Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00029
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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: July 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: VID00029
Source Institution: University of Florida
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The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore

Trini Time!
10 fun things to do ............... 20

'Reef Jam '09'
Cruzans party for coral ........ 10 7

Grenadine Scene
Canouan Regatta.................. 14

Cuba Updates
What's best in the west......... 22

10th Transcaralbes Going Down...
North Caribbean rally........... 15 A sinking off Saba ............... 36

Business Briefs..................... 8 Cartoons................................33
Eco-News .............................. 11 Cruising Kids' Corner............34
Regatta News.................... 16 Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 34
Meridian Passage............. 20 The Caribbean Sky...............35
Cruiser Profile ..................... 30 Cooking with Cruisers.......... 36
Book Reviews.................... 31 Readers' Forum................ 38
Cruising Crossword............... 32 What's on My Mind...............42
Word Search Puzzle.............. 32 Caribbean Marketplace......44
Island Poets......................... 33 Classified Ads .....................47
Sailors' Horoscope.............. 33 Advertisers' Index.................47

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2 Curacao Flag Day. Public holiday in Curacao
3 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in USVI
3 4 17th Annual Firecracker 500 Race, Tortola, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002, fax (284) 495-4184,
mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
4 Independence Day (USA). Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI.
Carnival in St. John, USVI
6 Public holiday in Cayman Islands (Constitution Day) and Guyana
(Emancipation Day)
6-7 St. Vincent Carnival (Vincy Mas). Public holiday in St. Vincent
& the Grenadines. www.carnivalsvg.com
10 Independence Day. Public holiday in The Bahamas
10 12 Premier's Cup Youth Regatta, Tortola. Royal British Virgin Islands
Yacht Club (RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, rbviyc@rbviyc.com, www.rbviyc.net
11 Bequia's 14th Annual Fisherman's Day, info@bequiatourism.com
11- 19 Calabash Festival, Montserrat. www.visitmontserrat.com
11 Aug 1 Tobago Heritage Festival. Tel (868) 639-4441
14 Bastille Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
18 Volcano Anniversary. Public holiday in Montserrat
20 Luis Munoz Rivera's Birthday. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
20 21 St. Lucia Carnival. www.luciancarnival.com
21 Schoelcher Day. Public holiday in French West Indies
24 Birth of Sim6n Bolivar. Public holiday in Venezuela
24 26 USVI Lifestyle Festival, St. Thomas. www.usvimf.com
25 Constitution Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
25 27 Rebellion Days. Public holiday in Cuba
26 2 Aug 25th edition Tour des Yoles Rondes, Martinique. www.tourdesyoles.com
26 3 Aug 44th Annual Carriacou Regatta Festival. www.carriacouregatta.com
27 Jose Celso Barbosa's Birthday. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
29 Carriacou Children's Education Fund Potluck Barbecue,
Carriacou Yacht Club. boatmillie@aol.com
30 1 Aug Canouan Carnival. Tel (784) 458-8197
31 Somer's Day. Public holiday in Bermuda
31 Carriacou Children's Education Fund Charity Auction,
Carriacou Yacht Club. boatmillie@aol.com


1 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Barbados, Grenada, Guyana,
Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago
1 Emancipation Day Sailing Races, St. Lucia. SLYC
3 August Monday. Public holiday in The Bahamas, Dominica, Montserrat,
St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos, and Barbados (Kadooment Day)
3-4 Public holiday in Antigua & Barbuda (Antigua Carnival) and BVI
(Emancipation Festival)
4 Culturama. Public holiday in Nevis
6 Public holiday in Jamaica (Independence Day)
10 Constitution Day. Public holiday in Anguilla
10 11 Grenada Carnival. Public holiday in Grenada
15 Feast of the Assumption. Public holiday in Haiti and French West Indies
15- 16 Caribbean Dinghy Championships, Barbados. tindale@caribsurf.com
16 Restoration Day. Public holiday in Dominican Republic
22 Great Race (powerboats) from Chaguaramas,
Trinidad to Store Bay, Tobago
24 Festival of St. Barthelemy, St. Barth. Boat races
28 3 Sept 56th San Juan International Billfish Tournament, Puerto Rico.
30 Feast of St. Rose De Lima, St. Lucia. Cultural folk festival
31 Independence Day. Public holiday in Trinidad
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 sallycaribbeancompass. com

Cover photo by Justin Sihera, West Indies Regatta 2009


DR Eases Yacht Clearance Procedures
Cumbersome clearance procedures are cited by
yachtsmen as one of the main turn-offs when select-
ing a destination. Responding to a campaign by the
marine-related private sector in the Dominican
Republic, that country's government now allows
yachts to clear in at marinas. Ports of entry now
include Marina Zar-Par/Boca Chica (18 25.50N,
69 36.67W), Marina Casa de Campo (18 24'N,
68 55'W), Santo Domingo (18 28'N, 69 53'W), Punta
Cana (1832'N, 68 22'W) and Las Salinas (18 16'N,
71 19 W) on the south coast, and Puerto Plata
(1949'N, 7042'W), Ocean World Marina (19 50N,
70 43'53"W) and Puerto Blanco Marina/Luper6n
(19 55'N, 70 56'W) on the north coast.
In addition, yachts entering the DR at a private mari-
na will not be boarded by numerous government offi-
cials the captain will do the paperwork in the mari-
na office. (One Navy representative with one other
official can search the vessel if there has been a
report of suspicious activity.) The captain must inform
the marina, giving his name, vessel's name and the
number of passengers on board, any time the yacht
leaves the marina.
All payments are to be made to the marinas directly
and a receipt will be given when the yacht leaves the
marina. Fees are as follows:
* Five percent of the vessel's dockage fee before
tax, charged by the Port Authority. This covers cruising
permits up to 90 days
* US$10 for each passenger on the vessel (excluding
the crew), paid to Immigration
* US$16 (or 500 Dominican Pesos) for each crew-
member or passenger that leaves the Dominican

Republic or arrives in the country by plane and is sign-
ing on or off the crew list
* Only when departing to a foreign port: US$10 (or
equivalent in Dominican Pesos) for a Dispatch Letter,
paid to the Navy
A new vessel entrance form, to be filled out with the
vessel, crew and passenger information, is reportedly in
the works. This will be given to all governmental authori-
ties and one copy to the captain of the vessel as proof
of entry and clearance when traveling between mari-
nas in the DR. This document is currently being devel-
oped by the marinas and must be approved by the
Dominican Port Authority before it comes into use.
Rio Dulce Situation Report
Ann Westergard reports: As the official hurricane sea-
son arrived, more and more boats crossed the bar to
their summer quarters up the Rio Dulce in Guatemala.
Continued on next page

Rio Dulce area
is a popular
destination for
cruisers in
the Western
Caribbean. We
take a look at
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involved in this migration, although they certainly
don't all blow in, or out, at the same time, and some
have been up the river for years.
It is also true that for some insurance companies, the
Rio Dulce is not a fully insurable, guaranteed hurri-
cane-safe location. It's not out of the "zone" but it is
shielded by mountains and far enough inland that
the average hurricane would lose its punch. Most
boaters find the risks are acceptable, or buy a rider, or
do without!
After a shocking murder/robbery attempt aboard
an anchored vessel last summer, security was at the
front of everyone's mind. In response, the
Guatemalan Navy instigated a 24-hour safety patrol
of the river in the "marina mile" between Mario's
Marina, the Fronteras Bridge and up towards the
mouth of Lake Izabal. Several marinas have added
their own security forces, and there have been very
few incidents recently.
Theft of outboards, cockpit electronics and unsecured
goods continues to be a concern, as it is everywhere
with such discrepancies in income. Livingston, at the
mouth of the river, has a reputation, as do some isolated
anchorages in the Golfete and Lake Izabal. Here there is
no governmental police presence, and the usual
common-sense safety precautions should be taken.
The marinas are filling up with boats, but one com-
ment recently heard is that, although the boats are
here, the people have flown home in greater numbers
than in previous years, leaving a quieter than usual
liveaboard presence. Everyone's hoping for an
upsurge in business at the summer's end.
For the first-time visitor, coming to the Rio Dulce is a
real head-spinner. The climate has no tradewinds or
easily discernable patterns. The summer rainy season,
which can cool things down a little, seems quite vari-
able year to year. Shopping is different, too. You'll be
getting groceries in street markets and small fiendas in
Fronteras, or in Relleno on the other side of the bridge.
These aren't really full-blown towns; for specialized
items you'll be looking towards Guatemala City, or
beyond. And you'll be doing a lot in Spanish.
How to occupy your upriver hours? Well, there's
always boat work, whether you do it yourself or take
advantage of low labor rates for the never-ending
"rub-and-scrub". In a civilized life, you'd take care of
that in the morning, then shop or have lunch in town.
Spend the afternoon with mah jongg or the internet,

the great novel, guitar practice, or whatever it is you
do that takes all day, until La Hora Felice! The cruiser
social life features movie nights, music nights, a
Saturday swap meet, occasional Ladies' Days of hair-
cuts and manicures, and day trips to nearby attrac-
tions such as the hot-running waterfall at Finca Paraiso
and the canyon at Boqueron.
If you're aboard, that is. You might take advantage
of a safely parked and looked-after boat to use Spirit
Airline's bargain fares to fly away. Or, there's inland
travel to some of the famous temples: Coban,
Honduras, is a mere three hours away, and Tikal, a
wonderful extra-night destination, a bit further. Antigua
is famous for being itself, and for language schools,
although there are others. Lake Atitlan is on every-
one's list. Guatemala is a beautiful country full of natu-
ral attractions, and the Rio Dulce is just the beginning.
For more information visit http://mayaparadise corn,

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(under construction).
Some fellow cruisers have great
blogs. If you're coming this way
check out http://svsoggypaws.
com, www.sv-moira.com and

Transcaraibes Ralliers Deliver to
Haitian Orphanage
Yacht rallies are about travel
and camaraderie, but this year
one had a special mission. In April,
participants in the 2009
Transcaraibes Yacht Rally from
Guadeloupe to Cuba carried tons
of school supplies, clothing and
other material from St. Martin to
the orphanage on lie a Vache,
Haiti, during two legs of the annu-
al sailing event. The supplies were
collected by the Red Cross and
Rotary Club of St. Martin, and
delivered gratis by the yachts after
an interim stop at Casa de Campo
in the Dominican Republic.
See a full report on the
Transcaraibes Rally 2009 on page 15

French St. Martin's Clearance Now Paperless
Yacht clearance at Marigot, St. Martin, no longer
involves paper forms. Two computers (with French
keyboards) are available for yachtspeople to use in
the Immigration office at the ferry complex. The clear-
ance fee is five Euros for boats less than 56 feet long,
and ten Euros for those longer. Yacht anchoring in
Marigot Bay only will be charged an additional 20
Euros. Yachts staying at Marina Fort-Louis and Marina
La Royale can clear in at the marinas.

Eight Bells: Richard Scott-Hughes
Yet another pioneer of Caribbean yacht chartering is
gone. Richard Scott-Hughes died on April 20th.
Universally known to others in the fledgling yachting
industry as "Hot Screws" for his luck with the ladies, this
son of a master mariner took up sailing as a boy in
England. He won the Hard Weather Cup in Seaview
dinghies in 1947 at age 14, a feat not achieved
before or since.
Continued on next page

Yachts participating in the 1 Oth Annual Tmanscaraibes Rally
delivered tons of clothing and other supplies to the St. Francis orphanage in Haiti


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60-foot Alden schooner, and married his childhood
sweetheart, Jenny Few-Brown. For their honeymoon
they set sail for Antigua, where the boat chartered
with Nicholson's agency. He took pride in being able
to enter most harbours under sail, and was reportedly
one of the first yacht skippers to enter St. George's
Lagoon, Grenada, when a cut was first dredged. Later
he became manager of Grenada Yacht Services and
then Spice Island Charters in Grenada. Adrian Volney,
who stepped into his shoes at GYS, says, "Richard is
well remembered as one of the best yacht charter
agents in the Caribbean. He had the gift of the gab
and sold the islands well to numerous guests from all
over the world. Because of Richard, Grenada was put
on the map as the final destination of one of the best
charter grounds. We all sold charters from north to
south through the Windwards and called it the 'sleigh-
ride south'. Richard pioneered this."
In 1963 Scott-Hughes returned to England before sail-
ing across the Atlantic again in China Clipper, a
52-foot Chinese-built yacht. He also raced in Newport
to Bermuda and Fastnet races in the 1960s, and in the
1970s skippered the British yacht illusionn to victory in
the International One Ton Cup in Germany.

Yacht Attacked in Portsmouth, Dominica;
Security Improved
In the early hours of May 14th, three swimmers
boarded a yacht anchored in Prince Rupert Bay,
Dominica. The yacht was anchored off the town of
Portsmouth, close to the Customs dock near the
Picard River. The men, armed with a gun, a machete
and a knife, bound and gagged the two-person
crew, beat them, ransacked the boat in a search for
cash and valuables, and destroyed the VHF radio. The
men then stole the yacht's dinghy to get ashore.
The crew freed themselves and motored their yacht
to the nearest other yacht for help. (See related story
on page 41.) The police and the coast guard
responded within 20 minutes. Dominica's Minister for
Tourism, lan Douglas, and the president of the
Dominica Marine Association, Hubert Winston, have
visited the victims to assure them of police progress
and to offer whatever assistance is needed.
The victims tell Compass that they are in contact with
the police and, contrary to some reports, no suspects are
in custody as of this writing (June 16th) and aside from
the dinghy no stolen items have yet been recovered.

At the time of the incident, the Portsmouth Area Swan Neal, Judy Knape and Lynda Childress, as well
Yacht Security (PAYS) sole patrol boat provided a as Women and Cruising principals Kathy Parsons,
security patrol from sunset to dawn, but only in the Gwen Hamlin, Pam Wall and Sylvie Branton.
northern part of the extensive Prince Rupert Bay. Since Plus, there is a special downloadable "Kitchen Sink
then, the Government of Dominica has given a sec- Galley Checklist" that will help those shopping for a
ond security patrol boat to PAYS for the purpose of new or used boat to identify and evaluate features of
ensuring the security and safety of the many yacht vis- various boat galleys.
itors to the bay. Minister Douglas commended the Check it all out at www WomenandCruising.com.
members of the Indian River Tour Guides Association
and its offshoot, PAYS, for their work over the years in Marine Photo Exhibition in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
helping to build and protect the yachting industry in An exhibition of photographs by the marine biologist
the town of Portsmouth. During the peak season up to and professional photographer Jose Voglar is being
60 yachts at a time anchor at Prince Rupert Bay, shown through July 31st at Fundacion La Tortuga on
which has spawned the establishment of several new Fermin Toro Street (near the Coconut Center) in
businesses to cater for their needs. Lecheria, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. Admission is free.
Jeff Frank, Chairman of PAYS, said that the new din- The show, Al Borde del Azul Profundo (On the Edge of
ghy will allow PAYS members to patrol a
larger portion of the Bay "as well as to
assist local emergency authorities with
search and rescue missions, thereby help-
ing to secure the safety of visitors".
Funding for the purchase of the 17.8-foot
security dinghy came from the European
Commission under the Special Framework
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Cruisers' Site-ings
WomenandCruising.com a website
providing advice, resources and inspira-
tion for women cruisers has just added
a new feature article called "Galley
Advice from 18 Cruising Women".
Experienced contributors answer ques-
tions about galley design and equipment,
reflect on the challenges and rewards of
cooking at sea, and recommend cook-
books and share recipes that have served
them well.
The contributors are loosely sorted into
four categories: Coastal Cruisers and
Island Hoppers, who have more ready
access to regional markets and who cook You can catch the exhibition of marine photos in Puerto Le Cruz until
mostly at anchor; Catamaran Cruisers, who the end of the month
cook on boats that don't heel; Long Distance
Cruisers, who provision for long passages and cook the Deep Blue), pays homage to the ocean. The 28
often at sea; and Cruising Charter Chefs. Contributors photographs, in color and black-and-white, are avail-
to the current article are Ann Vanderhoof, Heather able for purchase, and their sale will benefit the
Stockard, Lisa Schofield, Mary Heckrotte, Barbara marine and coastal conservation work of Fundacion
Theisen, Corinne Kanter, Truus Sharp, Betsy Baillie, La Tortuga.
Diana Simon, Marcie Lynn, Sheri Schneider, Amanda For more information phone (0281) 281-7469.

Navigation Note: New Data Gathering Buoy Off Puerto Rico
CariCOOS Data Buoy A was launched from the barge M/V Don Alejandro Jose
Padilla near the Puerto Rico insular shelf break about 1.4 nautical miles south-
southeast of Caja de Muertos island on June 9th at 17 51.61'N, 66 31.43'W.
Caja de Muertos is an uninhabited, 2.7-mile-long island located about 5 miles off
Puerto Rico's south coast. Caja de Muertos Light, established in 1887 and
automated in 1945, sits atop the highest hill on the island.
CarlCOOS is the observing arm of the Caribbean Regional Association for
Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing (http://cara.uprm.edu). This effort is one of 11
coastal observing systems and regional associations which, along with US federal
agencies, constitute the national coastal component of the US Integrated Ocean
Observing System. This is the first coastal data buoy for the US Caribbean region.
The Physical Oceanography Group at the University of Maine designed, fabri-
cated and tested the buoy, assisted in buoy emplacement and continues to pro-
vide technical support. The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez provided
administrative and logistical
S- -- support throughout the pro-
Scess. The Maritime Police
*- Unit of the Ponce Municipal
Police provided navigation-
al assistance for
Sbuoy emplacement.
Data from this buoy should
-"be representative of condi-
tions along the Caribbean
coasts of Puerto Rico and
the US Virgin Islands. Data will
be useful to mariners in gen-
eral and will also be
S. employed in validating
numerical models of ocean
." conditions. The data collect-
ed by the buoy is currently
r undergoing quality control
and will be available online
.- shortly at www.caricoos.org.

S~ Information, please! This
new buoy offPuerto Rico will
provide realtime data on
winds, waves, currents, sea
.water temperature and
salinity. Data will be useful
to mariners in general and
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New in the Lagoon: Grenada Boat Services
What's new in Grenada? A company offering a
wide range of technical yacht services along with a
full concierge service, in St. George's Lagoon!
Grenada Boat Services, located at Port Louis
Marina, offers you the services of a professional, reli-
able and friendly team that has been working for
many years and on many different islands in the yacht
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English, French and Spanish and can do virtually any
work on any boat, as long as it doesn't require hauling
out. GBS are experts in engine mechanics, electricity
(including fridge and A/C), welding and fabrication,
fiberglass, polishing, varnishing, and underwater work.
GBS even take care of your laundry and cooking gas
refills. You can be anchored in the calm and beautiful
bay of St. George's, only minutes away by dinghy
from the markets and shopping centers, and have
work performed on your boat by real pros at very
competitive rates.
GBS also has a Dinghy Clinic on their dry dock
("floating garage"), where they can do all repairs and

turn your old dinghy into a brand-new one for a rea-
sonable price.
Even if your boat and your dinghy are in a perfect
state, pop in to their office to gather useful informa-
tion about things to do, places to see, car rentals,
tours, fun activities and restaurant and
shopping advice.
If you don't yet know where to spend the hurricane
season and have some repairs to do, consider St.
George's, Grenada, and visit Grenada Boat Services
to discuss your needs.
For more information see ad on page 10.
'XJ' Now Management Partner at Aruba Marina
Over the last 12 years, for many visiting yachts
Xiomara Jansen (better known as XJ) has been the

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face of the Renaissance Marina in Aruba. For guests of
the marina she is the first person one sees when tying up
the vessel. She is also the one to turn to when in need of
fuel, finding technicians of various specialties, car rent-
als, and apartments for crew, and in one instance,
even finding worms for a home-school project.
As of June 1st, XJ became a partner in East Wind
Marine Services, the company that has been manag-
ing the Renaissance Marina since 2005. She will be
responsible for the day-to-day operations of the mari-

na and the chandlery, and will continue to assist the
guests of the marina as only she can.
Located in the center of Oranjestad, Aruba, the
Renaissance Marina welcomes all yachts with drafts of
up to 12 1/2 feet, and has a chandlery on premises.
For more information see ad on page 6.
Marine Trades Group Says High Fees
Harm St. Maarten
The 2009 Annual General Meeting of the St.
Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) on May
28th focused on the severe decline being experi-
enced by the marine industry on the Dutch side of the
island. SMMTA members agreed that it was not the
global economic recession, but rather the Simpson
Bay Lagoon Authority's (SLAC) exorbitant fees for visit-
ing yachts that caused the dramatic downturn. "The
world is not hurting Sint Maarten, this decline is due to
Sint Maarten hurting Sint Maarten," declared the asso-
ciation's President, Jeff Boyd.
According to a report in The Daily Herald, St.
Maarten's English-language newspaper, SMMTA main-
tained the decline of yachting in St. Maarten far
exceeded that of other territories. This is borne out by
companies that volunteered statistics, comparing the
months of April and May 2009 with the same months
of the previous year.
Marine chandleries Budget Marine and Island Water
World both showed decreases of 20 percent or more
for sale of marine products at their St. Maarten shops,
while there was no decrease reported from their
branches in other territories. Island Global Yachting
showed no decrease in activity at their marinas in
other territories, yet their two major properties in St.
Maarten decreased by 19 and 20 percent. Simpson
Bay Diesel (diesel engine supply and service) showed
a drop of 40 percent compared to last year. FKG rig-
gers reported that its activity in St. Maarten had
dropped by 29 percent in this period, but its sister
company in Antigua had dropped by only four per-
cent. SMMTA members also pointed out the high
occupancies on the French side of their island com-
pared to the low occupancies on the Dutch side.
Budget Marine's group manager, Robbie Ferron,
stated, "Comparative destinations are doing great,
but St. Maarten is dropping like a stone... and it is not
because of the economic recession. The economic
recession has not had a big effect on the yachting
industry in the Caribbean, which is driven by passion.
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St. Maarten is going down because of exorbitant fees
and yachts are clearly going elsewhere."
The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association, which
was founded in 1994 to promote St. Maarten as a pre-
mier destination for yachts of all sizes, represents major
names in the marine industry both from the Dutch and
the French sides of the island. The SMMTA will be work-
ing with the St. Maarten government and SLAC offi-
cials to address the issue of high fees.
For more information on the SMMTA
visit www.smmta com.
New on Young Street in Historic St. George's

Forever Young. It's quiet on a Sunday, but at any other time
in St. George's, Grenada
There's lots of new life in old St. George's, Grenada.
The Grenada National Museum, "Gateway to things
Grenadian", is housed in a structure steeped in history:
halfway up Young Street from the Carenage harbor,

on the corner of the side street leading to the famous
Sendall Tunnel, sits the majestic Antilles Building, built in
1704. It has been used as French military barracks, a
British prison, and, in the early 20th century, a hotel.
The museum now offers cultural activities on
Wednesday and Friday evenings beginning at 5:00PM.
Here local artists display a variety of talent, offering
yet another window into Grenadian life.
Upstairs is the wonderful new Museum Bistro for
tapas, cool drinks, coffee, lunch specials and take-
away. It's great place to sit, relax and look over the
bustling street from cast-iron balconies once used by
rich estate owners, governors, and French and British
sea captains.
Just adjacent, in
another historic
building, is Tikal,
Sthe first tourist
shop in town". This
arts and crafts
shop, named after
the ancient
Mayan city in
Guatemala, first
opened its doors
50 years ago and
offers art, jewelry,
clothing and
much more from
local handicrafters
and from around
the world.
Across from the
museum, through
an old courtyard
and upstairs, is the
Yellow Poui Art
Gallery, named
after the "yellow
poui" tree whose
third flowering fore-
tells the coming of
the rainy season.
The gallery exhibits
Young Street is the place to be works from more
than 80 local and
overseas artists.
After browsing some art, the Pebbles Jaz and Blues
Club, on the deck in the courtyard, is a perfect place
to wind down with refreshments while listening to a
variety of local and visiting musicians.

