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Meridian Passage................ 38
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"Queen of English Harbour", died on July 25th follow-
ing cancer surgery and a subsequent stroke.
Co-founder of Antigua Sails, she also ran the highly
regarded Select Crew crew-placement service and
was a medical insurance advisor for BUPA. She
touched many lives during her decades in English
Harbour, and is often described by those in the yacht-
ing industry as "a legend". She will be greatly missed.
"Joey" Burke, 46, of the Windjammer Barefoot Cruises
dynasty died in his sleep of unknown causes on July
26th in Miami, Florida.
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Antigua Immigration Forms Now Online
The Antigua Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA) are
delighted to announce that their website has now
been uDaraded and, with immediate effect, Antiaua
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pleted on screen at www.abma.ag and printed off for
presentation to Immigration upon arrival.
It is anticipated that this new development will save
a lot of time and stress for visiting yacht skippers and
their crew/passengers. John Duffy, President of the
ABMA says, "The Government of Antigua & Barbuda,
together with the Immigration Service, has been
steadily improving the entry and exit procedures for
visiting yachts and this latest development brings us
closer to the day when everything will be available
on-line. Yachts without access to on-
line facilities will still be able to com-
plete the forms at the island's
Immigration offices, where officers will
now have more time to deal with arriv-
ing yachtsmen due to this
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Motor Yacht Eludes Attackers Off Isla
On August 5th, approximately ten nau-
tical miles northeast of Isla Margarita,
an eight-metre (26-foot) long pehero
carrying four armed men approached
the stern of the US-flagged recreational
motor vessel Mantuana. According to a
report from ONSA (Venezuela's national
organization for maritime safety and
security), the men in the penero fired
pistols at the motor yacht, with bullets
hitting the stern and the flybridge. No
one was injured. The Mantuana pro-
ceeded at full power toward the north-
east, into the prevailing wind and seas.
Calls for help on the radio (SSB 8291.1 and VHF 16) got
no response. After approximately one hour and 15
minutes, the penero gave up the chase and turned
back. The Mantuana proceeded toward the northeast
for another hour, and then returned to the port of
Juan Griego on Isla Margarita.
For more information (in Spanish) visit www.onsa.org.ve.
Windjammer Cruises founder Capt. Mike Burke's
Miami Beach castle' (above) burned to the ground
days before his son and former company president
Joey Burke (below) died of unknown causes
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Joseph Conrad Burke was the former president and
director of the now-defunct Caribbean sailing-
vacation company founded in 1947 by his father,
Mike Burke. Windjammer cruises were hugely popular
and the ships employed many Caribbean nationals as
crew. But Windjammer ran into trouble repeatedly. In
1998, their self-insured 282-foot, four-masted schooner
S/V Fantome was lost with 31 crewmen aboard off the
island of Roatan during Hurricane Mitch. In late 2005,
the senior Burke suffered a stroke that incapacitated
him. Some vessels in the fleet fell into disrepair and
crews were owed thousands of dollars in back pay.
Vessels were impounded in various ports and scores of
passengers paid for advertised cruises that never
sailed. In 2007, the company's then-president, Joey's
older brother Daniel Burke, died in a motel room of a
drug overdose. Mike Burke's spectacular Miami Beach
castle burned to the ground just eight days before
Joey Burke died.
Sailors used to faithfully keep logs, but it seems that
nowadays they keep blogs. Well, "keep" isn't the right
word, because blogs are logs that are meant to be
shared. Here are just a few blogs by Caribbean cruis-
ers that you might enjoy.
* www.blogcatalog.com/blog/all-about-boats: "A lit-
tle of this and that as we are cruising the Caribbean
islands aboard our Cal 34 sailboat. Comments on vari-
ous subjects on the liveaboard cruising lifestyle such as
destinations, anchorages, WiFi and internet access,
sailing/boating tips, restaurants, marine services, busi-
ness services, yacht charters, general day-to-day life..."
Bruce Smith is a top-notch artist and long-time
Caribbean sailor, and this beautiful blog is chock-a-
block with excellent photos and insightful written
observations about his and his wife, Jan's, travels in
ing_adventu.html: This blog features way-cool Google
Earth photo-documentation of the catamaran
PatiCat s cruises.
* http://forcruisers.com/blog/: This is the blog of Kathy
Parsons, renowned author of Spanish for Cruisers and
French for Cruisers, and, of course, a cruiser herself. We
like this blog for its "Spanish Word of the Week", which
seems like an achievable rate of learning. (Are we also
swayed by Kathy's kind words about the Compass?)
Got a favorite Caribbean sailing blog, or one of your
own? Tell us.
International Coastal Cleanup
September 19th is International Coastal Cleanup Day,
the world's largest volunteer cleanup effort collecting
trash from the oceans, coastlines and waterways. The
annual event, promoted by Ocean Conservancy,
offers people around the word a chance to directly
improve their shore and marine environments. The
event aims not only to gather trash that pollutes our
coasts and oceans, but also to identify the sources of
debris and to change the behaviors that cause litter-
ing and pollution. This will be the 24th International
Coastal Cleanup. If you like clean beaches and a
healthy marine environment take part!
For more information visit www oceanconservancy.org.
The 28th Annual BVI Charter Yacht Show hosted by
the BVI Charter Yacht Society will be held from
November 5th through 8th at Village Cay Marina,
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Show 'em off! In November and December, crewed Caribbean charter boats, ranging from shiny megayachts to
stately classics to intimate honeymoon specialist yachts will be on displayfor international charter brokers at
shows in the BVI, USVI, St. Martin and Antigua
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transport attendees to St. Thomas for the US Virgin
Islands Charter Yacht League's Fall Yacht Show,
November 10th through 12th.
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The USVI's charter yacht fleet will be in display at
Yacht Haven Grande marina, November 10th
through 12th, for the St. Thomas Fall Yacht Show.
Some two-dozen charter brokers and the elite of
the Virgin's professional crewed charter yachts
are expected to attend.
For more information visit www.vicl org.
Registration for the 2009 MYBA St. Maarten Charter
Show is now open. MYBA (the Mediterranean Yacht
Brokers Association) has resolved to give its fullest sup-
port to St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Marine Trades
Association for this year's show, which will run from
December 4th through 7th. All yachts registering and
paying before September 15th will be eligible for a
15-percent discount. The show will again be centrally
located at the Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance and is
closed to the general public.
For more information visit
The 48th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show will
take place from December 7th through 11th, at the
Nelson's Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the
Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club
Marina both located in Falmouth Harbour. A spon-
sored shuttle service runs between the three marinas
during show hours. Badges are required for boarding
of yachts. Registration is now open.
For more information visit www. aniguayachtshow com.
New Ferry Routes for Southern Islands?
There has been much talk about the desirability of inter-
island ferry systems in the region. Some of these services
are up and running, but many more plans for such ferries
have been announced over the years yet remain unful-
filled. For example, the Caribbean Rose's Margarita-to-
St. Lucia proposal sounded promising in 2007, and in
2005 a Barbadian company announced it would offer
ferry service between Barbados and Guadeloupe, with
stops in St. Lucia, Dominica and Martinique. Neither ser-
vice was ever begun. But in the past, interisland ferries
such as the Seimstrand in the 1970s and the Windward in
the 1990s served successfully in this area.
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based BEDY Ocean Line will begin two new fast-ferry
routes in late October: a St. Vincent Barbados St.
Lucia run, and a Grenada -Trinidad Barbados run.
Reportedly, between 260 and 300 seats will be avail-
able per ferry. At a time when the traveling public has
been negatively affected by high airline rates and
baggage restrictions, it would be encouraging to see
this venture succeed.
For more information contact brossysh@hotmai. com.
Barefoot Yacht Charters Opens New Meteorological
Station in St Vincent
Narendra Sethia reports: Using traditional Arawak
forecasting techniques, Barefoot Yacht Charters is
pleased to announce the opening of a new, state-
of-the-art meteorological station at their marina in
Blue Lagoon, St Vincent.
In St. Vincent, a lighter look at sailors' preoccupation
with weather forecasting
At the recent opening ceremony, Managing Director
Mary Barnard told the assembled guests that the
company's in-house weather experts, led by Dr.
James Ward, had conducted several months of pains-
taking research before assembling this unique piece
of technology that will be of undoubted benefit both
to charter guests and cruising yachtsmen alike.
There will be no fees for use of the service.
For more information on Barefoot Yacht Charters see
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Who says cruisers are cheap? The following
Compass contributors have recently donated their
writer's fees to charity: Richard Clubb, Jack Foard,
John Lytle and Nan Hatch, to St. Benedict's
Children's Home in St. Vincent; Arthur Ross, to the
Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs in
Bequia; Christine Weber, to the Bequia Mission;
Melodye Pompa, to the Carriacou Children's
Educational Fund; Cheryl Johnson, to the Bequia
Bookstore Children's Reading Group; John
Rowland, to the Bequia Community High School
Library; and Clare Sudlow, to the animal welfare
organization in Antigua.
Thank you all. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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Cuba's Commodore Escrich Appointed President of Marlin Marinas
Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club
of Cuba since May 21st, 1992, was recently appointed president of the business
group Marinas y Nauticas MARLIN S.A. It is better known as Marlin Marinas Business
Group, the biggest marina compa-
ny in Cuba.
Marlin Marinas Business Group
owns entry ports Marina Santiago de
Cuba, Marina Cienfuegos and
Marina Cayo Largo, and non-entry
port Marina Trinidad, all on the south
coast of Cuba. On the north coast
of Cuba, the group also owns entry
ports Marina Hemingway, Marina
Darsena Varadero and Marina
Cayo Guillermo and non-entry port
Marina Tarara. Marina Hemingway
and Marina Tarard are located in
the city of Havana.
Other Cuban marinas, which are
not part of the Marlin Marinas Business Group, include entry ports Marina Vita and
Marina Cabo San Antonio, on the northeast and northwest sides of Cuba respec-
tively, which are owned by Marinas Gaviota S.A. One of the dreams of the current
President of Marlin Marinas Business Group is to achieve the foundation of the
Association of Cuban Marinas.
Jos Miguel Diaz Escrich will continue working both as Commodore of the
Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba and President of Marinas y Nduticas
MARLIN S.A. and hopes to be able to offer an even greater contribution to the
development of nautical tourism in Cuba.
For more information on Marlin Marinas visit www nauficamarlin.com. For more
information on Hemingway International Yacht Club
contact yachtclubdcnih.mh.cyt cu.
September Opening Hours Changed at Art Fabrik in Grenada
Art Fabrik, the famous boutique on Young Street in St. George s, Grenada, is tak
ing a little time off in September. Chris and Lilo plan to beautify their upstairs work-
shop, which still has scars from Ivan the Terrible. The boutique, with its second anni-
versary coming soon, needs some touch-up too. They also want to create new
exciting, funky one-of-a-kind creations for you for the coming season. And, finally,
they want to put a big sign on their building, so you can find the place without ask-
ing every vegetable vendor on the road where they are!
For September only, shopping hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday from 9:00AM to 1:00FM. Closed Thursday. Chris and Lilo will be working
upstairs in the workshop, so if you can't match your shopping schedule to these
hours, call the workshop at (473) 440-5872, or cell (473) 405-3272 and they will find a
way to be there for you.
Chris and Lilo say, "If you plan to sail down to Grenada, visit our workshop. It is
exciting to watch over the artists shoulders as they work with the thousand-year-old
batik textile resist technique, still done by hand. We do all the designing, waxing,
dyeing and boiling right here in our workshop. When finished, we bring the finished
gorgeous creations directly downstairs to the boutique where they are for sale, like
bread coming hot from the oven. Come and have a taste!"
The month of October will bring back Art Fabrik s regular opening hours: Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM and from 2:00PM to 5:00PM,
plus Thursday and Saturday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Magna cards accepted.
For more information contact arffabfik gmail com or visit www artfabrikgrenada.com.
International Yacht Transporters Merge
Dockwise Ltd. recently announced plans for its wholly owned subsidiary Dockwise
Yacht Transport (DYT) to merge with Yacht Path International Inc. to create a new
force in premium yacht transport.
The combination of Yacht Path with DYT will create an enterprise capable of trans-
porting yachts of any size to any destination around the globe and broaden the scope
of services to any client, from private owner and charter company to brokers and ship-
yards. Yacht Path will contribute its worldwide leadership in "Lift On/Lift Off" transporta-
tion: the chief mode of transport for small to medium yachts up to 80 feet, aboard
ocean-going cargo and container vessels. DYT will bring a corresponding global lead-
ership in "Float On/Float Off" transportation for yachts up to 200 feet on its four sub-
mersible yacht carrier vessels. The combination of a reliable fixed schedule between
cruising playgrounds and the ability to add extra voyages to new destinations with fle -
ble tonnage will provide yacht owners with increased options for their travels.
The market for yacht transport is a clear niche market with a strong volume share
of yachts less than 80 feet, and the super-yacht segment (more than 80 feet) repre-
senting approximately 25 to 30 percent. Demand for yacht transportation services is
mainly generated by yacht owners and charter companies seeking expansion of
their cruising grounds to benefit from two seasons within one year (e.g.
Mediterranean in the summer and Caribbean in the winter).
"The merger of DYT and Yacht Path is an exciting step in the evolution of a grow-
ing global niche market," said Andre Goed6e, Chief Executive, Dockwise Ltd. "The
current recession, while temporarily subduing demand, has not reversed the long-
term upward trends in yacht transportation between cruising destinations. The uni-
fied company will be ideally positioned once favourable conditions return and
Dockwise will enjoy significantly increased market share."
For more information visit www dockwise com.
Megayachts Discover St. Lucia's Rodney Bay Marina
Ernie Seon reports: More megayachts are choosing to make the Rodney Bay
Marina their home port and base as a result of the recent expansion and upgrading
works undertaken there.
In early August, Marina General Manager Cuthbert Didier said, "We have seen a
huge spike in the demand for megayacht berthing over the last two weeks. We are
finding out that even in this hurricane season, these vessels are choosing our marina,
and by extension St. Lucia, to be their base. It's an endorsement of what we have
been saying all along: if you build, and you have a good price structure and good
service, and the facilitation of Customs and Immigration, the vessels will not only
come but they will stay."
According to Didier, St. Lucia and RBM continue to address the insurance issues that in
the past had chased a lot of yachts further south, to places such as Grenada and Trinidad.
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way, in that it proved that there is no 'invisible line' and no hurricane-free zone, so
yachtsmen are now choosing where they berth based upon the quality of facilities,
even if that means staying further north. And St. Lucia is benefiting," he said.
Didier noted that so
far, this hurricane sea-
son had not shown any
strong signs of being
active and because of
that people were still in
their normal pattern of
sailing and enjoying the
Eastern Caribbean. 'So
the normal traffic has
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hurricane season will
spare us so that persons
can enjoy quality sail
ing" he said.
Meanwhile, the first
phase of expansion at
the Marina is continuing. Rodney By Marina's new megayacht dock, ith the
Didier said, We are in the botyard in the backgron nn
midst of some significant
projects. We are about a month away from finalizing the boatyard. We have a new
dredge that's been at work in the entrance of the lagoon and alongside the fuel
dock. We're working with Sol to commission the new fuel tanks up to a capacity of
10,000 and 20,000 gallons of diesel and gas with high-speed dispensers. The final
landscaping is also being done."
But he said there was no word yet on the commencement of the second phase of
the expansion. The company is still looking at the slowdown in the world economy,
assessing the developments in St Lucia and making sure that the demand is there
before going into the second phase.
For more information visit www.igy-rodneybay com.
Fitness Matters at St. Maarten's Isle de Sol
The Yacht Club Isle de Sol, an IGY Marina located on the Simpson Bay Lagoon on
St. Maarten, is expanding and upgrading its gym and exercise facilities. The original
gym was in such high demand during the season that IGY decided to double the size
to 800 square feet. The newly expanded gym will have all new equipment including
cardiovascular machines, weight machines, and free weights. The gym will also boast
a yoga and plates area and a new cool-down deck for post-exercise relaxation. Also
new to IDS this season will be a half-court basketball court with professional lines,
backboard, and hoop. IDS is also upgrading its tennis program to further take advan-
tage of the two courts on the property, which are both available to visiting yachts.
"The Yacht Club Isle de Sol and IGY are well aware of how important these ameni-
ties are to the crew, so the gym expansion project has been one of our main priori-
ties this summer," stated the Marina General Manager Brian Deher.
For more information visit www.igy-isledesol. com.
C&N Partners with New St. Kitts Marina
Work is scheduled to begin in January on the new Cockleshell Bay Marina, a 153-
berth marina to be located on the southern coast of St. Kitts. The marina is sched-
uled to open in November 2012, with berths for yachts of up to 70 metres (230 feet).
The development will include a five-star hotel, a spa, and shopping and dining facili-
ties. The owner of Cockleshell Bay Marina, the Toronto-based St. Michael
Development Ltd, has signed a ten-year operating agreement with Camper &
Nicholsons (C&N) Marinas, effective September 1st. C&N has specialized in marina
development for over 40 years and has provided services to clients in more than 25
countries worldwide, including Port Louis Marina in Grenada.
For more information visit www.cnmarinas.com.
Super Solar Ovens Available in Bequia
Leah Belmar reports: What on earth! Sun Oven? What is the mystery behind this
black briefcase-looking object with shiny top and bright circles on the side?
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The answer lies inside the four folded reflectors that open up to direct the sun's
rays into the heating chamber, converting raw food into the most flavourful and
healthy meals one could ever imagine. Sun Ovens International Inc. has developed
the Global Sun Oven.
This 19-inch by 19-inch device, which weighs only 21 pounds and has an average
depth of 11 inches, lets you harness the sun's energy to cook without fuel. It can
cook almost anything that can be done in a conventional electric or gas oven or
on the stovetop-bread, cakes, muffins, piza, vegetables, poultry, fish, meats, rice,
and the list goes on. The only thing you cannot use it to cook is fried food.
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With its recent launch of an online store at www.islandwaterworld.com, Island
Water World is the first marine business to introduce an e-commerce website in
The company, under Managing Director Sean Kennelly, overcame many hurdles for
online shoppers. For example, Island Water World accepts credit cards where ship
ping and billing addresses do not match. This is a vital feature for a business dealing
with a regional as well as international customer base.
The marine retailer teamed up with Fedex and regional air carrier LIAT to secure
highly competitive airfreight prices, and provides very reasonable sea-freight rates. A
shipping map on the website gives an easy overview about available shipping options
Online payments are secured by a Thwarte certificate, a premier international orga
nization policing online stores. Payments can be made via Paypal or by credit card. If
you are an account holder and have been granted credit facilities by Island Water World
in Sint Maarten yo; -n -, r:- t- --. r ---;;nt, via passwords that you control.
"We are always 1 i .... I . i ..I... the value equation for our customers,"
Sean explains. "With Sint Maarten being duty free and having excellent sea and air
connections with most of the other islands in the region, we knew there must be a
way to get products cost effectively and quickly to our customers on islands where
we didn't have a store."
Ricky Benschop, Project Manager E Commerce (left), and Managing Director Sean
Kennelly demonstrating their Online Shop on a touch screen at the Island Water
World store in Cole Bay, St. Maarten
Large US-based marine retailers and wholesalers, utilizing both printed catalogues
and the internet have been selling into the Caribbean for years. "It has always been
an issue for us and other Caribbean-based businesses, dealing with large US corpo
rations trading in our backyard," says Kennelly. "But this made us more competitive
over the years. Our prices are much the same or even better as in the US, which is
tough when trading in the Caribbean where you don't have the volumes of the large
US giants. We have nevertheless been able to grow a loyal following in the Caribbean
because we are physically present. We not only have the goods, we are sailors -we
know how our products work, we can help, we can advise, and you know that in the
unlikely event a product fails, we are here, nearby -just bring it back."
The real challenge for Island Water World has been to incorporate this service
expectation in an online environment and still be a first choice for customers based
in the Caribbean. "The internet is your best friend and your worst enemy," says Sean.
"Now customers browse a number of online stores or catalogues and easily make
comparisons. So, for example, we might have a potential customer stuck in Nevis or
St. Vincent with a broken pump. In his online research he realizes that the prices
between the US retailer and us are similar. Our advantage at this point is local ship
ping and Customs knowledge. We can get this particular pump to the customer
quicker, cheaper and more reliably than the US competition can. Plus we are confi
dent that we can offer, in most cases, the same or better prices than the US player.
The Island Water World online store is linked in real time to the inventory at its
headquarters in Cole Bay, Sint Maarten. "If we have a product in stock, the virtual
store will reflect this. The pricing is our current pricing -up to date every second,"
Sean explains. He adds, "In fact, you will see two prices: the store price, which is our
shelf price in all our stores in the Caribbean, and the online price, which is ten per
cent cheaper. And if you are a wholesale customer or a long-term customer who has
qualified for our cruiser discount program, you can log on and see the actual price
that you will pay depending on the discount program you are on.
Based in Sint Maarten, with stores in St. Lucia and Grenada, the company has
been a retailer and distributor of boats, motors and marine goods in the Caribbean
for over 40 years. The virtual store links to the company's different stores (check out
the Google maps!), contact numbers and e-mails, marina and yard services in Sint
Maarten, warranty and shipping polices, etcetera.
What is so special about the Island Water World online store, other than it being a
homegrown Caribbean product? Sean explains: "Many sailors are using their laptops
or notepads at so called 'hot-spots' throughout the Caribbean. Often the connections
are spotty, slow and frustrating. It was very important that we get our information over
quickly. We didn't want a site overburdened with huge pictures and distracting adverts.
We developed a fast-loading site, easy to use. It has a well-organized index, pictures
that tell the story at a glance, as well as text and links that provide relevant informa
tion. The goal is to give the customer the tools to make an informed decision.
"I am tremendously proud of our staff who have worked long and hard to build this
virtual store and equally grateful to Litemoon, a Sint Maarten-based media company,
who have conceptualized the imagery, done the site makeover and ensured that we
have been able to deliver a strong product in the simplest way. I am continually
amazed at what can be achieved right here in the Caribbean," Sean concludes.
by John Rowland
At what point does an event become a tradition? This is the ninth consecutive
year in which the Carriacou Children's Education Fund (CCEF), conceived by a
group of cruisers in 2000, has been an 'iIt- rl i-rrt of the Carriacou Regatta
Festival activities. The CCEFs variety of I .... I ..-.... events combines support
from ,-, ,. cruisers and local individuals, businesses and organizations. This
At Carriacou Regatta Festival 2009, CCEF volunteers proudly announce the
grand total offunds raised sofar to benefit island students
fund's accumulated nine-year total over EC$100,000. One hundred percent of
the money raised goes to supplying kids from lower-income households with
school uniforms, books, supplies, hot lunches ("Meals from Keels"), technical
upgrades to school computer labs and scholarships to the community college
all on the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
This year's activities began with a welcoming pot luck and barbecue at the
Carriacou Yacht Club (CYC) on July 29th, hosted by Judy and Gordon on S/Y
Dreamcatcher. Cruisers from 29 yachts, sailing under a variety of North
American, European and Caribbean flags, gathered wit! ., ,,
of local folks to share the dishes they brought, renew .. I I' 1 ... ..
new ones. Music was provided by DJs Kelly and Edwin. The squalls marching
through the bay did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the attendees, anticipate
ing t i, .. i i. ....... days and the opportunity" I .. ...1. CCEF
this .... i. .. i 1 .-.. its hospitality. At the ..I .. I,,, CCEF
were generated through a modest admission fee and a raffle that yielded five
winners, three receiving delicious libations, one a Mount Gay hat and the other
an insulated bag.
On the afternoon of July 30th, 15 cruisers joined hosts Nancy and John of
S/V Silver Seas in a dominoes tournament. The afternoon of relaxed fun pro
vided a good way to avoid the still advancing squalls and the affordable entry fee
provided another contribution to CCEF.
The next afternoon, the activity called "the auction" was held, again at CYC. The
squalls gone, hosts Melodye and John of S 'v" i,11 .. ...... .i r. .1 i
the break in the weather. The structure of" I .... -. '. -,... I ...I.
the year, yachts stopping at Carriacou drop off items to be auctioned. Boat parts
large and small, clothing, crafts, books, DVDs, etcetera, are accumulated.
Additionally, many local businesses donate certificates for meals or services. On
the day of "the auction", flea market style tables are set up: one to sell crafts, one
to sell books and DVDs, and one to sell small items designated as "$10 or less".
