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St.Maarten Yacht Fees Examined
Robbie Ferron reports: While Sint Maarten has long been a favourite cruisers' stop,
high fees have impacted recent years. Allow me to update Compass readers on
where we stand with these fees:
The body responsible for collecting yacht fees has been reorganized and is mak-
ing proposals to the government for a new fee structure. It would appear that fees
will remain, but will be made more manageable for smaller boats. This organization,
the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority, has been partially re-staffed and has refocused
itself substantially. An experienced yachting administrator, Jeff Boyd, has been
appointed consultant to the organization. A new spirit of co-operation is very evi-
dent. A waiver was provided for bridge fees during the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta, and emergencies have been dealt with in a manner that reflects
The setting of fees for the bridge and moorings is in the hands of the Executive
Council (akin to the Cabinet of the island governments). They will hopefully at mid-
year agree to a new set of conditions that will encourage yachtsmen to visit.
Meanwhile, yachts wishing to avoid the fee can still go to the French side and use
the French side of the lagoon for anchoring in protected water. Yachts drawing
more than six feet can enter the Dutch bridge and transit to the French side of the
lagoon. There is an anchoring fee in Marigot Bay, but if you take a marina slip this
The "double charging" of fees when yachts left the island for a quick foreign visit
has now been definitely and officially discontinued.
Acrobatics on a Yacht!
Alex Prowse reports: At Island Global Yachting's (IGY) Rodney Bay Marina in St.
Lucia on March 19th, locals and marina guests were enchanted by a French couple
travelling the Caribbean aboard their sailing yacht as they performed for a crowd in
two stunning acrobatic performances. The first was a comedy act of clowning
around, great for the whole family, an extremely funny and cleverly choreographed
piece of circus entertainment using all of the yacht's rigging. Their second act was
impressively beautiful as they used ribbons to dance up high and achieve the
"impossible". The evening drew a huge crowd of spectators watching from the new
High wire act: French cruisers Delphine and Franck treated a crowd at Rodney Bay
Marina to an onboard show of grace and skill
Boardwalk Bar on the marina.
Delphine Lechifflart and Franck Rabilier have been acrobatic artists for more than
ten years. This combined with their love of sailing meant they could live their dream
in a unique way. Six years ago they began doing shows aboard their yacht, La
Loupiote, as they sailed in France, Morocco, Canada and now the Caribbean.
The show is free, but if you're lucky enough to see it you'll be so amazed and
entertained that you'll want to put your hand in your pocket when they come
round with the tipping hat.
For more information visit www voilierspectacle.com
Scuba Instructor Honored for Environmental Work
Marslyn Lewis reports: St. Vincent & the Grenadines' first local Scuba Diving
Instructor was recently rewarded for his relentless efforts to preserve and protect
Glenroy Adams of Bequia, who acquired his scuba license in 1987 at Hall's Dive
Centre in the Florida Keys, has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to protecting
what is now his "bread and butter". His love for Nature and his seafaring passion was
inspired by his late father, Eric Adams Sr., builder of the famous Bequia schooner
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Years ago, Glenroy planted coconut trees along the beach in the Tobago Cays so
that their roots would prevent beach erosion, and installed moorings that he made
from concrete blocks with his own funds to
deter anchoring in an effort to protect the
reefs. Glenroy said this kind of work pro-
vides the opportunity to educate others
while protecting our natural environment.
After acquiring his diving instructor's
license, Glenroy retrained conch and lob-
ster fishermen in Bequia and Canouan in
correct scuba diving techniques. This was
motivated by the number of Grenadines
fishermen falling victim to decompression
sickness, commonly known as the bends.
Glenroy later started Grenadines Dive,
based on Union Island, and has become
one of the dominant figures in the diving
world, boasting more than 5,000 dives to
date. Glenroy says, "I love the marine envi-
ronment, and this love drives me to protect
it; hence when I take people on diving
expeditions I do it with great joy, pride and
confidence." He added that "professional-
ism is key in the tourism business, and when
married with honesty is going to take any-
one who adopts it a long way."
In 1990 the late Dr. Earle Kirby, then presi-
dent of the SVG National Trust, wanted to
publicly recognize Glenroy s environmental
efforts at a national level, but this intention
was thwarted by Dr. Kirby's death. However, Glenroy's wait was not in vain. The new
executive of the SVG National Trust, headed by Louise Mitchell-Joseph, visited Union
Island earlier this year and decided to re-introduce the award. Glenroy Adams was
honoured at the St. Vincent & The Grenadines National Trust's annual dinner held at
Government House on March 20th.
Yachtsmen & NGOs Join to Help Pets in Carriacou
Peggy Cattan reports: Veterinarian Tom Barkdull and his wife Cindy of S/Y Havana
Goodfime, along with Dave and Carol Richardson of S/Y OverStreet, teamed up
with the Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA, grena-
daspca.org) and the KIDO Foundation (kido-projects.com) of Carriacou to lend a
helping hand to dogs and cats in Carriacou. The purpose of this project was to
spay/neuter, vaccinate and de-worm dogs and cats.
The Veterinary Team traveled to three villages, Hillsborough, Windward and
Lauriston, in the GSPCA Mobile Veterinary Clinic and the KIDO Van from March 22nd
through 24th. Hundreds of folks turned out with hundreds of dogs and cats to be
treated. The team surgically spayed and neutered nearly a hundred dogs and 22
cats, and performed one ear surgery for a dog. Some 200 dogs were vaccinated.
The team also treated hundreds of dogs for mange, fleas and ticks.
Along with the yachtsmen, the team included Dr. Guy Nation, DVM, from Australia
who is currently volunteering until June at the Grenada Animal Shelter and Dr. Laura
Jamieson, DVM, from Canada who is a long-time volunteer for the GSPCA. GSPCA
Outreach Coordinator for Carriacou, Kathy Lupke and Dr. Marina Fastigi of KIDO
advertised and organized the clinic venues. Dario Sandrini of KIDO, Hans Lupke and
Karen Russell assisted
people with transport
for their animals and
added extra hands
This continuing project
has spayed more than
400 dogs and cats and
vaccinated more than
200 animals on a yearly
basis. The GSPCA and
volunteers will persist
with the management
Cruisers Cindy and
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prepare to treat a pup
of the overpopulation problems of unwanted dogs and cats
and will continue to help keep pets healthy. Managing the numbers of loose animals
guarantees a cleaner, healthier environment for all animals, citizens and visitors alike.
For more information visit www.grenadaspca, org or visit the shelter on Lowther's
Lane, St George s, Grenada.
Boat Restoration Skills Training in St. Lucia
Bruce McDonald reports: The restoration of an International 505 Class fiberglass rac-
ing dinghy is a small project with huge potential. The project, based at St. Lucia's
IGY Rodney Bay Marina, is being undertaken by eight pupils, three from Form Four
and five from Form Five, from the village of Gros Islet's Secondary School under
some professional supervision, of course!
"This is the first step in giving young people an insight into sailing and the skills
required to succeed in the marine industry," said IGY s General Manager Adam
Foster at the project's launch on March 29th. IGY is providing tools, supervision, tim-
ber, location and almost anything else that s needed for the project. Once the 505
is restored, which should take two to six months, the dinghy will be used as a training
boat for St. Lucia Yacht Club's popular Junior Sailing Program.
St. Lucia's Minister for Human Resource Development and Youth and Sports,
Lenard 'Spider' Montoute is also on board for the project. He said, "It's a wonderful
opportunity to learn both sailing and boat maintenance. We have wonderful facili-
ties and we need to service the growing yachting service market; this is a great
opportunity for all involved."
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daughter of Rodney Bay Marina's founder, the late Arch Marez. The sponsorship
project was four months in the planning and SLYC's Sailing Captain Edgar Roe said,
"SLYC has more than 60 youngsters in the junior sailing program and it's more suc-
cessful than ever; anyone's welcome... the more the merrier."
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So an extra couple of dinghies should come in handy for the Reduit Beach-based
SLYC and, under the watchful eye of IGY s professionals, some budding tradesman
could emerge and that has to be good news. Delia Charles, headmistress of Gros
Islet Secondary School, certainly thinks so. "I'm so pleased we re forming ties with
IGY and the yachting industry," she said. Our students can learn new skills both on
and off the water; it's a brand new classroom and a whole different lesson."
"We're pleased to play a part in developing home-grown talent," said Adam.
"Young people are the future tradesmen and the sooner they start training locally,
the quicker they will become world class."
* Trinidad bound? Visit 'Chaguaramas for Cruising Sailors" on Facebook.
* Edwin Frank reports: The Grenada Board of Tourism launched its new website on
April 20th: visit www.grenadagrenadines.com
* St. Lucia TV recently aired an item about Cuthbert Didier's appointment to the
new Yachting Desk of the St. Lucia Ministry of Tourism.
* Patty Tomasik reports: Here's a great way to help artisans in Haiti order a piece
of metal art. I got a mermaid and it is beautiful, so detailed; I am thrilled!
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at www.soilingstlucia.com- it's an independent resource with a directory of
* Commodore Jose Luis Diaz Escrich reports: To keep the international boating
community abreast of information concerning nautical activities, facilities for the
vessels that sail over our territorial waters, and the Hemingway International Yacht
Club of Cuba, I will be writing a blog and answering any questions on a new web-
site, www.CubaSeas.com click on the "ask the commodore" tab!
Marie-Galante Music Festival this Month
The 11th edition of the Marie-Galante Music Festival will take place from May 21st
to 24th, featuring live performances by Alka Omeka, Alfred de la Fe, Belo, En
Vogue, Ismael Lo, Michel Mado, Morgan Heritage, Richard Smallwood, Soft and
For more information visit www. terredeblues. cor
Music and Cricket in St. Kitts
The 14th Annual St. Ktts Music Festival will take place June 24th to 26th at Warner
Park. These dates immediately follow the Second Test Match between West Indies
and South Africa, June 18th to 22nd, which will also be hosted at Warner Park.
Trinidad-Grenada Passage Tip
Anita Sutton reports: For those wishing to file a float plan with the coastguard for
Grenada-to-Trinidad passages and vice versa, they'll need your boat name, num-
ber of persons on board, brief description (monohull/catamaran, colour, size), esti-
mated departure date and time, and estimated arrival date and time.
Contact the coastguard on arrival. If you decide not to stop or have to turn back,
please contact the coastguard as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary
Contact Trinidad Coastguard at (868) 634-1476 or ttcgops@gmail. cor
Visit the Grenada Coastguard in Prickly Bay, or phone (473) 444-1931/2
Got Stuff? Carriacou Auction Coming!
Melodye Pompa reports: Planning to raise your waterline? Got too much stuff on
your boat? Think about this: any spare parts you don't need, any clean used cloth-
ing, any household goods leave them at the Carriacou Yacht Club for the annu-
al auction in July, to raise funds for the Carriacou Children's Education Fund. AND,
think about this: come join us for the fun and the fundraising!
For more information contact email@example.com
A Safety Reminder
Planning new voyages in the Caribbean? Visit www.safetyandsecuritynet.com and
check out the latest safety and security reports from your intended destinations.
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Woodstock of Antigua Refits Carriacou Sloop
Woodstock Boatbuilders re-launched the Carriacou Sloop Summer Cloud in early
April, following an extensive refit. This included replacing all topside planking and a
small portion of underwater planking, bulwarks, cap rail, 50 percent of top timbers (bul-
oalung is now a ivantonat opor mi Anngua tnarouaa, ana me renewea summer
Cloud will be available for sail training
work stanchions), knightheads, breasthook, transom, stern knees, fashion timbers, rud-
der box, covering boards, boom and gaff jaws, plus complete bronze refastening and
caulking. Woodstock also overhauled the Yanmar engine and rebuilt the gearbox.
Summer Cloud will be available for use, amongst other boats, by the Antigua
Yacht Club for the newly formed National Sailing Academy of Antigua (www.
nationalsailingacademy.org), a non-profit charitable organization run with the gov-
ernment's stamp of approval. Sailing has been added to Antigua's National Sports
and therefore is now available free in schools as part of their curriculum.
The 39-foot Summer Cloud was built in Carriacou in 1995 and is a previous trophy
winner at Antigua Classic Regatta.
For more information on Woodstock Boot Builders see ad on page 10
Summer Special: Toronto-Grenada Flights
Dopco advises that Titan Tours has commenced their flights to Toronto from
Grenada with Air Transat from July 7th; flights will be on Wednesdays weekly until
The fares start at ECS1636.40 return with a departure time of 2:40PM from Grenada
and Toronto from 8:00AM.
For more information see ad on page 41.
DR Cruising Guide Now Available in Spanish
The fourth edition of the Dominican Republic Cruising Guide in Spanish has been
released and is available FREE at www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com
Like the fourth edition of the English version, this edition has many additional pages
containing additional information on the Dominican Republic as well as additional
harbors and anchorages.
For more information see ad on page 35
Yacht Cradles Increasingly Popular
Established in the UK over ten years ago, The Yacht Leg and Cradle Company
(YLCC) has won a reputation for its yacht cradles, which are now used in marinas
and boatyards from Europe to the Caribbean. The company designs and manufac-
tures three types of yacht cradle: Transportable, Stackable, and Extra Large. YLCC
No rock a-bye for your baby in this type of cradle! YLCC cradles are increasingly
popular in the Caribbean
has also produced specific designs for private boat owners and professional users.
All products have been approved by independent structural engineers and are rec-
ommended by insurance companies as a safe alternative to haphazard supports.
Speaking to Euromarina Review, Robert Holbrook, Managing Director of Admiral Boat
Insurance (see ad on page 37), said: "Following the devastation caused by Hurricane
Ivan throughout the Caribbean in 2004, Admiral decided to become more proactive
in helping to protect boats from damage caused by high winds and in co-operation
with YLCC produced a guide to laying up ashore in the Caribbean.
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and suitable for the size and weight of the boat.
"We have been pleasantly surprised by the rate at which boat cradles are now
being adopted. This can, of course, result in extra income for the marina when they
are rented to boat owners, but the extra cost to the client is offset by lower premi-
ums or a higher excess limit on their insurance.
In confirmation of this trend, YLCC recently announced that several of its largest
cradles have recently been shipped to Antigua. Bailey's Boatyard has taken delivery
of Extra Large ten-arm cradles to support yachts up to 85 feet length overall in hurri-
cane conditions. Jolly Harbour Marina, also in Antigua (see ad in Market Place sec-
tion), has bought a range of Extra Large cradles for yachts from 55 to 75 feet LOA.
Heavy-weather lashing kits are supplied as an option where the cradle is posi-
tioned on an exposed site. Each ratchet strap is 8m x 50mm with brackets to fit
under the bow and stern pads. This adds support to the yacht in the cradle when a
gale is blowing.
For more info www.yach#tegs.co.uk
After Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went out of business in 2008, a group consisting
largely of former passengers founded Island Windjammers to "continue the bare-
foot, tall-ship cruise opportunity". The new line will offer six-night cruises from
Grenada through the Grenadines aboard the Diamant, a 101-foot brigantine
schooner built in 1978.
According to a report in Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.com), "Although Island
Windjammers is loosely modeled on Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, company presi-
dent Liz Harvey emphatically asserts that the company has no official connection
with the defunct cruise line. 'We are taking the very best of the old Windjammer
Barefoot Cruises and putting our own new spin on it,' says Harvey. Many of the
crewmembers are former Windjammer Barefoot Cruises crew, including the ship's
captain, although the management team is completely different."
For more information visit www.islandwindjammers.com
Blakeslee New Dock Master at Fantasy Island
Fantasy Island Resort, Dive Center and Marina, located at Roatan, Honduras, has
announced the appointment of Jerry Blakeslee as Dock Master/Manager of the
Marina. Jerry has lived in the Caribbean since 1994, including 11 years on St.
Maarten where he served for four years as Commodore of the St. Maarten Yacht
Club, three years on the Board of that island's Marine Trades Association, and, since
1995, as co-owner and Managing Director of Bay Island Yachts. Since 2004 he has
been cruising the Caribbean aboard his NAB 38 sailboat, visiting most of the islands
in the Eastern Caribbean as well as several countries in South and Central America.
The Marina is located at Fantasy Island Resort. Situated in a well-protected, reef-
enclosed bay, the marina is a full service accommodation for yachts. The bay itself
offers a number of free moorings courtesy of the Roatan Marine Parks Service. You
can also anchor in good holding with typical 20-foot depths. Entrance to the bay is
through an opening in the reef, located at 1620.96'N/8626.97'W. The opening is
marked by buoys port and starboard, and the reef is plainly visible under good light
conditions. Once in the bay, the Marina and Resort are apparent to the east. VHF
channel 72 is used as the hailing channel: call "Dock Master" for assistance.
For more information visit www.privilegehotels. com/-fantasyisland-home
What's New at The Captain School, St. Thomas
Carol Bareuther reports: There's new ownership, new classes and new services at The
Captain School, located at American Yacht Harbor, in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
Native Virgin Islander Capt. John Holmberg bought The Captain School from Capt.
John Holmberg and Patrick Casey. Holmberg is the new owner
of The Captain School, St. Thomas, USVI
Patrick Casey as of January 1st. Casey, who opened the school in the 1990s and
shifted his base of operations to Florida a few years ago, still serves as a visiting
instructor. Holmberg brings a wealth of boating experience to the operation. Most
recently employed as the business manager of OnDeck Ocean Racing's St. Thomas
office, Holmberg has over 35 years of international sailing, diving, entertaining and
chartering under his belt.
Holmberg, as well as Capt. Casey and Capt. Russ Charette, teach The Captain
School's basic courses on a monthly basis year round. These include the Operator of
Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) or "six pack" captain's license, and the
three-day Master's course, which is an upgrade from the OUPV license to cover
inspected vessels in the 25- to 100-ton range and operation in foreign as well as
Two additional four-hour courses include an Auxiliary Sail Endorsement, which is
required to operate multi-passenger sailing vessels and the Commercial Assistance
Towing Endorsement, which enables the holder to be paid for commercial towing
services). All the preceding courses are also taught twice yearly in St. Croix, usually
in June and December, in a compact seven-day format.
The Captain School also offers four STCW-95 (Standards of Training and
Certification of Watchkeeping) courses taught six times annually. The STCW-Basic
Safety Training Course certification is required of all personnel operating passenger
vessels on international voyages.
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Marine Mammal Stranding
by Caroline Rinaldi and Nathalie Ward
The optimum response to marine mammal strandings was the topic of a training
workshop held from January 8th through 10th at Bouillante, Guadeloupe.
Participants learned how to respond when whales or dolphins are found stranded
and what type of information is critical to record.
The marine mammal stranding workshop was attended by 30 participants from five
French-speaking Caribbean islands and territories: Guadeloupe, Haiti, French Guyana,
Martinique and St. Martin. Participants included representatives of protected areas
management organizations, government departments, and non-governmental organi
zations, representing both NGOs and government departments that would likely be
involved in strandings. The participants also included a number of experts from the
USA and France including representatives from the US Nation;.l ---n-.r. i- and
Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service * -i lurine
Mammal Stranding Program, the Smithsonian Institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, and Mote Marine Laboratory; the chairman of the US Marine Mammal
Commission; and biologists from the French Stranding Network CRMM/University of
La Rochelle as well as representatives r 1. I .. .1 i. .I i .ter (RAC) of the SPAW
(Specially Protected Areas and Wildlif( I i I I I i,, i, I .... is a party.
The Guadeloupe-based Association Evasion Tropicale (AET) in cooperation with the
Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network (ECCN) organized the workshop, with financial
support provided by US NOAA Fisheries International, the French Ministry of
Environment (DIREN Guadeloupe) and the United Nations Environment Program's
SPAW-RAC. This workshop was one of the priority activities coming out of the Marine
Mammal Action Plan for the Wider Caribbean, recently adopted by the SPAW Protocol.
The objective of the workshop was to develop a harmonized stranding response
protocol between the existing French and US stranding networks. It is important to
establish a standardized mechanism for strandings to ensure that everyone is well
prepared and knows what to do when a dolphin or whale strands on the beach. Even
when the animal in question cannot be saved or has been dead for a while, the inci
dent can still greatly benefit our -"-l-r--t.;n;-li of marine mammals in our region
and can provide clues to determine 11. ....- the stranding.
The US Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program has responded
to stranding events for more than 30 years. The program has developed various
tools, regulations, and guidelines .n .l---;; to oil spill "m-r.-n v response plans.
These regulations also assist to 1 ... ., I I, health ol I I. .I .'lic and rescuers,
since marine mammal diseases can be contagious to humans. In addition, criteria
have been developed to enable quick decisions on the beach as to what is feasible or
not when the animal is still alive. When one animal is stranded things are relatively
A mock stranding exercise led by ECCN Coordinator, Andrea Bogomolni
easy but when 20 or 50 dolphins strand simultaneously (as happened on St. Martin
a few years back), or when a 50-foot long, 35-ton decomposing whale washes ashore
on a public beach, quick and effective action is essential.
The participants were all positive about the workshop. They were very happy about
the possibility of working with other Caribbean islands in the future and exchanging
data. 'With the increase of human impacts on the marine environment, standings may
occur more frequently in the Caribbean. Efficient responses to these strandings will
help us assess causes and potentially reduce or prevent those related to man-made
threats, such as ship strikes or entanglement i:- f1i :, :- ~. .id one of the partici
pants. Another participant commented on the I- ,i - i i,.' he had learned: "It
was very valuable to get information about what to do and what not to do, when a living
animal beaches itself. It is so important for all the countries of the Caribbean to work
together with the same protocols and compile the data in a regional database."
