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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: January 2011
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Subjects / Keywords: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
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JANUARY 2011 l NI 184


Radio Waves
Shortwave weather reports ..... 7


Sweet!
Rio Dulce delights............... 18


Hurricane Tale
Riding out Tomas ................. 22

It's All Happening!
Pull Out 2011 Events Poster.. 27


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Cruising with Kids........... 37






For Cocoa Nuts
Visiting a cocoa estate .......... 42


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Info & Updates ...................... 4
Business Briefs .................... 8
Caribbean Eco-News........... 10
Regatta News..................... 15
Doyle's Deck View............... 24
Fun Pages........................... 34
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 36
The Caribbean Sky............... 41


Tel: (784) 457 3409, Fax: (784) 457 3410

Editor ........................................... Sally Erdle
sally@carlibbeancompass.com
Assistant Editor ..................Elaine Ollivierre
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Advertising & Distribution ........Tom Hopman
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Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
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Accounting................................. Debra Davis
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Cooking with Cruisers.......... 43
Readers' Forum.................. 44
Meridian Passage.............. 48
What's on My Mind............... 48
Calendar of Events............... 49
Caribbean Marketplace......50
Classified Ads.................... 54
Advertisers' Index.............. 54


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Antigua Duty Free for Yachts in Transit
At a meeting held on December 2nd among the Antigua & Barbuda Marine
Association (ABMA), the Ministry of Finance and the Comptroller of Customs, it was


agreed that all goods and services for yachts genuinely in transit through Antigua &
Barbuda will be free of all taxes and duties. These goods and services include fuel
and provisioning to be used by charter guests.


Support containers are considered a temporary import and will be free of all duties
and taxes subject to the contents being re-exported and any spares consumed
being used in the maintenance of the yacht. In instances where major items cannot
be accounted for, the applicable duties and taxes will become payable. Once
imported, crews will have free access to the containers.
Temporary import of goods in support of events will be discretionary and generally
free of all duties and taxes, however, 14 days notice is required of any goods to be
temporarily imported for these purposes. Event organizers such as those from the
Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting, the Antigua Superyacht Cup, the RORC Caribbean
600 race, the Antigua Classic Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week should take special
note. In the event of a disagreement, a liaison group comprising members of the
ABMA, the Ministry of Finance and Customs will consult in order to reach a resolution.
For more information visit www.abma.ag.
Single-Handed Sailor Missing
Uwe Koellner, 40, sailing the 27-foot steel
cutter Esmerelda I reportedly left Trinidad
bound for St. Lucia in mid-October, prior
to the passage of Hurricane Tomas, and
has not been heard from since.
Esmerelda a I is painted green, and has
hard chines and a long bowsprit. Uwe is
about 40 years of age but appears
younger. He is a German national and
the boat flies the German flag.
Anyone with information is asked to con-
tact Claus Peter Oldag at (868) 760-7280
or auction@rave-ttnet
Teen Solo Sailor Arrives in St. Maarten
Fifteen-year-old Laura Dekker arrived in
St. Maarten on December 19th after sail-
ing across the Atlantic Ocean alone on
her 38-foot Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch,
Guppy. Dekker was born on a boat in
New Zealand while her parents were
cruising, and spent the first four years of
her life at sea. The Dutch girl took 17 days
to sail the 2,200 nautical miles from the
Cape Verde Islands to Simpson Bay.
Almost exactly a year before, Dekker had run away from the Netherlands to St.
Maarten to try to buy a boat there, after authorities in the Netherlands refused to
allow her to embark on an attempt to sail around the world alone. She was found
and brought back to the Netherlands. Eventually, the Dutch courts decided to let
her attempt the feat.
Michael Perham of the UK sailed solo across the Atlantic at the age of 14 in 2007,
with his father shadowing him in another boat. Perham went on to complete a solo
circumnavigation at the age of 17.
In St. Maarten, Dekker was welcomed by a helicopter, speedboats and a small crowd.
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party, the same party I was in last year on the same date. This was really weird, espe-


cially because I recognized everything and I met the same people I knew from last
year." She has told the press that she intends to transit the Panama Canal this spring to
continue her circumnavigation.
For more information visit www.lauradekker.nl/English/Home.html.

Canadian Cruiser Killed in Honduras
Canadian cruiser Milan Egrmajer, 55, was shot and ,
killed aboard his Ericson 35, Adena, in the
Diamant6 Lagoon, Honduras on December 2nd
when he reportedly confronted four men who had
approached the boat with the intention of robbing ".
him and his 24-year-old daughter, Myda.
A family member says that Egrmajer usually spent
the hurricane seasons in Rio Dulce, Guatemala,
and spent the rest of his time sailing around the
area. According to a cousin, on November 26th,
Egrmajer, an electrical engineer with a naval back-
ground, departed from Guatemala with his daugh-"
ter bound for the island of Utila. En route, they
sought shelter from bad weather in the lagoon,
which is at 15 52' ON, 87 37'60W near the mouth of


the Rio Tinto. Myda managed to escape the assailants unharmed, and was taken
by an Australian yacht to Belize.

Cruisers' Site-ings
* Frank Virgintino has announced the release of the FREE CRUISING GUIDE FOR THE
CAYMAN ISLANDS. The comprehensive guide covers Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac
and Little Cayman. It can be found at the home of Free Cruising Guides:
www.freecruisingguide.com.
* Jerry Blakeslee has recently updated the CRUISER'S GUIDE TO FRENCH CAY
HARBOUR, Roatan. You can find the latest edition at
http://fontasyislandmarinaroatan.blogspot.com. Suggestions, additions
and corrections are welcome!
* CHATTY PARROT is the new, free way for cruising yachtsmen and other travellers
to find out if friends are nearby, and to share useful tips about places they have visit-
ed. Chatty Parrot lets members see, on a map, where their friends are, and sends
alerts if any friends are nearby. It also functions as an on-line, constantly updated
pilot or guidebook, by letting members leave information, warnings and advice on
the map for their friends to use. Chatty Parrot hosts members' blogs, with a map of
their voyage, and lets them send messages to each other. Chatty Parrot recognizes
many people's desire to protect their personal details, making all privacy options
easy to find and change, and giving new members, by default, the most private
settings. Check it out at www.chattyporrot.net.
* THE ROYAL NAVAL TOT CLUB OF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA now has its own website:
www.royal-naval-tot-club.com.

Now Available: 7th Edition of Ti'Ponton Guide to Martinique
The seventh edition of Ti'Ponton: The Sailor's Guide to
Martinique is now available.
Ti'Ponton is bilingual, French and English, and offers the
most extensive directory for sailors' needs in Madinina, The
Isle of Flowers. It includes names, addresses and telephone
numbers of more than 600 nautical services, suppliers, provi-
sioning companies, doctors, local restaurants, sightseeing
spots and much more. Ti'Ponton also provides tidal informa-
tion for major coastal cities in Martinique.
Ti' Ponton is a free publication and can be picked up all
around the island all year round.
For the latest marine news visit www. tiponton. com.

User Groups to Discuss Grenadines Marine Resources
What will the marine and coastal areas of the Grenadines look like in 50 years? A
workshop to be held this month will set the stage for developing a multi-use marine
use planning process for the Grenadines.
Funded by grants from the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and
Global Environmental Facility Small Grant Project, The Sustainable Grenadines Inc.
(SusGren) will bring together marine resource users, government officials, NGOs and
CBOs, and other stakeholders to work with various interests including tourism, fishers,
the yachting community and business to develop a framework for the management
of the coastal and marine resources that are so important to life in the Grenadines.
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.. ... -, 1 :,1 :1 : : : implement its ongoing efforts in the Grenadines and to be
assisting the countries of Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines to develop a
national marine zoning design that can provide for and balance all marine uses.
The project goal is to develop a design that can balance both traditional and
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future uses such as transportation, fishing, tourism, recreation, industry and renew-
able energy, while ensuring the protection and restoration of fish stocks, coral reefs,
beaches, and other valuable natural resources," explained Martin Barriteau, the
Director of SusGren.
On January 27th and 28th in Hillsborough, Carriacou, SusGren will be hosting a kick-
off workshop for the project. The goal of this workshop is to begin the discussions
between user groups to create a regionally appropriate framework for protection
and sustainable development and management of the Grenadines' marine
resources. In order to incorporate the values of marine resource users (fishers, dive
shop operators, day tour operators, water taxi operators, the yachting community,
ferries, etcetera) in the development of the marine multi-use zoning plan for the
Grenadines, three series of meetings will be held on each inhabited Grenadine
island throughout the life of the project. The project duration is from November 2010
to April 2012.
The project, which covers the entire Grenadine Bank and spans the nations of
Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, supports the goals of both countries'
National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan and will enable each country to meet its
obligations as a signatory to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States' St.
Georges' Declaration and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Ultimately, this
project will provide a comprehensive vision for the management of the Grenadines'
waters to ensure that future generations can continue to reap the economic, social,
environmental and spiritual benefits from the marine environment.


The project will build on pre-existing initiatives in Grenada and St. Vincent & the
Grenadines by the Sustainable Grenadines Project, the University of the West Indies'
Marine Resource and Space-use Information System Project, The Nature
Conservancy and the Protected Area Systems Plans developed by both countries.
Documentation of policy and legislative gaps and drafting policies for multi-use zon-
ing collaboration for the Grenadines and designing an awareness campaign to sup-
port multi-use zone planning will be conducted as part of the project.
On the day before the Multi-use Marine Zoning workshop, January 26th, at the
same location, SusGren will be holding another workshop under a different project
entitled: Strengthening Reef Management in the Grenada Bank. This workshop will
introduce the need for effective networking and collaboration among managers
from the three participating marine protected areas: the Tobago Cays Marine Park,
the Sandy Island/Oyster Bed MPA in Carriacou, and the Molinere/Beausejour MPA in
Grenada. Current management practices, regulations, and policies to facilitate co-
management of protected areas and the marine environment in the Grenadines
will be reviewed. Funding for this project is being provided by the US National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation.
For more information contact Martin Barriteau at susgrenpm@vincysurf com or
Molly Brewis at molly.brewis@gmail.com, or phone SusGren at (784) 485-8779.

Come to Bequia's Sunshine School Auction!
The Bequia Sunshine School is a non-profit organization for children with special
needs. The annual Sailors' & Landlubbers' Auction has become a significant source
of income for the school and a huge source of fun for all who attend. The 2011
auction will be held at the Gingerbread Restaurant on the waterfront in Belmont,
Bequia on Sunday, February 13th. Viewing starts at 11:30AM and the auction at
1:00PM sharp. Donated food and drink will be on sale, with all proceeds going direct-
ly to the school.
Lend your support by donating items for the auction such as boat gear, art and
handicrafts, unwanted gifts, household goods, jewelry and other new or gently used
items (donations can be dropped off at the school during regular school hours, or at
Wallace & Co. Chandlery and Fishing Supplies next to the Porthole Restaurant in
Port Elizabeth), or by attending the auction itself and bidding for that rare gem that
you just can't resist!
For more information visit www. bequiasunshineschool. org.

Help the Carriacou Children's Education Fund!
Help the Carriacou Children's Education Fund go over EC$150,000 in 12 years of
providing school uniforms, supplies, free lunches, and scholarships to TA Marryshow
Community College. Leave unneeded boat gear, household goods, clean used
clothing for children and adults, school supplies and cash with the staff at the
Carriacou Yacht Club. Major fundraising activities run from July 27th through 29th,
directly preceding Carriacou Regatta Festival. And, don't forget there is free wireless
in Tyrrel Bay just make a donation to CCEF.
For more information contact ccefinfo@gmail. com.

Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Caribbean Compass we welcome aboard new advertisers Drop
Anchor of Dominica, on page 42; and Lesson Plans Ahoy in the Market Place
section, pages 50 through 53. Good to have you with us!

















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WEATHER REPORTS


UTC AST STATION & REPORT DESCRIPTION FREQ TYPE MODE
0600 0200 NMG Broadcast B Wefax* USB
0930 0530 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
1030 0630 Carib. Emergency & Weather Net 3815 Voice LSB/ham
1100 0700 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 8137 Voice USB (Note 1)
1100 0700 Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net 7250 Voice LSB/ham (Note 2)
1100 0700 Bahamas Weather Net 4003 Voice USB
1110 0710 Puerto Rico/VI Weather Net 3930 Voice LSB/ham
1120 0720 C6AGG Carolyn Wardle Weather Net 3696 Voice LSB/ham
1200 0800 NMG Broadcast B Wefax* USB
1200 0800 Coconut Telegraph 4060 Voice USB
1230 0830 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 8104 Voice USB (Note 1)
1300 0900 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
1330 0930 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 12350 Voice USB (Note 1)
1530 1130 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
1800 1400 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
1800 1400 NMG Broadcast B Wefax* USB
2000 1600 Southbound II (Herb) 12359 Voice USB
2030 1630 Carib. Cocktail & Weather Net 7086 Voice LSB/ham
2130 1730 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
2235 1835 Caribbean Emergency & Weather Net 3815 Voice LSB/ham
0000 2000 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
0000 2000 NMG Broadcast B Wefax* USB
0330 2330 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
Since November 3, 2008 several radlofax charts produced by the National Hurricane Center which are broadcast from New
Orleans are based on information from different model run times. A 36-hour wind/wave chart has been added to the New
Orleans broadcast. For full details visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/radiofax transmission changes.shtml
Frequencies (in kHz):
A) NMN, Chesapeake, 4426, 6501, 8764, 13089, 17314.
Caribbean Sea approximately 25 minutes later
NMG, New Orleans, 4316, 8502,12788.
Caribbean Sea approximately 25 minutes later
B) 4316, 8502, 12788, 17144.5
C) 4369, 8788, 13110, 17362, 22804.
Gulf of Mexico, Southwest North Atlantic, then Caribbean Sea
Note 1: Unless severe weather threatens, this net is not conducted on Sundays. When there are
active Tropical systems in the Atlantic, Caribbean Weather (Chris) runs a Net at 2300
UTC / 1900 AST, on 8137, Voice, USB. For complete schedule and changes visit
www.caribwx.com/ssb.html
Note 2( G.orne comes on approximately 0710 with a weather synopsis, then moves to 7086 and
at 0730 I I .. complete Caribbean forecast including rebroadcasting WEFX.
WWV has World Marine Storm Warnings (Voice) at 8 minutes after each hour,
and Solar Flux information at 18 minutes after each hour on 2500, 5000,
10000, 15000, and 20000 AM.
During hurricane activity, information can be found continuously on the
Hurricane Watch Net on 14325 USB/ham.
Anyone, licensed or not, may legally operate on HAM frequencies in the event
of a life-threatening emergency.
For cruiser info, check out the Coconut Telegraph at 1200 UTC [0800 AST) at 4060 USB. Also
of interest, with weather, security and general info segments, are the Panama Connection Net at
1330 UTC on 8107 and the Northwest Caribbean Net at 1400 UTC on 6209.
SELECTED CRUISERS' VHF NETS
St. Martin/Maarten 0730 VHF 14 Monday-Saturday
English Harbour 0900 VHF 68/06 Daily
Rodney Bay 0830 VHF 68 Monday-Saturday
Grenada 0730 VHF 68 Monday-Saturday
Chaguaramas 0800 VHF 68 Monday-Sunday
Porlamar 0800 VHF 72 Monday-Saturday
Puerto La Cruz 0745 VHF 72 as available

Thanks to numerous cruisers for this information, which was correct to the best of our
knowledge as this issue of Compass went to press. Radio heads: Interested in becoming a
fact-checker of this schedule for future issues? Contact sally@caribbeancompass.com.


General Net

Procedures


Nets are run by the Net Controller (NC). He or
she will usually begin with a preamble, identify-
ing himself, stating the objectives of the net, per-
rF i"in. some emergency information or infor-
I general interest (such as a weather
forecast), and ending with a call for traffic. This is
your signal to call in with your boat name or ham
call sign. The NC will recognize you and perhaps
several others, forming a call list. He will then call
you in one at a time, giving each an opportunity
to speak with him one-on-one which everyone
else will hear, of course.
You can ask to call another station for a brief
conversation on the net frequency. If you wish to
speak to that stat.... i .1 .. .. I , ..I I .
take that station ... I 1 ,
as a "QSY').
When you are finished with your contact with
the NC, you .. -ff -vith your boat name and
your status -i ,i,. by" or "shutting down").
The NC will then recognize the next boat, and so
on. If you need to re-enter the net you can call
"re-entry" anytime the NC is calling for new traf
fic. This should be used judiciously.
If you have information that someone is request-
ing, you may insert the word "info" at an appro-
priate break in the conversation. If the NC does
not have the information he will usually ask if
anyone does have it, and that is your entry. If you
hear a station that you wish to speak to, insert
the word "contact" and the NC will call you in at
the first logical break.
Insertion of the word "break" infers a higher
degree of irn -- -hi-h the NC will try tc i -
nize. The .- 11. ,,I break ("break, .1 ,
mnpli"- an nr -- n situation, which requires
...... .11 . II f these "insertions" tend
to disturb the natural flow of the net and should
be used with care.
The NC will usually close the net officially at
some specified time or after there are no more
responses to calls for traffic.






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Free Courtesy Bikes at Island Water World, St. Maarten
Sean Kennelly reports: Are you a cruiser with a
road transportation problem while at Simpson Bay,


St. Maarten? Want to do a little sightseeing? Need
to do a little shopping at the local stores and tired
of walking?
No problem: we have a whole batch of bicycles at
Island Water World available for your use. Just ask at
reception or at the cashier and we will do our best to
help you.
We do ask for a US$50 deposit, which is of course
fully refundable if you return most of the bike!
For more information about Island Water World see
ad on page 56.
Grenada Has New Director of Tourism
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Grenada Board of Tourism, Richard Strachan,
announced on November 23rd, 2010 that Simon Stiell
has been appointed to serve as Director of Tourism.

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Left to right: Nikoyan Roberts, Head of Product
Development and Customer Services; Margaret Epps,
Head of Marketing; Theresa La Touche, Head of
Administrative Services; Richard Strachan, Chairman
of the Board of Directors; Simon Stiell, Director
of Tourism
He brings to the Grenada Board of Tourism more than
two decades of accomplishments in sales, marketing
and enterprise management, garnered during his ten-


ure at a number of international blue chip companies.
In addition, Mr. Stiell has also served as both a mem-
ber and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Grenada Board of Tourism. Mr. Stiell is managing
director of a property development and real estate
company in Grenada and holds an MBA from the
London Business Centre (University of Westminster).
Dockwise Delivers Four Shiploads of Yachts
to Martinique
Nadine Massaly reports: As always at this time of
year, sailors are ready for the Caribbean sailing sea-
son. An ever-growing number of yacht owners chose
to have their boat transported by Dockwise Yacht
Transport, the company that transfers boats from the
Mediterranean Sea to the Caribbean. After 2009, a
year of moderate business activity, in 2010 Martinique,
for the first time, welcomed no fewer than four ships
within a 45-day period. Yacht Express, the first one of
those, arrived in Marin on November 18th, 2010, with
17 yachts on board.


The Super Servant 3 (SS3) and Super Servant 4 (SS4),
two sister ships, raced across the Atlantic causing a
"traffic jam" in Marin Bay when they arrived together.
Immediately after it had unloaded, the SS3 set to
leave in the afternoon of November 28th to make
room for the SS4. The harbor pilot had to jump from
one ship to the other in that afternoon! The bay and
entry channel in Marin are indeed too small to
accommodate two such ships at the same time. The
SS4 had to circle around for 24 hours awaiting the
SS3's departure. There again, about 20 yachts and
smaller boats were unloaded into the Caribbean Sea.
The docks of Marin Marina suddenly looked totally dif-
ferent with those wonderful yachts waiting in line.
Dockwise Yacht Transport, Douglas Yacht Services,
the Tourism Office and the Port Authority welcomed
the crewmembers with a party filled with music, danc-
ing and local rum punch, to everyone's enjoyment.
As of this writing, M/V Explorer, the last ship expect-
ed in Marin at the end of 2010, was scheduled to
arrive between Christmas and New Year's Day, also
fully loaded.
The first return trip to the Mediterranean should start
on March 9th, 2011.
DYT 's unique float-on, float-off method makes it pos-
sible for yachts to board the semi-submersible yacht
carrier under their own power, which makes opera-
tions safer and quicker.
For information about schedules, destinations and
prices, contact Nadine, area representative in Marin:
tel (596 596) 74 15 07, cell (596 696) 22 88 13, Nadine&@
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For more information on Dockwise Yacht Transport
see ad on page 19.


Budget Marine to Sponsor Spice Island
Billfish Tournament
Gary Clifford reports: The most popular and produc-
tive fishing tournament in the Southern Caribbean just
moved up another notch with the induction of a pres-
tigious title sponsor: Budget Marine, the leading chan-
dlery in the Caribbean.
With a three-year contract signed, the event will
now be known as the "Budget Marine Spice Island
Billfish Tournament", starting with the 42nd tournament
scheduled to run from January 23rd through 27th.
Budget Marine have stated their desire to help the
Spice Island Billfish Tournament become a truly world
class event. Strategies to achieve this will commence
with the marketing of the event through their outlets
Caribbean wide. Tournament chairman, Richard
McIntyre, commented that this is the first time since
the event's inception in 1964 that it has had a title
sponsor and he considers this a big step forward in the
development of the event.
Mr. McIntyre expressed his gratitude to all the spon-
sors including Carib Beer, Grenada Board of Tourism
and Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, without
whom the event could not continue. He also thanked
the Grenada Yacht Club, long-time home of the tour-
nament, for the continued use of their facilities and
AllyDay Creative Projects, the event's marketing rep-
resentative since 2009.
SIBT remains a qualifying tournament in the IGFA
Offshore championship. It is also the first event in the
Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit.
Generally acknowledged as the premier billfish tour-
nament in the Southern Caribbean, SIBT attracted a
record 51 boats in 2010 carrying 244 anglers who
released 68 billfish. The anglers came from Antigua,
Barbados, Grenada, Ireland, Martinique, St. Lucia,
Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom. With
Budget Marine's help it is anticipated that even more
boats will be attending in 2011. Anglers from the UK,
Ireland, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago have
already registered online for this year's SIBT at www.
sibtgrenada.com. Registration day is January 23rd at
the Grenada Yacht Club.
For more information on the tournament call Klra
Francis on (473) 435-3842 or 533-8454.
For more information on Budget Marine see ad on
page 2
Coming: Dominica's First Full-Service Boatyard
The Dominica Marine Center is in the final stages of
setting up Dominica's first full-service boatyard. The
yard will accommodate all vessels that could fit on a
trailer, outboard or inboard, plus small keeled yachts.
There will be a sales showroom for Mercury Marine,
Northern Lights gensets, and Yanmar; a workroom with
modern equipment; covered and un-covered boat
storage; manual boat lifts and engine lifts; gel-coat
and fiberglass repairs; carpentry; cleaning and
pressure-washing facilities on site. The yard will also
showcase Boston Whaler boat sales and rentals, and
trailer sales and rentals. There will also be facilities for
the easy installation of outboards as large as the
Verado 350 SCi.
Dominica has been waiting patiently for a Marine
Center where everything could be done in one loca-
tion. This first-of-its-kind facility on the island will be
located near Dominica Marine Center's main store in
Roseau. A larger facility, offering similar services and
equipped with 50- to 70-ton travellifts capable of han-
dling large vessels, is planned in the near future at a
location in Portsmouth.
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sion of our website, www.bateaux-antilles.fr, and we
thank you. Click on the "English" button and navigat-
ing the site gets even easier! Your opinions, comments
and questions are contributions that allow us to con-
tinuously develop and shape our website to better
meet your needs.
Are you selling your boat? We are at your disposal
to arrange its sale and post it on our various websites.
Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or via the
contact form of our site!
For more information see ad in the Market Place
section, pages 50 through 53.
Now Available: Doyle's Latest Edition
of Windies Guide
It's big, it's glossy, it's jam-packed with information


and it's still only US$29.95! Chris Doyle's 2011-2012
Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands is now avail-
able. This 15th edition of the indispensable guide to
navigation, Customs and Immigration regulations,
marinas and services, diving and snorkeling, shoreside
activities and more covers the very special area from
Martinique to Grenada. Cruisers and professional crew
alike will appreciate not only the informative text, but
also the crisp sketch charts, evocative photos and -
yes the advertisements for everything from boat-
yards to bistros.
For more information see ad on page 32.
Island Water World Sponsors Training Boat
With the support of Barrington Harris, Oral Blagrove
and Ricky Jamal from Aquamania, the Dufour 26 Little
Poe was recently refurbished at the Island Water
World boatyard in St. Maarten.
Little Poe is joining the St. Maarten Sailing School's
growing fleet. Apart from teaching prospective sailors


how to sail and sailors how to improve their skills, she
will be made freely available to the SBO Foundation
Maritime Assistants program in St. Maarten. The SBO
aims to prepare disadvantaged young adults for
entry-level employment within the marine industry on
the island.


