Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00027
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Title: Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Compass Pub.
Place of Publication: Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Publication Date: May 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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Volume ID: VID00027
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998


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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

s Curacao to
Delivery style ..................... 24

Peninsula of Peril
Another attack off Paria ........ 26

Spring Thing
BVI Spring Regatta ............... 15

Round Grenada,
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Cruise Puerto Rico Castoff to Showoff
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Business Briefs ....................... 8 Cartoons................................33
Meridian Passage.............. Cruising Kids' Corner............34
Eco-News ............................ 10 Dolly's Deep Secrets ............34
Regatta News........................ 18 Book Review......................... 35
Doyle's Deck View............... 22 Cooking with Cruisers..........36
Different Boats................... 29 Readers' Forum.................. 38
Cruising Crossword............... 32 What's on My Mind...............42
Word Search Puzzle.............. 32 Caribbean Marketplace......44
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1 2 Sweet Cry Antigua Festival cancelled
1 3 Ethnik Festival, Marie-Galante (concerts, films, free camping).
1 -4 West Indies Regatta, St. Barts. www.WestlndiesRegatta.com
2 10 St. Lucia Jazz Festival. www.stluciajazz.org
3 West Marine Atlantic Cup sets sail from Tortola, BVI to Bermuda.
4 Bank holiday (Labour Day celebrated). Public holiday in many places
5 World Environment Day
5 Youman Nabi. Public holiday in Guyana
7 ARC Europe sets sail from Nanny Cay, BVI, to Portugal.
8 Armistice Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
9 Anguilla Sailing Festival. www.anguillaregatta.com
10- 15 Mount Gay Boatyard Regatta, Barbados. info@sailbarbados.com
16- 17 Capt. Oliver's Regatta, St. Maarten. www.coyc-sxm.com
18 Public holiday in Cayman Islands (Discovery Day) and Haiti (Flag Day)
20 Independence Day. Public holiday in Cuba
20 24 Round Guadeloupe Race. www.triskellcup.com
21 Ascension Day. Public holiday in Haiti and Dutch and French islands
21 23 Combat de Coques Regatta, Martinique. Club Nautique du Marin,
tel (596) 74 92 48, fax (596) 74 62 02, club-nautique-du-marin@wanadoo.fr
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Martinique
22 23 35th Annual Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta, Jost Van Dyke.
22- 24 Vela Cup Race, Puerto Rico. www.puertoricovelacup.com
22- 24 St. Lucia to Martinique Race (to be confirmed).
23 Labour Day. Public holiday in Jamaica
23 30 Curagao Dive Festival. www.curacaodive.com
23 25 BVI Music Festival. www.bvimusicfest.net
24 Public holiday in Haiti (Mother's Day) and Bermuda (Bermuda Day)
25 Memorial Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
26 Public holiday in Turks & Caicos (National Heroes Day)
27 Abolition Day. Public holiday in Guadeloupe
28- 1 June Canouan Regatta. Canouan Sailing Club (784) 458-8197
30 Public holiday in Anguilla (Anguilla Day)
and Trinidad & Tobago (Indian Arrival Day)
30-31 Yole (sailing canoe) Races, Martinique. www.yoles-rondes.org
30-31 Martinique to St. Lucia Race. Yacht Club de la Martinique (YCM),
tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
30 1 June 5th Zoo Regatta, Gosier, Guadeloupe. www.zoo-regatta.com
31 Pentecost. Public holiday in Bonaire

1 Whit Monday. Public holiday in many places
5 Labour Day. Public holiday in The Bahamas
6 St. Maarten Laser Regatta. www.smyc.com
6-7 The Saintes Regatta. csbf.guadeloupe@wanadoo.fr
8 Queen's Birthday (UK). Public holiday in Anguilla
Corpus Christi. Public holiday in many places
13 Public holiday in Cayman Islands and Montserrat
(Queen's Birthday UK celebrated) and BVI (Territory Day)
Labour Day. Public holiday in Trinidad
14-21 19th Annual Jamaica Ocho Rios Intl. Jazz Festival.
20 St. Jean Pursuit Race, Martinique
20 21 Caribbean One-Design Keelboat Championships, St. Maarten.
21 Summer Solstice
24 Battle of Carabobo Day. Public holiday in Venezuela
25 27 13th Annual St. Ktts Music Festival. www.stkittsmusicfestival.net
26 29 Charlotteville Fisherman Festival, Tobago
28 July 5 HIHO Windsurfing Week, BVI. www.go-hiho.com
29 Fisherman's Birthday (St. Peter's Day). Boat and dinghy races
in many fishing communities

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

Cover photos by Chris Doyle, ofNevis (inset) and Barbuda


Venezuela Navigation Notes
Melodye Pompa of the Caribbean Safety and
Security Net reports: The channel markers at
Chichiriviche, Venezuela, are missing, and, with the clos-
ing of the cement plant there, the marks are no longer
deemed important and are unlikely to be replaced. The
entrance requires care and
very good light, as there are
hard reef structures just below
the surface.
The power cables at the
channel to the Golfo de
Cuare, mentioned in the Doyle
guide, have been removed.
In Morrocoy National Park,
all the markers have disap-
peared, making navigation
difficult, but that entrance is a
bit more straightforward, and
like Chichi, once inside it's
mostly (soft) mud banks, but
considerably more shoal than
the Doyle guide indicates.

Boaters for Books Delivers!
Boaters for Books is a volun-
teer project which began
years ago when two cruisers
gave a few storybooks to
some children they met while
sailing the Caribbean. The
concept blossomed, more
boaters donated and deliv-
ered more books, and now

Boaters for Books, Inc. is an active non-profit organiza-
tion based in Florida.
This year Boaters for Books shipped 115 cartons of
reading and library books to schools in Carriacou,
Dominica, Grenada, Nevis, and Union Island. Their
efforts are supported by Tropical Shipping, which

The Dominica Lions Club president, right, presents books donated by Boaters
for Books to Phillipa Daniel, librarian, Portsmouth Seventh Day Adventist
Secondary School

brings the books from Florida free of charge, and Ann
Street Mini Storage, which provides space to receive,
sort and pack the books prior to shipping.
In Grenada, arrangements were managed by Anita
Sutton of Island Dreams yacht services, assisting Lillian
Sylvester, Director of Libraries, Grenada Library
Services. Cartons arrived in Carriacou from Grenada
on the Amelia A ferry and were distributed by
Natasha Lawrence, assisted by Sherwin Noel and
Kennet Alexis. The Dominica Lions Club managed the
distribution in Dominica, with Louisiana Dubique in
charge. The Union Island books arrived from St.
Vincent under the care of Heather Grant, Erika's
Marine Services.
This is the ninth year Boaters for Books has collected
and transported gently-used and new children's
books to a growing number of English-speaking
Eastern Caribbean islands, including Anguilla, Bequia,
Montserrat, St. Vincent, and Trinidad & Tobago, in
addition to those receiving this year's shipment. To
date, nearly 150,000 books have been distributed.
While the main focus has always been primary
schools, in recent years, several secondary schools,
public libraries, and a community college have
received volumes to add to their collections.
Donors in the United States come from all walks of
life, but all believe in encouraging children to read.
This year's major donors include James Thomas and
the Ames Free Library in Massachusetts, Harriet and
Tom Linskey, Hands Across the Sea, Inc., Teri Bayus of
Pismo Beach, California, the Visually Impaired Club of
Oswego County (New York), Mary and Ernie Hamer of
Fulton, New York, Edie Smith of Sarasota, Florida, and
Jenny Setzer and the children of the Congregational
United Church of Punta Gorda, Florida. In addition,
there are many individuals and service groups who
collect and send books each year, helping Boaters for
Books to maintain a steady supply.
Boaters for Books welcomes all donations. Instructions
on where to send books, as well as the types of books
needed, can be found at www.boatersforbooks.org.
Those who would like to become personally involved in
collecting and/or packing books can contact Kathy
Oberle, Director, at Kathyl@boatersforbooks.org.
Those interested in helping to identify schools in the
Eastern Caribbean with library needs can reach
Melodye Pompa at boatmillie@aol.com.

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Eight Bells
Early March saw the death of Neville Bailey, who
was for many years one of the main taxi drivers for the
yachting community in Antigua. Neville was the broth-
er of Oliver Bailey and racing yachtsman Hugh Bailey
of the Catamaran Marina, and is survived by his wife,
Doris, other family members and many friends.
Cary Byerley reports: On March 9th, Sir Howard
Hulford, co-founder of Antigua Sailing Week, passed
away. In 1967 Howard Hulford and Desmond
Nicholson were discussing ways of keeping the very
short tourist season going in Antigua. The idea came
up that they should have a regatta, and the next year
Antigua Sailing Week was started. Desmond took care
of the racing side of the regatta with the help of Peter
Deeth, and Howard handled the shoreside activities
and finances with the help of Ed Sheerin. Antigua
Sailing Week soon became a "must do" regatta and
brought many people to the island just to watch and
party with the "in crowd".
Howard, owner of the Curtain Bluff Hotel, was an
active member of the Antigua Hotel Association and
was named Caribbean Hotelier of the Year in 1979.
One of his greatest contributions to Antigua was the
Old Road Fund, which he started to help people in
need from the village that surrounds Curtain Bluff
Hotel. The fund eventually disbursed $1 million on
medical care and education, provided 45 young
adults with a full university education, and sent 150
children to tennis camps in the United States.
On March 17th, long-time yacht skipper Paul "Piggy"
van Beek passed away. Born in the UK, Paul was very
much part of the sailing community in Antigua for the
past three decades.
Dick Stoute reports: Famous Caribbean yachtsman
Andrew Burke died on April 5th in Bayview Clinic,
Barbados. He had a long fight with cancer, losing his
left arm and shoulder to the disease several years ago
and fighting on as the cancer reappeared in different
parts of his body. Last year he sailed around Barbados
- literally single-handed to raise money for the
Barbados Cancer Society. We will all miss him.
Compass correspondent in Barbados, Norman Faria,
adds: Aside from his skills in winning at many local and
regional regattas since he started sailing as a boy,

Andrew was a well-respected yacht designer.
I first met him as a teenager when I was converting a
GP-14 plywood sloop. He was walking by on the
beach and he gave a few tips. Over the years we
would meet up occasionally, including him inviting me
to the official launch of his racing yacht Countdown.
This was at his parents' house on Chelsea Road a few
hundred metres from the "Burke s Beach" area on
Carlisle Bay where he grew up with other Burke families
and where his father, Owen, built several of the Heron
sloops for local racing. Another time he gave me some
rigging wire for a recycling project I was working on.
Andrew, like all in the Burke families, felt that more
Barbadians from all walks of life should enjoy the ben-
eficial sport of sailing. His concern for others was
excellently epitomized by the noble part he played in
raising awareness among Barbadians about cancer.
Andrew did a lot for the sport of recreational boat-
ing both at home and abroad. Barbadians and
Eastern Caribbean peoples will always be grateful for
his outstanding contributions. My condolences to his
wife, Sally, and son, Chris.
Norman Faria reports: Haroon Degia, the operator of
the well-known Dive Shop watersports business next to
the Grand Barbados Hotel on the shores of Carlisle
Bay, Barbados, died suddenly of an apparent heart
attack on April 12th, following a picnic with his family.
He was 44. Haroon was the son of the late Abdulhai
"Paki" Degia who was a pioneer, along with the late
British-born Les and Muriel Wotton, of commercial
scuba diving, waterskiing and coastal cruises for tour-
ists and locals in the island during the late 1950s and
early 1960s. Haroon began working with his father
while at school and continued with the business up
until he died.
Haroon's natural friendliness and courteous manner
earned him respect and admiration from the many
repeat clients who came from all over Europe and
North America to dive with him and his staff. I knew
both Paki, an immigrant from India ("Bajans called me
Paki because when I arrived, the Pakistani cricket team
was touring the islands and I looked like them," he
said) and Haroon for many years. Aside from their valu-
able contribution to the Barbados tourism sector, they
were staunch members of the Barbados Cruising Club,
which was an alternative to the once restrictive poli-
cies of the (then Royal) Barbados Yacht Club. Paki had
co-signed my application form to the Cruising Club.
Haroon, born in Sobers Lane, Bridgetown, leaves his

wife of 15 years, Fatima, and three loving daughters.
He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Stolen Yacht Recovered in Belize
The sailing yacht Ishtar, which was chartered from
VPM charters in Le Marin, Martinique on February 28th
and not returned as agreed on March 7th, was found
some 1,600 nautical miles away in Belize on March
30th. The boat had been repainted and the transom
bore a new name: Victoria.

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The men aboard most of whom carry passports
from the Czech Republic, were taken into police cus
tody. It is reported that three years ago one of them,
Milos Gaspar, 43 stole a Lagoon 410 from
Guadeloupe and that yacht was later recovered in
the Cape Verde Islands. Gaspar is also reportedly
wanted in the US state of Missouri for fraud i.e. fail-
ing to return a rented RV.
The men had made an official entry into Belize at
Cucumber Beach Marina, just south of Belize City at
1728.153N, 8814.775W.
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www.7newsbelize.com, Francis Woods of Crime
Stoppers, Belize, said the boat rustlers "had some little
issues with Immigration because they didn't come in
with all the proper paperwork (but) they managed to
get some bills of sale and a seaworthiness certificate
for the boat to Immigration. That satisfied them..." The
documents were later found to be false.
Woods added that had it not been for a flyer (pro-
vided by Marine Claims Service of Germany) circulat-
ed by Crime Stoppers in the Eastern Caribbean, "we
would have never known that this was an illegal boat
or a stolen boat." He added that circulation of the
passport photos of the men was crucial, because the
boat (a production Beneteau Cyclades 43.3) had
been repainted and given a different name. "Once I
saw the poster and the passport pictures of the per-
sons aboard, we realized that the sailboat was indeed
in Cucumber Beach Marina. Then we notified the
Belize National Coast Guard (and) Commander
Borland sent out his team right away and notified
police. I would say that within half an hour the police
were here; the gentlemen aboard the boat were
away for a little bit, but within two hours they were
Investigator John Burnie of Guadeloupe adds, "We
had already anticipated their arrival in the countries
along that part of the Central American coastline and
they were caught very quickly. The police organiza-
tion is highly efficient in Belize and in particular I men-
tion Chris Garcia of Crime Stoppers, Belize, who coor-
dinated the information flows."
Cruisers' Site-ings
Antigua-based photographer Jody Sallons-Day
reports: "Im excited about the launch of my new
photo website, www.leadingimage.org please
check it out. The site will be updated as time goes on;
it is only a small selection of what I have available.
There will be other images posted by select photogra-
phers periodically to provide variety for you to feast
your eyes on!"
St. Lucia Jazz Fest, May 2- 10
The 2009 St. Lucia Jazz Fest, May 2nd through 10th,
will feature British Grammy-winning stars Amy
Winehouse and Estelle recently added to an interna-
tional line-up including Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan,
James Ingram, Beres Hammond and rock band

Chicago. Top local musicians including guitarist Ronald
"Boo" Hinkson, saxophonist Barbara Cadet, singers
Michel Aubertin, Teddyson John and Nicole David will
help to boost St. Lucia's music industry. Set to perform
on Pigeon Island's main stage on Thursday, May 7th,
are Jamaica's Original Wailers, Grammy winner
Angelique Kidjo from Benin, and the popular French
Antillean group Kassav.
For more information visit http://stuciajazz org.
St Croix Reef Jam 2009
is Coming
Reef Jam is a St. Croix
grassroots organization
dedicated to improving the .
health of the island's coral i ,
reefs through community
education, stewardship and
conservation programs that
promote positive behavior
changes toward the marine
The second annual Reef
Jam music-and-beach-
festival fundraiser will be
held on Sunday, May 24th
from 1:00PM to 10:00PM at
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach,
Frederiksted. Activities will include live music from Siete
Son, Kurt Schindler, and a surprise reggae artist
backed by Red-I Band; Family Activity Corner with
marine-related games and demonstrations; underwa-
ter photography contests; local and traditional food
vendors; T-shirt sales and raffle items; guest speakers,
information booths and more.
The St. Croix East End Marine Park will be coordinat-
ing and hosting the Family Activity Corner at this
year's St. Croix Reef Jam.
For more information visit www.reefjam.com.
Lighten Ship Now!
Melodye Pompa reports: If passing through Carriacou
on your way south to your hurricane hole, be sure to
leave your unneeded stuff with the Carriacou Yacht
Club for the July 31st auction benefiting the Carriacou
Children's Education Fund. We accept all those spare
boat parts that you have never used, household
goods, clean used clothing, and, of course, cash.
These efforts make it possible for four to six students
to attend the TA Marryshow Community College, for a

large number to have the required uniforms and text-
books for primary and secondary school, for lunches
to feed some hungry children, and to assist the prima-
ry schools in building and furnishing their computer
labs and libraries. Your contribution makes a big differ-
ence in these children's lives.
If you are not rushing south, please join us in
Carriacou in late July for the annual CCEF activities
directly preceding the Carriacou Regatta Festival. This

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Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou. Drop offyour excess stuff at
the Yacht Club, or better yet, be here for the auction
and stay for the Carriacou Regatta Festival

year we will top $100,000 in total funds raised since our
beginning in 2000.
For more information contact boatmillie@aol. com.
In the April issue of Compass, the caption for the
photo accompanying the report on the South
Grenada Regatta, page 17, was incorrect. This was
not the crew of Category 5, but the winning skippers
of all the various classes.
In the same issue, the photo on page 27 should
have been credited to Roger Webb.
Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome aboard new
advertiser Caribbean & Sun of Grenada, page 38.
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Port Louis Grenada Meets with Local Stakeholders
The management of Camper & Nicholsons' Port Louis Marina, Grenada, met with
local businessmen and stakeholders in the St. George's Lagoon area on March 25th
at Port Louis Marina. The objective was to start a dialogue to ensure that Camper &
Nicholsons keeps its neighbors in the business community updated on the develop-
ment of the marina.
Project Manager Robin Swaisland explained the plans for further development at
the marina during 2009, and circulated two drawings. The first showed the extent of
berthing to be added, and the second the location and size of a construction-
support area required by the contractors building the marina.
Present at the meeting were Patrick Brathwaite of Gleans Garage Ltd; David
Otway of David Otway Ltd; Horatio Brizan, owner of Tropicana Inn; Grenada Yacht
Club representatives Derick Steele and Richard Mclntyre; Michael Minors from
Bryden & Minors and Roger Lewis of Sea Port Restaurant. General Manager Clyde
Rawls, Project Manger Robin Swaisland and Sales and Marketing Coordinator Danny
Donelan represented Camper and Nicholsons.
Mr. Brathwaite noted the economic benefits of the marina to the Grenadian econ-
omy. This was supported by all present. In January, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas
attended the London International Boat Show in England, and Boot 2009, held in
Dusseldorf, Germany, and distributed marketing materials that showcased Grenada
and Port Louis Marina.
The meeting ended with a call from Mr. Steele for more support for Junior Sailing.
Camper and Nicholsons officials promised to consider this.
For more information on Port Louis Marina see ad on page 21.

Try St. Lucia this Summer
The Marina at Marigot Bay reports: Only a few more weeks to go before the onset
of the Caribbean Hurricane Season and yacht owners and captains now need to
decide: "Do we go to the Mediterranean?" or "Where in the Caribbean can we be
guaranteed safe berthing during the next few months?"
No doubt the charter market has suffered a blow caused by the economic down-
turn, with yachts having fewer weeks of charter than in previous years. But, with the
current global recession, does the Mediterranean really pose a more lucrative pros-
pect for charter yachts than the Caribbean?
Maybe not! Therefore, The Marina at Marigot Bay is giving you an option safe
hurricane season berthing at the most competitive rates. And if you charter, the
opportunity for a large share of the summer Caribbean market.
As nature's most beautiful hurricane hole in the Eastern Caribbean, Marigot Bay
offers a level of wind and sea shelter unequalled between Puerto Rico and
Venezuela. The Marina at Marigot Bay has a proven hurricane plan tested during
Hurricane Dean in 2007 and approved by all insurance companies that have vetted
it. Designed to support yachts up to 120 feet in 100-knot winds, our ground lines and
mooring buoys are based on eight- and 16-ton concrete weights embedded in the
silt bottom of the bay.
We offer low-season rates starting at US$24 per day for yachts up to 50 feet LOA or
16-foot beam. Electricity and water are heavily discounted for long-stay, low-season
berth holders. The following amenities are available: WiFi and high-speed internet con-
nection, single and three-phase electricity (50 and 60 Hz), high-speed fuelling at berth,
floral arrangements, liquor and food provisioning, business center (FedEx, car rental,
travel agency), spare parts ordering and delivery, chandlery shop and airport transfers.
For more information see ad on page 5

Parts & Power, BVI, Adds Cutler-Hammer Products
Alastair Abrehart reports: Parts & Power, the Caribbean distributor for Northern
Lights and Perkins, has just added Cutler-Hammer products to its inventory. Cutler-
Hammer is one of the USA's leading manufacturers of circuit breakers, load centers,
panels and switches. Parts & Power has over 1,000 items in stock. "Cutler-Hammer's
products are a good addition to our product line," said Tom Gerker of Parts &
Power. "They're used on yachts as well as ashore. With our new, larger warehouse in
Tortola, we're able to carry a large selection for walk-in customers." Tom added that
they can also special order and ship to anywhere in the Caribbean.
For more information on Parts & Power see ad on page 20

