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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
"December is a magical time of miracles and merriment," contributor Carol Bareuther
wrote this month, describing the history-making crossing planned by UK sailor Geoff
Holt. Gifts by companies like Raymarine will make Geoff's planned December 27 arrival
on Tortola possible. Read about another holiday gift, a watermaker donated by Echo
Marine to a young reader of All at Sea. Don't miss Cary Byerley's memories of an endur-
ing Antigua sailors' tradition-champagne on Christmas morning. And wherever you are
in the Caribbean, give yourself and your loved ones a magical holiday this December!
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article, "Using Mooring Buoys;" boaters should verify that the buoy they select is available
for public use:
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thing this article should USING MOORING BUOYS
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32 CHARTERING 101
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36 OUR NATURAL WORLD
An Imminent Danger: Lionfish
38 BENEFICENT BOATERS
UK's Geoff Holt Crossing Atlantic
76 CARIBBEAN DINING
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
81 CARIBBEAN BROKERAGE
94 SPONSOR DIRECTORY
96 TALES FROM CHARTER COCKPIT
A Family Charter for Christmas
ISLAND EVENTS & INTERESTS
Carlos Aguilar Match Race Returns
Octoberfest at Yacht Haven Grande
VI Sailors Survive Samoan Tsunami
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BVI's Clean, Green Spring Regatta
Leverick Bay's Witch Hunt
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62 ST. BARTH
The Soalinga Challenge
The Start of a Holiday Tradition
Battered Yacht Repaired on Antigua
Wonders of Woodstock
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"Star Studded" RORC Fleet Headed Our Way
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) Caribbean 600 Race returns to
Antigua for a second year on February 22, 2010. The course, passing
four islands and circling St. Martin, takes the fleet south to Guade-
loupe and back, a total of 605 nautical miles.
Organizers said in October that big boats with big names have
committed to participate, including 100 foot super maxi ICAP Leopard
and the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennstrom's JV72, Ran,
both boats to be shipped from Sydney in January after the Rolex Syd-
ney Hobart Race; last year's overall winner Adrian Lee's Cookson 50,
Lee Overlay Partners; from Italy, Danilo Salsi's Swan 90, DSK Pioneer,
and from America, the STP 65 Rosebud owned by Roger Sturgeon,
who won the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart, and Tom Hill's new Reichel
Pugh 75 Titan. Antigua's John Burnie again will be sailing Region Gua-
deloupe, the ORMA 60 Trimaran that he chartered for the 2009 race.
www. caribbean600.rorc. org
Returns in March
The 8th Annual Grenada
Round-the-Island Race will take
place March 12 to 14, 2010 on
Grand Anse Beach, presented
by the Grenada South Coast
Yacht Club. "In addition to the big race day, expect an even bigger
youth sailing exhibition, bathtub derby, family beach games and A
Taste of Grenada-with tasty local cuisine and live entertainment," the
race committee promises. Call 473-444-4662, e-mail grenadaround
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St. Lucia Resort Adds
High-Tech Kitesurfing School
Coconut Bay Beach Resort now offers a kitesurfing school where nov-
ice or advanced kitesurfers can learn how to harness the wind from pro
Chris Haysey of 2Elements Watersports Centre at Coconut Bay. Gear
features helmets equipped with strategically-placed cameras and in-
ternal radios so surfers can communicate with instructors on land who
help correct performances and improve technique. All instructors are
qualified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) and
Royal Yachting Association (RYA). www.cbayresort.com
It's For the Children
The Carriacou Children's Education Fund needs donations of boat
gear, household items, clean used clothing for children and adults,
school supplies and cold hard cash. Leave donations with the staff
at the Carriacou Yacht Club, Tyrrel Bay. To date, over $106,000 has
provided school uniforms, free lunch for hungry children, scholarships
to the Carriacou branch of TA Marryshow Community College, and
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Virgin Islands College Sailors
Trample the Competition
Navy Fall in college sailing, this year held October 18-19, is "arguably
the biggest intersectional regatta during the fall semester," reports
All at Sea's Andrea Bailey. "There are four divisions: A &B sail 420s
and FJs, while C&D are laser full-rigs and laser radials, respectively.
Someone from the VI won every division except C division, and that's
only because there wasn't anyone from the islands sailing in C division.
That's a pretty good showing, especially considering they all go to dif-
ferent colleges. Clearly they learned a little something back home that
no one else has!" Results: http://regatta.mit.edu/f09/navy-fall/
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World Cruising Club
Opens 2010 Entry Lists
The cruising rally specialists best known for a
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lantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), has opened its
2010 entry lists for ARC Europe, Rally Portu-
gal and the ARC. All events are expected to
fill up quickly. In a new development, starting
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units, capable of automatically reporting the
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CYM Appointed as Authorized
Oyster Marine Service Center
Caribbean Yacht Management, based in Road
Town, Tortola, has since 2001 provided shore
support services to Oyster crews and owners.
For the coming season, CYM in conjunction
with Oyster USA, will introduce a yacht char-
ter program to allow owners of managed ves-
sels to generate a revenue stream to offset
expenses, and has added a satellite office in
Nanny Cay from where the charter and man-
aged fleet will base for the coming season.
New Book for Fitzpatrick,
Forster and Kaufman
All at Sea contributor Lynn Fitzpatrick has col-
laborated with sailing photographers Daniel
Forster and Juerg Kaufman to produce a cof-
fee table book, "Classic and Modern Yachts
in Saint-Tropez." Sailors' stories complement
the local flavor, the landmarks, the community
and the sailing spectacle that takes place every
year "It is more than enough to warm you dur-
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Antigua: Jolly Harbour Yacht Club
Twelve new participants have joined the Youth Sailing Program which
offers free dinghy sailing instruction every week to Antiguan-born chil-
dren between the ages of 8 and 18. Club members report: "We are in
need of a decent safety boat so we are putting out an appeal for a RIB
(Rigid Inflatable Boat) with an outboard or better still, a Jet Boat that
works. There is a Jet Rib available to us, but, unfortunately the engine
is not reliable ... perhaps someone might offer their services to revamp
it? The other alternative would be if someone has a boat that they are
no longer using and would be prepared to donate it." Contact Pippa
Pettingell at 268-722-8468 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dominican Republic: Casa de Campo Yacht Club
The Farr 40 Worlds 2010 will take place at Casa de Campo Marina from
April 21-24. "Mrs. Bunny Wayt, Farr 40 Class Assistant, visited us to con-
tinue the organizational tasks ... joined also by Gianfranco Fini, CCYC's
Commodore; Franco Pistone, CCYC's Sports Director; Andres Santana,
representing the Federaci6n Dominicana de Vela (Dominican Sailing
Federation); Rafid Ynirio, CCYC's Secretary and Casa de Campo Marina's
Harbor Master Frank Castillo." The group developed an extensive agen-
da of issues concerning the annual championships, celebrated in 2009
at Costa Smeralda Yacht Club in Porto Cervo Italy. For more information:
www.casadecampoyachtclub.com, and www.farr40worlds.com.
Puerto Rico: Club Nautico de San Juan
Jose Berrios reported on the San Juan Sailing Club's September 12 race,
where 31 participants took one another on in the waters of the bay of San
Juan. Event categories were Optimist, Laser, Sunfish and Snipe. "Every-
thing started on time, making a total of five races in the Optimist class
and six races in the other categories. It was a sunny day with some clouds
during the afternoon went to the south of the stadium will have little wind.
Early on, the wind was blowing from the east; it began to seven mph
and continued to grow the rest of the day to a maximum of 16 mph. For
Saint-Barth Yacht Club
Organized by Saint-Barth Yacht Club with the Collectivity of Saint-Bar-
thelemy and the support of the Territorial Tourism Committee, a regat-
ta, Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, will be launched from April 6 to 11, 2010.
"From Romon Beal and EricTabarly, who enjoyed sailing into the port,
to Antoine Questel, Jeff Ledee, and Miguel Danet, as well as Luc Pou-
pon, our race director, the maritime tradition is firmly anchored on this
island where nautical events have always met with popular success,"
the event announcement stated, wwwlesvoilesdesaintbarth.com
St. Croix Yacht Club
A redesigned website, free online registration and instantly available
race results are some of the new features of the 2010 St. Croix Yacht
Club Hospice Regatta, according to Julie San Martin, regatta director.
The annual party with international racing is scheduled for February
19-21, 2010, at the club in Teague Bay
Web designer Luiz Kahl of Interactive Creations used graphics, organiza-
tional tabs, and links to island resources, regatta sponsors and racing man-
agement functions to make the user experience functional and easy Yacht
Scoring, Kahl's yacht racing management and scoring system will provide
capabilities for participants, regatta organizers, and observers worldwide.
Features include online registration, downloadable event documents, such
as Notice of Race and up-to-the-minute scratch sheets, crew/boat sign up
board, and easy, instant communications to competitors. Results and com-
petitors' data are available immediately in a variety of formats.
"Racers are encouraged to register now-pay later," San Martin says,
as entry fees aren't due until February 19, 2010. However, early registration
will help organizers plan a terrific party and competitive racing for all.
The event will help raise funds and awareness for hospice care on
St. Croix. www.stcroixregatta.com
St. Lucia Yacht Club
Events coming this month include the Sir John Compton Memorial Tro-
phy organized by the St Lucia Yacht Club in cooperation with the Yacht
Club de la Martinique December 10 to 14. There will be an ARC Chil-
dren's Christmas party at the Yacht Club Tuesday, December 15 from 2
to 4 p.m., and the annual SLYC Fun Day on Sunday, December 20.
December 22 brings an inaugural Christmas Flotilla, organized by
IGY Rodney Bay Marina and the St Lucia Yacht Club. The course will be
from the marina along Reduit Beach for boats decorated with Christ-
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Last night I dreamt a Sci-Fi movie in which brave teen-ager
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demented, power-mad civilization far, far away The final scenes
during the climax were particularly heart-warming: our spunky
earthlings (left so poor by the raging inter-civilization hostilities that they
didn't even have shoes) lassoing the huge craft by pure force-of-will, de-
spite all odds, and becoming fabulously rich & famous as a result.
I like being a member of the "Star Wars" generation. I'd love to
have a working light saber on my boat. But I have been having a lot
of weird dreams lately. Perhaps this is because I'm preparing to go
ocean sailing again. This always makes me a tad nervous-fear of the
unknown, I guess.
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Most of my dreams, of course, are marine-related. This is only logi-
cal. I'm a sailor who is obsessed with our rich maritime tradition. But
I also like cowboy movies, too, because it is so easy to tell the heroes
(white hats) from the villains (black hats).
Life on the Big Screen is less ambiguous than life-as-we-know-it.
I don't always dream in Technicolor or about movies. Sometimes I dream
about books. I really enjoy reading about such brave and colorful sailors
of yore as Sir Francis Drake, William Teach, Calico Jack-why, even Ann
Bonny could handle a ship's wheel as well as a blood-dripping cutlass.
One of my favorite books is "Moby Dick." What a thrill it must have
been to grapple with a giant whale-and despite your puny size-to
win! And to tow it back to your fellow warriors-what a wild, lustful
party that must have been.
My daughter Roma Orion always pulls me back to reality. She spent
her "junior year abroad" from Brandeis in Uganda, helping set up par-
ent-teacher associations in the rural areas surrounding Kampala. Yeah,
she's kind-of-a-goody-two-shoes in her own sweet way. This means we
seldom talk about the things I want to (drugs, sex, and rock & roll) and
instead often focus on her loftier, more intellectual international con-
cerns ... like, well, African empowerment, redistribution of income, how
to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in the Third World, etc.
That is what happens when you teach your daughter to think for
... me, I guess I'm old-fashioned. The last time we spoke of these
"policy wonk" kinds of things, I grew so bored I tuned out. Instead
of listening to her drone on about the "exciting success of micro fi-
nance in rural India," I watched the new Johnny Depp movie, "Public
Enemy," on DVD. It was great. I love movies like that-I'm a sucker of
all those ole James Cagney flicks in which he yells bravely to the cops
converging on him, "Come and get me, copper!"
And I like Johnny Depp. He's way-cool. Liberty, the lovely Alden
schooner from Coral Bay, was just co-starring with him in Puerto Rico.
Yes, I think Johnny is a genius-who else would have "thunk" to
pattern Jack Sparrow after the heroin-addled Keith Richards?
Another actor I've always enjoyed is Errol Flynn. I just love his early
seafaring stuff ... like in "Captain Blood" when he joins the battle on
deck from the mast head ... by sliding down the mainsail-and cut-
ting it with a knife to slow his too-rapid descent. Isn't that every man's
dream? To be so cool? To have such power?
Of course, all the movies I watch are on the local DVDs which cost
less than two bucks a pop here in Malaysia.
The way I figure it, Steven Spielberg has enough money, and, hey, I
love a good deal as much as the next sailor.
... come to think of it, the same goes for the software I'm using to
type these words. I mean, Bill Gates says he's always searching for ways
to get his money to the poor people who deserve it the most ... why
not help him out and save paper work for Microsoft at the same time?
(Surely, helping to reduce MS's carbon footprint is a worthy goal, eh?)
Why do I break the law this way? I guess I'm no different than my
fellow hooligans on Wall Street-because I can.
Boy, my mind is really jumping around today. What was I talking
about? Oh, yeah: actors and acting.
When I purchased my sloop Corina in Chicago I was fifteen and
working as a child actor in children's theater. For two years I played
Will Scarlett, the brave-but-dumb friend of Robin Hood. Most of the
other actors came-and-went so I was the only one that knew all the
parts by heart. Thus, later, if someone got sick, I was their understudy.
( ... playing Maid Marian was a drag but, hey, the show must go on.)
However, I absolutely loved playing the part of Robin Hood.
The kids loved it too, especiallywhen I'd outsmart the dumb "phony
king of England" and share all my loot with the local tribal leaders.
... maybe my love of such romantic characters stems from the fact
that I was born in Chicago, home of Al Capone. Now Al would just as
soon shoot you as look at you-but if he didn't happen to shoot you,
he'd give you a big turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
... or, to put it another way, Al Capone was just like the other politi-
cians in Chicago-but a tad more generous.
Which of the many movies celebrating his life did you like best? The
traditional one with Edward G. Robinson or the more recent Scarface
update with Al Pacino?
Many cultures share these stereotypes: we have Jesse James, the Auss-
ies have Ned Kelly It is a matter of personal perspective: one man's criminal
terrorist is another man's freedom fighter Let's not forget that King George
viewed our founding fathers as tax cheats, criminals, anarchists, rebels, and
terrorists. And that the American Revolution could not have taken place
without the "utter lawlessness and chaos" of many of our east coast ports.
