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Publication Date: December 30, 2005
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Year's

Eve

Regatta
A Fleet of 30 Expected
The brainchild of a group
of American skippers, the
New Year's Eve Regatta
was launched at the end of
1995. This nautical parade
around the island, open to
sailboats of all sizes, has
taken place every
December 31st to close out
one year and ring in the
next. Since 1998, Mark
Del Giudice, skipper of the
sloop Mischievous, has
helped organize the event,
in close collaboration with
the Saint Barth Yacht
Club and the Port of
Gustavia. "For the 2005
edition of the regatta, at
least 30 boats are expect-
ed, ranging in size from
21' to 155' -including sev-
eral local boats," com-
mented Del Giudice. This
regatta is just for fun,
rather than an official
race, but should be a great
day of sailing if the weath-
er cooperates. The boats
create a great spectacle on
the water, but also from
land where sailing fans
can admire this annual
ballet of spinnakers of all
colors, as they are
unfurled between Toiny
and the point north of
Forchue. There is also a
challenging slalom
between the little islets of
Frigate, Bonhomme, Peld,
and Boulanger.
The skippers and owners
briefing will be held on
Friday, December 30, at
6:00pm at B&te A Z'ailes.
The starts for the regatta
on Saturday, December 31
will be staggered, starting
at 10:00am in the waters
off Corossol. The awards
ceremony will be held on
the main dock in
Gustavia, Quai General de
Gaulle, at 5:00pm the
same day. This regatta is a
show not to be missed.


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2005


The Yea


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JANUARY 1
161,598 PASSENGERS
AT THE AIRPORT IN 2004
In real terms, the number of passengers
arriving or leaving from the airport in
Saint Jean in 2004 -161,598- was the
lowest since 1992. But all things are rela-
tive, and taking into account the fact that
the airport was closed from September 6
through October 15, on one hand, and the
fact that two of the island's largest hotels
did not open their doors before mid-
December, on the other hand, the level of
tourism in 2004 was equal to that of 2002
and 2003. Which means it was an average
year, which would have been even bclici if
the 20% increase recorded in the first five
months of the year (January through May)
had continued. But that was not the case.
After the airport reopened, the number of
passengers remained lower than the previ-
ous year, reaching "just" 15,145 passen-
gers in December 2004, compared to
19,104 in January 2004. Early indications
for January 2005 confirm this trend.

JANUARY 7
21ST ST. BARTH MUSIC
FESTIVAL
Seven dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet
and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens from
Montreal opened the 21st annual St. Barth
Music Festival on January 7, 2005. High-
lights of the festival included two great
concerts by the Monty Alexander Trio at
the Anglican Church. The curtain goes up
on the 22nd edition of the festival on Janu-
ary 7, 2006, with stars of the Ballets
Grandiva of New York, an all-male "trav-
esty" company performing parodies of
classical ballets with humor and brio.
Musical events take center stage as of Jan-
uary 11, and include a pops concert with
Rolf Smedvig (a classical trumpet player
passionate about jazz), two evenings of
chamber music, an opera evening with
selections from Carmen and Aida, an
orchestral concert, a piano recital, and to


close this year's festival, a double header
by the John Ellis jazz quartet.

JANUARY 24
MORE THAN 170,000 EUROS
RAISED FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS.
Without counting donations sent directly
to non-governmental organizations and
other international relief agencies, the total
raised in Saint Barth for victims of the
tsunami on December 26, 2004, that was
responsible for 295,000 deaths in South-
east Asia, reached more than 170,000
euros. In an exceptional show of solidarity,
Jean-Claude Maille raised over 14,000
euros for the Red Cross, the Lions Club
donated 19,000 euros to the service club's
international foundation, the junior high
raised 4,000 euros and the Sainte Marie
elementary school added another 915
euros destined for Orphans Without
Boundaries. The majority of the donations,
more than 140,000 euros, were generated
at the charity event, "Children of Asia,"
held on January 24 and organized by the
island's restaurant association. The totality
of these funds also went to the Orphans
Without Boundaries association and to
Kasih Bunda, a humanitarian aid organiza-
tion in Sri Lanka.





GALERIE


ASIE


ANTIQUITIES
rare finds from asia & beyond

Because time and distances appear more and more abolished to us,
And because our world, previously so vast, seems smaller every day,
We enjoy gathering around us testimonies from the past:
Extremely rare antique Buddhas,
specially from the Old Shan Kingdom...
Unique Tibetan religious pieces,
Used in Himalayan monasteries centuries ago...
Incredible primitive tools and body ornaments,
From the Asmat tribes of Papua New-Guinea...
Rare choice of spectacular old pipes
And animal style locks from S-W China...


Afghanistan Burma


China India Indonesia Laos Nepal New-Guinea
Thailand Tibet


Everyday except Sunday 10-12.30 & 15-19.30
on the harbour
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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Regatta
More than 30 sailboats are
expected to compete in this
10th edition. Race starts at
10am with the award cere-
mony at 5pm. Quai General
de Gaulle

I Saturday, December 31
- 'The best club music" with DJ
Marc from London, DJ Francky,
Video Jockey with Val de Bad, all
night long plus fireworks at mid-
night, La Plage, St Jean
I Live music with
Stephane Cano, Carl
Gustaf hotel
w Live music, Piano bar
Christopher Hotel, Pointe Milou
I DJ Melissa, Guanahani hotel
I Alan Landry, piano,
Gaiac restaurant, Toiny


I Live music Respek Band,
Ti Zouk restaurant, Gustavia
I Disco Party, at The Hideaway
restaurant, St Jean
I Bubbles cocktail party
with DJ John from Zen Cafe at
Terrazza restaurant, St Jean
I Cotton Club, Jazz ambiance
with saxophonist, La Marine,
Gustavia

Live Music
I Every Evening
- Lounge mix, 7pm to lam,
Bar't6, H6tel Guanahani, Grand
Cul de Sac
- "Black Snake" from Boston,
from 8pm to midnight,
Bet'a Z'ailes, Gustavia
- All selected quality lounge music
by Philippe, Zanzibarth, St Jean.
- Screen Live concert from
6.30pm, Caf6 Yacht, Gustavia
- Alan Landry, piano, 8pm, Gaiac
restaurant, Toiny


