Title: Caribbean Compass
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00095627/00032
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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: October 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
Frequency: monthly
Subject: Boats and boating -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095627
Volume ID: VID00032
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 54085008
issn - 1605-1998


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A Grenadines switch............. 12

What We Did...
This summer in Grenada...... 13

Fire Down Below
An experience to avoid.......... 14

Yule Love It
Christmas in Cartagena........ 20

Just Grand...
Cayman Days.................... 22

Getting Here
Sailing directions US to VI ... 28


Business Briefs ...................... 9
Eco-News ............................ 11
Regatta News..................... 16
Meridian Passage.................20
Cruiser Profile....................... 24
Different Boats.................... 25
Product Postings ................. 30
Cruising Kids' Corner............34
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Island Poets......................... 33
Sailors' Horoscope................ 33
The Caribbean Sky............... 34
Book Reviews.................... 36
Cooking with Cruisers.....38, 39
Readers' Forum................... 40
What's On My Mind.........42, 45

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Visitors Not Included in 'New' Venezuela Boat Tax
In early September, Caribbean Compass began
receiving unconfirmed reports from cruisers that a tax of
one percent of a vessel's value would now be charged

on foreign-flagged vessels entering Venezuela.
It is now understood that the main goal of the newly
enforced law, which was written two years ago, is
obtaining revenue from Venezuelan ship owners who

have registered commercial vessels outside the coun-
try in order to avoid paying import duty. Before the
terms of the new law were clarified, however, visiting
yachtsmen feared that as owners of "foreign-flagged
vessels", they might also be expected to pay the tax.
On September 21st, the tax office in Puerto La Cruz
confirmed to Carlos Vazquez C., General Manager of
Bahia Redonda Marina, that foreign-flagged boats
belonging to foreign citizens (or boats in transit) are
NOT required to pay the new one-percent tax. The
new tax will be applied only to foreign-flagged vessels
that belong to Venezuelan citizens.
Restrictions in St. George's Lagoon, Grenada
As construction continues at Port Louis Marina in St.
George's Lagoon, Grenada, restrictions for boaters are
in effect. The perimeter of the marina's submerged
land has been marked by white cans with the Camper
& Nicholsons logo affixed. This area is now an exclusion
zone as designated by the Grenada Ports Authority.
This action has been necessary to allow barge traffic
to move safely between various locations on the site.
All vessels are being asked to stay clear of the marked
areas, where no anchoring is allowed.
Access from the shore side of the Lagoon to the sea
will remain open, however all boat operators are
urged to operate at very slow speeds and stay clear
of all barges. Construction is expected to continue
until December 1st.
US Weather Service Proposes Marine Zone Changes
The US National Weather Service has proposed
changing its offshore zoning system for weather fore-
casts. The Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch pro-
duces offshore forecasts for the Gulf of Mexico,
Caribbean Sea, and Southwest North Atlantic.
According to the service's website, the current off-
shore zones are too large to describe many local
weather impacts. These zones cover very large areas
that include reefs, islands, and channels, as well as
coastlines with rugged terrain. This complex geogra-
phy is often the cause of localized but significant
weather impacts. The large sizes of the current fore-
cast areas equate to fairly low-precision forecasts. But
if more detail were added to the forecast text, it
would be overly complex and difficult to understand.
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In Venezuela, the new yacht tax does not apply to
visitors, but there have been recent reports of visiting
yachts being checked for compliance with clearance and
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subtle differences in winds and seas than is currently
possible, although with more simplified wording.
Over the years, the size of the zones had to be fairly
large in order to limit the number of zone forecasts
that were produced. Because each zone forecast
had to be manually typed, there was a limited
amount of time to prepare the forecast for each
zone. New technology allows the NWS to put much
more detail in the forecasts than ever before, yet issue
a product that is more concise and easier to read.
For more information visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/pro-
posalweb_pages/indexshtml. Feedback on the pro-
posed new zoning system is being solicited.

Dominica Continues Security Push
Hubert Winston reports: After two separate armed
robberies on yachts in Portsmouth Bay, Dominica, in
May and June of this year, the local community
played a key role in the capture of two men involved
in both of the crimes by identifying important evi-

dence. Two of the
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Portsmouth Police, Helen Clarke of the Cabrits Dive
Center, and the people of Portsmouth for their help in
closing this chapter.
The Dominica Marine Association is working with the
Ministry of Legal Affairs and other Government agen-
cies to promote mandatory minimum sentences for
individuals who commit crimes with weapons.

Look, Mom, We're on TV!
You don't have to speak German to enjoy
Siebenmeere TV. Visit www.siebenmeere.tv and join
Rolf and Joachim's fun-packed sailing adventures in
the Eastern Caribbean. Episode 12 is devoted to St.
Lucia, from Rodney Bay Marina to cassava cakes,
Gros Islet night to the rainforest. Episode 13 records
their trip to St. Barths, including sailing in the Bucket
Regatta and taking a peek in the kitchen of a local
restaurant. In episode 15 they visit Bequia for the
Music Fest, kite flying, Easter Regatta and more, plus
a sail to the Tobago Cays. Keep checking the site
for further episodes. In mid-November the voyage
will continue to Barbados, Grenada, the Virgin
Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti,
Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Florida and then the
US East Coast.

Eight Bells
The king is dead, long live the king! Antigua-based
yachtsman, writer and cartoonist Bob Williamson, best
known as the King of Redonda, passed away on
August 27th.
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uncharted waters. He did so with heart in hand and a true explorer's determination."
Born in Canada, Bob bought the 74-foot square-rigged schooner St Peter in St.
Petersburg, Russia, and sailed it to the Caribbean, settling in English Harbour.
Bob contributed humorous stories and illustrations to Caribbean Compass and
other publications, and published a book of his essays entitled Bunk (A Book of Short
Stories and Cartoons to Keep by Your Bunk), and a sequel, Double Bunk St Peter,
which was built to an 18th century design, appeared as The Black Pearl in all three
Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
"Kng Robert the Bald" was the fourth Kng of Redonda, a tongue-in-cheek title
going back to 1880 and giving its bearer the monarchy of an uninhabited island off
Antigua. When another claimant to the crown once appeared, King Bob reportedly
challenged the usurper to a duel cupcakes at 30 paces.
CuraQao Kayaker's Thousand-Mile Challenge
Jayson Persaud reports: Ryan de Jongh of Curacao intends to kayak from St.
Martin to Curacao to raise awareness and funds for environmental protection.
Through his "Clear Water Challenge III", Ryan hopes to draw attention to, and sup-
port for, the work of the 52-year-old Caribbean Research & Management of
Biodiversity (Carmabi) foundation. He will be starting from St. Martin on December
4th to paddle to Curacao, 1003 miles (1606 kilometres) away, arriving approximately
22 days later. Stops are planned at Statia, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe,

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Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Grenada, Isla
Blanquilla, Los Roques, Las Aves and Bonaire.
Ryan's previous Challenges include kayaking from Bonaire to Curacao, from
Curacao to Aruba, and arc.,. :1 : :
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Ryan's project visit natureislife org.
Free at Last
Starting with this issue, the entire contents of each month's Caribbean Compass
will be FREE online. This is our "recession buster" gift to the yachting community and
everyone who loves the Caribbean. Check it out at our spiffy new-look website,
www.caribbeancompass.com, and spread the word!

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Win Dinghy/Outboard at Island Water World Online!
Anyone who buys anything at Island Water World's online store www.islandwater-
world.com from now until the end of January 2010 is eligible to win a great dinghy
and outboard combination. Island Water World will give away three of these com-
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5-horsepower outboard.
There will be a random drawing at the end of November, December and
January. Island Water World will ship each month's winner a combo free of
charge, provided they are at a destination the company ships to (click on the
website's shipping map). The draw is cumulative -this means, for example, if you
buy something in October you will be eligible for the draws in November,
December and January.
Island Water World's Managing Director, Sean Kennelly, says, "We want to demon-
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New Website for Northern Lights
The new www.northern-lights.com website will provide visitors with an entirely new
interface to view Northern Lights' line of marine- and land-based diesel generator
sets and Lugger propulsion engines.
While popular features like product specifications, comprehensive literature and
up-to-date dealer locations are still mainstays of the site, the overall look of Northern
Lights' Website is being dramatically upgraded. The site has also been re-designed

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and literature are quickly available with prominent links, as well as links to corporate
news and archives. A newly upgraded search feature will allow visitors quick access
to information on specific Northern Lights products and parts.
For information on Northern Lights dealers in the Caribbean, see ad on page 24.
Barefoot Opens Raymarine Electronics Dealership in St. Vincent
Barefoot Electronics, a sub-division of Barefoot Yacht Charters, has officially
opened its Raymarine Dealership in St Vincent. Services offered include installation
and servicing of GPS, chart plotters, radar, SSB and VHF radios, scanners, fish-finders
and sailing instruments. Networking and interfacing of PCs to marine electronics is
also a specialty, and all installations and repairs are completed to NMEA (National
Marine Electronics Association) and ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) stan-
dards by a Raymarine-certified installer.
In addition to Raymarine, Barefoot Electronics also holds dealerships for NavPod,
Scanstrut and Tacktick wireless instruments. I
For more information see ad on page 14.
Get Weather on Your Laptop or PC
Movingweather is an animated weather forecasting software that enables its users
to get the weather on their laptops or PCs for up to seven days anywhere in the i
world from anywhere in the world, via WiFi, mobile or satellite phones, or even SSB
radio. It provides pressure, wind, rain, cloud cover, humidity and temperature in as
little as five-minute chunks. The software itself contains all the maps and graphics, so
when the user downloads the forecast they simply download the data for the
weather they want for the area they want, thereby keeping the file size to a mini-
mum and rendering it very cost effective even for satellite phone users. I
Becoming popular throughout the UK and Europe, the product was distributed
within the RYA magazine and has been endorsed by the World Cruising Club, a *
number of sailing schools and marinas, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. i -
Movingweather are offering a 30-day free trial via their website www.movin- | .
gweather.com, where you can also download the software itself at
For more information see classified ad on page 46. i
Mark KIty reports: What is The Wirie?
As cruisers traveling by boat throughout the Caribbean, we discovered the need
for a WiFi device that is simple to install and use, affordable and powerful. Everyone
we meet along the way is looking for a better way to get online from his or her boat.
People don't want to take their computers ashore and risk the dinghy ride or get
caught by a sudden squall. They want the convenience of internet from the comfort
of their boat.
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There are numerous products on the market, such as 5mileWiFi, Radiolabs, Port
Networks, IslandTime PC. All were built and designed for the marine environment
but, in our opinion, each of them was lacking. So, we invented and built our own
marine WiFi solution to meet our needs and those of other cruisers.
Our product is called The Wirie. It is a totally waterproof unit that is easy to plug
into your laptop, easy to use, very powerful and suited for the cruiser's budget.
While down here in the Caribbean, the units have become so popular that we
started a company in the US, and now manufacture and ship the units anywhere in
the world. Caribbean cruisers will find us on our sailing catamaran Irie throughout
the islands.
For more information visit thewirie. com.
Falcon 'Stretched' at Fortress Marine, St. Kitts
Emma Warren reports: Construction of the Falcon was started in 1985 by Doug
Brookes, the owner of Brookes Boatyard. Brookes is known across the Caribbean for
his exquisite design and construction of catamarans, both sail and power. Falcon, a
lightweight 53-foot sailing catamaran, was designed for speed.


Twenty-three years later, Falcon was put back into the hands of her builder when
her new owners inquired about extending the cabin area. Brookes considered the
best option would be a radical concept: cutting the vessel in half and inserting a
seven-foot plug. His approach was to make everything balance while making
Falcon bigger. The whole operation took place at Brookes' new boatyard in St. Kitts,
Fortress Marine Ltd.
Brookes is supported by his two business partners in Fortress Marine Ltd., Patrick
Ryan and Philip Walwyn. These three sailors, who have known each other since the
1960s, were brought together by friendship and their love of sailing and the sea.
Brookes and Walwyn had feature articles written on them in WoodenBoat in July/
Aug 2007 and Professional Boatbuilder in June/July 2009.
The alterations made to Falcon took some time; however the crew and Brookes

are very proud of the outcome. After her complete bow to stern makeover, Falcon
looks better then ever and is ready to put up her sails and ride the waves.
Fortress Marine Ltd. continues to build bigger and better catamarans and is pres-
ently finishing up a 70-foot day charter sail cat for the end of the year.
For more information visit www.fortressmarineltd.com.
Jamaica's Errol Flynn Marina's New Services
Leasing arrangements are being finalized for the operation of the pool bar and
the gourmet shop/delicatessen at Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Both
services are expected to be in operation not later than December 1st. This will mark
the first time the pool bar has been in operation on a full-time basis since the marina
opened in 2004.
For more information visit www.errolflynnmarina.com.
Nanny Cay, Tortola, Expands Chandlery
Nanny Cay, the largest full-service marina and boatyard in the British Virgin Islands, is
expanding its chandlery operation. The 1800-square-foot shop is going to be enlarged
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Nanny Cay to stock and display more products including inflatable dinghies and out-
board engines; Nanny Cay is the BVI dealer for AB Inflatables and Tohatsu outboards.
For more information visit www.nannycay.com.
Crown Bay, St. Thomas, Releases Winter Season Rates Early
Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas, USVI, has released their 2009/2010 winter season
rates early to lure yachts to the Caribbean. Traditionally, these published rates don't
hit the market until the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October, but the
early release hopes to have yachts start "thinking Caribbean" sooner than that.
"We recognize that a number of yachts and owners are pulling back during this
economic downturn," said Director of Operations, Jane Wherren. "We wanted to let
them know that there is value and service available in the Caribbean, and the
Virgin Islands."
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Countdown to Control Land-Based Marine Pollution
Earlier this year, the United States became the sixth country to sign the Wider
Caribbean's environmental agreement "Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution
Protocol" (LBS), joining Belize, France, Panama, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago in
their efforts to protect the ..1 I ... 1 ... I ii. 1 .. I.,,. to United Nations
Environment Programme -1,, I . I.... -"' I .. I ....... e pollution in the
Caribbean Sea originates from activities on land, with the main sources being sew
age and run-off from poor agricultural practices and land use.
The LBS Protocol aims to reduce pollution by implementing improved standards
for wastewater discharges and industrial effluent, and through the promotion and
use of best management practices and improved technologies. It is one of three pro
tocols under the UNEP-administered "c.rt;r-,; ''-n-ention for the Protection and
Development of the Marine Environmes I 1. I Caribbean Region".
The Wider Caribbean Region includes those countries that border eastern Florida
south of 30 north latitude, the Straits of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the
Caribbean Sea. The seaward boundary of the region is the 200-mile Exclusive
Economic Zone of each country.
"It is critical to have this Protocol enter into force to secure the economic sustain
ability of the region," says the Coordinator of the Caribbean Environment Programme,
Nelson Andrade Colmenares. "With increased coastal development, more stringent
pollution reduction and prevention controls must be implemented. The LBS Protocol
enables this to be done and it is the intention of the UNEP Caribbean Environment
Programme to have it enter into force this year."
Three more signatures are required for the LBS Protocol to become legally binding
for the 23 i ,I, . .... I .. I 1.0 the Convention. National promotional workshops to
increase a .. .. - I 11' I I -. Protocol have been held in Jamaica, Grenada, Haiti,
Barbados, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Outreach: St. Croix Marine Park's Eco-Van
The USVI's Department of Planning and Natural Resources showed off the East End
Marine Park Eco-Van's new looks during Earth Day festivities in April. Local artist Joan
Szatkowski donated the marinethemed design, from which decals were created and
installed on the van's exterior. The Nature Conservancy funded the decals' installation
with a NOAA grant to increase awareness, usage and preservation of the Park, its ser
vices and environment, while recognizing its recreational benefit to the community.
The Eco-Van has been in use since late 2007, as one part of the Park's three-step
educational program, which also includes experiences in the classroom and during
field trips to the Virgin Islands' first territorial marine park. Bringing the island's
ecosystems to the community is the main task Education & Outreach Coordinator

.. i i .., .i. hopes to accomplish with the program. She encourages students to
i ,, senses when learning about marine ecology, and the Eco-Van offers
initial eye appeal not only to students but also to anyone else who sees the van on
the road, or at a shopping center, fair or school. Currently in development is a
"Traveling Ocean" exhibit, which will include a touch-tank. Creatures that may be
incorporated into the exhibit include sea stars, sea urchins, hardy fish and others
from sea grass beds and beaches within the park.
Established in 2003, the St. Croix East End Marine Park includes nearly 60 square
miles of a wide variety of marine habitats and organisms. Its coral reefs, mangroves,
seagrass beds, salt ponds and beaches are home to many rare and endangered land
and sea animals.