Yachts on the Move with Dockwise
Despite news of tough economic times still lingering, or perhaps because of it,
many yacht owners are planning quality cruising time. In late February, Dockwise
Yacht Transport's (DYT) 456-foot (139-meter)
Super Servant 3 left Port Everglades, Florida, for
Toulon, France, unloading 18 yachts and load-
ing one in St. Thomas, USVI, then moving on to
Martinique where it loaded 18 more yachts -
totaling 32 power and sailing yachts for a final
cargo value of US$140 million. In early March,
the second of DYT's fleet of semi-submersible
transport ships, the 556-foot (169-meter) Super
Servant 4, departed from Port Everglades,
heading to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, with
another $140 million worth of yachts.
"For the most part, the yachts are headed for the Caribbean and the Med for the
spring and summer sailing season," said DYT President Clemens van der Werf. "Some
are charter yachts but others are privately owned. In fact, many of the yachts we
shipped to the Med went there for vacation as well as charter commitments in con-
junction with such May events as the MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Cannes Film
Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix."
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S,-I :I [I-, i i ll[ I-, :l:l o s only float-on, float-off transport service. "Of course
we feel the effects of the economy on our business," said van der Werf, "but it's clear
that our services, which once were a novelty due to the unique way our ships accom-
modate their cargoes, are now integral to the economy of an extensive, and certainly
significant, global network of marine businesses and waterfront developments."
A DYT vessel "sinks" to a level where yachts can be safely maneuvered on their
own bottoms into the ship's cargo hold. The process alleviates the need for motor-
ized lifting and shifting that puts strain on hulls and equipment. It also allows for
assured safe passage over long distances, while captains and crews get much-
needed breaks from delivery trips that also cause wear and tear on the yachts and
add to engine hours as well as maintenance and fuel costs.
Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, DYT is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Dockwise Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda), the global leader in maritime transports and instal-
lation. Since its maiden voyage in 1987, the company has transported over 10,000
motor and sailing yachts to various destinations around the globe, offering owners
and charterers safe and easy access to many of the world's premier cruising grounds.
For more information see ad on page 12
New Faces in Martinique
In Le Marin, Martinique, Bichik yacht services has new owners: Guy and Line
Gabriel-Regis. Visit Bichik for beverages, ice, propane, laundry and much more -
and to meet Guy and Line!
For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 44 through 46.
Imray lolaire Charts: Los Roques/Aves Offsets
Don Street reports: Now, GPS positions can be plotted directly on all Imray lolaire
charts except for D22 (Los Roques, and Los Aves Barlovento and Sotovento),
where there is an offset.
A number of yachtsmen have said this chart was "off" on the latitude. They were
either using a very old chart (the problem with water-, rum-, coffee- and Heineken-
proof charts is that they last too long!) or did not plot the offset.
Also it should be noted that on the older charts, although the main chart was
adjusted to WGS84 the insets were not, as we felt that entering and leaving harbors
you should be using eyeball navigation. On the new charts the insets are to WGS 84,
but we still feel that when entering and leaving harbors navigators should rely on
eyeball navigation, not GPS.
A New Dining Delight on Carriacou
Main Street, Hillsborough, Carriacou
features a new beachfront restaurant in
a garden setting, Lyme and Dine, where
you can enjoy European cuisine with a
Caribbean twist. Chef Max, of Carriacou
Silver Diving fame, has lived on Carriacou
for more than 15 years and combines
European cooking with the delightful aro-
mas and spices of the Caribbean for a
delicious fusion of flavors.
'Lyme" and unwind in the informal
atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.
Continental or full breakfast is served
from 8:30AM to 10:00AM. Dinner is by reservation, since fresh local products are used.
Inquire about our juicy fish fillet, roast pork with savory gravy, or a spicy chicken
breast. Some evenings will feature Italian cuisine. Sit back and sip an espresso after
dinner! Prices are reasonable and VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
For information visit www lymeanddine com or phone (473) 443-7979.
Art Fusion in Grenada's Carenage Town
For 45 years Grenada has had an active art community, and now there is a new
way for artists to exhibit their work on the island. After a meeting of "Go Carenage",
the initiative to revitalize this landmark area of St. George s, art lover and restaurant
manager Mark Campbell gave three artists wall space in his restaurant to exhibit
their creations. Frances Francis, a fine art painter; woodcarver Victor Francis; and
Lilo Nido, the batik artist from Art Fabrik, the boutique and workshop on Young
Street, were invited to show their work.
Where is the place where culinary and fine art now meet? The famous Nutmeg
Restaurant, on St. George's historic Carenage harbor. Don t miss this fusion of culi-
nary and fine art when visiting Grenada!
For art lovers there are several more places to visit: Art and Soul in Spiceland Mall;
Art Fabrik Boutique, Yellow Poui Art Gallery and Tikal Arts and Crafts on Young Street;
Artistic Art Gallery on Halifax Street and The Gallery in Paddock. Also, the Grenada
Arts Council is the organizer of an annual group art show, giving participating artists
the opportunity to show and sell their work.
For more information contact liloartfabrikgrenada. com.
Trinidad & Tobago Boaters' Directory 2009 is Out!
Since its launch in 1995, the Trinidad & Tobago
r. Boaters' Directory, published by Boaters' Enterprise,
continues to be the primary source of information
for the thousands of cruisers visiting Trinidad each
year for boat maintenance and for hurricane pro-
tection. Through its yellow pages, the Directory
enables you to locate marina facilities for haul-outs,
secure boat storage, critical boat parts, skilled boat
contractors, and much more. The Directory also
Provides information on Customs and Immigration
Regulations, tide tables, weather, maps, tad servic-
es, shopping, eco-tourism and cultural events. All
the important details that sailors are seeking about
T&T appear in this 200-page book, now available
free in T&T.
Back in 2000, cruisers worldwide were introduced
to the Boaters' Enterprise website, www.
BoatersEnterprise.com, which provides information
and direct e-mail links to the many marine business-
es in Trinidad. Since then, the website has been very
effective, recording an average of 1,000 sessions
per day from sailors seeking information. The
Boaters' Enterprise website has been upgraded with more details about Trinidad's
boating services; log on and see its many new features!
For those marine businesses that missed being in the print edition of Trinidad &
Tobago Boaters' Directory 2009, ask about advertising opportunities via the website!
For more information, contact Jack Dausend, tel (868) 620-0978
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Students from around the Caribbean excelled in an
international amateur video competition on the theme
"Coping with climate change: Sandwatch leading the
way". Sandwatch is an international youth environ-
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and Cultural Organization. Out of the eight first- and
second-place winners, seven were from the Caribbean.
You can watch the fir-t rTi --...i.nni videos on
YouTube: "We Are the .. I i.1 . I Hope Town
Primary School, Bahamas, at www.youtube.com/
watch?v=N56eMXfeIVO; "Sandwatch: Changing
Beaches with Climate Change" by Coleridge and Parry
School, Barbados, at www.youtube.com/
watch?v=f4DmlC067FA; "Sandwatch Video
Competition" by the Nevis Eco-Rangers of the Lynn
Jeffers School, Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis, at www.you-
tube.com/watch?v=lHSSM8v5oA; and "Aqui las are-
nas son mas blancas" ("The Sands are Whiter Here")
by ESBU Camilo Torres Restrepo, Havana, Cuba at
Meanwhile, The Caribbean Regional Winner of the
Interlux (yacht paint) Waterfront Challenge was the
Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society in the BVI.
Spearheaded by director Susan Zaluski, the Society's
Student Environmental Awareness Programme pro-
moted environmental stewardship among students by
teaching them about local marine and coastal ecosys-
tems. Combining educational events for teachers and
students, a week-long environmental camp, a turtle-
tagging program and a beach clean-up, the program
drew together educators, environmentalists, students,
parents and other community members to make sure
local kids understood their unique island environment
and learned ways to protect it.
For the Birds
Beginning on April 22nd, the Society for the
Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB),
the largest single organization devoted to wildlife con
servation within the Caribbean, launched month-long

activities celebrating the diverse Caribbean culture as For more information visit www.scscb.org, and
this relates to wild birds. These festivities, under the then click on "Programs" and "Caribbean Endemic
theme "Celebrating Birds in Culture," will form the 8th Bird Festival."
Annual Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. This year's Meanwhile, thenon-profitorganizationEnvironmental
event will focus on popular culture that has referenced Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) has initiated sea
birds, such as the music Bob Marley with his song bird surveys. According to Katharine Lowrie, Field
"Three Little Birds," as well as historical and anthro Research Manager, there is no data on how many sea
pological perspectives on the value of birds beginning birds are in the Lesser Antilles or on which islands
with the early pre-Columbian societies of the region, they nest. It is also not clear where they feed. Over the
next two years EPIC will be compiling a Seabird
I 1 ii i. Lesser Antilles. The EPIC team
SII I" I ....I I I with the islands' administration
and conservation organizations to collect existing

schools and residents about their work, while -con
local knowledge from fishermen and others. I I, I
Atlas will be available online. The results will also be
integrated into the Caribbean Waterbirds Conservation
Plan being drafted by the SCSCB.
Lowrie and her team will sail from St. Kitts & Nevis
to the Grenadines in search of seabirds aboard their
75 year old wooden Norw .. I-,, I .1
Sista Light. Many will be ..I.ii I.II
ketch, which was a frequent visitor to the islands in
1 the 1970s with former owners Noel and Mary Bevan.
ISAF Goes Green
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the
global governing body for the sport of sailing, is
working on a Strategic Plan for the environmentally
sustainable development of sailing. ISAF has placed
a focus on the environment, setting out the following
objectives to safeguard our environment: develop
and implement an environmental program for the
sport and events; increase and develop awareness of
environmental issues among all .- I ikehold
ers; support the development of I .1 venues
that are sustainable for the environment, economy
..and community; and position sailing as "environ
mentally aware".
An ISAF Declaration on Environmental Principles
includes guidelines on discharge of wastes, habitat
and species protection and "ten golden rules" for sail
ing in environmentally sensitive areas.
fL. I For more information visit www.sailing.org/I I 10.php.
'Yellow bird, high up in banana tree...' This month, the Environment Tobago Newsletter
8th Annual Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival cele Congratulations to Environment Tobago for produce
brates native birds, such as this black and yellow ing a top notch newsletter and putting it on line for all
bananaquit, in local culture to share. Check it out at http://issuu.com/environ
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S" Heritage Sites are locations of cultural and natu
ral heritage considered to be of outstanding value
w L L to humanity. There are currently 878 around the
globe. Those in the Caribbean region include the Barrier Reef Reserve System,
Belize; the Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena, Colombia; Old
Havana and its Fortifications, Cuba; Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica;
Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; National History Park (Citadel,
Sans Souci, Ramiers), Haiti; Historic Area of Willemstad (Inner City and Harbour),
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; Fortifications on the
Caribbean Side of Panama (Portobelo-San Lorenzo);
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, St. Kitts &
Nevis; Pitons Management Area, St. Lucia; Historic
Inner City of Paramaribo, Suriname; and Coro and its G r e n g
Port, Venezuela.
The idea of establishment of a Grenadine Islands
World Heritage Site is gaining momentum.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and e x
Cult.. -.1 *,. ... ,, (UNESCO) --1-- t
the : I .1. .1 .. 1 section and . .. i ,i
tural and natural heritage around the world, through a
treaty called the Convention Concerning the Protection
of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. As of April
2009, 186 nations have ratified the Convention.
UNESCO is currently looking for sites in under-repre
sented regions, which includes the Caribbean, and
nations which as yet have no designated sites, such as
Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
UNESCO will help safeguard i i ,, .. i
providing technical assistance ... i 1 I -- . .....
ing; providing emergency assistance for sites in imme- i.
diate danger; and supporting public awareness-building activities *
for conservation.
To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of out
standing universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection
criteria. Among the criteria which the Grenadines might meet are:
to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement,
land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), How special is
or human interaction with the environment especially when it has Grenadines'p
become vulnerable under the imp -t -f ii;---- -1 ..1- cultural lands
to contain superlative natural i ....... 1 I, .. i
natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
to' ..1 ... 1:..: examples representing major stages of earth's history, include
ing th( I I 1. significant on-going geological processes in the development of
landforms, or significant geomorphi- -r ph-li-r.yhip features;
to be outstanding examples: I ....... -, '... .I on-going 1-i- .1 nd bio
logical processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, -1 ,I coast
al and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.
The Grenadines have considerable strength in both natural and ;lt;- .1 1. it- It
has diverse marine habitats, including the most extensive area ci .1 ... 11.




southeastern Caribbean. Present are also sear-- -1--1 r-nd m-r -- and it is a
significant larval production area. The area is a I I .. .... I I. .1 Terrestrial
biodiversity is -m-r ;; as important also. There are several terrestrial endemic spe
cies, and the :,.. I,. Ia new species of lizard on Union Island is an example of what
might be revealed with further investigation. The Grenadine Islands are excellent
global e-- .rl- -f .. .11 .r-.i--]l. i-.-1.-lnd ring their early days of geological evo
lution. i' ........ 1 i i 1. ... '. underwater volcanoes with associated
endemic biodiversity along a subduction zone. Culturally, there is a wealth of pre
Columbian sites yet to be explored, traditions of boat
building, sailing and whaling, well-preserved African
traditions such as Big Drum and maroon festivals, and
colonial forts, all within this relatively small area. The
d ir Grenadines is a ... r ..i-h ... 1... 1 .
In February 2( -.. I .I, i. ... I Caribbean
^^ ...:i countries participated in a regional training workshop
i on World Heritage held in St. Lucia, to
raise awareness on nominating marine
areas from the Caribbean as World
Heritage Sites. The participants recog
nized that by ii a .. ... .l. other
States, the I ... I ... '.... the
strict World Heritage requirements are
greatly enhanced. At the same time
such collaboration will help in better
conserving the natural features in
Preliminary :.. ....- ...ding the
& Grenadines ol ... I & the
s g s Grenadines of Grenada joining to form
Gre ..... a single World Heritage Site were held
by the Sustainable Grenadines Project
(SusGren) in both countries during
September 2008. SusGren (www.cave
Shill. uwi.edu/cermes/susgrenadines
Index.html) is a trans boundary initial
tive looking to strengthen and empow
is?Many feel that the interaction ofthe er local communities in protecting
ple and environment has formed a unique their environment and livelihoods in
pe that deserves World Heritage status the Grenadines.
On March 17th, 2009, with UNESCO
support, SusGren hosted a workshop
in St. Vincent with the aim of developing a joint effort between Grenada and St.
Vincent & the Grenadines to approach both Governments on the relevant issues, pur
suing support from UNESCO, and preparing a position paper on the possibility of the
Grenadines becoming a World Heritage Site to submit to Cabinet in both countries.
The 30 participants, coming from relevant government ministries and NGOs in both
countries, agreed that the Grenadine Islands have the potential to become a World
Herita- .t- .. ..1 i fDr,-- t- t p. ,, t- t-... the goal.
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Record Participation, Light Winds

by Carol Bareuther

Rain doesn't stop the Carnival and neither did lack of wind on the last day of sailing stop
the fun at the 5th Annual Culebra Heineken International I . held March 20th
through 22nd, out of Puerto Rico's offshore island of Culebra. I 1 kend was all about
good friends and good competition," says regatta director, Angel Ayala.
A near-record 61 big boats ranging from a Santa Cruz 70 to a Hobie 16 competed on off
shore courses set south of Ensenada Honda, while a record 73 dinghy sailors -kids helm
ing Optimists, Lasers and International 420s -raced in the 5th annual Culebra Heineken
International Dinghy Regatta, which was held at the same time and inside the bay.
Six to ten-knot winds the first day allowed most classes to get in two to three races. Yet
come the second day, flat calm saw the fleet towed by powerboats in a conga line rather
than racing around the island.
In the Spinnaker A class, it was Chris Stanton from St. Croix -a master of light air sail
ing -who with his brothers and friends drove their Melges 24, Devil3, to a first in class.
"A smooth bottom, good crew and luck" is how St. Thomas' John Foster sums up the secret
to the success of his Kirby 25, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, in the Spinnaker B class.
Close competition in the Racer-Cruiser Class turned into a wide gap on the scoreboard
when Puerto Rico's Sergio I.', ;.-. l 1 his swift Beneteau First 44.7, Lazy Dog, on the
wrong course during the I I i day. This led Antigua's James Dobbs' J/122,
Lost Horizon, to an easy win. "It's a bad way to lose. It's also a bad way to win," says Dobbs
partner, Nicola Pears.
It took a tiebreaker to determine the winner in the Performance Cruiser Class. Winner, St.
Croix's Jeff Fangman, sailing his Thomas 35, El Presidente, sparred with fellow islander,
Tony Sanpere, who was driving his J/36, Cayennita Grande. "We were better upwind and
he (Sanpere) beat us downwind. We'd catch him, and then he'd catch us, back and forth. It
was close," says Fangman, whose ElPresidente won te tiebreaker by winning the second
and final race of the regatta.
Puerto Rico's Pedro Quinones, aboard Bravisimo, won handily in the highly competitive
J/24 Class. "We all raced Optis together," says Quinones, about his crew, "then we went off
to college and now we're all ..i... together."
A one-point lead over the i i i... Rathburn's Lime gave Puerto Rico's Frail T- f *
aboard Orion, the win in the IC-24 Class. "I was disappointed that there were .. i ..
IC-24s. I hope we're not seeing the death of the class."
In the Jib & Main Class, Edwin Romero's Hunter Legend 43, Nemesis, led with a duo of ......
bullets. "My boat sails best in light winds," says Romero, who added that he sails with
longtime crew who include his sons and friends.
Puerto Rican Olympic sailor, Enrique Figueroa, sailing his DRD-Suzuki, won the One
Design Hobie 16 Class.
The Culebra Heineken International Dinghy Regatta marked the first regatta in the
Caribbean to host an International 420 Class. St. John, US Virgin Islands' sailor Alex Coyle
and crew Jozsi Nemeth, won the four-boat class. The : 11 was a qualifier for the Puerto
Rican team selection to attend the ISAF Youth Sailing i I Championship in Brazil this
summer. Raul Rios and crew, Antonio Sifre, won the selection. l -
I,, ,i, I,,i.- event, Puerto Rico's Juan Carlos Franco Monllor championed the Optimist
S11 ii i Illow islander, David Alfonso, won the Laser Radials.
The Culebra Heineken International Regatta is the second leg of the Cape Air Caribbean 4 ',
Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT) Series, which began with the St. Croix International Regatta in J .r 111 i I..
February and concluded with the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival in April. M. -. r.
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Round-the-island and round-the-buoy racecourses. CSA-handicap, IRC-handicap
and one-design classes. Custom 73-footers, Hobie 16s and everything in between.
The 36th Annual International Rolex Regatta, saik I I .. .1 h.. ...i. I ut
of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, US Virgin Islands, oil .. ..... ..
Sixty-four boats took to the seas for inter-island racing the first day when winds
from the north made these courses most favorable. The second day's famous race
into the Charlotte Amalie harbor and bacd 1 -, 1,i 1 ... 1 of spectators to cheer on
the fleets. The theme of "bringing Rolex to I ., I double boost that evening
when Yacht Haven Grande marina hosted a party for the sailors and the public.
Declining, yet still 12 to 15-knot winds blew over the final day's buoy racing when
the winners -and new Rolex watch owners -were ultimately decided.
The '-mTr- m IC-24 fleet saw some of the swiftest competition. Thirteen races
gave tt 11 I i .*ty of practice, but no throw-outs meant one false move could spell
disaster on the scoreboard. Thats just what happened to Puerto Rico's Efrain
"Fraito" Lugo, who has won this class more often than anyone else. One point from
the lead going into the last day, Lugo's Orion ultimately parked itself in 8th place. "It
wasn't my day," says Lugo. "You can't have a bad day in the IC-24s. It's just too
close." St. Thomas' Chris Curreri, helming his Brand New Second Hand, won by one
point over the BVI's Mark Plaxton on Intac.
Spinnaker Racing proved the 1 ,.. -1 lass with 14 boats, including several of the
northern Caribbean's hotshot : . 1 took us three years, but we finally clawed
our way to the top," says the BVI's Dave West, who won aboard his Melges 32,
Jurakan Named for the Taino god of wind, West took all the secular measures his
could to assure his boats victory. "We started training in November," says West,
"and we had Anthony Kotoun onboard." Kotoun is a former St. Thomas sailor,
Olympic contender and 2005 J/24 World Champion.
Perennial winner Antigua's James Dobbs' J/122, Lost Horizon, had its work
cut out in the Racer-Cruiser class. The USA's Bruce MacNeil's Morris 48, Barra,
took over the lead the second day, until two bullets the last day secured the lead
for Dobbs.
In the Non-Spinnaker Racing Class, the USA's Tom Mullen won aboard his J/120,
Shamrock, while St. Croix's Joe San Martin, helming his Newick Trimaran, Piglet,
won the Large Multihull Class -and was the lone entrant!
Five stalwart beach cats braved up to ten-foot seas and 20-knot-plus wind gusts to
compete, with St. Croix's Chris Schreiber, on his Hobie 16, Auto Manic, the winner.
Final 11. II ... .. .. .i i 1I .1 .1 was one of a handful of events this year to
host a i- - 1 i '. i hts. Jim Mitchell, aboard his i 1
Vincitore, handily won with a near flawless string of bullets. Of course, i, -I 'I
class had fun too. "We had two spinnakers up at one point and three jibes, which
weren't supposed to be," says the New York Yacht Club member Ron O'Hanley, driv

ing his Farr/Cookson 50, Privateer, "but we had a great time. Its beautiful sailing
here in the Caribbean."
For full results visit
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Big boats, deep pockets, high winds, a spectacular turn out and great fun 35
superyachts raced for this year's St Barths Bucket honors

T year marked the 14th edition of the St. Barths Bucket regatta,
l held March 27th through 29th. The owners are rich; the big
h iLa- boats are beautiful. Seeing them, whether docked at Gustavia
Harbor or out sailing, is just wonderful. For most of us, it is not our world -but it
is part of our sailing community; the passion is intact. The wind was strong the first
two days and the seas were bumpy, but for these yachts it did not make a lot of dif
ference. Fun was everywhere: crewing or watching from shore, the spectacle of those
monsters doing battle was outstanding.
Thirty-five superyachts turned up to race in two classes, nine boats entering for
the first time: Adela (a 180-foot Pendennis restoration), Baracuda (a 186-foot Perini
Navi), Ganesha (a 128-foot Fitzroy), Meteor (a 170-foot Royal Huisman), Moonbird (a
126-foot Fitzroy), P2 (a 125-foot Perini Navi), Salute (a 184-foot Perini Navi), Saudade
(a 148-foot Wally) and Varsovie (a 100-foot Swan). Among the repeaters were many
exquisite yachts we are used to seeing racing around the Caribbean, such as the
115-foot Farr ketch Sojana, which looks small compared to the Perini Navi Maltese
Falcon at 289 feet. The 170-foot schooner Meteor (with Jimmy Buffet aboard one day)
came away with the top honours.
The first Bucket regatta took place in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1986. As www.
bucketregattas.com puts it, "During an evening that evolved into a rather torrid Rum
Squall, debate raged as to what each yacht and crew could accomplish, and the
stage was set for bragging rights. The following day, seven yachts sailed the first
Nantucket Bucket, a 15-mile course in Nantucket Sound. Recollections are hazy as
to exactly which yacht won, but the records clearly indicate that no yacht finished
worse than seventh!" Winning is not important but participating is.

The first St. Barths Bucket was sailed in 1995 with a fleet of four yachts. A decade ago
things got serious, after a few years of fishing, fun and a unique "Le Mans Start". Local
authorities stepped in and, with the committee, organized a "serious fun" regatta.
The organizers of The Superyacht Cup regattas in Antigua and Palma recently joined
forces with the organizers of the St. Barths and Newport Bucket Regattas to adopt the
Bucket Rating system. The system was developed by Jim Teeters, Associate Offshore
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Round the-island and round the-islets courses let boats measuring from 76 to 289
feet stretch their legs, and afine-tuned rating system ensured close finishes

of courses in any wind speed. The Bucket Rating requires only measurements for
length, weight, draft, ballast, rig and sail characteristics. From this, the yacht's
Velocity Prediction Program is calculated and combined with some 'Observed
Performance' adjustments to produce a combination of technical capability and real
sailing performance. This system, modified over the years, proved itself with the
results of last year's St. Barths Bucket, where the first ten of 26 boats finished
within 150 seconds in a two-hour race.
This year, the around-the-island (anticlockwise) course on the Friday underscored the
effectiveness of the rating system. Meteor led her class, followed 23 seconds later by the
108-foot Klaasen, Shamour. i i .. i .,..i .. .. i. i i
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with 17 knots of wind for the Wiggley Course, which takes the yachts around lie
Fregate and Le Fourche and back to the finish line at Gustavia, and saw 25 yachts
finishing within ten minutes of each other.
The final race was around-the-island again -clockwise this time.
Before the Notice of Race is published each year, the applications overflow. The
event's success is due in part to its non-commercial flavor: sponsorship is restricted
to major shipyards such as Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, Alloy Yachts, Holland
Jachtbouw and Vitter's.
Forfull results visit www.bucketregattas.com.


