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LAMMINA ALX WITH
The ALX boats are constructed
of marine-grade aluminum and
come in five models, ranging
from 11 to 16 feet. To provide
maximum performance with
minimum horsepower, the
boats weigh nearly 25% less
than all other fiberglass
models. Inside the boat,
standard features include a
pilot/co-pilot seat, center
console, a locker with cush-
ioned bow seat and a fuel tank
that is integrated into the bow
of the boat.
ST. THOMAS ;ANNYCAY ST MAARTENI
ST. CROIX ANTIGUA
. US$ 5310.00
This is a lightweight, virtually
indestructible dinghy made
from seamless marine grade
aluminum, with all hardware
welded to the hull.
Solid floor covered with a non
skid layer is designed to stay
dry; drain water will flow under
to the back bilge.
TOHATSU OUTBOARD M50
Simple in design.
EPTOL 3 cylinder
motor has an electric
start, remote control,
oil mixing system,
power trim and tilt,
"Fishing Fifty" is a S$ 6368.20
basic no frills motor.
These 50 HP motors are
flexible enough for a wide
assortment of boats, includ-
ing sailboats, ski boats, small
runabouts, and commercial
These engines are reliable
and durable performers.
TOHATSU OUTBOARD M18
these two cylinder
outboards long life.
All the two cylinders
feature through *.ce.
the prop exhaust US 2465.00
for a quiet ride, thermostati-
cally controlled cooling
system for consistent engine
Stainless steel water pump
housing for outstanding
durability. All internal water
passages zinc coated for
superior corrosion resistance.
Comes with aluminium
Caribbean Duty Free List Prices. Check your local store for final pricing.
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Boat Adrift from Dominica
The 30-foot monohull Lonely Nest reportedly went adrift on October 30th, 2010 from
Roseau, Dominica. It is an engineless, white fibreglass sloop with a gold anodized
mast. A small outboard engine for the dinghy was aboard. The boat's registration
number, 736565, is marked in the galley over the stove.
Anyone with information is asked to contact (767) 613-5116
or eveline.bosso@yahoo com.
Cuba, Jamaica and Cayman Partner for Marine Promotion
With anticipation that President Barack Obama will soon lift the travel ban on US
citizens visiting Cuba, representatives of Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
From left, Dale Westin, representing the Port Authority of Jamaica; Commodore Jose
Miguel Diaz Escrich of Cuba's Marlin Marinas Group; and Neville Scott, representing
Cayman Islands marina interests
met during the recent Miami International Boat Show to draft a strategy to handle
the predicted influx of US boats.
Figures from the US Coast Guard and Florida vessel registration authorities indicate
that there are more than 600,000 boats in Florida alone that are capable of making
the 90-mile sea voyage from South Florida to Cuba. US boats have been barred
from visiting Cuba for more than 50 years and opening a floodgate of vessels would
rapidly inundate Cuba's marinas.
The representatives who met in Miami included Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz
Escrich, representing Cuba's major marina provider, Marlin; Dale Westin, represent-
ing the Port Authority of Jamaica; and Neville Scott, representing Cayman Island
marina interests. All agreed that any relaxation of the travel ban for US citizens to
visit Cuba would have the effect of creating a new Central Caribbean cruising
ground consisting primarily of Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
For more information contact Dale Westin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (876) 477-6914.
Henry Morgan's Cannons Found in Panama
In February archaeologists recovered six cannons from the ships of Welsh privateer
Sir Henry Morgan in the shallow waters surrounding Lajas Reef at the mouth of the
Chagres River in Panama.
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:-,i:"iil : I. : I' :1 : I:" : Morgan was commissioned as a privateer by the
English crown to attack enemy vessels and protect the British colonies of Barbados
and Jamaica because the Royal Navy was unable to do so. He became the
scourge of the Spanish in the Caribbean and was eventually knighted and made
governor of Jamaica. Morgan's ships were wrecked in 1671 while carrying Morgan
and his men to raid Panama City.
The archaeologists, from Texas State University, the US National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, the Waitt Institute, National Geographic, and the
Institute Nacional de Cultura de Panama said the discovery provides the first tangi-
ble archaeological link to the activities of Morgan in Panama, whose raid led to the
destruction of Panama City. The joint American-Panamanian team has been explor-
ing the mouth of the Chagres River since 2008, and the cannons were measured
and photographed in 2008 and studied by Dr. Ruth Brown, formerly with the Royal
Armouries in the UK and an internationally renowned early cannon expert. The
archaeologists had not intended to bring the cannons to the surface, but treasure
hunters have apparently been working at the site so the artifacts were taken to pre-
vent their theft.
The cannons will now be treated at the conservation facilities of the Patronato
Panama Viejo to reverse centuries of saltwater intrusion and chemical changes that,
if left untreated, will result in their disintegration. The Patronato Panama Viejo has
more than 15 years of experience in conservation at its laboratory facility, the only
one in the country, specializing in the treatment and preservation of metals.
Thanks to the Los Angeles Times and www.panama-guide.com for information in
VIBERT BAPTISTE: Missing since February 26th and presumed lost at sea is 54-year-old
yacht skipper Vibert Baptiste of St. Vincent. Vibert, who worked with Barefoot Yacht
Charters, had flown to Union Island to pick up a catamaran and return it to St.
Vincent. Vibert's wife, Christine, told local reporters that she was informed that he
made the trip alone and had perhaps stopped overnight in Canouan before pro-
ceeding to St. Vincent. The weather that weekend was rough and squally. The boat
was reportedly found off the lee coast of St. Vincent with the engine running late
the following day. Vibert s belongings were found on the boat and no sign of foul
play was reported. A search was conducted but the sailor was not found.
Vibert, known to his friends as Dribble, had worked in the yacht charter industry for
most of his life, beginning at the original Spice Island Charters in Prickly Bay,
Grenada in the 1970s.
GARRETT PATRICK SPILLANE: Beloved husband of charter broker Ann-Wallis White, a
former racing and charter yacht captain, Garrett was born in Cork, Ireland in 1937
and died on March 14th. Garrett was one of the original charter yacht captains
who joined the Nicholson fleet of Antigua in 1958, and was an Antigua Sailing Week
winner several times over. As a captain, Garrett was a veteran of thousands of char-
ters for some of the most famous people in the world for over 30 years. He was a
megayacht captain before they were called megayachts.
Stolen Yacht Recovered in USVI
The Lagoon 380 S2 Namaste, which was reported as having been stolen from her
mooring at anchor in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, between February 27th and
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mystery tour oore two WOeeK ajter aeing stolen, u s car was jouna nearly
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March 3rd was recovered at Water Island, southwest of Charlotte Amalie, on March
17th. The boat is the four-cabin charter version of the Lagoon 380. It was found at
anchor in good condition, but the bimini was removed, the dinghy was missing and
a different name had been put on it.
Anyone with information is asked to contact email@example.com.
Carriacou Maroon Fest Coming!
The second annual Carriacou Maroon & Regional String Band Festival will take
place from April 29th to May 1st. This three-day celebration provides an opportunity
to experience the authentic practice of Grenada's African and European traditions
that have been passed through many generations.
Maroon culture is about thanksgiving and prayers to the source of all life, growth
and prosperity. Its African origins are authentically depicted through the drum-
ming, singing, partaking of "smoke food" and other rituals practiced by the local
people. This aspect of the festival is a celebration of the values of sharing, unity
and community self-help.
A key aspect of this year's event will be performances by string bands from the British
Virgin Islands, Tobago, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Grenada and host island,
Carriacou. String band music is very popular on Carriacou and has historically been a
main source of entertainment at social functions and the Parang Festival each Christmas.
There are various genres of this music, and you must dance!
For more information see ad on page 7.
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* Interest is growing in the Caribbean in following the An-Tiki raft trip. Punning on
the name of the famous raft Kon-Tiki, An-Tiki is drifting across the Atlantic with octo-
genarian Anthony Smith and friends including BVI resident David Hildred aboard.
They are doing the trip to raise money for Water-Aid. Their original aim was to drift
Update! As this issue oj Compass goes to press, An-Tiki anticipates a landfall in
St. Martin. Anthony says, 'We don't know when we will reach it... it is over 500
miles away, we are traveling at about three knots, the weather looks good, but we
did travel backwards a couple of days ago!'
into the Bahamas, but bets are now on that they may end up coming into the
Windwards. Follow their trip at www.an-tiki.com or http://gasballoon.com/antiki.
* The relatively young and multi-cultural cruising couple Mark KIty (USA) and
Liesbet Collaert (Belgium) have been sailing on their 35-foot catamaran Irie for more
than three years. Mark and Liesbet left from Maryland and slowly made their way to
the Eastern Caribbean where they have been hopping around for the last two
years. Dogs Kali and Darwin joined them on all the adventures until they passed
away. They plan to maintain this cruising lifestyle indefinitely. Stories, reports and pic-
tures about their experiences, daily life, and trials and tribulations can be found on
their blog www.itsirie.com. For more pictures, click the appropriate link in the right
column. To get a feel for what living on a small cruising/sailing catamaran in the
tropics is all about, check out their blog on the watersport and adventure website
* Sailing for the environment! Keep up with Oceanswatch doings at http://blogs.
* This winter, the Hands Across the Sea crew has been visiting schools and libraries
in the Eastern Caribbean, meeting the school principals and teachers, local librari-
ans, US Peace Corps Volunteers, and concerned parents who are part of the
Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) program. To hear what the folks in
the Caribbean who are carrying out this work have to say, visit www.handsacross-
Calling All Compass Contributors!
If you've had an article, photo or poem published in the Compass during the past
12 months, you are cordially invited to bring a guest and join us at this year's
Compass Writers' Brunch. It takes place on Thursday, April 21st at the ever-popular
Join the Brunch bunch! Compass contributors are invited to our annual pre-Bequia
Mac's Pizzeria in Bequia. Please arrive at 10:00AM: it's brunch, not lunch, and those
who arrived at noon last year missed out!
The annual Compass Writers' Brunch is held just at the beginning of the Bequia
Easter Regatta, so you can stay on for a whole weekend of fun. The Writers' Brunch
is absolutely free - it's our way of saying a special thank-you to everyone who
helps make the Compass special!
Space is limited so please RSVP by April 15th to sally@caribbeancompass. com or
phone Sally at (784) 457-3409 We look forward to seeing you there.
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertiser Akwaba of Martinique in the
Market Place section, pages 42 through 45.
Good to have you with us!
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Island Water World's Night-Time Website Specials
Birgit Rothel reports: To celebrate the success of Island Water World's e-commerce
website, the company is introducing 'Island Water World Happy Hours' - a special
promotional program created to thank on-line customers for their support since the
inauguration of the website 15 months ago.
"Once a week, we will post an 'unbeatable' nighttime special which will only
appear between 5:00PM and 8:00AM EST the following day," says Sean Kennelly,
Managing Director of Island Water World. "All you need to do is connect to www.
islandwaterworld.com, watch out and make a deal!"
Island Water World's e-commerce website, www.islandwaterworld.com, is one of a
handful of true Caribbean Online Shops, with headquarters in St. Maarten. The com-
pany delivers marine products via FedEx, LIAT and various cargo companies to the
entire Caribbean Basin at very competitive prices. Online shoppers enjoy ten per-
cent discount, great deals and giveaways.
Island Water World Marine has two stores on St Maarten, two on Grenada, one on
St. Lucia and since last year, one in Curacao.
For more information see ad on page 48.
Insurance Consultants of Grenada Limited reports: Accidents happen and that's
why you have insurance. If the proper procedures are followed at the beginning
and throughout the claim process, then the settlement will be easy and quick. If this
is not done then problems will arise. When you need to make a claim here's how to
make it easy:
You should report the circumstances as soon as possible to your broker by letter,
telephone, fax or e-mail.
All that is expected of you is that you act reasonably to preserve your vessel and its
equipment from further damage. Consider what steps you would take if you didn't
have insurance. Any theft or malicious damage should be reported promptly to the
police and the Crime Number noted.
If the accident has resulted in personal injury or damage to property of third par-
ties, do not admit liability or instruct lawyers or acknowledge any correspondence
received. Leave this to the insurer's lawyers. It is important to obtain names and
contact information of independent witnesses whenever possible. Insurers should be
advised immediately of the circumstances of the accident and any written suit
should be forwarded to them.
A claim form will have to be completed and sent to the insurer. Estimates of repair
cost should accompany this. The return of the claim form should not be delayed
while you await an estimate as the claim can be registered in the meantime. Try to
obtain at least two repair estimates if possible.
Depending on the extent or circumstances of the damage, insurers may decide to
instruct a surveyor to inspect the damage or investigate the loss. Insurers will give
you their name, address and contact information and normally ask them to contact
The completed claim form estimates and the surveyor's report, if applicable, will
form the basis for the offer of settlement. When the insurers give their approval to an
estimate, you may give instructions to repairers to proceed or the suppliers to supply.
When the repairs have been completed or replacements supplied to your satisfac-
tion, the receipted invoice(s) should be submitted to your broker. Insurers will then
arrange reimbursement in accordance with the policy conditions. Where you have
not paid the invoice, insurers will reimburse the repairers/suppliers directly. Invoices
should be made out to you, not the insurer.
Always contact your broker immediately on the occurrence of any incident, even
though it may appear to be minor, because they can sometimes turn into big problems.
For more information on Insurance Consultants of Grenada Limited see ad
on this page.
Dockwise Carries Cruising Yachts to Safety
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) will transport 20 private cruising yachts from
Salalah, Oman to Marmaris, Turkey this month. The company, best known for its fleet
of semi-submersible "float-on/float-off" yacht carriers, also coordinates lift-on/lift-off
arrangements with third-party carriers, and logistically can fulfill almost any request,
even if it is driven by unfortunate circumstances.
"Due to increased piracy, cruising sailors are altering their plans for getting from
southeastern Asia to the Mediterranean," said DYT President Clemens van der Werf.
"By virtue of their independent and adventurous nature, some of these sailors had
not previously thought about shipping as an alternative, but they are thinking differ-
ently now. Dockwise is committed to assisting them in all phases of learning about
the process and then implementing a plan so they can ship to designated ports
rather than travel through dangerous waters on their own."
Van der Werf explained that in mid-February, four Americans aboard a sailboat
hijacked by pirates off the coast of Oman were killed by their captors, and more
recently, Somali pirates took hostage seven Danes, including three children, after
hijacking their yacht off the Somali coast.
"These attacks on private cruising yachts are deeply disturbing and are an assault
on our collective yachting family," said van der Werf, emphasizing that for more
than two decades, DYT has been working one-on-one with owners, captains and
crews to ensure safe and efficient passages by way of shipping. "We will do all we
can to help sailors meet their needs, utilizing extensive shipping routes and sched-
ules used by our own Dockwise vessels as well as our alliances with heavy-lift opera-
tors around the world."
Helping in times of crisis is not new to DYT. One of the ships owned by its parent
company, Dockwise Ltd., transported the destroyer USS Cole back to the United
States after it was the target of a suicide attack carried out in the year 2000 at the
Yemeni port of Aden.
Dockwise Yacht Transport provides services to the Caribbean.
For more information see ad on page 18.
No Time Restriction on Long-Term Storage at Curacao Marine
it will be obtaining Customs
free-zone status, enabling the
yard to store yachts without
time restriction. Previously,
yachts received a permit to
stay in Curacao for six months,
which could be extended to
12 months maximum. For lon-
ger stays the yacht had to
clear out, make a trip to a for-
eign port, return and get a
Now, with the free-zone sta-
Sd tus, a yacht can stay in stor-
age in the yard indefinitely
while the owner is off the
island, without the hassle
of obtaining permit
When the owner and/or
crew return to Curacao to
prepare for departure or to
cruise Curacao, they will get
a new (cruising) permit good
for six months. This permit can
be extended to 12 months
madmum. After that, an
extension can be obtained
when the yacht has been to a foreign port and back, or the yacht can go back
into the free zone.
This will be a real improvement for the yachting industry on Curacao.
For more information on Curagao Marine see ad on page 24.
SVG Air Now Flies Antigua to Montserrat
Getting to Montserrat just got easier with the announcement by the Government
of Montserrat that SVG Air has been approved to operate daily scheduled commer-
cial air transport services between Montserrat and Antigua.
Two daily return flights commenced in March, departing Antigua at 7:00AM and
4:00PM, and departing Montserrat at 7:30AM and 4:30PM. SVG Air can also add char-
ters to Antigua and neighboring islands.
SVG Air has been in operation since 1990, and is based in St. Vincent, Barbados, St.
Lucia and Grenada, with hangars in St. Vincent, Bequia and Canouan. The compa-
ny operates scheduled and charter flights throughout all the islands of the
Caribbean, notably between Barbados, Nevis, Bequia, Canouan, St. Vincent, St.
Kitts, St. Marten, Union Island, Mustique, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Barth's, Anguilla and
Martinique, and also as far afield as Guyana and Jamaica.
For more information see ad on page 32.
ECHOTec's New Element Saves Water
While many watermaker manufacturers are satisfied by simply assembling standard
off-the-shelf parts, ECHOTec engineers and builds more proprietary components in
order to achieve ultimate reliability, performance and cost-efficient operation. What
makes ECHOTec the practical choice for cruisers as well as commercial users is that
all innovative system components are built to allow the use of widely available off-
the-shelf consumables and spares. There is one exception:
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Product water from any reverse-osmosis watermaker has little salt content and is
very soft and acidic because of the removal of alkaline mineral constituents of the
seawater. Therefore, similar to rainwater, reverse-osmosis product requires significant-
ly more freshwater to rinse off soap, shampoo and other detergents. ECHOTec is the
first yacht watermaker manufacturer to combat this problem by using a proprietary
post-treatment system. The newly developed mineral dispenser returns some hard-
ness to the water and offers a practical, low maintenance solution that saves up to
50 percent of your fresh water.
The ECHOTec post-treatment element also contains a mixture of minerals that
returns bicarbonate alkalinity, correcting pH only enough to reach a neutral equilib-
rium. This dramatically reduces corrosion on metal tanks, boilers, washing machines
and plumbing due to acidic water. As the water is slightly re-mineralized, this will also
improve its taste.
For more information visit www.echotecwatermakers.com.
New Bar and Yacht Services in Dominica
Drop Anchor Bar and Yacht Services recently opened in the Roseau Bay area of
and convenient land base on the
island. At Drop Anchor sailors can find
a newly built facility with a sturdy dock
located just a 15-minute walk or three-
minute bus ride from Dominica's capi-
tal city, Roseau.
Services include hot freshwater show-
er, WiFi, clean water for filling tanks,
provisions (including cases of bottled
water, beer, liquor and soda, plus
select frozen and fresh goods), and
assistance with tour, taxi, car rental and
other booking services. Yachts can also
tie up to the dock for free overnight
stays, sea conditions permitting.