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announced that Caribbean member states would: I...... .1 assistance to
enable their Commissioners and fisheries experts to attend meetings of the IWC's
Working Groups in different parts of the world.
Outgoing Commission Chairman William Hogarth said, "We recognize the burden
of the costs on Caribbean countries, indeed on all the member-states that are devel
-i-. --untries, so they can participate in the deliberations that are ongoing about
I1. Ii.. oftheIWC."
According to a report at caribbeanworldnews.com, the IWC is providing funds to
Antigua, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and St. Lucia, as
well as to member states in Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific, so
they can play a role in the search for an acceptable solution to such issues as the
Revised Management Procedure that would pave the way for a resumption of limited
and tightly controlled whaling overseen by the Commission; the value of scientific
whaling research conducted by Japan; and the sustainable use of the world's marine
resources, including whales.
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Visits Unienalsland
by Chris Waiter
August 29th found my husband Duff and me aboard our Gulfstar 62, Sudiki
anchored at Frigate Rock in Union Island. The day before, our friends on Tzigane IX
had joined us and we werc r-i' lin in th qpliet Grenadines anchorage. A chance
sighting began a unique : .. ....... I, -1 ...... at the rock for inspiration at about
10:30AM, I saw spray where no spray should be.
A young Bryde's whale had put herself nose into the rocks and, having no reverse
gear, was stuck. She was blowing a' --;;1. i..t -;, .1 -hich we had heard but did
I I .... the shore noises. i... 1 I I 1. .-and went by in the dinghy
1 ii ave referred to the whale as "she", but have no idea if this was a

Bryde's whales (Balaenoptera edeni) are unique in having three longitudinal ridges
on their heads, while other members of this family have just one. A Bryde's whale
stranded in the nearby i i Cays in 1983. This one was approximately 30 feet
long, of which at least :, i I vas grounded on a thin layer of sand over rock, and
she lay beside a large piece of very sharp lava rock. She lifted her flukes as we came
by the first time. They were about five feet across. My heart lurched seeing her so
enormous and so helpless.
Once we had found her we had a quandary. If the local fishermen found her, would she
be a welcome dinner? We called Glenroy Adams from Grenadines Dive, a Bequia man
who is a friend and a mover -he was the first native of St Vincent & the Grenadines to
become a qualified scuba diving instructor. He has a passion for the marine environment
and says he will do whatever he can to protect and preserve it. Glenroy was in St Vincent,
but he contacted his staff on Union Island and within half an hour the dive boat came
round the corer carrying divemaster Jeremiah Forde, accompanied by Jerome Lewis
and Marslyn Lewis-Adams, Glenroy's wife and photographer par excellence.
Duff retrieved a mega-thick rope from Sudiki and we got into the water with the
whale. The reality of being next to a leviathan was truly awe ii-iirin. Touching her
skin and viewing her underwater were unique experiences. -1. - huge and so
gentle with us. The water was covering her except for her dorsal fin, which we
splashed with water, wondering about whale sunburn. Her skin was flayed and peel
ing in sheets where she rested on the sand. She some had very strange oval-shaped
holes in her skin just below the waterline which were approximately a quarter to half
an inch deep into the blubber.
Duff, Jeremiah and Jerome quietly worked in concert and passed the line around
her tail and attached the line to the dive boat. By this time sightseers arrived who
helped to varying degrees. We took up tension and the grounded whale began to
move immediately. Two people pushed her head and she slid about 20 feet back.
Feeling free, she shook her flukes and the rope slid off as planned. However, she
t.t- 1 .-- forward and was in danger f; 1 1.- i. r--: If The "forward con
I ,i i ,, -1, d her to their left with all I. .... ..,. i - I, i i d and then heaved
forward and swam into about 15 or 20 feet of water. She gave a shudder and we
stood back to see what she would do. She appeared strong, but we wondered if she
had been ill cr i;i;r--1 -r ----n if she had deliberately beached herself. Or perhaps
she had just: 11 i i I ,,,i the shallows and gotten trapped.
She seemed to wind up slowly as though to give everyone a chance to get clear.
Then that enormous back started slowly lifting and those massive flukes went to
work full force as she headed out to sea, gathering speed. A small stream of blood
from her lower jaw indicated the only visible injury.
As she reached the channel she did a full breach -completely out of the water
-and was gone.
Thanks to Marslyn Lewis Adams of Grenadines Dive for additional information in
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4:00PM, saw the kind of excitement no one
ever wants to see. The normally active anchor
age at Porlamar, Margarita, Venezuela was
disrupted by a disaster in the making.
No matter where you live, you never want to be
awakened by the smoke alarm. Jack, who had not
been feeling well for a few days, was taking a nap
aboard his boat in the middle of the afternoon and was
awakened by his smoke alarm. He got out of bed,
opened the cabin door and found the yacht's saloon
filled with smoke and small flames. He shut the door
and escaped through a deck hatch, thinking clearly

their dinghies on their way to help, some with fire extin
guishers, others with buckets, yet others with cameras.
Stillothers 1 .1 i..... i. . with interest.
Morethail. I .11 I I I. ., ioputoutthefire
were local fishermen. Yes, the same fishermen that so
many cruisers curse and fear as pirates, speedsters
and drunks. They all worked very hard to put out the
fire and are to be commended for their bravery and
action. They did ask for compensation for the time
they worked, in the amount of six dollars each, as I am
told is a local custom, as strange as that may seem. It
is hard to imagine the cruisers alone could have extin
guished the fire without the fishermen's help.

rolling into the bright blue sky. For the next hour I
stood in my dinghy, dipping buckets of sea water, then
handing them up to a local man on deck who then
threw the water onto the fire, down the hatches and
anywhere that looked like it might burn, then passed
the bucket back down to me to be refilled. Phil of Ibote
and others were doing the same thing on the other side
of the -;;r;-;;: nill---t Jack, Robert of Iwi and
Fabrice .. .. .. deck, in and out of hatches
working below; no one could stay below for very long.
Everyone was doing his best to save the boat. I could
not see everyone working so I am sure I have missed
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He sounded the air horn as soon as he was out on deck. was happening I. I .- told about the fire, I heat while still having access to a place to throw the
It was heard by Alberto on La Creature, who quickly returned to my boat, grabbed a bucket and went to water, and the mixing of all the voices, many in Spanish,
picked up Jack off the burning deck and kept him in his help. By the time I arrived, the stricken yachts entire som( ... I ....- all tryi: I I 1. .11 "I. .. of some-
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The Policia Marino boat dropped off Port Captain
Bolivar and a young policeman on deck, then turned
circles around the inferno and kept some of the many
pirogues at a distance. There is ... i.... incongru
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trying a gu ... i i .... i . 1 ... i.. in .11 .
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could not see. He, too, is to be thanked. The Port
Captain also managed to get all of the fishermen paid
for their time, adding to the list the names of each of
the officials in the police boat.
The flames very quickly gave way to the water being
thrown on them, but the hot spots did not want to die
so easily and needed many additional douses with
water. The fire extinguishers from several -
boats were also discharged and must have I
some value.
The cockpit portion of the fire was so intense it
burned off the mainsail and its UV cover, and even
melted much of the aluminum boom. Everything else
made of aluminum in the cockpit and around the
stern was also melted, including the self-steering
gear and wind generator. The entire binnacle-mount
ed instrument array was gone -not a sign of it was
left. The heat did not penetrate into the lockers far
enough to explode the propane tanks, although this
had been a legitimate concern for everyone that was
close to the area. The yacht's interior was a charred
and gutted mess. Everything that was not burned
was water soaked.
One surprise was when a small explosion sounded.
While everyone was looking around the yacht to find
its source, plenty of smoke started coming from the
bow of one of the pirogues that was tied alongside.
After a couple of buckets of water were unceremoni
ously dumped on that fire to ,,.,,,.I i invest
gated, ..*,,. ,3 know what .- 1 ........ I in the
pirogue i .... I what I believed was Jack's flare
launcher (Jack later described it as his), which I sus
pect was picked up inside the boat then dropped into
the pirogue, ii ... off the firing-pin device and
launching the 11 .
This was about the time the local fire department
showed up. They do not have a boat, so they hitched a
ride, bringing no equipment at all with them.
As the fire first destroyed the yacht's electrical sys
tem, none of her pumps were working. Consequently
all of the water that was being poured into the boat,
stayed in the boat. The locals decided the boat was at

risk of sinking and pulled it into shallower water. The
last of the flames were being extinguished as they
picked up the yacht's anchor and towed her with a
fishing boat until she grounded. They then set two
anchors to hold her in place.
Two cruisers, Trevor of Norgal and Lars of Arubean
Princess, volunteered to stand watch on the boat all
night to discourage looting. During the night the burnt

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doused the fire
Below: A yacht charred but not sunk, thanks to a smoke al
helping hands

yacht did not get any lower in the water, so there did
not appear to be any water coming in anywhere. She
was floating nicely in the morning.
As if the damage to the yacht were not enough,
Jack's dinghy, with the outboard mounted, had been
tied behind it. The heat of the fire was enough to
destroy the tubes of the "deflatable", which then let the
outboard go underwater. The dinghy was towed to the

Port Captain's dock and stored there for the night.
They soaked the motor overnight in fresh water, and
Charlie of Aeolus was successful in getting it cleaned,
dried and running the next day.
The fire may have been started by a bread machine,
which required running the engine for electrical power,
all going through the inverter before powering the
bread maker. Earlier Jack had noted the battery con
nections had gotten warm.
The formerly beautiful 1987
Hans Christian, maintained in
pristine condition by her skip
per of four years, seems to be a
total loss. An insurance sur
veyor from Puerto La Cruz
arranged by Jack's carrier
seemed to agree. The boat now
sits on the hard at
Chacachacare, i .
awaiting her fate. ,I, 1I
cial headach- t--7P;; Jack had
planned to i a trip to
visit friends and family, but he
S will not be allowed to leave
Venezuela until arrangements
are made for the boat.
Today, right now, put down
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S .. ,,,. ,,.i, ,. The needle
should be in the green. Do you
have one by the companionway,
--_ the galley, engine compartment
AND your cabin? At least twice
working together per year you need to take the
extinguisher off its mount, and
shake, rattle and roll the cylin
arm and many der to loosen the powder, which
otherwise will cake to the bot

tom or sides and will not spray. When rolled along the
edge of a table, the cylinder should not be weighted on
one side, but roll evenly. Do you have smoke detec
tors? They sense fire .. 1 r .. can. People die in
fires. Please don't be i ,I ...
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T&T Retain Caribbean Dinghy Championship Title
For the second year running, the Trinidad & Tobago
youth sailing team brought home the Caribbean

Team T&T with their individual trophies and the Caribbean Dinghy
Championship Team Trophy. From left to right the team members are:
Wesley Scott, Dekife Charles, Myles Kaufmann, Stuart Leighton, Daniel
Briggs and Derek Poon Tip
Dinghy Championship team trophy. The young T&T
sailors out-performed teams from Antigua, St.
Maarten, Martinique and host country Barbados to
retain the title.
This year's Caribbean Dinghy Championship was
held August 15th and 16th on the waters of Carlisle
Bay in front of the Barbados Yacht Club, and was
organized by the Barbados Sailing Association and
sanctioned by the Caribbean Sailing Association.
The best result for Team T&T came from 11-year-old
Myles Kaufmann, who won all nine races in the
Optimist Junior Class for the 11-and-under sailors.
Following Kaufmann s lead was 12-year-old Derek
Poon Tip, who took top honours in the Optimist Senior -
Class for the 12- to 15-year-olds by winning seven of
nine races in his class.
In the Laser Standard Class, Stuart Leighton had his
hands full against Olympian sailor Karl James from
Antigua, whom he finally managed to beat in the last
race after placing second in most of the races. With
his results, Leighton took second place in his class, as
did Vessigny Vikings and former Optimist sailors Daniel helped Jason with the sails. Eli kept the children enter-
Briggs (skipper) and Dekife Charles (crew), who com- tained with question-and-answer games about the his-
peted for the first time in a two-man dinghy. tory of Antigua, and everyone learned something new.
Former Optimist sailor Wesley Scott made his first At Deep Bay Ocean Nomad anchored in the shelter
appearance in the Laser Radial Class this year and of Fort Barrington, where all the kids jumped off the
came in third place overall, despite some gusty winds boat and swam to the beach and back. After much
on the first day. fun in the water they set sail again.
In congratulating the national team on their splen- On the sail home some of the children tried steering

did performance, David Leighton, president of the
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association, also thanked
the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago for their
tremendous support.

Adventure Antigua Takes Young Antiguans to Sea
Carol Smith reports:
A fundraising event held in Antigua on August 22nd
raised over ECS2,700 for Jolly Harbour Yacht Club's
Youth Sailing Program, which provides free dinghy sail-
ing lessons to Antiguan-born children between the
ages of 8 and 18. A special "prize" was donated to
seven of the children in the program. On September
5th, Eli Fuller of Adventure Antigua
took them sailing on his beautiful
Carriacou sloop, Ocean Nomad.
S Not many of the young sailors
had been on a boat bigger than
S the dinghies they sail off North
Beach in Jolly Harbour. Once on
board, the children were given a
quick tour of the boat by Jason, the
deck crew, then they were given a
safety briefing from Captain Eli -
how not to fall overboard!
They first sailed towards Sandy
Island then altered course, with the
youngsters helping to trim the sails
under Eli's watchful eye, and sailed
up the coast until they could see
St. John's. Tony, the instructor from
the Youth Sailing Program,
manned the mainsheet and

Detroit Cup

Left: Young Antiguan dinghy sailors enjoying a sail
aboard a traditional Carriacou sloop
September 3rd through 6th. Twelve teams from all
over the world competed in a round robin for world
match race points and an invitation to the Brasil Cup
Taylor was by far the youngest and beat all but four
of the older, more experienced teams. His father, Bill
Canfield, is manager of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
Anna Tunnicliffe, the sole US Olympic sailing gold
medalist in Beijing, won the regatta she was
extremely tough competition for this Antilles School
graduate, now attending Boston College. Even Sailing
Rules guru Dave Perry could not beat Anna OR Taylor!

Jamaican Entry for Clipper Round the World Race
Jamaica will field an entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round
the World Yacht Race. The boat, named Jamaica
Lightning Bolt, in honor of the fastest man on earth, will
compete against nine identical 68-foot yachts in the
35,000-mile race around the world. It sees the
Caribbean island's return to the event after first fielding
an entry in the 07-08 running of the Clipper race.
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Ocean Nomad towards Montserrat. There were one or
two wavy wakes and one or two that were as straight
as could be. It was a big thrill for all the kids that had
a go. The boat arrived back at Jolly Harbour at lunch-
time, and the youngsters all gave a resounding cheer
of "thank you" to Eli and Jason for taking them on
such a fantastic trip. Who knows, one day, as a result
of the Youth Sailing Program, one of the trainees may
end up working for Adventure Antigua and taking
new trainees out for a sail!
For more information on the JHYC Youth Sailing
Program contact Pippa Pettingell at pippapettingell@

St. Thomas Yacht Club Sailor in US Match Racing Event
While visiting relatives in Detroit, Michigan, USVI-
based sailors Tony and Ellen Sanpere happened to
cross tacks with St. Thomas sailor Taylor Canfield. Ellen
reports that Taylor competed in the Detroit Cup, a
World Match Racing Tour Category 2 Event, from


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tional entries including Spirit of Australia, Uniquely
Singapore, California, Qingdao, Cork, Edinburgh
Inspiring Capital and Hull & Humber. Sponsors recog-
nize that the Clipper Race provides a cost effective
and high impact platform to promote tourism, attract
inward investment and generate a strong sense of
community engagement.
The race is unique because the crews are all non-
professionals and 40 percent of them were new to
the sport of sailing before beginning the obligatory

Jamaica's entry (at far right) in the globe-girdling
Clipper Race helps put the island on the world's
sports tourism map
training programme. The crew taking part come from
33 nationalities and range in age from 18 to 69. Each
yacht is led by a highly qualified professional skipper,
and taking the helm of Jamaica Lightning Bolt is
Peter Stirling.
Peter says, "I can't tell you how proud I am to be
leading the team that will represent Jamaica. The
race route will take in a visit to the island when we
arrive at Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio next May
and the team and I want to ensure that we arrive
there in first place."
Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett
said, "Sports tourism in Jamaica had a shot in the arm
this week with Bolt's amazing 100-metre world record
time and with the gold medal performances from the
rest of the Jamaican squad. To be involved again with
the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is yet anoth-
er element of our strategy to put Jamaica on the map
by using our sporting events, our sporting heroes and
our sporting facilities to show the world that we may
be a small island but we are a great nation of
sporting excellence."
The Clipper Race was founded by sailing legend Sir
Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail single-hand-
ed and non-stop around the world. Sir Robin says, "It's
great to welcome Jamaica back to the race track

and we look forward to working with the Jamaica
Tourist Board as we take their message, Once you go,
you know,' around the world."
The Clipper 09-10 Race started from England on
September 13th.
Caribbean 1500 2009 Attracts International Fleet
The 20th Annual Caribbean 1500 fleet will sport an
international flair. In addition to the usual contingents
from the US and Canada, sailors from Germany,
Japan, the UK and Ireland will join the fleet. This year,
America's oldest and largest offshore cruising rally will
depart from Hampton, Virginia on
November 2nd and arrive in
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, seven
to 12 days later.
"The 20th Anniversary fleet is
shaping up to be an interesting
group," explained founder and
president Steve Black. "We have
i- veterans of past rallies, including
ri, several who participated in the
first Caribbean 1500 in 1990. The
S first-time participants include four
families with children. And it is
l always fun to have sailors from
other countries involved."
More than 1,000 yachts and
S 4,000 sailors have participated in
S"" the Caribbean 1500 since its
inception. This year's rally will
include special events at the
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina in
Tortola to greet the ralliers as they
complete the passage.
The Caribbean 1500 retains
some of the competitive ele-
ments of traditional sailboat races, but offers social,
educational and technological enhancements that
broaden the appeal of the event to couples and
families, as well as racers. Prior to the start, the partici-
pating sailboats will gather for several days of safety
inspections, workshops and weather briefings.
Over 10,000 website visitors each day will monitor
the progress of the boats. With wireless transponders
on each yacht, positions will be broadcast via satellite
six times a day. Each boat's track will be displayed on
the Caribbean 1500 website using software custom-
ized to incorporate features from Google Earth.
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St. Thomas to Host US Women's Match Racing Champs
Carol Bareuther reports: From November 11th
through 15th, the waters off St. Thomas's east end will
host eight of the best female match racers in the
world and their crews, at the US Women's Match
Racing Championship for the Allegra Knapp Mertz
and Adams Memorial Trophies.
Competitors are selected by resume and include US
Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member and 2008
Olympic Gold Medallist Anna Tunnicliffe (North Cape
Yacht Club/Lauderdale Yacht Club; ranked 19th),
Genevieve Tulloch (St. Francis Yacht Club; ranked
21st), Katy Pilley-Lovell (Southern Yacht Club; ranked
23rd), Debbie Capozzi (Chicago Match Race Center;
ranked 25th), Annie Gardner Nelson (San Diego Yacht
Club; ranked 182nd), Meagan Ruhlan (Pymatuning

Yacht Club; ranked 200th), Evan Brown (Davis Island
Yacht Club; unranked) and Kelly O'Brien (St. Thomas
Yacht Club; unranked). Tunnicliffe is the defending
2008 champ and Capozzi won in 2006.
Match racing two identical boats racing against
each other is a one-on-one duel of strategy and
tactics. This year the competitors will sail in IC24s. The
IC24 or Inter-Club 24 was designed and built by two
St. Thomas sailors. It uses a J/24 hull, which is fitted with
a Melges 24-style deck mold that is wider, has no trav-
eler, and is capable of carrying four to five sailors.
"We are really proud and excited to have the
opportunity to host this championship, the first US
Sailing Championship to be held outside of the conti-
nental United States," says event chair, Ruth Miller.
"Women's match racing has been added as an
Olympic event in this Olympiad and the competition is
extremely high. We encourage everyone to come out
to watch this spectator-friendly form of racing."
Founded in 1974, the US Women's Open
Championship was initially developed to serve the
interest of female sailors who wished to compete
against other women at the national level in double-
and single-handed boats. The regattas were orga-
nized along traditional one design racing lines where
boat preparation is a factor, and no eliminations were
required. In 2000, a motion to change the US
Women's Match Racing Championship from fleet rac-
ing to match racing was passed.
The event is sponsored by Rolex Watch USA and Dry
Creek Vineyard.
For more information contact the St Thomas Yacht
Club at (340) 775-6320.

