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1 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Barbados, Grenada, Guyana,
Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago
1 Emancipation Day Sailing Races, St. Lucia. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC),
tel (758) 452-8350, email@example.com,
1 2 Last two legs of Yoles Around Martinique Race. www.tourdesyoles.com
3 August Monday. Public holiday in The Bahamas, Dominica, Montserrat,
St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos, and Barbados (Kadooment Day)
3-4 Public holiday in Antigua & Barbuda (Antigua Carnival) and BVI
3-4 Culturama. Carnival in Nevis.
6 FULL MOON. Independence Day, Public holiday in Jamaica
10 Constitution Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
10 11 Grenada Carnival. Public holiday in Grenada.
15 Feast of the Assumption. Public holiday in Haiti and French West Indies
15- 16 Caribbean Dinghy Championships, Barbados. firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Restoration Day. Public holiday in Dominican Republic
22 Great Race (powerboats) from Chaguaramas,
Trinidad to Store Bay, Tobago
24 Festival of St. Barthelemy, St. Barth. Boat races
28 3 Sept 56th San Juan International Billfish Tournament,
Puerto Rico. www.sanjuaninternational.com
30 Feast of St. Rose De Lima, St. Lucia. Cultural folk festival.
31 Independence Day. Public holiday in Trinidad
4 FULL MOON
6 Bonaire Day. Public holiday in Bonaire. Boat races
6 End of Summer Optimist Regatta, Barbados. email@example.com
7 Labour Day. Public holiday in Bermuda and USVI
8 Virgin of the Valley Festival, Margarita, Venezuela
10 St. George's Day. Public holiday in Belize
16 National Heroes Day, Public holiday in St. Kitts & Nevis
16- 19 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. www.trinidadandtobagofilmfestival.com/
19 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Kitts & Nevis
21 Independence Day. Public holiday in Belize
24 Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago (Republic Day) and Dominican
Republic (Our Lady of Las Mercedes)
26 National Youth Day. Public holiday in Turks & Caicos
26 4 October Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament, Jamaica.
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
Dean Barnes captures Malcolm Lampherefrom the USA (at left)
and Erik Holmbomfrom the Dominican Republic
at the Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta in St. Thomas
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consolidated on a single page for easy reference.
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Yacht Chef Murderer Sentenced
According to reports in the Associated Press, the
man who kidnapped, raped and murdered yacht
chef Sara Kuszak, 36, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico in
February was sentenced in June to 105 years in prison.
Eliezer Marquez Navedo, also 36, had pleaded guilty
to the charges against him.
The pregnant Kuszak was in Puerto Rico to help her
fiance, Cheshire Mclntosh, with the delivery of the
90-foot Derecktor Expedition M/Y Minnow. While jog-
ging one morning she was grabbed and pushed into
the trunk of a car. She made a desperate cell phone
call to Mclntosh from the trunk. Within an hour, the car
and her body were found. Marquez was soon arrested
and he confessed.
According to the AP, Kuszak's killing was similar to
murders that Marquez's mother was convicted of
committing in 1992. Police have since reopened that
case to investigate whether Marquez may have been
Mclntosh said that Kuszak's loved ones were
"relieved to see swift justice served to this violent killer"
but that Marquez should never be evaluated for
parole. Chief Prosecutor Obdulio Melendez said that
Marquez cannot be considered for release before he
is 100 years old.
Grenada's Happy Hour Dock Lime
Anita Sutton reports: The Marine and Yachting
Association of Grenada (MAYAG) held its first Happy
Hour Dock Lime at Prickly Bay Marina on July 7th.
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to cruisers by Laura Fletcher, Chairman of MAYAG
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businesspeople and friends to get together, MAYAG
circulated survey questionnaires to provide feedback
on Grenada as a yachting location.
"We want to find out more about Grenada's yacht-
ing clients..." said Laura Fletcher, Chairman of
MAYAG, "...where they go, how much they spend,
the facilities they use, and what they like and dislike
about Grenada. We have a large summer population
and while we all have ideas about why they are here,
we have no data. This, along with the Grenada Board
of Tourism Survey being conducted at Ports of Entry,
will help us influence government and tourism policy
in the right directions.
"We hope the occasion creates a friendly and wel-
coming atmosphere to yachts coming to Grenada
and gives cruisers a chance to meet MAYAG mem-
bers who are trying to improve the industry we
want everyone visiting our shores to feel at home."
It's early days in the analysis but a few key factors
have already emerged. Overwhelming in the respons-
es are the two major factors that encourage yachts
to spend time in Grenada the hospitality and
friendliness of the welcome they receive from locals,
and the safety of the island.
The survey generated interest from the Grenada
Broadcasting Network, with a half-hour segment on
Klassic AM devoted to the results of the survey and
the benefits yachting brings to the island. The pre-
senter was particularly surprised by the length of time
yachts and cruisers stay in Grenada. While other tour-
ists stay for a week or maybe two, the fact that
yachting visitors often stay for over six months rein-
forces the importance of Grenada, Carriacou and
Petite Martinique offering facilities, services and sup-
port for cruisers.
All boats completing a questionnaire were entered
into a draw, with prizes donated by Island Water
World, Budget Marine and Camper & Nicholson Port
Louis Marina. These were won by yachts Marie
Galante II, Astarte and Asseance.
MAYAG would like to thank everyone who took
the time to fill in a questionnaire so willingly and
enthusiastically, and Prickly Bay Marina for hosting
the event. In order to capture a more complete pic-
ture of the yachting population, MAYAG will be
holding similar events at Le Phare Bleu, Port Louis
Marina and Tyrell Bay, Carriacou.
For more information on MAYAG visit www.mayag.org.
New DR Rules Correction
Frank Virgintino reports: There is one correction to
the changes in procedures for yachts in the
See complete new clearance rules for
the Dominican Republic at
www.noonsite.com/Members/sue/R2009-07 10 1
Dominican Republic as given in the July issue of
Compass. That is relating to being boarded on arrival.
The intent of the new law is to have no more than
two officials board a boat on arrival. This is usually M-2
(intelligence) and Department of Drugs. The Coast
Guard comes with them but stays on the dock. The
announcement published last month indicated that
boats would be boarded if there has been a report of
suspicious activity. That is not the case. All boats are
boarded at this time, which is the way the law is
Trinidad's SSCA Station Says Welcome!
Seven Seas Cruising Association members arriving in
Trinidad are invited to visit the official Trinidad SSCA
Cruising Station co-hosted by Jesse James (Members
Only Maxi Taxi Service) and Jack Dausend (Boaters'
Enterprise Ltd., publisher of the Boaters' Directory of
Trinidad & Tobago).
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Chaguaramas to find out what is going on in Trinidad
Jesse James and Jack Dausend welcome SSCA
members and non-members alike to Trnidad
relating to SSCA activities; to replace your worn-out
SSCA burgee that has been over-stressed on your
Seven Seas sailing adventure; to get a copy of the
current Caribbean Compass; to pick up a free copy
of the "world's best" Boaters' Directory of T&T(includ-
ing maps); or just to say hello. Jesse and Jack would
love to meet SSCA members, as well as to welcome
all other cruisers arriving in Trinidad.
For more information contact
Jack. Dausend@Gmail. com.
Learn-To-Swim Programme in Barbados
Norman Faria reports: As many as half of Barbados s
population of 270,000 people can't swim and the
government is trying to improve the situation with an
eight-week Learn to Swim course over the long
Held under the auspices of the National
Conservation Commission (NCC), which oversees the
S island's lifeguard service, the outreach is tar-
getting both adults and youngsters. The
instructors are lifeguards. The classes are
held on Carlisle Bay Beach where visiting
yachts anchor, and in Folkstone on the west
coast. The first course (another will take
place next year) attracted 200 students from
age ten to 65. The participants will also learn
basic beach etiquette such as recognizing
and obeying lifeguard instructions.
In his opening ceremony address on June
15th, NCC chairman Tyrone Lewis conced-
ed, "For a small country like Barbados, we
do not have enough swimmers." The
Commission's General Manager Keith
Neblett said that about 40 to 50 percent of
the population is unable to swim properly;
they would drown if they ventured into
Mr. Neblett said that the island has a rela-
tively good record in water safety he
thought that fewer than ten persons died
each year from drowning and praised the
lifeguard service as being "very significant".
Marina ZarPar at Boca Chica in the Dominican
Republic has funded an internet site for the Cruising
Guide to the Dominican Republic written two years
ago by Frank Virgintino and now in its third edition.
The site is www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com.
This is the only guide to the entire Dominican
Republic and it is absolutely free. It is currently offered
free at www.noonsite.com and www.ssca.org (the
Seven Seas Cruising Association has recently named
Marina ZarPar as a Cruising Station), but now can also
be downloaded at www.dominicanrepubliccruising-
guide.com in either English or Spanish. The site will
evolve to include additional supports for those cruising
the Dominican Republic.
Selected Upcoming Events
If you've got any steam left after the Carriacou
Regatta Festival, head to Grenada for the culmination
of that island's very special carnival Spice Mas 2009
- on August 10th and 11th. Masquerading on the
Monday opens with J'Ouvert, with old-time costumes,
jab-jabs and more. After J'Ouvert, there is
only a small window for rest and relaxation
before it's off to Monday Nite Mas on the Carenage.
On the Tuesday is the magnificent Parade of
For more information visit
In September, check out the Trinidad & Tobago Film
Festival from September 16th through 19th. The event
presents a wide range of films made by Caribbean
and Latin American people (including those within the
Diaspora), and by international filmmakers whose films
are about the Caribbean and Latin America. Films will
be shown at various venues including MovieTowne in
Port of Spain.
For more information visit
The Montserrat Cultural Centre will be the venue of
that island's first-ever Alliouagana Festival of the
Word Literary Festival, to be held November 13th
through 15th. The festival will feature more than a
dozen prize-winning and internationally recognized
authors. Literary enthusiasts will be treated to a
weekend of presentations, readings and signing by
important authors including Austin Clarke, Merle
Hodge, Rachel Manley, Pauline Melville and
Montserrat's own novelist and playwright Edgar Nkosi
White. Open-mike sessions coordinated by Professor
Carolyn Cooper, workshops by experienced facilita-
tors including Professor Funso Aiyejina and Cherise
Davis Fisher (editor-in-chief at Plume, the online arts
and culture magazine), storytelling and dramatic
presentations, are all part of the activities planned
for the weekend. A calypso review to be led by
Professor Gordon Rohlehr and a calypso extravagan-
za featuring songs from Montserrat's past including
the work of Arrow, internationally recognized King of
Soca, will be part of the celebration of the word in its
For more information visit www.litfestms.
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertiser
Corion Boat Services of Carriacou, in the Market Place
section, pages 43 through 45. Good to have you with us!
Port Louis Marina another great reason to visit Grenada
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Fresh, New and Clean at Grenada Marine
Raquel Edwards, Grenada Marine Office Manager,
reports: Earlier this year, Grenada Marine began the
construction of our new Staff Facilities building. The for-
mal dedication and official handing over of the Staff
Facilities to the employees was held on Friday July 3rd.
The building comprises lockers, showers, toilets, a kitch-
Congratulations! Grenada Marine's management, staj
and wellwishers celebrate the opening of the new
StaffFacilities building. And, ofcourse, the client
facilities have been renovated, too!
enette and an eating/general area. We are quite
excited about the construction of this building, as the
employees were, up to now, temporarily occupying
the area to the rear of the client washrooms.
As the construction of the Staff Facilities building was
in the last stages of completion, we also began a pro-
gram of upgrading and renovating the existing client
washroom building. The facelift included re-tiling of
the shower stalls, new fixtures, installation of a lowered
ceiling for increased privacy, and a full re-painting of
the interior and exterior.
These improvements reflect Grenada Marine's con-
tinuing commitment to providing the best possible ser-
vice and amenities for both our staff and our clients.
For more information on Grenada Marine see ad on
Lots of Good News at Le Phare Bleu, Grenada
Cleanliness and friendliness are in full force at Le
First of all, Le Phare Bleu Marina at Petit Calivigny Bay,
Grenada, now has recycling arrangements in place for
residents, clients and yachts anchored nearby.
The following items are accepted:
* Plastic containers, such as large yoghurt pots and
milk cartons. These are used for painting, varnishing,
etcetera, so please make sure they are washed and
not crushed or split.
* Clean rags, such as old T-shirts, sheets, towels and
* Batteries. These are shipped to Trinidad where they
* Used engine oil. This is disposed of by Sol
Please ask at Le Phare Bleu marina office for the
location of the recycling bins.
Le Phare Bleu also has a fully functioning black tank
pump-out facility. All sewage in the marina and resort
is processed in a three-phase processing plant -
hence the famously clean water in the Marina. Mark
from Island Dreams Yacht Services has noted over the
last two seasons that the bottoms of boats sitting in
the marina remain much cleaner than elsewhere.
But wait, there's more! The Swiss owners of Le Phare
Bleu Resort, Dieter and Jana, have also put together
some unusual events for the summer all based
around friendship. Jana Caniga explains: "This whole
idea came from talking to a friend as we were talking
about the recession and she simply said, we can't
change the economy so let's concentrate on what
we can do to help and that starts with family, friends
and our community'." They view this special period of
time as their 'Friendship Season' with the aim of bring-
ing people closer together and as a reminder that this
economic crisis will come to an end, as is true of
Le Phare Bleu's Friendship Season' includes:
August Special Friendship! Invite your special friend
to the Poolbar Restaurant. Le Phare Bleu will pay for
his or her meal and you share your friendship story with
There's no better time for friendship than now, and Le
Phare Bleu Marina announces Friendship Season'
them. Application required, see www.lepharebleu.
com for details.
August Family & Friends Accommodaiion! For the
month of August Le Phare Bleu is dramatically reduc-
ing their accommodation rates to enable friends and
family of Grenadians and Grenada to return and
enjoy the Carnival atmosphere. Stay in one of their
beach villas or apartments for ECS140 plus tax, per
person, per night, three night minimum stay.
September The Friendship Table! Make new friends
while enjoying a freshly prepared selection of deli-
cious curries at our Friendship Table every Wednesday
and Thursday evening in the Poolbar Restaurant for
ECS45 including service charge and tax.
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unique performances when musicians invite their artist
friends for a concert at the Poolbar Restaurant. Pizza
and beer shared between two for ECS25 per person.
August through November Friendship Fund! Dine at
the fine-dining restaurant Vastra Banken (the lightship)
and five percent of all bookings will be donated to
your choice of the Rotary Club of Grenada or the
Ministry of Social Development. Both organizations
help the less fortunate. Extra donations appreciated.
For more information see ad on page 22.
More reason to go there! Marina ZarPar, located on the
south coast of the Dominican Republic near the town
of Boca Chica, is offering a special discount to
Special Offer at DR's Marina ZarPar for
Here's another good reason to have the Compass
aboard. Marina ZarPar, the Dominican Republic's
newest marina, which specializes in catering to cruis-
ing boats, has announced that it will provide ten per-
cent discount off the published rates (see www.mari-
nazarpar.com) to any arriving boat that can produce
a copy of Caribbean Compass!
The marina is located at 1825.50N, 6936.67W near
Boca Chica on the south shore of the Dominican
Republic. The international airport, Las Americas, is just
seven miles to the west and has daily flights to most
major destinations. The marina has 150 well-designed
new slips with free water and WiFi.
For more information see ad on page 12
Didier Becomes IGY's Southern
Island Global Yachting (IGY) congratulates Cuthbert
Didier in his new role for the company, as he leads
community and government relations in the Southern
"We would like to thank Cuthbert Didier for his many
years of exemplary service at the Rodney Bay Marina.
He is practically an institution at the property, and was
vital in our recent redevelopment of the marina," said
Charles Garner, president of IGY. "Although he will be
missed at the marina, we are so excited to now have
him serve as an ambassador for IGY on St. Lucia and
throughout the Southern Caribbean." (See related
article on page 10.)
IGY acquired the Rodney Bay Marina in 2007, and
recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation.
The Rodney Bay Marina features 248 fully reconstruct-
ed slips and a new mega-yacht pier offering 32 berths
with the highest quality of support facilities for mega-
yachts up to 250 feet in length. A leading center for
yachting, sailing and sportfishing, the Rodney Bay
Marina also offers a 4.5-acre boatyard and is situated
in a well-protected hurricane hole.
For more information visit www.igy-rodneybay com.
Upgraded Services at The Marina
at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
While the economy has led many to reduce rates,
The Marina at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia has also
upgraded its concierge services to assure clients that
their every need will be met beyond expectations.
Clients are welcomed with a fresh bouquet of flowers,
locally manufactured rum and details of every facility
available to them in Marigot Bay and St. Lucia.
Concierge services include hotel bookings, restaurant
reservations, land taxi arrangements, car rental servic-
es, flight bookings, tours and excursions, floral arrange-
ments and onboard entertainment organization.
If you're making last-minute decisions about summer
berthing arrangements, remember that The Marina
Hurricane Plan has been approved by all insurance
companies that have vetted it. The docks are
designed to support 120-foot yachts in 100-knot winds.
Moorings are on eight- and 16-ton concrete weights
imbedded in the silt bottom of the bay. No yachts
have been damaged by wind or sea conditions in the
inner part of Marigot Bay since records began.
For more information visit
St. Lucia's Marigot Bay makes an attractive summer
time alternative, with natural hurricane protection and
upgraded marina services
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Cuthbert Didier is well known in the Caribbean yachting commu-
nity as the long-time manager of Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia.
He has recently left that position to lead community and govern-
ment relations in the Southern Caribbean for Island Global
Yachting, a company that owns, develops and manages marinas
worldwide. Cuthbert talks with Compass about his new role and
his visionfor yachting in the Caribbean.
'I always say that
when God made
these islands he
said, "Come, let
there be yachts!"'
CC: As a young St. Lucian, you joined Rodney Bay Marina as accountant in 1986
and rose to become the company's General Manager. Were you interested in boats or
sailing before working at the marina? Tell us a bit about your background.
CD: I started at Rodney Bay Marina with a charter company called Starlight
Charters. In fact I was a tax officer before starting in the yachting industry, but yachts
always had the lure of freedom and untamed limits for me.
I worked for that charter company for one year before they moved to St. Maarten.
During the move, Rodney Bay Marina's owner, Arch Marez, approached me on a
Saturday to become the accountant at the marina; by Monday I started the job. Arch
wanted someone to build the accounting department, and as I had a strong tax back
ground at age 17, he picked me.
I am an economist by profession, having studied at George Mason University, the
University of Wisconsin and Wharton Business School. My major was in Economics
and Labor Management. I have also attended the Advanced Marina Management
School of the International Marina Institute and numerous university courses relating
to marina management. In 2000 while at Rodney Bay Marina, I did several ground
breaking studies for the UNECLAC (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean), which quantified the economic impact of yachting in the
OECS islands. In 2005 I completed a study on hotel taxation and operating costs for
the Caribbean Hotel Association.
CC: In much of the Caribbean tourism industry, including the yachting sector, top
-n -.rnt positions are filled by non-Caribbean nationals. Why was your situa
S 1.11 -, .i 'Would you advocate management training programs in the yachting
sector? Why or why not?
CD: Yes indeed, my situation was very different in that I had a personal relationship
with the owner of Rodney Bay Marina and his family. Arch took a personal interest in
me and encouraged me to explore higher training. In fact, hefinanced two years of my
bachelors' degree. It was always his intention that after I got qualified I would return
to improve the business and help him get a return on his investment.
Yes, I strongly advocate management training programs in the yachting sector. There
is no reason, given the natural resources in all these islands for great marinas and
boatyards, that we should not have qualified persons from the region managing these
sites. Being from the region gives a different perspective to the management angles,
especially when dealing with cultural issues which impact labor and government rela
tions. Several years ago I did a strategic paper for the Marinas Association of the
Caribbean (now the Caribbean Marine Association) and one strong recommendation
was a regional management school to groom marina managers from the region.
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CC: Island i I .1 . i.1.... (IGY) acquired the Rodney Bay Marina in 2007. Your
new position .11. 1 . - ... "ambassador" for IGY, leading community and govern
ment relations in the Southern Caribbean region. There has also been talk about a
new position with the St. Lucia Tourist Board, also having to do with yachting.
If you took a snapshot today of the yachting sectors in the Northern and Southern
Caribbean, what would you see as the main differences? Would you define any of
these differences as strengths or weaknesses?
CD: The yachting sector in the north differs from the yachting sector in the south for
First off the northern yachting sector is mature, having been a charter driven prod
uctfor years. The BVI, St. Maarten, St. Barths andAntigua have always been stronger
charter bases. While the infrastructure has only recently been developed, the yachts
which ply these waters have always been charter driven. This has created natural
expansion of the services which are needed to support this charter driven product.
However, in the south, with the exception of Martinique, the yachting product is
driven mostly by cruisers. Even though the Grenadines are the biggest yachting
I i 1 ... ii, world, most of the charters do not originate in St. Vincent. And
*I ... i... i I st ten years or so have we seen the development of yacht charter
While the north has a stronger customer focus on the chartering aspect, the south
has always been cruiser driven. However, the two have complemented each other and
helped the entire Eastern Caribbean develop a unique yachting product in the world.
CC: You have said (in 2005), "It is time for us to recognize that our competition in
.I i,. ,, ,. ,- is not among ourselves in the Caribbean, but rather with other
S. i 1 1 Once the Caribbean can do that successfully, then the yachting
product will improve in terms of services and investment." How will your IGY man
date for the Southern Caribbean area mesh with this regional aim? What are the
S .I I ... ....... i .. .. i .1.. .., .. i with destinations such as the
S- i .. .- 1 ., 11 literranean?
CD: I see my new mandate as helping implement best practices, both recommended
and learned, in all IGY Marinas. Once we have a uniform approach for dutyfree fuel,
importation of spares, creating seasonal events, etcetera, then the southern region
will become a stronger yachting destination. Yachting in the Southern Caribbean has
always taken a back seat to the cruise ship industry, however with a brand of
marina from IGY having the same focus, I know that will change. Governments will
pay more attention!
The Caribbean's main weakness, in my opinion, is the fallacy of this hurricane expo
sure. Every year hurricanes come off Africa and head to the eastern seashore of the
United States; however we are the ones that are plagued with this insurance advisory
for named storms. Also another weakness is the inconsistency in Immigration and
Customs policies. We need to have hasslefree systems which encourage persons to
stay, sail our waters and spend more time in this part of the Caribbean.
Our big strength is the diverse island cultures and the unique sailing waters. I
always say that when God made these islands he said, "Come, let there be yachts!"
CC: What is your ideal goal in your new position? Who will benefit? Give some
specific examples of what you hope to do to accomplish this goal.
CD: My ideal goal is to use the template I have used in St. Lucia, which is to reach
out and educate and engage the government agencies which help facilitate yachting in
all these islands. Of course by doing so, we all will benefit IGY marinas and the
islands -through greater revenues.
For example, I want to work on the mini-rally concept which the OECS secretariat
started, a rally that will encourage yachts to visit each island and view all these mari
nas as one destination rather than competing destinations. Also, creating yachting
events which merge with present music events will help market local talent specific to
the islands and marinas (such talents can home base at these marinas, becoming part
of the product and experience). The IGY marinas should become key partners in tour
ism in all these islands.
