Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00036
 Material Information
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: February 2010
Frequency: monthly
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: VID00036
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998


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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

Don't Miss St. Kitts
Welcoming and interesting.... 18


Barbuda Boys
Seeing red in the sanctuary.. 26

Eating, Emerald Isle style......... 3

San Bias Bliss
So much, so little... 21

Panama Canal
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Business Briefs ..................... 9
Regatta News.................... 13
Destinations......................... 18
Off Track with Street............. 23
Sailors' Hikes ..................... 29
Fun Pages.......................30, 31
Cruising Kids' Corner............32
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 32
The Caribbean Sky............... 33

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Book Review ..................... 35
All Ashore...................... .... 36
Readers' Forum................... 38
Doyle's Deck View...............41
Monthly Calendar .............. 42
Caribbean Marketplace......43
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Christmas Carols Afloat in St. Lucia
Callum McArdells reports: "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air,"
said W.T. Ellis, and I don't think anyone who participated in St Lucia's inaugural
Carols Afloat would argue with that. The boats that participated brought the joy


that is Christmas spirit from their hearts to many boats around the Rodney Bay Area.
On December 22nd, 13 uniquely decorated vessels participated in what was hope-
fully the first of many Carols Afloat flotillas organized by the St. Lucia Yacht Club.
Craft participating ranged from ocean-going yachts that had arrived on island with
the ARC, to fishing boats, to the SLYC crew on board Lucia, an Impulse 21.
At dusk, the procession set off from the marina entrance for the anchorage at Pigeon
Island, the crews singing along with our in-house DJ Mickey, who piped an eclectic mix
of traditional carols and Caribbean vibes. The flotilla then headed back into Rodney
Bay Lagoon for a fly-by on The Edge restaurant and the end of the parade.
After tying up back at the marina, all crews converged on H20 restaurant for the
prizegiving and complimentary beer courtesy of Heineken. Prizes were given to the
best-decorated boat, most improvisation and best crew uniform, as well as a host
of others. All prizes were donated by local companies, including Fire Grill, Delirious,
The Edge, Colombian Emeralds, Cafe Ole, Rain Forest Sky Rides, Steel Pan Band
Harmonites and Spinnakers. Special thanks go to IGY Rodney Bay Marina, which
provided free berths for the night for the participating boats, and to the partici-
pants themselves.
For more information on SLYC activities visit www.sluciayachtclub.com
Compass's Antigua Agent Wins 'Best Sailing Photo' Award
The photo below taken by Lucy Tulloch, an artist, sailor, designer and Compass's
agent in Antigua, was selected by the YachtPals website as one of its Best Sailing
Photos of the Year 2009.
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Thefirst ever Carols Afloat brought singing' and swinging' holiday cheer
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Tulloch, and her accomplished eye has captured both the essence of what draws
us to the Caribbean, and of these classic yachts that slip through its waters. It says
'wish you were here' in letters as tall as the sky itself, and we do."
To view all the winning photos visit http://yochtpols. com/sailing-photos-7095

Yacht Burglar Jailed in St. Vincent
Less than a month after the cover story of St. Vincent & the Grenadines' national
newspaper, The Vincentian, lamented "Yacht Crimes Crippling SVG Tourism", the
paper reported on the January 3rd arrest of Kenroy Grant, 28. After being spotted by

police nearly, ,ranT aamiTrea enTering a yacnT aT u.anasn bay (blue Lagoon), bT.
Vincent, and stealing cash and a cell phone. According to a report in another local
newspaper, The News, Grant, who has a 12-year record of previous convictions, had
been released from prison following a two-year sentence only three months before
this arrest. Grant reportedly was also involved in a yacht break-in at the Grenadine
island of Mayreau, and informed sources indicate that he is wanted for questioning
about other yacht burglaries. The Searchlight newspaper quoted Prosecutor

Inspector Nigel Butcher as saying, "We consider him a threat to the (tourism) indus-
try." Grant was sentenced to three months in jail for this latest offence.

Boating Community Helps Haiti
After an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale devastated the Haitian cap-
ital of Port-au-Prince on January 12th, individuals, groups and governments around
the globe rushed to help, and the Caribbean boating community is doing its part.
First, cruisers John and Melodye Pompa offer this advice: "if people want to con-
tribute money, they should only do it through established, reputable organizations
like the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. Unfortunately, there will be frauds out on
the Internet that sound sincere but are not."
An organization that comes well recommended by cruiser Ellen Sanpere, and one
with which many sailors have been involved, is the USVI-based non-profit Haiti
Community Support (www.haitisupport.org). The group, which primarily assists the vil-
lage of Au Centre/Beaumont, is currently also providing assistance to the disaster
victims; donors can earmark their contributions for earthquake relief.
The Pompas also note that visitors should currently stay away from the stricken area
and "let the pros do their job". Meanwhile, keep in mind that only the Port-au-Prince
area was directly affected by the earthquake and other parts of Haiti continue to
welcome, in fact need, tourism dollars. The Caribbean Media Exchange on
Sustainable Tourism's director Lelei LeLaulu states, "The region should look for ways
of using tourism to feed resources not only to the devastated areas, but also to
communities in other parts of Haiti. Effective recovery requires helping all parts of
the country. Everybody should make future plans to travel to Haiti, not to get in the
way of relief and reconstruction efforts, but to spend their tourist dollars in ways
which help people and their communities ensure the recovery is a lasting one."
Ile-d-Vache, a small island off Haiti's southwest coast, has become a popular stop
for yachts. It is 200 kilometres southwest of Port-au-Prince and accessible only by
boat. Cruisers Bev and Bill Bate write: "Etoile Du Matin School is located in Ile-d-
Vache. There are no rivers or springs here, and no roads or cars people travel on
horseback or on foot. With the pre-existing tremendous poverty in the country com-
pounded by a natural disaster it is not difficult to imagine the extreme poverty of a
rural island in Haiti. It is for this reason the Schools Beyond Borders Foundation (www.
schoolsbeyondborders.com) has partnered with this school for support.
"This area receives little aid from outside agencies due to its remoteness, but keep-
ing the school operating is critical for the community's future. The mainland of Haiti
is fraught with corruption and very little makes its way to its intended recipients. Our
school, however, has a secure donation line available through a reputable bank
and Schools Beyond Borders takes no service costs from the donations. A donation
can be made directly to the school and thereby benefit the entire community
through the education of its children."
Following is an excerpt from an e-mail the Bates received from the school principal:
"Because of the situation in the country, there is going to be a lot of hunger. If you
could send financial aid for that or send food that would be great. We thank you
greatly for desiring to help us. We have a lot of people who died in the earthquake:
parents of students, family and friends who were in the capital at the time. We don't
have anything to help the people in this area, but with your help that will be possi-
ble." If you wish to donate directly to the Etoile Du Matin School e-mail
contact@schoolsbeyondborders.com for account information.
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Yacht Haven Grande marina in St. Thomas, USVI, will host a concert to benefit the
victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In addition, a raffle will take place during the
event with prizes including hotel stays, boat trips, gift certificates, and more. Each of
the five bands performing is donating its performance for this fundraiser, and all pro-
ceeds from this benefit will be donated to the relief efforts of the American
Red Cross.
The annual Transcaraibes yacht rally will again be stopping in Haiti during this
year's Guadeloupe-to-Cuba sail, March 30th through April 22nd. The fleet will be
carrying donated food and other supplies to Ile-a-Vache, and rally participants
wanting to contribute financially are asked to donate to the island's St. Francois
Orphanage (www.ileauxenfantsdhaiti.com).
Cruisers' Site-ings
One of our favorite yachting industry magazines, The Triton, has recently re-
launched its website. Now you can read The Triton on line with digital page flipping,
and while you're visiting the site, check out The Triton Directory(formerly The
Captain's Mate) with information on some 3,000 yacht-related companies. Visit
To accompany the release of her new book, The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lover's
Caribbean Adventure, author, cruiser, and occasional Compass correspondent Ann
Vanderhoof has launched a website. Designed by her husband, Steve Manley, the
site allows you to follow the couple's cruising travels, share their adventures, see
their photos, and get a taste of life aboard their boat, Receta.
Visit www.spicenecklace.com
15th Annual Mustique Blues Festival
Once a year, Basil's Bar on Mustique becomes The House of Blues for two
weeks. This year the event runs through February 10th. The Mustique Blues Festival
takes place every evening at Basil's Bar, except for February 5th in St. Vincent at The
Aquatic Club (there was a Bequia appearance in January). Sunday feature family
sunset performances from 5:30 to 7:30PM. All other performances begin at 8:30PM.
The line-up includes Grammy Award nominees Billy Branch and Hans Theessink,
and Blues Festival regulars Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band.
All proceeds are donated to the Basil Charles Educational Foundation. The BCEF
began in 1995 to raise money to help send needy children in St. Vincent & the
Grenadines to secondary school. The BCEF currently has more than 69 students on
scholarship or bursary, bringing the total number of children who have benefited
from the program to more than 120.
For more information visit www.basilsbar.com.
Calling All Compass Contributors!
If you've had an article, photo or poem published in the Compass during the past
12 months, you are cordially invited to bring a guest and join us at this year's
Compass Writers' Brunch at 10:00AM, Thursday, April 1st (no fooling!) at the ever-pop-
ular Mac's Pizzeria in Bequia. The annual Compass Writers' Brunch is held just at the
beginning of the Bequia Easter Regatta, so you can stay on for a whole weekend of
fun. The Writers' Brunch is absolutely free it's our way of saying a special thank-
you to everyone who helps make the Compass special!

Space is limited so please RSVP by March 18th to sally@caribbeancompass.com or
phone Sally at (784) 457-3409. We look forward to seeing you there.
Ooops we got our multi-island regattas starting in St. Maarten confused in last
month's Regatta News. Stephane Legendre covered the Course de L'Alliance -
see story on page 12. There's also a report on the Golden Rock Regatta in this
month's Recatta News, oaces 14 through 17.

The photo above of the green turtle that appeared on page 4 of last month's
Compass was taken by Robert Van Dam, and the photo of the hawksbill turtle on
page 36 was shot by Kevin Favreau.


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Robbery of Yacht Between

Trinidad and Grenada

Spurs International

Security Measures

by James Pascallfor MAYAG

On December 21st, 2009 the yacht riton, a 56-foot Panamanian-registered sloop
with three German nationals on board, was en route from Trinidad to Grenada. At
around 12:00 noon, approximately 40 miles north of Trinidad (position 11 27'N
6152'W), they were approached from the south by a pirogue-type motorboat whose
occupants fired shots at the yacht and commanded its crew to stop.
The pirogue contained seven or eight Spanish-speaking men who appeared to be
armed with rifles. Four or five of these men boarded Triton, tied up the captain,
Robert Keinzle, and placed a towel over his head. The men then stripped the yacht
of a wide range of items 'i-1n-li;;n -1 ctronics, cash, clothing, food and alcohol.
During this time the yacht I.. 1I .11h sails up while the pirogue circled. After at
least 30 minutes on board, the men loaded the pirogue and departed in a southwest
erly direction. The crew of Triton were unharmed.
Triton continued towards Grenada, arriving at 6:00 that evening. The crew then
alerted the authorities, having been unable to do so before owing to the theft of
the yacht's hand-held VHF and destruction of the installed VHF and single-side
band radios.
The Grenada Coastguard initially took statements from Triton's crew, followed by
officers from Grenada's Criminal Investigation and Forensic Departments who
took photographs and other evidence details. The crew were assisted by members
of the yachting industry in Grenada to rehabilitate themselves after their ordeal.
From the description of the perpetrators given, it is most likely that they are
Venezuelan nationals.
The following actions are currently planned or already have been enacted by the
Governments of Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada as well as the marine associations
of each country: the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago (YSATT) and
the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) and individual members
of the marine industry:
Actions Taken
MAYAG alerted members of the Government of Grenada on the same day the
incident occurred and communication of the incident was made to the Foreign
Ministry of the Government of Venezuela. It is hoped such communications will
continue and the Government of Venezuela will assist with eradicating the problem
of piracy off its shores.
YSATT is also meeting members of the Trinidad & i I .. ...... through
its Yacht Steering Committee, with the same intention I ..... .. ... .. of diplo
matic efforts to improve security.
MAYAG reported the incident to the Caribbean Safety & Security Net and YSATT
and broadcast information on the daily Grenada VHF Cruisers' Net to alert the
I I,,, community.
initiated a meeting with the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard, which con
i;- t:. i-;. ; i trols along the north coast of Trinidad. These patrols will now extend
i ,. 11 i, Currently the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard has three Fast Patrol
Craft (FPC) to conduct operations. Three more are currently under construction and
are due to be delivered later this year. A large Coastguard vessel with a helicopter is
also under construction.
As of this ,,i,. ihe Commander of the Grenada Coastguard was expected to
visit Trinidad I I 11 up on this particular incident and also discuss with his
Trinidadian counterparts ways of strengthening existing operational arrangements
and approaches for any future responses.
A VHF radio security net system will be put in place between Trinidad and
Grenada using both islands' radio resources: North Post Radio in Trinidad (with
70-mile transmission capability) and Island Water World yacht chandlery in Grenada
(with a 70-mile transmitter located on one of highest points of the island, with ser
vice only available during shop opening hours).
The oil rig that is stationed almost exactly midway and on the rhumb line
between Grenada and Trinidad will also accept and relay security messages on VHF
channel 16 twenty-four hours a day. A call sign for the rig is currently being
Actions Planned
The addition of a mobile phone repeater station on the abovementioned oil rig
would allow continuous mobile phone coverage between Grenada and Trinidad. This
proposal is under consideration.
The development of a "float plan" for the Trinidad-to-Grenada passage wherein
vessels give advance notice of arrival so that an alert can be issued in the case of
non-arrival at the destination.
The use of a powerful radar station located on the north coast of Trinidad to
track boats transiting between the two islands. This station can also be used to
track the small type of "cigarette" or pirogue boat commonly used in piracy and
drug running.
Upgrading of communications at the Grenada Coastguard including the addition
of a more powerful VHF transmitter/receiver.
Increase in the patrols performed by the Grenad. r' .t.;; ;
Improving communication between the security : i i .... i & Tobago and
Grenada. Trinidad & Tobago's security forces have helicopter capability and can
reach a site 30 miles offshore in about 30 minutes.
The possibility of yachts travelling in convoy between Trinidad and Grenada will
be investigated.
Development of a regional "anti-piracy" strategy by the Caribbean Marine
Association to be accepted and initiated by government and private sector and
adopted throughout the Caribbean.
Currently incidents of piracy are very small in number and limited to very specific
areas such as the northern coast of Venezuela's Peninsula de Paria. It is hoped that
the steps taken above will ensure that piracy levels do not increase or, better yet,
reduce to zero -the only acceptable level.

For more information contact MAYAG, Jennifer Elard Alexis, (473) 416 7135,james@
sailgrenada.co.uk and YSATT, Gina Carvallo, (868) 634-4938, ysatt@tstt.net.tt.

Winners Announced in Island Water World's Draw
The first winner of Island Water World's Online Game is Russell Morton, alias Sprout,
from Antigua. He became the proud owner of a dinghy-outboard combo, worth
US$3,200. Sprout, is the owner of Phoenix Custom Carpentry, at Falmouth Harbour,
St. Paul's, Antigua.
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The second winner of Island Water World's Online Game prie of a dinghy-
outboard combo is Vassil Kurtev from Bulgaria. He arrived in St. Maarten in
December from Tenerife after crossing the Atlantic on his 38-foot
custom-designed S/V Bizone.
Vassil nicknamed Vasko and 74 years young, built Bizone in the early 1990s in
Bulgaria together with his son. Owing to the lack of well stocked chandleries Vasko
fabricated many parts himself. He is an avid sailor and participated in 1984 in OSTAR
(Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race from Plymouthw England to Newport
Rhode Island). Back then he sailed a 24-foot Folkboat and finished in 40 days.
Until the end of January, every online shopper at Island Water Worlds new e-com-
merce website www.islandwaterworld.com was automatically eligible to win
the Walker Bay Air Floor Hypalon AF240 dinghy and five-horsepower Mercury out-
board combo. eThe draw was cumulative meaning if you bought something in
November or December you were still eligible forh the draw in January The more
often you bought, the more chances you would have," says Sean Kennelly .
Managing Director of Island Water World. 'No matter how small or big the purchase
was, every buyer had a chance to win".
Island Water World also took care of the freight headache as the company
shipped the prizes free of charge provided that the winner lived at a destination to
which Island Water World ships.
For more information on Island Wter World see ad on page 48.
Woodstock Boatbuilders Refit Longo a aa
Andrew Robinson of Woodstock Boatbuilders in Antigua reports: We recently com-
pleted the most extensive yacht refit that the Caribbean has seen in a long time.
After the 35etref Cantieri Di Pisa Longo Mai caught fire while on the dock in
Bonaire the captain considered various options as to where to have her refitted.
Antigua was chosen for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that it is
home to the vast range of services required to complete such an involved refit.
Captain Barnaby Dennen was quoted as saying, My expectations have been sur-
passed, the staff at Woodstock put their heart and soul into the project. the quality
and service was superior to many of the better-known large yards in Europe or the
USA. They did an immense amount of work in a very short time, even working over
Christmas to ensure we met our deadline."
For more information on Woodsock Boatbuilders see ad on page 8.
Le Phare Bleu Marina Donates to Grenadian Charities
Le Phare Bleu Marina and Boutique Hotel, located at Petit Calivigny Bay,

"Thank you,
Season!" Le
Executive Chef
Mark Banthorpe,
with Shelisha
ii Bishop,
Grenada's Child
Welfare Authority
il Emergency
Centre Manager

Grenada, had a great 'Friendship Season" 2009. This special season all came
about because of the recession. With 'bad news" stories everywhere, Dieter
Burkhalter and Jana Caniga, the owners of Le Phare Bleu, decided to focus on
bringing people together by making an evening out easier on the wallet while
offering something new. For example, during August you could take your best
friend to dinner at the Poolbar Restaurant and Le Phare Bleu would pay for their
meal in return for your friendship story.
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I'- i : : 1: :i''.l :' i ':i' 1:' : I : to be October, when Musical Friendship evenings
offered unique performances along with great menu offers. Another feature was the
Friendship Table where diners could help themselves to tasty local dishes for ECS45,
including service and tax. The Friendship Table proved so popular that it now takes
place every Wednesday evening in the Poolbar Restaurant.
Also for the Friendship Season, Dieter and Jana set up the Friendship Fund and
donated five percent of proceeds from their fine-dining restaurant on board the
lighthouse ship Vastra Banken. Diners could choose which good cause they wanted
to support: The Rotary Clubs of Grenada or the Ministry of Social Development.
Le Phare Bleu's Chef, Mark Banthorpe, presented a cheque for ECS2,300 to Lesley-
Ann Seon of Grenada's Child Welfare Authority. The money will help finish the new
Emergency Centre, which houses teenage girls who need a safe haven. Mrs. Seon
said, "Thank you to all at Le Phare Bleu who made this donation possible."
The Rotary Clubs of Grenada were also presented with a cheque for $2,400 towards
the Grenada Eye Care Project, which offers eye treatment to those in most need.
Dieter presented the cheque to Leslie Ramdhanny, Keith Clarke and Nevlyn John from
The Rotary Club East. Nevlyn John said, "How grateful we are to Le Phare Bleu for giv-
ing us this much needed donation. A big thank you to the owners and all the staff for
running the Friendship Season and we wish you all great success in the future".
For more information on Le Phare Bleu see ad on page 17.
Horizon Yacht Management at Port Louis Marina, Grenada
Horizon Yacht Charters and Management has opened a new office and yacht-
services location at the Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in
St. George's, Grenada.
Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada has been established for ten years at True Blue
Resort and Marina on the south coast of Grenada, offering yacht charter and man-
agement services. The company is very happy to announce the extension of man-
agement services at Port Louis Marina, a truly year-round, well-protected,
in-water location.
The Horizon team will specialize in the maintenance of clients' yachts while they
are away, arranging such jobs as installation of new equipment and electrical sys-
tems, refrigeration repairs, and the general boat-watch service as required. If the
yacht is due to be hauled for annual bottom painting and other hull work, this can
also be fully managed.
Horizon will also offer a full yacht-brokerage service at Port Louis Marina. Clients
can list their yacht for sale, and have Horizon manage all aspects of the sale such as
survey and sea trial. For new yacht sales, Horizon are proud to be agents for Bavaria
Yachts and Fountaine Pajot catamarans and can handle the complete purchase
process right through to delivery to the Caribbean and commissioning.
For more information contact James Pascall, tel (473) 439-1000, mobile (473) 535-
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New Jet for SVG Air
Paul Gravel reports: SVG Air celebrates its 20th year in business with the addition to
its fleet of a new Citation CJ3 jet aircraft. This is the first private commercially operat-
ed jet in the Eastern Caribbean.

