's life" the Cubans laugh. We
sat in the gutter and waited. Finally we were allowed
to climb the stairs to find more than half the tables
were empty! I commented on the empty tables to our
friends who shrugged their shoulders and said, "The
wages are low, 15 dollars a month, and the job is
Government, so :---.-t tables empty makes the work
easier." Glasses I . arrived and half an hour
later our orders were taken. The boys asked for a
budget for our order and I replied "about two CUC".
Yvonne and I ordered the three-peso sundae and
there was much babbling between the parents and
children. A half hour later our order arrived, one sun
dae each for the adults and five each for the boys.
Total bill: about two dollars.
The town of Camaguey with its music halls beckoned
so our friend, telling me not to talk, ordered bicitaxis
to the bus terminal for a few pennies. Foreigners are
forbidden to ride on bicycle-driven taxis and must use
normal taxis and pay in CUC.
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The pulsating bus terminal was chaotic, so our
friend told us to wait and he would fix tickets. We
waited and eventually a driver asked us where we were
going and on hearing our destination told us his bus
enterprising stall had plantain and the line waiting to an hour enjoying Cuban art.
buy was long. As every one chats with the vendor, Next morning found us at the money-changers,
these lines take forever to move. We decided we did not where there was a long line, but foreigners line up on
need the t.1-1- that badly, the left of the door and are admitted before the
A large i ..11 of four-foot-long by six-inch-diam Cubans. Accordingly, the clerk was surprised when we
eter sausages was being pushed through the market, bought only local currency and not CUC as foreigners
Left: Cubans are -
accustomed to queues. liL
I Here, the lineup is for
ice cream cones
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Right: Spurning the
more expensive CUC
'tourist taxis', Yvonne
for a market trip with a
was about to leave. Aboard the bus we worried about
our friend. Fifteen minutes later the bus had an hour's
stop at a restaurant. Here we phoned our friend on his
cell phone, but he was at home and unworried.
From the equally effervescent Camaguey bus termi
nal a young man helped us find a horse and cart into
the town centre. We were looking for a private house
to stay in and the passengers had much advice.
Finally we were let out on a corner and walked. A
bocito is a bread roll with freshly cut pork inside, deli
cious, for a couple of cents, so I was delighted to see a
roast pig being carved on a table in the street.
Replenished we soldiered on, finding a door with the
sign for room to rent. We were welcomed inside and
offered a cold drink. Their room was occupied, how
ever, so the husband and wife phoned around to find
us a bed. Eventually one was found and bici-taxis were
about to be ordered when we said we would walk. A
map was drawn after we insisted we would enjoy walk
ing. Finally the man -h.;;--1 his clothes and walked
for half an hour with ..- I ... i the room. This is a
typical happening in Cuba.
The room was delightful at US$25 and we rested.
Dinner at a Cuban-money restaurant consisted of
soup and fish, and with two beers included cost
US$3.50. The music house was the next stop and we
squeezed in to listen to a fabulous Cuban group.
Next day we walked to the market and bought what
was available to stock up the boat. Almost all the plan
tain had been destroyed by the hurricanes but one
They trembled at every bump with their large glob
ules of fat seemingly desperate to escape the translu
cent skin. I am sure they would have fallen from the
cart but for the two huge pig legs on top that held
A local cheese is normally available and Yvonne
asked for it. We followed a man from stall to stall and
even out of the market to a CUC shop where imported
cheese at a high price was available. We thanked the
man, who was desperate to help at no reward to him
self, but declined the expensive cheese.
Our suitcase on wheels was full of tomatoes, car
rots, oranges, grapefruit and local sweet potatoes.
We began the walk home but the enthusiasm of a
bici-taxi youth got us aboard his vehicle. If the
Guardia catch him with foreigners aboard there is
jail time, so his route to our rented room took him
miles out of the way so he could avoid the police. He
was exhausted, so I gave him a tip as he moved to
rest in the seat we vacated.
That night we visited another Cuban restaurant,
where we ate a i i .1.1i 1 -, d pork stew. Then the
chef, who had .... .I. .I .1I thunderous operatic
voice, sang many arias accompanied by two guitarists.
This we enjoyed and when he was done we went to two
more music halls. Cut- m;;i- n;-i, -,
Wandering home in I. 11 .11 ... noted all
the night guards at commercial buildings. At one art
gallery, an old man invited us to enter and view the
paintings. He opened the whole gallery and we spent
are meant to do.
Camaguey has a long shopping avenue with many
-. i - .. ... CUC. These had variety ofgoods
11I..1 II I ,,.. I For example, one shop sold buck
ets, televisions, clothing and perfume. Dozens of staff
ignored customers who actually wanted to buy and were
not those just gazing, wishing they had CUC to buy.
There were also Cuban-peso shops, similarly set up.
One had a hardware section where I saw electric
switches in a glass case but was not allowed to hold
and examine them. Finally, authority was given by a
senior staff member and I opened the box of the switch
and found it to be exactly what I needed, at a tenth of
the USA price.
There were Cuban-money clothing shops as well, with
reasonablA i I i 1i,.... 1 mustbe extremely difficult
to livefor i ;- i,, , .. .. .. ,
or clothes. Tourism bought ti ... i 1 i i I..
doctors or other professionals often worked as hotel staff
and taxi drivers just to survive. Many Cubans we met
had some illegal way of earning a few more pesos.
It seemed impossible to get back to our boat by bus,
carrying all the food we had bought, so we took a taxi
-which was driven by a specialist doctor.
Back aboard Australia 31, we stowed our provisions
and headed out for Puerto de Vita, into the wind and cur
rent. Crossing the shallow channel out of Marina Cayo
Coco-Guillermo, we only bumped the bottom twice.
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What's a Tropical Wave?
The flow of the tradewinds in the band between the equator and mid-latitudes can
be affected by land features. During the summer in particular, the strong contrast
in Africa between the wet equatorial jungles and the dry, hot Sahara to the north has
a powerful influence on the northern hemisphere tradewind flow. Think of the
tradewind flow as a river and the African climate contrast as a writhing disturbance
that tends to disrupt the flow. The result is that waves form in the river of air. These
waves have a period of about two days and, like any waves, consist of low and high
pressure bands. The bands stretch north and south from the equatorial area
upwards to mid-latitudes. You can think of them as enormous rollers that form over
Africa and roll west. The troughs, that is, the low-pressure parts of the waves, are
called tropical waves. When a trough reaches far north its called a "high amplitude"
wave; "low amplitude" waves don't stretch very far northward.
Tropical waves don't form every two days except in the peak of the summer. If they
did, the six-month hurricane season from June through November should see about
90 tropical waves. Instead we get about 60 per year as the historical average.
What is the ITCZ?
If you've read the classic cruising books by Eric Hiscock or Miles and Beryl
Smeeton you will have read about the doldrums. In this era of acronyms that very
descriptive word has been replaced by "the ITCZ," the Inter-Tropical Convergence
Zone. What are converging in the zone between the tropics are the two tradewind
bands, the southern hemisphere trades and our northern hemisphere trades. The
trades meet in the equatorial area where intense heat causes the rising of hot air.
This is where the tradewinds finally taper off. The ITCZ is characterized by large
amounts of moisture being driven aloft, resulting in heavy cloud formation, little
wind and frequent showers and thunderstorms.
The ITCZ, a.k.a. the doldrums, varies from about 20 to 150 miles wide and is most
intense when it is narrowest.
Strong winter trades in either hemisphere push the ITCZ away towards the other
pole. So in our winter, the ITCZ is pushed south, as far as 5S. Likewise, strong
winter trades in the southern hemisphere push the ITCZ north during our summer,
sometimes as far as 15N, -ri;n;n ;;;ni-tti--I weather as it passes over us. This
north-south movement of th( i i I .. i i.., I the sun's annual north-south migra
tion by about two months, so the ITCZ is farthest north in August, typically about
10N. It is no coincidence that this is also prime hurricane season.
What Causes Hurricanes in the Mid-Atlantic?
Most Atlantic hurricanes start near tropical waves. We've all experienced the wind
patterns associated with a tropical wave: wind north of east as the wave approaches
and south of east behind i' Trn-.i; riding a satellite above the wave. You look down
and see the winds to the I I 'I. wave are coming from the northeast -angling
downward from your viewpoint while the southeast winds to the right of the wave are
.1.. ..,i. i from the equator. The cloud formations near tropical waves show
Ii' i i I" and "up right" patterns and are known as the signature "inverted
V curvature" of a tropical wave, visible in satellite imagery.
Imagine standing just inside the inverted V. Winds on both sides are trying to spin
you counterclockwise, down-left and up-right. Its a prime location for cyclonic cir
culation t- t--
If the : i I involved at the same time, pushing north with a bump protruding
into the inverted V of a wave, it brings the southern trades into the picture. Now well
north of the equator, the southern trades bend to the right due to Coriolis force,
adding westerly winds to the open bottom of our inverted V; this strong force helps
the system to rotate counterclockwise.
These conditions of interaction between a tropical wave and a northern bump in
the ITCZ are often implicated in forming tropical systems and can be the birthplace
Hurricanes and Water Temperatures
If you go to Chris Parker's site (http://caribwx.mwxc.com/marine.html) during the
hurricane season, the first thing in his forecast is the SST -the Sea Surface
Temperature. Of course, the reason is that SST is perhaps the most important factor
in the formation of hurricanes.
The hurricane releases energy each day equivalent to 600 terawatts:
6x1014 I- What the heck does that mean in real-life terms? It's 200 times the
S. ty of the entire world. All that energy comes from the warm
i i passes, sea temperatures are cooler by as much as 6C
(11 F) in one case of a super typhoon, 9C (16F). All that energy has been
absorbed into the weather system with the evaporating water.
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In order to have an adequate source of surface energy, the ocean should be at least
26C (79F). Furthermore, this layer of warm water should be at least 200 feet deep.
As the passing hurricane stirs up the water it can kill itself by dredging up water
that is too cool.
Sometimes when a hurricane runs over a particularly warm spot in the ocean (an
anomaly) such as the Gulf Stream or a warm eddy, it goes through a rapid intensifica
ton. Meteorologists first recognized the importance of deep, warm eddies -1..n.;-
Hurricane Opal in 1995. Opal encountered a warm-water eddy in the Gulf oli .
and strengthened in intensity from Category 1 to Category 4 in only 14 hours. Both
Katrina and Rita in 2005 intensified to Category 5 over hot eddies in the Gulf of
Similarly, a hurricane can stumble if it passes over a cooler area of water, such as
the track of a recent hurricane. This is one reason that it is rare to have two intense
storms in the same general area in the same season.
So long as the hurricane remains over warm water .... .... i ...i. Once it
hits land the source of fuel is gone and it runs out oi -l .... 1 ....... I .. i
Wind Shear: What is It?
Over and over again in the National Hurricane Center forecasts and Jeff Master's
blog (www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters) we've been seeing the words "wind
shear" when a low threatens to develop into a tropical system. Low wind shear is
necessary for hurricanes to develop and high wind shear can cripple or collapse a
storm that has already developed.
Wind shear is the difference between the wind speed and direction at the jet stream
level and that at the surf- -- --11-P -. 'Il-pin hllrri-n --n nts zero wind shear
- that is, no difference i. i 1.. 1. .. 11i ... .1 .11 I -from the surface
up to about 40,000 feet. Wind shear of 20 knots or less is considered "favorable for
Here's why: The center of a hurricane system becomes a hollow column, like a
drinking straw, around which warm, moist air is sucked aloft. The column pumps
up water vapor, which cools and condenses, releasing untold energy and lots of rain.
This heat pump is the engine driving the hurricane. The straighter and more vertical
it is, the better it will pump. Higher winds aloft will tilt the column; a different wind
direction aloft will ai- i' .1, .i.. I... and the upper level core will be torn away
and detached from I ....I i .... it from below, killing the heat engine and
destroying the system.
What is Coriolis Force?
Coriolis force plays a part in the formation of hurricanes and in steering them once
they form. But what is it?
The equator is 25,000 miles long. Imagine standing on the equator for a full 24
hours. As the earth spun through one revolution you would travel 25,000 miles to
the east in 24 hours -about 1,000 miles per hour. But if you stood still at one of
the poles for a whole day, you would not have traveled at all since you are at the
center, the axis, of the earth's rotation. (However, you would have very cold feet.)
Points between the equator and the poles move at different rates -fastest closest
to the equator. Points at 30 north or south latitude, for example, move at about
So imagine standing in Jacksonville, Florida, at 30N and hurling a ball directly
south, aiming at the point on the equator. You would be aiming for Quito, Ecuador.
As you let go of the ball, you, the ball and Jacksonville are traveling east at about
850 mph but Quito is traveling east at 1,000 mph. By the time your ball dropped
on the equator, Quito would have moved well off to the east. The ball would fall into
the Pacific. If you drew a line on the globe to follow the trajectory of the ball, it would
curve off to the right of your intended flight. Play the same mental game for throw
ing a ball from Quito aimed at Jacksonville directly to the north and you get the
same result -the trajectory gets bent to the right because the ball is moving east
faster than Jacksonville. In fact, any flight of the ball in the northern hemisphere
will be deflected to the right. The apparent force causing this movement is named
the Coriolis force. And it doesn't just affect balls! Air currents are subjected to the
In the southern hemisphere, Coriolis deflects trajectories to the left. Imagine fling
ing that ball again! This makes southern hemisphere tropical storms spin clockwise,
not counterclockwise as they do here in the north.