There's that "perspective" thing again. I used to live in New Orleans
and sail Barataria Bay. So when I was yacht-racing in France, to ingratiate
myself with the local frogs, I grandly announced I was a great admirer
of Jean Lafayette-one of the heroes of the American Revolution-but,
alas, a major traitor (similar to Benedict Arnold) to the French. Oophs.
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The following night at a different party I announced I'd just sailed 'across
the English' channel-and the room fell as silent as if I'd bitch-slapped our
host. (It is called the 'sleeve of the ocean' by the French.) ... oophs again.
Perspective can be a drag.
Both the Palestinians and the Israelis agree the Spielberg movie "Mu-
nich" is about some despicable, lawless murderers and the noble quest
for justice-they merely disagree on who is who & which is which.
I find stuff like this distressing. I'd rather not think about it. Often, my
world viewpoint is similar to an ostrich's. Thinking about serious stuff gives
me a headache. I prefer to think about stuff which is fun ... about our col-
lective cultural heroes, our media myths, and/or our street-creed icons ...
... like B. D. Cooper, for example. History has dealt rather kindly with
him, wouldn't you say? He didn't hurt anyone-just made a fortune by
being brave and daring. Okay, okay ... I know things could have gone very
wrong and many innocent people might have died-but, hey, that wasn't
his intention, was it? Wasn't he just trying to grab a large piece of the pie?
I mean, not all people have law degrees and can rob with a fountain
pen. Or, ditto, be an international banker And, yeah, I realize that some
of the B. D. Cooper money was found fluttering forlornly from some
bushes-but I think that was just the chump change he tossed in the
wind to throw off the Feebies. I hear he's living the life of Riley down
in Rio right now-getting ready for the Olympics. (Yeah, Rio is mess ...
but at least it has been voted-first-ballot!-safer than my home town
But all this day-dreaming isn't getting me anywhere. The fact is I'm
getting ready to sail off the coast of Somali-and piracy isn't a "ha-ha"
issue anymore. It is all-too-real. The reality of these modern-day, shoul-
der-rocket-launching pirates scare the feces out of me. They make me
weak in the knees. They make me want to vomit.
Sure, it is easy to laugh at them-hell, they recently attacked a
French warship! But laughing at them is far more fun while channel-
surfing in America-then from the cockpit of a defenseless vessel ten
feet away from the barrels of their AK-47s.
I'm on my second circumnavigation. We've already rounded the
Cape of Storms. I don't want to repeat myself. I want to go some-
where new. Plus, I want to visit the Med to be closer to our daughter.
But a bunch of barefoot, desperately poor, teen-age punks stand in
To some, they are heroes. To others, violent thugs. But they are
there, blocking me. And I can not decide whether-with my wonderful
wife aboard-to boldly poke my bowsprit into their 'hood or not. I re-
ally can't. Am I a coward or a wise man? I dunno. All I know is-once I
get a thousand miles west of the Maldives-I won't beat back to wind-
ward around the southeastern tip of Somali. I'll be forced right down
the funnel into their ugly arms. What would you do? Which would you
pick: cowardice or foolishness? -&
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years. He puts a lot of emphasis on "rules of the road" and
making sure that each and every student is fully aware of
"If you are the'stand on' boat you must maintain course and speed,"
he explains tirelessly. "Only at the very last moment can you deviate
from this rule if a collision is imminent."
Now look at this scenario: A catamaran is approaching you on star-
board tack. All his fenders are down and the swim ladder is trailing in
the water The mains'l is all the way up on the luff but the second reef
is tied in on the clew: the boom is diagonal and pointing at the sky,
the sail is a bagged out mess. The Genoa is all the way out but not
trimmed and the top is luffing wildly, as a line trails in the water While
the yacht is making about two knots, the crew is swilling beer-and
loud rock music can be heard. No doubt they're having fun and no
doubt they haven't a clue about sailing.
Charlie is on starboard tack too, sailing toward the party boat on a colli-
sion course. He's to leeward and the stand on vessel. Someone on the par-
ty boat screams across the water, "STARBOARD," unaware that Charlie is
the privileged vessel. Charlie immediately bears away to avoid a situation
and in so doing he contradicts the rule: "maintain course and speed."
In revisiting the situation with his students that night, Charlie ex-
plained that "God protects fools and drunks." For the rest of the week
Charlie was referred to as God.
Some charter clients, it seems, regard a good credit card as a suit-
able sailing qualification in order to rent a half million dollar yacht,
since more and more incompetence on the water is witnessed every
year. In fairness to charter companies, it's hard to verify everyone's sail-
ing resume, and a few inadequate sailors sometimes slip through the
cracks, endangering themselves and others.
Now Charlie has a new rule: "Scrutinize the boat you are approach-
ing well in advance. Regardless of who is 'stand on' or 'give way,' if the
situation merits it, keep clear. It's called the SAFDAF (Stay away from
drunks and fools) rule and is likely to be included in the revised edition
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BY ANDY SCHELL
T he Fateful Mishap: In 1999, my dad was sailing a 46' Gran
Soleil sloop from Annapolis to Tortola, one week out and
300 miles from anywhere. Late one evening over the single
side band radio, the three-man crew first heard the news of
a wrong-way, late-season hurricane the forecasters dubbed "Lenny."
Hearing the news, they took a vote, and my dad was the only one
who wanted to turn around and high tail it to Bermuda. After a lifetime
of sailing his own boats off the U.S. coast and to the Bahamas, this was
his first proper ocean passage, and he wanted nothing to do with a
hurricane-even if it was still 500 miles southwest of them. The others
voted to keep sailing south.
On the day after they'd taken the vote, an upper shroud parted with a
resounding report, turning the mast into a cartoonish piece of spaghet-
ti. They swung the boat round on the starboard tack before the mast
could snap, and with a southeast wind were now running north, away
from Lenny, the only direction they could sail with the damaged rig.
I am very philosophical-things happen for a reason, there are no
coincidences and 'luck' is simply the ability to recognize and seize op-
portunities the second they present themselves.
The Jury Rig: With some fancy footwork, someone raced forward
and quickly secured a spare halyard down to the deck. This is the
quickest and easiest way of saving the rig, something most sailors
seem to understand intuitively-the quickness with which one will
scurry on deck to secure a compromised rig is sometimes nothing
short of supernatural. It was imperative to get the boat sailing so the
compromised shroud would be on the leeward side, and not under
load. Luckily for them, they were "only" 300 miles south of Bermuda,
where they could undertake real repairs in a safe harbor
Permanent Repairs at Sea: Mia and I are currently preparing our 35'
yawl Arcturus for an Atlantic crossing, and are aware that if something
similar were to happen mid-Atlantic, we're more like a two week sail
from anywhere, and will be forced to deal with such a situation at sea.
The previous owner of Arcturus must have been equally aware of such
a situation. We found a small coil of rigging wire, and several Sta-Lock
fittings. The ubiquitous Sta-Lock and Norseman fittings have been cross-
ing oceans for years, and often garner rather fuzzy feelings from their
users when they are needed most. Our boat had been stocked with a
wire longer than the longest shroud, and enough fittings to enact a do-it-
yourself, permanent repair at sea, not easy but manageable and strong.
Bernard Moitessier, the legendary French single-hander, had an
even simpler solution. His red ketch Joshua was rigged instead with
simple cable clamps and thimbles. If he were to break or damage a
shroud at sea, he'd replace the wire, loop it through the chain plate
and around a large-diameter thimble, and clamp the wire ends to-
gether with three cable clamps, tightened with a screwdriver Easy as.
There are now three types of mechanical wire end fittings, the new-
est from Hayn in England, dubbed Hi-Mods. They work on the same
principle as the Sta-Locks and Norseman. I replaced the backstay on
a friend's Tartan 37 (at the dock, thankfully), and can confirm their ease
of use should the need arise at sea.
Another solution has its roots in the days of the Clipper ships, when
rigging was rope and turnbuckles were deadeyes. Colligo makes a
shroud replacement kit that uses synthetic rope, aluminum thimbles
and deadeyes & lashings. It's an innovative do-it-yourself solution to
the very serious problem of losing a shroud at sea-and an easy, per-
manent fix. Mia and I are actually in the process of rigging our entire
boat with the stuff, convinced of it's usefulness after speaking person-
ally with master rigger Brion Toss, who's thrilled to see "rigging put
back in the hands of the sailor."
The Bluewater Sailor's Responsibility: Rigging is only one piece of
an oft-complicated system in which anything can go wrong. Whether
jury-rigging or enacting permanent repairs at sea-be it the 'Moitess-
ier Method,' Hal Roth's preferred mechanical fittings, or the classically
modern synthetic rope and deadeyes-the responsibility of doing it
"right" ultimately rests in the hands of the captain and crew.
My dad and his crew didn't have aboard anything with which to en-
act a permanent repair on the rig in 1999, forcing them to return to
Bermuda rather than continue toward "Wrong-way Lenny's" ultimate
path. If they had, I might never have heard his story personally. -
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GUYS TRIUMPH OVER GALS
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
irst timer's luck, plus a lot of
talent, earned Keep It Reel
the Best Boat win at the Gold-
en Hook Fishing Club's 10th
annual Guy/Gal 'Reel' Challenge held
September 26 and 27 off St. Croix, U.S.
Two days of fishing-the first day with
all gal anglers and the second with just
the guys-produced nine wahoo weigh-
ing a whopping 217.7 pounds aboard
Keep It Reel, more than twice the weight
the other boats caught on both days.
"This is the first time we fished this
tournament and it was a lot of fun," said
Captain Adam Adcock, who helmed the
29-foot Century, Keep It Reel, and has
charter-fished with Captain Carl Holley
for the past year and a half.
Sunny skies and nearly flat seas made
perfect conditions for the women to go fishing first. Adcock skippered
the Keep It Reel, one of seven boats entered in the tournament, to a
spot about 16 miles northeast of the island.
"We were out fishing earlier in the week and I had a good idea of
where to go," he explained. "The problem is, the first two places I had
in mind produced no bites. Nothing. We were scared to death. There
was just one other spot left to try and we headed there."
Three other boats were already on the spot when the Keep It Reel team
arrived. But, while they weren't catching, Adcock's anglers were. In fact,
they hooked up a triple-header Kiana Adcock and Allison Wilson reeled
in a wahoo apiece. After Adcock put the gaff in his wife's fish, she reached
back, grabbed the rod and reeled in the second of the triple-header.
dcock lled aboutL 45 InuLte at ci dL a li vl cDle anIloeLl bite Cai c
to his wife's line. She reeled in a hefty 36.3-pound wahoo.
"We weren't sure how the rest of the fleet was doing," Adcock said,
"but this seemed like a good size fish, and we caught a 12-pound
kingfish later in the day that added to our total weight. So, our fingers
Back at the weigh station in Christiansted, Keep It Reel brought
116.8 pounds of fish to the scale, while Leisure Lady came in sec-
ond with 28.8 pounds and Anam Cara third with 23.9 pounds. Kiana
Adcock's wahoo was indeed the largest fish of the day, followed by
fellow angler Alison Wilson's 29.5-pounder and Diana Freas-Lutz's
28.8-pound wahoo from aboard Leisure Lady in third.
It was the guys' turn to fish the next day. "It was a little rougher,"
said Adcock, "Two to four foot seas. We went to the same spot where
we got the triple and just worked it all day. In the end, we caught four
wahoo spread throughout the day."
Keep It Reel's Guy Day tally proved 100.9 pounds, compared to sec-
ond place boat Maragata, with 43.3 pounds, and third place finisher,
Two Fer Sure, with 32.2 pounds. Two Fer Sure angler Edward Beach
did reel in the largest wahoo of the day-a 32.2-pounder, while Keep It
Reel anglers Jim Smith and Lance Wilson caught the second and third
largest fish, 28 and 26.5 pounds, respectively.
"The guys won by just 6.9 pounds," in the final tally, said scorer Rich-
ard Mackay "That's two years in a row for the guys. It's all tied up now
with the guys winning five times and the gals winning five times."
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TARPON THUNDER WINNER
EARNS 2010 SLOT
his year's Trini-
dad & Tobago
(TDC) Tarpon Thunder
Tournament, which was
held on August 14, 15
and 16 at the Lure Res-
De Freitas (center) receives his prize
taurant and Bar, Sweet money & tickets from tournament
Water Marina in Cha- chairman Richard De Verteuil (R) &
guaramas, was for the TTGFA President Chris Mouttet (L)
first time a qualifying tournament for the International Game
Fish Association (IGFA) Inshore World Championships (fly
and light weight tackle tournament), hosted by the Florida
The very successful tournament, which was competed by
109 anglers on 26 boats and had 162 Tarpons released, was
won by angler Michael De Freitas on board the winning boat
Mappapie. Michael was presented with his airline tickets and
prize money from Chris Mouttet, President of the Trinidad
and Tobago Game Fishing Association (TTGFA) and Richard
De Verteuil, Chairman of the tournament and TTGFA Com-
mittee member at the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club on
September 22, 2009.
Richard De Verteuil said he could think of no one more
qualified to represent the country than Michael and that
locals can follow the action, as daily coverage for the pres-
tigious international tournament will appear on ESPNOut-
doors.com and on IGFA.org, among others. Also, for the first
time the IGFA Inshore World Championships (fly and light
weight tackle tournament) will be partnering with ESPN Out-
doors and its televised Saltwater Series, and will be present-
ed on other ESPN Outdoors multimedia platforms.
TDC can look forward to having the Trinidad and Tobago
Game Fishing Association assist in marketing the country as
a key destination for Tarpon fishing in the years to come, as a
video presentation is currently being prepared for use in the
International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Headquarters in
Florida, USA. This video will expose the country's fishing grounds
to thousands of patrons that visit their headquarters monthly
For more info on the FKO/IGFA Inshore World Champ-
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he 2009 St. Lucia Game Fishing Association's 19th Annual
International Bill Fish Tournament, hosted in IGY Marina,
Rodney Bay, between September 28 and October 2, was
won by Par-T-Time of Trinidad & Tobago. Second place went to
Free Enterprise of St. Lucia and the third place team, Magic Lady,
was also from Trinidad and Tobago.
The win by the Par-T-Time team resulted in their qualifying for
the 2010 International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Champion-
ships to be held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The all-Trinidad and
Tobago team includes Captain Robert Stauble, Graham Barber,
Michael Chin Leung Fatt, Mark de Verteuil, Christian Hadeed,
Anthony Flynn and Allison Deveaux.