Sales start at around 1400 hours and continue till everyone leaves. At 1500
hours, the actual ... i, ,I I .. .... -;; The auctioneers had the formi
dable task, amid I I 'I ....-.. I 1. .. yard, of -.tin- ;- the atten
tion of enough people to solicit bids on nearly 130 items, I 1... -, Second
Millennium and John of S/V Drisana handled this task expertly, although "the
auction" more resembled a Hollywood depiction of a Middle Eastern marketplace
than ...... I. more organized function the word usually invokes. The activ
ity las I I ,,... .11 1800 hours, leaving the auctioneers exhausted, participants
smiling, and the goal of reaching $100,000 achieved!
Martinique Affairs, the Honorable
Senator George Prime, thanked every
one for all that CCEF has done for these
islands, and declared his support for
Melodye and John of S/V Second
Millennium have been the driving force
of the CCEF since its inception. There is
not room here to list all the other people
Swho, in one way or another, have par
ticipated in this event, but every bit of
effort contributed to its success and is
greatly appreciated. Melodye and John
Auction and sale items on display spoke of the support they have had over
the nine years this benefit has run. "We
would like to thank all the people who have helped in a variety of ways: volun
steering to help with the auction and barbecue; donating goods, services or cash;
1 I,. ,CI '. .,I .'.... These are the ones who make this thing work it's
,ii I 11 I people."
As in the years before, cruisers gathered in Carriacou at regatta time, races
were run (see reports on pages 14 and 15) and winners were toasted. Soon the
cruisers will take to the four winds to chase their dreams. But left in their wake
will be the means for many children here in Carriacou and Petite Martinique to
also chase their dreams. CCEF its for the kids!
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was ironic that Antigua's Eli Fuller
dominated the one-design division at
the BVI's 25th Highland Springs
T HIHO windsurfing event (June 28th
through July 5th). Why? Because six years ago, after
enjoying a long string of successes that date back to
his teen years, Fuller gave up boardsailing to pursue
the then-fledgling spor, I i ., I,,.
Notbeing one to do 1.....- i. .1 i. he got
a bit carried away doing kite-driven acrobatics and
eventually damaged his knees, thus ending his short
lived aerial career. Later, he slowly gravitated back to
his former love, ... i. I... .. ... Director
duringseveralpi I. ,,- I11 I I l,,. to com-
pete this year.
"Wow! Look at Eli stretch his lead," said a long-time
participant during Race Two. He may have been a little
out of practice, but his time-tested technique was as
solid as ever. "I love racing," explains Fuller, "but
around-the-buoy races sometimes get a little boring. I
love HIHO because of those long inter-island races.
There are some tricks involved in the long downwind
runs that not all buoy racers know about."
For the uninitiated, we should explain that since its
inception in the late 1970s, HIHO ("Hook In and Hold
On") has been world famous for its long-distance
courses -some veterans call them endurance contests
that weave through the British Virgins. Years .
was first characterized by sportswriters as the i I
grail of windsurfing" because boardsailors all over the
world vowed to do it at least once. That moniker still
applies, as this year sailors from 14 countries attended,
including 20 racers from five Caribbean islands.
In addition to its ambitious courses -some of which
r- 17 ril 1-n ---ith turning marks on several dif
: i I .,, i 111 i is also internationally renowned
for its liveaboard accommodations and nightly parties.
Throughout the week, all participants are accommo-
dated aboard four-cabin catamarans from The
Moorings, which follow the races to a different venue
every day. A roving beach crew sets up healthy,
catered lunches on a different deserted beach each
afternoon, and each evening a different shoreside
resort hosts dinner and entertainment -usually with
a live reggae band. Needless to say, it's also great fun
for families and tag-alongs who outnumber racers
nearly two to one. As always, this year's flotilla stopped
at nearly all of the territory's principal islands.
The seven flashiest competitors this year were in the
Open Division, sailing aboard quick-to-plane Formula
boards. The Caribbean was well represented here, too,
with St. Martin's Ricardy Maricel winning the first two
races, a 12-mile, open-water one-tacker from Virgin
Gorda to Anegada, and a zig-zagging, 14-mile down
winder from Virgin Gorda's Baths to Trellis Bay,
Tortola. Blasting off the starting line of Race One like
a rifle shot while holding down an enormous 10.7
meter sail, this burly West Indian looked unbeatable,
but a pair of visiting Danes eventually got the best of
him. With phenomenal speed and grace, 17-year-old
Sebastian Kornum took firsts in the last four races,
with his father, Torben, close behind him. A former
European motocross racer, Sebastian is currently the
sport's Junior World Champion, but he elected to race
in the men's division here.
The British Virgin Islands provide an unbeatable
venue for a point-to point windsurfing event, with
a cluster offriendly islands, protected waters and
generally reliable tradewinds
The vast majority of this year's racers -43 to be
precise -competed in the one-design division, racing
aboard identical Techno boards. Each sailor is allowed
to carry up to three Neil Pryde sails. But choosing the
right one to rig for a given day's conditions can be
crucial. Being under-rigged can mean slogging for
miles while your competition screams by you on a
plane, wherea'- 1 ... .. 1 can lead to being so
over-powered I' .. ..I I control. Wisely, crash
boats are positioned throughout each course to rescue
The week began with dreary overcast conditions
generated by a tropical wave, but forecasters predict
ed improving conditions i.. ...i. .. the week, and,
amazingly, they were corn II I 4 to 16 knots on
day one -barely enough to run the Anegada Race
-the breeze built nicely 1i; i,.;- i--- 1. with
gusts into the mid-20s i ...... 1. i ... .I .. found
Especially for diehard Caribbean racers, HIHO is
sort of an Old Home Week, where good-natured rival
ries are renewed on the racecourses, and long-estab
lished friendships are refreshed at the post-race par
ties. Stalwarts like St. Martin's Jean-Marc Peyronnet,
who took second in the Techno fleet, and Martinique's
Pierre-Francois Champeval, who took third, are like
old warriors who do battle by day then celebrate each
other's successes by night. They, and many others,
just seem to keep coming back again, unwilling to
miss out on the fun.
The 2010 event will run June 26th through July 4th.
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another around the archipelago (above) in the annual
Tour de Guadeloupe
Who says that winter is regatta season? If Anguilla,
Carriacou and Guadeloupe are anything to go by,
summertime rocks with Caribbean regattas -for tra
ditional Caribbean boats!
A bit of history about Guadeloupe's traditional
boats. Generally known as Saintoises because they
were initially used in Les lies des Saintes, these open
sloops were long used as the sole means of transport
tion between the islands of the Guadeloupe archipela
go: Guadeloupe (Basse Terre and Grande Terre), Les
Iles des Saintes, Marie Galante and Desirade. They
delivered goods from one island to the other, mainly
.1-i th- leeward shores. Racing these boats became
I .1 sport in 2002, and was affiliated with the
FFV (French Sailing Federation) rule by a rating sys
tem. The hulls were lengthened slightly in order to
In 2002, seven boats raced in an around-the-island
series of several village-to-village legs. Over the years
the fleet grew to 16, then 26, and last year 39 boats
competed. The number of racing Saintoises hit the
fabulous figure of 42 this year for the Tour de
Guadeloupe en Voile Traditionnelle 2009 (TGVT2009).
This increase can easily be explained: the boats are
light and not too long (5.35 metres, or 17 1/2 feet) to
be transported on trailers, and many local youths have
swapped from production -..... 1i... ... I locally
built Saintoises as an *. I .-i... i pride.
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been in danger of becoming lost.
This Year's TVGT, held July 11th through 18th, fea
tured seven legs.
Leg 1: Deshaies to Sainte-Rose
Local i-n- ~" -l f the leeward coast of Basse
Terre is -.1 1 II -, leg, and this year gave ample
demonstration. Light winds, gusty squalls -then
holes for very long minutes for those who were
trapped. Marcellin Wilbon from Sainte Rose came
first, ten minutes before the well-known internal
tional racer and five-time winner of this event,
Leg 2: Sainte Rose to Port Louis
Tricky eyeball navigation around the reefs and sand
banks, and good sailing tactics were necessary to do
well during this leg: many sailors suffered grounding in
Grand Cul de Sac du Marin. The very experienced skip
per Jean Forbin, ultimate winner of this year's event,
won the leg. Claude Thelier again came second.
Leg 3: Port Louis to Baie-Mahault
This third leg was the only traditional beach start of
this year's Tour. Forty-two boats is far too many to have
seven Le Mans-style starts: the waiting is long and acci
dents can happen. Flat seas and a nice Force 3 breeze
accompanied the fleet for this downwind leg. Veteran
Santoise racing competitor Bwa Bande won; she was
designed to go downwind and has a well-trained crew.
Jean Forbin, again on the podium, came third.
Leg 4: Pointe-a-Pitre to Goyave
This unusual leg, starting right in the middle of
Pointe-a-Pitre's commercial harbor, is quite an experi
ence for the many participants who learned sailing in
that area. Many capsized during the course of the race
a= i v-r-.n=;1: inds kicked up six-foot waves. Claude
TI. I. . ,I, T : 1 .. ..i Forbin's second place put
him in the lead I 1'. .. his regularity paying off.
Leg 5: Goyave to Gosier
The Gosier Islet finish is always interesting and this
year even more so, owing to belated placement of the
finish-line buoy. Patrick Forbin (Jean's brother and
last year's winner) came first, and Jean in second kept
his first position overall.
Leg 6: Gosier to Sainte Anne
The start from Gosier was hectic and fabulous. The
wind and wave height had both increased. But those
strong weather conditions were there to please Patrick
Forbin, who again came first, while his brother Jean
got ever closer to the title.
Leg 7: Sainte Anne to Saint Francois
This leg should have been c *, 11 1 ,. i i
wave hit the Tour at Sainte Ar ... .1 -' i I .
and three-m l. 1.. 1. 3, this was just too much for
these boats. i ..(I i reached Saint Francois; the
rest of the 1 I 1 ; 1;.... I finish for safety reasons.
Jean Forbi I I,. -1 1 I. leg to win this Tour and
he did -after capsizing three times. Jean Forbin is a
talented skipper who really deserves this victory. He
built his own Saintoise and many others in his boatyard
of Pointe-a-Pitre. Congratulations Jean!
TGVT organizer Georges Santtalikan says, "Sailors
from other Caribbean islands are welcome to partici
pate in the 2010 Around Guadeloupe Race, and a
limited number of Saintoises will be made available to
visiting crews, six per boat. Since last year we have
had a crew from Martinique racing with us and doing
very well. We all love the Caribbean Sea, and tradi
tional boats must be a means to discover each other
and enjoy our beautiful islands." So, Martinique,
Anguilla, the Grenadines and Tobago, enjoy your sail
ing and we hope to see you all next year in Guadeloupe
on the 2010 Tour!
For more information contact Georges Santtalikan
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CARRIACOU REGATTA FESTIVAL 2009
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The Beneteau 57 S/V Superted at the start of the Two-Handed Round the Island
Race, in which she took Line Honors and won the Fun Class
Every August, cruising yachts from around the world flock to Carriacou, home of
the last working Caribbean sailing sloops, to watch and be part of the Carriacou
Regatta Festival. While the local sloops and open boats race in traditional splendor,
visiting yachtsmen have the opportunity to compete in their own division or just
watch the action.
The most popular yacht race is the Two-Handed Round Carriacou, which this year
attracted a record 29 entries.
A ;;';:t ; ---.tt. i: : mewhat of a lottery in the Eastern Caribbean. We have to
be i i . ... -I a /weather conditions. This year the :.. i I ..... i
was magnificent: each of the three days of racing offered wi.. i i i i i i i
sunshine tempered by Sahara dust, and calm seas.
Once again, Mount Gay Rum joined Doyle Sails Barbados, Island Water World and
Budget Marine in providing prizes for the three-race series.
The series started with the Doyle Sails Two-Handed Round Carriacou Race -in
which children less than 12 years old don't count as crew. A su I I i ..i...
greeted competitors and lasted throughout the fleets clockwise .. ....... .
the island, giving everyone plenty of time to attend the charity auction that evening
(see related story on page 11).
Superted V, a Beneteau 57 sailed by Matt and Jean Findlay, quickly overhauled
+h- fl--t -hi-in,- lin h-n-lirs and winning Fun Class with Susie Standhope's
:.. 1.1 I 'I "'1 .... I J ofFowey, a Spirit 56, coming in second. Long-time
Caribbean competitor Tim Sudell won Cruising Class aboard his S&S 44, Saga, with
my Hughes 38, Bloody Mary, coming in second. In the four-boat Multihull Class (all
catamarans this year), the St. Frances 44 Fine Line, sailed by Steve and Anne Walsh,
showed a fine turn of speed to win, with regatta regular Ned Kelly, sailed by Don
Saturday's Island Water World-sponsored race took the fleet from the start in
Hillsborough Bay, south around Frigate Island and then to the finish in Tyrrel Bay. The
strong south coast currents, which can make this race so tricky, were absent this year
and with the wind north of east, the beat was much shorter than previous years.
Alex Johnstone's Beneteau 461, Chao Lay, came up from True Blue in Grenada to
beat the Carriacou-based yachts with a fine performance in Cruising Class. Bloody
i ,... .... was second. Andy Smelt's Spencer 44, Yellow Bird, was back in its cus
I.. I -I place in Fun Class, with second place going to Dominique Weber's
Sanctus, a Jeanneau Sun Kiss 47. Koolau, a Lagoon 470 sailed by Rik Versteegh,
won Multihull Class laurels from Gregory Hall's Merlin.
As in previous years, Sunday's lay day was spent anchored off Sandy Island in
order to view the - .1 1 t ;-. -i fi;-- 1 -:e quarters -sometimes very close far
from the crowds .' i i '. 11
The fine weather and consistent breezes returned on the Monday for the : I
Marine Hillsborough Race, a leeward-windward-leeward course using the .-
Jack A Dan and the Sisters Rocks as marks before finishing in Tyrrel Bay.
Tulaichean II, a Beneteau 38 steered by Mike Bingley, having raced boat for boat
with second-place Bloody Mary in the previous two races, achieved a big enough lead
to win this race. In Fun Class, Yellow Bird took first and Spirited Lady second. Fine
Line joined us again to win Multihulls with Koolau second.
On the Monday, the prizegiving featured a glorious pork barbecue evening in the
Carriacou Yacht Club garden. All participating yachts received a Doyle Sails bag
containing a bottle of old Mount Gay Rum. Yellow Bird, overall winner in Fun Class,
I .... I I ..I I .. i i i lHary won back the perpetual Cruising
( i .. i i, i i i 11 -. i II.. .- Beneteau First 38, Windborne. Fine
Line won Multihull Class, despite only sailing two races. Michele i i.. 15) and
Felix Preisig (16) received special mention and a Doyle Sails .. I racing
around Carriacou in BM2, a Yingling.
Thank you to race officer James Benoit from the Grenada Yacht Club, the commit
tee boat team, sponsors Mount Gay, Doyle Sails, Island Water World, Budget Marine,
Fidel Productions, Bogles Round House restaurant, and GG Design. This event
would be far less without you.
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by Orbin Ollivierre
Today is de 1st August, Emancipation Day, de day
dey say we free. Is also de 44th annual Carriacou
Regatta Festival an' we all standing' on Paradise Beach
an ready fo' do battle. Ah say all: not true. All de
Bequia boys ready. But it look like de Tobago boys an'
some in Carriacou forget de date ah de regatta. Dey
say race start 10 o'clock but dey ain't even set sails
yet. But fo' tell yo' de truth, dem ain't foolin' me
because dem committee man tek off dey watch. An' on
top ah dat, is Emancipation Day, time no matter, dem
waiting' fo' de wind to cut!
We start around' 2 o'clock, nine boat takin' part. Is ah
open race so any size could sail. We got Bluff, Bequia
Pride, Lightning, Limbo from Bequia, Unknown from
Tobago, Passion, Ghost, Improved an' Skyler from
Carriacou. We got ah good sailin' breeze, lighter dan
Lightning bust she jib J. .1 1 .i .. De time she tek
fo' change, it was too .. r what ah mean.
Lightning didn't flash today! As de Rasta would say,
better luck next day. But fo' tell de truth, it was ah
long day. Is 6 o'clock now an' time fo' get ah few green
ones an' some manger down de hatch. Dem got Queen
Show an' t'ing in de tennis court tonight but ah too
bum fo' dat. Tomorrow is two races. Dey say dey go'
start 10 o'clock -we go' see!
Sunday morning' an' ah tink everybody ready but dem
committee man now pumpin' up de marks. Dem got de
course on paper but we ha' fo' wait till dem put out de
marks. Ah know dey wasn't foolin' me. Ah goin' get
some lunch an' ah green one until dey ready. We start
around 12 o'clock, nice breeze. Lightning tek de lead
downwind an' upwind too. She doin' everything. Ah ain't
,orry our pnotos jrom tne open noat races in uarracou tnms year got tost in cyberspace, Dut nere s a snotjrom a
regatta earlier this year of Carriacou Regatta Long Open Boats Class A winner, Lightning, dueling with fifth place
morning' but good. Upwind to ah mark over Jag-a-dan mention we also got Tornado, More Worries an' Nerissa
rock, downwind to de Sisters Rocks, back to de same Jin de 18-foot class, but Tornado out ahead by ah long
mark an' down to ah mark inside Sandy Island an' up way. Ah tell yo' something. Is ah long time ah skipper
to de finish by Hillsborough jetty. Ah good sail, smooth one dem boat. De last time was February in Tobago an'
water wid Bequia Pride first, Skyler second, Bluff third. yo' know what? After yesterday race, all over me body
hurt an' ah movin' like ah old man, an' so is Bluff
fighting' fo' fourth place, not bad out ah eight. One
down, one to go today but ashore, de sand hot like fire.
All we could do is find ah cool spot. Dat hard because
no trees, get in one dem small shop, drink ah few an'
wait fo' de next start, ah hope by 3 o'clock!
We start ah little after 3 o'clock, breeze ah bit lighter.
BequiaPride put up ah bigger main sail, so is Lightning.
But fo' tell yo' de truth, ah don't t'ink it mek much dif
ference. Is de same course -ah weary complain to
dem committee man. Yo' got four races all de same. De
only t'ing dat change is de tide but, nah, it all slack
tide so dat ain't stopping' Lightning from flashin' nor
Tornado from givin' Worries more worries, nor de
Unknown from Tobago givin' BequiaPride ah hard time
fo' second place. Only one race left fo' decide dat.
SI . in time fo' watch dem sloops come
in I. 1.1 .1 I dem goin' downwind wid all dem
sails all different colours. So ah watching' dem come to
de finish line which is de weirdest finish line ah ever
see. Ah weary complain about dat too but no change.
Anyway, de sloop coming two close together way up
front, ah white one an' ah blue one, de white ah bit in
front. As dey get about 200 feet off de finish, de wind
say, 'ah done wid dat, nothing' fo' get to shoot to de
finish. Five other sloop come from way behind, shoot
past dem an' de white one finish last! Ah don't tink
dem crew sleep dat:; .1, 1 ,,i .1. I;nk dey should pro
test de placement al. I I,,.iI i,,,
Monday is here. Last race. Ah hope dem start early
because ah want fo' tek in some ah de action on shore.
Ah like fo' watch dem people dress up in all dem
African head ban' an' pretty colours, wid dem big
drums an' flambeau light, chanting' up an' down de
street. After all, is Emancipation Week, dem free!
Anyway, is 11 o'clock. Last race before we could be
set free. Off we go to much ah de same, downwind to
de Sisters an' up to de top mark. As ah say, my body
achin' like hell so ah give one de young boy de tiller
goin' downwind. As we get off Jack-a-dan, old memo-
ries start to flow. Ah could remember de first time ah
camp dey. Ah was about 16 years old then. It had a lot
ah sand an' grapetrees we use to pitch we tent under.
Now not ah drop ah sand, all rock an' conch shells. As
we reach Sandy Island, dat too look different. Ah
remember it had ah little beach house on it an' ah sign
sayin', 'please enjoy and don't destroy'. De last time ah
went ashore dey, was some years ago, just after Lenny
pass an' it was ah mess. It was divided in two. Most ah
de trees wash away an' de little hut gone. But now it
looking' pretty again. It join back together an' de trees
an' de sand looking' good. Nature is ah helluva ting!
But back to de race. Ah still in the race, Lightning
ahead, Bequia Pride an' Unknlown I,.1i.,,, 1' second,
an' Bluff an' Passion fighting' close : I .... So close,
ah hear de horn but ah ain't know fo' who! One ting
ah know: we put up ah good fight an' ah enjoy it, ache
Boatbuilder and fisherman Orbin Ollivierre is the
Commodore of the Bequia Sailing Club.
CARRIACOU REGATTA 2009 CLASS WINNERS
Small Open Boats A Pimpy, Verrol Compton, Carriacou
Small Open Boats Al: Tornado, Kingsley Stowe, Bequia
Small Open Boats C: Bad Feelings, Samuel Forde
Small Open Boats D: Swift, Martin Alexander, Grenada
Long Open Boats A: Lightning, Francis Decoteau, Bequia
Long Open Boats B: Limbo Dance, Alick Daniel, Bequia
Open Race (Long Open Boats): Bequia Pride, Arnold Hazell, Bequia
Small Ster Boats: Red Bull, Andy DeRoche. Petite Martinique
Small Decked Sloops: Run Away, Hubert McLawrence, Carriacou
Large Decked Sloops: Glacier, Kenrick Patrice, Carriacou
Round the Island (Decked Sloops): Magette 0 II, Cyril Compton, Carriacou
Optimists: Mum, Lucas Preisig, Carriacou
Yachts Fun Class: Yellow Bird, Spencer 44, Andy Smelt, UK
Yachts Cruising Class: Bloody Mary, Hughes 38, Jerry Stewart, UK Tornado topped the Small Open Boa
Yachts Multihull Class: Fine Line, St. Frances 44, Steve and Anne Walsh, USA at Carriacou Reaatta Festival 2009
Caribbean Kids in Youth
Sailing World Championship 2009
The world's top young sailing talent gathered in
Buzios, Brazil from July 9th through 18th for the 39th
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. Almost
300 youths representing 59 nations sailed in seven dif-
From the Caribbean, Ard and Philipine van Aanholt
represented the Netherlands Antilles, Alec Anderson
represented the British Virain Islands, Mavumi Roller,
Tyler Rice and William Gibson represented the US
Virgin Islands, and Raul Rios and Antonio Sifre Torren
represented Puerto Rico.
The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship,
open to competitors who do not exceed the age of
18 during the calendar year of the event, represents
the undisputed pinnacle of youth sailing. Entry is
restricted to one boat per nation, per event, so the
sailors have already had to win through their national
qualification series to earn their place in Brazil.
The Boys' One Person Dinghy event had the huge
entry this year, with over 50 nations represented in the
fleet of Laser Radials, a much better choice for the
boys then last year's Laser Standards. Alec Anderson
and Ard van Aanholt started in this event. In the Girls'
Laser Radial event, Mayumi "Mimi" Roller and Philipine
van Aanholt, Optimist opponents at the water but
friends on shore, both raced.
The 2008 Optimist World champion Raul Rios and
crew Antonio Sifre Torren, and Tyler Rice and Billy
Gibbons, sailed the Boys' Two Person 420 class.
In the Girls' Laser fleet, Singapore's Elizabeth Yin is the
new champion. Anne-Marie Rindom from Denmark
took Silver and Mathilde Kerangat brought home the
Bronze for France. Mimi Roller finished at a respectable
14th place overall. Philipine van Aanholt, who took a
World title in the Splash Class last year, ended up 25th.
The Boys' Laser event was won by Sam Meech from
New Zealand. At his first ISAF Youth Worlds, 15-year-old
Ard van Aanholt from Curacao showed potential by
scoring a 29th overall among 53 talented young sail-
ors. In the 420 Boys' class, Tyler Rice and Billy Gibbons
scored 28th overall, and Raul Rios and Antonio Sifre
Torren from Puerto Rico finished 26th in a fleet of 31
boats. Alec Anderson from Tortola showed the world
that kids from the Caribbean know how to sail by fin-
ishina seventh at the last Youth Worlds for which he,
now age 18, is eligible.
In the battle for the Volvo Trophy, the prize for top
nation was awarded to France, followed by Great
Britain and Italy. Next year the prestigious ISAF Youth
Worlds will be held in Turkey and provides a new
chance for the world's best youth sailors to show
Thanks to Youth Sailing Netherlands Antilles
for this report.