Let's go! SVG Air's new Citation CJ3jet is at your service

SVG Air also scored another first in the aviation industry by being the original and
foremost aviation company in SVG to be fully re-certified, which gives SVG Air
unrestricted expansion and commercial recognition to operate into North and
South America.
The company was started with one aircraft to service the family's yacht charter
company (Barefoot Yacht Charters). It soon found that there was other business to
be had throughout the Grenadines, which needed additional airlift. Now, 20 years
later, SVG Air is moving more than 100,000 people yearly throughout the Caribbean,
in a combination of scheduled and private charter services. The business has
evolved to include aircraft management, managing three aircraft for the island of
Mustique, and two jet aircraft for the island of Canouan.
A further spin-off is that our customers who arrive in Grenada, Canouan and St.
Vincent on their own private jets can enjoy jet-handling services (FBOs) on these
islands. This expansion will include the sale of fuel, hangaring of visiting aircraft, and
maintenance support.
SVG Air has become a Multifaceted Aviation support company as of January 2010.
It currently flies 11 aircraft and expects a second jet to join the fleet in April.
For more information see ad on page 39.
Blue Water Round the World Rally at Jolly Harbour
Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua welcomed the 8th Blue Water Round the World
Cruising Rally to the marina in December and celebrated a safe Atlantic crossing for
the 26 participating yachts. A party was held at the newly opened Al Porto restau-
rant in the harbour and the yachtsmen, women and children were entertained by a
lively local jazz band. Gerry Daniels, the Yachting Officer from the Antigua Ministry of
Tourism, gave the welcoming speech. The evening also saw a photographic com-
petition, which included categories such as "We are a happy ship" and "The one
that did NOT get away", with one of the youngest entrants, Eddie, aged seven, win-
ning the main prize.
'It is lovely to see a group of like-minded people joining together and embarking
on a challenge like this," Marina Manager Festus Isaac commented. "We always
welcome both groups and individuals at Jolly Harbour and we particularly look for-
ward to 2011 when the next Blue Water rally arrives."
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Th- I :,i, I: :1 i o the Panama Canal after free-sailing various routes
around the Caribbean and meeting up at the San Bias Islands.

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Water Rally photo
competition during
prizegiving at
Jolly Harbour

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Racer/Cruiser Class and Herve Margolis on the Seacart 30, Blanca, in Multihulls.
The evening's dinner was hosted at the Wall House restaurant.
Light airs on Saturday's race from St. Barths to Road Bay, Anguilla saw Frits Bus
and Peter Houtzager on the Melges 24 Team Coors Light move to the top of Racing
Class, and Colin Percy's Nonsuch 33, Antares, take Cruising Class, while Lost
Horizon and Blanca positioned themselves for their eventual three bullets. The eve
ning was memorable, spent first at Johnno's restaurant and then at the Pump House
Pub. Sleep was very short for some participants!
The final day's race, with a ten to 15 knot breeze, started in Road Bay and finished
at Marigot on French St. Martin. The only change in the winner's circle from the
previous day was Buccaneer Beach Bar reclaiming Cruising Class. The prizegiving
ceremony took place at the Plongeoir restaurant, and all boats in the regatta were
offered free dockage at Marina Fort Louis for the night.
i.... . ...~.1o the occasion for the Tourism Office of Saint Martin to show
a ,.. I I I I from all over the world what this area has to offer. We writers
found that there is a deep motivation on the part of everyone concerned to promote
St. Martin during the current difficult economical context. I think all the assets are
in the hands of the people of St. Martin to achieve their business goals. Boaters
should come and enjoy both the French and the Dutch sides, to purchase reasonably
priced equipment and meet the many professionals ready to give the service you are
entitled to expect.
In conclusion, the 20 boats that joined this edition of the Course de 1'Alliance had
a wonderful time and are ready to enjoy it again next year.
For full results visit www.coursedelalliance.com

Left: Light airs at the start of the St. Barths to Anguilla leg
Below: After the finish in St. Martin, all yachts were offered the night's dockage free
at Marina Fort Louis

La Course de l'Alliance is an initiative of Marina Fort Louis and Yacht Club Fort
Louis to cement the alliance between St. Martin St. Maarten and neighboring St.
Barths and Anguilla. For the sixth consecutive year, four yacht clubs Yacht Club
Fort Louis, Sint Maarten Yacht Club, St. Barth Yacht Club and Anguilla International
Yacht Club supported a regatta that starts and/or finishes at each of the destina
tions. The -r ni-in. authority was the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
Registrati ,, ." I.. on Thursday, November 26th, 2009 was followed by a skip
pers' meeting run by SMYC's Robbie Ferron and Herve Dorville from the Marina Fort
Louis. Competition was held in Racing, Cruising, Racing/Cruising and Multihull
Classes. Challenging courses took us to the three islands over the course of three
days. The organizers kept in mind that crews ., I i .. ii
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to Gustavia, St. Barths. Little wind and much rain prevailed rain so heavy that
the coast was out of sight for a few hours. Didier Rouault's Melges 24, French
Connection topped a Racing Class that included two sister ships. In Cruising Class,
Garth Steyn skippering a Catalina 36, Buccaneer Beach Bar, won the day on his way
to an overall win, as did James Dobbs on the J/122 from Antigua, Lost Horizon in


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Velasquez Takes Overall Prize in
5th Golden Rock Regatta
Joe Russell reports: At a ceremony at Fort Oranje, St.

You rock! Golden Rock, that is. At the trophy
presentation, many congratulations for ajob well done

Eustatius, on November 16th, 2009, Sir Robert (Bobby)
Velasquez, representing the St. Maarten Yacht Club,
was awarded the Governor's Trophy by Statia
Governor Hyden Gittens. The Governor's Trophy is
awarded to the boat with the best overall perfor-
mance in all five races of the annual Golden Rock
Regatta series, which takes competitors from St.
Maarten to Anguilla and Statia (St. Eustatius).
This was Bobby Velasquez' first appearance in the
regatta and in accepting the trophy, he praised the
event and promised more St. Maarten support along
with his participation in coming years. Velasquez also
won his class in 2009's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The annual event began with fresh breezes on
November 13th for the 23-mile run from Great Bay, St.
Maarten to Road Bay, Anguilla. Jan Vanden Eynde
was not only first across the line in his Open 750, Panic
Attack, but also first on the beach at Johnno's.
Everyone finished in plenty of time for the barbecue.
For the next two days, races were scheduled from
Road Bay to Grand Case, St. Martin (21 miles) and
from Grand Case to Statia (42 miles). The second
race, Road Bay to Grand Case, finished well, but
owing to fading winds Sunday's race was shortened
by moving the start from Grand Case to Great Bay. By
that time a calm had arrived, causing several racers
in the 15-boat fleet to motor to reach Oranjestad
before dark. The winner on corrected time was Bobby
Velasquez, racing his Beneteau 45 F5, L'esperance.
Vanden Eynde was forced from the competition by
the failure of his starboard rudder.
In Statia, Governor Gittens welcomed the more than
150 sailors and regatta officials at historic Fort Oranje.
After the trophy presentation, the governor honored
Juul Hermsen, the founder of the regatta, for his efforts
in successfully organizing the event and promoting the
interests of St. Eustatius.
The Golden Rock Regatta fleet arrives at Statia, part
of the Netherlands Antilles, every year on November
15th, the day before Statia Day. On November 16th,
1776 Holland became the first country to recognize
the United States as a sovereign nation by returning
the 13-gun salute from the US brigantine of war,
Andrew Doria, which was on a mission to purchase
and carry back ammunition and supplies to the
Continental Army under General George Washington.
The morning of the 16th, 2009 witnessed a reenact-
ment of the First Salute when the US Coast Guard
Cutter Key Largo, a half-mile off shore, fired 13 shots
from her deck gun. The sounds of those shots paled in

comparison to the return salute, 13 extraordinarily loud
"air bombs" fired from the fort that echoed off nearby
Mount Mazinga.
The winds were perfect for the first of two round-the-
buoys races subsequently held in Fort Oranje Roads
and Velasquez continued his dominance. When the
afternoon winds died completely, the second race was
cancelled and Sir Robert received the Budget Marine
Trophy. There was a close race for second place as
Doug Moy's Team Manhattan on a Harmony 52 beat
Dirk K6hn's German team aboard a Dufour 40 by only
11 seconds on corrected time. That evening's trophy
presentation was hosted by Governor Gittens, followed
by a dinner party at Blue Bead restaurant on the cliff
overlooking Oranjestad Roads. The restaurant is named
after the Dutch beads used as currency with the Carib
and Taino Indians during the early colonial days.
The Presidente Cup is an informal race from Statia
back to Oyster Pond, St. Martin (37 miles). Though the
morning breeze failed, the first boat in was Henk
Ligtharts' Dutch team aboard Funfactor 8, a Moorings
51.5. The last night was highlighted by a lobster buffet
and live music at Captain Oliver's.
This fifth running of the Golden Rock Regatta saw
some firsts. For the first time there were teams from
Germany, St. Kitts and Belgium. The US entrant, Team
Manhattan aboard the Harmony 52 Vivaldi, won the
Bareboat 1 class while a German team aboard Lady
Marlene, a Dufour 40 and skippered by Dirk K6hn, won
the Bareboat 2 class.
For more information visit wwwgoldenrockregatta.com

High Winds for St. Lucia-to-Martinique Race
Sean Fuller reports: At 9:00AM December 12th, a
reduced fleet of seven boats turned up in squally con-
ditions for the start of the St. Lucia to Martinique race
series for the Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy. The
annual event is held in honour of the late Prime
Minister of St. Lucia, a keen yachtsman who served
the island for over 30 years. The start was off the St.
Lucia Yacht Club in Rodney Bay and the fleet includ-
ed two ARC entries, Akanara and Boundless, and also
two Martiniquan boats. The smallest entry was a St.
Lucian J/24 skippered by Edgar Roe.
As the yachts headed off round Pigeon Point, they
were soon into the teeth of a northeasterly blowing at
between 25 and 30 knots. Akarana, a Swan 46, took
the lead as the boats headed off to Fort de France, a
distance of some 25 miles.
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by heavy rainsqualls with gusts up to 35 knots. Some
boats had two reefs in their mainsails as they headed
on a close fetch.
The first boat to finish was Akarana followed by
Vaguely Noble, a Martiniquan boat which won on
handicap. The winds were gusty and testing right to
the finish off Fort de France. Some boats encountered
damage along the way. Kaiso suffered a ten-foot tear
in their genoa but the crew managed to stitch a
repair overnight.
The boats berthed at the docks provided courtesy of
the Yacht Club de la Martinique, and the Club hosted
a dinner for participants, which was attended by the
St. Lucian Consul General, Keats Compton. There was
a traditionally costumed dance troupe, enhanced by
an impromptu performance by one of the male crew
from Kaiso dressed in drag.
The following day entailed a leisurely sail down to
Grand Anse D'Arlet, a bay on the southeast side of
Martinique. All participants met for a classic Gallic lunch
with plenty of wine. An ad hoc start for the start of the
return leg to St. Lucia saw a rusty boat as ODM and a
mark on one side was arranged by Edgar Roe on Loose
Cannon, who lived up to the boat's name by firing the
starting gun. Needless to say he wasn't over the line.
The return leg from Anse d'Arlet included a provision
to round Diamond Rock to starboard. All boats record
the time when they reach Diamond Rock on a bear-
ing of 270 degrees. The weather for the start of the
return leg started off squally with winds up to 22 knots.
Akarana was first to Diamond Rock after putting in
two tacks. They were followed by Loose Cannon.
The weather cleared by mid-morning to leave clear
skies as the boats headed back to Rodney Bay -
again on a close fetch thanks to a strong west-flowing
current. Akarana was the first to cross the line after
approximately four hours sailing. Kaiso, a Sovereign
400, managed to squeeze ahead of Loose Cannon
and came in a few minutes ahead; the latter was fol-
lowed by HyTime which was limping along slowly after
suffering sail damage during a tack.

Squalls conquered, the Akarana crew celebrates
winning this year's Sir John Compton Memorial Race
from St. Lucia to Martinique and return

Prizegiving was held at the St. Lucia Yacht Club with
prizes awarded by Lady Janice Compton. Akarana
won first overall and Diamonds International awarded
first prize for "The Diamond Dash" to Loose Cannon,
scoring the fastest corrected time between Grande
Anse D'Arlet and Diamond Rock. Skippers and crews
each received several bottles of Bounty Rum and
Chilean wine, thanks to St. Lucia Distillers and Peter &
Co, and Heineken beer was provided courtesy of
Windward & Leeward Brewery. Lady Janice Compton
donated a photograph featuring Sir John Compton at
the helm to the Yacht Club.
All in all a great event was enjoyed by participants
and thanks go to the sponsors: Heineken, Diamonds
International, Peter & Co, St Lucia Rum Distilleries,
Delirious, Spinnakers and Rain Forest Sky Rides, and to
the St. Lucia Yacht Club and Yacht Club de la
Martinique for organizing the event.
For more information visit www.sifuciayachtclub.com
T&T Youth Sailor Wins in Miami
The new Trinidad & Tobago National Sailing Scheme
produced its first international victory after only two
months. A team of two boys and two girls from the
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) went to
the Orange Bowl International Youth Sailing Regatta in
Miami this past Christmas, competing against top class
international opposition. As part of the initial training
programme for the new National Sailing Scheme, the
team spent two weeks before Christmas training for
the event at TTSA in Chaguaramas, Trinidad under the
guidance of visiting UK instructors Steve Jackson and
Seb Godsmark.
The team consisted of Optimist sailors Abigail Affoo,
Kelly Ann Arrindell and Derek Poon Tip, plus Laser sailor
Wesley Scott. They traveled to Miami on Boxing Day to
take part in the international regatta held at Florida's
Coral Cove Yacht Club. The competition over the
12-race series was of an extremely high standard and

the races were hard fought. In Race 9 of the Optimist
series Derek Poon Tip put in a superb performance to
come in first place ahead of over 200 other sailors. The
final results saw all T&T sailors in the top third of the
field, gaining just reward for their hard efforts in train-
ing and competition. Thanks go to the Sport Company
of Trinidad & Tobago for helping to fund the team
and the training programme, which continues to go
from strength to strength.
For more information visit www. ttsailing. org

Barbados Yacht Club Announces J/24 Season, 2010
This year, there is a whole season of J/24 racing to be
had in the great waters and wind of Carlisle Bay,
Barbados. Entry forms are available at the Barbados
Yacht Club office/bar, tel (246) 427-1125.
The first race in the J/24 class will have sailed on
Sunday, January 24th, as this issue of Compass goes
to press.
For the complete schedule visit http://axses.com/
encyc/bta/evnspwtr cfm

New Multihull Regatta Announced
for St. Maarten-St. Martin
Public relations and special events company WIE
(West Indies Events) has announced that they are
organizing the first clockwise Around St. Maarten-St.
Martin MultiHull Regatta, to be held February 27th with
Philipsburg as the start and finish location. There will be
classes for trimarans, catamarans (racing and cruising)
and beach cats.
An introductory meeting was hosted by Pat Turner at
Tropical Wave Restaurant at Le Gallion in January,
where the organizers had invited multihull owners to
discuss the technical details of this new event. One of
the points brought up was safety, especially for the
fast but fragile beach cats. Several safety boats will
be arranged to follow the racers, both big and small,
around the island.
The event will be sanctioned by the St. Maarten-St.
Martin Classic Yacht Club and race director is Mirian
Ebbers, former director of the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta. Holland House Beach Hotel in Philipsburg has
come on board as the first sponsor and will host the
Skippers' Briefing on Friday, February 26th, and the
prizegiving on the 27th.
For more information visit www. MultiHullRegatt. com

Hate Sausages? Need Crew? No Excuses -
Register NOW!
Ellen Sanpere reports: Regatta organizers often hear
excuses for why racers don't race in their regattas:
* Tired of racing windward/leeward courses
* Tired of not racing windward/leeward courses
* Unable to find crew/boat
* Unhappy with class breaks
* Need more family time
* Time better spent raising money for good causes
* Not enough free rum
St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta organizers
have addressed these concerns and hope to reach
those who might be overlooking an opportunity to
race in the warm, protected waters of the Big Island,
February 19th through 21st.
For many years, boats that are great for cruising
were at a disadvantage when racing for fun. The
SCYC Hospice Regatta now offers distance courses
with room for those long-legged beauties to stretch
out and sail, rather than exhaust their crews (and beer
supplies) with short windward/leeward "sausage"
races. Leave those wieners on the grill and see the
sights of St. Croix's beautiful North Shore!
Many skippers of hotshot racing machines crave
fierce competition on windward/leeward courses.
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keep the boats racing in smaller, more homogenous
classes, and the SCYC Hospice Regatta is the first leg
of the CORT series.
The good news is that the SCYC Hospice Regatta web-
site has a special place at www.stcroixregatta.com for
boats looking for crew and for crew looking for boats.
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Action at last
year's St. Croix
Regatta. This
year's event
promises more
fun than ever
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everything. Skippers are strongly encouraged and
the crew can help to go to www.stcroixregatta.
com and register their boats online now. They can also
view and print the current entry list, Notice of Race
and other regatta documents. Sailing Instructions and
amendments will be available online during the regat-
ta. The Race Committee will attempt to accommo-
date any three boats that request a class start. The
earlier skippers register online, the better the commit-
tee will be able to please them. Registration is free -
entry fees aren't due until February 19th.
Optimist racing involves the whole family kids learn
to sail independently, and parents enjoy family time
with the Corinthian comradeship that sailboat racing
stimulates. Back by popular demand, an Opti Clinic
will be held on February 19th. Click the "Optimist
Regatta" tab at www.stcroixregatta.com for informa-
tion, and register that Opti sailor now.
Continuum Care, Inc. is the hospice care company
on St. Croix that provides end of life services to all who
need it, regardless of their ability to pay. As part of the
National Hospice Regatta Alliance, the SCYC Hospice
Regatta aims to raise funds and awareness for hospice
care on St. Croix. Racing in the regatta, sponsoring a
trophy, donating goods or services, will help to reach
the goal of supporting hospice teams on the island.
See www.stcroixregatta.com for sponsorship informa-
tion. Additionally, the racing class winner will be invited
to the National Hospice Regatta Championships.
Traditional sponsors of the St. Croix International
Regatta, Cruzan Rum and Premier Wines & Spirits, have
continued their regatta sponsorship, including a lavish
welcome party, and the winning CSA Spin-1 skipper
gets his/her weight in Cruzan Rum. (The winning Opti
skipper gets his/her weight in sports drink.) Running out
of rum is next to impossible we make it here!
For more information see ad on page 14.


