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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: November 2009
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095627
Volume ID: VID00033
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998

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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
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0I* 2009 NUMBER 170


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Trini's 2nd City
San Fernando Stroll.............. 22


Saving Sully
A Pilot Whale's Pals .............. 24


Night Fright
Fish in Your Face! ................ 27


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Cruiser Views
Grenada Collects Them......... 41


I.DEAR TMENT


Eco-News ............................ 8
Business Briefs................... 10
Regatta News...................... 11
Cruiser Profile...................... 26
Cruising Kids' Corner............31
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 31
Puzzles for Cruisers ............. 32
Island Poets......................... 33
Sailors' Horoscope................33


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Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre
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Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
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Book Reviews.................35, 36
Cooking with Cruisers.....38, 39
Meridian Passage................. 39
Readers' Forum................... 40
Monthly Calendar ................ 42
Caribbean Marketplace......43
Classified Ads ................... 47
Advertisers' Index................. 47


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Wider Caribbean Weather Radar Network Completed
The Guyana government has commissioned the newly constructed European
Union-funded Doppler Weather Radar system at Timehri, linking with similar
EU-funded structures in Trinidad, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic,
Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana, to complete the Wider Caribbean
Basin weather radar network.


On the ball. The new Doppler radar tower in Guyana completes the Wider Caribbean
Region's weather radar network


As reported by Caribbean Net News (caribbeannetnews.com), Guyana's
Agriculture Minister, Robert Persaud, says, "It will allow forecasters to increase preci-
sion in defining the areas where severe weather is likely to form; identify the charac-
teristic patterns indicating a high probability of severe thunderstorms; improve accu-
racy in forecasting the time, intensity and location of heavy precipitation, and pro-
vide timely and accurate weather information." Secretary General of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Edwin Carrington, believes the services of the
radar installations are invaluable to the region, stressing that the prediction and
monitoring of hurricanes are critical: "The expected cost savings in terms of damage
prevention and reduction accrued from the new weather radar systems are esti-
mated at seven million euros or about ten million US dollars per year.
The 20-meter high red-and-white-checkered structure in Guyana is described as
the "Rolls-Royce" among Doppler towers. The actual radar, located in the encircled
protected dome atop the tower, is an 8.5-metre dish with a weight of 75 kilos. The
radar rotates continuously and the facility is run by a 12-person crew.
See Eastern Caribbean Doppler Weather Radar at www.meteo.fr/temps/domtom/
aniilles/pack-public/animoiion/animMOSAC2.html.
Antigua Tackles Security Concerns
John Duffy reports: On September 9th, Antigua & Barbuda's Deputy Commissioner
of Police, Operations, Neal Parker, met with the Antigua & Barbuda Marine
Association to discuss security issues for the upcoming season.
Mr. Parker stated that a more senior Divisional Commander has been appointed
to the All Saints Division, which includes the police stations of the villages of All Saints
and Liberta, and the yachting hub of Nelson's Dockyard. The Dockyard station has
now replaced All Saints as the headquarters of the Divisional Commander.
Throughout the season, there will be a continuation of the 24-hour foot and
mobile patrols with random vehicle checks, all of which will be increased at times of
higher activity.
Mr. Parker reported that the detection and conviction rate has substantially
improved over the past 12 months with better training and a better equipped Police
Force. The Police are now concentrating on prevention while maintaining the levels
of detection and conviction. Community Policing has been expanded to discour-
age criminal activity and to increase the amount of information the public can give
to the police on criminal elements. Community Police are actively encouraging the
Antiguan public to set up their own Neighbourhood Watch schemes and to use the
anonymous Crimestoppers telephone number (800-TIPS; 800-8477).
Occasional inspections of vessels entering the waters of Antigua & Barbuda have
been introduced with a view to curtailing the importation of illegal goods and drugs.
Mr. Parker reported that the police have already had some success in stopping illegal
importation in the St John's area. Vessels based on the island, leaving and then return-
ing, may be particularly sought out for inspection. The Police are actively co-operating
with Customs, Immigration, Port Authority and the Coast Guard in the inspections of
vessels. Generally, the Coast Guard will be asked to increase patrols during the season.
For some months the introduction of CCTV cameras in the English Harbour/Falmouth
area has been discussed. While it is still the intention of the community to introduce
cameras, raising the funds in the current economic climate has proved difficult. It is
hoped that some cameras will be in place before the start of the season but it is
unlikely that the full scheme will be installed until the economic situation improves.
Before the beginning of the season, senior police officers will meet with tourism-
related business people to discuss concerns relating to safety and security.
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our to establish what 'went right' and what 'went wrong'. The survey at the end of
last season, to which around 70 businesses and individuals replied, was very helpful
to the police in planning their response for the 2009-2010 season.
For more information on the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association and down-
loadable Immigration forms visit www.abma.ag.
For regional yacht safety and security updates visit www safetyandsecuritynet
com or tune in daily to SSB 8104.0 at 1215UTC.

Recompression Chamber Now Open in St. Lucia
John Kessell reports: After many years of trying, St. Lucia now has an up-to-the-
minute recompression chamber. Donated by an American diver, Barbara Perfect,
the chamber is located at Tapion Hospital, the primary tertiary care private hospital
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A new helipad is located in the same area, which means that a diver suffering
from Decompression Sickness (DCS) in this area could be airlifted from the accident
site and flown directly to the chamber at low altitude, obviating the potential haz-
ards involved with flying a patient at normal flying heights where DCS cases can be
worsened by lower atmospheric pressures.
The German-built chamber is new and is capable of "diving" to five bars (a bar is
a unit of pressure: 1,000 millibars), although most DCS cases are treated at 1.8 bar,
according to tables specially formulated for re-compression chambers. Up to six


patients can be treated at the same time, with space for attendants as well. It is a
twin lock chamber, meaning that medical personnel can "lock" in or out via the
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lock to allow medicines, food, instruments, etcetera, to be passed in or out safely.
The Divers Alert Network (DAN) has already visited the chamber and has recom-
mended a few technical changes to ensure that the chamber is compatible with
their insurance needs, and they are now producing both internal attendants' and
operators' handbooks in preparation for an intensive five-day training course which
they will run this month.
The St. Lucia chamber, although very new, has already had two local conch div-
ers as patients, as these divers frequently ignore safe diving practices, either staying
at depth too long or surfacing too quickly. The chamber operators believe that
more conch divers will appear as patients as awareness of the chamber increases.
Previously, affected divers in St. Lucia had to go to either Barbados or Martinique for
recompression treatment, which added to time and expense. Unfortunately, the
high profit in selling conch, mainly to Martinique, has made this a dangerous occu-
pation as divers go to ever-greater depths. A fishing-diver education scheme is
being discussed by the chamber operators, who will visit the dive fishing communi-
ties to teach safe diving practices.
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In addition to DCS cases, there is a new large medical field in HBOT (Hyperbaric
Oxygen Treatment) where such conditions as strokes, burns, diabetic ulcers, tissue
necrosis, grafts, bone infections, intracranial abscesses, to name but a few, can be
very greatly assisted by putting the patient under pressure. The increased pressure
while they are breathing pure oxygen allows the oxygen to more readily permeate
the tissues, promoting rapid healing.
Contact can be made with the chamber either directly at (758) 456-0415 and
recompression@gmail.com, or via the Tapion Hospital ER unit, which is staffed 24/7,
at (758) 459-2617.

More Dive Moorings at Saba Marine Park
Kai Wulf reports: I am now working as the manager for the Saba Conservation
Foundation (SCF). I took up my new position on the 17th of August and I am looking
forward to this new challenge. Saba is a very safe and enjoyable yachting stopover
and I would like to promote this destination and convey that we will do our utmost
to make yachties feel welcome here.
Yachts can anchor in either Ladder Bay or Wells Bay, and yacht moorings are
available. Chris Doyle advises to check the weather and avoid visiting if heavy
northerly swells or strong northeasterly winds are forecast.
For decades, Saba's diving industry has been contributing significantly to the
island's economy. To facilitate the needs of the sector and to avoid anchoring of
vessels on the delicate sea bottom substrate, thus inflicting irreparable damage to
Saba's pristine coral reefs, a system of mooring buoys was installed shortly after the
formation of the Marine Park in 1989. The regular maintenance of the 33 moorings
has since been the responsibility of the SCF.
Since early September, the SCF has been replacing and upgrading the existing
moorings around Saba. It is also planned to establish new dive sites, thereby increas-
ing the island's attractiveness as a dive destination. To show their support,
Commissioner Chris Johnson and Island Secretary Menno van den Velde participat-
ed in the underwater drilling project to establish a new dive site between Hot
Springs and Tedran Reef. The first new mooring is anchored 40 feet deep, on a
redesigned stainless steel pin, embedded in volcanic rock with a special two com-
ponent epoxy glue. The system is designed for licensed dive boats up to 50 tons.
For more information contact sabapark.manager@gmail com
or visit www.sabapark org.

New Facilities to Open at Cumberland Bay, St. Vincent
The scenic anchorage at Cumberland Bay, St. Vincent, is set to offer more to visit-
ing yachts through a Tourism Development Project funded by the European Union,
with support from the government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the
Cumberland Valley Eco-Tourism Organizations. The new Cumberland Beach
Recreation Park will include a restaurant, office, washrooms, showers, a laundry
facility, rental units for local vendors, a lighted jetty, parking and 24/7 security. A
new bridge over the small river will connect the two halves of the beach. Work is
expected to be complete by early December.
In addition to the new facilities on site, guides can be arranged for visits to natural
attractions in the nearby rainforest, including the Cumberland Nature Trail for bird-
watching, and the spectacular, multi-drop Dark View Falls.
The official Handing Over Ceremony will take place on site on November 17th at
2:00PM and yachting visitors will be welcome.


contact Tourism
Development Project
Marketing Advisor
Vera Ann Brereton
at (784) 453-1697 or
veraann@vincysurf com.


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facilities, shown here under
construction in June, will
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sailing season

Kayaker's Thousand-Mile Challenge Date Change
Ryan de Jongh of Curagao intends to
kayak from St. Martin to Curagao to raise
awareness and funds for environmental pro-
tection. The date of his departure has been
put back a day, from December 4th to the
5th. Stops during the 1003-mile (1606-kilome-
tre) paddle are planned at Statia, St. Kitts,
Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica,
Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the
Grenadines, Grenada, Isla Blanquilla, Los
Roques, Las Aves and Bonaire.
For more information on Ryans project
visit www natureislife, org.

Grenada Hoping to Renew Yacht
Entry Ports
At the time of writing (mid-October),
yachts visiting Grenada can still only clear in
at the Grenada Yacht Club on Grenada, or
at Hillsborough in Carriacou, due to Swine
Flu prevention measures.
The Marine and Yachting Association of ."
Grenada (MAYAG) is working with -
Grenada's Chief Medical Officer and the
Tourism Minister to enable yachts to clear in .V
at Prickly Bay particularly important for
yachts heading north from Venezuela
or Trinidad.
As the status may have changed by publication date, please e-mail
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Dominican Republic Creates 37 New Protected Areas
In October, the Dominican Republic's Executive Branch created 37 new protected
areas, bringing the total number, including marine sanctuaries, to 123. The relevant
decree states that the creation of the Francisco Alberto Caamano Deno National
Park, near Azua, "aims to conserve the only portion of the Central Mountain Range
which borders on the Caribbean Sea."
Venezuelan Group: Illegal Turtle Catch Still a Threat
Venezuela's foremost marine environmental NGO, Fundaci6n La Tortuga, which
has been undertaking a scientific study of the sea turtle populations on Isla La
Tortuga over the past year, says that illegal catching by humans is still the greatest
















A Fundacion La Tortuga researcher measuring a leatherback turtle
during this year's study
threat to these endangered creatures. The group reports that in the first half of the
year alone, the remains of more than 70 turtles, mostly hawksbills, were found hid
den on the island. They had been killed for their meat and shells. Unfortunately,
most of the slaughtered specimens had not reached adulthood, therefore had no
opportunity to reproduce.
The group requests that visitors to the islands act as environmental watchdogs and
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For more information visit www.fundacionlatortuga.org.
Final Phase for Grenadines Underwater Mapping
Following a successful underwater mapping expedition through the Grenadine
Islands from August 16th to September 6th, 2009, Kim Baldwin returned to the
islaln- ifn r-t--- t- fill in .;-- r-i;in;;: -I ta gaps as she works to create a first-of
its-1... I .... I . ... ... .. 1 .. -. 1 I II marine resources of the island chain.
.. ... .e of the summer research cruise, Kim, a researcher with the
I i I -.... ." -. t -;i1 Environmental Studies at the University of the
West Indies, survey I I.'"' .... I water sites in the Grenadines for the purpose
of creating a three-dimensional seafloor model of the Grenada Bank.
The cruise formed part of Kim's PhD research project: The Grenadines Marine
Resource and Space-use Information System (MarSIS) project, which combines data
from many sources, including local knowledge, to create a transboundary marine
geographic information system that will be shared between the nations of Grenada
and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Kim described the cruise as a "complete success". She said the crew was pleased
to find that the "ground-truthing" (on-site verification) proved that the near-shore
habitat maps created with the use of satellite im'--r and local knowledge had an
extremely high overall accuracy of 85 percent. I, ided that they were pleasantly
surprised at the extent of coral reef habitat across the deeper waters of the Grenada
Bank, with coral cover visible up to 200 feet deep, which she said bodes well for the
marine biodiversity and the fisheries in the area.
On this return visit to the Grenadines, Kim held community meetings to share
some of the underwater video footage collected on the cruise, to present the final 3-D
seafloor map of the Grenada Bank, and to validate the various local-knowledge maps
which were collected over the past few years.
This research will aid in the planning and management of the Grenadine marine envi
ronment Furthermore, this research and development of the MarSIS will help lay the
foundation for the possible designation of the Grenadines as a World Heritage Site.
For more information visit www.grenadinesmarsis.com.
Guadeloupe to Celebrate 'Whale Week'
From November 14th through 22nd, the island of Guadeloupe will celebrate La
Semaine des Cetaces at the Mediatheque du Lamentin, with photo exhibitions, films,
shows and conferences.
For more information phone (690) 57 19 44 or (590) 25 36 48.
Coral: Too Precious to Wear!
A coalition of conservationists, scientists and top fashion and jewelry designers
called SeaWeb is encouraging travelers to bring home coral-inspired souvenirs
instead of real coral. Scientists estimate that 20 percent of the world's coral reefs
have already been lost. Those that remain are threatened by climate change, pollu
tion, destructive fishing methods, overfishing and other human-induced damage,
including activities related to tourism, such as harvesting for jewelry and other
decorative items.
SeaWeb's Too Precious to Wear campaign says, "We urge travelers to purchase
coral-inspired products instead of the real animals. Corals are literally too precious
to wear as jewelry or even to display as home decor items."
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Happen Here?

The tsunami that struck the Pacific Ocean islands of Samoa in September has
Caribbean visitors and residents wondering, can it happen here?
The earthquake that caused September's tsunami was centered about 120 miles
south of Samoa. The first tsunami wave roared ashore on American Samoa about 15
minutes after the quake, reaching up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland. According to
Associated Press reports, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued an
alert, but the waves arrived so quickly that residents had only about ten minutes to
respond. Along with coastal residents, visiting cruisers were affected by the four 15
to 20-foot (four to six-metre) waves that pummeled the shoreline. There were some
180 fatalities reported, including one cruiser, Dan Olszewski of Mainly, a Florida
based Freedom 39 schooner.
""Ar-lin o to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC), in
th .-' -'*' years there have been ten earthquake-generated tsunamis in the
Caribbean Basin, with four of these tsunamis causing fatalities -an estimated 350
people in total.
There are three conditions necessary for an earthquake-generated tsunami: the
earthquake must occur beneath the ocean and be at least of n. it;;-1- 6.5; the
earthquake must occur at a relatively shallow depth (less than -'.... i -, -' kilome
tres below the Earth's surface); and the earthquake must be "dip-slip" in nature (i.e.
involving vertical rather than lateral ground motion, which displaces a large volume
of water).
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the Caribbean. These are:
1) Earthquakes occurring within the region, which might generate "local" tsunamis
(i.e. only nearby islands are affected). In the past 500 years there have been approx
imately 50 potentially tsunamigenic local earthquakes but, as noted above, only ten
to 20 percent of these earthquakes actually generated tsunamis that caused signifi
cant inundation.
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tsunami which crossed the Atlantic and was noticed throughout the Eastern
Caribbean from Barbados to Antigua and as far west as Cuba. The amplitude of the
tsunami in all Caribbean islands was about two to three metres (six-and-a-half to
ten feet) and waves continued to arrive for many hours. No damage or casualties
were reported.
The Cumbre Vieja Volcano is located on the island of La Palma in the Canary
Islands, off the west coast of Africa. There is a school of i 1.i i ... 's that if
the western flank of that volcano were to collapse and drc I '~ I * .. kilome
tres of rock into the sea, massive tsunamis could be generated which could devastate
islands in the Caribbean. While this might be possible, it is in fact a worst-case sce
nario and scientists at the SRC believe that its likelihood is remote. Also, a tsunami
generated in that region would take four to six hours to reach the Caribbean, so
there would be ample time for a warning.
Tsunamis caused by large volcanic eruptions at or below sea level also pose a
potential threat to the Eastern Caribbean. The submarine volcano Kick 'em Jenny
located just north of Grenada erupts on average every 11 years. At least two of those
eruptions, in 1939 and 1965, generated small tsunamis that were witnessed on the
north coast of Grenada. Detailed studies of Kick 'em Jenny conducted between 2002
and 2004 have shown that the volcano does not currently pose an immediate tsu
nami threat, but it is possible that future eruptions could change this situation.
The historical record suggests that potentially destructive tsunamis occur at an
average rate of one or two per century in the Caribbean. The hazard is not the same
throughout the islands. The northeastern Caribbean region near Puerto Rico and
Hispaniola is more susceptible to tsunamis. The average rate of occurrence in this
area has approached one every 50 years in the last 200 years. In i .. -
such as the southern Caribbean, there are no historical records I I -' -
nami impacts.
It i important to note that all oceans can experience tsunamis but there are more
destructive tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean because of the many major earthquakes
along the margins of the Pacific Ocean and also because "dip-slip" earthquakes are
more common there. As a result of the immediacy of the tsunami hazard to countries
in the Pacific, there is currently a tsunami early warning system in that region.
Two components are essential for any tsunami ---;r;. t-- The first is a net
work of instruments that allows scientists to : '1. i II ....... when and where
potentially tsunamigenic earthquakes occur and determine whether a tsunami has
actually been generated and, if so, its size. For this, an efficient seismograph net
work and an efficient tide gauge network, both with real-time response capability,
are needed.
The second component of the system is an efficient public information and educa
tion system that allows agencies to issue tsunami warnings and ensures that the
public knows how to respond to these warnings. This second component is particu
larly important since it makes little sense to issue a warning unless people know how
to respond.
In the Caribbean and most regions of the world, the first component of this system
is mostly in place. Within the past decade seismograph networks and communica
tion systems have improved such that it is now possible to detect and locate earth
quakes down to about -n;it;;-l 1 1 --thin a few minutes anywhere in the world.
This is particularly tru. I 11. I -I ... Caribbean, which has one of the densest
seismograph networks in the world.
Since June 2005, under the coordination of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission of UNESCO, nations bordering the Caribbean Sea have been working to
establish a Tsunami Warning Network. In September 2006, the SRC began ;i_ 1
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BUSINESS BRIEFS

