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Caribbean Compass

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Caribbean Compass the Caribbean's monthly look at sea & shore
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Bequia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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v. : ill. ; 35 cm.

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Yachting -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area ( lcsh )
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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C M PASS

The Caribbean's Monthly Look at Sea & Shore
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Don't Miss St. Kitts
Welcoming and interesting.... 18

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Barbuda Boys
Seeing red in the sanctuary.. 26

Montserrat
Munchies
Eating, Emerald Isle style......... 3


San Bias Bliss
So much, so little... 21

Panama Canal
Tips from a recent transit..... 22


urenacanes unpe
Can yacht entry be eased?.... 41


I DEPARTMENT


Business Briefs ..................... 9
Regatta News.................... 13
Destinations......................... 18
Off Track with Street............. 23
Sailors' Hikes ..................... 29
Fun Pages.......................30, 31
Cruising Kids' Corner............32
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 32
The Caribbean Sky............... 33


Tel (784) 457 3409, Fax (784) 457 3410

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Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman
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Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
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Accounting............................... Debra Davis
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Meridian Passage.................. 35
Book Review ..................... 35
All Ashore...................... .... 36
Readers' Forum................... 38
Doyle's Deck View...............41
Monthly Calendar .............. 42
Caribbean Marketplace......43
Classified Ads..................... 46
Advertisers' Index................. 46


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Christmas Carols Afloat in St. Lucia
Callum McArdells reports: "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air,"
said W.T. Ellis, and I don't think anyone who participated in St Lucia's inaugural
Carols Afloat would argue with that. The boats that participated brought the joy






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that is Christmas spirit from their hearts to many boats around the Rodney Bay Area.
On December 22nd, 13 uniquely decorated vessels participated in what was hope-
fully the first of many Carols Afloat flotillas organized by the St. Lucia Yacht Club.
Craft participating ranged from ocean-going yachts that had arrived on island with
the ARC, to fishing boats, to the SLYC crew on board Lucia, an Impulse 21.
At dusk, the procession set off from the marina entrance for the anchorage at Pigeon
Island, the crews singing along with our in-house DJ Mickey, who piped an eclectic mix
of traditional carols and Caribbean vibes. The flotilla then headed back into Rodney
Bay Lagoon for a fly-by on The Edge restaurant and the end of the parade.
After tying up back at the marina, all crews converged on H20 restaurant for the
prizegiving and complimentary beer courtesy of Heineken. Prizes were given to the
best-decorated boat, most improvisation and best crew uniform, as well as a host
of others. All prizes were donated by local companies, including Fire Grill, Delirious,
The Edge, Colombian Emeralds, Cafe Ole, Rain Forest Sky Rides, Steel Pan Band
Harmonites and Spinnakers. Special thanks go to IGY Rodney Bay Marina, which
provided free berths for the night for the participating boats, and to the partici-
pants themselves.
For more information on SLYC activities visit www.sluciayachtclub.com
Compass's Antigua Agent Wins 'Best Sailing Photo' Award
The photo below taken by Lucy Tulloch, an artist, sailor, designer and Compass's
agent in Antigua, was selected by the YachtPals website as one of its Best Sailing
Photos of the Year 2009.
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us to the Caribbean, and of these classic yachts that slip through its waters. It says
'wish you were here' in letters as tall as the sky itself, and we do."
To view all the winning photos visit http://yochtpols. com/sailing-photos-7095

Yacht Burglar Jailed in St. Vincent
Less than a month after the cover story of St. Vincent & the Grenadines' national
newspaper, The Vincentian, lamented "Yacht Crimes Crippling SVG Tourism", the
paper reported on the January 3rd arrest of Kenroy Grant, 28. After being spotted by


police nearly, ,ranT aamiTrea enTering a yacnT aT u.anasn bay (blue Lagoon), bT.
Vincent, and stealing cash and a cell phone. According to a report in another local
newspaper, The News, Grant, who has a 12-year record of previous convictions, had
been released from prison following a two-year sentence only three months before
this arrest. Grant reportedly was also involved in a yacht break-in at the Grenadine
island of Mayreau, and informed sources indicate that he is wanted for questioning
about other yacht burglaries. The Searchlight newspaper quoted Prosecutor


Inspector Nigel Butcher as saying, "We consider him a threat to the (tourism) indus-
try." Grant was sentenced to three months in jail for this latest offence.

Boating Community Helps Haiti
After an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale devastated the Haitian cap-
ital of Port-au-Prince on January 12th, individuals, groups and governments around
the globe rushed to help, and the Caribbean boating community is doing its part.
First, cruisers John and Melodye Pompa offer this advice: "if people want to con-
tribute money, they should only do it through established, reputable organizations
like the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. Unfortunately, there will be frauds out on
the Internet that sound sincere but are not."
An organization that comes well recommended by cruiser Ellen Sanpere, and one
with which many sailors have been involved, is the USVI-based non-profit Haiti
Community Support (www.haitisupport.org). The group, which primarily assists the vil-
lage of Au Centre/Beaumont, is currently also providing assistance to the disaster
victims; donors can earmark their contributions for earthquake relief.
The Pompas also note that visitors should currently stay away from the stricken area
and "let the pros do their job". Meanwhile, keep in mind that only the Port-au-Prince
area was directly affected by the earthquake and other parts of Haiti continue to
welcome, in fact need, tourism dollars. The Caribbean Media Exchange on
Sustainable Tourism's director Lelei LeLaulu states, "The region should look for ways
of using tourism to feed resources not only to the devastated areas, but also to
communities in other parts of Haiti. Effective recovery requires helping all parts of
the country. Everybody should make future plans to travel to Haiti, not to get in the
way of relief and reconstruction efforts, but to spend their tourist dollars in ways
which help people and their communities ensure the recovery is a lasting one."
Ile-d-Vache, a small island off Haiti's southwest coast, has become a popular stop
for yachts. It is 200 kilometres southwest of Port-au-Prince and accessible only by
boat. Cruisers Bev and Bill Bate write: "Etoile Du Matin School is located in Ile-d-
Vache. There are no rivers or springs here, and no roads or cars people travel on
horseback or on foot. With the pre-existing tremendous poverty in the country com-
pounded by a natural disaster it is not difficult to imagine the extreme poverty of a
rural island in Haiti. It is for this reason the Schools Beyond Borders Foundation (www.
schoolsbeyondborders.com) has partnered with this school for support.
"This area receives little aid from outside agencies due to its remoteness, but keep-
ing the school operating is critical for the community's future. The mainland of Haiti
is fraught with corruption and very little makes its way to its intended recipients. Our
school, however, has a secure donation line available through a reputable bank
and Schools Beyond Borders takes no service costs from the donations. A donation
can be made directly to the school and thereby benefit the entire community
through the education of its children."
Following is an excerpt from an e-mail the Bates received from the school principal:
"Because of the situation in the country, there is going to be a lot of hunger. If you
could send financial aid for that or send food that would be great. We thank you
greatly for desiring to help us. We have a lot of people who died in the earthquake:
parents of students, family and friends who were in the capital at the time. We don't
have anything to help the people in this area, but with your help that will be possi-
ble." If you wish to donate directly to the Etoile Du Matin School e-mail
contact@schoolsbeyondborders.com for account information.
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Yacht Haven Grande marina in St. Thomas, USVI, will host a concert to benefit the
victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In addition, a raffle will take place during the
event with prizes including hotel stays, boat trips, gift certificates, and more. Each of
the five bands performing is donating its performance for this fundraiser, and all pro-
ceeds from this benefit will be donated to the relief efforts of the American
Red Cross.
The annual Transcaraibes yacht rally will again be stopping in Haiti during this
year's Guadeloupe-to-Cuba sail, March 30th through April 22nd. The fleet will be
carrying donated food and other supplies to Ile-a-Vache, and rally participants
wanting to contribute financially are asked to donate to the island's St. Francois
Orphanage (www.ileauxenfantsdhaiti.com).
Cruisers' Site-ings
One of our favorite yachting industry magazines, The Triton, has recently re-
launched its website. Now you can read The Triton on line with digital page flipping,
and while you're visiting the site, check out The Triton Directory(formerly The
Captain's Mate) with information on some 3,000 yacht-related companies. Visit
www.thetriton.com
To accompany the release of her new book, The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lover's
Caribbean Adventure, author, cruiser, and occasional Compass correspondent Ann
Vanderhoof has launched a website. Designed by her husband, Steve Manley, the
site allows you to follow the couple's cruising travels, share their adventures, see
their photos, and get a taste of life aboard their boat, Receta.
Visit www.spicenecklace.com
15th Annual Mustique Blues Festival
Once a year, Basil's Bar on Mustique becomes The House of Blues for two
weeks. This year the event runs through February 10th. The Mustique Blues Festival
takes place every evening at Basil's Bar, except for February 5th in St. Vincent at The
Aquatic Club (there was a Bequia appearance in January). Sunday feature family
sunset performances from 5:30 to 7:30PM. All other performances begin at 8:30PM.
The line-up includes Grammy Award nominees Billy Branch and Hans Theessink,
and Blues Festival regulars Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band.
All proceeds are donated to the Basil Charles Educational Foundation. The BCEF
began in 1995 to raise money to help send needy children in St. Vincent & the
Grenadines to secondary school. The BCEF currently has more than 69 students on
scholarship or bursary, bringing the total number of children who have benefited
from the program to more than 120.
For more information visit www.basilsbar.com.
Calling All Compass Contributors!
If you've had an article, photo or poem published in the Compass during the past
12 months, you are cordially invited to bring a guest and join us at this year's
Compass Writers' Brunch at 10:00AM, Thursday, April 1st (no fooling!) at the ever-pop-
ular Mac's Pizzeria in Bequia. The annual Compass Writers' Brunch is held just at the
beginning of the Bequia Easter Regatta, so you can stay on for a whole weekend of
fun. The Writers' Brunch is absolutely free it's our way of saying a special thank-
you to everyone who helps make the Compass special!


Space is limited so please RSVP by March 18th to sally@caribbeancompass.com or
phone Sally at (784) 457-3409. We look forward to seeing you there.
Errata
Ooops we got our multi-island regattas starting in St. Maarten confused in last
month's Regatta News. Stephane Legendre covered the Course de L'Alliance -
see story on page 12. There's also a report on the Golden Rock Regatta in this
month's Recatta News, oaces 14 through 17.


The photo above of the green turtle that appeared on page 4 of last month's
Compass was taken by Robert Van Dam, and the photo of the hawksbill turtle on
page 36 was shot by Kevin Favreau.


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Robbery of Yacht Between

Trinidad and Grenada

Spurs International

Security Measures



by James Pascallfor MAYAG

On December 21st, 2009 the yacht riton, a 56-foot Panamanian-registered sloop
with three German nationals on board, was en route from Trinidad to Grenada. At
around 12:00 noon, approximately 40 miles north of Trinidad (position 11 27'N
6152'W), they were approached from the south by a pirogue-type motorboat whose
occupants fired shots at the yacht and commanded its crew to stop.
The pirogue contained seven or eight Spanish-speaking men who appeared to be
armed with rifles. Four or five of these men boarded Triton, tied up the captain,
Robert Keinzle, and placed a towel over his head. The men then stripped the yacht
of a wide range of items 'i-1n-li;;n -1 ctronics, cash, clothing, food and alcohol.
During this time the yacht I.. 1I .11h sails up while the pirogue circled. After at
least 30 minutes on board, the men loaded the pirogue and departed in a southwest
erly direction. The crew of Triton were unharmed.
Triton continued towards Grenada, arriving at 6:00 that evening. The crew then
alerted the authorities, having been unable to do so before owing to the theft of
the yacht's hand-held VHF and destruction of the installed VHF and single-side
band radios.
The Grenada Coastguard initially took statements from Triton's crew, followed by
officers from Grenada's Criminal Investigation and Forensic Departments who
took photographs and other evidence details. The crew were assisted by members
of the yachting industry in Grenada to rehabilitate themselves after their ordeal.
From the description of the perpetrators given, it is most likely that they are
Venezuelan nationals.
The following actions are currently planned or already have been enacted by the
Governments of Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada as well as the marine associations
of each country: the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago (YSATT) and
the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) and individual members
of the marine industry:
Actions Taken
MAYAG alerted members of the Government of Grenada on the same day the
incident occurred and communication of the incident was made to the Foreign
Ministry of the Government of Venezuela. It is hoped such communications will
continue and the Government of Venezuela will assist with eradicating the problem
of piracy off its shores.
YSATT is also meeting members of the Trinidad & i I .. ...... through
its Yacht Steering Committee, with the same intention I ..... .. ... .. of diplo
matic efforts to improve security.
MAYAG reported the incident to the Caribbean Safety & Security Net and YSATT
and broadcast information on the daily Grenada VHF Cruisers' Net to alert the
I I,,, community.
initiated a meeting with the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard, which con
i;- t:. i-;. ; i trols along the north coast of Trinidad. These patrols will now extend
i ,. 11 i, Currently the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard has three Fast Patrol
Craft (FPC) to conduct operations. Three more are currently under construction and
are due to be delivered later this year. A large Coastguard vessel with a helicopter is
also under construction.
As of this ,,i,. ihe Commander of the Grenada Coastguard was expected to
visit Trinidad I I 11 up on this particular incident and also discuss with his
Trinidadian counterparts ways of strengthening existing operational arrangements
and approaches for any future responses.
A VHF radio security net system will be put in place between Trinidad and
Grenada using both islands' radio resources: North Post Radio in Trinidad (with
70-mile transmission capability) and Island Water World yacht chandlery in Grenada
(with a 70-mile transmitter located on one of highest points of the island, with ser
vice only available during shop opening hours).
The oil rig that is stationed almost exactly midway and on the rhumb line
between Grenada and Trinidad will also accept and relay security messages on VHF
channel 16 twenty-four hours a day. A call sign for the rig is currently being
sought.
Actions Planned
The addition of a mobile phone repeater station on the abovementioned oil rig
would allow continuous mobile phone coverage between Grenada and Trinidad. This
proposal is under consideration.
The development of a "float plan" for the Trinidad-to-Grenada passage wherein
vessels give advance notice of arrival so that an alert can be issued in the case of
non-arrival at the destination.
The use of a powerful radar station located on the north coast of Trinidad to
track boats transiting between the two islands. This station can also be used to
track the small type of "cigarette" or pirogue boat commonly used in piracy and
drug running.
Upgrading of communications at the Grenada Coastguard including the addition
of a more powerful VHF transmitter/receiver.
Increase in the patrols performed by the Grenad. r' .t.;; ;
Improving communication between the security : i i .... i & Tobago and
Grenada. Trinidad & Tobago's security forces have helicopter capability and can
reach a site 30 miles offshore in about 30 minutes.
The possibility of yachts travelling in convoy between Trinidad and Grenada will
be investigated.
Development of a regional "anti-piracy" strategy by the Caribbean Marine
Association to be accepted and initiated by government and private sector and
adopted throughout the Caribbean.
Currently incidents of piracy are very small in number and limited to very specific
areas such as the northern coast of Venezuela's Peninsula de Paria. It is hoped that
the steps taken above will ensure that piracy levels do not increase or, better yet,
reduce to zero -the only acceptable level.

For more information contact MAYAG, Jennifer Elard Alexis, (473) 416 7135,james@
sailgrenada.co.uk and YSATT, Gina Carvallo, (868) 634-4938, ysatt@tstt.net.tt.













BUSINESS BRIEFS
Winners Announced in Island Water World's Draw
The first winner of Island Water World's Online Game is Russell Morton, alias Sprout,
from Antigua. He became the proud owner of a dinghy-outboard combo, worth
US$3,200. Sprout, is the owner of Phoenix Custom Carpentry, at Falmouth Harbour,
St. Paul's, Antigua.
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The second winner of Island Water World's Online Game prie of a dinghy-
outboard combo is Vassil Kurtev from Bulgaria. He arrived in St. Maarten in
December from Tenerife after crossing the Atlantic on his 38-foot
custom-designed S/V Bizone.
Vassil nicknamed Vasko and 74 years young, built Bizone in the early 1990s in
Bulgaria together with his son. Owing to the lack of well stocked chandleries Vasko
fabricated many parts himself. He is an avid sailor and participated in 1984 in OSTAR
(Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race from Plymouthw England to Newport
Rhode Island). Back then he sailed a 24-foot Folkboat and finished in 40 days.
Until the end of January, every online shopper at Island Water Worlds new e-com-
merce website www.islandwaterworld.com was automatically eligible to win
the Walker Bay Air Floor Hypalon AF240 dinghy and five-horsepower Mercury out-
board combo. eThe draw was cumulative meaning if you bought something in
November or December you were still eligible forh the draw in January The more
often you bought, the more chances you would have," says Sean Kennelly .
Managing Director of Island Water World. 'No matter how small or big the purchase
was, every buyer had a chance to win".
Island Water World also took care of the freight headache as the company
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which Island Water World ships.
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Woodstock Boatbuilders Refit Longo a aa
Andrew Robinson of Woodstock Boatbuilders in Antigua reports: We recently com-
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After the 35etref Cantieri Di Pisa Longo Mai caught fire while on the dock in
Bonaire the captain considered various options as to where to have her refitted.
Antigua was chosen for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that it is
home to the vast range of services required to complete such an involved refit.
Captain Barnaby Dennen was quoted as saying, My expectations have been sur-
passed, the staff at Woodstock put their heart and soul into the project. the quality
and service was superior to many of the better-known large yards in Europe or the
USA. They did an immense amount of work in a very short time, even working over
Christmas to ensure we met our deadline."
For more information on Woodsock Boatbuilders see ad on page 8.
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Friendship Table where diners could help themselves to tasty local dishes for ECS45,
including service and tax. The Friendship Table proved so popular that it now takes
place every Wednesday evening in the Poolbar Restaurant.
Also for the Friendship Season, Dieter and Jana set up the Friendship Fund and
donated five percent of proceeds from their fine-dining restaurant on board the
lighthouse ship Vastra Banken. Diners could choose which good cause they wanted
to support: The Rotary Clubs of Grenada or the Ministry of Social Development.
Le Phare Bleu's Chef, Mark Banthorpe, presented a cheque for ECS2,300 to Lesley-
Ann Seon of Grenada's Child Welfare Authority. The money will help finish the new
Emergency Centre, which houses teenage girls who need a safe haven. Mrs. Seon
said, "Thank you to all at Le Phare Bleu who made this donation possible."
The Rotary Clubs of Grenada were also presented with a cheque for $2,400 towards
the Grenada Eye Care Project, which offers eye treatment to those in most need.
Dieter presented the cheque to Leslie Ramdhanny, Keith Clarke and Nevlyn John from
The Rotary Club East. Nevlyn John said, "How grateful we are to Le Phare Bleu for giv-
ing us this much needed donation. A big thank you to the owners and all the staff for
running the Friendship Season and we wish you all great success in the future".
For more information on Le Phare Bleu see ad on page 17.
Horizon Yacht Management at Port Louis Marina, Grenada
Horizon Yacht Charters and Management has opened a new office and yacht-
services location at the Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in
St. George's, Grenada.
Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada has been established for ten years at True Blue
Resort and Marina on the south coast of Grenada, offering yacht charter and man-
agement services. The company is very happy to announce the extension of man-
agement services at Port Louis Marina, a truly year-round, well-protected,
in-water location.
The Horizon team will specialize in the maintenance of clients' yachts while they
are away, arranging such jobs as installation of new equipment and electrical sys-
tems, refrigeration repairs, and the general boat-watch service as required. If the
yacht is due to be hauled for annual bottom painting and other hull work, this can
also be fully managed.
Horizon will also offer a full yacht-brokerage service at Port Louis Marina. Clients
can list their yacht for sale, and have Horizon manage all aspects of the sale such as
survey and sea trial. For new yacht sales, Horizon are proud to be agents for Bavaria
Yachts and Fountaine Pajot catamarans and can handle the complete purchase
process right through to delivery to the Caribbean and commissioning.
For more information contact James Pascall, tel (473) 439-1000, mobile (473) 535-
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S" Port Louis Marina see ad on page 25
New Jet for SVG Air
Paul Gravel reports: SVG Air celebrates its 20th year in business with the addition to
its fleet of a new Citation CJ3 jet aircraft. This is the first private commercially operat-
ed jet in the Eastern Caribbean.


Let's go! SVG Air's new Citation CJ3jet is at your service


SVG Air also scored another first in the aviation industry by being the original and
foremost aviation company in SVG to be fully re-certified, which gives SVG Air
unrestricted expansion and commercial recognition to operate into North and
South America.
The company was started with one aircraft to service the family's yacht charter
company (Barefoot Yacht Charters). It soon found that there was other business to
be had throughout the Grenadines, which needed additional airlift. Now, 20 years
later, SVG Air is moving more than 100,000 people yearly throughout the Caribbean,
in a combination of scheduled and private charter services. The business has
evolved to include aircraft management, managing three aircraft for the island of
Mustique, and two jet aircraft for the island of Canouan.
A further spin-off is that our customers who arrive in Grenada, Canouan and St.
Vincent on their own private jets can enjoy jet-handling services (FBOs) on these
islands. This expansion will include the sale of fuel, hangaring of visiting aircraft, and
maintenance support.
SVG Air has become a Multifaceted Aviation support company as of January 2010.
It currently flies 11 aircraft and expects a second jet to join the fleet in April.
For more information see ad on page 39.
Blue Water Round the World Rally at Jolly Harbour
Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua welcomed the 8th Blue Water Round the World
Cruising Rally to the marina in December and celebrated a safe Atlantic crossing for
the 26 participating yachts. A party was held at the newly opened Al Porto restau-
rant in the harbour and the yachtsmen, women and children were entertained by a
lively local jazz band. Gerry Daniels, the Yachting Officer from the Antigua Ministry of
Tourism, gave the welcoming speech. The evening also saw a photographic com-
petition, which included categories such as "We are a happy ship" and "The one
that did NOT get away", with one of the youngest entrants, Eddie, aged seven, win-
ning the main prize.
'It is lovely to see a group of like-minded people joining together and embarking
on a challenge like this," Marina Manager Festus Isaac commented. "We always
welcome both groups and individuals at Jolly Harbour and we particularly look for-
ward to 2011 when the next Blue Water rally arrives."
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For more information on Jolly Harbour Marina see ad in Market Place section,
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The evening's dinner was hosted at the Wall House restaurant.
Light airs on Saturday's race from St. Barths to Road Bay, Anguilla saw Frits Bus
and Peter Houtzager on the Melges 24 Team Coors Light move to the top of Racing
Class, and Colin Percy's Nonsuch 33, Antares, take Cruising Class, while Lost
Horizon and Blanca positioned themselves for their eventual three bullets. The eve
ning was memorable, spent first at Johnno's restaurant and then at the Pump House
Pub. Sleep was very short for some participants!
The final day's race, with a ten to 15 knot breeze, started in Road Bay and finished
at Marigot on French St. Martin. The only change in the winner's circle from the
previous day was Buccaneer Beach Bar reclaiming Cruising Class. The prizegiving
ceremony took place at the Plongeoir restaurant, and all boats in the regatta were
offered free dockage at Marina Fort Louis for the night.
i.... . ...~.1o the occasion for the Tourism Office of Saint Martin to show
a ,.. I I I I from all over the world what this area has to offer. We writers
found that there is a deep motivation on the part of everyone concerned to promote
St. Martin during the current difficult economical context. I think all the assets are
in the hands of the people of St. Martin to achieve their business goals. Boaters
should come and enjoy both the French and the Dutch sides, to purchase reasonably
priced equipment and meet the many professionals ready to give the service you are
entitled to expect.
In conclusion, the 20 boats that joined this edition of the Course de 1'Alliance had
a wonderful time and are ready to enjoy it again next year.
For full results visit www.coursedelalliance.com

Left: Light airs at the start of the St. Barths to Anguilla leg
Below: After the finish in St. Martin, all yachts were offered the night's dockage free
at Marina Fort Louis


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Louis to cement the alliance between St. Martin St. Maarten and neighboring St.
Barths and Anguilla. For the sixth consecutive year, four yacht clubs Yacht Club
Fort Louis, Sint Maarten Yacht Club, St. Barth Yacht Club and Anguilla International
Yacht Club supported a regatta that starts and/or finishes at each of the destina
tions. The -r ni-in. authority was the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.
Registrati ,, ." I.. on Thursday, November 26th, 2009 was followed by a skip
pers' meeting run by SMYC's Robbie Ferron and Herve Dorville from the Marina Fort
Louis. Competition was held in Racing, Cruising, Racing/Cruising and Multihull
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the coast was out of sight for a few hours. Didier Rouault's Melges 24, French
Connection topped a Racing Class that included two sister ships. In Cruising Class,
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Velasquez Takes Overall Prize in
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Joe Russell reports: At a ceremony at Fort Oranje, St.


You rock! Golden Rock, that is. At the trophy
presentation, many congratulations for ajob well done


Eustatius, on November 16th, 2009, Sir Robert (Bobby)
Velasquez, representing the St. Maarten Yacht Club,
was awarded the Governor's Trophy by Statia
Governor Hyden Gittens. The Governor's Trophy is
awarded to the boat with the best overall perfor-
mance in all five races of the annual Golden Rock
Regatta series, which takes competitors from St.
Maarten to Anguilla and Statia (St. Eustatius).
This was Bobby Velasquez' first appearance in the
regatta and in accepting the trophy, he praised the
event and promised more St. Maarten support along
with his participation in coming years. Velasquez also
won his class in 2009's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The annual event began with fresh breezes on
November 13th for the 23-mile run from Great Bay, St.
Maarten to Road Bay, Anguilla. Jan Vanden Eynde
was not only first across the line in his Open 750, Panic
Attack, but also first on the beach at Johnno's.
Everyone finished in plenty of time for the barbecue.
For the next two days, races were scheduled from
Road Bay to Grand Case, St. Martin (21 miles) and
from Grand Case to Statia (42 miles). The second
race, Road Bay to Grand Case, finished well, but
owing to fading winds Sunday's race was shortened
by moving the start from Grand Case to Great Bay. By
that time a calm had arrived, causing several racers
in the 15-boat fleet to motor to reach Oranjestad
before dark. The winner on corrected time was Bobby
Velasquez, racing his Beneteau 45 F5, L'esperance.
Vanden Eynde was forced from the competition by
the failure of his starboard rudder.
In Statia, Governor Gittens welcomed the more than
150 sailors and regatta officials at historic Fort Oranje.
After the trophy presentation, the governor honored
Juul Hermsen, the founder of the regatta, for his efforts
in successfully organizing the event and promoting the
interests of St. Eustatius.
The Golden Rock Regatta fleet arrives at Statia, part
of the Netherlands Antilles, every year on November
15th, the day before Statia Day. On November 16th,
1776 Holland became the first country to recognize
the United States as a sovereign nation by returning
the 13-gun salute from the US brigantine of war,
Andrew Doria, which was on a mission to purchase
and carry back ammunition and supplies to the
Continental Army under General George Washington.
The morning of the 16th, 2009 witnessed a reenact-
ment of the First Salute when the US Coast Guard
Cutter Key Largo, a half-mile off shore, fired 13 shots
from her deck gun. The sounds of those shots paled in


comparison to the return salute, 13 extraordinarily loud
"air bombs" fired from the fort that echoed off nearby
Mount Mazinga.
The winds were perfect for the first of two round-the-
buoys races subsequently held in Fort Oranje Roads
and Velasquez continued his dominance. When the
afternoon winds died completely, the second race was
cancelled and Sir Robert received the Budget Marine
Trophy. There was a close race for second place as
Doug Moy's Team Manhattan on a Harmony 52 beat
Dirk K6hn's German team aboard a Dufour 40 by only
11 seconds on corrected time. That evening's trophy
presentation was hosted by Governor Gittens, followed
by a dinner party at Blue Bead restaurant on the cliff
overlooking Oranjestad Roads. The restaurant is named
after the Dutch beads used as currency with the Carib
and Taino Indians during the early colonial days.
The Presidente Cup is an informal race from Statia
back to Oyster Pond, St. Martin (37 miles). Though the
morning breeze failed, the first boat in was Henk
Ligtharts' Dutch team aboard Funfactor 8, a Moorings
51.5. The last night was highlighted by a lobster buffet
and live music at Captain Oliver's.
This fifth running of the Golden Rock Regatta saw
some firsts. For the first time there were teams from
Germany, St. Kitts and Belgium. The US entrant, Team
Manhattan aboard the Harmony 52 Vivaldi, won the
Bareboat 1 class while a German team aboard Lady
Marlene, a Dufour 40 and skippered by Dirk K6hn, won
the Bareboat 2 class.
For more information visit wwwgoldenrockregatta.com

High Winds for St. Lucia-to-Martinique Race
Sean Fuller reports: At 9:00AM December 12th, a
reduced fleet of seven boats turned up in squally con-
ditions for the start of the St. Lucia to Martinique race
series for the Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy. The
annual event is held in honour of the late Prime
Minister of St. Lucia, a keen yachtsman who served
the island for over 30 years. The start was off the St.
Lucia Yacht Club in Rodney Bay and the fleet includ-
ed two ARC entries, Akanara and Boundless, and also
two Martiniquan boats. The smallest entry was a St.
Lucian J/24 skippered by Edgar Roe.
As the yachts headed off round Pigeon Point, they
were soon into the teeth of a northeasterly blowing at
between 25 and 30 knots. Akarana, a Swan 46, took
the lead as the boats headed off to Fort de France, a
distance of some 25 miles.
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by heavy rainsqualls with gusts up to 35 knots. Some
boats had two reefs in their mainsails as they headed
on a close fetch.
The first boat to finish was Akarana followed by
Vaguely Noble, a Martiniquan boat which won on
handicap. The winds were gusty and testing right to
the finish off Fort de France. Some boats encountered
damage along the way. Kaiso suffered a ten-foot tear
in their genoa but the crew managed to stitch a
repair overnight.
The boats berthed at the docks provided courtesy of
the Yacht Club de la Martinique, and the Club hosted
a dinner for participants, which was attended by the
St. Lucian Consul General, Keats Compton. There was
a traditionally costumed dance troupe, enhanced by
an impromptu performance by one of the male crew
from Kaiso dressed in drag.
The following day entailed a leisurely sail down to
Grand Anse D'Arlet, a bay on the southeast side of
Martinique. All participants met for a classic Gallic lunch
with plenty of wine. An ad hoc start for the start of the
return leg to St. Lucia saw a rusty boat as ODM and a
mark on one side was arranged by Edgar Roe on Loose
Cannon, who lived up to the boat's name by firing the
starting gun. Needless to say he wasn't over the line.
The return leg from Anse d'Arlet included a provision
to round Diamond Rock to starboard. All boats record
the time when they reach Diamond Rock on a bear-
ing of 270 degrees. The weather for the start of the
return leg started off squally with winds up to 22 knots.
Akarana was first to Diamond Rock after putting in
two tacks. They were followed by Loose Cannon.
The weather cleared by mid-morning to leave clear
skies as the boats headed back to Rodney Bay -
again on a close fetch thanks to a strong west-flowing
current. Akarana was the first to cross the line after
approximately four hours sailing. Kaiso, a Sovereign
400, managed to squeeze ahead of Loose Cannon
and came in a few minutes ahead; the latter was fol-
lowed by HyTime which was limping along slowly after
suffering sail damage during a tack.


Squalls conquered, the Akarana crew celebrates
winning this year's Sir John Compton Memorial Race
from St. Lucia to Martinique and return

Prizegiving was held at the St. Lucia Yacht Club with
prizes awarded by Lady Janice Compton. Akarana
won first overall and Diamonds International awarded
first prize for "The Diamond Dash" to Loose Cannon,
scoring the fastest corrected time between Grande
Anse D'Arlet and Diamond Rock. Skippers and crews
each received several bottles of Bounty Rum and
Chilean wine, thanks to St. Lucia Distillers and Peter &
Co, and Heineken beer was provided courtesy of
Windward & Leeward Brewery. Lady Janice Compton
donated a photograph featuring Sir John Compton at
the helm to the Yacht Club.
All in all a great event was enjoyed by participants
and thanks go to the sponsors: Heineken, Diamonds
International, Peter & Co, St Lucia Rum Distilleries,
Delirious, Spinnakers and Rain Forest Sky Rides, and to
the St. Lucia Yacht Club and Yacht Club de la
Martinique for organizing the event.
For more information visit www.sifuciayachtclub.com
T&T Youth Sailor Wins in Miami
The new Trinidad & Tobago National Sailing Scheme
produced its first international victory after only two
months. A team of two boys and two girls from the
Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) went to
the Orange Bowl International Youth Sailing Regatta in
Miami this past Christmas, competing against top class
international opposition. As part of the initial training
programme for the new National Sailing Scheme, the
team spent two weeks before Christmas training for
the event at TTSA in Chaguaramas, Trinidad under the
guidance of visiting UK instructors Steve Jackson and
Seb Godsmark.
The team consisted of Optimist sailors Abigail Affoo,
Kelly Ann Arrindell and Derek Poon Tip, plus Laser sailor
Wesley Scott. They traveled to Miami on Boxing Day to
take part in the international regatta held at Florida's
Coral Cove Yacht Club. The competition over the
12-race series was of an extremely high standard and


the races were hard fought. In Race 9 of the Optimist
series Derek Poon Tip put in a superb performance to
come in first place ahead of over 200 other sailors. The
final results saw all T&T sailors in the top third of the
field, gaining just reward for their hard efforts in train-
ing and competition. Thanks go to the Sport Company
of Trinidad & Tobago for helping to fund the team
and the training programme, which continues to go
from strength to strength.
For more information visit www. ttsailing. org

Barbados Yacht Club Announces J/24 Season, 2010
This year, there is a whole season of J/24 racing to be
had in the great waters and wind of Carlisle Bay,
Barbados. Entry forms are available at the Barbados
Yacht Club office/bar, tel (246) 427-1125.
The first race in the J/24 class will have sailed on
Sunday, January 24th, as this issue of Compass goes
to press.
For the complete schedule visit http://axses.com/
encyc/bta/evnspwtr cfm

New Multihull Regatta Announced
for St. Maarten-St. Martin
Public relations and special events company WIE
(West Indies Events) has announced that they are
organizing the first clockwise Around St. Maarten-St.
Martin MultiHull Regatta, to be held February 27th with
Philipsburg as the start and finish location. There will be
classes for trimarans, catamarans (racing and cruising)
and beach cats.
An introductory meeting was hosted by Pat Turner at
Tropical Wave Restaurant at Le Gallion in January,
where the organizers had invited multihull owners to
discuss the technical details of this new event. One of
the points brought up was safety, especially for the
fast but fragile beach cats. Several safety boats will
be arranged to follow the racers, both big and small,
around the island.
The event will be sanctioned by the St. Maarten-St.
Martin Classic Yacht Club and race director is Mirian
Ebbers, former director of the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta. Holland House Beach Hotel in Philipsburg has
come on board as the first sponsor and will host the
Skippers' Briefing on Friday, February 26th, and the
prizegiving on the 27th.
For more information visit www. MultiHullRegatt. com

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Ellen Sanpere reports: Regatta organizers often hear
excuses for why racers don't race in their regattas:
* Tired of racing windward/leeward courses
* Tired of not racing windward/leeward courses
* Unable to find crew/boat
* Unhappy with class breaks
* Need more family time
* Time better spent raising money for good causes
* Not enough free rum
St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta organizers
have addressed these concerns and hope to reach
those who might be overlooking an opportunity to
race in the warm, protected waters of the Big Island,
February 19th through 21st.
For many years, boats that are great for cruising
were at a disadvantage when racing for fun. The
SCYC Hospice Regatta now offers distance courses
with room for those long-legged beauties to stretch
out and sail, rather than exhaust their crews (and beer
supplies) with short windward/leeward "sausage"
races. Leave those wieners on the grill and see the
sights of St. Croix's beautiful North Shore!
Many skippers of hotshot racing machines crave
fierce competition on windward/leeward courses.
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dolphins rush the starting line. PRO Sue Reilly returns to
keep the boats racing in smaller, more homogenous
classes, and the SCYC Hospice Regatta is the first leg
of the CORT series.
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site has a special place at www.stcroixregatta.com for
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everything. Skippers are strongly encouraged and
the crew can help to go to www.stcroixregatta.
com and register their boats online now. They can also
view and print the current entry list, Notice of Race
and other regatta documents. Sailing Instructions and
amendments will be available online during the regat-
ta. The Race Committee will attempt to accommo-
date any three boats that request a class start. The
earlier skippers register online, the better the commit-
tee will be able to please them. Registration is free -
entry fees aren't due until February 19th.
Optimist racing involves the whole family kids learn
to sail independently, and parents enjoy family time
with the Corinthian comradeship that sailboat racing
stimulates. Back by popular demand, an Opti Clinic
will be held on February 19th. Click the "Optimist
Regatta" tab at www.stcroixregatta.com for informa-
tion, and register that Opti sailor now.
Continuum Care, Inc. is the hospice care company
on St. Croix that provides end of life services to all who
need it, regardless of their ability to pay. As part of the
National Hospice Regatta Alliance, the SCYC Hospice
Regatta aims to raise funds and awareness for hospice
care on St. Croix. Racing in the regatta, sponsoring a
trophy, donating goods or services, will help to reach
the goal of supporting hospice teams on the island.
See www.stcroixregatta.com for sponsorship informa-
tion. Additionally, the racing class winner will be invited
to the National Hospice Regatta Championships.
Traditional sponsors of the St. Croix International
Regatta, Cruzan Rum and Premier Wines & Spirits, have
continued their regatta sponsorship, including a lavish
welcome party, and the winning CSA Spin-1 skipper
gets his/her weight in Cruzan Rum. (The winning Opti
skipper gets his/her weight in sports drink.) Running out
of rum is next to impossible we make it here!
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Second South Grenada Regatta 2010
The second edition of the South Grenada Regatta
will take place from February 26th through 28th,
based at Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel on
the island's south coast. This is a fun and family-
friendly event.
If you missed the South Grenada Sailing Regatta last
year, take the opportunity to find out what all the buz
is about!
For more information see ad on page 17.


Entry List Grows for 30th St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta
The entry list for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is
steadily increasing. The event takes place March 4th
to 7th and will include the pre-event Budget Marine
Match Racing Cup on March 2nd as well as the Gill
Commodores Cup on March 4th.
George David's 90-foot Reichel/Pugh designed
Rambler will bring an exciting mix to the event, count-
ing sailing stars from around the world as the crew.
With a long list of wins including the 2007 Nordbank
Transatlantic Race, 2007 Middle Sea Race, 2008
Buenos Aires to Rio Race as well as setting the course
record in the 2009 NYYC Queens Cup, Rambler is sure
to set the bar for her competitors.
In addition, 80 charter boats from both Sunsail and
The Moorings have been confirmed. The charter boat
fleet is the largest of this event, and organizers work
closely with the charter companies, travel planners
and individuals to ensure that fair racing and compet-
itive sailing are accomplished.
For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com

Peter vs. Peter in the Budget Marine
Match Racing Cup
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club confirmed in early
January that both Peter Isler and Peter Holmberg will
compete in the second Budget Marine Match Racing
Cup, which takes place on March 2nd.
The Match Racing Cup, taking place just before the
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 4th through
7th), is a great opportunity for sailors already attend-
ing the regatta to compete in one more day of rac-
ing, and, with cash prizes totaling US$10,000, the event
is drawing a lot of attention.
Peter Holmberg, native of St. Thomas and the winner
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will defend his title. Holmberg's list of sailing accom-
plishments is significant, with a silver medal in the 1988
Olympics and a second place in the Louis Vuitton
Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Holmberg also
placed first in the 32nd America's Cup in 2007.
Peter Isler is a two-time America's Cup winner, and
participated in five America's Cup campaigns. Two-
time Maxi Class World Champion, Isler has sailed
aboard Pyewacket, Rambler, Titan 15 and Morning
Glory to name just a few. Isler is also author of Sailing
for Dummies, as well as a regular contributor to Sailing
World magazine.
This match up between the two Peters is one that all
eyes will be on, but do not forget the other competi-
tors in the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, one of
whom will be Eugeniy Nikiforov, ranked 45th as an ISAF
Match Racer placing 1st in the Ekaterinburg Cup, a
qualifier for the YAVA Trophy in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Nikiforov participated in the event in 2009 and placed
third overall. Other confirmed participants to date are
Colin Rathbun, Chris Nesbitt, Marc Fitzgerald and
Jakub Pawluk.
For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com

Grenada Classic Postponed Until 2011
Fred Thomas reports: Due to circumstances beyond
the organizers' control, the Grenada Classic Yacht
Regatta scheduled for March 4th through 7th, 2010
has been postponed until 2011. Classic yacht aficio-
nados, stay tuned for news of next year's event!
For more information contact shipwrights@spiceisle.com

Break the Grenada Round-the-lsland Record!
The Grenada Round-the-Island Race March 12th
through 14th will bring excitement to the Spice Isle.
Who will break the course record of three hours, 54
minutes and two seconds set last year by the trimaran
Horizon Region Guadeloupe? You, perhaps?
For more information see ad on page 12.