Island Water World staff, SBO students, sailing teach-
ers, captains, plus members of the SBO, the marine
industry and the press, gathered at the launch
Island Water World sponsored the haul-out, storage,
and materials needed for the refit to underline their
commitment to youth training and community support.
SBO students, sailing teachers, captains, members of
the SBO, the marine industry and the press, as well as
Island Water World staff, gathered to watch the
launch and christening of the vessel.
Garth Steyn, owner of the St. Maarten Sailing School,
expressed his gratitude to the former owner of the ves-
sel, Alfred, who donated the boat; Rien Kortenkie,
educator and founder of SBO, for his efficient net-
working; and Aquamania, Pelican Marina Residences
and Island Water World for their sponsorship support.
For more information on Island Water World see ad
on page 56.
Heineken Rededicated to St. Maarten Regatta
After more than 25 years of commitment to the
event, Heineken has signed another three-year con-
tract to fully support the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta. This regatta, which has become a staple of
many sailors' regatta schedules, has developed a
long-lasting and very rewarding partnership with the
international beer brand Heineken.
Regatta Director Heather Tackling noted, "The com-
mitment that International Liquors & Tobacco (ILTT)
and Heineken have made to the event over the years
is something we admire and are proud of. The Sint
Maarten Yacht Club is pleased to be sponsored once
again by this premium brand. We pride ourselves on
the quality of our event as our sponsor prides them-
selves on the quality of their product and together we
aim to bring to the public one of the best events in
the sailing Caribbean."
John Leone, Commercial Manager of ILTT remarked,
"Heineken, our ILTT team, and myself, are very proud
of the event we have built with the St. Maarten Yacht
Club over the years. It is truly a unique and
unmatched mix of music, sailing, fun and competition.
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is a magnificently
orchestrated sailing regatta that adds a dynamic
party component which makes this event enjoyable
to both visitors and our local population. Our goal is to
get better and better every single year, and it is this
drive that fuels the necessary hard work and long
hours. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the
music, racing and ice-cold Heineken with us on St.
Maarten for the 31st edition!"
The first week in March will see yachting being the
focus in this Dutch/French Caribbean island, where


the residents pride themselves on being able to outdo
all other competitive sailing parties.
New Director at Store Bay Marine, Tobago
Store Bay Marine Services in Tobago has a new
Marketing Director, Katy Young. Katy tells us, "I grew
up in Cornwall, England, where I learnt to sail and
scuba dive. Diving and sailing has led to an interest in
the marine environment and conservation, and has
taken me to the Caribbean, the South Pacific and
Egypt. Professionally I trained as a journalist, first work-
ing in newspapers before moving to radio. I've
worked for the BBC for the past ten years and helped
market new start-up businesses in Cornwall. My role at
Store Bay Marine Services will be marketing director
and expansion co-coordinator. The company is look-
ing to open premises in Charlotteville, offering the
same services that are on offer in Store Bay. Over the
coming months I will be organizing the opening of
these new premises. I will also be responsible for co-


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writing a new cruising guide for Tobago, as well as
keeping the sailing community informed about all the
issues facing Tobago. I will also be keeping the Store
Bay Marine Services' website (www.sbms.co.tt) up to
date, and the SBMS Facebook page (the link is avail-
able on our home page), which has regular weather
postings and information.
"This is a really exciting opportunity to become
involved in developing a first class cruising environ-
ment for Tobago. This island has so much to offer -
beautiful, safe, quiet anchorages, friendly locals and
stunning scenery," says Katy.


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Eco-News

Turtle Catch Prompts Formation
of Trini Eco Warriors
In early October 2010, Kyle de Lima, a Trinidadian
commercial diver, was on his way back to shore from
a dive site when the owner of the chartered fishing
pirogue made a detour to haul in a previously set net.
Kyle thought nothing strange of this until the
moment he saw the net being hauled onto the boat,
II, I WI


.1., ,,I i.... i reen turtles, helplessly flapping
S..i .. the net.
On his way home Kyle called Marc de Verteuil, a
friend and avid outdoorsman, and told him the story.
Both men were convinced that a crime had taken place,
and were particularly outraged at the blatant manner
in which the fishermen had displayed their catch. They
agreed that "something should be done to stop this"
and that it was time to start an organization to protect
not only the turtles that pass through Trinidad &
Tobago's waters, but also the environment.
The organization Trini Eco Warriors was formed on
Facebook by Kyle, who invited Marc and Stephen
Broadbridge, a nature photographer, to become mem-
bers. Trini Eco Warriors is now registered as a not-for-
profit company, focusing not just on turtles but on the
environment as a whole, with a stated mission to "use
engaging video, photography, investigative reporting
and educational ri .'-' to bring environmental
awareness to the .I I .


Like most Trinidadians, Kyle thought that turtles
were a protected species. After all, Trinidad is home to
the world's second-largest nesting population of the
magnificent Leatherback turtle. The Leatherback's
evolutionary roots go back more than 110 million
years, but today some scientists fear they may become
extinct in as little as 20 years. Trinidad has the world's
1 1 .:-.t nesting ground, with thousands of
,i... than 30,000 are thought to exist in the
entire Atlantic) laying their eggs on the island's beach-
es. Along Trinidad's northeast and eastern coast there
are several community-based groups in villages such
as Grand Riviere and Matura which, mainly through
organized beach patrols, have managed to drastically
reduce the poaching of the turtles and their eggs. To
facilitate this, 11 ...... .. i.. declared the Matura
and Grand i I. i ,otected" during the


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nesting season. To the casual observer it may seem as
if sea turtles (listed as endangered or critically endan-
gered by ICUN, the world's oldest, .:-.t ---- -,.
tal network) are well protected ir. I i i .I .. I.....
could be further from the truth.
The Fisheries Act of 1916 legalizes the turtle harvest dur
ing the hunting season, which takes place between October
1st and February 28th each year. A later amendment to
this Act, in 1975, gives the turtles limited protection, but
owing to loopholes in the law it is practically unenforceable,
making the turtle hunt a virtual free-for all.
Luckily the Leatherbacks' natural migratory pattern,
which goes right around the Atlantic, leads them in to
T&Ts territorial waters and beaches outside of the
hunting season. One danger for the Leatherback tur
tles is entanglement in nets. Per annum about 1,000
are estimated to drown due to entanglement in T&Ts
waters. Turtle Exclusion Devices could be used to pre-
vent this, but the traditional use of artisan nets makes
this impossible, meaning that local fishermen will have


to be taught :. -1,,,,. techniques, and the authori-
ties will have i ..i their use, if the Leatherbacks
are to survive. It is also very doubtful that the foreign
trawlers in T&T's waters comply with this rule.


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Although all species of sea turtles are listed as
endangered, there are legal hunting seasons in many
Caribbean countries including Trinidad & Tobago.
A new group has been formed in Trinidad to address
this and other concerns
The other species, i.e. the Green, Hawksbill,
Loggerhead, and Olive Ridley turtles, are less migra-
tory and spend more of their lifecycle in one spot,
exposing them to the local turtle hunt.
Unfortunately the legal slaughter of turtles is not
restricted to Trinidad & Tobago. They can be legally
caught during hunting season in Anguilla (at present
there is a moratorium in effect), Antigua & Barbuda,
the Bahamas, the BVI, Cayman Islands, Dominica,
Grenada, Haiti, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia
(moratorium declared, which has lapsed without legis-
lative change), St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and the
Turks & Caicos Islands.
Beca ii ..... .
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rendered meaningless when the turtles move on to
other islands where it is legal to hunt.
Kyle and Marc decided to document the turtle hunt
in Trinidad, which led to "Tl, T ; .1 Slaughter of
,, 1 .,. 1 Sea Turtles in .... I i a 15-minute
:.... . I i on a hand-held digital camera.
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The film opens with a scene of sea turtles lying on
their backs in the sun (kept alive this way for days or
weeks so the meat will be fresh for sale) followed by
gruesome footage of a slaughter, in which a turtle is
cut away from its shell and chopped repeatedly with a
dull cutlass. The rest of the film shows Marc and Kyle
investigating the turtle trade at fishing depots and
markets throughout Trinidad. The video has a huge
shock value. It has been aired on local television and
is posted on YouTube (www.youtube.com/
.1 =,,, I ... 1 T-ini Eco Warriors
.. pages/Trini-Eco-
Warriors/162715583747492), where it has already
been viewed by thousands.
The Trini Eco Warriors crew wants to document and
film the turtle hunt "up the islands", and 1- 1--1 :-
for a sympathetic yachtsman who will sail. ... ..
north as St. Vincent or St. Lucia, stopping off at vari-
ous islands .1 ,,. 11 i 1h ....... . I says, it will
be an Eco i h,, I .. I .
For more ....' .. 1 1 .1. i .... Warriors at
triniecowarriors@gmail.com or call Marc de Verteuil at
(868) 310 9099.

Compass Writer Wins Caribbean Young Scientist
2010 Award
At the 17th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean
Academy of Sciences (CAS), held in Antigua in
November 2010, Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal, a PhD student
in arachnology at the University of the West Indies and
a frequent contributor to Caribbean Compass, was
announced the winner of the CAS-TWAS (The Academy
of Sciences for the Developing World) Young Scientist
Award for 2010. She was presented the award by the
Honourable Mr. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of
Antigua & Barbuda. Sewlal is the first female recipient
of the award in the history of the Academy.
The CAS w-. in. rt--M in Trinidad in 1988, and
is organized ... I i. i .-. ..- covering the natural,
agricultural, medical, engineering and social sciences.
The current membership stands at more than 200
members, and includes scientists from the English-
speaking Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Guyana and
Suriname. It has chapters in Trinidad & Tobago,
Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada and Antigua.
Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal holds B.Sc. and M.Phil degrees
from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine,
Trinidad, and is currently pursuing her PhD. Most of
her research focuses on the spider fauna of the
Eastern Caribbean and South American regions. In
addition to Trinidad and Tobago, she has conducted
research on the islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla,
Grenada, Montserrat and St. Lucia.
a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London
and a member of the Society of Biology, Royal
Entomological Society and American Arachnological
Society, from which she received a record three con-
secutive Vincent Roth Awards a first in the Society's
history. Sewlal is also one of the first recipients of the
Darwin Scholarship Programme, which was awarded
to 35 persons worldwide.
Sewlal is also the author of 23 scientific publications
and more than 235 general publications in the areas
of biodiversity, ecology and the environment. She is


the author of the book entitled Ecological Studies of
Web Building Spiders: Studies of Four Tropical Species,
based on her Master's research.
In addition to being an author, Sewlal has acted as
a reviewer for the Caribbean Journal of Science and is
a language reviewer for the journal Zootaxa, both
international peer-reviewed journals. She is on inter-
national and local committees dealing with education
and website development.
Sewlal was a ,-, ,,,. archer at the Smithsonian
Institution at -1..... DC where she identified
their collection i -i I from Tobago. She has also
developed a website on her research which includes a
photo gallery of the spider species found in Trinidad &
SI .. ... i 1 .- Eastern Caribbean to facilitate their
. i ,i,. .i . ... the region.
In addition to her research on spiders, Sewlal has
also written papers on two ant species found in
Trinidad and was the second-prize winner of the Royal
Entomological Society's Student Award 2007 for her
essay on ants, the only winner from the Caribbean
that year.
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Antigua & Barbuda's Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
congratulates the Caribbean Young Scientist of 2010,
Jo-Anne Sewlal
She is a member of various committees including the
educational committee for the Pm.-ri-rn r. -n-rl-1 il
Society (AAS) and the local NGO I .. .. ..... ..i *,
where she edits their quarterly newsletter and writes a
weekly environmental column on their behalf which is
published in Tobago News. She is also on the website
committees for AAS and for the InterAmerican Network
of Academies of Sciences (IANAS).

Carriacou MPA Representative Attends Regional
Gathering of Marine Scientists
Davon Baker of Carriacou's Sandy Island/Oyster Bed
Marine Protected Area participated in the 63rd annual
meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
(GCFI) held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in November.
This is the largest gathering of scientists, researchers,
:-,. ... .. i ... ....... .. .. i, Caribbean
: .. .1. 1 .... . "i ..".i- .... cou n tries.


Mr. Baker explains, "This regional meeting is a great
opportunity for park managers, scientists and fishers to
,,, i t , I . . .. ... i 1 .. 1 1. on th e
... ..I -. ., . ,, .... ... .. I .-I. I . ... s It is
a place for all parties to share their experience and have
a voice along with experts from aro -d tih- r "
The week included an extensive ., .-.. i i -
. .1 . .... .. tr-.-in. -- mrkshops, plus the
..... .... .... i i i. I. I 1,, I m orial Award win-
ner. This award : .... i, -1 who demonstrate
an ongoing and long-term commitment to the sustain-
able use and conservation of marine resources in the
Wider Caribbean region. For the first time ever, the
award this year was won by a female fisher, Angelica
Mendez from Guatemala.
Executive Director of GCFI Dr. Bob Glazer remarked,


Davon Baker (back row, fourth from left) of Carriacou
with other regional marine park managers, scientists
and fishers at the 63rd annual meeting of the Gulf
and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
and serve as excellent ambassadors for fisheries con-
servation in the Wider Caribbean. We believe that fish-
ers must be engaged and empowered to be part of the
process of managing our shared marine resources in a
sustainable manner."
Mr. Baker commented, "We depend upon our natu-
ral resources for our livelihoods and we need to pro-
mote sustainable practices so that our children and
their children can continue to fish and so that we can
all benefit from a healthy environment in the future."
He described the outcomes of the meeting: "Our
most important action now is to scale up currently
successful local practices to the national and even the
regional level. We want to apply what we've learned
here from science to secure our livelihoods and con-
tribute to sustainable fisheries and well-managed
marine protected areas."
Mr. Baker also took part in an international .r22..-
workshop offered at the meeting by the World .1
Fund and the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation
Network to help local conservationists come to grips
with the potential impacts of i.... i, .,,.
The gathering of -n'.'-'. ,-'. ... I scientists
was made possible -.11. i.... .... from the Embassy of
Finland to CARICOM as part of their commitment to
encourage environmental conservation in the Wider
Caribbean.
For more information see www.gcfl.org or contact Davon
Baker on tel (473) 443-6026 or siobmpa@gmail.com.


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25TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS


year as the sailing sea-
son in Europe ends,
E VE L hundreds of yachts
t- th- Caribbean to cruise for the winter or ion-
.' i. .1 i -. it take to sail a yacht across the Atlantic?
Basically, a seaworthy boat, some sailing skills, about
two to three weeks, and the will to succeed. What does
it take to organize more than 200 yachts a veritable
village of some 1,300 people to sail across the Atlantic
en masse? It takes... well, a village.
In 1986 Romanian born Jimmy Cornell -r k'ni-
the first Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), 11 i
vachts of various nationalities sailing from the Canary


IT TAKES


A VILLAGE


by Sally Erdle


Islands to the Caribbean. As a result of the suc-
cess of the first ARC he founded the World
Cruising Club (WCC), which specializes in inter-
national sailing events including the ARC,
which has run every year since. In 1999 Cornell
sold his interest in the WCC, which is now a
team headed up by UK-based Managing Director
Andrew Bishop.
Belgian- Canadian Marc Verstraeete van de
Weyer on the French-built Prometa catamaran
Bobobo says, "This is my third ARC, and the
start of a world sail with no coming back. We
appreciate the ARC atmosphere; especially at the
rt of a circumnavigation or a long voyage, not to be totally
your own is a good way to begin, to test the boat and
ase from society step by step. It builds confidence; you can
ss up and know you have backup. And there is lots of
change of information and experience with other people -
have 230 other boats you can just go to and talk."
nd just as the yachts in the ARC don't go it alone, neither
s the WCC. ARC 2010 major sponsors included the
rist Board of Gran Canaria, the Port Authority of Las
mas, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, IGY Marinas and
nautic chandlers, and was run in association with
Ihting World magazine. And at the St. Lucia finish line,
Saint Lucia Tourist Board, IGYs Rodney Bay Marina,
the St. Lucia Yacht Club, plus a host of local busi-
ses, joined forces with WCC to make the Silver Jubilee
C extra-special.
ne of the special aspects of the 25th annual ARC was
expected: Hurricane Tomas hit the southern part of St.
ia on October 30th. Would the island be ready to wel-
le the worlds' largest yacht rally? ARC headman Andrew
s, "The authorities in St. L .. -... i ,, I, .' ,,,,.
the north part of the isi ... i .. i ... ... i l i
missioner reinforced the message that the best thing we
Id do for St. Lucia was to come ahead. So we sent an
ail to every past ARC participant on our database with
ails on how they could contribute to the hurricane relief,
got a good response. The ARC boats also brought food
other supplies."
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On November 21st 2010, 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line
at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Rodney Bay, 2,700 nautical miles away.




















The World Cruising Club team, with Managing Director Andrew Bishop front and
center 'a good organization!' says the crew of yacht H20, and marina manager
Adam Foster says that when things got busy on the docks, 'they jumped right in'
The voyage usually takes between 18 and 24 days. The ARC course record, set in
2006, is 11 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds. It was not broken this year
as the weather continued to be "special". The first sailboat to finish, the Swan 80
Berenice, took just over 14 days; the largest group of arrivals in a single day (41)
finished on December 14th after a 23-day trip with 71 more boats following
behind. Some 50 boats made pit stops in the Cape Verde islands.
Marc on Bonobo says, "Ever since we heard about Hurricane Tomas, we thought there
was something strange with the weather. The tradewinds never materialized, and we had
headwinds from the south and the west that aren't supposed to exist. We had to stop in
the Cape Verdes for 2 i i. ... I ... ,. i. I ... i one point, the Azores
High was south of the i i i , ,'-, ,ne t- find places that
didn't have headwinds, and using the engines when we had tc i wind direction
charts for the ARC 2010 period, visit http://magicseaweed.com/msw surf charts2.php,
and select the desired date.)
Cathy, who crewed on Graham Searle's Bowman 42, Indra, agreed: "The trip was
long, and it was difficult to find good wind. We diverted to the Cape Verdes to refuel
and wait for good wind. It was also more squally than anticipated, but stunningly


beautiful at the same time. I liked the camaraderie and the sense you're not alone,
and I loved the SSB radio nets."
The communal nature of the ARC was exemplified by a number of instances of
help within the fleet, such as boats supplying one another at sea with a spare fuel
filter, a replacement alternator, dive tanks to clear a fouled propeller, or simply
some good advice.
A popular innovation that enhanced the community feeling of ARC 2010 was
increased use of the internet. ARC 2010 supporters gol I 11. on Facebook, and
lots of crews kept busy blogging and sending photos to 1. I vebsite where daily
yacht position reports and individual route maps were displayed for each yacht.
Each yacht was fitted with a Yellowbrick iridium tracker, with positions updated
automatically every six hours. There was an ARC Fanzone on the website as well,
and a leaderboard where you could see each boat's estimated arrival date.




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Working together to say 'Welcome!'- St. Lucia Yacht Club's Danielle de Rouck, the
Saint Lucia Tourist Board's John Emmanuel, WCC's Nick Martin and (inset) Rodney
Bay Marina's Adam Foster
"This is the 21st time the ARC has finished in St. Lucia," Andrew Bishop notes. "At
the time we moved from Barbados, there was really no place else in the southeastern
Caribbean that could have accommodated a fleet of this size. But St. Lucia embraced
the ARC and have been staunch supporters ever since. The St. Lucia Tourist Board is
very supportive, especially organizing activities for participants to make the most of
their visit. Arch Marez (former owner of Rodney Bay Marina) doubled the dockage, and
IGY made further improvements good for the ARC and for the marina as well."
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Adam Foster, Australian-born General Manager of IGY Rodney Bay Marina, says,
"Thanks to the unseasonal weather patterns, at the marina there was a completely
different operational situation than last year the yachts were coming in waves. But
the dock and office staff handled it really well, and the World Cruising guys were
really like an addition to the marina staff- they jumped right in."
Senator the Honourable Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia's Minister of Tourism says,
"The ARC is a huge stepping-stone for St. Lucia's yacht tourism, ,- -i1. ti-ir first port
of call. We measure how long they stay and how often they rett.... 1. the added
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He adds, "St. Lucia has the combination of yachting facilities, airlift and incentives
for yachts, plus we encourage village tourism with small waterfront restaurants,
dinghy docks and Creole-themed arts and entertainment, so we offer an authentic
Caribbean destination backed up by modern infrastructure."
For ARC 2010, Adam elected to move the ARC Village temporary stalls offering
local products, crafts and services, and also an entertainment venue from the
marina's back-lot car park to a prominent location on the walkway between the busy
restaurants and docks. Marina tenants hosted nightly entertainment 'hbiro'qinr
local culture and minimizing late-night noise ("Much appreciated by i ..... .
says Adam). Also new, the Boardwalk Bar on the walkway has become a hub for the
marina's six diverse bar/restaurants. Thanks to these and other innovations, Adam
says, "The arrivals are wowed, and stick around."
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Grenada National Sailing Academy Celebrates Results
In November 2010, students of the Grenada National Sailing Academy celebrated
the last day of their eight-week course with a fun sail around Grand Anse and a tro-
phy celebration. The 12 sailors attended the Academy's Optimist dinghy sailing
course for three months and raced every week for two months.
Founder and instructor Nick Walters is proud of the group's progress: "My aim has
always been to provide great teaching and for the kids to enjoy themselves in the
process. There is no reason why children with ambition cannot get through to
Olympic level. The yachting community has proved supportive of what we are
doing, and with continued support, Grenada can show the rest of the world that
there is much talent here. Budget Marine and the Grenada Sailing Association have
continued to be great supporters of youth sailing in Grenada."
Sailing is open to all children in Grenada aged eight and up, with scholarships
available for those unable to pay tuition fees but keen to succeed.
For more information call Nick on (473) 420-9411.
St. Barth's One-Design Cata Cup Grows
Stephane Legendre reports: F18 beach cats had some serious fun racing at St.
Barth's from November 19th through 21st.














