Title: Caribbean Compass
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00023
 Material Information
Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: January 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095627
Volume ID: VID00023
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998


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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

2009 Events
Pull out annual calendar ...... 27

New Build...
...Grenadines style! ............... 18

Tune In
Selected SSB Weather ........... 21

Hello Kitty! Life Support
Cruising costs considered..... 24 Working to cruise .............. 36

Business Briefs ....................... 8 Cartoons................................ 39
Eco-News.............................. 10 Cruising Kids' Corner............40
Regatta News........................ 14 Dolly's Deep Secrets ............40
Destinations......................... 22 Book Review .........................43
All Ashore... .......................... 23 Cooking with Cruisers ..........44
Meridian Passage................... 23 Readers' Forum.....................46
Cruising Crossword............... 38 What's On My Mind.............. 51
Word Search Puzzle.............. 38 Caribbean Marketplace......52
Island Poets....................... 39 Classified Ads ...................55
Sailors' Horoscope.............. 39 Advertisers' Index.................55

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1 New Year's Day. Public holiday or "recovery day" in many places.
Junkanoo parade and food festival in Abaco, Bahamas
2 Victory of Armed Forces Day. Public holiday in Cuba
2 Ancestors Day. Public holiday in Haiti
2 Carnival Day. Public holiday in St Kitts & Nevis
2 3 St. Croix Christmas Festival Parades. www.stxfestival.com
6 Three Kings Day. Public holiday in many places
8 22 St. Barts Music Festival. www.stbartsmusicfestival.org
12 Eugenio Maria de Hostos Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
12- 18 16th Barbados Jazz Festival. www.barbadosjazfestival.com
14- 17 Carriacou Sailing Series. www.sailingcarriacou.com
15- 18 Food and Rum Festival, St. Lucia. www.foodandrumfestival.com
16 18 7th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta, Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
19 Martin Luther King Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
20-21 Spanish Water Lagoon Regatta, Curagao. www.cyc2009.org
20 23 40th Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament, Grenada.
21 Errol Barrow Day. Public holiday in Barbados
21 Our Lady of Altagracia. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic
21 4 Feb 14th Annual Mustique Blues Festival. www.basilsbar.com
22- 24 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Montego Bay.
22 25 St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta. www.ClassicRegatta.com
22 25 Bequia Music Fest. www.bequiatourism.com/bequiamusicfest
24 25 Around Antigua Race, www.antiguayachtclub.com
25 G.F. Core's Day. Public holiday in Aruba
26 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in Cayman Islands
26 Duarte's Birthday. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic
30 31 Abaco Art Festival, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. (242)-367-2158
30 3 Feb Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival. www.grenadasailingfestival.com
31 1 Feb Anguilla Dinghy Regatta. aysc@sailanguilla.com
TBA Around Barbados Race. www.sailbarbados.com


2 World Wetlands Day
6 Pineapple Cup Race, Montego Bay, Jamaica. www.montegobayrace.com
7 Independence Day. Public holiday in Grenada
7-8 Necol One-Design Regatta, St. Maarten. www.smyc.com
8 17 Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba. www.jazcuba.com
10- 14 Tobago Carnival Regatta. www.sailweek.com
12 15 8th International Club Ndutico de San Juan Regatta, Puerto Rico.
13-15 Budget Marine Valentines Regatta, Antigua. www.jhycantigua.com
14 Sunshine School Fundraising Auction, Bequia, nicola@begos.com
14 Man-o-War Cay Craft Fair, Bahamas. (242)-365-6049
14- 16 31st Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and
27th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, Tortola. www.weyc.net
14 24 La Route du Carnival rally, Martinique to Trinidad. www.transcaraibes.com
16 Presidents' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
19 22 Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta. www.grenadaclassicregatta.com
20 22 16th St. Croix International Regatta (first regatta of CORT).
20 22 6th Annual Optimist Valentine Regatta, St. Croix. www.stcroixyc.com
20 22 Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy and Diamond Dash Race, St. Lucia
to Martinique and back. www.stluciayachtclub.com
20 24 20th Semaine Nautique Schoelcher, Martinique.
22 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia.
23 24 Carnival Monday and Tuesday in most Dutch and French islands,
Puerto Rico, Dominica, Carriacou, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela,
and other places
23- 27 RORC Caribbean Offshore Race, www.antiguayachtclub.com
25 Ash Wednesday. Public holiday in Cayman Islands
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic
27 1 March South Grenada Regatta. www.southgrenadaregatta.com

All information was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time
this issue of Compass went to press but plans change, so please contact
event organizers directly for confirmation.
If you would like a nautical or tourism event listed FREE in our monthly calendar,
please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name
and contact information of the organizing body to

The Skiathos crew crossing ARC 2008's fiish line
in holiday style! Photo: Tim Wright / photoaction.com


Yachts Alerted to Exclusion Zone
Yacht skippers are reminded to be aware of the
Maritime Exclusion Zones in waters surrounding

Montserrat, after activity at that island's
Soufriere Hills Volcano increased with a series
of four explosive events which started on the
evening of December 2nd.
The first and largest event occurred with-
out any warning or precursory seismic activ-
ity. The event started with a small dome
collapse that was followed, within 15 sec-
onds, by a pyroclastic flow. There was then
an explosion, possibly two explosions, within
90 seconds. The explosion sent large incan-
descent blocks up to a mile from the dome
and these were seen scattered over the
northwestern slope of Gages Mountain.
Some of these were later seen to have
generated substantial impact craters. The explosion
and pyroclastic flow both generated ash columns that
were accompanied by lightning strikes. The ash is esti-
mated to have reached a height of 40,000 feet above
sea level.
The pyroclastic flow was on the western flank of the
volcano. It travelled down Gages Valley and it is esti-
mated that the flow reached the sea within two minutes
of the start of the event. According to the Montserrat
Volcano Observatory (MVO), "The activity this week has
demonstrated that explosions and pyroclastic flows do
occur without any warning whatsoever."
Roderick Stewart of the MVO tells Compass, "We are
currently at Level 3 which allows Daytime Transit of the
western Maritime Exclusion Zone (MEZ). We would
strongly recommend that no vessels enter either the
eastern or western MEZ until we have made a full
assessment of the activity."
Fortunately, the volcanic activity did not affect any
currently inhabited parts of the island, and Ishwar
Persad of the Montserrat Tourism Department says,
"Note that all is well on island, all offices are open, the
airport and seaport are functioning and the island is
welcoming visitors."
For more information visit www.mvo.ms.
Yacht Moorings in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
Dominica's Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security
(PAYS) would like to remind the yachting community
that the association now has moorings available for
visitors' use in Prince Rupert Bay. The cost of the moor-
ings is as follows:
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A warm welcome awaits you and your yacht at Port Louis

Port Louis, Grenada
Nowhere extends a warmer welcome than Port Louis, Grenada. Visitors can expect
powder-white beaches, rainforests, spice plantations and a calendar packed with
regattas and festivals. Grenada is also the gateway to the Grenadines, one of the
world's most beautiful and unspoilt cruising areas.
Now there's another good reason to visit. There are 50 new fully serviced slips for yachts
of all sizes up to 90m available right now for sale or rental.
Sitting alongside the marina, the forthcoming Port Louis Maritime Village will include luxury
hotels, villas, restaurants and bars, plus some of the finest boutiques and shops in the region.

Limited availability
Slips are available for sale or rental. For a private consultation to discuss
the advantages of slip ownership, please contact our International Sales Manager,
Anna Tabone, on +356 2248 0000 or email anna.tabone@cnmarinas.com
To fully appreciate this rare opportunity, we highly recommend a visit. To arrange an
on-site meeting please contact our Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Danny Donelan
on +1 (473) 435 7432 or email dannydonelan@cnportlouismarina.com

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Per week: US$50
Bi-monthly: US$90
Monthly: US$170
Moorings fees should only be paid to Eddison Tours or
Providence water taxi (Martin Carriere). Each moor-
ings collector will be carrying ID and will provide a
receipt. All fees will go to both maintenance of the
moorings and supporting the night security provided
by PAYS. Donations are welcome.
Those not wishing to use the moorings are asked to
anchor your boat to either side of the designated
mooring area.
PAYS is a registered non-profit association that was
established in 2007 to run security patrols every night
from November through May in the main yacht
anchorage of Portsmouth. The organization currently
includes 18 members from the yacht tourism sector
in Portsmouth.
Bajan Sailor Andrew Burke Honored
Well-known Caribbean yacht designer, builder and
racer Andrew Burke has been appointed to the Order
of Barbados in the grade of Silver Crown of Merit on

Honored yachtsman Andrew Burke (right),
with Imor Ward of the Barbados Yacht Club
behalf of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom by
the Governor General of Barbados. The award has
been made in recognition of Burke's "significant con-
tribution to the development of the water sports indus-
try and in particular sailing".

Slave Ship Wreck Discovered in Caicos
According to NOAA, The United States National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration,
maritime archaeologists have recently identified the
wreck of the historic slave ship Trouvadore off the
coast of East Caicos in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
significantly funded several years of archaeological
research leading to the discovery by Don Keith and

The hull remains of the so-called Black Rock Wreck'
were measured and compared to the dimensions of
known shipwrecks off East Caicos

Toni Carrell, from Ships of Discovery, an underwater
archaeology research institute.
The Spanish vessel Trouvadore was participating in
the slave trade, outlawed in the British Indies, includ-
ing the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 1841, after the ves-

sel was grounded on a reef, Caicos authorities arrest-
ed the crew, and most of the 192 African survivors set-
tled on Grand Turk Island. It is believed that the
African survivors of the Trouvadore are the ancestors
of a large portion of current residents in the Turks and
Caicos Islands.
In 2004, using historical accounts of where the
Trouvadore went down, along with remote sensing and
visual searches, archaeologists focused on a ship near

a local landmark known as the Black Rock. Records
showed the vessel had sunk at Breezy Point, approd-
mately two miles from the Black Rock wreck location.
The archaeologists learned about the Trouvadore
while tracing the current locations of artifacts from the
islands that were sold to museums in the US and
Europe over a hundred years ago. Examining records
about "African idols" that were sold, they found the
account of the Trouvadore wreck.
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of the US naval vessel Chippewa, lost in 1816. The
researchers discovered a line of carronades, a unique
type of cannon carried by the Chippewa, near the
reef off Providenciales, which the vessel reportedly
struck. The Chippewa and the Onkahye, sunk in 1848,
were part of America's efforts to stop the African
slave trade and piracy by patrolling the Caribbean.
Keith plans to continue work on the Chippewa wreck
site and hopes to discover the Onkahye nearby.
Grenada Board of Tourism Launches Yachting Survey
The Grenada Board of Tourism will be launching its
Yachting Survey in 2009. Survey questionnaire forms
will be available at Ports of Entry to be completed
and returned when clearing out.
Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT), in cooperation with



the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada
(MAYAG), is hoping to learn more about how
Grenada can develop and improve facilities and ser-
vices, in what is a thriving sector of tourism.
Esther Thomas, Head of Research and Planning at
the GBT says "We are interested in the whole range of

yachting visitors coming to Grenada, Carriacou and
Petit Martinique and the form is designed to apply to
everyone liveaboards, charter clients, hurricane
season' storage visitors and megayachts.
"We ask all yacht captains to co-operate and look
forward to getting feedback what activities you
enjoyed while in Grenada, how long you stayed,
where you went to relax, what you think of our mari-
nas and maintenance facilities, and what you like and
dislike about our islands."
Also available at Ports of Entry is the MAYAG 2008/9
Grenada Marine Guide containing articles and infor-
mation as well a directory of marine services available
in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The Grenada Board of Tourism website has a wealth
of information on Grenada's attractions, with a boat-
ing section and yacht clearance form available
online see www.grenadagrenadines.com.

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Eight Bells
Long-time Antigua resident and former Caribbean
yacht charter operator Norma Prudhon died on
November 11th, 2008.
As reported in the November 2008 edition of the

Caribbean Sailing Association newsletter, the English-
born Norma and her husband, Frenchman Marc
Prudhon, sailed their 50-foot Anahita to Antigua in
about 1968 and started chartering with the ever-
growing Nicholson fleet. The couple later ran the
famous schooner Lord Jim for owner Jol Byerley, and
then the 114-foot Marie Pierre (now called Ashanti)
for Baron Bic. After Marc and Norma separated in
the early 1970s, Norma settled ashore in Antigua,
working in various businesses at English Harbour
including the Galley Boutique and Nicholson
Caribbean Yacht Sales. In the early days of
Caribbean Compass, Norma was our Antigua island
agent. One of the first members of the Antigua
Yacht Club and one of the many early volunteers for
Antigua Sailing Week, Norma is survived by family
and friends and will be greatly missed by all who
knew her.
Cuban Yacht Club to Host Boat Parade
Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba will
host a Nautical Parade from Marina Hemingway to El
Morro Fortress in Havana on February 15th, celebrat-
ing the usual winter arrival of visiting yachts from
Canada. Visiting yachts of every nationality are wel-
come to participate. The boat parade will take in
some of the most interesting coastline of Cuba's
remarkable capital city, including the Malec6n a
unique sightseeing opportunity for visiting yachtsmen
and habaneros alike. The parade will be followed by
a barbecue and party.
February is the month in which Hemingway
International Yacht Club traditionally welcomes the
most Canadian sailboats at Marina Hemingway. A
number of Canadian sailors use Marina Hemingway
as a take-off point for cruises to the west and south
coasts of Cuba.
The club's Commodore, Jose Luis Diaz Escrich, tells
Compass, "I would love this Nautical Parade to be a
sign of friendship of the Canadian and international
boating community with the Cuban people, and a
moral support to our efforts for rebuilding the country
after the hit last summer of high-intensity hurricanes
Gustav, Ike, and Paloma."
For more information contact yachtcub@cnih.mh.cytcu
Welcome Aboard!
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Dominica's First Yanmar and Mercury Marine Center
Dominica now has its very own Yanmar and Mercury Marine center, located in
Roseau. The full service and sales center is an attachment of the Dominica Marine
Center, which has branches in both Roseau and Portsmouth. Yachties can take

advantage of the new Engine Center's "Going Into Business" sale for unbeatable
new engine prices and keep in mind, they have the duty-free advantage.
Dominica Marine Center's Hubert Winston says, "If you don't believe our prices are
unbeatable, call us last."
For more information see ad on page 52.

Savon de Mer is Clean and Green
Every sailor, boater, diver, swimmer, wind-
surfer or fisherman knows how wonderful it
is to be out on the ocean, but one big
downside is not being able to wash off the
salt from your hair and skin using salt water
alone, especially when fresh water is in
short supply.
Savon de Mer is a new product that is
designed to lather in salt water. The Savon
de Mer Fresh & Salt Water Shampoo &
Body Gel is effective for shampooing and
bathing, with special emollients to counter-
act the drying effect of salt and sun on
your hair and skin. There's also no need to
rinse off in fresh water just toweling dry
will leave skin feeling fresh and hair tangle
free. Savon de Mer is also pH neutral and
For more information see ad on page 54.

Prospects for Yacht Insurance
Don Street of lolaire Enterprises reports: Regarding predictions of trends in yacht
insurance, no one seems to know! My feeling is that insurance rates will have to go
up, as underwriters are currently not making any money from their invested income
and therefore profit will have to come out of premiums. When underwriters are mak-
ing money on invested income, they can afford to lose money on the insurance
book as these losses are covered by their investment profits. But when investment
income goes down, their income from insurance premiums must not only be suffi-
cient to cover payout on losses, it must also be greater than those losses for the
underwriters to stay in business.
Some companies will no longer insure a yacht with a value less than US$750,000. I
have found a non-Lloyds facility that would insure boats under that value, but would
not insure boats that were US-owned and registered. However, I have made
arrangements with a Lloyds underwriter who will insure US-owned, US-registered
boats as long as they stay out of US waters.
For more information on iolaire Enterprises see ad on page 21.
Tall Ship Youth Sailing Available
The Maritime School of the West Indies recently announced that they will be offer-
ing youngsters a chance to sail on board a sail training Tall Ship in 2009.
The Maritime School has reserved space for ten young would-be sailors on board
the bark Europa for July to sail on a transatlantic voyage from Halifax, Nova Scotia
to Belfast, Northern Ireland and on to Holland in the last leg of the Tall Ships Atlantic
Challenge organized by Sail Training International.
Sail training Tall Ships from around the world are invited to participate in The Tall
Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009, a spectacular odyssey around the North Atlantic
Ocean of more than 7,000 nautical miles following the traditional route taken by
sailing ships of a by-gone age. The final race will start on July 20th in Halifax,
Canada, and it is there that the ten youngsters sent by the Maritime School of the
West Indies (two from Saba, two from Statia, two from St. Martin and four from Sint
Maarten) will embark.
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educational ways to prepare youngsters for the real world. The members of Sail
Training International are the national representative sail-training organizations of
Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.



Ten youngsters from the Caribbean will have the opportunity to sail this summer
aboard the tall ship Europa

A new organization, the Caribbean Sail Training Association, has recently been
formed with the aim of creating greater sail training possibilities to the youth of
the region, in conjunction with Sail Training International. The Caribbean Sail
Training Association is also preparing a project to bring the International fleet of
Tall Ships to St. Maarten and other islands during a Caribbean Tall Ships Regatta in
the coming years.
For more information about the Maritime School of the West Indies youth participa-
tion in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge visit www.MaritimeSchool.net
For more information about the Caribbean Sail Training Association visit www.
Unique Collision Warning System Can Save Lives
A "one of its kind" collision warning system recently launched in the United States is
affordable, easy to use and more importantly, could save lives. Founders Jeff
Robbins and Deirdre Schleigh designed the AISWatchMateTM after feeling vulnera-
ble while cruising the Pacific aboard their 40-foot sloop. "We were as vigilant as you
can be, but the most prudent watchkeeper will still occasionally find themselves
looking at a ship on the horizon wondering, How did I miss that?"
Using technology available through the Universal Shipborne Automatic
Identification System (AIS), recreational boaters can take advantage of the enor-
mous safety benefit this technology offers to assist in safe navigation especially
when maneuvering in busy harbors and coastal and short-handed offshore sailing.
"The AISWatchMate takes the guesswork out of the other ships' intentions," says
Robbins. "You'll know how close it'll come and when."
Unlike other navigational systems and tools available, the AISWatchMate delivers
concise prioritized information about the ships in your vicinity. Using received AIS
data and data from your vessel's GPS, the bearing, range and closest point of
approach (CPA) are calculated for each ship. The CPA is the minimum distance
apart your vessel and a target will come if both maintain their speed and course.
Additionally, you know how much time until you meet the CPA, allowing for appro-
priate action to maintain safe passage.
The AISWatchMate is made especially effective by mandatory regulations requir-
ing all international vessels over 300 tons and all domestic vessels over 500 tons to

have AIS transponders installed. The AISWatchMate offers unique filtering features
that help eliminate false alarms that are common with other AIS devices. It also has
four customizable alarm profiles (harbor, coastal, offshore and anchored) that
allow the user to easily and quickly switch between settings as sailing conditions or
locations change.
The AISWatchMate is "on watch 24/7", looking out for any potentially dangerous
situations. The alarm sounds whenever a ship is detected that will come dangerously
close. Even though the ship may still be many miles away, you're alerted immedi-
ately if there is a risk of collision.
The AISWatchMate is designed, manufactured and marketed by Robbins and
Schleigh who pride themselves on being part of each process to ensure its top-
end quality. Robbins combined his hands-on knowledge from years of expertise in
the software and hi-tech industry to develop the collision avoidance system, and
originally built the AISWatchMate for himself. "But everyone I showed it to wanted
one," he says.
For more information visit www.aiswatchmate.com.



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Tracking Caribbean Sea Acidification
A new study, which confirms significant ocean acidification across much of the
Caribbean Sea, rcr-rt' 'tr--n n-t r.l --iriations in ocean chemistry in some parts
of the Caribbean 11. 1 .. 11i 11. reefs respond to future ocean acidification.
Such short-term variability may prove an important consideration when predicting
the long-term impacts of ocean acidification to coral reefs.
Conducted by scientists from NOAA and the University of Miami's Rosenstiel
School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the study was published in the October
31, 2008 issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research -Oceans.
Approximately a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans place in the atmo
sphere each year ends up being dissolved into the ocean. The result is that the ocean
becomes more acidic, making it harder for corals and other marine life to build their
skeletons or shells.
In the new study, NOAA scientists used four years of ocean chemistry measure
ments taken aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Explorer of the Seas
together with daily satellite observations to estimate changes in ocean chemistry over
the past two decades in the Caribbean region. Tim Keeney, co-chair of the United
States Coral Reef Task Force, says, "These new tools provide [researchers] with better
information to guide future research. This is the first time that anyone has been able
to track ocean acidification on a monthly basis."
The study -..i i .i- 1i ... i....- that ocean acidification is likely to reduce coral
reef growth ..I. .1 i i- I I the end of this century unless humans signifi
cantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. While ocean chemistry across the region is
currently deemed adequate to support coral reefs, it is rapidly changing as atmo
spheric carbon dioxide levels rise.
C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D., coordinator of NOAA's Coral Reef Watch, said, "Organisms
from highly variable environments are often better adapted to changes like we have
seen in the last 20 years. The real question is how far corals can adapt and if this
natural variability will be enough to protect them."
For more information visit www.noaanews.noaa.gov.
Historically Valued Trees Identified on Jost van Dyke
Jost van Dykes Preservation Society reports: Several stands of Lignum vitae
(Guaiacum officinale) and Teyer or Broom Palm (Cocothrinax alta) have been identi
fied on the British Virgin Island of Jost van Dyke.

BV fishermen use
leaf spines of the
Teyer palm to string
their catch

Lignum vitae, a native tree with a distinctive trunk, had an economic value for its
hard and heavy wood, as well as for oily resin that permeates the wood. Historically,
the trunk of this tree was used to make bearings and blocks for propeller shafts and
bearings for roller mills. Lignum vitae is almost extinct in the wild in the neighboring
USVI and is protected under Territorial Law. Trade of the wood of this tree is con
trolled under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).
The Teyer or Broom Palm is also a historically and ..1... .11 -,... 1. ...i i. ... ihe
BVI, where it is used to make brooms, thatch roofs ... I -".... .I- I I .1'. is
endemic to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Over a dozen stands of this tree were
identified on Jost van .--1- -lin:.i;- n-t--r nnno f -ld assessment.
The findings are the: -..11 i .. ,. .. .. Jost van Dyke as part of the
Overseas Territories Environmental Programme-funded project entitled "Jost van
Dykes Community-based Programme Advancing Environmental Protection and
Sustainable Development". Research on this project is being conducted by the staff
of the Island Resources Foundation in partnership with local professionals. The proj
ect is coordinated by the Jost van Dykes Preservation Society, whose office is located
in Great Harbour Jost van Dyke.

Environmental Group Challenges BVI Development
F 1. .1 case that is to be heard soon is expected to have far-reaching consequence
es I 11. protection of the fragile Caribbean environment.
"-r-lin- t a report by Robert Verkaik in the November 28, 2008 edition of the
I... '- The Independent, Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic Airways fame
is backing a landmark legal challenge by environmental campaigner- :it
multimillion-pound luxury leisure complex that threatens to destroy -... i I
most important mangrove swamps in the British Virgin Islands. Sir Richard has paid
for a team of barristers to fly to the BVI and seek to stop plans to build a marina,
five-star hotel and golf course on Beef Island.
A spokesman for the Virgin Islands Environmental Council says, "This is a land
mark case that addresses a number of important issues which will impact on the
future of environmental law and practice throughout the Caribbean. The outcome of
this case will definitely impact the way other large projects currently under planning
review are dealt with, leading to a more sustainable future for the BVI. The case will
serve to define more clearly the governments responsibility in adhering to environ
mental laws when granting . 1..-.... planning permission."
In October 2008, the case went to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, which
rejected legal objections by the BVI government and the developers to the legal action
going ahead Tl. .-ti-. -ill 1 i. f; ll .1- li.: -ear. The campaigners hope the
legalaction ..'.... ii .. I . i 11 .. of the planning permission and
the re-designation of Beef Island as a national park.

Fast passages usually make happy bluewater sailors. But sometimes leisurely can
be good, too.
More than 200 yachts carrying more than a thousand crewmembers of 25 nation
alities arrived in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, last month, having safely sailed some 2,700
nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands in
the 2008 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. The organizing body, World Cruising Club, and
the ARC participants themselves can all claim credit for this achievement.
Every autumn, hundreds of yachts prepare to leave Europe, bound for a winter of
unbeatable sailing conditions in the Caribbean. In 1986, yachting journalist Jimmy
Cornell went to their traditional departure point, the Canary Islands, to interview
skippers for an article for Yachting World magazine. He got the idea of organizing a
race across the Atlantic, and the ARC was born.
The 23rd annual running of the ARC featured slower passage times than most
previous years. Especially in the early part of the rally, which started on November



By Sally Erdle

Andrew Bishop ofARC organizers World Cruising Club (left) popped aboard to greet
skipper Ian Van der Woude minutes after Mikado arrived in St. Lucia. Ian says that
ARC 2008 was 'brilliant!'