New Name, Location for Puerto Rico
Heineken Regatta
Carol Bareuther reports: Puerto Rico's premier yacht
regatta will move to Palmas del Mar for 2010 and
become the Puerto Rico Heineken International
Regatta (PRHIR). Known as the Culebra Heineken
International Regatta for the past five years, the
venue change will welcome sailors to a brand-new
facility and re-introduce three days of top-notch rac-
ing off Puerto Rico's southeast shores from March 19th
to 21st.
Says regatta director, Angel Ayala, "We'll offer a mix
of windward-leeward courses for the one-design and
racing classes," says Ayala. "There will be courses with
reaches for the cruising classes. We may run a dis-
tance race to Vieques for some classes." He adds,
"Palmas del Mar is a beautiful facility. There's a brand-
new yacht club and full marina where sailors will find
everything they need." The 162-slip marina offers
state-of-the-art facilities for yachts up to 200 feet.
Shoreside accommodations at Palmas del Mar Hotel
& Villas include rooms offered at a discounted rate for
regatta participants. In addition, there are villas for
rent that sleep 12 and come with a private boat slip.
Classes will include CSA Spinnaker Racing, CSA
Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA J/24, IC24, CSA
Performance Cruiser, CSA Jib & Main, IC24s, Beach
Cat and native-built Chalanas. Regatta festivities
include a Captain's Meeting on March 18th, nightly
parties, and an Awards Ceremony on March 21st.
"We will also host the Puerto Rico International Dinghy
Regatta, a two-day event, on March 20th and 21st,"
says Ayala. "The Optimists, Lasers and Laser Radials will
sail right off the beach."
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Ocean Racing Triangle, or CORT Series, which begins
with the St. Croix International Regatta and concludes
with the BVI Spring Regatta in Tortola.
For more information visit wwwprheinekenregatta. com

Bequia Easter Regatta Starts April 2nd
Over last 29 years, the Bequia Easter Regatta has
grown into one of the region's best-attended regattas,
with visitors and competitors coming from all over the
world to be in Bequia for the four days of racing action
over the long Easter weekend, April 2nd through 5th.
Last year's record-breaking turnout of 50 yachts
emphatically confirmed Bequia Regatta's popularity
in the yacht racing and cruising community. In par-
ticular, the J/24 Class, first introduced in Bequia in
2005, and since 2006 with its own specially designed
courses, is now arguably Bequia Easter Regatta's
hottest class, thanks to the commitment of the
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in parallel with the rising popularity of J/24s in the
region. In 2010, this commitment will bear fruit when
the overall winner of the Bequia J/24 six-race series
will also be crowned the first-ever J/24 Southern
Caribbean Champion.
Bequia Easter Regatta 2009 also saw the creation of
a new One Design Class for the 25-foot French
"Surprise" racing boats, which have been coming to
Bequia in increasing numbers since their first visit more
than ten years ago. Now officially with their own class,
a full turnout of all the ten or more Martinican Surprises
is anticipated this Easter, along with the usual strong
Racing Class entry from the French islands.
But Bequia is not all about sweat and spinnakers! Two
cruising classes, including the ever-popular Cruising II
Class specially tailored for cruisers, liveaboards and
"regatta rookies" ensure that there really is some-
thing for practically everyone in Bequia's regatta.
Add to that the spectacle of the fiercely contested
traditional local double-enders' three-race series, Lay
Day activities, great hospitality and generous support
from main sponsors SVG Tourism Authority, Heineken,
Mount Gay, Pepsi, Mountain Top Spring Water,
Frangipani Hotel and Bequia Beach Hotel, plus a very
warm welcome wherever you go, there's no reason
not to make a date to be in Bequia this Easter!
For more information see ad on page 11


New Event: Voiles de Saint-Barth
The local council in Saint Barthelemy, the Tourist
Board and the Saint Barth Yacht Club are setting up
a new sailing event open to classic and modern
yachts, superyachts, racer-cruisers, and racing multi-
hulls. The inaugural Voiles de Saint-Barth will be run
from April 6th to April 11th.
This event, with the backing of Francois Tolede,
member of the Saint Barth Tourist Board and in charge
of special events at the Saint Barth Yacht Club, is the
latest example in a long history of yachting events on
the island, ever since Loulou's regatta, which in the
1970s attracted up to 200 sailboats. "We are planning
many special events ashore so the hundreds of sailors
from around the world can have fun together,"
says Francois.
Under the auspices of the photographer Patrick
Demarchelier, the Voiles de Saint Barth will also be
bringing together the traditional values of classic
yachts and the spectacular modern approach of the
newest racer-cruisers, to ensure that all those who












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love beautiful boats will enjoy this event. The Saint
Barthelemy council would like to see this event take a
regular place on the calendar of the international
yachting world.
For more information
visit www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth. corn

Big Names, Numbers Expected at
Antigua Sailing Week 2010
Neil Forrester reports: Despite current financial chal-
lenges, the 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week, tak-
ing place April 24th through 30th, promises to be one
of the best yet. Organizers of this annual Caribbean
classic have listened to the competitors' views and
come up with a newly tweaked format, incorporating
some of the event's traditional features such as the
reintroduction of Lay Day, and the Dickenson Bay
Beach Bash. There will also be an extra day's racing,
with the series kicking off on the Saturday afternoon
following an early morning breakfast briefing.
For serious racers, the big boat Ocean Series is now
a key element of Antigua Sailing Week and is starting
to attract some quality competition. The aim of this
three-race series (the erie tGuadeloupe to Antigua Race
on April 23rd, the Yachting World Round the Island
Race on April 25th, and the Round Redonda Race
on April 28th/Lay Day) is to allow the crews on big


racing yachts, many of whom will have been com-
peting in some of the other Caribbean regattas such
as the RORC Caribbean 600 race, the opportunity to
enjoy a selection of long-distance ocean races at
ASW. There will be record-breaking opportunities in
all three races, individual race prizes, and overall
series prizes, which means competitors have the
option to compete in all three or individual races.
The results of the Yachting World Round the Island
Race on the Sunday will count towards the overall
Antigua Sailing Week points for those who want to
compete in that, too.
Some of the key players, such as Mike Slade's 100-
foot super mad, ICAP Leopard, and Peter Harrison's
Farr 115, Sojana, which won the inaugural Round
Redonda Race last year, and established a bench-
mark elapsed-time race record, have already indicat-
ed their interest in the 2010 event. Adrian Lee from
Dublin, Ireland and his winning team aboard the
Cookson 50 Lee Overlay Partners will also be back to
defend their overall winning title of the first-ever
Antigua Ocean Series. Lee said: "The Ocean Series is
a gem and exactly what the big boat sailors want at
Antigua. Trying to race round the cans in these fast,
powerful boats is not ideal because the risk of dam-
age is high. I am therefore very much looking forward
to seeing if we can equal, if not better, our Ocean
Series result from 2009."
Niklas Zennstrom's JV72, Ran, with a star-studded
team of British professional sailors, will be another boat
to watch out for. Danilo Salsi from Italy has also con-
firmed his place on the start line with his stunning new
Swan 90, DSK Pioneer. This yacht made her debut in
the Caribbean last year and looks set to make a big
impact on the racecourse in 2010.
An interesting addition to the fleet at Antigua Sailing
Week 2010 will be the arrival of the three British
Services Transglobe 67-foot steel-hulled, former BT
Global Challenge yachts which will, by then, have
completed Leg 9 of their round-the-world tour. The
40-plus British forces service personnel aboard the
yachts will count Antigua Sailing Week as Leg 10.
With such a vast array of competitors signing up for
ASW, and with charter companies such as event silver
sponsors OnDeck reporting a 'sell out' aboard all 15
charter yachts, and the likes of international profes-
sional sailors Brian Thompson, Sally Barkow and Doogie
Couvreux skippering Safe Passage Sailing charter
company's Farr 65s and Beneteau 40.7s, there'll be no
shortage of competition.
On shore, Antigua's legendary party scene is already
revving up with plans well underway for not only the
Dickenson Bay Bash and Jolly Harbour party but also
the welcome party on the first Saturday night, a
Caribbean street party on the Tuesday, a Lay Day
beach party at Pigeon Point, and the legendary
Shirley Heights party on Thursday night, and of course
the grand prizegiving in Nelson's Dockyard on the
final Friday.
For more information
visit www.sailingweek com

New Dates, Courses for Round Guadeloupe Race
A new early-April time slot strategically spaced
between the two giants the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta in early March and Antigua Sailing Week at
the end of April should capture more new entries
for this year's edition of the Tour de Guadeloupe. Five
legs of 23, 37, 41, 30 and 27 nautical miles respectively
will link the archipelago of Guadeloupe, Desirade,
Marie Galante and Les Saintes.
After organizers noted last year that many would-be
racers had trouble taking time off work for a five-day
event, resulting in a decreasing fleet, the...
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Carol Bareuther reports: Christmas came early to the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin
Islands St. Thomas location when members of the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club
(VIGFC) and the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (VIHTA) presented a
check totaling US$50,000 $25,000 from the VIGFC and $25,000 from the VIHTA -
during the Club s annual Christmas Party at the Oswald Harris Court Community
Center on December 23rd.
"We are proud to have financially supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin
Islands for at least 10 years," says Sue Boland, VIGFC President.
VIGFC members also support the Boys & Girls Club in many ways throughout the
year. This includes hosting all the kids, ranging in age from six to 18 years, to fish in
the annual July Open Kids' Tournament. This year, it also encompassed the donation
of nearly a hundred toys from VIGFC members who brought the gifts over succes-
sive weeks when members met for Thursday Game Nights.
Jeffrey Kreiner, VIGFC Board of Director and chairman of the annual July Open
Billfish Tournament (JOBT), spearheaded the raising of $25,000 through this year's
46th annual JOBT. This is the fishing club's largest event of the year, and the longest
annually held angling contest in the Virgin Islands, which started in 1964. It attracts
many local and visiting anglers whose donations benefit the tournament's chief
beneficiary, the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands.
In October, VIGFC vice president, Nick Pourzal, who is also on the Board of
Directors of the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (VIHTA), challenged the
VIHTA to raise funds to match the VIGFC's donation to the Boys & Girls Club. "They
succeeded in two months," says Pourzal. "We need three more clubs on St. Thomas.
Space is available in other housing communities, but it takes money to run
the program.
Richard Doumeng, chairman of the board of the VIHTA, says, "We've donated
funds to the Boys & Girls Club through our annual gift-giving campaign for several
years. This year, when we received the challenge from the VIGFC, we decided to
pool our resources and create a bigger impact."
Julie Landreneau, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands,
says, "We are grateful for the donation. It allows us to carry out activities for our 60
young people, which includes tutoring after school to enrichment activities such as
art, steel pan and games."
The Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, a 501 C(3) organization, has been estab-
lished in the Virgin Islands for more than 35 years. In addition to St. Thomas, there are
Clubs in Christiansted and Frederiksted, St. Croix. The Virgin Islands Clubs are part of
the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, whose mis-
sion is to enable all young people, especially those most needy, to reach their full
potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
T&T FISHERMEN DOMINATE REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS IN 2009
Steven Valdez reports: Game fishermen from Trinidad & Tobago continued to dom-
inate the regional game fishing tournaments in the Southern Caribbean
for the year 2009.
The final results for the prestigious Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit Championships
put Captain Gerard De Silva of Hard Play IIin first place with 29 points from five tour-
naments. Second place went to Team Legacy out of Barbados with 19 points from
three tournaments. The T&T teams dominated the rest of the top positions, with
Captain George Bovell of Team Pair A Dice placing third with 13 points from five
Tournaments. A total of 123 teams/boats entered in all the qualifying regional tour-
naments, with boats from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St.
Lucia, Guadeloupe, the United Kingdom, Antigua and the United States participat-
ing. Of these, only 19 qualified for the 2009 Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit with
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After waiting in Antigua a week for the wind and seas
to cooperate, we could see it wasn't going to happen.
We took the small weather window that allowed a
downwind jaunt to St. Kitts instead. Yes, that's right
downwind with following seas, even! Caribbean sail
ors know this is a rare situation that must be savored.
It was a fabulous trip all the way i J" ...i. ihe gap
between Nevis and the south shore ol -, 1 I .
We had anchored in Ballast Bay on the south coast rg
of St. Kitts several times before, but had not gone
ashore. It is a great spot to anchor: tucked among
several high hills, the swell is kept out, leaving the
water nice and flat. The wind, however, can gust cra-
zily, funneling down the steep slopes.
We dropped the hook in great holding and took the
dinghy out for our first close up look of the island. -
Ballast Bay is aptly named. The whole shoreline is
lined with round rocks of all sizes. Not great for drag
going the dinghy up on, but perfect if your hold is empty I -S
and you need the extra weight I suppose! We passed ID
along a dredged cut that serves as the entrance to the
large salt pond just a few metres inland. Unfortunately,
the entrance is blocked by a floating barrier. One day
this will be the entrance to Christophe Harbour.
Developers have bought almost the entire southern
peninsula of St. Kitts and have planned crt 1r- 1
community that will include a full service : .....
course and a diverse array of residential development.
You can check out the plans at the info center by P
heading over to White House Bay just around the
point. There you'll find a small dock where you can
leave your dinghy and walk up the road to the small
neatly landscaped building on your right.
White House Bay is also the first place you'll find
where you can gain access to the main road. If you are
not planning on going into the Port Zante marina, you
can orchestrate your shore excursions from here. From the hub of Basseterre town, above, to the remote (at least for now) White House Bay, below,
Winston, at Bull's Eye Car Rental ([869] 465 5656) is St. Kitts has plenty to interest the sailing visitor
happy to arrange a car or jeep rental for cruisers and
he will pick you up at the small parking lot right at the
end of the dinghy dock. This area is also now part of the
Christophe Harl -,, i I i I .ii I ii Christophe
Harbour Office I -. I - I -' -,i I .-I I permission
to leave the rental car overnight in their parking lot.
They were accommodating, saying they would inform
the security guard that patrols the area. This part of the
island is still mostly undeveloped and there isn't much
traffic on the road. If a cruise ship is in port, many taxis
are about, bringing tourists to the remote beaches on
this end of the island. You could probably catch one of
these if they aren't full already and head into town.
Don't expect much traffic on this part of the island if
there are no cruise ships in town or after dark.
Still flying our yellow flag, we planned to check in to
Customs once we got anchored closer to their offices at
the cruise ship port in Basseterre. We left Ballast Bay
and motored along the coastline, heading north. We
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could ask at the Port to get permission to anchor here.
One catamaran and several local powerboats were on
moorings or at anchor when we went by.
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The Deep Water Port is right around the corner and
we ventured in past the Port Office and by the Coast
Guard Station. No yachts were anchored there, but
there is plenty of room to do so. Getting to the shore is
an issue though. The entire area is lined with large
boulders and we could not see a spot where a dinghy
could be brought to shore. We carried on to the
anchorage indicated on the charts, right beside the
cruise ship docking area. We set the anchor and
waited out a squall before launching th 1...1. Lots
of wind chop, some left over raindrops, .I. i '.. the
ferries, and a general rolling swell made the dinghy
ride into the marina an adventure in ways to get wet.
Port Zante refers to a large area of the waterfront
that includes the marina, the cruise ship dock, and a
multi-building shopping area. It is brand new and
some parts are still under construction. The marina is
small and friendly. Slips for sailboats have finger piers
that are around 15 feet long and boats are tied either
bow or stern in, with lines to i .1.... We pulled the
dinghy in on the breakwater I I the first dock,
which houses the fuel dock. There are some large
rocks in the water, so be careful coming in here.
Charles, 11. .--.-... I I ... ... ,- welcomed us and
gave us :..I ...... .i .. ... ....... m d Custom s.
The Customs and Immigration Office is located in
the cruise ship terminal building. It's just a short walk


through the shopping area and past the bar with the
best deal on beer in the Caribbean! After clearing
Customs, we parked at some comfy bar stools and
watched our boat, Bonanza, and our friends' Voyageur
C, rolling gunnel to gui... 1 ....1. or two in the
marina was quickly and *-.i ..,-1. i
Besides not rolling all night, another great thing
about staying in the marina is its location. Downtown
Basseterre is at your doorstep and it is a happening
place. During the day the town is bustling with cruise
ship passengers, taxi drivers, shoppers and vendors;
everybody is coming and going. Later in the evening we
heard singing nearby. Christmas was coming and we
were treated to live carol music in the Circus. The
Circus is what the main roundabout in town is called.
You can't miss it: a large green clock that is also a
water fountain marks the spot. Look up to the second
floor level and you'll see a couple of places to eat and
drink and watch the action. We checked out Stonewalls,
down Princess Street, just off the Circus, for dinner.
We lucked into a fixed menu featuring Asian-style cui
sine and it was delicious.
Winston warned us not to leave the marina too early
in the morning on our round-the-island drive. Buses
are on the road in force for the morning commute, and
you don't want to mess with Terminator, Gasmoney,
Jah Rule and Blessed! We joined the traffic on the
main drag around nine o'clock and headed north. St.


Kitts has a quiet beauty and a unique feeling. As we
drove along we noticed how the rugged volcanic peaks
give way to vast smooth slopes that end in the sea. We
stopped at all the usual spots: Caribelle Batiks at
Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill Fort, Rawlins
Plantation, Kate Design Gallery, Ottley's Plantation
all interesting places in a stunning setting. The south
ern route takes you past the major resort area around
Frigate Bay and then out onto the peninsula. You'll
pass by the anchorages at White House Bay and
Ballast Bay on your way to the Great Salt Pond and
the Nevis ferry terminal at Major's Bay.
St. Kitts is the place to rent a jeep. We spent hours
"-pl-rinf -lirt roads, sand tracks and old sugarcane
. The government owns most of the sugar
cane fields, so you are unlikely to trespass onto pri
vate property -which we found to be well marked.
You'll want a 4X4 to tackle the steepest parts of the
trails and there can be muddy sections if the weath
her's been wet.
Take the road that leads around the west end of the
airport and then up past Monkey Hill. It's a beautiful,
mostly paved but little-traveled track that meanders
l......i. 11i. rainforest, -m -r i;; i;; t -
I' I I-" I rth of Cayon I11 - I ......
I i ,,, ii, Box" on the tourist maps. We never did
figure out what that meant, but it definitely wasn't
anything to do with fast food or french fries.
Feel like going to the races? Horseracing has been
reinstated in St. Kitts after a 47-year hiatus and they
are bringing it back in style. Beaumont Park is a
brand-new racetrack and entertainment complex where
they plan to have 1. ...1 ,i I horse racing on an
ongoing basis next *. *... lived at the racetrack
just in time to watch the preview running of colts, geld
ings and fillies in four exciting and close races. The
horses and jockeys hailed from across the West Indies
and as far away as Ireland. The excitement starts when
the horses are presented in the Winner's Circle. You get
a chance to check out the competitors -both horse
and rider trotted out in full racing silks. It seemed a bit
odd, but there was no betting at these races, so we just
picked our favorites hoping to win bragging rights.
Once the horses reached the starting gate, the local
band stopped playing and two announcers took over
the microphone calling the race. The horse I picked to
win, Gold Deposit, was left behind right at the start. No
matter, with an hour or more between races I had
plenty of time to decide on the next winner. Wear your
Sunday hat or your favorite bling because the races
attract one well-dressed crowd.
A couple of days in the marina had somehow turned
into almost a week. You can afford to do that at Port Zante
because rates here are reasonable. Our six-day stay cost
us less than US$125, including power and water.
We checked out of Customs and let them know that
we would be at anchor in Ballast Bay before moving
on. The next day the Port Authority boat pulled up and
requested our documents. The officials were friendly
and wanted to know all about our stay in St. Kitts. We
told them we were impressed with the island and
would definitely be back.
So cruisers, don't hesitate to include a trip to St.
Kitts on this year's itinerary. You'll want to add this
place to your "don't miss" list.


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high in money and labor. Land-making in the swamp
areas has been pursued in like manner, one barrio in
the community being named Holland to commemorate
its origin i .1 . I ... ,
Hiding : ... II, ... I vest wind that made a
mess of the main harbor, my husband, ,,. and I
anchored Galivant, our Valiant 40, for I days
between Utila and a cay-community at SucSuc and
Pigeon Cays. Buildings huddle together on crooked
pilings over land barely above sea level, and every
porch is a dock. This, I'm told, was in fact the site of
Utila's earliest British settlement. Can't figure out why
anyone would choose this damp pied -aterre when
they could have the hillside, now or then. But I am
coming to suspect that the presence of no-see 'ums
had something to do with it.
Another surprise was being greeted in English, a
pretty and picturesque form of it. Come to find out
that the Bay Islands were British during the early part
of the 1800s; a lot of the settlers had names like Jones
and McNab, Bush and Cooper, Jackson and Thompson,
and several came via the Cayman Islands. Although
Honduras took formal possession around 1860, it is
said that some residents didn't realize anything had
changed until Queen Victoria died in 1901.
Gradually mainland Hondurans have come out to
the Bay Islands, but we still met people who spoke
only Spanish or English. And then there's a Garifuna
presence these are the indigenous people forcibly
removed from St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean in

Left: There's aferry dock; that's how everything gets here'

Below left: The main road

Below right: Worth a detour the eye-dazzling Jade
Seahorse hotel/restaurant/bar


Tere are three Bay Islands of Honduras, of
which Utila is the nearest to the coast, and the
first one you come to sailing from the Rio
Dulce. It, like the other Bay Islands, is part of an
underground mountain range, fringed by coral reefs.
Utila .. :i- "f volcanic activity at Pumpkin Hill, but
most i I' ,.- I .,,d has a limestone base, and is, as the
chart describes it, low and swampy. It's about eight
and-a-half miles long and not more than three miles
wide. We rode around a goodly portion of it on our fold
ing bikes and I had a leisurely climb of Pumpkin Hill.
The town of Utila has two parts: the main concrete
road runs along the shore for traffic consisting of golf
carts, ATVs, bicycles, strollers, skateboards, and, just
t ". i,,,,- up, the occasional pickup truck or van.
I dock; that's how everything gets here.
And there are restaurants and bars, hardware
stores and groceries, cell phone stores and ATMs, all
the usual paraphernalia of modern life, but small,
the size appropriate to a place with maybe 7,000 to
8,000 people. Special to Utila and the Bay Islands
are dive shops and realtors, both with an eye toward
the modern galleons bearing cash in their pockets.
It's a pleasant island tending along the lines of the
Abacos, or Carriacou, or Bequia, and popular with
backpackers/divers.
Up the hill is the village proper, while the gringos are
building out of town mostly along the coast, mowing
down the mangroves and clearcutting the groundcover
for their stateside-sized casas. But apparently the
locals too have been building for some time:
For more than a century, islanders have continue
ously augmented their beachfront by "making land".
The original shoreline of Utila, only a few yards deep
from the high water mark, has been extended in many
places an additional 30 to 40 yards or more by filling


in fenced rectangles of water with refuse and broken
coral. Houses that were poised on pilings over eight
feet of water some 60 or 70 years ago now sit on terra
firma and the process goes on -giving portions of the
harbor a Venetian effect -even though the cost is


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THERE AND BACK AGAIN...
>THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS


by Linda Hutchinson


Coconut trees, dugout
'utu' canoes and thatched
houses -pure San Blas


T| e San Bias Islands offer so much, and so little. What one experiences
Here depends on what is important to each individual. The captain,
L Roger, and crew, Linda, aboard S/V Sandcastle are loving all of it!
Unlike the busy Eastern Caribbean islands with their towns, shopping, regat
tas, cruise ships, ample grocery and boat parts supplies, the San Bias con
sists of weather, sand, coconut trees, reefs and Kuna Indians!
Oh, and last but far from least, the San Bias islands host a great sailing
community. I can't say enough abo;t tl-- ;;i fi i 1 we have met. Roger
and I move from island to island in ... -... i i. find. Other cruisers
do the same, so our mix of neighbors s ever changing and from all over the
world. Of course, there are those who stay put. They care for the island, know
the rules (and there are rules), relay info about friends who have passed
through before us and just make us comfortable when we settle for a day,
week or month sort of like the stateside hotel commercial that says, "We'll
keep a light on for you."
We wake e-- 1 -rn-..;- t- beautiful skies and white sand beaches. Little
terns hit the . ,, I - I aiming for the multitude of tiny fish that hide in
the shade of the boat. A remora, looking quite dapper with the zigzag crown it
wears, shoots out from its hiding place under the boat to catch any morsel
thrown there. Off to the side a spotted ray with a four-foot wingspan hurls
itself out of the water as it chases a tasty meal. Also below us are gray and
black rays, the occasional turtle, mackerel, ocean triggerfish, nurse shark,
barracuda, tuna and blue runner, to name a few, that pass by on their way
through the anchorage.
A friend of ours who owns a catamaran actually had one of the big rays land
on the boat's trampoline in the middle of the night. Imagine how that would
be, waking to the noise of a huge ray flailing around on the bow of your boat!
What a chore the crew had getting it back into the water without hurting the
ray or themselves!
Between our boat and the ocean is a reef that extends for miles and miles
just waiting to share its hidden splendor with the adventurous snorkeler. The
waves crash endlessly with a roar that calms us all day and lulls us to sleep
nightly. There are little islands everywhere, only hours apart. They aren't more
than a couple of football fields long and wide for the most part; some even have
freshwater springs. The coconut trees bear coconuts, although they are forbid
den to all but the Kuna whose livelihood is collecting and selling them. Pretty
flowers bloom out of the low green foliage :.i ... .... -. .- The white
sand beach waits for the weary to rest up ....... i 1 I hammock
strung between two coconut trees. The hearty gather wood and make a fire,
cook a fresh caught lobster and then settle back with friends, a guitar, and a
song or two. Laughter abounds as stories of snorkeling, repairs to the boat,
news from home or the almost daily squall are passed around.
Here during the middle of the rainy season, we have experienced more and







4 Kids visiting a yacht
forfnm in halfan ulu
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more heavy squalls. Sometimes the squalls bring heavy wind and/or heavy
rain. We love the rain -it lets us fill our tanks with water. Being without a
watermaker here is a big disadvantage as places to refill the tanks are few and
far between and it's not always an easy task!
Sometimes, like today, we watch islands miles away receive the gift of the
gods as rain, wind, lightning and thunder attack. One member of our cruising
community had the boat struck, not an uncommon occurrence. This resulted
in all instrumentation being "fried". Now they will travel to a marina, a six to
ten hour trip, and from there they will go by bus or cab to Panama City to try
and get new parts! It might be necessary to have parts flown in, or they might
actually have to fly out to the States to purchase them. It isn't always easy to
obtain what you need here. It is convenient when someone visiting the States
can return with the necessary part. That is a rare occurrence however. So far,
we have heard of four boats being hit by lightning this season. Thankfully,
there haven't been any physical injuries!
The KunE ,, .,I i i - .... I- I ....... .... and more "Westernized".
There are i i ........... i ....... i t new ways and technol
ogy. I say good for them! The mola, a handstitched, rectangular, multi layered,
multi colored picture of familiar animals, stories or eometrric shapes are cre
ated and sold by the Kuna. Visitors love to buy ti I i i....... or for making
pillow covers, placemats, etcetera, for themselves or to give as gifts. The Kuna
Mom, Dad and every pitiful child they can find come in their dugout boats
called ulus (long u), to show their molas, carvings, and strings of beads, often
even before an -rr'--in- --hVt' anchor has touched the water. Once you say
"sorry, not today 'I to the next boat.
They are wonderful people and my wish is to help them all, which we try to
do as best we can. We carry extra reading glasses for the seamstresses, fish





There are little islands
everywhere. No marinas,
no high rises, no problem!



hooks for the fishermen, crayons and paper for the children, suntan lotion for
the albinos (the Kuna have one of the highest rates of albinism in the world),
and sometimes a little candy finds its way into the hands of the smallest child.
A few Kuna have found the glory of the cell phone. The only problem is that
there is no electricity on the islands, except for the very rare generator, so the
cell phones cannot be charged. It isn't unusual to be handed six cell phones
by some darling child to be charged on the boat.
Out here we make our own entertainment. Having friends who have vivid
imaginations and a variety of talents helps. One such couple got my captain
and others to pull the guitars out of storage, build up the calluses on their
fingers and play whenever possible. Many a Kuna has been entertained along
the way now by "Los Gringos" as they were named by a Kuna friend on
Nargana Island. On Mametupu, Los Gringos played and the women cooked a
conch chowder to die for, which was shared with our new Kuna friends. The
Kuna provided their version of bread and more guitar playing! They even men
tioned us in a song. Can't get much better than that.
Another cruising friend had his sister visit with her soon-to-be husband.
This resulted in a mock Kuna wedding, complete with Kuna dancers, outfits
and ceremony. The whole sailing community showed up to watch the affair,
enjoyed yet another meal, drink, and music provided by Los Gringos. What a
wonderful experience for sailors and Kuna alike!
Although our time in the San Bias Islands will be hard to beat, the seasons
change and so do we. Like many of our sailing friends, we have aging, ailing
parents at home in the USA who need our TLC as their lives come to an end.
Therefore, we will slowly travel back to the States to arrive sometime in the
coming spring. There are many adventures ahead as we travel up the western
Caribbean island chain. We have heard there are many beautiful islands and
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Jennifer and I transited the Panama Canal east to
west with our 42-foot Bavaria on November 1st, 2009.
To arrange your transit, here are eight things we
recommend you know or do:
1) Tie up in Shelter Bay Marina. The cost is 45 US
cents per foot per day. It's boring but very safe.
2) Find four line-handlers among other cruisers who
want to experience the process. If you have not been
through the Canal before, you may wish to go through
as a line-handler on another boat first. We did this
with an Aussie couple. . ........
3) Go to the "tower" ir. 1. .1 I I i L taxi will
take you. Get the requisite papers and a date for the
Admeasurer. (You ca. : d ... agent to do all the paper
work if you wish. i ,, re were there, "Stanley"
seemed to be the man.)
4) The Admeasurer will come aboard and measure
your boat. He asks questions like: "Have you got food
on board? Have you got water on board? Have you got
a toilet? How fast can you go?" Most important is to
mark the form to specify "centre lock" only. Rafting or
tying to the side is less safe.
5) Pay your fee (ours was US$1,500) in cash or by
VISA credit card at the Citibank in Colon. US$850 of
that fee is a deposit that they will return.
6) Hire four 125-foot lines.
7) Call the number provided to be given a transit slot.
8) Motor to The Flats in Cristobal Harbour, about
three miles. An advisor arrives on a launch and jumps


aboard. He takes charge. The captain is on the helm,
but best to do what the advisor says.
We set off with two Finnish and two British line
handlers. The Finni:l, -_-1 spoke perfect Russian and
was clearly a spy. (" as she called it. "I am not a
spyer," she 1 i t : .--: .ir first Panamanian advisor
also spoke .1 ..--.... Very interesting.)
We got underway, motoring toward the Gatun locks.
The advisor had a schedule and we wove about, dodg
ing 1,000-foot-1 ... ....1 1..,1. mmercial ships until
our slot came t I i. i ...I .... but okay ifyou know
your boat.
We entered the first Gatun lock. Four lock atten
dants, two on each side, threw monkeyfists onto the
boat from atop the canal wall. The line-handlers' job
is to catch them and tie them onto the 125-foot lines.
The lock attendants walked with us into the lock. (If
you are transiting "centre lock", keep in the centre or
the pilot will nag.) They tied us up at both sides with


Left: Lady line-handlers aboard the author's Sanjola.
(Who is the 'spyer'?)
Top right: Before their own transit, Dicky and his wife,
Jennifer, acted as line-handers for this Australian cou
ple. It's easy to see why one of the canal workers was
smitten by the Aussie lass (below right)
Above: The 42foot Bavaria was dwarfed by the
Canal's usual traffic
our boat in the centre of the lock, closed the doors
and let the water in. We came up about 60 feet. They
opened the front doors. This procedure was repeated
twice more. The same lock attendants stayed with
us. (When we went through on the Aussie boat as
line-handlers, one lock attendant fell completely in
love with the Aussie girl. We were terrified that he
would fall in and disaster would result.)
Next, the advisor took us to a buoy big enough to
hold the Titanic in Gatun Lake where we tied up and
he took his leave. We advise you to have a mega
party at this point, like we did.
At 0600 the next day a new advisor arrived and we
motored 35 miles across the Gatun Lake -very, very
beautiful. Then we rode the "down" locks toward the
Pacific Ocean. These were similar to the first set but
easier. There is a camera in the last (Miraflores) lock
attached to a website, so the whole family watched
us go through.


Finally the advisor leaves and you go alone to
Balboa Yacht Club (easy) or to Tahiti, Australia,
etcetera (less easy).

PS We consumed eight gallons of diesel, 75 litres of
fresh water, one litre of rum, one bottle each of spar
kling and white wine plus two of red.
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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK WITH DON STREET


Les Iles des Saintes, better known as the Saints, are
a group of small islands south of Guadeloupe. Here
almost everyone anchors off the main island of Terre
de Haut, which has become a bit of France transferred
to the Caribbean. But if you go to Terre de Bas, the
westernmost island, you will find the Saints much as
they were 30 years ago. As long as the wind is east or
north of east the anchorage in Anse Fideling is good.
In settled conditions you can anchor on two anchors
off the beach on the windward side of Terre de Bas.
You'll have a lee shore behind you, but as long as it is
not blowing hard and the wind is east or south of east
you are sheltered from the sea by Terre de Haut and
Ilet a Cabrit. Because there are only two miles of fetch
a big sea cannot build up, only a rough chop at worst.
Ashore you will find a lot of good but very unpreten
tious restaurants.
From the Saints it is a beat to windward to the
islands of Petite Terre, Marie Galante and Desirade.
Petite Terre (enter carefully in calm conditions) is
likely to be full of day-trippers from about 1100 to
1500 hours, but if you arrive as they are leaving you
have a wonderful anchorage all to yourself for an eve
ning sundowner, early morning swim and breakfast,
and can depart as the day-trippers arrive. Then sail on
to Marie Galante, where it is never crowded as you can
anchor anywhere along about five miles of shoreline.
You can always find a spot on the beautiful white sand
beach that has no other boats or people.
From Marie Galante, sail off to Desirade using
Doyle's latest Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands.
Until recently, yachts seldom visited this island as
the harbor, which is on the southwest corner of the
island, was too shallow for anything but shoal-draft
powerboats. Recently a channel into the harbor has
been dug. The channel is reportedly nine feet deep,
with seven feet alongside the fuel pier, and about
six feet in most of the harbor. But as Doyle points
out, even if you do go aground it's in soft mud.
Remember, in June, July and early August, the sea
level in the Caribbean is usually about 18 inches
lower than in winter. Thus the water depth between
high water springs in winter and low water springs
from June through early August can be as much as
three feet.
From Desirade it is a glorious downhill slide to either
English or Falmouth Harbour to check in to Antigua.
En route, only if the wind is east or south of east and
seas are calm, the sailor who really wants to get away
from it all and have serious bragging rights at the bar
in Antigua can attempt a stop at the colonial sugar
shipping port of Le Moule on the north side of Grande
Terre, Guadeloupe. Both Hans Hoff of Fandango, a
90-foot Rhodes motorsailor, and Hank Strauss in his
45-foot ketch Doki, have visited Le Moule during the
summer when the rollers are not running. Mind your
p's and q's when entering (piloting directions are in
Street's Guide, Anguilla to Dominica. Note that this
area is a favorite with surfers!). Once in and secured,
go ashore and nearby you will find good restaurants;
the clientele is usually local Guadeloupians.
After clearing into Antigua, beat to windward to


Green Island, where there are always a few boats but
it is never really crowded. From Green Island, if you
are adventurous check out Guana and Belfast Bays,
but only if you are a good sailor who is willing to put a
crewmember experienced in eyeball navigation on the
lower spreaders, and if you have a boat with a good



Part Two:


From



the Saints



to Anguilla


-in-. Th-in .-ttin.- into these bays is relatively easy
.1 1 1 1 1 ..I. 11. directions on page 98 of Street's
Guide, Anguilla to Dominica, are carefully followed.
(Beating to windward through the narrow channel is


impossible unless you have a small boat that goes to
windwardwell andtacks readily; both David Simmonds,
who built up Antigua Slipway, on his little sloop Bacco
and Graham Knight of Antigua Sails in his small fiber
1....1 have done this.)
11 11. I aspectt of entering and leaving these harbors
from seaward is too daunting, continue northeastward
up the coast of Antigua, an area often considered the
most dangerous in the Caribbean. The reason many
sailors say this is because the northeast corner of
Antigua is low and featureless. If not careful, the sailor
discovers he or she is in shoal water littered with coral
heads. Keep an eye on the fathometer and the color of
the water and plot the GPS positions on the chart.
Sail north, then northwest and finally west, avoiding
the shoal water and detached coral heads. Enter North
Sound via the northern -not the northeastern
entrance. In North Sound there are half a dozen
anchorages; pick one with no other boat anchored in
it and enjoy calm but windswept, bug-free anchorages.
From North Sound you can go via the channels
between the islands and the shore to explore both
Guana and Belfast Bays.
From North Sound it is an easy 22-mile reach to
Barbuda, with many anchorages and mile after mile of
empty beaches. The approaches to many of the
n-hi-r.r-" are littered with coral heads, like a mine
' i i I to catch the unwary mariner. Stay on the
. ...-.i- n Imray Iolaire chart A26 and you
.. .I .i off the ranges if you are a good eye
ball navigator and the light conditions are good.
Jogging to the west, the southwest coast of St. Kitts
has a number of anchorages that are seldom crowded.
Developers have huge plans to develop a marina and
residential complex called Christophe Harbour, but
when will construction start? This could be the last
year the sailor will be able to enjoy these anchorages
in a tranquil and uncrowded state.
Statia is off the beaten track, too, but avoid the
island at spring tides, as in spring tides, when the tide
overcomes the normal westerly current, heavy bunker
oil can be carried up to thr n.-h-r.- ---i
Statia if the wind is south of e -1 i ... -. I,
early ground swell.
Finding an uncrowded anchorage in the Anguilla-St.
Martin-St. Barts area is pretty difficult. In Orient Bay,
St. Martin you will find other boats but the bay is so
large that the anchorage is seldom crowded.
In Anguilla be sure, when -.--l-;; in, to ascertain
where you are allowed to anc ', I ,, are allowed to
anchor there, Rendezvous Bay on the south coast is
seldom crowded. To really get off the beaten track, as
long as the northerly ground swell is not running,
Scrub Island offers an interesting-looking .n-h-r
on its western side. There is a sketch chart -.,
Guide, Anguila to Dominica, but note that this was
done from an aircraft; I have never succeeded in
exploring this anchorage by boat as every time I want
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Gordon and I like to scuba dive. Fortunately, work
commitments and lifestyle choices allow us plenty of
leisure tir.. I i 11... '. underwater pursuit.
One of ,, I ....I I for Caribbean scuba
diving is the island of Carriacou, in the southern
Grenadines. Since 2007, we have been diving with
Conny and George, who are passionate divers and
the owner-operators of Arawak Divers. Along with
staff, Kenneth, they provide exceptional personal
diving experiences.
November 2009 proved no exception, as we
embarked on the hunt to see new and exciting
fishes, creatures and corals. We walked into their
dive shop, both booked ten dives and started to
browse the marine-life identification books pub
lished by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach -our
"bible" reference to the underwater marine world.
And so it goes, "Conny, have you ever seen...?",
"Do you know where to find...?", and off we go....
Let the hunt begin!
Suited up, Kenneth at the helm of their i
Conny or George as guide, we speed off to on i 'I
numerous dive sites on the southern shores of
Carriacou. Back rolls into the briny blue; the hunt
with cameras for new and exciting marine life begins.
For example, during a shallow dive, we saw long
lure frog fish, queen angel fish, French angel fish,


sting ray, golden lined sea goddesses, strawberry
tunicates, scarlet striped cleaner shrimp, squat
anemone shrimp, spotted cleaner shri mr -l-l-;
morays, banded coral shrimp and *' i i
worms.
Previously spotted on this same dive site have been
ocean triggerfish, hawksbill turtles, nurse sharks,
lesser electric rays, ocelatId "h imminr or-hr long
nose pipefish, harlequin .I I.. I i .
Night dives on this site present "The Thing",
orange ball corallimorphs, Caribbean spiny lobster,
Spanish lobster, spotted lobster, red reef hermit,
red night shrimp, tiger-tail sea cucumber, beaded
sea cucumber, Caribbean reef octopus and com-
mon octopus.
And this list is by no means complete, having not
mentioned any of the corals, plants, or algae.
Hunting for Rose Lace Coral Brittle Stars,
Sister Rocks
Browsing one day through the second edition of
Reef Creature Identification by Paul Humann and
Ned DeLoach, Conny noticed rose lace coral brittle
stars on -
"Hmm, -1. I .. i "I have digital images of the
rose lace coral on my computer." I asked, "Do you
think there are any brittle stars in those images?" We
raced over to her computer for a browse through her
files. Sure enough, there were some images which
.1, 1 .1.:, 11 ;. pped around the lace. I said,
i .. 11. let's go see if we can find
some," and our next dive plan developed!
Next morning, November 23rd, 2009, Gordon,
Conny and I, with Kenneth at the helm of Arawak
Divers' pirogue, ventured out to the rocks known as
The Sisters, southwest of Hillsborough. These rocks
provide the opportunity for a deep, steeply -1i-;;-
reef dive or a shallower, extending reef di
chose to circumnavigate the latter, and smaller of
the two.
Usually, currents of varying strengths are encoun
tered diving around these two rocks. On this dive,
however, we were blessed with unusually calm con
editions, no current and extremely clear visibility. It
was an exceptional day for a slow cruise around the
-ontinued on next page
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Right: A long snout seahorse
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-Continuedfrom previous page corner of my eye I saw George gesture for me to
reef, examining every crevice and hole that swim over to a brown sponge he was looking at.
Showed something of interest. George had become unusually animated and very
Starting at a depth of 16 to 18 metres (about 50 to excited with an ear-to-ear grin. I slowly approached,
60 feet), we spotted green moray, black coral, slender reluctant to leave my tunicate study. Cautious of
P filefish, gorgonians, large schools of brown chromis, disturbing his find, I moved in slowly, and I too
and various wrasses. The large schools of pelagic started to smile, and then shouted with joy. We
fish, often seen here, such as jacks, barracuda and were both giddy with excitement!
Sj tuna, were absent, owing to the lack of current. I ...... this soft brown sponge were two longlure
Swimming eastward we passed coral encrusted : h I. e w.- 1 19. 11 ... 1 larger than the
walls, vase corals, huge barrel sponges and a second, which I , ., I coloration and
plethora of other marine life. After rounding the somewhat hidd .. I .. .11. i,. .. -I Amazing!
northeast end of the reef, where Conny had previ I last saw frogfish 20 years ago, while diving in
ously seen the rose lace coral, we commenced our Borneo in 1989. I have been looking for them ever
intense search for the associated brittle stars, since. -r 1 .. -er seen one at this site. I was
We dove around the rock point, keeping an eye much .... i I .... I having found them in three
under the ledge .-.. -.-; f l uin.. into shaded years of diving in Carriacou.
protected areas, f ... I. .1 1 I lace coral. Some things are worth waiting for!
The coral was easy to identify with its fan-like Now, I don't want to lead the reader to believe
structure and pinkish rose colour, as it hung in the that the hunt is always so easy, or straightforward.
open beneath the rock overhang. There were a few Conny and George have, respectively, ten and 15
colonies in the area, but not too plentiful. years of diving in Carriacou waters. They know the
Thankfully the conditions were so calm, without various dive sites intimately, so they have a wealth
surge or current. We were able to nose under the of knowledge on where the hunts should occur.
-.rhn nd -?-t close to the coral for a good look, Avid passionate divers, they are still learning,
S rose lace brittle stars were pres watching and enjoying the reefs of Carriacou,
ent. Conny and I stole a glance at each other, becoming increasingly knowledgeable underwater
smiled and laughed, the shouts began and the naturalists. With their assistance, we have been
cameras started to flash! fortunate to date with our new discoveries.
Satisfied with our success, we continued east We are still searching for bumblebee shrimp, less
ward, with the depth gradually 11 .... between than an inch in size, and thought to inhabit sea
10 and 12 metres (about 30 a. I I,, iI As we cucumbers. To date, we have not seen any with our
slowly worked our way back to the start of the dive delinquent, aging eyes, so the quest remains to find
we were rewarded wi'. -..i.l... of a hawksbill th ...1., ..:umber.
turtle, nurse shark, I' I- various crabs h.,I I ii 11 .............. I ,, I ,I, I
and black surgeonfish. new marine lii .. '.. I I -
Sighted Longlure Frogfish, Tyrell Bay of colour, and variety of fishes, sponges, corals and
The sea is a mysterious mistress. She can be slow creatures. Shallow dives, deep dives, pinnacle reefs,
to reveal her mysteries or freely 1 1-- f her gifts, walls, drift dives, wrecks, grass beds. The choice is
One never knows which mood sl. .11 I in on any endless, visibility fantastic. Diving in Carriacou, in my
given day. opinion, is simply awesome a diver's dream.
This was the situation on November 25th, while
r 1 1 --- bubbles during a shallow dive near For more information on diving in Caniacou, visit
ii ere approaching the end of a relax Amrawk Divers' website at www.arawak.de, or see
ingo. I i ii. colors and antics of French advertisement for Carriacou Silver Diving in the
and I .. .... .- I Caribbean spiny lobsters, Market Place section of this issue of Compass,
squirrelfish and a multitude of other marine life. pages 43 through 45.
I was studying strawberry tunicates through the Louise Kupka is cruising the Caribbean aboard
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by Pepe Millard


I waited patiently for 28 weeks and one day to return to Barbuda with the express
wish to see the Frigate Boys doing their stuff. The last time we were here we got to
see the mums and babies -the boys had been in Mexico with their mistresses.
As soon as the anchor was set I was on the phone to Foster (of Foster Hopkins
i i i .i i. ii. .... would be the perfect time to go. "Ten
IIh I .. .I -I I .,, I .ot the reply "The place looks like
Ullll SllaS Liees!