Also, take a break on land in the
. relaxing bar area of Drop Anchor
where traditional and exotic cocktails
are served along with bar snacks.
Weekend live-music events are also
. Wednesday through Saturday 12:30PM
Say s ll e an a leave absence ril he aesee on
Island Marina in Roatan, Honduras,
and Seven Seas Cruising Association
July. Jerry says, A lot has been happening here: old docks repaired over 300 feet
of new dock space added and a deck built in the cruisers area" so he's taking a
Jim Hendricks of SV MiLadywill take over as interim dockmaster; contact him at
firstname.lastname@example.org for information concerning the marina.
Marina Upgrades for Cuba
Dale Westin reports According to the January issue of Cuba News an exile public
tion from Florida, Cuba is gearing up with a variety of marina upgrades and new facil
cities in anticipation of a relaxation of the USA travel embargo. The feeling is that once
the travel ban is lifted, a new Central Caribbean cruising ground will evolve including
the Cuban south coast, the Cayman Islands and the north coast of Jamaica.
Cuba presently has eight south cast locations that quifys rin. The plans cll
for an additional five marinas on the south coast and the creation of nine new anchor
age areas New marinas are forecast for annamo ay Ca (not theS one
just east of Cape Crts: (about due north of Port Antonio) the Garden of the Queen on
the east side of the Isle of You a th e east of Guanacabibes in the far western
province. Nine additional marinas are forecast for the country s north coast.
Developers of the new facilities include companies from the United Kingdom, Spain,
Canada and the Caribbean. USA investors are forbidden under the Trading with The
Enemies Act from business ventures in Cuba.
When will all this happen? Only time will tell!
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Grenadines Dive Saves Lobster Lives!
Marslyn Lewis reports: In February, scuba
diving guests from Petit St. Vincent Resort and
Grenadines Dive's Master Scuba Instructor,
Glenroy Adams, reached deep into their pockets
to express their love for the marine environment
by rescuing the lives of several spiny lobsters.
Glenroy and his guests purchased several live
lobsters from a fisherman, and these were then
placed on the sheltered reef of the Tobago Cays
Marine Park instead of on a plate.
Why will they do this in the peak of lobster
season when there are so many tourists crav
ing a tasty lobster meal? To sound the alarm
about over-fishing of lobsters. The long-term
survival of the Southern Grenadines' lobster
population means so much more than any
short-term financial gain.
The Marine Park was chosen as the lob
sters' new home because it is a protected no-
fishing zone, which offers a better chance for "
their survival and reproduction. Ultimately
future generations of lobsters can '''' '
with the current to neighboring : I- I '
rebuild the depleted lobster population of the
Born in Bequia and now based in Union
Island, Glenroy Adams who ht t-n -- iin.
the waters of the Southern ... i ... I '. " I''... " , I '
more than 20 years says that working to pre ' '
serve the marine life in these waters has ' ''**...
always been top priority. He thinks this proj
ect can offer new hope for the future of this
iconic marine animal and pledges to make it an ongoing project of Grenadines Dive,
sharing this unique experience with his guests who are delighted to be a part of such
For more information visit www.grenadinesdive.com.
Humpback Whale Sighted at Mochima
On March 4th, a group of tourist'- i. . 1.... .I.er-taxi about two miles off
the Venezuelan coast between the .. i i i ...- and Isla Chimana Grande
were treated to the rare sight of a humpback whale cavorting in the waters of
Mochima National Park.
Humpback whales (Megaptera
M novaengliae) can grow to 16
36,000 kilos. The humpbacks
feed only during the summer in
the polar regions and migrate to
the tropical and subtropical
waters to breed and give birth
during the winter. During the
winter they fast, surviving on
their fat reserves. The species
feeds primarily on krill and small
fish. Like the other great whales,
the humpback whale was exces
sively hunted and its population
was reduced by 90 percent before the International Whaling Commission moratori
um was implemented in 1966. Since then, the population has partially recovered,
but entanglements in fishing gear, collisions with boats and noise remain sources of
concern. The current global population is estimated at some 80,000 individuals.
'Protect Bahamian Sharks' Campaign
Dr. Guy Harvey, world-renowned scientist and marine wildlife artist, has joined the
growing ranks of individuals and organizations calling i . -1 .. I .- .1.. ..- to ban
the commercial fishing of all sharks in The Bahamas. I. -.. i i I '. ' am, Dr.
Harvey released a custom-designed "Protect Bahamian Sharks" -i-'';rni logo and
poster in March while visiting Nassau to meet with government I ' .I- He says,
"Many species of sharks are now being driven to the brink of extinction by over
exploitation, fueled mostly by the Far Easts demand for shark fin soup." The loss of
these animals could cause irreversible damage to the marine ecosystem.
"Due to a ban or. 1 - f .l2- ;i- . I; iii tli- QOs, led by The Bahamas National
Trust, Bahamian , . -... i i I I . .... the world with relatively healthy
shark populations," said Eric Carey, Executive Director of The Bahamas National
Trust. "The Bahamas is now one of the premier =-.rl- ---.t-i;;n destinations for div
ers, reeling in US$800 million over the past _, ' ..- I . I. national economy,
according to the Bahamas Diving Association."
Even with the ban on longlining gear, sharks are still considered at risk in
Bahamian waters owing to other methods of fishing. "There are currently no specific
laws in The Bal ...... I i i... -i, se amazing creatures," said Matt Rand, director
of global shark ...- - .I' ,' I ' I' Pew Environment Group. "We are working with
The Bahamas National Trust to raise awareness to establish measures that will con
serve healthy shark populations before it is too late."
The Bahamas National Trust was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959 and
is mandated with the conservation of natural and historic resources of The Bahamas.
The BNT is the only known non-governmental organization in the world with the
mandate to manage a country's entire national park system.
For more information visit www.bnt.bs.
St. Croix's Reef Jam Coming in May
Celebrate the reef at tb- 1. r:-t 1 - 1. party on St. Croix! Reef Jam 2011 will take
place on Sunday, May _ "I' I' .' I . .. to 10:00PM at Rhythms at Rainbow Beach
Reef Jam is a grassroots, non profit organization with a mission to "-;;-
marine conservation and stewardship through community education and i .
All proceeds from the annual musical fundraiser will be used to support local marine
education and conservation efforts on St. Croix.
This fourth annual musical fundraiser has activities for the whole family including
live music, a family activity zone with marine-related games and demonstrations,
traditional food vendors, T-shirt sales and raffle items, a Reef Rap competition for
local High School students, guest speakers, information booths and much more!
For more information, visit www.ReefJam.com.
GRENADA SAILING FESTIVAL 2011
Petite Martinique Regains
'Champion of Champions' Title at
Digicel Work Boat Regatta
I. i .... e, the crew from Carriacou took first
S i ... took second, with Sauteurs once again
For the first time on Grand Anse Beach the crowd
was also treated to a show of talent from Grenada's
young sailors in a Junior Dinghy Racing Championship
hosted by the Grenada Sailing Festival, organized by
the Grenada Yacht Club and Gouyave Sailing School
and sponsored by Budget Marine and Coca Cola.
Fourteen young sailors took part and handled the
windy conditions well. In Optimist Class first place
went to Noah Bullen, second place to Ryan Morain,
and third to Brent McQueen. In Mosquito Class first
place went to Quesi Paul, second to Justin James, and
third to Mozart St. John.
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Above: 2011 Junior Dinghy Sailing participants
and their coaches
i. .' Below: Once again Champion of Champions',
S the Petite Martinique team accepts its awards
Nearing the finish in Grenada's Senior National Team Sailing competition
Sailors from the tiny Grenadine isle of Petite
Martinique returned to the top position at the 2011
Grenada Sailing Festival Digicel Work Boat Regatta
held off Grand Anse Beach February 4th through 6th.
In the Match Race Final, the :..1. .- on between
Petite Martinique and Grenada'" i,.-i,,, capital", the
village of Gouyave, right from the start line. Positions
changed repeatedly as the marks were rounded, but
the Petite Martinique team crossed the line first to take
the title, the trophy and the US$1,000 prize. Gouyave
held on to second place for a US$500 prize, with the
third place prize of US$250 going to Carriacou. Petite
Martinique returns to the top position after taking
second place last year and winning in 2009.
One of the biggest crowds in the event's nearly two
decades of history watched high-octane racing between
Grenada's sailing communities of Carriacou, Gouyave,
Petite Martinique, Sauteurs and Woburn. The work
boat competition -t'rt= --ith -l i rn-itn --.-th each
village generally . .. .. i - .. -1 i i I ., there
fore its own class. Well-known competitors including
Riot Act, Classic, Unity, Endeavour, Swift, Planass, Top
Ranking, Now For Now ai i . . . . i i new
competitors with newly ,,,I1 I 1. - - 1 ... Wet,
Voop, Pattern, Clorox, Confidence and the atmo-
sphere was charged. A series of races determined the
class winners, who then entered the Match Race Finals
sailed aboard a fleet of locally built GSF16s to deter
mine the National Champion of Champions.
The racing was as tough as ever and in the Match
Race Finals all communities gained podium places:
Gouyave took first in the United Insurance Senior
event ahead of Petite Martinique and Sauteurs, and
in the Junior event sponsored by Coca Cola and
Over the entire two-day event, which coincided with
Grenada's Independence weekend, the crowd enjoyed live
entertainment, games and beach activities. There were
arts and crafts on sale, and food stalls in a Community
Kitchen, where all the favourite traditional dishes were on
offer. The 2011 Grenada Sailing Festival Digicel Work
Boat Regatta was rounded off with a wonderful fireworks
display courtesy of Spice Island Fireworks, ending with a
set piece in the country's national colours -a high spot
of the Independence celebrations.
The Grenada Sailing Festival wishes to thank its
sponsors and supporters: the Grenada Board of
Tourism, Digicel, United Insurance, FLOW, ScotiaBank,
Mount Gay Rum & Heineken with their agent Bryden
& Minors, Budget Marine, True Blue Bay Resort, Coca
Cola, SOL EC Ltd., Island Dreams Yacht Services,
Horizon Yacht Charters, Spice Island Marine Services,
Turbulence Ltd, Court's, Deyna's Tasty Foods, Grenada
Electrical Contractors, Southern Electrical, Steele's
Auto Supplies, Grenlec, Glenelg Spring Water, Spice
Isle Fish House and Spice Isle Fireworks.
For more information visit
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With 22 knots or more in the gusts, strong winds launched the third edition of the events in the 2011 Atlantic Ocean Racing Series. This series is in its inaugural yea
RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) Caribbean 600 across the - ...... ... i I I ..1. 1. and includes seven of the great bluewater races in the world.
Harbour, Antigua on February 21st. A record entry of 34; 1.- ,. I. I ,
nations included yachts representing Antigua, Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Thanks to John Burnie and Louay Habibfor information in this report.
Cayman Islands, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the For RORC Caribbean 600 results in all eight classes, visit http://caribbean600.ro
Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United States. I i , . .. I. ... i .... org/blog/race information/results/index.html.
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< '.... i .... chartered by Andrew Mclrvine.
Event co-founder John Burnie describes the 600-mile course, which weaves 4
through 11 of the Leeward Islands, as "more like a Formula One race track than a
traditional windward leeward course". Rambler 100's Kenny Read said, "That was a i.
lot of fun but hard work for a while. You do something like sail around the world and
that is almost easy compared to this because there is no time to take any sleep.
You're taking so many corners and turns, but it is also a gorgeous course, its a
dream-come-true type of event. Probably the most memorable part of the course was
at night with a full moon at the top of St. Maarte.. 1 1 ... 1 ....... 1 .1-i;;
waves. It .--- : -. f-......i 1 .11 - l,wecame .i i Ih I ...' . I- I .- 1 I. c
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amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more exciting sail..."
The battle for line honours was between the two canting keel 100-foot Maxis, Mike
Slade's Farr designed ICAP Leopard, which set the record for this race in 2009, and
George David's Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed Rambler 100. It was the first ever .
showdown between these two titans. Line honors went to Rambler 100, which " -"'
crossed the finish line in Antigua with an elapsed time of one day 16 hours 20 min- -
utes and two seconds. David's team included the entire crew of Puma Ocean Racing,
which will be competing in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Rambler 100 smashed
the monohull course record by nearly four hours and very nearly eclipsed the mul
tihull record in the process, falling short by just nine minutes. Rambler 100 also won
the race overall on corrected time, to capture the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.
After the Maxis crossed the finish line, it was a full ten hours before the third
yacht, Peter Harrison's magnificent 115 foot ketch, Sojana, arrived. Sojana's crew: We couldn't race n the
This event has quickly established itself as THE offshore race in the Caribbean and Sojanas cre We could race thirst to editions but it as third time luck
one of the 'must do' offshore yacht races of the international racing calendar. The and what a magnificent race this s!
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Brady Defeats Holmberg in Budget Marine Match Cup
In the deciding race of the Budget Marine Match
Racing Cup on March 1st, New Zealand's Gavin Brady
and his crew of Chris Larson and Marc Plaxton defeat-
ed the Virgin Islands' Peter Holmberg to claim the
US$5,000 prize for first place in the ISAF Grade 5 match-
racing event in the lead-up to the 2011 St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta. Brady's 2-0 victory in the best-of-
three finals during this third running of the Budget
Marine Cup avenged his loss to Holmberg in 2010.
Holmberg, who earned $3,000 for second place, had
won the last two Budget Marine Match Racing Cups.
In determining third and fourth place, Colin Rathbun's
Team BVI dispatched veteran UK match racer Simon
Shaw and his squad, also by a 2-nil score, to earn the
$2,000 check for third.
Brady, Holmberg, Rathbun and Shaw advanced to
the Final Four in the eight-team field after an earlier
round robin on Simpson Bay, St. Maarten raced in
often fluky, shifty seven- to 13-knot winds. Brady was
undefeated in the ten-flight round-robin series, sailed
in Jeanneau SunFast 20s in St. Maarten.
Brady's team was slightly behind Holmberg at the
last weather mark, but managed to overtake on the
final run. Brady says, "We were the back boat and we
dictated the tempo again
but Pete did a slightly bet-
ter job of identifying what
our game plan was and
he came out of that start
slightly ahead. But Chris
and Marc were patient,
and again it came down
to boat speed. There were
many penalties, there was
a lot going on. But you
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Match race anywhere, in
m to Malaysia at the World
4 Championships... any-
where. That race was as
good as it gets."
"My hat goes off to our
judges," said Budget
Marine's Robbie Ferron.
"You can't have an event
like this without a fantastic
r p of race committee and judg-
es. They did a great job."
"The most important
Ra thing was being in the
S finals again with Peter,"
Brady said. "Both of us
have come through the
America's Cup and spent our lives doing this. Now
we're a couple of the older guys in the sport. But
we're still racing against each other and still having a
beer at the end of the day."
Will Brady be back next year to defend his title? "I
enjoy this regatta very much," he said. "Sometimes
you fly to Europe with a team of six guys and you do
six races. We came today and did nine races. And
we're in St. Maarten, which is beautiful. So I think
that's a no-brainer."
For complete results of the Budget Marine Match
Racing Cup, as well as the GILL Commodores Cup,
visit www.heinekenregatta. com.
St. Maarten Heineken Light-Air Affair
The 31st Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, sailed
March 4th through 6th, will be remembered as a light-
air affair, with 191 boats in 18 classes racing in breezes
of ten knots or less. Competitors came from Europe,
North America, Australia, Latin America and
The St. Maarten Cup for the regatta's Most Worthy
Performance Overall went to Mark Plaxton's Melges
32, Team INTAC, a BVI entrant with an all-star island
crew that included Peter Holmberg, Maurice Burg
and Ben Beer. Team INTAC also won the Caribserve-
NTG Cup for Most Worthy Performance during the
The Heineken Cup for Most Worthy Performance on
the Saturday was presented to Marieke Poulie's Sun
Odyssey 44, Something Hot, in the Bareboat 3 Class.
Something Hot also received the Goldendog Cup for
the team's contribution to charity. Another Bareboat,
Eggbert Schuett's Team Hamburg, racing in Bareboat
1, was the Most Worthy Performer on the Sunday. The
Overall Bareboat winner was KH+P Sea You Later,
Hans Robert Nitsche's Dufour 455.
The Panama Jack Cup for Fastest Multihull Around
the Island in the opening race was the impressive
Seacart 30, Blanca. The Fastest Monohull (Spinnaker
classes) was the Dubois 90, Genuine Risk
The award for Best "J" was accepted by Tanner
Jones of the Antiguan-based J/30, Blue Peter, and the
best Swan in the fleet for 2011 was the winner of CSA
1C, Wendy Schmidt's Swan 82, Team Selene.
The 32nd annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will
take place from March 1st through 4th, 2012.
For full results visit www.heinekenregatta. com.
St. Lucian Youth Sailors Shine in Martinique
Lily Bergasse reports: The St. Lucian team of eight sail-
ors and two coaches returned triumphant from the
21st Annual Semaine Nautique International de
Schoelcher regatta, held in Martinique from March 5th
Among the 80 dinghies on the water, St. Lucia's sail-
ors made their mark. In the 4.7 Laser Class, Olympic
scholarship recipient Stephanie Devaux-Lovell, 15, was
the women's champion and first overall, and Raina
Bergasse, 16, placed fifth overall and third in the wom-
en's category. In the Laser Radial Class Beth Lygoe,
30, finished third overall.
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Lovell, 15, was the women's champion and first overall
Below: A proud Team St. Lucia with St. Lucia Consul to
Martinique, Keats Compton, at right
Among the young men on the team, Marc Spurway,
14, finished tenth overall in the 4.7 Laser Class. In the
Laser Radial Class Scott Anthony, 17, finished 11th, fol-
lowed by Dylan Charles, 14, in 12th.
In the very competitive fleet of 50 Optimist dinghies,
Marcus Sweeney and Luc Chevrier finished 27th and
39th respectively. The dedicated guidance of sailing
coaches Max Todd and Omari Scott paid off with the
St. Lucia team producing its best results ever at this
St. Lucia's young sailors and their coaches would like
to thank St. Lucia Consul to Martinique, Keats
Compton; sponsors IGY Marina and Ferrand's Dairy;
and all who showed their support of the St. Lucia
Youth Sailing programme.
Meanwhile, Hedge Shuter reports that another fine
performance by Trinidad & Tobago sailor Abigail
Affoo, 12, saw her place first female and fourth overall
in the Optimist Class at Schoelcher.
This result for Abigail follows her fine performance
(10th out of 223) in the St. Valentine's Day Regatta in
Florida in February. Abigail also leads this year's rank-
ing races in Trinidad & Tobago and she is making great
progress in the run-up to the North American Optimist
Championships to be held in the US in August.