The event, which attracted 14 teams in 2008 and 35 in 2009, saw 45 teams coming
this year from Belgium, Finland, France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA,
and also from Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Martinique and
of course St. Barth's. F18 world champions Olivier Backes (2010), Mischa Heemskerk
(2007) and Emmanuel Boulogne (2003) were present.
Initially ideal conditions of 15-knot winds and sunshine turned into gusty conditions
of more than 25 knots gusting to 30, which led the organizers to cancel the race to
Pinel Island off St. Martin on the last day of the competition.
The US teams were remarkable in all conditions; their race tactics and maneuver-
ing were just perfect and impressed all the specialists on board the press boats.
John Casey (an Extreme 40 specialist) and Dalton Tebo finished first, and Robbie
Daniel and Gary Chu came second. The French team of Christopher Jonsson and
Jean Christophe Mourniac took third place, very surprised to finish so well in their first
participation at this high-level competition.
Apart from what was happening on the water, the conviviality and parties in the
evenings were what all competitors and friends enjoyed most. Things were well
organized at Saint Jean's Nikki Beach restaurant.
The organizers hope to see more competitors from the Caribbean islands for the
fourth edition of this wonderful competition later this year.
For more information visit www.stbarthcatacup.com.
Smidge Takes Top Honors in Caribbean 1500 Rally
Waiting for late season Hurricane Tomas and a succession of lows to pass before
leaving, the 21st Anniversary Caribbean 1500 fleet of 75 boats experienced strong
northwest winds and northerly swells in its annual trek from the US East Coast to the
Caribbean. Smidge, a Hallberg Rassey 43 owned by the Benbow family from
Pennsylvania, took Overall Handicap Honors.
The Caribbean 1500 Rally, managed by the Cruising Rally Association, left
Hampton, Virginia for Tortola on November 8th, 2010 after a week of preparatory
briefings, safety inspections and social events. This year, the participants had a
choice of destinations: Marsh Harbor in the Abacos, or Tortola in the British Virgin
Islands. The Bahamas Class, made up of 11 boats, left a week earlier. The fleet sailed
in two divisions, Cruising Class or Rally Class. The latter was divided into six handicap
classes, five in the Tortola-bound fleet and one for the Bahamas-bound group.
Smidge skipper Maury Benbow said, "This was the first extended ocean passage
for Smidge and we were extremely pleased with her performance. Crossing the Gulf
Stream in a 25- to 30-knot north wind was never threatening. Our crew gelled into a
tremendous team. When conditions were at their toughest, they cracked jokes and
hot meals appeared from the galley. They pushed the boat speed day and night."
He adds, "Our thoughts are with friends and family of Laura Zekoll, who did not sur-
vive the capsize of a liferaft following her vessel's grounding while attempting to
enter a cut in the Bahamas." The owners of the Jeanneau 46DS on which Laura was
sailing had made a decision to leave the fleet and divert to the Bahamas. Steve
Black, Founder of the Rally added, "Maury's comment about Laura echoes the feel-
ings of the entire fleet and staff of the Caribbean 1500."
All BVI-bound ralliers received cold champagne and a warm welcome at Nanny
Cay Resort and Marina in Tortola, where the BVI Tourist Board and the Roadtown
Wholesale hosted nightly parties for the sailors.
A return rally, the Atlantic Cup, is planned to start on May 1st, leaving from Nanny
Cay Resort & Marina and finishing in Bermuda.
For more information visit www. carib 1500. com.
5th ARC Flotilla Gains Full Support of St. Lucia Community
Christy Recaii reports: Excitement was in the air in St. Lucia on November 21st, 2010
- time for the 5th Annual ARC Flotilla, a celebration of the official start of the 25th
edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. As yachts left Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
bound for St. Lucia, the local Lucian vessels sailed from Castries Harbour bound for
the IGY Rodney Bay Marina, symbolizing the actual Las Palmas start.
As customary, the cannons were fired from day-sail cat Mango Tango at 1000
hours sharp.
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S: worthy local craft was there: sailing yachts, dinghies and
even a barge, totaled 50 participating vessels.
"It is a huge turnout today which the island's boating community, and the local
community in particular, have really supported. The island is behind the ARC and rec-
ognizes its value," Adam Foster, General Manager of IGY Rodney Bay Marina said.
Mother yacht Reel Extreme, veteran sailor Bernard Johnson's Viking 65, led the
way, hosting special guests including St. Lucia's Minister of Tourism, Honorable Allen
Chastanet; Director of Tourism, Lewis Louis; IGY Rodney Bay Marina's General
Manager, Adam Foster; and Bob Hathaway representing the Marine Industries
Association of St. Lucia.
Back on land, participants enjoyed a barbecue, more drinks and live steel pan
music by Digicel Pan Time at the marina's Boardwalk Bar, and participants were
presented with certificates.
Increased participation in the ARC Flotilla shows that the St. Lucian community
recognizes the value of the event to the island in both the short and long term. The
5th ARC Flotilla's supporters included platinum sponsor, Digicel; gold, Heineken; and
silver, Chairman's Reserve Rum. The Flotilla is organized by IGY Rodney Bay Marina,
St. Lucia Yacht Club and Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia in collaboration
with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.
For more information visit http://stuciayachtclub. com.
USA's Tulloch & Portugal's Marinho Win Carlos Aguilar Match Race
Carol Bareuther reports: The ability to recover and learn from mistakes made early
in the regatta paid off in the Women's Division win for the USA's Genny Tulloch,
while it was a crack crew that could read the tricky wind shifts that led Portugal's
Alvaro Marinho/Seth Sailing Team to champion the Open Division at the 3rd Annual
Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels &
Time from December 2nd through 5th, 2010, in St. Thomas, USVI.
In the Women's Division, Great Britain's Lucy MacGregor handily beat the
Netherland's Klaartje Zuiderbaan (3-0) in the semi-finals, and Genny Tulloch bested
the USA's Sally Barkow in extremely close matches (3-2), to give both MacGregor
and Tulloch berths into the finals.
"It was good for us to take our losses early, figure out what we did wrong, do it
better and clear our heads," says Tulloch. "I think that mental regrouping was a big
reason for our success." Championing this International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
Grade Two event also means a notch up in the ranking for Tulloch, currently ranked
12th in the ISAF women's match race standings. MacGregor is ranked second.
In the Open Division, semi-final action saw the USVI's Peter Holmberg beat the
USA's Dave Perry (3-1), and Portugal's Alvaro Marinho/Seth Sailing Team triumph over
the USVI's Taylor Canfield (3-1), launching Holmberg and Marinho into the finals.
For more information visit www. carlosmatchrace.com.
Award Winning Cinematographer to Film Round Barbados Race
The 75th anniversary Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race, to be held on
January 21st, will be the first sporting event in Barbados to be covered by award-
winning cinematographer Rick Deppe. British-born Deppe is an experienced docu-
mentarian. Director of Photography on Disney's "Morning Light" full-length feature
and the "Deadliest Catch" series for the Discovery Channel, he had previously won
multiple awards for his onboard coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Deppe's filming of Barbados' unique sailing event, although focused upon Elena,
the magnificent 55-metre A Class racing schooner competing in the 2011 Mount
Gay Rum Round Barbados Race as part of her centennial tour, will also seek to high-
light the natural beauty, heritage and landscapes of Barbados. The short films will be
used by race organizers and the Barbados Tourism Authority to position Barbados as
a major yachting destination throughout the world.
The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race is organized by the Barbados Cruising
Club, in association with Mount Gay Rum and The Barbados Tourism Authority.
For more information visit www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com.
Action Ahoy for Grenada Sailing Festival 2011!
The 2011 Grenada Sailing Festival offers two weekends of exciting action. Run in
association with the Grenada Board of Tourism, racing will start on January 28th with
four days of international yacht racing. The traditional local workboats will head for
Grand Anse Beach the following weekend, February 5th and 6th, when the
Grenada Sailing Festival Digicel Work Boat Regatta becomes a central part of the
island's National Independence Celebrations. These high-quality events, each with
its own unique Grenadian character, are two reasons to visit Grenada, sail, and
enjoy the culture and warm hospitality.
The Festival, now in its 18th year, is home-ported for the third year at Camper &
Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, a base with excellent facilities for participating racers,
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Racing starts and finishes off Port Louis, with a new mix of courses providing more
challenging racing to attract competitive crews based in the region, and to provide
an early sailing-season 'tune-up' for yachts visiting the Caribbean. These include
separate Racing Series and different courses for the J/24s off Grand Anse Beach -
a great sight for spectators.
Action continues when the crowd-pulling Grenada Sailing Festival Digicel Work Boat
Regatta comes to Grand Anse Beach, with competition among the sailing communi-
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Club N6utico de San Juan to Host its 10th International Regatta
Club Nautico de San Juan, a premier marina within the safe harbour of San Juan,
Puerto Rico, will host its International Regatta 2011 from February 4th through 6th,
with 80 to 100 participants in the Optimist, Sunfish, Laser, Snipe and 2.4 Meter levels,
says Commodore Ralph "Agie" Vicente.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the regatta will serve as training grounds for sailors
to compete in the Sunfish, Laser and Snipe classes in the 2011 Panamerican Games,
at Guadalajara, Mexico.
Club Ndutico de San Juan offers a comfortable area within a big plot of land on
the San Antonio Channel, and plenty of support for competitors to feel "at home."
Registration includes meals, goody bag, and T-Shirt. If you don't have a boat, the
Regatta Organizing Committee can arrange for a boat to charter. The skippers'
meeting is on the Friday at 11:00AM and Awards Ceremony on the Sunday at 2:30pM,
with a social gathering on the Saturday evening.
Jose Gilberto "Yoyo" Berrios, International Regatta Technical Director, said representa-
fives from various countries are expected to participate, such as the USA, USVI, BVI,
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Ecuador. English is the official language.
For more information visit www.nauticodesanjuan. com.
Big Boats to Race in Trinidad at February's Carnival Regatta
A major change will happen this year: the "big boat" portion of the annual
Tobago Carnival Regatta will be moved to Trinidad. Tobago will continue to host the
kiteboarding and bumboat events. The big boats' regatta village will be at the
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) at Hart's Cut, Chaguaramas. Racing will
be in the Gulf of Paria, February 10th through 13th.
TTSA President Jay Alvi says, "After so many years in Tobago, it was a difficult deci-
sion moving the big boats to Trinidad. The lack of facilities (e.g. jetty, water, fuel)
was an issue when it came to attracting big boats to Tobago. Moving the regatta to
TTSA provides for all these facilities. Of course February is Carnival season in Trinidad,
so the onshore apres-sailing festivities are unique.
"The Trinidad Carnival Regatta will commence on February 10th with a skippers'
briefing and welcome lime. We are anticipating several racing classes, a racer cruis-
er division, Champagne class (cruisers and bareboats) and one-design classes for
J/24s and Melges 24s."
For more information visit www. ttsailing. org.
Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Valentines Regatta, Antigua
The 18th Annual Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Valentines Regatta will take place on
February 12th and 13th. The skippers' briefing will be held on the 11th at 1600 hours
and registration starts at 1900, all at the Foredeck Bar in Jolly Harbour, Antigua. It is a
weekend full of great sailing and celebrations with music, food and fun!
Online registration is available at www.jhycantigua.com. JHYC has some new
things up its sleeve for 2011: visit its Facebook page for details.
Big Time: RORC Caribbean 600 Race 2011
The RORC Caribbean 600, starting in Antigua on February 21st, is set to provide
one of the biggest offshore showdowns for years as Mike Slade's Farr 100, ICAP
Leopard, takes on George David's Juan-K designed Rambler 100 (formerly
Speedboat). This approximately 600-mile offshore event will be the first time these
two will race each other. "Competition will be fierce," predicted Slade.
Slade continues: "I have to take my hat off to the four clubs that have made this
series happen; The New York Yacht Club, The Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean
Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Yacht Club. Also, George David, who has been a
real driving force and should be applauded for his efforts."
The RORC Caribbean 600 and the Pineapple Cup (Miami to Montego Bay) are
the first events in the 2011 Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS). This series is in its
inaugural year and includes seven of the world's great bluewater races. After these
two races in the Caribbean, the series moves up the US East Coast to the Annapolis-
to-Newport Race. Right after comes the Transatlantic Race 2011 from Newport,
Rhode Island to The Lizard, England. The European races then kick in with the Rolex
Fastnet Race, a new Biscay Race, and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta.
Participation in three races, one of which must be the Transatlantic Race, are
required to qualify for the AORS and IRC rating will be used throughout.
The RORC Caribbean 600 course record for monohulls is 44 hours, 5 minutes and
14 seconds, set by ICAP Leopard in 2009.
For more information visit http://caribbean600.rorc.org.
2011 South Grenada Sailing Regatta Launched
The South Grenada Regatta 2011 was officially launched recently at Le Phare Bleu Marina
& Boutique Hotel, by The Hon. Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation Peter David, who was
warmly welcomed by the 80 invited guests, sponsors, yacht owners and volunteers.
Minister David congratulated the SGR committee for their continued success and
commitment. Caniga said, "We are very happy to have such dedicated sponsors
who are aware of what it takes to organize such an event on a regular basis. They
appreciate our step-by-step developing strategy."
The SGR Committee, James Benoit, Jo-Ann Hypolite, Lucy Murchie, Damon Du Bois,
Lynn Fletcher, Daniela Fr6ehlich, Dieter Burkhalter and Jana Caniga, were thanked for
their hard work. Jana says, "It is a yearlong commitment to be on the committee and I
can tell you this committee is very prudent and a very reasonable one, standing with all
16 feet firmly on the ground, always developing on our last regatta and slowly growing.
During the challenging economic climate the budget stayed the same and all sponsors
came on board again." Two sponsors even upgraded their financial commitment: North
South Wines are now Gold Sponsors and Turbulence Rigging are now Silver Sponsors.
The SGR Committee would like to thank all their sponsors and supporters, especially
Westerhall Estate Limited, Netherlands Insurance, Real Value IGA Supermarket, North
South Wines and Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel as Gold Sponsors and Art Act &
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Slver Sponsors. Also thanked for their unwavering support were the small businesses that
are part of Le Phare Bleu Village: Palm Tree Marine, The Canvas Shop, C&J Autos Rentals,
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The 2011 South Grenada Regatta will be held from Febrary 25th through 27th.
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awesome fjord-like limestone cliffs towering above, festooned with jungle vegetation,
and pass Mayan Indians in their dugout canoes. It is possible to anchor here, but
there is up to one knot of current and it would be wise to check first with locals to
see if it's safe.
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E is a hurricane hole, is relatively cheap and gives you the oppor-
tunity to explore a beautiful country.
When arriving in Livingston at the beginning of the Rio to clear in, you need accu-
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springs, and friends with a seven-foot draft also made it. But we wouldn't have made
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Captain. Once the formalities are taken care of it's worth having a look around the
little town, home to the only Garifuna* settlement in Guatemala. Or take a launch
to Los Siete Altares The Seven Altars fresh waterfalls and pools.


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A good safe place to stop is at Texan Bay, where a new marina has been opened
by some good old Texan folk. They have a bar and a restaurant ashore with a very
laid-back atmosphere. You can take a slip at the marina or anchor out. Either way,
it's a beautiful place, being in the peace and quiet, watching the sun set on the float-
ing lily pads.
Once you have navigated ... ...i. i i Golfete and come out on the other
side, you will notice more m ......... i h... .11 1. large steel bridge that sits behind
the town of Fronteras. The marinas are all reasonably priced, even the most expen-
sive; most have pools and bars. Check out www.mayaparadise.com again for a list of
marinas and their contact details.
Once settled into your chosen marina it's time to explore your surroundings. We
tied up at Tijax, an eco jungle lodge with a small marina attached. Included in the
monthly price are water and electricity, toilets and shower facilities, and use of the
bar, restaurant and freshwater pool. It is unlike any marina I have been to before,
with the jungle '. 1.1 'n its doorstep. Tijax grounds include hiking trails that wind
through the : ....I -i across swinging '-` -i 1-- ..1 t- a small waterfall. Farther up
is a rubber tree plantation that spans as i .. .- 11. can see in neat orderly lines
with cups attached to the tree trunks to catch 1. - i .... the scored bark.
Farther up still is a lookout tower with panora.... i.


It is possible to anchor in Lago Izabal (the "lake": a wide part of the river), espe-
cially outside Bruno's Marina, but with launches whizzing past it can get bouncy;
anchor lights are very important at night. A VHF net is held every morning at 7:30
on channel 69 and a boat swap is held every Saturday at Mario's Marina.
A ........ 1111. I ..... across the lake to the north side of the bridge is the
towr. II .1 I .- i -.. .. 1eet town is an attack on your senses with the bright
colors of the traditional clothes of the Mayan women, the colorful fruit and vegetable
stalls covered by big sheets of shiny blue plastic, the noise of the traffic going by with
large cattle trucks packed with doe-eyed cows awaiting their fate, and the sweet
smells of the nut man selling bags of delicious cashews or caramelized peanuts.
For supplies, there are many local tiendas (stores) selling everything from food to
household items. Plus there is 1. I .. Oispensa belonging to the large US com-
pany Wal- Mart. Fuel is availabi i. ... I ...... Esso and Shell. There are two haulout
facilities and various engine repair places, metal fabricators and welders. Although it
- .;1 1 ; .rious hardware and boat parts here, unless you don't mind travel-
i. .I ., i ,- specialty items or paying higher prices in the local chandlery, it's
best to come well equipped. There are many small bars and local restaurants; a favor-
ite of ours is the Sundog Cafe, which also bakes the most fabulous bread.
But the best reason by far for being in Guatemala is the diverse beauty of the
country and its people. From stunning emerald green countryside to looming volca-
noes and crater lakes, from the majestic pyramids of the Mayan temples piercing
through the jungle tops at Tikal to the welcoming nature of the country's indigenous
people, Guatemala has much to offer.


A mile or so dinghy i. i -1 I 11. I .. i .11 Lake you to El Castillo de San Felipe,
a fortress and castle ,... i I i I 1. ... looting the villages of Izabal. On a
breathless day its image is mirrored perfectly on the lake below.
A hairy chicken-bus ride from town will bring you to Finca Paraiso and Agua
Caliente, where you can swim under warm water as it falls down a rock face into cool
pools below.


Above: Antigua, founded in 1543, was the seat of the Spanish colonial government
in Central America. Repeated earthquakes caused the removal of the capital in 1776
to present day Guatemala City
Left: Today, the beautiful setting of Antigua is a popular place to learn Spanish
Farther afield, why not try your hand at learning Spanish in the colonial town of
....... . I I I .tage site? Nestled between three volc ... .,, ,,,.
...... .. students hanging out in the trendy ....i i.,
tifully restored old churches, monasteries and other buildings line the streets. Volcan
de Fuego ('Volcano of Fire") looms in the distance, smoking and smoldering away.
T I F. )m the heat, head to the highlands to Lake Atitlan, a collapsed vol-
.... 1.11 I with water, surrounded by three volcanoes. As the sun sets on
another day, the water shimmers as it reflects the haze of the hills behind. Stay in
.... I, -mall one-street hippy town that now caters to tourists; it has fantas-
-. 1 , lake.
For a real brush with the locals, head to Chichicastenango on a Thursday or
Sunday market days. It is the largest indigenous market in Guatemala, where
stalls selling carved wooden masks, jade and silver jewelry, and lengths of embroi-
dered cloth line the cobbled streets. Or take in the Santo Tomas Church, where
Mayan rituals have immersed themselves into the Catholic faith.
But to me, most spectacular of all are the ancient ruins of the Mayan temples
impressively restored at Tikal. Leaving your hotel at dawn, a lovely cool time of day
to start, ensures that you get to see the sun rise over the .... 1 ... i 11. i .ples
rising through the tree tops paying homage to another dc i ,. .. .. .. exis-
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Having cruised the C ...1 I ... I ,I. last six years, Guatemala is one of the high-
lights that we did not expect. Despite the country's political unrest and some iso-
lated incidents, using our own common sense we never felt unsafe. The people of
Guatemala go to extremes to make sure that boaters feel safe and return each year
to help support the economy. We look forward to returning to Guatemala and all that
the charming country has to offer.
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Main photo:
Kirk, Claire, Ellen,
Elizabeth and Jim
under the arch at
Fitz Hughes at the
beginning of
our hike to
Dark View Falls
Inset: Discovery V
at anchor in
Chateaubelair Bay


as with some trepidation on May 15th, 2010 we sailed Discovery V,
our 57-foot Bowman cutter-rigged ketch, from Port Elizabeth, Bequia
p to Chateaubelair, St. Vincent. My family (husband, Kirk, 11 year-old
twins Claire and Wesley, and Portuguese Water Dog, Skipper) sailed
from Toronto July 1st, 2009. As a cruising family we employ a good measure of com-
mon sense and caution in our planning and choice of anchorages and have enjoyed
a high level of personal safety throughout our travels.
Like many other cruisers, we purposely bypassed the island of St. Vincent because
of concerns over reported crime and aggression aimed at yachties. We landed in Port
Elizabeth, Bequia and fell in love with the island and the people. From the Bequia
Easter Regatta, our visit to the whaling station, participation in Cheryl Johnson's
Reading Club, making new friends and meeting up with some old ones, we managed
to while away the better part of two months in Bequia. Occasionally the topic of sailing
to St. Vincent came up among fellow cruisers and I summarily dismissed the possibil-
ity. It was a risk I preferred not to take, especially with two children on board.
My mind was changed 1r"l +In to the influence of our new friends, Ellen and
Jim aboard Boldly Go (se i i ....i Leeward St. Vincent" by Ellen Birrell in the
November 2010 issue of Compass) and our relationship with Cheryl Johnson at the
Bequia Book Store. "Miss Cheryl", a former resident of St. Vincent, -n---;r..-1 us
not to miss out on St. Vincent and the experience of Dark View Falls, I .. ... i Jim
had recently spent time in St. Vincent and, not ones to shy away from an adventure,
suggested we go together to anchor in Chateaubelair Bay. Cheryl gave a heads-up to
her friend Gail, who runs the Beach Front Restaurant and Bar at Chateaubelair Bay,


to expect us. Knowing we had a friendly face with a local presence gave me a greater
comfort level and we set a date to go.
We had a beautiful sail up to Chateaubelair, made even better by the fact that our
children had jumped ship to sail there on Boldly Go. It was the first time since leav-
ing home, almost 11 months prior, that Kirk and I were alone on our own boat!
We anchored quite near the cliff at the north end of the bay in about 30 feet of
water, as the swells seemed a bit smaller in this location. We were later advised by
those on shore that it was preferable, for security reasons, to anchor in the middle
of the bay closer to the town dock. As it was, by this point we were more concerned
about the roll than security and decided to stay put.
The island itself reminded our family of Portsmouth, Dominica in its lush rainfor-
ests, dramatic mountains and cliffs, and every colour of green imaginable. Discovery
V and Boldly Go were the only two boats in the bay. We were setting anchor as three
boat boys made their approach on makeshift su. i ,, ,,-
hands. The boat boys turned out more curious t ... .....
versation .. i .. i. . ..- for some limes (John i i 1. I I
EC$5) the', i i i -ide of our boat and backed off a few feet to where two of
them loitered on their surfboards for hours until just after dark.
One of the boat boys told us he was 15 years old. I was surprised to learn his age,
as he was slim and small (Wesley at 11 was about the same height and probably
close to twice his weight). He lived in a house on the beach, not attending school as
he lacked the requisite uniform and had no means of buying one.
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He had a list of items he said were being sent by others he had met and was
excited about getting to go to school. He had definite plans for education and career
and volunteered that he did not do drugs. We gave him one of our backpacks to
contribute to the back-to-school efforts and Kirk and Jim were happy to provide the
necessary materials and labour to patch up his inflatable kayak (he had paddled out
to our boat on three wooden planks tied together with vines).


