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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: April 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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Bibliographic ID: UF00095627
Volume ID: VID00038
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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/ CHave Your Say!
j j Compass Readers' Survey ..... 24


W OrKOU!
Grenada's Work Boat Regatta ... 10


gVenezuela? iSi!
Cruisers choose Cariaco ....... 20


f Gone Fishin'
Learning the local methods... 29

Following Gauguin Cargo Cult
The lure of Panama .............. 22 Boaters bearing books.......... 41


Cover photo: Tim Wright I www.photoaction.com R


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Business Briefs................... 8
Regatta News.................... 16
Destinations.........................22
Island Poets......................... 30
Fun Pages.......................30, 31
Cruising Kids' Corner............32
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 32
The Caribbean Sky............... 33
Meridian Passage.................. 34


Caribbean Compass is published monthly by
Compass Publishing Ltd., P.O. Box 175 BQ,
Bequla, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Tel: (784) 457 3409, Fax: (784) 457 3410
compass@vincysurfcom
www.carlbbeancompass.comn
Editor ..........................................Sally Erdle
sally@caribbeancompass.com
Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre
jsprat@vincysurf.com
Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman
tom@caribbeancompass.com
Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
wlde@caribbeancompass.com
Accounting.............................Debra Davis
debra@carlbbeancompass.com
Compass Agents by Island:
Antga: Ad Sales & Distribution -LucyTulloch
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Barbados: Distribution Doyle Sails
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Dominica: Dlstribution Hubert J. Winston
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Off Track with Street............. 34
Book Review ..................... 35
Cooking with Cruisers.......... 36
Readers' Forum.................... 38
Monthly Calendar .............. 42
Caribbean Marketplace......43
Classified Ads...................... 46
Advertisers' Index................. 46


Grenada/Carriacou/Petite Martinique:
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Grenada Reopens Ports of Entry
The Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada reports: With the passing of the
H 1N1 "swine flu" threat, the restrictions regarding ports of entry for yachts have now
been lifted. Grenada's Ministry of Health has announced that entry requirements
are now as they were pre-H1N 1. A medical officer will be retained at the Grenada
Yacht Club, but yachts can now clear in at any of Grenada's ports of entry, which
include St. David's Harbour, Prickly Bay, St. George's (Grenada Yacht Club) and
Hillsborough, Carriacou.
For more information contact mayagadmin2@gmail com
Montserrat Volcano Hazard Level Drops
The Hazard Level System divides the southern two-thirds of the island of Montserrat
into six zones, plus two
Maritime Exclusion Zones.
Access permission for
each of these zones is
dependent on the
SHazard Level, which
ranges from 1 to 5. Last
SDecember, the National
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and Advisory Committee
raised the Hazard Level
F f to 4 the second high-
est after recording
increased activity at the
Soufriere Hills Volcano.
Recently the Hazard
Level was reduced to 3,
after the Director of the
Montserrat Volcano
Observatory revealed
that the partial dome
collapse on February 1 ith
had significantly reduced
the risk to the area.
Currently, vessels are not
permitted in Maritime
Exclusion Zone E, but are
permitted daytime tran-
sits of Maritime Exclusion Zone W.
For more information visit www mvo.ms
Container Ship Sinks Off St. Lucia
On the evening of February 21st, the 400-foot Antigua-flagged container ship M/V
Angel N rolled and sank off the south coast of St. Lucia about two miles from Vieux
Fort after leaving that port bound for Barbados. The 12-person crew took to the life-
boats and no one was injured.
























Bottoms up! The container ship Angel N rolled and sank offSt. Lucia
shortly after leaving the port of Vieux Fort on February 21st

The next day, yachts anchored nearby awoke to an unusual sight. David Lyman of
S/V Searcher says, "A single container floated into Malgretout Bay. Within 15 minutes
people in the village of Soufriere had heard the news and arrived on the scene in a
variety of boats. Others came to the beach by car. The container was soon pried
open and the contents were quickly distributed. There were ovens, microwaves, TVs,
and case lots of peanut butter, beverages and crackers."
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According to a Barbados newspaper report, the ship's agents in Barbados, Da
Costa Mannings Shipping, said the vessel experienced a "stability problem".
Journalist and former merchant seaman Norman Faria writes, "One can only raise
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The ship's capsize was a windfall for St. Lucians who salvaged some of the cargo


questions until the formal inquiry is held. One major area of questioning would be
whether the containers on deck were too heavy and/or piled too high. As the vessel
was turning left into the channel it could have met strong currents and seas induc-
ing the capsize. Another question investigators will be looking into is whether the
cargo was properly secured at Vieux Fort and previous ports."
Presently, about 15,000 containers are lost every year from ships, mainly because of
storms or incorrect stowage.
Days after she rolled, the Angel N's stern sat on the bottom with her bow awash at
position approximately 13 42.0715 N and 60 59.4944 W. Divers are investigating.
Meanwhile, Devi Sharp aboard Arctic Tern reported boatboys selling, and even
giving, salvaged peanuts to the cruisers in the Soufriere anchorage, "and when we
left the bay, the tide line was full of Coke labels".
Thanks to John Kessell for additional information in this report.


Yacht Ransacked at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
According to a report from the Venezuelan security agency ONSA, while the skip-
per of the German-flagged yacht Avaroa II went ashore to clear Customs at Puerto
Cabello at 2:00PM on February 22nd, burglars arriving in a penero boarded and vio-
lently ransacked the yacht, taking items of value and damaging the interior. The
yacht, which had just arrived from Curacao, was anchored in front of the marina.
For more information visit www. onsa. org

Aruba Adopts eSeaClear System
Sander Vellinga reports: As of March 2010 the Aruba Customs has started to imple-
ment the eSeaClear system, www.eseaclear.com, for yachts visiting Aruba. This sys-
tem allows yachts to fill out Customs clearance forms online before arrival. As the
vessel will have to be cleared both by Customs and by Immigration, the captain will
still need to do the paperwork for Immigration separately. Arriving yachts will have
to tie up at Barcadera Harbor to clear before they can go to an anchorage or to
the marina. For those yachts not using the eSeaClear system, Customs and
Immigration forms can be found on the website of the Renaissance Marina:
www.renaissancemarina.com

Boaters Provide Ongoing Help for Haiti
Kerry Biddle-Chadwick reports: When an earthquake devastated Port-Au-Prince,
Haiti in January, people and agencies worldwide opened their hearts and pockets
to help, and the Red Cross in St. Maarten was one of the first. People from all over
the island poured in to drop off food, water and clothes for the quake victims. Many
cruisers on the island at the time gave their time to help sort and pack clothing for
shipping. The Red Cross provided a light breakfast and lunch to sustain the volun-
teers during the task of detangling piles of clothes and sorting and folding them into
separate boxes for men, women, girls, boys and babies. The hours were long and
the boxes heavy and after a couple of days of packing and manhandling those
boxes, the aches and pains of muscles not usually used by sailors made
themselves known.
This is a long-term project because of the scale of the devastation. People are still
bringing donations of money, food and water to the St. Maarten Red Cross from
around the island and from nearby islands. It took a few days to organize the logis-
tics of getting the first containers shipped, but containers that are now being
shipped are getting efficiently to their destination.
Meanwhile, Harry Birch of yacht Fairwind out of Tortola is recruiting cruising
yachts in St. Maarten to take medical and other supplies to lie a Vache off the
southwest coast of Haiti, where there is a safe anchorage from which to offload
supplies for people on the outer edges of the earthquake area who are being
overlooked by the international aid agencies. Once the supplies are in lie a
Vache, Pastor Papie Jean of Coeur Pour Haiti will take them by motorboat to the
mainland to be distributed to the people who need them most. Captain Harry is
working in conjunction with the St. Maarten Red Cross in his efforts to organize the
humanitarian run to lie a Vache. He can be found at the Turtle Pier cruisers' get-
together on a Wednesday evening, or he can be contacted on
captharry@hotmail.com
Also, solo sailor Donna Lange, a director of Oceans Watch North America (www.
oceanswatch.org), a not-for-profit organization which links cruising yachts with needs in...

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Finally, Michael "Beans" Gardiner, singer/songwriter/entertainer from Tortola and
co-founder of the Good Samaritan Foundation on lie a Vache can help with
Customs clearance questions and any other information that you require about lie a
Vache. He can be contacted at captbeans86@hotmail.com

Barbados Faces Beach Issues
Norman Faria reports: Following complaints about harassment of visitors, Barbadian
authorities appear set to increase police patrols on selected beaches. Minister of
Tourism Hon. Richard Sealy said his Ministry would be looking into the matter.
The Daily Nation newspaper quoted Bougainvillea Beach resort owner, Gordon
Seale, as saying that "itinerant vendors" were harassing tourists and selling "more
than what they appeared to be selling". The vendors became rude and aggressive
when visitors declined to purchase anything, he said.
Seale, a former President of the Barbados Hotel Association, also said that when
several cruise liners call at the Bridgetown port on one day, thousands of passengers
crowd onto some of the beaches. This places a strain on hotel guests, locals and
others who wish to use the beaches as well.
In addition, Seale said the operation of jet skis needs to be properly policed. Jet ski
operators often ply the crowds offering rides for rental, weaving their watercraft
among bathers and anchored yachts at high speed while emitting noise and gaso-
line exhaust.
Barbados's main economic sector is tourism, with close to a million visitors annually.

Tobago Cays Park to Require Holding Tanks
Recently completed reef surveys have indicated that there are significant levels of
nutrients entering the water within the confines of the Tobago Cays Marine Park
(TCMP). This is having a negative effect on the health of the marine environment,
especially the coral reefs; it also holds the potential to become a public health haz-
ard. The primary mode of nutrients entering the water within the TCMP is via the


release of vessel-borne sewage.
The primary objective of the TCMP is to protect, conserve and improve the natural
resources of the Tobago Cays for present and future generations, making the issue
of nutrient over-loading one of critical importance.
The use of holding tanks on vessels has been identified as the most effective means
of reducing the amount of untreated waste that enters the marine environment,
thereby eliminating the potential of a public and/or environmental health problem.
Consequently, the management of the TCMP has taken the decision that effective
September 30th, 2010 all boats visiting the TCMP must be equipped with and use
holding tanks while in the TCMP. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in
the immediate expulsion of that vessel. In the case of a charter vessel failing to
comply, its licence to operate within the park will be terminated.
Yacht skippers are also reminded not to obstruct the channel when anchoring in
the passage between the islands of Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau in the Tobago
Cays Marine Park. This is the main entry route for yachts arriving from the north and
heading to the main anchorage behind Horseshoe Reef. Likewise, it is the main ext
route for boats departing toward the north. Please leave the channel clear.
For more information contact tcmp 19 I@hotmail.com

Cruisers' Site-ings
The photo gallery for Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2009 is now available at
www.ontiguayachtshow.com/photocats2009.asp
The fourth edition of the Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic is now available
free on-line. The new edition has 35 more pages and describes seven additional
harbors and anchorages, as well as including additional information on many
aspects of cruising the Dominican Republic. The fourth edition of the guide will soon
be published in Spanish and will include all the photos that are in the English edition.
The website is interactive with users and with Facebook.
Visit www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com

Come to the Carriacou Maroon!
The Grenada Board of Tourism reports: The Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music
Festival is a cultural education and entertainment event. Maroon culture is about
thanksgiving and prayers to the source of all life, production and prosperity. Its
African origins are depicted through drumming, singing, eating of "smoke food"
and other rituals. During the festival, April 30th through May 2nd, visitors will experi-
ence a genuine maroon in its natural, home setting. There will be presentations of
the Big Drum nation dance, quadrille dance, Shakespeare Mas and other cultural
art forms by both local and visiting groups. String band music is very popular on
Carriacou and has historically been a main source of entertainment at social func-
tions. String bands from several other Caribbean islands will also be performing.
Venues will move from Bogles Village to Belair Heritage Village to Paradise Beach.
The festival closes with a "Last Strings" party at Coconut Bar in Hillsborough.
For more information see ad on page 5.

Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers Carriacou Maroon and String
Band Festival, page 5; Club Nautique du Marin of Martinique, in the Market Place
section, pages 43 through 45; Ocean World Marina of the Dominican Republic, this
page; Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour (since last month), page 19; and World Cruising
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The third and last winner of Island Water World's Online Game prize of a dinghy-
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Over the last three years,
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Before coming to pick up his prize at Island
Dominica, Herve sailed his Water World headquarters in
catamaran, a Lagoon 380, St. Maarten
for two years with his family
up and down the Caribbean island chain. Previously Herv6 lived for 17 years in
Guadeloupe, where he still owns Air Tropical.
From November until the end of January every online shopper at Island Water
World's new e-commerce website www.islandwaterworld.com was eligible to
win a Walker Bay Air Floor Hypalon AF240 dinghy and Mercury-5HP-outboard combo.
Previous winners were Vassil Kurtev from Bulgaria, currently visiting St. Maarten, and
Russell "Sprout" Morton from Antigua. The game ended in January but Island Water
World's website features great daily give-aways and super online specials!
For more information on Island Water World see ad on page 48
70-Ton Lift for Marina ZarPar, DR
Frank Virgintino reports: Marina ZarPar, SA, of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, has
commissioned its new 70-ton Travelift
marine hoist. Rafael Baez, President of
Marina ZarPar, indicated that its
28-foot beam would allow the marina
to haul the many catamarans that
have previously not been able to find
local service.
The machine's hydraulically operat-
ed slings can be adjusted quickly to
conform to the ideal lift center of any
craft and the location of the new pit
will allow boats with drafts of up to ten
feet to be hauled.
The working area of the marina has
been constructed of reinforced con-
crete with a rating of 150 tons capacity
to allow hauled yachts to be set down
in a clean and stable environment.
For more information see ad on page 14.
There's More at Marigot, St. Lucia
Charles Ballah reports: Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort is a special tropical hide-
away in St. Lucia. Enjoy the privacy of our luxurious, newly refurbished rooms or villas
each with its own private facilities, with panoramic views of Marigot Bay and the tur-
quoise Caribbean Sea. On site are a freshwater swimming pool, gym, fully equipped
dive shop, gift shops, spa studio, tours and internet desk, as well as a fine restaurant
and bar serving both traditional Caribbean and exquisite international cuisine.
Doolittle s Restaurant the hotel s delightful waterfront restaurant and bar is
named after the original 1967 movie Doctor Doolittle", starring Rex Harrison, which
was filmed here. Doolittles is a fun and friendly meeting place for guests, divers and
yachtsmen and yachtswomen alike, where you can sample both Caribbean and
continental fare or delicious cocktails while experiencing a dramatic Caribbean sun-
set in "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean" (ask Mr. Michener!).
For more informaiion see ad on page 35.
Latest Edition of Doyle's
Leewards Guide Available
The 2010-2011 Cruising Guide to the Leeward
Islands, Anguilla hrough Dominica, by Chris Doyle is
now available. This is the 1 th edition of the com-
plete guide to this area for yachtsmen, divers and
watersports enthusiasts published by Cruising Guide
Publications. As boaters have grown to expect, it's
packed with up-to-date information, color sketch
charts, key GPS coordinates photos (including
anchorage aerials), a service directory, and lots of
good advice in a handy, six-by-nine-inch, spiral-
bound book.
For more information see ad on page 35.
Jolly Harbour, Antigua, Extends Summer Storage
Kate Kenlock reports: Jolly Harbour Marina,
Antigua, announces the extension of its summer
storage facility. The newly completed yard has a dedicated cradle storage area for
boats up to 70 feet. "We have three types of cradle for summer rental," Festus Isaac,
Marina Manager explains. "Two sizes of six-leg, and an eight-leg type for customers
with boats between 55 and 70 feet. But they are booking fast!"
Extensive work on the area has taken place over the last few months with a special
mix of aggregate replacing over 50 tons of soft material removed from the site. The
material has been packed down to produce a very firm surface for the cradles to sit
on. Each cradle is then secured with tie-downs to ground anchors.
The boatyard has been a favourite for many years with the yachting community as it
is one of the only storage facilities in the Caribbean that also stores on concrete.
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Other storage options include keel-hole, and welded and tied-down stands.
For more information see ad in Market Place section, page 43.

Island Dreams Expanding to Port Louis, Grenada
Island Dreams of Grenada have opened a new office at Camper & Nicholson's
Port Louis Marina. Owner and Manager Mark Sutton says, "We have looked after a












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number of boats at the marina already, and it is proving very popular with owners
leaving their boats for short and long term periods. We will continue to look after
boats at Le Phare Bleu Marina, and are pleased to have two outstanding facilities
from which to offer our Yacht Management and Guardianage services. With Skype,
digital photos and e-mail, we are now able to work much more closely with owners
and keep them better informed of work underway. Our new website enables clients
to log in to see all the work lists, documents and photographs relating to their boat."
Island Dreams, established in Grenada since 1999, specializes in the care of yachts
during the owner's absence. From a basic guardianage and checking service, to
management of maintenance, installations and haul-out, services are tailored to
meet the requirements of the yacht owner.
For more information on Island Dreams visit www.islandreamsgremada.com. For
more information on Port Louis marina see ad on page 6.

Renewal at Marina Bas Du Fort, Guadeloupe
Marina Bas-Du-Fort in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, has recently renovated its tech-
nical zone, with a new 6,000-square-metre paved area and the construction of four
buildings for professional service providers. Since 2005, the marina has added a new
fuel station, waste disposal facility and improved electrical services. Future plans
include a new marina office building. Marina Bas du Fort continues to work toward
Guadeloupe's nautical development by welcoming more cruisers.
For more information visit www.marina-pap.com

New Waterfront Bar in the Grenadines
Julia Messmer reports: My husband Michael and I recently opened a bar on Union
Island. Neptune Bar is located on the waterfront in the Clifton Beach Hotel, right
across the street from Captain Gourmet. We're open daily from 10:00AM and have


















daily Happy Hour from 5:00 to 7:00PM. We always have a cool breeze, all kinds of
cold drinks including blender drinks, and show various sports on a large flat screen
TV, emphasizing English football.
For more information contact (784) 433-3329 or neptunebar@gmail.com

St. Lucia's SMMA Has New General Manager
Nadia Cazaubon reports: The Board of Directors of St. Lucia's Soufriere Marine
Management Association (SMMA) has appointed a new General Manager. Newton
Eristhee assumed duty on February 1st. Mr. Eristh6e is an environmental specialist
with several years' experience in marine resource and environmental management.
For more information contact neristhee@smma.org.ic

Long Range WiFi Solution for Boats
Liesbet Collaert reports: The Wirie, a long-range wireless internet system invented
and developed by cruisers for cruisers, is a complete WiFi system that provides much
longer range and more stable connections for wireless internet on your boat. It is
easy to use and install, waterproof, very powerful, upgradeable, affordable and has
a variety of mounting options.
Mark Kilty and I, like most budget-minded cruisers, used to take our laptops ashore
to access the internet. During these trips, the laptops had to endure rain, spray and
shock. Once on land, a WiFi hotspot had to be located. We got tired of the hassle
and looked for an affordable, decent product to access the internet from our boat.
When we didn't find what we were looking for, we built it ourselves, and called it
The Wirie, a combination of our boat name S/V Irie and WiFi.
A sailing trip in April 2009 proved The Wirie's effectiveness and qualities. Other cruis-
ers showed interest, more Wiries were built, and the concept became a success in
the Caribbean over the following months.
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The Grenada Sailing Festival is an annual regatta featuring top-notch racing
not only for yachts, but also for traditional local sailing craft, a.k.a. work boats,
drawn over the years from the Grenadian communities of Gouyave, Sauteurs,
Woburn, Grand Mal, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Until this year, the Work
Boat Regatta was embedded in the midst of the Festival's yacht racing series.
This year the Work Boat Regatta was given more "elbow room" by shifting it to
the weekend following the yacht races, February 6th and 7th -coinciding with
Grenada's long Independence holiday weekend.
Record crowds on Grand Anse Beach enjoyed two days of extremely competitive
sailing action at the Grenada Sailing Festival Digicel Work Boat Regatta 2010.
While the sailing action took place on the water there was plenty of fun, music,
food and family activities on the beach.
Before the start, a fleet of 32 colourful boats made an impressive sight drawn
up along the shoreline. They included 22 boats from the sailing communities on
the island of Grenada, plus ten from the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite
Martinique. At the briefing, all skippers received a toolbag courtesy of Southern
Electrical, with flashlight, multi-purpose lamp or penknife, together with T-shirts,
Digicel caps and phone cases.
The two breezy days of competition started with class racing, with each village
generally having its own style of boat and therefore its own class. Grenada's "fish
ing capital", Gouyave, builds both canoes and sloops. A series of six tightly
fought races determined the class winners, who would enter the Skipper of the
Year GSF16 Match Race Final, staged on the Sunday.
In the Gouyave Canoe Class, perennial competitor Etieron proved unbeatable
with straight first places, followed by Dat Pay Dat and Vat Flu. In the Gouyave
Sloop Class, the veteran Classic took first in front of former title-holder Riot Act,
with Reborn in third place. A new boat, No Retreat, No Surrender, took first place
in the Sauteurs Class, with La Diablesse and Mill Reef taking second and third.
Another straight set of firsts brought long-time regatta participant Unity once
again into first place in the Woburn Class, with newly built 48 Hours in second
place and well known Top Ranking in third.
Prior to the match race for Skipper of the Year were the GSF16 Junior and
Senior National Team Sailing Match Races, with Budget Marine and Coca Cola
sponsoring the Juniors and United Insurance the Seniors. The GSF16s are iden
tical wooden 16-foot, jib-and-sprit-main rigged, open boats built in Gouyave in
the local manner with design input from early Sailing Festival supporters Buddy
Melges, Terry Nielsen and others. Community representatives make a blind pick
for the GSF16 boat their teams are to sail.
The Junior Teams took to the water first and after a thrilling race Petite
Martinique in Mr. X, skippered by Jenik Bethel, came through in front of Shevon
Sampson and the Gouyave Team in Tomorrow's Worry, followed by Odiand
Decoteau and his crew from Carriacou in Homer. The Senior Team race proved
just as exciting, with Carriacou, Gouyave and Woburn in contention from the
start. Finally it was the Carriacou team, skippered by Christopher Ewer, who
crossed the line first, with Shakeem Collins and the Woburn crew second, and
Gouyave taking third with Kevin Banfield at the helm.
Then it was time for the race everyone had been waiting for -the GSF16 Skipper
of the Year Match Race final. Before the start, there was a race-off between the
Gouyave Sloop and Canoe Class winners to fill the one place in the final for
Gouyave. Etieron and Classic fought it out, with Classic and her crew winning.
At last the final five lined up on the shoreline and the race began. Positions
changed, tactics came into play, winds changed -all combining to make the
final race the height of tension as the crowd on the water's edge cheered their
teams on. In the final run to the finish line, Ted Richards of Gouyave in
Tomorrow's Worry caught the breeze and sailed through to take the coveted prize
of US$1,000 and Skipper of the Year title. He was followed by Jason Charles from
Sauteurs in Pink Gin, winning US$500, with last year's title winner Andy De
Roche of Petite Martinique taking third prize of US$250 with Mr. X
Grenada Sailing Festival Digicel Work Boat Regatta winners were presented
with trophies, cash prizes, Budget Marine vouchers and Special Package Prizes
from FLOW, ScotiaBank crew backpacks, and Mount Gay Rum and Heineken.
Finally there was a grand finale firework display courtesy of Spice Island
Fireworks and a live performance from Boogie B.
The Grenada Sailing Festival would like to thank all sponsors and supporters
for making this event such a success: Digicel; the Grenada Government &
Grenada Board of Tourism; ScotiaBank; United Insurance; FLOW; Camper &
Nicholsons Port Louis; Heineken, Mount Gay, Water One and Bryden & Minors;
Southern Electrical; Courts; Independence Agencies; Deyna's; Grenada Electrical
Contractors; Horizon Yacht Charters; Island Dreams Yacht Services; Presents;
and Spice Isle Jewellery. Also many thanks go to the Royal Grenada Police Force,
Grenada Coastguard, Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority and particu
larly the Grenada Board of Tourism Clean-Up Crews who worked tirelessly
through the weekend.
For more information visit www.grenadasailingfestival.com