CC: Do you care personally about the yachting sector, or would you be equally
happy working in another sector?
CD: To say I care is an understatement. I have given 25 years of my life to working,
advocating and developing the yachting product in the Caribbean. I care very much for
Caribbean yachting. If I do work in another sector I will always explore links to connect
that sector to yachting, no matter what it is.
CC: What would you pinpoint as the major needs of the Caribbean yachting
CD: The major needs for Caribbean yachting are:
Hasslefree Customs and Immigration policies
Better and more efficient law enforcement on the water
More skilled vendors servicing the yachts in the region
The need for Caribbean governments to fully appreciate the economic value
CC: Can the yachting sector benefit from the global economic downturn? If
CD: The yachting sector can benefit from the economic downturn. This sector must
learn from the land based tourism industry and take the time during these tough times
to control costs and focus entirely on the demands of the customer. In these times, if
we learn how to be lean and efficient but customer friendly, we will not only survive
but also win new markets.
CC: What trends do y .. .... .1 .. ..1 .. i .i .. and demographics?
CD: I see the region .. .... .... i .,.1. ~I, marinas and boat
yards. The present legislation on all the islands does not fully facilitate this growing
We need more modem Yachting Acts which interface with the Shipping Acts.
Grenada is an excellent example.
I see within the nextfive years more yachts of all sizes in this region. The challenge
will be to control carrying capacity at each marina as these islands continue expand
ing. The yachts are getting bigger and more demanding of marina services such as
electricity and waste disposal. While this is a business opportunity, it can also be an
environmental challenge. The marinas and boatyards must become more eco friendly.
CC: Is there anything else you would like to say?
CD: Yes. The time has come for all the island nations to now have Ministries for
Yachting. This industry can't be serviced by limited presence on tourist boards. The
yachting sector needs its correct place in the halls of government.
CC: Thanks very much, Cuthbert, for sharing your insights with Compass readers.
We wish you all the best in your new endeavors.
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HIGH-CALIBER OF YOUNG TALENT
By Carol Bareuther
Eighty-two seven to 15-year-old sailors from 13
nations and territories -Barbados, Bermuda, the
British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Dominican
Republic, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten,
Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, the USA, Venezuela and all
three US Virgin Islands -competed in the 17th
Annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta,
sailed out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club from June
19th to 21st.
Ten-year-old Abigail Affoo from Trinidad & Tobago
was one of those sailors. Affoo not only followed a fam-
same time, we had all kinds of conditions. Light in the
morning, heavier in the afternoon, and huge swells
that the kids surfed. It is a marvelous venue to prepare
the sailors competing in the Optimist North Americans
in the Dominican Republic in a few weeks."
The Sea Star Clinic and Team Racing Championships
preceded the Scotiabank International Il i- I... i ,1
"The clinic was really good," said I ,. i
Donovan. "I learned different i...... little tricks, that
helped me to get my boat to i .-I It really helped
me in the regatta."
1) Alex Sly, USA (42)
2) Christopher Williford, USA (49)
3) Ian Barrows, St. Thomas, USVI (66)
1) Arthur Fortune, Guadeloupe (45)
2) Owen McNeil, St. Thomas, USVI (184)
3) Remain Screve, USA (205)
II I .. IiI Trinidad (247)
-_ ,i I USA (339)
3) Thomas Walden, St. Thomas, USVI (400)
1) Juan Diego "'- .- Puerto Rico (26)
2) Kenley Ryan i (53)
3) Savannah Baus, Puerto Rico (58)
Left: Junior sailors from 13 nations and territories gathered in St.
Thomas for hot single-handed boat racing
Below: Overall winner, the USA's Alex Sly
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have raced in this regatta -but she took home a tro
phy for--;;;;;; 1. . I n-and-under White Fleet.
"It wa- l.... s 1 whose smile says a thou
The race for first overall is one that took an abrupt
turn in the very last race. The USA's 13-year-old
Christopher Williford' .i I... ,i. pack allweekend
until an "over early" i I. I... .I . e, which put him
behind and led fellow USA sailor, 15-year-old Alex Sly,
to take over the lead and also win the 13-to-15-year
old Red Fleet.
"I just waited until the end to do something," says
Sly, who combined good starts and consistent scores
to stay near the top throughout the regatta.
Meanwhile, Arthur Fortune, from Guadeloupe, fin
ished second overall and first in the 11 to-12-year-old
"There was a lot of talent out there on the water this
weekend," says chief judge, Don Makowiecki. "Every
year the competition gets better and better. At the
The clinic was packed with skilled sailors, including
two former South American champions as well as the
US Worlds team.
Agustin "Argy" Resano, USVI National Opti Coach
and organizer of the Clinic and Team .. Event
with other Optisailors.com coaches, say- 1 1 clinic
was very intensive with a strong emphasis on starts,
strategies and tactics since most Caribbean sailors
.1 .. ... i1.. clinic do not have the opportunity to sail
.11. i 11i too often."
Thirteen teams of four junior sailors each took to the
seas off St. Thomas's east end to compete in the 2009
Sea Star Team Racing Championships. At the end of
the day, it was Team US Virgin Islands (USVI) that
"In the past, every time we lost we'd learn from our
mistakes and get better," said Kyle Brego, one of the
champion Team USVI sailors. "This year we had some
new team members and practiced a lot. It paid off."
Team Puerto Rico and Team USA finished second
and third, respectively.
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Opti Kids Take Klein Curagao Challenge
On June 13th, nine Optimist sailors between 11 and
15 years of age challenged themselves to sail in
Curagao Opti sailors setting out
on a 30km voyage
Optimist dinghies from the offshore isle of Kein
Curacao to Curacao a 30 kilometre crossing on
open seas with high waves and strong winds.
Why? Firstly, to make people more aware that
around Curacao are splendid waters, which should
be used to the fullest. Secondly, to show that children
are able to do more things than one frequently thinks.
In addition, this was intensive training for the North
American Optimist Championships (Optinam) 2009,
with an emphasis on the downwind technique. And
finally, to raise money to participate in Optinam 2009
which was held from June 30th to July 8th in the
From Curacao, the kids and their boats embarked
on the motor vessel Mermaid for Klein Curacao. After
a briefing by coach Martin Jenkins, the sailors depart-
ed Kein Curacao aboard their Optimists at around
11:00AM, accompanied by five rescue boats. The con-
ditions were Force 4 to 5 with waves between 1.70
and 1.90 metres (five and a half to six feet) in height.
With just a couple of capsizes and nosedips, all sailors
reached the Lions Dive Hotel safely at around 4:30PM.
Kevin van Otterdijk (age 14), Kevin Maas (13), Jarrik
Bijsterbosch (13), Eugene (15) and Louis (13) Hendrikx,
Deion (13) and Jorden (11) van Rooijen, and Just (13)
and Odile (11) van Aanholt can be very proud
At the beach, parents, family, friends, sponsors and
the press welcomed the team. Mr. Millerson and Mr.
van Wilgen of the Netherlands Antilles Olympic
Committee presented the AHO flag to the team, con-
gratulated them and wished them good luck at the
The Optinam 2009 team is sponsored by ENNIA,
Banco di Caribe, DAE, Lions Dive Hotel, CMTC,
Curagaose Wegenbouw Maatschappij, Elite Dry
Cleaning, Firgos Bonaire, Firgos Curacao, Hemingway,
Livingstone, Mermaid, Onsoftarch, Sambal,
Seaquarium, Wet & Wild & Willemstad NV.
For more information contact
marjolein, van. aanholt@gmail. com.
Sea Hawk Tops Quantum Sails IC24 'Worlds' in Tortola
They say the IC24 was conceived as a boat that
could be comfortably sailed by families, and the crew
of Sea Hawk proved that over two days of racing in
Tortola. June 13th and 14th. sweeoina to a 12-Doint
BVI based IC24s in close competition
at Quantum Sails 'Worlds'
margin of victory after ten races in the Quantum Sails
International Regatta, organized by the Royal BVI
Yacht Club. Skipper Michael Hirst sailed with wife
Sayula, brother Robbie, and Becky Paull-Rowlette and
Mark Stephenson. This crew did not have it all their
own way, as other boats won five of the ten heats; at
the end of the day consistency came through as Sea
Hawk finished lower than second only once.
Local teams raced all the eight boats in the fleet.
Local Quantum Sails manager Kevin Wrigley
explained, "While boats from other islands were
unable to come this year, the competitors were none-
theless international in nature, including BVlslanders,
Scots, Irish, English, Kiwis and Americans."
On the Saturday, Chris Haycraft's Latitude 19, with
family crew of Bob and Kara Phillips, won the first
race. The Hirsts took the next two, but as the after-
noon held stronger breezes, a slip down to fifth place
in one race made Sea Hawk seem suddenly vulnera-
ble. Latitude 19 posted finishes of 3, 3 and 2 to end
the day just four points back. Individual race wins
were also posted by George Lane aboard Grey Ghost
and young Olympic aspirant Alec Anderson on Lime.
The Sunday brought fresher breezes. Team Lime had
two wins and a second, setting up a final-race battle
for second overall. Young sailor Donte Hodge strug-
gled the first day aboard Intac but showed a definite
improvement on the second. beating several older
and supposedly wiser heads.
For the final race, Committee Chairman Guy Eldridge
and his team ran the three-lap course. While Sea
Hawk's victory was secure, Latitude 19 was one point
behind Lime, and Latitude 19 would have had to win
with one boat between himself and Lime to take sec-
ond place. At the end Lime slipped past Andrew
Waters' Concherer, the last intervening boat, to tie
Latitude 19 on points and take second place by virtue
of having won three races to Latitude's one.
For more information contact visit www.rbviyc.com.
St. Lucia YC's Opti Championship and Fun Day
On June 13th, 13 of the island's top under-15 sailors
battled it out for the second annual St. Lucia Optimist
Championships, demonstrating skills learned from
coaches Rob Hemming, Chris Lowe and Katie Yeo at
the St. Lucia Yacht Club's Youth Sailing Programme.
The morning's schedule was for three races, and driv-
ing rain with squalls of up to 20 knots made for tough
racing on an Olympic-type course. Marcus Sweeney
(13) had two strong victories, and then Stephanie Lovell
(13) took the third race in the morning, followed closely
by Thomas Meixner (13) and Marion Bardies (14). The
afternoon saw the weather change to sunny skies and
steady winds, making the racing very competitive.
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spending time at the front.
Going into the last race, the overall trophy was still
up for grabs with Marcus barely ahead of Stephanie.
Marcus had a terrible start and had to battle back
from well down the fleet. Stephanie did everything
she could to take the lead from Marion on the second
lap and went on to win the race. Alas, it wouldn't be
enough, as Marcus showed the perseverance of
champion and climbed all the way back to finish sec-
ond and take the overall title. Stephanie took the
Girls' Trophy, and Luc Chevrier sailed a consistent
regatta to take home the 11 & Under Trophy.
A week later, on June 20th, 28 sailing kids from the St.
Lucia Yacht Club Youth Sailing Programme showed
up to have some extra fun at sea and on the beach
at the SLYC End of Term Fun Day. Four teams were
formed: Solar Powered, Schizophrenic Pathogens, Blue
Tied and Grasshoppers. Sailing Programme
Administrator Lily Bergasse headed the organization.
The day started off with trivia questions, including
"How old is the Yacht Club?" (45 years!) and "Who is
the Commodore?" (Charles Devaux). The kids then
had to make a balancing "sculpture" with recycled
material not as easy as they thought! An obstacle
course combined running, crawling, swimming and
human wheelbarrow wearing four buoyancy aids.
Needing a break from the heat, the sailors then
retreated to the TV screen for Coach Rob's last lesson
on mark rounding, based on video footage of the
previous week's Opti racing.
In the afternoon, the games continued with rigging
boats, boat racing and a flag race. The Fun Day's
winning team was the Schizophrenic Pathogens.
A special presentation to departing coaches Rob
and Katie on completion of their contract with SLYC
was made by Lily Bergasse. She made the point that
the training sessions had been outstanding: this year
SLYC had 40 sailing kids!
For more information visit www.sluciayachtclub.com.
T&T Female Dinghy Skipper of the Year Wins Big
in St. Thomas
Hours after ten-year-old Abigail Affoo received the
trophy for Best Female Dinghy Skipper at the Trinidad
& Tobago Sailing Association's yearly prize-giving on
June 13th, she and her father, Joseph Affoo, were on
their way to St. Thomas, USVI for the 17th Scotiabank
International Optimist Regatta (see full report on page
12). After an intensive three-day clinic, Abigail Affoo
and 73 other sailors competed in three different age
groups to determine this year's Red, Blue and White
Abigail competed with 15 other junior sailors in the
St. Lucia Optimist
Ten year oldAbigail Affoo from Trnidad trounced the
White Fleet competition in St. Thomas
White Fleet and beat her competitors in eight out of
the 12 races thrashing second-place winner Wiley
Rogers from the USA with a 92-point difference! At the
end of the regatta Abigail not only took home first
prize in the White Fleet but also placed herself in the
top 25 by finishing 24th overall, leaving many older
sailors behind her.
Abigail Affoo once again left Trinidad & Tobago
along with fellow Trinidad & Tobago Optimist team
members Derek Poon Tip and Kelly Arrindell and
coach Mathew Schoener-Scott, to represent her
country at the 2009 North American Optimist
Championship in the Dominican Republic in late June.
The Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association would like
to thank the Sports Company of Trinidad & Tobago
Limited for their continued support.
For more information contact
Heineken Regatta Curagao Has New Website
The new website of the Heineken Regatta Curacao
- www.heinekenregattacuracao.com has
As the organization of the Heineken Regatta
Curacao is improving on every point possible, so is the
website. The new website is better structured, more
user-friendly and the design is smoother. When you
visit the site you really get into the mood for the sec-
ond edition of the Heineken Regatta Curacao on
November 6th through 8th.
This year you can also sign up to Twitter so you will be
the first to know all new developments and news
updates on the Heineken Regatta Curacao 2009.
Fifth Annual Golden Rock Regatta for November
The Fifth Annual Golden Rock Regatta will be held
November 11th through 17th, hosted by the island of
Statia (St. Eustatius). The Golden Rock Regatta
includes races from St. Maarten to Anguilla, Anguilla
to St. Martin, St. Martin to Statia, and Statia to St.
Maarten. Participants from the surrounding islands are
invited to join in at any point of the regatta.
This year's classes are Open Spinnaker, Open Non-
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sels must be chartered from recognized fleets and
only gear normally supplied by the company will be
allowed no spinnakers, poles or second headsails
are permissible. However, beer coolers are always
acceptable, and the costs of post-race sponsored
parties and dinners are included in the entry fee.
There are two monohull charter classes and a multihull
class. Each charter vessel is pre-rated according to
the Caribbean Sailing Association rating rule, and the
different legs are individual trophy races and a team
can race in any or all of them.
For more information visit www.goldenrockregatta.com.
Jolly Harbour YC Introduces Dinghy Sailing For All
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in Antigua is now offering
regular dinghy pleasure sailing, training, and racing
throughout the year at the north end of North Beach,
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S i two Sport 16s,
one Hobie 16, two Topper International One Designs
and one Finn. Anyone wishing to sail will first need to
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in Antigua is now offering
regular dinghy pleasure sailing, training, and racing
throughout the year
demonstrate a suitable level of competence to the
instructor. Participants must also be able to swim 25
yards with a buoyancy aid, to be worn at all times on
or in the water.
Pleasure sailing and practice is Saturday afternoons
from 1:30PM to 4:30PM. Adult and junior dinghy sailing
instruction is Sunday mornings from 9:30AM to 12:30PM.
Every Sunday afternoon from 1:30PM to 4:30PM there is
a series of Laser Races with up to four boats compet-
ing. Match races can be staged for crews in the Sport
16s or for individuals in the Toppers. The course is a
nice reach, upwind, downwind course that takes
about 15 minutes to sail. On the beach, while all this is
going on, JHYC sets up a barbecue for all bring
your own food to cook, and your drinks. It is a fun
A nominal fee is charged for these sessions and the
proceeds go to the Youth Sailing Program, which
offers free dinghy sailing instruction to Antiguan chil-
dren between the ages of eight and 18.
JHYC gratefully acknowledges the help and support
of many individuals and Antiguan companies, but,
particularly Anjo Insurance, A&F Sails, The Foredeck
Bar, Sugar Ridge Developments and Signpro.
Book a boat with Pippa Pettingell at (268) 722-8468
or pippapeftingell@hotmail. com.
St. Thomas YC's Rolex Regatta 2010
The dates of the 37th running of the St. Thomas Yacht
Club's International Rolex Regatta (IRR) are set: March
26th through 28th, 2010.
This regatta is not only the oldest uninterrupted sport-
ing event in Rolex's global portfolio but also one of
the most professionally managed of the spring circuit
regattas in the Caribbean.
"We welcome all types of boats, many of which sail
under the CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) rule,"
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said Event Co-Chair John Sweeney, "and we also are
one of the few regattas in the Caribbean to host IRC-
specific classes. I'm happy to say it has caught on
quite well and we are planning for an expanded IRC
fleet again next year." IRR remains a part of the
US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.
IRR directly precedes the BVI Spring Regatta and
Sailing Festival, and the two events make up Virgin
Islands Race Week.
Along with Island Global Yachting, USVI Tourism is a
sponsor. The St. Thomas Yacht Club wishes to also
thank Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel, Mount Gay
Rum and Heineken, supporters of the event.
For more information visit www.rolexcupregatta.com.
Wind Shifts Commandeer Caribbean One-Design
Ever-changing winds over the weekend of June 20th
and 21st created challenges for competitors in the 8th
Annual North Sails Caribbean One Design Keelboat
Championships. Competition was intense, and in the
end the difference between first and second place
was only 0.7 of a point. Eighteen races were sailed
over the two days, with 12 teams competing in eight
boats, allowing four teams a break between races.
The teams raced Sun Fast 20s in Simpson Bay Lagoon,
Competing teams were from around the Caribbean,
with sailors including Simon Manley and Frits Bus of St.
Maarten, and Markku Harmala of St. Barths sailing 12
races each (18 total races for the fleet), allowing
each team to drop one race from the results for the
first time ever. The rules knowledge of the sailors was
high, resulting in very little contact and dissension, and
starts were at a consistently high level with boats lined
up right across the line.
The points score was more compact than in most
regattas, in spite of the leaders pulling away on points
overall. They all spent many moments in the pack try-
ing to break out, with some found on the scorecard in
as low as tenth place. A great many sailors had a
place in the top three at different times.
The eventual winner was Markku Harmala, Team St.
Barth Libre, with 27 points. Frits Bus's Team Aqua Mania
placed second with 27.7 points. Third place went to
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Shifting winds challenged regional sailors at the
Caribbean One Design Keelboat Championships
in St. Maarten
Simon Manley's Team Scuba Shop, with 33 points.
For more information contact
59th Ernest Hemingway Billfish Fishing Tourney, Cuba
Twenty-one teams participated in the 59th Ernest
Hemingway International Billfish Fishing Tournament,
held out of Havana, Cuba, in late May. They sailed to
the Gulf Stream to fish in the "Hemingway Mile"
between Morro Castle of Havana and Cojimar,
Hemingway's old fishing haunt. The event attracted
120 participants from 12 countries, including Russia,
France, the United States, the United Kingdom, the
Czech Republic, Canada, Spain and Holland.
The French crew of Marlin Xwon the tournament,
with 1,000 points and three catches, followed by Wet
Dream of the United States in second place, and
Havana of Spain in third. This was Marlin X's third over-
all win for the event, which engraves the team's
name on the tournament cup. Another French com-
petitor, Francois Gerard April, won the award for the
first catch while Team 18, aboard the English boat
Marlin XI, won the award for the biggest catch
The 60th Ernest Hemingway International Billfish
Fishing Tournament will take place from May 24th
through 29th, 2010.
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International at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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O N E of the benefits of getting a reputation as a Full Blown
Traveler is having people ask what you've been up to lately
and then actually stay tuned in to hear the answer.
I often find myself obliged to tell the same tales many times. Fortunately, I'm not
easily bored talking about myself. I also feel a strange sense of duty to entertain
those less fortunate. Call it verbalphilanthropy. It's the karmic price I pay for splash
ing around in the Caribbean as if it were my bathtub, again and again, while others
have to make do with drooling over island-themed screensavers in their cubicles.
A few friends and acquaintances are bitter. These ask where I'm going next and
then scrunch up their faces as if con
stipated. As if to say I wouldn't go there
if you paid me to. But I never encoun-
tered as much facial constipation as
when I told people that Yllithia and I C ru\
were going on our first cruise. And I
meant cruise, as on a cruise ship.
"Cruise ships are for the newlywed
and the nearly dead," we heard. Many
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mended the souffle by holding a gun to
your head. And more than one person t
exclaimed, "That's not your style!" is th e C
I happen to be well aware of what my
style is, and agree. My style isn't com-
patible with luggage featuring handles by Rya
or wheels (I tote a backpack). My style
has a stomach that churns at the
thought of "formal night." My style is
whimsical the opposite of being told when I
may leave and when I must be back or else.
But guess what: my style isn't dressing up as
a drag queen cheerleader, either, but one i
Halloween I did it anyway. Yllithia and I booked
this cruise just for fun. And also because the
itinerary had us hop-scotching between five
Caribbean islands we'd never seen.
Enough friends and acquaintances scorned
our cruise that I became determined to oppose
their negativity with sheer joy. This would be
the best cruise of all time. Ship rules would be
bent until my style gushed in at the seams.
The issue had become larger than us versus
them. There was a truth at stake here that
affected all travelers -were cruises only for
the stereotypical cruise-ship passenger, or
were the rest of us missing out?
Aruba fascinated me for having an endemic
rattlesnake. There are also cacti and sand
dunes, making the place a "legitimate desert"
in my book.
Yet Aruba's desert legitimacy was threatened
by the fact that it was raining. In March. Was
this some sort of pansy desert treated to regu
lar sprinkles like a garden? I asked the rental
car guy when he last saw similar weather.
"December," he said, "and then yesterday."
We rented a 4X4 Durango and rocked every
puddle en route to Arikok National Park. The
road t' -... 1 i i I, I so worried that,
court( I ..- I...1 .... i -i inkling, we would
swiftly become mired in a vast landscape the
consistency of pudding.
Nothing doing! Our confidence grew so large
that we took a side road toward some interest
ing-looking limestone cliffs and accidentally
found Quadirikiri Cave. Nobody there. Ceiling
holes allowed in beams of sunlight and we
used a headlamp to explore dark pockets
where bats hung in crowds. On to Fontein
Cave, where red pre-Columbian petroglyphs
spoke mysteries overhead.
As we turned back, the rental car guy's
advice rang true: "If you feel : -i I .-I ii .
divi-divi trees: they all point i .. ... -I i I
Aruba's beaches hold up to their world-class reputation. We snorkeled Baby Beach
and had touristy Eagle Beach all to ourselves thanks to a fresh bout of sprinkles.
Both beaches had white sand so fine it was like walking in clay.
Still there was time. And since I consider it a grievous faux pas not to partake of a
country's local brew, Yllithia and I sat down to sample a Balashi. In the bar we
couldn't help but notice that there were just two patrons: us. Solitude had been
typical, with nary a tourist in sight all day.
A good omen.
