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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
Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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v. : ill. ; 35 cm.

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

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Cruising rules for dogs ......... 20

Miles of Smiles
Circumnavigating Jamaica ... 24


A Green Dinghy
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Future Captain
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Lost and Found
One J/24's big adventure..... 29


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Info & Updates.................. 4
Business Briefs ..................... 7
Caribbean Eco-News........... 10
Regatta News........................ 12
Meridian Passage................. 22
Fun Pages.......................30, 31
Sailors' Hikes....................... 32
Dolly's Deep Secrets............ 32
The Caribbean Sky............... 33


Tel: (784) 4573409, Fax: (784) 4573410

Editor........................................... Sally Erdle
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Assistant Editor...................Elaine Ollivierre
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Advertising & Distribution........Tom Hopman
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Art, Design & Production......Wilfred Dederer
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Ask Captain Science........... 34
Book Review ...................... 36
Cooking with Cruisers.......... 37
Readers' Forum..................... 3
What's on My Mind...............41
Calendar of Events............... 42
Caribbean Marketplace......43
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Yachting Community Provides Scholarships in Carriacou
The Carriacou Children's Education Fund (CCEF) is an informal, voluntary group of
individuals from visiting yachts from around the world, and concerned local busi-
nesspeople. Since 2000, CCEF has conducted fundraising activities during the first
week of August at the Carriacou Yacht Club, coinciding with the annual Carriacou
Regatta Festival.
The CCEF continues this year with an additional set of scholarships: Trevin
McLawrence and Leah Hagley from Bishops College and Camille DeRoche and
Gloria Wells from Hillsborough Secondary School have begun their studies at the


Lejt to right: Nadia Edwards and Codell Statford (2009 scholarship winners) with
Trevin McLawrence, Camille DeRoche, Leah Hagley, Gloria Wells and Fleure Patrice,
Director of the Carriacou campus ofTA Marryshow Community College


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Carriacou campus of TA Marryshow Community College, with full tuition and fees as
well as a stipend of ECS1,000 towards the purchase of textbooks. These students
bring to 13 the number of scholarships awarded by the CCEF.
Previous awardees have already put their education to good use: Tahera Paul and
Rena Noel are working at Hillsborough Secondary School, as are Stacey Bain and
Carnisha Charles. Marcia Scott is employed by Bullen's Enterprises and Reann
Martineau is with the Board of Tourism.
Each student writes an essay on the topic "How I will use my education to build a
better Grenada", and the primary focus for all students has been development of
opportunities for the youth of Grenada. Rholda Quamina and Brian Lendore, the
principals of the two secondary schools in Carriacou, select the scholarship recipi-
ents based on CXC/CSEC scores and financial need. Patrick Compton, Carriacou
branch of the Grenada Union of Teachers, assists in the process every year, collect-
ing and reviewing the essays.
To date, CCEF has raised more than ECS125,000 to provide uniforms, school sup-
plies and other educational assistance to the children of Carriacou. The mission is to
help as many children as possible and to fill the gap between what is required for a
child to receive a proper education and what the families can provide.
Since its inception, CCEF has provided assistance towards this goal in more than
500 cases. Success is due primarily to the hard work and generosity of the visiting
yachts and the local population who support CCEF, and is the yachts' way of say-
ing "thank you" to the people of Carraco oarcou for the warm welcome always received.
These scholarships at TAMCC are an extension of the assistance that CCEF has pro-
vided to primary and secondary school children of Carriacou in the past, targeting
assistance for the future leaders of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
In some places visitors can expect to pay US$10 or more per day for WiFi. In Tyrrel
Bay it is free through the sponsorship of Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout, Chris Doyle's
Cruising Guides, and Island Water World. Technical support is provided by Michael
Ward. All that is asked is for visiting yachts to make a contribution to the CCEF! A
password is required and yachts can obtain a free password at the Carriacou Yacht
Club. Contributions are voluntary and all proceeds are used for the educational
needs of the less fortunate children of the island.
Yacht Attacked Off Los Testigos
The US-flagged yacht Boldly Go was attacked by four armed men at 10:00AM on
October 16th at approximately 011 05N, 063 23W. The yacht was about four and a
half hours' sail west of the Venezuelan offshore islands of Los Testigos, en route to
Porlamar, Isla Margarita. The couple aboard had originally planned to avoid the
area, but when sailing from Grenada wind conditions prevented them from sailing
directly into Porlamar from the north.
The two-handed crew, Jim Hutchins and Ellen Birrell, were assaulted and held at
gunpoint. The pirates struck Jim in the head and back several times with a pistol; for-
tunately, his injuries were not serious. They also clicked the trigger with the gun held
to his neck. The boarders ransacked the Sun Odyssey 40, taking all valuable items
they could carry in their 16-foot pihero including an EPIRB, all radios, two comput-
ers, chartplotter, GPS, other electronics, tools, bikes, outboard engine and money.
With no land in sight and only a compass left on board for navigation, Jim and
Ellen sailed back to Los Testigos, arriving just before dark. A Venezuelan Coast
Guard vessel was on station in Los Testigos and took a report of the incident.
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robbed the yacht.
Ellen would like to remind cruisers about the ongoing danger of sailing between Los
Testigos and Isla Margarita during daylight hours.
Cruisers' Site-ings
Fantasy Island Marina in Roatan has a new website:
www.fantasyislandmarina.com/index.html.
'Sanctuaries of the Caribbean', a film about the Marine Protected Areas in the
southeastern Caribbean, produced earlier this year as part of the Coastal and
Marine Management and Education in the Southeastern Caribbean project, can
now be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMKKkpLreXw.
Founded in 2006, the Yacht Aid Global humanitarian organization is a worldwide
effort to deliver school and medical supplies to coastal locations that need help, uti-
lizing a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, patrons that sponsor the sup-
plies, and yachts that offer to transport them. Visit www.yachtaidglobol.org to learn
how to take an active role in this charitable project.
Eight Bells
CAPTAIN OLIVER
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club newsletter announced the passing of Olivier Lange,
better known as Captain Oliver, on September 25th. He was the founder of Captain
Oliver's Marina, Captain Oliver's Yacht Club
and Captain Oliver s Regatta. The Captain
lived by the mantra "La joie de vivre" and
encouraged all whose lives he touched to
embrace the lifestyle. He will be dearly
missed. The SMYC extends sincere condo-
lences to the Captain's family and friends.
JIMMY SCOTT, JAMARLY MEADE
John Burnie reports: Yachtsmen visiting the
Antigua Yacht Club this season will be sad to
learn that long-serving barman Jimmy Scott
passed away with great dignity after a long
= illness. His friendly welcome in the upstairs
bar since 1987 will be much missed. Equally
sad is the club's loss of one of their full-time
sailing instructors, Jamarly Meade, who suc-
cumbed very suddenly to an aggressive
form of leukemia at the age of 22. An
accomplished Laser sailor (he qualified as
RYA Instructor at UK Sailing in Cowes),
Jamarly was a key part of the recently
launched Antigua National Sailing Academy
Among the four Caribbean sailing and was frequently invited to crew during
personalities to whom we say regattas on iconic yachts, including Leopard
farewell this month is AYC Instructor 3 and Rebecca. Deeply involved in all
Jamarly Meade, who died on July aspects of the Antiguan yachting communi-
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John A. Smith aboard the Mermaid of Carriacou writes: One of the boons of this
sea-gypsy' lifestyle that I have lived for the past 42 years is the great diversity of
people I have met and often befriended. I have known people from dozens of
countries and a hundred professions doctors, fishermen, lawyers, scientists, cooks,
writers, poets, painters, teachers and even an occasional 'Indian chief' but I
have never met anyone else quite like Kees Stapel.
Kees was foremost a sailor and a happy man. But more importantly he was my
friend. Kees was everyone's friend. He loved people. He loved women and children
and people from all walks of life and he affected everyone who ever met him, and
that is thousands of people from all over the world. Kees became their friend and
teacher and confidant, and often, with women, their lover.
But one thing Kees was not was overbearing. Euphemistically speaking, for Kees, life
was never a "pissing contest". He never had to brag or tell a lie. Kees, like Popeye,
was just what he was, and maybe well, no, definitely a hell of a lot more.
Kees was perhaps a bit 'touched', but divinely touched, and as a consequence
he was always a bit magical... and he did it without even trying. He was one of the
most sensitive and at the same time brutally honest people I have ever met. I will
assume this applies to most who knew him, and his legacy still affects us. Even
though we mourn his passing, he is still with us and that is why I will not, I cannot,
write an obituary about him. Rather I will write this small "orbituary", because that is
what he was and always will be: in orbit somewhere! To paraphrase Neil Young, "He
sleeps with angels; he is always on someone's mind", and so can never really be
gone. He will always be with and among those who knew and inevitably loved him.
I celebrate his life and my good fortune for having known him.
Kees was born in Rotterdam, Holland in the early 1930s and grew up under the
heel of the Nazi occupation. Like many of his countrymen, he went to sea as both a
profession and an escape from a world that had gone completely mad.
I met him in 1972 when he had just finished a multiple-year stint as captain of the
famous Dutch schooner Blue Peter in St. Maarten. Prior to this he had been the epit-
ome of the clean-cut, well-groomed, four-stripe yacht captain working as both an
advisor and agent for many shipping firms in Miami, but the 1960s and '70s changed
a lot of us, including Kees. He became the ultimate Caribbean boat hippie and, in
the manner of Bernard Moitessier, chose happiness and peace over economic
gain. He let his hair and beard grow and often as not when aboard was naked. He
bought the old Piver Nimble catamaran Sunset from the dock in St. Maarten,
renamed it The Wizard of d, and set out on his own personal odyssey of self-discov-
ery and what a journey it became! Most people in the Caribbean remember him
from this period. He later bought the sloop Argonaut and with it singlehanded
around the globe, completing his voyage when he was well into his 60s.
Returning to Florida he hit a reef in the Bahamas and lost the boat, but Kees had
made too many friends to be left on the beach and so soon found himself aboard a
small wooden cutter which he renamed Lady Hoppy in memory of his mother. It was
while aboard this vessel that he met the Great Pilot who ultimately led him across the
final bar and into his last port. As Kees enveloped us in his love and friendship it seems
right that he spent his last few years enveloped aboard a vessel that represented for
him the shelter and love of his mom. Just as she so many years before had brought
him into the world, I would like to think that her spirit eased his way into a better one.
Kees was one of a kind and I know he is still here in orbit. So take care, Brother Man
- I love you.
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2010 Yacht Industry Security Conference
The Maritime Security Council will host its 2010 Yacht Industry Security Conference
at the Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands on December 7th
and 8th.
The focus of this event is to identify security "best practices" appropriate for appli-
cation to the yachting industry, and to reduce opportunities for this sector of the
maritime industry to serve as a vector for the successful introduction of threats into
the yachting marina host countries.
The MSC, established in 1988, is a non-profit, member-driven organization repre-
senting maritime industries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance the securi-
ty of the United States and the international maritime community by representing
maritime interests before government bodies; acting as liaison between industry and
government; disseminating timely information; encouraging and assisting in the
development of industry-specific technologies; and convening educational and
informational conferences.
For more information visit www.marifimesecurity org/meetings.html.
New Tobago-New York Flight
Planning a crew change or family visit in Tobago? A new Caribbean Airlines flight
between New York's JFK Airport and Tobago's Crown Point International Airport will
begin on December 12th. Caribbean Airlines flight BW529 will depart JFK every
Sunday at 2:35PM and arrive at Tobago's Crown Point International Airport at 7:30PM.
Flight BW528 will depart Tobago at 7:35AM, arriving JFK at 12:40PM, allowing for con-
nections throughout the US and Canada.
For more information visit www. caribbean-airlines, com.
Fair Winds, Jack!
Jack Dausend, a 20-year resident of Trinidad, is retiring and moving to Arizona, USA
to live closer to his family. Jack was the editor and publisher of the annual Boaters'
Directory, which recently completed its 15th year. He also started the popular
monthly Boca magazine, which ran for ten years, as well as being the long-time
Trinidad & Tobago agent of the Caribbean Compass.
This will actually be the third retirement for Jack. The first one was in 1982 when he
left his engineering job in California and sailed to Hawaii for the good life with a co-
owner of a 32-foot sailboat called Wind Psalm. After six months his partner missed
the rat race and flew back to the States, leaving Jack to sail singlehanded back to
San Francisco where he resumed his old job and bought the boat outright. His sec-
ond retirement came in 1985 when he met his sailing partner later his wife -
Cathryn, and left to go sailing again until he resumed work in Trinidad in 1995.
Jack first came to Trinidad in 1990, this being his first Antilles port of call, having
come east from Cartagena, Colombia via Venezuela. Arriving just before Christmas
and Carnival, Jack and Cathy entered thoroughly into the Carnival experience. This
love of Carnival led Jack many years later to put on Carnival seminars to introduce
new yachties to the many activities and encourage them to join in.
For the next three years, Jack and Cathy continued to travel between Trinidad
and Bonaire, always coming back for Carnival. In 1995 Jack was approached by
TIDCO (now known as the Tourism Development Company) for his help in putting
together a directory for the increasing numbers of foreign boaters who had begun
to discover Trinidad. Being an experienced international sailor and very familiar with
Trinidad's business community, mainly in Chaguaramas, Jack was in a unique posi-