Second South Grenada Regatta 2010
The second edition of the South Grenada Regatta
will take place from February 26th through 28th,
based at Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel on
the island's south coast. This is a fun and family-
friendly event.
If you missed the South Grenada Sailing Regatta last
year, take the opportunity to find out what all the buz
is about!
For more information see ad on page 17.

Entry List Grows for 30th St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta
The entry list for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is
steadily increasing. The event takes place March 4th
to 7th and will include the pre-event Budget Marine
Match Racing Cup on March 2nd as well as the Gill
Commodores Cup on March 4th.
George David's 90-foot Reichel/Pugh designed
Rambler will bring an exciting mix to the event, count-
ing sailing stars from around the world as the crew.
With a long list of wins including the 2007 Nordbank
Transatlantic Race, 2007 Middle Sea Race, 2008
Buenos Aires to Rio Race as well as setting the course
record in the 2009 NYYC Queens Cup, Rambler is sure
to set the bar for her competitors.
In addition, 80 charter boats from both Sunsail and
The Moorings have been confirmed. The charter boat
fleet is the largest of this event, and organizers work
closely with the charter companies, travel planners
and individuals to ensure that fair racing and compet-
itive sailing are accomplished.
For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com

Peter vs. Peter in the Budget Marine
Match Racing Cup
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club confirmed in early
January that both Peter Isler and Peter Holmberg will
compete in the second Budget Marine Match Racing
Cup, which takes place on March 2nd.
The Match Racing Cup, taking place just before the
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 4th through
7th), is a great opportunity for sailors already attend-
ing the regatta to compete in one more day of rac-
ing, and, with cash prizes totaling US$10,000, the event
is drawing a lot of attention.
Peter Holmberg, native of St. Thomas and the winner
of last year's first Budget Marine Match Racing Cup,


will defend his title. Holmberg's list of sailing accom-
plishments is significant, with a silver medal in the 1988
Olympics and a second place in the Louis Vuitton
Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Holmberg also
placed first in the 32nd America's Cup in 2007.
Peter Isler is a two-time America's Cup winner, and
participated in five America's Cup campaigns. Two-
time Maxi Class World Champion, Isler has sailed
aboard Pyewacket, Rambler, Titan 15 and Morning
Glory to name just a few. Isler is also author of Sailing
for Dummies, as well as a regular contributor to Sailing
World magazine.
This match up between the two Peters is one that all
eyes will be on, but do not forget the other competi-
tors in the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, one of
whom will be Eugeniy Nikiforov, ranked 45th as an ISAF
Match Racer placing 1st in the Ekaterinburg Cup, a
qualifier for the YAVA Trophy in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Nikiforov participated in the event in 2009 and placed
third overall. Other confirmed participants to date are
Colin Rathbun, Chris Nesbitt, Marc Fitzgerald and
Jakub Pawluk.
For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com

Grenada Classic Postponed Until 2011
Fred Thomas reports: Due to circumstances beyond
the organizers' control, the Grenada Classic Yacht
Regatta scheduled for March 4th through 7th, 2010
has been postponed until 2011. Classic yacht aficio-
nados, stay tuned for news of next year's event!
For more information contact shipwrights@spiceisle.com

Break the Grenada Round-the-lsland Record!
The Grenada Round-the-Island Race March 12th
through 14th will bring excitement to the Spice Isle.
Who will break the course record of three hours, 54
minutes and two seconds set last year by the trimaran
Horizon Region Guadeloupe? You, perhaps?
For more information see ad on page 12.

New Name, Location for Puerto Rico
Heineken Regatta
Carol Bareuther reports: Puerto Rico's premier yacht
regatta will move to Palmas del Mar for 2010 and
become the Puerto Rico Heineken International
Regatta (PRHIR). Known as the Culebra Heineken
International Regatta for the past five years, the
venue change will welcome sailors to a brand-new
facility and re-introduce three days of top-notch rac-
ing off Puerto Rico's southeast shores from March 19th
to 21st.
Says regatta director, Angel Ayala, "We'll offer a mix
of windward-leeward courses for the one-design and
racing classes," says Ayala. "There will be courses with
reaches for the cruising classes. We may run a dis-
tance race to Vieques for some classes." He adds,
"Palmas del Mar is a beautiful facility. There's a brand-
new yacht club and full marina where sailors will find
everything they need." The 162-slip marina offers
state-of-the-art facilities for yachts up to 200 feet.
Shoreside accommodations at Palmas del Mar Hotel
& Villas include rooms offered at a discounted rate for
regatta participants. In addition, there are villas for
rent that sleep 12 and come with a private boat slip.
Classes will include CSA Spinnaker Racing, CSA
Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA J/24, IC24, CSA
Performance Cruiser, CSA Jib & Main, IC24s, Beach
Cat and native-built Chalanas. Regatta festivities
include a Captain's Meeting on March 18th, nightly
parties, and an Awards Ceremony on March 21st.
"We will also host the Puerto Rico International Dinghy
Regatta, a two-day event, on March 20th and 21st,"
says Ayala. "The Optimists, Lasers and Laser Radials will
sail right off the beach."
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Ocean Racing Triangle, or CORT Series, which begins
with the St. Croix International Regatta and concludes
with the BVI Spring Regatta in Tortola.
For more information visit wwwprheinekenregatta. com

Bequia Easter Regatta Starts April 2nd
Over last 29 years, the Bequia Easter Regatta has
grown into one of the region's best-attended regattas,
with visitors and competitors coming from all over the
world to be in Bequia for the four days of racing action
over the long Easter weekend, April 2nd through 5th.
Last year's record-breaking turnout of 50 yachts
emphatically confirmed Bequia Regatta's popularity
in the yacht racing and cruising community. In par-
ticular, the J/24 Class, first introduced in Bequia in
2005, and since 2006 with its own specially designed
courses, is now arguably Bequia Easter Regatta's
hottest class, thanks to the commitment of the
Bequia Sailing Club to continually develop this class

There's racing for
yachts, locally built
open sloops, model
boats and 'crazy
craft' at Bequia's
annual Easter event


in parallel with the rising popularity of J/24s in the
region. In 2010, this commitment will bear fruit when
the overall winner of the Bequia J/24 six-race series
will also be crowned the first-ever J/24 Southern
Caribbean Champion.
Bequia Easter Regatta 2009 also saw the creation of
a new One Design Class for the 25-foot French
"Surprise" racing boats, which have been coming to
Bequia in increasing numbers since their first visit more
than ten years ago. Now officially with their own class,
a full turnout of all the ten or more Martinican Surprises
is anticipated this Easter, along with the usual strong
Racing Class entry from the French islands.
But Bequia is not all about sweat and spinnakers! Two
cruising classes, including the ever-popular Cruising II
Class specially tailored for cruisers, liveaboards and
"regatta rookies" ensure that there really is some-
thing for practically everyone in Bequia's regatta.
Add to that the spectacle of the fiercely contested
traditional local double-enders' three-race series, Lay
Day activities, great hospitality and generous support
from main sponsors SVG Tourism Authority, Heineken,
Mount Gay, Pepsi, Mountain Top Spring Water,
Frangipani Hotel and Bequia Beach Hotel, plus a very
warm welcome wherever you go, there's no reason
not to make a date to be in Bequia this Easter!
For more information see ad on page 11

New Event: Voiles de Saint-Barth
The local council in Saint Barthelemy, the Tourist
Board and the Saint Barth Yacht Club are setting up
a new sailing event open to classic and modern
yachts, superyachts, racer-cruisers, and racing multi-
hulls. The inaugural Voiles de Saint-Barth will be run
from April 6th to April 11th.
This event, with the backing of Francois Tolede,
member of the Saint Barth Tourist Board and in charge
of special events at the Saint Barth Yacht Club, is the
latest example in a long history of yachting events on
the island, ever since Loulou's regatta, which in the
1970s attracted up to 200 sailboats. "We are planning
many special events ashore so the hundreds of sailors
from around the world can have fun together,"
says Francois.
Under the auspices of the photographer Patrick
Demarchelier, the Voiles de Saint Barth will also be
bringing together the traditional values of classic
yachts and the spectacular modern approach of the
newest racer-cruisers, to ensure that all those who


love beautiful boats will enjoy this event. The Saint
Barthelemy council would like to see this event take a
regular place on the calendar of the international
yachting world.
For more information
visit www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth. corn

Big Names, Numbers Expected at
Antigua Sailing Week 2010
Neil Forrester reports: Despite current financial chal-
lenges, the 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week, tak-
ing place April 24th through 30th, promises to be one
of the best yet. Organizers of this annual Caribbean
classic have listened to the competitors' views and
come up with a newly tweaked format, incorporating
some of the event's traditional features such as the
reintroduction of Lay Day, and the Dickenson Bay
Beach Bash. There will also be an extra day's racing,
with the series kicking off on the Saturday afternoon
following an early morning breakfast briefing.
For serious racers, the big boat Ocean Series is now
a key element of Antigua Sailing Week and is starting
to attract some quality competition. The aim of this
three-race series (the erie tGuadeloupe to Antigua Race
on April 23rd, the Yachting World Round the Island
Race on April 25th, and the Round Redonda Race
on April 28th/Lay Day) is to allow the crews on big

racing yachts, many of whom will have been com-
peting in some of the other Caribbean regattas such
as the RORC Caribbean 600 race, the opportunity to
enjoy a selection of long-distance ocean races at
ASW. There will be record-breaking opportunities in
all three races, individual race prizes, and overall
series prizes, which means competitors have the
option to compete in all three or individual races.
The results of the Yachting World Round the Island
Race on the Sunday will count towards the overall
Antigua Sailing Week points for those who want to
compete in that, too.
Some of the key players, such as Mike Slade's 100-
foot super mad, ICAP Leopard, and Peter Harrison's
Farr 115, Sojana, which won the inaugural Round
Redonda Race last year, and established a bench-
mark elapsed-time race record, have already indicat-
ed their interest in the 2010 event. Adrian Lee from
Dublin, Ireland and his winning team aboard the
Cookson 50 Lee Overlay Partners will also be back to
defend their overall winning title of the first-ever
Antigua Ocean Series. Lee said: "The Ocean Series is
a gem and exactly what the big boat sailors want at
Antigua. Trying to race round the cans in these fast,
powerful boats is not ideal because the risk of dam-
age is high. I am therefore very much looking forward
to seeing if we can equal, if not better, our Ocean
Series result from 2009."
Niklas Zennstrom's JV72, Ran, with a star-studded
team of British professional sailors, will be another boat
to watch out for. Danilo Salsi from Italy has also con-
firmed his place on the start line with his stunning new
Swan 90, DSK Pioneer. This yacht made her debut in
the Caribbean last year and looks set to make a big
impact on the racecourse in 2010.
An interesting addition to the fleet at Antigua Sailing
Week 2010 will be the arrival of the three British
Services Transglobe 67-foot steel-hulled, former BT
Global Challenge yachts which will, by then, have
completed Leg 9 of their round-the-world tour. The
40-plus British forces service personnel aboard the
yachts will count Antigua Sailing Week as Leg 10.
With such a vast array of competitors signing up for
ASW, and with charter companies such as event silver
sponsors OnDeck reporting a 'sell out' aboard all 15
charter yachts, and the likes of international profes-
sional sailors Brian Thompson, Sally Barkow and Doogie
Couvreux skippering Safe Passage Sailing charter
company's Farr 65s and Beneteau 40.7s, there'll be no
shortage of competition.
On shore, Antigua's legendary party scene is already
revving up with plans well underway for not only the
Dickenson Bay Bash and Jolly Harbour party but also
the welcome party on the first Saturday night, a
Caribbean street party on the Tuesday, a Lay Day
beach party at Pigeon Point, and the legendary
Shirley Heights party on Thursday night, and of course
the grand prizegiving in Nelson's Dockyard on the
final Friday.
For more information
visit www.sailingweek com

New Dates, Courses for Round Guadeloupe Race
A new early-April time slot strategically spaced
between the two giants the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta in early March and Antigua Sailing Week at
the end of April should capture more new entries
for this year's edition of the Tour de Guadeloupe. Five
legs of 23, 37, 41, 30 and 27 nautical miles respectively
will link the archipelago of Guadeloupe, Desirade,
Marie Galante and Les Saintes.
After organizers noted last year that many would-be
racers had trouble taking time off work for a five-day
event, resulting in a decreasing fleet, the...
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Fishing Lines --
Carol Bareuther reports: Christmas came early to the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin
Islands St. Thomas location when members of the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club
(VIGFC) and the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (VIHTA) presented a
check totaling US$50,000 $25,000 from the VIGFC and $25,000 from the VIHTA -
during the Club s annual Christmas Party at the Oswald Harris Court Community
Center on December 23rd.
"We are proud to have financially supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin
Islands for at least 10 years," says Sue Boland, VIGFC President.
VIGFC members also support the Boys & Girls Club in many ways throughout the
year. This includes hosting all the kids, ranging in age from six to 18 years, to fish in
the annual July Open Kids' Tournament. This year, it also encompassed the donation
of nearly a hundred toys from VIGFC members who brought the gifts over succes-
sive weeks when members met for Thursday Game Nights.
Jeffrey Kreiner, VIGFC Board of Director and chairman of the annual July Open
Billfish Tournament (JOBT), spearheaded the raising of $25,000 through this year's
46th annual JOBT. This is the fishing club's largest event of the year, and the longest
annually held angling contest in the Virgin Islands, which started in 1964. It attracts
many local and visiting anglers whose donations benefit the tournament's chief
beneficiary, the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands.
In October, VIGFC vice president, Nick Pourzal, who is also on the Board of
Directors of the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (VIHTA), challenged the
VIHTA to raise funds to match the VIGFC's donation to the Boys & Girls Club. "They
succeeded in two months," says Pourzal. "We need three more clubs on St. Thomas.
Space is available in other housing communities, but it takes money to run
the program.
Richard Doumeng, chairman of the board of the VIHTA, says, "We've donated
funds to the Boys & Girls Club through our annual gift-giving campaign for several
years. This year, when we received the challenge from the VIGFC, we decided to
pool our resources and create a bigger impact."
Julie Landreneau, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands,
says, "We are grateful for the donation. It allows us to carry out activities for our 60
young people, which includes tutoring after school to enrichment activities such as
art, steel pan and games."
The Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, a 501 C(3) organization, has been estab-
lished in the Virgin Islands for more than 35 years. In addition to St. Thomas, there are
Clubs in Christiansted and Frederiksted, St. Croix. The Virgin Islands Clubs are part of
the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, whose mis-
sion is to enable all young people, especially those most needy, to reach their full
potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Steven Valdez reports: Game fishermen from Trinidad & Tobago continued to dom-
inate the regional game fishing tournaments in the Southern Caribbean
for the year 2009.
The final results for the prestigious Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit Championships
put Captain Gerard De Silva of Hard Play IIin first place with 29 points from five tour-
naments. Second place went to Team Legacy out of Barbados with 19 points from
three tournaments. The T&T teams dominated the rest of the top positions, with
Captain George Bovell of Team Pair A Dice placing third with 13 points from five
Tournaments. A total of 123 teams/boats entered in all the qualifying regional tour-
naments, with boats from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St.
Lucia, Guadeloupe, the United Kingdom, Antigua and the United States participat-
ing. Of these, only 19 qualified for the 2009 Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit with
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After waiting in Antigua a week for the wind and seas
to cooperate, we could see it wasn't going to happen.
We took the small weather window that allowed a
downwind jaunt to St. Kitts instead. Yes, that's right
downwind with following seas, even! Caribbean sail
ors know this is a rare situation that must be savored.
It was a fabulous trip all the way i J" ...i. ihe gap
between Nevis and the south shore ol -, 1 I .
We had anchored in Ballast Bay on the south coast rg
of St. Kitts several times before, but had not gone
ashore. It is a great spot to anchor: tucked among
several high hills, the swell is kept out, leaving the
water nice and flat. The wind, however, can gust cra-
zily, funneling down the steep slopes.
We dropped the hook in great holding and took the
dinghy out for our first close up look of the island. -
Ballast Bay is aptly named. The whole shoreline is
lined with round rocks of all sizes. Not great for drag
going the dinghy up on, but perfect if your hold is empty I -S
and you need the extra weight I suppose! We passed ID
along a dredged cut that serves as the entrance to the
large salt pond just a few metres inland. Unfortunately,
the entrance is blocked by a floating barrier. One day
this will be the entrance to Christophe Harbour.
Developers have bought almost the entire southern
peninsula of St. Kitts and have planned crt 1r- 1
community that will include a full service : .....
course and a diverse array of residential development.
You can check out the plans at the info center by P
heading over to White House Bay just around the
point. There you'll find a small dock where you can
leave your dinghy and walk up the road to the small
neatly landscaped building on your right.
White House Bay is also the first place you'll find
where you can gain access to the main road. If you are
not planning on going into the Port Zante marina, you
can orchestrate your shore excursions from here. From the hub of Basseterre town, above, to the remote (at least for now) White House Bay, below,
Winston, at Bull's Eye Car Rental ([869] 465 5656) is St. Kitts has plenty to interest the sailing visitor
happy to arrange a car or jeep rental for cruisers and
he will pick you up at the small parking lot right at the
end of the dinghy dock. This area is also now part of the
Christophe Harl -,, i I i I .ii I ii Christophe
Harbour Office I -. I - I -' -,i I .-I I permission
to leave the rental car overnight in their parking lot.
They were accommodating, saying they would inform
the security guard that patrols the area. This part of the
island is still mostly undeveloped and there isn't much
traffic on the road. If a cruise ship is in port, many taxis
are about, bringing tourists to the remote beaches on
this end of the island. You could probably catch one of
these if they aren't full already and head into town.
Don't expect much traffic on this part of the island if
there are no cruise ships in town or after dark.
Still flying our yellow flag, we planned to check in to
Customs once we got anchored closer to their offices at
the cruise ship port in Basseterre. We left Ballast Bay
and motored along the coastline, heading north. We
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could ask at the Port to get permission to anchor here.
One catamaran and several local powerboats were on
moorings or at anchor when we went by.
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The Deep Water Port is right around the corner and
we ventured in past the Port Office and by the Coast
Guard Station. No yachts were anchored there, but
there is plenty of room to do so. Getting to the shore is
an issue though. The entire area is lined with large
boulders and we could not see a spot where a dinghy
could be brought to shore. We carried on to the
anchorage indicated on the charts, right beside the
cruise ship docking area. We set the anchor and
waited out a squall before launching th 1...1. Lots
of wind chop, some left over raindrops, .I. i '.. the
ferries, and a general rolling swell made the dinghy
ride into the marina an adventure in ways to get wet.
Port Zante refers to a large area of the waterfront
that includes the marina, the cruise ship dock, and a
multi-building shopping area. It is brand new and
some parts are still under construction. The marina is
small and friendly. Slips for sailboats have finger piers
that are around 15 feet long and boats are tied either
bow or stern in, with lines to i .1.... We pulled the
dinghy in on the breakwater I I the first dock,
which houses the fuel dock. There are some large
rocks in the water, so be careful coming in here.
Charles, 11. .--.-... I I ... ... ,- welcomed us and
gave us :..I ...... .i .. ... ....... m d Custom s.
The Customs and Immigration Office is located in
the cruise ship terminal building. It's just a short walk

through the shopping area and past the bar with the
best deal on beer in the Caribbean! After clearing
Customs, we parked at some comfy bar stools and
watched our boat, Bonanza, and our friends' Voyageur
C, rolling gunnel to gui... 1 ....1. or two in the
marina was quickly and *-.i ..,-1. i
Besides not rolling all night, another great thing
about staying in the marina is its location. Downtown
Basseterre is at your doorstep and it is a happening
place. During the day the town is bustling with cruise
ship passengers, taxi drivers, shoppers and vendors;
everybody is coming and going. Later in the evening we
heard singing nearby. Christmas was coming and we
were treated to live carol music in the Circus. The
Circus is what the main roundabout in town is called.
You can't miss it: a large green clock that is also a
water fountain marks the spot. Look up to the second
floor level and you'll see a couple of places to eat and
drink and watch the action. We checked out Stonewalls,
down Princess Street, just off the Circus, for dinner.
We lucked into a fixed menu featuring Asian-style cui
sine and it was delicious.
Winston warned us not to leave the marina too early
in the morning on our round-the-island drive. Buses
are on the road in force for the morning commute, and
you don't want to mess with Terminator, Gasmoney,
Jah Rule and Blessed! We joined the traffic on the
main drag around nine o'clock and headed north. St.