23rd, 2008, a series of low-pressure systems in the central Atlantic caused unsettled
weather patterns resulting in lighter-than-usual tradewinds. Thus, no records were
broken, but neither were any bones or large amounts of boat gear.
The first boat across the 2008 finish line was Karsten Moller's Swan 82,
DreamCatcherKM, skippered by Jarrod Cripps, on December 7th -a time of slight
ly less than 14 days. Just one week later, 130 of the ARC 2008 fleet had arrived,
many having motored (which is allowed in the Cruising Division, which usually
makes up some 85 percent of the fleet) for many of the miles. By the morning of the
16th, with breezes freshening, 175 had made landfall. Typically, the passage takes
between 18 and 21 days. The ARC's fastest passage time so far -11 days, 5 hours,
32 minutes and 30 seconds -was set in 2006 by the Italian Maxi Capricorno.
In this slow ARC, crews had time for cooking, =l-ri-n and blogging. And perhaps
because the yachts weren't always outrunning 1i, I'-I for a change, many crews
reported unusually good fishing. The Australians aboard Mikado, a Beneteau
Oceanis 473, caught a ten-kilo wahoo and "at least a dozen" dorado, while the
English crew on the Beneteau First 47.7 Gilly B. boated numerous tuna, barracuda
and dorado (secret weapon: blue Rappalas), lost two swordfish and even spotted a
marlin breaching a rare and :.. .,.I I -..1.1 A German skipper said his crew
finally got selective: "We could 01. .1 .-1 L day, not three times!"
Improving the ARC
With the ARC conceived as "a friendly race" for cruising yachts to make the Atlantic
cr-i inr h-- ti .Ifrr n m r- ni-, 1 those .'I '.i .1.... ...... ...- .ange of safety
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1.1 i,..11, ,I i I. .- 1I i while the presence of many experienced sailors is
another incentive, and a comfort, for those heading across an ocean for the first time.
Andrew Bishop of World Cruising Club says, "We are always adding improve
ments." For example, because many man-overboard deaths occur when lifejacket
wearers are drowned by "swallowing" waves, new for this ARC was the requirement
for lifejackets to have spray hoods .... ,-1,. commendation from the internal
tional governing body for the sport of .,',I. I I but now an ARC rule.
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mula were the i i irnival Regatta party before the start in Las Palmas, and
the venue for thE Ii Party in St. Lucia: Royal by Rex Resort. The Tobago
Carnival Party, hosted by the organizers of the new Tobago ..... .1 1 .11 (which
will hold its inaugural event from February 10th through 111.1 . I rews a
foretaste of Caribbean culture with Carnival costumes and live steel pan music. On

By December
15th, the new
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the other side of the Atlantic, the St. Lucia Tourist Board and the Rex staff went all
out to throw a bash that partygoers proclaimed "absolutely amazing".
A new Platinum port sponsor on the St. Lucia end was Digicel.
Preparing the Marina
In early 2007, Island Global Yachting (IGY) acquired Rodney Bay Marina, which
has hosted the .rri-in- ARC fleet since 1990, and announced plans for redevelop
ment to commei. .11 ARC 2007 boats had left.
Although ongoing work on the finishing touches such as landscaping, adding
the last few electrical connections and -Ir--1 n; -f shallow spots continued as
ARC 2008 boats arrived, Ian Cowan of- I .," I World chandlery's St. Lucia
branch says, "The transformation of the marina between February and
December 2008 has be .... i..... short of miraculous," giving kudos to con
struction done by C.O. i ......- I St. Lucia and Marenco Ltd. of Barbados. The
marina and boatyard stayed open throughout. Before the redevelopment, the
marina had 232 berths. Very soon there will be 252 operational slips, including
30 for megayachts.
Cuthbert Didier, General Manager of Rodney Bay Marina, says, "It hasn't been
easy, but we've delivered what we promised." Although much attention has been
given in the media to the addition of the dedicated megayacht dock, Cuthbert
emphasizes: "We have..', 1 -. ..1,. r .ur core market: cruisers and -....... yachts.
We have remained a I i i ... I .....I marina while adding berths I '1. megay
achts -we r--- ni- thnt they are more seasonal, but we need to include them, too.
We're proud I '.. I .. mix. Clearly, all these segments can co-exist; it is seen
elsewhere, so why not here?" He adds, "We really appreciate all those cruisers who
came to us with their advice and concerns, and thank them for patronizing the
marina and the boatyard throughout this transition."

Meet the Fleet
The ARC fleet definitely represents typical offshore cruising boats with 49 percent of
hi- fl--t i-. ri' --t---en 12 and 15 metres LOA and with a median size of 14.30
:.. 1. i1 I II 1 .. i -i Dominating this years entry list with 30 yachts are French
builders Beneteau, although cruising stalwarts Oyster (17 yachts) and Hallberg Rassy
(15 yachts) are both well represented. Fifteen cruising catamarans also took part.
David Bartholomew and his long-time offshore racing buddy Brian, both from

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Hamble, ...1 ... arrived on December 12th aboard David's four-year-old Gilly B.
They said 111 .11 "an unpleasant October crossing" (with British understatement,
"unpleasant" involves a mast-in-the-water knock. I .,1,... the Atlantic with
five paying crew aboard was "a piece of cake". TI i 1.1. Ia new mast and suit
of North sails paid off: Gilly B. came 13th across the line, not bad for a 47-foot
monohull in a 209-boat fleet that included big cats and 80-footers.
Why the ARC? Although it was David's second transatlantic and he has well over
15,000 sea miles under his belt, he says he liked the safety factor in consideration
of his guests aboard, and adds, "The ARC is well run and its always improving."
David plans ...,i *;... *illy B. in the Caribbean, including racing in both the new
RORC Caribt ........ i and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
lan Van der Woude and crew arrived December 12th aboard Mikado, which he
bought in Bodrum, Turkey. Ian modified the boat for the Atlantic crossing with
radar, more sails and a third reef in the main, an extra fuel tank (situated in the
bow), safety ---t_ t-. ;-: lee cloths on the bunks, and "creature comforts". Ian
says he's ...'i - i the boat's performance; Mikado was the first Oceanis
473 of five across the finish line. Ian sailed the ARC with two adult male friends and
his 15-year-old son Nicholas, who =- tl-i; "-- --" .11 r- r.-ing sailors who
enjoy cruising. Like many others, i -.. 11 I 1..1. .. i....... the earlypart
ii. -..... i. ..1. 1 hunted us, so we motored to escape it".
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Nicholas in St. Lucia. They'll .... ,ii ,, i i I .1 ..I 1.. ... i .. ... I thenhead
through the Panama Canal home to Australia. Ian also had high praise for World
Cruising Club: "The organization is impeccable -brilliant! After all these years, they
have it down pat. Plus, the camaraderie is priceless -we've had a hoot!"
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ARC: The Next Generation
Thirty-four children sailed in ARC 2008, and young Nicholas on Mikado wasn't the
youngest by far. For example, ten-year-old Norwegian Lina Lund and her sister

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Elma, age 7, sailed aboard the Bavaria 44 Mango. Lina, whose 1-;1 ---- i pas
sage was four days, says, "The three weeks at sea went like :' II ... -i ..joyed
seeing flying fish, turtles, a whale and especially dolphins leaving sparkling phos
phorescent wakes at night. The girls sailed with their parents, Tone and Frode, and
family friend and racing crew Lars Duetonnessen. Mom Tone says, "It was a really
-.t t1.- '~ 1, .1 i.. wrong was a ripped spinnaker." Spinnaker? Yes. Lars says,
I :.. I I .- we got into competitive mode." Mango was the first of the
fleet's '-n '"-r--- n --ats to cross the finish line.
Lars I i i ... didn't feel as big as I expected it to. You can only see as far
as the horizon, and its not hard to imagine land just beyond it. And there were only
three days when we didn't see another boat." He also notes i ., .i - ..... i ... ,Ih
children is a 1 perience and "very different from sailin. 1 I ... "
The honor i i .... the very youngest (and a major contrast to the oldest partici
pant, 77-year-old Lurelle Verplank aboard the 82-foot Oyster Sundowner) went to a
nine-month-old baby, the aptly named Marina, aboard another P';- 1- -.t the
Beneteau First 31 Madonna, which also had the designation ol I .... -... .llest
boat in the 2008 ARC fleet. Marina sailed with her parents Paal and Paulina Bratbak,
family friend Karl Otto, and brothers Edvard and Emil. Madonna crossed the finish
line only five hours behind Mango. Ten-year-old Emil cheerfully disclosed that he
would like to do the ARC in his own boat some day "a Class 40!"

ADove: Ine crews Tr "VIn." 11i l-rrnn- two oJ tne ten ivorwegian Doats in AR
2008. Back row, i r ... ,1 r I *.. and Tone Lund, Paal and Paulina
Bratbak, and Lars Duetonnessen. Front row: Elma and Line Lund; Edvard, Emil and
Marina Bratbak
Below: Christoph von Reibnitz with his sons Jarl (left) and Gard aboard ARC veter
an, Peter von Seestermflhe. This 17.98-metre (59 foot) yawl was built as an ocean
racer in 1936 and has crossed the Atlantic more than 20 times
Right: Cuthbert Didier, Rodney Bay Marina's General Manager, proudly says,
'We have remained a Caribbean family marina'

Let's Do it Again!
Emil echoes a sentiment common to ARC participants -many would like to do it
again, and some have already done it more than once. A prime example: 2008 line
honors went to previous ARC participant Karsten Moller in his newest DreamCatcher.
Finishing very close behind DreamCatcherKM was another regular ARC participant,
Bruce Dingwall on the Southwind 80 Matelot.
Organizer Andrew Bishop notes that many people repeat the ARC, and many of
them are former ARC crew who later enter the event in their own boats. It's not sur
prising that Andrew himself got involve i i. ...I. I ..g an ARC participant. And,
although not sailing in the ARC 2008, f ..... i who are still cruising in the
Caribbean volunteered as the finish line committee this year.
Christoph von Reibnitz sailed in the inaugural ARC in 1986, and has done the ARC
aboard his 1936 classic yawl Peter von Seestermihe every other year since 1994.
This year Christoph's young son Gard joined him and his charter guests for the
-r--- ;;1 n ird's mom and younger brother Jarl met them in St. Lucia for the
Christoph says that the party that Cuthbert Didier and his wife Sancho host annu
ally at their waterside home for all ARC crews had "the best atmosphere of all the
ARC parties" so far, anyway! The gala prizegiving party will be held as this issue
of Compass goes to press. And then, of course, there will be ARC 2009, scheduled
to start on November 22nd -no doubt with return participants and improvements,
as usual.
For full results ofARC 2008 and complete list of sponsors visit www.worldcruising.com/ar
Many thanks to the St. Lucia Tourist Board, LIAT airlines, the Palm Haven Hotel and
World Cruising Club, who made Compass's first hand coverage of the finish of ARC
2008 possible and fun!

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Elusion Takes Top Honors in 19th Caribbean 1500
Elusion, a Hallberg-Rassy 49, owned by Krt and Gayle
Schuldt from Virginia Beach Virginia, took Overall
Handicap Honors in the 19th Annual Caribbean 1500
Rally. First to finish, and winner of the Performance
Cruising Class was Between the Sheets, a Hallberg-


feet in length. Two boats joined the Rally in mid-ocean
after a Charleston, South Carolina departure. Seven
multihulls and a schooner joined the fleet of sloops
and several ketches to make up this year's fleet.
"The wind blew 20 to 25 knots for most of the Rally,"
said Steve Black, founder and President of the
Cruising Rally Association that manages the event.
"In the past several years, Rally participants racked
up motoring hours in light air and calm seas. This year,
the winds stayed up and the squalls blew through on
a regular basis, especially for boats that followed the
rhumb line south."
The fleet sailed in two divisions in which owners chose
to enter the Cruising Class to enjoy a cruise in compa-
ny, or the Rally Class to participate in the fun race. All
boats received the same safety, weather and com-
munication benefits, and awards were presented in

The Caribbean 1500's Overall Handicap winning crew on Elusion

Rassy 62, owned by Tom and Diane Might, from
Phoenix, Arizona, who completed the 1500-mile
ocean passage in six days, 22 hours and 24 minutes.
After a week of preparatory briefings, safety inspec-
tions, and gala social events in Hampton, Virginia, the
Caribbean 1500 Rally fleet left Hampton, on
November 7th and arrived in Tortola in the British Virgin
Islands six to 13 days later. "The heavy weather played
to Elusion's favor," said winning skipper Kirt Schuldt of
his Hallberg-Rassy ketch. "On top of that, I had an
excellent crew. The winds being at 20-plus most of the
time helped greatly. What is really nice to see is that
even an old grande dame (Elusion, hull #36, was built
in 1986), once in the hands of good sailors, still has a
dance or two left in her."
The 2008 Caribbean 1500 fleet included participants
from 17 states, four Canadian provinces, Germany,
the UK, and Chile. Over 40 percent of the boats were
owned by veteran Ralliers. The boats averaged 48.5

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Tortola to recognize their achievements of safely com-
pleting an open ocean passage of 1500 miles.
The Rally Fleet was divided into three handicap
classes: the Performance Cruising Class (Class I), Class
II, and Class III. In the Performance Cruising Class,
Between the Sheets led the pack, followed by Aquila,
a Santa Cruz 52 skippered by Ken and Janet Slagle,
and Splendido, Michael Kantrowitz' Beneteau 57. In
Class II, Watercolors, an Outbound 44, owned by John
and Susan Bankston from North Carolina, placed first
and was also fourth overall handicap winner.
Watercolors was followed by Jeff Staley's Ostinato, a
Shannon 52, and Rally veterans Bill and Diana Quinlan
on Special Delivery, a Taswell 58.
Elusion led Class II. Second place went to Glass
Slipper, a Moody 46 owned by John and Cyndi
Martin. Glass Slipper was also third overall handicap
winner. Following the leaders were Bob and Mary Lu
Hodgins on Liebchen, a Gulfstar 41, and Carol and


Kent Bradford on Destiny, a Bristol 45.5.
Ken and Janet Slagle on Aquila received the event's
Tempest Award, presented to the crew that best
exemplifies the "Spirit of the Caribbean 1500." The
Slagles, with their crewmember Aaron Galvin, stood
by when Clover III, a Swan 56, experienced rigging
problems and diverted to Bermuda. Ken and Janet
have completed a nine-year circumnavigation and
are five-time veterans of the Caribbean 1500.
The award for Best Performance by a Double-
Handed Crew went to Tom and Harriet Linskey on
Hands Across the Sea, a Dolphin 460 cat. Tom and
Harriet will spend their winter managing a nonprofit
organization dedicated to donating schoolbooks to
children in the Caribbean. The Ellsay Family (Chris and
Christine with their kids: Cai, Ryan and Andrea) on
Stray K/tty, a PDQ 42 cat, out-fished the rest of the
fleet and earned the event's Fishing Trophy.
With Axonn wireless transmitters on each yacht, posi-
tions were broadcast via the Globalstar satellite net-
work six times each day, every four hours. Each boat's
track was displayed on the Caribbean 1500 website
(www.carib1500.com) using software customized by
Magnalox that incorporates features from Google
Earth. Davenport & Company LLC sponsors the Event
Tracker program for Cruising Rally Association events.
All Ralliers received cold champagne and a warm
welcome at Village Cay Marina in Road Town,
Tortola, BVI, where Mount Gay Rum hosted nightly
parties for the sailors. The Awards Ceremony and
Farewell Dinner honored participants for meeting the
challenges of the offshore passage to the Caribbean.
The Phat Virgin Party, sponsored by Virgin Gorda
Yacht Harbor, followed.
The Cruising Rally Association, founded by veteran
solo sailor and sailing event organizer Steve Black, is
widely supported by leading companies in the
marine, tourism, and financial industries, including
Davenport & Company LLC, West Marine, Blue Water
Sailing, World Cruising Ltd., Island Packet Yachts,
Switlik, ICOM, Quantum Sail Design, Gill, Hydrovane,
OCENS, Bluewater Yachting Center, Hampton's Towne
Bank and Towne Mortgage, Hampton Roads
Convention and Visitors Bureau, Village Cay Hotel and
Marina, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Mount Gay Rum,
and Reed's Almanac.
A return rally, the Atlantic Cup, is planned to start on
May 2nd. The Atlantic Cup will leave from Village Cay
in Tortola and finish in Bermuda. Participants will enjoy
the same camaraderie, adventure, and competition
that have made the Caribbean 1500 a perennial
favorite, and will reunite with their fellow Ralliers to
share stories of their winter in the Caribbean.
This year's Caribbean 1500, slated to start
November 2, 2009 will be the 20th annual running of
this Rally, and organizer Steve Black anticipates a
record entry of returning Ralliers for the reunion and
anniversary activities.
For more information visit www carib 1500.com.
BVI Youth Sailing Team Selected in Trials
Emma Paull reports: November 22nd and 23rd saw
13 Optimist sailors and six Laser sailors take part in the
BVI Youth Sailing Team trials, which determined who
gained a place on the BVI Youth Sailing Team.
Weather conditions provided some testing sailing for
the sailors. On the Saturday the Optimists were abun-
dant, as most of the older Laser sailors were taking part
in the Round Tortola Race. The gusty northeast winds
coming off the hills behind Baughers Bay had sailors
guessing which side of the course had the wind on it.
Eight races were sailed, with Mollee Donovan and Jason
Putley battling it out for first place going into the Sunday.
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their first proper regatta.
As the sailors became used to the unusual condi-
tions, the Sunday saw tighter racing plus the addition
of the Laser classes. With separate starts and three
laps for Lasers and two for Optimists, the Race
Committee managed to fit eight more races in for the
Optis and eight for the Lasers. The wind increase
meant exciting sailing and fast finishes with lots of
capsizes in the strong gusts. The Laser fleet was inter-
national with two sailors from USVI (Will Bailey and Max
Nickbarg) who came to train with the eventual win-
ner, BVI sailor Alec Anderson. Optimist Ace from last
year Dontae Hodge moved up a class and topped
the Laser 4.7 fleet.
The final winners on points, with one discard over the
16 races were:
1) Mollee Donovan
2) Jason Putley
3) Johnathon Woods
1) Alec Anderson
2) Will Bailey
3) Max Nickbarg
The 2009 BVI Youth Optimist Sailing Team will include
11-year-old Mollee Donovan, Jason Putley (10),
Jonathan Woods (10), Sam Morrell, (9), Kairon Branch
(12), David Hirst (11), Ryan Wooldridge (9), Robert
Poole (10), and Barney Nockolds (13).
On the 2009 BVI Youth Laser Sailing Team will consist
of Alec Anderson (17), Elsa Meyers (17), DonTae
Hodge (15), and Inigo Collins (13).
The Team will be traveling this year to major events
such as the Volvo Youth Worlds in Brazil, the Optimist
North Americans in the Dominican Republic, as well as
hosting the first annual 2009 International Laser and
Optimist Clinic to be held in March at Nanny Cay,
Tortola, BVI. The team will be managed by the Royal


Hark the ARC! "
St. Lucians fun
flotilla raised
event awareness

St. Lucia Flotilla Raises ARC Awareness
Keats Compton reports: With a blast from a conch
shell, and an escort from the St. Lucia Marine and
Ports Police patrol boats, the 3rd annual ARC Flotilla
set sail from Castries Harbour at 1030 hours on
November 23rd, bound for the newly reconstructed
IGY Rodney Bay Marina. Boats came from Soufriere,
Marigot, Castries and Rodney Bay. Observers on two
cruise ships and a French naval vessel in port had
great views as boats maneuvered in the constant rain
and mist.
The Flotilla is held annually in St. Lucia on the start

day of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in Las
Palmas, Canary Islands, and is designed to raise the
profile of the event locally. St. Lucia is the ARC's final
destination. Forty-nine power and sailboats registered
in advance for the 2008 flotilla, an increase over previ-
ous years. Sponsors who came aboard for the first
time Heineken, Digicel, Colombian Emeralds and
Travel Concepts were happy to see the numbers.
This wind remained well below its previous years
peak of 30 knots, and so the Hobie Cat Get Away, at
16 feet the smallest in the flotilla, had no need of res-
cue. A new record of sorts was also established, that
of the youngest participant: two-month-old Lucas
Phillip, son of Nikko, captain of the power-cat
Pandora. Winston Lauder, on the Grand Banks Another
Time, branded with Colombian Emeralds banners and
crew, was the senior participant. Media were out in
force, with a dedicated press boat at their disposal.
Boats were led through the cut into Rodney Bay
Marina by the mother yacht, Breeze-a-Way, Bernard
Johnson's Morgan 50 which, in 1995, was the first St.
Lucian yacht to ever participate in the ARC. St. Lucia's
Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Allen Chastanet, his
Permanent Secretary, Darrel Montrope, St. Lucia Yacht
Club's Commodore Charles Devaux and St. Lucia's
marine trades association president, Keats Compton,
all enjoyed the view from Breeze-a-Way.
The first "mass occupancy" at the Rodney Bay
Marina's new floating docks allowed participants to
proceed to Scuttlebutts restaurant, and be treated to
complimentary Heineken beers, and lunch provided
by the St. Lucia Tourist Board. Certificates of participa-
tion were presented by Hayle Harvey of the St. Lucia
Tourist Board, Martin Lucas of IGY, and Keats Compton
of the Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia.
This year's sponsors were Digicel, Heineken,

Colombian Emeralds, Travel Concepts, Mega J,
Mercury Outboard Engines, St. Lucia Electricity
Services, St. Lucia Property Advice, SOL EC Ltd.,
Vacation & Corporate Car Rental and Baron's Food.
The organizers also gave special thanks to Danielle,
Membership Secretary of the St. Lucia Yacht Club.
The Flotilla is organized by the Marine Industries
Association of St. Lucia and the St. Lucia Yacht Club,
with generous assistance from the St. Lucia Tourist
Board and IGY marinas.
For more information visit www.sfuciayachtclub.com.
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Puertoriquenos Dominate Quantum IC24 Regatta, BVI
Emma Paull reports: They came, they raced and
they conquered! Fraito Lugo and Jose Santiago of
Puerto Rico swept the six British Virgin Islands teams
aside at the RBVIYC 2008 Quantum International IC24
regatta, held November 29th and 30th.
Fraito proved again that he and his team are the
ones to beat in IC24 racing by convincingly winning
the regatta. Jose Santiago sailed consistently to place
second by a comfortable margin. One BVI team went

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The only BVI crew to reach the podium was led by
17 year old Alec Anderson

to the podium: third place Alec Anderson, who at the
age of 17 is making a habit of showing his transom to
more seasoned BVI helms. There were no USVI entries
this year.
The Saturday morning saw a shifty northeaster bat-
tling with new pressure from the east. The first race
saw the hard left pay. Several teams fell foul in the
middle with wind lines tantalizingly close but never
quite reaching their sails. Everyone found it hard to be
consistent, apart from Fraito! The breeze freshened in
the afternoon, settling more into the east. The fleet of
eight tightened up and enjoyed some picture-perfect
racing. At the end of the day Fraito had established
his lead, with Jose in second place and Richard
Wooldridge in third.
The Sunday morning's forecast called for strong
winds, with ships reporting winds up to 30 knots in the
Anegada Passage. It never became that windy on
the racecourse, but strong gusts and a choppy Sir
Francis Drake Channel had all crews struggling to sail
upright. Race Officer Guy Eldridge kept the purple
no spinnaker" flag firmly furled, so there was some
fine downwind surfing on display.
At the prizegiving it pained Quantum's Kevin Wrigley
to present the winner's check to Fraito, who runs a
Quantum loft himself. Sam Childs, age six, was given a
gold star as the youngest competitor. Ryan
Wooldridge, nine, joined Sam on Sunday to help Alec
Anderson snatch third place from his father, Richard
W. Ryan. Kevin presented the hapless Chris Haycraft
with a large frozen turkey for winning the battle for last
place! Photographs taken by Guy on the committee
boat were handed out to each competitor. Mike Kirk
single-handedly ran the mark boat all weekend. A big
vote of thanks was given to Guy, Mike, the RBVYC

staff and Commodore Clair for making the regatta
such a success.
As Thanksgiving and a very tight November racing
calendar ruled out many regulars in 2008, Kevin
Wrigley of Quantum BVI is poised to shift the regatta
back to early summer this year.
Grenada Sailing Festival 2009 has a Home Port
For the first time in its 16-year history, yachts taking
part in the annual Grenada Sailing Festival will all be
able to dock at a "Home Port" the brand new Port
Louis Marina by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas.
Clyde Rawls, General Manager C&N Port Louis Marina,
says, "We are extremely pleased to have become pre-
sentation partners of this important event, and to be
providing a central base for participating yachts.
Steadily over the years the Grenada Sailing Festival has
put the island back onto the map of international sail-
ing. We believe that a partnership with Camper &
Nicholsons, a name linked with quality and prestige, will
result in even greater numbers of yachts heading for
and staying in Grenada. We look forward to welcoming
owners, skippers and crews to Port Louis in January and
providing a taste of what is to come in the future."
Danny Donelan, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator for

Welcome home! Port Louis Marina will be the Grenada
Sailing Festival's new 'home port'
C&N Port Louis says, "This is a particularly exciting time
for Camper & Nicholsons, the Grenada Sailing Festival
and Grenada. The island's image in the international
yachting scene is changing and, with the new initia-
tive of the Southern Caribbean Regatta Circuit, there
will be even more interest in staying in this region.
Being a key player in the Port Louis Grenada Sailing
Festival and encouraging more sailors to experience
the great friendliness and great facilities that are on
offer is a very big part of our commitment to making
Grenada a premier international sailing destination."
The Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival & Digicel Work
Boat Regatta will run from January 30th to February
3rd. There are some changes planned in the sched-
ule, including for the first time a full-fleet Pursuit Race.
2009 will also be the first year that there will be racing
classes under both CSA and IRC Rules. Hank Stuart,
Principal Race Officer for the 2009 event, will be run-

ning an Advanced Race Management Seminar on
January 28th at True Blue Bay Resort. The Seminar is
open to race officers and competitive sailors from the
region's sailing associations. Selected participants
may also have the opportunity to join the Festival
Race Committee as observers.
The ever-popular After-Race Party scene will also
have a new character, thanks to the work of a plan-
ning group made up of event organizers and spon-
sors. Headed by Brian Sylvester, Bryden & Minors'
brand manager for Mount Gay, with key members
Brenda Baptiste of Colombian Emeralds, Digicel's
Raelene Lazarus and Joslyn Smith of Heineken, exper-
tise and advice is being pooled from many sources to
make 2009 a fun Festival to remember. New plans
include a "Pirates of Calivigny" Party at the new Le
Phare Bleu Marina and a return to the ever-popular
Aquarium beachside restaurant for a "Taste of Spice"
night. Prize presentations will have extra sparkle with
Moet & Chandon champagne.
The event for 2009 will be run with presentation part-
ners Port Louis and Camper & Nicholsons, in associa-
tion with the Grenada Board of Tourism. The organizers
also thank True Blue Bay and Work Boat Regatta spon-
sor Digicel, plus Captains' Club Members for 2009:

British Airways, Colombian Emeralds, Mount Gay Rum,
Heineken, North South Wines, ScotiaBank and United
Insurance; and Crew Club Members: Budget Marine,
Boval, Island Dreams Yacht Services, TSL Grenada Ltd.,
809 Design and COT Media group. Thanks also go to
new 2009 party venues Le Phare Bleu and The
Aquarium, plus long-term supporters Coca Cola,
Glenelg Spring Water, Deyna's and Art Fabrik.
For more information visit www. grenadasailingfestival.
com, designed and managed by TSL Grenada Ltd.,
the official Internet Partner of the Festival.