) Every Thursday

mJsic aat Casa

I From Tuesday to Saturday
Nilce & Philippe Nardone on
piano, from the Copacabana to
Montmartre, from 7pm, Taino
Lounge, Christopher H6tel, Pointe
Milou
I Thursday, December 29
- Bikini coca from 12pm,
La Plage, St Jean
- Latino Night, DJ Tony & Vin-
cent Ti Zouk K'f6, Gustavia
- Nadege, sunset concert
from 5:30, Carl Gustaf,
- Ibiza, 12 am, La Plage, St Jean
I Friday, December 30
Live music with RMI, zouk, Ti
Zouk K'f6, Gustavia
- Nadege, sunset concert
from 5:30 Carl Gustaf,
- Lobster C('h Ii.ii,'.: & Pareo
at 1I'.11, I .i i'.i. St Jean,
I Sunday, January 1st
- The Big Brunch, La Plage,
StJean
- Nadege, sunset concert
from 5:30,Carl Gustaf,
I Monday, January 2nd
F***ME I'M FAMOUS by
Cathy & David Guetta from Paris
at The Casino Royal in St
Maarten
- Birdcage from 12pm,
La Plage, St Jean
I Tuesday, January 3rd
- Bathrobe & Sunglasses from
12pm, La Plage, St Jean
- Nadege, sunset concert
from 5:30, Carl Gustaf, Gustavia
I Wednesday, January 4th
- Nadege, sunset concert
from 5:30, Carl Gustaf,
Gustavia
- White party from 12pm,
La Plage, St Jean

Night Club
I Evey night
- Casa Nikki, mix by Jacques
Dumas & Pascal, Gustavia
- Feeling (except tuesday), Lurin,
from 10 pm
-Yacht Club, Gustavia


Let's Party
I Every night
Ti St-Barth, every night a
different theme, Pointe Milou
SSunday
Amazing Sunday (DJ, fashion
show...), Nikki Beach, St-Jean
I Wednesday
BBQ on the beach from
8 pm, Nikki Beach, St Jean

Exhibits
I Through January 6th
"Jeffery Dread", from New York,
remarkable portraits of many cele-
brities
Nikki Beach restaurant
I Through January 8th
"Meeting with Buddha"
until January 8th,
The House, Gustavia
I Through January 6
"Color & Movements", by
Corinne Durin, Sante F6, Lurin
I Through April
Stephanie Leroux sculptures, Carl
Gustaf hotel
I Permanent exhibits
Eve Ducharme Art Gallery
presents Monique Joumod,Wall
House restaurant
- Alain le Chatelier,
Les Artisans, Gustavia
-Pompi, Petit Cul de Sac
-Spidler, Christian Mas gallery,
Gustavia
- Zaza Noah, Tamarin
restaurant, Saline
-Hannah Moser, Cul de Sac
-Antoine Heckly, Made in Saint-
Barth boutique, St-Jean
SArt Galleries
- Eve Ducharme Art Gallery,
0590278841
- Christian Mas, Gustavia
-To-b.art galerie, Gustavia
-Me.di.um gallery, Gustavia

Fashion Show
) From Tuesday to Sunday,
1.30pm, fashion show
featuring Geisha Vampire,
La Plage, St Jean
I Every Tuesday evening,
6:30-7 pm, Case de 'ile, H6tel
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FEBRUARY 6
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH
CELEBRATES ITS 150TH
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The Right Reverend Errol Brooks,
and Reverend Charles Vere Nicoll,
On Sunday, February 6, more than 300
people .iiicnkcd the 150th anniversary
of the first mass celebrated at Anglican
Church in Gustavia, held in February
1855, when the two-year construction
of the church was completed. It was
also the perfect occasion to inaugurate
the meeting room built in the garden
of the church, and baptized the "Rom-
ney Hughes Church Center," in honor
of two local families. For the celebra-
tion, a large mass was organized, co-
officiated by the Right Reverend Errol
Brooks, bishop for the Northeastern
Caribbean and Aruba, Reverend Ted
Eastman, bishop of Maryland, recently
retired from the National Cathedral of
Washington, and Reverend Charles
Vere Nicoll, priest of the Anglican
Church in Saint B.i! i'l!i i\c


February, 8t
VIVA CARNAVAL


FEBRUARY 15
A FIRST: MEDICAL EVACUA-
TION OF A WOUNDED TURTLE
When she called the aquarium in
Guadeloupe to ask about treatment for
a wounded sea turtle, Franciane Le
Quellec, director of the Saint Barth
Marine Park, did not know she had
initiated a "first" in France and per-
haps in the world; the first medical
evacuation by airplane for a wounded
turtle. Yet during the phone conversa-
tion, she realized that the best solution
to treat the young turtle, found on Jan-
uary 26 floating in the bay of Corossol
with its shell severely cut by the pro-
peller of a boat, would be to send the
animal to Guadeloupe where it could
be cared for correctly. The journey
required the help of numerous people:
the green sea turtle was first taken to
Saint Martin by boat where it was met
by the director of the local marine park
and a police convoy that took it to the


airport in Grand Case where it was
flown to Guadeloupe. The turtle was
placed in intensive case but sadly died
three weeks later, as one of its lungs
was deeply punctured and could not be
repaired. Please remember that the
speed limit in the harbor is just three
knots.

FEBRUARY 1 6
109TH BIRTHDAY
On Wednesday, February 16, Eug6nie
Blanchard, widely known by the nick-
name of "Douchy" (Sweetie in Papia-
mento), celebrated her 109th birthday,
while Irmise Rosey was 102 when she
celebrated her birthday on Sunday,
February 20. Both centenarian women
still live at the De Bruyn Hospital in
Gustavia. In spite of her advanced age,
Douchy is not the doyen of Guade-
loupe: that honor goes to a woman
who celebrated her 110th birthday on
March 16, 2005. She has lived at the
geriatric center Raizet since 1985.
FEBRUARY 26
THE ROTARY CLUB FINANCES
CARDIAC PROBE
Mission accomplished for the Rotary
Club of Saint Barth6lemy, which pre-
sented a check for 5,000 euros to Pas-
cale Brochier, administrative director
or the De Bruyn Hospital, during a
benefit dinner of Saturday, February
26. The funds were for the purchase
of a cardiac probe that completes the
hospital's emergency room ultrasound
equipment, the remainder of which
was financed last year by the Rotary
Club and an individual donor.




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Roger Dubuis Watches

in Saint Barth


One of the only watch compa-
nies in the world to make
magnificent, hand-crafted
watches whose movements confirm
to the stringent Geneva Seal criteria,
Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis
makes the most extraordinaire time-
pieces, a collection of which are on
display at Time in Gustavia through
January 4, 2006. "There are three
great things about these watches,"
says Roger Dubuis NA representative
Phillip Ogle, who is on the island to
help promote the collection. He lists
"perfection, tradition, and exclusivi-
ty," as well as contemporary design
as the assets that make the Roger
Dubuis "the single most exclusive
brand on the market t, I.,i," referring
to the fact that each timepiece is
hand-crafted by a highly skilled
watchmaker. Precious materials as
hand-painted enamel, mother-of-
pearl, diamonds, and gold give each
watch a unique design, and no more
than 28 examples of each watch are
made for the worldwide market. "The
Geneva Seal criteria were established
by the Swiss government in the
1880s," explains Ogle (who points
out that Philippe Patek watches also
meet these criteria). "The Roger
Dubuis watches are made in the tradi-
tional Swiss manner yet with a con-
temporary aesthetic. The watches are
entirely manufactured and assembled


itiste Mei-Bidou manager of Time and Phillip Ogle,
Roger Dubuis NA representative


in the Swiss canton of Geneva." Ogle
also points out that it can take up to
one year to complete the manufacture
of one watch. "The watchmakers are
in the relentless pursuit of perfec-
tion," he notes. "Every one of these
watches is like a work of art." From a
hand painted enamel dial with Ferrari
racecars to an elegant diamond stud-
ded women's watch, the collection is
an eye-watering delight. Co-founded
by Roger Dubuis himself and compa-
ny president Carlos Dias, the brand
has developed over 38 watch calibers
in the 10 years of its existence, from


manual wind to the popular tourbil-
lion and very complex movements.
Many of the watches have large dials,
and as Ogle notes, "these are not like
the watches our I.n!iidfIlh.!'\ wore."
This is the second year that the Roger
Dubuis watches have been on display
at Time, where Ogle and manager
Jean-Baptiste Mei-Bidou touch them
carefully, wearing a black cotton
glove to avoid any scratches. From
large Roman numerals set in mother-
of-pearl to a "love" model with a
heart of diamonds, a Roger Dubuis
watch is the perfect gift of time.


