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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: March 2010
Frequency: monthly
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Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Volume ID: VID00037
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998

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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
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Colombian
Getaway
Chillin- in Cholon.................. 26


Weather Wise
Perceiving Caribbean patterns ...18

Impossible?
A sailor's return to Tortola.... 20









Sailing for Birds
Cruisers with a mission........ 22


Monkey Paws &
Waterfalls
Hiking in Grenada ................ 28

Passage Security
Precautions for underway .... 34


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Business Briefs................... 8
Regatta News.................... 14
Destinations......................... 24
All Ashore... ........................ 28
Fun Pages.......................30, 31
Cruising Kids' Corner............32
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 32
The Caribbean Sky............... 33
Meridian Passage.................. 34


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Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
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Off Track with Street............. 35
Cooking with Cruisers.......... 36
Readers' Forum................... 38
What's On My Mind.............. 40
Monthly Calendar .............. 42
Caribbean Marketplace......43
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New OCC Port Officers for Trinidad
Jack Dausend reports: The Ocean Cruising Club, an international organization
open to people who have completed a port-to-port ocean passage of not less
than a thousand miles in a vessel of not more than 70 feet in overall length, has
appointed Jesse and Sharon Rose James as Port Officers for Trinidad.




Above: Jesse and Sharon Rose James accept the flying fsh flag
from OCC representative Ken Badgerset
Left: Warm welcome! Ken and his wife Julie relax with Trinidad's new OCC Port
Officers after the presentation
Jesse and Sharon Rose have operated their maxi-tad business from a marina in
Chaguaramas, Trinidad since 1997. They are key organizers in the local cruising sailors'
community, and enjoy a good reputation for providing assistance to visiting cruisers.
For more information on the OCC visit www. oceancruisingclub org
Raising Sails, Raising Funds for Haiti
SAs reported in the February 5th issue of the St Maaoorten Doily Heroald, when the dire
post-earthquake situation in Haiti arose, many saw the possibility of raising money
while raising sails.
January 31st saw teams from Soualiga Waste Management, Learning Unlimited
Prep School, Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco, MNO Vervat, Budget Marine,
Windward Island Roads, Avalon and the Rotary Club racing in Philipsburg, St.
Maarten to "sail for Haiti". They competed aboard the yachts of the St. Maarten 12
Meter Challenge: Stars and Stripes, the yacht that brought the America's Cup
Trophy back to the States in 1987, and Canadian yachts Canada Ii and True North.
There were also participants from Little Europe, Prime Distributors and some invited
guests that comprised a Mixed Team.
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top-level sailors who usually work with loads of cruise ship tourists, donated their time.
Each company that participated donated US$1,500 to the Rotary Club to buy
Shelterboxes to be sent to Haiti. The Shelterbox USA project (www.shelterboxusa.org)
is a way to make a difference for a family in need after a disaster. The "box" is a
reinforced crate containing a large, high-quality tent suitable for up to ten people,
plus water purification kits and tablets, insulated sleeping mats, thermal blankets, a
trenching shovel, a multi-fuelled cook stove, eating utensils and plates, an activity kit
for children and other essential items.

SAIL Picks 'Most Influential' Sailors
As SAIL magazine marked its recent 40th anniversary, its staff highlighted the 40 sail-
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Don Street, named as one of the most influential sailing figures of the
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last four decades. Not surprisingly, a number of those chosen have strong
Caribbean connections:
* Charlie and Ginny Cary. While not the first business of its type, Charlie and
Ginny's Tortola-based bareboat company, The Moorings, took bareboat chartering
and charter yacht ownership to a whole new level.
* Jimmy Cornell. He founded the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which brings
some 200 yachts from Europe to the Caribbean each year. As author of such blue-
water cruising bibles as World Cruising Routes and the World Cruising Handbook,
Jimmy has inspired and educated thousands of cruisers seeking to pursue the blue-
water cruising lifestyle.


* Don Street. Best known for his unique character and his engineless yawl, lolaire, Don
was a pioneer in the West Indies charter trade and the first to write and publish useful
cruising guides covering the Caribbean. He also helped create the Imray-lolaire charts
that remain the standard in Caribbean navigation. (We at Compass are proud that
Don has regularly contributed articles to this publication since our launching in 1995.)
* Buddy Melges. Harry C. "Buddy" Melges is one of the most successful racing sail-
ors in history and was the driving force behind such innovative designs as the
Melges 24 and 32, which are now firm regulars on the Caribbean racing scene.
* Jimmy Buffett. Sailor/songwriter Jimmy has "a Caribbean soul he can barely con-
trol", and has written songs about at least half a dozen cruising destinations from
Cuba to Barbados. Is there an English-speaking cruiser alive who can't sing a few
bars of "Changes in Latitudes"?
For the full list visit www.sailmagazine.com/40th_Anniversary/sails_top_40_sailors
who_made_a_difference/

Site-ings
* Noonsite.com, the global information website for cruising sailors, has launched a
unique service for cruisers wanting global weather and routing advice. The new
noonsite.com "weather and routing forum" has developed from ten years of experi-
ence assisting cruisers with their varied queries regarding routes around the world.
Noonsite.com editor Sue Richards says, "The forum will enable answers and informa-
tion to be shared more easily, and allow cruisers around the world to contribute
from their own experiences and knowledge." The new forums are shared with www.
worldcruising.com so that all noonsite.com users can benefit from the shared experi-
ences of the ARC and other rallies.
* Check out the blogs from award-winning boating journalists at www.boats.com/
boat-content/boatermouth
* If you missed this year's Bequia Music Fest, or want to relive the experience, visit
www.bequiatourism.com/bequiomusicfest/slideshow
* Scott Welty, author of our monthly Caribbean Sky column, reports: My new web-
site, www.sailing-science.com, features connections between sailing and science,
not unlike my book, The Why Book of Sailing. Visit, comment and send questions. I'll
even make up answers!

Seabird Presentations, Poster Contest
Since February 2009, Katharine and David Lowrie have been working in the Lesser
Antilles with the Sint Maarten-based charity Environmental Protection In the
Caribbean (EPIC), creating a comprehensive breeding seabird database (see relat-
ed article on page 22). As well as collecting data, the team meets with govern-
ments in each country in the study area and presents to schools and other interest
groups. David and Katharine will soon be presenting on the following islands: St.
Vincent, March 1-3; Bequia, March 4-6; Mustique, March 8-9; Canouan, March
16-17; Union Island, March 22; St. Lucia, May 7-9; Antigua, May 21-22; Barbuda, June
7-9; Montserrat, June 14; Nevis, June 25; St. Kitts, July 1-2; St. Eustatius, July 6-7; Saba,
July 12-13; St. Maarten, July 19-20.
To find out more, or if your school or interest group would like to book a presenta-
tion, contact Katharine at klowrie@epicislands.org
As part of the project, EPIC is also announcing a poster competition open to all
schools in the study area, from Grenada to Anguilla. The theme is: "Why are seabirds
important in the Caribbean?"
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Judges are looking for an eye-catching design that will raise the profile of seabirds
in the Caribbean. Work should address why seabirds are important to people and
the environment, and why they are important in their own right. Entrants might con-
sider their links to fishermen, Caribbean culture, role in the marine food web, etcet-
era. For more ideas visit www.epicislands.org, www.scscb.org, www.birdlife.org and
www.listalight.co.uk/webpages/seabirdspecies.htm
The poster can be any size and medium (i.e. paints, textiles, mixed media, etcetera).
Words can be included in the image, but are not mandatory. The poster must be pho-
tographed or scanned, a signature from the principal of the entrant's school attached,
and sent via e-mail to klowrie@epicislands.org. The address, telephone number, e-mail
and contact information for the school and student should also be included.
Closing date: April 30th; winners will be announced in June. Age categories: 6-9,
10-13, 14-18. There will be one winner in each age category, with prizes for the stu-
dent (Birds of the West Indies book, pair of binoculars) and the student's school
(ECS300 "book token" to purchase books on nature conservation, addressed to the
principal of the school). The winning posters will be displayed in the press and in
government buildings.

Bequia Reading Club Needs Volunteers
Cheryl Johnson reports: After I began working at the Bequia Bookshop, it didn't
take long for me to notice that local children did not come into the bookshop and,
from discussions with many of them, I learned they were not members of the island's


Yachting visitors and Bequia children share reading fun at the Bequia Reading
Club. Come and encourage the joy of reading


lone library. Thus the Bequia Reading Club started. The aim was to encourage read-
ing among children seven years and upwards, although children younger than that
attended. Club sessions commence at 2:00PM every other Saturday, at the Sweety
Bird Cafe behind the Bequia Bookshop. No child is ever turned away.
In November 2009, to celebrate the Club's third year of existence, a reading com-
petition was held among six of the seven schools on Bequia. The reading competi-
tion has been hailed as a very worthwhile exercise, and will become part of activi-
ties on the Reading Club's annual calendar. Since the reading competition, the
Reading Club is bursting at its seams with new members. We have grown from 14
children, our largest number in the initial stages, to over 40. Shaverne Ollivierre has
volunteered to help with the group; however, the present group size is much too
much for two people.
At our last session four volunteers came. They were all sailing on the yacht Spirited
Lady. Thanks to Suzie and her crew for the tremendous help they provided to the
group! More volunteers from visiting yachts would be warmly welcomed. If you'd
like to help, even if only for one session, please stop by the Bequia Bookshop or
e-mail cheripot@hotmail.com for more details.

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 Pizeria 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.

Carriacou Maroon Festival Coming
The 2010 Carriacou Maroon and Regional String Band Music Festival will take place
from April 30th to May 2nd and will feature traditional "smoke food", the Big Drum
Nation Dance and other cultural art forms of the people of Carriacou. The weekend
will feature string band music with bands from the British Virgin Islands, Tobago, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Carriacou scheduled to perform.
For more information contact the Grenada Board of Tourism on (473) 440-2279

Got Stuff? Carriacou Benefit Auction
Melodye Pompa reports: The Carriacou Children's Education Fund will hold its
Tenth Benefit Auction on July 30th to raise funds for purchasing school uniforms and
supplies for needy children of Carriacou to begin the next school year. Start clean-
ing out your lockers and bilges! If you haven't even seen or thought of a particular
article for over a year, chances are it is a good candidate for donation. If you have
already made plans to be somewhere else during the Carriacou Regatta Festival,
July 25th through August 2nd, consider leaving your donations with Trevor at the
Carriacou Yacht Club on your way through.
For more information contact boatmillie@aol.com

Stand By!
We ran out of room! The promised article "We Choose Venezuela" by Phil
Chapman will appear in next month's Compass.














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Northern Lights Launches New Products at Miami Show
Available to see for the first time at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show,
February 11th through 15th, Northern Lights launched the re-designed M673-series,
the highly popular 5-6kW (60Hz) generator models, along with the new WaveNet
digital monitoring system for its industry-leading lineup of marine diesel generators.
Following in the tradition of the newly designed 38kW M944T in 2009, the M673LD3
and M673L3 are diesel dynamos, featuring a new base frame and sound-enclosure
design. The new design has accomplished a 20-percent reduction in overall volume
from the existing models when equipped with sound enclosures.
The WaveNet monitoring system is a significant step forward for the range of
Northern Lights panel options. This system gives the user a digital window into the
operation and output of the generator, including the percentage of available elec-
trical load being used at any given time, and data logging of events.
Founded in 1958, Northern Lights is a leading manufacturer of marine-diesel gener-
ators, Lugger propulsion engines and Technicold marine systems. The company's
products are distributed through a global sales and service network to
over 40 countries.
For more information see ad on page 28.
Dockwise Yacht Transport Partners with Global Boat Shipping
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT), headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
announced in January that it has entered into a legal partnership with Global Boat
Shipping (GBS) of Leer, Germany. DYT initially formed a strategic alliance with GBS in
November 2008, which enabled increased shipping options for reaching the north-
western shores of continental Europe and popular cruising grounds off the southern
coast of the UK and the Baltic Sea. GBS has since proven to be extremely valuable,
significantly enhancing DYT's presence in this region; thus, the obvious next step was
for the two companies to become legal partners in this industry.





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DYT's ships utilize semi-submersible dock bays that allow yachts of any size to be
safely floated on and off as cargo. Since its maiden voyage in 1987, the company
has transported nearly 10,000 motor and sailing yachts to various destinations
around the globe, offering owners and charterers safe and easy access to many of
the world's premier cruising grounds.
DYT's additional global routes for its semi-submersibles currently include the US East
Coast, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Bahamas, the Pacific West Coast,
the South Pacific, and the Caribbean (St. Thomas and Martinique).
For more information see ad on page 14.
Island Dreams of Grenada Opens New Office
Mark Sutton reports: Island Dreams is opening a new office at Camper &
Nicholson's Port Louis Marina this month. We will keep our existing office at Le Phare
Bleu marina, which is proving to be very popular with old and new Island Dreams cli-
ents. It is great to be able to offer our Guardianage and Yacht Management servic-
es at both marina locations, in addition to both of Grenada's major boatyards -
Spice Island Marine and Grenada Marine.
Our clients have different requirements depending on how long they have avail-
able for sailing and the maintenance they need doing while they are
away. Flexibility in location ashore and afloat, boatyard and marina enables
us to better cater to those who choose to make Grenada their Southern Caribbean
sailing base.
For more information, see ad on page 9
New Office for Caribbean Yachts in St. Martin
Formerly located at Marina Fort Louis, the St. Martin office of Caribbean Yachts is
now located at marina Port La Royale, Marigot, just ten minutes from the Juliana
International Airport with daily flights to and from Europe, North America and many...
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Power Boats of Trinidad Has New 60-Ton Marine Hoist
Power Boats Ltd, Trinidad, recently commissioned their brand-new Acme 60-ton
marine hoist.
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er when lifting and lowering boats and it moves at a faster speed through the boat-
yard. Additionally, the forward and aft sling adjustments are now hydraulically oper-
ated whereas the slings on the previous model had to be adjusted manual-
ly. Perhaps most importantly however, the forestay clearance on the new lift is just
over four feet more than on the previous 50-ton model, which means a large num-
ber of sail boats that previously had to remove their forestays can now be lifted with
them in place.
For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45

Cape Air Named Official Airline of 2010 CORT Series
Cape Air has been named the official airline of the CORT regatta series for the third
year in a row. The Massachusetts-based regional airline, whose Caribbean route
took flight in 1998, is also the official airline of the Puerto Rico Heineken International
Regatta.
The Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle Series, CORT for short, is a trio of regattas
that includes the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta, the Puerto Rico Heineken
International Regatta, and the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival.
Winners of the 2010 Cape Air CORT Series will be announced at the series conclu-
sion in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Round-trip tickets for Cape Air routes in the
Caribbean will be raffled to sailors at the conclusion of the BVI Spring Regatta &
Sailing Festival. In addition, round-trip tickets will be awarded to the first-place finish-
er in each of the five CORT Classes: Racing, Performance Cruising, Racer-Cruiser, Jib
& Main and IC24.
Cape Air offers hourly flights between Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Tortola
and Vieques.
For more information visit www.capeair com

Inboard Diesel Service Martinique adds MTU Services
Inboard Diesel Service (IDS) of Case Pilote, Martinique is now a service dealer for
the German-made MTU marine engines that are often found aboard megayachts.
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IDS owner Frank Agren and two of his asso-
ciates, Ludovic Rose Eloise and Cedric
Cavalier, recently returned from a month at
Pegomas, France, where they participated
in a maintenance-and-repair diagnostics
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reserved for agents and is aimed at highly
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their field of knowledge. IDS technicians will
be returning to France later this year to
attend sessions in electronics for the new
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In the French West Indies, MTU is represent-
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New Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour to
Historic Hassel Island
Carol Bareuther reports: Hassel Island sits at
the entrance to one of the busiest harbors
in the Caribbean. Yet, few visitors to St.
Thomas s capital of Charlotte Amalie have
IDS owner Frank Agren receives his had the opportunity to visit this historic and
certificate for the MTU cultural jewel until recently.
maintenance-and repair Virgin Islands Ecotours began offering its
diagnostics course "Kayak, Hike & Snorkel to Historic Hassel
Island" tours in late 2009. Some 124 acres
of the 136-acre Hassel Island are owned
by the Virgin Islands National Park Service
and offer visitors the opportunity to explore Danish and British Napoleonic-era
forts and the ruins of a 19th century marine railway.
A three-hour professionally guided tour departs twice daily. The tour begins with a
20-minute paddle aboard two-man, sit-atop kayaks along a route where bustling
Charlotte Amalie and its harbor serve as backdrop while in the foreground soon
appear the ruins of the Garrison House. This nearly 200-year-old structure, built by the
British between 1807 and 1815, once served as a powder magazine. A ten-minute
moderately steep and rocky trail leads to Fort Willoughby.
Next, paddle north along the northern coast of the island to Careening Cove. Raft
up here and listen to a short talk about the ruins that surround the bay and how
ships from Europe were "careened" to be repaired and cleaned. The tour comes
ashore for a second time at the ruins of the Creque Marine Railway. Built in the 1840s
by a group of Danish businessmen, and now undergoing a multimillion-dollar reno-
vation by the National Park Service, this is likely the oldest surviving steam-operated
marine railway in the world. At its peak in the 1870s, the railway could haul vessels as
heavy as 1,200 tons.
Finally, paddle through the channel that separates Hassel Island and Frenchtown
to secluded Garden Beach. Shipley's Battery, a fortification built by the British in
1802, is clearly visible. Enjoy a dip and a guided snorkel tour of the reef before pad-
dling back to the Frenchtown Marina.
For more information visit www.viecotours.com