BVI Dominates 1 Ith Annual Premier's Cup Regatta
The 11th annual Premier's Cup Youth Regatta took
place from July 11th through 13th at Nanny Cay,
Tortola. The Premiers' Cup is an annual fundraising
event held by Kids and the Sea "KATS" for young sail-
ors of age 17 and under. It is hosted by the Nanny
Cay marina in Tortola and sponsored, as always, by
The Rotary Clubs of the BVI. Opening remarks were
made by BVI Premier Ralph O'Neal. This year's event
Team St. Lucia couldn't beat the BVI home team, but
they're proud of their bestyet Premier's Cup silver
drew four teams: Anguilla, St. Lucia, North America
and the BVI.
For the first time ever in the history of these races, the
BVI won in every class: IC24, Laser and the Open Big
Class. The BVI team comprised Jonathan Woods,
Hannah Welch, Amanda Putley, Chris Brockbank,
Dontae Hodge and Indigo Collins, all skilled products
of the KATS Skipper Programme. In the Laser Class,
skipper Dontea Hodge emerged champion. Skipper
Sam Morrell dominated the Open Big Class. In the
IC24 Class, the BVI took first place, second place was
captured by St. Lucia, third place went to Anguilla
and in fourth place was North America. North
America also won the Sportsmanship Award.
St. Lucia's second place win was their best-ever
result in many years of competing at the event. The St.
Lucia Yacht Club team, representing the St. Lucia
Sailing Association, included Marcus Sweeney,
Stephanie Lovell, Thomas Meixner, Aidan Cox,
Matthew St. Paul and Marc Spurway. All are 13 years
old, except for Aidan who is 16.
Going into the second and last day of racing, the
team from the BVI had a comfortable lead, while
Anguilla had a two-point advantage over St. Lucia. St.
Lucian tactician Stephanie Lovell had an important task
ahead of her. The winds were more than 17 knots. St.
Lucia had superb starts in the first two races but could
not manage to keep ahead of team BVI. Anguilla fin-
ished third and fourth, putting them back a position.
In the next race, St. Lucia had to chase after Anguilla
after being forced over the line early by the BVI, but
managed to regain second position on the last leg.
Two seconds in the last two races allowed St. Lucia to
capture the silver.
Digicel sponsors the Premier's Cup for the next five
years and the Rotary Clubs of the BVI provide finan-
cial and logistical support to the regatta. Rotary vol-
unteers serve food, and provide security, transporta-
tion and many other services to ensure that the event
takes place successfully.
Thanks to Jacqueline Newton and Fredric Sweeney
for information used in this report
Bonaire Hosts Windsurfing Slalom Worlds 2009
Ann Phelan reports: Bonaire, well known in the wind-
surf community as one of the most outstanding free-
style sailing venues in the world, hosted an internation-
al slalom windsurfing event July 12th through 18th.
The island's Lac Bay is blessed with nearly constant
onshore tradewinds, and Elvis Martinus, one of the
leaders in the Bonaire windsurf world, had long desired
to host a slalom race event. The island had already
hosted three Professional Windsurfing Association
(PWA) freestyle events and four Pro Kids Events.
Elvis's dream came to fruition when the International
Funboard Class Association (IFCA) sanctioned the
event and traveled with an international panel of
judges to run the races.
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Sailors aged 15 to 63, from more than 13 countries,
raced in the weeklong event. The official weather site
www.windguru.cz was right on with their wind fore-
casts. Sailors were treated to healthy winds more
than 28 knots at times. Most sailors rigged 7.5 or 8.0
metre race sails and blasted over the water.
The competition was fierce in the Masters' Division with
Austrian Markus Poltenstein duking it out against Italian
Thomas Fauster. Local hero Constantino Saragoza, a
former Olympian, was racing hard on his own turf.
The Youth category was an international mix of talent.
Turkish sailor Enes Yilmazer won most of the events.
Locals racing included Endro Finies and Hendryck
Balentien. Aruba's freestyle world champion, Sara
Quita Offringa, also competed. In the Junior category,
Polish champion Gutek Kurczewski was on top in most
of the heats. This tall 16 year old was quiet and
reserved ashore, but dominated his class on the water.
Connor Baxter, a champion sailor from Hawaii, was on
hand as was his teammate Zane Schweitzer. Zane's
grandfather Hoyle is the founder of the sport. Team
Curacao's Jean Patrick Van der Wolde and Aruba's
Nick Van der Eerenbeemt were on fire on the course,
but it was 11-year-old Steven Max Lageveen who
wowed the crowd with his rainbow-colored Hot Sail.
Other classes ranging from Senior to Baby Kids cele-
brated a multigenerational league of competitors.
During the event there was food, music and typical
Bonaire beach culture. The village of Rincon hosted a
traditional night of music and dance. The final day
included a fabulous award ceremony with local digni-
taries and VIP guest Jeff Henderson from HotSails
Maui. Jopi Soleano handcrafted the hundreds of
charming wooden trophies. Aruba's own Rincon Boys
serenaded the crowd into the wee hours. It was a
week filled with camaraderie, racing and fun.
For complete results go to wwwbonaireslalomwotld.com.
Red-Hot Mercury Day 2009 in Sint Maarten
Stgphane Legendre reports: This is an event for fans
of powerful outboard motorboats only! The Mercury
dealer SAD of Guadeloupe and MADCO, its subsidiary
on Saint Martin, organize the now famous annual
Mercury Day. The event originated in Guadeloupe,
Welcome to the hottest planet Mercury!
where it became very popular with a maximum of 250
boats participating. Organizers decided to come to
Sint Maarten in 2008.
This year, the festivities took off on the night of
Saturday, August 1st, with a gathering at the Bliss
Nightclub near Princess Juliana airport, a hot spot of
Sint Maarten's nightlife. The Bliss has a unique location
- open air, right off the beach, next to the runway.
This year's party rocked under a full moon and contin-
ued until early morning for some.
The following day everyone was invited to move the
party to the Sandy Ground beach on Anguilla by 1100
hours. There was an amazing atmosphere, a celebra-
tion of enormous outboards, with sometimes two or
even three 250- or 300-horsepower engines at the
stern of a rather small dayboat. Fun and a great time
was the point for all participants. For sure this was a
powerful place to be on that hot summer weekend.
The party continued till late and the crowd from
Anguilla got involved, of course. For them it was a sort
of warming up for the following day, which was
Anguilla's famous August Monday.
The third day, even if it was not part of the Mercury
Day extravaganza, gave the option for those who
could to stay and continue the party. August Monday in
Anguilla must be the biggest beach party in the world,
and is part of Anguilla's carnival celebrations. There are
local sailboat races, too, but truthfully many people
don't pay much attention to the boat races. They are
too busy eating, drinking, walking the beach, meeting
people, and just having a lot of fun. Hundreds of boats
from St. Maarten and St. Barth's come over for the day
and the beach is just mobbed with people, lined with
food stands, and there is a lot of loud music playing.
Overload? Not at all! We are looking forward to join-
ing again next year.
Anguilla's Traditional Summer Regatta Intense!
Ann Phelan reports: Sailboat racing is a major part of
the culture of the island of Anguilla, which held its
annual Summer Festival Regatta from August 2nd
through 9th. Rawle Hazell, Chairperson for the Race
Committee, predicted challenging and competitive
races in two classes of traditional open sloops, and his
predictions came true.
Fonzo Richardson on Legal Rights, a B Class boat
from Island Harbour, was proud to be part of a crew
with all sailors under the age of 19. The first Sunday's
race the warm-up for the series was their maiden
voyage, in which they placed a solid third. F5was the
day's victor in B Class, and Sonic won A Class.
The August Monday race started at Sandy Ground.
Bryan Richardson, a crewmember aboard Sonic, said,
"We are set to win, even though we face competi-
tion." The Monday race saw 13 Class A boats racing
an open-water course
in winds of about 15
knots. Real Deal and
UFO were both dis-
masted. Sonic again
prevailed on this
with De Storm topping
the ten-boat B Class.
The next day's Sandy
Ground to Island
Harbour Race saw
more catastrophe as
De Chan sank in rough
S seas as high as 14 feet.
Rawle Hazell, sailing on
Bluebird, said, "We
had some intense con-
ditions heading to Island Harbour but it made the
race more exciting!" Sonic only managed a third
place for the day, with top spot going to De Tree.
In the Wednesday's Blowing Point Race, Sonic
regained first place, bumping De Tree to a second.
Only A Class boats raced on the Tuesday
On August Thursday, the races started and ended at
Mead's Bay. Bluebird snagged an upset victory in A
Class, and De Storm scored another first in B Class.
The Class A boats are all 28 feet long with a beam of
around ten feet and moveable ballast,...
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5S BARDYN Ciarlo DECKER
Above: The crew responsible for ABMT 2009 Top
Below: Revenge is sweet!
Oversized mainsails, afine entry and deep draft characterize the fast and graceful Anguilla boats, seen here racing
on August Monday at the island's annual Summer Festival Regatta
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...but varying lengths of masts (around 50 feet) and
booms (around 35 feet) allow plenty of opportunity for
controversy. The B Class boats, up to 23 feet in length,
all share the same boom and mast dimensions, and
are closer to the original fishing boats. Another area of
controversy is the "hard lee" rule, where the windward
boat has the first call to tack. Several boats called pro-
tests when their call for "hard lee" was not honored.
On shore the arguments and crowd dynamics were
intense. This island takes sailing seriously. Each boat
represents the village where it was built, and often the
villagers support the sailors and even contribute to the
costs of the boat. Their personal investment carries
into the races. In the end the entire island celebrated
the sailors' victories, even those with setbacks.
The celebrations carried on to the beach and the
music went long into the early morning hours. When
the races were done everyone came together to cel-
ebrate Anguilla's 33rd Summer Festival Carnival.
Any boat that placed among the first five in any of
the Monday through Thursday races could take part
in the Champion of Champions race on the final
Sunday, August 9th. This years' A Class Champions
were: first place Satellite, Captain Emile Lloyd, owner
North Hill Community; second De Tree, Captain Errol
Romney, owner Blowing Point Community; third Sonic,
Captain Eddie Baker, owner Paul Romney. The B Class
Champions were: first place Perfect Timing, second
De Storm, third Legal Rights.
August Regatta is over but already the crews are
planning for their next race.
Revenge Tops 37th USVI Open/Atlantic
Blue Marlin Tourney
Carol Bareuther reports: There was only one blue
marlin released aboard Sam Jennings' 58-foot
Revenge on the fourth and final day of fishing in the
37th annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin
Tournament (ABMT), held August 2nd through 7th.
Jennings himself caught the fish. But, when the
Revenge backed into its slip at American Yacht
Harbor, 12 flags flew off the outriggers splendidly dis-
playing the grand total of blue marlin Sam, and his
son Jonathan 'Jon', caught throughout the tourna-
ment. This grand tally earned Revenge the Top Boat
prize, and Jon's seven blue marlin releases netted him
the Top Angler trophy and US$10,000 cash a feat
he also achieved in 1994.
"It's the crew," says Jon Jennings', about the reason
for the Revenge's success.
Meanwhile, it was David Browning's 57-foot Dean
Johnson, Mr B /1, that earned second top boat with
the release of eight blue marlin. No Excuses, a 48-foot
Viking with Capt. Tony deMoya at the helm, finished
third top boat with eight blue marlin releases. Lisa
Kettenacker, aboard J.A.C.S., earned Top Female
Angler with three blue marlin releases. The 34-boat
fleet released a total of 159 blue marlin.
Started by Chuck Senf back in 1972 and nick-
named The Boy Scout Tournament since a portion of
the proceeds have always benefited the VI Council of
the Boy Scouts of America the ABMT has evolved
into one of the most competitive saltwater sports fish-
ing events in the world. It's one of the tournaments
making up Bisbee's World Billfish Series and is the last
leg of the prestigious Bermuda Triangle Series and
Spanish Main Series.
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Dominica Launches Junior Sailing Program
Hubert Winston reports: The Dominica Yacht Club
launched its Junior Optimist Sailing Program on August
8th with the aid of Peter "Wipers" Hoad of Barbados
and the International Optimist Dinghy Association
(IODA). Special thanks to Jerry Bethell of St. Lucia,
Andrew Armour of the Anchorage Hotel in Dominica
for helping us in transporting the optimist dinghies to
Dominica, and to the late Anthony Gunn, one of the
kids and boats in the region to join us in Dominica to
enjoy our first regatta.
For more information contact
Guadeloupe's Triskell Cup to Round Out October
The 9th edition of the Triskell Cup yacht race will take
place in Guadeloupe from October 30th through
Organizer Jean Michel Marziou says, "Because of the
global and local economic crisis" Guadeloupe's
founding members of the DYC, who initiated
Kids of all heights, sizes and shapes came down to
the beach to see what all the fuss was about sailing
dinghies. During our first day at sea, before it was
lunchtime, parents all over the island were calling and
e-mailing the yacht club and its members for informa-
tion about sailing and how their kids could get
involved. The launch was well embraced by the kids,
as they dreaded leaving the boats after the first day's
sailing exercises came to an end. Many parents who
had kids in the program said that everything they had
ever tried to get their kids involved in previously never
lasted more than a few days, but the sailing program
was another issue! They explained that the kids would
wake up early in the morning getting their swimwear
together, going over their knots and hurrying their par-
ents to be on time, as no one wanted to be late to
The Dominica Yacht Club has nine Optimist dinghies
in fair condition and will soon expand its program to
include Lasers, Sunfish and a J/24 for older kids and
adults. We have been advocating sailing in Dominica
for many years and hope by next year to invite other
economy suffered from a month-long general strike
earlier this year "no sponsor so far has dared to
invest in the 2009 event. Also, the local government's
subventions are not yet voted and therefore we will
go for a reduced format for this year's event."
Nevertheless, Association Le Triskell has upgraded the
event with new and more technical racing formats
that bring the action closer to spectators, and more
simple circuits for regatta beginners.
Renowned skippers such as Gildas Morvan, winner of
Belle lie en Mer/Marie Galante single-handed transat-
lantic race, and Jacques Caraes, current technical
manager of the famous Figaro solo race, are expect-
ed to come from France.
Sailors from Martinique are also reported to be very
motivated to compete for the Triskell Cup this year,
and dates have been set to allow the young ones on
their Surprises to compete against Guadeloupe's First
For more information visit hfp://triskellcup.com.
JHR Caribbean Annual Regatta, Antigua,
Set for November
The JHR Caribbean Annual Regatta, hosted by
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in Antigua on November
28th and 29th, promises competitive racing, par-
ties, barbecues, live music, dancing and amusing
The sailing area will be outside Jolly Harbour and in
Five Islands Harbour. There will be four classes and all
boats with a draft of ten feet or less are eligible to
enter. Entry fees are ECS150 per boat when registering
online (www.jhycantigua.com/jhycform.html) or
ECS175 per boat when registering at the skipper's
briefing. Prizes will be awarded to at least the first
start at last year's
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Antigua. The annual
November event is a
good warm up for
three boats in each class. Berths will be available free
of charge on the days of racing. Please notify Marina
Office on arrival in Jolly Harbour (VHF Ch 68).
JHYC also JHYC organizes an "all comers" competi-
tive sailing event every Saturday afternoon, for local
and visiting yachts.
For more information visit wwwjhycantigua. com.
International Yacht Club Challenge for the
BVI Spring Regatta
The Commodore of the Royal British Virgin Islands
Yacht Club is inviting other yacht clubs from around
the world to send teams to compete in the inaugural
International Yacht Club Challenge. The IYCC will be
part of the 2010 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing
Festival, March 29th through April 4th. To sweeten the
pot, Sunsail Yacht Charters is providing up to a ten-
percent discount for all those booking for the IYCC, a
free charter to the winning team and a perpetual tro-
phy. Although 2010 will be the inaugural year for the
IYCC, it will be the 39th for the BVI Spring Regatta and,
as in the past 11 years, the 2010 edition will be hosted
and presented by the Nanny Cay Marina and Resort.
For more information visit www.bvispringregatta.org.
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eagerly anticipated awards -the Pandoras! These are the picks deemed to be the
best in their field, as judged by your very own Motley Crew of the yacht Pandora,
Nicola Cornwell and Mike Wilkie, during our first season in the Caribbean.
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Anchorage: Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau. The definitive picture-postcard Caribbean
bay, complete with curved sandy beach, palm trees, and no room for mega-yachts.
Island: Bequia. As Goldi(dread)locks herself would say, "Not too big, not too small,
just right!" The people, the place, the views, the beaches, the bays, the general vibe
-we love it. Runners up: St. Barths, St. Kitts and Antigua.
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some to the spectacular -1,,,. out also to the bonus ol I ,',. allowed to use the
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simply loads of duty-free stuff. A must 'stock up' destination.
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than in most places. Special mention, however, has to be ...I. 1 11. I Customs
i i......... .. ong field of contenders was topped by the charmless,
,,,I 11. .. i ., .11 hindering "uniforms" at Tortola, BVI.
Beaches (windward): Half Moon Beach, Antigua, which is achingly beautiful and
perfectly crescent shaped; and Macaroni Beach, Mustique, with its cellophane-clear
water and fun surf waves.
Beaches (leeward): Princess Margaret Beach, Bequia, is a big, yellow sandy beach
with shade, plenty of room for beach cricket and Jack's Bar at one end; and Palm
Island Beach in the Grenadines, boasting the softest, whitest sand which gradually
slopes into calm clear waters -more like a spa treatment than a beach.
Naturally beautiful place: The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI. Even with the regular
deposits of coach-loads of tourists, a stunningly beautiful place.
Snorkel location: The Tobago Cays. Like swimming in an aquarium, and the only
place where you can guarantee having a chance to swim with Hawksbill turtles.
Bar: HQ in Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua. Anthony has cool style
and excellent music taste.
Cocktail: The Praying Mantis, mixed by Patrick the genius at Firefly in Mustique.
One is never enough.
Restaurant (dinner): Rainforest Hideawa-- "t-ri'-t P- t I icia. Beautifully
executed, classy grown-up food. The scallop ,,111 -' I .- ....I world class.
Restaurant (lunch): Eden Roc, St. Barths. Excellent food and amazing people
watching; what more could you want for lunch?
Internet caf&: Le P'ti Bateau, Grande Anse D'Arlet, Martinique. Open for good cof
fee in the morning, and then all the way to cocktails in the evening, with fast internet
French St. Martin
is not only our pick
for best place to
clear in, it has an
abundance of sea
side cafes and
connection and no hassle to buy more food or drinks. It's the place for Customs
check out, too.
Supermarket: Match in St. Martin. All the best goodies from France in a huge air
conditioned palace of food. Heaven.
Local food store: Doris's Fresh Food, Bequia. Doris scours the globe for all the
things you didn't know you missed or wanted until you see them there on the shelves.
Plus she stocks the world's best yoghurt: St. Vincent-made Ginger Yoghurt.
Bread: A tie between McCarthy's banana bread, Bequia, delivered by the man
himself to your yacht (perfect with fresh ripe mango for breakfast); and Captain
Gourmet's French Bread, Union Island -real French bread ('nuff said).
Laundry service: Maude's Laundry, All Saints, Antigua. Sweetly -... ii... and
folded better than a T shirt in a Benetton store, delivered to your .1 1 only
Boat boy: "Antonio Banderas" the fruit man, Portsmouth, Dominica. Good fruit,
witty banter and flowers left on your boat if he comes around and you're not there.
Best things we bought for the boat: The Dessalator Duo Watermaker (with back
up personal service from the most fabulous and patient Rod Boreham of Advance
Yacht Systems, UK). Simply wouldn't want to be without it; and the LED head torch
-how can such a cheap and simple thing be so useful for so many purposes? We
never knew we'd need both our hands for so many things while at the same time
Worst thing we bought for the boat: Our storm jib. The wimps that we are, we
just simply don't go out sailing if the wind is over 20 knots, so we've never used it
and frankly won't put ourselves in a position where we have to.
Fixer of boats: Tim Dabbs, Tortola, BVI. There's nothing Tim can't fix. We'd give
you his telephone number but we don't want you booking him up!
Other yacht most lusted after: The BlackPs ,, i. I -i I ..
A totally bespoke piece of sailing art. So much I ,I ...., I, -I II I . .
to excess, the Maltese Falcon.
Most amazing moment: Watching a seven-foot Leatherback turtle come ashore
and lay her eggs at Bloody Bay, Union Island, with Roseman Adams' local volunteer
group, The Union Island Environmental Attackers. A total Discovery Channel
Follow Nicola and Mike's award gathering travels aboard Pandora
High Quality Sheltered Moorings Immigration office in the marina for clearance
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Showers, Laundry, Restaurant, 24 hour security East of International Airport
CRUISER PROFILES BY JOHN ROWLAND
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This modest sized plastic classic sloop is (clearly!) a good choice for Caribbean
S/V Clarity is a 1988 Ericson 32, single-handed by Joseph. I interviewed Joseph
in Prickly Bay, Grenada. Joseph is a long-time friend with whom my wife, Nancy,
and I shared the experience of weathering Hurricane Dean two years ago in Rodney
Bay, St. Lucia.
Joseph purchased Clarity in New Jersey in October of 2001, replacing his 1961
Hutcheson Compact 16, a trusted companion with whom he had explored the bays
of New Jersey for 20-odd years.
In October of 2001, Joseph ended a successful career in operations management
of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities (medical products and vitamins, not rec
rational products!) and started his journey, which continues today. He left New
Jersey and sailed into the Chesapeake Bay, gunk-holed through the Chesapeake and
then down the ICW, finding himself in Palm Beach, Florida in June of 2002. From
there it was over to the Bahamas, into the Turks & Caicos and onward to the
Dominican Republic by February of 2003.
The Dominican Republic captured Joseph's heart, holding him there for three
years. With 18 months in Luperon and another 18 months in Santo Domingo,
Joseph learned the language, the customs and the culture of the island that held
him in its siren song.
In 2006, the wanderlust that drew him from New Jersey into the open sea finally
broke the spell of the DR and it was across the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico, through
the Virgins and down the Lesser Antilles chain.
From the time of his departure from New Jersey through 2006, Joseph lived full
time on his boat. Today, he splits his time between the boat and a house he shares
with his son, his biggest fan, in Las Vegas. Like many other cruisers, Joseph prefers
to spend hurricane season out of harm's way.
The post career chapter of Joseph's life allows him to be a 'Renaissance Man'
Like many of us, Joseph's love of sailing was, in large part, 1''.. i i 1i' respite
that it provides from the chaos of shore life. Ergo, the name I .1' 11I 1 I. ge that
allows clarity of thought. Joseph loves the independence and self-reliance the cruis
ing life imposes. It allows him to think of himself as a "Renaissance Man" in many
ways -mastering all the technical skills and navigational skills required as well as
having the opportunity to understand other cultures, learn new languages and see
the world from a perspective a shore life in North America simply won't allow.
Again, like many of us, Joseph plans to continue cruising until it is no longer
Port Louis Marina another great reason to visit Grenada
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En route to Water Island we overheard a gentle, laid
back soul named Bill telling someone about how
household water is accomplished on a dry island: rain
and cisterns. Bill's place had a 33,000-gallon cistern
and a 14,000-gallon reserve.
As we disembarked we humbly admitted our lowly
tourist status to Bill and asked him where to go. "Hop
in my Jeep," he said.
Water Island is a special place. Instantly and obvi
ously. One needs look no further than atop the post
office boxes near shore, where a potpourri of books are
stacked free to one and all.
"This island seems cool," I said defensively.
"Sure," Bill said.
"It's just that when we told the Customs -.nt
were going to Water Island he laughed at us 11'
nothing to do there,' he said."
"The internet told us the exact same thing," Yllithia
Bill's eyebrows rose. He sputtered incoherently. His
grip on the stick shift intensified. "NOTHING TO DO!"
Message in a bottle? It says, 'You can have fun here!'
One of the Water Island residents we met -a red legged
tortoise. His gait matches the pace of life here
W t Island became the fourth
a t e US Virgin Island in 1996,
when the federal govern-
ment transferred its ownership to the territorial gov
ernment. The island is so named because it used to
sport a freshwater spring where sailors could refill
their stores. At some point an earthquake sealed the
underground reservoir off completely. The only evi
dence of its having been there today is a thin wash of
irony: Water Island is bone dry.
One ferry goes to Water Island. Nine times a day it
leaves Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas, crosses the
channel (in exactly eight minutes), and docks at
Phillip's ... 1.... Water Island. The ferry is all fiber
glass ano . i- It wears diesel perfume.