New DR to St Maarten Cargo Run
Eric Bendehan reports: CIRExpress announces the
new service of Loose Cargo and Full Container Load
from the Dominican Republic to St. Maarten in alliance
with our new agent 3S InternationaL, S.A., sailing once
a week.
For more information see ad in Market Place,
pages 43 to 45.
Yamaha Products in St. Lucia
Sherry Constantine reports: As of September 1st, KL
Marine Limited is the sole distributor of Yamaha prod-
ucts in St. Lucia. All over the world, Yamaha outboards
maintain an unparalleled reputation for performance
and reliability. This is reflected in the fact that 90 per-
cent of the outboard motors used by fishermen on the
island carry the Yamaha brand.
And of course we sell outboard engines to visiting
yachts. KL Marine Limited aims to provide our custom-
ers with a full range of high quality products and
excellent after-sale service in an easily accessible,
modern, attractive location at the Orange Park
Commercial Center in Bois D' Orange, just south of
Rodney Bay. We aim to remain the industry leaders by
placing a premium on the continued development
and training of staff to meet customer needs.
In addition to outboard motors, our Yamaha product
line includes motorcycles, scooters, all terrain vehicles,
wave runners, water pumps and generators, as well as
spare parts for all products sold. The full range of prod-
ucts can be purchased locally from our stores.
KL Marine is affiliated with KP Marine in St Vincent &
the Grenadines. For more information on KP Marine
see ad on page 24.
Crew Training Capability Expanded in Antigua
Ondeck Antigua, based in the Antigua Yacht Club
Marina, Falmouth Harbour, has been established for
three years. The RYA (Royal Yacht Association) sea
school opened its doors in late 2008 with the appoint-
ment of Logan Knight, the first Antiguan RYA Chief
Instructor, and has since delivered training to
Antiguans and to visitors from Europe, North America
and other Caribbean islands.
Ondeck announces the further development of its
Antiguan training capabilities. Logan says, "We have
been particularly pleased with the demand from


Antiguans already working in the industry but who
want to further develop their skills for career progres-
sion. One of our early students is now working on one
of the world's most famous racing yachts, Leopard."
Logan has recently returned from a month of training
at Ondeck's head office in the UK and now has the
additional capability to deliver training and profes-
sional certification in SRC (Radio), Personal Watercraft,
Sea Survival and Advanced Powerboat. Logan com-
mented, "The new Radio Operators is one standard
that is recognized worldwide and will be of great ben-
efit to many who use the new digital radios as part of
their work."
Peter Anthony, the Chairman of Ondeck, says,
"Professional qualifications have traditionally been a
must for those wanting to work in the industry in
Europe and North America and these standards are
being introduced here in Antigua. Additionally the
cruise lines will soon be demanding sight of captain
and crew certification in order to approve tour opera-
tors. Our vision is to be able to meet all of these train-
ing needs without the need to travel overseas and to
make Ondeck and Antigua a 'centre of training
excellence' for the Caribbean and worldwide."
For more information contact Logan Knight at
Ik@ondeckoceanracing.com or Peter Anthony at
paoondecoceanracing. com.
St. Thomas Fall Yacht Show this Month
The St. Thomas Fall Yacht Show 2009 will be held from


The US Virgin Islands' crewed charter fleet will again
be on display at Charlotte Amalie

November 10th through 12th at the IGY Yacht Haven
Grande Marina in Charlotte Amalie. Some 40 crewed
yachts will be showcased and an equal number of
charter companies will be represented. The Tuesday


will feature a Governor's Reception, the Wednesday
will see a Champagne Dock Walk and on the
Thursday participants will enjoy "A Taste of St. Thomas
Land and Sea".
The St Thomas Spring Yacht Show is scheduled for
April 14th through 16th, 2010.
For more information visit www.vid.org/VICL_Show.html
Horizon Yacht Charters Voted 'Best'
Horizon Yacht Charters was voted 'Best Caribbean
Yacht Charter Company 2009' at the Caribbean
World International Travel Awards 2009. The
Caribbean World Annual Awards, now in their 15th
year, are among Britain's foremost prizegiving cere-
monies, honouring excellence among islands and ser-
vices that provide enjoyment for those who make the
Caribbean their favourite holiday destination. These
prestigious awards are voted by Caribbean World
magazine and its readers.
Horizon Yacht Charters has an extensive fleet of
yachts, both catamarans and monohulls, throughout
the Caribbean with bases in Antigua, St. Martin,
Grenada and the British Virgin Islands.

Forced Acquisition of Marina Margarita Yachting
On October 13th, the Venezuelan government's
Official Gazette announced that President Hugo
Chavez has ordered the "acquisition by force" of the
Hilton Hotel and the adjoining marina, known as
Marina Margarita Yachting, at Porlamar, Isla
Margarita. "The acquisition by
force of the real estate, furnish-
ings, and related assets... of the
Margarita Hilton & Suites Hotel
Complex, along with the Marina
owned by Inversiones
Pueblamar y Desarrollos MBK,
have been ordered," a presi-
dential decree in the official
register read.
The low-key Marina Margarita
Yachting is located in a man-
made harbor. A coast guard
base is also located there. The
hotel and marina assets will be held by the state tour-
ism corporation Venetur, which reports to the Tourism
Ministry, as part of an "urgent" effort to boost "the
social development side of the tourism and hotel
industries in Nueva Esparta state," the Gazette said. It is
not yet known how the take-over will affect services in
the marina.


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REGATTA NEWS

T&T Anglers Dominate 2009 St. Lucia Bill Fish Tournament
Steven Valdez reports: The St. Lucia Game Fishing Association's 19th Annual
International Bill Fish Tournament was hosted by IGY Marina, Rodney Bay from
September 28th through October 2nd. The event was won by Par-T-Time of Trinidad
& Tobago. Second place went to Free Enterprise of St. Lucia and third place to
Magic Lady, also from Trinidad & Tobago.

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The win qualifies Par-T-Time for the 2010 International Game Fishing Association
(IGFA) Championships. The all T&T team includes Captain Robert Stauble, Graham
Barber, Michael Chin Leung Fatt, Mark de Verteuil, Christian Hadeed, Anthony Flynn
and Allison Deveaux. Par-T-Time also won Best Foreign Boat and team member
Allison Devaux won Best Lady Angler.
Another Trinidadian, Francois Mouttet of Magic Lady, won Best Angler; Allison
Devaux and Christian Hadeed, both members of Team Par-T-Time, placed second
and third respectively. The Trinidadians took all three top spots in a highly competi-
tive tournament that included 95 anglers (competing on 23 boats) from England,
Scotland, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua and
Trinidad & Tobago.
For more information visit www igfooffshorechampionship. com.
Term's First Trinidad & Tobago Dinghy Ranking Race
October 10th saw the first Budget Marine Dinghy Ranking Race of the Trinidad &
Tobago Youth Sailing School winter term. Sailors from all around the twin-island
nation, including those from sailing schools at Chaguaramas, Vessigny and Point
Fortin, took part in an exciting afternoon of racing in Carenage Bay.


In the first race were four Optimist dinghies, sailed by seven-to-15-year-olds.
Winning by a narrow margin was Derek Poon Tip, with Myles Kaufmann edging
out Helena Coombs for second place and Kelly Ann Arrindell coming fourth. In
the 15-years-and-over age group, Wesley Scott won the first Laser Class race and
the 420 race went to the team of Daniel Briggs and Dekife Charles. Briggs and
Charles, who were part of the Trinidad & Tobago team that won the Caribbean
Dinghy Championships in August, went on to win all three of their races.
Mark Peters beat Wesley Scott to the finish line in the second Laser race with Scott
going on to win again in the third and last race. Derek Poon Tip won the second
Optimist race, with Abigail Affoo storming through the field to take second place.
There were no false starts or recalls for the entire afternoon and the third
Optimist race saw very close competition with Myles Kaufmann beating Derek
Poon Tip and Kelly Ann Arrindell. Following a protest, Kaufmann was disqualified
for failing to give way, which meant that Poon Tip was promoted to first place
with Abigail Affoo, Kelly Ann Arrindell and Helena Coombs following.
The second Budget Marine Dinghy Ranking Race of the Trinidad & Tobago
Youth Sailing School took place on October 31st as this issue of Compass went to
press. Two more race days in November will lead up to the Trinidad & Tobago
Dinghy Ranking Awards on December 12th.
For more information visit www ttsailing.org.
New Rally to Bahamas for Cruising Rally Association
The Cruising Rally Association is expanding its year-round calendar of offshore sail-
ing rallies and seminars to include the new Bahamas Cruising Rally. The BCR, open
to power and sail boaters, will leave Hampton, Virginia on November 2nd and cruise
directly to Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas.
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:0i I-.: j II.- .,- 1, :,..i,.. : 1 BCR event will enjoy all of the pre-event social
events, briefings, and inspections of the 20th Annual Caribbean 1500 which leaves
Hampton for Tortola in the British Virgin Islands the same day. For first-time Bahamas
cruisers, there will also be lectures about exploring the islands. The BCR fleet will
include divisions for both racers and cruisers. "We are very excited about offering an
offshore rally to the Bahamas," explained Cruising Rally Association founder and
president, Steve Black. "In five or six days, ralliers can round Cape Hatteras and be
in the Abacos, ready for a winter of cruising. No more worries about bridge open-
ings, challenging inlets, and shallow water in the Intracoastal Waterway. In
Hampton, BCR ralliers will have a great time mixing with the cruisers heading for the
Caribbean. Offshore, they will receive weather updates, call in on daily radio chat
hours, and carry satellite transponders to track their progress, just like the Caribbean
1500 participants."
Black went on to say that the Bermuda Cruising Rally will make landfall at the
Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour, a 190-slip marina in Marsh Harbor, the capital
of the Abacos. Transportation to and from the States is easy with many commercial
flights and carriers, Black explained. Andy Schell, the "son" of Father and Son Sailing,
will be the Group Leader for the BCR. With his USCG Master Mariner license and
MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Oceans license, Schell has been a professional skipper most
of his adult life.
As with the Caribbean 1500, the Bahamas Cruising Rally retains some of the com-
petitive elements of traditional sailboat races, but offers social, educational and
technological enhancements that broaden the appeal of the event to couples and
families, as well as racers both experienced and first-timers. The Cruising Rally
Association maintains lists of qualified volunteer sailors, available to augment off-
shore crews for participating skippers.
Over 10,000 website visitors each day will monitor the progress of the boats in the
two rallies. With wireless transponders on each yacht, positions will be broadcast
via satellite six times each day. Each boat's track will be displayed on the Cruising
Rally Association website using software customized to incorporate features from
Google Earth.
For more information visit www carib 1500.com.
ARC 2009 Ready to Head for St. Lucia
This annual transatlantic rally, starting each November in Las Palmas de Gran
Canaria, has become the most popular way to cross the Atlantic by boat. Every
year the ARC brings together more than 200 yachts from all over the world. The
Caribbean destination is Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia. The 2,700 nautical mile pas-
sage on the northeast tradewind route takes, on average, between 14 and 21 days.


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ARC 2009 departs from Las Palmas on November 22nd.
The ARC is open to cruising monohulls with a minimum length of 8.23 to 25.91
metres (27 to 85 feet) and cruising catamarans from 8.23 to 18.29 metres (27 to 60
feet) LOA. Yachts outside these sizes may be permitted to join in the Open Division.
The competitive side of the event will be catered for by the Racing Division, rated
under the IRC Handicap System, run under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing
Club. The World Cruising handicap is used to calculate results in the cruising classes,
in which motoring is permitted.
In a significant new development, from June 2010 yachts in all World Cruising Club
offshore rallies will carry satellite tracking units, capable of automatically reporting
the yachts' positions anywhere in the world. The compact and powerful technology
developed by Yellowbrick Adventure Tracking will provide a significant benefit for


participants in World Cruising Club events. The system was first used on Rally Portugal
2009 and was a huge success with automatic position reports uploading to the
WCC website every six hours via the Iridium Network. Tracking will also be used on
the 2009 ARC in the Racing Division. Yellowbrick Technical Director, Ric Searle, com-
mented, "We are delighted at the success of our technology demonstration during
Rally Portugal and look forward to working closely with World Cruising Club providing
yacht tracking for the racing yachts in ARC 2009."
The world's most popular transocean cruising event will celebrate its silver jubilee
next year. Managing Director of World Cruising Club, Andrew Bishop, comments:
"Having been involved since participating in the fourth ARC, I am delighted the
event has reached this important milestone and look forward to ensuring the 25th
ARC is a memorable celebration for everyone involved."
Between 1986 and 2008 a grand total of 3,908 yachts have entered this annual
event, and with this year's Rally already full, the 2009 crossing will push the numbers
well over the 4,000 mark. ARC 2009 will have over 1,100 participating sailors repre-
senting 28 different nationalities. This level of diversity within the fleet is a tribute to
the spirit of the ARC.
Andrew went on to say, "The diversity and international appeal of the ARC is what
makes the event so special for the participants; cruising is about exploring and what
better way than to meet so many different nationalities? Friendships made on the
ARC often last lifetimes. A shared experience of crossing an ocean made just that
little more special."
World Cruising Club has now opened its entry lists for a host of 2010 events includ-
ing ARC Europe, Rally Portugal and the ARC. Interest is already high and all events
are expected to fill up quickly.
For more information visit www. worldcruising com.
St. John's 28th Annual Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
The Coral Bay Yacht Club on the east end of St. John, USVI, will host the 28th
Annual Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta on November 27th and 28th. Two days of
great racing and two nights of fun parties with live music at Skinny Legs will once
again provide exciting entertainment. Serious PHRF racers, plus gaff riggers, cruisers,
multi-hulls, single-handers, and traditional boats can compete.
The Friday after Thanksgiving is when the fun starts, and it continues through
Saturday night in Coral Bay. On Saturday, the PHRF class will start together. All other
classes will have staggered starts in a Pursuit Race, with the boats' handicap ratings
determining their start times. Traditional Class shall have a gaff or low aspect ratio
sail (consult the Race Committee for luff-foot ratio). The Race Committee reserves
the right to disallow non-traditional vessels. Pursuit Class will have open sail choice.
Skinny Legs Restaurant is the home of the Coral Bay Yacht Club, and the place to
meet for Skipper's Meetings, music, food, drink and the Awards Ceremony.
Entry fee is US$40. All proceeds go to the Kids and The Sea program.
For more information contact Denise Wright at (340) 513-4022
or denise@onlinevacations.com.
JHR Caribbean Annual Regatta in Antigua
Carol Smith reports: You won't want to miss out on the fantastic sailing on
November 28th and 29th, hosted by Jolly Harbour Yacht Club in Antigua.
Regatta parties, barbecues, a live band, dancing and amusing prizegiving cele-
brations are all in store. Everyone is welcome to the festivities, even if you are
not sailing!
The sailing area for this event will be outside Jolly Harbour and in Five Islands
Harbour. There will be four classes and all sailboats with a draft of ten feet or less are
eligible to enter. The entry fee is ECS150 per boat when registering online
(www.jhycantigua.com/jhycform.html) or ECS175 per boat when registering at the
Skippers' Briefing. Prizes will be awarded to at least the first three boats in each class.
Berths will be available free of charge (excluding utilities) on the racing days.
Please notify the Marina Office on arrival in Jolly Harbour (VHF 68).
For more information visit www.jhycaniigua.com or contact Tanner Jones at (268)
764-5910 tannerdjones@hotmail.com.
Guadeloupe's Christmas Cup
Alexis Duvernoy reports: For two years now, Guadeloupe has been home to a
growing dinghy and beach cat event, The Christmas Cup, or Coupe de Nwel. The
third edition will be held from December 26th through 30th, in Le Gosier.
The competition is open to Optimist and Laser classes, F18s and F16s, as well as
other 16-foot beach cats. The Optimists proved to be the most competitive class in
2008 with many excellent sailors coming from Martinique and France to join the
Guadeloupe sailors.
The organizing body, Cercle Sportif du Bas du Fort (CSBF) looks to reinforce the
Caribbean dimension of the competition and has set up a partnership with
Guadeloupe-based tour operator NouvellesAntilles.com, to make specific deals.
For more information visit www. csbf-guadeloupe, com. The Notice of Race is
available in English.
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Two Weekends of Action for Grenada Sailing Festival 2010
Sarah Baker reports: For the first time, the 2010 Grenada Sailing Festival, presented
by Port Louis and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, will offer not one but two week-
ends of great sailing action. The ever-popular event, run in association with the
Grenada Board of Tourism, will start on Friday January 29th, with four days of interna-
tional yacht racing off the island's southern coast in the Port Louis Racing Series. The
local work boats will head for Grand Anse Beach the following weekend, February
6th and 7th, when the traditional Digicel Work Boat Regatta becomes an integral
part of the island's National Independence Celebrations.
The Festival is part of the 2010 Southern Caribbean Regatta Circuit, which was
launched last season. Once again, skippers and crews can start the New Year with
the Carriacou Sailing Series (January 13th through 16th), move down to Grenada


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Extended fun! In a change from previous Grenada Sailing Festivalformats,
in 2010 the Work Boat Regatta will follow the Yacht Racing Series rather than
being embedded in it

and enjoy our Sailing Festival, then move on to Tobago for the Tobago Carnival
Regatta (February 18th through 21st). Stay south and sail!
For the second year, the Festival's Home Port will be at Port Louis by Camper &
Nicholsons Marinas, the newest international-class marina in Grenada, which will
have slips for some 160 yachts of all sizes. Racing will start and finish from this base,
and there will be new, longer courses, including an extended South Coast Triangle,
providing more challenging racing to attract bigger yachts and competitive crews.
The Grenada Sailing Festival Port Louis Yacht Racing Series will be run from January
29th through February 2nd, and, as always there will be four days of great parties
Grenadian-style as well as tough racing. Yacht charter options are available. The
Victory Bar at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina will be "the place to be" for
end-of-race Happy Hours, and a new selection of After Race Parties, including the
Mount Gay Red Cap Party and Festival Farewell Prize Presentation Gala Dinner. True
Blue Bay Resort's Dodgy Dock is still on the calendar too, when the popular Festival
venue hosts Monday Night.
The sailing continues on Saturday and Sunday February 6th and 7th, when the tra-
ditional Digicel Work Boat Regatta comes to Grand Anse Beach. Exciting new plans
will twin this spectacular weekend of racing with the island's Independence
Celebrations to make a bigger event that will be a great attraction to locals and
visitors alike. The all-action competition on the water between the sailing communi-
ties of Carriacou, Gouyave, Grand Mal, Petite Martinique, Sauteurs and Woburn will
complement a new tented Heritage Village set up for two days of live entertain-
ment. There will be steel pan and drummers, a cultural showcase with folk song and
dance, games and activities for the children, arts and crafts on sale, plus communi-
ty food stalls with all the best traditional dishes on offer.
The organizers would like to thank their sponsors and supporters: Port Louis Camper
& Nicholsons Marinas, the Grenada Board of Tourism, Digicel, American Airlines,
British Airways, Boval, Colombian Emeralds, Mount Gay Rum, Heineken, ScotiaBank,
True Blue Bay Resort, United Insurance, Budget Marine, Coca Cola and Spice Island
Marine Services.
Skippers and crews coming to Grenada to take part in the 2010 Sailing Festival are
being offered great discounted rates at several of the island's Hotels and
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liaison with the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association (GHTA).
A wide selection of GHTA members has offered discounts on their published rates
(on request basis only) on accommodation bookings from Festival participants. The
Stay Sail Programme is designed to give sailors taking part the chance to enjoy four
days of some of the best competitive racing, then relax, explore and experience
even more great Grenadian hospitality and fun "Pure Sail Pure Spice".
For information on the Stay Sail Programme, contact the GHTA office
at grenhota@spiceisle com.
For more information on the Grenada Sailing Festival see ad on page 11.
New Features for 2010 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta
Ellen Sanpere reports: A redesigned website, free online registration and instantly
available race results are some of the new features of the 2010 St. Croix Yacht Club
Hospice Regatta, according to regatta director Julie San Martin. "Skippers and crews
of keelboats, cruisers, Optimists and multihulls should find the improvements to their lik-
ing," she said, "and regatta management will be better able to put on a good race."
The annual party with international racing is scheduled for February 19th through
21st, 2010, at the club in Teague Bay. The competition promises to be inspiring, with
one-design and dinghy racing in Teague Bay and CSA handicap racing in the Buck
Island Channel. Cruisers, live-aboards, and heavy displacement vessels with
Simplified CSA ratings are invited for Hospice Class racing along the beautiful north
shore of St. Croix. The organizers aim to raise funds and awareness for hospice care
on St. Croix.
The event's web address remains www.stcroixregatta.com. "Sponsors will like the
direct links to their websites, too," San Martin added, "Visitors can access the sites
by clicking on a logo for more information." The web designer, Luiz Kahl of
Interactive Creations, used visually appealing graphics, organizational tabs, and
links to island resources, regatta sponsors and racing management functions to