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by Carol Bareuther


It was a battle of former J/24 World Champs in Spinna i .... C. Bad Girl, a
J/100, was sailed really'good' by native Crucian and 2004 i, I I Champ, Jens
Hookanson, who took over the helm for owner, Rob Armstrong, who was away on
business. Hookanson kept the BVI's Dave West and his ace crew -which included
2005 J/24 World Champ, Anthony Kotoun aboard Wests Melges 32, Jurakan, at
bay, letting them win only once in the 11-race series. About racing with Kotoun,
Hookanson says, "We sail against each other a lot in J/24s in Rhode Island."
Zero points separated first and second place in Spinnaker Racing D, while a half
point away was the third place finisher. "It was incredibly close, right down to the
last race," says St. Thomas' Chris Thompson, who sailed his J/27, J Walker, to the
win, with the BVI's Olson 30, Rushin Rowlette, second and St. Thomas' Kirby 25, The
Good, The Bad & The Ugly, third.
Puerto Rico's Julio Reguero won the Racer-Cruiser Class aboard his J/105,
Umakua, and he didn't even start the first race. That's what Olympic training will do
for you. Reguero, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001, pursued a Para
i ,,i .1.. i,, campaign in 2008 in the 2.4 dinghy. His sights are now set on train
It took a tiebreaker to decide the winner in Jib & Main. "It was an amazing dis
play of very different makes of boats," says the BVI's Robin Tattersall, who ulti
mately won the class on his classic Modified 30 Square Meter, Diva. "The top six
boats in the class were often seconds apart. What it means is good sailing and that
the ratings work."

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Spinnaker fun as IC-24s round the mark. It was Lime time, with skipper Colin
Rathbun ultimately earning a celebratory champagne shower
There was a definite air of excitement in the regatta village as well as on the race
course at the BVI Spring Regatta this year. Much of it had to do with everything
going "right" -Mother Nature cooperated with winds speeds that were "just right",
the race committee got off a number of fast-paced races, classes were filled with
competitive boats that ultimately made tiebreakers the norm, and best of all, the
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A near-record number. i 1_ I got down to serious competition April 3rd
through 5th when the traditional BVI Spring Regatta got underway. Nearly half this
number sailed in the BVI Sailing Festival, a low key warm up to the main event that
featured a race up to the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda and back with com-
petitive dinghy racing on the layday.
"We were really pleased with the number of entrants this year in spite of the
global economic problems," says regatta director, Bob Phillips.
From the first day through the last, it was Vincitore, Switzerland's Jim Mitchell's
Reichel-Pugh 52, which led the big boat Spinnaker A Class. The prizegiving was
especially sweet. "We have three generations on the boat and today is my dad's 77th
birthday," says Mitchell, who added that eight years ago he was diagnosed with can
cer and today is cancer-free and happy to be out racing.
Three Harkoms, the BVI's Jim Hudleston's Modified Oceanis 440, easily fronted the
Spinnaker B Class in spite of superb sailing -in all but one race -by ......
James Dobbs aboard his J/122, Lost Horizon. "We screwed up the first i -
St. Maarten crewmember, Alfred Koolen. "On the short two-mile race, we started late,
hit the weather mark and finished a full minute behind everyone else."

The crew ofVincitore, top boat in Spinnaker A Class, also had much to celebrate

A three-way tie spelled drama in Bareboat A, but it was Justice, a Beneteau
Oceanis 47, with California's Justin Barton and the BVI's "secret weapon" Presley
King, a Bequia native and long-time employee of the Moorings, sharing the helm
that triumphed with two firsts. "It was close, but we had better speed the last day,"
says King.
Finally, it was the BVI's Colin Rathbun who won the m"r--"n IC-24 Class on
his sponsored Lime. "Spot on crew work, everybody was i. .1 I ... says Rathbun.
"We passed boats at every mark rounding, so we're feeling good." Winning his class
at the BVI Spring Regatta, in the Cape Air Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle (CORT)
Series and being named Best BVI Boat led an exuberant crew to chase Rathbun
down during the awards ceremony and douse him with champagne. It was a fitting
end to a great regatta.
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Region Guadeloupe setting off on a mission. At the end of the day, she sliced nearly
two hours off the Round Grenada record
by Jeff Fisher
Shattered, smashed, pulverized, and obliterated are the words to describe the
demise of the previous Round Grenada sailing record.
Eleven boats entered the seventh annual running of this event, in its new pre
Easter time slot of March 14th and 15th, and were treated to free dockage at Port
Louis marina, plus an early breakfast on the morning of the Saturday's big race.
I saw the start from Port Louis at eight in the morning on a glassy sea. As if on
command, the wind filled in at the sound of the gun. Fresh from winning the inau
gural RORC Caribbean 600 race, the ORMA trimaran Horizon Region Guadeloupe,
owned and skippered by world champion Hobie Cat sailor Claude Thelier, was soon
stretching her wings on starboard tack going north. I thought I would be smart and
drive my car up along the west coast road and watch her make her way up. Never
saw her. Crewmember Jaqcui Pascall, of Horizon Yacht Charters and sponsor of this
entry, told me later that they tacked only three times to make it all the way around
the island and hit a top speed of 29 knots. The record now stands at 3 hours, 54
minutes and 2 seconds.

Meanwhile back at the beach, there was plenty offunfor young and old as they
awaited the yacht race's finish
Roger Spronk's Huffand Puff a Spronk cat and holder of the previous record of 5
hours and 40 minutes, was forced b i i 1 .1. by a broken headstay chainplate
halfway up the west coast. First :... 1..11 i1 i..i-I. was Peter "Champie" Evans on
Tanga Langa 3 in a little more than six and a half hours, though the corrected-time
honors in Racing Class went to Richard Sjyjan's Hobie 33, Category 5. In non
spinnaker Cruising Class, Scott Watson's Jeanneau Sunfast 52, Boxxer, took both
first to finish and first on corrected time. Val Havenga on Seaduction decided to
change her status from racing to daysailing around the island.
Meanwhile back at Grand Anse Beach, Laser and Optimist races were taking place,
sponsored by Budget Marine; Shakeem Collins won in the Optimist class and
Michael McQueen in the Lasers. Kids from nearby schools participated in spoon
and-lime races, water balloon tossing, tug of war and face painting. Good DJ music
and a fun crowd added to the mix.
Sunday was more of a relaxing day with a variety of local dishes to try out at A
Taste of Grenada festival on Grand Anse bea h T Ini--d the local fish and fried
plantains, but there was also oil down, fried . 11....I ..ld international fare like
..; .--;;;---- ----y and sushi.
i, i,, ... i Bathtub Derby took place that day as well. Marc DeCaul won in
the one-man class on his slim-hulled catamaran called Trial and Error and Ivor
Trimm and his partner won the two-man class in the bicycle contraption called
Saltfish Souse.
Plenty of live music filled the air; 1..... from steel band to drummers to rock
played into the night to cap a truly -... -... I,." weekend.
For full results visit www.aroungrenada.com.

Aboard Region Guadeloupe:

by Danny Donelan
I had always looked at trimarans as a bit of an oddity, a curiosity, like the vessel
used by Kevin Costner in the film Waterworld Trimarans would be the kind of boat
Mel Gibson would have if Mad Max were based on water, which I guess is what
Waterworld was, except Mr. Costner was just not as roughneck as Mel was in his
role. For that matter even Tina 1..... .... .,,.-I ihan Costner in the sequel,
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdon' I1. ..I1- ., I.- I I ... i 1i--. himself as live bait
were the only redeeming qualities ol 1 .. ... 'i and ... the trimaran he
called his ride. Okay, I digress, so back to the story.
I get a phone call from skipper John Burnie one week before the Round Grenada
he ...:..: :th Region Guadeloupe, an ORMA 60, to shatter the
I: i th( .. -I I- to pop out of my mouth are "You need crew?" He
answers no; says that the trimaran is being sponsored by Horizon Yacht Charters
here in Grenada and they have filled her with crew already. So my next phone call
is to James Pascall at Horizon, begging and pleading to be part of the crew. "Sorry,
Danny. All places are taken already."
At the same time another yacht in Grenada is calling me to be a part of their foredeck
crew but I'm making excuses because in my heart I believe that the cosmos will align
for me and I will make it onto the ORMA. So wished, so becomes reality. I get a call from
James on the Ti.... .. i,, .... that one of the crew has dropped out and I'm in.
So Region G I I i * I i ... and 60 feet wide, sails into St. George's Lagoon,
and owner Ch1.. i , .i i nto the Super Yacht Docks of Port Louis Marina
(the host marina and one of the sponsors for the race) after his zippy trip from
Guadeloupe: 250 nautical miles in 15 hours. There is now a real buzz in the marina.
Every single spot is filled as this weekend the marina is hosting both the Round the
Island Race and the World ARC. Region Guadeloupe is sitting right next to another,
older, trimaran, this one only 50 feet. Straightaway, with these two mean racing
machines sitting .1 i, i 1 ... i.i they are ready to jump out of the pole posi
tions, everyone o. 11. I I I. i.. lor a thrilling race.

Claude Thelier and John Burnie starred in 'Round Grenada -Raising the Bar'!

On Saturday morning after a huge breakfast at Victory Bar, our crew boards Region
Guadeloupe. It's Claude, John Burnie, James Pascall and his wife Jacqui, Cuthbert
Johnson, Dwayne Haywood, Olivier (I never did get his surname) and myself -all
shaking with excitement. Claude and John assign us our duties and off we go.
Basically, the racecourse starts right outside St. George's Harbour, and you go
around the 21-mile-long island in a clockwise direction, staying outside of Sugar
Loaf and Glovers Island and ending back at the same position as the start.
Richard i ... I- T 33, Category 5, is looking like she may have the best start.
But within ........ i we are very quickly pulling away from the fleet. After 15
minutes the other sails are rapidly becoming smaller and smaller. After an hour we
no longer see them and miraculously we are already passing the town of Gouyave.
Now I'm one who is never short of words. I always find a way to express myself as
eloquently as possible. This normally means that people have to stand around and
listen to my words, which are never short (kind of like me explaining this last sen
tence). Anyway on this day, the only word that seemed to be working for me was
"WOWWWW!" I must have said WOW about 30 times for the whole trip. I was just
completely awestruck by the speed of this beast. With average speeds of 18 knots up
the west coast, we are watching the land blur as we fly by. At one point, Badger in
his sportfishing boat tries to get a little closer I ... pictures for the press and
he must have burned up at least 500 dollars .11. I- i trying to catch us.
Heading down the east coast we are averaging 25 knots with a top speed of 29
knots. I have never been on a boat this fast in my life and the feeling of exhilaration
and adrenaline is completely amazing: it makes you feel even more alive.
Outside of Glovers Island we call the racing committee to let them know that we
are nearing the finish line. Their response was, "You joking, right?" We are on track
to break the round-the-island record by over two hours. But 500 yards from the fin
ish the bolt on the rudder snaps and we have to let the sails down and salvage the
rudder before it drops off. We still manage to complete the race in less than four
hours, a new race record by far.
I came off Region Guadeloupe on a natural high that I have retained for the past
week. It was amazing being a part of this race aboard this boat. Thanks to Claude
and John and congratulations to all of the racers and the organizers who put on an
amazing event.
The bar has been raised. It will be interesting to see if there is any yacht out there
that can beat this new record. Round the Island 2010 should be an interesting and
really fast one. Anyone up for the challenge?


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Sparkling 4th Route du Carnaval Yacht Rally
St6phane Legendre reports: An event-record 14
boats rallied from Martinique to Trinidad Carnival, from
February 14th through 24th, with layovers at St. Lucia,
Bequia and the Tobago Cays, coming to rest at the
14 available berths kept especially for them at the


Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association.
This year's Route du Carnaval rally faced unusual
challenges in provisioning and preparing the boats at
the Martinique start, owing to the general strike on
that island in February. However, the stop in Rodney
Bay, St. Lucia, on the 15th easily saw provisions and
fuel tanks topped off, along with a crews' party on
the beach that night and departure the next day,
bound for the anchorage at the Pitons. Once there, a
magnificent sunset was enjoyed in the awe-inspiring
natural surroundings of this World Heritage Site.
On the 17th, a rollicking sail to Admiralty Bay, Bequia
culminated in a marvelous cocktail and finger-food
reception at Jack's Bar, hosted by the very welcom-
ing members of the Bequia Tourism Association. This
excellent introduction to the Grenadines was followed
by two days in the unique Tobago Cays Marine Park,
viewing the turquoise waters, sea turtles and reef fish.
The fleet set out on its longest leg 120 miles to
Trinidad on the 20th. The yachts passed to wind-
ward of Grenada, propelled by 20-knot tradewinds
that lasted nearly to the Bocas.
After completing entry formalities, boats were left
safely at TTSA while their crews went immediately to

their first Trinidad Carnival fete, starting at 10:00PM and
lasting until 10 o'clock the next morning. On the
Sunday evening, everyone went to the spectacularly
costumed Kings and Queens Parade and the Calypso
Monarch finals.
On the Monday, there was a rest for the ears as rally
crews enjoyed a tour of the rainforest and lunch at a
historic cocoa plantation.
The rally's activities climaxed with Mardi Gras, or
Carnival Tuesday, an extraordinary day of impromptu
street partying, music and world-famous costumed
parades, leaving hardy crews just enough energy for
the evening's Route du Carnaval 2009 prizegiving. The
greatest prizes, of course, were numerous new friend-
ships and life-long memories.
For more information visit www transcaraibes.com.
World ARC 2008-09 Returns to St. Lucia
Having cruised up through the southern Caribbean
to rendezvous at The
Marina at Marigot Bay, St.
Lucia, the final ten nautical
miles of the World ARC's
23,000-nautical mile round-
the-world voyage were
covered in a spirit of festive
fun with a Parade of Sail
taking the yachts to their
final destination at Rodney
Bay Marina, where their
adventure began back in
January 2008. Falling in line
astern of the 17 circumnavi-
gators were local yachts
from the St. Lucia Yacht
Club to shepherd the fleet
around Castries Harbour
and then across a symbolic
finish line laid in
Rodney Bay.
Since leaving St. Lucia at
the start of the rally, the
World ARC yachts visited
16 countries and several
off-lying dependencies, 33
official stop-over ports and
many more islands and
anchorages around the
globe. Crews have benefit-
ed from the safety net and
camaraderie of the rally on
open ocean crossings Alleviatingjunior sailors'
while being able to inde- Schoelcher Week in Marti
pendently explore some of new event the Mango
the world's best cruising past Pigeon Island
areas. A team from the
event organizers, World Cruising Club, provided assis-
tance to the cruisers in each stopover.
As the sun set over Rodney Bay, the crews gath-
ered at the beachside Royal St. Lucian Hotel to mark
the end of the rally in style. Guests of Honor at the
celebration included Laurie Barnard, Chairman of
the St. Lucia Tourist Board, and James Hepple,
Consultant to the Tourist Board. After a delicious
Caribbean dinner, Dr. Hepple spoke on behalf of the
Tourist Board, thanking the skippers and crews for
helping to make St. Lucia a premier centre for
yachting tourism, and congratulating them on
their circumnavigation.
The skippers and crews were then welcomed on
stage by Andrew Bishop, Managing Director of World
Cruising Club, who presented each with a commemo-
rative plaque, a trophy and certificate of achieve-
ment to mark their voyage. The final prize of the eve-
ning was awarded to David Holliday of Kealoho 8 (an
Oyster 72), for winning the overall competition within

the rally. Speaking on behalf of the participants, David
said, "World ARC has been a wonderful experience
and I would not have done this voyage without being
a part of the rally. I want to thank World Cruising Club
for helping me achieve my dream."
The next World ARC will set sail from St. Lucia in
January 2010 and it already has 33 yachts from 12
nations entered. World ARC 2010 will follow a similar
route to 2008, circumnavigating via Panama,
Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Routing and weather
advice is provided for yachts at sea and daily posi-
tions are tracked via the rally website. World ARC
yachts are also eligible for free entry in World Cruising
Club's ARC and ARC Europe transatlantic rallies for
those wishing to start and finish in Europe.
For more information visit www. worldcruising com.
St. Lucia Hosts Mango Bowl Junior Regatta
Ruargh Findlay reports: The Mango Bowl Junior

unique, the St Lucia Yacht Club came up with a brilliant
Bowl. Here the inaugural Mango Bowl Optimist fleet races

Regatta was the brainchild of the St Lucia Yacht Club,
created primarily for the local young Opti and Laser
sailors who had trained so hard for the (canceled)
2009 Schoelcher Week in Martinique, and who need-
ed an outlet for all their training!
Invitations were sent to other Caribbean youth sail-
ing groups and, thanks to the presence of a very
experienced coach, a few days of Optimist clinic and
race training in advance, open to all participants,
were added.
After the disappointment of missing the Schoelcher
week, young Rhone Findlay from the Sint Maarten
Yacht Club was determined to participate in the
event in St Lucia, held April 1st through 6th. He arrived
in time to attend the clinic as well, which Rhone con-
siders the best he has attended to date.
The Saturday morning saw brisk winds. Rhone was
first across the start line and battled into the wind
ahead of his fellow competitors for the first race.
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::-i : I: : 1:' :1i sudden gust nearly
capsized his boat, requiring him to stop and bail,
allowing eight boats to overtake him. Undaunted,
Rhone proceeded to overtake boats one at a time,
placing fourth at the finish. This performance took
immense determination, and his success spurred
Rhone on to perform better in each successive race,
improving his overall placing.
The serious contenders were a young Lucian, Marcus
Sweeney, a member of the Red Fleet (13- to 15-year-
olds), and considered the local champion, and top
female junior, Stephanie Lovell, another Red Fleet
member. Marcus had two bullets and Stephanie one
bullet on the first afternoon. They were closely followed
by Thomas Meixner and Marc Spurway (both Red
Fleet), also tough competition for Rhone, who is still rac-
ing as a Blue Feet competitor (11- and 12-year-olds).
The Sunday dawned with a strong-wind forecast.
Undaunted, Rhone was the first to be rigged and out
on the water to practice in the chop. At the starting
horn for the first race, Rhone flew across the line and
clearly stamped his name on the lead position. First to
the windward mark, first to the second mark, with the
distance increasing on each leg of the race between
Rhone and the flock of sails behind him, he won with
a lead of one minute 55 seconds.
However, the next three races had spectators on
the edges of their seats, as Rhone and Marcus fought
for position at every tack, with Marcus showing his
experience by winning each of the next two races. In
the fourth and final race at the final rounding of the
leeward buoy, Marcus was in the lead by half a boat
length but Rhone came up on the inside and pow-
ered into and over every wave as he increased his
boat speed. Slowly his lead increased and the victory
was his. Two firsts, three seconds and two third places
sent Rhone to the podium only three points behind
Marcus, and nine points ahead of Stephanie's
deserved third place.
Rob Hemming, the senior coach, videoed many
aspects of the races, and organized a final de-
briefing, ensuring that every child benefited to the
maximum from their experience. The organizers then
distributed awards, prizes and keepsakes, promising
that the Mango Bowl 2010 will be a definite on next
year's Caribbean Youth Racing programme. Roll on
2010, as we from Sint Maarten will be back and
thank you again!

Captain Oliver's Regatta, St. Martin's Joy
The Joy of Living: That's the theme for the 2009
Captain Oliver's Regatta, with racing scheduled for
May 16th and 17th, on the island of St. Martin. Olivier
Lange opted for this theme to celebrate the fifth edi-
tion of the regatta he initiated: "We all need some
joy, especially in these difficult economic times; and
the joy of living is a sentiment we can share with
friends!" he declared with gusto at a luncheon held
at his restaurant at Captain Oliver's Resort in Oyster
Pond, where he launched this year's regatta with
members of his organizational team. And since
there's no point in replacing a winning team: Herv6
Harel, president of Captain Oliver's Yacht Club,
remains as president of the regatta, and Stuart
Knaggs as race organizer.
Since 2005, the number of boats has increased
every year for Captain Oliver's Regatta, and last year
40 sailboats competed.
Berths at the dock are free, three evening parties
are on the schedule beginning on Friday, May 15th,
and participants receive great prize packages.
The boats are divided into six categories: Monohulls,
Racing Monohulls, Multihulls, Beach Cats, Cool Class
and Corporate Challenge.
On May 16th, the boats will sail around St. Martin

counter-clockwise, starting from Captain Oliver's
Marina. On the 17th, the competitors will battle on the
waters between Oyster Pond and lie Fourche.
For more information visit www.coyc-sxm.com.

Florida-to-Cuba Race Hoped for in June
As Toni Whitt reported in the March 24th edition of
the Herald Tribune, now that President Barack Obama
has taken office in the USA, a group of sailing enthusi-
asts is hoping to reopen routes from Florida to Cuba
through competitive sailing events. Jay Meyer, a
member of Sarasota Yacht Club's sailing team, has
applied to the federal government for permission to
compete in a sailing regatta
off Cuba's coast something
he last did 15 years ago,
before the United States pro-
hibited virtually all travel to the
island nation. While travel to
Cuba is still heavily regulated,
Meyer, who is hoping the new
administration will allow him to
take as many as 100 boats
and their crews to Cuba for a
15-mile race this June, said he
sees an opportunity to bring
back "spirited competitions".
The Obama administration
recently relaxed some travel
restrictions, allowing US-based
relatives to visit their family
members in Cuba once a
year, and expanding the defi-
nition of family members to
include cousins, aunts and
uncles. Because the sailors
would not be visiting relatives,
they must apply for a specific
license from the Department
of Treasury's Office of Foreign
Assets Control, which permits
travel for competitive events under strict guidelines.
Cuba's sailing team and its Hemingway International
Yacht Club of Cuba prompted the request by inviting
the Sarasota Yacht Club to participate in an offshore
race near Havana, which would restore a 70-year-old
international sailing tradition.
Don Payzant, the fleet captain at SYC, said sailors
from Cuba and the west coast of Florida raced regu-
larly until Fidel Castro's coup in 1959, with occasional
races in the ensuing years. Cindy Clifton, regatta
organizer for the SYC, said her husband has been to
Cuba for racing events a dozen times, making friends
there whom he has now not seen in years.
The Sarasota Sailing Squadron organized an 84-boat
race to Cuba in 1994. Clifton said the group organized
another regatta during President George W. Bush's
first term in office, but their permits were rescinded
days before the race. "Nobody I know has sailed to
Cuba since 2002," Clifton said.
Sailors formerly had little trouble going to Cuba so
long as they brought along their own provisions and
did not spend money in Cuba. But in February 2004,
as part of his Homeland Security initiatives, President
Bush signed a presidential proclamation declaring
that US boats could be boarded and seized if federal
agents believed the operators were going to Cuba,
citing the "terrorist threat" posed by that country.
"Clearly any (US citizen) at this point who wants to
travel to Cuba for any reason, wants to make sure
they get the appropriate permits to travel," said
Lawrence Friedman, a partner in the Chicago-based
global trade law firm Barnes, Richardson & Colburn.
Friedman said it could be easier for the Sarasota sail-
ors to get permits to travel to Cuba under the current
administration given the changes already approved.

"It's not a slam dunk for them, but given the facts that
they are going through the process, it's an organized
sporting event and they are being careful to avoid
contributing to the Cuban economy, there is a
chance," Friedman said. "There is a history of making
exceptions for actual competitions and opening
trade through sports."