Abigail was part of a team of four sailors from
Trinidad & Tobago. In the overall Optimist standings,
Derek Poon Tip placed 12th, Myles Kaufmann 16th
and Kelly Ann Arrindell 23rd.
For full results visit www cnschoelcher.webou.net For
more information on youth sailing in St Lucia visit www.
sluciayachtclub. com. For more information on youth
sailing in Trinidad & Tobago visit www ttsailing. org.
Old Sponsors and New Stamps for Long-Running BVI
As this issue of Compass went to press, the BVI Spring
Regatta was preparing to celebrate major milestones
at this year's event, March 28th through April 3rd,
including the regatta's 40th anniversary and many
years of support from its oldest sponsors, Mount Gay
Rum, Heineken and their distributor Road Town
Wholesale (RTW). These sponsors' partnership has
helped create two of the sport's indelible icons:
Mount Gay's "red hats" and Heineken's "greenies".
"Since the very first regatta, RTW has been a strong
and loyal supporter of the BVI Spring Regatta," said
Delma Maduro, RTW's Chief Executive Officer. "Our
founder, Peter Haycraft - an avid sailor - was also a
founding member of the BVI Spring Regatta. Over the
years, we secured sponsorship deals with several of
RTW's exclusive brands. Mount Gay has been, and
remains, a loyal sponsor from the very early years of
the regatta. For about the past two decades
Heineken came on board as a Gold sponsor."
With the history of sailing as a primary economic and
social activity in the British Virgin Islands, the territory is
known as "The Sailing Capital of the World". As a trib-
ute to the BVI Spring Regatta's positive impact on the
community, the 40th Anniversary commemorative
stamp collection was unveiled on March 1st. Four
stamps, with denominations ranging from 15 cents to
two dollars, were issued and each depicts a different
decade in the history of the regatta. The 1970s are
remembered with a photo of the original boathouse
that was used as the BVI Yacht Club house in 1972.
The '80s stamp highlights the addition of the bareboat
fleet to the regatta and the fact that the charter
industry put Tortola on the map during that decade.
With a photo of Pipedream, the '90s are depicted by
spinnakers on the water vying for position. Pipedream
was chosen because its owner is Peter Haycraft, a
40-year BVI Spring Regatta racing veteran. The addi-
tion of a racecourse specifically for one-design yachts
is remembered in the most recent decade stamp. This
stamp features the IC24 fleet, as this class was
designed in the Caribbean and now attracts some of
the most talented local sailors. For the first issue cover,
the Nanny Cay Marina and Resort is featured as it has
been home to the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing
Festival for many years.
For more information on the BVI Spring Regatta visit
50 for Les Voiles de St. Barth
The second annual Les Voiles de St. Barth is set for
April 4th through 9th, with 50 yachts already registered
in five classes as this issue of Compass goes to press.
"The regatta had a great start last year," said Donald
Tofias, a Newport, Rhode Island resident who ships his
two W-76 yachts, White Wings and Wild Horses, to St.
Barth's every year.
Among other notables registered are Atrevida, a
105-foot Herreshoff-designed schooner from Brazil;
Mike Slade's 100-foot Farr design, Leopard 3 and
George David's Rambler 100 from the UK; and Richard
Balding's Swan 60, Fenix, Patrick Demarchelier's Swan
45, Puffy, Jim Swartz's Vesper/Team Moneypenny and
Lloyd Thornburg's Gunboat 66, Phaedo, all from the
USA. Fresh from their duel for line honors in the RORC
Caribbean 600, the battle between the two Super
Maxis, Leopard 3 and last year's winner Rambler 100,
is sure to turn some heads.
For more information,
Oysters to Race in Grenada
From April 11 h through 16th, Port Louis Marina at St.
George's, Grenada will host an exclusive Oyster
Regatta. Included will be a race around the island, an
overnight stop and Lay Day at Le Phare Bleu marina
on Grenada's south coast, and dinners and parties in
some of the island's top venues, returning to Port Louis
Marina for the prizegiving party and dinner.
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est craftsmen, are considered the 'Rolls Royce' of the
cruising yacht market. Previous Oyster Regattas have
been hosted in Valencia, Spain; the Royal Yacht
Squadron in Cowes, UK; the Real Club Nautico in
Palma de Mallorca; and the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron in Auckland.
President of the Marine and Yachting Association of
Grenada (MAYAG), Anita Sutton, says, "The Oyster
Regatta represents a tremendous opportunity for
Grenada. It is a prestigious global regatta and it is a
significant achievement to be hosting it here in
Grenada. Several marine-based companies are
already reporting a growth in business stemming from
this regatta." According to MAYAG, this economic
growth should not be limited to marine businesses,
since yachting visitors responding to a 2009 survey
agreed that 45 percent of their travel budget is spent
on meals, transportation and visiting attractions.
For more information on the Oyster Regatta visit
www.oystermarine com. For more information on
MAYAG visit www.mayag.net
Antigua's Class-ic Act
One of the world's premier regattas, the Antigua
Classic Yacht Regatta, to be held April 14th through
19th, is praised by past trophy winner and race officer
Don Street: "There's an Irish expression, craic, which
means to compete hard, have fun and not worry
much about winning - and that's the spirit of the
The host is Antigua Yacht Club and Panerai is spon-
soring the regatta's first event: the Panerai Classic
Yacht Challenge for 2011. Now in its 24th year, the
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta has hosted between
50 and 60 yachts every year and enjoys a wonderful
variety of competitors. Steve McLaren's newest
schooner, Elena, will race as well as the famous
Stormy Weather, which participated in the first event
in 1988. There is always a buzz around which of the
mighty J-Class yachts will come to challenge
Velsheda and Ranger.
For more information see ad on page 13.
Reconnecting the Islands with Traditional Sail
The third West Indies Regatta takes place in St.
Barth's from April 29th to May 1st.
Started in 2009 by Alexis Andrews and Loulou Magras,
the West Indies Regatta has become an annual fixture
on the St. Barth's calendar. Island trading vessels were
frequent visitors to Gustavia in the old days, and the
local community looks forward to the event.
Islands into the location for a unique poker event, the
BVI Poker Run. Boaters meet for a 'poker game' dur-
ing which they run to several locations in the BVI in
The West Indies Regatta aims to ensure that sights search of five cards, seeking the winning hand at the
like this are not a thing of the past end of the day. This year marks the event s tenth anni-
This year there will be racing and liming on board ten versary so there will be parties all weekend leading up
island sloops and schooners that were all built on the to the big game on Sunday, May 29th.
beach in the Caribbean by local craftsmen. Special Starting at the Leverick Bay Marina, the run includes
guests will be the two most recently launched stops at Scrub Island, Pussers, Pirates Bight, Cooper
Carriacou Sloops: Zemi and New Moon. The three- Island Beach Club, and Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor.
masted barque Picton Castle is making a special stop Racers will return to Leverick Bay to pick up their last
on its circumnavigation to take part in the event as card and turn in their poker hand. The best hand wins
the official committee boat. a grand prize of up to US$15,000, based on the total
For more information see ad on page 13. number of entries, and second and third place also
receive cash prizes. The organizing committee will
10th Annual BVI Poker Run hold a VIP cocktail party at the Club Nautico de San
Efrain Rivera reports: For the past decade, the Juan on April 7th.
Memorial Day weekend has turned the British Virgin
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Puerto Rico's Jorge Gonzalez leads the pack in squall
weather at last year's Scotiabank International
St. Thomas to Host Major Youth Competition
Carol Bareuther reports: Between June 20th and
26th, the St. Thomas Yacht Club will host a week of
Optimist dinghy training, and team and fleet racing
including the Sea Star Clinic, the Sea Star Team Race,
and Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta.
Celebrating its 19th year as one of the first and larg-
est regattas in the Caribbean to promote youth sail-
ing, the 2011 Scotiabank Regatta will see more than
90 entrants from around the world between eight and
15 years old compete in this Virgin Island Sailing
Association and Caribbean Sailing Association sanc-
Lawrence Aqui, vice president of Scotiabank for the
US and British Virgin Islands, comments, "For young
people, sailing offers many life-lessons that will serve
them well, making them better members of our com-
munity by teaching focus, discipline, self-reliance and
respect for the environment. It hones natural instincts
and encourages youngsters to push beyond their
comfort zones, leading to the pursuit of excellence."
S The Sea Star Clinic runs from
SJune 20th through 22nd, with top
International coaches Agustin
'Argy Resano, Bocha Pollitzer
and Manny Resano, as well as
USVI Optimist coach Santiago
Galan teaching the registered
sailors. The Sea Star Team Racing
event is scheduled for June 23rd.
The three-day Scotiabank
International Optimist Regatta
starts on June 24th. Ken Legler,
head coach for the Tufts
r. e University Sailing Team, will be
Principal Race Officer. Shoreside
Activities include a parade of
Nations, welcome party, raffle,
S ice cream social, bingo night
and Caribbean-themed night,
culminating with a beachside
brunch and awards ceremony
on June 26th.
This year's event will follow an
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cling of all plastic water bottles
and use of free reusable water bottles; keeping all
lunch bags, wrappings and waste out of the water;
picking up any trash on shore and accepting drinks
without plastic straws.
For more information contact scoiiabankregafta@
gmail com. For the Notice of Regatta and registration
forms visit the St Thomas Yacht Club at www.styc.net.
ISAF Conference for Puerto Rico
Eric A. Tulla, ISAF Vice-President reports: From
November 3rd through 12th, Puerto Rico will host the
Annual Conference of the International Sailing
Federation (ISAF). This event brings sailing's key deci-
sion-makers from around the world together to build
the future of the sport. This Annual Conference will be
the first in ISAF's history to be held in the Americas.
More than 500 delegates will debate and decide on
the issues that shape the future of sailing, ranging from
the Olympics and the America's Cup to world cham-
pionships and regattas held around the globe.
Caribbean sailors can attend the meetings of the
committees, and give their recommendations to the
Council on the policies and decisions that will affect
the world's sailors in the years to come. We urge
Caribbean sailors to attend the conference and
become involved with the sailing world at its highest
levels. The ISAF Annual Conference is also the setting
for sailing's most celebrated night of the year: The ISAF
Rolex World Sailors of the Year Award. We ask the
countries of the Caribbean to join us in welcoming the
more than 1,000 people from 130 countries who will
be visiting Puerto Rico next November.
For more information visit www.sailing.org.
Upsurge in Interest for Rallies
Enthusiasm for joining sailing rallies continues to grow.
World Cruising Club, the world's leading organizer of
cruising rallies, recently experienced the busiest
January ever for enquiries and entries.
This upsurge in interest follows a highly successful ARC
2010 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), which started with 233
yachts, narrowly missing the event record of 234 yachts
set in 2007. Entries for the 26th ARC in 2011 have
already exceeded 225 and a waiting list for places has
been opened. Numbers have been limited to 225 to
facilitate berthing in Las Palmas and Rodney Bay.
Meanwhile, World Cruising Club's circumnavigation
rally, World ARC, continues to attract interest. The
current rally (World ARC 2010-11) is on its final stages
with a fleet of 19 yachts sailing towards the finish in
St. Lucia this month. World ARC 2012-13 will start
from St. Lucia in January 2012, with more than 30
boats joining the rally from the start and more join-
ing from Australia onwards. Current entries hail from
11 countries and include families sailing with chil-
dren. World ARC circumnavigates via the Panama
Canal, the Pacific Islands, Australia, Bali, Mauritius,
Reunion, South Africa, St. Helena, Brazil and
Grenada. This route is 1,000 nautical miles south of
current pirate activity and completely avoids the
Red Sea and Horn of Africa.
World Cruising Club USA is now gearing up for the first
year of their ownership of the popular Atlantic Cup
rally, starting May 1st in Tortola. Participants will see
gradual improvements in the events, as they become
more visibly part of the World Cruising Club family,
including a stronger emphasis on safety and more
comprehensive pre-rally activities such as seminars
and social events.
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by Liesbet Colla
"You have to bring your boat in!" the Customs
woman demanded from her chair, after we greeted the
whole group of officials -. .... outside, chatting about
their social activities. i. . i explained we wanted to
check into their country. M;l . .- 1 ;- a puzzled look.
I realized now why most i II I . - anchored in the
harbor had fenders out. A sailboat was approaching
the Customs dock. There was only one spot available.
It was 3:45PM, 15 minutes before Customs and
In almost three years of Eastern Caribbean cruising
aboard our catamaran, Irie, there had not been anoth
er place where we had to bring our boat to a dock to
check in until we arrived at Jolly Harbour, Antigua in
late January this year. We mentioned this to the offi
cial and asked why this harbor was different. It didn't
take long before she got offended and offensive at the
same time. She told us it was the law, ,' i'. ,....
must have never checked in elsewhere i , 1 i
ening a fine of 10,000 dollars and a jail sentence for
obstructing a Customs official. Was that what we
wanted? Of course not (gulp!), but... Mark and I have
our principles. We don't like dealing with unfriendly
people, especially when they gloat with power. I felt
totally rejected and couldn't help but say, "Welcome to
-,i., , I i re we turned around and left in our din
S to never again set foot in Jolly Harbour
and checked ourselves and Irie in at the capital, St.
John's the next day.
St. John's Harbour has a few decent anchorages and
checking in (by dinghy) proved to be relatively easy, yet
a bit time-consuming and inconvenient. The people at
Customs ,, I I ........ . i. . next to the cruise ship ter
minal, wei 1' '' I. 11 ' I lealt with most of the paper
work. After a quick visit to town, where the Anglican
Cathedral is a dominant and pretty landmark (you can
see it from everywhere in the harbor), we stopped at
the deep-water dock. This is the container ship dock,
but it is possible to tie the dinghy on the eastern side,
where the wall is lower. A visit to Port Authority takes
care of the cruising permit.
After concluding the officialdom, we brought Irie
around the corner to Deep Bay, a very attractive
harbor to stay in for a bit. There is plenty of space
to anchor and the holding is superb. Even in a
northwest swell during our visit, it remained com-
fortable. The ruins of Fort Barrington sit atop the
hill at the northern end of the bay. A hike up there
takes about ten minutes and offers an amazing view
over St. John's Harbour, the 1 .--n Deep Bay and
the aquamarine sea. In the : ... I of the bay lies
the 100 year old wreck of the Andes, the only
obstruction to pay attention to when entering Deep
Bay. A small part of it sticks above water. Snorkeling
the ship's carcass should be worthwhile, but the
water is often cloudy (especially on windy days) with
no visibility. The beach consists of a pleasant
stretch of white sand with plenty of shade under the
palm trees near the Royal Antiguan Hotel and its
restaurant. During the day, the area gets busy with
cruise ship passengers showing up by pirate ship
and day charter catamarans.
Our big adventure for this year's visit to Antigua was
to explore its northeast coast. After a couple of hours
of motoring into strong headwinds, we reached Long
Island and anchored near pretty Jumby Beach. The
reefs were easy to avoid. Palm trees mark the shore
line, but the many man-made structures and build
ings impose the presence of a big fancy resort on you.
Quiet Maiden Island with heaps of shells and interest
ing snorkeling right off the west side presents a nice
alternative to spend the night. An artificial reef of
many big cement structures with holes in amazed me
on a swim to shore.
Reading ,i .,i ii. .11. II ..i ......... hris Doyle's
guide stok( ... .... -. .. i. . I ... the flatbay
surrounded by mangroves, ugly factories and rusted
ships and machinery. Since it was Friday, we decided
to check out 11.... 1,1� ... I .. iich appeared big
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ful of small stores and a chur i. ... I . 1 ... :em-
etery on the hill. Nobody was .. . .. I .i i .. .. 11 but
one of the kids wanted us to come to his house with
him. His mother wanted to see us... When we asked
why, he answered: "I want to show her your color."
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bought some provisions and a couple of beers and joined the bunch of local guys
outside. There we watched and were part of "the scene" until the sun went down.
Cars and pedestrians were scrutinized and engaged in conversation. A small stand
.1-;n: the road offered home-made dishes and barbecued meat. For the fee of EC$5
I- for two beers, the local experience couldn't have been more complete!
The place to be on Friday night was Sugar Apple Alley back in town. When we
arrived, nobody was there (yet), so we started with drinks and perked up when mas
sive speakers showed up. This was going to be quite the party! When an hour later
iii ,, 1i,,. i, .i i ,, I other than Antiguans ordering food for take-out, we decided
i i' .. i , I .1 I md tasty local meal as well. The bartender and waiters were
extremely friendly and accommodating. Dance music was blaring out of the speakers
while we enjoyed our barbecued chicken, salad, steamed vegetables and sides of
pasta and rice. Before consuming too much alcohol, we made our way back to the
dock and Irie, this time being greeted by the residents.
Nudging further east while dodging a bunch of reefs, we eyed Great Bird Island.
1 1, 1.. .. .. ssary to reach the outer islands. Even though the built-up shore
S - of the mainland were still visible, peace and quiet surrounded us
in the anchorage. Not many sailboats venture all the way out here and we only saw
one more boat when we arrived. Later on it would get more crowded, but not in a
disturbing way. A little bit of swell did make it in, but the anchorages near Rabbit
Island were flat as a pancake. The clear, turquoise water is sprinkled with green
islands and we couldn't resist the temptation to investigate the . -..... . i.. - i
dinghy. Hell's Gate, a small island with a limestone arch, is a :... .1 i .i...
that stands out in the distance.
Great Bird Island is a joy to explore. A short walking trail brings you to the top,
where the view: - i...I .... .... especially in the morning with the sun behind you.
Tropicbirds try i i - .. 11 their breeding grounds with shrieking noises and
provide a beautiful contrast with the ... . -, I i,1 sky. Two small beaches offer
solitude and bliss outside of day trip . .... - i ...... to 4:00PM) and the snorkeling
off shore is not too bad. Mark and I were satisfied with our little weekend excursion
east, bef-r- r-tr.in..:- to our "base" in Deep Bay. Soon, we would move on to our
all-time : . .. i i . few more days of beauty and pristinity, before arriving in our
"Port of Business", St. Martin.
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trade with fishermen. We were advised by Juan Baro, the local check-in agent
and long-time friend and advisor to cruisers, not to check in because the new
check-in process required your paperwork to go to Caracas and the process
could take weeks.
We were shocked to see fewer than a dozen boats in the Porlamar anchorage. In
June 2008 there were between 70 and 80 cruiser boats here; cruisers have almost
abandoned this once very popular cruiser hangout owing to crime and political
unrest. We were uneasy and took all precautions to avoid robbery.
The distance between Porlamar and Playa Caldera (the western end of Isla
Tortuga) is 86 nautical miles, and you need to plan for a daytime arrival into Isla
Tortuga so you can safely negotiate the entrances around the reefs and into the
anchorages. We shortened that trip to 64 nautical miles by spending the night
anchored at Isla Cubagua.