The workshop participants were committed to start a focused program to cooperate
and exchange their findings. The discussion addressed the future establishment of
regional cooperation programmes to increase scientific, technical, and educational
~"~-n-. among relevant national, regional, and international organizations.
'I 'i' .11 it was recommended that a regional stranding database be developed,
which would be attainable by the different stranding networks of the region and
which would include the expert contacts from all the territories and countries.
The attendees valued the opportunity to have a forum to address and discuss their
shared challenges. As part of networking, it was agreed that a "strong effort should
be made to transfer essential skills, resources and capacity '-il-li;: within the
French Caribbean, throughout the Lesser Antilles region and tl I Caribbean."
Building on the training already established in the French Antilles and French
Guiana by the 1' .i' .... 1 1 ... ii.. I ,1 further training will take place in
the future and i, .,, .11 ... . i . ., stranding response training.
Fpr'r'T }- rni- n md conducted three United Nation Environment Program
S -I I I',,,. Response Workshops for 1. ,, i.1i., utch and French
speaking Caribbean, respectively: Trinidad (2005), i ... .. _-'- -I and Guadeloupe
(2010). As this issue of Compass goes to press, a fourth SPAW Workshop is sched
uled to be held for the Ci- r Hi .1- n --ntri"' in Panama (April 23, 2010).
To access the Final R i I I .i -I ., i Workshop and associated ECCN
Stranding Compendium visit www.eccnwhale.org/workshop material.html
To learn more about whales and dolphins, see the following websites:
Association Evasion Tropicale (AET), www.evasiontroicale.org Caroline Rinaldi
lives in Guadeloupe and is the Director ofAET.
Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network (ECCN) www.eccnwhale.org -Dr. Nathalie
Ward is the Director of the ECCN, based in Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
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by John Burnie
There are certain sailing events in the world that fire
the :... .. .i. .. 11. -ie include the America's Cup and
grea i .--. 11-1. races such as the Fastnet and
Albeit in another style, amongst these has to be the
annual St. Bart's Bucket. This regatta has become one
of the "must do" regattas in the world today. "Racing
five-star hotels and antique furniture" springs to
mind, but the sheer scale and elegance of the yachts
that return regularly to participate in "the Bucket"
regatta is breathtaking.
Although this is not a purists racing regatta, it
nonetheless continues to attract into the fray a multi
talented group of owners and sailors alike. Some par
ticipate in racing machines suited to the purpose and
others join in trying to coax every ounce of speed from
heavyweight luxury cruising yachts.
This year, yachts old and new, ranging from 76 to
186 feet, gathered in the historic Port of Gustavia from
February 25th through 28th to do battle once again in
the three traditional races that take place around the
picturesque island of St. Barthelemy.
This event in its 15th year attracted 39 entries from
all over the world -and what an entry list it was! The
elegant 169-foot Royal Huisman-built schooner Meteor
was back to defend her title, having won in 2009, and
the much-anticipated Caribbean arrival of the 138
foot Hanuman (a copy of Endeavour II built for Jim
Clarke) ensured there would a battle royal with the
one-foot-shorter J Boat Ranger.
able" cruising boats lining up together on a racing
start line is a stunning sight to behold. This regatta
divides the fleet into two classes -the self-explanato
ry Gazelles and Grande Dames. A start time is calcu
lated and the yachts mingle in a staggered start, even
though they may be on a different course. Big boats
tearing into a start line only seconds apart is not for
the faint-hearted -the tacticians and the safety offi
cers on each crew (communicating with other boats)
were kept pretty focused!
Bucket organizers Jim Teeters and Hank Halsted
have over time evolved the Bucket Rating and Racing
System, one that is being increasingly utilized in
-u. il .- .. i. .. ,ut the world. Organizing
.... ...I .. and varied fleet requires
careful thought; several changes have been introduced
for 2010 regarding the sailing rules used in the Bucket
System, most notably the requirement of a safety offi
Left: Big boats need big crews. At 156feet,
Hyperion raced with the equivalent of six basketball
Below: Captain Mark Stevens and sailing legend
Rebecca, the 141-foot German i
Pendennis-built ketch, was back again I 1 i11
of "Antigua Mafia" recruited by Captain "Sparky"
Beardall, including Kenny Coombs, Stan Pearson (on
the helm) and Julian Gildersleeve, Karen Portch,
"Chippy" and Phil Hopton.
A rejuvenated 180-footAdelawas back (with Captain
Greg Norwood Perkins now in charge) heralding a
return of this elegant and famous schooner. It was
interesting to see on board with Greg a number of
Leopard 2 crew including Leopard skipper Chris
Sherlock, navigator Hugh Agnew, and "Shag" from
FKG rigging on the helm. Great also to see on board
some "oldies" from my generation: Terry Gould (from
the legendary Battlecry), welcome back!
The -1 -nt 1-_ foot Luca Brenta-designed sloop
Ghost c ..I .11 Shipyard was participating under
Captain "Hutch", ..i......... Ir regular regatta tus
sles with the 112 i I -... ... Frers-designed, Royal
Huisman-built Unfurled These two vessels were head
ing a modern set of yachts including Hamilton II (a
117-foot Philippe Briand-designed sloop), P2 (a 125
foot Perini Navi), Visione (the 148-foot Baltic that won
this year's Superyacht Ci, ,i, .i .1 Saudade (a 148
foot Wally), Sojana (a 1 I I i .,, ketch), Liara (a
hundred-footer from Performance Yachts) and a host
of big Swans/Frers yachts. The Perinis were also out
in force, including the 154-footers Antara and
Andromeda La Dea, and the stunning Barracuda (164
feet) and Salute (184 feet).
Watching (very!) large racing machines and "comfort
cer in the rearguard. Safety in this event is obviously
paramount and new rules introducing exclusion zones
at starts, marks and the finish line have been included
to help ensure everyone has a "trouble free" regatta. A
40-metre "boat separation rule" has also been intro
duced -although 40 metres is not actually very much
when you realize that more than half the boats in the
fleet are over 40 metres in length!
The setting in St Bart's is picture perfect for such a
stunningly visual regatta.
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The event is based in an elegant and historical
Caribbean trading port, albeit an often-awkward
anchorage for large yachts (requiring some of the par
ticipants to anchor in the bay). The departure of the
yachts from the dock each day is handled with military
precision by the Port Authorities, as it often involves
much anchor unwinding!
There are three traditional races in the regatta:
Around the Island, The Wiggly Course (which has been
transformed into the Not So *,. i Course), and
Around the Island (the Other Wa j 11' wind this year
was a perfect ten to 15 knots, if somewhat slightly
light at times for the heavier yachts. The sails on the
bigger vessels are so huge and the forces so grea i.i J,
winds are sometimes more acceptable to the i -
sional crews running the yachts as the likelihood of
damage is lessened, particularly on any cruisers that
This year my partner Ann Louise and I were both
honoured to be invited to join the crew on Hyperion,
a 156-foot Royal Huisman sloop designed by German
Frers and Pieter Beeldsnijder. To put things in per
spective, this yacht when she was built (1998) was
the largest sloop in the world, but at this 2010 regat
ta we were not even in the top ten in length! Captain
Mark Stevens, a veteran participant and a past win
ner of superyacht events, had again recruited internal
tionally famous racing sailor Harold Cudmore as Race
Captain as well as several illustrious sailing names
Si... id Danby, double Olympic Gold medallist
i I i J Gosling, Etchells World Champion Adam
Gosling and several top professionals including Guy
Stanbridge of North Sails and Mike Koppstein of the
This regatta continues apace to attract many of the
big names in sailing. Also seen on boats at the regatta
S, ,, I 1. i i i.. 11 r Yachts' 159-foot
S .j, j 1. ..... .. .1 ,, ii -i back from the
America's Cup on BMW Oracle) Mo Grey, Chris Mason,
Steve Brannagh, Jens Christiansen, Peter Holmberg,
Lionel Pean and Ray Davies, to name but a few.
Being one of the oldest crew members (!) -n Thrr-;.--
favoured my appointment as the safety 1,
marvellous job albeit a rather responsible task! VHF
radio watch required and good communication with all
the other participating boats being mandatory.
In the first race Hyperion got off to a galloping
start, powering up to 12 knots at our appointed start
time, and we cruised around the island in wonderful
conditions. The idea of pursuit racing is to overtake
everyone who has started in front of you and we
charged around the course, eventually finishing in
The shoreside events are a major part of this regatta
n-1 -l i ;.;r tf- first --nin. -ftr racing there is the
, I i Ho1 i .,i ,1 .I crews are invited
to visit the other yachts anchored stern-to at the dock
and join the owners and racing crew for refreshment
and a viewing of the yacht. This alone is a highlight of
the event -it enables "mere mortals" like me to visit
the hallowed areas of some of the most famous yachts
in the world. Highlights of the show to me this year
were Meteor, Barracuda and the stunning new 147-foot
Dubois/Fitzroy Salperton IV (owner Barry Houghton,
take a bow for design input). Captain Jonno Johnson
threw the best party on Antara and drinks on board
Rebecca with the "Antigua Mafia" and with Captain Hyperion passing the line just one second ahead ou
Alistair Tait of Ranger were, as usual, memorable, crew Jonathan Zwaans hanging over the bow as a fig
The second race (Wiggly Course) was at the end urehead was disallowed as being part of the boat (th
eventful -for us and numerous other yachts. We rule states: "normal equipment in its normal place"
sailed a very good race and should have easily finished Howard Palmer of Barbados on board Destination, a
a good fifth or sixth to keep us up in the rankings. The well as new St. Barts resident (formerly of Grenada
spinnaker run through the islands was spectacular, Dave Cullen were not that pleased to see our victor
with Hanuman and all the later starters looking salutes but took it in good spirit and still drank wit
supremely colourful behind us. However, at the finish us at the bar.
line there was a sensational "header" which caused a So, another great .I 1 .- i een held and the S
real problem for several of the leading yachts. Rebecca Barts Bucket goes :' -1,' ,. to strength. Range
"was robbed" of her first place win (Ranger stole prevailed in the racing Gazelle Class and was desert
through) and because of the dramatic wind shift, edly declared the Overall Winner of the 2010 Bucke
Captain Adam Bateman and his crew lost out badly on -much credit to Captain Alistair Tait and his hard
their well-placed Unfurled working crew. Rur. .i;- 1;.'- yacht in an event lik
Large yachts like Hyperion do not tack easily in this is supremely I.. .- I both the captains an
light air and we and other boats eventually trans the crews alike. Recognition must be made for their
gressed in a part of the new sailing protocols, so we dedication and hard work, so here's a toast to all th
were (correctly) heavily penalized for our mistake. The permanent guys and gals who continue to keep the
Bucket Racing Rules are a
unique mix of International P j i
Collision Regulations and
Bucket Sailing Instructions;
ISAF Rules do not apply in any
circumstance. It was therefore
r=n- to note that "trans-
., in this race were in
' I 1SAF racing profession-
als all with an inbred will to
win! The ethos of the regatta
however is to promote good .
sportsmanship and safe sailing
above all -and very sound is
that aim -there can be no I
compromise in the risks while _--,.
racing these hugely expensive .
and unwieldy vessels. .
The Saturday evening enter
tainment on the second night at
the regatta involved the usual
Bucket Crew Bash and this
year the band appointed was no
less than "Itchy Feet" from
l... ie group (well known .
S ...... at the various
Antigua events) gave a superb
set and alerted the Northern
Caribbean to their up-and-com- Close finish in the Bucket's last race, as Hyperion finishes one second ahead
ing status as a premium ofDestination Fox Harbour
Caribbean band. The food pro
vided was sumptuous and, as always, in keeping with "show on the road". That having been said, let us nc
the status of such a high-end regatta. forget the dedicated owners (some of whom may seer
The third race (Around the Other Way) was again a quite a small person until you see them stand on their
great spectacle, but our previous day's penalty on wallet!) who allow all this to happen in the first plac
Hyperion put us well down the rankings. The beat A big thanks to all these extremely .-a-r-- = people
upwind was significant and Ranger stole the show whose enthusiasm for the sport .1i irdinar
heading inside the islands to steal a march on the Joes" like Ann Louise and me to participate in th
newer Hanuman. Crossing tacks with all the other ves rarefied atmosphere of superyacht racing.
sels through the islands was challenging, and choos The next Bucket event takes place in Newport i
ing the right course was critical in the odd rain clouds September -and I suspect the usual suspects will a
that passed through the fleet at the back of the main be there again!
island. The 96-foot Symmetry, with Mani and German Forfull results visit www.bucketregattas.com
Frers on board, hoisted too early and nearly lost their John Bumie and his partner Ann Louise have bee
spinnaker. Unhappily for Hanuman a brand-new cruising the Eastern Caribbean for six years on the
spinnaker was completely destroyed in a gust. yacht, Indaba. They have regularly participated in th
Our finish with the 134-foot Alloy Yachts/Dubois rich and varied sailing events held throughout th
sloop Destination Fox Harbour was sensational, with Caribbean every year.
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T E British Virgin
Islands Kite Jam,
held March 1st through 5th, opened
with an opulent gathering on Necker .
Island, the unique private resort
owned by Sir Richard Branson (and
his main residence). Remarks were ...
made by the organizers and partners
of this lifestyle-oriented event, and
-l-inn^ ---r" fi-- n by BVI Premier
.. i ,i....-.. the Honorable
Ralph T. O'Neal.
Sir Richard opened the ceremony
with a self-effacing air, although he ..
was instrumental in the development ":::::. .
and execution of this phenomenal fete .. "
of world-class kiteboarding talent..
i with Charlie Smith and Scotty
.. (these f11-- being the very per
sonification i .1 boarding) several
other partners worked with many
sponsors to pull off a successful multi
discipline festival of wind and water.
During the ceremony, Abby O'Neal
(Communications Director of Kite Jam "
and daughter of the Premier) and anoth
er partner, Joanna Morris, presented US$5,000 donations to both VISAR (Virgin
Islands Search and Rescue) and KATS (Kids and the Sea, BVI).
VISAR is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to responding to emer
agencies in BVI waters 24/7. KATS has been introducing kids to watersports for 20
years; its volunteers teach basic sea skills, swimming, sailing, diving and wind
Left to right: Sir Richard Branson, Charlie Smith, Governor David Pearey, Abby
O'Neal and Scottie Wilson
Below right: Madison Van Heurck kiting at sunset
surfing. With a wink -. 1 .-. 1:- BVI Kite Jam hopes that the KATS ..... .1
include kiteboarding i,, 1, I.. ... These gifts display the cooperative : .1 ,,, 11 1
on and around the sea and how symbiotic relationships enhance the lives of every
one in the community.
On hand was kiteboarding promoter and expert Aaron Sales of Kiteboarding
magazine. Aaron explained the world-circuit arrangement of kiteboarding events
(similar to -.... I,, ... 11 1i ... i ,, .ather points to determine cham-
pions for tl. .. 11. 1.11 ... ,', I I 1., Jam is that it includes a sailing
flotilla of Sunsail catamarans that support competitors at various : ..- .. ....
the event, and the captains of these boats engage in their own "rac ..I......
from place to place.
The variations do not end with sailboats: There were so many stand-up paddle
boards on hand that one would think these athletes could walk on water. A vol
1---.11 -n- -;n "--t-r Island was just for fun, but players included Kristina Long,
a .... ... I II ... dian National Team. (The author proved he is not as mobile
as he once was, but still dishes out a decent serve.)
Day One: A 'Round Necker Race was scheduled, but light winds plagued the race
course. However, this didn't put a damper on spirits at the luncheon on Necker or
the dinner and party back at the flotilla anchorage on Prickly Pear. The cancelled
racing allowed extra time for a skills clinic led by the world's top kiteboarders.
Day Two: All the "wind dancing" at
the end of Day One didn't conjure
enough to race the kites to Anegada
Island, so we settled for a sailboat
race on the flotilla boats, which was
quite fun. Upon reaching Anegada,
Kite Jammers were shuttled to Cow
Wreck Bay where lunch was served.
The day finished with a party on
S F: .. Day Three: "NOTICE: Results of
'wind 1-7 -in ~ r, oir- I full 24to 36
.r. dihours I n I I .o... ...I The breeze
eeh i built throughout the night, and Kite
S Jammers awoke to 18 to 20 knots of
wind. Woo hoo!
i The Down Winder Race run just
south of Pomato Point was a blast
for all participants, and the jam
session off the point before and
after the race was the best anyone
had hoped for. High speed runs
and decent air were available for
pros and novices alike. Madison
Van Heurck, age 20, of St. Thomas,
.. .... enjoyed the sunset on his board;
then there were a couple of fellows
out after dusk. A dinner gathering at Potter's By The Sea led into socializing
Day Four: A nice sail back to Virgin Gorda aboard the flotilla boats was enjoyed
by everyone, despite winds too light for kiteboarding. The lack of wind did not dam
age this "lifestyle event" as much as one would think. The social aspects of the
camaraderie, exchange of ideas in the clinics, and tl .t exposure of the sport
through different media avenues offered here in the :I ated excitement for all
on the beach, in the water, and on the boats.
Lunch and dinner gatherings at the Bitter End Yacht Club were superb. The
night's party was held at The Pub and included a slideshow display of a few dozen
of the greatest -f-e-nt= oI;or; the 2010 BVI Kite Jam.
Day Five: ThE I .I, -.......... winds persisted, so on the last day Kite Jammers
continued to meet each other as pros and novices alike enjoyed the socializing and
I., I d I'. discussions. A last-minute -+n. allowed everyone to enjoy lunch
I beach at yet another one ol .1... little secrets, Eustacia Island,
just off Virgin Gorda and Prickly Pear Island.
Dinner, the awards ceremonies (for full results visit www.bvikitejam.com) and
one last blow-out party were held on Mosquito Island.
After spending these days with kiteboarding professionals and enthusiasts, it
became apparent to me that the sport may incorporate features and demand skills
from several older sports. Nonetheless, the heart of the sport lies very close to that
of sailing, inasmuch as the spirit of camaraderie and welcome are offered to newbies
and outsiders right from the get-go. m4nt-rin- and teaching are more inherent in
kiteboarding and sailing than, say, i. ...... or other individual sports such as
cycling. This will serve the sport well in allowing it to grow and be enjoyed by every
one who wishes to feel the freedom of flying across the water using their own abilities
and the power of the wind.
Young people to watch in kiteboarding:
Jeremy Lund, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, is
not only an accomplished kiteboarder, but
runs a kiteboard school and constantly
expands his influence and horizons to
encompass all facets of the sport. I see he is
on his way to becoming a major force in the
sport of kiteboarding. Visit www.
Although Gretta Kruesi, 26, of South
Carolina, isn't among the very '---'r-t
participants, she has the passion 1
comer as she has only been involved in
]itrm rl'in-. f-r three years. Her creative,
I: I .... I drive to improve her talents
will certainly impact the sport in coming
years. Visit www.kiteworldmag.com/riders /
gretta kruesi/ and, coming soon,
Winn rs Lead the Pack
at lu ,to RicoARegatta
The name of the game was getting out in front and staying there at the Puerto
Rico Heineken International Regatta, sailed out of the new yacht club and marina
at Palmas del Mar, on Puerto Rico's southeast coast, March 19th through 21st. In
the six classes competing, each of the winners took the lead on Day One and fol
lowed it through to the podium in spite of winds that blew from less than ten to
near 20 knots.
Nowhere was this more evident than in Spinnaker A, where Robert Armstrong's St.
Croix, USVI-based J/100, Bad Girl, ended with -trin. -f first place finishes, only
conceding that position a few times to second I I i..... i St. Maarten's Frits Bus
on his Melges 24, Coors Light, and third place, Soca, a Henderson 30 skippered by
Puerto Rico's Luis Juarbe.
"We didn't sail the last race today; it wouldn't have affected our standing," says
Mike Petievich, crew aboard Bad GirL "Still, we learned a lot in tl. i..i. ...- sailing
the second day. St. Croix doesn't get too much light air this time I ..
A friendly rivalry made competition keen in Spinnaker B. However, St. Thomas'
John Foster, aboard his Kirby 25, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, stayed at the top
i ..". i, ,, ti. . backing up :. 1,,.. I 1.. bullets on the first and last day.
i ... ...y .I i .... i the waters 11 .i .... del Mar new to them, Foster had
competed here many years ago when the regatta started and was called the Copa
Velasco, so there was a little local knnoAle1p at play.
Foster's biggest competitor was I. I II St. Thomian to whom he sold his old
boat, a J/27 named Magnificent 7. Paul Davis has been at the helm for the past five
years and his team, which includes Anson Mulder from the North Sail loft in Ft.
Lauderdale, keeps getting better and better.
"This is probably the last year for the boat," says Davis, who underscores it's not
his or his crew's last year of racing, "and we've been more focused than ever."
Puerto Rico's Carlos Camacho, on his J/105, Abracadabra, finished in first with
:.. lower than a first place in the Performance Cruising Class.
i .,I winds are tough, but the last day we saw gusts to 18 knots. The race
committee ran us on windward-leeward courses that day, which is what we like,"
Similarly, in Jib & Main, Puerto Rico's Edwin Cruz, on his Hunter Legend 43,
Nemesis, handily won with all first place finishes, as did the BVI's Colin Rathbun in
the one-design IC-24 Class aboard Lime.