Marine Photo Workshop to be Held at Antigua Classic
Photographer and workshop leader David Lyman is organizing a ten-day photog-
raphy course to be held April 12th through 21st, in conjunction with this year's annu-
al Classic Yacht Regatta, in English Harbour, Antigua. This workshop is for experi-
enced photographers, pro or amateur, who are also sailors who want to advance
their photographic skills, develop their eye and increase their understanding of the
world of sport photography on the water.
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This is Carriacou Sailing Series, January 13th through 16th, 2010. Four brothers,
Jerome, Herbie and Tony McQuilkin and Jacques Johnson, and friends too numerous
to mention, jo... I 1, I 1.. ow a regatta tha .1- .. ..... I have ever seen. It's
aboutfamily, ... I .I 'I i, .... that have been 1 I I that they are fam-
ily. Then there are the newcomers that are welcomed so lovingly you can't help but
feel as if they are family, too.
Carriacou, located north of Grenada, has a vista filled with other islands. If you've
never picked up a paintbrush, you would want to here, to try to capture its beauty
and keep it with you in case it was your bad luck to have to leave it. My friends that
have sailed here have all said the same thing: "I was going to Carriacou for the week
end and stayed for the week."
On the Sunday bef( 1. .11 attended a very special event in the village of
Windward a boat ..... i".... II grabbing a Stag beer, I walked down a small
path along the black sand beach. Eventually it opened onto a small lot that emptied
into the sea. My first thought was "no way". The boat was huge. There was no
mechanism for picking the boat up and placing it into the sea. Instead, after church,
everyone from the village and people from all around the island congregated around
the boat and it was gently pulled by the hands of men, women and children. This
event took about five hours and was accompanied by music from the church choir,
rum punches, and friends catching up with each other. I can only equate this expe
rience to i--inr irth. There's some pushing and some screaming and then, "stop,
don't pusl I .. planks and rollers are then redistributed at the bow of the boat
and the whole thing is repeated. It's scary and joyful. At last the final shove and she's
out of the womb and into the sea. Everyone admits she's a true blessing!
A much-needed light drizzle set a smile for all and we yacht crews were off to pre
pare for the Carriacou Sailing Series. This event, now in its 11th year, has moved
from its original date in November to mid-January, making it the kickoff to the
Southern Caribbean Sailing Circuit, which also includes the Grenada Sailing Festival
at the end of the month and the Tobago Carnival Regatta in February. With only 12
entries in Carriacou this year boats were divided into Racing Class and a class for
Melges 24s. It was a great opportunity for skippers and crews to get back into the
racing rhythm and prepare with relatively low pressure for the bigger event in
Grenada (see reports on page 13 and 14).
Awaiting some late arrivals, Jerome McQuilkin opened the skippers' briefing at
Tyrell Bay Marina just two hours late, which was one hour better than last year.
Teams relaxed in the tent to the grooving DJ and enjoyed several hours of an open
bar. Daily breakfast at the Marina was delicious and appreciated, prepared by
Jacques Johnson of St. Lucia and his crew.
On the first day -f .-i;- action, January 14th, I crewed on Wayward (a Beneteau
Oceanis 43 from I.... I. i I with Carriacou-born Jerome at the helm. He took us out
into Tyrell Bay for his pre-race boat blessing and sail check. First a splash of rum
on the deck and then the bottle was passed to each of us; as instructed, each of us
remembered someone that could not be with us. It was a poignant moment for all of


us -and I was glad that I had eaten some breakfast!
The course was a tight one with the start just one mile from Tyrell Bay. A post
poned start created a tiny bit of frenzy and then we were off. In Racing Class, Richard
Szyjan's Hobie 33 from Grenada, Category 5, could not be caught and took first
place. Wayward came in second and Rasmus, a Swan 43 captained by Dieter
Huppenkolten, was third. The Melges 24 Class results had an all Trini line-up: Crash
Test III in first, Paul Amon's Drunken Monkey in second, and Wasabi taking third.
Apres racing, all teams were invited to a lobster barbecue on Sandy Island. We
were transported, complete with the band, on the tug Kathryn for a festive afternoon
of Jacques' magical cooking featuring seasoned grilled lobster, potato salad and
garden salad. The party really started rocking on the transfer back to Tyrell Bay
Marina with a big lime on Kathryn's deck.
Race Day Two had a surprise, with Glyn Evans' Beneteau First 47.7, Tanga Langa 3,
showing up at the start, fresh after sailing up from Grenada. This day's course (approxi
mately 17 miles) stretched out to the Sisters Rocks and the islets of Mabouya, Jack Adan,
Saline and White. Itwas -1 ......... I. i-,, -.. I ... calmseas. Thanks to
an unexpected donation c .. .... i i i 1, -,,I, i i member, local boat
builder Hope McLawrence, Wayward got several lifts to secure second place. Category 5
held first again, and Jerry Stewart's Carriacou-based Hughes 38, Bloody Mary, grabbed
third. In the Melges 24 Class, Day Two had the same top three results as Day One.
After racing, a barbecue was held in the tent at the marina with Jacques and his
]-- -. in? "r itill-'1 fi'h and steaks. We were once again dancing to the great
S i i i i ., r and the Carriacou .1.. T i
Race Day Three featured a modified version ol I - ... approximately 14
miles, with Rasmus knocking Category 5 to third and Wayward placing second. The
Melges 24 Class winners' list was again identical to Days One and Two.
At the January 16th prizegiving ceremony, the overall winners in ... i
were announced: Category 5 coming in first place, Wayward second, i 1 .
Darcy Carr's Trinidad-based Beneteau First 10, being elevated to third thanks to
Rasmus's disappearance from the podium on Day Two.
The Melges' overall results -Crash Test III first, Drunken Monkey second, and
Wasabi third -were no surprise.
Dinner was at the Lazy Turtle on the shore of Tyrell Bay. Chef/owner Jean
Baptiste (JB) Bocquel has it all, ,i 11. ., .i .. .. can arrive by dinghy or it's
a short walk from the marina), ....... I i ..- i i awesome music, attentive
staff and some secret-recipe olive oil that I highly recommend on his pizzas.
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the head. If you don't have your ow, 1. 1. .1. offers free dinghy service.
Finally, a big thank-you to Race i *. i .... Benoit and sponsors Peter Peake of
Peakes Yacht Services, John W. l I I .,-' and RealMcCoy (the commit
tee/support boat), and Jerome I ...II .. I I ...i.... Management Services. I hope
to see you next year.
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A T any regional regattas it seems
ard to get a cruising multihull
class together, but for this year's
Port Louis Racing Series at the
Grenada Sailing Festival, held
January 29th through February 2nd, we did.
Four cats showed up. My Trini-built TiKanotwas the
smallest at 40 feet, and the boats we had to beat were
Sasha, an Outremer 45 built i 1,, 1., 1 cruising
with a tall rig, and Suave, a .. .. I- .. I perhaps
designed for speed, but still a big boat with a lot of sail.
Then there was Fenessy, a Majestic 530, which at 25
tons and sporting five staterooms with ensuite bath
rooms was really in the comfort cruising category.
Jeff Fisher, who supervised building Ti Kanot, was
sailing with me, as was Tony Phillip, a Grenadian pho
tographer. A great additional support cast came and
helped on the days they were available.
The first day opened the event with our conditions
"Christmas winds" blew at their smashing best. Ti Kanot
loves wind; she has a cut-down rig to keep me alive sin
glehanding and comes into her own unreefed when there
are over 30 knots across the deck. To make things more
interesting the tide was running -iinit the prevailing
current, delivering short steep .- smashed and
banged our way through these eastward along Grenada's
south coast, spray flying high. We sailed right into one
wave that swept back over the cabin, soaking us all.
The weather was rough enough that the J/24 Blue
Bayou broached, sank and was lost, the crew quickly
picked up by the coastguard.
When I had time to look at the speed as we were
beating hard to windward I saw nine to 11 knots. The
other boats in Multihull Class had made dreadful
starts and dropped back more; we won the first race
by a giant margin.
The second race of the day was in reverse: the rough
part downwind, then a beat into the lee. We on Ti
Kanot were the only ones to fly a cruising spinnaker
and it paid off, taking us to the leeward mark first. But
the rest of the fleet was a lot closer than before. The
wind was gusty with well over 30 knots apparent at
times and we experienced great bursts of windward
speed, up to 11 and 12 knots. The Outremer tried to
sneak off on a different tack a couple of times but we
covered and finished first again by a big margin.
Day One to us, or so we thought. I had been told
Multihulls was an open class with no handicap. But
now the race committee pulled the dreaded "Bible
rule" on us ("the first shall be last and the last shall be
first"). They decided to average everyone out and give
handicaps that made us all equal. This means that, for
example, a boat that is ten minutes late at the start
and sails really badly can still sail really badly and, by
only being five minutes late next time, be unbeatable.
It is a silly rule that should be consigned to The
History of Dumb Rules, never to be used again. If
boats cannot be rated, let them race boat-for-boat
until a proper handicap can be worked out.
So now we were placed first in the first race and last
in the second on handicap.
Day Two featured only one race -from Grenada's
capital -t r -- around Point Saline, along the
south I .- ...- Glover's Island, and then back. It
was still fairly breezy, but not as before. Chad on
Fenessy, who loved the first day, found a charter and
left. That left three boats in our class. TiKanot started on
time, followed by Suave, who made a fair start not too far
behind and pressed hard on our tail. We put up the
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Above: Chris Doyle's Ti Kanot just past the start line
at the start of the Pursuit Race on January 31st
Below: Suave, the ultimate Multihull Class victor by
one point, racing on February 1st in Grand Anse Bay


By the time we reached Point Saline I could see pos
sible disaster ahead. With the lighter wind, Ti Kanot
could hardly point ... '11. Suave in the big seas,
and they were way .I' I tried a quick tack in
toward the land. It paid off: we could point closer
across the seas and soon got into calm water. We
tacked out on port as Suave came in on starboard. Ti
Kanot managed to scrape past the next mark first.
On the downwind leg, we set the chute again and
gained a minute. On the beat back the wind blew hard
and we pointed higher and made up more time, finishing
.i .., ,i, .........,.. .1 I .head
Another great race for Ti Kanot but the Bible rule
put us dead last! Not only that, the other boats in our
class all sailed so badly on the first day that we would
have had to be another 20 minutes ahead in this race
to win! Time to protest this nonsense.
We talked to the ratings guy, who said he would do
whatever all the skippers in Multihull Class agreed to.
Meanwhile, Max on Sasha had also decided to drop out,
his crew having gone back to work on the Monday. This
left two boats in our class, so Joe, the skipper of Suave,
and I went to see the race officer. I asked him to give Ti
Kanot the same rating as Sasha, which would put Ti
Kanot first for the day by a couple of minutes, but give
both Ti Kanot and Suave a chance T 1 t1 ugh
I got the feeling he thought I was I..I ..
The next day involved several laps up and down the
south coast in strong winds and rough water. Joe was
sailing Suave better; we beat him across the line only
by about eight minutes, giving him the win on handi
cap by a second.
On the leg back, Joe got the start. We both flew
chutes, but ours filled a bit better and we arrived at
the buoy on his tail. Suave took it very wide and we
slipped inside him, then creamed him on the beat
back: his main was not in .1. .. ...i ... i. I was not
....... high enough. W e I....- I * ........ s ahead
. ...on the new handicap.
The last day was laps in the lee. Joe left early to
practice and at last he got it right: his main was
trimmed properly and Suave was ,,,,,,. .... as
Ti Kanot and --i;; t least as fast I I .I by
tactics and ,,I i ,i but it was hard work. We set
the chute downwind, and still only gained seconds. In
the day's first race we beat him boat-for-boat by a
couple of minutes, an easy handicap win for him.
The day's second race was much the same to the final
mark. Then on the beat back, we went for speed rather
than covering, as somehow we had to make up seven
minutes. Joe got a couple of good wind shifts and fin
ished a little ahead of us. Ti.. him the overall win
by just one point -a tigbi i .. -1. nd lots of fun.
My memories of Grenada Sailing Festival 2010 are of
exciting racing in testing conditions (and excellent par
ties, which would be a story in themselves). I have one
suggestion to the prize committee. I loved winning
many bottles of champagne, but it would have been
even more wonderful if they had been presented out of
a big cooler of ice, cold and ready to drink!
As for Joe on Suave, take note. Your handicap days
are over; next time it is boat-for-boat and may the best
man win!

See more on the Port Louis Racing Series of the
Grenada Sailing Festival 2010 in this month's Regatta
News, pages 14 through 17. We'll have a report on the
Digicel Work Boat Regatta of the Grenada Sailing
Festival in next month's Compass. For complete results
visit www.grenadasailingfestival.com


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Flotilla Sends World ARC Off from St Lucia
The World ARC departed St. Lucia on January 6th, a
fleet of 31 cruising yachts embarking on a 15-month
circumnavigation in company. A "World ARC Flotilla"
of local boats, organized by the St. Lucia Yacht Club,
saw them off.


Aflotila of local yachts sails a good-bye' as the World
ARC 2010 fleet departs Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Sephina
later won the flotilla's Best Dressed Sailboat prize

Duncan Gray reports: It started with a chance con-
versation in Rodney Bay Marina. I'd recently arrived
aboard my 35-foot ketch with the ARC and was chat-
ting to the skipper of one of the boats going on to the
World ARC. "Our partners are trying to get out on a
boat to wave us off from the start," he said. "I was
thinking of taking Sephina out. Would they like to be
my crew?" I replied.
I'd joined the St. Lucia Yacht Club and my planned
trip out to the bay soon turned into joining the World
ARC Flotilla. January 6th dawned bright and sunny -
unlike my crew of ladies who cried off at the last min-
ute having had a heavy night of partying! Fortunately,
I quickly managed to find a crewmate from another
ARC yacht and joined the rest of the flotilla, which
included an RIB from the marina, a number of power-
boats, SLYC-members' sailboats Hot Chocolate and
Grayling, and Guiding Light, a Maurice Griffiths design
from 1936 sailed single-handed across the Atlantic by
a Liverpudlian named Roy.
After our flotilla waved good-bye to the departing
World ARC fleet, the local boaters returned to Cafe


Ole in the marina, its new Boardwalk Bar proving to be
a real success. In the flotilla's Best Dressed Boat com-
petition, Hullabaloo took the powerboat prize and
Sephina took the sailboat prize a bottle of Bounty
Rum went to each.
For more information on the World ARC visit www.
worldcruising. com /worldarc For more information on
SLYC visit www.sluciayachtclub.com
Small is Beautiful: St Maarten-St Martin Classic
With just eight boats racing in four classes, everyone
was a podium-place winner at the light-air 2010 St.
Maarten-St Martin Classic Yacht Regatta, held January
21st through 24th. The star of the sixth invitational event
was Judd Tinius's "Most Photogenic" 111-year-old,
70-foot sloop Galatea. The class winners after three
races (two for the Old Stars) were: Vintage, Galatea (3
points); Classic, Old Bob (4); Spirit
I of Classic, Coscoroba (3); Old
Stars, Boon (2).
For more information
visit www classicregatta.com
Safe and Social Superyacht
Cup Antigua
The Superyacht Cup Antigua,
now in its fourth year, has new
post-Christmas dates. For its first
three years the event was held
immediately following the
Antigua Yacht Charter Show in
December but being so early in
the Caribbean season, several
yachts weren't able to arrive
from Europe or the US in time.
The Caribbean version of the
famous Palma event became
popular with the big yachts; by
moving to the end of January, it
was hoped that the regatta fit
in better with more yachts'
cruising plans. This year's fleet, which raced January
27th through 30th, included Ranger, P2, Rebecca,
Sojana and Visione. The largest sloop in the world at
over 72 metres (236 feet) LOA, Mirabella V, sailed
non-competitively.
The Bucket Rating system, introduced in 2008 for the
regatta, is also used by the St. Barths and Newport
Bucket Regattas.
Throughout the three days of racing, emphasis was
on safe sailing and the superyacht racing protocol
was put to the test without incident or protest. High
priority on the agenda of this friendly regatta, the
social program has been a huge hit; from Pirates of
the Caribbean fancy dress, to the last night's all
important "cook-off" between the yachts, the social
competitions were just as fiercely contested
as the sailing.
The event closed with a grand Prizegiving Buffet din-
ner at the Copper & Lumber Hotel in Nelson's
Dockyard, celebrating Visione placing first overall (4
points), Sojana second (10) and Ranger third (10).
For more information visit www.thesuperyachtcup.com
St. Maarten Sailors Shine in Youth Championships
Ruargh Findlay reports: At the Netherlands Antilles Youth
Sailing Championships, held in Curacao from January
29th through 31st, St. Maarten sailors shone. Rhone


Findlay, age 13, competed in the A Optimist Class, and
Ilian Halbertsma, 9, and Nathan Smith, 7, sailed in the B
Optimist Class. Young participants from the Caribbean
and Holland participate in this annual event.
The majority of the Opti sailors successfully battled
the two- to three-metre waves and winds that blew a
constant minimum of 20 knots and a maximum of 33
knots. Splash and Sunfish sailors competing on parallel
courses capsized like mad whenever the wind
exceeded the 30-knot mark. At the end of 11 tough
Opti races, Rhone qualified as one of the five to go to
Uruguay in March, and one of the nine to go
to Canada in June, to represent the Netherlands
Antilles in the 2010 South and North American Optimist
Championship events.
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Nathan Smith, Rhone Findlay and Ilian Halbertsma
made St. Maarten proud in the Youth Sailing
Championships in Curacao
While the A category Optimists were competing out
at sea, the younger Opti sailors were having their own
contest in the more protected inner sections of
Spanish Water. Inside the lagoon the wind was still
strong with enormous gusts. Ilian produced well-
deserved first and second placings to finish the
series with a second place overall. Nathan ended up
in third place, only two points behind Ilian among the
eight competitors in the B category. A fine perfor-
mance by St. Maarten's budding stars!
For full results visit www.cyc2010. org
Record Turnout for Grenada's Port Louis Racing Series
A record 44 yachts took part in the 16th annual
Grenada Sailing Festival's Port Louis Racing Series, pre-
sented by Port Louis Trading and Camper & Nicholsons
Marinas, held January 29th to February 2nd.
Yachts raced in six classes: Racing, Racing/Cruising,
Cruising, Charter, J/24 and, for the first time in several
years, Multihull. Grenada's homegrown talent was
challenged by racers from Trinidad, Barbados,
Antigua, the UK, Ireland, the USA, France, Holland,
New Zealand and South Africa. The Charter Class was
sponsored by long-term supporters Boval, the Dutch
Insurance Group, and 49 sailors from The Netherlands
chartered seven boats to take part.
Over the four days of racing, initially in very strong
winds, competition was tight, with close results in every
class. The Overall Class results were:
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Racing Class (CSA 9 Boats)
1) Storm, RP 44, Peter Peake, Trinidad (8)
2) Lost Horizon, J/122, James Dobbs, Great Britain (17)
3) Akarana, Swan 46, Graham Deegan,
New Zealand (28)
Cruising Class 1 (CSA 9 Boats)
1) Tango Langa 3, Beneteau First 47.7, Justin Evans,
Grenada (17)
2) Wayward, Oceanis 43, Jerome McQuilkin, Trinidad (21)
3) Survivor, Jenneau Sun Magic 44, David Leighton,
Trinidad (21)
Cruising Class 2 (CSA 6 Boats)
1) Pentanemos, Contessa 32, John McClean,
Great Britain (8)
2) Apero, Albin Stratus 36, Jason Fletcher, Grenada (14)
3) Quay Three, Elan 37, George Haworth,
Great Britain (24)


The Hon. Glynnis Roberts (center) presenting the
Grenada Marine Crew on Apero with their Second
Place Overall prize in Crising Class 2
Multihull (CSA 6 Boats)
1) Suave, Lagoon 470, Joe Walsh, USA (12)
2) Ti Kanot, Trinidad Sampson 40, Chris Doyle, UK (13)
3) Sasha, Outremer 45, Max Hyslop, UK (36)
Boval Charter Class (CSA 9 Boats)
1) Alemata 3, Moorings 443 44, Marinus Arts (17)
2) Ben's Inspiration, Moorings 443 44, Tijmen van Elst (25)
3) Life of Reilly, Moorings 443 44, Eddy Warger (27)
J/24 (One Design 7 Boats)
1) Hawkeye, Robert Povey, Barbados (17)
2) Die Hard, Robbie Yearwood, Grenada (20)
3) Impulse, Neil Burke, Barbados (25)
All Class winners received magnums of champagne,
plus a Seiko sports watch from local jeweler West
Indian Treasure Chest, and all placed skippers took
away bottles of champagne presented by the
Honourable Glynis Roberts, Grenada's Minister of
Tourism. Racing Class winner Storm also took the
Overall Festival Winner title, with five straight firsts, a
second and another first across the Racing Series.
Skipper Peter Peake was presented with a newly com-
missioned steel yacht sculpture, two return tickets to
the UK courtesy of British Airways, and plenty of cham-
pagne for the crew.
This year there was a record class of J/24s thanks to
the commitment of sailors from Trinidad and
Barbados. In recognition of this effort, skippers were
presented with weekend breaks for two donated by
True Blue Bay Resort, Spice Island Beach Resort and La
Source. The crew of the J/24 Blue Bayou, which cap-
sized and sank while racing, was presented with a
prize of a dinner at The Calabash.
Marinus Arts, the winner of the Boval Charter Class
won a charter with Horizon Yacht Charters. Spice
Island Marine Services donated two haul-outs, which
were presented to Pentanamos, in recognition of gain-
ing the lowest points score in the Cruising Class, and to
Dieter Huppenkothen of Rasmus for his long-term


attendance at the Festival. Apero won a voucher for
an outboard engine, donated by Mclntyre Brothers.
For the second year running, yachts taking part in
the annual Festival docked at a 'Home Port' Port
Louis by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas. All racing
started and finished at this base, so there were four
days of high activity both on the water and at
dockside 'Finish Line Limes', Happy Hours and After-
Race Parties at the marina.
On Grenada's Independence weekend, February
6th and 7th, the action moved to Grand Anse Beach
for the Digicel Work Boat Regatta, with racing starting
on the Saturday morning. Some 35 open sailboats
from the traditional local sailing communities of
Carriacou, Gouyave, Grand Mal, Sauteurs, Petite
Martinique and Woburn competed for prizes and the
coveted title of Skipper of the Year. We'll have a
report on the Digicel Work Boat Regatta in next
month's Compass.
For complete results
visit www grenadasailingfesfival.com
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Pre-Events
With all eight entries now confirmed, this year's
Budget Marine Match Racing Cup at the St. Maarten