Pondering Bonaire's size and shape
on a map before we arrived, one thing
S T became certain: it was moped or bust.
se or InOt
Above: The author in Bonaire -moped
Left: Ylithia at Quadirikiri Cave in Aruba
Fortunately, right off the wharf a grizzled
ex-pat sat in front of numerous mopeds. And
since I doubted his intent was to ride them all
himself in some sort of circus act, I asked how
much for the day.
Soon we were ripping gleefully across Bonaire.
It had rained recently. You could tell by the
fresh-steeped aroma of the chaparral. If
Mother Nature were on a cruise, she'd wear
Bonaire After The Rain to F ... 1 ,. .1 ,
Bonaire is an island I iI drivers
enjoying smooth roads -moped compatible
indeed. We relished the warm Caribbean wind
squeezing tears from our eyes as we hurtled
along at 60 mph.
The rugged beauty of Lake Gotomeer leveled
us. We were emotionally unprepared for this
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wild donkeys stood contemplating the surf.
The caves of Boka Onima looked lik- 1 i lin
stone waves themselves, and we -i i i
donkeys) in contemplation i . .1
petroglyphs. Yllithia was -1..
On the southern loop we blew past miles
and miles of salt flats. These were shallow
turquoise lakes accentuated by ruins, obe
lisks and windmills.
Bonaire is famous for its pristine reef, so we
parked the moped under a tree and dipped in
for a snorkel. The reef sparkled. The island
rose even more in our esteem.
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Kids punched at our car as we sped by for the third time.
As soon as we escaped Gouyave we sighed massively, but only until we got lost in
the hills which was even n . '..11 ..... .... 1. .1 11 ed atus from cinderblock
windows, "Wrong way! Turn *.. .. .. ....- ... the ship and shuddered.
If only I had a tank, I kept thinking.
But eventually we found ourselves in C. ... i i . .. .1 ..where excursion
buses were parked. This time sighing x .i i .. I -..II. i med a few Carib
beers and retreated to the crater lake for a Zen moment.
Grenada was one of those experiences you label "an adventure."
The number one reason we booked this cruise was Dominica. I'd wanted to visit
for years. On this island, nature was unleashed,
A row of taxi drivers lurked at the end of the wharf. I braced myself for impact. A
man named Phillip approached us and I immediately asked about renting a moped.
He laughed, pointing to the hills behind him. A car then. Nobody rents to cruise ship
people anymore, Phillip said.
Hard to believe. Denial of tourist money was unheard of. But Phillip took us to a
rental agency and proved himself honest. We hired him on the spot.
Our advi-- t- n;---;- -in t- Tominica: HIRE PHILLIP. You won't do better on
your own ... I .. ,, I i.. i1 11 Three random taxi drivers stepped up to us dur
ing breaks and said, "You have a good man. The best."
Phillip was in no hurry. He stopped in the middle of the road to point out native
riches. Breadfruit. Papaya. Prickly pear. Avocado. Grapefruit. Banana. Plantain. We
de i I i i .. i. I I-ni-; l ;.r-l1-i t- -- -.-. t r0 nnonball Tree is.
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gorges onto one pile of: i i ........ I .. i. .. on the spot.
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was a final snooze and an early wake-up call in Puerto Rico, whereupon everyone
This did not .... i ,1.... i But camping on St. John did.
While ... I.1. I St. John we reflected upon our cruise. We laughed at the
thought i ..... -and acquaintances trying to pull off the same itinerary sans
There'd be numerous airplane tickets, to start. This meant claustrophobic flights,
boring layovers and jetlag, whereas, by contrast, we on t he shi p sw n pools and
played cribbage and went to shows.
Our friends would need to find places to sleep for seven nights. Hostel or hotel
We, by contrast, had private staterooms featuring fluffy beds that were magically
made in our absence.
Our friends would play Digestive Russian P s m t st- ro1-phobc f1 ligff ent
eateries We, by contrast, had easy access to ... .r, we on te ship sa in p s all
day long This contrary to what we'd heard
We couldn't speak for all cruises (yet). But in the Caribbean, where most islands
can be circled in a few hours, nothing is out of reach And although cruise ships tend
to dock in ports whose principal offering is duty-free shopping, with even a little
ambition its easy to escape.
One's style need not be sacrificed upon the altar of ship curfew. For a Full Blown
Traveler such as myself, this meant being able to explore rabidly. Especially to the
ancient and abandoned places that Caribbean islands tend to hide in their nether
regions. Only here, in the quiet bowels of ancient caves and along abandoned
stretches, do I feel that intimacy which endears a new land to me and makes travel
A cruise did not prevent me from achieving this intimacy. It facilitated it. In the
end, everyone (myself included) was wrong to think that my style was incompatible
with Caribbean cruising, which is for the newlywed and the nearly dead and every
one else, too.
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Aboard the tug Lucaya, approaching
an oil tanker that is ready to depart
the dock at Bonaire and head to sea
TU G.,1, OF
by Patrick Holian 1
From my perch at Playa Lechi (Milk Beach), I have a commanding view of the bay
that dominates Bonaire's leeward shore in the southern Caribbean. Between resi
dential Punt Vierkant to the south and the northern peaks of the national park by
Playa Frans, I scan a vast sea daily. Ospreys and pelicans jockey for fish dinners.
Visiting yachts hook up to the moorings, floating in from points around the globe
-Brazil, Japan, Sweden, Australia and others. KLM, Delta and Divi Divi Airlines
approach their i 1....-, over the aqua blue in search of Flamingo Airport,
Bonaire's pink i,'. I modern aviation. It is easy to spend the morning with
coffee and binoculars in hand, and just watch the action. But Lucaya and Tahiti
are what often catch my eye. These are massive tugboats owned by Rotterdam
based Smit International. And as I was to find out, they accomplish incredible
feats on the water.
The process of getting on deck was another matter. I decided to first approach the
corporate headquarters of BOPEC, the Bonaire Petroleum Corporation, for permis
sion to ride the tugs. The company leases Smit tugs to guide oil tankers in and out
of the BOPEC terminal on the north end of the island. I drive the "tourist" road that
hugs the rugged coral coast in my search for their office. I pass the dive sites of Jeff
Davis, Witches Hut, and 1000 Steps. The Venezuelan salsa on the AM radio gives
some rhythm to the ride. Twenty minutes later, I pull up to the gates of BOPEC. The
company guard motions me to park and to come in the office.
As I step inside, the man asks me what I want. "I would like to speak to someone
concerning the Smit tugboats. I'm a writer."
The guard looks me up and down. "Not dressed like that you're not."
I am wearing a cotton shirt, shorts and sandals -my usual clothes for Bonaire.
The guard sternly continues. "You can't wear shorts here, and you need to wear
proper shoes, I l. i ... I... I .... father sporty Keens water shoes.
His manner: - i. 1. i.... I ... onditioned air hitting the back of my neck.
The old air-c .. .... i .11- i. 1.... the quiet pause in our conversation.
Obviously, I have made a major mistake in island business etiquette.
i 1 .. 1 i ,, I .... 11. i ust retired and moved here. I let the guard
.. ,11. ., I I. 1 i ... i.. I I He softens a bit and tells me his name is
Roland. We then talk for about half an hour. Roland wants to know where I was
born. "Oh yes. I know Cleveland. The Indians!" He inquires about my profession. "A
writer. That's very important work." We discuss languages. "You need to learn
Papiamento. Then, the local people will have respect for you. Respect!" Roland hits
his chest with a closed fist for emphasis. I get the point and agree.
I get up to leave. Roland says he is sorry that he could not let me enter. "You know,
regulations. You might try contacting Rob .., .. . 1i, rbormaster in Kralendijk.
He might know whom you need to contact i I .... -. Good luck."
I soon find out that I need more than Roland's good wishes. Harbormaster, Rob
Santiago, tells me to contact Willem van Rohn.
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Willem is the Smit Boat representative who says it is fine for me to go on the tug,
but I need to call Captain Johnny Craane. Johnny says it is okay by him, but first I
need permission from BOPEC marine administrator, Alfred Nicolaas. Hearing this, I
start searching for my suit for a return visit to the headquarters. But I call Alfred
first and explain my request to him. He immediately agrees to it and tells me that
BOPEC's Francis Domacasse will make the final arrangements for my voyage.
Francis and I become great telephone buddies. We endure two weeks of late calls,
cancelled schedules, and missed opportunities. He and I elevate the art of telephone
tag to new levels. But in the end, Francis comes through. Forty-two days after my visit
to the BOPEC guardhouse, I am standing on the deck of Lucaya as we steam north.
"I don't have blood in my veins. I have salt water." So says my captain for the day,
Andy Domacasse, cousin to Francis and also to the lieutenant governor of Bonaire.
The Domacasse family has a long history on the island. "When I was two years old,
my father took me out to sea in his ten-foot rowboat. We fished together every day.
That's what he does for a living. So I have a strong bond with the sea."
We now pass the outer shore of Klein Bonaire. Today, our usual blue skies and
seas are absent. The tug meets slate-gray waves and black clouds above. The weath
er is foul. Lightning and thunder roar overhead. A squall is blowing through. But I
feel little of this standing in the cozy pilothouse of Lucaya. This Japanese-made tug
cruises at a comfortable eleven knots. Three hundred .. 1 i 1.1 i ... r...... .
metal simply pushes the sea aside. Andy controls this I ... 11. II, I 1 .........
tive hand controls. A tiny, black wheel steers the boat by moving the direction of the
tug's two propellers. Two handles with black balls on top control the amount of
thrust for each propeller.
"Steering this boat is an art. Either you have it or you don't, explained Andy. It's
like a dance. When we reach the terminal today, we have 'one out' and 'one in'."
What that means in tugboat talk is that Lucaya and Tahiti, the other Smit tug
following close behind, are going to push one tanker out to sea and then guide
another back into the dock at the oil terminal. BOPEC is a storage facility, not a
refinery. Venezuela has plenty of crude oil, but they are lacking deep coastal waters
that allow the supertankers to dock. So they have to go through a two-step process.
First, the oil is transported to Bonaire in smaller tankers and stored on land. Then,
the supertankers dock at BOPEC, fill up, and distribute the crude to refineries
around the world.
When we get to the terminal, I see the Cyprus-registered tanker Nordstrength
awaiting our arrival. Andy cruises up, bow first, to the tanker's midship. I see the
gigantic black tires on the front of Lucaya comp: .. ii .I I i .. 1 -i,.ii
bump. Tahiti arrives now and does the same thing .. 1 l .. .,. ..
bow. The radio blares unintelligible verbiage into our pilothouse, and Andy inter
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prets. "We have a change. The other tanker to come in today has been delayed. They
haven't received the proper orders from their company to make landing. So it's just
'one out today."
P-thl ti-- -- i ush against the tanker, moving it toward the dock. This allows
I . ,'i' to release the dock lines. Then, the mechanized winches bring
the lines aboard. This takes about twenty minutes. Meanwhile, I watch three crew
men on the ship deploy a gangplank along the starboard side. This allows the
BOPEC pilot to leave the Nordstrength once it is headed out to sea. The ship's captain
will then take back control of the tanker.
in th- radio blares out a command that only cops and captains can under
I '.I I just been told that we need to go to the other side of the ship and push
it away from the dock," says Andy. "Tahiti will take the pilot to shore when we're
done." While Tahiti rigs a line to pull, Andy deftly maneuvers Lucaya around the
tanker and begins i :.;bii ti- ti--- r ii =ir ---.- fr-m the dock. This nautical tug
of-war takes only I i ........ I I I I . ,~, .- pointing toward the shores of
Venezuela. Our job is complete.
As we head back to Kralendijk, a deckhand brings up a bowl of fish soup for Andy.
It smells great, but the cook only prepared enough for the four-person crew. "This
Left: Captain Andy Domacasse
Below: Back in port at Kralendijk
fish was caught last :..1. .. ndy. "Whenever we have a delay, one of the guys
drops a line overboard I .1 have fresh fish to eat. How would you like to steer
the boat for a while so I can eat my soup?"
I jump at the chance. I am instructed to make only small adjustments to the four
inch diameter wheel now in my hands. I look ahead. Lucaya i= h-.-li;. -lir--tl-T
toward the rocky shores of Klein Bonaire. While the island is still 11 i h .I ...
adjustments in course need to be made. I tweak the wheel to starboard and look
ahead again. No change. I only see a school of flying fish leaping away from our mas
sive bow. I move the wheel to the right two more times. Soon, Andy laughs. I, too,
.... i. .... ..ow to Venezuela. I gradually bring Lucaya back on course and we eas
As we approach home, Andy takes over. The fish soup is done and the bad weath
er has vanished. The bright yellow buildings along Kralendijk harbor loom ahead
under sunny skies. The deck hands heave heavy lines from boat to shore. The tug
of the sea has returned.
In 2002, Patrick Holian began freelance writing for a number of magazines include
ing Sailing, Water's Edge, Earth Island Journal, Fiery Foods and Sabroso! He now
lives full time on Bonaire with his wife, Hettie, a Catahoula swamp dog, Spark, and
a sailboat, Kontentu, which means happiness in Papiamentu.
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The author and her photographer captain husband
are currently cruising the mid Caribbean aboard their
catamaran. Here she shares details of their recent
cruise of the western half of Cuba.
Many European tourists visit Cuba, the tourism
standards are rising with European investment and,
with the sharp decline in sugar production, the tour
ism industry provides the mainstay of the Cuban
economy. North American tourists are also seen here
-nrl-- nnI- the country is poised to expand its
:,,i, ... to accommodate the anticipated huge
influx of US citizens when the current official ban is
lifted. (Even now, US visitors are warmly welcomed.)
Psychologically, every Cuban we met is waiting with
great expectation for that time, *''I 'i .1..-. ,ltural
interaction and a higher standard i i i .... i. I'. nor
malized relations with the US. Several bills have
recently been introduced in the US Congress to lift the
travel restrictions, and the New York Times reports
that the very vocal, previously anti-Castro Cuban
American Foundation has sent an extensive memo to
Pr-_ -l-nt rY1,i; r---1i-;;ln; resuming official
C i .1 1 .. .1 i . ,11 1. travel ban for all
L .... i .. I. i 1 I i public and private
funds and equipment into the Cuban economy to sup
port a new era. (Who knows, maybe Cuba's pent-up
demand for private cars might even save Detroit, and
converting the now underutilized Cuban sugarcane
industry to production of biofuel for export could even
make a dent in the world's over-dependence on oil with
no negative rainforest destruction. Win-win!)
Much has been written about Old Havana, which
remains a charming and lively echo of colonial and
pre-Revolutionary times. The buildings are being
restored to their original elegance as funds permit and
reutilized for hotels, restaurants, dance clubs and
museums. The Museo de la Revoluci6n is extensive,
S ,i i , ,,i ..i ...i ... for Americans to view
Si ,, ... the Cuban perspective
of Cuban-American-Spanish relations. A visit to the
famous Hotel Nacional takes you back to the 1930s,
'40s and '50s, haunted by ghosts of bygone riches
(some ill-gotten), celebrity and excess.
Fabulous Cuban music and good food abound: the city
throbs with rhythms, sights, sounds and scents around
every corer. This is an area to just wander around, while
. I I .' .. .'.. . ... i I I .. .' I. .J
running in style. My big regret was that we arrived in
Havana too late to attend a performance by Alicia
Alonso's world-renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
For dining out ,1 ,, i,,,. -ncerts or dances, it is
simple to hire a ' I I' ..the marina. There are
dozens of fine restaurants in the city and surrounding
suburbs, some in private homes. [Editor's note: The
famous Tropicana nightclub is expensive and the food
is dreary, but the extravagantly over the-top outdoor
cabaret is unforgettable.]
PINAR DEL RIO
With another yachtie couple, we hi
car from the marina for a day trip do'
Rio peninsula, where the landscape is
green and lush with coffee, tobacco a]
tions. Evidence of the toll taken by r
damage was striking. There were also
cal concern, with model reforest, ti
crop rotation. The views of the .
pines of the Vinales Valley were spec
restful deck of the Hotel Jasmines w
for morning coffee. A boat ride through
strewn underground river at the Cue
a fun interlude.
Lunch was arranged at a private ho
lobster, salad, rice and fresh t
another sign of Cubans I,,, i,,,. -
particularly enjoyed a I'. I ... of
botanical garden in Vinales, lovingly
years by two elderly sisters.
The car this time was a well-mail
Lada, which actually ran quite smoo
was not as roomy as the old An
Conversations with our young drive
cheerful outlook of the other Cuban people we met, as
red a driver and we talked about his family's experiences before and
wn the Pinar del after the Revolution, as well as his hopes for the
Distinctly rural, future. Like other Cubans born and raised in the
nd sugar plant impoverished countryside, he most appreciates the
recent hurricane opportunities for free education and health care
areas of ecologi afforded him after the Revolution. When not hustling a
i .-. and tourist job, he works in maintenance at the marina.
i .. 1.- and TRINIDAD
tacular from the Our last '-rin-; ---r 'i-n was out of Cienfuegos to
here we stopped the colonial '. I 1 I... 1 I a World Heritage Site. The
gh the stalactite former wealth created by the French planters was
va del Indio was clearly in evidence here in the beautifully restored
1 ... 1i i ......- churches and gardens. For real
... .i ... i.... though, you can't beat the everyday
street life around the Plaza, noisily highlighted by vig
orous debates regarding the pre ..- ..1i .seball
game in a major televised series PI I ........ I uerto
Rico versus the USA. Clearly the national pastime!
We had a delightful respite at a cafe featuring Afro
Cuban dancing and a truly refreshing rum alternative
to the ubiquitous mojito, which substituted honey for
the usual mint leaves. Yummy! For us, the highlight
was a full-course lobster luncheon in an old mansion,
accompanied by the reputedly greatest saxophonist in
Cuba and his group. We ,Ii i ... .....". II.
: In c CD to keep the memory ....... .
Above: In cities, Our driver for this tot .. I i
there's ve msic English. His wife is a lab technician and, with two
everywhere small children, he especially looks forward to more
American tourists and business coming to Cuba,
where his fine English skills can be maximized.
Whether on the boat i. i.... on land, we never
had a moments worry .1 I ,,'11 I, ?f boat gear or per
Calder, Nigel. Cuba: A Cruising Guide, Revised 1999
Charles, Simon. The Cruising Guide to Cuba, 2nd
Left: Boat ride Copeland, Liza. Chapter 13, "Cuba", Comfortable
through the Cruising, 2001
Cueva del Indio Pimiento, Elena. "Three Days in Havana", Caribbean
Compass, November 2003, and "A Day in Pinar del
Rio", Caribbean Compass, December, 2003
Guia La Habana and Guia Cienfuegos/Trinidad
Cuba Rough Guide, 2003
Lonely Planet Cuba, 2006
Cuba Chart Book 1: Havana to Puerto Cortes,
me, with fish or Bluewater Charts
1-1- at 10CUC, Electronic Cuba Charts: C-Map, Maptech, BBS
I .nake it". We Bottom Line
a secret private The early months of 2009 were a most interesting
y tended for 60 time to sail the western part of Cuba. The never
crowded -r'i.n. was sometimes challenging, the
stained Russian landscape I ...i.I..I whether viewed from the sea or
thly, .11. ... 1 it the land, the culture wonderful to experience and the
mericE I -". Cuban people so very warm, open and joyous in tem-
r reinforced the perament. We hope to return soon.
After five years living on our 42-foot Catalina,
S/V Sandcastle, and cruising the Eastern
aribbean, Roger and I decided to head west.
Little did we know how much we were going to enjoy
Cartagena in Colombia. But after a few months explore
ing thatgrand old city .. I ,.I .1 ... i i i .... i-
we headed off to Islas i i ... . i -1 .,,
about 25 miles away. Our intention was to make a
quick pitstop there and clean the boat of the city grime
and barnacles, shine the brightwork, relax and prepare
to move on to the San Bias islands in Panama.
personal". Roger and I went back three times just to
see them all.
Next we were off to the oceanarium. I didn't even take
a camera because how great could it be? We saw all the
fish we wanted to every time we 1 ,I .... 1 1....' T
more visits and we still couldn't g I I 1 I
are a variety of tanks with walkways around them that
are filled with quantities of different types of fish
including sawfish, rays, turtles, huge groupers, tarpon,
barjack, ocean triggerfish, and nurse sharks, just to
name a few. Each type had its own pool and show. The
Spanish-speaking guide fed them and talked to us
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about each species. Watching three-foot tarpon dive for
their dinner and dolphins jump was great, but the best
was the nurse sharks. The brave tour guide stood on a
platform with a bucket of fish -which Margaret, a
little white ibis, would try to steal. I think she was
originally a nuisance but soon .*; ; ; .; part of
the show. "~rI r-t ---ould steEl 1-I ... I .11 to the
edge of tIl. i.1 i .11 where more and more nurse
sharks gathered, waiting to eat. As they gathered, the
platform -with both Margaret and the guide -tilted
more and more and the sharks got closer and closer to
the ;iii' r1- ally, the guide threw fish to the sharks
and I I.... frenzy erupted. What a trip! It was the
most awesome thing I have seen and totally unexpect
ed. We urged our friends to go see the show
without telling them much about it and all
came back pleasantly astonished.
Normally, boats loaded with tourists head
from Cartagena to the Rosarios for the ocean
arium show at about 11:30AM each day. One
day we wanted to show the oceanarium to our
friends Lili and Steve of Liward, but the tour
boats couldn't get out to the islands from the
mainland that day and the show, to our disap
pointment, was closed. As the four of us
unhappily walked around we met a caretaker
who allowed us to tour at our leisure, at no
charge. This was to turn out really great. One
of the pools had three dolphins and another
two. We lay on our bellies, talked, squeaked
and rubbed the dolphins to our hearts' con
tent. The dolphins kept coming back for more
and we happily obliged. You couldn't do that
back in the good ole US of A!
Islas del Rosario were .- .t fi... -.d we hap
pily recommend a visit 11
Next stop -San Bias!
rubbed the dolphins to our hearts' content'
Right: 'More and more nurse sharks gathered...'
Top right: Roger and I went back three times to see
all the birds in the aviary
WRONG! But in a good way.
We did do most of the boatwork, but we also found an
unexpected little bit of heaven. The islands are beauti
ful and after a few months without clear-water snorkel
ing we were really thirsty for that kind of fun. We were
also told of an aviary with lots of birds to see. Okay,
that's good, but we've seen birds. We were also told of
a small oceanarium. Yep, been there and done that too
-we'd seen Sea World in the US and that was truly
great. How could these attractions compare?
WOW! Were we surprised.
The aviary turned out to be a private collection of
caged birds from almost everywhere in the world, I
think. There are hundreds of them of all colors, sizes
and varieties, and you get to see them "up close and
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and cruising; they took courses at sailing schools on the west coast of Canada.
In March of 2006, they sold the '". -._ 1 1 --;ght Belagio at Solomon's
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the ICW, working their way to Lake Worth in Florida, then over to West End in the
Bahamas in February 2007. They moved on to Luperon in the Dominican Republic
and spent May through November of 2007 there. Then they sailed to the Virgin
Islands and down the island chain, finally arriving in Trinidad in
BeUagio spent the entire past season around Grenada. Grenada
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There life after swallowing the anchor?
Ask Morris Nicholson, age 81, of Hill
SHouse, Bequia, and he'll tell you "yes."