With plans made to visit Dark View Falls the :--.t -rnn- we slept with our lad-
der up, gates closed, the dinghy and our dog, .i11 *. leck. The next day we
locked the boat up tight, left Skipper on deck and a boat boy, George, in charge of
our dinghy, which we pulled up on the beach beside his home. George agreed to keep
an eye on the boats and said if anyone approached the boats he ..1 i I 11. i lice
and then tell Miss Gail. Feeling like things were as well looked .11 -. i i we
began the hike up to Dark View Falls.
The relatively easy walk, mostly on roads, would take about 30 minutes for normal
folk but we took twice that time as we had lots to look at and much fruit to eat along
the way. How wonderful to come across a huge wax apple tree laden down with the
ripe fruit. We also sampled some oranges and avocado from trees by the road.
Paralleling our trail was a pipe that runs water down from the falls to the hydroelec-
tric power generating plant near the town of Fitz-Hughes. The pipe was quite full and
had several small leaks in it where the kids enjoyed drinking the water as if from a
water fountain. As we got closer to the falls the bamboo stands were like none we
had seen before. Closer to the falls they became forests that towered over us and the
trail. The bamboo suspension bridge spanning the river was a highlight as the kids
raced on, jumping to make it sway back and forth oh, my nerves!
Dark View Falls is actually two falls (a third 1.. 1. .. ..... .essible), the
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and enjoying our picnic on a big flat rock. The place was all .. i
and we passed only a few other visitors as we descended.
On our return walk back to the boat many local people exchanged greetings with
us and a few walked with us for a while to h.- 1 ..... .. ... .. Dominica,
some people we passed walked with their :.. i. ... ... i ,,. ,,,, I or clear a
path. There were offers of fruit but almost always something asked for in return. Did
we have an electric drill we could lend? Could we spare any fiberglass or plastic paint
to repair agii.. i....i
Groups of ....I .... i i children walked home and as we passed, the younger
ones would stop and stare, some with mouths hanging open. When we spoke to them
we would get huge smiles and laughter. The teenagers were quite bold and a few
asked if they could swim out to our boats once they got home from school and
- .;.i-1 out of their uniforms. Three did swim out and were invited on board Boldly
game of Scrabble.
Left: Kirk crossing the bamboo bridge at the approach to Dark View Falls
Below: Along the way we passed an abandoned house of the typical style of past
generations of Vincentians


We stopped for a cup of tea at the Beach Front Restaurant and Bar and to chat
with Gail after our hike. The chalkboard menu announced the usual fish and chick-
en fare and we spied the cooks eating big plates of wonderful-smelling delights. The
restaurant is the only one on this beach and has a large seating area set up on a
raised patio looking over the beach.
We walked through the towns of Fitz-Hughes and Chateaubelair and the locals
were friendly and cordial. This is definitely not an area that sees many tourists and
there was not much going on by way of shopping and provisioning.
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by Bernard Logan
The majority of insured yachts are not allowed to be within the Caribbean during
the hurricane season. I took out insurance for our new Manta 42 in 2008 through
Pantaenius UK, as the yacht is UK registered. Reading the small print, it became
clear, to my surprise and delight, that we could remain within the Caribbean for the
entire year! However, there were conditions:
If the yacht was damaged or lost during a named Tropical Storm or Hurricane,
and the yacht was at anchor, we would receive zero compensation.
If the yacht was damaged or lost during a named Tropical Storm or Hurricane,
and the yacht was in a marina or a mangrove swamp AND was securely (my italics)
attached to shore and seabed, we would receive 70 percent compensation.
If the yacht was damaged or lost during a named Tropical Storm or Hurricane,
and the yacht was under way at sea, we would get 100 percent compensation.
Last year, remaining in the Caribbean was an absolute breeze; there was, as you
will remember, little in the way of weather trouble within the southeastern
Caribbean. During the 2009 hurricane season, we based ourselves somewhere
between St. Lucia and Grenada. The only disadvantage was the quantity of restau-
rants that were closed. Areas such as Tobago Cays we had essentially to ourselves.
2010 was likely to be different. We based ourselves in the ABCs until the middle
of October, when I elected to transfer to Grenada. Shortly after our arrival, interest
was being taken in Invest 91, a tropical disturbance that was developing in the
Eastern Atlantic. I watched its progress with interest and growing concern. Almost
all the computer models were predicting the track to pass between Grenada and
Trinidad; it was 1 -: r*ne or two predictions included a swing to the northwest; but,
in general, the h.... was it would continue westwards and only develop into a
Tropical Low or worse when Invest 91 had entered the Caribbean. I decided to move
north to Bequia, in order to avoid the worst of Invest 91.
We dropped anchor in Admiralty Bay at 1735 hours on October 28th. On the
morning of Friday, October 29th, I learned that Invest 91 had changed course and
was heading west northwest to northwest, winds were increasing and there were
indications of vorticity. Later that evening, Invest 91 w- i i ,. i i ... i
had been named Tropical Storm Tomas. There were '.. i I'. .' i
within Admiralty Bay and I became aware that, if I were to remain covered by insur-
ance. we would have to out to sea.


Tomas was predicted to move between St. Vincent and St. Lucia; the sensible option
was to sail south, but I wasn't -^rr. 1- it the numerous islands, rocks and reefs to
our immediate south and east. ... .. had not received a direct hit from a hurri-
cane since 1897, so I elected to place the yacht just off the west coast of St Vincent.
Everything movable was removed from the deck. There wasn't time to remove the
sails so they were bound with dock lines. The dinghy was lifted into the davits and
secured to the transoms of both hulls and the plug was removed. We have a sec-
tioned-off PVC screen that covers half the cockpit; the central section was opened to
reduce wind resistance. (Again, there wasn't time to remove the entire screen.)
Fenders were placed in the forward lockers, as were any remaining dock lines. The
ventilation flap to the generator in the portside forward locker was closed. The for-
ward lockers were secured and locked. All hatches and portholes were shut tight.
Our all-weather wind-scoops were removed and stowed.
At 0500 on Saturday, October 30th, the weather report stated that Tomas was
close to being a hurricane and was heading toward the channel between St. Vincent
and St. Lucia.
We weighed anchor at 0615 and headed for the west coast of St Vincent under
- power and stormsail, our main and self tacking jib having been secured.
Si in the passage were 16 to 18 knots from the northeast with seas running at
six or more feet. We arrived off Layou Bay at 0900 and "sat" about half a mile off
shore. There was a slight swell and winds were six knots from the northeast. It was
very hot. I elected to turn on the air-conditioning and, for that purpose, opened the
forward hatch, in order to open the air intake access to the generator; the hatch was
secured but not locked.
Maggie, my wife, stayed in the saloon, in the cool. I sat on the helm chair, waiting.
The sea had become very calm.
Suddenly, without any warning ripple on the calm water surface, -1 1- 1
of wind struck from the north. I just had enough time to switch .... 1 .
Both engines were fired up and left to run at Slow Forward. We were heading west,
on starboard tack, at a knot and a half under storm jib and both engines on slow.
The waves built up with amazing speed within seconds, they were way above our
gantry. How are you supposed to gauge the actual height of seas from inside your
cockpit? They seemed to be halfway up the mast, but they couldn't have been more
than 20 feet. Things had happened so fast that I dared not leave the cockpit to shut
off the air intake to the generator. I dreaded to think how my generator would survive
the influx of seawater.
It became quickly apparent that the most comfortable yacht motion occurred when
the bows were at 40 to 45 degrees to the wind and seas, and on a starboard tack.
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Interestingly, with the centre screen up, I remained very dry; however, moving the
bows to 50 degrees to the wind resulted in my getting deluged by seas through the
open screen!
About half an hour into the storm, a wren appeared and landed on the halyards
running between the cockpit and mast. It clung on for dear life; the winds were at
55 knots.
We were moving away from St. Vincent, albeit at a knot and a half, with sea condi-
tions deteriorating rapidly. I elected to turn and seek cover in one of the island's
bays. I *'. 1 .. 1 .cked at an appropriate moment. The wren disappeared.
Of more ....... -I fact that, despite being at 45 degrees to the wind, our
speed had increased to 3.9 knots and the waves were broadside. It was incredibly
uncomfortable so I tacked again. It was so helpful to have both engines fired up and
ready to engage at a moment's notice. In the event, this was a lucky decision, as,
when the winds backed to west, we would have been extremely vulnerable in any
west facing bay.
The yacht's motion became quite violent during the tack and a coconut shell that
had been suspended from the front of the gantry came crashing down; a tiny egg fell
out and cracked. It must have belonged to the wren; neither of us had been aware
that the shell had become a nest.
Once we were back on our starboard tack the motion quieted down. I became
aware that the helm was not too hard to handle and I tried the autohelm; it did not
seem to struggle in the slightest. I set the autohelm to 45 degrees to the wind but,
.11 I i I I II. i .1 i the skin. The windvane mode was
... i i i,. . i i .... in the chair. But, being soaking
wet and in a substantial draught, I began to get extremely cold. Maggie came out to
the helm to keep watch while I had a hot shower; I then donned a wetsuit, which
proved to be ideal.
Maggie tried to produce drinks but the kettle was a no-go. Even pouring water into
a 1 ... ........ It was just safer to sit down.
i i ... was that, I 11 1.... ... i- so many seabirds were still
flying, but they were flying east ... 1 .1- passed numerous seabirds
on the water's surface.
I suppose the most disconcerting waves, --r- :hin.. s, were the ones that began
to break as they hit the yacht. The force ..... ...i to break the weld on the
forward starboard porthole. Fortunately, only a fine spray of seawater entered the
cabin: the bunk remained bone dry but the carpet was damp and there were water
droplets on the ceiling and walls.
At around 1300, the clouds north of us became 1 ,, 1,1 circular brightness,
moving slowly west. I imagined this might be the ( I ....- Gradually the wind
and waves began to clock round towards the west. Surprisingly, there were no con-
fused waves; as the wind turned, the waves turned in unison. We found ourselves
sailing south at speeds that varied from 1.9 to 3.1 knots. The autohelm behaved
beautifully, keeping us at 35 to 45 degrees to the wind and waves.
At 1700 hrs, I tried to get us behind S ... i i ,,, i -. ,,,. around the south-
ern tip of the island; I hoped to "hide" 1 1. -1 .. i were travelling at
5.7 knots in monstrous seas; neither of us felt happy with the motion. I turned to
the southwest and locked the autohelm on 40 degrees to the wind, starboard tack.
That improved the motion dramatically.
Later, as the wind backed to southwest, we found ourselves just southwest
of Bequia.
I was able to steer the yacht, still under storm jib and both engines on slow, back
into Admiralty Bay in winds not exceeding 35 knots. At the entrance to the bay,
three ferries had found it necessary to anchor away from the west facing ferry wharf.
We anchored in 35-knot winds at the western end of 1 ..... .1h r. .... 1l,. 1, ..
Saturday, October 30th. One hundred and fifty feet ofc........ i i ....
Bruce anchor was deployed in 20 feet of water. I didn't consider it necessary to per
form my usual 1500 r.p.m. in reverse manoeuvre to set the anchor; the wind was
vtr- 1 -nugh to do the honours.
i hit the sack with winds still howling above through the rigging; I was
content that there were no yachts in our vicinity and there were no buildings. I felt
secure. I took my GPS to bed with me and took frequent readings to ensure we were
not dragging. At 0700, the GPS showed a sudden -l,.:- nd I went on deck; we
were broadside on to the wind and heading for or. i 1. anchored ferries! I re-
anchored and, this time, did the reverse engine check. A welcome cup of tea awaited
my return to the saloon!
I .*".. within Admiralty Bay was minimal; although the waves had entered the
Si .... bay, only one yacht had been driven ashore. There was a lot of debris on
the streets and walkways but remarkably little else.
Our yacht sustained little, if any, damage. There was fresh water floating on the
floor in an aft cabin. The fresh water tank was okay and all pipe-work intact. There
had been a vast amount of rainfall (St. Lucia quoted one inch per hour); it is possible
one of the cockpit drains was leaking. This is yet to be checked. We have no further
incidence of water in that cabin. In addition, some h, .- 1 --t perhaps a coconut,
had hit the starboard bow and taken off a chunk of i .1 were lucky with the
porthole; it remained secure, despite losing one of two hinges.
When I opened up the port forward locker to check the generator, I expected a
flooded compartment and a submerged '-n1-.t-r '11 the air pipes, those leading to
and from the generator, had dropped i -. 1I presumably due to the sheer
weight of water within them. The drains had coped admirably; the floor was rela-
tively dry.
Lessons learned:
Ideally, one should go south, away from the eye of the hurricane perhaps fly
a triple-reefed main and a storm jib and go like hell. At some point, that battering
ram of wind would help -. .1- n If we went too fast, I have a series drogue [a Dilley's
Rats Tail, as it used to .11 IJ that would slow us down to a knot and a half.
A few water bottles (plastic water bottles with screw tops would be the safest)
within easy reach of the helm would save the wife from unnecessary injury in the
heavy seas. We didn't really feel hungry in those sea conditions; bananas and
chocolate bars would be best, and close to hand.
Helm should wear a wetsuit; far more sensible than swimming trunks!
All air pipes to and from the generator should be disconnected; the entry flap
should remain closed. This is not an occasion for the luxury of air conditioning!
Next time (!), the large icebox, which sits in the cockpit, will have a non-slip
placed under it; it charged across the cockpit like a bull in a china shop.
In our catamaran, motion was best with the bows at 40 to 45 degrees to the wind and
seas; and on a starboard tack. Any other direction proved extremely uncomfortable.
A storm jib with no main proved ideal to maintain a slow forward motion, aided
by both engines in Slow Forward. The benefit of a smidgeon of forward sail as being
of benefit, rather than lying-a-hull or hove-to, was one conclusion drawn by the
enquiry into the Fastnet debacle; having experienced it, I think it is a good way to
go. The ability to maintain slow forward motion was comfortable and re-assuring.
If I cannot sail south from an approaching hurricane to the east of us, I will adopt
storm sail and both engines at Slow Forward on a starboard tack.


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A Container Port

in Carriacou?

The Grenada Government is considering a plan that,
if it comes to fruition, will change the landscape and
culture of the island of Carriacou altogether, and will
affect all of the Grenadines.
Carriacou, along with Petite Martinique, is part of
the nation of Grenada, and the Grenada government is
S. ,,,. ,i, rbaniza, a company owned by a
' "1 i i ,i, .... businessmen that wants to lease
about 221 acres (an area about twice the size of the
nearby island of Petit St. Vincent) on the southeast
coast of Carriacou. There they propose to put in a
giant facility that will include a duty free container
port, a cruise ship port, a duty-frc- fr -i-n --nter,
warehouses for storing Brazilian ,, for
assembling various products, hotels, tourist facilities,


and even a school for the children of people employed
in the complex. (You can read the Memorandum of
Understanding at http://grenadabroadcast.net/past
shows/Carriacou --Memorandum%20of%20
t tn--Irt--n ln:1 According to the proposal, the area
'ii i I I 11 and guarded, and Urbaniza will have
control of this part of Carriacou for 60 years.
I am not much of a businessman and it takes me a
while I . uch matters, so I e-mailed the
link tc . I i.. .. i 1. has been involved in building
ports all over the world. He understands port building
and contracts. He also understands the environmental
impacts of such activities. I was surprised by the force-
fulness of his opinion:
"The program i i- _i"--- b- thi- f-r-mnm nt tm
private interests , ...... I I, I I I I ,
few municipal facilities, which may well be third rate
and inconsequential. It appears that the Brazilians will
have complete autonomy to do what they want, and will
accrue all of the economic benefits... environmental
damage (both underwater and on land) appears to be
large and there is no evidence of any real study of how
extensive damage will be or any effort at mitigation."
The only possible benefit to the people in Carriacou
would be the chance of employment. But in a project
that envisages :. .'r -- it by 500-foot container
ships bringing ir. - 1 .. ... tons of cargo a year,
an i ,, i i ... =. .. zou can see it
is :. I 11. i i I I .... .. II i i. .. .. 6,000, about
half of them children) who are going to be doing this
work. No, the ^i rit- f thf- -workers would come from
elsewhere. A . ....- may benefit from jobs,
but I imagine most of the workers would probably
come from Brazil. If the project is a success, these
people will be here to stay the population of
Carriacou would nearly double, with half of them in a


fenced-off compound. This will forever change the cul-
ture and society of Carriacou.
The Carriacou free-port plan is on the Grenada
Government website: 1 i. i . '
carriacou free port-ecoi ..._. i1 I 11 i .... -.
cions were confirmed when I looked at the Urbaniza's
misnamed "ECOPLAN". They must think Caribbean
people are stupid if they think they can fool them by
naming a plan of such monumental environmental
destruction an "ecoplan."
They plan to use about 221 acres of (government)
land in the area called Dumfries. They plan to tear
down the lovely cliffs at Sabazan (a place where much
pre-Colombian pottery has been found), level off the
sloping hills, and tear down the adjoining Rock Hill
and use it to build a giant breakwater. They will then
do a huge amount of dredging to make a 35-foot deep
harbor to accommodate container ships and cruise
ships. This dredging would destroy the reefs that are
currently in the way. Even with the best intentions,
such an operation will result in a huge amount of run-
off, which is likely to get taken by the
currents up and down the coast and
destroy all Carriacou's south coast reefs,
,, i,- .i, ,. se around Saline Island and
'0 I.., i -1... I and quite likely the barrier
Left: The area marked in red includes the cliffs
of Sabazan and Rock HilL According to the
ecoplan', this whole area is to be bulldozed
fiat to create the material for a 3/4-mile break-
water, and the reef that can be seen breaking
just to the right will be dredged
Right: Artist's impression of what the area
might look like if such a port were built
reef all 1l-n. the east coast up to Windward. And this
quote: i i material oftentimes is merely pumped
to open sea depending on permit availability" (page 18)
leads me to doubt that best practices would be
observed here.
When all is done, the whole southeast coast in the
area of Dumfries could end up being a fenced-off, flat
tened, giant industrial nightmare or dream, depend-
ing on how much you like industrialization. Because it
contains anti-competition clauses, it means no other
smaller scale, locally run duty free port could come into
existence down the line. This section of the economy will
have been given away to an overseas private company.
I also see risks here to the reputation of Grenada
itself. What exactly are these guys up to? Why such a
huge volume cf -. -. T .i ; ing through little Carriacou;
why not ship : 1i ... i , directly to its ultimate des-
tination? This is not spelt out clearly, but the only
thing I can imagine is that maybe by bringing Brazilian
--. it,-, Carriacou they may somehow become
... ." and thus can be exported under different
tariffs. If this is the case, I am not sure Grenada is
going to become very popular with the rest of CARICOM
and its other trading partners.
And since the containers would be coming from
South America, just who i? .-in t- make sure that
drugs don't get sewn into i. i...... ... fabric? Once
i et re-shipped out of Carriacou, they are com-
: i. ...- Carriacou. If there is a giant drug bust, who
is going to get blamed? Yes, Grenada! And how are we
going to stop that? I don't think Grenada has even one
drug-sniffing dog, let alone a team or equipment that
could carefully examine 375 thousand tons of cargo. If
things go bad, Grenada could ruin whatever relations
it has with its trading partners. Maybe it will become
even harder than it is now to get a visa to the US. To


me this plan raises more red flags than you are likely
to see in Moscow on May Day.
It is unfortunate that due diligence has been lacking
in some other fairly disastrous Caribbean projects.
Among these I include the bankrupt Ashton Marina
project on Union Island, which left St. Vincent & the
Grenadines a huge debt, a damaged lagoon where there
was formerly a living bay, and tons of rusting iron
between Ashton Harbour and the sea; and an east
coast St. Lucia development where the developers came
in with bulldozers, trashed a whole hillside and then
gave up, leaving a giant scar on the land. Neither of
these were on as large a scale as this proposed plan.
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People in Carriacou might want to talk to those who
live in Canouan. In 1999 the island was divided in two
and the government gave a 99-year lease on the larger
part to a Swiss-Italian-owned resort business. I am
told that those born on and who live on Canouan can-
not even walk around the larger part of their own
island without first getting permission. It seems the
government has given the owners of the high-end
resort virtually carte blanche to do what they want,
although a court order recently stopped them from
dredging that could have damaged a barrier reef that
protects the island.
The size of the proposed Carriacou project is so large
that it is doubtful the Grenada authorities would be
able to police and control either its building or its
operation. Grenada would in effect give away a big
chunk of Carriacou, allow it to become a suburb of
Brazil in the hands of a private company with few local
controls, and risk destroying much of Carriacou's
natural environment and existing culture.
Not many people seem to know about this proposal,
despite its presence on the Government website. It is a
plan of such enormous consequence that it would be
terrible if it becomes a done deal without a full and active
debate and discussion with the people of Carriacou.
The good part is that, at this stage, it is just a plan
- it is an offer that has been made to the Government
of Grenada, which the Government has posted for
.... 11. ...ment has signed a
i ... . i.. i i i .,, i,,. this is by no means a
I .. I .1 ... I ... -111 ... up with an alternative
plan that is more favorable to Carriacou.
I hope that the Government of Grenada, after further
rm.ininr. this proposal and discussing it with the
I i arriacou, will realize it would be a disaster
and ditch it quickly.


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6, not broken, don't fix it" is not necessarily the best axiom for
i iters. Without maintenance, we put our safety at risk. Beyond
'ety are matters of comfort and convenience. Life is better with-
,,t having the mainsail blown out or the head clogged up, or a
major problem with our motor or electrical system.
The maintenance of a boat is never simple, especially when complicated by budget
and compounded by sun, wind, salt, occasional groundings, and other factors that
cause wear on the boat and its equipment.
The good news is that the Caribbean is simply loaded with both talent and facili-
ties. While parts may cost about the same, the cost of labor and the cost of rent for
a contractor is much less than in the USA,
Canada or Europe. This is something we can
use to our advantage. H avin B
Talent varies widely, however, as does
price. And all the islands are not the same as done in
to what they have to offer. done .
For basic work, such as sanding and paint
ing, we should head for an island that has a A
good pool of labor at an opportunistic price,
There are sailors who have spent time at Ile
a Vache, Haiti and had basic work done at A P
very attractive prices and were very happy
with the outcome. The same is true for Cuba
and the Dominican Republic. These by Franr
islands, and Venezuela, have the
best day rates in the Caribbean.
Knowing how to speak a little
Spanish is a big help and being able
to oversee the work as it is being
done is absolutely necessary. You
can contract workers who would be
h.yF ti -t work for US$100 to

Compare that to Antigua and St. -
Maarten where such work can easily
be billed for US$150 per day, and
the savings add up quickly. Keep in
mind the quality of the work may not
be as good in every instance; how
ever unless you are having varnish _
work done on a gold-plater, it mayt 4
not make that much of a difference.
At the other end of the spectrum is ,
highly specialized work. Of course -
prices will be higher than for basic ,
sanding or bottom painting. Work on
electronics, autopilots, hydraulics J J
and work such as fibreglass ,
de-blistering is best left to special- ," -
ists: Antigua, St. Maarten, Grenada
and Trinidad come to mind. St.
Maarten has .... .. .i. ...' I
high-end yac'i- 1, ... | i
crews and captains. St. Maarten '4
might have high prices but if your
repair is complicated, the highest bill-
ing rate may get you the best result in the shortest time. The contractors there also
have a great deal of experience .11. -1 ..... .- ues and communication systems.
In Grenada and Trinidad, m' -I i1. i in the marinas and boatyards are
cruising boats, not mega-yachts. Thus the contractors are attuned to working on
mid-size boats and their equipment in that size range.
There are major sail lofts 1'.. -J. ,,' 1. Caribbean. Doyle has manufacturing
facilities in Barbados and the I I T .... r suit of sails from Doyle and other sail-
makers:- -.,,,... 11 1 )cally than the cost would be back home (wherever home
is). And I i.. i I .... I the quality of the sails to meet my needs.
How to Get the Work Done on Your Boat
After 35 years of running and owning marinas, I've learned a few things:
Keep a maintenance log and an ongoing "to do" list. If your budget is adequate,
do not delay ii,,,. 1, rk done. Delay is never worth it.
Plan all I ... .1 ... advance.
Be realistic about what needs to be done.
Become familiar with the job(s).
Research where in the Caribbean would be the best place to get the work done.
Decide if you will you stay with the boat or leave.
All these factors will affect the cost and outcome of the work.
The most direct way to do boat work is to do it yourself. There are owners who can
fix everything, all the time; there's not a system they don't know. They understand
the job at hand and have the time and ability to do the work as well as source all
necessary parts and tools.
Other owners either cannot do the work or just are not interested. These owners
must contract their work to boatyards and marine contractors. To get work done
properly at a market reasonable price, they must understand how to be the agent for
the boat.
Many owners simply look for the cheapest price and then hope for the best. When
the job does not turn out right, they blame everyone else and avoid taking responsi-
bility for the outcome.
Keep this in mind: if you give out a job, no matter where the boat is, and then
leave, the chances are that the work will not be done properly or not be done on time,
or both. If you are going to contract out work to various contractors, ideally you
should stay with the boat to watch the way the work is being done and to monitor
that everyone shows up on a continuous basis. The point is that if your interests are
at risk, there is no substitute for your physical presence.
Let's assume that you plan to stay with the boat while the work is undertaken. You
must first locate the tradesmen who can do the work. This is not as easy as it may
appear. Ask other yachtsmen if they've had similar work done, and by whom. Ask
the marina for recommendations.
Interview the tradesmen and get detailed estimates. The estimates must be detailed
otherwise you will not be able to compare. You must also ask what the time frame
for the job will be. Another very important question to ask is if the contractor has
insurance. What if you retain someone and they lose a limb or worse while working
on your boat? The consequences could be quite complicated.
Once you have all the estimates in hand, and not before, call the contractor that
you favor and have a meeting. At this meeting you have an opportunity to negotiate
the price as well as the time frame and materials used. When you negotiate, keep in
mind that everyone must come out a winner or in the end everyone will be a loser.