So I had to wait another 20 hours. Bear somehow knew I wouldn't sleep well.
i. Lmera batteries. Empty memory cards. Bed. Up at silly o'clock, too fidgety
: Bear had launched our dinghy, Baby Beez, and put the electric motor on
so we could hoist her up the beach. Foster met us on the Codrington Lagoon side
and off we went. Tripod up and ready. Off we roared on Foster's pirogue with the
pink interior and his 75-horsepower outboard.
As we approached the northwestern part of the lagoon the sky was full of enormous
frigate birds, the males' r' I .. ... i .. I .11. I .. these birds have
a wingspan of eight feet ... I I I .1 1 11. i .... 1i. fly at speeds of
around 22 miles an hour .1 .1.1- .i"i. ..I I II1 ..... I vim or even walk
well, and cannot take off I. ... 1. sea or flat ground, but once in the sky they can
stay aloft for days at a time.
Frigate birds are relatives of pelicans, cormorants and boobies. The males are
glossy black; females have white breasts. The immature bird has a white head and
neck. In Barbuda, they feed on fish snapped up from the island's lagoons and inte
rior ponds, and also on flying fish, jellyfish and small turtles taken from the ocean.
Adults also chase other sea birds in flight to grab their catch, hence the names


frigate bird and man-o-war bird.
During breeding season, which we were lucky enough to observe this time, the
males blow up their scarlet throat sac, or gular, to the size of a small balloon. This
takes about 25 minutes, and is done to attract the females. When a female
approaches, the male trembles his wings, showing the under surface flashing in the
sunlight, and makes drumming noises and clacks his beak.
In a nesting colony such as this one, there are an average of three large twig nests
per nine-by-12-foot area. There is lots of arguing over landing rights, perch owner
..-696


Top left and right: Male frigate birds inflate their gular pouches to attract females
Left: Adults and one of the season's first chicks in the mangroves at
Barbuda's bird sanctuary
Above: Foster (left) showed us the sights -thanks for a great day!
ship or who owns each twig in the mangroves. One white egg is laid sometime
between mid-September and late March. Incubation is seven weeks. The chick is
born naked but soon acquires white down. The chicks are fed by regurgitation, and
frigate birds tal .. 11 .. ..... singer than any other bird -11 months. The
chicks can fly .I .1 ..I i .11 hatching. They are six years old before they
breed. The oldest known age is 34 years.
Barbuda's Frigate Bird Sanctuary, accessible only by boat with a local tour guide, is
home to several thousand frigate birds, as well as more than a hundred other bird spe
cies. It is the Caribbean's largest nesting colony of frigate birds -simply stunning.
Thank you to Foster and Bear who took me to see a much wished-for sight, the
frigate birds of Barbuda. All in all, what a wow!
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A "bunny hug" is when you do some token little thing for the environment. Hugging
trees and bunnies makes us feel good. Here's some bunny hugs we can do aboard.
"AA" batteries are what my digital camera needs. Not "heavy duty" batteries, but
alkaline, the expensive ones. When the camera finally says "battery depleted", I take
the batteries out and let them rest. Then they are good for another ten pictures
plus several more, if I rest them again. A something-else to check is this: my camera
uses up the batteries when left in the camera (so does my GPS), so I take them out
when not in use. When they are finally exhausted (as far as the camera is concerned)
they still burn my penlight bright -for quite a while. When the ..1 1. 1.ms, they
burn those solar powered yard lights (a.k.a., nautically, "rail lighi I .1. Finally,
poor kids with transistor devices taught me that the batteries we discard can be
partially rejuvenated by baking in the sun. Post-finally, I ran across one kid who
carefully beats his batteries with a rock to get even more out of them. You needn't
go that far.
r-, l-l- disposable, all chemical batteries are bad environmental news
: ... ... ...... 10 disposal. So I use the cheapo auto supply regulators (12 volt to
1.5/3.0/4.5/6.0/7.5/9.0/12 volt) to run battery-powered devices aboard.
Years ago in a remote part of the Bahamas, early in my cruising, I pulled out a
Ziploc to put something in. Someone with many more years on the water than I said,
"Mon, I stopped using those things a long time ago." It didn't take me long to convert.
Recycled bread bags is how I now package things to be kept dry. Inflate them to
check for leaks. Twist the open end into an end long enough to tie with a slipped
overhand knot. A slipped overhand provides a double seal (two places where the
mouth of the bag is clamped tight) and allows for easy opening. Squeeze the air out
first if you want to see how good it works, but leave some air in it for actual use -an
evacua 1 1 .. ks water in if pricked.
The ":.... i .. -" they try to give you every time you buy a few things in a store can
be used over and over. I get weeks or months out of mine, then use them (doubled if
necessary) as trash bags. The trick when checking out is to have your bag out and
ready, clearly say, "I've got my own bag" before they reach for one... and replenish your
supply when they give you another one anyway. Not all handle bags have a well-sealed
bottom, but if they do, tying the handles together makes them nearly watertight.
Here's a way that many yachts could make their sails last years and years longer:
cover them. Sometimes I wonder if someone ought to tell them.
There is more bottle r. i.., i, _i ... .. ..;i' t -i--t Ti-1 iir- -fth- h-i-keepers.
"Oh, you're going to i 1 . ... . .. I .. thebulg
ing manila envelope for inspection. Ms. Phillips wore one bar back then, three bars
now. She's sharp. She poured a pile of ruined pantyhose onto the counter and
instantly said, "Recycle?" Pantyhose is the "silly putty" of nylon rope, strong,
stretchy, conforms to any shape you wrap. I've used it as rig-wrap, spreader tips, and
to build crazy craft. Great for softening the ends of poles, too. Normally, though, we
shouldn't be importing trash into someone else's country.
Y i .. ii. t ... i ..... I to be especially for bailing? Full of soap, rot if left
in I i,,,i, 1 .. ... z I washing cars or maybe your '-i: r-; bailing,
the- ti i, hi ,- ii -I .. .th- bubbles, notwater) needstol I'',, I l out
you need to "break them ... I ,In .- end of their short life, they become an awful
goo lots of boat gear can't take a marine environment... but boat-gear priced, of
course. Well I finally stumbled onto what countless other bailers of dinghies surely
already know: regular cushion foam (not closed cell) from your canvas shop. Ask for
a small slab of old, stained stuff, and cut it into a lifetime supply of bailing sponges.
They hold a lot of water and last a long time, even when left under Sun and in stand
ing water. You can add soap if you want to wash the car -or do the dishes.
Here's my favorite. Those black quart/litre containers that motor oil comes in,
HDPE (whatever that is), recycle group 2. They stand up to all the chemicals I've
stored in them so far, including acetone (use the cap they come with). Unlike metal
containers, they don't rust. Unlike glass containers, they don't clink or break. Spout
caps from detergent bottles fit them for dispensing epoxy and hardener. Make sure
you label them.
This one is a double bunny hug, cuts transportation and good for the regional
economy. Buy local and regional products when available. Give them a chance, give
them a try.
Here's a tough one, call it a "bear hug": If you become a resident in these small
islands, don't have a car. There are already too many cars here. If you do have a car,
you are morally bound to pick up anyone who wants a ride.
There was a time when I thought articles like this did some good. Applying these
tricks could result in a tiny-tiny improvement. If lots of such articles were written
and embraced, the improvement could t 1 .. .1., .11 i, ". Which, of course,
is not nearly enough. But it would help ..II. .. I .I I .1 ,.- Right?
Or, does reusing plastic bags just help us feel better about boarding the airplane
for our next visit home?
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It's been nearly a year since I took ownership of Kontentu down on the docks of
Kralendijk last December. She was shiny and new, fresh from a Florida boatyard,
and just off the decks of the Don Andres, our local freighter.
Since that time, I have sailed more days than all the prior sails of my lifetime. I am
well into the three-digits and counting, that in less than a year. I have benefited from
a confluence of place, time, desire and boat. Kontentu lays on a ---r;n~ in the
Caribbean Sea, just a 30-second swim from my door. It is hard to s .. to just
one more sail when I look out at the boat bobbing on the line, beckoning me from
my home.
So I go. I sail. Repeatedly. Bonarians ask me often why I don't fish while I sail, as if
the act of sailing wasn't enough. Others here, who repeatedly see me cruising the bay,
inquire what the constant attraction is. That's a fair question. I will try to explain.


I
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For me, it is a multi-perceptual experience. The sounds overwhelm. Water slaps
against the hull as the boat surges forward. Wind whistles through the rigging dur
ing a sudden puff. The brilliant ., 1 past the stern on a downwind blow. In
the last month I bought an iPod 1...111 levice the size of my pinkie that can hold
800 songs or more. At times when I solo sail, I don the earphones and play tunes
that resonate with my soul. It is an added-value experience. But I soon find myself
longing to return to the simple sounds of the moment -a splash of a pelican hitting
the water nearby, the break of the waves over the coral shores of Klein Bonaire, the
blast of a massive cruise ship's horn I i .. i... I r the next port of paradise. I soon
stash the music and just enjoy the m. I I II journey.
i .... ..i. i i.. i ......cle green water as I glide over the shallows
ne .. I. -.1 I I. I .. .. I .1... I a sea gull hovering just above my mast,
checking to see if I took the advice of my Bonarian friends and actually went fishing


'In less than a year, I've sailed more days than all the prior sails of my lifetime...
Sail on? Why not?'

this time; a pod of dolphins racing off the bow in playful pursuit on my imaginary
tack line.
Then there are inner visions that play inside my head. Sometimes, they are out-of
body views from above. I see myself below in my small boat surrounded by a vast sea of
indigo blue. I am the only craft on the water and its a Tuesday. Other times I think
about stateside friends still toiling away in a quest to fatten the 401-K. Occasionally, I
ponder the times I braved the dense DC weekend traffic on US-50 to Annapolis and then
the congested Chesapeake Be I 1. i..-i get to Tera Starr, a sleek Hunter 28.5
sloop. Then, out on the water, ..I I I ... traffic obnoxious speedboats spewing
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But the underlying stress of East .-1 1; ;:,,;;- .. 1 1 1 ...ing a dim memory.
It's all good now. I'm back to1. . i .I I I i ,- of me in real time. I'm
sailing the pristine Caribbean and I'm on a fast reach. Its a full-sail day in constant
14-knot tradewinds. I hike out over the coaming as Kontentu leans determinedly into
the breeze. This is what I do these days, again and again and again. It's a tropical
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i .. and you will see the Union's highest point, Mount Taboi, 304, i i, ,
feet) above you. It is the tallest peak on a hilly range. Let your eye follow this hill line
towards Ashton and you will see it dip, then rise to another lower peak, known as
Big Hill, right above Ashton.


Think how it would feel to be way up there on those peaks, high in the air with the
world spread out below you. Then put on your hiking boots, or your toughest san
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From the dock in Ashton walk up the main street past the road to Clifton till you
see on .- .1 . .. 1 louse with a big wall with conch shells along the top and
on your I 11 I I I 1 -; Mini Mart. This is a good place to stop and enjoy a cold
drink or buy a bottle of water from Merle Mackie to see you on your way.
A few steps beyond Mackie's on the other side of the road is the Kingdom Hall of
the Jehovah's Witnesses, a more modest building than the image conjured by the
name. Right opposite this building is a road that leads uphill. Follow it right to the
top, where it turns into steps; continue up these steps up to the next road and then
continue climbing the few steps on the other side of the road that appear to lead
nowhere. Continue directly up the grassy slope (you can pass either side of the
small bush stand ahead) and you will come to a clear and rather good path that
winds up the north side of the hill. If you come to any path divisions just keep left.
There is considerable shade on this path, especially in the morning when the hill


Top left: Looking
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Hill, with Mayreau
and Canouan in the
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Bottom left: Worth
the climb: Chatham
Bay from Mt. Taboi
Right: Big Hill offers
a birds eye view of
Ashton Harbour's
abandoned marina
project and Frigate
Island, with
Carriacou behind


blocks the sun and the dry woodland trees are well above your head.
You'll .. c 1 11, I : ; ,lo a partially cleared field that rises to the ridge. Near this
ridge, on i I I I I .... I -, I look for the path that leads again into the woods. Follow
this up to the top. Just before the top is a fairly large rock face; the path follows this up
to the left. You come out onto Big Hill peak, which runs quite a distance in both direct
tons and at various points offers panoramic views straight down onto Ashton and the
abandoned marina project with Carriacou beyond, and over the island to Mount
Olympus (a.k.a. the Pinnacle) with the islands of Mayreau and Canouan in the distance.
S. Ill l . I .. 1 .1 1. I 1. 1. 1 1 .. i I I II 1 1- ... 1 1., because the path
11... ..... .. I ,. 1 1 I I.. I I .. .. l.. I .1.. III and even the toxic
brazil tree (its leaves look a bit like holly). Parts of the path are steep and slippery.
When you get back down as far as the ridge, you can see Mount Taboi inviting you
to explore further. As you will see, the very top of this mountain is a giant slab of
rock with a s--r -.lff f.-in --- Th- -.th from here is usually unclear, variable,
and often no: II .... I .I I, ,,I- I you need to be good at navigating "bush".
Prickles, typi 'I I Ih. I, ...i... .... d, and if you do not carry a machete, you
will likely gain a few scratches (I did). You basically follow the ridgeline up until you
enter woods and then emerge in another open area used for grazing cows. After this,
"feel" your way find what paths you can. You need to skirt round the north side
of Mount Taboi so you can approach it from the far side where it is not sheer cliff.
The views from the i i ..- ... .l. ll ..I you can see all around, even down onto
Chatham Bay on the 1 -1 -. i 1 I -.id. My friend Janti (of Happy Island) went
up one late afternoon, and darkness found him still there. He realized that safe
descent in the dark would be impossible so he spent the night on the peak. He said
it was cold.



































FEBRUARY 2010

Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
Marine business is still somewhat in the doldrums,
though n-r -n-rm' h-, Impm red. Enjoy this time just
sailing I .. ....i . i .., next m month.
d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
.... good news, which will be a welcome
S. 7 disagreements on board.
SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)
Nautical business might see a -m-nt-r upswing
during the first week, and love will IM ..U 1 rest of
the month.
CANCER 0 (22 Jun 23 Jul)
Financial matters are still slogging to windward, ship
board arguments are likely and misunderstandings
abound, so best keep your purse and your lip zipped
this month.
Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Si ebb, sails are slack. Romance could be
he i i . i. ocks if you cannot compromise, so be
diplomatic and you'll keep peace on board.
TH VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)

dark side.
^ LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
The tides of boat business are still at low ebb. Enjoy a
fun romantic interlude in mid-month to take your mind off
financial matters until the tide rises.
TL SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
While the wind is down and business prospects are still
on the f 1 .~ ,-i 1 tt- t 1- il.;- 1 even keel in
your lo1 I .. I .. .. 11. II will smooth
out by :.. . .. .

SSAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
in ......
tenance and navigation, so stay focused.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
The middle of this month would be a good time for a
-i-"' r^,-r Throw a fete on the foredeck and just

^ AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
A nautical romance will continue to enliven your
Hf lrl;;;-1 the first weeks. You could lose your wind

PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
This month will be a broad reach for you, topped off
with love anchoring off your stem Just in time for
Valentine's Day.




Crossword Solution
ACROSS 41) SUIT 20) SS
1) LENGTH 45) CHAIN 23) OUT
4) RUSTS 47) CABLE 25) BUOYS
8) FIT 49) MAKE 26) ANCHOR
10) GLOVES 50) DONE 27) STERNS
13) ROLL 51) SHEATH 29) BLOCK
16) ROPE 30) COIL
17) PHONIC DOWN 31) UP
18) SEA 1) LINE 33) IN
19) PAYS 2) NAG 34) LED
21) SPRING 3) TWO 36) METALS
22) TOOL 5) STRONGER 38) THICK
24) EONS 6) SPLICING 40) LIFT
27) SLOT 7) WIRE 42) THE
28) TURNED 9) TOAST 43) FID
31) UGLY 11) LAY 44) ICE
32) OILY 12) SPLICED 46) NO
35) HEMP 14) ON 48) EH
37) RATLINES 15) LC
39) TACKLE 19) PALM


TRIBUTE TO HAITI

Let's all unite as one to help the sufferers in Haiti
The people that have seen pain differently lately.
Such struggle, such horror, such pain, such suffer-ation.
Lord, please take our prayers into consideration
For the many whose lives were taken,
The many who have been hospitalized and now feel forsaken.

Lets all come -. 1. ., . e food, clothing and water;
People, picture 11. -..11 . as your sons and daughters:
Would you let them suffer such pain?
There is nothing to lose but so much to gain.
Help bring the vision of hope, love and unity to our people of Haiti
Let's shower then with love like we would our mates,
Like we would clinch on tight to the ones we love and cherish,
Let's clinch on tight to the sufferers before the vision of hope can perish.

Lord, bless the nation of Haiti with hope, faith and belief,
Lead them all to your gates so they shall feel relief.
Let them realize that you and we care
Lift them up, Lord, as we all come together to share,
Share the vision of hope by giving however we can,
By donating to the sufferers of that land.


Dillon Ollivierre

















Happiness is the
sound of rigging hitting the
mast in early morn,

soft waves lapping at
the sides of boats, while over
gulls hunt the pink dawn

for a reflection
on clear water, my bare feet
causing faint ripples

waiting for the signs
of life to drift awake and
raise a friendly hand

a wave of kinship ..
in a world too vast even
for small boy echoes

where the smell of sea
and the sounds of my rigging
are my happiness


-Jl Vanessa Simmons


parlumps marooned


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Compass Cruising Crossword 'CABLE'


February's here, and thoughts turn to Carnival.
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by Pauline Dolinski!


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CRUISING KIDS' CORNER


If you remember our story from last month, Silla had asked her
grandmother where had all the dragons gone, and Granny had made
up the story that they lived in caves on the mountain that all the old
people on their Caribbean islandfeared Morne Diablo. Silla had set
off to find a dragon for herself and stumbled upon a baby dragon lost
on the path. Silla had run home to get some milk to feed it and
Granny, believing she wouldfind an abandoned lamb, went with her.
Now Granny was just about to see what the small animal was....



Where {xve Al4 the


TDrons Q oone?


Part Two

by Lee Kessel


"Oh me God child, what creature of the devil is that thing?" And
Granny crossed herself as her small granddaughter led her baby
dragon from under the leafy bush.
Silla giggled, "Oh Granny, how could you think that such a pretty
little animal comes from the devil? It's a baby dragon and I'm taking
her home."
"Oh no you're not, child. We have to return it to its mother before
she thinks we've stolen it."
But Silla insisted they feed the little creature first with the milk
sucked out of the rag and after it had given a good belch, it cuddled
itself in Silla's arms and went to sleep. Granny wrung her hands as
she did whenever she was agitated and wondered what she could do
to return the baby.
Now all this had taken so long that the sun had set in a fiery
burst of red behind the towering mountain. It would be dark very
soon and Granny had no wish to be on the mountain when its dev-
ils flew about.
Too late. Swooping down upon them came a very angry mother
dragon. It pulsated orange and red and the only reason why she
didn't breathe fire over them was because Silla held her baby and
Granny stood behind Silla.
"Thieves!" roared the dragon. "Give me my child and go before I
take the breath from your bodies!"
Silla 1. ..9' i1 ... ..... .1i i.. ... i unjust, so she looked the dragon
right ir Ih I ... I I r so, adding, "I found your baby
lost on the path and saved her life by running home to get Granny
so we could feed her."
The mother dragon's colour calmed from red to purple to blue, and


she gently took her baby from Sil's arms and enfolded her in her
delicate wings.
"Thank you, human child," She said humbly. "You have saved the
last of the dragons."
"But there must be lots of you hiding out in the mountain," pro
tested Silla.
"No. Sit down with your grandmother and I'll tell you what
became of us."
So Granny sat on a big stone and held Silla tight against her bosom.
The baby dragon slept on, warm and safe in her mother's wings.
"All the dragons lived for hundreds of years in the mountains of
Transylvania, but over the years the people set traps for us and
killed us very cruelly. Eventually, only a handful of us remained, all
she-dragons, and so one ... 1. n .. 1, 1 mnd and the seas
to find a new home and .11 ...... i .. ih,. Iliought we would
be safe, here in the cavel. I I ... ., .1 i i I long ago, I gave
birth to this baby, having nurtured her within my body for many,
many years. Some of my sister dragons have despaired and died and
now there is only one other she-dragon on the mountain with me.
There will be no more babies and without a mate, my own little one
will be the last of the dragons."
Silla thought this the saddest story she had ever heard and big
tears rolled down her cheeks.
"You will never see us -.i.n continued the mother-dragon, "but
1. i ... 1. i .1 i ;- . .1 I 1 1 .efully, you will see the
I. i i i i i . . .. .- I 1 face of the full m oon."
Now Silla and her grandmother look for the shadows of the last of



Swooping down upon them came

a very angry mother dragon


the dragons every night when the moon is full, and perhaps if you
believe strongly enough, you too will see the shadows of the last of
the dragons against the bright face of a full moon.
And Silla still looks out for abandoned baby animals and brings
them home to her grandmother to care for, saying, "You never know,
Granny -we might be saving the last one."
THE END


I' PRil SPNORDB5PTT ST.INC R |O


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A moray eel bite can be very serious because ii
S* have a lot of long, bacteria-covered, backward-facir
S ,. I ', wound. These teeth are great for grabbing and hol
I* has another set of teeth in a second set of jaws (
throat. The pharyngeal jaws can move forward so i
I TDO L S pull the prey into the digestive system.
The most common moray in the Caribbean is th
I up to eight feet in length. It's really blue in color
mucus which makes it look green. There's also a s

I DEEP SECRETS WORD PUZZLE

Iby Elaine Olivierre Unscramble the words from the passage and pl
the special name in the vertical column.
I For the past few months, we have been looking at the problems faced by coral
reefs around the world. If the problems persist and our coral reefs are destroyed,
hundreds of marine creatures will be without a home. Lets take a look at some
of them. 9
There's one very interesting and unusual reef fish that has a very fierce reputa-
Ition. Can you guess what this might be?
It's the scary-looking moray eel which lives in crevices in the reef. Moray eels
Look like snakes and they move like snakes when they are swimming. But they
are really long slender fish with a dorsal fin that extends all the way down the
back as far as the tail.
Morays do look quite frightening because, as they loiter in their holes, their
mouths are open so they look as though they are ready to bite. In fact, they are
Drawing water into their mouths and passing it back and over their gills to extract
SfI Id I i moray eels eat? The answer to that is, whatever comes their way. They
feed mainly on fish but will also eat shrimp, crabs and even lobster. Some morays
I are cannibals and eat each other! They prefer to hunt at night when they leave
the holes in the reef to search for prey.
SMoray eels have poor sight and .-in. ;;tt th--- an excellent sense of
smell. They have two pairs of nostril.- i .. I I I I two little tubes stick-
ing out above the mouth and they allow water in. The second pair are above the
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I THE CARIBBEAN SKY: FREE SHOW NIGTLY Il-


THE SKY IN FEBRUARY
by Scott Welty

The Planets in February
MERCURY -Rising in the morning twilight early in the month at about 0530 and
sinking fast later in the month (more about Mercury below)
VENUS -- ;;- t- -- -sible as an evening star in the western twilight.
EARTH -. I I .I .i money from the government.
MARS -Rises ~1800 in Cancer early in the month and then earlier and earlier as


If we can look at the sun (but don't!) then Mercury is always going to be just a little
to one side of the sun or the other from our "-- .;t- 1-it That means you are only
going to see Mercury just before sunrise or I . ....
Soy .. ..... 1. 11... 1 . 1. I -I 1. ... to view Mercury is when it is at the biggest
angle I. ... I ....- i i. .... II That angle is called elongation and you'd
be nearly right! Mercury's biggest possible elongation is about 25 degrees. The prob
lem is that elongation is measured along the ecliptic. That's roughly the plane of the


Above: February Istfrom Grenada, 120 north
Below: February Istfrom Canada, 450 north


and Cancer
JUPITER -Setting just after the sun all month.
SATURN -Rises -2200 in Virgo and sets in the day time all month.
Sky Events This Month
Feb 8 -Mars very close to the Beehive Cluster (more info below)
Feb 12 -Very thin crescent moon rises with Mercury just to the right at 0545. Sky
may already be too light but worth a try!
Feb 13 -New Moon
Feb 16 Jupiter and Venus right together in the western sky at sunset. You'll need
a clear horizon.
Feb 28 -Full Moon
The Beehive Cluster
This is one of my wintertime favorites. The Beehive Cluster has been seen by people
for ages. Galileo sketched it in his notebook. This cluster of stars will appear as a
slight smudge in the constellation Cancer (see Figure 1). I can usually find it by first
locating the Gemini Twins and then look down and to your right from there. There is
also a nice ..... 1 formed by the main stars of Cancer and the Beehive Cluster is
right in the :... I II that. Once you find it, train your Steiners on it. Wow! The clus
ter stands out brightly as there is not much else in this region making the stars
dramatic against the inky black of the nighttime sky. The cluster consists of about
1,000 stars that are gravitationally bound to each other. You won't see that many in
your binoculars. The whole cluster is about 500 to 600 light years away. Close! Enjoy
-it will be up and around in the evening from now to well into the spring.
The Problem with Mercury
Ifyou'vebee '.. .i I'. I.i.. ........ ..i i. I i . iu?)you may
havenoticed t .I ... i ... ....- .. .. i .i i ,,. i ...... orjustafter
sunset. Mercury is especially hard to see as it is closest to the sun. Both Mercury
and Venus are called 'inferior' planets since they are closer to the sun than we are.


solar system and that line in the sky will take or I.11 ..I ... ih respect to the
local horizon depending on latitude and season. i I ..... and 3! The two
diagrams show the relative position of the sun and Mercury on February 1st as
viewed from Grenada and then at latitude 45 degrees somewhere near a place called
'Canada'. As you can see, Merci" .'- i .,, 1 ... .. .. about 25 degrees measured
along the ecliptic in both cases .. 11. i ''. .- II. much lower in Canada mak
ing Mercury nearly impossible to view since it will be very low in the sky where there
is a LOT more atmosphere for the light to come through. In the Caribbean the angle
the ecliptic makes with the horizon is always fairly large and doesn't change so much
with seasons as we very well know. Thats why it's nice and warm and also why
sunset and sunrise happen pretty quickly giving us little twilight.

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


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A Morning at


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Readers' Program
by Chris Doyle
It was 0745; the Grenada cruisers' VHF radio net had finished with emergency
traffic and weather, and was now on cruiser activities. "We are still looking for vol
unteers to help young kids with the reading on Saturday. We leave at 0900 and
return at 1330. If you are interested, contact Hope on Starshine after the net." It
sounded intriguing, so I joined.
Keith of K&J Taxi picked up 18 of us and delivered us to the community center in
Mt. Airy. We climbed out into a very pastoral scene. The Mt. Airy Community Center
is shaded by a big mango tree and stands on the edge of a large sports field. Beyond,
a heavily wooded slope with fruit and silk-cotton trees rises to a ridge, on which
houses are dotted.
The directors of this program arrive; Jeanne and Everest Pascal are Grenadians
who worked for years in England. On their return home, one of the people working
with them needed some tutoring for their son, so Everest, who used to be a school
teacher in Grenada, took it on. Then Jeanne had a small problem with another kid
who did some damage to her property. She decided he needed schooling. Thus the
Mt. Airy Young Readers' Program began.
The connection with yachtspeople came later. A cruiser named Aubrey on a yacht
called Valleda was looking for something to do. He heard about this 'i 1, ;. .nd
joined in, catching two buses all the way up into the hills to do so. I ,' 1. i .1 of
K&J Tours, a Port Louis-based taxi driver, heard about this, he offered to transport
volunteers for free; they pass a hat for gas. Right now, the yachting community pro
vides more than half of the volunteers working with the Mt. Airy Young Readers'
Program, and it depends on yachting coordinators to make it happen. Thankfully

Right: Young
Readers
enthralled by 1
cruiser
Cordelia's
magic show


e l W d ssidt p they have been there:

e cm Isle Escape and now Hope
Sq ron Starshine.
SWhen we first arrived
Sand the center was opened
up, it looked to me like all
but that idea was quickly
dispelled as lots of kids
1 f rom about six to 15
11111 in. In the first part
of the i
paired I I
In my case I was put with
Akiel so he could practice
reading; the book was
about basketball. Luckily,
Akiel knew more about the
subject than I. He read
slowly but carefully and
quite well. We discussed words that he did not know how to pronounce, and when
we came across a word he did not understand, we would talk about what it meant.
This quickly reminded me how many words I know and understand in context, but
without always having a precise definition to offer. We came to a point in the story
where the young basketball player was showing off and giving a make believe radio
commentary about his prowess at the same time. His big brother hears him, and he
blushes with embarrassment. Blushes," said Akiel. "He must be white." At this point
we were joined by Brittany, a latecomer. I now had two young readers, so I asked
them how we should handle this. They suggested reading one paragraph each; so it
went.
Work stopped at exactly 11:00. Now we play games," Akiel said, and he fetched
some dominoes. I knew I was in trouble from the way he expertly slid them out onto
the table and shuffled them in a very professional manner. He won two games and
Brittany slid away while Akiel beat me handily a third time.
For the next part of that day's program we ha I ..... -il. A German
cruiser, Cordelia, from a boat called Isis, had once I I -. .. I conjuror and
offered to put on a short magic show. The kids were enthralled as she made balls
disappear and appear, and flicked a scarf so it changed from one color to another.
In the final part of the program, Jeanne sat center stage with the kids in front. She
S.... ... i .... i hem recite their multiplication tables (the seven
I and generally kept them on their toes. I listened
for a while and then slipped outside to sit under the mango tree and chat with some
of the other cruisers.
It was a highly entertaining morning, and the interaction seemed beneficial and
fun for both cruisers and kids. I enjoyed meeting Jeanne and Everest and getting to
know cruisers I had not met before. As we were -.i...i. ,.'-. le chatting, someone
even came by with plastic glasses and a big bottle I ..... I. I eggnog.
Cruising is at its best when cruisers get to interact with locals, and the Mt. Airy
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BOOK REVIEW BY BOB BERLINGHOF


A TIME, A LIFE


Adventures in the Trade Wind, The Story of Morris Nicholson, Pioneer
Charterboat Skipper, and of Yacht Chartering in the West Indies in the Half
Century after the Second World War, by Richard Dey, Offshore Press. 328 pages.
ISBN 978-1-4363 9436 9.
Part adventure story, part history of
yacht chartering, set against a backdrop
Soof political upheaval, this ode to a remark
able individual brings to life many of the
wonderful scoundrels and pioneers who
made up the yachting community in its
early years.
Morris Nicholson, an active octogenarian
residing in Bequia, is the focus of this
story, but it encompasses an entire era,
from the early 1950s to the present day.
S 'e-rr~.' 1 T-b]cr-n-p ---as in engineering
SIu .... I f I" whenhesetout
from England aboard the Enid, an 80foot
wooden ketch built in 1895 as a coastal
trading ship. His life savings of 350 pounds
were invested in the boat, but the skipper,
Clive Stevenson, informed his luckless
crew they were broke in Algeciras, on the
south coast of Spain. They had to raise
cash by smuggling cigarettes and refrig
erators from Tangier, Morocco to the Canary Islands, a trip they made three times
over the next year. Finally setting out for the New World in 1952, Stevenson sold
Enid out from under his crew, who were all shareholders, and gave them each only
US$200 in Martinique.
Morris was stranded and furious, but his ability to fix things landed him a job in
St. Lucia working for Bert Ganter, a Trinidadian entrepreneur who was helping to
rebuild Castries after a fire in 1948 destroyed much of the city. Morris crewed, then
skippered, the 80 foot powerboat Nanin for Ganter, and became familiar with navi
gating the islands south to Trinidad, as Ganter needed help to establish a marina in
Vigie Cove. The marina in Vigie became a place where the early charter yachts from
Desmond Nicholson's (no relation to Morris) charter operation at English Harbour,
Antigua came for repairs.
In 1954 Morris met Gus and Jane Koven, an American couple aboard Eleuthera I,
andduring .. ... I IiI I .. 11 II ....l. their
larger Eleut 1 .. I ,,II . Ii Ii. .. i ...,,I l., I over
three decade .1 1 ..I 1 rr 11 11,,, 1"11', " 11I 111 l, l look's
author, a neighborhood friend) throughout the Caribbean, to Bermuda, Nova Scotia,
the Mediterranean, and the Aegean Sea. They had planned to cross the Pacific, but
bad weather caused a rogue wave to injure several crew north of Colombia. Morris
was washed overboard, but he hung on to the toerail and was saved by a quick
thinking Jane, who grabbed his wrist and hauled him aboard. In Haiti Eleuthera's
crew was shot at by Duvalier's Tonton Macoutes when they entered a quiet harbour
late at night. Using the boats AM radio, Morris called Puerto Rican authorities, who
contacted the Haitian authorities. Fortunately no one was injured, but the ordeal
lasted 90 minutes and shots damaged the pristine hull of Eleuthera HI.
The author successfully combines the story of Morris's adventures with those of
the early charter captains aboard their crewed yachts. Morris initially ran charters
from Antigua but was not based there for most of his career, preferring St. Lucia,
Grenada, and later, Bequia. He did rub (and sometimes bend) elbows with the trail
blazers of Caribbean chartering including Jol Byerley, Don Street, Mitch Mitchell,
Carl Schuster, Ian Spencer, Jim Squires, Jack Ramm, Stan ;... i .. ..... hn
Clegg, Barbara Stevens, Douglas Terman, and Richard Scott i- .. i I .."),
among many others. The lives of these colorful characters are interwoven with
those of the unusual cruisers who shared Morris's company including Reg Calvert,
Banana Bill, Voodoo Jack Lindsay, Errol Flynn, Eric Allcard, and Eric Hiscock. There
are also the many movers and shakers who created wealth for the islands (and often,
but not always, for themselves), such as Tom Johnston, who created Moonhole, Niels
Thomsen of Friendship Bay Hotel, Haze Richardson (PSV Resort), John and Mary
Caldwell (Palm Island), Jack Van Ost (CSY), Walter Boudreau (Marigot Bay), and Bill
Stevens (Stevens Yachts).
The charter scene changed radically in the 1970s as Caribbean Sailing Yachts
(CSY) introduced the bareboat charter and the idea was copied (more successfully)
by The 4--rinfe T h concept was that a fleet of identical boats could be maintained
more 1 I a .... a disparate fleet, and paid for by separate owners on a lease
back plan. This allowed sailors from northern climates to skipper a boat in the
islands (assuming they were qualified if not, a local skipper was available) and do
their own cooking. As a result, crewed charter yachts like Eleuthera II were outnum
bered by their smaller and cheaper competitors.
By the late seventies, Morris was considering retiring when the Kovens offered him a
piece of land from their estate on Bequia, on a ridge o, ,i i a. i...... t I Dn one
side and Mustique on the other. Morris swallowed t, I, I I I ,, I -. when
Eleuthera Iwas sold; by then his house on the hilltop was built. The latter part of this
book tells of Morris's life and many varied interests ashore his artwork, ---- 1 I
creations, solar power experiments, nine cats, and his ten years with Suz -. ,II
described as the happiest of his life, before she succumbed to cancer in 1994.
The book's sole weakness is the author's frequent side trips into island politics.
While interesting to a political junkie like mysell' i .i .1 to readers
less inclined to care about each island state's I i 1.....I l ... I .. I indepen
dence. On the other hand, the tremendous changes in the last 60 years did not occur
in a vacuum, and some political background is necessary to this story, but the
impact it had on Morris himself was negligible.
Morris Nicholson had a tremendous personal influence on the book's author as a
role model, and he served the same for this reviewer. My parents chartered Eleuthera
IIin 1960, and their photos and stories enchanted me, describing a world larger than
Little League baseball. When I began working as a charter skipper 17 years later,
Morris was one of a half dozen skippers based in Bequia who all pulled together and
helped one another in times of need. There was n- .:t .1 1 n yachts had lim-
ited services ashore, so advice and spare parts .' -' I I Mr. Dey's rela
tionship with Morris is similarly coloured by his admiration and affection for a man
whose natural shyness as an old school Englishman is overshadowed by a generosity
of spirit, love of life, and .. ..... I . I Ih . I ni .-i l. 1"- 1h11.. ..11 ...'
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make your .:- f- t-r and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, autd I -1, I -. Guides and compiler of Imray-Iolaire charts, which
shows the time of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this AND next
month, will help you calculate the tides.
Water, Don explair.- ... 11 tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east .. .1 .oonrise, continues to run east until about an
hour after the moon reaches its zenith (see TIME below) and then runs westward.
From just after the moon's setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward;
and from just after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward; i.e.
tide the floods from west to east. Timrno .i--n fnr local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 I .11 I1 new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire


charts. Fair tides!
February
DATE TIME
1 0148
2 0239
3 0329
4 0419
5 0510
6 0607
7 0654
8 0746
9 0838
10 0928
11 1016
12 1101
13 1145
14 1226 (new)
15 1307
16 1347
17 1428
18 1511
19 1557


20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
March
DATE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10


1646
1739
1836
1936
2036
2136
2234
2330
0000 (full)

TIME
0023
0115
0207
0254
0352
0446
0540
0633
0724
0813


0859
0943
1025
1106
1146 (new)
1227
1310
1355
1443
1535
1630
1727
1826
1924
2021
2115
2208
2300
2351
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In September 2009 I was fortunate to visit the Emerald
Isle Montserrat -as part of my research on the bio
diversity of the spider fauna in the Eastern Caribbean.
Here I was assisted by one of my friends who had visited
the island before. One of our goals was to explore the
entire island, including its cuisine. Here I will document
our culinary adventure on this beautiful island.
One of our goals was to taste a true Montserratian
breakfast, hard to do in a restaurant because most of
them cater for tourists and serve European or
American-style breakfasts. However, there are many
snackettes that sell a variety of meat pies. In our
quest, one morning we told the owner of one of the
supermarkets on the island that we were looking for a
local breakfast. She contacted a vendor who sells from
his car, and he promptly drove over with his goods!
Who knew you could get meat pies and a hot piece of
baked chicken at seven in the .......
However, my favourite local I .1 i was a sand
which from Peter's Bakery. Most if not all of the bakeries
on the island make sandwiches for breakfast. Besides
a wide variety of pastries, they bake what is locally
referred to as "grease bread". This long narrow bread
has a crunchy crust and you can get it plain, to make
your sandwiches yourself, or have a sandwich made
with butter, creamy cheddar cheese, tuna or Spam or
a combination of those. The bakery in back is com-
bined with a mini-mart in the front so you can buy
some cold drinks while you are there.
During our time on the island we were able to sam
ple the national dish of the island, "goat water", which
is basically a stew made with goat meat, which is very
tasty. Many other islands in the Eastern Caribbean
serve this dish. However, each island puts its own
twist on the recipe, and Montserrat is no exception.
Montserrat's signature is a lot of cloves. Also, as one
waitress said, their goat water is not weak like "man
nish water", which is the term used to refer to this
stew in Jamaica.
In Montserrat, cloves are also used, along with
almond essence, in drinks such as the traditional
Christmas drink, "sorrel", made from the sepals of the
Rumex acetosa plant.
As with many islands in the Caribbean, a barbecue on
the weekends is quite a staple event. From as early as
three o'clock in the afternoon, you see the locals setting
up their stalls at the side of the road. A quick drive


Adventures in

Eating on

Montserrat
by Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal
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In Montserrat, exploring tiny eateries can pay
big dividends


around the safe northern part of the island -the part
not affected by the volcano -quickly reveals how popu
lar this food is. As the evening progresses, the number
of stalls increases, with the nearest competition some-
times a mere ten feet away. Some stalls employ interest-
ing tactics to attract customers, such as playing music
ol, 1 i:'--- .1--- while others have live music.
11 ''i 'ave barbecue in a restaurant set
ting on a weekend, you can try the Royal Palm Club
located in Woodlands, which serves barbecue on


Friday nights. The setting here is quite charming and
very quiet. When you are here you feel like you are in
your own private hideaway tucked into the mountain
side. Given the altitude, you get a great view, and there
is a wine bar where you can have a drink and socialize
with other patrons while you wait for your meal.
Pont's Beach View Bar and Restaurant is another res
taurant option for weekend barbecue and serves some of
the best barbecued chicken I have tasted. Located in
Little Bay next to The Green Monkey Dive Shop, this
structure looks tiny but can seat up to 50 persons.
When you enter, you are struck by the colourful decor
and collection of old artifacts such as irons, kettles and
anchors. They I ....I -i.... conversation pieces
while you wait: I I .,, I believe me it is worth
the wait. The moist and tender meat is seasoned with
just the right amount of spice. They serve a variety of
barbecued meats such as pork, fish and beef, and you
can get a mix if you are not sure what you want to taste.
Another treat is the appetizer plate of fresh-baked coco
nut chips. A Sunday lunch there is a definite must when
you visit the island. It is also the only time they open!
Besides barbecue, you can find food from other
countries on Montserrat. The Anfa Chinese Restaurant
is the only Chinese restaurant on the island. However,
despite this monopoly, they have a wide and tasty
variety of dishes. The owner is very accommodating
and will even make dishes for you that are not on the
menu, provided they have the ingredients.
Indian food is popular on the island, and if you want
take-out, try Ashok's. Located in the town of Brades, it
is actually a kitchen located in the back of Ashok's
supermarket, and all the culinary magic is done by
one cook. He is very obliging and can adjust your order
to fit you; for example he can leave out ingredients you
don't like or are allergic to, such as peanuts in some
sauces. But if you want Indian food with the conve
nience of heating it up anywhere you are, at home or
at work, then Karishma's Indian Takeaway is the place
for you. They make fresh food like naan, samosas and
curries and will make special orders. Both of these
places serve authentic Indian food, not like most
places in Trinidad & Tobago, where I am from, where
most of the "Indian" cuisine is merely influenced by
Indian cooking but has been greatly modified and is
unique to the country.
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we would often pass a tiny, quaint wooden structure
along the way in Fogarthy Hill and there would always
be a crowd. Becoming curious, when we got a chance
we paid a visit. We found a definite reason for the
crowd. The proprietors serve excellent local food such
as provisions and saltfish, fresh salad and some of the
best baked chicken I have eaten in my life.
Of the many restaurants we visited on the island, two
stood out. The first is the Olveston House Restaurant
and Guest House, set on five acres in Salemha.
Operated by Carol Osborne and Margaret Wilson, the
restaurant serves traditional English meals with a
Caribbean twist. What I .11 I I....... ... ...
was their Themedd" nigh .. I, I .1, .- I.
is a buffet barbecue and I .. I .i .11,
fare such as fish and chips, and steak and kidney pie.
You have to remember that Montserrat is under the
governance of the United Kingdom, so what better way
to enjoy some English cuisine without going all the way
to the United Kingdom?
This building has a great history. It was once the
director's house on a plantation that cultivated limes
to supply British sailors with Vitamin C to prevent
scurvy. (This earned them the nickname Limeys.) It
once housed the broadcasting station of Radio
Montserrat and its basement has functioned as a cin
ema. In the early 1980s it was purchased by the
owner of Air Studios and producer for the Beatles, Sir
George Martin, and hosted artists such as Eric
Clapton, Elton John, Sting and Paul McCartney who
had come to the island to record their songs.
Secondly, there is the Gourmet Gardens, located not
too far from the -i 1 ,, . ,- ,,,. i
cious food, this e -i I .... .i .1 I I I
lovers. When you enter you are struck by the piles of
books on tables and on shelves along the walls. So
while you wait for your order you can browse through
and might find some treasures. Patrons are welcome
to bring in books they have finished reading and take
new ones, but an exchange is not mandatory.
In most of the restaurants we visited on Montserrat,
I found "bush tea" to be an almost standard beverage
on the menu. The term may sound exotic, but the
type of bush tea available in each restaurant varies
and really depends on what they have growing in their
individual gardens. Mint and lemongrass were com-
mon flavours.
However, I must note that if you visit the island you
might find some items expensive or non-existent. A


perfect example is a milkshake. In some ice-cream
parlours on Montserrat they have the equipment for
making milkshakes or soft serve ice cream but they do
not serve them since electricity is very expensive on the
island and running the machines is not profitable.
Exploring the cuisine of Montserrat added a special
dimension to my visit. So the next time you visit here,
or any other place in the Caribbean, why not try tak
ing a culinary tour and see what you can discover!

Editor's note: In early January, the volcano in
Montserrat was showing increased activity. Visit www.
montserratvolcanoobservatory.info or tune in to ZJB
radio Montserrat, 95.5/88.3FM at 1600 hours local
time (2000 UTC) for a daily update on recent activity.


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Dear Compass Readers,
[Re: "Selected Caribbean ShortwaveWeather Reports"
in January's Compass] Eric Mackie 9z4cp Trinidad
Emergency Net, with his weather forecast -should be
up and running now on 3855 LSB at 0630 local time.
Currently he is giving a brief weather forecast on the
Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net on 3815 LSB
at 0630 local time and then switching to 3855 LSB to
check his transmission strength with whoever might
be on frequency. For the time being he will be working
off a long wire antenna so his transmissions will not be
as good as with his 80-metre loop, but I had good con
tact with him in early January in Rodney Bay Marina,
St. Lucia.
Please spread the word around and he would appre
ciate those with a Ham license checking in with him
and giving him a signal report.
John Lytle
S/Y Oriole

Dear Compass,
Reading the letter in the January issue from your
correspondent Liesbet Collaert has reminded me that I
agreed to try to get some r-.'i.-.-1- i.~-li-n = from
the Ministry of Agriculture ii .. -.. I 11. ....lorta
tion of domestic animals. Having invited other yacht
owners to contact me with their experiences I have
I. .. 11,,. however, that does not lessen the expe
: .. i correspondent. I have been slightly
remiss in not following up my initial approach to the
Ministry of Agriculture but will do so now.
While writing, I am slightly concerned by the article
in the same issue written by your correspondent
Melodye Pompa on yacht security and, in particular,
~. ...... .. i i ... to the "spin doctors" in Antigua.
S. ..... .11 .. that category as I made many
comments on the murder of a yacht skipper here last
January. I feel that a number of issues raised by her
comments need clarifying.
Firstly, there would not be much of a drugs problem
in the English Harbour/Falmouth area if it was not for
yacht crew and others visitir. : i:. ... 1 1- -1-
ational drugs. Usually, it is: II I . I. -
who are seeking drugs but i .1 i -
: :- t -1 achts and other sailing visitors.
ii. as the murder case is still subjudice, it is
difficult to make definitive comments. However, it is
alleged that the yacht skipper in question was more
than just a casual user and that he was found with a
quantity of "white substance" on his person.
Thirdly, 1 i I.... .. ..i
of person i I1 .. I I I .
resistance". The yacht skipper chased a purse-snatcher
for about 100 yards before the criminal produced a gun.
Fourthly, while the victim could have been a banker
or a construction worker, it is much more likely that
he would have been a yachtsman as he had just left a
bar/restaurant regularly frequented by young yacht
crew and in which recreational drugs were known to
be readily available. The main reason yacht crew fre
quented this bar/restaurant was for the purpose of
obtaining drugs. The bar/restaurant has since been
closed down.
Finally, there is a lot more information on the inci
dent which may or may not be accurate; therefore, no
conclusions should be drawn either by me or your
reporter until the pending criminal case is resolved.
Regards,
John Duffy
Antigua & Barbuda Marine Trades Association
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Hi Compass,
We were interested to read the item in the January
issue's Business Briefs regarding the reduction in fees at
Simpson Bay Lagoon. It may just tempt us back to St.
Maarten. We have been tu-11 --- -ful :1 fti-li.i -ut what
these new fees are. Do y(,, II..- ... ....I .. or can
you direct us to someone who does? We've tried all the obvi
ous web sites, but they have not yet been updated.
Alan and Anne Dunlop
Freya of Clyde

Dear Alan and Anne,
We asked the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association
for an update, which follows. Also, keep in mind that
there are no fees on many other parts of the island,
including inside the lagoon on the French side, so you
can come to Sint Maarten and avoid fees altogether
as many people do.
CC

Dear Compass,
The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association has been
actively pursuing redress against the Simpson Bay
Lagoon Authority Corporation since the inception of the
fees that were introduced on January 1st, 2008. In part
because of our efforts and with a new government
awareness of the impact of the marine industry on the
local economy, SLAC has recently been transferred to
the Ports Authority. On January 1st, 2010, a new policy
went into effect regarding i. ..... )f weekly fees. In
the past, vessels that hac I I 11. I for a week and
come back within that same week were being charged for
another week upon clearing in. That double charge has
now been eliminated, as has the double charge for a ves
sel paying for a week in Simpson Bay and then being
-..r:-- a week ... .. ,i'. ... i to Philipsburg.
,. as the i I i, i ,,' ige and weekly fees
(posted at www.heinekenregatta.com/Island-Info/
Immigration), the tariffs were set by government ordi
nance on the advice of SLAC. The Ports Authority are
currently reviewing the accounts of SLAC and hold
ing meetings with the marine industry to determine
the best approach to rework those tariffs while still
being able to maintain the bridge and offer proper
services to cruising boats in the lagoon. A new ordi
nance will have to be written, reviewed and passed by
local government.
In the meantime, works have already commenced
in the lagoon and we hope to have a new ordinance
by early summer.