South Atlantic Hurricanes
The South Atlantic doesn't get hurricanes. Why is that?
Recall that most hurricanes are formed by the right interaction between the Inter
Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and a tropical wave (provided a few other factors
co-operate too, like wind shear and sea surface temperatures -SSTs). But the
tropical wave factory in Africa lies mostly between the Sahara and the African rain
forest. That whole area is north of the equator. In the southern hemisphere there is
no tropical wave factory in Africa and so tropical waves are rare in the South
Also, the ITCZ wanders around from season to season. It reaches about 15N
but only about 5S, and at 5S there isn't a strong enough Coriolis Force to
Furthermore, the water of the South Atlantic is colder than our North Atlantic and
wind shear tends to be higher there. So SST and wind shear in the South Atlantic
don't tend to be favorable for hurricane development.
So there are no -well, almost no -South Atlantic hurricanes. In March 2004
(the southern hemisphere equivalent of our September) the one and only South
Atlantic hurricane ever recorded went ashore in Santa Catarina in southeastern
Brazil. Since there was no ready list of names, it was named after the landfall.
Hurricane Catarina was a Category 1. Scientists still debate whether it is one more
sign of global climate change.
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by Don Street
In the Caribbean, the best sailing months of the year are May, June and July. The
tradewinds are well settled in. Generally it blows 12 to 15 knots. If you check the
British and American pilot books -'--rin? the Eastern Caribbean you will discover
the highest average wind velocity i l' *' is in July! This is because in July it
blows a relatively constant 12 to 15 knots -seldom less, seldom more -while in
the winter months the wind is all over the scale: it can blow 25 to 30 knots for a week
or ten days, only to be followed by a period of light airs or calm.
If you are planning to cruise the Eastern Caribbean during the summer, the first
thing to do is to check your insurance policy. All policies will ---1- 1-.;-. ,- 1,
by named storms within the hurricane box -usually 12N 1 ....... i-..
ricane season. Some underwriters define hurricane season as being the period from
June 1st to November 1st, but practically all Lloyds underwriters give December 1st
as the closing date to hurricane season.
Properly worded policies will exclude all damage due to named storms in the hur
ricane box, but they do not 1- 1.;... ii-. ;red in the hurricane box if it is not
due to a named storm. In II' ' .. ..... aground, have a fire or lor F
if the damage is not as a result of a named storm, you are covered despite I I
you are in the hurricane box.
As long as you are cruising in the area from Martinique south, if you listen to the
weather reports twice a day and plot (preferably on your Imray-Iolaire Atlantic
Passage Chart 100) the position of hurricanes the minute they are reported, you can
make sure you are well clear of the hurricane when it hits the Eastern Caribbean
If you listen to the weather reports
twice a day, you can make sure you
are well clear of a hurricane
This is possible, as until hurricanes hit the islands of the Eastern Caribbean they
virtually never change direction more than five degrees in 24 hours. As soon as a
hurricane is reported, draw a t 1- -; cone extending from its position outward
in the direction of its track. II - i say, when the hurricane is just off the
African coast the cone will cover a wide area of the island chain but as the cone
approaches the Eastern Caribbean the area of the cone covering the islands will get
smaller and smaller.
Check your location and make plans to be at least 60 miles south of the south
edge of the cone you have plotted. Unless there is no other alternative, do not even
think of finding a hurricane hole within the cone and trying to secure. The islands
have become so crowded that there is no such 1. .. .i........ .. hole. You might
secure your boat perfectly, but there will likely I I I 1'I boats include
ing large commercial vessels that are not so well secured and could drag down
and damage your boat.
You must plan to be south of the hurricane, as although a hurricane approaching
the Caribbean almost never changes direction more than fiv 1 -; : in 24 hours,
once they hit the islands they can do anything. There have ,I hurricanes
that have hit the Grenadines, then made a right angle turn and headed north, pass
S--. .11 th- ,:-.. as far as Barbuda, before heading off across the Atlantic.
S,,, i ,, that the south coast of Grenada will be 60 miles south of the
;- .... I. i- I inger cone, then being well secured in the sheltered anchor
ages on the south coast should be fine. But, if the plot shows that Grenada is less
than 60 miles from the south edge of the cone, head farther south.
If heading farther south and west from the Eastern Caribbean chain, there are
basically three choices before you go so far west its challenging to get back:
Chaguaramas (Trinidad), and the Golfo de Cariaco and Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela).
,i ..... ..... might be overcrowded -check before you go.
I .1. I I Venezuela, do not go to Margarita as it is not that much farther south
than Grenada. Also, the anchorages in Margarita are not very well sheltered. Rather,
head directly west from Grenada along 12 degrees of latitude to keep you will off the
Paria coast and its pirates. Once past the western end of Margarita at the longitude
of the entrance to the Golfo de Cariaco, turn directly south and then tuck back east
inside the Gulf. Proceed to Gran Laguna de Obispo and find yourself a sheltered
anchorage. Or continue due west until you reach the longitude of Puerto La Cruz
then head due south and into the marinas at El Morro.
If you follow these directions you can have an enjoyable time actively cruising
through the hurricane season, rather than sitting at anchor in one harbor and going
"rock happy" or laying up your boat for the entire summer.
For more information on hurricane avoidance and, if worse comes to worst, survival
strategies, visit www.street-iolaire.corm
by Linda Hutchinson
During our four years of living aboard Sandcastle, a 42-foot Catalina sailboat,
Roger and I thought we had experienced most of the weather we would ever submit
ourselves to. That was until Tropical Storm Omar surprised us and everyone else by
developing right on top of the ABC islands. Anchored in Curacao, there wasn't much
we could do but stay with the boat, make sure it was anchored as securely as pos
sible, sit back, watch the skies and ride the wind. And ride we did. Our Catalina,
known for sailing at anchor, did just that. We whipped side to side, on and on, heel
ing sometimes so severely that things in the boat would jump off their shelves as
though we - .... on the high seas.
During th i.. ....1. of this unusual storm, Monday, October 13th, 2008, winds
were in the 25 *' 1 I .... Boats were dragging, with some bumping into oth
ers, but superb I I I ... II,,,. prevented any harm to bodies or boats. This was
impressive giver 1, 1 I i I I I11 night, the blinding amount of water falling from the
sky and the heavy winds pushing boats broadside into one another. But the wind
and rain weren't yet at their peak, as we would find out the following day.
The first full day of the official storm featured increasing wind and rain. Most
crews stayed on their boats. More boats dragged and tried to find somewhere to re
anchor. Others moved to the marinas or known hurricane holes to sit out the blow.
We were entertained by a group of sailboarders riding the winds and waves in the
harbor with full abandon, turning at the last minute before crashing into the sides
of the boats. What fun they had!
At night, it is common practice to haul the dinghy out of the water, engine in place,
and secure it to the side of the boat to prevent theft. Ours was in such a position
when, broadside to the wind, it was flipped vertical. Quick teamwork got the dinghy
righted and down into the water before the gas tank, flip-flops and other contents
were lost overboard.
News from other islands started dribbling in. In Bonaire, the dinghy docks at
Nautica Yacht Club and Karel's were turned into matchsticks. A yacht that left for
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Colombia ahead of the storm was hit by lightning, lost an autopilot and had a rudder
problem. The skipper turned toward Aruba, where he was assisted through the reef
into the harbor by the Coast Guard. There was talk of waves hitting the shore and
spraying up to 45 feet into the air. Someone said there was enough wood on a
Bonaire beach to build a house.
Plans to haul out or head for other islands were put on hold. We all held our
breaths as we i,..1 ... I hoped for the best, especially those of us who had not
been through -1 .... I I1..- magnitude before. Our memories of our first nights as
liveaboards, when we huddled together as 15 to 20 knots of "howling" wind jerked at
the anchor rode (we didn't have all chain then) as if to pull the bow off, seemed like
baby stuff to us now. It's all relative, I guess.
The night always brings on the monsters, and a monster Omar was. Once you meet
a monster it isn't nearly as frightening, but still to be respected. Our Catalina
whipped side to side, tacking at the end of its anchor chain, hour after hour. Only
when the strongest of winds came did Sandcastle stay vertical and somewhat sta
tionary, nose into the wind. The winds kicked up I ... . r 35 to 40 knots with
43-knot :';:t on the Tuesday night. That is a I I ,', I I, ,' your house moves
about as I as ours does!
There was a period when the wind and rain were at their peak, steady and no lon
ger ... I .... ;n --.-ill.ti;- igh-pitched whine that seemed to go on and
on. I, I I I ... I I I. -1 .... v. over was slightly different from the previous
one. The boat stayed secure, seemingly held by a sunken freight train; how else
could it stay in one place for so long while being so punished by Mother Nature?
On the Wednesday we heard reports that the storm was finally moving away. However,
all day we remained braced for more squalls and all day we got continuing rain and no
sun. As John on Mermaid of Caniacou would say, "There's not a sky in the cloud."
The radio was full of chatter: friends checking on friends, getting weather updates
and rearranging plans previously made. Some caught up on sleep before the night
brought on what it would. But Omar was finally finished with us.
Ti ..... ... ii ng was how this community of cruisers worked together to protect
:I i ... I .. I Ii blow. All stood ready to help one another without question as to
who or why or how. We had no president, congress or law. We just did what was
necessary to safeguard ourselves and keep our neighbors out of harm's way. Too bad
we can't pass this spirit of cooperation along to the rest of the world.
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prepared us in a small i ........ ... Vene2. i I iaot forgo
camping in bear country and we did not forgo cruising in Venezuela -we
just took sensible precautions. Having said that, I do not consider myself
smarter than the folks who have been victims of crime and violence in Venezuela; I
consider it largely good fortune that we remained unmolested for the five months we
enjoyed cruising Venezuela in summer of 2008.
Back to bears. When you camp in bear country you become very aware of your
surroundings. You take stock of the vegetation and the sources of attractants such
as food -camping in heavy brush or near a salmon stream is not a good idea. At
any location you need to make a plan to protect yourself and prevent the bear from
entering camp and being successful in getting your food. We used bear-resistant food
containers and carried bear spray and a flare gun, and at times a shotgun. We never
had to use any of our protective equipment, but we always knew where they were
and how to use them.
Okay, now back to boats and the discomforting reality that there is a lot of crime
in various anchorages in Venezuela. And no matter how hard you are struggling to
make your fixed income meet your cruising kitty, you are rich compared to many
folks living in the Caribbean and Venezuela and are an attractive target for burglars
My husband and I talked about what we would do in a variety of scenarios. We
broke down the potentially most dangerous scenarios -those that might involve
assault -to three possibilities: a boat approaching while we were underway, a boat
STr .--hin ---hile we were at anchor, i .... i .. i ..
... I defensive equipment 11i ... ill ..... i i i sprayandairhorn.
(I have intentionally not discussed the .- i i........... ii.. i. i That is a personal
decision that comes with great consequences.) We reviewed radio procedures.
Like avoiding camping in heavy brush near a salmon stream in Alaska, our choice
of anchorages in Venezuela was important. Before we traveled to an area we
researched security reports so we could evaluate the risk and the nature of previous
incidents. We consulted the Caribbean safety net at www.safetyandsecuritynet.com
and the Caribbean section of the Noonsite website, www.noonsite.com/General/
Piracy, for accounts of incidents in each area. We looked in the cruising guides for
advice about the safety of a location. We also spoke with cruisers who had been
around a while and listened to their experiences.
Like preventing bears from entering our campsites in Alaska, our focus in
Venezuela was on not letting the bad -11- board our boat.
In case of an approaching boat full ii i i guys we decided we would first try to
outrun or out-maneuver it and avoid contact, but this can be hard to do in a sail
boat. After reading many accounts of piracy while underway we determined that
S.--.r-li;;n ----r- l---i-led 1 .i. i.... a flare at, or into, an open boat. The gas
S, ,- ,i .... i, to ., I II If approached we planned to use the flare
gun, or pepper spray at closer range, to deter boarders. If shots were fired we would
stay low in the hope that the hull would absorb some of the impact of the bullet. If
possible we would call the Guardia on the radio.
At anchor, we avoided behavior that we thought would make us vulnerable, such
as running the generator at night, going over to another boat for drinks, or going
below and becoming -n r- 1,--1 in a movie. Until we knew their intentions, we would
not lean out over the .i i... i i .k to visitors; we would stay low in the cockpit. We
also used what we call the "gut check" -if we had a bad feeling about the situation
we ..11 1. 1. Iftherewere otherya i1i ... ii ... 1. .. iade contact
and i i. .1 I I channel they monitored i i,,, i.. .- II ,,,. approached
by baddies while at anchor, we would follow I .... . .. I I I . .I approached
at sea -use the flare gun, horn, and pepper spray to keep boarders off of the boat
and would use the VHF to notify other boats or the Guardia if we were being
boarded or harassed. (Venezuela has a very active Guardia and in one anchorage the
Guardia gave us their cell phone number so we could call them if we had a problem
at night in an anchorage. We had all of the Guardia numbers programmed in our
We always slept with a steel t ;.t in our companionway and have installed a bar
across the hatch above our I closed all other access points. I have heard
people express concern about being "locked in", but people do this all the time in
houses. The grate gives us the opportunity to see what is "-rr;-nii;n ~-iti-1- 1 .-
evaluate the situation, and the lock is on the inside. We kept i ,,. I .
other defensive equipment handy. If you shine a light at the bad guy you have just
given away your position, so you must hold 1 1 1.. . ...... 1 1,. We are
able to turn on cockpitand d 1 1,.l.. i. ..- ...i . i I. I .I ... i I -, thatthe
lights would scare off a boa' I I turned down the volume on the cockpit
radio, so we could call from inside without being heard.