tion to help set up a very helpful guide for visiting yachtsmen. He quickly became a
familiar figure while he walked around town and to all the marinas and contractors,
wearing his red cricket hat. After many happy years living at anchor at TTSA, Jack
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Look out, Arizona!
After the first edition of the Boaters' Directory of T&T proved to be a success, TIDCO
turned it over to Jack, who then set about learning the advertising and publishing
businesses. Having graduated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with a
degree in Electrical Engineering, he had a lot to learn about publishing but he
enjoyed every minute of it with his hands-on approach. Together with his all-Trini staff,
he oversaw all the artwork, layout and printing of the Directory and later the Boca.
At the age of 77, Jack now is assuming this will be his last retirement but who
knows! We wish the best of luck to Jack and Cathy in sunny Arizona.
Welcome Aboard!
In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers Ti Mange restaurant of St.
Lucia, on page 36; and Inboard Diesel Service of Martinique, in the Market Place
section, pages 43 through 45.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS

New Beach Bar/Restaurant in St. Lucia
Halfway down the west coast of St.
Lucia on the popular Anse Cochon
Beach is the new addition to the pictur-
esque Ti Kaye Village Resort: Ti Manje
restaurant and bar. As the name sug-
gests, they serve tasty and simple foods
for both visiting yachtsmen and local
boaters. A stop at Ti Manje Restaurant
on the way to the Pitons from Rodney
Bay in the north is just what the doctor
prescribed for the weary sailor.
Mooring in the clear pristine waters of
- the bay is simple and safe, and the res-
taurant s burgers and fries, salads and fish dishes, not to mention ice-cold beers and
cocktails, are all reasonably priced. Ti Manje does boatside orders, too, which can
be arranged by calling the restaurant directly at 456-8118 or via VHF channel 16.
Ti Manje offers a waterfront dining experience at a price you can afford, from 1000
hours to 1700 hours every day.
For more information see ad on page 36.
Just Because Summer's Over...
Summer is over, but that s no reason to forget about insuring your yacht.
Offshore Risk Management offers customized insurance coverage, personal claims
service, expertise since 1972 and lower insurance costs. For more information see ad
on page 9.
Insurance Consultants of Grenada Launches Web-Based Policy
An easy to use web-based proposal form is now available on the website of
Insurance Consultants of Grenada, www.iclgrenada.com. The form can be filled in
on-line and e-mailed back. Their aim is to provide a fast response with competitive
terms and conditions using A-rated security (AM Best).
For more information see ad on page 33
Just Say 'YES'!
YES has started afresh! YES (Yachting
Engineering System) of Martinique
offers a new look and new products
for the 2010/2011 season. Here is a list
of their new products: inside/outside
waterproof LED lights; solar equipment
(new solar panels 130w,
MPPT regulators, decorative
lights, etcetera); new porta-
ble, compact and quiet
generators; wind turbines,
batteries, and more. Come
and see the new products
either by dinghy via the
Artimer channel, now
marked out with green and
red beacons, or by car (a
big parking area is at your
disposal). The new products
will be available this month.
Open from Monday to Friday, 8:30AM I
to12 noon and 2:00PM to 5:00PM. Open
Saturday mornings during high season.
For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45
Better Shipping and Storage Services
To offer you the best services in shipping, business or household storage, inland
freight, and courier services, CIRExpress has sealed a strategic alliance with
Caribbean Freight Systems/Laparkan, guaranteeing the speed, reliability and effi-
ciency that you demand.
In addition, CIRExpress has just upgraded its automated e-mail cargo arrival notify-
ing service, so you can track in real time the status of your cargo as it arrives in
CIRExpress s warehouses.
With weekly sailing from Miami, CIRExpress, based in St. Maarten, now also has a
new address in Florida:
Caribbean Freight Systems, c/o CIRExpress
3775 NW 77th St., Miami, FL. 33147
Tel (305) 836-2878, Fax (305) 836-2581
E-mail: mlmeighan@cfsmiami.com / info@cirexpresslogistics.com
For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45
Szyjan Named Yacht Broker in Grenada
Richard Szyjan is the newly appointed
agent for Bernard Gallay yacht brokerage.
His office is located in the recently com-
pleted Port Louis Marina in St. George's
Lagoon, Grenada.
Richard, originally from Larmor-plage in
Brittany, has lived in the Caribbean for 20
years and heads Turbulence Ltd. This
Grenada-based company, with a staff of
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UKHO Drops Caribbean Chart Folios
According to the September 8th edition of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
newsletter, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced plans
to restructure the Admiralty Leisure product range. This will involve phasing out, from
this month, a number of charts including the Admiralty Leisure Folios for the
Caribbean Sea.
Also to be phased out this month are other non-UK and Ireland Admiralty Leisure
Folios, Admiralty Leisure Editions (excluding SC2036, SC2045, SC2656, SC2669 and
SC808, which will be withdrawn from summer 2011), Admiralty Leisure Tough Charts,
and the RYA Chart Plotter.
Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, says, "We are naturally very disappointed
by this announcement. By discontinuing the Small Craft Editions the UKHO are pull-
ing the very charts that support the leisure sailor. These charts are lightweight and
easy to use and provide detailed information for localized areas."
"The increase in use of digital charts, and a rise in print costs have made it a lot
harder for companies to produce cost-effective paper charts; if there are not suffi-
cient sales then it becomes harder to sustain profit margins and production levels,"
Steen Ingerslev, RYA Publications Manager, explains.
St. Lucia's Baywalk Mall Now Open
When you come to St. Lucia you now have more shopping options. The much
anticipated, much talked about Baywalk Mall in Rodney Bay Village is now open,
complete with the convenience of a five-storey parking lot. A soft opening was held
on October 1st, with 20 of the 70 stores opening their doors to customers. The outlets
include new-to-St. Lucia MAC (the international cosmetic brand), US Polo and Nine


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M&C Drugstore. Another highlight of the mall is the GL Foodmarket, which has been
marketed as offering a wide selection of American brands and products that were
formerly unavailable via the existing grocery outlets on the island. The modern
decor is a conversation piece all its own when meeting friends for an afternoon
espresso or evening drink.
Rodney Bay Marina Prepares For 25th Anniversary ARC
On November 21st, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) sets sail for St. Lucia from
Las Palmas, Grand Canaria, marking the 25th anniversary of the event. On that
same day in St. Lucia, a commemorative ARC flotilla of local and visiting boats will
set sail from Castries Harbour to Rodney Bay Marina, as part of IGY's promotional
activities for ARC 2010. On arrival at the Marina, the partying will begin.
For the last 20 of the past 25 years of ARC, St. Lucia, and specifically Rodney Bay
Marina, has hosted the thousands of participants who have participated in this
event, and provided docking, security, services and entertainment throughout their
stay which in many cases took in the Christmas season and well into the New
Year, too. As a result, Rodney Bay Marina has become known as the "Home of the
ARC", an accolade the marina highly appreciates for a job well done.
However this year will be different: "Bigger and better," says Portia Mogal, IGY
Marina's Marketing, Sales and Events Manager. This year's celebration will feature a
Village Theme and focus on local culture and music. The ARC Village will be con-
structed on the new Boardwalk along the water's edge to showcase the beautiful
features of the Marina, including the lighting of the mega-yacht berths.
The Village will open from the 10th to 17th of December, directly after arrival of the
first ARC boats. Vendors in the village will be offering locally made products such as
glass works, hand-carved masks, soaps, jams, Lucian expression T-shirts and much
more. Other vendors will provide local delicacies including crab backs, accras,
bakes and cocoa-tea, while the permanent tenants of the Marina will continue to