My girlfriend, Yllithia, and I stepped onto the little
red ferry about two minutes before it was scheduled
to depart. Another passenger was talking with the
captain. He jumped out and said he'd be back in
three minutes. Three minutes later we drifted off the
dock without him and sped away. It seemed heart
less, and I looked back expecting to see th .1-- run
ning down the dock with a pair of I. .. -
raised like masts.
"This ferry leaves," the captain said. His first
Yllithia and I didn't like these two, our crew. They
spent the crossing chatting sarcastically. The captain
stood at the bow in what he probably thought was a
dashing pose -one foot up on a crate, one arm draped
over the wheel, the sun behind him. From where we sat
his silhouette resembled a beach ball on stilts.
Here was yet anomler example LU suggest maL Leiiing
the truth is the best policy. Because now Bill was
determined to set the record straight. He was proud to
call Water Island home and would suffer no slander.
He took us straight up the unmarked, winding roads
t r t -- .;;. This was not the quintessential
S.1 I ... I .i I lumpy, rusted hilltop cannons and
crumbling stone walls we'd seen so many times before.
Fort C --. was built of reinforced concrete during
Worlk .. i1 to defend the St. Thomas submarine
base. The war was finished before the fort.
It's more of a huge bunker, really. Totally under
ground. Dark. Cool as a cave. Built into the hill so that
we followed Bill into one side and came out the other.
It was a labyrinth of concrete -- ==---- -= ,;-1 .--i.t
rious rooms and ladders going ', I"' i 1' -'
or 40 feet into little concrete pockets with views.
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On a clear day you can see St. Croix from this hill.
You can see Puerto Rico's Culebra. Massive St.
Thomas looked about ready to swallow Water Island in
"Noooo," B11i i i .... ...-.11 "there ain't nothing
to do on Wa i ... I
Then he took us to Honeymoon Beach. This beach
alone justified the ferry service. If tourists were coming
i...,,. was this brilliant white stretch of sand.
Si ii I tches in the world, Hollywood chose to
film the almost-too-beautiful yacht scene for The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button here.
"When we get a boat," I said, "this is where people
can find us."
Bill left us to gawk and returned with three "zero
gravity" chairs that he kept stashed nearby. To lubri
cate the perfection of the moment Yllithia purchased a
few Carib beers from Heidi's Honeymoon Grill, a
mobile kitchen parked conveniently beachside.
Bill noticed that we had our snorkel gear and
informed us that this turquoise bay was Candy Land
for conchs. Whereupon he excused himself. Said he
had to go check in with Tewa, owner of Aqua Villa, the
beautiful abode he calls home. It wouldn't be more
than half an hour, he said.
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never even made it home. Just found a shady spot and
fell asleep right in the middle of the road. I must be
This says ... 11,,,, about Bill and also something
about traffic ". Island. ... ii,,.. -* OD.
Bill seemed eager to give us i ... i ." Villa, so
we rode up the hill and parked in front of, literally, an
aqua villa. : i..... .- turquoise. Paint, uphol
stery, furniti.. i .,.1,1 Tewa unawares and she
told Bill to show us the Honeymoon Suite while she got
ready for us.
This suite, built on the hill with a million-dollar view
of St. Thomas, was the type of place that made one
instinctively stop where they stood and cease to func-
tion. While I did this, emotional roots began to sink
into the floor. In the past this phenomenon had proven
dangerous. The last time it happened, in a house on
Bequia, it took two months to get rid of me.
Word came from Tewa to invite us in. We walked
past the private outdoor shower and into Tewa's home.
Her smile enchanted us. Perhaps Tewa wouldn't
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appreciate .- ;;;;-;;;;-i; her age here, but it can be
said that. I i. .11 a century younger than she
is. Her smile is bright. Her clothes are turquoise.
"Turquoise is a spiritual color to us," Tewa said. "It
At the dinner table she'd i 1 1 1 .... r .am-
pagne for us, each with its o' -i ''. I i' -1. ...... i We
sipped on the bubbly while Tewa told us that her name
is short for Tewatennietha, a Mohawk Indian word
meaning "She Sends". This house was her dream, she
told us, come true. She pays for it by renting the suite
and would we like to stay?
I wondered briefly if we'd been profiled as possible
guests from the start. It was typical Caribbean modus
operandi if so. Befri-;n-1 th-; -nri:-, Pit 1 7..---1 at
Bill, w ho stood by 1. i .... I I I..I ... I ...... .. at
Tewa, our gracious host. This was serendipity, not
premeditation. Besides, Yllithia and I have never been
profiled as the Honeymoon Suite type. The Spendthrift
Hostel type, sure.
Left: After visiting
somehow we ended up
in the Honeymoon Suite
at Aqua Villa...
Inset: Our enchanting
Right: Laid back Bill
showed us how 'noth
ing' is really something
Tewa quoted us a price it would've been stupid to
refuse. We had to go to St. John for a few days, but
promised to return....
It would be close. The St. John ferry captain had
screwed around like an amateur in docking us back in
St. Thomas and as a result we had six minute- I I
to Crown Bay Marina before Tweedle Dee and ii
Dum sped away to Water Island.
Our taxi driver wove valiantly through traffic -like
a madman, really. He seemed emotionally vested in
getting us on that ferry. We skidded into the lot. While
we shouldered our luggage he tore off down the dock
yelling and leaping into the air. They were still on the
dock, but pushing off. If only he would hold on for 30
seconds or so.
The captain looked back at us, all right. He heard us,
.11 .1.1 But while we ran he spun a circle and made
.1 stopped in disbelief. I could barely refrain
from raising choice fingers like masts. It would be two
hours before the next departure.
Fortunately, there's a charming dockside restaurant
to ease the pain, suffering and disappointment many
must experience here. Its named something uplifting
even: Ticklers. While we ate the ferry captain returned.
He sat not far from us and appeared unremorseful. He
used his sausage-like fingers in the fashion of tongs,
---i'" : u* Ti-m-sive amounts of lunch.
I. .. i'... 11 boarded, a fellow passenger who knew
our story said, "Well, at least you made this ferry."
"That's what happens when you're two hours early,"
"Funny i,,.. .1 ,i. the noon ferry," the Captain
butted in. 11 noon.
Welcome to the United States! I thought. Woeful con
trast! Yllithia and I had just toured four foreign
Caribbean islands and had grown accustomed to their
One Love philosophy. We'd witnessed the captain of a
massive ferry take off out of a major port and actually
turn around for a family of three waving from the
wharf. That was a huge operation, and guess what:
nobody cared about the delay. It was expected in the
Caribbean. Things ran on Island Time anyway.
Not on St. Thomas. Here was a Caribbean Twilight
Zone. This island had lost its island-ness; it was like a
chunk of the mainland broken off. The United States'
paranoid zeal for timetables and safety regulations
and bureaucracy had been efficiently and regrettably
transplanted. Laid-back nature had been paved over.
These ferry operators were the face of the movement
for us, but we'd noticed impatient, poor attitudes
among many others. It made us sad.
But eight minutes later we were free. Water Island is
freedom from St. Thomas. It's paradise by comparison
-at least for people like us.
Bill picked us up and unleashed us upon the
Honeymoon Suite. Later, Tewa suggested an outing.
She'd picked up on my interest in seeing distant,
lonely Sprat Bay Beach and wanted to take us there.
It was fenced off, rather obnoxiously since all beaches
are public, but Bill knew a circuitous entry route. We
spent the next hours enjoying each other's company
and exploring "private" beaches.
Ti. .i... h. iated to a gourmet dinner. This
at I I ... ,I i-1 mind you. They were doing it
for the joy of it. It was a wonder to us how they man
aged such a menu on such an island. Roasted game
hen spiced with herbs directly from the garden.
Couscous, steamed veggies, artisan bread. Two bottles
Inspired by how well we were b.11." . II Tewa sug
gested another outing. We took .1 -- I wine to go
and hopped in the golf cart. Bill i.- .t- 1 the wild
roads by what appeared to be ... 11 i.j. so meek
were the headlamps.
We were soon back at Fort Segarra. Everybody fol
lowed Tewa up some stairs to the top of the bunker, a
place new to us. The view from here went far indeed,
for above the orange glow of distant islands we saw
limitless heavens, innumerable stars.
"Noooo," Bill said nasally, "there ain't nothing to do
on Water Island!"
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computer, generally a notebook, that is used
for such things = t-l- 1 2- i- bill
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,, ,, I i ...i i digital photos. Much of this
i ., i I ,,I .. .. i financial or personal, is dif
ficult to replace. On our boat we do virtually every
thing electronically and what we don't obtain over the
internet or by e-mail, we scan with a small device
maybe 12 inches long, -1li- .-li;;r th- hard copy when
completed. We have do. I..- i ... than 15 years
and, indeed, have information going back almost twice
that, stored on our computer, none of which has ever
A harD:-drive failure or catastrophic loss of the com-
puter -more of a "when" rather than an "if' scenario
-could present a terrible loss of irreplaceable infor
nation. That's why for close to 30 years we have taken
some rather simple steps to avoid such a disaster so
that practically nothing could completely destroy our
There are three components to the method we cur
We organize our information on the computer to
make it easy to copy from one location to another;
We use a small external hard drive that plugs into
a USB port on our laptop;
We make it a habit to back up newly created files
onto the external hard drive, which we then keep in a
safe place apart from our laptop.
The first two components were covered in Part 1 of
this article published in last month's issue of Caribbean
Compass. For those of you who missed this article, feel
free to visit the "Articles" page of our website, http://
sailisv.com, to download a copy.
This month, I shall go into the details of the third
component of the system: setting up the procedures for
actually undertaking back-ups of your computer data.
Preparing to Back Up
CHOOSE YOUR BACK-UP METHOD. There are sev
eral methods of backing up your computer information
including: use the software that comes with the hard
drive or some other purchased software; use back-up
capabilities of the operating system; use a simple mir
roring system based on command prompt instruc
tions. I choose to use the last method, mirroring, and
will describe what I do to implement this method. This
is slightly more complex than the former two methods
but can produce a mirror image of your chosen com-
puter directories on your external disk, or incremen
tally add changed files to the back-up drive without
destroying the older versionss. The result allows you
to use the files on the back-up drive exactly as you
would those on your internal drive without having to
resort to cumbersome search and retrieval methods.
SAVE YOUR BACK-UP SOFTWARE. Using last
month's article as a guide you prepared your drive let
ters the way you want them. I suggest you now save the
Figure 1) Folder Options to show hidden files
software that came on the unit from the manufacturer
', 1 I, .... nd later on how to back up
S.. '. .. is still at your disposal
First go to te Control Panel and select Folder
Options". For those of you using Windows XP SP3 or
Vista, this is in the "Appearance and Personalization"
section in the Control Panel Click on the View" tab
and select Show Hidden Files and Folders" as shown
Figure 1) Folder Options to show hiddenjiles
software that came on the unit from the manufacturer
S. .....ind later on how to back-up
.. *[ i i..- 11 *. is still at your disposal.
First go to the Control Panel and select "Folder
Options". For those of you using Windows XP SP3 or
Vista, this is in the "Appearance and Personalization"
section in the Control Panel. Click on the "View" tab
and select "Show Hidden Files and Folders" as shown
in Figure 1. Then left click on the "Apply" button at the
lower right of the window. This will allow you to select
and copy all files on the drive, including those that the
manufacturer has hidden from normal view. Leave
"Folder Options" open to remind yourself to reverse the
"Show" option when you are through.
Now go to the back-up drive by opening "My
Coml, .. II ..... ... it clicking on the D:-drive
and -.... .. i. ..t the list of options. All the
folde ... I 1 11, .... with the drive should now
be displayed. Use "Ctrl/a" ("Ctrl" refers to the "Ctrl"
or key on your keyboard, so "Ctrl/a" means to push
the "Ctrl" [short for "control"] and "a" [signifying "all"]
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keys simultaneously) to select all --
material on the drive, then
"Ctrl/c" to copy everything
Next open or create a folder in
"My Documents" into which you
wish to place these files. One
option ....1.1 be in the "My
Archives you create a fold
er called "Back-up HD Files and
Folders". Go into the folder you
created or chose by double click
ing on this folder's icon. Now key
in "Ctrl/v" to paste everything
from the external hard drive into
that folder. Check file-by file that
S .... .. .. . ial drive
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external drive. An easy check is to select all files copied
("Ctrl/a"), right click and select "Properties" and com-
pare the numbers of files and folders as well as the total
number of bytes to those obtained by an identical pro
cess on the back-up drive.
Now that all the manufacturer-supplied back-up
software files and folders have been saved on your
notebook in "My Documents", go back to the "Folder
Options" window and reverse the option to "Do Not
Show Hidden Files and Folders" then apply that
-h ;;- .;1; close up the folder options window.
ii i i THE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. This step
may not be necessary but will insure you start with a
"clean" external hard disk drive. Once the drive is
plugged into the machine, and the manufacturer's soft
ware has been saved, formatting is really a simple
operation that will provide you with a fresh, untouched
place to store your information. Note that you must be
logged in as either the system administrator or as a user
with adminis' t- pri-iil T : t- -t .1-- this process.
In the"My ... ( I I II .... -i allyouhave
to do is move the cursor over the D:-drive and right
click. The pop-up menu will present the "Format" option
which you can choose with the left mouse button. A
"Quick Format" is all that is necessary at this point.
Caution! Make sure you have selected your external
back up drive and not your system C:-drive!
Formatting the back-up disk should be quick and
when completed, will allow you to have back-up stor
age for all the data from "My Computer". In the "My
Computer" window, right click on the D:-drive and
choose Properties. Then, at the bottom of the
Property screen, check the box that says "Compress
this drive to save space" and then select "OK". This
will quickly set up disk compression to occur auto
matically on that hard drive, significantly increasing
its storage capacity.
j Up Your Data
Performing Your Back-Up
To perform your initial back-up you must copy
everything in your "My Documents" area on your note
book, as well as any other areas of your computer you
wish to save, onto the external hard drive. In fact, we
will copy every important item in the user area include
ing things such as "Favorites" used for internet con
nections, everything on your Desktop, and also all
your application data.
To do this, make sure the disk i.... .- 1,... 1 ... and
recognized as the D:-drive by op( '",, I .. aiter"
and checking that you have units identified as shown
in Figure 2. Then, bring up a "cmd" window by going
to the Start button at the lower left of your screen at
the left end of the task bar, left clicking and choosing
"Programs". From the list that comes up, go to
"Accessories" and choose "Command Prompt".
Alternatively, o01' i--;;n- the Start area, choose "Run"
and enter the : .... ... ". The "cmd" window opens
a- -i. ... ... 3 3. You will see the prompt "C:\
S .... where, in this case, the user
name is my login name, "Owen & Mary". The right
pointing carat is the indicator for keying in a com-
Figure 2) Disk drive configuration
Figure 3) Command Prompt window obtained
by running 'cmd'
mand. This window gives access to the equivalent to
the old "DOS" window, much like the Disk Operating
System in use before Windows came into existence.
In Windows XP, the "xcopy" command is still active
ly supported and will function exactly as it always has.
However, although I used it for years, it is quite limited
in its capability, neither supported in Vista nor suffi
cientlyrc ,. .. i ii. I .
tions. R i ..... i
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users will have to get this from the internet by down
loadi... ... I ...- .11,.. 11 e Windows Resource Kit from
the I II -. I downloading, the following
Microsoft site is available: http://www.microsoft.com/
COMMAND SYNTAX. The syntax for the "robocopy"
command may be obtained by entering "robocopy /?"
at the command prompt. The initial result from enter
ing this command is shown in Figure 4:
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Source: For Windows XP, the source would be "C:\
documents and settings\usernamel". For Vista, the
source would be "C:\users\usernamel".
Destination: I like to keep the destination identical in
structure to the source so there is always one-to-one
correspondence between the original files and their
back-up copies. Thus, the destinations would be iden
tical to the source with the exception of the drive letter,
which will be "D" not "C". Thus:
Windows XP -destination is "D:\documents and set
Si .-i destination is "D:\users\useramel".
Files: The files identified would in this case be all
files no matter what their name or extension so one
would use "*.*" as their delineation, the "*" being a
"wild card", or simply leave the file descriptor blank.
ENTIRE COMMAND WITHOUT OPTIONS. The result
of putting all this together would be the command for
Windows XP (quotation marks required)
robocopy "C:\documents an i 1,..- ....... I"
"D:\documents and settings\ -....... I
or for Windows Vista
robocopy C:\user\usernamel D:\user\usernamel
where, again, usernamel is your login user name.
Both commands say i .i1 i, s from "usernamel"
on the C:-drive to .- ....' I" on the external
D:-drive. Note that case does not make a difference in
these commands. Note also that the quote marks in
the XP command are required since otherwise the
folder name "documents and settings" will not be prop
erly recognized in this command. Do this also with
Vista for any long folder names with spaces.
OPTIONS. There are many options available for the
"robocopy" command. They involve copy, file selection,
retry, logging operation and job options, only a few of
which shall be mentioned herein. The entire repertoire
may be obtained by entering the command "robocopy
/?" at the command prompt.
Copy options: These tell the computer how to copy
what is in the various directories. The ones which you
will be most interested in using are:
/S tells the computer to copy all subdirectories
except empty ones;
/E -instructs that all directories, including empty
ones be copied;
/PURG -instructs that destination files/directo
ries no longer existing in the source be deleted in
/MIR -tells the computer to mirror the source direct
tory tree (equivalent to /S/E) on destination).
An important distinction between the /MIR and the
/E option is that /MIR will eliminate old files on the
back-up drive that no longer exist on the internal hard
drive, eliminating any chain of modifications you may
File selection options: These options indicate how to
treat files encountered on the source directory in copy
ing them to the destination. For instance:
/A -copy only files with the archive bit set (means
file has changed since last the archive bit was set (this
' ; I- I whenever you open and save a file);
i i 'y only files with the archive set and reset
/XF -exclude files matching given names/paths/
/XD -exclude directories matching given names/
Retry options: "/R:n" tells the computer to retry
n-times if the copy operation fails while "/w:n" indi
cates how long to wait between retries in seconds with
a default of 30 seconds.
Logging options: You can log the progress of the
actions ^rI- takes and summarize the results at
the end I 1. I The one I use is:
i i I. i.... 1. the results of the opera
t .....1. I I I h 11. md filename nameme.
Complete Command: The final command can look
something like this:
ROBOCOPY "c:\Users\usernamel" "d:\Users\user
namel" /mir /v /ts /fp /r:0 /XF
thumbs.db ntuser.* *.tmp UsrClass.* settings.dat /
XD Application* Temp
This command tells the computer to:
1) copy all files from c:\users to d:\users. (Note that
if you wish to back up only one of several users, you
could use the form, "c:\Users\usemamel" "d:\Users\
usernamelI" and subsequently for "username2,"
2) mirror (/mir) which synchronizes the destination
to the source
3) verify (/v) the results by comparing the copied files
with the source files
4) maintain (/ts) the date and time information in
5) without -tr'in /r-nl on failure
6) exclude 11. I II .... files (/XF): thumbs.db, al
types of ntuser files, all tmp-files, all types of UsrClass
files and settings.dat (the program will halt or
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r rner """l'el""- "' I i:
r h : ih is not included in th
W \\sMreT -\ha. psTh)I instruction string)
directories (/XD): al
"Application" directories, all "Temp" directories and al
F i i i i i. -...i- ... file in the "c:\logs" direct
tor ... h i II I
I r '. ...... . i . -... I you do not want to hav
to type in this or similar instructions each time you
wish to undertake a back-up. You can avoid this by
writing a short "batch file" or script that you can exe
7. 1- 1. .
*. e f ,. -,
*' *.. ** !
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hY '*** V .' J1. -uram
*x <*r -.- ''.j * f :1 i
Figure 5) Folder options allowing extensions for know
file types to be shown
cute at a time of your --. Such files have th
".bat" name format, th( tension indicating t
the operating system that this is a command to be
executed in a command prompt window as a single
instruction or series of command line instructions
You can call this file "Mirror Backup.bat" if you wish
You may also download a complete back up file from
our web site http://sailisv.com that can form the basi
of your backup system.
To create your own back up batch file, go agair
into "Folder Options" onto the "view"-tab (Figure 5)
and deselect the box marked "Hide Extensions for
Known File Types" and apply this. Then, with thi
mouse cursor anywhere on the desktop, ..l.i 1 1
and create a new text file. Name this :.I I...
Backup.bat" comri-t-1-- r-tl.-i-n. the full defaul
name "New Text ..... .. i i .. will be asked
you really want to do this because it will change th
file type. Respond "Yes".
Notice that the icon for the file type changes. Not
also that double clicking on this icon will now execute
the file as a series of command line instructions in a
cmd window. To modify this file once it is created you
right click on the icon and select "Edit" rather thar
You can now edit this batch file (remember to righ
click "Edit", not "Open") to insert the text that you
wish. I have given you an exampi -,T .i... i .ker
from one that I use daily. The ...- ...... ... I a
the end of the text causes the Command Promp
window to remain open at the completion of its
string of instructions. That way you can view th
results of the various back-up operations. Note tha
if you have more than one user on the computer, you
can have one command line for each user, or simply
back up all users with the one command, as I men
DISCUSSION. The commands as shown in Figure 6
will result in both the \user directory and the \Del
directory on the C:-drive to be mirrored on the D:-driv
(the latter is one I keep outside of my user directory and
in which I save all items dealing with my notebook com
puter in-1 -lin;; logs, drivers, list of modification, etcet
1 era). i( ... other directories can also be mirrored
S should you desire. No failure is anticipated and since
verify is used no retries are requested. (In fact, failures
due to attempts to copy prohibited system files would
otherwise cause this command to retry for an inordi
e nately long time for something you don't want anyway.)
The verify command switch "/v" causes each file copied
to be verified .ini t th- -riFinal while the "/f'p switch
S causes full i. 11 I ..... i, ,, to be included in the out
1 put (log file). Directories having cookies and a bunch of
temporary information are not mirrored and system
files (ntuser, thumbs, etcetera) are excluded from the
back-up operation since Windows does not like to have
e these copied and will try to abort the operation.
You should now have a file called "Mirror Backup.
bat" on your desktop or other suitable location within
which are all the instructions you have provided.
Okay. It's now time to put everything together to
back up your internal HDD information. The steps to
do this are:
1) Connect the external hard drive to the USB port on
your computer as discussed in Part 1 of this article;
2) Open "My Computer" to insure that the external
HDD is identified as the D:-drive. If not, either modify
the back-up batch file or unplug and replug external
devices to obtain consistency between the external
drive letter and the back-up batch file;
3) Double click on your back-up batch file. A com-
mand window will open and you will see the copying
operations begin. The first time might take quite a long
time since this is the first time you will be copying all the
information on your internal disk to the external one.
For 100 GB of information, expect one or more hours.
(Hint: As a test, make a copy of your back-up batch file
and modify the robocopy line to copy only a small direct
tory selected for that purpose such as .\usernamel\
favorites. Running this file will take only a small period
of time and give you a sense that i.... .
expected since this directory and the .I. 1 I', ,I
immediately show up on the external drive.)
S 4) The last copy will be the "logs" directory copy
which should be relatively fast. This will be followed by
a line that says, "PAUSE. Press any key to continue."
This tells you the set of commands contained in the
batch back-up file are completed. Tapping any key will
cause the command window to close.
5) Check your external disk drive to ensure that files
were copied correctly. Then tell the computer to safely
remove the external USB drive. If it says it is safe to do
so, go ahead and unplug the drive. If not, simply shut
down the computer then unplug the drive and put it
away for safe keeping. (Caution: DO NOT unplug the
external hard drive without having the system safely
complete any processes that may be running in the
S background. Destruction of data, destruction of for
mat or partition structure or actual physical damage
S might otherwise occur to the external HDD.)
S Give yourself a big pat on the back. You have taken a
major step towards protecting your memories... those pre
cious computer files that would be impossible to replace
should your computer be damaged, lost or stolen.
What I have tried to do is prepare you for the eventual
ity that your computer will fail, be lost or stolen, by show
ing you that you need not lose your personal and busi
S ness information. Of course you will have to replace the
S hardware but,, .1. II I. ... .. you will be immedi
ately prepared i I II I I I onto the new com
puter using Windows Explorer. Be sure to keep the hard
S drive in a safe place other than with your computer, even
f to the extent of duplicating it ashore periodically.
S An extension of this method can allow you to imme-
diately use your back-up hard drive as your replace
Figure 6) Example of a batch backup fle
using robocopy commands
ment internal drive in the event of a drive failure. I will
have more to say about this in a later article.