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December 26th until January 4th

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Musical Stars


Celebrated DJ Philippe Corti, a star of the Paris nightclub
scene, and Jacques Dumas, resident DJ of Nikki Beach,
seen at Nikki Beach. Philippe Corti was here for the sec-
ond time to animate the evenings at Nikki Beach, and
after hours at Casa Nikki. Cyrille Margarit


MARCH 8


MARCH 8
SISTER CLAIRE, WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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The Lyceum Club of Saint
Barthdlemy, which cele-
brates International
Women's Day on March 8
every year, elected Sister
Claire as woman of the
year in 2005. A ceremony
at City Hall was held in
honor of the 81-year-old
nun from the order of
Saint-Paul de Chartres. The
youngest of a family with


six children, Rita Francoise
Gr6aux (her real name)
spent 47 years away from
the island before returning
to join the Catholic com-
munity in Lorient in 1989.
She worked as a nurse in
the hospital in Pointe-a-
Pitre (Guadeloupe), then in
Martinique where she was
responsible for the nuns
who worked as nurses in


the hospital in Lamentin.
She then worked at the
Sainte-Hyacinthe hospital
in Guadeloupe until 1978
when she moved to Saint
Martin and wore two hats:
that of nurse and mid-wife.

MARCH 20
FORTY-SIX KIDS
HIT THE SLOPES
Under the banner of the
Marmaille association, 46
local children and eight
chaperones hit the ski
slopes in Les Gets last
March. They will next
plant their ski poles in the
snows of Serre-Chevalier
in the Alps.

MARCH 24
AIR CARAYBES
INVESTIGATED
The case concerning the
Twin Otter airplane acci-
dent, in which 20 people
were killed when the small


plane crashed near a house
in Public on March 24,
2001, took an unexpected
turn in the appeals court in
Basse Terre (Guadeloupe).
The ruling handed down
in late January 2005 called
for Air Caraibes, the com-
pany operating the flight,
to be investigated. This
ruling gave new hope to
the families of the victims
who had created an associ-
ation, ADFV, after the
accident: "We have
already lost our loved
ones. Nothing could be
any worse," said Karine
Paris, president of ADVF,
who represents the pas-
sionate desire of the fami-
lies to "shed some light"
on what actually happened
that fateful Saturday,
March 24, 2001. "There
are others who are respon-
sible. They should be tried
before the courts," she
added






New year's eve at

Restaurant des Pecheurs

Restaurant des P6cheurs invites you to enjoy new year's eve
facing the lagoon of Grand Cul-de-Sac, with the special menu
prepared by Chef Jean-Luc Grabowski,


Music mixed by PAT


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New year's eve menu


uOscietren caviar served with blinis (Vichyssoise>, cold soup with croutons
* Terrine of duck foie gras ((maison, black truffle or Carribean lobster served with
mango vinaigrette Pan fried John Dory fillet, ratatouille and fennel sauce or
Beef fillet with grand-veneur sauce Morels "forezien gratin)
Fresh and aged cheese Coupe fagon Mont-Blanc New year calendar


price : 175 euros






SE E N T


Jean-Marc Greaux at the inaugura-
tion of the new Cartier boutique,
with special guests Sous Prdfet
Maurice Michaud, and
C ,r,.r. 'I'-i Maincourt, president
of the company's Miami branch.


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APRIL 3
A RECORD NUMBER
OF BEAUTIFUL SAILBOATS
Magnificent sailboats: some of the biggest in the world.
Ready for racing with their wooden decks varnished to the
nines and tall masts reaching toward the sky. Magnificent
with all their sails unfurled and spectacular with their spin-
nakers full of wind, these giant sailboats filled the Port of











Gustavia for the 10th edition of the Saint Barth Bucket,
which took place over three days for the first time. The
winner was Freedom of Flight that took first place in a
fleet of 28 boats, of which 25 actually raced. The only race
of this kind to have more sailboats of 100' and over was
the Millennium Cup in New Zealand in 2000. The 2006
Bucket promised to be another big race with the number of
inscriptions increasing day by day.

APRIL 8
CLOUDS ECLIPSE ECLIPSE
When the sun had a date to meet the moon on Friday, April
8, for the first partial solar eclipse of the 21st century, the
event was a bit of a dud. A few minutes before the start of
the eclipse, a dense cloud formation, bor in Barbuda, and
carried along by the Trade Winds blocked the sky, depriv-
ing the observers in Saint Barth the opportunity to see this
rare fusion and the eclipse that took place near 6:00pm.
Even the maximum occultation, predicted for 6:21pm, four
minutes before sunset, could not be seen, as the clouds
descended right to the horizon.

APRIL 19
DIVINE HALO?
At the exact time that the black smoke appeared in the Vat-
ican chimney, announcing the new Pope, Benoit XVI, a
large halo formed around the sun just as it attained its
zenith in the sky. This spectacular, meteorological phe-
nomenon, called a "solar halo," is generated by the reflec-
tion and refraction of the sun's light on crystals of ice cir-
culating in the highest reaches of the stratosphere, and is a
cousin to the rainbow. This halo was extremely visible
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APRIL 25
CINEMA CARAIBE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!
With five films and three videos on the program, the
2005 edition of the St Barth Film Festival, Cinema
Caraibe, was no larger than its past editions. In fact
when the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary, April
25-30, it was with the same spirit and philosophy as
always, as this little event wishes to remain modest
and charming. To grow just for the sake of growing is
not the goal of the organizers, all volunteers, some of
whom are from the United States. The goal is to create
a crossroads for Caribbean cinema, giving filmmakers
and other film professionals the chance to meet each
other, as well as meet with the local public in an infor-
mal setting. For Joshua Harrison, co-founder and
director in collaboration Ellen Lampert-Gr6aux, this
networking was what was so exceptional about the
2005 festival: "I think that this year was the year that
the largest number of contacts were made. First
because we had a larger number of spectators than
ever before, with the largest audience turning out for
"Nag Maron," a film made by director Jean-Claude
Fl.,iii,iii Barny from Guadeloupe, about the social
problems confronting the younger generation on his
island. Well over 500 people attended this film."
There were also interesting discussions between the
filmmakers, all of whom were French-speaking: "they
were even talking about collaborating on certain proj-
ects. If that happens, it would be great. That was
always one of our goals, but this year's festival recon-
firmed that a festival is more than just a screening
room, but also a cultural and cinematographic meeting
place that can be the launching pad for new film proj-
ects." Another highlight was the quality of the debates
with the public after the films, almost like a private
conversation with the filmmakers: "the questions, like
the criticisms, were extremely interesting, provoked in
my opinion by a greater sensibility by the public for
this kind of cinema, a cinema that is not always easy
but deserves to be understood and supported."