St. Thomas Radiology 4th Annual Women's Regatta
Set for November
Carol Bareuther reports: Promoting woman's tennis
and sailing, and the camaraderie that comes from a
weekend of close competition, is the goal behind the
St. Thomas Radiology Women's Regatta & Tennis
Tournament, held at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. The
tennis portion of the event will take place November
12th to 15th, while sailing will be held November 14th
and 15th.
Girls age 12 and older and women are invited to
enter the regatta portion of the event. Competitors
will race in double-handed Club 420 dinghies. The
race format will be round robins on windward-leeward
and triangular-shaped courses in Cowpet Bay. The
entry fee includes a T-shirt and meals.
The sponsor, St. Thomas Radiology Associates, is a
full service diagnostic imaging center, with a new
Women's Imaging Center that offers services including
bone densitometry assessments, mammograms and
ultrasound studies.
For more information contact the St Thomas Yacht
Club at (340) 775-6320.

Full List Again for ARC 2009
Entries have now closed for this year's Atlantic Rally
for Cruisers (ARC), the 24th edition of this world-
famous annual transatlantic rally that has defied the
economic doom and gloom yet again. The Rally
organizers, World Cruising Club, have now opened a
waiting list after accepting 225 entries for
the 2009 rally.
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There are 28 countries represented in this year's
event, which starts on November 22nd in Las Palmas
de Gran Canaria. The largest transocean sailing
event, every year the ARC brings together more than
200 yachts from all over the world. The destination is
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The 2,700 nautical mile passage
on the northeast tradewind route typically takes
between 14 and 21 days.
While fundamentally a fun rally for cruising yachts,
the ARC does have a more serious Racing Division, run
under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
Yachts in the Racing Divisions are not permitted to use
their engines for propulsion (unlike the cruisers),
although use of autopilots is allowed.
The ARC distinguishes itself by successfully combining
racing and cruising yachts with a mix of older and
younger participants, all of whom enjoy the varied enter-
tainment that is on offer at both the start and finish ports.
For more information visit www worldcruising com.
St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic
Announces 2010 Program
West Indies Events and the St. Maarten-St. Martin
Classic Yacht Regatta Organization have announced
th -mlimin-rni rar- m for th Fifth In ,i.tnti.nnl 't

some oq the classic and vintage yachts competing
in the 2009 St. Maarten -St. Martin Classic
Yacht Regatta

Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta. The regatta
will again take place from January 21st through 24th.
The first race is from Great Bay to Marigot, the sec-
ond is from Marigot to Philipsburg and the final day
will see the yachts leaving again out of Great Bay to
return there in the afternoon. The regatta will feature
the battle of Lone Fox and Charm III for the perpetual
trophy. Each yacht has already won the regatta twice
and next year's winner will take home the trophy.
The regatta organization will have its headquarters at
Holland House Beach Hotel on the boardwalk in
Philipsburg. The Skippers' Briefing and official opening
cocktail on the Thursday, the Saturday evening party
and the Award Ceremony on Sunday will be hosted by
Holland House Beach Hotel. The regatta is sanctioned
by the new Sint Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Club.
Course de L'Alliance Island Hop: St. Martin,
St. Barths, Anguilla
Boats from around the Caribbean will rally to three
exciting locations in the sixth edition of the Course de
L'Alliance, November 27th through 29th. Classes will
include spinnaker, non-spinnaker, multihull and open,
and all boats are welcome to enter.
The start is in Simpson Bay, St. Martin. From there all
rlmeone mill menr +n~ I.,otmn in s+ anrthe rremnntitorr e

will overnight there and then set a course to Shoal Bay
in Anguilla. The final leg is back to Marigot and the
Marina Fort Louis, where all competitors receive free
dockage for the evening.
This year the entry fee will be lowered to 100 Euros

from the previous 200 Euros, but participants will be
responsible for their own meals. Registration is
November 26th from 4:00 to 6:00PM, followed immedi-
ately by the skippers briefing.
The event is organized by the Marina Fort Louis and
sanctioned by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Sponsors
include Marina Fort Louis, Windward Islands Bank,
Petrosol, Dauphan Telecom, Siapoc, Madco, Interlux
and Kitrad. All boats will sail under CSA rating and
safety rules.
For more information visit www.coursedelalliance.com.
Superyacht Cup Antigua's New Dates for New Year
The Superyacht Cup Antigua, now in its fourth year,
has confirmed new post-Christmas dates with the
Antigua and Barbuda National Parks Authority. The
regatta will be staged from January 27th through 30th,
2010. For the past three years the event has been
held immediately following the Antigua Yacht Charter
Show in December but being so early in the
Caribbean season, several yachts were not able to
get to Antigua in time.
The Caribbean version of the famous Palma event
has been well received and has become popular
with the big yachts; by moving to the end of January,
the regatta will fit in better with more yachts' cruising
plans and thereby enable much greater numbers
to participate.
The RORC Caribbean 600 race, a 605-mile race
around the Leeward Islands starting from Antigua on
February 22nd, will also be a draw to many racing
yachts. Also, "By scheduling our event at the end of
January we will not conflict with Christmas charters
nor be too close to the St Barth's Bucket at the end of
March," explained Event Director Patrick Whetter.
Added to the programme this year will be a Pirates
of the Caribbean Party on the second night and an
option to join the Yacht Hop an open-boat style
party on the third night.
For more information
visit www thesuperyachtcup, com.
Route du Carnaval: February 6th through 16th, 2010
Club Transcaraibes has announced the itinerary for
next year's yacht rally to fun: Route du Carnaval 2010.
On February 8th, the fleet will sail from Port du Marin,
Martinique to St. Lucia (25 nm), on the 9th from St.
Lucia to Bequia (65 nm), and on the 10th from Bequia
to the Tobago Cays (25 nm). On the 11th, a new stop
will be made in the Grenadines: Petit Saint Vincent.
On the 12th, the event's longest leg (110 nm) will
take ralliers to Trinidad to enjoy special access to the
spectacular Trinidad Carnival festivities and an option-
al rainforest tour.
For more information see ad on page 44.
Yacht Rally to Cuba Planned for April 2010
Another Club Transcaraibes rally, the Transcaraibes,
will depart Marina Bas du Fort, Pointe-a-Pitre,
Guadeloupe on April 1st. There will be stops at Marina
Fort Louis in Saint Martin; Marina Casa de Campo, Isla
Catalina, Isla Beata and Bahia Las Aguilas in the
Dominican Republic; lie a Vache, Haiti; Errol Flynn
Marina at Port Antonio, Jamaica; and a gala arrival at
Marina Cienfuegos, Cuba on April 21st.
For more information see ad on page 44.
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St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta Teams
with SailProud Apparel
Ellen Sanpere reports: "SailProud Apparel will help
the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta 'go green'
in 2010," Regatta Director Julie San Martin says. The
two-year-old company will offer beautifully functional,
sustainable, eco-friendly nautical apparel appealing
to regatta participants, sponsors and visitors.
SailProud founder and president, Phil Tepfer,
explained some of the unique characteristics of his
"Transitional Performance" products, such as
EcoWear Fabric: T-shirts constructed from recycled
plastic bottles woven with certified organic cotton,
which doesn't stick like polyester. It helps to maintain
lower skin temperatures and also offers ultra-violet
protection factors (UPF) in the 40 to 50 range.
Signature CoolBlend polo shirts are made with
Bamboo+, a sustainable resource that acts as an
anti-mildew component in a soft fabric with moisture
wicking and drying properties. They also have rash
guards made from Bamboo+.
SailProud is no stranger to charity events like the St.
Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta. Ten percent of
their profit is donated to the Heart of Sailing
Foundation, benefiting developmentally disabled chil-
dren. Additionally, Tepfer captains a boat for the
organization, donates clothing and sponsors a local
chapter of the Foundation.
Participating teams in the St. Croix Yacht Club
Hospice Regatta can order custom embroidery on the
SailProud shirts in order to look extra special at the
famous Cruzan Rum welcome party and throughout
the event.
The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta will be
held February 19th through 21st, 2010. Under the
motto "Inspired by Competition Enhanced with
Compassion", the organizers aim to raise funds and
awareness for hospice care on St. Croix. Funds
raised at the St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta
will go to support the end-of-life medical needs of
St. Croix residents, regardless of their ability to pay.
Over one-third of the island's population is under-
insured or has no health insurance coverage at all,
according to Continuum Care, Inc., a Medicare-
certified company providing hospice care in
the USVI.
The competition promises to be inspiring, with one-
design and dinghy racing in Teague Bay and CSA
handicap racing in the Buck Island Channel.
Cruisers, live-aboards, and heavy displacement ves-
sels with simplified CSA ratings (to accommodate
cubic feet of onboard refrigeration, drinkable
canned goods and wine cellars!) are invited for
Hospice Class racing along the beautiful north shore
of St. Croix.
For more information on SailProud clothing visit www
sailproud. con.
For more information on the St Croix Yacht Club
Hospice Regatta visit www.stcroixregatta com.

New for 2010: Les Voiles de Saint Barth
The 2010 Season will count a new sailing regatta in
the Caribbean: Les Voiles de Saint Barth will be held
April 6th through 11 h. Organized by the Saint Barth
Yacht Club and Comit6 Territorial du Tourisme, and
with the support of Saint Barthelemy's Collectivit6, this
event welcomes all maxi yachts, classics, racing
yachts and multihulls.
This event promises to be competitive, friendly and
festive. In the idyllic setting of Saint Barths, residents,
storekeepers and watersport professionals prepare to
welcome boats and their crews, and look forward to
helping them discover or rediscover this unique island.
For more information
visit www lesvoilesdesaintbarth. com.

St. Lucian Anglers Fish in Cuba
Bernard Johnson, Vice President of the St. Lucia
Game Fishing Association, and Francis Compton, Past
President, landed a huge Blue Marlin five miles off the
coast of Havana, Cuba on July 31st, after an hour
and a half of struggle on 50-pound test line. The fish
was caught on the boat Marlin X out of the
Hemingway Marina, skippered by Captain Lima who
once fished with the legendary Fuentes, captain of
Hemingway's boat Pilar, which is preserved in the
Hemingway Museum in Havana. Cubans and St.
Lucians came together to celebrate this exciting
moment, which was the highpoint for the anglers on a
trip to Cuba organized by Rawle Harvey, President of
the St. Lucia Cuba Humanistic Solidarity Association.

Kids Catch Monster Tarpon in Trinidad
Recently, when a 220-pound tarpon was caught by
a fisherman near Gasparee Island in Trinidad, it

right way to go, guys leave some for the next
angler to pursue!

Mappapie Tops Trinidad's Tarpon Thunder
Steven Valdez reports: Trinidad will now be market-
ed to offshore anglers as a key destination for tarpon
fishing, as a total of 162 tarpon were caught and
released when 109 anglers fishing on 26 boats partici-
pated in the Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing
Association (TTGFA) 2009 Tourism Development
Corporation (TDC) Tarpon Thunder Tournament.
The tournament was hosted at the Lure Seafood
Restaurant and Bar, Sweet Water Marina from August
14th through 16th.
Michael De Freitas, fishing on Mappapie, won Best
Angler. Brett Thompson on D' Rog came second, with
Jonathan de La Rosa on board Bobby Breen taking
third. Michael De Freitas will represent Trinidad & Tobago
in next year's IGFA Inshore World Championships.

Left to right: Nicholas Knox, Mark Villain, Jacob Mappapie took the Best Boat category, with De Jep
,i ii. ies, Christian Valdez and in second, Bobby Breen in third. Suzette Aboud and
Si quick pose before releasing Jimmy Aboud, both on board Outcast, won Best
the monster tarpon Female and Best Junior angler respectively.
The Best Foreign Angler was Mike Myatt of Barbie
Doll Too. Mike, Chief Operating Officer of the
sparked the interest of some young boys to hunt for a International Game Fishing Association (IGFA), was
similar catch before the summer holidays came to an invited by the TTGFA to experience the TDC Tarpon
end. Fourteen-year-old Christian Valdez rounded up Thunder Tournament. Mike complimented the organiz-
some friends to fish on his father's boat, Hooker, on ers and sponsors and said that he had fished all parts
the night of August 30th. The fishing trip was a big suc- of the world and had never before seen the kinship
cess, as it resulted in Nicholas Knox catching a mon- that exsted between competitors as in this tourna-
ster tarpon. All the fish caught on Hooker that night ment. He also said that the quantity and large size of
were released unharmed. None were weighed, as a tarpon that were released over the three-day tourna-
result of the releases, so they will never know the ment should make this fishing destination one that
weight of the fish. However, they did learn an impor- anglers from around the globe will want to come
tant lesson about marine fish conservation. That's the and experience.




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of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this and next month, will help you
calculate the tides.
Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts running
to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the
moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward. F .... i I .11 I
moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and : ...i I
nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward. Tin' v. local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new .. i i1 ....
For more information, see 'Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!

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6 0103
7 0156
8 0253
9 0352
10 0452
11 0552
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15 0923
16 1012
17 1101 (new)
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know what you're n ....i .... Isn't it a little early for a Christmas article?
But the truth is, .- I ..-. as if may sound to most cruisers, if you are
beginning to start to commence thinking about possibly going to the
Queen City of the Spanish Main (and you should be), you might want to
think outside the envelope and plan ahead. I'll tell you why.



by Chuck Cherry

Christmas in The Big C is not a single
holiday it's a season. In fact, it is
THE season for Cartagena. Everything
about Christmas in Cartagena comes
early and stays late. A quarter of all
Halloween costumes are distinctively
-AV "Noel", the boughs of holly go up imme-
diately after the candy is divided, and if
you are not in the harbor by early
November, odds are that you won't get
a slip at either marina (Club Nautico or
Club de Pesca) until February. Even the
big day itself is celebrated on the 24th
instead of the 25th.
The festive attitude is enhanced by the
entire month of November -n
Over to the Independence o:
celebrations and the electi I.
Colombia, which is an event of biblical
proportions. Twenty some girls from


Top: As Christmas approaches, manger scenes pop up in neighborhood parks
Above: Youngsters pose in front of this historic port city's walls, decorated for the
holidays withfigures portraying indigenous cultures -and pirates, of course
every state in the nation are collectively paraded around the entire country, in front
of TV cameras, and before a variety of panels where they are questioned, photo
graphed, dressed up and down, and judged. After 30 days and almost as many loca
tions and after absolutely every man, woman and child in Colombia knows abso
lutely everything about each candidate, from what she thinks about world peace to
her favorite song, pet and shade of lipstick, the finalists are finally narrowed to one
at the main event in Governor's Plaza in Cartagena on the night of the city's
Independence Day, November 11th.
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This is a seriously major event with all the traditional costumes, celebrities, govern
ment officials, dueling army and navy bands, and thousands of spectators frolicking
to disco music until well after dawn. A relative fort -1 i i,..,. I come.
By the time the queen was crowned last year the :........- 11,11 and the anchor
. i .... -i. the seams. By November, the usual tourist attractions, such as
.. .. old churches, beaches, bars and restaurants, are all spruced up
and decorated for the season. They have to be dolled up considerably to compete
because now comes the tremendous onslaught of special events. There are hosts of
concerts (many of them free in the plazas) with local and international musicians
giving performances in a variety of locales. The theaters put on special holiday
shows, which extend into the weekdays. Several youth shows were among these last
year, and there was even a three-day kind of lollapalooza mini-Woodstock thing for
those so inclined. Several South American rock stars that I couldn't name came
through Cartagena during December 2008. (A little farther afield in Bogota, Elton
John and Madonna made appearances, too.)
If that's not enough to make your tempus fugit, you can buy tickets to one or both
of the two full-blown film festivals. One is for made-for-TV films (they do love their
tele-novelas) and one is for the big screen, complete with real movie stars, glitter and
paparazzi. All together, these gala events go on for more than two weeks.

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In her homeport or Christmas last year was the Colombian Navy's sai training
ship, Gloria, offering tours and photo ops
Of some interest to our cruising community was what appeared to be the entire joint
US-Colombian Navy ensemble showing up in the harbor for two to three weeks of... R
'n' R? Some tours were available, and lots of photo ops. This was followed closely by
the arrival of i -1. i i The Gloria is a three-masted tall ship used for train
ing and public i .. -. I .. gained parked at the party boat dock and was avail
able for free public inspection and photos with the crew from nine to five.
The city is decorated for the festive season in a major way, especially in the old
town within the wall. Last year, in addition I 1 .. 1.1.1 -1. v at the clock tower
entrance, the wall itself was adorned with ... II.... 1.1 i pets portraying the
indiginos and various other ethnic cultures, ,, iI I I 'I, a pirate ship whose
occupants were scaling the north wall against heavy resistance.
And then comes the Christmas shopping. As in most South American cities, you
can get:., i ... 11.... hat you want or need on the street. During the season, the
number I -1. I ,, I seems to double so that there is not one square inch of
vacant sidewalk. Then add in all the shoppers and visitors and the streets become a
living, breathing, undulatir.. 1..i. 1 ...I I i..istmas dragon. To the untrained eye
it seems like recurring wa" i i i i ..,,,11. about in a random, happy fashion.
There is, however, a small ....... i ., 11. I -., their madness, as vendors of similar
things tend to group together. A park near the marinas, for example, is taken over
by more than a hundred small booths selling only toys. My personal favorite is the
Christmas tree light section -a couple of blocks almost exclusively devoted to
decorative lighting. You will want to visit this area at night. And of course there are
food and beer stalls. (You can buy the entire skin of a pig face for only two dollars,
a real bargain for pork-rind lovers.) Beneath all the hustle and bustle of the masses
of shoppers and sightseers is a kind of giggle that seems to well up and crescendo
until about:., 1,,. 1, i These people are happy, friendly and a little inebriated.
So as not t I I 11. reason for the season there is a natural escalation of church
services, religious events and fundraisers. Since there are several historical land
mark churches that you will want to visit anyway, the extra decorations and events
make it a good time to go.
A personal favorite of mine, along these lines, is the neighborhood get-together
every night for the nine days before Christmas. They have a little Bible study,
Christmas-type refreshments and then practice a nativity play to be presented on
Christmas Eve. The gathering place is usually the neighborhood park, some portion
of which is transformed early on into a manger. I think you are expected to be there
on all nine nights to be in the play, so this is taken rather seriously. On the 24th,
after the play, the adults start drinking and the children wait anxiously for the mid
night hour, at which time they open their gifts. The parents drink until dawn while
the kids play with their new toys. If you are lucky enough not to have kids, you can
roam the .. .1.1 .1, 1 ,. in your car and drive down toward the old town and
just pull ,i, i I ,, i ... I drink tequila or whiskey on the side of the road while
singing Christmas carols. (This particular time-honored tradition is very similar to
the celebration of the other 30 or 40 national holidays per year.) Last year on my
morning "run" (exaggeration) on Christmas Day I passed six or seven small hardy
groups still singing, all of whom cheerfully invited me to stop for a shot of tequila.
After Christmas the stores in Cartagena are closed and the streets are bare as
people rest up for New Year's. But the inland town festivals are in full swing -this
is the time to head for the mountains and watch Medallin, Cali and Manizales turn
into theme parks for two weeks. Catch the first bullfight of the South American sea
son in Cali and watch the carnival parades, rodeos and decorations of thousands of
flowers as the mountain towns turn out with their favorite festival music to dance in
the streets. You will have a little more than 30 days to sample the festivities in the
different towns before returning to Cartagena for carnival in February (really
Barranquilla is better, but Cartagena is close).
Then you can relax and nji-' thi off season, lolling on uncrowded beaches on
weekdays, getting into ... I ... restaurant without a reservation, and resting
up to sail onward... or to celebrate the next Christmas in Cartagena.
Chuck and Monica live aboard the Cherry Bowl, cruising the Caribbean and enjoying
talking about it.