Heineken Regatta Curagao is Here to Stay
Bram Reukers reports: The Heineken Regatta
Curacao with the slogan "Real Different" is here
to stay!
After a successful first edition of the Heineken

The city of Willemstad provides a remarkable venue
for the multi faceted annual Heineken Curacao
Regatta, including a unique urban starting line and
waterfront Regatta Village
Regatta Curacao in November 2008, the contract
between the Curacao Sailing Festival and Heineken
Curacao has been extended for another ten years.
The regatta is a unique experience for both sailors
and the people of Curacao. The former were chal-
lenged with exciting starts and finishes in the
Annabaai (located in the heart of the city of
Willemstad) and raced on exciting courses all around
the island. The spectators can enjoy the event from
the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Handelskade,
also where the Heineken Regatta Village is built.
The Heineken Curacao regatta is real different in
another way. Almost anything that floats races in dif-
ferent classes, including Sunfishes, fishing boats, micro-
boats, kitesurfers and waterskiers, with an amazing
lighted boat parade on the Saturday night. The
Heineken Regatta Village becomes a premium con-
cert area at night. Last year the people were enter-
tained with performances of Green Synergy winner DJ
Tico, Basic One and, as the main act on Sunday, the
"Queen of Soca" Alison Hinds, who made sure that
this great weekend ended in style.
We are already preparing for the second Heineken
Regatta Curacao on November 6th, 7th and 8th,
2009. Curacao Sailing Festival and Heineken would
love to welcome everyone to the beautiful island of
Curacao to experience this spectacular weekend.
(We already contracted the international artist who
will perform on Sunday, November 8th!)
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I'o .. i. ,. i i i ,, i a very welcoming
place i. .. .. I ..... .. I .i conversation, the
first image that would pop into my head involved a
shady character selling stolen Rolex watches in a dark
alley. I had been to this island many times, although
my experience there usually consisted of nothing more
1-.; rT-.-i;-;r -. 1 t- the airport's food court while
i I ... i I - [I sailed to Puerto Rico's capital
of San Juan on S/V Splendido, a Beneteau 57 on
which I work. Splendido's owner, Michael, and I were
to spend New Years' Eve there with several friends who
were flying in to meet us for the holiday.

We anchored near the San J
the dinghy to shore: 11.
bearings. As we wall I .. I
a Sizzler Restaurant parking l
Puerto Rico were almost imme
We began walking along a
toward downtown Old San Ji
walk through a ghetto, we
floods as raw sewage bubble
were approached by beggar
creative substances as we v
black street. Michael and I
Puerto Rico."

The next day, we mustered up the courage to make
the trek to Old San Juan again and became deter
mined to find a way to anchor Splendido closer to the
downtown area prior to our guests' arrival. We had
been impressed by Old San Juan, but weren't so crazy
about the trek to get there from the marina.
We came across a fisherman's village, Villa Pesquera,
near Fort El Morro and noticed they had a small dock.
We approached the locked gate and asked a fisherman
if we would be allowed to use the dock for our dinghy. At
S"" first he was a bit hesitant, as he explained in very lim
.: . ited English that they had a dangerous watchdog and
.their dock was broken. Eventually, he .--1 .1
: .. "I later moved the boat so it was anchored i I I. -I
ping channel and in front of their property. We anchored
in front of the fishermen's village at GPS coordinates
18.27.740N, 66.07.196W. The location is approximately
three quarters of a nautical mile up the channel from the
first set of markers and on the port side.
Within a few hours, the fishermen had gone out to
the local hardware store and happily made us a copy
of the key to their gate. They spent most of the next
-;-- r-a their dock specifically for us and did a
... I m a Ti .... J.i ,, our weeklong stay there,
they were as I'.... Ii .1 helpful as they possibly
could have been. We developed friendships with many
of them. We ever. 1 .. 1.1 .te treats for their dog,
Bong Bong, but hol I I .....I Ic he never showed too
much enthusiasm.
Little did we know, our .t i w -:,. in Puerto
Rico were only beginning I .. ent out in
town, the friendly locals almost constantly greeted
us. If we needed information about something or
even looked like we might be lost, someone was there
to help.
To ring in the New Year, we went into Old San Juan
with our guests, expecting a party resembling Mardi
Gras. After all, we assumed, "This is Puerto Rico.
These locals all must be party animals!" We were sur
praised to see very few people out on the street, and
many of the bars and restaurants were actually closed.
We learned that the Puerto Ricans actually view New
iendly welcome Year's Eve as a holiday that should be spent at home
with their families, not the typical partyers' paradise
seen in so many other places. There were no wild par
ties to be discovered, but it was refreshing to find a
place that still priorities family values over drinking.
Once the holiday was over, Michael and I had to visit
San Juan's US Coast Guard Base to take care of some
administrative business with our captain's licenses.
Concerned about the red tape we were about to
endure, we went to find the office, get fingerprinted,
and fill out a couple of forms. Security reluctantly per
uan Bay Marina and took mitted us to enter the complex and directed us to the
...... we could get our appropriate office.
............ I I.. J..i. We entered and sat across from a man who, at first,
ot, ,'" .. seemed like a strict administrator. We started making
diately confirmed, conversation with him, and before we knew it we had
dirty four lane highway learned much about his family and culture. The whole
uan. Along the two mile bureaucratic process would normally have taken no
walked ,I.. J..i. 'eral more than a half hour, but instead we were in the
d out I ... ...I, I We office for almost three hours socializing. Before we left,
rs and offered various we had become his newest friends.
talked 1-n. the pitch We returned to Puerto Rico again in December 2008
though' '' this is and visited Fajardo, a port on the island's eastern coast
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We anchored in the harbor and were initially not
very impressed. Compared to many of the other ports

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wanted to, but we could also go to a nearby lower dock
within the marina so we wouldn't have to climb over
the high seawall. Even though we were not customers

While onboard the boat at the dock the next day, we
were approached by a man named Michael who runs
Caribbean Sailing School out of the same marina. He
had noticed us sail into the harbor a few days before
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we had recently visited, it was not terribly scenic and at the marina, Olga was more than happy to help with Despite my initial concerns, Puerto Rico's locals are
the shoreline was littered with big marinas and com- our many questions about where to go for provision friendlier than those on almost any other island I have
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AntLgua Anomaly
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)me unusual dramas there in recent
.. a cruise through the Leeward
., i. proved a typical mix of good news,
I. I s, and the ever-lovin' status quo...
St. Martin Fees
In St. Martin in January, I find everyone is abuzz
when the port authority in Marigot decides to put a fee
on boats anchored there. There is talk of a mass exo
dus, but when I sail from Anguilla over to Marigot a
few days later, it seems pretty normal with plenty of
yachts around. It turns out not to be that onerous.
You c- .1- ..t- into the Marigot side of Simpson Bay
Lagoo.. i. ... 11 Dutch side and thus avoid paying
more than the 5 Euro service charge. If anything,
regulations have eased up now that the Customs pro
cedures have been taken over by the Port Authority.
You can anchor anywhere on the French side and take
a bus over to Marigot to clear. The Captainerie at
Radisson Marina can also clear you in.
On the Dutch side, the fees are not unreasonable for
a short stay, but are punitive for the long-term visitors,

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Above: The English Harbour
area in Antigua saw a new
yacht race and improved
security this year
Left: Anchoring fees imposed
in French St. Martin in
January 2009 might or might
not be suspended, but in any
case they can be avoided

so they stay away. At least credit cards are now accept
ed for fee payments, which is a big improvement.
Nevis News
I am always ambivalent about development. At first
I really did not like the Four Seasons Hotel in Nevis.
But over the years I saw how many jobs it brought and
how much it helped the local community, so became
adjusted to realizing it was a good idea. This year the
Four Seasons Hotel is closed after being once more
inundated with seas from a hurricane. Having a hotel
right on the beach looks great on brochures but has
its downside, especially when its foundations are
below sea level. While clearly everyone in Nevis would
like to see it rebuilt (it is worth about 700 jobs to the
island) I cannot see that this will be particularly easy
to achieve. The situation is complicated: Four Seasons
is just the management company; another company
owns the real estate. Pinney's Beach also looked a little
sad as most of the coconut trees were dying from a
bacterial infection.
On the other hand the Port Authority moorings,

the water. A superyacht skipper murdered right in the
English Harbour area. Once again there were stories of
a mass exodus, but when I sail in there seem to be
more yachts than ever. Murders often occur in places
you would never expect them; I am immediately
reminded of the murder of four on a yacht in Barbuda
some years before. At the time I could not imagine a
less likely event.
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These things are so unpredictable that I don't think
you can always avoid them by picking your destination.
I thought the Antigua police did an excellent job: they
caught a suspect, apparently still with a gun.
In the meantime, . i.... ... ...... .'. thriving and
I was there for tl. -I i I I.. t-ever RORC
Caribbean 600, a 605-mile non-stop ocean race among
the neighboring islands. I used my Compass creden
tials to get aboard the press boat and take some pic
tures. It was a great sight as the wind was honking.
The huge trimaran Region Guadeloupe came steaming
by at about 20 knots. As she passed I realized she had
not yet raised the jib.
French Island Strikes
All I have been hearing about Guadeloupe is strikes
and strife, so I have my friend Paul, who is coming
from the States to join me for a few weeks, fly to

I ,, ii .atter of avoidance we sail first to the
Saintes, where we have a great few days. It is much the

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same, except Yves Cohen's daughter Rachel and her
husband Aou have opened a cute little creperie/ice
cream parlor in the back of his shop Maogony.
I doubt many have visited the haul-out in Marigot in
the Saintes. Well, too late now: it is no more. The
municipal authority decided to tear the building down.
I walk over there anyway; it is a pretty hike. At the end
of the footpath (there is no road) are a couple of boat
builders, and the island's only gas station. I guess that
came about when everyone went by sea and no one by
road. So now whenever someone needs gas for their
car or scooter, they have to send some cans with a
fisherman to fill.
Despite the strike, Point-a-Pitre on Guadeloupe
seems fairly normal except for the giant Cora super
market and a few rental agencies being closed down.
Some weeks before, the strikers went daffy and burned
down the giant chandlery Electro Nautic. Are the com-
pany's dozens of employees, now out of a job, among
those cheering this on? It is hard to imagine. The
burning was not just vandalism: a lot of outboard
motors were apparently removed first. It is hard to
control a riot, but some well-placed cameras transmit
ting images to a secure location, could give the police
the necessary information to arrest those responsible
when things get back to normal.
Down in St. Francois, there is not much evidence of
a strike. I enjoy the fact that the St. Francois marina
has been rebuilt and looks better. The work area is not
yet finished but th 1i ,,.... ... is done, and all they
need is a trailer. ii 1i .sion was made for a

1....1. dock, there are several steps in unused parts
I 1. marina wall where you can lock your dinghy.
The anchorage as usual is a pleasure -miles of tur
quoise water heading off into the distance, behind
which are many giant windmills. When two of these
overlap a bit, the blades execute a kind of strange pas
de deux in the air. In front, colourful kite and wind
surfers scream across the bay.
It is a Sunday so many businesses are closed. But it
is the one day of the week that one of my favorite res
taurants, the Iguana Cafe, opens for lunch. It is about
a mile's walk away, but well worth the effort. It is the
kind of place where you arrive at noon and leave sev
eral hours later feeling much like the Goodyear blimp,
but the food has been so great, not only don't you care
but the whole world seems wonderful. There is some
thing about the very best French restaurants that has
this effect on the mind. Maybe that is why the French
manage to eat fatty foods and avoid heart attacks.
It is always a pleasure to visit Iles de la Petite Terre
and their mother island, La Desirade. When we arrive
at Iles de la Petite Terre a
slight swell is running, enough
to create the occasional break
ing wave over the bar. We
press on regardless and get a
good soaking from one of the
waves while entering the
anchorage. But it is lovely and
calm as ever inside. As we tie
up to one of the park moor
ings, two big eagle rays are
under the boat, inviting us to
go snorkeling. As usual, a cou
Left: It's always a pleasure to
spend afew days in the Saintes

L Right: In Dominica, Ras Moses
cooks us a meal in his Rastaurnt'

pie of big day charter cats have the big beach full of
people, and some enterprising crewmember has lined
e md i ..I o a i ..... women to sit on the water's
I I , ,
I ..'.. -,,,.. La Desirade was only pos
sible for really shallow draft boats, owing to a coral bar
of about six feet in the entrance channel. This was
removed a few years back, and this is my first visit
since then. The depths are a good nine feet right to the
harbor wall. The depth inside the wall heading up into
the fuel dock i: i 1 seven feet, but the anchoring
area, on the : I the harbor entrance measures
more like six feet. However, everyone assures me that
the mud is so soft that yachts of six and a half foot
draft do visit frequently and manage to anchor, and
that they have no problem. We stop for a fine Creole
lunch of court bouillon and gratinee vegetables at
Mme Zamia's Lagranlag, and then sail the seven miles
back to Iles de la Petite Terre for the night. Another
tough day at the office.
Sailing from Iles de la Petite Terre to Marie Galante,
we see a fishing boat in which a crewmember is waving
his oilskin conspicuously. I am not sure whether they
are warning us of their nets or need help. I alter course
to go close round the leeward side. It is help they want:
both engines are failing to start. Luckily it is reason
ably calm. In the excitement I drop the spinnaker
rather badly, dunking some of it over the bow, but we
manage to retrieve it. Under main and engine, in these
moderate seas, it still takes us a couple of passes to
get a line over. Once they are under tow we stop the

engine and roll out the jib. To my surprise we still
make about five knots, plenty fast enough to be tow
ing. However, for the towee, used to bouncing over the
waves at 20 knots, it is slow and boring, and in about
an hour he had figured out his engine problem (from
his explanation I think he may have borrowed his rela
tive's boat and not realized where the spare fuel was)
and got it started, so cast off to go fishing again.
Despite the strike, Grand Bourg seems a bit more
active than in previous years, with a lot of new shops.
What I had marked on the chart as the "dinghy dock"
has sprouted a new building which turns out be a fuel
station -unfortunately de-taxed and for local fishing
boats only. There is no shortage, however, of other
places to leave the dinghy. The only downside I could see
in town is that a greengrocer has morphed into a "mag
netic shop" where they sold "positive energy" and the
"secret of angels", a sign of our softening brains maybe.

Dominica's Delightful
Guadeloupe's misfortune in terms of the strike
seems to have given Dominica a bit of a boost with a
good yachting season, even if it started late. Up to 75
boats have been seen in Portsmouth in a day, and up
to 60 in Roseau. So many boats came over from
Guadeloupe for fuel that five times in two months
Dominica ran out of fuel.
PAYS, the people who bring security to Portsmouth,
are doing a good job and the new president, Jeffrey
(Sea Bird), came up with ... ...... i... i il
keep the group solvent. C.. -,, i . i,- i -
on abig beach barbecue; .1 i i i, i
rum punch. The cruisers love it. Besides II,,. blast
ed by rum and good music, and eating ... I. 1 of fish
or chicken, it is a great way to get to meet other cruis
ers in the bay.
Dominica is, as ever, spectacularly beautiful, and the
people really open and friendly, without (with one or two
exceptions) being at all grabby. I hike with Sea Cat and
Jason (two of the Roseau guides) from Perdu Temps, a
hidden valley that is home to several beautiful Rasta
farms, over the mountains to the east coast, where we
had lunch with Moses in his "Rastaurant". It was espe
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CuraPao to Panama

by Glyn Jerling

t husband Dave and I were asked to
deliver a yacht from Curacao to
California, via the Panama Canal.
I'd like to share the details of the
Caribbean portion of the trip with Compass readers.
On April 4th we hauled our own boat at PMO, Puerto
La Cruz, Venezuela. The frll~1"in. day we went by
overnight bus to the town I and from there

Our line handlers in the Panama Canal were great.
This is Lee Roy
flew to Curacao. After an expensive taxi ride we arrived
at Kima Kalki Marina where the yacht Colibri, a Golden
Wave 48, had been berthed for the past year.
Colibri is Spanish for hummingbird, but this sloop
is not tiny. At 48 feet, she has a 16-foot beam and
semi-full keel with a 6.6-foot draft and loads of vol
ume below deck, a 95-horsepower Perkins diesel
engine, and a spacious cockpit area. The downside for
me was the five-foot diameter wheel, which I could
gladly have used as a Frisbee. Other than that, Colibri
was a very comfortable sailing vessel.
The next day we started checking systems and get
ting her ready to leave. Three things were immediately
apparent: the engine was overheating, the radar was
not working, and the mainsail was in appalling condi
tion. In retrospect we should have convinced the
owner to supply a new main, as this sail was to give us
many problems and some pretty close calls in the
months to come.
Once we had bent the genoa on we saw that the
track cars were missing, so new ones would have to be
imported. On inspecting the engine we found that the

overheating was due to a badly fitted freshwater re
.... 1..,. pump. The pulley was loose and in the
S i malfunctioning had destroyed the key and
the keyway. Fortunately the local mechanic had a new
pump in his car, and took the pulley in for repairs,
qwinn it 'miull take about one week.
11. .. ... I on to the radar. The electronics guy
came to check and found that the radar cable had
been run through the hydraulic backstay fitting and
was binding, so every time there was an adjustment to
the tension there was a corresponding tension placed
on the cable, which of course had by now destroyed
the cable. To make matters worse there was not a
cable to be found in Curacao. The electronics guy tried
to splice a new glengt of cable but it was not the same
cable an h od he could not get it to work so we gave up on
radar for the time being
We initially thought we would be able to leave after
two or three days, but with all these repairs, we had a
couple of weeks of delay.
When the new water pump had been fitted, we were
as ready as possible to leave Curacao. We checked out
and left the next day -t-ri;' 1--l- out of the mari
na in light wind. At -I I ..I pitched the auto
pilot on. It had been working while stationary in the
marina but refused underway, so we were faced with
the exciting prospect of hand steering for the next 750
Most of the way we had good winds and quite big
seas. We also had to motor some way along the coast
of Colombia, staying offshore about ten miles. We
motored across the Magdalena River mouth, where the
water was brown and wild and we saw wood and logs
in the water. Finally we arrived off Punta Hermosa
(Puerto Velero) ... 1 1 '" r-id went into the
lagoon behind I I I I .... -') to 25 knots but
this was a very nice and protected anchorage, a good
place to relax after hand steering all those miles.
On May 1st, we left Punta Hermosa and motorsailed
to Porto Bello, Panama. This was a handy stop for a
day or two for a rest and some peace and quiet before
tackling the rigors of the city of Colon and the
Panama Canal. We put the i....i. ...t he water its
first time off the deck in a II going through
three lockers we finally found the dinghy plug, then
tried the outboard engine. It started.
Shelter Bay Marina, near the entrance to the canal,
had a berth for us. This wonderful marina, surround
ed by jungle, has good facilities, showers with Jacuzzi,
laundry and restaurant. There is also a bus service at
8:OOAM to Quarto Centro mall with many shops and a

supermarket. It should take about an hour but can
take a lot longer as you have to cross the Canal. If
the locks are closed, you wait.
But that was the least of our waiting worries. We
were told there was a two-month delay : -;
1i .. i e Canal, as the workers were on .
I- Ii h- was not good news as hurricane season
was looming and we needed to get a move on.
At least the delay at the Canal gave us time to sort
out boat problems. The radar set-up on this boat
had to be the worst I've seen. It was mounted on a
gimbaled device on the backstay about 15 feet up.
This really made for some interesting gymnastics as
Si.. .s about 30 pounds and I found
.: I .... on a ladder trying to remove it for
repair. Fortunately we met someone in the marina
who had recently replaced his radar cable and had
ten feet or so left over. It was for a Furuno but our
radar was Raymarine and the two cables are not the
same. However, with a bit of cursing we managed to
splice them and could not believe that it actually
worked, and in fact continues to work.
Also thanks to the delay we enjoyed some of the
really nice hikes in this area. There are many aban
doned buildings and numerous roads which provide
walkways through the otherwise impenetrable tropical
jungle, which makes for fun exploration.
One day we walked from Shelter Bay to the mouth of
the Chagres River, 20 kilometers there and back. This
river is the main outlet for Gatun Lake in the rainy
season and we had once spent a delightful five days
anchored in the river. Whiteface monkeys and howler
monkeys are abundant on the hike to the river mouth,
which is guarded by the San Lorenzo Fort.
Another interesting trip is to take the bus to the
Canal bridge and spend some time in the Panama
Canal viewing centre and museum, which costs US$5.
It is interesting to watch massive "panamax" ships
going through the Canal, as they onlyjust fit. On the
day we were there we were lucky to see a huge Disney
cruiseship go through.
Eventually Bruce, the boatyard manager, came
round with the new autopilot that had just arrived
by FedEx. This we fitted, and in light of all the
repairs being done and the ongoing Canal delay, we
decided to go back to Porto Bello and wait there till
we had a date to go through.
At Porto Bello, we chose the north anchorage, as far
away from the busy town as possible, and anchored
near the base of Fort San Fernando, one of the three
forts the Spanish built to protect the bay in colonial
times. We went for long walks, cleaned the hull and
stanchions, and polished. We phoned every other day
to hear if our date to go through the Canal had
changed. They were starting to clear boats more quick
ly and our date was being brought forward.
After ten wonderful days in Porto Bello we returned
to Shelter Bay Marina. To get everything done effi
ciently, we hired Stanley, an agent, who did our check
out and organized the extra lines and tires (for fenders)
that we would need for the Canal transit.
We "--; -;; r transit on Friday, May 30th. The tran
sit co.- I' -' I 4 i-l;;-;;:. the ..I fee, and $440
for the four line : ... II Colib. .- I- feet on deck,
but when they measured, with gantry and dinghy it
came to 53 feet, so we had to pay an extra $200.
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The line handlers arrived at 6:00PM. The line han
dlers were Carlos, a taxi driver; his son, also Carlos;
Lee Roy; and Jose from Peru, all very nice 11-- They
positioned the tires and got the lines ready. I ft the
marina and anchored at The Flats to wait for the advi
sor, who arrived at 8:00PM.
We had supper, and then motored along the channel
to the first lock and tied up with two other boats. We
were on the outside. The centre boat had a French lady
captain and was the same size as Colibri. On the other
side was a 30-footer. The centre boat had to drive us
through -we just kept the engine idling.
It was very interesting to go through the Canal, an
...I ,. 11I i i .ence. The entire path is lined with
I ....... i 1 ..I which illuminate the whole place
at night. It took about 20 minutes per lock and there
are three locks, raising us 85 feet. We motored out of
the last up lock and separated, then motored a mile to
.1 1 ..... Gatun Lake and tied up for the remainder
Saturday was a clear-to-cloudy day; thank goodness
we had no rain. When the advisor arrived complete
with a trainee, we dropped the mooring lines and
started the long motor through the huge Gatun Lake.
On arrival at the down locks we once again tied up
together with our Canal buddy-boats, French boat in
the middle. Their advisor was careless -always talk
ing and not watching -so the boats would drift and
almost turn full circle. Our advisor went to talk to him,
and they decided to put Colibri in the middle, with the
small boat on our starboard side.