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Dear Compass People,
I am a skipper who recently was cruising the
Grenadines for a couple of weeks. On December 23rd,
2009, as we sailed from St. Lucia down to St. Vincent,


After 12 hours in the water and still wearing his life
vest, one of the two rescued men sleeps in
Klaus's cockpit

we heard people =-r-.in. f-r help. Two men were
I I ,. I ... I II the channel.
... on a very low course, far to the west
of the rhumb line, and we were obviously their last
chance. We stopped immediately and rescued the two
men. After we gave them water and something to eat,
they told us that they had been in the water for 12
hours and several yachts had passed by and seen
them but NOBODY else stopped to help!
We took them onboard after noontime and they had
lost their boat the night before. We were informed that
they had a boat accident with four people, but there
were only two life vests on board. The motor was bro
ken, waves entered the boat and it turned over. We
rescued the two with life vests (I left them at a police
station in north St. Vincent), but we don't know what
happened to the other two guys.
We are really upset that so many yachtspeople are
scared to help local people. When somebody is in the
water, far away from any land, be sure that this is a
serious situation -an emergency. There is no excuse
for not helping them!
Best,
Klaus Eschmann

Dear Compass,
Twenty-two days out of Aruba I arrived in Bocas del
Toro, Panama on December 14th, 2009. It took 15
days to cover the last 120 miles against a powerful
two to three-knot easterly current and westerly wind,
which stopped completely at night -unless there
were squalls of 30 to 45 knots, almost always from the
west, and of course it rained almost every day.
I passed 150 miles north of the Rio Magdalena off of
Barranquilla, Colombia. Bypassed Cartagena because
I refuse to anchor anywhere that I cannot go swim-
ming. Wonderful sailing into the Darien, in order to get
away from all shipping, and passed just five miles
north of the Hollandes Keys of Kuna Yala. Did not
stop, but hooked up two marlin, neither of which came
aboard .... i I -. I 11,.,11 ... often a
handful, . 11 .1. .. . .


Mermaid had sprung a serious leak in the 12-foot
breaking seas north of Barranquilla and I was hoping
to get into Portobello to dive on the hull, but the wind
did a 180-degree shift and blew me to the east. I was
joined by seven different birds who thought nothing of
the leaks which were plaguing me.
So, 15 days of eight-miles-a-day later -with a torn
mainsail, broken steering and leaking about 40 gal
lons an hour -I hove to about eight miles north of the
Bocas del Toro channel and, of course, fell asleep. The
current shifted into the northwest and the preventer
on the wheel broke. I awoke at 0515 about a hundred
yards from a surfer's paradise in ten-foot seas.
Immediately I dropped the staysail and cut the lash
ings on my 250-pound fisherman as well as a 20-kilo
Bruce anchor. Both held.
I then re-hoisted my torn mainsail and got underway
while hoisting my jib and letting the anchor rodes run.
It was touch and go for over an hour as Mermaid
moved to the east at less than a knot while being
swept back toward the surfline by the huge seas. Heart
in stomach, this continued for several hours.
Under very light wind I finally sailed into the anchor
age and, with a few Guinnesses brought over by a few
cruising friends I had not seen since Curacao...
I will not be complaining about much of anything for
quite awhile, just giving thanks and praise.
Whoever wrote the cruising guide for this area is
definitely a motorboat or motorsailor kind of person.
For the true sailor this is a very tough coast and lifts
my estimation of Chris Columbus and crew several
pegs! That is why I will always prefer Don Street's
guides to any of the others. Don sailed and recorded
his observations and experiences while under sail
very much the essential info needed i .. .
adventurer in order to enjoy or ever .-. .1 i Ih
plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques or what have
you that have come to fill up most other guides. One
must maintain a seaman's perspective n rri"--
safely. Too many folks seem to study the :. i i
they have even located the restaurant!
John Smith
Mermaid of Carriacou
PS Went out with friends the other day to find my
anchors. Found them both within 100 feet of the reef
in 20 feet of water. Was unable to pick up the 200
pound fisherman, "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde", but with lift
bags will try next week. This was the third place the
beast saved my butt: Jamaica, Key West and now
Panama. There's no such ...,. ........ ior that is
too big, its just a question I I. I I '- 1 can get it
on the bottom. (Having a sharp cutlass handy is very
important.) I'm not worried that it washes up even in
the 12-foot surf running today. The surfers on the
surface are blithely unaware of the chunk of metal
under their curl and the joy of having had it hold
Mermaid off of the reef

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Dear Compass,
Reading the arti-l "'r'-;;i;;. "enezuela, Summer 2009" by John Burnie in the
December 2009 - i *'*.! it comes into my mind that only the bravest sail
ors, the trained professional killers, or even those want-to-know-it-exactly types are
still cruising in Venezuela. If there are only a few visiting yachts left, then the pirates
have not much choice; they take what they can get, and those still cruising there can
be at high risk.
Of course, some areas of Venezuela are safer than others. Take the time to check
out www.safetyandsecuritynet.com, "Island Reports", "Venezuelan Mainland" and
"Venezuelan Islands", for reference. Please note, these web pages are not entertain
ment everything listed there is reality. And don't believe that these crimes happen
only to others.
The crime in Venezuela is not only related to yachts, it is present everywhere, but
unarmed sailors are among the easiest victims. Daily, more Venezuelan people are
going hungry, which, as Mr. Burnie wrote, brings them to the first step of crime. It
starts with children I i i i.... at the market; next are the youths who make a
robbery armed with i ., i, ,, I ,,I and the worst is piracy with firearms.
We happened to experience all of these types of crime at various times during our
six years cruising in Venezuela. Also, once when we were standing on the sidewalk,
a car passed us slowly, the door opened, the man grabbed my plastic bag, and then
the car disappeared at full speed. The laugh that time was on our side -in the bag
were some old, very greasy oil filters already dripping through the bag.


The country's strong Catholicism no longer stops crime. I myself have heard more
than once the president proclaiming in his hours-long Sunday radio speeches that
the rich people do not need two cars or two apartments, and he gives the poor his
--l- in to take what they want from the rich "because they have more than
.i This gives permission for robbery, and explains why it is dangerous for us
S. 1i...1.... i Venezuela.
ii11i .11 i than in past years, there are still many yachts in Porlamar,
Margarita. I asked the sailors why they stay at that rolly anchorage for months,
where mans 1.... 1 lefts occur in comparison to the rest of the Caribbean, and
from where I' II ' trip to the Eastern Caribbean islands is annoying, to say the
least-:.. ..i.... I 0 hours against wind and waves. The answer was, "Living
is cheap I. I ,,i ,I 1, have to add the cost of a stolen outboard and dinghy to
the bill, I don't know what is "cheap" about being there.
By now nothing is really cheap in Venezuela, and some items are more expensive
than in the islands in the Eastern Caribbean. A beer is 3.5 Bf (US $1.70); a 750 ml
bottle of Cacique rum is 35 Bf (US$16.50) and one kilo of onions is US$6, all at the
official bank rate. For years there h- --- f-; -- ri-;;. h -T' whether milk powder
or wheat flour, rice or pasta. Asof i ..... II ... . i tl-. ,
the market in the whole country. It is absolutely i... i .- .. .. I I
can get for our foreign currency on the black market; we have to consider the prices
for the local people. Howcanth I I 1. .... i .. .mple, 1 workman
earns only US$150 to US$200 ... ..I. I . .. .. ....I I has I I awifeand
maybe three or more children. It is no wonder that crime rises continuously; people
ar h1innr- like wolves.
i criminals exist and attacks can happen everywhere. But one difference
r't-"tn -Trimr -nint "n- tt in the Eastern Caribbean islands and Venezuela is this:
i 1, i... I 1 I ..1. i. I1 .1I- tryto get thebad guys who are detrimental to their
tourism industries, while currently in Venezuela it seems that nobody is taking care
of the yacht crime. The attackers can get away with impunity, and they know it. It is
left up to us cruisers to take I .... .- . ...-1 1, outlaws. We have to apply for
licenses to carry firearms to I I ... I II I1. i ndits realize that cruisers are
armed, trained and willing to shoot, there will be many fewer incidents.
A discussion about the definition of the word "piracy" is splitting hairs. If you encoun
ter people pointing firearms at you and demanding your property, its a good bet they
are willing to kill you to get what they want; otherwise they would not use firearms.
People in Venezuela are usually very nice and kindly, an-id .. r-1l-- -rni--j d I"r
stay for severalyears i ..... I .- I -
population, there is .1 I i '' Sadly, we don't trust local
people any more. Now we watch every passing pirogue or fishing vessel with Argus
eyes. We are no longer carefree sailors; we feel we are fair game.
Having been a victim of a firearm attack in Venezuela in January 2008 (with a very
lucky outcome) I can tell you, I do not want to have such encounters again, and I
don't wish this to happen to other cruisers. To be honest, we found that Venezuela
has superb cruising areas, beautiful beaches and friendly people -but today we
fear for our lives! It is not necessary to risk one's life to visit a nice place; other coun
tries have nice places, too. Therefore we will reluctantly give up cruising Venezuela
until they offer better security for cruisers.
Angelika Gruener
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DECK VIEW FROM TI KANOT BY CHRIS DOYLE


A couple of years ago, a friend came to sail with me
for a week out of Grenada. We had a good week.
Although the Grenadines as a whole are a sailing
Mecca, we remained in Grenada waters, because to
visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) and return
would involve clearing Customs and Immigration four
times: out of Grenada, into SVG, out of SVG, and back
into Grenada. The same situation in reverse applies to
boats wanting to visit Grenada waters from SVG.
Few people indeed want to spend that much time of
a sailing holiday dealing with red tape, so currently
many yachts stay on one side or the other of the bor
der -a loss to them and to both nations' economies.
From the point of view of the governments of both SVG
and Grenada, the more yachts that clear in and out
the better: they get a good fee every time. Yet (with the
welcome exception of going to a .... 1 1 ..... Fr .i i
,. , ....... i d on e I .. 1 I .1.1 I .- .
......... i I between the two countries.
Over the New Year's holiday this year, some rela
tives of mine chartered a boat for a week out of
Grenada and really wanted to revisit the Tobago Cays.
I sailed Ti Kanot in company with them and we did it.
S...... ut of Grenada, and into SVG, and out of
I into Grenada again was just the kind of
bureaucratic hassle that I expected -and my rela
I 1 .1 They said they would not do this trip
.. .. i I, .i ason.
I just want to spell this out a bit for any official that
might happen to read this. A typical one-week yacht
charter needs to include time to learn about and provi
sion the boat, so in reality the charterers often only
have six days of sailing. Added to which, any single
week is going to include a weekend when Customs
hours are shorter, plus there is likely to be a public
holiday, gear breakdown or weather-related hiccup. In
other words, their vacation time is precious.
When planning a cruise, yachtspeople might be
happy to visit a port of clearance, but probably will not
want to visit the same port of clearance more than
once. However, as things stand, if they want to visit
Grenadine islands in both territories, they are forced
to. So Customs and Immigration regulations are really
putting a major damper on the very idea of a short
sailing vacation that includes both SVG and Grenada
waters. To ask people to spend time on four of six sail
ing days dealing with Customs and Immigration
paperwork is a bit like telling a hotel tourist who
comes for a week that he must, on four separate days,
go spend time in the Immigration office in town. For
promoting tourism, it is a non-starter.
(Also, if a charter group leaves Grenada, they now
have to fill in all the airport Immigration forms as
well as the yacht forms when they re-enter. Had
they stayed in Grenada, they would not have had to
do anything.)
The shame of this bureaucratic hindrance is that it
is 1-l-ri-; the expansion of good charter busi
nes I I .. and Grenada that would be benefit
cial to both countries. Combined, Grenada and SVG
have the most ideal bareboat and crewed chartering
waters in the Caribbean. Bareboaters and crewed
charter guests are excellent tourists, well inclined to
eat out, take tours and buy souvenirs. It would be a
profitable business sector to expand.
Many people have tried to do something about the
Grenadines-border stumbling block over the last 15
years. Yet year after year we get nowhere. Part of the
problem is that getting the Customs and Immigration
Departments of the two countries to agree on how best
to remove this impediment to yacht tourism is a for


midable task. I would like, therefore, to respectfully
propose a couple of small changes to the Customs
regulations of both SVG and Grenada. These two
improvements should be painless for each nation to
implement on its own, and together would halve the
present hassle.



Border Rules Hamper Two

Nations' Yacht Trade:




THERE IS AN


EASY FIX


The first is to implement a 72-hour or 96-hour in-
and-out clearance for arriving yachts. This means
yacht skippers could clear in and out using the same
form when the yacht is not staying in the country
longer than the prescribed time period and is not
changing crew. This is not a new concept; St. Lucia
has had a 72-hour in-and-out clearance for as long as
I can remember, and it has not been a problem.
Dominica more recently introduced a two-week in
and-out clearance and it, too, is working well. Just
this step alone would cut out one visit to Customs and
Immigration and reduce the red-tape burden on the
cross-boundary yachting visitor by 25 percent.




improving ease of yacht movement
across the SVG Grenada border
would be advantageous

for the tourism economies of both nations



The second suggestion is similar: to offer pre
clearance for departing yachts that will not be outside
of national waters for more than, say, 72 or 96 hours,
and will not be changing crew. When the skipper
clears out, he can also clear back in at the same time,
specifying the day of return. The skipper pays all fees
and completes all paperwork in advance, so the yacht
can come back into the country withoi. ,.,l,,.
Customs again. There could be an extra i,. .i
this, which would help government revenue. This
would save another visit to Customs and, with the
measure above, make things twice as easy for the
yachting visitor.
Improving ease of yacht movement across the SVG
Grenada border would be advantageous for the tour
ism economies of both nations. In the case of SVG,
this would be added value for the large number of
bareboaters who visit the country and also want to dip
into Grenada waters. For Grenada's yachting industry,


the reverse would be true. I hope these suggestions
can be taken into account; I'd love ...... tour
ism in SVG and Grenada reach its :,ii I 'i

Editor's note: We asked the Marine and Yachting
Association of Grenada (MAYAG) and the St. Vincent &
the Grenadines Recreational Marine Association
(SVGRMA) for their responses to Chris's suggestions.
They follow:

Dear Compass,
Chris is quite right -this is an issue everyone
agrees needs to be addressed, yet year after year it
remains the same. One of the problems is that there
are so many governmental departments involved
Customs, Immigration, Finance, Security, Port
Authority and Marine Park f't-r--t' .'n-n; them.
MAYAG is very aware o 11. l ... I ... of our
"Grenadines Gateway" to Grenada's I i,,, i.
try. Grenada's flight connections, II I I I.
supermarkets and attractions ashore perfectly compli
ment the Grenadines' fantastic cruising ground, and
any moves to ease and encourage movement between
islands are beneficial for everyone.
We have raised both Chris's excellent suggestions
with the Minister of Tourism and we will report back
to Compass once we have looked in more detail at how
they might work.
Anita Sutton
MAYAG

Dear Compass,
The two suggestions made by Chris Doyle both have
merit, although we think it will be difficult for the
authorities both here and in Grenada to reach some
agreement on this in the immediate future. As Chris
says, other suggestions have been made over the years
as to how the procedure can be simplified and
enhanced, however they all carry potential risks to St.
Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada when it comes
..i. .1 ... i .. .... who is in our waters and,
I ...- .. I I -per collection of fees.
The first suggestion is, in our view, workable and
straightforward. The second, however, I cannot see the
authorities agreeing on. Clearance into another coun
try is a must. The captain and crew might remain the
same -the contents of the yacht might not!
The potential benefits of the first suggestion to the
yachting industries of St. Vincent & the Grenadines
and Grenada are obvious, as too are the benefits to
the yachting community and all those that provide
supplies and services to yachts and yachtsmen. In the
first instance we would encourage the authorities to
get around a table and arrive at a draft of what would
be workable for them. Thereafter it will ultimately be
a matter for the respective governments cabinets to
consider so that legislation amendments can be made
and gazetted.
We would not support the 72 or 96-hour periods
mentioned, but suggest that in the first instance 48
hours would be a good starting point. Let us see how
well this works and extend it thereafter, subject to the
mutual agreement of the respective Governments.
Customs and Immigration in both territories should
fully embrace ESeaClear and ensure that all the ports
of entry are fully and properly equipped to take full
. i ., i 1. 11 .- ... ers. This alone will be
*. .1 i ... I. .. i. in knowing who is
where and expected arrivals and actual departures.
John West
SVGRMA


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2 World Wetlands Day
4 -7 Club Ndutico de San Juan International Regatta, Puerto Rico.
www.nauticodesanjuan.com /sailingprogram/regatta int.htm
5 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, Jamaica. www.montegobayrace.com
6 -7 Digicel Workboat Regatta, Grenada. www.grenadasailingfestival.com
6 -7 Gill St Maarten Keelboat Championships, St. Maarten Yacht Club
(SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091,
info@smyc.com, www.smyc.com
6 -12 5th La Route du Carnival rally, Martinique to Trinidad.
www.transcaraibes.com
7 Independence Day. Public holiday in Grenada
12 15 32nd Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 28th Annual
Classic Yacht Regatta, Tortola. tel (284) 495-4559.
12 -16 20th Semaine Nautique Schoelcher, Martinique.
http://cerclenautique-schoelcher.com
13-14 Budget Marine Valentines Regatta, Antigua. Jolly Harbour Yacht Club
(JHYC), Antigua. tel (268) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com,
www.jhycantigua.com
13-15 Carnival Regatta, Martinique. Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN),
Martinique, tel (596) 51 73 24, fax (596) 51 73 70,
info @clubnautiqueleneptune.com
14 Sunshine School Fundraising Auction, Bequia.
www.bequiasunshineschool.org
15 16 Carnival Monday and Tuesday in most Dutch and French islands, Haiti,
Puerto Rico, Dominica, Carriacou, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela,
and other places
15 Presidents' Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI
17 Ash Wednesday. Public holiday in Cayman Islands and Jamaica
19-21 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta. See ad on page 14
19-21 Tobago Carnival Regatta. www.sailweek.com
20 -22 Around St Lucia Rally (2 legs), www.stluciayachtclub.com
22 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia
22 26 RORC Caribbean 600 Offshore Race, Antigua. caribbean600.rorc.org
26 28 South Grenada Regatta. See ad on page 17
27 Around St. Maarten-St. Martin Multihull Regatta.
www.MultiHullRegatta.com
27 Independence Day. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic
27 -28 Around Martinique Race (2 legs). Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN),
Martinique, tel (596) 51 73 24, fax (596) 51 73 70,
info@clubnautiqueleneptune.com, www.clubnautiqueleneptune.com
28 FULL MOON



MARCH
1 H. Lavity Stoutt Day. Public holiday in the BVI
1 5 BVI Kite Jam (kite boards), ww.bvikitejam.com
2 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, St. Maarten. SMYC
4 Commodore's Cup, St. Maarten. www.heinekenregatta.com
4 -7 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. www.heinekenregatta.com
5 -8 13th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta, BVI. West End Yacht Club
(WEYC),Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 496-8685, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net
5- 10 Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival, Tortola, BVI. www.caribbeanartisan.net
8 International Women's Day. Commonwealth Day;
public holiday in some places
9 Baron Bliss Day; public holiday in Belize. Commonwealth Day;
public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
11 -14 Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament. http://tgft.com
12 14 8th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Race. See ad on page 12
13 -14 Banana's Cup Race, Martinique. Yacht Club de la Martinique
(YCM), tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr
13 14 Antigua Annual Laser Open, Antigua Yacht Club (AYC),
tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag, www.antiguayachtclub.com
13 14 Gardel Trophy, Guadeloupe. www.trophee-gardel.com
14 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
15 20 7th Annual ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, BVI.
www.nautorswan.com/ClubSwan
17 St. Patrick's Day; public holiday in Montserrat.
Festival in St. Patrick's, Grenada
18 Flag Day. Public holiday in Aruba
19-21 Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta. www.prheinekenregatta.com
19 22 13th Annual Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament. www.tgft.com
20 Sunshine School Annual Jumble Sale, Bequia. bequiasunshineschool.org
22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico
25 -28 St. Barths Bucket, www.bucketregattas.com
26 28 International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI. www.rolexcupregatta.com
29 FULL MOON
29 -4 April BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. www.bvispringregatta.org
30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago
30 22 April Transcaraibes Rally, Guadeloupe to Cuba. See ad on page 44.

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COCHISE an elegant 39 ft
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50' STEEL WORK BOAT.
Caterpillar main engine,
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US$ 1501.00 ONO considered.
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Barefoot Yacht Charters
Barrow Sails & Canvas
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Bay Island Yachts
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Beyond The Islands
Budget Marine
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BVI Yacht Sales
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Martinique MP
UK 39
Antigua 26
Grenada 12
Antigua MP
Grenada MP
Petite Martinique 29
Venezuela 27
St Vincent 41
Tnnidad MP
Mustique 37
Tnnldad 42
Bequla 10
Bequla 11
Bequia MP
Canbbean 35
Slnt Maarten 2
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Tortola 42
Grenada 25
Union Island 38
Martinique 18
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Dockwise Yacht Transport Martinique
Dockyard Electncs Tnnidad
Dominica Marine Center Dominica
Dopco Travel Grenada
Down Island Real Estate Carnacou
Doyle Offshore Sails Tortola
Doyle Offshore Sails Barbados
Doyle's Guides Caribbean
Echo Manne Jotun Special Tnnidad
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Femando's Hideaway Bequia
Food Fair Grenada
Fred Manne Guadeloupe
Gourmet Foods St Vincent
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Tnnidad MP
St Lucia 22
Dominican Rep 20
Grenada 39
Azores MP
Venezuela 38
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Tortola 19
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Aruba 6
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Superwind Germany
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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 4 Click Google Map link below to Þ nd the Caribbean Compass near you!http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=112776612439699037380.000470658db371bf3282d&ll=14.54105,-65.830078& spn=10.196461,14.0625&z=6&source=embedCompass covers the Caribbean! From Cuba to Trinidad, from Panama to Barbuda, we've got the news and views that sailors can use. We're the Caribbean's monthly look at sea and shore. If you really, really want to know whats going on throughout the Caribbean that matters to cruisers „ whether its port clearance costs, safety issues, community outreach projects, the latest in dining or rigging „ this is your source. I am a devoted fan.Ž „ Elaine Lembo, Deputy Editor Cruising World FEBRUARY 2010 € NUMBER 173www.caribbeancompass.com The Caribbeans Monthly Look at Sea & ShoreDont Miss St. KittsWelcoming and interesting ....18San Blas BlissSo much, so littleƒ 21Panama CanalTips from a recent transit .....22Barbuda BoysSeeing red in the sanctuary ..26Montserrat MunchiesEating, Emerald Isle style ......... 3Grenadines GripeCan yacht entry be eased? ....41 DEPARTMENTS Business Briefs .......................9 Regatta News........................13 Destinations ...........................18 Off Track with Street .............23 Sailors Hikes ........................29 Fun Pages.........................30, 31 Cruising Kids Corner ............32 Dollys Deep Secrets ............32 The Caribbean Sky ...............33 Meridian Passage .................35 Book Review .........................35 All Ashore ..............................36 Readers Forum .....................38 Doyles Deck View ...............41 Monthly Calendar ................42 Caribbean Marketplace......43 Classified Ads .......................46 Advertisers Index .................46Caribbean Compass welcomes submissions of short articles, news items, photos and drawings. See Writers Guidelines at www.caribbeancompass.com. Send submissions to sally@caribbeancompass.com. We support free speech! But the content of advertisements, columns, articles and letters to the editor are the sole responsibility of the advertiser, writer or correspondent, and Compass Publishing Ltd. accepts no responsibility for any statements made therein. Letters and submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Compass Publishing Ltd. accepts no liability for delayed distribution or printing quality as these services are supplied by other companies. ©2010 Compass Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. No reproduction, copy or transmission of this publication, except short excerpts for review purposes, may be made without written permission of Compass Publishing Ltd. Caribbean Compass is published monthly by Compass Publishing Ltd., P.O. Box 175 BQ, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tel: (784) 457-3409, Fax: (784) 457-3410 compass@vincysurf.com www.caribbeancompass.comEditor...........................................Sally Erdle sally@caribbeancompass.com Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre jsprat@vincysurf.com Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman tom@caribbeancompass.com Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer wide@caribbeancompass.com Accounting.................................Debra Davis debra@caribbeancompass.comCompass Agents by Island:Antigua: Ad Sales & Distribution Lucy Tulloch Tel (268) 720-6868 lucy@thelucy.com Barbados: Distribution Doyle Sails Tel/Fax: (246) 423-4600 Curaçao: Distribution Budget Marine Curaçao curacao@budgetmarine.com Tel: (5999) 462 77 33 Dominica: Distribution Hubert J. Winston Dominica Marine Center, Tel: (767) 448-2705, info@dominicamarinecenter.com Grenada/Carriacou/Petite Martinique: Ad Sales & Distribution Karen Maaroufi Cell: (473) 457-2151 Office: (473) 444-3222 compassgrenada@hotmail.com Martinique: Ad Sales & Distribution Isabelle Prado Tel: (0596) 596 68 69 71, Mob: + 596 (0) 696 93 26 38 isabelle.prado@wanadoo.fr St. Lucia: Ad Sales Maurice Moffat Tel: (758) 452 0147 Cell: (758) 720 8432. mauricemoffat@hotmail.com Distribution Lisa Kessell Tel: (758) 484-0555, kessellc@candw.lc St. Maarten/St. Barths/Guadeloupe: Ad Sales Stéphane LegendreMob: + 590 (0) 6 90 49 45 90steflegendre@wanadoo.fr Distribution Eric Bendahan Tel: (599) 553 3850, ericb@cirexpresslogistics.com St. Thomas/USVI: Distribution Bryan Lezama Tel: (340) 774 7931, blezama1@earthlink.net St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Ad Sales Debra Davis, Tel: (784) 457-3527, debra@caribbeancompass.com Tortola/BVI: Distribution Gladys Jones Tel: (284) 494-2830, Fax: (284) 494-1584 Trinidad: Ad Sales & Distribution Jack Dausend Tel: (868) 621-0575, Cell: (868) 620-0978 Jack.Dausend@Gmail.com Venezuela: Ad Sales & Distribution Patty Tomasik Tel: (58-281) 265-3844 Tel/Fax: (58-281) 265-2448 xanadumarine@hotmail.comISSN 1605 1998Cover photo: Louise Kupka diving in Carriacou / Photo Gordon Nicholl BOSHOFF CHRIS DOYLE

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 5 LUCY TULLOCH Simplicity. Reliability. Long life.Antigua Marine Power Services English Harbour Ph: 268-460-1850 Fx: 268-460-1851 mps@candw.ag Seagull Yacht Services English Harbour Ph: 268-460-3050 Fx: 268-460-1767 info@seagullyachtservices.com Bequia Caribbean Diesel Port Elizabeth Ph/Fx: 784-457-311 Grenada Grenada Marine St. David's Ph: 473-443-1667 Fx: 473-443-1668 info@grenadamarine.com Martinique Inboard Diesel Service Port of Case Pilote Ph: 596-596-787-196 Fx: 596-596-788-075 info@inboarddiesel.com St Croix St. Croix Marine Christiansted Ph: 340-773-0289 Fx: 340-778-8974 St. John Coral Bay Marine Coral Bay Ph: 340-776-6665 Fx: 340-776-6859 cbmarine@islands.vi St Lucia The Sail Loft Rodney Bay Marina Ph: 758-452-1222 Fx: 758-452-4333 iwwsl.ltd@candw.lc St Maarten Electec Cole Bay Ph: 599-544-2051 Fx: 599-544-3641 sales@electec.info St Thomas All Points Marine Compass Point Marina Ph: 340-775-9912 Fx: 340-779-2457 Trinidad Diesel Technology Services Siparta Ph: 868-649-2487 Fx: 868-649-9091 dieseltec@hotmail.com Dockyard Electrics Chaguaramas Ph: 868-634-4272 Fx: 868-634-4933 Richard@dockyardelectrics.com Tortola Cay Electronics Road Town, Tortola Ph: 284-494-2400 Fx: 284-494-5389 caybvi@candwbvi.net Marine Maintenance Services Road Town, Tortola Ph: 284-494-3494 Fx: 284-494-8491 timdabbs@surfbvi.com Parts & Power Road Town, Tortola Ph: 284-494-2830 Fx: 284-494-1584 partspwr@surfbvi.com Christmas Carols Afloat in St. Lucia Callum McArdells reports: It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air,Ž said W.T. Ellis, and I dont think anyone who participated in St Lucias inaugural Carols Afloat would argue with that. The boats that participated brought the joy that is Christmas spirit from their hearts to many boats around the Rodney Bay Area. On December 22nd, 13 uniquely decorated vessels participated in what was hopefully the first of many Carols Afloat flotillas organized by the St. Lucia Yacht Club. Craft participating ranged from ocean-going yachts that had arrived on island with the ARC, to fishing boats, to the SLYC crew on board Lucia , an Impulse 21. At dusk, the procession set off from the marina entrance for the anchorage at Pigeon Island, the crews singing along with our in-house DJ Mickey, who piped an eclectic mix of traditional carols and Caribbean vibes. The flotilla then headed back into Rodney Bay Lagoon for a fly-by on The Edge restaurant and the end of the parade. After tying up back at the marina, all crews converged on H20 restaurant for the prizegiving and complimentary beer courtesy of Heineken. Prizes were given to the best-decorated boat, most improvisation and best crew uniform, as well as a host of others. All prizes were donated by local companies, including Fire Grill, Delirious, The Edge, Colombian Emeralds, Café Ole, Rain Forest Sky Rides, Steel Pan Band Harmonites and Spinnakers. Special thanks go to IGY Rodney Bay Marina, which provided free berths for the night for the participating boats, and to the participants themselves. For more information on SLYC activities visit www.stluciayachtclub.com Compasss Antigua Agent Wins Best Sailing Photo Award The photo below taken by Lucy Tulloch, an artist, sailor, designer and Compasss agent in Antigua, was selected by the YachtPals website as one of its Best Sailing Photos of the Year 2009. „Continued on next page Info & Updates The first-ever Carols Afloat brought singin and swingin holiday cheer to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia DANIELLE DE ROUCK

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 6 „ Continued from previous page YachtPals says, Sometimes, you just need to be reminded what its like to be sailing in paradise „ particularly in the middle of winter. This shot was taken by Lucy Tulloch, and her accomplished eye has captured both the essence of what draws us to the Caribbean, and of these classic yachts that slip through its waters. It says wish you were here in letters as tall as the sky itself, and we do.Ž To view all the winning photos visit http://yachtpals.com/sailing-photos-7095 Yacht Burglar Jailed in St. Vincent Less than a month after the cover story of St. Vincent & the Grenadines national newspaper, The Vincentian , lamented Yacht Crimes Crippling SVG TourismŽ, the paper reported on the January 3rd arrest of Kenroy Grant, 28. After being spotted by police nearby, Grant admitted entering a yacht at Canash Bay (Blue Lagoon), St. Vincent, and stealing cash and a cell phone. According to a report in another local newspaper, The News , Grant, who has a 12-year record of previous convictions, had been released from prison following a two-year sentence only three months before this arrest. Grant reportedly was also involved in a yacht break-in at the Grenadine island of Mayreau, and informed sources indicate that he is wanted for questioning about other yacht burglaries. The Searchlight newspaper quoted Prosecutor Inspector Nigel Butcher as saying, We consider him a threat to the [tourism] industry.Ž Grant was sentenced to three months in jail for this latest offence. Boating Community Helps Haiti After an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12th, individuals, groups and governments around the globe rushed to help, and the Caribbean boating community is doing its part. First, cruisers John and Melodye Pompa offer this advice: if people want to contribute money, they should only do it through established, reputable organizations like the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. Unfortunately, there will be frauds out on the Internet that sound sincere but are not.Ž An organization that comes well recommended by cruiser Ellen Sanpere, and one with which many sailors have been involved, is the USVI-based non-profit Haiti Community Support (www.haitisupport.org). The group, which primarily assists the village of Au Centre/Beaumont, is currently also providing assistance to the disaster victims; donors can earmark their contributions for earthquake relief. The Pompas also note that visitors should currently stay away from the stricken area and let the pros do their jobŽ. Meanwhile, keep in mind that only the Port-au-Prince area was directly affected by the earthquake and other parts of Haiti continue to welcome, in fact need, tourism dollars. The Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourisms director Lelei LeLaulu states, The region should look for ways of using tourism to feed resources not only to the devastated areas, but also to communities in other parts of Haiti. Effective recovery requires helping all parts of the country. Everybody should make future plans to travel to Haiti, not to get in the way of relief and reconstruction efforts, but to spend their tourist dollars in ways which help people and their communities ensure the recovery is a lasting one.Ž Ile-à-Vache, a small island off Haitis southwest coast, has become a popular stop for yachts. It is 200 kilometres southwest of Port-au-Prince and accessible only by boat. Cruisers Bev and Bill Bate write: Etoile Du Matin School is located in Ile-àVache. There are no rivers or springs here, and no roads or cars „ people travel on horseback or on foot. With the pre-existing tremendous poverty in the country compounded by a natural disaster it is not difficult to imagine the extreme poverty of a rural island in Haiti. It is for this reason the Schools Beyond Borders Foundation (www. schoolsbeyondborders.com) has partnered with this school for support. This area receives little aid from outside agencies due to its remoteness, but keeping the school operating is critical for the communitys future. The mainland of Haiti is fraught with corruption and very little makes its way to its intended recipients. Our school, however, has a secure donation line available through a reputable bank and Schools Beyond Borders takes no service costs from the donations. A donation can be made directly to the school and thereby benefit the entire community through the education of its children.Ž Following is an excerpt from an e-mail the Bates received from the school principal: Because of the situation in the country, there is going to be a lot of hunger. If you could send financial aid for that or send food that would be great. We thank you greatly for desiring to help us. We have a lot of people who died in the earthquake: parents of students, family and friends who were in the capital at the time. We dont have anything to help the people in this area, but with your help that will be possible.Ž If you wish to donate directly to the Etoile Du Matin School e-mail contact@schoolsbeyondborders.com for account information. „Continued on next page COURTESY THE VINCENTIAN

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 7 „ Continued from previous page As this issue of Compass goes to press weve received news that on January 23rd, Yacht Haven Grande marina in St. Thomas, USVI, will host a concert to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In addition, a raffle will take place during the event with prizes including hotel stays, boat trips, gift certificates, and more. Each of the five bands performing is donating its performance for this fundraiser, and all proceeds from this benefit will be donated to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross. The annual Transcaraibes yacht rally will again be stopping in Haiti during this years Guadeloupe-to-Cuba sail, March 30th through April 22nd. The fleet will be carrying donated food and other supplies to Ile-à-Vache, and rally participants wanting to contribute financially are asked to donate to the islands St. François Orphanage (www.ileauxenfantsdhaiti.com). Cruisers Site-ings One of our favorite yachting industry magazines, The Triton , has recently relaunched its website. Now you can read The Triton on line with digital page flipping, and while youre visiting the site, check out The Triton Directory (formerly The Captains Mate ) with information on some 3,000 yacht-related companies. Visit www.thetriton.com To accompany the release of her new book, The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lovers Caribbean Adventure , author, cruiser, and occasional Compass correspondent Ann Vanderhoof has launched a website. Designed by her husband, Steve Manley, the site allows you to follow the couples cruising travels, share their adventures, see their photos, and get a taste of life aboard their boat, Receta . Visit www.spicenecklace.com 15th Annual Mustique Blues Festival Once a year, Basils Bar on Mustique becomes The House of Blues for two weeks. This year the event runs through February 10th. The Mustique Blues Festival takes place every evening at Basils Bar, except for February 5th in St. Vincent at The Aquatic Club (there was a Bequia appearance in January). Sundays feature family sunset performances from 5:30 to 7:30PM. All other performances begin at 8:30PM. The line-up includes Grammy Award nominees Billy Branch and Hans Theessink, and Blues Festival regulars Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band. All proceeds are donated to the Basil Charles Educational Foundation. The BCEF began in 1995 to raise money to help send needy children in St. Vincent & the Grenadines to secondary school. The BCEF currently has more than 69 students on scholarship or bursary, bringing the total number of children who have benefited from the program to more than 120. For more information visit www.basilsbar.com. Calling All Compass Contributors! If youve had an article, photo or poem published in the Compass during the past 12 months, you are cordially invited to bring a guest and join us at this years Compass Writers Brunch at 10:00AM, Thursday, April 1st (no fooling!) at the ever-popular Macs Pizzeria in Bequia. The annual Compass Writers Brunch is held just at the beginning of the Bequia Easter Regatta, so you can stay on for a whole weekend of fun. The Writers Brunch is absolutely free „ its our way of saying a special thankyou to everyone who helps make the Compass special! Space is limited so please RSVP by March 18th to sally@caribbeancompass.com or phone Sally at (784) 457-3409. We look forward to seeing you there. Errata Ooops „ we got our multi-island regattas starting in St. Maarten confused in last months Regatta News. Stéphane Legendre covered the Course de LAlliance „ see story on page 12. Theres also a report on the Golden Rock Regatta in this months Regatta News, pages 14 through 17. The photo above of the green turtle that appeared on page 4 of last months Compass was taken by Robert Van Dam, and the photo of the hawksbill turtle on page 36 was shot by Kevin Favreau. ROBER VAN DAM

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 8 Robbery of Yacht Between Trinidad and Grenada Spurs International Security Measuresby James Pascall for MAYAGOn December 21st, 2009 the yacht Triton , a 56-foot Panamanian-registered sloop with three German nationals on board, was en route from Trinidad to Grenada. At around 12:00 noon, approximately 40 miles north of Trinidad (position 11°27N 61°52W), they were approached from the south by a pirogue-type motorboat whose occupants fired shots at the yacht and commanded its crew to stop. The pirogue contained seven or eight Spanish-speaking men who appeared to be armed with rifles. Four or five of these men boarded Triton , tied up the captain, Robert Keinzle, and placed a towel over his head. The men then stripped the yacht of a wide range of items including electronics, cash, clothing, food and alcohol. During this time the yacht drifted with sails up while the pirogue circled. After at least 30 minutes on board, the men loaded the pirogue and departed in a southwesterly direction. The crew of Triton were unharmed. Triton continued towards Grenada, arriving at 6:00 that evening. The crew then alerted the authorities, having been unable to do so before owing to the theft of the yachts hand-held VHF and destruction of the installed VHF and single-sideband radios. The Grenada Coastguard initially took statements from Tritons crew, followed by officers from Grenadas Criminal Investigation and Forensic Departments who took photographs and other evidence details. The crew were assisted by members of the yachting industry in Grenada to rehabilitate themselves after their ordeal. From the description of the perpetrators given, it is most likely that they are Venezuelan nationals. The following actions are currently planned or already have been enacted by the Governments of Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada as well as the marine associations of each country: the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago (YSATT) and the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) and individual members of the marine industry: Actions Taken € MAYAG alerted members of the Government of Grenada on the same day the incident occurred and communication of the incident was made to the Foreign Ministry of the Government of Venezuela. It is hoped such communications will continue and the Government of Venezuela will assist with eradicating the problem of piracy off its shores. € YSATT is also meeting members of the Trinidad & Tobago Government through its Yacht Steering Committee, with the same intention of commencement of diplomatic efforts to improve security. € MAYAG reported the incident to the Caribbean Safety & Security Net and YSATT and broadcast information on the daily Grenada VHF Cruisers Net to alert the yachting community. € YSATT initiated a meeting with the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard, which conducts regular patrols along the north coast of Trinidad. These patrols will now extend farther offshore. Currently the Trinidad & Tobago Coastguard has three Fast Patrol Craft (FPC) to conduct operations. Three more are currently under construction and are due to be delivered later this year. A large Coastguard vessel with a helicopter is also under construction. € As of this writing, the Commander of the Grenada Coastguard was expected to visit Trinidad to follow up on this particular incident and also discuss with his Trinidadian counterparts ways of strengthening existing operational arrangements and approaches for any future responses. € A VHF radio security net system will be put in place between Trinidad and Grenada using both islands radio resources: North Post Radio in Trinidad (with 70-mile transmission capability) and Island Water World yacht chandlery in Grenada (with a 70-mile transmitter located on one of highest points of the island, with service only available during shop opening hours). € The oil rig that is stationed almost exactly midway and on the rhumb line between Grenada and Trinidad will also accept and relay security messages on VHF channel 16 twenty-four hours a day. A call sign for the rig is currently being sought. Actions Planned € The addition of a mobile phone repeater station on the abovementioned oil rig would allow continuous mobile phone coverage between Grenada and Trinidad. This proposal is under consideration. € The development of a float planŽ for the Trinidad-to-Grenada passage wherein vessels give advance notice of arrival so that an alert can be issued in the case of non-arrival at the destination. € The use of a powerful radar station located on the north coast of Trinidad to track boats transiting between the two islands. This station can also be used to track the small type of cigaretteŽ or pirogue boat commonly used in piracy and drug running. € Upgrading of communications at the Grenada Coastguard including the addition of a more powerful VHF transmitter/receiver. € Increase in the patrols performed by the Grenada Coastguard. € Improving communication between the security forces of Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada. Trinidad & Tobagos security forces have helicopter capability and can reach a site 30 miles offshore in about 30 minutes. € The possibility of yachts travelling in convoy between Trinidad and Grenada will be investigated. € Development of a regional anti-piracyŽ strategy by the Caribbean Marine Association to be accepted and initiated by government and private sector and adopted throughout the Caribbean. Currently incidents of piracy are very small in number and limited to very specific areas such as the northern coast of Venezuelas Peninsula de Paria. It is hoped that the steps taken above will ensure that piracy levels do not increase or, better yet, reduce to zero „ the only acceptable level. For more information contact MAYAG, Jennifer Ellard-Alexis, (473) 416 7135, james@ sailgrenada.co.uk and YSATT, Gina Carvallo, (868) 634-4938, ysatt@tstt.net.tt.