And just up the hill, in a 250-year-old building, visit
Art Fabrik Batik Boutique and Workshop, for inspired
fashion, exciting accessories, jewelry and Caribbean
art and craft. Hand-painted batik creations are made
right there, and the studio is open to visitors. It is fasci-
nating to see the intriguing batik process first-hand.
Check out the NEW old Young Street, St. George's,
Grenada, for unique fashion, great arts and crafts,
good music and local delicacies, all set in a superb
area of historic interest.
For more information on Tikal and Art Fabrik see ad
in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45.
Santiago Marina Welcomes You to Cuba
Many sail and powerboats looking for a safe place
in the Caribbean come to the hospitable Santiago de
Cuba International Marina, located at 1952'18"N and
7556'35"W, at the entrance to the historic and beau-
tiful bay of Santiago, which in colonial times was the
starting point for the Spanish conquest of other
American territories.
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Not Just Another Day

at the Beach
by Ellen Sanpere
Memorial Day weekend in the US generally involves a moment of remembering
those who have sacrificed their lives in the nation's wars, accompanied by at least
one day of fun and relaxation with family and friends. Barbecues, games and music
are required, and parks or beaches are preferred venues.
For the past two years, the organizers of Reef Jam, a grassroots group from St.
Croix's various environmentally oriented groups, have put together all of the above
with a fundraising effort to benefit the coral reefs of the island while educating
beach-goers and entertaining music lovers.
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach, north of the town of Frederiksted, is usually jammed
with beach-goers on Sunday afternoons, attracted by white sands and calm lee-side
waters, volleyball and great music. On May 24th, a small entrance fee was added to
that mix, along with attractions for all ages, as Reef Jam 2009 raised US$10,000, to
fund a mini-grant program for marine-related education and conservation projects.
The importance of coral reefs extends beyond the interests of divers and snorkel
enthusiasts. Healthy coral reefs enable healthy fisheries; they protect the beaches
that draw tourists and mitigate windstorm damage to the coastline -all of which
have a tremendous financial impact on our world and its people. Human impact is
destroying this valuable asset, and education is the first step in. r-- r7i1 tiht trend,
according to the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Ed.. . i j

Karlyn Langiahr
with interested
youngsters at
the East End
Marine Park's
activity booth

An underwater "--t- yr- contest started the day even before the local food ven
dors began cook'.., .11 offered chances to win US$400-$600 packages of
donated dinners, scuba dives, jet ski rentals, tours, hand-blown art glass, cruising
guides and Cruzan rum.
The St. Croix East End Marine Park sponsored an activities tent with educational
games and a kids' snorkel clinic to educate and entertain. New child-size snorkel
gear was loaned to children interested in learning how to see what's underwater just
off the beach.
VINE and the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) continued the educa
tional theme, offering printed information on reef conservation from several govern
mental I ..- . .' i - .i -I rkeling clinics and a "Leave Paradise in its
Place" *..' .... .' I I i iI ... ..., I' to preserve coral reefs. (As a reminder, US
Customs agents at the airport are authorized to confiscate and return to the beach
coral and shells found in luggage leaving the island.)
Michelle Pugh, owner of Dive Experience and a member of the Women Divers' Hall
of Fa- .-- a mooring-rope demonstration, and DPNR Fish & Wildlife displayed a
tiny. ..' I I in a jar, to aid fishermen and divers in identifying and eradicating this
predatory reef-destroyer.
On Rhythms' open-air stage, University of the Virgin Islands student MCs Trevor
Nelson and Tahyna Jules introduced guest speakers Senators Nellie O'Reilly and
Terrence Positive Nelson, and the musical artists, who appeared for free or at a dis
count: Siete Son supplied salsa sounds, Kurt Schindler brought his unique combine
tion of reggae, rock, world jazz, funk and blues, and the Reggae Bubblers provided
the sound system and finished the event on a musical high note.
Heading th,- ?a-r--t -r ni--r are Kurt and Janelle Schindler, founders.
According i.. i .. I .I ... i... 1I i i -I Croix East End Marine Park), Reef Jamwas
started in *"*'- i, ,, II I.... II .- contacted their friend Claudia Lombard for
ideas on holding a benefit performance for St. Croix reefs. Lombard linked the
Schindlers to three women from VINE: Emily Tyner (UVI-Marine Advisory Service),
Melanie Feltmate (St. George Botanical Gardens) and Langjahr. At the time, VINE
was gearing up for International Year of the Reef 2008, and met with the Schindlers
and other interested individuals. The effort became Reef Jam 2008. Initial invest
ment was exactly zero, but local businesses and community groups donated funds
and volunteer time to the event, which raised US$7,000. The funds were used for
snorkel gear and snorkel clinics for reef safety, and public service radio announce
ments with information on fishing seasons, reef protection and snorkel clinics.
This year, Langjahr was pleased to report a turnout of about 1,000 people, more
than 60 vl .-t : ..-.1 ". 1 -.-I y."
Funds g .. I II ., ..... I will be available on a competitive basis through
the 2009 Reef Jam Mini-Grant Program: St. Croix community groups, school or stu
dent organizations, civic groups, government or:~-n ----ri-nt -,-n-i- /'-r'ni-
tions, and individuals are invited and encouraged I *".11 -' "* ' 'j
grants to fund marine-related education and conservation projects. Possible projects
to be funded include: organizing beach/waterway cleanup, designing marine
themed murals, creating environmental education awareness materials, establishing
youth environmental conservation groups, and more.
Reef Jam uses the Virgin Islands Resource Conservation and Development Council
as their fiduciary, .. II ,,., i .1.. 11. ..I. I them for the quality of their services.
After last year's E - ... I II I from the crowd, th- -r n-i--r decided to
make Reef Jam an annual event and hope to establish its :' I I' ,' c 3) status
by next year.
Check with www.reefjam.com for updates, and have your beach blanket ready
for 2010!
Ellen Sanpere lives aboard Cayenne III, an Idyle 15.5, in Christiansted Harbor, St. Croix.


Dominica Stands Up for Whale Conservation
An International Ocean Life Symposium co-sponsored by the Eastern Caribbean
Coalition for Environmental Awareness (ECCEA) and the Pew Environment Group in
cooperation with the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme took place March
22nd through 25th at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica.
According to the ECCEA, the :.. i... was an important step to restore the image
of the Caribbean sub-region, ano i i. Commonwealth of Dominica in particular, in
whale conservation. At the symposium the Prime Minister of Dominica, The Hon.
Roosevelt Skerrit, reaffirmed that the Government of Dominica has broken with
regional consensus and a 15-year policy of supporting Japan's pro-whaling vote at
the International Whaling Commission, and will no longer support an overturn of the
current ban on commercial whaling at the IWC.
Former Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders noted that for several years it has
been .11 I i.. -everal small Eastern Caribbean countries have supported Japan
atthe i ...- theJapaneseV i.... .. . .I i ... , i ,, ,.
eration facilities. It has also been cl ... i ,,, i ,,i I .- ,. I I
. ...... ,I .th e .. ... I I h -
I1 .- 1. ii i I legations' attendance. These claims were upheld in
Dominica by environmentalists who have followed closely that country's participa
tion in IWC meetings. Among these persons is Dominica's former Environment
Minister, Atherton Martin, wt -E.. i ,' 'C'""'i ,.1 protest over the issue.
In his presentation to the ....... .I ,, on March 23rd, Prime Minister
Skerritt recalled that last year his government "had taken a very bold decision
after many decades of supporting the whaling issue to steer clear of voting for
whaling", and he emphasized to the gathering that his government would not
renege on that commitment.
Meanwhile, six primary schools in Dominica are participating in a pilot Floating
Classroom Program to learn how to protect marine life, specifically whales. The pro
gram was designed by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), in collabo
ration with the Ministry of Education Youth Development Division, The Dominica
Youth Environment Organization Inc, and CARIBwhale (the Caribbean Whale
Watchers Association). The goal is that through an introduction to whales, dolphins
and life on coral reefs, school children will acquire -1-i- -r ',-l-r t-t-;n;-,l- f how
human actions on the land and the ocean's surface .11 i .... I .I 1., I11 intro
ductory lessons of the Floating Classroom curriculum focus on whales and the
importance of the waters around Dominica as a breeding ground for them. The sec
ond day is followed by a whale-watch trip aboard Dive Dominica's whale watching
vessel Stingray.
The 61st Annual Meeting of the IWC is taking place in Funchal, Madeira, as this
issue of Compass goes to press.
Uses of Grenadines Waters Being Mapped
It's widely known that the Grenadines boast beautiful cobalt and turquoise waters
-but what's really out there, and what is it all used for? To make a visible inven
tory, a variety of marine-resource users in the Grenadines participated in a series of
-r; n exercises from May 14th ,i.... .i1. .... 11i.. The exercises include
I I ,Ih1 .1,. of coastal resources and .. .- i "... .. for marine livelihoods
in each of the nine inhabited Grenadine islands.
Participants worked alongside PhD researcher Kim Baldwin of the Centre for
Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of the West

Chart check.
Ron Williams
a(center) and
Laurie Stowe
(right) of
Bequia Dive
point out areas
of interest to
UWI researcher
Kim Baldwin

Indies, to map local knowledge of areas that provide food or materials of tangible
value for local communities. They also mapped cultural and historical areas, conser
ovation areas, and areas under threat or space-use conflict. The exercises captured a
wealth ol I .1 1 .. I i. I supplement the limited scientific information available.
They are i ..I I i. ,,. ,,,. Marine Resource and Space Use Information System
(MarSIS) project, a research initiative of the Sustainable Grenadines Project, which
aims to strengthen civil society to contribute to sustainable development.
o f .i i h I I . ...-h. II- 1 .. I.. I , I .II . 1.1. -I .- I I II I ... I .. .
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knowledge of marine resources, conservation and livelihood areas into a Geographical
Information System and is anticipated to be complete by the end of this year.
Key spatial information will include marine habitats, infrastructure, marine resource
users, associated space-use patterns (such as anchorages, dive sites, fishing grounds,
shipping lanes, recreation areas), biological areas (sea turtle nesting, seabird roosting,
marine mammals) and conservation sites (marine protected areas, spawning and nurs
ery grounds, historical sites/shipwrecks, other coastal livelihood opportunities) as well
as identified areas of threat (sand-mining/dredging, beach erosion, dumping/land
based sources of pollution, mangrove cutting) across the Grenadines.
S... ........ .... .. ... -habitat mapping cruise of the Grenada Bank
scl. i.. I I ......I I-,. II ... I.. September 5th sponsored in part by The
M ...., ,i. i ... -1 i 1 1- dies and the Mustique Company.
Stakeholder validation and feedback workshops of the final information system are
planned for late November.
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Greaux. Having been advertised and publicized on local
Radio, the event soon drew interest and we met up with
many of the more senior citizens who had been involved
-_ t. tr.-.d1 1.-l-r -sail in the past, and many other
liii ,, ,oin B o .. I .I, IH ". My own vessel Tradition, a cutter
J rigged Carriacou boat with her -ri:;;l -olors and rig,
tt a t t was soon recognized as one of I. ... cargo vessels
and I was regaled with stories about her trading days,
when with only the smallest of engines she sailed regu
St larly between St. Barth and Carriacou.
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On the second day's racing, Tradition had about 15
on board i-.1;- l; Captain Bill of St. Barth who has
spent a i ..... sea trading between the islands.
Now, at 92 years of age, he was anxious to share his

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tive and seamanship these guys must have had, and
Captain Bill such a gentle and erudite man. Thank
you for joining us, Bill.
Further thanks have to go out t- T 1-i r
and Alexis Andrews for having the i.. I .. i i .


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Sweetheart shows her speed
Inset Top Left: Sweetheart and Genesis attempt to overtake Summer Cloud
Below: Just like old times: the quay at Gustavia with the feet in
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knowledge of local winds and currents and expertly
took the helm. Bill was only too pleased to reminisce
about his lifetime of sailing his trading schooner
among the islands. I liked his tale of shipping live
cattle on deck (ify-;; -;n- i r;- th-.t1 into St. Barth,
where they lived .-. .11 .. I up, and got
French "passports" so they could enter Guadeloupe
as French cattle with no duty to be paid. What initial

amazing event, Mowgli Fox for running the committee
boat, Raymond Magras for his sponsorship and help,
and Bruno Greaux, Daniel Blanchard and Jennie
May for helping to make it all happen. Additional
support was proved by UNESCO, and sponsors
included Caribbean Compass, Acqua Films,
Woodstock Boatbuilders, The Anchorage and
Adventure Antigua.
A wonderful few days of glorious sailing aboard true
West Indian sailing vessels and great hospitality at
one of their traditional ports of call will always be
Most important is to look forward to next year, April
30th through May 2nd, and hope that many more
Caribbean working sailing boats can come and make
this event even more spectacular.
Have a look on Alexis Andrews's website
westindiesregatta.com (there's a great movie at
westindiesregatta.com/Movie) for more informa
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Its Saturday, May de 30th an' ah lyin' at anchor in Canouan Bay. De skies blue
an' de water clear an' pretty; ah could see white sea urchins an' red starfish on de
bottom, ah good sign de water healthy, remind yo' dat life is just fo' livin'!
Twenty-one boat line de beach, sails flappin' in de breeze. Yo' notice ah say 'breeze',
yes, it coming' at ten to 15 knot. It's de Canouan Whitsun Regatta an' we got eight boat
down from Bequia. At de end ah Be i... I i .11 .1. ley go' prove dem point
in Canouan; well, today is de day, I i. -1 i ..'" I i -1. got new jib an' dagger
board. As fo' Confusion, she lengthen she mast an' dress up in ah new mainsail,
looking' good on land. Bluff looking' good as ever, an' so is Cloudy Bay. In de 24-foot
class, we got Limbo an' Iron Duke but ah don't t'ink Iron Duke sailin' today, she got ah
bad leak along she garboard streak; dey go' fix it fo' tomorrow. In de 18 footers, is
Worries an' Tornado from Bequia, NerissaJ one an' two, an' Progress from Canouan.
At ah quarter to twelve, dey decide fo' start, 14-footers off first, ten in de class, half
de fleet. Twenty eight-footers last, dem look good goin' out de bay to de buoy an' down
wind to Catholic Rock. Confusion in de lead around' de rock an' upwind dey coming ,
passing' south ah Mayreau Baleine Rock an' up to Friendship. Dey on ah beat an' de
i ,.1 i t four knots in de opposite direction. BequiaPride in de lead around de
:. ... i Confusion an' Bluff right behind. As dey pass Glossy Hill, Bequia Pride
still in de lead, Confusion close behind because she catch up on de d .. ;. 1 1
did Bluff Is ah good :..ii I de finish but Bequia Pride get de marlk ...
second, Bluff third an' I .. i Bay some way out dey. Talkin' dis an' dat, I ain't see no
committee boat by de finish an' no horn ings flat! Time fo' d ,, ... i i 1.
one. Dey deserve it because is free o'clock an' de sun hot an' cI II i
Sunday morning' is here an' ah decide fo' tek ah walk down de beach an' tek ah look
at all dem boat. As ah say, it got ten small boat an' dey rig all how. Look like dem
never put up sail until dat Sunday morning' because when de word say 'Go' an' dem
open jib, ah see de jib sheet fo' one on de way up de mast: dey hook it up down-side
up! But yo' know what catch me most? Is dem names. Boy oh boy, dey -t ".-.; like
Bad Feelings, Shark, Spy, Hard Target, Blue Vex to name ah few. But 11 I ... p an'
de way dem look, some ah dem go' tow back instead ah sail back.
Reverse course today an' de sun hot fo' so, it ain't got ah cool tree yo' could stand
under in Canouan. All dey plant is footsteps, not trees. Dey got some nice houses
though. Ah goin' go up on de hill an' watch, good view. On de beat up to Friendship,
Bequia Pride in de lead as dey round de mark, Confusion an' Bluffclose behind. In de
18-foot class, Tornado in front by ah long way. Confusion in front on de downwind leg
to Catholic Rock to fight ah northeast wind an' ah bar lee tide. It go' be i. i I..i I
between BequiaPride an' Confusion because de two ah dem look to be close 'f I I I
back on de south shore: wrong move. De tide trippin' north an' dey goin' south. Ah

always hear dem old people say, if de wind is
north, keep on de north shore; come close to yo'
mark not go away from it. Dat mek sense. But dem
also say, yo' ha' fo' pay fo' learn. Dey turn Glossy
an' upwind to de finish. Ah good fight, Confusion
an' Bequia Pride, tack fo' tack, wid Confusion win
nin' by seconds. Tomorrow is another day but fo'
now, check out what goin' on on shore. No Queen
Show tonight but it go' ha' some kind ah action on
de hard court: boom-boom .11ii ".i
Monday morning' break I .I I rain clouds
an' ah good breeze. Nine o'clock an' down de rain
come, all man running' fo' cover. Is de only ting
Caribbean people does run from! Eleven o'clock
an' it stop, an' so is de wind. Down just enough to
breathe, it remind me ah de Easter Monday in
r, Bequia. But off dem go, ah triangular course out
side de bay. It go' be ah bit tricky out dey today.
De wind shiftin' in all direction but it ain't stop
Bequia Pride fro- -Fl--in' she pride an' leaving'
Confusion more I,- I Bequia Pride got "Hold
yo' own" on she sails an' she certainly hold she
own today. As fo' Bluff she foldin' too quick an'
not livin' up to she name, an' Cloudy Bay days are
getting' grey!
Limbo knock out Iron Duke all two races.
Tornado go' get first overall but she get ah good
lickin' today; well done Worries! An' so my friend,
let de skulls start bustin' again until Carriacou when all de big boys meet again.

Canouan Regatta 2009 Winners

Clockwise from top: Skipper Allick Daniel of Limbo, crewmember Ulic Alo'
Ragguette accepting the trophy for Bequia Pride, and skipper Kingsley Stowe
of Tornado

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leet from Guadeloupe to Cuba. Stopovers were made in Marigot, Saint
Martin, and along the south coast of the Dominican Republic, as well as
at two new ports this year Ile a Vache on the south coast of Haiti and Errol Flynn
Marina in Jamaica. At Ile a Vache, rally participants delivered goods donated by the
Red Cross and the Rotary Club in St. Martin to an orphanage (see related item on
S ii.. .. the rally also had a new finishing point in Cuba the south coast
The sailing was smooth and downwind all the way. Twenty five-knot winds were
rarely reached and the group could fully enjoy the stopovers' swimming, friendly
parties and excursions.

Right: The rally fleet fills the
S marina at Port Antonio, Jamaica

Left: Rally organizer Stephane
Legendre with Errol Flynn
Marina manager Dale Westtn
Sand Transcarabes rally founder
Jean Marc Rutin
This rally is characterized by the freedom that is given to participants; a good
example was this year's leg from Guadeloupe to Saint Martin. From Marina Bas du
Fort, some decided to go upwind around the Pointe des Chateaux cape, others south
around Basse-Terre, and a third group decided to wake up early and take the
Riviere-Salee canal which shortened their journey by 50 miles.
This is a social as well as a sailing event. The main point of e 1 1 whatever the
distance, is to reach the next stop in time for the welcome '' i....- and parties,
which are set at 6:00PM local time.

The tenth anniversary event featured a wonderful welcome at Marina Bas du Fort,
as usual. At Saint Martin, the rally boats docked at Marina Fort Louis and provisions
and spares were loaded aboard for the next stages of the multi-destination voyage.
Participants also sorted out and loaded the boats with hundreds of bags of clothing
and supplies for the Haiti operation. Everyone was ready for the adventure.
Some 320 miles later the group reached Marina Casa de Campo, the first stop in
the Dominican Republic. This lovely marina, with first class service, friendly people
and excellent parties -thanks to Commodore Fini's friendship and efficiency -has
been a partner of the rally from the very beginning. A visit to the luxurious Casa de
Campo resort and Altos de Chavon, a medieval Italian village reconstruction, were
highlights of the first day there. Another important excursion took place to the
capital city of Santo Domingo's historical quarter. These trips gave a feeling of what
the DR has to offer for ralliers who have time to stay longer on their return journey
to the Lesser Antilles.
The other stops in the DR were at Isla Catalina, Boca Chica, Isla Beata and its 200
fishermen, and last but not least Bahia Las Aguilas with its five-mile-long deserted
white sand beach close to the Haitian border.
Another 110 miles of overnight sailing and we were anchored at Ile a Vache. The
distribution of humanitarian aid took place and the memorable welcome the popular
tion treated us with is still in everyone's memory. It is amazing to see what people
can offer with so little, a lesson for us all. We will definitely come back next year.
One more night of sailing and we reached Errol Flynn Marina at Port Antonio,
Jamaica. Here we had three marvelous days of relaxation, touring and provisioning
in preparation for the last leg of the trip to Cuba. For those who planned to depart
from Cuba to cross the Atlantic to Europe, this was an opportunity to stock up on
all necessary items for that long journey. The tri;n; -.tff 1-- ;;;;i;; --ith manager
Dale Westin and his ass:t ..-t r"-- "iro, :.i ., --.i I I 1 I make this
stay a memorable one; i. i .... 1 efficient and always ready to help.
Two-and-a-half days of ...... i . we arrived at Cienfuegos for the first time,
which we knew would be -..I i i 1 In the narrow entrance channel, dozens of

small typical fishing boats welcomed the rally fleet and escorted us to the Marlin
Marina. Local and international press was there: TV, newspapers, radio stations.
Cienfuegos was built by the French around two centuries ago, and from now on the
rally will reach Cienfuegos for its commemoration day, April 22nd, each year.
The closing ceremony at the Cienfuegos Yacht Club was above anyone's expect
tion; the food was tasty and the dance performance and music were just fantastic.
The following day we took the bus to visit the historic cities of Trinidad, built by the
Spaniards, and Old Havana.
Special thanks to Marlin Marina Cienfuegos, Habanatur (excursions) and
Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich from the II ...... I, ,I ... ... 1 Yacht Club
in Havana. Without their help, no culmination I -. i I i1. .'I .1, would have
been possible.
In conclusion, after n---in- -- iit-l six different islands, made more than ten stops
and covered around .: '- .....i. .1 miles, this group of 50 sailors had the feeling
they had lived a true Caribbean Adventure.
The next TranscaraiTes rally will take place between April 1st and 22nd, 2010. The
organizer speaks English, Spanish and French. Come and join us!
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Optimism over Junior Sailing in Carriacou
Mike Barnott reports: Although the retirement to
England of Edward "Ted" Tuson is regarded as a big
loss to Carriacou's sailing community, he is leaving his
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Optimist ainghy sailing is a worldwide phenomenon,
and Carriacou kids are part of the action

pet project the Carriacou Junior Sailing Club in
Tyrrel Bay in great shape for the future.
It began in 2002 with the acquisition of three
Optimist dinghies donated from Trinidad via the
Grenada Sailing Association to foster youth sailing on
the island. The club in Tyrrel Bay's village, Harvey Vale,
is the most successful product of that initiative. Nine
Optimists were originally distributed among three
communities; eventually most of the dinghies found
their way to Tyrrel Bay. As a result of Ted's enthusiasm
and the support of many residents, regular visitors and
passing yacht crews, the club has flourished.
More than one "graduate" of the juniors is now a
strapping teenager who will be guaranteed a berth
on boats competing at local regattas. The club has
also provided a valuable social opportunity for the
youngsters on Saturdays and a morning sail always
ends with a swim and sometimes a game of beach
cricket. Tuition, ranging from a basic introduction to
dinghy sailing through safe-conduct training to com-
petitive racing, is now being handled by Kurlan Bethel,

an enthusiastic volunteer from the island's traditional
sailing community of Windward. Club teams partici-
pate in both Carriacou and Petite Martinique regat-
tas. Now with a fleet of eight Optimists, two GP14s
(one in need of repair) and a small workshop/dinghy
park, the club is a substantial presence. A keen mem-
bership of young sailors extends a welcome to young-
sters from visiting yachts and fills all available dinghies
every Saturday morning.
Jacqui Pascall of the Grenada Sailing Association
expressed the association's gratitude to Ted for his
devoted work in establishing the club and building its
success over the years. Budget Marine's continuing
sponsorship of the junior sailing program enables the
GSA to support Kurlan in his new role with training ses-
sions from visiting instructor Kevin Banfield and career
development courses in Grenada. Ted is hopeful that
his legacy will not have to rely forever on the generos-
ity of the GSA, interested yachtsmen and private
benefactors, but will also gain recognition from the
Grenada government. In the meantime, anyone who
would like to come along with an RIB to provide
escort and safety-boat cover, or just join in the fun, will
always be most welcome.
For more information contact CJSC coordinator
Teena at (473) 403-6562
Antonina Wins 2009 Atlantic Cup Rally
The 19 sailboats in this year's Atlantic Cup offshore
sailing rally from Tortola to Bermuda reached in north-
east to southeast winds for the 850-mile passage.
Departing Tortola on May 3rd, sailors enjoyed spinna-
ker runs, glorious sunsets, and fresh-caught tuna,
punctuated only briefly by fresh winds and lumpy
seas. The annual Atlantic Cup, sponsored by the
Cruising Rally Association, provides friendly competi-