Heineken Regatta is set to establish itself as one of the
key match racing events in the Caribbean. As well as
Peter Isler, Gavin Brady, and Peter Holmberg three
of the world's most respected match racing skippers
- others who'll be racing at this ISAF-sanctioned
Grade 5 event include Colin Rathbun, Eugeniy
Nikiforov, Jakub Pawluk, Chris Nesbitt and
Marc Fitzgerald.
The racing, to be held on March 2nd during the run-
up to St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, will be based on
a round-robin format and sailed in Lagoon Sailboat


Rental's fleet of six Jeanneau SunFast 20s, without
spinnakers. The one-day format, with just six boats for
eight teams, means racing will be action-packed with
crews swapping boats after every flight to ensure rac-
ing is kept as fair as possible.
With a silver medal from the 1988 Olympics, and a
win for Alinghi at the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 list-
ed among his sailing achievements, it wasn't surprising
to see Peter Holmberg clean up at last year's inaugu-
ral Budget Marine Match Racing Cup. He'll defend his
title this year.
Holmberg says, "Match racing puts a premium on all
aspects of racing, from crew work, to speed, to rules,
so it's a great way to get me and my team in racing
shape just before the big regatta."
Joining Holmberg at the event this year is Peter
Isler, a two-time winner of the America's Cup who
has five America's Cup campaigns under his belt.
Isler sees the Budget Marine match-racing event as
a chance to get back on the helm. He commented:
"It's been so long since I steered any sort of regatta,
my expectations are certainly tempered... but it will
be a lot of fun... and that's why we are coming!" He
says when he saw publicity about the match race,
he thought it would be a fun start to the Heineken
Regatta. "Because it's only one day, I can afford the
time we start practice on Titan the day after the
match race."
Colin Rathbun from the BVI is another Caribbean
racing regular and although he is known more on the
fleet racing circuit sailing his IC24, he won the 2009
Pete Shiels Match Race, and notched up a fourth
place overall at the 2009 Carlos Aguilar Match Racing
Regatta in St. Thomas. "Our claim to fame at that
event," said Rathbun, "is to have beaten US match
racing pro Dave Perry. We barely slid through in front
of him, but it's not every day an amateur sailor can
say that."
Entries are also stacking up for another pre-Heineken
event, the Gill Commodore's Cup to be held March 4th.
The line up in this simple, three race/one day format
event which is sailed on windward/leeward courses,
two miles offshore, looks set to produce some com-
petitive racing with the likes of Bill Alcott's Andrews 68
Equation among the biggest in the fleet. Like many
teams taking part in the event, Team Equation is using
the Gill Commodore's Cup as a warm-up to the 30th
annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
Thanks to yacht, dinghy, and keelboat technical
clothing specialists Gill, competitors racing for the Gill
Commodore's Cup will have a chance to win prod-
ucts from the Gill line, and take a look at Gill's brand-
new Race Collection designed specifically for keel-
boat racing in warm climates.
Finally, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off
March 4th and will end on March 7th. The St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta Steering Committee, Heineken, and
International Liquors & Tobacco Trading are proud to
announce that for the 30th St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta, they will be returning the Friday night party
to the Boardwalk. On Friday following a day of sailing
that ends in Great Bay, the evening's festivities and
musical entertainment will be held on the
Great Bay Promenade.
For more information on the Budget Marine Match
Racing, the Gill Commodore's Cup, and the St
Maarten Heineken Regatta,
visit www.heinekenregatta. com
Grenada Round-The-lsland Race 2010 Cancelled
Roger Spronk reports: The 2010 Race Committee
regretfully announces that this year's Grenada Round-
the-Island Race, scheduled to take place from March
12th through 14th, has been cancelled.
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This decision was not made lightly or easily, but was
necessary due solely to an internal emergency that
has made it impossible for the Committee to move
forward with the event as planned.
The Race Committee is grateful for all the support
and involvement received thus far from the communi-
ty and sponsors, and any progress that has been
made in the funding, organizing, and planning of the
2010 event will carry over to next year's race. The
Grenada Round-the-Island Race has a long and rich
history in the Caribbean and it will return in 2011 as the
fun and exciting event that Grenada has known
and loved.
The Race Committee appreciates the community's
understanding and apologizes for any inconveniences
the cancellation of this year's race may cause.
For more information phone (473) 439-4369
or (473) 444-4662
2010 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival will be cele-
brating its 39th anniversary from March 29th through
April 4th. The week encompasses seven days of sail-
ing, with the two events back-to-back attracting an
average of 150 yachts per year with 80 percent of the
competitors from overseas.
New for 2010, the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht
Club is inviting other yacht clubs from around the
world to send teams to compete in the inaugural
International Yacht Club Challenge in Sunsail
Beneteau 39's. The IYCC will be part of the
BVI Spring Regatta, April 2nd through 4th. Sunsail
Yacht Charters is providing up to a ten-percent dis-
count for all those booking for the IYCC, with a free
charter to the winning team along with
a perpetual trophy.
Added to the mix this year on the water is a new
class for Windsurfers. These boardsailors will be racing
from the LIME One-Design Course and sailing around
islands and rocks to compete for the title of BVI
National Windsurfing Champion. With the format of
one board/three sails, amateur and professional com-
petitors may compete in either the Formula
or Open Class.
For more information visit www.bvispringregatta. org


April's Triskell Round Guadeloupe Regatta
The Triskell Round Guadeloupe Regatta 2010 will be
held from April 1st through 5th. There will be five point-
to-point race days, taking the fleet to Gosier and St.
Frangois on Guadeloupe, the port of St. Louis on Marie
Galante, and the beautiful isles of Les Saintes. Each
day's race is followed by parties and zouk music.
The regatta is open to boats racing under the French
HN handicap, CSA, MK2000 and the beach catama-
rans rules, as long as adequate safety measures are
taken by each yacht. Classes are Coastal (HN),
Spinnaker (CSA), Class 8, Multihull and Beach Cat.
For more information see ad on page 7.
Bequia Easter Regatta 2010 Something
for Everyone!
You don't have to be a regular on the Caribbean
regatta circuit to enjoy the fun at Bequia's famous
Easter Regatta, set this year for April 1st through 5th.


At Easter time, Bequia gets a little crazy Crazy Craft, the


Apart from the Racing and Cruising I Classes and the
J/24 and Surprise one-design classes, the popular
Cruising II Class offers monohull cruisers and livea-
boards the chance to compete against each other
on a wide variety of boats using the CSA's simplified
rating rule.
With the Bequia Sailing Club's online entry form at
www.begos.com/easterregatta/submitnew.htm, dis-
counted pre-registration couldn't be simpler. Three
very different race courses over the long Easter week-
end, together with daily prizegivings and competitors'
get-togethers liberally stocked with sponsors Heineken,
Mount Gay and Pepsi's hospitality, are just some of
the reasons that Bequia Easter Regatta is high on the
list of "Don't Miss!" events for cruisers.
Lay Day Sunday at Friendship Beach provides a well-
earned break for all but the Heineken single-handed
racers and time to enjoy the Sandcastle Competition
(for children of all ages!), the spectacle of the start of
the second day of local boat racing and
the entertaining Crazy Craft Race for
budding young sailors and craft builders.
For more information visit www.begos.
com/easterregatta
New! Les Voiles de St. Barth
The inaugural Les Voiles de St. Barth,
April 6th through 11th, 2010, will be a
Mount Gay Red Cap event with classes
for Superyachts, Classics and Multihulls as
well as Racing and Racing/Cruising
Classes. Expected on the starting line are
the Bruce Farr-designed Super Maxi
Yacht ICAP Leopard 3, the Swan 90 DSK,
the 12 Metre Kate, and a number of
well-known Swans. The multihull class will
star Claude Thellier aboard the Open 60
Region Guadeloupe.
The Voiles de St. Barth organising com-
mittee, under the authority of the presi-
dent, Bruno Magras, assisted by Luc
Poupon and Francois Tolede, has been
working on the major features of a pro-
gramme of racing and fun that will bring
t is! together the finest boats in the Caribbean.
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Three new partners have joined the Voiles de
St. Barth: Richard Mille Watches becomes the head-
line partner, with the Banque des Antilles Frangaises
and the St. Barth s Hoteliers Association as official part-
ners. The French fashion photographer Patrick
Demarchelier, also a successful sailor who happens to
live in St. Barth's, has agreed to become the patron of
the Voiles de St. Barth.
A poet and well-known artist, Titouan Lamazou (the
first winner of the Vendee Globe) has designed the
official poster for the Voiles de St. Barth. He will be
present during the races, maybe out on the water,
but certainly ashore, as some of his works will be on
show in a gallery in Gustavia.
Placed among the Heineken Regatta, the Bucket
Regatta and Antigua Week, the Voiles de St. Barth
has filled a gap in the racing calendar with a week of
intense racing using various formats, with racing
scheduled to finish each day around 4:00PM; then the
fun will continue inside the special Voiles Village. The
best pictures of the day's racing will be projected as
night falls. The village will be open the next morning
for the crews' breakfasts, before racing starts again at
10:00AM.
For the final day of the event, a Richard Mille picnic
will be organized on the beach in Colombier with all
of the crews. The aim is to mark this first edition of the
Voiles de St. Barth with a friendly gathering before
everyone lines up at 4:30PM for the start of the rally to
Antigua for Sail Week and the Classic.
For more information see ad on page 17

'I Had a Dream...'
Kirsty Morrison reports: I first attended the Antigua
Classic Yacht Regatta in 2007. I sailed up from Bequia
on the 62-foot Herreshoff schooner Perception and
sailed her home to Martha's Vineyard after the regat-
ta. The regatta was, for me, a life changing experi-
ence. I could not believe the wealth and variety of
beautiful boats and had to keep pinching myself that
I was actually racing among them. Although the larg-
er boats, the Js especially, were breathtaking, what
really caught my eye were the beautiful little, brightly
colored Carriacou sloops. I was in love.
During my passage up to the States I sat alone on
night watch and began to hatch my plan. I would go
to Carriacou, build a sloop on the beach, paint her
pink, gather an all-female crew dressed in pink bikinis
to turn up in Antigua looking like a bunch of bimbos,


and then show those boys who's boss and WIN!
Two years later I was on charter down in the
Grenadines. We sailed by Palm Island and as we drew
closer something caught my eye a perfect little
pink Carriacou sloop anchored off the golden beach
sitting in the turquoise water. I reached for the binocu-

a


If Kirsty gets her way, the all female crew of the
Carriacou sloop Pink Lady will show the guys a thing
or two at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta


lars and focused on her stern. Pink Lady was her name
and I knew she had to be mine.
I discovered the owner of my baby was Robert
Barrett (he also manages the Palm Island resort). I
found an e-mail address on the resort's website and
started to make enquiries. I finally heard back from Mr.
Barrett himself, who was very firm in his response that
she was neither for sale nor available for charter. The
e-mails and the phone calls continued over the next
year; I wasn't giving up. Each time he came back
with "No" and "No". When I felt I had hit a wall I


played my final card, spilled the beans and told him
my dream. "Perhaps we could use it to promote the
resort in some way," I said. "Let's talk," was his near-
instant reply.
I returned to the Caribbean this winter to be told that
Mr. Barrett was traveling until February. So the e-mails
continued and hotted up as
January came to a close.
Finally, a phone call, and a
begrudging voice telling me
"I am going to let you take
the boat". I commented that
he did not sound very happy
about this decision. "I'm not,"
he replied. "It's against my
better judgment. You are
some strange woman who I
have never met and know
nothing about, but GODDAM
you are persistent!"
So I am gathering my
female sailor friends as I
type, ordering our pink biki-
nis and preparing to go
down to Palm Island to see
what needs to be done in
Order to get this lovely lady
into racing condition for this
year's Antigua Classic
Yacht Regatta, April 15th
through 20th. Antigua
we coming !
For more information about
Team Pink Lady contact
morrison.kirsty@gmail.com
For more information on the Antigua Classic Yacht
Regatta see ad on page 10.

ARC Europe to Start in May
ARC Europe, the transatlantic yacht rally from the
Caribbean to Europe, will depart from Tortola, BVI on
May 6th. A sister fleet from St. Augustine, Florida, will
start on the same day and join the rally at its first stop,
Bermuda. From Bermuda, the combined fleet will cross
to the Azores, and then sail onward to Lagos, Portugal
for the final prizegiving on June 20th. Whether you're
a European sailor returning home or it's your first visit to
the continent, ARC Europe is a great way to go.
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Weather across the Eastern Caribbean Sea invokes
thoughts of sunny skies, tradewinds and turquoise
waters. However, many mariners can probably share a
tale or two of getting caught in adverse weather, or
being forced to stay in port due to a change in the
weather pattern, or due to a tropical cyclone threaten
ing the region. Although at times the weather across
the Eastern Caribbean can be rather straightforward,
a basic knowledge of the general weather patterns can
give mariners an edge in planning voyages for every
season of the year.


















Out ahead of cold fronts is where the lightest weather
usually develops over the northeastern Caribbean Sea



During December through February mariners and
vacationers alike escape winter's icy grip for the warm-
er temperatures and waters of the Caribbean Sea.
However, cold, dense air under high pressure also
migrates south towards the northern Caribbean
waters. Thes 1.. 1.. ..ove off the US East Coast and
pass south o i ...... I before moving eastward to the
central North Atlantic. Farther south, a .1 ..1
low pressure, or equatorial trough, ext .. i- i. ... 11.
equator northward to 10N across South America.
As the high passes to the north and interacts with
the equatorial trough, a tight pressure gradient
increases easterly winds over the Caribbean Sea. This
occurs throughout the year but the highs are particu
larly strong and large in winter, generating the stron
gest tradewind surges as the cold air is slow to modify.
Generally the winds will increase from the northeast to
east at 20 to 25 knots with higher winds of up to 30
knots between islands. Swells will subsequently build
from the northeast to east up to seven to ten feet in the
southeastern open Caribbean waters and up to nine to
12 feet in open areas of the Atlantic Ocean.
A ridge of high pressure can remain stationary over
the area for approximately four to six days. While
these highs build over the region, scattered showers
and thunderstorms will develop across the eastern
Caribbean Sea due to cooler air interacting with warm-
er waters and moving westward with the wind.
High pressure will eventually move eastward,
allowing the tradewinds to diminish as cold fronts
move off the southeastern US coast and track
through the Bahamas. Generally the tail ends of
these cold fronts will reach northern Hispaniola
before stalling out, while the rest of the front sags to
the north of the .. .... i ... 1- and northern Leeward
Islands (see Figu. 11.- i., mt will gradually weak
en in approximately two or three days. Out ahead of
these fronts is where the lightest weather usually
develops over the northeastern Caribbean Sea with


winds easing and becoming more southeasterly at
five to 15 knots and swells mainly from the east low
ering to three to six feet. The showers and thunder
storms will become more isolated as air tempera
tures begin to moderate.
Late December and January is when cold fronts are
strongest over the western Atlantic Ocean (see Figure
2). These fronts will extend as far south as the north
eastern Ca.,I i ., I i -i .11.... across the region.
Generally c -1, ,. h..i.. .11 I ...I I' o the north over the
western Atlantic behind these cold fronts and this will
produce the strongest tradewinds and large northerly
swells behind these cold fronts. Winds can increase
from the northeast to 30 to 35 knots and swells will
impact the northern shores of Puerto Rico, the Virgin
Islands and northern Leeward Islands with northwest


















Late December and January is when cold fronts are
strongest over the western Atlantic. A strong high
behind these cold fronts will produce
the strongest tradewinds

to north swells as high as 13 to 18 feet. Farther south
over the Windward Islands, winds will increase north
east to east often reaching 25 to 30 knots and north
erly swells will build to the east of the islands and in
more open waters to the west of up to nine to 13 feet.
Fortunately these conditions gradually moderate in
approximately two to three days.
As we progress from March through May, the north
erly wind surges and large swells typically become less


frequent and not as severe as their winter counter
parts. Tradewinds gradually lower to more northeast
to east from 20 to 25 knots during March to 15 to 20
knots in May as 1.1. I ...i nI I1. north of the islands.
Swells will also ........-1, i ... 11. east to northeast of
six to nine feet in March to four to seven feet in May in
areas exposed to the Atlantic and in open areas of the
Caribbean Sea. This is due to the highs to the north
weakening and becoming less frequent allowing for the
press... .. ., ,i. aken across the Caribbean
Sea. i. 1 1 1, .. .., to track off the southeastern
US coast approximately every three to four days and
generally stall over the Bahamas and remain well to
the north of the northeastern Caribbean Sea.
Large northerly swells are still possible during the
ticularly when lows develop along stalled
I i near the Bahamas and track northeast
ward towards Bermuda. These lows car -i, ...
into gales and, at times, can become "cut I I ... I
frontal boundary when it weakens and high pressure
builds to the north and east of the system (see Figure
3). These cut-off gales then meander for approximately
three to four days over the western I .i ,, ,
ate northerly swells of up to nine I i 11 .1 11
impact the northern islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
Cut-off gales can also develop tropical or subtropical
characteristics while r--- i;;;- -.--.rly stationary over
warm ocean waters : . i Eventually these
systems will resume a more northeastward track when
th 1.. 1. I the east moves away from the system and
a I ,1 ..I moves offshore the US East Coast.
By May, we begin to see signs of the coming summer
as weak tropical ---t--7 1--;; t- develop off western
Africa and trek I. ..- ... I ...I, across the Atlantic
Ocean to the Caribbean. It is generally early for any of
these tropical waves to develop tropical cyclones. However
as these tropical waves move over the eastern Caribbean
Sea every three to four days, northeast to east winds and
swells "-ill n-111-i increase approximately 12 to 24
hours 1. I I -. wave. Showers and thunderstorms
will accompany the stronger tropical waves and a brief
lull in the winds and swells from the east to southeast
will develop immediately behind the wave.
June 1st is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane
season. The western Caribbean Sea is more favorable
for tropical cyclone development as early as May and
through June. Tropical development occurs on aver
age every other year in this region and is generally not
a threat to the Eastern Caribbean. Tropical waves
gradually strengthen through June and July and
become more frequent through the eastern Caribbean
Sea, arriving in the Lesser Antilles every two or three
days. Showers and thunderstorms become more prev
alent with these waves and winds will strengthen out
of the east to northeast to 20 to 25 knots and swells
up to seven to nine feet ahead of the tropical wave.
Once the tropical wave moves through, then winds will
diminish from the east to southeast at 15 to 20 knots
and swells to five to seven feet.
From July through August is when all eyes begin
to focus to the east. The sea surface temperatures
have warmed up enough to become favorable for
tropical cyclone development in the eastern Atlantic
Ocean. These systems generally develop west of
30W and will track either one of two ways: if high
pressure remains stationary near Bermuda (also
known as the Bermuda High this time of year), then
the tropical cyclone will continue on a mainly west
erly course into the Caribbean Sea. From there the
tropical cyclone can continue westward toward
Central America if high pressure remains strong to
the north or turn more northwestward if a cold front
begins to move through the United States and west
ern Atlantic Ocean.
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The other scenario is if the Bermuda High weakens
and a cold front is moving into the western Atlantic.
The tropical cyclone will turn more northwestward
ahead of the cold front over the western Atlantic and
eventually turn more north to northeastward while
weakening over cooler waters. In this case, this usu
ally will spare the eastern Caribbean Sea from the
direct impact of a tropical cyclone (see Figure 4).
Outside of the tropical waves and tropical cyclones,



