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You might meet with several contractors before you select one.
Many boat owners put much too much emphasis solely on the price. They do not
give enough thought to the materials that will be used or the quality of the trades-
man doing the job. In my 35 years in the marina business, I've seen that people often
ask just twc i...... the price and when the work will be done. Rarely do they ask
the details ol' I 11 job will be done, or for a specific list of materials needed to do
the job.
Will the fasteners be stainless steel? Will the cleat that is being installed have a
backing plate? Will the battery connections be changed when the new batteries
are installed? What kind i i... .1 .... h. will be done prior to painting? What kind
of teak is being used? The list goes on and
on, but without it you are "buying a pig in
)at W ork a poke" and may get the job done only to
find out down the line that it needs to be
Caribb ean* done over.
a Remember, when you employ a tradesman,
the lowest price is not always the best deal.
The contractor must want the job and must
feel he is being paid properly to do it. When
you .' . ,i., ,i i ,,, i uuse to pay
what .- i ... ...... I 1 .. .. but in the
end you will lose, as the tradesman will find
g, shortcuts to match the price. Pretty much
irgintino you get what you pay for. However, that
being said you may sometimes pay
well and not get a good job. You
must have all the details clearly list
ed, types of materials and methods
of installation stated, and a time
frame understood and you should
be there to watch the job.
If you simply cannot stay with the
boat while the work is being done,
you MUST have a third party over-
see the job. It is no fun calling a
contractor long distance, over and
over again, and having him avoid
the phone call, especially after you
S, t- -- gave him a deposit to get started.
Seek the help of the marina, a proj-
Sect manager, or a surveyor some-
Sone you are paying who under-
stands that their job is to protect
S your interests. You must interview
your agent as you would a trades-
man, and they must have experi-
SI ence and credentials.
Even with the help of a third party,
. 4 remember thatyou still must research
all details of the job, and understand
them, in order to get what you are
--- paying for. Everything must be in
"" writing, in detail, and both the con-
_, f- T hr . -., ^ F' Vi" f.Ak tractor as well as the person who will
oversee the job must agree that they
understand and sign off. The more
effort you put into the job before it starts, the better the job will go and the better the
outcome will be.
It may cost you on average ten to 15 percent more, but if you picked a profes-
sional to represent you, the work will be done on time and properly.
Remember, too, that any shortcut you take, either in labor quality or materials, will
almost always result in the job turning out poorly. Also remember that you cannot
rush a job. Working on a boat is complicated and many times the weather does not
cooperate. Rain, wind, extreme I i I . i.. .11 .11 I I1. I i In the planning
stage, allow sufficient time by i. i...... 11. .1 ,,. I I ,, need it done, so
that there is no rush. This will almost always result in a better job at a better price.
Owning a boat requires managing it as an asset in order to enjoy it fully. Work on
the boat should be exciting as well. After all, you are maki. ... .... better,
whether by repairing or improving why not look at it that ,I 1 I .y to get
the job done cheaply and do not invest sufficient time to expedite the job appropri-
ately, you will become frustrated and the boat will lose its appeal.
Again, the key is to understand the work and to research every facet of it. The
proposed work must be understood by all parties. What the scope of the work is,
what parts and materials will be used, what type of labor will do the job, and even
where you do the job, will determine the outcome.
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-Continued from page 14 ...ARC 2010
Another magnet that keeps ARC sailors in St. Lucia is the hospitality offered by the
St. Lucia Yacht Club. SLYC invites ARC participants to fun events at the club, plus
it organizes the Christmas Carols Afloat boat parade and, new this year, Optimist
and J/24 demonstration races just off the marina. SLYC's Social Secretary, Belgian-
born Danielle de Rouck, says, "It's fun getting together and getting more visitors to
the club!"
SLYC member
Duncan Gray manned
I the ARC finish line.
HB w int -rrived with
i, .. he received
a request for volun
teers from among past
ARC participants who
are still in the
Caribbean. Another
past ARC skipper,
S Marjan on Spalax,
plus a cruising couple,
Cindy and Lee on
Tranquility, helped out
aboard Duncan's
35-foot ketch, Sephina,
which was anchored
at one end of the line
Above: Still fun after 25 years. Norwegians Stale and Annelise Larson aboard
the Sweden 40 Viking Crusader. They sailed in the first, tenth and 25th ARCs
Below: St. Lucian skipper Nico Philip, left, and the British crew of
the Oyster 70 Apollonia



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during much of the month of December. The boat was festooned with flags and
showed a big ... 1 ..i.... light "like a lighthouse" at night. (Duncan adds that
it would be 1. ... i i i..i if other yachts anchored in the bay used anchor
lights!) He says, "We had WiFi and received a schedule of daily arrivals, with
updates about every six hours. We get a call from the boats when they're five miles
out, acknowledge the call, and when they're two miles out we inform the finish-line
photographer, Tim Wright. There's a GPS position -fi-'n fr both ends of the line,
and we saved a couple of boats from missing the ... record the finish times
and relay them to the ARC office by VHF.
"Sleep can be a bit of a challenge," Duncan admits, "but it's exciting. We had


three boats finish with 18 seconds, two within six seconds and two crossed the
line within five seconds: that's about a boat length. It's great to see all the
happy, relieved faces and you can tell when the Italian and Spanish boats are
Sppr-1-hn th- ;i 1--n~-~i tF- party's already started!"
* *i ... '.. i -.- i. finish line wins the trophy of fulfilling a dream,
but the ARC is famous for giving abundant awards in numerous divisions and class-
es, and fun prizes as well.
Nico Philip, the only St. Lucian skipper in ARC 2010, sailed the Oyster 70
Apollonia, which won the prize for the mc f;.1 .... .1, 30. Not surprising, as grow-
ing up in Soufriere, Nico's father was a : -1 .......... i I was swimming like a fish
at four years."
Best Family Performance on corrected time, third place on handicap in Class H,
and a prize for Best Pictures at Sea went to the ii .... ...,i ... .
-Thomas, Hege, and five-year-old son Storm, al ., I I I I 1 .. n ,ii i f,
this year's smallest yacht. It was their first ARC, and Hege says, "We'll definitely do
it again!"
Their countrymen Stale and Annelise Larson of the Sweden 40 Viking Crusader
have d';..- it mnd again. The Larsons sailed in the first, tenth and 25th
ARCs.' I, I Annelise says, "It's fun. In the very first one we felt secure,
and enjoyed the social life and the contact with the other boats. We had such a good
experience that we went again in the tenth, and thought it would be fun to go again
in the 25th." The practice paid off: Stale and Annelise won Best Double-Handed
Performance in 2010.
The ARC Silver Jubilee .... i )ecember 18th was a gala event although
several boats arrived too I I 11. .. ws to attend it. So a unique "Later Arrivals
Party" was thrown and they were welcomed by Andrew Bishop of World Cruising
Club, John Emmanuel of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Adam Foster of IGY Rodney
Bay Marina and Danielle de Rourke of the St. Lucia Yacht Club where else but at
the Boardwalk Bar in the heart of the ARC 2010 Village.

For complete results, visit www.worldcruising.com. Entries for ARC 2011 are
now open.
ARC Europe starts from Tortola, BVI, on May 5th, crossing to the first rally destina-
tion port, St. George's in Bermuda. An alternative start in Hampton, Virginia on May
6th for North American-based yachts also crosses to Bermuda. From Bermuda the
combined fleet crosses the Atlantic to the Azores. Thefinal leg departs from Sao Miguel
to Portugal, with support provided for yachts heading to northern Europe.
Thanks to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and the Palm Haven Hotel for making
Compass's research trip to St. Lucia so enjoyable. And special thanks to all the inter
A~nnr P0 -


With one voice: At the 15th ARC's gala prize giving, Radio Net Group B sings their
own nautical version of The 12 Days of Christmas'


continued from page 17 ...Regatta News
Triple Jack Wins Round Tortola Again
Contending with 20- to 25-knot gusting winds on the north side of Tortola, Triple Jack,
a 32-year-old Kelsall one-off skippered by George Lane, won the Peg Legs Round
Tortola Race on November 20th, 2010 for the second year in a row, beating second-
placer igoodia by one minute on elapsed time. Jack Dusty II, a Pearson 40 skip-
pered by 84-year-old Bill Hirst, won Cruising Class.
The 45-foot Triple Jack circumnavigated Tortola in three hours, 53 minutes and 27
seconds, missing her personal best set last year by exactly 20 minutes; breaking a
daggerboard cost some of the precious minutes needed to beat last year's time, as
did the outhaul giving way near Scrub Island.
The fleet, which showed increased numbers this year, started in the Sir Francis Drake
Channel off Nanny Cay, then headed anti-clockwise around Tortola. After the beat,
the fleet turned the corner at Great Camanoe and headed on a downwind run to
West End where, after a quick wiggle through Soper's Hole, it was a beat back to
the finish off Nanny Cay.
"Get onto port, get out into the Channel and get out into the true breeze," was the
winning plan according to George.
For more information visit www.royalbviyc.org.

19 for Course de L'Alliance 2010
The 7th edition of the Course de L'Alliance, run November 26th through 29th, 2010,
had three classes Multihull, Racing and Racer-Cruiser taking the 19-boat fleet
through swells and rough seas from Simpson Bay, St. Maarten to neighboring island
St. Barth's on the Friday.
The Saturday saw a bit less wind and lighter seas, allowing for a great sail to Sandy
Ground, Anguilla. On the final day, the fleet sailed back to St. Martin. La Course de
I'Alliance is an initiative of Marina Fort Louis and Yacht Club Fort Louis to cement the
alliance between St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barth's and Anguilla.
First place prize in Racing Class went to the Melges 24 Team Budget Marine/Gill,
skippered by Chris Marshall; Jamie Dobbs' J/122, Lost Horizon of Antigua, took first in


Racer-Cruiser; while Will Secher's cat, Altair, placed first and received the Jean
Allaire trophy for the Mulithull Class.
For more information visit www. coursedelalliance.com.

Pacific Puddle Jump Party in Panama
Heading west? The Balboa Yacht Club will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pacific Puddle
Jump Party in Panama City on the Pacific side of Panama on February 12th. This
free event for cruisers heading to the Pacific is co-sponsored by Latitude 38 maga-
zine and Tahiti Tourism. There will be seminars, slide shows, video presentations, raffle
prizes, and many free giveaways.
For more information contact niftefrank@hotmail com.

April's Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
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CAPTIWIRO BY

CANIYVAL. CULTURtE'
by J. Wynner


George and Ruth
Parsons with
Harvard Harps
arranger D. Redon


Meet 1 ~ Ruth Parsons who hail from the USA. Ruth, Research Professor,
Institute I ... I Resolution, University of Denver, and George, a pharmacist by
profession, are now both retired. Although born in land-locked Colorado, this adven-
turous couple always had a great love for the water. When they were young they
owned a ski boat and were both lifeguards. So they were absolutely delighted by an
invitation to go sailing with friends who rented and skippered a boat themselves.
From then on their romance with the water surged.
Since 1998 they have been sailing their boat, S/V Makaru, in the Caribbean for
several months a year. Because they have become so immersed in Trinidad's
Carnival culture, they fly down in January and usually live on board Makaru, based
at Power Boats i:, i,.. ........ until after Carnival. "This has been Makaru's home
base for twelve y .. 11 ..... val i .,, i .,,, coming back to Trinidad,
from where we return home. We kee 11' i .1 1. i 11. summer during the hur-
ricane season. We are really only on the boat four or five months out of the year,"
explains Ruth.
George, who had visited Trinidad in 1989 oi .1.... i... i1i I lhe place so much
that it was only natural that when they were I ,,,. -I ..- ..., to keep Makaru,
Trinidad was the preferred choice, especially since it was below the hurricane belt.
"It was nice to find Trinidad. It's a special place, we kind of got stuck here,"
says George.
They did a lot of chartering themselves for about two weeks at a time before they
bought their own vessel. Two years they chartered in the Bahamas and two years in
Puerto Rican waters. They have also ventured to Belize and Honduras several times,
and the Parsons have visited the BVI, too.
When George and Ruth first arrived in Trinidad in 1998, they had no idea that they
would keep coming back to the island. But they ... 1. the Carnival fever. In fact,
their initial Carnival excursion was one of mixed I i...- as George relates: "When
we came, we ran into quite a character called Cosmos, who is deceased now. He used
to haul the yachties around. So for our first Carnival experience we were taken to a
fete at Queen's Hall but did not understand what all the excitement was about.
Cosmos had us there at one o'clock. The Prime Minister was there, also Wendy
FitzWilliam who was then M-= TI '- r- .- -.t 'r-.n-1 f -ln:. rather bored.
However, later on the popular c I ... ... I I I I I -1 I "1 at which point
Ruth chimes in, "And we have been here ever since!" After a hearty chuckle George
resumes, "Cosmos usually took the yachties home at seven. But the party had only
just begun. So we stayed on. We loved David Rudder but we did not know a thing
about Carnival. We could not sort out what on earth was going on," adds Ruth.
From that first Carnival outing, their love affair with Carnival flourished. Like their
fellow cruisers Krister and Anna Malm on S/V Kaiso (see the July 2010 issue of
Compass), Ruth and George became fascinated with the steel pan. They attended a
workshop and learned about the history of the pan and how to play it. That first year
they bought a steel pan to take home with them and continued practicing. But the
steel pan venture did not end there.
On their return the following year they played with several steelbands. Believe me,
the Parsons have seen the inside of more pan yards than many a Trini-born like
myself. They even played one year in the preliminaries of the Panorama steel pan
competition until that band w .- 1....... I i i 111.,,,. ,, i larvard Harps
where they played pan in the J', .. .1 1 ...i .. 1.1. .. I I ... .. from 2007 to
2010. This proved to be vec- r-'-rdin Harvard Harps placed first in the Bomb
competition in 2008, and t I I .. I place in 2009.
And, of course, it's impossible to be so immersed in the Carnival culture and not
get all decked out in fancy dress and parade on the streets come Carnival Monday
and Tuesday! Performing in the "theatre of the street" represented another Carnival
highlight for the Parsons: "playing mas" one year, fully costumed in Peter Minshall's
2000 presentation and, another year, with prominent band leader/designer and
2010 winner of Band of the Year, Brian MacFarlane.
But in 2011 Ruth and George will be moving on. "It's time we shove loose and do
something else. We have grandchildren, they are growing older and they want to
experience sand and sea, and the boat and sailing," says Ruth. "We want to start a
new chapter with our boat. The Trinidad chapter in some ways has been life-altering
for us because we have immersed ourselves in another culture and when you do
that you learn so much about yourself and it gives you a different perspective about
the world. It has been a great experience, something you do that you just would
not trade."
However, Ruth and i.11 .. be forgetting about the steel pan anytime soon.
As Ruth puts it, "As r -..11I ,, I warning to play pan and, by a bunch of happen-
stances, a very fine internationally known pan arranger has moved to Colorado. He
has a pan ensemble at the University of Colorado, from where I retired, and we are
now "l1-in. t thb Tli-'r i-t in the summers."
So i... ,I- .. ,I. .il I based in Grenada, and, as they reminded, "We would
not b ti-.ine up Trinidad completely. Since we have many friends here we will fly in
and ,,, i, ... the Isle of Spice."
I hope that when their grandchildren hear the pan, Ruth and George will quickly
bring them back to revisit The Land of the Hummingbird, and birthplace of the
limbo, calypso, and the steelband.













wake. Fortunately, most of the pan yards located in and around Port of Spain (POS)
are within easy reach of Chaguaramas. There are the long established bands, such
as Starlift on Mucurapo Road, Invaders and Silver Stars (the current steel band
champions for two consecutive years), both on Tragarete Road; and recent past
Panorama champs, Phase II, another popular band with a large following on
Hamilton Street, off Damien Street just behind One Woodbrook Place. On the periph-
ery, in POS east, are Renegades on Charlotte Street, and All Stars at the eastern end
of Duke Street. Up the hill, in Laventille, is the pride and joy of the people on the hill,
Desperados steelband. All these bands have been previous Panorama champions.
A visit to a pan manufacturer to see how the modern pans are crafted should be
of great interest, too. The present-day manufacturing process that makes use of
large imported sheets of steel represents a far cry from the methods implemented in

Left: At carnivals throughout the Caribbean you can join a costume band and be
part of the street parade action
Below: On de road, J'ouvert morning. A surprising number of musical cruisers have
joined steel pan bands


George and Ruth Parsons of Colorado, USA have been sailing the Caribbean waters
for the last 12 years on their yacht Makaru, and have participated in various aspects
of Trinidad Carnival, 1. ... .1.1 enjoying the experience.
They offer this advice 11 yachties to I ..I ..., get to know this culture. It
is so rich. Don't just watch on, participate, i.... i Carnival 2011 climaxes on
Carnival Monday and Tuesday, March 7th and 8th.
Carnival, the artistic and festive expression of the people of Trinidad & Tobago,
represents many things to many people. It is a celebration. It is bacchanal. It is an
industry. Carnival takes pride of place in the psyche of the people. It is T&Ts nation-
al festival that displays their culture to the world.
The national celebration showcases the country's musicians, makers of the steel-
pan (originally made from discarded oil drums), steelpan tuners and arrangers,
calypsonians, soca and chutney singers, steelband and brass band players much
to the enjoyment of their loyal followers. For these artists, as well as those employed
in costume production for "mas"' or masquerade, the season is also a paramount
source of extra income. To bandleaders, Carnival is big, big business.
The creative blends which comprise 11, -.1 ;ence, the music, song and
dance, costume design with its multiple: i -.... shoe making, wire bending,
-- -ln 1' r-; -i-ln -l~iminate in what Peter Minshall, mas' man extraordinaire,
S1 i -' -" the Tr.' -1 r, de of bands by masqueraders on the
Monday and Tuesday prior to Ash 1 i .
., -. before dawn on Carnival Monday and lasting until mid-day, Jouvert is the
I.... mas'" when masqueraders parade on the streets in rags and old clothing
and, in more recent times, splashed down from head to toe in mud. Man" -i ni -ni^-
participating in this "mud mas'", which signals the official start of the i i 1. I
revelry. J'ouvert is seen by some as a spiritual journey acted out every year with the
gathering of the various tribes at their favourite meeting place to make their annual
pilgrimage along the nation's streets, "chipping" tn-1 ---in, t- the sound of iron and
steel drums. i .,i ., .. .i ... I . i i .. I I . i ...... .i monarch, likens the
r.i", .1 i IT. 1. i .. ... .. . . ... p time to get rid of all the anxieties
S11 i .-1 - i I. previous year. Playing mas' sure beats a psychiatrist's couch.
For Ruth and George, who have both played pan with Harvard Harps for the
J'ouvert steelpan competition, this is their favourite Carnival time "If you do noth-
ing else, the one experience should be J'ouvert". "I think J'ouvert is the true spirit of
Carnival", says Ruth. "It should not be missed. It is our favourite part. Everybody
participates. I love J'ouvert with the guys in the women's dresses and the ol' mas',
unlike the Carnival Monday and Tuesday mas', for which you have to buy the cos-
tume and be here and be there, and dress up and look pretty." George expands:
"There is something special about coming down Western Main Road in St. James at
daybreak, then on to Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook, with the sun coming up.
Sometimes there is a light drizzle, and the older people are out on their decks waving
and jamming to the music. It feels so exhilarating".
Another long-standing carnival couple, yachties Anna and Krister Malm from
Sweden, who have been sailing in the Caribbean for more than 40 years, share the
Parsons' love for J'ouvert the Carnival happening that they insist should not be
missed. "For me J'ouvert is special, very special," says Anna who has also played pan
for J'ouvert, with bands such as Birdsong, Merry Makers, Harvard Harps, as well as
their own Swedish band, Hot Pans, which the Malms brought to Trinidad for
Carnival in 2009.
So sailors take note! If you are musically inclined, the steelband doors are open
wide to everyone. You too can participate in Fll-inr r-n. If not, you can always have
a good jump-up on the streets either by ....... i .,, costume band or a J'ouvert
ol' mas' band.
But long before J'ouvert, pre-Carnival events, starting ..1.i .her Christmas,
launch the season. Yes, Carnival is a season, too -a season I -1. competitions,
making the rounds at the various pan yards, visiting the mas' camps, fting, party
ing. There is a maxi-taxi and tour service based at Irena Trans-Continental Travel
Ltd., Tropi, .i ..... ,. i........... i .1 f rs transport and help to yachties in
i ......... ... '' 1 .... I calypso competitions. Operator Jesse
i ....' i 'i -' Only taxi service says that a very popular request from yachties
is transport to see the Carnival Tuesday Parade of Bands.
Other outings include taking in the King and Queen of the Bands costume compe-
tition. This starts with a preliminary group of about 30 to 40 King and Queen contes-
tants crossing the stage, with half their number being selected to go into the semi-
finals. From there the final ten move on to the big show on Dimanche Gras night
when the King and Queen of Carnival, as well as the Calypso Monarch, are crowned.
Dimanche Gras takes place on the Carnival Sunday night preceding J'ouvert.
Making the rounds of the various pan yards a yard is normally a large open-air
location where the steelbands hold their rehearsals is a must if you are to truly
soak in the Carnival vibes. There you will hear pan players hell bent on rehearsing
their piece for the big Panorama Carnival steelpan competition on Carnival Saturday
night. The excitement is intensified on judging night wh .. I. i. .1 move
from one pan yard to another, judging the bands, with the -... .... I 1 ,,,. ,,, their


the days of old when pans were shaped into musical instruments from old oil drums
and other discarded metal containers.
Visiting the mas' camps and viewing the various costume designs for the fancy
dress masquerade bands is another event high on the Carnival "to do" list. Many of
the popular POS mas' camps are also within easy reach of Chaguaramas and are all
close to each other.
High on the agenda also, is the fete phase, which brings out the party animals in
their multitudes at all-inclusive fetes where entrance fee, food and drink are paid
in advance taking place throughout the land, in which the crazed crowd seems to
catch the spirit.
Despite all the positive vibrations, however, there are the puritans who perceive the
national festival in a negative light as complete bacchanal and a "bloody nuisance"
with debauchery as its main element. In its large, noisy, big-party, and bickering
sense, Carnival embraces the sum total of the national experience including the
various calypso, masquerade and steelband contests, attendant with their usual
rivalry and grumblings at the final results all an integral part of the public's
Carnival awareness. But on whatever side of the spiritual divide these passions fall,
Carnival does I . ....... I .i. ,' if for no other reason than it heralds the
advent of the D ..L i ... ...
Carnival is an annual encounter that is deeply embedded in the national con-
sciousness ofT&T, and participation in it is the social and cultural highlight of many
yachties' adventures in Trinidad.
For more information on attending or participating in Trinidad Carnival, listen to the
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Tack to get back on course and reset your sails, and all
will be smooth sailing.
TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)

are in positive aspect and you will make good headway.
GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Love will prove fickle this month, but your sense of humor
will sail in to rescue you from any rough emotional seas.
CANCER 0 (22 Junm 23 Jul)
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LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Saturn, the planet of business, is still in your sign so
hold on to your positive attitude and dedicate your ener-
gies to getting as much work as possible completed before
the 26th when this aspect wanes.
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The City


by Jennifer Gay




Everyone has heard about mermaids but have you ever seen one?
There has been one reported sighting in Carriacou and now Alice
was about to make that two. Alice is a young girl who lives on a boat
in Tyrrel Bay. Today was her birthday so she decided to go to Anse
la Roche for the day all by herself.
When she got there the beach was deserted. She walked along
looking for shells and then suddenly she heard a faraway wailing
and screaming. Alice looked around and saw a head bobbing around
in the water. Alice quickly jumped into the water to go and help
whoever it was. When she got there she saw it was a mermaid with
long flowing golden blond hair with a tiara on her head.
"What is your name?" the mermaid asked.
"I'm Alice, who..." she didn't finish her sentence because she was
dragged under by the mermaid. Once underwater Alice found that
she could breathe. She turned around and found the mermaid star
.Im amt E str "Who are you?" Alice asked.
is Anastasia," the mermaid replied, "I am the Princess of
the lost city, but one day three years ago when I had gone out of the
city i-"Fl-in, T came back and the city had disappeared. The only
thing,- i 11 L tablet of paper, a pencil, and a note that said 'Alice
will draw the lost city and it will appear', So when you said your
name was Alice I had to see if it was really you. Here is everything
you need to draw, so will you try?"
"Of course I will!" exclaimed Alice grabbing the pad of paper and
the pencil. "Now tell me exactly what it looked like and I will draw
what you say, but don't look at it until I'm done."
"Okay, here is everything I remember..." Anastasia poured out her
memories and Alice c .1,,,, like she heard it.
"I'm almost done," -., 1 I ,,' first draw the symbols around
th r ...e right here."
S.* - said Anastasia as she wrote them down, "I remember
them so well. I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. I never could
find out the meaning, but maybe you can." Anastasia wrote out a
series of strange markings. Some were made of straight lines and
others curved.