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make the user experience functional and easy. Past results, photos from the 2009
regatta, extensive information about hospice services and sponsorship opportunities,
and access to online race management and information are also just a click away.
Yacht Scoring, Kahl's widely recognized yacht racing management and scoring sys-
tem, provides essential capabilities for participants, regatta organizers, and observ-
ers worldwide. The scoring service has been an integral part of the St. Thomas Yacht
Club's International Rolex Regatta since 2006, allowing organizers to post race
results from multiple racing circles and classes, even before the crews get back to
the clubhouse. St. Croix's regatta organizers and participants can now enjoy online
registration, downloadable event documents, such as Notice of Race and up-to-
the-minute scratch sheets, crew/boat sign up board, and easy, instant communica-
tions to competitors.
Regatta followers ashore can see how their favorites are doing simply by clicking
on the website, thanks to real-time "Current Standings". Results (race and cumula-
tive) and competitors' data are available immediately to the media and e-mail
subscribers in a variety of formats, from detailed to summarized. Unlike some scoring
programs, registrant information is entered only once to a single web-based data
source, preventing errors caused by transferring or re-entering data for scoring, and
again for publication. Individual passwords preserve data security while allowing
access to authorized users.
Sponsors will like having their logos and website links posted on the site for all to
see. Seaborne Airlines, SailProud Apparel, and West Marine are already on board
and online. San Martin was pleased to sign on Premier Wine & Spirits and Cruzan
Rum as returning regatta sponsors.
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Inc., continue to look for individuals and companies to help raise funds and aware-
ness for hospice care on St. Croix. Over one-third of the island's population has inad-
equate insurance coverage for end-of-life care, though Continuum Care provides
its services regardless of ability to pay. Funds raised are US tax deductible per 501(c)
(3) provisions. Sponsorship opportunities are listed on the regatta website, or from
Julie San Martin, tel (340) 690-9040, and Tracy Sanders (340) 772-2273.
"Racers are encouraged to register now pay later," San Martin says, as entry
fees aren't due until February 19th, 2010. However, early registration will help orga-
nizers plan a terrific party and competitive racing for all.
Volunteers are also encouraged to sign up early and should see the website for
complete information. "The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta is run entirely by
volunteers," according to San Martin, "At least 40 percent of St. Croix Yacht Club's
500 members are directly involved in February's regatta. Fifty-six years ago, our club
was formed for this very purpose!"
For more information visit www.stcroixregatta.com.

Enhanced South Grenada Regatta for February 2010
The members of the South Grenada Regatta committee Laura Harvey, Dieter
Burkhalter, Lucy Murchie, James Benoit, Jo-anne Hypolite-Peters and Jana Caniga -
have confirmed the South Grenada Regatta 2010 dates after their very successful
event earlier this year. The important dates for your diary are February 26th through
28th, 2010, the last weekend in the month. The event is based at Le Phare Bleu Marina.
All participants in the South Grenada Regatta 2009 agreed the event was a huge
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some amendments to enhance the attractiveness of the races and the general pro-
gram. What changes are anticipated for the coming South Grenada Regatta? First
of all, the courses will be a little shorter and a third race will be added. The Junior
Sailing will be organised on the Saturday, and Sunday will be for relaxation, family
and fun. One other significant change is the registration fee now only US$50.
For more information visit www.southgrenadaregatta.com.

Top Match Racing in St. Maarten in March
Heather Tackling reports: The second annual Budget Marine Match Racing Cup will
take place two days before the start of the 30th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta. The date is March 2nd, 2010, with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta fol-
lowing from March 4th through 7th. This event will give top racers a chance to col-
lect some of the US$10,000 in match racing prize money just before they sail in what
has become the Caribbean's leading fleet regatta. Last year's inaugural Budget
Marine Match Racing Cup saw Peter Holmberg of the US Virgin


Islands give a demonstration of truly professional match racing in heavy breezes dur-
ing the one-day event.
Organizers are targeting an eight-team invited roster for the event and looking for
a wide geographical spread of sailors. The teams must consist of three persons
including the helmsman. A strong umpiring staff will ensure that the event is run at a
high standard. The event will
take place in the Simpson
SBay Lagoon.
S r The event precedes the St.
S ., ,.Maarten Heineken Regatta.
it i' .,, The main event is preceded
by a warm up regatta for
spinnaker boats called the
Commodore s Cup. The
timetable is arranged so
that participants in the
match racing have ample
time to train on the fleet
: racing boats that they may
wish to sail on in the main
event.
Anyone who is an accom-
plished match racer, male or
female and who would like
to enjoy match and fleet
racing, win a pile of dollars
and enjoy some of the finest
regatta parties in the
Caribbean should mail the
regatta office at regatta2@
heinekenregatta.com and
submit their sailing CV for
consideration. The cost of
participation is low but in
order to avoid no-shows a
deposit of US$500 is required
to confirm the slot.
Indications are that the
Caribbean Regatta season
will once again see a good representation of larger visiting boats and opportunities
for good sailors to enjoy the outstanding sailing of the region in 2010.
For more information on the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup and the Sint
Maarten Heineken Regatta visit www.heinekenregatta. com.
It's Back Grenada
Round-The-Island Race
for 2010
Roger Spronk reports: This
historic Grenadian sailing
Nr event is returning for 2010!
The 8th Annual Grenada
Round-the-Island Race will
take place March 12th
through 14th on the mag-
nificent Grand Anse Beach,
presented by the Grenada
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'Here comes the fleet!' The Grenada Round the Island
Regatta keeps things rocking on the beach
while sailors are racing


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Brought back by popular demand, in addition to the big race day, expect an
even BIGGER youth sailing exhibition, bathtub derby, family beach games and A
Taste of Grenada with tasty local cuisine and live entertainment. We hope to see
you there!
For more information visit www. aroundgrenad. com.
BVI to Host ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous
The Caribbean Rendezvous is one of the highlights in the Nautor's Swan calendar.
The 7th Annual Rendezvous will take the participating Swan fleet around some
spectacular areas of the BVI on a programme of cruising and social activities from
March 15th through 20th, with two days based at the prestigious Bitter End Yacht
Club. The Rendezvous includes a range of on-shore and off-shore events, and
while maintaining a cruising focus the 2010 event offers a series of optional, laid
back races around the islands. The social programme allows the owners, crew,
friends and family to make the most of the relaxed cruising atmosphere at func-
tions ranging from seated dinners and beach barbecues to dinghy racing and
treasure hunts.
Next year's edition of the event expects to involve a fleet of 20 to 30 Swan yachts
ranging from 36 to 114 feet.
For more information contact the Swan Racing Office
at racing-office@nautorswan. com.
Good Works! BVI Spring Regatta's 2009 Green Initiatives
Money always makes people smile but this time that is only part of the story.
Certainly Judy Petz, BVI Spring Regatta Director; Phil Aspinal, President of Virgin
Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR); Chuck Peterson, Director of Clearwater; and
Charlotte McDevitt, Executive Director of Green VI, are all pleased that the BVI
Spring Regatta campaign to promote the use of recyclable water bottles resulted in
funds being raised for the donation to VISAR and Green VI, but it was even more
important what this donation represented.
Judy Petz explained, "We really did it. We set out to reduce plastic waste by 30
percent and with the donation by the BVI Tourist Board of the green reusable water
bottles, and with Chuck Peterson stepping in and supplying free refills throughout
our regatta, plastic waste was reduced considerably. We met our goal and next
year plan to raise the bar even higher."
Green VI is in the midst of getting a pilot island-wide recycling program off the
ground. With a major donation from Deloitte, and the funds from the BVI Spring
Regatta, recycle bins for marinas, select schools and special events will be bought
and distributed. Recycle efforts will initially focus on glass, but Charlotte explained
that plans are to expand to include aluminum and PET plastic as soon as possible.
When discussing how the funds for VISAR would be spent, all agreed with Phil
Aspinal that the money should be earmarked to help pay for a new four-stroke
engine that will be bought as a "spare" for both the Tortola and Virgin Gorda res-
cue boats. Phil explained, "The four-stroke 225-horsepower engine meets the
requirements to be considered 'green' by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
It is so much more efficient than a comparable two-stroke engine that the boat will
go as fast with one half the throttle and use 66 percent less fuel."
As a sponsor of the BVI Spring Regatta recycling initiative, Chuck Peterson could
not have been more pleased. "Last spring, at my wife's insistence, I walked into


Judy's office and asked how I could help. As it turned out, people were very excit-
ed to see us at the regatta with Clearwater, the drinking water purification machine.
The fact that the water tastes great and was free just added to our popularity."
Sailors for the Sea, an organization committed to protecting the oceans and spon-
sors of the Clean Regattas Certification Program, awarded the 2009 BVI Spring
Regatta the first Silver Certificate ever awarded to any regatta. Building on the suc-
cess of 2009, Judy Petz said that efforts will be expanded for the 2010 event to include
a further reduction of disposable plastic, a reduction of paper used in the registration
process, electronic press packets, volunteers monitoring recycling bins and helping
sailors and partygoers to get the trash and recyclable materials disposed of properly.
Held annually on the first weekend of April, the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
will be celebrating its 39th anniversary next year, March 29th through April 4th. It is
now a seven-dav event with two events back-to-back attracting an average of 150


Left to right: Charlotte McDevitt, Executive Director of Green VI; Chuck Peterson,
Director of Clearwater; Phil Aspinal, President of VISAR, and Judy Petz,
BVI Spring Regatta Director
yachts per year with 80 percent of the competitors from overseas. The BVI Spring
Regatta is presented by Nanny Cay Resort and Marina; the BVI Tourist Board is a
Platinum sponsor; Gold sponsors are Bitter End Yacht Club, LIME, First Caribbean
International Bank, Heineken, The Moorings, Mount Gay, and SOL.
New for 2010, the International Yacht Club Challenge will pit competitors from
yacht clubs throughout the world against each other in Sunsail Beneteau 39s.
Participants will receive up to a ten percent discount on the charter and compete
for a grand prize of a free week's charter.
For more information visit www.bvispringregatta. org.


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A passage across the Atlantic Ocean is not a trip to be lightly under from Gibraltar, and work your way well to the west to give yourself plenty of sea room
taken. Your boat and crew must be prepared to face heavy weather. If before heading southwestward to Madeira or the Canaries.
this will be the first ocean passage for you or your boat, do some Madeira and the Canaries
rehearsals: While still in your home waters, when a good hard blow In the Madeiran Archipelago island of Porto Santo, there may be room in the har
comes through, take your boat out for a sail and ascertain any deficiencies in either bour at the marina, or you can anchor off.
boat or crew. Take your boat back in and rectify the deficiencies. Then go out in a In Madeira one can find a wonderful secluded anchorage in Bahia de Abra. It is
second blow, which you will be much better prepared for. Go home again and rec absolutely deserted, and a few miles west of there, one can find the Quinta do Lorde
tify any deficiencies that are still not corrected from the first trial. Etcetera. marina three miles east of Canical.
The hardest part of sailing westward across the Atlantic is getting from Europe to If you continue on to the Canaries you will discover that there are relatively few
the Canaries or Madeira. Once there it is basically all down hill and easy sailing to ;.;n; -r .- I the marinas are chock-a-block full. Unless you are joining the rally,
the Caribbean, I, I .1 - to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, until after the ARC 2009 departs on
Take a look at the weather charts on the back of the Imray-lolaire North Atlantic November 22nd. There is a marina at Rubicon on Lanzarote, plus Puerto Calera
Passage Chart 100. These will show why you should have gotten out of Northern where space might be available.
Europe by September, as the gale frequencies there increase drastically after mid The islands' best infrastructure to support the yachting industry and make good
September, through October and November. By now, you should be in Madeira or any deficiencies discovered in gear and equipment is in Tenerife.
the Canaries, or even the Cape Verde Islands. In the opinion of many, the nicest islands in the Canaries are the three western
If you are leaving from Gibraltar, you should carefully check your weather report most islands: Palma, Hiero and Gomera.
-in November you can run into some bad southwest blows, and the northwest
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The Cape Verdes
We visited the Cape Verdes on lolaire in 1985 and 1989 and preferred them to the
Canaries. I revisited them via "the big bird" in 2002, and again in 2005 on Sincerity,
an 88-foot ketch.
I recommend spending December -Frl-rin- the Cape Verdes, and crossing the
Atlantic in January when the trades I. 1.11 I in and late-season hurricanes are
avoided. Landfall should be Isle Sal to check in, then sail downwind to Sao Nicolau,
Sta. Luzia (an uninhabited island with a three-mile-long white sand beach), and Sao
Vicente and its port city of Mindelo.
Mindelo is wonderful, with beautiful colonial Portuguese architecture. A German, Kai
Brossman, has completed a 120-berth marina with repair services, electronics, rigging
and sail repair. Kai also points out the Cape Verdeans are wonderful at improvisation; he
feels that within three weeks anything broken on a yacht can be replaced or repaired.


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the Atlantic east to west. 'In the opinion of many, the nicest islands in the Canaries
are the three westernmost islands: Palma, Hiero and Gomera'
After Mindelo, sail south to Santiago, which has a dozen unexplored anchorages
available to the experienced sailor -check Google Earth and see what I mean. Then
visit Fogo, with its colony of blue-eyed, red-haired Cape Verdeans descended from a
French count who arrived in the 1880s and cultivated grapes (and the local damsels!).
Then on to Brava, which has an excellent harbor on the northeast side and a shel
tered cove on the southwest corner, a perfect jumping-off spot to cross the Atlantic.
Across the Pond
I am strongly of the opinion that when crossing the Atlantic you should go from
the Canaries down to the Cape Verdes, enjoy the cruising there, and then cross from
the Cape Verdes to the Eastern Caribbean. The reason I say this is because the Great


Circle route from the Canaries is 2,535 miles, but this route can really only be sailed
by boats that have plenty of fuel and/or are lightweight fliers with a crew that is
willing to do a lot -f :il -.i5ni i tting spinnakers and the like. The more tradi
tional route is to 1t II, 1 ... the Canaries, at least down to 20N, and then
across -about 2,615 miles. This route brings you quite close to the Cape Verdes,
so why not sail from the Canaries to the Cape Verdes? It is only 780 miles, with
guaranteed Trades down the African coast.
You can enjoy the Cape Verdes and then take off from Brava, a wonderful little
island where the Yankee whalers used to pick up crew. From there to Antigua (2,175
miles) you are down in the deep Trades, and will have some glori ..- .... .s the
course is a little bit north of west and the Trades are a little bit :. 1 i -I You
can rig your spinnaker pole semi-permanently out to starboard, to be used to wing
out the jib if it is blowing hard, or for your spinnaker if the wind goes light.
Iolaire, 46 feet on deck, has sailed three times from the Cape Verdes to the islands
p of the Eastern Caribbean -in 14 days and some
hours in 1949, under gaff rig when owned by
R.H. "Bobby" Sommerset; then in 1985 and 1989
under my command as a double-headsail
Marconi yawl. On all three trips the spinnaker
nzarlote pole was rigged to starboard and left up there for
CAmcife the entire trip. No gybing!
Southwest Winds
If you look at the weather charts, you will note
that in November in the Canaries, there is a
southwest arrow. If the wind goes round to the
southwest, you should sit in the Canaries and
wait until it goes back around to the easterly
quadrant. It can blow southwest for two or three
ertveu days and blow hard. The ARC has discovered this
occasionally, when participants were discour
aged to discover they were beating to windward
in heavy weather for the first three or four days
of their transatlantic crossing, rather than hav
ing a glorious sleigh ride all the way.
It should be noted that a southwester could
Morocco settle in for even longer periods. In 2002 dozens of
boats that left the Canaries were driven all the
way down to the Cape Verdes, where they stopped to pick up fuel and/or wait for the
wind to go around to the east.
Boat preparation and sailing directions westward across the Atlantic will be cov
ered in more detail in my completely new Street's Guide to the Atlantic and Caribbean
Basin, available in 2010. A detailed guide to the Cape Verdes will form an entire
chapter. I recommend the following charts for a westward transatlantic crossing:
Imray C20: Gibraltar to Azores and Canaries
Imray-Iolaire E2: Islas Canarias. Plans: Pto de la Luz, Pto de los Marmoles and
Pto de Naos, Pto de San Sebastian, Pto de Santa Cruz, Darsena Pesquera (Santa
Cruz de Tenerife), Morro Jable, Pto de la Estaca
Imray-Iolaire E3: Arquipelago da Madeira. Plans: Pto Santo, Pto do Funchal
Imray-Iolaire E4: Arquipelago de Cabo Verde. Plans: Pto da Furna, Pto Grande,
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Every boat has its morning routine and for many of us sailors travelling in the
Eastern Caribbean, 0800 hours is time to listen to and check in with the Coconut
Telegraph on 4060 USB (using 4030 USB as an alternate frequency when conditions
require). The purpose of the Coconut Telegraph is to keep cruisers connected and to
share information.
The net is a controlled net and controllers are volunteers. Because of the great
distance covered by the net, relays are often necessary. Boats can request traffic with
another vessel and are asked to move to another frequency far enough away from
4060 so they do not interfere with the rest of the net. When you check in you are
expected to give your name, the name of the vessel and your location.
The net starts with a call for priority traffic or announcements. This is the time to
announce any safety or security concerns or to share information of concern to other
cruisers. For example, this would be the time to announce that there was a theft in
-;n n-I--rV:- that a boat is missing, or that there has been a change of Customs
: .'.I .. . a specific country.
The net controller moves onto "vessels underway and short time". Vessels under
way are asked to give a brief description of the wind and sea conditions for their
location. This can be helpful to others who are headed in that direction. The next call
is for first time check-ins and then general check-ins. This is the opportunity for
anyone to call in with his or her location. It is nice to be able to keep track of your
friends, and sometimes when a vessel does not show up in a location at an expected
time the net serves as a last known point. A few times a year the net is able to solve
a big problem for someone. Parts have been delivered to remote places and lost din
ghies have been returned to their owners.
Since the net is run by volunteers there are always opportunities to become involved
by being a net controller for a designated day of the week. Just let your interest be
known to the net controller and they will set up a radio test and tI ...... i 11I
summer the Coconut Telegraph takes Sundays off, owing to lack I I
controllers, but by the time you read this it will be back on a daily schedule.