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FEBRUARY 2009 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 9 BUSINESS BRIEFSWinners Announced in Island Water Worlds Draw The first winner of Island Water Worlds Online Game is Russell Morton, alias Sprout, from Antigua. He became the proud owner of a dinghy-outboard combo, worth US$3,200. Sprout, is the owner of Phoenix Custom Carpentry, at Falmouth Harbour, St. Pauls, Antigua. The second winner of Island Water Worlds Online Game prize of a dinghyoutboard combo is Vassil Kurtev from Bulgaria. He arrived in St. Maarten in December from Tenerife, after crossing the Atlantic on his 38-foot custom-designed S/V Bizone . Vassil, nicknamed Vasko and 74 years young, built Bizone in the early 1990s in Bulgaria together with his son. Owing to the lack of well-stocked chandleries, Vasko fabricated many parts himself. He is an avid sailor and participated in 1984 in OSTAR (Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island). Back then he sailed a 24-foot Folkboat and finished in 40 days. Until the end of January, every online shopper at Island Water Worlds new e-commerce website „ www.islandwaterworld.com „ was automatically eligible to win the Walker Bay Air Floor Hypalon AF240 dinghy and five-horsepower Mercury outboard combo. The draw was cumulative, meaning if you bought something in November or December you were still eligible for the draw in January. The more often you bought, the more chances you would have,Ž says Sean Kennelly, Managing Director of Island Water World. No matter how small or big the purchase was, every buyer had a chance to winŽ. Island Water World also took care of the freight headache, as the company shipped the prizes free of charge provided that the winner lived at a destination to which Island Water World ships. For more information on Island Water World see ad on page 48. Woodstock Boatbuilders Refit Longo Mai Andrew Robinson of Woodstock Boatbuilders in Antigua reports: We recently completed the most extensive yacht refit that the Caribbean has seen in a long time. After the 35-metre Cantieri Di Pisa Longo Mai caught fire while on the dock in Bonaire, the captain considered various options as to where to have her refitted. Antigua was chosen for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that it is home to the vast range of services required to complete such an involved refit. Captain Barnaby Dennen was quoted as saying, My expectations have been surpassed, the staff at Woodstock put their heart and soul into the project, the quality and service was superior to many of the better-known large yards in Europe or the USA. They did an immense amount of work in a very short time, even working over Christmas to ensure we met our deadline.Ž For more information on Woodstock Boatbuilders see ad on page 8. Le Phare Bleu Marina Donates to Grenadian Charities Le Phare Bleu Marina and Boutique Hotel, located at Petit Calivigny Bay, Grenada, had a great Friendship SeasonŽ 2009. This special season all came about because of the recession. With bad newsŽ stories everywhere, Dieter Burkhalter and Jana Caniga, the owners of Le Phare Bleu, decided to focus on bringing people together by making an evening out easier on the wallet while offering something new. For example, during August you could take your best friend to dinner at the Poolbar Restaurant and Le Phare Bleu would pay for their meal in return for your friendship story. „Continued on next page Lucky guys! At right is Sprout, the first lucky draw winner of a dinghy-outboard combo from Island Water World. At left is the second dinghy-outboard combo winner, Vasko (second from right), with the Island Water World E-commerce Team at the store entrance in Cole Bay, St. Maarten Thank you, Friendship Season!Ž Le Phare Bleus Executive Chef, Mark Banthorpe, with Shelisha Bishop, Grenadas Child Welfare Authority Emergency Centre Manager

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 10 Icom VHF Garmin GPS Accessories Leatherman Penn Reels Penn Parts Penn Service & Repair Phone: 784 458 3360 wallco@vincysurf.comSome people call us the most interesting shop in the Caribbean.Ž Wander around. You will find things you have been seeking for ages. We offer a wide range of hardware as well as necessary accessories and spares. Looking for a table hinge, a hatch spring, or a ladder? Come to us and get the right screws with it one time. Want to catch fish? Get a simple hand line with a lure just right for the speed of your boat, or go for a rod and reel to help you win the next fishing tournament. We take pride in sharing our expertise with you because we want YOU to succeed. Diving or snorkeling? We have it all: suits, tanks, belts, masks, fins and snorkels. We even have prescription lenses for the masks. Electronics, marine electronics, 12 & 24 volts, inverters, lights, sockets, navigation, charts, guides, marine hardware, blocks, cleats, SS fasteners, rope, Spectra, pumps, hoses, complete diving, snorkeling and fishing gear.The ONLY Duty Free Chandlery in Bequia Hablamos Español Nous parlons Français Wir sprechen Deutsch Slllhi i h h h ihCibbŽ We moved to former Salty Dog next to Porthole Bequia Marina Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Look for the Big Blue Building . Water, Diesel, Ice, Bottled Water and Dockage available. The Yacht Club, Bequia Marina, Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines VHF 68, Telephone 784-457-3361 LULLEYS TACKLE SHOP FRONT ST, BEQUIA ISLAND MCOY ST, KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT SERVING CARIBBEAN FISHERMEN & YACHTSPEOPLE SINCE 1950 Rods & reels, hooks, anglers lures, leaders, fresh squid & fish bait, knives, foul weather gear, wire, floats, seine, cast nets, twines, ropes, life jackets, emergency flare kits, Igloo coolers DUTY FREE TEL: (784) 458-3420 / (784) 485-6255 FAX: (784) 458-3797 E-MAIL: LULLEY@VINCYSURF.COM VISIT US AT EITHER BRANCH FOR ALL YOUR FISHING NEEDS # 1 CHOICE IN FISHING & SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING GEAR „ Continued from previous page The most popular month proved to be October, when Musical Friendship evenings offered unique performances along with great menu offers. Another feature was the Friendship Table where diners could help themselves to tasty local dishes for EC$45, including service and tax. The Friendship Table proved so popular that it now takes place every Wednesday evening in the Poolbar Restaurant. Also for the Friendship Season, Dieter and Jana set up the Friendship Fund and donated five percent of proceeds from their fine-dining restaurant on board the lighthouse ship Vastra Banken . Diners could choose which good cause they wanted to support: The Rotary Clubs of Grenada or the Ministry of Social Development. Le Phare Bleus Chef, Mark Banthorpe, presented a cheque for EC$2,300 to LesleyAnn Seon of Grenadas Child Welfare Authority. The money will help finish the new Emergency Centre, which houses teenage girls who need a safe haven. Mrs. Seon said, Thank you to all at Le Phare Bleu who made this donation possible.Ž The Rotary Clubs of Grenada were also presented with a cheque for $2,400 towards the Grenada Eye Care Project, which offers eye treatment to those in most need. Dieter presented the cheque to Leslie Ramdhanny, Keith Clarke and Nevlyn John from The Rotary Club East. Nevlyn John said, How grateful we are to Le Phare Bleu for giving us this much needed donation. A big thank you to the owners and all the staff for running the Friendship Season and we wish you all great success in the futureŽ. For more information on Le Phare Bleu see ad on page 17. Horizon Yacht Management at Port Louis Marina, Grenada Horizon Yacht Charters and Management has opened a new office and yachtservices location at the Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in St. Georges, Grenada. Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada has been established for ten years at True Blue Resort and Marina on the south coast of Grenada, offering yacht charter and management services. The company is very happy to announce the extension of management services at Port Louis Marina, a truly year-round, well-protected, in-water location. The Horizon team will specialize in the maintenance of clients yachts while they are away, arranging such jobs as installation of new equipment and electrical systems, refrigeration repairs, and the general boat-watch service as required. If the yacht is due to be hauled for annual bottom painting and other hull work, this can also be fully managed. Horizon will also offer a full yacht-brokerage service at Port Louis Marina. Clients can list their yacht for sale, and have Horizon manage all aspects of the sale such as survey and sea trial. For new yacht sales, Horizon are proud to be agents for Bavaria Yachts and Fountaine Pajot catamarans and can handle the complete purchase process right through to delivery to the Caribbean and commissioning. For more information contact James Pascall, tel (473) 439-1000, mobile (473) 5350328, Skype jamespascall, james@sailgrenada.co.uk For more information on Port Louis Marina see ad on page 25. New Jet for SVG Air Paul Gravel reports: SVG Air celebrates its 20th year in business with the addition to its fleet of a new Citation CJ3 jet aircraft. This is the first private commercially operated jet in the Eastern Caribbean. SVG Air also scored another first in the aviation industry by being the original and foremost aviation company in SVG to be fully re-certified, which gives SVG Air unrestricted expansion and commercial recognition to operate into North and South America. The company was started with one aircraft to service the familys yacht charter company (Barefoot Yacht Charters). It soon found that there was other business to be had throughout the Grenadines, which needed additional airlift. Now, 20 years later, SVG Air is moving more than 100,000 people yearly throughout the Caribbean, in a combination of scheduled and private charter services. The business has evolved to include aircraft management, managing three aircraft for the island of Mustique, and two jet aircraft for the island of Canouan. A further spin-off is that our customers who arrive in Grenada, Canouan and St. Vincent on their own private jets can enjoy jet-handling services (FBOs) on these islands. This expansion will include the sale of fuel, hangaring of visiting aircraft, and maintenance support. SVG Air has become a Multifaceted Aviation support company as of January 2010. It currently flies 11 aircraft and expects a second jet to join the fleet in April. For more information see ad on page 39. Blue Water Round the World Rally at Jolly Harbour Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua welcomed the 8th Blue Water Round the World Cruising Rally to the marina in December and celebrated a safe Atlantic crossing for the 26 participating yachts. A party was held at the newly opened Al Porto restaurant in the harbour and the yachtsmen, women and children were entertained by a lively local jazz band. Gerry Daniels, the Yachting Officer from the Antigua Ministry of Tourism, gave the welcoming speech. The evening also saw a photographic competition, which included categories such as We are a happy shipŽ and The one that did NOT get awayŽ, with one of the youngest entrants, Eddie, aged seven, winning the main prize. It is lovely to see a group of like-minded people joining together and embarking on a challenge like this,Ž Marina Manager Festus Isaac commented. We always welcome both groups and individuals at Jolly Harbour and we particularly look forward to 2011 when the next Blue Water rally arrives.Ž „Continued on next page Lets go! SVG Airs new Citation CJ3 jet is at your service

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 11 „ Continued from previous page The Rally now travels on to the Panama Canal after free-sailing various routes around the Caribbean and meeting up at the San Blas Islands. For more information about the Blue Water Rallies visit www.yachtrallies.co.uk/ index.php/blue-water-rally. For more information on Jolly Harbour Marina see ad in Market Place section, pages 43 to 45. Worldwide Routing/Weather Forecasting Company Weather Routing Inc. (WRI) is a weather routing and meteorological consulting firm based out of Glens Falls, New York. WRI prides itself in being the world leader in yacht weather forecasting, in business for nearly 50 years. WRI provides customized and individualized services for each yacht, providing detailed synopses of weather features in place, as well as a goŽ or delayŽ recommendation and recommended route (both based on a vessels weather and loading limits and time constraints where applicable), and detailed weather forecasts/outlooks based on recommended departures and routes. Maps and charts can be included with text forecasts if desired. To complement the aforementioned traditionalŽ services, WRI can also provide free instant severe weather alerts, as well as tropical weather surveillance. There is also a supplemental weather service, SeaWeather, where subscribers can gain access to real-time and forecast information (out to five days), in both graphical and text format, for any region of the world. Free trials of SeaWeather are offered to interested yacht captains, yacht race/regatta organizers, and marinas, and those who are interested are under no obligation to subscribe. In addition to their forecast services, WRI provides long-range planning outlooks (typical weather patterns and winds/seas) for future voyages, weeks/months in advance, to help captains find the place areas for travel, optimal routing options, and best times of year for travel. Factors such as ice and currents are also considered when preparing these reports. For more information contact wri@wriwx.com Seven-year-old Eddie, at left, checks out his prize in the Blue Water Rally photo competition during prizegiving at Antiguas Jolly Harbour BEQUIA REGATTA EASTER 2010 April 1 st April 5 thNotice of Race & Yacht Pre-registration: www.begos.com/easterregatta Tel: (784) 457-3649 e-mail: bsc@vincysurf.com€ Racing, Cruising I & II Classes € J/24 One Design Class (J/24 2010 Southern Caribbean Champion decider)€ Surprise One Design Class € Local Double-Ender Races € Crazy Craft Race € Sandcastle Competition

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 12 La Course de lAlliance is an initiative of Marina Fort Louis and Yacht Club Fort Louis to cement the alliance between St. Martin-St. Maarten and neighboring St. Barths and Anguilla. For the sixth consecutive year, four yacht clubs „ Yacht Club Fort Louis, Sint Maarten Yacht Club, St. Barth Yacht Club and Anguilla International Yacht Club „ supported a regatta that starts and/or finishes at each of the destinations. The organizing authority was the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Registration at SMYC on Thursday, November 26th, 2009 was followed by a skippers meeting run by SMYCs Robbie Ferron and Hervé Dorville from the Marina Fort Louis. Competition was held in Racing, Cruising, Racing/Cruising and Multihull Classes. Challenging courses took us to the three islands over the course of three days. The organizers kept in mind that crews wanted to enjoy their weekend, as well as race to win, and offered courses designed to provide both a challenge and fun. After each race participants were able to relax and plan their strategies for the next day. The morning after registration, the first leg took us from Simpson Bay, St. Maarten to Gustavia, St. Barths. Little wind and much rain prevailed „ rain so heavy that the coast was out of sight for a few hours. Didier Rouaults Melges 24, French Connection , topped a Racing Class that included two sister ships. In Cruising Class, Garth Steyn skippering a Catalina 36, Buccaneer Beach Bar , won the day on his way to an overall win, as did James Dobbs on the J/122 from Antigua, Lost Horizon , in Racer/Cruiser Class and Hervé Margolis on the Seacart 30, Blanca , in Multihulls. The evenings dinner was hosted at the Wall House restaurant. Light airs on Saturdays race from St. Barths to Road Bay, Anguilla saw Frits Bus and Peter Houtzager on the Melges 24 Team Coors Light move to the top of Racing Class, and Colin Percys Nonsuch 33, Antares , take Cruising Class, while Lost Horizon and Blanca positioned themselves for their eventual three bullets. The evening was memorable, spent first at Johnnos restaurant and then at the Pump House Pub. Sleep was very short for some participants! The final days race, with a ten to 15-knot breeze, started in Road Bay and finished at Marigot on French St. Martin. The only change in the winners circle from the previous day was Buccaneer Beach Bar reclaiming Cruising Class. The prizegiving ceremony took place at the Plongeoir restaurant, and all boats in the regatta were offered free dockage at Marina Fort Louis for the night. This regatta was also the occasion for the Tourism Office of Saint Martin to show a group of journalists from all over the world what this area has to offer. We writers found that there is a deep motivation on the part of everyone concerned to promote St. Martin during the current difficult economical context. I think all the assets are in the hands of the people of St. Martin to achieve their business goals. Boaters should come and enjoy both the French and the Dutch sides, to purchase reasonably priced equipment and meet the many professionals ready to give the service you are entitled to expect. In conclusion, the 20 boats that joined this edition of the Course de lAlliance had a wonderful time and are ready to enjoy it again next year. For full results visit www.coursedelalliance.com Course de lAlliance: Motion and Promotion by Stéphane Legendre Left: Light airs at the start of the St. Barths to Anguilla leg Below: After the finish in St. Martin, all yachts were offered the nights dockage free at Marina Fort Louis

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 13 REGATTA NEWS Velasquez Takes Overall Prize in 5th Golden Rock Regatta Joe Russell reports: At a ceremony at Fort Oranje, St. Eustatius, on November 16th, 2009, Sir Robert (Bobby) Velasquez, representing the St. Maarten Yacht Club, was awarded the Governors Trophy by Statia Governor Hyden Gittens. The Governors Trophy is awarded to the boat with the best overall performance in all five races of the annual Golden Rock Regatta series, which takes competitors from St. Maarten to Anguilla and Statia (St. Eustatius). This was Bobby Velasquez first appearance in the regatta and in accepting the trophy, he praised the event and promised more St. Maarten support along with his participation in coming years. Velasquez also won his class in 2009s St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The annual event began with fresh breezes on November 13th for the 23-mile run from Great Bay, St. Maarten to Road Bay, Anguilla. Jan Vanden Eynde was not only first across the line in his Open 750, Panic Attack , but also first on the beach at Johnnos. Everyone finished in plenty of time for the barbecue. For the next two days, races were scheduled from Road Bay to Grand Case, St. Martin (21 miles) and from Grand Case to Statia (42 miles). The second race, Road Bay to Grand Case, finished well, but owing to fading winds Sundays race was shortened by moving the start from Grand Case to Great Bay. By that time a calm had arrived, causing several racers in the 15-boat fleet to motor to reach Oranjestad before dark. The winner on corrected time was Bobby Velasquez, racing his Beneteau 45 F5, Lesperance . Vanden Eynde was forced from the competition by the failure of his starboard rudder. In Statia, Governor Gittens welcomed the more than 150 sailors and regatta officials at historic Fort Oranje. After the trophy presentation, the governor honored Juul Hermsen, the founder of the regatta, for his efforts in successfully organizing the event and promoting the interests of St. Eustatius. The Golden Rock Regatta fleet arrives at Statia, part of the Netherlands Antilles, every year on November 15th, the day before Statia Day. On November 16th, 1776 Holland became the first country to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation by returning the 13-gun salute from the US brigantine of war, Andrew Doria, which was on a mission to purchase and carry back ammunition and supplies to the Continental Army under General George Washington . The morning of the 16th, 2009 witnessed a reenactment of the First Salute when the US Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo, a half-mile off shore, fired 13 shots from her deck gun. The sounds of those shots paled in comparison to the return salute, 13 extraordinarily loud air bombsŽ fired from the fort that echoed off nearby Mount Mazinga. The winds were perfect for the first of two round-thebuoys races subsequently held in Fort Oranje Roads and Velasquez continued his dominance. When the afternoon winds died completely, the second race was cancelled and Sir Robert received the Budget Marine Trophy. There was a close race for second place as Doug Moys Team Manhattan on a Harmony 52 beat Dirk Köhns German team aboard a Dufour 40 by only 11 seconds on corrected time. That evenings trophy presentation was hosted by Governor Gittens, followed by a dinner party at Blue Bead restaurant on the cliff overlooking Oranjestad Roads. The restaurant is named after the Dutch beads used as currency with the Carib and Taino Indians during the early colonial days. The Presidente Cup is an informal race from Statia back to Oyster Pond, St. Martin (37 miles). Though the morning breeze failed, the first boat in was Henk Ligtharts Dutch team aboard Funfactor 8 , a Moorings 51.5. The last night was highlighted by a lobster buffet and live music at Captain Olivers. This fifth running of the Golden Rock Regatta saw some firsts. For the first time there were teams from Germany, St. Kitts and Belgium. The US entrant, Team Manhattan aboard the Harmony 52 Vivaldi , won the Bareboat 1 class while a German team aboard Lady Marlene, a Dufour 40 and skippered by Dirk Köhn, won the Bareboat 2 class. For more information visit www.goldenrockregatta.com High Winds for St. Lucia-to-Martinique Race Sean Fuller reports: At 9:00AM December 12th, a reduced fleet of seven boats turned up in squally conditions for the start of the St. Lucia to Martinique race series for the Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy. The annual event is held in honour of the late Prime Minister of St. Lucia, a keen yachtsman who served the island for over 30 years. The start was off the St. Lucia Yacht Club in Rodney Bay and the fleet included two ARC entries, Akanara and Boundless, and also two Martiniquan boats. The smallest entry was a St. Lucian J/24 skippered by Edgar Roe. As the yachts headed off round Pigeon Point, they were soon into the teeth of a northeasterly blowing at between 25 and 30 knots. Akarana , a Swan 46, took the lead as the boats headed off to Fort de France, a distance of some 25 miles. „Continued on next page You rock! Golden Rock, that is. At the trophy presentation, many congratulations for a job well done

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 14 „ Continued from previous page The fleet soon encountered big rollers accompanied by heavy rainsqualls with gusts up to 35 knots. Some boats had two reefs in their mainsails as they headed on a close fetch. The first boat to finish was Akarana followed by Vaguely Noble , a Martiniquan boat which won on handicap. The winds were gusty and testing right to the finish off Fort de France. Some boats encountered damage along the way. Kaiso suffered a ten-foot tear in their genoa but the crew managed to stitch a repair overnight. The boats berthed at the docks provided courtesy of the Yacht Club de la Martinique, and the Club hosted a dinner for participants, which was attended by the St. Lucian Consul General, Keats Compton. There was a traditionally costumed dance troupe, enhanced by an impromptu performance by one of the male crew from Kaiso dressed in drag. The following day entailed a leisurely sail down to Grand Anse DArlet, a bay on the southeast side of Martinique. All participants met for a classic Gallic lunch with plenty of wine. An ad hoc start for the start of the return leg to St. Lucia saw a rusty boat as ODM and a mark on one side was arranged by Edgar Roe on Loose Cannon, who lived up to the boats name by firing the starting gun. Needless to say he wasnt over the line. The return leg from Anse dArlet included a provision to round Diamond Rock to starboard. All boats record the time when they reach Diamond Rock on a bearing of 270 degrees. The weather for the start of the return leg started off squally with winds up to 22 knots. Akarana was first to Diamond Rock after putting in two tacks. They were followed by Loose Cannon . The weather cleared by mid-morning to leave clear skies as the boats headed back to Rodney Bay „ again on a close fetch thanks to a strong west-flowing current. Akarana was the first to cross the line after approximately four hours sailing. Kaiso , a Sovereign 400, managed to squeeze ahead of Loose Cannon and came in a few minutes ahead; the latter was followed by HyTime which was limping along slowly after suffering sail damage during a tack. Prizegiving was held at the St. Lucia Yacht Club with prizes awarded by Lady Janice Compton. Akarana won first overall and Diamonds International awarded first prize for The Diamond DashŽ to Loose Cannon , scoring the fastest corrected time between Grande Anse DArlet and Diamond Rock. Skippers and crews each received several bottles of Bounty Rum and Chilean wine, thanks to St. Lucia Distillers and Peter & Co, and Heineken beer was provided courtesy of Windward & Leeward Brewery. Lady Janice Compton donated a photograph featuring Sir John Compton at the helm to the Yacht Club. All in all a great event was enjoyed by participants and thanks go to the sponsors: Heineken, Diamonds International, Peter & Co, St Lucia Rum Distilleries, Delirious, Spinnakers and Rain Forest Sky Rides, and to the St. Lucia Yacht Club and Yacht Club de la Martinique for organizing the event. For more information visit www.stluciayachtclub.com T&T Youth Sailor Wins in Miami The new Trinidad & Tobago National Sailing Scheme produced its first international victory after only two months. A team of two boys and two girls from the Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) went to the Orange Bowl International Youth Sailing Regatta in Miami this past Christmas, competing against top class international opposition. As part of the initial training programme for the new National Sailing Scheme, the team spent two weeks before Christmas training for the event at TTSA in Chaguaramas, Trinidad under the guidance of visiting UK instructors Steve Jackson and Seb Godsmark. The team consisted of Optimist sailors Abigail Affoo, Kelly Ann Arrindell and Derek Poon Tip, plus Laser sailor Wesley Scott. They traveled to Miami on Boxing Day to take part in the international regatta held at Floridas Coral Cove Yacht Club. The competition over the 12-race series was of an extremely high standard and the races were hard fought. In Race 9 of the Optimist series Derek Poon Tip put in a superb performance to come in first place ahead of over 200 other sailors. The final results saw all T&T sailors in the top third of the field, gaining just reward for their hard efforts in training and competition. Thanks go to the Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago for helping to fund the team and the training programme, which continues to go from strength to strength. For more information visit www.ttsailing.org Barbados Yacht Club Announces J/24 Season, 2010 This year, there is a whole season of J/24 racing to be had in the great waters and wind of Carlisle Bay, Barbados. Entry forms are available at the Barbados Yacht Club office/bar, tel (246) 427-1125. The first race in the J/24 class will have sailed on Sunday, January 24th, as this issue of Compass goes to press. For the complete schedule visit http://axses.com/ encyc/bta/evnspwtr.cfm New Multihull Regatta Announced for St. Maarten-St. Martin Public relations and special events company WIE (West Indies Events) has announced that they are organizing the first clockwise Around St. Maarten-St. Martin MultiHull Regatta, to be held February 27th with Philipsburg as the start and finish location. There will be classes for trimarans, catamarans (racing and cruising) and beach cats. An introductory meeting was hosted by Pat Turner at Tropical Wave Restaurant at Le Gallion in January, where the organizers had invited multihull owners to discuss the technical details of this new event. One of the points brought up was safety, especially for the fast but fragile beach cats. Several safety boats will be arranged to follow the racers, both big and small, around the island. The event will be sanctioned by the St. Maarten-St. Martin Classic Yacht Club and race director is Mirian Ebbers, former director of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Holland House Beach Hotel in Philipsburg has come on board as the first sponsor and will host the Skippers Briefing on Friday, February 26th, and the prizegiving on the 27th. For more information visit www.MultiHullRegatta.com Hate Sausages? Need Crew? No Excuses „ Register NOW! Ellen Sanpere reports: Regatta organizers often hear excuses for why racers dont race in their regattas: € Tired of racing windward/leeward courses € Tired of not racing windward/leeward courses € Unable to find crew/boat € Unhappy with class breaks € Need more family time € Time better spent raising money for good causes € Not enough free rum St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta organizers have addressed these concerns and hope to reach those who might be overlooking an opportunity to race in the warm, protected waters of the Big Island, February 19th through 21st. For many years, boats that are great for cruising were at a disadvantage when racing for fun. The SCYC Hospice Regatta now offers distance courses with room for those long-legged beauties to stretch out and sail, rather than exhaust their crews (and beer supplies) with short windward/leeward sausageŽ races. Leave those wieners on the grill and see the sights of St. Croixs beautiful North Shore! Many skippers of hotshot racing machines crave fierce competition on windward/leeward courses. „Continued on next page Squalls conquered, the Akarana crew celebrates winning this years Sir John Compton Memorial Race from St. Lucia to Martinique and return

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 15 Marina Pointe-à-Pitre 97110 Phone: +590 590 907 137 Fax: +590 590 908 651 E-mail: fredmarine@wanadoo.frSERVICES Mechanics and Electricity Boat Maintenance Engine diagnosis Breakdown service 24/7 Haulout and hull sand blasting Equipment for rent Technical shop GOODS Genuine parts Yanmar & Tohatsu Basic spare parts (filters, impellers, belts)Filtration FLEETGUARD Anodes,Shaft bearings Electric parts, batteries Primers and Antifouling International Various lubricants FOR RENT High pressure cleaners 150/250bars Electrical tools Diverse hand tools Vacuum cleaner for water ScaffoldingTOHATSU LEAVE YOUR BOAT IN SKILLED HANDSMARINE MECHANICS (ALL MAKES) HAUL OUT 24h BREAKDOWN SERVICE € SALES € REPAIRS € MAINTENANCE FRED MARINE Guadeloupe F.W.I. „ Continued from previous page The SCYC Hospice Regatta also offers great W/L racing in the Buck Island Channel, where even the local dolphins rush the starting line. PRO Sue Reilly returns to keep the boats racing in smaller, more homogenous classes, and the SCYC Hospice Regatta is the first leg of the CORT series. The good news is that the SCYC Hospice Regatta website has a special place at www.stcroixregatta.com for boats looking for crew and for crew looking for boats. The bad news is the regatta organizers cant do everything. Skippers are strongly encouraged „ and the crew can help „ to go to www.stcroixregatta. com and register their boats online now. They can also view and print the current entry list, Notice of Race and other regatta documents. Sailing Instructions and amendments will be available online during the regatta. The Race Committee will attempt to accommodate any three boats that request a class start. The earlier skippers register online, the better the committee will be able to please them. Registration is free „ entry fees arent due until February 19th. Optimist racing involves the whole family „ kids learn to sail independently, and parents enjoy family time with the Corinthian comradeship that sailboat racing stimulates. Back by popular demand, an Opti Clinic will be held on February 19th. Click the Optimist RegattaŽ tab at www.stcroixregatta.com for information, and register that Opti sailor now. Continuum Care, Inc. is the hospice care company on St. Croix that provides end of life services to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. As part of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance, the SCYC Hospice Regatta aims to raise funds and awareness for hospice care on St. Croix. Racing in the regatta, sponsoring a trophy, donating goods or services, will help to reach the goal of supporting hospice teams on the island. See www.stcroixregatta.com for sponsorship information. Additionally, the racing class winner will be invited to the National Hospice Regatta Championships. Traditional sponsors of the St. Croix International Regatta, Cruzan Rum and Premier Wines & Spirits, have continued their regatta sponsorship, including a lavish welcome party, and the winning CSA Spin-1 skipper gets his/her weight in Cruzan Rum. (The winning Opti skipper gets his/her weight in sports drink.) Running out of rum is next to impossible „ we make it here! For more information see ad on page 14. Second South Grenada Regatta 2010 The second edition of the South Grenada Regatta will take place from February 26th through 28th, based at Le Phare Bleu Marina & Boutique Hotel on the islands south coast. This is a fun and familyfriendly event. If you missed the South Grenada Sailing Regatta last year, take the opportunity to find out what all the buzz is about! For more information see ad on page 17. Entry List Grows for 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta The entry list for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily increasing. The event takes place March 4th to 7th and will include the pre-event Budget Marine Match Racing Cup on March 2nd as well as the Gill Commodores Cup on March 4th. George Davids 90-foot Reichel/Pugh designed Rambler will bring an exciting mix to the event, counting sailing stars from around the world as the crew. With a long list of wins including the 2007 Nordbank Transatlantic Race, 2007 Middle Sea Race, 2008 Buenos Aires to Rio Race as well as setting the course record in the 2009 NYYC Queens Cup, Rambler is sure to set the bar for her competitors. In addition, 80 charter boats from both Sunsail and The Moorings have been confirmed. The charter boat fleet is the largest of this event, and organizers work closely with the charter companies, travel planners and individuals to ensure that fair racing and competitive sailing are accomplished. For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com Peter vs. Peter in the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup The Sint Maarten Yacht Club confirmed in early January that both Peter Isler and Peter Holmberg will compete in the second Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, which takes place on March 2nd. The Match Racing Cup, taking place just before the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 4th through 7th), is a great opportunity for sailors already attending the regatta to compete in one more day of racing, and, with cash prizes totaling US$10,000, the event is drawing a lot of attention. Peter Holmberg, native of St. Thomas and the winner of last years first Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, will defend his title. Holmbergs list of sailing accomplishments is significant, with a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics and a second place in the Louis Vuitton Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Holmberg also placed first in the 32nd Americas Cup in 2007. Peter Isler is a two-time Americas Cup winner, and participated in five Americas Cup campaigns. Twotime Maxi Class World Champion, Isler has sailed aboard Pyewacket, Rambler, Titan 15 and Morning Glory to name just a few. Isler is also author of Sailing for Dummies , as well as a regular contributor to Sailing World magazine. This match up between the two Peters is one that all eyes will be on, but do not forget the other competitors in the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, one of whom will be Eugeniy Nikiforov, ranked 45th as an ISAF Match Racer placing 1st in the Ekaterinburg Cup, a qualifier for the YAVA Trophy in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Nikiforov participated in the event in 2009 and placed third overall. Other confirmed participants to date are Colin Rathbun, Chris Nesbitt, Marc Fitzgerald and Jakub Pawluk. For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com Grenada Classic Postponed Until 2011 Fred Thomas reports: Due to circumstances beyond the organizers control, the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta scheduled for March 4th through 7th, 2010 has been postponed until 2011. Classic yacht aficionados, stay tuned for news of next years event! For more information contact shipwrights@spiceisle.com Break the Grenada Round-the-Island Record! The Grenada Round-the-Island Race March 12th through 14th will bring excitement to the Spice Isle. Who will break the course record of three hours, 54 minutes and two seconds set last year by the trimaran Horizon Region Guadeloupe? You, perhaps? For more information see ad on page 12. New Name, Location for Puerto Rico Heineken Regatta Carol Bareuther reports: Puerto Ricos premier yacht regatta will move to Palmas del Mar for 2010 and become the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR). Known as the Culebra Heineken International Regatta for the past five years, the venue change will welcome sailors to a brand-new facility and re-introduce three days of top-notch racing off Puerto Ricos southeast shores from March 19th to 21st. Says regatta director, Angel Ayala, Well offer a mix of windward-leeward courses for the one-design and racing classes,Ž says Ayala. There will be courses with reaches for the cruising classes. We may run a distance race to Vieques for some classes.Ž He adds, Palmas del Mar is a beautiful facility. Theres a brandnew yacht club and full marina where sailors will find everything they need.Ž The 162-slip marina offers state-of-the-art facilities for yachts up to 200 feet. Shoreside accommodations at Palmas del Mar Hotel & Villas include rooms offered at a discounted rate for regatta participants. In addition, there are villas for rent that sleep 12 and come with a private boat slip. Classes will include CSA Spinnaker Racing, CSA Spinnaker Racer-Cruiser, CSA J/24, IC24, CSA Performance Cruiser, CSA Jib & Main, IC24s, Beach Cat and native-built Chalanas. Regatta festivities include a Captains Meeting on March 18th, nightly parties, and an Awards Ceremony on March 21st. We will also host the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta, a two-day event, on March 20th and 21st,Ž says Ayala. The Optimists, Lasers and Laser Radials will sail right off the beach.Ž „Continued on next page Action at last years St. Croix International Regatta. This years event promises more fun than ever „ and all for a good cause

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 16 „ Continued from previous page The PRHIR marks the second leg of the Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle, or CORT Series, which begins with the St. Croix International Regatta and concludes with the BVI Spring Regatta in Tortola. For more information visit www.prheinekenregatta.com Bequia Easter Regatta Starts April 2nd Over last 29 years, the Bequia Easter Regatta has grown into one of the regions best-attended regattas, with visitors and competitors coming from all over the world to be in Bequia for the four days of racing action over the long Easter weekend, April 2nd through 5th. Last years record-breaking turnout of 50 yachts emphatically confirmed Bequia Regattas popularity in the yacht racing and cruising community. In particular, the J/24 Class, first introduced in Bequia in 2005, and since 2006 with its own specially designed courses, is now arguably Bequia Easter Regattas hottest class, thanks to the commitment of the Bequia Sailing Club to continually develop this class in parallel with the rising popularity of J/24s in the region. In 2010, this commitment will bear fruit when the overall winner of the Bequia J/24 six-race series will also be crowned the first-ever J/24 Southern Caribbean Champion. Bequia Easter Regatta 2009 also saw the creation of a new One Design Class „ for the 25-foot French SurpriseŽ racing boats, which have been coming to Bequia in increasing numbers since their first visit more than ten years ago. Now officially with their own class, a full turnout of all the ten or more Martinican Surprises is anticipated this Easter, along with the usual strong Racing Class entry from the French islands. But Bequia is not all about sweat and spinnakers! Two cruising classes, including the ever-popular Cruising II Class „ specially tailored for cruisers, liveaboards and regatta rookiesŽ „ ensure that there really is something for practically everyone in Bequias regatta. Add to that the spectacle of the fiercely contested traditional local double-enders three-race series, Lay Day activities, great hospitality and generous support from main sponsors SVG Tourism Authority, Heineken, Mount Gay, Pepsi, Mountain Top Spring Water, Frangipani Hotel and Bequia Beach Hotel, plus a very warm welcome wherever you go, theres no reason not to make a date to be in Bequia this Easter! For more information see ad on page 11 New Event: Voiles de Saint-Barth The local council in Saint Barthélémy, the Tourist Board and the Saint Barth Yacht Club are setting up a new sailing event open to classic and modern yachts, superyachts, racer-cruisers, and racing multihulls. The inaugural Voiles de Saint-Barth will be run from April 6th to April 11th. This event, with the backing of François Tolède, member of the Saint Barth Tourist Board and in charge of special events at the Saint Barth Yacht Club, is the latest example in a long history of yachting events on the island, ever since Loulous regatta, which in the 1970s attracted up to 200 sailboats. We are planning many special events ashore so the hundreds of sailors from around the world can have fun together,Ž says François. Under the auspices of the photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the Voiles de Saint Barth will also be bringing together the traditional values of classic yachts and the spectacular modern approach of the newest racer-cruisers, to ensure that all those who love beautiful boats will enjoy this event. The Saint Barthélémy council would like to see this event take a regular place on the calendar of the international yachting world. For more information visit www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com Big Names, Numbers Expected at Antigua Sailing Week 2010 Neil Forrester reports: Despite current financial challenges, the 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week, taking place April 24th through 30th, promises to be one of the best yet. Organizers of this annual Caribbean classic have listened to the competitors views and come up with a newly tweaked format, incorporating some of the events traditional features such as the reintroduction of Lay Day, and the Dickenson Bay Beach Bash. There will also be an extra days racing, with the series kicking off on the Saturday afternoon following an early morning breakfast briefing. For serious racers, the big boat Ocean Series is now a key element of Antigua Sailing Week and is starting to attract some quality competition. The aim of this three-race series (the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race on April 23rd, the Yachting World Round the Island Race on April 25th, and the Round Redonda Race on April 28th/Lay Day) is to allow the crews on big racing yachts, many of whom will have been competing in some of the other Caribbean regattas such as the RORC Caribbean 600 race, the opportunity to enjoy a selection of long-distance ocean races at ASW. There will be record-breaking opportunities in all three races, individual race prizes, and overall series prizes, which means competitors have the option to compete in all three or individual races. The results of the Yachting World Round the Island Race on the Sunday will count towards the overall Antigua Sailing Week points for those who want to compete in that, too. Some of the key players, such as Mike Slades 100foot super maxi, ICAP Leopard , and Peter Harrisons Farr 115, Sojana , which won the inaugural Round Redonda Race last year, and established a benchmark elapsed-time race record, have already indicated their interest in the 2010 event. Adrian Lee from Dublin, Ireland and his winning team aboard the Cookson 50 Lee Overlay Partners will also be back to defend their overall winning title of the first-ever Antigua Ocean Series. Lee said: The Ocean Series is a gem and exactly what the big boat sailors want at Antigua. Trying to race round the cans in these fast, powerful boats is not ideal because the risk of damage is high. I am therefore very much looking forward to seeing if we can equal, if not better, our Ocean Series result from 2009.Ž Niklas Zennstroms JV72, Ran , with a star-studded team of British professional sailors, will be another boat to watch out for. Danilo Salsi from Italy has also confirmed his place on the start line with his stunning new Swan 90, DSK Pioneer . This yacht made her debut in the Caribbean last year and looks set to make a big impact on the racecourse in 2010. An interesting addition to the fleet at Antigua Sailing Week 2010 will be the arrival of the three British Services Transglobe 67-foot steel-hulled, former BT Global Challenge yachts which will, by then, have completed Leg 9 of their round-the-world tour. The 40-plus British forces service personnel aboard the yachts will count Antigua Sailing Week as Leg 10. With such a vast array of competitors signing up for ASW, and with charter companies such as event silver sponsors OnDeck reporting a sell out aboard all 15 charter yachts, and the likes of international professional sailors Brian Thompson, Sally Barkow and Doogie Couvreux skippering Safe Passage Sailing charter companys Farr 65s and Beneteau 40.7s, therell be no shortage of competition. On shore, Antiguas legendary party scene is already revving up with plans well underway for not only the Dickenson Bay Bash and Jolly Harbour party but also the welcome party on the first Saturday night, a Caribbean street party on the Tuesday, a Lay Day beach party at Pigeon Point, and the legendary Shirley Heights party on Thursday night, and of course the grand prizegiving in Nelsons Dockyard on the final Friday. For more information visit www.sailingweek.com New Dates, Courses for Round Guadeloupe Race A new early…April time slot strategically spaced between the two giants „ the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in early March and Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April „ should capture more new entries for this years edition of the Tour de Guadeloupe. Five legs of 23, 37, 41, 30 and 27 nautical miles respectively will link the archipelago of Guadeloupe, Desirade, Marie Galante and Les Saintes. After organizers noted last year that many would-be racers had trouble taking time off work for a five-day event, resulting in a decreasing fleet, theƒ „Continued on next page Theres racing for yachts, locally built open sloops, model boats and crazy craft at Bequias annual Easter eventWILFRED DEDERER

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Tel: (784) 458-7270 Fax: (784) 457-9917 E-mail: wallanch@vincysurf.com JOIN AN EXCITING WEEKEND WITH Three races a long the south coast of grenada (FREE BERTHING FOR RACING BOATS) AND thats not all! WWW.SOUTHGRENADAREGATTA.COM SOUTH GRENADA REGATTa 201026. -28. Feb „ Continued from previous page ƒdecision was made to time the regatta this year to coincide with the Easter holidays. The 30-year-old event was formerly held in May. The courses have also recently been changed to be more user-friendly. For more information see ad on page 13. Fishing Lines VI GAME FISHING CLUB AND TOURISM ASSN. DONATE TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Carol Bareuther reports: Christmas came early to the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas location when members of the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club (VIGFC) and the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (VIHTA) presented a check totaling US$50,000 „ $25,000 from the VIGFC and $25,000 from the VIHTA „ during the Clubs annual Christmas Party at the Oswald Harris Court Community Center on December 23rd. We are proud to have financially supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands for at least 10 years,Ž says Sue Boland, VIGFC President. VIGFC members also support the Boys & Girls Club in many ways throughout the year. This includes hosting all the kids, ranging in age from six to 18 years, to fish in the annual July Open Kids Tournament. This year, it also encompassed the donation of nearly a hundred toys from VIGFC members who brought the gifts over successive weeks when members met for Thursday Game Nights. Jeffrey Kreiner, VIGFC Board of Director and chairman of the annual July Open Billfish Tournament (JOBT), spearheaded the raising of $25,000 through this years 46th annual JOBT. This is the fishing clubs largest event of the year, and the longest annually held angling contest in the Virgin Islands, which started in 1964. It attracts many local and visiting anglers whose donations benefit the tournaments chief beneficiary, the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands. In October, VIGFC vice president, Nick Pourzal, who is also on the Board of Directors of the US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (VIHTA), challenged the VIHTA to raise funds to match the VIGFCs donation to the Boys & Girls Club. They succeeded in two months,Ž says Pourzal. We need three more clubs on St. Thomas. Space is available in other housing communities, but it takes money to run the program.Ž Richard Doumeng, chairman of the board of the VIHTA, says, Weve donated funds to the Boys & Girls Club through our annual gift-giving campaign for several years. This year, when we received the challenge from the VIGFC, we decided to pool our resources and create a bigger impact.Ž Julie Landreneau, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, says, We are grateful for the donation. It allows us to carry out activities for our 60 young people, which includes tutoring after school to enrichment activities such as art, steel pan and games.Ž The Boys & Girls Club of the Virgin Islands, a 501 C(3) organization, has been established in the Virgin Islands for more than 35 years. In addition to St. Thomas, there are Clubs in Christiansted and Frederiksted, St. Croix. The Virgin Islands Clubs are part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those most needy, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. T&T FISHERMEN DOMINATE REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS IN 2009 Steven Valdez reports: Game fishermen from Trinidad & Tobago continued to dominate the regional game fishing tournaments in the Southern Caribbean for the year 2009. The final results for the prestigious Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit Championships put Captain Gerard De Silva of Hard Play II in first place with 29 points from five tournaments. Second place went to Team Legacy out of Barbados with 19 points from three tournaments. The T&T teams dominated the rest of the top positions, with Captain George Bovell of Team Pair A Dice placing third with 13 points from five Tournaments. A total of 123 teams/boats entered in all the qualifying regional tournaments, with boats from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, the United Kingdom, Antigua and the United States participating. Of these, only 19 qualified for the 2009 Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit with the minimum of three circuit tournament entries each. This years new series of courses eliminates the problematic legs to and from the northern side of Guadeloupe1992 MAGELLAN GEOGRAPHIX SANTA BARBARA, CA

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 18 OUR sights were set on Montserrat. This time for sure,Ž we said. Not so fast,Ž the weather said. After waiting in Antigua a week for the wind and seas to cooperate, we could see it wasnt going to happen. We took the small weather window that allowed a downwind jaunt to St. Kitts instead. Yes, thats right „ downwind with following seas, even! Caribbean sailors know this is a rare situation that must be savored. It was a fabulous trip all the way through the gap between Nevis and the south shore of St. Kitts. We had anchored in Ballast Bay on the south coast of St. Kitts several times before, but had not gone ashore. It is a great spot to anchor: tucked among several high hills, the swell is kept out, leaving the water nice and flat. The wind, however, can gust crazily, funneling down the steep slopes. We dropped the hook in great holding and took the dinghy out for our first close-up look of the island. Ballast Bay is aptly named. The whole shoreline is lined with round rocks of all sizes. Not great for dragging the dinghy up on, but perfect if your hold is empty and you need the extra weight I suppose! We passed along a dredged cut that serves as the entrance to the large salt pond just a few metres inland. Unfortunately, the entrance is blocked by a floating barrier. One day this will be the entrance to Christophe Harbour. Developers have bought almost the entire southern peninsula of St. Kitts and have planned out a grand community that will include a full-service marina, golf course and a diverse array of residential development. You can check out the plans at the info center by heading over to White House Bay just around the point. There youll find a small dock where you can leave your dinghy and walk up the road to the small neatly landscaped building on your right. White House Bay is also the first place youll find where you can gain access to the main road. If you are not planning on going into the Port Zante marina, you can orchestrate your shore excursions from here. Winston, at Bulls Eye Car Rental ([869] 465-5656) is happy to arrange a car or jeep rental for cruisers and he will pick you up at the small parking lot right at the end of the dinghy dock. This area is also now part of the Christophe Harbour project so we called the Christophe Harbour Office ([800] 881-7180) and asked permission to leave the rental car overnight in their parking lot. They were accommodating, saying they would inform the security guard that patrols the area. This part of the island is still mostly undeveloped and there isnt much traffic on the road. If a cruise ship is in port, many taxis are about, bringing tourists to the remote beaches on this end of the island. You could probably catch one of these if they arent full already and head into town. Dont expect much traffic on this part of the island if there are no cruise ships in town or after dark. Still flying our yellow flag, we planned to check in to Customs once we got anchored closer to their offices at the cruise ship port in Basseterre. We left Ballast Bay and motored along the coastline, heading north. We took a quick detour into South Frigate Bay. The guidebook says this place is reserved for swimming, but you could ask at the Port to get permission to anchor here. One catamaran and several local powerboats were on moorings or at anchor when we went by. Dont Miss St. Kitts by Michelle FlemingFrom the hub of Basseterre town, above, to the remote (at least for now) White House Bay, below, St. Kitts has plenty to interest the sailing visitor „Continued on next page DESTINATIONS