The Cherubini schooner Antonina, Overall Winner at
this year's Tortola-to-Bermuda Atlantic Cup race

tion, shared weather information, crew lists, and twice-
daily radio chats to boats returning to the US and
Canada from their winter cruising grounds in
the Caribbean.
Antonina, a Cherubini schooner sailed by Vince
Archcetto from New Jersey, was the Overall Handicap
Winner. The elegant schooner manned by a crew of
four out-sailed its handicap to beat Clover IIi, a Swan
56, under the command of skipper David Fraizer who
was first to finish. Gil Smith and his crew on Joy For AlI,

a Farr 50 were second to finish. Fado Fado, a Leopard
46 catamaran with Denis McCarthy on the helm,
arrived third. The Rally fleet of nine boats completed
the passage in between 98 and 121 hours.
For the first time, the ralliers departed Tortola from
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. "The hard-working
team at Nanny Cay made it very easy for participants
to get ready for the long passage. The fact that
Nanny Cay Marina has skilled tradesmen on site
makes it all much easier," said Steve Black, Founder
and President of the Cruising Rally Association.
All ralliers received a warm welcome at the St.
George's Dinghy and Sports Club in Bermuda and
most departed for the eastern seaboard of the US
within 48 hours of arrival.
The fleet was divided into three divisions. In addition
to the Rally Class, there were two Cruising Classes. Six
boats entered the Cruising Class to enjoy a cruise in
company to Bermuda. Four other boats sailed directly
to the United States from Tortola in eight or nine days.
All classes received the same safety, weather and
communication benefits. The boats in the cruising
class that sailed to Bermuda received awards that
recognized their achievement of safely completing
the open ocean passage.
With wireless transponders on each yacht, positions
were broadcast via the satellite network six times
each day, with each boat's track displayed on the
Caribbean 1500 website using software customized to
incorporate features from Google Earth.
The Cruising Rally Association returns to Nanny Cay
later this year for the 20th Caribbean 1500, slated to
start on November 2nd. This event is one of the largest
and longest-running offshore cruising rallies in the
Americas. Black anticipates a record entry of return-
ing ralliers for the anniversary activities.
The Cruising Rally
Association is supported by
companies including
Davenport & Company LLC,
Nanny Cay Resort & Marina,
West Marine, Blue Water
Sailing magazine, Switlik,
OCENS, ICOM, and World
Cruising Ltd.
For more information visit
www. carib 1500. com.
12 Metres Duel in Anguilla
At the 7th Annual Anguilla
Regatta, held May 8th
through 10th and sponsored
and organized by the
Anguilla Sailing Association
and the Anguilla Tourist
Board, there were races for
numerous types of boats,
including local boats,
Optimists, and yachts in
Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker,
Cruising and Multihull Classes.
But stealing the show on the
Saturday were the two St. Maarten-based America's
Cup veterans, the 12 Metres Stars & Stripes and True
North, duking it out for the Battle of the Banks and the
West End Cup with crew from local businesses
aboard. All proceeds from this event supported the
Anguilla Youth Sailing Club.
Speaking for the ASA, Peter Parles said, "This year's
Battle of the Banks and West End Cup races were very
exciting! We love this part of the regatta as everyone is
cheering on someone on a boat. That we can get
these great boats over to Anguilla and have the local
community involved is something the ASA is proud of
and would like to continue for years to come.
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participation over the seven years they have raced and
Cuisinart has become a great friend to the ASA,
Anguilla Regatta and, most importantly, the Anguilla
Youth Sailing Club. We truly appreciate the contributions
they have made to this and all of our efforts, and would
like to publicly say a big thank-you! We thank all the
regatta as well as Frangipani Beach Resort who
stepped up and offered assistance to the ASA and
AYSC by lending their boat Relentless as press boat for
the three day event."
One new aspect of the 12 Metre Challenge this
year was that anyone could purchase a spot on one
of the boats for a friendly Sunday morning race.
Tourists, locals and ex-pats all climbed aboard the two
yachts on Sunday morning and raced a short course,
with Stars & Stripes squeaking in with a win by
six seconds.
In the Battle of the Banks, last year's winners, the
National Bank of Anguilla, took the helm of Stars &
Stripes, and the challengers, Caribbean Commercial
Bank, boarded True North. With previous years' results
tied at three wins apiece, this was an important tie-
breaking year in winds topping 20 knots! The race
stayed close. As the boats beat up the coast of
Anguilla towards the finish in Road Bay, they split tacks
to the finish, resulting in True North finishing first.
In the West End Cup race, defending champions
Cuisinart Resort & Spa sailed True North, while a com-
bined team from Frangipani Beach Resort, Medical Air
Service Association, The Pumphouse and Straw Hat
Restaurant raced Stars & Stripes. Coming in close to
shore at Meads, Maundays and Rendezvous Bays, the
boats met with cheering crowds as they rounded the
marks. Team Cuisinart became the first repeat winner,
holding the cup for another year.
Plans are underway for next year's regatta and
dates will be announced soon.
For complete results visit www. anguillaregatta. com.
For more information about the ASA or the AYSC
visit www.sailanguilla com.

St. John's Commodore's Cup Defines
Friendly Competition
Margie Smith reports: The 10th Annual Budget
Marine Commodore's Cup, sponsored jointly by St.
John, USVI's three yacht clubs the St. John Yacht
Club, the Nauti Yacht Club, and the Coral Bay Yacht
Club was held May 9th and 10th, Mother's Day
weekend, in Coral Bay, a place where residents are
known by the names of their boats. Everybody knows
everybody in this quintessentially friendly competition.
Denise was on her Cal 27, Reality Switch, with an all-
girl crew of Suki, Lynn, Deborah, Jamie and... well,
there was that one "woman" in a purple wig who
looked suspiciously like Wally from Island Blues. Sara
O'Neill, skipper of the 33-foot Camper Nicholson
O'dege, sailed with a Mother's Day crew including
her mother, Debbie, her son, Abel, and Carolina -
the family's boat dog. Their neighbor Steve raced his
boat Painkilla for the first time in years.
Boats had the choice to compete in PHRF spinnaker
or non-spinnaker divisions, or in a pursuit race. O'dege
won the pursuit race, followed by Bear on Yellow
Menace and, in a three-way tie, Marty on Ruffian,
Steve on Southern Breeze and Tory on Paradise Found.
George and Linda Stuckert of Cruz Bay took first place
in the PHRF non-spinnaker division in their J/30, Zing,
followed by Coral Bay's Jimmy on Zephyr and, in a
good example of how things work in Coral Bay, Bill on
the KATS Ensign called Spinner, Spitter, Sniper, or Wiper
- depending on who you ask. In the spinnaker class,
it was Chris Thompson from St. Thomas in his J/27
J-Walker in the lead.

Denise and the not quite allfemale crew of the Cal 27
Reality Switch

The winners of each class competed in a Laser sail-
off, which Sara O'Neill won, making O'dege the overall
winner of the regatta for the second consecutive year.
As always, the awards ceremonies were held at
Skinny Legs, St. John's venerable burger joint, official
home of the Coral Bay Yacht Club, and unofficial
town hall of Coral Bay. And as always, the dinghy raf-
fle was one of the most highly anticipated portions of
the festivities (this year won by School Bus Kathy). As
always, proceeds benefited Kids and the Sea (KATS),
the esteemed program teaching boating skills and
safety to the future sailors of the Caribbean.

2009 Round Guadeloupe Race Terrific!
Before launching this year's Round Guadeloupe

Race, the organizers hesitated. Due to the economic
climate, some sponsors reefed their sails and the
uncertainty of local institutions' financial help up until
a few weeks before the event made Le Triskell
Organization wonder if they would fail. But they did
not. Guadeloupe's nautical community decided the
show would go on and they achieved a
terrific event.
Forty-nine boats, two more than last year, were on
the start line on May 20th in front of Gosier Islet under
a beautiful sun and 15 knots of wind. Due to the
increasing number of boats in the CSA monohull class,
a second group should be created next year.
The stopovers at Marie Galante, Port Louis, Deshaies
and Les Saintes were festive and friendly. Competitors,
friends and relatives were present, answering Triskell
President Jean Michel Marziou's call to demonstrate, if
needed, that the conviviality on the Tour de
Guadeloupe is almost as important as the competi-
tion itself. As usual, the evening at Les Saintes was
the climax.
For the second consecutive year the organization
set up a cumulative compensated time. This racing
system offered an interesting fight between smaller
boats at ease in medium-strength winds. The overall
winner was Bafti+Bagghi with Luc Duponteil at the
helm. Without any single-leg victory he managed,
thanks to consistency, to reach the highest step of the
A large and tired crowd, after five days of racing,
came to the prizegiving ceremony at Marina Bas du
Fort at Pointe-d-Pitre. The Comit6 du Tourisme des lies
de Guadeloupe (Tourism Office of Guadeloupe), and
Nouvelles Antilles had invited journalists from France,
which shows the economic impact of this event
for Guadeloupe.
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racers such as Victor Jean Noel, Luc Coquelin, Claude
Thelier, Willy Bicente and Christine Montlouis is another
sign that this has become a major Caribbean event.
The Round Guadeloupe Race 2010 will be held April
1st through 5th.
For full results visit www. triskellcup. com.

Captain Oliver's Convivial Regatta 2009
St6phane Legendre reports: Captain's Oliver
Regatta is characterized by its conviviality and fair
play throughout the races and wonderful evening
parties organized at Oyster Pond marina restaurants
and resort, on the French side of Saint Martin.
This year, 28 boats gathered in four classes:
Performance Monohulls (eight boats), Performance
Multihulls (six boats), Cruising Monohulls (nine boats)
and Cruising Multihulls (five boats). The weather
favored the organizers with beautiful sunshine and 15
to 20 knots of wind, dying on the second day, accom-
panied the racers.
There were two races this year, with a last-minute
course modification due to strong winds on the
Saturday. Saturday's race was around the island anti-
clockwise, starting and arriving in front of the Oyster
Pond marina. On the Sunday a pursuit race was orga-
nized for the first time, leaving Tintamarre island to port;
on the way back boats had to round Molly Beday and


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Guana Bay rocks, leaving them to starboard before
the line just off the marina's entrance buoys.
In the Performance Monohulls Class, the three
Melges 24s Coors Light, French Connection and
Budget Marine competed for the top step on the
podium. One minute's difference separated Coors
Light's winning skipper, Frits Bus, and French
Connection's skipper, Didier Rouault.
Moondance, Garth Steyn's Catalina 36, won the
Cruising Monohull class, in front of Ronnie Van Sittert's
Contention 37. Captain Oliver's own boat, an old
Marquise 56, surprisingly won the Cruising Catamaran
class and Jeroen de Rooij's Prindle 19 won the Racing
Multihull class in front of Geoff Ledee's Seacart 30.
The parties' climax was reached on the last day at
the prizegiving, to which Oliver Lange (Captain Oliver)
had invited the dancers from the famous Platinum
nightclub of Sint Maarten.
In conclusion, once again a wonderful weekend
sailing in Saint Martin helped to round out a very inten-
sive sailing season in the Caribbean. We are looking
forward to next year's edition.
For more information visit wwwcoyc-sxm.com/regatta.


St. Lucia and Martinique: 'Let's Get Together!'
Danielle de Rouck reports: The Yacht Club de la
Martinique (YCM) organized La Transcanal Regatta
from Martinique to St Lucia on May 30th and invited
the St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC) to participate with the
intention of enhancing the relationship between the
yacht club communities. Although the event pro-
duced only five local Martinique yachts and one from
St. Lucia, the SLYC hosted more than 60 visitors to
its shores.
Participating yachts were Sonadio and Open the
Barre in the Racing Class, and Ocean Two, Foxy and
Europa in the Cruising Class. The St. Lucian entry, the
J/24 Grayling, was skippered by Edgar Roe with his
junior sailing crew from SLYC. A powerboat carrying
representatives from La Conseil Regional de

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From left to right: YCM Committee member Jean Trudo,
SLYC Commodore Charles Devaux and YCM
Commodore Philippe Volny celebrating cross channel
togetherness for Martinique and St. Lucia yacht clubs

Martinique accompanied the fleet. Sonadio, an
Archambault A40, was the first to cross the finish line,
which was taken care of by SLYC's Ted Bull
and Frank Capers.
After finishing, the yachts headed to Rodney Bay
Marina where they docked at reduced rates thanks to
the generosity of IGY. That evening the sailors were
welcomed to the St. Lucia Yacht Club with an appe-
tizer and rum punch, followed by a briefing for
Sunday's race, the day's prizegiving and dinner. SLYC
members were pleased to have the company of
Philippe Volny, President of the Yacht Club de la
Martinique, and Lionel Baud, President of the associa-
tion Open the Barre, who heads the organizing com-
mittee of Le Combat de Coques race held every year
in Le Marin/Ste. Anne. Albert Lapiquonne of Club
Nautique du Marin Sailing School and Jean Michel
Pastourelli, Sailing Instructor at Club Sportif Militaire de
la Martinique, were also present.
Jean Trudo presented the prizes from YCM. Trophies
donated by La Conseil Regional de la Martinique
were given to the winning yachts, whose crews also
benefited from kegs donated by Heineken St Lucia. A
traditional exchange of burgees was made between
Philippe Volny and Charles Devaux, the commodores
of the two clubs. Then the tireless visitors were taken
out for a night on the town!
On the Sunday, racing action continued in Rodney
Bay with St. Lucian J/24s and Lasers racing with the


Martinique yachts. Sonadio was again victorious in the
Racing Class. Ocean Two topped Cruising Class, and
Grayling came first in the J/24s. Eduardo was the Laser
class winner.
The day was completed with a beach barbecue
and prizegiving, and burgees were exchanged
between the Club Sportif Militaire Martinique and
SLYC commodores. From the feedback it looks very
promising for the event to grow into a major race.
Next year, the Transcanal will reverse direction, sailing
from St. Lucia to Martinique.
The sponsors, Conseil Regional de la Martinique and
Alain Afflelou, Martinique, and Heineken St. Lucia,
made it possible to entertain the sailors and provide
prizes that will be cherished. A big thank-you to Jean,
the do-it-all from YCM, SLYC Bosun Ted, SLYC Manager
Meriea and SLYC Social Secretary Danielle, and not to
forget Maurice of "One Time".
For more information visit www.siuciayachtclub.com.

Travellers Trophies Won by Storm and Lost Horizon
The Travellers Trophy is awarded each year to the
yacht which has achieved the best results in major
Caribbean regattas based on, as the name suggests,
both traveling to away regattas (effort) and excel-
lence (winning). This shows a true dedication to the
sport of yacht racing and can properly justify the title
of "Caribbean Champion Yacht".
The Port Louis Grenada Sailing Festival in January is
the first regatta of the annual series, and the last is
Antigua Sailing Week in April when the trophy will
be awarded. A revised format of the Travellers Trophy
now allows for the trophy to be awarded during the
current year, instead of for the previous year.
In keeping with the revised format, the trophy was
presented twice this year. The 2008 Travellers Trophy
went to Peter Peake and his team from Trinidad on
the Reichel Pugh 44 Storm. They sailed in all three
regions South, Center and North and placed or
won in nearly every regatta they entered. The 2009
Travellers Trophy has gone to the J/122 Lost Horizon -
James and Nicky Dobbs and their team from Antigua.
They campaigned very successfully in the Center and
North regions, in the Rolex, BVI Spring, Puerto Rico
and Heineken Regattas, and were leading in Antigua
Sailing Week until they broke their boom.

J/24s to Vie for International Championship
in Barbados
The Barbados 2009 J/24 Open International
Championship will be sailed on Saturday July 4th and
Sunday July 5th on Carlisle Bay, Barbados. The event
is organized by the Barbados J/24 Club and hosted
by the Barbados Yacht Club and Harbor Lights
Nightclub. The skippers' briefing will be held at the
Barbados Yacht Club on Friday July 3rd at 5:00PM in
the Regatta Room.
The Championships will be governed by the ISAF
Racing Rules of Sailing 2009 2011, and the Sailing
Instructions. The race committee is planning on having
eight races over two days. Seven races need to be
completed to constitute a series. Race courses will be
provided at the skippers' briefing. The scoring system
will be the low point scoring system: one point for each
position you finished based on the number of entries.
DNS, DNF or Disqualification after a race will result in
points reflecting the number of entries plus one.
For more information visit www.j24barbados com.

Premier's Cup International Youth Regatta in July, BVI
The Kids and The Sea (KATS) Organization, The
Honourable Premier and People of the British Virgin
Islands take great pleasure in inviting young sailors
from throughout the region to compete in the 2009
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Tortola, hosted by KATS and the Rotary Clubs
of the BVI.
Entry is open to all youths under 18 on the last day
of the regatta, with a sponsoring Rotary Club and
Yacht Club. There is no entry fee. Food, soft drinks and
accommodation are provided for competitors.
This event is governed by the ISAF Racing Rules of
Sailing 2009 2012, the sailing instructions, the class
rules as changed by the sailing instructions and the
prescriptions of the Royal BVI Yacht Club as
governing body.
Racing will be aboard IC24s and Laser 4.7s. The
IC24 class has a weight limit of 700 to 850 pounds, with
a maximum of six crew. Racing will take place off
Nanny Cay Marina in Sir Francis Drake Channel.
Multiple races will be run. Scoring will be low point with
the winner having the lowest score.
For more information contact Abby O'Neal, Director
Premier's Cup, at aoneal@bvitourism com.
T&T's Best Dinghy Sailors 2008 2009 Announced
On June 6th, the Trinidad & Tobago Sailing
Association hosted the final Budget Marine National
Dinghy Sailing Ranking for the 2008 2009 season. On
this day the nation's best sailors sailed their final three

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that provides
razor sharp racing
action. Add races
for yachts and
Optis, plus a
wealth offshore
side events, and
Carriacou Regatta
Festival is an
island event not to
be missed

The best dinghy sailors of Trinidad & Tobago, 2009.
Back row, left to right: Daniel Briggs, Wesley Scott,
Dekife Charles and Budget Marine representative
Ruth Lund. In front are Derek Poon Tip and Meiling
Chan Chow

races of the season on Carenage Bay to determine
the overall winners. Throughout the season, sailors
young and old competed on 14 ranking days in five
different classes for the title of best dinghy sailor of the
season in each class. After the last race, most classes
had sailed at least 36 races. The winners were:
Optimist Green fleet, Meiling Chan Chow; Optimist
Race fleet, Derek Poon Tip; Laser 4.7, Wesley Scott;
Laser Standard, Andrew Lewis; Club 420, Daniel Briggs
(skipper) and Dekife Charles (crew).
For more information contact
youthsailingschool@yahoo. com.

Caribbean Dinghy
Championships 2009 for Barbados
The CDCs will take place in
Barbados this year on August 15th
r and 16th, and it looks like there
will be a bumper crop of teams
participating, which can only
heighten the competition!
Barbados is looking forward to
hosting this annual event, which is
so important to both youth and
senior sailors alike.
For more information
contact Anne
at tindale@caribsuf com or visit
Guadeloupe's Coupe de Nwel
the Christmas Cup
Guadeloupe has been home for
two years to a growing dinghy/
beach cat event, the Christmas Cup (or Coupe de
Nwel in Creole), with the third edition to be held from
December 26th through 30th in Le Gosier. The compe-
tition is open to Optimist and Laser classes as well as
F 18, F16 and other 16-foot beach cats. Optimists
proved to be the most competitive class in 2008 with
many great sailors coming from Martinique
and France.
The organizer, Circle Sportif Bas du Fort (CSBF) aims
to reinforce the Caribbean dimension of the competi-
tion and has set up a partnership with
NouvellesAntilles.com, a tour operator from
Guadeloupe, to offer special deals to regional sailors.
For more information visit www csbf-guadeloupe.
com (the Notice of Race is available in French
and English).

Here Comes Carriacou Regatta Festival 2009
The Carriacou Regatta Festival takes place
annually during the week leading up to the first
Monday in August. This year's 44th edition takes
place from July 26th through August 3rd. It is a
showcase for locally built open boats and decked
sloops to compete for bragging rights. The most
recent Petite Martinique Regatta served to demon-
strate how competitive the sloops are this year in
what will be a well-supported class, with several of
the Antigua-based Carriacou sloops threatening to
return to their birthplace to compete.
The annual two-handed Round Carriacou yacht
race, which attracted 27 entries last year, will sail on
Friday July 31st, followed by crewed yacht races on
August 1st and 3rd. Mount Gay Rum joins Doyle Sails,
Island Water World and Budget Marine in supporting
the event.
Be sure to arrive in plenty of time for the annual "fun
for a cause" fundraisers for the Carriacou Children's
Educational Fund. The CCEF Welcome Potluck
Barbecue will be on July 29th at the Carriacou Yacht
Club in Tyrrel Bay, and the CCEF Charity Auction will
take place on the 31st at the same venue. 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.
For more information on regatta events see ad on
page 45
For more information on CCEF events contact

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make your : f '.t-- and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, authb i -1. I -. Guides and compiler of Imray-Iolaire charts, which
shows the time of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this AND next
month, will help you calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts run
ning to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after
the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. From just
after the moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and from just
after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Times given are local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!