provide the goods and services they are famous for. Cultural entertainment will be of
a local flavour, with groups such as the Helen Folk Dancers, masqueraders, drum-
mers, fire-eaters, and students of the School of Music already slated to perform on
the docks and at business premises. Local bands Fourth World, Off Island, Groove
and TEM have agreed to make appearances. All that's needed now are the crowds!
At the time of writing, Windward Islands Breweries, Digicel, St. Lucia Tourist Board,
and St. Lucia Yacht Club have come aboard with sponsorship, and discussions are
well afoot with others to join in the effort. However IGY Rodney Bay Marina would like
to see more local participation as St. Lucia attempts to take a bigger slice of the
yachting industry pie. Says Portia Mogal, "ARC is St. Lucia's biggest yachting event to
date, and its success is vital for the continued thrust in this ever-developing industry."
Mega-Yacht Repair Facility for Guadeloupe
International Marine Management, (IMM), a company formed in 2007 to specialize
in the management of refit projects for yachts of 80 metres (262 feet) and longer,
has won a competitive bid to develop a new mega-yacht repair and refit centre in
Guadeloupe. The bidding was held from October last year. "Some ten international
companies responded," says Marc Gautier of the Guadeloupe Port Authority. "The
aim of the bid was to upgrade facilities in Guadeloupe for larger yachts."
Located at Pointe-d-Pitre, the new facility will have a 300-metre (984-foot) deep-
water quay meeting ISPS standards, and eight buoy moorings for yachts up to 130
metres (427 feet). The site includes a large hangar with office and related workshop
space. There, IMM can provide any repairs afloat and will also provide all necessary
services for the vessel, officers and crew.
For contracts requiring drydocking, the company will have access to the 140-metre
(459-foot) drydock in Martinique, but it is hoped that by early 2011 a new floating
dock able to accommodate yachts up to 46 metres (150 feet) will be available in
Guadeloupe.
IMM s facilities in Guadeloupe are literally in the middle of where the boats will
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N 1 15,. E at those marinas in the supply of food and beverages. A
seminar held in mid-September, hosted by The '"-rin. "t I{ ri -t Pay in collabora
tion with Marine Industries Association of St. L i II i ...' I 1,. St. Lucia Hotel
and Tourism Association (SLHTA) focused on the improvement of yacht provisioning
with special emphasis on the larger yachts.
The purpose of the seminar, which was attended by 50 delegates from the sectors
of agriculture, fishing, wholesale and r til "r- 1r- -ltlets, importers, shippers, and
Customs and Excise, was to improve I1. .1" -1 I I I and beverage provisioning to
the island's yachting market. To accomplish this, steps include educating and sen
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The Consultant Director of Yachting for St. Lucia, Cuthbert Didier, says, "The
seminar's main focus was to deal with provisioning and to bring all the parties
together. That includes all the service providers, including Customs and the Ministry
of Agriculture. We have done a great job in building the infrastructure, now we need
to improve on the services -and provisioning is a key one.
St. Lucia has been able to host yachts over 80 feet since the latter part of the
1990s. The infrastructural upgrade to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in 2007 encour
ages mega-yachts to spend not just a few nights in port, but to base themselves here
for the entire November to May season. For persons who do not yet view the yachting
sector as a bona fide part of the tourism industry, an analogy to consider is that
yachts a 1.1 i .1... I. i1 oms and the marinas are the concierge, therefore
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Since the 1960s, when yachtsman Walter Boudreau opened the Hurricane
Hole Hotel, Marigot Bay has been growing. The Marina now offers 32 slips
and 20 moorings
In the tourism industry in general, basic information is valuable, like the location of
the nearest supermarket or where to buy fresh fruit. These are the things that not
r.1 .tl-- ;: the visiting cruising yachts would like to know, but also the crew
:.. ... i i. aiarter and mega yachts. A 350 foot vessel has a crew of some 42
members and their economic spillover into the local economy -namely the patronage
of restaurants and bars -is another spin-off of this water-based tourism product.
McHale Andrew, the Executive Vice President of the SLHTA, spoke on the eco
nomic strength of the: i ,,. I "I made the point in stating that what tourism
does, is it expands ma.i i- .II. -pect to yacht provisioning, the evidence is very
strong that the yachting sector has been increasing its overall share of the tourism
market in St. Lucia but also has been the fastest growing sector within tourism. Even
in 2009, when we had very sluggish overall tourism arrivals (a 5.8 percent decline),
yet in the yachting sector we had an increase of over 20 percent in that same year.
This 20-percent increase in yachting arrivals he is referring to is for the IGY Rodney
Bay Marina exclusively. * .I -. I I .. -. I the St. Lucian yachting product are
a direct contribution to i i i ,- 'I ....II. , ith 130 businesses directly involved,
450 persons directly employed, 700 persons indirectly employed and the linkage with
all aspects of the economy.
St. Lucia's yachting product includes many highlights, which makes the island a
great local I I i ...... it has spectacular geography and excellent infrastructure
including :........ I ,Ii,, and hotel resorts, and well-placed special events on the
St. Lucian calendar including St. Lucia Jazz in May and St. Lucia Carnival in July.
Despite the positives, there are challenges that the St. Lucian yachting sector is
facing. In addition to the ability to provision the yachts, which is being tackled head
on, there are bureaucratic and administrative procedures -not only in the importa
tion of goods, but also Immigration-wise -which restrict St. Lucia from becoming a
major southern charter base in the Caribbean.
Bob Hathaway, the manager of The Marina at Marigot Bay, says, "St. Lucia is the
fastest growing yachting destination in the Eastern Caribbean and attracts all sizes
and types of yachts from participants in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers up to the
largest '- .- .-1.t: afloat today. This growth provides an opportunity for the farm
ers and I.-1 I L. Lucia to use our wonderfully fertile lands and seas to provide
the highest quality produce to these yachts and add to their yachting experience with
real Caribbean food and drink."
Yachting officials acknowledged that St. Lucia is at the infancy stage of the mega
yacht industry, but this should be used as an advantage, particularly when it comes
,,, .,-. ,... 1... i the local agricultural supply chain to minimize the
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France and Netherlands Declare Caribbean Whale Sanctuaries
The official establishment of two new marine mammal sanctuaries in the Caribbean
has been announced. One is located at the Saba Bank and the other comprises the
territorial waters of the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
The announcements were made at the combined 14th Intergovernment .1 i
on the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme and 1 th
the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection and Developn. ..I i i
Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region held in Montego Bay, Jamaica
in early October.
France reconfirmed the establishment of a Marine Mammal Sanctuary in a mari
time zone of 138,000 square kilometers. This sanctuary is name ,i honor
of the mother of the spirit of the waters in Amerindian tradition, I. i
The Netherlands Antilles stated that they were developing a management plan
within their established Marine Protected Areas, of which the most recent is the Saba
Bank, that would permit that part of the region to conclude a joint marine mammal
sanctuary initiative with France.
These joint initiatives and that of the Dominican Republic's Silver Bank Whale
Sanctuary will considerably enlarge safe havens for marine mammals and other
forms of ocean life in the Caribbean.
Turtles Released in Carriacou MPA
In September, two mature hawksbill turtles, caught in a lobster net in Carriacou
waters, were purchased by Kido Foundation for release inside the Sandy Island
Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA).
The Kido Team, which acts to preserve ecosystems and encourage eco-tourism in the
Southern Grenadines, examined the turtles for wounds, then measured and tagged