Finally, Puerto Rico's Efrain 'Fraito' Lugo won the one-design J/24 Class aboard
Orion. But it wasn't all bullets. The Dominican Republic's Eduardo Ortiz took second
in class aboard Colibri. Two J/24s from the Dominican Republic competed in this
regatta as practice for the Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be
sailed this summer out of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
"It was great to have the two Dominican teams sail with us," says Orion's Lugo.
The Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta ran concurrently with the big boat
event. Puerto Rico's Eric Torres won the Advanced Optimist Class, Kyle Fink placed
first in Optimist Green, Ramon Gonzalez led Laser Radial, Rogelio Fernandez won
Laser 4.7 and four-time Olympian, Enrique Figueroa, won the Hobie 16 class.
Kiteboarding was a new addition to this year's event. Alex Soto and Robinson
Hilario, two professional freestyle riders from Cabarete, Dominican Republic, joined
the near 30-competitor fleet from Puerto Rico. The kiteboarders put on an exhibition
in front of the host Palmas del Mar Yacht Club on the final day of competition that
whetted everyone's appetite to see more of this sport. The International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) officially recognized kiteboarding as a sailing sport in November
2008, when it approved the International Kiteboarding Association.
The Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta is the second leg of the Cape Air
CORT Series, which started with the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta in
February and finished at the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival in April.
For complete results visit http://result.vg
Above left: The J/24s
in tight competition,
practicing for the
Above right: Mark
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J/24s. Behind are
the mountains of
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Right: Puerto Rico's
Edwin Cruz, on his
Hunter Legend 43,
won Jib & Main with
all first placefinishes
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Sailboats ranging from a Hobie 16 to a custom 72 footer set sail in the 29th
:i, ..... .... 1 i i ., held out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club from March 26th
i-i ii ' ,i ., I I enjoyed ideal sailing conditions sunny skies, winds
blowing ten to 18 knots, and a moderate chop on the seas as they raced a combi
nation of round-the-buoy and round-the-island courses that included a sightseers'
race into Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
There was close competition in many classes.
For example, in the eight-boat IRC handicap fleet, New Yorks Austin and Gwen
Fragomen were in the lead aboard their TP52, Interlodge, until the last day. An inter
island course on the last day through Pillsbury Sound, where there's lots of tricky current
to ,-i .t- bled fellow competitor, Canada's Richard Oland on his Southern Cross
52, i i i i to bullet the first race and ultimately win the class by two points.
Interlodge underwent an extensive IRC conversion last year and was re-launched
in October. The International Rolex Regatta is one of the few events in the Caribbean
that offers a class for IRC handicap boats and does not require them to get a CSA
rating certificate as well.
Another close race occurred in Spinnaker Racing 2. It wasn't until the last race,
and the scores were posted online, that St. Croix's Stanton brothers, who sail their
Melges 24, Devil 3, knew they had won.
"They're a lot faster than us," says Chris Stanton, who raced with his two brothers,
Peter and Scott, against the BVI's Dave West, aboard his Melges 32, Jurakan. "The
handicap is six and a half minutes every hour, so on a three-hour race that's nearly
West says, "I can't point to any one thing that lost us that last race. We didn't have
any big mistakes, but I think they worked the current better than us in Pillsbury
Sound, and that was a major factor."
One point separated St. Thomas' John Holmberg, on his Hobie 16, Time Out, from
fellow Hobie 16 and St. Croix sailor, Chris Schreiber, in the Beach Cat Class.
IHl 1.l .1 won, and did so sailing with his 11-year-old son, Kai.
I. Cats is such a fun class and it was ... i.... I could do with my son,"
says Holmberg, who is a Prindle 19 national champion. I remember when we had
26 beach cats lined up here on the beach. Class - in cycles and I think if we
organized more fun events the class would grow ...
The action was hot, but Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo, on his Orion in the IC-24 class,
dominated the competition.
"We just tried to sail consistently," says Lugo, who will represent Puerto Rico in
the J/24 class in the Central American and Caribbean Games this summer.
"Changing from one boat to the other isn't a big deal. But the IC-24 fleet is more
competitive here, that's why we sailed this boat in Rolex."
Antigua's James Dobbs, on his J/122, Lost Horizon II, finished first six out of eight races
in the Racer-Cruiser Class. But, that didn't mean the competition *... 1....- but
fierce. 'We're serious sailors," says Dobbs, who has been sailing since i
No one took any bullets away from St. Croix's Tony Sanpere, on his J/36,
Cayennita Grande, in the Non-Spinnaker Class.
"I've grown tired of all the up-and-down windward-leeward racing," says Sanpere,
who has long been competitive in whatever boat he sails. "Thats why I like the Non
Spinnaker Class. I like to race around the islands."
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S IHeineken Regatta
Quantity was down, but quality was certainly up at the 39th Annual BVI
Spring Regatta, raced out of Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola, April 2nd
through 4th. Although the event attracted more than 120 boats last year
and in the past has surpassed the 150 mark, the 101 entries this year
included more hot racers such as T .. i 1,11 - I I' I ...'. 75, Titan
15, the BVI's Kevin Rowlette who sailed his Olsoi ** .I .. .. I first place
finish in Racing D, and even America's Cup talent in the persona of Geordie Shaver
sailing on the Swan 53, Boonatsa, in the Jib & Main Class.
Yacht Club sailors throughout the weekend and was one point behind the northeast
US team going into the last day's racing.
"We knew there was only one race that day and we had to beat them, so we just
stayed focused," says Pinto.
He adds, "We'll be back to defend our title next year. This is definitely the start of
something good and has really raised the standard of the bareboat class."
The Cape Air CORT Series, which included the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta
in February and the Puerto Rico ,i ,, i .. I..I .. .1 .... i .11 .. I .. included
with the BVI Sprir. I .n See n ,, I .-
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What was really striking was the number of classes in which competition came
down to the last race to decide the winner.
Nowhere was this more apparent than in the nine-boat IC-24 class. In fact, it came
down to the final rounding of the leeward mark in the last of 21 races for Puerto Rico's
Fraito Lugo, driving his Orion, to win. "I saw the door open and I took it," says Lugo,
about the tactic that put three boats between him and closest competitor, Team Lime.
Team Lime, sailed by the BVI's Colin Rathbun, had a three-point lead going into the
last race. "We had a horrible rounding and then a big shift," says Rathbun, who fin
ished second by one point. "But it was exciting and a lot of fun."
There was more razor-sharp r .... ... I I. iGirl, St. i i
J/100, sparred with the BVI's I i Jurak 1 i i i
first race today," says Bad Girl i........ .i - we definitely let Jurakan back
in the game. Just one point separated us. The second race, we put our heads down,
sailed and ended up beating the two Melges 24s in the last five minutes. It was like
that all weekend. The level of competition has really come up and we think it's
because we all push each other."
In Bareboat A, "Who's on first?" was the name of the game. Over the three days of
racing, each of the top four boats in the nine-boat class swapped the lead. It came
down to the last race on 1. i, .i I ..I i i 'hat the winner was Re Joyce,
the UK's Tony Mack's Be. ... i i i .....- -.45. "We were tied for second
on point -i; i-t, the I II i, i .- aced with friends and family
in the 1 - .- ... I~egatta for many years. "In the last race, we finished second and
BVI Yacht Charters got a third. So, we beat them by scoring higher."
Mack and his crew have sailed off with the winner's trophy in the past. But this
year, he says, "There's no question we had to work hard for it."
Finally, this year marked the debut of the International Yach, i.. .i .. ... i ,
competition too was keen. Three teams, one representing the F . I i..
from Puerto Rico and one from Boston took the challenge and each raced new Jeanneau
42s. The Puerto Rican club sailing on Pelican Pat not only won the Challenge, but also
won the Bareboat B Class in which the yacht club boats raced with 11 other boats.
"It was great to be able to have a chance to win our class and win the Challenge,"
says Puerto Rico skipper, Gustavo Pinto.
The Puerto Rican team traded first place standings in the class with the Boston
Above left: Spinnakers racing down the Sir Francis Drake Channel
Above: The hottest boat out there -Spinnaker A winner, Tom Hill's Titan 15
Below: Puerto Rico's Fraito Lugo wins the IC-24 class
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I BEQUA EASTR REGATA 201
The 29th annual Bequia Easter Regatta, held April 1st through 5th, boasted a
record-breaking fleet of 53 yachts attracted from the neighboring islands of Antigua,
Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Carriacou, Grenada and Trinidad, as
well as from the USA, Canada and the UK. Contributing to the second bumper year
in a row for this popular event organized by the all-volunteer Bequia Sailing Club
was a J/24 Class of 16 boats -the biggest gathering ever of this class in the
Southern Caribbean. The J/24s had come not only to compete for Easter Regatta
prizes for the sixth year, but this time also to vie for the crown of J/24 Southern
Caribbean Champion 2010, an initiative of the newly formed J/24 Southern
Caribbean Council. The winner of the J/24 Class in Bequia 2010 would become the
first holder of this championship title.
In a weekend of light to moderate winds, yachts competed in three CSA classes
-one racing and two cruising -plus two one-design classes: Surprise (a 25-foot
Jouber' "i---lt i-t71n1 and J/24. The yachts were joined on the water by another
record- -1.... 11 33 of the locally built double-ended open sloops (see report in
next month's Compass).
The CSA classes and the Surprises sailed three now-traditional courses over the
weekend: Admiralty Bay to Friendship Bay and back on the Friday, around the island
on the Saturday, and a harbor triangle on Easter Monday. The J/24 Class, introduced
in 2005, has had its own specially designed courses since 2006. Sixteen skippers
accepted the challenge (I I i, I i... 1 i -....1 -Handed Round the Island Race on Easter
Sunday, which is not f i I .. i I i. : 1 -.. The winners were Donald
Radcliffe from the USA aboard his Beneteau i '* I J.l in Non-CSA Class (for the
third time!), and Nicolas Poix from Martinique aboard the Surprise Clippers Shipin CSA
Class. Veteran Principal Race Officer James Benoit from Grenada and the dedicated
volunteers of the Bequia Sailing Club did an admirable job of running all the races.
With only two other boats to tussle with, overall class winner Richard Szyjan said
he wished there'd been more participation in the spinnaker Racing Class, but he did
like the weather. "The 1ii.1l airs let us sail within touching distance of the rocks
before we had to tack. lon't i,,,,r 1 1 1.1 ..... for a change; in January's Grenada
Sailing Festival we raced one day I.. i Richard's Grenada-based Hobie 33,
Category 5, took second in class in Bequia last year.
In Cruising I, another 2009 second place overall winner, Trinidadian racing legend
Rawle Barrow's Beneteau 38, Petit Careme, advanced to first place this year, domi-
nating the class with three bullets. Rawle knows Bequia's waters well, stating, "I've
been coming here before the regatta started."
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At the end of the big J/24 Class's six-race series, the Barbados team aboard Hawkeye,
skippered by Robert Povey, were crowned Southern Caribbean J/24 Champions. Kudos
to the J/24 Southern Caribbean Council and the Bequia Sailing Club for working
together to make the inauguration of this new sailing award a reality.
Close racing found the race committee resolving ties on points for second overall
in Cruising II and the J/24s, and first overall in the Surprises. In the Surprise Class,
going into the third and last race, WIND had a first and a second, Digilife had a first
and a third, and Clippers Ship a second and a third. But the gusty airs of the last
day's '. 1 ,, ..... 1 saw an upset: WIND sank to a fifth place, while Clippers Ship
pulled 11 1. -i ., I Digilife a second tying the latter two with six points each.
Clippers Ship was adjudged the victor.
Aside from good racing, what makes this small-island regatta perennially popular?
As one racer put it, "We don't feel like the regatta is just something happening over
on the side and the rest of the island is going about its business as usual. In Bequia,
it seems like everybody is in party mode and has the regatta spirit."
As CSA regatta organizers' conferences have noted, the orchestration of a successful
regatta in the Caribbean requires countless man-hours, many volunteers, and success
ful partnerships with organizations ranging from the host's country's Immigration and
Customs departments to street vendors. Congratulations go to the Bequia Sailing Club
and to main sponsors St. Vincent & the Grenadines Ministry of Tourism, Heineken (St.
Vincent Brewery), Mount Gay and Pepsi (Bottlers Ltd.), Mountain Top Water, Tradewinds
Cruise Club, the Frangipani Hotel, Bequia Beach Hotel, De Reef, Windward Island
Plantation, and CK Greaves for anoli. .. .1 1 .,, -1 .- Regatta.
For full results and a slideshow i. i. , .. .. .com/easterregatta/
Thanks to Nicola Redway of the Bequia Sailing Club for information used in this report.
We'll have a full report on the Bequia Easter Regatta 2010 double-ender races in
next month's Compass.
Bequia Easter Regatta 2010 Winners
The Hawkeye crew,
J/24 Class winners
and new Southern
with iconic Bequia
Regatta prize of
Cruising Class 1 (8 boats)
1) Petit Careme, Beneteau 38, Rawle Barrow, Trinidad (3)
2) Bloody Mary, Hughes 38, Jerry Stewart, Grenada (7)
3) Nirvana, San Juan 34, Lloyd De Roche, Trinidad (8)
Cruising Class II (17 boats)
1) Trinity, Concordia Custom 46, Doug Pinciaro, USA (3)
2) Breezing Up, J/46, Brad Willauer, USA (10)
3) Dionysus, Fi .11i Rassy 39, Jack Burns, USA (10)
Racing Class i I .-
1) Category 5, Hobie 33, Richard Szyjan, Grenada (4)
2) Fiser, Melges 24, Jean-Michel Figueres, France (5)
3) Ven Dan Vwell, JOD 35, Claude Monsoro, France (9)
Surprise Class (6 boats)
1) Clippers Ship, Nicolas Poix, France (6)
2) Digilife, Vianney Saintenoy, France (6)
3) WIND, Theo Cordonnier, France (8)
J/24 Class (16 boats)
1) Hawkeye, Robert Povey, Barbados (13)
2) JCB, Michael Green, St. Lucia (24)
3) Jabal, Nick Forsberg, St. Lucia (24)
Quitting While You're Way Ahead
Lifelong racing sailor Rawle Barrow
states that Bequia Easter Regatta 2010
was his last regatta as a competitor
anyway. "I've b .., 11i,,,1 h,, I: i ...... for
the past three ; Ih -, I a are
firsts and lasts in life, and after 63 years I
feel I have made my contribution to rac
ing. I'll always sail as sailing is a way of
life for me, and if another boat comes
Born in Trinidad in 1934, Rawle says,
"At 12 or 13 years old I was fascinated
with a neighborhood boatbuilding proj
ect. Although I couldn't really swim, the
owner took me out sailing and we cap
sized I said 'Never again!' But now at
75 I'm still sailing."
He soon became a successful racer in
Snipes, Rebels, and Flying Dutchman din
ghies. He and John Bennett won the
Bronze Medal at the 1959 Pan American
Games held in the USA, and three years
later he and his brother Cordell took Gold
at the Central American and Caribbean
Games in Jamaica. In 1963 they placed
fourth at the Pan American Games in
Brazil. Rawle and Cordell, with Bob
Levorsen as their coach, competed in the
1964 Summer Olympics in Japan, placing
20th. In 1966 Rawle and Cordell won a gold medal in the Central American and
Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico. They also went to the Pan American Games in
Winnipeg in 1967.
In the early 1960s, Rawle and his sailing coach Bob got the idea to have a race for
Trinidadian racing yachts heading to an annual regatta in Grenada. Still in exis
tence, the first Girl Pat Race was run in 1963 and was named after the Levorsen's
26 foot wooden sloop.
Rawle, along with Linton Rigg and Sidney Knox, was also instrumental in organize
ing the Carriacou Regatta in early August for the fishing boats of the region in the
His first cruiser/racer, Sweet Luw, owned in partnership with Junior Evans, was
successfully campaigned from 1971 to 1984. Rawle and Bob Levorsen purchased
Petit Careme, a Beneteau 38S, in 1984.
Rawle was among a group of Trinidadian racers who had the idea of staging a
major regatta in the Southern Caribbean. After conferring i 11 i if ii .
the Tobago Regatta was born in 1982, Rawle was victoriou- 1i I I ......
tive years (1992, '93 and '94), a hat trick, and now is the owner of the Angostura
Trophy. Most recently in 2009 and 2010 he won in his class.
It's accurate to say that space does not permit listing all of his racing accomplish
ments with Petit Careme, which includes an all bullets class win in this year's
Bequia event. His wellworn path to the podium is probably unique on the Caribbean
circuit: "I have never used the F word while racing, and the only protest I was
involved in was in 1957."
Why stop now? Rawle says, "I also have a responsibility to my crew. I've never had
any crew injured. Because of an enlarged heart and low pulse, I've had a pace
maker installed within the past year. It's made a big difference, but I don't want to
Rawle is, however, 1 .,. r ,, 1 t ;;:;:i; ith his wife, Merilee, who has
been his crew for 40 ....- I .- I .. .. I, as Antigua and as far west
as the ABCs, and lived aboard for six months at a strc I I i. i ....1.1 enjoyed it.
We'll go to regattas now as spectators, and go to the .... .......
On the day after his last official yacht race, Rawle says, "Today reminds me of
when I retired from work 15 years ago. Whatever success I may have had is due to
the excellent crew, and support of my family over the years.
Rawle says, "I have a philosophy: In life it is not important where you start, and it's
not too important where you finish, it is what you do between the start and the finish."
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Les Dames des Voiles
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gatta but when there is an all-women's
crew calling the shots it seems the com
petition is greater and the will to win is
Why did it seem that this crew was more serious
than others I had raced with? It was because they had
something to prove. Faraday ..1 I cap
stained the 76-foot W-Class slo( i 1 ... 11 that
would not only be the only all-women's boat among
23 entries in the first Les Voiles de Saint Barth
Regatta, held April 6th through 1lth, but would also
take second in Classic Class -a victory for both her
and the women racing.
Rosenberg put together a team of women of 15
women, some very experienced in the sailing industry.
Her placement of their positions proved to be prizewin
;-; Ti re was Laurel Gaudet on mast, Alden
S. I on bow, Marlies Sanders on main, Emma
Crieghton on traveler/main, sisters Kelsey Van Beever
and Kristi Chesher on runners, Kim Petritz and
Nathalie Jade Ray trimming jib, Jessica Lee, Heath
Evans, Tania Therenaz and Ariane Graf as grinders,
and Sara O'Neil as downwind helmsperson.
There are two W 76's, White Wings and Wild Horses,
that are identical and owned by the same man, Donald
Tofias. They have had a -1 ., i,. .. ialry for a decade.
There was only one day I '' before the event,
which involved both the White Wings -:i;- 't am and
Wild Horses' regular crew going out .. .'I Horses.
Both teams worked together and went over basic
maneuvers and technical operations.
On the first day, owing to a minor hold up, the girls
got a late start. Rosenberg didn't let that stop her; in
an attempt to save time she port tacked the entire
Main photo: Whi, ,.- , ,
to windward of ,~ 1 il
Inset: 'It seemed that this crew was more serious than
others I had raced with'
fleet. It was a ballsy movc 1 -t it :. 1 : time and
saved Rosenberg from I I I iiind Wild
Horses. All day we triec I .I I'I I 1 If rses, with
owner Tofias at the helm. We came very close a couple
of times but we never caught up to them and they
came in first for the day.
On the second day Rosenberg had a few tricks up
her sleeve. She had run most of the water out of the
tanks and had run the generator all night to get rid of
some fuel. We had also removed the anchor from the
forward anchor locker in order to get the bow up. We
had a perfect start. We were over the line just as the
horn blew. We started ahead of Wild Horses and held
off Tofias until a downwind leg on the far side of the
island. We were trapped between the cliffs and .,,.,
a Swan 45. Puffy wouldn't let us come up and I -
passed us as we battled Puffy's bad air. We caught
Tofias a second time but he again passed us on the
downwind leg and finished first.
Day Three was ar.itlh- ' t .t t dt i Horses was
close behind as we: .... I i I1. I, ... .. I but no mat
ter how they tried they were unable to catch us. Tofias
took a chance on the second-to-last leg of the race:
instead of heading downwind he sought out a hot
angle, while we continued ..i. i'
mark. We beat them and i I i
with cheers and claps and three bottles of champagne!
Everyone was hugging and thrilled with the win.
Day Four was the last day of the Les Voiles Regatta.
Whoever won this race in our Classic Class would take
first place. We had a good start and somehow got in
front of Tofias by hugging the shore and shortening
our course. One of c r rid-l-r Tillie, dislocated her
knee in the fray. I...I 1i i1... Marine in Saint
Barth's offered to ge I. 11 11. I t but she refused,
i i. I lure the pain rather than cost us our lead.
I- h. I ... the pilot berth nursing her injury with a
bag of ice. Wild Horses caught us again on the down
wind leg but not without us trying to mimic everything
they were doing in order to understand why they kept
passing us. Rosenberg and the rest of the crew were
determined to catch him; at one point she even made
a photographer leave her post and get on the deck
house to center all the weight. We engaged all four
grinders and ground and hiked our hearts out on the
last leg and ended up catching up to them and tacking
inside near the committee boat, i -.... 1. ace by only
four seconds. It was so close! I ,,i I believe we
had gained about five ... i .11 i ..11. -. on them
in about eight miles. I i. . I. illenge!
In the end we considered ourselves winners because
Faraday's all-star crew had come together in just five
days, and in one race beat Tofias, who had employed the
same captain on Wild Horses for eight years and been
helmsman himself for ten.