Isla Tortuga is a low dry island that has beautiful beaches and good snorkeling.
We made ... 1. . ... . . ... . Herradura to Cayo de Agua on the western
side of Los : - 1i . , i, ,I . -i We sailed downwind wing-and-wing under
the full moon with the Southern Cross for company. We arrived at Cayo de Agua
with the m-rn;n; sun behind us, which helped us see the reef as we entered the
shelter I i,
The problem with visiting Los . - ... 1 -I . .... time there is that you need to
get a permit from the National I II . .. I . ler to get a permit you need to
be checked into Venezuela. Once you are checked in, the only way to check out is
to either return t 1; ..r;-i. - . t- one of the coastal towns of mainland Venezuela,
such as Puerto , .1 11 I ' the western end of the Roques archipelago and
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It is : 1 - .1 tc: .: . '- ' collect conch, or fish with rod and reel, but you can
use a i ... II ' - . - .1 Venezuelan pleasure boats hauling aboard loads of
fish with fishing rods.
Cayo de Agua was an important place for Amerindians (1300-1500 AD) and fisher
men because of the fresh water they could find or access by digging holes in the
ground. As we explored the cay I i . .. -1... ii ...- . t chasedus away
I . ... - .. I Wewalkedtothe
lighthouse, which was not operating dur
ing our visit but is very picturesque. The
lighthouses in Los Roques are red-and
white striped, constructed of fiberglass
and are built in sections and assembled
on site. .. 1.... was very good and
was pall I ... I, routine. One day
Barb and I were out snorkeling and we
saw rainbow parrotfish i, ... ii,,,
as large as our fins.
fin and slowly swam up to the fish and
indeed they were fin-sized! Nearby Coral
Island, just a small bit of rock poking out
of the water, provided a flock of flamingos
Left: Hunter harvesting coconuts
.... . on Cayo de Agua
was protected by a reef with inner concentric -i;-n- -f r-f and the coral was in good
shape. On a distressing note we did see a pail I i. ..I- .i which are non-native and
invasive. After six days we made the 15-nautical-mile sail to the Aves de Sotovento.
II . 11. i . . -..... I .1 ., i. Dached us and one of the guys in the boat said
th . i. .i i I , i .. ... . -I .- and admonished us for not checking in. The
Below: Boobies on the bow of Arctic Tern
- _ Right: Happy fisherman after trade
with foraging habitat and we were able to take a short dinghy trip and get great views
and photos of the flamingos. The lone coconut tree on Cayo de Agua provided us with
a few fresh coconuts.
We spent a few days at Isla Carenero, which is popular with yachts from the main
land. It was a bit buggy and crowded for our taste so we moved onto Dos Mosquises
which are two lovely islands with a bit of high ground and white beaches. Amerindians
came from the mainland of Venezuela and settled on these islands where they sub
sisted on fish, conch, lobster and turtles and travelled I i . , i . , i .
water. The southernmost island has a turtle hatchery ,,, i .. ii . . i i , .
remains. The exhibit
was in Spanish and
English and very inter
sting. After ten days
we decided to move
S - west to Las Aves.
S" " Islas de las Aves (Bird
r .ow b p v .f .t"-n ... . Islands) comprises two
s separate archipelagos:
SAves de Barlovento
(windward) and to the
west, Aves de Sotovento
(leeward). The passage
S ato LasAvesde Barlovento
S l is 30 nautical miles- a
There is a good rea-
son they are called the
bird islands. We were
mobbed by boobies and
frigate birds as we
approached Isla Sur. A
young brown booby
chased and caught our
fishing lure and we had to bring the booby aboard with a net and drape a towel over
its head to remove the fishing hook lodged in its wing. Note to self: haul in your lines
when you see birds following your boat. Isla Sur is home to nesting red-footed and
brown boobies, brown pelicans, a variety of terns, laughing gulls and magnificent
frigate birds. It is a noisy place day and night.
Commercial fishing is allowed in Las Aves and there were many fishing boats and
fishing camps ashore. We had several offers to trade for fish and lobster; the most
requested item was cigarettes. My best trade was a pack of cigarettes for four lobsters.
Chuck grilled the lobsters and we had a four-star dinner in the Aves. Our anchorage
Guardacostas has a station on Isla Larga, but at that time they lacked a boat ade
quate to reach the more remote parts of the Aves de Sotovento, so they ask you to
anchor in front of their station and they will come out to "check you". We promised
to move the next day and we anchored in front of their station while they mobilized
a small boat with seven men. They were a bit wet from the boat launch, but they
S.1 ...... . uniform polo shirts and were very professional and polite about the
- .1' " 1. .. They asked to see our boat papers and exit papers from our last
port of call as well as life jackets, flares and the first aid kit. We offered them a drink
of juice and they declined until all business was completed and then inquired about
that drink we offered them. We asked what kind of food items they might need and
the cook replied that they could use vinegar. I was curious and he replied that it was
for making ceviche (pickled fish). Since I was the best Spani:l. - .1-- i tl-.
I hopped in their boat so I could translate for them during I ... - I i
Tusen Takk II. We learned that the best thing to do is to hail the Guardacostas on
VHF 16 and let them know you are planning to pay them a visit in front of their sta
tion. You might find someone who speaks English, but I have been told they are
pretty good at getting through the whole process without a common language.
We were 30 days out from Chatham Bay and suddenly we were all eager to get to
Bonaire. We still had some fresh food -okay, the food was not really that fresh and
there was not much of it, but we could have gone another week or so without eating
exclusively out of cans, jars and dried food. We also knew our g-mail inbox was full
of message TT -i- -11r satellite phones we were able to get weather and keep in
touch with ,, . ...
As we sailed the 33 nautical miles to Bonaire, Hunter and I talked about pizza and
scuba diving. We arrived late in the afternoon and checked in with Customs and
........ .I. .. which are co-located at the Customs office. After dumping 27 days'
.11. i ,, , -burnable trash we found our pizza and settled into our new home for
another six weeks.
Next month I'll tell you about our experiences in Bonaire and Curamao and the pas-
sage back to the Eastern Caribbean.
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(Mis)Adventures in Colombia
by Luis Blondet
Aboard my 1985 Tayana 37, S/V Coqui, I left Aruba on December 18th, 2009,
bound for Colombia. During the passage, the engine developed a slight vibration
that became more pronounced. After brief stops at Cabo de Vela and Guayraca
Bay, I anchored in Rodadero Bay (11�12.27N 74�13.70W), a popular recreation
area for Colombians.
mi1. . a free guide to Colombia states that it is okay to anchor in Rodadero for
a i i . - a Coast Guard vessel came by to say that I had 24 hours to depart. I
informed the captain that I had mechanical problems and needed to stay for repairs.
He advised me that he would contact the Port Captain's office and let them know
about my situation so I could do the paperwork required to remain in Rodadero for
more than 24 hours.
The next day, which happened to be Christmas, the Port Captain's office called on
VHF to tell me to be on the beach with passport and boat papers to do an official
entry into Colombia and provide details of the mechanical condition of the boat so
they could allow me to stay. I took the dinghy ashore and met with a marine agent
(required by the Port Captain's office to represent me before C-1-mbi-n "--rnmnnt
offices), an Immigration agent, and the Port Captain's office : I - .1 .1
at a table on the beach under an umbrella, sipping beer, and did all of the paper
work. There were no fees from I......... .�. .. 1I AS) or the Port Captain's office but
there was a charge of 200,000 - - -i -: i' " j from the marine agent for his ser
vices, which I was hard pressed to understand, as 1 I I .. 11..... He also informed
me that he charges a monthly fee of 150,000 pesos 1 - : - j i I my representative
before the various Colombian agencies I would deal with.
All of the entrance paperwork was completed at around 1700 hours. I returned to
the dinghy and looked towards Coqui and saw some dark smoke. At first I thought
the smoke was coming from the exhaust of one of several larger local vessels nearby.
However, as I neared Coqui I saw greater amour.t f t :- 1 - i,- --, f;;-, the cockpit
area. By the time I arrived at the boat, flames . -1. I.... ,I II1. companion
way. Shortly after I got aboard several men frc,,, I .1 I . -I,,. -- I- ame aboard
armed with fire extinguishers and buckets. I opened the butterfly hatch amidships
and black smoke billowed out. Same thing when I opened the hatch over the V berth.
It was very hard to determine where the actual fire was because of the thick black
smoke, so water . . I, i..I ,. .i - were being emptied everywhere into the boat.
During the effort I ..' .. . I.. a water pump was borrowed from the local
marina and lots of water was pumped into the lockers in the cockpit.
It took a couple of hours to fully extinguish the fire to the satisfaction of the firemen
who had come aboard. Afterwards I counted 15 large fire extinguishers strewn about
and a large bucket still full of sand. There was smoke, wa . ... ....... . i,
covering every surface below decks. Everything on the : i. . .1 i I i i ii
phone, camera, GPS, logbook, etcetera) -. 1 ..- 1 ,eyond repair. The ceiling was
charred black from the companionway I I .11, Everything in the starboard
cockpit locker and in the wet locker forward of it was fully consumed by the flames.
Eventually, it was determined that the fire had started in the wet locker.
Afire started below while the single-handed skipper was ashore clearing in
After the boat was secured for the night, I asked an Inspector from the Port
Captain's staff if he could help me find a place to stay. This was high season in
Rodadero and there was not a room to be found at any price, anywhere. The
Inspector told he had made arrangements for me to stay at his house for as long as
I needed to get things settled with the boat.
I contacted my insurance agency a day or so later. They sent me a claim form with
instructions, which took about four hours to complete. I sent it in, with pictures of
the damage, during the first week of January.
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W take our children cruising to show them a new part of the
world and to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle in step with nature.
Doing so gives your kids an adventure that few of their
peers will ever enjoy. However, if you want your children to
come away from the experience with new knowledge or a new perspective, then you
should conscientiously cultivate an approach that will tune them in to the Caribbean.
Leave the DVDs and Game Boys at home, or at least in the bunk; these will only
isolate your children from their surroundings. Use activities like the ones described
here to actively explore, observe, and critically examine details that might otherwise
. ...... Schoolchildren often complain that their lessons aren't related
.. . Ii'. 1 I 1, a boat in the Caribbean, they'll enjoy intriguing, real-life learn
You can start over breakfast. Where did the milk come from? What about the cereal
or the syrup? Just think about it for a moment. Those of us hailing from North
America give little thought to such things: the cows are out somewhere in the coun
tryside, and the milk is trucked over to my town, right? But what about the Caribbean,
with its scattered islands and proud but tiny nations? Surely little Canouan, for
example, does not produce every item on the store shelves! So where do the supplies
come from? And what are the implications of off-island trade?
Read grocery labels to establish the origin of each item. I was surprised to find, for
example, that milk in one of ... .... - irge supermarkets was imported from
Florida! Yoghurt in St. Vincent *... i' .. Martinique; Grenada seems to be the
r-~-;.l producer ol I .1 ,. hour. Trinidad, on the other hand, has the distinction
I I . the Caribbe ... - i ." producer of toilet paper! Sugar is another interesting
item: while refined sugar is often available at exorbitant prices, natural brown sugar
is much cheaper -just the opposite of the situation in a North American or
There are several things you can do with this information. The first is to turn it
into a geography lesson. Pull out a map and "chart" your breakfast, so to speak!
This will illustrate the point well. Second, discuss the implications. Some cruisers
complain about the high price of goods in the Caribbean, but there is a good reason
for that. How do goods reach store shelves? Why does that make i11 I . i
How dependent are islanders on outside goods? What is locally ' i, i i,,
are local specialties? Of course, you could focus an entire college course on this
topic, but even children can begin to explore it. In doing so, they will become criti
cal thinkers, questioning and researching the world around them instead of barely
Next step: take a field trip to an island supermarket. Better yet, to two: one large
supermarket and one small corner shop. Come supplied with a list of items you usu
ally use and research where each comes from: bread, toothpaste, fruit, etcetera.
Compare results between the two stores: does the corner store offer more local prod
ucts than the supermarket? Don't be shy: ask the small shopowner questions about
where his or her products come from and how deliveries work. This exercise accom-
plishes several things: it will open children's eyes to the realities of commerce on
island communities and have them appreciate why their favorite brand of chips
:.....I . II , II i .- 1. . Environmentally conscious sailors understand the
S i i .. .... .11 anotherr theme you can tie in to. What are the envi
S..... 1 .I - - I -1 i I ,,. ,, to Antigua? What does a locally produced meal on
Guadeloupe consist of? Try cooking one up!
Th.- . i . ... i ... . . ...I .. 11. ... ..... y. In the Eastern Caribbean,
you " 11 ... . . - - I II I . I II . .. I .. I... - eaking islands as well as the
Eurc .. i . .. i, , . 1- 1 ... i i. . i -1.. ... .. . detail, both coins and bills.
Currency can reveal a lot of information: important people (contemporary or historic),
sights, valued cultural icons and symbols. Among 1. . ...... - you will find Queen
Elizabeth, Nobel Prize-winner Sir Arthur Lewis, Br....- I . 1.11 Fortress, sea turtles,
and nutmeg on EC bills. This study can lead in several different directions. You can
again pull out the map and locate featured sites -are any close enough to visit? Then
research the people: Who was Sir Arthur Lewis? Why the British Queen? How do the
themes on the local currency compare with those from your home country? What does
the choice of decoration reveal about cultural values?
Currency also lends itself well to mathematical exercises for conversion rates. If
EC$2.70 equals US$1, how much makes US$10? How many US dollars is EC$100?
You can also convert EC dollars to Euros, Euros to US dollars, and so on. Young
children can work with coins and parts of one hundred. Then turn to real-life exam
ples, such as postage and stamps, another promising topic. How much does it cost
to send a postcard home from St. Vincent and how does this compare to Martinique?
If you had to do a mass mailing, which postal system would you use to save money?
Children might also enjoy starting a stamp collection: stamps can be used to deco
rate a journal or to create a postage-stamp map of the Caribbean, island by island,
country by country.
ii . .... -,,. activity is a comparative treasure hunt of mailboxes. Yes, mail
bc - ',, I,,l. '. I ...1 utilitarian mailboxes abound, you can also find a number of
special models. The Commonwealth countries usually have red boxes with a fancy
ER imprinted on them (Elizabeth Regina or Queen Elizabeth), and a few even have
vintage GR boxes from the time of her father, King George VI. In this way, clues to
local history can be revealed. Kids can make a rubbing or take a picture of such "col
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On a completely different note, make sure to expose your children to the spectacu
lar natural beauty of the Caribbean. Don't limit yourself to the coast and beaches:
visit a rainforest, botanical garden, or one of the many stunning waterfalls the islands
boast. Bring a notebook and camera to record what you see, and assign specific "tar
gets" for each child to observe and describe. What types of bird can you see? How big
are the lizards? Are they camouflaged? What was the animal doing (foraging, :
moving)? How exactly do vines cling? What patterns can you find within a II
Making specific observations helps children focus and remember rich details they
would otherwise have missed if simply looking at the general view.
One good place for an excursion into a nature preserve is the Indian River in
Dominica, where a trained guide will point out hard-to-spot animals and interesting
vegetation, answering questions along the way. Make sure you tell your guide what
you are after so that his keen eyes and 1-- 1 I-n--1"l "-ill complement your chil
dren's research. The Indian River is a .. I , i.. I ,I -1.. .i. because it feels adven
turous and even young children can participate.
Let's face it: long hikes are rarely inspiring for children. However, you can turn
a hike into an adventure by having a clear goal: reaching a "secret" waterfall or
mysterious rock carvings. The same idea can be applied to the underwater world.
Don't just jump in and look randomly: snorkel with a specific purpose. For exam
ple, study the movement of stingrays along a sandy bottom. Which way do their
"wings" move when they swim and when they settle on the bottom? If you spot a
turtle, study its movements from a distance. Where is it looking for food? What is
it eating? Doing so may not turn your child into the next Jacques Cousteau, but
it will cement the experience all the more firmly into his or her
At some point, take the time for an art project. Just sit down in front of a lovely
view (take your pick -there's no shortage!) or concentrate on one small object, like
a shell or a flower, and draw. The idea is not to create a masterpiece but rather to
take the time to carefully observe
S- shapes, contours, and the inter
play of color. You can use cray
ons, pencils, watercolors -any
thing. Your perspective might be
N way off, or the outcome more
abstract than intended, but the
important thing is the process,
not the product. Be a good role
model and make your own art
S. work. The peace and reflection
Shthat art carries with it will bring
you a little step closer to your
subject matter. And who knows
you might just end up with a
Last but not least, - I ut and
a , b. a- talk to local people. -I1 .. beach
toys with local children and start
up a friendly exchange. We had
many fascinating and eye open
ing conversations with friendly
people throughoutthe Caribbean.
Travelling with a child and as a
child opens doors. Many local
people are more than happy to
talk about life in their corner of
the Caribbean with a curious,
friendly, and genuinely interest
ed visitor. Older children inter
ested in a particular topic can
even set up an interview. All you
have to do is ask! "I am doing a
project on groceries in the
Snorkel with a specific objective in mind: Caribbean May I ask you a few
study suggs ttes questions?" You will find people
su stingrays or ts pleased to be asked, and more
than willing to devote their
attention to your inquiries.
Vendors can be excellent conversationalists, as long as you find them at a quiet
moment. A talkative female vendor, if you find one, can b - . i ...... I . ."I ed c I, '
We found such women to be justifiably proud of their - .u I i ' i I I
prises and full of mesmerizing stories. Who knows what turns your conversations
may take? Children can collect information about sports, hobbies, or school life on
their host island. They are likely to uncover a number of differences from their home
systems, but also many similarities (recess, for starters, is bound to be a universal
Children can simply eavesdrop on their parents' conversations, or prepare a few
questions and start with someone in the tourism industry. Service providers such as
"boat boys" are often happy to relate their personal stories: : ii . I I ,, I I i.ow
they worked their way up from surfboard to outboard, wh 'I , I ' ,' I' II -ea
son, etcetera. Older people will proudly relate their memories of the day their home
island went from colony to independence, another promising topic for discussion.
Whatever you do, don't isolate your children from the local population, especially
when a singular opportunity presents itself.
To preserve all these experiences, have your child keep a journal. Just a few sen
tences written on a regular basis will do. This helps children review and reflect on
the day. Without a journal, your child will collect a string of pleasant but vague
memories. With a journal, the chances of putting together pieces of an interlocking
puzzle with sharper focus increase. Your children will come away with new knowl
edge, new questions, and new perspectives on their lives back home. You might even
encourage your children to see themselves as travel writers , ' ,',,,. ,, the
Caribbean; they can produce A Kid's Guide to St. Laciac or write h . I... . - I , set
in the Caribbean, filling the background with details they have observed and char
acters they have met.