Affordable 36th International Rolex Regatta, USVI
The 2009 International Rolex Regatta, to be hosted
by the St. Thomas Yacht Club, March 27th through
29th, is lowering entry fees by 25 percent and offering
IRC boats free dockage at two island marinas.
"There are plenty of great reasons to sail in the
International Rolex Regatta," says Event Co-Director
John Sweeney.
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visiting yachts and making the event more affordable
this year feels like the right move." The 25-percent cut
equates to a US$100 discount for boats sailing IRC,
CSA and One-Design, and US$50 off for beach cats.
Organizers are standing by to provide logistical assis-
tance for boats coming to the regatta. "If you plan to
stay on a mooring near the Club, we've got one with
your name on it," said Sweeney, emphasizing the user-
friendly aspect of the regatta. "If you want to drop
your hook at nearby Christmas Cove, we provide free
launch service. If you prefer to be on a full-service
dock, American Yacht Harbor (www.igy-americany-
achtharbor.com) and Yacht Haven Grande (www.
yachthavengrande.com) are offering free dockage
and space for containers on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Interested yachts must register and make a
request to regatta directors."
Shoreside parties are a signature of the regatta, and
every night they have colorful live entertainment and
low-cost options for dinner. The regatta remains a part
of the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series, which last year
attracted campaigns from the United States and
Europe when it became the first Caribbean regatta to
offer IRC racing classes.
The International Rolex Regatta is followed by the BVI
Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which is held "right
next door" and links the two events to make Virgin
Islands Race Week (VIRW), now in its second year. It
offers eight days of racing in a ten-day period.
Looking to fit the International Rolex Regatta into
busy schedules are Roger Sturgeon's STP65 Rosebud
and Jim Mitchell's R/P 52 Vincitore, while returning is
Sam Fleet, to defend the 2008 title he won aboard
Team Aquarius. Fleet won the inaugural IRC 1 class
with his Swan 601, winning lodging at the Marriott
Frenchman's Reef hotel for the 2009 event. "We will
definitely be returning, however it may be in a differ-
ent boat," said Fleet. "We want to charter a grand
prix boat for the 2009 Florida and Caribbean season,
and race in IRC and CSA regattas throughout the
region. The season will serve as an excellent training
ground for the 2010 Audi MedCup."
For more information visit www.rolexcupregatta.com.

The BVI Spring Thing!
Linda Phillips reports: The 2009 BVI Spring Regatta
and Sailing Festival will take place from March 30th
through April 5th.
The BVI Sailing Festival will commence on Monday,
March 30th with a Welcome Party at Peg Leg's,
Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola. The next day, the Bitter
End Cup race will sail from Nanny Cay Marina to the
Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda. There, the
Nations Cup race will be held on April 1st. On the 2nd,
the Nanny Cay Cup will take participants back to
Nanny Cay.
Also on April 2nd is Registration for the BVI Spring
Regatta and Mount Gay Party. The Festival Village will
be open daily until midnight.
BVI Spring Regatta's three racing days, April 3rd, 4th
and 5th will each see racing on three courses in Drake
Channel. Awards will be given on the 5th.
For more information visit www.bvispringregatta.org.

Nanny Cay Marina Selected as Host Port
for ARC Europe
Alastair Abrehart reports: ARC Europe 2009 will start in
early May from Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, British
Virgin Islands, with a second start from St. Augustine,
Florida. The two fleets meet up at Bermuda before
crossing the Atlantic to the Azores Archipelago, finish-
ing at Lagos, Portugal.

In November 2008, World Cruising Club selected
Nanny Cay Resort & Marina in Tortola as the
Caribbean host port for the start of ARC Europe 2009,
the annual eastbound transatlantic cruising rally, bring-
ing the rally to the British Virgin Islands for the first time.
Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of Nanny
Cay said: "We're very pleased to be part of this well-
established and popular event. The fact that we are
attracting such high quality events shows we are cre-
ating a world-class marina here in the BVI. We're
extremely well-placed to ensure that ARC Europe par-
ticipants are fully prepared and rested before their
Atlantic crossing back to Europe. We look forward to
welcoming them here in May."
WCC Director Andrew Bishop commented on the
move to Nanny Cay Marina: "We are delighted that
ARC Europe 2009 will start from Nanny Cay Marina.
Many skippers will have spent the winter months cruis-
ing the Caribbean, and they will welcome the oppor-
tunity to haul out and thoroughly prepare their yachts
using the excellent facilities available at Nanny Cay.
The marina's location in one of the region's top cruis-
ing areas will be a great incentive for yachts to
explore the northern Caribbean before crossing
to Europe."
ARC Europe is open to cruising monohulls with a mini-
mum length of 27 feet (8.23 metres) and cruising multi-
hulls from 27 to 60 feet (8.23 to 18.29 metres) LOA. The
Rally is open solely to cruising yachts, so they may
motor in calm periods; results are calculated for each
leg and fun prizes awarded.
For more information on ARC Europe 2009 visit www.
worldcruising. com/arceurope.

Trinidadian Teen Breaks World Fishing Record
Steven Valdez reports: Fifteen-year-old Trinidadian
Sean Mendonca now holds the International Game
Fishing Association (IGFA) male junior Atlantic Blue
Marlin World Record. This breaking news from the IGFA

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puts the young Trinidadian in the record books and
Trinidad & Tobago on the world map for Blue Marlin fish-
ing. The record 890-pound fish was caught in the 28th
Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing Association (TTGFA)
"Marlin Madness" Tournament in Tobago in April 2008.
At the recently concluded TTGFA Annual General
Meeting held at the Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club,
Sean was presented with the official IGFA world
record certificate by the TTGFA's President, Chris
Mouttet, who is also an IGFA representative along with
Malcolm Boyack. Also on hand was TTGFA manage-
ment committee member and owner of Paul Rods,
Paul Wittet, who made a special presentation of a
personalized hand-made 80-pound rod to Sean, in the
hope that he may break another record in this year's
"Marlin Madness" tournament carded for April 29th,
30th and May 2nd.

Who Will Break the Caribbean Blue Marlin Record?
Audrey Quiniou reports: The 18th International Billfish
Tournament in Martinique ended on November 1st,
2008 after a successful run which began on October
29th. The Port Plaisance marina in Le Marin, which lies
on the southeast coast of the island, was host again
to the tournament. Nobody broke the record set by
Reynald Pasquier of Guadeloupe, who landed a
767.5-pound fish in 2003, which smashed the previous
record, held by Murray Fourellier of Trinidad, by more
than 110 pounds.
In 2008, with Reynald fishing for the fifth year, the
tournament saw a return to the 300-pound range. On
the first day, Yonna Merlini on Black Pearl of
Martinique landed the first marlin at 305 pounds. A
302-pounder was landed by Ruth Liney on Day 3 on
Rum N Coke of Antigua.
Pair a Dice from Trinidad was champion boat with
3,100 points. In second place were Big Swordfish and
Why Not, both from Martinique with 1800 points each.
Champion angler was Patrick Audel on Why Not with
1700 points. In second place was Ryan Edghill of
Trinidad on Pair A Dice with 1500 points. Third was Ruth
Liney with 1143.6 points. Top female anglers were Ruth
Liney and Yonna Merlini. Junior champion angler was
Jean-Baptiste Renoir on Big Swordfish.
A total of 30 blue marlin, two sailfish and four
spearfish were released. Among the landed species
were two yellowfin tuna of 102.5 and 87.8 pounds
respectively, a dorado of 39.6 pounds, the two blue
marlin, and a 20-pound wahoo. Boats came from
Martinique, Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, Antigua, St.
Lucia, and St. Vincent.
The Martinique Billfish Association has extended
thanks to all participants, well-wishers and sponsors
who worked towards making the 2008 event a suc-
cess, and is looking forward to an even better event
in 2009.

Historic 40th Anniversary Spice Island Billfish
Grenada's 40th Anniversary of the Spice Island
Billfish Grand Slam Tournament is scheduled for
January 20th to 23rd, and organizers say, "It is going
to be our best event ever! Come and try to beat
Adrien Johnson's 669-pound record Blue Marlin and
win ECS30,000!"
Other prizes will include rods and reels, Yeti coolers,
and Costa del Mar eyewear. Eighty-pound line will be
allowed. Duty-free fuel for registered boats will be
available at the Grenada Yacht Club.
SIBT is the first round of the 2009 Southern
Caribbean Billfish Circuit, and is a qualifier for the
IGFA Offshore World Championship. The winner of
SIBT 2009 will be invited to compete in the
Tournament of Champions in Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico in 2010.
Registration is on Monday, January 19th at Grenada
Yacht Club, St. George's, Grenada. There will be three
days of fishing, January 20th, 21st and 23rd, with
Layday fun and food at GYC on the 22nd.
The Spice Island Billfish Tournament is a modified
release event where teams are encouraged to
release the majority of the billfish they catch. Minimum
weight for Blue Marlin is 400 pounds, and 60 pounds
for White Marlin and Sailfish. At the end of the tourna-
ment the boat and angler with the most points are
the winners. Emphasis as always is on fun, sportsman-
ship and good fishing.
Major sponsors are Port Louis Marina, Carib Beer and
Island Water World.
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fThe beauty of the small Grenadine island of Petite Martinique
L is innovation itself.
Launched on Sunday, November 30th, the last official day of the 2008 hurricane
season, Beauty of Petite Martinique was built by Baldwin "Balo" DeRoche for Jeff
Stevens, owner and captain of the 65-foot Windward schooner Jambalaya, built by
Alwyn Enoe & Sons at Windward, Carriacou. The new 48-foot six-inch wooden sloop
is similar in design to the 40-foot sloop Balo built for Jeff last January, but before
Savvy was launched, her purpose and destiny changed. She was purchased by a
prominent businessman to promote his new marina development in Grenada, present
ing a well-timed opportunity for Stevens and DeRoche to make some innovative
V-.i-.-- to the new----1'. 1--
i going to be ,. i .1 says Jeff, who is ----; ; a shirt the same shade of
blue as the top stripe on Beauty's two-toned blue "'i11 i green the colour, its bad
luck to paint a boat green," he explains with reverence. ""'-'r- -l=in -,-n t--bn-logy."
Prior to the ni;n-hn;-i speculation regarding the :......... I ....,i ... little
sister bristled ... '. Pie? File Gumbo? little more than dead reckoning since
the vessel's name is always kept secret, not to be revealed until tl- 1. 1-bi; ; Even
the Bishop had to wait until her name was revealed before he ..I I ,,.... the
"-1:. -- Ti- name came as no surprise to those who saw her during the final phase
,i i.. ,, as they all agreed: she's a real beauty!
Ceremonial customs vary but th- l. 1.-bi;;. i often enacted as either a christen
ing, with godparents playing the : I I -I .- or the less common version where
the vessel is "wedded" to the sea, sponsored by bridesmaids, both customs made
popular by the French in the 18th and 19th century. It is often a unique mixture of

On a roll. Traditional
boatbuilding in the
Grenadines is
having a revival.
Here Beauty of
Petite Martinique
touches the water
Sfor the first time

various religious beliefs and local customs, but always deeply rooted in maritime
super-t p...- I .,i,,. back to ancient times.
On I. I I ..... I. the "parents' plate" was shared in the candle lit cabin to
pay respect to "those who came before us". The solemn ceremony was held to honour
the ancestors of today guild of boatbuilders who are working hard to keep the skill
alive on this small island. Before the arrival of the labour force who were to provide
the "Norwegian steam" necessary to launch the vessel, the Roman Catholic Bishop
performed the blessing using holy water while ladies from the church sang psalms.
Balo's son Gilbert DeRoche accepted the honour of becoming Beauty's godfather,
with a promise to raise her if she sinks, and Beauty's godmother, Kristina Smith,
performed "the dancing of the cake", accompanied by a traditional string band, a
local custom often seen '-r ---in1 wedding ceremonies on Carriacou and PM.
Beauty may be the :.I I1 1 kind, a traditional wooden sloop built in the
Windward Islands with a high efficiency electric r-t-r r-- 'din -lean, quiet, self
sufficient power while eliminating dependency L1 ,, I -.I ,,, I ... I the stench and
noise of a diesel engine. The Thoosa 1300 is a 72 volt electric inboard drive system
(13 kW continuous power replaces a 25 to 40 horsepower combustion engine. For
technical specifications visit_www.asmomarine.com). Recharging of the batteries is
made possible by the ability of the sloop to maintain a consistent speed under sail
for a minimum period of ti... I 1 I,,,. lie propeller turn while under sail, the bat
teric -' 1 .- 1 by the: I ,,.1,, To gain sufficient charge the boat should
do ............... I five knots, a prerequisite practically guaranteed by the persistent
tradewinds in the Grenadines and Balo's reputation for building fast boats.
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While the cost of the electric engine is comparable to that of a Yanmar diesel
engine, the added expense of the batteries is an investment sure to pay itself back
quickly given the current price of fuel in today's volatile energy market. The lighter
weight of th- -1--tri- -n;;;- i --ii'-niated for by the additional weight of the bat-
teries and I i. 1 i. I I . i for the bank of batteries is easily overcome

Left: Cheers!
Launching customs
vary, but
a celebratory
beverage is always
in order. Note the
snubbing post to
control the cradle's
rate of descent

Right: With a little
help from the cargo
vessel Adelaide,
and an honorary
crew aboard,
Ty re l Beauty meets the
Caribbean Sea

during h- 1 t ; P placing the batteries in a box secured to the keel they
can be: I -I Ia I 1 I or aft, with their weight adding ballast for optimal per
formance while providing the 72 volts of power required to operate the engine.
The spar is recycled, salvaged from the schooner Moonshine, which was demol
ished by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The mammoth mast is hollow, made of two inch
thick laminated Sitka spruce and is a thing of beauty in itself, very lightweight and
perfectly proportioned for the sloop, which will be gunter rigged.
Even the launching was innovative, rolling the vessel into the water while still in
her cradle, a kinder, gentler way to ease the vessel into the sea and less risky than
cutting down supports. The cutting down is tricky and must be well timed. It can
pose a hazard if the vessel comes down on her side too fast, harming the most vul
nerable part of the hull where the impact is likely to be greatest. By keeping the hull
upright in the cradle until afloat, damage can be avoided.
They rolled the cradle using large steel pipes salvaged from the defunct desalini
station plant where they were scrapped and left to rust. It was looking like it could
be the fastest launch in the history of boatbuilding in the West Indies, ', ,
speculation that if the speed of Beauty's launching is any indication ol -'' I
over water, "she gone be a fass boat!" There was very little time between the first
few pulls on the line running out to an anchor in the bay, and such a great strain

on the tree stump holding the check line, it uprooted. While a few men shored up
the stopper, a large group of strong men were barely able to hold her back.
-. ........ I. control the speed while they eased the check-line out, she lurched
I.. i 1.1 a mad palomino and her bow stuck firmly into the sand surrounded
by shallow water where the stern just met the shoreline. With 5,000 pounds of lead
ballast in the attached keel and the added resistance of the cradle dragging sand,
they threw a line out to the Adelaide and the big cargo vessel tugged the sloop and
cradle until she floated free. Balo is confident that the rollers will work better next
time if they can convince a few more rI-n t- -t ----t l.-in l.n.l-. n-~-r th- roll
ers as they are moved forward during I1. i,,, I .. I 11 I .' i..... I - Balo
has learned another valuable lesson i. , i ... . I I ..... I,,. and
he says the rollers will be left on the I .11 I
While many Caribbean islands struggle to meet the challenge of economic stimu
lation and employment for skilled workers, Petite Martinique is ahead of her time.
Construction of the two sloops launched less than a year apart has already contrib
uted directly to the local economy, with the possibility of a new schooner being

commissioned -a serious inquiry, and a direct result of the recent activity. It could
prove to kick-start '-.-th-r r-;;r-;- -f 1-1 boatbuilding the way Linton Rigg's
commissioning o 11 .... .. ..... i. I I I establishing the Carriacou Regatta
in 1965, Rigg partnered with master shipwright and winner of the first three regattas,
Zepherine McLaren, to build Mermaid, challenging local working decked sloops to
race against her. -' ..1 Pyle chronicled what he thought +~ -I- 'in rt in 1 r]l
when he published I ., Sweet Wind, visiting the same : I ... ..... I. -.
descendants have somehow managed to keep the tradition alive with little outside
assistance. Whereas previous governments have failed tc tl-- -lnti ri f ti
opportunity presented to them, perhaps the newly elected ...... .. I .I .. .
Carriacou and Petite Martinique will see fit to support this industry in a way that
would enable it to thrive in these tough economic times. A few tools and some much
needed shelter would be a welcome start. Local expertise is readily available.
With an innovative approach to sustainable tourism, Beauty of Petite Martinique
will provide peace of mind for charter guests ...i.... .i...1i holiday -the
chance to retrace Douglas i ..... I1.. II ... I .. I 1- ... I ilv l--i in1
nothing behind but their ,, i ... i .1 I .1... I .... i ... I. 1 I
set with a less-than-pristine conscience may 11- i I. ... i i iI ...i I planting
a coconut tree on a small island or cay of their choice.

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Some Useful

Weather Information Sources

Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion
www. nhc. noaa. gov/text/MIATWDAT. shtml
Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook
www. nhc. noaa. gov/text/MIATWDAT. shtml
Caribbean Weather Information
http://caribwx. mwxc. com/marine. html
Jeff Masters/Weather Underground
Local Forecasts
* www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/tenday/TDXX0002?from=36hr fcstlODayLinkbusiness
NB These examples are for Trinidad the former isfor Piarco and the latterfor Port of Spain (although neither
is very goodfor cruisers in Chaguaramas). It's easy to get localforecasts for other islands on these websites.
Offshore Waters Forecast for the Caribbean Sea
www. nhc. noaa. gov/text/MIAOFFNT3. shtml?
Offshore Waters Forecast for the Tropical North Atlantic
www. nhc. noaa. gov/text/MIAOFFNT3. shtml?
Virtual Buoy from Buoyweather
http://Buoyweather.com enter a virtual buoy location anywhere you want.
Buoyweather uses the GFS model; it simply reports what GFS is predicting for your chosen location.
For a small fee you can have daily e-mails (either text or graphic format, your choice).
http:/, ... ...... I I i il =' (has some pre-set virtual buoys -faster than Buoyweather,
also I i ,, . i ,loy)
Other weather tidbits:
www. srh. noaa. gov/srh/jetstream/
W W .. 1. .. . ... ... .. .. I, 1 1
htt .. .1 i i .1 ,i .11. forecasts
Thanks to Clayton and Fiona Lewis of the yacht Argo for this information.

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Nets are run by the Net Controller (NC). He or she
will usually begin with some sort of preamble, identi
flying himself, usually -I -i, 1 I Ihe net,
perhaps fi-n. ie .... . I .. .. i I perhaps
giving :. I ,,,, .... i ,, C- .I .l as a
weather forecast), and ending with a call for traffic.
This is your signal to call in with your boat name or
ham call sign. The NC will recognize you and perhaps
several others, forming a call list. He will then call you
in one at a time, giving each an opportunity to speak
with him one-on-one -which everyone else will hear,
of course.
You can request to call another station for a brief
conversation on the net frequency. If you wish to
speaktothatsta' .... i ... i,.i .1I ,-kto take
that station to ,... ', 1 ... 1 I Ito as a
"QSY"). When you are finished with your contact with
the NC, you sign off with your boat name and your
status ("standing by" or "shutting down"). The NC
will then recognize the next boat, and so on. If you
need to re enter the net you can call "re entry" any
time the NC is calling for new traffic. This should be
used judiciously.
If you have information that someone is requesting,
you may insert the word "info" at an appropriate break
in the conversation. If the NC does not have the infor
nation he will usually ask if anyone does have it, and
that is your entry.
If you hear a station that you wish to speak to, insert
the word "contact" and the NC will call you in at the
first logical break.
Insertion of the word "break" infers a higher degree
of urgency, which the NC will try to recognize. The use
of the double break ("break, break") implies an emer
agency situation, which requires immediate attention.
All of these "insertions" tend to disturb the natural
flow of the net and should be used with care.
The NC will usually close the net officially at some
specified time or after there are no more responses to
calls for traffic.