Par-T-Time also won Best Foreign Boat, and team member
Allison Devaux won Best Lady Angler. Another Trinidadian,
Francois Mouttet of Magic Lady, won best angler.
Allison Devaux and Christian Hadeed, both members of team
Par-T-Time, placed second and third respectfully. The Trinidadians
took all three top spots in a highly competitive tournament that
had 95 anglers (competing on 23 boats) from England, Scotland,
Barbados, St. Lucia, Christian Hadeed
St. Vincent, Martinique, 1;Team Par.T.Tme
ht, B Bue Marlin
Guadeloupe, Antigua and ht Blue Marlin
Trinidad & Tobago.
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& Tobago Game Fish-
ing Association, congra-
tulated the team on
behalf of all the TTGFA
members for making
the country proud and
said he looks forward to
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Association (IGFA) Championships-the world's most prestigious
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AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD
BY ANDREA BAILEY
One of the great things about sailing is that it's one of the
few sports where women and men can compete together
on the same proverbial playing field. Go to any regatta
these days and you'll find women on almost every boat.
They're not just "bow bunnies" anymore either; women are taking
part and taking charge, making it a true coed, co-operational sport.
Of course, the other great thing about sailing is that the number
of events solely for women is growing exponentially. Case in point is
women's match racing, which is becoming wildly popular and will be
an Olympic event-along with men's match-racing, but that's been
around for ages-for the first time in 2012. As women, we get to have
our cake and eat it too, mixing it up with the boys and challenging
each other separately as well.
Things are no different on the college sailing circuit, where coed
fleet racing, coed team racing, and women's fleet racing are the three
major divisions. Most female college sailors sail both coed and wom-
en's regattas throughout their college careers. Even the female skip-
pers often jump in a boat and crew at major coed events. Mimi Roller
is one of those female skippers.
Mimi grew up on St.
John, U.S. Virgin Islands,
and is now a sophomore
at St. Mary's College of
Maryland, a small liberal
arts school in the idyllic
St. Mary's County. She's
traded her tropical para-
S dise for a more pasto-
ral setting, but with an
amazing boathouse right
on the lake, her sailing
opportunities aren't lack-
ing. St. Mary's is ranked
seventh in coed and sixth
in women's, according to
the Sailing World Col-
She's been sailing her
whole life, and laser ra-
dials have been her most
recent passion, though
she also sailed 420s in
high school. At St. Mary's
she's shown her skills in each of these boats, representing the
school in different capacities on both the women's and coed teams.
Last spring she was a crew on the coed team racing team, and she
attended both coed and women's regattas as a skipper.
This year she's hoping to step it up a notch and become a more vital
part of the team in all divisions of college sailing. When I spoke to her
in October, she had just qualified for the women's laser national cham-
pionships in Texas in November, and she was determinedly hopeful
about her future and, by extension, the future of women in sailing.
AAS: Which is more fun, women's regattas, or coed regattas?
MR: Having gone to both, I can definitely say that being at a regatta
with the women's team is more chill and fun. The guys can get so tense
and serious, but the girls always manage to have a good time.
AAS: What do you prefer more, skipper or crew?
MR: Honestly I prefer to be by myself, which is why I love the laser; I'm
in complete control. If I mess up, I know it's me. If I'm skippering and
my crew messes up, I always feel bad, and that can get stressful. I do
appreciate the team aspect more now, though, and it's good for me
to sail double-handed as a skipper, because most of college sailing is
double-handed. Of course, sometimes it's nice to crew, too. When it's
really windy, all I want to do is crew in a 420. It's fun sometimes, too,
not to have to make all the decisions.
AAS: So what does your future look like?
MR: Well right now there are two senior girls who are our top women's
skippers. Hopefully next year I can fill their shoes. I'd also like to skip-
per at Team Race Nationals or in a big coed event like that. There
aren't a lot of women who skipper in coed. I've always wanted to see
more women sailing as skippers in all kinds of boats. I'd like to work
my way up and inspire girls everywhere to sail. In 2012 I'd like to go to
the Olympics in lasers, so that's the start I'm looking for. -
Andrea Bailey is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the College of
Liberal Arts at Georgetown University, Washington, DC She is a former
collegiate sailor who has returned to her home island of St. Thomas.
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POWER OR SAIL?
MONOHULL OR CATAMARAN?
MAKING A WISE CHARTER BOAT CHOICE
BY JAN HEIN
I f you're thinking about launch-
ing into charter vacations, the a t alk '
first item on your list of consid- r n
erations is the type of vessel
to select for transportation and ac-
commodation. Depending on where
you're going and fleet availability, the
decision comes down to power or
sail. Once you've narrowed that field,
a new round of possibilities will sur- 1 ':
face with varying degrees of luxury
or simplicity to sift through. Charter-
ing alone, with a crowd or hired crew,
brings on the question of boat length
and number of hulls.
The myriad of options available --
might look a bit overwhelming but
chances are you've already got it fig-
ured out. For many, cost narrows or eliminates the "what, where and
when" of vessel selection. In the Caribbean, the top end starts aboard
crewed yachts during winter high season and slides down the balance
sheet to a bareboat cruise in the summer Your dream vacation will lie
somewhere along that chain of choices.
Most likely your own yachting experience will drive you toward the
perfect pick when you plan to "bare boat" (serve as your own captain).
If all your miles have been
logged on a powerboat,
that's probably the way
to go; the same is true
for sailboats. There are
plenty of unknowns and
unexpected events you'll
encounter on foreign wa-
ters to begin with, so ex-
cluding factors that could
affect your confidence is a
smart tack to take.
o If you're looking for a
Challenge or a chance to
learn new skills, go for a
Variation on a vessel type
familiar to you. Power
yachtsmen might want to
stretch their skills by taking out a powercat; monohull sailors can try
their talents with a catamaran. If you opt for a boat that's a bit out of
your league, do so with a hired captain aboard for a day or even the
duration of your trip.
Simon McDevitt of TradeWinds Cruise Club tells clients, "I be-
lieve that your choice of boat reflects your attitude to life." He's
right-since some folks want a tame vacation while others are out for
Families may opt for a roomy *j^
catamaran with plenty of T
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adventure. According to McDe-
vitt, "Sailing is about the jour-
ney; power is about the destina-
tion." Certainly for all, a charter
is about a great getaway
Most motor yachts available
for charter without a captain fit
in the category of trawlers or
power cats. The fleets are small
compared to sailing vessels,
yet many companies through-
out the Caribbean now offer a
wide selection. The upside to
"Most likely your own
yachting experience will
drive you toward the
perfect pick when you
plan to 'bare boat' ....
If all your miles have
been logged on a power-
boat, that's probably the
way to go; the same is
true for sailboats."
paying for power is the ability to get from one anchorage to the next
quickly with stability and comfort. Other advantages include a spa-
cious interior with plenty of headroom and a great view from the fly
bridge; newer boats feature amenities such as air-conditioning and
bow-thrusters. Size of the smallest bare powerboats begins with the
Heritage 36 available from Bareboats BVI or the Moorings-featured
Leopard 37 Powercat. Length and options increase up to the 50 foot
range, at which point captains and crew are usually added in.
A major advantage of catamarans, both power and sail, is their
minimal draft, allowing yachtsmen to tuck up close to a beach or an-
chor in shallow areas. The accommodations on a cat are, of course,
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These two-hulled wonders are growing in popularity for all the
right reasons despite a few obvious quirks. A wide beam can make
it difficult to find room at a dock. A crowded anchorage can be chal-
lenging and can give new meaning to the term, "swinging room."
Chartering a cat is more costly, yet the extra space allows more
friends to split bill.
If your tastes in yachting are more traditional and you consider one
hull to be better than two, you'll have a diverse range of boats and
locations to choose from. For one or two couples or families with small
kids, a mono-hull might be the best boat for you. Traditional sailboats
have as much to offer as their feline counterparts and they do it by
creative compression. The biggest advantage to mono-hulls, beside
their ease of handling, is the cost. In general, they are less expensive
and the money saved can be used for shore excursions or put toward
your next yachting excursion.
Charter qualifications for most fleets are based primarily on ex-
perience and, although there's no formal certification required,
honest answers about skill and limitation are crucial for a success
voyage. Get yours underway by choosing a yacht that balances
comfort with cost and experience with skill-and adventure will join
you on the journey. -
Jan Hein divides her time between Washington State and a small wood-
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REAL AND IMMINENT DANGER
BEAUTIFUL BUT DEADLY LIONFISH
BY BECKY A. DAYHUFF-BAUER
A good friend and former dive student, Marvin Floyd, sent
me photos of his recent dive trip to the Turks and Caicos
and stated that his group saw Lionfish on every dive-but
very few native species. His statement is frightening, yet
unfortunately quite common now.
Alarm bells are sounding throughout the Atlantic and Carib-
bean. Lionfish is an incredibly dangerous, invasive species in Ca-
The beautiful yet deadly Lionfish's native range is the Indo-Pacific.
Most of the Lionfish now found in the Atlantic and Caribbean were
proven, through DNA testing, to come from only three Lionfish be-
lieved to have been accidentally released from an aquarium during
Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Juvenile Lionfish have been observed as far north as Rhode Island
in the United States when the water is warm, migrating south as cold
weather arrives. Their year-round range now encompasses the Eastern
Seaboard from North Carolina to the Keys, and south to Nicaragua.
They inhabit Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean islands south
Lionfish have adapted very well to conditions in the Atlantic and
Caribbean and generally breed year-round. Females lay floating
masses of up to 30,000 eggs several times a year. The masses re-
main afloat for several days and can be distributed far and wide by
It was once thought that Lionfish remained within relatively small
territories staked out on reefs and rocky patches but that premise
changed when specimens were seen swimming far out to sea in the
Atlantic, between North Carolina and Bermuda.
In addition to reproducing more rapidly in the Atlantic and Carib-
bean, Lionfish seem to grow larger here-adults have been observed
at 20 to 22 inches-than in the Indo-Pacific where the average size
"Lionfish are consid-
ered 'top predators,'
meaning there are few
predators that feed
on them, leaving only
humans to control
Lionfish have insatiable ap-
petites and cull very little in
the way of marine life. They
lie in wait on hard or sandy
bottoms, or hide in crevices
in reefs and rocky outcrop-
pings. When an unsuspecting
reef fish or crustacean hap-
pens by, the Lionfish swoops
in with gaping mouth open,
using its long tendril-like fins
as fencing to contain its prey.
Few escape the jaws of Lion-
fish with stomachs than can
expand 30 times normal size.
"The beautiful yet deadly
Lionfish's native range is
the Indo-Pacific. Most of
the Lionfish now found in
the Atlantic and Caribbe-
an were proven, through
DNA testing, to come
from only three Lionfish
believed to have been ac-
cidentally released from
an aquarium during Hur-
ricane Andrew in 1992."
Lionfish swallow reef fish and crustaceans up to two-thirds their own
size with little difficulty.
They eat the fish and crustaceans that help clean and protect the
health of our reefs, they eat the fish and crustaceans upon which
commercial and indigenous fishermen depend, and the young of
fish upon which sport and recreational anglers depend. And in their
wake they leave a wasteland of dead and dying reefs, as my friend's
is 18 inches.
Lionfish are considered "top
predators," meaning there are
few predators that feed on them,
leaving only humans to control
their populations. Dr. Mark Hixon,
Mark Albins, and Tori Redinger
of Oregon State University, with
support from NOAA, conducted
Lionfish studies in the Bahamas
beginning in 2005. In 2007, they
conducted a controlled study of 20 reefs, 10 reefs with Lionfish pop-
ulations and 10 without. In a mere five weeks, their study showed
that the Lionfish ate 80% of the native fish on the Lionfish reefs;
observers documented one Lionfish eating 20 wrasse in less than
HELP IN THIS BATTLE
* Learn the difference between our native
Scorpionfish and the Lionfish.
* Look for Lionfish every time you are on or in the water.
* Obtain contact information for the local fish and
* When Lionfish are found, make note of the number, size,
and location, as exactly as possible (GPS co-ordinates
are excellent if available).
* Notify the local fish and wildlife department, giving as
much detail as possible regarding the sighting.
* If you are in U.S. waters, notify NOAA online via: http://
* Or, e-mail NOAA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
* If you are an experienced diver, contact the local fish and
wildlife agency, dive shops and dive clubs to volunteer
for Lionfish hunting expeditions.
* Contact local governments and ask what procedures are
in place for tracking and eliminating Lionfish. If there are
none, become an activist and enlist the help of those
who make their living from the sea.
"Everyone who uses the
divers, recreational boat-
ers and anglers, should
become familiar with and
able to identify Lionfish,
sometimes confused with
the native Scorpionfish."
Everyone who uses the Carib-
bean, including swimmers, snor-
kelers, commercial fishermen,
divers, recreational boaters and
anglers, should become familiar
with and able to identify Lionfish,
sometimes confused with the
Careless swimmers, waders,
divers, and anglers suffer ex-
tremely painful envenomations
when stuck with one of the Li-
onfish's spines. A gland at the
base of the open, channel-like spines releases venom that travels up
the channel when pressure is applied to the spiny fins. Although the
venom is not deadly, many victims state they wish they were dead as
they suffer through the pain.
Our reefs & fish populations are already at great risk due to pollution,
overfishing, ocean acidification, coastal development, & global warning.
Many governments & organizations in the U.S. & throughout the Caribbe-
an are asking for the public's help in locating & eliminating Lionfish, know-
ing that it will be a long-term, uphill battle & one we may not win. -_
Becky Bauer became a scuba instructor and award-winning journal-
ist covering the marine environment in the Caribbean after 30 years
as a wild and domestic animal rescuer, rehabber, and educator in the
states. She is a contributing photographer to NOAA.
UK'S GEOFF HOLT PLANS
ATLANTIC CROSSING THIS MONTH
VOYAGE SETS EXAMPLE FOR BOATERS WITH DISABILITIES
BY CAROL M. BAREUTHER, RD
Geoff Holt, it will be a month to make dreams come true.
The UK yachtsman will launch from the Canary Islands
en route to Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, aboard a
specially-designed catamaran and make history by becoming the first
quadriplegic sailor to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean.
"I've been dreaming about the day I get to sail back to the Carib-
bean for years," says Holt, 43, who expects
to make landfall in Cane Garden Bay on De-
cember 27. "I'm mostly looking forward to Holt says his crossir
the wonderful weather and just relaxing on demonstrate that
need not be a barn
a beautiful beach somewhere in peace, with- to achieving sometl
out my mobile phone and computer. The positive in your life
Caribbean is pleasurable, not for any one
thing, but because it is a collection of many;
the people, the places, the food, the weather
and of course the magnificent sailing."