Alice looked at it and II
exclaimed, "I know that code! It
says 'If the princess leaves the
lost city alone it will disappear.'
That's why it disappeared! You A.
left alone to explore, so the
city disappeared."
"I've left alone before though," said Anastasia sounding confused.
-i' h I 1 'h ,, '... more and then realized, "Oh, now I remember that
SI i i. i i.... I was allowed out alone."
"Well I guess you can't ..I alone again," said Alice laughing.
"That sure was a once in ii .... pleasure. Now look at this picture
and you might find the lost city."
"You're right; that was a once in a lifetime pleasure," Anastasia
laughed. Then after she looked at the picture and looked back up
she squealed with delight. The lost city was back and her parents,
the King and Queen, were swimming out to find her. Anastasia swam
into their arms and promised never to leave the city alone again. She
told them how Alice brought back the city so they swam over to
thank her.
"Thank you so much Alice," the King and Queen said. "You are
welcome any time. Just come when the beach is deserted or swim
down and tell any mermaid you see 'Alice is here to see Princess
Anastasia' and they will take you to her immediately."
"Well thanks for inviting me back. It was fun meeting Anastasia
and I will certainly come to visit sometimes. I have to go now before
my parents think I'm lost but I will be back soon. Bye, everyone!"
With that Alice left but she would be back soon to visit Anastasia.
Next time you go to Carriacou go to Anse la Roche and see if you
can find Anastasia. You never know, Alice might be there too.
Jennifer Gay is 13 years old and has been living on S/V Opus in the
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trees but most flowering plants have both male and female reproductive organs.
I The male parts are the stamens and the female parts are the stigma, style and
ovary (see diagram). Pollen is produced in the stamens and is carried either by
wind, water, insect or some other means to the stigma, usually of another flower.
The pollen grain grows down the style to the ovary where it fuses with an ovule
and forms a seed. The ovary forms a fruit around the seed.
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Their seeds out. What do mangroves do?


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Instead, they stay on the plant while they grow into seedlings.
Baby mangrove plants look like seedpods. They are called propagules and differ
in shape according to the type of mangrove. Red mangrove 1- -- ,- are cigar
shaped. They grow on the tree for up to a year then they di I -..-I the water
below. Some touch bottom and anchor themselves in the mud. Others float hori-
zontally at first, but the root ends keep growing and getting heavier so that, even-
tually, the heavy end sinks and the propagules float vertically. When they float
into a place where the water is shallow enough for the roots to touch bottom, they
plant themselves and
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by Jill Brayshaw I.


Extended periods at sea with school .. i..i i. .. are
sometimes viewed with trepidation on 1. i I i the
future education department, read: parents. We home-
schooled our son, Henry, now aged 15, for five aca-
demic years and emerged from the experience
unscathed but with a much better understanding of
both our son and the educational process, with sev-
eral undeniable benefits thrown in.
Embarking on a suitable school programme for your
children has been made much easier in some respects
as there is a lot of information available on the inter-
net; some programmes are free, some are fee-paying.
The first step, however, should be to approach the
education service in your hometown to find out if any
of the education programmes could be accessed, either
on-line or by mail. Try not to have everything only
accessible on-line there will be times when you are
on a passage or the WiFi is scratchy in the marina or
on anchor.
The next decision is how to structure the school day.
This depends largely on your understanding of your
children's attention span (and yours too!). We found
Henry's attention was probably best in the morning, as
early as possible it is usually cooler then anyway, and
for concentrated work, no more than four hours a day.
Your location on passage, on anchor or in a
marina alters the way work can be don .i..i,
between the islands in the swell does not :. i '
suitable school day, so schedule the algebra test on a
day you are in a calm location.
Think carefully about your new role. You have been
your children's parents and thus will be now seen in a
different light. This is more crucial in the early ages -
we began when Henry was nine, so he had already
experienced school routine and teachers. By age 12 he
was able to work on his own more effectively. There is
no easy way around this except to say that I think par
ent-educators are probably more strict than the strict
est teacher you have in your memory, so don't forget,
praise is always well received by your little pupils!
Without doubt, one of the marvelous advantages of
n -h--V1;;:. 1 n a boat in the Caribbean is the diver
.i i i., .. -. spoken in the island chain. There are
so many opportunities for your children to practise
what they have learnt i ti r ---
anew n'-n.-in.-. Even' ,. i ..... I i i
baguet ... 11. boulk, .J i i ii- 'i i'"
the heart of even the surliest baker! French nationality
home schoolers can take advantage of the many
English-speaking islands to practise their English.


Don't forget the Spanish-speaking islands such as
Cuba and Margarita, where a little gringo speaking
some of the native language is so irresistible.
Where else can you easily conduct a marine biology
lesson if not from your boat? Conveniently, one of
Henry's biology lessons "-.*in "Go down to the fish-
monger and purchase a i'-.I in order to dissect the
head to inspect the 'ii in one of those bizarre coin-
cidences (certainly i ..- as we are not lucky sea-
harvesters) we had just caught a 15-pound kingfish,
so not only did the fish feed us well, the head was duly


dissected and said gills inspected and drawn. A simple
shell collection can provide much information about
the mollusc species, and that's in addition to fish and
sea creature identification while snorkeling or diving.
Children love doing simple science experiments
aboard, such as growing mustard and cress or sprout
ing seeds. Even boring old mathematics can be made
more bearable with course calculations, provisioning
bills, even working out the volume of a space and how
many packets or boxes will fit in there. Hang on a min-
ute; that sounds very useful! In fact, there is a real
possibility that your kid's education will benefit every
one. This is what education specialists all over the
world are trying to promote, in that education should
be a means to provide your child with -' .'t under-
standing of the world at large and you *. 1. ... this in
with passage making, boat maintenance, energy pro-
duction oh yes, and a little bit of sailing thrown in!
-Continued on next page
Above: Henry still lives aboard, but now attends
Beacon High School in Grenada


Below: Reading is a good learning activity underway


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A nice way to encourage English skills is to have your children keep a log. I am of
the old school promoting hand-written logs, as you will be able to assess your child's
grasp of spelling and grammar without them resorting to the spell-check guru on
your lap-top. I would, however, encourage any medium foi] .1. ...... whether
it be blog, Facebook, or just plain e-mails to their friends, .... i .... 1,,,. )f written
S- is an asset in their programme.
.. children have been to a land school, a good way to promote communication
skills in English is to try and set up links between their class or the whole school so
that the pupils can contact your children to follow their progress geography teach-
ers love this especially, it really pinpoints where each individual island is in the
Caribbean.
Pique your child's interest in history and politics by introducing them to Caribbean
history. There are plenty of forts with cannons to visit. Get them to consider what it
must have been like in the days of slavery. .......... though, don't go too far down
this road as they may start asking question i i people were taken from their
native lands, put on a ship, sailed to the Caribbean, made to work, then set free"
- hmmm, this may sound too familiar to children fed up in a hot salon being asked
to work complicated maths problems!)
The reality of living and schooling on the boat is that you will need a bit of space
both for your kids to actually read comfortably and write stuff down. .
nav station would be adequate, but on our 40-foot Endeavour it was i, .1 i ,.
able for a small body so the table in the salon was put to use. What we seriously
underestimated was the amount of space needed for storage of school materials.
Even if a lot of yc.i. i .7.;..- is on-line you still need some space just to store the
paper stuff. For .... i .1 ... children make notes on a trip ashore there will be
an amount of drawings and hard copy to store.
Unless you are on a catamaran, schoolwork on a passage is difficult even keep-
ing the books or computer in one place is hard. So be flexible about the programme
or lesson plan: get them to read, or if you are home 1. .... ..... i. 1dren ask
them to draw animals, birds, etcetera, and talk about 11. i.11 .i explain-
ing different terms hoof, fin and wing, for example.


One of the obvious downsides to home schooling is the lack of other children for
your children to interact with. It was considered one of the reasons why home
schooling was talked down and discouraged in the past. Thankfully this is now
unfashionable and the merits of home schooling outweigh the disadvantages.
Finding other children on boats in the Caribbean is pretty easy; there are lots of
cruiser nets, dinghy docks and activities where you can meet up with other families
with children.
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being what they are there will be times when children just don't get on with another
set of boat kids.
It is sometimes difficult to assess how well your children are getting on, as at times
there are no other kids around. It is a very good idea to involve other cruisers in this
and find out if there are any skills that could be useful in your home schooling. You will
be surprised how diverse our cruiser knowledge is, and this can be put to good use in
helping children with individual subjects or even formalising extra tuition. For instance,
I am a trained linguist and help out with modem languages where necessary.


Above: Blogs, Facebook or e-mails can improve handling of written language
Left: Students will need a bit of space to do their schoolwork

After five years of home schooling we have now put Henry into Beacon High School,
in St. George's, Grenada, and although we were naturally apprehensive about how
he ,,1 1 I ....r fears were unfounded. The other children are very interested in
our i .1 ... i i.i .. the ocean in general and we found that the teachers appreciate
the fact that a child who is used to working on his own has a much longer attention
span than a normal 15-year-old. Henry has been able to fully integrate with his age
group and loves hanging out with his friends at school, proof being that he preferred
to have his photo taken in his Beacon uniform for his passport renewal rather than
jeans and T shirt, in order to have a memory of his school days in Grenada.
Don't underestimate your own input; you, as parents, are crucial. You are the ones
to set the routine, oversee the duration and content of lessons, and correct the work
done. It is not necessary to be a teacher or have been involved in any educational
field beforehand. The way certain subjects, maths being one, for example, are taught
nowadays is different from when we were at school, so be ready to read one chapter
ahead of where your children are so you can be prepared!
Think of your home schooling as benefit to the whole family. Indeed, you will revise
stuff you once knew and learn new things as well. We would have welcomed, but never
did find, the physics lesson that covered how to fix ou ,. .... i .... 4-108 engine!
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GARDE


by Flora van Heteren
It all started with the avocado seeds. 0.. T .- --- .1--tt 11 1 trees
on board Heros, our 34-foot wooden sloo ... i i. i i I.. I I .. I ... .. I them
before we sailed out of Bequia to go south to Trinidad for our yearly haul-out. That was
not hard a friendly old lady in Hamilton village was happy to take them all!
My longing for a lush garden increased as the cruising years went by, to have
greens around me instead of blues in various shades and tone -1 i ...11
and their shrieking call, I craved the song of the blackbird, or I .... I. i -
frogs and the crickets. One of the latter was brought aboard in the dinghy one time,
and its music sent me to sleep many evenings, till it discontinued the same sudden
way as it had begun.
11 ... 1ii ,, I shore life by housesitting, the moving of
i ........ .. i n iII. I .1 1 .... I r ordeal. I had duties on board as well, so
I decided it was time to look into other ways to fulfl'l ---- -ming f-- n-t 1t some
plants over from the shore, especially while sailing .- ... , 1" ".1. ..
After that decision was made, an aloe vera plant, found uprooted and dried up by
the side of the road in Union Island, was carried back to the boat and put in some
dirt in a plastic container. Our boat was small, and we had not much water, so water
from doing the dishes was what it grew upon. This same plant has been re-potted
since then several times and has grown so huge that it is now decorated every
Christmas, and serves as our Irie Christmas tree. It has bloomed several times, and
while in the boatyard in St. Martin, a bananaquit came flying in and out many times
to inspect the flowers.
My husband came back from the shore one day in Bequia, carrying a cutting with
a very beautiful pink flower to add to the collection. It grows in a pot, hanging outside
where it makes us happy with its daily flowers.
From Day One on boats it has been my concern to collect rainwater and store it,
so that we never need to buy water. On our big boat now, we have two awnings with
two spouts each, of which two go directly into our tanks. The rest goes into two big
buckets on deck, for showers and laundry. Here in St. Maarten we haven't bought
water for five years, and the quality of the rainwater is better then the brackish water
that less fortunate people have to buy from 11. 1 .1 .- station.
While "on the hard" I ... ...i.- i...... .. ., . -.' I started a compost heap in
a huge plant pot on I .. ..... i it on deck when we re-launched. In it I
ni d.-


planted the green pepper bush and the spinach vine that had been growing
spontaneously in the sand next to the boat. Later I separated them and put the
pepper in another pot. After we ate the three small peppers it made, the plant
died, and also the spinach gave up after it produced many seeds in the dry
season. I supposed it was time for a rest, and as soon as the rainy season
started they would grow again. I took all the old dried-up leftovers out of the pot
and loosened up the dirt, ready for the new crop to be planted, but to my sur-
prise two papaya trees started to grow in it! I did remember the summer before
to have eaten an extremely delicious papaya, the seeds and skin of which I
threw in the compost pot, et voila, there it was a new generation! To my great
regret I had to plant those trees ashore when they were almost two feet tall.
Just when I had put the papayas in front of the Thai Restaurant, I met the
delivery skipper of a Beneteau who had just accomplished the Atlantic crossing
from France, together with three crewmembers, all young and new to sailing big
distances. He had bought a hot pepper plant in the market in the Canary Islands
to keep the crew busy with compassion and care for something alive during dif
ficult times and rough weather. It was the crew's duty to deliver the plant alive
to St. Maarten, the end of their sea voyage, and indeed they did very well. It grew
four small red-hot peppers, although when it came into my care, it had only
three, as they had put the other one in their --. .1 t- -tl-
It found a place on deck, re-potted, and afte i ,1 ,,,- ... i I ..... i
some of the branches, it started to grow with new vigour and made flowers every
day. Soon I found out that it was necessary to pollinate them myself, as no bees
or other insects that are busy with that job were coming over to our .-.T-h -
in the middle of Simpson Bay Lagoon. A small soft paintbrush, as i .
colours, was selected, and every day, early in the morning, I brushed gently in
the middle of each flower in turn, making sure not to forget to go back to the
Left: Papyrus is decorative and the ship's cats like to snack on it
Below: Disco relaxing in her pot of common grass
first one to deposit some pollen on that flower as well. After a week I saw the
result of my doings and found great joy in ---.t-hi the growing of the peppers.
Seven it gave this time. It was re-potted again, ., I .11 more pruning the whole
process was repeated. It was just marvelous to witness this all. Four times it gave us
a bunch of peppers, this plant that crossed the Atlantic to grow on our boat, after
which it finally died in a spell of bad weather with a lot of wind.
Then there was more spinach, and a spontaneous tomato plant that gave one small
tomato just before it was uprooted by the new kitten that we adopted, Disco. She made
sure that the agricultural ,, -
project would fail from then
on. Everything was uprooted
because she had a problem
getting used to the litter box.
The only plant she left alone
was the aloe vera.
On one of my shopping
trips, I saw papyrus growing
in a smelly roadside gutter.
I remembered that cats like
to eat this plant, and took a
little of it to put in one of the
vacant pots on board. It was
received with great enthusi %.
asm by Disco and her new .
friend Cleo, another one of
the feline sort. They ate so much of it that I started a second one, so we have two
papyri now. As the cats need other sorts of grass, I bring them back samples of different
varieties that are welcomed with more or less gusto. One of the favorite ones I stuck in
a pot, and so we have some common grass growing now. No, it hasn't been uprooted
- Disco loves to lie in it. (Cc. .IiI. i i. .. I
So this is my plant story. I I I' ...-i .. ... I especially the ones that spend
more time at anchor then sailing. If it i--' -- i- i -- .row something, do it now!
If it is impossible to keep your plants .... .- .... I, the anchor, just look for
a friendly person on land. There is always room for another plant in a garden.


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BOOK REVIEW BY BOB BERLINGHOF


Voyage to Redemption


Every Boat Turns South, by J.P. White, The Permanent Press, 2009, hardback,
240 pages. ISBN 13:978-1-57962-188-9. US$28.
This novel, the author's first, has a rollicking fantastic plot intertwined with a
rather lengthy meditation on dying. The narrator, a 30-year old yacht delivery skip-
per, is at his ailing father's bedside after a three-year absence, and the story unfolds
as the hero, Matt Younger, confesses where he's been and why he's done a stint in
prison in the Dominican Republic.
Younger's father, Skip, a former .- ~ the most interesting character in the
novel, and Matt is compelled to .1.. -1 passage into the next world while
seeking absolution. Matt's guilt and his horrible relationship with his mother are
complicated by family history: his older brother, Hale, a straight-A student with
Olympic swimming potential, was killed in a 11-: 1.t- accident at sea, and Matt
feels guilt over not trying to persuade him c( i i ,' .- well as over surviving the
ordeal. As a result, Matt dropped out of high school and took to the sea with a phony
skipper's license, but he never told his parents what really happened that fateful
night. He feels unjustly branded as the "bad brother" who led his lily-white perfect
sibling to death, and his relationship with his mother never recovered.






























As for the plot itself, there are more holes in it than Swiss cheese. Matt meets a
she-devil named Jesse, an evil cokehead psycho with a cobra tattoo who happens to
be blond- .n 1- -**' and with a gay Frenchman, Philip, as crew, the three take
off on a I. i ... ean-going catamaran from Florida to St. Thomas. The entire
plot hinges around the fact that halfway there, Matt is afraid to beat to windward
against the Trades and is convinced that the weather won't change for six more
months. He waits for three weeks in the Turks & Caicos until the boat's owner fires
him. Then he steals 45 kilos of coke and... are you still with me? It just gets more
and more unlikely.
Matt winds up in the Dominican Republic where he meets Rosario, a local hooker,
and falls in love. Meanwhile the drug lord has tracked down his missing coke, but
he doesn't have Matt killed he ends up ..... i..... .. other job. Improbability is
piled onto improbability and then a splash i ... i is added.
The weakest character in the book is the balding drug lord, Jimmy Q, who looks
like an "unemployed plumber". I found it impossible to believe that this gringo
could control the drug trade in the DR to the extent that he did. Jesse keeps turn-
ing up like a bad penny and inserting herself in the plot. I didn't buy any of it, but
I still had to admire the author's lyrical turn of phrase and perceptive insights
regarding family:
The death of a favorite son can twist a rope around a family's heart so tight it can't
be cut, dissolved, or undone. We each keep a whetstone ready to sharpen a knife. We
each slice down on the hard wet strands of rope, but no matter how hot the blade's
edge, it can't bite through the line and no one can break free.
When you ask me, Skip, if I know anything of Hale's disappearance, I say hell no.
You punish me with silence. I punish you with lies.
... i .. when it comes to sailing, as when he says
Ma. -1 i ,ii ... i i i ... if he were checking the dipstick, or when
Ma 1 i . ,i, j i .11 Philip says the engine mounts need re-
drilling. But when it comes to matters of family guilt, he's right on the money. There
are some beautiful descriptions of the Dominican Republic's street life, and Every
Boat Turns South is well written despite its flaws, with "south" being a metaphor for
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THE SKY IN JANUARY

by Scott Welty
The Planets in January
MERCURY At nearly maximum elongation. Rising about 0500 hours just off the
tip of Scorpio.
VENUS Rises at around 0300 to 0400 hours all month I i ... ....... star!
EARTH Sets at around noon all month... if you're ON I I -
MARS No Mars for you this month! Up in the daytime all month.
JUPITER Setting between 2200 and 2300 hours all month.
SATURN Rising around midnight all month.
Sky Events This Month
1st Pretty crescent moon rising with Mercury and Venus (see Figure 1).


3rd Earth at perihelion (see below).
4th New Moon
9th Moon and Jupiter set together (see Figure 21.


19th Full Moon
24th Saturn and the Moon rise together in the east at about midnight.
Perihelion
Happy New Year and, as happens every year (well, so far), the Earth makes its
closest approach to the sun on January 3rd. Not much to notice as the Earth's orbit
is only slightly elliptical. Of course that's no reason to NOT have a party!
The Gemini Twins
This is a pretty easy constellation to find (see Figure 3). Castor is the one on the
left and Pollux the one on the right although being twins I often get them con-
fused. Pollux is of particular interest as it is one of many stars we now know to


have planets like our very own sun has. The discovery of extra-solar planets is
fairly new and the methods being used to detect them are quite extraordinary and
rapidly evolving.