We removed the easy-to-take stuff, such as fenders, cushions, boat hooks and life
rings and put them down below. We tried using a motion detector but found that it
was too sensitive to waves and boat movement and if we turned down the sensitive
ity we could sneak up on it. We plan to work on improving the alarm system. We
kept a few stashes of cash that were easy to find in hopes that if boarded the cash
would satisfy the thieves, but at that point you are in a very poor position to manage
It surprised us that we met so many cruisers who had no security plan and just
lived in fear of "something happening". They had never given any thought to what
specific defensive actions they could take if a hostile boat approached while they
were at sea or at anchor. That would be like camping in bear country beside a
salmon stream without planning what to do if a bear comes into camp.
My husband and I both understand that the best plan could be useless in a sec
ond, but on the other hand a plan could save our lives.
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Many of these tips on how yachtspeople S /
can avoid being victims of burglary or
theft come from www.safetyandsecurity-
net.com/precautions.html where, over the
years, a list of tips has been developed
through the suggestions of many cruisers.
These precautions are not very different
from the way you'd take care of your
house or your car: most people lock their
house when they are away and lock their
car when they leave it. Your yacht is your
house and your dinghy is your car.
1) It is always prudent to lock the
yacht when you leave for a trip to shore or a visit to another yacht. Secure all access
points, including hatches and ports: it's amazing how small an opening a skinny kid
can get through!
2) Have a stash, in case thieves do get below. Separate and hide valuables in mul
tiple unpredictable areas. In addition to hiding passports and ship's papers, hide a
copy of each in a different spot. Make two copies of the contents of your wallet:
credit cards (both sides), licenses, etcetera. Send one copy to a contact at home and
hide one copy. If possible, hide a spare GPS i'.I !', i'lI- I I VHF.
3) Outboards are a major target: always lock them, either to the dinghy when in
use or to the yacht if not. Lock dinghy to dock when ashore (using a long enough
cable or chain so others can get their dinghies to the dock, too). Hoist and chain the
dinghy to the yacht at night. Chain the outboard separately to the rail or in the
cockpit, or stow it below.
4) Don't leave attractive items (scuba/snorkeling gear, gas tanks, etcetera)
unlocked in the dinghy, or on deck when you're away from the yacht or sleeping.
5) Why broadcast that your yacht will be unoccupied? If using VHF radio to make
plans to be off the yacht (e.g. restaurant reservations, tour .rr;'-.'-;'-;t or get
together with friends), use your name, not the boats name. i '.. callingg a
neighboring boat on the VHF, don't helpfully advise the caller that the neighbors are
off the boat. If you call another boat on the VHF and they don't answer, don't keep
calling -you could be alerting someone listening in that they are off the boat.
Consider getting a cell phone so you can make arrangements discreetly.
The yacht's name painted on a dinghy ashore indicates that at least one person is
away from the yacht.
6) Avoid known high-risk .n-h-- "- -y-'-- -1 not anchor alone there if you
can avoid it. If you must, us III ... .. i
7) Ashore, be aware of your environment and 1, .. '. i 1... 1 1 wearing
flashy clothing and expensive-looking jewelry, I, I . I ., I -. stagger
ing back drunk to the dinghy dock, etcetera.
8) Many thefts occur while the boat is on the hard. Don't forget about security
precautions when the yacht is out of the water.
9) If you are involved in an incident, report it to the local authorities (police, coast
guard, marina n-.n -. -n-t t-urist office and yachting/marine trade .. ..... ,,i
and to the Caril I .,, .1 i .,, I Security Net. An incident unreported, 1 i.
cal purposes, never happened.
10) Make security precautions a regular habit. The more difficult you make things
for the criminal, the more likely he is to leave you and your property alone. Developing
safety habits and contingency plans will contribute to a more enjoyable cruise.
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There is such a thing as a free brunch! Compass Publishing Ltd.'s annual pre
Easter Writers' Brunch is our way of getting together with and saying "thank you" in
person to as many as possible of the past year's contributors for the writing, artwork
and photography that makes Caribbean Compass the "must read" publication for
sailors in the Caribbean.
The Compass is a forum, shaped more by writers' ideas and talents than by a rigid
editorial policy. Most of its content is generated by active cruisers, yacht racers and
: I-' i.. i 1 ... I I ... ... .I - .. i .. .. I concernss about'The Caribbean's
I:- i i i i .. i i. .i .... i i ,i, ,, i . those who most recently made
the effort to put their thoughts down in words, record a special event or experience,
or gather information about a particular place, and then send in the result for public
cation so that their ideas and experiences can be shared with Compass readers
throughout the region and the world.
On Thursday, April 9th, some 30 guests gathered in Bequia at Mac's Pizzeria, an ideal
: i. i .ce for old friends and new acquaintances in the Compass community.
i II was bidden to four Compass contributors who had passed away during
the past year: Norma Prudhon, Mariann Palmborg, Fred Gunther and John
"St. John" Bryan IV.
S....... 1, mpass Cockpit Crew Managing Director Tom Hopman, Editor Sally
S ..1 .i Editor Elaine Ollivierre, Production Manager Wilfred Dederer and
Bookkeeper Debra Davis -as well as one of our very first guest speakers, yachtsman
and former Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sir James Mitchell, was
a diverse and talented group of contributors. In alphabetical order:
Cruiser Tom Barkdull is a veterinarian who volunteered his skills in Grenada after
his boat war 1.; 1 there by Hurricane Ivan. Tom is a poet whose "Thoughts on
a Midnight' 1. published in September 2003, and it took him this long to
pick up his rain-check for the Writers' Brunch! Book reviewer Bob Berlinghof is a
former yacht skipper, voracious reader and rock 'n' roll guitarist. Bequia resident
and circumnavigating sailor Cornelia Brewer is another poet, whose poem "Adrift"
was published in September 2008. Cruising guide author Chris Doyle is a well
known Compass columnist and photographer. Sailor and Carriacou, Trinidad and
Barbados resident Nan Hatch's poems include the March 2009 issue's "Grenada
Morning". Martinique-based yachtsman Jeremy Hobday has written on subjects
ranging from cruising on a budget to avoiding fishtraps. Best known as an artist,
Bequia resident Julie Lea's written portrait of pioneering Caribbean yacht skipper
Morris Nicholson is scheduled to appear this summer. Trinidad-based liveaboard
sailor and yacht chandlery specialist Ruth Lund has written poems, cruising budget
tips, race reports and cruising accounts, most recently about a voyage up the
Manamo River in Venezuela. Book reviewer Morris Nicholson sailed to the Caribbean
in the 1950s and skippered the 62-foot ketch Eleuthera II for many years before set
tling ashore on Bequia. A regular regatta reporter is Jerry Stewart from Tyrrel Bay
Yacht Haulout in Carriacou.
This year's scheduled guest speaker was Barbadian sailor and writer Dick Stoute
who, however, was delayed in Barbados by the funeral of his fellow Barbadian yachts
man Andrew Burke. His timely and thought-provoking presentation (see next page)
was read by Jerry Stewart.
Conversations continued over a scrumptious brunch buffet, including treats such
as tortilla omelet slices and mango mousse, prepared by Judy Simmons and her
Mac's Pizzeria staff.
To those many contributors unable to attend this year, we thank you, too, for all
your talent and efforts and hope to see you at a future Compass Writers' Brunch,
always the Thursday before Easter.
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The Caribbean Sailing Community
in a World in Recession:
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
by Dick Stoute
The following speech was presented at the Compass Publishing Writers' Brunch
2009 and appears in print by popular demand from our guests. Dick Stoute is a rac-
ing yachtsman who has served as president of the Barbados Yachting Association,
secretary and chief measure of the Caribbean Yachting Association (now the
Caribbean Sailing Association), and president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. An engineer by profession, Dick recently retired and is now at Reading
University studying philosophy.
Everyone knows that the world is in an economic
recession, but everyone also knows that we will come
out of it and, just as we expect things to be difficult for
a while, we expect that the recovery will blossom forth
with new opportunities. We can take comfort in know
ing that the economic death we are currently experi
encing has happened many times before and there has
always been rebirth. But even as we batten down for
the recession we need to prepare for the recovery.
What can we expect? How can we position ourselves to
participate in the recovery?
The downturn will be economically challenging for
everyone and prudent financial management will be
needed to get through it. This will be more easily
achieved if the economic challenges do not lead to
escalating crime. Should crime increase significantly
this will likely compound the effects of the downturn,
as it could drive visitors from our shores and trigger
the type of social degradation that we have seen in
some Caribbean countries. The Caribbean is particu
larly vulnerable to this social degradation, as it has
inherited many social conflicts. These lie dormant dur
ing good times, but can erupt when economic quakes
stir up long-buried fears and grievances. So even as
you tighten your belt, be mindful of this effect and
wherever possible direct your spending at engaging
everyone in the community in earning a living.
But even as this economic downturn threatens hard
ship it can also bring benefits. The hectic pace of eco
nomic wellbeing leads to social separation -there is
no time to talk, to build up friendships, to nurture the
emotions that need deep, meaningful social contact,
but which are ignored when times are good. Hard
times provide this opportunity. There are many exam
ples of hai 1-,,i .1.... .. ring bonds of friend
ship in a 11 .. ... i i ..... i r community, bonds
that imprc 11 1"'.1 1 I 11 even as "things get
harder". These relationships of friendship and trust
that are built in hard times can bind our community
together and create a solid foundation for the eco
nomic recovery when that comes along. For example,
Goddard Enterprises in Barbados has a long-lasting
relationship with the First Caribbean Bank. This rela
tionship started when the then Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce (now First Caribbean) gave Fred
Goddard a loan when he was struggling to expand his
small shop during difficult economic times. The trust
between these organizations has been nurtured by
prudenrr -.i ...-i-t -ver the years and both have
gained -.....I ....II need to build these types of
relationships in the Caribbean sailing community.
But how do we develop trust in a recession, when
economic strains are naturally driving us in the oppo
site direction? This question requires a personal
examination of ourselves to answer the question, who
do you trust and why? You can be reasonably sure
that other people are very similar to you and your rea
sons for trusting will be their reasons for trusting. As
writers, we : 1i : tion to do this, as we are
naturally -I.. I ..- I i...... ... nature. A good under
standing of human nature and with realistic expect
tions about the world are both necessary to get
through this recession and prepare for the coming
recovery. So I am now going to very briefly outline a
model of human nature that I think will be very useful,
and link this to the changes I expect that this reces
sion will bring to the world community.
The Biblical story of Genesis issues a warning for
humanity, which '";- f-, -r iti;-t-r-ii-t t--1 n-ri
Itwarnsusnotto i Ii. i .. I I.
of good and evil."
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The Church has turned this into an enduring, unavoidable curse, and then pro
ceeded to do exactly what Genesis warns us against: it judges people to be either
good or evil. This judgmental attitude is widespread. It is an ancient, well-accepted
way of thinking, but it has serious repercussions. It is very destructive and we need
to understand how it operates so we can change the way we think. Because we
believe that there are bad people, we put various social systems in place to restrain
their behavior. This seems to work and we are lulled into 1-li-'inf that this is the
only way to do things. As a result, laws and regulations I 1 .1 The obvious
result is that more people are found to be breaking laws and the belief that "we are
bad" is confirmed and proliferates.
As the society evolves, people respond to this and gradually a 'game' emerges
which changes people's behavior. Each person's individual success depends on how
well that person can 1 11... ....... .- ith all games, to be successful you have
to know the rules an I ..- -I. .... I .. .. .. I .. ii i. i ....delines about
relationships and trust are tossed aside and I. .... I 1.... I ... -; one in which
everyone is out for him or herself. This approach evolves slowly, from simple things
like breaking the speed limit (it's okay, if you don't get caught) to a systematic
approach that seeks to use whatever loopholes exist in the laws for your own benefit.
This way of living becomes the norm, the 'right' thing to do, and law schools and
business schools teach it as if it is the smart thing to do. This slow evolution per
vades the whole community and Tr-lnill- destroys relationships and the commu-
nity as it goes. There is a clamor I .... laws, more regulation and more policing
of laws, and the society slowly stagnates as it becomes less and less efficient.
We can trace this evolution in sailing. First there are simple rules to avoid collisions
at sea, but these are not adequate t- -1-1 -- -ith .-i; r.-ing rules are adopted
which are more complicated. Then I. .... i ... ..... ir avoiding collisions to
using the rules to gain an advanta, I I .. ... Implicated rules, and
skill at the protest hearing then becomes an integral part of the skills needed for the
sport. The next step is match racing where rules become dominant and sailing skills
perhaps secondary. These don't quite do the trick, so we then start using 'on the
course judges'. All this adds significantly to the cost of administering a regatta. As
resources are shifted into policing and regulation -things that increase stress
fewer resources are devoted to the things we enjoy. The same evolution has taken
place in business and in finance, but while yacht racing is something we can walk
away from, we cannot walk away from society and the stresses continue to build up.