We have managed over almost 30 years of PC use to
maintain an almost perfect record of loss-free personal
and business computer use, despite numerous mis
takes, failures and thefts of hard drives and comput
ers. We have done this by organizing the way in which
we store data and undertaking regular back-ups of
this data ON AN INDEPENDENT HARD DRIVE and
-'-r i thi drive stored separately from the comput
S. .. made a practice of these or similar meth
ods on both our workstations in the office and our
laptops which roam with us and which, for the past 12
to 15 years, have been our workstations away from
home while sailing i i, 1i,. You too can make the
last file lost the last iI I -1 ... your experience.
li I i -,d ,,,
S* sails, charters and teaches sailing
with his wife, mate and chef Mary Trovato aboard
Rain Drain Helps Prevent Port Opening Surprise
It's summer, and that means rain showers, and that
means open the ports, close the ports, open the
ports... Sometimes a splash of cold water feels good,
but not when you're least expecting it. That can hap-
pen when an unwary boater opens a port where
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up t, 15" up to 456
Angles for Dainagce
water has accumulated. The Deluxe Rain Drain
Opening Port by Beckson Marine helps prevent a sur-
Beckson's Rain Drain Port was designed for cabins
where ports at excessive mounting angles ordinarily
would collect up to a third of a cup of rain or spray.
Cut at 1.6 cm, the Rain Drain port will direct water
away while tipped to 45 degrees. The drain channels
resist clogging and are easily cleaned.
Complete with screens and exterior trim rings, the
Rain Drain Opening Port conforms to standard mount-
ing sizes. These ports are constructed of non-corrosive
marine plastics that help prevent condensation and
their design prevents leaks and waterfalls. Beckson's
quality promise includes replacement parts available
for the life of any port. These deluxe Rain Drain open-
ing ports are available in six standard sizes.
For more information visit www.beckson.com.
Fiberglass Stain Remover Tackles Any Dirty Challenge
Summertime is also cleanup time. Ugly fiberglass
stains are an eyesore and can be hard to remove
without damaging the surface. Users can save time
and effort with versatile Fiberglass Stain Remover (FSR)
from Davis Instruments.
The unique, non-abrasive gel conquers rust, oil,
exhaust, waterline and transom stains on white-painted
and gelcoat surfaces. The gel is also great for remov-
ing rust stains from clothing, sail cloth and even steel
stanchions and railings.
Requiring no sanding or compounding, FSR from
Davis Instruments is easily applied with a brush,
sponge or cloth. Because it's a gel, it remains only on
the stained area and won't drip. With just a quick
wipe or rinse after a few minutes, the surface will look
like new. FSR is available in a convenient 0.47-litre
container and 2-litre Big Job jug.
For more information visit www davisnet com.
Prevent Onboard Mold and Mildew
Another rainy-season problem in the tropics is just
plain dampness. Mold, mildew and corrosion can be
a fact of life on boats during a Caribbean summer,
especially when a boat is stored. Instead of messy
dehumidifying bags or fan units with tanks to empty,
Air-Dryr from Davis Instruments uses heat and natural
convection to keep the air dry and prevent mold.
The compact unit is placed on the floor and plugged
into an outlet. The air is heated above dew point to
hold the moisture in suspension so it won't settle on
surfaces, then released through the top vents of Air-
Dryr. As warmed air rises, cooler damp air is drawn into
the unit, where it too is heated.
Designed to be left on 24 hours a day, Air-Dryr han-
dles a high volume of air. The attractive, neutral beige
housing is made of strong and durable polycarbon-
ate. Slim and stable, it can be placed out of the way.
Silent and costing no more to operate than a light
bulb, the unit is trouble-free, with no switch, fan or
thermostat. A thermal cut-off turns the unit off should
airflow be impeded. With no components to cause
sparking, Air-Dryr is safe for marine use. It's perfect for
cabins, v-berths, engine rooms and bilges.
An alternative to expensive dehumidifiers, the Air-Dryr
500 from Davis Instruments handles up to 14 cu. m,
draws only 0.6 amps, 130W and measures 36cm L x
13cm W x 11cm H. The Air-Dryr 1000 handles up to 28
cu. m, draws 1.1 amps, 130W and measures 34cm in
diameter and 11cm high. Both units are available in
110-120 volt models or CE certified, 220-260 volt models.
For more information visit www davisnet com.
Keeping Canvas Enclosures Clean Can Be Easy
Okay, you've cleaned the gelcoat, and now the
dodger looks grubby in contrast. Time to clean it, too.
How best to do the job?
All loose dirt and debris should first be rinsed away
with fresh water, then the canvas and vinyl washed
with a soft, microfiber towel and a mild boat soap
solution. These fabrics shouldn't be dry-cleaned or put
in a washing machine. If deep cleaning is not possi-
ble, boaters should rinse canvas with fresh water after
every use, especially after exposure to saltwater, or
risk corrosion of the material.
Due to their versatility and gentleness, microfiber
towels are great tools to use when cleaning canvas.
Shurhold's Microfiber Towels come in a variety three-
pack. The extra-strong orange towel is ideal for wash-
ing and cleaning while the super-soft dark blue towel
is great for polishing and shining. Owing to its lint-free
properties, the light blue towel is best for wiping down
mirrors and glass.
Many boaters make the mistake of rolling up wet
canvas enclosure panels for storage but this can
cause fogging and stains on the windows. Letting the
canvas completely dry before rolling it up helps make
sure the materials will be in good condition when
they're taken out for use. To help prevent mold during
storage, it should be kept in a place that is dry and
To prevent damage to the fabric, canvas should be
unsnapped as close to each button as possible.
Yanking or forcing snaps or zippers can result in tear-
ing the canvas. Making sure zippers and snaps are
properly lubricated and cared for is essential to keep
them in good condition.
Clear vinyl scratches easily so it should be handled
carefully. Never use a dry cloth, duster or glass clean-
ers when cleaning clear vinyl. Solvents containing
acetone, silicone spray, benzene, carbon tetrachlo-
ride, fire-extinguisher fluid, dry-cleaning fluid or lacquer
thinner should also be avoided to prevent damage.
Applying a UV-screening agent like Shurhold's Serious
Shine with a microfiber towel will help keep it soft,
clear and flexible.
For more information visit www.shurhold.com.
Rule-Mate Bilge Pumps, from Tried and True to New
The bilge pumps in ITT Rule's eco-friendly Rule-Mate
series include an anti-fouling impeller, thermal overload
protection and solid-state water sensing technology
that eliminates the need for a separate float switch.
When water in the bilge reaches a height of 60mm
the automatic sensor switches the pump on and then
shuts the pump off when the water is pumped out.
The sensor's unique "field effect" technology detects
only water and will not operate if motor oil is present,
helping to preserve our environment.
The Rule-Mate bilge pumps are built with a robust
housing design, which incorporates a "one-touch" test
feature. They are available in 500, 750 and 1100 US
GPH models and come complete with a quick-release
strainer for easy cleaning, straight and angled hose
barb fittings and a three-year warranty.
For more information visit www.rulenews.com.
Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 Sets Standard for Electric
Torqeedo's Cruise 4.0 R, with an overall efficiency of
more than 50 percent, redefines the standards for
electric propulsion. It converts supplied battery power
into propulsion better than any other outboard.
The powerful Cruise model runs on 48 V. Offering 97
kg of thrust, the Cruise 4.0 R has the thrust equivalent
to a 9.9-horsepower internal combustion outboard.
More importantly, the propulsive power, measured as
speed times thrust after all losses including propeller
losses, compares to an 8-horsepower gas outboard in
"When talking about electric propulsion for boats,
battery power is always the limiting factor. Therefore
it's paramount to use the limited battery power as effi-
ciently as possible," said Torqeedo managing partner
"For electric outboards, overall efficiencies range
between 20 percent for trolling motors and up to 35
percent for stronger electric propulsion motors. The
overall efficiencies for internal combustion outboards
are significantly lower than that," said Ballin. "We
don't know of any other outboard that even gets
close to the efficiency levels we offer."
Designed specifically for remote steering and throt-
tle, the new, lightweight Cruise 4.0 R offers further
unique advantages for boaters. An integrated board
computer combines information from the motor, the
batteries and a built-in GPS. The board computer lets
boaters have their battery charge, speed and remain-
ing range at current speed always under control.
It operates on a 48 V lead-gel or AGM battery bank
or two high-performance lithium-manganese batteries
available from Torqeedo's Power series. Each electric
outboard comes standard with a cable set, fuse,
main-switch, remote throttle control with integrated
board computer and magnetic on/off switch as well
as a link-arm to connect to standard steering systems.
For more information visit www.torqeedo.com.
Trust Your Ground Tackle
Chain has been the top choice for reliable anchor-
ing for years. But inferior, poor-quality chain can lead
to broken links, jammed windlasses and serious dam-
age. To ensure every captain's peace of mind, the
new mooring and anchor chains from CMP Global
are built to the strictest marine and ISO standards.
CMP Global's ISO G43 High Test Anchor Chain uses
high tensile strength carbon steel with an ISO short
pitch link. This hot galvanized chain is flexible and con-
forming, and each link is proof tested and calibrated
to ensure smooth, jam-free windlass operation.
The G30 ISO Proof Coil is a low-carbon steel, general-
purpose anchor chain with an ISO short pitch link. This
hot dip galvanized chain is used in anchoring applica-
tions where high tensile strength is not required.
For fixed installations, CMP Global's G43 Mooring
Chain uses high-strength, low-carbon steel with long
links to accommodate shackles. Each link is hot dip gal-
vanized for maximum wear and corrosion resistance.
All CMP Global chain is manufactured under strict
ISO-9001 quality assurance standards and exceeds
NACM, RR-C-271D specifications. Chain is packaged
in drums, half-drums and pails.
CMP Global is the world's leading manufacturer and
supplier of die cast zinc, aluminum and magnesium
anodes sold worldwide under the Martyr brand name.
For more information visit www. cmpglobal, com.
by Ian Gordon
On Monday July 21st, I was invited for a gentle sail
along St. Lucia's leeward coast from Rodney Bay to
Castries to watch the Carnival festivities from the har
bour. On board the Impulse 21 were Captain Mike
Cooperthwaite, plus Danielle De Rouke, the Social
Secretary of the St. Lucia Yacht Club, and myself, a
complete novice in the sailing world. In fact, it was
only the second time I had been on a yacht.
The weather was good when we set off,
then came a little rain which did not
dampen our spirits. The rain
soon stopped and the
journey south was
great fun. ?
water was a
little choppy but
caused us no problems
apartfrom the -. 1 1 i.... i.
mainsail traveler be,- j ,, i ...
its track, which we never noticed until we had
tied up next to our friends on their 40-foot yacht.
Another yacht, Loose Cannon, a J/24 belonging to
Edgar Roe, tied up to our starboard side. Edgar lashed
the slidy thing to the rail to stop it from causing fur
their damage. We had a great time watching Carnival,
dancing and having the odd Piton beer.
The weather deteriorated, though, with a lot of rain
but little wind at this point. Our captain decided not
to stay too long, as the trip back north to Rodney Bay
was going to be a little rougher than the trip to Castries
had been. He also decided that it would be a good idea
if Danielle returned on the bigger yacht. So we left the
party and headed home.
As soon as we left Castries Harbour it was obvious the
weather had deteriorated considerably. We headed north
against a wind of about 30 knots. Captain Mike held the
boat on course in the failing light and driving rain.
Our first taste of seawater came when we were pass
:,. ,,, i ...... . .. A strong gust of wind pulled
I, I. .1 .... .. .., off thetrack. The --t i ;
snapped another slidy thing, and our jib .- II i ,-
in the wind with no chance of lowering it. The boat
capsized in the gust. We scrambled up onto the hull to
right her and carry on sailing. And I thought this was
going to be a pleasure cruise!
The closer we got to Rodney Bay the stronger the
wind blew. By this time -. .. and Jacob De Camps
had caught us up in their I, I 1. -, very experi
enced sailor, noticed we were in 1.11. .,.I and he was
trying to shout us instructions to get to port.
As we passed the headland into Rodney Bay the
wind was a lot stronger, gusting at 45 knots with driv
ing rain coming horizontal over the water. We capsized
again, this time losing the outboard motor when it
broke free from the transom. With no out
board and a jib that was useless, we
were in great peril. Edgar was
.I ..I...- at us I i ,... us
i i the i, i
lost sight of him.
He maneuvered his
boat like it was on rails and
came back numerous times to try and
help. He knew at this time we were not going
to make it back to Rodney Bay lagoon and was
expecting us to beach her.
a 9 a iI
The Impulse 21 is funfor a race or daysail, but when the u
heroes got more of a day out than they expected
Inset: Captain Mike and our no longer novice sailor, lan, rel
Yacht Club after their adventure
Jonathan Hall and Les Hewitt joined in the hunt for us
on Hytime, a 46-f--t --.-bt T------r- -r-i;.;n t,- 1--
alongwithEdgar I 1 .,,, .... .- . 1.
could not see more than a few feet
We capsized yet again. This was number five. How
Captain Mike managed to right her time after time
was remarkable. But I must admit we were a great
team. However, this time when we righted her, Les,
who was at the helm of Hytime, was a matter of yards
away from ramming us as he could not see our boat
lying on its side. Hytime, with the wind behind,
seemed to be travelling at 20 knots. All we could see
was an anchor coming at us amidships. Les must
have spotted us at the last second and threw Hytime
into reverse. I could have hung my cap on the anchor
as she passed us.
The situation at this point was zero visibility with
the darkness and very heavy rain. In the meantime,
Edgar on the J/24 knew we wer 1i i,. i,
i i .. t. He enlisted I. i i
i i I i ......... a catamaran belonging to St.
Lucia's Olympic sailor Mike Green. The crew had just
dropped its passengers off at the Landings resort
near Pigeon Island. They also started to search for us.
The skipper, Andy, and his crew, Jason and Totone,
found us very close to the rocks and very bravely
came along our port side and threw us a line. Luckily
the throw was good and I caught the rope first time.
I can tell you if we had not caught the rope that first
time, there would have been no time for her to come
about and throw again as we
were dangerously close to the
rocks. Captain Mike lashed
the rope to the mast and the
crew of Endless Summer
became our saviors.
They towed us into the har
bour, and it was at this point we
knew we had cheated death.
The funny thing was that
when Endless Summer even
tually tied us to the jetty my
life vest finally decided to
inflate. After five times in the
water and all that rain, it
finally did what it was designed
to do the moment we docked.
Mike and I could not stop
laughing both with relief
and thanks to the fact that I
could not move in the strait
jacket I was now wearing!
From the bottom of my heart
I would like to thank Captain
Mike Cooperthwaite for saving
my life, along with Edgar and
Jacob on the J/24 and not
forgetting the crew on Endless
Summer who, after they had
tied our boat safely to the jetty,
weather changed our vanished as quickly as they
axng at the St Ici arrived as though they did
axing at the St. Lucia the life saving bit every day. A
search. You are all a ., i .... i, ., .i,. Firemen
dous sailing skills. I 'ii I I. .' I ,, till my
You have my admiration and thanks, and now I'm a
novice sailor with a little experience!
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I don't think I'll ever overcome my fear of the sea, but
I do have a healthy respect for it. By some magical
twist of fate (while working at a marina in Trinidad I
met the man who was to become my husband; he and
a friend started a small charter venture) I've spent a lot
of time on the sea over the past few years. The longest
stretch at one time so far has been five months. From
October to February 2003, my fiance and I sailed the
Eastern Caribbean, visiting most of the islands.
In those five months we experienced all kinds of
weather. One time it was so bad we had to abort a trip
from Grenada to Carriacou, which meant we had to
leave Grenada before dawn the following day to reach
Union Island in time to pick up our charter guests so
they wouldn't be stranded. Sometimes when it's rolly
it's a battle to keep food down, much less cook it, but
when the waters are calm it's like being in a cradle and
then there are occasions when it is so still it's like
being on dry land.
ri- --in --rin -}h time on a boat one learns to do with
otl I i I Ii ... or learns to appreciate using lesser
quantities than one is accustomed to. Unless you're on
a mega-yacht that has a watermaker, fresh water
becomes a most precious commodity, to be rationed
and doled out at times. Some guests could not com-
prehend the need for this and would leave faucets
running or partly turned c Ci 1 1,,. I my job of chief
cook and bottle washer I'.i I .1 police. I'd go
around (discreetly of course) after people, especially
kids, making sure that the taps were properly turned
off, and when in doubt I'd switch off the water pump.
It is not a nice thing to run out of water in the middle
of a charter -we learned that the hard way once and
try not to have a recurrence. Water problems aside, life
on the sea can be a very pleasant experience.
Chartering is a great cultural exchange. Apart from
the diving, snorkelling and other water-based activi
ties, the charter passengers, or guests as they're gen
erally called, learn about and experience what the
Caribbean has to offer in terms of food, entertainment
and .r.-'r-]hi-;l attractions. Likewise they impart to
us II '. .1I .. their home country and way of life.
For instance, I was amazed to learn from a Finnish
couple that their country experiences only six weeks of
warm weather per year. They couldn't get enough sun
when they were here in the Caribbean. I also learned
that crime in Finland is so minimal that people only
lock their doors if they're going on a long trip, which
reminded me of the old days in Trinidad. On a night
sail from Bequia to Mayreau this couple could not
contain their joy at the experience -being able to sail
at night, with moonlight, warm weather and calm sea
-it was an unusual combination for them.
Chartering is hard work but one of the upsides for
me is that it gives me an opportunity to exercise my
culinary skills. It's a good feeling when guests appreci
ate our local dishes. Another upside is when the char
ter party includes kids. We had a five-year-old from
France one time who had a passion for drawing and he
was very good at it. His .--1-i- .;l-j--t pistols
and boats. The design ol 11i I .- ... I i... day to
day but, as I recall, they all had a "Capitaine Will" at
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Above: 'Chartering is a
great way for
Caribbean people to
get to know our region.
How many of myfel
low West Indians, I
wonder, have actually
visited the Tobago
Cays, for example?'
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Chartering is also a great way for Caribbean people
to get to know our own region. People come from all
over the world to play in the Caribbean Sea. But how
many of my fellow West Indians, I wonder, have actu
ally visited places like Tobago Cays, for example,
where the water is so clear you can see the sandy bot
tom and where marine life is plentiful and visible with
out artificial aid? I count myself very privileged to have
experienced this and I think the people of the
Grenadines are lucky to have such a lovely playground
right in their own backyard.
Our last sail in the Grenadines, in November 2007,
was a short one, a little over two weeks. There wasn't
much free time for exploring since we had two charters
r w a ,* 1
daytime. This is a tiny island in Clifton Harbour on
Union Island, just big enough for a bar. The story of
how this island came into being never fails to amaze
me (the proprietor, Janti, created it by piling discarded
conch shells and other material on a shoal), and to
actually chat with the person who created it was such
a thrill. Janti is a very affable person and warmly wel
comed us to his personal domain. He is one individual
who can truly say: "I am Monarch of all I survey, my
rights there are none to dispute." I asked if I could take
some photos, explaining that my previous visits were
'. ...1.i He said it was okay and we spent a pleasant
. i. .... doing just that. I would have liked to chat
some more but he said it was the off season and he
was preparing for a trip to Europe.
'A.. .. .
rough seas. Even in good conditions sailing can be
hard work but the captain didn't complain and I man
aged to remain vertical long enough to keep two
watches during the night.
One experiences many things on a sea passage a
cloudburst when you least expect one, a sudden squall
that sends sails flapping or stretched to their limits,
and then there are moments when you wish that time
would stop for just a while so you could enjoy a beau
tiful rainbow or a cloud with a silver lining. The high
point of this passage was that sometime between mid
night and 2:00AM a feathered hitchhiker snuck on
board and perched on the stern rail for the rest of the
night and for several hours into the morning. He just
stood there like a guardian angel, his talons clamped
tightly around the stainless steel rail, not moving or
making a sound, and then left as quietly as he came.
And to crown what was an enjoyable passage, when
we finally got to Trinidad I had a most memorable
encounter with one of our most venerable female citi
zens. We were both waiting our turn in the office at
Coral Cove marina, Chaguaramas. After saying hello, I
did a double take and said excitedly, "You're Kwailan
La Borde!" She and her husband, Harold, were the
first Trinidadians to ever circumnavigate the world by
yacht, a feat they accomplished in 1969 in their home
built Hummingbird II. If she was ruffled by my inele
gant outburst she didn't show it. We had a nice chat
and she was very approachable but I felt awed in her
presence. Much has been written about her and hus
band Harold's sailing exploits, but I am sure she still
has many more stories to relate about her sailing life.
My sailing experiences are not like hers, but crewing on
a charter yacht has given me some stories to tell, too!
Left: Feeling happy on Happy Island
Below: For me, having children among our charter
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back to back, but I did ; chance to visit some
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ago we had anchored in Saltwhistle Bay on many occa
sions, but I never got the opportunity to go ashore on
Mayreau. This time around, however, I spent a lazy
Sunday afternoon exploring the beautiful little island.
I almost stepped on a snake while walking up the
steep hill to the village but that didn't deter me from
continuing on. I didn't get the chance to see all there
was to see on this island, but the people I met were
nice and friendly.
Another first for me was visiting Happy Island in the
Our last stop was Bequia, where fate determined
that I spend barely an hour, much to my regret. We
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On the way from Bequia we made a brief stop in
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between the months of March and August, the
island of Trinidad becomes home to the
world' 1. 1 1 -.t 1.esting colony of
Leatherback '... i .... I coriacea), which
means that turtle watching is a common activity dur
ing that period.
Recently, I was invited to go on this nocturnal adven
ture with one of my colleagues and two visitors to the
.-i ., i in i ... I .... lian, I had never done this
I. .. i i .1 11 opportunity.
I .. i I..-.. --was to obtain permits to
visit the beaches where turtles nest as, thanks to con
servation efforts, 1 1. i i .1i i 1..i i. i
Areas. Perm its c i I I .... i i. ... II i 1
Spain, Cn*- r- rrande, Chaguanas, Rio Claro and San
Fernan I 1 of the Forestry Division, between
9:OOAM and 2:00PM, from Monday to Friday except on
public holidays. Permits cost TT$5 (US$1) for adults
and TT$2 (50w) for children under 12 years old. If you
are going as a group, one person can make the
ermen's nets. Fishermen who cooperate in protecting
and conserving these animals have been given tools
by Nature Seekers to cut turtles out of their nets if
they are caught.
Leatherback turtles are not able to retreat into their
shells like tortoises, due to the presence of fatty tissue
used to keep them warm in the cold ocean waters. Nor
do they have an extremely hard carapace. Some people
have taken up the pract-- -f ri-li;n on these turtles'
backs. This looks like ...... - I.... and will make a
good photo, but it can be fatal to the turtle as it can
crush its spine, which is located close to the surface of
its soft carapace.
When the female finds a suitable site for her nest on
the beach she starts to excavate a hole with her back
flippers. When she reaches a depth equal to the length
of her fins and cannot scoop out any more sand, she
will stop digging. If one female accidentally i..- ..,
another's nest, which can happen in the case I i.. -
time mothers, she will cover the nest and make anoth
CLOSELY WATCHED TURTLES
by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
arrangements at Forestry Division but he or she must
bring a list of the names of all the persons in the
group. A limited number of permits are issued on a
daily basis, so book early.
There are three main beaches where Leatherbacks
nest on Trinidad: Matura, Grande Riviere and
Fishing Pond. The Forestry Division has a list of
authorized guide associations for each of the beach
es. We went with Nature Seekers at Matura, where
there is a limit of 200 persons allowed on the beach
during any one night.
On June 16th, we set out from the University of the
West Indies campus at ,.,,-1,,, about nine miles
(15 kilometres) outsic I .1 I -pain, at around
6:45PM. After about an hour of driving we turned in to
the long dirt road in Matura that leads to the beach.
Once there, we first checked with the guides at the
Nature Seekers outpost and after showing them our
permit for that day ........ ..." names and paying
our guide fee (this : - I i ... the fee for the per
mits paid at the Forestry Division; also there are differ
ent price- f- r f- 1-, and locals) we were given a
briefing :-.. I'. I.. I and don'tts. Then we were
led to the beach to join a tour already in progress.
On the beach our guide, Michael, gave us a brief
lesson in the anatomy, "hb'^innm qnd behaviour of
Leatherback turtles. M;. I '..- species spend
almost their entire lives in the ocean; females come
on land only to lay their eggs. Information about
males is obtained from turtles that get tangled in fish
More power less noise
Stand alone and failsafe due
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The author on her first turtle watch
er one farther along the beach. If a female feels the
sand is caving in below her while she is digging she
might abandon the project and return to the sea. She
will come ashore a few hours later to make another
attempt. The eggs remain viable in her body for up to
five days. If during this time she cannot find a suitable
site to deposit her eggs she will release them at sea.