Colibri at Shelter Bay Marina. At 48feet, she has a
16foot beam and semi-full keel with a 6.6foot draft
and loads of volume below deck -despite some gear
hiccups, not a bad boat to deliver
Miraflores has two locks, taking us down the 83 feet
to the Pacific Ocean. All went well through the locks and
we all congratulated Dave as he did a very good job.
After the last lock we separated again and bid farewell
to the other yachts. Boats came to fetch the advisors,
and we continued to motor toward Balboa, a short dis
tance. We arrived at about 3:00PM, and the shore-ferry
driver showed us which buoy to pick up. The mooring

Panama City is modern with good shopping and lots
of places of interest to visit. We went to a different
park each day

cost US$20 per night. The line handlers took the fend
ers and lines, and then left aboard the ferry.
What a relief to be through the total 50-mile length
of the Panama Canal with no problems and good
weather, and now to be on the Pacific side.
We spent five days in Balboa buying charts and pro
visioning the boat, as prices rise as you move further
north. It took some getting used to the 16-foot tide
-bH.-- on the Pacific side. Panama City, on the
I . ide, is different than infamous Colon at the
Caribbean entrance to the Canal. Although there are
bad areas, the city on a whole is modern with good
shopping and lots of places of interest to visit. We
went to a different park each day and also visited the
artisan market; the Balboa Park, where people jog or
cycle; the hill of Ancon; and the Metropolitan Park
(US$3.00 entrance fee). This park is in the centre of
Panama City. We walked up to the view site, with
views over the city, the Canal and airport, and many
birds and animals.
We did our last provisioning at the Allbrook Mall.
What a surprise: a huge shopping centre and super
market. As we planned to be moving pretty fast from
here on, we plumbed the watermaker so that we
would not have to worry about refilling the tanks.
Once all the preparations were done we dropped the
mooring, filled up the tanks and left for the offshore
islands. California, here we come...
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British Yacht Attacked off

the Paria Peninsula, 2009
by Christine Webster
The British yacht Navarna III tied up alongside the Customs dock in i .......
Trinidad on Sunday morning, April 5th, 2009. She was a mess. Mos i
house windows had been shot out; there were shotgun pellet marks in the fibreglass
and several bullet marks in the hull, one on the waterline. Owner Dave Jones and
his girlfriend Laurenths looked exhausted, but relieved to be here.
Dave recounted the tale of the attack. Apparently Navarna, a solid-looking Fisher
37, set sail from Isla Margarita on Saturday, April 4th, and Dave's intention was to
sail directly to Trinidad. The seas were uncomfortably rough and Laurenths felt
decidedly seasick. It was her first passage on a sailing vessel.
Dave, who is an experienced sailor and has sailed this passage numerous times,
decided to close in on the Venezuelan coastline to find calmer waters. About three

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Unlike many of Venezuela's varied cruising and yacht service destinations, where
crimes against yachts vary from avoidable to non-existent, the northern coast of the
Peninsula ofParia has been the scene of several armed attacks. Among past inci
dents, a convoy of four yachts was attacked by five armed men about two miles off
Cabo Tres Puntas in January 2003. Cruisers are advised to stay at least ten miles
off this stretch of coast
miles off the coast near Cabo Tres Puntas the motion of the boat became much more
comfortable and they were beginning to i ... i- along the beautiful peninsula.
Around 6:00PM they were approached i . (pirogue) containing four men,
two of whom were armed. The man in the bow carried what looked like a Kalashnikov
AK47 and another had a shotgun. Someone yelled over for Navarna to slow down,
but when Dave, fearful of his and Laurenths' safety, carried on, a shot was fired
which shattered the aft wheelhouse window, missed Dave's head and exited through
the windscreen. That wasn't just a warning shot; Dave was convinced that they
intended to kill him, possibly rape and kill Laurenths and sink the boat.
Adrenalin kicked in: he yelled to Laurenths to get below, he crouched low in the
wheelhouse, still steering the yacht, and he powered forward as the bullets pounded
the boat. Laurenths lay on the cabin floor with anything she could get her hands on
pulled around her for protection. She counted 16 shots. The assailants must have
thought that Dave was dead as they couldn't see him, but Dave managed to reach
for the flare gun and when the penero
was alongside, he opened the wheel
house door and fired a single flare in
the direction of the assailants. He
then powered out to sea, knowing that
they could easily overhaul him. He
had only one flare cartridge remaining
aie t o i -ad he was determined to
. I s L last desperate act in the
event that his yacht was boarded.
The penero did pursue and circle
Navarna for a while but gave up after
a mile or so. Dave continued powering
in a northeasterly direction until they
were about 12 miles off the coast, and
only then altered course to the east.
He made a Mayday call as soon as he
could after the attack, but there was
no response. Eventually, about three
hours later, he managed to raise North
Post radio in Trinidad and they patched
him through to the Trinidad coast
guard. The Trinidad coastguard has
no jurisdiction in Venezuelan waters
but they monitored his progress.
Dave with theflare gun that deterred attack To add to the misery of the trip, as
ers from boarding. A bullet shattered window they approached the Bocas, Navarna's
can be seen over his left shoulder exhaust hose blew off the skin fitting
and she began to fill with water. Dave
requested help and two coastguard vessels met Navarna at the Boca de Huevos and
escorted him to the Coastguard base. There .. i, . .. I .-sonnel kindly
attended to Dave's head wound, tn.n* 1 .1 I I .... an, ,]rlyin.
a plaster to the cut. Laurenths: I I small cuts to her neck as a : ., I
first shots.
Dave said that Navarna is built like a tank and the hull of a lighter built boat could
have been holed. Navarna's wheelhouse windows will need to be replaced, as will
their buckled frames. TI, 1.1 I I- i e hull was not penetrated but the deep scar
ring needs to be filled. I .... .I I. new teak and holly floor of the wheelhouse
is severely scratched and will need to be sanded and varnished.
Dave's head wound is fairly minor as are Laurenths' neck scratches, but they are
both digging out glass from their feet and suspect it will be some time before the
glass fragments are eradicated from both yacht and feet.
It was a very lucky escape. Dave would like to thank the Tr 1. 1 f
their care and attention. He broadcast part of the story on the I I ... ......... I I
68 net, where he recommended that yachts do not attempt to sail along the Paria
coastline but keep at least 15 miles out.
Christine Webster is cruising the Caribbean aboard the sailing ketch Quadrille II.




by Angelika Gruener
Picking up the new Compass, which stories are y .. i,,-,. ,, I Most readers are
looking for the "What-happened-to-othersarticles I I 11,,,11 I But if piracy has
never happened to you, you can't imagine how it is, to be part of the scene, to be
traumatized for months.
One year after having a confrontation with pirates, we are able to talk about it. We
feel lucky to survive. Pirates nowadays still have the same mentality as hundreds of
years ago: they will kill to get valuables or maybe even the boat itself.
During the Christmas 2007 and New Year 2008 holidays we were on our way from
Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, to Trinidad, motoring along the north coast of the Paria
Peninsula at night in the low-wind periods. During the day, we stopped at several
places described in Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide to Venezuela When we anchored
in Puerto Santos, some -me- .t-r- -.me out to us, and we gave them our copy of
the October 2007 issue i ...j which included the article "Cruising the
Northeast Coast of Venezuela" by Elaine Conklin with a photo of a fisherman from
Puerto Santos. Elaine's article described how friendly people of that village are. They
really were!
Our last hop along the Paria Peninsula was 70 nautical miles from Puerto Santos
to Cabo San Francisco, an uninhabited bay we had visited several times before. It is
marvelous there, with freshwater rivers, countless flowers, and high mountains. We
went ashore, fetched water, did the laundry, and soaked in freshwater pools in all,
having a nice morning.
It was 3:00PM on January 2nd, 2008, when suddenly a pirogue approached from
the east around the cape with five strong young men aboard. I went below to dress
properly. Our '** ...... ,, son put on his military shirt. The i; .'; -.- close
very fast. "Hell, .. I .... I one man shouted in perfect English. I ,I ..... i this
phrase often means trouble.
Immediately the boat was along our port side. Aboard were one black and four
light brown men aged from about 23 to 30, their clothes absolutely clean, down to
white sport shoes. Usually the i;- -;; are planked only on the outside of the
-------n -tri'-r, with the inside I '1 I. to facilitate bailing out bloody water from
I:,. -, i,.. i )gue was, however, additionally planked on the inside for extra
strength, so that the full load of the two 75-horsepower Yamaha Enduros could be
used in heavy seas. The name "SHADOW" was written in black block letters on the
side of the white hull. Inside the boat were packages, apparently wrapped water
tight, in blue :. I,,. The packages looked similar to those in a picture published in
the December '-* *- Compass's article about a sinking drug-smuggling boat. They
looked as if they had been pulled out of the water. Four men were standing; one sat
in the stern and operated the outboards.
The first sentence was, "We need water," reminding me of an incident that hap
opened about three years before, when an Italian skipper with two friends sailed his
catamaran toward Los Testigos. About 50 nautical miles out I I -.. I at with
five men, camouflaged in military uniforms, stopped them, .-I .... I .1 When
the skipper turned to go into the cabin to get water he was shot in the back.
Back to us. My husband gave the five men a five-litre container of water, which
-1 1... 1 ... 1 .. 1 1 i .. thrown carelessly into the pirogue. Thirty metres
S i. .i .i . i i i the sea. After some discussion, the men wanted
to sell us marijuana. We declined. Next they offered cocaine, which we didn't want
either. During the conversation, the men showed lots of nervousness and their
pirogue : i .1 II .... I onto our yachts port side. When I told them to hold their
pirogue 11 11 .... very agitated. "Money, money," one guy then shouted.

"What for?" I asked. There was a short discussion among the five. It became clear
that they intended to board the boat and rob us.
My husband, son and I had discussed what to do in case of piracy, so we were well
prepared and shoved the pirogue off before the men could come on board. They
immediately got angry. Two of them pulled out pistols from under their trousers: a
9mm Beretta and a Smith & Wesson Kal 40. In that moment I could have had time
to shoot them with our shotgun. But Customs in Martinique had confiscated it a
year ago. All this went through my head in a fraction of a second.
When the man in the bow loaded his pistol, I jumped down the companionway to
make room for our son and my husband. The first shot was fired. Next, the black
pirate aimed and shot directly at my husband, who ducked at the right time, grabbed
the loaded flare gun, aimed, and shot just above the bandits' heads. The detonation
of the four-calibre flare gun was incredible. The ricochet of the explosion from the
high mountains made the shots from the pirate's 9mm seem like toys.
1. ... .i i1. .. i .I i more shots were fired towards us. Our son
rel i I i. I .... .. I ... i.,,, ... I shot after them again. By now they were
fle ..., .. 1.1 ..11. 1. 1 ,, 1 .eyhad come from to the east.
They left us with several hits; they shot at least four times through the cockpit,
missing my husband and our son only by centimetres. The toughened glass in the
doghouse was shot through and they tried to shoot holes into the hull below the
waterline. Fortunately, our vessel is made of steel.
You won't believe how fast we heaved anchor and headed far out to sea, seeking
the roughest waves where the bandits would have less chance to hit us.
We were totally exhausted when we arrived in Trinidad, where we expected to find
sanctuary, but met exactly the opposite. We were "greeted" by a whole army of coast
guard and police, well armed and in bulletproof vests. Once ashore, we were not
allowed to go onto our boat or to touch anything, not even the lifeline, even to fend
off our boat that was banging onto the dock. Five divers searched our boat from the
outside (but left all the barnacles on). For six hours, three officials (in my presence)
turned everything inside our boat upside down, leaving an incredible mess, while my
husband and our son stood up in the blazing sun on the jetty guarded by machine
guns. Of course we had absolutely no drugs on board -only eightjars of 15-year-old
New Zealand honey the importation of which is prohibited, and ten bottles of rum
and wine. A receipt for the confiscation was strictly refused. What a disappointing
reception for a traumatized sailing family!
Everybody should think about what to do in case of piracy. If you encounter
pirates, don't think of getting any help. You are alone with the situation. Even if you
have contact on the radio or phone, the coastguard can only act in its own waters.
Therefore Customs should allow skippers to have rifles for self-defence. In certain
islands, firearms have to be surrendered to the police. Our seven-shot pump gun
was confiscated in Martinique with the end result of protecting those pirates. So, we
left those five men to attack somebody else! Only when there are no pirates, will we
not need guns.
Cruisers must be informed of what is going on. Please, take your time and look in
the Caribbean Safety and Security Net's website, www.safetyandsecuritynet.com, at
"Island reports" e.g. "Venezuelan islands", or others -for reference.

Like Dave Jones' boat
(see story on previous
page), Angelika's also
received bullets
through the doghouse
windows while cruise
ing along the
Peninsula ofParia


Guns on Private Yachts:



by Don Street

This subject is debated ad infinitum. Despite the fact
that at one time I did have a gun on lolaire, the per
sonal view I have held for the past 30 years is that the
average cruiser should not have firearms aboard, but
rather cruise in areas where they are not needed.
Because of the tragic death of my late wife Marilyn,
who was killed at our home in Grenada by an intruder
in the early 1960s, when I married my second wife,
Trich, 43 years ago, I got a gun for self-defense. It was
a waste of time.
Trying to teach Trich to shoot straight was a dead
loss; she always shut her eyes before pulling the trig
ger. So any potential shooting would have to be done
by me. But when we were sailing on lolaire, the gun
was useless for defense because whenever we cleared
into a new country the authorities would usually take
it and lock it up ashore until we cleared out -even in
places where you were legally entitled to keep a gun on
board. (The one exception was when I arrived in
Trinidad in 1968. In the 1950s and early '60s thievery
and burglary ag.... -I .,-., i ... valent
in Trinidad that ..... I *"..... ... ...1 ... would
not cover yachts in Trinidadian waters, or if they did
they charged a hefty extra premium. When I cleared
in, Customs said that they would have to seal my gun
in a locker. I pointed out that if it were sealed up in a
locker it would be useless to repel an attack. They said

After five years

of regular hassles

with the Customs,

I threw the gun

overboard. My advice?

Cruise where you don't

need guns

no, they would put it in a readily accessible locker
sealed with a light wire that I could easily break if I
needed to use the gun. An officer added, "If you do
need to use it, please -1 I i.I .. .l. ... 1 notify us as
soon as possible afterwaicl.
After five years of regular hassles with the Customs every
time I cleared in and out, I threw the gun overboard.
If you are determined to carry a gun on board you
should have one with stopping power and know how
to use it. If using something bigger than a pistol, as
Sir Peter Blake learned so tragically, the gun must be
semi or fully automatic. The best gun in the world to
repel boarders is a sawed-off, pump-action 12-gauge
shotgun loaded with heavy buckshot. However, it is a
I-r.t rn.;- weapon so, like the men on Bunker Hill,
i i i. I till you see the whites of their eyes". If
you show your hand too soon, the boarder may stand
ff -;t -f; and blast you from a distance that is
..1 i i from your counter-fire. Also, since an
intruder might shoot back if he is not disabled by
your first shot (or if he arrived unarmed, wrest your
gun away from you and use it against you), you must
react as they did in the Old West: "Do not pull a gun
unless you intend to shoot, and if you shoot you
must aim to kill."
But few Caribbean cruisers are that cold blooded, and
the average sailor is not trained or prepared to act effect
tively in a shoot-out with criminals, so most of us are
better off leaving the guns ashore. The vast majority of
sailors I talk to feel that the best defense is to avoid
trouble spots or, if you must transit trouble spots, fig
ure out other means of preserving your safety.
Editor's note: We'll present an article on "Security
Precautions for Real Life Cruisers" by Devi Sharp in
next month's Compass.

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It was a beautiful, if unusual, sight: a thick-looking, plumb-stemmed replica of a
19th century lug-sailed British fishing boat beating up into Barbados' Carlisle Bay
in front of a dying sun.
It was the Veracity with proud owner Marcus Rowden and his companion Jess
Harris on board.
A few days later, I rowed out to them and learned the remarkable story of how this
fine-looking replica was built and also about the fascinating history of that particu
lar working craft.
It is called a pilchard driver, and hundreds of them sailed out of fishing ports on
England's southwest coast in their heyday from 1750 through the early 1900s.
Veracity was actually the name of one of them (registration number PZ111), built in
1902 at Mousehole Harbour near Penzance by a staunch Methodist (hence the
name), Paul Humphreys.

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Marcus and Jess, cruising the Caribbean aboard the replica 'pilchard
driver' fishing boat Veracity
Marcus explained that the plans were obtained from the Maritime Museum. He
faithfully followed them, the minor changes including raising the freeboard by one
foot to give more room inside the cabin. It took him one year to build the replica in
the Dartmouth area. He used one-and-a-half-inch-thick larch for planking, copper
fastened over oak frames. Original boats used mainly pitch pine or red pine on oak
with fastenin. 1 -in;; ---- den or iron spikes. There were two versions: one, like the
Veracity,' * i I i * while larger models up to 60 feet were also built according
to the owners' finances. The smaller one, called a Tosher, could be built on the beach
in three months. The beach also supplied the stones for internal ballast -just like
beaches in the Caribbean did for the working schooners here.
The pilchard drivers had to be fast. As with most fishing boats, they had to get to
the market at certain times -the tides also played a part -and catch the vendors.
Hence the 1400-square-foot spread of canvas on the dipping lug sails to get them
out to the fishing banks and back on broad reaches from the prevailing westerly
winds. Marcus said the smaller boats could get up to six knots. Sails were usually
reddish-brown from oak tanning and boiled linseed oil. A 30-footer could carry five
tonnes of pilchard, some of which found their way into Italian markets (probably in
brine-filled casks).
By the 1920s, as Marcus explained, the pilchards were gone. The boats rotted
away. Some were preserved and are raced every summer in a vibrant owners' asso
ciation to which Marcus belongs. Jess's mother has a 42-foot version, the Lorraine,
which she crewed and virtually grew up on. (See the website www.veracitylugger.
co.uk for photos.)
Like most working craft of that era, the pilchard luggers didn't have engines.
Veracity (the replica) didn't when it was first launched in 2004. When visiting
Portugal on the present trip, Marcus installed an elec
tric motor made by the Lynch Motor Company in
Devon. It develops 30 horsepower and leaves the boat's
interior spacious and free of diesel fumes. The eight
batteries also add to the three tonnes internal ballast.
Another two tonnes are on the outside in the keel.
Marcus, who is from Brixham where another type of
fishing boat -the famous Brixham trawler -evolved,
said he and Jess left England last year in August. They
visited Senegal and Gambia before calling at the
Canri- .n;-1 :-r-~i71 th- Atlantic to Barbados.
Lil, ... ii ....... .i builders who may have got
ten :'Ih..- i. ... I I craft, Marcus used a lot of
recycled equipment. The big wood-and-coal-burning
AGA stove in the cabin came from a Scottish farm. The
.. ii. ..... . ....Ired, like some other TlroaI It
S- I. .. .. i i ... i Marcus, who worked BARXIBADOS G
:from scrap metal ,I , I of the metal fittings iEQIA I
from scrap metal.
It was indeed a pleasure to speak with Marcus and CANOFAN
Jess about this project in 1--- n;; ;i-- rrt f the ARRIAC *
rich cultural traditions the .. -1 ,,. .. 11. They
asked to be kept inform( I I .'...... J ;ct in l ItIQI I
Barbados to build a replica of a tradition. i I .1 .
S 1 with internal ballas11 ..i... .
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by British vernacular design.

From the shore, the wooden mast gave it away.
The dark-hulled sloop out in Barbados's Carlisle Bay anchorage must be 1950s
vintage, I thought. Which boat built these days would have such a spar?
And the curving sheer and spoon bow also spoke of another era.
Yes, the Zeevonk, as it is named, was made in 1954 in the Netherlands by the
Huisman firm. This was the smaller firm -not the -n- rnl-i: luxury boats,
explained its owner Wouter De Boer. And Zeevonk was :.. -
"Is it a class boat? How many were made? And how do you keep it so well main
tainted I asked Wouter.
"It was a one-off. The first owner worked for the Dutch airline KLM and he appar
ently had access to materials like steel plate. He seemed to love it because he sailed
it around the Baltic Sea until 1983 when he passed it on to his daughter and I
bought it from her in 1991," he answered.
He continued: "The builders did a good job but with all metal boats there is a certain
amount of chipping and painting to be done. There was I I .. 1.1 in the 1970s."
Wouter said he had rearranged the cabin layout. Mo--1 I 11. interior wood was
still good, but he also used some recycled oak from a bed frame he found in a
garbage skip.
The original mast and boom are made of white spruce from the US. The original
galvanised turnbuckles and other fittings however were replaced with stainless steel
gear. The first engine was a British-made Coventry Victor but there is now an
18-horsepower Yanmar, put in four years ago.
And the name .-.. I ,, 1 .'. I .. II ', ... ...- spark" or "phosphorescence".
The Netherlan i- I..- I I I' I I .. I ..p building in steel. "We were
smart in Holland. We were making steel barges around 1900. It made sense in many
ways, such as having more space inside, and lasting longer than wood," said
Wouter, 37, says he too loves the boat. "There's the beauty of the compound curves
in this type of boat and it really sails well, too," he says. He made the crossing from
the Canaries in 22 days, a fairly good passage.
Sometimes he has to haul Zeevonk out in yards and head back to his hometown of
Amsterdam to work. Wouter plans to see some of the Caribbean before moving on.

A spoon bow and sweet sheer distinguish Wouter De Boer's 55-year old,
steel hulled beauty

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Treastures of the Bilge:

A Resurrection

by Alex Nebe
No, this is not a fairy tale of life in an ideal world...
this is the story of two young people experiencing what
life has to offer.
At the end of 2003 Dominique and I met. I was
assisting her dad in moving a yacht into its mooring
from the dockside in the small harbour of Hout Bay,
South Africa, by tying a tow line around my waist, and
paddling as hard as I could on an unstable surfski...
totally unaware of Dominique watching. I suppose it
was just as well, for had I noticed her, the urge to
impress would more than likely have made me end up
in the drink!
Subsequent parties, braans (South African for bar
becues) and band practices brought us together and
the connection grew stronger. It was the 1 -
of something that would lead to a few I. ....
attitudes and latitudes, and with them an element
of surprise.

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Dominique .- .... .ii from Durban, South Africa,
and lived an I' i.i movingg every several years to
new homes all over the northeastern part of the coun
try. At the time that I met her, her family had sold
everything and bought a yacht named Springtime, on
which they lived in Hout Bay Marina.
I, on the other hand, spent my early years in the
S.... I ll ..1 1 ... i i he age of nine sailed
,ii, i ,. i Ii I I 'i I a I parents (Paddy and
I 1 i .i i I i . 1 39 across to Brazil,
into the Caribbean, and up to the States, before
returning to South Africa.
It was purely by chance that Dominique and I shared
common interests and friends. In fact, it turned out
that it was an article written about Paddy and Gerfried
- .,1,, their Miura, Gandalf, on their first trip in the
I *-- that helped Springtime and her crew leave
Durban in pursuit of their dream!
It has been almost five years now since our union
was made. We sailed the Atlantic with Dominique's
parents, Thomas and Johness, aboard Springtime,
cruising from Cape Town via St. Helena, Ascension,
Salvador and its many coves and rivers, up to Recife,
Fernando de Noronha, and Forteleza, where we said
our good-byes to Brazil and sailed on to Devil's Island
in French Guyana, Suriname, and finally to Tobago
and then Trinidad. We shared the 7,000 nautical miles
with Thomas and Johness, celebrated the highs and
endured the lows together, and cherish the experience.
But our lives were to change.
Upon arrival in Trinidad we met up with old friends
of my folks, who introduced us to the island and a
handful of its people.
-ontinued on next page

More power less noise
Stand alone and failsafe due
to the automatic pitch control
Heavy duty made to last
A real professional

Continued from previous page
But more importantly, they introduced us to what
is now our new home. In the depths of the marina
yard where Springtime was moored lay a neglected
lady of dilapidated beauty. The story was told that
the original owners of Sparrow, a 34-foot Seafarer
yawl, had sailed many a mile on the cute yacht, but
had purcl 1 1.-; -- el and had been trying to
sell little -! ..*. I . and had reached a point
where they were selling off equipment.