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1030 0630 Trinidad Emergency Net 9Z4CP (Eric) 3855 Voice LSB/ham
1030 0630 Carib. Emergency& Weather Net 3815 Voice LSB/ham
1100 0700 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 8137 Voice USB (Note 2)
1100 0700 Caribbean Maritime Mobile Net 7250 Voice LSB/ham (Note 3)
1130 0730 KP2G Caribbean Weather Net (George) 7086 Voice LSB/ham (Note 1)
1200 0800 NMG Broadcast B Wefax* USB
1230 0830 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 8104 Voice USB (Note 2)
1300 0900 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
1330 0930 Caribbean Weather (Chris) 12350 Voice USB (Note 2)
1530 1130 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB

2030 1630 Carib. Cocktail & Weather Net(George) 7086 Voice LSB/ham
2130 1730 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB
2235 1835 Caribbean Emergency &WeatherNet 3815 Voice LSB/ham
0000 2000 Caribbean Sea (WLO) C Voice USB
0000 2000 NMG Broadcast B Wefax* USB B-- cl.-I *rA MITI I Iuil..- L..
0330 2330 Offshore Forecast A Voice USB BaW I e Cruittig .". ""
*Since November 3, 2008 several radiofax charts produced by the National Hunicane Center which are broadcast 6ia rbOLln Chr rir -.
from New Orleans are based. ...... ... ...I. .. model run times. A 36 hour wind/wave chart has been C~itWal Piasag~rnaikig " '
added to the New Orleans broad ..l I .. .ww.nhc.noaa.gov/radiofax transmission changes.shtml L... N.I~ 'i..
Frequencies (in kHz):
A) NMN, Chesapeake, 4426, 6501, 8764, 13089, 17314.
Caribbean Sea approximately 25 minutes later.
NMG, New Orleans, 4316, 8502,12788.
Caribbean Sea approximately 25 minutes later.
B) 4316, 8502, 12788, 17144.5
C) 4369, 8788, 13110, 17362, 22804. Gulf of Mexico, Southwest North Atlantic, then
Caribbean Sea
Note 1: An in-depth voice report followed by faxes and SSTV, except Sundays.
Note 2: Unless severe weather threatens, this net is not conducted on Sundays. When there are
active Tropical systems in the Atlantic, Caribbean Weather (Chris) runs a Net at 2300 Marin
UTC / 1900 AST, on 8137, Voice, USB. For complete schedule and changes visit
www.caribwx.com/ssb.html Uan
Note 3: George comes on approximately 0710 with a weather synopsis, then moves to 7086 and The insurance business has changed.
at 0730 gives the complete Caribbean forecast including rebroadcasting WEFX. No longer can brokers talk of low rates.
Rather, the honest broker can only say,
There are also a Bahamas Weather Net at 0700 EST on 4003, and a "I'll do my best to minimize your increase"
Puerto Rico/VI Weather Net at 1110 and 2310 UTC on 3930LSB. There is good insurance, there is cheap
WWV has World Marine Storm Warnings (Voice) at 8 minutes after each hour, Insurance, but there is no good cheap
and Solar Flux information at 18 minutes after each hour on 2500, 5000, insurance You never know how good
10000, 15000, and 20000 AM. your Insurance is until you have a claim.
During hurricane activity, information can be found continuously on the Then, if the claim is denied
Hurricane Watch Net on 14325 USB/ham. or unsatisfacto settled
Anyone, licensed or not, may legally operate on HAM frequencies in the event it is too late.
of a life-threatening emergency.
St. Martin/Maarten 0730 VHF 14 Monday-Saturday '
English Harbour 0900 VHF 68/06 Daily
Grenada 0730 VHF 68 Monday-Saturday I r
Chaguaramas 0800 VHF 68 Monday Sunday I have been in the insurance business
Porlamar 0800 VHF 72 Monday Saturday 48 years, 44 with Lloyds, and my claims
Puerto La Cruz 0745 VHF 72 Monday-Saturday settlement record cannot be beat.
Fax DM Street
Thanks to William Mills ofToucan I, Teri Rothbauer (and the Ghost) ofFREE, Dave Iolaire Enterprises (353) 28 33927
Richardson of Overstreet, Bill Campbell of Alcheringa II, and the Pompas of Second o ail: streetiolaireehotai
Millennium for information, which was correct to the best of our knowledge as this or e-mail: streetiolairehotmai.com
issue of Compass went to press. www.street-iolaire.com


A pelican and his mate bobbed serenely on the water
off our port bow. My husband, Chris, and I were
aboard Che'lu, our ten-year-old, 36-foot Trawlercat,
anchored off Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin
Islands, in December 2007. ...-. .... i, -i
the big birds and they tool 11 11, I i "" h,- ,
the water to help lift off, leaving three little rings where
they touched. They circled in a big arc, then, like syn
chronized divers, plummeted into the water side by
side, -.-r.n.-r hl--i-ng their feathers, and resuming
their .-... I ii .1 .

was wood and was destroyed by fire. Its replacement
was enlarged in 1833, partially destroyed by Hurricane
Marilyn in 1995 and was restored. I was surprised to
see that the floor is sand. It is believed that this is
derived from a practice during the Spanish Inquisition,
during which time Judaism was practiced secretly and
the sand helped muffle the sound of prayer and song.
The woman in the gift shop was the Rabbi's wife. It
turns out they are the neighbors of our friends, the
Linds, who we know from Guam! In the course of con
versation, she invited Chris to play golf with her hus

Christmas in.

Christmas Cove

We took the boat around to Benner Bay, where Budget
Marine is located, but it was rolly so we returned to
Charlotte Amalie. Chris had been hankering for pizza,
so we went to Pizza Hut and got carry-out. We carried it
home and set the table, lit candles, and feasted.
The next morning, TWO pelicans sat on the bow. I
took a picture, then chased them away and cleaned
the bow seat. Chris tied string from the flag to the rail
so they can't land there anymore. When we got back
from our errands, they were on top of the doghouse!
The sound of the dinghy scared them off and they
haven't returned (yet).
I received a lesson on manners in the Caribbean here
in "American paradise". I needed a guarantor's seal on
a document, so we went to Scotia Bank. I started off
on the wrong foot though, by acting like a "foreigner"
and directly stating my business. The woman straight
ened and stiffly, pointedly, said, "Good morning!" I
apologized for forgetting my manners and wished her
S---1 -rn-;n; but the damage had been done. She
S....... and told me they would only do it for
their customers.
We walked to the St. Thomas Synagogue for a visit.
Founded in 1796, it is the oldest synagogue in continue
ous use under the American flag. The original building

Main photo: The Virgin Islands seem made
for rainbows
Inset: The next morning, TWO pelicans
sat on the bow...'
band. We hit it off and said that when we take the
Linds out on Che'lu we'll have them come, too.
We thought it was appropriate to go to Christmas
Cove on nearby St. James Island to spend Christmas
Eve and Christmas. Once the anchor was down, we got
out the snorkel gear and ----t .n-rl--1li- around Fish
Cay, a small rocky islanol .. ..... I II of the cove.
There were a lot of starfish. There was also a baby bar
racuda and, when I grew chilled and returned to the
boat, he followed me a little way. I kept an eye on him;
he was small so wouldn't be really dangerous, but a
bite could still hurt. However, he seemed satisfied that
I was leaving and not going to bother him and turned
away. On the way to the boat, I saw a small ray skim
ming along the bottom.
Christmas was a beautiful day in Christmas Cove,
with over 30 boats anchored there. The occupants of a
monohull in front of us, Cloud 9, came over in their
dinghy bearing Christmas cookies; their dog, Ziggie,

was wearing a Santa hat. They continued around the
cove, dispensing their holiday cheer. A guy on a wind
surfer saw "Guam" on the back of our boat and hol
lered out, "Hafa adai!" I asked him how he knew that
and he said he had spent several years in Guam, Rota
and Saipan. We invited him back for a beer, but he
never showed up. Later, I dinghied over to Cloud 9,
which had a huge Texas fl .i ... ... I ... ited Jason
and Stephanie to dinner. Ii ... I ,,i I I and she's
from Canada. They both live and work on St. John.
The next day we took the dinghy across the channel
to St. Thomas to All Points Marine, where they have
the stuff we need to clean out t ii 1- --.r Then we
went to Budget Marine but, I . .. ,,, walked up
to the road to see what was around. There was a big
Food Store (catchy name!), so we went in to see what
they had -lots! Nice store: big, clean and well
stocked. Budget Marine didn't have an anchor ball in
stock, but they ordered one for us from their St.
Maarten store. When we mentioned that we had gotten
one there earlier, but it somehow came untied and
blew away, the salesclerk offered Chris a book on tying
knots to go with it!
Then we returned to Christmas Cove for the night. A
rainbow graced the cove as we approached. There were
several showers in Christmas Cove the following morn
in: nd we saw a single, then later a double, rainbow.
took a tour by dinghy, checking out various bays
and anchorages we hadn't been to yet, assessing
which we might like to come back to. Then we crossed
to Redhook to get internet (for bill paying), but couldn't
get connected, so we checked out Great Bay (couldn't
get connected there either), then decided to call it a
day and went back to Christmas Cove for the remain
der of the afternoon and overnight. A trimaran named
Glory, white with red trim, came into the anchorage
-single-handed by a man who reveled in posing and
displaying himself in all his "glory".
The next morning we went to Crown Bay marina to
pick up the anchor windlass part we had ordered -they
had e-mailed us that it had arrived. There is no anchor
age there, so we went to Honeymoon Bay off Water
Island, a quick dinghy ride to the place. The last time we
were there, there were a lot of boats in Honeymoon Bay.
Today it was totally empty except for one lone sailboat
S .......1 .. 1 Tust as we dropped the anchor, a
.. .i..1 1 i .... p to us. The driver said they were
:. ...... ... 11. and we'd have to move. Filming
was to begin at noon and it was only 10:00AM, so when
we explained we were only going to be about 30 minutes,
he said it was okay to stay. "If anyone asks, tell them
you've cleared it with Rick!" Th- m-i- t.Trin.- Brad
Pitt, was "The Curious Case oli ..1.... i ..I
The anchor windlass part that arrived was the wrong
one! The marina will reorder. So we went to Benner
Bay, and I did bill paying while Chris went to Budget
Marine. The anchor ball hadn't arrived yet, so he came
and got me and we went and shopped at the Food
Store across the street. Benner Bay was very rolly, so
as soon as we got everything stowed we decided it was
another holiday and headed back to Christmas Cove.
Jacquie and Chris Milman and cruising the Caribbean
and Bahamas aboard the yacht Che'lu.




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by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal

This is a tale of a lake that cannot be sailed. Located in the village of La Brea on
the southwestern peninsula of Trinidad is the Pitch Lake. To locals and visitors alike,
the Pitch Lake at first glance is not very exciting or much of an attraction. Let's face
it: it looks like a huge parking lot. Despite this it is a tourist attraction with approx
imately 20,000 persons visiting it annually. But why is the Pitch Lake so important?
And what is a pitch lake?
Pitch or asphalt lakes are also referred to as tar pits or more correctly asphalt pits.
They are formed when subterranean bitumen leaks to the surface and accumulates,
forming a pit or lake of asphalt. The Pitch Lake at La Brea in Trinidad is one of four
known worldwide. The others are those in McKittrick, California, the La Brea Tar Pits
in Los Angeles and Lake Bermudez in Venezuela. You might notice that two out of
the four lakes contain the word "La Brea." This is because la brea is Spanish for "the
tar". So why is it also referred to as the "Pitch Lake"? This is simply because "pitch"
is an old-fashioned term for tar.
At the mention of tar you would assume that walking in the lake would be impos
sible, but you are actually walking on the lake. As the tar hardens upon reaching the
surface, it forms a skin that prevents the tar from sticking to one's shoes. As I men
tioned before, although Pitch Lake looks like a harmless parking lot, it is advisable
to get a guide. Parts
of it are quite soft,
especially near the
centre, and a car can
quickly sink into it.
The lake covers an
area of 40 hectares,
and if you were to
slice the lake in half
you would see that it
is shaped like an
inverted cone with a
centre that is report

deep. It can be
thought of as a slow
motion black hole,
which pulls things
into itself. There are
also underground
ie ", i m channels or "veins"
of pitch which stretch
Tour guides wil show you where to walk and where not to! outward for several
kilometres from the
main lake.
But how did the
Pitch Lake form? It is theorized that it was formed at the intersection of two faults
that force oil from a deep deposit. At the surface, the lighter elements in the oil
evaporate leaving behind the asphalt. This also contains petroleum due to the bacte
rial action on the asphalt at low pressures.
So, as the lake is made of fossil fuels, would it not make an excellent source of fuel,
instead of being used for road construction? Well, this was attempted in 1820 by
Governor Sir Ralph Woodford who used it to light a beacon in the tower of the Trinity
Cathedral in Port of Spain, Trinidad. However, the strong smell proved unbearable and
the idea was abandoned. The lake also emits gases and a strong smell of sulphur.
There is also folklore associated with the Pitch Lake by the Chaima Indians who
believed that it was formed as a punishment by their winged god who caused the
earth to open up and emit pitch that swallowed up the entire village. This was
because during celebrations after victory over a rival tribe they cooked and ate the
sacred hummingbirds that were believed to hold the spirits of their ancestors. The
locals also claim that during the dry season, ospreys drop freshly caught fish on the
lake's surface to cook.
Besides tar, lighter distillates are also visible on the surface of waterholes as well
as a cream coloured substance referred to as "mother". It is also believed that the
rainwater that collects in nooks and crannies on the lake has healing powers. It is
claimed to be good for arthritis and joint pain, among other ailments.
As for importance, these it1, 11 t .t 1 geological significance: they are excel
lent localities to excavate "' I 1' ,-I t animals that fell in and were unable
to escape. There is a small museum which contains Amerindian artifacts found at
the lake.
The asphalt is mined and exported for .... ,.. .i., . I construction with mining
taking place at the south and east rims I I, I .1 -,, mining started in 1867,
ten million tonnes have been mined. But this is not its only use, as it was immedi
ately put to use caulking Sir Walter Raleigh's ship when he discovered it in 1595.
At present there is a visitor facility operated by the La Brea Pitch Lake Tour Guides
Association. The facility opens daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and admission includes
a guided tour. Admission rates are (approximately) US$5 for adults and US$2 for
children from six to 12 years. Children under six years enter for free and keep a
good eye on them! Groups of 20 persons or more get a 20 percent discount. There
are special rates for students and teachers of local schools.
Tour guides can be easily identified by their red T shirts from Monday to Friday and
rT 1hi-.: -. C.turday, Sunday and public holidays. However, one must be
S I ii .. I- unlicensed tour-guides that hang around the facility offer
ing tours to visitors. But they are easily detected by their lack of uniform.
All in all, this large "parking lot" is quite useful and a visit makes a unique outing.
So the moral of the story is: don't judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes
to the works of Mother Nature.

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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F ... I, .11 I,
moon's setting to just after Its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and: I .1
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Ti' local.
Note: the maximum tide Is 3 or 4 days after the new ,. ,, 1 ... ..
For more Information, see 'Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!

1 1549
2 1631
3 1714
4 1800
5 1849
6 1943
7 2034
8 2148
9 2255
10 2359
11 0000 (full)
12 0102
13 0158
14 0249
15 0337
16 0442
17 0507
18 0552
19 0638

20 0726
21 0815
22 0906
23 0957
24 1046
25 1135
26 1221 (new)
27 1305
28 1348
29 1403
30 1513
31 1557
1 1644
2 1735
3 1831
4 1931
5 2035
6 2139
7 2241

0035 (full)
1312 (new)

S- -ail into the Caribbean
.1 ...tg kitty that might be
i i,. ,h ,.unch", or sailors who
....i i i to blast through the
Caribbean in a couple of months have now decided
they want to spend a few laid-back years here, experi
enced Caribbean cruisers share some tips that can
make anyone's stack of "freedom chips" go further
while enhancing their -nij--'nt of the Caribbean.
For starters, many ..I I' ... North America and
Europe are accustomed to docking at *...... .1,'
ly. The Caribbean offers a wide and ,, i i .
tion of marinas catering to virtually every re i..
ment, taste and pocketbook, but seasoned F i .
point out that in the Caribbean you can often a. I
out, too and usually for free.
Then they universally recommend "doing a- 11
Romans do" -shopping local and eating local .
more economical and more adventurous as well
Here is a treasure trove of many more hints ..
old hands. Thanks to all the long-term Carl I
cruisers and former cruisers who shared their I
and experience.
Cost-Efficient Cruising
To trim the fuel bill, Ruth Lund of Baraka says .
rather than motor -even short distances, espec 11 ,I
you have a boat design that sails in light wind -...
points high when the wind is on the nose." P ...I,
Dolinski, formerly of Syrena, elaborates: "S
down. Leave early to sail to the next island or
anchorage and drift along rather than turning
on the engine as soon as the wind eases. Of
course, this works better if you have a good
sailing boat. (Power boaters need to figure
their most efficient speed.) Or stay put! The
next bay may be beautiful, but is it more
beautiful than the one you are in? Each time
you fire up the engine to move, think of that
fuel as liquid money burning up.
And when it is time to fuel up, Tony Sanpere
of Cayenne III notes: "St. Croix now has the
cheapest fuel."
When i-lr;;.;;; ---; itinr-rary, Marcie Connelly
Lynn o* .. . ,i i ,- "Frequent'off the beaten
i .tl-' i. 1- .1 T-l tatia) instead of tourist
S- I I 1 1 ... I '.. receptions, as well as
a better look at the local culture." Phil Chapman on
Chaser II says, "In my experience, the farther north you
are the more expensive it is to live, moor or anchor.
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continued from previous page
Trinidad is a good place to hang out for a while in
hurricane season. Venezuela, although becoming more
expensive in recent months, is still a place where you
can eat, drink and get work done at a reasonable cost.
Puerto La Cruz marinas are popular, and Porlamar in
Margarita is good for duty free shopping."
Mindful Maintenance
Ralph Trout of Sea Cow says: "To keep a bit more
money in your pocket, learn to do most of your own
work. One sure money saver will be to take a course
on outboard =m.11 -niin- repair. Try to get a shop
manual for '- Ii..... I course, keep as much as
possible as simple as possible. The fewer the whistles
and bells, the less there is to break.
"Maintain everything on a written schedule. Keep the
batteries filled with distilled water and all connections
cleaned. Change the oil and filters by the hour-meter.
Be ultimately organized and equipped for a quick and
productive haul-out. Reef the sails as soon as you
think of it, rather than re-sewing them. Having an
efficient water-catcher will save a lot. Check your
ground tackle regularly. Buy good chains and locks
and keep them lubricated.
"A primary cruising realization is that there are few
bargains in us 1 .- Puy once, wisely."
Ruth Lund I I- i .. good quality filters -to clear
fuel and save on engine problems, and to make tap
water drinkable."
Eat Fresh, Eat Local
St. Thomas-based Barbara Gail Warden says her top
'ii .-' i ,,. tip is: I -1....."' Eat for free! Eat more
I liar, kill T. -1' Troll a line everywhere
you go and make a habit of leaving one over the side
whenever you're on board at anchor. Everyone we
know complained about how expensive the Bahamas
were, but we spent two months eating fish and rice and
hardly spent a cent. Also, we were lean and toned!"
Pauline Dolinski agrees: "Head out fishing whenever
you can. If you don't have a freezer to keep leftover
fish, try pickled fish -it keeps for a long time."
(Moreover, Dr. Rajendra Pachuri, chair of the United
Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate 1. ....
said that people should have at least one :.. .' 1.
day a week if they want to help tackle climate change.
The UN's Food and Agricultt . ...'. ,, i .- esti
mated that meat production ...... i .. .. I fifth
of all global greenhouse emissions. Cows emit meth
ane gas, which is 23 times more effective as a global
warming agent than carbon dioxide.)


Angelika Gruener on Angelos says, "Always see what
the locals buy at the market. Usually local veggies are
much cheaper than imported food. Learn to deal with
them. It is adventurous, fun, and part of Caribbean
......... I ... I.. 1.. I1,, I I exam ple: "Breadfruit
.- .. I .... ...i i I.. .I ... I makes great French
fries, chips, cottage fries and other potato recipes, and
can even be used in pancakes or desserts."
Devi Sharp on Arctic Tern concurs: "Eat local foods
and shop in the fresh fruit and vegetable markets. If
you eat the fruits and vegetables that locals eat, you
will almost always find good variety at good prices.
When you see something that
is new to you and you don't
know how to use it, ask the
vendor. Tl ;. ;, .1 ; 1 .1 ,
togivel .1 ii I i 11 I'
nity to share their knowledge
with the foreign visitor. In the
supermarkets you will pay
dearly for brand names like
Bounty, Charmin and Raisin
Bran. Look for local alterna-
tives to your old standby
Melodye Pompa of Second
Millennium has this tip: "Buy
products made in Trinidad or
Barbados they are often as
good quality as anything
imported from the States, the
UK or Canada, and at a frac
tion of the cost. Try their
tomato ketchup, mustard,
jams and jellies, many canned
.. paper goods, etcetera.
I- check the small local
grocery shops -you'll be The wind is stillfree
amazed at what some of them
stock. I know a small shop on
Victoria Street in Hillsborough, Carriacou, where I find
skinless boneless chicken breasts, Trinidad-produced
pork chops and tenderloins, and cottage cheese. The
proprietor will try to order anything you request and
she doesn't inflate the prices. Patronize the local veg
etable and fruit vendors but don't be afraid to say no
if their prices are out of line -that means you'll have
to shop around to know what good prices are.
"Be friendly with the local merchants and vendors. If a
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Melodye's husband, John, adds some caveats:
"Check expiration dates before buying. Especially in
small 'Mom and Pop' stores, items can stay on the
shelf for many years. And, unfortunately, product that
has passed its expiration date in other lands has a way
of finding itself down here to the Caribbean.
"If you see something that you will need in the
future, buy it now! There is --- _--1 -1. .-,e that it
will not be available when yo -. I 1i 1 I I ... expira
tion dates in mind, of course).
"When shopping at a market, ask the price before
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buying and make sure you understand which current
cy is meant (e.g. 'dollars' can be EC dollars, US dollars
or TT dollars). Also when =h-i-. -t the market, be
aware that some, not all, I. 1.11 "i prices for us
S. .... .' than for locals.
L* I repeat DO NOT buy lobster out-of season,
no matter what you are told (e.g. "that rule does not
apply to us fishermen, just to stores and restaurants",
etcetera). Big fines are involved!
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Ruth Lund advises: "Unless you .r- 7-in; on an
ocean crossing, don't overdo the .. .. I tinned
stuff, especially when anchored in a place where fresh
food is available. Otherwise you'll end up throwing
away dated and swelling tins or running the risk of
food poisoning.
"Buy biscuits, snacks, cereals and flour that are
.-1 .--1 .,1 -- .-1 i, ,.ll quantities in the trop
I: I I' i I or 'weevily'. Sometimes
smaller is better.
"Decant milk into glass bottles. In plastic, however
hard one cleans with a bottle-brush, it goes off
fairly quickly."
Many cruisers get into making their own bread,
yogurt, and other basics, for quality as well as econo
my. St. Croix-based Mandy Thody tells us: "On many
English-speaking islands you can buy yeast in small
metal tins with a plastic lid; this keeps well. In the
USVI you can buy it in caterer's pound packs, vastly
cheaper than those silly sachets.
"The islands all have whole-milk powder for making
yoghurt. It usually comes in large tins, but in some
shops it's repackaged into unmarked plastic bags, so
ask the shopkeeper. Its a good deal if you buy the
largest size and keeps six months at least.
Marcie Connelly-Lynn adds: "Make up your own
salad dressings, cake mixes, etcetera. Corinne Kanter's
KISS cookbook is worth the investment, or just Google
the internet for recipes."
Trinidad-based Shirley Hall elaborates: "Each off
the-boat meal should provide new recipes to prepare in
your galley. Make your cruise a reinvention of yourself
into a ..i.. ....net who uses whatever the island
has to 1 1. II... healthier by the day.
"Make it a private contest to prepare the best-tasting,
most nutritious meals on the leanest budget. Try
brown rice, whole-grain pasta, and all the various
locally grown root vegetables, such as cassava, sweet
potato, dasheen, eddoes, and tannia. Eat beans,
beans, and more beans, every way you can cook them.
Beans are great as they keep well, and eaten with
brown rice create the perfect protein. Switch to a
heart-good cooking oil like canola and use just a
tablespoon to fry or saute. Eat locally grown greens,
especially spinach, dasheen bush, and pak choy in
soups, sides, or salads for good sources of iron for
healthy bones.
"Cook with fresh herbs such as thyme, sage, basil
and chives. Most of these can be grown in small pots

in the cockpit. Season your meals with island chut- . I i,, ,1 1 My annual physical came to less than
neys that you have concocted from mangos, pom- -- ... I .cluded a physical examination, full
mecytheres, or tamarind. Snack on popcorn, roasted blood test, mammogram, Pap smear and ultrasound.
chickpeas, or pumpkin seeds you have prepared. As Many of the doctors and dentists in the English
you mature to galley chef, look for other cruisers speaking islands have taken training at medical
who might enjoy a potluck evening, swapping dishes schools and facilities in the US, the UK or Canada, and
and recipes, are highly qualified. Having said that, like choosing a
"Try a breakfast of local fruit. Sample the local teas doctor at home, ask around for references before you
such as 1. ... . .-- .i. , ... expensive coffee. The book. (Contact the Caribbean Safety and Security Net
dried peel i ...... ..'. .11 grown orange (never via their website, www.safetyandsecuritynet.com, for
sprayed) makes an excellent tasty tea that lowers cho an extensive list of doctors, dentists, specialists and
lesterol. Cut out soda and instead get a good canteen veterinarians, recommended by cruisers.)
or stylish water bottle. Money is
well spent on an excellent
water filter.
"Pack a lunch when you
leave for a day's outing. The 5
you forget, buy a hand of
bananas and get your daily
quota of potassium.
"We all seem to be weight
conscious, so try and weigh
have scales than can handle
you. As you consume a good
healthy diet in modest por
tons, you will slim down.
"After a usual week, try the
new approach of cooking, car
trying a lunch on your excur
sions, drinking water instead
of sodas, and walking instead
of taking taxis. Compare the
weekly totals. Your pocket will
still have money and you will
still have great memories
(maybe more memories if you Catch of the day: red snapper. Eat more fish! Troll a line everywhere you go and
cutoutoli - .. i. . i he make a habit of leaving one over the side whenever you're on board at anchor'
biggest :'. .. a
healthy, self cooked cruising season is the reduction in Bust the Bar Bills
medicine and doctors' bills. Get healthy, and live to Phil Chapman advises: "To avoid dehydration in this
cruise longer!" climate you need to drink a lot, but alcohol is a no no
Economical Health Care when it comes to dehydration. Although a cool beer
Melodye Pompa says, "Price shop for prescription might seem good, it will not rehydrate you as well as
drugs. We buy everything in the islands different you might think. Water is the answer, though a little
manufacturer, same ingredients, no huge markup as boring. This can be made more enjoyable by adding
seen in the States. I I I.. i,. .' Livean and C Light being
"The same goes for medical care, especially if you do '. "1I ....1 iI. I .. reallyy good.
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This way you can carry gallons of good-flavoured
"juice" aboard with no .1.1 or storage problems. Of
course, once the heat ci i. lay has passed, it's time
to get out the rum and watch the sun go down!"
Pauline Dolinski says, "Don't be a wine snob. The
French islands have vin ordinaire in big plastic bottles
and some boxed wine is quite drinkable. At happy
hour in the bar, order a glass of water as well as your