Kitts has a quiet beauty and a unique feeling. As we
drove along we noticed how the rugged volcanic peaks
give way to vast smooth slopes that end in the sea. We
stopped at all the usual spots: Caribelle Batiks at
Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill Fort, Rawlins
Plantation, Kate Design Gallery, Ottley's Plantation
all interesting places in a stunning setting. The south
ern route takes you past the major resort area around
Frigate Bay and then out onto the peninsula. You'll
pass by the anchorages at White House Bay and
Ballast Bay on your way to the Great Salt Pond and
the Nevis ferry terminal at Major's Bay.
St. Kitts is the place to rent a jeep. We spent hours
"-pl-rinf -lirt roads, sand tracks and old sugarcane
. The government owns most of the sugar
cane fields, so you are unlikely to trespass onto pri
vate property -which we found to be well marked.
You'll want a 4X4 to tackle the steepest parts of the
trails and there can be muddy sections if the weath
her's been wet.
Take the road that leads around the west end of the
airport and then up past Monkey Hill. It's a beautiful,
mostly paved but little-traveled track that meanders
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figure out what that meant, but it definitely wasn't
anything to do with fast food or french fries.
Feel like going to the races? Horseracing has been
reinstated in St. Kitts after a 47-year hiatus and they
are bringing it back in style. Beaumont Park is a
brand-new racetrack and entertainment complex where
they plan to have 1. ...1 ,i I horse racing on an
ongoing basis next *. *... lived at the racetrack
just in time to watch the preview running of colts, geld
ings and fillies in four exciting and close races. The
horses and jockeys hailed from across the West Indies
and as far away as Ireland. The excitement starts when
the horses are presented in the Winner's Circle. You get
a chance to check out the competitors -both horse
and rider trotted out in full racing silks. It seemed a bit
odd, but there was no betting at these races, so we just
picked our favorites hoping to win bragging rights.
Once the horses reached the starting gate, the local
band stopped playing and two announcers took over
the microphone calling the race. The horse I picked to
win, Gold Deposit, was left behind right at the start. No
matter, with an hour or more between races I had
plenty of time to decide on the next winner. Wear your
Sunday hat or your favorite bling because the races
attract one well-dressed crowd.
A couple of days in the marina had somehow turned
into almost a week. You can afford to do that at Port Zante
because rates here are reasonable. Our six-day stay cost
us less than US$125, including power and water.
We checked out of Customs and let them know that
we would be at anchor in Ballast Bay before moving
on. The next day the Port Authority boat pulled up and
requested our documents. The officials were friendly
and wanted to know all about our stay in St. Kitts. We
told them we were impressed with the island and
would definitely be back.
So cruisers, don't hesitate to include a trip to St.
Kitts on this year's itinerary. You'll want to add this
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high in money and labor. Land-making in the swamp
areas has been pursued in like manner, one barrio in
the community being named Holland to commemorate
its origin i .1 . I ... ,
Hiding : ... II, ... I vest wind that made a
mess of the main harbor, my husband, ,,. and I
anchored Galivant, our Valiant 40, for I days
between Utila and a cay-community at SucSuc and
Pigeon Cays. Buildings huddle together on crooked
pilings over land barely above sea level, and every
porch is a dock. This, I'm told, was in fact the site of
Utila's earliest British settlement. Can't figure out why
anyone would choose this damp pied -aterre when
they could have the hillside, now or then. But I am
coming to suspect that the presence of no-see 'ums
had something to do with it.
Another surprise was being greeted in English, a
pretty and picturesque form of it. Come to find out
that the Bay Islands were British during the early part
of the 1800s; a lot of the settlers had names like Jones
and McNab, Bush and Cooper, Jackson and Thompson,
and several came via the Cayman Islands. Although
Honduras took formal possession around 1860, it is
said that some residents didn't realize anything had
changed until Queen Victoria died in 1901.
Gradually mainland Hondurans have come out to
the Bay Islands, but we still met people who spoke
only Spanish or English. And then there's a Garifuna
presence these are the indigenous people forcibly
removed from St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean in

Left: There's aferry dock; that's how everything gets here'

Below left: The main road

Below right: Worth a detour the eye-dazzling Jade
Seahorse hotel/restaurant/bar

Tere are three Bay Islands of Honduras, of
which Utila is the nearest to the coast, and the
first one you come to sailing from the Rio
Dulce. It, like the other Bay Islands, is part of an
underground mountain range, fringed by coral reefs.
Utila .. :i- "f volcanic activity at Pumpkin Hill, but
most i I' ,.- I .,,d has a limestone base, and is, as the
chart describes it, low and swampy. It's about eight
and-a-half miles long and not more than three miles
wide. We rode around a goodly portion of it on our fold
ing bikes and I had a leisurely climb of Pumpkin Hill.
The town of Utila has two parts: the main concrete
road runs along the shore for traffic consisting of golf
carts, ATVs, bicycles, strollers, skateboards, and, just
t ". i,,,,- up, the occasional pickup truck or van.
I dock; that's how everything gets here.
And there are restaurants and bars, hardware
stores and groceries, cell phone stores and ATMs, all
the usual paraphernalia of modern life, but small,
the size appropriate to a place with maybe 7,000 to
8,000 people. Special to Utila and the Bay Islands
are dive shops and realtors, both with an eye toward
the modern galleons bearing cash in their pockets.
It's a pleasant island tending along the lines of the
Abacos, or Carriacou, or Bequia, and popular with
Up the hill is the village proper, while the gringos are
building out of town mostly along the coast, mowing
down the mangroves and clearcutting the groundcover
for their stateside-sized casas. But apparently the
locals too have been building for some time:
For more than a century, islanders have continue
ously augmented their beachfront by "making land".
The original shoreline of Utila, only a few yards deep
from the high water mark, has been extended in many
places an additional 30 to 40 yards or more by filling

in fenced rectangles of water with refuse and broken
coral. Houses that were poised on pilings over eight
feet of water some 60 or 70 years ago now sit on terra
firma and the process goes on -giving portions of the
harbor a Venetian effect -even though the cost is

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Coconut trees, dugout
'utu' canoes and thatched
houses -pure San Blas

T| e San Bias Islands offer so much, and so little. What one experiences
Here depends on what is important to each individual. The captain,
L Roger, and crew, Linda, aboard S/V Sandcastle are loving all of it!
Unlike the busy Eastern Caribbean islands with their towns, shopping, regat
tas, cruise ships, ample grocery and boat parts supplies, the San Bias con
sists of weather, sand, coconut trees, reefs and Kuna Indians!
Oh, and last but far from least, the San Bias islands host a great sailing
community. I can't say enough abo;t tl-- ;;i fi i 1 we have met. Roger
and I move from island to island in ... -... i i. find. Other cruisers
do the same, so our mix of neighbors s ever changing and from all over the
world. Of course, there are those who stay put. They care for the island, know
the rules (and there are rules), relay info about friends who have passed
through before us and just make us comfortable when we settle for a day,
week or month sort of like the stateside hotel commercial that says, "We'll
keep a light on for you."
We wake e-- 1 -rn-..;- t- beautiful skies and white sand beaches. Little
terns hit the . ,, I - I aiming for the multitude of tiny fish that hide in
the shade of the boat. A remora, looking quite dapper with the zigzag crown it
wears, shoots out from its hiding place under the boat to catch any morsel
thrown there. Off to the side a spotted ray with a four-foot wingspan hurls
itself out of the water as it chases a tasty meal. Also below us are gray and
black rays, the occasional turtle, mackerel, ocean triggerfish, nurse shark,
barracuda, tuna and blue runner, to name a few, that pass by on their way
through the anchorage.
A friend of ours who owns a catamaran actually had one of the big rays land
on the boat's trampoline in the middle of the night. Imagine how that would
be, waking to the noise of a huge ray flailing around on the bow of your boat!
What a chore the crew had getting it back into the water without hurting the
ray or themselves!
Between our boat and the ocean is a reef that extends for miles and miles
just waiting to share its hidden splendor with the adventurous snorkeler. The
waves crash endlessly with a roar that calms us all day and lulls us to sleep
nightly. There are little islands everywhere, only hours apart. They aren't more
than a couple of football fields long and wide for the most part; some even have
freshwater springs. The coconut trees bear coconuts, although they are forbid
den to all but the Kuna whose livelihood is collecting and selling them. Pretty
flowers bloom out of the low green foliage :.i ... .... -. .- The white
sand beach waits for the weary to rest up ....... i 1 I hammock
strung between two coconut trees. The hearty gather wood and make a fire,
cook a fresh caught lobster and then settle back with friends, a guitar, and a
song or two. Laughter abounds as stories of snorkeling, repairs to the boat,
news from home or the almost daily squall are passed around.
Here during the middle of the rainy season, we have experienced more and

4 Kids visiting a yacht
forfnm in halfan ulu

more heavy squalls. Sometimes the squalls bring heavy wind and/or heavy
rain. We love the rain -it lets us fill our tanks with water. Being without a
watermaker here is a big disadvantage as places to refill the tanks are few and
far between and it's not always an easy task!
Sometimes, like today, we watch islands miles away receive the gift of the
gods as rain, wind, lightning and thunder attack. One member of our cruising
community had the boat struck, not an uncommon occurrence. This resulted
in all instrumentation being "fried". Now they will travel to a marina, a six to
ten hour trip, and from there they will go by bus or cab to Panama City to try
and get new parts! It might be necessary to have parts flown in, or they might
actually have to fly out to the States to purchase them. It isn't always easy to
obtain what you need here. It is convenient when someone visiting the States
can return with the necessary part. That is a rare occurrence however. So far,
we have heard of four boats being hit by lightning this season. Thankfully,
there haven't been any physical injuries!
The KunE ,, .,I i i - .... I- I ....... .... and more "Westernized".
There are i i ........... i ....... i t new ways and technol
ogy. I say good for them! The mola, a handstitched, rectangular, multi layered,
multi colored picture of familiar animals, stories or eometrric shapes are cre
ated and sold by the Kuna. Visitors love to buy ti I i i....... or for making
pillow covers, placemats, etcetera, for themselves or to give as gifts. The Kuna
Mom, Dad and every pitiful child they can find come in their dugout boats
called ulus (long u), to show their molas, carvings, and strings of beads, often
even before an -rr'--in- --hVt' anchor has touched the water. Once you say
"sorry, not today 'I to the next boat.
They are wonderful people and my wish is to help them all, which we try to
do as best we can. We carry extra reading glasses for the seamstresses, fish

There are little islands
everywhere. No marinas,
no high rises, no problem!

hooks for the fishermen, crayons and paper for the children, suntan lotion for
the albinos (the Kuna have one of the highest rates of albinism in the world),
and sometimes a little candy finds its way into the hands of the smallest child.
A few Kuna have found the glory of the cell phone. The only problem is that
there is no electricity on the islands, except for the very rare generator, so the
cell phones cannot be charged. It isn't unusual to be handed six cell phones
by some darling child to be charged on the boat.
Out here we make our own entertainment. Having friends who have vivid
imaginations and a variety of talents helps. One such couple got my captain
and others to pull the guitars out of storage, build up the calluses on their
fingers and play whenever possible. Many a Kuna has been entertained along
the way now by "Los Gringos" as they were named by a Kuna friend on
Nargana Island. On Mametupu, Los Gringos played and the women cooked a
conch chowder to die for, which was shared with our new Kuna friends. The
Kuna provided their version of bread and more guitar playing! They even men
tioned us in a song. Can't get much better than that.
Another cruising friend had his sister visit with her soon-to-be husband.
This resulted in a mock Kuna wedding, complete with Kuna dancers, outfits
and ceremony. The whole sailing community showed up to watch the affair,
enjoyed yet another meal, drink, and music provided by Los Gringos. What a
wonderful experience for sailors and Kuna alike!
Although our time in the San Bias Islands will be hard to beat, the seasons
change and so do we. Like many of our sailing friends, we have aging, ailing
parents at home in the USA who need our TLC as their lives come to an end.
Therefore, we will slowly travel back to the States to arrive sometime in the
coming spring. There are many adventures ahead as we travel up the western
Caribbean island chain. We have heard there are many beautiful islands and
towns up the coast. We are looking forward to each and every one.

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Jennifer and I transited the Panama Canal east to
west with our 42-foot Bavaria on November 1st, 2009.
To arrange your transit, here are eight things we
recommend you know or do:
1) Tie up in Shelter Bay Marina. The cost is 45 US
cents per foot per day. It's boring but very safe.
2) Find four line-handlers among other cruisers who
want to experience the process. If you have not been
through the Canal before, you may wish to go through
as a line-handler on another boat first. We did this
with an Aussie couple. . ........
3) Go to the "tower" ir. 1. .1 I I i L taxi will
take you. Get the requisite papers and a date for the
Admeasurer. (You ca. : d ... agent to do all the paper
work if you wish. i ,, re were there, "Stanley"
seemed to be the man.)
4) The Admeasurer will come aboard and measure
your boat. He asks questions like: "Have you got food
on board? Have you got water on board? Have you got
a toilet? How fast can you go?" Most important is to
mark the form to specify "centre lock" only. Rafting or
tying to the side is less safe.
5) Pay your fee (ours was US$1,500) in cash or by
VISA credit card at the Citibank in Colon. US$850 of
that fee is a deposit that they will return.
6) Hire four 125-foot lines.
7) Call the number provided to be given a transit slot.
8) Motor to The Flats in Cristobal Harbour, about
three miles. An advisor arrives on a launch and jumps

aboard. He takes charge. The captain is on the helm,
but best to do what the advisor says.
We set off with two Finnish and two British line
handlers. The Finni:l, -_-1 spoke perfect Russian and
was clearly a spy. (" as she called it. "I am not a
spyer," she 1 i t : .--: .ir first Panamanian advisor
also spoke .1 ..--.... Very interesting.)
We got underway, motoring toward the Gatun locks.
The advisor had a schedule and we wove about, dodg
ing 1,000-foot-1 ... ....1 1..,1. mmercial ships until
our slot came t I i. i ...I .... but okay ifyou know
your boat.
We entered the first Gatun lock. Four lock atten
dants, two on each side, threw monkeyfists onto the
boat from atop the canal wall. The line-handlers' job
is to catch them and tie them onto the 125-foot lines.
The lock attendants walked with us into the lock. (If
you are transiting "centre lock", keep in the centre or
the pilot will nag.) They tied us up at both sides with

Left: Lady line-handlers aboard the author's Sanjola.
(Who is the 'spyer'?)
Top right: Before their own transit, Dicky and his wife,
Jennifer, acted as line-handers for this Australian cou
ple. It's easy to see why one of the canal workers was
smitten by the Aussie lass (below right)
Above: The 42foot Bavaria was dwarfed by the
Canal's usual traffic
our boat in the centre of the lock, closed the doors
and let the water in. We came up about 60 feet. They
opened the front doors. This procedure was repeated
twice more. The same lock attendants stayed with
us. (When we went through on the Aussie boat as
line-handlers, one lock attendant fell completely in
love with the Aussie girl. We were terrified that he
would fall in and disaster would result.)
Next, the advisor took us to a buoy big enough to
hold the Titanic in Gatun Lake where we tied up and
he took his leave. We advise you to have a mega
party at this point, like we did.
At 0600 the next day a new advisor arrived and we
motored 35 miles across the Gatun Lake -very, very
beautiful. Then we rode the "down" locks toward the
Pacific Ocean. These were similar to the first set but
easier. There is a camera in the last (Miraflores) lock
attached to a website, so the whole family watched
us go through.

Finally the advisor leaves and you go alone to
Balboa Yacht Club (easy) or to Tahiti, Australia,
etcetera (less easy).