APRIL 2005, THE HOTTEST SINCE 1958
With an average of 28.3C, or 83F, the month of April
2005 broke all high temperature records since 1958.
And by far, since the average high for April calculated
over the past 50 years did not surpass 26.4C, or 79.5
F, and the last record high was 27. 75C, or 81.5F, in
April 1987.

SUNKEN BOAT, BROKEN DREAMS
DO, a 10-meter single-hull sailboat got stuck on the
coral reef near the Eden Rock hotel. The two people
aboard were on the eve of their departure for an ocean
voyage that would have taken them as part as the Pacif-
ic Ocean after sailing through the Panama Canal. The
boat sank, putting an end to their dreams.


MAY7
DEAD SEA MAMMAL IN GRAND CUL DE SAC
Baby humpback
or sperm whale?
It was difficult to
determine the
exact species of
the shapeless
white mass that
washed up in the
middle of the Grand Cul de Sac lagoon on Saturday May 7.
One thing was sure: this sea mammal that was longer than
four meters, weighed between one and two tons, and showed
numerous bite marks, had been dead for several days before it
appeared unexpectedly in the lagoon on the windward side of
the island. It was removed as quickly as possible to avoid any
public health risks. Gilles Brin towed the dead mammal with
his boat as far as Toc Vert where it sank at sea.
MAY 21
PROTOTYPE RETURNS
Known under the code name "Expedition Prototype," the sea-
faring adventures of Marc de Rosny, Stanislas Defize, and Yan
van den Haute took them from Saint Barth, where they set sail
on August 24, 2004, as far Patagonia, a far-away land at the tip
of South America, and split between Chili and Argentina. This
nine-month voyage over several thousand nautical miles aboard
a 14-meter sailboat by the name of Prototype was completed
upon their return to Saint Barth on May 21. Their return was
hailed by a group of friends who met them on the dock dressed
as if in the South Pacific, with flowers and sarongs, singing
"Welcome to Bora Bora," as if the bateau has lost its course.
Next stop for the Prototype? An exhibit that opens on January
11 at "to b.art" gallery.
MAY 28
EUROPEAN REFERENDUM: No IN FRANCE,
YES IN SAINT BARTH
The referendum to establish a European constitution brought
the local voters to the poles, where the turn out was twice as
strong as for the first European referendum for the Maastricht
Treaty on September 20, 1992. On Saturday, May 28, 1577
people, representing 37.89% of the registered voters, went to
the polls, compared to 537 voters, or 20.4% in 1992. The results
couldn't be more different: for Maastricht, the residents of Saint
Barth were largely opposed, with more than 70% voting against
that treaty; in comparison this time, and in about the same pro-
portion, 70.9% of the voters said YES to the treaty establishing
a European constitution, thus voting against the trend in metro-
politan France where the population voted a resounding NO.
Does this mean that the island has become that much more
European over the last 13 years? No, but the circumstances
were different. In spite of varying opinions, the mayor called
for a YES vote in order to support the current government
which is responsible for the political evolution desired by the
island, transforming Saint Barth into an Overseas Collectivity
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As of March 31,
2006, the Christo-
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longer be part of the Sofi-
tel chain, allowing it to
return to its roots as a
charming Caribbean hotel.
This break from Group
Accor is of mutual benefit:
"the philosophy of the
group no longer met the
level of service required
by the clientele that comes
to Saint Barth," explains
Didier Bensa, founder and
owner of the four-star
hotel that was built in
Pointe Milou in 1991/92.
On the other hand, Group
Accor wanted to diminish
its presence in the
Caribbean.

A NEW IDENTITY

In getting ready for the
transformation, Didier
Bensa is back at the helm
of his hotel, and has been
getting things ready for the
past year. This transforma-
tion will allow the hotel to
first "break the chains" of
its identity as a Sofitel, so
that it can return to its posi-
tion as a privately owned
four-star property that cur-
rently has 41 different
rooms and accommoda-
tions. Some changes have
already been made, such as
the redesign of the Mango
restaurant with its outdoor
kitchen in 2005, and the
opening 18 months ago of
Tanio, the hotel's
bar/lounge where there is
music every evening and
numerous special events
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THE ALOE SUITE
So far the most exciting
change, and one that indi-
cates the kind of improve-
ments that will be made, is
the Aloe Suite that opened
just two weeks ago near
the reception area of the
hotel. Built on the foot-
print of two hotel rooms,
this suite has a large interi-
or of 65 sq meters (700 sq
ft) with a private entrance,
ocean views, and two
small outdoor terraces nes-
tled in tropical vegetation
for privacy. The interior
includes an office, a living
room that can also be used
for extra sleeping accom-
modations, and a bedroom.
Both bathrooms were
redesigned and integrated
into the layout. But the
real charm of the suite is
the exceptional attention to
its d6cor, which includes
original paintings by
French artist Virginie
Negre, as well as perfect
little touches such as a col-
lection of shells from the
Philippines or a beautiful
Tibetan vase discovered
by the owner among the


treasures at Galerie Asie.
Three additional luxury
suites of this type will be
added shortly.

WHITE GLOVE
SERVICE
Nothing resembles a client
less than another client.
That is the new credo at
the Christopher, where
guests are immediately
welcomed by the hotel's
well-trained staff who
makes sure that every need
is taken care of: "That's
only normal. Our guests
arrive with a very precise
idea of what they expect
during their vacations. We


have to be ready to
respond right away," notes
Didier Bensa. He has also
initiated the Christopher
Club Card, which adds
another dimension to per-
sonalized service. Those
who have the card benefit
from complimentary activ-
ities at the hotel's Fitness
Club as well as reductions
and priority for other
activities, and at certain
restaurants and boutiques
on the island.


THALLASOTHERAPY
CENTER
To OPEN SOON
Taking advantage of the
Christopher hotel's great
location on the bay at the
foot of Pointe-Milou,
Didier Bensa has decided
to open a thallasotherapy,
or sea therapy, center.
This will be housed above
the current fitness club,
with a menu of treat-
ments based on seawater,
both for beauty and
relaxation. The center
will feature 550 m2 (6,000
sq ft) of interior space,
and 400 m2 (4,300 sq ft)
for outdoor treatment.