Occasionally this system fails, as it has now done, and we have an opportunity to
build a better one. What can we expect in the current redesign?
I expect that there will be a great effort to make things simpler. This has been the
drive, for example in the sailing rules, and I expect that similar reasoning will prevail
., i ,. ... i. ... .ii i ... .....i i Our current financial system attract
I I ..... i. I i i 1 .. ... :d it to create an elaborate gambling
casino. This took expensive resources away from 1. i I 1 I.. I I I I I
system will, I think, release much of these resort ... I i ii..
redesign will make finances simpler for the average person and produce a long period
of low inflation and low interest rates that wiii I I ..1 I .. .1 I ii. .i
I expect that there will be a real effort to I i. - 11. .- -.. Ii I ... I I of
education. I don't think this can be done with aid, because, apart from being
expensive and economically inefficient, giving aid insults the people it iV ii--n t-
It tells them that they are somehow less than equal, inferior, and -.... i i i i
for themselves. Even as it relieves hunger, it provides a negative self-image and
The solution has to be one that engages everyone in the process of generating eco
nomic value. It entails the working i ............ i ,,, i,. ways to encourage everyone's
participation, especially those who i... i .1 1i.11. .11 arve out an economic niche.
Coming out of this financial crisis, I think we can expect a more equitable balance
between the haves and have-nots. This will be driven by economics, rather than
altruism. The 1 -;----- :i that led to this financial crunch was a stopgap mech
anism. This ..i I .. .... allowed poorer people to consume more and so
bridge the gap between low consumption and high production. Lending solved this
problem by providing a means of boosting consumption. As we work our way
through this crunch and the borrowing drops, consumption will collapse unless the
lower-income consumers get more money to spend. It is obvious that, to get the
world's balance sheet to balance with less borrowing, the borrowers will have to earn
more and the lenders earn less. I think our economists are smart enough to work
out a way of achieving this without driving inflation too high, so I expect low-end
incomes to increase while high end incomes and interest rates reduce.
There are other benefits as well. From a purely economic perspective, add up the
costs that are a direct result of income and education disparity: wars of all types,
fighting terrorism, fighting illegal drug trading, policing the community, legal costs,
imprisonment costs and private security costs. Include the cost of white-collar crime
and the cost of redistributing wealth (the vast cost of tax collection and the cost of
the tax-avoidance games). Include also the medical costs associated with high stress.
Add all these up and then compare this total with the costs involved in reducing
income disparity so that the incentives that drive antisocial behavior are substan
tially reduced and the stresses associated with this system are also reduced.
Although these costs cannot be accurately assessed, I think that we are getting to
I i. they are high enough to drive a radical change in economic thinking.
i .... pay people more and let them decide how to spend the money, rather
i ... .... .L large inefficient administration to achieve roughly the same goals? The
i' -". i we want to live in a protected enclave and give up the world to violent
forces, or do we want to make the world a good place to live for everyone?" will be
addressed in unique ways. I believe that a community that finds a way of effectively
dealing with income disparity will be much better off economically as well as socially
and, as we improve our decision-making ability, this will become more apparent.
To achieve all this we need to improve our decision-making skills. But how do we,
as a community, make good decisions? No one at present can tell us how to do this,
but we are sure that being well informed and well educated helps. In addition, the
role of emotions like fear and confidence are coming under the spotlight in regard to
their role in decision-making.
Many people are now emphasizing the need for confidence. Th .- i
to me because, leading up to the millennium, I was researching 1
our communities, our g---irn-i-nt= .;.-1 r-1 l ,-n That led me to write a book called
The Fear Factor. Fear is 1I1. I -.1 I i. I ,, It seems that while we cannot
create confidence directly, we can build it up slowly by understanding the very
human "fight or flight" response to fear. It may come as a surprise to many that
violence and aggression are fear responses. The person that is carrying a gun is
doing this because he is frightened. Anger is a product of fear, as are all the negative
emotions: hate, prejudice, greed, etcetera. Fear undermines confidence and so
understanding fear is key to building confidence.
There are several apparently contradictory social responses to fear. For example,
privacy" is a fear response. We want privacy to protect ourselves, because "the world
is full of people who would try to -.1 1--.t .;- of us", but privacy also creates the
environment that allows trickstern- i ...
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Privacy is like darkness -it inhibits information flow. Darkness facilitates crime.
Just as street crime is suppressed by streetlights, white-collar crime is suppressed
by free information flow. In the Caribbean, restriction of information flow encour
ages a lot of antisocial activity. The metaphor that links information to light is very
apt. When there is no light our imagination conjures up many threats, so we need
light -we need to address the privacy issue at a social level and reduce our people's
fear of disclosure -so we can make progress against crime.
This recession provides an ideal environment and opportunity to focus on the skills
needed to increase confidence. In the Caribbean, this is the key to reducing crime
and violence. The light of understanding is essential for this to happen. Increased
confidence also leads to increased investment, helps you make friends, and adds
considerably to your quality of life.
We need to be able to accept that it is fear that makes us want to be dominant.
When we realize this, we will automatically want to distance ourselves from demon
strating that we are f. .1.1 .. i i 11. way we behave, and this will put emphasis on
an alternative mode I ...... ., networking. PTt"mrklinr builds confidence
through equitable interaction and allows a plan to I I. ... discussion rather
than being imposed by some dominant faction. The world will be a better place if we
can agree to work with each other for our mutual benefit and we now need to give
the networking alternative -- 1 t1,t
If we are lucky, we will .... ..i 1,- recession with a different attitude to busi
ness, one that places more emphasis on integrity and trust and less effort in antiso
cial directions. If the USA's business community takes its leadership cues from its
current President, we can expect that they will focus more on relationships and
working out deals that benefit all the stakeholders. Should this happen, I think the
Caribbean businesspeople will welcome it, as this is the way we prefer to operate.
I expect that there will be significant effort devoted to making things simpler
especially in finance and business, and hopefulll- in ---rnm-nt -s well. The infor-
mation revolution is poised to assist with this. i ...... i,,,, I human emotion:
fear of change, fear of being disadvantaged, fear of exposure. These are what we need
to focus on now and overcome while we engage in the very competitive struggle to
achieve simplicity and efficiency.
With this in mind I ask, what can we do as writers? How can we use our consider
able influence to help this trend along? I think that history will deal harshly with
writers who have taken the easy road and used their skill to simply escalate fear in
the society. It takes little skill to point out what can go wrong, gloat over what has
gone wrong, or be judgmental and point fingers. It is easy to evoke the fear response;
little skill is needed to do this. The skill comes in providing readers with an alterna
tive viewpoint, one that they may not have considered, one that illuminates issues
from another perspective, or prov: 1 ...... 1. .1 ,.t human nature. As writers we
must be wary of seeing issues in .... I .. iI .. I wrong. Remember the Genesis
warning about the consequences of "eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of
-- 1 .1 --1" and avoid t-in: in i-nt.l it i= very destructive.
I beyond the -... i i I ... I evil "reasons" that are so popular
in the Caribbean and illu-. .1 i1. .... i ...... i that people are socially destruc
tive when they are frightened and socially constructive when confident; encourage
readers to understand how they can tell when someone is responding to a threat and
encourage them to display confidence. We can help to provide that confidence by
illuminating the issues we write about in a way that sensitizes our readers to the
human issues lurking in the darkness behind the judgmental good/evil facade. This
is a great opportunity for writers to probe in the darkness -find out and explain
why people behave as they do while avoiding being judgmental and steering clear of
the fruit of that mythical tree.
As writers our role is to seek understanding and explain what we learn while we
entertain and inform. This will help our readers to become more confident, have a
more open dialogue and feel freer to enjoy each other. We need to focus on building
communities by illustrating what can be done and not destroying them by dwelling
on the negative. The Caribbean is a great place. Its 1 I. -h;ll-;n- is income
imbalance resulting from lack of knowledge and lack ol I .. -1 '. ... I, p build the
trust and help with the educational project. This is how we can help the yachting
community gain strength during an economic recession and prepare it to take
advantage of the recovery when it comes.
In closing I would like to thank Compass for inviting me to make this presentation
and thank you for listening.
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RU D M E Q D O HG N N OM L
GN I S I U R C P N G I GE I
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I G I I R A N F C V N A E H G
M N S L M H ST H I GO L E N
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K C H E C K ERSSLEEPC
Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
This month should give you a welcome break from the
emotional squalls you1 -- i I.... I I month. Ease
the sheets and set a 1 1 and pleasant
aspects of your life.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
The rough seas that made Aries' life an emotional wet
ride in May are stormin 'n. '.. ... Taurus this
June. These conditions ,w I I . I weeks. Your
S I character will sail you ..i. h ,1 u exercise
.Taurus patience and .i....
I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
You've got three weeks to clear up those boat projects
t -.1 last month. Communications from an old
I a nice addition to your positive attitude.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
The skies Fh-llb 1-,r nri .-.- i -ri-- 1m thil
June. Try to cl. .
good relationships on board.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
A newly found romance might head for the rocks as
temper-tempests rise. Only working on shipboard coop
eration will save you from a breakup.
i VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
r- i .- --- will
r. I, I, ,I ii. ii i i il-h i II . I .Ih Y ou r
attention to detail will serve you well at this time.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Last months storm is over, the sun is shining and dark
clouds are sailing away. Gather friends on board to celebrate!
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Relationships on board will have attained an even keel by
now, so use this month to rebuild the good feelings dam-
aged by the climate of antagonism suffered during May.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
After last month's hit-or-miss environment, this month
should be back on course. Your generous sense of humor
will sail back to see you through any leftover problems.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Time to up anchor and be on your way, both in your
sailing life and in your romantic one.
^AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
II I I I I I .rdtobe
iiI i h h . 1 .. . Ili 15th.
PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
It's time to make and mend. Your business or financial
situation might be in the doldrums, but there are still
projects on board that you can accomplish.
ACROSS 33) POT 18) BARNACLES
1) ESCARGOT 34) EYES 20) FAIRY
5) BILL 35) TURTLES 22) LIMPETS
7) SEA 24) SKELETON
9) PRAWN DOWN 25) SHELL
11) CRAB 2) SNAIL 27) SALLY
12) FOOT 3) TRAP 28) HAWKS
14) CLAM 4) FISH 30) KRILL
16) HERMIT 6) LIGHT 32) BOAT
19) STAR 8) EXO
21) SCALLOP 10) NAME
23) REEF 11) CRAY
25) SHRIMP 13) OYSTER
26) DUCK 14) CORAL
29) CARAPACE 15) DEEP
31) LOBSTERS 17) MOLLUSK
spawned on the dark continent,
Driven by ravenous hunger,
Theq emerge from the ungie
Andtake eagerly to the sea
Guided bq Natures forces,
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Onl9 the strong survive.
The move ever westward,
oblivious to all in their path.
T i- i .! I 1 ".. '1
Howlngwnds leave twsed debris,
Marking their merciless path
No weapon we have will thwart them;
To them we matter notatail.
Rich or poor, black or white,
All cower as they approach.
Powerless before their onslaught,
We can only watch and wait and praJ.
Good-bye, dear friend of our sailing life,
You took good care of me and my wife
Through all our adventures, great and small
You were the vessel that enabled it all.
But now our bones ache, although yours remain strong.
We two won't be able to sail the seas long
But you can keep voyaging into the blue.
Our hearts will go with you, and with your new owners, too.
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Don't You Know
a Noise Annoys
by Lee Kessell
"Who said that?"
"Me, you fool!"
Terry the Angel Fish looked up. There above him on the big rock just under the
surface of the water he saw a very large Oyster. i i I ... I -; shells together in
1 "I said, don't you know a noise annoy *
I.1 rubbish!" butted in Mike, the aggressive Damsel Fish. "How can a noise
annoy anyone who has no ears?"
"You're not only a fool but an ignorant one! We Oysters have very sensitive hearing
and that outlandish din the crowd of you is making is annoying! Now go away and
make your noise somewhere else."
"But Mr. Oyster, sir," spoke up Fred, a timid little Jaw Fish, "My wife has been kid
napped by Bullet the Dog Snapper and we're trying to think of a way to rescue her!"
Mr. Oyster was not an unkind person and he at once calmed down. "But how do
you know Bullet the Dog Snapper has not swallowed your poor wife already?"
"Oh no, Mr. Oyster. Bullet held her in his mouth behind his sharp teeth and as he
carried her away, she screamed for help and we heard her until they both disap
peared into his den beneath the reef. He's keeping her a prisoner and perhaps he will
eat her later, so we have no time to lose!"
"Hmmmm," Mr. Oyster rumbled, "I can see that you have:- 1,;., -;i.:t I Dog
Snapper, so I will do what I can to help. Although I cement I .. II I ..i )ck a
- have very influential friends that are only a call away."
Si.. they?" demanded Mike, "and how can you call them?"
"Oh, we Oysters can all communicate with each other and together we will call for
reinforcements. Now, be quiet."
Mr. Oyster began to make a low rumbling sound and it grew louder and louder
until the water began to shiver. When he stopped at last, answering rumbles came
from all around the small bay until the vibrations shook the rocks themselves. When
there was silence again and the trembling in the water had ceased, Mr. Oyster told
the assembled fish that the message was received, had been passed on and before
long, help would be on its way.