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 19 Sabre M225Ti The Perkins Sabre M225Ti is designed to replace the Perkins M200 and M235 and provides more than 22% additional available horsepower in the same package.This large capacity 6 liter engine comes in a compact package and only takes out 225 hp. By comparison, our nearest competition takes that out of a 4 liter engine. Running at a low 2500 rpm versus the competition's 3300 rpm or higher, the M225Ti will have a longer life (minimum 12,000 hour TBO) and quieter operation. The gear-driven fresh water pump has a longer life and less to go wrong while the waste gate turbo charger gives better performance at lower rpms. An integral plate-type oil cooler combines fewer hoses with longer life and better efficiency. With Perkins' outstanding marinization, excess hoses and belts have been engineered away and everything has easy access for stress-free maintenance.22% more (sea) horses www.partsandpower.comCall Parts & Power for your nearest dealer: (284) 494 2830 M92B M135 M225Ti „ Continued from previous page The Deep Water Port is right around the corner and we ventured in past the Port Office and by the Coast Guard Station. No yachts were anchored there, but there is plenty of room to do so. Getting to the shore is an issue though. The entire area is lined with large boulders and we could not see a spot where a dinghy could be brought to shore. We carried on to the anchorage indicated on the charts, right beside the cruise ship docking area. We set the anchor and waited out a squall before launching the dinghy. Lots of wind chop, some left over raindrops, wake from the ferries, and a general rolling swell made the dinghy ride into the marina an adventure in ways to get wet. Port Zante refers to a large area of the waterfront that includes the marina, the cruise ship dock, and a multi-building shopping area. It is brand new and some parts are still under construction. The marina is small and friendly. Slips for sailboats have finger piers that are around 15 feet long and boats are tied either bow or stern in, with lines to pilings. We pulled the dinghy in on the breakwater side of the first dock, which houses the fuel dock. There are some large rocks in the water, so be careful coming in here. Charles, the assistant dock manager welcomed us and gave us information on the marina and Customs. The Customs and Immigration Office is located in the cruise ship terminal building. Its just a short walk through the shopping area and past the bar with the best deal on beer in the Caribbean! After clearing Customs, we parked at some comfy bar stools and watched our boat, Bonanza , and our friends Voyageur C , rolling gunnel to gunnel. A night or two in the marina was quickly and easily justified. Besides not rolling all night, another great thing about staying in the marina is its location. Downtown Basseterre is at your doorstep and it is a happening place. During the day the town is bustling with cruise ship passengers, taxi drivers, shoppers and vendors; everybody is coming and going. Later in the evening we heard singing nearby. Christmas was coming and we were treated to live carol music in the Circus. The Circus is what the main roundabout in town is called. You cant miss it: a large green clock that is also a water fountain marks the spot. Look up to the secondfloor level and youll see a couple of places to eat and drink and watch the action. We checked out Stonewalls, down Princess Street, just off the Circus, for dinner. We lucked into a fixed menu featuring Asian-style cuisine and it was delicious. Winston warned us not to leave the marina too early in the morning on our round-the-island drive. Buses are on the road in force for the morning commute, and you dont want to mess with Terminator, Gasmoney, Jah Rule and Blessed ! We joined the traffic on the main drag around nine oclock and headed north. St. Kitts has a quiet beauty and a unique feeling. As we drove along we noticed how the rugged volcanic peaks give way to vast smooth slopes that end in the sea. We stopped at all the usual spots: Caribelle Batiks at Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill Fort, Rawlins Plantation, Kate Design Gallery, Ottleys Plantation „ all interesting places in a stunning setting. The southern route takes you past the major resort area around Frigate Bay and then out onto the peninsula. Youll pass by the anchorages at White House Bay and Ballast Bay on your way to the Great Salt Pond and the Nevis ferry terminal at Majors Bay. St. Kitts is the place to rent a jeep. We spent hours exploring dirt roads, sand tracks and old sugarcane farm roads. The government owns most of the sugarcane fields, so you are unlikely to trespass onto private property „ which we found to be well marked. Youll want a 4X4 to tackle the steepest parts of the trails and there can be muddy sections if the weathers been wet. Take the road that leads around the west end of the airport and then up past Monkey Hill. Its a beautiful, mostly paved but little-traveled track that meanders through the rainforest, emerging in the sugarcane fields just north of Cayon. Youll see a section marked Jack in the BoxŽ on the tourist maps. We never did figure out what that meant, but it definitely wasnt anything to do with fast food or french fries. Feel like going to the races? Horseracing has been reinstated in St. Kitts after a 47-year hiatus and they are bringing it back in style. Beaumont Park is a brand-new racetrack and entertainment complex where they plan to have thoroughbred horse racing on an ongoing basis next year. We arrived at the racetrack just in time to watch the preview running of colts, geldings and fillies in four exciting and close races. The horses and jockeys hailed from across the West Indies and as far away as Ireland. The excitement starts when the horses are presented in the Winners Circle. You get a chance to check out the competitors „ both horse and rider trotted out in full racing silks. It seemed a bit odd, but there was no betting at these races, so we just picked our favorites hoping to win bragging rights. Once the horses reached the starting gate, the local band stopped playing and two announcers took over the microphone calling the race. The horse I picked to win, Gold Deposit, was left behind right at the start. No matter, with an hour or more between races I had plenty of time to decide on the next winner. Wear your Sunday hat or your favorite bling because the races attract one well-dressed crowd. A couple of days in the marina had somehow turned into almost a week. You can afford to do that at Port Zante because rates here are reasonable. Our six-day stay cost us less than US$125, including power and water. We checked out of Customs and let them know that we would be at anchor in Ballast Bay before moving on. The next day the Port Authority boat pulled up and requested our documents. The officials were friendly and wanted to know all about our stay in St. Kitts. We told them we were impressed with the island and would definitely be back. So cruisers, dont hesitate to include a trip to St. Kitts on this years itinerary. Youll want to add this place to your dont missŽ list. The Port Zante marina puts the town, Customs clearance and access to inland exploration just steps from the boat

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 20 Tel: 809 523 5858 Visit: marinazarpar.com Contact MARINA ZARPAR VHF Channel 5 email: info@marinazarpar.com € High Quality Sheltered Moorings € Slips to 120 with depth 10 € Shore power 30, 50 and 100 amps € All slips with fingers € Showers, Laundry, Restaurant, 24 hour security € Immigration office in the marina for clearance € Free WIFI and Free Internet € Dinghy Dock € 12 miles East of Santo Domingo and 7 miles East of International Airport Marina Zar-Par The Dominican Republic's newest marina catering to the needs of cruising yachtsmen 18.25.50N 69.36.67W Ma Ma Za FREE Dominican Republic Cruising Guide at: www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com T here are three Bay Islands of Honduras, of which Utila is the nearest to the coast, and the first one you come to sailing from the Rio Dulce. It, like the other Bay Islands, is part of an underground mountain range, fringed by coral reefs. Utila has signs of volcanic activity at Pumpkin Hill, but most of the island has a limestone base, and is, as the chart describes it, low and swampy. Its about eightand-a-half miles long and not more than three miles wide. We rode around a goodly portion of it on our folding bikes and I had a leisurely climb of Pumpkin Hill. The town of Utila has two parts: the main concrete road runs along the shore for traffic consisting of golf carts, ATVs, bicycles, strollers, skateboards, and, just to mix things up, the occasional pickup truck or van. Theres a ferry dock; thats how everything gets here. And there are restaurants and bars, hardware stores and groceries, cell phone stores and ATMs, all the usual paraphernalia of modern life, but small, the size appropriate to a place with maybe 7,000 to 8,000 people. Special to Utila and the Bay Islands are dive shops and realtors, both with an eye toward the modern galleons bearing cash in their pockets. Its a pleasant island tending along the lines of the Abacos, or Carriacou, or Bequia, and popular with backpackers/divers. Up the hill is the village proper, while the gringos are building out of town mostly along the coast, mowing down the mangroves and clearcutting the groundcover for their stateside-sized casas . But apparently the locals too have been building for some time: For more than a century, islanders have continuously augmented their beachfront by making landŽ. The original shoreline of Utila, only a few yards deep from the high water mark, has been extended in many places an additional 30 to 40 yards or more by filling in fenced rectangles of water with refuse and broken coral. Houses that were poised on pilings over eight feet of water some 60 or 70 years ago now sit on terra firma and the process goes on „ giving portions of the harbor a Venetian effect „ even though the cost is high in money and labor. Land-making in the swamp areas has been pursued in like manner, one barrio in the community being named Holland to commemorate its origin through reclamation. Hiding from a south and west wind that made a mess of the main harbor, my husband, Doug, and I anchored Galivant, our Valiant 40, for a few days between Utila and a cay-community at SucSuc and Pigeon Cays. Buildings huddle together on crooked pilings over land barely above sea level, and every porch is a dock. This, Im told, was in fact the site of Utilas earliest British settlement. Cant figure out why anyone would choose this damp pied-à-terre when they could have the hillside, now or then. But I am coming to suspect that the presence of no-see-ums had something to do with it. Another surprise was being greeted in English, a pretty and picturesque form of it. Come to find out that the Bay Islands were British during the early part of the 1800s; a lot of the settlers had names like Jones and McNab, Bush and Cooper, Jackson and Thompson, and several came via the Cayman Islands. Although Honduras took formal possession around 1860, it is said that some residents didnt realize anything had changed until Queen Victoria died in 1901. Gradually mainland Hondurans have come out to the Bay Islands, but we still met people who spoke only Spanish or English. And then theres a Garifuna presence „ these are the indigenous people forcibly removed from St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean in the 1790s and dumped in the Bay Islands, from whence they have spread to Belize and coastal Honduras. I think they have a language of their own, but use the other two. I tried asking a Garifuna woman for something in Spanish, and as she was showing me, she finally said Dont you speak English?Ž One of the neatest places Ive ever seen is a hotel/ restaurant/bar called the Jade Seahorse. Owned by, Im told, glass bead artists from Israel, the entire property is a riot of color and texture, not just the glass grottoes and encrustations, but the cabins and carpentry as well. Makes me want to go home and get artsy,Ž said Doug. I seem to be a little conservative.Ž Left: Theres a ferry dock; thats how everything gets here Below left: The main road Below right: Worth a detour „ the eye-dazzling Jade Seahorse hotel/restaurant/bar by Ann Westergard DESTINATIONS ES Utila, Bay Islands of HondurasALL PHOTOS: ANN WESTERGARD

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 21 The San Blas Islands offer so much, and so little. What one experiences here depends on what is important to each individual. The captain, Roger, and crew, Linda, aboard S/V Sandcastle are loving all of it! Unlike the busy Eastern Caribbean islands with their towns, shopping, regattas, cruise ships, ample grocery and boat-parts supplies, the San Blas consists of weather, sand, coconut trees, reefs and Kuna Indians! Oh, and last but far from least, the San Blas islands host a great sailing community. I cant say enough about the group of people we have met. Roger and I move from island to island in pursuit of whatever we find. Other cruisers do the same, so our mix of neighbors is ever-changing and from all over the world. Of course, there are those who stay put. They care for the island, know the rules (and there are rules), relay info about friends who have passed through before us and just make us comfortable when we settle for a day, week or month „ sort of like the stateside hotel commercial that says, Well keep a light on for you.Ž We wake each morning to beautiful skies and white sand beaches. Little terns hit the water endlessly, aiming for the multitude of tiny fish that hide in the shade of the boat. A remora, looking quite dapper with the zigzag crown it wears, shoots out from its hiding place under the boat to catch any morsel thrown there. Off to the side a spotted ray with a four-foot wingspan hurls itself out of the water as it chases a tasty meal. Also below us are gray and black rays, the occasional turtle, mackerel, ocean triggerfish, nurse shark, barracuda, tuna and blue runner, to name a few, that pass by on their way through the anchorage. A friend of ours who owns a catamaran actually had one of the big rays land on the boats trampoline in the middle of the night. Imagine how that would be, waking to the noise of a huge ray flailing around on the bow of your boat! What a chore the crew had getting it back into the water without hurting the ray or themselves! Between our boat and the ocean is a reef that extends for miles and miles just waiting to share its hidden splendor with the adventurous snorkeler. The waves crash endlessly with a roar that calms us all day and lulls us to sleep nightly. There are little islands everywhere, only hours apart. They arent more than a couple of football fields long and wide for the most part; some even have freshwater springs. The coconut trees bear coconuts, although they are forbidden to all but the Kuna whose livelihood is collecting and selling them. Pretty flowers bloom out of the low green foliage like stars on green stems. The white sand beach waits for the weary to rest upon it, or in a comfortable hammock strung between two coconut trees. The hearty gather wood and make a fire, cook a fresh-caught lobster and then settle back with friends, a guitar, and a song or two. Laughter abounds as stories of snorkeling, repairs to the boat, news from home or the almost daily squall are passed around. Here during the middle of the rainy season, we have experienced more and more heavy squalls. Sometimes the squalls bring heavy wind and/or heavy rain. We love the rain „ it lets us fill our tanks with water. Being without a watermaker here is a big disadvantage as places to refill the tanks are few and far between and its not always an easy task! Sometimes, like today, we watch islands miles away receive the gift of the gods as rain, wind, lightning and thunder attack. One member of our cruising community had the boat struck, not an uncommon occurrence. This resulted in all instrumentation being friedŽ. Now they will travel to a marina, a sixto tenhour trip, and from there they will go by bus or cab to Panama City to try and get new parts! It might be necessary to have parts flown in, or they might actually have to fly out to the States to purchase them. It isnt always easy to obtain what you need here. It is convenient when someone visiting the States can return with the necessary part. That is a rare occurrence however. So far, we have heard of four boats being hit by lightning this season. Thankfully, there havent been any physical injuries! The Kuna, native to these islands, are becoming more and more WesternizedŽ. There are a few island communities refusing to accept new ways and technology. I say good for them! The mola, a hand-stitched, rectangular, multi-layered, multi-colored picture of familiar animals, stories, or geometric shapes are created and sold by the Kuna. Visitors love to buy them for framing, or for making pillow covers, placemats, etcetera, for themselves or to give as gifts. The Kuna „ Mom, Dad and every pitiful child they can find „ come in their dugout boats called ulus (long u), to show their molas , carvings, and strings of beads, often even before an arriving yachts anchor has touched the water. Once you say sorry, not todayŽ, they move on to the next boat. They are wonderful people and my wish is to help them all, which we try to do as best we can. We carry extra reading glasses for the seamstresses, fish hooks for the fishermen, crayons and paper for the children, suntan lotion for the albinos (the Kuna have one of the highest rates of albinism in the world), and sometimes a little candy finds its way into the hands of the smallest child. A few Kuna have found the glory of the cell phone. The only problem is that there is no electricity on the islands, except for the very rare generator, so the cell phones cannot be charged. It isnt unusual to be handed six cell phones by some darling child to be charged on the boat. Out here we make our own entertainment. Having friends who have vivid imaginations and a variety of talents helps. One such couple got my captain and others to pull the guitars out of storage, build up the calluses on their fingers and play whenever possible. Many a Kuna has been entertained along the way now by Los GringosŽ as they were named by a Kuna friend on Nargana Island. On Mametupu, Los Gringos played and the women cooked a conch chowder to die for, which was shared with our new Kuna friends. The Kuna provided their version of bread and more guitar playing! They even mentioned us in a song. Cant get much better than that. Another cruising friend had his sister visit with her soon-to-be husband. This resulted in a mock Kuna wedding, complete with Kuna dancers, outfits and ceremony. The whole sailing community showed up to watch the affair, enjoyed yet another meal, drink, and music provided by Los Gringos. What a wonderful experience for sailors and Kuna alike! Although our time in the San Blas Islands will be hard to beat, the seasons change and so do we. Like many of our sailing friends, we have aging, ailing parents at home in the USA who need our TLC as their lives come to an end. Therefore, we will slowly travel back to the States to arrive sometime in the coming spring. There are many adventures ahead as we travel up the western Caribbean island chain. We have heard there are many beautiful islands and towns up the coast. We are looking forward to each and every one. There and Back Againƒ The San Blas Islands Coconut trees, dugout ulu canoes and thatched houses „ pure San Blas There are little islands everywhere. No marinas, no high-rises, no problem! Kids visiting a yacht for fun in half an uluby Linda Hutchinson DESTINATIONS BOSHOFF CONNELLY-LYNN CONNELLY-LYNN

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 22 SAIL DESIGN GROUP Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI l t. 284 494 1124 l e. kwrigley@quantumsails.com Located near the entrance of Nanny CayClean, renewable fuel free with every sailLargest loft in the BVI Full sales and service loft Convenient location New canvas and canvas repair Pick up and drop off www.quantumsails.com MARIGOT BAY St. LuciaDoolittles RestaurantSuccessfully serving you for 45 years with Caribe, French and International cuisine at the most Beautiful Bay in the Caribbean. (Ask Mr. Michener) Feel free to anchor up, NO CHARGE! Call us on Channel (16) to reserve your table, we will then pick you up and return you to your yacht.info@marigotbeachclub.com / www.marigotdiveresort.com J ennifer and I transited the Panama Canal east to west with our 42-foot Bavaria on November 1st, 2009. To arrange your transit, here are eight things we recommend you know or do: 1) Tie up in Shelter Bay Marina. The cost is 45 US cents per foot per day. Its boring but very safe. 2) Find four line-handlers among other cruisers who want to experience the process. If you have not been through the Canal before, you may wish to go through as a line-handler on another boat first. We did this with an Aussie couple. Highly recommended. 3) Go to the towerŽ in the city of Colon; a taxi will take you. Get the requisite papers and a date for the Admeasurer. (You can get an agent to do all the paper work if you wish. When we were there, StanleyŽ seemed to be the man.) 4) The Admeasurer will come aboard and measure your boat. He asks questions like: Have you got food on board? Have you got water on board? Have you got a toilet? How fast can you go?Ž Most important is to mark the form to specify centre lockŽ only. Rafting or tying to the side is less safe. 5) Pay your fee (ours was US$1,500) in cash or by VISA credit card at the Citibank in Colon. US$850 of that fee is a deposit that they will return. 6) Hire four 125-foot lines. 7) Call the number provided to be given a transit slot. 8) Motor to The Flats in Cristobal Harbour, about three miles. An advisor arrives on a launch and jumps aboard. He takes charge. The captain is on the helm, but best to do what the advisor says. We set off with two Finnish and two British linehandlers. The Finnish girl spoke perfect Russian and was clearly a spy. (SpyerŽ as she called it. I am not a spyer,Ž she kept saying. Our first Panamanian advisor also spoke perfect Russian. Very interesting.) We got underway, motoring toward the Gatun locks. The advisor had a schedule and we wove about, dodging 1,000-foot-long, mile-high commercial ships until our slot came up. A bit terrifying, but okay if you know your boat. We entered the first Gatun lock. Four lock attendants, two on each side, threw monkeyfists onto the boat from atop the canal wall. The line-handlers job is to catch them and tie them onto the 125-foot lines. The lock attendants walked with us into the lock. (If you are transiting centre lockŽ, keep in the centre or the pilot will nag.) They tied us up at both sides with our boat in the centre of the lock, closed the doors and let the water in. We came up about 60 feet. They opened the front doors. This procedure was repeated twice more. The same lock attendants stayed with us. (When we went through on the Aussie boat as line-handlers, one lock attendant fell completely in love with the Aussie girl. We were terrified that he would fall in and disaster would result.) Next, the advisor took us to a buoy big enough to hold the Titanic in Gatun Lake where we tied up and he took his leave. We advise you to have a megaparty at this point, like we did. At 0600 the next day a new advisor arrived and we motored 35 miles across the Gatun Lake „ very, very beautiful. Then we rode the downŽ locks toward the Pacific Ocean. These were similar to the first set but easier. There is a camera in the last (Miraflores) lock attached to a website, so the whole family watched us go through. Finally the advisor leaves and you go alone to Balboa Yacht Club (easy) or to Tahiti, Australia, etcetera (less easy). PS We consumed eight gallons of diesel, 75 litres of fresh water, one litre of rum, one bottle each of sparkling and white wine plus two of red. For complete details on the Panama Canal transit procedure visit www.shelterbaymarina.com Left: Lady line-handlers aboard the authors Sanjola . (Who is the spyer?) Top right: Before their own transit, Dicky and his wife, Jennifer, acted as line-handers for this Australian couple. Its easy to see why one of the canal workers was smitten by the Aussie lass (below right) Above: The 42-foot Bavaria was dwarfed by the Canals usual traffic A Recent Panama Canal Transit by Dicky Blamey

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 23 Les Iles des Saintes, better known as the Saints, are a group of small islands south of Guadeloupe. Here almost everyone anchors off the main island of Terre de Haut, which has become a bit of France transferred to the Caribbean. But if you go to Terre de Bas, the westernmost island, you will find the Saints much as they were 30 years ago. As long as the wind is east or north of east the anchorage in Anse Fideling is good. In settled conditions you can anchor on two anchors off the beach on the windward side of Terre de Bas. Youll have a lee shore behind you, but as long as it is not blowing hard and the wind is east or south of east you are sheltered from the sea by Terre de Haut and Ilet à Cabrit. Because there are only two miles of fetch a big sea cannot build up, only a rough chop at worst. Ashore you will find a lot of good but very unpretentious restaurants. From the Saints it is a beat to windward to the islands of Petite Terre, Marie Galante and Desirade. Petite Terre (enter carefully in calm conditions) is likely to be full of day-trippers from about 1100 to 1500 hours, but if you arrive as they are leaving you have a wonderful anchorage all to yourself for an evening sundowner, early morning swim and breakfast, and can depart as the day-trippers arrive. Then sail on to Marie Galante, where it is never crowded as you can anchor anywhere along about five miles of shoreline. You can always find a spot on the beautiful white sand beach that has no other boats or people. From Marie Galante, sail off to Desirade using Doyles latest Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands . Until recently, yachts seldom visited this island as the harbor, which is on the southwest corner of the island, was too shallow for anything but shoal-draft powerboats. Recently a channel into the harbor has been dug. The channel is reportedly nine feet deep, with seven feet alongside the fuel pier, and about six feet in most of the harbor. But as Doyle points out, even if you do go aground its in soft mud. Remember, in June, July and early August, the sea level in the Caribbean is usually about 18 inches lower than in winter. Thus the water depth between high water springs in winter and low water springs from June through early August can be as much as three feet. From Desirade it is a glorious downhill slide to either English or Falmouth Harbour to check in to Antigua. En route, only if the wind is east or south of east and seas are calm, the sailor who really wants to get away from it all and have serious bragging rights at the bar in Antigua can attempt a stop at the colonial sugarshipping port of Le Moule on the north side of Grande Terre, Guadeloupe. Both Hans Hoff of Fandango , a 90-foot Rhodes motorsailor, and Hank Strauss in his 45-foot ketch Doki , have visited Le Moule during the summer when the rollers are not running. Mind your ps and qs when entering (piloting directions are in Streets Guide, Anguilla to Dominica . Note that this area is a favorite with surfers!). Once in and secured, go ashore and nearby you will find good restaurants; the clientele is usually local Guadeloupians. After clearing into Antigua, beat to windward to Green Island, where there are always a few boats but it is never really crowded. From Green Island, if you are adventurous check out Guana and Belfast Bays, but only if you are a good sailor who is willing to put a crewmember experienced in eyeball navigation on the lower spreaders, and if you have a boat with a good engine. Then, getting into these bays is relatively easy if Jol Byerleys sailing directions on page 98 of Streets Guide, Anguilla to Dominica, are carefully followed. (Beating to windward through the narrow channel is impossible unless you have a small boat that goes to windward well and tacks readily; both David Simmonds, who built up Antigua Slipway, on his little sloop Bacco and Graham Knight of Antigua Sails in his small fiberglass sloop have done this.) If the prospect of entering and leaving these harbors from seaward is too daunting, continue northeastward up the coast of Antigua, an area often considered the most dangerous in the Caribbean. The reason many sailors say this is because the northeast corner of Antigua is low and featureless. If not careful, the sailor discovers he or she is in shoal water littered with coral heads. Keep an eye on the fathometer and the color of the water and plot the GPS positions on the chart. Sail north, then northwest and finally west, avoiding the shoal water and detached coral heads. Enter North Sound via the northern „ not the northeastern „ entrance. In North Sound there are half a dozen anchorages; pick one with no other boat anchored in it and enjoy calm but windswept, bug-free anchorages. From North Sound you can go via the channels between the islands and the shore to explore both Guana and Belfast Bays. From North Sound it is an easy 22-mile reach to Barbuda, with many anchorages and mile after mile of empty beaches. The approaches to many of the anchorages are littered with coral heads, like a minefield ready to catch the unwary mariner. Stay on the ranges/transits on Imray Iolaire chart A26 and you are safe; only sail off the ranges if you are a good eyeball navigator and the light conditions are good. Jogging to the west, the southwest coast of St. Kitts has a number of anchorages that are seldom crowded. Developers have huge plans to develop a marina and residential complex called Christophe Harbour, but when will construction start? This could be the last year the sailor will be able to enjoy these anchorages in a tranquil and uncrowded state. Statia is off the beaten track, too, but avoid the island at spring tides, as in spring tides, when the tide overcomes the normal westerly current, heavy bunker oil can be carried up to the anchorage. Also avoid Statia if the wind is south of east or if there is a northerly ground swell. Finding an uncrowded anchorage in the Anguilla-St. Martin-St. Barts area is pretty difficult. In Orient Bay, St. Martin you will find other boats but the bay is so large that the anchorage is seldom crowded. In Anguilla be sure, when checking in, to ascertain where you are allowed to anchor. If you are allowed to anchor there, Rendezvous Bay on the south coast is seldom crowded. To really get off the beaten track, as long as the northerly ground swell is not running, Scrub Island offers an interesting-looking anchorage on its western side. There is a sketch chart in Streets Guide, Anguilla to Dominica , but note that this was done from an aircraft; I have never succeeded in exploring this anchorage by boat as every time I wanted to explore, conditions did not permit it. Two other good sailors reported the sketch chart fine, but use eyeball navigation in good light. Next month: Off the Beaten Track in the Virgins. OFF THE BEATEN TRACK WITH DON STREET Part Two: From the Saints to Anguilla € SAFEST WAY TO SHIP € PREMIER SERVICE FOR ANY YACHT € RELIABLE, FREQUENT SCHEDULES € UNIQUE DESTINATIONS € COMPETITIVE RATES Y acht at Rest , M in d at E ase WWW.YACHT-TRANSPORT.COM € 1 888 SHIP DYTFEBRUARY/MARCH, 2010 VOYAGES ST. THOMAS MARTINIQUE TOULON MAY/JUNE, 2010 VOYAGES ST. THOMAS FREEPORT NEWPORT SOUTHAMPTON PALMA MARMARIS DYT USA : Tel. +1 954 525 8707 € E-mail: dyt.usa@dockwise-yt.com DYT Martinique : Tel. +596 596 741 507 € E-mail: nadine@dockwise-yt.com DYT Newport : Tel. +1 401 439 6377 € E-mail: ann@dockwise-yt.com PHotos by Onne van der Wal

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 24 Gordon and I like to scuba dive. Fortunately, work commitments and lifestyle choices allow us plenty of leisure time to enjoy this active underwater pursuit. One of our favourite choices for Caribbean scuba diving is the island of Carriacou, in the southern Grenadines. Since 2007, we have been diving with Conny and George, who are passionate divers and the owner-operators of Arawak Divers. Along with staff, Kenneth, they provide exceptional personal diving experiences. November 2009 proved no exception, as we embarked on the hunt to see new and exciting fishes, creatures and corals. We walked into their dive shop, both booked ten dives and started to browse the marine-life identification books published by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach „ our bibleŽ reference to the underwater marine world. And so it goes, Conny, have you ever seenƒ?Ž, Do you know where to findƒ?Ž, and off we goƒ. Let the hunt begin! Suited up, Kenneth at the helm of their pirogue, Conny or George as guide, we speed off to one of the numerous dive sites on the southern shores of Carriacou. Back rolls into the briny blue; the hunt with cameras for new and exciting marine life begins. For example, during a shallow dive, we saw long lure frog fish, queen angel fish, French angel fish, sting ray, golden lined sea goddesses, strawberry tunicates, scarlet striped cleaner shrimp, squat anemone shrimp, spotted cleaner shrimp, golden morays, banded coral shrimp and bearded fireworms. Previously spotted on this same dive site have been ocean triggerfish, hawksbill turtles, nurse sharks, lesser electric rays, ocelated swimming crabs, longnose pipefish, harlequin pipefish and barracuda. Night dives on this site present The ThingŽ, orange ball corallimorphs, Caribbean spiny lobster, Spanish lobster, spotted lobster, red reef hermit, red night shrimp, tiger-tail sea cucumber, beaded sea cucumber, Caribbean reef octopus and common octopus. And this list is by no means complete, having not mentioned any of the corals, plants, or algae. Hunting for Rose Lace Coral Brittle Stars, Sister Rocks Browsing one day through the second edition of Reef Creature Identification by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach, Conny noticed rose lace coral brittle stars on page 369. Hmm,Ž she pondered. I have digital images of the rose lace coral on my computer.Ž I asked, Do you think there are any brittle stars in those images?Ž We raced over to her computer for a browse through her files. Sure enough, there were some images which showed striped legs wrapped around the lace. I said, Ive never seen them; lets go see if we can find some,Ž and our next dive plan developed! Next morning, November 23rd, 2009, Gordon, Conny and I, with Kenneth at the helm of Arawak Divers pirogue, ventured out to the rocks known as The Sisters, southwest of Hillsborough. These rocks provide the opportunity for a deep, steeply sloping reef dive or a shallower, extending reef dive. We chose to circumnavigate the latter, and smaller of the two. Usually, currents of varying strengths are encountered diving around these two rocks. On this dive, however, we were blessed with unusually calm conditions, no current and extremely clear visibility. It was an exceptional day for a slow cruise around the Diving in CarriacouLet the Hunt Begin! by Louise Kupka dI lik t bd i F t tl „Continued on next page Top left: The author makes another personal discovery Right: A long snout seahorse Inset: The eagerly sought longlure frogfish GORDON NICHOLL

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 25 „ Continued from previous page reef, examining every crevice and hole that showed something of interest. Starting at a depth of 16 to 18 metres (about 50 to 60 feet), we spotted green moray, black coral, slender filefish, gorgonians, large schools of brown chromis, and various wrasses. The large schools of pelagic fish, often seen here, such as jacks, barracuda and tuna, were absent, owing to the lack of current. Swimming eastward we passed coral-encrusted walls, vase corals, huge barrel sponges and a plethora of other marine life. After rounding the northeast end of the reef, where Conny had previously seen the rose lace coral, we commenced our intense search for the associated brittle stars. We dove around the rock point, keeping an eye under the ledge overhang, focusing into shaded protected areas, favoured habitat of rose lace coral. The coral was easy to identify with its fan-like structure and pinkish-rose colour, as it hung in the open beneath the rock overhang. There were a few colonies in the area, but not too plentiful. Thankfully the conditions were so calm, without surge or current. We were able to nose under the overhang and get close to the coral for a good look, and found that the rose lace brittle stars were present. Conny and I stole a glance at each other, smiled and laughed, the shouts began and the cameras started to flash! Satisfied with our success, we continued eastward, with the depth gradually shallowing between 10 and 12 metres (about 30 and 40 feet). As we slowly worked our way back to the start of the dive we were rewarded with sightings of a hawksbill turtle, nurse shark, scorpionfish, various crabs and black surgeonfish. Sighted … Longlure Frogfish, Tyrell Bay The sea is a mysterious mistress. She can be slow to reveal her mysteries or freely divulge of her gifts. One never knows which mood she will be in on any given day. This was the situation on November 25th, while George and I blew bubbles during a shallow dive near Tyrell Bay. We were approaching the end of a relaxing dive, and enjoying the colors and antics of French and queen angelfish, Caribbean spiny lobsters, squirrelfish and a multitude of other marine life. I was studying strawberry tunicates through the lens of my underwater camera, when out of the corner of my eye I saw George gesture for me to swim over to a brown sponge he was looking at. George had become unusually animated and very excited with an ear-to-ear grin. I slowly approached, reluctant to leave my tunicate study. Cautious of disturbing his find, I moved in slowly, and I too started to smile, and then shouted with joy. We were both giddy with excitement! Sharing this soft brown sponge were two longlure frogfish! One was bright yellow and larger than the second, which was of orange brown coloration and somewhat hidden beneath the first. Amazing! I last saw frogfish 20 years ago, while diving in Borneo in 1989. I have been looking for them ever since. George had never seen one at this site. I was much more fortunate, having found them in three years of diving in Carriacou. Some things are worth waiting for! Now, I dont want to lead the reader to believe that the hunt is always so easy, or straightforward. Conny and George have, respectively, ten and 15 years of diving in Carriacou waters. They know the various dive sites intimately, so they have a wealth of knowledge on where the hunts should occur. Avid passionate divers, they are still learning, watching and enjoying the reefs of Carriacou, becoming increasingly knowledgeable underwater naturalists. With their assistance, we have been fortunate to date with our new discoveries. We are still searching for bumblebee shrimp, less than an inch in size, and thought to inhabit sea cucumbers. To date, we have not seen any with our delinquent, aging eyes, so the quest remains to find the right cucumber. Thankfully, this means more diving and hunting for new marine life in Carriacou. I never tire of the show of colour, and variety of fishes, sponges, corals and creatures. Shallow dives, deep dives, pinnacle reefs, walls, drift dives, wrecks, grass beds. The choice is endless, visibility fantastic. Diving in Carriacou, in my opinion, is simply awesome … a divers dream. For more information on diving in Carriacou, visit Arawak Divers website at www.arawak.de, or see advertisement for Carriacou Silver Diving in the Market Place section of this issue of Compass, pages 43 through 45 . Louise Kupka is cruising the Caribbean aboard S/V Coho . T T GORDON NICHOLL ARAWAK DIVERS Port Louis Marina … another great reason to visit Grenada ITALY | MALTA | TURKEY | WEST INDIES Grenada remains one of the most unspoilt and welcoming cruising destinations in the Caribbean. Now, with Port Louis, visiting yachts can enjoy the security and convenience of a beautifully appointed, fully serviced marina … located in the lagoon adjacent to the islands capital, St Georges. Grenadas southern location allows for year-round cruising, including the summer months, and with an international airport just “ve miles away, Port Louis is the ideal base for exploring the wonderful islands of the Grenadines. As a Port of Entry, its easy to clear in and out through Port Louis, and our 24-hour security, dockside facilities and marina-wide wi-“ all contribute to making your stay safe and relaxed. Port Louis is owned and operated by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand 24 hours a day to welcome yachts of all sizes from 20ft to 300ft. For more information about securing a berth at Port Louis, including the opportunity to purchase on a 30-year licence, please contact our Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Danny Donelan on +1 (473) 435 7432 or email danny.donelan@cnportlouismarina.com Port Louis Marina … just one more reason to visit the Spice Island. www.cnportlouismarina.com

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 26 I waited patiently for 28 weeks and one day to return to Barbuda with the express wish to see the Frigate Boys doing their stuff. The last time we were here we got to see the mums and babies „ the boys had been in Mexico with their mistresses. As soon as the anchor was set I was on the phone to Foster (of Foster Hopkins Tours), hoping he would say that this afternoon would be the perfect time to go. Ten tomorrow morning,Ž said Foster. Are the boys in their glory?Ž I asked, and got the reply „ The place looks like Christmas trees!Ž So I had to wait another 20 hours. Bear somehow knew I wouldnt sleep well. Charge camera batteries. Empty memory cards. Bed. Up at silly oclock, too fidgety for words. Bear had launched our dinghy, Baby Beez, and put the electric motor on so we could hoist her up the beach. Foster met us on the Codrington Lagoon side and off we went. Tripod up and ready. Off we roared on Fosters pirogue with the pink interior and his 75-horsepower outboard. As we approached the northwestern part of the lagoon the sky was full of enormous frigate birds, the males red gular pouches inflated to attract mates. These birds have a wingspan of eight feet and a body weight of three pounds. They fly at speeds of around 22 miles an hour at heights up to 2,000 feet. They cannot swim or even walk well, and cannot take off from the sea or flat ground, but once in the sky they can stay aloft for days at a time. Frigate birds are relatives of pelicans, cormorants and boobies. The males are glossy black; females have white breasts. The immature bird has a white head and neck. In Barbuda, they feed on fish snapped up from the islands lagoons and interior ponds, and also on flying fish, jellyfish and small turtles taken from the ocean. Adults also chase other sea birds in flight to grab their catch, hence the names frigate bird and man-o-war bird. During breeding season, which we were lucky enough to observe this time, the males blow up their scarlet throat sac, or gular, to the size of a small balloon. This takes about 25 minutes, and is done to attract the females. When a female approaches, the male trembles his wings, showing the under surface flashing in the sunlight, and makes drumming noises and clacks his beak. In a nesting colony such as this one, there are an average of three large twig nests per nine-by-12-foot area. There is lots of arguing over landing rights, perch ownership or who owns each twig in the mangroves. One white egg is laid sometime between mid-September and late March. Incubation is seven weeks. The chick is born naked but soon acquires white down. The chicks are fed by regurgitation, and frigate birds take care of their young longer than any other bird „ 11 months. The chicks can fly at about 25 weeks after hatching. They are six years old before they breed. The oldest known age is 34 years. Barbudas Frigate Bird Sanctuary, accessible only by boat with a local tour guide, is home to several thousand frigate birds, as well as more than a hundred other bird species. It is the Caribbeans largest nesting colony of frigate birds „ simply stunning. Thank you to Foster and Bear who took me to see a much wished-for sight, the frigate birds of Barbuda. All in all, what a wow! Pepe and Bear Millard are cruising the Caribbean aboard their Warrior 40, Beez Neez , having left their homeport of Plymouth, Devon, UK in 2008. The Frigate Boys are Back in Townby Pepe Millard Top left and right: Male frigate birds inflate their gular pouches to attract females Left: Adults and one of the seasons first chicks in the mangroves at Barbudas bird sanctuary Above: Foster (left) showed us the sights „ thanks for a great day!

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 27 THE CRUISING SAILOR`S CHANDLERY SINCE 1990 AMERON ABC 3 TIN FREE SELF POLISHING ANTIFOULING PAINT CORNER: MIRANDA C O R N E R : M I R A N D A& GUARAGUAO, PUERTO LA CRUZ, VENEZUELA & G U A R A G U A O , P U E R T O L A C R U Z , V E N E Z U E L A TEL: 58 (281) 265-3844 E-MAIL : xanadumarine@cantv.net T E L : 5 8 ( 2 8 1 ) 2 6 5 3 8 4 4 E M A I L : x a n a d u m a r i n e @ c a n t v . n e t No hurricanes 270sq. miles of calm seas Full amenities Phone: (58-281) 267-7412 Fax: (58-281) 2677-810 VHF Channel 71 Web page: http://bahiaredonda.com.ve E-Mail: brmi@cantv.net marina internacional El Morro Tourist Complex Puerto La Cruz VenezuelaLat. 10° 12 ' 24"N Long. 64° 40 ' 5"W A bunny hugŽ is when you do some token little thing for the environment. Hugging trees and bunnies makes us feel good. Heres some bunny hugs we can do aboard. AAŽ batteries are what my digital camera needs. Not heavy dutyŽ batteries, but alkaline, the expensive ones. When the camera finally says battery depletedŽ, I take the batteries out and let them rest. Then they are good for another ten pictures „ plus several more, if I rest them again. A something-else to check is this: my camera uses up the batteries when left in the camera (so does my GPS), so I take them out when not in use. When they are finally exhausted (as far as the camera is concerned) they still burn my penlight bright „ for quite a while. When the penlight dims, they burn those solar powered yard lights (a.k.a., nautically, rail lightsŽ) bright. Finally, poor kids with transistor devices taught me that the batteries we discard can be partially rejuvenated by baking in the sun. Post-finally, I ran across one kid who carefully beats his batteries with a rock to get even more out of them. You neednt go that far. Non-rechargeable, disposable, all chemical batteries are bad environmental news from manufacture to disposal. So I use the cheapo auto supply regulators (12 volt to 1.5/3.0/4.5/6.0/7.5/9.0/12 volt) to run battery-powered devices aboard. Years ago in a remote part of the Bahamas, early in my cruising, I pulled out a Ziploc to put something in. Someone with many more years on the water than I said, Mon, I stopped using those things a long time ago.Ž It didnt take me long to convert. Recycled bread bags is how I now package things to be kept dry. Inflate them to check for leaks. Twist the open end into an end long enough to tie with a slipped overhand knot. A slipped overhand provides a double seal (two places where the mouth of the bag is clamped tight) and allows for easy opening. Squeeze the air out first if you want to see how good it works, but leave some air in it for actual use „ an evacuated bag sucks water in if pricked. The handle bagsŽ they try to give you every time you buy a few things in a store can be used over and over. I get weeks or months out of mine, then use them (doubled if necessary) as trash bags. The trick when checking out is to have your bag out and ready, clearly say, Ive got my own bagŽ before they reach for one... and replenish your supply when they give you another one anyway. Not all handle bags have a well-sealed bottom, but if they do, tying the handles together makes them nearly watertight. Heres a way that many yachts could make their sails last years and years longer: cover them. Sometimes I wonder if someone ought to tell them. There is more bottle recycling here than one might expect. Inquire of the shopkeepers. Oh, youre going to love this,Ž I said to the Customs officer as she opened the bulging manila envelope for inspection. Ms. Phillips wore one bar back then, three bars now. Shes sharp. She poured a pile of ruined pantyhose onto the counter and instantly said, Recycle?Ž Pantyhose is the silly puttyŽ of nylon rope, strong, stretchy, conforms to any shape you wrap. Ive used it as rig-wrap, spreader tips, and to build crazy craft. Great for softening the ends of poles, too. Normally, though, we shouldnt be importing trash into someone elses country. You know those sponges claimed to be especially for bailing? Full of soap, rot if left in the dinghy? They are made for washing cars „ or maybe your bilge. For bailing, the soap (which fills the sponge with bubbles, not water) needs to be flushed out „ you need to break them inŽ. At the other end of their short life, they become an awful goo „ lots of boat gear cant take a marine environment... but boat-gear priced, of course. Well I finally stumbled onto what countless other bailers of dinghies surely already know: regular cushion foam (not closed cell) from your canvas shop. Ask for a small slab of old, stained stuff, and cut it into a lifetime supply of bailing sponges. They hold a lot of water and last a long time, even when left under Sun and in standing water. You can add soap if you want to wash the car „ or do the dishes. Heres my favorite. Those black quart/litre containers that motor oil comes in, HDPE (whatever that is), recycle group 2. They stand up to all the chemicals Ive stored in them so far, including acetone (use the cap they come with). Unlike metal containers, they dont rust. Unlike glass containers, they dont clink or break. Spout caps from detergent bottles fit them for dispensing epoxy and hardener. Make sure you label them. This one is a double bunny hug, cuts transportation and good for the regional economy. Buy local and regional products when available. Give them a chance, give them a try. Heres a tough one, call it a bear hugŽ: If you become a resident in these small islands, dont have a car. There are already too many cars here. If you do have a car, you are morally bound to pick up anyone who wants a ride. There was a time when I thought articles like this did some good. Applying these tricks could result in a tiny-tiny improvement. If lots of such articles were written and embraced, the improvement could be big enough to call tiny. Which, of course, is not nearly enough. But it would help cultivate useful habits.... Right? Or, does reusing plastic bags just help us feel better about boarding the airplane for our next visit home? Many whom I have heard express concern about global warming (which, if you havent heard, is now official) find that their particular carbon emissions are exempt. BUNNY HUGS by Jim Hutchinson

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 28 Its been nearly a year since I took ownership of Kontentu down on the docks of Kralendijk last December. She was shiny and new, fresh from a Florida boatyard, and just off the decks of the Don Andres , our local freighter. Since that time, I have sailed more days than all the prior sails of my lifetime. I am well into the three-digits and counting, that in less than a year. I have benefited from a confluence of place, time, desire and boat. Kontentu lays on a mooring in the Caribbean Sea, just a 30-second swim from my door. It is hard to say noŽ to just one more sail when I look out at the boat bobbing on the line, beckoning me from my home. So I go. I sail. Repeatedly. Bonarians ask me often why I dont fish while I sail, as if the act of sailing wasnt enough. Others here, who repeatedly see me cruising the bay, inquire what the constant attraction is. Thats a fair question. I will try to explain. For me, it is a multi-perceptual experience. The sounds overwhelm. Water slaps against the hull as the boat surges forward. Wind whistles through the rigging during a sudden puff. The brilliant sea gurgles past the stern on a downwind blow. In the last month I bought an iPod Shuffle, a device the size of my pinkie that can hold 800 songs or more. At times when I solo sail, I don the earphones and play tunes that resonate with my soul. It is an added-value experience. But I soon find myself longing to return to the simple sounds of the moment „ a splash of a pelican hitting the water nearby, the break of the waves over the coral shores of Klein Bonaire, the blast of a massive cruise ships horn departing for the next port of paradise. I soon stash the music and just enjoy the melody of the journey. And there are sights „ dazzling, dreamsicle green water as I glide over the shallows near the dive site of Alice In Wonderland; a sea gull hovering just above my mast, checking to see if I took the advice of my Bonarian friends and actually went fishing this time; a pod of dolphins racing off the bow in playful pursuit on my imaginary tack line. Then there are inner visions that play inside my head. Sometimes, they are out-ofbody views from above. I see myself below in my small boat surrounded by a vast sea of indigo blue. I am the only craft on the water and its a Tuesday. Other times I think about stateside friends still toiling away in a quest to fatten the 401-K. Occasionally, I ponder the times I braved the dense DC weekend traffic on US-50 to Annapolis and then the congested Chesapeake Bay Bridge just to get to Tera Starr , a sleek Hunter 28.5 sloop. Then, out on the water, only to face more traffic „ obnoxious speedboats spewing fumes and nasty wakes; rude Wave Runners piloted by beer-guzzling twenty-somethings who buzz way too close and at dangerous speeds; ominous hulks of ocean-going freighters and Navy warships that close vast distances in alarmingly small amounts of time. But the underlying stress of East Coast living is quickly becoming a dim memory. Its all good now. Im back to the aerial, out-of-body vision of me in real time. Im sailing the pristine Caribbean and Im on a fast reach. Its a full-sail day in constant 14-knot tradewinds. I hike out over the coaming as Kontentu leans determinedly into the breeze. This is what I do these days, again and again and again. Its a tropical motion mantra, a nautical playback on perpetual rewind, a sea-going amusement ride and Ive got endless tickets. Sail on? Why not? K o n t e n t u  s Kontentus F i r s t T r i p First Trip A r o u n d Around t h e S u n the Sun by Patrick Holian In less than a year, Ive sailed more days than all the prior sails of my lifetimeƒ Sail on? Why not?