Large northerly swells are still possible during the
spring, particularly when lows develop along stalled
cold fronts


the Bermuda High ii .. .1 tradewinds of approx
imately ten to 15 i .. i- to 20 knots between
islands) and northeast to east swells of three to six
feet. Cold fronts will not impact the eastern Caribbean
-r.i;n;- this time of year as these fronts only
I, i .. south as 32N to 33N.
September is usually the peak of the Atlantic hurri
cane season when sea surface temperatures across
the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea are
highest. Tropical waves continue to move over the
eastern Caribbean Sea every two to three days in
September, then the interval gradually lengthens to
every three to four days and the tropical waves grow
weaker towards the end of October. Tropical cyclones
will continue with similar paths across the Atlantic
Ocean during September and i.. .... i. middle of
October. From the middle I i through
November, the eastern Atlantic sea surface tempera
tures cool off and conditions become less favorable for
tropical cyclone development. Any tropical cyclones
that do develop over the central tropical Atlantic will
generally turn more northwest and northward ahead
of stronger cold fronts.
A pattern similar to that of spri.: - ..~i.. dur-
ing October and November as ,I II1 .1 velop
over the western Atlantic Ocean and could potentially
develop tropical or subtropical characteristics while
meandering north of the northern Caribbean Sea.
Large northerly swells will develop again over the
northern islands due to these systems but will subside
once the cut-off gale moves to the northeast ahead of
a cold front. At the same time, tropical cyclone devel
opment becomes more favorable in the western
Caribbean Sea r .i;n .in this pattern generally lasts
until the end ol ...i November 30th is the offi
cial end to the Atlantic hurricane season.
Tradewinds gradually increase across the eastern
Caribbean S .... ..i. .. tumn as high'- -i. ...i. ..
and become :.. I. 1. .. as colder air : i...... i. ...
the north. Tradewinds will increase to east to north


east at 15 to 20 knots, with 20 to 25 knots developing
between islands, and swells will build again to seven
to ten feet. The highest conditions will develop in
November. Cold fronts will begin to progress south
ward and track through the northern and central
Bahamas by November. This will allow for lulls in the
tradewinds once these fronts stall to the west.
Having a general knowledge of the weather allows a
mariner to look for the best window of opportunities to
make longer passages or island hop when the weather
is less than ideal. Outside of the tropical months, it is
best to make the longer transits when a ridge of high
pressure weakens and a cold front is approaching or
stalling to the west of the Eastern Caribbean to take
.. i1. lowering winds and seas. Once a cold
i i i through, particularly in the winter, it
is best to stay in port to allow the worst weather to
subside behind the front. Once the high has estab
lished itself, then island hopping or transiting in lee of
the islands to minimize exposure to the higher swells
is the best option depending on what each individual
vessel can handle.
During the tropical months always monitor the
tropics, especially to the east. It is best to time a tran


If the Bermuda High weakens and a cold front is
moving into the western Atlantic, a tropical cyclone
will turn more northwestward ahead of the cold front


sit in order to arrive at your destination prior to a
tropical wave's approach, to avoid stronger tradewinds
and thunderstorms, or to depart immediately after a
tropical wave exits the area. Always stay updated with
a trained meteorologist for any potential tropical
activity and be prepared to have a bail-out port in
mind in case a tropical cyclone threatens the region.
The more southern waters of the eastern Caribbean
Sea are less likely to encounter a strong tropical
cyclone and any tropical cyclones that do pass near
the region are generally weaker on the southern semi
circle of the system.
Keeping these general weather features and rout
ing options in mind will help mariners seek the best
opportunities to plan their passages and take the
necessary precautions if inclement weather devel
ops for each season. This way those visions of favor
able winds, seas and sunny skies will become more
of a reality for that next trip across the eastern
Caribbean Sea.

Amanda Delaney is a Senior Meteorologist at Weather
Routing Inc., which provides routing/forecast assis
tance and meteorological consultation for yachts and
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Doing the Impossible:


Geoff Holt's Return to


Cane Garden Bay

by Digby Fox



Geoff Holt achieved a personal dream when he completed an Atlantic crossing
aboard a specially modified 60-foot catamaran earlier this year. Filmmaker Digby
Fox went with Geoff and his carer, Susana, and writes about the remarkable nature
of the voyage, the boat and most of all, the skipper.


Documenting Geoff Holt's ambition to become the
first quadriplegic sailor to skipper a boat across the
Atlantic involved rolling a lot of tape, asking a lot of
i, .. I . .. i" ,1 I,,, ,,,I .. n.ents that m ost of us
I I i ........ .' like getting up, or
going to bed, or having a shower (all with permission
for BBC news and a documentary film).
Geoff can't do these things by himself. Aged 18, in
his prime, a fateful dive into the surf on a Tortola
beach axed any future plans he may have had as a
yachtsman by breaking the sixth vertebra down his
spine, below the neck. The result was quadriplegia:
paralysis of all four limbs, both arms and both legs.
As I sit now in my comfortable study, I try to imagine
how it must feel for any fit youngster to lie in a hospi
tal bed and come to terms with not being able to move
ever again. It must be a dark place. Geoff writes
about this in his excellent book Walking on Water, and
of course it was.
Fast-forward 25 years, a wife, a son, a career later,
and Geoff is waving his national flag after an epic voy
age of over 3,000 nautical miles taking a gruelling four
weeks. It was a tough time for Geoff, reliant on a
motorized wheelchair to get about, and also on his
personal care assistant, Susana Scott, 29, from New
Zealand, who was recruited to help him in the neces
sites of life during the voyage.
TV execs have been .l- i. me on my return, in that
snappy way they hav what's the story?!" And I
say, after a pause, that I think it's about a remarkable
man who's turned such a negative in his life into an
amazing positive while inspiring many people along
the way. Oh, plus a girl who showed remarkable grit in
helping him achieve his dream. I'll come back to that.
Onboard with Geoff, I was astonished at how many
e-mails he received each day from people around the
world, able and otherwise, saying how much he was
touching their lives. One e-mailer even wrote -and
this is the God's honest truth that after losing his
job, with family troubles and health worries, he was in
the process of committing suicide, 1 ,,,. i i 11, right
knot on-line, when he came acrol-- I bsite.
What Geoff was doing stopped him in his tracks, and
his e-mail left us speechless. Geoff replied with as


much kindness as he could, and if you're out there,
dear fellow, I hope things have turned around for you.
Perhaps this is the point. On a plane -n-- h"inr
seen all the movies, I listened to one of i, - 1 i. 4
muppets "Make your weaknesses your strengths"
-and all that good stuff. I guess it all boils down to
positive thinking, and in my experience Geoff lives and
hr-paihp a -nn ann- n -h t- lif


Visibilityfrom inside Impossible Dream is superb, and
Geoff could sail the boat from this position, protected
from the elements. Being back at sea in an element he
truly loved as a teenager, before a serious accident
changed the course of his life, was fulfilling
When Geoff was deciding where to make his landfall
in the Caribbean, one place loomed large in his
thoughts, the actual beach that he dived into with
such drastic consequences: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands.
Geoff communicates with warmth and passion about
his condition, and his life, and his reason for attempt
ing the voyage: "Of course my emotions are going to be
all over the place going back to the beach where I had
my accident 25 years ago. A lot of people are presum


ing I'll be looking for closure, but I'm not. To look for
closure would imply that I'm lamenting what hap
opened during the following 25 years. But I'm not.
Because had I not had the accident I wouldn't have
met my wife Elaine, or had our wonderful son Timothy.
This is about going back and celebrating the fact that
yes, I can do these things despite my disability."
In his teens, Geoff, now 43, made three Atlantic
crossing, -r"--in,- b-t -1liveries back and forth. He
spent a i....I I l.I II, I in Hamble, England, and
salt water was beginning to pump around his system.
His accident put paid to that career, so he worked for
Deloittes and later in antiques to make ends meet.
Eventually, the salt in his blood saw him sail around
Britain in 2007 aboard a tiny 15-foot Challenger trima
ran, an impressive feat for Geoff and his entourage,
including wife Elaine and son Tim. Then the subtle muse
that we all know as sailors whispered in his ear
hmmm, wouldn't it be great to sail across the Atlantic...
The Journey
We set off from the Canary Islands on December 10th,
2009 -the quadriplegic, his carer and the cameraman.
Our ETA was 17 days later and the theory was that we
i .1 II i.. i i .1 .. this beautiful 60-foot cat by
' I. .11 .. -I i, i. I rinds, but in reality the wind
beat us on the nose, the engines clogged up with filthy
fuel, our wind indicator wouldn't work and we took a
month, spending Christmas and New Year at sea.
Geoff was determined to do the sailing himself, and
he specifically recruited Susana for her complete lack
of sailing experience. Ah, Geoff. What a genius plan...
S Susana's role, which is normally carried out
by Geoffs wife Elaine, was to lift Geoff in
and out of his chair, wash, cook, look after
his personal needs, and so on.
This was a challenging job for anyone, but
in all my oceans I've never come across a

chief engineer, upside down in both port and
starboard engines, sucking fuel through
pipes and bleeding the bleeding engines for
the first week, may not have helped.
I asked Susana how she was --ri;; after
several days at sea and she sai I I ... find
ing it really hard. The movement adds a
whole dimension and we can't seem to do
anything to make it more stable. I'm really
struggling. Geoffs doing his best to not to
get me to do as many lifts as possible but
it's hard, really hard."
Susana was talking about the technique of
lifting a quadriplegic from wheelchair to bed and back.
It's a full body hug, then a heave backwards and
upwards pivoting on your feet to swing your man to the
side. There's quite a technique to it, and I winced think
ing how easy it -11 1- t- 1....- -. 1 .- 1 in the
process. The i .i . I ....- ,..1 thison
a rolling, pit( i, ,-, I .11 .... ,, .'II I.ore the
boat right away and made the motion as steady as pos
sible, but it was still hard for Susana.
Halfway across the Atlantic, after we'd made a
detour to the Cape Verde Islands for a superb mechan
ic, Caesar, to completely drain, clean, bleed and gener
ally expunge all dirty fuel, I asked Susana how she
thought it was going.
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"I'm a mixed bag of emotions," she said. "I can't wait
to see land. It's been horrible sometimes; I just want it
to be over. Its been such a test and I doubt how I've
lived up to those tests."
L i ... i I ...- .,i 1 non-sailor took on
the 1 1 i ,I .- 1 , 1 . t s the Atlantic, plus
how she dealt with endless diesel issues (the generator
packed in towards the end, which meant another two
days upside down in a dark hole), I can't help but take
my hat off to Susana. New Zealand should award her
their highest honour, because she toughed it out on
the rolling seas and didn't fail Geoff or herself.
I should mention that yes, like most passage-making
trips, we motor-sailed on windless days. But the cru
cial issue with needing diesel waF- -h.rri; t 1--ri
Geoff was particularly reliant on 1. I1 ... ....-
and sheeting hydraulics (see sidebar) to be able to sail
Impossible Dream.
Facing Up to Issues
Mentally, Geoff faced his own issues. He could not
get down to the -i.5.- so for the days Susana and I
spent tinkering, .... bleeding and swearing, he
couldn't help. It was unspoken, but I sensed he would
have been the first to pile into these problems.
Ti. ... ... i i, .. i ...... 1 . a quadriplegic skipper
,. ... I I t e i getting about, staying
upright, getting ropes around winches, even pushing
buttons, and of course journeying so far away from any
help. On the windier and rougher days, Geoff had a job
to simply stay in his chair. A large catamaran can bounce
around in chop and swell as it hurtles over waves, but
Impossible Dream, made from carbon and being totally
rigid, had an unforgiving seesaw motion. I raced a wood
built 40-foot trimaran offshore for two years, and that
was as smooth as a Rolls Royce by comparison.
Geoff has limited movement in his arms (30 percent
bicep; no tricep, wrist or fingers), so he types with a
prodding action (actually, like a lot of full-time journal
ists I know!) It takes him a while, but he perseveres.
Some days though, there was no point even trying,
and I could see the sheer force of the brutal seaway
causing him real trouble (me too, come to think of it).
Broadcasting Onboard
We did a great deal of broadcasting from onboard, so
I ended up being busy. I'd never seen a live TV broad
cast to terrestrial news from a boat before, but we did
several, and for me this involved a jungle of wires and
a complex set-up. The BBC fitted out our boat with the
best Thrane & Thrane sat-coms available to feed live
pictures back to London, and technical boss Mark
Tyrell, who makes sure news comes in from every cor
ner of the globe, used .' i I .- test case for a
new system. Itworked "11 i .l the live broad
casts, video uploads and ISDN radio interviews, which
was just as well, because over Christmas Geoffs story
gained significant traction.
The Finish Line
Eventually, after the diversions, delays, overall lack
of wind and a month of slog, we made the destination
of Cane Garden Bay in Tortola. This was Geoffs
moment. He was a bag of adrenaline, emotion, relief
and delight at seeing his family. Boats tooted and
crowds cheered as Geoff circled just off the beach
thal ... -I ......I ...I landmark in his life.
i i Geoff. "Twenty-five years in the


making, a year in the planning, and what a marvellous
reception. What an emotional return to Cane Garden
Bay. It feels like a celebration of life. What a great fin
ish to a :-- .t -i I -t "
The ... I 1. British Virgin Islands, John
deJongh, welcomed Geoff on land with a heartfelt
speech, and the government there has made Geoff and
family honorary citizens. It was an emotional and
-^F nding to this --
-.1 .... on the sand I ... Garden Bay a couple of
days later I asked Geoff what he thought the moral of
the story was. He said, "Princess Anne summed it up







A celebration. Geoff returns
to a hero's welcome off the
beach that changed his life
on Tortola, BVI. The island --
ers have an expression 'gone
to come back', and
many shared this
emotional moment




for me when she said that disability need not be a bar
rier to achieving ---~r dream. In fact anyone, regardless
of your ability, .I .. really set your heart on it, can
achieve what you set out to do. There'll be hardships
.1-;: the way, sometimes painful ones, but there's no
I i.... like ... i .... a journey against all the odds.
It's the best I i.... ... the world."
But I'd like to leave the final word to Tony Tromans,
consultant surgeon at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal
Treatment Centre in Salisbury, one of 11 such reha
bilitation centres around the UK that do incredible
work. Tony was Geoffs doctor 25 years ago.
"The fact that Geoff, who can only get about in an
electric wheelchair using a joystick, sails around
Britain and across the Atlantic is a very useful story
for us to say to patients that life hasn't stopped. There
is always light at the end of the tunnel. Disability will
shut some doors, but it will open others...."

As a TV producer, Digby Fox has worked on the
America's Cup, documentaries, even cooking shows. Before
broadcasting he was journalist and magazine editor.


Impossible Dream

A great name for such an innovative prototype,
Impossible Dream is a 60-foot carbon catamaran
designed by Nic Bailey for Mike Browne. Mike founded
the retail chain Snow & Rock, became paralysed in a
skiing accident and commissioned Nic, the architect
who designed those distinctive pods on the London
Eye, to come up with something he could sail with


family and friends.
Built in 2003 by Multimarine in Plymouth, the boat
is striking in many ways. The interior cabin and deck
are all on one level, with a gentle slope around the
outside up towards the foredeck. This makes getting
around in a wheelchair easy.
There is a steering position outside on each hull, but
the whole ship can by operated from inside, with hydrau
lic winches and lines conr-i;. ri-t into the 'command
module', which looks like 1 I i. .. Star Trek film.
"As a boy," says Nic Bailey, "I used to love Dan Dare
comics" (a British sci-fi comic hero, who had an excep


tionably well-named sidekick called Digby). "We built
a full sized mock-up of the saloon in our studio and I
spent a lot of time in a wheelchair to get a feel for how
everything should work."
The height of the galley worktops is an example.
They're low, and awkward to use when standing (I
know), but pull up a chair and everything makes
sense, with fridge, cooker, sink and utensils to hand.
Actually, it was a super place to cook.
Nic says his main design challenge was sail han
dling. ..1... I- ... a chair means no leaping up to the
base ol 11. .. -II D bounce halyards, so every line is
powered by hydraulic winches. Sheets presented a
particular problem. How can you ease a sheet from
three steering positions (one inside and two outside)?
Commercially available captive reel winches were too
heavy and expensive, so we devised a hydraulic ram
system connected to the sheets through blocks that
could all be operated by simply pressing buttons. We
also used hydraulic rams to control the mainsheet and
the coachroof-mounted traveller."
Other clever touches include a fold-out lift platform
to raise or lower a wheelchair user to the dock and
back. This works from a remote control and in opera
tion is another sci-fi touch.
You can see Nic's London Eye influence in the cock
pit windows and the amazing view from inside to
almost 360 degrees outside, a key element when sail
ing from a chair at the command position.
Overall, Impossible Dream is a clever and complex
boat, and without her, and Mike and Martine Browne's
generosity in lending her to Geoff, this trip would
never have happened.