them before release. Data collected are passed on to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project
(www.barbadosseaturtles.org) and the Grenada Fisheries Department. To date Kido
Foundation has rescued, .. 1 ... 1 1 1 287 endangered sea turtles. Specimens
tagged in Carriacou have I .... I ... 111 Carolina, Guadeloupe and Nicaragua.
Lumbadive PADI Resort, a dive center located in Harvey Vale, Carriacou, assists
Kido Foundation by providing a boat captain and the speedboat for the release of the
animals in deep waters.
Presently, a hawksbill turtle named Charlie, carrying a satellite electronic tag, has
been -ri.7in: th- Southern Grenadines. Anyone who spots Charlie is asked to take
photo- 'I -.1 i and to report to the Kido Foundation at (473) 443-7936 or mari
na.fastigi@gmail.com, specifying where Charlie was seen. The public should know
that electronic tags on turtles have no commercial value whatsoever. Satellite tags
provide researchers with crucial data of their wide ocean travels of nesting turtles,
to better comprehend the life cycle and range of these magnificent sea creatures.
Fishers are asked not to catch Charlie!
For more information on Lumbadive see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43
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Turtles Released in Union Island, Too
On October 3rd at dusk at Belmont Beach on Union Island, local students and
tourists marveled as baby hawksbill turtles made their way down the sand and com-
menced their journey out to sea.
When sea turtles hatch, their first instinct is to head towards the natural glow of
the open ocean horizon. But with human development on and around beaches it's
now a common problem that turtles and their hatchlings become disoriented and
wrongly follow artificial lighting which leads them onto roads, pathways and into
bars and hotels.
The chef at the Bougainvilla Hotel, Marcia Richards, described that this is what
recently happened with 15 hatchlings. "Some local children found the baby turtles
wandering around and they brought them to us at the hotel. The staff immediately took
the turtles into their care and were happy to mind them until they could be released."
Currently working on Union Island for the Tobago Cays Sea Turtle Assessment,
Emma Doyle, representative of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation
Network (WIDECAST) explained, "After they hatch, sea turtles make a dash across
the sand. It's important that they get to run down the beach, as we believe this helps
to set their internal compass so that they know where to return to lay their own eggs.
We want to ensure that they come back to these waters in future.
"The tiny turtles then go through -. --i;.;i f. -- f- couple of days to reach
the open ocean where they hide in .... ...- I .1.... I and start feeding. They
live for many years at sea and then, when they're about 30 centimetres long, they
return to coastal waters and we'll start to see them feeding in places like the pro
tected reefs of the Tobago Cays Marine Park."
WIDECAST presented the hotel staff and Union Island Secondary School with
books and other teaching materials about sea turtles. Geography teacher Marcus
Wilson was present at the release with his students and commented, "When these
turtles come back to nest on the same beach in 20 or more years' time, those of you
who are students now will be responsible for ensuring that that there is still a suit
able beach here for the turtles to find."
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Critically endangered by unsustainable levels of use and the loss of habitat,
hawksbill turtle populations worldwide have been reduced by more than 80 percent
over the last three sea turtle generations (the equivalent of about a hundred years).
Ms. Doyle described that beachfront hotels, bars and homes can make small
changes in their lighting to help stop hatchlings from getting disoriented. Low
pressure sodium vapor lights are yellow rather than white and are more "turtle
friendly". Angling the direction of lights or shielding them so that they aren't visible
from the beach also helps hatchlings to start their lives safely. Similarly, motion sen
sors that switch beachfront lights on only when people are around save money,
reduce coastal lighting, and help save turtles.
Anyone finding disoriented hatchlings should place them in a bucket with some
damp sand (not water) in the bottom. On Union Island the public can call staff of
TCMP, Grenadines Dive or the Environmental Attackers, who will help to release the
hatchlings safely at a suitable, dark beach. In other parts of the Grenadines, contact
the Fisheries Conservation Officer and WIDECAST Country Coordinator Lucine
Edwards on (784) 456-2738.
For more information about sea turtles and how to help them survive
visit www.widecast.org.
Barbados Turtle Project Trains Tobago Cays Staff
The Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP) recently took part in an international train-
ing workshop convened by the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
(WIDECAST) and the Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP). i .,,, i to share
Barbados' sea turtle expertise with staff and partners of the I II 1 workshop
was funded by the Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project of the
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to develop capacity in the TCMP to con
duct sea turtle population assessments.
University of the West Indies Professor Julia Horrocks, Director of the BSTP, com-
mented, "Barbados has achieved quite a lot of success in protecting its sea turtles,
and we are always pleased to share what we've learned with colleagues from other
islands. Because sea turtles move freely between Barbados and St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, it's important that we all work together to ensure their survival."
The workshop provided an opportunity for the TCMP trainees to learn from BSTP
staff about the various techniques used to catch sea turtles for research and census
purposes. i....... i .i i .... ees tagged and measured the hand-captured turtles,
practiced :.ii... .i -1 ... i .. i1 i reporting forms, and released the endangered ani
mals back to the sea. Trainees also accompanied BSTP staff o. .... I. I ,1 patrols
to document sea turtle nesting and hatching, which peaks at i,"- I i
Dr. Karen Eckert, Executive Director of WIDECAST, which is an international sci
entific network comprised of sea turtle experts, natural resource professionals and
community-based conservationists in more than 40 Caribbean countries (including
Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines), noted that "Barbados was selected to
host the training workshop because the research conducted there is an excellent
example of a i if- : ....1 1. t ;-- .-i i .-1 t -. ti;;tl- i--i;1.tion monitoring
it'sexactly 1 11I I I" I . i ..... .... i theCaribbean,
andespecially ,,, i .... i i i ...... . i i areas."
In addition to scientific techniques, workshop participants discussed threats to sea
turtle survival and shared ideas about how to reduce these threats, which range
from the illegal hunting of sea turtles and poacl.... r - 11.... ..... 1 ., 1
of nesting habitat due to coastal development. i I .. .. 11 ... .
public awareness of the protected status of sea turtles were also shared.
According to Olando Harvey, TCMP Marine Biologist, "The workshop was extreme
ly valuable because it focused on practical approaches to management issues that
we all face ,,, i ,. i,,, I i a. r and a lack of public awareness. It was useful
for us to ,.... i" -1 i.... I .... n Barbados to share practical ways to solve
common management issues."
For more information about the Barbados Sea Turtle Project
visit www.barbadosseaturtles.org.
For more information about the Tobago Cays Marine Park contact Olando Harvey on
(784) 485-8191.
Bequia Businesses Join Coastal Cleanup Day
Supported by PADI Americas, the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day
reaches more than 15,000 volunteers in more than a hundred countries throughout
the world.
The Bequia diving community, local companies including Tradewinds Cruise Club,
and residents celebrated International Cleanup Day on September 25th by contrib
uting to marine debris data collection. Dive Bequia asked the local businesses help
to target underwater and shoreline debris. Project AWARE Foundation, a non-profit
environmental organization, spearheaded the cleanup events. Polly Philipson, Dive
Bequia Cleanup Organizer, said, "This year we found suitcases, microwaves, build
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tangled in debris.
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Royal BVI Yacht Club Back to School Regatta
On September 25th, the Royal BVI Yacht Club held its annual 'Back to School'
regatta, staged at Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, for the first time. The racing was split
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Colin Rathbun Wins Pete Sheals Regatta for Record 4th Time!
The annual Pete Sheals Memorial Match Race Regatta, hosted by the Royal BVI
Yacht Club on October 2nd and 3rd, was won by Colin Rathbun of the BVI. His team
defeated William Bailey's St. Thomas team in the final, 2-0. Third place went to
Andrew Waters and his team, also from the BVI.
The ninth running of this invitation-only event was raced in one-design IC24 keel-
boats, with entries this year from the USA, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the BVI. Racing
was just off Nanny Cay Marina, providing an ideal vantage point for spectators. The
weather was kind, with varying wind conditions to challenge the crews. There were
no weather delays, and the round-robin qualifiers were raced all day Saturday and
Sunday morning, leaving four qualifiers for the semi-finals: Rathbun, Bailey, Waters
and Leo Vasiliev of the USA.
The best of three races resulted in further elimination for Waters and Vasiliev, with
Waters winning third place. This left Bailey and Rathburn, the two highest scorers in
the round robins, to duel for first.
For next year's tenth anniversary of the race, the RBVIYC hopes to attract more
teams to build upon the great success of this year's event.
For more information visit www.rbviyc.org.
Route du Rhum Transatlantic Race Sets Sail
The Route du Rhum transatlantic race is held every four years and is one of the
highlights on the French yachting calendar. More than 80 skippers will be compet-
ing this year in the 3,500-mile solo race from St. Malo, France to Guadeloupe. The
ninth edition of the Route du Rhum was scheduled to depart on October 31st.
For more information visit www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com.
The Golden Rock Regatta 2010 Changes Course
After consulting with local sailors, charter companies and sponsors, organizers of the
Golden Rock Regatta 2010 have decided not to sail the northern route from Anguilla
.. to St. Barth's, but instead to
First salute. The regatta or sail up the Anguilla
memorializing this event Channel, passing between
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going from island to island.
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rounding islands are invited
to join in at any point of the
regatta. This year's event
takes place from November
13th to 17th.
For the first time, a team
from the island of Stata will
take part in the Golden
Rock Regatta, which was founded to highlight the historical ties between the US and St.
Eustatius (Statia). During the American Revolution, the brigantine Andrew Doia brought
a copy of the Declaration of Independence to St. Eustatius, receiving the first-ever
salute to the United States flag by a foreign power when she arrived on November
16th 1776. Team Statia is being supported by the Tourism Department of the island.
For more information visit www goldenrockregata, com.
St. Lucia to Celebrate the Start of the ARC, Too!
A symbolic celebration of the official start of the 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
(ARC) will be held in St Lucia on November 21st a fun flotilla sail from Castries
Harbour to Rodney Bay Marina, with everyone welcome.
Meet in Castries at 9.30AM. There will be complimentary post-flotilla drinks and
snacks at The Boardwalk Bar in the marina for up to six crewmembers per boat; if
you have more crew, you can purchase extra tickets.
Free registration! Put the following details as a comment on this Facebook event or
e-mail to arcflotilla@gmail.com: name of boat, details of boat, skipper's name and
cell number, and number of crewmembers.
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.1 'I:: i: l,-".. :.. :1 i,: it- distribution takes place Friday, November 19th at
6:00PM at The Boardwalk Bar.
For more information phone Danielle at (758) 718-5010 or Portia at (758) 724-7609,
or e-mail arcfloiilla@gmail com.
La Course de L'Alliance 2010
Marina Fort Louis presents La Course de L'Alliance from November 26th through
28th this year, an initiative of Marina Fort Louis in St. Martin to cement the alliance
between St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barth's and Anguilla.
For the sixth consecutive year, four yacht clubs will work together to organize the
regatta, which will start and/or finish at each of the clubs. One of the great things
about this regatta is the camaraderie and fun at each finish location.
There is a new on-line entry system for this year's Course de L'Alliance at www.
coursedelalliance.com the earlier you enter the easier it is for the organizers to
finalize the classes!
'Conch Republic Navy' Heads for Jamaica Next Month
A flotilla of some 50 boats, dubbed the Conch Republic Navy, is expected to arrive
in Port Antonio, Jamaica on or about December 23rd. The Conch Republic Navy
Flotilla Sail Along is designed to allow both seasoned and novice passage-makers to
travel flotilla style from Key West, Florida to Jamaica. The fleet sets sail from Key West
on December 9th. En route, the flotilla stops for three days in Georgetown,
Bahamas, departing for Port Antonio on December 17th. Following arrival in
Jamaica, a host of events are planned, including a New Year's Eve gala on the
cruise ship pier.
For more information contact sailawayschoonerwolf com.
January Excitement: Grenada Sailing Festival 2011
The Grenada Sailing Festival 2011 will take place with yacht races from January
28th through February 1st and workboat races from February 4th through 6th. Once
again, Camper & Nicholson's Port Louis Marina will be the yachts' Home Port for the
Grenada Sailing Festival, with special docking deals for regatta participants.
No boat? No worries! Charter options are available for racing and cruising classes.
Some of the most exciting sailing in the Southern Caribbean happens at this regat-
ta. Join it in 2011! On-line registration is now open at
www.grenadasailingfestival.com.
For more information see ad on page 12.
RORC Caribbean 600: On-line Entry Now Open
Online entry opened October 1st for the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600,
and a serious line-up of offshore racing boats has shown interest in the race, which
starts in Antigua on February 21st, 2011.
"This race is firmly on the calendar for those boats that enjoy offshore racing," said
Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen. "Many
boats are using the ARC race, which starts in November, as a way of crossing the
Atlantic in time to participate in this regatta."
Italian Danilo Salsi in his Swan 90, DSK Pioneer Investments, is racing the regatta for
the third time. "The RORC Caribbean 600 is the best offshore race in the world," said
Danilo after winning the Maxi Division of the recent Rolex Swan Cup in Sardinia. "The
race has everything to offer: wind, warm water, lots of islands to round, beautiful
scenery and even an active volcano. With cold weather in Italy in February, it's the
perfect time for us to race in the Caribbean, and we are looking forward to it."
For more information visit www caribbean600.rorc.org.
Grenada South Coast Regatta Set for February
Based at Le Phare Bleu Marina on Grenada's beautiful south coast, the Grenada
South Coast Regatta 2011 will take place from February 25th through 27th.
There will be racing under the IRC rules in the following classes: Spinnaker, Non-