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Above: Dom making locker covers with wood left over
from a recently built catamaran

Top right: Dom's parents helping Alex (at left) bed the
toe rail

With encouragement from Niels and Ruth aboard
Baraka, I sent the owners an e-mail, suggesting that
Dom and I would take the boat off their hands. The
response came: "If the boat is indeed still on the hard,
you should consider her yours! Regards, Ron and Mary
Ann." No one could believe that we had been GIVEN a
boat! But that's not where the nr-itir stopped.
I arranged to launch her i ... . berth at the
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) and tow
her around to Power Boats' yard at Chaguaramas,
where we had been given a very special arrangement
in light of the circumstances. The day before the move
I spent plugging all the i .... i...,ii with greased
rags and wooden plugs, a.. -1.i1.... 11. centerboard
casing with more greased rags and then covering it
with rubbish bags taped to the hull. At 5:00AM on the
morning of the launch, I, Dom, Thomas, Terry (a fellow
South African cruiser) and Malcolm, the owner of a
towing vessel whom we had I... I II .... .i 1 ir 1 d
around the headland from ( I. .... ...... I ,.. a
Boston Whaler.
Already Sparrow was looking as if she had a new
lease on life. Dom and Johness had scrubbed her hull
and decks and emptied her interior of all the rubble
that had been left by people stripping what they want
ed from her. (It had taken me several hours extracting
the oil-and-diesel cocktail from her bilge and in the
process getting a few mouthfuls' taste by accident.)
She was delicately carried from her place of dilapida
tion to the shoreline where she rested happily half in
the water while a final check for leaks was performed.
It was the most perfect of mornings. The water was
glossy turquoise and shimmered in the morning sun
without the disturbance of any whispering wind. The
tow line was secured between the two boats and
Sparrow once again felt the water moving beneath her.
It seemed that guardian angels were looking after us,
because as we glided in to the slip at Power Boats with
the momentum we had gathered from towing, the wind


Racing Car Green polyurethane paint that were on
special, which we rolled on with one roller, later also
used for the antifouling.
In total, the resurrection of Sparrow has cost
approximately US$6,000 and would not have been
possible if it weren't for the generosity of others. We
were given our Taylor stove, a Raychart GPS, the foam
for our saloon seats and bunks, a MP3 CD/radio, all
our deck hardware, a Navik windvane, cutlery and
crockery, pots and pans, a gas bottle, and many more
bits and pieces that have all helped put the Sparrow
puzzle back together.

Alex fitting the engine

raised its breath to a steady breeze.
It took a solid three-and-a-half months of hot and
sweaty work on the hard at Power Boats to finish the
jobs that needed to be done. With endless assistance
from people from all over, Sparrow's make-over was
made possible. We renovated her interior with leftover
wood from the recently built catamaran Wild Vanilla,
making bunk beds, locker lids, companionway stairs,
a nav table and switchboard box. The cabin walls we
sponged with orange enamel paint and in the process
half the paint was accidently spilt on the floor, hence
the colour scheme turned to orange. The cushion cov
ers are made of inexpensive cotton from Trinidad's
many fabric shops, which we then tie-died in reds,
blues and purples. The i .... ..I .... i holder and
spice rack were designee I. ... .I I- of the local
woodworking shops.
Her bowsprit and mizzenmast, along with a hard
cockpit roof, were removed, restoring her original
pretty lines. All the rigging was redone and her sails
patched. All the ropes and halyards onboard were
donated by the Budget Marine rigging shop. Her top
side colour was determined by two pots of British

I omas removing masking tape rom the newly
repainted topsides

Our story bears testament that if you are able to stay
in Trinidad for long enough, you can put an entire boat
together with what other people donate or discard.
Sparrow has spent the last year on the hard while we
were overseas working and getting married, but now
we are looking forward to the adventures the we will
share aboard our little yacht. We would like to send a
BIG thank you to everyone that has been involved in
the resurrection of Sparrow. You know who you are.
Wishing fair wind and calm seas to all.


Bet lmae fth Crbba

Compass Cruising Crossword


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MAY 2009

Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Got handholds? If your love life hits rough seas at this
tim will be pushed to and fro emotionally, so hang
on i
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Dc .
and takes inspiration with it.
I GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
The sun cruises into Gemini on the 21st. Complete any
onboard I .. I 11 to finish by using this energizing
aspect to ,.11 i
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)

they're not important.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Th- Trpr, -p-rt thlt m--n+ hd l Anrld fnr ares and
S ,, ... .. , . 1 , ,, it!
T VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Business, which has been languishing at anchor, will
get new winds in its sails after the 17th.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Your love life will be in irons this month and no matter
which tack you try you will meet with confused seas. Take
a short solo sail until romantic aspects improve.
TU. SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
I ll flitl it -Iffl -:l+ + t -:-.- - + ii, I
I ..
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SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Hey, Archers -dont waste the arrows in your quiver
this May; they will all be off the mark. This aspect will
blow away on the 31st.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Concentrate on any cc (l ,- DiI- 1 I;n )- you feel
and leave romance tied i i i
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Take time off. Leave boat projects on the hook and
enjoy yourself.
= PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Boat business aspects are negative, so go ashore for a
while and spend time with friends to get your mind off
your worries.

Crossword Solution
8) NAILS 34) SEWN 20) PLAY
13) IS 1) SPIKE 27) HANDY
15) ROPE 2) HANDS 28) CREW
17) GUN 3) SPAR 31) SAW
20) PUMP 4) REEF
21) LINE 6) COG
24) ALL 9) SHIP
29) AXE 16) OVER


The Children's

Point Of View

You hear the grownups' point of view,
On what they think of yachtin'
But what about us children, too?
We feel we've been forgotten.
We children sleep in the stern cabin,
With lack of space and air,
While back at home, we'd our own beds,
With lots of room to spare.
My brothers like the PS2,
They really go quite hectic,
"But sorry, boys," my daddy says,
"I'm afraid there's no electric!"

At home we had a lot of pets,
We thought we'd take them, too,
But when we asked our dad, he said,
"That simply will not do!"
Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad,
There's things that make it fun,
Like swimming pools and golden sand,
And a shining yellow sun.

And visiting new places,
There's a lot to be explored,
And also finding many friends,
It's hard to be too bored!

-Shelly Mullan

Shelly, age 13, and her family are cruising
the Caribbean aboard the yacht Wendreda.


We need to care for the sea;
Help keep the sea litter free.
Don't throw plastics in the sea
Because it affects all creatures from A to Z!

The sea has so many purposes:
Swimming, sailing, and it also supports us.
Many use the sea to earn a living,
So stop all the littering!

When we litter, it's marine life we're killing.
When the marine life is gone, where's the income for living?
Let us work together to care for the sea
Help me as I pledge to keep the sea litter free.

Dillon Ollivierre

parlumps marooned


Although an avid fan and reigning
champ, Captain Nabokov decided to
outlaw Russian Roulette anyway
as he sailed home alone.



Peter Pefican

fives on

by Lee Kessell
Continued from "Peter Pelican Battles for His Life".
The hurricane blew in from the sea with the force of a thousand demons, but not
one of them found Peter huddled clo- -Tin.-t th- ild stone wall or even breathed
upon the little snake who had taken ...I I .. ...- I Peter's warm body.
When the last of the wind and rain had retreated and the sun came out to warm
the stricken countryside Peter emerged to look about. He didn't like what he saw, all
that broken land was too depressing, so after quenching his thirst from a puddle of
water and eating whatever he could find, he said good-bye to the little snake and flew
across the sea to the first of the small islands that make up the Virgins, those lovely
gems in the indigo blue sea. Here he fished and rested, preparing himself for the long
journey south. He bypassed St. Martin and stopped in Anguilla, but although he
liked the lizard-shaped island he was anxious to move on to Antigua. But Peter didn't
make his turn to the south soon enough and found himself flying over Barbuda, a
lovely little island with -. ;.-', swamp and lagoon and he circled down to have a
look. There were lots o: -i.... I .rds in the mlnr--"- and a few adult Frigates on
the nests but most of the parents were out: ...... the day. Peter fished in the
lagoon until his belly was full and just as he was settling down for the night hundreds
of Frigate Birds returned to the rookery and they angrily drove him away with pecks
from their horrible hooked beaks.
Sorrowfully Peter found a shelter for the night by the coast
and next morning he made his turn to the south. Later in
the day he landed on the sandy shores of Antigua but it
proved to be too dry and thirsty so after a short stay, he flew
on south. Guadeloupe came next and Peter thought it was "
two different islands with the one he wE- i ,,. i
with lots of marshland and he liked that. : ,I I I 111. ,
down, he circled about to the west to have a quick look at
the high land he had seen and crossed over the narrow strip A
of land that joined the two "islands i ii. 1.I 1 sur
prise! Guadeloupe is shaped like a I ... I 11 .11 as if
one wing had cramped inside the chrysalis. Peter quickly returned to the safety of the
marshes and breathed a big sigh, but it was more from despair than relief. Peter was
becoming more and more disheartened and he was very lonely. Even the little snake
had seen him as a friend but most of the birds he met instantly took offense and
rudely drove him off. He wondered if he would ever have a chance to meet the bird of
his spirit. Peter brooded amongst the mangroves, just pecking at this and that
because he was so '...1. I 11. i. had lost his appetite.
Then, one night ir. i i .... 11. I. was home and still just a nestling he heard his
mother's vo. ...... -11 ... i,- ar: "Peter my little one never despair and never
look back. i .. I '.. .. I i dream, it only .1-: -- -; Peter woke to a
fresh new day with sun glinting on the still water and II I I -'., I of himself. He
fished as he was born -i'. ...i. I .ti ..r..... ., .ii 1 ,, hope. Socontinu
ing his journey, Peter I II '. 1. : .I .. I I... [ante and took rest
on the gentle, western shores of Dominica. The descendants of the original Carib
people who still settled this part of the island were very kind to him. They understood
his needs and even brought him fish. They encouraged him to stay, but as he could
find none of his kind here, he left one day at early dawn and rested again in

Martinique. But here it was the same story of hostility and he was lucky to escape
with his life.
Peter had heard that St. Lucia had an offshore, rocky outcrop called Pelican
Island, so full of hope he crossed the channel and sure enough he landed on that
very island. But where were the pelicans? All he found were brown boobies and
seagulls. A friendly Booby invited him to stay ... I .1 I. i.... I . the Booby
told . ....i ...i -1 "Ohyes, St. Lucia 1 .. ... I I... 1- f pelicans,
just 1.1 ... II .. i I..- was their favourite place to raise their young, but the
babies are full of oil and the islanders used them to light their lamps and ate their
flesh. In no time at all, every baby was gone and the parents in grief flew on south
and were never seen again. Since that time, no pelican has ever settled here and you
are the first we have ever seen." Rage and sorrow filled Peter's heart and he flew
down the coast the very next day, determined to fly on as quickly as possible. Peter
didn't know that the island now had lots and lots of bird-lovers and those that saw
Peter with his ragged, worn wings, rejoiced at the sight and hoped that their beloved
pelicans had returned.
Next stop was St. Vincent, but Peter didn't like those ragged mountains and deep
gullies and the black lava flows that had poured out of the volcano and solidified as
they burnt out their anger in the sea. He rested and flew on over the first of the
Grenadines where his eyes were dazzled by the clear, turquoise waters. How lovely
these precious islands were, but they were all the haven of boat people and tourists
and he didn't want that. He rested and fished when he could and after many days
flying from island to island he left Carriacou with its boat-building artisans and
crossed the shallow waters to Grenada.
Oh, pelicans in great numbers! Frier-ll-- ----.--in;; i--11 .. Pelicans just like
him! Peter's lh- .t ii- 1 Peter fished 1..- 1.. I. .. i- ... I the only trouble he
had to look .. I II. +r--" seagulls who waited to steal some of the catch.
It didn't take Peter '-n;: .11 .. and take on his majestic size once more. His
I I. .- were renewed and he was glossy and bright and
- only now did he think himself worthy to look around for his
special mate. Then one early evening a petite young pelican
S" flew into the -n.r----" and looked around for a place to
S spend the nig -1. .s very proud and haughty and the
bachelors whispered to Peter that she was immune to all
-\ > their charms combined: "Leave her alone." But Peter had
0 fallen in love at first glance. This was his soul mate; he was
j sure of it and win her he would.
The arrogant young lady in question had pretended not to
Notice the newcomer but she felt odd stirring in her heart,
S.... .1i 1 new sensation and not at all 1.i-- .-Al
II -- i ay, Peter's advances were not: i i I
shortly they were fishing together and roosting 1 -. 1 1. 11 ..i ...1, Fi mar
riage? Out of the question. Serena wasn't ready 1 .. .. i .- .... i. This
was just what Peter wanted to hear, but he said nothing of his own travel plans for
a week or two until -ni -. nin- as they sat together at the very tcp -f mn..-
tree, watching the ,,,. .... i,11 the heavens with 11 .. 1 -1 i 11
over the dark waters, Peter turned to Serena and i i i i
you more than life itself, but a settled life is not for me. I plan to see the world."
Serena looked downcast. She didn't want to settle down either, but she loved Peter
with all her heart and didn't want to lose him. I ....... .. i i i,
Serena seemed a lifetime, went on. "But Serena, ,. i I i, i .11
with me?" Serena did the pelican equivalent of i..... i.. I I .... i i .
before the whole mangrove swamp was celebrate. i 1 i i 111' h
the newlyweds were sorry to leave all their good friends in the swamp, they flew off
side by side, happy to be together and full of the thrill of adventure.
And you'll be happy to know that Peter and Serena, birds of the same spirit, are
:1 . still.


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species that were caught for food with the number of tiny species that were not
fished. The losses were similar so it doesn't look aw ,i. ...i. i population
decrease was caused by overfishing. Rather, as the: I -1... i... falls apart
after coral dies, survival of the reef fish is threatened. Some of the fish that are
S-l-i--r 7. are those that feed on algae. These are important to the surviving
I - i' keep them clean and healthy.
In 2003, a study suggested that, between 1975 and 2000, there had been an
80 percent reduction in the amount of hard coral in the Caribbean Sea. Hard (or
stony) corals provide the rocky foundation of a reef. Soft corals grow on top of the
hard ones so, obviously, if the hard ones die, the soft ones will have nowhere to
grow and the whole reef is destroyed. The researchers felt that there were several
causes of this I -... ,, ... 1. i,, i ... .., warmer oceans and disease.
The reduction .. .. 11 I ........ I -1. ... -; to follow the loss of the corals by
several years and more research on this is proposed so that the patterns of the
decline can be seen. In the meantime, it is important to conserve the reefs and
fish that we have left. Many people rely on fishing for their income. The disap
pearance of our reefs could have social and economic effects on all Caribbean
countries which would be devastating.
Hard corals are named .1---li; to what they look like. Use the definitions
given below to find the : .... I I ,, different types of hard coral.

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Out-Island Doctor, by Evans W. Cottman, with Wyatt Blassingame, Media
Publishing, 1963, reprinted in 1998. ISBN: 976 817017 4, paperback, 234 pages.
Out-Island Doctor is the autobiography of Evans Cottman, a mild mannered, tee
totaling high school science teacher who, as the story begins, lived with his parents
in Indiana. What is extraordinary about Evans is that he y i i '. .... it,
ferent, so he traveled to the Bahamas in the years precedir', .1 I i ,
decided to live there after his 20 years of teaching would earn him a pension. The
story he tells: .-.. ... .... I I as the experience was to him back then, maybe
more so; Evar.- I .... i 11. i ....- "strange and wonderful," and he never lost that
sense of amused bewilderment towards the locals and ex-pats he encountered.
Early on we meet Percy Cavill,

n sails Evans to his remote island:
We anchored and waded
ashore carrying our supplies. A
S c path wound up through a maze
of scrubby bushes. At the top
was a clearing with a pathetic
little garden: some parched and
E N W. C bmi worm eaten cabbages, tomatoes,
F 1a few plants I didn't recognize.
qj 1^W" Beyond the garden was a small
yard littered with a fantastic col
election of odds and ends: broken
tree limbs and bits of firewood,
B motor, empty oil tins, a Dutch
oven, a net hung from a nearby
/ tree, afish spear stuck upright in
the ground. Near this a hole had
Been dug. It was evidently some
kind of garbage pit for it was half
filled by small, amazingly white,
polished bones.
- Beyond this was his house. It
was (I measured it later) exactly
^ nine feet by twenty-one feet long.
The wals were of clapboard, the
roof thatched with palm fronds.
Cavill pushed the sagging door
open with his foot and instant
ly a large black hen rushed out
between his legs, followed by a saucy little Dominic rooster. "Come in," Cavill said.
"Drop your gear anywhere."
The inside was, if possible, more disorderly than the outside. The floor was of naked,
hard packed coral earth, with empty boxes and tin pans and tools of various sorts
scattered everywhere. Against one wall was a table made of planks placed across two
upended boxes. On it were more pans, unwashed dishes, an ancient kerosene lantern,
and a lamp with a dirty chimney. Cavill's bed was an ancient affair with a high iron
headboard, the straw mattress only partially covered by a crumpled blanket.
Underneath the bed was a hen's nest. This was of straw, very carefully fashioned. It
was, I think, the neatest thing in the room.
Evans then meets Captain Rees, a retired British war hero, who sailed across the
Atlantic in his 29-foot yacht. Cavill and Evans are invited for dinner aboard and
happily accept:
The food was bully beef out of a can, but the service was something else again. The
Captain brought out a complete set of sterling silver, each piece bearing the Rees coat
of arms, and set to work polishing it. Meanwhile he talked, mixing a wild collection of
ancient Britishjokes with personal anecdotes about people he referred to only by their
first names. It was a long time before I realized he was talking about various members
of the British royal family.
Pioneers like Cavill and Rees inspire Evans, who becomes a pioneer, husband, and
father during the course of this book. In the early chapters he suffers from seasick
ness, hunger, thirst, sand flies and mosquitoes thick enough to choke on, yet he still
returns to the Bahamas -he has become bewitched. Upon his parents' death he
moves to Crooked Island with his local bride, Viola Sawyer. In order to supplement his
meager pension, he embarks on a career as an Unqualified Medical Practitioner. With
doctors non-existent on most islands, people adept at science were allowed to treat
patients with the blessing of the government -they even performed minor surgery.
Evans took his new vocation seriously enough to overcome chronic seasickness,
build a ketch, and sail himself to places where no white r '' 1. t- 1 fore. When
people saw the boat with the green cross the word went 1. I. 11 i.. to village,
"de doctuh come." Usually someone would offer him a space ashore to sleep and
practice; if not, he would row his patients out to his boat for treatment.
Along the way he makes many friends and learns the local lingo: to "cascade"
(vomit), and "de trash" (thrush), among other gems. He recounts many wonderful
stories of his close encounters with both generous and sullen locals, nasty hurri
canes, and dirty fuel clogging his motor's filters time and again. Then there was the
case of the woman who had beaten her husband so badly she wound up in jail. She
wanted t- ii th --r-mnmnt --hn ch fell through the floor of the jail's outhouse.
Evans' I. .... -. ... i... ... and a punctured ego. Nothing serious." The
constable looked perplexed; the lady was swift to take advantage. "You hear what de
doctah say? You hear all dem big disease I got!" "But dot ain' serious the constable
argued, "I heah de doctah say so myself" ...All the way down the path I could hear
them arguing over the portents of my diagnosis. As they turned the corner out of sight
I heard the lady cry, "Punctured! Dot's what I is! I goin' to sue..."
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when no roads existed and the only means of travel was by foot or by boat. The
Bahamas 60 years ago were mostly unchanged from the 19th century -a far cry
from the marinas and internet cafes of the 21st. That the Bahamas can still retain
this charm is why many ex-pats and sailors still flock here, and Cottman describes
this era and its characters with wit, grace, humour, and lucidity.
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Chickpeas are a great source of easy-to-prepare and
tasty protein. This is an excellent healthy addition to
any galley. As a major food source throughout the
world, this bean translates to chickpeas in English,
garbanzos in Central and South American countries,
ceci in Italian, and chana in East Indian. The Latin
term is Cicer arietinum, which means "small ram",
referring to this bean's ram's head shape.
Chickpeas are consumed as a fresh green vegetable,
dried, fried, roasted, or boiled, as a main course,
snack food, a sweet or a condiment. It can be ground
into flour and used for soup, dhal, and bread. I first
discovered the taste of chickpeas in Trinidad where
they are called chana, the main i : r--l-t -f "dou
bles". A double is a Trinidadian -1 i i i.. i dough
filled with a curry of boiled chickpeas seasoned with
chadon bene (cilantro), garlic and salt, and topped
with chutney and pepper sauce.
Chickpeas have been grown around the Mediterranean
for some 8,000 years. This '..1. i' I .. 1 gume was
probably cultivated first in tl. i. I II I .-1 and then
traveled 1 ... . 1 ..id Romans.
In the i .... ..... ... I i ,,.,, explorers
brought them to other subtropical regions of the
world. Today, the main commercial producers of
chickpeas are India, Burma, Pakistan, Turkey, Ethiopia
and Mexico.
Chickpeas have a nutty flavor, yet the overall taste is
like starchy butter. We usually see beige beans, but
there are black, green, red and brown varieties. One
Cup of chickpeas provides 260 calories, and is a great
source of protein, fiber, manganese, molybdenum,
copper, phosphorus, and iron. Eating them as sprouts
will increase their food value. Chickpeas provide slow
burning carbohydr-t--. .;n-- ;- nd iron needed
for a long energy -..11 I. I .- 1,1 stabilizes your
blood s ':..' ,,1;1 1,., 1 1;: .1 I.eat, chickpeas
are low :, .. ... I .... 11 I I 1 However these
beans do contain purine, so individuals with kidney
problems or gout may want to avoid them. Research
has found that a seven-day diet (one meal a day) of
chickpeas cooked with onions and turmeric powder
will drastically reduce your overall cholesterol.
Dried chickpeas should be whole (not cracked) and
-itl-,;t .,- h, -t 1 ;..;-- with rice, it is best to
: -1 i i i i .. i i to remove any stones
and damaged beans, and rinse them in a strainer. In
an airtight container, they should keep for a year.
Once cooked, they will keep two or three days in the
fridge. This is one of the few vegetables that have
about the same nutritional value canned or dry. Soak
dry beans for eight hours or overnight, and then cook
them 20 to 25 minutes in a pressure cooker or boil for
about 2 1/2 hours. Rinse and drain canned beans
before using.
Chickpea varieties are widely used in Middle Eastern,
Indian, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Asian and North
African cooking. Add them to penne pasta mixed with
olive oil, feta cheese and fresh oregano for a unique
tasty lunch or just add to simple mixed vegetable soup
to enhance its taste, texture and nutritional value.
1 pound well-cooked chickpeas
2 cloves ..1i
1/4 Cup 1 -1i I ... juice
1/4 Cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup sesame tahini spread (optional)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
pepper and spices to your taste
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and
blend until smooth. Serve as a dip with pita bread,
sada roti, or crackers (biscuits).
Roasted Chick Peas
1 pound cooked chick peas, drained
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
spices to your taste
Mix :.... i. ..I ... a bowl and spread on a baking
sheet. .1 ii for half an hour or until brown
and crunchy. Serve as a snack.
1 pound cooked chickpeas
1 large onion, chopped fine
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons flour
spices to your taste
oil for frying
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or food processor,
mashing the chickpeas. It should become a thick
paste. Form into small, slightly flattened balls (about
the size of small ping-pong balls). Fry in two inches of
very hot oil for a few minutes until golden brown, turn
ing once. Serve hot or cold in pita bread as a sandwich
(with lettuce and tomato), or as a side dish with salads
or barbecues.
Chickpea Burgers
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Cup diced sweet pepper
1/2 hot pepper (optional), minced
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried oregano
salt and spices to your taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pound of well-cooked chickpeas
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
2 Tablespoons chopped chadon bene (cilantro)
1/3 Cup breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons flour
Saute onions, :.1li peppers, tomato, and spices in
one Tablespoon I .i intil liquid is gone about four
minutes. In a blender or food processor mix this sau
teed mixture with chickpeas, parsley, chadon bene,
and breadcrumbs. Press : ..11.... mixture into four
burger shapes and dredge ... I ... In the same frying
pan, add remaining oil and fry these patties about five
minutes a side. Pile on the usual hamburger condi
ments and enjoy.
Algerian Chana
3 Tablespoons ground coriander
3 Tablespoons paprika powder
2 Tablespoons ground cumin
1 Tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds well-cooked chick peas
2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/4 Cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons chadon bene (cilantro) chopped
salt to your taste
2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
First, combine the first six ingredients (spices).
In a frying pan on medium heat, heat the oil and add
onion, garlic and one Tablespoon of the spice mix (save
the rest for the next time you make Algerian Chana),
and cook for five minutes. Add chickpeas and cook for
another seven minutes. Reduce heat and add toma
toes, parsley and chadon bene and cook for another
five minutes. Serve warm with rice or pasta, garnished
with mint.