PS We consumed eight gallons of diesel, 75 litres of
fresh water, one litre of rum, one bottle each of spar
kling and white wine plus two of red.
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Les Iles des Saintes, better known as the Saints, are
a group of small islands south of Guadeloupe. Here
almost everyone anchors off the main island of Terre
de Haut, which has become a bit of France transferred
to the Caribbean. But if you go to Terre de Bas, the
westernmost island, you will find the Saints much as
they were 30 years ago. As long as the wind is east or
north of east the anchorage in Anse Fideling is good.
In settled conditions you can anchor on two anchors
off the beach on the windward side of Terre de Bas.
You'll have a lee shore behind you, but as long as it is
not blowing hard and the wind is east or south of east
you are sheltered from the sea by Terre de Haut and
Ilet a Cabrit. Because there are only two miles of fetch
a big sea cannot build up, only a rough chop at worst.
Ashore you will find a lot of good but very unpreten
tious restaurants.
From the Saints it is a beat to windward to the
islands of Petite Terre, Marie Galante and Desirade.
Petite Terre (enter carefully in calm conditions) is
likely to be full of day-trippers from about 1100 to
1500 hours, but if you arrive as they are leaving you
have a wonderful anchorage all to yourself for an eve
ning sundowner, early morning swim and breakfast,
and can depart as the day-trippers arrive. Then sail on
to Marie Galante, where it is never crowded as you can
anchor anywhere along about five miles of shoreline.
You can always find a spot on the beautiful white sand
beach that has no other boats or people.
From Marie Galante, sail off to Desirade using
Doyle's latest Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands.
Until recently, yachts seldom visited this island as
the harbor, which is on the southwest corner of the
island, was too shallow for anything but shoal-draft
powerboats. Recently a channel into the harbor has
been dug. The channel is reportedly nine feet deep,
with seven feet alongside the fuel pier, and about
six feet in most of the harbor. But as Doyle points
out, even if you do go aground it's in soft mud.
Remember, in June, July and early August, the sea
level in the Caribbean is usually about 18 inches
lower than in winter. Thus the water depth between
high water springs in winter and low water springs
from June through early August can be as much as
three feet.
From Desirade it is a glorious downhill slide to either
English or Falmouth Harbour to check in to Antigua.
En route, only if the wind is east or south of east and
seas are calm, the sailor who really wants to get away
from it all and have serious bragging rights at the bar
in Antigua can attempt a stop at the colonial sugar
shipping port of Le Moule on the north side of Grande
Terre, Guadeloupe. Both Hans Hoff of Fandango, a
90-foot Rhodes motorsailor, and Hank Strauss in his
45-foot ketch Doki, have visited Le Moule during the
summer when the rollers are not running. Mind your
p's and q's when entering (piloting directions are in
Street's Guide, Anguilla to Dominica. Note that this
area is a favorite with surfers!). Once in and secured,
go ashore and nearby you will find good restaurants;
the clientele is usually local Guadeloupians.
After clearing into Antigua, beat to windward to

Green Island, where there are always a few boats but
it is never really crowded. From Green Island, if you
are adventurous check out Guana and Belfast Bays,
but only if you are a good sailor who is willing to put a
crewmember experienced in eyeball navigation on the
lower spreaders, and if you have a boat with a good

Part Two:


the Saints

to Anguilla

-in-. Th-in .-ttin.- into these bays is relatively easy
.1 1 1 1 1 ..I. 11. directions on page 98 of Street's
Guide, Anguilla to Dominica, are carefully followed.
(Beating to windward through the narrow channel is

impossible unless you have a small boat that goes to
windwardwell andtacks readily; both David Simmonds,
who built up Antigua Slipway, on his little sloop Bacco
and Graham Knight of Antigua Sails in his small fiber
1....1 have done this.)
11 11. I aspectt of entering and leaving these harbors
from seaward is too daunting, continue northeastward
up the coast of Antigua, an area often considered the
most dangerous in the Caribbean. The reason many
sailors say this is because the northeast corner of
Antigua is low and featureless. If not careful, the sailor
discovers he or she is in shoal water littered with coral
heads. Keep an eye on the fathometer and the color of
the water and plot the GPS positions on the chart.
Sail north, then northwest and finally west, avoiding
the shoal water and detached coral heads. Enter North
Sound via the northern -not the northeastern
entrance. In North Sound there are half a dozen
anchorages; pick one with no other boat anchored in
it and enjoy calm but windswept, bug-free anchorages.
From North Sound you can go via the channels
between the islands and the shore to explore both
Guana and Belfast Bays.
From North Sound it is an easy 22-mile reach to
Barbuda, with many anchorages and mile after mile of
empty beaches. The approaches to many of the
n-hi-r.r-" are littered with coral heads, like a mine
' i i I to catch the unwary mariner. Stay on the
. ...-.i- n Imray Iolaire chart A26 and you
.. .I .i off the ranges if you are a good eye
ball navigator and the light conditions are good.
Jogging to the west, the southwest coast of St. Kitts
has a number of anchorages that are seldom crowded.
Developers have huge plans to develop a marina and
residential complex called Christophe Harbour, but
when will construction start? This could be the last
year the sailor will be able to enjoy these anchorages
in a tranquil and uncrowded state.
Statia is off the beaten track, too, but avoid the
island at spring tides, as in spring tides, when the tide
overcomes the normal westerly current, heavy bunker
oil can be carried up to thr n.-h-r.- ---i
Statia if the wind is south of e -1 i ... -. I,
early ground swell.
Finding an uncrowded anchorage in the Anguilla-St.
Martin-St. Barts area is pretty difficult. In Orient Bay,
St. Martin you will find other boats but the bay is so
large that the anchorage is seldom crowded.
In Anguilla be sure, when -.--l-;; in, to ascertain
where you are allowed to anc ', I ,, are allowed to
anchor there, Rendezvous Bay on the south coast is
seldom crowded. To really get off the beaten track, as
long as the northerly ground swell is not running,
Scrub Island offers an interesting-looking .n-h-r
on its western side. There is a sketch chart -.,
Guide, Anguila to Dominica, but note that this was
done from an aircraft; I have never succeeded in
exploring this anchorage by boat as every time I want
ed to explore, conditions did not permit it. Two other
good sailors reported the sketch chart fine, but use
I .11 .. .I .. ... good light.
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Gordon and I like to scuba dive. Fortunately, work
commitments and lifestyle choices allow us plenty of
leisure tir.. I i 11... '. underwater pursuit.
One of ,, I ....I I for Caribbean scuba
diving is the island of Carriacou, in the southern
Grenadines. Since 2007, we have been diving with
Conny and George, who are passionate divers and
the owner-operators of Arawak Divers. Along with
staff, Kenneth, they provide exceptional personal
diving experiences.
November 2009 proved no exception, as we
embarked on the hunt to see new and exciting
fishes, creatures and corals. We walked into their
dive shop, both booked ten dives and started to
browse the marine-life identification books pub
lished by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach -our
"bible" reference to the underwater marine world.
And so it goes, "Conny, have you ever seen...?",
"Do you know where to find...?", and off we go....
Let the hunt begin!
Suited up, Kenneth at the helm of their i
Conny or George as guide, we speed off to on i 'I
numerous dive sites on the southern shores of
Carriacou. Back rolls into the briny blue; the hunt
with cameras for new and exciting marine life begins.
For example, during a shallow dive, we saw long
lure frog fish, queen angel fish, French angel fish,

sting ray, golden lined sea goddesses, strawberry
tunicates, scarlet striped cleaner shrimp, squat
anemone shrimp, spotted cleaner shri mr -l-l-;
morays, banded coral shrimp and *' i i
Previously spotted on this same dive site have been
ocean triggerfish, hawksbill turtles, nurse sharks,
lesser electric rays, ocelatId "h imminr or-hr long
nose pipefish, harlequin .I I.. I i .
Night dives on this site present "The Thing",
orange ball corallimorphs, Caribbean spiny lobster,
Spanish lobster, spotted lobster, red reef hermit,
red night shrimp, tiger-tail sea cucumber, beaded
sea cucumber, Caribbean reef octopus and com-
mon octopus.
And this list is by no means complete, having not
mentioned any of the corals, plants, or algae.
Hunting for Rose Lace Coral Brittle Stars,
Sister Rocks
Browsing one day through the second edition of
Reef Creature Identification by Paul Humann and
Ned DeLoach, Conny noticed rose lace coral brittle
stars on -
"Hmm, -1. I .. i "I have digital images of the
rose lace coral on my computer." I asked, "Do you
think there are any brittle stars in those images?" We
raced over to her computer for a browse through her
files. Sure enough, there were some images which
.1, 1 .1.:, 11 ;. pped around the lace. I said,
i .. 11. let's go see if we can find
some," and our next dive plan developed!
Next morning, November 23rd, 2009, Gordon,
Conny and I, with Kenneth at the helm of Arawak
Divers' pirogue, ventured out to the rocks known as
The Sisters, southwest of Hillsborough. These rocks
provide the opportunity for a deep, steeply -1i-;;-
reef dive or a shallower, extending reef di
chose to circumnavigate the latter, and smaller of
the two.
Usually, currents of varying strengths are encoun
tered diving around these two rocks. On this dive,
however, we were blessed with unusually calm con
editions, no current and extremely clear visibility. It
was an exceptional day for a slow cruise around the
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Top left: The author makes another personal discovery
Right: A long snout seahorse
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-Continuedfrom previous page corner of my eye I saw George gesture for me to
reef, examining every crevice and hole that swim over to a brown sponge he was looking at.
Showed something of interest. George had become unusually animated and very
Starting at a depth of 16 to 18 metres (about 50 to excited with an ear-to-ear grin. I slowly approached,
60 feet), we spotted green moray, black coral, slender reluctant to leave my tunicate study. Cautious of
P filefish, gorgonians, large schools of brown chromis, disturbing his find, I moved in slowly, and I too
and various wrasses. The large schools of pelagic started to smile, and then shouted with joy. We
fish, often seen here, such as jacks, barracuda and were both giddy with excitement!
Sj tuna, were absent, owing to the lack of current. I ...... this soft brown sponge were two longlure
Swimming eastward we passed coral encrusted : h I. e w.- 1 19. 11 ... 1 larger than the
walls, vase corals, huge barrel sponges and a second, which I , ., I coloration and
plethora of other marine life. After rounding the somewhat hidd .. I .. .11. i,. .. -I Amazing!
northeast end of the reef, where Conny had previ I last saw frogfish 20 years ago, while diving in
ously seen the rose lace coral, we commenced our Borneo in 1989. I have been looking for them ever
intense search for the associated brittle stars, since. -r 1 .. -er seen one at this site. I was
We dove around the rock point, keeping an eye much .... i I .... I having found them in three
under the ledge .-.. -.-; f l uin.. into shaded years of diving in Carriacou.
protected areas, f ... I. .1 1 I lace coral. Some things are worth waiting for!
The coral was easy to identify with its fan-like Now, I don't want to lead the reader to believe
structure and pinkish rose colour, as it hung in the that the hunt is always so easy, or straightforward.
open beneath the rock overhang. There were a few Conny and George have, respectively, ten and 15
colonies in the area, but not too plentiful. years of diving in Carriacou waters. They know the
Thankfully the conditions were so calm, without various dive sites intimately, so they have a wealth
surge or current. We were able to nose under the of knowledge on where the hunts should occur.
-.rhn nd -?-t close to the coral for a good look, Avid passionate divers, they are still learning,
S rose lace brittle stars were pres watching and enjoying the reefs of Carriacou,
ent. Conny and I stole a glance at each other, becoming increasingly knowledgeable underwater
smiled and laughed, the shouts began and the naturalists. With their assistance, we have been
cameras started to flash! fortunate to date with our new discoveries.
Satisfied with our success, we continued east We are still searching for bumblebee shrimp, less
ward, with the depth gradually 11 .... between than an inch in size, and thought to inhabit sea
10 and 12 metres (about 30 a. I I,, iI As we cucumbers. To date, we have not seen any with our
slowly worked our way back to the start of the dive delinquent, aging eyes, so the quest remains to find
we were rewarded wi'. -..i.l... of a hawksbill th ...1., ..:umber.
turtle, nurse shark, I' I- various crabs h.,I I ii 11 .............. I ,, I ,I, I
and black surgeonfish. new marine lii .. '.. I I -
Sighted Longlure Frogfish, Tyrell Bay of colour, and variety of fishes, sponges, corals and
The sea is a mysterious mistress. She can be slow creatures. Shallow dives, deep dives, pinnacle reefs,
to reveal her mysteries or freely 1 1-- f her gifts, walls, drift dives, wrecks, grass beds. The choice is
One never knows which mood sl. .11 I in on any endless, visibility fantastic. Diving in Carriacou, in my
given day. opinion, is simply awesome a diver's dream.
This was the situation on November 25th, while
r 1 1 --- bubbles during a shallow dive near For more information on diving in Caniacou, visit
ii ere approaching the end of a relax Amrawk Divers' website at www.arawak.de, or see
ingo. I i ii. colors and antics of French advertisement for Carriacou Silver Diving in the
and I .. .... .- I Caribbean spiny lobsters, Market Place section of this issue of Compass,
squirrelfish and a multitude of other marine life. pages 43 through 45.
I was studying strawberry tunicates through the Louise Kupka is cruising the Caribbean aboard
lens of my underwater camera, when out of the S/V Coho.

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by Pepe Millard

I waited patiently for 28 weeks and one day to return to Barbuda with the express
wish to see the Frigate Boys doing their stuff. The last time we were here we got to
see the mums and babies -the boys had been in Mexico with their mistresses.
As soon as the anchor was set I was on the phone to Foster (of Foster Hopkins
i i i .i i. ii. .... would be the perfect time to go. "Ten
IIh I .. .I -I I .,, I .ot the reply "The place looks like
Ullll SllaS Liees!

So I had to wait another 20 hours. Bear somehow knew I wouldn't sleep well.
i. Lmera batteries. Empty memory cards. Bed. Up at silly o'clock, too fidgety
: Bear had launched our dinghy, Baby Beez, and put the electric motor on
so we could hoist her up the beach. Foster met us on the Codrington Lagoon side
and off we went. Tripod up and ready. Off we roared on Foster's pirogue with the
pink interior and his 75-horsepower outboard.
As we approached the northwestern part of the lagoon the sky was full of enormous
frigate birds, the males' r' I .. ... i .. I .11. I .. these birds have
a wingspan of eight feet ... I I I .1 1 11. i .... 1i. fly at speeds of
around 22 miles an hour .1 .1.1- .i"i. ..I I II1 ..... I vim or even walk
well, and cannot take off I. ... 1. sea or flat ground, but once in the sky they can
stay aloft for days at a time.
Frigate birds are relatives of pelicans, cormorants and boobies. The males are
glossy black; females have white breasts. The immature bird has a white head and
neck. In Barbuda, they feed on fish snapped up from the island's lagoons and inte
rior ponds, and also on flying fish, jellyfish and small turtles taken from the ocean.
Adults also chase other sea birds in flight to grab their catch, hence the names

frigate bird and man-o-war bird.
During breeding season, which we were lucky enough to observe this time, the
males blow up their scarlet throat sac, or gular, to the size of a small balloon. This
takes about 25 minutes, and is done to attract the females. When a female
approaches, the male trembles his wings, showing the under surface flashing in the
sunlight, and makes drumming noises and clacks his beak.
In a nesting colony such as this one, there are an average of three large twig nests
per nine-by-12-foot area. There is lots of arguing over landing rights, perch owner

Top left and right: Male frigate birds inflate their gular pouches to attract females
Left: Adults and one of the season's first chicks in the mangroves at
Barbuda's bird sanctuary
Above: Foster (left) showed us the sights -thanks for a great day!
ship or who owns each twig in the mangroves. One white egg is laid sometime
between mid-September and late March. Incubation is seven weeks. The chick is
born naked but soon acquires white down. The chicks are fed by regurgitation, and
frigate birds tal .. 11 .. ..... singer than any other bird -11 months. The
chicks can fly .I .1 ..I i .11 hatching. They are six years old before they
breed. The oldest known age is 34 years.
Barbuda's Frigate Bird Sanctuary, accessible only by boat with a local tour guide, is
home to several thousand frigate birds, as well as more than a hundred other bird spe
cies. It is the Caribbean's largest nesting colony of frigate birds -simply stunning.
Thank you to Foster and Bear who took me to see a much wished-for sight, the
frigate birds of Barbuda. All in all, what a wow!
Pepe and Bear Millard are cruising the Caribbean aboard their Warrior 40, Beez
Neez, having left their homeport ofPlymouth, Devon, UK in 2008.


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A "bunny hug" is when you do some token little thing for the environment. Hugging
trees and bunnies makes us feel good. Here's some bunny hugs we can do aboard.
"AA" batteries are what my digital camera needs. Not "heavy duty" batteries, but
alkaline, the expensive ones. When the camera finally says "battery depleted", I take
the batteries out and let them rest. Then they are good for another ten pictures
plus several more, if I rest them again. A something-else to check is this: my camera
uses up the batteries when left in the camera (so does my GPS), so I take them out
when not in use. When they are finally exhausted (as far as the camera is concerned)
they still burn my penlight bright -for quite a while. When the ..1 1. 1.ms, they
burn those solar powered yard lights (a.k.a., nautically, "rail lighi I .1. Finally,
poor kids with transistor devices taught me that the batteries we discard can be
partially rejuvenated by baking in the sun. Post-finally, I ran across one kid who
carefully beats his batteries with a rock to get even more out of them. You needn't
go that far.
r-, l-l- disposable, all chemical batteries are bad environmental news
: ... ... ...... 10 disposal. So I use the cheapo auto supply regulators (12 volt to
1.5/3.0/4.5/6.0/7.5/9.0/12 volt) to run battery-powered devices aboard.
Years ago in a remote part of the Bahamas, early in my cruising, I pulled out a
Ziploc to put something in. Someone with many more years on the water than I said,
"Mon, I stopped using those things a long time ago." It didn't take me long to convert.
Recycled bread bags is how I now package things to be kept dry. Inflate them to
check for leaks. Twist the open end into an end long enough to tie with a slipped
overhand knot. A slipped overhand provides a double seal (two places where the
mouth of the bag is clamped tight) and allows for easy opening. Squeeze the air out
first if you want to see how good it works, but leave some air in it for actual use -an
evacua 1 1 .. ks water in if pricked.
The ":.... i .. -" they try to give you every time you buy a few things in a store can
be used over and over. I get weeks or months out of mine, then use them (doubled if
necessary) as trash bags. The trick when checking out is to have your bag out and
ready, clearly say, "I've got my own bag" before they reach for one... and replenish your
supply when they give you another one anyway. Not all handle bags have a well-sealed
bottom, but if they do, tying the handles together makes them nearly watertight.
Here's a way that many yachts could make their sails last years and years longer:
cover them. Sometimes I wonder if someone ought to tell them.
There is more bottle r. i.., i, _i ... .. ..;i' t -i--t Ti-1 iir- -fth- h-i-keepers.
"Oh, you're going to i 1 . ... . .. I .. thebulg
ing manila envelope for inspection. Ms. Phillips wore one bar back then, three bars
now. She's sharp. She poured a pile of ruined pantyhose onto the counter and
instantly said, "Recycle?" Pantyhose is the "silly putty" of nylon rope, strong,
stretchy, conforms to any shape you wrap. I've used it as rig-wrap, spreader tips, and
to build crazy craft. Great for softening the ends of poles, too. Normally, though, we
shouldn't be importing trash into someone else's country.
Y i .. ii. t ... i ..... I to be especially for bailing? Full of soap, rot if left
in I i,,,i, 1 .. ... z I washing cars or maybe your '-i: r-; bailing,
the- ti i, hi ,- ii -I .. .th- bubbles, notwater) needstol I'',, I l out
you need to "break them ... I ,In .- end of their short life, they become an awful
goo lots of boat gear can't take a marine environment... but boat-gear priced, of
course. Well I finally stumbled onto what countless other bailers of dinghies surely
already know: regular cushion foam (not closed cell) from your canvas shop. Ask for
a small slab of old, stained stuff, and cut it into a lifetime supply of bailing sponges.
They hold a lot of water and last a long time, even when left under Sun and in stand
ing water. You can add soap if you want to wash the car -or do the dishes.
Here's my favorite. Those black quart/litre containers that motor oil comes in,
HDPE (whatever that is), recycle group 2. They stand up to all the chemicals I've
stored in them so far, including acetone (use the cap they come with). Unlike metal
containers, they don't rust. Unlike glass containers, they don't clink or break. Spout
caps from detergent bottles fit them for dispensing epoxy and hardener. Make sure
you label them.
This one is a double bunny hug, cuts transportation and good for the regional
economy. Buy local and regional products when available. Give them a chance, give
them a try.
Here's a tough one, call it a "bear hug": If you become a resident in these small
islands, don't have a car. There are already too many cars here. If you do have a car,
you are morally bound to pick up anyone who wants a ride.
There was a time when I thought articles like this did some good. Applying these
tricks could result in a tiny-tiny improvement. If lots of such articles were written
and embraced, the improvement could t 1 .. .1., .11 i, ". Which, of course,
is not nearly enough. But it would help ..II. .. I .I I .1 ,.- Right?
Or, does reusing plastic bags just help us feel better about boarding the airplane
for our next visit home?
Many whom I have heard express concern about global warming (which, if you
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It's been nearly a year since I took ownership of Kontentu down on the docks of
Kralendijk last December. She was shiny and new, fresh from a Florida boatyard,
and just off the decks of the Don Andres, our local freighter.
Since that time, I have sailed more days than all the prior sails of my lifetime. I am
well into the three-digits and counting, that in less than a year. I have benefited from
a confluence of place, time, desire and boat. Kontentu lays on a ---r;n~ in the
Caribbean Sea, just a 30-second swim from my door. It is hard to s .. to just
one more sail when I look out at the boat bobbing on the line, beckoning me from
my home.
So I go. I sail. Repeatedly. Bonarians ask me often why I don't fish while I sail, as if
the act of sailing wasn't enough. Others here, who repeatedly see me cruising the bay,
inquire what the constant attraction is. That's a fair question. I will try to explain.