2010 CAPE AIR C.O.R.T. SERIES


St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta:


COMPETITION AND

COMPASSION


Bad Girl! This J/100 was overall winner in Spinnaker Racing Class

T H St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta was held February
19th through 21st. This long-standing premier event in
St. Croix, and the first leg of the three-regatta 2010 Cape
T H Air Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) Series, saw
66 entries on the starting line.
The CORT series is traditionally a trio of regattas held in the US Virgin Islands,
British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition to the St. Croix event, CORT 2010
includes the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta, March 19th through 21st,
and the BVI Spring Regatta, March 29th through April 4th. Sailors joining the three
race CORT series pay an entry fee in addition to fees charged for the individual races,
and CORT participants are scored separately within their CORT classes. To win
CORT you must compete in each participating regatta.
In the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta Spinnaker Racing Class, St. Croix
resident Robert Armstrong's J/100, Bad Girl, handily won the overall prize -skip
per Jens Hookansen's weight (eight cases) in Cruzan Rum -as well as a first place


in Spinnaker Racing A for the CORT Series. Hookansen and his all-Crucian crew
scored four bullets in six races. Though helmsman Hookanson was born in St. Croix,
he has lived in the US since age 16 and had never before sailed in this annual
regatta. He liked the race to Christiansted, followed by windward-leeward courses in
the channel. Tactician Carlos Skov was especially touched by the win, as his mother
was the first hospice patient on St. Croix. Armstrong and crew received an invitation
to the National Hospice Regatta Championships, to be sailed in Rochester, New York
next June. Chris Stanton and his brothers' Devil3, also of St. Croix, took second
place in class, tied for points with Dave West's Tortola-based Melges 32, Jurakan.
In Performance Cruiser Class, Bernardo Gonzales' Beneteau
S35s5, Bonne Chance, of Puerto Rico, also scored four bullets in
six races; this gives Bonne Chance a first in class for the CORT
0 series as well. Second was St. Croix's Tony Sanpere aboard his
Sm J/36, Cayennita Grande. The two traded bullets throughout the
racing.
In Racer Cruiser Class, Arthur Eldridge's First 10R, Luxury
Girl came from Tortola to top every single race.
The Optimist Class sailed 11 races, with the overall trophy
going to ten-year-old Sam Morrell from Tortola. He's been sail
ing since he was seven, and said he was challenged by the
shifty winds on the Saturday. Sam took home his weight in
sports drink.
On the one-design course inside Teague Bay, Chris Schreiber
took honors in the Rhodes 19 Class. He was also challenged by
the wind shifts on the Saturday, which put a premium on tac
tics and positioning. "Sunday was a gorgeous day," he said,
"with ten to 14 knots of steady breeze." Matthew Flood escaped
the cold in Westbrook, Connecticut, and sailed his chartered
19 foot keelboat to a second-place finish.
While the weather did not permit the newly added Kiteboard
Classes to get off the beach, all 15 entrants opted to donate
their entry fees to hospice care, and they said they'd all be back
next year.
The event raised funds and awareness for hospice care on St.
Croix. Regatta Director Julie San Martin announced that the
US$50,000 fund-raising goal was met through entry fees, dona
tions and sponsorships. Continuum Care Foundation director
Tracy Sanders, who said she was "stunned at the response" to the
regatta and its goals, gratefully accepted the regatta proceeds,
saying they will be used immediately for medical equipment and
medications to give patients end-of-life comfort and dignity.
S A significant portion of the island's residents have inadequate
insurance coverage, if any; funds raised by the regatta will help
provide compassionate care for St. Croix's terminally ill patients. Pain and comfort
medications, oxygen, adjustable beds, wheelchairs, walkers and other medical
equipment can now be provided at no cost. Hospice care also includes education and
support for the patient's family, including grief counseling.
Continuum Care staffed a medical tent at the regatta, and treated people with
sunburn, splinters and hangovers, and one child who had a seizure. Supplies were
donated by The Medicine Shoppe and Mt. Welcome Pharmacy, and the unused
medical essentials will be donated to Haiti relief.
In the Cape Air CORT standings for Spinnaker Racing A, the BVI's Kevin Rowlette,
aboard his Olsen 30, Rushin' Rowlette, finished second. Third was Puerto Rico's Luis
Juarbe's Henderson 30, Socao
Perennial favorite, St. Thomas' John Foster aboard his Kirby 25, The Good Bad &
Ugly, topped the Spinnaker Racing B class in the CORT series standings. St.
Thomas' Paul Davis driving his J/27, Mag 7, followed Foster in class.
In the CORT series' Racer Cruiser class, the BVI's Peter Haycraft's Sirena 38,
Pipedream, finished first. New Hampshire's Thomas Mullen, aboard his J/95,
Shamrock VI, placed second.
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Finally, in the CORT series Jib & Main class, St. Croix's Howard Silverman was in
first place aboard his Jeanneau 54, Mary Ellen. Jib & Main competitor Steve Schmidt
was awarded the Commodore's Trophy for Best Visiting Yacht (and best margaritas!),
the Santa Cruz 70, Hotel California, Too, and Tortola's Peter Haycraft won the Cape
Air ticket raffle, as part of the CORT series.
CORT prices will be awarded at the end of the BVI Spring Regatta on Sunday,
April 4, 2010.
Thanks to Ellen Sanpere and Carol Bareuther for information in this report.
For complete St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta results visit www.stcroixregatta.com
For more information about the Cape Air CORT Series, visit www.sailcort.com

The Performance Cruising Class's Cayennita
Grande (center) and Racer Cruisers
Pipedream (left) and Luxury Girl (right)


Large Multihull (CSA -3 boats)
1) Chaos II, Tremolino, Lynn Parry, St. Croix (7)
2) Piglet, trimaran, Joseph San Martin, St. Croix (11)
3) Rainbow Rider, Fountaine Pajot/Bahia, Ray Styles, St. John (24)
Optimist
WHITE FLEET (3 boats)
1) Sam Morrell, Tortola (12)
2) Ryan Woolridge, Tortola (17)
BLUE FLEET (6 boats)
1) Jason Putley, Tortola (18)
2)Robert Poole, Tortola (21)
3)Mollee Donovan, Tortola (22)
RED FLEET (4 boats)
1) Rhone Findlay, St. Maarten (13)
2) Matthew Oliver, Tortola (16)
3) Harry Hoffman, St. Croix (32)
GREEN FLEET (7 boats)
1) David Kleeger, St. Croix (18)
2) Paige Clarke, St. John (22)
3) Alec Kuipers, St. Croix (26)
Rhodes 19 (One Design -6 boats)
1) Chrys, Chris Schreiber, St. Croix (18)
2) Rhode Trip, Matthew Flood, St. Croix (43)
3) Rhode Runner, Morgan Dale, St. Croix (51)


St. Croix Yacht Club

Hospice Regatta 2010 Winners
Spinnaker Racing (CSA 9 boats)
1) Bad Girl, J/100, Robert Armstrong, St. Croix (9)
2) Devil 3, Melges 24, Chris Stanton, St. Croix (20)
3) Jurakan, Melges 32, Dave West, Tortola (20)
Performance Cruiser (CSA -3 boats)
1) Bonne Chance, Beneteau 35s5, Bernardo Gonzales, Puerto Rico (8)
2) Cayennita Grande, J/36, Antonio Sanpere, St. Croix (12)
3) El Presidente, Thomas 35, Jeffrey Fangmann, St. Croix USVI (16)
Racer Cruiser (CSA -4 boats)
1) Luxury Girl, First 10R, Arthur Eldridge, Tortola (6)
2) Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, Tortola (12)
3) Ambivalence, S2 7.9, James Kloss, St. Croix (20)
Jib & Main (CSA -8 boats)
1) Maineiac, Pearson 10M, Kevin Weatherbee, St. Thomas (9)
2) Windflower, Alberg 35, Stanford Joines, St. Croix (11)
3) Barbaric Yawp, Tartan 30, Taylor Babb, St. Croix (16)


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Sailing the RORC Caribbean 600


on the ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe

by John Burnie

The RORC Caribbean 600, a 605-mile non stop offshore yacht race, was co-founded
by Stan Pearson and John Burnie in 2009. In this, the second event, John Burnie was
competing again aboard Region Guadeloupe, the multihull course record holder.
At the end of a windy RORC Caribbean 600 last year, cold, exhausted and wringing
wet, the famous Sir Steve Redgrave expression (made after he won a fifth Olympic
Rowing Gold Medal) entered my mind: "If anyone sees me get on this boat again they
have my permission to shoot me!"
One year later, all that seems to have faded from memory, despite any earlier
rational judgements. Once again, a team was press-ganged into boarding the famous
trimaran Region Guadeloupe to try to better our previous multihull course record of
40 hours 11 minutes 22 seconds. One cannot adequately describe what it is like
sailing a yacht like this, especially when the yacht is at full speed, or "wicked up" as
we call it. Tough and wet are inadequate descriptions -you have to be there to
experience what even a good camera cannot capture. Ed Danby, a crewmember in
2009 who previously sailed the huge multihull Club Med with Grant Dalton around
the world in record time, described the 2009 RORC experience as "rough".
Region Guadeloupe is indeed a rare racing machine. Only 12 ORMA 60 trimarans
were ever made and this boat is arguably one of the most famous. She started life as
Primagaz and won the transatlantic Route du Rhum twice in succession. The vessel,
now owned by Claude Thelier of Guadeloupe, is designed to be raced by one person, so
accommodating eight crew can only be described as challenging. A large expanse of
netting serves the only "living area" and the centre-hull navigation area is tight. Hygiene
facilities are "elementary". There is, however, plenty for all the crew to do, especially
during a race with so many legs as diverse and varied as the Caribbean 600. These
multihulls have wing masts, which rotate and cant to windward; this windward "lean"
is to de-power the rig in higher winds, much as a windsurfer does. The controls and
rams require substantial crew muscle power to make the adjustments on hydraulic
rams and sheet muscle boxes. At high speed the crew have to hang on tight and the
motion of the yacht can be violent and unpredictable.
This year, four of last year's crew returned to compete again, including Claude,
Stephane Squarcioni, Mark Stevens (a.k.a. captain of Hyperion) and myself We were
joined by James Pascal from Horizon Charters in Grenada, Julian Spier and Olivier
Moal (captains of Hamilton I) and tactical specialist Nick Lykiardopulo (last UK winner
of the Sydney Hobart in Aer). This year Mark and I did much of the "driving" with Olli
and James providing the muscle power and Julian helping in all areas. With no other
multihull entered, we set ourselves the target of finishing the race in less than 40 hours, Owner Claude Thelier and skipper John Burnie led the crew of the only multihull in
requiring us to average a speed of around 15 knots. this year's 605-mile, non stop Caribbean offshore race. They won line honors and
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The wind and sea conditions were considerably more
benign this year -good for the trimaran, as she is
very fast in flat water. However, we could see from the
outset that meeting our target would be a challenge.
In a fair breeze of ten to 15 knots, the 25 monohulls
started ahead of us and already we were beginning to
feel anxious about the performance of the bigger boats
against our trimaran in any light upwind conditions.
In particular, the potent Farr 80 Beau Geste arrived in
the Caribbean with an awesome record of success.
Racing with a highly professional crew on board,
including Gavin Brady, we had no doubt that this
yacht could match us for speed in certain conditions
and threaten our ambition to finish first on the water
as well as steal the FKG prize for the first boat to reach
St. Martin.
Racing towards the laid North Sails Mark off Barbuda
we quickly established contact with the bigger boats
and traded gybes with DSK, the strong Swan 90, and
Beau Geste. The monohulls, sailing deeper than us,
stayed closer to Antigua longer and we were forced to
gybe offshore to keep up the apparent wind angles
required on a multihull. This course favoured our
progress and, passing a breaching whale, we were first
to round the Barbuda Mark and make course for
Nevis. Our weather predictions were reasonably cor
rect up to this point and we consolidated a good lead,
fast reaching with our large gennaker, crew lying on
the net in shorts and T-shirts.
As we rounded Nevis and headed up towards St.
Kitts, the race really began to take shape. Light airs in
the gathering gloom forced us to gybe frequently as we
made painfully slow progress under the lee of St. Kitts
and Statia and towards the Saba turning point. In the
dark we could see Beau Geste's lights approaching us
as she clawed back all the advantage we had made
earlier. In the final light-air patch under Saba, the
mighty monohull was only a few hundred yards behind
us -the race to St. Barts and St. Martin for the FKG
prize was now really on -but any chance of beating
our course record was gone. Breaking free into 15 to
17 knots of wind, we accelerated up to 22 knots and
reached off in the dark towards St. Barts. By the time
Beau Geste broke free we had already put nearly ten
miles between us, consolidating our desperate lead.
We rounded St. Barts in very dark conditions after a
close encounter with the Russian-owned, Starck
designed superyacht A -with both vessels travelling
on a converging course at over 40 knots it kept our
navigators on their toes!
Then... disaster. In a lumpy sea while gybing towards
St. Martin the gennaker split right across the middle. The
large sail disintegrated into several pieces as we furled it
away. We closed our minds to the matter and reached on
at close to the same speeds with the large genoa, cross
ing Proselyte Reef buoy and claiming the FKG prize for
first vessel to St. Martin for the second year running.
The light airs promised at St. Martin and Tintamarre
failed to materialise and we beat out hard and fast into
a building wind that was more south than east. And
there the wind remained for the next 250 miles, slowly
strengthening and continually clocking further south.
Our navigator and tactician, Stephane and Nick, by
now had made a bold and winning decision. We would
take a deep tack towards Antigua and then take the
lay line to Nevis -we would approach Guadeloupe
passing Montserrat on the "wrong side" (just as DSK
did in 2009). The route took us boldly some 90 miles
off to the west of the rhumb line, but in doing so we
kept in a good passage of air all the way to Les Saintes
in effectively two tacks.
Upwind in lumpy seas in an ORMA 60 is hard going
-wet and bumpy. The yacht launches over the
waves, accelerating up to 18 knots and then crashing


back to 11 knots in the troughs. Having lost contact
with Beau Geste we were very anxious as to how well
she would do against us in the conditions. In the end
she chose a very different route and that alone ena
bled us to gain distance. Southwest wind is really
quite rare in the Caribbean and it is unusual for it to
blow at strength for any period of time. (The RORC
Caribbean 600 website, caribbean600.rorc.org, has a
great tracking program and it is very interesting to see
how each of the yachts fared in this gruelling beat
south towards the French Islands. One can access the
site and re-run the whole race, looking at the course
each vessel took.)
With the weather predictions "out the window", we
were acutely aware that the "gate would soon close".
We knew we had to get through the island gaps around
Les Saintes and beat any holes in the wind under
Dominica. Our plan was to sail in the middle between
the islands and Dominica and pass outside Marie
Galante -any attempt to follow our usual courses
clearly would lead to a wind desert in the bay up
towards Pointe-a-Pitre. As it happened we found
strong wind under Marie Galante (and a small hole!),
but the reach to Desirade was our really fast leg with
reaching speeds up to 28 knots. Mark and I helming
had several anxious moments with the boat very "on
the edge" in inky conditions. We surprised several
fishermen off Desirade as we powered through and
gybed towards Barbuda and Antigua.
As light returned we found ourselves gybing again
off Antigua and headed back around the North Sails
Mark for the second time. We reefed early, barehead


The Farr 80 Beau Geste took line honors for
monohulls and won the trophy for Best Yacht
Overall under IRC
ed in lots of wind, before the hard beat up to Redonda.
Even now we had no idea how we were doing against
the fleet. Any sail seen was scrutinised in case it was
one of the competition. In fact, all we saw were cruis
ing yachts and again several breaching whales. We
rounded Redonda in a good steady breeze and
scorched off to the finish line at 25 knots in a wind
clocking between south and southwest. On the last
leg we covered the distance from Redonda to the fin


ish line in one hour and 40 minutes -a record that
will rarely be beaten due to the extraordinary wind
direction and strength.
At the finish line we are unsure if we led. "Are we
first?" we asked Stan Pearson, the co-founder of the
race. "No, you are third home," he replied -without
explaining the others had retired! A wonderful recep
tion was waiting for us in English Harbour with every
superyacht in the bay sounding their very impressive
claxons and horns. We inevitably produced the "losing
champagne", some of which was drunk, most of which
was sprayed on the welcoming crowd at the Antigua
Yacht Club Marina.
To conclude, this year's was indeed a different race.
Not only because of the milder conditions but also
because of the extraordinary wind directions and
strengths -none of which any of the more reliable
forecasters picked up on prior to the race. It was "seat
of the pants" decision-making for the tacticians and
navigators and the smaller yachts suffered terribly as
the wind eventually closed down; this was in fact
something we were worried about all the way around
the course. Despite fast sailing we were 16 hours
longer on the water this year and we were very lucky
to have wiggled through the course inside the deterio
rating weather window. We were also very lucky that
we never really needed to use again the big downwind
gennaker we destroyed off St Barts. During the race we
saw wind directions vary from 110 to 248 degrees,
which is highly unusual in a tradewind area. You may
see this occasionally in thundery conditions, but when
the wind was at 215 it blew at 18 knots for at least
eight hours.
Many boats could have done so well but for bad luck,
especially the smaller yachts. Dofijn, a Swan 38,
looked to be leading on handicap and Noonmark, a
Swan 56, also looked to be heading for the podium.
The boats that reached the French Islands later than
us were faced with frustratingly light conditions and
many were forced to retire. Full marks therefore to
Willy Bissante from Guadeloupe who persevered and
finally finished on Saturday -some three days after
us. Claude amused me with some Gallic humour on
this: "Ah, ee iz French. Ee 'as to sail on because ee 'as
no fuel on ze boat!"
The RORC Caribbean 600 is to me an extraordinary
race -it is quite unlike any offshore race anywhere
else in the world. Unlike many of the established off
shore classics, this race starts and ends in the same
place. In addition to that, if the wind is in one particu
lar direction, the fetch, reach and upwind legs are
unlikely to be prejudicial -in normal tradewind con
ditions the 13 different legs on the course will ulti
mately balance out -so a "downwind yacht" or
"upwind yacht" will normally not necessarily be
favoured. The two events run so far have, despite
abnormal conditions, produced wonderful racing.
Many of this year's retirees (forced to retire because of
flight schedules), have indicated their desire to return
for unfinished business. As in the Sydney-Hobart and
the Fastnet, it is possible for almost any size of yacht
to win the race on handicap. This year the big boats
prevailed, but last year a Cookson 50 won and Bernie
Evan Wong's Mumm 36 very nearly won overall; also a
cruising Swan 56 with furling sails came second over
all only to Leopard in the CSA classes in 2009. But for
a highly unusual wind pattern, a Swan 36 might have
led the way in 2010.
For us on Region Guadeloupe the record still remains
the challenge. Next year, due to swelling crew num-
bers and interests, it is our intention to enter two
ORMA 60 Multihulls. In true Caribbean tradition we
shall be also competing for a barrel of rum. Not neces
sarily French rhum of course -but who knows?
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The grown-ups with a desire for speed and excitement also had their day. To beat their
clock, they had to take a high-powered inflatable dinghy around a prescribed course.
On the Saturday the winds were light, about 12 to 15 knots. The keelboats' first
course took the fleet from a start off Calivigny Island downwind for four miles,
around Glover's Island and back up to weather and the start/finish line. The second
race of the day, for the Westerhall 12 Degrees Cup, went the other way: east to a
mark on the latitude 12 degrees north line, only about two-and-a-half miles to wind
ward, and back.
Sunday was welcomed with the regular tradewinds returning for the third and last
race for Le Phare Bleu Cup -an easy two-mile reach going south, and back, with
an extra windward beat for those flying a spinnaker.