Chick Pea Sprouts
Wash chickpeas and soak overnight. Drain and dis
card the water. Put the beans in a cheesecloth or a
light cotton kitchen towel. Roll it up, place in a cool,
sunny spot and don't let it dry out. The beans should
sprout in two to three days. The sprouts can be
steamed or stir fried, or eaten raw.
For the Gardener
Chickpeas are usually imported to the islands. They
take a little work, but will grow about anywhere and
need little water. The chickpea plant has branches
near the ground and will grow to two feet high. Rain
usually provides enough water, but it will thrive with
irrigation. In India, it is grown in sugarcane fields.
Although usually considered a dry-land crop, it devel
ops well on rice lands.
To grow, get raw seeds at the market and wrap in a
slightly moist paper towel for a few days until they
begin to sprout. Have a nice patch of soil well prepared
with few clumps. Plant the seeds two inches deep,
about a foot apart. Chickpeas require occasional weed
ing and slight fertilizing with 12-24-12 and will toler
ate long dry stretches. They are ready to harvest in
four months. These dry pods are more difficult to shell
than pigeon peas because they are sticky and cave in
rather than split apart.


Cast Iron is Best

If I were ever to be marooned, I would not want to be
without my cast iron cookware. No matter how trendy
you might find colorful glazed ceramics, sparkling
stainless steel or gleaming copper-bottom pans, you
still can't beat black, heavy, uninspiring cast iron
cooking utensils.
The very pots, pans and ovenware that kept our fore
fathers and foremothers satisfied and well fed are
every bit as valuable todav. While shoDDinL for a last

minute gift for friends recently, I spied starter sets of
cast iron cookware on sale. It was all I could do to
restrain myself from adding to the two ancient frying
pans, stove-top griddle, Dutch oven and muffin molds
now in my possession.
Throughout my younger days, an overnight fishing
trip made by boat was never undertaken without at
least one cast iron fry pan safely stowed in the galley.
Few other cooking utensils were needed.
The pans are coal black now but like most fine
wines, they have not suffered from age. On the con
trary, cast iron cookware improves with age and use.
These are the precursors of the fancy non-stick

cookware of today. Some basic handling is necessary
to "season" cast iron to produce a non-stick lifetime
surface. When new, be sure to coat the cooking sur
face with bacon fat or lard. Don't use oil. Place the pan
into a 275F oven for about 15 or 20 minutes and then
pour off the excess melted fat. Place the pan back into
the oven and bake for about 2 hours. This process can
be repeated several times if you wish to develop a very
strong bonded surface. This is called =----:
cookware. Some sticking may occur th( I I ....
you use a new pan but will lessen if you cook pork
belly or bacon initially.
Once cast iron cookware is used, wash when it's
still hot, using hot water and a cloth. Don't use a
Brillo pad or other steel scouring pads or cleansers
of any kind as these can remove the seasoned sur
face you have carefully developed. Be sure to dry
your cookware well and apply a light coat of lard to
the cooking surface before storing in a dry locker.
Dampness can cause rust and you'll need to re
season your pan if it develops.
I once had a cast iron frying pan so large it was all I
could do to lift it with two hands. Propped up on three
large rocks with a small fire built underneath, this pan
produced many a delicious meal on many beaches.
Oh yes, one other necessity for cast iron cookware is
a pair of heavy oven mitts to protect your hands. The
handles get almost as hot as the cooking surfaces. I
used a welder's glove for years as it didn't get wet eas
ily and could always be counted on when a hot pan
had to be adjusted or moved from the fire.
Like some chefs who insist that egg whites
whipped in copper bowls produce lighter meringue I
believe some recipes produce better results when
cooked in cast iron cookware. Take fish cakes, for
example. Leftover pota
toes and virtually any
cooked fish from the
previous evening's
meal make a great
start for fishcakes.
Once the bacon is
nicely -r--n .n IriF-
drop II h
fishcakes into the still
hot fat and cook until
browned, turning once.
Cast iron cookware out
does all other pans for
browning. Nestle a hot
crispy fishcake next to
a spoonful of home
baked beans, a couple
of slices of thick fried
bacon and a slice of
crusty brown bread and
voila you have a meal
fit for royalty.

Easy Fish Cakes
Three large potatoes, cooked and mashed
1/2 pound cooked fish, flaked with a fork
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
One teaspoon salt
One medium onion, diced
One egg, .II .
1/4 Cup: -' I 1 i chopped
Cornmeal to coat
In a large mixing bowl, mash potatoes with all other
ingredients and form into patties. Dredge these in
cornmeal and roll to shape nicely. Place in hot skillet
with bacon fat and cook until browned, turning once.
Serve hot.

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Dear Compass Readers,
I wish to comment further on the letter submitted by
Tom Hankins in the March edition.
Despite having missed previous readers' correspon
dence on the subject of sailing without insurance,
which has obviously been a topic in past columns of
this organ, I find the letter from Tom Hankins stands
alone as warning to those who would consider "self
insurance", to use the polite term, as a responsible
policy when cruising.
Mr. Hankins postulates two scenarios as examples
of the risks of ...,,,. ....insured -both are realistic
and possible, :l ..,11 i events. However there is a
much more common and ther f -; .t ;- risk to the
uninsured, and in this case ":. II ...... I yachtsman
that he, like most of us, was probably unaware of.
It has happened to me.
Be aware that if another vessel drags its anchor or
-i ;- i -t..r own moored/anchored yacht and
..I i .... as a result, the insurers (if insured)
for the vessel that dragged onto you will avoid paying
any third-party claims until you can prove negligence
on the part of the owner or captain of the dragging
vessel. The onus is on you.
I quote legal advice given to me when incredulous
that such a situation could exist:
"Whilst I understand your apparent frustration I can
only advise on the basis of the facts, evidence and how
they relate to the law, in this case Negligence.
Negligence is of course a civil wrong but it is the party
wishing to show negligence (in this case you) to make
your case, ultimately to a court, and not for the defen
dant. In consequence the burden falls on you although
a good defence will also obtain evidence to counter any
issues that you consider relevant to a case in negli
gence. In negligence we have to show that the other
yacht owner owed you a duty of care and breached
that duty."
T i ,, ..... court of law is incredibly
S..... I'' I I Unless a substantial claim
is on the books, even if you had additional legal cover
(as in my case), more often than not your insurers or
lawyers will drop or advise you to drop the case.
In my case, the owner of the dragging vessel had
abandoned it for the winter on a "summer mooring" in
Mallorca and returned to EnglE i .11. ..i ....
any local representative to .. i ..... ... i..
absence. This summer (lightweight) mooring dragged
50 meters until it fouled my own substantial mooring
blocks thus arresting its voyage to the surrounding
rocks where it would inevitably have become a total
loss. Despite separating the two vessels, spending half
a day with two helpers and a dinghy to re-moor the
offending yacht, and thereby saving its owners and
insurers a massive claim, my only reward was months
of correspondence, and loss of a ten-year no-claims
bonus and my US$1,000 excess, apart from weeks in
a shipyard and all the hassle that goes with it. Not a
single word from the owner of the other boat.
Insured or uninsured, be very aware of that badly
moored yacht ahead of you.
Chris Long
Yacht Tropical Dream

Dear Compass Readers,
As some of you know, we on S/V Second Millennium
have not been avid supporters of eSeaClear [as cov
ered in Compass and commented on by other readers
for the past several months] since its introduction. One
of our concerns is access to the Internet for vessels
wanting to use the system, so when we arrived in
Rodney Bay and found several clear, consistent, free
wireless Internet signals that reached our boat, we
agreed that we would give it a try. Maybe we were
being too harsh!
Between the two of us, we have some 44 years of
experience in business system solutions/computer
systems: designing and developing solutions, writing
code, testing, implementation, training, writing docu

mentation, support, and follow-up, as well as manag
ing those functions. This experience gives us the cre
dentials to critique both the software and the process.
1) It took seven minutes ... i ... I .
to the Internet and read t l I i -111 I.....
be printed (we do not have a printer set up at all
times) or saved, as suggested, so reading all of it
online is a necessity.
2) Another several minutes were taken up by setting
up an account, exiting the software, signing on to our
e-mail system to get approval and then accessing the
eSeaClear software again. We cannot/do not LINK
from our e-mail to URLs (many don't as they are paying
the e-mail service a per-minute charge) and so must
copy the URL to our browser, in which case the URL
took us back to EXACTLY the same spot where we
were told to check our e-mail for approval. Just what
this step is supposed to accomplish is a mystery and
what people without e-mail addresses or with address
es like WINLINK, which use white lists to allow incom-
ing mail, are unable to go any farther than this step.
3) Seven minutes to add the vessel information.
4) Four minutes to add two crew, which never
changes on our boat, but we were unable to designate
the roles on board. Incidentally, US passports provide
state and country of birth for those born in the US, so
our eSeaClear data now does not match our passports
as the software will accept only country of birth. The
calendar function is foolish; there are much easier
calendar functions available and can be used repeat
edly through the software. Also, it is not necessary to
require the passport issuance date as that doesn't
appear anywhere on the forms; as long as the pass
port expiration date is still in the future, that should
be sufficient.
5) One minute to add the weapons data.
6) Four minutes to create a new notification.
Incidentally, the ports list shows both "Admiralty Bay"
and "Bequia" -since Port Elizabeth in Admiralty Bay
in Bequia is the only port of clearance for the island,
listing both is unnecessary.
7) Three minutes to add the crew for this trip,
including editing each crewmember to indicate mas
ter/crew since that field was not available on the
original set-up.
8) Two minutes to add the Stores detail.
This process took a total of 25 minutes to create the
initial data records and nine minutes to create a new
Now, off to shore to do the actual clearing. Granted
it was a Sunday but the time spent was still excessive.
Upon arrival, John was the first in line and was cour
teously escorted to an office in the back of the station,
where he spent 15 minutes with the officer, retrieving
the data records, printing them, stamping them and
stapling the sheets together. In addition, another sev
eral minutes were taken up waiting for apparently the
senior customs officer to finish with a paper customer
in order for him to collect the overtime fee and write
the receipt.
Rather than one page per station (Customs,
Immigration, Port Authority, and boat copy), now
there are three pieces of paper, because the print
function is simply calling up a page and printing the
page, and why Customs needs a paper copy is a mys
tery, since they have all the data online. This could be
cut to no more than two pages because the Stores
page could easily fit on the Vessel page, if formatted to
print, and even front and back of the same sheet. In
addition, extra space is taken on the Crew page with a
section to add new crew (because it is simply a printed
copy of the online page) and a line per crew for weap
ons (the vessel carries weapons, not individuals on the
vessel). It may be that three pages of printer paper
plus the ink plus a staple costs less than one page of
carbonless paper but the storage space has now tri
pled, to say nothing of the environmental impact of so
much paper.
Not a function of eSeaClear but of concern is that a
cricket match was being televised with the Windies versus
England, and it took the Immigration officer six minutes
to scan our passports, as he watched TV throughout.
The bottom line is that we spent 25 minutes setting
up a new account, if you will, and 27 minutes creating
the arrival notificati .. ... I ,,,,. 1 i . - efice.
This compares to a .1 I i .. ........ i ... i i the
same process manually in our most recent check-in at
Bequia, where we were also first in line. The long lines
at times in some offices are not addressed by eSeaClear
unless some :. li i i1 ,- i ..' .' place to separate
the paper peo. I ... II. I ..-people AND there
is a different officer to deal with the eSeaClear people.
It is certainly t-;;- th-.t --.-Lti--, -1-i;, th- data
entry relieves the ( ...- II, i l. i .... .. but
the entire process takes a yachtsman, based on this
experience, nearly three times as long as the paper
process. While computer stations in the various
Customs offices may provide slightly faster Internet
time, suggestions that yachtsmen use Internet cafes to
set up and/or update their data adds still another step.
The convenience of doing the data entry on board may
be an advantage but, in most ports, that requires pay
ing for the wireless signal, and in many ports, that is
not an inexpensive price tag.
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continued from previous page
And, in the case of changing the notification location
and/or date, using an Internet cafe means violation of
the law that requires us to stop at Customs first before
any other errands.
The software itself is relatively easy to use, .11i. ..1.
there are some unnecessary steps and data .
outlined above. But the process does not make clear
ing in any easier, faster, more efficient or add value, as
has been touted in past press releases. As we quoted
to our teams and each other in past lives, "If one auto
mates an inefficient manual system without improving
the process that goes along with it, they end up with
an inefficient automated system."
All this is not to say that the process itself lacks
room for improvement, but someone knowledge
able in process management must be involved to
spot the bottlenecks and suggest appropriate
V-..-i This is a very specialized skill not avail
Si most individuals.
Melodye Pompa
S/V Second Millennium

Dear Compass Readers,
The following letter appeared in the February 2009
issue of Compass. Denis Webster has since received a
reply from the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Tourism
which he would like to share with other readers. It fol
lows his letter.

Open Letter to the Ministry of Tourism
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Dear Minister,
We have just recently departed your country and
wish to bring to your attention a matter of concern to
my wife and I.
We have made many visits to your country since
1994, but I fear this will be our last. We have always
enjoyed the people of Trinidad & Tobago and the many
sights of the islands, i ..1i ..i.. ..-yachts TigerLily
and Tiger Lily II. YOL i .' .. most impressive.
However, dealing with officials has become so onerous
that we will not be returning.
Instructions for departure provided by the Trinidad
& Tobago Customs and Excise officials at the
Chaguaramas boarding station were both contradic
tory and confusing. My wife and I are committed to
complying with the regulations of the countries that
t : ;:t-: However, after three visits to the
i .... .... to obtain outbound clearance, at
9:00PM we were told to leave at 10:00PM. These clear
ance procedures, of course, are determined by the
clearing official. We were most concerned and nervous
S.... i. ii. I )ca in the dark because
i ,i .... i ,,. i ... that area over the past
few months.
The incident, however, which finalized our decision
not to return to Trinidad, was what we viewed as the
unprofessional conduct of the two Customs officials
who made derogatory comments about my name and
asked, "What kind of a name is that?" Such rude com-
ments are not what might be expected from govern
ment officials.
Minister, I provide this information for your atten
tion and action.
Denis Webster
Yacht Tiger Lily II

Dear Mr. Webster,
I refer to your letter to the Minister of Tourism dated
January 19, 2009, regarding the unprofessional con
duct and the offensive behaviour of two of our
Customs Officials. Please be assured that we will
investigate your complaint, as we place great impor
tance on the conduct of our public officers and the
welfare of our visitors.
Your complaint will give us the opportunity to rem
edy any problems that exist.
Please accept our sincerest apologies for any distress
this situation may have caused you and your wife.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Melba Dedier
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism
Trinidad & Tobago

Dear Compass,
When the air-floor in our new Avon inflatable began
leaking around the valve, we began bracing ourselves
for a long warranty slog with Avon. We remembered
the nightmare it was extracting warranty repair from
Bombard in the past, and now Bombard, Zodiac and
Avon are the same company.
We were wrong. Seagull Inflatables in Falmouth
Harbour, Antigua, repaired our Avon floor and we were
able to retrieve it the very next day. Seagull court
ously informed us that they would deal with Avon.
That kind of service is worth ". i... home about.
So now you know where to gc 'I need inflat
able work done or your life raft checked in and
around Antigua.
Gerard Lacroix
Veronique Briand
S/V Walita

Dear Compass Readers,
To all thinking of buying a wind generator: what is
more important than how much power it puts out is
how silent it is. Before buying a wind generator, con
tact sailors who have already purchased that model
and ask how quiet it is. Many are silent, some make
bearable noise, and with others the noise is unbear
able and they must be shut down when it blows over
20 knots. The Ampair 100 that once was on the top of
Iolaire's mizzenmast was dead silent. Even when we
were surviving Hurricane Hugo off St Martin in 1989
(the anemometer at the airport was registering 70
knots before it blew away), the Ampair 100 only gave a
buzz. We have now installed an Ampair 400 and have
been pleasantly surprised. lolaire has been laid up
ashore but I have been on board working when it was
blowing a full gale, certainly gusting 50 knots, yet all
one could hear was a gentle hum. Check carefully
befor- Vn-in- is if silent a wind generator is wonder
ful, 1 .. it can vary from being bothersome to
Don Street

Dear Compass,
HenryDI.1. -....i. ..i I ... rwifeandme tojoinhim
at Rodne- i -- i .. I two weeks aboard Drum
Horse II to make a leisurely passage south to the
Grenadines. We departed about 1400 hours to try to
pick up a buoy between the Pitons in the Soufriere
Ml.:;n. I. ..- m -t ';- but were too late to find one
ci I, i .. .. ... ..... buoys between the Pitons.
Anchoring is prohibited, so an obliging boat boy
escorted us a mile north to M'l4r t-.it close to the
Harmony Beach Restaurant i ** -' 61003.8W).
There he passed us a buoy near to the shore and took
our stern line to the shore, where he passed it to the
local coconut salesman who, also requiring his cut of
EC dollars for helping us to moor, leapt up.
Just before dusk, a local fishing boat appeared from
nowhere. Other men on shore secured the end of a net.
The fishing boat pulled the net along our starboard
side and looped it around our bow encircling our
mooring buoy. There was almost continuous shouting
in the local patois. The fishing boat then laid the net,
heading towards the shore on our port side and passed
the end ashore. Drum Horse, her mooring buoy and
line ashore, was all encircled by the net held to the
surface by a succession of small buoys.
"Let go your mooring buoy," they shouted. "This is
an emergency!" Our skipper thought otherwise and
radioed the Park Ranger who had passed by to collect
our dues before the fisherman arrived. "Let -
mooring line," shouted a swimmer by our bow.
calling the Park Ranger," I replied. "No need for that;
just let go your mooring buoy, only for five minutes!"
Meanwhile the circumference of the net was closing in
on us as the fishermen ashore pulled in the slack.
The I .' ... 1 ., i The empty outer mooring
was "...i i i ... 1- -...i. and passed with much
shouting to the Park Ranger who seemed a bit unhap
py. He h-;;n rr.n. fr ti- fishing boat to drop an
anchor .. i 1 ,,I I I pass its rope over the
net to us. We then slipped our line to the mooring
buoy, several swimmers submerged this under the
net, up it popped outside the net; we were reattached
to the mooring buoy over the top of the net. However
Drum Horse was still imprisoned within the net
stretching round her bow and down both sides to the
shore 30 yards behind us. 11' i 1 I .
obviously unnerved by the ..... .
men, departed, and the net slowly closed in on us.
By this time it was dark and we wondered what
would happen i. I Ti 1 .1.i of the net was tight
under our bow i. -. 11. net slowly moved along
the sides of the boat to the front of the keel (the boat
draws 7'6") to the skeg-supported rudder and then the
line of net buoys appeared across our stern. It remind
edmeofthe, .i.. I ... ..- .. ... 11. L no wires held
his suspend i .... .. 11I 11 were several
swimmers about, some with air tanks, so they must
have skillfully manoeuvred the net under the hull.
Someone shouted, "We will tie the net to your stern
and be back in the morning," and passed a line onto
our stern, considerably adding to our skipper's fury.
This was supposed to be a peaceful anchorage in a
State Park; no doubt fishing in such a place was pro
hibited; we had paid our mooring fee and the boat boy
and the coconut salesman; we had been shouted at,
un-moored, ensnared in the net, swum under and
used as a mooring for the net.
Next morning at dawn the fishermen returned in sev
eral boats and, with a considerable shore party, pro
ceeded to empty the net. We had hoped to see a catch
of biblical proportions but the major part of the catch
seemed to be half a sack of small fish; perhaps the
shore party also carried away some part of the catch.
We never did discover what sort of fish they were after
but they had made a very good job of catching Drum
Horse before cleverly letting her out of their net. Our
quiet evening had been rudely, and somewhat alarm
ingly, disturbed. It is believed fishing in the Marine
Manag ... .. .1. .1 and the Park Ranger cer
tainly ... i 1,., 1 i I upsetting the fishermen.
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On reflection, the owner should have contacted
Benny, the owner of the Harmony Beach Restaurant,
only 100 metres or so away; it cannot be in his interest
for this apparent' .11 ..1 fishingg activity to take place
so close to his -.. -..I restaurant, in the process
alarming and upsetting legally moored yachtsmen.
George Curtis, Rear Commodore
Ocean Cruising Club, UK

Editor's note: The SMMA website says: "The unique
ness of the SMMA lies in our effort to manage the sus
tainable use and development of marine resources in
the area, providing equitable sharing of those resources
to stakeholders." Far from being illegal, fishing a
livelihoodfor many in the local community -is allowed
in the SMMA except in the zones designated as Marine
Reserves. In certain other zones, fishing is given prece
dence over all other activities. The SMMA Zoning Map
(www.smma.org.lc/Maps/Zoning map.htm) shows
Fishing Priority Areas on either side of the Yachting
Area at Malgre Tout. We attempted to get clarification
from the Soufriere Marine Management Area manage-
ment regarding the status of fishing in the Yachting
Areas, but received no response as of press time.