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Human history on Grand Cayman began as a battle
of good versus evil. Good settlers and their oxen
arrived prepared to forge a new existence of adventure
some happiness, but evil mosquitoes thwarted their
efforts. Grand Cayman was Mosquito Global
Headquarters. The mosquitoes were unprepared to
welcome these newcomers as equals, but rather placed
them at the lowly hierarchical status of snack.

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quitoes could drop an animal (dead) from sheer plans
I Nobody walked anywhere without their
Si Grand Cayman was an educational fore
shadowing of what hell might be like.
Until Dr. Marco Giglioli arrived, that is. Giglioli was
a veteran of mosquito wars and had come to execute a
full-scale genocide.
He began L-- -Ir ;i;; tw- =---i-."= vhich reduced
the breeding ,.. .... i i I... ... ..I A fish known
to munch on larval youngsters was slipped into
remaining waters. Giglioli conducted aerial spraying to
subdue remote guerillas.
The tides turned. Settlers poured in. To avenge
their historical oppression humans built fancy roads,
grocery stores and banks over ancient mosquito
breeding grounds.
These days the Mosquito Research & Control Unit
(est. 1965) police what remains of the evil horde,
and except during ambush hours people are free to
be carefree.
Cayman Days
One without reservations has little choice but to
accept whatever rental car is left on the lot. In our case
this was an electric-blue Chevy Spark, an automobile
so tiny it may or may not become the next official
clown car at your local circus.
We scooted off toward Morritt's Resort, where my
parents used their timeshare to book a carefree week
on Grand Cayman. My girlfriend Yllithia and I mus
cled in on the good time. Since we arrived first, we
thought it'd be a good gesture to crank the air condi
tioning to the arctic level my Pops finds habitable and
stock the fridge.
The supermarket was our first real indicator that
Grand Cayman was no ordinary Caribbean isle.
Imported goods were stacked floor to ceiling, include
ing things new and delicious to us: i.e. Joseph Banks
Cassava Chips. Industrial :fri:- .t -; sent a frosty
breeze wafting over ripe i,,,,- d vegetables.
Caucasian expats in aprons dished out product sam
ples. Free food and nary a derelict in sight!
Our room at Morritt's was up three flights of stairs
that guaranteed no weight :r-- on this vacation. Our
balcony commanded a I the Caribbean. Below
was a swimming pool where tourists in wetsuits and
dive gear sank with their instructor until their bottoms
hit bottom. Look at your dri l ."- -. I thought, and
behold the awesome thrill i II,, I deep!
It was dark when we went down to the clown car to
pick up the parents. I opened the door, realized that I
forgot something in the room, and went to get it. In the
meantime every mosquito in Grand Cayman piled in
for the ride. The next half hour was not a drive so
much as struggle for survival. By the time the parents
wedged in, the car had been reupholstered in bloody
mosquito bits. It was traumatizing.
For much time afterward, great fiery balls of fear and
loathing rolled about within me. Mosquitoes consumed



by Ryan Weaver

my subconscious. I took extravagant measures to
avoid them: curfew at sunset; sleep in well past early
morning; avoidance of shady corners -1 =t.;n.nt
air... these measures worked, and the .... ..... 11 i
of the mosquito nightmare faded.
Grand Cayman is worth a tourist's time for its water.
Snorkel, scuba, swim, float -just get in the water.
Every day we drove to a new snorkel spot: Rum Point,
Public Beach, Old Man Bay, Hell, Cemetery Beach,

and many nameless sanctuaries found at the ends of
pathways curving into the trees.
A favorite locale of Pops' and mine was Blowholes.
We were on our way back to Morritt's from a res
taurant one evening and stopped to marvel at
Blowholes. A good swell could send a plume of
water rocketing up 20 or 30 feet (I didn't exactly
have a tape measure handy).
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Pops and I marched down and inched closer and
closer to the hole. The rocks were slick, the blast tre
mendous. We returned drenched and happy to an
unimpressed and somewhat embittered audience.
East End's relative seclusion suited us well, but the
time came when Georgetown could no longer be
avoided. Yllithia and I went scuba diving. Mom

hopped on the Atlantis submarine because she want
ed to see what 100 feet under the ocean looked like
once in her life.
I hadn't yet plunged to anywhere near 100 feet
myself, but on our first dive I was surprised to hit 115
feet. It was an accident, really. Everybody emerged
from his or her underwater journeys with bragging
. i ". ... 1 Cayman is blessed with a healthy
I. i,,i 1 I I ij reef.
The four of us could heretofore sit back and loaf
without guilt because in every wish list box lay a check
mark. Except maybe one. I thought I could ignore it,
this little hike, but as the trip neared an end it nagged
me with hideous persistency.
"There'll be too many mosquitoes," everyone said.
This was certainly true, for the Mastic Trail cut
through the very capital of their refuge. We could see
it from our back deck: the largest ..i.... ... tract of
old growth forest (two million yea I ij I I in the
Caribbean ot--t-:i.- off unmolested, dense, muggy,
dark and ..i i I. jurisdiction of the Mosquito
Research & Control Unit.
But it was more than just the hike. The Mastic Trail
was where one was most likely to spot the Cayman

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Island Parrot. I'd never seen a wild parrot but cer
tainly liked the idea of it. And this was an endemic wild
parrot. If I didn't see it now I might never get another
chance. "Mastic Trail" might be my final whisper on
the deathbed....
These and other melodramatic sentiments finally
convinced Yllithia to accompany me. It was our
last day.

during wares, and were probably molested ceaselessly
by mosquitoes.
Yet as we hiked, only a few humongous loners
flapped by like the skeletons of small birds and did not
seem interested in challenging our trespass. When the
dirt turned muddy we saw that we were surrounded by
ancient swampland. I was satisfied.
On the way back a raucous cry arose from some
nearby fan palms. There sat three of Grand
Cayman's endemic parrots. They squawked
at one another and at the weather and at
politics, shattering the air with melodious
soliloquy. One of them even flew away for
our viewing pleasure.
We stood in awe of them.
Despite the fact that the bloodthirsty mos
quito is a persistent evil, Dr. Giglioli did suc
ceed in shattering their once invincible ranks.
Physically and emotionally. For although they
still join forces for vicious night raids, one
senses that they do so mostly as a consola
tion prize. At all other hours their influence
is negligible.
On Grand Cayman today water sports are
mandatory and land adventures like the
Mastic Trail ought not to be missed -at
least not for fear of mosquitoes. As a matter
of fact, this is likely the last document that'll
bother to mention them at all. For although
the puny hunters will always exist on Grand
Cayman, the significance of their existence
has been reduced to an exercise for the
improvement of hand-eye coordination.

Left: Yllithia and I went scuba diving
on the healthy reef. I hit 115 feet. No
mosquitoes there, either

Below: When the dirt turned muddy
we saw that we were surrounded by
ancient swampland. I was satisfied

I. ...

The sun was just rising. We
had no bug spray. On the scale
of Poor Planning this rated some
where near a perfect 10. But as
we started jogging nervously
through the brush, kicking holes
in the humidity and the spider
webs, there ensued no ambush.
Perhaps here where few people
ventured the mosquitoes just
rolled over, punched the snooze
button and slept in.
The Mastic Trail smells good.
It's beautiful in a humble way.
Its history inspires: blazed in
the .... i i. .... I i yield-
ing .. I i the
Mastic Trail provided a commer
cial route (shorter than the
coastal circuit) from the North
End to Bodden Town. Mahogany
logs were sunk in the wetland to
help delineate the path. Oxen
and mules trudged along, should

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Starting 20 some years ago with a 22-foot boat and four young children "tied to |
the guard rails", Max and Mark learned and honed their sailing skills in the often -
inhospitable waters of England's eastern shore and Channel Islands. As the years
passed, their ..i... adventures took them down the European coast and to the
Canary Islanc- .11. the children approaching adulthood and the pressures of L
their healthcare-related business becoming more difficult to deal with as each year
passed, Max and Mark began to focus on execution of a long-time dream, a cruis
ing life. It took a year to find Blue Beyond and another year to make her ready.
With the last of their brood finishing university this year, they've made the dream
a reality. They have the skills and experience to support their dream, as evidenced
by the "jury rig" repair made to compensate for the bolt that maintained the ten-
sion on their lower stays, which broke while they were underway on the ARC.
The Moody 54 Blue Beyond (below) has carried Max and Mark
(at right) to a life offreedom and creativity

When asked to compare sailing in Europe with the Caribbean, they replied, "In
Europe, especially in England, everything is marinas. The seas roll in off the
Atlantic and boats need protected berths. In the Caribbean there are so many
anchorages it provides far greater freedom. The islands are safe, as long as you
take reasonable precautions. The islanders are friendly. We treat people respect
fully and are treated respectfully in return. The weather is better and far more
predictable than the North Atlantic. Sailing in the Caribbean is as close to true
freedom as we have ever been."
.. .......... Max loves to cook. She says, "I like the idea of fewer choices in the islands.
You don't need fifty brands or varieties to choose from. Here, if it's in season, it's
available; if not, it's not there. If the container came in, there is more to choose
from; if not, that's okay. It's fun to be creative with what's available." Max has
written a book on cooking on a boat. I'll be watching for it in the future.
The future for Blue Beyond includes going north to the East Coast of the US.
Her crew wants to explore the area and, perhaps, fulfill a wish in Mark's life.
Mark is a qualified level three rugby coach and misses the coaching. There is an
apparent in-r-- 1. Tn1i1rt P .t 1-r in North America. Mark hopes to pick up
a coaching "I 'I I ... I while they explore. After North America, it
will be back into the islands, over to Panama and into the Pacific, following Blue
Beyond's name around the world.



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by Norman Faria
The much-touted "Buy Local" mantra from governments regarding agricultural
products and vehicles, for example, can also extend to boats. And Canadians Andre
Demarais and Gertrude D'Asjous did just that when in 2003 they were shopping
around for a cruising boat to make an Atlantic/Caribbean circuit.
They spoke with Compass while relaxing in Barbados's C-rlil rn--;; in
the steel sloop OrcaMinor. It is a Chatan 33. Designed by F. .. i....... i .... I
built in Quebec province.
"Yes, we do quite a bit of boat building in Canada and even designing, though the
design is an exception. Remember the Bluenose? There is even a certain amount of
Canadian-made yachting gear. Our self-steering rig, the Cape Horn brand by Yves
Gelinas, for example, is Canadian made. Buying local is a good concept, but I must
confess this is my first and last boat," said Andre.

M Andre and
enjoying the
good life in
Barbados before
heading back
to Quebec

The Montreal based couple achieved what they set out to do and expect to sell the
boat on their return to Canada. Their original idea of wanting a "chalet in a marina
seems to have -h Hr-- t si r along the line.
The main air, I a, .. .4 twofold: to see and compare islands and to do
some "good hiking". So: gone well. They left Quebec City on the St. Lawrence
River where the boat was bought in 2003. They wintered in 2004 in the Thousand
Islands. In July 2008 they departed Montreal and had an uneventful crossing to
Cape Breton via the Azores and Madeira.
Orca Minor is a flush deck version of a design influenced by Bernard Moitessier's
boats. The firm made 24 of them. Andre, an electronics engineer, said he was very
specific about what he wanted for the trip: a strong steel hull to survive a reef
grounding, standing headroom in the cabin and a reliable engine (the boat's original
1980 23 horsepower Volvo still putters along) were among the main desires. He knew
what he wanted because he had visited the Caribbean area many times on other
people's boats. He also taught sailing in Quebec.
The trick of succeeding on such a .. .- I ., I. i, maintains. And he feels
the reason they've had only minor I, ..i. I i.- I his "looking into all the
eventualities" before they set out.
Gertrude, a retired physical therapist, says the trip has revealed a new meaning to
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"If we didn't go now, we prob
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says Carmen ^11 1.
readytoputy 'I I- i I
homemade bread dough into the
oven on board the Pahi class
catamaran moored in Barbados'
Carlisle Bay.
"More importantly," she con
tinues, "with two young kids s1
aged eleven and three and a
half, it was a good time to take
them as part of their education."
She and her husband Olivier
bought the James Wharram
designed 42footer four years ago
in Italy. They wanted a spacious,
easily handled and ,i,, -
that is soft" cat with I
space. Up until the Barbados
visit, the plywood craft has lived
up to expectations. They had
previously owned or rented dif
ferent boats, such as a Puma 26,
on Lake Geneva.
They have high praise for
Wharram, the British 1
who researched and I ...
the boat building and navigation
skills of the Pacific Islanders for

people would laugh at us, saying
we were going back to prehistoric Bread's ready! A Wharr am designed Pahi cat
days. But 1-- ... .... i is cruising home for the Allemra family
forgiving .- 1 .
cially when you cruise with children. A lot of people don't understand Wharram,"
says Carmen.
The boat, which flies the Belgian flag, has held up well. Auxiliary power is two
15 horsepower four stroke Suzukis.
Unlike the case with most other Pahis, the Alleras had a special cockpit area tent
specially made to keep out the sun and other harsh elements. There were other
gear changes and improvements made in preparation for what they see as a three
year sojourn.
They expect to follow the basic route taken by Ge .1i ... i Ti, 1 1
the previous owners (and builders of the boat) who c ......... I I
to 2005. The kids will be doing distance schooling.
The family left Gibraltar in September 2007. They make good passages with the
Pahi, averaging 150 miles a day with good wind and sea conditions.
One of the excitements while in port, especially for the kids, is to take their Walker
S I ten foot sailing dinghy for spins around i1 ...'. i .. It is also a backup
SI Saves outboard fuel, too, while heading b I I.. I I I t ,i ..J.i. dock.
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I saw a large Carriacou sloop and visualized her with the deckhouse removed and her lovely
sheer shown off to best advantage...
Carriacou and Petite Martinique surely have the Norman mentioned that his plans had changed; he
largest remaining fleet of wooden sailing working boats would consider selling her. The price he mentioned
left in the Eastern Caribbean. would hardly cover the cost of the work he had done,
During a visit to Carriacou in April 2008 I went to but then that's the way of wooden boats.
Windward beach to watch a Carriacou sloop eventu After a few weeks' dithering I agreed to buy her. I had
ally named Ocean Nomad) being built by Alwyn Enoe . ... ... 1 ..... i . .
There were about eight men working on her, fitting i .. I I ... i .1 ..11. i ..
planks, building cabin sides, caulking seams, and nights followed as I realized what I had taken on.
drilling for keel bolts. It was great to see these tradi Where would I find deadeyes, mast hoops, galvanized
tional skills in action, rigging and so on -an apparently endless list?
Walking farther along the mangrove-lined black Norman introduced me to Gordon Patrice, who had
sand beach and around a headland I saw, hauled onto just re-decked Tradition He agreed to take on the project
the land 1.;--- 1 Carriacou sloop hull. I was struck -f; .--i, th1, big deckhc;; -1-l-in in the resulting
by her .,a,,i,,i i ... I ... I i...., a smaller I.
The owner, Norman Roberts, told me that his father, On Day One of the project, Gordon, Fitzroy McLaren
Urbin, built her some 30 years previously and had and Leonard McLaren set to wo i i -..... ...
traded her as a sailing cargo vessel, mainly between deckhouse with saws and chisels. -.... i 1 ,I, i,,..
St. Barths and Carriacou. St. Barths was a free port in cargo boat for St. Vincent, hopefully to return with
those days and one could legitimately trade in wines, more pitch pine planking for the deck.
- i i ,. 1 1 .I ...... was Tradition and she Templates for the new deck beams were made and I
S .. i .-kindly vessel, began making a mock-up of a smaller deckhouse out
Norman was giving her a rebuild and preparing her of ply. Gordon, Fitzroy and Leonard all had different
for use as a motorized cargo vessel. Latterly, she had ideas on what the shape of the new deckhouse should
been fitted with an aluminium mast and Bermudian be, so my plan went out the window. The mock-up was
mainsail, much easier to handle than the original modified until we had something in keeping with the
gaff rig. vessel. It should provide good headroom below, access
I climbed on board and saw that she had new pine to the engine room and a couple of bunks aft.
decks, with massive white cedar deck beams and We were now ready for the new aft deck beams,
knees. She had also been replanked and refastened which were to be of white cedar. Gordon had such
throughout, with a new stem fitted and the complete trees on his land, but had been reluctant to cut them
stern rebuilt. Norman had added a new deckhouse down earlier, being insistent that they should only be
with four bunks and a wheelhouse. I visualized her felled when the moon was well on the wane, even
with the deckhouse removed and her lovely sheer though this meant that the guys would lose a few days'
shown off to best advantage, work. The theory is that timber cut at the wrong phase

Dismantling the big deckhouse, intended
for cargo runs
of the moon will be prone to rotting. All credit to the
guys, it was more important to them that the job be
done correctly than they earn an extra day's pay.
The gang eventually went into the bush with chain
saws to look for suitable trees, and by the next day
rough shaping of the six-inch-square beams started
with chainsaw, axes and adze.
Carriacou sloops are built with a wooden trunking
through which the wooden rudderstock passes. This is
a massive lump of timber, but has an inherent prob
lem in that it is impossible to keep the inside of the
trunking and the rudderstock protected from worm