See what the locals buy at the market. Ann Vanderhoofon
Become a locavore! Buying island grown fruits and vegetal
in season definitely stretches the cruising kitty
drink and alternate between them. As an added plus,
it will keep you sober."
Ralph Trout: "More than anything, cut down -or
cut out -the booze. It has cost me a few outboard
props that hit reefs that should have been visible. I've
also lost a few shoulder bags in bars, not to mention
literally thousands of dollars at 'm-n--- -inr' happy
hours that lasted well into the :,,. i
Shirley Hall concurs: "The main money-saver is to
either imbibe alcohol only on the boat, or cut it out
entirely. Alcohol is absolutely the biggest money wast
er. Inebriated, you consume more food, buy more
alcohol even after you're tanked, and break or lose
more valuable items. Been there and done that! If you

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dink. Prove me correct by keeping a weekly tally sheet
of where your money went. Boat maintenance is nume
ro uno, but drinks run a close second."
That's Entertainment
Marcie Connelly-Lynn: "To give the kitty a break
when eating out, make it lunch at a place the locals
frequent, instead of dinner at a tourist spot."
Pauline Dolinski: "Check out
local school concerts, contests
and other performances, both
for the entertainment on stage
and the chance to mingle with
the local people. The commu
nity Christmas programs at
the village of Ste. Anne in
Martinique, for example, were
fun to see. Community events,
lHap hu1 i n c,: and other
S. I i .. minounced by
posters or newspaper ads.

occasionally, don't you?) Also
watch for the arrival of cruise
ships, as some places provide
I 1 -or musical
I ..... I I the disem-
barking passengers, which
you, too, can enjoy from a
nearby perch. Some hotels
have evening entertainment
Re eta saGs, that can be h ni-- from the
Receta s bar for the i drink.
sHappy hour in the cockpit
can be an inexpensive way to
spend an evening. Ask everyone to bring their own
drinks and some nibbles to share. If you don't have
enough glasses, instead of buying disposable cups,
have people bring their own glass or mug with them."
Chuck Cherry on Cherry Bowl admits: "Whether I
had 1,000 or 10,000 dollars a month to spend, I'd run
out by the end of the month. The real killer of budgets
on my boat is entertainment. My suggestion is to take
a hike. Generally speaking, you have a hard time
spending money while hiking through the woods.
From the Rincon and other waterfalls in Trinidad, to
Merida and the Grand Savanna in Venezuela, to the
lost city near r'rt'-n r'-lombia, to the volcano in
Panama, to Ih I ,, I I -I in Honduras, to the trail

around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, hiking is cheap,
healthy and will enhance your time in any country
around here."
Shoreside Transport
Aside from hiking for fun, Shirley Hall says, "Save
money by walking rather than taking taxis or buses.
Always wear a hat. Splurge for great walking shoes
they will save your feet."
Mandy Thody notes: "Car rental is cheaper by far on
St. Croix than on the other Virgins, from around
US$40 a day. There are also public Vitran buses at
one dollar from Christiansted to Frederiksted, and the
privately run dollar-bus taxis (which here are mini
vans, not the open Safari-style trucks with benches of
St. Thomas).
Angelika Gruener says, "In Trinidad we normally use
only the government bus. Although the privately run
maxi-taxis to Port of Spain pas .. .......... nearly
every ten minutes, they cost i i I I n each
way, which makes a round-trip for a cruiser couple
TT 20. In contrast, . ........ 1 ..- goes only once
an hour, but it cost- "I i i rson a TT$8
round trip for two. For the difference of TT$ 12 you can
get one freshly made traditional 'bake' with an out
standing filling in the vegetable market's entry hall.
This fills you up for the whole day, so you save the cost
of lunch, too."
Talk is (or can be) Cheap
Phil Chapman has useful in-'-1-.f" "Where an
internet connection is availab -1 = : .t 1 -t
when travelling through the islands the i -i ,,, i ,i
phone calls is very expensive. Buying a local chip
reduces the costs, but only in that island; one needs
then to dump that chip and buy one in the next island
to avoid roaming charges. Roaming charges can be
unbelievably expensive. Those who have an Iridium
sat phone will sometimes find it much cheaper to use
that. An alternative is a GYMsim card. This is available
for cruising people and all info can be found online at
www.gymsim.com. It is a sim card that can be used in
all countries in the world without roaming costs. You
never need to buy a local sim card at each island stop
over, plus you always have the same phone number,
which is convenient for friends and family."
More Money-Savers
Ruth Lund suggests: "Sew your own canvas and
clothes and do simple sail repair= ^ =---i: machine
on board will save you lots of I i ... how to
splice and whip rope.
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Ellen Sanpere on Cayenne III says, "One thing I
found that saves money, provides a creative outlet and
is just plain fun: I use MS Publisher on my laptop
computer to design greeting cards, flyers, stationery,
brochures, boat cards, invitations, announcements,
"The biggest money-savers are boat 1 ..1 -;-
ing cards. I purchased business card -I I i .1 .1
ed), regular card stock and 'invitation' envelopes at an
office supply store, and I already had the computer, a
good color printer, and software: Microsoft Publisher
(it came with MS Office Suite) although there is other
software available.
"I create greeting cards using my own photos or free
clip art downloaded from the internet. MS Publisher
offers many layout schemes and verses that I can use
or adapt to my own tastes. Once the design is just
right, I print the card on letter-sized card stock (it is
heavier than copy paper but goes through a printer
without jamming), fold into quarters, sign and send.
"When the greeting card shop in Christiansted, St.
Croix, closed unexpectedly just before the June gradu
ation/wedding/anniversary season, my panic lasted
only as long as it took to set up the printer. This is the
third year I've made our customized holiday .. ....
cards for a fraction of the cost (and twice I. i...j
store-bought. No extra charge for having our name
imprinted, and how many Channukah or Christmas
cards (I make both) have you seen with cayenne pep
pers on them?"
Pauline Dolinski advises: "Live 1 ...i .th cloth
napkins rather than paper. Make 1.11 I ring of
shells or colored string for each of you to tie around
your napkin to keep so you won't need a new one each
meal. English country homes used to have a variety of
silver napkin rings, and each person put their napkin
back in the ring at the end of breakfast to reuse it at
lunch. If it's good .... for the gentry, its good
i. 1 a cruiser.
Ii ptain needs "casual engine-room wear", the
kids are growing out of their T-shirts before you know
it, and the ship's bookshelf needs restocking, Mandy
Thody has a hint: "Second-hand goods are in short
supply on many islands, but St. John, USVI has a
Women's Shelter shop in The Lumberyard complex at
Cruz Bay. St. Thomas has the Animal Shelter shop at
Bovoni, on the dollar-bus route, with lots of clothes,
household stuff and a huge book section (open one
weekday morning and part of Sunday). St. Croix has

the Animal Shelter shop behind Golden Rock Pueblo
supermarket, with very cheap clothes and books, and
household stuff galore (open Wednesday through
Saturday, 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Also theWomen's Coalition
Shop, two blocks north of CostULess at Peter's Rest,
mid-island, same but slightly better quality.

'Season your meals with island chutneys that you
have concocted from mangos, pommecytheres,
or tamarind'

"There is book-swapping at Turtles Deli, and Java
Coffee on Strand Street, Frederiksted, and the book
shop in Gallows Bay near St. Croix Marine has a spe
cial arrangement where you can bring in good second
hand books and exchange them or get credit for new
ones." There are book-swaps also in many other
islands; ask around.

And Tony Sanpere has these words of wisdom: "If
grounded in Tobago Cays, don't let 'help' help you
Funds : lInfrrmaLt:-n
Phil Chapman points to the internet: "Local knowl
edge is the key to most places, so when you get an
opportunity Google the country or island concerned,
and use key words like 'cruiser', 'sailing' or maybe a
boat name that you know to have done some local
traveling. If all else fails, Google chaserr2'"
Angelika Gruener emphasizes social networking:
"Don't be shy. Always greet your neighbours, intro
duce yourself, and come aboard other boats for small
talk. You can find out where to go out for a good meal,
which car rental is the best, maybe get an answer
about which upholsterer does the best work. Always
talk to other cruisers and discuss your problems with
them. Don't expect they will do the work for you, but
experienced cruisers have more ideas to solve prob
lems than you'll ever think of. Even we 'old hands'
always talk to each other about solving our problems.
Things in the Caribbean change quickly, therefore
information is everything. We are all in the same boat,
and we depend on each other. Remember: 1.. ...
conversations will save you thousands of I II
Ralph Trout has a reminder: "Life in the islands has
become more costly for the local population, too, espe
cially those on a linit- 1 1 -t t Pvery cruising kitty
saving tip is taking :.. .. i. ... 11 islands' economy.
Cruisers are expected to spend -I think that's why
they let us in. If we scrimp too much, we could
increase an economic depression that starts a down
ward spiral of fewer jobs, fewer services, less tourism,
more crime, more bad stories on the Net...." Therefore,
it's important to not become a miser, while spending
wisely. Melodye Pompa says, "Although it probably
won't save you any money, we've found it helpful to
patronize the local boat boys. Many of them are sup
porting families and our purch : them the
opportunity to make an HONEST : ....
Pauline Dolinski adds: "Don't let economizing make
you miss those 'big deal' places. Go ahead and stay
overnight at the hotel in Trinidad and watch the tur
ties lay their eggs. Not all expensive activities are
wasteful; some will be your most treasured memories.
Yes, it is easy to spend too much money when friends
suggest going to the movicr t-i-in. f-r rink, eat
ing out, or going touring. : I .I .. .. I .1 part in
these activities, you may as well stay home. Friends
are what cruising is all about."



Long life.

I h l I ,I I I II''''' u ' I . -
. .. . . I . . . .

As a bluewater cruiser for nearly 30 years, I've heard
the same tale over and over again. New cruisers
embrace the new cruising life as high rollers during
their first year or two. They eat out in expensive res
taurants, buy things they don't need, and generally
throw money around like it grows on trees. After a year
or two, they are forced to return to the workforce, and
end up selling their boat. Such a short time for a
dream that took years to arrange. My husband and I
relish our new cruising friendships. Wed like to see
them stay out longer.
Here are a few tips to first-timers. My husband calls
II ... minimalist It may require adopting a
i ii .. to learn to become unattached to
STUFF, but with diligence and selfdiscipline, you'll
find the end result is worth it a
1) Eat aboard more often, and save the restau-
rants for special occasions. Use new spices and
produce grown on the islands to create zest in your
food preparation
2) Invite friends over for a potluck. In every new port
2) Invite friends over for a potluck. In every new port,

. .. . .

we try to arrange either potluck sundowners or din
ners, where everyone brings their own favorite dish
and beverage. Be';.n t-h- t-7t ;-1 -1-in;; -1-n; ;i- -ht-
afterwards is my . I .... . .I .I. II
which they greatly appreciate.
3) Another option is '- .rrnt.- a picnic on a sheet
next to a brook in the : .,,,1 or on the beach. It's
fun, and rarely practiced anymore. Friends say, "That
was a great idea!"
4) Shop in farmers' markets instead of supermar
kets. It's far more fun to chat up a produce merchant
in the market stalls. Often, the vendor is a grand
mother or mother who enjc- T-=='.-- .1ng family
recipes to prepare the new: i. iiII .. just bar
i I I on alcohol, an expensive item, or at least
moderate your intake. If you add up your weekly booze
bill, you'll find it may have become higher than the food
bill, simply because partying is such a part of the
cruising culture. It doesn't have to be. Adopt measures

For Maximum driising Time,

\!Become a Minimalist
\ ..

hauled before at the same boatyard, who can attest to
the yard's integrity. Confirm the time and date that
work will commence. It if hasn't begun within a sen
sible time frame, don't hang around.
10) Invite family and close friends from home to
visit you, instead of you flying out to visit them. Your
boat has to be safe and cared for at a marina or on a
mooring, further reaching into your pocket, if you
depart. When your loved ones visit, take them grocery
shopping on the first day and split the bill. Putting
them up during their say is an act of grace, but
assuming all expenses is not expected or necessary.
All our old-time cruising friends have adopted this
practice after their first years of agonizing monetary
pain, seeing their cruising budget diminish in a very
short time by hosting loved ones. Once your family
understands the practice of visiting on your boat,
they'll visit more often, freeing you up to not only
enjoy their stay more, but allowing you to remain
cruising just a little bit longer.

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and stick by them. You'll be far healthier in the end.
F) To'l-r r-^^~r shop on an empty stomach. I've
I a a it the whole store, when half starv
ing to death. Eat before you go. You'll be shocked how
low your bill can get.
7) Always take a list to the marine stores. Ask your
self, "Do I need this or do I just want it?" Put back the
"want" on the shelf and forget about it. The "but, but,
buts" can go on forever.
8) Take a ... 1 -andwich on island tour .1--
with a liter I .1 otherwise, you'll find . 1
picking your pockets for another unanticipated meal
out. This works especially well with children. You can

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This is a tale of a lake that cannot be sailed. Located in the village of La Brea on
the southwestern peninsula of Trinidad is the Pitch Lake. To locals and visitors alike,
the Pitch Lake at first glance is not very exciting or much of an attraction. Let's face
it: it looks like a huge parking lot. Despite this it is a tourist attraction with approx
imately 20,000 persons visiting it annually. But why is the Pitch Lake so important?
And what is a pitch lake?
Pitch or asphalt lakes are also referred to as tar pits or more correctly asphalt pits.
They are formed when subterranean bitumen leaks to the surface and accumulates,
forming a pit or lake of asphalt. The Pitch Lake at La Brea in Trinidad is one of four
known worldwide. The others are those in McKittrick, California, the La Brea Tar Pits
in Los Angeles and Lake Bermudez in Venezuela. You might notice that two out of
the four lakes contain the word "La Brea." This is because la brea is Spanish for "the
tar". So why is it also referred to as the "Pitch Lake"? This is simply because "pitch"
is an old-fashioned term for tar.
At the mention of tar you would assume that walking in the lake would be impos
sible, but you are actually walking on the lake. As the tar hardens upon reaching the
surface, it forms a skin that prevents the tar from sticking to one's shoes. As I men
tioned before, although Pitch Lake looks like a harmless parking lot, it is advisable
to get a guide. Parts
of it are quite soft,
especially near the
centre, and a car can
quickly sink into it.
The lake covers an
area of 40 hectares,
and if you were to
slice the lake in half
you would see that it
is shaped like an
inverted cone with a
centre that is report

deep. It can be
thought of as a slow
motion black hole,
which pulls things
into itself. There are
also underground
S channels or "veins"
of pitch which stretch
Tour guides will show you where to walk and where not to! outward for several
kilometres from the
main lake.
But how did the
Pitch Lake form? It is theorized that it was formed at the intersection of two faults
that force oil from a deep deposit. At the surface, the lighter elements in the oil
evaporate leaving behind the asphalt. This also contains petroleum due to the bacte
rial action on the asphalt at low pressures.
So, as the lake is made of fossil fuels, would it not make an excellent source of fuel,
instead of being used for road construction? Well, this was attempted in 1820 by
Governor Sir Ralph Woodford who used it to light a beacon in the tower of the Trinity
Cathedral in Port of Spain, Trinidad. However, the strong smell proved unbearable and
the idea was abandoned. The lake also emits gases and a strong smell of sulphur.
There is also folklore associated with the Pitch Lake by the Chaima Indians who
believed that it was formed as a punishment by their winged god who caused the
earth to open up and emit pitch that swallowed up the entire village. This was
because during celebrations after victory over a rival tribe they cooked and ate the
sacred hummingbirds that were believed to hold the spirits of their ancestors. The
locals also claim that during the dry season, ospreys drop freshly caught fish on the
lake's surface to cook.
Besides tar, lighter distillates are also visible on the surface of waterholes as well
as a cream coloured substance referred to as "mother". It is also believed that the
rainwater that collects in nooks and crannies on the lake has healing powers. It is
claimed to be good for arthritis and joint pain, among other ailments.
As for importance, these 1 it 11 .t 1 1aeological significance: they are excel
lent localities to excavate I 1 I- animals that fell in and were unable
to escape. There is a small museum which contains Amerindian artifacts found at
the lake.
The asphalt is mined and exported for .1 ., i I construction with mining
taking place at the south and east rims I II I .1 -, mining started in 1867,
ten million tonnes have been mined. But this is not its only use, as it was immedi
ately put to use caulking Sir Walter Raleigh's ship when he discovered it in 1595.
At present there is a visitor facility operated by the La Brea Pitch Lake Tour Guides
Association. The facility opens daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and admission includes
a guided tour. Admission rates are (approximately) US$5 for adults and US$2 for
children from six to 12 years. Children under six years enter for free and keep a
good eye on them! Groups of 20 persons or more get a 20 percent discount. There
are special rates for students and teachers of local schools.
Tour guides can be easily identified by their red T shirts from Monday to Friday and
T 1irr- C turday, Sunday and public holidays. However, one must be
S I .. I- unlicensed tour-guides that hang around the facility offer
ing tours to visitors. But they are easily detected by their lack of uniform.
All in all, this large "parking lot" is quite useful and a visit makes a unique outing.
So the moral of the story is: don't judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes
to the works of Mother Nature.

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calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F ... I, .11 I,
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and: I .11
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Ti'' local.
Note: the maximum tide Is 3 or 4 days after the new ,. i ,, 1 .....
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charts. Fair tides!

1 1549
2 1631
3 1714
4 1800
5 1849
6 1943
7 2034
8 2148
9 2255
10 2359
11 0000 (full)
12 0102
13 0158
14 0249
15 0337
16 0442
17 0507
18 0552
19 0638

20 0726
21 0815
22 0906
23 0957
24 1046
25 1135
26 1221 (new)
27 1305
28 1348
29 1403
30 1513
31 1557
1 1644
2 1735
3 1831
4 1931
5 2035
6 2139
7 2241

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Modern high-tech boats can be "delicate", needing expensive parts and skilled
technicians. 1i.... 1. .-; become a luxury tourist industry and one has to travel far
afield to avoicl 11 I- -: per hour work rates, and then can you even find what you
need? Not too many contemporary navigators are ready to accept four (exceptionally
five) knot average speeds and tacking through 120 degrees in an old-fashioned cruis
ing yacht. So, the basic price of cruising has been multiplied by ten in the past four
decades. I hear people talking about maintenance costing ten to 15 percent of the
price of their boat per year.
Try to keep your boat simple. It is a constant battle not to buy such appealing
items as radar-watch instruments, spinnakers and the gear that goes with them
(used once a year perhaps?), a folding prop to gain 0.1 knot of speed, a second
autopilot just in case, etcetera. And once bought, you have to maintain them in
working order.
Apart I' ... ,., ... I encumbrance, you just can't have too many tools. Fixing
i'. .... .. ..... ty to save a lot of time (otherwise spent hunting around
I: right person, if he is available) and cash. I think every boat should be
equipped with a solid vice mounted (and dismounted if necessary) somewhere con
venient. A workbench is a great asset, f 1,' 1-- :--';-.t- try for sufficient
battery power to run an inverter (you c ... -I .. 11. I. . -.. I of at least 800
watts. This will enable you to use modest power tools (up to 600 watts) such as drills,
grinders, planes, jig and circular saws, etcetera. It isn't always easy to find low
powered tools of reasonable quality. I bought a good quality 12-volt portable drill,
and when the batteries gave out after two years" use, I connected it directly to the
yacht's batteries (using a 15-amp fuse with a 5m cord. It gives excellent service and
avoids having to charge the other one (via the inverter) for three hours when the bat
teries are low.
Look after them well and make the proverbial "stitch in time to save nine". Always
use UV covers when at anchor. Sails are very expensive to replace.
I am not even going tc ; ;.. 1 1 in the quagmire of discussing relative perform
mance after the demise i i i i i, location, usage of the boat, number of coats,
and price make a big difference). Suffice to say there are very few bargains, so ask
local advice.
Ask around and try and find satisfied owners belonging to your price group. You
may sometimes get e-mail replies to your questions about cost, and there is good
information in Chris Doyle's Guides (and Caribbean Compass, but no prices). Earlier
this year I sailed from Martinique to Grenada, then back up to Tyrrel Bay in
Carriacou, stopping at every boatyard for information. I came back to Tyrrel Bay
Yacht Haulout, but they don't have much space. Organize the work (and parts!) first
and try not to stay too long.
It used to be true that the farther north you sailed, the bigger the bill (up to the
Dominican Republic, anyway). I think the south is catching up.

Who wants to live in such a

hand-to-mouth fashion today?

And is it possible?

If you want to live inexpensively, only buy food readily available locally. Do not
insist on Kellogg's cornflakes, substitute christophenes or breadfruit for potatoes,
buy canned tomatoes when local shortages push the price of fresh tomatoes up to
six euros a kilo (as happens in Martinique), and try local specialty foods when they
are inexpensive. If you must drink beer and wine (they certainly improve one's view
of life!), look for promos in the French islands or Venezuela and stock up.
Have you ever noticed how much you throw away? Most leftovers make good
soups, and even lobster shells (if you are so lucky) can be boiled to make a delicious
lobster bisque. Maybe you have enough for tomorrow, but no space in the fridge (or
no fridge)? If you boil the leftovers in a pressure-cooker and leave it sealed, you can
keep them overnight. Adding an onion, other condiments, or a little hot sauce trans
forms them into a new meal.
Eating Ashore
Make sure you know the price of what you buy. (I have seen ads and posters for a
three-course meal in the Saints for around 10 euros, but when you get the bill it is
nearer 14 because the lower price is only valid at lunchtime and not for dinner; this
not specified anywhere.) Be aware that in some places, prices seem to take a leap at
national holidays and Christmas.
There are many excellent cafes or local bars with cheerful company and good food
that's why the locals go there. Personally, I can't resist taking people to have a
drink at the Cotton House at Mustique when I am there. A sundowner costs US$10,
but the decor and the view are unbeatable. Luckily I don't go that way too often, as
mooring charges, etcetera, are pricey, too! The rest of the week I eat soup.
Everyone has their own views in these different fields, but there is just no substi
tute for personal experience. Next best is to talk to your neighbours.
I am still cruising after 40 years, so things can't be that bad. However, I am coming
round to my French friend's view that it is difficult to e-n .:- -r1i=-n. ii the
Caribbean on less than US$1,000 per month for two people I I .1 -- ,i -1 and
this will mean some solid discipline as far as expenses are concerned.
I would like to have other opinions -for example, what are today's best
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The first possibility was working with a tour company. Some friends knew that the
owner was desirous of having someone take over for him while he went to the States for
transplant surgery. So we called him and A.;--1 t- meet for coffee at The Deli Deck
at the cruise ship mall, Havensight. He .. I. I a former partner, met with us,
along with their dive coordinator. He needed a tour dispatcher to meet the tour groups
coming off the cruise ships and take them to the appropriate tour operatorss. He and
Chris agreed to go together the following day so Chris could see what it involved.
In the meantime, I had been alerted to a vacancy at the tour desk at the Marriott
Hotel. I arranged to meet with Beth, who handles hiring for The Adventure Center,
the company subcontracted as the concierge for the Marriott. Beth and I hit it off
personality wise, and I was hired.
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Fun Food: Feeding

the Cruising Kitty

on St. Thomas

By Jacquie Milman

My husband, Chris, and I have noted during our cruising that many cruisers work
-for a season, a year, or longer -to keep the kitty full and continue cruising.
Some Canadian friends are working for a Canadian company in the Dominican
Republic. A Mormon friend works for that church, also in the DR. Americans in
search of employment tend to head to the U ^ri:;;n T-=1nds, cruise capital of the
Caribbean. Tourism reigns here and jobs are I i i ..i .. variety of venues work
ing in the stores and shops i- rt-hi; n t-;;rs from the cruise ships, working for a
charter company, crew on ... .......- tours. One friend even sells art for a
local artist.
We once smugly reveled in the fact that we didn't need to work, our retirement
carrying us adequately. But alas, along came some unanticipated (and expensive)
problems with the boat. We spent excessive amounts, in Trinidad and St. Lucia,
before all was well again. Our boat repairs complete but our pocketbook empty, we
decided we should work temporarily to pay off the credit cards and build up a reserve
again. So we put out the word among the cruisers in Long Bay at St. Thomas that
we were looking for jobs. Within only a few days, we had several possibilities to follow
up. Logically, having been professors on Guam before retirement, we thought of
adjunct teaching at the University of tl ...... Islands, but the semester had
already begun, so that would become an I i ". later.