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The crew from Tulaichean II: Andy Peters, Chris Alexis, Mike Bingley, Lucy Murchie,
Jeanie Parr and Gary Adams. Lucy says, 'We came second in all three races in
2010. We had a great time, really enjoyed the courses, and are looking forward to
next year!'
Spinnaker, Catamaran, Fun, Traditional and J/24. This event offers great competition
on the water and lots of fun ashore for the whole family.
For pre-registration visit www.southgrenadaregatta.com/registration.html.
For more information see ad on page 13.
Caribbean Rallies for 2011
The sixth Route du Carnival rally, starting at Port du Marin Marina in Martinique and
taking participants through the highlights of the Windward Islands to finish at the
famous Trinidad Carnival, starts on February 27th.
The Transcaraibes rally to Cuba will start in St. Martin this year, instead of in
Guadeloupe as in previous years. Organizer St6phane Legendre explains, "It saves
the journey from Guadeloupe, which can be lengthy and uncomfortable, and it
also gives more time in St. Martin for preparations, provisioning and shopping for
chandlery items duty-free in US dollars." The 12th Transcaraibes rally will begin at the
new Marina Fort Louis Yacht Club on April 2nd.
For more information on both rallies see ad in Market Place section.
ATTENTION REGATTA AND EVENT ORGANIZERS: We are now preparing our compre-
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by Ellen Birrell
A flash of light onshore diverted my attention from the foredeck where I wrestled
to still the maddening tap of plastic ball -ndiiHt fiberglass bow. In midnight dark
ness, a man slid onto a surfboard and: 1 I 1 I, )ward me.
"This could be very good or very bad," I thought. My husband, Jim, and I were on
the only yacht in Kearton's Bay, and St. Vincent's reputation, tarnished by robberies,
had us on the defensive. Reaching me, the man took hold of our --rmr V,,-- .....
the ball on deck," he said as he strained to lift the ball to me. i i i i,
this." It was the soothing voice of Orlando, co-owner of the Rock-Side Cafe. This
i ....... ... 1.1 .. 1...... ur second pass through St. Vincent since December. We
hi I,,, I ... ..... I I I .. had a positive experience anchoring aside two charter
boats on moorings.
This time, Orlando welcomed us into cozy Keartons Bay, south of Wallilabou and
north of beautiful Bottle and Glass Rocks of Leeward St. Vincent, introducing him
self and describing services available. Succinct and polite, he contradicted the bad
boy reputation that shrouds Vincentian kindness. 11
Another day, I said to our Swedish hiking partners Henrik, Gustav and Kristo,
"Nothing like communing with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost" as we sat awestruck
Si ... .. i i ii. This supernaturalhigh is a three-hour hike from Chateaubelair
i..... .i .I.1 i1 ut not decrepit .... .. ... .1 college campus into rainforest.
Descending wooden stairs, on paths ol i i '. i, soil, one arrives to the mist from
triune blasters. St. Vincent, like "Dominica, the Nature Island", has variety: from
tame, easy-access Dark View and Wallilabou Falls, and Vermont Nature Trail, to
"bring it on" adventure Trinity Falls, Soufriere Volcano and other off the beaten path,
jaw-dropping hikes. Their trailheads are within minutes of Chateaubelair, about
three miles north of Keartons. (By the way, do not visit the holy place during rainy .-
season. Three Czechs lost their lives this June near Trinity Falls when wet, unstable lE
ground gave way.)
From December 2009, through July this year, we sailed St. Lucian and SVG waters
examining harbors and anchorages, and exploring onshore. The etiquette of boat
boys in St. Vincent was superior to that we experienced in St. Lucia, where many
were annoying "hangers on". Rules prohibiting jet-skis and spearfishing in St.
Vincent, as well as their Customs/Immigration policies, were a plus over St. Lucia. C b, i r i in d
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A Fresh Look at Security Facts
Before arriving in the Windwards, our 2008/09 Crusing Guide to the Windward
Islands, our Garmin chart and other cruisers all overtly cautioned against overnight
anchoring in Leeward St. Vincent. The 2006-08 crime reports tainted cruisers'
desire to include St. "i'i-- t -.n-h-r; when traveling north and south along the
Windwards. The pote.. I i ,.. . i. .. continues. No place is perfect, but after
weeks in St. Vincent, we believe it is time for other cruisers to take a fresh look.
Are anchorages in Leeward St. Vincent statistically as safe as other southeast
ern Caribbean islands?