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Round St. Lucia Race Revived
Sean Fuller reports: The St. Lucia Independence
weekend of February 20th through 21st saw the Round
St. Lucia Race sailed for the first time since 2003. The
race, sailed clockwise over a distance of about 60
miles, consisted of two legs, one leg raced each day.
Race One started at Rodney Bay to finish at Vieux
Fort, and Race Two sailed back to Rodney Bay.
Eleven boats lined up for the 0930 start with light
northeast winds. First across the start was local yacht
Breeze Away, Bernie Johnson's Morgan 50.
Predictably, the boats bunched up in the lee of
Pigeon Island then launched into a beat towards the
northern tip of the island. Argentaria, a sleek 14-metre
alloy yacht, powered into the lead and headed well
into the channel between St. Lucia and Martinique
before tacking onto port. Rich Washington's C&C 38,
Hot Chocolate, and my Sovereign 40, Kaiso, tacked
close into Pointe du Cap and gained some advan-
tage, but not enough as Argentaria rounded the
north tip first, followed by Breeze Away. The boats
eased onto a beam reach down the east coast, with
a five- to seven-foot swell running. The first boat across
the finish line on the west side of Moule-a-Chique
point was Argentaria at 1435, followed by Breeze
Away and Scippione of Marigot Bay. The boats
anchored in one corner of Vieux Fort Bay and crews
were taken ashore thanks to water taxi/fisherman
Ishtar. That evening an excellent Creole-style buffet
was laid on by the Old Plantation Yard restaurant in
Participants woke to a light easterly breeze. The local
yacht M/V Sequel acted as pin end of the start line.
After the gun, the boats headed off on the downwind
run to the Pitons. Most boats headed close inshore on
the shortest course while some winged out jibs or flew
spinnakers. Argentaria again took the lead followed
closely by Red Fox, a Ranger 31. The yachts closest to
the Pitons slowed while those outside gained some
advantage. The leg towards Pigeon Point was a close
fetch in calm seas, with a finish line between the St.
Lucia Yacht Club and a pin 300 yards off the beach.
Argentaria crossed the line first followed by the
impressively sailed Red Fox, which won on handicap.
Third went to Breeze Away, with Guiding Light, a
73-year-old wooden boat of 36 feet in length coming
in fourth on handicap, and whose owner had recently
crossed the Atlantic singlehanded. The final two plac-
es went to Nomad, a 32-foot ketch also singlehanded
across the Atlantic and Sephina, a 35-foot ketch that
arrived with the ARC 2009.
Prizegiving was held at the St. Lucia Yacht Club on the
Independence Monday, with overall first prize going to
Argentaria, second to Breeze Away and third to Red
Fox. It is hoped to repeat the event next February.
For more information visit www.situciayachtclub. com
First 'Around St.Maarten-St.Martin MultiHull Regatta'
The inaugural Around St.Maarten-St.Martin MultiHull
Regatta, organized by West Indies Events on February
27th, attracted 15 beach cats, trimarans and catama-
rans, proving that multihull sailors were looking for an
opportunity to participate in an event like this. Security
precautions for beach cats included several chase
es BARDYN Ciarla DECKER
boats, a doctor on a speedboat, and private sea res- 190,000 kilometres in 340 days, and travelled across
cue boats following the fleet, land, air and sea. The relay will conclude after the
The clockwise circumnavigation took place in light final baton-bearer enters the Jawaharlal Nehru
east-southeast winds, and Race Director Mirian Ebbers Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XIX
(former St Maarten Heineken Regatta organizing Commonwealth Games on October 3rd, where Her
director) divided boats into Racing and Cruising Majesty's message will be removed from the baton
Classes. Paul Stoutenbeek's Corsair 36 trimaran and read aloud, officially opening the Games.
Lagoonies Triumph won Racing Class and Kathryn On March 23rd, a sea leg of the Relay started from
Garlick's Cool Cat catamaran won the Cruising Class, the BVI Watersports Centre's headquarters at Sea
Beach Cat Class numbers were boosted by entries Cows Bay through to Road Town, Tortola, completed
from St. Barths. Jeff Ledee from St. Barths won Beach by 18 junior and youth sailors. With extremely strong
Cats 2 on his Nacra F18, while St. Martin's Bernard winds and high seas, the sailing fleet was reduced to
Sillem won Beach Cats 1 on a Prindle 19. It was a the three keelboats Faith, Hope and Charity, support-
pleasing win for Sillem, who had been given the ed by safety boats including Nanny Cay's RIB and
Prindle after its former owner Thierry Linares aban- Carina Brundenell-Bruce's Chicane.
doned it one day on the beach in a fit of frustration. The Baton was carried by Pink Panther, the BVIWSC
Linares himself finished third in Beach Cats 2 on a flagship, driven by 15-year-old Jaye Noel, crewed by
Cirrus F18. Jahmoi Albert and Baton Bearer Joseph Wells, and
Ledee's Nacra F18 was fastest beach cat around the escorted by vessels from marine Government
island in an elapsed time of 2:55:17 hours. Fastest Departments as she drove around the exposed edge
Multihull was trimaran Karibuni (finishing second in of Havers and Road Reef: the Shipping Registry's
Racing Class on corrected time) with an elapsed time emergency response craft Vigilant I, together with the
of 3:34:26 hours. Marine Police Launch St Ursula, BVI Customs' Midnight
Organizer Paul Stoutenbeek is confident the regatta Express and the crew of VISAR formed a close forma-
has the potential to grow. Participants liked the cours- tion around the pink RIB.
es and praised the on-shore activities. Timing of the Three Squibs had pounded their way around the
regatta offers a longer stay for multihull sailors who same piece of water earlier that morning, and waited
can do this and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta the at the mouth of Road Harbour, reaching up and
following weekend, down as the young sailors showed off their heavy-
For full results visit www MulfiHullRegatta.com weather skills. As helms Eben Meyers, DonTae Hodge
and Delroy Gordon saw the flotilla approaching, they
Young BVI Sailors and the Queen's Baton began the last part of their sail towards the ferry docks
Alison Knight-Brambles reports: The Queen's Baton's and the watching crowd. Once safely moored, the
journey symbolizes the unity and shared ideals of the Baton was passed to Mark Chapman and continued
its land-based course. Youth Instructor, a tradi-
tional Tortola Sloop, arrived just in time to see
Vigilant II and her crew display impressive fire-
fighting ability as she sprayed gallons of high
pressure water from her bow. Some of the
junior sailors took the opportunity to sail under
the moving waterfall!
cannon was fired at Manuel Reef as the Baton
departed and then at the ferry dock as it was
passed back ashore.
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org/btonrelay20 10/ and click on 'Follow
46 for BVI Sailing Festival 2010
S The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival cele-
brated its 39th anniversary this year. In this
year s BVI Sailing Festival, the three-day low-
Spressure precursor to the BVI Spring Regatta,
46 boats registered with a record 19 in the
_. Racing Class.
S 11' The first day's racing, March 30th, was for the
..... '- ._ Bitter End Cup, sailing from Nanny Cay Marina
n in Tortola to the North Sound on Virgin Gorda
Part ofa long, long journey: BVI youth sailors were in 11 to 16 knots of wind and very little chop. Vela
part of the Queens Baton Relay 2010. Here, three Veloce, Richard Oland's brand-new Southern Cross
Squib dinghies are escorted by the BVI Custow 52, took first place in Racing Class. After three hours of
Midnight Express racing, Cayennita Grande, Tony Sanpere's J/36, and
Jack Desmond's Swan 48, Affinity, tied for first place in
Commonwealth of Nations, and enables communities the Cruising Class. Justin Barton, sailing with Caribbean
beyond the Host City to share the Commonwealth sailing legend Presley King on Justice, a deep-keel
Games celebrations. It also serves a functional pur- Beneteau Oceanis 473, took home the biggest prize in
pose in carrying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's mes- the Bareboat Class. Sundowner, a Leopard 4700 skip-
sage to the athletes' from Buckingham Palace to the pered by Ron Boehm, placed first in the Multihull fleet.
opening ceremony of the Games. On April 1st, the Festival fleet competed in shifty
The Queen's Baton Relay 2010 Delhi commenced winds from North Sound back to Tortola, for the Nanny
from London on October 29th, 2009. The baton will Cay Cup. Taking the top spot in the Racing Class was
travel through all other 70 Commonwealth nations, Zen, a Santa Cruz 37 chartered from OnDeck Sailing
including this year's Games host, India. By the end of by John Bainbridge.
its journey, the baton will have traversed more than Continued on page 28
F february 2010, and it is time for Bonanza to begin the trek out of the
astern Caribbean for points west. How far west is any-- :
boat, a 40-foot Island Packet, is all tuned up and the I I.
crew fill every spare locker and cubbyhole. Our starting point is Marina
Puerto del Rey in I I I tO Rico, and the short-term goal is to
travel the length of the south I .. I Rico.
Like many cruisers, we rushed across Puerto Rico the first time through. Now,
much more chilled out after a few years down island, we are anticipating a more
leisurely -. -; ;;;i-.: :4 -- -:ist of Bruce Van Sant's Passages South
and the .-...I I 1 ..I.coast. For weather information we listen
to Chris Parker at 0700 hours on the HF radio and the NOAA forecasts on local WX
VHF channels. For land travel we have an Avis car rental map of the entire island
and the invaluable Puerto Rico Travel Planner Explore Beyond the Shore. This is one
of the best tourist guides I have come across. You can also check their website at
Green Beach, Vieques 15 miles
Our goal is to make short hops along the coast of about 15 to 25 miles per day.
Since we've been cooped up in the marina for a while, on Day One we are interested
in an anchorage where we can swim and -nij" qnlit .-nin. -n the hook once
again. Green Beach on the northwest end ol I" 11 .11 motor out of the
marina channel directly into an approaching rainsquall. Oh yeah, we're right back
into the cruising life where weather is the boss! Tomorrow we'll have to restart the
morning ritual of listening to Chris Parker's forecast with the coffee.
Green Beach is 15 miles from Marina Puerto del Rey, which makes it about a three
hour jaunt. We continue to motor into a slight southwest chop with little wind after
the rain passed by. Heading south, we follow Van Sant's advice to avoid the Escollo
de Arenas that lies to the north-northwest of the island ofVieques. Escollo = Trouble!
Arriving from the west at Green Beach, we pass the three moorings and drop anchor
just south of the old dock. Take bug spray if yo'U -hore -the no-see-ums here
are voracious. The water is clear and green and I I for swimming.
Puerto Patillas 27 miles
.---t n-rn;;; : we are ready to move on to Puerto Patillas, which lies about 27 miles
to I1. can see small whitecaps as we cut the engine and pull out the jib.
Winds are east-southeast, just behind the beam. Sweet.
We are on our way west with the wind behind us and the seas following, right?
Following seas. I conjure up images of a friendly dog trotting behind his owner, or
maybe a nice, "' 1' i 11i.... 1 lazily nudging the boat up and down. Well, today
starts out with 11I I I I ... to five-foot wind chop on the beam 1,
ally builds up to unruly seven-footers that begin lumbering up from belt I ,-
can feel the .1 ..1 ... 1 wer of that water as the following seas shove the
stern ofBono .. i ,i ..
At least we are being pushed towards the anchorage at Patillas. We've just gone
through a set of waves that were getting into the ten to 12-foot range. No longer do
they approach the boat at about eye level. Some of the largest ones loom higher than
the arch as we dip into the troughs between them.
With eight miles left to go, we turn on the engine to give us more power and speed
and less time out in the waves. Soon the swell seems to be calming down and I find
the reason for this in Van Sants book. We have just rounded Tuna Point and have
found the six-mile long, one-half-mile wide trench between Point Tuna and Patillas.
It makes a big difference in sea state once inside this trench. My world just got a
whole lot happier.
Now we can see a couple of sailboats at anchor behind the sprawling Guayama Reef
that extends out from Punta Viento. In increasingly calming seas we approach the
edge of the reef and turn into Puerto Patillas. Buoys mark the reefs as you enter the
bay. Van Sants book indicates an "A-frame house" to aim for, but we don't see this.
Instead we carefully nudge our way towards the three-storey pink cement lookout
tower well outside of the marked swimming area. Feel your way in to a spot as close
to shore as your depth allows, otherwise you will roll energetically all night long.
Believe the signs indicating manatees. We saw one bobbing along close to the reef.
Take a dinghy ride along the shoreline towards the reef. You'll find a "river" of deep
water beside the shore that will lead you out to the point for some fantastic sunset
Not much going on in town, but a short walk from the dinghy dock is a corner store
with an impressive inventory of food and home supplies. Several small bars and
restaurants line the road, but are only open on the weekends. Our mid-week stop
was very quiet.
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Cayos de Barca 15 miles
Overnight, the roar of the ocean waves
breaking on the reef has eased to a dull
hiss. Thank goodness.
Our friends aboard the sailboat Voyageur
C have arrived and we are both ready to get
underway along the south coast. Again the
winds are very light from the east-south
east. The waves have all but disappeared
which is fine with me. Today is going to be
a motor trip and we will arrive at the
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This is the passage between Cayos Caribes
and Cayos de Barca, allowing you access to
the channel that runs behind these man
grove islands. The cut is well marked with
a red buoy to starboard and a white mark
to port. It's wide and easy to pass i1 ...1.
Once inside we turn to the left al I. 1
Van Sants sketch chart to the first anchorage
indicated. Wide open with plenty of room, this
is a super calm spot to stop. No swell and,
with the mangroves acting as a windbreak,
this is a kayakers dream. There are endless
inlets and mangrove islands to explore.
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The occasional wake from a passing barge or freighter reminds you that civilization
is just across the bay.
Isla Caja de Muertos 22 miles
Again the winds are from the east-southeast. This is only February, but we haven't
had winds with any north in them since Christmas! Another motorsail along the
coast. We had dreamed of this downwind passage for months, but the weather boss
isn't about to make it easy for us. Such a party pooper!
Continuing along behind the mangrove islands, we head past the Salinas harbour
entrance This is nnrl snnt to ntnn with easy access the shnre at the marina
Will Adam Cartwright meet the girl of his dreams in Mary Ann? Can Hop Sing and
Gilligan cook up a way to finally get off the island?
We round Punta Ballena and follow the chartlet in Van Sants book leading into
S... . .. behind the islands. The only boats here are three powerboats that are
: 11 iI I in the bay, so there is plenty of room. The ferries that shuttle beach
goers to the island from Punta Jacinto are small and leave hardly a wake at all. It's
Saturday and the area is alive with kayaks, windsurfers, snorkelers and small craft
ni--in, thi -utiful bay.
I I dinner ashore at the swanky resort: the Copamarina Beach Resort.
The food is great, but try not to drink anything. One Medalla beer will set you back
six bucks! No way the Skipper and Hoss would hang out here.
Boqueron 28 miles
Smooth seas and no wind for this final leg along Puerto Rico's south coast. We pass
out of the ships' channel at Guanica and set a course keeping clear of Margarita Reef
for Boqueron. If something white and stationary way up in the western sky catches
your eye, don't spend the next hour wondering if you should report a UFO -, .1i,,
like I did. Its just the radar blimp that the military uses to watch over this I i
their domain, but it is definitely something you don't see every day.
Another cool sight along the way is the Cabo Rojo lighthouse. Pay attention to the
depths here; it gets shallow just off shore. Once you make the turn to the marker at
the entrance to Boqueron Bay you may as well get a cool drink and relax. This is
Left: The circa 1882 lighthouse at Caja de Muertos
Below: Roy and his prize halfafish
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Keeping the Media Luna Reef to port, we turn and head outside the reefs towards
Caja de Muertos. With the jib out and the motor pushing us along, we have three to
four-foot waves behind the beam. Perfect fishing weather in what we now know is
King Mackerel Alley.
Leona on Voyageur C pulled in the first one, a ten-pounder. Then Roy battled a
rod-bending specimen for almost an hour. The error of our drag-and-drown method
of landing The Big Ones was revealed only a few feet off the stern of Bonanza We
could see the king mackerel on our line wasn't alone. The brown smudge behind him
turned out to be a shark with an appetite. Bit our fish clean in two just minutes
before we could get it on board. Good thing or we'd still be eating our king mackerel
We have the island to ourselves, and our pick of anchoring spots. Watch out for
the mooring balls. They tend to be tethered in shallow waters -probably best
suited for powerboats. We went ashore at a cement dock that marks the beginning
of the trail to the Spanish lighthouse completed in 1882. There's a good road that
runs along the coastline. You can walk in the shade while checking out towering
cactus patches and the beaches along the way. We kept well away from the ferry
docking area. Apparently on weekends the island gets very busy, but on this Friday
it is pretty much deserted.
Punta Jacinto and Gilligan's Island 22 miles
Overnight the winds switch to the north, bringing a bouncy fetch into the anchor
age, but still not enough wind to sail.
As we continue along the coast, we notice the giant cement cross at Ponce -the
Cruceta del Vigia. This is possibly the oddest tourist attraction in Puerto Rico; good
luck if you decide to visit it. If you plan to go in here, plan on a marina stop. The
anchorn...- ,,, ..' .,1, ,ily marginal holding. If you are here on a weekend
expect i .1 .. i i loud music well into the morning hours. We had
stopped in Ponce before and give it a pass this time.
Bonanza is pressing on for a rendezvous with what could be the premise for an epic
retro-TV show mash-up. Imagine, the crew of Bonanza arrive on Gilligan's Island!
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i arrive at a good spot not too far from the dinghy dock.
So there you have it -our trip along the south coast of Puerto Rico in six stops
covering just less than 130 miles. The weather wasn't quite what we expected with
i' '... i 1.1.i ... I out of the east-southeast most of the time. While the pace may
1 i .... found this itinerary suited us just fine. We had lots of time to
discover and explore some of Puerto Rico's coastal hideaways that we had ignored
on our way down island.
Now, as we wait for the weather boss to decide when we'll head to Mona Island, we'll
enjoy the crazy long weekend party in the streets of Boqueron. Medalla, anyone?
DIFFERENT BOATS FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
SEEING THE WORLD
BEFORE IT'S Too LATE
by Norman Faria
While visiting Carlisle Bay beach just outside the Bajan capital, Bridgetown, Jens
and Dorthe Kjeldsen invited me to go on board their traditional Danish wooden boat.
It': 11 .. i 1. llem to the island and it lay anchored out in the bay.
"i .... Greenland, a Danish autonomous country that is the .1- : t 1.., 1
(2,166,088 square kilometes or 836,109 square miles) in the world i .1 i
Canada's east coast
As we talked in the cozy boat cabin filled with mementos of their travels so far (and
also wooden carvings reflecting Jen's occupation as one of Greenland's foremost
sculptors) I learned more about the rich and varied history of their fascinating home
land. But more importantly, I learnt about their long, loving relationship and their
decision to see some more of the world in their historic vessel.
Greenland is one of the least populated countries in the world. In 2009, there were
only 57,000 people there, of whom 88 percent are of the indigenous native peoples
(the Inuit, or so-called "Eskimos"). The economy is based mainly on fishing for hali
but. Since most of the island (81 percent) is covered in ice, most of the population
lives on narrow strips along the coasts. It is officially part of the Kingdom of
Denmark. The Europeans first came to the island in the year 986 AD. The Viking
"Eric the Red", who traveled from Iceland, another Danish island to the east, is most
associated with this period.
As Jens explained, in 1987 the couple bought the boat, which is named Sila. It is
10.93 metres long and weighs 18 gross tonnes. It was based on a traditional Danish
fishing boat design, heavily built out of two-inch oak planks on oak frames and fas
tened with iron nails. Since it was built in 1948 in Denmark it always had an engine.
The 135-horsepower Ford is the fourth it has had since launching. The small sails
are used mostly downwind.
But the Sila was never used for fishing. Jens: "It was owned by the government to
.1 ii .. the outlying islands. It was first named for one of those doctors,
Jens and Dorthe left Greenland in 2008 on their voyage. For the previous 15 years
Jens worked as a judge in the criminal as well as in the civil court in Greenland.
They travelled east to Iceland, Denmark and other European countries before head
ing west to the Caribbean. They motor-sailed most of the way. They took 15 days
coming across the Atlantic from the Cape Verde islands off Africa. Since they have
no automatic self-steering device, they have to alternate watches at the steering
wheel, three hours on and three hours off.
*i ..i i ... and enjoying the cool breeze rolling across the bay into the cabin
.. i tea, Jens and Dorthe said they don't think too much about their
inter-racial union: Dorthe, a former primary school teacher, is Inuit, and Jens is
Caucasian. There are several such unions in Greenland. They are the proud parents
of three children (two daughters and a son) and four grandchildren, pointing to their
photos stuck on a cabin wall. They showed me their photo album with a selection of
shots of the many sculptures Jens has made and which occupy town squares and
office properties in Greenland and other countries.
And, oh yes, about the dog on board. His name is Seqqugaq. He is
Greenlander husky" says Jens and "probably the only one in the ( 'i I
Huskies are the types that pull sleds on the snow. In accordance with European
Union (EU) regulations, Seqqugaq has his own "pet passport" (in Danish, "pas til
The one last question I asked them: How did
they meet? Jens: "At the time, over 30 years ago
now I think, I was studying music in Denmark
and she was studying history at the same insti
tuition and I guess we made all the right
From Barbados, the Kjelsens planned to visit
some of the Caribbean Basin countries including
Venezuela and Cuba.