Fred the Jaw Fish, who had a pretty pale-blue body ending in a blunt yellow head,
and all the many fish that had gathered around him, wondered where and what this
help would be. While they waited, Mike, who hadn't taken any notice of the Oysters
attached to the rocks, wanted some questions answere-1 TI- l--r;;n i hiT- loud way:
"Mr. Oyster, why did you cement yourself to the rock? I-.. I .i 1 1 . can chase
The wise, old Mr. Oyster, who liked to keep himself to himself, sighed wearily. "I do
not have to chase my dinner because all I do is open my shell a crack and the little
creatures that you, with your impatience, can't see, get carried into my mouth by the
smallest of currents."
Mike was about to ask Mr. Oyster why big fish didn't just scrape him off the rock,
pluck out his innards and swallow them whole, when all the other sea creatures that
lived in the bay interrupted with a great deal of excitement, saying that an entire
navy was entering the bay. And that was exactly right -an entire navy of big, battle
ship fighting Dog Snappers had arrived.
When the fishes saw what sort of a navy this was, they all began to shake with
fright but Mike plucked up the courage to say, "So that was what you had planned
all l-.1 to get rid of us so you could enjoy your precious silence!"
S'" Mr. Oyster boomed. "The Dog Snappers owe us Oysters a favour and they
have come to save Mr. Jaw Fish's wife. They don't want to eat anyone in this bay and
Mike and the others hovered where they were and watched as the Dog Snappers
surrounded the den where the kidnapper hid with his prisoner. The biggest of the
Dog Snappers called out in a commanding voice, "Come on out! We have you sur
You can be sure that the cowardly Bullet thought he had better obey and hoped
that his fellows would see his point in collecting an easy dinner, but Bullet was
immediately pushed and butted and nipped at until they had him safely away from
After Fred the Jaw Fish and the others had rescued Fred's terrified wife, they
returned to Mr. Oyster to thank him and all the other Oysters in the bay for saving
the little Jaw Fish wife and ridding the bay of such an unwelcome neighbour as
'What did you Oysters do to make those Dog
Snappers promise to answer your call?'
Bullet. After the clapping and -h--ri;- had died down, Mike turned to his new
friend, Mr. Oyster, and asked, I..-I .. last thing and then we'll promise never to
disturb you again. What did you Oysters do to make those Dog Snappers promise to
answer your call?"
Mr. Oyster smiled. "One day a number of fishing boats with their noisy outboard
engines came into this bay and dropped a very large net. It woke us all up and we
waited to see what they were up to. Before long we saw that more fishing boats were
driving a great number of Dog Snappers towards the big net. Well, we Oysters believe
that wild creatures should be allowed to live their lives according to their natures, so
we set up such 1-;;- ; ;;-lling that the whole bay shook just like the very worst
earthquake and I. i-. I .... .. believed that is what it was, so they pulled in the net
before the Dog Snappers could be caught and roared off to save themselves". Mr.
Oyster chuckled at the memory. "So, in gratitude the Dog Snappers said to call them
in any emergency and they would come. And so they did, even to save the life of just
one little Jaw Fish. So you see, every life, no matter how small, is precious."
'I M*il PRUL S O |
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These are called nematocysts and they help to catch food for the polyp. The
polyp feeds mostly on animal plankton. It takes the plankton from the seawater,
digests it and then expels the waste material back through the mouth.
How many types of coral polyps are there? One type forms hard corals,
those that look like rocks. Stony coral polyps have no bones inside their bodies.
Instead, they form an exo-skeleton outside of their bodies. Special cells on the
base of the polyp produce a hard substance like limestone (calcium carbonate).
This supports the body of the polyp in a sort of cup called a corallite. Special
tissues connect each polyp with those around it so that, eventually, millions of
polyps are joined together in their limestone cups. The patterns made by how
the polyp cups join will show you the different kinds of hard coral. For example,
brain coral polyps join in lines that look like the grooves on a brain.
As the polyps die, their skeletons are left. These hard stony structures form
reefs. The living polyps always live on the surface of the reef, sitting on the rocky
remains of the dead polyps.
What about the corals that look like plants? These are another type of polyp
which does not produce the limestone cup. Instead, these soft coral polyps have
flexible skeletons made of a tough protein called gorgonin. The calcium carbon
ate they produce is formed in small spikes called spicules set in a soft gel so
that the corals can bend.
by Elaine Olivierre -
If we are going to conserve and protect our coral reefs, perhaps we should --. s .--c o. te
know more about them. What are they and how are they made? t p, y
When you think of coral reefs, I'm sure you think of some hard, rocky, strange ,1,.,
ly shaped structures on the seabed with some waving plant-like organisms ai
attached. In fact, both the 'rocks' and the 'plants' are made from tiny animals
called coral polyps. M. m00
Some i .. .- ... ....... sand while others may be a few centime S o.c
tres long I 1 ,- ... i .." I iI with an opening in the top. This opening EXPERIMENT
is the mouth and it is surrounded by six or eight tentacles. The coral polyp looks Find a small piece of dead coral on the beach. Drop some limejuice or vinegar
like a miniature sea anemone, on it. What do you notice?
The inside of the polyp is taken up mostly by its digestive system. The tenta You should see some: .... ... I ... I .I i given off. The acid liquid reacts
cles of the polyp have special stinging cells on the outside, like those of jellyfish, with the calcium carbon. I i i ... i carbon dioxide gas.
THIS CRUISING LIFE
It's raining colourless, cool cascades that drum
down the deck in waves.
In 11. I .1i..1 of mid-morning I'm curled up below,
feet I..I 1. ... a precarious, barefoot trip along the
slick planks that form the dock. Planks that only two
days ago glared white and fierce, searing my soles, now
shimmer a wet, slinky black, treacherously lying in wait
for the unwary who dare tread in haste. So patiently I
shuffled, taking my full quota of -a-.-: -n reward
was finding a toilet that still had 111 .- ... I avoid
ing the embarrassmeril i .... behind a pan of pooh,
and I snagged a hot i i with sugar to boot. I
don't normally take sugar so now I'm on a buzz.
Back on board I dripped below, pushing the humid
ity to 199 percent and fostering a new bloom of man
cha negra, black spot, across my newly oiled teak.
It's another day of restricted activity, a slowing of
pace and of introspection. The electricity went off at
4:20AM while I was checking my docklines against the
rising floodwaters. At ll:00AM it still hasn't come
back on. I'm saving the ship's batteries for this eve
ning, when the tr' .1 .... 1. will descend before
6:00PM, and the ... .1 I tomorrow. At the
moment I have a single candle-lamp lit for comfort
rather than the light.
No luz means no internet, no BBC news with cosy
British voices -l'--in the latest chapter of the global
plunge into a i........ i abyss that's happening out
there, in the developed world. The words recession and
depression are bandied around and I gather that
recession" is curable and "depression" is terminal but
I haven't heard any informed explanation.
Out there, somewhere far away, history is being
made on fast forward, fast enough for me to become
terrifyingly aware that that we, the humans who
thought up the financial systems of the planet, have
lost control. We are creating things we can't control,
even our exchange system, and that's all it really is
a glorified barter system.
However, I'm going to be all right because the British
Government is guaranteeing my minuscule savings.
Mind you, these are the very people who lied to me
about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, so
why would I believe them? I don't! I'm thinking of buy
ing gold instead.
by Julia Bartlett
From my tiny
in the jungles
I Skyped a
in the UK.
How incongruous is that?
From my tiny 30-foot sailboat in the ....1 of
Guatemala, I Skyped a bullion dealer in tht i. ind
discussed the price of gold and the best form to buy.
How incongruous is that? They recommended
The pirates of old relied on gold. They wore a gold
-r: to pay for a decent burial. Imagine going into a
i..... 1 director's now and offering a gold earring in
payment for a funeral.
I haven't done any research, the internet is down,
but I would guess a funeral would cost about four
Krugerrands; that's a quarter of a pound of gold. Even
the spunkiest punk isn't going to find .. .. 1. places
to pierce to carry around that weight i I I orna
ments. And imagine trying to cash a Krugerrand in
places where it's difficult to get change for bank note
I do think though that death i i .
the newspapers and the BBC .i
paring the cost of funerals in different countries,
rather than groceries, to guage the cost of living, if
you see what I mean. After all, the cost of disposing of
a corpse isn't going to be affected by the weather or
If I could work out how many ---i;n; t-r
Krugerrand I could work out the .1 i .......
the days when Anne Bonnie and Mary Read romped
across the Spanish Main. That information would be
just as useful as all the statistics we pay a fortune for
now and that were obviously above the heads of the
politicians, or studiously ignored, before this financial
mess forced itself on my Caribbean mind set.
It's raining even harder now, the river is the colour
of milk chocolate but not nearly so appetizing and
the ... I i... ) I'm definitely still under
the :..I.. ', I 1. I .1 I)epression Number 16 and
the coffee/sugar buzz has worn off, in case you
BOOK REVIEW BY THE CARIBBEAN BOOKWORM
Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World, by Peter
Chapman. Canongate Books, Edinburgh and New York, 2007. 224 pages. ISBN
A book about bananas? There's more to the ubiquitous yellow fruit than you
Bananas were at the heart of the trade war between the United States and Europe
that occupied the 1990s. Should European countries be able to give preference to
-.-ilt;;;.1 produce from their former colonies? Or, as the US preferred, should
Ih I I trade" between the multi-national conglomerates? Eventually, the lat
ter view prevailed.
The ubiquity of bananas in the modern fruit bowl is a story of modern market
ing. Popular demand for bananas did not arise, it was created by the early
Bananas come from "banana
republics", right? It's a derog
atory term for countries whose
leaders have "sold out", whose
decisions are based more on
their personal economic inter
ests than the good of their
populations. Or, you could
B A N A N A S say that unbridled capitalism
has swung the balance of
Power away from small,
t a*N, impoverished countries and
toward extra-legal corpora
Bananas are dying. They
have been cultivated as a
mono-culture for so long that
p O r ill IN. Lri rll, r c oAur i disease is rife, and can barely
p0Ic T .9 wO D be controlled without a witch's
brew of chemicals that is dam
aging to land, water and pop
ulation. They're a cautionary
example of unhealthy modern
Enter United Fruit Company,
which was synonymous with
the banana in each of the
above iterations. Maybe the
company should have been
called United Railroad and
Land Company, though,
because founder Minor Keith
first came to Costa Rica in
1871 it was to build the railroad that would move the country's coffee to market
United Fruit, throughout its history, made full use of every opportunity that came its
way, and these were many in the Gilded Age, and beyond. The American Centennial
Exhibit created interest in bananas; a Boston schooner captain looking for cargo sold
them for such a profit that he returned again and again.
The railroad 1, .1. 1., .1 power and economic access to markets. Control of
vast acreage, : .... I ......- I prevented competition, and had the effect of stifling
any government reform initiatives benefitting peasants.
Add to this notoriously ruthless labor practices, bribery and exploitation, well, it's
no wonder United Fruit became known at El Pulpo, the octopus, with "tentacle
prints" all over Central America, for the next century.
That is the short version, which can be varied and expanded for each country in
the region. Conveniently for United Fruit, its youthful lawyer, named Dulles, event
ally became Eisenhower's Secretary of State and head of the CIA. In Guatemala, for
example, they stood by a: f wd -. t was overthrown in 1954. At one point
United Fruit owned the :, I ,I I n I i. I p ,, I that country.
11..I pe, I ..... i... r interwoven politics, economics, even marketing, are in this
her-i, II' I I 1- of United Fruit Company's (now rebranded as Chiquita)
actions have irrevocably shaped the Americas. Ti.. I I ., probably written
at the end of 2Cn' :- :ti .- .1--prescieni ,.II. 'I, I I,. globaleconomy
and the nearly:' I 1''.I I multi national conglomerates.
But Chapman could have written a better book with such ripe material at hand.
"Where's the editor?" I kept wondering. Its loose and unfocussed, even tone deaf,
with major events glossed over and minor ones played discordantly loud. Still, this
is pretty painless reading, and will pique your interest and prime your mind for the
better book that's bound to emerge about such a fruitful subject.
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BOOK REVIEW BY BOB BERLINGHOF
Sunfun Gospel, by Julian Putley, Virgin Island Books, 2009, Cruz Bay, St. John,
USVI, 301 pages. ISBN 978-0-9667923-79.
Julian Putley's first novel, Sunfun Calypso (reviewed by Compass in May, 1999),
was a lighthearted romp that showed promise; Putley's follow-up, Sunfun Gospel, is
an enjoyable satire -but one that also takes on the issue of the exploitation of
islanders. As a result, Sunfun Gospel emerges as a more mature work of fiction, in
fact a work of art.
Putley skillfully threads together his stories of the comeuppance of an amoral bil
lionaire and the ascent of a poor but pious local fisherman. Solomon Welch is the
CEO of the United Fruit Company, the corporation that successfully lobbied for the
end of price supports for Windward Island bananas in Europe, so that cheaper
bananas from Costa Rica could flood the market. Welch is now on the lookout to
buy up the failed banana estates as he cruises in his mega-yacht, the Big Banana,
run by skipper JC and his wife, Shirley. The two are more typical of island cruisers
with their concern for locals, while Welch is a racist as well as a corrupt capitalist.