Island Groups Work for Boating Business
Many Eastern Caribbean countries have national marine trade or business asso
ciations that focus on their recreational boating sectors, which include -often
predominately -visiting yachts.
The Caribbean Marine Association (CMA, www.caribbeanmarineassociation.com)
is the regional umbrella body bringing together these national-level associations. The
CMA aims to compile and share experience, ideas and information, and to improve
communications between all members and other related organizations. Another of
the CMA's goals is to encourage all within the yachting industry to adopt best prac
tices and standards that are designed to preserve, protect and enhance the quality
of the Caribbean waters, the Caribbean environment and the nautical tourism expe
rience. Finally, the CMA will offer non-political advice and assist all Caribbean gov
ernments, --*i-;l tourism organizations and other NGOs on policies and chal
lenges that ...II.. the regional yachting industry.
The CMA is run by volunteers and so depends on their ability to find the time to
work along with the demands of their "day jobs". But while the ... ... .. ......
appear to hibernate from time to time, it has proven its worth in .... I ... .
as a regional lobby for the interests of yacht tourism, much as the Caribbean Hotel
Association supports interests of land-based tourism. For example, efforts by the
CMA in late 2007 and 2008 were instrumental in avoiding the negative impact that
application of an unwieldy advance passenger information system would have had
on free yacht movement throughout the Eastern Caribbean.
Some national organizations in the CMA meet regularly and are very active in pro
moting yachting-related business in their country, acting as liaisons between -, ,,.
yachtspeople and government, and developing what has come to be known .- I
i industry nationally and regionally. Just in this issue of Compass alone,
S,, I1 I news from the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association about safety and
S... ,, ., '... report from the Marine and Yachting
.. ,, i, i, i ... .... 1.I. ,,, visitors' survey. Other associations
are more laid back but, like the CMA, spring into action when necessary. (Some need
a reminder to update their websites, including the CMA itselfl. But all welcome feed
back from visiting and local sailors, and most will try to help if problems arise.
Current Full Members of CMA (from north to south) are:
Marine Association of the British Virgin Islands, Sam Welch, (284) 494-2751,
info@marinebvi.com, www.marinebvi.com
St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA), Jeff Boyd, (599) 545-2676,
jboyd@mmcnv.com, www.smmta.com
Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association (ABMA), John Duffy, (268) 562-5085,
info@abma.ag, www.abma.ag
Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia (MIASL), Keats Compton,
keats@miasl.org, www.miasl.org or Bob Hathaway, (758) 451-4275,
marina@marigotbay.com
St. Vincent & The Grenadines Recreational Marine Assn. (SVGRMA), John West,
(784) 456-9608, info@svgrma.com, www.svgrma.com
Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG), Anita Sutton, (473) 443-3603
(ask for Anita), .,,,- . i .... .. i ... ------ .; ,t u;;, 1;-r development)
Yacht Serv: -- .. i i .. i i i I I i ... Hatt-Carvalho,
(868) 634-4938, ysatt@Trinidad.net, www.ysatt.org
The current chairman of the CMA is Keats Compton of MIASL.


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by Joan Conover

The Seven Seas Cruising Association is 1' i I .. i .-. -. 1 --
nization supporting the liveaboard cruisi.., 1 1 .... I ,, I.. I .
liveaboard couples in California and now headquartered in Florida, today's
SSCA remains true to the traditions of its original members: sharing cruising
information, fostering camaraderie, and leaving a clean wake. Leaving a clean
wake is one of SSCA's most cherished traditions. It means that we show respect
for others and for our environment so that those who follow in our wake will be
warmly welcomed.
The SSCA, a non profit
organization, has now grown i,,
to thousands of members
from many countries, and it
continues to grow., M a 0 ,_
One of the SSCA programs
ahndrini significant growth is ,,
Cruising Station ..,, .
(CS) program. Over the past
several years we have greatly ,
expanded the CS program,
with a go; r .i i.. critical
points of .I I I cruisers
not only in the US, but also in
the Mediterranean, the Pacific
and the Far East. With over
132 volunteer SSCA Cruising
Stations worldwide to wel
come our members to ports
near and far, the volunteer
i ,' .'... i co ..... i .
class hospitality.
The list for the Caribbean
area alone includes reliable
points of contact in the
Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica,
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico,
and Trinidad.
CS Hosts located in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (Thomas Boylan) and Chaguaramas,
Trinidad (Jack Dausend and Jessie James) support SSCA cruiser get-togethers
(or "gams") with Isla Mujeres's next event scheduled for December 29th, 2009,
and Trinidad's next event January 1st, 2010.
There are several reasons for a CS Host program or local point of contact for
cruisers. In addition to information sources such as radio nets and Caribbean
Compass, the various points of contact in the SSCA CS Host program provide a
critical link for the mobile cruisers. This is a direct link with a shore based per
son who is aware of current issues in the local area and is willing to serve as a
helping hand for cruisers in a new port. The SSCA CS Host is the local contact
for cruisers looking for current information such as ( I 1.. .......
requirements, where to provision and where to find dockag 1 i .. I
ing or security issues, hazards to navigation or known areas of danger, the local
point of contact should be able to advise. As always, it falls on the captain of the
vessel to make the final decisions, but it's an advantage to have access to the
most current local information available.
SSCA members can contact ti- Qr-;n7 Ct1tion Hosts in advance via e mail
or phone. Hosts often welcome - ...... I upon arrival and can tell mem-
bers where they can find discounts, provide local maps and general assistance
in locating parts and services. It's all a part of the camaraderie and fellowship
of cruising.
In providing support for SSCA members, the CS Host program receives praise,
such as the following from members Jack and Marianne Plunkert of S/V
Gravyboat. In September, 2009 the Plunkerts had difficulties in obtaining serve
ices in Puerto Rico, so "we i, ...i. ..I I I .erto Rican Cruising Station
listed on the SSCA website I I ..... . . ... facilities the Hosts knew of
that we had not yet contacted. Through a personal contact, Tom Cordero, CS
Host in San Juan, was able to get us into the Puerto del Rey facility when a
cancellation occurred. This was no small feat."
We continue to expand and improve the SSCA Cruising Station program. Our
website's downloadable list of Cruising Stations is updated monthly with the
international and US Host locations and the services available. The monthly
SSCA Commodores' Bulletin features an individual CS Host in each issue and
the bi-monthly "CS Scuttlebutt" is posted on the SSCA website. A proactive staff
at the SSCA Home Base in Florida is available to lend a hand as well.
Goals for this year include expansion of the East Coast CS Host sites up and
down the Eastern Seaboard, and adding new Cruising Stations in the Caribbean,
a "step by step" approach for adding new CS Host volunteers for cruisers travel
ling north and south, east and west with the seasons.
Join the SSCA for a "host" of benefits including names and contact information
for all 11. -- ..-.... .tion Hosts in the Caribbean and around the world.
For I .. .1 ... I ..... on the program, to become an SSCA member or to
find out more about the SSCA, visit www.ssca.org.
Joan Conover is the SSCA Cruising Station Coordinator. She can be contacted
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Above: One of the island's iconic sugar mills at Betty's
Hope Estate

Left: Taking in the view of English and Falmouth
Harbours from Shirley Heights

Below: The author at Stingray City


I love travelling in the Eastern Caribbean but I abso
lutely dread changing planes in Antigua because it
always ends up with me being stuck at the airport for
hours. And this time, on my way back to Trinidad &
Tobago from Montserrat, was no different. I faced a
12-hour wait I .. 1.1- So instead of being stuck
at the airport ,', i'.. i .. i i decided to see the sights
o 01 ... ... see if it could be done in a day.
... i,, i objective was Stingray City. Cricket is
a big thing in the Caribbean, so on our way there we
took note of the Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground. Just
outside the capital of St. John's, this ultra-modern facil
ity that can hold up to 10,000 spectators was built to
host the ICC World Cup in 2007. It was named after a
son of the soil, Sir Viv Richards, one of the greatest
cricketers of all time.
We also passed Potworks Reservoir, which is said to
be the largest body of freshwater in the Eastern
Caribbean, covering 320 acres and capable of holding
up to one billion gallons of water. Started in the late


1960s, it was completed in 1970. The name comes
from an 18th century pottery works owned by the
1.....1 .. family and located at Garden Estate, part
i i.. I. 11. reservoir is built on. (Remember the name
Codrington, as you will hear it again.) At this factory
the workers made conical sugar pots out of clay. These
were used for draining molasses from raw sugar.
Then we made a stop at the Betty's Hope Estate. For
three centuries Antigua was intensely cultivated for
sugarcane production, so it comes as no surprise that
the island has more than a hundred sugar mills dotting
the landscape. Windmills were used to produce power
until the introduction of steam power in 1850. The twin
windmills at Betty's Hope were apparently a standard
for a large estate such as this. One of these mills,
referred to as the "old mill", is the only one on the island
where the original machinery is still in place. It is esti
mated to have been built at the end of the 17th century,
with the second mill being built a few decades later.
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The sails were dismantled a few years ago because of
repeated I .;;;- from hurricanes. All the openings in
the "new ,",II bricked up about seven years ago
and the structure is now used to store water.
This estate is full of history. Located in the Limestone
district, it once belonged to Governor Keynell and was
passed on to his widow upon his death in 1663.
However, she fled Antigua three years later during the
French occupation. When the island came under
British rule again, all land claims of persons who fled


fortable with you. If you want to take a break from the
stingrays, or just want to keep your distance as you
muster up the courage to swim with them, you can
snorkel around the shallow reef.
After the Stingray City tour we went to Devil's Bridge
at the northeastern part of the island. This is a natural
rock formation where the action of the waves over the
years on the hard and soft limestone has carved an arch
and a series of ledges cut into the cliff. So many slaves
committed suicide here by jumping into the rough
waters that it is said that the Devil is indeed there.


Naval warships that captured .1; .1 1 ._-- islands of
the Eastern Caribbean, thus ..II ... II .emy trade
n;-1 i --r-7-ii Britain's own wealth. The dockyard
,,i, .1 i II into decline and closed in 1889. It
reopened in 1961 after restoration work by the Friends
of English Harbour, a group that was formed a decade
earlier. This once-military facility is now lined with
pleasure yachts. .. i i. ...... .1 i .. 1 .... -;are still
in use, but servi, I, 1.1 ..i i .... I. ...- ... heir for
mer ones. There are restaurants, a hotel and other
small businesses such as a sail loft, a little gift shop


or were disloyal to the Crown were annulled. So Betty's
Hope was granted to the Codrington family. Near the
windmills one can see the ruins of the houses where
the workers stayed and where the boilers that turned
the cane juice into sugar were housed. The cotton
storeroom has been converted into a museum.
After leaving Betty's Hope we headed for Stingray City,
where we changed into our swimwear and assembled
with other visitors for a briefing on the area we were
going to and some safety tips. Here we learnt the "sting
ray shuffle" -you slide your feet in the sand wherever
the 1, .11 .. ..1. 1 I ending. We were warned
to i ...... ... I .- can put them down on
S .... or, worse, oni 1 .. 1 1 1 tail.
I 1. briefing and,. II, ... ,, 1.1' vest (if needed)
our group was whisked away in two covered boats past
some of Antigua's many offshore islands. Our journey
lasted about seven minutes and ended a j 1 i. letty
anchored off the periphery of a shallow .1 I
The Southern stingrays here were ... 1.I ... the
nearby waters and kept penned for a to
become accustomed to humans. However, now that
they are docile they are free to come and go. They enter
the area on their own when they hear the boat
1.... 1 .... they knowit is feeding time. They
S '...I ... 1 i around humans and even bring
other stingrays into the area for food. Visitors get the
opportunity to feed them. We offered them squid,
which we held loosely. When they passed by and
sucked it up from our hands it felt like a vacuum
cleaner had just glided by.
We also were allowed to hold the rays and have our
photo taken with them. We were told by their handlers
to keep the rays' eyes under water. The rays are very
sensitive and can sense if you are afraid; we were told
that if you are afraid or nervous the rays are not com-


Left: Exploring the coastal
limestone formations
called Devil's Bridge








Right: Considered one
ofAntigua's most
spectacular military
heritage sites, Fort James
overlooks St. John's
Harbour




On a lighter note, if you want to enjoy panoramic
views and take some photos, you will want to stop at
both Fort James and Shirley Heights. Fort James, at
the entrance to St. John's Harbour, is the only fort on
the island with the original ten cannons in place.
Shirley IT ,1.i on the eastern side of the island, is
named .11 -..- Thomas Shirl- --rnmr of the
Leeward Islands in 1781. As y .. .... i.. I Heights,
there are ruins of colonial officer's quarters, a powder
magazine, barracks and cemeteries. 1 i -1,,, i i i i -
are a small visitor's centre, outdoor st ... i .. I1.
The lookout is about 490 feet above sea level and gives
a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbours.
After visiting these two sites you'll be aware of the
heavy military presence in Antigua's history. This is
because cf it: .-t :.; i-;- I;-. value and its
excellent . ... i i ,I i 1 i
Of course no trip to Antigua is complete without vis
iting Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour. It is
named after Admiral Lord Nelson, who in 1805 won the
battle at Trafalgar that established Britain's naval
supremacy over the French. This harbour is a hurri
cane haven for ships and its use for this purpose can
be traced as far back as 1671. His Majesty's Antigua
Naval Yard at -...1i.. Harbour was built starting
about 1725. Its I.... I. .. was to maintain the Royal


and a bakery. English Harbour is like a miniature town
and one really needs a whole day to take it all in.
Another must is taking a scenic ride along Fig Tree
Drive ("fig" is what we in the Caribbean call bananas).
You start off in the low central plains and end up in
the higher elevations in the southwest portion of the
island. Along the way we saw plantations o0
endemic small pineapple, the "Antigua I I I
named because the fruit is unusually dark. The pride
. ., ...- i, for this fruit shows in their houses,
I ', .. i' concrete images of the pineapple on
the sides of their houses or concrete sculptures of
them on the tops of their fence posts. We also passed
by the tallest point on the island, recently renamed
from .. I ik to Mount Obama after US President
Barac i
After all that we returned to the airport, checked in
for our flights and still had about two hours to kill! So
we ended our day with a meal at the Sticky Wicket
Restaurant, a two-minute walk from the airport. A
perfect end to a perfect day.
So the next time you get stuck in Antigua (or any
island) during your travels, get out and explore. It
could turn out to be the highlight of your trip!
For more information on Antigua's historical sites visit
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1 bI J. Wynner
. children in tow, beat us to it. We walked up in time to
r t hear her enquire, "Where am I? How do I get to the main
Sj| I -r -- -nd High Street"? Pointing to the street
i r . .. I I there, past the bus terminus and you
Swill come to High Street and the shopping area." "What
About a park where the children and I can have our
ifIt did not take us long to realize the inadequacy of the
1---. t i.: Though there was not a complete absence
|,I_ -Ii -i too many were missing and we found our-
I selves continuously having to ask for directions.
SNevertheless, soon we were on High Street, the street
) with many levels where pedestrians were continuously
Ascending or descending two or three steps -reminis
/ cent of St. John's, Antigua. We tried taking in the
ii /.... sights as much as possibl- -;;t th- ;;;----;; 1
distracted us, forcing us to . I i .
Our happy wanderers only discovered the Google map after their ramble around San Fernando footing. However, in a mall, one of the clothes shops
Inset: The fast ferry that runs between Trinidad's capital, Port-ofSpain, and the southern city of caught our attention, and on browsing through the
San Fernando store, it was discovered that the prices were more rea


T he sungave usits ..1.i -....i I. i ywas
not rescheduled. I i I .i . I- I 1 I Port
of-Spain, at the appointed 10:50AM time, and did
not break down in the gulf. There were no rags stuffed
in the gas tank that Friday in April. The boat was spot
lessly inviting; the crew, as well as the terminal staff,
were impeccably polite and courteous. I thought to
myself, what's going on here? This is Trinidad! I shook
my head to make sure I wasn't still sleeping.
The sea, though not absolutely flat, was calm enough
to provide a smooth ride, and we crossed the water
between Port-of-Spain and the southern city of San
Fernando in about 45 minutes.
On disembarking, the geography leader of our group
of eight asked at the terminal for a city map of San
Fernando. "Map?" replied the stunned recipient of
such an outlandish request. "Try the library."
We had planned a walking tour of the sister city. The
idea had been to take a maxi-taxi from the dock to the
heart of town, and then foot it around to an East
Indian restaurant on Cipero Street. But we began to
think that, regarding maxi taxi and ferry, the twain
shall never meet in the southland, at least for the noon
arrival, since only a few private cars could be seen
parked in the compound.
The next noticeable difference between the POS and
San Fernando docking areas was in the nature of the
environment. San Fernando's quiet, country feel, pro
vided by the beautiful wall of nature's green that
greets the eye on Lady Hailes Avenue, was quite a
contrast to the spanking modern high-rise cityscape
of the capital city.
Leaving the terminal compound, we turned left on the
extremely quiet Lady Hailes Avenue and walked. At the
first junction, we saw a man who we thought of asking
for directions. But one of our fellow ferry passengers, a
young woman heavily loaded with bags and with two


sonable than in POS.


Two of the group remained behind looking at some
outfits while the others proceeded onward, thinking
The Original Charlie's, home of authentic that those in the store had already left and were ahead
San Fernandofare of them. When the realization hit, do you think the cell
phones helped? Of course not! Nobody heard each
other's cell in all that road traffic noise.
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Not even the cells' vibrators were felt. One of the
11i- had to walk back and locate 1. -1.. .
pressed on, passing inches i' ... 1. I I I noise
booming from one of the music shops. This had some
moving rhythmically to a reggae tune, while the others
were in a hurry to move on.