While we observed one female digging her nest,
members of the group Earthwatch recorded data such
as its length and width, and placed a small metallic
identification tag on one of her back flippers. These
tags include the letter "T' and a unique four-digit code.
A micro-tracking device is also injected under the skin
near the animal's shoulder if scanning reveals there is
none already present.
Once the hole was dug, the female deposited her
eggs. It was only during this time that we were allowed
to take photos as she went into a trance-like state.
Before then, in order not to disturb her and possibly
prevent her from laying her eggs, we viewed her using
a red light since this species is quite sensitive to yellow
a.. I i .. 1. i.l . riod of 20 minutes the female
e 11 i ..... i .1 i. ..- the last ones being tiny
and infertile and used to 1.11 n the gaps between the
larger, fertile eggs. These tiny eggs also help to apply
the correct amount of pressure on the viable eggs as
the female uses her back flippers to compact sand over
the nest to conceal the eggs. Humans should not
assist the female with this, as she knows how much
pressure to apply to the eggs so they would not break
and how to regulate the temperature of the nest, which
determines the gender of the hatchlings.
After covering her nest the female does not leave
immediately but makes a set of decoy :. i i .i...
sand into shallow mounds using her i. ..I II. I
in the immediate area around the real nest. The
entire process for the female turtle can take more
than two hours.
After about 60 days the hatchlings emerge by climb
ing on top of each other, forming a ladder with the
weaker individuals making up its base. Land preda
tors of these hatchlings include birds such as corbeaux
(vultures), stray dogs, crabs and large lizards, while in
the water they face whales, sharks and large fish.
i,,,I I I .... i .i ... I i hetim e thetour
w r.- i ,,, 1h 1 i,. i .i I .-, i i the beach.
Afterwards we went back to the guide shed and were
given the opportunity to examine some i' .i I,,,,. .1
were to be released later that night. i ..
each hatchling had a yolk sack that would provide it
with nourishment for about two weeks. After that it
will live off plankton until it is old enough to hunt jel
lyfish, which is the preferred food of this species. The
Leatherbacks' mouths are filled with -1--. 1 f. ;,
spines that prevent the jellyfish i ... i.
Unfortunately, plastic bags moving in the water
resemble jellyfish, and these spines endanger the tur
tles as they anchor the bags in the turtles' mouths and
suffocate them. These spines, together with the turtle's
sharp beak, mean it is not advisable to put your hand
close to its mouth.
Turtle watching is a unique experience I would recom-
mend to anyone with a love for nature, conservation
and the animals that call this planets oceans their
home. In various parts of the Caribbean, different turtle
species will be nesting and hatching until December;
look for watching opportunities in your area.
Jo Anne N. Sewlal BSc., MPhil., is studying for her
doctoral degree at the Department of Life Sciences,
University of the West Indies.
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On the Water
Keep a good lookout for sea turtles while boating
boat strikes can kill
In the water, keep your distance and avoid star
tling turtles; avoid disturbir. -1.... sleeping or
*. i turtles. Move ,1 II, turtle shows
Never try to touch, feed, spear, harass, catch or
Take all litter home with you: trash can kill, espe
cially if mistaken for food
On the Beach During Nesting Season
Avoid damage to incubating nests -for example,
avoid driving on a turtle nesting beach or using these
beaches for campfires or barbecues
Do not leave large items (e.g. chairs, umbrellas or
recreational vehicles) on nesting beaches at night -these
can obstruct a turtle's path and prevent egg-laying
Keep pets, especially dogs, away as they can
endanger eggs and hatchlings
Keep beach lighting to a minimum artificial light
ing disorients turtles
Shield or switch off lighting that is visible from
Watching Nesting Turtles
On land turtles are very vulnerable and if startled, a
female turtle may return to the sea before her eggs can
be successfully laid. Please follow these simple rules
when watching nesting turtles.
Keep disturbance to a minimum stay quiet and
Do not approach turtles as they arrive from the
sea: they are easily frightened off
Turtles that have not yet laid their eggs must be
Make minir. i I1 .. 1 .11 never shine lights
directly into a '. I I
Don't "trap" turtles approach them from behind
and keep low to the ground
Move away if the turtle shows signs of distress
Turtle eggs and hatchlings should be left undisturbed
Consider limiting viewing to 30 minutes at a time
Flash photography of nesting turtles is a controversial
topic. In some places this constitutes harassment and
is illegal. If using a camera flash, do so sparingly and:
Never take photographs before a turtle has laid
Only tal-- i-t -r i- o from behind the turtle the
flash will '- ti ...1 i i i i" her and can complicate
her return to the sea
Try to shield hatchlings if they appear disoriented
by beachfront lighting place yourself between the
, .i ii... ... ill i i . ... .. i .. thatthe lights
1., i .... i I1 i .. 1 . I Ii I flings to reach
Do not interfere with their crawl to the sea as this
could jeopardize their survival
Never photograph hatchlings with a flash -they are
very sensitive to light
Participating in turtle watching programmes actually
helps to protect turtles by raising awareness about
them. Be sure to find out about local laws and regular
tions, as they may differ from these general guidelines.
For more information visit the Wider Caribbean Sea
Turtle Conservation Network at www.widecast.org.
Upper left: Our guide shows us the nest, with its two
sizes of eggs
Lower left: Members ofEarthwatch collecting data
Below: Hatchlings are made temporarily available for
viewing, and then released
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Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Fickle summer 1 ---- f -- --- I Ti.- 13ks
like a month full I 'i 11 11 1., I 1 .... .1
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
There's potential for creative discourse on a business
level, but don't let summer squalls in your love life have a
negative effect on it.
I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
"1-l -;;;-r -reativity is in the doldrums your sense of
.. 'I. to keep you on a positive course.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Keep going on those boat projects you started last
month; you will have little to distract you this month and
can make great progress.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Good ... with fair winds and smooth seas in
your lov i I .. a special treat for the days around
H VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
You'll be preoccupied with business ideas this month
SLIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
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out the cockpit lockers.
TT SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
You'll have lots of wind in your working sails. Make the
most of it and don't let tropical depressions in your love
life slow you down.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Romance will bring a fresh breeze into your sailsjust as
you are en ;- nt; -1 1h -- I --- business
course.. T .. I 1 . ., line.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Any course you steer will feel like a slog to windward
and progress will be difficult. Don't let it cause strife on
board; enjoy happy hour instead.
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may also have I I . ...... .... I
associates. Even if you have to resort to Morse code to
communicate clearly, do it.
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Bu .. I I- I:. to tihe 1 -1'1.- i , .
and' 1i 11 i .l The:
25th, and then a fair breeze will pick up again.
ACROSS 32) ANGEL 9) TANGS
1) HARD 33) BUTTER 10) FAIRY
3) JEWELRY 35) HORN 11) RAYS
6) DAMSEL 36) EQUATOR 14) CORALS
8) CLEFT 37) GREEN 16) MORAY
12) RED 38) SUPER 18) TROPICAL
13) CALCIUM 19) SMALL
15) SNAIL 20) WRASSES
17) SET DOWN 22) ORANGE
19) SECRETIONS 1) HOT 24) SKELETONS
21) BASSLET 2) DEAD 26) ISLAND
23) OYSTERS 4) EEL 27) BARRIER
25) ANIMALS 5) REEF 30) WATER
28) SEA 6) DEEP 33) BOAT
29) SHALLOW 7) SNAKE 34) SNAP
31) AGE 8) CRUST
Taking the Steamer
from St. 'Vincent
(for A. v. B.)
The Grenadine Islands represent today the exposed
... ..row bank
-Richard A. Howard,
The Vegetation of the Grenadines
A whistle blows. I've made it, but is there room?
S II . I. .1 wharfs 1 I .. .
i , i ... I the haw 11. I .... . 1
air funnels spinning. Next port? Who can say?
Forward ofth- i-1f.1 .r the cargo boom
and hold, I .. 1 ... I rnidships are a cramp
of cabi .. .... ,. ., upper deck
lends i . 1.. I I i e's a tramp
but transport none-the-less, not unlike
i ... I .I from Conrad's China Sea. Hip
,I I d me; shouts collide like stones.
I stand in line. It was to find a ship
like this I came out here and keep returning.
T the concrete wharf, I board and glance
.i f ,i 1, .i n .... i 1 iched
and blown I ... i i... convenience.
I pass m i . .. .. .. ... . .
from ... i I Ih,,.. I
a th ir , , , ,
The r i i i .1 i. ,. wing,
even if they had rope and lifeboats in them.
S,,I ., ,, of a holy boom box,
S i ..... oand boys toss boxes over
the rail to one below wearing dread locks.
i i .11 i... .h in love
i. i, . .. I. I .. on to satchels,
i 1 i ,. i i.. never meant
for boats -content, whatever their reasons for travel.
f 1i , ,, , b, .i I .... .. I plates,
rusting rivets, unfreezes frozen gates.
A child cries. The captain;. 11;. 1- r,
surveys the scene and ..... 1 I ..' What's new?"
Lines are cast offbollards, lugged aboard.
Who's a passenger here? And who is crew?
A sudden shudder of diesel power drives
Edwina off the wharf, hard in reverse,
as if by shock to challenge the gilded lands
and serpents that are a traveler's curse.
1 1 i 1 -h il 1- . .1 T .1 .i 1
i I .- i i ,. .i i 'l Dieselfumes
engulf the deck. This is no ship of leisure.
'There's no T ow1 1 i.ow!" someone says.
Then with I. I. I... I. .. I over and the wind
lifting her bows like a skirt, Edwina drifts
in a slow, stately turn. This is my kind
of moment, what I've come to the islands for.
I hear the cint- -1 ... 1--1- r- lula?
Canouan? I.. 11 p .. ..
Their outlines sober me. We're underway.
Travel, as we did not know, is structure.
For who, reading the lines of a tramp like this,
could then have read I
We thought it was the 11
to do or know -What? Whatever turned
us on, I suppose: the chance encounter, ho
bo It-nl. "-tr -" 1ht, a reinvented self,
the 1 11. who went before. But now?
1i.. pe the -- ..; t i t
S111. 1 .1 1. and I 1 1I 1 go;
to find in the abandon of our dreams
a kind of order Art's. Isn't this so?
Travel like this is not for everyone
but cruise ships, for all their comfort, go
nowhere. I revel in this list and rust,
gathering way. Look: a double rainbow!
Edwina, outside ... I ii. 1 .... bight,
r 11 h-.-] -1 i .. 1 .II .. I .I I alm ost
S, i, i I. II 1 ... .. I about right.
You have to laugh, and go at any cost,
i ,11 i, i , ,1. i i lunges.
1. II .. I ..I. i , I beneath
IIh I. ,. I i .. i I 1. el for islands,
l IIi .1 i. iy are, I am.
As Edwina steams ahead and shapes her course
for harbors inside reef and shoal and headland,
will I discover truths, have revelations
startling as a lovers press of hand?
See, with one mind, ti r-hlf--1.-
of islands spread like :. II ... I. up songs?
And more, what lies beneath the wind-swept seas:
the mountain range to which each peak belongs?
But if we fail to see such gra 1 1 i,
and capture it in epic form, I
&L 11I .... 11I poems which, like butterflies
S, 1 i 1. 11 bespeak the island sea?
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they begin I. .. I1 ... Ie with another,
and only i .. I. .... 11 I them right.
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out even back then.
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by Lee Kessell
Bertilda smiled at her two small children who pouted at her with resentment. The
long summer holiday was over and tomorrow it was BACK TO SCHOOL.
Danny, aged seven, and Sobie, six, lived on one of those beautiful little islands that
make up the Grenadines and school holidays meant living just as they liked in this
natural Garden of Eden. From the time they woke up in the morning until the time
they went to bed, they could roam all day long and their mother didn't have to worry
because the island was small enough for the people to look after all the children just
like their own. It was no use Sobie going ...... I i i.... .- ma that Mistress Mavis
had given her a whack on her backside i ..- ..... i because Ma would give
her backside another whack for being ru I *,,, i.. -I I On the nicer side there
was always someone like Pa Devvy to drive the children up the hill in his old rattle
trap of a truck on his way to his vegetable garden. Once settled upon the earth
ii... .. i .; in the back, Sobie shrieked at every sharp bend in the rocky, narrow
I i -I Ie and Danny didn't want to go all the way and help Pa Devvy in his
garden, then they knocked on the top of the cab to get him to stop.
But mostly the children wanted to swim in the clear, blue water of the bay and to
explore the shallow caves and watch the fish and pretty things trapped in the tidal
pools. They liked to hang around the boat-builders on the edge of the sea and some
times one of the men would stop for a few minutes and carve them .1 i 1
Best of all, Danny and Sobie liked to go early in the morning to he I ', i, -.I .....
pull in their nets and pick out the little sprats too small to sell at the market. Once
the baskets were filled it was time for a break and a fire was made on the beach. A
big pot was filled with oil and set on rocks in the middle of the fire. When the oil was
hot enough all the sprats were thrown in, head, insides and all. In less than a min-
ute the sprats were crisp and golden and ready to eat clamped between the halves
of a "penny loaf'.
No wonder Danny and Sobie didn't want to go back to school. "Why should we go
to boring classes? It isn't fair!" 1 ... 1 1 "You think everyone is going to feed you
forever? Do you want to haul :,, i, 1, day and never learn to read and write?"
Yes, they both answered. "Well, I want something better for you. At least I want you
to have the choice of staying on the island or seeing what the world has to offer."
It was no use arguing with Ma and early the next morning, Sobie and Danny had
their hair clipped down to their skulls, their bodies scrubbed with ; .. 1. cloth and
only then were they dressed in regulation shoes and socks and :. -.1 laundered
school uniforms. Ma held them at arm's length. "Yes, you both look very smart, and
stop twitching, your feet will get used to your shoes by the end of the day." Oh yeah?
Both children scowled.
Once at school, Danny and Sobie joined all the other children who didn't want to
be there. Their faces hurt from the hard scrubbings they had been given, their
clothes pricked their skin and their shoes pinched their feet. But where was strict
Miss Lambert? She had retired and gone to live with her sister in St. Vincent. The
new teacher walked across from the schoolhouse and greeted her pupils with a big
smile on her pretty face. She was young and slender, wore a very short cotton dress
"Welcome back to school! I .. .... i ... .... I, ...I .. i 1o is take
offthoseshoes andsocks." I, i I .... i. .. . .. i i II i I I, .. toyank
off their offending footgear and smile back at Frya. They were ready for anything!
When school ended for the day, the children raced home to tell their mothers that
school was FUN with their new, young teacher. The mothers were alarmed to hear
that Miss Frya had taught the children new songs and dances (as if their kids didn't
prance around enough already!). Next she took them on walks about the schoolyard
and that, to the mothers, was nothing but more play. What they didn't understand
was that their children WERE learning and quickly, too. This new teacher was teach
ing simple biology through touch and feel and once back in the classroom the stu
dents talked (noisily it is true) about what they had seen and they wanted to find out
more. The bigger boys and girls progressed to writing about the things they saw,
while the little ones drew clumsy leaves and insects.
By the end of the second week the big kids wanted to read faster and write better
and the small ones wanted to read and write, too. Frya had been waiting for this and
began by giving each child individual attention when it was classroom time. Gone
were the days of a ruler across the knuckles for slow learners and those dreaded
tests. Frya had picture books on history and geography and the children loved to
make up stories about faraway places. Doing sums was fun, too, when you wanted
to know how many seeds were in that pretty striped pod and how many leaves could
be on that big tree and what did it weigh? Could you lift it and how? (Physics made
easy.) There were excursions around the seashore to study the tidal pools, home
projects to complete and talk about in class, and contests between teams in spelling,
number-- .-- ph- anything and everything.
S1. ..i ... I .1 this stimulating way to learn was that many of the island chil
dren decided to go on to secondary school on the neighboring island and even to
try for scholarships at distant universities. Those doubting mothers were the first to
agree that it was all due to that wonderful Miss Frya!
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by Elaine Oltivierre
I We've looked at different kinds of coral. Are there different kinds of coral
According to naturalist Charles Darwin, who studied coral reefs in the Pacific
Si, ,, i, II. around the world on HMS Beagle (a tri- ti-.t 1-- *; in 1831 and
I i i .. -I there are three main kinds. These are :,,,.,,,. i- barrier reefs
I Fringing reefs are the most common type in the Caribbean, especially on the
Atlantic/windward coasts of islands like Antigua and Jamaica. They grow out
from the shore where the water is shallow and the coral polyps can get .1,
light. The area of the fringing reef next to the shore is called the reef flat: 1, ,
front is on the ocean side. The reef crest is where the front joins the flat and is
I usually the highest part of the reef over which waves break. C, .1. I i1 on
the front than on the flat. In hot conditions, water over the II imd
Smay become too salty. If it rains extra hard, the water may not 1 .
Barrier reefs are similar to fringing reefs except that they are :,, ..
S* th- --tL t ^ 17--;n develops between the reef and the shoreline. The second big
g -I ~. ,,, the world (after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia) is found in
the Caribbean off the coast of Belize. It is about 200 kilometres long and between
20 and 40 kilometres off shore.
An atoll is a circular reef, found around a small lagoon. Atoll reefs sometimes
grow above sea level and, as sand collects on the top, small islands form. There
are a few atolls on the Belize Barrier Reef.
Although Darwin named these three types of reef as the main ones, you may
hear other names to describe other kinds.
A patch reef is an isolated reef, formed wherever a part of the sea floor is close
to the sea surface. When sand accumulates on any part of the patch reef, a
white sandy island is formed. This is called a coral cay and many of these are
found in the Caribbean. The sand of a coral cay is very loose and easily shifted
by wave action. Plant life may grow on the cay over time and help to stabilize it.
A platform reef is like a patch reef that has expanded sideways to become
r -;;- 1 .1;-- Ti 1 i tform reef will be flat-topped with a small shallow lagoon,
ii i .11 1 i .. i i .- off shore.
A bank reef is like a barrier reef but, like the platform reef, it grows in remote
areas of the ocean.
1) Which reef lies more or less parallel to but quite far from the coast?
2) Which is an elongated reef that is very far from land?
3) Which reef grows next to shore?
4) Which reef grows up from a little hillock on the sea floor
and forms sandy islands?
5) Which reef grows up from a mount on the ocean bottom, very far from land?
6) Which reef is in the shape of a ring?
Answers on page 23
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I THE CARIBBEAN SKY: FREE SHOW INIGHTLY
The Sky in September
by Scott Welty
The Planets in September 2009
MERCURY -Begins the month setting after the sun. You might get a chance to see
it as it is 25 degrees from the sun early in the month and that's about the farthest
Left: The summer sun is
above the equator, mak
ing for longer days than
nights in the northern
hemisphere. At the equt
nox, the sun is directly
over the equator, making
equal day and night for
the entire planet
Right: The image ofthe
sun appears above the
horizon when the actual
sun is still well below,
due to the bending of
the sun's rays by the
atmosphere. The effect
shown is greatly
it ever gets. By the end of the month it will have swung around and will be rising in
the morning just before sunup. Best to be at sea to try to see Mercury as it is always
close to the horizon.
VENUS A morning star this month. Rising around 0400 early in the month and
later and later by the end of the month.
EARTH Oh, you know!
MARS Rising around 0100 early in the month. As the month wears on you'll see
Mars make its way from the tip of Orion eastward toward the Gemini Twins.
JUPITER .... I., .I .11i I .-.I .11 -nonth and all night, spending its time
in Capricorn. I .- I .... ... I I.... before sunrise.
SATURN Being shy this month as it is up in the daytime for all of September.
Sky Events This Month
September 2nd The moon (nearly full) rides through the night sky with Jupiter
just to the right of it.
September 4th Full Moon 1603 UTC (1203 AST)
September 18th New Moon 1844 UTC (1444 AST)
September 22nd Autumnal Equinox 5:18PM AST. This is the official first day of
Autumn. Of course on this day many things are true it is the day when everyone
on Earth has 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. On this day the sun
will rise exactly in the east and set directly in the west. As viewed from Earth the sun
has a yearly north south motion and on this day a man could stand in the shade of
his own sombrero by standing on the equator. (See equinox graphic.)
Now in fact, according to the US Naval Observatory, sunrise on the 22nd is at 5:53
AM and sunset is 6:00PM AST. Hmmm... that means there are actually seven more
minutes of daylight than darkness. We've been lied to! Whats going on?
The problem is one of defining sunrise. Sunrise is defined as the moment the upper
edge (or "limb") of the sun peeks over the horizon at sea (no obstructions). Sunset is
when that upper edge dips below the horizon. So the sun "rises" before the center is
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Add to this the fact that the sunlight is refracted by the earth's atmosphere making
it appear somewhat "before it should". (See refraction graphic.) Sunlight enters the
earth's atmosphere and is bent downward in a curve until it reaches the ground. We
see the sun at the end of the light r 1. .. .... ,,, I .11 ... .1 11. sun
look higher thanitis. Thosewith o -I .i .... .1. . .....i .. Ithe
corrections that you need to make i '1,,- I I i, i I .
Also, and not unlike our discussion last month about the moment of the full moon,
there is an actual moment of the equinox, not really a whole day. It would be the
moment when the sun was directly over the equator and that happens at 5:18PM on
SI RISE. IIAPPENIN H.ERIE'
On just about any night of 1- .-; ;-'; .1-1 t- ee a "moving star". Of course
it's not really a moving star ..i .. I 11. 1 ...... I- I earth satellites now in orbit.
In fact you might be more likely to find a satellite orbiting in roughly a north-south
direction. These polar orbit satellites are in very low orbits, typically 300 to 500 kilo
metres. The lower the orbit the less time it takes to get around the earth. While
quickly orbiting in a north-south plane i .. ....... .... ... i..
ellites. This makes these great for mapp .., II i .,,,, i i i . ..
The entire earth can be covered in a day or so, depending on the satellite. Of course
the only way to see a satellite is for the sun to illuminate it and then we see the
reflected light, so even though the satellite might be up in our sky it might also be
in the shadow of the earth in these low orbits.
You might have a chance to spot the International Space Station on the 8th. It
should rise about 9:05PM in the southeast and set about 9:15 in the northwest.
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
Wow, satellites in space. But how far is it to get into space or, better put, how far
to get out of our atmosphere? Earth's atmosphere thins out gradually but we can
say it is about 100 kilometres thick, or about 60 miles, compared to the diameter of
the earth at 8,000 miles. On a 12-inch globe the atmosphere would be about three
sixteenths of an inch thick! Think about that. That's the HULL of our spaceship!
That's all that lies between us and tb ;..: f Duter space. So, let's take care of
the hull because there's nowhere to: .... i. ... I. brother!
Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, 2007.
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INTERTWINED FATES An In-Depth River Cruise
The Blue Bottle A Caribbean Adventure, by Jill Sheeley. Courtney Press,
2009. Soft cover, 272 pages, black-and white illustrations. ISBN 10: 0 9795592 1 9.
Set in the Virgin Islands, this is an adventure novel for young adults, but mature
readers especially those familiar with the locale will find plenty of enjoyment
here, too. The book draws on the author's many years of cruising the Caribbean
under sail, and many of the characters are based on people she met while doing so.
The pencil illustrations by Tan Gillespie are subtly fetching; although unobtrusive,
they add to the sense of place.
The Blue Bottle is the authors llth
published book, and her story crafting
lise shows. In a not uncommon
nation, alternating chapters are
S'' n in the first person by the two
.... characters. These are two very
III ent 15 year old American girls,
I self possessed and confident
..rtney and lonely small town
,alie. Interspersed are excerpts
I ,n the girls' respective journals
oil I1 letters from their friends,
"" eluding the boyfriends they leave
Sind. The concept of communi
S tion by writing is key to
L I I [e book.
A Florida girl whose family has
Seen abandoned by her father,
Natalie discovers sailing a life
ineforher. Meanwhile, Courtney's
parents impulsively move their
family from a comfortable life in
Aspen, Colorado, to the British
Virgins to run a beach bar and a
Sday charter boat. Courtney's
not too sure about the move
she'll miss her friends, her
activities and the minutiae of
high school social drama
but she decides to make the
best of it, as long as her dogs
can come, too.