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DIGITAL SPUR APPROVED
Mayor Bruno Magras signed an agreement with Victorin
Lurel, president of the regional council for Guadeloupe,
approving a spur of an underwater high-speed communi-
cations cable for Saint Barth. This cable will link the
island of Guadeloupe to the Internet portal in Puerto
Rico, by way of Saint Barth, with an estimated cost of
1.8 million euros. Another digital spur will be linked to
Saint Martin as it is along the route of the main cable.
The municipality of Saint Barth will contribute 1 million
euros toward the cost of the cable for the island, while
the remaining funds will come from the regional council.
According to the latest information, the placement of the
cable in Guadeloupe should begin in early 2006.

COLOMBIER VOTED ONE OF THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE WORLD!
Last June, the UK edition of Cond6 Nast Traveler named
Colombier the second most beautiful beach in the world,
just after the Bay of Fires, a natural beach in Tasmania.
Twelve beaches were in competition. This honor means
that Colombier merits to be maintained as a green zone,
including the beach and its surrounding landscape.

QUALITY OF OCEAN WATER:
20/ 20 IN SAINT-BARTH
The quality of the ocean water in Saint Barth is clean and
pure. That was the result of the annual test of the water
quality in Guadeloupe held last June. Samples were tak-
en in 13 places where people swim (Shell Beach, Lori-
ent, Anse Mar6chal, Anse a Corossol, Saint Jean, Public,
Grand Cul de Sac, Petit Cul de Sac, Anse des Cayes,
Anse des Flamands, Anse des Salines, Marigot, and Gou-
verneur), and all turned blue, indicating that the water
tested was of good quality.

JUNE 28
THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL SAYS "NO"
TO MORE SAND IN SAINT JEAN
The municipal council decidedly largely against the
adding of sand to the beach in Saint Jean, in a vote
requested by the mayor, who had been asked by the mar-
itime environmental service for an opinion. This project
evoked a greater debate than usual in the council cham-
bers. As background, the request to occupy a beach in the
public domain was presented by Serge Mesnibre, a mar-
itime engineer representing the Port & Shore Company on
behalf of David M.iinic .. owner of the Eden Rock and
Filao Beach hotels. The request was to fill in the beach of
Saint Jean in front of these two hotels by removing an
annual amount of 15,000 cubic meters of sand from the
two channels in the adding of more sand as necessary.
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PASSPORT OBLIGATORY
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The French government has been
talking about it for a long time. As of
July 1 it became fact: for American
citizens to come to Saint Barth, they
must present a valid passport. This
may sound odd in Saint Barth where
many people presented birth certifi-
cates to enter Saint Barth, as well as
Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, and Mar-
tinique in the past, but the ruling puts
local practices in line x. illi !cgui.' li. !i
in the rest of France.


AIR SAINT THOMAS
ON THE BLACKLIST
Following the crash of a West
Caribbean Airlines MD-82 on August
16, the French Civil Aviation Bureau
published a list of companies not
authorized to fly in France. Air Saint
Thomas, which had flown in and out
of Saint Barth for 34 years, was on the
list, but had already been forbidden to
fly in French airspace since March 19,
2004. This American company, found-
ed by Paul Wikander, went out of
business in early December 2004.

SEPTEMBER 5
SCHOOL STARTS CALMLY
FOR 1,226 STUDENTS
A total of 1,226 students returned to
the five scholastic establishments on
the island, three days after their com-
rades in France. The schools opened
without any problems in spite of the
lack of school bus service on two
routes, but re-established after Hal-
loween. The number of students is
slightly higher than in 2004, when a
total of 1,180 children were on the
opening day roster.

HURRICANE LUIS:
10 YEARS AGO
An eye of 75 to 80 kilometers in diam-
eter was one of the largest ever
observed for a local hurricane. Not to
mention sustained winds of 200
kms/hour, and gusts reaching 250


kms/per hour. It felt as if hell on earth
had arrived. Then the chaos and total
destruction of the island's flora discov-
ered the next day. September 5 was the
tenth anniversary of Hurricane Luis, a
category 4 storm, that hit the Northern
Islands with incredible force. Thirty-
five years to the day after Hurricane
Donna, also category 4, wreaked its
destruction. These are dates the island
will never forget. For over 36 hours,
the monster Luis raged its fury. Wit-
nesses speak of "roaring tigers," to
explain the force of the winds. When
the alert was finally lifted after 48
hours of confinement, there was deso-
lation: no electricity, no water, no tele-
phone, but fortunately there were no
deaths or serious injuries. The damage
was primarily to buildings, with many
structures washed away, broken to bits
on the beach, or roofless. The docks
were also damaged and boats were
turned over. Local insurance compa-
nies estimated the cost of the damage
at 250 million francs. But Saint Barth
was 1;ci ic off than Saint Martin where
the news was simply terrible: of more
than 1,000 boats anchored in the
lagoon of Simpson Bay, considered a
safe harbor for hurricanes, there were
only about a dozen that still were
standing upright with their masts point-
ing to the sky. Numerous shantytowns
were destroyed completely and there
was an official count of eight deaths.
-'Ci i11i.i t '!ni'l 'C never verified.

SEPTEMBER 1 2
GIANT FRISBEE COVERS
NEW PORT OFFICES
"The Frisbee." That is what its two
designers, architects Pierre Monsain-
geon and Philippe Stouvenot, have
baptized the flat dome made of the
same composite material as the hulls
of boats, which now covers the look-
out tower of the new Port offices in
Gustavia. Dubbed the largest Frisbee
in the world, it weighs a little more
than one ton and measures seven
meters in diameter. It took an entire
morning to carefully assemble the two
parts of the dome, while putting it into
place took just a few minutes.

MID-SEPTEMBER
On August 29, Hurricane Katrina hit


the south of the United States, killing
more than 1,300 people in Louisiana,
Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and
Alabama. Saint Barth joined in the
relief efforts: in collaboration with an
English club and the Rotary Club of
Lakewood Ranch in Florida, the
Rotary Club of Saint Barth co-organ-
ized operation "Shelter for Survival,"
which consisted of financing and ship-
ping survival cases containing 60 kilos
of essential materials. Using its own
funds, the local Rotary Club financed
three of the cases and Lions Club also
organized a fund raising drive. At the
initiative of local English teacher,

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Dawn Drouant, originally from
Louisiana, the students at Ecole Sainte
Marie in Colombier raised 400 euros
for the school Notre Dame of Fatima,
iii I.,ifI cIc, which took in 22 students
from New Orleans whose school, had
been destroyed by the hurricane.
SEPTEMBER 21
TtO BORN AT DE BRUYN
HOSPITAL
His name is T6o Hugo L6d6e, he
measured 50 centimeters and weighed
almost seven pounds when he was
born. His birth was planned for early
October in Saint-Martin, but T6o was
born on September 21 at 9:00pm at
the de Bruyn Hospital in Gustavia
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Langouste poch&e, minestrone de mangue poivr&e (pamplemousse et citron)
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Leg of Lamb
E 10.00/lOOg
Tataki de thon jaune, sauce soja
Tuna Tataki
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Filet of Haddock
E 6.00/100g
Boeuf marine en crofte de tomate fraiche, sauce bordelaise
Filet of Beef
E 10.00/lOOg
Fricassee de 16gumes croquants
Fricassee of Vegetables
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E 3.00/1OOg
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A natural phenomenon when the ocean tem-
peratures pass 29C, the bleaching of coral
started very early this year. The marine park
staff is concerned that the coral reef has sus-
tained considerable losses. The problem is due
to the fact that the ocean was over the critical
temperature mark by late April, when it usual-
ly doesn't reach that point until late June.