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A Seabird Survey

by Yacht in the

Lesser Antilles


by Katharine Lowrie


David and Katharine, bound for wherever the seabirds are aboard their 75-year old
ketch, Lista Light
What is your experience of seabirds? Attempting to ward off the pair of beady eyes
staring down at you from the mast, before the inevitable fishy deposit is glued to
your brightwork? Or a tiny Storm Petrel fluttering over frothy waves, your sparrow
sized companion hundreds of miles from land?
For my husband, David, and me these monarchs of the waves were the reason for
leaving our patch of the southwest peninsula of the UK and teaming up with the St.
Maarten-based charity Environmental Protection In the Caribbean (EPIC). In
February 2009, we sailed from St. Maarten on the first part of our odyssey to survey
the remaining seabird breeding sites in the Lesser Antilles.
"ft-r 't-hin up Lista Light, our 75-year-old wooden gaff ketch (a former
i, -. boat, still resplendent with her jury rig from her Atlantic dismast
ing) and safely stowing Megan, our American intern, aboard, we lurched off from St.
Maarten for Saba, Statia and all the English-speaking islands (the French islands
"--i nlr-idy sil;----- th-ir -r--- 1i;' .H1-r-11 f -tween there and Grenada.
i the :, - .,..1. .11 .i -. I .. -, generally are as far away from
man as possible. Thus, our work in .1.... 1. first Seabird Breeding Atlas of the
Lesser Antilles turned into, as one o0 ., .. .. I- termed it, "a survey of the worst
anchorages in the Caribbean"!
The dubious l... 1. .1 Redonda, with a three-metre swell, allowed us only two
nights of sleep i. 1 1 .... ghts we stayed. A dinghy landing was "splash-and-drag"
and swimming ashore the next day resulted in some bruises.
The Grenadines rushed by in a whirl of seabirds, rocks and sea currents. Our
typical day would involve ..1,,,. ... ... und a chain of islets with binoculars
strained. Once breeding .- ..i i ." and I (and David, if Lista could be
anchored) would jump into the water with dry bags full of survey kit and swim to the
island. Before being pounded against the cliffs by waves or speared by sea urchins,
we would heave ourselves up onto land and don jeans and long-sleeved shirts to
ward off biting insects and skewering plants. Then we would scour the entire island
for nesting seabirds and record evidence thereof. Once completed, we would head
back to Lista, swimming the gauntlet of crashing waves.
Most cruisers travel down the leeward sides of the islands and find cozy anchor
ages where there is little swell. We, on the other hand, blast down the windward
sides of islands, seek out the most treacherous rocks and go where others will not!
Incident-wise, we lost rather too many of our 'nine lives' in the Grenadines this year.
Dave and Megan were nearly swept out to sea in strong currents when swimming
back to the boat from Petit Cay. While Megan and I were surveying on Battowia, Dave
and Lista had to deal with the tumultuous sea. First it caused the anchor rode to
snap, dislodging the anchor winch from Lista's deck. Then, a dinghy paddle flew into
the sea and Dave stupidly jumped in to grab it, but soon realized that Lista was
receding as the currents were i ..1,.. him away. Gradually, he clawed his way back
to her, chucking the paddle :," i' ,I of him and madly swimming forward a few
strokes. Then when we finally yanked the anchor up we found it was twisted!
Megan and I paddled the kayak to a fearsome-looking extinct volcano rising from the
sea, Diamond Rock. We took ages to paddle there, as strong currents belted through
between Diamond and Isle de Ronde. We couldn't see anywhere to land, as waves
continuously blasted the sides of the island. We kept powering forward, desperately
trying not to lose our way. Finally we decided upon an inlet and we surfed the kayak
into it, skewering her bow against t, i .i i i ur dry-bags and pulled the
kayak up. Once we had completed .. -...- I .... I that the waves were worse
and were whipping into the inlet at a fearsome pace. We worried we would get stuck,
corkscrewed into the narrow entrance, so we tried pulling the kayak around and pull
ing ourselves into the kayak from the water, but the waves battered us against the
rocd ... 1 ; .,, 11 ,I f the kayak with a foot trapped in it. She managed to extract
it, I -'1, I had no choice but to leap into the kayak in the cauldron of
waves and paddle like crazy to stop ourselves being bashed back into the inlet.
At Bonaparte Rocks, southeast of Carriacou, it was difficult to determine who was
nesting as Lista bashed in the waves, and there was no way we could swim or kayak
ashore to get a closer look.
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'ft-r i;;- tT.itriii..: thr-gh binoculars we resigned to a count of birds with
i i ,, I I As we started to maneuver away from the rocks I said
t i i- i .- every other island in our study area, but we are just
going to have to leave these listed as potential breeding records." At that, Dave
swung Lista around. We had just about a 100-percent rate of gathering records and
he didn't want to deprive us of these!
As he turned . i.. ...i. i .... I, i .... section, we heard an almighty
crack and Dave .... I '" Foam leapt at Lista's bows;
we had smashed into rocks. Dave barked instructions and I crashed below deck and
madly pulled up floorboards to see if water was coming in, then grabbed the pumps.
I was frantically praying that water was not going to start lapping around my ankles.
But nothing happened. We finally found a leak, a steady trickle of water seeping in
low on her starboard side. We turned Lista back to Carriacou to investigate the dam
age. The charts had been wrong, two depths had been switched, and we had crashed
in what should have been ten metres of clearance. It was a hideous experience, shak
ing all our nerves .. i ii ..1,i, .,. 1, lucky we had been so far surveying in waters
close to cliffs. On t"-i i. .. I .... I that the rocks had gouged Lista's sacrificial
keel and that we had had a narrow escape.
When man first arrived on these islands, ground-nesting seabirds proved an easy
and abundant source of protein. Vast
piles of seabird remains have been
unearthed by archaeologists on many of -
the islands, testimony to both the rapa
cious appetites of the settlers and the
former abundance of seabirds.
Today, seabird colonies are generally only
found where man is not, on the most
remote and inhospitable islands. Habitat
destruction and degradation have removed
former breeding sites. Introduced preda
tors such as rats, cats, dog-
and monkeys eat the eggs ... I i. I .
seabirds, while goats, cattle and donkeys
graze away the scrub and trees required for
I -pecies such as Brown Pelicans,
B.o,,,i HFrigatebirds and Red footed
Boobies. Harvesting of eggs and chicks is
still practiced in some areas of the archi
pelago. While seabird numbers might have
been high enough to sustain such tradi
tions in the past (before the ubiquitous
Yamaha ruled the waves) the pressure on
seabirds today is too great for this not to
have an impact on their populations.
As well as having to dodge all the above
threats, your average Brown Booby par Young brown pelicans and their
ents also have to locate fish parents in a seaside nest
white hinr'- -hi-k, in seas I,, I, I,.I
ermen -- I, -,. it harder to make a liv
ing and where poli..l.l ..l i. .. 1 ... i. ....... 1 by seabirds, with
research revealing t .I -" I II I I i' I, ...I.. tI I i . I consumed plastics.
It's no wonder that when we talk to fishermen, local islanders and sailors that they
can recall much larger flocks of seabirds and breeding colonies in the past.
Caribbean --'rn mm nt like governments around the world, need numbers, not
anecdotal: I- I .... seabird conservation plans. ,i ,p i., i i,.... ii
cannot interpret the state of their seabird population nor .n I i T ,I, I
ery projects. Studies of the BlackCapped Petrel, for example, found that the bird is
critically endangered (i.e. declined to such low population levels that its continued
survival is in jeopardy). The Jamaican Petrel is believed extinct and is the target of a
campaign by Bird Life International to attempt to find any remaining pairs.
Why does all this matter? Why should you care whether seabirds flap over the seas
and shores of these magical islands? Seabirds are indicators of the health of our
ocean= ti- ---rn;i: l-:hts that show' i1 ii......- are going wrong. It stands to rea
son: .1 I I I .11 levels of the : ...... I I chain, and if the plankton, squid
or flying fish that they survive on are not doing well, neither will they.
Seabirds remove the diseased and old fish from the food chain, -lr ..r t
healthy fishing stocks for people. They guide fishermen to shoals c' s I I ,
to shores. Seabirds are embedded in the history of the Lesser Antilles, being the chief
inhabitants, with mammals absent save bats and possibly a mouse species, prior to
introductions. The agile Magnificent Frigatebirds and characterful Brown Pelicans
add to the exotic appeal for tourists.
For us, seabirds are incredible in their own right. They glide over twothirds of the
earth's surface, and have adapted to live on land, in the air and on the water. They
nest in the most extreme environments on earth, from the scorching tropics where
their eggs, if neglected, could boil in 15 minutes, to the poles where Emperor Penguins
hold their precious single egg upon their feet through months of snowstorms. They
have developed extraordinary tactics for finding their prey: female I. ,,i ,
Frigatebirds are 'kleptoparasitic', meaning they mob other birds such as I
Boobies until they regurgitate their prey. They are true Pirates of the Caribbean!
In January 2010, Lista Light, with EPIC, again set sail to ensure both winter and
summer breeding records are compiled for every island within the study area. We
-n Grenada this time and are now working our way north. We acquire permits
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findings and discussing methods for conserving seabirds. As well as the science, we
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to over 800 officials, fishermen, sailors, church ;;i : tcetera. We visited 12
schools and delivered 21 media releases. By the ,, I I _, ,I, we will have produced
the Atlas, a hard copy of which will be given to each participating island. It will also
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B -n l-;-llocked for the first winter in
S .. has stirred bits of nostalgia in
me and has inspired me to tell a story of
one of our favourite places in the world,
Club Nautico in Cartagena, Colombia.
My wife, Barb, and I were introduce i I l..-....
part of the world when delivering a I I 1, 1 i ...
Costa Rica to Colombia a few years back. It comes into
focus today because of factors that I shall explain.
A few months ago, as I was sifting through some
old bookmarks on the laptop, I clicked to the
Panama Yacht Club. This yacht club used to be
yachts' first stop after going. 1 ...1 the Panama
Canal, arguably the wrong '...' the Pacific to
the Atlantic side. The yacht club building was old
and tired. Yet, the life that it provided was as vibrant
as an artificial reef. Cruisers from countries all
around the world, and speaking every language
imaginable, gathered to discuss great sailing experi
ences, both past and future. Some were going east
and some were going west, and only a few were stay
ing. The article described the destruction as the
bulldozers leveled the yacht club to make way for
container :t-; .- i.1 how, within .1.i 1. urs,
decades o0l I" I i removed from I' I f the
earth. At the time, I did not think much of it as I was
in Brazil on another adventure. I thought that the
newer marina across the way was probably a better
option for everyone, anyway.
This morning I was doing the random bookmark
thing again, when my attention was piqued. Club
Nautico in Cartagena is in danger of -., ..... the
same fate at the Panama Canal Yacht i.I I no
other reason than politi-1l ir- uri t---- -1-1
families and the modern ,i i, I ,I I I.
learned about this some years ago when we were
moored there. Club Nautico's possible demise is
heartbreaking to Barb and me, as our future plans
include cruising to C.rt. n --. md spending time on
our own yacht there i i it is gone, let me tell
you about this gem on the world's cruising crown.
When you sail into Cartagena, you are met with a
statue of the Virgin Mary that stands guard over the
harbour, welcoming mariners who have either beat
their way from the magic of the Rosario Islands or
made the challenging passage from Aruba. Even the
most crotchety old sea salt has had to have his jaw
lifted from the floorboards after this magnificent
entry into the harbour.
We sailed right up to the designated area of Club
Nautico and, with little effort, proceeded to set the


hook .-.'-' =t th on-plus vessels around. Once we
were i ... i. I we discovered that we were in
the middle of the Sunday sailing races, which drew
every serious sailor in Colombia to match wits and
skills with the two or three vessels operated by the
Colombian Naval Academy. The idea of one-design
racing really hasn't caught on, so we were sur
rounded by vessels that varied from sleek Beneteaus
to Captain Ron's wooden Formosa, as well as a few
sloops, ketches and catamarans, all chasing around
the harbour. The anchorage seemed to provide some
tactical advantages as the racing vessels weaved in
and out through the anchored vessels. The boats
were close enough for everyone on board to learn the


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Spanish for "starboard", "raise the spinnaker" and
those other choice words that cannot be printed in a
family publication. After a few weeks of settling in,
Barb and I were invited to race on one of the fastest
boats in the fleet and mastered enough Spanish to
contribute to the general chaos.
The check-in process in the countries we have
sailed to varies from the sweet and simple in Bonaire
to an absolutely mind-numbing three-day ordeal in
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...in his Sunday best and armed with a warm, wel
coming smile and a notebook. We then headed into
the Club's dinghy dock to make arrangements with
the harbourmaster, John, an Englishman married
to a Colombian with three pretty daughters. He
readily gave us the lay of the land and helped us
throughout our stay. He spoke excellent Spanish,
as well as numerous other cruisers' languages. He
gave a detailed gui-1- t- .rt-. --n ti-.t listed every
thing from where -1. Ii . I r services, to
who are the best plastic surgeons in Colombia.
The staff was more than helpful, the open-air
clubhouse was cleaned regularly and the bar had
regular hours. Club Nautico immediately put us on
a tab system so we just went to the bar and ordered
by our boats name. Happy Hour was at 5:00PM,
beer was less than a dollar, and Tuesdays, when a
world full of cruisers came in to pay their weekly
tabs, were always the best.
When we were there, everything was so inexpen
sive (even -niiit the Canadian loonie) that it
shocked us would eat three meals a day at
restaurants for less than $20 for us both. If you
anchored out, the deal was to pay about US$2 a
day for the use of the dinghy dock and club facili
ties (showers, bathrooms, restaurant, TV, pool
tables). The Mediterranean-tie :'. -.s a
whopping US$35 per week for i I I At
times moorage was scarce, but available. It
depended on how long it took the "backpacker
boats" to fill up before taking world travelers on to
Panama (there are no roads or buses between the
two countries). Trust was not a big issue as you
had to check out with an agent and leaving on the
sly could be a challenge. Besides, the Colombian
and US Navy were stationed right across from
Club Nautico.
Barb and I quickly discovered that Sunday was
the best day to explore and get our bearings in a
new culture. The shops are closed and you have
most of the city to yourself. An American had
warned us about the evils of all other people in the
world, and for a brief while we felt the paranoia
that this narrow-minded thinking causes. Barb hid
her camera deep in her backpack as we walked
along the historic wall that circles the city of
Cartagena. After about an hour of enduring the
vibrant smiles and constant, "iHola! iC6mo estas?"
of the locals, her camera emerged and our ner


vousness was carried away on the wind.
This walk around gave us a real firsthand look at
this magnificent city and its people. The constant
breeze from the ocean keeps you cool even at mid
day. Sunday in Colombia (as well as Venezuela) is a
day for families on the beach and lovers in every nook
and cranny experiencing the romance that living by
the sea evokes in the soul. It was very refreshing and
gave me the opportunity to use the "when in Rome"
line to steal a kiss or two as we strolled along.
Our daily cruisers' routine started at 8:30AM, lis
tening to the Cruisers' Net on the VHF to get up-to
date gossip, weather reports and lists of local
events. Every net included the famous Treasures of
the Bilge -a cruiser's Craigslist of items to buy
and sell. We then planned our day based on the
fact that everything has to be done between 9:00
and 11:50AM, as all banks and businesses, except
for food stores and restaurants serving lunch, close
from noon to 2:00. After 2:00 we completed any
tasks by 4:55 so we didn't miss Happy Hour.
Our two-month stay included a daylong city
tour that included the San Felipe Fort, the
Maritime Museum and La Popa (a monastery at
the top of the hill). We also rode in a horse-drawn
carriage through the streets at night, visited
shops and parks by day and at night, walked
around the city walls regularly, rode city buses to
many locations, hit the spa in Boca Grande, took
private Spanish lessons, shopped for fresh fruits
from carts and spent an unforgettable day at the
Carnival in Barranquilla.
The point is that Club Nautico was a perfect base
from which to explore one of the best stops on the
world cruising route. It was a home-away-from
home for many wonderful people from all corners of
the world, and we made lifelong friendships there
that have spanned the globe. The possible removal
of Club Nautico would hurt, but also inspires us to
revisit fond memories.
If you have not yet ventured into the cruising
world and you are contemplating your cruising
adventure, take it from us, the Cruisin' Canucks:
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the best experiences of your life are waiting for you.
Remember, at the dining table of life you will
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when they are gone forever.
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Panda and crew have finally left the circle we cut in the Caribbean Sea for the last
five years, between Venezuela and the ABCs. In November 2009 we left Aruba and
sailed to Cartagena, Colombia. We had a nice holiday season there, but the harbor
is hectic, with water taxi wakes and a huge container ship port that is always
brightly lit and makes a lot of weird noises as it unloads ships 24/7. And there, even
with a paint job only six months old, Panda's bottom needed to be cleaned every
three weeks.
Also, at this point Club Nautico is just a construction site that can only offer
a-1. 1 -1-- 1 .- for their dinghy, garbage disposal and potable water for a
L I I I. or if this essential marina will be re-built is known only by
th.- ..1
I..' i we were in the harbor, many sailors told us about a welcome getaway
-a large, mangrove-lined bay, only 14 miles south of Cartagena, called Bahia
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Top: Fishermen spread a net among visiting boats at Bahia de Cholon
Above: Just 14 miles away from the city, this placid retreat from Cartagena is
becoming increasingly popular with cruisers

In this article we will include waypoints we have used to approach Bahia de Cholon
and give simple sailing dire i. ..- ... ..i. the entrance. We will also detail services
available and provisioning .11 .... .1 one wishes to stay in the bay for a while.
There are no detailed charts of the bay, as it is considered an inland estuary, but the
location can be found by looking for the town of Barf, on the mainland, just east of
the Rosario Islands.
Getting There
After leaving Cartagena via the Boca Grande Channel, gain a little distance off and
then start to head south. Do remember, however, that the red and green buoys that
mark this narrow channel are about 25 feet east of the low point in the submerged
wall, so remain on a course perpendicular to the marks until you see the wall pass
under you on the sonar. Sailing south, you'll pass the Boca Chica Channel, where
all the commercial traffic enters and exits this busy harbor, so keep a good watch.
On a course of 214 1 .-- : .. i. i. approximately 14.5 nautical miles
to a waypoint at 1001 i a., I i ..' west of Islote Periquito. The follow
ing chain of waypoints will bring you just outside the harbor:
10010.685N and 75040.533W
1010.534N and 75040.389W
10010.305N and 75040.35W
10010.071N and 75040.297W
As you approach the resort, on the shore to the left are two pilings you pass
through and another piling on the resorts beach that you leave to port.
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You must come quite near the beach on your port side, as two-thirds of the
entrance to your starboard is blocked by a shallow reef. This final waypoint
1009.73N and 7540.145W will put you inside the harbor.
If you follow these points correctly, you will have at least 15 feet of water during
the entire approach and ten feet of water at the narrow entrance. Depths in the
harbor range from 20 to 25 feet, with excellent i 1.... -I vessels head east
northeast after they enter the harbor and anchor i. .. i i...... and 7539.50W.
Being There
Many expensive vacation homes line the hills that surround the harbor. All land
in the bay is privately owned, including the beachfront near the houses. The large
house with the orange roof and the black hot water tank on the top of the hill is
called Crow's Nest and belongs to Robert Winter. He also owns the 90-foot shrimp
boat, Manatee, which is anchored in the harbor. Robert used to be a sailor, like us,
but found paradise and retired here in Colombia, where he met his partner Carmen.
Currently, Robert has a fun-filled Happy Hour on Manatee late in the afternoon,
whenever there are a few sailboats in the bay. He also sponsors a potluck dinner on
Saturday evenings. Frequently, he will send his employee Johnny around the har
bor to collect trash, for a nominal fee of 3000 pesos, to be properly disposed of in
Baru. Robert cautions sailors not to give their garbage to the men that paddle out
on surfboards selling fruit and vegetables, as this garbage often ends up in the
mangroves. If you have questions about the area or want to check on the Happy
Hour schedule, Robert can be reached on VHF channel 68 daily, by hailing Crow's
Nest or Manatee.
Many local waterborne salesmen will approach your - i I ..... jewelry, sweets,
fruits, vegetables, fish and lobster. We found that the c...... .1 n ..... price for some
items was ridiculous, so shop cautiously. Two examples are 120,000 pesos (divide
by two and drop all the zeros to get approximate dollars), for three one-pound lob
sters or 40,000 pesos for a tub of ---- -. sweets that eventually sold for 5,000
pesos. Never give money for goods i 11 are delivered, as if they arrive, they
might not be the agreed-upon size or type. Bahia de Cholon is not without dinghy
theft, so as Melodye Pompa would rightly say, "Lift it, lock it or lose it".
All sailors worry about where to get potable water. We used our water-making
system, two PUR 40Es, for two weeks and only had to clean the pre-filters once.
Bahia de Cholon's water is clean, although not totally clear, and ridding the bottom
of Cartagena's aquatic growth is easily accomplished here. During the rainy season,
which we're told starts in April, adequate water can be caught and in the dry season
it is possible to fill your jugs when the water barge E Rubio comes in to fill the tanks
of the houses surrounding the bay.
If You Stay
There are multiple ways to obtain provisions, if you wish to stay in Bahia de
Cholon for any length of time. One option is to take the dinghy into Baru, which is
a 20-minute ride. Robert can tell you how to go, which is a bit tricky, but a better
solution is to ask Johnny, his night watchman/bartender on Manatee, to accom-
pany you there after he gets off work in the morning. He is a lifetime resident of this
sprawling community and can show you around the town, helping you to t .I-t the
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items you may need in the future. Pork, fresh fish, frozen chicken and many local
vegetables and fruits are available in the town. All manner of dry goods and daily
essentials can be bought at the five or so stores within Baru. If you need pesos there
is an ATM machine that works, but don't try to hit it on the weekend, as it could be
out of money.
Gasoline, with or without 50/1 oil, is available on the waterfront in Bart. Don't
expect a pump, as it comes to you in a marked bucket. As a courtesy, a funnel is
provided to help you get it into your tank.
It is possible to take a water taxi from the anchorage at around 5:30 in the
morning to the outdoor market in Cartagena. From there you can shop at the
Bazurto market itself, or hoof it to the supermercados in the area. The water taxis
start reloading -. .-n:-r7 r-.;;;- 9:OOAM and it is best to get there early and get
a seat in the ba I I 11. - I the ride can be quite bumpy on the return trip.
For additional details, or if you need to arrange for this transportation contact
Robert at Happy Hour and he can usually call the water taxi the day before you
need to shop.
The final option for shopping is the small tiendas that are on the main (and only)
road that borders Bahia de Cholon and goes to Baru. One such tienda is located near
a large home on the edge of the bay that has blue roofs and a stone wall to the right,
as you face it. To the right of the wall, there is a small dock where you can tie your
dinghy and walk across the street to the shop. Eggs, frtit ..1 ---t.1-1- .- -11
there, along with other basic items. Gasoline can also be ... , I ', I
cents more than in Baru.
If you want internet and phone service while you rough it in Bahia de Cholon, buy
a ComCell internet modem while you are in Cartagena at the Carrefore supermarket
in the Caribe Mall or at the many ComCell outlets. Their tower is right in the bay, so
the cell phone and internet services provided by them are excellent. Forgo the Tigo
modem as their tower, wherever it lives, does not provide good service in the bay.
We have written about this bay as an escape from Cartagena, but it works equally
well as an entry point prior to checking into Colombia, coming east from the San
Blas Islands.
We must give credit to Robert who helped us with many details for this article and
for his hospitality; to George and Pixie on Silver Sea, who gave us the original way
points to enter the harbor; and to Johnny, who took us around Baru and introduced
us to his family and friends.
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miles and will take about four to six hours
depending on your pace. You end the walk in
Concord on the central western coast of
Grenada, which is about a 20-minute bus ride
back to St. George's.
To start, take the Number 6 bus from the
St. George's bus station to the Grand Etang
visitor area.
The trail to Mt. Qua Qua and
Concord Falls trail is about 200
meters to the west (towards St.
George's) and on the north side of
the road.
The trailhead sign says "Mt. ConcordFalls
Qua Qua and Concord Falls". This
will be the last sign you see that
mentions Concord Falls. F
The trail to Concord Falls
branches off of the Mt. Qua Qua
trail about three-quarters of the
way up to the Mt. Qua Qua sum
mit. It took us about 45 minutes
of brisk walking to reach the
Concord Falls turn-off.
The trail to Concord Falls is
unmarked and takes off from a
small cleared spot and is an obvi
ous trail that heads to the west (left
if you are on the trail facing Mt. GrandEtangt
Qua Qua). This trail gets less use Sketch m
than the trail to Mt. Qua Qua and
consequently is more overgrown,
but it is still a defined trail. The
Concord Falls trail descends from
the ridge top heads north and follows a gully.
As you proceed downhill two trails will enter
from the right. At trail intersections your choice
should always be to stay on the left trail.