-~ ,

Adelaide B loading at the Carenage in St. George's
and borers, and they also rot. Testimony to this was
the number of discarded, worm-eaten rudder trunks
lying around ashore. Tradition's new rudder would be
steel with a stainless stock passing through a cutlass
bearing and stern gland. Very logical and possibly a
-. i -; ,t but we didn't know how the vessel
,, I .. 11 ... I r sail with it.
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Unfortunately, Norman had been unable to buy
adequate pitch pine planking for the decks in St.
Vincent, so Fitzroy and I took the ferry to Grenada
where we were promised good timber. We were also on
a mission to find a 60-foot mast.
I had heard that there were long telegraph poles to
be found in Grenada and I pleaded with Grenlec to sell
me one, which they kindly agreed to do. Very accom
modating of them, as with hurricane season approach
ing, they might have needed all the poles they could
get. From a huge pile of the great poles, we selected
one that looked straight and sound and marked it. It
was 60 feet long with a 14-inch diameter at the base
and weighing goodness knows what.
The Adelaide B, a wooden inter-island trading vessel,
was leaving for Carriacou the next day from the
Carenage in St. George's. I asked Buly, the skipper/
owner, how much it would cost to ship the mast up to
Carriacou. "A hundred and fifty EC," he told me. No
crane was available, so the crew of the Adelaide B
hoisted the pole on board from the truck using the
ship's block and tackles; she is still rigged and uses
sail. I stayed away as the prospect of lifting such a
weight with their gear was scary.
But the next Saturday morning, there was the pole
in Hillsborough, sticking out over the bow of the
Adelaide B like a huge bowsprit. Unfortunately the
mast was needed at Windward, on the other side of the
island, and it was unlikely that it could be transported
al I,. 1 ... 1.... .. hilly roads.
I "'' I I lI "Okay, we come up outside de
Windward reef and drop it over de reef, and you tow it
to Windward." "No," I said, "You'll be on a lee shore
., i i ting dark. Take it to Petite Martinique; we'll
SI.... there." So they did (how they got it over
board I'll never know, but we did agree that Buly
should get twice his original quote for the shipping),
and Fitzroy went over in his motorboat in the early
hours on Sunday and towed it to Windward beach.
The deck beams were all in place and work com-
menced fairing them to ensure an even camber to the
decks. Gordon, on his own initiative, had put in car
lines to make a lazarette hatch in the back of the aft
deck. I had hoped for a clear aft deck, but the hatch
makes for a huge under-deck locker and was the right
thing to do.
Gordon had also modified my plans for the shape of
the new deckhouse by running the carlines in line with
the bulwarks and not square with the front of the deck
house, which meant that the deckhouse would be four
inches narrower at the aft end than at the front. He said
very firmly, "That's the way we do it, Frank." A good
thing too, as the final result gives a clearer deck space
at the sides of the deckhouse and looks just right.
The shipwrights were short of one deck beam. Rather
than cut down another tree, they found a chunk of
greenheart timber lying in the mangroves. It had been
the keel of a wrecked sloop. This was a piece of very
hard wood, about eight inches by four inches thick.
They dragged it to our work area and Fitzroy set about
shaping it. He stood on the timber, using an adze
between his spread-apart bare feet. He carved out the
shape of the beam with a camber to match the others,
and still has a complete set of toes.
Prices for sails were coming in and I was very pleased

to get an acceptable quote from Turbulence Sails in
Grenada, who had built sails for similar Carriacou
sloops in the past.
While in Grenada, I'd also seen a notice on a "for
sale" board, offering some sails. It turned out that they
came from Moonshine, a very fine double-ended Fife
ketch that met her demise in Hurricane Ivan. A stay

Hpi^irA- -lm

Patrice and McLaren at work. Tradition's new deck
beams and the carlines for a smaller deckhouse
are in place

sail and two Yankee jibs, just what Tadition needed
except now she'd certainly need a bowsprit!
Carriacou sloops, with their long booms, do carry a lot
of weather helm, and while a bowsprit may not be
practical when they load in restricted berths, it would
surely balance the rig better, and it looked right when
I did a scale drawing.
I still had to find galvanized rigging wire, as I really
wanted to eliminate stainless, not just for rigging, but
for fittings. If the aim was to complete Tradition as she
was when she was built in about 1979, and not produce
a hybrid, then I needed to keep things as they were.
Exceptions would be the engine and the sail material.
At this point, tropical waves started to cross the
islands. This raised another issue: If we were going to
be "rained off for days, what would I i .1 ..
I suggested to the guys that I'd pay ti ...'. h iI I
rain off days. "Why do you want to do that, Frank?"

I began to realize how un-avaricious people are in
Carriacou, and it took some getting used to after the
more "modern" world up-island. Many Carriacou ship
wrights are fairly self-sufficient even without the boat
building; they often have some land to grow provisions
and raise some livestock, and can get by quite well
without the likes of me.

- a. a .-

For these men, working on a sloop that is to be a
"yacht" was not really a priority -the working boats
must come first. At one time, during a period of windy
weather when the fishing boats were reluctant to go
out, they took the time to make repairs. Some six
boats, all between 30 and 50 feet, were hauled for
repair. One boat's bottom was in poor condition. She
was hauled on the Monday, bottom planking off on
Tuesday, new keel bolts fitted and planked up by the
end of the week, caulked and ready to launch the fol
lowing week, with only two shipwrights on the job.
Asfori, I I '.i.l i I I I il Tradition,
itwas to .- i 1 1 . I I I ... of where
we were ,, .... i ''l 1. .. .... along to
see the project. Then I saw this somewhat huge vessel
of mine, hauled up on the black sand, surrounded by
palm trees and mangroves, propped up on wooden
rum barrels, and the wonderful aspect looking sea
ward over the calm waters inside the Windward reef,
then across the glorious colour of the sea to the
islands of Petite Martinique and Petit St. Vincent.
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=the past 48 years I have listened to
S stories of boats ."--1.. ';th from
F O RL the East Coast ci 't. I I States
to the Caribbean. Some were such
idyllic trips that the crew never once put on their foul
weather gear. Some trips were a bit bouncy. And other
times, boats ran into major storms. Some of these lat
ter trips resulted in damage or disaster, losing boats
or even crews. Many years ago I quit counting when
my 39th friend or acquaintance was lost while doing
this trip.
Obviously this is not a passage to be lightly under
taken. Your boat and crew must be prepared to face
heavy weather. Before you go out and put your boat to
the test, make some practice runs. In your home
waters when a 1 hard blow comes i .
your boat out .,, I put the bricks to h -
any deficiencies in both boat and crew. Take your boat
back in, rectify the deficiencies, then go out in a sec
ond blow. This time you will be much better prepared
than you were the first time. Then go home again and
rectify any deficiencies that are still not corrected. And
so on. Then, when you eventually head offshore and
run into a bad blow, both the crew and boat will have
been through similar experiences before, so no major
problems should be experienced.
Unfortunately, many recreational sailors fail to fol
low this advice; instead, they take off from the East
Coast and run into their first truly bad weather at
sea. The crew becomes petrified. When they arrive in
St. Thomas, the boat is put on the market -and
there ends their dream of an idyllic winter cruise in
the Caribbean.
Points from Newport to New York
I strongly advise NOT heading directly offshore from
this area (i.e. taking Routes I, II or III on the map). It's
much better to go coastwise down to Little Creek,
Virginia, near Norfolk at the mouth of the Chesapeake
Bay or, if your boat will pass under the 65-foot bridge
south of Norfolk on the ICW, farther on to Morehead
I say this because the autumn weather window for
heading south is very small. If you leave in October or
early November, there is too much danger of encoun
tering a late-season hurricane. The NOAA hurricane
book (available from National Climatic Data Center,
Federal I ...i .... 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC
28801-,,,1 I J shows that in the last 25 years
there have been more hurricanes in late October and
early November than there had been in the previous
hundred years.
Unfortunately, as each week goes by in November
the weather on the East Coast of the States becomes
more and more unstable, to the point that by the end
of November the weather forecasts are only good for 24
to 36 hours.
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Boats can take off from the northeast coast of the
States in the face of a northwester, with glorious sail
ing, clear visibility and the wind aft of the beam, but
all too often the northwester then swings around to
north and finally northeast. A 25 to 30-knot (and
sometimes more) : .i. I I 1 ... against a two or
three-knot currerl ... II. ..1 -i. .... produces sea
conditions varying from dangerous to disastrous.
Unless you have a yacht that can continually knock
off nine knots or more, your chances are minimal of
leaving the northeast coast of the United States and
getting across the Gulf Stream on a weather window
when the weather predictions are only good for 24 to
48 hours.
Thus, if you are departing from Newport, I recom-
mend heading down the coast, through Long Island
Sound. If a blow comes I J... there are
plenty of places to stop. II .. I ick up the
beginning of the fair tide at South Norwalk,
Connecticut, and maintain a six-knot speed
through the water, you can carry that tide If
all the way down Long Island Sound through
Hellsgate, New York Harbour, out through
Sandy Hook and on down the New Jersey dE
shore. This is where a northwester coming
offshore gives a glorious sail with smooth
water; it will really blow you on your way.
A good eye must be kept on the weather,
because from New York Harbour to the
mouth of the Delaware River there are
really no reliable harbours. Similarly, from
the mouth of the Delaware to the Chesapeake
Bay there are no harbours. However, if you
have maintained six knots over the bottom
as you approach the mouth of the Delaware,
take a look. If the weather is going around
to the south and you don't like the look of it, you can
head up the Delaware on a fair tide, pass through the
Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, and still pick up a fair
tide at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay.
Once in the Chesapeake you can push on south to
Little Creek, Virginia, at the mouth of the bay, or stop
in Annapolis or one of the wonderful little harbours in
the Chesapeake.
If the weather permits, however, when you reach the
mouth of the Delaware you can continue offshore to
Little Creek.
If you can fit under the bridge south of Norfolk,
there is only one way to go south: continue through
the ICW to the Morehead City/Beaufort area. This
is a trip of three days, but if you have the time you
can easily spend a week to ten days doing some
wonderful cruising.
Morehead City/Beaufort
At Morehead City/Beaufort, wait for a good clear
northwester to blow through. You are far enough
south so that although it may be cold, you will not
have to contend with ice, sleet or snow. If you leave at
the top of the tide, carry the tide down to Cape
Lookout. A couple of hours after you leave Cape
Lookout you will be in the Gulf Stream, the north
wester will blast you across, and by the time the north
wester swings around to the north you will be clear of
the Stream. You can then set a course east-southeast

and sail that course "until the butter melts". The
northwester will swing north, then to northeast. If you
are lucky the northeaster will continue right on down
to where you pick up the Trades. Many boats in the
40-foot size range have done this route (Route IV on
the map) from Morehead City/Beaufort to St. Thomas
in seven days.
Work your way east-southeast, until you reach the
longitude of 68 to 70W, as it must be remembered
that in November and early December the Trades are
still likely to be southeast or east-southeast, rather
than east or northeast. This means if you have not
worked your way well east, you will end up hard on the
wind for the last few days of your trip if you are head
ing for St. Thomas.
With a favorable weather forecast, you can leave
from Morehead City/Beaufort at any time from early
Novemberrightup until about December first. However,

n December it is not advisable to try

,part for the Caribbean from Charles

or the ports south of Charleston,

as in that area the Gulf Stream

is well off shore

if you have not left by the beginning of December, you
should either delay your trip until the following year,
or follow the ICW all the way down to Jacksonville or
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In December it is not advisable to try to depart for
the Caribbean from Charleston (Route V on the map)
or the ports south of Charleston, as in that area the
Gulf Stream is well off shore. The problem of getting
across the Stream here is roughly the same a tr'in -
to get across the Stream from the northeast I
the States.
Norfolk/Little Creek
If your boat will not fit under the 65-foot bridge on
the waterway near Norfolk, wait in Little Creek until
you obtain a favourable weather report. Then head
east-southeast and try tc I - the Gulf Stream
as fast as you possibly *.. 1I Il. wind goes light,
turn on the mill and motor or motorsail. Don't worry
about running out of fuel -once you are across the
Stream and south of the gale area, if you are out of
fuel .. 1 I 1 .1... 1 ;I isjust a pain in the neck and
a del. I iI ,1 I i't make it across the Stream
within your weather window, you can end up in
disastrous circumstances. There is not enough space
here to list the horror stories. Again, your course is
east-southeast until the butter melts. Work your way
eastward to longitude 68 to 70W, before heading
directly to St. Thomas.

The weather window from Little Creek is basically
the month of November. Come December, forget about
it and wait until next year.
Miami/Fort Lauderdale
If you don't pick your weather carefully when sailing
from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area to the Virgins
you face a dead beat to windward for 1,200 miles a
miserable trip.
The proper way to getfrom the Miami/Fort Lauderdale
area to St. Tl ... ;. I ; I Grand Bahama and
wait there . i. I -I I. I .-. predicted. You can
take off on the face of a northwest front: it may blow
hard, but the wind will be coming off the land and you
will have a smooth sea. Leave the northeast Providence
Channel and head east for as long as you can. (See
Route VII on map.)
Once the norther dies out and the Trades fill in, fall
off on port tack and see where you end up. Some boats
have been very lucky and have laid St.
Thomas in one tack. Others fetch the
eastern end of Puerto Rico, and some
have only laid the western end of Puerto
to Rico. If you do this you can duck into
Mayaguez, take a rest, recuperate and
restock, then head south and east along
,ton the south coast of Puerto Rico. Make sure
you hav- -n -Tr- 1 1--- -f ctr-t'
Guide: PI I R ... i
Virgin Islands, which describes this area
in detail, complete with sailing instruc
tions. The one problem with taking this
route is that you may enjoy the south
coast of Puerto Rico and the Spanish
Virgin Islands so much you never get to
the rest of the Eastern Caribbean!
Re: hopping along the numerous step
ping stones on Bruce Van Sant's "thorn
less path to windward" from Florida to the
Virgins, or Route VI on the map, you must have unlim
ited time and patience to wait for all those individual
weather windows. You may spend so much time wait
ing for weather that by the time you arrive in St.
Thomas, the hurricane season is approaching again
and it will be a case of either returning to the States,
or quickly IIh... I ida, Trinidad or Venezuela to
be south I II. I...... ... zone!
I advise using the US NOAA charts appropriate to
your routing, and Imray-lolaire charts of the
Caribbean depending on your landfall. (Check Imray
Iolaire chart catalogue at any major US chart sup
plier.) If you are going via Bermuda, use Imray
Iolaire chart E5: Bermuda; plans St. George's,
Hamilton, dockyard marina.

Visit Don Street's website, www.street-iolaire.com. A
new edition of his Transatlantic and Atlantic Islands
Guide is due to be published soon.

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Eco-Friendly Mooring
The EzyRider Mooring and Offset Anchor System is an environmentally friendly, low-
impact, high-strength system for swing moorings. Harnessing naturally occurring
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This mooring method offers safety and
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With few moving parts the EzyRider
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The unique self-centering action
reduces the total amount of required
swing room by up to 50 percent. No
moving parts contact the seabed,
allowing the mooring to be laid in
environmentally sensitive areas con-
taining seagrass or coral reef.
For more information,
visit www ezyridermooring, com.

Innovative Ultrasonic Antifouling
Ultrasonic Antifouling Ltd has announced an unusual way to protect a boat from
fouling. 'The Ultra System' uses sound waves to destroy algae and therefore prevent
weed and barnacle growth. The manufacturers say that The Ultra System is a low
cost, highly effective and completely pollutant-free method that does away with
the chore of the annual painting of the boat's bottom.
Ultrasonic Antifouling Ltd currently offers two models: the Ultra 10 for boats up to 10
metres, and the Ultra 20 for boats up to 20 metres. Each system consists of a control
box and either one (Ultra 10) or two transducers (Ultra 20) and can offer a bespoke
system design facility for more complex installations for example superyachts or tri-
marans. The transducers are bonded to the inside of the boats hull. The system cov-
ers all of the hull and underwater gear. Careful placement of the transducers is the
key to success and a full explanation of the installation is supplied. The system runs
from 12 24 or 230 Volts and draws up to one Amp.
The control box sends a variety of pulsed ultrasonic signals to the transducers, which
in turn emit a series of low power, high frequency sound waves that are virtually
inaudible to the human ear. They create a wall of moving water molecules over the
whole surface of the submerged hull, creating a micro-environment that kills algae.
The science is in the creation of the correct frequencies and the harmonics that
are set up as a result.
Managing Director David Sothcott says, cUntil now, a few people have had half
hearted attempts at the ultrasonic approach to the business of antifouling but
nobody has really indicated any commitment or belief. These previous attempts
have been analogue systems, using up to 40 percent more power than our digital
system and when power is at such a premium in the boating world, this is a
big issue.
sBecause a digital system can use more differing frequencies together, its range
can destroy more algae types and it produces a much clearer ultrasonic sound
wave. As technology advances, and because we use a re-programmable chip, we
can modify the frequencies to suit the conditions, if and when they change."
For more information visit www.ultrasonic-anifouling com

Need a Drink, Quick?
Accon Marine's sleek Quick Release Drink Holders easily snap into the company s
quick release bases keeping beverages from spilling. Constructed from either
marine-grade 316 stainless steel or aluminum, these Drink Holders can be easily
removed with the push of a button. When needed again, they simply snap back
into place. Accon's 401 Series is available in single or double styles and fits standard
size cups. Featuring a surface mount, no difficult measuring or cutouts are required
for installation. Only two #10 screws are needed.
For more information visit www.acconmarine, com.

Don't Get Bugged, Lighten Up
Great for the cockpit or beach barbecues, the ThermCELL Patio Lantern is both a
powerful insect repellent device and a stylish outdoor lantern with both functions
being usable separately or together. Providing a 15 by 15-foot mosquito-free zone, it
is 98 percent effective (tested and used by the US Department of Defense), making
it the most effective insect repellent device on the market. It is also non-toxic, safe
and non-intrusive, being DEET-free, silent, portable and odor free. ThermaCELL utilizes
allethrin an artificial version of a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemum flow
ers. The lantern has a frosted globe and offers two illumination settings. The butane
cartridge that powers the mosquito repellent provides 12 hours of power and is
located on the interior for aesthetics and ease-of-use. The light switch is located on
the base of the lantern and is powered by two AA batteries.
For more information visit www.mosquitorepellenti com.

Imray Apps for Apple iPhones
Imray and software developer Tucabo have launched the first of a series of applica-
tons to run on the Apple iPhone providing quick reference information for sailing crews.

Now available are Marine Rules and Signals and Tides Planner. Coming soon are
Racing Rules (a jointly produced App with the RYA) and Navigation Theory. Other
Apps are in the pipeline and will cover topics including meteorology and first aid.
Following this launch, Imray plans to offer a full chart navigation program for the iPhone,
all based on the successful Imray Digital Chart system, which also runs on PC computers.
Imray Apps are available from www.apple.com/uk/iphone/appstore.