OCTOBER 4


Pascal Ghislais, overseas manager ofEco-
Emballages & the mayor Bruno Magras.
At City Hall, mayor Bruno Magras and Pascal
Ghislais, overseas manager of Eco-Embal-
lages, put their "john hancocks" on three
voluminous copies of a contract that extends
the agreement between the island and the
company. This contract obliges the island to
continue to separate and recycle its trash. Eco-
Emballages pays the island based on the ton-
nage collected and is responsible for the recy-
cling of the glass.

OCTOBER 1 8


The megawatts requested no longer corre-
spond to the number of megawatts available.
Seventeen of 50 sectors on the island are
over-saturated and brownouts or unexpected
energy surges or not unusual. The picture in
Saint Barth as laid out on Saturday, October
18, by the local syndicate is not too rosy. They
presented their point of view at a public con-
ference held at the school canteen on the
future of energy in Saint Barth, yet their opin-
ion differs from that of the local EDF, for
whom the problem is quite real: the lack of
elAl I! i c'i c.' iC a reality.


The announcement was made that
with a new plant installed in Pub-
lic to desalinate ocean water, the
island's capacity to produce drink-
able water will increase from the
current level of 2300 m3 per day
to a little more than 3000 m3 per
day, once the new plant is opera-
tional in January. The new plant
functions on the principle of
inverse osmosis. A cutting-edge
technology introduced by NASA
to provide pure water for the astro-
nauts, inverse osmosis is not a
new method for treating brackish
water or purifying city water, but
it has just recently been employed
to remove the salt from ocean
water. It is therefore the latest
word in this kind of technology.

NOVEMBER 8


LI

After winning the local competi-
tion, Catherine Guizot saw her
poster design for the 24th edition
of the Lions Club poster contest
also win on the regional level and
qualify for the international finals.
A 12 year-old student at the local
junior high, Catherine Guizot par-
ticipated for the second time in
this contest, whose theme this year
was "Peace Without Borders." In


the final selection, the jury will
pick the winner who will be hon-
ored with a check for $2,500 dur-
ing the Lions Club Day at the UN
in NYC. The results should be
known by February 1, 2006.



First Tdo, on September 21, then
Mel Quentin Guilbaud was born
on November 8 at one minute
after midnight. His mother,
B6rangbre, was due to leave the
next day for Saint Martin, where
she planned to have the baby. Mel,
the latest arrival in a family that
already has three children,
weighed almost three kilos and
measured 49 centimeters at birth.

NOVEMBER 1 7


Just like their fellow wine enthusi-
asts in the rest of the world, the
residents of Saint Barth were able
to taste the 2005 vintage of Beau-
jolais Nouveau on the third Thurs-
day of November, the day it is first
uncorked. But thanks to the differ-
ence in time between France and
Saint Barth, local wine merchants
decided to uncork their first 1;" 'i ik-c
at 7:00pm on Wednesday, Novem-
ber 16, when the clock stuck mid-
night in France. Clement weather
conditions made for an "excep-
tional vintage" in 2005, according
to Inter Bci'lu i., l.iI. who claim the
wine has the taste of wild berries.
Approximately 6,000 bottles of
Bc.iuji l.ii\ Nouveau were import-
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that does not age well, and is gen-
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NOVEMBER 25
FIRE AT THE TRASH CENTER
For reasons unknown a fire blazed in the metal compactor
at the trash center in Public, while the driver of the machine
was in the process of compacting the body of a car. He has
just enough time to jump to safety before the cabin started
to burn, along with surrounding vegetation. No one was
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presence of Natalie Glebova, a young Canadian with Russ-
ian roots, who is Miss Universe 2005. Lydia Martial, Miss
Martinique, took second place, while Cindy Rinachy from
Guadeloupe was third.

HURRICANES: A RECORD SEASON
Never before! The 2005 hurricane season closed, at least on
paper, on Wednesday, November 30. There had never been
a season so active in the North Atlantic, with 26 tropical
storms, 14 of which organized into hurricanes, and seven of
those became major phenomena (category 3 or higher on
the Saffir-Simpson scale). Fortunately none of these storms
hit Saint Barth, where there has not been a hurricane alert
since 2000. The year 2005 broke all records over the past
154 years.


BOUBOU' FESTIVAL A POSSIBLE RETURN
BoUBOU's FESTIVAL. A POSSIBLE RETURN


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injured but since Shell's fuel storage tanks and the EDF's
fuel reserves are near by, the firemen were called in to con-
tain the flames. The accepting of metal has been suspended
ever since, and not date has yet been set for that service to
start up again. The island's technical services office are still
trying to find a solution: repair the machine if possible, or if
not, purchase a new or used one.

NOVEMBER 30
THE CARIBBEAN'S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN
IN SAINT BARTH


Seventeen of the 20 candidates for the title of Miss C.I.I il'c,
Hibiscus 2006 spent the day of Wednesday, November 30
in Saint Barth. The election took place at Casino Royale in
Sint Maarten on Saturday, December 3, when Miss Peru
took the reins from Liesel Sotomayor, also a former Miss
Peru. Miss C.,l.il'cs Hibiscus 2006 was crowned in the


Boubou with Manu Dibango (Photo : lain B)

We missed it. And not only because it was a fun event in the
middle of August, but also because it became clear, that
after four editions of the festival, that is had become an
important economic motor in the summer months, bringing
people to the island's hotels, restaurants, and boutiques.
After two years of silence, Boubou's Festival should be
back from August 9 to 20, if the fund-raising campaign cur-
rently underway on the island is successful!

DECEMBER 1
AIDS: EVERYONE IS CONCERNED
Approximately 1,000 people are HIV positive in Saint Mar-
tin and might not even know it. Saint Barth has also been
hit by the disease, but not at the same level as on the neigh-
boring island which is among the French localities worst hit
by AIDS. For doctor Francois Bissuel, responsible for
immune system deficiency diseases at the hospital in Saint
Martin, it is important to fight against discrimination and
social stigmas. In this area, Saint Barth should also play its
role. As of today those who are HIV positive in Saint Barth
are unknown: to reveal it would mean exclusion, socially as
well as economically. This is a mentality that must change.
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Dr. Patrick Bordjel, president of the Rotary Club of Saint-
Barthdlemy, presented a check to the local hospital for the
purchase of a Dinamap, which measures blood pressure, the
pulse, and the level of oxygen in the blood. The director of
the hospital, Pierre Nuty, thanked the club for its ongoing
support and noted that the in addition to the Dinamap, the
Rotary had also contributed handsomely to the purchase of
a ultrasound machine for the emergency room, with a check
of 5,000 euros in addition to 10,000 euros from the munici-
pality, who the director also thanked for their generosity.