Cumberland Bay, popular especially with the
French due to long-time French ownership of one
of the beachside restaurants


Endorsed by guidebook icon Chris Doyle, safetyandsecuritynet.com is a reli
able source for the Eastern Caribbean. It separates reported crimes against
yachts in the region into theft, burglary, robbery and assault, and includes
"attempts". A tally of Dominica, St. Lucia, SVG, Grenada and Trinidad data from
2009 2010 shows nine thefts in Tyrell Bay (Carriacou). Closest runner-up was
Rodney Bay (St. Lucia) with seven thefts and one attempt. Chaguaramas
(Trinidad) and Wallilabou tied with four thefts each. Other Leeward St. Vincent
anchorages had zero thefts. Cruiser favorites Admiralty Bay (Bequia) and St.
George's (Grenada) were the only anchorages with reported burglaries. Regarding
robberies, Prince Rupert Bay (Dominica) had two; Chateaubelair one. Prince
Rupert and PSV (Grenadines) had two assaults; Chateaubelair and Clarke's
Court (Grenada) one each. "You need to take into account that visitation of PSV
compared to Leeward St. Vincent is ten to one," Chris Doyle pointed out.
Regarding his new 2010/2011 Guide to the Windward Islands: "As far as I am
concerned, Chateaubelair is the only anchorage on the west coast of St. Vincent
with a major security problem, and the only one we caution against."
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The problem time for Leeward St. Vincent was 2006-08. While nary a theft or bur
glary was reported, nine robberies and two armed assaults in Chateaubelair rocked
the cruising world. Chaguaramas had two robberies/two attempts and three assaults.
Chateaubelair suffered while Chaguaramas grew in popularity. Thefts: Tyrrel Bay
(Carriacou) had 11, PSV seven and Marigot Bay (St. Lucia) five plus six attempts.
: ... .. ach: Rodney Bay and Soufriere (St. Lucia) and Chaguaramas.
I i .i i ... .- proximal to astounding waterfalls and volcanic hikes, it is also
the heart of St. Vincents numero uno cash crop, ganja. Driven by developed coun
tries' demand to buy, come international drug dealers and crac .- I ... .. -.
drug deals and hardened criminals. Exacerbated by the UK and L .1 I ... i. .I .
buying Vincentian bananas, which continue to be their number-one legitimate agri
cultural export, Vincentians grasp for economic opportunities. With the internal
tional tic: tl .t t -;;;1i-; 1-i;, cocaine is a recent phenomenon for St. Vincent.
Being .. i 11. ........ i element in any destination is wise. Arriving on the Big
Island of Hawaii in 2002, days before a business meeting, I referred to a guidebook
for volcanic hikes. It war., 1 111 . 1 ..'l ...1 1 1 ..shwhacking around the
South Island unawares: -1. ... ,I .... I i i you might not come out
to tell about it." Twenty-four-year cruising veteran Jim Hutchinson disagrees: "There
is no danger walking about the mountains and farms of Leeward St. Vincent.
Problems come with people of little opportunity meeting people of seemingly limitless
opportunity and wealth."
When we wanted to see the real St. Vincent, a respected local guide and farmer
hiked us through two valleys into what we thought was as glorious as Dominica's
Morne Diablotin summit or peaks along the way to : ..... i ke. An hour's bush
1. 1 ... 1 .. 1.1 .... beyond the reach of agricultural 11. .1- Perched above verti
S.1 I .i i .ns, ganja, and more ganja, we marveled at the agricultural feat.
Our guide answered questions on planting, harvesting, transporting and marketing.
From his heavenly Vincentian throne, our eyes wandered the ethereal landscape,
mesmerized by colors and scale. I wondered: Converting from EC to US dollars the
annual profit, he told us, is $50,000. Would we begrudge anyone for wanting to
make a middle-class income? With the banana market in shambles, what is hard to
understand about choosing a thriving marijuana business?
S, ..stions about assault, drug abuse, and crack, an SVG Customs
S.1I .., i ., I" "No, it is not crack that is the problem. Ganja crops run in cycles.
After a ganja crop is sold, it takes three months until the next harvest. Sometimes, if
a farmer runs out of money, he'll steal from yachts to get by. There are also drug deals
gone bad." While there are unprovoked crimes against yachtsman, there are also drug
deals run amuck, and sailors who don't behave on shore, provoking contempt.
New Improvements on the Ground
Scroll ahead to 2009-2010: the Leeward anchorages' still waters are deathly quiet.
Just as "it takes money to make money", the squeeze of the cruisers' and charterers'
de facto boycott has created a silent scream of economic paralysis.
What are Vincentians doing about it?
Parliamentary Representative and 2001 founder of North Leeward Tourism
Association (NLTA), Dr. Jerrol Thompson, had these remarks related to the robberies
and assaults in his district from 2008 to present: "(of the...) three perpetrators, one
left the police station during .. -1.. .i. .. .. I i I 1 1 1 .. . .nd is still
wanted. The second migrated 11 ... I .. .I i. I .....I I I II himinto
a new environment. The third is in jail on a seven-year sentence for other crimes.
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"I believe we are way past those days. In early August this year, the Ministry of
Tourism conducted a refresher course for tour guides in Cumberland, just north of
Wallilabou. Persons from Coulls Hill (between Troumaca and Cumberland) and
Chateaubelair attended. There is a brand-new attitude at Cumberland. Chateaubelair
Beach is actively patrolled. Pay phones are being placed on these beaches.
"There is a new tour service. Heritage Nature Tours takes customers from the
Grenadines wharf in Kingstown to sites in North Leeward in-.1-li;; C'umberland,
TroumacaDam, ( i ...I I ... I 11 I i .. i -theFall i i .. i DarkView
Falls and Richm' ,, i I 1. i '.. I i ..i.. .e volcano). The tour links each
group with a trained, certified professional tour guide."


