These suggested activities are all mini adventures, not chores. Get out and get
close; open yourself to the unfamiliar and the unexpected. Any of these activities
could be the subject of a more extensive study; adapt the tips provided to your
child's developmental level and your family's commitment to on board education, be
it casual or more formal. Leading your children through inquiries like the ones
described here can also foster a sense of family accomplishment that lingers long
after your time in the Caribbean comes to a bittersweet end.
Nadine Slavinski is the author of Lesson Plans Ahoy! Hands I ...... I -
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with their antenna, using a 'cement gland' and stay put (sessile) for the rest of their
lul I l I N A lives, which can be three to five years. They gather passing nutrients with their feet.
Had we cared to measure, we could have .1 I i ... . ..... ..i i. nature ofthe
SAA harbor water; barnacles can serve as bic'...' i , i . . I 'I .... unts of toxic
metals they can absorb.
Had enough of barnacles? Me too! In fact, when I was maybe ten, a small red din
ghy and I spent a miserable winter weekend I . 11. . i. I i end of a boat shed,
by Ann Westergard with a three-cornered paint scraper and a -I. I - ... i i* ' My orders were to
"make that bottom clean". I've just met folks on another boat who pull up and scrub
their anchor chain every three days. It's a nuisance to be sure, but it's better than
arguing with a barnacle.
A dirty little secret of Cartagena is the foulness of the water in the harbor: not
(generally) in the oily, trashy sense, but in being a 'hot' primordial broth of barnacle
larvae and barnacle food (zooplankton and algae). It's February. We've been here for
47 days; came with a fresh clean bottom painted in November, and now look.
In the first two weeks we wondered what the fuss was about. In the third week
things began to happen, but were easy to dismiss. In the fourth week we "--n t*
get alarmed. As the barnacles grew we could actually hear the changes. i
striking the side began to make a sleety, sizzly sound, like surf departing a rocky
beach. Drainage through i . ii .11 ink slowed, and the marine toilet began making
sucking noises through I -.. had coated the prop and shaft with lanolin, but
that wasn't working any more (if it ever had), as we found when we had to actually
move the boat. How the ships of yore ever managed to keep up with the problem I
can't imagine. Careening and diving are limited options and even rocket scientists
haven't succeeded at prevention.
The mini economy at the Club Nautico of or rts'-n t'r--le d a local specialist to
deal with the issue. You want your bottom I .,, I II , ,- theman. He came out
to the boat in the anchorage with mask, fins, snorkel, two scrapers, and a screw
driver, no scuba tank. An hour or so later, the bottom was clean again.
Long term residents of the Club Nafltico and anchorage have Alberto do their bot
toms every three weeks. Longer than that, he says, and the biggest barnacles get
their teeth into the bottom paint; then they take the paint with them when they go.
Use a scraper (Alberto uses an eight inch drywall blade, just as we do), not a brush,
or after three or four times there will be no bottom paint left. To clean the anchor
chain, don't poke at every link or you'll be there for hours. Rather, use the snubber
to make a slack catenary and rub handfuls of chain links with themselves to knock
off the barnacles. The screwdriver is for the through hulls.
Over drinks at happy hour, someone commented that barnacles were attracted to
places where barnacles had already been. The siren scent of barnacle balm?
Intrigued by the thought I looked it up, and of course it's sort of true. There's a
hatching pheromone triggered by algal blooms, which causes dormant eggs to be
released to form free swimming larvae. And there's the dread 'settlement phero
mone', which attracts other barnacles into the range of the 'highly extensible'
pseudo penis that every hermaphroditic barnacle possesses. Yes, one barnacle can Only three months after a haul out, and some four weeks in Cartagena, Colombia,
reproduce itself, but usually the male stage comes first, the waterline and bottom were encrusted with barnacles
However, where there's a pheromone, there's the potential for a targeted anti
pheromone, and it appears that current barnacle busting hopes are pinned to a
chemical, medetomidine, that turns the settlement receptors into a 'don't settle here' Wikipedia, and the Environmental Physiology of Animals by Wilmer and Stone were
sign. Barnacles do go where barnacles have been, because they like the surface, so consulted in this gross oversimplification of the life of barnacles. Another interesting
other researchers are trying 1 . ;. I Itred barnacle repelling bottoms for ships. website is http://www.fathom.com/feature/121900/index.htmL
Charles Darwin wrote one ol II, I ,,,I1 papers about barnacles, but because of
the enormous economic implications for world shipping, there is still a lot of research
in the area. Barnacles are positively charismatic compared to, say, Archaeocyatha, a
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Carpenter Rock and Shirley Heights can be corn ..
bined as a pleasant one and a half hour hike with spec .
tacular views. The trail is for most part easy walking,
though there are places where you have to rock hop and
scramble, which makes me rate it "easy to moderate".
The Carpenter Rock trail alone is a mile, mainly uphill.
It can be achieved comfortably in an hour, which gives
time for taking pictures and exploring the rocky shore.
Leave the dinghy on the Galleon Beach dock in Freeman
Bay. Walk back to the road and turn right. Continue to
the end of the road where you find a barrier with a big "no
parking" sign on it. Pass this and continue along the path.
Follow its gentle uphill rise until, near the top, you'll see
some steps leading up to the left which take you to an
observation platform used to start and finish sailing
races. From here there is a good view back over English
Harbour and if anyone is leaving under sail you are in a
position to get a perfect photo of them.
The path continues upwards from this platform and
leads you high along the cliffs amid century plants and
cactus, mainly Turk's Head. The path dips back down
towards the shore and you can take the brief detour onto
the rocky shoreline at Carpenter Rock to examine the tide
pools. There is a little bit of rock climbing and hopping in
The uphill climb from here is moderate at first, through
a grassy field of very tall milkweed plants. These survivors
have managed to grow large enough to deter goats, who
can be poisoned by eating enough of th.- i
they can manage small doses. The top of I I . , I
a good view back down the coast. The path now turns
more uphill and becomes much steeper, carrying you
towards the height of land amid rocky outcroppings. You
eventually reach the road.
Unless you have done it before, I strongly recommend ....I. , I
returningvia I -Il, I I .I. 1- I . Ii l� ugh itshouldbe .
noted you hax . .. .. - the road, anoth-
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more dramatic Shirley Heights trail, turn left on the road and walk up to Shirley Heights where you will get magnificent views of English and Falmouth Harbours. You can
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After you have spent a while enjoying the view, walk downhill to the bottom of the Shirley Heights grounds and you will find the path. This is quite steep, but generally
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S1977 there were few large multihulls and the concept was relatively
new. In that year the late Roger Fuller, owner of Granary International
bakeries, was approached by intrepid yachtswoman and explorer
Rosie Swale to sponsor a 70-foot catamaran that she and her husband
Colin were building in Southampton, England. They had already received some fund
ing but desperately needed more. To date only the hulls had been moulded. On
completion it was proposed that the boat take part in the forthcoming Whitbread
Round the World Race.
Aftel - ... . 1. . ... .1 was agreed that Roger would buy the boat for a nominal
sum, ,,, i ,1 .i Ii ...... its completion, and make it available for long-distance
r-.;; in-l;-i;;n attempt at the transatlantic record. (As it turned out, multihulls
S I I i i ... the Whitbread Round the World Race.) It was to be christened
Granary Loafer, as a vehicle for promoting granary wholemeal bread, and completed
under the direction of the pioneer catamaran designer and builder Bill O'Brien.
With long-distanc r-i.;; in mind, it was decided that the boat must be insured.
There had been a - .. - accidents with multihulls, including some loss of life,
because of the steep learning curve with cats. The insurers insisted the yacht be
built under Lloyds supervision. The whole structure, including the large hulls, had
to be reinforced with a foam lining.
It turned out, for reasons that would become apparent later, that despite all the
extra expense a vital part of the structure was overlooked.
After much delay the yacht was finally ready for launching in February 1979.
Unfortunately Rosie, who had been the driving force behind the enterprise, had
fallen out with husband Colin and decided to leave -a foretaste of problems to
com T . . - I ken up with other matters so it was decided that Colin would sail
the . 1,1 1, ... 1i, UK to Madeira, with suitable crew and also his children, Jimmy
After sea trials, they left on March 6th for Madeira, a distance of some 1,300
miles. They headed west along the English Channel in strong winds, which gradu
ally increased. By Day Three the wind speed had reached 60 knots. Approaching the
entrance to Funchal, Madeira the '"inHI P-1 ' "lno.in. pnrop in. The outboard
engines, mounted on the transoms, I .- I " ....... I Only one would
start, but it was impossible to motor into port. Shortly afterwards the starboard
rudder suddenly snapped off. A Portuguese harbour pilot was hailed over and towed
them into port.
As well as the outboards needing attention, there was damage to the steering sys
tem and the sails, and leaking hatches to repair while in Madeira. A survey showed
that the rudderstocks needed replacing with solid stainless, but this could not be
done in Madeira and therefore not all repairs were done professionally.
i the boat in Madeira, they prepared as best they could and set sail for
.... .I I. . they arrived after a few days.
Tenerife to Barbados
In Tenerife, they did further preparations for the Atlantic crossing, including pro
visioning. They were finally ready to start in early May. Time was limited owing to
the oncoming hurricane season. The boat performed well as they headed south and
the winds got stronger. They sailed under spinnaker but found that the speed of the
boat tended to collapse the spinnaker, which was rigged between the hulls. It was
only possible to fly it during the day.
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shows the time of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this AND next
month, will help you calculate the tides.
Water, Don explair- . .. . ii tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east - .. . 1 . loonrise, continues to run east until about an
hour after the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward.
From just after the moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward;
and from just after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward; i.e.
tide the floods from west to east. Timno .i--n f nr local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 I . - .11 , 11 new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!
April 21 0245 10 1805
DATE TIME 22 0344 11 1856
1 1029 23 0440 12 1946
2 1110 24 0522 13 2037
3 1151 25 0620 14 2131
4 1234 (new) 26 0705 15 2227
5 1318 27 0747 16 2326
6 1404 28 0828 17 0000 (full)
7 1455 29 0909 18 0046
8 1557 30 0950 19 0127
9 1640 20 0226
10 1733 May 21 0321
11 1837 DATE TIME 22 0412
12 1919 1 1032 23 0459
13 2014 2 1116(new) 24 0543
14 2104 3 1203 25 0625
15 2156 4 1252 26 0706
16 2250 5 1343 27 0747
17 2346 6 1436 28 0826
18 0000 (full) 7 1529 29 0912
19 0045 8 1622 30 0957
20 0145 9 1714 31 1046
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Approximately 1,500 miles from Tenerife with a strong northwesterly breeze, the
Loafer was doing 20 knots when Colin's daughter Eve, ten years old at the time,
spotted some orange wreckage drifting behind which she remarked on to her father.
Sometime later, one of the crew decided to take a photo of the hull coming out of the
water. To his horror, he announced that there was no skeg or rudder on the star
board hull. So that was what the young girl saw! Fortunately the boat steered per
fectly with only one rudder working, but for how long? It was ascertained that the
large skeg was only held on by three coach bolts.
Roger and Colin's concern was that now they only had the port rudder and in
anything of a blow, this would probably fail, too, and leave then. 'i .. .
To add to their problems, a few hours later they heard from the 1l .i i . . - I
tropical storm was on the way. Together with one of the crew, a lawyer named
Nicholson, they studied the situation and worked out that if they could keep an aver
age speed of 15 knots they should be able to keep ahead of the storm. The problem
was retaining this speed without too much strain on the steering gear.
Fortunately the weather erTlnll" improved as they reached the tradewinds and
warmer weather, and the : -1 i ,I. trip was relatively uneventful.
After 13 days of downwind sailing, they reached Barbados.
Roger contacted his Granary agent for Barbados and arranged for him to collect
the ten kilos of Granary flakes they had brought from England. Stowed up forward,
the baking ingredients had survived the voyage in good shape. The baker got in
touch with his friend, Prime Minister Errol Barrow, who was a keen sailor, to invite
him for a sail.
The only problem was a fear that if they took the Prime Minister out, the port rud
der might finally pack up! However, the skipper decided to chance it and keep the
speed down to 15 knots. Fortunately all went well. The Prime Minister took the helm
and thoroughly enjoyed himself. This resulted in some useful publicity for Granary
in the local news media.
After a week in Barbados, they decided to head for St. Maarten as it was important to
find somewhere that had the facilities to reconstruct the tw- .I.-l-l-r .;-1 =1--i= In this
island there was a well-known builder of large, attractive .. i i - I . - I I , - pronk.
The crew sailed Granary Loafc. ,,,I 11. i .. .. . -I Maarten and decided to beach
her. The port rudder and skeg .. 1 I
Peter Spronk was consulted about rebuilding the rudders but would not undertake
the work himself as his cats were of totally different design from the Loafer, being
slim and sleek and clinker-built of wood. He did, however, help Roger and Clive to
find a shipwright, but this took some months to organize. By this time Eric Tabarly
had beaten the transatlantic record, completing the crossing in just ten days.
The shipwright they employed in St. Maarten proved to be a great asset. Since the
yacht would steer quite happily with one skeg and rudder, it was decided to reduce
the size of the skegs and rudders by half. At the same time, instead of just attaching
the skegs to the hulls, they were taken right through and fully reinforced inside the
hulls. Never again would they have problems with the steering gear; the big weak
ness in the structure of the cat had been resolved.
The owner decided to take a leaf out of the Spronk design on the siting of the out
boards, which were fitted on the crossbeam rather than the hulls, thus overcoming
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to a large extent the problem of the outboards getting swamped in a sea.
The question now was what to do with the catamaran. It was decided against tack
ling the transatlantic record and chartering or day chartering had to be considered.
In 1981, Roger Fuller had a call from Bruce Cameron, who had worked with The
Moorings charter company. He expressed interest in using the yacht in Grenada for
day charters. It would be operated by a local skipper he knew by the name of Alston
de Roche, who he felt was capable of arranging the charters. It would be a joint ven
ture with the profits being split.
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as a day charter cat in St. George's, Grenada
I .- ...1.1 to be a good proposition so it was agreed to make certain additions
:. - . i . I chartering, such as fitting an awning to cover the boat and install
ing seating along the deck sides. The boat was delivered to St. George's, Grenada.
Alston built up a clientele from cruise ships, etcetera, and the boat's name was
shortened to Loafer. The figure of a man leaning against the letter L was painted on
one hull, and that of a woman in the same pose on the other side of the boat. After
four years of day --Trt-ri;;n i 1985 the yacht was taken from Grenada to Bequia
by local skipper .... I .11.....- who looked after her. For many years she was
based in Admiralty Bay, Bequia.
As well as replacing various missing fittings, a lot of work was required on repairs
to the deck. After a year or so, Loafer was once again in good order and she was put
up for sale. Eventually she was sold to a realtor in Antigua.
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Our Adventures Onboard Samana: A Charleston Family's Sailing
Adventure Through the Caribbean by Mercedes Geentiens Sykora, Create
Space � 2010. Color photos. ISBN 145373189X
Life-long 1...1. -..lor Mercedes Sykora took a sabbatical from 2003 to
2006 and - -'i i i' .. South Carolina through the Bahamas and down the
Caribbean island chain to Grenada and back, with her husband, Ron, and
two children, Steffi (10) and Chris (12), and Spicey the cat, aboard their
Jeanneau 50, Samana.
Along the way she
kept a journal and
turned it into a book,
and thus we receive a
factual log type
account. We learn in a
place by place latss and
longs included) format
many details of where
the family went and
what they did there.
Foodies' appetites will
e hd be whetted by accounts
S. _ . - of dinner menus aboard
n we 'hP0 and meals ashore, and
S : those smitten with
Sl l -.' :' "hunter and
S- . opportunities
will approve of the
- conch and lobster body
counts. The tale of rid
ing out Hurricane
Emily in Carriacou is
the dramatic highlight
of the book.
Although we learn a
lot about the cruise
and the particular fun
of family spearfishing
expeditions and knee
t --r1. -- tions I
couldn't help but feel that we were missing a richer I I ,, i t , life that
surely must have been there. (Perhaps Mercedes, trained as a visual artist
rather than a writer, expresses her emotions in her paintings. The book's cover
is her work.) For example, we are told that after an initial Bahamas cruise, Ron
decides to sell the boat. It's left in Ft. Lauderdale and they return home. Then,
without explanation, we are told that they have reclaimed the boat, sold their
house and cars, and are heading out on a two year Eastern Caribbean cruise!
We're left dying to know what V ,I-- P -'s mind. And if the author or any of
her family experienced a real - - I. " as a result of sharing their many
months of island hopping together, we are left to glean it from tiny hints.
Mercedes tantalizes us by mentioning (in three sentences) that toward the end
of their adventure, she lay on a Bahamian beach and reflected on the trip: how
what they had done together as a family had brought them all closer. Would that
she had elaborated on this theme throughout!
Nevertheless, for those planning a similar cruise, this easy to read book will
be of interest as it provides a lively set of footsteps to follow, and enthusiasm for
the cruising life shines through. Mercedes says she's ready to go cruising again,
and we hope she does. Our Adventures Onboard Sanana would be a perfect
outline for a deeper story that hasn't been written yet.
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by William Pringle
Well, maybe not physical Titans, as they were (and are) only maybe five-foot-eight,
but emerging sailing literary icons at the naissance of their writing careers, already
with plenty of miles under the keel, and both were (and are) -there's only one word
for it -belligerent. Ambitious, and extremely talented, each chose their own style of
both sailing and writing, and became hugely success I' i I I i . ... - I'. ears,
and are widely read and admired to this day, with I ,.- I I I I .. them,
and scores ol .. . ..* . � . - ... - '' . - published. This is the story of when they
firstmet, in ...... .1 , II ' . - I I circa 1972.
Grenada Yacht Services was in its heyday; situated in the Lagoon, a short dinghy
ride to St. George's and the market; it boasted a thousand feet of dock space, and it
was the southern hub of the crewed charter business in the Caribbean. It also was
the stopover place for cruisers heading to the Panama Canal or to Brazil and South
Africa, so it was usually packed with boats tied up stem-to, and since the dock was
F-shaped, with a finger coming down from the top of the F, it meant that those inside
had to navigate a narrow channel, and their anchors were closely spaced together.
At the shore end of the dock was a screw lift, a ramshackle set of concrete buildings
that included a chandlery, wood shop, machine shop, radio repair shop, 200-ton
synchrolift, and the Patio Bar, which was a semi-enclosed, well-attended watering
hole that served killer rum punches and the local Carib beer. It was there that every
one repaired to refresh themselves after a hot day's work: cruisers, charter captains
and crew, local workers, fishermen, government officials, taxi drivers -all went
there. It was a fairly large area, with 20 or so white-painted metal tables, a long
mahogany bar, and a waist-high circling wall upon which to sit.