As they assist me in leaving, I marvel at their
resourcefulness and laid back style in using
such a historic vessel to take them safely (and
cheaply) on probably their once-in-a lifetime vis
its to other countries and cultures.
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A road with some houses leads up to the antennas. Walk up this road and when The cutlass is not for heavy work, but the route is seldom used and you may need
you get to the antenna compound turn right onto the grass. At the moment a fairly to prune a few century plant spikes that have grown into the path. Watch out also
well established path leads you down close to the Pinnacle. for Brazill" (a bush or small tree with a small holly-like leaf), which is to be avoided;
As you go, take a good look at the Pinnacle. At its northern end is a rock formation contact with the leaves or sap can cause severe itching and blisters.
that looks a bit like a giant iguana climbing up onto the final slope. This rock comes You emerge on the bottom end of the ridge, under the southern end of the iguana
much of the way down the Pinnacle, and the path, such as it is, closely follows the rock. From here the path is straight up the ridge, often only a few feet wide, some
southern (left hand) edge of this rock. times with big rock: t- 1- .t1 nd always a precipitous drop on both sides. I
As you approach the Pinnacle, you might see a small ---t--ri;- hole, often dry. A have had people wi l, I ., I, ,.iI- balk at this point; take it easy!
path leads to the left of this, through the bush to the b .- i 1, Pinnacle. If you The cutlass will I, I ii .... along the ridge for minor pruning of prickly
don't find it, find the best way you can to the foot of the mountain. You want to end things that have grown over the way: prickly pear cactus in particular, also a few
up right under that iguana rock. The first part is prickly and grassy; there is no devil nettles (like brazil, to be avoided) have taken root.
proper path but there are probably several ways you could get through. We found When you get near the top you scale the final summit by scrambling over some
our way going slightly to the north then coming back under the rock. The path rocks. The summit itself is a big rock on which you can sit and gaze straight down
becomes more apparent when you reach the foot of the rock and, from here, it is in every direction. Union Island is laid out before you and beyond Union, all the
harder to lose your way. The path is very narrow, tough in places, and a real scram Grenadines and on a clear day St. Vincent and Grenada. You look back at the way
ble. Someone helpfully tied some heavy ----- 1- ; to help in one of the worst rock you have come and wonder how you managed to make it up the steep slope, and
climbs. Test it before you rely on it; it is :... this writing but who knows how whether you will ever see home again. Fear not, it actually seems a little easier going
it will be later, back down.
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We had both been looking forward to Dominica. The
three weeks I'd spent on Anton's boat so far, jumping
down the island chain from St. Maarten, had been too
fast for my tastes. Sailors may travel the world but
they don't tend to be travelers. They drop hook in a
new port, go to shore to dump trash, buy groceries and
do their internet, perhaps have a beer, then retire to
their private floating island.
I am a sailor. I : i ...i ... i ....1 landed a Mariner
32 ketch rig for te i I i I bought her, at
age 21, I was a traveler. And now that I no longer have
the burden of my own boat, I'm sailing around the world
on other people's boats, back to my traveling ways.
In mid-February we pulled into Roseau, the main
port of Dominica. We turned down the assistance of
the first boat boy who zoomed up. Desmond, the sec
ond guy who approached us in a blue and orange,
pointy-nosed skiff, was smart. When we told him, "No,
we don't want a -~--ri;n ----'11 just anchor." He said,
"Okay, I chill out, 'i I, .... your mind, I be here."
We circled around too near to shore to feel comfortable
with the swell, but still in 60 feet of water. It didn't
take us long: "Okay, we'll take a mooring."
We made it to the bountiful farmers' market in the
morning then returned to the boat and to problems.
The mooring we had rented was very close to the next
one and the catamaran that had come in after us was
dancing around the mooring ball like ring around the
rosy. Then tl- -ri-;n we were moved to wasn't
moored. One i,,.. .11 another, it was a long day.
Desmond showed up again, having just I .. in to
work. We were so glad to see his smiling i i-e got
us safely situated and was so genuine about wanting
to make sure we were happy that the captain tipped
him good and I felt like I had made a friend.
We went to shore that evening because we were both
going stir crazy. Anton, who is an older English gentle
man and likes things to be civi'i-- f -;;;. *'-- i-r
up the rubber tire tied to the ... I ... .. I I
while the dinghy rose and fell in the surge, to be a real
bugger. Me, I was just starting to have fun. A little
excitement was just what I needed.
The next morning, after spending too much time
with the captain, I was desperate for my space.
Cruising with someone ends up feeling like a pseudo
marriage, and I am definitely a single girl. Anton and I
made a plan to meet later and I struck out to explore
some of this breathtaking tropical island. I figured I'd
go by bus.
I get by on a budget that most people wouldn't
believe; it doesn't include taxis, tours, or meals out.
The front desk woman at the Anchorage Hotel set me
straight on my plans. It was Carnival, and the bus
thing wasn't going to happen. But I learned a new
word: "So you like to jump up?" she asked. "Oh yes, I
was born to jump up!"
Traveling is all about going with the flow and I
walked away happy to have had such a nice conversa
tion and curious about how the day would evolve.
Strolling down the street, I could hear voices below the
house where Desmond had said he hangs out while
Carnival in Dominica -joining the fun and going
with the flow
working. I peeked around the side calling out "Hello,"
and slowly descended the steps towards the water
front. A shirtless guy greeted me.
"I'm looking for Desmond," I said, which provoked
some whistles from the other guys hanging out. The
house was built on a slope that created an outdoor
area underneath that they called "The Council." There
were a table and some rickety chairs, an overturned
bucket, a few half-broken lounge chairs, and a rough
wooden bench that created the bar, with an open bottle
of rum and some cut-up grapefruits. Desmond smiled
sheepishly and talked with me, but gave way to a more
eager conversationalist. I explained my desire to see
some natural beauty of the island. The dude I was talk
ing to offered to join me, but I turned him down.
Letting go of my original plan I half asked, half
invited myself to a drink. Desmond got busy organize
ing a clean plastic cup for me and someone else gave
up his seat. After a while of hanging out I started to get
restless. Desmond took me aside and asked me in an
intimate voice if I wanted his company for the day,
assuring me he meant spending time together for free,
not as a tour guide. "I'm already the one welcoming
you," he pointed out.
After a wonderful day together hiking up a river
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start of the three-day Carnival celebrations, started at
5:00AM (or was it 4:00?) and I figured staying out all
.:.1 11 be easier than getting up early.
-1 .' j off at the Crazy Coconuts, south of the
anchorage. After a while we headed downtown to see
what was going on there, about a half-hour walk. On
the way we came across a bottleneck, a house bump
ing with music, young people lining the front porch
and spilling out into the street in clumps. I was feeling
a bit shy being the only white girl with all the attention
I was getting directed at Desmond. He asked me to
wait there, so I got nearer to the music beside the steps
and let my hips take over. I love to jump up. A middle
aged lady with short twisted dreads saw me and threw
her head back in a huge, heartfelt laugh and came to
shake her booty with me. "You want a drink, girl?" She
yelled over the music and then led me up the steps. My
shyness was swept away sans my male chaperon, and
I shook and bumped my way through the crowd, meet
ing everyone's stares with an exaggerated surprised
look. Inside, the old ladies and little kids were sitting
around the TV in the front room and the m 1 11 1
crowd was near the kitchen, along with a .i i i1 i i
alcohol and mixers. Lana went in to get me a glass,
h-.ri;n; r-iring laughter with everyone who thought
i.. ...... catch. On our way out, she stopped us in
the living room to show off how I could dance, and try
as I might, I couldn't get the little girls, who seemed so
interested, to join in. Turns out Lana was Desmond's
aunt, and throughout the night, his cousins and
uncles and aunts were everywhere.
Continuing into town we were against the tide of
people streaming back the other way.
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We could hear the musi- 1-.l-i;n out onto the wide
modern street along the .1 i' i where the cruise
ships come in. It got louder. We moved past the car
blockades into a grid of shabby thr 1 ...1 1....
The street was lined with stalls of ... 1 1
dors, and trash covered the ground like confetti. I
could tell the open establishments, not
by signs and big storefront windows,
but by the blaring beat like echo sound
ings leading us to them.
Like water sloshing from the city of
Roseau south to where the hotels and
bars that cater to the sailors were, every
one seemed to be doing what we were
doing: hr--lin back and forth looking
for the I I had drinks here and
there, found a bench with a view to sit
and chill, and danced every chance we
got. Finally the wee ri ,,--;, h -- --t it
closer and we made ... i' i i I .. .
into the center of town.
For a foreign girl during an all-night
street party n-,in- Desmond as my
escort was I, I ., r to fend off other
guys and to lead the way made it easy to
relax. Someone had my back -it turns
out, quite literally.
While the morning light. 1.11 i- .
idea behind the mountains i I I
into the city streets and filled them like
canals. There were a few double-decker
buses that moved, each with its own
crowd of dancers, forming a massive
barge that seemingly chugged along by people power.
The music, so loud it drowned out thought, was a simple
two-beat Caribbean dub that still echoes in my head.
"Don't hit yo brada." In a militant pounding beat. "Yes
fada. Take it easy fada." And in a joyous singing chant,
"duh duh duh duh duh JOU-VAY!" Most women had a
man hitched on back like a caboose; everyone's sweaty,
pulsing bodies stepped one-two in unison, along with
Desmond wanted to steam along at a higher rpm. He
was latched on behind me like a hot outboard, his
arms circling me and I .I II. I I I I I to thrust
ii. .1, the crowd, II ,,, ....-1 IIh tide. I let
S i buffeted along, enjoying the physical close
ness of all these people co-creating this churning tub
of fun. Every once in a while, when we came to an
empty spot along the sidewalk, often straddling the
deep gutter that was filled with trash, I'd lash out. My
hips would get shaking and winding to the music, my
arms thrown to the side, my chest pulsing, my short
skirt whipped into a parrot-green frenzy.
There were comfortable couples stepping along with
the buses, butt to belly, on their yearly big night out;
Above: People flooded into the city streets and killed
them like canals'
Right: The anchorage at Dominica's capital, Roseau
moorings are available!
old ladies accompanied backside by grown daughters,
chugging along; middle-aged single guys, bleary-eyed
with too much drink and smoke; grandmas holding
babies on the -, i... 1 I .... . relishing the
rare partying I ,i,,,,,i. i .... young guys
roving around in sagging pants and oversized shirts;
groups of girls in sexy, store-bought policewoman or
baseball player outfits. But the ones I got the most
attention from were the clusters of cool, funky get
down, bad-ass girls who obviously were hot stuff and
knew it. They would pull up alongside me and cock a
pose like "damn, girl!" while they watched with approve
al this white girl who could move like a black one.
The sun came up and it got hot within the seething
mass. Shirts were stripped off and the collective ener
gy simmered down, and stayed on a low boil till 9 or
10 in the morning. When people started dispersing to
eat and sleep, Desmond and I found our way
to a private pool in a river behind a rock to
cool off and chill out. JOU-VAY!
Then knowing that the captain would be
waiting and I would have to plead my case as
if I was a teenager pleading with a disapprov
ing father, I initiated the walk back. In a
zombie shuffle, "take it easy fada" still puls
ing in our heads, the glare of the sun oppres
sive with no sunglasses, we headed south
across the botanical gardens and towards
the water one last time. In his skiff alongside
the boat we said our goodbyes; he silently
mouthed, "Should I say bye to the captain?"
I shook my head no.
Anton was waiting for my return so that he
could pull up anchor. He wanted to leave at
that moment. I hadn't argued the night
S before because it might have jeopardized my
carnival plans. But now the time had come
and I chose my words carefully. I negotiated
two more nights until carnival was done. I
told him I would take him out to see the fes
tivities that night and I would set up a tour
of the east side of the island for the next day
-all that along with an official commitment
to stay on as crew till Panama. It was really
an offer he couldn't refuse. And, as it turns out, one
that he would even thank me for.
Hamnett Hill's Marten 49, Defiance, looking good in
Racing Class in the Nanny Cay Cup race
Sailing School, was first in Bareboat Class. None of the
three multihulls finished this race.
The BVI Sailing Festival was followed by the BVI Spring
Regatta; see report on page 17.
For full Festival results visit www.bvispringregafta.org
Close Competition for Winners at 2010 CORT Finale
Carol Bareuther reports: Perfect conditions set the
scene for the final leg of the 2010 Cape Air Caribbean
Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) Series, the BVI Spring
Regatta & Sailing Festival, raced out of Nanny Cay
Marina, Tortola, March 29th to April 4th.
In Spinnaker Racing A, the crew on St. Croix's Robert
Armstrong's J/100, Bad Girl, stretched their lead and
handily won this Cape Air CORT Series class by a com-
fortable five points. "We just tried to sail consistently,"
says Bad Girl tactician, Carlos Skov. Meanwhile, Puerto
Rico's Luis Juarbe's Henderson 30, Soca, held on to
second place, while the BVI's Kevin Rowlette, aboard
his Olsen 30, Rushin Rowlette, finished third.
Only two points separated the competition in
Spinnaker Racing B going into the BVI Spring Regatta,
and St. Thomas' John Foster aboard his Kirby 25, The
Good, The Bad & The Ugly, ultimately won. "We went
from being totally out of the running to winning," says
Foster, who explained that his boat's mast was stolen
two weeks before the first leg of the series at the St.
Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta and he heroically
worked with his son to source another in the US and California, broke the tie that existed between him and
transport it to St. Thomas. St. Thomas' Paul Davis driv- St. Thomas' Howard Silverman's Jeanneau 54, Mary
ing his J/27, Magnificent 7, finished second, showing Ellen, going into the event, and won the series' Jib &
some awesome sailing talent from him and his crew Main class by one point. Mary Ellen finished second.
throughout the series. Finally, the BVI's Colin Rathbun, driving his IC-24, Lime,
Cayennita Grande, a J/36 helmed by St. Croix's Tony won the series' IC-24 class.
Sanpere, won the series' Performance Cruiser Class by The big attraction of the series was the opportunity to
a comfortable five points. "I think it's important to sup- win round-trip tickets for two to any Cape Air destina-
port the CORT and do all three races," says Sanpere. tion in the Caribbean in a drawing for entrants held at
the conclusion of each leg of the
2 series. In addition, two round-trip tick-
ets on Cape Air were awarded to the
first place finisher in each of the series
E ....t ..... ..""" classes. First place boats also received
foul weather gear and second and
third place boats received US$75 and
$50 gift certificates, respectively, from
The 2010 Cape Air CORT Series
began with the St. Croix Yacht Club
f 4 ued through the second leg at the
Puerto Rico Heineken International
Regatta in March and concluded at
the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing
Festival in April.
For full results visit www.sailcort com
to Race Around Martinique
The 31st edition of the Ariane s Cup
will take place from May 17th through
25th as a race around Martinique in
The crew of Pipedream accept theirfirst place Cape six legs. All Ariane s Cup participants are involved with
Air CORT series prize in Racer Cruiser Class from Europe's Ariane Space Agency. The event is being
Katya Ruiz, regional marketing managerfor Cape Air held in the Caribbean for the fourth time. In 1996, the
race sailed out of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In 1999,
"It's not easy. But I was fortunate to have good crew. a monster fleet of 92 catamarans chartered from
They flew in from all over to race with me Miami, companies in Martinique sailed for the Ariane's Cup in
Baltimore." Meanwhile, Puerto Rico's Bernardo the waters of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The 2005
Gonzalez, aboard his Beneteau 35s5, Bonne Chance, event was held in Martinique. The latter two events
finished second. She didn't sail in the second leg of were among the largest live-aboard catamaran races
the series. Sailors are required to sail two out of three ever held.
legs of the series and they take penalty points for Frenchman Jean-Claude Bourgeon has been orga-
those legs they don't race. nizing the Ariane's Cup since its inception in 1979
It took a tiebreaker to determine the winner in the when, during a break in intense negotiations with con-
Racer-Cruiser Class. BVI s Peter Haycraft's Sirena 38, tractors on the Ariane launching program, many found
Pipedream, and New Hampshire s Thomas Mullen, that they had an outside-of-work interest in common
aboard his J/95, Shamrock VII, finished with five points sailing, of course. Bourgeon says, "Our goal is simply
apiece. Pipedream beat Shamrock in the last race of that men and women working on the same project
the regatta to win the series. meet each other and have fun together."
St. John's Steve Schmidt's Santa Cruz 70, Hotel Continued on page 45
Port Louis Marina another great reason to visit Grenada
ACTING SINCE 1782
by Constance Elson
Did you set out on the cruising life wishing that you had had the time and oppor
tunity to learn about engines? Have you ever felt inadequate because you had never
seen a head gasket? Do you, the green cruiser, deal with the beating iron heart that
propels your boat when the sails do not, charges the batteries, heats the hot water
and cools the refrigerator (on some boats) by crossing your fingers, hoping that if the
beast is propitiated with clean diesel and regular oil changes, it will work forever?
Maybe this strategy of respectful ignorance will even succeed for a season or two if
you start with an initially healthy diesel engine. But reality will eventually bite.
Moreover the other engine central to your cruising life, the dinghy outboard, allows
no such delusions. Outboards are temperamental prima donnas; they randomly
decide not to start, sometimes they go on strike far from shore, and often it pleases
them to induce worry by making hiccups or other irregular sounds.
A solution to cruiser ignorance and frustration exists! You can learn all about
marine engines while enjoying the cruising life in tropical waters. The Caribbean
Fisheries Training and Development Institute (CFTDI) in Chaguaramas, Trinidad
offers courses in Outboard Engine Repair and Small Diesel Engine Repair. Each
course lasts one week and costs less than US$250. The engine repair courses are
part of a larger curriculum intended to i, .1i, ..... Trinidadians for responsible
positions in the maritime industries tt ...1 .. ... and around Trinidad. The
courses range from introductory seamanship and safety training to advanced train
ing in oil/gas/chemical tanker management, coastal navigation and a 500 GRT
Keassemotea ana no extra parts tying around. wvv It runtm
The Caribbean Fisheries Institute is allied with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land
and Marine Resources. The Japan International Cooperation Agency donated the
I I ....I -. ..... ,,i h. .... I. there are a variety of Yamaha outboard engines of
.. .. i I .. I training I 11. . 1. the specialized tools need
ed for complete repairs. The mechanical -1. I .1 I 11-1 also fabricates parts and
equipment as needed.
A course announcement made .. 1 1i .......... Cruisers' Net (VHF 68, 0800
daily) as an outreach effort by C 1 i .... I ...1 i .1 1 I CFTDI inspired the author to
enroll in and complete "Outboard Motor Maintenance and Repairs". The course
began with a little theory (component systems of engines, two versus four-stroke
engines) and many nuggets of boat-w,- i .... i i. I i 1i, 1. 1i.. i 1 .1
vage a completely submersed engine, 1 i1 i i I,, 1 i, 1 1 i. ...... I -, ,i
wh .1 .- ..- i 1 i i .i .1 ..... ..1 .. 1 1 . II I i i progressed
to ... i I - .. .I I ... I I I ..i ,. 1 1 I 11,, ,, There w ere
five of us in the course: two cruisers and three young Trinidadians involved with the
local marine industry. Our instructor was Rooplal Dowlat, a master mechanic with
30 years of experience and a wicked grin when he would spot a problem and wait for
one of us to recognize it.
On Day Three, we began disassembling a 40-horsepower Yamaha. We used a
puller to remove the flywheel (impossible to do without one) and removed all compo
nent systems one by one, with side excursions to disassemble the fuel pump, the
carburetor and the thermal sensor. The headl :1 --t made its appearance and the
crankshaft and pistons were carefully lifted 1,I I 1i' block. We disassembled the
connecting rods, removing all 28 :' I I ...... ...- i i ..... i1 i i .... i iI,
trick to replacing all the bearings ,, i i ,,-,,, i I 11 ,,,,,
engine laid out in carefully separated pieces.
The next day we reassembled the whole thing (reconnecting the fuel and air lines
around the carburetor was a particular challenge) and by the end of Day Four we
had one engine on the stand with no extra pieces lying around. This was a hopeful
sign. However we had to wait until Day Five, when we had disassembled and reas
sembled the entire lower unit (water pump and transmission), before we could lower
the engine into the water tank. I was completely keyed up. Unlike any exam I had
ever taken before, this was a one-question exam and there would be no partial
credit: would the engine start? It did!
A small but significant fringe benefit of the course was that the tuition included
lunchat the nearbyC ...1 I ... i .1.. 1,.,i 1 1....... 1 .1ii ably run by Supervisor
and Head Chef Daphr.i 1I.11i 11 11.,. ,. ., .I .. I pleasant and the local
food was dynamite!
If you will be spending a big part of hurricane season in Trinidad or will just be
putting aboatbacl ,,, i, . .1 - .. i.1-1 ..-. i I lngyourstay
;n-1 i:- up for .. I .... 1 1 1 1 ' i' focused and
S' training in how a marine engine works. The non mechanical might be
interested in the short courses in fish marinades and fish salads offered by the insti
tute. The outboard engine course is offered several times per year and the diesel
course is offered when there is demand.
If you are considering taking one of these courses, contact the I ....... I *. .. at
email@example.com indicating your interest and your general availa I i.... V* I I iI vill
be responsive to your requests since its primary focus is education and training for
the marine sector.