Natalie reads Tania Aebi's account of sailing around
the world alone at age 18, is inspired, answers a crew wanted ad
(faking a permission letter from her mother, and ii.., iher mother she has a sum
mer job in another part of the state) and escapes I I sea and the islands. Their
Courtney's parents buy her a twoweek cruise on a tall ship; she gets certified to
scuba dive; she makes friends with the daughter of French expatriates. Natalie sails
thro... -i .... i ..... I .i. .I i. I .i. i and manages to cope when
her ''' .' I h. I. .... II I i'.. I r disturbing circumstances.
Soon there are smugglers and kidnappers, guns and storms, a mysterious hand
drawn chart, a wise old woman and, of course (that writing theme again), a crucial
message in a blue bottle. Eventually, the girls meet and thanks to their simultane
ous experiences in the islands each has matured to the point where, despite their
different pasts and characters, they can become fast friends.
Despite some occasionally artificialsounding dialogue, this story is eminently read
able and should be a hit with the junior cruisers and all aficionados of the BVI.
This book is available at bookstores or from wwwiillsheeleybooks.com.
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Around the Next Bend, by Bemie Katchor. Katchor Enterprises, 2008. Soft cover,
8 inches by 10 inches, 164 pages, black and white photos. ISBN 0-9805363 0 8.
Some cruisers seek calm anchorages and comfortable marinas, all the better if
thoroughly described in cruising guides and well serviced by Wifi. Bernie and Yvonne
Katchor seek adventure.
Around the Next Bend is a true account of the Katchors' seven month journey
through the rainforest rivers of Venezuela and Guyana aboard their 43 foot ketch,
Australia 31. Both now in their 60s, Bernie and Yvonne have been exploring under
sail for more than four decades, :, i.. i... i sive cruise- I ....i, ,'i ii
Caribbean and along the US East Coa- i i- I...I... voyage to: .,,, i
(indeed, few outsiders) have visited is said to be their favorite cruise so far.
Yvonne's passion for birdwatching is given full rein in the almost untouched
reaches of these rivers, and her enthusiasm is infectious. Details of the exotic birds
they spot, as well as other unusual animals and plants, are described in an interest
ing and engaging manner. (Imagine hearing these stories over a sundowner in
Australia 31's cockpit.)
Like many cruisers,
this couple enjoys explore A round
ing the natural world. A u
But the Katchors delight
especially in their interac T
tions with the people they T he N ext
meet river dwelling
Amerindians, trading C end
outpost shopkeepers, B end
Indian housewives and
frequently invite entire
families aboard for a visit,
a meal or a day sail.
Their warmth and open
ness is rewarded not only
with hospitality in return,
but with an opportunity
to gain unique insights
into other cultures' daily
lives that more reserved
travelers would never
obtain Their genuine
interest makes the ordi
nary people they met "
remarkable, and the
remarkable people leg
endary, and they truly
made friends wherever
(They also got recipes.
Each chapter in the book
begins with a recipe
given to them by someone they met during this cruise. Moriche Palm Cabbage and
Grubs, anyone? Brain Cakes?)
Bernie describes a day on a tributary of the Pomeroon River in Guyana:
As we rounded a bend, a large group of schoolchildren in uniform was waving to us
from one of the many high cliffs.. we anchored across the river from the school and
tied a rope to a tree to keep us close to the bank and out of the main current.
The headmaster was pleased to see us and we chatted about what we could do to
help the students...
'They would love to see your boat," he told us.
"How many in the school?" e asked. There were 150 students but the new term
was only three weeks old, so only half the students had returned at that stage. Some
lived far within thejungle and often took three or four weeks to arrive back for the
new term. This did not concern the headmaster as he told us he was happy for the
children to come at all, as many stayed to work the land in order to provide food for
The children were excited as we piled the first ten into the dinghy. I had the boys on
deck rolling sails in and out and explaining how they worked, while Yvonne showed
the girls how we lived below deck. One girl touched the ice in the refrigerator and
screamed with delight. Everyone, including the boys, had to touch the ice and be
amazed. The next group wanted to touch the ice before anything else.
The story Bernie tells of helping to unite an elderly Guyanese Amerindian man with
a t- .1 1 raised in the United States is a particularly poignant example of
th I I- .1I .pects of the Katchors' visit. More problematic is Bernie's plan to
introduce eco tourism to the remote Amerindian village of Karawab. His intentions
are good, but will all future visitors be as kind as the Katchors?
This book is available at Amazon.com and www.bemiekatchor.com.
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'His Business is Growing'
by Kathleen O'Brien
You won't find many full-time farmers on the small
islands of the southeastern Caribbean. Even on the
larger islands you probably won't find many who
make their living by growing the usual local produce
we're all used to buying. The island of Carriacou is a
Above: Rufus'sfarm near Paradise Beach in L'Esterre,
Carriacou. The gate keeps out wandering livestock
Right: A lfe-long farmer, Rufus sells his fresh picked
produce at Tyrrel Bay on Saturdays. Cruisers visiting
Carriacou are among his regular customers
welcome exception, and it's due to the efforts of
Rufus Shedd who has been growing things for most
of his 58 years.
My husband, Roland, and I first met Rufus a couple
of years ago on a Saturday morning in Tyrrel Bay
when we had gone ashore to help out at the local
youth i *i .....- ...... Club. Walking along the street
in the I .. Vale was this tall fellow carry
ing those large plaid plastic zippered bags, and a
couple of white five-gallon pails. "Good morning dar
lin'. Would you like some fresh vegetables?" he said,
i.'.. .' a potential customer. On a picnic table in
i' ,i I -tore he laid out an array of leaf lettuce,
green peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, chunks
of pumpkin, papaya, and pla I; 1 liningg
green onions, hot peppers and -i ...- I i, ,I pars
ley, sage and thyme. That was my Caribbean intro
duction to produce that had been picked just that
morning, not imported from St. Vincent or Trinidad,
and the 1l- ---n. -f friendship with a person from
Carriaco -.. "
Home for Rufus is the village of L'Esterre on the
main road between Harvey Vale and Carriacou's main
town, Hillsborough. He was born there, and raised by
his maternal grandmother after his mother died when
he was a baby. Helping his grandmother with her own
vegetable garden as a child started his own thumb
growing r--n and inspired him to take up farming
himself. I ,,I,- was able to claim land through his
mother's family, and today cultivates four separate
plots, growing vegetables, harvesting the fruit from
trees he has planted, and raising goats and pigs. He
proudly explained how he had taken out a bank loan
to purchase two of the large black water tanks that are
prevalent on the islands, and that the loan had been
repaid in full.
I recently visited one of Rufus' gardens near Paradise
Beach. It has a locked gate and is fenced in to keep out
wandering livestock and to protect the tender young
plant- mrvin. in raised beds. This part of the opera
tion :, i,, i i. ... trees (plantain, eating and cooking
bananas, sapodilla), a sweet potato patch, Scotch
Bonnet peppers, pigeon peas and cucumbers. In the
raised beds are leaf lettuce, green onions, parsley,
tomatoes, Shadow Bennie (chadon bene), and canta
loupe. Rufus is trying to introduce the chadon bene
into Kayak cuisine. He says people here don't know
about it, but it certainly is a popular -.ini-: in
Trinidad, as cruisers know. Papaya trees I'I 11' ard
next to Rufus' house. ii ... i pigs are raised on
another of his pieces i., I
As cruisers we all become familiar with dry season
(winter) and rainy season (summer). During rainy sea
son, watering all those veggies is not a problem, but
that also is the time of year when most of Rufus' cruis
ing customers have headed farther south or back to
homes in the States, the UK, or other countries, for
hurricane season. So in order to be able to grow egg
plant, cauliflower, green beans, okra, carrots, and
Chinese celery in addition to all the other vegetables in
the dry season, it is necessary for Rufus to carry water
in from other sources. About a tenth of a mile from the
Paradise Beach garden is an open cistern amid the
scrub brush and weeds; it was intended for a house
that was never built. Rufus takes six five-gallon buck
ets with him, carrying two full buckets at a time back
to i .. I .. II -ays he can hear his tiny plants cry
ing i 1 i i' they are thirsty, and he also talks
to his plants, as any good gardener will do.
When we lived in Amherst, New York, "BC" (Before
Cruising), several times I came home from work only
to find that the ripe tomato that I planned to pick for
dinner had disappeared. So we were not surprised to
hear Rufus' voice, raised in vexation, as he came down
the road one Saturday morning. And, man, was he
'ib~ t^ *
vexed. Someone had been stealing his ripe tomatoes.
He got up in the middle of the night, camped out in the
garden, and waited for the culprit to make another
raid. His nighttime visitor appeared, was promptly
returned to his mother, and given a good old-fashioned
tongue-lashing. Rufus told the young man, "If you're
hungry I'll .i ou something to eat, but don't steal
from me." I ..I..- made sure that everyone he knew
heard about it, saying that was the best way to put an
end to the problem.
Occasionally a cruiser will comment that Rufus'
prices are I 1.. 1. l. produce in town is cheaper. I
disagree -. ..i. .. I factor in the price of one or
two round-trip bus fares to Ilii.1 ...i. I can easily
justify an extra EC dollar or t i ,, I factor in our
support of a local businessman who delivers freshly
picked produce grown on-island, the preference is eas
ily understood, especially since Rufus is known for
giving food to neighbors and friends. He also sends
food to relatives on other islands.
When I cut open the sweetest cantaloupe I've ever
eaten, I save the seeds for Rufus so he can grow more.
When we come back from our visit to the States this
summer ii i ..... i..... .. .. rid different seeds.
Maybe. .. ..- ... I.-i r sweet corn. Now,
won't that be worth a few extra EC dollars?
Recently, at the Independence Day Celebration on
Carriacou, Prime Minister Thomas of Grenada spoke
of the necessity of Grenadians becoming more self
sufficient in these difficult economic times. That
included the need to become more involved i- -.-i;l
ture on the islands, growing more of their .. i
even if it meant a small -r-l-n .t -ch home. Callers
to talk shows on Voice I .... i Radio have also
spoken of the need for people to grow more of their
own food to keep their expenses down. Some people
do, but Rufus has done more than that since he was
15 years old. He has also met many cruisers since he
started coming to the beach on Saturday mornings to
sell his produce. He has regular customers as well,
and remembers their preferences.
Anyone familiar with farming knows how much of a
challenge it is, how much hard work it takes every day,
and how much of a reward it is to see the results of
that hard work. So when you get to Carriacou and
anchor in Tyrrel Bay, make an effort to find Rufus on
a Saturday morning. Take your dinghy to the beach or
the dock. Around nine o'clock in the morning a very
tall man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses will
get off a bus at the corer between the Old Rum Shop
and the Opti .,i,,. Club with bags and buckets of
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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
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to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
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Entertaining a few friends on board is sometimes less tempting when you give
thought to the clean-up. Crockery and cutlery are not too much hassle, but the pots
and pans with cooked-on food can be more challenging.
Well -rii l'. friends recently introduced me to a very easy and fun way to enter
tain ,, -1- I breakfast or for brunch -with almost no clean-up necessary.
..i;-; ---;- r ----; -n-l-t cooked exactly the way you want it, while six or
: I .... i ....... .. -I having theirs cooked "their way". No, you don't need
a live-aboard chef with six omelet pans... however, I am available every other week
end. Just kidding.
Here is the incredibly easy recipe for individual omelets cooked to perfection, and
every one of them can be unique. All that is needed is a supply of large zip-lock bags,
nmplpt inurprlipnt4 anrJ a laarp nnt nf hnilin& _rtrT
Sounds strange, but you really can make a tasty personal omelet in a zip-lock bag
Bring a large stockpot, half full of water, to the boil on the galley stove. Then set
out a dozen or more fresh eggs, milk, some diced ham, grated cheese, sliced mush
rooms, diced onion, salt and pepper, and freshly chopped herbs of your choice. Use
dry herbs if fresh aren't available. You can become more exotic with the addition of
sun-dried tomatoes, sliced olives, diced red and green pepper, etcetera. Let your
imagination run wild if you wish. The utensils necessary are simply plates on which
to serve the omelets, forks, and a spoon for each ingredient. Wowser! What could
While the water boils, invite your guests to each take a zip-lock bag and have them
write their name on the bag using a waterproof marker. Then each guest can break
a couple of eggs into his or her bag. They then add a couple of tablespoons of milk
and whatever else they want in their own omelet. I chose a spoonful of diced ham,
two spoons of cheddar cheese, a spoon of sun-dried tomatoes, two spoons of diced
onion and several pinches of fresh basil. Zip the bag closed, and shake the ingredi
ents to mix well.
Once the other six people had their omelets ready, we each slipped our own indi
S; 1, .11 .; ;..1 1. pot ofboiling water. Once the water came back to the boil, a timer
., I i I the omelets were cooking, our host passed flutes of chilled cham-
pagne and orange juice.
Barely 15 minutes later, the bags were plucked from the boiling water and given
to each person on a plate. To check for doneness, you can pick the bag out of the
boiling water and check the consistency of the contents. Firm is done, while
Carefully opening the bag, as the contents were steaming, I rolled a perfect omelet
out onto my plate. I was absolutely amazed at how easy these "baggy eggs" were to
make. Condiments were on i1 .11 -table and a supply of toasted, buttered English
muffins was passed around -. I ..s each sat down to a perfect omelet built to our
very own specifications. Now this was great entertaining, and with little fuss and
little clean up.
That's exactly what brunch for cruisers should be. If you haven't tried this fun
approach to omelets, give it a try.
iCanlt Ron_ Coe (77-6-04w wopw) ... co
As I travel throughout the Caribbean I realize that the tropical climate produces some of the most beautiful flow
ers, among which are the orchids. Meanwhile, the heat makes me want cool, refreshing sweets -especially home-
made ice cream. So, I fancy orchids, tasty desserts, and ice cream. Thus I must love vanilla!
Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world. The deli
cious flavor comes from the seedpod or "bean" of the plant. The prepared beans are very dark brown, and slender,
about eight inches long. All beans contain thousands of tiny black seeds.
A tropical orchid, Vanilla planifolia (also known as frgrans), which was originally cultivated around the Vera
Cruz area of Mexico, produces 99 percent of the world's vanilla. Another genus, VaniUa tahitensis, cultivated in
Tahiti, produces beans with :tr-,.;- aroma but weaker flavor. Vanilla pompona or Antilles Vanilla is cultivated
in the West Indies. "French .... II not a type of vanilla, but is a term used to designate preparations that have
a strong vanilla aroma and contain vanilla grains.
Among spices, only saffron and cardamom are more expensive than vanilla. Va ..ii. I ...... i .i ..
in some specialty shops for two or three US dollars each. Vanilla is so valuable tl] i .. .... ii.
was a major problem. Growers marked their beans with pinpricks before harvest : ,I, i I I I
of oil, the prices of valuable spices fluctuate. Bad weather and political rebellions pushed vanilla to US$500 per
kilo in 2004. A good crop, coupled with decreased demand caused by the production of imitation vanilla, caused
the market price to drop to the $40-per-kilo range in the middle of 2005.
Vanilla is expensive because it is the world's most labor-intensive agricultural crop. It takes three years after the
vines are planted before the first flowers appear. The fruits, which resemble big green beans, mature on the vine
for nine months. The fruit is not permitted to fully ripen, which would cause the beans to split and reduce their
value. The pods must be picked by hand four to six months after the fruit appears on the vines. The green beans
are then soaked in hot water and rolled in blankets to "sweat", ., ,. i [e water. Then they are stored in a
ventilated room to slowly ferment and produce their unique aro: ... II . The beans are sorted for size and
quality, and then they "rest" for a month or two to finish developing their full flavor and fragrance. By the time
they are shipped around the world, their aroma is remarkable.
mrnT in r-q-nillq beans is time consuming. The first problem is to locate the proper orchid cuttings. Forget about
I. I The flowers are large and attractive with white, green, greenish yellow or cream colors. Vanilla
blossoms grow in bunches and open one by one and only last about a day. Vanilla flowers can be naturally pol
linated only by a certain type of bee found only in Mexico. This very rare bee graced Mexico with a three-century
monopoly on vanilla production. In 1841, a t--n.:--I French slave on Reunion Island discovered that the plant
could be hand-pollinated with a thin piece ol I ....I replicating the bees. This opened a global vanilla industry.
Vanilla orchids are now grown in many tropical climates, with three-fourths of the world's supply coming from
Madagascar. Because vanilla is so much in demand, and because it's so expensive, 97 percent of vanilla used is
synthetic. Imitation vanilla is made from artificial flavorings, most of which come from wood by-products. Twice
as much imitation vanilla flavoring is required to match the strength of real vanilla extract.
Real vanilla extract is made by percolating alcohol and water through chopped, cured beans -somewhat like
making coffee. Pure vanilla extract should have no sugar added and will last forever, aging like fine liquor.
One-quarter teaspoon of pure vanilla extract should be enough to flavor a recipe for four or five persons. For
each teaspoon of vanilla extract given in a recipe, you can substitute a one-inch piece of vanilla bean. Choose a
nice fat vanilla bean with a thin skin and you will get the most seeds. The pods should be dark brown, and just
soft enough to wrap ...... I ... I'.. .11. ..I breaking. To use the vanilla, first split the bean lengthwise with
a sharp knife, and th 1.. I 1. i- I. ... 1. pod and use them in the recipe.
A popular way to use whole vanilla beans is I ,i ... .. -... Use a jar with a tight-fitting lid that will hold
about a pound of sugar, and bury a couple o: ...- I. I.I .n reach them. After two weeks the sugar will
take on the flavor of the vanilla beans. This vanilla sugar is delicious in coffee and desserts. Return the beans to
the j;.. ... I I .. -
Vai. I ...' 1 i .. .. ..i .... variety of sweet dishes: puddings, cakes, yogurt, custards, creams, souf
fles, ...II.. i ..... Nutritionally, vanilla has nothing but great taste and aroma!
Homemade Vanilla Extract
2 vanilla beans, sliced open
1 bottle Kentucky bourbon whiskey
Place the beans in a one-Cup glass jar v-itl. -.1 li
top. Fill with bourbon. Seal and put in a .. I -i
You can replace the vanilla extract as you use it with
more bourbon until the beans are expired. Vodka can
be used for a clearer vanilla flavor.
2 Cups water
1/2 Tablespoon salt
1 .1 i ..... .- ,(optional)
1, I .1 i I iwdered cayenne pepper
1 Cup long-grain rice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Boil water in a suitable pan. Add the salt, sugar,
cayenne pepper, and rice, and stir. Simmer until the
rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Remove from heat, sprinkle with the vanilla and fluff
the rice with a fork to separate the grains.
Vanilla rice goes with anything not too spicy, like
roast chicken or baked fish.
Simple Vanilla Pudding
1/3 Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 Cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy
saucepan; then blend in milk. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly, till mixture thickens. Cook two or
three minutes more. Add vanilla. Pour into suitable
r-in bowls and chill until firm.
-I I fresh fruit or other topping may be added
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1 3/4 Cups coconut milk
pinch of raw sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 small ripe pineapple
4 duck breasts, cut in one-inch cubes
(chicken can be used)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sugar,
and vanilla bean, and bring mixture almost to the boil.
Remove from stove and set aside.
Peel and core the pineapple and cut into
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, add duck cubes,
and saute until nearly done. Add onion and cook until
the onion is translucent, about five minutes. Add pine
apple and cook another five minutes.
While the chicken mixture is cooking, remove vanilla
pod from coconut milk and scrape the seeds into the
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and allow the sauce to reduce slightly. Pour sauce over
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I went to Venezuela half a dozen times on oil tankers,
many years ago. On each occasion the ship was board
ed by an impressive delegation of Customs and
....... always accompanied by at least
... ..... Before entry clearance was grant
ed they all helped themselves to as much as they
wanted from the bonded store- .. .. i. .... of
course, on spirits and cigarettes. ( L -1. I I '1 ain
decided to make a stand against this state-sanctioned
theft and spent several months in prison in order that
he .... 1.i 1 .... how many beans make five.
I .- I to 2002. The good ship Hummingbird
arrives in the Eastern Caribbean and, without delay,
the crew discovers Caribbean Compass. We have
been avid readers ever since. We have seen number
ous artich ii l. i 1, .11 I Venezuela, a
d ...'' ....i i I '' .1 I by charming,
People must visit the Angel Falls! The
S s remarkably low and we got the
:'" .... ...'. returning cruisers that they were
almost paid to fill their tanks with diesel. This may
have changed recently, but undoubtedly the other
Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the Venezuela
story. Every year we have read reports of shoreside
thefts and muggings; at sea there has been piracy
leading to serious injuries and sometimes cruiser
deaths. Some victims have written at length about
their harrowing experiences and these reports have
provoked much discussion not only between my wife
and me, but also with friends who have up-to-date
Thus far our position has been simple and straight
forward. We do not wish to sound either complacent or
overconfident, but we believe that our sailing experi
ence and training enables us to cope with most things
likely to happen to us at sea and at anchor. We have
sailed the equivalent of twice around the world. We
have crossed oceans and survived storms. In the pro
cess we have learned to assess risks and deal with
likely problems before they arise.
However, nothing within our past experience has
prepared us in any way to deal with a group of
armed men determined to board our boat, and it
matters not whether they are armed with machetes,
pistols or AK 47s. Therefore, within a year of arriving
in the Caribbean we decided not to go anywhere
And then, in June's Compass, came Devi Sharp. In
an entertaining article she described how she and her
husband prepared a detailed strategy before sailing to
Venezuela in 2008. It was based on their camping
experience in Alaska's bear country. Obviously the
tactics were different, but the underlying thinking was
similar. As a result they organized mutual-support
defense groups while at anchor, locked themselves in
S.... .1 1 1.... 1 .i 1 bars, and armed themselves with
I. ..... ... I I I I spray. They also worked out that
if shots were fired they would be better off inside as the
l,,11 .... 1.1 .1 .1 some of the impact of the bullets.
S i months the Sharps left Venezuela
unmolested, although Devi accepts that their survival
was as much attributable to good luck as good strat
egy. My wife and I still believe that our strategy is bet
ter: no steel bars, no stress, no ballistic calculations!
We still wait for someone to explain the advantages of
i ...... i. claim
S1 ... . ''. .1 1 1 i I I i I have
to deal with several thousand dollars worth of damage
to your boat or yourselves!
As for the Sharps, having survived Alaskan bears
and Venezuela, they must be ready to cruise the Horn
of Africa and adjacent Somali waters. I've passed
through the area; the scenery can be stunning and it
is very cheap! We look forward to their report.
The story of the loss of Helen Mary Gee in the July
issue of Compass must strike a chord with many of us:
there but for fortune...
My first near miss was coming in to raft up in
Weymouth, England, after a Baltic cruise, feeling well
travelled aboard my Northwind 47. It was a beauti
fully accomplished manouevre, with a bit of hard
astern to kick in the stern. Lines were taken ashore
and to the inside yacht, then we were quietly chatting
when I saw two jets of water from the bilge pumps
li-hri.irn overboard. I dashed below to find that the
1 1 ii had driven out astern through the seal,
leaving a hole with gushing water. We -r n.r-- t
hammer i- -. :- to stop the flow of water. I i .....
the boat 1.11 i out, installing a new P bracket, and
.... i. .i, i. .. i and re-aligned, I had an
;i ..... 111 i i i -. .... i- whenever the automatic
bilge pumps operate.
This has saved me on two successive occasions, both
in Venezuela. Once was when leaving Los Roques,
halfway through servicing the forrard heads. No prob
lem, I thought; we will use the aft heads. We set off on
port tack for a couple of hours, and then tacked onto
starboard as the weather was worsening and the seas
rising. The last thing I wanted to hear was the alarm,
but immediately upon investigation I discovered I had
not closed the seacock as it was only going to be a
quick job and the heads were above the waterline -at
On my last trip to "lrcnritl fr-m Puerto La Cruz,
the alarm again sounc I pouring from the
deep-sea seal, only when the engine was in gear, the
collar of which had moved because the locking nuts
had become loose.
On both these occasions the early warning alarm
saved me from potentially catastrophic situations.
When water is above the cabin sole it is difficult to
know where to start looking; once the batteries are
covered, game over!
S/Y Aqua Deus
This is further to the letter in your July edition in
which the writer advocated that cruisers arm them
selves as a deterrent to "pirates" in the Caribbean, and
that Caribbean nations change their legislation to
facilitate this arms build-up by yachting visitors.
When it met in London for its 86th session in June,
the International Maritime Organization's Maritime
Safety Committee's revised guidance regarding piracy
included the advice that member states should
I. ...1 courage the carrying and use of firearms
i .1 .. for personal protection or for the protect
tion of a ship.