Holt sailed "across the pond" twice by
age 16 and a third time by his 18th birthday,
at which point he had logged more than
30,000 sea miles. In 1984, a day before Holt
was to start as crew on a charter yacht in Tor-
tola, he took a fateful
dive into the shallow
waters of Cane Gar-
den Bay. The plunge -
broke his neck, left '
him paralyzed from
the waist down and
severed any thoughts
But the sea was in
his blood, and seven
years later Holt was
back in a boat. In
1992, he became the first person with a disability to sail single-handed
the 70-mile distance around the Isle of Wight. Then in 2007, Holt com-
pleted what he calls his "Personal Everest" and sailed single-handed
around Great Britain. The voyage was a succession of day-sails and
sleeping overnight in a motor home, taking 109 days.
"The prospect of sailing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic had seemed in-
conceivable, however completing my Personal Everest proved to myself
that I could achieve the seemingly unachievable," Holt said in a recent
release. "The only real barrier would be finding the right boat. I knew of
a wheelchair-accessible, ocean-going catamaran that had been designed
specifically for someone in a wheelchair to sail with full push-button tech-
nology and luckily for me, the owner said I could borrow it."
Impossible Dream is a 60ft, purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible
catamaran launched in 2003. The yacht is owned by the charity Sport-
ing Activities for the Disabled, and is usually used as a charter vessel
for disabled people to experience sailing.
Holt will not sail solo. Without help, Holt cannot get himself into
bed, dressed or into the shower, so his personal assistant, Susana
Scott, will tend to his personal care. Once up in his wheelchair, he
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Holt plans to arrive in the BVI on December 27 and stay in the
region until January 10th. "Between those dates, I am hoping to
do some sailing around the British and U.S. Virgin Islands," he says.
Holt will also undertake a program of social events and fundrais-
ing activities with local Rotary Clubs. Holt is a founding trustee of the
Royal Yachting Association's Sailability program, which enables more
than 20,000 disabled people a year to enjoy sailing. The BVI Water-
sports Centre, located in Sea Cow's Bay, Tortola, is one of the more
than 150 Sailability groups and Holt is also expected to visit and speak
with some of the territory's sailors, www.geoffholt.com -;
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based ma-
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It began with a letter. "Dear Editor," Christopher
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doing a project on the cost benefit of having a watermaker versus
buying water. I was wondering if I could submit an article for your
consideration in an upcoming edition of All At Sea."
We liked his article, and "Dear Santa, bring me a water maker!"
appeared in our June 2009 issue (read it at www.allatsea.net). The stu-
dent explained his research and illustrated it with a quick reference
chart he prepared based on interviews with BVI boaters. Chris Fletcher
extolled the convenience of an onboard water maker, versus hauling
jugs in the dinghy, and concluded with, "I'm still waiting for Santa."
TORTOLA STUDENT'S ARTICLE
LANDS A HOLIDAY GIFT
BY CHRIS GOODIER
Chris is no stranger to the concept of water-hauling.
As his father, Bruce Fletcher, explained recently, "We
have been doing the 'travel, then stop and work' routine
in the Caribbean since '99 ... The first year or two in the
Bahamas, Thursday was renamed "thirsty day" because
we had one week's supply of water-find it or be dry It
wasn't all bad though-it meant a day off the school-in-
the-morning and beach-in-the-afternoon routine, while
we motored to a watering hole and I hauled the jugs."
Today, the three boys (Chris, 16, Kyle, 14 and Sean,
12) live aboard their own boat, Gypsea, a Catalina 30.
"We live 'rafted up' on a mooring in Hodge's Creek, Tortola,
with Karen and myself on our 33' motorsailor, Nerissa Kristine," said
the boys' father. "Their own boat was their Christmas present two
The three brothers are enrolled in Cedar International School in Tor-
tola where Karen teaches. "Previously, it was a one room schoolhouse
aboard," Fletcher advised. "Chris is currently in grade 11, doing the
international baccalaureate program at Cedar, then will head back to
Canada for college/university."
After the article appeared, a number of readers emailed and asked
us to print more on the topic. In response, All at Sea will further ex-
plore watermakers in upcoming issues.
And as for Chris Fletcher? He recently discovered that there is in-
deed a Caribbean Santa Claus in the form of Michael Bauza in Cha-
guaramas, Trinidad. Bauza, Managing Director of Echo Marine Ltd.,
read Fletcher's story and offered to make his holiday dreams come
true. The company shipped a 120v ECHOTecTM watermaker to the
Fletcher family as an early Christmas gift in mid-October.
"When they got the news about ECHOTec's offer, each heaved a
sigh of relief," said Bruce Fletcher about his sons, "because for the
last couple of years, hauling water had become THEIR responsibility,
The whole family eagerly anticipated using their gift from Santa.
"Once installed, it will be nearly effortless; we run the generator for
an hour morning and evening to charge, with the refrigerE i:1 ,,:1
most systems running 120v off the inverter. We'll simply have ri- .-
termaker run when the generator is on," Fletcher says. "M i.
already planning the plumbing changes to finally put in the -tr :I :I
shower I've been thinking about for a long time."
Bruce Fletcher reports that Kyle, his middle son, is looking 1t :I
to writing his own grade 10 article next year "He's trying to f :,.,r
how to get someone to donate him his own boat." 'L7
Chris Goodier is the editorial director of All at Sea. Her t,.i-:.-
articles and photographs have appeared in numerous public : ,
the U.S. and Caribbean.
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the company welcomes dealer inquiries from other loca-
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ECHOTecTM products can be viewed at upcoming U.S.
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The company manufactures watermakers and desalina-
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Deck your decks with
caoln *lights, Christmas trees
Si and crew wearing
inspires-and set sail
S j V in one of the many
a* -i- -- boat parades.
6d on Loar 1In Puerto Rico, Club
Nautico de San Juan
-will host its Christmas
St te 1t Twilight Boat Parade on
l December 12, starting at
6:30 p.m. The route will be
from the San Antonio Channel to
the Old San Juan historic entrance.
There's a party afterward at the clubhouse.
Call (787) 722-0177 for information.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands' Charteryacht League will
host the 10th Annual Lighted Boat Parade on December 11. The parade
will start from Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas, proceed along the Char-
lotte Amalie waterfront and end back at the marina. "We've also brought
back by popular demand the very popular decorated dinghy contest,"
says Erik Ackerman, VICL executive director All participating vessels will
be judged on originality and creativity, and prizes will be awarded. All
registered and insured vessels are eligible to participate, www.vicl.org
On St. Croix, on December 12 at 6:15 p.m., join one of the larg-
est holiday boat parades in the Caribbean. "Last year we had over 25
vessels, everything from a 65-footer to an 18-footer," says organizer,
Martin Oliver Sail and powerboats sail east to west around Protestant
Cay in Christiansted Harbor two to three times. Entry is free and ev-
eryone gets a prize donated by the local business community. Crowds
along the boardwalk watch and cheer, shore side steel pan bands play
and Mocko Jumbies parade. Santa arrives by dinghy and hands out
treats to kids on shore. Shops stay open for last minute shopping. The
evening concludes with a grand fireworks display. Call (340) 773-1453
The Bitter End Yacht Club, in North Sound, Virgin
Gorda, will host its Annual Holiday Boat Parade on
December 24, starting at 5:45 p.m. at the head of
the Bitter End Channel. Santa and his elves on
steel pans will be aboard the Ponce de Leon
leading the parade. Prizes will be award-
ed for well lit and creatively decorated
boats. "Sail and power charter boats
and private boats are welcome,"
says John Glynn. www.beyc.com
Join the Carols Afloat inaugural
Christmas Flotilla organized by IGY
Rodney Bay Marina and the St. Lucia
Yacht Club on December 21, starting c
at 6 p.m. "We are inviting all vessels ,
season in mid-
in St. Lucia, from fishermen to megayachts, to dress up their boats with
Christmas lights and decorations and follow the lead boat, which will be
playing Christmas carols," says Danielle DeRouck, the SLYC's social secre-
tary "We are going out from Rodney Bay Marina, past Gros Islet, out to
Pigeon Point and around past all the hotels along Reduit Beach." There's
free registration at the club and participants receive drink tickets. Contact:
Feslide & Fun RacinS
Nelson's Pursuit Race, what Antigua's John Duffy calls "not a very seri-
ous race, therefore suitable for all comers," takes place on December
31 and is run by the Antigua Yacht Club. "The first yacht to depart wears
a French flag and the others have to chase it," Duffy says. There are
midnight fireworks after the race at English Harbor Catamaran Marina
and St. James's Club also have firework displays.
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Come party with Santa in St. Maarten The St. Maarten Yacht Club will
host it annual Christmas party on December 13. "Visiting cruisers are
more than welcome," says Petra Gilders. "We do charge a cover charge
to help with the snacks and toys for all the kids, but other than that, you
don't need to bring anything." There's usually a raffle with cool prizes, like
a weekend at a local hotel and restaurant vouchers. Proceeds from the
raffle benefit the club's Youth Sailing Program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New Year's Eve really rocks in the BVI. Foxy Callwood hosts his big
bash in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, while the Trellis Bay New Year's
Eve Festival takes place from noon to after midnight in Trellis Bay, right
off Tortola's Beef Island.
Further south, Bequia has become "the place" to spend New Year's
Eve, says Narendra 'Seth' Sethia, base manager for Barefoot Yacht
Charters headquartered in Blue Lagoon. "You can expect to find up to
300 or 400 yachts, everything from superyachts with helicopters on the
back to 25-foot impoverished cruisers. The great thing about Bequia
for partying is that everything is within walking distance on the south
shores of Admiralty Bay."
The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) will ring in 2010 by
holding its annual "GAM," or "visit for friendly conversation at sea
or ashore," in Trinidad on New Year's Day. This event, organized by
SSCA members and the Official Trinidad SSCA Cruising Station, co-
hosted by Jack Dausend (Boaters' Enterprise Ltd.) and Jesse James
(Members Only Maxi Taxi Services), will again be a special Potluck and
meeting for SSCA members and all visiting cruisers. The festivities
start at noon at the Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association. Contact:
CUBA'S BOATING AMBASSADOR
OSE M IG UE L BY ANDREA BAILEY
COMMODORE, HEMINGWAY INTERNATIONAL YACHT CLUB
In August, Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich of the Hemingway
International Yacht Club of Cuba (HIYC) was appointed President of
the Business Group Marinas y Nauticas MARLIN S.A, better known as
Marlin Marinas Business Group, the biggest marinas company in Cuba.
Throughout his life, Commodore Escrich has made it his mission to
share his love of the water with all who come into contact with him.
For 17 years he has successfully used his position as founder and
Commodore of the HIYC to reach out to the international community
and create relationships that transcend politics.
All At Sea interviewed Commodore Escrich, and over the course
of the last few months, we learned a little about his history and a lot
about his hopes and dreams, not only for the marina industry but also
for his country. In this two-part interview, we introduce to you Jose
Miguel Diaz Escrich, the boating ambassador to Cuba.
How did you develop such a love for the water?
I was born on December 21, 1946 in the port city of Santiago de
Cuba. I entered into the Naval Academy of Cuba when I was 16
and worked for more than 25 years in the Cuban Navy. My love for
the sea is precisely a consequence of having been born in a coastal
city and having sailed along the Cuban coast for many years, en-
joying the beauty of its beaches and its more than 3000 isles and
Can you tell me a little bit about your history as founder of
Hemingway International Yacht Club?
In 1991, I started to work at Marina Hemingway as adviser to the de-
velopment of the emerging recreational boating in Cuba. Our country
was isolated from the international boating community and there were
only three foreign recreational boats moored at Marina Hemingway,
plus a few charter fishing boats. At that point, I came up with the idea
of creating a nautical institution gathering the Cuban nautical family
and aimed at promoting friendship and cooperation with the interna-
tional boating community, and contributing to foster nautical tourism
in our country.
Cuba has a rich nautical history. In 1886, the first yacht club was
founded. In 1950, Havana International Yacht Club was founded as
an institution open to the world with members coming from different
countries, such as Ernest Hemingway. This institution was a building
in Havana Bay with a bar for the members to share drinks and fishing
stories. Sadly, this and all institutions like it disappeared in 1960.
We founded the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba 32
years later, on May 21st, 1992, as an institution devoted to continuing
the work of the Havana International Yacht Club. The first 32 members
came from Spain, the United States of America, France, Italy, Den-
mark, Czech Republic, Greece and Mexico. On the first meeting that
Thursday morning of May 21st, I had the honor to be elected Com-
modore and Executive Director of the Hemingway International Yacht
Club of Cuba.
The yacht club is a non-governmental and not-for-profit civil society.
Currently there are 2049 members from 47 countries. More that 50% of
its members are Americans.
During its 17 years of existence, the Club has established friend-
ships with hundreds of yacht clubs, associations, institutions, pub-
lications and renowned personalities of the international boating
community, for example, the Yacht Club Argentino, Royal Canadian
Yacht Club, and the New York Yacht Club. We also represent the
International Game Fish Association, a prestigious institution for
sport fishing lovers, and we are members of the ICOMIA Marinas
We have organized a number of regattas, fishing tournaments,
seminars, etc. The HIYC of Cuba has hosted regattas from the United
Kingdom, Spain, the United States and the Caribbean. In 1999 we cel-
ebrated the first regatta Transcaraibes des Passionnes from Martin-
ique to Havana. It is now a rally and will arrive to Cienfuegos, the only
Cuban city founded by French people, in April 2010.
It is worth mentioning the special friendships with the Caribbean
boating community. Thanks to their cooperation I have had the op-
portunity to visit Guadeloupe, Martinique, Antigua, St. Martin and St.
Maarten, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Dominican Republic. In
the 1990s, I also participated in meetings organized by the Caribbean
How do you plan to apply what you have learned
at HIYC to your new job?
The marinas business group Marinas y Nauticas MARLIN S.A. is
formed by eight marinas; out of this number, six are international
marinas (Marina Hemingway, Marina Darsena Varadero, Marina Callo
Guillermo, Marina Santiago de Cuba, Marina Cienfuegos and Marina
Cayo Largo), and two are national marinas (Marina Tarara and Marina
Trinidad) which welcome foreign boats that have gone through the
clear-in process. In my position as Commodore, I have visited marinas
in more than 20 countries, which has given me the opportunity to gain
valuable knowledge and experiences that I will apply to Marinas MAR-
LIN S.A. to help improve their services to boaters. I also would like to
create a plan to increase safety while sailing along the Cuban coasts,
and I will work to celebrate the marinas at national and international
What are your goals for Marinas y Nauticas MARLIN S.A?