Morris spent most of the last half of the 20th cen
tury on water, under sail. Seventy-two years ago, he
and his dad launched a rowboat with a curtain-rod
mast, a pink bedsheet sail, and a broken-oar rudder
into the icy waters of the North Sea. The aptly named
Sieve was his first experience of "messing around in
boats", he says. She was quickly replaced by a ten-foot
gunter-rigged sailing dinghy, and later, a 28-foot gaff
rigged Dragon Class sailboat. What began as child
hood play, sailing these boats with his father, brother,
and two sisters on the Deben River, near their home in
Woodbridge, England, led to 35 years of adventures in
Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Caribbean waters, call
ing on scores of ports along the way, long before
"travel" became "tourism."
ports, pursued his hobby of photography, developed a
passion for opera and poetry, became a proficient chef,
and read voluminously. In 1956, Eleuthera II arrived in
the Caribbean and became a part of the burgeoning
yacht charter business for 29 years.
Described in a 1963 Sports Illustrated article as "a
superb seaman and congenial host," Morris delighted
in sharing h. i -. .1.... ... the Caribbean with
his charter -- ... I i ...wrote stories about
their experiences with Morris and his favorite first
mate, Jaime Tur Mari, an affable Majorcan.
In 1965, Gus and Jane Koven bought a large parcel
of land at Hope Estate and, three years later, com-
pleted their comfortable vacation home, Hope House.
Bequia became the homeport for Eleuthera II Morris
began to explore Bequia and meet the community of
local people and ex-pats living ashore. In 1981, he
bought a one-acre lot from the Kovens, just off a
His friends in the Bequia community, l-.; --it -
dozen cats he and Suzanne had adopted, 1 i
to Morris, then 67. Gradually, he began to entertain
friends, old and new. His only niece, Julia Ibbotson,
came to live with him for a year. Now, she comes out
from -..i...1 i . ,ionth every winter, 1-ri.;n; ;- iri
news I I,- I I I family there. His ,. I ...
writer Richard Dey, arrived to interview him for the soon
to-be-published book Adventures in the Trade Wind
(www.richarddey.com). He focused on beekeeping, an
early hobby he had shared with this father. Morris joined
the Bequia beekeepers. Now he has two new hives and a
colony he can observe through a glass wall in his work
shop. Using a solar-powered honey extractor he invent
ed, Morris processes honey and sells it under the label
Miel du Paradis. He continues to pursue his photogra
phy, now using a deluxe digital camera, making prints
with the aid of his two computers. He stays in touch with
friends all over the world by e-mail and Skype
and keeps up with news via BBC online.
For years, he has been turning wooden bowls
and vases from local wood on his lathe. A few
years ago friends asked him to create wooden
candleholders that could be fitted with com-
mon oil lamp globes. He now sells them
through L'Auberge des Grenadines. A young
friend challenged him to make a vase in the
shape of a woman. At first, Morris tried it using
his lathe. This led .. .1. I ., .... .11
wooden female figi.. ..... ....
tools presented to him by Richard Dey.
Soon he was engaged in the discovery of
himself as an artist. Morris Nicholson is a
quick study, blessed with what Zen masters
call "Beginner's Mind." Always open and
eager to learn, Morris began drawing pencil
portraits in spare, confident lines evocative of
the renderings of Matisse. Often, he says, he
wakes i. 1, ..;1.i i ... ke drawings inspired
by his i i i i.... or by pictures in art
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Born on a farm in Suffolk in 1927, Morris was fasci
nated at an early age by motors, carpentry, vehicles,
electricity, an I 1. 11.,... ,.i i i .. ..
interests and I- .. I I .. .. .I . ... i.. I
father, Leslie, led to enduring skills. At 23, he
answered a tiny ad in Yachting Monthly magazine and
abruptly left a Fr-rii=in2 : -*r-r in electrical engineer
ing to join a i I i, I bluewater sailors, who
became shareholders in an 1895 wooden West Country
trading ketch, the Enid The six "Enidites" helped
restore the lumbering vessel and believed they were
headed around the world. Instead, the scheming, col
orful captain and his bohemian wife coerced them into
smuggling in Tangiers, grudgingly agreed to a 37-day
11 .. .... .. i1 i under sail, then sold the boat
I I ... .... I ... ia Martinique, 1- in- th- 'i-
partners on the beach, each with $200 :,, i -.
checks. While the other crewmembers intended to
return to England, Morris became enchanted by the
people, sights, sounds, and smells of the Caribbean.
"It was damn exciting," he recalls, "I could see no
end to it."
His boyhood interests, skills, and training put him in
high demand. Within two weeks Morris met Bert
Ganter, who offered him a job working on yacht engines
and running 1i. t;;.--.t the Nanin, which 1 ..1.1
supplies and I '..... i i ... Trinidad to St. ". i
the construction of his Privateer Marine Services, in
those days the only marina between St. Thomas and
Trinidad. Morris's expertise soon caught the attention
of Gustav Koven, an American industrialist and yacht
ing enthusiast. He invited Morris to skipper his new
John Alden-designed, 60-foot auxiliary ketch, Eleuthera
II, and sent him to the Abeking and Rasmussen ship
yard in Germany to oversee her completion.
For 30 years, Morris was the sole skipper of the ele
gant yacht, which became his home. He sailed with the
Koven family throughout the Mediterranean and
Caribbean. In addition to performing his duties aboard,
he learned Spanish and French, explored dozens of
cement two-tr I .. I I .I. .. 1'1
near a section .1 i i ,. I I ,
of both the A l .. I I .11
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he supervised ... ...
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the pumps, 141. I i 1 ..I .... ...
electricity in ti. I .. I.. .. I- .
powered the automatic workshop/garage
door and his power tools. He experimented with a wind
generator, chose a gas-powered refrigerator, and later
bought a diesel generator to operate a washing
machine. By 1984, Hill House was livable. His younger
brother, Peter, brought Morris's beloved boyhood lathe
f ... i... i At last, Morris had the workshop of his
cl ....- I Ii. projects that filled his head.
In 1985, Gus Koven retired and donated Eleuthera II
to a maritime academy in Maine. The once-graceful
ketch was 30 years old and needed constant repairs.
Bareboats and super-yachts, along with cruise ships,
were populating island waters.
"I'd had my run of it, too," says Morris. "The fun had
gone out of it." He stepped off Eleuthera II and never
looked back. The same year, the widow Suzanne
Walker, whose late husband had started a business in
Bequia, joined Morris at Hill House. They enjoyed
working on projects about the house. They completed
a guest room on the ground level and surrounded the
grounds with flower gardens and fruit trees, walkways
and walls. Morris built a fishpond with a solar foun
tain, and a mirrored solar reflector that boiled kettles
of water for tea. Suzani i i. .... ... -poke mostly
French and brought a ,' I' I I ... elegance to
Hill House. They entertained friends with memorable
meals on the flower-filled veranda. They traveled year
ly, mostly to Europe. In 1994, after nine years together,
Suzanne, attended by Morris, suffered a four-month
illness and died of throat cancer at Hill House.
sculptor recently -;;-- r -- Morris to use his chain
saw to rough out ..- I.... before carving them. His
wood carvings have grown, with each endeavor, from
eight inches to four feet tall. He is presently accepting
commissions and planning new work.
Now, he divides his time between wood carving on
his veranda, with its view of the sea, and his work
shop, where he is currently involved in a plan for con
verting solar energy into cooking gas. He continues to
maintain contact with the Koven children and their
families when they stay at Hope House. He contributes
to the welfare of a "goodly number" of Bequians whom
he's known for years. Many fondly refer to him as "Mr.
Morris". Charming, caring, modest, and always a
. i ....... lie is a popular dinner guest, adored by
... .. i 11 ages. Men seek his company, too, for he
is well read and knowledgeable in many subjects.
He hosted a gala dinner on his 80th birthday in 2007
for a full house of friends at the Porthole Restaurant on
the shore of Admiralty Bay, not far from where he first
anchored in 1954. He read a Dylan Thomas poem that
he altered for the occasion: "...the True Joy of the long
dead child sang, ".in;.;; in the sun. It was my 80th
year to heaven... I1. he played his favorite aria,
Pavarottis stirring version of"Nessun Dorma," with its
victorious ending phrase, "Vincero! Vincero!" During a
short speech, Morris said, "Ten years ago, when I was
70, I was living here quite peacefully. I had no idea
then, that my happiest years were still ahead of me."
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Part 1: Preparation
by Owen C. Jones
Unfortunately, in what has become an altogether too common event, another theft
from a locked boat took place. This time, however, it did not happen in Trinidad,
Porlamar or even in the Grenadines. This time it occurred at Village Cay Marina in
Road Town, Tortola, during the early evening hours, just down the dock from our
berth. The occupants returned after a nice meal ashore with friends to find various
loose items gone in what amounted to a loss of several thousands of dollars. Among
the purloined items, accessed through an apparently jimmied deck hatch, was a
laptop computer. The theft was injury enough and I wish I had a magic bullet that
would eliminate these occurrences, but I don't.
To add insult, however, the computer held about six years' worth of personal and
business information, including many photographs which, unless the machine is
recovered, are irreplaceable. This is the saddest part of the whole sordid situation.
T -nin T -ish I could wave my magic wand and return the stolen memories to these
Sii. i I but I can't. What I can do, however, is explain a system that, if used with
care and regularity, can virtually eliminate loss of the most dear and important per
sonal items and business information normally kept on one's laptop. Thats the
reason for this article.
The concept is simple and it is really both inexpensive and easy with today's tech
nology. Even a relative novice can provide a reasonable degree of protection for fail
ure or theft of information on computers.
There are three tiers to the method:
1) Organize the information on your computer to make it easy to copy from one
location to another.
2) Purchase and prepare a small external hard drive that you can plug into your
Universal Serial Bus (USB) port on your laptop.
3) Make it a habit to plug in the hard drive and back up newly created files onto the
external memory base, which you then keep in a safe place apart from your laptop.
In this, Part One, I will explain how to organize your information, select your back
up device and prepare this device for use. In the second part, to appear next issue,
I will discuss back-up methods and outline in detail one method that I find most
useful. So that you may maintain continuity in this discussion, after this article is
published, it will be placed on my website, http://sailisv.com, as will the second part
andany -. I i .. i .1 .1 ,1. amelines. In 11.. , . i .
theCaril .. .. 11, i 1 1 to download i 1 .. I
in preparing and undertaking your back-up procedures.
Organize Your Information
This is really very simple using modern computers with Windows operating
systems. In fact, Microsoft has already done it for you by providing you with a
folder called "My Documents." In Windows XP, this is located in a place with the
I .'. i ... I Settings\yournamel\My Documents."
Actually, yournamel is the name you use to log into the computer. For more than
one user of the same machine, each with an individual log-in name or ID, the storage
locations would usually be found in ...\yourname2\... ...\yourname3\..., etcetera,
for the names of the additional users.
In Microsoft Vista, you can find this information in "C:\Users\yournamel, ...2,
...3...," for each user. This makes it easy, for as long as individual users store all
their personal information in "My Documents" you know exactly how to find it all,
and more importantly, how to address it for copying.
Notice also that "My Documents" has a number of pre-defined folders. They hold
music ("My Music"), ri-t- rVi- 7 (""- Pictures") -1-=1--1 website pages ("My Webs")
and other similar '' I .. .i I folders I" i. .1 used for these purposes,
already provide an organizing structure for your information. So, all you have to do
is use this structure for storing all your ni.1i .tt -..t -it- '.t 1 .t .- 1 You
can amplify this structure to suit your i ,,,i i .1.,. . 1 1 1 mply
right-click inside "My Documents" and s i .,, I .. I i i .... I 1 i n the
new icon appears, give the new folder a name, such as "Invoices" and voila, you have
a new folder to store an entirely different category of information.
Of course you can create new folders inside the existing ones. Simply double click
.. i for example "Invoices", to open it Ji. i. ...1.1 lick again to create
Si .... I I i msid- i" in. it nl.me such as _.'".- .. can then similarly
create another such as -_ ... I I and you have a subdirectory structure to
simplify your filing. Think of this as an electronic filing cabinet. In this case you would
have created a method of tracking your invoices by year inside your "Invoice" folder.
For back-up purposes, it is important to try to keep all your information in this one
area, "My Documents" or "Documents". This makes it easy to copy, mirror and
retrieve information fror.. i. I .... i -I. .. ....it.
Additionally, I find it i. ... I .. I.. I I a date-group at the front of every
file name that is important from a chronological standpoint. This includes bank
statements, telephone bills, invoices, shipping notices, medical statements and
insurance reimbursements, to name but f .t---i you could create within
"My Documents". Thus, "090501 AT&T -I .1... ..i .. 1 De the name of my down
loaded statement from one of my telephone carriers for the date May 1, 2009.
Why is this important? Well, this allows your files to be automatically arranged in
chronological order, regardless of the date of creation, -.1-i;n- it easy to separate
i..... year-to-year, month-to-month and so forth. Thus ... I.... something in the
;i... will be much easier than without such organization. Sorting by name in XP
or Vista will automatically place them in the proper order allowing for easy search
ing, sorting and filing. You can then file things by year and even by month in a year
should you so desire.
And if you, like me, are a i .i .i, .1 .......... ... 11ii business, and you have had
enough of the tax man to las i I.1 1,...., 11 I .1 understand the importance
of keeping receipts -on everything! This is what we do. Then, when we have a few
free moments, we simply scan these into our computer, rename them so we can
identify the cost in the future (i.e. "090327 Marina Cay water & ice"), and store them
in an appropriate folder in "My Documents."
Purchase your External Hard Drive
This is the second tier of the overall methodology and involves five items:
1) Purchase and set up a small hard drive virtually identical to or even with larger
capacity than the one in your laptop computer;
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2) Either follow the instructions that come with the disk drive to automatically
synch the drive with your computer,
3) If you are going to "roll your own" for more control of and ready access to your
back-up data, format the hard drive so that it can receive and store your data in
identical form ("mirror") to that on your notebook's internal hard drive. You can even
set up a new operating system on this disk drive that would enable you to put the
drive into a new computer and immediately boot up the machine with your data
intact. But this requires a different external hard drive configuration and that dis
cussion we'll save for another story.
4) For those who wis' I : their own way, prepare a small "batch" program (file
containing a series of -I I' commands, sometimes called script, that the com-
puter can then execute in sequence in a "cmd" window) that you can either run
manually or set up to run on a
schedule automatically at a
time of your choosing. I'll i
you the one that I use :.. -
in Part Two of this article.
5) Run the back up pro
gram on a periodic,e
and "frequent" basis, I,
quency dependent on how
often you actually use your
computer and how comfort
able you are with r1-in. -r
one copy of your ,a....I ,.,b
without a back up.
We will discuss the recom
mended software back up
S options in Part Two. But first
Swe need to get the new exter
nal hard drive and connect it
to the computer.
Okay. The typical canned
tt-- hard disk drive (HDD) for a
Figure 1. External 2.5 inch hard drive is about 0.6 laptop such as that shown in
inches thick adjust under 5 inches long Figure 1 is approximately 25
inches wide, 0.6 inches thick
and 4 inches long. Drives hav
ing excellent reputations for reliability are made by Seagate, Hitachi and Western
Digital, to name three. Some come with included software designed for synchronizing
data between computers. For instance, I just purchased an external USB hard drive
made by Western F...l .1 ble of storing 500 GB (equivalent to over 750 CDs or
about 120 DVDs) : : iI That's currently two to six times the internal storage
capacity of today's average notebook.
Your main considerations when purchasing a disk drive are size, speed and price.
Size is controlled by the area :t ; density (amount of information that can be
stored in :; .; on the Ill i i the number of disks inside the unit and the
number I -" I disk used to store information. Speed is mostly determined by
disk rotational speed (5400 rpm is typical today but speeds up to 10,000 rpm are
available) and the time it takes the unit to find a particular place on a disk (seek
time). Higher speeds generally cause prices to increase dramatically. I recommend
that you simply duplicate the internal HDD specifications in your external unit.
Most people are more concerned with :t-; than anything else so the biggest
concern becomes price. If purchasing at I I three brands mentioned above,
simply buy the disk drive with the most storage that will fit your budget. Prices are
now so low that thi- ... ii ises to be a consideration. Nevertheless, it makes
no sense to pay for I I t computer cannot address over 40 GB, unless you
wish to use it for some additional purpose. To search the intent for one of these
drives, simply Google "manufacturer 2.5 inch USB Hard Disk Drive" to get lots of
options. Of course "manufacturer" should be "Hitachi," "Seagate" or "Western
Digital," for instance, or simply Google "USB Hard Disk Drive."
Preparing your External Hard Drive
PLUGGING IN YOUR EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. Now that you have your new hard
drive in hand, it's time to plug it into your computer and back up your data.
First you must connect your new HDD system to your computer. Figure 2 shows
the mini-USB connection port and both ends of the connecting cable. The lower end
shown in the photo plugs
into the external drive. It
can only go one way. Do
not force it.
The other end plugs into
one of the USB ports on
your computer as shown
in Figure 3. Make sure
you plug it in correctly,
the white usually being on
Sthe bottom when you
attach the cable to the
Again, do not force the
Figure 2. Disk minirUSB connection port, both ends of connector.
the USB cable and the mini connector plugged into CHANGING DRIVE
the port ASSIGNMENT. The laptop
will -- -ni-- the new
device I ,, I XP and
later systems), and under
take what is required to
utilize this drive. It should
show up as a new 1-;
disk drive, usually ":
those computers that have
both an internal drive with
single partition "C:\" and a
CD/DVD drive as "D:\." I
-, change this
:"., so that the
later addition of other hard
C;." ware will not affect your
back up drive assignment.
Figure 3. Standard USB connector at other end of
cable shown plugged into the computer
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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F ...i I i .11 I'
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : .... I .
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Tir --1 local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new ,. 1 .11 ... ..
For more information, see 'Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray lolaire
charts. Fair tides!
August 21 1256 (new) 9 0307
DATE TIME 22 1346 10 0400
1 2053 23 1435 11 0457
2 2143 24 1524 12 0557
3 2232 25 1613 13 0658
4 2319 26 1704 14 0758
5 2343 27 1756 15 0856
6 0003 (full) 28 1847 16 0951
7 0046 29 1938 17 1043
8 0127 30 2028 18 1133
9 0208 31 2115 19 1222 (new)
10 0250 20 1312
11 0333 September 21 1402
12 0420 DATE TIME 22 1454
13 0510 1 2200 23 1546
14 0605 2 2243 24 1639
15 0704 3 2326 25 1731
16 0807 4 0000 (full) 26 1821
17 0910 5 0007 27 1909
18 1012 6 0049 28 1955
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Bring up "My Computer" (XP) or "Computer" (VISTA) as shown in Figure 4 to show
what drive your laptop has chosen for your new disk drive. As long as you do not
change your hardware configuration, this will be true every time you use your com-
puter and back-up hard drive. Howevc .. ...- .i .. .. .. .ii,,,.- i .-. liumb
drives, flash drives, external CD ROM I ...... I i i ,, ,,, your
back-up unit can change this configuration. The computer may then attempt to back
up files to the wrong location. So, I -,.. -I Ihat you take steps to keep the drive
assignment for the external back up I-I i I
Opening "My Computer" shows at least three drives identified (Figure 4), usually
as shown on the left below:
1) Local Disk (C:) 1) Local Disk (C:)
2) DVD-RW Drive (D:) 2) USB Drive (D:)
3) USB Drive (E:) 3) DVD-RW Drive (X:)
However, if you modify drive assignments, the external drive can almost always be
identified as the D-drive as
shown on the right above.
(Note that some older
S nations cannot change the
......... .............. CD/DVD : -nt. In
W/I Et t |lo a i I this case I i .3 is
k- B'---.- ir_-' -'"-- eri-' and assign the back up
drive to the E drive as dis
cussed below, in which
Nr .rl I, I" "-f v case all references to "D:"
should be replaced by
S I "E:".)
STo make this -h.n.
right click or
-. _E -Computer" and choose the
$ "Manage" option which
results in the screen shown
lrl ftink) Ii-Uv#I B l IW t~ D (l in ',.,,, 5. Then select
the i -I Management"
option and click on the
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[ f aIJ.OJ IICLfP s. :r.jei appears F,.1J. click and
choose I.,. drive let
ter and .1 I" and then
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letter you wish this drive
to always appear as. I use
"X," a holdover from when
Figure 4. Disk drive configuration. I hada large desktop with four
internal hard drives and three
Figure 5. Computer Management screen CD drives. I used "X," "Ya and
"Z" for the CD units. From here on I am going to assume you have your drives con
: i the manner shown in Figure 4 with the back up drive called the D drive.
\i I -I ,istitute whatever drive letter you have chosen and use that in place of "D"
in all that follows.
At this point, you are now ready to choose your method of backing up your infor
mation and perform the actual back-up operation.
The problem with using the included software generally is that the information is
often stored in one :' .t file and you are given only the directory structure for your
own use in retrieval I .I this provides a very easy way to get back-up protection, it
-- -t --- --- tl .- .- of accessing your protected data in the same manner as
; .. I ii i i. ... ... .... i unit and retrieval can be a bear. Specifically, Vista and
the forthcoming Windows 7 allow for previewing files without actually opening them.
Back-up programs included on the hard drives n rll- do not allow this. The only
thing you can do is "recover" a damaged or lost 1.1 ...etimes a lengthy process.
The methods I recommend and describe allow you to use the files on the external
drive in exactly the same manner as you would those stored on your internal disk,
that is, to "mirror" the data folders that exist on your internal hard drive on your
external HDD. Should you choose to utiliz- thi-: i rr-ri; t--hnique, one way to do
this is to set up the batch-file command -i... i... 1 ", that will undertake
the back up process.
There is no need to go into detail on this method now, since you will have to pur
chase the necessary equipment and prepare yourself for the actual back-up process.
About that time, your next issue of Caribbean Compass should be ready for you to
read Part Two of this article, wherein the details of undertaking the actual mirroring
of your computer's information structure on the external hard drive will be outlined.
Owen C. Jones sails, charters and teaches sailing with his wife, mate and chef Mary
Trovato, aboard S/V Fidelity. Visit their website at http://sailisv.com.
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Think of summer in the Caribbean, and you might think of I-r----l-1 n- -r
You might also think of storms and wind and rain... and ligh,.... ... ....
storm rolls toward your yacht, imagine how attractive a mast must be to a big, dark
anvil cloud aching to discharge its overload of electricity!
The first thing to remember about lightning is this: lightning has its own mind and
does all sorts of strange things that are unexplainable. But if a boat is properly
grounded, there is usually no structural damage from a lightning strike -although
you'll have to resign yourself to the fact that all your electronics will be fried unless
you have managed to disconnect them before the strike.
My own yawl lolaire has been struck four times, with no str--t"l .1 1;..;- Tl,
first time was when we had a wooden mast, and were evidently i i i i i. i,
Iolaire has outside chainplates and a bobstay secured to a big stem strap. At the time
we were hit, two crewmembers were on the bowsprit removing a hanked-on headsail.
They said they felt a slight tingling sensation but nothing else.
Subsequently we have been hit three times, but the aluminum mast stepped on a
steel floor assembly that is bolted to a lead keel has allowed the lightning to find its
way to ground.