My boat, the 60-foot English cutter Clover, was stern-to the outside of the F, when
a somewhat nondescript smallish ketch anchored stern-to on the inside, opposite to
us on the dock. It was a fun half hour for us to watch the backing and filling, swear
ing, ycllin. pi -l-1i;n ;; i-.-- I -Ir- ping of anchors, and we manned the dock, took
lines, . I II ' I .....- i. . . I . to the short-bearded flustered singlehander with
the arcane accent. He was grumpy -embarrassed we figured -so we retired to
Clover for another rum.
The boat's name was Banjo. His name was Arthur (soon to be Tristan) Jones, and
we were to be neighbors for several months. He was quite standoffish, no invites to
come on board and have a drink, and refusing mine to do the same. Working non
stop on his boat every day, he didn't socialize with the yachties very much, preferring
to get hammered (which he did every night) alone, and then lapse into Welsh, which
made any communication impossible. Most people left him alone.
One afternoon, my crew and I were frantically working on the Crocker cutter
Laocoon, which was anchored in the lagoon off the end of the dock. We were getting
her ready for the Petit St. Vincent Race, always held in late November, and now only
a few days away, putting up a bowsprit, bobstay, jib stay, Samson post, new sails,
etcetera, when Don Street Jr. sailed in on lolaire and anchored just outside of us.
Friends (he was my insurance agent also), we waved to each other (I was at the
masthead, noosingtl. ,' - I , I - i1 rowed to the end of the dock, tied up, and
walked down to the .�I I .' I....� I getting the bowsprit out and rigged, and
were there ourselves in an hour or two. Don was the author of The Cuising Guide to
the Lesser Antilles that everyone used, and was about to publish The Ocean Sailing
Yacht. He was The Man in Grenada at the time, lived there, and was a founding
member of the Grenada Yacht Club (he persuaded me, a 27-year-old American hip
pie, to join it too).
When we arrived at the Patio Bar, Don and Tristan were deep in conversation at
one of the small tables, and we paid them no attention, but as the row of empty
Heineken bottles grew on their table (not QUITE empty; Don always left a half-inch
at the bottom), their voices grew louder, and their opinions more didactic. It became
impossible to ignore the fact that they were arguing about... mizzens! When we left
for dinner they were almost shouting at each other; "mumble mumble BOOMKIN",
"mumble TRIATIC", and so forth. And what made it more interesting was the con
trast in voices, Don's being high-pitched American, while Tristan's was a basso
profundo Richard Burton, remarkable in one of such diminutive stature.
Sometime later (much later), here they came, walking that thousand feet of dock
with unsteady legs, but not together, Jones in the lead. Every so often, he would turn
around, apparently as a new thought struck him, and shout something incompre
hensible to Street, who, if he understood what war 1-:in; said, gave no indication of
it, merely giving him a weary one-finger salute. I'. , Jones arrived at Banjo, he
sadly misjudged getting on board, ending up waist deep in the water off his transom
with his hands on the caprail, but he pulled himself on board smartly enough. Street
laughed immoderately as he passed by on the way to his dinghy, and they both gave
each other more one-finger salutes, accompanied by some remarks in Welsh that
were probably not complimentary.
We in Clover's cockpit had front-row seats to this sit-com off our stem, and were,
to put it mildly, highly amused. Don staggered the last 60 feet to ' .- 1...1 i...- tied
the painter, and lowered himself down, still obviously in a high sta I, I.. ., and
Heinekens. Well, you may know how it is whe .. .- I :,I L small boat from a dock
if you're not careful: it scoots away from you . - ,, I I I ,� the thwart, leaving you
dangling. This happened to Don, and all we saw (of course, we Clovers had accom-
panied him down the dock to his dinghy), were his white knuckles clinging to the
bitter end of the dock, the rest of his body entirely underneath it. We were laughing
so hard now that we, too, almost fell in the water as he pulled himself out and settled
himself at the oars. One could see that he had now added embarrassment to his
turbulent whirl of emotions; after all, he was the sailing maven thereabouts, so he
sought for appropriate words to shout to us as he rowed off towards Iolaire in the
dark. Shortly after he had disappeared into the gloom, we heard a crash from that
direction, and the wailing words, "You call that a bowsprit? You call that a
BOWSPRIT?!!" He had rowed straight into the new bobstay on Laocoon.
And he was right. Even in the dark, with a fair load on board, as they say, and after
a somewhat trying evening, he was spot-on. The bobstay, bowsprit, the whole shit
ter-roo, came adrift at Kick 'Em Jenny two days later in the PSV feeder race, and we
had to turn back to St. George's.
Don won the race by cleverly tacking inshore south of Sauteurs. And when we got
back to GYS, Banjo was gone too, heading north, we heard. Four years later, Tristan
Jones published his first book.
Postscript: Jones didn't get far on Banjo; he sold her in Bequia ir ti.- -pin7 -f
1973 and bought SeaDart there from Ron Reil, who became skipper ol' I . I
new owners, and did sail her north.
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d TAURUS (21 Apr - 21 May)
Calm seas and gentle breezes are a break from the
usual pressures Just what you need to build reserves
for coming challenges.
I GEMINI (22 May - 21 Jun)
Channel your energies into boat businesF -pr-'ll-'
in the second week, saving some for the 1. ,, I ,11
CANCER 0 (22 Jun - 23 Jul)
Aspects indicate frustration except in the area of
romance, so throw all else to the winds, concentrate on
love, and have fun.
Q LEO (24 Jul - 23 Aug)
T-1 - - 1 -- -f ... . i.... ... the creative areas
TW VIRGO (24 Aug - 23 Sep)
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- LIBRA (24 Sep - 23 Oct)
Concentrate on financial affairs; the rest of your efforts
will seem to meet headwinds.
T SCORPIO (24 Oct - 22 Nov)
Ah, shipboard romance! Love and lust will fill the time.
. SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov - 21 Dec)
There may b ..--i 1. in matters of the heart but
stimulation on 1 .. ... Creativity will find inspira
tion, so set your sails for that aspect.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec - 20 Jan)
You will feel a waning of enthusiasm. Find a secluded
n-h-.-- -"hr you can recharge your batteries. You'll
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan - 19 Feb)
Sail a business course during the second week as
aspects point to good outcomes. Throw f fill . i~ v
and invite Gemini: good things could : ... .
= PISCES (20 Feb - 20 Mar)
"Love, L LoveLove!": ... .. II, ... . . i I II' rest
of your life cruise on ..I , , i .. 11, ... 11 ll. the
winds of romance.
I 1.... I . , ,' A good place to be,
i . 1I .... I and the waves gently ruffle the sea,
And the white beaches beckon, 'Come join in the fun,
'All you Trinis and Bajans, come on everyone!'
Yes friend, come to Bequia, for there you can sample
Good racing and liming; come, set an example
For all other sailors, who clamber to be
Afloat to enjoy our Caribbean Sea!
You may think you will win all our races with ease,
But I warn you, consider local expertise.
But still, don't be daunted and please do not worry
For after each race, to a party you hurry,
To discuss the day's action, to imbibe a few,
Then perhaps to enjoy lobster dinner for two.
The beautiful islands in this lovely chain,
Will cast their own spell, but Bequia will remain
'- t .t your heart; only Bequia can muster
' that will make you return every Easter.
So come back to Bequia, and set your own pace
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by Lee Kessell
Jasper was five years old and he lived with his grandmother in a
little village in the foothills of the mountains in St. Lucia. He didn't
know who his father was, only that he had left his mother just after
he was born. His mother eventually went off to the States where she
was earning a good salary and able to send a regular money draft to
her own mother who was Jasper's granny. So it was that once a
month Granny caught the transport to the closest town, taking
Jasper with her and that is how Jasper received a big parcel from his
mother. There was also a letter for Granny explaining that as it was
Easter, the parcel contained a big chocolate bunny and warning not
to let Jasper eat it all at once. There were also some chocolates in
the parcel for Granny. "I do hope you both have a lovely Easter and
give Jasper a big hug and a kiss from me.
Jasper carried the parcel to the transport and back along the road
to Granny's cottage hugging it tightly to his chest as if the parcel
would jump away. Once inside the little cottage, Jasper asked
Granny to open the parcel for him because his small fingers couldn't
manage the string and the tape. At last when Jasper was able to lift
out the chocolate bunny he found it securely wrapped in silver foil,
so very gently he pulled it all away and sat the chocolate rabbit on
the table, and stared at it.
"Now Jasper, don't gc .1 "'. it all at once, just bite off an ear and
I'll put the rest in the : I instructed Granny at the same time
as she opened the chocolates, popping one into her mouth before she
put the rest in the icebox.
Jasper looked at Granny in horror. "Eat my rabbit! The Easter
Bunny is my very own pet and I'm keeping him forever."
Granny tried to tell Jasper that the chocolate rabbit would melt
away and he must put it in the icebox, but the little boy picked it up
and hugged it to his chest. He ate his supper still clutching the
Easter Bunny to his chest and went to bed with it. When Granny got
herself ready for bed, she went into Jasper's little room and tried to
take the chocolate rabbit out of her grandson's arms, but in his sleep
Jasper held on to it just as tightly as he had when awake. That night
Jasper dreamed that the chocolate rabbit was a real, live rabbit. It
was chocolate brown w'., 1 .. 1 . 1 1 . k eyes and it went everywhere
with him. He found a - I -i ne. and tied it about the rabbit's
neck so that it couldn't jump away and he talked to it and stroked
its soft fur and called it Browny, and he loved it with all his heart.
In the morning when Granny woke and went into Jasper's little
room, she expected to see the chocolate rabbit melting in the warmth
of her grandson's arms, but to her surprise it looked as solid as ever.
Jasper however, knew that his Easter Bunny was special and after
breakfast he took it for a walk. When Jasper returned, Granny
thought that the chocolate rabbit looked different but she didn't say
anything. That night, the same thing happened and the rabbit slept
with Jasper. There was nothing odd about the chocolates because
Granny had been eating them one by one, and when she had forgot
ten to put them back in the icebox, they had started to melt.
Of course Granny didn't know that every night Jasper asked the
Easter fairy to "please, please make my chocolate bunny into a
real live rabbit. I know that is what Browny wants, too, because
he told me so."
A whole week passed by like this until the morning when Jasper
ran into Granny's kitchen so excited that he could hardly speak.
"Look, Granny, my Easter Bunny is a real live rabbit and I need a
piece of string to tie around his neck so he can't get lost!"
'He called it Browny, and he loved it
with all his heart...'
As Granny was a countrywoman, she believed in miracles, small
ones as well as big ones, so she was not surprised that a chocolate
bunny that refused to melt had come alive overnight. "What a lovely
surprise!" Granny smiled. "But he needs food and water you know,
S1 . ; Browny a bowl of fresh water and some lettuce from
So that is what Jasper did. Browny turned out to be a fine com-
panion for Jasper and Browny loved Jasper just as much as Jasper
loved Browny. The chocolate bunny was truly a miracle, but Jasper
knew that his special Easter fairy had made his wish come true.
~I wind. Swells from different systems far out to sea will converge on a coastline, their I
I heights depending on the extent to which the crests and troughs of the incoming
Waves coincide. When they reach shallow water on the coast, wind waves become
Sf ./ larger ... 1 1.1 1 ..- the mass of water in the wave is forced to take up less
space i I 1. i 1 i. water now affects the wave's speed and the crest begins
I , to travel faster than the trough. The wave becomes steeper and breaks.
1 , 1' V , - Wave size is also affected by tidal currents. When ocean swells meet an ocean cur
S'' rent travelling in the opposite direction, the waves increase in height. When the swells
S T T and current are travelling in the same direction, the waves are much smaller.
I NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and GOOS (Global
| IDO LLY Ocean Observing System) use computers and satellites to monitor the world's
oceans and to try to predict the behavior of ocean waves. As advances are made
| D E E P S E C R E T Sp e Iin this ChnElS.- it becomes ever more likely that we will learn all about the
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Scientists have tried for thousands of years to explain how waves form and move are taken from the text. What's special about the answers?
but there is still no foolproof way of predicting exactly when and where waves will
travel or how high they will be. I i
The first scientist to record his experiments with ripples on a pond was Leonardo
da Vinci. He noticed that, when a stone was dropped into a pond, the ripples
spread out. When they reached 1 . i 11 i , i they were reflected and came
back through the outgoing wave- i. .. I1. . - - two separate waves met, the
wave became bigger; when the troughs met, the wave became deeper. In between
these two extremes, the wave movements could cancel each other out so it looked
as though there was no wave at all.
In the ocean, the situation is more complicated with many different wave sys-
Items converging. Sir Isaac Newton showed mathematically that the speed of a 1. ASE 6. THORS
wind wave in deep water is proportional to its wavelength. This simply means that 2. ETONS 7. WHOLALS
longer waves travel faster than shorter waves. 3. SEWLL 8. MYSTESS
As the longer waves travel, they disperse. The longer waves can overtake the 4. DEPES 9. SNECTITIS
shorter ones and leave them behind. The longer wind wave can travel huge dis 5. HO R S E 10. STATESILLE
Itances across the sea without losing much energy. Eventually, it becomes lower
and rounded and forms a swell, which can keep moving even when there is no Answers on page 39
leave your anchorage for a new destination. Shortly after trim
S ming the sails you put the fishing line out in hopes of a tasty
Y O- catch. I would like to hang out a sign: "Mahi-mahi, please!" But
you never know what will bite. Sometimes it is just a small bonito (nice, but you will
need two for a dinner for two!), sometimes a mackerel, or, if you are lucky, a mahi
mahi. With all of those you cope easily. But what to do with an '.1 1 .1 , tuna or,
what a friend of ours recently caught, a huge swordfish of more I' .. i * Ii ilos?
FISH - FISH - FISH!
by Angelika Grtiner
First, it is not easy to get a big, heavy fish on board. But I leave it to the men to
think about that job. My job is to think about what to do with such masses of meat.
Once the fish is on board and finally killed I. 11 -I' . ... ...... 11 .ills trick), I
immediately start with a well-sharpened fille I .'.I ..I ,,I 11 1.11 1- beginning
from the tail. I don't even gut it first. Don't be too exacting; just cut along the bones.
Next I cut away the skin . 1 11 meatonly. I 1 . ...... 1 ...1 . .1 -from
big fish; all thatbone in .... I II takestoo r.. -I ... , 1I, i . .,, I ,ican
not pickle or salt fish with bones. With a real I , i.- . 11. 1'11 i .. - "11. you
can cut steaks out of the fillets -perfect!
Meanwhile you'll get hungry. Just fry the first fillets or fillet-steaks in a pan with
a little hot oil; when turning add one sliced onion and fry the other side. After turn
ing, put a lid on and reduce the flame to a minimum and cook to the desired done
ness. Serve with salt and freshly ground pepper -simple and scrumptious. Or you
might want to coat the fillets in flour mixed with salt and herbs de Provence, and
then fry the same way as above.
Now, what to do with the other 30 kilos of fish? Put it in the fridge? Maybe three
kilos. If it is a huge mahi-mahi you can salt and dry it.
Cut the fillets down the middle lengthwise, put them in a Tupperware container,
and salt the strips with table salt. Close the container tightly, , I i . ,1 .... ..1
The next day the salt will have dissolved and taken the liquid i I I. i i .. ..
but don't wash the fish. Put a thick thr . i i.....i. p .e strips .-1 h;n; th-m up in
the breeze, but in shade. The salt will I I II, - i, ... landing .. 1. 1.11 1- In two
or three days the strips are ready to eat. Slice the uncooked strips as thin as pos
sible -they taste like smoked ham. Delicious! The longer you leave the strips to dry
the harder they become. Eventually you'll have to soak them in fresh water before
using in soups or stews. I never have done that aboard Angelos because after the
fifth day we never have any dried fish left!
If you caught any kind of tuna, the best way to conserve the fish is to pickle it.
Dredge the fillet-steaks in ordinary flour, mixed with a bit of salt, and fry them on
both sides in hot oil. Set aside.
For the pickling liquid use:
1 Cup of oil
3 large onions
1/2 Cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon pickling spices (e.g. tarragon, bay leaf, juniper berries, mustard
seeds, coriander seeds)
2 Cups vinegar
1 Cup water or tomato juice
3 heaped teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 Cup water
Heat the oil and fry the onions till they are nearly translucent. Add sugar, salt,
pepper and spices, and leave it on very low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add -i-n--r *nd water or tomato juice, and heat till boiling. Mix cornstarch with 1/4
Cup i .1 . pour slowly into the boiling liquid while stirring constantly, and cook
on low heat for another ten minutes.
Place the fried fish steaks in a large enough container (five-litre ice containers are
perfect -get them from the ice vendors); pour the hot pickling liquid over it. The fish
must be completely covered. Close with a good lid. When the liquid sets, the oil will
be on top so no air can reach the fish.
The given quantity I I i i.,. 1, i,,, i ,. about one litre. For a five-litre container you
will need at least thrn i' - I i I i .. liquid. If the liquid does not cover your fish,
cook another batch. Keep in mind that the amount of vinegar must be more than the
amount of water.
The pickled fish should NOT be stored in the fridge. (Besides, there is no room!)
After three days the pickled fish is ready to eat. Don't reheat it. We like to eat it with
fried potatoes. Make sure there always is a layer of oil on top and it will keep up to
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A few weeks ago I was presented an opportunity to
hunt for yellow yam. Every Caribbean person loves to
eat "provisions" or "ground food" around Lent and
especially at Easter. It wasn't really a hunt because a
friend, Milton Guy, discovered one while clearing bush.
I like yam, but Milton arrived with a taste for it, luchette
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Milton Guy digging up the big yellow yam
hard work, but deliciously worth the effort
and cutlass in hand. The distance wasn't much of a
walk with a bit of a steep climb up a hill away from the
dirt road. If the land hadn't been cleared he would have
gone alone, as I've heard too many snake stories.
Stumbling over cut 'br h in r-llinP- r-e -in slim
graybukanotrees i .... iI .... ... .... I I. .1 , up
the slope about a metre 1 -1- 1 t e.
I've planted and dug i I" I I ,' yams andthey
are tedious work. True to its name, bent yam twists
and almost encompasses any obstacle. We have also
encountered the koboti purple wild yam that is very
hard to dig as they go down deep. Milton knew this
was delicious yellow yam, also called yamatoota here
inTrinidad. 1' .- .. .. . - . . . .. -. .. prickers
at the groun -1. iI. . . . i .-1 i 'heads'.