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 29 B & C FUELS ENTERPRISE Petite Martinique The best fuel dock in the Grenadines for: FUEL € OIL € WATER € ICE Cheapest prices in the Grenadines Unobstructed dock in calm water 16-18 feet of water alongside Suitable for Large Power Yachts Easily approached from Carriacou, Union I., Palm I. & PSV Contact: Glenn Clement or Reynold Belmar Tel/Fax: (473) 443-9110 email: golfsierra@hotmail.com TYRREL BAY YACHT HAULOUT CARRIACOU New environmentally friendly haulout 50-ton hoist, 18ft beam, 8ft draft Water Do it yourself or labour available Mini Marina Chandlery VHF: 16 tbyh@usa.net Tel/Fax: 473.443.8175 SAILORS HIKES BY CHRIS DOYLE B I G H I L L A N D BIG HILL AND M O U N T T A B O I , MOUNT TABOI, U N I O N I S L A N D UNION ISLAND As you sit at anchor off Frigate Island, the uninhabited cay attached by a disintegrating causeway to Union Island in the Grenadines, look up to the left of the village of Ashton and you will see the Unions highest point, Mount Taboi, 304 metres (997 feet) above you. It is the tallest peak on a hilly range. Let your eye follow this hill line towards Ashton and you will see it dip, then rise to another lower peak, known as Big Hill, right above Ashton. Think how it would feel to be way up there on those peaks, high in the air with the world spread out below you. Then put on your hiking boots, or your toughest sandals, and head out. The trip from the dock in Ashton to Big Hill and back is probably around an hour and half; allow another half an hour at the top. If you decide to go all the way to Mount Taboi as well, you will need an extra hour or so each way. From the dock in Ashton walk up the main street past the road to Clifton till you see on your right a guest house with a big wall with conch shells along the top and on your left, F&M Mackies Mini Mart. This is a good place to stop and enjoy a cold drink or buy a bottle of water from Merle Mackie to see you on your way. A few steps beyond Mackies on the other side of the road is the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovahs Witnesses, a more modest building than the image conjured by the name. Right opposite this building is a road that leads uphill. Follow it right to the top, where it turns into steps; continue up these steps up to the next road and then continue climbing the few steps on the other side of the road that appear to lead nowhere. Continue directly up the grassy slope (you can pass either side of the small bush stand ahead) and you will come to a clear and rather good path that winds up the north side of the hill. If you come to any path divisions just keep left. There is considerable shade on this path, especially in the morning when the hill blocks the sun and the dry woodland trees are well above your head. Youll emerge at the top into a partially cleared field that rises to the ridge. Near this ridge, on your left-hand side, look for the path that leads again into the woods. Follow this up to the top. Just before the top is a fairly large rock face; the path follows this up to the left. You come out onto Big Hill peak, which runs quite a distance in both directions and at various points offers panoramic views straight down onto Ashton and the abandoned marina project with Carriacou beyond, and over the island to Mount Olympus (a.k.a. the Pinnacle) with the islands of Mayreau and Canouan in the distance. Dont get so enthralled with the view that you forget to watch your step, because the path here is narrow and heavily bounded by prickly pear cactus, devil nettle and even the toxic brazil tree (its leaves look a bit like holly). Parts of the path are steep and slippery. When you get back down as far as the ridge, you can see Mount Taboi inviting you to explore further. As you will see, the very top of this mountain is a giant slab of rock with a sheer cliff facing you. The path from here is usually unclear, variable, and often no more than a few goat trails, so you need to be good at navigating bushŽ. Prickles, typical of these dry areas, abound, and if you do not carry a machete, you will likely gain a few scratches (I did). You basically follow the ridgeline up until you enter woods and then emerge in another open area used for grazing cows. After this, feelŽ your way „ find what paths you can. You need to skirt round the north side of Mount Taboi so you can approach it from the far side where it is not sheer cliff. The views from the top are magnificent; you can see all around, even down onto Chatham Bay on the west side of the island. My friend Janti (of Happy Island) went up one late afternoon, and darkness found him still there. He realized that safe descent in the dark would be impossible so he spent the night on the peak. He said it was cold. Top left: Looking northeast from Big Hill, with Mayreau and Canouan in the distance Bottom left: Worth the climb: Chatham Bay from Mt. Taboi Right: Big Hill offers a birds-eye view of Ashton Harbours abandoned marina project and Frigate Island, with Carriacou behindALL PHOTOS: CHRIS DOYLE

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 30 FEBRUARY 2010 ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr) Marine business is still somewhat in the doldrums, though your energy has improved. Enjoy this time just sailing along until things pick up next month. TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May) You might receive good news, which will be a welcome distraction from any disagreements on board. GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun) Nautical business might see a momentary upswing during the first week, and love will liven up the rest of the month. CANCER (22 Jun 23 Jul) Financial matters are still slogging to windward, shipboard arguments are likely and misunderstandings abound, so best keep your purse and your lip zipped this month. LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug) Energy is at low ebb, sails are slack. Romance could be headed for the rocks if you cannot compromise, so be diplomatic and youll keep peace on board. VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep) The full moon in Virgo should brighten the second week, although the first week will find your mood cruising on the dark side. LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct) The tides of boat business are still at low ebb. Enjoy a fun romantic interlude in mid-month to take your mind off financial matters until the tide rises. SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov) While the wind is down and business prospects are still on the far horizon, concentrate on keeping an even keel in your love life „ any bumpy seas in that area will smooth out by mid-month. SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec) Income for the cruising kitty will be slow but steady. Life on board could become squally, with petty arguments taking your attention from important matters such as maintenance and navigation, so stay focused. CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan) The middle of this month would be a good time for a sailors party. Throw a fête on the foredeck and just enjoy yourself. AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb) A nautical romance will continue to enliven your life during the first weeks. You could lose your wind after that. PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar) This month will be a broad reach for you, topped off with love anchoring off your stern just in time for Valentines Day. Crossword Solution ACROSS 1) LENGTH 4) RUSTS 8) FIT 10) GLOVES 13) ROLL 16) ROPE 17) PHONIC 18) SEA 19) PAYS 21) SPRING 22) TOOL 24) EONS 27) SLOT 28) TURNED 31) UGLY 32) OILY 35) HEMP 37) RATLINES 39) TACKLE 41) SUIT 45) CHAIN 47) CABLE 49) MAKE 50) DONE 51) SHEATH DOWN 1) LINE 2) NAG 3) TWO 5) STRONGER 6) SPLICING 7) WIRE 9) TOAST 11) LAY 12) SPLICED 14) ON 15) LC 19) PALM 20) SS 23) OUT 25) BUOYS 26) ANCHOR 27) STERNS 29) BLOCK 30) COIL 31) UP 33) IN 34) LED 36) METALS 38) THICK 40) LIFT 42) THE 43) FID 44) ICE 46) NO 48) EH I s l a n d Island P o e t s Poets Happiness a haiku Happiness is the sound of rigging hitting the mast in early morn, soft waves lapping at the sides of boats, while over gulls hunt the pink dawn for a reflection on clear water, my bare feet causing faint ripples waiting for the signs of life to drift awake and raise a friendly hand a wave of kinship in a world too vast even for small boy echoes where the smell of sea and the sounds of my rigging are my happiness „ Vanessa Simmonsparlumps marooned fact-oids PARLUMPS@HOTMAIL.COM TRIBUTE TO HAITILets all unite as one to help the sufferers in Haiti The people that have seen pain differently lately. Such struggle, such horror, such pain, such suffer-ation. Lord, please take our prayers into consideration For the many whose lives were taken, The many who have been hospitalized and now feel forsaken. Lets all come together to give food, clothing and water; People, picture the sufferers as your sons and daughters: Would you let them suffer such pain? There is nothing to lose but so much to gain. Help bring the vision of hope, love and unity to our people of Haiti Lets shower then with love like we would our mates, Like we would clinch on tight to the ones we love and cherish, Lets clinch on tight to the sufferers before the vision of hope can perish. Lord, bless the nation of Haiti with hope, faith and belief, Lead them all to your gates so they shall feel relief. Let them realize that you and we care Lift them up, Lord, as we all come together to share, Share the vision of hope by giving however we can, By donating to the sufferers of that land. „ Dillon Ollivierre JANE GIBB UN Photo/Logan Abassi

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 31 Word Search Puzzle solution on page 45 Compass Cruising Crossword CABLE ACROSS1) 47 Across is sold by this 4) Low-alloy steel ____ in salt air 8) Cause to be the proper size 10) Wear these when handling 7 Down 16 Across with fish hooksŽ 13) 47 Across comes on a spool or this 16) Sailors usually call this 1 Down 17) Relating to speech sounds 18) Caribbean or Mediterranean 19) Covers with tar or pitch 21) A 1 Down used to hold vessel in position alongside dock 22) 43 Down is one for riggers and sailmakers 24) Long periods of time 27) Space between jib and main 28) Changed direction 31) Bad looking 32) Wipe 7 Down 16 Across with an ____ rag to remove surface rust 35) Plant fiber used to make 16 Across 37) 16 Across rungs seized to shrouds, used for going aloft 39) A 29 Down and ______ is useful for moving heavy items 41) A vessels collection of sails 45) 26 Down 47 Across can be this or 16 Across 47) The subject of this puzzle 49) ____ and mend; what sailors do off watch 50) Accomplished 51) A sailor carries a knife in this DOWN1) Hook, ____ and sinker 2) Annoy persistently 3) 400 yards is this many 47 Acrosses 5) 7 Down is ________ than 35 Across 6) Weaving two 1 Downs together 7) Metal 1 Down 9) Grilled bread 11) Worm and parcel with the ___ ; turn and serve the other way 12) Woven together 14) Not off 15) Liquid crystal (abbrev.) 19) Leather piece worn on the hand to push sail needle 20) Stainless steel (abbrev.) 23) 19 Across ___; lets 1 Down go evenly 25) Harbor markers 26) Hook 27) Aft ends of boats 29) Run 1 Down through this where it needs to turn 30) To 49 Across 31 Down a 1 Down, do this to it 31) Not down 33) Not out 34) Running rigging will chafe if badly ___ 36) Iron, aluminum and nickel, for example 38) Not thin 40) Raise 42) Definite article 43) A conical piece of wood or metal; see 22 Across 44) A buildup of this on the rigging can cause a vessel to capsize 46) Not yes 48) What? Februarys here, and thoughts turn to Carnival. Get in the spirit with this Word Search Puzzle by Pauline Dolinski! Crossword Solution on page 38 © Caribbean Compass 2010

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 32 ELAINE OLLIVIERRE 2010 © PROUDLY SPONSORED BY PETIT ST. VINCENT RESORT Hello! My name is Dollyand my home is in the sea.DOLLYS DEEP SECRETS If you remember our story from last month, Silla had asked her grandmother where had all the dragons gone, and Granny had made up the story that they lived in caves on the mountain that all the old people on their Caribbean island feared „ Morne Diablo. Silla had set off to find a dragon for herself and stumbled upon a baby dragon lost on the path. Silla had run home to get some milk to feed it and Granny, believing she would find an abandoned lamb, went with her. Now Granny was just about to see what the small animal wasƒ. Oh me God child, what creature of the devil is that thing?Ž And Granny crossed herself as her small granddaughter led her baby dragon from under the leafy bush. Silla giggled, Oh Granny, how could you think that such a pretty little animal comes from the devil? Its a baby dragon and Im taking her home.Ž Oh no youre not, child. We have to return it to its mother before she thinks weve stolen it.Ž But Silla insisted they feed the little creature first with the milk sucked out of the rag and after it had given a good belch, it cuddled itself in Sillas arms and went to sleep. Granny wrung her hands as she did whenever she was agitated and wondered what she could do to return the baby. Now all this had taken so long that the sun had set in a fiery burst of red behind the towering mountain. It would be dark very soon and Granny had no wish to be on the mountain when its devils flew about. Too late. Swooping down upon them came a very angry mother dragon. It pulsated orange and red and the only reason why she didnt breathe fire over them was because Silla held her baby and Granny stood behind Silla. Thieves!Ž roared the dragon. Give me my child and go before I take the breath from your bodies!Ž Silla thought this ungrateful and unjust, so she looked the dragon right in her fiery eyes and told her so, adding, I found your baby lost on the path and saved her life by running home to get Granny so we could feed her.Ž The mother dragons colour calmed from red to purple to blue, and she gently took her baby from Sils arms and enfolded her in her delicate wings. Thank you, human child,Ž She said humbly. You have saved the last of the dragons.Ž But there must be lots of you hiding out in the mountain,Ž protested Silla. No. Sit down with your grandmother and Ill tell you what became of us.Ž So Granny sat on a big stone and held Silla tight against her bosom. The baby dragon slept on, warm and safe in her mothers wings. All the dragons lived for hundreds of years in the mountains of Transylvania, but over the years the people set traps for us and killed us very cruelly. Eventually, only a handful of us remained, all she-dragons, and so one night we flew across the land and the seas to find a new home and after much searching we thought we would be safe, here in the caverns of Morne Diablo. Not so long ago, I gave birth to this baby, having nurtured her within my body for many, many years. Some of my sister dragons have despaired and died and now there is only one other she-dragon on the mountain with me. There will be no more babies and without a mate, my own little one will be the last of the dragons.Ž Silla thought this the saddest story she had ever heard and big tears rolled down her cheeks. You will never see us again,Ž continued the mother-dragon, but when the night is right, if you look very carefully, you will see the shadows of the last of the dragons against the face of the full moon.Ž Now Silla and her grandmother look for the shadows of the last of the dragons every night when the moon is full, and perhaps if you believe strongly enough, you too will see the shadows of the last of the dragons against the bright face of a full moon. And Silla still looks out for abandoned baby animals and brings them home to her grandmother to care for, saying, You never know, Granny „ we might be saving the last one.Ž THE END CRUISING KIDS CORNER thedragonseverynightwhenthemoonisfullandperhapsifyou Swooping down upon them came a very angry mother dragon Where Have All the Dragons Gone? Part Two by Lee Kessel 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WORD PUZZLE H U M T O 1. L I S T O R N 2. P H R I M S 3. S W A J 4. E X Y O N G 5. L E L M S 6. E V E R C I C 7. S L I G L 8. by Elaine OllivierreFor the past few months, we have been looking at the problems faced by coral reefs around the world. If the problems persist and our coral reefs are destroyed, hundreds of marine creatures will be without a home. Lets take a look at some of them. Theres one very interesting and unusual reef fish that has a very fierce reputation. Can you guess what this might be? Its the scary-looking moray eel which lives in crevices in the reef. Moray eels look like snakes and they move like snakes when they are swimming. But they are really long slender fish with a dorsal fin that extends all the way down the back as far as the tail. Morays do look quite frightening because, as they loiter in their holes, their mouths are open so they look as though they are ready to bite. In fact, they are drawing water into their mouths and passing it back and over their gills to extract oxygen. What do moray eels eat? The answer to that is, whatever comes their way. They feed mainly on fish but will also eat shrimp, crabs and even lobster. Some morays are cannibals and eat each other! They prefer to hunt at night when they leave the holes in the reef to search for prey. Moray eels have poor sight and hearing but they have an excellent sense of smell. They have two pairs of nostrils. The first pair look like two little tubes sticking out above the mouth and they allow water in. The second pair are above the eyes and they allow water out. As the water passes through, the moray can recognize different scents so it can sense when its prey is near. A moray eel bite can be very serious because in the front of the mouth, they have a lot of long, bacteria-covered, backward-facing teeth that can inflict a nasty wound. These teeth are great for grabbing and holding on to prey. But the moray has another set of teeth in a second set of jaws (called pharyngeal jaws ) in its throat. The pharyngeal jaws can move forward so that the second lot of teeth can pull the prey into the digestive system. The most common moray in the Caribbean is the Green Moray which can grow up to eight feet in length. Its really blue in colour but its covered with yellow mucus which makes it look green. Theres also a spotted moray which is smaller. WORD PUZZLE Unscramble the words from the passage and place in the correct spaces. Find the special name in the vertical column. „ Answers on page 45

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 33 Johnson Hardware Ltd. Chain & Rope Anchors & Fenders Electric Wire Marine Hoses Bilge Pumps Lubricants & Oils Stainless Fasteners Stainless Fittings VHF Radios Flares & Life Jackets Snorkeling Equipment Fishing Gear Antifouling Paint Paint Brushes Epoxy Resins Sanding Paper & Discs Hand & Power Tools Houseware & Cookware FOR YOUR MARINE HARDWARE, AND MORE Rodney Bay, St. Lucia Tel: (758) 452 0299 Fax: (758) 452 0311 e-mail: hardware@candw.lc The Planets in February MERCURY Rising in the morning twilight early in the month at about 0530 and sinking fast later in the month (more about Mercury below) VENUS May begin to be visible as an evening star in the western twilight. EARTH Waiting for bailout money from the government. MARS Rises ~1800 in Cancer early in the month and then earlier and earlier as it heads toward Gemini. JUPITER Setting just after the sun all month. SATURN Rises ~2200 in Virgo and sets in the day time all month. Sky Events This Month Feb 8 Mars very close to the Beehive Cluster (more info below) Feb 12 Very thin crescent moon rises with Mercury just to the right at 0545. Sky may already be too light but worth a try! Feb 13 New Moon Feb 16 Jupiter and Venus right together in the western sky at sunset. Youll need a clear horizon. Feb 28 Full Moon The Beehive Cluster This is one of my wintertime favorites. The Beehive Cluster has been seen by people for ages. Galileo sketched it in his notebook. This cluster of stars will appear as a slight smudge in the constellation Cancer (see Figure 1). I can usually find it by first locating the Gemini Twins and then look down and to your right from there. There is also a nice triangle formed by the main stars of Cancer and the Beehive Cluster is right in the middle of that. Once you find it, train your Steiners on it. Wow! The cluster stands out brightly as there is not much else in this region making the stars dramatic against the inky black of the nighttime sky. The cluster consists of about 1,000 stars that are gravitationally bound to each other. You wont see that many in your binoculars. The whole cluster is about 500 to 600 light years away. Close! Enjoy „ it will be up and around in the evening from now to well into the spring. The Problem with Mercury If youve been reading this column regularly (and you HAVE havent you?) you may have noticed that Mercury (and Venus) is only visible just before sunrise or just after sunset. Mercury is especially hard to see as it is closest to the sun. Both Mercury and Venus are called inferior planets since they are closer to the sun than we are. If we can look at the sun (but dont!) then Mercury is always going to be just a little to one side of the sun or the other from our vantage point. That means you are only going to see Mercury just before sunrise or just after sunset. So you might think that the best chance to view Mercury is when it is at the biggest angle from the sun as viewed from earth. That angle is called elongation and youd be nearly right! Mercurys biggest possible elongation is about 25 degrees. The problem is that elongation is measured along the ecliptic . Thats roughly the plane of the solar system and that line in the sky will take on different angles with respect to the local horizon depending on latitude and season. Whew! See Figures 2 and 3! The two diagrams show the relative position of the sun and Mercury on February 1st as viewed from Grenada and then at latitude 45 degrees somewhere near a place called Canada. As you can see, Mercury is at an elongation of about 25 degrees measured along the ecliptic in both cases but the ecliptic itself is much lower in Canada making Mercury nearly impossible to view since it will be very low in the sky where there is a LOT more atmosphere for the light to come through. In the Caribbean the angle the ecliptic makes with the horizon is always fairly large and doesnt change so much with seasons as we very well know. Thats why its nice and warm and also why sunset and sunrise happen pretty quickly giving us little twilight. Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, ©2007. THE CARIBBEAN SKY: FREE SHOW NIGHTLY! THE SKY IN FEBRUARYby Scott Welty FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3The Beehive Cluster on February 8th at 2100. Notice location of Mars, Gemini and Cancer Above: February 1st from Grenada, 12 o north Below: February 1st from Canada, 45 o north

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 34 CREW VACANCIES!email: crew@tradewindscruiseclub.comTradeWinds Cruise Club operate a fleet of catamarans across six destinations in the Caribbean. We are the fastest growing charter company, operating TERM CHARTERS, all inclusive, 7 days. We are looking for crew, mainly teams in the form of a Captain and a Chef/Hostess. We prefer couples that are married OR have been living together for at least a year. The nature of the job is such that the better the understanding and teamwork between Captain and Chef the more successful your charters will be. Requirements: Captain with a Skipper's licence. Chef/Hostess with a basic understanding of cooking. Dive master/ instructor for either the Captain and/or Chef is a plus. We offer full training onsite in the Caribbean. This is a FUN job with great earning potential. If you are willing to work hard and have a positive disposition to life this could be your DREAM job. Anyone with an interest is welcome to apply. If you would like more information about this job or send your CV to us, please use this email address: crew@tradewindscruiseclub.comor by mail to: Bequia Marina, P.O.Box 194BQ, Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St Vincent & the Grenadines Tel. St Vincent +784 457 3407 Tel. St Maarten +599 5510550 G R E GRE N N A D I N E S ADINES S S A A I I L S & C A N V A S LS & CANVAS B E Q U I A BEQUIA Come in and see us for all your SAILS & CANVAS needs including CUSTOM-MADE stainless steel BIMINI & DODGER frames at competitive pricesLocated opposite G.Y.E. (northern side of Admiralty Bay) Tel (784) 457-3507 / 457-3527 (evenings) e-mail: gsails@vincysurf.com VHF Ch16/68 REPRESENTATIVE A Morning at Mt. Airy Young Readers Programby Chris DoyleIt was 0745; the Grenada cruisers VHF radio net had finished with emergency traffic and weather, and was now on cruiser activities. We are still looking for volunteers to help young kids with the reading on Saturday. We leave at 0900 and return at 1330. If you are interested, contact Hope on Starshine after the net.Ž It sounded intriguing, so I joined. Keith of K&J Taxi picked up 18 of us and delivered us to the community center in Mt. Airy. We climbed out into a very pastoral scene. The Mt. Airy Community Center is shaded by a big mango tree and stands on the edge of a large sports field. Beyond, a heavily wooded slope with fruit and silk-cotton trees rises to a ridge, on which houses are dotted. The directors of this program arrive; Jeanne and Everest Pascal are Grenadians who worked for years in England. On their return home, one of the people working with them needed some tutoring for their son, so Everest, who used to be a schoolteacher in Grenada, took it on. Then Jeanne had a small problem with another kid who did some damage to her property. She decided he needed schooling. Thus the Mt. Airy Young Readers Program began. The connection with yachtspeople came later. A cruiser named Aubrey on a yacht called Valleda was looking for something to do. He heard about this program and joined in, catching two buses all the way up into the hills to do so. When Keith of K&J Tours, a Port Louis-based taxi driver, heard about this, he offered to transport volunteers for free; they pass a hat for gas. Right now, the yachting community provides more than half of the volunteers working with the Mt. Airy Young Readers Program, and it depends on yachting coordinators to make it happen. Thankfully they have been there: Marie on Reverie , Doris on Isle Escape and now Hope on Starshine . When we first arrived and the center was opened up, it looked to me like all teachers and no pupils, but that idea was quickly dispelled as lots of kids aged from about six to 15 drifted in. In the first part of the program we were paired off with youngsters. In my case I was put with Akiel so he could practice reading; the book was about basketball. Luckily, Akiel knew more about the subject than I. He read slowly but carefully and quite well. We discussed words that he did not know how to pronounce, and when we came across a word he did not understand, we would talk about what it meant. This quickly reminded me how many words I know and understand in context, but without always having a precise definition to offer. We came to a point in the story where the young basketball player was showing off and giving a make-believe radio commentary about his prowess at the same time. His big brother hears him, and he blushes with embarrassment. Blushes,Ž said Akiel. He must be white.Ž At this point we were joined by Brittany, a latecomer. I now had two young readers, so I asked them how we should handle this. They suggested reading one paragraph each; so it went. Work stopped at exactly 11:00. Now we play games,Ž Akiel said, and he fetched some dominoes. I knew I was in trouble from the way he expertly slid them out onto the table and shuffled them in a very professional manner. He won two games and Brittany slid away while Akiel beat me handily a third time. For the next part of that days program we had something special. A German cruiser, Cordelia, from a boat called Isis , had once been a professional conjuror and offered to put on a short magic show. The kids were enthralled as she made balls disappear and appear, and flicked a scarf so it changed from one color to another. In the final part of the program, Jeanne sat center stage with the kids in front. She gave them spelling problems, had them recite their multiplication tables (the seven times seemed as far as we could go), and generally kept them on their toes. I listened for a while and then slipped outside to sit under the mango tree and chat with some of the other cruisers. It was a highly entertaining morning, and the interaction seemed beneficial and fun for both cruisers and kids. I enjoyed meeting Jeanne and Everest and getting to know cruisers I had not met before. As we were sitting outside chatting, someone even came by with plastic glasses and a big bottle of rum-laced eggnog. Cruising is at its best when cruisers get to interact with locals, and the Mt. Airy Young Readers Program is a wonderful example of this. Right: Young Readers enthralled by cruiser Cordelias magic show Below: Lorissa from the yacht Boxxer makes new friends CHRIS DOYLE (2)

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 35 B B E Y O N D EYOND T T H E HE I I S L A N D S SLANDS James Mitchell was one of the longest serving Leaders in modern democracy. This book tells you why.Ž „ The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major, Prime Minister, United Kingdom Extremely well written, very informative and very easy to read. The hours I spent with it in my hands were very enjoyable.Ž „ The Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, Prime Minister, Canada Indeed a book worth reading by all West Indians and ought to be in the national, university and school librariesƒ an excellent piece of work.Ž „ Judge Anthony Lucky, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, The Hague Whatever ones political bent, this book should provide interesting reading. It gives an insight into the human family man as well as the politician. It simply tells the story of the life of a man: the circumstances, experiences and decisions which came together to propel him beyond the islands and onto the international stage.Ž „ Jam Rock Magazine Available in Bequia at Noahs Arkade and the Bequia Bookstore, in Mustique at Basils General Store, or on the Internet at amazon.co.uk and amazon.com Crossing the channels between Caribbean islands with a favorable tide will make your passage faster and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don Street, author of Streets Guides and compiler of Imray-Iolaire charts, which shows the time of the meridian passage (or zenith) of the moon for this AND next month, will help you calculate the tides. Water, Don explains, generally tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts 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. From just after the moons setting to just after its nadir, the tide runs eastward; and from just after its nadir to soon after its rising, the tide runs westward; i.e. tide the floods from west to east. Times given are local. Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 days after the new and full moons. For more information, see Tides and CurrentsŽ on the back of all Imray Iolaire charts. Fair tides! February DATE TIME 1 0148 2 0239 3 0329 4 0419 5 0510 6 0607 7 0654 8 0746 9 0838 10 0928 11 1016 12 1101 13 1145 14 1226 (new) 15 1307 16 1347 17 1428 18 1511 19 1557 20 1646 21 1739 22 1836 23 1936 24 2036 25 2136 26 2234 27 2330 28 0000 (full) March DATE TIME 1 0023 2 0115 3 0207 4 0254 5 0352 6 0446 7 0540 8 0633 9 0724 10 0813 11 0859 12 0943 13 1025 14 1106 15 1146 (new) 16 1227 17 1310 18 1355 19 1443 20 1535 21 1630 22 1727 23 1826 24 1924 25 2021 26 2115 27 2208 28 2300 29 2351 30 0000 (full) 31 0044 MERIDIAN PASSAGE OF THE MOONFEBRUARY MARCH 2010 BOOK REVIEW BY BOB BERLINGHOF A TIME, A LIFE Adventures in the Trade Wind, The Story of Morris Nicholson, Pioneer Charterboat Skipper, and of Yacht Chartering in the West Indies in the Half Century after the Second World War , by Richard Dey, Offshore Press. 328 pages. ISBN 978-1-4363-9436-9. Part adventure story, part history of yacht chartering, set against a backdrop of political upheaval, this ode to a remarkable individual brings to life many of the wonderful scoundrels and pioneers who made up the yachting community in its early years. Morris Nicholson, an active octogenarian residing in Bequia, is the focus of this story, but it encompasses an entire era, from the early 1950s to the present day. Morriss background was in engineering but he was not a yachtieŽ when he set out from England aboard the Enid , an 80-foot wooden ketch built in 1895 as a coastal trading ship. His life savings of 350 pounds were invested in the boat, but the skipper, Clive Stevenson, informed his luckless crew they were broke in Algeciras, on the south coast of Spain. They had to raise cash by smuggling cigarettes and refrigerators from Tangier, Morocco to the Canary Islands, a trip they made three times over the next year. Finally setting out for the New World in 1952, Stevenson sold Enid out from under his crew, who were all shareholders, and gave them each only US$200 in Martinique. Morris was stranded and furious, but his ability to fix things landed him a job in St. Lucia working for Bert Ganter, a Trinidadian entrepreneur who was helping to rebuild Castries after a fire in 1948 destroyed much of the city. Morris crewed, then skippered, the 80-foot powerboat Nanin for Ganter, and became familiar with navigating the islands south to Trinidad, as Ganter needed help to establish a marina in Vigie Cove. The marina in Vigie became a place where the early charter yachts from Desmond Nicholsons (no relation to Morris) charter operation at English Harbour, Antigua came for repairs. In 1954 Morris met Gus and Jane Koven, an American couple aboard Eleuthera I , and during a subsequent meeting in Bequia he was offered the job of skippering their larger Eleuthera II, being built in Germany. The Kovens had a young family and over three decades would sail Eleuthera II with their children (and often with the books author, a neighborhood friend) throughout the Caribbean, to Bermuda, Nova Scotia, the Mediterranean, and the Aegean Sea. They had planned to cross the Pacific, but bad weather caused a rogue wave to injure several crew north of Colombia. Morris was washed overboard, but he hung on to the toerail and was saved by a quickthinking Jane, who grabbed his wrist and hauled him aboard. In Haiti Eleutheras crew was shot at by Duvaliers Tonton Macoutes when they entered a quiet harbour late at night. Using the boats AM radio, Morris called Puerto Rican authorities, who contacted the Haitian authorities. Fortunately no one was injured, but the ordeal lasted 90 minutes and shots damaged the pristine hull of Eleuthera II . The author successfully combines the story of Morriss adventures with those of the early charter captains aboard their crewed yachts. Morris initially ran charters from Antigua but was not based there for most of his career, preferring St. Lucia, Grenada, and later, Bequia. He did rub (and sometimes bend) elbows with the trailblazers of Caribbean chartering including Jol Byerley, Don Street, Mitch Mitchell, Carl Schuster, Ian Spencer, Jim Squires, Jack Ramm, Stan and Ron Young, John Clegg, Barbara Stevens, Douglas Terman, and Richard Scott-Hughes (Hot ScrewsŽ), among many others. The lives of these colourful characters are interwoven with those of the unusual cruisers who shared Morriss company including Reg Calvert, Banana Bill, Voodoo Jack Lindsay, Errol Flynn, Eric Allcard, and Eric Hiscock. There are also the many movers and shakers who created wealth for the islands (and often, but not always, for themselves), such as Tom Johnston, who created Moonhole, Niels Thomsen of Friendship Bay Hotel, Haze Richardson (PSV Resort), John and Mary Caldwell (Palm Island), Jack Van Ost (CSY), Walter Boudreau (Marigot Bay), and Bill Stevens (Stevens Yachts). The charter scene changed radically in the 1970s as Caribbean Sailing Yachts (CSY) introduced the bareboat charter and the idea was copied (more successfully) by The Moorings. The concept was that a fleet of identical boats could be maintained more efficiently than a disparate fleet, and paid for by separate owners on a leaseback plan. This allowed sailors from northern climates to skipper a boat in the islands (assuming they were qualified „ if not, a local skipper was available) and do their own cooking. As a result, crewed charter yachts like Eleuthera II were outnumbered by their smaller and cheaper competitors. By the late seventies, Morris was considering retiring when the Kovens offered him a piece of land from their estate on Bequia, on a ridge overlooking Admiralty Bay on one side and Mustique on the other. Morris swallowed the hook for good in 1985 when Eleuthera II was sold; by then his house on the hilltop was built. The latter part of this book tells of Morriss life and many varied interests ashore „ his artwork, wood-turning creations, solar-power experiments, nine cats, and his ten years with Suzanne Walker, described as the happiest of his life, before she succumbed to cancer in 1994. The books sole weakness is the authors frequent side trips into island politics. While interesting to a political junkie like myself, they could be distracting to readers less inclined to care about each island states development from colony to independence. On the other hand, the tremendous changes in the last 60 years did not occur in a vacuum, and some political background is necessary to this story, but the impact it had on Morris himself was negligible. Morris Nicholson had a tremendous personal influence on the books author as a role model, and he served the same for this reviewer. My parents chartered Eleuthera II in 1960, and their photos and stories enchanted me, describing a world larger than Little League baseball. When I began working as a charter skipper 17 years later, Morris was one of a half-dozen skippers based in Bequia who all pulled together and helped one another in times of need. There was no coast guard, and yachts had limited services ashore, so advice and spare parts were freely swapped. Mr. Deys relationship with Morris is similarly coloured by his admiration and affection for a man whose natural shyness as an old school Englishman is overshadowed by a generosity of spirit, love of life, and a unique adaptation to the islands befitting a gentle man. This book is available from www.Xlibris.com/AdventuresintheTradeWind.html

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 36 Gourmet Food is my key to success in the kitchenChristian Fredriksson, Chef, Sweden Supermarket & whole sale VISIT OUR NEW OUTLET!Calliaqua St.Vincent & the Grenadines E-mail: gourmetfood@vincysurf.com Shop 118 Kingstown Cruiseship Terminal The best supplier of chilled, frozen and canned food from all around the worldCALL 456 2987 TO PLACE YOUR ORDER! Don't forget, we deliver daily to the plane and ferry services for our valued Grenadines customers New in Bequia: Ocar (Next to GYE) In September 2009 I was fortunate to visit the Emerald Isle „ Montserrat „ as part of my research on the biodiversity of the spider fauna in the Eastern Caribbean. Here I was assisted by one of my friends who had visited the island before. One of our goals was to explore the entire island, including its cuisine. Here I will document our culinary adventure on this beautiful island. One of our goals was to taste a true Montserratian breakfast, hard to do in a restaurant because most of them cater for tourists and serve Europeanor American-style breakfasts. However, there are many snackettes that sell a variety of meat pies. In our quest, one morning we told the owner of one of the supermarkets on the island that we were looking for a local breakfast. She contacted a vendor who sells from his car, and he promptly drove over with his goods! Who knew you could get meat pies and a hot piece of baked chicken at seven in the morning? However, my favourite local breakfast was a sandwich from Peters Bakery. Most if not all of the bakeries on the island make sandwiches for breakfast. Besides a wide variety of pastries, they bake what is locally referred to as grease breadŽ. This long narrow bread has a crunchy crust and you can get it plain, to make your sandwiches yourself, or have a sandwich made with butter, creamy cheddar cheese, tuna or Spam or a combination of those. The bakery in back is combined with a mini-mart in the front so you can buy some cold drinks while you are there. During our time on the island we were able to sample the national dish of the island, goat waterŽ, which is basically a stew made with goat meat, which is very tasty. Many other islands in the Eastern Caribbean serve this dish. However, each island puts its own twist on the recipe, and Montserrat is no exception. Montserrats signature is a lot of cloves. Also, as one waitress said, their goat water is not weak like mannish waterŽ, which is the term used to refer to this stew in Jamaica. In Montserrat, cloves are also used, along with almond essence, in drinks such as the traditional Christmas drink, sorrelŽ, made from the sepals of the Rumex acetosa plant. As with many islands in the Caribbean, a barbecue on the weekends is quite a staple event. From as early as three oclock in the afternoon, you see the locals setting up their stalls at the side of the road. A quick drive around the safe northern part of the island „ the part not affected by the volcano „ quickly reveals how popular this food is. As the evening progresses, the number of stalls increases, with the nearest competition sometimes a mere ten feet away. Some stalls employ interesting tactics to attract customers, such as playing music on big loudspeakers, while others have live music. However, if you crave barbecue in a restaurant setting on a weekend, you can try the Royal Palm Club located in Woodlands, which serves barbecue on Friday nights. The setting here is quite charming and very quiet. When you are here you feel like you are in your own private hideaway tucked into the mountainside. Given the altitude, you get a great view, and there is a wine bar where you can have a drink and socialize with other patrons while you wait for your meal. Ponts Beach View Bar and Restaurant is another restaurant option for weekend barbecue and serves some of the best barbecued chicken I have tasted. Located in Little Bay next to The Green Monkey Dive Shop, this structure looks tiny but can seat up to 50 persons. When you enter, you are struck by the colourful decor and collection of old artifacts such as irons, kettles and anchors. They act as interesting conversation pieces while you wait for your food, and believe me it is worth the wait. The moist and tender meat is seasoned with just the right amount of spice. They serve a variety of barbecued meats such as pork, fish and beef, and you can get a mix if you are not sure what you want to taste. Another treat is the appetizer plate of fresh-baked coconut chips. A Sunday lunch there is a definite must when you visit the island. It is also the only time they open! Besides barbecue, you can find food from other countries on Montserrat. The Anfa Chinese Restaurant is the only Chinese restaurant on the island. However, despite this monopoly, they have a wide and tasty variety of dishes. The owner is very accommodating and will even make dishes for you that are not on the menu, provided they have the ingredients. Indian food is popular on the island, and if you want take-out, try Ashoks. Located in the town of Brades, it is actually a kitchen located in the back of Ashoks supermarket, and all the culinary magic is done by one cook. He is very obliging and can adjust your order to fit you; for example he can leave out ingredients you dont like or are allergic to, such as peanuts in some sauces. But if you want Indian food with the convenience of heating it up anywhere you are, at home or at work, then Karishmas Indian Takeaway is the place for you. They make fresh food like naan , samosas and curries and will make special orders. Both of these places serve authentic Indian food, not like most places in Trinidad & Tobago, where I am from, where most of the IndianŽ cuisine is merely influenced by Indian cooking but has been greatly modified and is unique to the country. „Continued on next page ALL ASHOREƒ In Montserrat, exploring tiny eateries can pay big dividendsAdventures in Eating on Montserratby Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 37 Grenada Real sailors use Streets Guides for inter-island and harbor piloting directions, plus interesting anecdotes of people, places and history. Streets Guides are the only ones that describe ALL the anchorages in the Eastern Caribbean.NEW! Streets videos, first made in 1985, are now back as DVDs. € Transatlantic with StreetŽ documents a sailing passage from Ireland to Antigua via the Cape Verdes. 2 hours € Antigua Week 85Ž is the story of the engineless yawl Iolaire racing round the buoys to celebrate her 80th birthday. 1 hour € Street on KnotsŽ demonstrates the essential knots and line-handling skills every sailor should know. 1 hour € Streetwise 1 and 2Ž give tips that appeared in the popular video Sailing Quarterly, plus cruises in the Grenadines, Venezuela and southwest coast of Ireland DVDs available at Imray, Kelvin Hughes, Armchair Sailor/ Bluewater Books, and www.street-iolaire.com. Full information on DVDs at www.street-iolaire.com HURRICANE TIPS! Visit www.street-iolaire.com for a wealth of information on tracking and securing for a storm.Streets Guides and DVDs are available at all Island Waterworld stores and at Johnson's Hardware, or from www.iUniverse.com and www.seabooks.com GOOD GUIDES ARE TIMELESSRocks dont move „ or if they do they are shown on up-to-date Imray charts. Regarding marine infrastructure, virtually every island puts out a free marine trade guide every year, which is much more up-to-date than any guide; similarly, the tourist departments put out a free annual guide for bars, restaurants and hotels. With all these updates readily available, Streets guides are timeless. Basils Bar Mustique WE SHIP AROUND THE WORLD! Visit Basil’s in Mustique or St. Vincentwww.basilsbar.com basils@vincysurf.comVisitors to Mustique are invited to:BASIL’S BAR AND RESTAURANT: Basil’s Bar in Mustique was named one of the World’s Ten Best Bars in 1987 by Newsweek and today lives up to that tradition. Recently renovated, the new face of Basil’s Bar in Mustique is all that and more: offering fresh seafood, lobster in season, steaks and the best beefburger in the Caribbean. Now equipped with WIFI, you can enjoy sunset cocktails and catch up on the web. Basil’s Bar is home of the only Blues Festival in the Caribbean. The Mustique Blues Festival takes place January 27 February 10, 2010. Breakfast service begins at 8:00am. Lunch 11:00am 6pm, and Dinner 7:30 until late. Come to Basil’s for cocktails anytime and plan to attend the Wednesday Night Jump Up and BBQ. Call (784) 488-8350 or VHF 68. BASIL’S BOUTIQUE : Fabrics as bright as the sea and as light as air... perfect for island joy. Elegant island evening and playful day wear. For women, men and children, plus lots of T-shirts to take home. Basil’s Boutique also offers silver and gemstone jewelry. BASIL’S GREAT GENERAL STORE: There is nothing general about Basil's Great General Store. Bountifully stocked with fine French wines, cheese from Europe, gourmet jams and sauces. Imported cigars and an unusual collection of books not to be missed. Fine foods in Paradise. Call (784) 488-8407. ACROSS FOREVER: Imagine decorating your home with antiques from Bali and India. Across Forever has a magnificent collection of furniture from Asia and beyond, contemporary pieces, home furnishings, fabulous lighting accessories and more. Shipping is easily and efficiently arranged. Call (784) 488-8407.Visitors to St Vincent are invited to:BASIL’S BAR: Located in Kingstown in an 18th century building named Cobblestone. Air conditioned, you will enjoy cocktails most delightful, the staff most welcoming and the meals are some of the best on the island. Now offering full catering services. Call (784) 457-2713. AT BASIL’S: Newly opened full service SPA located in Villa across from Young Island. Also At Basil’s is a collection of beautiful bamboo furniture, contemporary pieces from Asia and beyond, and more. December 2009 Opening of a new coffee shop by the sea. Call (784) 456-2602 „ Continued from previous page we would often pass a tiny, quaint wooden structure along the way in Fogarthy Hill and there would always be a crowd. Becoming curious, when we got a chance we paid a visit. We found a definite reason for the crowd. The proprietors serve excellent local food such as provisions and saltfish, fresh salad and some of the best baked chicken I have eaten in my life. Of the many restaurants we visited on the island, two stood out. The first is the Olveston House Restaurant and Guest House, set on five acres in Salemha. Operated by Carol Osborne and Margaret Wilson, the restaurant serves traditional English meals with a Caribbean twist. What I especially liked during my visit was their themedŽ nights. On Wednesday nights there is a buffet barbecue and Fridays are Pub NightsŽ with fare such as fish and chips, and steak and kidney pie. You have to remember that Montserrat is under the governance of the United Kingdom, so what better way to enjoy some English cuisine without going all the way to the United Kingdom? This building has a great history. It was once the directors house on a plantation that cultivated limes to supply British sailors with Vitamin C to prevent scurvy. (This earned them the nickname Limeys.) It once housed the broadcasting station of Radio Montserrat and its basement has functioned as a cinema. In the early 1980s it was purchased by the owner of Air Studios and producer for the Beatles, Sir George Martin, and hosted artists such as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting and Paul McCartney who had come to the island to record their songs. Secondly, there is the Gourmet Gardens, located not too far from the Olveston House. Besides serving delicious food, this establishment is also a haven for book lovers. When you enter you are struck by the piles of books on tables and on shelves along the walls. So while you wait for your order you can browse through and might find some treasures. Patrons are welcome to bring in books they have finished reading and take new ones, but an exchange is not mandatory. In most of the restaurants we visited on Montserrat, I found bush teaŽ to be an almost standard beverage on the menu. The term may sound exotic, but the type of bush tea available in each restaurant varies and really depends on what they have growing in their individual gardens. Mint and lemongrass were common flavours. However, I must note that if you visit the island you might find some items expensive or non-existent. A perfect example is a milkshake. In some ice-cream parlours on Montserrat they have the equipment for making milkshakes or soft-serve ice cream but they do not serve them since electricity is very expensive on the island and running the machines is not profitable. Exploring the cuisine of Montserrat added a special dimension to my visit. So the next time you visit here, or any other place in the Caribbean, why not try taking a culinary tour and see what you can discover! Editors note: In early January, the volcano in Montserrat was showing increased activity. Visit www. montserratvolcanoobservatory.info or tune in to ZJB radio Montserrat, 95.5/88.3FM at 1600 hours local time (2000 UTC) for a daily update on recent activity.