Wooden boats, properly grounded, have a good chance of escaping with no dam
age. Fiberglass boats, even those with an encapsulated keel, can also escape with
1 .;.- tIther than fried electronics. At the St. Maarten Charter Boat Show in
L- young charter skipper who, a few years before, had bought a fiberglass
boat with an encapsulated keel. To protect against lightning damage he secured
copper plates port and starboard outside the hull, alongside the mast. Each plate
was two square feet. He then fitted one-inch-diameter bolts through the copper and
the hull and then tied the bolts to the foot of the aluminum mast with really heavy
copper wire. The boat was later hit by lightning. All electronics fried, but there was
no other damage.
Besides electronics, sometimes other electrical equipment -such as generators,
alternators and starter motors -are destroyed or d .... 11 1, 1....... ...1 But
f.i;l- ft-, tl, 1.n..- is not immediately appare: .1 ,I 11 ii ,,,,i i, the
e ..1 ... ... -i- ..i i... but one or two months later it dies. Then there is often an
argument with the insurance company: did the equipment die from old age or did it
die as a result of the lightning strike? Thi -- 1 surveyors note on their survey
report that although the equipment tested .. i... if it fails in the next few months
it should be considered as part of the lightning claim.
Lightning dissipaters might minimize the chances of a strike but not eliminate
them. The first company that put them on the market for yachts sold them like hot
cakes as they said they would pay the insurance deductible if the boat were struck
by lightning. This sounded like a perfect deal, but there was one problem. The claims
came in thick and fast and the company went bankrupt 18 months after they start
ed offering guaranteed lightning dissipaters.
The purpose of a lightning dissipater, like a sharp spike on the top of a barn, is to
try to dissipate negative ions, thus minimizing the chances of a strike. But if a strike
does come anyway, as long as there is a good path to ground from the lightning dis
sipater, you should suffer no structural damage. My old friend Tony Knowles feels
that the lightning dissipaters are worth while BUT they must be connected to the
shrouds with heavy wire so that if you are struck the lightning will be conducted to
the rigging, which should be connected to outside chainplates or a ground plate.
Regardin. i .... ironic gear via fuses, four different electronic specialists
I've talked . I They all state that anyone offering gear that will protect
electronics f. .. 1..1..... strikes is selling snake oil.
Lightning I i ,, i carbon-fiber spars is difficult, as carbon cloth is a rela
tively good conductor. Also, the epoxy resin will break down at relatively low tem-
peratures, and thus, even if the rod rigging is properly connected to chainplates that
are properly connected to an external keel or ground plate, if struck by lightning the
heat generated around the i.. i .1 .i... iat attach the rod to the mast may cause
the resin in the region of the ii 1.... I i i .1 down. Sometimes drilling out the weak
ened area and inserting sleeves can save the mast. Other times the damage is so
extensive that the spar must be considered a total loss.
As spars and rigging get more and more high tech, with carbon spars attached to
carbon rigging attached to carbon chainplates, a potentially disastrous situation
exists. A recommended solution is a lightning dissipater bolted to the top of the
mast, with a bolt passing through the masthead and the end of the bolt attached to
a very heavy copper wire that is attached to a heavy bronze bolt at the foot of the
mast. From that bolt, a heavy wire is run with a minimal amount of turns to either
a keel bolt attached to an external keel, or to a biL -:1-;n;t--1 7yr-;-1 t i-lt
Of course many sailors feel they if have spent i ..... i ....i .
carbon spars and rigging, they do not want to add the weight of a heavy copper wire
the length of the mast, nor do they want the weight and windage of a lightning dis
sipater. They trust on luck that their boat will not get hit by lightning, and they
trust their insurance company to buy a new mast and rigging when the spar gets
zapped. Of course the owner will have to absorb an insurance deductible that may
be rather substantial.
There can be an odd insurance situation with regards to high-tech carbon spars.
Often spars, rigging and sails are not covered while racing unless an extra premium
is paid. Sometimes underwriters just flatly refuse to cover spars, sails and rigging
when racing. If the mast is struck by lightning and the boat is not racing, it would
be covered, but if the mast was struck by lightning while racing and racing coverage
for spars is not in place, there is no insurance claim.
The small ground plates used for SSB radio r-;;;;-l are not sufficiently large to
deal with lightning strikes. When a boat ..:-in 11. - I ground plate as a lightning
ground plate gets struck, the result is iI .. L melted ground plate and a hole in
Radio experts love to use a stay or a shroud isolated from the other rigging by
insulator as a radio antenna. Riggers dislike this installation as, despite what is
said to the contrary, the insulators occasionally do fail and if they do, usually the
rig is lost. Also, even if the boat is properly grounded, at times lightning has its
own mind and runs down the stay or shroud that has the insulator and explodes
In conclusion, to minimize damage from lightning striking your mast, provide a
path for the ..1..... I get to an external ground. This path should be the easiest
way possible. II i .. turns in the route, keep them to a minimum.
For a lengthier discussion of lightning strikes and boats, visit http://www.sailnet.
com/forums/gear maintenance articles/20124-understanding-lightning part-two.html.
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T e promise of exotic, palm- treed, white sandy beaches and the freedom to pull
anchor and venture into the unknown is very alluring. Leaving your home,
family and friends to embark on a sailing adventure, however, is nothing
short of -' .- ;; All the ]-l;;;i;;n pr-- r n t- remove yourself from civiliza
tion in I .... .. have e .... i i .... i i .. lives, and then placing your
self on a vessel averaging 40 feet in length and living in the presence of your spouse
24/7... Well, many envy us. Outsiders remark that we .. i ... ur dream".
My husband, Bill, and I had been doing just that. -1 .. I... I. ... Grand Bahama
Island with e ...... ..i... :perience to fit in a thimble, we headed out aboard our
Tayana 42, LI -i i I .. II exploring the Bahama Islands, with the best snorkel
ling we had ever experienced, we journeyed to Cuba, the safest, cleanest and one of
the friendliest countries in the Caribbean. Jamaica became a favorite with breath
taking scenery and wonderful people, although nowhere as clean as Cuba.
Above: In St. Vincent, we enjoyed exploring the Pirates of the Caribbean movie set
Below: Unspoiled Tobago was a delight
Heading east from Jamaica, -et 1..in In t- th, south shore of Hispaniola, turned
out to be a pleasant experience I I I 1 ... to be poor and backward and were
warned of safety issues. However, we were pleased to find that Ile a Vache does not
have the reputation of the mainland. It was delightful. We were captivated by the
enthusiasm of the y ,,.... 1. -1 .... .. ho visited our boat in their dugout canoes and
with whom we share n I.- i,-,. '... and hooks.
The history of Columbus's adventures in the Dominican Republic sparked our
imagination and encouraged further research on the subject.
As we worked our way through the Leeward and Windward Islands we stopped at
every island along the way, exploring it by local transport, seeing the sights recom-
mended by the Lonely Planet Guide and spending as long as we desired.
Carnival in Trinidad was a blast and the leatherback turtle egg laying was spec
tacular. The beauty and pristine beaches of Tobago were a delight.
From Trinidad we ventured in search of traditional cultures up the Manamo and
Macareo Rivers in Venezuela, where the Warao Indians continue to live in thatched
In search of traditional cultures, we ventured up the Mdnamo River in Venezuel
roof houses with no walls and paddle dugout canoes. As we traded flour, sugar and
fabric for handcrafted jewelry we were in awe that we were actually experiencing
first-hand this unique culture. Our i-rn--" bi ---Vn -In. -in- rnd inspiring.
Again we ended up in Venezuela, J.... ... I I ..... .. 1. our basic Spanish
comprehension, planning to continue westward in due course. Venezuela had much
to offer and we had some boat projects to complete. Breaking away from the dock for
a respite from work, we took a second jaunt up the Golfo de Cariaco. During that
week a very dull ache and some swelling developed in my lower abdomen. It wasn't
enough to stop me from exploring the Guacharo Caves, hiking to a waterfall or hav
ing daily swims around the boat. However, after a week I decided I should get it
checked out. Our last night in Laguna Grande was memorable, peaceful and relax-
ing. The scei .- i .i. i .1 .. .nd we enjoyed socializing with our friends on
Zydeco. Our- ..- 11 .... ,1i i be short-lived.
The next day we were back at the dock at Cumana. I immediately located an OB/
GYN at Marina Plaza, next to Marina Cumanagoto, and had an appointment within
an hour. Thankfully the doctor had a reasonable command of English. Having not
sought medical attention outside of Canada in three years of sailing, I wasn't sure
what to expect, particularly in Venezuel ............ I ,, i, ,.....
sound, the doctor told me to return to C.. i ... i ,, ,,, i, .1
treatment. What was I hearing? How co. I i i i ....... i i - .. i
I was full of tumours and needed surgery. I had no pain and only minor discomfort
but she sent me off with a pain-medication prescription. In the next breath she sug
gested I consider having .... ,. 1,I here in Cumand within a week. She strongly
encouraged me to meet .' 1 I. I.. .. I a surgeon, at the hospital the next day.
Returning to the boat with the shocking news, Bill and I agreed to head home. We
spent a sleepless night. Bill caught a bus to Puerto La Cruz in the morning to deal
with some boat gear and make travel arrangements. I decided to go to the hospital
and meet with the surgeon to help me make more sense of the news. A couple of
minutes in the hospital convinced me our decision to return to Canada was a wise
one. The questionable hygiene standards and lack of modern facilities were obvious
and unsettling. At 8:00AM on a i.. ... ....... the halls were packed with people,
some lugging bundles of beddir I' I I *i advised by a fellow boater we met in
Cumana, with first-hand 1-n--l~" of the Cumana hospital, that not only do
patients bring their own I i.,. I a hospital stay but also their own mattress!
Prescriptions must be purchased outside the hospital by a family member or friend,
and brought back to the patient. Despite the obvious negatives, amazingly the OB/
GYN told me that surgery in the public hospital would cost nothing. As well, the doc
tors I dealt with were very professional and empathetic.
The hospital had few places to sit so I spent a couple of restless hours leaning
against the wall before I was able to see the doctor. After another ultrasound and
blood tests, I was informed the following day that I had ovarian cancer. There is a
blood test called a CA 125 that is an indicator, although not diagnostic, that con
firmed the dreaded disease.
Within five days we had returned to Canada. I was immediately admitted to hospi
tal and started chemotherapy within a few days. Surgery was scheduled two months
later, followed by :, i. ...1. i, ,
This disease is k.. .. .- -,i ,, ,11 -". Ovarian Cancer Canada has a program
called Listen to the Whispers --I n--I t- educate well women to be aware of the
symptoms. If ovarian cancer is .... I .. I and treated, the survival rate is as high
as 90 percent. However, 70 percent of victims are not diagnosed until Stage 3 or 4.
That staggering statistic has not changed in many years.
Ovarian Cancer Canada recommends you see your family doctor if you have one or
more of these symptoms and they last longer than three weeks: swelling or bloating
of the abdomen, pelvic discomfort or heaviness, back or abdominal pain, fatigue, gas,
nausea, indigestion, change in bowel habits, emptying your bladder frequently, men
strual irregularities, weight loss or weight gain.
I strongly encourage women to request a CA 125 and an ultrasound when they
have their yearly checkup. A pap test cannot detect ovarian cancer. The doctor may
resist, as the test can give false positive and negative readings, but it's the best they
have and will give you peace of mind if your reading is between 0-28 (by Canada's
1 chemotherapy, ir and m( 1. .. 1. . I am delighted to say I am
officially in remission. full of .- ... I II, in the Lord, along with our
prayer warriors, has sustained us through this devastating experience and we have
emerged stronger, happier and knowing God is in control of all 11i ..
After considerable research on diet, we are making a lot ol I .... We have
learned cancer cells cannot live in an alkaline environment so we started there.
There are numerous websites that list foods that are alkaline or acidic and give the
recommended balance. One of my favorite websites is www.trans4mind.com/nutri
tion/pH.html. It is not new that we should eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and
less red meat (beef, pork, veal), shellfish and processed foods.
For now we're soaking up wonderful family time and sunshine in British Columbia.
Ovarian cancer has a reputation of recurring, so setting up a stress-free environment
with a focused diet where the cancer cells cannot survive is my goal, along with
eventually returning to our sailing adventure.
I've been given a second chance and we hope to spread the news to all women to
be more aware of their bodies and not hesitate to get medical attention if they expe
rience some of the above symptoms. What seems like "nothing" might be "some
thing". Don't take any chances.
THU E night of January 12th, 2009 was the
kind of brilliant night that begs you to
stay outside, lying on your back with your nostalgic
mood switched on. The sky was so full of stars that it
looked like a giant fireworks display, or like diamonds
lost in time. Gordon, my partner, and I l ...
the moment and we lay in the cockpit I i i I
sloop, S/Y Peacemaker, gazing at the sky over Trinidad
and talking late into the night.
There were lots of shooting stars and we interrupted
our trip down memory lane every now and then to make
our respective wishes upon them. Yes, I know: at our
age! But life feels so much better when you let yourself
believe that your wishes will be granted, and by a shoot
ing star! And we also bLi ii .it ; 1.. -ii vish,
lest it be jinxed. Thus -1 i .1 i I ...... and
went to bed in the wee I ... i . i
Needless to say, we slept late into the next morning.
Gordon woke up before me, which is unusual. I decid
ed to play possum -maybe T ,.11 ; 1,, 1 and
enjoy some breakfast in bed! I .. I 1 I 1..1 1 hear
any sound of a breakfast in the making. Just when I
was about to give up the cocoon of the bunk I heard
an outboard motor and the insistent barking of our
dog told me we had a visitor.
last piece of
4 T-. heavy steel
~ wire off
I took a peek through the curtain to see who was
there. Seeing an unfamiliar face, I decided to stay in
bed while the man talked to Gordon. Our visitor did
not come aboard and soon he left. Right after that
Gordon called me with a sense of urgency in his voice,
which I have learned from experience means "react
immediately and ask questions later".
"Look outside!" Gordon said as he hurriedly put on
his shorts. Wondering what this was all about, I
obliged him. And it hit me. There were no boats any
where in sight and I could see the Chaguaramas
anchorage receding into the very far distance. Well,
that was a shocker --n:ii-l-rin tibt th- l-t time I
checked we were in i .... i 11 i11. ... gently
swinging on our anchor chain. Come to think of it, the
night before I had had the feeling that we could be
slowly dragging the anchor, but I attributed it to star
ing at the sky too much and I ignored the warning.
Here we were now, slowly voyaging to God only
knows where with nobody on the helm. It was about
10:00AM. We had drifted about three-quarters of a mile
into the open sea.
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We went to sleep in the Chaguaramas anchorage. We woke up three-quarters ofa mile away
One of us must have wished for the safekeeping of
our boat last night, considering all the horrible near
accidents w .... .I...i .... sed. Had the wind been
blowing in -1. i.11 1.11 .. I direction we would have
woken up on the rocks. Considering how rocky the
area is we would have probably had to swim out of a
shipwreck. 1- i. ... .. ,- close to a ship dock
and there .1 ..i i. i .. ships close by. How
we managed to miss them is still beyond us.
I started the engine while Gordon lifted the anchor.
No sooner was it up than Gordon called me for the
second time that day in the serious sailing tone. I
could see nothing out of the ordinary -that is, until I
looked at the anchor. We had somehow picked up
about 75 kilograms of steel wires bunched together!
Try as we might we could not shake them off.
We needed to use the boat hook. It was always placed
strategically on deck for easy reach. This time, I could
not find it. I could have sworn it was on the foredeck a
few days before, but somehow when it was needed, it
wasn't there. We had to find our spare, which predict
ably neither of us had seen for whale i 1
The wind was picking up and we i, 11. i .
towards Gaspar Grande Island. It took all of Gordon's
1. ... and then some to finally pry the mass of steel
,. the anchor, while I stood by and willed my
strength to him and kept my fingers crossed.
In the end we had to part with the spare boat hook,
too. The wires chose to take it away. It did float for a
while, but with the strong wind and the strong current
we could not maneuver the boat in time to save it.
The kind Frenchman who had earlier come to warn
us of our situation came again to check whether we
needed any help. He had been watching us with his
binoculars and had seen all the heavy steel wires
stuck on the anchor. But by then we were underway
to safer waters.
On the way back to the anchorage I was amazed at
the amount of sea traffic passing. Yachts, dinghies and
other boats were everywhere. But of all the people
around, only one man had taken the time to come and
tell us that we were headed for destruction. He even
came a second time to confirm that we were safe and
in control. We were just happy that he came to point
out what was happening.
Soon we were re-anchored safely. Afterwards we
went around the anchorage looking for him, to thank
him. We tried to spot his dinghy, as it was the only
means we had to identify him, but could not find it.
We felt particularly grateful to him --n.-i-l-rni;. .- -
many people might have seen us ,11,,. .. i i -
to ignore the situation.
It was not until three days later that we finally met
in a local internet cafe. We got his name and learned
that his boat was on the quay and that was why we
couldn't find him. We conveyed our hearty apprecia
tion for his help ... i ... .. i,,. 1..- .. yet another
wayof thanking .I i . .... .. I .. wayto help
others in need.
Thank you, Monsieur Tournadre Gerard on board
the vessel Marguerisa, and thank you every other
sailor who helps out in the sailing community. It takes
To our Good Samaritan, Tournadre Gerard,
a big thank-you!
a special person to leave the comfort of his or her boat
Si 1. .1 11. i .... to take the time to help
S1i. i. i . I. -- -lance rendered -from
towing a sailor with a failed outboard, for example, to
helping newcomers prepare their boat for a storm -it
makes someone's life easier.
Helping others also restores faith within the sailing
community. It is nice to know that you are surrounded
by people who would come to your assistance in case
of an emergency.
If you choose to sit in your cockpit and watch other
people drift in their dinghies as they desperately try to
get the outboard to run, or elect to finish your break
fast as their boat drifts into danger, just remember,
one day it could be you. Consider: you wouldn't want
to see people seated in their cockpits watching you as
your woes unfold. Whenever you can, take the time to
help other sailors in need. Be generous.
Just for the record, I did find the missing boat hook
on the deck almost right where we were standing.
And, of course, I got to make breakfast. But best of all
we were safe, as was our floating water home. Thank
you again, Monsieur Tournadre Gerard.
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( f BOOK REVIEWS BY CHERIAN GORDON
Electronic Charting Demystified Two Tales for Caribbean Teens
Get Onboard With E-Charting, by Mark and Diana Doyle. semi-local publications
LLC, Bloomington, Minnesota. 230 pages. ISBN 978-0-9758617 2-1. $34.95
Shopping for your computer's navigation software is a harder than it would seem.
You think you just want to know where you are on the chart. Would that it were
Set Onboud With ECharMtg
M.rkad oun. g*e. Auihenma a 9in the WManr
There are so many programs to choose from. Each one does the same thing differ
ently, or different things the same way. There's jargon, acronym, assumed back
ground knowledge, computer literacy levels, and a mind-numbing cacophony of bells
and whistles to integrate into your decision.
In fact, the choices and options ,, I .....i.... ihatyou need a reference book to
stand a chance of sorting it all oul i 1... i I..i I ..- is that book.
If you're new to electronic charting, many options you didn't know you had will be
revealed to you. Already using e-charts? You'll get help drilling down into your soft
ware, increasing your awareness of all its features and why you might want to use
them. Made the wrong choice? You'll learn what else is out there that might serve
There's some free trial software on the included CD. Plus, the Doyles address
peripheral issues, such as onboard internet access, weather applications and user
generated marine websites. It's a very, very complete reference.
Clearly, Get On Board With E Charting is not a book you'd read straight through,
despite a friendly and conversational writing style and attractive pages. I liked the
illustrations -screenshots, tables comparing features, pictures of hardware -all
germane, colorful and easy on the eye. But the subject is so dense that you'll want
to skip around and take regular breaks!
Mark Doyle and Diana Doyle are the electronics editors for the online boating
magazine MadMariner.com, in whose columns the book originated. They also run
Managing The Waterway publications, where you c ... i ,i ........ .... i
as well as a CD containing all the free US raster i i i .
the hassle of downloading them, plus PDF copies of other useful I ..
publications. Free updates are available on their website, managingthewaterway.
com, as are sample pages of this book.
They cruise the waterway on a PDQ catamaran. And, having had some personal
dealings with them, I can tell you that they are careful, organized, efficient and
thoughtful. It really shows in this book.
Available at managingthewaterway.comrn
I Guides that just
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A Bv better
Delroy in the Marog Kingdom, by Billy Elm. Published by Macmillan Caribbean
2009. Paperback, 180 pages. ISBN 978-0-230-03498-3.
Escape from Silk Cotton Forest by Francis C. Escayg. Published by Macmillan
Caribbean 2008. Paperback, 180 pages.
These books are two in a new Macmillan series of six labeled "Island Fiction". The
books are based on folklore stories of various Caribbean community cultures and
beliefs and were written for the sole purpose of getting Caribbean teenagers more
involved in reading. These tales are fictional and the characters in the stories are not
real nor are the events.
The first book being reviewed in the series is called Delroy in the Marog Kingdom.
Delroy was the only child for his mother but a second child for his father. Dahlia,
his father's wife, treated him inferiorly because of how he spoke and where he and
his mother came from. His father acknowledged him financially but barely emotion
.1 111. .1. 1. i 1 i 1 I, ,i i roy was once told a story by his mother of a woman
...... I .. ............ ...... living in the river who had the power to control a
.n r i t h h h ql l i f h l n n, i n t n
I '"h II .... I h.I ,I h
Ih II ,,.
SILK CO... .
F O Ri iR MII.....
ply he might lose the chance of turn-
ing back into a boy. Accompanied by
a marog soon to become a respected
ally and friend, Gorem, he began his
perilous journey to acquire the "zeta
stone", a source of great power that
has the ability to make the holder live ,
for eternity. To acquire this stone was
the reason for his pending journey.
He will come face to face with dan
ger, deception, trickery and even
almost death as a marog. He will
learn valuable lessons in the true
meaning of friendship, the desire and
SI. f love for family within him
II I Iso acceptance of who he is
as a human. Delroy will transform l
from being weak willed to courageous and skillful. The book uses suitable adjectives
so the reader is able to sense :- ..... i i.. ..i . i i .. .. .1h I -1- i- t: .
:; -- I ;---r-lilny t- Jaiaica II II I I I. I I. h I .. II I. 1.
I i ii ... I it helps usthereaders I ...I -I a I I .. ..
folklore and the belief that Jamaicans have I I. I. it is real or not. The book is
worth more than one read for it is exciting, captivating and very dramatic.
In Escape from Silk Cotton Forest, from the beginning of his '--nr- --ars, life has
been hard for Domino, a Goan (half goat, half man). He lost I.. I .'I in the war
rint La Diablesse (a beautiful witch that is half woman, half cow) in the kingdom
I where he lives. On the opposite side of the kingdom of lerie there is the silk
cotton forest where La Diablesse resides and there, along with his best friends
Peenut, a mongoose, and Rhe, a Goteen (a female Goan), he will be imprisoned and
forced to serve as a slave along with others from his kingdom.