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Then I stumbled onto what I think is the most unique and fun job of all. At the
same time I had learned of the Adventure Center job, I also learned that another
cruiser friend ..11 . 1 ;; ;. ..i 1; i 1 .... .
CruzanRums I I I Ii I l. Il I 1 1 l hill.
hours a day, whenever there is a cruise ship in p( I I Ii I -.. I l ,
was almost double that of the tour desk job, plus tips, so I let it be known I wanted
it when he left. About a month later, the job was mine. I spoke with Beth and she
graciously consented to allow me to continue working at The Adventure Center on
th i. 1 .. ....- -1,, I ...... I, I .stes of rum and talking to people
frn . ii ii I.I h I ,,i I
I I I I ,,, I ........ i II I ''I i i I the low season was approaching
and the number of cruise ships was decreasing as the summer hurricane season
approached. This didn't affect The Adventure Center, and only minimally affected the
rum cart, but the number of tour dispatches dwindled drastically. The Adventure
Center owner suggested Chris get his Captain's License since he needed captains to
drive a ferry between the Marriott and downtown Charlotte Amalie. So Chris attended
the necessary classes and finally, through MUCH bureaucratic delay, obtained his
license. Another captain had been hired in the meantime, so Chris filled in as crew
on snorkel-tour boats occasionally, captained a dive boat from time to time, captained
the ferry once a week or twice a week, and drove another unique tour boat, The
Duckaneer (an amphibious vehicle), on occasion. When "The Season" arrived once
more, h- T --.n -Iving the ferry four days a week and "The Duck" on weekends.
Now, i i. ... putting badly needed funds in our bank account, there are also
other benefits from working in the tourist industry. One of the duties at the tour desk
: i i,,, . ... ..i .1. ... ii i "comped" to eat at these estab
..... I I I ... I I I i I I I1 staff. One of the restaurants at
the Marriott is called Havana Blue. It is presented as having a Latin fusion menu.

While Jacquie tends the rum cart, Chris drives a shuttle ferry from a beach resort to
downtown Charlotte Amalie

We had our choice of drinks -wine or whatever we wished -then six appetizers
and five entrees, followed by a fabulous dessert platter, coffee and/or liquors, etcet
era. We were so stuffed we could hardly move.
Another tasting was at Lotus, an Asian-themed restaurant at American Yacht
Harbor in Red Hook. We -t -i 1 t- ted Hook with a friend off Jolly Mon. The food
was good but, not being I ...- i -.... food, it was not the sort of place we would
choose. However, the drinks were fabulous and we got to meet some new people
since more than just Adventure Center staff were included. Afterwards, the entire
group went across the street to Phat Boys, a bar and grill that is associated with
Lotus, and had after-dinner drinks. It was a marvelous evening for only the cost of
tips and US$4 for the safari bus back home. Other restaurants have lavished their
fare on us as well.
Then there are the tours. All staff members are encouraged to take as many of the
tours as possible so that, when describing them to guests, we have a firsthand knowl
edge of the tour. And these ARE comped. We have gotten to go parasailing, ride the
Skyride, take a sunset dinner cruise on a 60-foot catamaran, do a sail and beach bar
becue on a different catamaran, race on a 65-foot Farr, visit the Butterfly Farm, kayak
and snorkel in the :. l.- - -1 - .1 center, and visit the British Virgin Islands.
And, staying in oi. I .I. .. i . I )longed period of time, we have gotten to know
about special offers that allow us to eat out inexpensively from time to time
Si ..... i i .il d burgers at The Shipwreck, beat-the-clock pizza at Paradise
i i I I" .. Thursday, between 5:00 and 7:00PM, your pizza cost is the
time you place your order. If you order at 5:06, your pizza is US$5.06), all-you-can
eat shrimp at Hooter's, and "down-home cooking on Sundays at Hook, Line and
Sinker in Frenchtown.
Temporary work is an excellent option for meeting cruising expenses. We are enjoy
ing ourselves immensely, the debts are decreasing and the kitty is refilling. And once
it is, we will be off to our next destination.

Keeping it Legal

Like the Milmans, many American cruisers find temporary work in the US Virgin
Islands and Puerto Rico -red-tape free, because they are US citizens and the US
Virgins and Puerto Rico are part of the US. Similarly, French cruisers find employ
ment on Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin or St. Barths, and Dutch sailors have
no problem working in Curacao, Bonaire and St. Maarten.
But please note that visiting (non-citizen) cruisers cannot legally work for payment
in most Caribbean countries. Not only are fines considerable if you ai ., .1,. 1 ,,i
when cruisers make money by -I in1 i- th.t 1-- 1 *lso do, it creates i I I I. -
To work legally on most of the : .... i i ,, I I, I i- in the Eastern ..i ., i
example, a non-citizen must apply for and receive a work permit, usually under the
auspices of a prospective local employer.
It's ...i i.... I iy, "We'll make some money by picking up a few charters here and
there, I i .... on it. You also need a license to do this legally, and really need to
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Word Search Puzzle solution on page 43


SARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
S........... le -
I I I Ie ... .I ....II l I the

y TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
You will have a full cargo of options to choose from this
month. No need to rush; take your time and don't sweat
the small stuff.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Your love life may seem t 1 fi -- lway as the fluky
winds of communication 11 .. I but only during
the first week. After that, it's clear sailing!
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
The first three weeks will be filled with contrary cur
rents i .. ,i.....'. i i to divert you until it's
time i
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Problems il ........ i
ity. Best to .,i i i I 1 11
Year's spirit until aspects improve.
p VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Your love life may cross tacks with your business in the
first week. Concentrate on your creative energies to sail
you through the New Year.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
.. 11 r ...i ....1 1 ..1.. 1 .... this month, while
... i i irzon. A good time
for a solo sail?
Ti SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Romance will I.....1i 1I i... i .. II .. Look for a
surprise to sail .. ....
SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
TI. .i.. i.. 1 news for others will cause
I I especially around the 19th.

SCAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
This month will seem to be just one head sea after
another, and no amount of talking will help. Concentrate
on boat business and stay away from the temptation to
argue; it will only lead to misunderstanding.

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Inability to express your I-i.- -ill M-ly increase
counter-currents in your love i 1 .. I I get you off
course; things will improve during the New Year.
PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Shipboard love and romance will make this an emo-
I.1 ;1 il; i -11- around the 19th. Don't resist,
S blow you away!

Crossword Solution
1) BEST 1) BIG
7)BAR 3) TOD
14) TON 10) SET
16) LET 13) SMALL
23) SAND 19) BALL
29) HOOK 26) KEDGE
31) CHOCKS 30) ICE
33) EYE

Real Men Never


The VHF is a wonderful tool,
But it's ever so easy to sound like a fool.
Never say ROGER or OVER AND OUT,
You can always say nothing if you're in doubt.

Six eight and sixteen are not for chat,
It's amazing how many people do that.
Move to a channel to talk to your mates,
To sort your bookings and arrange your dates.

When you're asked to switch channels, confirm that you've heard
B- Crin.T the channel to which you're referred.
Y II I lost in the ether and sound far from cool,
If you choose to forget this invaluable rule.

Never keep calling a station in vain,
If they don't hear with two calls its terribly plain
That you're -.ii... ii e air with superfluous noise,
And take it:. ... ... you're not one of the boys.

American channels are numbered the same
As some international ones I could name.
You just cannot use the two systems as one.
If you try to do it you're in for some fun.

There's another piece of advice you should hear.
Remember this and you've nothing to fear.
For voice, channel 70 won't work at all.
It's solely for making a digital call.

Signal strength of "seven by ten",
Means nothing at all, you'll be quite wrong again.
Listen to Eric he'll give you the line
The best RST signal's just five AND nine.

If you carry around a neat hand-held set,
You're asking for trouble, I'm willing to bet.
The transmit button is easily pressed:
To block channel 16 you'll be doing your best.

And finally think of a sensible name.
Some of the boat names are simply insane.
Rumpleteaser of Connecticut looks great on the stern,
But to spell it phonetically is a concern.

So when you get hold of the radio mike,
And press the button as hard as you like.
Cut out the jargon, and just keep it short,
'Cos we're listening too and getting quite fraught.

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parlumps marooned



Christmas school holidays had come around once
again and the St. Lucian boy Trevor was back in
Barbados with his cousin Ernie. So there he was in the
little cottage set on its foundation of coral blocks up
the hill from Sweet Bottom and overlooking the wild Atlantic coast.
It was just as well that Uncle Solly had kept the boys' last adventure of the racecar
theft from Aunt Josephina or else she would have grounded the two boys for a year!
As it was, Solly's sister, a strange old lady who had no time for children and so never
saw her nieces or nephews (most of them lived off-island anyway), suddenly phoned
and stated that she would take Ernie and his little sister Nyna for a weekend New Year
treat. When she heard that cousin Trevor was visiting, she replied: "One more child
makes little difference."
What was the treat? Madam Cinta
would not say. She simply told her
brother Solly to deliver the children to
her big, old fashioned home on the out
skirts of Bridgetown at nine o'clock the
next morning, with their sleepwear. I'll
see to all their needs for two days -and
let it be understood that this is a one-
time treat only!" And Madam Cinta
banged the phone down.
Aunt Josephina tutted and went about
her business of feeding the chickens,
but the children couldn't stop talking Part 0
about what the treat could be and asked
Uncle Solly what he 1 i. i by Lee Ke
"Nothing good," he i. .. i "The only
times I've been in her house were when
she needed something fixed or painted,
and I can tell you its no place for children." Then he sighed and went on. "I might as
well tell you all about Madam Cinta so you'll know what you're up against." The chil
dren were all ears. "Cinta is the eldest and she married a very wealthy old man when
she was just a teenager. When the old boy dropped dead from a heart attack about a
year later, Cinta was far from heartbroken because now she could live the life she

'Buy them whatever they need for the
beach and then walk them across the road
where they can swim and play'

wanted and not have to look after an old husband. With all the money she has, you
would think Cinta would be generous, but not a bit of it. I think she'll have her money
buried with her."
The next morning came around, as all mornings do, and Uncle Solly was at Madam
Cinta's home exactly at nine o'clock. He knocked on the door, and when the maid
answered, he presented Trevor, Ernie and Nyna. The maid pushed the children inside


and before Uncle Solly could follow, she said rudely, "Madam Cinta says she doesn't
want to see you today," and shut the door in his face.
When the sour-faced maid led the children into Madam Cinta's dark parlour,
Trevor, for the first time in his life, lost his tongue. Ernie and Nyna just stood togeth
er trembling.
"You're not sleeping here tonight," Madam Cinta said by way of a greeting, and then
she turned to her maid.
"Here, Jameson, take the children to that swimwear place down the street, buy
them whatever they need for the beach and then walk them across the road where
they can swim and play. Get them ice creams and whatever children like to eat and
deliver them back here at three o'clock."
Jameson sucked her teeth in answer and
pushed little Nyna in the back making her
jump with shock. "Well," she growled, 'you
heard her. Get moving."
The three children quickly recovered their
spirits when they got out the door and stood
in the bright sunshine, and it wasn't long
before they agreed that this was a special
treat. While Jameson stood in the store look
ing grumpy, Trevor and Ernie raced around
choosing the fashionable swim shorts that
came down to their knees, super-sized
T-shirts they thought were ultra-cool, great
le big beach towels, masks and snorkels. Nyna
got a bikini that Aunt Josephina would
sell snatch away the moment she got home, a
tie-dye wrap-around, a cute beach bag and a
big, pretty beach towel. She didn't want the
mask and snorkel because she was fright
ened of putting her head under the water.
Once the purchases were made Jameson paid for them, hurried out of the store
and, looking both ways, crossed the busy road to the beach, the children running
beside her.
"Now listen to me," Jameson said to the children sternly. "I'm not going to sit here
all day looking after you. I have my own business to do. So, make sure you don't
drown each other and I'll be back here at a quarter to three to get you." She looked
hard at Nyna for a moment and said: "You look like the most sensible of the lot. I'll
leave this money with you." She thrust a handful of notes into Nyna's new bag and
strode off.
"Thank goodness the old witch is gone!" Trevor smiled and, dropping the towel at
Nyna's feet, he punched Ernie's skinny upper arm, something Ernie hated, and raced
off into the shallow turquoise water. Ernie helped Nyna gather up everything and they
walked closer to the water where a tall she-oak made a pool of shadow in the white
glare of the coral sand, then he followed Ernie into the water.
The children had a wonderful time at the beach, eating ice creams and hot dogs
from beach vendors and drinking lots of fizzy drinks that encouraged Trevor and Ernie
to see who could belch the loudest.
Then it was back to Madam Cinta's to hear about the rest of the treat.
"I'm taking you to stay at the Hospice Inn for the night," Madam Cinta told the
children when they stood before her. "It was once an old hospital and is said to be full
ol II -i .i11 . i - who scream all night. So, my young friends, you'll have lots
ol .... Ih ,, 11 1 .11 out!"

To be continued in the February issue of Compass.



by Elaine Ollivierre
Do you remember how many orders of sharks there are? Last
month, we looked at eight orders of sharks, classified .-. ---n to
particular features on their bodies. Now let's look at1. .....i -
and species within each order. Here's a table which shows the
huge variety in both sharks and their family names.
Common name Urder Families Number o
I Angelsharks Squatiniformes 1 Squatinidae (angel sharks) 13
Sawsharks Pristiophoriformes 1 Pristiophoridae (saw sharks) 5
Bullhead sharks Heterodonti ormes 1 Heterodontidae (bullhead sharks) 8

6-7 gied Hexanchiormes 1 Chlamydosela (frilled sharks) 1
shark H ll ll rks 4
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How many species are there altogether?
Answer on Page 45


Common Order Families Number of
Dogfish Squahformes 1 Echinorhinidae (bramble sharks) e
sharks 2 Squalldae (dog sharks) 70
Mackerel Lamnitormes '. 1* I .1
sharks 2 Pseudocarchandae (crocodile sharks) 1
3 Mitsukurinidae (goblin sharks) 1
4 Megachasmidae (megamouth sharks) 1
5 Alopildae (thresher sharks) 3
6 Cetorhinidae (basking sharks) 1
_________ 7 Imnide mackerell sharks)
Carpet 1 Parascyllidae (collared carpet sharks) 6
sharks 2 Brachaelundae (blind sharks) 2
3 Orectolobidae (wobbegongs) 6
4 Hemiscylllldae (longtalled carpetsharks 12
5 Ginglymostomatidae (nurse sharks) 3
6 Stegostomomatidae (zebra sharks) 1
Ground i ,, ... ... ,- ., 92
sharks 2 Procyllidae (finback catsharks) 6
3 Pseudotnakidae (false catsharks) 1
4 Leptocharildae (barbelled houndshark) 1
5 Tnakidae (houndshark) 34
6 Hemigaleldae (weasel sharks) 6
7 Carcharhinidae (requiem sharks) 48
R Snhvrnidae (hammerhead sharks



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Duke fluttered up to the top of a chair and looked
down his nose at them all. He liked being
admired. He felt strong and powerful and very
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ed to run off.
"Hey," called the giant and the elves turned and caught sight of the
glint of gold in his hand. They stopped to see what the giant was going to do.
The giant knelt down and held one hand out with the coin and the other for the bird.
The elves tiptoed close and while one snatched the coin the other dropped the bird
into the giant's hand. Then they scampered out -, .1,
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ter," he said. "I wonder what sort of bird you'll turn out to be."
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around to see. The giant's little girl, his little boy, his wife, the cook, the watchman
and all the servants, they all came to look. They weren't impressed.
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find your own kind. They will welcome you and you'll know that you
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ty and aristocratic, its feathers sleek, ai. I i. laws grew at end of its handsome
yellow feet.
"I shall call you The Duke", said the giant as he opened the cage door. "You remind
me of my hero, John Wayne, except he didn't have the yellow legs. But he sure did
have spurs."
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and the little girl, the little boy, the wife, the cook, the watchman and all the household.
By now The Duke was so handsome that everyone was interested in him and they

own food. People went to visit the giant just to see and admire The Duke when he
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turned into such a handsome creature. They picked up big sticks and ran at The
Duke yelling as fiercely as they could in their squeaky voices. The Duke looked down
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Now the elves were angry and bitter. Every day they lay in wait, hidden in the vines
of the swamp, waiting their chance to see The Duke on his own, with none of the
giant's household around. Each of them had a slingshot and a pocket full of nasty
pointed stones. Sometimes I would catch sight of them sneaking around, but it didn't
cross my mind they were lying in wait for The Duke.
Or- m-r;n;n the giant found his friend waiting for him on his favourite chair, but
one -. I I ..- head was swollen and that eye was closed. The Duke was mortally
wounded and had come to say goodbye. The giant was heartbroken and couldn't
understand what had happened to his friend. He couldn't understand who would
want to hurt a creature as beautiful and wild as The Duke.
I miss The Duke and sometimes I think I can still hear him calling from way up in
the clouds.
The elves have gone, too -but nobody, except me, seems to have noticed.


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by Tina Dreffin
It was my turn. Peter, my husband, was snorkeling below our dinghy. I like to go
in last, just so he can tell me if Jaws is lurking about. Once given the thumbs up, I
plunged in and saw below me fuchsia-tipped sea anemones wriggling in crystalline,
turquoise-blue waters, and a dwarf sea horse shimmying along the skinny branches
of a purple gorgonian that undulated in the current.
Then I began to relax. It had been a fast and furious ten-day passage from Florida
to the Virgin Islands. We had saile I i 1. onboard Scud, our St. Francis 44 cata
maran. Suddenly I was snapped ,.i i ... .;i;n:i when Peter's eyes went wide
inside the frame of his face-mask. With I."- I i"'. he gesticulated at a :rT-.n
tuan coral head, 20 feet below us on the I .... I then motioned for me i I'
dive down. I was taken aback, but then, upon further reflection, he was the one
clutching the spear. Snorkeling in the Virgins is always an adventure, and today
looked to be unlike any other.
Feeling apprehensive, I peered around me and then down into the busy reef for
possible signs of trouble. A foolishly -....i,.. parrotfish .r--4 -n -11-horn coral and
a large turtle darted by in alarm, its- 11, I flapping .i i upset by our
intrusion. My hackles rose, but I still couldn't find what gave rise to Peter's concern.
All appeared happy and content to me on the Caribbean Explorer Channel. Yet
S i,,... was there.
I I ... he mumbled into his snorkel, words coming out garbled, like his mouth
was loaded with wet marbles. Tiny bubbles whirled from his mouthpiece. I finned
down for a closer look, bypassing myriad tropical fish that resembled sparkling jew
els in the '. ii.., .... i,.ii In a dark void beneath the colossal coral head, I peered
to see not ,, I '.1 1 I the most voracious predators of the sea, pterois volitans
- the fearless red lionfish. Like lightening, I swirled backwards, whirling into a
reverse turbo charged spin. "Geez!" I gulped, heart pounding in my ears. These guys
definitely required respect.

Look, but don't touch!
The invasive red lionfish

Lionfish are stunning to watch, but don't touch. "You'll want to die," hoarsely
whispered my Caribbean friend Diane, over a lunch of conchburgers at the Red Hot
Mama the next day. Surely she was kidding, I thought. Then, with bulging eyes, she
leaned in towards me, and described how she had been stung while shelling off a
remote sandbar. Bent double in pain, she chewed on wood, as her sister poured hot
water over her foot, the recommended treatment for drawing out poison. "I found a
magnificent shell though!" she beamed at me. That's the spirit of the islands here.
It's not only humans who regard the formidable lionfish warily. Armed with 18 bil
lowy fins, lionfish paralyze their prey with venomous spines, then suck them down
in one vi 1 t :;;ly fins, scales and all.
With d e I. ', i, the lionfish resembles my grandmother's hatpin cushion,
shredded' 1 i ;; P tt-il-- lihllt comfort to know they don't eat humans. No
one has I' I ... I' ..I 1 -I ... either.
Where did they come from? Lionfish are native to warm Indo-Pacific waters. It's
believed they were accidentally swept into the Atlantic 13 years ago from aquariums
when Hurricane Andrew r .. i i ,, i Others were intentionally released by well
T -i- i ".;.-l.ng Nemo" hit the box office. Few are
S I IIh II . I.... I I ...... i can cause on native fish like lobster,
-;n;i md snapper.
i ,,i,. I are rapidly expanding into the Caribbean at an alarming pace. And gov
ernments are very worried. Possessed of a voracious- i. I I -....1 1, ,,r..
devour up to 20 juvenile fish in a half hour. On one e i ....... I I ... I
reduced by 80 percent in five weeks. Often, these a .. i i. .
tourism and fishing industries.
Lionfish also display an impressive reproductive rate. An adult female can release
a pair of eggs sacs five times each month, laying as many as 30,000 eggs several
times year-round. Veteran dive operators have warned that it could be the worst
ecological disaster the world has ever experienced. One expert compared the lionfish
to "a plague of locusts."
As a result, many recreational divers are removing lionfish from the reef. Like, "kill
ing them on sight?" I asked Diane. She happens to be a naturalist, working to protect
her island's natural marine resources.
"You have to! Grouper are only now beginning to recover from the over-fishing of
the 1970s and '80s," she insisted. I gulped. I'm a real chicken when it comes to
riTn: off with a lion.
I eat venomous fish in Southeast Asia. Maybe it t.:t :-- 1" T -,; tioned
my dear friend, hoping she'd let me off the hook of scoring i .. I I ......... a pin
cushion would be fun to see," Diane laughed with a glint in her eye.
Today, I'm off to hunt the fearsome predator of the deep, clad in a full wetsuit,
hood, and gloves. I'm hesitant. I follow the Buddhist practice of abstaining from
. -i-1f;;l -t. ; i t i -t;;; So, upon reflection i li 1..i I .. I ... i photo. Maybe
I' I1 I I. II 1 1 i' I-i harmony with the : I ..I I ... creature to be
respected, instead of feared and destroyed.
This may alreadybe "i-.r T -I i- . -; have been found
containing remnants cli i, I.i, .i i i 1 i ., .1I .. -uper species are
beginning to prey on red lionfish I .1 .... .''l. I .. I I by Simon Fraser
University's Tropical Marine Lab recently.