"The risk of accidents with firearms carried on board
is great," said a report of the session. "Carriage of arms
may encourage attackers to carry firearms or even
more dangerous weapons, thereby escalating an
already dangerous situation."
For what it's worth.
S/V Winter's Dream II
I have enjoyed the summer issues of CC immensely.
The articles are of interest, and the photography
appears to be getting better and better.
One of my favorite monthly routines is reading the
letters from various folk. Most are also of interest, and
it is a good thing to hear what others are thinking. The
letters in the August issue were no different, however
I could not help but laugh at the intolerance of some
of the remarks one particular reader made against
megayachts, charter companies (and clients) etal, that
are degrading his "Caribbean paradise". That reader
indicated he was heading back to Venezuela (a very
nice lime, for sure).
This particular reader will likely include the locals on
his list of "offenders". Maybe he has not noticed that
with every year that passes there is an increase in the
population of locals (real locals) enjoying both sail and
powered craft. The locals already know about cruisers
like him. They are aware of boaters that prefer to sail
into local waters, enjoy all that is there (for free),
maybe buy a T-shirt and then sail away. What this
reader does not appear to understand is that he is the
one that is being tolerated. I am sure this also the case
in South America. The world is no longer your oyster,
my man! You must learn to share it.
After sailing in the Caribbean for the last two years,
we decided to spend the hurricane season this year in
Grenada. It is our first time at this island. For those of
you that never had the chance of coming to Grenada,
don't wait any '-n -r The people's hospitality, friendly
ness and joy ci 1.1 ire quite different than the other
islands we have visited so far.
-ontinued on page 45
Thoughts from a
by Audrey Alleyne-Quiniou
For many people worldwide, seamanship is a way of life. For others, boating expe
rience is limited to an occasional trip as a passenger on a ferry or inter-island boat.
I have always loved ships and boats in whatever size or form, and have on many
occasions found myself on the open sea on vessels ranging from big cruise ships to
In 1997, I wrote an article for the Compass entitled "Yachties for Three Weeks". In
that article I described a spur-of the-moment trip I took with my 11 year-old daugh
ter and a female friend, on board the small sailboat of a French acquaintance. Two
mishaps occurred during that cruise i .... i 1. beautiful offshore islands of
Venezuela. On one occasion, a sudden .,.-1 I -', I brought the mainsail crashing
to the opposite side of the boat, slamming the boat on its side. Despite the apparent
danger we were in, none of us seemed particularly scared.
On another occasion, while at anchor a change of wind and current caused the
boat to tangle with a nearby boat, and the anchor of that boat smashed against ours.
It took over an hour to free both boats, with the help of other friends. Eventually,
those friends advised my friend and me against completing our planned cruise -the
-- ur French friend's boat had failed and the winds were heavy. Our French
i I us ashore in his dinghy, so we could wend our way to get the ferry in
order to catch our flight home.
Even though this experience had scary moments, the year before I had made an
even more dangerous trip. I had attended the Carriacou Regatta Festival. Once again
I was with my daughter and my friend. We arrived by ferry. However, for the return
trip, my friend convinced me to travel in one of two small catamarans belonging to
male friends of hers.
I looked in the direction of our male friend at
one point; he looked petrified. 'Are you
afraid?' I whispered
My daughter sailed with me, a male friend and the skipper in one boat, while my
friend settled in with her potential new boyfriend in the other. They had life vests,
while we on the other boat had none, despite the fact that, like many of my coun
trymen in Trinidad & Tobago, I have never learnt to swim. Five minutes after set
ting off, the rain beat mercilessly down on us. I covered my daughter on my lap
with towels and whatever material I could find and I bent over her. The waves
crashed against the boat, which lifted into the air and slapped us back down on to
the water constantly as we hurtled across the water during two hours of being
drenched with rain.
I looked in the direction of our male friend at one point; he looked petrified. "Are
you afraid?" I whispered. His eyes opened wide. "Its my birthday," he replied." I'm
wondering if I'll die on my birthday."
Fortunately, we returned home safely, albeit sore in body. When the husband of
oneof m y .. 1 11 1 .1 .. ... 1... 1 .. ... 11 ... i,i i ..... oneday,
he chided ... I ... 1... L i L 1 I -lis retort
was, "God does not protect fools!"
I have told friends about these episodes when describing exciting things I did in
my life. It never struck me how close I came to losing my life and endangering my
daughter, until I heard news of an incident involving missing boaters recently. Since
then I seem to be having panic attacks, even though my experiences took place 12
and 13 years ago. I get chills and feel haunted by my memories; hence the reason
why I decided to write this article, probably in the hope of some form of reparation
for my past follies.
On the --r;-;;; -f c turday, February 28th this year, four young men, all former
athletes, II I .. .1 Florida, on a 21-foot Everglades fishing boat belonging to
one of them. The men did not return home. The Coastguard set out in search of
the men early on the Sunday. Two days later, the Coastguard found one of the men
clinging to the overturned boat 50 miles west of Clearwater. The winds had been
very strong that weekend and the waves were high. The man had been in the water
for 46 hours and was on the verge of hypothermia with a body temperature of 89 F.
Doctors stated that he might not have survived if he had been out there another
five hours. The other men were not found and Coastguard called off the search on
The lone survivor was airlifted to hospital, and when he was well enough to speak
he said that two of his friends had given up, taking off their lifejackets and drifting
off into the water. The third guy, his buddy since sixth grade, became ill and started
vomiting. He even tried i"in. him CPR, but his friend eventually died in his arms,
the survivor reported. I II. of one of the guys refused to believe that his son
would take such a defeatist action. He was very optimistic, saying that his son loved
life and would defy science and be "somewhere out there" waiting to be rescued.
Following this incident, the airwaves were flooded with comments and safety tips
fron ', ., i I ing experts in an attempt to raise awareness of boat
ing I I I said, tend to have a false sense of security. Reports
from chandleries stated that in response, customers were clearing the shelves of
Lots of advice about EPIRBs, float plans, PFDs, liferafts, cell phones and GPSs has
been given out constantly. I would add my personal words of advice -especially for
these -l-rin: =ouls like me who cannot swim. Those guys in Florida were athletes
who i I their schools and their country; the lone survivor is also a personal
trainer; yet their physical strength alone could not defy their misfortune.
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ST. THOMAS YACHT SALES
Compass Point Marina, 6300 Est. Frydenhoj, Suite 28,
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802
Tel: (340) 779-1660
Fax: (340) 779-2779
Summer Place 44' 1985
Beneteau Idylle, Great Cruiser,
AP, AC, Genset $86,000
36' 1980 Albin Stratus, Cruiser or 6 pack charter vessel
41' 1980 Morgan Out Islander AC, great condition
46' 2000 Jeanneau twin helms, 3 staterooms
49' 1979 Transpacific Ketch, Bluewater, 3 strms, loaded
La Creole 50' 1978 Gulfstar
Ketch. Well maintained
classic, 3 strms, $145,000
26' 1987 Whale Boat Navy Capts gig, Perkins, 4109 $33,000
29' 1994 Phoenix SF, Twin Volvos, trim tabs, outriggers $64,500
32' 1996 Carver 325 Twin Crusaders, great condition $59,900
36'1980 Litton Trawler, Yanmar diesels, Gen Set $30,000
40' 1999 Tiara 4000 Express, Genset, AC, Twin Cats $275,000
Call, fax or visit our website for a complete list of boats for sale
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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 Caye Day. Public holiday in Belize
16 National Heroes Day, Public holiday in St. Ktts & 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,
4 FULL MOON
4 10 42nd Bonaire International Sailing Regatta. www.bonaireregatta.org
5 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia
10 War of 1868 Anniversary. Public holiday in Cuba
12 Public holiday in The Bahamas (National Heroes Day), Bermuda
(National Heroes Day), Belize (Pan American Day), Puerto Rico,
USVI and Turks & Caicos (Columbus Day)
15 Jounen Kweyol Entenasyonnal (International Creole Day), St. Lucia
17 Public holiday in Guyana (Diwali) and Haiti (Death of Dessalines)
17 Feast of La Marguerite. St Lucia. Cultural folk festival
18 Divali. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
19 Public holiday in Jamaica (National Heroes Day)
and BVI (St. Ursula's Day)
19 USVI Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (Public holiday in USVI
if no hurricanes occurred)
24 United Nations' Day. Public holiday in Haiti
21 Antillean Day. Public holiday in Netherlands Antilles
24 International Human Rights Day. Public holiday in Turks & Caicos
25 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in Grenada. Boat races
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Local boat races in Bequia
30 31 12th Annual Foxy's Cat Fight multihull regatta, Jost Van Dyke. WEYC
30 1 Nov Triskell Cup Regatta, Guadeloupe. www.triskellcup.com
30 1 Nov World Creole Music Festival, Dominica. www.wcmfdominica.com
All information was correct to the best of our knowledge
at the time this issue of Compass went to press but plans change,
so please contact event organizers directly for confirmation.
If you would like a nautical or tourism event listed FREE in our monthly calendar,
please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name
and contact information of the organizing body to
Continued from previous page
If you're a boatowner, your own boat will be well equipped, right? If going on
somebody else's boat, be sure to discuss with your skipper whether the boat is
equipped with the necessary safety and communication devices. Ensure also that
he or she has a qualified assistant, in case he or she becomes debilitated. (Can
someone else get the boat safely back to port if the skipper suffers a heart attack,
for example?) Verify that there are life jackets on board; don't be embarrassed to
take caution and wear one, and make sure the kids do, too. Learn safety procedures
to help yourself.
At the time of writing this article, the US Coast Guard has been on the scene for
200 boats that capsized in the Gulf of Mexico over the past five months alone. I don't
have statistics for the Caribbean, but capsizes are common here, too. If your boat
capsizes, even if you can swim well, do not attempt to swim ashore unless you are
extremely close. You'll conserve more energy if you crawl onto or cling to the boat.
Get back on each time the waves throw you off, as the lone survivor in Florida did.
Be strong and keep faith. One of the mantras that the abovementioned survivor used
while he fell off the boat each time the waves hit him, climbed on again, and hung
on, was that he did not want his mother to attend his funeral.
Have you had an "exciting" boating experience? Have you ever thought about how
it could ." .. ... I have, now. And while I still love ships and boats in what
ever size I .... I .i of those young men in Florida has taught me respect for
safety considerations, too.
Continued from page 9 ...BuiSneSS Briefs
The Global Sun Oven@ simplifies life. You simply put in your food and go off to
work, play, or church. Relax, and the oven does the rest. There is no need for stirring
or constantly checking the pot.
Sun-baked foods stay moister and have less shrinkage than conventional oven-
cooked foods. What is really phenomenal about this oven is that there is never any
burning or scorching to ruin a meal. The temperature inside this oven can reach 360
to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It varies depending on the brightness of the sun or how
often the oven is refocused to follow the sun.
I have successfully cooked breadfruit (peeled), pigeon peas, local beef, coo-coo,
and baked Irish potatoes in an attempt to see how well it would stand up to the test
of everyday Caribbean meals. It bakes fish remarkably well. Cakes come out with a
fantastic brown colour; the texture and taste are amazing. Sample cooking times
are: rice, 40 minutes; bread, 45 minutes; coconut cake, 40 minutes; fish, 25 minutes.
The Global Sun Oven is like your best friend you get to know it by spending lots of
time with it, and finding out what it does best and when.
Boaters who want to improve their menus without spending all their time in the gal-
ley, outdoor recreationists or those who want a backup daytime cooker and especial-
ly people who advocate environmentally sound practices would do well to own a
Global Sun Oven. It is ruggedly built, is totally safe and makes food taste better. Totally
portable (like a briefcase) it has been used successfully in 126 countries around the
world for the past 13 years. Caribbean Neighbours, a sustainable small business on
Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines has recently introduced the Global Sun Oven to
the Vincentian market and is vigorously pushing the concept of green cooking.
For more information contact carineighbours@yahoo. com visit http://caribbean-
neighbours. com /faq.php.
First 'Future of Marinas' Conference to be Held
According to a recent report in International Boat Industry magazine (www.ibin-
ews.com), the first annual Future of Marinas and Refit Facilities conference will take
place in Malta on October 20th and 21st. Issues to be discussed will include how to
create efficient use of space for marina development; the relationship between
marinas and refit facilities; environmental law and marina operations; why lenders
are reluctant to lend money for berths and marinas; alternative fundraising mecha-
nisms for marina developments; and what the marina industry can learn from tour-
ism and hotel industries.
For more information visit www quaynote com.
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We serve breakfast,
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A friendly atmosphere where you can sit and meet people.
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We decided to stay at Port Louis Marina until mid
November. They have only been in operation for one
year, but what a great facility they offer and you are
close to everything downtown, stores and buses. It
has been a while since we were greeted so well by a
marina's staff and personnel. They really go out of
their way to please you. Truly a place that we recom-
And the Grenada buses! I have never seen a bus
service so extraordinary. You don't wait for the bus;
the bus waits for you. And they are countless, one
every two minutes tops, at a cost of EC$2.50.
There are also all sorts of activities on the island and
through the great work of many volunteers you can find
them every morning on the local net on VHF channel 68.
It has been over one month since our arrival and every
day brings new adventures and excitement. The unique
and beautiful mentality of the Grenadians is lovely.
Lucie and Richard Rolland
S/V Marie Galante HI
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1975 German Frers 39ft,
2 sets racing sailsUS 57.000
1981 Cape Dory 30,
US 39.000, St.Lucia
200 Catana 471, 4 cabin
1987 Irwin 44 US 105.000
1992 Dehler 37 CWS,
1981 CT 54 US 195.000
2006 Bahia 46, Hi spec
upgrades, lots of extra
equipment with charter
contract, 390.000 Euros
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BOATS FOR SALE IN TRINIDAD
Tel (868) 739-6449
YOUNGSUN 46FT VUS 1984 KEICH
fiberasvc, new engine 207,
excellentlive aboard and cruiser.
GPS, RADAR, VHF, Auto Pilot,
ERRB SSB, WaterMakerAir-Con,
Sdar Panels Wind Generator &
more. Ful specs at www.free-
reduced far a speedy sale
US$ 16900 ONO Lying St Luda.
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FOR SALE TO RECOVER
BOATYARD RENT: 1. Dufour
Arpege, 30 ft Reduced to
$5,500US. 2. Fiberglass
Sloop, 31 ft, repainted, no
engine reduced to
$5,0 DUS. Call Don at Power
Boats in Trinidad at
(868) 634-4346, or E-mail
can send photos.
1992 44 FT IRWIN SY
ALEXANDRA Yacht can be
inspected at Ottley Hall
Marina St. Vincent (Priced
for Quick Sale)
Tel: (784) 451 2453 (w), 528
8130 (m)E-mail: ballantyne_
-i yr i ss (wit)l.i ;.
SULA, cabins, Yacht can
be inspected at Young
Island Cut St. Vincent.
View pictures at www.
T1 -J J.i :453(w)
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ilOjOBtIriitdl' ...LU C:u.:.r.g
Ready to go performance
cruiser/live aboard located
in the Virgin Islands.
Watermaker, wind genera-
tor, solar, davits, AGM bat-
teries, newer engine, navi-
gation electronics, dinghy.
$129,000 Tel (340) 344-6262
LOCK CROWTHER 40'
Natural Mystic", good con
edition, located in Tobago.
LOA 40ft, width 27ft. draft
3.5ft 6ft. Yamaha 9.9hp, 4
stroke, ultra long shaft, very
low hours. New mainsail. A
beautiful i..~- Doat!
$28.000US. ii 639
and Stevens design. Canadian
built. Currently Grenada.
US$32,000 ONO E-mail
rIntIr];M:' ip yl.,- I:,,'l 'r,
2- 300 Detroit Diesel engines
200 g fuel tanks, genset TV
etc. excellent working con-
dition. US$89,90.00 OBO
Tel (784) 493-3051
,t rIAHO,-At, Ai.i IAi.,
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584969 E-mail seabreeze-
to sail is for sale. Noted for
speed, ease to handle, sim-
plicity and Boat of The Year
2007 Trinidad. Cochise is
very well maintained, sailed
only by owner and brought
in from NL on containership.
Ideal boat for comfortable
fast cruising with family/
friends, and equipped for
club racing. All J-Boats
design weaknesses taken
care of in recent years.
Extensively overhauled with
new mast and rod rigging
(2002), large sail wardrobe,
many extras incl. new
Raymarine autopilot (2007),
winches, 2 anchors + chain,
large sun awnin etc.
Interesting price of 55,00 US$
reflects current location
(Caribbean) and move to
larger world cruiser. E-mail
BERAM 31 FLYBRIDGE 2 x
230hp Yanmar diesels 40 hrs.
US$590. Located St. Vincent
Tel (784) 433-3281 E-mail
BENEIEAU RRSTCLASS 10 -"BLAZN"
For sale in Barbados. Race
ready with an enlarged
cockpit. Keel and rudder are
original. Hull 1985. New rig
21. Large sail inventory.
US$15OO Tel: (246) 230-3695
Tel (784) 454 3474/457 4532
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Single 150hp Yamaha
Outboards, low miles, nav.
lights, courtesy lights, com-
pass, VHF, full safety gear,
vests seats 12 forward
helm, rear cushioned seat-
ing, complete with GPS
tracker and onboard cam-
era, Both boats are in very
good shape. 120k is for 2
boats or 65.5k USD each.
SELDEN RIG for VINDO 35.
deck stepped, boom,
spreaders, lights, winches
(has been changed for
upgrade) 2000 US OB
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Marine Diesel Genset 7KW
50Hz (9KW@60Hz) Full 5 year
warranty, NIB. in Curacao
Other models available.
Tel:+5999 660 7600 E-mail:
NEW WATERMAKER 80 Itrs/hr
CAT SS316 pump, full war-
ranty, 115/230VAC drive
US$3975 complete. Add $800
for 150 LPH. Curacao Tel:
+59996607600 E-mail: info@
Trinidad. Cell: 868-650-1914 or
ENGINES FOR SALE Volvo
hp or 20hp; Pekins 75hpw/
turbo-charger. Good working
condition. New and used
Vdvo parts.Call Lawrence in
Trinidad (868) 730-4036 E-mail
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ers, ice, laundry & more!
Open daily 10AM-10PM. Tel
(473) 443-2665 VHF 16
SAILS AND CANVAS
DEALS at http://doylecarib-
YAMAHA OUTBOARD ENGINE
150hp 4 stroke low hours. Tel
(784) 454 3474/ 457 4532.
COMPLETE KETCH RIG, masts,
booms, rigging, sails, etc.
POA, Outboards; 4hp, 5hp,
15hp, POA, Scuba dive gear,
new POA, Dive compressor
Bequia. Tel (784) 457 3962
Bequia, Lower Bay, Bells
Point, House and Land.
Serious buyers only. Sale by
owner. Call (784) 456 0866
after 6pm. E-mail
CARRIACOU, ONE ACRE LOTS
and multi acre tracts. Great
views overlooking Southern
Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay
BEQUIA, FRIENDSHIP 2 apt
house, upstairs 3 bedroom/2
Downstairs, 2 bed/2 bath fur-
nished. Offered as complete
house or separate units. Tel:
(784) 495-3704 E-mail
BEQUIA, PORT ELIZABETH, 3
bed villa w/pool, lovely
views. Jeep included. Sept/
Oct. US$1800/mo. Tel
Sapphire Resort Marina-
St. Thomas, Safe-Private-
Convenient. Long & Short
Term Rentals 65 ft Max.
$1,200.00 monthly. Adjacent
Apartments also available.
Sapphire Village St. Thomas
Studios and 1 Bedroom
Apartments. Short lr-i
Term Rates. r i
$1,100.00 montt i: ,r 1.
also Available. See photos
at www.vrbo.com #106617
Tel: 787-366-3536 or Email:
PUERTO LA CRUZ, VENZ.
INSURANCE SURVEYS, elec-
trical problems and yacht
deliveries. Tel Cris Robinson
(58) 416-3824187 E-mail
crobinson @ telcel.net.ve
ARAGORN' STUDIO IN THE BVI
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-
son. Pease send CVs to
US 500 per word include
name, address and num-
bers in count. Line drawings/
photos accompanying clas-
sifieds are US$10.
Pre-paid by the 15th of the
month. No replies
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Admiral Yacht Insurance UK 39
American Yacht Harbor St. Thomas 27
Aquanauts Grenada MP
Art & Design Antigua MP
B & C Fuel Dock Petite Martinique 14
Barefoot Yacht Charters St. Vincent 18
Barrow Sails & Canvas Trinidad MP
Bequia Marina Bequia 28
Blue Water Sailing USA 10
Budget Marine Sint Maarten 2/ MP
BVI Yacht Sales Tortola 41
Camper & Nicholsons Grenada 21
Caraibe Greement Martinique MP
Caraibe Yachts Guadeloupe 41
Carene Shop Martinique 31
Caribbean Marine ElectncalTrinidad MP
Caribbean Propellers Ltd. Trinidad MP
Caribbean Woods Bequia MP
CireExpress St. Maarten MP
Clippers Ship Martinique MP
Conon Boat Services
Dominica Marine Center
Down Island Real Estate
Doyle Offshore Sails
Doyle Offshore Sails
Echo Marine Jotun Specie
Grenada Boat Services
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St. Lucia 16
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Marina Zar-Par Dominican
Mclntyre Bros. Ltd Grenada
Mid Atlantic Yacht Services Azores
Northern Lights GeneratorsTortola
Perkins Engines Tortola
Petit St. Vincent PSV
Porthole Restaurant Bequia
Power Boats Trinidad
Renaissance Marina Aruba
Santa Barbara Resorts Curagao
Savon De Mer Caribbean
Sea Services Martinique
Ship's Carpenter Trinidad
Soper's Hole Marina
Spice Island Marine
St. Thomas Yacht Sales
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4W aL 4 between all members and other related organizations.
To encourage all within the yachting industry to adopt best practices and standards that are designed to
C A preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the Caribbean waters, the Caribbean environment and
/lA the nautical tourism experience.
a I N UMA SSOCIAI To offer non-political advice and assist all Caribbean governments, regional tourism organizations and other
NGOs on policies and challenges which influence the yachting industry.
Current CMA Members
*A Full Member is a Marine Trades Association of a Caribbean Country
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA MARINE ASSOCIATION (ABMA)
Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
Tel/Fax: (268) 460-1122
MARINE & YACHTING ASSOCIATION OF GRENADA (MAYAG)
PO Box 679, St. George's, Grenada
Tel: (473) 443-1667, Fax: (473) 443-1668
MARINE ASSOCIATION OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (MABVI)
PO Box 3042, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tel: (284) 494-2751, Fax: (284) 494-5166
YACHT SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (YSATT)
CrewsInn Hotel & Yachting Centre, Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 634-4938, Fax: (868) 634-2160
MARINE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION OF ST. LUCIA (MIASL) INC.
PO Box GM 614 Castries, St.Lucia
Tel: (758) 452-2300; 484-3646, (M); (758) 453-0219
ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES RECREATIONAL MARINE ASSN.
PO Box 2434, Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Tel: (784) 456-9608, Fax: (784) 456-9917
ST. MAARTEN MARINE TRADES ASSOCIATION (SMMTA)
Airport Road #46, Simpsonbay, St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles
Tel: (599) 545-2500, Fax: (599) 545-2501
* An Associate Member is an individual marine related business within the Caribbean
All At Sea
Kennan Holdings, LLC
PO Box 7277, St. Thomas, USVI 00801
Tel: (443) 321-3797, Fax: (340) 715-2827
Compass Publishing Ltd
PO Box 175 BQ, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Tel: (784) 457-3409, Fax: (784) 457-3410
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Peake Yacht Services
Lot 5 Western Main Road, I ..... .... T.,,,.dad
Tel: (868) 634-4420/4427,I ., 4 4 7
Port du Marin
Boulevard Allegre, 97290 Le Marin Martinique, FWI
Tel: 596 (0)596 74 83 83, Fax: 596 (0)596 74 92 20
Power Boats Mutual Facilities Ltd.
Western Main Road, Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 634-4303, Fax: (868) 634-4327
Have been invited by the board of directors to be a member of the association, due
to the contributions they have given to the industry.
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Current Board of Directors
Keats Compton President (MIASL representative)
Sam Welch Vice President (MABVI representative)
Donald Stollmeyer Secretary/ Treasurer (YSATT representative)
George Clarke Director (ABMA representative)
Justin Evans Director (MAYAG) representative
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