Continued from page 1 ...Caribbean Eco-News
The IWC is scheduled to hold at least three more meetings of the Working Groups
before next year's 62nd a ....... i ... i... ... I cco. Hogarth said that deliberations
leading to the conference ... I .... to be crucial and we therefore need
the involvement of the small developing countries."
It was reported that both Japan and the United States had contributed to a special
fund of up to US$100,000 to help finance the presence of the Eastern Caribbean
countries at three meetings in 2008-09, including sessions in Rome and Florida.
Also at the IWC's ...' ... .. Anthony Liverpool of Antigua was elected vice
chairman, the first ... i.. 'I, Caribbean to be elected to that position. For the
past five years Liverpool has been Antigua & Barbuda's IWC Commissioner and also
Antigua & Barbuda's non-resident Ambassador to Japan. He is a communications
specialist with a Master's degree in NGO management awarded by the London
School of Economics. Liverpool said, "The Commission is facing a serious challenge
to find a compromise between the deeply entrenched positions of those who oppose
whaling and the countries which are for sustainable use of the world's marine
resources. We in the Caribbean favor the sustainable use. But there must be a com-
promise so that the organization can go forward."
The new IWC Chairman is a Chilean diplomat, Cristian Maquieira.

Caribbean Natural Resource Institute Wins MacArthur Award
The Caribbean Natural Resource Institute, CANARI, is among eight nonprofit orga
nizations from five countries that on June llth received this year's MacArthur
Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
For the past 30 years CANARI has championed participation in the cause of biodi
versity conservation, built alliances among the islands and organizations of the
Caribbean region and increased awareness of the coastal environment and the need
to conserve it.
In addition, the organization has helped to protect watersheds, ensured a role for
civil society in managing threatened natural resources, designed innovative training
i ;.;-;;: and provided useful insights into community based tourism, sustain
.1 i -I' I. and forestry. It is currently .ni. 1- I-ling role in helping govern
ment and civil society in the Caribbean dea I i ,I 1,I i,, i, .... -
the region faces. It also encourages the region's efforts to r i ,, I.
environmental and development goals.

For the past 30 years, CANARI has increased awareness of unique coastal
environments like this one in Dominica

Executive Director of CANARI, Sarah McIntosh, told the --- '. 1.--1; -rganiza
tion Panos Caribbean (panoscaribbean.org) that the awar i I I - '....... would
contribute greatly to their strategic development and help to position them for con
tinued long term growth and impact.

OECS Launches Biodiversity Awareness Campaign
The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) launched its I i -,, '
Eastern Caribbean Region's Biodiversity Project in July. The goal ci i i
known as PERB, is to raise awareness of the need to protect ecological systems as a
critical issue in the Eastern Caribbean's development, especially when there are
,. tih intereststs at odds with conservation and preservation.
11 i -. islands form the easternmost boundary of the Caribbean region and
these islands are rich in biodiversity, including terrestrial systems such as coastal
and rain forests, and marine systems such as mangrove wetlands, seagrass beds
and coral reefs. However, there are signs of degradation of these fragile systems and
their associated species and environmental services are at risk. This degradation is,
for the most part, associated with poorly planned developments, population growth,
unsustainable agricultural and tourism activities, pollution and overexploitation of
natural resources.
The OECS member states Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the British Virgin
Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Vincent
& the Grenadines have expressed their commitment to the conservation and sus
tainable use of biodiversity, recognizing its importance to economic growth and the
sub region's way of life.

One Tiny Islet, 350 Kilos of Trash
On September 6th, members of Fundaci6n La i ,, .... i i, lunteers col
elected some 350 kilos of trash from the tiny island i ..... I .' i ,,, Venezuela's
Mochima National Park. The most common items collected were plastic soft drink
bottles. An empty two litre bottle weighs about 50 grams. Every week, thousands of
these bottles and other
plastic items are dis
posed of irresponsibly by

S waterways into the sea
by heavy rains, causing
an unsightly mess and
endangering coastal and
marine wildlife. FLT
reminds us all to use
less plastic, and when
we do to recycle it or
dispose of it properly.


by Lee Kessell

The kids across the Caribbean were out trick or treating on October 31st and in a
pretty, mountainous souther- i1 .'' 1 1. :'iup was on its way, led by 12-year
old Jake. But Jake thought li. I ',. i.... I to door was too tame so he had a
plan to liven things up. He grumbled, "I want a little adventure for a -h.;:- T
think we should challenge the jumbies in that old plantation house anci 11 i1
a trick or two!"
Five-year-old Mags, who didn't like skeleton costumes, had on her fairy queen
dress, a crown of diamonds on her head and in her hand she carried a wand, tipped
S. 1 star, and she didn't want to go TRICKING JUMBIES! The other
., ,, i of jumbies, too, and said so. Mags' brother Micky and some of
the older boys agreed with Jake, but there was one problem: spooks were meant to
ride out at midnight and they couldn't wait that long.
"Jumbies will leap out at you anytime once it's dark, so that's not a problem at
all," countered Jake.
"But we need torches and stuff," was the next complaint, but Jake had come prepared.
"I've got candles and matches, so let's go."
As Jake had all the answers and the older boys were urging, "Lets go! Let's go!"
the group, including the hesitant girls, followed Jake around the corer and along a
lane until they came to the old plantation house. It had once been the home of a
wealthy plantation owner but he had gone away and no one knew what had become
of him and his family. So, in time the town had crept up almost to the front door and
the once fine plantation house with a lovely garden was now just a dilapidated old
ruin that should have been pulled down years ago.
The group arrived at the boarded-up front door. Jake and the boys pulled away the
rotten boards and stood back. Jake lit the candles, handed them out and ordered,
"All the skeletons, the hollow 1. -1- the witches, anyone in a proper Halloween
costume come and stand with .. will call out the jumbies." Jake then pushed
open the old doors that creaked and groaned on their rusting hinges and led the way
across the threshold. All the inside walls had fallen in, the upper floor had been
completely eaten by termites and the floor was filthy, but Jake stepped over the
worst of it, looked back at his reluctant followers, turned ;in .nd with his arms
stretched wide, shouted: "You jumbies, I challenge you to :. i ... the dark pits of
hell and do battle with the forces of good. Show yourselves or forever lie doomed to
eternal hell and damnation."
Jak 11. .. .1. this was a pretty good challenge and as he knew that jumbies could
take ... .... they wished, he wondered what would appear. The first thing that
happened, much to every one's terror, was i. . of wind came roaring through
the door, banging it shut and blowing all ... II out. The girls screamed and

clung to each other whi' i.1 ..... 1 i i. ,,i 1,,. candle, but the matches
wouldn't strike and then I' II .. I I ..i i,, hand. "Someone open the
door!" Jake shouted. In the pitch black, some boys scrabbled to find the door and
pulled on it, but the door was jammed fast.
The darkness didn't last for long as it was broken by eerie green lights that began
to waver round the walls. Gradually the green lights grew stronger and started to
take form, first a leg, then a head, then an arm. The lights were struggling now,
groaning, trying to shape themselves into entire bodies. The children wanted to run
but they were paralyzed with fear. The bodies pulled grotesquely this way and that
until faces emerged and they were the faces of death with gleaming purple eyes and
mouths spitting fiery red blood. The jumbies were giving the CHILDREN the tricks
and noiselessly chuckled to themselves. The death figures at last came together with
sharp hipbones and vaporous, shrouded legs. They rested for a moment and then
stretched out their arms and from their bent fingers grew saber-sharp talons. The
vaporous legs pushed against the walls and the "dead" jumbies put back their heads
and howled. They clawed at the old beams high above, sharpening their claws like
leopards; they flew about the cavernous chamber, shrieking, dancing, and screaming
fit to wake the real dead. Then the nightmare jumbie ghouls turned their glittering
eyes upon the children and from their dark mouths, great fangs grew. A horrible
. 1' I i .. ii .1, I.ii I the chamber and it stung the nostrils of the children who
S inn ih, ur i I Liuldn't move a muscle. The jumbies were having fun and
were in no hurry to let the children go. They began a dance towards their victims,
clashing their fanged jaws together, menacing them with their curved claws, advance

They had been told to stay away

from the old plantation house ruin

ing and retreating, breathing out cold poisonous vapors as they screamed and
howled. Then the jumbie ghouls became tired of the game and they advanced now
with death glowing in their burning eyes. They stretched out their taloned arms, they
opened wide their fanged mouths, slobbering an acid saliva like mad sharks.
Micky, Mags' brother who had promised his mother to take good care of his little
sister, wasn't about to give in .11. ..I -i.,..1 I what could he do? Counter
magic might work, so he urged I ..- ..- ...... I perhaps it's a magic wand!"
But Mags was too small to try it, her eyes bulged and her fingers gripped the wand
and that was it. So Micky .1 1 his little sister and put his hand over hers and
shouted in her ear. "Mags, I i ip you wave the wand, DO IT!" Little Mags, not
used to I. 1 -1 I. .i raised her arm with his and from the glitter-covered
star, str *..' I- .. -i.... out in all directions. The stars entered the mouths
of the jumbie ghouls and they shrieked with agony as the sharp tips pierced their
raw throats. The stars spun in dizzying spirals, splitting the jumbie ghouls into
shuddering shards of dying light, their cries and sobs and moans ebbing and flow
ing as the jumbies fought to win the game. The -Ti- wand had worked and before
its light could fade away the children burst intc 1.1 rushed at the door, yanked it
open and ran as fast as their legs would carry them, up the shadowy lane, round
the corner and into the bright lights of the street lamps. Only then did they stop to
take a breath.
Of course no one would dare tell their parents that JUMBIE GHOULS had caught
them, because they had been told to stay away from the old plantation house ruin.
But it was a nightmare that would haunt them every time Halloween came around
and from that time on they were all very happy to dress up as skeletons or fairy
queens, take their bags and visit the neighbours, safely trick or treating.



by Elaine Ollivierre

Scientists of the nineteenth century were fascinated with coral reefs. No one
was really sure how coral reefs were formed, especially the ringed atolls of the
Pacific. 1 ,,I -1, 1 .,- Charles Lyell put forward a theory that coral polyps were
growing .. .. I- ... around the rims of extinct submarine volcanoes. As the
coral grew to the surface, sand would accumulate on the top and form circular
islands with deep lagoons in the centre.
When Charles Darwin made his round-the world voyage on HMS Beagle in the
early part of the 1800s, he studied the reefs that he saw and came to a different
conclusion about how atolls were formed.
His theory was that yes, coral does continue to grow upwards from its base of
coral skeletal remains. However, Darwin suggested that, at the same time, land

masses that were surrounded by fringing coral reefs could gradually subside and
sink into the sea. As the land went downwards, the gap between the fringing reef
and the coastline became larger. The sea would appear to be rising up onto the
.;-1 Tib- fri;-ni r--f becomes a barrier reef. If the land mass were an island,
i i ..... I ,I I I approximately circular. Eventually, the land mass would
sink below the surface of the sea and all that would be left would be the coral reef
around it, a perfect atoll.
Mr. Lyell was not jealous of Darwin; in fact, he was so pleased that Darwin had
formulated this new and exciting theory that he jumped for joy when he heard of
it. Over a hundred years later Darwin's theory was proved right when geological
core samples taken when drilling in the Pacific islands showed the earth move
ments that he had suggested.

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vr r'mnilnn '~nralthir 1,'ll bh In-ptred by a romantic
: .... i .... I the 15th. Enjoy!
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S .... .. t careful. Rain
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you are working on, so be great to your mate.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
This month starts out in the doldrums but favorable
breezes will pick up on the 15th. Use this newfound
energy to tackle those boat jobs you've been putting off.
H VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)
Use this time to finalize those business or financial
plans you've been working on. Do it before the week of the
15th, when inspiration and communications will both sail
over the horizon, then take a break.
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i ..i i i i 1.1.. This new wind in your sails
S 1 Oour creativity.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
Other than a few 1 l.t [ualls with crewmembers or
1r; -- i 1.- 11i I +-vo weeks, things will sail
i 1 .1ii .... i ,winds!
SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)

even more complicated, so keep your landfall in sight.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Your love interest will continue to brighten your days
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reluctant after the 17th. Just hang on the hook and wait
out the lulls.
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Passing squalls in your onboard love life will make sho
reside business dealings more difficult. Dont fret; the
weather will improve it always does.

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7) PULL 36) STEM 17) LINE
9) LOW 37) BOW 20) STEEL
10) ANCHOR 38) FEET 21) ONTO
22) STAIN 4) HOOK 31) GALE
23) CHAIN 5) SIX 32) RAT
24) EASE 6) TURN 33) PUMP
26) TOP 8) LOCKER 35) TAFF
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No tourists will come today;
this time of year the islands
are for the locals,
with big rum bellies
sucking goat meat from teeth
after noonday meals.

Nobody here to buy the T-shirts
sailing the market-square wind,
straining to hear Miss Quashie
and her week-old gossip to Queenie,
as nothing happen since then,
so what to do?

Taxi drivers doze in afternoon heat,
lunch weighing heavy
under almond trees.

Restaurant workers meditate
on stillness,
their only customers shooed and flapped
with hand and cloth
with an energy inspired
by long-dead gods.

Fishermen and lobstermen stay home
and fix up old cars,
play the radio loud
and lime like young boys,
while under the sea
populations boom.

The beaches are quiet and bare,
(like bank accounts this time of year)
because locals only take sea-baths
early mornings, Sundays and holidays,
and too-besides, is only white people
who need a tan.

Only the rumshop keepers
have business on their stools,
and is rum and coke with ice -
save the beers for the tourists
and the tourist season
when they come back
and the locals have to
drink on the run.

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Firing a "broadside" originally
referred to a common insult,




by Scott Welty

The Planets in October 2009
MERCURY -Begins the month rising in the morning just before the sun and then
hiding in the west very near the sun by month's end.
VENUS -A bright morning star this month. Look at bright Venus rising in the early
morning hours.

Looking east on October 16th at 0515 local time to view a pretty grouping of Saturn,
Venus and the crescent moon

EARTH -Due to the worldwide recession, the Earth has been temporarily laid off
for the month. Should return in November.
MARS -Rising about 1:00AM in the constellation Gemini early in the month. Mars
then slowly slips to the east and enters Cancer late in the month, rising at about
JUPITER -October 1st: Look south. Look up. See the moon? Thats bright Jupiter
to the right. October 26th: Same thing, but Jupiter has slipped to the west some.
Moon is just to the right of Jupiter now.
SATURN -Rising early in the morning October 1st and then becoming a "daytime"
planet for the rest of the month.
Sky Events This Month
October 8th -Mercury and Saturn rise side by side. Need a clear and low eastern
horizon. Look in the morning twilight maybe around 5:00 to 5:30AM.
October 4th -Full Moon
October 13th -Venus replaces Mercury as Saturn's companion again early in

the morning.
October 16th -Venus (the bright one) and Saturn are joined by the pretty crescent
moon just before sunrise. (See chart.)
October 18th -New Moon
October 20th through 22nd -Peak of the Orionids meteor shower (see below).
Orionids Meteor Shower
If you enjoyed the Perseids (and who didn't?) you have another chance this month
to see a meteor shower. The Orionids meteor shower peaks around the 20th
through 22nd this month. This one is due to the Earth passing through debris from

Looking east on October 21st at about 0100 hours to see the
Orionids Meteor Shower

good old Halley's comet. It's called the Orionid because the meteors seem to come
from a point (called the radiant) near the Orion constellation (see chart). Of course
you may start seeing meteors before Orion even rises, so just look east after dark
and keep looking!

The Andromeda Galaxy
As fall goes into winter it is a great time to get a peek at the
Andromeda galaxy. Pick a nice clear night with no moon and
then look north after about 9:00 or 10:00PM or later. See the
big 'W" in the sky? Thats Cassiopeia. Now look farther up
from there and you should notice a small smudge in the sky.
Thats the Andromeda galaxy (see chart). Take a look with
your binoculars and you may even see a little structure to it.
So, what exactly are you seeing? Historically this was a
hot topic. Some thought that these "nebulae" were gas
clouds and part of our own Milky Way galaxy. Others
thought they were "island universes" similar to our own
Milky Way galaxy and way far away. In 1925 Edwin
Hubble, having given up his career as a I. I I
showed that, indeed, Andromeda was a ... I I, I, ,I
stars and that they were extremely far away! We now know
that Andromeda is about 2.5 million light years away.
Yeah, that's really far. It also contains roughly 1 trillion
stars (almost as much as the US debt). You might be able
tog I I I gI i I 'I ... I,
Our I... -h I ,,I -I Ii .. i
Mag II
sailor... Ferdinand something-or-other. Sorry, you have to
be farther south than the Caribbean to see them.
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
Wow, 2.5 million light years. That's far, but what's far
their? What's the farthest we can see? This is the same as
asking, how far back in time can we see? The farther you
look the older the light. The universe is about 14.7 billion
years old so you shouldn't be able to find anything older or
farther away than that and we don't.

Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing,
Burford Books, 2007.

Find the big W (or is that an M?) of Cassiopeia in the
northern sky. Look up from there you'll see the smudge' that
is the Andromeda Galaxy (Photo courtesy of NASA)

are supposed to possess is knowledge of the stars. I am apparently
V v.the exception that was meant to prove the rule. For me stars have
always been little bits of light in the night sky that I futilely wish upon. This was
a particular shortcoming when I began bluewater sailing because we only had
celestial navigation to get from one place to another.

Look money its nle tig tunny!