For me, it is a multi-perceptual experience. The sounds overwhelm. Water slaps
against the hull as the boat surges forward. Wind whistles through the rigging dur
ing a sudden puff. The brilliant ., 1 past the stern on a downwind blow. In
the last month I bought an iPod 1...111 levice the size of my pinkie that can hold
800 songs or more. At times when I solo sail, I don the earphones and play tunes
that resonate with my soul. It is an added-value experience. But I soon find myself
longing to return to the simple sounds of the moment -a splash of a pelican hitting
the water nearby, the break of the waves over the coral shores of Klein Bonaire, the
blast of a massive cruise ship's horn I i .. i... I r the next port of paradise. I soon
stash the music and just enjoy the m. I I II journey.
i .... ..i. i i.. i ......cle green water as I glide over the shallows
ne .. I. -.1 I I. I .. .. I .1... I a sea gull hovering just above my mast,
checking to see if I took the advice of my Bonarian friends and actually went fishing

'In less than a year, I've sailed more days than all the prior sails of my lifetime...
Sail on? Why not?'

this time; a pod of dolphins racing off the bow in playful pursuit on my imaginary
tack line.
Then there are inner visions that play inside my head. Sometimes, they are out-of
body views from above. I see myself below in my small boat surrounded by a vast sea of
indigo blue. I am the only craft on the water and its a Tuesday. Other times I think
about stateside friends still toiling away in a quest to fatten the 401-K. Occasionally, I
ponder the times I braved the dense DC weekend traffic on US-50 to Annapolis and then
the congested Chesapeake Be I 1. i..-i get to Tera Starr, a sleek Hunter 28.5
sloop. Then, out on the water, ..I I I ... traffic obnoxious speedboats spewing
fum esandnasty ~ .1 ...... i i .. i,,. ,, .. ,,, ..
whobuzzwaytoo -l. ,-nJ L J-ii-u o _IIIIIILI ...- I ... .... .I1.1
ers and Navy warships that close vast distances in alarmii., ... .- i ..
But the underlying stress of East .-1 1; ;:,,;;- .. 1 1 1 ...ing a dim memory.
It's all good now. I'm back to1. . i .I I I i ,- of me in real time. I'm
sailing the pristine Caribbean and I'm on a fast reach. Its a full-sail day in constant
14-knot tradewinds. I hike out over the coaming as Kontentu leans determinedly into
the breeze. This is what I do these days, again and again and again. It's a tropical
motion mantra, a nautical playback on perpetual rewind, a sea-going amusement
ride and I've got endless tickets. Sail on? Why not?

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As you sit at anchor off Frigate Island, the uninhabited cay attached by a disinte
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i .. and you will see the Union's highest point, Mount Taboi, 304, i i, ,
feet) above you. It is the tallest peak on a hilly range. Let your eye follow this hill line
towards Ashton and you will see it dip, then rise to another lower peak, known as
Big Hill, right above Ashton.

Think how it would feel to be way up there on those peaks, high in the air with the
world spread out below you. Then put on your hiking boots, or your toughest san
dals, and head out.
The trip from the dock in Ashton to Big Hill and back is probably around an hour
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From the dock in Ashton walk up the main street past the road to Clifton till you
see on .- .1 . .. 1 louse with a big wall with conch shells along the top and
on your I 11 I I I 1 -; Mini Mart. This is a good place to stop and enjoy a cold
drink or buy a bottle of water from Merle Mackie to see you on your way.
A few steps beyond Mackie's on the other side of the road is the Kingdom Hall of
the Jehovah's Witnesses, a more modest building than the image conjured by the
name. Right opposite this building is a road that leads uphill. Follow it right to the
top, where it turns into steps; continue up these steps up to the next road and then
continue climbing the few steps on the other side of the road that appear to lead
nowhere. Continue directly up the grassy slope (you can pass either side of the
small bush stand ahead) and you will come to a clear and rather good path that
winds up the north side of the hill. If you come to any path divisions just keep left.
There is considerable shade on this path, especially in the morning when the hill

Top left: Looking
northeast from Big .
Hill, with Mayreau
and Canouan in the
Bottom left: Worth
the climb: Chatham
Bay from Mt. Taboi
Right: Big Hill offers
a birds eye view of
Ashton Harbour's
abandoned marina
project and Frigate
Island, with
Carriacou behind

blocks the sun and the dry woodland trees are well above your head.
You'll .. c 1 11, I : ; ,lo a partially cleared field that rises to the ridge. Near this
ridge, on i I I I I .... I -, I look for the path that leads again into the woods. Follow
this up to the top. Just before the top is a fairly large rock face; the path follows this up
to the left. You come out onto Big Hill peak, which runs quite a distance in both direct
tons and at various points offers panoramic views straight down onto Ashton and the
abandoned marina project with Carriacou beyond, and over the island to Mount
Olympus (a.k.a. the Pinnacle) with the islands of Mayreau and Canouan in the distance.
S. Ill l . I .. 1 .1 1. I 1. 1. 1 1 .. i I I II 1 1- ... 1 1., because the path
11... ..... .. I ,. 1 1 I I.. I I .. .. l.. I .1.. III and even the toxic
brazil tree (its leaves look a bit like holly). Parts of the path are steep and slippery.
When you get back down as far as the ridge, you can see Mount Taboi inviting you
to explore further. As you will see, the very top of this mountain is a giant slab of
rock with a s--r -.lff f.-in --- Th- -.th from here is usually unclear, variable,
and often no: II .... I .I I, ,,I- I you need to be good at navigating "bush".
Prickles, typi 'I I Ih. I, ...i... .... d, and if you do not carry a machete, you
will likely gain a few scratches (I did). You basically follow the ridgeline up until you
enter woods and then emerge in another open area used for grazing cows. After this,
"feel" your way find what paths you can. You need to skirt round the north side
of Mount Taboi so you can approach it from the far side where it is not sheer cliff.
The views from the i i ..- ... .l. ll ..I you can see all around, even down onto
Chatham Bay on the 1 -1 -. i 1 I -.id. My friend Janti (of Happy Island) went
up one late afternoon, and darkness found him still there. He realized that safe
descent in the dark would be impossible so he spent the night on the peak. He said
it was cold.


Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Marine business is still somewhat in the doldrums,
though n-r -n-rm' h-, Impm red. Enjoy this time just
sailing I .. ....i . i .., next m month.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
.... good news, which will be a welcome
S. 7 disagreements on board.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Nautical business might see a -m-nt-r upswing
during the first week, and love will IM ..U 1 rest of
the month.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Financial matters are still slogging to windward, ship
board arguments are likely and misunderstandings
abound, so best keep your purse and your lip zipped
this month.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Si ebb, sails are slack. Romance could be
he i i . i. ocks if you cannot compromise, so be
diplomatic and you'll keep peace on board.
TH VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)

dark side.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
The tides of boat business are still at low ebb. Enjoy a
fun romantic interlude in mid-month to take your mind off
financial matters until the tide rises.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
While the wind is down and business prospects are still
on the f 1 .~ ,-i 1 tt- t 1- il.;- 1 even keel in
your lo1 I .. I .. .. 11. II will smooth
out by :.. . .. .

SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
in ......
tenance and navigation, so stay focused.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
The middle of this month would be a good time for a
-i-"' r^,-r Throw a fete on the foredeck and just

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
A nautical romance will continue to enliven your
Hf lrl;;;-1 the first weeks. You could lose your wind

PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
This month will be a broad reach for you, topped off
with love anchoring off your stem Just in time for
Valentine's Day.

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Let's all unite as one to help the sufferers in Haiti
The people that have seen pain differently lately.
Such struggle, such horror, such pain, such suffer-ation.
Lord, please take our prayers into consideration
For the many whose lives were taken,
The many who have been hospitalized and now feel forsaken.

Lets all come -. 1. ., . e food, clothing and water;
People, picture 11. -..11 . as your sons and daughters:
Would you let them suffer such pain?
There is nothing to lose but so much to gain.
Help bring the vision of hope, love and unity to our people of Haiti
Let's shower then with love like we would our mates,
Like we would clinch on tight to the ones we love and cherish,
Let's clinch on tight to the sufferers before the vision of hope can perish.

Lord, bless the nation of Haiti with hope, faith and belief,
Lead them all to your gates so they shall feel relief.
Let them realize that you and we care
Lift them up, Lord, as we all come together to share,
Share the vision of hope by giving however we can,
By donating to the sufferers of that land.

Dillon Ollivierre

Happiness is the
sound of rigging hitting the
mast in early morn,

soft waves lapping at
the sides of boats, while over
gulls hunt the pink dawn

for a reflection
on clear water, my bare feet
causing faint ripples

waiting for the signs
of life to drift awake and
raise a friendly hand

a wave of kinship ..
in a world too vast even
for small boy echoes

where the smell of sea
and the sounds of my rigging
are my happiness

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If you remember our story from last month, Silla had asked her
grandmother where had all the dragons gone, and Granny had made
up the story that they lived in caves on the mountain that all the old
people on their Caribbean islandfeared Morne Diablo. Silla had set
off to find a dragon for herself and stumbled upon a baby dragon lost
on the path. Silla had run home to get some milk to feed it and
Granny, believing she wouldfind an abandoned lamb, went with her.
Now Granny was just about to see what the small animal was....

Where {xve Al4 the

TDrons Q oone?

Part Two

by Lee Kessel

"Oh me God child, what creature of the devil is that thing?" And
Granny crossed herself as her small granddaughter led her baby
dragon from under the leafy bush.
Silla giggled, "Oh Granny, how could you think that such a pretty
little animal comes from the devil? It's a baby dragon and I'm taking
her home."
"Oh no you're not, child. We have to return it to its mother before
she thinks we've stolen it."
But Silla insisted they feed the little creature first with the milk
sucked out of the rag and after it had given a good belch, it cuddled
itself in Silla's arms and went to sleep. Granny wrung her hands as
she did whenever she was agitated and wondered what she could do
to return the baby.
Now all this had taken so long that the sun had set in a fiery
burst of red behind the towering mountain. It would be dark very
soon and Granny had no wish to be on the mountain when its dev-
ils flew about.
Too late. Swooping down upon them came a very angry mother
dragon. It pulsated orange and red and the only reason why she
didn't breathe fire over them was because Silla held her baby and
Granny stood behind Silla.
"Thieves!" roared the dragon. "Give me my child and go before I
take the breath from your bodies!"
Silla 1. ..9' i1 ... ..... .1i i.. ... i unjust, so she looked the dragon
right ir Ih I ... I I r so, adding, "I found your baby
lost on the path and saved her life by running home to get Granny
so we could feed her."
The mother dragon's colour calmed from red to purple to blue, and

she gently took her baby from Sil's arms and enfolded her in her
delicate wings.
"Thank you, human child," She said humbly. "You have saved the
last of the dragons."
"But there must be lots of you hiding out in the mountain," pro
tested Silla.
"No. Sit down with your grandmother and I'll tell you what
became of us."
So Granny sat on a big stone and held Silla tight against her bosom.
The baby dragon slept on, warm and safe in her mother's wings.
"All the dragons lived for hundreds of years in the mountains of
Transylvania, but over the years the people set traps for us and
killed us very cruelly. Eventually, only a handful of us remained, all
she-dragons, and so one ... 1. n .. 1, 1 mnd and the seas
to find a new home and .11 ...... i .. ih,. Iliought we would
be safe, here in the cavel. I I ... ., .1 i i I long ago, I gave
birth to this baby, having nurtured her within my body for many,
many years. Some of my sister dragons have despaired and died and
now there is only one other she-dragon on the mountain with me.
There will be no more babies and without a mate, my own little one
will be the last of the dragons."
Silla thought this the saddest story she had ever heard and big
tears rolled down her cheeks.
"You will never see us -.i.n continued the mother-dragon, "but
1. i ... 1. i .1 i ;- . .1 I 1 1 .efully, you will see the
I. i i i i i . . .. .- I 1 face of the full m oon."
Now Silla and her grandmother look for the shadows of the last of

Swooping down upon them came

a very angry mother dragon

the dragons every night when the moon is full, and perhaps if you
believe strongly enough, you too will see the shadows of the last of
the dragons against the bright face of a full moon.
And Silla still looks out for abandoned baby animals and brings
them home to her grandmother to care for, saying, "You never know,
Granny -we might be saving the last one."


I PiA If / ognize different scents so it can sense when its pr
A moray eel bite can be very serious because ii
S* have a lot of long, bacteria-covered, backward-facir
S ,. I ', wound. These teeth are great for grabbing and hol
I* has another set of teeth in a second set of jaws (
throat. The pharyngeal jaws can move forward so i
I TDO L S pull the prey into the digestive system.
The most common moray in the Caribbean is th
I up to eight feet in length. It's really blue in color
mucus which makes it look green. There's also a s


Iby Elaine Olivierre Unscramble the words from the passage and pl
the special name in the vertical column.
I For the past few months, we have been looking at the problems faced by coral
reefs around the world. If the problems persist and our coral reefs are destroyed,
hundreds of marine creatures will be without a home. Lets take a look at some
of them. 9
There's one very interesting and unusual reef fish that has a very fierce reputa-
Ition. Can you guess what this might be?
It's the scary-looking moray eel which lives in crevices in the reef. Moray eels
Look like snakes and they move like snakes when they are swimming. But they
are really long slender fish with a dorsal fin that extends all the way down the
back as far as the tail.
Morays do look quite frightening because, as they loiter in their holes, their
mouths are open so they look as though they are ready to bite. In fact, they are
Drawing water into their mouths and passing it back and over their gills to extract
SfI Id I i moray eels eat? The answer to that is, whatever comes their way. They
feed mainly on fish but will also eat shrimp, crabs and even lobster. Some morays
I are cannibals and eat each other! They prefer to hunt at night when they leave
the holes in the reef to search for prey.
SMoray eels have poor sight and .-in. ;;tt th--- an excellent sense of
smell. They have two pairs of nostril.- i .. I I I I two little tubes stick-
ing out above the mouth and they allow water in. The second pair are above the
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by Scott Welty

The Planets in February
MERCURY -Rising in the morning twilight early in the month at about 0530 and
sinking fast later in the month (more about Mercury below)
VENUS -- ;;- t- -- -sible as an evening star in the western twilight.
EARTH -. I I .I .i money from the government.
MARS -Rises ~1800 in Cancer early in the month and then earlier and earlier as

If we can look at the sun (but don't!) then Mercury is always going to be just a little
to one side of the sun or the other from our "-- .;t- 1-it That means you are only
going to see Mercury just before sunrise or I . ....
Soy .. ..... 1. 11... 1 . 1. I -I 1. ... to view Mercury is when it is at the biggest
angle I. ... I ....- i i. .... II That angle is called elongation and you'd
be nearly right! Mercury's biggest possible elongation is about 25 degrees. The prob
lem is that elongation is measured along the ecliptic. That's roughly the plane of the

Above: February Istfrom Grenada, 120 north
Below: February Istfrom Canada, 450 north

and Cancer
JUPITER -Setting just after the sun all month.
SATURN -Rises -2200 in Virgo and sets in the day time all month.
Sky Events This Month
Feb 8 -Mars very close to the Beehive Cluster (more info below)
Feb 12 -Very thin crescent moon rises with Mercury just to the right at 0545. Sky
may already be too light but worth a try!
Feb 13 -New Moon
Feb 16 Jupiter and Venus right together in the western sky at sunset. You'll need
a clear horizon.
Feb 28 -Full Moon
The Beehive Cluster
This is one of my wintertime favorites. The Beehive Cluster has been seen by people
for ages. Galileo sketched it in his notebook. This cluster of stars will appear as a
slight smudge in the constellation Cancer (see Figure 1). I can usually find it by first
locating the Gemini Twins and then look down and to your right from there. There is
also a nice ..... 1 formed by the main stars of Cancer and the Beehive Cluster is
right in the :... I II that. Once you find it, train your Steiners on it. Wow! The clus
ter stands out brightly as there is not much else in this region making the stars
dramatic against the inky black of the nighttime sky. The cluster consists of about
1,000 stars that are gravitationally bound to each other. You won't see that many in
your binoculars. The whole cluster is about 500 to 600 light years away. Close! Enjoy
-it will be up and around in the evening from now to well into the spring.
The Problem with Mercury
Ifyou'vebee '.. .i I'. I.i.. ........ ..i i. I i . iu?)you may
havenoticed t .I ... i ... ....- .. .. i .i i ,,. i ...... orjustafter
sunset. Mercury is especially hard to see as it is closest to the sun. Both Mercury
and Venus are called 'inferior' planets since they are closer to the sun than we are.

solar system and that line in the sky will take or I.11 ..I ... ih respect to the
local horizon depending on latitude and season. i I ..... and 3! The two
diagrams show the relative position of the sun and Mercury on February 1st as
viewed from Grenada and then at latitude 45 degrees somewhere near a place called
'Canada'. As you can see, Merci" .'- i .,, 1 ... .. .. about 25 degrees measured
along the ecliptic in both cases .. 11. i ''. .- II. much lower in Canada mak
ing Mercury nearly impossible to view since it will be very low in the sky where there
is a LOT more atmosphere for the light to come through. In the Caribbean the angle
the ecliptic makes with the horizon is always fairly large and doesn't change so much
with seasons as we very well know. Thats why it's nice and warm and also why
sunset and sunrise happen pretty quickly giving us little twilight.

Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, 2007.

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Mt. Airy Young

Readers' Program
by Chris Doyle
It was 0745; the Grenada cruisers' VHF radio net had finished with emergency
traffic and weather, and was now on cruiser activities. "We are still looking for vol
unteers to help young kids with the reading on Saturday. We leave at 0900 and
return at 1330. If you are interested, contact Hope on Starshine after the net." It
sounded intriguing, so I joined.
Keith of K&J Taxi picked up 18 of us and delivered us to the community center in
Mt. Airy. We climbed out into a very pastoral scene. The Mt. Airy Community Center
is shaded by a big mango tree and stands on the edge of a large sports field. Beyond,
a heavily wooded slope with fruit and silk-cotton trees rises to a ridge, on which
houses are dotted.
The directors of this program arrive; Jeanne and Everest Pascal are Grenadians
who worked for years in England. On their return home, one of the people working
with them needed some tutoring for their son, so Everest, who used to be a school
teacher in Grenada, took it on. Then Jeanne had a small problem with another kid
who did some damage to her property. She decided he needed schooling. Thus the
Mt. Airy Young Readers' Program began.
The connection with yachtspeople came later. A cruiser named Aubrey on a yacht
called Valleda was looking for something to do. He heard about this 'i 1, ;. .nd
joined in, catching two buses all the way up into the hills to do so. I ,' 1. i .1 of
K&J Tours, a Port Louis-based taxi driver, heard about this, he offered to transport
volunteers for free; they pass a hat for gas. Right now, the yachting community pro
vides more than half of the volunteers working with the Mt. Airy Young Readers'
Program, and it depends on yachting coordinators to make it happen. Thankfully

Right: Young
enthralled by 1
magic show

e l W d ssidt p they have been there:

e cm Isle Escape and now Hope
Sq ron Starshine.
SWhen we first arrived
Sand the center was opened
up, it looked to me like all
but that idea was quickly
dispelled as lots of kids
1 f rom about six to 15
11111 in. In the first part
of the i
paired I I
In my case I was put with
Akiel so he could practice
reading; the book was
about basketball. Luckily,
Akiel knew more about the
subject than I. He read
slowly but carefully and
quite well. We discussed words that he did not know how to pronounce, and when
we came across a word he did not understand, we would talk about what it meant.
This quickly reminded me how many words I know and understand in context, but
without always having a precise definition to offer. We came to a point in the story
where the young basketball player was showing off and giving a make believe radio
commentary about his prowess at the same time. His big brother hears him, and he
blushes with embarrassment. Blushes," said Akiel. "He must be white." At this point
we were joined by Brittany, a latecomer. I now had two young readers, so I asked
them how we should handle this. They suggested reading one paragraph each; so it
Work stopped at exactly 11:00. Now we play games," Akiel said, and he fetched
some dominoes. I knew I was in trouble from the way he expertly slid them out onto
the table and shuffled them in a very professional manner. He won two games and
Brittany slid away while Akiel beat me handily a third time.
For the next part of that day's program we ha I ..... -il. A German
cruiser, Cordelia, from a boat called Isis, had once I I -. .. I conjuror and
offered to put on a short magic show. The kids were enthralled as she made balls
disappear and appear, and flicked a scarf so it changed from one color to another.
In the final part of the program, Jeanne sat center stage with the kids in front. She
S.... ... i .... i hem recite their multiplication tables (the seven
I and generally kept them on their toes. I listened
for a while and then slipped outside to sit under the mango tree and chat with some
of the other cruisers.
It was a highly entertaining morning, and the interaction seemed beneficial and
fun for both cruisers and kids. I enjoyed meeting Jeanne and Everest and getting to
know cruisers I had not met before. As we were -.i...i. ,.'-. le chatting, someone
even came by with plastic glasses and a big bottle I ..... I. I eggnog.
Cruising is at its best when cruisers get to interact with locals, and the Mt. Airy
Young Readers Program is a wonderful example of this.