JC and Shirley soon part ways with Welch and join the locals who are organizing
Sr-=i-n.- Welch's land lust on the fictional island of Dominada is Delroy Frazer,
..... minister". Delroy was a typical rum-drinking fisherman who literally
had his prayers answered, which caused his conversion to Christianity. He studied
the Bible under Pastor Charles and soon became his star preacher. Delroy was more
in touch with people's everyday dilemmas and moral quandaries than Charles,
whose chief concern seemed to be the building of his 5,000-square-foot house with
a swimming pool. Delroy forms the Dominada Action Movement to try and block
Welch's acquisition of huge tracts of land. With JC's help, they manage to outwit
Welch and limit his purchases to only one estate.
There are many side charac
ters to round out the action.
William Murphy is an offshore A C
banker who is of use to both
Solomon Welch and Pastor
Charles in their quest for
maximum return on invest
ment. Welch wants to priva
tize his company in a series of
offshore shell companies to
avoid taxes, while Charles
wishes to start his own bank.
In an ironic twist, Murphy has
evidence that sends the inno
cent Delroy to jail, but the
case is thrown out of court
and Deli . hero
with a : .... I ... for
downtrodden Haitian refu
gees. Other characters include
the corrupt government min-
ister, Clem H...... .' who
allies himself ,,I, I I' an
Asian African beauty known
as Sooni who works at Mello's
rumshop; Inspectors Botch
and Bungle as well as Sergeant
Balzup, Keystone Cops who
provide comic relief; Reephoff
the lawyer, and Ras Frankie,
an outspoken ganja farmer
and historian. Ras Frankie
tells the true story of United
Fruit's CIA connections in
bringing down the elected
government in Guatemala, as
well as other examples of corporate malfeasance, in an effort to mobilize people
against selling their land to Welch.
The murder of Harrington provides a brief mystery, but the author punctures the
suspense by telling us who the murderer is in the next chapter. It is up to Botch,
Bungle, and Ballzup to destroy the evidence and allow the killer to remain free. This
normally would have a chilling effect on the tone of a novel, but by identifying the
perp the reader finds out the murder was in fact an accident, and because his low
status, a fair trial is out of the question. Once this is established it is far better for
the killer to go free.
In another moral twist, JC and Shirley are not above blackmailing their former
boss, though this is excused because they only wanted a glowing letter of recom-
mendation as yacht crew. JC and Delroy also conspire to bring down Welch in a way
that is not strictly legal, but the reader : them their trespasses because of
their just cause. So what appears on the -.... to be a simple good guy/bad guy
story is muddled somewhat by ambiguity. The tone remains light and breezy
throughout, though at times the action is slowed i, .i ... ....... f Charles,
who in his own way is exploiting the islanders a' ..... I. .- I I. ..., 1 .. rington.
Sunfun Gospel is basically a fun read with moral undertones that do not ruin the
action, but add to the importance of it. The seriousness and timeliness of the issue
of foreigners buying up large tracts of land makes this novel resonate while it enter
tains. The local dialect is well written and the novel shines when it comes to areas
of seamanship, as when JC is on the bridge of the Big Banana Congratulations
Julian Putley; I hope you can get the screenplay produced!
The Caribbean Chestnut
The breadnut fruit can fool you by its appearance,
so closely does it resemble its less bumpy cousin
the breadfruit. But its large, white-fleshed seeds
make the breadnut a unique and flavorful island
delicacy. This is a nutritious treat you'll seldom find
in any restaurant.
In the Caribbean, and especially in Trinidad &
Tobago and Guyana, both the seeds and pulp of the
breadnut fruit are consumed. In the ripened stage, the
seeds are roasted, steamed or boiled and consumed as
a snack. They are chestnut-like in size, composition
and flavor. The fruit is cooked in the green, partially
immature stage as a vegetable.
Breadnut trees (Artocarpus camansi) originated in
Southeast Asia and are believed to have been brought
to the Caribbean 1l-n with breadfruit trees by
Captain Bligh in On some islands they are
known as -h t. in- and are called katahar in
Guyana. The i. .i 11 is a bright green pod usually
five to eight inches in diameter. Unless picked, the
seeds -the breadnuts -will continue to grow until
the fruit bursts open for the birds to enjoy.
The easiest way tL- ni^- breadnuts is to buy the
seeds already t .. i. .... the fruit and cleaned -in
the market or from a roadside vendor. Then boil them
in salted water for about 40 minutes, cool and peel off
both the outer brown shell and the papery inner cover
ing. For something quick and different, peel the boiled
seeds, chop, and saute briefly with butter, garlic and
chadon bene (cilantro). Serve over bow-tie pasta.
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil (peanut preferred)
1/4 teaspoon each cumin seed and mustard seed
1 Cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 bunch chadon bene (cilantro), chopped finely
1 hot pepper, seeded and chopped finely
1 Cup breadnut seeds, boiled, peeled and chopped
2 Cups cooked chickpeas (chana)
1 Tablespoon garam massala
Turmeric and salt to taste
2 Cups water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
In a large frying pan heat the oil with the cumin and
mustard seeds until the seeds start to pop open. Add
the onion and garlic and fry till brown. Add the
chopped tomatoes and simmer until it becomes a thin
paste. Add chadon bene, pepper, breadnuts and
chickpeas with the garam massala, turmeric, salt and
water. (Amount of water depends on the consistency
you desire: less for thick, more for thin.) Simmer for
half an hour. Add lemon juice. Serve with rice.
Option: For an Italian flavor, use olive instead of
peanut oil; substitute oregano, basil and thyme for the
chadon bene and spices; and add more garlic. Serve
Deomatie's Chataigne Curry
One good-sized, partially immature breadnut fruit
2 Tablespoons oil
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon anchar massala
1 1/2 Cups water
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon roasted geera
Halve the breadnut fruit, remove and discard core.
Remove seeds and peel. Strip the surrounding husk
into thin pieces and peel. Wash seeds and husk and
In a good-sized pot heat the oil, and add curry pow
der and anchar massala. As the powder starts to siz
zle, add 1/2 Cup of the water and stir until it thickens.
Add garlic and onion and simmer until it becomes a
thin paste. Add breadnut husk, seeds and salt. Lower
heat and cover.
Cook until mixture '--t 1 _i ,. to stick. Add coconut
milk with remaining i ter and bring to the
boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for half an hour
till the seeds are soft. Cook off all extra liquid. Add
geera and cook five more minutes. Cool and serve.
FOR THE GARDENER
A breadnut tree makes a great addition to any tropi
cal garden that has deep, well-drained soil and ade
quate rainfall. Find someone that has a healthy tree
and check around for shoots near rotting fruit, or try
your luck with seeds. The breadnut shoot can first be
potted and used indoors.
Leave a 20-foot radius clear where you finally put
this tree. Make certain the area is well drained and
away from your septic tank as the roots will invade it.
This tree is best planted where it doesn't get sunshine
the entire day and will enjoy occasionally moist soil.
Plant in a hole worked about a foot and a half deep.
Water during the dry months and every two months
broadcast some starter 12-24-12 fertilizer. A breadnut
tree is very adaptable. Given the right conditions the
tree can reach a spreading 60 feet tall. Cut the center
stem at about 25 feet to have a shorter, fuller tree for
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Wallilabou again! Further to letters in the Readers'
Forums of the March and April 2009 issues of
Compass: I came to Wallilabou on April 27th to do
check-in formalities for St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
A friendly boat boy showed me a mooring and helped
to take a line ashore.
After this he came alongside and asked for EC$10 for
his help with the line and EC$20 for the mooring rental
-plus a cold beer. I paid, and I -. him a cold beer.
The next morning the "owner" i i1. mooring came
and demanded another mooring fee. How many own
ers does one mooring have? I did not pay the second
time, despite being threatened with calling the coast
1. T :i; i1-- filedd away.
1 'I ...- -I of extortion, it's a crime. If not, the
mooring owners and the other boat boys have to learn
to work together and not drive away the yachts from
which they all make their living.
We have been reading with interest all the comments
regarding Customs in Trinidad. It is usually a painless
but necessary ordeal, and we have not experienced an
undue amount of hassle. Hopefully the Ministry of
Tourism will help to figure out how to streamline and
simplify the process.
But this letter is not about that, but about an event
that took place recently in Trinidad. Recently, a cruiser
who was in Chaguaramas passed away while working
on his boat. His wife, who is a friend of mine, was
there. The medical staff did .- i..... ssible to help.
I heard that the hospital -I .1 .- professional,
patient and helpful, but they needed to know how to
proceed after the death was confirmed. My friend was,
1 1 .. 1,... ... 1. 1 .. 1.. ..., .... 1. v sh e
.h ,, 1 I h. ,,, -h ... they
could give her a minute so she could ask her driver and
tour guide -but mainly her good friend -Jesse
James of Members Only Taxi Service. Jesse and his
wife, Sharon Rose, were with my friend at the hospital
-l;n;; ti- -r-lal and stayed with her to help with the
I.. i. -I, needed to make her decisions.
Jesse has been given many accolades and awards for
his outstanding work, but once again, he delivered his
assistance at a crucial time. No .. ...1 ... 1 -1aid
about him and his wife and the I I i i .... .
Ginny and John Hannon
S/V Wind Shepherd
Dear Compass Readers,
Here's another to add to Chris Doyle's list of reasons
to visit Dominica (Compass, May 2009). There is a shop
on Harbour Lane in Portsmouth (the next street back
from Bay Street) whose owner is an absolute WIZARD at
fixing computer problems, both hardware and software.
My husband, John, and I initially met John Bruno
during a casual conversation about our laptop screen
beginning to look like an Etch-a-Sketch. John told us
that replacing the screen was easy, once you had the
correct part in hand. He proceeded to give us instruc
tions -rather th... -.... -1.... that he order the
screen and do the .....- II Iis shop is full of all
sorts of hardware supplies having to do with comput
ers at reasonable prices.
A week or so later, we were back at Town Network
with a computer (the same one) which would not con
nect to the Internet, via either a wireless signal or on
a direct cable. John spent about an hour diagnosing
the problem, sent us back to the boat to back up the
hard drive, and then spent several hours reloading
Windows and the drivers we needed for our various
devices, all the while explaining to John (my John)
exactly what he was doing and why.
John Bruno lived in Florida for many years, obtained
a bacl' 1 1 -- and a master's degree in engineer
ing, .I I I several companies doing network
design and installation, and received a commercial
pilot's license in his free time. He has come back to
Portsmouth, which he left at the tender age of six
when his parents moved to Florida.
So if your computer is acting quirky and you are
near Dominica, stop to talk with John. It may be a
quick, simple fix, and if it is not, he will give you the
S/V Second Millennium
Dear Caribbean Compass,
Admiralty Bay, Bequia, used to be my favourite port
of call in the Eastern Caribbean, and perhaps it still is.
Twenty-five years ago the Ti.... i ...ii lump-up at
the Frangipani Hotel was . ....- i I often by a
chess tournament amongst the resident yacht owners.
The Frangi still has the jump-up, but gone are the
days when a small rowing boat containing a few shy
youngsters would come alongside your yacht once
your anchor was dov-i -. 1 =rn: =-----t =hanties in
close harmony for the .-... I .... L biscuit or
a soft drink. That was traditional Bequia!
There are still many worthwhile places here, and lots
of action, especially during the Bequia Easter Regatta
week. But I found the town of Port Elizabeth is now
falling behind other Caribbean ports, which are mak
S- notable effort to improve their image
.-... .. in Dominica and Soufriere in St. Lucia
are notable examples).
The dinghy dock in town is now very good; the
Belmont Walkway is always clean and pretty; the
water is still clear, and music still floats across the
harbour. However, the centre of Port Elizabeth now
looks uncared for (with some fine exceptions) and the
streets are not as clean as they could be. The charm is
still there, but is marred by a n rll- unkempt air.
The anchorage is often rocky I' ... 11. wash of the
speeding taxi boats, and some of the Bequia ferries
trail a plume of dense black diesel smoke on their
thrice-daily passage -I even saw one steam up the
harbour at more then ten knots and wondered how
many cups of coffee were spilled on anchored yachts.
During Easter weekend I saw more than 80 people
making their way uncomfortably back from Princess
Margaret Beach along the rocky foreshore to the
Plantation House area, now that the time-honoured
footpath over the cliffs has been obstructed.
My crew was enchanted to find a place on a regatta
boat, and I barely saw her for four days. Congratulations
to the regatta organizers and to Heineken and Mount Gay
for some hot races and warm starts to ....... ....
A visit to Chris Doyle (author i I, II
Cruising and Sailors Guides) on his 12-metre catama
ran always brings my current information up to date
ii. i. .i, ,. .... useful tips concerning "boat prob
S...- i.. -i .1 sailing in the Caribbean even lon
ger than I have! Invited out for a sail with him during
ti. .. I was amazed when we beat up to the fin
i-1. i,, I i keeping well out of the way of the racers)
ahead of reputed cruising monohulls. How about a
multihull class next year?
My thanks again to the organizers for a memorable
Easter; it was certainly worth the trip from Martinique.
My wife and I arrived in the Caribbean several years
ago. Having never sailed in the region before then, the
many pieces of advice I received from seasoned
Caribbean cruisers were gratefully received. One snip
pet was that it was imperative that we listen to the
Safety and Security Net on 8104.
The following morning I turned the radio dial and
was introduced to the very scary and xenophobic
world of the American cruiser, where things that go
bump in the night could be a fishing boat touching the
hull loaded with drug and rum-crazed locals intent on
robbery, at the very least. Or a pirogue on the same
heading was a signal to "git out yer gun" just in case.