I remember taking a celestial navigation class in the 1970s. The instructor stood
in front of the class pointing to a large chart of the night sky, which showed all the
constellations and the key stars we were supposed to use for taking star sights. He
could have just as well been pointing to the stains on the carpet for all the good his
chart and explanation did me. I spent the entire four-week class trying to make a
gaggle of stars look like twins, a scorpion, or a lion. The truth was I could have made
anything I wanted out of those stars. Want a bunny? A seashell? A naked woman?
All right, the last took some doing but the class was really boring.
Instead, I sailed across the Pacific Ocean using the only things in the heavens I
could identify: the sun and the moon. And, even the moon I shot before dark so I
never did need to identify a "navigational star". It is a good thing, otherwise I would
probably have missed Asia.
I spent most of my night watches trying to find the Big Dipper, because if I did
then I could find the Little Dipper and the North Star -a trifecta give-away. Venus
didn't count since it always rose over our bow and until full dark it was like follow
ing a street lamp.
Night after night my star illiteracy haunted me. On any given night I found a hun
dred candidates for the Big Dipper. And later I found out the North Star is not actu
ally due north! They could have mentioned that little fact in my celestial navigation
class. Maybe they did while I was conjuring up the naked lady.
Now, many years and sea miles later, my wife and I are aboard our little cutter
serenely anchored in a lovely bay in Grenada. Above us every night is a plethora of
stars. Although we still have a sextant aboard, we navigate these days with GPS
plotters and computers. For us the stars have become what they have always actu
ally been for me -another pleasant after-dark pastime.
Each evening I sit in my cockpit and look up at the stars and identify the various
constellations for my wife. Since she has no idea, and little interest in, which stars
make which constellation and she also has nearly blind trust in my judgment (actu
ally it is blind trust since otherwise she would never have gone offshore with me in
the first place), I blithely point out various clusters of light and tell her the "name"
of that constellation.
Since I once heard that Orion's Belt is near the equator I always pick out two or
three stars in a straight line in the southern sky and tell her that they are Orion's
Belt. For the Big Dipper, well that depends on how close we are to finishing our
nightly single ration of rum and coke. If the b:. 11 .1 ... ......1 empty I just
point to the sky and announce firmly, "There, ., just getting
started I look at our compass, find the North Star (almost any star in the north
works great for this exercise) look off at an angle .. I i.. .. ... i",,,. 11.. looks like
a bucket. And we have the Big Dipper. When she :. I I. I .I, I i11 I tell her
it is not visible in this hemisphere.
Naturally, she knows that I am making all this up. But, she doesn't spoil it
because she knows how much I look forward to finding The Naked Lady. And, after
all, she likes The Bunny.


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Part One: The Beginning

The Day the World Ended, by Gordon Thomas and
Max Morgan Witts, Scarborough House Publishers,
1991. 306 pages. ISBN 978-0812885101
The Last Days of St. Pierre, by Ernest Zebrowski,
Rutgers University Press, 2002. 304 pages. ISBN 978
Many years ago, I was delighted to buy a second
hand copy of The Day the World Ended by Gordon
Thomas and Max Morgan Witts. In those days it was
hard to find a good account in English of the massive
eruption of Mt. Pelee on May 8th, 1902, that
destroyed the city of St. Pierre on the island of
Martinique. Nowadays, with Amazon.com, it is much
easier to find books, and since I had given away my
copy, I bought another, and along with it Ernest
Zebrowski's The Last Days of St. Pierre. Together they
cost less than a modern paperback, and I found them
far more entertaining.
Both books read like novels. For fast-paced excite
ment, you cannot beat The Day the World Ended,
which is a day-by-day account, starting on the 2nd of
May 1902, and ending on the 8th, that weaves into
this .... .1.. .... ....1 -1 -1 .ies. Itw as
writt ..... I .. . ... 11 ,II ... i. .. when the
authors could still find a few people close to those
times to interview. Zebrowski's book was written in
2002, and is well researched, with the author spend
ing time in St. Pierre, but is based more on historical
documents. It gives a wider perspective, I ..i.... ,i.
eruptions that happened later that year a.. ii -
in fascinating detail the voyage of George Kennan, an
American who visited Martinique shortly after the
eruption and couldn't wait to climb up and peer into
the crater of the very active volcano (it was making
load roaring sounds), as a terrified populace was still
fleeing the area. He also gives more details on the
almost simultaneous eruption of St. Vincent's
Soufriere. Both books are based on history, but writ
ten to be popular, including invented dialogue and
thoughts of their main characters.
About 30,000 people died during the eruption,
around a sixth of the total population of Martinique at
that time. When you think about this history, you have
to start by imagining how St. Pierre was at the turn of
the last century, not as it is now. Agriculture in the
richly verdant north end of Martinique had, for many
years, been the economic driving force of the island. It
had spawned over a dozen millionaire estate owners.
By 1902, agriculture's profitability was declining,
though it was still hugely successful, especially in the
production and shipment of rum. St. Pierre was the
largest city in Martinique and one of the largest in the
Caribbean. The permanent population was around
26,000 with many more temporary residents coming
in to work. By comparison, Fort-de-France, the capi
tal, had a population of about 17,000. Even Precheur,
a small town to the north of St. Pierre, had a popular
tion in those days of more than 5,000, about the cur

Above: On April28th, 1902, rivers radiating from Mt.
Pelee overflowed their banks, despite a complete
lack of rain. The sleeping volcano had begun to stir

Right: Zebrowski's book gives a wide perspective
on the event
rent population of St. Pierre today. Many more people
lived in estates and villages surrounding St. Pierre
than do today.
St. Pierre, a busy, alive, and extremely attractive
city, with its theater and grand parties, had been
called the "Paris of the West Indies". The main artery
for this city was the waterfront; nearly everything and
everyone came and went by boat. The road to Fort de
France was narrow and in poor condition. The same
was true of the upper road through the mountains.
The main and fastest connection was the regular ferry
that ran between Fort-de-France and St. Pierre. By the
same token, rum and agricultural products were
exported, and consumer goods imported, directly by
ship. When people went on vacation or business to
France, they sailed on these same ships.
As May approached there were fears that the volcano
was stirring, but upcoming elections had become espe

cially important to the establishment, as black politi
cia n s i, ,,11 , i . ii, .I .. i .,,, i,
a plar '.' .. ... ... i i 1 ,I . h
member of the Radical Party, was already the elected
senator representing Martinique in France. He was the
first black man to hold this post. The upcoming elec
tion was for the French Chamber of Deputies. The first
round in a three-way race had resulted in a narrow
win for Fernand Clerk. Clerk, a member of the
Progressive Party, had been selected because in some
ways he was very liberal for the times, supporting
many of the same things as Amadee Knight. It was
thought this would give him a chance against the
Radical Party. He was a rich white plantation owner,
very much a proper family man and church member,
who was aghast at the prostitution, sailors' bars and
many other profitable ventures in St. Pierre, and
wanted to clean them up. He was much too strait-
laced for many of his peers. But he was supported by
the establishment, which knew he would be easier to
deal with than Louis Percin, a radical socialist who
was the runner-up. Josei 1 I ,. -.. lie Socialist
Workers candidate, had: i 11 I -1 votes and
dropped out. A run-off between the two main contend
ers was slated for Sunday, May 11th.
A man up to his neck in politics, who would prove
quite influential over the course of this history, was
Andreus Hurard, owner, editor and publisher of Les


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Colonies, the main newspaper. Hurard was determined
that Fernand Clerk should win (although he was not
overly fond of him personally), and made it his mission
to try to stop the volcano's threat from interfering with
the election.
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Continuedfrom previous page
The man on whose shoulders the responsibility for
the population lay was the Governor, Louis Mouttet.
Mouttet was a self-made man who had married well, a
career civil servant who had done his time in less
desirable locations and who ; .1 1- Martinique as
the place he would like to -1 i the rest of his
career. He had only arrived five months before the
eruption and had a mixed reception. Amadee Knight
snubbed him, and considered him of no importance.
He found Fernand Clerk rather stiff, and was some
what put off by his old-money upper class status. He
got on well with Andreus Hurard, who was much more
relaxed and had insight into the politics and power of
the colony. Had this personal chemistry between the
main players been different, it is possible things might
have turned out better.

This photo, published in Life magazine, shows busy
St. Pierre just before the 1902 eruption

The Volcano Comes to Life
The year 1902 was not the first time in human
memory Mt. Pelee had erupted. There had been a
minor eruption in 1851; elderly inhabitants could
remember it well. Ash covered some areas of vegeta
tion and then the volcano became dormant again.
I -ii ... I , .i I i .in as early as May
S I i I -- . i... i at the Lycee in St.
Pierre, and the most scientifically educated man on
the island, had been watching it through his telescope,
recording wisps of smoke.
ByApril 2nd, 1902, Mt. Pelee started belching clouds
of steam and smoke, and the surrounding villages
were infested with snakes, rodents, and beetles that
were driven out of their mountainside habitat. A
strong smell of sulfur became pervasive. On April
22nd, Landes noted some small earthquakes on his
seismoscope, and the main undersea cable line to
Guadeloupe broke. On April 23rd, there was a sizeable
eruption, with tremors felt throughout the north end
of the island, and when people awoke on April 24th, a
layer of white ash covered the landscape.
In today's world this would have been plenty of
warning to initiate an evacuation. However, in 1902,

little was known about volcanoes. Those in Iceland
and the Pacific, which had been the most studied,
erupted in a fairly controlled manner, sending out a
slow-moving stream of red-hot lava, which was fairly
easily avoided. Although explosive pyroclastic flows of
the kind we have in the Caribbean had occurred
within human history, they had not been well record
ed, studied, or even named. So, at this time, the popu
lation was alarmed, but not yet sure how much of a
threat there was. After all, 50 years earlier, the volcano
had obligingly gone back to sleep; they hoped this
would happen again soon.
And for a while, things seemed to quiet down, until
April 28th, when rivers started overflowing their
banks, despite a complete lack of rain. On April 30th,
Landes noted several more earthquakes and there
were monstrous flash floods on the river Roxelane and

Riviere des Peres, so sudden and severe that several
washerwomen were swept away and drowned. But the
volcano was still quiet and people hoped that these
events had released its pressure and marked the end
of the activity.
May 1st started fine and clear, then there was an
eruption, followed by a fall of dust, and all was
quiet again.
On May 2nd there was an eruption accompanied by
heavy rain. Zebrowski reports that ash fell so thickly
in Precheur that the townspeople had to light lamps to
see. Thomas and Witts relate that on this day
Laveniere, in his estate four miles south of St. Pierre,
was swept away in a violent river overflow character
ized by a lot of volcanic mud.
The volcano erupted with even more force on May
3rd, with violent earth tremors and bright lightning.
The village of Morne Rouge was ankle deep in mud and
the priest, Father Mary, had his flock in the church
praying. The ashfall reached Fort-de-France and,
according to Zebrowski, Mouttet took the regular ferry
to St. Pierre and then chartered a small boat to visit
Precheur. He found some houses with roofs collapsing
under the weight of ash, and a panicked population.

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He did his best to reassure them, promising that, if
things got worse, he would evacuate them. He sent a
telegram to the Colonial ministry in Paris, alerting
them to the eruption. Many people living in outlying
areas under the volcano abandoned their houses and
fled to St. Pierre, swelling the city's population.
At this point, Fernand Clerk started his efforts to
persuade people that they should evacuate St. Pierre,
that it was crazy to stay. Just after noon on May 3rd
he assembled 12 of the town's most influential people
and put his case to them. They thought he was mad.
Evacuation was insane. How could it be done? Where
would people go? Think of the interruption to com-
merce. In any case, said the detractors, there were
enough valleys between the crater and St. Pierre that
there was no way for any lava to reach the town.
Amadee Knight, not wanting to side with his politi
cal opponent, went around telling people that the
volcano would only quiet down when they voted the
white progressive party out of power. That sounds
nuts, but when I sat for a week in St. Vincent watch
ing the volcano erupt in 1979, I remember hearing
one of the clergy telling people on a radio program
that God sent the eruption because they had not been
attending church often enough, so people do say
these things.
Meanwhile Les Colonies published an upbeat special
edition written by Hurard, which started, "Yesterday
the people of St. Pierre were treated tc -li-
spectacle in the majesty of the smoking i i
let it be known that he thought there was no risk to
people in the town, and that they should welcome
refugees from the hills. He finished by saying that his
reporters had to postpone a planned trip to the crater,
but would reschedule as soon as possible.
On Sunday, May 4th, people in St. Pierre observed
hundreds of dead birds. The volcano had been rum-
bling all night, and ash reached Fort-de-France.
Governor Mouttet knew he would have to somehow
take the situation in hand. Evacuating St. Pierre
would be almost impossible. There were not enough
boats to take everyone away, and the road would not
take sustained heavy carriage traffic. The healthy
could walk out, but they would have to leave their pos
sessions behind where they would be subject to loot
ing, and there was no practical way to move the infirm.
Fort-de-France, with its population of 17,000, could
not accommodate 30,000 refugees. As a first step,
Mouttet decided to organize a commission of experts to
assess the risk. The committee was quite sanely put
S it included Professor Landes and two other
S the chief artillery officer who could figure
out how far rocks could be thrown, and the head phar
macist who might know of toxic risks. There was only
one problem; none of them really knew anything about
volcanoes. At that time, no one did.
In St. Pierre's cathedral that Sunday morning, the
acting head of the Catholic Church, Monseigneur
Gabriel Parel (the bishop was on a retreat in France),
announced to the public that the commission was on
its way, and that if they had e" .... i ..11. ... God, God
would keep them safe. Clerk n I ..' '. I ,' i discour
aged in his attempt to persuade the populace to evacu
ate -they seemed to have gone mad and refused to
realize the danger. He had hoped, having failed to rally
the civic leaders, that the Church might help, but to
no avail. He decided to get out of St. Pierre with his
family and go to his estate in Parnasse. However, at
his home in St. Pierre he was met by several friends
who were fleeing the volcano and begged to stay with
him. He decided to stay for the time being.
The influx of refugees was also causing problems
with robberies and general unrest. The telegraph cable
to Dominica broke.

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The dough can then be rolled into the desired thickness, about 1/8 inch thick, on a floured surface with a roll
ing pin. Cut into strips for noodles or sheets for lasagna.
When confined to a wharf or marina for a week or two, I'll sometimes make pasta to relieve the boredom. Every
clothes hanger aboard is used to hang strips of fresh pasta for drying. It's after a session like this that a fettuc
cini feast is the natural choice for supper.
Cooking fresh pasta is a breeze. Bring a large pot of fresh water to the boil on your cook top. Should your water
source be somewhat alkaline or hard, as can be found in some locations, a small amount of lemon juice put into
the water will improve cooking. Add noodles to 1. i .1.... iter and a teaspoon or two of cooking oil. The addition
of oil has two effects. Firstly it eases the action I 11. I I -. water and secondly adds a light coating of oil to each
piece of pasta as they are lifted through it. This will also reduce the chance of the pasta sticking together.
Salt the water slightly and stir pasta as it boils. Don't cover the pot with a lid as it will surely boil over. Cook
pasta al dente, meaning that you stop the cooking while the noodles are still slightly chewy in the center. With
fresh pasta, this usually takes only two or three minutes. Drain well.
Have your favorite sauce ready, or simply toss freshly drained hot noodles with a good olive oil, fresh herbs if
available, diced tomatoes and salt and pepper. Now that's called good.

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W ith a warm, fresh flavor and smell, basil is one of the world's most widely
grown and used herbs. It is one plant that can easily survive growing in a
pot in your cockpit or galley. I use it especially when I experiment with
Italian and Asian recipes.
This herb is related to mint and there are more than 60 varieties with various
tastes and colors, with names like sweet, mammoth, dark opal, cinnamon and lico
rice. The leaves used in cooking can be green, reddish, or purple.
The name basil is from the ancient Greek word meaning royal; its medicinal uses
made the herb noble. Ancient Egyptians used basil as an ingredient for -r r--in.
mummies. East Indians respect basil as a sign of generosity, and Italians 1 i i .1
as a symbol of love.
Basil rapidly loses its flavor when picked and is not well preserved by drying or
: ,. , I I -.11 i, i unce of fresh basil leaves equals one Cup of chopped
:. -. -i. dried for fresh, triple the amount.) It is a great addi
I, ,, I .11 .i shore. It is easily grown in pots, and if placed near a
window or hatch it will deter flies and mosquitoes. Basil needs loose soil and occa
sional water. It is very easy to grow from seed. Once it has about eight leaves, liter
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Basil has very few calories and is a good source of vitamins A, C and K, magnesium
and potassium. This herb improves bl( i ..... .. I ..Ii,,,,. I cholesterol,
while reducing the chance of irregular b 11 .1 I -. .1 .11 I the pain of
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Basic Pesto
1/3 Cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 Cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, pounded
1/2 Cup pine nuts
3/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
pinch salt
(One leaf of chadon bene can be added to vary taste)
Put basil leaves in blender and chop, while gradually adding oil and garlic. Add
pine nuts slowly and continue processing until everything is a thick cream. Add
cheese and salt and mix. Use it as a pasta topping with about two tablespoons of
pesto per person.
Pesto can be made in volume and frozen, but in that case don't add the cheese
until you are ready to prepare a meal.
Herbed Egg-and-Veggie Pie
1 large onion chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced .
3 Cups thinly sliced cabbage
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 Cup chopped basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon tarragon
1/4 Cup cream cheese, softened
pre-made pie crusts (one top and one bottom)
4har 1] 1 1 *. sliced
1/2 t .-i .. i. dill, chopped
salt and spice to taste
1 egg, beaten
Coat a large frying pan with oil and saute onions and garlic. Add cabbage and
mushrooms and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir in basil, marjoram and tarragon.
Allow mixture to cool.
Spread the softened cream cheese in bottom of piecrust and arrange a layer of
sliced hard-boiled eggs over the cheese. Cover with cooled cabbage, onion, and
mushrooms. Sprinkle with dill and cover with second piecrust. Make cuts in the top
crust to let steam escape, and brush with beaten egg. Bake at 350F for half an hour.
Serve when cool.
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6 medium to large fresh tomatoes
1 avocado
1/2 Cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine (or 2 Tablespoons dried basil)
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Halve tomatoes and place cut side up in a baking dish. They should fit fairly
snugly. Peel avocado, remove seed and chop flesh. Cover tomatoes with mixture of
avocado, basil, onion and cheese. Sprinkle with oregano and broil in oven or on
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Dear Compass,
Regarding the excellent article about Morris Nicholson
by Julie I .... 1. ,... ... of Compass, I'd like to
share a ,., I .i, ,i.11 ... i e.
I brokered the insurance on Eleuthera, the yacht
Morris skippered in the Caribbean for owner Gus
Koven, for about 20 years. Then Morris said to me one
day, "Don, I am sorry but I am afraid you are going to
lose the insurance. Eleuthera is going to be sold as Mr.
Koven is getting too old to sail her."
A week later I was at the New York Yacht Club hav
ing lunch with my publisher, Eric Swenson, when Mr.
Koven came over to our table and said, "I am sorry,
Don, but you will probably be losing the insurance on
Eleuthera We -r bl-in- to sell her because Morris is
getting to old .I '.
Gus and Morris were an owner and skipper who had
been together for a lifetime, something that so seldom
happens in the yachting world.
D.M. Street Jr.