First of all, don't bother getting out your Steiners. No planets have bc 1n
directly. That is, there are no telescope pictures of these planets like we i
own solar system. Even the closest ones are on the order of 20 to 30 light years away.
A light year is how far light travels in a year. Compare that to our own solar system,
where it takes light at most several hours to get to a planet from our sun (four hours
to Neptune!). Like all planets, these extra-solar ones do not emit light of their own
but only the feeble reflected light from their star. Also, to try to image them from
Earth you have the problem of the star washing out any light that might be coming
from the planet.
So, how do we know they are there?
At first we were able to detect a slight 'wiggle' in the star itself. This can only be
explained by a planet circling the star. True orbital motion involves a star and a
planet jointly orbiting a balance point between them. Because a star is many orders
of magnitude heavier than a planet, that puts this balance point very near (and prob-
ably inside) the star so the wiggle is slight. This method, then, tended to only detect
freakish systems with Jupiter-size planet- .1 .i.... in Mercury-size orbits! Certainly
none of these are on the list for possible i ....
A more recent method involves putting a telescope on a satellite and having it stare
at the same place in the sky for a 1-n. t-.- This is the ongoing Kepler mission.
i ........ I . .. i 1 .- in the field and look for periodic dim-
..., i ,i. .*i ,, .. I... ... ... ,' i that a planet has passed in front of the star,
robbing us of some of the light. This method can reveal a wealth of information
1..-l -l: the mass and size of the planet. From the light that passes around the
i i planet we can also determine if there is an atmosphere and what its
components are. Think about THAT! We're probing the makeup of a planet that we
can't see that is maybe 30 light years away... that's about 200 trillion miles!
Here's some stats on this planet named HD 62509 b (why do we let astronomers
be in charge of the naming?). Mass is about 2.3 Jupiters. Distance to Pollux = 1.64
x Earth sun distance. Orbital period is 589.6 days (wow... precise!). Pollux itself has
a mass of about 1.7 times that of our sun and is 34 light years away. Notice this
I ,, i *i1. ,,I, ,-"ige, has orbital characteristics not so different from Earth.
I,.i .... i.... I- ... a very nice website: http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov. Go there
and you can 'explore' these newfound worlds for yourself.)
And we're ..-1 II.... -i .. i We've --n 1-1- .- through telescopes in one way or
another for c i .. -... the ti.. i .1.1 Now we are 'seeing' farther than
ever and using brand-new techniques. What will all this reveal in another 400 years?
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
Planning a trip to Pollux to visit HD 62509 b? Call ahead for reservations... of
course it will take 34 years for your call to get there and another 34 years to hear
the reply: ...press 1 for Klingon, press 2 for Romulan..."
H Yppr, NT- v.r everybody!
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freshly ------ fi-f. i .t -.
onthe( I i h-I ii
the fields. During the trek you will see
a cocoa house with its sliding roof
which, when pulled back, exposes the
cocoa beans to the sun to dry. Visitors
are also introduced to the different
-r--- t.;- including dancec
-:,. -,,,. and grading the
beans, is conducted on a
day when these activities are not tak-
ing place, tr -t- can witness them at
the end ol ii. ur via a short video
clip about cocoa production shown on
the veranda.
While going through the fields, you
can taste the cocoa bean directly from the pod, and also learn all you ever wanted to
know about cocoa and more the best soil conditions for growing cocoa, different
types of cocoa, harvesting, extracting beans from the pod, etcetera.
The estate in Moka rears rabbits too, and included as part of the tour is a visit to
the rabbit hutches where the entire rearing process is explained. And that's not all.
The excursion also takes in a trip to the beehives that are located on the estate's
steeper terrain. The hike ends in the honey room, where guests are taken through


Ever give a thought to the chocolate you're
S onj-in -hile cruising the Caribbean? Well, the
.1. you sail in the archipelago the bet-
ter your chances for learning more about the
genesis of that chocolate bar, drink, cake, des
sert, or whichever way you favour the flavour.
Trinidad is one place to go for that chocolate
connection. If you like the great outdoors, a visit
to a cocoa estate will delight you. It is a nature
outing with a difference interesting, informa-
tive and pleasurable.
According to a recent report in the local Newsday
newspaper, there is a "Trinidad & Tobago cocoa
will be king again" thrust on to help restore the
domestic cocoa industry to its former glory and
.1 T&T cocoa did have, once upon a time. In
.I ,the country harvested 30,000 tonnes of one
of the finest grades of cocoa in the world, com-
pared to 600 tonnes at present. Currently, talks
are being held with an international chocolatier
who is prepared to purchase all the cocoa from
small farmers and to work with them to help
bring their products up to international stan
dards for export.
Trinidad cocoa farmers usually sell their cocoa
to a local exporter who in turn ships it abroad
where it undergoes more drying and grading
before it is pulverized into chocolate powder. The
large international chocolate producers buy T&Ts
cocoa, which is used chiefly for flavoring and
blending with the imported Ivory Coast cocoa
utilized as mass or bulk.
So if you're looking for something unique to do
while docked in Chaguaramas, you can be part of
A cocoa pod on the tree at the the first wave to witness Trinidad's cocoa renais
estate in Moka sance. Make a day of it and enjoy a historical and
cultural outing that focuses on a cocoa plantation
where you come face to face with cocoa trees and
learn first hand all about the growing, pruning and maintenance procedures.
There are one or two professional companies that organize these tours. One of these
is Caribbean Discovery Tours (www.caribbeandiscoverytours.com). On request they
will provide excursions to Brasso Seco or one of the other cocoa estates along the
northern range where a sumptuous Creole lunch is served in a grand old estate
house. However, reservations are preferred long in advance the longer the better.
But a three or four day advance reservation should do at the working Carmel
Valley cocoa estate located a little north of the St. Andrews golf course at Moka in
Maraval, where the proprietor himself or his family members provide conducted
tours of their cocoa fields. (Wayne Johnson, cuspec hotmail.com, tel [868] 629
3840, cell [868] 290 3911.) On arrival, guests are greeted with a drink made from


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produce, with a choice of rabbit, chicken or fish as the main course, is presented on
an elegantly set table on the veranda. Wine is provided throughout the meal. After
dessert and coffee served at the table, guests :....1 around tl, 1 television in
the sitting area of the veranda where they are 11 i a hot i....ii estate-grown
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I'm not sure when 'dips' first surfaced, but they are still popular at both casual
functions and those more highbrow, and are a natural for yachtie potlucks and
cockpit sundowners.
Many of my youth-
ful excursions into
different food types
took place with my
j Pt parents while at the
Pacific National
Exhibition in
Vancouver, British
he 0r Columbia. The show
o s is the west coast
Canadian counter
part to many exhibi-
tions taking place in
large cities and small
communities world
wide. My father loved
the Food Building,
where free samples
of all kinds were
always available.
Line ups are also
part of most exhibi-
Stion experiences,
especially to the
Food .1I where
some Ii. tasty
free food samples
were in abundance.
SDips, except of the
s i watery kind in the
-ocean or pool, were
new to many of us
S. a then. Small dry piec-
e in es of bread were
e m d t offered with the
encouragement to
'dip' them into vari
ous containers of
sour cream and
herbs. Although double dipping wasn't allowed, my mum thought the whole process
to be somewhat revolting, unsanitary and unsophisticated at the very least. Mum
participated only with reluctance. My father on the other hand not only considered
the food a bonus but also looked on the food queues as a chance to talk to people.
Dad seemed to know almost everyone in the whole world, I thought. In fact, it was
simply that he spoke with virtually everyone he came in contact with. You never
wanted to send my dad into a general store in the middle of nowhere to ask for direct
tions to anywhere. After 30 or 40 minutes, he would return to the car and regale us
with how he had met a friend of a friend whose cousin he had worked with while
stringing telephone wire across.. etcetera, etcetera. On one trip to visit our cousins
in Seattle, Washington, my dad stopped to get directions. Half an hour later he
returned to the car with a story about the person he had met and (holding up two
small tins) how this person had encouraged him to try a newfangled Spanish dip.
"It's made of beans," Dad said. My dad would try anything made from beans. He
sometimes would brag that in more than 30 years of eating bag lunches, his favorite
sandwich was cold pork and beans on buttered bread. It really is quit- njn-in- if
you stop and consider how bean dishes of all kinds have nourished : .....I I all
sizes over the years throughout the world. My family tried bean dip for the first time
those many years ago and pronounced it a .t 1 food.
Now decades later, my wife, Willa, and I -l I II the very same dip when we
are in the USA. One such trip yielded two jar of a spicy black bean dip that we found
even more delicious than the regular bean variety. It was double the price of the
regular dip but the taste was excellent. Imagine our disappointment when the last
morsel was swabbed from the bottom of the jar.
I noticed that all the ingredients listed on the jar's label were readily available and
decided to try making my own bean dip. Personalized hot sauces and other condi
ments, made by experimenting with the contents found listed on the label of a com-
mercial product, have become a part of my culinary repertoire. I'm sure I could have
been a mad scientist or even possibly a uni bomber had I fallen in with the wrong
people when growing up.
Here then is my personal take on black bean dip. Various kinds can be easily made
either from a tin of kidney beans, black beans or refried beans. The choice is up to
you. This dip, plus a large bag of fresh tortilla chips and a supply of cold beer goes
a long way to making your next casual deck party a success. iOle!
Black Bean Dip
1 tin black beans, drained
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) onion, finely minced
2 cloves ,,1- chopped
1/4 Cup i- '' 11) canola or olive oil
2 teaspoons (10 ml) apple cider vinegar
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon (5 ml) sugar
Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until a smooth puree is obtained.
Spoon the dip into a decorative glass dish and serve with tortilla chips. This wont keep
long in tl. f- :- .t -1 ut don't worry, there seldom is any left to refrigerate.
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Dear Compass Readers,
Caribbean Compass is a printed and on-line publica-
tion created on the island of Bequia, part of St. Vincent
& the Grenadines. It is a periodical much appreciated
by the thousands of cruisers who travel through the
islands of the Caribbean, especially sailors who come
from all over the globe. Mentioned in a poem entitled
'Pirates of the Southern Caribbean' by the skipper of
S/YRocco Relic, published in the July 2010 issue, is a
subject that I have heard talked about on various
occasions and that the national press in Venezuela
has mentioned on several occasions, without any
noticeable effort by the local authorities to resolve
these issues.
I am referring to the acts of piracy and robbery on
the high seas of ..1.... vessels that approach our
shores, especially ... the Eastern Caribbean. The
poet refers to the hardship of the sea itself, compound-
ed by the tragedy of being boarded at gunpoint and the
traps that the Venezuelan pirates lay in their paths:
"...and the Venezuelan pirates some traps for us have
laid". The author refers to having to sail at night with-
out running lights in order to avoid being detected and
pursued. Many are boarded or confronted and he also
writes that many are left in peace only when "the
yachtmen's guns are seen". Recently, a Venezuelan
diplomat was telling me about sailing from Puerto La
Cruz to Trinidad with a friend and 1- -2 -based for
several hours by these delinquents i, 1. .
The central question is: what is the coastguard doing
to help these tourists who today represent a nautical
industry that is beneficial to many Caribbean coun-
tries including Venezuela, which ncI 1 ,.' .: was
considered a country with a major 1 .1 i the
development of the yachting industry in the region?
It would seem that there are no clear policies in place
to address and avoid the terrible image of my country
shared by the many internationally flagged vessels
that ply the waters of Venezuela. Many sailors have
excluded Venezuela as a destination on account of this
insecurity. Some negative press in international publi-
cations and specialized magazines has made sad men-
tion of this subject. Reports of unanswered cm r -n'"
calls made to the --.t.1 ;-- .e among 11i. 1
mentioned frustrate ...- .11. L doubt, this is one of
the issues that need to be addressed not only by the
nautical authorities but also by the ministry respon-
sible for tourism. It is not enough that we have mar-
vels of nature if those who want to enjoy them cannot
count on the proper support and security. This is a
theme that needs to be evaluated as part of our tour-
ism policies.
The poet ends by saying how pretty and calm the
coastguard boats appear tied to the dock, but are not
seen at sea: "They should patrol these waters and get
us safely through. This will be good for training and
use their boats so new".
Oscar Hernandez Bernalette
Venezuela

Dear Compass,
I would lif- t- -~;-n.t;l.t Jerry Stewart of Tyrrel
Bay Yacht FI ...' .1 1 .1.1 .. his brilliant letter in the
October issue of Compass concerning the Sandy
Island/Oyster Bed Marine Park. As one of the most
knowledgeable persons involved with maritime condi-
tions around Carriacou, his suggestions and proposals
should be seriously considered.
Mike Hatch
Las Tortugas
L'Esterre, Carriacou

Dear Compass,
While there are many issues I could respond to
from the November issue's cover story, "Time to
Re-Think Leeward St. Vincent", one issue in particu-
lar needs to be addressed. This is concerning swim-
ming at Trinity Falls.


The unfortunate deaths of the three Czech citizens at
Trinity Falls this past summer were not due to wet
1-tt-i1- Tr-~;n-1 1-t rather (as is well known locally)
i,, i ..... i..... people were advised that it was
safe to swim in the whirlpool at the bottom of the falls.
The Czech woman went in to swim in the whirlpool,
got into difficulties, her husband and his friend went
to her aid, and all three were drowned.
The swirling vortex of water in the whirlpool is
extremely dangerous and has claimed at least six
lives in the past ten years. Anyone advising visitors
that it is "safe" to swim in the whirlpool does not
know, understand or care about the extreme forces
of water at work at the bottom of the Trinity Falls.
While the river and falls do flood -l.rin. the rainy
season, which cause additional I. 11'.1 -. at no
time of year should the whirlpool be considered safe
to swim in, and it is grossly irresponsible for anyone
to advise others to swim in the whirlpool. [Editor's
note: The article mentioned did not recommend swim
ming in the whirlpool.]
I have been taking visitors to Trinity Falls for more
than 20 years and always advise people never to get
out of their depth or out of reach of the shore when
cooling off in the waters at the base of the falls. Those
who have failed to heed my advice have invariably
found themselves being carried uncontrollably around
the whirlpool, where even the strongest swimmers
have difficulties in these swirling churning waters. On
more than one occasion only that I had a rescue rope
ready to throw to the person in difficulties, the death
toll at Trinity Falls could well be higher.
Trinity Falls are truly amazing, but extreme care is
: i .... i i I I ,-,... who wishes to cool off in
i. i... iI i 1 ii, I ,,, I the falls, no matter what
time of year you choose to visit.
Yours,
Donnaka O'Fionnalaigh
www.hiking-bequia.com

Dear Compass Readers,
The section entitled A Fresh Look at Security Facts
in the November article "Time to Re-Think Leeward St.
Vincent" draws some unwarranted conclusions from
the reports listed on www.safetyandsecuritynet.com.
These conclusions are not unusual but it is appropri-
ate to clear the air on what that data tells us.
First of all, the data should be viewed as an indicator
or barometer of what is happening. The website does
not list reports for all incidents which occur through-
out the island chain; Trinidad, as demonstrated by the
recent letters in the Compass, is a case in point, where
there have been anywhere from one to 17 incidents,
1-i-Yn in: on which source you use. The Caribbean
- .1 1 ... i Security Net receives very few reports from
Trinidad, with only four in the time period January
through October of this year. Any assumption that the
data is complete is in error.
Furthermore, all reports are classed into one of five
groups, based on a suggestion several years ago, to
delineate the more serious crimes. Nine outboard
thefts in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou, for instance, is cer-
tainly not as serious as nine robberies in Chateaubelair,
St. Vincent.
Lastly, any attempt to perform a statistical analysis
of any kind on this data is futile, as there is no means
of normalizing the data. For instance, a government
will publish statistics about crime and it can do that
because it knows how many reports have been made
and the number of citizens. Without a yacht popula-
tion figure against which to balance the reports of
crimes against yachts, the number of reports is raw
data only. Lacking that piece of information one can-
not say that a particular anchorage is as safe as or less
safe than a.. .... i .
We can, .... ... opinions, and that is
the purpose of the data provided on the website.
With a population in Tyrrel Bay, for instance, of
between 30 and 80 yachts throughout the year, the
nine reports mentioned above are considerably less
serious than the nine robberies in Chateaubelair,
where the yacht population is possibly ONLY two
boats per day during high season. In fact, I suspect
the reason we have not had any reports from
Chateaubelair in the past year is that very few yachts
visit 1. ., h -
The I. i ...i i the listings of reports is so that
cruisers can make informed decisions about where to
visit and how to behave while there. Those decisions
should be based on valid information, though, rather
than on manipulation of the data to make a point.
Melodye Pompa
S/Y Second Millennium
for the Caribbean Safety and Security Net
SSB 8104.0 at 1215 UTC
www.safetyandsecuritynet.com

Editor's note: We passed Melodye's letter on the to the
author of "Time to Re- Think Leeward St. Vincent",
Ellen Birrell, for response, which follows.

Dear Compass,
Melodye's points are well taken. I appreciate her
desire to clarify.
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-Continued from previous page
I made some of those distinctions and used Chris
Doyle's quote regarding "anchorage populations" to
help readers consider that Leeward St. Vincent doesn't
get many yachts these days.
I stand by my encouragement of cruisers to visit St.
Vincent.
Ellen Birrell
Yacht Boldly Go

Dear Compass,
I was interested to see that in the December issue's
Caribbean Eco-News you commented constructively
on the Costa Rica "world shame" e-mail and want to
share the detailed information below which WIDECAST
has used on other occasions in response to this
e-mail:
I don't know how mass circulation of these photos
got "started", but the originator would have been wise
to have done his/her homework first. The photos
depict a formal co-management model between the
University of Costa Rica, a community organization
called ADIO, and the Ministry of Natural Resources
(MINAET) in Costa Rica. Its a legal harvest of surplus
eggs from the Olive Ridley arribada colony at Playa
Ostional on the Pacific coast an arribada is a mass
nesting of sea turtles, characteristic of Kemp's and
Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempii and
Lepidochelys olivacea).
In such a nesting strategy, the turtles will nest
simultaneously with the result that natural preda-
tors may be "overwhelmed" and sufficient numbers
of eggs/hatchlings are produced to maintain the spe-
cies. Arribadas can involve many thousands of tur-
ties nesting day and night for several days. The
downside is that the turtles regularly dig up each
other's eggs, causing destruction not only to those
eggs, but, due to bacterial decomposition of the bro-
ken eggs, gross contamination of the surrounding
sand. As a result, arribada beaches often realize a
very small (1-2%) hatch success. The scenario may
seem maladapted, but in reality the Olive Ridley is
the most numerous sea turtle species in the world,
so the strategy clearly reflects a successful evolu-
tionary strategy.
The egg harvest a t -1 ... i .- i 1 i ., i
legal, em phasizing -.. ..... i i ..- 1 ..- I.,.1 ..
doomed to be destroyed by subsequent arribadas.
The program is regulated under a co-management
model between University of Costa Rica, a community
S. .... .. ii i 010, and the Costa Rica Ministry
I .. .i ..... Every five years the program is
reviewed and the egg harvest management plan is
reviewed and updated as needed, then submitted to
the Government for approval.
The current plan notes that the current density of
nests is 11 nests per square metre (Olive Ridleys can
only sustain about two nests per square metre without
impacting hatchling emergence success).
During the arribadas (which happen more or less
monthly), the females dig up the nests of previous
S-. -ue to the high level of egg breakage,
S.... are very high and the resulting high
S..... i i ontaminate 100 percent
I .. I .i .. .... ,, success to near zero.
Removal of surplus eggs has actually helped the popu-
lation because it increases the hatch success rate by
five percent.
Eggs can only b .-- t--1 -lufri th- first 36 hours
of an arribada. i i i .. i ... ....I i .", more than
80 adult females must be nesting simultaneously.
The egg harvest i -; .., -mploys 300 local people
a-.1 th- ;-. ... .. ... the program is about
S- ....... ,, 15 percent of the eggs are har-
vested. While there are constant concerns about the
balance between maintaining the community's desire
and tradition to harvest and consume (or sell) the eggs
and the need to protect this precious resource, on bal-
ance the 'i -' '' '' widely viewed as a progressive
example i i ..,,, conservation.
Bottom line: The program is legal, it is well regulate
ed, and the turtle population is rising. Please take the
time to learn more about it. For example, see www.
t. -'i.-dex.php/component/content/
S, 189-cinco-casos-de-manejo-de-
recursos-naturales-en-costa-rica.
Emma Doyle
WIDECAST

Dear Compass Readers,
The reaction by participants of volunteer security
patrols in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in December's
Reader's Forum to my prior r .. ,. ,i
boys" was as predictable as i. II. I .....
patrols. Just as predictable was the tone of the
respondents who chose to attack my character and
veracity rather than the matters I have been bringing
to public attention.
Whether the patrols were "vigilante", "volunteer" or
"neighborhood watch" is academic, as they now go
down in history as another ineffective attempt to stem
the crime rate in the anchorage. -'...... n-. iust over
three months that these on-agai.. 11 ...... patrols
were operating there were at least ten motors and four
dinghies stolen from both Chaguaramas and TTSA. I


leave it to your interpretation of how effective these
patrols were. (I have confirmed and recorded these
figures with the 'Trinidad Cruising Sailors' database.)
The end result of these patrols was simply to frustrate
the campaign to have a permanent, professional
patrol installed.
I do not doubt that those who volunteered their
services did so with all good intentions but in discus-
sion with one cruiser who volunteered his service he
advised that for his patrol he was alone in the patrol
boat and had no radio, cell phone or even a torch.
The Coast Guard, being aware of the danger these
people were placing themselves in, thought these
patrols ill conceived. Perhaps my military and secu-
rity industry background also allowed me to see
aspects of these patrols that the untrained were
oblivious to.
Ti .... i, ... Chaguaramas is, in my opinion, no
1, ..i..... r park at a large shopping mall. We
have a right to expect that our car/boat will be secure
while we are spending our money in that shopping
mall. How many of you would volunteer to patrol
Walmart's car park?
True, I did offer my services, professionally, and why
shouldn't I?
As I have been portrayed as such a negative influ-
ence on the "yacht industry" here in Trinidad it came
as some surprise when the Chaguaramas Business
Community asked me to give an interview with a
national newspaper. When I queried this request they
said that my letters were getting attention from the
authorities.
There is and has been, I suspect for a long time, a
culture of downplay and cover-up of incidents in
Trinidad aimed at protecting its image. This is not
restricted to commercial interests but also involves an
element of the yachting community. Just ask the
Caribbean Safety and Security Net how much informa-
tion they receive from Trinidad.
I stand by every statement, claim, observation and
statistic that I have presented over the course of this
...,i. -r-h.n.- of views. When taken to task I have
:.. I I I with those who have questioned my
content and verified all of it. I have 1.. ...-. i .net
regularly with members of the CBC ... i *- i to
ensure that what I report is factual.
My loudest detractors and deriders have been from
within the yachting community. Mr. Perrin and Mrs.
Dunlop have been the loudest of them, so no surprise
at their December letters (although Alan Dunlop's
name appears).
It has now been announced that as from November
26th, there is a professional security patrol in the
i. .... .. .... anchorage funded by local businesses.
'" I ......1 I even this presence has not received the
-==n: -f the CG.
.11. i. responsibility for the security of the anchor-
age finally accepted by the yacht industry, it is hoped
that the problems that have plagued last year's crop of
cruisers are now in the past, and those of you thinking
of visiting -r r-trin;;:- to Trinidad this year should
now have -
I wish a successful and prosperous year for the
businesses of Chaguaramas, in particular Jesse
James, Carlos Fensom and Niels Lund, who are work-
ing hard to improve the experience for the yacht com-
munity in Trinidad.
I would like to thank the Compass for r--"ni-inf
that Trinidad stood, in the long term, to i, ...
the, at times, negative publicity that was necessary to
get thin. m"T-in. in the right direction, and facilitat-
ing the :.. i -...... I required dialogue.
Happy New Year!
Ron Llewellyn
S/V Sula