The crisply painted City Hall on Harris Promenade
is a landmark

Then we were at the famous Library Corner, where
three or four streets converge in a mini-radial city
design of sorts. The bold colour of the Carnegie Free
Library dominates on three sides. The r.lrnphr man
told us he was going into the library to I.. I ... p and
pointed us to a street on the left, down which we were
to continue walking slowly until he caught up with us.
Halfway down the street, and with the library still in
view, we waited in front of a small pharmacy. Some of
us tried to steal a little cool-off inside the air-condi
tioned pharmacy, but when an elderly, stern-faced
man asked, "What can I do for you?" we decided we
had better go back on the verge, and brave the heat of
a sunnier disposition.
While waiting, my cowboy hat succeeded in gaining
SI .--... .. I .... .1 ..I. "Mam, I wentto Texas
t I i.I Ii I I II lI Itat, pretending to swat
a fly, only to notice the label says, "Made in China". I
wondered if he had such a hat, too!
Eventually we saw our leader walking towards us
with empty hands swinging. The library had no maps.
Transportation is an important element of a coun
try's development strategy. Whether for business or
pleasure people have to get around, and they have to
know h I I ...... 1 1 ,, .iture, little maps
can be I II i i ... i i purchasing ferry
tickets. i ..... i11. .11 i. terminals could
have their city map posted on notice boards. Or better
yet, have maps of both cities clearly displayed on
board the ferries, which are fulfilling a vital role in
bringing the two cities and their citizens closer.
Finding out which way is up and which way is down
proved challenging in San Fernando. We seemed to be
going around in a circle. POS by comparison is a
square city. Despite the capital's latest waterfront
high-rises, from the shoreline the eye can seemingly
take in at a glance the sprawling, flat, open, city that
is Port-of-Spain. The southern city is a hilly, circular,
contained city built to the southwest of the well-known
landmark, the San Fernando Hill.
But we persevered. We walked on, and at the next
corner we turned right, but not before observing
Presentation College on the street high above us.
"Looks terribly run down," someone commented. At
the next junction we swung a left and through a large


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open lot, the San Fernando Hill is smack in the face.
Eventually we got to Mucurapo Street, where we knew
we were to turn left at the market corner. But when we
got there we decided to take a little stroll through the
market and were amazed at its cleanliness.
On exiting the market, we made a left, and then a
quick right and left at the first corners and walked
straight until we got to Cipero Street. There we made
a right turn and proceeded until we arrived at our
lunch destination. Appreciation prevailed for the cool,
clean place and comfortable seating after almost an
hour and a half of walking on hilly terrain. We ordered
our meal and took a long time enjoying it before
1---1n-;;-;; -r t-;ir, continuiir -n1-;-; ti- street
ii ... .. i entrance, ,. ,,. I . I in a
circle so to speak.
By this time, it was the hottest part of the day. The
unrelenting sun was beating down unmercifully on us
and there were no trees to provide shade. We found our
selves on a street parallel to The Original Charlie's Black
Pudding, which we could see across a small, flat open


piece of land. Some of us detoured to patronize Charlie.
The peace and quiet of several of the nearby streets,
and the delightful ci II ...i .. ..- seen along the way,
provided a pleasing i.. .... the pre-lunch excite
ment of the city centre. Two places in particular
caught the eye. One was a simple, colourful, blue
wooden structure built flat at street level, with vivid
red doors and windows, and which looked as if once
upon a time it could have been a business concern
either a shop or a rum-shop. The other was a small
wooden white cottage with a rusty galvanized roof, and
red steps leading to an open gallery with plantation
style railings. The front door had one side open. Facing
us on the left, gold drapes highlighted a closed win
dow. These delightful old structures are relics of the
past. Nobody puts up these types of buildings any
more (at least not in Port-of-Spain). If anything they
are being torn down to be replaced by modernity.
After our nostalgic interlude, we were soon in heavy


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traffic in which we twisted and turned our way to the
long, narrow, Harris Promenade slightly above street
level so unlike the flat, wide, tree-planted Brian Lara
Promenade in Port-of-Spain.
On the promenade we walked facing the San
Fernando Hill as far as St. Joseph's Convent on our
right. The promenade is a scenic place, but there were
no benches and th-- -;1-- tr--- ir--i -li- d 7-.] were at
street level. The 1. ...i.i I i .i I... I, ... the sun
in the church on the opposite side occurred to us, but
a funeral was taking place there, so we made our way
back to the bandstand where we had noticed benches.
In doing so, we passed in front of a life-size statue of
Mahatma Gandhi on a colossal pedestal.
The bandstand is straddled by the crisp, clean,
cream-painted City Hall with brick trimmings on one
side, and the just as immaculately kept silver-grey
building of the Supreme Court on the other. We
relaxed on the benches by the bandstand, laughing
and chatting and generally killing time until we were
ready to leave. We'd had an interestingly different, fun























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Traditional Caribbean 'board' houses, an increasing
rarity in the region's modernized cities, still grace
parts of San Fernando
day, regardless of whether we turned right or left.
Finally, still accompanied by our ....i.... companion
in the sky, we headed towards the : i Chancery
Street project and turned right, walking at the side of
the building on our way to Lady Hailes Avenue and
back to the ferry -in Trinidad, a great means of get
ting from one city to the other.
The cost ofa one-way ticket on the ferry is TT15, a little
less than US$3. The ferry service only operates on week
days, between 6:00AM and 6:00PM. Schedule enquiries
can be made at the water taxi terminal in Port of Spain
(east of the new waterfront project) and in San Fernando.
Street maps of San Fernando are available from the
Google maps website, so readers desirous of making a
similar trip can download a map and plan their own
route or just enjoy the adventure.


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A y ..... -i. I ..... I pilot whale washed up on the popular Jan Thiel beach on the
island I .. . luly 14th. My husband and I sailed in a few weeks after the
whale and soon got involved, along with hundreds of other volunteers, in helping to
care for this marine mammal.
The whale (actually "pilot whales", Globicephala macrorhynchus, are a type of oce
anic dolphin) picked a perfect beach to be stranded on. Number one, it was full of
.-;1" --r- ---~- ---;tn- -1 his stranding. And number two, the well-known Sea
.. .. ....... I i. I 'is located nearby, with its staff of trained marine mam-
mal handlers. Luckily for the whale, when he arrived, late in the day, someone
thought to notify the Dolphin Academy. It was not long before the Director of
Dolphins and Programs at the Dolphin Academy, George Kieffer, was called.
He jumped in his Boston Whaler, along with other trainers, and rode the few miles
to the beach to find the whale in obvious trouble. By now, bystanders were in the


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water, excited to get close to the mammal. The whale went back out to deep water,
bothered by the activity. It was very early the next morning before the whale was
back in shallow enough water so that George could assess its condition. George had
spent almost the whole of the night in his boat to keep an eye out for the animal.
The ten-foot four-inch whale was emaciated, "a floating skeleton" says Kieffer.
George estimates the whale had gone at least three to four weeks without eating. At
the time the whale was found stranded his estimated weight was between 600 and
700 pounds.
A removable fence was brought from the Dolphin Academy so they could contain
the whale and keep out curious onlookers. The whale was so weak he could not float
on his own; at least four people were required to hold him on the surface to breathe.
One of the trainers saw a ... 11.i i . nthe beach, 1 1... 1, 1,.11 ,., ihe water
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Rment, but they finally got the tube
Sto his stomach and gave him four
litres of fresh water. The second
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quickly they could barely keep up
with him! Handlers said it was if he
was helping them to save his life.
They hand fed him every three to
four hours for 48 straight hours. He
was able to eat on his own on the
third day.
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once they strand.
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He then developed a horrible infection in his fluke (his tail).
After consulting with Dr. Tom Reidarson of Sea World San
Diego, George cleaned the infected area and began adminis
'-r ; antibiotics. They figured it was some sort of staph
,,i i ,, and were not terribly hopeful of a full recovery. But
the young whale's infection began to clear. He was defying the
odds yet again. :
George began calling him "Sully" in honor of the US Airways
pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who safely crash-landed a pas
senger plane on the Hudson River. He believes Sully is about
three years old. Pilot whales can live to about 50 years of age
or more. Sully's current girth indicates he may now weigh as
much as 800 pounds. An adult male can reach up to 20 feet
and weigh up to three tons. Adult females are a relatively
svelte 1.5 tons.
The whale's caretakers are constantly searching for a pod of
pilot whales to introduce Sully to. Many people and agencies
have helped in the search for a pod -the Coast Guard by
boat and helicopter, the Dutch Navy, local fishermen and fel
low cruisers are all on the lookout.
The Southern Caribbean Cetacean Network (SCCN) is in
charge of Sully's care. The attending local vet is Dr. Dolf van
der Geissen, who provided his assistance and equipment. The
non-profit SCCN was formed in April of this year to share
research and information about the Caribbean whale popular
tion. To have a pilot whale strand certainly tested this young
organization. They have done an incredible job and have this
amazing opportunity to further our understanding of this
mammal. Coincidentally, this month the SCCN is hosting a
workshop of marine mammal experts from throughout the
Caribbean to discuss the topic of Stranded Mammals and to
develop a Dutch-island response program. The Eastern
Caribbean Cetacean Network (ECCN) has been active for
some time and has been helpful in sharing their knowledge.
George Kieffer is the Director of the SCCN.
The SCCN has been able to obtain funding for a satellite
tracking device, which they hope to place on Sully shortly.
They haven't installed it yet as they had to solve the prob
lem of keeping it on his dorsal fin when he rubs against the
I .i. i make up his enclosure. It would be the
I:. 11 ,... i track a pilot whale.
George had been working with Sully to teach him to follow the boat in anticipation
of the day a pod is found for Sully 1 i "' Ti ... ...... .. .... 1 7:00AM, George rides
his boat to the beach with Sully's .i i 1 .... i I jumps in the water,
brings up the anchor that holds part of the net in place, and swims the net and float
ing dock away to create an opening. George drives through and his team begins throw
ing herring in the water. Sully happily follows as they then enter open water. He gets
to exercise and play at sea.
As strength, weight and stamina were: i...,.... i -,,11 vas his energy. He was
acting restless, almost bored. Toys lik .11 -...I ., I and even a doormat
offered some distraction. But one morning, he was acting extremely .i 1 i
began kicking and rolling himself up in the net that surrounds him. II II'
hours of this agitated behavior, he got himself completely caught in the net and
balled up in a corner. George had to jump in the water and untangle him, otherwise
he would have drowned. He thought it better to give Sully a chance in the wild than
have him die in captivity. But this time, --- 1 1 I-, far out to sea until they were
in very deep water, about four to six mil II II Land was no longer visible.
He and his team said their d-- l-- and good luck and then sped the boat back to
land at full throttle. One ol I. ... id she could see -..11 ii .... the boat. They
thought, "No way, we are speeding about 35 miles ar. I. ... few moments,
sure .... 11 Sully. He was swimming after them as fast as he could. He
was :. i II ... i ing to stay up with the boat.
"It .- I. -,," saying, 'I will do anything you want, just please do not leave
me alone'," says Kieffer.
They are confident Sully will happily join a pod if one can be found. Even though
we humans feel an amazing connection with mammals, whales are wild animals and
wish to be with their own kind. But it meant Sully would be around a while longer.
And taking care of Sully is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, all volunteer effort.
Hundreds of volunteer- 1. 1 .. 1 ii. .sands of hours in the care and feeding of
Sully. Jan Bllurma on ,- 1 ... . having lunch with his visiting sister at the
Zanzibar restaurant on Jan Thiel beach when he saw the whale. He talked with one
of the handlers and she told how volunteers had been caring for the whale for almost
two months by that time. Ja.. i1 1. .i.. i., -... of the cruisers aboard the 80 or
so boats in Spaanse Water -I ....1. i .1 . i i i e willing to help. He knows how
most of us enjoy nature and the sea. The next morning on the daily Cruisers' Net he


Jan Thiel Beach, where Sully stranded. The cabana on the dock is the volunteers'
station, where human helpers watch over Sully 24 x 7


asked for volunteers to help babysitt" Sully. More than 20 boats answered the call!
An hour's orientation training time was set up so that we could learn how to
babysitt" a whale. Jan Thiel beach is a 30-minute walk from where we are all
anchored. Most of us do not have cars. And care is required around the clock. But
we answered the call. More than 32 volunteers have gone through the training and
been logging the hours. i ... I ... 1 I ... ... i 1... ....... 1,e Backer, keep
the cruisers' schedule, . ..- i .. i. ... i ...... I us how impor
tant it is to help Sully.
The morning shift is great; shortly after we watch the sunrise, we can watch Sully
go for his exercise, following George in the boat. Then he has breakfast and then he
likes a rubdown! n.- ,-rn;;;; h-- got us to rub him for almost 40 minutes, all the
time making his I. -... I i. I klick" sounds, like other dolphins. And I swear it
sounds like he makes happy sounds! Afternoons are fun as well. There are lots of
--i-t.--r -urious about Sully, so we get to talk with a lot of people and share our
.. .... I Sully's future.
But it is magical to spend a night out on a quiet beach with a whale. Once the
tourists and partygoers have gone home, once the music stops and the restaurants
close, the beach is all yours -just you and the whale. Sully I .i. i.. .. i,,.
blowhole and when he is in sleeping mode he tends to stay on ... I .1 ,
one minute then blow out his hole and descend for about 30 seconds or so. When
he surfaces, he blows out his hole again. It becomes a soothing rhythm of breath,
the only sound we hear in the night. Stars twinkle overhead.
We hope a pod can be found soon for Sully to join. But we treasure the time with
him. We respect the amazing efforts of George and the staff at Sea Aquarium/
Dolphin Academy and SCCN who have saved his life and continue to work tirelessly
in their off hours to keep him safe. We salute the islanders who have volunteered for
so long to look after Sully. And we are proud to be among the cruisers who answered
the call for help.
Sometimes it overwhelms us what a privilege it is to be cruising the Caribbean and
having these amazing encounters, with people and with nature.
To learn more about Sully or make a donation, please go to www.SCCNetwork.org.
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Above: Classic plastic. The 1908svintage, William Shaw-designed Pearson 34
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Below: Bruce swapped the motor home subculture for the cruiser lifestyle


He especially enjoyed the American West and interacting with the native populations.
In recent years the swap market segment of the economy has contracted, like every
other sector. Bruce has sailed since he was a boy, learning to sail in small boats on
Long Island Sound in New York. As the activity in the swap markets declined, he
decided to trade one subculture for another .. 1 .:;-;..
Bruce left Florida and sailed to the Bahama ... .. ..' i pent five months in the
Bahamas then moved on to Luperon in the Dominican Republic. While in Luperon,
unfortunately, Bru-- -- -r--1 i; th- 1- f --- 1111 ---il- ri.-l n torbike down a
country road. His r. .i. .. i 1 i i..... ... i .1 .. i ,11 .. .. ii .-theDominican
Republic, Bruce moved on to Puerto Rico, then St. Thomas and on to St. Martin by
August 2006. Bruce island hopped to Grenada later in 2006. He sailed to Trinidad and
Tobago ir. -** ..i... ,.t named storms Dean and Felix in Trinidad. He has now
been in C ... I I L. .1 ..i year, and says that Grenada is his favorite island.
Bruce enjoys the cruising life but if the swap markets were to make a comeback
he would be back on the concrete ribbons of highway, going from one market to the
next. Bruce is an example of the strong-willed, independent personality embroidered
into the make-up of most cruisers, particularly single-handers.


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S/VMolasses is a Pearson 34 single-handed by Bruce. The boat's name was estab
lished by the previous owner, prior to Bruce purchasing the boat in 2004.
As a single-hander, Bruce is the navigator, engineer, galley slave, ship's carpenter
and captain (among other things).
After working in sales and venture capital banking for some time, Bruce decided to
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"TT hen on passage, shocking events always happen in the blackness of
Night I never know when or if they r --ni- I can't look out for
them. Off-watch, white saucer eyes I. -I .... my face whenever I
So imagine all the bizarre happenings that are possible. I stare up at the
cabin overhead, unable to slam shut my eyelids. My imagination goes beyond out
of control. Relax, I say to myself, knowing my watch is in just two hours. Nothing
will happen! GO TO SLEEP! But then -something does happen.
After sailing 100,000 nautical miles, I don't believe "won't happen". Today, I
believe in truth. It has definitely set me free.



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My first incident with nigh I w
came on a moonless night. Hea i ,, i
cover obliterated the stars, cr ,i.
black void of sea and sky. My h. I ii
Peter, andI .... ..I. I JI,
big island i i ....... i ucia
onboard Antilles, the 46-foot Sparkman & Stevens wooden ketch that we owned
many years ago.
i i ..... .he wind shadow of Dominica, my night watch was magical. Lights
,I i i .... the coastline and the rich aroma of I ... i 11. 1 ii.
breeze. When Peter assumed the helm for his watch, h .- ... i ... I -..
always do that, just in case its our last chance. Living on a boat for 20 years makes
you do that -appreciate every day as if its your last. His watch would grow more
remarkable in the Dominica Channel, where unbridled seas roll in from western
Africa, currents whirl, and breezes become blustery. I was happy to hand the wheel
over, eagerly awaiting the comfort of my Concordia berth in the main salon.
Clambering into my sea berth, it grew hot and sticky, making it difficult to sleep. On
this sultry, summer night, I cranked open my porthole -against Peter's dire warn
ings. The sea breeze felt refreshing on my face. We were on a port tack, so I considered
the port to be high .. .1 that no spray would enter. How very wrong I was.
It came in the :.. I II )f my dream, just at the good part: a cool rhythm of a
calypso beat on a full moon, my love... Barn! ... 1,.... heavy smacked into my
chest, taking my breath away and drawing me I..II .I Confused, I thrust out
my arms to shield my face against unseen blows. The blows came in repetitive
rhythm. To block them, I thrust my forearms up, then blew a block, and got it full
in the face. What the...!
A foul odor replaced the sweet sea t i ,1. 1..... ..... :hest flopped, writhed,
and wriggled up and down my torso i,, , .. i I . , i life. I shrieked a howl
of terror, and jumped out of the berth.
To answer my pleas for help, Peter rapidly engaged the autopilot, and then
charged down the companionway, taking several stairs at a time, and missing
most. Clawing at the light, he feared the worst, but when it cast a beam on me, he
let out a raucous laugh. I gazed down to see great silvery scales the size of nickels
i..... to my skin. Atop my berth somersaulted a colossal flying fish, fighting for
.I Peter engulfed the magnificent sea creature into his strong arms, and then
shoved the foot-long writhing mass back into the sea through the wide-open port
hole, securing it shut.
"Dancing with fate a little too close, my dear?" he chuckled with a twinkle in his
eye. Thats what I love about my husband -he never loses his cool.
On my dogwatch, 15 years later, when passage-making from Grenada to Puerto
Rico, our son, Adam, bounded into the cockpit of our St. Francis 44 catamaran,
Scud, howling with despair. "I've been attacked by a fish! AARGGH!"
I ., . i, I NIGHT SHOCK, I released a litany of uncontrolled guf
f .. ,,,. ,,, I i. "It came at me through the hatch!" he wailed. Clasping
the monster by its tail, he gave a roll of the shoulder to pitch it into the sea, but I
quickly grabbed it away from him. "Its mine!" I implored. I'd made peace with the
flying fish. It was my favorite morning entree now -a real sailor's delicacy!
At daybreak, over a breakfast of scrambled eggs and catch-of the-day, family con
versation was lively. 1... I ,ny reference material, the Exocoetus volitans is
the most common sp II .... fish. Pursued by hungry predators -like the
bluefish or albacore 'I ', 1I.' swim rapidly and close to the surface, launch
themselves into the air with a fierce whip of the tail and then glide. Streamlined,
i ... i i I .... .i. .1 i.i ..- .ive them the lift they need to soar.
II. . I, I .. I _. 1 ... I 1,I .1 the surface to a maximum of 36
S, i.fornia have been measured as long as 18 inches!
Ii, ,,,I i. i I asidered a coveted delicacy in Caribbean waters. Barbados
was historically nicknamed "land of the flying fish" I 1, ,, ii ,,,.i ,,,, .
around the island, feeding on the plankton-rich ,' - i .. i '. ... 'I
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have become a culinary favorite there, too. In Barbados, the national dish is known
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Here, the new low profile deckhouse is in place, the decks have been caulked and the 30-year old Carriacou sloop
is ready to be rigged