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'Ui.1hi1' Dinner Specials & Entertainment
Monday: Ladies Night
(Ladies dine free when accompanied by a gentleman)
Tuesday: Surf & Turf (Limbo Dancing/Fire Eating)
Wednesday: Trio of Fish (Live Entertainment)
Thursday: All-You-Can-Eat Pasta
Friday: Steak Night
Saturday: Bar-B-Q Buffet (Live Entertainment)
Sunday: Full a la Carte Menu
Doolittle's Restaurant provides free Wi-Fi
for all its guests and patrons.
A la Carte menu also available with nightly dinner specials.
Call us on Channel 16 to reserve your table,
we will then pick you up and return you to your yacht.
info@ marigotbeachclub.com / www.marigotdiveresort.com
make your f ,t-r and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, aut i -1, I -. Guides and compiler of Imray-lolaire 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 explain. .. .11 tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east .11 .loonrise, continues to run east until about an
hour after the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward.
From just after the moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward;
and from just after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward; i.e.
tide the floods from west to east. Tim- fi--'n nr" local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 i .11 1I1 new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!
Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
STAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
and takes inspiration with it.
I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
As the Sun cruises into Gemini, complete any onboard
Si .. i i to finish by using this energizing aspect to
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Th -IP -plrt thft m-nl h-ldirnrlcd fnr f^res and
I I .. .. ',, I . ,, it !
p VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Busine 1 .1 .I-. 1l1.- at anchor, will
get new i, 11 11 11, 1 I1. i1
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Your love life will be in irons this month and no matter
which tack you try you will meet with confused seas. Take
a short solo sail until romantic aspects improve.
% SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
You will find it difficult to proceed In any creative proj
i i .. ...i 11 i e argumentative,
i i ..11 ... i '. I your mainsheet
and the way you have on will carry you through.
SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
S don't waste the arrows in your quiver
.1 1 all be off the mark. This aspect will
SCAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Concentrate on any c. tl -.-i-i;.- I1 --; .- you feel
and leave romance tied .1 '
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Take time off. Leave boat projects on the hook and enjoy
PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Boat business aspects are negative, so go ashore for a
while and spend time with friends to get your mind off
to tell our advertisers you
saw their ad in Compass!
ACROSS 30) ROOM 14) PINT
1) HALF 32) FLAG 18) SAILS
4) ASS 33) BARROWS 19) QUARTER
6) BREAD 34) PINS 20) BOOT
7) YARD 21) HEAD
9) SAILOR 23) STAFF
10) KNIFE DOWN 24) TREES
15) BRIM 1) HARD 25) SHORE
16) JACK 2) FROST 28) BOAT
17) UNION 3) DECK 29) BOX
20) BRITISH 5) SCREW 31) MAN
22) SQUARE 6) BIRD
25) STAYS 8) BLOCK
26) TAR 11) IRON
27) ABOVE 12) CROSS
28) BAR 13) BARREL
Regatta now is over till Easter time next year.
The weekend all in Bequia can really get in gear.
Music playing loudly and parties every night,
And sailing hard on every day, they've really got it right.
The winds were pretty light this time,
But no-one could just sit and lime.
We're trimming sails to get best speed
To see if we can take the lead.
Local knowledge helps the best F a'
Their boats surge forth on every crest.
Rawle Barrow says this is his last, Barrow, Ra
He will be missed from next year's cast. Straight to
The organizers work so hard, Winning me
But there was one who really starred. Blue water
Nicola's voice was heard by all, And althoum
To last five days was quite a call. He answers
And never c
The fishing boats stand out quite clear,
To Bequia men they're held so dear. How many
He sailed th
The competition is real keen, He'd get a '
No rules for them have e'er been seen! But he never
The crews have come from far away: Pan Am Gal
Barbados and Trinidad they say. And then w
From Martinique and Grenada too, He worked
And a fleet has sailed from Carriacou. Hefelt
Then as tim
I will not call a list of winners, And Rawle
But I will say no rank beginners, He continue
Win in Bequia, they cannot, But he star
The competition is too hot. His heart st
We will return for more next year, And Rawle i
Our crews will feast on rum and beer. He's back w
We'll pray for rain, that's what you need,
And Bequia ? will always take the lead. Now Barro
"I am giving
For racing i
-John Lytle So is this fa
In Bequia n
We hope wh
Fish have more complex brains
than previously thought. It
turns out that most take the bait
out of sheer depression.
wle Barrow, straight as an arrow
the finishing line!
he has raced, with style and with grace,
)st of his races each time.
calls him, "Come back, Rawle, and roam,"
gh he has trophies in plenty,
the call of the waves and the foam,
homes back with hold empty!
regattas? For Rawle they all mattered,
rem and he set the pace.
ad drive' from a less gracious guy,
r protested a race!
mes and Olympics he sailed in his youth,
hen the big yachts came in,
to build Sweet Luv; to tell you the truth,
w era begin.
re passed, Sweet Lua was outclassed,
got his Petit Careme;
ed his sailing, with knees that were failing,
ted winning again.
arted stumbling, a 1..... .- i1umbling,
ght that his racing I....
s no faker, but now with pacemaker,
ith his skill undiminished!
says, "Done! I am cruising for fun,
up racing for good."
seem to know there is still more to go,
s deep in his blood.
rewell, Rawle? It's so hard to tell, Rawle;
if you really mean it.
ext year, will we see you here?
hen the race starts, you'll be in it!
"7 was going to ask you how the bug
situation out there was, but I think I
think I know the answer."
Compass Cruising Crossword
MN 10 110
13 13 14
15 1 16 1 1 7 18
MOEN2 01 M
Ile a Vache, St. Martin, St. Barth, Guadeloupe, Les
Saintes, Martinique... so many wonderful Caribbean cruis-
ing destinations speak French! Test your vocabulary with
this word search puzzle by Pauline Dolinski.
FRENCH FOR CRUISERS
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Word Search Puzzle solution on page 37
A G I T E E N O L C Y C O T E
P LO N G E R I U I A R B R
O U R M A R E E A N C R E A U
BROU I L L A R D I TM I M
R C C C O U C H E T T E T E O
E A H S U P P L U I E R R I N
C F E D YA I E S R E V A R T
O E R T UO E B A G U E T T E
U N G E S S I BA T E A U A E
T E R A S E N L S A B L E L L
I N G E P E L OT A VA C I U
L T N A D I S E N A U D
L C U N UM U U E S R A V H
EHOO Y NU Q U E OU EST
L M M O T E U R E N I A H C H
1) 16 Across: song by the Dresden Dolls
4) 16 Across _: fool, or canvas bag used to stop leaks
6) 16 Across : baked loaf with Monterrey cheese
7) 16 Across : club for a topsail
9) 'What do you do with a drunken ?'
10) 16 Across : i. ,,,,,. i
15) Full to the :: ii- i .11
16) Subject of this puzzle
17) 16 Across: 20 Across flag
20) The Isles are England and Ireland
22) A sail is often actually a trapezoid
25) 16 Across : lines between two points from which
something else is supported
26) 16 Across : 20 Across sailor
27) A topsail is a mainsail
28) Drink 16 Across 11 Down here
30) Go offshore I .
32) Banner or ..,. I example
33) Single-wheeled conveyances, or Rawle and Merilee
34) Marks at ends of yacht race starting lines
1) You might use 16 Across stands on the
2) 16 Across : winter window decorator
3) 'All hands on
5) 16 Across : mechanical device for lifting or leveling
6) A Whiskey 16 Across is a type of also known
as a Gray Jay
8) Chock-a-__: when two sheaves of a tackle
11) 16 Across : Carriacou's favorite rum
12) 16 Across: the lowest yard on a mizzenmast
14) Common measure of beer or ale
18) 16 Across Sparrow the Black Pearl
19) ___ 3 Down: space between gangway
20) 16 Across : SS footwear
21) Marine toilet
23) 16 Across :short : .. i at vessel's stem
24) Trestle_ : short fore- ., i .* timbers supporting
crosstrees of mast
25) Land adjacent to body of water
28) A skip16 Across is a Chesapeake Bay sail
29) 16 Across-in-the : pop-up toy
31) Every 16 Across: everybody
Crossword Solution on page 30
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by Lee Kessell
In last month's Compass, we read about how two mischievous young Caribbean
boys stole off to ride their bikes up the Barbados coast and sneak into the famous
"Animal Flower Cave". When a sudden storm threatens, the sea cave's guide quickly
herds the tourists outside and locks the door behind her. But she doesn't know about
Trevor and Ernie, hiding behind in the cave...
I ... i I Suddenly there came the sou., .. ain! It
turned out to t t billowing mass of wl.i .1 I. .I I I l.e cave
and snatched at the ...1. I boys. Trevor grabbed Ernie by the arm and hauled
him up, higher and higher into the darkness above them. Trevor had felt before that
he was cheating death, but this was the worst thing that had ever happened to him.
A great billowing mass
of white water flooded the cave
and snatched at the terrified boys...
No matter how fast he pulled Ernie up above the hungry jaws of the sea, the mon
ster followed, biting and trying to drag them down. Spears of lightning struck the
sea close by, giving the raging sea monster a demon luminescence while the thun
der roared from its glaring mouth, trying to blast Trevor and Ernie to a churning
Trevor, almost out of his wits from fear, managed to hang on and the flashes of
light showed him that a rocky tunnel led upwards. He heaved and hauled himself
and an almost comatose Ernie ever upward and at last he realized that the sea was
I l-nr -V ing him. He pulled Ernie into a nook of rocks and they lay together,
h i ,, I ..
Trevor didn't know how long he gasped out his fright in the wormhole of the tunnel,
but it couldn't have been too long because he became aware that it was an afternoon
light and not the sea that gloomed down from above. He shook Ernie hard and
gasped, "We're saved, Ernie. Just a bit more pushing and we'll be on top of the cliff
-that's daylight up there!" He was too tired to feel any sense of triumph.
The boys struggled up, clutching at .. 1 ks until Trevor broke through a
i i ... .i ..- ... I ... .1 I i. ,, looked about, he saw with relief
1, .1 ii, ,, I ,, I i ... I ut getting there with sharp stones under
their bare feet made them wince. They put on their flip-flops, pushed the bikes to the
road and rode off.
Somehow the two boys managed to pedal their way home. The road seemed twice
as long and the afternoon shadows were lengthening, but they made it just before
dark. As they came through the gate, Rusty the dog barked happily, the goats in the
yard sneered and Matilda the pony whinnied. Ernie's little sister, Nyna, poked her
tongue out when Ernie and Trevor dragged themselves into the kitchen but Aunt
Josephina ..- -. 1, 1 told them to go and wash, and set about getting supper.
The cous:..- i II ..I bed right after dinner that night but Ernie was so upset that
he refused even to say goodnight. Trevor didn't care, he chuckled and whispered
hoarsely: "That was real ... 11... Ernie, but we made it home. Boy, will I have a
story to tell my friends -
While this story is complete make-believe, the Animal Flower Cave is a real, popular
-and quite safe -attraction in Barbados. This cave, located under the cliffs at the
northern tip of Barbados, opens directly into the Atlantic Ocean and is famous for its
yellow sea anemones called "animal flowers". The "flower" consists of tentacles that,
in the larger variety of species, can sting and paralyze a passing fish.
eI MO S S BY PTIT ST VINCEN R T M
by Elaine Ollivierre
Coral reefs are home to lots of brightly coloured fish. Here are pictures of two
of them. Colour the first one in yellow with a white belly. Colour the second one
with a bright blue head, two vertical black stripes with white between, and a
yellowish-green body and tail. What kind of fish are these? They are small and
cigar-shaped and do not usually grow longer than 25 centimetres (10 inches).
Believe it or not, these are the same kind of fish! The yellow one is the young
(juvenile) form of a fish which, as it grows o'-l-r -hbV.-= --l-ur and may even
bhn- ----' It's the bluehead wrasse, part of I. I i .... Labridae means
1I- ...' 1. name refers to the wrasse's thick lips, sometimes folded inside,
which cover one row of conical teeth that stick outwards at the front of the jaw.
Wrasse are carnivorous and eat animal plankton and small organisms like
shrimps and worms. They will also eat the eggs of other fish.
Blueheads are found on shallow reefs and travel in schools of many hundreds
during the day. They hide in the reef at night. They use their pectoral fins for
swimming, not their tails. The pale yellow colour of the juveniles provides some
camclf.1- .ni-t the sandy sea floor but juveniles also hide in the tentacles of
sea ... ..... protection ..int predators. This is dangerous though,
because, if the anemone stings I i. i. it will die.
The wrasse with the blue head and black stripes (as in the second picture) is
older and always male. A single male often lives with a group of females. If the
male dies, the most senior female changes into a male to take his place in the
group. This is called protogynous hermaphroditism.
The bluehead wrasse is a 'cleaner fish. Larger fish congregate at locations that
act as 'cleaning stations'. There, the wrasse swim into the mouths of the bigger
fish and clean them P- rf m--in. parasites and algae. The big fish seem to realize
that the benefits i .... I I. ... the wrasse's cleaning outweigh the benefits of
i.. i the wrasse!
II world's coral reefs are destroyed, this tiny fish will lose its home. Make
sure to conserve the marine environment.
IiTHE CARIBBEAl-.N SKYI:.l FRE SHW 0 IGL
THE SKY IN MAY
by Scott Welty
The Planets in May
MERCURY Up in the morning all month
VENUS Back as an ---nin 1 "tnr" --ttin P-rt-'-n onnn n-id Onn hnurs
EARTH In the shop I -
MARS Riding high in Cancer and setting around midnight
JUPITER Rising in the wee hours. Jupiter is very bright as it heads for
maximum brightness in September
SATURN Just about straight up at first dark and setting around
Sky Events This Month
10th -Moon and Jupiter rise together -0430 hours (see Figure 1)
12th -Moon and Mercury rise together (see Figure 2)
13th -New Moon
16th S i 1 i ,,,,
Looking 1 - ... -...- .. i the pretty crescent moon with brightly shining
Venus right underneath it. But wait there's more! With clear sky you should be able
to spot a passing satellite as well! Satellite J-3 2 (zy 2B) (can you tell that the job of
naming 11. i..... .I .. 11 to the scientists?) will be passing south to north
(leftto: .. ... I .111 i.- I1 the moon at 7:16 and 34 seconds (only that exact
for Grenada but close around the Caribbean). It will be fairly bright at magnitude 2
at that time. This satellite is in a polar orbit as many are. It will rise in the south
around 1911 hours and set in the north around 1920 hours. Its motion should be
obvious during that time. Polar orbits are popular for weather and mapping pur
poses because as the satellite orbits, the earth spins underneath it allowing it to
scan the entire surface of the earth over the course of several orbits.
25th -Mercury at maximum elongation (biggest angle from the sun) for
27th -Full Moon
May's Featured Star Polaris
This is the star that nearly everyone can find (see Figure 4). As most sailors know,
Polaris, or the North Star, happens to be straight above the Earth's north pole so as
the earth spins the North Star stays fixed in the sky making it an easy reference for
finding north. This star has several other interesting features though.
It is only in this epoch that Polaris sits above the pole. Actually it is about 0.7
away from the pole so it only points TRUE north twice a day (May 15, 23:11:42 for
one example). As the earth spins it also 'wobbles' making the axis point in a variety
of directions over the course of a 25,000-year cycle. Enjoy it while you can!
A measure of tl. .111, i i i ... i i .1 the horizon) is a rough measure
of your latitude ."11' -1.. i. i, I ', 11 .i i For example, in Grenada Polaris
appears about 12 above the horizon and Grenada is about 12 north latitude.
Polaris is a tertiary system. There are actually three stars orbiting each other there.
The main one is the one you see while the smaller companions can only be seen with
Polaris is also a Cepheid variable star and is much studied for that reason. Cepheid
variables' brightness varies at a steady, measurable rate. This class of stars has the
additional feature that the frequency of the variation is related to the ACTUAL aver
age brightness. Stars look relatively bright or dim -1--i-l;;n. -n how bright they
really are combined with how far away they are. So, :I I ... i,,, i one of these stars,
even if it's in another galaxy, and measure the frequency of variation, that will lead
you to the actual brightness. Since you can fairly easily know its apparent bright
ness, you can then know how far away it is. This is one way we know crazy big
distances like out to other galaxies.
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
Around 150 BC Aristotle built a system that "explained" the motions of the plan
ets with a stationary earth at the center surrounded by crystalline spheres carrying
the various celestial bodies that obviously revolve around us -Mercury, Venus,
then the Sun, followed by Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Ptolemy added his own bells
and whistles to this system around 300AD and then it was taught as gospel for the
next 1200 years or so. Copernicus published his work showing that a Sun centered
system was much simpler and made more sense. That was in about 1540. Now here
we are in 2010. A survey by Prof. Jon Miller at Northwestern University reveals that
one in five Americans think the Sun revolves around the Earth. I guess that means
that we're 80 percent of the way out of the Dark Ages, so that's good... assuming
that the number who believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun is getting big
ger and not smaller!
Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, 2007. Visit
him at www.sailing-science.com
Fey BY ROSS MAVIS
It's now official. Dark chocolate i= --n;; t- ted as a necessary addition for any
healthy diet. Isn't that a heartache! I. I -.. i love chocolate? Apparently a billion
people ate chocolate yesterday and today, and plan to eat it tomorrow as well. This
really isn't earth-shattering news, as our Mesoamerican ancestors knew well the
benefits of chocolate and consumed it in great quantities.
Ti. ....... cacao bean was being used more than 3,000 years ago and was con
si I I .-1 from the gods by several cultures i-1,-li;;n ti- Mayans and Aztecs.
Through the centuries, cacao has gone from its '.... i', I I qualities to a cooked
process called dutching invented by Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten. After
dutching, alkaline salts were added and the result was the basis for the chocolate
eaten today. Sugar and flavouring helped improve the bitter cooked flavour.
Si... ) an 18th century religious gourmand, Madame d'Arestrel, Mother
Su .. I h. Convent of the Visitation at Belley, France, chocolate's flavour and
consistency was improved by letting it rest overnight. A variation on this theme was
followed by Aztec King Montezuma. He thought it best to consume copious quantities
of chocolate i -1, .... i ii. night with his concubines.
Cacao tree- !. ' .... . J grow throughout the Caribbean, and it's a treat for
hikers to find a tree with a ripe pod to open and suck the sweetish pulp off the beans.
About 80 percent of the world's finest chocolate is grown in the Caribbean islands
and in nearby Latin American countries. In some islands, such as Grenada, you can
still see the beans being dried in the sun, and people "dancing the cocoa" -polish
ing the beans with their feet!
Today we find milk chocolate being used in many confections, but the original dark
chocolate is still the best for the body. A patented process of cold pressing cacao and
the resulting dark .. 11. l i,. -1 I. .. i which are power
ful antioxidants. .- .. - I .11. I ... i. ...11 1 i heart attacks and
cancer. They also help maintain strong bones, teeth and healthy skin. The percent
age of cocoa solids is critical in providing the benefits of chocolate to health. High
antioxidants are now said to be one of the most important additions to our body to
hell 1 h-1i1 I. radicals that cause cell damage.
II. 11. f the health benefits of chocolate, there are few of us who don't look to
chocolate as a special treat. You never are too old to enjoy the delicious and healthy
benefits from dark chocolate. It is not easily kept in warm climates and should be
kept cool and out of direct sunlight. Lets face it though, seldom is it kept long
because of the sensuous del..1.1 ... i 1I.... chocolate melt slowly in your mouth.
The key information you -1, ,, i I i i on any package of chocolate you wish to
consume is the amount of processed sugar, corn syrup, wax and other fillers that
are included. Too often consumers do themselves more harm than good in eating
poor quality chocolate that is high in calories with little health benefits.
I encourage you to check out the health benefits of Xocai Healthy Chocolate. It is
produced in the United States and distributed in many parts of the world by inde
pendent distributors through network ...i i,.. The full information on this
healthy dark and delicious chocolate *.. i i... I by going to my website www.
All this talk about dark chocolate surely has us all salivating and wanting to eat
something dark and delicious. Here is a recipe that will get you on course to healthy
living by using dark chocolate.
Seafarers' Chocolate Treats
1 1/2 Cups (375 ml) dark chocolate pieces
1 Cup (250 ml) whole almonds, walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon (5 ml) coarse-ground sea salt
Light sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Line i i ... -i. I .. 1. I i, i1 chocolate pieces in a small glass
bowl ov . I .. i ....... ... . .. .. 11 the melted chocolate into circles
roughly silver-dollar size. Place a single nut in the center of each circle and press
lightly in place. Lightly grind sea salt on top of each piece and sp i i i. .ii .li.
cayenne pepper. Let harden in a cool place overnight. Enjoy this -.. i I, I
or tea break, or on that lonely night watch.
II:THE ICE LOCTKE BY SLIRLEY HL', l
dishes. It is easy enough to grow that it
will be at home in a pot in the cockpit,
galley, or home garden.
Marjoram is oregano's sweet sister. Both are mem-
bers of the mint family. Although these two herbs are
almost interchangeable, oregano origanumm vulgare)
has a zesty lemon-peppery flavor, while sweet marjo
ram origanumm majorana) is more delicate and fra
grant. They look almost identical except fresh marjo-
ram is usually a bright green and oregano a duller
green. Wild marjoram is better known as oregano, so
think of marjoram as "tame oregano".