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Le Phare Bleu Marina hosted its second annual South Grenada Regatta on the
26th and 27th of February at Petite Calivigny Bay.
This picturesque little valley ending at small white beaches on each side of the
yacht docks offers a perfect setting for this event. One beach was decorated with
Optimist dinghies and their undulating sails. The other was alive with kids as they
navigated the many obstacles of the "Pirates' Trail". And in the middle, the yacht
docks hosted 21 competing vessels representing eight nationalities, the boats as
different from each other as they could be. They included a beautiful staysail schoo-


From the Opti feet (above), to
the Racing Class winner (left),
to the crew of the Overall
Regatta Winner (top right ,
every sailor had fun at this
now established event




ner, a Swan 53, the exten
sively modified "was a Hobie
33", charter yachts, cats and
pocket cruisers.
The Optimists and their sail
ors came from all over the
island. The Grenada Yacht
Club and the Gouyave Sailing
School are doing a great job of
teaching youngsters the art of
sailing. This growing fleet of
boats is made possible by the
efforts of Mr. St. Bernard, who
is building them in Gouyave at
his small boatyard. Fourteen
kids competed on the Saturday
over a course just off the docks
and visible to all cheering par
ents shoreside. After seven
races it was Kwesi Paul at the
top, followed by Kimo Sampson
and Shakeem Collins. Fourth
place went to Reese Grans,
and Noah Bullen rounded out the top five. Budget Marine donated certificates to all
the entrants, and prizes for the top three.
Meanwhile on the other beach, kids were lining up to try and beat the clock around
the aquatic obstacle course. After swimming out to the sunken ship's mast and
clambering up to the crow's nest, there were points to be made by throwing stones
into a floating can, re capturing some water from a container, hooking fake fish from
the water and tossing rings. The final leg was to pull oneself ashore in an inner tube
and race to a finish horn stopping the clock. There were classes for all ages, so each
one had a chance to be the champ of their group. Thirty five kids manoeuvred their
way through the course; average time was about six minutes.


After two perfect-picture days of yacht racing the Racing Class winner was
Grenada-based Richard Szyjan on the "former Hobie 33", Category 5. Cruising Class
was dominated by Robbie Yearwood and the Team Island Water World crew in his
J/24, Die Hard. Apoc Apoc Morenito, a Spanish Oyster Lightwave 395 with Cesar
Roch at the helm, took the Fun Class title. The Multihull class was won by Herve
Leconte on the French Outremer 45 Teoula. Good and useful prizes included an
outboard from
McIntyre Bros, a two
night stay at Petite
Anse Hotel, St.
Patrick's, a Carib
Sushi meal, Native
Spirit Scuba snorkel
ing, massage by The
Conch, Art Fabrik
voucher, outboard
service from Palm
Tree Marine Diesel
Engineers, and bot
tom cleaning by
UnderwaterSolutions.
There were also some
nicely designed and
locally made trophies
donated by Act
Art&Design. The Die
Hard crew was fur
ther fortified with
huge bottles of cham- The Pirates' Trail was a huge hit with the kids
pagne and other liq
uid libations for win
ning the title of Overall Regatta Winner. A highlight of the prizegiving party was the
visit of Hon. Minister of Tourism, Glynis Roberts, who underlined the importance of
such events as the South Grenada Regatta for the tourism industry.
Three live bands shared the nightlife through the weekend, rocking the evenings
with a great variety and quality of music.
Thanks go out to Gold and Silver sponsors Netherlands Insurance, Westerhall Rum,
Le Phare Bleu, Real Value IGA, Budget Marine and North South Wines. The hard
working race committee and the event's many enthusiastic supporters must also be
commended on a very successful weekend. South Grenada Regatta will be an annual
event; the dates for the third South Grenada Regatta will be released later this year.
For full results visit www.southgrenadaregatta.com


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5th Annual Cruise to Carnival
St6phane Legendre reports: The annual Route du
Carnival cruise to Trinidad's Carnival started this year
on February 6th in Martinique, where we were hosted
by the Port du Marin marina, our faithful partner from
the beginning. This year, ten boats enjoyed the cruise
to calypso land. We benefited from ideal weather
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Worth sailing to Trinidad's spectacular Carnival

conditions all the way to Trinidad. Ten to 15 knots of
east to southeasterly winds and generous sunshine
accompanied us all the way.
St. Lucia's Rodney Bay was our first stop, and then a
long day at sea took us to Bequia, where we gath-
ered at Maria's French Terrace restaurant for our
cocktails, briefing and evening meal. The next two
days were delightful beautiful sailing to the Tobago
Cays and then to Petit Saint Vincent, where we were
almost by ourselves.
An overnight sail took us to Chaguaramas for clear-
ance, and then we moved to our base in Trinidad, the
TTSA (Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association). A loud
and friendly party just across the road welcomed us to
join them, but few went over after being underway
the night before.
Sunday, February 14th, was the big day of the King
and Queen Show the most superb spectacle I have
ever seen during carnivals. Gigantic costumes, some
of them 20 feet high and 30 feet long, were paraded
on stage in front of the judges who picked the most
spectacular one. This was followed by the competition
for the Calypso Singer of the Year. By midnight every-


one was tired and it was time to go back to the boats.
Following Monday's excursion to the rainforest, on
the Tuesday buses took us to the Parade of Bands in
the streets of Port of Spain. A joyful crowd of
Trinidadians, for whom it is so important to be there,
paraded and danced all day long in the sunshine,
arrayed in feathers and glitter, bikinis and beads.
By mid-afternoon all the ralliers were back on their
boats, resting up for the Route du Carnival 2010 prize-
giving ceremony. This concluded, once again, a fun
cruise to a place where boats normally only go for
storage and repairs.
Very special thanks to Sharon-Rose and Jesse James
of Members Only taxi, who did a wonderful job as
usual in providing land transportation in Trinidad.
Come and join us next year!
For more information visit www. transcaraibes com


Jolly Harbour Budget Marine Valentines Regatta
John and Heather report: The Budget Marine
Valentines Regatta held February 13th and 14th was a
huge success, despite the clouds, winds and chal-
lenging seas on the Saturday. The race courses were
west of Jolly Harbour Marina on the west coast of
Antigua. This was the 17th annual regatta hosted by
the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club (JHYC). We were able to
have four races on the Saturday and two on the
Sunday, in two classes: Spinnaker and Cruising.
Team Budget Marine on a Melges 24 took first place
in the Spinnaker Class overall, with Team Compass
Point on a Dragon in second place and Team Jolly
aboard another Dragon in third place. In the Cruising
Class, Team Fiesta on a Van De Stadt design took first
overall, with Cashtoki, a Hanse 43, in second place
and Cydia, a Columbia 34, third.
We would like to thank ABSAR (Antigua Barbuda
Search and Rescue) for making sure we had a safe
regatta. Post-race parties at the Foredeck marina bar
on the Friday and Sunday, and on Saturday a fantastic
dinner at Alporto's, with music, dancing and a raffle
that raised money for the JHYC youth sailing program,
rounded out the weekend. Thanks to Sugar Ridge
Resort, Sterling's and Shades, Alporto's restaurant,


Oasis Salon (Jolly Harbour and Redcliffe Quay), Oyster
Shell Cruises, Miramar Sailing, Oasis salon, and HME
Designs, who made donations for the raffle prizes.
JHYC has a new schedule for regular Saturday sailing.
There will be eight races per series (winter, spring, sum-
mer and autumn). The schedule works around other


Taking it light in the Cruising Class on Valentine's Day
in Antigua

sailing regattas and events throughout the Caribbean.
We will also have several weekend getaways through-
out the year. All are welcome to join in.
JHYC's youth sailing program is going strong with free
lessons available to Antiguan kids from age 8 to 18. If
the child cannot swim he or she will be taught first, also
free of charge. We also have sailing lessons available
for all others and adults on Sundays, for a fee of ECS50.
For more information visit www.jhycaniigua. com
Tobago Carnival Regatta 2010
For the second year running, the Tobago Carnival
Regatta took place in its new time slot and venue -
February at Pigeon Point. After 26 years of being
raced out of this island's Crown Point in the month of
May, this new time the weekend after Trinidad
Carnival and venue are becoming established. This
year's event, held February 18th through 21st, fea-
tured remodeled courses and categories for Optimist
dinghies, kiteboards, windsurfers, and Bum Boats (tra-
ditional local open sailing boats), in addition to a J/24
class and two Performance Cruising classes.
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Although this year the overall number of yachts was
down to 13 and there were no Melges or Mad Classes
as there had been last year, Regatta Promoters Ltd
manager Niki Borde noted, "We had more partici-
pants from Barbados, and a wider range of competi-
tors, with the youngest racer 13 years old in the
Optimist Class". Organizers expect the numbers of
yachts to pick up as racers get accustomed to the
new placement of the event as the last regatta of the
Southern Caribbean Circuit (after Carriacou Sailing
Series and the Grenada Sailing Festival, both
in January).
Borde added that crowd participation was at a high
this year with the introduction of shoreside "Island
Games"; those honours were swept up by the Tobago
Bum Boat crews.
The winners in the yacht classes were:
Performance Cruising 1 (5 races)
1) Wayward, Oceanis 43, Jerome McQuilkin, Trinidad (9)
2) Wasabi, Melges 24, Jeffrey Chen, Trinidad (12)
3) Jaguar, Frers 43, Peter Morris, Trinidad (13)
Performance Cruising 2 (5 races)
1) Petit Careme, First 38, Rawle Barrow, Trinidad (6)
2) Generation, J/29, John Holland, BVI (9)
3) Tabasco, Swan 40, Henry Crallan/Lars Schuy,
Trinidad (19)
J/24 Class (8 races)
1) Jahaji Bhai, James Arrindell, Trinidad (9)
2) Island Waterworld, Robert Yearwood, Grenada (17)
3) Ambushe, Stephen Bushe, Trinidad (22)
For more information visit www.sailweek.com

Holmberg Wins Budget Marine Match Racing
Sue Pelling reports: Peter Holmberg and his all-star
team including Ben Beer and Maurice Kurg were up
against some of the world's most talented match rac-
ing crews, including the likes of Gavin Brady and Peter
Isler, at this ISAF-sanctioned Grade 5 event held in St.
Maarten on March 2nd.
Racing identical, non-spinnaker Jeanneau SunFast
20s supplied by Lagoon Sailboat Rentals, Holmberg
won two races in the best-of-three final against Gavin
Brady, securing the US$5,000 top prize. Brady, in sec-
ond place, was awarded US$3,000, while Peter Isler,
who enjoyed an interesting petit final against Chris
Nesbit and his team from San Diego, took third overall
and a prize of US$1,000.
Holmberg summed up the well-organized event: "It's
a fun event, but we always get serious as soon as the
start gun's fired. Gavin is a fun guy to race against
and we had some good, close racing. I have a good
team and we work together really well. We'll certainly
be back next year."
Brady, racing with Marc Plaxton and Tucker
Thompson, gave it a good shot in the finals. In the sec-
ond, and what turned out to be the closing race of
the final, Holmberg won the start and led a close bat-
tle keeping careful cover on his opponent. Brady
reeled in Holmberg on the last run to the finish but it
was too late and Brady had to settle for another sec-
ond place, with just an eight-second deficit.
Plaxton said Holmberg sailed a better final: "Basically
they were just a superior, all-round team and although
Brady sailed like a total pro and did a phenomenal
job, he had a crew who'd never sailed together
except for half a day's practice. Racing against the
likes of Holmberg, who has been sailing together with
his team for 20 years, was a hard one to match, so
hats off to him. They out-sailed us and totally deserved
the victory."
The race of the day had to go to Chris Nesbit and his
amateur team who had a dream win against two-
time America's Cup winner Isler in the first race of the
petit finals. Nesbit, who has only been on the match


racing circuit for the last year or so, sailed a near-
perfect first beat and after two rounds had extended
his lead at the finish to 23 seconds over Isler. Isler,
praising Nesbit's performance, said: "Chris Nesbit and
team sailed really well. I know they've been focusing


on match racing for the last year and been doing a
few Grade 2 and Grade 3 events, so they clearly
have what it takes."
For full results visit www heinekenregatta. com

Elandra Takes Bumper Gill Commodore's Cup
Sue Pelling reports: Calvin Reed and team, sailing
Elandra, a production Beneteau First 40.7 in the com-
petitive Racing B class at this one-day regatta held in
St. Maarten on March 4th, managed to hold off not
only similar designs such as a J/120 and a couple of
A40s, but also five sister-ships.
At the prizegiving ceremony at Port De Plaisance,
Nick Gill, chairman of the event's sponsoring compa-
ny, presented the team with a selection of Gill prod-
ucts, including a Gill Regatta Master starting watch
and kit bag.
Now in its sixth year, and held as a run-up to the
Heineken Regatta which started the next day, the
event attracted a bumper entry of 47 boats.
According to Robbie Ferron, event chairman, the
boat of the day is calculated by the deltas. "When
we've measured the deltas that is, the differences
between boats on corrected time the boat that
wins the most decisively in the most competitive class
is the overall boat of the day."
The windward/leeward, two-mile courses were set in
Simpson Bay, and the fleets raced in light to moder-
ate, tactical, and patchy conditions on a relatively
large rolling sea.
Glamorous head-turners such as Irvine Laidlaw's
Wally 82, Highland Fling, Tom and Dotty Hill's custom
Reichel/Pugh 75, Titan XV, and Bill Alcott's Andrews 68,
Equation, were also out in force for the race. With
America's Cup super-stars Peter Holmberg on the
helm of Highland Fling, and Peter Isler driving Titan XV,
it wasn't surprising to see these two bow to bow
throughout the day. Titan tore a spinnaker in Race
Two but her impressive speed against powerful
Highland Fling (with a 35-metre-high rig) was still
enough to secure two first places, with the latter tak-
ing second. The ten-year-old, stunning looking
Equation took a well-deserved third in class.
In Racing C, local sailor lan Hope-Ross aboard his
Beneteau First 36.7, Kick 'Em Jenny hoped to better his
runner-up position from last year but was unable to
hold off the Beneteau First 10R, Luxury Girl, and once


again settled for second overall in class.
In Racing D, Peter Peake's Reichel/Pugh 44, Peake
Yacht Services Storm, gave Dave West's Melges 32
Jurakan a run for her money but was unable to break
her two impressive bullets, taking second in fleet. Paul
Solomon and his Trini team made their
racing debut at the regatta on the
Henderson 35, Blackberry Enzyme, and
also had a good day, finishing fourth
behind the third-placed Melges 24,
Budget Marine.
For full results visit
www.heinekenregatta.com

High-Profile St. Maarten
Heineken 2010
Sue Pelling reports: Few events match
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta's unique
cocktail of fun and serious racing.
Under the leadership of Sint Maarten
Yacht Club commodore Robbie
Ferron, who set up the regatta 30 years
ago, this Caribbean classic continues
to go from strength to strength.
This year's event, March 5th through 7th, attracted
high-profile sailors including America's Cup legends
Peter Isler, Peter Holmberg and Gavin Brady, round-
the-world sailors Kenny Read and Wouter Verbraak,
Olympic/America's Cup skipper Andy Beadsworth, and
double Olympic silver medallist Margriet Matthijsse. As
well as the big names racing on the latest, powerful
ultra-light racing machines, and a healthy mix of big
Swans, Farrs and custom builds, yachts in the 30- to
40-foot range, including a bumper 99-strong Bareboat
division, made up the majority of the fleet.
The "big boat" line-ups were exceptionally strong,
with Tom and Dotty Hill's new custom Reichel/Pugh 75,
Titan 15, up against George David's Reichel/Pugh 90,
Rambler and Irvin Laidlaw's Wally 82, Highland Fling,
and Roberto Galperti's Swan 90, White Lie, against
Patrick Adams' Swan 100, Varsovie, Peter Harrison's
Farr 115 Sojana, and Christopher Besser's Swan 80,
Team Selene.
The first race of the series started off Simpson Bay on
a course that took most of the fleet around the Island
to Great Bay. After a night of partying, most classes
raced from Simpson Bay on the Saturday but this time
to Marigot. The final day of racing was from Marigot
back to Simpson Bay. Members of the press were
aboard the 70-foot motor yacht Mystic, reaching
speeds of 62 knots to capture the action.
The final day saw a big-boat battle between Titan,
Highland Fling and Rambler. Titan benefited from a
strange twist of fate when she blew out her A5 spinna-
ker. With no option other than to hoist a slightly flatter
A3, it proved to be the perfect choice of sail when
the wind shifted to a tighter angle. Revelling in the
20-knot squalls, and sailing right on the edge, Peter
Isler, in a fine demonstration of downwind sailing,
stormed Titan past Highland Fling and Rambler at blis-
tering speed not only taking line honours but also an
impressive first overall in class. Artie Means, navigator
aboard Titan, said, "It was a fantastic day out there,
with all three of us doing 17 to 20 knots downwind side
by side and trading back and forth. It was probably
one of the best day's racing I've had."
Hans-Joachim Tiggels and team from Germany, sail-
ing a Beneteau Oceanis 523, Acele, were the overall
winners of Bareboat 1, with the Duketown Official
Royal Sailing Team finishing second. Ronald Gessel
and team in a Harmony 52, Neerlands Glorie, who
was leading the fleet going into today's final race, suf-
fered a disqualification following a protest hearing
and had to settle for third overall.
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One of the closest regatta-long battles was in
Spinnaker 3 between the Trinidadian Reichel/Pugh 44
Peake Yacht Services sailed by Peter Peake and
team, and Richard Matthews and team from the UK
aboard the Tom Humphries design Oystercatcher
XXVI. These two raced neck and neck, but
Oystercatcher XXVI won the day. Going into the last
day's race, any one of three boats Peake Yacht
Services, Oystercatcher XXVI or Paul Solomon's
Blackberry Enzyme could have won overall. Neil
Mackley, Oystercatcher's trimmer, commented, "The
key to our win was choice of headsail. We opted for a
jib rather than the spinnaker, which paid off big time."
The winner of Bareboat 6 was Robbie Nitche and
the team from Germany sailing a Dufour 455, Let Me
Go, with three straight wins. Nitche, new to the St.
Maarten Heineken Regatta, said, "I like the courses
and the three-day format, and the parties of course.
We'll be back."
After the prizegiving, competitors and guests danced
the night away on the beach as reggae superstar
Maxi Priest and his band played into the early hours,
concluding yet another successful St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta.
For full results visit www.heinekenregatta. com

April's Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, one of the
world's premier classic yachting events, hosts


the race course and the admiration


between 50 and 60 yachts every year and enjoys a
wonderful variety of competitors. Traditional craft from
the islands, classic ketches, sloops, schooners and
yawls make up the bulk of the fleet, and are joined by


the stunning Spirit of Tradition yachts, J Class yachts,
and Tall Ships. Entries for the 23rd annual event, to be
held April 15th through 20th, include Velsheda,
Rebecca, Aschanti IV, Lazy Leg, Taru, Bequia,
Saphaedra, Rainbow and Godspeed.
Gig rowing, a single-handed race, sailing dinghy rac-
ing, and partying of course, are all traditional parts of
this well-loved regatta.
The sailing, combined with Antiguan hospitality, plen-
ty of rum, sunshine, and great camaraderie in a
friendly relaxed atmosphere, places the Antigua
Classic Yacht Regatta in a class of its own.
For more information see ad on page 10.

Regatta for Traditional West Indian Sail in St. Barth
The West Indies Regatta is a three-day event held
annually over the May Day weekend in St. Barth, cele-
brating traditional West Indian sail. With a renewed
interest in traditional sail gaining momentum through-
out the Lesser Antilles, it is hoped that the regatta will
reintroduce, promote and encourage traditional West
Indian boatbuilding.
This year, from April 30th through May 2nd, the line-up
of traditional local boats is set to include seven
Carriacou sloops now based in Antigua, plus a
Carriacou sloop from Anguilla and an all-female crew
sailing the Palm Island-based Carriacou sloop, Pink
Lady. Also on the starting line will be the Alexander
Hamilton, the last schooner built on the beach in Nevis.
The fun includes parties with live music and slideshows
on the dock as well as model boat races with David
Wegman. Once again, live on the Saturday night at Le
Select: New York funky jaz with Tuey Connell.
For more information see ad on page 10.

Atlantic Cup Rally Takes US Cruisers Home
The Atlantic Cup Rally will depart from Nanny Cay
Marina on Tortola, May 2nd, and arrive in Bermuda
four or five days later. The Atlantic Cup is the com-
panion rally to November's Virginia-to-Tortola
Caribbean 1500 rally and offers the opportunity for
returning cruisers to enjoy an 850-mile rally. Not limited
to veterans of the Caribbean 1500, the Atlantic Cup is
open to sailors with well-found offshore boats at least
38 feet (11.58 metres) long and crews of two or more.
"Over the years, we have found it best to split the
return trip from the BVI to the States into two legs. In
the spring of the year, two shorter weather windows
seem to be more frequent than a single longer one,
said Steve Black, founder and president of the orga-
nizing Cruising Rally Association. At Bermuda, the rally
waits for the next weather window to start the second
leg. At that point, smaller groups of boats head off for
different US destinations.
Skippers may elect to join the Cruising Class or the
Rally Class for the event. Boats in the Cruising Class are
not scored and participate to enjoy cruising in compa-
ny. Boats sailing in the Rally Class will be assigned PHRF
handicaps and will compete in several classes.
For more information visit www carib 1500.com

The Caribbean Classic Rum Cruise
The Classic Rum Cruise is a rum-sampling cruise in
company starting in Antigua that visits the Eastern
Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, lies des Saintes,
Marie Galante, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia.
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This year, May 3rd through 17th will be the third edi-
tion. To provide an insight into the development of
rum distillation throughout the island chain, both his-
toric and modern distilleries are visited. Many distinct
blends will be sampled, with ample opportunity to
acquire a bottle or two of your favorites.
The 2010 Classic Rum Cruise is led by Brian and Pippa
of Miramar Sailing Ltd. of Antigua & Barbuda.
Participants should be seasoned cruisers with good
seamanship skills and experience of Customs and
Immigration procedures, sailing in Atlantic Ocean
conditions, and anchoring. Yachts must be in sound
condition and equipped with working VHF radio, safe-
ty equipment, at least one GPS and nautical paper
charts of the proposed sailing grounds. Skippers must
be capable of maintaining their yachts without super-
vision and carry sufficient parts to enable repairs.
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Heading to Europe? Join the Fun with ARC Europe!
Heading to Europe? Entries are still being received
for this year's ARC Europe transatlantic rally, which
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ARC Europe enables yachts to cruise west to east to
Europe at the end of the Caribbean season as part of
a fun rally. The Rally is open solely to cruising yachts,
so they are allowed to motor in calm periods; results
are calculated for each leg and prizes awarded.
It was 22 years ago that the concept of ARC Europe


first came to fruition when the inaugural event, then
named TransARC, set off in 1988. In 2000 the rally was
re-named ARC Europe to better reflect its association
with the world-famous westbound ARC (Atlantic Rally
for Cruisers).
By breaking the eastbound Atlantic crossing into sev-
eral legs, ARC Europe helps make the passage a
memorable way to voyage to Europe. During the six-
week event, yachts will gather at Nanny Cay in early
May, before departing the British Virgin Islands and
crossing the Atlantic in company. A fleet from Florida
will join those who started in Tortola at Bermuda,
before crossing the Atlantic and exploring the Azores
archipelago, and reaching the European continent at
the end of June. Yachts can then join rally stages to
Lagos in southern Portugal, or to Plymouth in the UK.
Organised by cruising rally experts World Cruising
Club, ARC Europe is open to cruising monohulls with a
minimum length of 27 feet (8.23 metres) and cruising
multihulls from 27 to 60 feet (8.23 to 18.29 metres) LOA.
The rally attracts largely offshore cruising yachts with
an average LOA of 45 feet (14.15 metres).
The provisional entry list already includes yachts from
eight different nations Canada, France, Gibraltar,
Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and
the USA.
For more information see ad on page 11.