Dear Compass,
In the September issue of Compass there was a truly
m-n-i-n article, "r'r-.-t-r-i from a Crew's Point of
I'. Arlene ',' I.. I i[ere was an article by a
crewmember who enjoyed the chartering experience. I
was completely startled. I had never before read an
article where the crew did anything but bitch and
berate the clients. I have always wondered why, if a
person feels the clients are such bores, does he or she
not find other work. I suspect that Arlene's clients
returned home happy and would recommend her boat
to friends.
Which brings me to another wonder: why do some
yachts for charter not have water makers, therefore
needing "water police"? I have read several times in
articles about the clients using sooo much water. I am
sure most clients are not "hardcore sailors" but peo
ple on vacation who enjoy sailing in a beautiful set
ting. I can just imagine the word-of-mouth advertise
ing from a customer who returns home complaining
about not being able to wash his undergarments but
once a week.
On water makers I can offer a few suggestions that
may help. I use mine a lot, and my experience may help
someone. First, the heart of any water maker is the
pump, not the membrane. Membranes normally go out
slowly and there should be at least two so if there is a
sudden failure the good product water can be routed to
the tank. This is usually a very easy procedure.
When evaluating a pump, go for the most titanium
possible. Just as you don't use 304 stainless on the
deck but use 316 or 316L, if possible, don't use stain
less in the pump. I use a Wanner diaphragm pump
with titanium valve seats and springs turning at 1,200
rpm. I prefer direct drive rather than belt. I have had
two operate in excess of 35,000 hours without failure.
Look for a flexible coupling and not a direct sleeve from
pump to motor, as these tend to freeze together. I find
Cat pumps may be driven like this when in a direct
drive application. I try to follow most manufacturers'
recommendation of flushing the machine with product
water (never use shore water as it may contain chlo
rine) if laying it up for more than a week.
All the best,
George Townsend
F/V Lovely Lisa

Dear Compass,
I'm compelled to respond to the letter by Judi Lebeau
in the September edition. Like her, I -nij r- -lin th-
letters in the Compass with all their I-' 1 '"I I "
view. I must protest, however, when she refers to
cruisers who "sail into local waters, enjoy all that is
there (for free), maybe buy a T-shirt and then sail
away". Maybe there are a few such -ri=in:. cheap
skates, but the famous ECLAC study i _.**. proves
that yacht visitors as a rule spend plenty in the islands

they visit. Even in Ms. Lebeau's St. Vincent, where
spending levels are lower than in places such as the
BVI or Trinidad (mainly due to lack of big-ticket
spending opportunities on St. Vincent, I might add,
not to cruisers' cheapness), sailing people outspend
cruise ship tourists. She seems to feel that cruisers
should merely be "tolerated" by locals, yet it is cruise
ship passengers, in fact, who enjoy a lot for free and
maybe buy a T-shirt, if they even go ashore at all.
A recent UPI news report says, "Larger numbers of
tourists [are] confined to the ever larger cruise ships
that bring them to the Caribbean... Operators of cruise
liners are seeing new opportunities in offering well
heeled customers self-contained floating cities... In
most cases passengers are warned they [go ashore] at
their own risk, and many don't, industry sources
said... the ships themselves are direct competition for
the Caribbean destinations at which they will call."
In contrast, my partner and I are not wild spenders,
but on our last trip ashore we bought '; ; post
age stamps, gas for the outboard, I "' I the
stove, an hour of internet time and a new socket
wrench set, and we also had lunch at a restaurant and
used a taxi. Yachts are not direct competition for
Caribbean destinations, they are a boon for them.
Perhaps Ms. Lebeau is a landlubber and has con
fused cruise ship passengers with yacht visitors. But
she and others in St. Vincent who really believe that
cruisers are freeloading bums should realize that,
according to the ECLAC study, yacht visitor expendi
ture contributes between US$8 and US$10 million
annually in direct revenue to your country's local
economy. Tolerate that.
John Duran
S/V Mighty Mouse

Dear Compass,
We really shouldn't tell anybody. We spent the sum
mer hurricane season (so far this year, a non-hurri
cane season) mainly in Venezuela's offshore islands. It
was cruising heaven. We were surprised how few other
cruisers, mostly French, we encountered. We sailed
from Grenada to Los Testigos, Margarita (we much
preferred Juangriego to Porlamar), Blanquilla, Tortuga,
Los Roques, Las Aves and then Bonaire. Our mid-size
catamaran was the perfect vehicle. Doyle's guide was
very helpful. A water maker is a must. Be well provi
sioned. Don't forget good snorkel gear because you'll
spend lots of time in the water.
Please sign us,
Cat 'Out of the Bag'

Dear Compass Readers,
We want to hear from YOU!
Please include your name, boat name or shoreside
address, and a way we can contact you (preferably by
e-mail) ifclarification is required.
We do not publish individual consumer complaints or
individual regatta results complaints. (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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Letter of

the Month

Dear Compass,
I do not share the Caribbean Compass's enthusiasm for the IGY move to appoint
an ambassador to represent yachting in the Southern Caribbean. It is counterpro
ductive and has the potential to cause serious damage to yachting as we know it.
We have already seen what happens when foreign-based marina developers move
into the Caribbean. The- I i I . .... i. 1 e used their vast resources and
influence to lobby and i i ...... .... I .1 governments to restrict or ban
anchoring in the waters near their marinas ^i I ,,, Grenada;
Marigot Bay, St. Lucia; and in the lagoon at the i* .. i I ...... The devel
opers of the Isle de Sol marina (now operated by IGY) in St. Maarten were respon
sible for the widening of the bridge into Simpson Bay Lagoon and the subsequent
fees for anchoring that are used to pay for the bridge widening. (Ironically, the
president of the St. Maarten trade association who is now critical of the fees
[Compass July, 2009] was very much in favor of them initially when he was the
project manager of the development. Interestingly, he is now an employee of IGY and
was instrumental in the developments in Rodney Bay.)
And, now, IGY is suggesting that they be in charge of determining what is best for
yachting in the Caribbean.
The naming of Cuthbert Didier as their ambassador should raise some concerns.
In the interview in the August issue of Compass, Mr. Didier spoke of the ECLAC
study of 2001* for which he served as a consultant and did several "ground breaking
studies". Mr. Didier was only one of many who worked on the ECLAC study; it was
a collaborative effort on the part of many people from all of the islands 1, 1 i
tive was to develop a sustainable yachting sector that satisfies the : i- I 1I,
customer while providing maximum benefits to the local populations.
Overall, the report that resulted from the study was a good start as a blueprint
on what needs to be done to enhance yachting. A number of items in the report
could be categorized as "strategic", including the creation of a region-wide associa
tion to represent yachting, along with the need to collect more data on yachting
and the yachting tourist, and the need to raise the public's awareness of the ben
efits of yachting.
The ECLAC study recommended the creation of a regional private-sector marine
trade association and the formation of marine trade associations on the islands
where they did not already exist, with the implied mandate to implement further the
findings within. As a result, additional island trade associations were formed, and
the region-wide Caribbean Marine Association (CMA) was created. In St. Lucia, the
Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia of St. Lucia (MIASL) includes most of the
marine businesses of the island. However, Mr. Didier and his employer, IGY, have
yet to join the organization.
Why is this? Perhaps Mr. Didier does not agree with the current leadership of
MIASL and feels that he is better equipped to address and solve the yachting issues
in the Caribbean than is MIASL? Or, is it because he does not support the ECLAC
It makes sense to this writer that the problems and issues facing yachting would
be better solved by a united effort: i. 11 .... .... a maverick or maverick orga
nization promoting their own persc... ...I -1- I* is a for-profit concern respond
sible to their investors, and Mr. Didier is an employee of IGY. I am sure that Mr.
Didier is a fine man, but how can the yachting community trust that he will be act
ing in their best interests when he is receiving a paycheck from IGY?
Unfortunately, after all the publicity that accompanied the release of the ECLAC
report in 2004, it seems to have i ,, I I ..... 1 the CMA has pursued other
agendas. It would be in the best:..1 - I 1I,,,. for CMA to go back to basics,
review and, where necessary, update the initial findings, and develop a prioritized
plan to implement the ECLAC recommendations. Five years have already passed and
it is time to start.
It is difficult enough for the trade associations to get approval and support for their
initiatives without having a splinter organization with its many resources working
from -r-..nt- -ln- Tt it time for IGY Rodney Bay to join MIASL and CMA. For
the I ,.... .. "II 1,,,. the Caribbean and to realize the objective of the ECLAC
stucl ,* .i, ,,I I .1 ., I their plan to have their own ambassador in the
Caribbean and work within the established structure to enhance the yachting expe
rience for all and to maximum benefits to the people of the islands.
I am not interested in having IGY with its own profit-oriented objectives speak for
my interests. I believe that it would be much better to have an organization that is
comprised of a team representing the interests of all the Eastern Caribbean and
members of the organization that is representing yachting interests in the Caribbean
(i.e., the CMA or the local island trade associations) as our yachting advocate. The
Caribbean Marine Association was created for that purpose.
John Pompa
S/V Second Millennium
Boston, Massachusetts

The ECLAC report "Yachting in the Eastern Caribbean" was published in January
2004 and can be found by -I-;n: Google search using the keywords: ECLAC
Yachting "A Regional Overviev I I studies for individual islands can be found
by using the keywords ECLAC "The Yachting Sector" and an island's name.

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4 10 42nd Bonaire International Sailing Regatta. www.bonaireregatta.org
5 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia
10 War of 1868 Anniversary. Public holiday in Cuba
12 Public holiday in The Bahamas (National Heroes Day), Bermuda
(National Heroes Day), Belize (Pan American Day), Puerto Rico, USVI
and Turks & Caicos (Columbus Day)
15 Jounen Kweyol Entenasyonnal (International Creole Day), St. Lucia
17 Public holiday in Guyana (Diwali) and Haiti (Death of Dessalines)
17 Feast of La Marguerite. St Lucia. Cultural folk festival
18 Divali. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
19 Public holiday in Jamaica (National Heroes Day)
and BVI (St. Ursula's Day)
19 USVI Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (Public holiday in USVI
if no hurricanes occurred)
21 Antillean Day. Public holiday in Netherlands Antilles
24 United Nations' Day. Public holiday in Haiti
24 International Human Rights Day. Public holiday in Turks & Caicos
25 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in Grenada. Boat races
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Local boat races in Bequia
30 31 12th Annual Foxy's Cat Fight multihull regatta, Jost Van Dyke.
West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 495-1002,
fax (284) 495-4184, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
30- 1 Nov Triskell Cup Regatta, Guadeloupe. www.triskellcup.com
30 1 Nov World Creole Music Festival, Dominica. www.wcmfdominica.com


1 Public holiday in Haiti and French West Indies (All Saints' Day),
Antigua & Barbuda (Independence Day) and USVI
(D. Hamilton Jackson Day)
2 FULL MOON. Public holiday in Haiti (All Souls' Day)
2 20th West Marine Caribbean 1500 sets sail from Hampton, VA to Tortola.
3 Independence Day. Public holiday in Dominica
4 Community Service Day. Public holiday in Dominica
6 8 2nd Heineken Regatta Curacao. www.heinekenregattacuracao.com
7 8 Budget Marine Women's Caribbean One Design
Keelboat Championship, St. Maarten
9 Public holiday in Cayman Islands (Remembrance Day)
and Dominican Republic (Constitution Day)
11 Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI (Veterans' Day),
French West Indies and BVI (Armistice Day), St. Maarten
(St. Maarten Day), and Bermuda (Remembrance Day)
11 15 US Women's Match Racing Championship, St. Thomas, USVI.
St. Thomas Yacht Club, tel (340) 775-6320, fax (340) 775-3600,
14 St. Maarten Open Optimist Championship. St. Maarten Yacht Club
(SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, info@smyc.com,
14- 15 St. Thomas Radiology Women's Regatta, USVI. St. Thomas Yacht Club,
tel (340) 775-6320, fax (340) 775-3600, manager@styc.net,
16 Statia-America Day. Public holiday in Statia
18 Battle of Vertieres Day. Public holiday in Haiti
19 Public holiday in Puerto Rico (Discovery Day) and Belize
(Garifuna Settlement Day)
20 28 19th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. www.arubaregatta.com
22 ARC 2009 departs Canary Islands bound for St. Lucia.
23 Liberation Day. Public holiday in Montserrat
25 Republic Day. Public holiday in Suriname
26 Thanksgiving Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
27 29 JHR Caribbean Regatta, Antigua. Jolly Harbour Yacht Club (JHYC),
Antigua. tel (268) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com,
27 29 Course de L'Alliance Regatta, St. Maarten/St. Barths/Anguilla.
30 Independence Day. Public holiday in Barbados

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Whining About

the Beaten Track

by Don Street

I'm tired of hearing cruisers whine about overcrowded anchorages in the Eastern
Caribbean. Why complain that the track is beaten when you never get off the beaten
track? Those with a good boat of not too deep draft, 1 1 .11 navigation skills,
weather sense and no herd mentality can find plenty I. i
For example, if you've spent the hurricane season in the south and are heading up
the island chain, after leaving Tyrrel Bay in Carriacou head south and east and
anchor off Saline Island, **-'* 1 P bhamian moor because of the reversing tide. Then
head up the east coast ol ..... .. behind the reef. (When passing Point St. Hilaire
go dead slow and check the depth. The last time I was there, there were eight feet of
water, but that was a few years ago.) Anchor and go ashore at Windward to see local
schooners and sloops being built or repaired.
Then sail to Frigate Island, which is attached to Union Island by a low causeway.
There might be one or two other boats there.
At Mayreau, eyeball your way
up the EAST side behind the reef
8 in good light and anchor in sand.
o It's just as good as the Tobago
Cays, and no other boats! Use
chart Imray-lolaire B311.
If the weather is calm and set
tied, you can anchor at Landing
Bay on uninhabited Balliceaux.
From there, head to windward of
St. Vincent direct to Vieux Fort,
St. Lucia. (This is no good in win
ter when the wind is north of east,
but if the wind is east it is okay,
and if a little south of east it's a
."* i nice reach.)
-The east coast of Martinique is
seldom visited by yachts. Use
Imray-Iolaire chart A301 as the
Martinique chart A30 is of such a
scale it does not give detail enough
to really explore. Also there is a
locally produced guide that is
On to the Saintes, where Terre
de Bas is much quieter than
Terre-de-Haut and has excellent, unpretentious restaurants. If the wind is in the
southeast and anchorage in Terre de-Bas not good, anchor in Terre-de-Haut by
Sugar Loaf a. i i,., i. across to Terre de Bas.
These are ;- I I examples. There are many more uncrowded anchorages to be
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A day at sea sailing restores the soul. I desperately needed soul repair.
It all started early one morning. "It's going to become miserable in the Dominican
Republic," lamented Chris Parker during his morning SSB weather broadcast. "He
failed to say how bad it would get!" my husband, Peter, added later. When the gnarly
sub tropical, sub human ridge of low pressure descended upon the big island, it
brought downpours of biblical proportions. Bay waters in Samana around Scud, our
St. Francis 44 catamaran, turned red from mountain run off. ~ f:ll 1 ...
gallon water tanks from the first downpour. Everything grew wet: I I -
left that hatch open!), and me. My soul grew limp and drippy.
So when clear blue skies replaced bruised altostratus, we launch I ... I .. I
Mona Passage bound f-r ti-r T.1 .1--1d Tihe earthy smell of v I -Ra I I ,I
morning sea breeze, I f -Samana, but as r.. I.. I Ii ,I,
Dominican Republic, it was time to push east. The thorny path hh I ,1 "
Jimmy Buffet does wonders to the weary soul. Crank him up ,
you away. Since it was my turn at the helm, I chose the tunes. "C ... .... I ,, i
became "Changes in Longitudes". Steering with my toes, I
clapped my hands. My hair streamed behind me in the light l
breeze, and I let loose. Belting out lyrics of "afraid we would go "
insane," I felt renewed, perky and sassy.
Over my show in the cockpit, I caught phrases of an on-going
discussion coming from the main salon between Peter and our
son, Adam a speed demon at heart '"Why are we going so
slowly? 1 .1, .1 11 .1:; ;- Il.,-ough these swells at least two
knots fa- I I I' I their heads into the cockpit. I '
was jolted out of my reverie when Peter shouted, "Babe, what's
that THING behind you!" I thought he was kidding, but then his
brows furrowed, and I grew alarmed. I turned around in the
captain's chair for a peek, and then screamed. "Where did how
did what the !" Attached to our boat was a double football fi I I I .I
mass of polypropylene line studded with cola bottles and other trash.
Adam and I quickly collapsed the genoa, while Peter stripped, donned mask and Above: Peter grabbed his trusty rigging knife and plunged overboard
snorkel, and grabbed his trusty rigging knife. He -1111- 1 overboard into the depths Inset: Part of the enormous snarl of polypropylene line that had captured Scud
of the Mona Passage. I cried, "Babe, tie this rope I 1I my words were cut short
when his head disappeared beneath our twin hulls. "My beloved is overboard!" I I said earnestly. "That mass just appeared out of nowhere suddenly!" (Or an hour
wailed in my mind. ago? I don't know! Jimmy and I were checked out.)
Adam leaned over the side, trying to ascertain if the mass was entangled around We piled the thick, heavy line onboard; plastic bottles and a large span of netting
one of the props or the saildrives. He guided his dad between the hulls, while I stead were attached. The heap would all be properly dumped ashore: it was a death trap
ied the helm. Even without sails up, Scud can move through a sea like a steeplechase for sealife. Earlier, we were thrilled to observe the humpbacks in the Turks & Caicos
steed, being a performance cruising cat. The big swells, remnants of the low, worried . i. .i .... I ,i. I .I ... they migrated to their calving grounds in the Dominican
me. I couldn't see Peter. 'i,,,, .T 1. 11 r like hours. I wanted a rifle, in case any I ..I i. ....' ..1 easily become entangled.
sharks were lurking aro .. II .' ..... I of not noticing the problem and avoiding Nothing is worse on Scud than a poor lookout. I'd been BUSTED. I made a mental
it. Peter could be hit by a prop; myriad things could go wrong, note to play more sepulchral tunes when on watch. Jimmy would understand. But
Suddenly, Adam shouted, "Start the engines; go reverse!" I complied mutely, then a thought came to me, as I messed about in the galley for something special
"We're free!" Adam shouted. He dashed across the decks to locate his dad in the to appease the crew. By snagging the mess, I had possibly rescued a young whale
water. When Peter clambered aboard, I hugged him fiercely. "Sorry, babe. My fault," from death.


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1981 Cape Dory 30,
US 39.000, St.Lucia
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2000 Catana 471, 4 cabin,
460.000 Euros
1987 Irwin 44 US 105.000
1992 Dehler 37 CWS,
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Throughout the tropics, coral reefs protect
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