Or somebody for the hundredth time asked for a
repeat of the position of the oilrig between Trinidad
and Tobago. (I mean, it's only about 200 feet tall and
carries more lights than the average airport.)
I quickly became swept up in this daily soap opera of
-i==. inghies, suspicious characters, and reports
I ... and bays where the citizens lurked in the
palm trees filing their teeth waiting for the next inno
cent victim on his yacht!
I started hauling r 1 1. li the mast. On
a visit to Trinidad's i, -1.I i ,1.1 a sensor that
let off a piercing shriek if anybody on the shore even
looked at my boat with attitude. Plus I super-glued
drawing pins all over boards and placed them in my
boat's potential access points. (My wife pointed out
that this was not one of my better ideas, given my habit
of getting up in the middle of the night to gaze at the
stars while having a pee over the stern. She was, of
course, right. It took about two nights before this rum
soaked idiot was hopping around on the deck scream
ing and r-'in, to prize a chopping board off his foot.)
What I. 11 made me switch the radio off was,
again, an observation made by my wife.
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You see, I had decided that the person who ran this
net had a voice that reminded me of the appalling
Wilma in the Flintstones cartoon. It became my daily
habit, just before the net started, to sing the theme
song. (You remember? "Flintstones, meet the
Flintstones. They're the modern stone-age fam-il
eee...") Then at appropriate, to me, timrD -linri;; th-
SI would chime in with a i' .1
.I .I I On this particular day my beloved said
that if I did not shut up and stop listening to that stu
pid bl_ programme she would remove my bits with
a blunt knife.
Aware that she is not one to make idle threats, that
was the end of my listening days. And you know some-
thing? The Caribbean became a much friendlier place.
Dear Compass Readers,
I'm proud to be able to share with you a short story
of a much loved and admired sailing cat who quietly
passed away on the 20th of March 2009.
Captain Peanuts began his life as a kitten called
Blackie, rescued from the sugarcane fields of Swaziland
in Africa. II . ..l... 1 ..- legacy as aboatcatby
surviving ...- -' II I .1 II.. and numerous bloody
encounters with neighboring wild cats, but always
had the determination to continue. He took full advan-
tage of his multiple lives and kept coming back round
with a new lease and look on life every time.
W 1l. i, 1.. 1. i 1. r .. ..I special he
did .. i .... 11 i I .1. I .I :ad he had
an t ..... I.. I .. .. - I. I I I I Ii
v a ri, . ...... . ...- 1, .. I ....t I I 11
grinning with delight while a terrified pooch cowered
up to a wall. Another trick was his ability to balance
1 i f different shapes and sizes stacked up on his
I... I. They would precariously wobble, up to five
pieces high, as the boat rolled to and fro.
His sixth sense for food made it impossible to bring
any tasty morsel down the hatch, be it mince, fish or
steak. Should the fridge door make a sound, or the
fishing reel pull tight, like a flash he was there
meowing and pawing, asking sooooo nicely for a piece
of the action. He was so consistent that cooking in the
galley became almost unbearable.
And just to show his appreciation, he chose to
smother you with wet sloppy kisses and then curl up
on top of your book, chart, chest or pillow, depending
on what you were doing at the time. I can't say how
many times I have woken up because my neck had
gone stiff, only to find Captain Peanuts fast asleep on
my pillow, purring loudly.
He lives on in memory in the hearts of friends and
foes from all over the world, and in the archives of
foreign newspapers and magazines. He lived a life so
unique and adventurous that most cats wouldn't dare
to dream of it.
I picked up a copy of your publication in early January
and really enjoyed the articles, editorials and letters. I've
put the San Bias Islands on my list of "to visit"!
Although I'm a land traveler, I thought your readers
S1.1 1 interestedd in some of my observations.
ii I" -I two months of my winter away from snow
were spent in Petite Martinique (PM), a tiny island in the
Grenadines with one road along the south coast and two
branches up the hills. The 900 people are truly warm
and friendly, and the four supermarkets have an excel
lent selection of very well priced wines and liquor. The
h i ., I -II ,, I, I I. I , r canr i
II I I I ... 1 1 I ii. ... I ,Iloats
(fishing and dive support) and boatbuilding and repair.
I' .. ... ,,,.-1. enuous hike, walk to the west
en I i I. .I 1.. .. .I. a pasture past tethered cat
tie ... i i.... 1. .1--n: the ridge. The views are
spectacular and it's i..I You'll come down the
steep hill past the lovely Catholic Church where you
would be warmly welcomed on Sundays ("We love you,
yes, we do") and treated to lively music, too!
There are several little shops to the west, and one
owner cuts lettuce when available from her garden.
Gloria generally bakes bread (available about 2:00 in the
afternoon) in her shop on the first paved road heading
up the hill. Near the docks, the Palm Beach Restaurant
has delicious food and a loyal international following.
PM is a really un-touristy island with many sheep,
goats and chickens running free. But be prepared for
road graders and dump trucks, and fast (up to 50
mph!) and noisy Suzukis, and a truck reminders of
the city you thought you left behind. One wonders
what the rush is and why golf carts aren't the norm.
PM is also very close to excellent swimming and a
long beach at Petit St. Vincent, a truly out-of-this-world
resort, with private 1 .. ... excellent dining.
Carriacou I visit I .'. I I- on the school boat
with students in their uniforms riding on the roofl I
.. 1 1 ... ..... I .1 ... 1 ... i 1. Carriacou
S 1 ., .i. I .- i ., m nd in the
shared taxi mini-vans which all start and end in
Hillsborough, some heading to Windward and others to
Tyrell Bay. I did find many more fruits and vegetables
at colorful street stalls and at the Agri Co-op market. I
fell in love with Henviette's baking in the village at the
far end of beautiful Paradise Beach, especially her
"special" bread, which is dense with a real crust.
The month of March I spent on Mayreau (no banks!)
at the idyllic Saltwhistle Bay Hotel, right on the beach,
discreet with its five traditional it-n- r. n']- It i"
picture perfect with the yachts -, i,,. ., I 11. i.. .
Si- 1..,,. very steep road leads up the hill, at the
i I I" '. a gorgeous stone church with a view
from its back of the Tobago Cays.
The village is on the other side of the hill, and there
you have a choice of five or six restaurants and bars
and two supermarkets. One stop, below the cafe at the
end of the village proper, gets fresh bread, fruits and
vegetables three times a week, but don't trust the
posted hours! And if you're hungry, there are rotis or
a barbecue on Saturday at noon. Eileen, a greengrocer
entrepreneur from Union Island, has started ,- ,,,
Mayreau on Fridays at the Rastas with her war. '
also visits PM on Saturday mornings and announces
her arrival with a conch shell blow. On Saturday
-F.-rn = n-r th- F- lovely woman sells her
... i . I .1 I i Vincent, where almost
all the produce is grown.
Mayreau has five lovely beaches. Keep walking down
the hill through the village to Saline Bay where the
Barracuda and Gemstar ferries come in, or head to the
left past the huge power plant (five years ago Mayreau
was without electricity) over to another lovely beach
and bay for snorkeling.
As in PM, there are hiking trails on Mayreau that
could use the attention of a machete or two. From
Saltwhistle Bay on the leeward side we walked the
length of the windward beach to its end and found a
path which took us up and down, through brambles,
over some rocks, near the water and past isolated
bays, with the view of the Tobago Cays becoming
steadily clearer. Finally the long beach on the opposite
side of the island from Saline Bay was reached, and we
trudged past the power plant, up the hill, stopped at
Dennis' for callalou soup and garlic toast, and then
headed back down to Saltwhistle Bay as the sun was
setting. It was a good three-hour workout for a land
starved exercise addict! But it could take all day if you
sat and listened and walked and swam you know
how to enjoy the world.
Local people have, for the most part, been helpful,
kind and respectful, but there have been several unso
licited and blatant propositions. I was informed that it
was my fault, in that I'm Canadian and in the 1960s
and '70s Canadian women were notorious for coming
to the islands looking for black boyfriends. So, if any
of you were there then, a big "no thanks" to you!
The waters are gorgeous, as are the beaches -except
for the garbage and its thoughtless disposal. There seems
to be no recycling program and garbage disposal is a very
real problem. A bottle : 1.. 1 i
would be a start, as woulc ,i ,, ... I-
and a ban on styrofoam and plastic bags and water bot
ties. Both PM and Mayreau lack adequate landfill space
for their own rubbish and certainly don't want other peo
]1 '. T ,:,i ;1 1 .. ;. 1 ; .1 1 ]i;ii 1 ,- th Am erica
.. i i .. i ... .1 .. i i . i ,. .. i 1.11 an d n eeds
visitors' co-operation not to exacerbate their problem.
I've met travelers from many places: an Irish couple
going from island to island on the ferries; an Australian
couple with their three ... i.. i ...... ......
the world; two British g' ...i .. ... i i .
to New Zealand, a life-l i. .... '
six hard-working Dutchmen who "stay alive" because
of their yearly cruises all over our 1 1 1
are down for a week or two, others i ,, -
more, and I met a French Canadian who has been sail
ing for 15 years. Most of the visitors to PM and
Mayreau like places which are off the beaten track or
they wouldn't be here.
You accept the weather: almost always gorgeous,
especially with the showers that fill the cisterns with
rain. Even when there are two days of high winds and
the week-long aftermath of murky water and a bench
strewn with piles of black sea grass, who cares, really?
It's still divine.
The joys of blue skies, cloud patterns, bright stars
and clear moons, long deserted beaches, turquoise
waters, reefs and waves, the wind in the palms, sea
birds fishing, doves cooing, friendly islar. --
search you out on a hike, and warm .,, I .. 1
people -all this will remain in my soul forever.
Dear Compass Readers,
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It is a relief to read in recent letters that Compass is opening up a wider discussion
on yacht clearance procedures. I hope the various Caribbean authorities will take
notice and carry out the major review of the whole process that is now overdue.
Clearing in and out as currently practised (by those yacht skippers that bother) is
the perpetuation of an often-farcical bureaucratic procedure seemingly of Dickensian
origin. With a process as immutable as an ancient religious rite, devising a system
to do the same thing electronically is like translating words from Latin to English
-the content does not change. The process in all its ludicrous glory will remain
unless hugely changed!
As I sit down in yet another "cramped little dusty office" (to quote Larry Jeram
Croft) scarcely able to provide the minimal desk space (but sometimes well chilled by
a/c, with the TV showing test match cricket) I find it difficult to avoid giggling as,
once again, I work my way through the many inconsequential questions and try to
decide which ones really need an answer and which need an answer sufficient to
pass scrutiny. Recently in the Rodney Bay office I was so diverted by an exciting
moment in a test match, I only later noticed (but the Customs officer did not) that I
had quite unintentionally missed out answering many of the questions. What I did
notice, looking towards the TV, was that the rear office wall was lined to the ten-foot
level with boxed copies of past clearance forms, a feature I had also come across in
r -r -tr--i Bahamas, where I had had to work my way into the office past four
I: i 1 i of completed forms to gain access. The scene is reminiscent of (and
as useful as) Indian Railways where reputedly they hold records of alljourneys made
for over 50 years.
Inventing and introducing an electronic form-filling process such as eSeaClear,
however elegant, easy to use and well-considered (and I am not sure that it is well
researched if it cannot be used for checking out, or you still have to see Immigration),
merely serves to perpetuate the present nonsense which has no apparent purpose
other than to frustrate the visiting yachtsman and provide a good income for the
Customs ,, i i-''.' 1 1 ,, people.
Way bac I i i I 11 JK and the Romans well before that), most countries with
a tax system established a Customs department and, later, excise or revenue collec
tion service, tasked to ensure all appropriate taxes were paid by their citizens and,
maybe, their visitors. They chased smugglers with varied success and hunted down
contraband. Forty years ago in the Caribbean when, I remember, rum and all other
goods were moved between islands mostly aboard inter-island sloops and schooners,
Customs might have had a function in this regard: to check that import duties and
taxes were paid. These days a bottle of spirits, and most other more essential items,
costs much the same wherever you buy it (with the possible exception of St. Thomas
where in Kmart good gin or rum is still cheaper than an equivalent volume of mouth
wash). Some may agree that most prices for food and other vital items slowly reduce
as you move through the islands towards Trinidad and then Venezuela. But that
does NOT make smuggling, in the sense ol I ......... i.. Iree or lower-tax items into
a country for landing and resale, an acti I' I ...- .- whose boats rarely have
spare r ... I ., ii, .... .. ...essential. So what about drugs? Most entry/exit forms
handle I11.. I -I ... .1 have any illegal drugs. But who in their right mind is
going to say they have such items, whether they do or not? Maybe only the same
captain who admits, further down in the form, that he has a stowaway!
Repeatedly answering a welter of questions about one's boat, which may or may
not later be transcribed to a computer or inserted in some prehistoric-looking regis
ter or just left in a box -how does that help a Customs officer serve his country or
anyone? How many ---r-n .- -- h-] ever been detected or deterred by this kind of
form filling? Custom- -I .1 ... I ... indicate that most successful apprehensions
of smugglers, drug runners, :i .1 .......... ... etcetera, have come from tip-offs or
intelligence. Virtually nothing .- I',i .... I im yachting tourists lining up in an
office and filling in lengthy forms.