During a visit to Carriacou inApril 2008 1 saw, hauled
onto the land, a large red Carriacou sloop hull. I was
struck by her beautiful lines, and after a few weeks'
dithering I agreed to buy her. She was named Tradition.
I had a vision of her, rigged as she had been when built
some 30 years before. Thus began a restoration project
with the shipwrights of Windward, Carriacou.
In last month's Compass I described removing the big
deckhouse and designing a smaller coach roof, fitting
new aft deck beams, and traveling to Grenada to buy a
telephone pole to make into a mast.
Carl and Chris Enoe, sons of the boatbuilder Alwyn
Enoe, started fashioning a mast out of the telephone
pole. Using an older mast as a pattern, they produced
a nicely tapered mast with octagonal section from the
foot to deck level. The original pole had been 55 feet
long but on the spur of the moment I asked Gordon
Patrice, another Carriacou -1.. .. 1.1 who was work
ing on the project, to cut 11 I. I t. We had been
concerned about the weight of the mast, but I regret
1 1.. ;. 1 ne it as soon as the cut was made.
S I I i' recently built Carriacou sloops have alu
minium masts and stainless rigging, or wooden masts
with stainless mast bands with the rigging shackled


onto it. My wanting to put the boat back to original
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ditional way. This involved endless discussions with
everyone who passed by and consulting books like
Douglas Pyle's Clean Sweet Wind Do the spreaders go
on the front of the mast or the back? Normal practice
in Europe would be to have them on the front, but all
the evidence is that the local sloops with wooden
masts put them on the back of the mast, so that's the
way it would be.
Gordon and Fitzroy McLaren thinned dow.- 1.;-
spar that I had been able to buy and made . .
and Chris Enoe built the spreader and hounds assem
bly, which will eventually take the soft eye rigging.
They did lovely work; they have been well trained by
their father. The spreaders would not be out of place
on a posh yacht.
In Tyrell Bay is a trimaran that has been decked over
and carries a large floating workshop where Dominique
Weber, a ci ......... I .. 1 ... 1. .- had his workplace
for years. I i- i ... I .i .. .i in stainless and
aluminium. Apprenticed aboard, and later bo's'un of,
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topsails and so on, a fund of experience. He made a
mast cap to take the upper shrouds and a boom end
fitting. Unfortunately they had to be in stainless, but
we just left them unpolished and painted them black
to resemble iron.
The decks were caulked and seams filled with pitch
and scraped off. We we] I I I ........ .f the rain
ever stopped. This was : i ... I .. I be doing
this work down in the southern Caribbean. I agreed
with Norman Roberts, from whom I'd bought the boat,
that once the deckhouse was completed and the spars
made, we would then halt work until the end of hur
ricane season.
The modified rudder had been delivered and fitted.
Cleandro, a Venezuelan, did the steel work; he did a
great job, especially in fabricating the new fitting to
take the tiller.
I finalized the drawings and specifications for the
fuel tanks. These were to be made in Trinidad by
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anticipated large .5-;.- I was careful to ensure that
they had internal I .1 a drain-off for condensation,
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The interior of Tradition had been lined with rough
planking in anticipati- -f i;.- h.-r for cargo work.
Some of this had old I I. I teredoo worms).
When I removed the poor planks I found that some of
the topside planking on the inside of the hull had not
been painted and appeared to be new. Asking Fitz and
Gordon how much topside planking had been replaced
in the rebuild that had been underway when I bought
the hnat I wva tnld that the entire tnn-irlHs -nr mnst nf


The spreaders would not be out of place
on a posh yacht'

the bottom had been replanked. Not only that, but
there were new deck beams throughout, and the stem
and stem timbers had been replaced and the hull refas
tened -she was virtually a new boat. Nice surprise!
I returned to Grenada to obtain parts that are not
readily available in Carriacou: bilge ri-ri-i ir-1nm-i;;
fastenings and fittings. I ordered a : ...... 1 1 ...
Turbulence Sails, having had long discussions with
sailmaker Richard Szyjan about how it should be fin
ished. The angle of the gaff to the mast and height of
the end of the boom above deck had to be decided. I
only had a couple of old photos of Tradition with her
original rig to go by and scaled my measurements from
these. I bought some baulks of really nice purpleheart
wood for samson posts and spreaders.
Then I went up into Grenada's hills with a young
man from the Forestry Department and selected two
mahoe trees (Talipariti elatum) to be the 33-foot boom
and the 18-foot bowsprit. I hoped they would be as
straight as they looked from the ground.
The mahoe trees from Grenada did not arrive on the
cargo vessel Amelia, as hoped, which surprised me a
bit as I had been told that they were loaded. Could two
36-foot tree trunks be lost in transit? I phoned Buly on
the Adelaide B, who h 1 1 I .1.I the mast up from
Grenada, to see if he ,I1 1 i'., I and ship the trees
over. "I got them on the deck!" he said. How ever did
they get on the wrong boat? Anyway they had arrived
in Petite Martinique, so Fitz and a couple of guys went
over in his boat and towed the tree trunks back to


Windward, where they hauled them onto the beach.
They were only straight-ish but well over size, so I
hoped that Carl could get reasonably straight spars
out of them. The main boom would be about 32 feet
long and the longest tree was 35 feet.
Carl and Chris worked on the bowsprit and boom.
The bowsprit had a small bend in it, which was accept
able and added a bit of character. The tree for the
boom, however, was impossible to work with. Every
time Carl took a slice off one side, it would bend the
other way and ended up, despite his efforts, unaccept
ably bent. A lesson learnt here: not to rush things and
use such green wood.
S .. if ..... 1 ... 1 1 i... t 1-i1i .- th- ground
b e l i I -I ..... 1 1 I I l I I I I 1 1 I I ... . I. I It w a s
a nice bit of timber, 35 feet long. How it had escaped
my attention before I didn't know. Anyway, the owner
agreed to sell it. It also was mahoe, but had dried
nicely over the years. Carl and Chris went to his yard
with a chainsaw and squared it up, then trucked it
back to the boatyard and set about rounding it to the
smaller dimension required.
Carl, Chris and I then drove up to the north of the
island, then walked through the most delightful bit of
meadowland, through a small cemetery mainly occu
pied by past Fleary family members and onto the
beach, where there are still trees that were blown over
by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Carl selected a dead and
grey-looking trunk about 12 inches in diameter with a
fork in it and cut out a ,,.., ,- the proposed boom
jaws. It had rot in the c I I I trunk, so had to be
abandoned, but otherwise the wood, known here as
grapewood, was wonderful. A second windfall tree was
selected and a section was cut out with a chainsaw


Bolted onto the new gaff they were great: just crude
enough to be the "real t'ing" but strong and shapely.
Meanwhile Bernard had the deckhouse nearly com-
plete, and had made up a companionway ladder using
old mahogany treads, so looked like it had always been
there. I drew up plans for the interior, galley lockers,
etcetera, and found some nice brass scuttles (port
holes) to fit on the front of the deckhouse. Verrill fin
ished the aft lazarette hatch.
We were still having lengthy discussions about the
means of fitting the bowsprit. As Tradition had never
had a bowsprit before, it was not a question of dupli
casting the original. On early English working boats,
such as Colchester smacks, the bowsprit was fitted to
one side of the stem post. The few Carriacou boats that
have bowsprits either cut down the stem post and fit
them in the centre, or place them on top of the breast
hook held down by a strap. The advantages of taking
the bowsprit out to the side of the stem post are that
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The rigging team at work


and reduced in size so it could be carried back to the
truck. The two guys carried this impressively heavy
baulk of wood, me behind with the chainsaw and
...... the steep, steep slope. Next day, the timber
.. i into two boom jaws and work carried on
fairing the boom.
The gaff jaws were another matter. We knew what
theangleof I .1 -1" .III from 1. .. I -'. but
every day w i I '-'i -. ... the i' .. the
rum shop. Everyone had a different opinion. After two
sets of gaff jaws we made yet another trip to the beach
for grapewood bends and the final set was fashioned.


back on board if going into a crowded dock. A new
purpleheart samson post was fitted and looks much
better. Setting the sprit to the side of the stem and
between the new samson post and a second smaller
post looked right.
It became general knowledge at Windward that I was
a willing buyer of old blocks and fittings. Tubs of wood
en blocks that had been squirreled away for years in
sheds and under houses came to light and were offered
to me. I needed a lot of blocks to complete the rig as I
really hoped to have wooden blocks throughout. I
,,.1 11. that were useable or repairable and spent
.I- .,. few days -.i i-l. and painting these. I
applied another coat ol ...- i oil and varnish on the
main mast, which looks lovely but is worryingly heavy.
With the various weather reports indicating increased
activity coming off the African coast, I decided to visit
,,h ,,, and England for a break. When I returned
.11 Il" rricane season, I could launch Tradition, step
the mast and have the more enjoyable task of setting
up the rig while she is afloat.
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CRUISING KIDS' CORNER


EAT QLET to -IV LY


by Lee Kessell

Efan was a city boy. He lived in the backblocks of one of the big Caribbean
towns where boys armed with knives belong to gangs. His mother, Miss Lopa,
had lived on Eagle Street long before the gangs took over. Miss Lopa had used
all her savings to purchase her little cottage: she couldn't afford to live some
where else. Miss Lopa made
sure that 12-year-old Efan went
to school and learned The
Queen's English.
In such a neighbourhood, the
only other boy Miss Lopa
approved of was Steve, the
16-year-old son of her friend and'
neighbour, Miss Delarosa. Now, '
common-law partnerships are
an accepted way of life in the *4 ,
Caribbean and Steve's late father \,'
had been the common law hus-
band of Miss Delarosa. His little -
house had passed on to her after I_ 1
a speeding driver killed him. As-
Miss Delarosa had no rent to -
pay, she was able to save some .
of her earnings as a seamstress. I
So, when Steve said that he
wanted to be an airplane pilot -
she agreed to send him to
Captain Sinclair's Flying School.
Steve sat in the classroom and
learned aerodynamic theory and
weather patterns and then he
was ready for the practical
requirements of flying.
Steve had just had his first
lesson in the air and he was over
the moon with enthusiasm. He went to tell his young friend Efan.
"Efan, boy, I felt like Birdman! I can't wait for my second lesson."
"Steve, I wish my mother could send me to flying school."
"Nar. You have to be sixteen to get a provisional license."
"Oh." Efan's face fell with his spirits. "Anyway, my mum can't afford it."
That night Efan told his mother about Ste, I.., ... I i. r Steve felt like
Birdman. Miss Lopa just pulled a hard face .. I .. I I ,, ,ood wanting to
be like Steve. Life is hard for us, so just be thankful for a roof over your head
and food on your plate."


Then, disaster! The day before his second flight, as he was on his way home,
a gang of vagabond boys knifed Steve in the arm. He was taken to the hospi
tal. Luckily it was not a serious wound and after his arm was stitched and
dressed he was sent home. Efan hurried next door to see his friend. Steve was
'II'. In the verandah, looking glum.
really looking forward to tomorrow." Then he added, "And the flight
is already paid for."
Efan was sorry for Steve so he tried to comfort him by saying, "Could be
worse; they could have knifed you in the belly."
Steve frowned as he i ...... I i ...... i1 .11. his guts squeezing out between
his hands. The two bc - .1 ... -.i .. I a while then Steve said. "Why
haven't I thought of it before? Efan, you can take my place tomorrow!"
"Do you think I could?"
"Sure. Get me a pen and paper and
I'll write a note for you.
When Efan turned up to take
Steve's place, Captain Sinclair was
all set to send him away. He saw that
the boy was too -'-;;; for flying les
sons. But Efan's was so eager
that Captain Sinclair decided to take
him for a joy ride. He helped Efan
into the cockpit, made sure he was
,/ strapped into the co-pilot's seat and
Save him a pair of sunglasses to
wear. He explained how the plane
operated, then he radioed the tower
and was given permission to take
off.
Efan took to flying like a bird on
the wing. He saw the fine-weather
clouds above him and endless blue
above that. Then he looked down
upon the sunny Caribbean earth and
t ,.*^ imagined he had the sharp eyes of a
^ I, chicken hawk. It was fun to pretend
S., that he saw amongst the coconut
Spalms and fruiting banana trees the
green lizards scurrying for cover in
the long grass. The noisy, dirty and
sometime dangerous streets of his
:.1.1 .1. 1 looked fine from the
.. i. ., II. flight was over, Efan
thanked Captain Sinclair who smiled and said: "Young man, whenever you're
ready for lessons come and see me.
Efan hurri I i. ... .. ...1. ..... .w, crowded Eagle Street and barged into
Steve's little. - '. i, i i I .. to the moon and back. "Steve, I'm getting
a Saturday job down at the supermarket and I'm going to save every dollar
until I have enough to take flying lessons. I don't care how long it takes and
I don't care what my mum says, but I'm going to be a pilot!"
THE END


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Carbon dioxide gas is given off by people, cars, factories, power stations, etc, and
remains in the Earth's atmosphere where it traps heat. There are natural causes
I too. For example, the Pacific warm water current, El Nilo, which occurs once
every two to nine years, can cause massive bleaching.
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to be more aware of global warming and we must try to reduce our own carbon
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NOVEMBER 2009

Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Your spell of romantic squalls is almost over as Venus
moves into Scorpio to make everyone's love life a ride
through 11 P r;;--- 1-. rs will take
your min i 1 1 ......
STAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Possible arguments, misunderstandings and hurt feel
ir.. .;.;.- -.- .- usingg buddies will make
y, this month.
GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
You will notice some freshening breezes in your busi
ness sails -l;1- th- first week. Be careful not to ignore
your love I... I. your inamorata could Just up
anchor and sail away.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)


Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Progress in your cruising creativity may be impeded by
romance and crew problems. A new crewmember or
anchorage neighbor could stir things up.
W VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
II i i i .. .11. .. ithnothingm major
,., ...... i up!
SLIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
As romance sails over the horizon, Saturn, the planet that
rules business, is entering your sign and will dawdle there
for more than a year. Balance the ship's books and review
areas where energy, time and money are being wasted.
T SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
This will be a month of tropical romance. All systems
are go, with little distraction. Seas look calm with clear,
sunny skies.
SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Dont let shoreside irritations distract you from the
warm breezes of creative inspiration wafting aboard your
boat this November.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
S.. .. ... .. - t few days of

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Aspects pc i I i. i I .. 11.i 11 ... .11. especially
in the third i I ..... 11 1. I .'eative and
romantic arE ... I I fo one will
understand what you're trying to say. Hide out on board
and read a good book.
SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Give in t - -;----- ; -1 you'll have a very
productive :' I I .. I i Romance sails into
the middle of it all to round out a busy month.




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ACROSS 29) HARBOR 12) COURSE
4) BEARING 31) LONGITUDE 14) PLURAL
5) SAFE 35) GRAPHICAL 15) OLD
7) FIELD 37) EQUATOR 19) EARTH
9) WEST 38) MERCATOR 21) HYDRO
11) LATITUDE 22) GLOBE
13) DEPTH DOWN 23) CHART
16) ZERO 1) WATER 24) NAVIGATE
17) LINE 2) ONE 28) PUSH
18) MILE 3) DEGREE 30) OCEAN
20) SOUTH 6) FATHOM 32) NO GO
25) POLES 7) FEET 33) PLOT
26) HALYARD 8) EAST 34) SEA
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The Got Away


We threw out a line on the way to Bequia,
In the hope of a fish that might strike,
In this calm, gentle sea, rippling, blue as can be,
With a zephyr of breeze, cool and light.

Does it ever! Oh no! When the line starts to go,
It is normally when the crew's cowering,
To shelter from gusts or the strength of the thrusts
Of the waves that are awesome and towering!

But not on this day on the way to Bequia
Sun was shining and things hunky-dory,
When out went the line, we were ready this time,
This was surely a different story!

With the rod in his belt, Michael suddenly felt
That he had something special this time,
"Come and see! Come and see! And it turns out to be,
A Dorade, fighting hard on the line!

This beautiful fish makes a delicious dish
We saw silver and blue clear in sight,
Excited and glad, still I felt kind of sad,
To extinguish such life wasn't right!

It struggled and fought for it seemed to be caught
By just skin, so there wasn't much in it,
We readied the net, and we worked hard to get
It on board, but then at the last minute...

The fish broke away to fight some other day,
And perhaps it will learn to take care,
To avoid squid of plastic, though they look fantastic,
But for fish only lead to despair!

So then Dolphin, endure, and avoid all the lures
That will turn all your silver to gold,
for your death brings the change, men will strive to arrange,
So to feast on your flesh, truth be told!

Nan Hatch






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THE CARIBBEAN SKY: FREE SHOW NIGHTLY!


The Sky in




November


by Scott Welty

The Planets in November 2009
MERCURY -No chance of a sighting! Mercury is too near the sun all month.
VENUS -Only chance to view Venus is early in the month when it rises just before
the sun. After that Venus moves toward the sun so... wait till next month!
EARTH -In the shop for its 3,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-mile check-up.
MARS -Rising around midnight early in the month and then at about 10:30PM late
in the month. Mars starts the month in Cancer and moves toward Leo.
JUPITER Yep, that bright star you see in the west is Jupiter. Setting just before
:,, 1... 1.1 most of the month.
Also not playing very nice. Rising about 4:00AM and setting in the daytime.


The Moon and the Pleiades on November 4th at 8:00PM. By 1:00AM the Moon
will cover the Pleiades
Sky Events This Month
November 2nd -Full Moon
November 3rd -Moon occults the Pleiades (see graphic #1). The moon rises around
7:00PM and will be just above the pretty star cluster, The Pleiades or Seven Sisters.
By 11:00PM the moon will have moved far enough to the east to just about com-
pletely cover the cluster and by dawn will have moved to the other side of it. Enjoy!


November 5th -Peak of the Taurids meteor shower (see graphic #2). The Taurids
is a special meteor shower as it features larger particles than most. Not as active as
some of the more famous showers but what you get tends to be more spectacular.
The meteors move more slowly in the sky and light up more brightly than the typical
dust-size ".-1 '.... .. 1. ..h this is the peak, you may do better on darker
days a few i .11 1i 11. i i themoonrises.
November 8th -Moon rises right beside Mars AND the Beehive cluster!