Combat de Coques 2010: Martinique in May
No, it's not a cockfight; it's a "hull fight" in
other words, a regatta! The ever-popular
Combat de Coques will be held this year from
May 13th through 15th, raced in the waters
off Martinique's south coast. There will be
competition in the following classes: Racing,
Racing-Cruising, Surprise, Liveaboard Multihulls
and Beach Cats. Enjoy Martinican hospitality
and music after the races. The organizing host
club is Club Nautique de Marin. Come and
shake a tail feather!
For more information see ad in Market Place
section, pages 43 through 45.

Barbados Mount Gay Regatta 2010 Date Change
Renata Goodridge reports: The organizing commit-
tee of the Barbados Mount Gay Regatta would like to
let all sailors know that the Barbados Mount Gay
Regatta dates have been changed because of the
20-20 Cricket World Cup, which lands on the weekend
originally planned for racing. (Sailors and cricket -


don't even get me started!).
The new dates for the Barbados regatta are May
20th through 23rd, with registration and the Skippers'
Briefing on Thursday May 20, and racing for the next
three days in the beautiful waters offshore of this pre-
cious island.
For more information contact sailfast@caribsurf com

Puerto Rico Vela Cup
The Puerto Rico Vela Cup regatta, organized by
Club Nautico de Fajardo and hosted by the Yacht
Club Palmas del Mar, will take place from May 28th
through 30th. There will be classes for Spinnaker
Racing, Performance Cruising, Jib and Main, J/24,
IC-24, Snipe and Beach Cats.
For boats arriving from other islands, Customs and
Immigration Service is available Monday through
Saturday from 0800 to 1630 hours at the ports of entry in
San Juan, Fajardo, Ponce, Mayagiez and Culebra. Non-
US citizens arriving by private boat must have a visa.
Register before May 14th and get a discount.
For more information visit www.puertoricovelacup.com

HIHO Adds New Categories
The 26-year old Highland Spring HIHO, an eight-day
watersports adventure, visits multiple islands in the
BVI. The 2010 event is set for June 27th through July 4th.
This year's event has added a fleet of Weta 4.4-
metre trimarans. The Weta trimaran, a one-design,
performance multihull that can be sailed single-
handed or double-handed, was awarded the "2009
Boat of the Year (dinghy)" by Sailing World magazine,
and is capable of over 17 knots. It is powered by main
and jib and asymmetrical kite for downwind runs.
The 2010 HIHO will also feature a new sport: standup
paddleboard racing. Says Andy Morrell, who won the
HIHO event in 1986 and started running it through his
company Ocean Promotions in 1993, "Starting with this
year's event, we will add other watersports categories
that we think are in demand or up-and-coming."
The HIHO regatta starts at The Moorings marina on
Tortola, then the fleet sprints up to the top of the BVIs,
and then spends a week coming back downwind. A
fleet of captained Moorings catamarans serves as
mobile homes for the racers. Along the way the regat-
ta stops at Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Eustatia, Bellamy
Cay, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Sandy Cay (National
Park), Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke and Little Thatch,
and features parties at every stop.
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Along with a couple hundred other British and European boats, Chaser 2, with my
wife Yvonne and me aboard, arrived in St. Lucia with the ARC rally some years ago,
and since then we have travelled north, south east and west-ish. Many more cruisers
arrive from North America, too, and hang around the Eastern Caribbean. Newcomers
especially are keen to explore the Virgin Islands, and then travel south through the
Leeward and Windward Islands.
In my experience while sailing in the Eastern Caribbean, the further south one
travels the more "Caribbean" it becomes. When we arrived in St. Lucia with the ARC,
we were a little disappointed. The Caribbean flavour that we had experienced 20
years previously had almost disappeared; anchorages were now restricted or buoyed,
everywhere was crowded, and the boat boys wouldn't even let us anchor before fight
ing to sell us their wares.
Come April, most of us are thinking of where to go during the hurricane season.
Some may decide to stay in the northern islands and risk running for shelter and
riding out a hit. Many insurance companies do not cover for any claim as a result of
a Named Storm, and others insist that you travel south of a supposed "hurricane
zone". Insurance companies have variously designated the southern border of this
zone as 1240'N degrees north or 12N, but after Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane
Emily struck Grenada in 2004 and 2005 respectively, some companies drew the line
at 11 5'N. (Seems they insure us fully as long as there is no risk of a claim!)
Grenada was and is still a favourite, but is not quite far enough south to keep
many insurers happy. Even if your insurance permits staying there, good anchor
ages in Grenada are becoming increasingly difficult to find, with the introduction of
mooring buoys and marinas. Grenada's available anchorages therefore become more
crowded, and many cruisers don't like to stay in even the nicest marina for six
months. Grenada is English-speaking though, a plus point, and there are good
chandlers and stores. The haul-out facilities are quite good, too. There are fewer of
the fruit-vending boat boys who drive us crazy in the more northerly islands, and it's
as safe as anywhere to walk the streets, so Grenada in my opinion is still a reason
able summer-season option.
An alternative is the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago. Tobago is beautiful
and there are one or two good, safe anchorages. Although there is not too much in






















Between the anchorages at Punta Cachamaure and Pericantal
is the town of San Antonio
the way of shops and stores, its a good place to travel to while in the area. Trinidad
is another lovely island. The haul-out yards are some of the best I've seen, though
you are restricted as to whom you employ to do any work on your vessel. Budget
Marine has a chandlery here; so too does Peake's marina. Again, Trinidad is English
speaking. There are some good shopping centres and Port-of-Spain is a colourful
town. From a safety-and-security point of view it is reasonable; the usual common
sense rules apply. For those that feel it is dangerous outside the gates, there is a
water taxi that takes you from one marina to the other. Anchorages are few; most
people stay in one of the marinas or rent a mooring buoy in Chaguaramas, but the
moorings have been known to drag in bad winds and are crowded. One downside is
that it does rain a lot (at least in typical years, 2010 has been an exception so far):
nearly every day you have to shut the hatches and move the cockpit cushions; paint
ing and varnishing becomes very difficult.
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Where else? The ABC islands receive very good reports, as do Colombia and
Panama, but are a bit far west for those who plan to return to the Eastern Caribbean
islands for the winter season.
Eastern Venezuela, however, is within reach. Venezuela has had some bad press
regarding crime, but Venezuela is a huge country -it has nearly 2,000 miles of
coastline and some 300 offshore islands, so "Venezuela" will be in the headlines
more often.
So, where to go in Eastern Venezuela? Coming from the east, Porlamar in Isla
Margarita is often the first port of call; you can clear in here and it is a good stop en
route to Venezuela's mainland and other offshore islands. Marina Juan can do the
clearance for you, or you can do it yourself at the port captain's office. You will then
be legally in Venezuela; you do not have to clear out to go to the mainland or any
other island. Porlamar is a popular anchorage, though I'm not sure why. It is rolly
at best and quite uncomfortable on many days, even in good weather. The surround
ing area is scruffy but the shopping is good; its a duty-free island, so some items
are bargains. Many yachts stay in Porlamar for the whole summer and it can get
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Many more cruisers have a great summer in Venezuela, staying in the marinas in
the town of Puerto La Cruz (PLC) such as Bahia Redonda (an excellent marina with
swimming pool and haul-out), TMO and Aqua Vi. Many of these cruisers, though,
just sit in the marina day after day and never sail anywhere else in Venezuela
because of fear of crime. Some won't even set foot outside the marina gates, which
is a shame because downtown PLC has a lovely promenade that is safe to walk day
time and evening, as is Marina Plaza, with cinemas and ten-pin bowling. Marina
Bahia Redonda and TMO have good haul-outs, and PLC has two or three good chan
dlers. If you want marina life, this area is very good.
Mochima, a fjord-like bay set in a National Park, is a good place to visit, with some
nice restaurants and lovely beaches, but restrictions apply for length of stay.
Near the town of Cumana, Marina Cumanagoto is a good stopover; fuel is available
here at Venezuelan prices, the staff is very helpful and friendly, and there is a small
commercial centre with several cinemas. There are also several restaurants and a
newly opened supermarket. Cumana, about a 20-minute walk from the marina, is a
bustling market town. The main streets are heaving with shoppers and stall holders.
There are shops of all kinds and most things can be bought here. When we need fuel,
we come and spend a few days in the marina, do some shopping and maybe watch
a movie. For us, a few days in the marina is long enough; some of the motorboats
here have music systems more powerful than their outboards so it can be a little
loud, especially at weekends, though I have seen the Guardia Nacional telling the
boatowners to quiet down.
An area that sometimes gets overlooked is the Gulf of Cariaco, partly because not
a lot happens here. The gulf is a well-protected area stretching 30 miles east from
Cumana and is about eight miles at its widest point. Because it's an enclosed body
of water, the sea never builds too high, whatever the strength of the easterly wind.
Sailing is good, whether tacking from one shore to the other while travelling east, or
enjoying great downwind sailing on return. There are many secluded and some more
populated anchorages on both sides, and one can spend many weeks here moving
from one place to another. The gulf is not for everyone; the fishing villages are small
and, although very friendly, there is little or no entertainment. Walking is good;
wildlife and birdlife is rich.
The anchorage between Cachicatos and Guacarapo is a popular spot to base a
yacht. You can anchor in about four metres of water within 100 metres of the beach.
It never rolls here, although sometimes you get a bit of fetch when the wind blows
hard from the east. Rarely, during the summer you get a windshift during the after
noon that lasts for about an hour. This can cause a few big waves. The anchorage
can take all the cruising boats of Venezuela, though rarely are there more than 20.
Medregal Village's boatyard here is a good place to haul out; prices are better than
most. There is a restaurant and bar at Medregal Village Resort. There are two other
cruiser hangouts in the area, run by cruisers. Cocobongo is run by Sven and Eva,
who sold their boat to buy a beach house where they have built a log-fired pizza
oven. A little further east is El Fajin Verde (The Green Sash, owing to the fact that it
has a green stripe across the roof). This place is only open one day per week but
serves English-type food as well as Caribbean-style rotis. Every place has its own
dinghy dock.
There are no shops here but a bus can be arranged to take cruisers to the market
town of Cariaco. A boat trip can be arranged across the gulf to San Antonio, a beau
tiful village with a few shops and general stores. Cocobongo or Fajin Verde can
arrange all that is necessary; they also provide laundry service, water, gas, internet
and wifi for patrons.
There is also a kiosk on the road, run by the wife of one of the fishermen, which
sells most basic foodstuffs and drinks. Another English couple, also ex-sailors, lives
nearby; they sell fresh free-range chickens, ducks and eggs.
So for what its worth, our opinion based on our experience travelling throughout
the Eastern Caribbean so far is this: Grenada is good, Trinidad is better, Venezuela
is better still, and the Golfo de Cariaco is the best hurricane-avoidance destination.
Firstly, its well below anyone's hurricane zone (for example, Puerto Real on the
north shore is at 1034'N). Secondly, there's no need to pay mooring or marina fees.
Thirdly, it is tranquil -the real South America, the real Caribbean. Fourthly, one
can continue sailing, whether it be day-sailing and returning at night to the same
anchorage, or sailing to other anchorages within the gulf, or voyaging farther afield
to Isla Tortuga or Isla Blanquilla (you won't find bluer waters or better snorkeling).
Finally, it is as safe as anywhere; you can walk the streets and foreigners are wel
comed warmly, there are no hassles from boat boys, we never lift our dinghy and
people here don't lock their houses, you can safely leave your boat on anchor and
travel the interior of Venezuela. You can relax.


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pringtime in the Caribbean brings thoughts of calmer winds and gentle seas for the
remainder of the cruising season. Springtime also is a time when we think of where
we will end up for the hurricane season that begins in June.
For most cruisers the approach of hurricane season means making plans for hauling out
in Trinidad, Grenada or, if you have a benevolent insurance company, even St. Lucia or
Antigua. The more adventurous even consider making the journey farther afield to Venezuela,
Bonaire and Curacao.
Other sailors use the rationale that they need a change from sailing up and down the island
chain each season, seeing the same glistening white sand beaches and friendly faces on their
favorite islands.
There is another alternative that permits sailing throughout the entire hurricane season in
protected waters and provides a new adventure that is totally different from the Eastern
Caribbean -sail west to Panama!
The French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin was the ultimate adventurer. Gauguin is
forever remembered for leaving the comfort of France and traveling to the South Pacific in
search of his dreams. Most sailors can relate to Gauguin as we sail into secluded Caribbean
anchorages in our search for adventure.
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current-day village of St. Pierre, Martinique. Today there is a small museum that can be
visited where Gauguin lived and painted on Martinique.
Gauguin must have grown tired of the beauty of Martinique because he did not stay long
in St. Pierre. Instead, Gauguin sailed west toward Panama. It is his journey, rather than
searching for a hurricane refuge or forsaking the Eastern Caribbean, that inspired our own
journey aboard Aspen, our Island Packet 38 foot sailboat, to Panama.
Panama -home to conquistadors, pirates and Indians. Also, Panama is well below the
hurricane belt and is easily chosen by insurance companies as a safe refuge during hurri
cane season. The sail from Trinidad, Grenada or even Gauguin's Martinique is downwind and
an offshore passage that only took us ten days as we made landfall in the magical San Bias
Islands of Panama in the middle of November 2009.
The San Bias Islands immediately reminded us of the spectacular Tobago Cays. There are
differences. First, there are 340 islands that make up the San Bias Islands instead of the
handful that comprise the Tobago Cays. Secondly, there are no bareboat charter boats in the
San Bias Islands! This meant that we could watch a boat arrive at an anchorage and not have
to stand on the bow screaming and waving them away. Third, the fishermen sell lobster
US$5 for six lobsters. This is quite a bit cheaper than the Eastern Caribbean as we recall.
But why buy fish and lobster when you can spearfish for them right from your boat? Yes,
spearfishing is allowed in the San Bias.
Checking into Panama at the San Bias island of Provenir is the legal option, instead
of waiting until arrival at Colon to do so. However, beware that a visa and cruising per
mit for Panama are only valid for 90 days, after which you are supposed to leave the
country. Sometimes you can arrange to remain longer by talking with an agent and pay
ing a small fee.
The San Bias Islands are very similar to the Bahamas of 200 years ago. There are no gro
cery stores, roads or stress. Dugout canoes are the primary means of travel for the indige
nous Kuna Indians who govern the San Bias Islands. The Kuna sometimes paddle around
the anchorages selling fruit and vegetables. There is also a better-organized fruit-and
vegetable operation that appears in a motorized dugout canoe every one or two weeks, if the
weather is favorable and there are enough yachts around to entice them.
The women onboard the dugout canoes sell a local handicraft called molas. Molas are
spectacular and intricate needlework that will brighten up your salon and some are even on
the walls of museums far and wide. You WILL buy molas by the dozen. Molas, molas, molas
are everywhere in the San Bias. We became mola'ed to death, yet still bought enough for all
our family, friends and distant relatives. We are fairly certain that Gauguin must have had
a collection of molas too!
Summer in Panama simply means it is the rainy season. The rainy season can be
described with one word WET! If you think the rain in Trinidad is excessive, just come to
Panama. They measure the rainfall here in feet (or metres if you prefer). These deluges are
daily occurrences and they are accompanied by lightning. The chance of getting hit by light
ning in Panama is around 99 percent. Those boats that do not get struck are definitely in
the minority!
Panama has endless opportunities for exploring. The anchorages near the mainland of the
San Bias are where pirates hid for 400 years during the 1500s through the 1800s. Sir
Francis Drake and Sir Henry Morgan are two of the more notorious pirates that had bases
in the jungle in the San Bias area.
The jungle is a dark and forbidding place in Panama. There are more poisonous snakes,
spiders and saltwater crocodiles here than we have ever seen or ever wish to see again! Yet
the jungle has beauty around every corner. Sloths hang from branches, parrots darken the
skies all around us and there are troops of monkeys everywhere howling and dancing
through the treetops. The sea is alive and the reefs are exceptionally healthy around the
islands. Not even inept fishermen like us can go hungry here!
The distances between anchorages in the San Bias range from half a mile to five miles. All
of the islands are behind a barrier reef so the seas are minimal when sailing between islands.
There are no huge seas sweeping between the islands here like there are between St. Lucia












and Martinique, approaching Bequia or at the north ends of St. Vincent and Grenada. There
isn't even an Anegada-type passage to negotiate here.
During the rainy season the winds range from calm to higher in the frequent squalls. There
are also westerly winds that can rip through the anchorages without warning, bringing gusts
to 50 knots at times. If you happen to get in trouble there is no coast guard to come and help
you. Only your fellow cruisers will be nearby to lend you a hand.
The cruising area of the San Bias islands is so large that the morning net uses single
sideband radio instead of VHF. The Panama Cruisers' Net meets daily at 0830 on SSB 8107
USB. It is an invaluable resource. The broadcasts include the weather, a vessel check-in as
well as question and answer announcements. The local VHF channel for a particular anchor
age area is 72.
The most popular anchorage in the San Bias islands is within the Lemon Cays. There are
cruisers who spend the entire hurricane season sitting in this one spot, playing volleyball on
one of the cays, snorkeling and just enjoying life. This anchorage is similar to Georgetown in
the Bahamas, but with a lot fewer boats.
If you really get desperate for supplies you can anchor near the runway at Nonomulu near
the Carti Islands and take a four-wheel drive vehicle across a very rough road (the only road
in the San Bias Islands), which eventually joins the Pan-American Highway that goes to
Panama City. This tends to be at least an all
day adventure. Think of the bus journey in the
Movie "Romancing the Stone" and you will have
an idea what you are in for.
There are two guidebooks that cover the San
Bias Islands. The newest is The Panama Cruising
Guide by Eric Bauhaus. The older guidebook is
The Panama Guide by Nancy and Tom Zydler.
We found that each guide supplements the
other and both are useful. Just don't expect a
Chris Doyle guidebook telling you the exact
route to take between islands!
Meeting guests in the San Bias is simple. Tell
your guests to fly into Porvenir on a commercial
/ single-engine plane from Panama City and look
for your boat. The tiny runway is the largest
object on the cay so finding you or your boat is
a snap.
The nearest haulout facility is at Shelter Bay
Marina in Colon. This is a nice and relatively
new marina where you can store your vessel in
marina is safe because the old US Fort Sherman
army base that Panama now owns surrounds
it. Panama has well armed guards patrolling
the extensive perimeter of the old base to keep
everyone away.
You would expect that Panama, one of the
world's largest ports, to have extensive marine
stores. Think again! There are very few marine
stores in Panama, and the main one, Abernathy,
Above: The San Bias Islands immediately reminded us of the spectacular Tobago Cays, but
there are differences!
Below: Afruit-and vegetable operation appears in a motorized dugout canoe every couple of
weeks... maybe


caters mainly to big sportfishing boats. Any sailing gear, parts for your refrigeration system or
the like can be ordered through the local Marine Warehouse dealer -they are the best source
for parts and equipment in all of Panama.
The natural beauty of the San Blas, for the short time he was here, probably inspired
Gauguin in several of his paintings. Gauguin worked on the failed French Panama Canal
effort before losing his job and falling ill -they have dengue fever here, just like in the
Eastern Caribbean. There are also other nasty diseases like malaria here, too. Our family
physician made sure that we took our daily anti-malaria tablets in the San Blas.
There is a major problem about spending hurricane season in Panama, instead of the Eastern
Caribbean. Once hurricane season is over and you want to move on, where do you go?
The routes are well known:
Head north to Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico to spend the
cruising season in the Western Caribbean
Bash your way east along the coast of Colombia, stop in Aruba, Curacao or Bonaire,
then sail north and make landfall in Puerto Rico before struggling back to the Eastern
Caribbean cruising grounds
Hug the coast of Colombia, stop in Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, and then really bash
yourself and your boat to death by sailing east against the easterly tradewinds and
adverse current to Grenada.
We will be taking a fourth alternative for getting back to the smiling faces, glorious beach
es and yes, even the bareboats in the Eastern Caribbean. We will be following Gauguin's
voyage westward through the Pacific, chasing the green flash and sailing far over the horizon
to new places before returning home to the enchanting Windward and Leeward islands of
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entertaining and useful to you.
In Part II, please tell us your views on a number of issues of interest to boaters in the
Caribbean. This information will not only help us to plan future features, but will also
produce data to present to relevant authorities.
Finally, in Part III, please tell us about yourself It helps us if we know who we are talking
to!
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Part I: Caribbean Compass
DELIVERY
1) Where did you obtain this copy of Caribbean Compass?
Dominican Republic St. Vincent
USVI/Puerto Rico Bequia
BVI Union Island
St. Maarten Carriacou
St. Barts Grenada
Antigua Trinidad
Guadeloupe Margarita
Dominica Puerto la Cruz
Martinique ABCs
St. Lucia Elsewhere (name
Barbados Online
What was the name of the outlet (shop, bar, marina, yacht club, etc.) where you got it?