0000 (full)


1129 (new)

2343 (full)

1204 (new)

Ten Things To Do

in Trinidad

...While the Varnish Dries

by Devi Sharp

Trinid 1; ,;. 1 to spend some time. It is a big island and there is a lot to
do, the iI i.. .. 11 and the food is good.
Here are ten easy and inexpensive things to do in or around the marina zone of
Chaguaramas while you wait out the hurricane season. I recommend getting a cell
phone to make your arrangements for trips and for taxi pickups. A phone will also
help you make and keep dates with service providers in the marine industry.
1) Take a local hike
There are several trails within easy walking distance of the marinas and boatyards
in Chaguaramas. For example, there is a nice shady walk that starts behind the fire
station. To get there, walk along the main road from the marina area towards Port
of Spain and stay on the road until just past TTSA (Trinidad and Tobago Sailing
Association). There is a road that makes a Y to the left; follow it. Walk about a quar
ter mile to the fire station. Take the next left after the fire station and follow the

.e e

Walk it off A hike in lush tropical nature is the perfect antidote to boat work

paved road uphill. Sometimes the gate is closed, but the road is open to bikes and
pedestrians. You can also take a maxi taxi to the fire station; just tell the driver
where you want to go. This road is very popular with local walkers and bicyclists. It
goes up five miles to the Coast Guard Radio Post and an old radar dome. The vegeta
tion along the way is lush and supports many birds and butterflies. If you take this
walk early in the morning you might hear howler monkeys.
2) Go to the Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Take a maxi taxi towards Port of Spain. Ask the driver if he i\ --i;n to the
Savannah. If the driver says no, get out at the overpass just past i. -1 Shore
Medical Clinic and wait for a maxi going to the Savannah (be sure to ask the driver).
The hand signal for maxis is to point your thumb over your shoulder. You can also
get a taxi to take you.
At the Botanical Gardens, entrance is free but its worth paying a guide because
there is not much interpretive material around the exotic trees and unusual flowers.
Go next door to the Emperor Valley Zoo (small entry fee) for a better look at some
animals you might also see in the wild. [Editor's note: The zoo is scheduled for an
upgrade. For more information visit www.tdc.co.tt/media/?id=pr64.]
Continued on next page

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3) Take a trip to the Asa Wright Nature Centre
The Centre is located in the central northern mountain range on an abandoned
coffee and cocoa plantation. In 1967, the now 100-year-old house and the associ
ated buildings were turned int ... -1. .... 1 ........ .i... 193 acres were
dedicated to conservation and I i. .. i 1 ....... ... I i .1 .1 The Asa Wright
Nature Centre is a great place to watch and photograph birds and butterflies, take
walks in the woods, swim at a waterfall and have tea on the veranda while you watch
hummingbirds at the feeder. You can book a one-day trip or an overnight with Jesse
James' Members Only Maxi Taxi Service. Jes.- .i . 1 .t- for your visit
and the trip to the Centre usually involves a ..'.... I - .1 ,,I -" (a popular
form of street food consisting of fried dough and spiced chickpeas) stand.
4) Eat local food
C' i-. of food, go to Grace's Roti Shack in Power Boats at 1 i ..'. ..- or try
or I ,'I other roadside food stands. In the morning you can I... I ,,I outside
the gate at Power Boats and also on the main road near the Military History and
Aviation Museum, which is an interesting stop with a nominal entry fee.
5) Swim with the locals
Get a taxi or rent a car and organize a trip to Maracas Beach. This beach, on the
north side of the island in a protected bay, is where Trinis go to part Tii ...........
is good and the people-watching is excellent. There are several .- ., I .. I
stands where you can ,i 11i.. I licious Trini favorite food. The bakes are similar
to fry bread, the shark '- .1- I, and the sandwich is topped with a wide assort
ment of condiments. There are freshwater showers available.
6) Rent a bike
There are several places to rent bikes. We have rented bikes from Maxwill Inflatable
repair. You can use the bike to do your errands, take a pleasure ride to the end of
the road (opposite direction from Port of Spain), bike up the road behind the fire sta
tion (see #1 above) or explore the many roads and trails near the golf course and
nearby Tucker Valley.
7) Visit the Caroni Swamp or watch leatherback turtles lay eggs
Pnr an ama7in emnerience hnnk a train to the C'rnni SwAmn anrl at rdink wAtch the

return of Scarlet Ibis to their roosts. The ibis are elegant birds that look like red
Christmas decorations on the green trees. You might be lucky and also see a silky
anteater or a boa curled up high in a tree en route to the ibis roost.
Depending upon the time of year you might be able to book a trip to see leather
back turtles lay their eggs (March to September is the turtle-nesting season), or see
the babies hatching. The: .1 i .. . ., ,i ... ., I i1.
in the world. Mature ma i i i i h i . 11 i .
weigh almost 2,000 pounds.
8) Buy fresh produce and fish at the market
You can buy your produce and fish for the week at the fresh market in Port of
Spain. The produce is here fresh from the fields and a lot less expensive than at the
supermarkets. Take a bus from Chaguaramas to the terminal in Port of Spain and
walk the few blocks to the market.
Alternatively, book the Saturday market trip with Jesse James. Jesse or his driver
will pick you up at your marina or boatyard at about 6:30 in the morning. After an
hour of marketing an I .,. I .i lst at one of the stands, you load your produce
in the van then take a i I11 ... i 1 through a grocery store. With a bit of planning
this can be your provisioning run for the week.
9) Go to a pan yard or a concert
Look in the local paper for announcements of concerts or call the local pan yards
to find out when the steel-pan bands are practicing (usually twice per week). Most
likely you will need to book a taxi for delivery and pick-up, but it can be well worth
the expense to hear the music and perhaps dance a bit.
10) Take an organized hike or go on a hash

My favorite hike is to. .. ....., .. ie have done this trip twice and would
go back again and again ... I i, ,. nized by Jesse James. Jesse provides
transportation and hire- -. ...1 ..I ..I guide to lead you through the woods
and into tl- .-; "bst of the hike is in the gorge, where you walk and float down
the river i 1., I The vegetation is lush and the gorge is shady -a wonderful
place to spend a day.
Hashing is an organized, friendly run or walk. There is a long history to this sport
and I leave it to you to do the research. The trail is laid out by local folks and is
marked with shredded paper. You can run or walk in a group. At the end there is a
bit of eating and drinking. The website for the Port of Spain Hash House Harriers is
There is a lot more to do. Go out and explore!
Devi and her husband Hunter are currently exploring the Caribbean in their sailboat
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T H E author and her photog
rapher captain husband
are currently cruising
T H E the mid-Caribbean
aboard their catamaran. Here she shares details of
their recent cruise of the western half of Cuba.
Our Routes to Major Ports
From Isla Mujeres, Mexico, east-northeast across the
Yucatan Channel (Gulf Stream) to Cabo San Antonio
and Havana.
Southwest via anchorages back to Cayos de la Lena,
around Cabo San Antonio to Maria la Gorda, south
east and east-northeast to Puerto Cortes.
East-southeast to Cayos de San Felipe, east to Isla
de la Juventud, southeast to Cayo Largo.
East to Cayo Guana del Este, north-northeast to
We followed the recommended counterclockwise route
from Havana around Cuba's west end and along the south
S i i i. .... .-i I west along the south coast
i ....... i t .ling wind- and wave-wise.
Entry WP 21 55.5N, 08455.6W, then follow red and
green buoys to the concrete marina dock. This marina
is new, but a bit rustic ii. I,, ., ... ... .. .. 1 clearance
is available as well as I ..-. i. i i..I a bar and
restaurant, scuba diving and minor supplies. No elec
tricity or water at dock. Shortly after we arrived, fish
ermen came to trade lobsters for rum. No problem!
Fuel = 1.4CUC/liter (CUC is the Cuban tourism cur
rency; as this issue of Compass goes to press, one CUC
Marina berth = 18CUC/day

Above: No trip to Cuba is complete without a visit to
vibrant Old Havana

A cruise around the western part of Cuba, from
Havana to Cienfuegos, offers a rich variety of expert
ences ranging from anchorage tranquility to
urban delights.




Officials include Customs, Immigration (US$15 per
person), the Guarda (who do a very thorough interior
vessel inspection with a sniffing spaniel), Agriculture
(who will confiscate fresh meat an i ...
Veterinarian for pet clearance (US$10). I- i I 1
work, but all Cuban officials are polite and friendly.
Customs did not have the required "stamp", so that
US$20 fee was collected at Marina Hemingway, an
overnight passage away. Half of that - ..-- --be
done inside the reef for shallow-draft l -- l. ... six
feet) vessels. Exit the reef at Pasa Roncadora, WP
2237.8N, 8412.6W. Buoys absent.
Entry WP 2305.4 N, 08230.6W. Visiting yachts
must stop first at the Guarda dock to clear in with
many officials, and then receive a berth assignment
along cement canal docks. Have good fenders ready on
both docks. Potable water and electricity available on
docks. Internet (6CUC/hour) at new hotel on site (The
Old Man and the Sea Hotel is closed). The hotel pool
may be used with discretion, or the official free pool is
a walk or bike ride away. An on-site snack bar can be
used for potlucks, and there are several good restau
rants (especially Pizza Nova) as well as a mini-market
with good prices on rum, wine and beer. Supermarket
and cajeta (money changer) nearby.
Currently, Euros bring the best exchange rate, as a
20-percent levy on US dollars is deducted. Future
US-Cuba policy changes may allow the US dollar to
become legal tender again. Only credit cards and ATM
cards from non-US banks can be used at present. Use
of cash in Convertible Cuban Pesos (CUC) is the norm
for foreign visitors. National pesos (cash intended for
citizens' use) may be used in markets and street stalls.
The free shuttle bus into the City of Havana (30
minutes) has been replaced by HAVANATUR double
deckers that operate on three different routes every
hour. 5CUC allows you to ride all day on any route.
Points of interest are announced en route.
It is still worthwhile to buy a temporary membership
in the on-site Club Nautico Internacional Hemingway
(Hemingway International Yacht Club) at US$10 per
boat per week.
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While membership no longer provides a marina-berth discount, the yacht club
facilities are very nice, with excellent 2CU- ... ,i 1.. .1i )d and satellite TV, and
occasional barbecues and entertainment: .I- I I'i From all appearances,
there is still an affluent class in Cuba that can afford boats, competitive sailing,
kayak instruction ... I .., 11 .. ....
Marina berth= -- i I I i ..- ...I.11 for electricity and water.
Fuel on the dock = ICUC/liter. Fuel from private supplier = .80CUC/liter
Quebrado de la Mulata reef entry: WP 2257.6N, 8323.4W. Follow stakes marking
interior shoals up to the channel between Cayo Morillo and the mainland. This is an
idyllic .. --rt.- in the mangroves with perfect all-round protection. Boats with
more I ... -. i I draft will need to anchor nine miles east in Bahia Honda.
Quebrado la Galera reef entry: WP 2241.4N, 8412.6W, marked with a buoy. Well
p r , I ,,, 11 11 I I 1 .. ... h11. 1. 1 11 ,,se ,
1 .11 i. ,ii -- I .. i. , Ii .. ,ii -1, -. I thereefall thewayto Cabo
San Antonio, hugging the outside reef until the Golfo de Guanahacabibes widens up.
Many cruisers anchor near the fish station here while awaiting weather to round
Cabo San Antonio, but with .: .tr- -. -l.e- --in;; we chose the Canal de Barcos.
Enter from the northeast at I - i i- The deep-water canal is bor
dered by mangroves and offered excellent protection to wait out a three-day norther.
Easy rounding of the Cape is best done early with a light northeast wind; then it's
an easterly .... .i -1 ... ..i... winds to the next anchorage.
MARIA L_. i i ,i i
WP 2149.0N, 8330.0W. The anchorage is in sand off of the beach of the dive
resort. Officials (no dog) will come to check your papers and the boat. Great snorkel

SI I to round Cabo Frances for Puerto Cortes, but the head-on winds and
waves made our progress 71--- -nn.i-r-; t- -*r boat, and uncomfortable, so we
found a "new" acceptable ... I .. I 11. .I. albeit an open roadstead, off the
small fishing village of La ....... I I I 8402.850W. We had the protect
tion of the peninsula before Cabo Frances against the prevailing easterlies, the hold
ing in sand was excellent and no one approached the boat.
East/west entry and exit, WP 2203.067N, 8357.534W
WP 2202.330N, 8358.001W. This is an IMPORTANT change from Calder's and
Charles' entry instructions*. Hurricanes have silted in the previous :- 1 -t-
the reefs and we went r-;;;1; -n tit --panded sandbar, fortune I iii .
bumping slowly inside, *.. 1.11 .1 i i,. the other shoals, we anchored on a small
bay around the hook of the land in the scenic western part of the Laguna to wait out
three days of very strong easterly winds and waves, perfectly protected by the man
groves and land.
Across the Laguna was the large fishing port of Puerto Cortes, from where we were
paid a visit two mornings later by the local Guardia, ferried out to our boat by a
fisherman. He just checked our papers, wit. ; -- 1- .. 1 the fisherman clued us in
to the hur .'- 1 .;';. ,'mmending a -1. .1 11 *. I western exit, which had
been clear ii 11. I, I. I s 1. il..... I ats local knowledge!
CAYO : I *i I ..- I FELIPE
WP 2158.6N, 08337.4W. This idyllic anchorage is off the west end of the Cayo
and offers clear warm water for swimming and snorkeling -a perfect respite from
the really hard motoring in the preceding days, though the southeast day sail from
Laguna Cortes was most pleasant with light easterlies. From there on to Isla de la
Juventud, we had the wave-flattening protection of the Cayos de San Felipe and the
Cayos de los Indios. Had we not needed fuel, we would have gone directly to the top
of the island, but not wishing to go into the city of Nueva Gerona, we opted for the
southwest corner instead.
Entry WP 2137N, 8259W. Originally intending to just fuel up at this dive-ori
ented "marina", and then proceed to the protected anchorage at the nearby Bahia
de San Pedro, a temporary electrical glitch with our ...I ,i .. .. .. instru
ments forced us to remain at the dock overnight. B ...- 11, 11. initially
cursory glance at our papers turned into a i ...1.i official process, complete with
dog, the next morning. The most stressful I.. this was waiting for two hours
until all the individual divers had been checked in for their daily scuba trips. Berth
= 16CUC. No services.
WP 2153.708N, 8244.920W. Sailing (actually!) north and making excellent time
up the west coast of Isla de la Juventud, we bypassed the usual northwest anchor
age of Ensenada de los Barcos, and sailed past the capital of Nueva Gerona to the
second bay on the northeast of the island. As promised by Calder, the hilly landscape
was dramatic, and it placed us well for an c.rl-- m-r;;;;n motor through the main
Pasa de Quitasol (entry WP 2155.895N, 82 - i j ...I the relatively calm Golfo
de Batabano for a pleasant full-day southeast sail.

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WP 2137.806N, 8156.507W. This was a tranquil way station on the east side of
Cayo del Rosario, protected from the outside reef through which we would need to
pass to make our way east. There is another anchorage on the west side near the
Mor.i i i...
Western reef pass WP 2134.538N, 8156.50W. The entry buoys have been changed
and are a bit --.fu;;1n- We ancl 1 .... 1. outside of the marina and never
encountered ar. . .- This is ...I I'..1 i with much wildlife and clear water.
The five-hotel resort is extensive, 1 .. ...i i I I i ... iI. ........ .. I
everyday Cuban life. We exited th ..... i I 11 ..1 "".
WP 2139.8N, 8102.4W. This stark, rockbound island couldn't be more of a con
trast from lush Cayo Largo. The lighthouse makes 1 1 .;.;1- ;;- early to
get the best holding, as several charter boats out of .... -I .....I I .- over an


Cuba classic
American cars
and Spanish
colonial buildings

hour t( : I ... .r, 11 1.. in. They blindly crossed through the "prohibited zone"
of the :,,' .... ..- I I ..- with no consequences from helicopters or patrol boats,
so we decided to chance it the next day for part of the way due to the more favorable
course "inside the lines". No problems.
Entry WP 2203N, 8027.3W. Well buoyed up the narrow river into the wide bay to
the marina: WP 2207.5N, 8027.2W.
The marina docks in the Punta Gorda quarter are well maintained .. I ......
agement and Immigration/Customs offices on site. No dog. Very :.... I i ,.
ii. ...i. .1 would have helped save us an entire day if we had known that the required
I .'...i for our exit clearance from Immigration were also available at the marina
and not just downtown at the bank. Not realizing that Cuba had changed to
"Summer Time" on March 1st, with the bank closing at 3:00PM (2:00PM our time),
required several trips back and forth from bank to Immigration to the marina over
two days. Also, the bank only had 50CUC stamps, but two 25CUC stamps (one for
each passport) were required! The wrong stamp could not be refunded on site, and
we had to wait until it was resold to another customer. We certainly got to know the
local transportation system well: horse-drawn carts with benches.
Within walking distance from the marina are excellent restaurants, bars and
hotels, as well as an on-site mini-market with duty-free wine, rum, etcetera. We
arrived just in time to celebrate this writer's birthday at the nearby four-star Hotel
Jagua. Serenades by the bar pianist and the guitarist in the dining room were really
lovely, and a special moment came when several of the European hotel guests came
up after dinner to add their felicitations.
Our favorite eatery (other than the great Coppelia peso ice-cream parlor downtown)
was the beachfront Club Cienfuegos, a mansion next-door to the marina with ornate
marble interiors and French-influenced cuisine.
The horse-and-cart route (or the variant with a bicyclist pulling the cart) passes for
three miles to the downtown city along the scenic Paseo del Prado or Malec6n the
longest waterfront street in Cuba. '. ..r. .- is on .a n;.;-;-.1- scale, with the
pedestrian-only Avenida 54 (called I I I ..i ..") filled .11. .i -itops and market
stalls. The colonial architecture is fairly well preserved, with Creole echoes from the
French planters who left Haiti after the Toussaint slave revolt in 1797 to establish the
i... ... .. .. i i. ..... I ii... area wealthy in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Fuel= ICUC/liter

Calder, Nigel. Cuba: A Cruising Guide, Revised 1999; Charles, Simon. The
Cruising Guide to Cuba, 2nd Edition, 1997.
In next month's Compass, read Part Two: Sightseeing in Western Cuba and a list of
useful resources.

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... and more!

L looked at from below the water, 11 metres is turns on the shaft before getting some air into my
a lot of sailboat. If the boat is bouncing up lungs. Luckily I could grab the ladder as the liber
nd down on the waves while you are diving I I ated boat started r.-in.- horeward in earnest. I
just below, all this deadweight in movement looks came out of the .1 i . than a penguin onto
quite overwhelmingly close. an ice floe and seconds later had started the engine
So it is surprising that seven tons of boat even in and turned the boat seawards.
a moderate wind, can be tethered to the bottom by Not a moment too soon. The breakers were really
a 3/8-inch blue polypropylene line leading to a close and there could not have been more than four
fishpot some 50 metres below, or five metres beneath the hull -and the keel
I had seen the dreaded float bob under at the last by Jeremy Hobday draws nearly two metres! While motoring out of
minute as I passed it to windward, but was not danger, I fully realized that I had been very close to
sure if the boat was caught by the prop or by the being shipwrecked.
rudder. I put the boarding ladder in place (VERY Afterthoughts
important) and plunged over the side with a mask On reflection, I think I should have at least rolled
before i ..... whether to get the sails down. I up the genoa before inspecting the underwater
hadn't i up i i...... up the engine, as I didn't know situation -dropping the mainsail might have
taken too long (as I was sailing single-handed), but the situation was getting more
urgent by the second. I should also have turned the wheel hard over and applied the
wheel brake, ...i. .1 .i... 11. possibility of getting left behind in the water! Easy
enough to thi.,I .11 . i- The safety line astern was, however, a good idea.
Alternatively, I should have just cut the fishtrap line where it left the boat towards
the bottom, and then sailed out of danger while I was still sufficiently far offshore.
SThis time I had nothing worse than a burn mark or graze on my left hand, which
eventually turned into a small blue tattoo where the skin was crushed against the
blue antifouling by the very taut rope and the movement of the boat. A small price
to pay.
No, this is not the first time I have been caught like a fish on a line. On my last
Sl boat I fitted a small nose-piece of folded stainless to the front of the :1 to hang
down in front of the crack between it and the semi-balanced rudder, 1.11 so the
*C CAUGHT AGAIN! rudder cleared it when turning, with flush fastenings presenting no grip to a floating
,,.. r i rope. I thought about a sharpened edge, and then thought again about what it might
*'" '. "1 .'' 1" ' ....do to me when diving to clean the prop.
I have 1. ...1 .1 .ut buying patent ..II.... liscs" to fit on the prop shaft, but
have hea. I 1I11 I I reports of their ,- I...i - also, they are very expensive.
Perhaps they are worth the price after all?
After a few experiences of this type (for instance, running into a half-floating net

where the rope was. The boat was n 1 1... 1 .. ... 1 probably less than a
knot, directly towards the windward ,-I I I i,,,, I" I.-i .,I perhaps half a mile.
Turning the rudder produced absolutely no effect.
Once over the side, I found it was a g( ii..... I had not tried the motor as there
were a few very tight wraps round the -. 11 ... I a float was wedged between the
P-bracket and the prop. Much too tight to unwrap the prop must have been turn
ing slowly although i. ...... was nrt r
So, back on board i I i i sharp ..I ..I taking a look to see just how much
sea room was left between the boat and the waves breaking on the reefs. They were
definitely closer now! Should I take time to get the sails down?
No, lets get started: I began by cutting through the turns on the shaft. While
patiently sawing away on what felt like very hard plastic (of course, the line was
under tension, the turns were i, .11 and the boat was bucking and rolling) a
nasty thought stopped me de. I II I at the rope the boat would immediately
gather way downwind, and I might just get left behind before I could get a hand on
the boarding ladder. In fact, it was at this moment I 1. ... i. i i'. ..i.. long rope
from the stern with a fender attached before cuttir., I- .-.i, .1 I, Back on
board and another quick look shoreward -now there was definitely no time to get
the sails down!
The transom was banging up and down just above my head among the waves, and
there was no one else on board to lend a hand. Back in the water and back to sawing
with the knife, which suddenly seemed less sharp than 1. 1 i;. .- 1 T ;ld now
clearly see the bottom and reckoned I was in less than ..i. i I For a
moment my hand was trapped between the prop and the line and I saw blood leaking
into the water.
At last the rope parted and I could dislodge the float and unwrap the remaining

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contra-rotating props which were unbelievably encumbered in the heavy mesh), I
take every precaution to avoid fishtrap floats and other floating objects. They can be
at the very least bothersome, and sometimes downright dangerous. In bad condi
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What precautions should one take?
I have noticed that fishtrap markers come in every possible declension of a float,
ranging from a humble, transparent Coca-Cola bottle (or a string of them), to a block
of polystyrene, or even a real buoy with a flag marker.
Colourless bottles are very difficult to see when sailing towards the sun -they are
totally camouflaged by the reflection from the wavelets. In other conditions they are
fairly visible, but it is extremely difficult to know where the floating line starts and
finishes. Just when you think you have passed to windward, pinching and adjusting
the sails to a maximum, you suddenly see (if you are very wide-awake) that the float
ing line continues just below the surface for another few metres before plunging

TH E 'A' 0 R
(n ambLsh for boats travel g North South...
4 to 10 transparent plastic bottles on a floating lr
i.iicllI, 1,lr.. tvanEasterly wind.

and even 15 miles off t
Recently, because of
from Marin to Robert (a
with an hour or two
northeast-southwest d
direction so, for once,
transverse trip wires,
adjustments. By dark I
were behind me. I had
the Baie du Robert. Ho
occasional float as I close


t FFish trap from 5-70rn dep,
and ometirres more.

towards the depths. Should you go about? Is there time? Will the keel just clear the the surface seems to b
line when you are heeled? If you see the float suddenly bob under, even if you are Perhaps they will be a
already past it, you have been .. 1, .... boats out of this particu
There are areas like minefield ,11, II11 and lines covering an acre or more (the
windward coast of Martinique off Islet Cabrit and Islet Hardy, for instance) with up Jeremy Hobdy is cui
to 50 fishtraps each located by up to i i- ....... out on a floating line. Each
line represents around ten metres of II ,. i..I .. i ng across your path. Work
it out there i .... .. 1 .... 11..1 .11 ... mu through, and you and your
crew (work out -. i i i i l .. i
will be straining 11 I I I ... I i: i I i .
order to slalom past. No sooner have you avoided one than you meet the next one.
Sometimes you barely have enough way on after a manoeuvre to avoid it, and some-
times you are obliged to come about -if you can. THE BEST
However, as a rough guide, if you see a "real" buoy, or a white cube of polystyrene,
chances are it is the last float in the line, so preferably leave it to windward However,
just occasionally a fisherman will add two or three bottles or just a tail of floating
rope after the main float to make his recovery easier, so do not relax until they are
behind you.
Do not forget either, that if you see one fishtrap buoy, you are almost certain to be
in an area where there are others. Redouble your vigilance.
Evidently, it is just as unfortunate for a fisherman that you have to cut his line as
it is to yourself. What is the solution? Heaven forbid even more regulations in our
over-regulated lives, but what about a bit of cooperation? Lines which come straight
up from the bottom to a round floating buoy present the least hazard to a passing
boat. The likelihood is that the boat will push the float aside even if the boat passes
directly over it and the line will not be snagged by either prop or rudder. This is
particularly true if you are sailing, II... I ..... you should stop your propeller as you
pass. Also, take the precaution ol ..i .... your rudder unless it is hung on the
back of a long keel so it tends not to hook the line.
Fishfloats are to be found all over the Caribbean in greater or lesser concentra
tions. I have even come across examples at more than 100 metres depth (how does
the fisherman decide just where to locate them when he has never seen the bottom?),

he coast.
strong headwinds that seemed to moderate at night, I set sail
five to seven-hour trip up the windward coast of Martinique)
to spare before dark. This time the floats were lying in a
direction and I was tacking offshore nearly parallel to their
the fishtrap lines were not laid out in front of the boat like
and I could slide by close-hauled with only small course
was outside the hundred-metre contour and the minefields
no intention of tacking inshore until I could lay the passage into
wever, four hours later, a three-quarter moon showed me an
ed the pass (and indeed I have often seen floats placed directly
in navigation channels). So beware: coastal sailing at night
presents considerable risk, even when using well marked
passes between the reefs.
A sharp knife on the end of a three-metre pole wielded from
the deck may be useful in some situations, but this may
present a stowage problem and an additional hazard on
board. A waterproof frontal lamp would make diving in the
dark a possibility in reasonable seas, or even better would be
a dive partner with a torch. With winds of more than Force
5, I dread to think of the ensuing desperate escapade!
Is there any aspect of fishfloats that can be of use to
the yachtsman?
Yes. You can sometimes buy very fresh fish or shellfish
from the fisherman who is hauling up his catch. You can
sometimes read the current by checking if the buoys are
lying to the wind or if they are bobbing and jerking in
another direction. Very often fishtraps are placed very close
to reefs, I .. .. I long the reef edge, and so provide a
useful :. i. .i i 1. reefs position if visibility in the
water is poor. However, seeing a float does not necessarily
mean there is a reef
Finally, let us hope that fishermen will realize that it is in
their best interests to reduce this hazard as much as pos
sible, and a single, easily visible float with no line trailing on
e the best solution.
ble to conserve their traps and markers, and we can keep our
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Seen Mary Gee is a Spanish-built
Sovereign 470 commissioned in
1990. My wife, Helen, and I bought
her in 2004 in Portugal, and have
since enjoyed -ri i1n the Caribbean.
After clearing, I I customs on April 1st for
the 120-odd mile sail to St. Kitts we paused in
Gorda Sound to get the boat and ourselves
ready for an overnight sail. The forecasted wind,
northeast at 14 to 18 knots, set in at 20 knots
true so we reefed down. Helen prefers a friendly
night sail with a bit of moonlight, so the moon
duly came up.
Although the wind gusted to 23 and occasion
ally crept round to south of east, with a lumpy
northwesterly swell, we were eating up the miles
at eight knots over the water. However, the
holes we met in the ocean were knocking us
back to six knots over the ground.
At around 2:20AM, with Helen on the helm, the
boat struck something and came to a temporary
stop. Helen hit the wheel, bending it and hurt
ing her arm. Sleeping in the cockpit, I was
unceremoniously dumped on the floor, hitting
my chin hard.
Going below I could not see anything wrong.
An hour later the wind instruments started
playing up and I went below to see what was
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water. Seawater had covered the keel-stepped
mast electrics.
In the forward cabin, water was coming out of
the base of the double berth. The black tank
hid whatever had happened. I stuffed cushions
into the area to slow water ingress. The sole
boards were screwed down, but it was frighten
ing to see the water squirting out of a couple
small inspection hatches.
I backed up the two electric pumps with the
hand bilge pump and Helen continued to helm.
The water was up to the top of the batteries.
The chance ol ... ., i .. 11 .1 I !l i lifted
was now ver -1.... I, II .. I terms
with that fact, and prepare to abandon ship.
Helen went below to get the m-rn-"- kit
together and get our grab bag. .. we
make a long passage we always have our pass
ports, credit cards, money and the like ready to
go. We learned the sense of this when friends
lost their boat off Tobago, shipwrecked with
absolutely nothing for survival either at sea or
when they, fortunately, reached land.
Between 5:30 and 6:00AM, I launched the lif
eraft from its bracket on the stern. It fired itself
automatically and immediately went off down
wind and tide although still tethered to HMG.
Helen had full use of only one arm and in
waterproofs (it had rained and was quite cold)
she would not have been able to swim to the
liferaft unaided. Any mistake and we could
miss the raft .11 1 We had stored the
dinghy on the I I I with the outboard in
situ. I decided to launch it, and as the bow was
now only a foot or so out of the water it took no
time at all to do this.