Taurids Meteor Shower: looking east toward Taurus at 10:00PM on November 5th

November 16th New Moon
November 17th Leonids meteor shower peak. Another meteor shower, this one
with a radiant in the constellation Leo. Leo rises around 2 in the morning, but that
doesn't matter. This just means that you're liable to see meteors seeming to emanate
from the eastern sky as Leo is below the horizon.
November 23rd -Moon riding right along with bright Jupiter just to the left.
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
This month, instead of looking at the stars why not look at the dark space between
them? Is that space really empty? Probably not. If you look with your binoculars you
see stars that are "not there" with the naked eye because the large opening of the
binoculars gathers more light than your eyes do. So, more stars than you thought
-but still there is dark space between these. With an even bigger opening (giant
telescope) there would be stars in THESE dark spaces as well. And so on.
So, why is space between the stars dark? Okay, this seems like an easy one but
assume that there are an infinite number of stars distributed evenly throughout the
cosmos out to infinity. At greater distances the brightness of a star : I- limmer. It
is reduced by one divided by the distance squared so that at twice i ,, away the
light would be a quarter as bright and at three times farther away one ninth as
.1 and so on. However, as you gather light from farther and farther away your
I f view would include ever more stars, and this number goes up at the rate of
the distance cubed! So, at twice as far away you'd have eight times more stars and
at three times farther away 27 times and so on.
So what? So, if there were an infinite number of stars in an infinite universe the
sky wo..i I 1 i .1~ .11 ihe time. ill. .. i .ii' ....... .. goes down with distance the
sheer :......i -i includecl -..... i i.-i and wins! In other words,
there wouldn't be any dark space "between" the stars. It would be all white! Since
the sky is NOT light at night there must not be an infinite number of stars nor an
infinite universe.
This ancient proof of a finite universe is supported now by the overwhelming evi
dence of a finite universe that is about 13.7 billion years old beginning with the Big
Bang. That means that nothing could be more than 13.7 billion light years away,
since that's the fari. 1- 1..1. wouldd have traveled since the Big Bang.
Maybe another gi - i .. is in order now!
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2007, paperback, 499 pages, ISBN 978-0-7533-4359-1.
Though the title of this novel suggests something ripe for a Lifetime Channel movie
(for those without cable, that's a "women's channel"), the book itself transcends easy
categorization. It tells the story of two courageous women, Ida Joseph and her
daughter, May, and their
relationship to Hollywood's
Errol Flynn, a modern day
"pirate". However, the main
character is really the island
of Jamaica from 1946 to
1976, as the book lovingly
chronicles its physical beau
ty, class tussles, social
upheavals, and loss of inno
cence as it struggles towards
S. political independence.
SBy using a non fictional
S', outsized character like
Flynn, the author compels
the reader to follow her
II story, and by portraying
q Flynn as a likeable bastard,
S IS she brings him to life Flynn
limps into port after his
sailboat has been damaged
S, / in a hurricane, and he is
beguiled by the island's
." I M / 7 t beauty and the fact that few
people recognize him. Ida's
father, Eli, is a Lebanese
taxi driver who befriends
Flynn; he is also a notary
Public, which allows him to
become Flynn's real estate
Agent after the film star
decides he wants a house
rz on Jamaica. Eli's common
law wife, Esme, is black,
and Ida's singular looks
inflame Flynn's imagination
though she is just 13 when
they meet. We know by the
title where this is going.
Their brief forbidden love
affair is exposed by Ida's
pregnancy when she is 16, and daughter May is born, never to know the man who
people said was her father, though she meets him on one memorable occasion when
she is seven years old. After this Flynn drops out of the book entirely, but his best
friend Karl, a mysterious Austrian baron, eventually replaces him in Ida's affections.
Karl is a diver, .1 I I, II treasure hunter, and artifact collector, but he is kind to
Ida and offers I ... . I security. He is also a man with a secret past, which is
finally revealed on his deathbed near the end of the book.
After being rejected by Flynn, Ida is impoverished and tries to start a new life in
New York, though she must leave May in Jamaica. She spends three years there
before she hooks up with Karl, who is smitten by her beauty, and the two marry so
that Ida can reunite with May. (In a .i,-I ,,,. twist, it is revealed that Karl had an
ulterior motive for their marriage as II JI I, couple end up buying Flynn's house
on Navy Island and May, like her mother Ida, spends the best part of her childhood
there. Meanwhile, Jamaica is undergoing political and social upheaval; race relations
are becoming strained as the black power movement and Michael Manley gain
ascendancy, Bob Marley tops the charts, and poverty and crime hobble Kingston.
Navy Island, however, offers a romantic oasis away from the mainland, and May's
life is privileged and idyllic ....i.1 ..... 1.I their peace is shattered.
The Pirate's Daughter is : ......1 I its realistic look at race and class among
Jamaicans. The dialect rings true for all classes, and the islanders' attitudes towards
color, or shade, are accurately portrayed. Ida can pass for white but her mother feels
ostracized at the club where Ida rides horses. Ida also feels the sting ol I -,,. stig
matized because her parents never married; in fact, Eli never divorced ..- 'I but
was a loving b..-I ... I i.'',, to Esme for over 20 years until her death from cancer.
Rounding oi,1 . I.i mix of colorful characters is Ida's Maroon grandmother,
who is well versed in obeah and herbal cures, and who can see the future while talk
ing in riddles. Father Reynold is a hard drinking priest, and a good friend to Eli and
Ida. There are the beautiful women who inhabit Flynn's bed, and their fashionable
friends. Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote have cameos at the memorable party
when a drunken Flynn, for a prank, drove his car into his swimming pool. Finally,
there is a character based on Ian Fleming, the James Bond author, who is called
Nigel Fletcher. Fletcher has a home on Jamaica and is one of Flynn's best friends,
but his friendship towards Ida and his love for May are unwavering, unlike the tem-
poral affections of the mercurial movie star.
All of these ingredients when mixed thoroughly form a most agreeable stew, glam
orous and sexy, but not prurient. Congratulations to Ms. Cezair Thompson and I
look forward to a sequel, then a prequel!
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THE

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THE

WORLD

ENDED


As you sail north out of St. Pierre today, a mile or two up the Martinique coast you'll pass a plant that is mining
sand and gravel that was deposited by the volcanic eruptions of 1902. However, on the morning of May 5th, 1902
this was the site of a large, prosperous and well-maintained rum factory owned by Dr. Auguste Guerin. At the
mouth of a river called Riviere Blanche, it was a big operation, employing more than 200 people.
As the volcano had begun to shower ashes on the area, Guerin had been trying to harvest what he could of the
sugar crop before it was rined. The rum factory was working flat out, but he was having problems. Hordes of
insects had fled down the mountain and were hindering his operations, the river was flowing so fast spectators
had come from town to watch, and he was worried about the volcano. He had booked a passage to send his fam-
ily to France on the ship Roraima on May 9th. In addition, a friend's yacht, Le Carbet, was right offshore and he
advised his son and daughter-in-law to be ready to leave on the yacht should anything happen.
Shortly after noon, Guerin heard a noise, looked up, and saw to his horror a giant avalanche roaring down the
hill. In his words: "A black avalanche, beneath white smoke, an enormous mass more than ten meters high and
159 meters wide, full of huge boulders was coming down the mountain with a great din." Guerin, who was on
higher ground, narrowly escaped, but his family, who ran for the coast, died. In his words: "Three of those black
waves came down, making a noise like thunder, and made the sea retreat.... The desolation was indescribable.
Where a prosperous factory -the work of a lifetime -had stood a moment before, there was now nothing left but
an expanse of mud forming a black shroud for my son, his wife, and my workmen." (Later it was found that 159
people had died and it was estimated that the avalanche reached 120 feet high.)
At the same time this happened, and possibly caused by it, there was a tidal wave that swept into St. Pierre.
Fernand Clerc, who saw it coming, estimated it to be "nearly 50 feet high .n-1 1-l-i;H the noise like the hissing of
a million snakes." In The Last Days of St. Pierre, Zebrowski treats this 1. .1 11 damage to St. Pierre was
minimal: one yacht sunk and some cargo on the docks lost", whereas in The Day the World Ended Thomas and
Witts describe widespread panic, warehouses being ripped from their foundations and splintered, and quite a few
deaths, 'n-llli;; th-t of Emile le Cure, the manager of a major bank, and two of his clerks.
It was ....i .... that at about this time, Governor Louis Mouttet was in Fort-de-France reading with great
relief the report from his commission of experts on the volcano. It concluded, "There is nothing in the activity of
Pelee that warrants a departure from St. Pierre." The commission concluded that the position of the craters and
vall-- -r-''n2 onto the sea was such that "the safety of St. Pierre was absolutely assured."
I' 'i .II he got a cable from his garrison commander in St. Pierre that seemed crazy, describing widespread
panic, the tidal wave, and the tragedy at the Guerin estate.
On May 6th, the mayor of St. Pierre put posters all over town telling people they were not in danger. Mouttet
sent provisions by ship to St. Pierre and the village of Precheur, which was now effectively cut off from the rest of
the island by the Guerin avalanche that destroyed the road to St. Pierre. Mouttet and members of his commission
visited the spot where the Guerin factory had stood.
It is here that things get bizarre.
As they stood overlooking the ruins, they decided this did not really change the conclusions of their report. St.
Pierre was safe; the avalanche had probably relieved a lot of pressure from the volcano, making it less dangerous.
This was wishful speculation. They had not expected the Guerin disaster, and should by now have concluded that
they had no idea what might happen. Why did Professor Landes, the most knowledgeable of the group, lend his
name to this? Zebrowski creates a scene in his book where Landes has real doubts, but offers absolutely no evi
dence for this. Witts and Thomas make a telling point: the 18-page report on an event that was threatening much
of the population of the island, devoted fully one third of its contents to the damage to the Botanical Garden in St.
Pierre, a site dear to Landes' heart. This was a man with his head either in the clouds or buried in the leaves of
his precious garden.
This is the moment Governor Mouttet needed to act if he was going to save most of the population of St. Pierre.
He didn't. He would have had to use his own common sense and judgment, and gone against his commission,
much too risky a proposition for a decent man who was a good career civil servant. Had the commission decided
differently he probably would have acted differently. But the only person advising him to evacuate was Fernand
Clerc, whose judgment he did not particularly trust.
For Mouttet, the evacuation of St. Pierre was fraught with danger. There would have been I': location,
enormous financial losses, and a massive problem of policing, housing, and feeding a mass ol ... almost
twice the population of Fort-de-France. Most of the powerful people in St. Pierre were equally deluded in thinking
there was little risk. If he evacuated and nothing happened, it would be the end of his career. It is not surprising
that he did nothing.
But what about everyone else? People in St. Pierre were being told both by the mayor and by the newspaper Les
Colonies that they were safe and should stay put. Poor people and refugees from already affected areas did not
have a lot of choice. They wer II.... food here; how would they survive if they moved? Some accounts claim
Mouttet posted troops to stop : I f.... .. '. ... 1 I ar of spreading disease (some kind of pox had bro
ken out), as well as fearing a spreading I 'I 11, I ...i ".
Hundreds of people of means did get out. The ferries were leaving full, and some families chartered boats. But
most did not want to leave their businesses and property.
On the morning of May 7th the volcano continued to erupt. The last remaining undersea telegraph cable broke;
St. Pierre's most important communication link was dead. The captain of the ship Orsolina showed uncommon
good sense. He abandoned taking cargo and left against Customs orders, without clearance. He knew little about
volcanoes but could see the Pelee was dangerous. He was in a minority; about a dozen other ships stayed.
Continued on next page


REFLECTIONS


ON MT. PELEE'S


1902 VOLCANIC


ERUPTION


Part Two:

Disaster After

Disaster

The Day the World Ended, by Gordon Thomas and
Max Morgan Witts, Scarborough House Publishers, 1991.
306 pages. ISBN 978-0812885101
The Last Days of St. Pierre, by Ernest Zebrowski, Rutgers
University Press, 2002. 304 pages.
ISBN 978 0813530413


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-ontinued from previous page
ii., .... governor Mouttet and his wife arrived. According to Thomas and Witts, the mayor was to put on a
hi, I .i I i I h governor that night, but when Mouttet saw the state of the town, some of it feet deep in ash, he
cancelled it. He had another meeting of his commission and again they assured him St. Pierre was safe. His pres
ence had a calming effect on the population.
The Eruption
Sunday, May 8th, was Ascension Day, one of the biggest and most important Catholic Church services of the
year. Fernand Clerc awoke and started to dress for the service. He heard a strange burping noise from the volcano
and went to check the barometer he kept on the balcony. He could not believe his eyes; the needle was oscillating
wildly. He aroused everyone in the house and told them to leave at once for Fort-de-France. He put his wife and
four children in a carriage he kept waiting, and fled for his estate in Parnasse.
Apart from all the St. Pierre residents, many more people had come from Fort-de-France for the church service.
Quite a few people approaching St. Pierre from the mountain road stopped when they saw something strange; a
wind like a mini-hurricane bent trees and broke branches around the summit. A glowing rock stratum grew
around the summit of the volcano.
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Above: The town of St. Pierre today


Right: St. Pierre after Pelee's 1902 enrption _--
bombarded the town with a huge ball a r, .
of superheated gas

At this point Fernand Clerc arrived at high
speed in his carriage. A big dark cloud covered
the mountain and hid the sun. A glowing red ball
grew out of the side of Mt. Pelee with a terrifying
roar, then slowly detached itself and swept down
on St. Pierre.
The glowing red ball was a cloud of superheat
ed gas and steam. It set fire to and destroyed
everything in its path, ---1-i.n.: St. Pierre to
rubble and cremating mc I i 1i people alive.
Around 30,000 died, including Governor Mouttet, Professor Landes and Les Colonies' owner, editor and publisher,
Andreus Hurard. It moved into the bay t tr-in th T ahi .e it anchor. One steamship, the Roddam, with horribly
burnt survivors, managed to limp away I ..... later taken off other burning ships.
In town there were two confirmed survivors, a cobbler called Leandre, and the now famous prisoner Cyparis.
Leandre must have just got really lucky and been in a quieter part of the cloud in the southeastern part of town
He was badly burnt, but unlike all those around him and even others in his house, he survived.
Cyparis was in the thick of the cloud, but he was in a heavy to1- -1 .. H -- two floors below the police station.
It was a few days before he was discovered. According to Thomas ..- i paris, who was black, had murdered
a white man in a drunken brawl and been sentenced to be executed. In their book he was a somewhat central
figure, with the governor planning to pardon him just before the election, in the hope of helping Fernand Clerc.
Zebrowski is much more uncertain about why Cyparis was there, and suggests it may just have just been a
drunken brawl, a popular story with tourist histories, though I would think his location, in the only heavy stone
dungeon in town, made a conviction of murder much more likely. Zebrowski also suggests he may have asked to
be there, because he had a fever and it was pleasantly cool. That I find ridiculous.
In any event, Cyparis was hired by the Barnum and Bailey Circus as an exhibit. Within a year he got drunk
again, stabbed and nearly killed one of the other employees, went to jail, and disappeared from view.
One of the more amazing survivor stories is told by Zebrowski. The ferry Diamant had just landed its passengers
and was tied to the dock. The ship's boy, Jean Baptiste Innocent, was on the quay. As he saw the firestorm
approach he dived underwater and stayed below as long as he could. While the boy was under, Diamant's boiler
exploded and it capsized. When he surfaced the whole town was on fire. He clung to a floating plank and was
rescued some seven hours later.
Mt. Pelee continued to erupt for months. An even worse pyroclastic flow finished off what little was left of the
town. During the eruptions a curious pinnacle formed, sticking hundreds of feet out of the volcano and looking
like a monument; it was called the Tower of Pelee, and eventually crumbled.
Some years after the eruption, people moved back into St. Pierre and by 1929, when the volcano erupted again,
there were a few thousand inhabitants. This time everyone evacuated without question; we live and learn. The
1929 eruption was not as bad as that of 1902; St. Pierre was mainly spared and continued to thrive.
Today, St. Pierre is one of the most interesting historical anchorages in the Caribbean. Apart from the ruins still
scattered throughout the town, including the splendid theatre and Cyparis's dungeon, you can visit the little vol
cano museum created by Fernand Clerc. There are "il-;n tr ils on the -- .1 ---lcano, and the wreck diving
in the harbor is, needless to say, unique. Bring cop. I Day the .1 I I .... The Last Days of St. Pierre
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I can remember when .11 .- f .11 Ii 1 ..... I suffer most from a lack
of imagination. Even a 1.1 1.1 I .. i.I .., i not only in soups and
stews but also as an appetizer with fancy cheese and spices. It was not unusual to
see a tall slender stalk of celery with leafy top, -i ,,,. i .. i1i solitary palm
from an oasis of tomato juice, vodka, pepper an I -1... ... Furthermore,
consider the ubiquitous mushroom that doesn't even have the courage to grow in
-... It has a zillion wonderful things done to it as a culinary class act. But alas,
S cabbage in North America was simply boiled and served in its own lack
luster watery juices. Some North Americans with imagination did have the courage
to turn cabbage into a delicious cold slaw.
Then we started learning from those incredibly intelligent Europeans. Ancient
Greeks stuffed 'mon petit chou' with meat, rice, pine nuts, spices, currants and
grated citrus peel. The Chinese are credited with letting their cabbage ferment into
the delicious sauerkraut that the Germans then exploited. The Russians have turned
truckloads of this silent, tight-lipped, leafy vegetable into wonderful savoury soups.
Not to be outdone, Austrians and Germans also poached cabbage until it was
mouth-tender, stuffed it with buttered noodles and caraway seeds or turned it into
a sweet vegetable strudel. The French showed their elan by turning red cabbage into
an hors d'oeuvre salad rather than just a lowly slaw.
Tii .i i .. i.,,,1 is large in that it includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collards,
...11 I II .I and kale. But there are not a lot of cabbage varieties to play
with, so imagination is required to make the most of this delicious vegetable.
White cabbage, red and Savoy are quite similar but have subtle taste variations.
Chinese cabbage or Napa (called bok choy or patchoi on some islands) is shaped
more like Romaine lettuce. This cabbage has a crinkly leaf and a flavour between
celery and cabbage. : .. ... 1- soul .. 1- ... i -1 The more com-
mon white or Dutch .1 1 .. .. i the :.. I ...... .. . .. d can be found
in any Caribbean market, where sometimes the heads will be much smaller than the
huge specimens grown in North America. It can be eaten raw or cooked but should
not be cooked too long as it can develop a strong sulfur-like odor that will permeate
more than just ... .11i I cabbage has a slightly peppery flavour. It's wonder
ful as a bright I ... i.. I 1'1, ,, to salads. Toss it with salad ingredients just before
serving as the colour can leach into the other vegetables.


Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. All varieties of cabbage are
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Chinese Cabbage and Pork
6 large mushrooms
8 ounces pork steak, finely sliced
4 spring onions, chopped
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (optional)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 small Chinese cabbage, shredded
3 Tablespoons sesame oil (or canola oil if you don't have sesame)

Slice fresh mushrooms or
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water for about 30 minutes and
then slice them. In a medium
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'Cumin Get It!'

Cumin, used as a whole seed or in powdered form, is used to highly spice a dish.
Dishes cooked with it have a warm, spicy-sweet smell. Its sharp, almost overpower
-. i, .iiI .1 er taste seems to go well with warm-weather cuisines. East Indian,
S1 i .- I. Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cooks love it. East Indian and
Mexican cuisines require cumin. East Indians in Trinidad call this spice jeera.
Most curry powders and many savory spice mixtures have cumin as an ingredient.
A pinch of cumin ii ... .. I i ..n rice, beans and casseroles. This spice should
be used sparingly I ... ,.- I. can overpower other flavors in most dishes. A
teaspoon is usually enough in a dish for four. It is a pickling ingredient for cabbage
to make sauerkraut, and is used in chutneys. To the unknowing, cumin's flavor is
often confused with caraway. Some think there are "dark seed" and "light seed"
cumin, but there is only light (Cuminum cymirum). The dark, or "black cumin", is
from a totally different plant, the "love in the mist" flower (Nigella damascena).
Cumin stimulates your appetite while helping the stomach I 1; ;. ;11
reduce nausea during pregnancy. Cumin could be called the '1 -
it supposedly increases both lactation and size. Six grams of cumin has about
twenty calories of which half are from fat. It also contains some iron and calcium.

Latin Chicken (or Turkey) Soup
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin (for full flavor; half will do)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 quart water
4 large tomatoes, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped small
4 Cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
3 chicken bouillon cubes
2 Cups (or on 1l .' ..1 lack or red beans
2 Cups fresh ... ,I i ...-. the cob or frozen kernels
1/2 Cup sour cream (optional)
2 Tablespoons chopped chadon bene
In a large skillet heat oil, add onion and cook till soft and clear. Add garlic, chili
powder, cumin and oregano and stir for about a minute. Add water, diced tomatoes,
celery, shredded chicken or turkey, parsley and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, and
then simmer stirring until the bouillon cubes dissolve. Add beans, corn, sour cream
and chadon bene. Simmer for half an hour.