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 38 Hi Compass , We were interested to read the item in the January issues Business Briefs regarding the reduction in fees at Simpson Bay Lagoon. It may just tempt us back to St. Maarten. We have been unsuccessful in finding out what these new fees are. Do you have this information, or can you direct us to someone who does? Weve tried all the obvious web sites, but they have not yet been updated. Alan and Anne Dunlop Freya of Clyde Dear Alan and Anne, We asked the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association for an update, which follows. Also, keep in mind that there are no fees on many other parts of the island, including inside the lagoon on the French side, so you can come to Sint Maarten and avoid fees altogether „ as many people do. CC Dear Compass , The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association has been actively pursuing redress against the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation since the inception of the fees that were introduced on January 1st, 2008. In part because of our efforts and with a new government awareness of the impact of the marine industry on the local economy, SLAC has recently been transferred to the Ports Authority. On January 1st, 2010, a new policy went into effect regarding the charging of weekly fees. In the past, vessels that had paid the fee for a week and come back within that same week were being charged for another week upon clearing in. That double charge has now been eliminated, as has the double charge for a vessel paying for a week in Simpson Bay and then being charged a week again if they moved to Philipsburg. As far as the rates for the bridge and weekly fees (posted at www.heinekenregatta.com/Island-Info/ Immigration), the tariffs were set by government ordinance on the advice of SLAC. The Ports Authority are currently reviewing the accounts of SLAC and holding meetings with the marine industry to determine the best approach to rework those tariffs while still being able to maintain the bridge and offer proper services to cruising boats in the lagoon. A new ordinance will have to be written, reviewed and passed by local government. In the meantime, works have already commenced in the lagoon and we hope to have a new ordinance by early summer. Best regards, Kass Johnson, President St Maarten Marine Trades Association Dear Compass Readers, [Re: Selected Caribbean Shortwave Weather ReportsŽ in Januarys Compass ] Eric Mackie „ 9z4cp Trinidad Emergency Net, with his weather forecast „ should be up and running now on 3855 LSB at 0630 local time. Currently he is giving a brief weather forecast on the Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net on 3815 LSB at 0630 local time and then switching to 3855 LSB to check his transmission strength with whoever might be on frequency. For the time being he will be working off a long wire antenna so his transmissions will not be as good as with his 80-metre loop, but I had good contact with him in early January in Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia. Please spread the word around and he would appreciate those with a Ham license checking in with him and giving him a signal report. John Lytle S/Y Oriole Dear Compass , Reading the letter in the January issue from your correspondent Liesbet Collaert has reminded me that I agreed to try to get some reasonable guidelines from the Ministry of Agriculture in Antigua for the importation of domestic animals. Having invited other yacht owners to contact me with their experiences I have heard nothing; however, that does not lessen the experience of your correspondent. I have been slightly remiss in not following up my initial approach to the Ministry of Agriculture but will do so now. While writing, I am slightly concerned by the article in the same issue written by your correspondent Melodye Pompa on yacht security and, in particular, her comments relating to the spin doctorsŽ in Antigua. I presume I fall into that category as I made many comments on the murder of a yacht skipper here last January. I feel that a number of issues raised by her comments need clarifying. Firstly, there would not be much of a drugs problem in the English Harbour/Falmouth area if it was not for yacht crew and others visiting the island seeking recreational drugs. Usually, it is not the crew of megayachts who are seeking drugs but those of smaller, less wellregulated yachts and other sailing visitors. Secondly, as the murder case is still sub-judice , it is difficult to make definitive comments. However, it is alleged that the yacht skipper in question was more than just a casual user and that he was found with a quantity of white substanceŽ on his person. Thirdly, the yacht skipper ignored the fundamental rule of personal safety: when accosted, never put up any resistanceŽ. The yacht skipper chased a purse-snatcher for about 100 yards before the criminal produced a gun. Fourthly, while the victim could have been a banker or a construction worker, it is much more likely that he would have been a yachtsman as he had just left a bar/restaurant regularly frequented by young yacht crew and in which recreational drugs were known to be readily available. The main reason yacht crew frequented this bar/restaurant was for the purpose of obtaining drugs. The bar/restaurant has since been closed down. Finally, there is a lot more information on the incident which may or may not be accurate; therefore, no conclusions should be drawn either by me or your reporter until the pending criminal case is resolved. Regards, John Duffy Antigua & Barbuda Marine Trades Association „Continued on next page Stock Upon the widest selection and the best prices in Grenada at our two conveniently located supermarkets. Whether its canned goods, dairy products, meat, fresh vegetables or fruits, toiletries, household goods, or a fine selection of liquor and wine, The Food Fair has it all and a lot more.HubbardsJONAS BROWNE & HUBBARD (Gda.) Ltd. The Carenage: Monday Thursday 8 am to 5:30 pm Friday until 8:45 pm Saturday until 1:00 pm Tel: (473) 440-2588 Grand Anse: Monday Thursday 9 am to 5:30 pm Friday & Saturday until 7:00 pm Tel: (473) 444-4573 BEQUIATel: (784) 593 7264Located at Gingerbread Café R E A D E R S ' READERS' F O R U M FORUM

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 39 YAMAHAParts Repairs Service Outboard Engines 2HP-250HP Duty-Free Engines for Yachts McIntyre Bros. Ltd.TRUE BLUE, ST. GEORGES, GRENADA W.I. PHONE: (473) 444 3944/1555 FAX: (473) 444 2899 email: macford@caribsurf.com TOURS & CRUISES CAR & JEEP RENTAL „ Continued from previous page Dear Compass People, I am a skipper who recently was cruising the Grenadines for a couple of weeks. On December 23rd, 2009, as we sailed from St. Lucia down to St. Vincent, we heard people screaming for help. Two men were spotted floating in the middle of the channel. We were sailing on a very low course, far to the west of the rhumb line, and we were obviously their last chance. We stopped immediately and rescued the two men. After we gave them water and something to eat, they told us that they had been in the water for 12 hours and several yachts had passed by and seen them but NOBODY else stopped to help! We took them onboard after noontime and they had lost their boat the night before. We were informed that they had a boat accident with four people, but there were only two life vests on board. The motor was broken, waves entered the boat and it turned over. We rescued the two with life vests (I left them at a police station in north St. Vincent), but we dont know what happened to the other two guys. We are really upset that so many yachtspeople are scared to help local people. When somebody is in the water, far away from any land, be sure that this is a serious situation „ an emergency. There is no excuse for not helping them! Best, Klaus Eschmann Dear Compass , Twenty-two days out of Aruba I arrived in Bocas del Toro, Panama on December 14th, 2009. It took 15 days to cover the last 120 miles against a powerful twoto three-knot easterly current and westerly wind, which stopped completely at night „ unless there were squalls of 30 to 45 knots, almost always from the west, and of course it rained almost every day. I passed 150 miles north of the Rio Magdalena off of Barranquilla, Colombia. Bypassed Cartagena because I refuse to anchor anywhere that I cannot go swimming. Wonderful sailing into the Darien, in order to get away from all shipping, and passed just five miles north of the Hollandes Keys of Kuna Yala. Did not stop, but hooked up two marlin, neither of which came aboard „ angry professional swordfighters are often a handful, especially for the singlehander. Mermaid had sprung a serious leak in the 12-foot breaking seas north of Barranquilla and I was hoping to get into Portobello to dive on the hull, but the wind did a 180-degree shift and blew me to the east. I was joined by seven different birds who thought nothing of the leaks which were plaguing me. So, 15 days of eight-miles-a-day later „ with a torn mainsail, broken steering and leaking about 40 gallons an hour „ I hove to about eight miles north of the Bocas del Toro channel and, of course, fell asleep. The current shifted into the northwest and the preventer on the wheel broke. I awoke at 0515 about a hundred yards from a surfers paradise in ten-foot seas. Immediately I dropped the staysail and cut the lashings on my 250-pound fisherman as well as a 20-kilo Bruce anchor. Both held. I then re-hoisted my torn mainsail and got underway while hoisting my jib and letting the anchor rodes run. It was touch and go for over an hour as Mermaid moved to the east at less than a knot while being swept back toward the surfline by the huge seas. Heart in stomach, this continued for several hours. Under very light wind I finally sailed into the anchorage and, with a few Guinnesses brought over by a few cruising friends I had not seen since Curaçao... I will not be complaining about much of anything for quite awhile, just giving thanks and praise. Whoever wrote the cruising guide for this area is definitely a motorboat or motorsailor kind of person. For the true sailor this is a very tough coast and lifts my estimation of Chris Columbus and crew several pegs! That is why I will always prefer Don Streets guides to any of the others. Don sailed and recorded his observations and experiences while under sail „ very much the essential info needed by the engineless adventurer in order to enjoy or even visit any of the plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques or what have you that have come to fill up most other guides. One must maintain a seamans perspective on arriving safely. Too many folks seem to study the menu before they have even located the restaurant! John Smith Mermaid of Carriacou PS Went out with friends the other day to find my anchors. Found them both within 100 feet of the reef in 20 feet of water. Was unable to pick up the 200pound fisherman, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. HydeŽ, but with lift bags will try next week. This was the third place the beast saved my butt: Jamaica, Key West and now Panama. Theres no such thing as an anchor that is too big, its just a question of how fast you can get it on the bottom. (Having a sharp cutlass handy is very important.) Im not worried that it washes up even in the 12-foot surf running today. The surfers on the surface are blithely unaware of the chunk of metal under their curl and the joy of having had it hold Mermaid off of the reef. 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) if clarification 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: sally@caribbeancompass.com or Compass Publishing Ltd. Readers Forum Box 175BQ Bequia VC0400 St. Vincent & the Grenadines After 12 hours in the water and still wearing his life vest, one of the two rescued men sleeps in Klauss cockpit

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 40 Dear Compass , Reading the article Cruising Venezuela, Summer 2009Ž by John Burnie in the December 2009 issue of Compass , it comes into my mind that only the bravest sailors, the trained professional killers, or even those want-to-know-it-exactly types are still cruising in Venezuela. If there are only a few visiting yachts left, then the pirates have not much choice; they take what they can get, and those still cruising there can be at high risk. Of course, some areas of Venezuela are safer than others. Take the time to check out www.safetyandsecuritynet.com, Island ReportsŽ, Venezuelan MainlandŽ and Venezuelan IslandsŽ, for reference. Please note, these web pages are not entertainment „ everything listed there is reality. And dont believe that these crimes happen only to others. The crime in Venezuela is not only related to yachts, it is present everywhere, but unarmed sailors are among the easiest victims. Daily, more Venezuelan people are going hungry, which, as Mr. Burnie wrote, brings them to the first step of crime. It starts with children pick-pocketing at the market; next are the youths who make a robbery armed with a kitchen knife; and the worst is piracy with firearms. We happened to experience all of these types of crime at various times during our six years cruising in Venezuela. Also, once when we were standing on the sidewalk, a car passed us slowly, the door opened, the man grabbed my plastic bag, and then the car disappeared at full speed. The laugh that time was on our side „ in the bag were some old, very greasy oil filters already dripping through the bag. The countrys strong Catholicism no longer stops crime. I myself have heard more than once the president proclaiming in his hours-long Sunday radio speeches that the rich people do not need two cars or two apartments, and he gives the poor his blessing to take what they want from the rich because they have more than enoughŽ. This gives permission for robbery, and explains why it is dangerous for us yachties sailing in Venezuela. Although fewer than in past years, there are still many yachts in Porlamar, Margarita. I asked the sailors why they stay at that rolly anchorage for months, where many dinghy thefts occur in comparison to the rest of the Caribbean, and from where the offshore trip to the Eastern Caribbean islands is annoying, to say the least „ motor-sailing for 30 hours against wind and waves. The answer was, Living is cheap here.Ž But if they have to add the cost of a stolen outboard and dinghy to the bill, I dont know what is cheapŽ about being there. By now nothing is really cheap in Venezuela, and some items are more expensive than in the islands in the Eastern Caribbean. A beer is 3.5 Bf (US $1.70); a 750 ml bottle of Cacique rum is 35 Bf (US$16.50) and one kilo of onions is US$6, all at the official bank rate. For years there have been various shortages, whether milk powder or wheat flour, rice or pasta. As of this writing (December 2009) there is no sugar on the market in the whole country. It is absolutely immaterial how many Bf we visitors can get for our foreign currency on the black market; we have to consider the prices for the local people. How can they afford a living when, for example, a good workman earns only US$150 to US$200 a month? With that amount he has to feed a wife and maybe three or more children. It is no wonder that crime rises continuously; people are hungry like wolves. Of course, criminals exist and attacks can happen everywhere. But one difference between crime against yachts in the Eastern Caribbean islands and Venezuela is this: in many of the islands the officials try to get the bad guys who are detrimental to their tourism industries, while currently in Venezuela it seems that nobody is taking care of the yacht crime. The attackers can get away with impunity, and they know it. It is left up to us cruisers to take precautions against these outlaws. We have to apply for licenses to carry firearms to protect ourselves. If the bandits realize that cruisers are armed, trained and willing to shoot, there will be many fewer incidents. A discussion about the definition of the word piracyŽ is splitting hairs. If you encounter people pointing firearms at you and demanding your property, its a good bet they are willing to kill you to get what they want; otherwise they would not use firearms. People in Venezuela are usually very nice and kindly, and we really enjoyed our stay for several years. But as long as the government does not offer safety for its own population, there is absolutely no safety for us cruisers. Sadly, we dont trust local people any more. Now we watch every passing pirogue or fishing vessel with Argus eyes. We are no longer carefree sailors; we feel we are fair game. Having been a victim of a firearm attack in Venezuela in January 2008 (with a very lucky outcome) I can tell you, I do not want to have such encounters again, and I dont wish this to happen to other cruisers. To be honest, we found that Venezuela has superb cruising areas, beautiful beaches and friendly people „ but today we fear for our lives! It is not necessary to risk ones life to visit a nice place; other countries have nice places, too. Therefore we will reluctantly give up cruising Venezuela until they offer better security for cruisers. Angelika Gruener S/V Angelos Letter of the Month

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 41 BAREBOAT CHARTERS FULLY CREWED CHARTERS ASA SAILING SCHOOL PO Box 39, Blue Lagoon, St Vincent, West Indies Tel. 1-784-456-9526 / 9334 / 9144 Fax. 1-784-456-9238 barebum@vincysurf.com www.barefootyachts .com Barefoot Yacht Charters & Marine Centre € Doyle Sail Loft & Canvas Shop € Raymarine Electronics € Refrigeration Work € Mechanical & Electrical Repairs € Fibreglass Repairs € Laundry € Vehicle Rentals € Showers € Air Travel € Ice & Water € Diesel & Propane € Moorings € Island Tours € Surftech Surf Shop € Hotel Reservations € Quiksilver Surf Wear € Restaurant & Bar € Boutique € On-site Accommodation € Wi-Fi / Internet Café € Book Exchange Since 1984 A couple of years ago, a friend came to sail with me for a week out of Grenada. We had a good week. Although the Grenadines as a whole are a sailing Mecca, we remained in Grenada waters, because to visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) and return would involve clearing Customs and Immigration four times: out of Grenada, into SVG, out of SVG, and back into Grenada. The same situation in reverse applies to boats wanting to visit Grenada waters from SVG. Few people indeed want to spend that much time of a sailing holiday dealing with red tape, so currently many yachts stay on one side or the other of the border „ a loss to them and to both nations economies. From the point of view of the governments of both SVG and Grenada, the more yachts that clear in and out the better: they get a good fee every time. Yet (with the welcome exception of going to a single clearance form) neither government has done much to facilitate yachts cruising back and forth between the two countries. Over the New Years holiday this year, some relatives of mine chartered a boat for a week out of Grenada and really wanted to revisit the Tobago Cays. I sailed Ti Kanot in company with them and we did it. Clearing out of Grenada, and into SVG, and out of SVG, and into Grenada again was just the kind of bureaucratic hassle that I expected „ and my relatives regretted it. They said they would not do this trip again for that reason. I just want to spell this out a bit for any official that might happen to read this. A typical one-week yacht charter needs to include time to learn about and provision the boat, so in reality the charterers often only have six days of sailing. Added to which, any single week is going to include a weekend when Customs hours are shorter, plus there is likely to be a public holiday, gear breakdown or weather-related hiccup. In other words, their vacation time is precious. When planning a cruise, yachtspeople might be happy to visit a port of clearance, but probably will not want to visit the same port of clearance more than once. However, as things stand, if they want to visit Grenadine islands in both territories, they are forced to. So Customs and Immigration regulations are really putting a major damper on the very idea of a short sailing vacation that includes both SVG and Grenada waters. To ask people to spend time on four of six sailing days dealing with Customs and Immigration paperwork is a bit like telling a hotel tourist who comes for a week that he must, on four separate days, go spend time in the Immigration office in town. For promoting tourism, it is a non-starter. (Also, if a charter group leaves Grenada, they now have to fill in all the airport Immigration forms as well as the yacht forms when they re-enter. Had they stayed in Grenada, they would not have had to do anything.) The shame of this bureaucratic hindrance is that it is handicapping the expansion of good charter business between SVG and Grenada that would be beneficial to both countries. Combined, Grenada and SVG have the most ideal bareboat and crewed chartering waters in the Caribbean. Bareboaters and crewed charter guests are excellent tourists, well inclined to eat out, take tours and buy souvenirs. It would be a profitable business sector to expand. Many people have tried to do something about the Grenadines-border stumbling block over the last 15 years. Yet year after year we get nowhere. Part of the problem is that getting the Customs and Immigration Departments of the two countries to agree on how best to remove this impediment to yacht tourism is a formidable task. I would like, therefore, to respectfully propose a couple of small changes to the Customs regulations of both SVG and Grenada. These two improvements should be painless for each nation to implement on its own, and together would halve the present hassle. The first is to implement a 72-hour or 96-hour inand-out clearance for arriving yachts. This means yacht skippers could clear in and out using the same form when the yacht is not staying in the country longer than the prescribed time period and is not changing crew. This is not a new concept; St. Lucia has had a 72-hour in-and-out clearance for as long as I can remember, and it has not been a problem. Dominica more recently introduced a two-week inand-out clearance and it, too, is working well. Just this step alone would cut out one visit to Customs and Immigration and reduce the red-tape burden on the cross-boundary yachting visitor by 25 percent. The second suggestion is similar: to offer preclearance for departing yachts that will not be outside of national waters for more than, say, 72 or 96 hours, and will not be changing crew. When the skipper clears out, he can also clear back in at the same time, specifying the day of return. The skipper pays all fees and completes all paperwork in advance, so the yacht can come back into the country without visiting Customs again. There could be an extra charge for this, which would help government revenue. This would save another visit to Customs and, with the measure above, make things twice as easy for the yachting visitor. Improving ease of yacht movement across the SVGGrenada border would be advantageous for the tourism economies of both nations. In the case of SVG, this would be added value for the large number of bareboaters who visit the country and also want to dip into Grenada waters. For Grenadas yachting industry, the reverse would be true. I hope these suggestions can be taken into account; Id love to see sailing tourism in SVG and Grenada reach its full potential. Editors note: We asked the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG) and the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Recreational Marine Association (SVGRMA) for their responses to Chriss suggestions. They follow: Dear Compass , Chris is quite right „ this is an issue everyone agrees needs to be addressed, yet year after year it remains the same. One of the problems is that there are so many governmental departments involved „ Customs, Immigration, Finance, Security, Port Authority and Marine Park interests among them. MAYAG is very aware of the importance of our Grenadines GatewayŽ to Grenadas yachting industry. Grenadas flight connections, yacht facilities, supermarkets and attractions ashore perfectly compliment the Grenadines fantastic cruising ground, and any moves to ease and encourage movement between islands are beneficial for everyone. We have raised both Chriss excellent suggestions with the Minister of Tourism and we will report back to Compass once we have looked in more detail at how they might work. Anita Sutton MAYAG Dear Compass , The two suggestions made by Chris Doyle both have merit, although we think it will be difficult for the authorities both here and in Grenada to reach some agreement on this in the immediate future. As Chris says, other suggestions have been made over the years as to how the procedure can be simplified and enhanced, however they all carry potential risks to St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada when it comes to national security, knowing who is in our waters and, of course, the timely and proper collection of fees. The first suggestion is, in our view, workable and straightforward. The second, however, I cannot see the authorities agreeing on. Clearance into another country is a must. The captain and crew might remain the same „ the contents of the yacht might not! The potential benefits of the first suggestion to the yachting industries of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada are obvious, as too are the benefits to the yachting community and all those that provide supplies and services to yachts and yachtsmen. In the first instance we would encourage the authorities to get around a table and arrive at a draft of what would be workable for them. Thereafter it will ultimately be a matter for the respective governments cabinets to consider so that legislation amendments can be made and gazetted. We would not support the 72or 96-hour periods mentioned, but suggest that in the first instance 48 hours would be a good starting point. Let us see how well this works and extend it thereafter, subject to the mutual agreement of the respective Governments. Customs and Immigration in both territories should fully embrace ESeaClear and ensure that all the ports of entry are fully and properly equipped to take full advantage of what the system offers. This alone will be a great tool for the authorities in knowing who is where and expected arrivals and actual departures. John West SVGRMA DECK VIEW FROM TI KANOT BY CHRIS DOYLE Border Rules Hamper Two Nations Yacht Trade:THERE IS AN EASY FIX hdlff Improving ease of yacht movement across the SVG-Grenada border would be advantageous for the tourism economies of both nations

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 42 CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2 World Wetlands Day 4 7 Club Náutico de San Juan International Regatta, Puerto Rico. www.nauticodesanjuan.com /sailingprogram/regatta_int.htm 5 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race, Jamaica. www.montegobayrace.com 6 … 7 Digicel Workboat Regatta, Grenada. www.grenadasailingfestival.com 6 … 7 Gill St Maarten Keelboat Championships, St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, info@smyc.com, www.smyc.com 6 12 5th La Route du Carnival rally, Martinique to Trinidad. www.transcaraibes.com 7 Independence Day. Public holiday in Grenada 12 15 32nd Annual Sweethearts of the Caribbean and 28th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, Tortola. tel (284) 495-4559. 12 16 20th Semaine Nautique Schoelcher, Martinique. http://cerclenautique-schoelcher.com 13 …14 Budget Marine Valentines Regatta, Antigua. Jolly Harbour Yacht Club (JHYC), Antigua. tel (268) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com, www.jhycantigua.com 13 … 15 Carnival Regatta, Martinique. Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN), Martinique, tel (596) 51 73 24, fax (596) 51 73 70, info@clubnautiqueleneptune.com 14 Sunshine School Fundraising Auction, Bequia. www.bequiasunshineschool.org 15 16 Carnival Monday and Tuesday in most Dutch and French islands, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Carriacou, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, and other places 15 Presidents Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico and USVI 17 Ash Wednesday. Public holiday in Cayman Islands and Jamaica 19 … 21 St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta. See ad on page 14 19 … 21 Tobago Carnival Regatta. www.sailweek.com 20 … 22 Around St Lucia Rally (2 legs). www.stluciayachtclub.com 22 Independence Day. Public holiday in St. Lucia 22 … 26 RORC Caribbean 600 Offshore Race, Antigua. caribbean600.rorc.org 26 … 28 South Grenada Regatta. See ad on page 17 27 Around St. Maarten-St. Martin Multihull Regatta. www.MultiHullRegatta.com 27 Independence Day. Public holiday in the Dominican Republic 27 … 28 Around Martinique Race (2 legs). Club Nautique Le Neptune (CNN), Martinique, tel (596) 51 73 24, fax (596) 51 73 70, info@clubnautiqueleneptune.com, www.clubnautiqueleneptune.com 28 FULL MOONMARCH1 H. Lavity Stoutt Day. Public holiday in the BVI 1 … 5 BVI Kite Jam (kite boards). www.bvikitejam.com 2 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, St. Maarten. SMYC 4 Commodores Cup, St. Maarten. www.heinekenregatta.com 4 … 7 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. www.heinekenregatta.com 5 … 8 13th Annual Dark and Stormy Regatta, BVI. West End Yacht Club (WEYC),Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 496-8685, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.weyc.net 5 … 10 Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival, Tortola, BVI. www.caribbeanartisan.net 8 International Womens Day. Commonwealth Day; public holiday in some places 9 Baron Bliss Day; public holiday in Belize. Commonwealth Day; public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago 11 … 14 Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament. http://tgft.com 12 14 8th Annual Grenada Round-the-Island Race. See ad on page 12 13 14 Bananas Cup Race, Martinique. Yacht Club de la Martinique (YCM), tel (596) 63 26 76, fax (596) 63 94 48, ycmq@wanadoo.fr 13 … 14 Antigua Annual Laser Open, Antigua Yacht Club (AYC), tel/fax (268) 460-1799, yachtclub@candw.ag, www.antiguayachtclub.com 13 … 14 Gardel Trophy, Guadeloupe. www.trophee-gardel.com 14 National Heroes Day. Public holiday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines 15 … 20 7th Annual ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, BVI. www.nautorswan.com/ClubSwan 17 St. Patricks Day; public holiday in Montserrat. Festival in St. Patricks, Grenada 18 Flag Day. Public holiday in Aruba 19 … 21 Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta. www.prheinekenregatta.com 19 … 22 13th Annual Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament. www.tgft.com 20 Sunshine School Annual Jumble Sale, Bequia. bequiasunshineschool.org 22 Emancipation Day. Public holiday in Puerto Rico 25 … 28 St. Barths Bucket, www.bucketregattas.com 26 … 28 International Rolex Regatta, St. Thomas, USVI. www.rolexcupregatta.com 29 FULL MOON 29 … 4 April BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. www.bvispringregatta.org 30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day. Public holiday in Trinidad & Tobago 30 22 April Transcaraïbes Rally, Guadeloupe to Cuba. See ad on page 44. All information was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time this issue of Compass went to press „ but plans change, so please contact event organizers directly for confirmation. If you would like a nautical or tourism event listed FREE in our monthly calendar, please send the name and date(s) of the event and the name and contact information of the organizing body to sally@caribbeancompass.com. FREE Caribbean Compass On-line FREEwww.caribbeancompass.com ST. THOMAS YACHT SALESCompass Point Marina, 6300 Est. Frydenhoj, Suite 28, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802 Tel: (340) 779-1660 Fax: (340) 779-2779 yachts@islands.vi Sail36 1980 Albin Stratus, Cruiser or 6 pack charter vessel $45,000 41 1980 Morgan Out Islander AC, great condition $79,000 46 2000 Jeanneau twin helms, 3 staterooms $179,900 49 1979 Transpacific Ketch, Bluewater, 3 strms, loaded $180,000Power26 1987 Whale Boat Navy Capts gig, Perkins, 4109 $33,000 29 1994 Phoenix SF, Twin Volvos, trim tabs, outriggers $64,500 32 1996 Carver 325 Twin Crusaders, great condition $59,900 361980 Litton Trawler, Yanmar diesels, Gen Set $30,000 40 1999 Tiara 4000 Express, Genset, AC, Twin Cats $275,000Call, fax or visit our website for a complete list of boats for sale www.stthomasyachts.com La Creole 50 1978 Gulfstar Ketch. Well maintained classic, 3 strms, $145,000 Summer Place 44 1985 Beneteau Idylle, Great Cruiser, AP, AC, Genset $86,000

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 43 THIS COULD BE YOUR MARKET PLACE AD Book it now: tom@caribbeancompass.comor contact your local island agent UNIQUE IN DOMINICA Roseau & Portsmouth Tel: 767-448-2705 Fax: 767-448-7701Dockmaster Tel: 767-275-2851 VHF: 16info@dominicamarinecenter.com www.dominicamarinecenter.com The Dominica Marine Center is the home of the Dominica Yacht Club and your center for: € Yacht Mooring Anchorage € Grocery Store & Provisioning € Bakery (Sukies Bread Company) € Water at dock € Fuel (Unleaded / Diesel) € Ice € Yacht Chandlery agents Budget Marine /Sea Choice Products Mercury Marine / Yanmar Marine € LP Gas (propane) refills € Showers & Toilets (WC) € Garbage Disposal € Security € Telephone & Fax € Mobile Phone Rental / SIM Top Up € Laundry WiFi Internet € Beach Bar € Nearby Restaurants € Taxi & Tour Operators € Whale Watching & Sport Fishing € Light Engine and Boat Repair € Customs / Immigration Clearance Information € Visa / Master Card accepted Caribbean Compass Market Place continued on next page PORTHOLE RESTAURANT & BAR& Shoreline Mini-MarketA friendly atmosphere where you can sit and meet people.Admiralty Bay, Bequia Noelina & Lennox Taylor welcome you! VHF CH68 Phone (784) 458-3458 We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner MID ATLANTIC YACHT SERVICESPT-9900-144 HORTA / FAIAL, AZORESProviding all vital services to Trans-Atlantic Yachts! Incl. Chandlery, Charts, Pilots, Rigging EU-VAT (14%) importation Duty free fuel (+10.000lt)TEL +351 292 391616 FAX +351 292 391656 mays@mail.telepac.pt www.midatlanticyachtservices.com CARRIACOU REAL ESTATELand and houses for sale For full details see our website: www.islandvillas.com or contact Carolyn Alexander atDown Island Ltd e-mail: islander@caribsurf.comTel: (473) 443 8182 Fax: (473) 443 8290We also handle Villa Rentals & Property Management on Carriacou BEQUIA VENTURE CO. LTDappointed agents in St. Vincent & the Grenadines for Primer, Epoxy, Top Coat, Antifouling, ThinnersPORT ELIZABETH, BEQUIA Tel: 784 458 3319 € Fax: 784 458 3000 Email: bequiaventure@vincysurf.com € SPRAY PAINTS € ROLLERS € BRUSHES € TOOLS €€ CLEANING SUPPLIES €€ NAILS € HOSE CLAMPS €€ FILLERS € STAINLESS FASTENERS € ADHESIVES € tel: (473) 440-2310 fisher@caribsurf.com  rare exotic arts + crafts  jewelry  wooden-ware  hammocks + more unique gifts for your boat, home + friendsyoung street st. george's grenada just steps from the carenage

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 44 Packages Pick – up call: + (599) 553-3850 / + (590) 690-222473 Int. 001-3057042314 E-mail: ericb@megatropic.com CIRExpress COURIER SERVICES St. Maarten/ St. Martin, collect and deliver door to door Caribbean Compass Market Place continued on next page Voiles AssistanceDidier and MariaLE MARIN/MARTINIQUESails & Canvas (repairs & fabrication) located at Carenantilles dockyardOpen Monday to Friday 8-12am 2-6pm Saturday by appointment tel/fax: (596) 596 74 88 32 e-mail: didier-et-maria@wanadoo.fr LE MARIN, MARTINIQUE € GRENADAwww.caraibe-greement.fr cgmar@wanadoo.frPhone: +(596) 596 74 8033 Cell: (596) 696 27 66 05 R I G G I N GS H I P C H A N D L E R clippers-ship@wanadoo.frTel: (0) 596 71 41 61 Fax: (0) 596 71 77 Shipchandler, Artimer Le Marin, Martinique Marine Electrics WatermakersInstallation / Repair Zac artimer Le Marin, Martinique FWITel: + (596) 596 650 524 Fax: + (596) 596 650 053 yescaraibes@hotmail.com SAILMAKING, RIGGING, ELECTRONICS Grenada Marine € Spice Island Marine Tel/Fax (473) 439-4495 turbsail@spiceisle.com Happy Hour Every Day from 6 7PMOpening Hours from 7AM 11PM Martinique Marin B a r € R e s t a u r a n t € D e l i Bar € Restaurant € Deli T e l e p h o n e : 0 5 9 6 7 4 6 0 8 9 Telephone: 0596 74 60 89 W I F I C o n n e c t i o n f o r o u r G u e s t s WIFI Connection for our Guests w w w . r e s t a u r a n t m a n g o b a y . c o m www.restaurant-mangobay.comTechNick Ltd.Engineering, fabrication and welding. Fabrication and repair of stainless steel and aluminium items. Nick Williams, Manager Tel: (473) 536-1560/435-7887 S.I.M.S. Boatyard, True Blue, Grenada technick@spiceisle.com THIS COULD BE YOUR MARKET PLACE AD Book it now: tom@caribbeancompass.comor contact your local island agent

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FEBRUARY 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 46 CLASSIFIEDS BOATS FOR SALE 1975 German Frers 39ft, 2 sets racing sails, US 57.000 St.Lucia duty paid 1987 Irwin 44 119.500 US 1999 Jeanneau SO42.2. 97.000 US 1981 CT 54 175.000 US 1986 Oyster 435 135.000 Pounds E-mail Yachtsales@dsl-yachting.com Tel (758) 452 8531 1979 HUGHES 38 Sparkman and Stevens design. Cruising Grenada. Ready to go.US$32,000 ono E-mail hughes38.1979@yahoo.com YOUNG SUN 46FT VENUS 1984 KETCHfiberglass, vgc, new engine 2007, excellent live aboard and cruiser. GPS, RADAR, VHF, Auto Pilot, EPIRB, SSB, Water Maker, Air-Con, Solar Panels, Wind Generator & more. Full specs at www.freewebs.com/venus46forsale Price reduced for a speedy sale US$169,000 ONO Lying St Lucia. E-mail venus46@live.com or Tel: 596-696-907429 BENETEAU FIRST 456 1984 Well equipped, located in Bequia. More info E-mail maximaxgrenadinesltd@gmail.com BOATS FOR SALE IN TRINIDAD Tel (868) 739-6449 www.crackajacksailing.com COCHISE , an elegant 39 ft yacht (1991) and pleasure to sail is for sale. Noted for speed, ease to handle, simplicity and Boat of The Year 2007 Trinidad. Cochise is very well maintained, sailed only by owner and brought in from NL on containership. Ideal boat for comfortable, fast cruising with family/ friends, and equipped for club racing. All J-Boats design weaknesses taken care of in recent years. Extensively overhauled with new mast and rod rigging (2002), large sail wardrobe, many extras incl. new Raymarine autopilot (2007), well-maintained Harken winches, 2 anchors + chain, large sun awning etc. Interesting price of 55,000 US$ reflects current location (Caribbean) and move to larger world cruiser. E-mail cochisestellendam@zonnet.nl HALLBERG RASSY 39 1997 New engine. Exc. condition. St Lucia. Euros 217,000 E-mail tabascojazz@hotmail.com 46 PETERSON PERFORMANCE CRUISER 1988 Center cockpit, single owner, lovingly maintained. Sailed throughout the Caribbean and now located in Trinidad. Ready for you to start cruising tomorrow. USD 189,999 E-mail SailingOnFree@aol.com 50' STEEL WORK BOAT. Caterpillar main engine, Northern Lights generator. Utility crane/hydraulics, crash pump. US$ 15,000.00 ONO considered. Tel (868) 332 1107 E-mail divepro122@yahoo.com MAINSHIP 35' open bridge 2-300 Detroit Diesel Engines, 200 Gal Fuel tanks, Genset,TV, etc. Excellent working condition. Asking US$80000.00 OBO Tel (784) 493 3051 MISC. FOR SALE SAILBOAT PROPS used 3 blade from 13" to 22" diameter E-mail Yachtsales@dsl-yachting.com Tel (758) 452 8531 SAILS AND CANVAS EXCEPTIONALLY SPECIAL DEALS at http://doylecaribbean.com/specials.htm 2 X 54 F/GLASS CATAMARAN HULLS Trinidad (868) 650-1914 E-mail JanDutch@tstt.net.tt TACKTICK WIRELESS/SOLAR INSTRUMENTS , Discount prices: www.northernrockiesassociates.comYANMAR OUTBOARD DIESEL 36HP Trinidad cell (868) 650-1914 E-Mail JanDutch@tstt.net.tt WIND PILOT PACIFIC Plus auxiliary rudder, Good price. Contact Olivier Nelly, Port de Plaisance, Marin, Martinique Tel +(596) 696 25 11 60 WANTED CAPTAIN AVAILABLE , USCG Master 100 Tons Sail or Power, Mate 200 Tons, Divemaster also. Day trips, Term or delivery, all ranks considered. Can relocate from St. Thomas E-mail davidNwillems@yahoo.com PROPERTY FOR SALE CARRIACOU, ONE ACRE LOTS and multi acre tracts. Great views overlooking Southern Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay www.caribtrace.com BEQUIA, UNION LEVEL 2 pieces of land for sale 23,000 sq/ft each. $4.25 US per sq/ft. Tel (473) 404 4630 E-mail Jhjamie99 @gmail.com BEQUIA, BELMONT Sailors retreat. Tradtional cottage overlooking Admiralty Bay. US$225,000 Tel (784) 529-5972 E-mail cccrawfish@gmail.com PROPERTY FOR SALE BEQUIA, SPRING ESTATE Excellent parcel of land 25,060 sq/ft. Beautifully located rectangular lot on a dead end quiet road with elec. & sea view, 5 min walk to beach. Ready for building. Tel (784) 458-3518/430-5021 E-mail gardenboutique@hotmail.com RENTALS LA POMPE, BEQUIA Large 2 bedroom house and/ or 1 bed studio apartment. Big verandah and patio, stunning view, cool breeze. Internet, cable TV. 2 weeks minimum, excellent longterm rates. Tel: (784) 495 1177 email: louisjan@vincysurf.com BEQUIA, FRIENDSHIP Unfurnished house, 3 bedroom/2 baths. Tel (784) 495 3704 E-mail akmsvg@hotmail.com BEQUIA, PORT ELIZABETH 3 bed villa with pool. Stunning views. Jeep & Internet. Short or long-term lets. E-mail Pearlwin1@aol.com. SERVICES INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL INSURANCE US$5,000,000 worldwide AŽ rated cover, 4700 US hospital direct billing network. Highest Deductible Hospital option age 30-34: $35 monthly. www.protexplan.com E-mail info@protexplan.com, Tel (604) 724-7384 ISLAND VIEW at WOBURN BAY, GRENADA offering sports bar, restaurant, jetty, WiFi, showers, ice, laundry & more! Open daily 10AM…10PM. Tel (473) 443-2645 VHF 16RYA SAILING AND POWERBOAT training available now in Antigua by recognized company ONDECK. Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean available. Please call (268) 562 6696 E mail eb@ondeckoceanracing.com or visit us in Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. CLASSIFIED ADS US 50¢ per word … include name, address and numbers in count. Line drawings/photos accompanying classifieds are US$10. Pre-paid by the 15th of the month. No replies. A&C Yacht Brokers Martinique MP Admiral Yacht Insurance UK 39 Anjo Insurance Antigua 26 Around Grenada Race Grenada 12 Art & Design Antigua MP Art Fabrik Grenada MP B & C Fuel Dock Petite Martinique 29 Bahia Redonda Marina Venezuela 27 Barefoot Yacht Charters St. Vincent 41 Barrow Sails & Canvas Trinidad MP Basils Bar Mustique 37 Bay Island Yachts Trinidad 42 Bequia Marina Bequia 10 Bequia Sailing Club Bequia 11 Bequia Venture Bequia MP Beyond The Islands Caribbean 35 Budget Marine Sint Maarten 2 Budget Marine Carib Wide MP BVI Yacht Sales Tortola 42 Camper & Nicholsons Grenada 25 Captain Gourmet Union Island 38 Caraibe Energie Martinique 18 Caraibe Greement Martinique MP Caribbean Marine Electrical Trinidad MP Caribbean Propellers Ltd. Trinidad MP Caribbean Yachts 39 Caribbean Woods Bequia MP Carriacou Silver Diving Carriacou MP CIRExpress St. Maarten MP Clippers Ship Martinique MP Cooper Marine USA 40 Curaçao Marine Curaçao 11 Diesel Outfitters St. Maarten 17 Diginav Martinique 28 Dockwise Yacht Transport Martinique 23 Dockyard Electrics Trinidad MP Dominica Marine Center Dominica MP Dopco Travel Grenada 37 Down Island Real Estate Carriacou MP Doyle Offshore Sails Tortola 3 Doyle Offshore Sails Barbados MP Doyle's Guides Caribbean 34 Echo Marine Jotun Special Trinidad 9 Electropics Trinidad MP Fernando's Hideaway Bequia MP Food Fair Grenada 38 Fred Marine Guadeloupe 15 Gourmet Foods St. Vincent 36 Grenada Marine Grenada 24 Grenadine Island Villas Bequia MP Grenadines Sails Bequia 34 GRPro-Clean Martinique MP Iolaire Enterprises UK 37/46 Island Water World Sint Maarten 48 Island Water World Carib Wide MP Johnson Hardware St. Lucia 33 Jolly Harbour Antigua MP Jones Maritime St. Croix 37 KNJ Marine Trinidad MP KP Marine St. Vincent 21 Le Phare Bleu Grenada 17 Le Phare Bleu Regatta Grenada 17 Lulley's Tackle Bequia 10 Mango Bay Martinique MP Maranne's Ice Cream Bequia 38 Marc One Marine Trinidad MP Marigot Beach Club St. Lucia 22 Marina Zar-Par Dominican Rep. 20 McIntyre Bros. Ltd Grenada 39 Mid Atlantic Yacht Services Azores MP Navimca Venezuela 38 Northern Lights Generators Tortola 5 Ocean Xperts St. Maarten 40 Perkins Engines Tortola 19 Petit St. Vincent PSV 32 Porthole Restaurant Bequia MP Power Boats Trinidad MP Quantum Sails Tortola 22 Reds Caribbean Trinidad 9 Renaissance Marina Aruba 6 Santa Barbara Resorts Curaçao 7 Savon De Mer Carib Wide MP Sea Services Martinique 16 Soper's Hole Marina Tortola 26 Spice Island Marine Grenada 47 St. Croix Regatta St. Croix 14 St. Maarten Sails St. Maarten 11 St. Thomas Yacht Sales St. Thomas 42 Superwind Germany 28 SVG Air St. Vincent 39 Technick Grenada MP Tikal Arts & Crafts Grenada MP Tilikum Martinique MP Trade Winds Cruising Bequia 34 Transcaraibes MP Triskell Cup Regatta Guadeloupe 13 Turbulence Sails Grenada 24 Turbulence Sails Grenada MP Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout Carriacou 29 Vemasca Venezuela 27 Voiles Assistance Martinique MP Wallace & Co Bequia 10 Walliabou Anchorage St. Vincent 17 WIND Martinique MP Woodstock Boatbuilders Antigua 8 Xanadu Marine Venezuela 27 YES Martinique MP ADVERTISERS INDEX ADVERTISER LOCATION PG# ADVERTISER LOCATION PG# ADVERTISER LOCATION PG# ADVERTISER LOCATION PG# MP = Market Place pages 43 to 45 Your Classi“ ed on the Internetwww.caribbeancompass.com Marine Insurance The insurance business has changed. No longer can brokers talk of low rates. Rather, the honest broker can only say, Ill do my best to minimize your increase!Ž There is good insurance, there is cheap insurance, but there is no good cheap insurance. You never know how good your insurance is until you have a claim. My claims settlement record cannot be matched.I have been connected with the marine insurance business for 47 years. I have developed a rapport with brokers and underwriters at Lloyds and am able to introduce boat owners to specialist brokers in the Lloyds market.e-mail: streetiolaire@hotmail.com www.street-iolaire.com

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