II BOlK R1l'.l LBYll B: O 0iI FI'.ll 'e

The Sea Wolf, by Jack London, ISBN 048641108 7,
Dover Publications, 244 pages.
S classic sea yarn was based on
Sh London's experience aboard a seal-
SL hunting schooner, trolling the
waters off Japan for pelts in 1893, when he was sev
enteen. The novel's strength is the creation of Captain
Wolf Larsen, an amoral, brilliant bully. In many ways,
Larsen's background and strictly materialistic views
echoed London's, which gives this villain his weight
and impact. Larsen has superhuman strength and a
remorseless view of life as one in which the big fish
gobble the small fish. He also devours books and pos
1 lilrary on board, ranging from the class
I. . I i, to the latest scientific tracts and
philosophic treatises.
The novel's narrator is a deliberately effete and
physically lacking man of letters, Humphrey Van
Weyden. In the opening chapter, he is plucked from
the sea by Larsen's schooner after a tragic ferryboat
accident. The descriptive power of London's prose is
evident as Humphrey describes the foggy night, the

dered him. Though Humphrey despises Larsen's brut
ishness, he learns to cope with the rigors of sea life.
When Mugridge threatens him with a kitchen knife,
Humphrey makes a show of carrying a sharpened
marlinspike and lets Mugridge know that he will use it
if necessary. After being told of Mugridge's theft,
Larsen gambles with the cook and wins the entire
amount, tt, .. 1 ... 1. at Humphrey when Hump sug
gests the ": ..I Ii..... to do would be to return it.
Humphrey realizes he is being toyed with, but the
two get along fairly well until a series of violent events
explode on board and harden Van Weyden's hatred of
Larsen. Then the Ghost rescues a small boat with
American survivors of a shipwreck near Japan's coast.
Larsen impounds them as crew, but there is one hitch
there is a woman among them. She is Maud Brewster,
and from the point she is introduced, this fine novel
goes downhill. Maud is a poet whose works Humphrey
has reviewed (what a coincidence!), and the two con
spire to leave the Ghost after Larsen tries to brutally
rape her. He only fails because of a repeat of one of his
migraine-like headaches. These headaches are the
Achilles heel of an otherwise perfect anti-hero super

: * '. I l i! i ) I I I '' ;



Iack London


foghorns, his ferry being run down and split in two,
the women's screams, and how his lifejacket kept him
from drowning -Van Weyden cannot even swim. As
he drifts away from the ship's rubble, he has little
hope to live for long in the icy San Francisco Bay, but
before he dies from hypothermia he is brought aboard
Larsen's ship, the Ghost. He is rubbed so hard that he
suffers bruises, and the cockney cook, Mugridge, gives
him dry clothes but steals his money.
The first mate is in an alcohol-induced coma, and
despite Van Weyden's pleas to be taken ashore, Larsen
has other plans for him. He must replace the first mate
by becoming cabin boy and .1 ... 1i.e rest of the
crew to move up in rank. V .. witnesses a
distressing lack of ceremony during the mate's sea
burial, when no one in the crew can produce a Bible
and the captain can only remember the line, "And the
body shall be cast into the sea." And so it is done.
Humphrey is called "Hump" and derided until Larsen
invites him into his cabin and they begin to discuss
literature and philosophy. Van Weyden is floored that
Larsen is so well read and a lively debater. It is obvious
that Wolf enjoys locking horns with Hump, and Larsen
endeavors to show his protege how weak his pampered
upbringing and sentimental outlook on life has ren

man. One wonders why no one in the crew ever mur
dered Larsen during one of these blackouts, since he
is so universally loathed. Humphrey considers it, but
cannot bring himself to kill a defenseless man.
The introduction of Maud and her "pure" relation
with the narrator underscores London's fear of writing
frankly about sexuality. He writes beautifully about
the violence of man and nature, yet he could not
scratch the surface when it came to sex. Perhaps this
is due to the fact that he was afraid that his readers
would be shocked in the early 1900s if his characters
consummated a relationship out of wedlock. His avoid
ance of the subject renders Humphrey's relationship
with Maud ridiculous and dates this otherwise fine
novel as a product of post-Victorian era prudishness.
I found the description of life aboard the seal hunt
ing schooner to be fascinating, powerfully written, and
brutal in its realism. The dangers to the seal hunters
in small boats was underscored when a sudden storm
ambushed them, and Larsen and Humphrey had to
maneuver the Ghost shorthanded to pick them up.
These passages are among the finest in the novel. After
nearly being swept overboard by a wave while attempt
ing to heave to, Humphrey regains his balance and
brings the jib around. The Ghost picks up their first
boat with three men aboard after great difficulty, and
Humphrey goes back aloft. A second boat is spotted,
and though it is capsized the men are saved by
Larsen's deft sailing skills in the -., i storm.
This time I remained aloft, and I' ir larsen succeed
ed in heaving to without being swept. As before, we
drifted down upon it. Tackles were made fast and lines
flung to the men, who scrambled aboard like monkeys.
The boat itself was crushed and splintered against the
schooner's side as it came inboard; but the wreck was
securely lashed, for it could be patched and made
whole again.
Once more the Ghost bore away before the storm, this
time so submerging herself that for some seconds I
thought she would never reappear. Even the wheel,
quite a deal higher than the waist, was covered and
swept again and again. At such moments Ifelt strange-
ly alone with God, alone with him and watching the
chaos of his wrath. And then the wheel would reap
pear, and Wolf Larsen's broad shoulders, his hands
gripping the spokes and holding the schooner to the
course of his will, himself an earth god, dominating the
storm, flinging its descending waters from him and rid
ing it to his own ends. And oh, the marvel of it! the
marvel of it! That tiny men should live and breathe and
work, and drive sofrail a contrivance of wood and cloth
through so tremendous an elemental strife!
A final ludicrous coincidence brings Larsen back
into the lives of the almost lovers, but the balance of
power has changed. Larsen is dying of a brain tumor.
But Larsen's power, though diminished, remains
rebellious and unfettered to the end. He is one of the
great characters in sea literature. It '"i -i,. i
note that London signed his letters ... ..
intimate correspondences; he obviously found his
demonic captain far more interesting than the gentle
man writer that was Humphrey Van Weyden.

Editor's note: Caribbean Compass usually reviews
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one slipped by me in a moment of weakness, and I hope
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I remember the first time I had soup on a very hot day. It had been a month that
went from sweltering to downright scorching, day after day.
I had moored my Thunderbird sloop in the harbour to travel some 40 miles inland
to visit an old friend. I decided to pay him a surprise visit. The early morning bus I
caught left in a grinding of gears and a blast-furnace belch of blue smoke mixed with
dust, grit and oil. Two hours later I was deposited in front of the town's bus-and
freight depot on the village outskirts. Just down the road was what looked like a
small cafe. I was thirsty beyond belief, and all thoughts of finding my friend were put
on hold.
I was sure the cafe would have a cold beer or even a cold soda pop. I could almost
feel the chilled glass in my hand as the condensation trickled down and tickled my
dusty palm. I knew that my first sip of the icy contents would seduce me into drink
ing almost all of it in one enormous gulp.
I hurried across the road and entered the cafe. Three scarred leatherette stools
stood empty along a short counter covered in old-fashioned battleship grey linoleum.
I flopped down on the first stool and was ready to order what I hoped would be the
coldest, most refreshing beverage of my entire life. An attractive woman in a remark
ably white blouse, flowered skirt and apron sauntered out from behind swinging
kitchen doors. She was older than I was, but in those days most people were, or
seemed to be. Her complexion was flawless. Her skin had an incredible milk-choco
late hue. When she leaned on the counter in front of me, I could smell the spicy
muskiness of her perfume. She smiled at me and I instantly fell head-over-heels in
love. That's the way it happened then. What foolishness. Love on this stifling hot
day? What happened to my thoughts of tall, rei. i....
I somehow regained what little composure I .o I I .... i .... I i i beer a
cold one.
"No got," she said. Now I really was starting to sweat. She was looking directly
at me with incredible dark eyes. I couldn't think of any other beverage or drink to
ask for.
"You hot?" she asked. Now, if I'd had the chance to reply to a question like that
many years later, my answer might have gotten me into lots of trouble.
"Yeah," I mumbled.
"I get soup for you," she said, turned and vanished into the kitchen through the
swinging doors. What had she said? Soup? I wanted a cold drink. Soup? Had this
conversation really occurred? Was I suffering from heat-stroke, or was she? I barely
had time to ponder any of this when out through the swinging doors she returned
holding a bowl on a plate in one hand and a spoon and crackers in the other. The
woman was mad. It was indeed soup she had brought.
The bowl was placed in front of me before I could make any excuses or slide off
the stool.
"Taste. You like it. Salad," she said with a smile. I was totally confused, intoxi
cated from the liquor of love and baffled about the bowl of soup. It was only after I
looked from the bowl to her and back to the bowl again that I realized this was no
ordinary soup. It didn't even appear to be hot. In fact, the bowl was cold to the touch.
I looked back at her again and then picked up the spoon. A tentative, somewhat
hesitant taste of the thick, red liquid, flecked with pieces of green vegetable was the
start of a remarkable friendship. Gazpacho. The refreshingly cold, hot-weather soup
i ..1... I' ... ii. .. I .i,.-.ia region of southern Spain was indeed an uncooked soup
Si I .1 ... Fresh tomatoes, basil, peppers, onions, celery, cucumber,
garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and all thickened with breadcrumbs.
I became a life-long lover of Rosa's Gazpacho. For those hot, humid days we have
in front of us, try a cold soup. The :... 1, ,I- .... 1 i i ... 1. cooler beforehand
if you wish, or simply make the soul 1 i I 1 i it and keep it iced
down until ready to put into chilled bowls. Here is a simple version:

Easy Gazpacho
3 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 large sweet green pepper, cored, seeded and finely diced
1 large English cucumber, finely diced
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
1/4 Cup vinegar
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 Cup tomato juice (optional)
Blend all these ingredients briefly in a food processor or blender. Depending on the
ripeness of the tomatoes, a small amount of tomato juice may be added if you wish.
If it seems too thin, use breadcrumbs to thicken.


Caribbean Ways

The Caribbean has two varieties of spinach, both
somewhat different from the kind grown in Europe or
North America, that make easy additions to a cruiser's
diet. Caribbean spinach can be a shrub that grows
close to the ground or a red-stemmed vine that grows
six feet tall. Like most kids, I never enjoyed cooked
spinach. Today I eat it because women need iron and
spinach is one of the world's most nutritional foods.
Spinach belongs to the same family as beetroot. It
was first cultivated in southwestern Asia over 2,000
years ago. Arab traders carried spinach to Persia, now
Iran. Irrigation was necessary to grow this green leafy
vegetable in their hot dry climate. Centuries later,
Arab traders spread spinach to Europe and to China,
where the name still translates as "Persian green".
The Italians take some credit for civilizing spin
ach. When an Italian countess, Catherine de Medici,
was married to the King of France, she came with
her own cooks who prepared spinach "her way".
Since then spinach dishes have been referred to as
"a la Florentine".
In the cartoons Popeye gets extra strength by con
suming spinach. In reality spinach protects against
heart disease, arthritis and some types of cancer. One
Cup of fresh spinach has only 40 calories and over
twice the daily requirement of vitamin K. This vitamin
is essential to keep human bones healthy.
Spinach is also a great source for vitamins A, C,
magnesium, and folate. Eating this green prevents
cholesterol from blocking arteries causing heart
attacks or strokes, and reduces high blood pressure.
Spinach may rival carrots for benefiting eyesight by
keeping the eye: '": 1: :t;v- -..-1 ;- 1-:- the inci
denceofcataraci- ..... 1 i -I .... i provides
a third of the daily requirement of iron necessary for
bone growth.
Always wash leafy greens well before using them.
Garlic Spinach
10 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 1/2 pounds spinach, trimmed
Salt and spice to taste
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Mix minced garlic and olive oil. In a large skillet, melt
the butter and heat this mixture, adding spinach until
it is just beginning to wilt (4 or 5 minutes). Place spin
ach in a bowl and mix with salt, spices and lemon
juice, and serve.

Curry Spinach
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
6 cloves minced garlic
1 pound fresh spinach, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 Cup water
Salt and spices to taste
In a large skillet, heat oil. Add garlic and stir over
medium heat for two minutes. Add all spices, stir
ring constantly. Stir well, add water and spinach,
cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for five minutes.
Serve warm.

Spinach Pie
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds fresh spinach, trimmed
4 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 pound feta cheese
3/4 Cup whole milk
Salt and spice to taste
One pie shell
1/2 pound grated Cheddar cheese
In a large skillet, cook onion and garlic in oil until
just browning. Add spinach until it wilts. Blend in
remaining ingredients except cheddar cheese and pie
shell. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350F for half an
hour. Cover with grated cheddar and return to oven for
five minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Spinach Rockefeller
2 pounds fresh spinach
2 Tablespoons olive oil

3/4 Cup breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 small onions, minced
1 '2 IY -; .t- Parmesan cheese (Cheddar may
be -.1. I
1 small hot pepper, minced
2 eggs, beaten
1 large firm tomato, sliced
Salt and spice to taste
In a large frying pan, saute spinach in oil until it
wilts, add breadcrumbs, butter, garlic, onions, 1/4
Cup of the cheese, pepper and spices. Stir to keep
mixture from sticking. Cook for half an hour before
removing from heat.
Arrange tomato slices in a large baking dish.
Spoon spinach mixture onto each slice. Cover with
remaining cheese and bake for 5 minutes at 350F.
Serve immediately.
Spinach Potato Torte
2 large potatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 pounds fresh spinach
2 .
1 t. -.t 1- Parmesan cheese (Cheddar may
be ..i -1 .1 1 1i
1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
2 sweet peppers (preferably red) cored and sliced
2 nine-ounce packages prepared and sliced smoked
turkey breast
1/2 Cup Mozzarella cheese (Cheddar may
be substituted)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Salt and spice to taste
In a pot, boil potatoes until just tender. In a large skil

let, saute onions and garlic in butter. Then add spinach
until wilted. Drain all excess liquid before adding beat
en eggs, cheese and 1/4 Cup of the breadcrumbs.
Grease a large baking dish with butter and dust with
remaining breadcrumbs. Slice the potatoes and cover
the baking dish's bottom. Spread the spinach mixture
evenly over the slices. Then spread half of the peppers,
turkey and cheese. Repeat again beginning with potato
slices, spinach, peppers and turkey. Top with a layer
of potatoes brushed with olive oil and seasonings.
Bake at 400F for half an hour. Serve hot or cold.

For the Gardener
Spinach grows in most climates where there is suf
ficient water, especially in sandy soil. Fork a row about
ten inches deep and six inches wide to make a four
inch mound. Plant the seeds a half inch deep. Thin the
sprouts to six inches apart. Keep watered so the soil
remains damp and spinach should mature in three to
four weeks. Fertilize with a high nitrogen mixture
every ten days.

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Dear Compass,
On page 16 of the October 2008 is
Compass, in the Regatta News depar
picture of some classic yachts anchore
St. Maarten. In the left foreground i
certainly an Alden schooner. I would
its name and owner, as it is extre

d p

Has anyone seen La Goleta?

famous Alden schooner called La Go
from 1966 to 1980, urin-.--hich tim
her original finish. -1. built ir
American called R. St. John Peverly to
for the second "Ocean Race", now c.
Race, which she won. It was the f
Fastnet and only two boats finished.
I was forced to sell her in 1980, as
to California, but I know she came
Indies and was based in Antigua;
doing charter work in 1996. I am
write a book about my time with her
to track her down. I have taken a
charter from The Moorings at Marigo
for the last eight years but only eve
the Grenadines and have never seen
Any information would be greatly a
Christopher Lawrence
The Oaks, Burghill
Hereford, HR4 7RJ

Dear Compass,
We are currently (December 2008
Tobago Cays. After reading several
issues of Compass about the newly i
balls here, I 11. ...1.1 I would report n
The cost ol .. ..... in tb i ..
per night. You can also still ... I. .
most of the good anchoring spots in
are now occupied with mooring balls
of other good places to anchor.
i. .... i of the mooring bal
: for the turtles. During
here, it seems that the majority of t
charter and private -are using the
most people we talked to said they fe
to use the moorings than to anchor a
moorings protects the turtles' enviroi
The balls are close together, howe'
have problems if you have a vessel loi
(No length limit is marked on the bal
The mooring balls do interrupt tl
Tobago Cays if there are no boats i
area. However, since there always s
more boats at any given time, the b
bothersome to the eyes.
The Tobago Cays Marine Park en
EC$10 per person per day. But do be
of the Park Rangers' math skills. Wl
Ranger charged us EC$85 for the
people for one day. After reviewing tl

that it only added up to EC$65. I had to track down
the Ranger and get my EC$20 back.
'25 Sign me,
Enjoying the Breeze in the Cays
Dear Compass,
I have read several articles and news blurbs in the
Caribbean Compass about the "eSeaClear.com" sys
tern and still cannot determine what it really is and
what island countries are associated with it. I went to
the www.eSeaClear.com website and viewed a single
Inr.rn %1RS page of a lot of words with no information containing
actual facts.
Medodye Pompa's letter in the December 2008
Readers' Forum admirably discusses the reality of
check-in/out procedures and eSeaClear, but again
S does not mention that any Caribbean island countries
actually use or are tied into this system. The editor's
note mentions St. Lucia and the BVI but does not
specify how and what eSeaClear actually does for
cruisers ....... to enter/exit these countries. It
would be -.. .1 1 Caribbean Compass editorial staff
checked to see if this outfit really exists and really does
something useful.
S On the eSeaClear webpage there are no links to a
home page; contact us; or any active links to anything
other than a "registration" page. The "help" link does
nothing but bounce you back to the initial page.
Personal observations over seven years in the
sue of Caribbean Caribbean about the various check-in/out procedures
-tment, there is a on the various island countries indicates that virtually
d in Phillipsburg, none of the Customs/Immigration facilities that we
s what is almost use have computers and are linked to the internet. If
d like to discover the local officials do not have computers, what use is
mely like a very this system? I have seen notebook computers being
used by officials in Grenada (and I hear in Martinique
there are computers) but they are not tied into any
internet systems.
The basic questions -the Who, What, When, Where
and How -of journalism seem to be sadly missing in
regards to eSeaClear. Who are they? Who are the prin
cipals? What do they actually do today with the infor
nation they gather? When is the system going to be of
any use? Where are they located (a company, an indi
vidual in his basement, a NGO)? How can this system
operate in the real world today and tomorrow? Without
hard facts and data we can only make two assump
r tions: one, the operation is a scam; or two, it is a pipe
dream of 11 ---.;-i. people who are smoking some
ofthat"fu..., -I..
Jim Graham
S/V Osiris
leta that I owned P.S. The country of Grenada has a simple one page
e I restored her to check-in/out form you can download from the internet
England for an and then print out on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper,
an Alden design which is perfectly acceptable by the officials. (Just
called the Fastnet select "Page scaling -Fit to printable area" in your
irst bad-weather Adobe Reader.) Make five copies and take them ashore
when you check in/out to really shorten and stream
I was -.... .... line the process. The form is available at
out tc I. -I www.grenadagrenadines.com/boatcustoms.html.
she was possibly
now planning to P.P.S. Thanks to a very prompt and informative
and am very keen e-mail from the Caribbean Compass in response to the
ten-day bareboat letter above, I learned that Keats Compton, President
t Bay, St. Lucia, of the Caribbean Marine Association, made an
r cruised around announcement of introduction of eSeaClear back in
her. July. It is a program that is part of a collaboration
appreciated. between the Caribbean Marine Association (CMA) and
the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council
(CCLEC). The CMA appears to be an association pro
.. i... "the yachting industry within the Caribbean
... That seems to translate to a (sort of) lobbying
arm of the businesses servicing the yachts of wealthy/
important people.
CCLEC is an NGO feeding off the government
) moored in the bureaucrats involved with the Customs administra
letters in recent tions of the Caribbean islands and others H-Ti
installed mooring worked with very large organizations and :.. i
ay findings, with the political and bureaucratic minions of power, I
S. is EC$45 can understand the structure of the CCLEC and its
. Although purpose to provide a forum for the various administra
ten feet of water tors of Caribbean islands involved in Customs/reve
there are plenty nue and some great parties at their annual gatherings.
There they can compare notes and seek ways to
ls surround the improve their departments. However, neither organize
g my three days tion -CMA or CCLEC -has any power beyond lob
he boats -both bying and information exchange.
moorings. In fact, Most interesting is that using the search function of
el that it's easier CCLEC website to locate any references to "eSeaClear"
nd that using the results in zero results. S i i ... i. .1. their various
nment. pages also reveals no : i ... i- I SeaClear". A
ver, and you will Google search resulted in a news release from CCLEC
nger than 55 feet. discussing the program under the name "PAN Pilot",
Is.) which describes the functions of the system and the
he beauty of the eSeaClear website. l.-1.i- f- "PAN Pilot" results in
n the anchorage a bewildering list oi i i .-..n talking about every
eem to be 20 or thing but eSeaClear. "PAN" is not a good label for any
alls are not that i .;. as the word is used in millions of ways to
i i spanning", as in Pan American, etcetera.
trance fee is still CMA does not have a search function on their web
watchful of some site that is available to the public, and what little
hen we arrived, a information is available makes no references to
mooring and two eSeaClear.
he receipts, I saw Continued on next page


continued from previous page
Reading what is available leads me to the second
assumption I mentioned above -eSeaClear is a good
idea, but not realistically of any value to the average
cruiser. It seems to be slanted to enabling" .-.-
yachts to streamline their movements in the : I ... I
St. Lucia. (I humorously rate the mega-yachts by how
many huge data/satellite domes are mounted on the
yacht. I have seen as many as five huge satellite domes
on yachts in Antigua. Who needs that many data/
voice links?)
In the real world of the average cruiser moving from
one Caribbean island to another -as Melodye Pompa
pointed out -the introduction of eSeaClear is a non
event and only adds an additional layer of complexity
to our process of check-in/out, and then again only in
St. Lucia and the BVI. And given the absence of any
current references to the program on the active web
sites of h- -riii.t-r. T -i.n only infer that the pro
gram is I ....... .

Dear Compass Readers,
For those of you who missed it, in our August 2008
issue we reported the following:
"Keats Compton, President of the Caribbean Marine
Association, reports: The Caribbean Marine Association
(CMA) and the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement
Council (CCLEC) are pleased to announce the introduce
tion of electronic clearance for yachts traveling within
the Caribbean.
'The system was launched on July 1st with a pilot
project in St. Lucia, which permits yachts entering and
leaving St. Lucia to submit the relevant documentation
either on computers at the Customs office on arrival, or
remotely, via the internet at www.eSeaClear.com. You
must still report at Customs upon arrival, but Customs
can access the notification information to process your
clearance more efficiently without the needfor you to
fill out the declaration forms by hand.
'The system is scheduled to be launched in the
British Virgin Islands shortly, with progressive roll out
around the region. Yachts must, of course, continue to
adhere to each country's specific rules of reporting.
'The electronic clearance system, known as eSeaClear,
was developed by CCLEC, a union of some 35 Customs
entities, including the EUand US, as part of the Regional
Clearance System, which was set up to facilitate the
processing of yachts traveling around the region. The
use of eSeaClear is completely voluntary, so that yacht
skippers with a preference for existing paper document
station will not be forced to clear electronically. Yachts
departing from countries that do not subscribe to
eSeaClear will need to use existing paper based proce
dures, but the developers are confident that the system
will win converts quickly, because of its intrinsic utility.
"Registered users can access the system to enter and
maintain information about their vessel or vessels, crew
and passengers. Once all Caribbean countries are
aboard, prior to arrival at a new country the vessel
operator simply ensures the information is accurate for
the upcoming voyage and submits a new notification:
you won't have to fill in declaration forms by hand at
each country you arrive in... To register for electronic
yacht clearance visit www.eSeaClear.com."
So, what benefit is eSeaClearfor the average yachtie?
In a nutshell, here's what one recent user told us: "I
filled out the form on my laptop, in the comfort of my
boat, using the WiFi in Admiralty Bay [Bequia]. When I
got to Rodney Bay [St. Lucia], the Customs guy called
up my form on his computer and printed it out. All I had
to do was sign it (and pay the clearance fees, of course).
I was back out the door in afew minutes."
Please keep in mind that the use of eSeaClear is
COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY. Also, it is a pilot project,
and as such welcomes feedback from potential real life
users, like Melodye, Jim and all those who have written
to Compass about it in the past or will as the project
goes on. Feedback can be sent to eSeaClearSupport@
cclec.net or support@eseaclear.com, or you can phone
(758) 453-7705/2556.
Meanwhile, as this issue of Compass goes to press,
eSeaClear has been rolled out in St. Kitts & Nevis and
St. Vincent & the Grenadines. We'll have afull report on
eSeaClear's progress sofar in next month's Compass.

Dear Compass,
As reported by Susan Bruce in the December 2008
Readers' Forum, in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, we have
been floating in a lake of cheap diesel for the last
three months.
These days, it appears that the main income of the
Venezuelan fishing boats isn't the fish they catch
(because the sea is empty) but transporting cheap
diesel to Bequia every week. This makes the ferries
happy, as it reduces their running costs dramatically.
Sometimes, though, there is water in it and this has to
be pumped out. Unfortunately, some diesel gets
pumped out in the process. Also, thes I.-..... -ssels
are not properly equipped to transfer I I ... their
boat to the next, and during the process another num-
ber of gallons of diesel spill into Admiralty Bay.
We run a charter boat and our guests would rather
not stay in Admiralty Bay anymore because of the
stench of diesel while they are trying to enjoy their din

ner aboard. Swimming from the boat is not possible
unless you want diesel as your new body lotion.
On numerous occasions we have complained at
various official places about this, but on an island
where everyone is family it is not easy to address the
problem, let alone solve it. Upon approaching the
Coast Guard in St. Vincent, it seemed that they either
were not really interested in the pollution problem or
they did not know how to approach it.
The availability of cheap fuel is not the issue (except
perhaps for the Shell station), the problem is that
spillage is damaging Bequia's tourism economy and
its environment.
So, are we all going to bow our heads and give up, or
do we really feel that this should stop?
Sign me,
Fed-Up Charter Captain

Dear Compass.
This is in response to the letter from Susan Wales,
M/VRoamer, in last month's Compass asking for rec
ommendations from other cruisers about international
medical insurance. Roberta and I are very happy with
General Worldwide's "Medis" plan. Information is
available at www.international-health-insurance.net.
Tito Figueroa
S/V Alleluia!