As in any other marina in the world, companies like Marinas y Nauticas
MARLIN S.A. are subject to rules and regulations that could hold up
marina management. Despite this situation, I reaffirm my dream of
transforming my country into a paradise for recreational boating and
nautical tourism. To me, paradise means working for excellent quali-
ties on services rendered by our marinas, diving camps, sport fishing
camps, boat charter bases, beach clubs, boatyards, yacht repair work-
shops and all companies that form this nautical company.
How do you plan to balance being both Commodore of the
Hemingway International Yacht Club and President of Marlin
Marinas Business Group?
My intention is to work both as Commodore of the Hemingway Inter-
national Yacht Club of Cuba and President of the Marinas Business
Group, redoubling my efforts and feeling the same passion and com-
mitment I have had during all my 17 years at our Yacht Club. I love
dedicating my time to the noble mission of contributing to the devel-
opment of recreational boating in my dear country.
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of skippers competing for the 1st prize in this highly competitive
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"with a wonderful Caribbean flare," Canfield says. "The overall
competition will be much improved this year and also include some
very well known sailors. VI helmsman, Peter Holmberg, formerly
ranked number 1 in the world and part of three Americas Cup
programs, has come out of match racing retirement for the CAMR
this year. He has resurrected some of his old crew including Maurice
Kurg, Morgan Avery and Ben Beer to sail against another old veteran,
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FAMILY RIDES OUT DEADLY TSUNAMI IN HARBOR
irk, Cath and Stuart
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ed on St. Thomas for
7 years, survived Septem-
ber's deadly earthquake and
subsequent tsunami in
the Samoan Islands aboard
their sailboat Gallivanter.
The couple, who have many
years of international sailing
experience, arrived in the
Virgin Islands in 2001, where
their son Stuart was born in
"We lived at Independent
Boat Yard the entire time.
Cath worked in the IBY and
Compass Point offices. I
worked as a pro captain on
a private motor yacht," Kirk
McGeorge told All at Sea in
October "St Thomas was so
good to us that we were able
to trade up to our new old
boat, an S&S designed Hylas
47 which had been retired from the CYC fleet in Benner Bay. We
departed Benner Bay for the last time in May of 2008.
"We sailed the length of the Leewards and Windwards to
Trinidad last year and transited the Panama Canal in January
2009-and arrived in Pago Pago a week before the event,"
Cap'n Fatty Goodlander received this eyewitness report
by email from the family the same day of the earthquake and
tsunami, reprinted by permission of Kirk McGeorge:
"This morning (six hrs ago) we were shaken awake by an
earthquake which seemed to have no end! We were aboard
Gallivanter and tied side-to a big concrete dock in the heart of
Pago Pago, American Samoa. And after living up & down the
California coast, I knew this was no minor tremor.
After the rude awakening, Cath and I walked across the dock
and chatted with a few of our fellow sailors, one of whom said
that he's just done a Google search on 'recent earthquakes' and
said that it measured-in at 8.1 and the epicenter was only 120
We returned to Gallivanterand I turned on our laptop and searched
the same website. Sure enough, there it was: '8.1 earthquake-
American Samoa-20 minutes ago.' I clicked on the 'Show Map'
option and noticed the epicenter was located south west of Pago
Pago ... which is located on the
southern side of the island.
Just as I was considering
the ramifications of that little
fact ... all hell started breaking
loose! Our boat was on the
move! My first reaction was
to start the engine and dash
up on deck to see what was
going on. I witnessed the
water around us was rapidly
dropping! Rapidly! In a blink
of an eye, we were on the
bottom and the boat was falling
"I witnessed the water
around us was rapidly
dropping! Rapidly! In
a blink of an eye, we
were on the bottom
and the boat was
falling away from
the dock! Three of our
... lines popped and
we fell right over ..."
away from the dock! Three of
our big dock lines popped and we fell right over into the mud-
the entire basin we had been floating in only moments ago had
completely drained! People were screaming!
Next, the water came flooding back in, at an even more alarming
rate and the next thing I knew, we were floating directly above the
dock! Over the concrete slab and drifting toward a young lady we knew
(from another boat) who was desperately hugging a power pole and
up to her chin in swirling water! I told Cath to cut the two remaining
dock lines with our serrated bread knife and to be quick about it!
Right as I put the boat into gear, we were somehow washed
back off the dock and into the basin as I advance to full throttle
and we accelerated through a floating debris field of floating
docks, fuel drums, sinking boats, a shipping container and a
barnacle-encrusted wreck, all of which were spinning in the
torrent of rapidly dropping sea level. It was absolute mayhem!
As we steered out toward the deep water in the center of the
harbor I looked over my shoulder and saw what appeared to be
a waterfall pouring off the dock and shore beyond. Not one of
the dozen vessels remained at the dock. All were underway in a
matter of seconds-with or without crews aboard.
We motored around in the middle of the harbor watching
the waves of floods and ebbs, while wondering about after-
shocks and our fellow cruising sailors. As we passed one of our
neighbors, she shouted to us that her husband had been washed
off the dock as they were trying to get away. She was alone and
seriously concerned. Other boats broke free from their moorings
and anchors in the initial seismic waves, and many were driven
ashore, or driven under by loose tuna boats.
After about three hours, we felt it was finally safe enough to
return to the dock. All we had were lengths of old line, and we
were short a couple fenders. We were the first to go in and we
started un-tangling lines and helping others get back alongside
the concrete dock.
All of the store-fronts along the water are destroyed, roving
mobs of kids can be seen looting, the fence around the dock
is gone, every boat on stands in a nearby boatyard was washed
away. Big fishing boats are now in parking lots across the street.
Absolute destruction is seen everywhere along the shore.
Phones and power are down, but we got back online right away
and I immediately went back to the recent earthquakes website to
see if things have been calming down in the center of the earth.
A number of aftershocks as strong as 6.0 have been recorded
over the past few hours-but thankfully no more wave action has
been noticed. We've been making Skype calls to our families and
letting others use the computer as well to phone home.
Online news reports say that the earthquake lasted three
minutes and the highest flood rose 25 ft above normal! There
are 20 confirmed deaths, including our neighbor who was swept
off the dock. Most fatalities occurred in and around the harbor
where we live.
Boats are battered and nerves are fried. One friend wound up
on his boat nearly 1000 feet away from the water after breaking
from his anchor and sailing right down Main Street, taking power
and telephone wires down with his mast! Some people lost
everything ... including their lives.
We came through remarkably well with only minor damage
sustained to our toe rail when the dock lines parted, and to our fender
basket which was the only point of contact with that drifting wreck. I
never felt any jarring loads while we were hurtling around above and
below the concrete dock, so I believe our hull, keel & rudder suffered
no damage from the wildest boat ride I've ever been on.
We're all okay ... and very lucky. And we've adopted a tiny
kitten. And that's the way it is.
All the best-all the time, Kirk, Cath & Stuart" -Q
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'TIS THE SEASON
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C hristmases past in the United States were always
a wild slip-and-slide through endless seasonal
tasks, and each year, I secretly wished for a simpler
celebration. I should have remembered the sage
advice a friend once gave me, "Be careful what you wish for,"
because one year, as Christmas present began to take shape, I
found myself yearning for the those crazy old times.
In our anchorage off tiny Jost Van Dyke in the British
Virgin Islands, I merrily listened to Christmas tunes from a -
St. Croix radio station. I unfolded and decorated our nine-
inch boat tree. Our stockings, that list all the places we've
spent Christmas for the past twenty years, were hung on a
bulkhead with care. A dinghy darted past with Santa in it
but it turned out the fellow with the red hat was wearing the
wrong kind of suit.
On shore, little to nothing gave any indication that the holiday
was upon us. No trees, no lights, no crowds of shoppers. No
place to buy wrapping paper or a roll of ribbon. I even walked
down to Corsairs Restaurant in search of the Pirate Santa I'd
seen there the year before, only to find the place closed.
Either we were in Scroogeville or the Grinch got there first.
Then I saw the sign announcing the annual Christmas
concert featuring the school children of Jost Van Dyke.
The date, December 7; the venue, the upstairs veranda of
Foxy's Tamarind Bar. Donations welcome. Holiday food and
refreshments during intermission. I gleefully rowed back to
the boat and saved the date.
The day of the concert,
I arrived early as the
children drifted in wearing
starched white shirts,
black pants or skirts and
red ties or bow ties. I took
my seat next to proud
parents who, like me, held
cameras in their hands. A
keyboard player warmed
up and a couple of men
fiddled with lights as
microphones were tested
and adjusted. Finally,
"We Wish You a Merry
Christmas," filled the air
as the kids came singing,
smiling, one-by-one up
the stairs. The program,
20 performances long, was a wonderful tribute
to the true meaning of Christmas. Through
songs, speeches, acting and reading, they
spread the word of love and peace.
If there was a dry eye in the audience, it
certainly wasn't mine. As a teacher and a parent,
I've been to dozens of Christmas programs but
never did one touch me so well. Maybe it was
the look in the eyes of children who have so
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crazy state of our world or perhaps the hope
we all cling to. Maybe it was Christmas.
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of Clearwater, and Charlotte McDevitt, Executive Director of
Green VI, are all pleased that the BVI Spring Regatta campaign
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being raised for the donation to VISAR and Green VI, but it was
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to 11 for a great first edition caught a
of the Leverick Bay Witch 20.pound
Hunt Fishing Tournament. Wahoo
Thirty participants signed r
up, including anglers, non- iw
anglers and observers. The
two-day event gathered c
vessels from Puerto Rico,
Virgin Gorda and St.
Thomas, and organizers
hope it will become one of
the British Virgin Islands'
"We feel so blessed.
The tournament brought
many friends and family
together ... locals and visitors were one big family in
Leverick Bay," said Nick Willis, Manager of Leverick Bay
Resort and Marina.
"The highlight of the tournament was a five year-old
angler, Osvaldo De Le6n Jr., 'Tati', who caught a 20-pound
Wahoo all by himself. This tournament was created for family
and friends and we accomplished what we were trying to
achieve," added Javier L6pez, co-organizer of the event.
On Friday, participants enjoyed a welcome cocktail party
with a live steel band. Saturday night, DJ Millennium King
entertained the crowd as they enjoyed the BBQ and showed
off their witches and pirates costumes.
The tournament ended with an award ceremony on
Sunday night at the restaurant in Leverick Bay Prizes included
trophies, free vacation packages, champagne and more.
Awards were given to: Best Boat, Peje; Second best boat,
Tangled Up in Blue;Third Best Boat, Tati Way; Best Angler,
Jose Alvarez; Second Best Angler, George Leving; Third Best
Angler, Osvaldo De Leon, Jr; Best Catch, Peje; Second Best
Catch, Osvaldo De Leon, Jr.; Third Best Catch, Lou Valade;
Best Costume, Stephanie Lebron.
"We hope this becomes an annual gathering for anglers
across the Caribbean looking to participate in a friendly fishing
competition, said Abigail O'Neal, Marine Marketing Manager
For more info. related to the event, pictures and video:
www.leverickbaymarina.com and www.leverickbaycom -_
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ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY JAN HEIN
he late Egbert Connor was one ofAnguilla's most legendary
boat builders. He possessed an innate sense for how a
boat should be formed and shaped so that it would slice
effortlessly through the seas. As well as understanding
the elements of design, he wielded an adz, an auger, hatchet, saws
and all the tools needed to build a boat from fancy to finish. His skills
today would be considered extraordinary but in his day, it was merely
a means to survive.
We know so often that these treasured talents die out, smothered
in our modern mass-produced world. But not so in
Anguilla. Boat building on that tiny island thrives, and::
among its most talented artisans is a handsome and
thoughtful young man, Devon "Beggar" Daniels.
Some might say that Beggar "comes by it naturally"
since he is the grandson of Egbert Conner. Perhaps
that's why he began building model boats at the age
of eleven. Not the kind that sit on shelves, their bits
held together with gobs of smelly glue. His models
were constructed strong and large to race against
others in the island's salt ponds.
Beside his house, several of the forty inch models sat in the yard
nearly obscured by creeping vines. Through the green veil we could
see the bow of Creep Up and Angel propped off the ground on their
4 12 foot keels. Beggar explained how he built them and how they led
him to build his first large boat at the age of nineteen. Lady Elvira, a
22 foot fishing boat, was the first but there was a beautifully designed
fleet constructed after her, including a 46 foot long liner.
He uses a perfect blend of tradition and innovation in the creation
of vessels that sail and work the reef-spattered waters around Anguilla.
His own power boat,
Kirtisha, 20 feet long and
;= rigged for hauling fish
traps, handles with ease
Y the frequently rowdy seas.
He builds his boats with a
... similar blend of old and
:i new, using tools from his
grandfather's era along
with high-tech equipment,
modern wood composites
sailor was apparent at the
start of that race as he calmly directed from where he sat, tight to
the tiller, nestled deep in the hull. Driving the boat by feel and with
information relayed from his "eyes," crewman Miller, it didn't take
long for R.O.B.B to find the lead and hold it. Heading around the
leeward mark, Beggar used a fake out strategy to claim a bigger lead
for the upwind leg. After several tacks, Miller yelled, "Split this wind.
Nice, nice. Give us something sweet. Beggar, hold dis for five more
minutes and we be back at de truck drinking beer. We be da first when
dose udda fellas fighting da wind." A bag of sand ballast was jettisoned
for the final boost that took them past the pin ... first.
R.O.B.B. was not always a Class B boat. She began her career
as a Class C 28 footer, but when she stopped winning, Beggar put
together an idea and some tools, then adeptly cut the vessel down.
It was a revolutionary first for the race boats of Anguilla; a win-
Some time after that race, Beggar buzzed our cruising boat to invite
us to his shop to see another race boat renovation. This time it involved
his 28 footer, Blue Bird. With excitement he announced, "Come today.
Today she cut. Tomorrow she back together."
Anguillan race boats, all built of wood, are rebuilt almost as often as
they're sailed. Beggar, in an effort to gain more speed, had removed
every frame and cut every plank seam. Blue Bird sat helplessly on her
keel in the yard looking like a bony turkey carcass after a Thanksgiving
feast. To explain the transformation, he pulled out line drawings and
we could see where, frame by frame, the boat had undergone a
metamorphosis. And not
*Bi I just one. It had been under
"the knife before.