Adventures in the Trade Wind, The Story of Morris Nicholson, Pioneer
Charterboat Skipper, and of Yacht Chartering in the West Indies in the Half
Century after the Second World War, by Richard Dey, Offshore Press. 328 pages.
ISBN 978-1-4363 9436 9.
Part adventure story, part history of
yacht chartering, set against a backdrop
Soof political upheaval, this ode to a remark
able individual brings to life many of the
wonderful scoundrels and pioneers who
made up the yachting community in its
early years.
Morris Nicholson, an active octogenarian
residing in Bequia, is the focus of this
story, but it encompasses an entire era,
from the early 1950s to the present day.
S 'e-rr~.' 1 T-b]cr-n-p ---as in engineering
SIu .... I f I" whenhesetout
from England aboard the Enid, an 80foot
wooden ketch built in 1895 as a coastal
trading ship. His life savings of 350 pounds
were invested in the boat, but the skipper,
Clive Stevenson, informed his luckless
crew they were broke in Algeciras, on the
south coast of Spain. They had to raise
cash by smuggling cigarettes and refrig
erators from Tangier, Morocco to the Canary Islands, a trip they made three times
over the next year. Finally setting out for the New World in 1952, Stevenson sold
Enid out from under his crew, who were all shareholders, and gave them each only
US$200 in Martinique.
Morris was stranded and furious, but his ability to fix things landed him a job in
St. Lucia working for Bert Ganter, a Trinidadian entrepreneur who was helping to
rebuild Castries after a fire in 1948 destroyed much of the city. Morris crewed, then
skippered, the 80 foot powerboat Nanin for Ganter, and became familiar with navi
gating the islands south to Trinidad, as Ganter needed help to establish a marina in
Vigie Cove. The marina in Vigie became a place where the early charter yachts from
Desmond Nicholson's (no relation to Morris) charter operation at English Harbour,
Antigua came for repairs.
In 1954 Morris met Gus and Jane Koven, an American couple aboard Eleuthera I,
andduring .. ... I IiI I .. 11 II ....l. their
larger Eleut 1 .. I ,,II . Ii Ii. .. i ...,,I l., I over
three decade .1 1 ..I 1 rr 11 11,,, 1"11', " 11I 111 l, l look's
author, a neighborhood friend) throughout the Caribbean, to Bermuda, Nova Scotia,
the Mediterranean, and the Aegean Sea. They had planned to cross the Pacific, but
bad weather caused a rogue wave to injure several crew north of Colombia. Morris
was washed overboard, but he hung on to the toerail and was saved by a quick
thinking Jane, who grabbed his wrist and hauled him aboard. In Haiti Eleuthera's
crew was shot at by Duvalier's Tonton Macoutes when they entered a quiet harbour
late at night. Using the boats AM radio, Morris called Puerto Rican authorities, who
contacted the Haitian authorities. Fortunately no one was injured, but the ordeal
lasted 90 minutes and shots damaged the pristine hull of Eleuthera HI.
The author successfully combines the story of Morris's adventures with those of
the early charter captains aboard their crewed yachts. Morris initially ran charters
from Antigua but was not based there for most of his career, preferring St. Lucia,
Grenada, and later, Bequia. He did rub (and sometimes bend) elbows with the trail
blazers of Caribbean chartering including Jol Byerley, Don Street, Mitch Mitchell,
Carl Schuster, Ian Spencer, Jim Squires, Jack Ramm, Stan ;... i .. ..... hn
Clegg, Barbara Stevens, Douglas Terman, and Richard Scott i- .. i I .."),
among many others. The lives of these colorful characters are interwoven with
those of the unusual cruisers who shared Morris's company including Reg Calvert,
Banana Bill, Voodoo Jack Lindsay, Errol Flynn, Eric Allcard, and Eric Hiscock. There
are also the many movers and shakers who created wealth for the islands (and often,
but not always, for themselves), such as Tom Johnston, who created Moonhole, Niels
Thomsen of Friendship Bay Hotel, Haze Richardson (PSV Resort), John and Mary
Caldwell (Palm Island), Jack Van Ost (CSY), Walter Boudreau (Marigot Bay), and Bill
Stevens (Stevens Yachts).
The charter scene changed radically in the 1970s as Caribbean Sailing Yachts
(CSY) introduced the bareboat charter and the idea was copied (more successfully)
by The 4--rinfe T h concept was that a fleet of identical boats could be maintained
more 1 I a .... a disparate fleet, and paid for by separate owners on a lease
back plan. This allowed sailors from northern climates to skipper a boat in the
islands (assuming they were qualified if not, a local skipper was available) and do
their own cooking. As a result, crewed charter yachts like Eleuthera II were outnum
bered by their smaller and cheaper competitors.
By the late seventies, Morris was considering retiring when the Kovens offered him a
piece of land from their estate on Bequia, on a ridge o, ,i i a. i...... t I Dn one
side and Mustique on the other. Morris swallowed t, I, I I I ,, I -. when
Eleuthera Iwas sold; by then his house on the hilltop was built. The latter part of this
book tells of Morris's life and many varied interests ashore his artwork, ---- 1 I
creations, solar power experiments, nine cats, and his ten years with Suz -. ,II
described as the happiest of his life, before she succumbed to cancer in 1994.
The book's sole weakness is the author's frequent side trips into island politics.
While interesting to a political junkie like mysell' i .i .1 to readers
less inclined to care about each island state's I i 1.....I l ... I .. I indepen
dence. On the other hand, the tremendous changes in the last 60 years did not occur
in a vacuum, and some political background is necessary to this story, but the
impact it had on Morris himself was negligible.
Morris Nicholson had a tremendous personal influence on the book's author as a
role model, and he served the same for this reviewer. My parents chartered Eleuthera
IIin 1960, and their photos and stories enchanted me, describing a world larger than
Little League baseball. When I began working as a charter skipper 17 years later,
Morris was one of a half dozen skippers based in Bequia who all pulled together and
helped one another in times of need. There was n- .:t .1 1 n yachts had lim-
ited services ashore, so advice and spare parts .' -' I I Mr. Dey's rela
tionship with Morris is similarly coloured by his admiration and affection for a man
whose natural shyness as an old school Englishman is overshadowed by a generosity
of spirit, love of life, and .. ..... I . I Ih . I ni .-i l. 1"- 1h11.. ..11 ...'
This book is available .....

make your .:- f- t-r and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, autd I -1, I -. Guides and compiler of Imray-Iolaire charts, which
shows the time of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this AND next
month, will help you calculate the tides.
Water, Don explair.- ... 11 tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east .. .1 .oonrise, continues to run east until about an
hour after the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward.
From just after the moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward;
and from just after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward; i.e.
tide the floods from west to east. Timrno .i--n fnr local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 I .11 I1 new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire

charts. Fair tides!
1 0148
2 0239
3 0329
4 0419
5 0510
6 0607
7 0654
8 0746
9 0838
10 0928
11 1016
12 1101
13 1145
14 1226 (new)
15 1307
16 1347
17 1428
18 1511
19 1557


0000 (full)


1146 (new)
0000 (full)


In September 2009 I was fortunate to visit the Emerald
Isle Montserrat -as part of my research on the bio
diversity of the spider fauna in the Eastern Caribbean.
Here I was assisted by one of my friends who had visited
the island before. One of our goals was to explore the
entire island, including its cuisine. Here I will document
our culinary adventure on this beautiful island.
One of our goals was to taste a true Montserratian
breakfast, hard to do in a restaurant because most of
them cater for tourists and serve European or
American-style breakfasts. However, there are many
snackettes that sell a variety of meat pies. In our
quest, one morning we told the owner of one of the
supermarkets on the island that we were looking for a
local breakfast. She contacted a vendor who sells from
his car, and he promptly drove over with his goods!
Who knew you could get meat pies and a hot piece of
baked chicken at seven in the .......
However, my favourite local I .1 i was a sand
which from Peter's Bakery. Most if not all of the bakeries
on the island make sandwiches for breakfast. Besides
a wide variety of pastries, they bake what is locally
referred to as "grease bread". This long narrow bread
has a crunchy crust and you can get it plain, to make
your sandwiches yourself, or have a sandwich made
with butter, creamy cheddar cheese, tuna or Spam or
a combination of those. The bakery in back is com-
bined with a mini-mart in the front so you can buy
some cold drinks while you are there.
During our time on the island we were able to sam
ple the national dish of the island, "goat water", which
is basically a stew made with goat meat, which is very
tasty. Many other islands in the Eastern Caribbean
serve this dish. However, each island puts its own
twist on the recipe, and Montserrat is no exception.
Montserrat's signature is a lot of cloves. Also, as one
waitress said, their goat water is not weak like "man
nish water", which is the term used to refer to this
stew in Jamaica.
In Montserrat, cloves are also used, along with
almond essence, in drinks such as the traditional
Christmas drink, "sorrel", made from the sepals of the
Rumex acetosa plant.
As with many islands in the Caribbean, a barbecue on
the weekends is quite a staple event. From as early as
three o'clock in the afternoon, you see the locals setting
up their stalls at the side of the road. A quick drive

Adventures in

Eating on

by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
~ -lllmlK

In Montserrat, exploring tiny eateries can pay
big dividends

around the safe northern part of the island -the part
not affected by the volcano -quickly reveals how popu
lar this food is. As the evening progresses, the number
of stalls increases, with the nearest competition some-
times a mere ten feet away. Some stalls employ interest-
ing tactics to attract customers, such as playing music
ol, 1 i:'--- .1--- while others have live music.
11 ''i 'ave barbecue in a restaurant set
ting on a weekend, you can try the Royal Palm Club
located in Woodlands, which serves barbecue on

Friday nights. The setting here is quite charming and
very quiet. When you are here you feel like you are in
your own private hideaway tucked into the mountain
side. Given the altitude, you get a great view, and there
is a wine bar where you can have a drink and socialize
with other patrons while you wait for your meal.
Pont's Beach View Bar and Restaurant is another res
taurant option for weekend barbecue and serves some of
the best barbecued chicken I have tasted. Located in
Little Bay next to The Green Monkey Dive Shop, this
structure looks tiny but can seat up to 50 persons.
When you enter, you are struck by the colourful decor
and collection of old artifacts such as irons, kettles and
anchors. They I ....I -i.... conversation pieces
while you wait: I I .,, I believe me it is worth
the wait. The moist and tender meat is seasoned with
just the right amount of spice. They serve a variety of
barbecued meats such as pork, fish and beef, and you
can get a mix if you are not sure what you want to taste.
Another treat is the appetizer plate of fresh-baked coco
nut chips. A Sunday lunch there is a definite must when
you visit the island. It is also the only time they open!
Besides barbecue, you can find food from other
countries on Montserrat. The Anfa Chinese Restaurant
is the only Chinese restaurant on the island. However,
despite this monopoly, they have a wide and tasty
variety of dishes. The owner is very accommodating
and will even make dishes for you that are not on the
menu, provided they have the ingredients.
Indian food is popular on the island, and if you want
take-out, try Ashok's. Located in the town of Brades, it
is actually a kitchen located in the back of Ashok's
supermarket, and all the culinary magic is done by
one cook. He is very obliging and can adjust your order
to fit you; for example he can leave out ingredients you
don't like or are allergic to, such as peanuts in some
sauces. But if you want Indian food with the conve
nience of heating it up anywhere you are, at home or
at work, then Karishma's Indian Takeaway is the place
for you. They make fresh food like naan, samosas and
curries and will make special orders. Both of these
places serve authentic Indian food, not like most
places in Trinidad & Tobago, where I am from, where
most of the "Indian" cuisine is merely influenced by
Indian cooking but has been greatly modified and is
unique to the country.
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we would often pass a tiny, quaint wooden structure
along the way in Fogarthy Hill and there would always
be a crowd. Becoming curious, when we got a chance
we paid a visit. We found a definite reason for the
crowd. The proprietors serve excellent local food such
as provisions and saltfish, fresh salad and some of the
best baked chicken I have eaten in my life.
Of the many restaurants we visited on the island, two
stood out. The first is the Olveston House Restaurant
and Guest House, set on five acres in Salemha.
Operated by Carol Osborne and Margaret Wilson, the
restaurant serves traditional English meals with a
Caribbean twist. What I .11 I I....... ... ...
was their Themedd" nigh .. I, I .1, .- I.
is a buffet barbecue and I .. I .i .11,
fare such as fish and chips, and steak and kidney pie.
You have to remember that Montserrat is under the
governance of the United Kingdom, so what better way
to enjoy some English cuisine without going all the way
to the United Kingdom?
This building has a great history. It was once the
director's house on a plantation that cultivated limes
to supply British sailors with Vitamin C to prevent
scurvy. (This earned them the nickname Limeys.) It
once housed the broadcasting station of Radio
Montserrat and its basement has functioned as a cin
ema. In the early 1980s it was purchased by the
owner of Air Studios and producer for the Beatles, Sir
George Martin, and hosted artists such as Eric
Clapton, Elton John, Sting and Paul McCartney who
had come to the island to record their songs.
Secondly, there is the Gourmet Gardens, located not
too far from the -i 1 ,, . ,- ,,,. i
cious food, this e -i I .... .i .1 I I I
lovers. When you enter you are struck by the piles of
books on tables and on shelves along the walls. So
while you wait for your order you can browse through
and might find some treasures. Patrons are welcome
to bring in books they have finished reading and take
new ones, but an exchange is not mandatory.
In most of the restaurants we visited on Montserrat,
I found "bush tea" to be an almost standard beverage
on the menu. The term may sound exotic, but the
type of bush tea available in each restaurant varies
and really depends on what they have growing in their
individual gardens. Mint and lemongrass were com-
mon flavours.
However, I must note that if you visit the island you
might find some items expensive or non-existent. A

perfect example is a milkshake. In some ice-cream
parlours on Montserrat they have the equipment for
making milkshakes or soft serve ice cream but they do
not serve them since electricity is very expensive on the
island and running the machines is not profitable.
Exploring the cuisine of Montserrat added a special
dimension to my visit. So the next time you visit here,
or any other place in the Caribbean, why not try tak
ing a culinary tour and see what you can discover!

Editor's note: In early January, the volcano in
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Dear Compass Readers,
[Re: "Selected Caribbean ShortwaveWeather Reports"
in January's Compass] Eric Mackie 9z4cp Trinidad
Emergency Net, with his weather forecast -should be
up and running now on 3855 LSB at 0630 local time.
Currently he is giving a brief weather forecast on the
Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net on 3815 LSB
at 0630 local time and then switching to 3855 LSB to
check his transmission strength with whoever might
be on frequency. For the time being he will be working
off a long wire antenna so his transmissions will not be
as good as with his 80-metre loop, but I had good con
tact with him in early January in Rodney Bay Marina,
St. Lucia.
Please spread the word around and he would appre
ciate those with a Ham license checking in with him
and giving him a signal report.
John Lytle
S/Y Oriole

Dear Compass,
Reading the letter in the January issue from your
correspondent Liesbet Collaert has reminded me that I
agreed to try to get some r-.'i.-.-1- i.~-li-n = from
the Ministry of Agriculture ii .. -.. I 11. ....lorta
tion of domestic animals. Having invited other yacht
owners to contact me with their experiences I have
I. .. 11,,. however, that does not lessen the expe
: .. i correspondent. I have been slightly
remiss in not following up my initial approach to the
Ministry of Agriculture but will do so now.
While writing, I am slightly concerned by the article
in the same issue written by your correspondent
Melodye Pompa on yacht security and, in particular,
~. ...... .. i i ... to the "spin doctors" in Antigua.
S. ..... .11 .. that category as I made many
comments on the murder of a yacht skipper here last
January. I feel that a number of issues raised by her
comments need clarifying.
Firstly, there would not be much of a drugs problem
in the English Harbour/Falmouth area if it was not for
yacht crew and others visitir. : i:. ... 1 1- -1-
ational drugs. Usually, it is: II I . I. -
who are seeking drugs but i .1 i -
: :- t -1 achts and other sailing visitors.
ii. as the murder case is still subjudice, it is
difficult to make definitive comments. However, it is
alleged that the yacht skipper in question was more
than just a casual user and that he was found with a
quantity of "white substance" on his person.
Thirdly, 1 i I.... .. ..i
of person i I1 .. I I I .
resistance". The yacht skipper chased a purse-snatcher
for about 100 yards before the criminal produced a gun.
Fourthly, while the victim could have been a banker
or a construction worker, it is much more likely that
he would have been a yachtsman as he had just left a
bar/restaurant regularly frequented by young yacht
crew and in which recreational drugs were known to
be readily available. The main reason yacht crew fre
quented this bar/restaurant was for the purpose of
obtaining drugs. The bar/restaurant has since been
closed down.
Finally, there is a lot more information on the inci
dent which may or may not be accurate; therefore, no
conclusions should be drawn either by me or your
reporter until the pending criminal case is resolved.
John Duffy
Antigua & Barbuda Marine Trades Association
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Hi Compass,
We were interested to read the item in the January
issue's Business Briefs regarding the reduction in fees at
Simpson Bay Lagoon. It may just tempt us back to St.
Maarten. We have been tu-11 --- -ful :1 fti-li.i -ut what
these new fees are. Do y(,, II..- ... ....I .. or can
you direct us to someone who does? We've tried all the obvi
ous web sites, but they have not yet been updated.
Alan and Anne Dunlop
Freya of Clyde

Dear Alan and Anne,
We asked the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association
for an update, which follows. Also, keep in mind that
there are no fees on many other parts of the island,
including inside the lagoon on the French side, so you
can come to Sint Maarten and avoid fees altogether
as many people do.

Dear Compass,
The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association has been
actively pursuing redress against the Simpson Bay
Lagoon Authority Corporation since the inception of the
fees that were introduced on January 1st, 2008. In part
because of our efforts and with a new government
awareness of the impact of the marine industry on the
local economy, SLAC has recently been transferred to
the Ports Authority. On January 1st, 2010, a new policy
went into effect regarding i. ..... )f weekly fees. In
the past, vessels that hac I I 11. I for a week and
come back within that same week were being charged for
another week upon clearing in. That double charge has
now been eliminated, as has the double charge for a ves
sel paying for a week in Simpson Bay and then being
-..r:-- a week ... .. ,i'. ... i to Philipsburg.
,. as the i I i, i ,,' ige and weekly fees
(posted at www.heinekenregatta.com/Island-Info/
Immigration), the tariffs were set by government ordi
nance on the advice of SLAC. The Ports Authority are
currently reviewing the accounts of SLAC and hold
ing meetings with the marine industry to determine
the best approach to rework those tariffs while still
being able to maintain the bridge and offer proper
services to cruising boats in the lagoon. A new ordi
nance will have to be written, reviewed and passed by
local government.
In the meantime, works have already commenced
in the lagoon and we hope to have a new ordinance
by early summer.