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The gully gathers more water and becomes
an active creek, which you will cross several
times. After about an hour's walk from the Mt.
Qua Qua trail, you will reach a point where
steps have been cut into a steep rock face.
Descend the steps, then continue to follow the
trail for a few minutes and you will be at a
stream crossing.
After the stream there will be a short steep
climb and you will intersect the trail from Concord
Falls to Fontainbleu Falls.
Turn left to get to Fontainbleu Falls. The trail
will move into the riverbed and it takes about ten
minutes to Fontainbleu Falls.
Reverse your track down the riverbed and
continue past the intersection that you came


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It is 1.5 miles from Concord Falls to the town
of Concord, where you can catch a bus back to
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MARCH 2010
Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
The full moon i.


d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
During the first week you will meet headwinds in any
creative boat projects you attempt. Wait until the bad
weather clears and seas are calm before you up anchor on
any new ones.
GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)

first week. Propagation should improve in the third week.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Creative winds will b II i you. Chart a course
that includes friends .. i i ..... . a pleasant
month of iss. Save some *. i a full moon
partyon I. I
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
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W VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Creative self expression will be ambiguous and argu
ments could ens- 1;I- .-yone on board cranky.
Saying "Ayeaye, i .. i i
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
You might have a strong gust of business or financial
activityduringthe first week. i i .. i, ..,ckly,
as aspects indicate your tidi i i...... ..i ebb
after the 10th.
TU SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
I energy is low, creativity and verbal
i ,i ..... i i i Use this aspect to its best advan-
tage to keep way on in creative endeavors.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
The aspects that benefit Scorpio will be a source of frus
tration for you. Any arrows ,, i, i i ii ii,, .. ii,
will scatter aimlessly, so y .... ..
the cockpit cushions with a good book.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
I. I I III ofhun.,. I I 1 1 1
as i i ..... I n thei .
third week will be the worst of it.
SAQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
i. .. I ... idd do your best
Si .. .. ... .. i i i as new oppor

PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
You will be full of creative energy and communicative
efforts will flow freely and productively, especially around
the 25th when inspiration should bring new cruising ideas
and opportunities.


Crossword Solution
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Earthquake, Haiti:The Third Day IS/

"In Haiti, all the important things are beautiful;
only reality needs a bit of improvement"


-Herbert Gold, The Best Nghtmore


What can a poet do for Haiti now
and an older poet at that, unable to walk
as he once did up the mountain to the Citadel
in the clouds above Cap Haltien
fortress against an invasion that never came
what can a poet do
as the window shuts

not a physician in Doctors without Borders
not a soldier in the 82nd Airborne
not a helicopter pilot nor back-hoe operator
not a secretary of state
nor even a TV commentator


As the window shuts
& relief planes stack up in the Trade Wind sky
unable to land on the single clogged runway
I see the rubble, in this Age of Rubble
the makeshift tents & clinics in the debris
people living in the streets alongside the dying & dead
masked relief workers ghosting among them
in this capital of the displaced
I see the Hotel Montana, chandeliered
& broad verandaed, now collapsed
into a crumble of irony
a prison for the trapped, morgue of the dead

I watch the looting begin, the rioting, the disease spread
as survivors drift without shelter
undernourished, overwhelmed
I hear the iron bed frames & springs clanging
the rotor-wash, the odd siren, the hymn
the rumors, the voices in the rubble moaning
the cries Au Secours! Secours!
& the drums gone quiet
I smell the charcoal,the coal pots simmering
also the rubber burning, the flesh decaying
the excrement overbounding,
and over it all, cast in the Trade Wind
the haze of cement dust, of ash
I feel the pain of loved ones lost
how the loss feels like rebar broken clean
or twisted, bent at crazy angles
the steel inside the rust shining
clean & cruel, at the break


As the window shuts
& aftershocks, in dreadful reprise, shake sunrise

I send this poem to the people whose country lies
over a fault line of the earths plates
to the weak, the dazed, the dehydrated
the crushed,the maimed & mangled, the suffocated
to the unaccounted for





parlumps marooned


Edward Teach became a ruthless
pirate only after he was fired
from Brookwood Elementary.

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"It is a poverty issue, not a natural disaster issue',
says David Brooks on NPR,
noting that fifteen years ago, near San Francisco,
a similar earthquake struck, killing only sixty-three.

Poverty and education, I say: no one in Haiti knows
anything about building codes.
Most in the black peasant class are illiterate,
kept from the classroom by
the mulatto elite, a mercantile-military alliance
corrupt & long supported by First-World governments ...
and that is an issue NOT of the rebellion in 1791
and some resulting "curse"
as imagined wishfully by the likes of
a right-wing backward evangelical demagogue,
but of racism worldwide & internal
an issue of Power
& the illiteracy that kept it, keeps it.


As the window, open
for but seventy-two hours, shuts
on Port-au-Prince
I send this poem to the Haitian people
this poem now
that the transport of drumming resumes
in the tonnelles of the possessed
& we behold life behind the veil
see in the cloud-shrouded Citadel
a defense for culture

here: the imaginary world presided over by
Papa Legba, Damballa, Erzulie
Ogoun Ferraille, Ogoun Agou6
& Baron Samedi in his bowler hat

all of whom spirits in the Voodoo pantheon -
guided Toussaint I'Ouverture, his generals & troops
in the march that led to Independence
& who are revealed in the paintings of Hector Hyppolite
& others of the renaissance
in "his buried heirloom of atavistic wealth"
a culture independent of & beyond
earthquake & hurricane
slavery, dictatorship, occupation
beyond poverty & illiteracy
& the absence or misuse of natural resources
the goodwill even, all the good intentions

I send this poem to reunite the living with the dead

Richard Dey

(I5 January 2010)





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Compass Cruising Crossword


How many famous Caribbean names do you know?
Test your knowledge with this word search puzzle
by Pauline Dolinski!



FAMOUS CARIBBEAN PEOPLE


'FIRE!'
ACROSS
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18) Punch
19) First number
20) Timbers on which boats are hauled up or lowered
21) Use these in some 26 Down brigades
22) Bulkhead closure
23) Either

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42) An arsonist is also often a
43) What not to pour on a 26 Down
44) Scope or boundary
45) It went up 26 Across'

49) 26 Down : large red vehicle with 30 Across, 50 Across
and 57 Across on board
50) Don't throw this on an 43 Across fire


58) Not cold
, .i .i .. i. wood
61) Do this on embers to make 26 Across
62) Make it offthe 17 Downing 65 Across

65) A 26 Down on a cruise would be really scary!

DOWN
1) The is in the fire!': the die is cast
S on board start here
4) Pounds (abbrev.)
5) 26 Down : hot performer at circuses and shows
6) Campers do this over a 26 Down
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S1res
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13) Bon : witticism
15) Circus animals are taught to Jump through flaming
16) 19 Across, In Spanish
17) 27 Down 36 Across
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29) Flammable emergency signal
31) Electronic letter (or enamel, in French)
33) The floor of a 26 Down + 39 Across

ross
38 Brea: famous tar pits
40) 'W hen I i i I .. I ,,
41) Comerof35 . i. '. 1 .
47) Device to keep ashes n the 26 Down + 39 Across


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61) 26 Down chamber in which fuel is burned
Crossword Solution on page 38


ARISTIDE

BARROW
BATISTA
BEST
BOB %I-RLEY
BOGLE
BIt'T MIANTE

CASTRO
CHE GUEVARA

ERIC WILLIAMS
FIDEL
GARVEY


HALL
JOHN
JUAN BOS( H

LARA
LATAPY
LEWIS
McKAY
OTTEY


RAWLE
RHYS
ROSS
RUDDER

STERN JOHN

TRUJILLO


VERE BIRD
PALM 1 VS NAIPAUL
PITT
PONCE DE LEON WALCOTT
POITIER
PRICE ORKRE


Word Search Puzzle solution on page 45


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CRUISING KIDS' CORNER




The Rainy Day Club


by Lee Kessell
"It's so boring when it rains," sighed Maizy, the little yellow butterfly fish.
"I wish we could ... ..... on days like this."
"That's not the i ii,,.- rebuked her mother. "On wet days no sun
breaks through the clouds and it is as -I '.-r-;; to venture out from the
reef as it is at night. Look about you, .11 ii. I fish are sheltering under
the ledges and even our friends the sea anemones are hiding with their ten
tackles curled in."
"Well I don't see why all of my friends can't get together under a ledge and
play games. We would be perfectly safe."
This conversation was taking place in the sunny Caribbean, just off the
pretty mountainous island of St. Lucia after the start of an unusual week of
wet weather for that time of year. Maizy and her friends were members of the
community of fish and sea creatures of Cutie Cove, a sheltered little bay near
the north of the island.
Maizy's mother thought about the idea and, although she was against
any change in the order of things, she couldn't really find a good reason
to 1 ---t
.. Mummy, what harm can happen to us?"
"Well, you'll have to go out to :"' I ... I .... I I ... them all here, and
that doesn't seem very wise to me.
"But I'll stay under the 1 1; 11 the way and nothing can attack me."
So Maizy got her way ... i I lie swam. Pretty soon she had all of her
friends Angie the Angelfish, Greta the French Grunt, Porky the Porkfish,
Dimity the Damselfish, Serge the Sergeant Major, Bret the Brown Chromis,
Candy the pink-striped Basslet and Princess the Parrotfish -under the
ledge in sight of her mother. The first thing they did as members of the Rainy
Day Club was to swear allegiance to the death. Of course Maizy and her
friends never expected to put this oath to the test but it was exciting to pre
tend that mortal danger lurked under every ledge.
The members of the Rainy Day Club didn't mind the rain at all because
they met every day and had lots of fun playing Hide and Seek in and out of
the little crevices and ledges, Tag the Tail and I Spy With My Little Eye and
they held competitions to see who could tell the most scary story.
As Maizy's mother always seemed to take charge of organizing whatever had
to be done in the community, all the other mothers looked up to her. So even
if they didn't approve of the Rainy Day Club with their little children rushing
about all over the reef, they accepted Mrs. Butterflyfish's judgment.


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So it was that after six days of solid rain, the seventh began dull and over
cast and the children gathered as usual and began their games while Mrs.
Butterflyfish went to visit a sick friend next door. But this was not to be a
rainy day; gradually the clouds began to thin and then the sun came out and
bathed the entire cove in .ii .11. ii 11 .i1. ii the fish children darted out
from the ledge with shriel I ........... ... circles over the tawny sand
forgetting to stay near th. i 1 i
When Mrs. Butterflyfish saw that the sun had come out she jumped with
alarm and swam back home to make sure that the children were playing
safely -but the children had gone and she didn't know that a hungry
Banded Jawfish had grabbed Candy the pink-striped Basslet and was trying
to pull her down into his den! Fortunately for Candy, the Jawfish was having
trouble as she was too long to fit down his burrow, unlike stubby Porky the
Porkfish who would have been no trouble, but the members of the Rainy Day
Club took fright, forgetting their pledge to stand together until the death and
swam about blindly in a panic.
Without hesitation Mrs. Butterflyfish darted out into the bright sunlight,
gathered all the children together and just as she was about to take them
back to the safety of the ledge '-- the Sergeant Major blurted out: "But
the Jawfish has Candy in his : .... I
Poor Mrs. Butterflyfish turned around with a terrible feeling of doom.
"But we can save Candy if we all work together," continued Serge. "That
big Jawfish hasn't got Candy down into his burrow yet because he has to
widen the entrance with his tail, so if we hurry we can attack together and
nip at his head until he lets her go."
Mrs. Butterflyfish instantly agreed, and all the children followed Serge and
began nipping at the head and mouth of the Jawfish who let go of Candy in
a hurry and disappeared down his burrow.
Mrs. Butterflyfish took the children and a very frightened Candy back to
the safety of the ledge and after hugging each other with relief, Maizy's
mother put an end to The Rainy Day Club then and there.
The moral of this story is: Don't mess with Mother Nature's rules; she
knows whats best for her children.
THE END


Spend! It usually eats fish but it will also eat crabs and shrimp. If the fish aren't
I K 'f 6 t ^ biting, the longlure moves to a better i......... ground. It doesn't always swim.
f' ; / Instead, it can use its pectoral and i ..- (which look like hands) to "walk"
I f\1 ,, I. ', across the reef or the sea floor.



DOLLY'S


DEEP SECRETS / '
by Elaine Ollivierre ^ I

In last month's Compass, you might have read that divers in Carriacou were
thrilled to see longlure frogfish in the reefs off Carriacou. This small, rather ugly
fish will also have no home if the coral reefs of the Caribbean disappear.
S Members of tl. i. -1 family (related to angler fish) are found worldwide but
I 1 ,1 .. .... I .... in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean. It is very
i11 11 i i especially in a reef area covered with sponges. The longlure frog
I f,. .. ., Mu Ii-:ceUllatus -
'.. '... I' i I ... I i I I I - ,It It,
Ilonglure's body. These spots and the general colouring of the frogfish (yellow The longlure frogfish grows to about five inches (12cm) long. When the female
brown -reddish) makes the fish look exactly like a sponge so it can camouflage produces eggs, she becomes very fat and swims up to the surface of the sea.
itself very well. There, she releases a mass of sticky eggs so that the much smaller male, who
The frogfish does not have scales exactly, but warty prickles all over the skin. follows closely behind her, can fertilize them. The fertilized eggs can then float
It has tiny eyes and a big mouth, which turns upward; but what makes it very away before they become food for other cannibalistic frogfish.
I unusual is the first spine of the dorsal fin. It i ..... 1. i ... , 1 other spines
and looks like an antenna or fishing rod on t i. ., i i i. .I.-1. head. It even WORD PUZZLE
| has a structure on the end that looks like .. .. n. i ',,Ie is ready for How many five-letter words can you make from the letters of the word
dinner, it waits on the reef until another fish swims by, attracted by the wiggly MULTIOCELLATUS? No plurals allowed.
I lure. Then the frogfisl :;.1 its prey. It is thought to be the fastest creature on
Earth as it sucks in i. i1 at such high speeds that it is difficult to see it hap Answer on page 19
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i- ,-I THE CARIBEA:- FRE -" SHOW NIl GHTLY


THE SKY


IN MARCH

by Scott Welty
The Planets in March
MERCURY (See below)
VENUS (See below)
EARTH Tired of coming in third
MARS High in the night sky after
sundown. Will be up there all month, riding in Cancer.
JUPITER (See below)
SATURN -,-,,. -ound 2000 hours and
therefore up the re-1 I i11 night all month. Look for
it very near the moon on the 29th. It will be just
above and to the left of the moon then.
Sky Events This Month
7th Look for the moon to rise around 0100
hours and ride through the sky with the bright star
Antares (a red giant) in Scorpio
15th New Moon
20th -Vernal Equinox (see below)
Crescent moon passes through the Pleiades
(See Figure 1)


24th -Mars and moon together
29th -Full Moon
Where in the Heck are all the Planets?
Each month I try to give rising or setting times or
other ways to locate the visible planets (those from
Mercury out to Saturn are called the visible planets
because they can be seen with the naked eye. Uranus,
Neptune, and Pluto, when it was a planet, can only be
seen with a telescope). There's not much to see this
month so I thought a picture looking down on the
solar system from "above" might be interesting, to see
why we will see neither Mercury, Venus, nor Jupiter
this month. Toward the end of the month, Venus and


Mercury may be visible briefly in the evening twilight.
(See Figure 2)





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As you can see (or not!) to look toward Mercury,
Venus or Jupiter is to look toward the sun. This puts
them up in the daytime here on Earth. When a planet
is directly across the sun from us it is said to be in
superior conjunction.
The Vernal Equinox
Quick, it's March 20th. C *" .. md see ifyou can
balance it on its end! You 1 you can do this
any day with a little patience (or a little salt). Egg bal
ancing is one of those long-held superstitions about
the spring equinox (literally,
'equal night') that just isn't
true but there are lots of @
Other things that are true
about this day.
This is the day when
everyone on the planet
(Earth) has 12 hours of day
light and 12 of nighttime
The sun rises due east
and sets due west.
A man on the equator
could stand in the shade of
his own sombrero at noon.
This is the day that
allows you to calculate when
Easter is: Easter is the first
Sunday after the first full
moon after the vernal equi
nox.... Really!
Not surprisingly, most
traditions and ceremonies
celebrating this easing into
spring come from the
northern latitudes where
"time to plant stuff' was a
matter of survival and
marking the equinox was a
way to do that.
Sue's Favorite Star
Looking low and due south early in the month and
then more west as the month wears on is a beautiful
star -Canopus in the constellation Carina. Now,
really, all stars are about the same viewed from Earth
but this is a very bright star and it sits low in the sky


in the Caribbean. That makes it very colorful due to
the dispersion of light through our atmosphere. It is
visibly colorful with the naked eye and really fun
through your Steiners. You can't miss it but check out
Figure 3 for a guide. My second mate, Sue, picked out
this star a few years ago when we got far enough south
to see it and it has been a favorite of ours ever since.
We're happy to share but don't wear it out!
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine
on Deck
One of the fascinations I . 1.... i sailboat is the
connection to history. Me -i I 11 I .. 11 was mapped
and explored via sailboat. Now exploration to new
places takes place in space with high tech rockets,
robots, and electronics while the sailboat is left behind
with us to fondly continue the tradition. But wait, the
sail idea might -tiurn' ^ ;;- named Pekka Janhunen
has invented an i '.. .. for space exploration. It
uses the solar wind, which is the constant stream of
charged particles from the sun. It is this stream of
charged particles that causes the northe... 1,1..
Janhunen's idea is to deploy kilometer long .
a spacecraft and keep them charged up. The repulsion
between the charged wires and the charged particles
would then provide thrust for the spacecraft not
unlike the wind in our spinnakers. So maybe in the
far distant future the cruising sailor will be consider
ing a passage from Mars to Saturn instead of St.


Martin to Bermuda. Watch out for pirates when you
pass Jupiter!