11 The next day we
returned, astonished to
find a whole Blue Bird,
R !planks glued up and the
last frames being set in.
With several helpers in
and out, they had worked
half the night like doctors
in the E.R. Their patient,
with a new coat of paint,
would be good to go.
These days Beggar is
doing what he does so
well; bending, shaping and
torquing wood into eye-
pleasing, winning shapes.
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JUNIOR SAILOR BECOMES YOUNGEST TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE
BY NICK MARSHALL
The modest length of St. Maarten's coastline has always made
the island ripe for a rounding, whether the vessel was a
"gentleman smuggler" in the golden age of "provisioning,"
or the canting keel flamboyance of Pyewacket in the
We had to wait until September 2009, however, before a sailor
thought of circling the island in an Optimist. Step forward 13-year-
old Rhone Findlay At an age when most young men's greatest daily
achievement is consuming titanic amounts of carbohydrates and
reaching the further levels of World of Warcraft, Rhone's vision was
set firmly on not going down like the Titanic on his craft, against
a familiar horizon, with the challenge of keeping it to port before
exhaustion, weather or equipment
failure took the ascendancy
At 5.30 a.m. on September 20,
Team Findlay, including dad and local
sailor Ton Hooijmans, assembled
at the St. Maarten Yacht Club.
Conditions were favorable for making
history; southeasterly winds, 12 to 14
knots, benevolent skies. Quite a lot
With Dad and Ton accompanying
Rh6ne's Optimist by RIB, the hardy
13-year-old crossed beneath the
Simpson Bay Bridge, checked his rig 1 .
one last time, and headed west out of
Simpson Bay toward the French Side.
Moments such as this demand Kipling's famous lines from If: "Yours
is the Earth and everything that's in it/And-which is more-you'll be
a Man, my son!" Today, a boy would set off round St. Maarten, but a
man would return.
Sailing was smooth until the notoriously choppy waters of the
Anguilla channel. Rhone, however, was unfazed. "I just decided to go
out to sea; there's a lot less current there. I didn't capsize once." The
old adage that those who fail to prepare prepare to fail was showing
true. Rh6ne had already done some test runs between Simpson Bay
and Marigot, and knew how his dinghy would handle. He'd also
recently rounded the island in a Beneteau Bareboat in the Heineken,
so knew what conditions to expect.
Nine hours, 15 minutes later, the youngest person to sail solo round
St. Maarten, and the first to do so in an Optimist, returned to the yacht
club at Simpson Bay. Most surprisingly, his spirits and condition were
"My legs were tired," he explains, "but I'm used to nine hours sailing
in regattas where you have lunch on the water and are out there from 8
to 5 with continuous racing. They're all far out to sea."
It should perhaps be-
explained here that Rhone
is no ordinary daredevil.
In local circles, where for
example he won six out
of seven races in the 2008E
SXM Opti Championships,
he's something of a legend.
Born in SouthAfrica, moving
to Switzerland, and settling
in St. Maarten five years
ago, Rhone confesses to becoming serious about sailing last year, having
taken up sailing three and a half years ago. Quietly spoken, unfailingly
polite, modest and unassuming, Rhone has that steely confidence that
hints at great things to come. "I learnt that I could achieve what I wanted
to do," he says, explaining the reason for his challenge.
With unfailing support from his parents, and high-level training
from SMYC youth instructor Maaike van Mameren, who started as an
instructor at the Yacht Club in February 2009, Rhone could well be
set to batter the Leeward Islands. Not least because of his character.
With an increasing number of young adolescents aiming to cross,
circumnavigate or traverse the globe by solo sail, it's refreshing to
cross paths for a moment with a young sportsman whose motivation
was refreshingly simple: What better way to spend a Sunday? --
Nick Marshall is an English journalist living on St. Maarten who was
consultant editor of All At Sea from 2003 to 2005.
CAREER TO DATE
Scotiabank International, St. Thomas, 2008 65th
Volvo Musto British and Open Optimist
Championships, Wales, 2008 79th
Volvo Swiss Open Optimist Championship,
Geneva, 2008 60th
St. Maarten Optimist Regatta, 2008 1st
Scotiabank International, Miami, 2008 52nd
Anguilla Dinghy Regatta, 2009 1st
St. Lucia Mango Bowl, 2009 2nd
Scotiabank International, St. Thomas, 2009 30th
Barbados CDC, 2009 2nd
KAYAKS AT SEA
5TH SOUALIGA CHALLENGE
BY ELLEN LAMPERT-GREAUX
Organized by the Netherlands Antilles Canoe Federation,
the Soualiga Challenge 2009 was held on Sunday, October
4, with 29 solo kayaks heading from Saint Barth's Port
of Gustavia to Oyster Pond in St. Maarten in this fifth
edition of the race. The winner was David Mocke of South Africa, who
completed the race in two hours, 16 seconds, although he did not break
the record of one hour, 57 seconds set by Frenchman BenoTt Leroux in
2008. Leroux placed third this year, with Frank Fifils (the winner in 2006)
coming in second. Three of the kayaks did not finish the race, while the
winner took home prize money of $3,200.
Race participants hailed from St. Martin, St. Maarten, Antigua,
Guadeloupe, Australia, the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal,
South Africa, and for the first time, Saint Barthelemy, with the presence of
Gilles Reynal. The racers set out on the 11 nautical miles at 9:30 a.m., with
higher winds than expected from the northeast at 15 to 20 knots, large
swells from the side, and the threat of rain, making the weather a bit of a
challenge. Safety boats from the St. Maarten Sea Rescue station kept an
eye on the paddlers in these less than ideal conditions.
For Gilles Reynal, who represented Saint Barth, long-distance
kayaking is a new discipline, as he is frequently seen windsurfing or
participating in triathlons. "I had wanted to take part in this event
for the past two years but didn't have the proper distance training,"
Reynal says. "I am not unhappy with my performance." He placed 24th
with a time of three hours, 38 minutes, two seconds, which is within the
time he expected to finish. "The funny thing was I tipped over at least
40 times under the watchful eyes of my son, Theo, and Pierrick and
Helene, my fan club, who followed the race in a small boat." -&
Ellen Lampert-Greaux lives in Saint Barthelemy where she is editor-in-
chief of Harbour Magazine, and has been a regular contributor to All
At Sea since 2000.
THE START OF A TRADITION
A NAUTICAL CHRISTMAS AROUND THE CAPSTANS
BY CARY BYERLEY
M any moons back in my youth in English Harbour,
Antigua, there was a couple called Garry and Paulette
Spillane who lived in the end flat at the Officers
Quarters. The year would be about 1962. It was about
midmorning on Christmas day when they thought it would be a nice
idea to open a bottle of Moet to celebrate the joys of the season.
They were half way through the bottle when Hans Hoff came by
to say Merry Christmas-before long they had polished off another
bottle from their charter stock. It was at this point that Hans dashed
down to his boat and came back with yet more champagne.
In those days Moet or Dom was the champagne of choice due in
large part to the fact that a case cost far less than a bottle does today.
It was when Hans came back with more champagne that the word was
out-the place to be was at the Spillane's-and a full blown Christmas
party had started.
So for the next Christmas of 1963 the party did not happen by
accident-this time it was planned. Garry had ordered some cases
of Moet from Paul at Quin Farrara and then the Spillanes invited us
all for champagne on Christmas morning. As Garry is Irish, the other
drink that he decided to serve was a Black Velvet; this is a drink that is
made with Guinness and Champagne. I can't recall what us kids were
allowed to have but my guess is it was a Coca-Cola, as I know that was
a big treat for me.
I remember these Christmas mornings very well. It was just part of
what we did on Christmas morning; all the families that lived in the
Officers Quarters, friends on boats, the Nicholsons and Deeths would
all be there. This tradition carried on until about 1972 when Gary and
Paulette gave up their flat and left Antigua. Now what would we do?
It took a while with a few households doing something different on
Christmas morning; then my mother Jenny decided that she would try
and do the same thing on the stern of her boat Barefoot, which was
stern to the dock. Seeing as how champagne had gone up in cost
and there were now many more people around, the drink of choice
changed to Bloody Marys.
I think it was about 1978 that I remember asking Libby Nicholson if she
would be coming to the boat for a drink on Christmas morning. "No," she
said to me, "I want to do something different ... there are many people
here on boats who don't have families and have no place to go. I would
like to do something for them."
Libbythought itwould be nice to go backto the champagne tradition
and invite everyone on the boats in the harbour to come and have a
bottle of champagne with her around the capstans. I remember very
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20 years old of course had no money, so her answer to this dilemma
was to row around to all the boats in English Harbour tell them her
plan and invite them to join her in a bottle of bubble.
Libby had called up one of the liquor stores in town and got the
price of a bottle of cheap champagne, so that when everyone on
the boats said they would like to join her, she told them that the cost
would be $6.50EC per bottle, per person, and could they pay up front
so she could buy the champagne.
As luck would have it, they agreed to do this, so much so she had
enough money to buy quite a few cases. On Christmas morning, Libby
filled a dinghy that had been placed
on land by the capstans with some ice Libby Nicholson
and the champagne. By late Christmas
wanted to do some-
morning, all the people that had
bought bottles turned up along with thing different.
many others that didn't-but all were "There are many
welcometojoin in until the champagne people here on
run out, and this ensured that everyone boats who don't
was able to enjoy Christmas day have families and
The party was such a success that have no place to
have no place to
the seed was set and every year the
party grew-with not just the loners go," she said.
on boats going, but also all of us. Soon
the word spread that this was a fun thing to do on Christmas morning.
It gave you the chance to see all your friends, show off the great thing
that you got for Christmas and just be merry with everyone.
For the next couple of years, Libby enlisted the help of her sister
Dana, who then took it over from Libby-as Libby had decided to go
off travelling. In time, the event started to get far too big for Dana to
handle on her own, so it was decided that Henk Van Beever and his
wife Sarah Nicholson (Libby & Dana's cousin) would take it over
Henk was at that time running Carib Marine, the supermarket that the
Nicholson's owned, and as they stocked champagne, this was an easier job
for them to do than Dana. Henk and Sarah ran it for a few years until I think
the closing of Carib Marine when Hans Smit (our favourite local jeweller,
The Goldsmitty) and his wife Nancy took it over They decided that they
would also make use of it by running it with the intention of all proceeds
going to their foundation for charity called the Hour Glass Foundation.
By now, this Christmas morning bash has become so huge, a band
is brought in just for it, people will drive from the other side of the
island to come for it, boats will make sure that they are in Antigua for
Christmas morning, and they will book their spots on the dock as they
want to be part of the celebration.
So if you are in Antigua for Christmas go to English Harbour on
Christmas morning and buy your bottle of champagne from Hans.
Thanks to Libby for starting this tradition and thanks to Hans for
not only carrying it on, but also making it something that is not just
enjoyable, but is also for a good cause.
It just goes to show you never know how a tradition can start-and
sometimes it really doesn't take much to start something that will
become internationally-known and, to top it all off, end up doing
something good for people less fortunate.
Cary Byerley is the President of the Caribbean Sailing Association
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EXTENSIVE WORK RESTORES GROUNDED SWAN 82
Run aground off the Spithead Channel, Nonsuch bay,
Antigua in February this year, a Swan 82, new in 2008, was
re-launched October 19 after extensive repairs.
After more than 12 hours aground battered by a south easterly
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Dr. Nick Fuller The yacht was towed to Bailey's Boatyard, the only
yard in the Caribbean between Florida and Trinidad with enough
depth to handle a yacht of this draft and the ability remove a keel
of this depth. On arrival at Bailey's Boatyard the rig was removed
and the yacht lifted ashore by the yard's travel hoist.
The damaged suffered by this nearly new Swan included
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carried out in Antigua which included the removal of the keel, no
easy task at 14 feet. The fact that the yacht
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After eight months of work, the yacht was /
re-launched as good as new with a fresh coat
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planned winter cruising.
The repairs were carried out under the
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included the services of Jerry Bardoe of
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and painting. The electronics were done
by Arougo Adams of Marionics, while Carl
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engine gearbox which had to be replaced was in full working
order. Vernon Crump from Parham took care of the sandblasting
and Marion Hunte of Zero Degrees removed and replaced air
conditioning units to facilitate repairs.
The joint effort to repair this yacht also included contributions
from Marine Power Services, Total Fabrication, Antigua Sails,
carpet Care and Seagull Inflatables.
Sir Hugh Bailey, owner of Bailey's Boatyard said that he was
happy that the investment he has put into the yard "has paid off
in providing a facility to take full advantage of the skills available in
Antigua to undertake a repair like this. I am very optimistic about
the upcoming season. It seems as though Antigua's yachting
sector escaped the worst of the recession."
Outside of Trinidad & Tobago and Florida, the Swan could not
have been repaired anywhere in the Caribbean except at Bailey's
In addition to managing the project, Stan Pearson's Antigua
Rigging did all the work necessary to refurbish the rig and systems
on the yacht which included all the hydraulics, plumbing and keel
and rudder installation. Stan also echoes Sir Hugh Bailey's words,
and praises the facilities available at Bailey's Boatyard. "I must
say that Hugh has done a fantastic job in upgrading this facility to
accommodate this level of repairs." Stan is equally enthusiastic
about the season due to start next month with some companies
having full order books well into next year
The new skipper of the yacht said, "They did a fantastic job,
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F or most of us, the word Woodstock conjures
up images of the summer of love forty years
ago that altered the world with peace signs
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that same name evokes a different picture-a place
that's all about boats and people who fix them.
I became acutely aware of Woodstock's talents
and commitment during one of Antigua's Classic
races when the boat I was on was rammed. The o
mizzen boom, just inches from my head, was ripped
away and, as a rain of toothpicks fell around us,
I figured we were DNF
and done. After the race,v
we headed to the dock
where a call was made, k
and the broken boom bits
bundled and carted away.
With only 16 hours before
the start of the next race,
chances of getting it fixed
seemed futile. Little did
I know where the boom
was going and who would
Nestled beside the
island's Falmouth Harbor
sits a cluster of small Ea ere Sky
buildings where a group of hard-working by -o
individuals turn problems into pleasures. It's the
hub of Woodstock Boatbuilders, Ltd, the small
but mighty company that took charge of the
The next morning it was onboard, in place and
as good as new. While our crew had partied and
slept, Woodstock's crew had worked diligently
like doctors in the E.R. Their patient that night,
our boom, was just one of several racing casualties tended to by a
team of brilliant wood and epoxy surgeons.