After New-York and Paris staff, the 1998 vintage was
last June, the Group unveiled for the first time in
Bernard Arnault LVMH the Caribbean at Casa Nikki
(Louis Vuitton Modt Hen- during a special evening
nessy) launched its vintage organized by Segeco, the
1998 Dom Perignon cham- first exclusive distributor
pagne in Saint Barth. Aged for the brand in the
seven years in the wine cel- Caribbean. The "bubbly"
lars under the attentive eye liquid has been on sale as of
of Richard Geoffroy and his December 16.


Yves Greaux, The director of the hospital, Pierre
Nutyand Dr. Patrick IR,, .1i, 1. president of the Rotary
Club of Saint-Barthelemy,


DECEMBER 1


Six cubic meters of trash,
primarily plastic bags, box-
es, cans, 1;b, .ilk., and plastic,
were collected on Sunday
morning during a roadside
clean-up effort organized by
SubProtect, the non- profit
organization for environ-
mental protection, in associ-
ation with the Rotary Club
and the associations L6zards
des Cayes and ALC. This
effort, which is held every
year as the tourist season
gets underway to make sure
the island is clean for its
guests, took place along the
main roads. There was also
an underwater clean-up
effort in the waters off
Corossol where assorted
items were found, "but
nothing compared to previ-
ous years," commented
SubProtect president Patrick
Vigoureux. 65 people who
participated, compared to
just 40 in 2004


DECEMBER 1 6


Saint Barth will once again
be the host port for the
arrival of the Transat Ag2r
transatlantic sailing race.
The partnership contract
was signed on Friday,
December 16, between the
island of Saint Barth6lemy
and Pen Duick, the compa-
ny that purchased Match
Racing, the former organiz-
er of the Ag2r, in 2004. In
2006, when the race begins
on April 9, the starting line
will no longer be in Lorient,
France, but rather Concar-
neau, the third largest city in
the Finistere region, and the
largest tuna fishing port in
Europe. While the race used
to make a stopover in
Madeira, this time it will be
direct, even though there
will be a race buoy at the
small island of Porto Santo,
across from Madeira. The
first boats could arrive in
Saint Barth as early as April
29, 2006.

















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that delivers directly
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Fruits, Fresh Vegetables,
Meat and Wine


LOCATED IN SAINT-JEAN, ACROSS FROM THE AIRPORT
Hours : Monday Wednesday : 8am -1pm & 3pm 8pm Thursday December 29 : 8am 8pm
Friday December 30 : 8am 8pm Saturday December 29 : 8am 7pm
Closed on Sunday, January 1t, 2006 Til : 05 90 27 68 16




WEST
OF THE
EQUATOR


published in October 2005,
the new novel, West of the
Equator, by Cheryl
Barhtam DuBois is sub-titled In
Search of Paradise. Described as
a novel about life, love and self-
discovery on the tropical waters
of the Caribbean, local readers
may not be too surprised to rec-
ognize people they may have
met in the pages of the book.
DuBois notes that the book is "a
story about all the places Jimmy
Buffett has ever sung about-St
Barth, St Maarten, and Antigua.
The ultimate hurricane story."
DuBois is no stranger to these
waters herself as she was the
captain of a catamaran that plied
the seas from St Barth to St
Martin for six years, and sailed
into Gustavia every day. Her
protagonist, Rob, is a blend all
the characters she met along the
way, rolled into one, creating a
charming Caribbean character in
a typically Caribbean novel.
Rob, a trader from Chicago hits
the West Indies just as a hurri-
cane hits and he discovers that
the tropical dream can have its
drawbacks. But he survives and
eventually finds himself and the
love of his life on tropical
shores.
D i... i host '.. '
in Saint Barth on
December 29 at the Black Swan
boutique in Gustavia from
1 to5 ',' andonFri-
day,December .' .. 4:00-
S. . happy hour at Le
Select. The ... be on sale
at both Black Swan and
Funny Face bookstore.


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I*r D ce. r *r 05


LE SERENO OPENS ITS DOORS
AFTER TWO YEARS
Closed since September 2003, the four-
star luxury hotel, Le Sereno, reopened
last weekend. The hotel is located on the
bay of Grand Cul de Sac, considered to
be one of the most beautiful bays in the
world. Including the purchase price of
the hotel from its former owners, the
French group, Parisot that specializes in
the manufacture of furniture, and the cost
of renovations that lasted almost one
year, the investment in the property is
close to 20 million euros. The new own-
ers are Venezuelan architect and busi-
nessman, Ignacio Contreras Iribarren,
and Brazilian real estate developer,
Ricardo Dunin. 665

DECEMBER 1 8
ECUMENICAL CHRISTMAS
CELEBRATION:
THE SPIRIT OF UNITY
For the second consecutive year, Angli-


cans and Catholics were united under the
same roof for an ecumenical Christmas
celebration that was held last Sunday
night at the Catholic Church in Lorient.
The church was filled to capacity as local
congregants of both denominations wit-
nessed a living nativity scene that includ-
ed over 20 amateur actors and the com-
bined choirs from b.i, i iigiIN 'us commu-
nities. A special choir was assembled to
accompany the performance, combining
the island's two Catholic choirs and the
Chorale de Bons Choeurs. The choir was
directed by Ghislaine Gumbs, with
Charles Darden, director of the Chorale
de Bons Choeurs and music director of
the Anglican Church, at the keyboard
evoking the sounds of a church organ.
The group of 45 singers, all dressed in
white, sang nine Christmas Carols,
including "Silent Night." Laurent


Cl6quin, soloist from the Chorale de
Bons Choeurs, sang a very moving ver-
sion of "Minuit Chr6tien." The celebra-
tion concluded with a Christmas message
delivered in French and English by
Father Sylvbre Numa, the Catholic priest
in Saint Barth6lemy and in English by
the Anglican Reverend Charles Vere
Nicoll, in the presence of Father Mod-
etin, priest of the Catholic parish of Saint
Martin

DECEMBER 20
FINAL TRIBUTE
FOR JAROME CHOVET
On Tuesday afternoon in Toiny, three
boats with family and close friends
aboard, a half-dozen jet skis, and a large
group of friends and acquaintances who
had been moved to tears by the accident,
paid a final tribute to J6rome Chovet,
who was 39 years old when he died on
Monday, December 12, as the Cessna
172 he was flying crashed into the ocean
approximately 1.5 nautical miles from
Shell Beach. His ashes were scattered by
his wife, Miranda, with the help of
friends. A very emotional religious cere-
mony had been held earlier that after-
noon at a crowded church in Lorient.
The accident, of which he was the only
victim, took place on Monday, December
12. The plane, a Cessna 172, which
belonged to the fleet operated by the
Wings of Saint Barth aviation club, took
off from Gustav III airport in the late
morning. There were two people aboard:
the pilot, J6rome Chovet, and a photogra-
pher who was taking aerial images of a
catamaran. At 12:20pm, the pilot radioed
"Mayday," and his call for help was
recorded by the control tower in Saint
Barth as well as by a Winair pilot who
was approaching the airport. According to
eyewitnesses, the plane was flying at a
low altitude and encountered engine
problems before he tried an emergency
landing at sea. The motor seems to have
cut out twice, and refused to restart the
third time. The passenger had able to
swim to safety J6rome Chovet suffered
face injuries at the moment the plane hit
the water. After 48 hours of rescue
searches at sea, his body was found in the
fuselage of the wreckage once the plane
had been brought to the surface and
towed to land.