I got into the dinghy and Helen passed me two flare i 1 ... .11 1 with water,
biscuits and a change of clothes for each of us, the .1 -, i ., .1 i .. the chart,
handheld radio and GPS, and lastly, the EPIRB, which I switched on. Helen, with the
good sense women have, refused to abandon the boat without her deck sandals. "I
am n .11 .... around the shops to buy clothes in ..1.... I ,ots and shorts," she
said ' 111 Having gotten her sandals, she asked -I I you like yours?" Of
course, I said, i--n th sense of the scenario.
I held onto 'If i..i Helen climbed down. We then dropped back to the stern,
grabbing onto the line to the liferaft. We floated to the liferaft, and, clipping on to it,
we cut the line to HMG.
I let off a flare and called a Mayday on the handheld VHF. The island of Saba was
disappearing in the wrong direction. I decided to start the outboard, but the five
horse -; Min w~as not man ...1. ... the seas to tow the raft the quarter mile back
toward '' so we let tl. 1.1 .11 go. That was a hard decision to make, as it
seemed we were losing one of our survival options, but there really was no choice.
We motored back alongside HMG. She had been our home for the past two years
and to leave her as she fought to survive would have seemed disloyal. She was by
then underwater up to her mast and the waves were washing over the spray hood.
Once the water passed the spray hood it made its way down the main hatch.
Slowly the mast rocked further and further forward. i, ... i..... .I of the
water and the 22-meter mast with mainsail still set di .. . i II 1 that,
stem in the air and rudder -ft f li-- -1- f-- 1.i ntil tl .ir trapped in
the aft cabinwas forcedol ,, i Il... ,, i.. I I i I .. -1I Iteldforafew
more minutes just under I. -... I . ... I ,, i i .I.i . .nt sunflower
looking at the sea with the i - I. .. I I I ...... beneath the
blue water of the Caribbe '.. . .. .. ... I I I .11 that was left
to mark her journey to the bottom some 1300 to 1400 meters below.
Re-gairi'. l" we turned towards Saba. I let off another flare and put out
another I I : I minutes later I repeated the Mayday. The French Coast Guard
CROSAG picked it up. I gave our position as 20 miles northwest of Saba. I had to explain
over and over that our yacht had sunk and we were in a dinghy. They wanted a better
fix, which I was then able to give, as the hand-held GPS had now found our position.
Another yacht, Dreamcatcher ofJersey, had also heard our Mayday and the crew
were able to relay o- ::- -:- Dreamcatcher was only eight miles away and was
changing course to 1 .. Having worked out the reciprocal I headed our din
ghy towards them.
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Helen watched the horizon and at last spotted the white sails. She let off another
flare, which went totally in the wrong direction. Then, as if planned, and Helen
insists that it was, the wind drifted the parachute into a direct line between
Dreamcatcher and us, making it easy for them to spot us, a small low target in a very
lumpy sea. We :. I ....... .1. .I .elief and boarded her.
Helen and I t .. i .1... and we cried.
S r rescuers, made us very welcome. To have all of our soaking
Si I .. including my seaboots (Lucyna is a brave girl), is uncomfort

Paul relaxing in the cockpit under sail. 'We had spent so much time working on the
boat. It was our selfsufficient home'

able, as is someone throwing their home open to you, and it is not an easy thing to
accept. The last thing you want is to make a mess. We are so indebted to them for
their kindness and compassion.
They were 1.... for Saba, St. Kitts and then Antigua. All Helen and I wanted to
do was plant -,, I I on terra firma
On our way to Saba, the rescue helicopter turned up and hovered overhead,
unwilling to leave until we waved to them to show that we were okay. Then the most
enormous Coast Guard vessel turned up, circling the area where HMG went down.
The helicopter crew asked where the liferaft was and headed off in that direction, but
we do not know if they found it.
Hours later, we dropped the hook at Saba. I realized how daunting getting there
would i i ..... i ...' i
The I I. ... ...... .- 1 11 1 I. was looking out to the lonely place where HMG sank.
Such silly, emotional thoughts for a piece of fibreglass, stainless steel and alloy. But
we had spent so much time working on the boat. It was our self-sufficient home, and
she was loaded with memories. We felt somehow that we had deserted her.
We left Saba aboard Dreamcatcher, making for St. Kitts. We had a really brisk sail,
thinking all the time how HMG would have revelled in it.
Arriving at the harbour in Basseterre, Roger radioed ahead for a berth. He was
politely told that they were full. But the harbourmaster, a de i ..i. 1 .. i I .. .... i'
Rasta man, had heard the VHF talk the previous day. He :...... I.I I .... I..- .
place in the marina and helpfully threw open all facilities free of charge with the
exception of the berthing fees.
We arrived in the main square in Basseterre. A cruise ship destination, shops fea
tured designer labels, but that was not what we wanted. We asked a bus driver
"where do the locals buy clothes?" When he heard why, he immediately offered us
an island tour and drinks from his bus, for free, to welcome us to dry land. Helen
and I were uncomfortable with his generosity and carefully declined his kind offer,
but he insisted that we at least have a drink with him, which we did.
We left the travel agent in Basseterre almost in tears, however. Unhelpful and
obstructive, the staff even wanted 1. .. "-I', h to phone Virgin Atlantic on
our behalf. Thankfully this was a c. I .. .. .. St Kitts, soon remedied by a
lovely lunch.
At the port authority office, the officer in charge, although brusque, organized
everything, insisting that the Coast Guard attend his office, rather than us waiting
on them at the other side of the island, to take full details. The junior of the two
officers who turned up was delegated to fill in the form. For "boat value" he asked
for a list of our possessions. I explained, "Imagine a three-bedroom house with every
thing that you would want in it." But he had only a six-by-eight-inch box to list
i i,,. He settled on putting a value down.
I i were talking to the Coast Guard, the port captain arranged for a cab for
us for the '--nin 1 -t 1--ls' rate, and sent us to a restaurant on the other side of
the island. ... I eatery under a thatched roof, it was on the edge of the
beach and the fish came from their own boats straight to the table, which was proved
in the eating. The place was buzzing with locals and I made a conscious resolution
to seek out the port captain and --'n'.t;;l.t- him on his choice.
Having thanked everyone, we 11 1 ..I .,a the early hours. As you :... 1. ..
our last sail in the Caribbean was under engine, wind on the nose. I...
Antigua, moored the boat up and chilled out.
The next day we went off to St John, a wonderful bustling Caribbean town. The
Levi store was having a big sale. The staff were delighted with our numerous pur
chases but gently asked why we bought so much. Given a quick run-down of why,
they gave us more discount. Thank you, Levi store Antigua.
One of our favourite CDs, Bob Marley's music, went down with the boat and we
wanted to get a replacement. We were directed to Eddie's shop in the rather ques
tionable vendors' mall, upstairs in a corer surrounded by the local unemployed.
Going in and asking for Eddie we were told "not here". Explaining we wanted to
replace our lost Marley music a beaming smile broke out and our man acknowledged
being Eddie's cousin. He went to the CD collection on the Marley shelf and prompt
ly started burning copies from his masters. Soon we had three CDs for 2.00 each.
These lads, I would :--: : -11-m come into contact with Europeans who have a
wish to be friendly ... I .11 I r minutes ascertaining that we actually enjoy their
culture couldn't have been friendlier.

Helen and I met up with Roger at the ATM, where he happily announced to us that
he and Lucyna were getting married! They had arranged it for Wednesday at 10:00AM,
before our scheduled departure time of one o'clock, as they wanted us to be wit
nesses. This was really wonderful.
The wedding was to be on Dreamcatcher and a flurry of activity ensued. The girls
went to buy the wedding dress. It was also mentioned to Roger that he would have
to find a wedding ring, something that seemed to have slipped his mind. We invited
: 1 ... 1 .1.- I ome along and cheer.
.. I.. ....... arrived. I chased down flowers, bougainvillea, donated by the
.. i. -- i .. i..- garden, and collected the alcohol, while the boat was made
ready, getting back with minutes to spare. The Registrar was already on board, the
ceremony went off without a hitch, and it was lovely to see so many happy smiling
faces. We were invited to a wedding breakfast with Roger and Lucyna at Melini's in
Jolly Harbour Marina, a lovely gesture on their part. This rolled into lunchtime and
into the time to lea' ... i..Ii. i ick to England.
Helen's flight to E. .I .., i -.... on her arm had eventually been organized by
a travel agent in Tortola. The agent only had facility to take VISA with the customer
present, but under the circumstances she said that we could send the money to her
when we got b;. i I r.i .. i Tiiat meant that she would trust me with about
US$900 on the -1. ... II I i i. call. I could not accept that, as hers was only a
very small business and the time delay would be too great. I contacted VISA and they

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Paul and Helen were sailing from Virgin Gorda to St. Kitts when HMG sank about 20
miles northwest of Saba. Luckily, another yacht was nearby

found a merchant in Tortola who kindly processed the payment through their termi
nal. What a contrast to our experience with the travel agent in St. Kitts.
We said our goodbyes to Roger and Lucyna. I think they were quite sad to see us
go. They are coming to stay with us on one of their trips to England.
It is a month and a half since we lost the boat and, believe it or not, we are tenta
tively making plans for the next one. Sitting in our lovely warm house in Dorset, I
.... i -1 ., i,,. I .. the grass with scissors. Our . 1.1 ...'-. son commented to his
:. 1. i' ,,I ,, think Sutton Poyntz will be i.1 i.. I them?"
The i..... .1 ..I .... ing is this. It doesn't matter if you are frightened of water or
storms i ,,,. I and going with nature is frightening and exciting, both at the
same time. And on every trip we make, two hours or three weeks, we meet new
people on the way. It really doesn't matter how much you pay for the boat as long as
it is seaworthy and comfortable and you are proud of her. You can, with common
sense and by adjusting your plans, keep out of danger. For our part, the joy of cruis
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Above: Semple Cay,just offshore from Friendship Bay, buzzes with activity
Top right: Waiting for a share
Bottom right: Speedboats bring buyers and sightseers

Others appeared to be embracing the residual flesh,
lying prostrate as in supplication. All exhibited express
sions of exultation beyond those explicable by the free
availability of alcohol from the impromptu picnic parties
ashore, enhanced by the sweet aroma cf -". -
It was almost as if they were in the ,. '' ., I ...
fervour and it was hard not to suspect that, at least
obliquely, this was the case. This harvest might be
considered a rare and special event redolent of
Bequia's long, rich history as a major boatbuilding
and 1i... l.. and. Bequia's proximity to the migra
tion I .1. I humpback whale ensured its impor
tance as a whaling station frequented by New
Bedford and Nantucket whalers in the 19th and
early 20th centuries. Small wonder that the "taking"
ofawhale .- ,,,,. ..i. I- inApril to mate
and calve - .. ..- lebration and a
shared folk-memory.
Willing hands helped us to wade ashore, through
pink water scattered with flesh remnants that were
hungrily devoured by diving frigate birds. We became
aware of a constant flow of
islanders moving between the
whale and the shore, brandish
ing knives of all description,
though none of them approxi
mating the flensing tools of
repute. Hauling great slabs of
blubber ashore as well as the
last remnants of slurry-like meat,
these islanders' faces, too, bore
the broadest of triumphant grins.
Wives waited ashore with any
available receptacle and meat
that was not intended for per
sonal use was soon exchanged
with others for a few dollars.
One local onlooker told us that
he k, .
equ. ,i I I I ....
S er generation", even though there
is an island tradition of sharing
the whale meat. This seemed like
a free for all with real com-
mercial undertones and I could
only hope that the brave sailors
- who'd ventured out the previous
S day in their small, open sailboats
to capture the whale with a hand
thrown harpoon, had already
taken the choicest cuts from the carcass. We later
learned that the taking of the whale had required more
than two hours from the moment of harpooning,
thoughhow ... 11, .... ... i ... .... took I do not
know. Interr i. .. i i. .... ......... n regulations


April 25th started out as quite an ordinary day: we'd
been at anchor in comfortable Admiralty Bay on the
charming island of Bequia, in the Grenadines, for sev
eral days and were contemplating a relaxing walk
through the town of Port Elizabeth and along the
coastline. Having found our boat to be securely
anchored through several nights of typical gusts, we
were confident leaving her as we motored the dinghy
the several hundred yards ashore to the picturesque
and welcoming town. An hour later found us in a long
established model boat workshop. There, we were
persuaded by the cheerful Augustine and his
impressive works -to consider --2mi i=-nn.7 half
model of our own Indian Summr *... II were
punctuated by his off-hand remark that a whale had
been taken the previous day and, were we to travel to
Semple Cay on the other side of the island, we might
be able to see the I -r-----== -f this rare catch.
W ith snatches ol '.1 I i .-' .- ..........
in our ears ("whale taken yesterday .. .. i .1 i ,
"cutting up") we flagged down a passing bus to go and
witness this singular event. We were aware that, under
internati-n-l r----nt- Dnly four whales can be
caught ...... .11 IIi ... and these only by tradi
tional techniques. Friends of ours had witnessed an
unsuccessful expedition by the small sailing whalers a
few days previously.
For those unacquainted with Caribbean buses, I
should explain that these are almost invariably mini
buses crammed with islanders and loud music. This
one was no exception as, at every stop, we all indulged
in a good-natured game of musical chairs as rear-seat,
disembarking passengers hauled their parcels past the
recently boarded. The driver assumed that our desti
nation was the small, offshore islet where the whale
had been landed the previous day after a tussle with
three Bequia whaleboats. We could already see the
islet and the hordes of people gathered thereon when
he offered to take us a mile or two farther, so he could
arrange passage across for us.
For some reason, I had been under the impression
that the whale processing took place on a peninsula
or, at the very least, on an island joined to the main
land by a causeway, and I said so. However, since the
venue in question was a true island, my words suc
ceeded only in provoking extreme, side-splitting mirth

S..... .i ,11 .i the bus of suf
S. ..... to even drown out -

'' -' .. '-' I I l S
h-.l- in joshing and peals of
.11 .... m water" we climbed
..I 1. bus and were swept
onto one of many small boats,
waiting feverishly to transport
the eager to "the whale cay". An
adventure had truly begun.
The small, sturdy wooden ". -
"speedboat", complete with
powerful outboard motor, was -
one of many embarking from
the Bequia mainland. Even
though the atmosphere was
highly charged and festive, I'm -
not sure all helmsmen were as
festive and emotional as ours. -
After a fifteen-point turn to
eject a few local lads who were
unable or unwilling to pay their
fares, our stalwart chauffeur
threw his empty beer bottle -
overboard, opened the throttle wide and hared
across the moderate swell in one of the most hair
raising, spine-jolting, gravity-defying passages we'd
ever endured.
The scene awaiting us was extraordinary.
From a distance we'd become aware that hundreds
were lining the shore and we fully expected them to be
viewing the organized, professional flensing of a whale
carcass, perhaps power-winched onto an ancient, broad
slipway. The reality was somewhat different. A score or
more Bequians were concentrated in a cluster actually
in the water and surrounded by a number of jostling
boats, embarking and disembarking yet more sightse
ers. To our amazement we soon realized that the men in
the water were clinging on to the mostly denuded, skel
etal carcass of a large humpback whale, afloat close to
the shore and restrained against the swell by a number
of line-handlers ashore. The whale was a 55-foot hump
back and the only one to be taken this season.
Some islanders were merely holding on to the carcass;
some were riding astride the corpse like rodeo cowboys.

allow the last-resort use of an explosive-tipped (though
still hand-thrown) harpoon, which theoretically
ensures a quicker, more humane, kill. However, I was
also told this imbues the whale meat with a sulphu
rous taste so its use is preferably avoided, as it was in
this case. Incidentally, Bequians claim the whale meat
tastes wonderful and, when cooked and stored in its
own blubber oil, can be kept for up to a year without
: i... ... .. .1,.g. I can't testify to any of this,
I.... i ... ,,I to order whale steaks after wal
lowing through bloodstained water amidst the subtle
but distinct stench of early rotting flesh.
Fittingly, the early sunshine soon disappeared and
dark clouds gathered over the chaotic festivity, adding
to our somber, slightly sinister feeling. We found no
difficulty securing a friendly ride back to shore for a
few dollars, in company with half a dozen islanders
bearing sacks of whale meat. The l"- -1- -;n ky shed
heavy tears as we reached shore. 1 to pon
der a colourful, memorable -and strangely disturbing
-experience of less than two hours.

ST Aec

their wires that were now tangled into the seashore
mess left by the storm.
Debbie picked me up in her dinghy and we managed
I board her boat, illusions. In the rocking sea
I .11 the storm, the Island Packet 29 lurched up
and down, head to tail, like a bucking horse.
The next morning we listened to the VHF radio net.
A call for assistance came from the mangroves. Just
north of the harbor these wonderful trees grasp the
sand in a way that holds them in place and builds a
shelter that had saved so many of the boats and their
crew from the storm. The request came from the skip
per of Mermaid of Carriacou; she had no motor, he
could not retrieve her anchor, steer and haul up the
canvas alone.
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by Arthur Ross
The founder of the Carriacou Regatta, J. Linton Rigg,
was born in Jamaica in 1896. He was raised on the east
coast of the USA, learned to sail on the Delaware River
and the Chesapeake Bay, and prospered in yacht bro
kering in New York City after completing an engineering
program at Drexel Institute, as it was called at the time.
He sailed and played hard in the Gatsby Age, along the
way writing cruising guides to the Bahamas and to the
Antilles. He was instrumental in starting the National
Family Island Regatta in the Bahamas in 1954.
Tyrrel Bay on the tiny island of Carriacou is where
the story began for me. The following events that
occurred there inspired me to write a biography of
Linton, as he was called, as I have cobbled it together
from his own words and information from those who
knew him.
The country of Grenada is an ...1.1 i i.. I for hur
ricanes -at least it had been ur .,...1. _.'" i hen Ivan
struck a direct hit. Carriacou, just north of Grenada, was
mostly spared that time. But the following July, Hurricane
Emily hit with 90 mph winds causing heavy damage.
I arrived the next day, by ferry from Grenada. My
purpose was to crew with an old friend who had unex
pectedly lost her husband the previous year to rum
and too little exercise, a cruiser's curse greater than
any hurricane. A local van dropped me off at the village
of Harvey Vale on the shore of Tyrrel Bay. There was
extensive evidence of Emily's visit. I picked my way
along the road, navigating over telephone poles and

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Debbie had relied on friends to help her during the storm and she was anxious to
return the favor, especially having me aboard as another hand, so off we went. As
we approached Mermaid I realized that this wasn't just any boat, but a locally built
wooden vessel, much different than I was used to. We came astern, and the skipper
yelled that one of us had to steer as he raised the anchor.
I jumped up on the transom to see the deck of an old and beautiful boat, along
with an anxious and irritated owner. "Take the wheel," he said, and, "Where did you
come from, who are you, and do you like American politics?" all in one breath.
As I became familiar with the helm, he was making me dizzy with constant and
out-of-context questions. We got underway, Debbie's little inflatable pulling the
heavy boat; only in the lee of the mangroves would this be possible.
As we came around a bend, we passed by a creek, the creek that once inspired a
young boy years ago to dream a remarkable vision. But I had no idea of this dream
or boy as I steered clear out of the mangroves into the bay and was told by the owner
to "get off now". Mermaid's owner is John Smith, an icon owning an iconic boat.
Living aboard a traditional boat, with nothing traditional about himself, he was cer
tainly a different kind of character.
Back in the dinghy, Debbie and I made our way through the anchorage to Illusions,
and that was that just another moment in the strange days that were to follow. I
knew that this was not going to be the usual few weeks in the islands that I have
come to love during my winter visits from Pennsylvania.

Part of the festivities was a special dinner party at what had been Linton's home...'
Linton's nephew, John Rigg (center) and his wife, Betty Anne, greet Grenadian digni-
taries at the 2005 regatta anniversary fete

I would later find out about another icon of Carriacou, the artist Canute Calliste,
and how he and Linton were linked by "the mermaid". As a child, Canute Calliste
had a vision of a mermaid at the creek we - i .. i, I ...... I the mangroves.
Linton arrived here in the 160sQ t i i 11. i i. .. i. Canute was a
famous painter, musician and boatbuild r... .s a sailor extraordinaire, and in
need of a home, a boat and a purpose. i, I .... I each other and here the end of
the story begins.
The 40th anniversary of the Carriacou Regatta was happening while I was there.
Because of his love of ...i 1.. ..... Linton developed this event, just as he had
started the Bahamas : .1 .. I I Part of the festivities was a special dinner
party at what had been Linton's home on the northeastern part of the island in the
boatbuilding town of Windward, facing the islands of Petite Martinique and Petit St.
Vincent. He named it Tranquillity. The current owner, and our hostess, was Eutha
MacLaren, daughter of Zepharin MacLaren who built Mermaid for the first Carriacou
Regatta. Rigg had gone shares with MacLaren, buying the materials while MacLaren
did the carpentry. The boat was named for Canute Calliste's vision.
I was having fun, with local music playing as we drank rum and ate barracuda
stew. The home was inviting, and I strolled into the 'i--in. -r- there I met Eutha.
She offered me a tour and I gladly accepted. We went .... ... to room, ending up
in Linton's bedroom, just as he had left it 40 years ago. Logbooks and world-band
radio caught my eye. I was enthralled. As we got back to the living room there was
a guest book that she asked me to sign. I wrote "Captain Art Ross, New Hope PA",
thanked her for such an extraordinary tour of Linton Rigg's home, and went back
outside to tell my friends excitedly of my experience.
Moments later I was approached by a lady who, by her looks, was not local. She
asked if I was Captain Art, and when I said that I was, she said she was Betty Anne
Rigg, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the next town west of my home. She was the
honored guest of the evening, along with her hus i i i .. I ... I ..nny,
I. i , I was astonished, and .. i . -1 II. ..... play
:,. ,, i i I .tion" and 'r-r-ii n.. to stay in touch.
Si i i .... ylvania a I later for a casual dinner. I gave them
pictures that I took of the island event, and they me an unpublished rough
-nt-H-ir-ph-" of early parts of John Linton Rigg's ',
i i i -t-- by stars in motion. In Carriacou I had sailed on Linton Rigg's
boat, if only I I hundred yards at the helm, met his family, become instant
friends with Mermaid's builder's family, and had even seen the creek where Calliste's
vision of the mermaid appeared -all in a span of 48 hours. And now, back home,
his words were in my hands.