The proper technique is to dig along the downhill side
of th i..I ' 1 . i"'. -he edge and base of the yam. A
few c *' .iI I I - ii' luchette showed unfortunately
the yam was wrapped in two thick roots. Thats where
the cutlass was handy. The point dug along the root
with the object being not to chip the yam. Yams have
pieces, called either arms or legs, growing from the
main body. Chopped or dinged yam will be quicker to
rot. They are best sealed with limejuice to preserve the
root pieces. The real art to yam digging is to finish with
a full bag of as few pieces as possible.
The cutlass edge chiseled out the roots. Creating a
good-sized ditch, Milton found the downhill contours
and the bottom of the yam. The main body was almost
two feet long and deep. A yam this size had probably
been growing five years or longer. The top side was
next, with the strategy to loosen and delicately shake
and eventually push the yam intact into the trench, a
time-learned skill. The harvest was complete, two
heads replanted in the refilled hole. A fast regenera
tion trick is not to cut the vines from the heads. The
developed vines have leaves climbing to the high tree
branch- yr'---inr.? -unlight and nutrients. The old
head ,. - I . -... the surrounding dirt is loose.
The yam filled Milton's sack and my backpack, prob
ably 70 pounds. A few dried banana leaves made an
adequate head pad and the downhill journey began.
The luchette made a good walking stick on the short
steep descent to the road. Milton, sack balanced on
head, shamed me with his poise down the slick,
There is often confusion between "sweet potatoes"
and "yams"; many North Americans use the names
interchangeably. But yams and sweet potatoes are not
the same thing. Real yams belong to the Dioscoreaceae
family. The edible tuber is long and cylindrical and its
skin is rough and scaly, almost like a tree's bark.
Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, belong to the
Morning Glory, or Convolvulacae, family, and have a
smooth red skin.
Yam flesh is poisonous raw, but cooking makes it
safe and edible. One cup of cooked yam contains 150
calories with five grams of fiber, vitamins C and B6,
potassium, and manganese. Potassium helps lower
blood pressure. Diosgenin, a natural occurring steroid
in yam makes it an herbal remedy for arthritis, asth
ma, eczema, carbuncles, diarrhea, menstrual disor
ders, and certain inflammatory conditions, and may
help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Yam extracts are
used as a natural alternative to hormonal replacement
in women who have reached the age of menopause.
Yam's vitamin B6 has been used as a natural herbal
supplement for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in
women, especially for the accompanying depression.
Yam's sugars and complex carbohydrates are
absorbed into the bloodstream slowly and because
yams are high in fiber -yams fill you up without fill
ing out your hips and waistline. Manganese in yams
helps to slow carbohydrate metabolism and is impor
tant in energy production.
When buying yams at the market, look for solid,
hard roots that are heavy for their size, with no soft
shrunken spots, cracks or mold. Test by pricking
through the skin with a fingernail: the flesh should be
crisp and juicy. Store the yams in a cool, well-ventilat
ed place. Wear gloves when peeling yams since they
secrete a juice that can irritate the skin. They can be
substituted for potatoes in many recipes.
Healthy Yammy Chips
2 pounds of yams
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons canola oil
salt and seasoning to taste
Scrub yams, peel and slice as thinly as possible.
Rinse yam slices in cold water mixed with the lemon
juice to keep the flesh from turning gray. Pat dry. Lay
slices on a .1--in; =7h--t, sprinkle with oil and toss so
both sides < I I. 1., - are coated with oil. Bake until
crisp. Sprinkle chips with salt and pepper for spicy
chips, or use nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar for some
3 nice yam pieces (about a pound each)
1 pound medium
raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
salt and spices to taste
Scrub yams, peel and cut in half lengthwise. Boil
yams in salted water, being careful to avoid breaking.
Scoop out center of yam halves so that only an inch of
the shell remains. Mash the scooped-out flesh and set
the shells aside. Saute onion, chives and garlic in but
ter; add shrimp and cook, stirring, just until shrimp is
pink and curled. Mix in the mashed yam and the milk.
Fill yam hollows with mixture and broil
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THE SKY IN APRIL
by Scott Welty
The Planets in April
Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars all near the sun early in the month so no see em.
Venus is a morning star now rising around 0400 hours. By the end of the month
you'll start to see a nice tight group formed by all these planets with Venus joining
the party rising together in the morning sky (see Figure 1). Keep your eye on this
group. It gets even better as we go into May.
SATURN -Rises in the evening and sets in the early morning. Riding the sky in Virgo
Sky Events this Month
3rd -New Moon
16th Saturn rides the night sky with the nearly full moon. Look for Saturn just
to the left of the moon (see Figure 2).
Saturn and the
17th Full Moon
22nd Lyrids Meteor Shower, giving ten to 20 meteors per hour but sometimes
much more active. Radiant is the constellation Lyra so look for meteors streaking to
the west out of Lyra, which rises around 2220 hours.
Letters from the Fleet!
Dear Captain Science,
Is it true 11. ...... i. iooles flip polarity every once in a while?
Arnold, - i .... i i
Yes, Arnold this is true and we've figured out that these episodes are tightly tied to
Kirstie Alleyfalling out of bed
Dear Capt. Smarty Pants,
Every month you list all the planets but you never mention Uranus. Why is this?
I'm interested in Uranus.
Sam, S/V Overthehill
Sam, I never mention Uranus in polite company and I don't think you should either.
Dear Astronomy Guy,
Every day the tide goes in, the tide goes out. Every day. Nobody can explain that, right?
Bill O'Reilly, S/V Clueless
Bill Please stop it. You're embarrassing yourself and the whole country.
Dear Mr. Welty,
You are now three months in arrears in alimony. Please send money by the end of
the month or kiss your boat goodbye.
Fleecem, Cheatham & Sue
Iowa City, Georgia
Hey, who printed this letter?
I assume that when the north and south magnetic poles flip that the Earth also
then spins the other way. In that case would we even notice that the flip has
occurred? Wait, does time go the other way then too like when Superman flew around
the earth backwards to go back and save Lois? That really happened, right?
Ralph, S/V Rumsalot
Ralph, You need to step away from the rum bottle for afew days and think this through.
Dear Capt. Clueless,
Why do you keep talking about the rising and setting of the sun and planets?
Everyone knows that it is the spinning of the Earth that gives the appearance of the
motion in the heavens.
Copernicus, S/V Heliocentric
Copernicus, Wait... WHAT?
Dear Capt. Crappy,
Why haven't you called? You said you'd call. We had that beautiful evening togeth
er. The moon was out, the weather was perfect and we made crazy music together.
Now you've left and no call. I'm desperate for you. Call me!
Ramona, S/V Lonely
IS THERE NO EDITOR AT THE COMPASS?!?
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
Happy April Fools Day everyone!
Regarding Bernard Logan's article I I... - *.
Hurricane Tomas" in the January issue 1 ... . !
the third condition of the terms and conditions of his
insurance policy -where he says his boat was covered
under better terms and conditions at sea in a hurri
cane than if hit while at anchor or securely moored in
Marina makes no sense to me at all.
i, i - , - in the marine insurance business I have
never seen a policy with terms and conditions like
Logan says he had. i, ,i li..... can think ofis the
underwriter figured . I. I .- severely damaged
.t -. -ri;;- -. hurricane it would sink, the crew's
. ... - ... ... . in a liferaft in hurricane condi
tions would be zero, and since the owner of the boat
would be on board and not survive, there would be no
one to make a claim! If the owner's heirs tried to claim
they would have problems, because if there is no body
a person cannot be declared dead for seven years.
Further, since there is no wreck, how do the heirs and
assigns prove that the boat sank?
It is the strangest policy I have ever heard of and
appears to be a lawyer's delight as if the boat sank
with all hands it would be years and a lot of lawyer's
fees before the heirs could collect.
I'd also like to comment on the coverage of the
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in the same issue. It
is noted that because of the weather conditions
encountered after leaving the Canaries in November
2010, some 50 ARC boats ended up stopping in the
CapeVe. - -..... . 1... i. i happened three times
in the la - - .. .. ... . *- 2005 and 2009.
If one looks at the weather chart for November
(which is on the back of the Imray Iolaire Atlantic
Passage chart 100), the square covering the Canary
Islands shows a moderately long southwest arrow.
Thus, every November there will be a period of south
west winds driving boats down to the Cape Verdes
rather than across the Atlantic.
Further, when there is a big low in the Atlantic (as
in 2002 and 2009) or a late season hurricane (as in
2005) there is no wind in the normal tradewind area,
as is illustrated on page 18 of my soon-to-be-released
Guide to the Cape Verde Islands. The photo in this new
book, showing an absolute glassy calm, was taken
December 10th at 15 degrees north, halfway between
Brava and Antigua.
The tradewinds are not stable until the end of
December or early January, and the "Christmas winds"
can arrive any time from late November to late
December. In 2005 they never arrived until the middle
of the second week in January -when they arrived
with a vengeance! You can spend Christmas cruising
the Cape Verdes and cross the Atlantic in late
December or early January when the trades have set
tied in solidly.
Greetings from Grenada! My attention has been
drawn to the article "A Container Port for Carriacou"
by Chris Doyle on page 24 in the January 2011 issue
of the Caribbean Compass. As a concerned citizen of
Grenada, I want to thank Mr. Doyle for his thought
provoking observations on this proposed "develop
ment". In addition to the negative environmental and
social impacts on which Mr. Doyle has commented,
permit me to add concerns in respect of the credentials
of the investors/developers. Who are they? What is
their source of funds? What is their track record?
The following information should raise "red flags" for
the Government and people of Grenada:
* What is Urbaniza? Based on information obtained
on the company and its principals, it is reasonable to
conclude that the proposed Urbaniza development is
just another scheme to control Carriacou's scarce and
valuable land resources for real estate speculative pur
poses, to the detriment of the Government and people
of Grenada. The company Urbaniza belongs to the
World Trade Centre Group of Companies in Brazil,
described as having "a 40-year experience in the real
estate market and developing and construction large
si-- ;;;.-rt.l-i;n i; --;rius countries". The objective of
L iI - i i i '. real estate - i --t i gener
al... and the execution and provision I - - relat
ed to credit securitization."
* Choice of consultants for site suitability assess
ment: Urbaniza's choice of consultants to undertake
the suitability assessment also suggests speculative
activity. The site assessment was not conducted by
consultants with expertise in port development.
Rather, it was conducted by ECOPLAN, an internal
tional land planning and landscape architectural firm
specializing in the planning and design of resort and
residential environments worldwide, and Brandy
Marine International LLC, a company which "collects"
marinas into a chain linked by common management
and i . - i . ... . procedures.
Si, i , , i i ristiane Bomeny: One Cristiane
Bomeny has been the face of Urbaniza in Grenada. It
would appear that Ms. Bomeny incorporated six com-
panies in the Miami area between 1991 and 2002, only
one of which is listed as active. It has also been noted
that one of those companies, Transnational Properties,
Inc. and another company called WSG Development
Co. were involved in a Miami development known as
WSG's Canyon Ranch, a residential and hotel condo
development financed by Lehman Bros. Following the
collapse and restructuring of Lehman Bros., this
development was foreclosed in 2009.
* Violation of environmental laws: In 2004, the
Brazilian Environmental Authority placed a stop order
on Servlease Real Estate Ltda., a company of the WTC
group involved in the Tres Praias-Guarapari-ES tour
ism and residential development, for violation of envi
ronmental laws and impeding people's access to a
beach area. The company ignored the order. The
Authority took legal action and a November 2009 fed
eral court ruling ordered the company, among other
things, to repair .11 1 ,, .; 1 ' to the area and restore
the unhindered - i I. pulation to the beach.
One would hope that "to be forewarned is to
Sandra C.A. Ferguson
The "Return of the Strobe" article by Jim Hutchinson
in February's Compass gives but one example of the
disregard that many yachtsmen seem to show for the
International Collision Regulations. However, the writ
er did not make clear that there is no doubt that an
anchor light should be an uninterrupted light shown
over an arc of 360 degrees. Uninterrupted means fixed
and not flashing and this applies to all 'i i.. . - .'
lights with the exception of hovercraft, i1 i. I
they may proceed in almost any direction relative to
their heading) show a flashing yellow light when
underway. Strobes are not even accepted by the
Collision Regulations as distress signals on vessels.
Interrupted lights either flashing or occulting or ISO
are reserved for navigational marks -buoys, lighthous
es and beacons etcetera so flashing ... 1. . 1, 1..
be confused with navigational marks. I ....
outside Jolly IF .i ...... ... . .. i neighboring
catamaran wa- -. .... i.-1,,,. i .hl of exactly the
same characteristics as the beacon located on McNish
Mountain on a transit that led over the approach chan
nel into Jolly Harbour. The skipper was totally oblivious
to the confusion he could be causing. Similar problems
have also been witnessed in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
and other anchorages. So this is not just an aesthetic
problem as suggested. However, the majority of yachts
do now seem to show correct anchor lights.
The Collision Regulations are also quite clear that a
masthead tricolour light should not be shown at the
same time as low-level port, starboard and stern lights
and that a steaming light should not be shown in con
junction with a masthead '.. 1 ... 1.. . ... i only with
the low-level navigation ligi.1 - . 111 ..- - ems to be
something that some yachtsmen do not understand
and many yachts seem to show every light at their
disposal when underway at night -sidelights, stern
light, tricolour masthead light, anchor light and
steaming light -possibly on the basis that the more
lights you show the more likely you are to be seen.
The disregard for the Collision : .,,1 .... by
yachtsmen is also demonstrated by th I . I I. .1 .nost
smaller yachts do not show anchor balls when at
anchor and inverted cones when motoring with sails
set, and I have to confess that I am as guilty here as
anyone. However I have it on good authority that
insurance companies may downgrade a claim made
for collision damage if the appropriate shape is not
being shown, and that would also apply if the correct
lights were not being shown at night.
There is much correspondence in Compass and dis
cussion on websites and radio about the dangers of
pirates and other waterborne criminals, but I would
suggest that it is our fellow yachtsmen who also pro
vide major dangers.
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The Collision Regulations are quite clear about
which vessels when underway should give way and
which should stand on in a close quarters situation.
We should all know that a yacht sailing closehauled on
starboard tack is the stand-on vessel when approached
by a yacht on any other point of sailing. Therefore,
with the prevailing winds in the Eastern Caribbean, a
yacht travelling northwards in the island chain is gen
erally on starboard tack and anyone coming south is
on port tack. However, recently, in six relatively close
quarters situations between Trinidad and Antigua I
have had to bear away in 50 percent of cases to avoid
collision with yachts running free on port tack. On
each occasion there is no doubt we had been seen, but
the helmsman either did not appreciate i. - i,. .. .
or was playing a dangerous game of " I.. I .. ..
does not seem very sensible. In one case we had to
bear away behind a catamaran and were then sworn
at because we ran o' , 1... -..... 1i nes, and he was
not showing the day -,., . I i , . -.... either!
I would love to be in a position to question fellow
yachtsmen who have behaved in this way in order to
discoverif theyareign . .... Iii . 11... ..I ...1 ..
orjustdo notcare, or .. I .1 ., I I I ... 1.11. .H ... I
-l . -r,- or maybe think that I am in the wrong.
S ... i, , ii i i .... .i .......i with the
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at Sea and I guess that most of us are. However we
should put them into practice and must not have the
careless attitude that we can pick and choose which
ones we want to obey. We all make mistakes, but
should do our best not to, so please do not shout at
me if you see me transgressing.
As a final twist, when sailing from Antigua to
Guadeloupe on our return trip to Trinidad we had to
alter course to avoid hitting a sperm whale which was
approaching on the starboard bow. At least he knew
he was the stand-on vessel and just steamed on!
In March's readers' Forum, Captain Sean Kessell of
Reel Extreme asks "Are the birds more intelligent than
- tem credit for?" Given that we have used the
- . I brain" as a derogatory expression for quite
some while, the answer to that is "definitely yes!"
In the lab, crows were offered a bit of meat in a jar
too deep to reach with their beaks. A bit of wire was
left lying around. In no time a crow took the wire, bent
a nice hook on the end and removed the meat. This is
only one of many examples of tool-using birds. One
researcher had a very famous parrot called Alex, who
would use language to talk to her (it was more "Alex
want nut" than an erudite discussion of quadratic
equations). Alex could analyze shapes and colors and
correctly choose these when a variety of shapes and
colors were all mixed together. The researcher was try
ing to teach Alex to spell one day, but what Alex
wanted was a nut, and she was ignoring the bird's
requests. Eventually, having never done such a thing
before, Alex said, "Give me a N U - T."
What is interesting about this is that birds have very
small brains. However, they are descended from dino
saurs, so are only a very distant relation to mammals.
What is being considered now is whether their brains
work in some different way (from mammals) to allow them
SI - .I .I "IIh - 1i 11 II I . anyone comes up
* " ii. . .... I . ....I I I h, I ..-, rem em ber these
have been bred for their ability to lay eggs and produce
meat rather than brains, for thousands of years.
For more details Google "alex the parrot" or "tool
Spotting the new kids on the block is easy; they're
the ones that tie their dinghies very close to the dock
and then tilt their outboard. I am sure that this is
simply a case of ignorance. If not, then it is a case of
being inconsiderate to their fellow cruisers while
exhibiting poor seamanship.
There are several reasons why people should use a
* Your dinghy will not rub up against the dock, caus
ing undue damage to your dinghy especially when
other dock users arrive and attempt to get onto the
* If everyone used a long painter on a crowded din
ghy dock, when the next dinghy arrives, it is simple to
push the other 1...1.. clear, thus making access
easy for others. i . m't imagine how this works,
think about a bunch of balloons on long strings versus
a bunch of balloons on short strings. Yep, you got it.
Some of the balloons on short strings might burst.
* Lifting your engine is not a good idea; with all the
movement your propeller could easily cut into another
person's dinghy and I am sure you wouldn't like to pay
for a replacement dinghy.
So fellow cruisers, I suggest two things: if you hap
pen to meet the new kids on the block while they are
tying up, please explain that length really does matter.
And for repeat offenders, let them know that you heard
a nasty rumour that it is considered very good form to
urinate in a dinghy that is tied up too close.
We just had an unfortunate experience. Arriving at
Mustique, we were horrified by their mooring charge:
EC$200 for one to three nights. Were only breaking a
voyage, but it seems this is the charge whatever.
Having said that, we realize that St. Vincent & the
Grenadines are now exorbitant in comparison to the
other islands. Considering it costs EC$130 when you
clear in at Bequia, without paying the extra for the
Tobago Cays, it becomes somewhat ridiculous. Do
they have a problem with visiting yachts, I wonder? I
will be passing on this to everyone sailing in this
region that I know.
Yes, moorings in Mustique are expensive compared to
those in some neighboring islands. But different from
neighboring islands, all of the waters around Mustique
are designated a marine conservation area, and the
charge for mooring (or anchoring if no moorings are
available) here is considered a "conservation fee". The
Mustique Company seems to have taken its mooring
rate from the BVI, where, at US$25 per night, a three
night stay works out at the same cost (EC$200 equals
approximately US$75). The difference is that in the BVI,
you can pay for just one or two nights' mooring, and
you do not pay a fee if anchored. However, the BVI
charges yacht visitors US$4 per person per day.