Dear Compass Readers,
This is kind of unusual, and my first time writing to
Compass. Normally my husband Erich is the writer,
but he prefers to write about bad things and complain
and in this little story there is nothing to complain
about, so I feel urged to write it down.
My husband and I have I ...... for almost ten
years in the Caribbean i.11 ... -, Key of Life I
(www.8ung.at/ankh). Before that, we were seven
years with a motorsailer in the Adriatic Sea and
Mediterranean, and before that, he was with his first
Key of Life also seven years in the Mediterranean
and before that, he sailed for another decade with
several different boats. And in his early career he
even started as seaman on the Danube. After more
than 30 years spent on the sea by my husband, and
17 years on boats by me, we are thinking of finally
dropping the hook for good in Petite Martinique in
the Grenadines.
S.i ,. first time in Petite Martinique, my hus
I i he had been here before. Dejavu?Then
memories came back of Ilovik, a little island in
Croatia, where he started his career at sea. Petite
Martinique looked all the same to him. So we fell in
love with PM, and the idea came in our mind that if
we settle down anywhere it must be here. Since that
time we have been looking for property here in PM
because my husband's next idea is to build a pyra
mid! Since we are sailing aboard the Key of Life, and
the Sailing Club Ankh was founded by my husband
in 1984 (and therefore celebrates this year the 25th
anniversary), it is only natural to build a pyramid
shaped house. But because PM is part of Grenada it
is also natural that it should be a "spice pyramid".
We plan to include accommodation for a few paying
guests on a club membership basis, and have writ
ten to the Grenada Ministry of Tourism about our
plans. See a sketch of the spice pyramid idea at
Sitting here in this wonderful environment, sur
rounded with -....i.. lle, we are enjoying our
selves and idea- .. II ... and we created this little
project. If we can build our spic- r-- i-l and our
dreams come true, we will make -' .**.. I- of spices,
herbs, trees and flowers. It could become an attraction
and my husband can picture himself getting old in his
self-created spice pyramid, watching the sunset in the
midst of fragrant flowers.
So it happened that we spent our 3,000th "board
day" (our 3,000th day aboard) anchored at PM and
Erich asked our friend Fire, who owns the Hotspot
bar, if it could be possible to celebrate somehow.
Although the appointed day dawned rainy, our friend
organized a tent and put the tables and chairs from
his shop down on the beach where they erected a
party tent. Then our friends went out diving and
caught plenty of fish and lobster. They cleaned, spiced
and grilled them, chopped the wood for the fire and
1 1 .1 ....1 ... The men did all the work
i ,I ii 1 i II i..... voman and provided food
for more than 20 people. I ended up the only female,
because we did not know that we should have invited
the ladies a few days in advance. But this was kind of
spontaneous and I enjoyed every minute of it anyway.
I enjoyed the fresh catch of the day and, equally
important, the company of our friends who make us
f 1 1 and welcome. I want to say thank you all
.. this wonderful feast and all the fun and
happy moments w -i ..I I 11. I husband tells
me, I simply have i I I i 11. they're bril
liant in organizing and improvising parties! We are
looking forward to the next ones.
Gabriela Beyer
S/Y Key of Life

Dear Compass,
Several weeks ago, my wife and I left Vieux Fort, St.
Lucia, one morning on our 57-foot ketch, Mikado of
Sark, with two guests aboard. With a good breeze of 25

knots, we flew a full genoa and mizzen and did not
raise the mainsail. We were bound for Bequia.
Three-and-a-half hours later we were abeam
Chateaubelair. Along St. Vincents leeward coast the
wind decreased to between ten and 20 knots so I
raised the reefed main (the full main would have pro
duced a bad balance on the rudder).
We entered the channel between St. Vincent and
Bequia. The wind increased but Mikado of Sark was
i the wind of 30 knots at 45 degrees off
I. I I i' was very acceptable.
Suddenly we turned sharply to port, and all sails
were crumbled. I suspected the autopilot had gone
into fail mode but there was no indication on the
instruments. Clarisse (my wife) turned the =t---i;
manually without effect. I took the tiller but:.
I opened the rear panel in the lazarette (containing,
of course, a clutter of many tool boxes, kneeboard,
waterskis, etcetera) and I saw the rudderstock broken
just under the hydraulic piston. The system of steering
is fully hydraulic in manual or autopilot; engaged, its
section is 8cm diameter and the break was at the
square section where a bridge joins the shaft to the
hydraulic piston. But the rudder was still there.
I remembered that somebody had told me it was pos
sible, in case of loss of steering, to maneuver a ketch
with the mainsail. Now I know that is totally impossi
ble -so all ketch owners, stop dreaming!
We took down the sails and at 2:30PM I sent a dis
tress call on the VHF. Kingstown Port Authority replied
immediately and 20 minutes later a rapid coastguard
boat came and stood by for an hour to make sure we
were in no imminent danger. A fishing boat offered to
tow us to St. Vincent. With guests onboard, and seeing
that both our rented house and the competent engi
neer Robin Smith were in Bequia, my preference how
ever, was to be towed to Admiralty Bay.
I phoned the sympathetic Andy Mitchell, and he
tried to find a motorboat to tow Mikado to Bequia.
After a few calls he found the boat of "Sparrow" from
Bequia, but in the meantime a ketch named Quest
came our way and I asked the coastguard boat to ask
if this boat could tow us. The owner and his crew read
ily agreed. We gratefully tied Mikado to a mooring in
Admiralty Bay one hour later.
Robin Smith came out to the boat and he pulled out
the ring of the stuffing box to lower the stirrup that
receives the hydraulic piston of the rudder, and to
:.. -1.. .I 1. failure in this stirrup.
.11 to leave Bequia two days later and take
our guests south to the Tobago Cays, Carriacou and
Grenada. A week later, with three days of hard work,
we replaced the rudder in Carriacou with one from
another Mikado ketch.
I would like to thank very much everybody for his or
her help, in order of participation:
Harbor Control of Kingstown, the SVG Coast Guard,
the blue fishing boat that offered to tow us to
Kingstown, a very big thanks to the sailing boat Quest
which towed us to Bequia, Andy Mitchell, Robin
Smith, Lumbadive of Tyrrel Bay, the staff of Tyrrel
Bay Yacht Haulout, and especially the Dutch sailor
Bram for his help in switching the rudders between
the two Mikados.
Thank you all very much.
By the way, the reason for the break of the shaft of
the rudder seems to be the combination of electrolysis
of the metal, corrosion of the stirrup which held the
shaft, the age of the rudder (32 years old) and the
forces against the shaft during the autopilot-ordered
course corrections during heavy wind. After this expe
rience, I will now use the mizzen sail more effectively
to assist the rudder, and be more ready to reef the
sails when the wind gets up.
Dominique Bouquet
Mikado of Sark

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Located CALLIAQUA, St Vincent
opposite Howard s Marine
TEL: (784) 457 1806 FAX: (784) 456 1364
E-mail: kpmarine@caribsurf.com
P.O. Box 17, Kingstown

Letter of

the Month

Dear Compass Readers,
Id ... I i ,,,. ,,Ii .. i, ,,, I
e L i, i I r i i I ,i i I ii i I I
on oil tankers. My sea-going i 1- i 1 .. 1.1 1, ilf a million miles, and much
more of this was spent as a ..... i i i i' i on large vessels. When I say
1 ;iean nearly 900 feet i ., i i i I I1 the beam not very much
I111 in terms of overall dimensions, from many of the cruise ships that we see
around the islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
However, there were one or two significant differences, apart from the fact that we
didn't carry 2,000 or more passengers. The wheelhouse occupied the center portion of
the bridge deck and might have been as much as 50 feet wide. I.. I .. .
to the open bridge wings, which extended 30 feet or more to II11 -i 1 1 I I.
suitable weather both doors would be open. This meant that in almost all weather con
editions there was easy open access outside. Although the ship's accommodation would
be either heated or air conditioned as appropriate, the wheelhouse was not.
The duties of a watchkeeping officer at sea were not arduous. Log entries, position
fixes, weather records -these were but diversions from the officer's main role which,
above all else, was to maintain a good lookout.
Of course we had radar, which usually had a true motion capability and it was
always used in poor visibility, when approaching port and in heavy traffic.
Nevertheless it is worth repeating that the primary method of detecting other vessels
was by the human eye.
It was recognized that the officers' night vision might be impaired both by dim
chartroom lighting and instrument lights in the wheelhouse. Therefore it was
required that a lookout be positioned on the fo'csle and his sole job was to report
immediately any lights seen. In bad weather the lookout was posted on a wing of the
Compare this simple, effective system with current practice. Think of these vast
S i.ii ; --t .1 .I- i; h .1.-! ll which amble at nights between the major
i .,.. i- 1 ...... .1 their programmed destination as dawn
approaches. Their :'. ..1.... officers work in a vast air-conditioned control room
with angled glass w .11- ... which they may look down, from time to time, from a
1.I of well over 100 feet, well above the mast of a cruising yacht.
11. at least two "all singing and dancing" radars running constantly their night
vision is, of course, severely impaired and reflected instrument and chartroom lights
must make matters worse.
"What has this got to do with me?" I hear you say. Well, picture this little episode.
A few 1 .; we were on passage from the BVI towards St. Barths. Amazingly,
instead i i .-..... or I ..... into 20 knots of wind, we were motoring in a l
swell into a breeze ol II.. to six knots. At about 4:30AM we were well -i
Maarten, which was a large loom on our port bow. A number of other unidentifiable
looms were also visible around us.
Channel 16: "Cruise ship on my starboard bow (repeated), this is sailing vessel Tiny
Tot (repeated). You are on a collision course with me. Have you seen me? Over."
The call was repeated, then: "Sailing vessel Tiny Tot, this is Monster of the Seas.
There are a number of cruise ships approaching St. Maarten. What is your position?
"Monster ofthe Seas, this is sailing vessel Tiny Tot, My position is blah, blah, blah."
"Tiny Tot, this is Monster of the Seas. The cruise ship you are trying to contact is
Costa Carnival Princess. I will contact her for you and give her your position." (Ah!
The wonders of GMDSS/DSC.)
"Sailing vessel Tiny Tot this is Costa Carnival Princess. I have you in sight and am
altering course.
Two hours later, shortly before sunrise, we came upon Tiny Tot gently ambling
along at about three knots, tacking her way toward St. Maarten. She was a very tidy
looking double-ended wooden catamaran, properly lit with a very clearly visible tri
light. Clearly visible, that was, to anyone who was outside and keeping a proper
lookout. Unfortunately, to an officer within a huge, dimly lit, enclosed control room
she had been invisible and there could have been a disaster if another vessel had not
relayed the initial call.
As I see it, on a lot of these monsters, radar is everything. (The same applies to
modern container ships and I also worry about a lot of gin palaces motoring around
with both radars spinning in conditions of perfect visibility.) This means that if your
sailing boat doesn't have a good radar echo, you could be in trouble. Wooden boats
with wooden masts are of course, invisible and if you think that you're okay in your
plastic boat with an aluminum mast, think again.
The answer must be to have a good radar reflector -obviously Tiny Tot didn't. By
"good" I don't mean one of those spheroid or cylindrical jobs that hang from a flag
halyard. Recent scientific tests have found these things to be virtually useless and
they may even be dangerous if they i- thl .. .... 'i,,-,, i confidence.
Good radar reflectors cost at least -:-,' i ,i, I ... I to be seen by a large
modern 1 .' ; I 1.. .. otherwise you might be in very serious trouble,
even in i .1 .1.1
A couple of days after the Tiny Tot incident we were moored off St. Barths, very
close to a well-set-up cruising yacht which did have a serious radar reflector. Three
days later in perfect visibility, we were two miles off the west co;. .....
i-i-r TIlly Harbour shortly after sunset. A mile or so astern .... .. ii
....- i .. Barths, and to the north of us was a large cruise ship heading south
from Antigua's capital, St. John's. From our position the monster was going to pass
astern. From the other yacht's viewpoint, things were rather different:
"Cruise ship XSt. John's (repeated), this is sailing vessel Careful Cruiser on your
starboard bow."
"Careful Cruiser this is XSt. John's, how can I help?"
"XSt. John's this is Careful Cruiser. I am under sail approximately one mile off your
starboard bow. Do you have visual contact with me, and what are your intentions?
"Careful Cruiser, this is XSt. John's. No -but I have you on my radar and I am
altering course."
I rest my case.
Christopher Price
Yacht Hummingbird


.,.Maintenance Technician

The Yacht Club Bequia, is looking for an experienced Maintenance Technician
to look after all aspects of boat repair and maintenance.

The applicant must be a CARICOM National
and have experience in the following fields:

Marine Diesel Engines, Outboard Engines,
Boat Electrical and Electronics, Refrigeration.
Fiber Glass Repair work beneficial.
Applicants must be prepared to work flexible hours
including Saturdays and holidays.
Salary commensurate with experience.

Applications to:
e-mail: ian@tradewindscruiseclub.com Fax: 784-458-3981
Mail: Manager, Yacht Club Bequia
PO Box 194BQ
Port Elizabeth, Bequia

Bequia Marina

Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Look for the Big Blue Building.
Water, Diesel, Ice, Bottled Water and Dockage available.

The Yacht Club, Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia,
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
VHF 68, Telephone 784-457-3361

email: crew@tradewindscruiseclub.com
TradeWinds Cruise Club operate a fleet of catamarans across
TRADEANDS six destinations in the Caribbean.
We are the fastest growing charter company,
operating TERM CHARTERS, all inclusive, 7 days.
We are looking for crew, mainly teams in the form of a Captain and a Chef/Hostess.
We prefer couples that are married OR have been living togetherfor at least a year.
The nature of the job is such that the better the understanding and teamwork
between Captain and Chef the more successful your charters will be.
Requirements: Captain with a Skipper's licence.
Chef/Hostess with a basic understanding of cooking.
Dive master/ instructor for either the Captain and/or Chef is a plus.
We offer full training onsite in the Caribbean.
This is a FUN job with great earning potential. If you are willing to work hard and
have a positive disposition to life this could be your DREAM job.
Anyone with an interest is welcome to apply.
If you would like more information about this job or send your CV to us, please
use this email address:
or by mail to: Bequia Marina, P.O.Box 194BQ, Port Elizabeth,
Bequia, St Vincent & the Grenadines
Tel. St Vincent +784 457 3407 Tel. St Maarten +599 5510550


Hull: Fiberglass, Built in France 1986 2X Diesel GM 250 HP, length: 22 meters
Length: 46.6 ft, width: 16 ft, 2.5 Tons Capacity: 200 passengers.
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by Roland O'Brien
I am upset. As live-aboard cruisers we are being squeezed out of many anchorages.
This is not a new phenomenon. Places such as the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea,
S .. '- .. d other areas, particularly in northern Europe, have had this problem
: ..... ... Med-moorings are common, and more and more anchoring areas are
being restricted or anchoring is totally prohibited.
It's happening here in the Caribbean too. Nevis, the lovely island that many of us
were able to visit by anchoring on the west side as we came down the island chain,
has totally prohibited anchoring. Granted, the cost of mooring there is not prohibi
tive (yet) but we all know what happens to mooring costs, as witnessed by visiting
the US or British Virgin Islands.
St. Lucia recently was shown what happens when government and large business
get together and control an anchorage. Prior to the recently completed expansion of
the Rodney Bay Marina, now an IGY company facility, cruisers could anchor between
the marina and the homes off to the side. No longer; now we must anchor outside
the safer, better protected area, where in addition to being less sheltered from the
weather, more thefts and safety problems exist.
Grenada has also been hit by "shrinking anchorages." The St. George's Lagoon will
soon be another area in which cruisers can no longer anchor. The last time we were
there, four months ago, some anchoring was still available. Port Louis Marina staff
came around with the same paper we've seen previously, with a price per foot of your
vessel, per day. However, no one comes out to collect the money and cruisers just

Like Admiralty Bay, Bequia, many areas formerly popular for anchoring are now
peppered with mooring buoys
refuse to pay anyway. Once the lagoon i- r, 11 r .. ..... balls and docks, only "local"
boats will be allowed to anchor around I. i. i 11. north and east side. Cruisers
must anchor outside, off the cliffs exposed to open waters of the Caribbean Sea.
I won't go into the =h -inii .-i that many are aware of, regarding the two large
companies and the ...... ..i Grenada and the St. --r '- Lagoon. Much has
been written about this over the past few years. Howeve ..II it to say that gov
ernments still think, wrongly, that the mega-yachts will bring more business to their
countries than do ordinary cruising sailboats.
Cruisers patronize local restaurants, shops, markets, and chandleries on a regu
lar, many say daily, basis. Cruisers also volunteer in myriad ways to assist local
people, many times in concert with local businesses.
S .. ........ii i i i they reach the Caribbean. Guests eat most
:,, i i I i i i served by the crew. Sure, some guests buy
clothing or trinkets, perhaps some jewelry, etcetera, but do not spend to the extent
cruisers do. In our case we are spending over EC$2,700 per month to keep up our
cruising lifestyle. Multiply that by however many small yachts are hanging out in the
Grenadian anchorages. The only people benefiting from the mega yachts are the
marinas themselves, and you must know that, except for a few local employees, most
of that money goes out of the country.
Hog Island, on Grenada's south coast, is another fiasco when it comes to govern
ments making strange decisions. In this instance they didn't take away a lot of
anchorage space but they did allow a low bridge to be installed, again, by a large busi
ness enterprise, which links Hog Island to the main island of Grenada. This bridge
now prevents passage for yachts between the anchorage at Hog Island and those in
Clarke's Court Bay. The habitat of the Grenada dove, the critically threatened nation
al bird of Grenada, is also being drastically reduced by the same project, with the
acquiescence of Grenadian authorities. In addition, locals who have run businesses
on Hog Island are being squeezed out with no consideration being given. The project
is now on hold (but the bridge is completed) due to poor economic times. Go figure.
Beiqu... .1-= 1- +l- 1--i+ n it .i-h-rt- space as anyone who can come up with
anol i ,,.,,, i i .,,i i I i .. 1 .. plus a plastic bottle, can drop a mooring
and I i ., ii ..i .i . I ... .... rs or charterers. Many, if not all of these
moorings are illegal, unsafe, and -; t; llI- 1 ';;;;.-i .t -; ..... 1- -t ;
ers who anchor too closely to so... .. . 1 ,, . I ...... I
own the mooring. Starting in 20(0 i .1 . . .- i .. 11 i
all new moorings and re-inspect periodically to assure safe moorings, but to the best
of our knowledge this is still not being done. Fortunately, no large marina has bought
its way in here, yet.
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1989 family Irve-aboard, 61ft, Laurent
Giles custom, twin keel, aux sloop,
5 ft 6 ins draft. Semi-sunk saloon, three
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Now cruising Grenadines/Antigua. One owner, now retiring. Must sell quickly.
tonymcc_75@hotmail,.com mobile 473 449 6962; 649 436 4441

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What really has me and others reeling, though, is the projected mooring field being
planned for Carriacou. There's already a new marina in progress, although construct
tion is proceeding slowly. This will eventually extend out into Tyrrel Bay and remove
some anchorage space. Most cruisers who frequent Tyrrel Bay are likely unaware of
the new moorings being planned for the north side of the bay.
The project is called Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA),
Carriacou, Grenada. And to quote the program planners, "The objective of this proj
ect is to enhance the management of the SIOBMPA to ensure conservation of bio
diversity and sustainable livelihoods b-- 1-1-pFin- and constructing infrastructures
required for the management of the I 11
This sounds like some big words, but broken down makes more sense. First, let's
define bio-diversity as does Wikipedia: "Bio-diversity is the variation of life forms
within a given ecosystem." Okay, we are all in favor of not causing damage to exist
ing ecosystems, such as living reefs, various trees and shrubs, birds, animals both
aquatic and ground-based, and more particularly in this instance, the mangrove
oysters which exist in the northern lagoon in Tyrrel Bay.
Let's talk about the mangrove oysters. First, there is no large demand for them,
whether by locals or cruisers. They are small, thin, not very tasty, and not worth the
price of someone harvesting them. My own 1. ...1.i .- 11 .- they perform a much bet
terjob within the ecosystem by what they I .1 I II .1 .. in ..... water, providing
habitat and food for fish, etcetera. If "sustainable I.I. I- ..... any way, shape
or form addressing mangrove oysters and people harvesting them, we know of only
one person who occasionally harvests some oysters here in Tyrrel Bay, and lately
he's not even doing that, again, read lack of demand.
The major concern cruisers have is the installation of mooring balls, which will
take away likely between ten and 15 percent of currently available anchoring space
within Tyrrel Bay as a starter. Placement of these proposed moorings is scheduled
for the northern portions of the anchorage, which is used most when severe weather

Will a proposed mooring field in a Marine Protected Area eat up more anchoring
space in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou?

or large swells threaten the area. Other proposed moorings are scheduled for
Mabouya Island and the renowned Sandy Island, both uninhabited islets off
Carriacou. There is also talk of prohibiting anchoring at or even stepping on Sandy
Island. The parkland should obviously be well maintained and managed for future
generations, of that there is no doubt, however, controlled access is better than none
at all.
Again, maintaining current bio-diversity is something unarguably much like moth
erhood and apple pie. We, as cruisers, like to give back to these lovely islands and
the wonderful people we meet here. For example, my wife and I, along with another
cruising couple, visited the Harvey Vale Government School (grammar school) for its
Grenada Independence Day celebration, a couple of years ;; t-in,;i; the school
we noticed a door lying on the floor outside a small room, I -.I .i I I I,. library.
When we asked the principal about the door, she said, I .. I .. .iyone to
install the door, and we have no hardware.
Well, suffice it to say that we, along with Michael, on S/V B'Sheret, quickly went
to work, paying for and buying the hardware, and installing the door. We then
painted the door and frame, and the library shelves. Since that time, my wife has
devoted many hours volunteering in the library to help organize it, and process the
books for circulation among the students.
Another long-running program of great benefit to locals on Carriacou is the
Carriacou Children's Education Fund, which '= ".n -, 1 -- "-1--- -.-1 John
Pompa of the sailing vessel Second Millennium I .I I ... ... .1 .. 11..-group
and its accomplishments has been recently published in the Caribbean Compass
and other publications, so we'll not go into it further. However, this is yet another
instance of how cruisers, in concert with local businesses and others, bring strength
and diversity to a Caribbean island.
Several cruisers and ex-pats have also for years been involved in initiating and
maintaining a youth 'i ...... ..i.... I. ..am in Tyrrel Bay, under the auspices of
the Grenada Sailing -- ... .. .1. I.. these (nameless, lest I miss someone)
people the program would not have been started or flourished. We have donated both
materials and labor maintaining boats, and managed the program. Cruisers also
provide safety boats in the event of youths requiring assistance or towing back to
shore. The current fleet consists of eight Optimists (including a couple which are lent
to the group) and two GP 14s (still needing work), a larger sailing vessel for those
youth who become more accomplished. Local youths may participate in this program
at essentially no cost, just show up for three hours each Saturday morning.
My whole point, directed to governments, business owners and locals alike, is that
if moorings continue to be installed in these areas, we will go elsewhere to volunteer
and spend our money. Because we all know what happens with moorings: first they
are installed, then it's required to use them, then the price goes up, then more moor
ings are installed. It's a pattern repeated worldwide and until Caribbean island gov
ernments realize the consequences, live-aboard cruisers will be driven away. One
wonders if some local businesses want charter boats instead of liveaboards.
If it's at the cost of lost revenue and other benefits obtained from liveaboard cruis
ers, it's a losing proposition. Shrinking anchorages are not a good thing for anyone.
Perhaps it's time for cruisers to organize and work with local governments to get our
concerns heard, similar to what Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) and others
are cd-i; ..- 1 1. .;,--1,;;, in Florida, in the United States. Please, don't shrink
our ... i. .. I .1 1. and do not want to leave.

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e-mail destsll@candw.lc month. No replies.
60hp or 20hp; Perkins 75hp w/
turbo-charger. Good working
condition. New and used
Volvo parts.Call Lawrence in
Trinidad (868) 730-4036 E-mail
DEALS athttp://doylecarib-

BEQUIA, Lower Bay, Bells
Point, House and Land.
Serious buyers only. Sale by
owner. Call (784) 456 0866
after 6pm. E-mail

Sapphire Resort Marina-
St. Thomas, Safe-Private-
Convenient. Long & Short
Term Rentals 65 ft Max.
$1,20.00 monthly. Adjacent
Apartments also available.
E-m :
Tel: ..
Sapphire Village St. Thomas
Studios and 1 Bedroom
Apartments. Shart i l.r-i
Term Rates. r .,,- -,
$1,100.00 montt i.: 1,r .
also Available. See photos
at www.vrbo.com #106617
Tel: 787-366-3536 or

JSM Beauty Sdon, Villa and
Yacht visits accepted. Contact
Jill for an appointment. Tel
(784) 457-3600 E-mail:

Respected Marine Engneing
Co. in Grenada is seeking dl
round experienced technician
for mane diesel engines, elec-
tical, electronics, watermak-
ers, wind generators, AC and
refrigeration. We can assist
with work permit. Ideal for
cruiser or independent tech
looking for the stability of an
established company in
Grenada. Rease e-mail CV to
Tel: (473)439-2049



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