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


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make your -- f. t-r and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, aut 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.- i tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east .. .11 .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. Tim-n 'i- n Ir local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 i .11 new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!
DATE TIME 22 1727 11 0943
1 0023 23 1826 12 1024
2 0115 24 1924 13 1107
3 0207 25 2021 14 1152 (new)
4 0254 26 2115 15 1239
5 0352 27 2208 16 1331
6 0446 28 2300 17 1425
7 0540 29 2351 18 1523
8 0633 30 0000 (full) 19 1621
9 0724 31 0044 20 1719
10 0813 April 21 1815
11 0859 DATE TIME 22 1908
12 0943 1 0137 23 2000
13 1025 2 0232 24 2050
14 1106 3 0328 25 2140
15 1146 (new) 4 0423 26 2231
16 1227 5 0516 27 2323
17 1310 6 0606 28 0000 (full)
18 1355 7 0654 29 0018
19 1443 8 0739 30 0113
20 1535 9 0821
21 1630 10 0903


Trinidad-Grenada


Passage Security


Suggestions



by Melodye Pompa


In view of the recent robbery and assault of the crew of a yacht enroute from
Trinidad to Grenada (see "Robbery of Yacht Between Trinidad and Grenada Spurs
International Security Measures" by James Pascall in last month's Compass), and
the various reports of similar incidents in the same area and in Venezuelan waters
over the past several years, there are some very specific precautions which cruisers
can take to avoid or minimize attempts against them. Full details of the incident as
well as plans from the coast guards of Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago, as well as
from those nations' marine trades groups, MAYAG and YSATT, to minimize future
incidents can be found at www.grenadabroadcast.com/content/view/7005/45/.
The Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard advises that pirogues are active from the
south coast of Grenada and moving out to the north and east of Tobago to move
marijuana to Toco, at the northeast corner of Trinidad. The pirogues are active
around the gas-drilling rigs as these are used as landmarks for boats without naviga
tion equipment. However, the pirogues range all over the area, from the north coast
of Venezuela to Tobago and to the south coast of Grenada.
Efforts to interdict drugs are underway in this area and cruisers should be aware
ofthe -,-, 1 ... ............... I ....... ... ...i l. ..... .... .i their
innoce, I, i, . I .. ........ 1 II. . 11 11. ... ., .i i Ist of
Trinid: I i- I .11 I I I I.-. .. protection and drug interdiction activities. These
patrol vessels are often unmarked and the crew may not be in uniform, so it is dif
ficult for the cruiser to determine their intentions.
Please bear in mind that there has been only one incident reported on the Trinidad
Grenada route, although there have been four additional reports of attempts (unsuc
cessful) in the past two years. In view of the large numbers of yachts that make this
passage each year, the chances of a piracy attempt are very small. Nevertheless,
those who do sail this route should take every possible precaution.
There are twc .. I..11.... platforms in the area: Hibiscus at 1108.8N and
6139.0W, and ..... 1 1113.9N and 6131.4W. Both monitor VHF 16 and
have, in the past, relayed calls to the Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard.
The following tips are taken from notes from cruisers and from the precautions
page on the Caribbean Safety and Security Net website, www.safetyandsecuritynet.
com. Note that in some cases, the suggestions contradict each other: each skipper
should make individual choices.

Think about a response plan before it is needed, with the emphasis on scaring
away intruders (and this is certainly appropriate for yachts at anchor as well as
those underway). This is the most important preparation a cruiser can make. Think
about evasive maneuvers, first aid kit for possible injuries, response to fire aboard
(e.g. gas cans hit by gunfire), where is the crew to shelter, can / should any further
resistance to boarding be made (flare guns, sprays, etc.), how to initiate a distress
call, use of lights and flares, and communication with other vessels and/or law
enforcement authorities.
Consider traveling in a group, -n-.int.in;n;- VHF or SSB contact on a regular
schedule throughout the trip. Use a i 1 i ...... I other than 16 for group check-ins,
but monitor both that channel and channel 16.
Since all the reported boardings and attempted boardings have occurred during
the day, travel at night. Some have suggested that you travel with no lights; how
ever, that has its own inherent dangers. Your radar is of little use to detect these
pirogues as they are usually wooden boats and will not show up on radar.
Sail as far east of the rhumb line as possible, away from the locations of the
previous reports, although that route means there are fewer other vessels to come to
your aid if you need help.
Don't discuss your departure plans (time and destination) with strangers on
shore. Don't describe your yacht to strangers: current location, name, number of
people on board, whether or not you are armed.
The Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard is suggesting that all vessels leaving from
Trinidad file a float plan by phone with them: hull description, flag, crew, destina
tion, estimated time of departure and estimated time of arrival. It is not clear what
the follow-up will be. If you do file a float plan, be sure to notify the Coast Guard of
your safe arrival.
Separate and hide valuables in multiple unpredictable areas on board, in-l-li;n.
passports and boat papers. Hide a copy of passports and boat papers in a I 11 i
spot. If possible, hide a spare GPS and handheld VHF radio. Maintain a list of serial
numbers of all equipment, keep it up to date when you add new equipment, and hide
a copy of that list.
Make two copies of the contents of all wallets: credit cards (both sides), licenses,
etc. Send one copy to a contact at home and hide one copy along with the copy of
the passports. Be sure to have telephone numbers for the credit card companies to
report a loss from abroad.
Check the Caribbean Safety and Security Net website regularly, both for addi
tional security tips as well as reports of piracy or attempted piracy against other
yachts, and learn lessons from how others have handled a piracy situation.
If your yacht is approached by a suspicious vessel, immediately activate DSC
on your VHF and begin transmitting on VHF 16 and SSB 2182 that you feel you
are in danger. Call out your yacht name and your location repeatedly until you
get a response. If you are traveling in a group, one of those yachts will hear you,
and if you are traveling alone, it is possible that another vessel in the area will
hear you and come to assist. If you have DSC activated, that signal will extend a
great distance.
Always remember, neither your yacht nor your possessions are worth serious inju
ries or worse. But you must consider that anyone willing to randomly fire at your
vessel may not leave you unharmed if they are allowed to board. You must consider
how and whether, and be prepared, to provide resistance to boarders as you deter
mine to be appropriate.
The Caribbean Safety and Security Net welcomes additional suggestions: e-mail to
svsecondm@aol.com or use the "contact us" page at www.safetyandsecuritynet.com
Editor's note: See also Mike Hatch's letter in this month's Readers' Forum, page 38.
















Part Three:

The British and US Virgin Islands

The BVI
In the BVI the first step in finding quiet anchorages is to obtain a copy from
Moorings or Sunsail of the special Imray Iolaire chart that shows the places where
bareboats are not allowed to anchor. These are likely to be anchorages that are
uncrowded and are not littered with mooring balls.
Anchorages .....1. i1. .. with, at the most, one other boat include Money Bay
on the south -1 ....... Island, numerous ones on the south coast of Peter
Island, and Bluff Bay on the south coast of Beef Island.
On the south end of Guana Island there is a good anchorage for one boat behind
Monkey Point. Take the dinghy ashore, climb across the rocks and you will find a
beautiful little sandy beach. It's inaccessible except by the route you have taken, so
a great place to bathe au natureL
Eustatia Sound on the north coast of Virgin Gorda has two seldom-used bays,
Deep and Oil Nut, where, unless it is blowing really hard, you can anchor close to
leeward of the barrier reef which breaks the swell but not the breeze. Thus you'll
have a cool, .. ... 1, 1 .1 ..1. I he reef so you can snorkel from the
boat no r i i i I 1i .. .. I. bow and stern so that if the wind
dies in the evening and the current changes you are not swept onto the reef.
On the south coast of Virgin Gorda, South Sound provides an e----11-nt .. -h-r.
sheltered in all directions. On the west coast, from mid-April on, I ,, I .. ,
the northerly ground swell is trl- r- -th Savannah Bay and Mahoe Bay pro
vide uncrowded anchorages. i ,,... Gorda's Anguilla Point, the western
entrance to Gorda Sound is an excellent anchorage -again, from mid-April on. But
only use this anchorage from Monday until noontime on Friday as during the week
end a continual stream of powerboats will be using the passage between Mosquito
Island and Anguilla Point.
The main anchorage in Anegada may be crowded. If so, and you draw six feet or
less, proceed westwards and anchor off Neptune's Treasure. This is usually calmer.
ii .... hi,. i.... i ...to Point is never crowded. Also, from mid-April on when
SI I .' .... I 11 is negligible, there is an anchorage off the western end
S. i ... -. you a mile of so of nearly deserted white sand beach.
The ultimate deserted anchorage in the BVI, and possibly in the whole Eastern
Caribbean, is the tiny cove on the lee side of Little Tobago, southwest of Jost
Van Dyke.
The USVI
In the US Virgin Islands, despite what some sailors and guide authors say, there
are some uncrowded anchorages if one wants to get off the beaten track.
On St. John, within the area of the Virgin Islands National Park, just about all
the anchorages will be crowded and full of mooring balls that you are required to
use. However, on the western side of Leinster Bay, there is a seldom used anchor
age at Mary's Creek. Since it is on the western side of the bay there is always a cool
breeze. There are six feet of water over the bar at the entrance, and seven to eight
feet inside.
On the northeast coast of St. John, outside of the National Park area, are two
i i, .. I i, I I .ii ... ..I New Found and Haulover
I 1.. .. ', i , ,I ,n and anchor you will be
alone. On the southeast corner of St. John is Salt Pond Bay, also seldom crowded
and with no mooring balls.
St. Thomas and its offshore islands also provide some uncrowded anchorages.
Buck Island (not to be confused with the Buck Island off St. Croix) has day-trippers
but they leave by 1500 hours and do not arrive till 1000 or 1100 hours, so you have
a peaceful evening and morning. What more can the sailor want, as in the middle of
the day the real sailor is sailing!
Lindbergh Bay, near the airport, is slightly rocky and rolly. It is the old story: if
there is a white sand beach it is not a good all-weath-r -n. --r :- --.ise it is the
swell that deposits the sand on a beach. The best : .1.. I I ,,, I .I Bay is the
fact that the airport is walking distance from the beach, and it's a short taxi ride
from the airport to one of the hotels on the beach, so it is a convenient place to
anchor if doing a crew change. A warning: in periods of heavy weather, even with
winds from the east, the swell hooks around Water Island and rolls into the bay.
Once the swell caused lolaire's anchor shackle to break and she ended up high and
dry on the beach.
Brewers Bay, north of the runway, is another deserted anchorage although the
beach may be full of swimmers on weekends.
The anchorage in the lee of Saba Island is superb, with good diving on rocks to the
west and a nice beach ashore. The wind sweeps across the sand spit between Turtle
Dove Cay and Saba Island, guaranteeing you a cool, bug-free anchorage. On week
ends, sailors from St. Thomas visit, but it is deserted during the week. This anchor
age makes a great jumping-off spot when heading west to the Spanish Virgins, or a
landfall if coming from the Spanish Virgins to St. Thomas.
There are a number of anchorages on the western end and north coast of St.
Thomas that are not useable in the winter, when the ground swell is likely to come
in, but come late April or early May, they bear investigating. In late spring and sum-
mer only, check out Mermaid's Chair or the anchorage on the southwest corner of
West Cay. Then, under power, go between West Cay and St. Thomas and investigate
Sandy, Botany, Stumpy, Santa Maria, Hull n- "I. -n= PRays. The Frenchtown fish
ermen keep their boats on the south side ol II ..... ... the winter but come sum-
mer they move their boats to Hull Bay.
The sail from the northern Virgins to St. Croix is about 38 miles on a close or beam
reach, depending on the jump-off point. It is a glorious sail and is well worth it. St.
Croix bears investigating ashore for a day in a rented car and a good half-day, or
perhaps a full day, can be spent exploring the town of Christiansted on foot. Then
off to Buck Island, where there are some day-trippers from 1100 to 1500 hours, but
the island is yours morning, late afternoon and night. The number of day-charter
boats is strictly limited so even during the day the island is not overcrowded.
If you want to be completely alone, go inside the barrier reef and work your way
eastwards from Teague Bay into Knights or Cotton Garden Bay. Here you will have
a beautiful windswept anchorage but no sea as the barrier reef breaks the swell. The
only charts detailed enough to do this are the BA chart of St. Croix and the Imray
Iolaire A 234. Use the Imray Iolaire chart as it is based on an unpublished 1985
NOAA survey plus explorations I made from Iolaire's dinghy and information sup
plied by experienced local sailors. The BA chart is based on a US Coast and Geodetic
survey done 1935.
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What we have here in Trinidad is turmeric, also called "Indian saffron", which grows wild in the bush around our
house in Central. Some local farmers wash and boil the root before pounding it into a paste for their own use. After
some research, I realized I'd been enjoying turmeric all my life -in curries, where it provides both color and flavor.
Turmeric is native to Southern Asia. For more than 5,000 years, this root was used as a dye and a cooking spice
in India. In medieval Europe, turmeric became known as an inexpensive substitute for saffron. The root and rhi
zo''' (F'. 1 _-;-,-1 .t- ;- of the turmeric plant have been used medicinally.
S. I the color of its roots, pale tan to yellow on the outside, but bright orange on the inside.
Not only is it a powerful coloring agent, its flavor resembles a combination of ginger and pepper. Occasionally
shredded and used fresh, turmeric is more often dried and powdered for use. The roots are boiled for hours, dried
for days or weeks, and then ground
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rice, and is an important ingredient in
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2 Cups chunked eggplant, with or without skin
1 Cup ochro (okra), sliced in rings
2 large tomatoes, chopped small
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped small,
1 large onion, chopped small
1 carrot, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Cup water
1/4 Cup ketchup or tomato paste
1 hot pepper, seeded but left whole (optional)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Salt and additional spices to your taste
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Both savory and sweet, pies are indeed a treat. Imagine serving classic chicken pot
pie to your onboard dinner guests, or getting rave reviews at the next potluck for
bringing a mango apple pie!
No one really knows for sure when or where the first pie was filled and baked. Some
historians believe the first pies were made by the French while others say the
English. But, from what I can ascertain, in my opinion the ancient Greeks developed
the first pastry with a savory filling. Its believed the first pies had meat and spices
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centuries these statutes were modified and became more restrictive. Numerous dis
agreements arose between pastry cooks, bakers and pork butchers. All of these
tradesmen accused the others of trespassing on their trades.
A landmark dispute between the pastry-cooks and the pork butchers arose in con
nection with a ham pie. The ham was cooked as usual and was then enclosed in
pastry and called a pie. It was established by a court of law that "only raw ingredi
ents enclosed in a pastry and cooked at the same time as the pastry", could be
considered as pies.


This edict puts a lot of so called pies I ... ... dispute. But no matter
what you call them, pastry shells with 1 I 1 II, 11,. Dr spiced, meaty, savory
interior, baked together or separately, are great. At the end of most suppers, my
mum would often say to my father, "Would you like a nice piece of pie, dear?" Never
just a piece of pie, but a nice piece of pie.
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pastry was not as easy as my mum made it seem. However, over the years and with
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Basic pastry requires only three
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Some recipes demand butter instead
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the Greeks to the Danish sweet filled
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to the various French pastries for both
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1 Cup butter or shortening
1 egg yolk
Water
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Dear Compass,
I read Jim Hutchinson's "What's on My Mind" piece
on moorings, in your December issue, with a wry smile
and a feeling of tota' r--rn-nt Tii Lt has been hit
on many occasions I i all stripe and flag, by
crews of varying levels of ability and persuasion.
However, what impresses me most is not the where
-docks, at anchor, as they swing from moorings (try
to point out the illegality to a yacht's skipper, or
indeed to the local authorities, both tend to disappear!)
-but the explanations offered.
My favourites from yachties include, and these were
all while we were quietly anchored:
S"We wanted to anchor in sand." The- i i 1 .... .1
have been sailing too long; they ended i
our starboard rail.
"The wind changed." No, they anchored at 90
degrees to it.
"I am an experienced professional skipper, use an
anchor I am totally confident in, and didn't know you were
w worried i.- i., .... i... . i ....i i ,1, .1 ,
m y anch .. .. .. ........
candlepower '-r-h :i;ii;i: -own into his cockpit.
S"Don't w'. iII ... if I am unhappy with my
position." We were busy putting out fenders as this
"professional skipper" brayed out to us.
"We've been coming here for five or six years."
This did floor me, but perhaps I was looking for a
rational explanation.
xi Lixi has yet to actually hit another yacht
docks, posts, marker buoys, yes, but not another
boat. I hope that my next letter will not have to update
that statement!
I never fail to be impressed by the yachties who feel,
in a mostly empty bay, that the only place to anchor is
within a boat-length of us. As Tixi Ltd is not a very
shiny boat (a little like its owner, it might be described
as rather disreputable looking), it is still a mystery
why anyone would wish to be so very close.
Would any yacht owner see this type of bullying as
anything less than bad manners and possibly threat
ening behaviour?
Andy Pell
Tixi Lixi

Dear Compass,
In the December issue of Compass, Frank Virgintino,
author of the Dominican Republic Cruising Guide (www.
dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com), complains that
I did not mention the Dominican Republic in my arti
cle in October 2009's Compass about sailing from the
US East Coast to the Eastern Caribbean. There is an
old saying "gentlemen do not beat to windward", to
which my wife, Trich, replies, "I obviously did not
marry a gentleman". But I do try to avoid it.
My fellow cruising guide author Bruce Van Sant
talks of a thornlesss path" but, no matter how you
lucky you are with weather windows, the straight-line
distance from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas is 1,100
miles, and following the island-hopping thornlesss"
path you will probably sail 2,000 miles -with the
majority of it to windward against a one-knot current.
Here's the way I advise East Coast sailors to visit the
Dominican Republic: leave from Morehead/Beaufort
inlet or, if you cannot fit under the 64-foot bridge,
from Little Creek, Virginia. Head east-southeast until
the butter melts, then head south and hopefully you
will arrive in St. Thomas. Then work your way east
wards in short stages through th- "ir:;; Take off
from either Virgin Gorda or .. . i straight
shot to Grenada, a beautiful three-day reach. Enjoy
Grenada, and then head north through the island
chain. You'll have minimal beating to windward if you
work the tides correctly and cross the passages on a
weather-going tide (see instructions on the back of all
Imray Iolaire charts). End up back in the Virgin
Islands, and then continue downwind via the Spanish
Virgins and the south coast of Puerto Rico. At


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Boqueron, a decision must be made. If heading to the
northeast coast of the States, it is on to Bermuda and
the States; if heading to the southern part of the
States, continue west to the Dominican Republic and
Haiti, and on to the States via the Old Bahama
Channel. Very little of this entire route will involve
beating to windward!
There was a letter from Emmanuel on the yacht Soca
Girl in the same December 2009 issue of Compass, in
which he reports being the victim of an armed robbery
aboard, while anchored at Chateaubelair, St. Vincent.
I have been writing guides to the Caribbean since
1964. I have made my reputation for providing good
inter-island sailing and harbor piloting directions,
plus I have always called a spade a spade. At times
this has made me very unpopular with certain groups,
such as some Vincentians and some bareboat manag
ers. Ever since I first visited the west coast of St.
Vincent in the early 1960s I have considered it a
trouble spot. The St. Vincent police department is
either incapable of, or not interested in, keeping con
trol of the area.
For the last 30 years I have avoided the west coast of
St.' ..i ..i.... i windward of St. Vincent. From
Beq... I i II 1i -i- of the weather-going tide and
short-tack up the coast of Bequia to stay in relatively
smooth water. As you reach the northeast corner of
Bequia, stand across Bequia Channel with tide lifting
you. Continue on up the windward side of St. Vincent
to Vieux Fort, St. Lucia.
Alternately, continue eastwards to uninhabited
Balliceaux, and anchor for the night. Figure the tides
carefully and leave Balliceaux to pick up the first of the
fair tide as you pass the northeast point of Bequia. This
means you will have four hours of fair tide carrying you
across Bequia Channel and up the windward coast of St.
Vincent. Since the course from Balliceaux to Vieux Fort is
approximately 020 it should be cracked sheets -a tight
reach or, if the wind is south of east, a beam reach.
Heading south from St. Lucia, from the Pitons it is a
short beat to Laborie, taking long port tacks and short
starboard tacks to stay inshore and out of seas and
current. From Laborie it is a short beat again to Vieux
Fort. From there it is a fast run or reach (course about
200 magnetic) to Bequia.
In the light of the above, why stop on the west coast
of St. Vincent?
Finally, regarding the warning in the January issue
from Marilyn Cook about running aground when
entering Christiansted Harbor, St. Croix: there is no
excuse for running aground there. My Yachtsman's
Guide to the Virgin Islands, circa 1964, had explicit
directions to enter Christiansted Harbor: basically,
head for Fort Louise Augusta, pass it close aboard to
port, and follow the schooner channel. Do not enter at
night, as the lights are confusing. These directions
were repeated in more detail in my 1966 Cruising
Guide to the Lesser Antilles, now in three updated vol
umes, all available via Island Water World and iUni
verse.com. Also see the back of Imray Iolaire charts A
30, the general chart for the USVI and BVI, and A 234,
the detailed St. Croix chart.
Entering Christiansted at night is known to be
risky, but apparently two boats recently ran aground
there in broad daylight! One crew was rumored to
be watching their chart plotter, not the water (which
in Christiansted is crystal clear). This is just income
petent seamanship.
By the way, we are about to redraw chart A 234. If
there are any changes to be made, please notify me at
streetiolaire@hotmail.com.
Don Street
lolaire