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Dear Compass People,
I am a skipper who recently was cruising the
Grenadines for a couple of weeks. On December 23rd,
2009, as we sailed from St. Lucia down to St. Vincent,

After 12 hours in the water and still wearing his life
vest, one of the two rescued men sleeps in
Klaus's cockpit

we heard people =-r-.in. f-r help. Two men were
I I ,. I ... I II the channel.
... on a very low course, far to the west
of the rhumb line, and we were obviously their last
chance. We stopped immediately and rescued the two
men. After we gave them water and something to eat,
they told us that they had been in the water for 12
hours and several yachts had passed by and seen
them but NOBODY else stopped to help!
We took them onboard after noontime and they had
lost their boat the night before. We were informed that
they had a boat accident with four people, but there
were only two life vests on board. The motor was bro
ken, waves entered the boat and it turned over. We
rescued the two with life vests (I left them at a police
station in north St. Vincent), but we don't know what
happened to the other two guys.
We are really upset that so many yachtspeople are
scared to help local people. When somebody is in the
water, far away from any land, be sure that this is a
serious situation -an emergency. There is no excuse
for not helping them!
Klaus Eschmann

Dear Compass,
Twenty-two days out of Aruba I arrived in Bocas del
Toro, Panama on December 14th, 2009. It took 15
days to cover the last 120 miles against a powerful
two to three-knot easterly current and westerly wind,
which stopped completely at night -unless there
were squalls of 30 to 45 knots, almost always from the
west, and of course it rained almost every day.
I passed 150 miles north of the Rio Magdalena off of
Barranquilla, Colombia. Bypassed Cartagena because
I refuse to anchor anywhere that I cannot go swim-
ming. Wonderful sailing into the Darien, in order to get
away from all shipping, and passed just five miles
north of the Hollandes Keys of Kuna Yala. Did not
stop, but hooked up two marlin, neither of which came
aboard .... i I -. I 11,.,11 ... often a
handful, . 11 .1. .. . .

Mermaid had sprung a serious leak in the 12-foot
breaking seas north of Barranquilla and I was hoping
to get into Portobello to dive on the hull, but the wind
did a 180-degree shift and blew me to the east. I was
joined by seven different birds who thought nothing of
the leaks which were plaguing me.
So, 15 days of eight-miles-a-day later -with a torn
mainsail, broken steering and leaking about 40 gal
lons an hour -I hove to about eight miles north of the
Bocas del Toro channel and, of course, fell asleep. The
current shifted into the northwest and the preventer
on the wheel broke. I awoke at 0515 about a hundred
yards from a surfer's paradise in ten-foot seas.
Immediately I dropped the staysail and cut the lash
ings on my 250-pound fisherman as well as a 20-kilo
Bruce anchor. Both held.
I then re-hoisted my torn mainsail and got underway
while hoisting my jib and letting the anchor rodes run.
It was touch and go for over an hour as Mermaid
moved to the east at less than a knot while being
swept back toward the surfline by the huge seas. Heart
in stomach, this continued for several hours.
Under very light wind I finally sailed into the anchor
age and, with a few Guinnesses brought over by a few
cruising friends I had not seen since Curacao...
I will not be complaining about much of anything for
quite awhile, just giving thanks and praise.
Whoever wrote the cruising guide for this area is
definitely a motorboat or motorsailor kind of person.
For the true sailor this is a very tough coast and lifts
my estimation of Chris Columbus and crew several
pegs! That is why I will always prefer Don Street's
guides to any of the others. Don sailed and recorded
his observations and experiences while under sail
very much the essential info needed i .. .
adventurer in order to enjoy or ever .-. .1 i Ih
plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques or what have
you that have come to fill up most other guides. One
must maintain a seaman's perspective n rri"--
safely. Too many folks seem to study the :. i i
they have even located the restaurant!
John Smith
Mermaid of Carriacou
PS Went out with friends the other day to find my
anchors. Found them both within 100 feet of the reef
in 20 feet of water. Was unable to pick up the 200
pound fisherman, "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde", but with lift
bags will try next week. This was the third place the
beast saved my butt: Jamaica, Key West and now
Panama. There's no such ...,. ........ ior that is
too big, its just a question I I. I I '- 1 can get it
on the bottom. (Having a sharp cutlass handy is very
important.) I'm not worried that it washes up even in
the 12-foot surf running today. The surfers on the
surface are blithely unaware of the chunk of metal
under their curl and the joy of having had it hold
Mermaid off of the reef

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Dear Compass,
Reading the arti-l "'r'-;;i;;. "enezuela, Summer 2009" by John Burnie in the
December 2009 - i *'*.! it comes into my mind that only the bravest sail
ors, the trained professional killers, or even those want-to-know-it-exactly types are
still cruising in Venezuela. If there are only a few visiting yachts left, then the pirates
have not much choice; they take what they can get, and those still cruising there can
be at high risk.
Of course, some areas of Venezuela are safer than others. Take the time to check
out www.safetyandsecuritynet.com, "Island Reports", "Venezuelan Mainland" and
"Venezuelan Islands", for reference. Please note, these web pages are not entertain
ment everything listed there is reality. And don't believe that these crimes happen
only to others.
The crime in Venezuela is not only related to yachts, it is present everywhere, but
unarmed sailors are among the easiest victims. Daily, more Venezuelan people are
going hungry, which, as Mr. Burnie wrote, brings them to the first step of crime. It
starts with children I i i i.... at the market; next are the youths who make a
robbery armed with i ., i, ,, I ,,I and the worst is piracy with firearms.
We happened to experience all of these types of crime at various times during our
six years cruising in Venezuela. Also, once when we were standing on the sidewalk,
a car passed us slowly, the door opened, the man grabbed my plastic bag, and then
the car disappeared at full speed. The laugh that time was on our side -in the bag
were some old, very greasy oil filters already dripping through the bag.

The country's strong Catholicism no longer stops crime. I myself have heard more
than once the president proclaiming in his hours-long Sunday radio speeches that
the rich people do not need two cars or two apartments, and he gives the poor his
--l- in to take what they want from the rich "because they have more than
.i This gives permission for robbery, and explains why it is dangerous for us
S. 1i...1.... i Venezuela.
ii11i .11 i than in past years, there are still many yachts in Porlamar,
Margarita. I asked the sailors why they stay at that rolly anchorage for months,
where mans 1.... 1 lefts occur in comparison to the rest of the Caribbean, and
from where I' II ' trip to the Eastern Caribbean islands is annoying, to say the
least-:.. ..i.... I 0 hours against wind and waves. The answer was, "Living
is cheap I. I ,,i ,I 1, have to add the cost of a stolen outboard and dinghy to
the bill, I don't know what is "cheap" about being there.
By now nothing is really cheap in Venezuela, and some items are more expensive
than in the islands in the Eastern Caribbean. A beer is 3.5 Bf (US $1.70); a 750 ml
bottle of Cacique rum is 35 Bf (US$16.50) and one kilo of onions is US$6, all at the
official bank rate. For years there h- --- f-; -- ri-;;. h -T' whether milk powder
or wheat flour, rice or pasta. Asof i ..... II ... . i tl-. ,
the market in the whole country. It is absolutely i... i .- .. .. I I
can get for our foreign currency on the black market; we have to consider the prices
for the local people. Howcanth I I 1. .... i .. .mple, 1 workman
earns only US$150 to US$200 ... ..I. I . .. .. ....I I has I I awifeand
maybe three or more children. It is no wonder that crime rises continuously; people
ar h1innr- like wolves.
i criminals exist and attacks can happen everywhere. But one difference
r't-"tn -Trimr -nint "n- tt in the Eastern Caribbean islands and Venezuela is this:
i 1, i... I 1 I ..1. i. I1 .1I- tryto get thebad guys who are detrimental to their
tourism industries, while currently in Venezuela it seems that nobody is taking care
of the yacht crime. The attackers can get away with impunity, and they know it. It is
left up to us cruisers to take I .... .- . ...-1 1, outlaws. We have to apply for
licenses to carry firearms to I I ... I II I1. i ndits realize that cruisers are
armed, trained and willing to shoot, there will be many fewer incidents.
A discussion about the definition of the word "piracy" is splitting hairs. If you encoun
ter people pointing firearms at you and demanding your property, its a good bet they
are willing to kill you to get what they want; otherwise they would not use firearms.
People in Venezuela are usually very nice and kindly, an-id .. r-1l-- -rni--j d I"r
stay for severalyears i ..... I .- I -
population, there is .1 I i '' Sadly, we don't trust local
people any more. Now we watch every passing pirogue or fishing vessel with Argus
eyes. We are no longer carefree sailors; we feel we are fair game.
Having been a victim of a firearm attack in Venezuela in January 2008 (with a very
lucky outcome) I can tell you, I do not want to have such encounters again, and I
don't wish this to happen to other cruisers. To be honest, we found that Venezuela
has superb cruising areas, beautiful beaches and friendly people -but today we
fear for our lives! It is not necessary to risk one's life to visit a nice place; other coun
tries have nice places, too. Therefore we will reluctantly give up cruising Venezuela
until they offer better security for cruisers.
Angelika Gruener
S/V Angelos

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A couple of years ago, a friend came to sail with me
for a week out of Grenada. We had a good week.
Although the Grenadines as a whole are a sailing
Mecca, we remained in Grenada waters, because to
visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) and return
would involve clearing Customs and Immigration four
times: out of Grenada, into SVG, out of SVG, and back
into Grenada. The same situation in reverse applies to
boats wanting to visit Grenada waters from SVG.
Few people indeed want to spend that much time of
a sailing holiday dealing with red tape, so currently
many yachts stay on one side or the other of the bor
der -a loss to them and to both nations' economies.
From the point of view of the governments of both SVG
and Grenada, the more yachts that clear in and out
the better: they get a good fee every time. Yet (with the
welcome exception of going to a .... 1 1 ..... Fr .i i
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......... i I between the two countries.
Over the New Year's holiday this year, some rela
tives of mine chartered a boat for a week out of
Grenada and really wanted to revisit the Tobago Cays.
I sailed Ti Kanot in company with them and we did it.
S...... ut of Grenada, and into SVG, and out of
I into Grenada again was just the kind of
bureaucratic hassle that I expected -and my rela
I 1 .1 They said they would not do this trip
.. .. i I, .i ason.
I just want to spell this out a bit for any official that
might happen to read this. A typical one-week yacht
charter needs to include time to learn about and provi
sion the boat, so in reality the charterers often only
have six days of sailing. Added to which, any single
week is going to include a weekend when Customs
hours are shorter, plus there is likely to be a public
holiday, gear breakdown or weather-related hiccup. In
other words, their vacation time is precious.
When planning a cruise, yachtspeople might be
happy to visit a port of clearance, but probably will not
want to visit the same port of clearance more than
once. However, as things stand, if they want to visit
Grenadine islands in both territories, they are forced
to. So Customs and Immigration regulations are really
putting a major damper on the very idea of a short
sailing vacation that includes both SVG and Grenada
waters. To ask people to spend time on four of six sail
ing days dealing with Customs and Immigration
paperwork is a bit like telling a hotel tourist who
comes for a week that he must, on four separate days,
go spend time in the Immigration office in town. For
promoting tourism, it is a non-starter.
(Also, if a charter group leaves Grenada, they now
have to fill in all the airport Immigration forms as
well as the yacht forms when they re-enter. Had
they stayed in Grenada, they would not have had to
do anything.)
The shame of this bureaucratic hindrance is that it
is 1-l-ri-; the expansion of good charter busi
nes I I .. and Grenada that would be benefit
cial to both countries. Combined, Grenada and SVG
have the most ideal bareboat and crewed chartering
waters in the Caribbean. Bareboaters and crewed
charter guests are excellent tourists, well inclined to
eat out, take tours and buy souvenirs. It would be a
profitable business sector to expand.
Many people have tried to do something about the
Grenadines-border stumbling block over the last 15
years. Yet year after year we get nowhere. Part of the
problem is that getting the Customs and Immigration
Departments of the two countries to agree on how best
to remove this impediment to yacht tourism is a for

midable task. I would like, therefore, to respectfully
propose a couple of small changes to the Customs
regulations of both SVG and Grenada. These two
improvements should be painless for each nation to
implement on its own, and together would halve the
present hassle.

Border Rules Hamper Two

Nations' Yacht Trade:



The first is to implement a 72-hour or 96-hour in-
and-out clearance for arriving yachts. This means
yacht skippers could clear in and out using the same
form when the yacht is not staying in the country
longer than the prescribed time period and is not
changing crew. This is not a new concept; St. Lucia
has had a 72-hour in-and-out clearance for as long as
I can remember, and it has not been a problem.
Dominica more recently introduced a two-week in
and-out clearance and it, too, is working well. Just
this step alone would cut out one visit to Customs and
Immigration and reduce the red-tape burden on the
cross-boundary yachting visitor by 25 percent.

improving ease of yacht movement
across the SVG Grenada border
would be advantageous

for the tourism economies of both nations

The second suggestion is similar: to offer pre
clearance for departing yachts that will not be outside
of national waters for more than, say, 72 or 96 hours,
and will not be changing crew. When the skipper
clears out, he can also clear back in at the same time,
specifying the day of return. The skipper pays all fees
and completes all paperwork in advance, so the yacht
can come back into the country withoi. ,.,l,,.
Customs again. There could be an extra i,. .i
this, which would help government revenue. This
would save another visit to Customs and, with the
measure above, make things twice as easy for the
yachting visitor.
Improving ease of yacht movement across the SVG
Grenada border would be advantageous for the tour
ism economies of both nations. In the case of SVG,
this would be added value for the large number of
bareboaters who visit the country and also want to dip
into Grenada waters. For Grenada's yachting industry,

the reverse would be true. I hope these suggestions
can be taken into account; I'd love ...... tour
ism in SVG and Grenada reach its :,ii I 'i

Editor's note: We asked the Marine and Yachting
Association of Grenada (MAYAG) and the St. Vincent &
the Grenadines Recreational Marine Association
(SVGRMA) for their responses to Chris's suggestions.
They follow:

Dear Compass,
Chris is quite right -this is an issue everyone
agrees needs to be addressed, yet year after year it
remains the same. One of the problems is that there
are so many governmental departments involved
Customs, Immigration, Finance, Security, Port
Authority and Marine Park f't-r--t' .'n-n; them.
MAYAG is very aware o 11. l ... I ... of our
"Grenadines Gateway" to Grenada's I i,,, i.
try. Grenada's flight connections, II I I I.
supermarkets and attractions ashore perfectly compli
ment the Grenadines' fantastic cruising ground, and
any moves to ease and encourage movement between
islands are beneficial for everyone.
We have raised both Chris's excellent suggestions
with the Minister of Tourism and we will report back
to Compass once we have looked in more detail at how
they might work.
Anita Sutton

Dear Compass,
The two suggestions made by Chris Doyle both have
merit, although we think it will be difficult for the
authorities both here and in Grenada to reach some
agreement on this in the immediate future. As Chris
says, other suggestions have been made over the years
as to how the procedure can be simplified and
enhanced, however they all carry potential risks to St.
Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada when it comes
..i. .1 ... i .. .... who is in our waters and,
I ...- .. I I -per collection of fees.
The first suggestion is, in our view, workable and
straightforward. The second, however, I cannot see the
authorities agreeing on. Clearance into another coun
try is a must. The captain and crew might remain the
same -the contents of the yacht might not!
The potential benefits of the first suggestion to the
yachting industries of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
and Grenada are obvious, as too are the benefits to
the yachting community and all those that provide
supplies and services to yachts and yachtsmen. In the
first instance we would encourage the authorities to
get around a table and arrive at a draft of what would
be workable for them. Thereafter it will ultimately be
a matter for the respective governments cabinets to
consider so that legislation amendments can be made
and gazetted.
We would not support the 72 or 96-hour periods
mentioned, but suggest that in the first instance 48
hours would be a good starting point. Let us see how
well this works and extend it thereafter, subject to the
mutual agreement of the respective Governments.
Customs and Immigration in both territories should
fully embrace ESeaClear and ensure that all the ports
of entry are fully and properly equipped to take full
. i ., i 1. 11 .- ... ers. This alone will be
*. .1 i ... I. .. i. in knowing who is
where and expected arrivals and actual departures.
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15 16 Carnival Monday and Tuesday in most Dutch and French islands, Haiti,
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22 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia
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26 28 South Grenada Regatta. See ad on page 17
27 Around St. Maarten-St. Martin Multihull Regatta.
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic
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12 14 8th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Race. See ad on page 12
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Martinique MP
UK 39
Antigua 26
Grenada 12
Antigua MP
Grenada MP
Petite Martinique 29
Venezuela 27
St Vincent 41
Tnnidad MP
Mustique 37
Tnnldad 42
Bequla 10
Bequla 11
Bequia MP
Canbbean 35
Slnt Maarten 2
Canb Wide MP
Tortola 42
Grenada 25
Union Island 38
Martinique 18
Martinique MP
Tnnidad MP
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CIRExpress St Maarten
Clippers Ship Martinique
Cooper Manne USA
Curagao Manne Curagao
Diesel Outfitters St Maarten
Diginav Martinique
Dockwise Yacht Transport Martinique
Dockyard Electncs Tnnidad
Dominica Marine Center Dominica
Dopco Travel Grenada
Down Island Real Estate Carnacou
Doyle Offshore Sails Tortola
Doyle Offshore Sails Barbados
Doyle's Guides Caribbean
Echo Manne Jotun Special Tnnidad
Electropics Tnnidad
Femando's Hideaway Bequia
Food Fair Grenada
Fred Manne Guadeloupe
Gourmet Foods St Vincent
Grenada Manne Grenada
Grenadine Island Villas Bequia
Grenadines Sails Bequia
GRPro-Clean Martinique
lolaire Enterpnses UK
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KNJ Manne
KP Manne
Le Phare Bleu
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Northern Lights Generators
Ocean Xperts
Perkins Engines
Petit St Vincent
Porthole Restaurant
Power Boats
Quantum Sails
Reds Caribbean
Renaissance Manna
Santa Barbara Resorts

Carb Wide MP
St Lucia 33
Antigua MP
St Crolx 37
Tnnidad MP
St Vincent 21
Grenada 17
Grenada 17
Bequla 10
Martinique MP
Bequla 38
Tnnidad MP
St Lucia 22
Dominican Rep 20
Grenada 39
Azores MP
Venezuela 38
Tortola 5
St Maarten 40
Tortola 19
PSV 32
Bequia MP
Tnnidad MP
Tortola 22
Tnnldad 9
Aruba 6
Curagao 7

Savon De Mer Canb Wide
Sea Services Martinique
Soper's Hole Manna Tortola
Spice Island Manne Grenada
St Crolx Regatta St Crolx
St Maarten Sails St Maarten
St Thomas Yacht Sales St Thomas
Superwind Germany
SVG Air St Vincent
Technick Grenada
Tikal Arts & Crafts Grenada
Tilikum Martinique
Trade Winds Cruising Bequia
Tnskell Cup Regatta Guadeloupe
Turbulence Sails Grenada
Turbulence Sails Grenada
Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout Carriacou
Vemasca Venezuela
Volles Assistance Martinique
Wallace & Co Bequia
Walliabou Anchorage St Vincent
WIND Martinique
Woodstock Boatbuilders Antigua
Xanadu Manne Venezuela
YES Martinique
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