Dear Compass Readers,
This is to those of you who have complained that the
Sailors' Horoscopes are sometimes "too negative".
Throughout millennia astrologers like weather
forecasters have been trusted to warn people about
potentially problematic conditions and thus help you
prepare to deal with them. Our job is n ,
negative influences, but to make you ,, i ....
Remember that these are just influences what
occurs in the end is entirely up to how you, Dear
Reader, deal with them.
Thanks for your input and know that I care about
you all and therefore do not want to lie to you or mis-
represent what's in store!
Have a Happy New Year,
Madame Claire Voyage

Dear Compass Readers,
As the new season is upon us I felt it was time to
update the readers of Compass of the latest news from
Tobago. There has been much comment in Compass
and other publications of late about the problems fac-
ing cruisers in Trinidad. I would like to take this
opportunity to point out to readers that while "no man
is an island entire of itself, Tobago is. Part of the
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, we are separated from
our sister island by far more than the 23 miles of
Galleons Passage.
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In Tobago we lock our dinghies out of habit, not out
of necessity, the island is welcoming to visiting yachts
and islanders seek to enhance visitors' experiences.
While Tobago is a cruiser's paradise, we have not
had a problem-free summer; I wanted to take this
opportunity to let readers know what Store Bay Marine
Services (SBMS) and other interested members of the
community are doing to address them.
With regard to the noise pollution in Store Bay, I am
happy to report that the situation has improved vastly.
Bago's Beach Bar has now had a change of manage-
ment. With this change, we have seen a dramatic
decibel drop and the bar is a friendly and welcoming
rn-In: -1- --7 -- .-fhties can enjoy a quiet beer
Si i i i I I. 'he anchorage at Store Bay.
I1. ... ..... I I .1- yachties and expats alike,
which makes for a very pleasant atmosphere.
We, like many others in the Caribbean, are still try
ing to deal with the regulation and safety issues
regarding jet skis. Unfortunately over the summer one
visiting yacht sustained damage after a jet ski collided
with it while at anchor. However, the recent ruling in
the Seventh Civil Court of Trinidad in the case of
Quesnel & Laso v. Tobago House of Assembly & Pigeon
Point Heritage Park has clearly established that the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has a duty of care to
prevent injury to users of the water. With this in mind
and the inherent dangers that these craft present to all
water-users, the Association of Tobago Dive Operators,
SBMS and other marine interests have started to lobby
the relevant THA ministries and -'t ,.t-- 1 to ensure
that the existing legislation is ,,i I .,, i if neces-
sary further legislation is enacted to prevent any more
accidents or injuries.
The :.. ..... 1 .. 1.. 1. were laid in 2008 in Store
Bay re....... i. i i .. however they also remain
free of maintenance. We have contacted the Ministry of
Fisheries about this and are still in discussions with
them; in the meantime I would advise all cruisers to
anchor in Store Bay, rather than pick up a buoy. At
present fewer than half of the original buoys remain so
there is plenty of space.
We are also in contact with the Ministry of Tourism
and the Ministry oi I. .. -. -. .. I o the build-
ing of a dinghy doc .1 1 I, Bay to give
both beach users and cruisers a bit more space.
We look forward ;-.. .. ;,, the coming season
and if you require ". .,,I ..... ,, on i i please
visit our website www.sbms.co.tt or feel I. i e-mail
info@sbms. co. tt.
John Stickland, Operations Director
Store Bay Marine Services Limited
Tobago
Dear Compass,
The pastime of bird watching is now taking a tena-
cious hold on the consciousness of Vincentians. Even
expatriates are turning to St. Vincent & the Grenadines
to realize this passion in our local species that are to
be found in our parks, valleys and nature trails. We
must not become misguidedly overwhelmed, however,
with this booming passion so that we look too far afield
and thus miss out on our own backyard or, for that
matter, front yard birding activities.
On April 26th 2008 I sat with my brother Richard
and his wife Abbie and their two daughters under
their porch in Bequia and was treated to a spectacu-
lar display that to Richard and family had been
already tested and proven. I waited eagerly with them
for the dogs to abandon their bowls, which were out
in the front yard. We were not the only ones in wait.
A few blackbirds too waited on the wall of the garden.
Finally the dogs had had enough. The birds sprang
into action, swooped down to one of the bowls
retrieved a pellet of dog food, and returned to the wall
to contemplate their next move. This was now to be
executed on the other side of the wall, where they
would dutifully dip the pellets in a fishpond until they
were adequately soaked, thus softened and enlarged.
The birds would then return to their perch on the
wall, savor the pellets of their labor, and repeat the


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whole procedure again and again. It was a sight to
behold: first the patience exercised in waiting on the
dogs to leave the scene, the purposefulness of move-
ment as they dived to secure the pellets, the return to
the wall with the pellet in beak for the decision-mak-
ing process, the execution of plans as the dipping of
the pellet is undertaken, then the satisfaction of a
mission accomplished on their return to the wall with
the soaked, softened and much enlarged pellet in
their beaks.
This was an appropriate moment to reflect deeply on
the resilience of the birds in our own Spring Valley
holding on the mainland's Leeward side. A true bird
lover's paradise and sanctuary where many species
can be spotted with ease, Amazona Guildingi, the
national bird of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, reigning
among them noble and free.
Birds come, birds go. The true bird watching experi-
ence comes, however, when we not only appreciate the
bird as being "pretty" but also as smart, purposeful,
"ry-ni-' a true reflection of the many designs to be
i .... i ... Nature, a feat that only a Grand Creator
could have brought about.
Gerelyn John
St. Vincent

Dear Compass,
I read with interest Louisa Winter's letter in the
December edition of Compass, and agree with every-
thing she says about the difference between Tobago
and Trinidad. They are two separate islands and
i ,. is far nicer. It was my first time there and I
i .... i it friendly, easy going and quiet the sort of
laid-back sailing that I haven't experienced on other
islands for years. It has beautiful anchorages up and
down the coastline and an island charm that will defi-
nitely bring me back. There are no big marinas a
plus from my point of view and you can cruise
cheaply, which in this day and age is something defi-
nitely to consider. i. ...i. .1 .- quiet it certainly
doesn't lack anything, i..i .i Bay I got WiFi to
my boat, there is laundry on the doorstep, and a quiet
bar next door where you can sit and have a beer while
checking your e-mails and waiting for your laundry.
All this, plus you can keep an eye on your boat
(although it is so safe here and never heard of any
security problems). I also had a problem with my
anchor winch fixed perfectly by the marine services
shop next to the bar. Really, what more can you ask
for? I will definitely be coming back to Tobago.
Carter Hemmings
Yacht Tara
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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
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Dear Compass,
When I tell friends that I live on a boat in the Caribbean the first thing they think
is that I daily jump off the boat into the warm, blue Caribbean water and take a
swim. Obviously they do not know about dinghies and pirogues speeding through
the anchorages where we anchor. There are plenty of places you might not want to
swim due to hygienic reasons, but there are also places where you would love to
swim, but worry about small boat traffic.


I swim with a small brightly colored buoy on my back. My prototype swim buoy
was just a red balloon tied around my waist. The balloons only lasted for two days
before they deflated, and I wanted something I coi1 1 i. t -. .1 -t .t- my waist
and swim. In time I found a pink ball (children's I .1,1 .1 ., ... i, -; across.


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this to a web belt. This i,- I.-1, I i years and it hangs in the head in
between swims.
Fishermen have assured me that my ;..1 1 .11 I i1. 11 .1 ,,. A larger ball will
more easily be seen, but will also cause ... I. .. i ........ This is an oppor-
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can find in local stores and aboard your boat.
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Street, author of Streets 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 n rlli-v tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east .11 noonrise, continues to run east until about an
hour after the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward.
From just after the moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward;
and from just after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward; i.e.
tide the floods from west to east. Times given are local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray lolaire
charts. Fair tides!
January 20 0015 8 1554
DATE TIME 21 0111 9 1638
1 0925 22 0204 10 1724
2 1022 23 0256 11 1814
3 1118 24 0348 12 1907
4 1211 25 0439 13 2002
5 1301 26 0532 14 2059
6 1346 (new) 27 0626 15 2157
7 1432 28 0721 16 2253
8 1513 29 0817 17 2349
9 1554 30 0912 18 0000 (full)
10 1654 31 1005 19 0043)
11 1715 February 20 0136
12 1758 DATE TIME 21 0230
13 1844 1 1055 22 0324
14 1933 2 1143 23 0419
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16 2121 4 1310 (new) 25 0612
17 2219 5 1351 26 0708
18 2318 6 1431 27 0801
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Lonely Planet t-r lin- t' Chris Doyle it is "a beautiful bay with a sweeping
half -moon beach". i i ....- .- say it is gorgeous and one of them even rated it
as her favorite place in an overview about her Caribbean experience for Caribbean
Compass. With all that mouthwatering publicity, it had to be stunning with no room
for disappointment!
Irie pulls into the bay. Not bad. Looks like 1. ..... and the sweeping
beach with exotic palm trees looks very pretty 11 11.. i ..... [ shade on a beach
and I have been on the lookout for that quintessential perfect beach with palm trees,
white sand and turquoise water for three years. This one is definitely the closest I've
gotten. It beckons to be pictured, sat on and walked on! But first we have to anchor,
an easy feat in the sandy bottom.
A sportfisherman is anchored, stern line attached to shore, cutting off a third of
the bay that way. A little bit later, another powerboat pulls in, stern to the beach.
Hmmm, didn't know this was such a popular place for the non-sailors *rn-n.' t us.
Ah, that's why they have a picture of lined-up powerboats in the Salt i.. 11 Bay
section of the Grenadines brochure. Well, I guess this isn't too bad then. But why do
they have to take up twice the space by using two anchors? Why don't they just allow
everybody space and swinging room by dropping one anchor? (I think I know the
answer to that: they don't have opening hatches facing forward, only a back door,
never mind the fact that their e-- r.t-r runs non-stop to provide ... .......
Oh, and this way the view is 11 i. ... their verandah in the bac ,- 11 i .
in the afternoon, two more sportfishermen show up, throw the bow anchor out and
raft up to "the mother ship". By 5:00PM, we have six motorboats in a row with a little
gap separating the seventh one. Now that brochure picture starts to make sense.
Every powerboat has an average of ten people on board, mostly kids, so it doesn't
take long before we have multiple dinghies buzzing around our boat, some with a




'It's Always Something'

by Liesbet Collaert


Looks like the perfect getaway... but I didn't know this was such a popular place for
the non-sailors amongst us

wakeboarder behind. The peace is gone, the flat seas as well. Our dog, Darwin,
shows his disapproval with a few barks. Snorkelers and swimmers beware, as all hell
breaks loose! To the powerboaters' credit, the expected loud music never presents
itself. When the tumult continues the following day, we decide to find respite in the
quieter environs of Saline Bay.
A week later, we try Salt Whistle again. Quick peek around the headland: no
rafted up powerboats this time, but a monstrous motor yacht instead, bow and stern
anchors keeping it in place. Since a sailboat just left when we entered, we took his
spot "in the corner", close to the beach. Nice!
An hour later, a powerboat arrives and fixes itself very close to us, stern anchor
towards the beach. Of course. If we swing (and we will since we are facing south right
now and multiple squalls are headed this way), we will hit him. The crew comes over
in a fancy super-dinghy and after hearing we are spend... 11 .... .1. f ,-s his assis-
tance: "If you get too close to us, I can help you move ... ... I. Move OUR
anchor? After our surprised "We're not moving!" he re-anchors a bit farther away.
Half an hour later Irie has her bum 30 feet from the beach, rudders one foot above
the sandy floor. We have our own worries now, but it sure is nice to walk right off
our back steps to the beach! The night is peaceful with a purring mega-yacht gen-
erator and the delightful smell of exhaust fumes.
The next day, Mark is scraping the bottom and I'm cleaning the interior of the boat.
When we look up, we can't believe our eyes: everybody is gone, except for one sail-
boat! We feel totally -.. .1 I because ten minutes later, that one leaves as well.
Then, the next batch I .-. shows up and the cycle starts all over again. Soon
enough we are crammed between charter boats. The wind is non-present, the bugs
over-present and the sweat over-abundant. Mark agrees with my statement of the
previous day: "You're right. When we are finally not working and ready to relax, it's
always something." It is. Too hot, too windy, too sunny, too rainy, too buggy, too
swelly, too busy, too noisy, too risky, too stress, too gusty. Since the perfect anchor-
age doesn't exist (if it did, everybody would be there and it wouldn't be perfect any-
more...), I guess we'll have to wait for that once-in-a-while perfect day again!

















JANUARY 2011

1 New Year's Day. Public holiday or "recovery day" in many places.
Junkanoo parade in Abaco, Bahamas; Grand Carnival Parade
in St. Kitts; Street Parade in Montserrat
2 Public holidays in Cuba (Victory of Armed Forces Day), Haiti
(Founding Fathers Day), and St. Lucia and Grenada (Second New Year's Day)
2 New Years Regatta, St. Lucia. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC),
tel (758) 452-8350, secretary@stluciayachtclub.com,
www.stluciayachtclub.com
3 Carnival Last Lap, St Kitts. www.stkittsneviscarnival.com
6 Three Kngs Day. Public holiday in many places
7 8 Crucian Christmas Festival Parades, St. Croix. www.stxfestival.com
8 Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge, Tortola, BVI. Royal British Virgin Islands
Yacht Club (RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, rbviyc@rbviyc.com, www.rbviyc.org
10 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
10- 16 18th Annual Barbados Jazz Festival. www.barbadosjazzfestival.com
11 12 Yacht Industry Security Conference, St. Thomas, USVI.
www.maritimesecurity.org
14- 16 9th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta, Dominican Republic.
www.caribwind.com
17 Martin Luther King Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
19 FULL MOON
21 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race.
www.mountgayrumroundbarbadosrace.com
21 Errol Barrow Day; public holiday in Barbados. Our Lady of Altagracia;
public holiday in the Dominican Republic
22 Governor's Cup, Tortola, BVI. RBVIYC
22 23 Around Antigua Race. www.antiguayachtclub.com
23 Duke's Trophy Race, St. John, USVI. St. John Yacht Club (SJYC),
tel (340) 776-6101, jamesswanstj@yahoo.com
23- 27 42nd Spice Island Billfish Tournament, Grenada. www.sibtgrenada.com
23- 29 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Montego Bay.
http://jamaicajazzandblues.com
25 G.F. Croes Day; public holiday in Aruba
26 Duarte's Day; public holiday in the Dominican Republic
26 29 Antigua Superyacht Cup. Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag, www.antiguayachtclub.com
26 9 Feb Mustique Blues Festival. www.basilsbar.com
27 30 Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest. www.begos.com/bequiamusicfest
See ad on page 14
28 6 Feb Grenada Sailing Festival. See ad on page 15
29 30 Grenada Flower Show, Grand Anse Trade Centre.www.hortigrenada.com
29 5 Feb Manhattan Sailing Club's BVI Cruise. www.myc.org
TBA Carriacou Sailing Series. www.sailingcarriacou.com
TBA Budget Marine Women's Caribbean Championships, St. Maarten.
St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091,
info@smyc.com, www.smyc.com


FEBRUARY

2 World Wetlands Day
4-6 10th Club Ndutico de San Juan International Regatta, Puerto Rico.
www.nauticodesanjuan.com/sailingprogram/regattaint.htm
4 6 Digicel Workboat Regatta, Grenada. www.grenadasailingfestival.com
5 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, Florida to Jamaica.
www.montegobayrace.com
5 Anguilla Dinghy Regatta. www.anguillaregatta.com
5 6 Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race, BVI. www.royalbviyc.org
7 Independence Day. Public holiday in Grenada
10- 13 Trinidad Carnival Regatta. www.ttsailing.org
11 13 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta. www.stcroixyc.com
11 13 Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Budget Marine Valentines Regatta, Antigua.
www.jhycantigua.com
13 Island Hopper Race, St. John, USVI
13 Fundraising Auction for Sunshine School, Gingerbread Hotel, Bequia.
www.bequiasunshineschool.org
13- 16 Carriacou Sailing Series. www.ttsailing.org
18 20 Tobago Carnival Regatta (kiteboards and bumboats), www.sailweek.com
15 Presidents' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
18 20 33rd Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and
28th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, Tortola. WEYC
20-21 Independence Day Round St Lucia Race/Cruise. SLYC
21 RORC Caribbean 600 start, Antigua. http://caribbean600.rorc.org
25 26 Multihull Regatta, St. Maarten. www.multihullregatta.com/frames.html
25 27 South Grenada Regatta. See ad on page 15
27 8 March 6th La Route du Carnival rally, Martinique to Trinidad.
See ad in Market Place pages 50 to 53



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LULLETS TACKLE SHOP
# 1 CHOICE IN FISHING &
SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING GEAR
FRONT ST, BEQUIA ISLAND
McCOY ST, KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT
UNION ISLAND
TEL: (784) 458-3420 / (784) 485-6255
FAX: (784) 458-3797
E-mail: lulley@vincysurf.com


Bequia

PORTHOLE RESTAURANT & BAR
& Shoreline Mini-Market
We serve breakfast,
lunch and dinner
VHF CH68
Phone (784) 458-3458
A friendly atmosphere where you can sit and meet people.
Admiralty Bay, Bequia
Noelina & Lennox Taylor welcome you!


Bequia

DAY SKIPPER
& YACHTMASTER
Shore based courses over 10 days
EC$1950
Write John Cawsey,
Yacht Master Instructor,
C/O Postoffice
Port Elizabeth, Bequia
Tel (784) 455-7631



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Tel: (784) 593 7264
Located at Gingerbread Cafe

Tel: 458 3485 VHF 68
Situated just below Coco's Restaurant
ij [ ti 1(.I Specialising in chilled,
f *r frozen & canned foods
Great selection of Cold Meats, Salami,Turkey, Prosciutto,
Cheese, Cream,Juices etc.
Seafood, Shrimp, Prawns, smoked & fresh Salmon, Fish, Lamb,
Steaks, Baguettes baked freshly every day.
Enjoy our popular Baguette Sandwiches made to order on
or off the premises or takeaway.Try our Smoothles!
Provisioning forYacht Charters, large or small orders
for Restaurants, Hotels,Villas or simply to enjoy at home.
Call us on VHF for our delivery service to your yacht
We are also situated in Calliaqua, St. Vincent 456 2987
Experience our friendly service as always!

PPR MARINE STORE
Bequia Port Elizabeth
Rigging, Lifelines
Stocked with lots of marine hardware,
filters, nuts & bolts, impellers,
bilge pumps, varnish & much more.
(784) 457 3556 Cell: (784) 495 2272 VHF 68

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Land and houses for sale
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Tel: (473) 443 8187 Fax: (473) 443 8290

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Nick Williams, Manager
Tel: (473) 536-1560/435-7887
S.I.M.S. Boatyard, True Blue, Grenada
technick@spiceisle.com


Martinique






Dominique AMICE
Port de Plaisance, 97290 Le Marin, Martinique, F.W.I.
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Marigot Bay, St Lucio
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Phone: 758-451-4772 VHF 16

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2002, Fresh water-cooled
5-liter EFI Bravo 3 x 2 Mercury engines.
Generator, Air-conditioning, 190 engine hours.
Boat is in perfect condition Needs nothing.
US$ 59,000.00
Lying in St. Maarten Will deliver to neighboring islands.
Contact: Don Robertson E-mail: baja201 Odon@gmail.com
Phones: (599) 527- 8208


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MISSING DINGHY
This 12.5-foot, double-ended Chaisson Dory went
missing from behind the 1 .1 .. red in
Admiralty Bay, Bequia on ...1 . i 23rd.
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1986 OYSIER435 35.000 GBP
19871RRWIN44 119.500 US
1999 BAVARIA 38 Caribic
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cruiser GPS RADAR, VHF, Auto
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located in Trinidad. Ready
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MARINA SLIP SAPPHIRE BEACH
St. Thomas, USVIM, 65 ft Marina
Slip (N-6) with full rifle. East End.
St. Thomas facing St.John and
the BVI's. Adjacent to a beauti-
ful beach and pod facilities.
Safe, secure and just a 20 min-
utes boat ride to Tortoa, BVI.
US$125000. OBO Tel: 787-366-
3536 E-mail Ivc99@aol.com
SPINNAKER POLE, 16ft. good
condition. EC$2000/offers
considered. UFERAFT. 8 per-
son SOLAS rated with paper-
work. Test due October 2010,
EC$4800/offers considered.
CLUTCH PUMP, brand new
with fittings. EC$2300/offers
considered. Bequia Tel:
(784) 432-5201
Tohatsu 30HP long shaft US 2000,
Sail boat props 3 blade 13" to
22" from US200. Winches.
Barlow, Baent Lewmar from
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vane best offer E-mail
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electrical, electronics, water
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Ideal for cruiser or independ-
ent tech. Pease E-mail CV to
enzamadne@spicele.com
SENIOR COUPLE WANTS
CARETAKER POSITION.
American 61. Wife, 55,
Trinidadian cook, home/
health care provider, all
areas of interest. Contract
required, excellent docu-
ments upon request. E-mail
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DECKHAND/MATE available.
Chapman School of
Seamanship graduate.
STCW-5, First Aid/CPR, SVG
50T Masters License, also a
good cook! Photos/experi-
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kellee 435@hotmail.com


CARRIACOU LAND, Lots and
multi-acre tracts. Great
views overlooking Southern
Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay.
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ST. MAARTEN COMMERCIAL
SPACE Lagoon Marina Cole
Bay 50 m2 ground floor + 24
m2 entresol $ 1450/per
month. Office space 40 m2
first floor $ 970/per month
Roadside unit with apart-
ment upstairs, ideal for shop/
living combo $ 1550/per
month. Water access, secu-
rity and parking included.
Tel: (599) 5442611
www.lagoon-marina.com
info@lagoon-marina.com


SAPPHIRE VILLAGE St. Thomas,
USVI. One bedroom/studio
units, short/long term availa-
ble. Starting at $125
Daily/$875 Weekly Tel:
(787) 366-3536 or E-mail
lvc99@ad.com
LA POMPE, BEQUIA
Large 2 bedroom house and/
or 1 bed studio apartment.
Big verandah and patio,
stunning view, cool breeze.
Internet cable TV. 2 weeks
minimum, excellent long
term rates. Tel: (784) 495 1177
e-mail: louisan@vincysurf.com


SAIL-LOFT, UPHOLSTERY
100m2n established since
2002 located Carenantilles
Dockyardu Le Marinn
Martinique. New sewing
machines (less than 4 years)
Price 120 000D Euros Tel: (596)
596 74 88 32 E-mail didieret
maria@wandoo.fr


RYA SAILING AND
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HOMESTAYS GRENADA
Would you like to spend some
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per night. Come and be part
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FLEXBOAT MINI SR
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6 inches long, weighing just
y i 731bs and rated for a 4HP
paddles, pump and repair kiL
dc Fits even the smallest cruisers
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Priced at 51,800.00


KANBERRA GEL AIR PURIFIER
Already a staple in the Mega-Yacht industry,
K Kanberra Gel is a biodegradable gel com-
- position made with pharmaceutical-grade
Australian Tea Tree Oil. Dissipating into the air
to break down mildew, molds and viruses at
the molecular level, Kanberra Gel effectively
eliminates molds and odor. It is blanketing
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Available in 2,4,8 and 16oz Containers.
Priced from S21.50

MAC HEAVY DUTY BATTERIES
MAC Batteries are heavy duty lead acid
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St. Lucia: + 758.452.1222 Grenada: + 473.435.2150 Curacao: + 599.9.461.2144


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