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St Barth WEEKLY
Published by "Le Journal de Saint-Barth"
Ph.: 05.90.27.65.19 Fax: 05.90.27.91.60
email: stbarthweekly@wanadoo.fr ISSN-1766-9278
Director & layout: Avigael Haddad
Chief Editor: Pierrette Guiraute,
Translation: Ellen Lampert Greaux,
Advertising sales: Chlo6 Ameur
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Shipping rescue
Gendarmerie
PAF / airport & port police
Hospital
Fire dont.
Doctor on duty


Pharmacy


Tourism
Harbour
Boat company

Airlines company


AMroport
Gustavia
Saint Jean



Voyager
Rapid Explorer
Winair
St-Barth Comn
Air Caraibes
American Airli
Gustavia
Saint-Jean


To .
EDF (electricity company office)
Water system
Post Gustavia
Marine Reserve
church
church Sunday 9am.
'church St Barth Beach


05 96 70 92 92
059027 1170
05 90 29 76 76
05 90 27 60 35
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Hotel Sunday 9am


Thursday
Chance of rain 4 -
High: 80 F/27 C
Wind ENE 20 mph / 32 km/h

Friday
Clear
High: 80 F/27 C
Wind East 22 mph /36 km/h

Saturday
Clear
High: 79 F/26 C
Wind ENE 15 mph /25 km/h

Sunday
Clear 4-W
High: 79 F/26 C
Wind ENE 20 mph / 32 km/h

Monday
Clear. High: 79 F/26 C
Wind ENE 17 mph/28 km/h


ROUND-ABOUT AT LA TOURMENTE
The traffic circle at La Tour-
mente (the top of the hill near
the airport) has altered the
traffic patterns for who has the
right-of-way. Now, vehicles
already engaged in the traffic
circle have priority. Below is a
small diagram to help you fig-
ure out what to do.





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primbarth has commercial
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business opportunities
available. Contact Cell:
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Urgent: seeking long-term
villa rentals, one to five
bedrooms. Sprimbarth
Contact: Cell: 06 90 53 77
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For sale, in Pointe Milou
Buildable land wide sun-
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to 198.000 euros Contact:
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For sale apartment in St
Jean, living, 2 bedrooms,
2 baths. Brand new reno-
vation Wide ocean view
over St Jean Bay 900.000
euros Contact: CMI 0590
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For sale in Marigot, prime
3 bedroom 3 bathroom
villa, pool, very nice
ocean view. sold fur-
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phone +590 690 710 605
or info@missimmo.com

Weekly rental in St Jean, 2
bedroom 2 bath villa, in
nice garden with pool and
jacuzzi, at 3 800 $ per
week for Christmas. For
more informations : Mis-
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Weekly rental in St Jean,
for Christmas period,


apartment recently reno-
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the beach. For mor infor-
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OYD: Land of 1172m2
(0.28 acre) for sale, locat-
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view on the ocean, prece-
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possible in the contract
590.000 euros
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ARP: Apartment including
leaving room, open
kitchen, dining room, bed-
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pool, Nice view over the
ocean. 450.000 euros
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KAT: Extraordinary loca-
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looking the harbor facing
the sunset, including liv-
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For sale in Pointe Milou:
1172m2 building lot with
panoramic sunset and
ocean views- 680,000
euros Contact :
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For sale: Beautiful apart-
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with fantastic view of the
bay, nicely renovated 2
bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
lounge, terrace and large
shared pool.
850,000 euros Contact
Nicolas@lagence-st-
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For sale: Very beautiful
villa in St Jean 2 bed-
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kitchen, swimming pool,
parking for three cars -
1,200,000 euros- Contact
: Nicolas@lagence-st-
barth.com

For sale: Renovated tradi-
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view, 2 bedrooms, and a
rented independent studio,
parking for three cars-
1,050,000 euros- Contact
: Nicolas@lagence-st-
barth.com

For sale: This large villa
located in Pointe Milou is
perfect for several couples
or families, just 200
meters from famous
restaurant "Le Ti'
StBarth." A very nice gar-
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Four bedrooms and a
independent apartment.
Features: Hillside loca-
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euros- Contact :
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For sale: Villa in the pres-
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been beautifully decorat-
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overlook a large swim-
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karine@lagence-st-
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For sale Cottages and vil-
la, very private, with white
architecture that is both
Mediterranean and tropi-
cal instyle. Inside its


rounded walls, the little
houses offer very simple
decoration. All terraces
have limitless views of the
horizon. 8 bedrooms, 8
bathrooms, 2 swimming
pools, Sports room, Mas-
sage room, parking for 8
cars
3,800,000 euros. Contact
: Nicolas@lagence-st-
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For sale EXCLUSIVE
gorgeous 3 bedrooms, 3
bath villa, Pool, located
in Flamand". Very nice
open views of the islands,
nice rental history. Contact
: St Barth Properties: 0590
29 75 05

For sale EXCLUSIVE
beautiful and very private
property, consisting of 3
bedrooms and 3 bath-
rooms, pool, jacuzzi and
outdoor sports room, on
1015 m2 of land. The Vil-
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history. Contact : St Barth
Properties: 0590 29 75 05

For sale EXCLUSIVE
property located on the
Vitet Hillside, Incredible
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3 bedrooms, 3 bath, large
living room that opens to
an infinity pool. Contact :
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29 75 05

For sale : villa Saint-Jean,
3 bedrooms, nice vew on
StJean Bay, pool, price
1.680.000 euros. Immo
business 05 90 29 22 98

For sale : villa pointe
milou, Ocean View, 4 bed-
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around. All magnificently kept up. A lot of charm,
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S A I N T B A RT H i L E M Y


Grand Cul de Sac Reservation : Tel. : 05 90 27 66 60


New Year's Eve Menu


- In addition to our regular menu -


With DJ Melissa from St Martin


Seared Foie Gras with Exotic Fruits


!ck of Lamb with Cep Mushroom
)tato Puree with Hazelnut Butter


II Turbot Fillet in a Shellfish Sauce,
U 1\alcin Artichoke Puree & Sauteed Asparagus


Vanilla Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Cream, Cinnamon Ice Cream


Appetizer Main Course Dessert : 120 E


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