2) On average, how often do you read a copy of Compass?
Every month
1 or 2 out of every 3 issues
1 or 2 out of every 6 issues
This is the first one I've seen
3) How easy do you find it to obtain a copy of Compass?
Very easy Difficult
Easy Very difficult
Where do you have difficulty finding it?
4) How many people usually read your copy of Compass?
Just me 3
2 4 or more
5) About how long do you typically spend reading an issue of Compass?
Less than 30 minutes One to two hours
30 minutes to an hour More than two hours
6) About how long do you keep an issue of Compass?
A day or two Two weeks
One week A month or more
7) Do you like Compass's current tabloid newsprint format?
Yes No Why?
If not, would you rather see it on glossy paper in magazine format?
Yes No Why?

8) What boating publications do you read regularly besides the Compass, and how often?


CONTENT
9) Which regular articles/authors do you usually read, and how do you rate them on a scale
from 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent)?
Usually Read Seldom Read Rating
Info & Updates
Business Briefs
Regatta News
Eco News
Chris Doyle
Don Street
Destinations
All Ashore...
Crossword
Word Search
Sailors Horoscope
Island Poets
Cartoons
Children's Stories
Dolly's Deep Secrets
The Caribbean Sky
Meridian Passage Moon
Book Reviews
Recipes
Readers' Forum
Calendar
What's on My Mind
10) Rate the subjects below: 1 (I would like more of), 2 (about right), 3 (I would like less of).
Reports on sailing regattas
Articles on cruising destinations
Articles about bluewater passages
Articles on land tours and travel
Reports on environmental issues
Articles about marine life and ecology
Reports on cruising issues
Articles on local culture and folklore
Stories of people's lives and achievements
Articles on regional maritime history
Nautical/Caribbean fiction
11) Are there any subjects not now covered that you would like to read about?

12) How would you rate the length of the major articles?
Too short About right Too long
13) How would you rate the proportion of photographs and illustrations to text?
Too many pictures About right Too few pictures
ADVERTISING
14) How would you rate the usefulness of the advertisements in Compass?
Very useful Useful Not very useful
15) Have you ever purchased a product or service after reading about it in the Compass?
SYes No Not yet, but plan to
16) How would you rate the proportion of advertisements to articles?
Too many ads About right Too few ads
OVERVIEW
17) Taking everything into account, what do you like best about Caribbean Compass?

What do you like least?


18) Do you recommend Compass to your friends?
Yes No
19) What suggestions do you have?


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Part II: Issues
SECURITY
1) Security for yachts is getting to be more of a problem.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

2) Local authorities are taking adequate action to ensure security.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

3) The Caribbean is relatively safe compared to most other tourist destinations.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree
ENVIRONMENT

4) The introduction of Marine Parks is a good idea.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

5) Charging yachts an entry fee for Marine Parks is fair.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

6) If yachts are charged a fee to enter a country, part of that fee should be put toward proper
facilities for disposal of yachts' garbage.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

7) Disposal of yacht garbage should be banned on islands without proper facilities.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

DESTINATIONS
8) Besides good shelter and holding, what makes an anchorage desirable? Rate each item from
1 (unimportant) to 10 (extremely important).
Dinghy dock Friendly people
Moorings Clean environment
Shops and restaurants WIFI
Marina facilities Security patrol
Fuel and water Other (please state)

What makes an anchorage undesirable? Rate each item from 1 (not a concern) to 10
(a major concern).
Security problems Overcrowding (boats)
Harassment Overcrowding (moorings/docks)
Noise Lack of facilities
Unclean environment Other (please state)

9) The use of jet skis (PWCs) is restricted or banned in some places in the Caribbean. Do you
prefer to be in areas without jet skis?
Yes No Don't care

10) Good free anchorages are becoming hard to find.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree
11) What makes a "working" (repairs, maintenance, etc.) destination desirable? Rate each item
from 1 (unimportant) to 10 (extremely important).
Low crime rate Skilled service providers
Value for money Favorable weather
Duty free concessions Other (please state)

CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION
12) Most Customs and Immigration officers in the Caribbean are efficient and courteous.
Strongly agree Disagree
Agree Strongly disagree

13) Within the Greater and Lesser Antilles, I have found the Customs and Immigration officers
in the following ports to be the most efficient and courteous:


I have found those in the following ports to be least efficient and courteous:






14) I use the eSeaClear system where it is available.

Yes No Why or why not?

ISSUES WRAP UP
15) What suggestions do you have regarding the issues listed above (security, environment
Customs/Immigration)?





16) What other issues are of importance to you?





Part III: Demographics
1) I am...
a first-time or infrequent visitor to the Caribbean
a regular or long-term visitor to the Caribbean
a citizen or legal resident of the Caribbean
I haven't visited the Caribbean yet

2) If a visitor, are you staying...?
on your own private cruising boat
on a crewed charter yacht
on a bareboat charter yacht
in shoreside accommodation

3) If a citizen or legal resident, do you own a boat?
Yes No

4) If you are a cruiser in the Caribbean, do you...?
spend most of your time on the move
spend most of your time in one port
stay aboard except for the summer
stay aboard year-round


5) If you are here on a boat:
Did you arrive with a race or rally?
Yes No
Do you plan to stay for more than one year?
Yes No
In which year did you arrive?

6) About how many days per year is your boat...?
At anchor On a mooring
Underway for more than a day sail

7) What is your nationality?


In a marina slip
Hauled out


8) Sex: Male Female

9) Age: Under 24 25 to 44 45 or over

10) How would you describe Compass in your own words?


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The Evolution and

General Track Patterns of

Atlantic Tropical Cyclones

by Amanda Delaney
There is little worse than hearing the news that a tropical storm or hurricane could
threaten your location. Not only does it ruin your plans but it forces you to make
critical decisions such as, can I get the vessel out of harm's way in time and, if I
can't, where can I safely moor and wait out this system? Certain areas of the
Caribbean Sea are more prone to tropical cyclone impacts than others. Having the
general knowledge of how a tropical cyclone develops and where these systems
impact areas across the Atlantic Ocean can help you make the appropriate prepara
tion and plans ahead of the tropical cyclone season.
How does a tropical cyclone evolve?
The majority of tropical cyclones originate from tropical waves. Tropical waves, also
known as easterly waves, originate off the western African coast near Senegal where
dry Saharan air meets the moist air over the Atlantic waters. The surface winds
converge to the east of the tropical wave and generate a line of thunderstorms that
can be viewed on satellite imagery.
Most tropical
waves will not
produce a tropical
cyclone for several
reasons. The first
is that the sea
surface tempera
tures across the
tropical Atlantic
Swarm enough to
sustain a tropical
cyclone. Sea sur
face temperatures
generally need to
be at a minimum
of 26.5C (80'F).
The other reason
is that there are
areas across the
tropical Atlantic Ocean where winds aloft are too strong to sustain thunderstorms
near te tropical wave. These winds will rip the thunderstorms away from the tropical
wave and this disrupts any further organization along the tropical wave.
If the sea surface temperatures reach or exceed the 26.5 C threshold and the winds
aloft across the tropical Atlantic Ocean subside or become calm, then the thunder
storms associated with the tropical wave will continue to become more numerous
and persist. This becomes known as a tropical disturbance: where numerous thun
derstorms develop but are not yet organized near the tropical wave and the surface
winds have not begun to turn cyclonically. Once the surface winds begin to turn
cyclonically and form a closed surface circulation, or low, then a tropical depression
has formed. A tropical depression generally produces maximum sustained winds of
less than 34 knots.
A tropical depression will evolve into a tropical storm when the thunderstorms
around the center of circulation begin to develop a more cyclonic pattern (this
appearance can be seen on satellite imagery) and the sustained winds near the cen
ter increase above 34 knots. Once the tropical depression is classified as a tropical
storm it will be officially named by the US National Hurricane Center.
A tropical storm can strengthen further in the right environment. The outer bands
will further tighten near the center of circulation, the barometric pressure continues
to fall and an "eye" develops at the low center. Once the sustained winds have
reached 64 knots, the tropical storm is classified as a hurricane. Hurricane winds
can range from 64 knots to more than 135 knots (see Figure 1).
The Sa fir Simpson scale categorizes the strength of Atlantic Ocean hurricanes
as follows:
Category 1: 64 82 knots
Category 2: 83 95 knots
Category 3: 96 113 knots
Category 4: 114 135 knots
Category 5: 135 knots or greater
Once a hurricane strengthens to a Category 3 system, it is recognized as a
major hurricane.
A hurricane can meet its demise in several ways. The first is if the system moves
over a large landmass. The system will quickly weaken inland once it is cut off from
its warm water energy source. The second is if the hurricane moves over cooler
waters. The hurricane is unable to generate as many thunderstorms near the center
of circulation and the system begins to transition from a tropical cyclone to an extra
tropical cyclone. In this case the tropical cyclone begins to look more like a large gale
or storm that you would find in the midlatitudes. Usually these tropical cyclones
weaken upon encountering stronger winds aloft again that will push the thunder
storms away from the center of circulation. Generally these extratropical cyclones
merge with a cold front or become a gale or storm, depending upon the strength of
the winds once the transition is complete.
Where do tropical cyclones form and where do these systems generally track?
Tropical cyclones generally originate in one of two ways: either along the tail end of
a stalled cold front or, as we just discussed, from a tropical wave. During the first
scenario, an area of low pressure can develop along a stalled cold front, typically over
the northwestern Caribbean Sea, north of the Bahamas or along the US Gulf or East
Coast. These lows generally strengthen quickly over warm ocean waters and become
their own separate identities from the cold front. When tropical cyclones form in the
western Caribbean waters, these systems can track northeastward over the Bahamas
to the open Atlantic waters. Or, a tropical cyclone can also turn west or northwestward
and move inland over Central America or over the Gulf of Mexico and impact either
the southern US or Mexico. The tropical cyclones that develop along cold fronts can
occur at any time of the year but they more commonly occur in the western Caribbean
Sea during May through June and during October through November (see Figure 2).
As previously mentioned, tropical waves originate off the western coast of Africa and
will track westward along approximately 06'N to 20'N. These waves can move any
where between five to 20 knots and will move through the eastern Caribbean Sea every
three to four days from May through November.
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A tropical wave can be tracked on a surface map and is represented by an "inverted"
trough, or a line that appears like an archer's bow pointing west. Tropical cyclone
development generally occurs along these tropical waves during late June through
early October when the sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean are
optimal and winds aloft are generally calm across this region.
Once a tropical cyclone is spawned by a tropical wave, these systems generally track
west or west northwestward from western Africa to near approximately 50W to 55W,
transiting along the southern periphery of a strong high centered near the Azores.
From there the tropical cyclone's track can diverge and is heavily influenced by the
weather features to the north. If a high is centered near Bermuda, then the tropical
cyclone can continue on a more westward track that will generally take it through the
eastern Caribbean Sea, or impact the northern islands, such as the Leeward Islands,
the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. If the high to the north is far enough west, the
tropical cyclone will continue westward until impacting Central America or turning
into the Gulf of Mexico and impacting the southern US or Mexico.
If the high near Bermuda weakens and a cold front tracks off the eastern US, then
the tropical cyclone can turn more northwestward out ahead of the front. Depending
on the position of the front, a tropical cyclone can track through the Bahamas and
impact the eastern US coast. Other times the tropical cyclone can recurve com-
pletely toward the northwest to north and eventually northeastward, therefore
remaining out in the open Atlantic waters (see Figure 3).
As we progress into later October and November, the tropical waves that move off
the western African coast begin to weaken due to the sea surface temperatures
becoming cooler in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Any tropical cyclones that develop are
more likely to track more northwestward and eventually northward ahead of cold
fronts that are farther south during this time of year.
Where are tropical cyclones most likely to impact in the Eastern Caribbean Sea?
The greatest threat from tropical cyclones over the Eastern Caribbean Sea gener
ally comes with the tropical waves from the east. This usually occurs during July
through September. The threat generally shifts to the west during May through June
and from October through November. During July and early August, tropical cyclones
that form from tropical waves will generally impact the Leeward Islands (at times the
northern Windward Islands), the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Towards the end of
August and September this track usually shifts farther north where the greatest
threat is generally to the northern Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Typically the southern Windward Islands and the Netherlands Antilles are spared any
direct impacts from tropical cyclones. Please note that these are general climatological
tracks and that tropical cyclones can deviate from the above-mentioned paths.
What to look for regarding tropical cyclones, and evasive action to be taken
There are several signs to observe prior to the arrival of the tropical wave:
The barometric pressure will drop two to four millibars.
Northeast winds will rapidly increase 24 hours prior to its arrival.
Stronger tropical waves will produce showers and thunderstorms. The stronger
thunderstorms will produce locally enhanced winds up to gale force and building seas.
Once the tropical wave has passed, the winds will shift and ease out of the south
east and the barometric pressure will gradually rise.
A decision should be made two to three days prior to a tropical cyclone impacting
a region on whether it is safe to escape well ahead of the system or find a safe port
that will provide protection from the cyclone. When a tropical storm watch or hur
ricane watch is issued for an area, tropical storm or hurricane force winds are pos
sible in the region within 48 hours. When a tropical storm warning or hurricane
warning is issued then tropical storm or hurricane force winds are more likely to
occur, impacting that region within 36 hours.
If you decide to seek shelter in a port, make sure you take all of the necessary prepa
rations of tying down the vessel, securing everything inside and sealing any hatches.


Figure 2 (left) shows typical cyclone paths during May June and October-November. Systems can
form in the Gulf of Mexico along old fronts, or develop in warmer waters of the northwestern
Caribbean and track west-northwestward into the Gulf. Systems may also track northeastward
and into Florida or the Bahamas
Figure 3 shows general tropical cyclone tracks during July-September. Systems typically form
near the Cape Verde islands and track west-northwestward. Upon nearing the northeastern
Caribbean, systems can track northwestward or northward, or move west-northwestward across
the northern Caribbean
Here are the conditions that you will encounter while sheltering through a hurricane:
Swells will gradually build two to four days before the arrival of the hurricane.
The barometric pressure will slowly drop two to three days prior to the hurri
cane's arrival. A rapid drop will occur within 24 hours before landfall.
The winds will gradually increase.
Clouds will increase and the outer bands of the hurricane will produce scattered
showers and thunderstorms within 24 hours prior to landfall. The thunderstorms
associated with the outer bands need to be monitored closely for the potential of any
waterspouts or tornadoes associated with them.
If the eyewall reaches your area, expect the strongest winds and numerous thun
derstorms to occur at this time. The barometric pressure will continue to decline.
If the eye (or center) of the hurricane tracks over the area expect:
The winds to ease for approximately a few minutes to an hour.
Thunderstorms to diminish and the barometric pressure to bottom out.
The skies may clear briefly but this will only last a few minutes to an hour at most.
Once the eye of the hurricane moves through, the region will be impacted by the
eyewall again with winds coming from the opposite direction and numerous thun
derstorms. The barometric pressure will steadily increase while winds and thunder
storms diminish and swells slowly (usually after one to two days) abate as the
tropical cyclone moves away from the area.
Conclusions
If you plan on visiting the Eastern Caribbean Sea during the Atlantic tropical sea
son, always stay up to date with the latest tropical activities and consult a profes
sional meteorologist in case you need to alter your plans or take evasive action
because of a tropical cyclone threat. If you are going to be transiting in a tropical
cyclone prone area, always have a hurricane port in mind where you can shelter in
case a hurricane threatens and you are unable to get safely away from the system in
time. Keeping these plans in mind will allow you to avoid a potentially dangerous
situation during the tropical season.
Amanda Delaney is a Senior Meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc., which provides
routing/forecast assistance and Meteorological Consultation for yacht/cargo ships, in
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S with everything you need: instru
ments, charts, publications, safety
equipment, medical supplies, etcetera. You study all
the things that a seagoing captain must know and you
plan your passage meticulously, taking into account
weather, tides, currents and other factors. If you have
done all this right you should arrive safe and sound at
your destination.
That feeling of triumph on safe arrival when you
have overcome all obstacles and arrived just as you
planned is, for me, one of the greatest rewards of voy
aging under sail. So it has been for Marie and me in all
our tens of thousands of miles of voyaging in our Cape
Dory 40, Timespinner. That is, until the last passage,
which was not even a very long one.
Our latest voyage of three years had taken us from
Maine, USA, to Spain, Madeira, the Canary Islands,
back across the Atlantic to Barbados, then around the
Caribbean in a clockwise direction until we were in
January in a pretty little marina at La Ceiba on the
north coast of Honduras, where we were waiting for a
succession of nasty weather fronts to clear before con
tinuing to Rio Dulce, Guatemala. We had made two
false starts, driven back by strong headwinds which,
combined with a knot of contrary current, made prog
ress impossibly slow and uncomfortable.
At last things looked better and we determined to set
sail. The passage was about 120 miles from La Ceiba
to Cabo Tres Puntas, where we would spend the night
and wait for the high tide to cross the terrifyingly shal
low bar at the Rio Dulce entrance. That meant an
overnight passage and there was no need for an early
start. We had time for a good steak lunch ashore first.
The passage was uneventful. The wind failed and we
had to motorsail some of the way. Checking the tide
prediction, we found that we would miss the high tide
at the Rio Dulce bar, so we put in at Bahia La Graciosa,
about 14 miles away, to await the high tide next day.
La Graciosa is a lovely anchorage, quiet and well
sheltered. It appeared utterly deserted apart from a
few seemingly empty houses on the shore and a soli
tary Indian silently fishing from a dugout canoe in the
distance. The quiet was absolute. Marie was not feel
ing well and turned in early without dinner.
In the middle of the night she woke me, saying she
had great pain and thought she had food poisoning.
We decided to stay where we were and wait until she
got over it but she got worse. Her belly was hard and
swollen and the pain was becoming hard to bear. This
was more than the common dose of food poisoning or
gastroenteritis that normally gets better on its own.
Marie needed medical attention. We tried calling for
help on the VHF but there was no response. There was
nothing for it but to hoist anchor and go as fast as we
could to Livingston and find medical help. Never mind
the tide -even if we went aground we could still call
for help.
It was still dark but we had GPS waypoints from our
entry. Motoring at full speed, we arrived early on the
tide but cleared the bar by inches, at most, if we did not
plow a furrow in the mud. Livingston is one of the few
ports of entry where Customs and Immigration officers
still come out to yachts at anchor. In response to our
call a doctor came too. He examined Marie briefly, mut
tered something about salmonella and prescribed some
medicine, which I collected ashore. Then we moved
about a mile upriver and anchored, waiting for an
improvement before continuing.
There was no improvement, but nor, so far, was it
obvious that we had an emergency. The emergency
became apparent when Marie woke me in agony about
four in the morning. She could not eat, drink, or
eliminate, had not peed since the previous day and
was beginning to swell up with edema. There was no
response to my call for help on the VHF but Marie
remembered having seen in one of the cruising guides


a telephone number for emergency assistance for tour
ists. We called it, using the Iridium satellite telephone,
and spoke to Omar Solis. He immediately contacted
the Coast Guard and arranged for a boat to be sent
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hours later because they could not find us, although
we were less than a mile away and the boat was lit up
like a Christmas tree with all lights on, including our
deck floodlights.
Finally, in daylight, the boat arrived. There was the
same doctor who had seen her the day before, half
asleep and unshaven and in an impatient mood, and
a nurse. We had thought that there would be some
sort of a medical clinic in Livingston, which is a size
able town, but on the way there, Marie learned that
there was none. When she asked where then were they
going, the nurse suggested that they go another 11
miles along the coast to Puerto Barrios.



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propeller as well. We just went slowly ahead. The net
buoys disappeared as we passed over and bobbed
back up in our wake. Full speed ahead and we were on
our way.
The trip up Rio Dulce is utterly spectacular, espe
cially the canyon. At any other time we would have
enjoyed it slowly but we just kept on boring upriver, not
even slowing for shoals and obstructions. On arrival at
Bruno's Marina we found that Omar had been as good
as his word. Line handlers were waiting, as was Omar
himself, having driven up in his own car. Marie was
seized and whisked off before I had even tied up my
mooring lines. I wondered if I would see her again.
In fact, the next time I saw her was several days
later in a hospital in Guatemala City. The American
doctor, Brian, had taken one look at her and said she
must go to the city RIGHT NOW! He called a colleague
and arranged emergency treatment for her on arrival.
As if we were not
indebted enough to
Omar, he volunteered
to drive her there, a
five-hour trip.
Well, it all ended
well. Her treatment at
that hospital was as
good as she could have
Received anywhere in
the world. Her problem
had been an intestinal
blockage just below
her stomach due to an
adhesion, the legacy of
a previous operation.
By the next day she
was feeling almost
well, apart from a foot
long scar on her belly,
and was released a few
days later. We are now
Taking life easy while


Health issues
have forced
Timespinner's sale


There they were met at the dock by Omar Solis, who
drove Marie to the hospital, waited there all day while
she was X-rayed and given some treatment and finally
released, too weak to walk. He drove her to a bank (we
had no local currency) and to a pharmacy, where he
helped her buy more medicines, and put her on a boat
back to Timespinner.
This latest treatment had no more effect than the
first. By the middle of the night she was really bad.
She had swollen up until she looked as if she weighed
300 pounds and it appeared that her kidneys were not
working. We had exhausted the local medical capabil
ity and we had to do something before she died.
There is an American doctor who runs a clinic called
The Jungle Medics. It is on Lake Izabal, some five
hours motoring at six knots. We would go there. Marie
called once again to Omar. With his usual efficiency he
called The Jungle Medics and the closest marina to
advise them that we would be arriving with a medical
emergency. So, well before dawn, as soon as it was
light enough to see the river, we weighed anchor.
Then, to our consternation, we saw that the local fish
ermen had laid nets completely surrounding us.
Not for the first time did I bless Timespinner's long
keel underwater shape. No "modern" yacht with fin
keel and separate rudder could have escaped without
entanglement of the rudder and quite probably the


she recuperates in the absolutely gorgeous ruined city
of Antigua, Guatemala, while 7Tmespinner languishes in
a marina in Rio Dulce. The sad note is that our voyage
and our voyaging days are over for good. Marie has been
warned that she can never again be far from medical
attention in case of a recurrence.
Timespinner is for sale. She needs some cosmetic
work on the exterior but is in excellent condition oth
erwise. We would be happy to sell her at less than half
her market price if only somebody would take her off
our hands "as is" from Rio Dulce and we could just fly
home and carry on with our lives. This would be a
wonderful opportunity to acquire a superb cruising
yacht ready to go, with all necessary cruising equip
ment. [Editor's note: See classified ad on page 46.]
There must be a moral to this story, but I am not
sure what it is. No amount of learning and preparation
can defend against such an act of fate. It is just to
know that such things can happen.
Anybody cruising in Guatemala should know that
the Tourist Assistance Program of the Guatemala
Tourist Board is highly efficient and nothing short of
wonderful. Omar Solis deserves a medal. Medical
attention in the capital city is world class, the nursing
care superb and to top it all off, they have an excellent,
healthy cuisine. Here's hoping you'll never need such
assistance, but it's good to know it's available.