Hope and Steve

on Starshine

S/VStarshine is an Island Packet 37 crewed by Hope and Steve. The boat's name,
originating from the musical Hair, was established by the previous owner and Hope
and Steve saw no reason to change it.
Steve is a gourmet chef and baker. Hope is the systems expert and navigator.
Together they are becoming seasoned cruisers.
Steve, in his pre-cruising life, was a successful school administrator. He caught the
cruising bug from a young man serving an internship with him. By the end of a trip
down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Mobile, in 2005 on the intern's sail
boat, Steve's imagination was fully engaged.
Hope's natural nrs"- -nnthusiasm and sense of adventure, which had driven suc
cessful careers a-- ~ ...... .. I planner (pre-meltdown, of course) and restaurateur,
made her a perfect candidate to follow Steve in this dream.
American Sailing Association courses in St. Augustine in 2004 and a month of
sailing in the Mediterranean in 2005 gave this adventurous couple the confidence to
enter the cruising life, so they purchased Starshine in Trinidad in 2006. Conservative
in their approach to the steep learning curve, they honed their cruising skills
between Trinidad and Carriacou.


* .

Nice boat, nice folks -that's what cruising's all about! This cruising life offers so
much to learn about sailing, about the islands, about people, about life from
a new perspective...'

In 2008 they took on an ambitious "hurricane season project". While visiting fam-
ily in Irwin, Iowa, in August of 2007, Hope and Steve found that the Irwin town hall
was for sale. They put in a bid. In April of 2008 they were surprised to find that their
bid was accepted. Since then, their "hurricane season project" has become transfer
mation of a 3,000-square-foot former public library, Masonic lodge, community
center and town hall, into a single-family dwelling. So far, using recycled and
reclaimed materials, they've redone about a thousand square feet. It seems a mon
strous space relative to the IP 37. T1. i- t -- ti:-
Steve and Hope are enjoying bein. 1 *. I I 11 ........ ........... "We are amazed
1i. i. ... i , -. I.. people we've met. People come from all walks of life and
I. ... I I I ., i.. locations, and yet the cruising community is as tight
knit as a small town. No one really cares what you were in your shore life. If you need
help there's always someone there to help."
Likewise, Hope and Steve find Caribbean people very interesting. "Contrary to
some stereotypes, many islanders are very well-educated, well-read, well-traveled
and politically astute. They lack the mental myopia characteristic of the North
American world view."
Each island has its own unique culture. Steve and Hope look forward to learning
about them, hands-on through volunteer work where possible. Hope and Steve have
been very involved in the tutoring project with the Mt. Airy schools in Grenada.
When asked if cruising is what they expected, they respond, "Thi- -r;;iin; lif-
offers so much to learn about sailing, about the islands, about people, E.I 1. i ...
anew perspective; we are ..- ..i .. i..... I .. I .1 ........ curve. Itiswell
beyond all our preconceiv I .I
Hope ended: "Sometimes I sit in the cockpit in true amazement that this is our life!"


A Historic Tour of Gustavia

Walking the Street

Beyond Le Select

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy: An Architectural Historic Walk, by Jenny Stening.
Published by Berghede Arkitektur och Design, Sweden. 2008. 120 pages, full color.
ISBN 978-91-633-2288-4. 45 Euros.

For many sailors, Gustavia is St. Barth and the harbor is Gustavia. But get off the
water, step back a few streets, and you can take a mind-expanding trip in the
island's time as well as space.
Jenny Stening is a young Swedish architect who fell in love with the older build
ings of Gustavia and the unusual story they tell. Gustavia, founded in 1785, is one
of the rare colonial towns built by the Swedes. The urban plan of Gustavia was
designed by Dr. Samuel Fahlberg, and the lack of existing built structures allowed
planners to lay out a strict geometric grid of streets and place important buildings
and squares i:- -:t .t- locations. Between the glamorous shops and restaurants
there are still ...- I .... the past.
Jenny has a special connection with St. Barth, V.h,. -: t f t In the island for the
first time in 1994 after a transatlantic sailing trip .. i. I .i.... i She has continued
to visit ever since and her university thesis was written about Gustavia's historic gov
ernor's house and town hall. This book, her first, is based on a sign posted walking
tour of historically and architecturally significant buildings and places in Gustavia, a
tour that she developed in 2004 for the municipality. The book focuses on the years
1785 through 1878 when the island was under Swedish rule. "It was during this
period that Gustavia was built and took on the form it still has today," she says.
The handsome book, written in Swedish and containing translations in English
and French, begins with an introduction that aims to put the island in wider per
spective and introduce the reader to the small .i I '- i. i f Gustavia.
It contains 120 pages illustrated with plans ., I I -.,- I,. ...'.. i, in Sweden
and in Saint Barth, as well as photos of bui I.,- I i .I i. .1 'I author has
taken since 1994.
In the book's foreword, Vice President of the Collective of Saint Barthelemy, Yves
Greaux, writes, "To search for authenticity and to share it with others that is a
challenge to those truly in love with Saint Barthelemy. For those who not only see
this island as a source of profit but, above all, as a place to live alongside the people
and their history.
"Jenny ...... .- one of these people. As a young, passionate Swedish architect
she has :. I ... the day she discovered this unique prior colony of her country,
stopped sharing the fruits of her research... The work of Jenny Stening, reflected
through the rich and authentic documentation presented, as well as through the
author's keen eye and precise -7--rli;-. I -' -us contribution in i'tn-lin- an
accurate and healthy picture oI ....I .. 1. I ... so revered and yet i. .i It
also summons a respect for times long past and for all that have built this society of
which we are heir."
The chapters History, The Swedish Era, Building a Town, French Again,
Climate, Traditional Houses, Urban Houses, Context and Gustavia Today -are
abundantly illustrated with a fine and well-chosen collection of vintage maps and
drawings, and contemporary photos with subjects ranging from panoramic views to
portraits of individual buildings to minutely observed architectural detail.
The walk is outlined on a map on the last page of the book, with every building or
place of architectural, historic or cultural interest numbered.
As well as a must-have for anyone who loves St. Barth, this book would be a
superb gift for people with an interest in Caribbean history and architecture. Put it
on your bookshelf next to Caribbean Style.

This book is available at shops in St. Barth, at the Bequia Bookstore in Bequia, and
from www.swedishdesigncentre.com/index.php/gustavia the-bookhtml.



The Why Book of Sailing: The Curious Sailor's Guide to the Science of
Sailing and Seamanship, by Scott Welty. Published by Burford Books. 2007.
Paperback, 180 pages, black and white photos and illustrations.
ISBN 978-1 58080-1461.

As the author notes in this book's introduction, "When we sail, we put ourselves
in touch with our sailboats, and our sailboats put us in touch with nature".
Nature doesn't just mean the fishes and the waterfowl, but physical forces, too
-the heel of a monohull, the tug of a taut sheet, the motion of the boat through
air and water.
Sailors have plenty of time to wonder -why is a modern sailboat able to move
toward the wind, rather than just being blown along with it? Why is there a differ
ence between true wind and apparent wind? Steel can't float, so why are steel boats
buoyant? Why can't I get my boat to go ever faster? If air is clear and water is clear,
why do I need a mask to see clearly underwater? Why do I love looking at the sea
i. ...i. i prized sunglasses? When the ice in my drink melts, will the glass over
: ,,i- on.
This book answers all
these questions and more,

tion to optical illusions, all
of interest to sailors. It will
appeal to those just learn
d ing to sail and ,
learn the "why
things work on a sailboat. It
will also be fun for more
experienced sailors who
want a better understand
ing of their boat, the sea
and their interactions.
The author, a sailor and
physics teacher, surveys a
range of common sailing
issues and questions and
11l0 tri t-= -n-th -
I' .I . i I
mat, explaining the relevant
physical prinicples and
math. Don't get scared
it's written in an informal
style at about junior college
level and, apart from a few
gnarly passages that might
need special attention, the
average sailor will be able to
learn a lot without too uch
brain sweat.
Here's an example:
Torque is the reason
wrenches have long handles.
It's the reason doorknobs aren't in the middle of the door but, rather farfrom the
hinges. It's the reason not to play teeter totter with the big kid! Simply put (a little more
complicated after torque is the product offorce times the distance thatforce is applied
from some pivot. This is how to measure how much twisting effect some force is ha
ing. You can increase the torque applied to something either by pushing harder (usu
aly doesn't work), Hitting it with a hammer (never works), or by making the lever
longer (atta way, Archimedes!). So where do we find torque examples on a sailboat?
The author goes on to answer questions about why op ii or Io i b, li....
the rudder is wide, why winch handles are long, whyA I .. O
i .....- .. .. i.. ...,ing, why a mid boom mainsheet needs extra blocks, why it's
S I ,I, weather to use a storm staysail than to roll in most of a
roller furling jib, and why weather helm is related to torque (and what you can do
about it).
Extracts from Welty's own logs are used to highlight many real life instances where
a knowledge of physics helped the skipper or forgetting about it led to embarrass
ment or worse.
When is friction a sailor's friend and when is it an enemy? Why do halyards slap
the mast? What creates waves? This really is a book for te terminally curious. It
winds up with a special chapter on conservation and cruising, dealing with freshwa
ter supplies, alternative energy and waste disposal, and bringing the reader back to
the concept of sailors getting in tune with their environment.

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JULY 2009
Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Other than a short squall of romantic misunderstand
ings in the middle of the month, this July should be a
glorious broad reach in smooth seas.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Any dark clouds you've been 1- I.- -Ith during the
last month will disperse after the I" I I Take much
needed time off to repair blown-out sails and gather
strength to plot a new course.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Stay off the 1 I .. I .. 1. 1. .. ...n. t+
and misunderl h. 111 I ... I . II
weeks. Concen. i .. ... .111 i I ,time
and try not to i i ....
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
This will be a creative month for you, especially in the
area of communications. Now is the time to seal that
marine business deal or finalize an agreement. Do it
before the 18th.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Your business and financial communications will be
smooth sailing. Use this opportunity to address changes
that could improve your long-term sailing prospects.
T VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Raindrops on the new varnish? Who cares? Dont let minor
irritations sp i ,, 11. 1 i. I I ... ..I. h concentrate on
the positive. i i
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Turn down the squelch and relax. Any glitches in com
munication this July will be short lived, so don't take it all
so seriously.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Minor static may occur in your creative communica
tions, but it is only temporary and shouldn't have any
lasting effects. Put a vang on your temper.
SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
ii, i h. I nantic partner
S i h, I I I 1h Ih 1 ilg swells after

CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
It's a good time to be a prudent mariner. Steer away
from taking any exotic new courses, as they will have
negative effects on your domestic situation.
^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Ship-to-shore communications will be... .. ...
could make you short-tempered. Try to I
and not take the frustration onboard: it i
effects on any business dealings.
SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)

Crossword Solution
1) WOMEN 43) INN 15) SIP
10) PUMPS 48) TAD 22) LOST
16) SAR 50) CAT 27) WEATHER
17) AS A RICE POT 51) PIE 28) EAT
26) OWE 3) BIB 38) FOISTED
29) SEA 4) HOLES 40) NO MEAT
30) OLD 5) TOWARD 41) AHA
36) OR 8) PANS 45) TAPE
37) GO 11) USE 47) FOC
38) FRO 12) MAP


Two parrots playing' on a branch, high, high up in a tree,
Happy as pappy, doin' tricks, contented as can be,
With feathers green and glistenin' bright and pretty in the sun,
Two parrots playing' on a branch, an' havin' lots of fun.

Till Papa Parrot looking' up, see where the sun did reach,
He flex his wing, an' check herself, an' then wit' parrot screech,
He say, "Mama, it time to go" an' give a lusty squawk,
But Mama say, "Sorry fuh you, it's time we had a talk."

"No time for talking Mama Bird!" said Papa looking' flustered,
"The hour has come! Let's go! Let's go!" an' all his strength' he mustered,
But Mama sitting' straight and still said, "Pops, there no denying ,
Ah has developed suddenly, an awful fear of flying "

"You t'ink you flyin' LIAT, girl?" said Papa, "You has wing,
An' powers that be denounces bird that would not do they t'ing!"
Mama answer, "Who did tell we, fly at four o'clock,
When we could do we acrobat and swing on branch and squawk?

"I getting' all mi exercise up here, I safe an' soun'.
Why mus' I leave mi branch each day? Why mus' I fly around ?
Yes! I could do some fancy tricks, although that soun like boasting ,
An' frankly, Papa Parrot dear, flyin' is too exhaustion! "

"Mama, you soundin' stupid! And everybody know,
That Papa Bois is watching' we. When he say 'Go' we GO!
That Papa Bois is watching' we, an' he could take this chance,
To listen to yuh stupidness, and pelt yuh from yuh branch!"

"Jus' pelt me down, and kill mi dead? Would Papa Bois do that?
Jus' pelt me right down to the groun' an' have mi landin' SPLAT?
I has to get mi courage up. I doesn't want to die."
An Pops say, "That's more like it gal. Come on! Let's fly, let's fly!"

Mama pray, "Please help me now, I beating' wings real ha'd,
I launchin out to emp'y space, Oh Gad, Oh Gad, Oh Gad!
Oh Gad, Oh Gad, Oh Gad, Oh Gad,
Oh Gad, Oh Gad, Oh Ga-a-a-a--a-a-a-d!"

(Anyone who has anchored in Scotland Bay, Trinidad, will appreciate this!)

Nan Hatch

parlumps marooned

P t)Qd


thne Poys nDd

the P02rdw2La
by Lee Kessell

Although Trevor thought the old bicycles that Uncle Solly had bought for him and
his cousin Ernie uncool, he had to admit that they had broadened the scope for
adventure beyond foot power so that is how Trevor led his cousin Ernie into an
adventure that almost proved a disaster. It was a bright, sunny Sunday morning
when Aunt Josefina packed sandwiches for the boys to take with them on their bikes
and they left the little wooden cottage just over the hill from Sweet Bottom on the
wild Atlantic coast of Barbados.
It was a long ride down to the southern beaches but Trevor and Ernie wanted to
see the first section of the boardwalk that had recently been completed along the
tourist-oriented shoreline. When they pulled up behind the beach near the beginning
of the walk, they left their bikes under the shade of a large mahogany tree along with
their T-shirts and flip-flops. Shoving their wrapped sandwiches into the pockets of
their shorts the boys ran down to the white coral sand. When Trevor saw the tur
quoise water he pushed his sandwich into Ernie's hand and, ducking around the
tourists lying on their beach recliners baking a bright red in the sun, he was soon
splashing around in the cool water. Poor Ernie just stood and waited until Trevor
came out.
"Here!" Ernie held out Trevor's lunch. "I'm not going to carry your lunch while you
enjoy yourself."
They walked along the beach and just before the beginning of the boardwalk they
flopped down upon a smooth rock and ate their lunch. Then, jumping up a step on
to a wide wooden footpath with concrete borders, Trevor and Ernie joined the joggers
and walkers enjoying the perfect tropical day. The first i ,,,. i, ., .1i1 Trevor's eye
was the mirror glass wall on a cafe to one side and he I ,... i. ..I ,I posing and
making stupid faces until Ernie pulled him away. Small man-made promontories
jutted out into the sea with a narrow boardwalk branching off from the main path,
continuing .. .... I .. ., i ,, id rising above the rocks grown mossy from the
sea waves, i. .. I .... I II I this path and sat on a wooden bench just to
try it out 'tw-in n'nly long enough to look out over the blue sea and wish they could
join the -i .1- whizzing by. They continued on around every little promontory
and leaped into the shallow blue pools behind the fringing reef. Coming to the final
stretch Trevor and Ernie jumped down onto the beach and ran to a clump of trees
where they lay in the shade and chatted about the --r;;-- It --as Ernie who noticed
that the afternoon was slipping away, so he got to I',- I I ., I prodded Trevor with
his foot.
"It's a long walk back, Trevor. We'd better get going!"
Trevor reluctantly stood up and looked at the distance they had come, which
seemed twice as far now that they had to go back. "Gee, Ernie, I can swim back
quicker in a straight line from here than walk that path, even leaving out all those
jutting bits."

"Thats a stupid idea!" Ernie protested.
"Well, you can walk back and I'll wait for you by the bikes, chicken!"
Ernie hated to be called a chicken. He followed Trevor out into the water and they
began swimming south. At first it was fun but then they found themselves being
sweyt .1-;n. by a strong current, not only south but away from the beach, beyond
the : I .'. I out to sea!
Now, although Trevor boasted that he was the best swimmer at his school he began
to feel panic building in his chest. Just i.... 1 i..... ..... ......i i to keep his head
above the waves but he was gulping wa .11. I-,, I ... he grabbed hold
of Trevor and they both began to sink. Trevor kicked as hard as he could to get his
head back to the surface, but he knew he would have to push Ernie away or they
would both drown.
Speedboats and jet skis flashed past but no one saw the struggling boys -except
for one lone man. The man idled his small speedboat alongside them. He reached a
strong brown arm down to the water and yanked Ernie up into the boat. Then he
grabbed Trevor and dumped him like a beached porpoise beside Ernie, who lay gasp
ing painfully like a fish out of water.
The man looked down at the boys to see if they were all ri.ht thi-;-; ;;;;-1 ti-
engine. It was not until their rescuer had driven his boat in to i. -. .. i 111
ed his unexpected catch that Trevor and Ernie had the breath to mumble their
thanks. The boat owner told them that thanks were unnecessary, but what if he
hadn't been there? "Look at all the trouble and heartbreak you would have caused
your parents when your bodies were washed up miles down the beach." Deeply
ashamed the boys hung their heads. "Think about it". The man looked solemnly at
the culprits then climbed back into his boat, leaving the boys to walk back to their
bikes and pedal home.
An angry red sun was sinking down behind the hills when Trevor opened the gate
to Uncle Solly's farmyard. The goats sneered at him and Ernie as usual, Mildred
the little pony neighed a soft greeting and Rusty the dog jumped about and barked
with excitement. The boys washed under the garden tap, dried themselves on a
towel hanging there, walked up the back steps and flopped down at the kitchen
table. Aunt Josefina studied them for a moment and asked, "Where have you two
been all day?"
Ernie mumbled, "We went to see the new boardwalk".
"Well, that explain,: it 1'll -- u your dinner and you can go right to bed."
They were eating f.. I II ,,,. i, -1 and cou-cou in a dispirited way when Uncle Solly
walked in.
"You boys are awfully quiet tonight. Whats up?"
"We went to see the new boardwalk." Trevor tried to smile but he was too tired.
"I thought both of you were sensible enough not to go so far without telling me,"
Uncle Solly said angrily. "Anything could have happened to you and no one knew
where you were. In future you tell me where you're going, understood?"
"Yes sir," the boys answered, thankful that Uncle Solly didn't know just how close
they had come to drowning.
Later that night, Ernie whispered to Trevor, "Next time you want a stupid adven
ture you can go by yourself"
"Well, only the last part was stupid, but you and I are buddies, Ernie, and what
you say goes."
Everything will be all right in the morning, Trevor added to himself as he
fell asleep.

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by Elaine Oltivierre

I Do you remember what coral reefs are made from? The rocky part of a reef
is made up of the skeletons of tiny animals called coral polyps. The living polyps
exist on top of the limestone skeletal structure.
What do polyps eat? Polyps can't move so, somehow, they have to wait for food
to come to them. Last month we looked at the polyp's basic structure. Each polyp
Shas six or eight tentacles which contain stinging cells (nematocysts) which trap
tiny animal plankton from the sea water. There are many kinds of nematocysts
I but they all work in a similar way. Each nematocyst is coiled inside a cell on the
surface of the tentacle. The cell .. 1.. 1. activated as soon as some
Thing touches it. Out shoots the i ,,. ..- i 1. nematocyst, either a whip
or a dart or sticky threads. The whips wrap round the prey, the darts inject para
lyzing poison and the sticky threads hold fast to the plankton. The food slides into
Sthe slimy mouth of the poly ... 1; 1;; -. 1 The polyps are all joined together on
the reef so they can share I
But there is not enough animal plankton to satisfy all the coral polyps. Where
else can they get their food?
I Polyps contain tiny plants called zooxanthellae. These contain yellow-brown
coloured pigments and, just like terrestrial plants, they use the energy from sun

light to produce carbohydrates and oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.
The coral polyps can use these products in respiration to give them enough
energy to grow. The waste products of the polyp's respiration are carbon dioxide
and water which the zooxanthellae use in photosynthesis. And the cycle contain
ues! This kind of relationship between the polyp and the zooxanthellae, where
both sides are of benefit to each other, is an example of symbiosis.
Zooxanthellae can only do their job where they can use sunshine. Sunlight does
not penetrate very far down into the sea water so the tiny plants can only live in
clear water to depths of not more than 100 metres. Zooxanthellae give coral its
colour. If the coral becomes stressed, if the temperature of the water increases for
example, the zooxanthellae are expelled from the polyps and the coral becomes
white. This is called coral bleaching and the coral dies without its main source of
food. So it's important that the sea water over a reef remains a stress-free environ
ment if the coral is to survive!
Six words from the passage are written in code. Work out which symbol repre
sents which letter, then find out the special word.

I. iI 0o *

2. 0 V V +..

3 f 4 T

4. 0 +

6. V n --*
6 V 0 *

Specialword: 0 Li + UJ t + 0 *
Answers on page 38



by Scott Welty

of between 200 and 400 billion stars (they are very hard to count!) in a double-armed
spiral shape held together by their mutual gravity. It is 100,000 light years from one
side to the other! That means that light from one end of th- 1 --- tl--- 100,000
years to reach the other. We are located about halfway out .. I I. -I1 'I arms. If
you look south in the summer you are looking right toward the hub of the galaxy (or,
at least at where it was I ,, i ...... .. .. It looks milky because at the great
distances and the huge ...... I -I ... I I our eyes cannot resolve the stars
individually but instead we just see a smear of light. Our galaxy, of course, is but
one of billions of other galaxies. Cozy universe isn't it?

Welcome to the launch of The Caribbean Sky: Free Show Nightly! Each month I'll give
an overview and occasional sketch of things to observe in the nighttime sky. Sketches
and times will be approximate for Martinique. Enjoy!
It's summer! An easy summer observation is the Summer Triangle formed by the
stars Altair, Vega and Deneb. Each star is actually part of a separate constellation
but their brightness and relative position in the summer sky make the triangle a
rather obvious shape.
Looking to the northeast around 9:OOPM you can find Deneb as the bright star
marking the body of Cygnus the swan. Yes, it looks like a long-necked swan. Deneb
will be low in the northeast sky early in the month and about 30 degrees above the
horizon late in the month. Going straight up from there you reach the next obvious
bright star, which is 1le bright star of the tiny constellation Lyra. Interestingly
due to the precessioi I n. Earth's axis (it wobbles like a top), Vega was the pole
star around 15,000 BC and will be again around 14,000 AD. Better make a note to
adjust your charts! Now swing your gaze to the right and the next bright star is
Altair, the main star of Aquila. These three, then, form the summer triangle. The
'......1 high in the sky in northern latitudes but of course more northerly
S. .. i in the Caribbean.
Another prominent summer constellation is Scorpio in the south. Like Cygnus,
Scorpio is one of the rare constellations that actually looks like its name! The tail of
the scorpion turns up and to the left and is a huge constellation in the southern sky
visible nearly all night nearly all month. July 25th would be a good time to see it due
south around 9:OOPM.
The night of the 25th would also be a good night to look a little up and to the left
of the tail of the scorpion for Ptolemy's Cluster. This loose collection of about 80 stars
(not all visible to the naked eye) is easily seen with naked eye and even better
through binoculars -even on a gently rolling deck. The cluster is about 800 ,.1.i
years away and moving toward us at 14 kilometers per second. That means '. 11
be here in about 21,000 years and I guess that will be Cluster's last stand. Duck!
As long as you're looking at Scorpio you might as well also notice the whole gosh
darn Milky Way! The big cloudy stripe in the sky running roughly north and south
is an edge on view of our very own Milky Way galaxy. Our home galaxy is made up

Where are the planets this July?
Venus and Mars both rise very early just before sunrise. Saturn, on the other
hand, is generally in the constellation Leo and will be setting around 10:00PM early
in the month and around 9:OOPM late in the month. Jupiter rises around 9:OOPM
early in the month and later as the month wears on. In fact if you're looking at
Scorpio and Ptolemy's Cluster on the 25th, that bright star to the left is Jupiter.
July Moon
July 7 -Full Moon
July 21 -New Moon
July ... Crescent Moon setting along side Saturn ~8:30PM.
To p--nder i hde sitting on deck at night with a glass of wine...
The vastness of the universe and the relative pokiness of the speed of light means
that far away things are not where you think they are... Or sometimes not even there
at all! Light from our sun takes eight minutes to get here. That means the pretty
sunset you see actually happened eight minutes previous. In an extreme case we
can see stars that are farther away in light years than the lifetime of such a star.
That means the star has exploded long ago but we are not seeing that YET! Gives
one pause...

Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Buford Books, 2007, reviewed
on page 31.


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Almonds grow almost everywhere throughout the
Caribbean. When we go to the beach, I gather a buck
et of the sweet nuts to shell later.
Ti. .1... .. i ,wing in the Caribbean, however, are
a i ,1 '" 1 - from those you buy in the grocery
store. Ours are Terminalia catappa, also known as the
Tropical Almond, Indian Almond or Sea Almond. The
Tropical Almond is believed to have -ri.i;nt--1 in the
southwestern Pacific. The handsome i. II .. seen
along beaches, grows to 35 metres (110 feet) tall, with
an upright, symmetrical crown and tiers of horizontal
branches. It has a corky, i..1. i .. it that is dispersed
by water. The nut within I. I .... is edible when fully
ripe, tasting almost like a "grocery store" almond.
The i..... i, .. .... . I .- Prunus
dulcis, ...i I i1. 1. I i .-1 1 ......I ... prized
these tasty nuts as a food staple since they keep well.
---r-lin. to ..... i i ..- trly nomads created a
i ,i .... ol .... i .i. .. I and chopped dates,
rolled with sesame oil into little balls. By 4,000 BC,
humans learned to cultivate almonds and they were
known in nearly every ancient civilization. Several
handfuls of almonds were found in King Tut's tomb,
placed there to nourish him on his journey into the


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Almonds are sold raw, roasted, or dry-roasted.
"Roasted" almonds are actually deep fried in oil. The
process adds about ten calories per ounce of nuts,
or a little more than a gram of fat. Dry-roasted
almonds are not cooked in oil and thus better for
your health, but they may be salted or contain other
ingredients, such as corn syrup, sugar, starch, MSG
or preservatives.
When I collect Tropical Almonds, I've found that the
best way to prepare them is to "parch" them, that is,
to toast the shelled, raw nuts in a dry skillet over low
heat, -1....... 1. i gently, until golden and fragrant,
about i ........1 Remember to remove the almonds
immediately from the skillet or they're likely to scorch.
You can also toast almonds in a baking pan in a 350F
oven for seven to ten minutes. Parching or toasting
works well with store-bought raw almonds, too.
(Slivered and sliced almonds will take a shorter time
than whole nuts.)
Almonds are a flavorful addition to any curried dish
and can be mixed with chilled cooked rice and raisins
to make an easy and tasty salad. Sliced almonds make
i-t ; ;:.- .1. f-; .. ^ n Chicken Salad. To make
i i ... .. "milk" place one Cup
freshly toasted almonds with four Cups of water in a
jar. Tightly screw on the lid and refrigerate for one to
two days, but no longer as it might begin to ferment.
Pour into a blender and spin until smooth.

Nutritious Almond One-Pot Stir Fry
1/2 Cup blanched almonds*
3 Tablespoons cooking oil (I prefer canola)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
6 Cups assorted vegetables (green beans or bodi,
carrots, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, etcetera)
chopped small and thin
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 Cup water
salt and spices to taste
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 Cups cooked rice (I prefer brown)
In a large skillet, wok or frying pan heat half of the
oil on medium heat, add almonds and garlic and cook
for five minutes. Remove almonds and garlic carefully
with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the rest of the
oil, increase the heat to high, and then add ginger and
vegetables. Stir-fry for five minutes and reduce heat to
medium. Mix the cornstarch, soy sauce, and water in
a bowl and pour over the vegetables. Toss for two min-
utes over medium heat. Mix in seasonings, sesame oil,
almonds, and rice.
To blanch almonds, place them in a bowl and pour
in boiling water to barely cover. Let sit for ONE minute
and no longer. Drain, rinse under cold water, pat dry
and slip skins off

Almond Shark
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 Cup slivered almonds
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
salt and seasonings to taste
1 pound shark, cut into nice-size pieces
In a frying pan, heat butter, then lightly brown the
almonds and remove. Combine parsley, lemon juice,
and seasonings and rub onto shark pieces. Fry shark.
As it cooks, spoon the remaining parsley mixture over
the pieces. Do not overcook. Sprinkle the cooked shark
with the almonds. Serve with rice or pasta.

Coconut and Almond Rice
1 ounce almonds
2 Cups low fat milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Cups uncooked rice
1/2 Cup coconut milk
seasonings to your taste
Put almonds in a plastic bag and crush with a
spoon; set aside. In a medium pot bring milk and salt
to a boil before adding rice. Reduce heat, cover and
cook till rice is done. Add coconut milk, remove cover

and simmer for five mil.nt 1 i- f-. ;fl .lt toburn.
Stirin almondswith I .1 ..I 11, 11-,, 11, rice.

Hot Crispy Almond Chicken (or Fish)
1/4 Cup sesame seeds
1/4 Cup slivered almonds
2 Cups cornflakes
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and minced
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
salt and seasonings to taste
1 Cup milk
2 ..
1, i.. I .. cut up and skin removed
6 Tablespoons butter or margarine
In a heated frying pan, toast the sesame seeds and
almond slivers. Remove and cool before mixing in a
plastic bag with cornflakes, hot pepper, sugar, salt
and seasonings. Close the bag, forcing out all of the
air. Crush contents with a spoon or rolling pin. In a
bowl, stir milk and eggs together to make a wash.
Place crushed cornflake-almond mixture in a flat dish.
Dip chicken pieces first in the egg wash, and then roll
them in the cornflake mixture. In a large frying pan
heat butter and gently put in the coated chicken, care
ful not to lose any of the coating. Fry each side for five
minutes or less, until it is golden brown and crunchy.

To grow a Tropical Almond tree, first decide if you
have enough space for a sizeable tree far away from
your septic tank or swimming pool. An almond tree
needs at least a 20-foot radius. Then look around the
beaches for a young tree. Although dry-season decidu
ous, the Tropical Almond is a great shade tree and is
extremely adaptable. Because it has a deep root sys
tem, the almond can withstand severe drought and
poor soils, but the roots will seek out a constant water
source -like your water tank, pool, septic system or
To gain the maximum yield from your almond tree,
spray every other month with a soluble 20-20-20 fertil
izer mixed with a light pesticide. Monthly broadcast a
cup of 12-12-17-2 blue fertilizer around the base of
the tree. In the dry season water the tree -.1-7~i- the
ground, every other week. To limit the ..1.1 I the
tree, cut the center stem at about three years old. This
will make the lower branches grow out, but it should
not get any taller.

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I hope you get as fired up about barbecuing as I do. It truly is the one type of
cooking that takes you back to the glory days when men were men and women were
surprised men could cook. Gathering around a glowing fire with tales of conquest
and a cold drink in your hand is as heart stopping as the first time you popped a
chute. I often fantasize about how difficult survival must have been in prehistoric
days. The mighty hunter had to fell supper close to the cave where the fire was
brightly burning. Can you .... ... 1, ... ....... e haunch of brontosaurus
several miles to the family ... I ., -... Then being faced with try
ing to rotate the slab of prn .. ... 1I I, s, women always have had
superior intelligence, especially when they decided that barbecuing would be a
male's domain.

The other day was glorious with little wind, so I fired up the barbecue. Wind is
about the only element that can ruin a good barbecue. The pitch and slop at a poor,
windy anchorage can make barbecuing dangerous on board. On shore, even a heavy
downpour can do little to quench a good hot gas grill. Wind, on the other hand, can
make your efforts all in vain.
A recent magazine article had my mouth watering for succulent barbecue-roasted
chicken. Furthermore, it had been some while since I last did a stand-alone barbe
cued chicken. My usual preferred method for barbecuing whole fowl or large roasts
is using the rotisserie. You will never end up with a dry product when rotating meat
on the spit and applying a succulent glaze towards the end of the cooking period.
(Don't glaze beforehand or it will burn.)
Cooking pieces of chicken on the grill requires a long process of careful turning
while keeping the heat to a medium temperature. Little is worse than ending up with
what looks like chicken but tastes like dry cardboard. Overcooked, charcoal-crusted
chicken that is still raw in the center is not only bad looking but can also be danger
ous to eat.
Imagine for a moment the perfect way to roast a whole chicken on the grill without
turning it regularly or fussing over it. A friend visiting from St. Vincent several years
ago told me of this superior method that I also recently saw in the cooking magazine
I was reading. It is a somewhat disrespectful way to treat a fine bird but the excellent
results are worth the shame that may be cast on the cook.
A can of your favorite beer is opened and a mouthful or two enjoyed before getting
down to barbecue business. A medium size fowl, about three or four pounds, is best
for this method. Season the interior and exterior of the bird, using garlic, herbs,
paprika, salt and pepper. Then stand the bird cavity side down onto the partially full
can of beer. The can and the 1 ; 1'. 1 ;. .re sufficient to support the chicken in a
standing position. Place this -I ... I... I I in a small roasting pan on top of a hot
grill. Add a small amount of water to the pan to stop dripping fat and juices from
burning and close the lid on your grill. Turn the heat down to a medium-to-low tem-
perature and this will be sufficient to produce a golden, succulent chicken that has
been basted from the inside out with simmering beer. Make sure the temperature
probe is inserted into the breast or thigh, being careful to avoid any bones that will
give an improper reading.
Once the chicken is done (temperature of at least 165F), carefully remove it from
the grill. There will still be beer and dripping in the can, and these should be
trashed. Drippings in the tray can be turned into a deliciouF r7--- -,,- mall
amount of flour, water, salt and pepper. The bird will be juicy .,, i . i the
interior bee: I -1,,. ,i d during cooking.
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tration of a potential disaster is a little far-fetched, but
quite possible. After 45 years in the yacht insurance
business, I can offer more illustrations of it being for
tunate that owners had insured their yachts when,
through no fault of their own, they were damaged.
For example, in the late 1960s, the beautiful
Sparkman & Stephens ketch Saga was at anchor in
the slot in the Tobago Cays when she was T-boned by
a 65-foot ketch. Although the boat that caused the
damage was insured, the owner-skipper denied that
the incident ever happened. Saga's underwriter felt
that, since there were no witnesses (they were the only
two yachts in the Tobago Cays that day and the
Bequia fishermen, who normally would have witnessed
the incident, were off diving), taking legal action would
be so difficult and expensive that he paid for Saga's
repair. He did not even -hV r- th- deductible, as had
he won a court case I. II ,, i,,,. boats insurance
would have paid the ci ........ 1i11
There have been many other similar incidents where
the boats that caused the damage were uninsured and
simply departed without paying.
In my own experience, in 1993 lolaire arrived in
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, and we anchored in the
southeast corner of the bay, well clear of any commer
cial traffic coming to the commercial dock. We left the
masthead light on and went to bed. Half an hour later
we were sideswiped by the Margarita to Puerto La Cruz
ferry, one mile off its normal track. The ferry took off
15 feet of Iolaire's bulwarks and the starboard-side
chainplates, and severed our anchor line.
Once we jury-rigged the mast and were towed into
Centro Marina de Oriente, I went to the ferry terminal
and met with senior members of the ferry company.
They denied all liability. I contacted my insurance bro
kers (D. Hudig and Co., a Dutch f-rinm inf- .rn.i ti--m
of the situation. Within 48 hours I I I I ,i
ing that the ferry company and ship were insured by
Lloyds of London, and said to tell the ferry company to
settle immediately or legal action would be taken
against them in British courts. With a copy of the fax
I was able to make a satisfactory cash settlement on
the basis of estimated repair costs. Had I not been
insured, trying to sue a Venezuelan ferry company in
Venezuelan courts would have been a waste of time.
One last example. When a cruise ship came into
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, during Hurricane Klaus in
1984, she could not get alongside the dock as her bow
and stem thrusters were not powerful enough. By the
time she got clear she had damaged a number of yachts.
The cruise ship's insurance company denied liability,
saying it was an "Act of God". The boats that were
insured were paid for damages sustained, as their under
writers threatened to sue the cruise ship's insurance
company. The only recourse for the uninsured boats was
to hire an Admiralty lawyer to sue. But the Admiralty
lawyers wanted too much money up front and those who
were not insured ended up collecting nothing.
Being in the insurance business, I definitely have an
axe to grind, but I think these stories should make a
sailor stop and think. It must be remembered that
there is cheap insurance and there is good insurance,
but there is no good cheap insurance. You never know
how --1 --- i;ii. ..; is until you make a claim.
Then ... ...... ... .- poorly worded, or the claims
manager does not really push your claim, or getting
the underwriter to pay is like pulling teeth, it is too
late. Know your broker; know your underwriter.
Don Street
Yacht Iolaire

Dear Compass,
This is in reference to the letter from George Curtis
in May's Compass, in which he complained about a

visiting yacht'= -- ; rr-7T- --1 a local fishing net
in St. Lucia's ,i i ..... i .
When there is .11 i i i 1.... food
from the sea, most persons on yachts accept that is an
important task for those involved in the activity, and
even ,, 11 i -. 1ite fact that it would have been
quite l .. I i i 11, to re-anchor after the activity
was completed is still not a valid reason for the fishers
not to have asked the yacht to leave and return after
their work was done. These guys feed their families by
their work and the fact that a pleasure yacht is in the
way is NOT a reason for them to stop!
Their skill in getting the net under and away from the
yacht is commendable. All the "shouting" involved, which
Mr. Curtis noted, is a very normal West Indian trait.
Mr. Curtis's basic gripe was that those on the yacht
were inconvenienced; the skipper was not happy. But
that is not an international incident. Skippers are not
royalty! My outlook is that a very minor problem does
not warrant a big letter in Compass.
Yachties HAVE to understand that they are, after all,
guests here. I, like Mr. Curtis, happen to be British.
That does not entitle me to decide the local laws; these
are considered to be the best way to preserve the local
ity and its inhabitants (human and otherwise), and
control activities carried on within the area.
We sail to foreign places t- nji- thnm. And then
WHYdowe feel entitled to I I ..I.. them tobe
different? I happen to enjoy the place as I found it! Yes,
after about four decades here, I do have a bit of a rea
son to try to give a little help where it is needed. I
would not however, tr I 1. ... I1lings outside of my
area of expertise and ..-. I .. local knowledge!
Sign me,
Happy to be here and helpful

Dear Compass,
I refer to a letter in the May edition of Compass from
one George Curtis who purports to be a Rear
Commodore of the Ocean 'riii = n lilb.
I have no idea who his :.. .. -i i i ,' Hugh Smith is
and am not sure that I care, but both he and Curtis
should consider themselves lucky that they were not
crew aboard the German submarine that was netted by
a Danish fishing trawler in I. -i .. .. ... I 2004.
On a more serious note, i i.. i IIh I .. I urtis's
letter offensive and condescending in a colonially
evocative manner.
It must indeed have been terrifying to hear natives
shouting in a local patois -apparently, though, not
accompanied by the beating of drums. I shall be writing
to the St. Lucian authorities forthwith, demanding that
fishermen be properly instructed in the Queen's English.
It is shocking that Curtis's "quiet -nin- had been
rudely and somewhat .1 ........ 1 ,1. .... i and that
the fishermen's catch .- .. I I "biblical proportions"
but "seemed to be half a sack of small fish". That half a
sack of small fish probably fed several poor families who
have no running water and no electricity. Perhaps Curtis
should consider that when next enjoying a quiet evening
in the cockpit with a gin and tonic in his hand.
Narendra Sethia
St. Vincent

Dear Compass,
I write fearing the demise of such an august and
respected institution as the Ocean Cruising Club (UK)
if the members continue to (presumably) elect, to the
position of Rear Commodore, men capable of writing,
no doubt for the edification of us ordinary unranked
ocean cruisers, such ignorant, pompous and frankly
sneering letters as the one submitted by George Curtis
Rear Commodore OCC in your May edition.
No doubt he feels that it is his duty to inform, due to
his position as RC OCC. Before he does so next time
couldhe i1 1 .. i i '. ....... tones, dosome
homewor .. 11. i. .. I .... f the places he
visits, try to enjoy the unique spectacle he was privi
leged to witness and not to worry about his rights as a
doubtf.. i i .i I . .... .. that
read "i, i .- I I I I 1 I .."1. 1 ?9... "?
This letter will have harmed the good offices of
the OCC.
Chris Long
Yacht Tropical Dream

Dear Compass,
The debate goes on, year after year, about cruisers
carrying guns or not.
Let's be honest. Only a few of those writing and talk
ing about this have direct experience with being
attacked. Neither have they experience with guns, nor
human reaction to confront-ti-n ---ith
Most (not all, as the May :- -. -1. -j i 1 folks
speculating on what they would do are, as one cruiser
actually attacked put it, "armchair Rambos".
Let's try to sort out the facts:
Attacks on innocent "mom and pop" cruisers
are increasing.
Attacks, more often than not, include attackers
with serious firearms.
Coast Guard or other resources supposedly there
to fend off these criminals at sea have one reason or
another for not protecting us.
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Attackers now seem often to have the intent to kill,
rather than just rob.
Finally, the bottom line is that we either defend our
selves or throw ourselves on the mercy of deadly thugs.
Most accounts of incidents strongly suggest that
attackers are NOT up to a fight. They expect to take
what they want with little or no threat to themselves
from unarmed cruisers who have zero protection,
either by way of arms on board or from supposed
"Coast Guards" funded to keep coasts safe.
Incidents reported in the May issue of Compass
alone, and many (not all) other sources suggest that
attackers will flee at resistance, even from a relatively
harmless flare gun.
There should be international agreements whereby
cruisers are legally permitted to carry weapons for
defense, especially since the vast majority of nations
cannot provide protection to cruisers.
But no sailing association, cruising publication, or
anyone I am aware of has tried to initiate such obvi
ously needed international agreements. Cruisers are
not the kind of community that wields sufficient
political clout to lead to international agreements.
But we badly need to start this bii 1ii,,,. ,.. .i,
any and many means. That means .. ....
writing to our representatives and demanding such
vital agreements in a world threatening our safety
and very lives.
One article in May's .,,r ,.. -- we limit our
cruising to "safe" water: *I ...- eed to avoid
the threatening places as much as possible, but where
would he have us cruise in the Caribbean? Where,
please tell me, is this absolutely "safe" place where I
m ust cc..'... .... ... .
There .. I i i .. ...... ..i bandied about in the
United -1 I I .... .... But in the US we are
inundated with protection agencies such as city
police, county police, highway police and lots of
armed, private security guards in parks, industrial
areas, neighborhoods, etcetera. But still millions of
Americans see the right and need for self-protection
with firearms.
Certainly we cruisers, traveling on unprotected seas,
often alone, have this right to arms! On the high seas
we have essentially no such forces at our disposal.
And that confronts any honest cruiser with the stark
fact he/she is ON THEIR OWN OUT THERE.
It -li '. -.-1 -.1 outrage we are harassed
. ..I ... ... 1.. ....... i Customs and other officials
in nearly all ports in the Caribbean when they offer us
virtually no protection. If we carry arms, they pounce
on us innocent, law-abiding cruisers when they detect
we have the arrogance to try to protect our lives in
their often dangerous waters!
The only logical response to the situation is for cruis
ers to carry -1-t-rri -.rms to protect and save their
lives. We mi.-1 .11 II.. vacuum, since no one else
seems to care.
Second, we must urge publications, sailing and
cruising organizations and our own legislatures to get
behind international agreements allowing law-abiding
cruisers to arm themselves.
Yes, if we have arms we need some training in their
use. We need serious analysis of all incidents to guide
us in the best defensive measure to take when con
fronting attackers.
It's too bad the world has turned a less kind and
gentle place, but it is a reality. We ignore this reality at
-in- peril. I am not willing to sacrifice my
........ the few bad guys out there and let them
dictate how I will live my life. So, cruisers, it is time to
stop just discussing this at cocktail time and, each of
us, take some actual action to change and improve our
.i .... .. .. piracy.
.. I ., ,, I publications, sailing and commer
cial establishments and others to get involved to push
for international agreements for cruisers to carry guns,
I urge every business establishment in the Caribbean
to think about how ALL of us are affected by the vio
lence. Some are aware, but perhaps not to the depth of
how they are affected. For example, I was discussing
business with a travel agent at Bahia Redonda marina
in Venezuela yesterday. Owing to an incident late last
year in the Puerto la Cruz area (a cruiser was shot and
killed at Isla Borracha) i.. .I -. there is no lon
ger ... 1, 1 ,tsiness for * I ,, that marina, let
alor ii, I ,,, trying to survive there.
I think if more cruisers carried weapons, and the bad
guys realized this, incidents would decline immedi
ately. After a few actual confrontations, incidents
could drop even further. These "pirates" are not like
the old-time pirates of history. Experience shows that
modern-day Caribbean pirates often do not continue
an attack when THEY are under fire or threat of fire.
I hope some association in the Caribbean steps into
leadership on this. If the agreement is not internal
tional, at least the Caribbean nations that are most
affected by the bad publicity surrounding crime
against yachts could enact their own Caribbean-area
agreement and facilitate cruisers being able to self
protect. That would be lot cheaper than these poorer
nations building up effective coast guards.
William P. Gloege
S/V Gaia

Dear Compass,
I read with interest Julien Simon's Letter of the
Month in June's issue of Compass. The writer makes
some valid points and I am sure most cruisers will
empathise with his views on improving yacht clear
ance procedures in the Caribbean.
In tackling this issue I think one needs to narrow
down the area of approach and concentrate on a small
number of states rather than trying to encompass a
multitude of Caribbean states that are very different,
both culturally and economically. In this regard, it
would make sense to have a .i.:=in; i:-rmit which
covers the OECS (Organisation i i ,.. Caribbean
States), which includes Grenada, St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, St. Lucia, Do....... .. ,i.,, Barbuda,
St. Kitts & Nevis and M( .., I .....II,, and the
British"ii--.. T1...l .-l -i.t-
The (i *I ,- i . .. ..,,ation that could
be receptive to the idea of a cruising permit. These
islands value and need the yachting revenue, whereas
it's a much harder sell to other Caricom countries,
which include Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, for
example, countries that rely more heavily on oil and
agricultural exports.
Although the French islands are not part of the OECS,
they have a relatively simple clear-in procedure, and this
combined with an OECS cruising permit would make for
easy cruising throughout the Windwards and Leewards.
Concerned cruisers can contact the OECS, at www.
oecs.org. Also, the OECS member states' national
marine trades associations could help lobby their own
governments. See a list of these groups at www.carib
Sean Fuller
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Dear Compass,
While Mr. Sadler (letter, June Compass) is, of course,
perfectly entitled to his opinion of the Caribbean
Safety and Security Net, and scary and xenophobic
Americans in general, he should have done the court
ous and gracious thing and simply turned off his
radio. The Net is not, after all, required listening and
everyone is free to tune in or not as they choose.
Having said that, I think that his ad hominem attack
on the Net's controller was totally uncalled for and
absolutely vile. There was no reason (and no excuse)
for anyone to lash out so savagely and personally at
someone who had done him no harm or wrong -espe
cially someone who is well respected in the cruising
community for the work she has done via the Net and
who devotes a great deal of time and personal effort to
assisting her fellow cruisers.
One wonders what contribution Mr. Sadler has
made, or intends to make to help the community, or is
he just another petulant, vacuous voice spewing poi
sonous rhetoric for its own sake.
As a minor point, the oilrig that requires constant
mention on the net lies between Trinidad and Grenada,
not Tobago, so perhaps Mr. Sadler can spend the time
he saves by not listening to the net reading his charts
to sort out the difference.
Bill Brady
S/V Tempest