The brainchild of owner/director Andrew Robinson, Woodstock
started simply in 1990 with a carpenter, an engineer, a fascination
with boats and a dream. "I've been sailing since I was a nipper,"
he explained. Like most folks, he began with small boats, then
larger ones and by nineteen, he earned a living on a Nicholson 55
as the vessels bosun and only full time crew. Sailing alongside a
string of captains who came and went like bad weather, Robinson
often found himself filling in at the helm, running the boat and
pampering guests. "It was baptism by fire," he exclaimed of
the on-the-job training. As difficult as it was, a bond with boats
formed that's as strong as cured epoxy.
After training as a shipwright in
England, Robinson moved to Antigua "-
and launchedthe businessspecializing )
only in wood working. Word spread,
popularity increased, and by 1995, e
customers were calling out for more >-
complete service. Since yachts were
being built in new and high-tech ways, o
services to meet those needs were
added. These days his team works with carbon, composites, metal,
engineering systems and, of course, paint and refinishing products.
The one job Woodstock turns away is varnishing, preferring to leave
it to the expert Antiguans who've honed and perfected the skill.
Since, as Robinson says, "We never get the same job twice," he
and his crew are often inventors. Trouble-
erior. shooting a situation, trying to find the best
wayto make a repair, is a welcome challenge.
"I employ people to do painting, fiber
glassing, stainless fabricating, plumbing,
engineering, whatever is needed. I pick up
Skills along the way." Robinson helps in any
way he can, but his main job these days is
choreographing the logistics of a constant
flux of boats and trades people.
Their problem-solving skills were put
to the test recently when a 140' super yacht arrived with a chunk
missing from the bow. The Woodstock wonders worked all night to
repair the dinged stem, an endeavor that began with moving the
massive sails aft. To balance the job, they had to move the canting
keel to one side to offset the weight of the sails on the other
Most of Woodstock's work coincides, of course, with the island's
two jumbo races. The fall charter show keeps them busy, too,
along with re-fits, emergency repairs, insurance jobs, and weather
related incidents. Woodstock normally keeps a carefully chosen
crew of 20 busy, sometimes more or less. After Hurricane Ivan hit
in 2004, it took a total of sixty two to put bit of boats together
again. "Sometimes," Robinson joked, "a hurricane is a good thing,
especially on another island." "-
CRUISING: DESTINATION GRENADA
THE SPICE ISLE HAS IT ALL
BY DANNY DONELAN
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has it all? Lush green hillsides with homes precariously
balanced on stilts; an abundantsupplyoffruits, vegetables
and exotic spices; exuberant carnival festivities; and
warm and smiling faces all year round. From her rivers and waterfalls to
her white and black sand beaches, Grenada is truly the land of variety. The
island has always stepped to the beat of a different drum. Not swamped
by mass tourism, Grenada has maintained its sense of identity
Walking around the historic Carenage, a city of Georgian architecture
clinging to the mountainous hillsides, one is reminded of Portofino.
Narrow streets with the occasional cobblestone alleys hint at a bygone
area. Brinks and fish-scale tile roofs were bought here as ballast in the
tall ships hundreds of years ago during the sugar boom. The traditional
wooden sloops built on the sister island of Carriacou still ply their trade
right on the waterfront of the Carenage where you can have local food
at the Creole Shack while watching sailors throw boxes of drinks, food
and all manner of goods from the shore onto the sloops.
The people of Grenada pride themselves on being independent
and hard working, with a great sense of humor evident everywhere on
the island. The owner and chef at BB's Crabback (a local restaurant on
the Carenage) comes out after everyone has had a meal to blow his
conch shell and announce that if anyone can guess the name of the
song playing right now, then the meal is "on the house" ... as far as I
know, no one has so far.
Buses all have huge stickers on them
announcing their names (Obsession, Power Boy,
Success, Generation). Jump on one and find
yourself part of the local culture as stories, music
and laughter fly back and forth. The bus service is
top notch; one can see the whole island for a very
small cost this simple way. Hire a taxi or rent a car
to see all else the island has to offer, from historic
forts to cascading waterfalls.
Stop off at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing
Station to learn how the nutmeg is sorted, dried,
stacked and shipped. Head over to Belmont
Estate for a meal cooked on a traditional coal
pot (cast iron oven/grill); make sure you have the
nutmeg ice cream and the callaloo soup, then
head down to the estate for a tour to discover
how cocoa is turned into the famous Grenada
Chocolate. Run your toes through the cocoa
pods as they dry in the bouccan tray, a process
similar to the crushing of grapes.
A trip to the Grand Etang Forest is a must, and stopping at the
volcanic Crater Lake takes you to a different world. At over 1200 feet,
this area takes on a different temperature and, if you are lucky and
walk with bananas, you may see one of the Mona monkeys.
out 20 or so dishes-so make sure you go there hungry Try oil down,
callaloo, pumpkin, dumplings, figs, coconut milk and a variety of other
spices-and his other specialties, all cooked with local spices.
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the most unusual of
meals Patrick, a colorful character, cooks all local food and will bring
out 20 or so dishes so make sure you go there hungry. Try oil down,
Grenada's National Dish-a combination of salt meats, breadfruit,
callaloo, pumpkin, dumplings, figs, coconut milk and a variety of other
spices-and his other specialties, all cooked with local spices.
Aquarium on a Sunday for the beach barbeque offers dancing to
the live band and swimming in the waters on this perfect stretch of
white beach. La Luna and Beach House offer some of the best in
international cuisine, while Roger's Bar on Hog Island is a great place
to spend the day eating a local meal while jamming to the live band on
this small island a mile off of Grenada on the South Coast.
For nightlife, head over to the Horny Baboon on a Thursday night
for Salsa dancing or to one of its famous Full Moon Parties. Grenadians
are amazing dancers so this is not a night to be missed. Go to the
National Museum on Friday evening starting at 5.30 for live jazz and
poetry, then head to Prickly bay for a live band and some great pizza.
At DeVinos, have a glass or two of wine-then everyone normally ends
at Bananas. Not for the faint of heart, this is a huge student hangout
(the St. George's University has over 4,000 American Students), so
expect to dance until the sun comes up.
Grenada is also quickly becoming the place for yachts to go.
Camper & Nicholsons Marinas recently acquired the old Grenada
Yacht Services marina in the lagoon and have built 170 berths for
yachts between 20 and 300 feet with power, water, Wi-Fi, a pool,
restaurant, boutiques, garbage disposal, etc. included. Port Louis is
ideally located close to the capital of St. George's and only a five-mile
drive to the International Airport which has connections from Miami,
New York, London, Canada and Germany.
Close by, one can find chandleries, supermarkets, the historic
market square, gyms, tennis and basketball courts, and cricket and
football fields. There are great beaches on the Port Louis compound
and it's a five-minute dinghy ride over to Grand Anse beach. This is
the closest marina to the Grenadines, with an international airport,
which makes it an ideal base for exploring these islands. There are also
three very good boatyards on the island that can haul over 500 yachts
Come anytime, or visit during an event. Races include the Grenada
Sailing Festival from January 29 to February 2, 2010, the South Grenada
Regatta February 26 to 28, the Grenada Round the Island Race March
12 to 14 and the Carriacou Regatta in August.
The Spice Island has great sailing, friendly people and stunning
natural beauty to explore-add an active Marine and Yachting
Association (MAYAG) to new infrastructure and a government that
understands the needs of the yachting industry-and Grenada the
new place to be.
Danny Donelan is the Marketing Director for Camper & Nicholsons
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aturday, October 10, 2009 saw the first Budget Marine
Dinghy ranking race of the Trinidad & Tobago Youth Sailing
School winter term. Additional races were scheduled for
October 24, November 21 and 28, and December 12 to
complete the series.
Athletes from all around the country took part in an
exciting afternoon of racing in Carenage Bay. Sailors
attended from the sailing schools at Chaguaramas,
Vessigny and Point Fortin. The wind was
good and the skies were clear as racing
started just after 2 p.m. First away were the
Optimist dinghies in the 7-15 yrs age group,
followed closely by the Laser and 420 class
dinghies in the 15 yrs and over group.
The first Optimist race was a close run affair
Mark Peters beat Wesley Scott to the finish line in the second Laser
class race, with Scott going on to win again in the third and last race.
With the races lasting around 45 minutes in the hot sun, the triangular
course proved to be a good test of sailing skills.
The second Optimist race was again won by Derek Poon Tip with
Abigail Affoo storming through the field to take second place.
There were no false starts or recalls for the entire afternoon and the
third Optimist race saw a very close run affair with Myles Kaufmann
beating Derek Poon Tip and
Kelly Ann Arrindell. Following
a protest, though, Kaufmann
was subsequently disqualified
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which meant that Poon Tip
was promoted to first place
with Abigail Affoo, Kelly Ann
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with four dinghies tacking up wind to take
the honours. Winning by a narrow margin
was Derek Poon Tip with Myles Kaufmann
edging out Helena Coombs for second
place and Kelly Ann Arrindell coming in
fourth. Wesley Scott won the Laser race, and
the 420 race went to the Vessigny pairing of
Daniel Briggs and Dekife Charles.
Briggs and Charles, who were part of
the Trinidad & Tobago team which won the
Caribbean Championships in August, went
on to win all three of their races.
GODFATHER OF CURACAO'S TOURISM INDUSTRY
ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY ELS KROON
who is commemorating his 40-year Sunfish and Boston
Whaler dealership in Curagao this year. Despite his
advanced age, he is still up and around in the business.
Over the years he sold 450 Sunfish in Curagao and made the single
boat hugely popular on the island.
As a son of Curagao parents, Dovale was born in Brooklyn, New York
in the United States in 1921 and came to Curagao in 1948. The stay,
which was meant to be brief, got out of hand. After 61 years, Rudy
Dovale is still active on the island, and does not have any current plans
to leave his chosen home.
Two years after he arrived, Dovale launched his advertising agency
and immediately strengthened it by introducing creative promotional
ideas and marketing methods
which local business people
were clearly ready for Curagao
merchants needed advertising
for both the local market and
for the tourist sector, and Rudy
was ready to serve their needs.
The territory was virginal. There
were no television stations as yet,
and only one radio station. Print
media consisted of two dailies
and two weeklies, and initially Rudy a
none were granting advertising Rotr'Chistmas ine
There were, however, five movie
theaters and they displayed
advertisements on the screen during intermissions. With the help of
his former wife Helen, a commercial art graduate from Brooklyn's Pratt
Institute, Dovale quickly learned how to produce color slides on glass.
Also early in 1950, he began assisting the few hotels on the island with
their advertising needs and sought to become the prime marketing
catalyst for the airlines as well.
In those days, Curagao was fast becoming the first shopping
paradise for cruise ship passengers, and downtown Punda was quick
to climb on the bandwagon. That was just up Dovale's alley. The shop
keepers needed brochures and window display expertise for the
cruise market as well as the local customers. For forty years, from the
fifties up through the eighties, RJ Dovale Advertising was the area
representative for such prestigious publications as the New York Times
and Time Magazine, and won international awards.
In his spare time, Rudy developed a passion for sailing and bought
Tranquillo, a Colombia 43.
In 1960, Rudy and Helen launched Holiday Publications, producing
tourism newspapers, magazines and guides which contained detailed
information about the history, geography, culture,
customs duty and airline information of the islands,
everything a visitor needs to know. Curagao
Holiday was the first publication, followed quickly
by one for Aruba, St. Maarten and then Bonaire.
When Helen left the company, Rudy's present
wife, Jacqueline Dovale-Graafland, together with
Milly Kooy and Terry Dovale, saw to it that Holiday
Publications grew into a media phenomenon,
publishing more than one million copies a year, and
serving the tourist industry incomparably
During his more than 60 years as a tourism
professional, Rudy Dovale was a charter member
of the Caribbean Tourism Association, the
Caribbean Travel Association, the International
Advertising Association, International Public Relations Association,
SKAL International, Toastmasters, Curagao Hospitality and Tourism
Association (CHATA) and Downtown Management Organization (DMO).
At one time or another he has served as the president or as a member
of the board of these organizations. He has also served as president
of Rotary Curagao, and is the sponsor of the annual Sunfish race which
bears his name and was sailed for the 27th time this year.
In his home at Spanish Waters, Rudy still keeps an eye on all sailing
activities from his rocking chair on the porch or from his private watchtower
attached to his house. As far as his health allows him, he responds to
frequent invitations to social events, and is always laughing and amusing.
It's obvious that Rudy still loves Curagao-and Curagao surely loves
this charismatic person. It can be said that the island would not have
been the same without him. '
Els Kroon is a Dutch former teacher who now lives and works as an
award-winning free-lance photojournalist on Curacao.
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That's it-dreaming as I cruise the warm Caribbean. Bring out
the Christmas decorations and prepare lots of wonderful
food to fit the occasion. Scatter Christmas cheer around the
boat with simple and beautiful decorations. For fragrance,
insert whole cloves in decorative patterns in oranges, lemons and
limes, and place in an attractive bowl.
Please send me your suggestions of what you would like me to write
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Jan@allatsea.net. Happy holidays-and happy cooking!
WINTER CARIBBEAN COCKTAIL
Preparation time: 2 mins. Serves: 1.
1-1/2 oz vodka
1-1/2 oz cranberry juice
1-1/2 oz strawberry margarita mix
Place ice in highball glass. Pour the shot of vodka over the ice first,
then add the juices simultaneously. Garnish with a lime wedge.
CHRISTMAS TREE SHOT OR SLAMMER
Preparation time: 2 mins. Serves: 1.
1/3 oz Creme de Menthe
1/3 oz Grenadine
1/3 oz Irish Cream
Layer in a shot glass: Creme de Menthe first, then use a spoon to
pour in Grenadine, and back of spoon to pour in Irish Cream. Do not
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CLASSIC BAKED BRIE
Preparation time: 5 mins. Cooking time: 2 mins.
Microwave: 10 secs. Serves: 4-6.
1/2 Brie cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter
1 cup almonds, sliced
1 loaf hot crusty French bread
In a small saucepan, place butter and almonds. Melt butter and heat
until butter is frothy, Place Brie on microwave-safe serving platter and
"nuke" 10 seconds until soft to the touch. Do not melt. Pour butter
and almonds over. Serve with hot bread and plenty of paper napkins.
This is delicious and messy.
ROCKET AND PARMESAN COUSCOUS SALAD
Preparation time: 2 mins. Cooking time: ~ 4 mins. Serves: 4
1 cup couscous
2 cups (16 oz) chicken or vegetable stock, boiling
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Cracked black pepper
1/2 Ib rocket (arugula) leaves, trimmed
4 ripened tomatoes, sliced
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Place the couscous in a bowl and pour over the boiling stock. Top
with butter, cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 4 minutes
or until stock has been absorbed. Stir the couscous with a fork and
then stir in the parmesan and lots of cracked black pepper. Place the
couscous on plates, top with arugula and tomatoes, and sprinkle with
the balsamic vinegar
Preparation time: 15 mins.