Marjoram is native to the Mediterranean area, and
was known to the Greeks and Romans, who looked on
it as a symbol of happiness. It was said that if marjo
ram grew on a grave, the deceased would enjoy eternal
bliss. Egyptians used marjoram, along with other fra
grant spices, in their embalming process. To the
ancient Greeks, marjoram was the herb of a happy
marriage. Thought to be a favorite of the goddess of
love, it was woven into wreaths that brides and grooms
wore on their heads. Also according to ancient folklore,
sleeping with marjoram under your pillow was sup
posed to promote dreams of true love.
Today, its often used to season meats, poultry and
fish. It is especially good along with other herbs in beef
stew. Its a natural for cooked or raw vegetables, too.
Marjoram is good on fresh tomato sandwiches, and it
pairs well with eggs or cheese. A light sprinkling adds
flavor to cream-based sauces or soups, especially
potato soup. It works best when it's added near the
end of the cooking period.
As with most herbs, fresh is best, but dried, this
herb holds its lovely fragrance and flavor much better
than many other dried herbs. One Tablespoon fresh
equals one teaspoon dried.
Oregano l. 1 .;l-,.i;; have high amounts of anti
oxidants, -1 i.1 .I -ed fresh. A tea brewed from
marjoram leaves may help with :. I.. -1. .. headache
or stress. Externally, dried leave .,' i I may be
applied as poultices to reduce the pain of rheumatism.
The tops and leaves of this herb are distilled to pro
duce an essential oil. It has many components, one of
which is camphor. Another component is flavonoids,
which relieve insomnia, tension headaches and
migraines. Marjoram is considered the most fragrant
among all herbs for oils used .' ..... -.
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is also used in body care products, including skin
creams, lotion, body wash, and shaving gels.
When growing this herb, use the fresh flowers to
make herbal vinegar.
Quick and Yummy Marjoram Pasta
1/4 pound of your favorite pasta
2 cloves garlic, quartered
3 Cups fresh broccoli, chopped small
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon f ;-. ; m.- .;-;. 1 --- chopped small
(or one teaspoon I.. 1
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 firm large tomato, chopped small
Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium heat.
Add garlic and pasta. Just before the pasta is fully
cooked, add the broccoli. Remove from heat and drain,
keeping the pasta and broccoli in the pot. Add the
cream cheese, salt, pepper and marjoram. Stir to com-
bine all the ingredients. Top with grated cheese and
chopped fresh tomato.
Easy 'Homemade' Tomato Sauce
1 pound leanest minced beef (or minced chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped small
2 .1 i .... .... . e
I1 I I '-1 *I I I
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
In a large skillet on medium heat, brown and crum-
ble the meat. As the meat "-S-~= to produce a liquid
add the garlic and onion. I. .. the meat is fully
cooked and crumbled, drain off excess liquid. Add
remaining n r---ntit Tf ---i are using fresh herbs,
chop them .-i i . 1... Return to heat. Bring to
a boil and then simmer stirring for ten minutes. Serve
over pasta or rice.
Lemon-Marjoram Roast Chicken
1 whole roasting chicken
1 lemon, halved
1 Tablespoon fresh marjoram
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Wash chicken and rub inside 1' ... 1.1 with salt
and pepper. Gently squeeze the j... I Il. halves of
the lemon into the chicken's cavity. Put the lemon
halves inside and add the marjoram. Put the chicken
in a bakin. . .... -1. and cover loosely with foil.
Roast at '** I I .. I r one hour. Uncover and
continue t I I I '.. re minutes.
One chicken, cut into pieces
3 large tomatoes, chopped (about 4 cups)
1/4 Cup oil (prefer olive or canola)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and minced
2 Tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped small
1 teaspoon salt
Combine the tomatoes with the oil, garlic, minced
pepper, salt, and one Tablespoon marjoram in large
bowl. Place chicken in rimmed baking dish. Pour
tomato mixture over chicken. Cover and bake at 450F
for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for 15
more minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Tablespoon
marjoram just before serving.
For the Gardeners
Marjoram is easy to grow from seed. This herb pre
fers slightly moist, well-drained soil with full sun and
room to spread. Its flowers run pink to purple. This
herb will grow to about a foot tall and needs to be
spaced about 18 inches apart from other plants in
your herb garden. This plant's flavor usually peaks
just before the flower buds form; then to harvest, cut
the whole plant back by two-thirds its size. It can be
used fresh, or dried by spreading in a cool, well-venti
Marjoram is a perennial, but to keep it from become
ing woody, replant some every year. Or you can cut it
back and let it re-grow.
Oregano is also a perennial that keeps growing with
reasonable trimming. One way to appreciate the differ
ence between oregan ... 1 ... .. i ..... ;. I 1. ea plant
of each and take a : .1 .. I ... I. ... .. .... in your
right hand while doing the same with oregano in your
-ft r-'; -. '-. '; is a sharp pine smell like a com-
:.. . .1 ... I -I. ... Marjoram is more like a refined
perfume with a clean, sprightly flavor.
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BY NICOLA CORNWELL
The Missing Centimetre by Leon Schulz, 2010,
Outworn Creed publishers. Hardback, 272 pages, 70
colour photographs, maps and boat diagrams. ISBN
Leon Schulz is an ordinary guy. His family, wife
Karolina and children, Jessica and Jonathan, are an
ordinary Swedish family. In 2005 they took a year off
and away from their ordinary lives and sailed across
the Atlantic, round the Caribbean and back across the
Atlantic again. They broke no speed records, encoun
tered no major disasters, and did nothing of any note
to challenge anything that has been done by the many
boats that have beaten a similar watery path before.
But for Leon, a self-confessed 'dreamer, the very fact
that he and his family went from dreaming t- prli
then actually fulfilling the dream was in : I .... -
remarkable achievement, and one which opened his
eyes to the importance of doing such an action in our
busy contemporary lives where there always seem to
be too many reasons not to deviate from the norm of
an ordinary life.
Leon saw his life as a metaphoric tape measure, with
each centimetre representing one year. "...I looked at
our life/tape (and) saw we had reached almost 40cm.
And we thought: what if we stole one year right there in
the middle somewhere? Wefetched the scissors and cut
the tape.... We glued the two parts together. You could
hardly tell the difference! It still looked pretty long to
us.... The missing centimetre was lying on the table. It
looked minuscule, yet it could be filled with as much
experience as some whole lifetimes. If we dared!" This
-entimetre' becomes Leon's pragmatic justifi
I him and Karolina quitting their business,
packing things up and taking their family on an
adventure for a year.
This book chronicles that year in Regina, their
40-foot Hallberg Rassy, accompanied by Leon's photos
from the journey and practical tips for the new cruis
ing yachtie at the end of each chapter.
In the early part of the book Leon takes you through
what they had to do practically and emotionally in
order to get ready for their big trip and tries to explain
why they kept it as low key as possible. "We hadn't
disclosed our departure date to anyone, not even to
ourselves. The reason was very simple: we just didn't
know! We wanted to leave when we felt ready, neither
to force ourselves nor to feel any pressure regarding a
set date." Then, finally, on a rainy day in June, with
no big fanfare, they dropped their mooring lines and
just left, heading north.
In the beginning, Leon and Karolina had no concrete
idea of where they were going to go on their cruise
other than they wanted to take about a year out, live
aboard their boat and have a sailing adventure with
their children. In their minds they concluded that if
they announced a specific destination, then too easily
it could all be interpreted as a 'fiasco' if they returned
earlier than planned or took a route shorter than pro
claimed. So they took it in stages, and at each stage
discussed with the whole family what to do next. There
was a family rule that all four had . the big
decisions. Stage 1 then was north t II ,
Stage 2 was crossing the North Sea to Scotland and
then down to Ireland, and Leon's nervousness about
their first big passage is palpable. "We wondered
whether we were being too bold to consider crossing the
North Sea at all? ...At the same time, we knew we had
to do something or our trip would end here." But not
long after they set off and looked apprehensively at the
disappearing shoreline, some dolphins came and
swam with them, and it seemed like a good omen.
By the time it came to their next bi. =t- -r-==n
the notoriously fickle and potentially .....-..... .
Biscay, the family Schulz had definitely settled into life
aboard and the confidence that comes with being com
fortable with the environment you are in is evident.
Despite the fact that they were sailing in the biggest
waves they had ever seen, the children were eating and
laughing, and night watches were about stars they
could see and ships they couldn't if not for the radar.
A VHF conversation with another boat that had been
at sea for five years left Leon with a new sense of fel
lowship. "The skipper ofStella Maris talked to me as if
I were a true blue water sailor and no longer the dream
er I had been before, walking the dock-sides of our
home port with a wistful smile."
In La Coruna, Spain, the family started to bond with
like-minded others. They met families aboard Sarah
Grace and Tamarisk After their children had overcome
their shyness and awkwardness with limited English,
they played happily together while the adults shared
their experiences about anything from home schooling
to fixing watermakers and the like. Leon realized that
discussing issues, asking questions arn 1-l.- 1n -.-h
other were an important and valuable i i ........
"A colourful alliance binds the yachting community in a
great symbiotic network." It was at this time that the
notion of crossing the Atlantic started to take shape.
"The longer we spent in La Coruna, the more an Atlantic
crossing looked like a logical option for us." With that
in mind, they continued south down the coast of
Portugal and on to Madeir ---. n ir---in- rn-h with
the tail end of Hurricane' ,... I I ........ .... the
While some of their new friends had places booked
on the ARC, true to form, Leon and Karolina didn't
want the pressure of a specific start date to make their
big crossing. After getting the boat prepared and
stocking ,i 1.... to Karolina's many exhaustive
lists in ,, ,, i' i decided to make their last stop
before the crossing in La Gomera. After a few tense
days trying to comprehend the implication of some
unusual weather patterns happening and prompting
from various weather experts, they plucked up their
courage and headed off south.
It was a nervous start; Leon got seasick and an undi
agnosed problem developed with the engine. But after
a week or so, he reached a sort of Zen-like calm. "With
the boat being our world and the ocean resembling an
infinite universe, it sometimes felt as if we were travel
ling through space. Looking up into the night sky we
could identify planets, like Venus, and stars, in their
now easily recognisable constellations. They felt closer
to us than the islands of the Caribbean. In our small
universe, we couldn't see any other souls on the ocean.
But thanks to the radio, we at least knew our friends
were also travelling alone like small, isolated planets in
the same giant universe. We may have been alone but
we were not lonely." The kids (as kids -nr -ll-- -11
easily settled into the constant sailing, .,, I .....
took great delight in fishing and making sushi. All the
concerns about making such a trip turned into every
day routines involving cooking, =--i- in navigating
and managing the boat. Near the i. I I crossing
they even started to regret the fact that they would see
land soon! It proves how adaptable people are to their
surroundings, however foreign initially.
Their Caribbean arrival was a combination of dis
cover of the charm of the islands coupled with emo-
tional reunions with friends they had met in La
Coruna. A little posse of regular family cruisers devel
oped including their Canadian friends on Koshlong as
they meandered their way down then up the Caribbean
chain. Home schooling on the boat was regularly
interspersed with snorkeling trips, island visits and
regular gatherings on somebody's boat. Leon and his
family by now were totally submersed in the cruising
life and loving it. But as the hurricane season
approached, thoughts inevitably turned to returning
home. In a family meeting for the first time there was
no consensus. Jonathan and Jessica wanted to stay
cruising but Leon and Karolina felt an obligation to
their schooling that meant they should return to
Sweden -something Leon eventually ponders was
maybe not the right decision.
After an emotional farewell with their friends in the
British Virgin Islands they set sail for Bermuda and
the trip home. This time they wanted to do the Atlantic
crossing with another pair of hands. So while in
Bermuda they asked Karolina's friend Tom to join
them, and this time they also used the services of the
legendary Herb Hilgenberg to help navigate the best
track back across the Atlantic. Thanks to them and
the magical close encounter with a sperm whale that
swam with them for a while, the 13 days from Bermuda
to the Azores was, in Leon's opinion, their most enjoy
able ocean passage.
From there it was northeast to Ireland, this time up
the wilder west coast, and then back to Sweden.
There is a certain childlike wonder and naivete to
Leon's writing which I can't decide is owing to English
being not his first language or if that is the way he
really is. As such, just occasionally, -1..ri;; --. r-ding
of the book, I hankered for a touch I .. ... sar
casm and black humour that I usually find so endear
ing in most of my fellow sailors.
But clearly the trip has had a profound effect on him
and Leon desperately wants to inspire others to make
the same leap of faith as he has. To let go.
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Regarding the item in February's "Info & Updates"
about one of St. Vincents well-1 .. .. 1. 1 ... 1 ..
Kenroy Grant, being caught, .. I I I I,, .,-
and given a paltry three mont- ... ..i i. .1 .
an honest job for a living when you can make more
money burgling from yachts with little chance of get
ting caught? Even if you are caught and convicted you
will not receive a stiffjail sentence, but rather a rap on
I'd also like to comment on the letter from John
Duffy of the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Trades
Association: First, regarding the problem encountered
by some cruisers arriving in .i..... with a dog
aboard, when will he take the -i .. case to the
department concerned and obtain an official state
ment of the rules so that cruisers with dogs would
know exactly where they stand?
Second, I take issue with his statement regarding
who in the yachting industry is after recreational
drugs. The use, unfortunately, is straight across the
board, from the top owners and charterers of mega
yachts right down to the poor foolish young sailor who
spends his money on recreational drugs rather than
on food and gear for his boat.
Third, I disagree with Mr. Duffy's "fundamental rule"
that one should never put up any resistance if accost
ed by robbers. Agreed, if you are middle aged or older,
but if young and tough -nuts! Teach the thief a les
son. Once a friend of mine was accosted by a
Venezuelan with a knife, who demanded money. My
friend is a former Canadian special forces man with
two tours in Viet Nam. The hold-up man was given not
the wallet and watch he expected, but a broken arm
and two broken collarbones. My friend then hopped a
taxi and commented, "It will be a long time before he
tries to rob anyone again."
Finally, regarding the skipper who was killed while
chasing a purse snatcher after leaving a bar/restau
ran ...... -1 ar: the bar concerned has been
so :..' .... ..- ... 1. early 1980s as a source to buy
and use recreational drugs that it has been said by
some, "No need to buy to smoke, just go to the
bar, sit there and get :...i Why did it take 25 years
for the Antigua Police Department to close the
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Much as one has to respect Don Street for his many
sailing achievements and lucidity and energy in con
tinuing to write about them, I must take issue with his
indiscriminate comments about the west coast of
Specifically, in a letter published in the March issue,
he said that for the past 30 years he has avoided St.
Vincent's west coast because it's a "trouble spot".
The trouble with such blanket criticism is that it is
deeply unfair to certain places such as beautiful
Cumberland Bay. Also, by being encouraged to avoid
it, many cruisers who sail past will miss something
We have been taking guests aboard Mirounga to
Cumberland Bay at least twice each season for the past
nine years without any trouble or nervousness at all. It
i 1 1 .. I ...I i.1 i its the springboard for the
ih. i"I ,i ii ..iere volcano, the locals are
I i. ,i 11,, i i.. .. ..w two excellent restaurants.
Sure, there was a nasty attack in the 1970s, but
that was more than 40 years ago for heaven's sake.
More recently, I believe that a boat was robbed last
October, but that was alone and out of season and my
strong feeling is that during the season the locals in
Cumberland Bay are deeply protective of their heritage
and the bay is safe and self-policing. They know
that their livelihood depends on preventing crime and
work hard to keep it that way.
I am more in agreement with Don's criticism of the
police. They are quite staggeringly ineffectual. To give
a specific example: how can it be that in the 21st cen
tury a country attempts to detect and deter crime
without anything as basic as the ability to use finger
prints? Thieves coming to boats and houses leave
prints, so why don't the SVG police get serious and
take the trouble to get to grips with such a basic
In the March edition of Compass there were an
article and a letter on cruiser safe i..i ........
the islands. Both of them mad- i i ,
"evasive maneuvers" in the ." i attack by
pirates. Due to the speed and maneuverability of
pirogues, it's likely that simple evasive maneuvers
would get you shot. As the piracy problem ("red zone")
seems to be spreading from Venezuela to the Trinidad
to-Grenada passage, cruisers that haul out or spend
the hurricane season down in Trinidad will have to
Having made the passage numerous times, I've
thought about how to deal with it. To start, I would
travel at ... 1. ith only my running lights showing
forward ... i i if any cabin lights on. En route, I
would pay a considerable amount of attention to the
radar screen, adjusting range, gain, and sensitivity up
and down to pick up any small boats out there. I'd
mainly be looking for intermittent blips that seemed to
be headed in my direction and would be especially
interested in those coming from the west.
On finding a possible threat, I'd turn off all lights
until the threatening blip moved away. If it continued
to close on me, I would furl my jib, start up my
engines, and turn east. In the event it changed course
to follow me, I'd attempt to contact North Coast Radio
with my position and report that I was being chased.
Then I would trail some 150 feet of old line aft,
attached to a winch at one end and an empty one
gallon oil container at the other. As the threatening
vessel closed on me, I would maneuver to keep it from
coming alongside. Once the pirogue fouled its prop on
my line, I would wait at the winch until it broached
before cutting or releasing the line. Then I would turn
and continue sailing toward my destination.
If I looked back, it would be out of concern for a
mother ship, which would likely be a flat-roofed
Venezuelan trawler. In a nocturnal confrontation with
one of those, I would either try to set it on fire with a
25-mm flare gun or scare it off by attempting to ram
its flimsy plywood hull. As the traditional penalty for
piracy is death, I would not be particularly concerned
about any bodies I left floating in my wake.
Without radar, I would make a daylight passage
preferably in 20-knot winds and ..1. r I seas. The
conditions would be dangerous I .. the larger
pirogue- i,,,... their speed and maneuverability. I
would ..i 11 pirogue-trolling line" throughout the
passage to avoid being seen deploying it. As old hal
yards .... 1. be too visible in daylight, I'd purchase
some _.. i i of black nylon braid at least a half-inch
in diameter and trail it. If threatened on passage, I
would start my engines and continue on course, pre
tending to be fat, dumb, and happy until the pirogue
came close enough to become ensn .. I ,,, 11,i, ..,..
line. Then I would maneuver back .. I .. h'' i. I I
them until their prop fouled on the line.
Once caught, there are numerous possibilities. For
example, the line could be cut loose as soon as the
pirogue swapped ends and I began towing it; the
engine could be ripped off the transom; or the pirogue
: 1.1 .....* md force me to cut the line before their
While this may be too much for most of you, it's
something to consider if you have to travel through a
red zone. As Melodye of the Safety and Security Net
would caution -stay safe out there.
Karl on Cochi
[Further to the article by Phil Chapman in the April
issue] the Golfo de Cariaco in Venezuela is a very
beautiful, quiet and still-safe place to go sailing or
spend the hurricane season.
We left our boat here for three months (September to
November 2009) in the anchorage in front i .
Village. Jean Marc, at the boatyard, was I I
and we had a good time. The climate is very dry (no
mold inside the boat!), the place is very well protected
and the bottom is very good holding.
But it's very quiet -cruisers are scared to go to
Venezuela because of security reasons, and business
owners are struggling to survive. We don't know about
the nearby city of Cumana, but inside the Golfo there
are no known problems.
Beside Medregal Village, cruisers' contacts are Ewa
and Sven at CocoBongo (once weekly stone-oven piz
zas), and Phil and Yvonne aboard Chaser 2, who can
be contacted via the cruisers' net, VHF channel 71.
Ewa and Sven offer laundry service, and Phil and
Yvonne provide WiFi in the adjacent anchorage. All of
them can give advice on trips to the market, and how
to get fuel or fill dive tanks.
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The whole Golfo offers plenty of anchorages: Laguna
Chica, Laguna Grande, Medregal, Guacarapo, Muelle
de Cariaco and others. From Muelle, it's easy to get to
the big market in Cariaco, to Caripe and the Guacharo
Cave (a must-do, closed on Mondays) with local trans
port. It is easy to get to Margarita from there; there is
a ferry service from Carupano directly to Porlamar,
and the whole trip takes only about three hours.
Clearing in and out of Venezuela is very easy in
Porlamar, Isla Margarita. You can do it yourself, as
Si i .. ... mne building, but it can take very long.
i i ... 1 Juan Marina can also do it for you;
;:t 1-;i.: the papers.
... just recommend going to the Golfo de
Cariaco. We will be back in July or August to leave the
boat there and fly home for a visit.
Christine and Hannes
[Further to the article "Books Brought by Boats" in
the April issue] in February, through the efforts of
many folks, a box of books was delivered to an indig
enous school located in an area called Buena Esperanza
(Hopewell), Bocas del Toro, Panama. I found out that
this school, and the Peace Corps volunteer, Michelle,
had started a library, so they seemed the most appro
private recipients of this box of books.
I hope I have this sequence correct, but it appears that:
1) These books were collected and donated by www.
Big-Books.org and Ann-Wallis White Yacht Charters in
2) Then, Captain Mark Drewelow's organization,
Yacht Aid, facilitated th- -1-1-- 1 .. ,, 11.....
3) PhilW ade, owner .. i 1 .... i I ....,..I ..
ing vessel Timoneer, along with his wonderful crew
(with special thanks to Penny), agreed to transport
these books and other supplies to be distributed along
4) Ultimately, at least one book ended up in the
hands of each and every student at this school.
Great job everyone; your efforts were truly appreci
ated by both the children and the teachers. Michelle,
the Peace Corps volunteer, has recently started some
reading programs and teaching English to the chil
dren, so the books could not have come at a better
time or to a better place.