Domino and his friends do not intend to stay and endure this torture and so they
plan an escape. In his journey to freedom he will be bitten by Soucouyants and
Douens, almost killed by Moongazers, tortured by La Diablesse herself and come
face to face with a boa constrictor, all in the company of his two companions who
fight alongside him. It was said to him earlier in his life by his mother that because
he survived snakebite as a baby, he had the ability to hear snakes speak and thus
he is destined for greatness I- i,.- I ..... to freedom for himself and his fellowmen
his destiny? And thus the -;
Although the beginning was very unclear because of the names given to various
creatures in the tale, the story was well put together and as every bit enticing as you
would expect from a folklore tale. It is based on Trinidadian folklore, and even for a
person such as myself who has little knowledge of it, the story was well told. The
scenes created very detailed and effective im'M rri that portrayed the events in my
mind almost as if I were actually there. I -.- I the scenes were tragic and heart
breaking and this made the story even better, in such a way that it seemed realistic
and --- t .. .i. -f romance and drama. The author writes with such ease that the
plot ,,,,I I. .I I I and mysteriously that you are urged unconsciously not to put
the book down until it is finished. That is whale I ,ii ., .i ,i,,. I ut don't just take
it my word for it, read the book and you'll see: '' II I ... I think am going
to read this one a few more times, too.
Available at bookstores andfrom www.macmillan caribbean.com.
For Cat Fanciers Only SAMIVt'S
by Wayne and Treba Thompson
Do you like cats? The four-legged type, not the twin-hulled variety. Do you need a
feline fix but can't have a cat on board because: a) you plan to sail to quarantine
required countries, b) your mate is allergic, c) you already have a dog, or d) you're
off the boat too much to care for one?
If you love cats but can't have one, or even if you have cats but enjoy playing with
more, you can indulge ....- I i ...- I ,,, feline friends along the way. I i'.... i,,
homeless kitties on thE I I. bittersweet experience as you i ,
they'll have starved to death a week after you depart. Volunteering in animal shelters
might let you feel that your efforts have ongoing effects, but volunteer work requires
a lot of time and often involves a schedule. The easiest way to get your feline fix is to
befriend the cat that hangs out in the restaurant, guard house, or laundry room of
your own boatyard or marina.
Casa Evita was
w B for the otherwise
811 homeless felines at
f y bm oi Power Boats marina
in Trinidad. Cuisers
Power Boats in Trinidad has a cat colony complete with its own little house where
cruisers stop to feed and pet the half dozen or so members that currently live there.
If you've been to Power Boats, you may have noticed Casa Evita tucked up against
the fence in the upper yard on the side nearest Budget Marine. But did you wonder
what exactly it was and where it came from?
The colony began in December 2001 when a stray white cat gave birth to four kittens
in the yard. Cruisers from Florida, whose names have been lost in the sands of time,
discovered this pitiful looking little family and began to care for them. But as they pre
pared to sail away, they worried about what would happen to Mama and her kittens.
In January 2002 they solved their problem by passing the baton to another cruiser.
Cheryl and Randy Baker on S/V Caribee had hauled out in Power Boats for a major
refit to prepare their boat for a Pacific voyage, and Cheryl agreed to take over the care
of the cats during their stay. The Bakers had a frameandplastic "house" built over
their boat to allow them to work come rain or shine and to protect all their tools and
workbenches full of projects. The structure came to be called the White House, and
the cats made their home in it beneath Carlbee.
io .ti .m r dogs killed one of the kittens, leaving Mama with only three Boy,
I I,, and Gray the cat colony was - t -- T, P.1--rs had made
friends with another animal lover, Neville Boos o0 I I. - I .... and he told
cats. Evita used to wander Chaguaramas feeding stray animals, and she began to
bring Cheryl homeless kitties.
Cheryl took them all in and, with Neville's help, began a- tei..- program. This
was important for three reasons. It lowered the number I I - kittens in the
area, it eliminated the males' fighting over females, and it cut down on the deaths of
mother cats. Female cats were boarding the boats in the yard and tearing up cush
ions to make nests for their litters, which had prompted several locals to put out
poison to kill them. The practice didn't stop the destruction, but it did kill a few
cruisers' pets before m- 1, Ca bt i- 1 i to halt it.
Cheryl tried to : .. I ........ i I ... I the kitties by making "free kitten"
announcements on the local radio net and by working with a veterinarian who would
keep animals for a while in an effort to adopt them out. Several cruisers sailed off
with new furry crewmembers, and one cat was even shipped to a farm in Delaware.
And, of course, a few disappeared. But despite all Cheryl's efforts to find homes, a
sizable group of cats still lived beneath Caribee in the White House.
In August 2004, work on Caribee had progressed to the point where the Bakers no
longer needed the White House, so they moved out. A new tenant moved in to store
his boat for about a year, and he had no objection to the cats living beneath his boat.
So the cats still had shelter, and Cheryl continued to provide love and food.
But the day was coming when Caribee would be ready to sail west, and Cheryl
couldn't take the cats with her to New Zealand and Australia because of Customs
restrictions. She wanted "her" babies to have a home. So in August 2005, along with
some other concerned cruisers, she met with Power Boats' manager Donald
Stollmeyer. Neville Boos agreed to build a small house for the cat colony and Mr.
Stollmeyer provided space in the yard.
The White House came down in November, and Caribee sailed away in December, but
the Power Boat cats had a new home, Casa Evita. The feline colony grows and shrinks
as attrition takes its toll or as new arrivals find their way to the sanctuary. But three
of the original members Boy, Blackie Whitey, and Gray still live there today.
As for their care, the spirit of Evita and Cheryl lives on. Cruisers volunteer to feed
the cats twice a day, each caregiver finding a replacement as they prepare to sail
away. Most provide the cat chow themselves; sometimes food is donated by other
cruisers who place a bag in the wooden box beside the little shelter. And in a pinch,
Neville Boos can be counted on to help. He maintains a fund for the cats' care
-l r -. that is occasionally augmented by cruisers' donations, but all
S...... I.... his own pc i I *, iimal lovers are always welcome to
make contributions to the fund, i.... I I the kitties, or just stop by and give
them a little attention.
So if you're a cat fancier and you happen to sail to Trinidad, remember that it's
easy to make feline friends at Power Boats.
by Ruth Lund
From the very first day we brought two cats on board our boat Dignity, it was a
major bone of contention. Where to put the cat loo? Down below it was too smelly,
on deck it was too exposed, and in the cockpit it was always in the way.
When we took the two five year old cats, Tigger and Roo, onboard they came with
their own litter box which had a lid, and in all the time they lived on board never
"had an accident" anywhere else in the boat. This litter box stayed at the back of the
cockpit in port. When we sailed it moved to a spot under the cockpit table, firmly
lashed to the pedestal after one unfortunate yacht race where a violent tack had lit
ter and its contents sliding all over. But this system was not ideal. In Trinidad's rainy
season, the litter box, with its open door and air holes in the top became a soggy
mess. We tried various methods to keep it dry -a little canvas awning, a loose
wooden cover -but whatever we did, it was an eyesore and an embarrassment
when socializing in the cockpit.
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No, Sammy -not there!! Just kidding. He might hide in the mainsail forfun,
but for business this ship's cat now has a built-in litter box under the cockpit seat
Then the cat box came to a sticky end in St Kitts. Sailing in late at :. 1.i
anchored in one of the bays, planning to clear in at daylight. At the crack I I
the coast guard banged on our hull, demanding to know what we were doing there.
They came on board, and with uncanny precision one burly coast guard member
planted his military boot through the lid of our cat box, splitting it open. He then
went to search the boat below, rifle in hand. As he passed the cabin door he saw our
elderly, gentle cat Roo, staring at him from the bed. He got -.. 1. i,,.l1, 1, 1 .
backwards, almost falling over the saloon step, asking, "Does L I I*"' I I
Niels, could not resist replying, "Only if you point a gun at her." However, this guy
was in no mood forjokes. He was so spooked he cut the inspection short, leaving us
with one mutilated cat box. It took me months of searching, and eventually a trip to
South Africa, to find another cat box with a lid. Deducing from this incident that
cats on board might be a great deterrent to would-be thieves in the Caribbean,
where some folk seem to fear cats, Niels lets it be known that we have a fierce feline
When we moved i 1 ,. boat, Baraka, one of the first things we hoped to do
was find a better .'i, ,, the cat loo. Endless discussions about this came to
nothing -until we found wood rot in our cockpit floor and lockers. So, after ripping
the rotten parts out, we decided now was the time for a built-in litter box location.
Sacrificing one of our cockpit lockers, we now have a super-duper loo for our current
cat, Sammy. The locker is under the port cockpit seat and has a side opening to the
cockpit floor shaped specifically to take the cat-litter box. The opening has a lip to
prevent the box from : .11... ,,1 when heeling, but the box can be easily lifted and
slid out for replaceme. 1 1.11 Next to it is a space for spare litter and cleaning
equipment. The cockpit seat lid still lifts, gi.-- fu.ll access to the sp ....i
f---e hit a storm, it has a "barn I close it off from -.I I I,
I Ih 1 floor.
We didn't consult Sammy on the colour scheme, which is litter-type 1..1.1
(don't ask why), but he seems to have adjusted pretty well to his new loo. I I., I
didn't like the smell of fresh paint, but set about rectifying this by scattering litter
as far and wide as he could every time he used it. Fortunately, we no longer have
the litter-box placement issue to argue about, we now have a better topic -why ever
did we give up a locker for a cat loo, and what do we do now with the stuff that used
to be stowed there?
Compass Cruising Crossword
THE CARIBBEAN IS A MELTING POT OF PEOPLE FROM MANY CULTURES.
LET'S MEET SOME OF THEM IN THIS PEOPLE OF THE CARIBBEAN
Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski
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ES S OM T O F S R OL I A S
Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Feelings o i i 1 i ..... I .11 is month.
An intimate i i i il. I friends is
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
While doing boat projects, don't get mired in creative
details. Work on the basics and let the details take care
I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Choose your words carefully this month. Problems
expressing yourself in business matters could frustrate
any boat projects you're working on.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Tp VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Make marine business connections and work on deals
this month to prepare for the creative inspiration coming
to you around the 23rd when the sun sails into Virgo.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Some ir1 i-11 ---- .- -. t
thoughts ti' .. i i .... 111 I
Fair winds will be back in a couple of months.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Concentrate on your cruising creativity. Don't let any
adversity in your love life take the wind out of your sails
and spoil the fun.
T SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
This will be a lazy time for you with minor financial
u 1. i l, I, . l, I i aflrm grip
,, a positive
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
It's t 1- .-- ---- i love life this month,
with ii ... i.. I .. n.. .. i ... r grievances.
Keep enough sail up, stay on c ... .. I 11 drive right
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
If you let I, I, ,II ( ule any creative ideas you
pursue this:.. ..II. 11. 11 on your personal relation
ships will be headwinds and contrary currents. Think of
others on board.
SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Maintain a positive attitude or you might spend the
enti- m-nth -""-- about boat business and fending
off ..... ,. shipmates or i,.. buddies. If
you're chartering, bad vibes on board 1 have reper
cussions so keep things light and breezy!
ACROSS 48) HAMMER 19) VANE
1) HOUSE 51) SCENE 21) UNTO
3) HOOKS 53) LUNAR 22) TONGUE
5) BOAT 54) BARK 24) AGE
8) MOLE 56) WATERS 25) FISH
9) HER 57) PISTOL 26) DOGGED
10) ASHORE 58) SAFE 27) ON
13) SALTY 59) IN 29) BODY
14) WAR 60) SPANS 30) STOPPERS
15) DRAKE 33) WATCH
17) BITE DOWN 34) ALARM
20) SUPPORTS 2) SHORES 36) ON
23) BRAVE 3) HEAD 37) DOGGER
26) DOG 4) OCEANS 41) EVENS
28) TIMBERS 5) BELL 42) LANA
31) ONE 6) ORT 43) GROWLS
32) OW 7) TO 44) ASLEEP
35) GO 8) MEN 47) RUB
38) LAUNCHED 9) HA 49) AMAIN
39) BOLT 11) SWIM 50) MASTS
40) YELP 12) HAT 52) CUR
43) GAGA 13) SEA 55) ARF
45) VAP 16) SEE 57) PI
46) DRAG 18) OPEN
(ARRIA(CU REPATTA '6
(circa 1965) I0 :c
Linton Rigg came sailing down The Trini Posse stayed at LitL -,
And anchored her* ... I.1ii1 .. .. town, In those days, everyone was scruntin'.
"This is the place: .... I- .. I Of'private baths' no one had heard,
"I'll settle here," and so he stayed. Bathrooms were communal and shared.
The Mermaid Tavern was the inn Prizegiving time was drawing near,
That Linton ran, so to begin And Rawle thought he would don his gear,
We look back through the years departed So to the shower he made haste,
To tell you how it all got started. A towel around his ample waist.
The boats that through the islands plied In he 1 .-- 1 i .. .. ... .... doors,
i, ,, ,.i,,,. trade, both far and wide, And .... I' I I 11 '
I -,I I enders, sturdy, small, He heard a scream, and then a wail
And Linton thought, these boats have all... A mermaid stood there, minus tail!
The verve and skill it takes to race, "A towel quick!" he heard her scream
And Carriacou is just the place And Barrow waked, as from a dream,
To have a really fine regatta, And gallant, although in a tizz,
Yes! Here are all the things that matter! Tugged at his waist, and gave her HIS!
He took the idea that he had He heard her mutter, "My oh MY!"
To sailing pals in Trinidad, As blushing red, she hurried by,
Hobson, Sydney Knox and Rawle, While he stood, naked and forlorn
Swore their support and gave their all. Dressed as he was when he was born!
Countless regattas they'd attended, And later when prize-giving came,
Some quite simple, some quite splendid, He met the mermaid once again,
The one remembered so long after, "Have you met Rawle?" enquired his host,
Was that first Carriacou Regatta! "Of course," she giggled, "He's the MOST!"
RULES Prize-giving was to happen next,
They shrunk the racing rules to two, But where were prizes? Crews were vexed.
For who needs rules in Carriacou? For several hours they'd hung around,
The 'port' and 'starboard' rules held sway, Awards, it seemed, could not be found!
A left-swung boom had right of way,
Where were the prizes? Come on! Think
At starting whistle, count to thirty, I know, I know, they're in the bank!
Keep it clean now, nothing dirty, The envelopes are locked inside,
The second whistle means you start, "Get the manager quick," they cried.
Let's see each skipper play his part!
END OF RULES Where was he? That they did not know,
Suffice to say they had to go,
First whistle sounded loud and clear, Searching the town, the beach? Afloat?
Count to thirty? Me? No fear! At last they found him on a boat.
Off went the boats with y( ii I ., ,,,.
What were the rules for? i ...i ,,I ,, Off to the bank, a-brandishing keys,
Back to the fete. Attention please,
Sunshine, sails and deep blue water Winners! No need to rant and rage,
Skillful sailors, curses, laughter, Just try to make it to the stage!
The boats they used to make their living,
Were now raced hard, with no forgiving So Carriacou Regattas flourished,
Improved, supported, maintained, nourished,
Of blunders, errors or mistakes By sailors just like you and me,
That an opponent's boat might make. Who love to sail, and love the sea.
Spectators watched with avid glee
Betting on favorites out at sea. So let us raise a glass or two,
As each mark or rock was rounded, "Regatta Time In Carriacou!"
Shouts and cheers and yells resounded,
Salt-caked sailors headed home Remembered by Rawle Barrow,
Thinking of prizes yet to come! and rhymed by Nan Hatch
parlumps marooned FAT-OIDS
I CRUl^SINGeKIDS'i *CORNE
r all know the old 'win about hurricanes: "June too soon, July stand
fV 1 '- : tit: .....i
Well, that : -i .....-I for newlyweds Mermaid Merry and her Merman husband
Gem had thce ---- -l-rn -- -lit to expect. Gem was his usual optimistic self and
assured his ... 1., 11 ... ...... I wife with her long red hair and emerald eyes that
there was nothing to worry about even if a hurricane did hit. But Merry, used to liv
ing on a sunny reef, wasn't so sure and she worried about what they should do in
case the worst happened.
"Don't worry about it!" Gem insisted. "A hurricane's waves will pass well over the
top of us; that's one advantage of living on a seamount."
"But its not a real seamount," countered Merry. "Its only a sea hil and it's too
close to the coast."
Gem refused to even think about storms and went about his usual business of
taking the teenage fish on learning excursions far from the seamount. But Merry was
worried and sure enough, one day in August, she felt an ominous calm.
"I don't like the feel of the weather," Merry said to Gem that morning. "Please stay
home." But being a Merman and used to living in the deeps of the sea, Gem only
laughed and swam off. Merry hardly knew what to do now that she was alone, so she
sent messengers to ask everyone to meet with her immediately. When they arrived
"I think a hurricane is coming."
There was a sudden silence while this unpleasant news sank in then Merry went
on: "Has anyone been through a hurricane?" Nobody had, but one mother had heard
that the last storm had wiped the seamount clean. This put everyone in a terrible
fright, not least of all Merry, but she kept a brave face and explained that the castle
was as strong as a fortress as it had been burrowed out of the rock itself and would
provide shelter for everyone.
Before anyone had a chance to panic she sent them home to collect their belong
ings and food and to return at the first sign of danger. Merry busied herself organize
ing the castle and making sure that the windows and doors were secure, but she
worried constantly about Gem and hoped that he would return any minute.
Then dangerous swells began to roll in and dark clouds gathered like an army
overhead and still there was no sign of Gem or the teenagers. Thunder rumbled,
growing louder and louder ; n; ---th it frightened mothers and their children.
Usually the youngsters were i. ... 11.. but now they were silent and clung to their
mothers' fins. Merry smiled to put them at ease, saying it was time to have some fun
and sent them off to her special room where she kept her picture books and play
things. The older fish arrived soon after, carrying all the food they could find and
Merry showed them where to settle themselves. The sea creatures were the last to
arrive and they were offered shelter where they would naturally seek it, the eels in
narrow tunnels and sea stars and sea urchins in nooks and crannies. Merry was
relieved that the large fish had already swum down into the safety of deeper water
as she had no room for the big rainbow runners, glassy eyed snappers, toothed dog
snappers and all of their kind.
"Oh, Gem, where are you?" Merry was frantic with worry, especially when the
swells grew into huge waves that thundered overhead and spears of lightning
stabbed the sea. Then the rain began and it fell in slanting torrents across the sur
face of the sea, taking away all the light. In ordinary times, Merry and Gem relied
upon the luminous sponges and tiny phosphorescent creatures to provide night-light
for the castle and now they did their best to light up the oppressive darkness. Merry
sobbed quietly, wondering if she would ever see her dear love again.
Indeed, where were Gem and his group of adventurous teenagers? Well, by the
time Gem knew that a terrible storm was on the way he had taken his party far, far
from the seamount and it was too late to return, so he led the way down, down to
his father's safe home at the bottom of the sea. His Mermaid mother was already
By Lee Kessell
there because she wisely spent all the hurricane months safe with her Merman hus
band while he spent some pleasant winter months in his wife's sunny reef home.
"What are you doing here?" his surprised father asked when Gem swam into his
old home. When Gem explained how foolish he had been in not listening to Merry,
his father told him not to worry as Merry was a very capable young mermaid and
that he and his wife were very happy to look .11 .... I I I -1 -. until the storm
passed. Well, the teenagers thought this the .i I i.... i .11 time and didn't
care how long the hurricane lasted but poor '. I ii . 1 I i
At last, after a terrifying night on the seamount, the first light of a bleak day pen
etrated the thinning clouds and before long Merry could look out and see that the
waves 1. 1 .1.-.t t--' and the rain clouds were drifting away out to sea. But what
of the ...... ,I .- it swept clean? Before she could find out if her guests had
homes to return to Merry organized a big breakfast for everyone. Then, taking two of
her strongest fish with her, Merry ventured out to inspect the damage. Yes, the sea
mount had been swept clean. The lovely golden pillar corals that had adorned the
roof of her castle were nowhere to be seen nor were the rope sponges, wire corals and
vase sponges. The flower boxes were gone and nothing much remained of anything
but the rock of the seamount itself. Poor Merry went back and told everyone that
they would have to remain her guests for a little while longer but in the meantime
everyone must help to put things right.
Just as ----rl-i;; rirties were being. -r ni-'l there was a commotion at the
castle door 1 ... and the lost -.. iorused everyone and then there
was Gem holding Merry in his arms, hugging her tight and promising never to leave
her ever again.
As for the seamount, the destruction wasn't nearly as bad as it had first appeared.
The bases of the corals remained attached to the rock surfaces and would re-grow;
the holdfasts of the :- -: ;;-lnl1 r-nt --.ii tlh flowerboxes were easily remade
and replanted and i ... i 1. I -1. ... I I' creatures were soon livable. And
perhaps most important of all, the community of the seamount became even closer
than before and they learned a very good lesson: BE PREPARED.
I' PRil SPNOE B |C
by Elaine Ollivierre
We have looked at how coral polyps eat. Now, how do they reproduce?
IWhen living organisms reproduce, they do so in one of two ways; sexual repro
duction where they need a partner and asexual reproduction where they don't.
I Coral polyps use both methods.
Most often, coral polyps reproduce sexually. Male polyps produce sperm (male
gametes) and female polyps produce eggs (female .-t -1 --.. types of corals
are hermaphroditic and produce both male and : '. . .' Fertilization is
when the sperm and the egg fuse together and, for coral polyps, this can happen
Iin one of two ways.
Firstly, the female polyp may keep the egg inside her body. This kind of polyp is
Called a brooder. Sperm released from another polyp swim in and fertilize the egg.
This is internal fertilization. In the second method, the polyps release both eggs
and sperm into the water where external fertilization takes place. These polyps are
Synchronous spawning means that the eggs and sperm are released into the
I water at exactly the same time. Scientists are still not sure exactly how the polyps
know how to coordinate this spawning but it seems to be connected with the lunar
I (moon) cycle. So many gametes are released at one time that the water above the
D reef turns cloudy!
Fertilization of the gametes produces tiny larva called planula. The planula is
the size of a pin head and has hairs all over it which enable it to swim with other
zooplankton for several days. Many planula are eaten but the survivors sink on to
a hard surface (a rock or a shipwreck, for example) where they attach themselves
and develop into adult polyps which can form a new coral reef if conditions are
Coral polyps also reproduce asexually. Asexual reproduction results in an indi
vidual polyp which is exactly the same as the parent polyp. This is called cloning.
Sometimes a polyp simply divides into two. Sometimes budding takes place. This
is when a new polyp grows out from the side of the adult polyp. The buds can form
buds of their own and so extend the coral colony.
Asexual reproduction is especially important when reefs are damaged in storms
or hurricanes as it produces new individuals more quickly and in larger numbers
than in sexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction is also important because it
produces a variety of individuals which are different from their parents and may
be better able to withstand changing conditions. Corals have the advantage of
being able to use both kinds depending on the environment. This is vital when we
think that coral reefs grow very slowly, about half a centimetre to three centime
tres per year.
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THE CARIBBEAN SKY: FREE SHOW NIGHTLY!
THE SKY IN JULY
by Scott Welty
The Planets in August
MERCURY -spends the month in the western sky at sunset.
VENUS -a morning sight all month. Look for it just before or at sunrise. The two
bright stars to the left of Venus are the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux. (They must
be identical twins; I can never tell them apart!)
iLOOay us --s ugusI ZZTIU at I va A l
EARTH -directly under your feet all month.