Dear Compass,
The letters that have been appearing in recent issues
of Compass regarding the breaches in protocol on the
various Immigration/quarantine laws/acts pertaining
to the islands in the region really need to be addressed
by a qualified person and results published to estab
lish the protocols for the thousands of private/char
tered pleasure craft that ply these waters.
In the interest of attracting the tourist and the tour
ist dollar, I would put the onus on the authorities to
clarify their procedures accurately in writing, rather
than have it "hearsay" via phone conversations. This
publication and All at Sea are freely available in most
, .-. ..1 .. .....- .. ..i offices, so we can assume that
1'. 1. I. ... read them frequently.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS) quite clearly states the Laws therein,
but, as we know, each sovereign state then has its own
laws and acts. In general, the clearance laws/acts
allow 24 hours on arrival and 24 hours on departure,
for good reasons. Vessels arriving are given 24 hours
refuge and, providing no Immigration or quarantine
laws are broken, are allowed to leave without any fur
other ado during that 24-hour period, e.g. they don't
need to check in.
It seems pointless for masters of vessels to be told
they have to report "immediately" on arrival anywhere
unless Customs has the office open 24/7/365, and
what chance is there of that happening?
Quarantine areas and buoys are there for quaran
tined vessels, not for arriving or I .. -- i ',
other words, vessels with disease .... .,
are held in this area until properly cleared by qualified
persons, normally a doctor. Those without disease are
allowed to anchor/tie up as normal but, by law, have
to display the quarantine flag until cleared.
I have been to dozens of countries all over the world
and never, ever heard of all vessels having to go to a
quarantine area until cleared. Quite the opposite, as
authorities normally want quarantine areas clear (and
for good reason) should an infected vessel arrive, so I
suspect the authorities that are enforcing this are
somewhat lacking in knowledge of protocols.
The ........ .1 ,, .. .. .. laws/acts apply to all
person ... 11 11. of vessels have to abide
by these laws and are punished if they don't, then the
authorities need to look at their own citizens' behavior
as well. If crews of uncleared vessels are not allowed
ashore because of the laws, then the citizens (read
boatboys) of the countries are also by the same token
not allowed to approach said vessels either. In other
words, 1.. ., ,, the same protection as the
citizens *.. I * I ...- as strict and heavy fines/
imprisonment are involved -as we have witnessed in
some letters displayed here.
I very recently witnessed the actions of a Customs
officer aboard a Customs vessel who boarded .rri"in
vessels to clear them. To be honest, the 11 .
-h.r:- -li-ln't 1-n-w what he was talking about. Some
I I..- .1 .. ... regarding the law were total :.1- :
and, to my mind, he was just talking off the 1 i
head to justify his actions, which were, to be polite,
"way over the top" and an excessive abuse of powers
invested. One poor man who thought he was doing the
honest, correct thing was ordered to town and sum
marily charged EC$75,000 at the whim of said
Customs officer and others escaped by the skin of
their teeth, owing to the intervention of a local busi
ness owner who made noises at all levels asking for
clarification of various points that no one in authority
seemed to have answers to.
Yachties need to abide by the laws and officials need
to know the laws and apply them equally to all parties
Billy the Boatboy
Yacht Twaka
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opposite Howard's Marine
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-ontinued from previous page
Dear Compass,
Recently we found out there is a lot of misunder
standing about the meaning of the phrase "Port of
Entry" on the island of St. Vincent.
D.. ..... re than ten boats in addition to
ou,.- I. I .,, ,,. I because we were anchored in
the wrong bay before clearing in. The fine was EC$500
(a bit less than US$200), and if you don't want to pay
it your passports are confiscated. You can buy those
i ...i .... .. the next day or, if you are unlucky,

Cumberland Bay is popular, but NOT a Port of Entry

Cumberland Bay is not officially a Port of Entry, but
it does have navigation lights at the entrance of the
bay. A yacht skipper might think he can safely sail in
there and spend the night after a long haul. Wrong.
Just north of Cumberland, Chateaubelair Bay is an
official Port of Entry, but when you go there the police
will advise you not to stay .... 1,. ..- .; not safe.
Wallilabou Bay, just south I I .....I ... I is also a
Port of Entry, but Customs officers are seldom found
in their office there.
After being fined that one time, being a good boy, I
went to Chateaubelair the next time around, where my
dinghy and another yacht's dinghy were stolen.
I- ... i. get the story right, I called Mr. Da Silva
fr' ... Customs and told him what had hap
opened. I explained that everyone assumes that you
have 24 hours to clear in, as long as nobody leaves
the boat before it has cleared Customs. Wrong, very
wrong: after clearing out, you have 24 hours to leave
the country.
Meanwhile, yachts are permitted to moor at Young
Island cut (also not an official Port of Entry), and then
the skipper can take a bus or taxi to the airport and
clear Customs, then take the bus or taxi to ... -
and show the passports to Immigration ...
reason this cannot be done at Immigration at the air
port. Imagine an airline pilot hopping on the bus to
town to clear in his passengers!)
Mr. Da Silva informed me that SVG is losing "mil
lions" because yachts do not clear in. This seems
strange to me, because how can you clear into St.
Lucia or Grenada, for example, without proof of where
you are coming from?
It is a pity that it seems that the St. Vincent Customs
officers are more bureaucrats than seamen and some-
how miss the feel for the yachtsmen visiting St.
Vincent for a nice vacation and a friendly approach.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines is spending millions to
attract tourists to the island by air and sea, to boast
the economy and employment. I am sorry to see that
at the same speed yachts are being chased away from

St. Vincent by Customs : .. ....
We have been "hangin,, .. I. for 15 years, and
are surprised time and time again.
Please sign me,
Confused and Frustrated

Dear Compass,
I am very sorry to tell Chris Doyle that all his effort
to write a cruising guide for Trinidad & Tobago is only
for Trinidadian boaters. And most of them know all
... . ... For visiting cruisers, the vari
SI h i-I Iin his cruising guide is only
for fantasizing.
Further to Jim McConn's article in the September
2008 issue of Compass, telling about his experiences
in Tobago with an officious Customs officer and oner
ous regulations, I can add my experience.
I recently asked a Customs officer in Trinidad about
the check-out procedure for sailing from ,i. ..........
to Tobago. We wanted to wait in Scotland I .
night or two, then sail to Maracas Bay and stay there
overnight, before moving on to Tobago. We had done this
some years before, without any problems. Aren't we sail
ing between two islands belonging to the same country?
I was told that we were not allowed to anchor any
where else but Chaguaramas. And in Chaguaramas,
yachts can anchor only if all marinas are
II.1 were absolutely forbidden to anchor in
Scotland Bay.
And what about Chacachacare?
No, only Chaguaramas. To anchor anywhere else
you need permission from Customs, and that you
don't get!
But to sail to Tobago, we'll need to overnight in
Maracas Bay.
It is forbidden -the whole north coast of Trinidad is
forbidden for foreign yachts.
But if we check out here for Tobago, we have to stop
somewhere for the night -we can't go in one trip to
Tobago in daylight.
Okay, you can stop in Maracas Bay for two to three
hours, but not longer! And if you check out here, you
have to check in at Scarborough the same day.
I did not understand the whole situation. I was
shocked -did the officer speaking to me think we had
either a racing powerboat or a helicopter? Was he jok
ing with me? So I tried again:
But out at Chacachacare and Scotland Bay there
are always yachts on anchor, and on weekends it is
full of Trinidadians.
Trinidadians are allowed to anchor everywhere, but not
foreigners. You have .. 1 . in Chaguaramas.
But what about tl. 1. I .... yachts anchored
out in the bays?
Are there others out on anchor? Thank you for
the information.
We were stymied by these impossible restrictions, so
we decided to give Tobago a miss. Meanwhile Customs
was going around in the bays, asking all the foreign
flagged yachts to move back to Chaguaramas.
Next was the ordeal of international check-out from
Trinidad, which has already been mentioned quite
often in the Compass. We checked out at 3.15PM. On
our bill was an additional TT$100 for overtime.
Because it was not a holiday, and the official working
hours finished at 4:00PM, I asked what the overtime
charge was for. The officer explained that we had to
leave immediately hut bv the time we reached the

border to international waters it would be after 4:00PM
-therefore I had to pay overtime!
It is obvious that foreign flag vessels are not really
welcome in Trinidad & Tobago.
Nowhere else in our travels around the world have we
felt punished for being foreigners. I think I have to men
tion, that we are coming as tourists with a certain finan
cial background and not as beggars. We don't take jobs;
instead, we bring employment. We have our own
income, our own health insurance, etcetera. It is quite
possible that cruisers and charter boats bring more
money into the country than tourists coming by air
1 ... i ... . short time at an "all inclusive" resort
i.. i. .- I i I .... advance in the home country.
I know, we have not been ordered to come. So,
wherever we are not welcome, we will simply leave
and apologize for intruding. But wouldn't it be better
and easier for such countries' governments to be
honest, and declare, ,-.,,,,. .1 s, we don't want
you -please stay . I,,,,.- would then be
absolutely clear.
Customs and Immigration officers are the first and
the last people in every country we cruisers and tour
ists meet. They represent their country and are the
mirror of the population. Customs in Trinidad made
us feel unwanted. Do the people of Trinidad really not
want us, either?
Please sign me,
Jeanne Lafitte

Editor's note: Compass requested responses from the
Customs and Excise Departments in St. Vincent & the
Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, respectively, to the
two preceding letters, in an attempt to clarify the cur
rent Customs regulations applying to yachts in these
two countries. Unfortunately, no replies were received
by press time.

Dear Compass,
Ji ,...I. we'd write ... i..... -.. e about
..i.... . change. W e 11 I .I .. .I I i.. i M arina
in Venezuela on November 1st, and by the time we
made it to our anchorage at Isla Coche, we had trans
mission fluid in the bilge. Not a good thing. Our origi
nal plan had been to sail to Les Saintes, spend a
couple of weeks, and then head up to Antigua. We
decided to head straight to Antigua as we felt parts
and services would be easier to get, and we spoke the
language. Well, it was the week with no winds, so after
being becalmed more than we anticipated, we were in
1. c .... .. .. days later.
b I I I II Ii, anchorage, but I was extremely
stressed about dropping the anchor under sail. Let's
just say that my husband has much more confidence in
my abilities than I do! I called on VHF channel 68 just
after the weather report, asking for anyone in English
Harbour for assistance in anchoring. Sunsail Charters
answered and told us :; them a call when we were
ten or 15 minutes aws did, and Sylvan and Clive
were there in dinghies to act as our motor. They guided
us to a spot in Freeman's Bay, helped us set the anchor,
and off they went. Thank you so, so much to the two of
them and to the Sunsail office for being there.
After getting everything straightened up we headed
into Customs, Immigration and the Port Authority.
Our zarpe from Venezuela said Guadeloupe, but no
one gave us any problems.
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-ontinuedfrom previous page when there was an appalling crash, and while we all sat
The two gentlemen from Customs and :........ .. ... there totally stunned, there was the noise of something
and the lady from the Port Authority were so i1 i ..i ... i falling on deck.
friendly, and all welcomed us to their island and said This turned out to be pieces of a large porcelain "egg"
they hoped we would enjoy ourselves. We're still waiting insulator from the top of the insulated backstay. The
on parts, but enjoying our time here in English Harbour. lightning bolt had struck the 72-foot masthead, where

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'We're enjoying our time
in English Harbour Our
experience in Antigua
has been very positive'

We've wandered all over, taken the bus to St. John's and
Jolly Harbour. Both times we've asked directions from
someone local, they've told us to hop in the car and
they'd take us there.
Our experience in Antigua has been very positive and
we're happy to be here!
Dennis and Allayne Coon
S/V Audrey Paige

Dear Compass,
We discovered a great way to provision with meat and
seafood while in Trinidad. Our local hangout suggested
we try the place where they buy their meats, so we went
to the source that restaurants use: Artie's Patties.
Artie's Patties has been in business for over 30 years in
Trinidad. They provide US and New Zealand meat,
already frozen. You can buy individual steaks or an
entire roll of meat. They'll cut to any style you want and
even vacuum pack it, or you can do it yourself. They
have steaks, hamburger, chicken, pork, lamb chops,
sausages, shrimps, scallops and other seafood. (The
shrimps are to die for. They have eight or nine count per
pound.) Pretty much anything you want that is meat,
they have. Plus they have the selection and quality you
don't find in the local grocery stores. You will need to
have a car or take a cab because it's a bit off the path
from the maxi-taxi route. They are located close to
Chaguaramas at Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin. Their
phone number is 637-7264.
Happy grilling!
Don Pitchford
S/V Liquid Courage

Dear Compass,
With all the lightning in the 2008 rainy season, it brings
to mind some interesting strikes we have experienced.
The family was at dinner on our 58-foot steel cutter,
Karen, in Castries Harbor, St. Lucia, some years back

there was a steel cap with the usual fittings to carry
fore and backstays and the cap shrouds. There were
also diamond stays. All major stays terminated at
chainplates on the steel topsides.
You would have thought that all these would have
been enough to carry the shock to ground but it also
passed through the egg insulator on the backstay,
blowing it to bits, and then jumped from the lower
insulator above deck level and went horizontally to
the stern pulpit where it burned a neat half-inch
hole in the top stainless steel tube on the side facing
the backstay.
Needless to say it didn't do the radios any good!
Before that, in fact some years back, we were looking
after a small wood sailboat in Rodney Bay. The boat
was strip-planked, a building method that seems to be
,i i ...... .less used with complete resin coating
.11 .' I i.....-. the strip laying. (Monocoque is the
best way to describe the finished hull construction.) In
this case it was built before resin coating become
much used and was, as normal in this method, edge
nailed (vertically) into timber strips about two inches
deep laid horizontally.
At the time, the boat was sitting in a steel cradle and
when the mast head got hit, the strike ran down the
rigging and in trying to get to ground ran through the
planking from nail to nail, and completely blew the
planking apart in four: .. 1. ertical lines from chain
plates to the legs of the . 1
As we found out later, on another boat we had that
was built using the same method, it is very difficult to
do a good repair 1 ... .; 1 1,; planking.
Then, to round 11 i. -I' I ing tales, we were sit
ting in our house in the Maracas Valley in Trinidad,
built deep in a valley under the shade of El Tucuche, the
(almost) highest mountain in Trinidad. We had heard a
rumble or two and one of the children asked if we would
ever be struck there. "No way!" said I. "Any lightning

would hit the high hills all around us!"
No sooner said than there was an almighty crash. The
TV antenna fell of the roof and we saw bright sparks
running from the roof around to the six-inch steel pipes
holding up the roof structure.
Next time someone asks, "Can we be struck by light
ning?" I will keep my mouth shut.
John Kessell
St. Lucia

Dear Compass,
Have you parsed (Provisional Anchorage Rating System
Equation) your ... i. -
I have heard ... ... 1.11 .I opinions offered about
the same T--T-r* T ... ..i. ,,i i, .. ibbean there
are many 1.11 .i - ... . from open
roadsteads to sheltered bays to creeks in mangrove
swamps. All of these offer a different degree of shelter
to a .-.i.... yacht. In the various pilot books there is
only I .. I description as to how sheltered an anchor
age is. I devised this rating system to give an easily
determined rating to an anchorage, with a high rating
being very sheltered and a low number being exposed
ci, 1 ..1. Perhaps somewhere a list could be estab
1 h I I Ih ,h,, .
The method I I. ii 1........ ..I is very simple, and the
equipment needed should be available on most yachts.
All that is needed is a fixed weight and a pair of scales.
Ti., ;.1.i uld be anywhere between 100g (a small
gl .. I .1 .J to 10kg (a diving weight belt). The scales
need to be appropriate to the weight used -a set of
kitchen scales for the 100g or fishing scales for the
10kg. The scales and weight are placed midway out to
the beam of the boat, at about the fore-and-aft center
line. The weight is placed on the scales and the reading
observed for a few minutes. The maximum and mini
mum weights are noted. The mean value of the weight
is divided by the difference between the maximum and
minimum weights noted. This will give the rating figure
for the anchorage.
R = ( (Max + Min)/2)/(Max Min)
It is inevitable that different results will be obtained by
different boats, and that these will change with the
weather, but a good anchorage will show consistently
higher values than a poorly sheltered anchorage. Also
other factors that affect the anchorage, like unwelcome
commercial activity (such as jet skis and fast speed
boats), could be factored in.
I have values for two anchorages so far: Mindelo in the
Cape Verdes scored 7 and Carlisle Bay in Barbados
scored 10.
I hope that this simple method will allow an easier
determination of where one can get a quiet night's sleep!
Mike Dorsett
White Princess

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The Light Brigade

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by Don Street

It is January. The transatlantic yachts have pretty much all come across
on their tradewind passages. They are all in the Caribbean, at various
anchorages or marinas, reminiscing .1 .. i, In ..-- and its highs and
lows, and comparing notes on the L .. i ..I .i discomfort experi
enced, and the speed or lack of it they encountered. Happy hour chats
usually end when the bars close, but the debate on "the light brigade" ver
sus "the heavy brigade" for cruising boats will go on forever.
Andrew Bray, an editor at Yachting World magazine, is certainly a mem-
ber of the light brigade. However, reading his recent article about his cross
ing the Atlantic in the tradewind route aboard a lightweight boat in 2001,
one realizes it was not a pleasant trip. Not a fight for survival, certainly, but
-with difficulties cooking, eating, and moving around the boat -not an
enjoyable crossing that one would happily remember or look forward to
doing again.
In contrast, ten of the 12 transatlantics I have done were on "heavy
brigade" boats that had properly ballasted, gimbaled stoves. Cooking
three meals a day was no problem, and these were served in civilized
fashion on a properly designed gimbaled table.
If well designed, heavy boats are not slow, either -especially on long
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day. lolaire has also sailed from the Canaries to Antigua in 19 days, and in
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In 1956 on Arabella, a 46-foot heavy displacement ketch, we departed
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Rhode Island.
In 1984 on Lone Star, a 54-foot ketch built by Mashford Brothers in
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hours (182 miles per day), a record at that time.
On all these trips we all put on weight -it was comfortable to cook, eat,
sleep and move around the boat.
I'll take the heavy brigade.


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36' 1980 Albin Trawler 46' 1975 Durbeck D-46
Twin Ford Lehman's World Cruiser
Genset, A/C, new paint 72HP Perkins, AP, Solar Panels
$49,000 $105,000
37' 1978 Tayana Cutter, Well built, canoe stern $79,000
37' 1978 Endeavour Sloop, well equipped, hauled $35,000
41' 1985 C & C Racer/Cruiser in excellent condition $119,000
49' 1975 Transpacific Ketch, bluewater cruiser, 3 strms $180,000
27' 2005 Bayliner 265, AC, Sleeps 4, low eng. hrs $56,000
27' 1989 Mako CC, 200HP Yamaha's, T-Top $27,000
39' 1998 Mainship Trawler, Yanmar diesels, A/C, Genset $129,900
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1981 Cape Dory 30,
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:':_ : : ., cabin,
US 94.0D00
1975 German Frers 39ft. 2
sets racing sails, US 61.000
St.Lucia duty paid,
2000 Dehler 41CR 3 cabin.
US 255.000,
2001 Beneteau 50, 3 cabin,
US 199.000 reduced 1791Y30
2000 Catana 471,4 cabin.
460.000 Euros.
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KETCH fiberglass, gc, new
engine very well equipped,
excellent live aboard and
cruiser. Pr ced from
US$199000 to US$169000 ONC
fora fastsale. Lying StLucia. For
more info and pictures please
e-mail venus46@live.com or
phone +59669607429.

3 x RIB's, TP 7.8 Meter 2005
RIB. Twin Yamaha 200HP 4
Stroke. $40K, AB VST 24 RIB.
Brand new, unused hull,
centre console no engine.
$22K, AB 19' RIB 115HP
Suzuki ( 100 hours) $20K
Lying BVI Tel (284) 494-4289

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Every available option
including T-Top, custom
center console with head,
3ow thruster, dive door,
Northstar Color GPS,
AutoPilot, Depthfinder, live
bait well and much more.
Boat and Engines are like
new with less than 300 hrs.
rhis boat has been captain
maintained since new and is
located on St. Thomas, USVI.
f you want the best 30
center console this is it.
Owner has new Intrepid on
order. $150,000.
Tel (610) 251-9135.

da sloop. Popular So.
Africa design by Oswald
Beckmeyer built by Z-Craft
n Durban, S.A. Yanmar
2GM20, Zetus manual wind
ass, many extras for cruis-
ing. Berthed at Grenada
Yacht Club. Contact Selwyn
Tel (473 435-4174

rything. Owner relocat-
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Vist oystieyachtrdnbowspiftlcom
to see details on this lovely
yacht.Price US360,O0
(784) 532 1690
Due to circumstances I am
willing to offer my sailing
yacht MONSOON for sale
for a very low price.
Monsoon is a steel ketch,
72 ft long over deck, single
diesel/twin genset, all furling,
lots of new stuff.
Visit: www.sailmonsoon.com
w/8H.P. Yanmar I.B. rigged in
05, Mng in Grenada
$13K USD Tel: (473) 440 -7525

Selden mast with rigging for
40footer, winches, engine parts,
windlass, diesel stove, sails, and
lots more ask for complete list
E-mail destsll@candw.lc
(758) 452 8531
2 stroke outboard, ran 5
hours. 180 US$. Aries lift-up
vane gear self steering
device,1000 US$. HF transceiv-
info: i d -i ,
hotmail.com Tel; (473)
404-0274 or (784) 495-0826

deck stepped, boom,
spreaders, lights, winches
(has been changed for
upgrade) ask for details
Tel (758) 452-8531
E-mail destsll@candw.lc
New in Original Box.
24 VDC naar 240 AC /50Hz
4000 Watt real sine wave
charger 240 AC 50/60Hz
naar 120 Amp 24 VDC laad-
stroom. Price US$3500 E-mail
Tri,- l -i . 1914
E- M i In
(868) 615-1914 E-mail
DEALS at http://doylecarib-

and multi acre tracts. Great
views overlooking Southern
Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay
BEQUIA, Lower Bay Bells
Point, House and Land.
Serious buyers only. Sale by
owner. Call (784) 456 4963
after 6pm. E-mail
lulleym vincysurf.com

GRENADA.16 by 32 feet, sol-
idly built with hardwood
and baked enamel tin roof.
Fence, plus ate, plus latrine
and a 40 gallon water

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trical problems and yacht
deliveries. Tel Cris Robinson
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place. Southern panoramic BEQUIA HOMEMADE
view with a breeze, 5- BREADS &Cakesmadefesh
minutes walk to secluded every day! Wholewheat, mul-
black sand beach. Tel (902) tigrain banana bread, herbs
648-0165 or o toh & flax, butter crescents. To
648165 or go to http
//www.carriacou.net place order Tel (784) 457-
istings/WoodenHouseBelmn/ 352433-3008 E-mail

BEQUIA PROPERTIES A clas- es are devered E
sic Belmont villa in 1 acre COMPLETE AFRICAN
2,03003 0US, The Village EXPERIENCE Kruger National
Apartments Business Park. mountains, magnifi-
1,890, 0DUS, Admiralty Bay cent Vistas, solitude.
90,03US, Spring Villa www.hazeyview.com
1,750,033US LowerBay
1.600,000US, Friendship -
320 000US, Moonhole 1
750,000US, relax & enjoy W r .
Bequia life. I *
Tel (784) 455 0969 E-mail

Scoies Scooer Rents
Sapphire Resort Marina- or 758-4-8722
St. Thomas. Safe-Private- E-mailcarsonzhotmai.
Convenient. Long & Short
Term Rentals 65 ft Max.
$1,200.00 monthly. Adjacent
Apartments also available.
E-m ~. New BVI Publishing
Tel: Com anvseein rahic

Sapphire Village St. Thomas
Studios and 1 Bedroom
Apartments. Shrt lr-i
Te rm R a te s. r ,,- -1
$1,100.00 monti i: .1
also Available. See photos
at www.vrbo.com #106617
Tel: 787-366-3536 or

JSM Beauty Salon, Villa and
Yachtvisits accepted. Contact
Jill for an appointment Tel

& Jeb Designer. Degree
and experience in areas
such as book layout, maga-
zine design, web and video
editing is required. Interest in
water sports travel, arts and
crafts a plus. Email applica-
tion and resume to: dread-
eye@surfbvi.com or/and
STUDIO looking for 2 employ-
ees.Welder/Workshop man-
ager and shop assistant
required at our busy Art
Studio in Trellis Bay, BVI.ldeal
candidates are a couple

with artistic inclination living
on their own boat and look-
ing for shore side employ-
ment in a US$ economy. Still
interested to hear from a
lone welder! Info contact
Aragorn Tel (284) 495-1849
E-mail dreadeye@surfbvi.com

US 500 per word include
name, address and numbers
in count. Line drawings/pho-
tos accompanying cassifieds
Pre-paid bythe 15th of the
month. No replies.




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