Please keep this area in mind as recipients of school
supplies of any kind! There are at least four other
..... schools in and among these outer islands,
I ... the main town of Bocas on Isla Colon, and
they are all in need and do appreciate anything they
With sincere thanks,
For many years, we viewed the sight of a local boat
approaching, just after anchoring, .i. -... ... .. ..
ders. Oh no, we are going to be ..- I ,,,I I I,,,
guilty about not buying a carved turtle, T-shirt, fish, or
whatever. Not to mention having to dig buried fenders
out of the locker to preserve the topsides from roughly
Over the last two years, we've noticed quite a change.
For the most part, the boat boys seem more attuned to
the fact that their boats make uneasy bedfellows with
yacht topsides and make t tir- t pr--,li;n; -m- f-*;-r
ing. But more than that, *.. .. I ... "
their approach to selling their wares. Sure, you get the
sales pitch, but if engaged a little in conversation, even
though the final answer is "no thanks", they usually
accept it in a good-natured spirit and all is well.
Some boats still come crashing into yours (ours still
bears the scars), and then the vendors seem surprised
that you are less than eager to see them and won't buy
from them. Fortunately these happenings seem to be
getting less frequent.
However, some will even go above and beyond to
help. Let me give you an example.
We were on the beach at the Tobago Cays in January
and I dinghied back alone to Itza PurLa, which we had
left anchored in 30 feet of water, well clear of other
boats. A charter boat, which had been upwind of us,
was now :..1. ..... ern, leaving barely room
between us, I Ii. i ....I. The two couples on board
were looking nonplussed; their anchor chain had
jumped off the gypsy and they were now hanging off
the bitter end, unable to haul it in as the wind was
blowing 20 knots and they couldn't motor forward as
my yacht was now in the way.
I went on board their boat, got the chain back on the
gypsy for them, then asked which side of us had they
dragged down. "Starboard side," they said. "Fine, I'll
motor off to port a bit as you pick up your anchor," I
This started okay, until I could feel our chain rasp
ing on theirs as they pulled ahead. Now they were
upwind of us, pulling on both anchors, so I hopped
back in the dinghy to see if I could help untangle us.
The chains weren'tjust crossed, theirs had done a 360
around ours; I guess they didn't know port from star
board. I was scratching my head when I looked up and
noticed we were now halfway across the bay, scooting
towards Petit Bateau island.
At this point, a boat boy arrived in Free Willy, and
yelled to tie a line to their chain and give it to him,
which I did. Back to ItzaPurlo, I had barely got aboard
when there was a crash from forward -their stern
had hit our pulpit. Casting off the snubber, I let out
more chain to separate the boats a bit. By the time I
had done that, Willy had towed both boats into shal
lower water so we were anchored again, and then
proceeded to untangle the mess.
I inspected our pulpit and couldn't see any damage,
and soon after the charter boat was freed and they
shot off in the direction of Union Island, with not an
-p-1 r inquiry .1 -t :- l- 1-.. -- tD be heard.
II .. .11 cam e I. I,, I .i ... ...... out of his
ears as he sounded off about the incompetent charter
crew. I asked if they had paid him well. "No man, not
even a beer!" i .,.. 1 11 go after them and claim a
reasonable i .. .. I i..- help, which he did.
I didn't see him again that visit as we had to leave
soon after, but we were back two weeks later with
guests. Willy came by and I hailed him. Over a beer he
told me he caught up with the boat and they li1
him EC$50, so that was something. Then he i
we wanted any T-shirts, but knowing we had just
arrived, offered to come back the next day. Our guests
were told that he was the man to buy the shirts from,
which they duly did.
So, the moral of this story is that there are times
when a boat boy can be your best friend!
S/Y Itza Purla
On March 7th in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, the
winds were out of the west at about 15 knots, gusting to
20, which created an uncomfortable swell and some dif-
ficult conditions in the anchorage. Within a short time
span I observed three situations that could easily have
resulted in damaged boats were it not for the quick assis
tance of a couple boat boys and some other cruisers.
Situation 1: The anchor of an American sailboat
broke free from the bottom and the boat was rapidly
approaching a Danish boat behind it. There were radio
calls alerting the American boat. The American skip
per managed to get his engine started and pull forward
about three feet before a collision occurred. One of the
boat boys had heard the radio calls and showed up as
the American boat was pulling forward and offered to
help them to a nearby mooring, which was accepted.
Mooring fees were gladly paid.
Situation 2: An unoccupied Swedish boat was either
dragging anchor or swinging dangerously close to an
American boat behind it and a radio call went out for
help. Two men from other yachts boarded the Swedish
boat and with the assistance of a boat boy got the boat
moved safely to a mooring nearby. When the Swedish
skipper returned to his boat he was angry that his
boat had been moved and did not offer to tip the boat
boy or pay for the mooring.
Situation 3: Afairly largeAmerican sailboat approached
the anchorage under a partial main. Its crew tried with
out success to start their engine and by the time they
got to the edge of the anchorage and got the main
mostly down they were being pushed downwind a bit
fast. Assistance was offered by a boat boy and accepted
by the American skipper. Two cruisers in dinghies also
came to help. In the attempt to slow and turn the heavy
sailboat, the boat boy's boat received a bit of structural
damage and he lost his handheld VHF radio and his cell
phone while the sailboat received a small gouge in the
hull. The sailboat was successfully routed to a mooring.
After the sailboat was safely moored, the skipper told
the boat boy that he was upset about the scratch to his
hull and would not pay for the mooring and did not offer
a tip for the assistance given.
In situations where help is offered and accepted,
especially when serious trouble and expensive boat
repairs are avoided, some kind of appreciation should
be forthcoming. The boat boys involved in the last two
situations must be wondering, why get involved at all
if it isn't appreciated? But the ones I know will do it
anyway because they genuinely want to help.
The names of the guilty have been omitted in an
attempt to keep this as civil as possible, so this is
offered as food for thought.
Just a short note to let you know that the security
situation in Dominica (Portsmouth harbor) ha- '
improved in the last few years. I was last .
years ago. This time around I found the area around
Big Papa's restaurant to be quite safe. There are
nightly patrols (about three times a night) with the
new security dinghy, which would i .
would-be thieves. There are also ch i .i- i.....
moorings, which visitors can use. Dominica is the
Caribbean's "Nature Isle" and it would be a shame if
outdated anecdotes of poor security discouraged sail
ors from visiting this jewel of an island.
S/V Bibi Gul
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GOOD GUIDES ARE TIMELESS
Rocks don't move or if they do they are shown on
up-to-date Imray charts. Regarding marine
infrastructure, virtually every island puts out a free
marine trade guide every year, which is much more
up-to-date than any guide; similarly, the tourist
departments put out a free annual guide for bars,
restaurants and hotels.
With all these updates readily available,
Street's guides are timeless.
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Hi, Compass Readers,
Anyone visiting St. Lucia on a sailboat must be
familiar with Gregory The Fruits Man. His flag
bedecked craft is a perennial sight around Rodney
Bay, and he is one of those characters once met, ne'er
forgotten. He is also one of the most photographed
individuals on the island, and his photo regularly
appears in sailing publications and blogs relating to
Caribbean cruising. I recently came across a photo of
Gregory I took in 1993 near the Pitons, and it remind
ed me that '- -ri..11 plied his trade in Jalousie Bay
near his h(< i' '. sides in Morne La Croix, that
most picturesque of villages between the Pitons).
I wonder if any other sailors have early photos of this
most resilient of tradesmen which they might also like
In February 2010 we were spending the day on one
of the spectacular deserted beaches in Saint Vincent &
the Grenadines with our friends. The two men were
surf casting (fishing) from the shore and we two ladies
were reading and 1..11.... ,, 1 ile shade. Suddenly my
husband shouted, *'" '. i and help!"
What had happened? He had tripped over an
extremely long fishing line stretched along underwa
ter, had posed his rod and returned ... -1,. .i .l,
mask and tuba. At first he thought ... .. .... .. i.
had been caught, but when he tried to pull it in to
shore found himself pulled out instead. H E L P.
The two men managed to haul the "fish" to shore
only to find the hook was embedded in the front flipper
of a gigantic turtle over three feet in length. The poor
i,,,, .nust have been struggling and struggling but
was firmly snared -deliberately or not we
shall never know.
Two of us held on to her back flippers in the shallows
while my husband tried to extract the hook with wire
clippers, taking the greatest care not to cut her flesh.
It took all our strength to stop her swimming back to
deeper water. Finally, more than half an hour later, he
was successful and managed to remove the hook
safely with no damage to her skin. "Goodbye," we said,
as she swam majestically away, we hope to live anoth
er hundred years.
A few days after this we went to the Tobago Cays
Marine Park and swam with turtles, but I did not see
ours as I would surely have recognized her as she had
an old wound on the left of her back as seen in the
photo (and she was not tagged).
In late March we were having a pleasant evening
while anchored in Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. We had gone
to bed at about 10 o'clock. The winds were a little
boisterous, gusting 25 knots or so.
At about 2:30AM I went to take a look outside on
the normal anchor watch. While getting out of the
berth my leg landed on something very wet and what
can only be described as gooey. I flipped on the
,i, .1 in r'rol. There, lying on the sheet at the
i i i.... i Fthe berth, was a squid. It had been
there for some time, as it was very dead even though
In its demise it had left a very black stain of ink on
all three sheets. Man, do these things smell! There we
were at three in the morning, -h-n.;:In the sheets and
using Shout on the stains so .1 could remove
them. No way! Carol kept saying how she would have
screamed, probably killing me with a heart attack, had
it landed on her leg. Imagine, this invertebrate had
squirted out of the water, through our center hatch,
and expired in bed next to a lovely lady. We have had
squid on deck in the morning but always little things.
This one was very close to a f--t 1--
The next morning I started i i could wash out
the stain ^qin nothing was touching them. Of
course i quid Ink Stains". Guess what? There
was the recipe, provided by a fishing boat captain. Use
hydrogen peroxide and let the stain soak for a few
moments, then apply Dawn dishwashing detergent
and a little bit of knuckle grease and the sheets are as
good as new.
After washing the sheets we hung them out in the
cockpit to dry. Of course, after the driest season in our
memory, it started to rain.
Now Carol won't sleep without closing the hatch.
Our love of the Caribbean goes back to the four years
we sailed up and down the islands, and our chartering
in the BVI and St. Martin.
We decided to go back to St. Martin this winter to
visit an area we loved. We rented a villa so we could
spend some time going back to all the places we
enjoyed. We saw many changes, even the new Yacht
Club, which, when we were there before, was two ship
r J ping containers with a canvas roof
over. I had even helped put a new can
vas roof on it.
S We picked up a copy of Compass
and what a pleasant surprise when
we read it -there were four articles
by or about people whom we crossed
paths with on Quality Time: Chris
Doyle, Don Street, Jesse James and
We were in Trinidad when Jesse's
first child was born and we went to the
baby shower. No matter where we
were, when we answered Melodye's
radio check she always said "thank
you, Quality Time!" as she recognized
our voices. From our years sailing, we
have lasting friends from all over the
world that we still keep in touch
with. We went to England a few years
1 P er and Pam Tomlinson of
'- 'Or had us to their home
We always looked forward to reading
S the Compass when we were sailing,
and now it brings back so many mem-
ories. Thanks again.
Jerry and Lil Stromberg
(S/V Quality Time 1999-2003)
I am an artist in Grenada, looking for donations of
used sails to create a large-scale artwork project with
school kids over the summer vacation. The intention is
to have students paint scenes on the sails and then
wrap the national stadium in the canvases, creating
Grenada's largest outdoor art gallery -like Christo
and Jeanne Claude's work.
Anyone who can donate used sails and get them to
Grenada by mid-June, please e-mail me at artstung@
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As a follow-up to Don Street's reply in the March issue of Compass regard
ing -- T : : uth from the US Coast to the Caribbean, I would like to com
men i II
First, we all 1 ..;. .1..1 .1 V .. et for he was recently chosen by SAIL
magazine as i i i i i 11 I *I who has affected recreational boating
over the last 40 years. His award is clearly earned. What Don has forgotten as a
sailor, most of us will never even learn, notwithstanding that he appears to have
forgotten the largest part of the Caribbean and the largest islands in it as well. He
says that there is an old saying that "gentlemen do not beat to windward", to
which his wife Trish replies that she obviously "did not marry a gentleman". I tend
to agree with Trish, not because of any desire to denigrate Don, but rather to
praise him for being the great sailor that he is. However, sailors do sail to wind
ward when they have to and when they so choose. Sailing to windward is a fact of
sailing life and knowing how to do it well is an advantage.
Don's -ri -in article was entitled "Sailing South from the US East Coast to the
Caribbe... I complaint was not that Don did not mention the Dominican
Republic, but that the article was mistitled. It should have been entitled, "Sailing
from the US East Coast to the Eastern Caribbean". Don Street references the
Caribbean as roughly defined from the Virgin Islands to Grenada. In reading Don's
response, he points out that distance is a factor in routing. That contrary to Bruce
Van Sant's concept of a thornless path heading south, Don points out that the
thornless path may very well be 2,000 miles compared to 1,100 miles via Don's
recommended offshore route. This is certainly true.
However, many sailors do not want to travel offshore when heading south for a
variety of reasons, i, 1,, 1;,,; .,, 1 ....... 1 ... ... .. t- in to avoid divorce. Don's
route requires an 11-1. --. -,., ,,i, ... I 1-1 passage. If one likes
offshore passages then Don's route is the one for you, provided that you want to
go to the Virgin Islands.
If you do not want to make an offshore passage, then Bruce Van Sant's book,
Passages South/The Thornless Path to Windward makes a great deal of sense,
which explains why it has been such a Bible for so many southbound sailors.
While the passage is longer, and the going is counter to the wind, the hops in
the passage may be more appealing to many sailors. Bruce Van Sant defi
nitely demonstrates his knowledge in working through the tradewinds rather
than fighting them. From a sheer count, the number of sailors who come south
via the Thornless path each year clearly outnumbers the offshore group by a
In no way am I arguing that one route is better than the other; only that different
people choose different approaches to sailing and no one approach is better than
another. It depends on what one's objectives are.
Don's biases are clear when he says you can visit the Dominican Republic,
after you have arrived in the Virgins and from there, made a straight shot for
Grenada. Why go to Grenada if you want to cruise to the Dominican Republic?
He says that you cruise up the island chain from Grenada and that when you
reach western Puerto Rici "Tf h-.-li;; t- the northeast coast of the States, it is
on to Bermuda and the I .' I. i .... to the southern part of the States,
continue west to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and on to the States via the
Old Bahama Channel." Why miss the Dominican Republic and Caribbean
Islands in the northern part of the Caribbean simply because you are heading to
the northeast coast of the States?
For example, what if one wanted to visit the Dominican Republic, the ABC
islands, Jamaica and Colombia? In fact, if one were headed south from the
States and decided to cruise the Dominican Republic, the ABC islands, Jamaica
and Colombia, why would one go to Grenada first and then head back? It is not
that I favor the Northwestern Caribbean over the Southeastern Caribbean but
rather that I believe we need to get past the idea that all cruising boats headed
south from the USA need to commence in Beaufort/Moorhead and conclude in
Grenada via the Virgin Islands. That is one route from the USA to the Eastern
Caribbean. Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes clearly indicates that there
are many routes to the Caribbean, depending on what part of the Caribbean you
want to visit.
Cuba has a 745-mile coastline and more than 11,000,000 inhabitants. The
Dominican Republic has a coastline of nearly 800 miles and a population of more
than 9,000,000. Either country could easily hold every other island in the
Caribbean and have space left over. When we speak of visiting Caribbean islands
and cultures, we must take into account that the word island includes Cuba,
which is immense, as well as Grenada, which is relatively small. Clearly the size
of an island is not the litmus test for what you will find, but it suggests that with
coastlines ' ..... ... ....1 s, they should not be overlooked either.
Moreover :.. I II I... .. completely virgin and uncrowded. It is what
the Southeastern Caribbean was when Don first arrived there so many years ago.
It was innocent, uncrowded and beautiful (I have a Caribbean soul that I can
There are many routes to the Caribbean,
depending on what part of the Caribbean you want
to visit -the best way is the way that you believe
suits your boat and your crew
i,,,,. i .,,..e, and it is time for the cruising community to try something new
I' ,, ... I the Caribbean". Aside from the Dominican Republic, Colombia is
S I truly wonderful place to visit. The north coast of Jamaica leaves
one breathless. The islands of Honduras are extraordinary. The Rio Dulce in
Guatemala is a trip back in time. And one day in the not too far future, even US
citizens will be able to stop in c;l- 1 .11
Turn to the map on page 4 ol ..1- .- -.. I Compass, and take a look at the size
of the Caribbean -the entire Caribbean. One could easily leave the US and head
southeast until the "butter melts" and take a heading for the Windward Passage
between Cuba and Haiti. In prevailing conditions there is : I .1,. -. that route.
Once through the Windward Passage, one has a number i - to where to
cruise that includes Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, the islands of
Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, the ABC islands and the Dominican Republic.
In fact one could literally tack back and forth across the Caribbean Sea using the
easterly trades to their advantage. Page 132 of World Cruising Routes, Sixth Edition
clearly demonstrates the possibilities.
The point is that consideration needs not to be given to the shortest route or to
the thornlesss" route but to the route that best suits the type of sailor and the
cruise he has in mind. No one way is best just because one sailor says so, albeit
that he is well noted and very experienced. The best way is the way that you
believe suits your boat and your crew. I have always used World Cruising Routes
when planning my trips, because it contains a wealth of "old salt" information on
best routes for sailing ships. In the final analysis however, my best route is most
often determined by the amount of time I have, who is aboard and what frame of
mind I am in and where I would like to visit.
Frank Virgintino, Author
Dominican Republic Cruising Guide
Ports Rot Ships
by Andy Pell
Having left Tixi Li for an unplanned 16 months, we were pleased to return to find
a reasonably clean ship. The time away, however, had eroded our confidence -Lorna
and I slipped around the south coast of Grenada tc thI- TI --n *nd Grenada Yacht
Club. Docking was fine after the long break from I.... II.... my sweaty palms
aside. It was then i 11, i .... .i I ships and crew" came back to me and
I started thinking .1 ,I .. ... ... .. I. i yachting is done in marinas.
There is surely a degree of comfort in having your own landline, cable TV and suf
ficient power for icemaker, rotisserie and vacuum cleaner. Being within hailing dis
tance of gift shops and ice-cream parlours may be your thing. But this year, with the
economy flat and many folks staying away, there is still plenty of room in the
Caribbean for all who wish to sail. Indeed the bay I am now overlooking is as empty
as during the low season.
There is still plenty of room in the Caribbean
for all who wish to sail
When you can ask after your dock neighbours' children and grandchildren by
name; when you know what each and every dish will be at the next "pot luck"; when
you start to receive birthday cards from the cleaners and dock guys, surely it is time
Some of our port-bound friends are in countries where they are unwelcome.
Thieves and gun-toting criminals really do exist in a number of Caribbean states a
quick look at the local press or the excellent Caribbean Safety and Security Net
would confirm this. Why live in a .i ... I .. .... i. and barbed wire, with only
occasion .1 -.1. .i... ..I I I I .... I I . I. bus drivers and tour orga
nizers? I i I , I 11 1. other than from property taxes or cold and
damp weather? What have you done that would cause you to cede your right to go
If your main concern is really for the country you have chosen as your winter moor
ing, perhaps change will only come when you move your wallet from its grasp. The
I...- industry is, despite the rapid draining of our bank balances, relatively
-... have little economic or any other form of influence in the countries we
visit, which is a little sad given our employing, directly or indirectly, many local
people. Even if only a minority of the local population is interested in mugging you
or your spouse, how much loyalty should you owe anyway?
If the part of "port rot" that is affecting you is a loss of confidence in your own abil
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the world type.
So, shake out the mothballs from your sails, take the cellophane off your anchor,
dust the chain, scrape the ecosystem from your hull, buy a selection of courtesy flags
and SAIL, because you have nothing to lose but your made to measure, colour
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Continuedfrom page 36 Book Review
To reassure that it will all be okay if you just take
that first step. So I can't fault his intentions.
"The actual decision to go cruising had been the sin
gle most difficult part of our cruising adventure. Why?
We had been afraid of change of course. We were
doubtful how much our children would enjoy it. We
didn't want to leave family and friends. We were wor
ried about our financial situation. And our plans were
questioned by others.
"Knowing how easy it is to switch -in both direc
tions -gives us a sense of freedom that is now one
of our biggest sources of happiness. We can look at
our current shore life with all its possibilities and
luxuries as an opportunity. But we know that, should
we, once again, wish to find a life beyond roads,
shopping malls and dishwashers, the decision to go
will not be difficult."
For Caribbean cruisers of similar composition to
Leon and his family, the book will invoke similar fond
memories of your experiences. A bit like those conver
stations you have with strangers at a bar who have also
arrived in a dinghy. You know, the ones who end up as
new friends with common interests by the end of the
The practical chapter-ending tips are probably not
so relevant for cruisers already on the water, but are
good for those thinking about going. The photos are
not as illustrative as the prose, but that doesn't really
impact the enjoyment of the book, as the words are
But if you don't buy it for yourself and you know
some people teetering on the edge of doing ii...
similar, give this book to them and turn i i
dreamers to doers. Or better still, buy it for the friends
at home who pose those hard-to-answer questions of
why you are doing what you are doing. Leon explains
it better than anyone I know.
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Nicola Cornwell is cruising the Caribbean aboard the
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