Dear Compass,
After a wonderful short cruise from Grenada to St.
Lucia and back we have perhaps detected an unset
i... trend.
love Bequia, and who doesn't? Of course it is
nearly impossible to anchor close to town due to all
the mooring balls but that's actually okay as we like
n-1T--;:- off Princess Margaret Beach.
.... occasions we had large charter catamarans
come into the anchorage while we were there. Thats not
uncommon, but most recently these had four to eight
couples of college students aboard. You can tell there's
going to be trouble when they come into the anchorage
and everyone on deck has a beer in their hand and they
are already yelling, "Wooooooooo, wooooooooo..." and so
forth Th.i: --: untill they have all passed out, usu
ally- ... i,1 .1 midnight but not much.
Extra sadly, we even had this same experience
(including pretend pirate outfits and plastic swords
and these were 30-year-olds!) in Chatham Bay, Union
Island, which is probably our favorite place in the entire
Caribbean. The screaming and exaggerated laughing
went on until about midnight. Forget about chatting
and having a glass of wine on our own boat or doing a
little stargazing. Our boat and the others in this usually
peaceful anchorage were almost literally being invaded.
Best that can be done is to go below and put on my
headphones. Not how I usually spend an evening.
I'm offended by this intrusion and I'm embarrassed
because, sadly and probably not surprisingly, they are
usually my fellow Americans. Is the Caribbean become
ing the next Ft. Lauderdale or Cancun -a wild spring
break destination? From the sound of it, most of these
parties could be taking place in a hotel room in
Cleveland. I mean, a drinking game's a drinking game,
right? Whats the point of coming to the Caribbean?
Moreover, I would like to challenge the charter compa
nies (and they all seem to be equally guilty, if they should
even bear any of the guilt at all in these pressing times).
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I challenge them to look at eight young people with no sailing experience on a cap
tainedcb .. I -.i i I ..... i . ... 1.111 talk about respect for the islands
and resp , I .. ..II .1, I I ., .. .. ... an anchorage. Then, lets have a
captain tl. I -.. I I ... ... 11 I -1 .i. I ,,I .... I -eminds them of the talk or takes
them ashore to a bar that doesn't mind American buffoonery, although I doubt that
these people would perform like this in front of the local population.
Scott Welty
S/V Enee Marie

Dear Compass,
We hauled our Hunter 44 Deck Saloon, Chaser2, in November 2008 at Medregal
Village, Venezuela, and flew back to the UK for our first grandchild's birth and a visit
to our son in Spain.
Now we are back home aboard Chaser2, she has a clean bottom, decks and stain
less, thanks to the workers at Medregal's haulout yard. The haulout and in, include
ing checking, and power wash was 800 Bolivares (around US$150 at the current
rate). Rather than live aboard in the heat on the hard, we stayed a few nights in
Medregal Village's hotel at US$30 per night including an excellent breakfast. After
launching, we anchored off and prepared her sails as soon as the wind permitted,
then took a trial sail to Cumana for a few days. All went fine.
By now many sailors are either southbound or have arrived at their insurance
companies' "safe" destinations for the hurricane season -maybe Grenada,
Chaguaramas, Porlamar or Puerto La Cruz. But if you are getting bored waiting for
November, why not take a trip and come and see us in the Golfo de Cariaco? You
won't be disappointed.
The Gulf of Cariaco is safe in a blow, and crime-wise it's as safe as anywhere. In fact, the
coastline between Puerto La Cruz and Cumana is generally without incidents, very similar
to anywhere else in the Caribbean. That's not to say that there haven't been muggings or
attacks, but propaganda about Venezuela, generated in the most part by foreign press and
its political advisers, causes everybody, me included, to get a little paranoid. Please remem
ber I'm not suggesting Venezuela is a safer ....1- i ... .... ., -1 I I.
I',,,i,,- i '... i .... ..II i 1, 1 ,'' ,i . . I,,, ... .. I ,,,I . .. I ...
C ih I 1 I .. .. I ,,I h ,iI 1 i .1. i i I. i
There are many beautiful anchorages in the Gulf. Laguna Grande is well known
because of its desolate natural hillsides and bays that are three miles deep. Laguna
Chica has a small fishing village where you are in rowing distance of a good bar
amongst the local fishing community. On the opposite side of the Gulf is Mariguitar,
- .t n market days. At the village of Guacarapo is a lovely anchorage especially
,i ii comes a westerly blow. The village has a couple of small shops and a nice
bar on the seafront with beer at two Bolivares. (These days that's just 30 US cents.
To me, beer demonstrates the cost I 1i .... I an area; cheap beer means cheap
everything else, within reason.) No :. i I I lonely around here, either. Just in
one anchorage, there is a good international community and space to anchor a
hundred boats.
At the eastern end of the Gulf, anchor in the centre of the channel where you can
watch the stunning Scarlet Ibis and parrots come home to roost. Here also you can
dinghy ashore; there are many fishermen's docks, but the one at the far eastern end
is best. He doesn't mind you tinf ul then you can .11i 1. ... i,..-. ..*den to the
main road. Most people give..... i. r ten Bolivares I 1 .. ... .. Here you
can get a bus into the town of Cariaco for about US$1, or in the opposite direction
to the beautiful seaside village of San Antonio.
Why not come and see us, anchor in safety and even take a trip inland to the mar
vellous caves or chocolate factory, or farther still to ... i I .11 even Brazil? If you
come from Porlamar you'll probably see many old :.. i- ,, come from Puerto
La Cruz, make a stop in Mochima and anchor right at the head of the bay in front of
the village. The people here, like most Venezuelans, are very friendly. The village
depends on tourism; accordingly they are more concerned than most that security is
good. The restaurants are excellent, too -try Puerto Viejo.
See more on our blog at http://blog.mailasail.com/chaser2.
Phil and Yvonne Chapman

Dear Compass Readers,
We want to hear from YOU!
Please include your name, boat name or shoreside address, and a way we can con
tact you (preferably by e-mail) if clarification is required.
We do not publish individual consumer complaints or individual regatta results com-
plaints. (Kudos are okay!) We do not publish anonymous letters; however, your name
may be withheld from print at your request. Letters may be edited for length, clarity
and fair play.
Send your letters to:
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Box 175BQ, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

-ontinuedfrom page 11 ...Caribbean Eco-News
Ultimately the Grenadine MarSIS will be publicly available via Google Earth and
will allow for easy access to marine-resource information, thereby aiding more
informed decision-making processes in the Grenadines and becoming a resource for
environmental education.
For more information visit http://cermes.cavehill.uwi.edu.

BVI Spring Regatta Earns First 'Clean Regattas' Silver
The BVI Spring Regatta has gone clean and green! Last year, the BVI Spring
1 1 . i,,,. ,ts glass and plastic. For this year's event, held March 30th
I I, ,i i i. i. -.ailing Towards Clean and Green" campaign was mounted
with Jane Ba'------ll 1-n t-i- P'r resident, writer and conservation enthusiast lead
ing the way. I i, I remarkable that Sailors and the Sea, the organize
tion committed to protecting the oceans that sponsors the Clean Regattas
Certification Program, awarded the 2009 BVI Spring Regatta the first Silver
Certificate to ever i i i .. 11
Chris Mancini, P, ..... .. .- I I lilors for the Sea, explained the award.
"The vision of Clean Regattas is to create widespread change 1. ..., the investment
of the boating community in i~mr--in. the ocean environme..I I I Spring Regatta
has taken this vision to hear 11 regatta, sailing program, and yacht club in
the world would make a similar effort, we could create a global network of ocean
stewards to halt t, I .. i .i I the oceans.
As in 2008, the I I i- included the recycling of glass and plastic, but
2009 went further. Recyclable water bottles were made available to everyone in the
Nanny Cay BVI Spring Regatta Village. These bottles, sponsored by the BVI Tourist
Board, were sold for a nominal amount and the money raised from the more than
900 bottles sold was donated to' I I i .... i I ... i- Search and Rescue) and Green
VI. Once purchased, Clearwater I I 1 1.11 I water refills. In addition, the
BVI Tourist Board provided skipp -' 1 ..- .nade from recycled materials and
designed to be reusable to take gear .., I i. ... the boats. Inside the skippers' bags
was a list of natural cleaning products and where to find them locally.
The BVI Spring Regatta organization also worked closely with event host Nanny
Cay Marina and Resort to encourage the use of the bathroom and shower facilities
located in the hotel. Additionally, 1. 1 ....... of boat bottoms in the confines of the
marina and emptying of holding t... .... I I waters was strongly discouraged.
The BVI Tourist Board and Clearwater were not the only local supporters of the
"Sailing Towards Clean and Green" initiative. Nanny Cay Marina and Resort set up
the glass recycling bins. SOL provided sailors with fuel-spill prevention kits and
Heineken promoted these initiatives with posters around the Regatta Village. Even
the regatta awards were "green": sculpted pieces made from natural clay by local
pottery shop Bamboushay.
"As we look forward to next year, we're going to continue with all the initiatives
started in 2009 and look to furthering our conservation efforts. One of the major
ways that we can improve is to minimize the amount of printing we do. Our press
officer is already planning to distribute press packs electronically and we're looking
at ways to reduce the paper used at registration," says Regatta Director Judy Petz.
"We want to 'do the right thing' and know that sailors who join us for the 2010 edi
tion of the BVI Spring Regatta, March 29th through April 4th, want to too."

Turtles Protected on Union Island
Katrina Collins of the Union Island Environmental Attackers reports: The concept
of sea turtle conservation is growing rapidly on Union Island, where the Union Island
Environmental Attackers go on regular patrols to the island's different beaches to
make sure that people don't molest the turtles during nesting season.
..... the month of May, numerous leatherbacks came to our shores to lay their
eg,- have all pledged I 11..... ... Dur power to protect these turtles while
nesting and the eggs that *. I I11 I I.. I monitor the eggs until they hatch.
Leatherbacks are the largest reptile in the world and the heaviest in the turtle fam-
ily. The only sea turtle without a hard bony shell, they grow up to two metres long
and weigh nearly 900 kilograms when fully grown. They have been in existence since
sea turtles evolved 110 million years ago.
Unfortunately, there are some persons on the island who love the taste of turtles
and their eggs. We have warned them that turtle season is closed.
We want our people to understand how to take care of our leatherback turtles and
why. It is reported worldwide that only one in a thousand leatherbacks survives until
adulthood, while loss of nesting habitat and illegal .. 1 vesting are the cause of
early death for some. They live a lifespan of about I sometimes cut short by
becoming tangled fishing lines or nets, or consuming plastic bags or other debris
they mistake for jelly fish.
We want to remind the public that the penalty in St. Vincent & the Grenadines for
disturbing or possessing sea turtle eggs is a maximum of EC$5,000, so please leave
the turtles alone! Let them do their nesting without interfering with them. Join with
us by protecting nesting beaches and near-shore habitats and raising awareness so
that local communities will protect turtles and their nests.
For more information contact environmentalattackers@yahoo.com

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Letter of

the Month

Dear Compass,
I was awake. Faint reggae music was playing on shore, but not loud enough to
wake me up. So, why was I up? It was 1:30AM and I was tempted to roll over and go
back to sleep, but while on board I usually poke my head out the hatch and have a
look around.
Bonanza, our 40-foot Island Packet, sat calmly in this new anchorage after rolling
relentlessly for the two previous nights. Imagine trying to fall asleep while holding on
tightly to the bed frame. The swell creeping into the previous anchorage tipped our
monohull from side to side in a graduated pattern of increasing intensity. It began
with a slow, gentle motion that escalated into a full-blown washing machine experi
ence that then subsided completely for a few seconds before starting all over again.
You get the picture. So, since moving to another part of Prince Rupert Bay here in
Dominica, Roy and I were very happy to be sleeping.

In Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, robbers targeted a lone
boat, while five others -including Bonanza, Daniell
Storey and Voyageur C seen here -were grouped
together several hundred yards away. An additional
security boat is now available to patrol more of the bay

While I pondered leaving the bed, I heard a different noise mixed in with the music.
Sounded like a horn -a bit anemic but distinct. I counted the blows: one, two, three,
four, five. Now I was up! Five blasts on a horn are a distress call. Coming up into the
cockpit I spotted a sailboat moving slowly behind us. Someone was at the bow and
the horn was sounding again. My sleep-addled brain was slowly registering the situ
action. The only thing I could imagine was that maybe their anchor broke loose.
I called over, "Are you adrift?"
Someone shouted back, "We've been robbed. They've taken the dinghy, our radio,
cell phones, 1i...,. Can you help us?"
Oh my! No, i are launching our dinghy and we will come right over," I
shouted back.
I realized that we'd seen this boat earlier, and had chatted briefly with the British
couple on board. While moving Bonanza we'd passed their boat and I had asked if
they'd noticed any swell in the night. The skipper said no, he hadn't, but added that
they had just arrived after an overnighter from St. Martin. "Nothing usually bothers
us when we are that tired," he said. I'd wondered why they had decided to drop the
hook in that particular spot, close to the Customs dock near the Picard River and
somewhat distant from other boats. Maybe they wanted a bit of privacy. Roy and I
decided to anchor several hundred yards to the south of them, close to two other
sailboats just off the old pier at the Portsmouth Beach Hotel. Our friends on two
other cruising boats, Daniell Storey and Voyageur C, also relocated here, so alto
gether we were five boats in this area.
Roy and I managed to i ..... 1. ... 1 ... . 1 i ,,,e. We gathered up a hand
held VHF radio and a :...1. .. .... 1i i ... i. Then we headed over to
Daniell Storey; Dave has a cell phone we could borrow and his main VHF radio would
have much more range than our handheld one. He said he'd stand by on Channel
16 as Roy and I headed over to the boat in distress.
The skipper was standing on deck when we pulled up. He told us that he and his
wife had been attacked, beaten and robbed by two men armed with cutlasses and
another one bearing a pistol. The three men swam out from the shore and boarded
the boat while the skipper was sleeping below and his wife was in the cockpit. The two
men with cutlasses held them down while the third ransacked the boat. They demand
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radios. Then they loaded up the dinghy with the stolen goods and took off.
After firing an orange flare that failed to draw a response, the couple decided to
pull up anchor and head for the nearest people. That is how they came to be drop
ping anchor just off our stern at two in the morning.
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I handed the skipper our VHF radio to call the coast guard and climbed on board
to see how his wife was doing. Roy went to search along the shoreline to see if he
could spot the stolen dinghy.
I stepped down into the most chaotic salon I had ever seen. It looked like the boat
had come through a storm. Gear, clothes, kitchenware and papers were strewn
across the cabin. Even the trash had been emptied into the mix. The wife seemed a
little dazed as she searched through a plastic bin for something. The skipper came
in saying no one was answering his VHF call and went to lie down on the settee. It
was obvious his back hurt and his wife was looking for some painkillers in their
medicine kit. Either he had injured it in the fight with the robbers or by pulling up
the anchor, he wasn't sure which.
Suddenly I heard Dave's voice on the radio. He had heard the skipper's radio call,
but obviously the Coast Guard ha i -.. I F r. he particulars of the boat and
the incident and he was able to : i 1..- ... ..... i. .. as a PAN PAN call that was
picked up by the Martinique Coast Guard at Fort de France. Dave made a general
announcement to the anchorage to alert fellow cruisers that there had been trouble.
Having no luck with the radio, it was time to get on the cell phone. I could not find
an emergency or police .-;;- i. t.- 1-1 ---1- Luckily, I recognized Eddison
Laville's name listed in a 1. .. 1i. I i 1. I vard Islands. Eddison is the vice
president of Portsmouth Association for Yacht Security (PAYS) and an Indian River
guide. Roy and I had met him on our way through Dominica a few months earlier.
The association sponsors a program that keeps up a dinghy patrol of the main
anchorage. Unfortunately, the security patrol does not have a VHF radio, so they did
not hear the calls. Eddison picked up on the second ring and quickly pointed us in
the right direction. By the time we called police dispatch they already seemed to
know about the incident. I repeated that we were out in the anchorage on a boat.
They assured me that help was on the way.
As the skipper got up from the settee I noticed that he had something around his
neck. He and his wife had been bound and gagged with duct tape and the grey stuff
still clung to them. The skipper had rolled the tape down from his mouth ,,,.
grotesque necklace. Four or five strips of the sticky plastic clung to his .-...
hair. Out came the scissors and I took off as much tape and as little hair as I could.
I was relieved to hear the sound of our dinghy approaching; Roy had been gone for
what felt like a long time. He returned with company. Two American students study
ing at the island's medical school had seen the flare from the attacked vessel and
heard the shouts for help. They reported the incident to campus security, who then
called the police. The students had lingered on the beach and flagged Roy down as
he passed in the dinghy. Turns out these two are second year EMT students -in
training to attend medical emergencies. They immediately turned their attention to
the battered cruisers.
A few minutes after the students arrived, so did the Dominica Coast Guard.
-i .-i... 1 i. i t..i.ts lit up the anchorage as they pulled alongside in their 30-foot
S.. i it had been less than an hour since my phone call and these guys
had come from their base in Roseau, about 15 miles down the coast. The three Coast
Guard officers were very concerned and ready to help. One officer came on board and
told the British couple that an ambulance was ready to take them to the hospital if
they wanted to go. That wouldn't be necessary, the skipper said; they would make
their way to the clinic in the morning.
All eyes grew wide with surprise when one EMT student found a pistol in the cock
pit. It looked like a pellet gun masquerading as a handgun. But whether it could fire
bullets or not, it looked real enough. The Coast Guard took the gun, asked a few
more questions then went to collect the Portsmouth Police officers from the dock.
With no access to their own boat, they were waiting for a ride to the yacht so they
could begin their investigation. It seemed the situation was well in hand. Roy and I
decided to head back to Bonanza.
The next morning we heard that the Coast Guard had recovered the stolen dinghy
after they dropped the police officers back on shore. It was a relief to know that the
cruisers could get to and from their boat once again. Both were treated at the hos
pital: the skipper for back injuries and his wife for a possible concussion.
Everyone was stunned at the level of violence used in this robbery. It had been a
few years since anything like this had happened in Dominica and the people were
shocked and angry, especially those involved in the tourist industry. Response to
this incident' hn- -- .i--1 1- v enforcement agencies and local community
groups. The I...1 i i ....-... ... I the director of the Discover DominicaAuthority
personally came out to see how the victims were doing. They assured them that the
I. he robbery had high priority and was being taken very seriously.
11' 11. .. i came by to thank me and Roy for helping out.
Now what? It was a shocking experience to witness the aftermath of such a violent
robbery. I -"n't i:.n. ---..t it's like for the victims to try to get over it. They've
sailed the i .. i ... i .. than 15 years and never expected anything like this
to happen to them. Nobody does.
Yes, I now feel more fearful, but not to the point where I want to stop sailing. I do
think that it's time for us to take a few more basic security precautions on board.
Most cruisers lift and lock their dinghy at night. Very few cruisers lock their door at
night, but I can tell you that Roy and I have no problem putting in the companionway
boards and throwing the lock on the hatch once we are ready to go to sleep.
We'll also be back next year to visit Dominica, one of our favorite places in the
Caribbean. Even if the swell rolls in, we'll stick to the patrolled anchorage and feel
secure knowing that the community and authorities in Portsmouth and throughout
Dominica take cruisers' safety seriously.
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r i" i, r..- ranty, 115/230VAC drive GRENADA offering sports bar, enzamarine@spiceisle.com
Sr ., US$3975 complete. Add $800 restaurant, jetty, WiFi, show- Tel: (473)439-2049
hanged viewing n request for 150 PH. Curacao Tel: ers, ice laundry & more
Eas too many to list +5999 660 7600 E-mail: info@ Open daily 10AM-10PM. Tel
Interested parties can contact watercraftwatermaker.com (473)443-2665 VHF 16
by, Tel: (784) 491-5810 E-mail:
frstsefsheressvggmai.co 36HPYANMARO OADIESEL 50 per word include
Trinidad. Cell: 868-650-1914 or KEEP THE ISLANDS name, address and num-
Younae addressandanum-.E-m
e-mail: JanDutch@tstt.nettt. BEAUTIFUL... bers in count. Line drawings/
Dispose of your photos accompanying clas-
ENGINES FOR SALE Volvo proper sifieds are US$10.
l0hp or 20hp; Perkins 75hp w/ garage properly! Pre-paid bythe 15th of the
turbo-charger. Good working month. No replies.
condition. New and used
Volvhio parts.Call Lawrence in
Trinidad (868) 730-4036 Email
y-nphnalS yahoo.com
Natural Mystic good con- EXCEPTIONALLY SPECIAL
dition located in Tobago. DEALS at httP://doylecarib-
LOA 40ft, width 27ft, draft bean.com/specials.htm
3.5ft 6ft. Yamaha 9.9hp, 4
stroke, ultra long shaft, very
low hours. New mainsail.
beautiful .i..-, oat! Bequia. Lower Bay, Bells
$28,000US. i i 639 Point, House and Land.
9377/689 3114. Serious buyers only. Sale by
owner. Call (784) 456 0866 W ar o i
Your Classiefled Ad @ after 6pm. E-mail
www.carlbbeancompass.com lulleym@vincysurf.com w c' o
and multi acre tracts. Great
views overlooking Southern
Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay

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A&C Yacht Brokers Martinique MP
Admiral Yacht Insurance UK 39
American Yacht Harbor St. Thomas 27
Aquanauts Grenada MP
Art & Design Antigua MP
Art Fabnk Grenada MP
B & C Fuel Dock Petite Martinique 29
Barefoot Yacht Charters St. Vincent 16
Barrow Sails & Canvas Trinidad MP
Bequia Marina Bequia 24
Blue Water Sailing USA 21
Budget Marine Sint Maarten 2
Budget Marine Sint Maarten MP
Budget Marine Help Sint Maarten 42
BVI Yacht Sales Tortola 41
Camper & Nicholsons Grenada 8
Caraibe Greement Martinique 12/MP
Caraibe Yachts Guadeloupe 41
Carene Shop Martinique 14
Caribbean Marine ElectricalTrinidad MP
Caribbean Propellers Ltd. Trinidad MP
Caribbean Woods Bequia MP
Carriacou Regatta Carriacou 45

Carriacou Silver Diving Carnacou
CIRExpress St. Maarten
Clippers Ship Martinique
Cooper Marine USA
Curagao Marine Curagao
Dockyard Electric Trinidad
Dominica Marine Center Dominica
Dopco Travel Grenada
Down Island Real Estate Carnacou
Doyle Offshore Sails Barbados
Doyle Sails Tortola
Doyle's Guides USA
Echo Marine -Jotun SpecialTrinidad
Electropics Trinidad
Food Fair Grenada
Fred Marine Guadeloupe
Grenada Boat Services Grenada
Grenada Marine Grenada
Grenadines Sails Bequia
GRPro-Clean Martinique
lolaire Enterprises UK
Island Water World Sint Maarten
Island Water World Sint Maarten

Johnson Hardware St. Lucia
Jones Maritime St. Croix
KNJ Marine Trinidad
KP Marine St. Vincent
Lulley's Tackle Bequia
Marc One Marine Trinidad
Marina Zar-Par Dominican
Mclntyre Bros. Ltd Grenada
Mid Atlantic Yacht Services Azores
Navimca Venezuela
Northern Lights GeneratorsTortola

Perkins Engines
Petit St. Vincent
Power Boats
Renaissance Marina
Rodney Bay Marina
Santa Barbara Resorts
Savon De Mer
Sea Services
Sea Shells Apartments
Ship's Carpenter
Soper's Hole Marina

St. Lucia

Spice Island Marine Grenada
St. Thomas Yacht Sales St. Thomas
Superwind Germany
SVG Air St. Vincent
Technick Grenada
Tikal Arts & Crafts Grenada
Trade Winds Cruising Bequia
Trans Caraibes Rallies Guadeloupe
Turbulence Alternative Energy Grenada

Turbulence Sails
Turbulence Sails
Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout
Voiles Assistance
Wallace & Co
Wallilabou Anchorage
Xanadu Marine

St. Vincent

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Authorized dealer of EVW W .

St. Muarten, NA.
Cole Bay
Tel: 599544 5310
Fox. 599 544 3299
Prices may vary

St. Manrien, NA. St. Lucia, WI.
Bobby's Marina Rodney Bay Marina
Tel 599 543 7119 Tel: 758 452 1222
Fo. 599.542.2675 Faw. 758 452 4333
In St. Lucia and Grenada as a result of customs

Grenada. W.I. Grenada, W.I.
St. Georges' Grenada Marine
Tel 4734352150 Tel. 473.443 1028
Fox. 173 435.2152 Fax 473 443 1038
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