Dark View Falls, a 20minute walk from Chateaubelair.
You'll likely have it to yourselves, as we did

He further explained that in 2003 and 2005, 45 persons were trained in Wallilabou.
In 2006 advanced training began. Responding to yacht robbery and theft problems
that year, all local police stations were equipped with VHF radios. By 2007, NLTA
Chapter "Cumberland Bay Tourism *. .... .. .. .- formed. A Rapid Response
Unit (RRU) based out of the village i i .. i .i .rolling nightly. "Beach-front
service provider" replaced the term" i ... I I-practices training, certifica
tions and capturing names into a database were also implemented that year. By
2008, additional RRU bases started in Chateaubelair and Cumberland, and tourism
operators were issued certification cards. In 2009, operators and police represent
tives met in Cumberland. They decided to install land and harbor entrance solar
powered lights, a visitors' center and other improvements. When pressed regarding


visitor safety and security at Chateaubelair, since it is a Port of Entry and has the
best access to Soufriere Volcano, the Falls of Baleine, and Trinity and Dark View
Falls, Dr. Thompson replied, "From 6:00PM to 6:00AM there are citizen patrols work
d.- -l.--t1 with police and RRU to keep Chateaubelair secure for yachts."
i. .. I"... and I anchored in Chateaubelair, middle-aged vendor John told us, "I can-
not hang around your boat for more than five minutes. Police on shore are watching." He
reminded us that he is mentioned in the Doyle Guide, as he has been trained to do.
Dr. Thompson is also SVG Minister ofTelecommunications. F .- .... i .i i ii..
out the Global Marine Distress Signaling System in late 2010 .- -
alert device that signals SVG Coast Guard and local police in Cumberland and
Chateaubelair. He believes it will be useful for cruisers, charter boats, and fishermen.
Vida Bernard, Director of the SVG Ministry of Tourism: "We recognize the impor
tance of the yachting industry. We realize the onus is on us to meet the yachts' needs.
Unlike visitors who come by 1 .' 1 .' t 1 first by Customs c ,, i I ......., .1
cruisers' first contact is with '.1 I. - I ,oviders. Since Jul' _, .- '
Ministry of Tourism has supported regular customer-service and t ; 1- 1-i training
and tourism education targeting the North Leeward coast of St. i
Beginning i. ....-1 .'' training included conflict resolution. By 2011, the pro
gram will be ...I ..-.. I . I expanded into the Grenadines from Bequia to Mayreau.
An international airport on windward St. Vincent is scheduled for 2012 completion.
Bernard adds, "I believe with completion, we can expect to see more yacht -h;. t-;;
because it will be easier to fly direct from Europe and North America." The i. 1, i
Tour......, ..... I i... .i .i. 1. I .rtment, Coast Guard, Immigration
and -l.- I I- ii. -.1 ... I I tour ofSt. Lucia to provide beach
front service providers with first-hand experience of best practices, and conduct
annual training in customer service and conflict resolution. Like Dominica, St. Vincent
recognizes that easy access to amazing natural phenomena is a strong suit.
Doing Our Part
If we look in the mirror, what can we cruisers do? Researching benefits and risks
beforehand is key. On the risk-tolerance spectrum, Jim and I consider ourselves
middle of the road. Do we... stay on board for hours after arrival to observe the
anchorage? Yes. Lock our dinghy when ashore and at night, normally lifting it out of
the water? Yes. (Take a look at www.safetyandsecuritynet.com to see how many
times "unlocked" was noted related to crime.) Have an antenna booster so that we
don't haul our precious MacBook and laptop ashore? Yes. Lock .- ..... i '
No. March with an air of confidence when on shore, even if we *. ...... i1 i
we're heading? Yes. Do we dress unobtrusively? Yes. Use "We don't buy from boat
vendors, we only shop on shore" line in certain anchorages? Yes. Always use a local
guide when ..1 .... No, but we have a background in the wild places of the US
Intermountai.. I Have we abandoned hikes due to danger of flash floods? Several
times. You get the idea: we are present to the place we are in, understanding locals
and Mother Nature. Lets get real on who's in charge.
A universal code for cruisers is checking in and helping one another. Extend that
to include checking in with local charter companies or on-shore establishments. In
Chateaubelair, your contact could be Gail at Beach Front Restaurant, in
Cumberland, someone at Black Baron, Ronnie at Wallilabou, or Orlando in Keartons
Bay, and so forth.
As with any destination, be informed and manage your expectations. There is a
price for paradise. Be willing to pay it with prudence, a good physical workout,
patience and empathy for locals and an understanding of Mother Nature. Leeward
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Helena's line handlers prepare to tie up to their companion tug in one of the Canal's six locks


by Eddy Huybs
Its three o'clock in the morning of August 12th,
2010, and I can't sleep. We are anchored in The Flats
and in a few hours our sloop, Helena, will be measured
for our Panama Canal transit.
The Preliminaries
After Glenda and I sailed from Portobello, we
anchored off the Club Nautico on the east side of
Colon. Before going in to town they want to make a
r^-" of all your permits and boat papers, and you pay
: a day to use the dinghy dock.
You can walk to the Colon 2000 mall -there's a nice
supermarket, Super 99 -and come back with a taxi.
All of the taxi fares within Colon are US$1, but most
taxi drivers try to take more. If you ask the supermar
ket manager beforehand (important!) for sericio a
domicilio, they'll pr 1 -"' :-- in boxes and
bring them toyour i,,.i, I,
Yesterd,--n- -n-;;- "-;nt to the admeasurers'
office by t. I .... .1 i. .- finally found it, hav


ing first gone to a completely wrong place miles away,
the lady on the gate wrote down the address for me:
Puerto de Cristobal, Colon, Calle 12 y Avenida del
Frente, Torre ACP. Here you will write your names in
a register and will be searched for weapons, then you
will be transported on a small bus to the Panama
C.i ..ii. ..I I ...i i.. whichis a two-minute drive.
TI. I .. I .. 11 .1 the gate, and opposite this
gate you have a bell; ring this bell and they open the
gate automatically. Go to the garage under the tower,
and take the elevator to the first level. When you exit
the elevator, the office is on the right-hand side.
Very friendly, English-speaking people will want a
copy of your boat's registration and crew list (not
including line handlers). They give you a date (nor
mally the next day), time, and where you have to be
(The Flats) with your boat, and tell you the require
ments, such as lines and a horn, for measurement and
inspection.
The position of the Torre ACP is 00921'32N,
07954'90W. Look at your c map: it's at the end of the