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rI as 4:27AM, time to
get up and go fishing.
I had a date to meet a
Grenadian fisherman, Lenny
Harris, on the beach at around
5:00. I poured a cup of hot
coffee, grabbed my hat and
sunglasses, cranked up the
dinghy and puttered in to the
beach to meet Lenny by his
plywood skiff, Sting.
My wife and I had sailed our
Admiral 38 catamaran up
from Prickly Bay the evening
before and anchored just
north of the town of Gouyave
in 15 feet of clear water. We came to join the local cel
ebration of Gouyave's "100th Fisherman's Birthday". I
met Lenny on the beach when I stopped to ask him a
few questions about the event.
I asked Lenny what it was all about. He pondered the
question for a moment, then told me that the best he
knew, someone in the government had officially appoint
ed Gouyave the "fishing capital of Grenada" 100 years
ago and it was all about that declaration. He wasn't too
sure Gouyave was still the fishing capital in reality, as
all the big long-line fishing boats hailed from the St.
George's area, but Gouyave still had lots of fishermen
and the weekly Friday Night Fish Fry had people coming
from all over the island for the street party and fantastic
fresh seafood dishes prepared by local vendors.
I thought it would be fun to see how the local fisher
men fished in their tiny skiffs, so I asked Lenny if I
could fish with him.
"Ah course, Mon, sure. Meet me here at five in da
mornin' den," he said without hesitation. And thats
how I now found myself lugging fishing gear across the
beach on this dark tropical morning. The fact that I
offered $20 to pay for gas may have helped put the
smile on his face.
We chatted as we made several trips up to his little
locker in a building erected by the Japanese govern
ment for local fisherman. "Dem build lots a buildings
for da fishermen so we would vote for dem to kill de
whales," he said.
By 5:30 we were ready to go, but the heavy 16-foot
wooden skiff was sitting on logs 40 feet from shore.
Suddenly three men appeared from different directions
to help. Other logs were borrowed from other boats
and we quickly had a rolling log path to the sea.
As we rolled Lenny kept saying to me, "Watch da feet
now, you watch da toes, careful now." It was later in the
day I noticed he had a very badly deformed toe on his
right foot where the boat crushed his foot years before.
Lenny got the motor started and we chugged away
from the beach into the flat dark sea. There was no
wind and not a ripple on the surface.
"Dis is no good fo' da fishin'," said Lenny. "Da baits
don' work well like dis and da fish don' bite dem." But
we both agreed the breeze would likely pick up when
the sun came up.
"Dis mornin we go' fish mos'ly right off da point dey," he
said pointing to Marin Point about a mile to the north.
"Do you usually fish there or do you have other
spots, too?" I asked.
"I catch mos' my fish all out dey but sometime da
fish are somewhere else and I does go wey dem are."
"Like Willie Sutton, only fish instead of money," I
said. He clearly didn't get my reference to the famous
bank robber. "Do you have any idea why the point is
so good?" I asked.
"Don' know for sure but I t'ink maybe da reef comes
up dey from deep and da squids like it 'cuz wen I cut
da bellies of da tuna open always dem full ah squids."
Lenny trolls about a dozen little plastic lures that are
supposed to mimic squid. We attached strings of four


by Jack Foard



by Jack Foard


This blackfin put a smile on Lenny's face


lures of various colors to each main line, the two main
lines we attached to bamboo outriggers. I asked Lenny
which was his favorite color. He pondered this a long
while. Finally he pointed to a red and yellow one, "Dis
one migh' be da bes'," he offered.
The action started just as the sky began to brighten.
Lenny looked at me and said, "I go' one now," and he
reached back to start hauling in a blackfin tuna.
The first 200 feet of the main lines were heavy
twine, probably about 300-pound test and easy to
pull in hand over hand. Only the last 150 feet were
monofilament line, 120-pound test, and a lot harder
to grip. Lenny wore rubber sleeves on both his index
fingers to protect them from being cut should a big
fish race away and cause the line to slice deep into
any flesh trying to resist. Lenny showed me his little
toe that had gotten the monofilament wrapped around


it by mistake a few weeks ago. The deep gash was
almost healed.
The breeze strengthened and the seas were beginning
to get bigger. Lenny was busy scooping water from the
bottom of the boat with a plastic bleach bottle cut away
to make a perfect bailing scoop. I could see the water
streaming down the inner seams of the boat where the
sheets of plywood were nailed to the headers.
I asked Lenny if Grenada lost many fishermen to
the sea.
"Oh ya, we los' a few a year or two ago. Some guys,
dem don' know much 'bout da sea, some of dem, 'spe
cially da young ones. Dem don' even know da cardinal
points ah da compass, some dem. You ask dem which
direction da sun go down and dem don' know!" He
shook his head.
He looked at me and calmly said, "You got a fish on
yo' line, yo' know."
I had the line in my hand all this time but the line
was attached to the long bamboo outrigger so I felt no
tug. Looking at the outrigger I could not tell it was
under a load but Lenny knew I had a nice tuna on.
I pulled hand over hand, making sure to let the twine
pile up neatly on the deck free of my toes. When I got
to the monofilament then things got harder. I had my
rubber finger sleeves on and even with them I could
hardly hold onto the line. I was embarrassed; Lenny
made it look so easy. I had to twist my hand severely
to keep a grip and it was fairly slow going. Finally I was
rewarded with not one tuna, but two fat blackfins!
Lenny laughed and said, "Yeah, mon, you da fisher
man!" as he unhooked my fish and tossed them to the
bow where they flapped and sloshed in the never
ending stream of sea water that seeped in, now bright
red with fish blood.
We caught a few more tuna over the next hour but by
9:30 they had stopped biting. Our final fish was a small
four-pound bonito, or "bonnet" as the locals call it.
"Dem not hungry now," Lenny announced. With
that he declared it was time to go home.
As we approached the beach other fisherman
began to line up logs for us. It was again a group
effort and this time much more work to bring the
boat up the beach.
Again Lenny chirped at me like a worried mother
hen, "Yo' be careful da toes, now, watch da toes."
Two of the men who helped us haul the boat up
the beach stopped to chat with Lenny for a few min-
utes. After some discussion one man walked away
with a tuna and the other, in a threadbare T-shirt,
with the bonnet.
I asked if he had sold the fish, since I didn't see any
cash change hands.
"Da tuna, he gets dem from me mos' days. He just
pay me later."
"And did you sell the bonnet?" I asked. I really don't
like bonito but the locals seem to think they are just
as good as any other fish.
"Jus' give it. Him ha' a family. Dem ha' fo' get
somet'inm fo' eat. vo' know."


Kids having a sand ballfight on the beach at Gouyave































APRIL 2010


Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Since you Aries rams can never make a decision, youll
poll the crew and let democracy reign throughout April.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
You'll throw the charts and caution to the winds, and
let your inner scallywag sail the ship of your destiny
this month.
I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
The decision is made, your course is true; youll only sail
the ocean blue.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Your course this month will be straight ahead into the
dark waters -no tacking necessary.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Drop the "aarrgh"! Shyness has won you over, modesty
is at the helm, and now you are -for once -at a loss
for words.
H VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
The rum will go to your head this month -damn the
torpedoes, full speed ahead!
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Put all your ballast on the port side and get it over with.
Who cares what other sailors think?
TLSCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
You'll win over the crew this month with your sweet
disposition and a generous week of shore leave.
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Throughout April, you archers will be sailing with an
empty quiver and loving it.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
The winds pick up, you're sailing free; no need for
orders, Just let it be.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Glide! The engine will be in neutral this month -and so
will you.
PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
After studying the charts and setting your course,
don't forget the next steps -upping anchor and setting
your sails.




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Crossword Solution
ACROSS 31) SAINT 11) SAILING
4) MARK 33) CLASS 13) WAR
7) PROTEST 34) FRIDAY 15) ANGLE
10) INTO 37) SIGNAL 17) ENDER
11) SLOOP 40) GENOA 20) REGATTA
12) CLUB 41) SAILS 21) UP
13) WOOD 23) ISLAND
14) LOCAL DOWN 24) COURSE
16) EASTER 1) SAIL 25) FISHING
18) AGES 2) GOOD 27) REEF
19) AROUND 3) DE 29) SPRITS
22) BEQUIA 5) VINCENT 32) PLAN
24) CAT 6) DOUBLE 35) AFT
26) YACHT 7) PRIZES 36) RIG
28) CLUES 8) SCHOONER 38) AS
30) SIZE 9) APRIL 39) LA


RATES



Pirates of the Caribbean!
A rollicking adventure, seen
By young and old, not meant to be
In any way reality!
Great entertainment, much enjoyed,
You missed it?You cannot avoid
The reruns screened incessantly
On HBO or NBC!

Your screen is filled with clashing swords,
The villains get their just rewards,
The Hero sets things right again,
Hoists up his sails and plies the Main.
Though we romanticize upon
The era, we are glad it's gone.
But has it gone? Has it survived?
Or has this era been revived?

No Spanish gold or merchantmen
To tempt a twisted mind, what then
Entices pirates of today?
I think it's drugs, then by the way
They stop to ravage innocents
For what's on board a yacht, and then
They seem to need to terrify
The vulnerable yachtsmen, why?


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Perhaps they get an ego boost
Before returning home to roost.
How can we stop this latest scourge?
Is it now necess'ry to splurge
On guns or hand grenades or flares?
Report the incidents? Who cares?
If fixing things was up to me
I'd blast those pirates from the sea.
I'd feel no guilt about the slaughter,
I'd laugh to see them dead on water,
They took a precious thing from me,
My peace of mind while on the sea.
Nan Hatch


LOST THEIR WAY

Bleached bones
of long-lost schooners
lie on the shoals.
They'd misread the range marks
and missed the channel.
Abandoned now
in the tropic mud,
crewed only
by lonely
pelicans and frigate birds,
ghosts of mariners past.

-Nicholas Lee


parlumps marooned


Although an avid fan and reigning
champ, Captain Nabokov decided to
outlaw Russian Roulette anyway C,
as he sailed home alone. A


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Compass Cruising Crossword


Whether you call them yachties, cruisers or boat people,
nothing is more emblematic of their culture of camaraderie
than the shared potluck meal. Pauline Dolinski sets
the table in this word search puzzle.

A YACHTIE POTLUCK PUZZLE


'BEQUIA EASTER REGATTA'


ACROSS

4) Race course turning point
7) Objection to rule infraction
10)'Get it!'
I I) Most common 36 Down
12) BSC:22Across Sailing
13) 22 Across 6 Down-ender hulls are made of this
14) A 6 Down 17 Down is a open sailing boat
16) This regatta's special holiday
18)'Oh God,our help in past...'
19) Monday's race is the cans
22)'Island of the Clouds'
24) Two-hulled vessel (abbrev)
26) The single-handed race is on Sunday
28) Watch the other helmsman for when he'll tack
30) The 6 Down 17 Downs are classed by
3 ) The first word in many island names
33) The regatta has a separate for J/24s
34) The yachts' first race day
37) A horn is a that the race has started
40) Large jib
41) Yankees, screechers and bloopers,for example


DOWN

I)A Crazy Craft might do this
2)With 34 Across,the start of the Easter holiday
3) Caribbean for'the'?
5)With 31 Across,this is Bequia's 'mainland'
6) Between single and triple
7) Winners' rewards
8) What the Friendship Rose is
9) The regatta occurs in this month, usually
I I) There are races for many types of craft
13)A tough race can be like this
15) Trim 41 Across to the of the wind
17) With 6 Down, a type of transomless hull
20) Series of boat races
2 I) Toward the wind
23) Saturday is the Round the Race
24) Race track, of sorts
25) The 6 Down 17 Downs were originally boats
27) With 3 Down, a favorite beach bar
29) Essential parts of 6 Down 17 Downs' rigs
32) Designed sail arrangement
35) Not fore
36) Cutter, ketch or yawl,for example
38) 'Steady she goes!'
39) One of Columbus's ships was Pinta

Crossword Solution on page 30


BAGUETTE
BAKED BEANS
BEER
BREAD
BROWNIES
CAKE
CASSEROLE
CHEESE
CHIPS
COOKIES
CORN
CUPS
DESSERT
DIP
DRINK


EGG
FISH
FORKS
FRUIT
FUN

GARLIC BREAD
GLASSES
ICE
MAIN COURSE

PARTY
PASTA
PIE
PLATES


POP
POPCORN

PUDDING
RICE
SALAD
SODA
SOUP
SPAGHETTI
SPAM
SPOONS
TART
TEA
WATER
WINE


Word Search Puzzle solution on page 37


SNAE B D E KABS O U P G
A E LO R E S S A C T O C U L
G S T A R T E T R E S S E D A
A WOU Y I T B A G GE I D S
RA Y D N P A I G E S S T I S
L T M W A G C E U EC E T N E
I EO S U L D A E R B I E G S
C R T E B E A H K E F K H Y E
B A T E L A C S T E N O GT T
R T E C I R C E N I W 0 A R A
E R R V E O D S R O H C P A L
ERRVEODSROHCPAL
A E I P R R P D H F OI SP
D C I N R A F S U R S P H C
E D U R M A I NCOURS E L
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CRUISING KIDS' CORNER







7-J evotnd E-ie CScgve /he B/ow/ho/e
Part One

by Lee Kessell
Trevor and Ernie escaped the blowhole, only to end up in an even worse plight. How did it happen?
Trevor just can't keep out of mischief and every time he visits his cousin Emnie in Barbados he gets him into a lot of trouble. Trevor lives in a suburb
of Castries, St. Lucia and feels very superior to Ernie who lives in a weatherboard cottage set on coral blocks in a little village high up above the sug
arcane land of Sweet Bottom. Ernie's house looks out across the wild Atlantic Ocean. Ernie's dad is known in the village as Uncle Solly, and the ladies
of the church charity club call his mum Aunt Josephina. Nyna is his little pest of a sister who is always complaining that she doesn't have any adven
tures because Trevor and Ernie won't take her with them, but Nyna doesn't know how lucky she is.
Now, Uncle Solly had bought the boys two old bikes that Trevor said he wouldn't be seen dead on at
home, but it was better than walking. Aunt Josephina was happy to get the boys out from under her feet
and every day she packed them a sandwich lunch, only hearing half the story of the trouble they got into.
Uncle Solly didn't say much as he believed that boys will be boys.
Trevor and Ernie wanted to go and see Barbados's famous Animal Flower Cave, but it was a long bike
"iThe W/ ere oo/i C ride. Sunday seemed the best time for it, as Aunt Josephina cooked breakfast early so that she and Nyna
I /"T y w lo could get to church. Aunt Josephina had given up insisting on the boys going to church with her, as they
ri out e were too much trouble, so she made them the usual sandwiches and asked where they were going.
rig t o t Lo S "We'll ride up the coast," Trevor replied, but he dared not say how far. Grinning at poor, pouting Nyna,
gth ou iTrevor rode off with Ernie. Once on to the coast road the boys peddled hard through the village of
through a natural Bathsheba, past the working Morgan Lewis Mill, inland to the crossroads, turned north to Benthams and
S i jow"" on to the very northern tip of Barbados and the Animal Flower Cave. By the time they reached the parking
picture window lot for the Cave visitors, the boys were so tired that they dropped their bikes, breathed in great gulps of
air and then ate their lunch. They hung about the bar entrance waiting for the next tour and Trevor
climbed all over the old cannons that had been salvaged from wrecked ships and placed there as an added
attraction for the tourists.
At last a group of Americans gathered outside the bar and the tour guide collected their tickets, unlocked
the doors to the entrance to the cave and gave an account of its history. Trevor was too impatient to listen
but Ernie wanted to be prepared for anything. The pretty guide warned that the large coral steps leading
down into the cave were very slippery near the bottom and everyone should be especially careful. She
added that the steps had been built around 1912 and as they were so historical, no changes had been made. She held a flashlight to guide the way
and in the semi-darkness she didn't notice the two boys hanging back at the end of the line because they didn't have tickets.
Deep in the cave at last, the guide switched off her torch and they all gasped at the sight before them. They were looking right out to sea through a
natural picture window, the same that the two English explorers in their ship had looked into from the sea, way back in 1780. The guide next point
ed out the shallow pool filled with the brightly coloured "animal flowers", explaining that they were sea anemones and that they waved their tentacles
in the water to catch and eat tiny prey. Some of the visitors leaned across the water and touched them and it came as a surprise when the tentacles
closed on their fingers. The pretty guide laughed and went on to tell the story of the parties that were held at night in this very cave, adding that at
the turn of the last century groups of young merrymakers arrived by horse and buggy for weekends of fun. She shone her torch overhead to show the
brackets where the lanterns had hung as the revelers danced the night away. As she talked, nobody noticed that the daylight was fading. Suddenly a
deep roll of thunder shuddered through the cave and the guide snapped to attention.
"Everyone, turn around and go out! Be careful, but hurry -the sea is going to fill the cave and when it does, it bursts out through the blowhole.
We don't want to go with it!" The tourists shoved each other to get out of the cave with the guide pushing the last one up the steps, and then she
locked the door.
But what of Trevor and Ernie -unseen and locked down in the darkness of the cave?
Make sure you get your copy of the May issue of Compass to read the gripping end of the story.


1, f m / iThey can break out of aquaria to look for food. A recent article in The Biological
I LW" i /( Bulletin describes how the Atlantic Longarm Octopus (Octopus defilippi, found in
S./the northern Caribbean) can fold its arms in such a way as to look and move like
I (t a flounder. This disguise can also help it to avoid predators.
How many hearts do you have? Your single heart pumps blood to collect oxygen
from your lungs and distribute it to the rest of the body. Human blood is red
|I T ..because it is rich in iron. An octopus, on the other hand, has three hearts and its
'blood is blue because it is rich in copper. One of the octopus's hearts pumps
D O LL blood through the body. The others pump blood through the octopus's two gills
D E E P to pick up oxygen.
The octopus seen most often in the Caribbean is the Caribbean Reef Octopus
SD E E P SE C E T S (Octopus briareus), which can grow to lengths of 60cm (2 feet) or more. It is usu
ally blueish-green in colour with brown markings but it can change colour to suit
by Elaine Ollivierre its surroundings. It can even change the texture of its skin from smooth to rough
when necessary.
I These remarkable creatures are well-adapted for life on the reef so let us try not
to destroy their home.
There is another strange-looking creature that would lose its home if coral reefs
disappear. It has no bones, blue blood, a smart brain and lots of legs. Can you
guess what it is? An octopus, of course.
Octopuses can be found in seas all over the world. They are easily recognized
by their chunky bodies and eight legs with suction cups to hold on to their food.
The mouth is at the centre of the arms and inside the mouth is a hard beak. The
octopus uses the beak to crunch up the crabs, shrimp, lobster and many kinds
I of fish in its diet.
The octopus usually hunts at night and stays in a crevice in the reef during the
day. Because it has no bones, it can squeeze through very tight spaces in the reef,
a useful trick to escape from predators like moray eels and sharks. It also has
another trick to move quickly away from danger. It usually 'walks' along the sea
Floor but it can also use jet propulsion to swim faster, sucking in a mouthful of
Water then expelling it out backwards so that the octopus is pushed forwards. At
Sthe same time, the octopus can eject a cloud of dark ink, which hides it from EXPERIMENT
whatever is chasing it. To demonstrate jet propulsion, blow up a balloon and let it go. What happens?
l Octopuses are highly intelligent and have good short and long-term memories. The balloon shoots forward and rockets around the room. When the air inside
SThey have been known to use their flexible legs to open jars to reach the contents, the balloon rushes out, the balloon is propelled in the opposite direction.
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THE SK"' IN APRIL
by Scott Welty

The Planets in April
MERCURY A chance to view in the evening early in the month
VENUS Returning as an evening star
MARS About straight up at first dark and setting at midnight
JUPITER -Rising between 0400 and 0500 hours all month
SATURN Rises near sunset and sets in the early morning; riding along in Virgo
Sky Events This Month
4th -Mercury and Venus set together around 1900
14th -New Moon
16th Look for crescent moon, Venus, Mercury and the Pleiades in the western
twilight (See Figure 2)
28th -Full Moon
The Southern Cross
April is an excellent month for viewing the Southern Cross. It is low and due south
at around 2200 hours
for most of the month.
See Figure 1 it
looks like a CROSS!
The Southern Cross
was visible as far
north as Greece in
ancient times (before
radio). Due to long
term variations in the
Earth's orbit (preces
sion of the equinoxes)
the Southern Cross
was forgotten by
northern people and
then "re discovered"
(ironically) in the Age
of Discovery. It is now
depicted on several
national flags. On the
Australian flag (Figure
3) you see the four
main stars that make
up the Southern Cross
and a fifth one that is
usually plainly visible
as well.
To Contemplate
While Having a Glass
of Wine on Deck
Hey, what's your
sign? Every major
newspaper has a
horoscope section and
virtually none has a
regular astronomy
section (except
Compass, of course).
Astrologers played a
somewhat significant
role in the history of
astronomy. Kepler
himself, who devel
oped the three laws of
planetary motion that
allowed Newton to
develop his theory of
gravity, also worked


as an astrologer and probably believed in some way that star and planet positions
had some effect on events on Earth. Today we don't think that, right? Think about
it. Whether a particular planet is "in" a particular constellation means little. The
planets are relatively close to us while the stars that make up a constellation are