Am I the only one to notice that a significant minority does not clear in and out?
Typically, while at anchor in Bequia this year, a pair of yachts flying St. Lucia court
tesy flags anchored mid-afternoon next to my boat. We notice 1 11 1; 1 .. 1
towards town although their dogs were taken to "exercise" ,.. -I I. .1 .ij .,iI,,I
Princess Margaret Beach at dusk. By first thing next morning the SVG flags had
appeared, the water boat summoned and by mid-day they had sailed on south.
Incidentally, about 20 percent of the boats anchored in Rodney Bay in early March
did not display courtesy flags. Could it just be that some of them did not follow the
rest of the entry procedure either? Maybe they are the same boats without an ade
quate anchor light and perhaps even without any third party insurance? The police
amongst others have long appreciated that if someone flouts one law he probably
disregards others, too!
And what about the pirogues which zip from island to island? Fresh Dominican
produce coming in to Les Saintes, boatloads of visitors going from Union Island to
Carriacou for Carnival, trips to St. Lucia from Martinique for gas during the strike
none of them are -r ---n lni-n ui t- -1--T in/out at Customs i I........ ...
The oft-quoted ,,,, I .. .ii r of"yellowflagging : I i 1. -1 .inds
(but often withor ii. ..- I. I .1 ears also to have become increasingly
popular: "Just stop where you want and put a courtesy flag up if you feel like it."
Most yacht skippers have also worked out that if you are going on to a French island
(and also now Portsmouth, Dominica) you will not be asked for clearance papers
from your previous port, and so you can easily start a new paper trail if you have
somehow "overlooked" clearance elsewhere.
Only in the Dominican Republic and Portugal have officials actually boarded my
boat, and then for no useful purpose. Bermuda remains the only place in my experi
ence where the opening word of officials has been "welcome", said with a smile and
followed by an offer for use of their dock .... 1 .1 .. 1 i1 en t-l-i;. ---r the filling in
of their forms as "You must be tired"! M( -i ii. II. .1- I : I .... I businesslike
at best but sometimes, I am sorry to say, surly and unhelpful. Given that they are
gatekeepers to their country, it is their attitude that makes the lasting impression
and sets the scene for the visit. In Marigot, a few weeks ago, I was directed by the
Customs off' -- t :i the Immigration element of the form to 1. i....... .. I
cer "ifhe 1. -ifnot, to give itbackto him. Well, he I, I i
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Trinidad & Tobago officials long ago established their reputation as being unfriend
ly to cruisers. They have enhanced their position by placing limitations on anchoring
options and times of departure, and charging overtime simply because you arrived
at their country's border, but not their dock, at a time when overtime is charged. In
I i , i ... Scarborough and Charlottesville seem to be involved in some
i i i i..i ii1 makes ...-. i.. I I n the two areas difficult and unpleas
ant. Unfortunate, too, for th I i .. which relies on tourism, when their
hotels are at a record low occupancy rate, that the officials are so discouraging to
cruisers who, according to a study published in the Compass, spend an average of
US$2,200 per boat each month, most of which goes directly back into the economy
at grass roots level. And what about Barbados, where you are usually obliged by
most Customs officers to bring your boat alongside a huge Yokohama fender in the
cruise ship harbour and then clamber up a ladderless wall while leaving your boat
to the mercy of the ever-present swell? Then there is Nevis, where a huge number of
(ugly, some say) moorings have been provided b 11. i.,,.i. i i ,. dangerously
inadequate. The simple message is that there is a . ,I ,, i. I -, those that
make it easy get my vote.
And why is overtime payable? If you clear in or out of Union Island, for example,
at the airport on a weekend where staff are already awaiting aircraft -guess what?
You as a cruiser will be required to cough up an overtime payment.
And what about charterers, who bring a significant income to the islands? Usually
they are on a tight schedule. Does it make sense to keep the charter guests on board
for sometimes up to two hours (yes, I lined up for at least that time in Marigot, St.
Martin, last March, and other places can be the same) while the skipper goes to clear
in? Why make it difficult for these i 1 i ; I 1, ... 1 1 ,,, mey? Charterers
with a deposit to reclaim on their I.... i I .. I ..... 11..h Ih to catch are the
least likely to abscond onto a Caribbean island however delightful -why put them
thro. h J i iI I ......... ...i l i... ii 1 i i ilt h 1- t i _: i : l -
a r e : ,, -. ,,,,I.I I ,hI ... . I .... ..I I. ... I . .. I ..
ash( I1. I. . .. I I Jo are hardly going to be unnoticed and
are likely to want to do so legally!
Few cruisers, I suspect, have a problem with fees as such -that is not the cause
of hassle or delay. Such fees as there are -overtime apart -are mostly reason
able, with the possible exception of Mustique (why part with loads of casi i .
in a rolly anchorage?), the DR where fees have escalated to more than L -
the Bahamas where US$300 for a seasonal cruising license for a 35-foot boat is
over the top for a short transit. And now both sides of St. Martin have joined the
Government officers could see for
themselves, during an actual inter-island cruise,
how ridiculous and unwelcoming
the yacht entry/exit procedures can be
I would suggest that 99.99 percent of cruisers are not smugglers and are not clan
destinely trying to immigrate to an island of their choice. We are paying visitors who
deserve to be given a reception similar to when arriving in a good hotel: polite and
welcoming. That is, if our presence is wanted, and the Tourism Ministers of most
islands proclaim that it is.
Even after negotiating the entry procedure you will need to leave eventually; that
is provided you were not trying to have spare parts shipped in for your boat. Then
Customs appear to want to erect as many hurdles as they can to delay you getting
your stores. They are particularly accomplished in being awkward in Chaguaramas
and Port of Spain, but there are many imitators.
Outbound clearance is just as loopy as inbound, and often demands that you
declare your intention well in advance '1.11ii. 1- L more forms (although usually
the same ones, with "departure" rather, I .... .... .1" ticked) and see the Customs
again. As well as wasting time, the "advance" bit is an issue as offi-- -r-;;i- times
can seriously constrain the options for leaving and fail to take ....I I short
notice decisions (to go or stay) necessarily made on receipt of weather updates. And
why see the Customs when leaving? Did we buy too much/not enough? Martinique
and Dominica have both worked it out that simultaneous check in/out causes the
least hassle and pleases the customer. Why not other islands?
How to improve things? A regional review is quite clearly essential. The review
must be by senior government officials who are above the fiefdoms and self interest
that clearly exist within the Customs service. Charter companies could hcli --
their under-used (at this difficult time) assets to offer invitations to a i i,
government officers so these people can see for themselves, during an actual inter
island cruise, just how ridiculous, unwelcoming, annoying and useless the entry/
exit procedures can be.
One would hope the solution would include a cruising permit issued electronically
on first check-in to any Eastern Caribbean island, which would remain valid for say,
three or six months in all islands, with boat and personal data held on a central
database. A seasonal fee could be matched to the average level paid now and shared
among countries visited. Ultimately a WiFi network in all clearance ports, funded by
an enhanced fee if necessary, would enabl- -h--- ;; in -nd out, and updating if
needed, to be carried out remotely or in ar I I ii ... first permit issue. And
anyone who does not know what a simple ..... .... I1 system is, need look no
further than Martinique.
An easy system such as outlined above would release many officers from menial
office work to apprehend or discourage wrongdoers (drug traffickers or whatever),
make sure taxes are paid, etcetera. Any spare manpower, still funded as now, could
be diverted towards establishing a degree of harbour management now so obviously
missing. Overseeing safe and licensed moorings in appropriate plh ...........
procuring resources such as dinghy docks, and becoming. i 1I .
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third-party insurance for boats and local rules devised and enforced for safety issues
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In Hillsborough we had a couple of days of Carnival with plenty of dancing in the
streets and crazy parades and steel bands, followed by a nice day-sail down to
Grenada. After a pleasant stay in St. George's we set off for sailing, tacking and
anchoring our 300-ton square-rigger all around the Grenadines and Windward and
Leeward Isles -very good seamanship drill for the crew of a sail-training ship like
ours and lots of fun. Both at sea and ashore our gang have been having the times of
their lives here in these islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
From time to time, however, along the beaches, in the waterfront haunts and at
the dinghy docks up and down these sun-drenched isles of the blest we sometimes
-actually quite often -have heard various forms of whingeing about how tough or
bad it is in the Caribbean and more significantly, how much it has changed since
-oh, pick a year, any year, and how it has inevitably changed for the worse some
how from that wonderful year in the past.
After hearing talk like this over many years I have to say that I have little sympathy
and no empathy for these critics and those that bemoan the Caribbean. There seems
to be always some whining about how its all "gone and over" in the West Indies
somehow "it was cool then but it sucks now."
Maybe one's fantasy fell apart when he learned that life is work here, too. Or maybe
Si,,,.. .i tie Caribbean "l t 1- i .. -d as it was before" is just a sideways
I .... .I t. the listener ol 1I ..I .. I "island veteran" status.
Or maybe its just that some folks just don't know how good they have it when they
are having it so good.
Who hasn't been there? But if that negative feeling regarding these superb islands
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is truly how one from some northern nation has come to feel, well, so be it, but then
do get on back home as soon as possible and complain about the islands there.
Perhaps the sufferer will find a sympathetic audience for these complaints back in
Chicago, London or Toronto.
Hey shipmate, that gangway goes down to the quay and towards a taxi as well as
up to the rail to your vessel.
That plane that brought such dissatisfied souls here also flies back north and can
take many a whining sunburned sailor with it. And if you didn't fly but sailed here,
well, you don't have to sail all that way back. Buy a ticket, you can probably afford
it -and nothing gets to windward like a 747.
Or, and this I recommend, you could take another look at the islands. And maybe
take a little peek at yourself, too, and start to really enjoy and embrace this wonder
ful part of the world and make truly great memories starting now.
In my view, the Eastern Caribbean islands are just as sweet as ever. I need to
qualify myself and point out that my sailing and seafaring career began here as a kid
almost 40 years ago sailing in windjammers and charter boats among and between
the Virgin Islands and the Grenadines. We had some good times, let me tell you. Still
today these very same islands still boast fantastic anchorages (some of the very best
in the world), some of the best and most reliable tradewinds to be found anywhere
in any ocean with great sailing reaches, stunning blue skies followed by dazzling
sunsets, excellent weather so much of the time, superb music, beaches, cold beer,
great food, jump-ups, fascinating al, i .,I .... i...tory and art, enchanting
architecture, gorgeous landscapes, I I ....... I II ashore, and on and on.
S..i ii... i. i fishing and swimming are not too shabby either, and the rum is
I would not want to deny anyone their well-deserved and cherished nostalgia.
However, to my way of thinking these islands are not only as awesome as ever but
maybe even just a little bit better than before in many ways. Provisioning is better,
mechanics are better, medical resources are better, supplies are better, communica
tions are better, shipping and transport are better. Being truly in a period well past
the colonial days, islanders have access to better education today and are generally
more prosperous and well-travelled with sophisticated world experiences and views.
Independence has served the islands well. Islanders generally and graciously treat
both visitors and each other as equals, which is the only real way be taken as one,
just be equal.
Sure, it would be nice if development were a bit less on some islands. And sure,
things have changed -it would be great if these West Indies were still inhabited by
traditional island-built schooners trading i ........ i... i ck and forth and with all
that old folksy charm of yore fully intact. I I i ...." at the price of crushing
poverty is not anything I would want to see more of. Every one of our hometowns has
changed too; so be it.
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too much Jack Iron and getting up in the early morning heaving on the anchor
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Does your dog do foredeck? This one does!
Evelyn Drew of S/VAquarelle reports: The Morejohn family Chris, wife Rachel
and daughter Lilly recently sailed Hogfish Maximus from the Bahamas to the
Windward Islands. Another daughter, Kalessin, 19, is now tackling the world on her
own. Chris has been on the water since he was a teen and sailed from California
i.. ...i. i. 1 ... ...a Canal and up to Florida and the Bahamas with his parents' boat.
II f II ....... is named after Lachnolaimus maximus, a type of wrasse with a long
snout. -.. 1 ., i i uilt by Chris, it's a 38 foot engineless, sharpie type shoal draft
sloop. III, ,,I .1 I up, it only draws 27 inches!
Hogfish Maximus with foredeck dog was photographed while I was sitting in our din ghy, tied up to
an anchored boat near the start of the second day's race in this year's Bequia Easter Regatta. They came
.1 ....... 1 1 ...d I found :,, II I I ,. up at the dog, aptly named Bequia, staring down at me! Chris
11 I I'I haven't l .
Rachel says, "We acquired Bequia, the self tacking wonder dog, four years ago in Bequia with the help of
the late Mariann Palmborg of Why Knot fame. Mariann was very much involved with animal welfare in Bequia
and chose Bequia for us out of a five or six week old litter of pot hounds. She thought Bequia was a kind,
well mannered pup.
"Bequia took to the boat very well and swimming
extra well. She's very energetic and a sweetheart who
lets us know if anyone is near the boat. Like most
dogs, she is fascinated by dolphins and whales. She
has sailed the islands from Grenada to the Bahamas,
t.-ri-n 1- n the way at the few ports where dogs are
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1975 German Frers 39ft,
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1981 Cape Dory 30,
US 39.000 St.Lucia
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1992 Dehler 37 CWS.
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1992 44 FT IRWIN SY
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