MARS -Mars is also for early risers. You'll find it a little above Venus early in the
month. Venus is the bright one. They will slowly separate as the month goes on.
JUPITER -Jupiter is rising around 10:00PM early in the month and then earlier
and earlier as the month wears on.
SATURN -Setting in the west just after the sun.
Dates of Interest
August 6th 0100 UTC -Full moon*. See the full moon very near Jupiter.
August 12th The Perseids meteor shower peaks on this day (see below).
August 16th, 17th These mornings will show a pretty thumbnail waning moon
located between Venus and Mars. Check it out!
If you have a clear and low western horizon, look for Saturn and
Mercury to be side by side and setting together around 8:00PM.
August 22nd -the moon joins Saturn and Mercury in the western twilight. (See
Saturn Mercury Moon chart)
September 2nd -again the Moon rides with Jupiter through the night sky.
September 4th Full moon* 1600 UTC
When is the moon full?
In a way this is an easy one and yet...
Pretend the earth is at rest and the moon and the sun revolve around us. I know
it doesn't happen that way but this is actually the easier platform for most simple
observational astronomy. Since it takes the sun about 24 hours to go around while
the moon takes a little over 27 days there will be a time when the moon is in exact
ly the opposite direction in the sky from the sun. Or, the angle between the sun and
the moon as measured on earth is 180 degrees (see moon in opposition chart). Since
the sun and the moon are both moving this happens at one exact moment and is the
only moment when the moon is trulyfull
For example, the July full moon was on Tuesday the 7th at precisely 09:23
Universal Time (UTC, i.e. the time in Greenwich, England). The August full moon will
be on Thursday the 6th at 00:57 UTC. So the moment of a full moon has nothing to
do with whether it is light or dark where you are. It's just geometry. I think it is this
The geometry of the
fact that causes some one-day dithering between when different calendar makers
put the little full-moon face on a particular day.
Look at 1. .....-" full moon -August 6th at 00:57 UTC. That's about 1:00AM in
England. i, i i.... is it in the Caribbean then? Well, it's four hours earlier isn't it,
because we're four time zones to the west, meaning that the moment of the full moon
isn't even on the 6th for us but rather it's 9:00PM on the 5th.
How do you mark your Caribbean calendar then?
Depending on where you live, you might not see the full moon for several hours
after the actual full moment. Or several hours before. How do you pick what DAY to
tell people is the full moon locally? I think, just use the moment of the full moon and
figure out which night you're going to see the most full moon.
So, once again, for August the full moon is at about 01:00 UTC on August 6th.
That's at 9:OOPM in the Caribbean ( ...... -1 ... i. night of the 5th the moon
is going to be pretty full. You'll see .i .- .11 -....- I -. it is still getting fuller and
then see it for several hours after :.......... .. i.... - 9:00PM. On the next night,
the night of the 6th, the moon will be more than 20 hours past its full moment. So
while the moment of the full moon happens on the 11i '' I ... ... I 11. best night for
having a full moon in the Caribbean will be the nigi.1 11. '1. i .. enough?
So, from now on I'll publish day and TIME of full moon moment UTC. You can take
it from there!
August's Featured Constellation
DELPHINUS -This is a cutie and a special constellation for sailors -Delphinus is
Greek for dolphin. The ancient story associated with this constellation is about the
Greek poet/musician Arion (also the inventor of the dithyramb!) of Lesbos. Arion,
h-in ilnt won a pile of loot at a musical competition in Sicily, finds that the crew
i i ..- .1p conspired against him for the cash. Having been granted a last wish
before being put to death, he begins singing a dirge and then flings himself into the
sea. He is then rescued by a dolphin who was enchanted by his music and the dol
phin carries Arion on his back to Greece.
high in the
Any of you Buffett fans think this sounds familiar? Of course, Jimmy and his
daughter re worked this ancient tale with an island flavor in Jolly Mon Sing! You can
use the summer triangle from last month's column to locate Delphinus. (See
THE PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER
S t o: t .a: ui .1 treat: the Perseids meteor shower. The name comes from
th I, I I I Yi .,-I many meteors (shooting stars) can be seen emanating
from the constellation Perseus. Why? When comets fly around our sun they tend to
leave a trail of debris in their wake. There is a debris field in the earth's orbit left
from comet Swift Tuttle that the earth passes through each August. The relative
east on August
12th at 0500
orientation of the earth's motion and this debris field makes the meteors seem to be
coming out of Perseus. They're not really. The debris is basically at rest and the earth
is running into it! (Remember, the earth is streaking along at about 18 miles a sec
ond in its orbit around the sun.) At the peak there may be as many as 60 meteors
The bad news is twofold. You want to view Perseus when it is as high as possible,
but Perseus doesn't rise until about midnight on the 12th the peak day of the
activity. Also, on the peak day you'll have the moon being pretty close to the observe
ing area, slightly ruining the darkness of the sky. The good news is that the shower
only peaks on the 12th. Feel free to look for meteors several days before and after the
12th as well. Also since the :, I -.... I .11 I........ PeI II'erseus you're liable
to see some streaking out ol I. .-1 ... I I I ..-.. s. Good for those of
us who can't seem to stay up after 2100! (See Perseids chart).
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck...
If you get to see some meteors then try to see them as not moving but as stationary
road signs whipping past earth as it hurtles through space. It's nearly impossible to
do and was one of the main reasons people were reluctant to accept the fact that the
earth was going around the sun and not the other way around.
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Have you ever wondered what that pinkish-skinned, yellow-fleshed root is at the
Caribbean roadside veggie stand? It is a sweet potato, and it is sweet! If you are from
North America you are ready to argue since this is not the "sweet potato" you are
accustomed to, or rather, what you were told was a sweet potato. The orange root
you eat at Ti, ., ,.. .... really a yam.
Sweet pc .1 .. II .. confused with yams, however yams are very different.
While the sweet potato is native to Peru, yams originated in Africa. Yams are not very
sweet, and grow as large as 100 pounds.
Before Europeans landed in the Western Hemisphere the sweet potato was already
well traveled. This root had already passed through South and Central America, and
was carried by boat to far-away Pacific islands and New Zealand, where it is known
as kumara. In many countries of the Pacific, the sweet potato is a primary food
source. China now grows most of the world's crop, although West Indians love sweet
potatoes and grew more than 700,000 kilos of sweet potato last year.
Among a variety of Caribbean root crops, sweet potatoes are at far right
Columbus ...1., 1 1 to Spain many new foods he discovered during his first
voyage to the I ,,, 1492. Sweet potatoes were among Columbus's treasures.
The Spanish immediately loved sweet potatoes and began cultivation. Soon Spain
exported the sweet root to their rival, England. France acquired a taste for the root
when Napoleon's wife, the Empress Josephine, who was born in Martinique, craved
the sweet potato. Portuguese seafarers carried the sweet potato to Africa and Asia.
The sweet potato is an island staple vegetable( 11 .1 I ...... .. rowing season
to produce mature roots. The sweet potato is ........ I,, 1 11 cup of cooked
sweet potato supplies two grams of protein, four grams of fiber, vitamins A and C,
calcium, beta-carotene, manganese, and folic acid.
Sweet potatoes can be baked, boiled or roasted, and used in many of the same
ways you'd use Irish potatoes -mashed, for example, or as a potato salad. They can
be shredded raw and added to salads or to top soups. Sweet potatoes can even be
juiced. They don't keep as well as some other root vegetables and are best when
relatively fresh. Scrub well just before using.
Basic Sweet Potato Soup
4 or 5 large sweet potatoes
1 large onion
4 Cups of water
An additional 3 Cups of water
salt and seasoning to taste
Peel the sweet potatoes and onion, and chop them into one-inch pieces. In a large
stockpot, put 4 Cups of water, potatoes and onion. Boil until potato is soft. Put veg
tables and liquid into a food processor or blender and puree. Return pureed mixture
to stockpot and add additional 3 Cups of water. Reheat and season to taste.
Variations include the addition of leeks, use of chicken or vegetable stock instead
of water, topping with cream or yoghurt and a sprinkle of chopped chives, or even
chilling to serve cold as a vichyssoise.
Sliced Baked Sweet Potato
Slice peeled sweet potatoes half an inch thick. Place on a piece of foil or baking
sheet and brush with vegetable oil. Bake at 400F for half an hour or until tender.
Fried Sweet Potato Cakes
3 nice size sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup flour
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
Peel and grate raw sweet potatoes. Mix in eggs and flour. Season to taste. Form
into cakes about an inch thick. Heat oil in skillet and add cakes. Cover and fry till
cooked through and the cake breaks easily. Uncover and let brown. Serves four.
Spicy Sweet Potatoes
3 large sweet potatoes
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 Cup chopped or sliced almonds (other nuts -even grated coconut -can
a pinch (to taste) of salt, pepper, ground cloves and cinnamon
1/2 Cup flour
2 Cups vegetable oil for frying
Peel sweet potatoes, boil until soft, and then mash them. Add nuts and spices.
Blend until sweet potatoes can be rolled into small balls. Carefully roll the balls in
flour. Deep fry until golden brown and serve hot. Makes a great side dish or a unique
For the Gardeners
Sweet potatoes grow best in sandy soil, started from what are called "slips". Plant
the slips two inches deep and a foot apart. The row should be molded at least eight
inches high. Add another inch of cover sand when the slip begins to grow. Keep three
feet between rows, as healthy plants will vine. The rows must be kept wet in the
development stage. Carefully pull out any weeds. Once the vines are mature, water
sparingly, perhaps once a week. Sweet potatoes prefer hot dry weather. A heavy rain
S;.t ;- will cause the roots not to form properly. To harvest, dig them out
1I . fork and dry in a shady, cool spot for a week.
A lfl countries in the world have their own culinary identity but in the
twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago, each island has its own.
One of the things that sets Tobago apart from Trinidad is its locally
made sweets. Not only are they delicious, but some of these sweets have a long his
tory. For example, tooloom and sugar cakes were developed by African slaves who
received part of their supplies in sugar and molasses.
I have a terrible sweet tooth and these sweets are an absolute must anytime I visit
Tobago. Sweets are one of the first things people ask for as presents if someone is
visiting the island. They are readily available from vendors found outside the ferry
terminal and airport. The sweets are sold in packets containing about five pieces
each, selling for between US$1.00 to US$1.50 per packet.
by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
sold by street ven
dors in Tobago are
Here are fudge and
: nut cakes
Vendors sell a variety of local sweets, but here are some that have maintained their
popularity over the decades.
Firstly, there are Benne Balls, which I think are the best known of the Tobago
sweets, made from benne -known elsewhere as sesame -seeds. When most people
think of sesame seeds they think of them toasted and sprinkled on hamburger buns
or used as sesame oil in Asian cooking. However, these local sweets are made of a
mixture of melted sugar and toasted sesame seeds. Although traditionally shaped
into balls they can also be formed into sticks or bars.
It is said that 11. - . i ... i.. since their closest relatives are found
growing there, i .. .. -i -i .11 - ..... which they called benne, to North
America and most likely to the Caribbean. They are very nutritious se i ,. i,
oxidants, and contain three times more calcium than a comparable : .- .... 1
There are many other sweets made in Tobago that come in the shape of balls. One
is made from pawpaw (papaya). In this sweet, the green fruit is used, mixed with
granulated sugar and cooked until the mixture gels. Green food colouring is added
at the end to emphasize the colour of the fruit.
Another such sweet is tooloom, which is made by ...... a ... .gar and adding
molasses, both of which add to the almost black colo,,, I 1 ..- Other ingredi
ents include grated ginger and coconut as well as pieces of dried orange peel (the
skin of the orange along with a little rind, usually hung and left to dry).
Nut cakes are another popular sweet on the island. Halved peanuts are toasted
and added to a simple-syrup mixture that also has some ginger added. Spoonfuls
are then placed on a well-oiled tray -or the marble slab that was a necessity for
candy making in days gone by. The heaps are allowed to dry as they form wide
A colourful sweet is sugar cake. Despite the name these are not comprised of pure
sugar. They are similar to nut cakes, but grated coconut is used in place of the nuts.
You can add food colouring to make them any colour you want but traditionally they
are pink or white, sometimes a combination of both. A packet will usually contain
three cakes with a combination of pink and white cakes.
Fudge is a well-known sweet around the world, but in Tobago the popular variation
is Coconut Fudge where sugar, coconut milk and condensed milk are mixed over
heat to dissolve the sugar. The mixture is poured into a tray and allowed to cool and
then cut into squares.
The final sweets usually sold by vendors are peppermint sticks. A mixture of water,
;;. 1 margarine is boiled to form a heavy syrup. Peppermint oil is added to give
.i .... The mixture is poured onto a marble slab or oiled tray. The edges are
folded into the centre and, as the mixture gets cooler, it is repeatedly rolled and
pulled by hand. Finally, sections are cut and shaped to form sticks.
So if you visit Tobago, why not pick up a few of these traditional confections and
take a sweet taste tour of our culture?
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Trust the French to take a simple flapjack and turn it into a delightful moleskin case for sweet or savory fill
ings! Crepes Suzette was the first crepe recipe I remember trying when I was a very young man. A childhood
friend was from the French West Indies. His sister made Crepes Suzette for me once during a visit to our home.
For several years after, I thought crepes were only for dessert. Since then I have tried countless crepes, both
sweet and savoury. The only limiting factor is what ingredients might be readily available as a filling for these
light, delicate and tasty pancakes.
Several reasons make crepes a perfect cruising dish. They are easily and quickly prepared. Although tasty and
quite filling, they are not heavy enough to cause one to drift off to sleep during the day. And, finally, only a small
pan with little heat from even a one-burner stove is all that is needed to produce a good quantity of crepes that
can be kept for several days in the refrigerator. Crepe batter is primarily composed of eggs and flour with the addi
ton of herbs or spices for a savoury variety or -; : nd flavouring for sweet.
The batter is easily made and is best kept : . I hours in the refrigerator to allow most of the bubbles to
escape. Traditional French recipes for crepes call for as many as ten ..- \ less rich crepe can be made using
fewer eggs and I find the results almost as good. Crepes can be rolled, I I I I or served flat in a stack, depending
on the recipe.
An easy and delicious crepe can be made using a filling of sauteed sliced bananas sprinkled with brown sugar,
coconut and a drizzle of rum. If fresh berries, such as raspberries or strawberries are c i .1 i ... ...
.. .. ... i .. ... .. . id thicklywhipped cream. Then gild I. , i.- i ,
S.... ii ry and creammixture down the centre and rolling it up. Sprinkle
* .11. I I I ... I ., I . I. i. ... I a drizzle of Grand Marnier. Delicious and quite elegant.
But the real delight for luncheon crepes, in my humble opinion, is seafood. A handful of small shrimp, a few
scallops, diced conch or lobster can be transformed into the piece de resistance with a simple cream sauce. Or
why not try a vegetarian crepe by using lightly blanched asparagus, broccoli, spinach or mushrooms and your
choice of either a melted Swiss or cheddar cheese cream sauce? For those of us more carnivorous in appetite, any
combination of cooked chopped meat or poultry can become a quick and easy lunch when folded in a crepe with
the addition of a light gravy from last night's roast.
I have even added heated sliced potatoes from the previous night's supper along with leftover vegetables and
chopped roast beef to make a full-meal-deal crepe. The results are always fantastic. My wife loves home-baked
beans and chow chow pickle wrapped in crepes. It's sort of a blending of Maritime and Acadian cultures over
lunch. There : .- :1, t of combinations.
Here are a ..' recipes I recommend you try.
3 ..- well beaten
1/i Cups (375 ml) milk
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) melted butter or canola oil
1 Cup (250 ml) all purpose flour
scant 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) finely chopped chives or parsley
Place eggs, milk and butter in a blender or mixing bowl and whip for about 30 seconds. Add flour, salt and cay
enne an i i....... I .,,. ,- two or three more minutes. Mixture should be the consistency of thick cream.
Scrape co .. i i i. i add chopped chives or parsley. Stir to mix and let batter rest in refrigerator for an
hour or overnight.
Heat a nine inch non stick frying pan or crepe pan over medium high heat. When a drop of water dances on the
surface of the pan, add a drop of oil and cup of the stirred batter. Tilt pan quickly and with a .- ...... .. .. if your
wrist, allow batter to coat evenly the surface of the pan. Cook about one or two minutes until 1 i. I II crepe
start to curl slightly. Turn crepe over to cook for about 30 seconds more until it is lightly browned. Stack crepes on a
sheet of parchment or waxed paper. Cook balance of batter in the same way, separating cooked crepes with paper.
Fill crepes with chopped meat or vegetables of your choice and serve with a hot tomato or cheese sauce.
3 ..- well beaten
1 1/ Cups (375 ml) milk
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) melted butter or canola oil
1 Cup (250 ml) all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons (30 ;-1-1 -.
1 teaspoon (5 ml) .,,,i . ,,,,
Prepare = in ti- -.- m-t Dd as for savoury crepes. Use with your choice of fresh fruit (Ceylon or Julie mangoes
are great) i I i .- ... i either ice cream or whipped cream. A delicious ending to any lunch or light supper!
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ing th 1.1. .1.. in Cumberland Bay, St.
Vincent, as reported in the June issue of Compass.
.. 1 ... 1 ,,i trageous examples of
S I I I I . ..111 .1 ,, plus therecentspate
I 11 have made that once-popular anchorage now
one to be missed.
The creating of a Customs station at Chateaubelair
was a laudable effort by the authorities but sadly one
that seems unappreciated by a proportion of local
residents who obviously looked upon greater yachting
numbers as more opportunity to perpetrate robberies
for their own, rather than the community's, gain. That
the yachting press, the Safety and Security Net, plus
the charter companies, recommend avoiding
Chateaubelair is testament to its reputation.
St. Vincent has a lot to offer visiting yachts and it is
a great shame that more attention has not been paid
to yacht security issues. While other islands, notably
St. Lucia, seemingly have more problems than has St.
Vincent, yachts seemingly worry less about them than
they do about similar problems in St. Vincent. Perhaps
it is because wherever you go in St. Lucia there are
large notices that seem to say that the authorities
accept that there are security problems from time to
time but they want to help and give telephone num-
bers to contact in the event of anything of a suspicious
nature occurring. This gives the impression that the
authorities will speedily and efficiently investigate any
concern, an impression that -erroneously I am sure
does not appear to be the case in St. Vincent.
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able to check out at Bequia and still leave St. Vincent
waters before the 24-hour limit has expired; those com-
ing south however have more of a problem.
Customs & Excise expect yachts to stop at
Chateaubelair, clear in, and then either stay there
(definitely not recommended!) or move on south. The
two other choices, neither of which helps Cumberland
Bay, are to clear and overnight in Wallilabou or carry
on to Bequia.
Itis unfortunate that, .. ...... i - .. ..stoms
made several visits to I .....i .,i .. i i ... I... I those
yachts that had arrived (presumably from St. Lucia or
Martinique) but had not yet cleared. The excuse -that
there was an element within yachtspeople that avoided
paying clearance and that they were simply enforcing
the rules just shows that some Customs officers have
no idea of how to encourage visiting yachts to St.
Vincent rather than encourage them to bypass the
island and go straight to Bequia. With St. Vincent and
the Grenadines being a very lengthy transit, from St.
Vincent all the way to Union, it is very unlikely that
yachts will deliberately not clear as the risk of being
caught is much greater than, for example, in St. Lucia
where the coastline is only some 30 miles or so and one
could be in and out of their waters quite quickly.
To aid the promotion of Cumberland Bay, and until
perhaps a Customs station can be established there, it
would help if a blind eye could be taken to yachts
overnighting there on their way through, for example
to Bequia --ir -1-. in. in is an easy and convenient
process. TI. I ". I -" are something of an anath
ema to Customs officers is a given but there are always
ways of controlling situations wit. ..i ,i,,,. I
heavy handed treatment of the 99 .-., -
1. .1 11 .1 i ... and simply want to get a
g, I' ,,.i 1 .11 . ,,thy voyage.
Co-operation between different government depart
ments often seems to be nonexistent but in this
instance, co-operation between the NGO responsible
for this development, the Tourism Authority and
Customs would help greatly Cumberland Bay's suc
I trust that that might still happen.
The development of the yachting facilities at
Cumberland Bay is a cooperative effort between the
SVG Ministry of Tourism's Tourism Development Project
and a community-based group, the Cumberland Valley
Tourism Organisation, with financial support from the
European Commission. Already nearing completion as
this issue of the Compass goes to press, new buildings
will eventually house an office, shops and laundry. A
dinghy dock is also planned
Another active community-based NGO, the North
Leeward Tourism Association, is working toward hav-
ing an on-the-water security patrol established in
Chateaubelair Bay by the start of the coming winter
season. We'll keep you posted.
Regarding Danny Moreland and Whats on My Mind in
the June issue of Compass: very well said by the man
that has "been there done that", the man who as a young
man with no money worked and dreamed and learned
serving his apprenticeships on Maverick, Romance and
Danmark, where, as an American, he worked his way up
to bosun on a Danish sail-training ship.
Life was not handed to him on a silver platter; no big
wages and big tips from plush charter boats, but
rather hard work and little pay -but under skippers
who were consummate seamen. It was a tough school,
a school incomprehensible to the modern young sailor,
but Danny achieved his dream: a tall ship that he has
sailed around both Horns. Hats off to him, and his
observations should be taken to heart.
Thanks again for another wonderful issue (June, 2009).
Three of the letters in the Readers' Forum, however,
struck me as rather discordant.
First, there's th- 't-r-t"-inf -nti-American who
asserts that the : i .1.... I- information on
the Safety and Security Net (SSB 8104 at 8:15AM) is
American xenophobia coupled with a "git out yer gun"
mentality (not true at all). Exactly what does he expect
to hear on a Safety and Security Net, anyway? Touchy
feely stuff? The reality is that the Net provides level
headed, valuable information that allows cruisers to
assess risks in various places throughoutthe Caribbean
based on other cruisers' observations.
I'm sure nobody expected a listener to be so suggest
ible as to pull his dinghy halfway up his mast or place
boards covered with tacks all over his boat, as did this
self-proclaimed "idiot". The Net provides the informa
tion. It is just information. Each cruiser can ... .
and decide what to do with it, and hopefully ....
from paranoia. The person running the net provides a
service that I suspect has saved a lot of people much
grief -and possibly even some lives. She does not
need some flip-out artist ("yabba-dabba-doo") suggest
ing that she sounds like a cartoon cave dweller.
And then there is your 1 ,,i I i .... tales out of
school about a Customs I. I. Il, ,, i notice" that
the cruiser had not filled out his form or about "did you
know" some bad cruisers don't check into Customs at
all... and you can clear up your Immigration transgres
sions on a French island. I'm sure this letter is just what
is needed to guarantee that checking in and checking
out will soon become more onerous than ever.