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many, many times farther away and are typically huge distances from each other
and only form a shape and are only "in" that constellation as viewed from the Earth.
Besides, by what forces would our actions be affected by star/planet positions? The
gravity on you due to, say, Jupiter is way, way less than the gravitational pull on you
due to the doctor who delivered you. That's interesting. Maybe we should have an
astrology of doctors. "Whats your sign?" "Dr. Saul Rolfstein, whats yours?"
And another thing. Your zodiac sign is supposed to be based on which constella
tion the sun was in on the day you were born. Lets look at this. My sign is Cancer
(I like long walks in the park and pogo sticks), as I was born on July 12th. Figure 4
shows the sun's position on that day way back in 1950. Hmmm... Looks like the sun
was in Gemini! Whats the deal? Well, historically, when they made up all this jazz,
the sun was in Cancer. Since that long-ago time, though, our elliptical orbit around
the sun has rotated enough to throw all the signs of the zodiac off by about one
(Figure 5). Your sign was connected to a date and then never corrected for the shift
ing of the Earth's orbit. So not only is there nothing to astrology, it's not even right
within itselfl
Pass the wine.
Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, 2007. Follow
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Crossing the channels between Caribbean islands with a favorable tide will
make your passage faster and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, author of Street's 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 explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an
hour after the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward.
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. Times given are local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!
DATE TIME 20 1719 10 0901
April 21 1815 11 0945
DATE TIME 22 1908 12 1032
1 0137 23 2000 13 1133
2 0232 24 2050 14 1217 (new)
3 0328 25 2140 15 1315
4 0423 26 2231 16 1414
5 0516 27 2323 17 1513
6 0606 28 0000 (full) 18 1611
7 0654 29 0018 19 1705
8 0739 30 0113 20 1757
9 0821 May 21 1846
10 0903 DATE TIME 22 1935
11 0943 1 0209 23 2024
12 1024 2 0304 24 2115
13 1107 3 0357 25 2207
14 1152 (new) 4 0446 26 2301
15 1239 5 0553 27 2357
16 1331 6 0617 28 0000 (full)
17 1425 7 0658 29 0052
18 1523 8 0739 30 0146
19 1621 9 0820 31 0238


OFF THE BEATEN TRACK WITH DON STREET


Part Four:


The Spanish


Virgins and


Puerto Rico
The Spanish Virgins
West of the US and British Virgins are the Spanish Virgins, a wonderful area to
explore. Ashore they are like the British Virgins were in the late 1960s and early '70s,
and space does not permit the listing of all the anchorages.
An examination of the chart and a check of my guide will reveal almost a dozen
anchorages in and around Culebra and its offshore islands. Bahia de Almodovar, on
the southwest coast of Culebra, is fantastic, although on the weekends powerboats
invade and party all day and night. Starting late April, when the danger of northerly
ground swells has diminished, Flamingo Bay on the north side of Culebra and the
deserted bay on the north side of Culebrita are excellent.
On the eastern end of Vieques there are two of the best anchorages in the entire
Eastern Caribbean, Bahia Icacos and Bahia Salina Del Sur. This area was once a US
Navy gunnery and bombing range, thus the only chart of the area was a DMA chart
not available to the public. However, I managed to obtain a photostat of the chart
from a fellow ex-submariner, enabling Imray to make the chart of this area, Imray
Iolaire chart A 131. After the Navy moved out in 2003 these wonderful anchorages
could be used 365 days a year. However the Interior Department decided to find and
blow up the unexploded ordnance and the US Coast Guard Sector San Juan reports
that various waters are off-limits from time to time. Phone (787) 289-2041 for rele
vant Notices to Mariners.
To the west of Bahia Icacos and Bahia Salina Del Sur one finds any number of bays
which bear investigating. Ensenada Honda offers solitude in the mangroves; Sun
Bay features a gorgeous, long sweeping beach but might be rolly. The bottom of
Puerto Real isn't great holding, but you're near the town of Esperanza.
Puerto Rico
The eastern coast of Puerto Rico has only one uncrowded anchorage, on the west
side of Isla Pineros in Pasaje Medio Mundo. Otherwise the coast has only marinas;
these are usually crowded, although space can be found on weekends. (Many sailors
say the way to cruise Puerto Rican waters is to go to the anchorages during the week,
and on Friday afternoon go to a marina. On Saturday, take care of laundry, shop
ping, refueling and taking on water. Depart Sunday afternoon for the anchorages
that will be empty again by sundowner time.)
The southwestern corner of Puerto Rico, the La Parguera area and the area east
wards to Puerto Quijano provide many choices of anchorages. The main anchorage
off La Parguera may be crowded, but the offshore ones anchored close behind a reef
are almost always deserted.
There are good anchorages on the south coast, but few deserted ones. The anchor
age just east of Bahia de Guanica is seldom crowded. Isla Caja de Muertos, a public
park, will be deserted during the week, but packed with day-trippers during the
weekend. In Bahia de Jobos one can find quiet anchorages east of Salinas.
As you can see, the statement that there are no uncrowded anchorages left in the
Eastern Caribbean, or that all anchorages are littered with mooring balls, just does
not hold water.
Good Guides
The cost of a guidebook in comparison to the overall cost of cruising in the
Caribbean is infinitesimal. Buy all the guides that are available for the area you
intend to cruise; they complement one another. Study all of them, and cross
reference them.
Chris Doyle covers the Windwards, Leewards, and Trinidad & Tobago in three
separate books (www.cruisingguides.com). His are the standard books that are given
to all bareboaters in the Windwards and Leewards. They cover all the major anchor
ages well, plus, since they are reissued every couple of years or so (though the navi
gational information seldom changes) they are pretty much up-to-date on formali
ties, marine-oriented facilities ashore, bars, restaurants, etcetera.
Similarly, Simon and Nancy Scott's guide to the Virgin Islands (www.cruising
guides.com) has been written primarily for bareboaters and the information is simi-
lar to that mentioned for the Doyle guides. The Scotts' guide also has some very
interesting information regarding the flora and fauna found in the Virgin Islands.
Steven Pavlidis has also written guides to Puerto Rico, The Virgins, the Leewards,
the Windwards, and Trinidad & Tobago (www.islandhopping.us/books.html), and
Bruce Van Sants Gentleman's Guide to Passages South (www.cruisingguides.com)
also has sections on Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgins.
Imray's Grenada to the Virgin Islands 2nd Edition (www.imray.com) is a translation
of Jacques Patuelli's French guide. It gives a good overview of the entire island chain,
but covering all the islands in one volume means only the major popular anchorages
can be described.
My guide is divided into three volumes -Puerto Rico, the Spanish, US and British
Virgin Islands; Anguilla to Dominica; and Martinique to Trinidad -that cover all the
islands in the Eastern Caribbean in detail and describe every possible safe anchorage
for a boat drawing seven feet or less. These books are known for providing exception
ally good inter-island sailing directions and harbor piloting directions. They have not
been updated since 2001, but rocks don't move -or, if they have been moved by
creation of new breakwaters, marinas or dredging, these changes will be on the Imray
Iolaire charts. So, with Street's Guides and Imary Iolaire charts, the mariner is up-to
date with expert navigational information. In the Caribbean, only Island Water World
(www.islandwaterworld.com) stocks Street's guide. In the States, order from iUniverse
or Armchair Sailor/Bluewater Books; in Europe, order from Imray or Kelvin Hughes.
Be sure to buy the Scotts' guide if you are cruising the Virgins. If cruising the
Windwards or Leewards, buy the relevant Doyle guide. Supplement the above guides
with the relevant Street guide, and any information not found in Scott or Doyle will
no doubt be included in Street, and vice-versa. Circle in red in Street's guide all the
harbors and coves that are not in the other guides and you will be virtually guaran
teed an uncrowded anchorage. (If there is another boat there, it probably also has
my guide on board.)
Guides are not that expensive; most cost about the same as a good dinner ashore.
Buy all the guides available for the area you plan to cruise and you can't lose.












I BOOK REVIEW BY THECARIBBEANBM


L~i~~kY ike~h


Final Passage, by Timothy Frost. At this point in a book review it is customary to
add publishing information, ISBN number and the like. But Final Passage is an
e-book, available solely on line, for download to your computer, Kindle, iPhone, or
other e-book reader. So, do a search on Amazon for "Final Passage by Timothy
Frost". And in the sidebar, you'll find a neophyte e-book reader's primer.
How about the reading process? I eventually
read all 8,317 "locations" in this book on my
iPhone Touch. "They" say that the delivery mech
anism of any e book vanishes from the reader's
awareness, leaving only the words and the story.
Almost, but holding my dainty little unit, I was
always aware of the Touch trying to find some
thing major wrong with the experience, frankly.
But I couldn't.
So -how's the book? It's very good. Our hero
Martin Lancaster's life is in upheaval for reasons
that are revealed in the course of his prepara
tions for a high-stakes transatlantic yacht race.
Underlying all is Martin's quest to finally learn
the truth about his father's death aboard his
own vessel in the Atlantic years earlier.
Of course the plot points reveal themselves like
the body of a fan dancer during her act, and, like
a fan dancer, people sometimes get carried away.
.b[- Cd But it's all reasonably plausible, and once you're
in, you'll stay until the end, I think. The charac
ters are engaging, the pacing brisk, the dialogue
snappy (even if the Americans do sound like Brits) and the conclusion thrilling. It's
written so clearly and directly that I can just see the action-packed movie that could
be made.
And how often do you read books set during a transatlantic yacht race and down
island cruise, where you can comment knowingly on someone's watch-standing
practices, for example. It's a refreshing change from the usual urban thrillers.
For a limited time the book is available to download free from Barnes and Noble, or for
US$0.99 at Amazon. The same book through Amazon in the Kindle Store costs US$2.99.

No More Soggy Boat Books?
Getting into e-book mode takes a bit of study, as there are several vendors, sev
eral formats, and several e-book readers. But think of all the space you could save
on board if you went the way of the flickering photon. An entire library in the palm
of your hand -be still, o beating heart!
I don't own an actual e-book reader like the Kindle, the Nook or the Sony Reader.
I tried to download the free version of Final Passage onto my laptop first, of course,
but found it was not available to me outside the US. In the Caribbean, some wifi
locations at marinas and hotels take their service via satellite direct from the US
(Hughes Network is one provider), and at those places the free download would work,
since no one would know you weren't in the US.
Amazon offers two options. You can download this book, and others, of course, for
99 cents. You can also download their new software "Kindle for Windows" for free,
and then you can read Amazon's Kindle e-books straight from your PC. I personally
don't want to sit at my PC to read a book, but it can be done.
If you are already a Kindle owner, you simply visit Amazon's Kindle Store and do
whatever you usually do. Your version, however, costs US$2.99, which includes
international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet.
I do own a Touch, upon which I could have directly loaded this book by using its
built-in Safari browser to visit Amazon, but only if I were in wifi-land, which I was
not. When I went to a wifi place with the Touch to buy the book, Amazon was smart
enough to tell me I already owned it, and to load my Touch with the 99-cent version.
And that's how I read it.
There is a now a Kindle Global DX version with international download capability.
One complaint about the Kindle is that you need a light at night to read it. The
smaller iPhone and Touch have their own adjustable lighting, and I did enjoy my
Touch e-book reading experience in my bunk during wakeful wee hours. The com-
pact portability and always-availableness of the Touch was great.
Often, as I read, I'm thinking of who else I know that might enjoy the book. Right
now, though, you and your e-book are like Siamese twins. If someone could devise
a way to make these books swappable, I'd really be happy (authors may disagree). In
the meantime, my experience with Final Passage is encouraging me to expand my
horizons in the brave new world of electronic books.





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Heat for

All Climes
No matter where we live, food that provides energy
by heating the body and stimulating the circulation is
important to us. Consuming food in cold climates is
much like putting wood on a fire. In warm climates,
food provides the same energy but also helps us dis
sipate internal heat through perspiration. This is my
justification for loving food, especially good food and
specifically hot, spicy food.
North Americans are relative newcomers to hot,
spicy food. Our Spanish, Asian, Indian and Caribbean
cousins know more about spicy food benefits than
most people. The very fact that most European and
North American cultures now recognize that scientific
proof shows spices to have medicinal values rests my
case. One of the more popular spices that impart both
flavour and heat is the chili pepper.
Capsicum is the "heat" compound found in hot pep
pers. This compound is a potent releaser of the neu
rotransmitter serotonin, which lowers body tempera
ture. It does this by causing the brain to command
the body to break into a sweat, feel hot and bring


On your next shore excursion, acquire a bottle of the local
flame and use it to enhance this simple chili recipe

blood to the face and surface of the skin. This helps
dissipate heat quickly, and it is for this reason that
dishes seasoned with hot peppers are so popular in
tropical countries.
Caribbean markets provide a cornucopia of fresh hot
peppers -bird, scotch bonnet, 'flavour', habanero
and groceries stock innumerable varieties of hot pep
per sauces.
A friend from Bangalore, India informed me that his
country takes no back seat to the Caribbean when it
comes to hot peppers. Some are so hot that a person
unaccustomed to its fire can suffer not only pain but
also respiratory damage from its ingestion. Now we're
talking big time.
But why is it that so many people revere such hot,
spicy dishes and even super-charge them by adding
yet hotter hot sauces? It appears to be the sheer enjoy
ment of "pushing the envelope" closer and closer to
bodily injury while relishing a spicy rush that tickles
hot sauce fanciers' palates.


A commercial variety of hot pep
per sauce I have enjoyed in the
Caribbean is Baron's Hot Sauce.
Another, whose name prompted
me to purchase it, was called "Heat
of a Woman Scorned". There are
literally hundreds of hot sauces
available throughout the world.
Total immersion in hot sauce
culture is not to be taken lightly.
A friend actually gave me a guid
ed tour of his hot sauce cupboard
before dinner one evening.
Imagine my admiration for this
asbestos tongued individual to
hear of his latest most cherished
acquisition. For Fathers' Day he
had been given a "do-it-yourself'
hot sauce kit, complete with rub
0 ber gloves, goggles, respirator,
fire extinguisher and one or two
finely ground indecently incendi
ary-type peppers. There isn't a
guy out there who doesn't covet
my friend's collection.
For hot sauce lovers and those
who just like hot, spicy food, the
Caribbean is paradise. You'll find
curries, rotis, and other delights at
eateries ranging from deluxe restaurants to roadside
shacks. For cooking on board, if you're like me, you
like quick and easy. On your next shore excursion,
acquire a bottle of the local flame and use it to enhance
this simple chili recipe.
Your Intensity Chili con Came
2 Tablespoons (60 ml) cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons (60 ml) chili powder
1 pound (500 g) ground beef or pork
2 tins (540 ml each) red kidney or black beans
1 tin (796 ml) diced tomatoes
Salt and hot sauce to taste
To a large cast iron fry pan over medium high heat,
add cooking oil, onion and chili powder. Stir to incor
porate while cooking until onion is soft. Add meat and
stir occasionally, cooking until all signs of pink are
gone. Add beans and tomatoes and cook for another
30 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Salt to your taste and add hot sauce to your desired
intensity. Serve with buttered buns or bread.


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The nutmeg tree is the only tree that grows two
spices. Mace is similar to nutmeg with a slightly
sweeter aroma. The nutmeg is actually a shell-covered
nut that grows inside a small apricot-shaped fruit.
Mace covers the nutmeg's shell: a bright red lacy net
that is removed by hand after the nutmeg is harvested.
It is used to flavor baked goods, meat and fish dishes,
sauces and vegetables, and in preserving and pickling
spice mixtures.
It is hard to find anything more purely red than fresh
mace. When I carefully open a yellow-green nutmeg
fruit, see the red mace and get a faint whiff of nutmeg,
it just makes me feel good. Considering the universal
popularity of these two spices historically, a lot of
Europeans must have felt the same way. Arab traders
brought mace to Europe in the sixth century A.D. In


3/4 Cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1 egg
1 Cup milk
1/4 Cup orange juice
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, grated coconut,
baking powder, baking soda, salt, and mace. In another,
smaller bowl beat the egg and combine with milk, vege
table oil, and orange juice. Slowly stir these into the flour
mixture until dry ingredients are just moistened. Don't
worry about the lumps. Spoon into greased muffin cups
two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 425F.


MTke S pce for t~he Alvor Ace: Mace!


England during the 1500s one pound of mace was
worth three sheep.
Nutmeg grows throughout the tropics, but Grenada
is where it is cultivated on estates. Driving across from
St. George's to Grenville on the east coast you see sev
eral government nutmeg buying and processing sta
tions. On the driveways of many homes, mace is drying
flat in the sun on cardboard. While it cures, its intense
aroma develops while its color fades. Mace has several
levels of quality. High quality mace retains an orange
ish red color, but some types dry to light tan. Grenada
is second to Indonesia for production of mace.
Nutmeg trees are native to Indonesia's Moluccan
Islands. They are large tropical evergreens that can
reach 60 feet. The trees are either male or female, and
both are needed for pollination. Small, light yellow
blossoms precede the pale yellow fruit. As it ripens the
fruit will split to expel the seed.
Nutmegs are grown from seeds (nuts) and after
about six months they are ready to be transplanted. If
you see trees during your island drives, look for
sprouted seeds. The trees bear after seven years, but
reach full productivity at 15. These trees continue to
bear fruit for about 50 years. A single mature tree can
produce 2,000 nutmegs per year. A pile of fruit large
enough to make 1000 pounds of nutmeg produces a
single pound of mace. This naturally makes mace
more valuable than nutmeg.
A whole dried mace is termed a blade. The flavor of
mace is very delicate, so it should be carefully stored
in a cool dry place and used quickly to maximize the
flavor. Ready-ground mace is easier to use, but the
flavor and aroma will fade faster than whole blades.
Dried blades can be ground as needed, but dried mace
pieces are not easy to crush. A trick is to dip the mace
blade in a tiny bit of hot water. The softened blade and
the liquid can then be used in the recipe. One mace
blade will season a dish for four. Mace should be
added at the end of the cooking process, if possible,
and the mace blade should be removed before serving.
In baked goods and roasted meat recipes, mace is
added at the beginning with the other ingredients.
Mace is used to flavor white sauces, lasagna, meat
and vegetable stews, pastries, and some East Indian
desserts. Add some to potatoes or sweet potatoes for
something new. Hot chocolate drinks and tropical
punches improve with a little mace. It is high in cal
cium, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Chocolate Cherry Pieces
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup all-purpose flour
1/4 Cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1 Cup seeded dried cherries, minced
1 1/2 Cups rolled oats
1/2 Cup chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
In a large mixing bowl blend the butter and sugars
until fluffy. Whip in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift
together flour, cocoa, baking powder, mace and salt,
and add to the mixture in the large bowl. Beat until
smooth before stirring in the oats, chocolate chips and
cherries. The final mixture will be very stiff. Drop
Tablespoons of dough onto greased or non-stick bak
ing trays about an inch apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes
at 375F or until the tops appear dry but not browned.
Remove and allow to cool.

Coconut Muffins
1 Cup grated coconut
3 Cups all-purpose flour


All Day Yam Bread
This takes a while to rise but is worth the time
and effort.
2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 Cups very warm water
6 Cups unbleached white flour
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch of ground allspice
Pinch of ground mace
2 Tablespoons soft butter
1 Cup cooked yam (or sweet potato), mashed
1 egg for glaze
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. In a large
bowl, whisk flour with the salt, sugar, allspice and
mace. Stir in the yeast mixture. Add butter and
mashed yam. The dough should be moist. Knead for
ten minutes by hand. Then put dough in a greased
bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let rise in a warm
place until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down and
let rise again, about 45 minutes. Punch down and
shape into one large round loaf, or divide. Let rise once
more for another 45 minutes. Beat egg with a teaspoon
of water and use as glaze for top of bread. Bake at
425F for 45 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow
when tapped.

Spice Locker Mix
Really, almost all your spices! We love our seasoned
salt, and this is easy. Just mix together almost any
and all dry spices you have in your spice locker with
salt. This can also be done with crushed fresh spices
if available. For best quality and freshness, both ver
sions must be refrigerated in a sealed container.
Here's a mixture I like.
1 Tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
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Dear Compass Readers,
In a Caribbean Compass April 2003 article, "Bilge
Alarms and Couplings," Chris Doyle stated, "Installing
a bilge alarm should be high on everyone's list of 'to
do' jobs, way before getting the refrigeration back
working and the radar back in action". He gave excel
lent advice, but he may not have known that most
bilge alarm "test buttons" give a false sense of security
because they test only the buzzer and the light, and do
nothing to test the float switch and the bilge wiring.
Failure to test the complete system often results in
failure to give a warning of high bilge water and a pos
sible boat sinking. The boating community should be
aware of this hidden danger.
Virtually every boat sinking begins with high bilge
water due to weather, hull damage, a ruptured hose, a
broken hose clamp, a corroded pipe, a leaking shaft
seal, a broken through-hull fitting or an inoperative
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pump motor, a dead battery, corroded electrical cables
or an inoperative float-switch. Whatever the reason for
high bilge water, the key to dealing with it is an early
warning before critical electrical and propulsion sys
tems and the leak itself are covered by the rising bilge
water, and while there is still time to get passengers
into life jackets, deploy extra pumps and to send out a
distress call. David Pascoe, a respected Florida marine
surveyor, wrote in Boat Safety at Sea "One of the most
important safety devices you can have aboard is a
bilge high water alarm. The value of a bilge alarm is
that it warns you when water is accumulating in the
bilge. And with that warning, you get the opportunity
to do something about it before tragedy strikes."
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only the buzzer and the light. The problem is com-
pounded by short float-switch electrical leads, which
require electrical splices within the humid and corro
sive atmosphere of the bilge. The only meaningful test
for this simple system is to periodically flood the bilge
to verify that all system components are actually oper
able. Any bilge alarm is certainly better than no bilge
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Dear Compass,
Re: the sinking of Helen Mary Gee: Don Street's
"Letter of the Month" in December 2009's Compass
implies that our beautiful home was deficient in some
way. The HMG had a double-action Whale high out
put manual pump. She had two electric bilge pumps,
the main one as large as I could get in the bilge space,
and two shower-tray automatic pumps. I would like to
see Don Street pump a large hand pump from 3:30AM
till 6:00AM on his own! I had always kept in my mind
the idea of disconnecting the water intake from the
engine and using that as a pump. Where does he
think my starter was? You have guessed it, under
water. I would remind everyone out there that the
Titanic sank.