The Tobago Cays are a National Marine Park; the
entry fee for the park is EC$10 (about US$3.75) per
person per day. These modest user fees help to make
the park self supporting.
You ask, "Do they have a problem with visiting yachts,
I wonder?" In the case ofMustique, perhaps the "ich and
famous" might be protecting their privacy as well as the
marine environment. Not counting additional overtime
and/orforeign charterboatfees, the standard entryfeefor
St Vincent & the Grenadines ofEC$35 (about US$13) per
person per month is comparable to that of some of its fee-
charging neighbors (the French islands charge no entry
fee), assuming a total monthly fee of EC$70for a cruising
couple. For example, Grenada charges an EC$50 monthly
cmising permitfeefor boats up to 50feet, EC$75for boats
50 to 60 feet, and so forth on up; plus there is an addi
tional port charge ofEC$8.10 per person But in St. Lucia,
entry fees add up to only EC$30 for boats under 40 feet
and EC$40for boats over 40feet, and entering Dominica
is a bargain at EC$9 per person. In Antigua a boat
between 41 and 80feet will pay a US$16 (about EC$43)
entry fee plus US$10 (about EC$26.80) monthly cruising
permit, for an initial total ofUS$26 (about EC$70).
People traveling by yacht are not singled out for fees:
when departing by air, visitors generally pay a depar
turefee: for example, EC$40 in SVG, EC$50 in Grenada
or Antigua, and EC$68 in St. Lucia. But this is a one
time charge. We do think it's unfair, and also counter
productive to promoting yacht tourism, for governments
to charge yacht fees by the month.
We'd love to see yacht clearance procedures and entry
fees standardized throughout the Organization ofEastern
Caribbean States: the BVI, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda,
Montserat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. Currently, one
country charges per person, another according to boat
length, another by tonnage; one has monthly fees, anoth
er aflatfee, another charges a combination; charges are
variously called port, Customs, cruising permit or envi
ronmentalfees, etcetera it's chaos.
I would like to report a very enjoyable return to Prince
Rupert Bay for Cat Tales this year. Although we've
never had a problem there, we had been concerned
about past occurrences. This year was a great time.
The boat handlers/river guides were great, the float
ing merchants were courteous, the hikes were fabu
lous. A number of items we wish to bring to the atten
tion of other sailors are:
* Security at Portsmouth: The guides have requested
and acquired a fast, red inflatable and safety gear from
the government to assist in their nightly security
patrols. As well, they have at least one high powered
light to assist them. If one is awake at night 1 l-i- -nt
an open hatch, one can see the light going 1 ... ....
to time. It may be a little overkill in relation to the few
past occurrences, but it does make one feel secure.
* The Sunday night barbecues are back on, with
great camaraderie, socializing, food, and dancing. The
guides 1r- ----rl- .1;n l-ng on a new structure for the
events, -1.1 I .... i II ... various business enterprises
on the beach. The new structure is being constructed
on the public beach, and the effort will include funding
for repair and maintenance for the public toilets and
changing area on the beach.
Continued on next page
The Insurance business has changed.
No longer can brokers talk of low rates. \
Rather, the honest broker can only say,
"I'll do my best to minimize your increased" I
There is good Insurance, there is cheap
insurance, but there is no good cheap
insurance. You never know how good
your insurance is until you have a claim.,
' My dams settlement record
S cannot be matched.
I have been connected with the marine insurance
business for 47 years. I have developed a rapport
with brokers and underwriters at Lloyds and am
able to introduce boat owners to specialist brokers
in the Lloyds market.
-ontinuedfrom previous page
SThe security effort is funded by the river guides,
through donations from businesses and from yachties
like ourselves, and through proceeds from the Sunday
night barbecues. Although the barbecues are a fund
raising event, they are so enjoyed that they are a prod
uct in themselves, and another great reason for visit
ing. The river guides' . . ... . , .. ... ... . . all this is
called the Portsmouti -- . I, , . . 11 Services
(PAYS), who have their own Faceb i i . ii .
will not ask you for a donation. Y. ...... i i.i
you believe, as we do, that they are worthy of a dona
tion, contact the current president, Jeffrey of Seabird,
on VHF 68.
* The buses are a reliable and safe way of getting to
and from the many hiking and touring venues on the
island. As well, the trails 1.. .... ihe Cabrits National
Park through the portio:.- I I. fortifications that
have yet to be revitalized are properly maintained and
a must see! The structures, taken over by the jungle,
bring to mind Aztec ruins in movie sets, and the views
of the Saintes and Guadeloupe are fantastic.
* The Customs and Immigration check-in and out
process at Prince Rupert Bay may now be the slickest in
the Caribbean, especially if your next island is French.
Thank you for your attention.
Laurie and Dawn Corbett
S/V Cat Tales
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hat turned to what originally attracted us to the Caribbean. Uniformly it
was a --n.; -f freedom and liberation from most social norms, similar to the late
1960s *., i ' - (giving away our ages) when everything was exciting at a reasonable
price. That novelty has gone as the costs have soared.
Today competition for the tourist dollar is tough among all the Caribbean islands.
Most bottle some beer and rum, others have a spice or two or some fruit to pick and
fish to catch, but few have any 11 ..... .. ... of revenue.
What attracts you to an islar. i .. _i , u a 'been there, done that, and
wearing the T-shirt' type? What would bring you back? What is novel in today's
Caribbean? Not a t'ing, mon. Same stuff on all the islands. Some tout diving, but one
lobster and a stingray, or one wall dive is basically the same as the others. Hiking?
Yeah, there's some neat waterfalls and trails, but have you ever done the same one
twice? Sportfishing is an exciting time, but getting expensive. Restaurants, hospital
ity, and culture; yes, yes, yes. But what is new and different enough to draw mega
amounts of tourism to an island?
Over another rum, my buds and I decided, "Cannabis tourism, that's what!"
"Wait a minute," you say, "Is .1 i i. I. . i . 1... I ag trade? I thought this
was a yachting magazine; we ....- . I .. i. - ... ... .- Aren't those the guys
who are making us shout ever) ... ...... i '''
Nah, my buds and I were just supposing... food for thought.
It is absolutely illegal to use, possess, cultivate, transfer or trade ganja in every
island in the Caribbean. Everything about marijuana -except writing about it, I
by Ralph Trout
hope is currently illegal. If one is caught with ti.. i.. - . i 1I .i ... i
the Caribbean poses severe penalties including ,I- ., I .,, i i .I
used in its transport. Yet, if an American or European tourist were asked to identify
a prevalent island icon it would probably be a dark-skinned West Indian with dread
locks smoking marijuana and humming 'Buffalo Soldier'. Ganja is one of the biggest
cash crops in the islands and the South American mainland.
I'm certain you've seen and smelled it; cannabis smokers are everywhere in boats,
beaches, and bars. Ev .. 11. .... .1 .- .. ....-i the law, it is part of the island culture.
One US commission: i . i II ........ -reputation among island people as a
panacea and a spiritually enhancing substance is so strong that it must be regarded
as culturally entrenched."
So which island is going to make it part of the tourism product? The one that is
willing to risk the frown I 1. i .. 1 i US -who has the greatest illicit drug appetite,
now estimated at 30 pe: ,,I I . world's market. But the islan'l- : I little of the
revenue. Between 1992 and '98, the United States provided L -- million to
Jamaica to eliminate marijuana production and trafficking. What would Jamaica's
tourism sector have made during that period if marijuana had been legalized?
Here's some history and a few facts.
Actually i ,. ;i .. ... . - 11 . ;...ocent hemp plant used around the world for tens of
thousands I ..- . i... to some sources, the first fabric was woven from
he-. i- . r -;- i -l ;-; t Central and South Asia. Evidence of the inhalation
of ....... i ...... i .,, i i .... I as far back as 3000 BCE. It is also known to have
been used by the ancient Hindus of India and Nepal thousands of years ago. The
herb was called ganjika in Sanskrit.
E , I .*- I i , , .. . ..... ... . . i. ... to the western hemisphere. It was first grown
in - ,ii ....i... . ... i - .I.d in North America (at Virginia) in 1606. The
British needed hemp to rig their sailing ships. As hemp, cannabis sativa is valued
for how ... . . .... .I ; many uses. Hemp can be made into textiles and rope,
or oils ,- I I , ,I I ' I Lte food products high in vitamin K. The waste product
from manufacturing these items can be used to make paper.
Everyone knows that you can get a nice safe high in Amsterdam. In the Netherlands
the term coffee shop has come to mean a place where hashish and marijuana are
available. In 1998 the ACD or Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory (www.coffeeshop.
freeuk.com) began. It lists cool places to smoke. Above all, the ACD is about
unashamed cannabis tourism.
What Caribbean island will be the first to realize the value of cannabis tourism?
If you were inclined to enjoy a vacation swinging in a hammock while smoking a
spliff with no fear of persecution or prosecution, would that attract you as a tourist
to a lenient island? Would the leniency contribute positively or negatively to that
The government could issue a grower's license at a substantial fee for an identified
plot of land. The crop and growing methods would be inspected. The government
would tax the product or buy it from 11. .-. like nutmeg or coffee, and distribute
it through legal, comfortable, safe -i, I - * .I ourse, just like the visitor's driver's
license there would be a paid permit for use, but the toking tourists would no longer
fear arrest or rip-off. Locals would have also have to buy a permit for use. Terminally
ill patients could spend their last days enjoying the tropical climate using medicinal
marijuana in hospice-hotels to ease their pain. Every aspect of inhalation would be
cordoned off from impressionable youths. Users would have to be at least 21 years
old. Smoking would still be banned in public, and, as with alcohol, operating a
vehicle under the influence would be a crime.
Small island economies no longer benefit by having to police, judge, penalize and
incarcerate those who are committing a victimless crime. Time, funds and resources
could be better sper.i I .1,,.. with violent acts that further damage the tourism
product. Small-time I' II ,,,,. . , not be an avenue for a person who could grow and
profit from legal ganja.
Hemp stalks could be used for cordage and paper products, setting a world exam
ple. Envision the expansion of the usual tourist merchandise with T shirts made by
"Holiday Hemp Garments" or postcards from "Jah Makin' Paper Products'.
Is it time for a government to increase not the enforcement but the economic rev
enue from the Caribbean's most marketable agricultural product, ganja?
Hey, my friends and I in the rum shop are just talking here, just talking....
1 - 3 Saborea food festival, San Juan, Puerto Rico. www.saboreapuertorico.com
2-3 Martinique Cup Regatta, Lamentin, Martinique. YCM
2-22 Transcaraibes Rally, St. Martin to Cuba. www.transcaraibes.com
4-9 Les Voiles de St. Barth. www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com
9 Underwater Clean-Up, Bonaire.
10 Around St. John Race, USVI. email@example.com
11 - 16 Oyster Regatta, Grenada. www.oystermarine.com
12 - 17 St. Barth Film Festival. www.stbarthff.org
14- 19 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. See ad on page 13
16 Virgin Queen Pursuit Race, BVI. www.rbviyc.org
18 FULL MOON
21 Annual Compass Writers' Brunch, Bequia. firstname.lastname@example.org
21 - 25 Round Guadeloupe Race. www.triskellcup.com
21 - 25 Bequia Heineken Easter Regata. www.begos.com/easterregatta
21 - 25 Easterval celebrations, Union Island, Grenadines
22 Public holiday in many places (Good Friday)
22 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race. www.sailingweek.com
22 International Earth Day
24 Easter Sunday
24-29 Antigua Sailing Week. www.sailingweek.com
25 Public holiday in many places (Easter Monday)
25 - 26 Goat Races in Mt. Pleasant and Buccoo, Tobago
28 Public holiday in Barbados (National Heroes' Day)
29 - 1 May Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival. See ad on page 7.
29 - 1 May West Indies Regatta, St. Barth's. See ad on page 13
30 Public holiday in Dutch islands (Queen's Birthday).
Windsurfing races in Bonaire
30 - 1 May BVI Dinghy Championships. email@example.com
30 - 2 May St. Lucia J/24 Open Championship. www.stluciayachtclub.com
30 - 8 May St. Lucia Jazz Festival. www.stluciajazz.org
1 Start of Atlantic Cup Rally, Tortola to Virginia. See ad on page 12.
1 Local Fishing Tournament, Montserrat
2 Public holiday in many places (Labour Day celebrated)
3 - 15 St. Barth Theatre Festival. www.festivaldetheatredesaintbarthelemy.com
6 - 8 Grenada Drum Festival. www.grenadagrenadines.com
7 Start of ARC Europe, Tortola to Portugal. See ad on page 12.
7 - 8 Commodore's Cup, St. John, USVI. firstname.lastname@example.org
7-9 Anguilla Sailing Festival. www.anguillaregatta.com
8 Public holiday in some places (Armistice Day)
12 - 15 Mount Gay Rum Barbados Regatta. www.sailbarbados.com
14 - 15 Martinique to St. Lucia Race. email@example.com
14 - 15 Metimer Boat Show, St. Martin
14 - 15 Captain Oliver's Regatta, St. Martin. www.coyc-sxm.com
14 - 15 Quantum IC24 International Regatta, BVI. www.rbviyc.org
16 Public holiday in the Cayman Islands (Discovery Day)
16-21 Tobago Underwater Carnival. www.tobagounderwatercarnival.com
17 FULL MOON
18 Public holiday in Haiti (Flag Day)
18 - 20 Morro Castle Race, Havana, Cuba. firstname.lastname@example.org
21 - 22 Lowell Wheatley Anegada Pursuit Race & Cruise. www.rbviyc.org
27 - 29 Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, Jost Van Dyke, BVI.
27 - 29 Puerto Rico Vela Cup. www.puertoricovelacup.com
27 - 29 BVI Poker Run. www.pokerrunbvi.com
28 - 29 Les Saintes Regatta. www.triskellcup.com
29 St. Croix Reef Jam. www.ReefJam.com
30 Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago (Indian Arrival Day),
Anguilla (Anguilla Day) and Haiti (Mother's Day)
TBA Feeder Race, St. Lucia to Mount Gay Rum Barbados Regatta.
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-Continuedfrom page 22 ...Fire Aboard
I knew I would need a survey so I started to ask around to see what was available. That is when I found out that
Santa Marta is a commercial port and there are no facilities to handle private vessels. [Editor's note: Since Luis's
experience, the IGY Marina Santa Marta has opened, making the area much more yachtfriendly.]
About a week after the fire I was asked by the Port Captain to meet with him to provide a deposition required by
law as to the cause of the fire: an official inquiry and an inspection of the vessel were required to establish if the
fire had been accidental or caused by crew error. If it was determined that the fire was caused by reasons other
than accident, the vessel and captain would be subject to heavy fines.
A few days later a local -..rin- -n *n--r t 1 y the Port Captain's office proceeded to examine the damage. After
about two ho; - I , i. .II, i' - .. ... I to have been caused by an electrical short circuit at the autopilot
control unit .. I i. . I - I i. heavy duty offshore lifejackets on fire, which then spread. The inspector's final report
indicated that the fire was caused by accident.
On January 11, 2010, I heard from a claims processing company that handles claims for the insurance company.
(Both shall remain unnamed. I had lost a boat to Hurricane Ivan in 2004 in Grenada and both these companies
handled the loss with extremely good service.) The representative noted my comment on the unavailability of sur
veyors in Santa Marta. He also indi
s cated that, in the interest of quick
S - progress of my claim, that I should
Cl. submit copies of the reports made to
the authorities both of the distress
prior to the fire and the fire event
itself. He also asked for the names
and contact information for the offi
cers to whom reports were made or
who responded; I provided all of this
information within days.
-a cessing agent advised me that he
was trying to get a marine surveyor/
marine architect to make the trip
from Trinidad to Santa Marta with
him and would arrive January 20th.
He also wanted to know if I had
identified any competent repairers in
the Santa Marta area or had found
what it might cost to tow the vessel
to a port in the ABCs or Panama for
repairs. I responded that Santa
Marta had neither the facilities to
haul a sailboat nor a place to store
it. Through my marine agent we sur
veyed the local marine mechanical
The power switch was fried, and 'there was smoke, water and extinguisher and electrical tradesmen and found
residue covering every surface below decks' none with experience in sailboat sys
teams. The only viable location in
Colombia for repairs would be Cartagena. We also contacted a commercial marine towing company who wanted
US$41,000 to tow the vessel to Cartagena, which is about 110 nautical miles away. We did not inquire as to cost
for towing to the ABCs or Panama.
On January 16th I heard from the claims processing representative that no surveyor or marine engineer would
be with him. I wondered why bother to come without the proper staff. When he arrived I had a local boat take us
to Coqui. I showed him all of the damaged areas, he took some pictures. I asked if a surveyor would be sent at a
later date and I was told that their subject matter experts would make a determination of repair and replacement
costs from the photos I had submitted and those he took that day.
I could not believe what I had just heard. How could anyone make accurate determinations of the extent of dam
age and the cost of repairs from just looking at photographs?
I was also asked to submit a survey describing i. I .'''. - ...... I estimated costs for repairs. In Colombia, that is
easier said than done. I did a search on Google , I- .... -1 1 individuals in Cartagena claiming to be marine
surveyors. Attempts to contact by telephone were not successful. I finally contacted one who could not provide any
information concerning his qualifications and experience but wanted US$1,000 to come to Rodadero to do the
survey. I knew by then that total travel expenses for such a trip would be about 180,000 Colombia pesos or a bit
under US$100. I did not get back to him.
Then I was advised by my marine agent that the Colombian equivalent to Customs and Internal Revenue (DIAN)
was requiring that I do a temporary importation of my sailboat as there was no known date when the vessel would
leave Rodadero. The required paperwork and DIAN visit to the vessel was completed and the vessel was given the
number of days to stay in the country that Immigration (DAS) had given me on my passport. In late June, I went
to DAS to renew my tourist visa and was told that my 180 days would expire on July 7th.
PANIC! I knew that if I had to leave for 180 days, as required, there would be no S/V Coqui for me to come back to
because DIAN would have impounded the boat as contraband due to my failure to renew the temporary importation...
To be continued in next month's Compass.
Luis Blondet has single handed in the East Caribbean and onto Colombia since 1998 on Coqui, a 1985 Tayana 37.
Luis currently lives in Barranquilla, Colombia and Coqui is in Club Natitico, Cartagena undergoing repairs.
He says, "I have additional information concerning immigration, customs, and local practices that readers headed
for Colombia may find of use. Readers may reach me by email at coqui81 I@yah"oo.com or coqui8114 gmail.com "
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