Pepper Squash Stew
6 Cups water
1 Cup dried lentils
3 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Spanish thyme leaf, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 large onion, chopped small
4 stalks celery, chopped small
3 large sweet peppers, chopped small
2 squash (yellow, crookneck or zucchini), chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 can tomato paste (or a quarter Cup of ketchup)
2 Cups (one can) cooked channa (chickpeas, garbanzos, ceci)
1 hot pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 Cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 Cup plain yogurt (optional)
Put water in a two quart pot and bring to a boil. Add lentils, bay leaves, and half
of the garlic. Simmer lentils about ten minutes. Drain lentils and place them in a
bowl; reserve the water and discard the bay leaves. Toss lentils with two Tablespoons
of the oil, thyme, and remainder of minced garlic. Set aside.
In a large skillet heat one tablespoon of oil and stir in spices. Add onion, celery, sweet
peppers and squash; simmer for five minutes. Add lentils, tomatoes, tomato paste,
channa and two Cups of the lentil water. Add more of the lentil water (up to four Cups)
until you get the consistency you desire. Bring stew to a boil; then reduce heat, cover
and simmer for about half an hour. Stir occasionally. Stir in the chopped parsley.
Serve in bowls, each with a spoonful of yogurt on top.

Cuban Black Bean Burgers
2 Cups cooked black beans
1 sweet pepper, chopped very small
1 small onion, chopped very small
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped very small
1 egg
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 Cup breadcrumbs
Oil to fry
Mash black beans in a bowl with a fork or spoon. Add sweet pepper, onion, garlic
and celery. In a cup, mix the egg with the spices and add to the bean paste. Add
breadcrumbs until the bean mixture holds together. Make four patties. Put a table
spoon of oil in a skillet and fry the veggie burgers about ten minutes on each side.
If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking,
place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.


Basil's Bar


0 Mustique


Visitors to Mustique are invited to:
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Lunch 1100am 6pm, and Dmner 7 30untla I II I I I ,
to attend the Wednesday Nght Jmp Up and BBQ. Call (784) 488-8350 or VHF 68.

- itil I I, II .I I I I I I, ,I I I I ,,erfet for island oy.
I I I, I I 1 I I I plus lots of T-s rts to
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BASICS GREAT GENERAL STORE: I i i' I Basl's Great General
Store. 11 1 1f French I I met ams andsauces.
T -+ 1 I unusual collection of books not to be missed. Fne foods m Paradse.
'' l ..

ACROSS FORETF I 1 1 ,1 from Bal and Inda.
Across Forever has I 1 II -i I beyond, contemporary
11 n, I I accessones and more. SLppm is easy an


Visitors to St Vincent are invited to:
BASIES B 1 I I 18th 11 1 Cobblestone. Air
conhdtoned, I I I I I 1i1 di almo I -1 l- ealsare
some of the est on the slain I III ,enn series. I I-

i ili 1 ~ opened ll service SPA located m Vlla across from Young Island. Also At
I II o[-teauifl bamboo fmmture, contemporary pieces from Asia and beyond,
and more. December 2009 Opemng of a new coffee shop by the sea.
Call (784) 456-2602

Visit Basil's in Mustique or St. Vincent
www.basilsbar.com basils @vincysurfcorm

WESIPA 0UD TEWRD!


of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F ...i. I .I I.
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and :... I .
nadir to soon after its :-1 i, the tide runs westward. Ti. 1 1 -.. local.
Note: the maximum i 3 or 4 days after the new ,. i 1 ..
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!


November
DATE TIME
1 2255
2 2347
3 0000 (full)
4 0043
5 0143
6 0245
7 0346
8 0445
9 0539
10 0631
11 0720
12 0807
13 0854
14 0942
15 1012
16 1124 (new)
17 1217
18 1310
19 1403
20 1459


21 1542
22 1627
23 1711
24 1752
25 1833
26 1914
27 1957
28 2043
29 2133
30 2228

December
DATE TIME
1 2327
2 0000 (full)
3 0030
4 0134
5 0235
6 0333
7 0427
8 0517
9 0605


0652
0740
0828
0918
1009
1102 (new)
1155
1246
1336
1422
1506
1548
1628
1709
1750
1833
1920
2011
2107
2208
2312
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Dear Compass,
I. -I i"," -' i i t.. the October issue via the super
I: .... I the Compass (www.caribbean
compass.com) loved the story about the whale at
Union Island. And the story of the restoration of


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Eleuthera (above) used the teak oil that was sold off
Onaroy (below)






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Tradition, the Carriacou sloop, did my .-t 1 '1
it pleased me greatly to see an ad I i .,...
Conservancy, and a powerful one at that. But the best
was the story about Morris Nicholson by Julie Lea in
the August 2009 issue. Morris and I became friends
many years ago in Bequia when I was selling stuff off
my former Norwegian ferry, Onaroy, while anchored
out in the harbor; he would come to rummage through
stuff and bought all my teak oil for Eleuthera.
Melinda Parke
Seattle, Washington

Dear Compass,
Congratulations on your new website. That was fun
being able to read Forum letters online in Brittany!
I will be back in the Caribbean this winter.
Reading Mighty Mouse's letter in October's Readers'
Forum made me squirm. Am I the "cheapskate" he's
talking about? I certainly don't go out of my way to
spend money just because the islands need my yacht
ing contribution. Yes, I check out prices, quality and
services before spending my limited cruising budget.
Do I live in another world? Mighty Mouse, the yachting
philanthropist, must be both richer and more altruis
tic than I am.
Will he still be cruising (and spending) in, say, 20
years time?
Jeremy Hobday
Yacht Tchin

Dear Compass,
Thanks to Tina Dreffin for her first-hand story in the
October issue about her boat getting caught in a floating


tangle of plastic 1 :-Across the world's oceans
there are millions I ..- of floating plastic. It traps as
many as a million seabirds every year, as well as some
100,000 marine mammals. A new study, announced at
a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, sug
gests that plastics in seawater break down faster than
expected. No, this is NOT good news. As plastics break
down, they apparently release contaminants including
potentially harmful styrene compounds not normally
found in nature. The effects of these broken-down plas
tics on marine organisms are as yet unknown, and they
will be harder to measure than the damage that plastic
refuse does to sea-life. But adding to the contaminant
load of the oceans cannot be a good thing.
Thanks also the groups and individuals highlighted
in your Eco-News pages who help limit the amount of
discarded plastic reaching the sea, and who help raise
awareness of this problem.
Joseph Johnson
S/V Orion

Dear Compass Readers,
My partner and I have been traveling all over Central
America and the Caribbean with our dog(s) for three
years, and even though it isn't always as simple or
straightforward as one would like, most of the times all
went fine. We make a point of bringing our 1-: i;- 1- .11
by obtaining information and documents .1 1 i I ...
ar -1 .1i. w:1.i; i. vhen entering a new country.
more leni in. lead, the rules have become a bit
more lenient in the Caribbean, with most English
:.-- -;tT-i ii-w allowing boaters to visit with
ii, i ,,, i ..i i i members. There are still coun
tries that make it very hard for us to bring in our
totally healthy dog or where foreip 1- : - 1 .i- .11
not allowed. Those ones, we skip.' I I i ,,, i,,
to spend our money there nor would we leave our dog
on board for days, unable to fulfill his understandable
desire to go to shore at least twice a day.
All the way from the eastern United States to St.
Barths, and in Central America, the fees for -1--l.ri;;
our dog have been between nil and US$20 I '
mits/vet inspections); a health certificate was required
most of the time and we never ran into problems. Until
we i, i .
I. I I i left St. Barths, we hitched a ride
to the vet in Gustavia with our dog, to obtain a health
certificate and extra rabies shot to follow Antigua's
online requirements. The cost was US$50. There was
talk about a Lyme Disease test on the agriculture
department's website, but no vet we know performs
these, our dog obviously didn't have any symptoms
(hence the health certificate) and he has not been to
the States in two years (the only place we have heard
of Lyme Disease), so we figured all was okay and if
they really needed to perform the test upon our arrival,
we would pay a nominal fee. Those things are a matter
of health and safety regarding the Antiguan people,
not money, right?
Off we went on an overnight beat against the wind
from St. Barths to Antigua, last July. We arrived in
Jolly Harbour early in the -*-rn;i;: waited for Customs
and I, ...... .1, ,, to open ... i 1.11 i out the paperwork
for ..'- couldn't submit the forms, i1' i'
until the vet approved our dog. We waited I
hours, until the government vet finally showed up. He
greeted us, and told us it wouldn't take long for him to
perform a little test and hand us the permit. Since we
never received the recq;-t--1 r-i: i.- f-r-.tion over
e-mail, we asked him, I i. 11. iI i .. if itwas
just a slight detail, he mentioned the Lyme Disease test
would cost the equivalent of US$48 and his inspection
of our dog another US$48! We were baffled.
We started a discussion with him, inquiring why we
needed to pay another big sum of money to get our dog
inspected, when that had happened two days prior
and after learning that the whole Lyme Disease test
didn't make any sense and was a total waste of money.
His final reaction: "You only paid US$50 for the health
certificate and rabies shot in St. Barths? That's a bar
-.i' V-u got lucky. You only need to pay another
but I guess your dog is not worth that to
you..." We stressed that "-- rm-nnt .-n- v should
not try to make money 11 .. U- -'I it about
health?) and told him the prices we were charged in
other countries and in the US, which he didn't believe,
even after we showed proof.
Bottom line was that he got upset with us and asked
whether we wanted to visit his country or not, to which
we responded, "Not if it's going to cost us another
EC$260. Our dog doesn't care that much in which
r-;; t 1. : t- .1ore." He stormed away into the
......... . ,. II .... i then left, after politely greeting
us and telling us to leave Antigua. It was 4:00PM. There
was no way we would make it to Guadeloupe in day
light and we had not slept for 34 hours.
Luckily, the officials of Customs and Immigration
understood our situation and allowed us to stay for
one night aftwr fnll-.inn the normal check-in proce
dures and ... I. I for a cruising permit. Our
dog, Darwin, was not allowed off the boat.
Liesbet Collaert
S/VIrie
www.itsirie.com
-Continued on page 45














Grenada's Summer


Yachting Survey




by Anita Sutton

The Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) undertook a series of
'Dock Lime' surveys in July .. I .. ...-I .1. information and feedback from
some of Grenada's summer .... I I .' an know we have different groups of
yachting visitors at different times of the year, and we want to look at how we can
improve what we offer to these groups.
The Grenada Board of Tourism aims to survey all yachts as they clear out of
Grenada, with survey forms available at Ports of Entry. However, as so many of the
boats in Grenada over the summer do not leave until the end of the hurricane sea
son, MAYAG wanted a more immediate picture of the cruisers who have chosen to
be in Grenada in July and August, as well as providing social evenings for MAYAG
S1 .. I ,,,, Happy Hour social events at Prickly Bay, Le Phare
Bleu, CN Port Louis Marina and Carriacou Yacht Club, where we passed out our own
survey forms and collected qualitative feedback. A raffle was held at each location,
with prizes donated by Le Phare Bleu, CN Port Louis Marina, Turbulence, Island
Water World, Budget Marine and Island Dreams. Port Louis also hosted a lively pre
sentation from Ricardo Keens-Douglas, showing his carnival band costumes.
We collected 83 completed questionnaires, with it being very evident that cruisers
were keen to share their views. The back of the form was blank for qualitative feed
back on likes and dislikes -and in many cases the page was filled!
Survey Respondents
Our respondents' points of origin were split fairly evenly between the USA, Canada
and Europe, with most European visitors being from the UK. As we advertised our
Dock Lime evenings on the Grenada cruisers' net (7:30AM, VHF 68) and via (English
language) posters, we may well have missed out on French cruisers, which is some
thing we hope to address next time.
The boats ranged from 32 to 60 feet in length and all but two were privately owned
-these two being a private charter and a bareboat charter. Eighty percent of the
visiting boats were monohulls, with the majority (67 percent) spending most of their
time at anchor while in Grenada, 26 percent in marinas and the remaining seven
percent in boatyards. So, as expected at this time of year, our survey respondents
were primarily liveaboard cruisers. Most were Grenada "regulars" with about a third
on their sixth visit or more.
Reasons for Visiting Grenada
Respondents were asked to rate a list of factors in their decision to visit Grenada
this summer. The results reflect the priorities of liveaboard cruisers the group
most prevalent in our survey.
At the top of the list is availability of shelt-r-I -h -r with 94 percent rating
this as extremely important or important. i . i with 92 percent rating
this as extremely important or important. Third most important factor overall was
availability of maintenance facilities, with 64 percent finding this extremely impor
tant or important. Island attractions were the fourth most important factor with 62
percent rating this as extremely important or important.
The other factors listed were marina facilities, haulout facilities and recommendation
by others, with these gaining 47 percent, 48 percent and 56 percent respectively.
It will be interesting to see the priorities of other groups of yachting visitors.
Spending




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Cruisers' spending was split fairly even 1 t -; 1, .;1 -;t ';,i;t ;, 1
(52 percent) and the non-marine sector I I ) '1 '' .. .. 11' .
cruisers contribute ,.,,, ...i "I the economy outsi i, 1. .... .. .- ...d
our survey confirms 1 ..- I probablyy break this i 1, , I .
vey, as this is so important for promoting the development of yachting with govern
ment and the general public.
We were surprised to see the amount of spending on tours and attractions, and are
now looking at ways of better publicizing to cruisers the existing cultural events and
activities in Grenada, such as Friday Evenings at the Museum with free jazz, Fish
Friday in Gouyave, and the Hash House Harriers runs, to name a few.
Likes/Dislikes
The qualitative responses were also very useful, though in some cases handwriting
quality later in the evening reflected an enthusiastic approach to happy hour!
The most frequent positive comment was about the friendliness of the welcome
received from local people, along with a feeling of safety. Buses, marine services and
facilities, the beauty of the island, shops and tours were all mentioned as well, but
Grenada's greatest asset in terms of cruisers is clearly its people.
Factors attracting :. .i. ...... ..i ... i.. led inadequate dinghy dock facilities,
mooring buoys, lack I i 1. 1 I ..... marine locations and bases, hassles
importing parts, and speeding boats (incl ,. i .,- 1 ...... 1, .
I have notcoveredallthe comments here, ,,I I 1 111 .... I ,, I 1 I
into a report to be circulated by MAYAG to -l--.it 1 --'r'-'i'-" t .; -1 -ft-ial bodies.
We aim to do another survey again late ... .. .. .. "' '... '' to extend the
information we have and include other sectors e.g. those who leave boats here for
the hurricane season, and charter yachts -who tend not to be here in July.
We would like to thank everyone who participated so enthusiastically, and the
businesses that hosted the events and donated prizes
For more information e mail mayagadmin2@gmail.com.


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St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802


Tel: (340) 779-1660
Fax: (340) 779-2779
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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 storms, $145,000


$45,000
$79,000
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$180,000


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29' 1994 Phoenix SF, Twin Volvos, trim tabs, outriggers $64,500
32' 1996 Carver 325 Twin Crusaders, great condition $59,900
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40' 1999 Tiara 4000 Express, Genset, AC, Twin Cats $275,000
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NOVEMBER

1 Public holiday in Haiti and French West Indies (All Saints' Day),
Antigua & Barbuda (Independence Day) and USVI
(D. Hamilton Jackson Day)
2 FULL MOON. Public holiday in Haiti (All Souls' Day)
2 20th West Marine Caribbean 1500 sets sail from Virginia to Tortola.
www.carib1500.com
3 Independence Day. Public holiday in Dominica
4 Community Service Day. Public holiday in Dominica
6-7 St Lucia BMW J/24 Invitational Championship.
www.stluciayachtclub.com
6 8 2nd Heineken Regatta Curacao. www.heinekenregattacuracao.com
7 -8 Budget Marine Women's Caribbean One Design
Keelboat Championship, St. Maarten
9 Public holiday in Cayman Islands (Remembrance Day)
and Dominican Republic (Constitution Day)
11 Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI (Veterans' Day), French West
Indies and BVI (Armistice Day), St. Maarten (St. Maarten Day),
and Bermuda (Remembrance Day)
11 15 US Women's Match Racing Championship, St. Thomas, USVI. St. Thomas
Yacht Club, tel (340) 775-6320, fax (340) 775-3600, manager@styc.net
14 St. Maarten Open Optimist Championship. St. Maarten Yacht Club
(SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, info@smyc.com,
www.smyc.com
14- 15 St. Thomas Radiology Women's Regatta, USVI. St. Thomas Yacht Club
(STYC), tel (340) 775-6320, fax (340) 775-3600, manager@styc.net,
15 St. Lucia Yacht Club AGM. SLYC, tel (758) 452-8350,
secretary@stluciayachtclub.com, www.stluciayachtclub.com
16 Statia-America Day. Public holiday in Statia
18 Battle of Vertieres Day. Public holiday in Haiti
19 Public holiday in Puerto Rico (Discovery Day.) and Belize
(Garifuna Settlement Day)
20 28 19th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. www.arubaregatta.com
22 ARC 2009 departs Canary Islands bound for St. Lucia.
www.worldcruising.com/arc/
22 St. Lucia ARC Flotilla, Castries to Rodney Bay Marina. SLYC
23 Liberation Day. Public holiday in Montserrat
25 Republic Day. Public holiday in Suriname
26 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
27 29 JHR Caribbean Regatta, Antigua. Jolly Harbour Yacht Club
(JHYC), Antigua. tel (268) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com,
www.jhycantigua.com
27 29 Course de L'Alliance Regatta, St. Maarten/St. Barths/Anguilla.
www.coursedelalliance.com
30 Independence Day. Public holiday in Barbados


DECEMBER

2 FULL MOON
3 Saba Day. Public holiday in Saba
6 7 Gustav Wilmerding 19th Annual Memorial Challenge, BVI.
West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002,
fax (284) 495-4184, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
6-9 St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition. www.mybacaribbeanshow.com
7 11 48th Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting. www.antiguayachtshow.com
9 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in Antigua & Barbuda
11 14 Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy 2009, race from St. Lucia
to Martinique and return. SLYC
12- 19 Chanukah
13 National Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia
16 Lionel Richie live at Pierre Aliker Stadium, Martinique.
www.bienglace.com/LIONEL-RICHIE-EN-CONCERT-EN.html
16- 24 Nine Mornings Festival, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
15 Kingdom Day. Public holiday in St. Maarten
15 ARC Children's Christmas Party, St. Lucia. SLYC
18 Lionel Richie live at Baie-Mahault Stadium, Guadeloupe.
www.bienglace.com/LIONEL-RICHIE-EN-CONCERT-EN.html
19 Separation Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
20 St. Lucia Yacht Club Fun day. SLYC
21 Winter Solstice
22 Carols Afloat and Christmas Party, Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia. SLYC
25 Christmas Day. Public holiday in many places
26 Boxing Day. Public holiday in many places
31 FULL MOON (Blue Moon); Festival Day. Public holiday in Montserrat
31 Nelson's Pursuit Race, Antigua. AYC

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Dear Liesbet,
We asked the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association
for comment, which follows.
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Dear Compass,
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Barbuda Marine Association to comment on your cor
respondent's letter .,- i.., i- I importation of ani
mals to Antigua. L tI .....1 I the ABMA has no
expertise in this area, as it is not something that has
been brought before the ABMA in the past. The ABMA
is making enquiries of the Government to clarify the
policy and procedures relating to the importation of
animals. It is acknowledged that a number of yachts do
carry pets aboard, hence procedures being in place to
allow importation, however, it is a relative rarity, which
is probably why this issue has not been raised before.
The ABMA would wish to assist in any way yachts
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recognize- .. --. I the regulations being
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info@abma.ag. The ABMA offices are open 0900 to
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Louis Marina and later went off to celebrate Monday
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in St c ': nd had left our boat around
... the .11 ..... returned around 9:00PM and
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How is that for fast justice! Thank you, CID Detective
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