Lastly, we have our old-salt hero from the Picton
Castle, who is right that cruisers should look at the
bright side of things. But then he whines about whin
ing cruisers and suggests that the complaints are
probably "just a sideways way of informing the lis
tener of a self-conferred 'island veteran' status." He
then goes on to give exhaustive details of his own
manly island-veteran status, complete with e-mail
address and a little advertising for his 300-ton world
cruising square-rigger leaving for wonderful places in
2010 to 2011. The reality is that this guy does not
spend all his time in the Caribbean, is a professional
charter captain, not a cruiser and, since his vessel is
1 1.- can ignore the "mandatory moorings" and a
I other niggles that the average cruiser often
laments (such as beautiful waters that have been
fished out, anchorages taken over by mooring balls,
etcetera.) He then has the audacity to suggest that if
you don't like this or that about the Caribbean you
should just jet out at once, not try to get things
changed. Up until I read the captain's letter, I had
always recommended to adventurous souls who didn't
have a boat that they might consider a Picton Castle
voyage. Having read his letter, I'd say a year at sea
with this blowhard would be insufferable.
How does a valued, long-term, honorable member
of the Caribbean cruising community respond to
what I perceive as a personal affront in your period
cal? You state in the footnote you might edit letters
for "fair play".
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So, how can my friend Melodye Pompa or any per
son close to her fairly respond to Tim Sadler's unnec
essary characterization of her in your June issue's
We all go ii... .... i ....-formations and clearly Mr.
Sadler is in" ... -1 ....I .. ." as one week he overreacts,
hauling his dink "halfway up the mast" and now his
constitution is to totally disregard valuable information
any traveler should review and consider. Not to mention
his divisive comments about nationality -well, that's
helpful with your international readership! Enough
about him except he (the "rum-soaked idiot", his words)
probably sent the letter late at night without his wife
checking it first. That would make several times he did
not listen to her, as he probably always should.
But is not the world .1 .. 1 .. ..1. ihat you see
fit to convey his sad i. .. i.. . .. i ... the highest
mountain? Incredibly you did it on the same page you
printed an article from Melodye where she encourages
adventure and use of a local resource in Dominica.
Well, an apology from Mr. Sadler (if he were to do so)
is not worth much; and what could Melodye possibly
say in her defense except to personally take it on the
chin and write a professional response on the part of
the Safety and Security Net. That leaves one option: I
believe your periodical owes Melodye Pompa a promi
nent apology in the same forum.
Dear Compass Readers,
Tim and I had a long e-mail conversation about this,
in which we eventually and cordially agreed to dis
agree. I'll recap my response briefly.
As well as having the highest regard for her work
with the Safety and Security Net, I also consider
Melodye friend But personal relationships should not
dictate what we do or don't publish.
Yes, we do edit letters forfair play, but the Compass is
a forum, shaped more by writers' ideas than by a rigid
editorial policy, and fair play in a forum allows for the
wide variety of writers' opinions -even those critical of,
or pokingfun at, public figures in the cruising community.
Our Readers' Forum a forum within a foum pub
lishes praise as well as negative opinions ofa variety of
individuals and groups; in past issues you will see
examples of letters criticizing entities ranging from region
algovernmental bodies to local fishermen; from bareboat
ers to cruise-ship passengers, from cruising "gurus" Don
Street and Chris Doyle to the guy who uses a strobe as
an anchor light. We also publish letters that are critical of,
or poke fun at, the Compass. We don't think readers
would be best seed by having "sacred cows".
In light of your concerns, I went over Tim Sadler's let
ter again. There's plenty of hyperbole, cheekiness and
self mockery, but I honestly still don't see anything that
was specifically insulting to Melodye. IfMr. Sadler had
cast objective doubts about Melodye's professionalism
as net controller or the validity of the information pro
vided by on the Safety and Security Net, we would have
asked for the Net's response, to be published in the
same issue. But simply remarking that he personally
was happier when not listening to the Net, or that the
controller's voice reminded him of a (well liked) cartoon
character's voice? I don't consider these subjective
reflections to be "personal affronts" requiring either edit-
ing out or apology.
i i. 1 II .-from William P. Gloege in the July
I I I.... in which he advocates more cruis
ers carrying firearms and suggests that Caribbean gov
ernments modify their legislation to facilitate some sort
of "cruisers versus bad guys" arms race. It seems to me
that Mr. Gleoge's plan would -pun intended -back
fire. Ifitl ---.;.,- -- .; 1----1-1- that cruising boats
were a .... i.i ... 1 I ... would criminals
not target them more than ever? Just asking.
My wife and I have just completed a cruise lasting
several months in the Eastern Caribbean. There were
delightful moments. Probably the highlight was being
on the start line when Velsheda, Ranger and company
took off in 20 knots of wind during the Antigua Classic
S. i, .II 1 ras a truly stunning sight to see these
,., , .- I yachts ripping along under full sail.
I .... pleasant sails ourselves between the
islands on our own boat and there were, I thought, a lot
more turtles around than in previous years.
Overall, however, I did not particularly enjoy my trip.
Part of the problem was that the weather was seldom
consistently good this year. Another factor was the
feeling that, as cruisers, we were somehow becoming
second-class citizens, a class below the free-spending
charter and superyacht people, whose increasingly
high profile in the Eastern Caribbean has had a
marked effect on prices in restaurants and supermar
kets. More and more your average cruiser is the guy
nursing a beer, sitting on a bench table with the locals
at an outdoor rib-and-chicken barbecue place. No bad
thing to do on occasion, but only by choice.
Another thing I hated was the spread of mooring
buoys over once beautiful bays; they are extremely
ugly. The original justification for installing. -
buoys was to prevent further coral ..... i ...
anchors in the more popular bays. Unfortunately this
laudable ambition seems to have been replaced by
profit-making. Twenty dollars this year, $25 next
year.... Cane Garden Bay in Tortola and Pinney's Beach
in Nevis have suffered particularly harshly from this
rush to cover every inch of water with mooring buoys. I
understand that mooring company representatives are
active throughout the islands trying to persuade gov
ernments as to the "benefits" or... ..... 1 .. It is an
awful prospect that eventually ...i.I..' bay in
the Eastern Caribbean will be covered with them.
In addition, Cane Garden suffers from having thou
sands of cruise ship passengers dumped on its once
beautiful shoreline during the season. The day we
arrived I could not believe it when we turned into the
bay and literally every inch of beach was covered with
what appeared to be every fat person on the planet!
This on a beach that formerly seemed crowded with
ten people. Once the crowds left, evidence of their
intrusion was still evident: stacks of plastic beach
. .... I.-,... I every few yards of this once classic
.11, I ,,','II,, iribbean beach.
Pinney's Beach was another classically beautiful
Caribbean anchorage. It is now packed with serried
ranks of mooring buoys. Ashore the story is worse.
During the construction of a controversial hotel, palm
trees that turned out to be diseased were imported
from Florida. The hotel treated and saved those on the
hotel grounds but the local palms all became infected
and died. Three miles of formerly palm-fringed beach
now looks like a set from Apocalypse Now.
We are very fond of Bequia, where in early 2006 we
enjoyed a unique experience. Anchored as usual about
three-quarters of the way along Princess Margaret
Beach around lunch time, a huge loggerhead turtle
hauled herself up the beach about 20 yards away from
us and proceeded to lay her eggs. It was a wonderful
sight and unusual as they usually lay at night. But
there is always a serpent in paradise, and in the case
of Bequia it is a French charter company. They have
adopted Princess Margaret as their anchorage and
there is no more daunting sight in the Caribbean than
seeing half-a-dozen charter cats bearing down on you.
The skippers all have their favorite place to drop
anchor, and woe betide anybody else who anchors in
these places. They, believe me, will ignore your pres
ence, and it can lead to having a large catamaran
swinging within inches off your stern or bow.
So now we are heading back to the glorious revolu
tionary republic of Venezuela. It has its drawbacks,
but I ain't complaining .1 -t i 'i.. ten dollars a kilo
for fillet steak or about 11. .... L kilo of prawns.
And I can go out to a restaurant and the consider
action about having another bottle of wine is not
whether I will need a second mortgage to pay the bill,
it is can I manage the two-foot gap between boat and
quay? Plus, to my mind, the offshore cruising is the
best in the region. Venezuela's offshore islands are
beautiful and unspoilt and the clincher for me and
the rest of us Los Roques aficionados is that there are
no charter yachts, cruise ships, jet skis, mooring
buoys or superyachts!
Dear Compass Readers,
This is a note to all you folks who have dogs aboard.
Dogs are wonderful companions for solo sailors and
great family pets. Some people (unfortunately) even
have them just as a "security alarm". Unfortunately,
inconsiderate cruisers are c . .. ... ,, I i
liveaboard sailors to lead "a i ... i -
in the middle of the fleet without thought for their
neighbors. I know its hard to train dogs when and
when not to bark. If your pet is extremely vocal,
responds to a multitude of external stimuli, howls the
whole time "mum and dad" are off the boat, and can
not tell time, please anchor away from populated
areas. The annoyance caused by your noisy pet is not
his fault -it is yours!
Still Sleepless in the V-Berth
Dear Compass Readers,
We want to hear from YOU!
Please include your name, boat name or shoreside
address, and a way we can contact you (preferably by
e-mail) ifclarification is required
We do not publish individual consumer complaints or
individual regatta results complaints. (Kudos are okay!)
We do not publish anonymous letters; however, your
name may be withheld from print at your request.
Letters may be edited for length, clarity and fair play.
Send your letters to:
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This letter is responding to some of the concerns expressed by Roland O'Brien in
the "What's on My Mind: i,,,. ,.. ,, I', .. ., le published in the May 2009
issue of Compass. Mr. O i I I i. ....... access to free anchorage in
prime areas, resulting in liv .1 . 1.1.... visitors feeling unwelcome and unap
preciated in relation to the -. i....... i and social contributions they make to
Above: Thefree anchorage at Woburn on Grenada's south coast
Below: Cruising families at Hog Island
In the case of Grenada, this misjudges the views of the public and private sector.
As an industry, our communications and PR may have been limited, but our pursuit
of improvements in the best interests of the yachting community is ongoing.
The concerns expressed in the article need to be viewed within the context of the
bigger economic picture in the Caribbean. Tourism is increasingly pursued as an
alternative means to generate revenues that finance the country's needs such as
schools, roads and more, and this path of development has not been without its
share of debate and contentious issues to resolve.
In terms of Grenada, in 2001 the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America
and the Caribbean (ECLAC) drew attention to the high levels of revenue earned from
the hitherto "invisible" yachting visitors. Since then, with lobbying from the marine
industry and from within Government, top-level support for cruising yacht develop
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We have seen dramatic improvements in facilities and services. Ten years ago
Grenada had one boatyard with 25 spaces; this year Grenada has three yards
storing about 500 boats. The facilities and storage methods are specifically for
cruising yachts (between about 35 and 90 feet), and have been designed with ref
erence to insurance company requirements for yachts of this size. Full yards and
waiting lists would indicate that this development is very much in demand by the
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Recognizing the value of cruisers, the Government of Grenada introduced a
2.5-percent level of duty on parts and supplies for yachts in transit. This is a valu
able concession to yachts when you consider that mechanical parts for local vehicles
attract an import duty of around 55 percent.
Geographically, marine developments have resulted in a wider spread of anchor
1.... previously on Grenada's south coast. For example, with the development
i i. Court Bay, Whisper Cove and Le Phare Bleu marinas, the eastern end of
Clarkes Courts Bay has become a much more popular and convenient anchorage.
The buoys laid by Le Phare Bleu facilitate easier entry to Port Egmont as well as to
the marina itself. Similarly the opening of Grenada Marine in 1999 opened up St
David's Bay as another option for live-aboard cruisers. There are still plenty of bays
and anchoring spots on the south coast where a boat can be the sole occupant, yet
with facilities and services within reach if required.
On the west coast, moorings have been laid near Moliniere Point to enable yachting
visitors to more easily enjoy the Underwater Sculpture Park -anchoring was pro
hibited some time ago to prevent coral damage.
With regard to St. George's Lagoon losing its attraction as a free anchorage with
Camper & Nicholson's development of Port Louis, prior to the marina development
this site was a sad reminder of the demise of the historic and fondly remembered
GYS. Surely a modem marina with services and facilities is better for both the island
and its yachting visitors than ramshackle buildings, broken-down docks and aban
doned and unattended boats. The Lagoon is undoubtedly a convenient and central
location, but over the last few years has had disadvantages as an anchorage
including pollution, the occasional theft and many underwater hazards -all of
which are "-i; dressed by Camper & Nicholson. Port Louis is very much a cruise
ing yacht : ,ii with the new docks now under construction, 85 percent of their
dock space is for boats less than 73 feet in length.
Mr. O'Brien also expressed concerns about the Four Seasons Resort development
on Grenada's southeast coast. The inability to navigate Hog Island cut due to the
construction of the bridge is not an issue for th -. t -. i--f --chts. With a very
narrow dogleg channel and a maximum depth I i' I I i ..- .- never a safe pas
sage for yachts. Fishing boats and dinghies can still use the passage to Woburn with
Grenada's offerings for a diverse mix of yachting visitors includes secluded natural
anchorages, this upscale marina right in town, and much, much more
The hotel development includes plans to process the smelly and environmentally
damaging wastewater from the nearby rum factory, improving the appeal of the
anchorage in Clarke's Court Bay, Woburn and nearby areas.
According to Mr. O'Brien, "Governments still think, wrongly, that mega-yachts will
bring in more business to their countries than do ordinary cruising sailboats."
I.... . sitors encompass a huge range of boats, budgets and lifestyles
,, ,,, i, I article there is a tendency to polarize this range into two
extreme groups at either end of the scale, whereas most of Grenada's yachting visi
tors are somewhere in the middle.
A quiet, clean anchorage is great, but there are times when a dock, an authorized
service agent, a restaurant or nearby accommodation for visitors are part of the
a. Grenada has traditionally excelled at accepting and welcoming this
i .. visitors and looking at developments to date, Grenada's yachting
experience has been enhanced rather than reduced. Grenada is not just developing
to accommodate mega-yachts; we are working to provide what is in demand by the
whole spectrum I 1.1.... tourism.
The majority ol .. marine businesses are owned and run by Grenadian
citizens and residents. With the arrival of overseas-owned marine developments, the
Government does need to ensure that they are "in tune" with their location. Maybe
the biggest challenge is ensuring that all points of view are heard and considered
-live-aboard cruisers, environmentalists, fishermen, charterers, residents, hotel
guests, et al.
Marine businesses are well represented on Grenada's Board of Tourism, Chamber
of Commerce, Hotel & Tourism Association, training development programmes and
other forums as well as having their own trade association, MAYAG (Marine and
Yachting Association of Grenada). Every year the number of skilled and qualified
Grenadians on the job market increases with more courses being offered at St.
George's University, Marryshow College and the University of the West Indies.
Grenada is looking to the marine industry to provide opportunities for some of these
people and it is through developing and improving our facilities and services that we
will be able to do so.
The Grenada Board of Tourism is currently running a Yachting Sector Survey to
find out more about the views of our yachting clients -forms are available at Ports
of Entry. Please do complete them and return them to the Custom i......... .1
officers when you leave, or to any marine business on the island. .. i i .
can be sent to mayagadmin24gmail.com at any time.
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and your center for
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* Bakery (Sukle's Bread Company) Water at dock Fuel
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1si: v :Tourney
Junior angler Marks Vilan Bthe team Angerl,
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Management reeled in the biggest kingfish in the Well
Services Group of Companies Kingfish Tournament
held in Trinidad on June 20th and 21st. His kingfish
weighed 27.4 pounds. Mark also won best junior
angler. Fernando Navarro of Blue Fever caught the
second largest kingfish (23.8 pounds). Third place went
to Krk Agar (22.6 pounds) of Barbie Doll Too.
First place in the Best Boat category went to Barbie
Doll Too, captained by Sid Johnson. Mark's team,
captained by Phillip Vilain, came in second, and third
place went to Captain Travis Ali and the team
Amanda George of No Flyers won best female
angler. The heaviest cavali (17.7 pounds) was caught
by Jeremy Welch of Geordie 3. Heaviest tuna/bonito
(11 pounds) was caught by Fernando Navarro of Blue
Fever and the heaviest dorado (22.2 pounds) was
reeled in by Ronald Cabral of Outlaw.
In all, 21 boats competed with 88 anglers including
four females and 12 junior anglers. A total of 275
pounds of kingfish, 128.4 pounds of cavali, 127 pounds
of dolphin and 20.5 pounds of bonito made the scale
and 277 pounds of the catch was given to charity.
Alan Fitzwilliam, Chairman of the Tournament
thanked the sponsors, the Well Services Group of
Companies, for their assistance in making this tourna-
ment such a great success.
For more information contact
46th Annual July Open Billfish Tournament, St. Thomas
The third day proved a charm for Gulf Rascal at St.
Thomas's 46th Annual July Open Billfish Tournament
(JOBT). Though anglers aboard the Florida-based
54-foot Hatteras went fishless this third and last day of
fishing, their collective catch of five blue marlin still
earned Gulf Rascal the Top Boat award.
Just after 3:00PM on July 6th, Florida angler Rudy
Polselli Jr., aboard his 55-foot Viking, Rude Awakening,
released his vessel's fifth blue marlin, tying Gulf Rascal
on count. Polselli, catching and releasing all five of his
team's blue marlin, earned the Captain Johnny
Harms Give 'Em Line' trophy, awarded to the first
angler to catch and release the most blue marlin.
Steve Swindal's 60-foot Bertram, Blue Heaven, round-
ed out the top three in the boat prizes with three blue
The 19-boat fleet released a total of 34 blue marlin
and one white marlin over the three-day event.
Interestingly, big fish created a real buz on the docks
this year something that happened back in the
1968 JOBT when angler Elliott Fishman caught an 845-
pound blue marlin, a fish that set a world record for its
weight at the time. The Reel Escape, not fishing in the
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hours, and ultimately released a 1,000-plus-pound
blue marlin on July 5. The next day, tournament and
Texas angler, Don Schmidt, fishing aboard his 64-foot
Viking, Omi Gosh, hooked up another "grander-plus"
blue marlin. "It was easily over 1,200 pounds,"
A certified IGFA observer was on board all the boats
in this all-release tournament.
This year, the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club
(VIGFC) brought back the tradition of hosting an
onshore fishing tournament for kids. Forty youths came
out to try their luck. Sebastian Silva earned Most Fish
and Biggest Fish in the three- to six-year-old category,
with the catch of seven fish, one being nine ounces.
In the seven-to-12 age group, Lerrent Erdem caught
the biggest fish, 15 ounces, while Nathan Gatcliffe
won the Most Fish award with a catch of 20 fish.
Finally, in the 13-to-15 age group, Catherine Phelan
caught the Most Fish, 16, and Biggest Fish, one pound
This year's tournament was dedicated to Puerto
Rican sportsfisherman Ralph Christiansen, who was
killed in a plane crash in February. Christiansen was
one of only two anglers in the history of the JOBT to
win the Captain Johnny Harms Give 'Em Line' Trophy.
Proceeds from the JOBT benefit the Boys & Girls Club
of the Virgin Islands.
For complete results, visit www vigfc.
21st Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tourney, St. Thomas
Big fish, and lots of them, is what 208 anglers enjoyed
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pound kingfish. Fourth from left, Top Female Angler,
Tarn Hildreth. Second from left,
Captain Chris Tronquet
at the 21st Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, held
July 12th at Hull Bay Hideaway, St. Thomas USVI. When
the official weigh-in was complete, it was Josh Slayton
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of St. John who reeled in the Largest Kingfish, a record-
setting 58.78-pounder, aboard the 33-foot custom sport-
fisher World Class Anglers. For his efforts, Slayton pock-
eted US$2,000 in cash, sponsored by NEMWIL, man-
aged in the USVI by Red Hook Agencies, Inc.
Winners also received overnight stays at local hotels,
dinners for two, and a variety of luxury gifts and excur-
sions all generously donated by the Virgin Islands' busi-
ness community. All 36 registered junior anglers were
eligible for a special "Catch in the Hat" award, spon-
sored by Hull Bay Hideaway and Red Hook Agencies;
the first 16 names drawn from a hat received $50 cash
and the last two names called won $100 dollars each.
Fifty-seven boats entered this year, and nearly
$12,000 was awarded in cash and prizes. One hun-
dred and sixty-nine fish, including 35 kingfish, were
caught. Best Boat title went to Shawn Berry's Weapon
of Mass Destruction.
This year, thanks to a unique partnership between
Senator Patrick Simeon Sprauve, the St. Thomas
Fishermen s Association and the Northside Sportfishing
Club, Charlotte Amalie High School student Keith Roy
Colbourne, in recognition for his many hours of volun-
teer community service, joined experienced fishermen
and fished the tournament aboard the Ms. Andrea.
Each year, the Northside Sportfishing Club makes
local donations and this year s beneficiaries were the
Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue, the American
Red Cross, Kidscope and the Family Resource Center.
The Club also awards college scholarships.
The tournament was run this year by a new genera-
tion of organizers: Catherine Bryan, Gene Brin, Jr.,
Danny and Jessica LaPlace, and Carlyn and Wesley
Ledee. Sponsors included Coors Light, Snapple,
Paradise Rum, distributed by Bellows International, Ltd.
Yanmar, Yamaha, Caribe, distributed by Offshore
Marin, NEMWIL, Managed in the USVI by Red Hook
Agencies, and TOPA Insurance Services, Inc.
For more information contact the Northside
Sportfishing Club at (340) 774-5206.
46th Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament,
The 46th Port Antonio International Marlin
Tournament, the 25th Port Antonio Local Canoe
Tournament and the 8th Magnum Tonic Wine Canoe
Tournament will take place September 26th through
October 4th at Port Antonio, Jamaica.
Welcome aboard cocktails and all-inclusive beach
party at Frenchman s Cove Beach will be co-hosted
by Appleton Rums, Red Stripe Light, Pepsi, KFC, Tastee
Patties Ltd., The Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies,
Smoke Shack, Rainforest Seafoods, and The Jamaica
Tourist Board. On the evening of October 1st, docu-
mentary movies on deep-sea angling will be shown
from 1831 hrs in the Main Hall.
For more information email@example.com.
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Tel (868) 739-6449
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is looking for a live-aboard
couple with an artistic inclina-
tion, good language, com-
munication and sales skill, as
well as organization and main-
tenance capabilities to help
run the studio this coming sea-
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photos accompanying clas-
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Aquanauts Grenada MP
Art & Design Antigua MP
B & C Fuel Dock Petite Martinique 37
Bahia Redonda Marina Venezuela 19
Barefoot Yacht Charters St. Vincent 17
Barrow Sails & Canvas Trinidad MP
Bay Island Yachts Trinidad 42
Bequia Marina Bequia 36
Blue Water Sailing USA 11
Budget Marine Sint Maarten 2
BVI Yacht Sales Tortola 41
Camper & Nicholsons Grenada 7
Caraibe Greement Martinique MP
Caraibe Yachts Guadeloupe 41
Carene Shop Martinique 18
Caribbean Marine Electrical Trinidad MP
Caribbean Propellers Ltd. Trinidad MP
Carriacou Silver Diving Carriacou MP
CIRExpress St. Maarten
Clippers Ship Martinique
Cooper Marine USA
Corlon Boat Services Carriacou
Curagao Marine Curagao
Dominica Marine Center Dominica
Dopco Travel Grenada
Down Island Real Estate Carnacou
Doyle Offshore Sails Tortola
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Doyle's Guides USA
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Gittens Engines Trinidad
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Sea Shells Apartments
Soper's Hole Marina
Spice Island Marine
St. Thomas Yacht Sales
Tikal Arts & Crafts
Trade Winds Cruising
Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout
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St. Thomas 41
St. Vincent 29
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