I am surprised Mr. Street did not expound on the
value of a filter on the pump intake line, as most hand
pumps stop because of rubbish across the valves.
The biggest thing that helped us save ourselves was
the securing of the floors, which meant that in our
injured state we could still get around inside the boat.
The good-quality handheld VHF sent its signal at least
20 miles; a mobile phone would not have helped (people
do take craft out with only a mobile). The EPIRB signal
was picked up within minutes at around six o'clock; the
signal was not picked up again and the unit was turned
off at 11 ish, so the satellite sweep had a six-hour mini
mum sweep time. (The EPIRB has since been checked
and works A OK). You can never put too much safety kit
on a boat, butyou have to stop somewhere. Unfortunately
ours did -in water a mile and a half deep.
Regards,
Paul Glavin
PS The new Helen Mary Gee is a Wauquiez 48 Pilot
saloon and leaves the UK soon for the sunshine.
Slower, stronger, and meets the approval of the purse
strings holder.

Dear Compass,
The February issue describes an attack by armed
bandits in a pirogue on a German yacht traveling from
Trinidad to Grenada. There have been several such
attacks or threats in the last three or four years in this
very area, all by armed men.
Several months ago I wrote Compass proposing that
businesses throughout the Caribbean band together
to address piracy and other crime that so affects their
livelihood. To my knowledge no person or entity has
initiated such a combined effort of people and organi
zations to address these incidents that indirectly rob
business and employees throughout the Caribbean.
One travel agent in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
lamented, "We have four travel agencies here, and not
enough business now for one." Venezuela is hard hit,
as is described by another article in the February
issue of Compass. But word about crime gets back far
and wide to people with boats who can and want to
cruise the Caribbean and they decide to stay in their
home waters of Canada, the US or Europe. Hundreds
or even thousands of businesses and jobs are impact
ed in the Caribbean.
Now we have a stir of action over this incident of the
German yacht so brazenly attacked en route from Trinidad
to Grenada. We have a list of good intentions by govern
ments and other organizations to implement patrols,
make radio facilities available and buy new equipment for
surveillance over area waters, and other good ideas.
Next, organizations such as YSATT (Yacht Services
Association of Trinidad & Tobago) and MAYAG (Marine
and Yachting Association of Grenada) need to collect
data to evaluate the follow-up on "Actions Taken" and
"Actions Planned" listed in the Compass February
issue, page 8, and Compass (and any other Caribbean
newspaper and magazine wanting to make sure the
good promises are realized) needs to publish evalua
tion reports. The kind of actions outlined in the
"Actions Taken" and "Actions Planned" report could
easily spread throughout the whole Caribbean Sea
and revolutionize safety for boaters, fishermen and all.
All concerned should jump on this initiative action and
push it to the hilt. It could be a sea change in the
Caribbean security picture.
But the promised "Actions Planned" must happen.
Follow-up in a systematic way would make it more
certain progress was actually made. If everyone is seri
ous about the promises made, and I assume they are,
such follow-up should be welcomed by everyone. As
enthusiastic Caribbean cruisers, we will look forward
with keen interest to reading the first follow-up evalu
ation report; in Compass.
Compass, thanks for all you do for the great
Caribbean Sea.
William Gloege
S/V Gaia

Dear William,
MAYAG and YSATT will follow up on this issue with
their respective governments and we have asked them
to report the results to us for dissemination to our read
ers. See news from MAYAG below.
CC

Dear Compass,
With reference to the robbery of Jiton between
Trinidad and Grenada, the Marine and Yachting
Association of Grenada (MAYAG) can report the follow
ing progress on actions and measures to improve
security in this area to date (early March):
The Grenada Coastguard has offered to implement
a "float plan" system whereby cruisers notify (by tele
phone [473] 444-1931/2) the Grenada Coastguard
when leaving Grenada for Trinidad. The cruisers then
confirm their arrival to the Trinidad & Tobago
Coastguard [868] 634-1476 or ttcgops@gmail.com, so
authorities would be alerted to any yacht failing to
arrive after a reasonable time. Boat size, colour, num-
ber of crew and other details would also be recorded
so this information would be available should a search
be required.
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The same process would be in place for boats head
ing north from Trinidad. MAYAG is to publicize this
procedure.
The Grenada Coastguard has reinforced its close
relationship with counterparts in Trinidad, and while
not in the yachting arena, there have been recent
operations where a high level of cooperation and com-
munication between the two forces has been effective.
MAYAG is looking at assisting with improving
Coastguard VHF range and the frequency of patrols.
While the Grenada Coastguard has expressed its com-
mitment to work more closely with the yachting com-
munity, the question of funding and allocation of lim-
ited resources is pertinent. Better publicity of tele
phone contact information for the Coastguard has
been suggested as an effective measure that can be
implemented in the short term.
MAYAG organized a Yacht Security Forum for
Wednesday, March 17th at De Big Fish restaurant in
Prickly Bay, with all cruisers invited and MAYAG,
Coastguard and Royal Grenada Police Force represen
tatives in attendance. The objective of this is to look at
all aspects of yacht crime, and how we can work
together to reduce it.
While Grenada has one of the best security records
in the Caribbean, the RGPF is concerned that this may
have encouraged complacency. The forum will con
sider how to provide better information to yachting
visitors -especially those new to the Caribbean -on
basic crime prevention measures that should be
taken. Among other topics to be discussed at this
meeting are the reporting of yacht crime, the patrolling
and coverage of recognized anchorages, and "neigh
bourhood watch" style boat-watch arrangements.
MAYAG will report to Compass on the outcome of the
Yacht Security Forum.
Anita Sutton
MAYAG

Dear Compass,
We fell for a scam in Los Roques.
Clearance into Los Roques, as Chris Doyle says in
his Cruising Guide to Venezuela and Bonaire, involves
first getting permission from the Guardacosta located
behind the jetty at the west end of little town on El
Gran Roque.
Then one takes the form along the beach and gets
stamps from the National Park office, the Guardia Nacional
and finally, in the little white office near the airstrip
entrance, the Autoridad Unica for Los Roques. It is at this
last one where the park fee (if it is to be levied) is paid.
After always having met polite and friendly
Venezuelan Coastguards, our experience in Los Roques
was to be different. The Guardacosta asked none of
the usual questions and saw problems with us imme-
diately. Coming from the ABCs, we were not cleared in
to Venezuela. Eventually, they begrudgingly conceded
the well-known regulation that a yacht in transit could
be permitted to remain for up to three days. The scam
was that they insisted that Park fee per foot still had
to be paid and to them. They pointed to a new official
sign on their office wall that appeared to back this up.
Correctly, they pointed out that no other officials
would request further payment.
The Park authorities confirmed that yachts "in tran
sit" can only anchor at El Gran Roques and any
anchorage of entry or departure. But yachts "in tran
sit" are not required to pay any Park fees. So the
Coastguard was right; no one else was going to ask us
for money! On reflection, the sign on the Guardacosta
office wall announced the new fees in Bolivars result
ing from the recent devaluation, not a change in pro
cedure. Of course, the Coastguard as a military orga
nization is not authorised or set up to collect revenue,
taxes or dues, and any money paid to them is pock
eted. We should have known better!
Los Roques was not all disappointment. There was
mobile phone coverage; restaurants and bars with inter
net, more shops than we expected, including butchers
and a bakery. Pedro Diaz, the owner of the restaurant in
the main square, La Chuchera, speaks perfect
English. While there are no elected representatives, he
vigorously took on the authorities for us. He says he can
also source water and fuel and give any updates on the
regulations for Los Roques. He can be contacted by
phone (+58-237) 221-1417, cell/mobile (+58-414) 313
1895, or lachucheralosroques@yahoo.com
Ian and Westa Hopkins
S/Y Marsha Claire

Dear Compass Readers,
I don't know how many of you, like me, used prepaid
GSM phones. I am very fond of Digicel and have used
them for years so I am fairly used to what their service
costs. Roaming in general costs not much more than at
home, if you are between Grenada and St. Lucia, wheth
er you are calling a Caribbean island or the USA, though
you do get charged by the minute, with a minute mini
mum, rather than by the second as you do at home.
However, recently while using my Grenada SIM in
St. Lucia, my credit went down so fast I knew some
thing was wrong, and luckily I had a record of how
much money had gone on and the calls I had made. I
called the 100 number and they found I had been


overcharged about $39, and they did very quickly
refund the amount. The next day the same thing hap
pened, and they again agreed the charges were way
high and refunded about $50. The third day I got
canny and started recording each call and what it was
costing, it seemed clear I was being charged almost
double the rate.
Once again they promised to refund fast, but what I
was really interested in was why this was happening
and how I could stop it. The operator felt it probably
had something to do with VAT being put on in
Grenada. I have not yet found a solution, but those of
you like me, who do prepaid roaming, might want to
pay close attention to what you are being charged.
Anyway, with that little problem, I thought I would
use my LIME phone and give that a go. Roaming, as
long as you are calling in the Caribbean, incurs pretty
much the same charge as you would pay if you were
back in the country of your SIM. However, that all
changes if you roam and call the USA or some non
Caribbean country. I used my Grenada SIM in St.
Lucia to call the USA and it broke my $90 credit in
about 13 minutes. The charges in this case are US
$3.20 (or EC $8.54) per minute, close to seven times
what Digicel would charge for a USA call using a
Grenada SIM in St. Lucia. So, unless you just stick to
making Caribbean calls, you need to get a new LIME
SIM for each island. In the case of LIME you can find
the roaming rates on time41ime.com.
Happy phoning,
Chris Doyle
Ti Kanot

Dear Compass Readers,
Just a few thoughts on today's yachting scene. When
I started sailing some 60-plus years ago, most of the
boats were gaff-rigged and had bowsprits with dead
eyes and lanyards on the shrouds. Looking around at
the modern yacht, what do we see? Bowsprits, dead
eyes, lanyards -and some of these mainsail head
boards are big enough to be called gaffs. The more
things change the more they stay the same.
Frank Cookson
S/Y Raring HI

Dear Compass,
Rita was a pure ginger cat. I had her since I was four.
She's been the best cat I've had. I thought that Rita would
be with me until she
died of old age, but I
was wrong.
SWhen I came to the
n boatyard, and I saw
how reckless the driv
ers were, I was afraid
this might happen.
Only yesterday, after
I'd finished school, I
went upstairs to look
for her, but couldn't
find her anywhere.
After Mom left, I played
electric guitar for
awhile; but then dad
came home, and told me Rita had been hit by a car! I
didn't believe it at first, but I did, when I saw her cold,
black eyes.
We buried her under an old, bulbous, shady tree,
where she shall rest forever, for eternity.
I don't know what life will be like without her, Rita,
my pet, my friend. I've spent over half my life with her,
but now she is gone, and I'll never see her again
But is that true? I like to think not. I like to think that
her soul came home and that she is with me now. As long
as we never forget her, she will never truly be dead.
I'll never forget you, Rita.
Adam Brown, 12 years old
S/V Merlin

Dear Compass,
Heading north recently, we decided to try Cumberland
Bay on the northwest coast of St. Vincent after an
absence of 22 years. We'd sailed past many times in the
intervening years, put off visiting by a dodgy security his
tory and myown comments in the log of 1988: "Intercepted
1 mile off by 2 rowing boats clamoring to take our stem
line ashore, more swarmed us once in the bay and we
ended up with a boat either side, yelling at each other
over our cockpit as to who had the prized stern line job.
Nice bay but hassle from boat boys and resulting scrapes
on the topsides didn't make for a good experience."
So, it was with a little trepidation that we entered
this February. Two yachts were already there, stern to
at the south end of the bay. One boat approached us.
Its occupant wore a battered woven palm leaf hat,
huge Rasta tail that would have been the envy of any
Canadian beaver, and a big smile. Joseph introduced
himself and welcomed us to Cumberland. He directed
us to the north end of the bay, saying it was calmer. It
may have been, but also just happened to be opposite
Mojito's Restaurant, which he had an interest in.
However, with his expert help, we were soon anchored
and shore tied no hassles at all, just lots of advice
and local information happily given.
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Over the next hour we were visited by fellows in a few
other small boats, hoping to sell us fish, fruit, meals,
etcetera, but each was very polite, if told "no, thanks"
they didn't push, just wished us a nice day.
Another hour passed and a large skippered charter
cat arrived. Ignoring Joseph's advice, the skipper
dropped his anchor across ours (despite an almost
empty bay) and shore tied alongside us. Being a cat, of
course it went almost up the beach and ended up with
its bow inside and almost touching our stem. Our pro
testations were ignored by the "professional" skipper,
until Joseph re-appeared, saw the problem and per
suaded the cats skipper to move, which he then did.
We spent three days there, hiked to Wallilabou Bay
(looking pretty sad as the film set crumbles), and
hiked/bused to the lovely bay of Chateaubelair on the
last day to clear Customs. The Customs officer couldn't
have been nicer but seemed pretty bored as checking
boats here was a bit of a rare event. He did admit there
was still an occasional issue with yacht crime in
Chateaubelair Bay, but stressed that whenever a
yacht was in the anchorage, the police regularly
patrolled the seafront. Then, in the police station to do
the Immigration bit, we were met by a very formidable
looking lady who glared at us. Until, that is, she looked
at our passport photos and then burst out laughing.
After that, she was our best friend!
Wherever we went, the scenery was gorgeous, the
people we met couldn't have been nicer. Everybody
had time for a chat and we never once felt at risk.
While Cumberland Bay was probably prettier and
undoubtedly less developed in 1988, the 2010 experi
ence was a hundred times better. We have met so
many cruisers who say they completely leap-frog the
entire island of St. Vincent for security reasons; they
are missing one of the loveliest islands. We have read
of more serious security issues in Antigua than most
other places during the last year, but would you cross
Antigua off your list? Probably not. Give St. Vincent a
try; you might love it too!
Charles and Caroline Lamb
S/Y Itza Purla
Fellow Cruisers,
In early March we sailed south from Rodney Bay, St.
Lucia and stopped overnight in one of the anchorages
along the St. Vincent coast. We'd had an equipment
failure and so got a little beat up near the end of the
trip so we went to bed early and slept soundly through


most of the night. During the night, someone came
onboard and into our boat through an open hatch and
took our netbook and camera. We have an aft cabin
and the fan was on, and we didn't hear anything to
cause concern; he (?) must have been quite stealthy.
The people in the bay were quite upset that this hap
pened and worried how this could affect business, and
vowed to investigate and we hope they can apprehend
the perp. We also reported it to the police and they
came and took a full report.
I am not advising against stopping in St. Vincent,
but suggest that we cruisers should be aware that
burglary can happen anywhere at anytime and be pru
dent in securing our boats at night or anytime we leave
them. We were remiss in not doing this and being tired
is not enough excuse -as a result, we've lost our
communication and pictures.
Lou and Lydia Dequine
S/V Secondhand Rose
Dear Compass,
There are things that we all covet in life. Things we
desire that make a statement. In the world of regattas,
the object of desire is THE HAT. Hat? What hat, you
ask? How can a simple hat be so important in the
world of sailboat racing? What makes a lowly piece of
protective apparel so distinguished in the world of go
fast "rock star" sailors?
If it is bright red, emblazoned with the logo of Mount
Gay Rum and uniquely embroidered with "Mount Gay
Rum Regatta Barbados" then you have sailed in the
home court of the Mount Gay regattas worldwide! Only
if you have been on the course in Barbados, that small
gem of an island 90 miles to the east of the Caribbean
Chain, can you earn this symbol of seamanship and
competitive prowess. It's what brings boats hard to
windward to compete. It's a badge of honor in the
world of sailing. It is the ultimate prize worn with pride
by each and every competitor. You can't buy this proof
positive of worthiness. It's not for sale. You can only
earn it by being there and sailing in the venue!
So why am I, a 63-year-old confirmed cruising zeal
ot, talking about regatta racing? Our boat, Mo'Guffy,
beloved as she is, is no speedster. She's built for com
fort. She's wide and stable, a home on the water with
amenities and creature comforts. Yet, for the past 12
years we have charged forward, counting the seconds
till the horn blared at the start of the first race in
Cruising Class A at the Mount Gay Regatta in
Barbados. No illusions of taking the prize: only the


desire to sail and do our best -and, of course, GET
THE HAT!
It's been the highlight of my sailing year for the past
12 years, but in 2009 it got better still! In 2009 the
Race Committee allowed an official Cruising Class B
with our own courses, a staggered start (no cluttered
start lines) and a great chance to catch those long
reaches and let a cruising boat do its work. Mo'Guffy
got second place overall, with the bimini up! Sacrilege
to many, but with many competitors sporting biminis,
even wind generators and other superstructure, this
was true to the spirit of a genuine Cruising Class. Not
for us taking out the stove, the head and most of the
sails to lighten the boat! No Sir, this is a cruising boat
and we will compete on our own terms. And congratu
lations to the organizing committee for seeing that
there is a large section of the boating fraternity that
likes to sail this way. And while the race fleets got to
beat their way up Barbados' south coast, we in Cruising
B had an unfettered view of the tranquil west coast.
This year -May 20th through 23rd -it is going to
be even better for real cruisers, with off-day events, the
Barbados Tourism Authority promising to lay on an
island tour for cruisers who make the effort to be here,
a real Bajan lime with barbecues on the beach, and
more soon to be announced.
And of course, everyone on the crew GETS THE HAT!
Get more information at www.sailbarbados.com or
www.barbadoscruisingclub.org
lan Hickling
S/Y Asmara

Dear Compass Readers,
We want to hear from YOU!
Please include your name, boat name or shoreside
address, and a way we can contact you (preferably by
e-mail) if clarification is required.
We do not publish individual consumer complaints or
individual regatta results complaints. (Kudos are okay!)
We do not publish anonymous letters; however, your
name may be withheld from print at your request.
Letters may be edited for length, clarity and fair play.
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children's books in the US and send them via yacht to the children of the Lesser
Antilles. She works in harmony with book donation organizations such as Books for
International Goodwill, Hands Across the Sea and Boaters for Books.
One facet of the program involves providing books for children ages two through 16
to the libraries of island schools, particularly schools on the smallest islands or in
out-of the-way places on the larger ones. Ann Wallis, who first visited the islands in

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SBilly Black, Kim Kavin representing
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Charter Wave, and Karen Kelly of
SNicholson Yachts, to make some deliv
eries Iris from Shaitan of Tortoa, and Duff and Chris on Sudiki have also provided
ongoing help with getting books to eager young readers in the Grenadines.
Ann Wallis, who is based in Annapolis, Maryland, says, Usually, I just get the
books onto boats, and do not have the excitement of taking them to the schools. After
quietly sending books to the Caribbean for 35 years, one of my most exciting
moments was in Union Island One little boy looked me in the eye, fingering the book
in his hands, and said, 'THIS is a good book for me to read, as I am very interested
in ancient history and archaeology'y To me," Ann lallis adds, that was thrilling."
Ann Wallis and friends have also channeled brandnew youth sailing instruction
manuals to the islands, and recipients so far have included junior sailing programs
at the Antigua Yacht Club, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club, Royal BVI Yacht Club, St.
Lucia Yacht Club, St Vincent Youth Sailing Program, Grenada Yacht Club and St.
Maarten Yacht Club More are currently en route to a fledgling program on Union
Island She says, "For many years I have supported local children having access to
sailing programs and feel it is really important in developing and maintaining the
relationship between those 'at sea' and those 'on land' Access to dinghy sailing is
THE common ground."
What's next? "Having just returned from an exciting trip delivering books to St.
Vincent, some of the Grenadines and Grenada, I am starting to gear up to collect and
pack books for next fall's migration of crewed charter yachts from Newport, Rhode
Island, and Annapolis, Maryland. I don't want these books recycled into paper towels!"
For more information visit www.Big Books.org, www,.HanudsAcrosstheSea.net,
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2 Good Friday. Public holiday in many places
4 Magic Show, poetry, dance performance.
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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
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15 20 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. See ad on page 10
22 International Earth Day
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28 FULL MOON. National Heroes' Day; public holiday in Barbados
30 Queen's Day. Public holiday in Dutch islands
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See ad on page 5
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1 Labour Day. Public Holiday in Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Grenada,
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1 -3 St. Lucia J/24 Open Championship. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC),
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13 15 Combat de Coques, Martinique. See ad in Market Place section
13 Ascension Day. Public holiday in some French and Dutch islands
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20- 23 Mount Gay Regatta, Barbados. www.sailbarbados.com
22 24 Green Island Weekend, Antigua. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
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24 Whit Monday. Public holiday in many places
24- 29 Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament, Cuba.
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28 30 Puerto Rico Vela Cup. www.puertoricovelacup.com
29- 30 Martinique-to-St. Lucia Race. Yacht Club de la Martinique (YCM),
tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
30 Anguilla Day; Public holiday in Anguilla. Indian Arrival Day;
Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
TBA Canouan Regatta. Canouan Sailing Club, tel (784) 458-8197


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Martinique
Martinique
USA
Curagao
St Maarten
Martinique
Tnrinidad
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CW
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