Dear Compass Readers,
As reported in the February 2010 issue of Compass,
on December 21st, 200' 11.i ...... ht Triton sail
ing on the rhumb line .1 I I .. Trinidad and
Grenada, was attacked by a pirogue with seven or
1.I Spanish-speaking men, some with guns, who
i, a shot in the vicinity of Triton's skipper. He
stopped his boat and allowed the pirates to board. The
pirates put covers over the crew's heads and ran
sacked the boat, taking everything that could be
moved. We have a description of the pirogue and our
Coast Guards are on the lookout for that boat, as well
as others.
The following points would be of interest for yachts
traveling between Trinidad and Grenada:
Try to sail in groups.
Do the crossing at night and sail above the
rhumb line.
This is risky, but it might be advisable to sail with
out lights. The Coast Guards understandably do not
agree, so it's up to you.
Keep your VHF radio on and properly tuned.
If you are attacked, get the co-ordinates and call on
VHF to one or other of the two offshore drilling rigs.
The western rig is British Gas, Hibiscus, and the east
ern one is British Gas, Poinsettia Use VHF channel 16,
or their working channel 8, and ask them to contact
the Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard by their satellite
phone. If time permits, a description of the pirates and
boat would greatly assist.
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All of the stand-by vessels at the rigs are GMDSS
compliant, as are the rigs, which means if we who
have VHF/DSC radios hit our "panic" button it will
sound an alarm on their VHF radios on channel 70.
Better still, if we connect our VHF/DSC radios to our
GPS receivers, it will automatically indicate our co
ordinates to them.
Our Coast Guards have good radar coverage and
can follow the pirates with their high-speed intercept
boats, 100-foot jet propelled boats and/or helicopter.
We continue to 1'.. i....- .II ur Coast
Guards, who do have i ... -1 i 1 Trinidad
and Grenada. Lieutenant King of our Coast Guards
has asked all boats making this -r-.==77 t- sall them
when inside the Boca, either on I I ..... i 16 or by
cell phone at: 634-1476, 2718, 2719, 2720, 2131,
4439, 4440 or if VERY URGENT, the Duty Comms
Officer, cell 684-0564
TSTT is also looking at improving the cell phone
coverage outside the Boca.
Mike Hatch
Trinidad

Dear Compass,
I am shocked at the letter in February's Compass
S i. ,. ,,. I .,i ,, i. I .... I sAssociation,
I.,,, 11 i ,,, i.. 1 I I, would not be
much of a drug problem in the English Harbour/
Falmouth area if it were not for yacht crew...." "Usually
it is not the crew of megayachts who are seeking
drugs, but those of smaller yachts...."
As the owner of one of those smaller yachts who is a
regular visitor to Antigua I think the ABMTA would do
well to consider that it is smaller yacht owners who
store their yachts in Jolly Harbour, at Antigua Slipway
and over by the Cat Club. We spend money in Antigua
:t 1 getting broken equipment fixed. We
... ... customer base for Antigua Marine
Trades, so to brand us with such calumny is uncalled
for. The cruisers I see around are often grandparents,
many retired, others taking a year or two off from
work, some young parents with kids. Hardly the
- .TT; .- ---iar and cocaine set. If Mr. Duffy has
.I .i ... .. that regular yachts are involved in
drugs, then he should take it to the police and get
these people put in prison. If it is just wild speculation,
he should keep it to himself and not advertise it as the
official word of the ABMTA.
To add insult to injury, the ABMTA seems to want to
blame the yacht skipper who was killed last year for
his own death: "The skipper ignored the fundamental
rule of personal safety: when accosted, never put up
any resistance." Mr. Duffy is welcome to hand his pos
sessions to any lout that threatens him. It does not
mean the rest of us have to do the same. I have had
things snatched, chased the thief and got them back
when they were dropped. Most of my Caribbean and
my yachting friends would do the same. The only per
son who is to blame in this instance is the criminal
who shot the skipper.
Lastly, Melodye Pompa is absolutely right ["The
CurrentYachtSecurity Situation", CaribbeanCompass,
January 2010]. On the information that has been
made public so far, this was a robbery attempt, pure
and simple. It had nothing to do with the skipper's
personal habits, whatever they might have been.
Neither can the skipper be held accountable for his
choice of restaurant. I have eaten there myself several
times. The food was quite good and I saw no signs of a
1920 speakeasy. As Melodye says, the victim could
have been a banker. It also could have been me.
My gripe in this matter is purely with the attitude of
the ABMTA. Are they so sold on -~-----ht" they are
happy to gratuitously insult the i -r'= n
community? Do they really have to blame I. I..
a crime instead of the criminal?
I think the Antigua police have done a magnificent
job in arresting the suspect and, along with all the
yachting community, I look forward to seeing justice
done. I love visiting Antigua, have good Antiguan
friends, and I look forward to many more visits in the
coming years.
Chris Doyle
Ti Kanot

Hello there, Compass,
I was checking the results of the recent St. Maarten
St. Martin Classic Regatta. Looks like only a few boats
mostly what I would call yachts.
I remember the race of 1981 ] -r -. ;n- it --as not
just a fast sprint back to the .... I I1, .. -". This
was a pursuit race to a buoy just west of the Prickly
Pear Cays north of Anguilla, a nice reach. Instead of
the first few fastest just returning to Marigot, we set it
up so that all boats passing the "mark" then had to
run down the track of the course and pass astern of all
boats that had not reached the mark yet. Then they
would sail to Marigot. In this way everyone in the race
except the last boat had to round the mark twice. This
was sweet as it allowed/forced the fleet to bunch up a
little to allow some serious water-ballooning and other
shenanigans for those in the race. This was a race in
which two vessels caught large wahoo and the other
racers were able to share in the fight as well as the


dinner h.rin.- the experience.
Groupin, II 1I1 makes for great seamanship and
good boathandling. Rather than the fast and slow
boats separating, everyone was forced to cross tacks
on numerous occasions, a short gam as it were. This
was probably the last race that Mermaid took part in
and honestly one of the most enjoyable. Too many
buoys and triangles these days for this old gaffer. Give
me a clean reach and a little company!


Left to right, Swanhilde, Isla Blanca, Marguerite T
and Memory

All of the boats were gaffers, all were of wood, and
three of the vessels were without engine. Most inter
testing is that four of the boats carried only internal
ballast. If "traditional" means anything it probably
refers not to the rig per se, but to the ballast. Most of
those in that year's race had been designed and built
to work, so the ballast had to be removable. In a
Caribbean-built boat such as the Mermaid of
Carriacou one "rock-stone" weighed about as much
as a case of Scotch or Heineken -put one in the
hold and jettison the other. This lets the vessel fill
the hold without =1il-;;.: hence the use of the term
vessel: empty it t' 1I1 ,. .:;;; A yacht cannot shift,
move or alter its .11 .-1.,. ,I, is built into the keel.
This is great for the cruiser or yachtsman, but makes
no sense for the working cargo vessel. Many's the
traditional vessel that was saved because there was
- ,, I..... to jettison and allow the emptier hull to
S.1 . that bar.
The results of the 1981 race were as follows:
1) St. Meloris (28-foot wooden Falmouth oyster boat)
2) Marguerite T (Bristol Channel pilot cutter)
3) Aildee (34-foot French-built cutter)
4) WaterPearl ofBequia (68-foot Bequia-built schooner)
5) Zobeide (1910 English build)
6) Mermaid of Crriacou (44-foot Carriacou-built sloop)
7) Tern IV (1924 English yawl)
8) Memory (65-foot schooner)
9) Gritta (no information available)
10) Swanhilde (Baltic trader)
11) Isla Blanca (Baltic trader)
John Smith
Mermaid of Carriacou

Dear Compass,
On January 23rd we welcomed 21 '-r-irn -nd local
applicants at Power Boats Marina to 1'. .. ARRL/
VEC amateur radio exam session in Trinidad for the
year. Out of all candidates, only one person came to
upgrade his license class; everybody else tried for the
first time. We are happy to report the new licenses
achieved: ten Technician Class and eight General
Class. We congratulate all the newly licensed radio
amateurs on their achievement and express our sin
cere thanks to management and staff of Power Boats
Marina for accommodating us in their facility.
The Volunteer Examiner Team included Andreas
Kretzschmar, AF4DQ, 9Y4W; Bernie Zindell, WG3G,
S/Y Transition; Donald Radcliffe, KK6DQ, S/Y
Klondike; Desi-Lee Bonterre, N2DLB; Clayton Sawh,
KJ4LUP.
The next exam session is planned for the second half
of May 2010. If interested, e-mail me at 9y4w@gmx.net.
Regards,
Andreas "Andy" Kretzschmar
On behalf of the Volunteer Examiner Team

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Every sailor is looking for that perfect day to sail. January 7th, 2010 was it for the
crew of S/Y Shea Lena Blue skies, moderate winds and gentle seas. A light break
fast, anchor up, hoist sails and head to Martinique from St. Lucia. As we rounded
. i, ... i at 0745 we called our friends in Martinique on S/Y Wind Shepherd via
' u ... I .. "Get ready for lunch guests!"
Just past the lee of the island we had 13 to 18 knots of easterly winds, approxi
mately eight-foot seas and minimal wind waves. Engine off, course set to 025 degrees
magnetic to make our arrival at the Ste. Anne anchorage. Jim sat on the star
board side, 1. 1 1. 1 ..... .lly sits on the low side. I went below to read. The
sailing was \ .1 -' . -1. I through the water with ease and grace. We were
making great time.


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Shea-Lena arriving in Martinique, with one more person aboard than when the boat
left St. Lucia one very lucky person
We had been out for about an hour and a half when Jim called out to me to come
topside. We were at position 1412.989N and 06056.798W. He said, "Come and
1.- ,, i ...... 'i.... ... i I can't make out what it is." We are very aware of sounds
S,, II .1 I 11 II -e not easily identified the next step is to work together
to investigate and locate the source.
I heard something. It was very faint and definitely not on the boat. We heard the
sound again, coming from the starboard side, and suddenly we saw a man waving
his arms about 200 metres away. Then he disappeared. Another wave and we saw
him .... -1ii .ving ... I 11.... I II I LO". For the second time he disappeared.
I; i you! I I i I.... I,, he had been spotted. SheaLena was under
full sail and now we were presented with a life-or-death situation. Man overboard
exercise, no problem we've all practiced them, right? Do not lose sight of the vic
tim, stop the boat, drift down and pick up. Okay, now in reality you are under full
sail and moving at seven knots plus. You do not have the time to assess the situa
tion, only react.
As Jim went on deck to drop the main and mizzen I started i1 ...... .. turned
the boat into the wind and seas. The headsails came down .. I I. .1 i. Id been
gentle movement became like the inside of a washing machine.
To our horror we lost sight of the man. He was not on the starboard side. We called
"Where are you?" What was a few seconds felt like an eternity. "HELLO!" he was
on our port side. As he came up on a wave about 25 metres away we could see him
hanging onto two gas jerry jugs and next to him was about two feet of the bow of a
pirogue pointing skyward. Jim spotted as I turned the boat around so we could drop
our starboard midship boarding ladder and drift down on him.
The man said, "Throw me a line -I can't swim." We could see he was not about
to let go of those jugs until that line was within reach. This meant we had to get
extremely close to all the debris from the swamped pirogue.
Once he took hold of the line Jim pulled him to the boat where he grabbed the
ladder. Jim put his hands through the man's lifejacket straps and the next thing we
heard was "thank you" as this young man fell into our cockpit. The smell of gas was
so strong it made our eyes tear.
Jim went below to call MRCC Fort de France to report the incident. As the details
1 -1.--- 1 the young man slipped in and out of consciousness. He said that
S- iacia, he had been in the water for five days and he had been the
only person on the pirogue.
As we had no sails up I tried to steady the boat by motoring with the waves until Jim
was finished with MRCC. I started heading to Martinique and when I looked at the com-
pass I realized we were heading back to St. Lucia. With all the maneuvers we had just
done we got turned around. One island looks like another. Turn the boat again, check
compass, wind direction, sun location, sea waves -now we are going to Martinique.
Again we had to turn into the seas to hoist sails. This was quite a feat while in the
wash cycle. We kept 1. ...... running to make the best time. The man, in a whis
per of a voice, asked I .1 Not knowing his medical state I gave him a small
amount. We moved him to the port side (low side) of the cockpit where he rolled onto
his stomach.
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As he lay there we could not see any movement. Exhaustion, shock and relief had
taken its toll on his body. His pulse was weak, but we could not see any visible signs
of severe injury.
We were making good time and only thinking about getting to medical help when
a southbound sailboat passed our port side about 20 metres off. What we saw
made us gasp -a man on the foredeck, one hand on his hip and the other one
holding onto a furled headsail. He had on only his swim trunks. The people in the
cockpit were engaged in conversation and not looking forward. Had he fallen, by
the time his friends noticed he was missing their boat might have i. 1 i ......1
that he would no longer be visible. If he only knew what had just I ..... 1 I
miles back!
It was at least an hour before the young man made a slight movement with one
foot th;;l i"in ;is a sign that he was, with luck, going to be fine. Time seemed to
slow I .. I 1. next hour as we made our way to Martinique.
Upon arriving at Ste. Anne we were requested by MRCC to go directly to the fuel
dock at Le Marin. As we were going up the channel, Ginny and John from Wind
Shepherd came alongside in their Alp'. 1....1. ... 1 T ... 1. 1 .1 .. 1 Shea Lena
to help us with the docking, a much I I. -1,. ,, 1 ... I the man,
who became a little more responsive and told us his name and who we could contact.
He said the gas had burnt his skin. He had hung onto those gas jugs for his life and
he smelt like somethi;.. 1~Vr.r-- from a tanker, but the bottom line is they kept
him alive. Jim tried .11 I, I.... I but the signal was not strong enough to keep a
connection. We told him we would call later.
At 12:30 we reached the dock and we were met by the Gendarmerie Nationale and
the Sapeurs Pompiers. A medical check, questions answered and the young man was
off to the hospital.
Once we were anchored, John and Ginny came on board with lunch. Cr'i--l th-
time with friends this day was very special. Reflecting on what that i .
man's fate could have been made us realize that we should enjoy every moment of
life -and take steps to preserve ours, too. Jim and I were not .....i i
S-ck-lines when this incident occurred. The weather had I I I
: safe in our floating home. It was daytime and we could see the next island
ahead, only four hours away. Most of us take: . .,,I 11. -1 .. to Martinique
is an easy passage. We have now learned not I I I I 1 i ,1I .1 1 and relaxed,
even on a short crossing. Why are we more lax when we are sailing during the day
than at night? At night we wear lifejackets, we're tethered to our jack-lines, no one
leaves the cockpit without the other topside. Day sailing is different because...?
Ti, ..... .Iled the young man's friend again. The connection was better so
1.1 1 i......... 1 11 the details and his status as we knew it. We were then informed
that there hadbeen two mw '' .1 .. I', 1 ,. 11. ......... I..i.. ...... 18years
old. Our hearts pounded ."I, II, 1. I I ... I, II .... ved a life
and the sadness of the loss of L "' "
Today is January 8th and yesterday seems surreal. Neither Jim nor I had a peace
ful night's sleep. So many boats travel the path between St. Lucia and Martinique
every day and tl. i. ...1.1 .. i had been in the water and had not been seen
by anyone was .'I
T 1 1 1 1 ... any things were done right, yet so many wrong. Then there were
i .... i .. .. i. Here are some things we learned:
S"HELLO" carries 1- vay
1 .. 1I. 11 1 I I I is fairly easy to see
-. I .., 3 can be noticed above the waves
200 metres is not far, but much farther away a person in the water probably
would not be seen or heard
You may or may not be able to employ proper MOB rescue procedures
Make sure your engine will start and you are able to handle your boat in
unfavorable seas
Make sure your chart plotter cursor is on "ship position" not "destination"
Once unconscious, even a slight man becomes extremely heavy
This fisherman had his fly down
The victim's info conflicted with his friend's. Delusional?
Medical services in Martinique are the best
Wear lifejackets and make sure you are tethered to jack lines once out of the cockpit
If swamped or capsized, stay with the boat as long as possible
KEEP A WATCH. The young fisherman we rescued is 25 years old and has much
more life to live because we KEPT A WATCH.


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2 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, St. Maarten. St. Maarten Yacht Club
(SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, infodsmyc.com,
www.smyc.com
4 Commodore's Cup, St. Maarten. www.heinekenregatta.com
4 6 Lesser Antilles Seabird Presentation, Bequia. klowrie@epicislands.org
5-7 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. www.heinekenregatta.com
5-8 13th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 496-8685, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
5 10 Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival, Tortola, BVI. www.caribbeanartisan.net
8 International Women's Day. Commonwealth Day;
public holiday in some places
8 9 Lesser Antilles Seabird Presentation, Mustique. klowrie@epicislands.org
9 Baron Bliss Day; public holiday in Belize. Commonwealth Day;
public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
11- 14 15th Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament. http://tgft.com
13 14 Banana's Cup Race, Martinique. Yacht Club de la Martinique (YCM),
tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
13- 14 Antigua Annual Laser Open, Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag,
www.antiguayachtclub.com
13-14 Gardel Trophy, Guadeloupe. www.trophee-gardel.com
14 Island Hopper Race, St. John, USVI. St. John Yacht Club (SJYC),
tel (340) 776-6101, jamesswanstj@yahoo.com
14 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
15 20 7th Annual ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, BVI.
www.nautorswan.com/ClubSwan
16- 17 Lesser Antilles Seabird Presentation, Canouan. klowrie@epicislands.org
17 St. Patrick's Day; public holiday in Montserrat.
Festival in St. Patrick's, Grenada
18 Flag Day. Public holiday in Aruba
19-21 Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta.
www.prheinekenregatta.com
20 Sunshine School Annual Jumble Sale, Bequia. bequiasunshineschool.org
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
22 Lesser Antilles Seabird Presentation, Union Island. klowrie@epicislands.org
25- 28 St. Barths Bucket, www.bucketregattas.com
26 28 International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI. www.rolexcupregatta.com
29 FULL MOON
29 4 April BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. www.bvispringregatta.org
30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
30 22 April Transcaraibes Rally, Guadeloupe to Cuba. www.transcaraibes.com





APRIL

1 Annual Compass Writers' Brunch, Bequia.
RSVP sally@caribbeancompass.com
1 -5 Round Guadeloupe Race. www.triskellcup.com
1 5 Bequia Easter Regatta. www.begos.com/easterregatta
2 Good Friday. Public holiday in many places
5 Easter Monday. Public holiday in many places
5 Buccoo Goat, Donkey and Crab Races at Mt. Pleasant, Tobago
6 Buccoo Goat, Donkey and Crab Races at Buccoo, Tobago
6- 11 Les Voiles de Saint Barth. www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com
11 Around St. John Race, USVI. SJYC
15- 20 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. See ad on page 10
22 International Earth Day
23 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race. www.sailingweek.com
23- 25 Palmas Del Mar International Billfish Tournament, Puerto Rico
24- 30 Antigua Sailing Week. www.sailingweek.com
24- 7 May Fireball World Championships, Barbados. www.fireball-worlds.com
28 FULL MOON. National Heroes' Day; public holiday in Barbados
30 Queen's Day. Public holiday in Dutch islands
30- 2 May Carriacou Maroon
and Regional String Band Music Festival (473) 440-2279

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