Cooking time: 45 mins.
1 quart heavy cream
1 vanilla bean,
split and scraped
1 cup vanilla sugar divided
6 large egg yolks,
2 quarts hot water
Garnish optional: vanilla
bean, chocolate sail & scoops of ice cream
Preheat oven to 325TF Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into
a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove
the vanilla bean and reserve for another use.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg
yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color Add the
cream a little at a time, stirring continually Pour the liquid into six
(7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or
roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway
up the sides of the ramekins. Bake just until the creme brulee is set,
but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at
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Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30
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top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the
creme brulee to sit for at least five minutes before serving. Garnish
Note: If no blow torch is available, place dish under broiler until sugar
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37' 1987 Topaz ......................................................................... US$85,000
38' 1997 Beneteau ................................................................. US$100,000
39' 1968 Cheoy Lee Off Shore 40 .......................reduced to US$70,000
40' 1981 Divorne Steel ........................................................... US$50,000
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41' 1982 Sigma Marine Project .............................................. US$60,000
41' 1985 Irwin Ketch ............................................................... US$85,000
42' 1986 Endeavour................................................................. US$98,000
43' 1999 Wauquiez Pilot Saloon............................................. EU247,500
43' 1985 G itana ....................................................................... US$115,000
45' 1998 Peterson cutter...................................................... US$189,999
45' 1999 Passport a/c 44....................................................... US$365,000
46' 2001 Tayana (Vancouver pilot house) ......................... US$329,000
50' 1974 Motor Yacht (locally built) ...................................... under offer
50' 1991 Celestial Pilothouse............................................... US$268,000
50' 2001 Beneteau ................................................................... EU188,000
51' 1986 Beneteau ................................................................ US$225,000
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51' 1987 Beneteau Idylle 15.5, located in Martinque............. US$160,000
53' 1984 Amel Custom Mango ............................................. US$269,000
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55' 1994 O yster 55 ........................................................................ 376,000
56' 1973 Visch Motor Yacht ................................................. US$175,000
75' 1976 Murry Peterson Coaster (Schooner).................... US$100,000
37' 2002 Fountaine Pajot, located in Guadeloupe ............. US$325,000
43' 2001 Lagoon Catamaran................................................. US$334,000
48' 1971 Motor Sailer............................................................... US$90,000
54' 1980 Norman Cross Trimaran ........................................ US$350,000
55' 1995 Custom Built Trimaran, located in Grenada............... US$350,000
63' 1998 Polynesion Double Canoe....................................... EU190,000
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38' '92 Kennex Cat, AC, AP ..................... $139K
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44' '85 Beneteau Idylle, AP,AC, Genset...... $86K
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50' '78 Gulfstar Ketch, Classic, 3 strms...$125K
50' '78 Nautor Motorsailer, reft, excellent cond.$370K
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14' '06 Aquascan Jetboat, 160HPYamaha...$34.9K
26' '87 Whale Boat, Diesel, CG cert ........$28K
27' '88 Luhrs Alura, cabin, IB gas cabin.. $20K
28' '90 Cape Dory, 200HP diesel, classic...$69K
49' 1979 Transpacific Ketch
50' 1978 Gulfstar
34' '89 Sea Ray Express, diesels ............ $55K
35' '00 Tiara, twin Cummins ..................$160K
36' '80 Litton Traw ler ............................... $30K
39' '98 Mainship Trawler, twin diesels $129.9K
42' '81 Post SF, twin DD's, 2 strms .......$109K
42' '84 PresentSundeck135HPLehmans. $135K
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48' '02 Dyna Craft MY, 3 srms 450HP Cats $490K
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50 1987 Gulfsar/CSY -3 cabin, 2 head, Yanmar, genset bnng offers.. $125,000
48 1974 Mapl Leaf -Vintage Canadian built CC cruiser, price to sell.. $89,000
48 1970 Hughes Indudes well esablshed successful day charter bE $299,900
45 1980 Hardin Heavy displacement CC cruiser, 4 cabin, 2 head ...$75,000
41 1982 Morgan 01 CC cruising ketch, Perkins, dinghy & more.. $69,000
40 1979 Pearson Centerboard racer/cruiser, needs TLC, bnng offers....$35,000
39 1974 South Seas -Steel CC cuter ketch, one owner, proen cruer ....$59,000
38 1986 Encson Beautful performance cruier, must see to apprecate....$75,000
38 1978 Van de Stadt Steel passage maker, ketch ng, Yanmar... $69,000
38 1978 Morgan Ted Brewer designed sloop ...............................$42,000
36 1980 Mariner Ketch Well built offshore cruiser, bnng offers ...$35,000
36 1976 Encson Cutter- Equipped for live aboard, many upgrades..$39,000
Excellent condition, loaded with race gear
Many sails, CORT champion, trailer, $ 27,000
30 1963 Allied Seawind Classic cruising ketch, readytosail away..$19,900
46 1985 Logcal Power Cat- Pefecd charter orleaboard, huge cockpit. $180,000
42 1999 Cruisers -Twin cats, genset, 3/2 layout, great shape....$199,000
38 1967 Camcraft-Aluminum crewboat in excelnt shape after refit..$50,000
37 2005 Fountaine Pajot Private power cat, excellent condition. $350,000
37 2002 Intrepd 377 Walkaround (3)New Susuki OB's, New genset. $245,000
31 2005 Maxum 31 Twin -Mercrusers, geneset, ac, very low hours. $79,000
30 1951 Egg Harbor- Classcwoodencruser, completely rebut 1987..$34,900
28 2003 Scout-Qualtycenterconsole, wn Yamahas, well martained....$39,000
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45 Endurance Pilothouse Ketch, 1978 57 Carver Pilothouse Voyager, 2003 44 Bon
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1999 Mainship 430 Trawler
Express power boat in excellent condition,
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108 gallon Fuel Tanks
Icom IC-M402S VHF
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24' LYMAN 'BISCAYNE' CUDDY,
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FOR SALE: KINGFISHER 28FT
COMMERCIAL FISHING BOAT.
Yanmar diesel engine, complete hydrau-
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2 manual snapper reels with lines and
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1998 FOUNTAIN 25' C.C. W/ 200
HP 2004 YAMAHA OUTBOARD
COMPLETELY REBUILT IN 2008,
full radar arch,cushioned sundeck, VHF,
ice chest, all required C.G.safety gear, 2
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SPORTS FISHING BOAT FOR
SALE. 28ft Silverton vibrates, 10 ft
beams, 240hp Perkins diesel engine.
Auto pilot, vhs radio, GPS, hydraulic
steering. Fully equipped with profes-
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452-0412 or 758 717-9223.
2000 ISLAND HOPPER 30' DIVE
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375 HP, U.S.C.G. inspected and certified
for 14 divers/19 passengers, recent hull
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condition and well maintained. Asking
$105,000 Located Puerto Rico. 787 244-
35 FT TRAWLER LOCATED IN
ST MARTEN single 135hp diesel 5kw
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$45000 For more information call
+599 524 5740 or e mail julianonlola@
1986 40' SILVERTON AFT CABIN
MOTOR YACHT FOR SALE.
Wonderful live aboard or day boat.
Asking $60,000. Located in St. John,
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'89 HATTERAS 40 MY. 2 375
Cats 8kW genset AC AP bow thruster
full enclosure Caribe/Honda O/B with
Marquipt US registered $ 220,000. St.
POST 42 SPORTFISHER 1978,
Refit 2008, all wood revarnised in 2009,
New batteries 06/2009, Both engines
completely overhauled in Januarl 2009,
2 x DETROIT 330hp Turbo Diesel, 2
bedrooms (1 double bed, 2 bunk beds)
electrical toilet, Located in Dominican
Rep. for fast sale 54,500 USD, Contact
1999 26" MERCPANGA POWER-
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power head, new awl grip on hull. Asking
$21,000 Located in BVI call 284-494-
6300 or e-mail email@example.com
2004 SEA RAY 420 SUNDANCER,
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Just received fresh bottom paint, acid
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$275,000. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org/
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1998 42' NOVATEC TRAWLER.
Twin Cummins 220HP turbo diesel with
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and other systems working well. Interior
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BENETEAU FIRST CLASS 10 -
"BLAZIN" FOR SALE in Barbados.
Race ready with an enlarged cockpit. Keel
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REINKE TARANGA (SIMILAR),
38FEET, BUILD 1989, safe steel
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BREWER 45 CC KETCH, 1984 -
Strong, solidly built fiberglass yacht,
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Never chartered. Surveyed May, 2006.
Reduced to $124,000.00 USD.
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PEARSON 424 WITH 3' EXTENDED
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maker, autopilot, furling jib, fully-battened
main and mizzen, solar panel, large
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Great condition and many extras.
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41FT GULFSTAR 1974. Great well
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head + shower (walkthrough). V-cabin+
head. Roomy centre cockpit. New rig-
ging and bimini. Recently overhauled
50 hp Perkins diesel. Dinghy+ sailfish.
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BRISTOL 35 SLOOP, 1974. New
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'05: sails (full-battened mainsail), Imron
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ENDEAVOUR 43 KETCH FOR SALE
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TASHING PANDA 34 1985 All teak
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minor repairs. Rigging renewed 1998,
Doyle sails 1998, 10 Lewmar winches,
2003 56 hp Yanmar 4JH3E engine 1250
hours. Located St Kitts. $78,000. Contact
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WHOOPIE! A FAMILY CHARTER
JEANNIE AND MIKE'S LAST CHRISTMAS CHARTER ON AVENIR II
BY JEANNIE KUICH COPYRIGHT 2009
T here's nothing better than having some of your family on a
Christmas charter unless: 1) you usually don't get along, 2)
they don't offer to pay at least part of the cost or 3) or they
expect you to do all the work.
It was our last Christmas charter on Avenir II based in the U.S. Virgin
Islands and it was special because Mike's favorite cousin Ann Pan,
her husband Charlie and their teenaged boys, Tony, Andy and Jeffy,
would be with us. They were enthusiastic about everything: sailing,
snorkeling, shelling, playing killer Frisbee, whatever. They washed the
dishes, made their beds, kept the heads cleaned, scrubbed the decks
and made it a vacation for us, too.
Thewindwas lighterthan usual forChristmastime. No Christmaswinds
were blowing this week, so snorkeling was excellent and the nights were
clear for superb stargazing. We worked our way up through the British
Virgin Islands as usual, stopping at the popular caves on Norman Island
where we usually spent Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day. With
such a big protected harbor there at the Bight, it was chock-a-block with
boats, with some kind of party going aboard many of them.
SKY LIGHTS BYJEANNIE KUICH
* The Gemini meteors peak
before and after the 13th.
* Venus is in dry dock, leaving
Saturn the lone racer on the
dawn racecourse. Jupiter
still reigns on the evening
racecourse since Mars is a late
riser and Mercury is low to
horizon around midmonth.
* The Winter solstice begins
on the 21st.
* Jupiter on the 16th seems to
have a fifth moon but it is actually
a star in Capricornus. Mars
continues to brighten as it rises
earlier each evening, while Saturn
remains alone on the dawn
race course. Mercury enters the
evening racecourse but is too low
to challenge Jupiter
The Moon Sails Near
Tue. 1st: the Pleiades star
cluster in late evening
Sat. 5th: the star Pollux in
Gemini in late evening
Sun. 6th: Mars in late evening
Mon. 7th: the star Regulus in
Leo in late evening
Thu. 10th: Saturn before dawn
Fri. 11th: the star Spica in
Virgo before dawn
Tue. 15th: the star Antares in
Scorpius before dawn
Mon. 21st: Jupiter in evening
Tue. 29th: the Pleiades star
cluster in evening
Wed. 2nd: Full
Tue. 8th: Last Quarter
Wed. 16th: New
Thu. 24th: First Quarter
December Brightest Navigation Stars
Dusk: The Christmas Star! (Just kidding!),
Procyon, Aldebaran, Capella, Fomalhaut
Dawn: Vega, Arcturus, Antares, Spica
Christmas aboard a boat is
special because people particular-
ly reach out to strangers and I -
friends alike. One tends to forgive
the bareboaters for anchoring
too closely to you, to toleratethe
merrymakers late at night without
grumbling too much and to enjoy
all the hard work of Christmas traditions-the special food and drinks,
parties, decorations and presents.
One of our favorite Christmas traditions was to go caroling in the
dinghy. We'd go from boat to boat, lit with a couple of candles, with
Mike at the helm and me at the bow tootin' on the tooter, my trusty
harmonica. With at least a dozen dinghies of carolers tied to us, those
singing toward the end of the train would get a little behind on the
verses. The first four or so dinghies would keep the beat up pretty
well, but beyond that, the song would lag slower and slower Nobody
cared. We all were having too much fun!
Presents were always special for Christmas on a boat, too, because
most were to be used aboard boats or for related activities. For Mike's
family we had shark repellent aftershavee lotion) for the boys, a log
book for each to record his voyage, toys like Frisbees or beach balls,
fish identity cards, pamphlets on corals, shells, plants, etc.
Since they were keen on shelling, we went to some of our favorite
places for finding already dead and cleaned shells where at one time
there had been dredging. Roadtown Harbour in the BVI was one of the
best places where you didn't even have to get into the water because
there were so many shells on the beach. In other places, we snorkeled for
them, taking only a few even though some species were very prevalent.
The best and most special find of all the years of shelling that we have
done in the eastern Caribbean happened during this charter We were
diving in about ten feet of water on a sandy bottom and found one Angular
Triton (Cymatium femorale) which grew in the opposite direction than was
normal. The upper Triton grew correctly, twisting to the right, and the lower
Triton had twisted to the left but was perfect in all other aspects.
We were tempted to send it to the Smithsonian-but since it would
probably have been lost in the hundreds of thousands of specimens
housed there, we returned it to the sea. Who knows? Maybe that little
triton was starting a new trend in the evolution of its species with
perhaps some of its offspring twisting in the other direction. _-
Jeannie Kuich, once a long-time charter chef in the Virgin Islands, has
been writing monthly columns for the Daily News since 1985 and periodic
columns for Caribbean Boating, Nautical Scene, St. Thomas This Week
and Cruising World magazines. Jeannie is the author of "Soap Operas
of the Sky," the only stargazing sky guide for the Caribbean.
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