breakwater. It is close to The Flats, and they can see
your boat at anchor. They monitor VHF channel 12
(call sign Cristobal Signal Station), and when passing
this breakwater every boat has to make clear his
intentions to them.
Yesterday at 1700 hours we left the anchorage at
Club Nautico to go to The Flats, a 35-minute passage
between all the big boats anchored in the bay. Call
Balboa Signal Station when you are in sight of the
breakwater. Because of the passing ships the night
was a bit rolly.
The next day, we waited until 1000 hours for the
admeasurer, who was due at 0830. The inspection and
the paperwork take about 25 minutes; the man gives
you the paperwork : ... 1 pay at the bank. As soon
as he was gone w( In I *nchor, asked permission
from Balboa Signal Station, and went back to Club
Nautico, who -- .-1 1 -b to the Citibank. The
cost for our .1 .. - i ', $609 for the passage
and an $891 bond -you get the bond back later by
check when 11..... es well. I found out that this
bank and tt ..... I Maritima (zarpa), and the
gates to go to the admeasurements office are within
some 200 metres of each other. There is also a brand
new restaurant where we could eat; lots of workers
from the docks eat there too.
Because we were in th .. 1.1 ...1 1 we did the
zarpa at the same time. I I ... a lot of cop
ies later, and US$13 i..i i.ad the zarpa from
Cristobal (Colon) to ....... City). Remember
to take copies of your crew list, passports and registra
tion with you.
On the third day, I went ashore to call the scheduler
and ask for Monda ,, ,,,,, *I,-, ,t i brtl, -, I i ;;t
I have to call back i...... i, i .... 1 .. i ., i
and we leave for The Flats.
The Transit
My line handlers Tom and Rose from S/V Sojourn
and Pam from S/VSongbird came on board at 1000
Sunday morning, a little bit earlier than expected. I
had scheduled my passage for Monday, so we had
more than a day to kill. We took lunch at a restaurant,
went to the supermarket, had sundowners, and the
day war --
Next I .11 breakfast we prepared the boat, get
ting the ropes ready, covering the solar panels, and
placing extra fenders between the tyres. It turns out
we were to do the first locks in the afternoon, and
complete our transit the following day. At 1700 hours
the advisor came on board, and from then on all went
fast -lift anchor and hustle to the first lock! There
we went in after a big vessel and we tied up alongside
a i. .1
i. .. Lch of the three "up" locks was full we would
cast off from the tugboat, go slowly close to the lock
wall, and let the tug pass. The water is very turbulent
and the skipper has to pay full attention to the boat.
When the tug was tied to the next lock wall, then we
tied up again to the tug.
Skipper's note: Look at the water around the tug.
Close in only when he has shut off his propellers
the tug skipper uses them to stay against the wall
while his crew ties up. Once he is tied, the tug skipper
turns them off.
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I made the mistake in the second lock to go too
quickly to the tug when his propellers were still work
ing; it was very difficult to make a good approach. Tie
up as close as you can so you will not be mashed
around too hard in the turbulent water. The advisor
will say when to cast off from the tug. (Remember, you
are the captain. The advise S- advice, but you
1l i 1 a paper saying i, .* are fully respon
SI 11 the damage you or someone else on your
boat makes to your vessel or other constructions.
However, the advisors are very friendly and willing
people who do this work after their regular job with
the canal; they are paid volunteers, who had training
to do this. Victor, our first advisor, came on board
after his daily task with canal security. Moses, the
second advisor, came on his free day; he is a driver of
a boat that brings the pilots, measure, and advisors
on board. There are about 80 volunteers to help
smaller vessels through the canal. They do a good job
so treat them well.)
From The Flats to a mooring in Gatun Lake was done
in three hours.
The next morning at 0630 another advisor came on
board, and we motored to the canal. For hours we saw
no other boats, but around 1000 we started to see the


irrn

first big ships coming from the
Pacific side. We kept close to the
starboard buoys and away from
the big boats; we could see the
works going on in and alongside
the canal.
At 1200 we come to the Pedro
Miguel lock, which brings you
about ten metres down. There
was a tourist boat waiting for us,
so we could tie up to it. The advi
sor said that they use the tourist
boat a lot to take small boats
down. The tourist boat has a rare
hull shape, like a platform. This
platform sticks out, and you tie
up to it. If your boat is lower than
the platform, you go under the
platform. Helena's hull amidships
is 1.3 metres above the water
just enough. Less than 1.10
metres, you have a problem.
From the Pedro Miguel to the
Miraflores locks is less than a
mile. We tied again to the tourist
boat and went smoothly down. In


the "down" locks it stays calm. The tourists were mak
ing small chat with us and taking photos, of course
-they even gave us beer and water and some fruit. I
talked to an older woman who asked where we were
going. I said to Australia. I saw her eyes widening; she
could not believe it.
There are web-cams in the locks, so we waved to our
friends and family who were watching our transit from
their computers.
After the Miraflores locks we motored out to the
Bridge of the Americas where our advisor got picked
up. Our advisors' job was done. Thank you, Victor;
thank you, Moses.
We motored for a while and around 1500 we dropped
anchor at Brisas de Amador. Normal cruising life
(repairing 1......i .*'' .t -t .-
Statistics I i- I .. ..i. ....I used 40 litres
of diesel, and put on 12.6 -;.Cin- hiurs. If I get my
entire bond back then I pail I -' * for the passage
and inspection, US$30 to rent two ropes (we had two
1lr-l+-1 and US$20 for ten tyres used as fenders
i 1.1 them for $30, sold them for $10).
Note: my depth sounder acted very strangely through
out our canal transit. Now I know the mixture of salt
and fresh water in the locks drives them crazy. After
one day on anchor with the depth sounder switched
of i.,,,, i i I normal.
i I i i i .I ..-. Panama Canal transit, I real
ize it's not something to make you lie awake at night.


Left: The author welcomes advisor Moses aboard
for Day Two


Below: Helena's happy Canal Crew after
a trouble free transit


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Part One: THE VIRGINS AND LEEWARDS

by Liesbet Collaert


If you think Eastern Caribbean check-in procedures
are inconsistent, different on every island, time con
suming Inn -in. nn sometimes costly, try doing it
with a i ......... beings can visit any country in
the Caribbean without proving our healthiness, but
our totally healthy pets (who would want to have a
rabid dog on their boat?) need health records, up-to
date vaccinations, microchips and health certificates.


To be able to experience the Lesser Antilles with our
S.. 1 ..,. 1 md do it legally, as required by all
I, 1,11 -I .,, cruisers have to put up with a lot
of hassle, frustration, misinformation, time commit
ment and fees and show a high level of endurance on
top of it all. But, it is possible!
There are certain rules for bringing a pet into every
country, and my partner Mark and I don't mind follow
ing them as long as they make sense and the fees
aren't exorbitant. We respect the fact that islands want
to stay rabies free and want to protect their people. We
try to do whatever we can to abide by the rules to


experience. It will give you an idea about ---h.t
the Caribbean with your dog involves i I I ii
will make 1..... .... 1.en checking in to different
countries, i 11 I I.... as planned will always be
a surprT- IT --.i-t r;rn.t- ti-.t -Tou will receive the
sam e ..... i.. ... i ..... ,, as we did. This is
the Caribbean after all!
US Virgin Islands
Just like in the United States and Puerto Rico, it is
very easy to visit the USVI with your dog. There is a
check box on the Customs form and the officer might
ask a few questions. Be sure to bring your dog's paper
work, just in case the officer needs to see the vaccina
tion records. You should have a Rabies Certificate that
is less than three years old.
British Virgin Islands
Contact: Ms. M. Tyson
E-mail: i_- vet@hotmail.com
Phone: 11 495-2110 (ext 124), 468-9693, 468
9243 or 495 2532
Fax: (284) 495-1936 or 495-1269
Website: www.bvigov.vg/productsdirectory.
asp?iProd= 12&iCat= 6&hierarchy=0
Requirements: Microchip, Government Health
Certificate, Rabies Certificate (<1 year), DHCCP
Certificate, Titer Certificate.


properly check our dog, Darwin, in to each country.
We have all the documents and vaccination records,
we keep up-to-date with all the required shots, we give
him his monthly dose of heartworm pills and flea-and
tick medicine, we obtain health certificates when nec
essary and we are responsible dog owners (we clean up
after our dog in areas where people walk, and our dog
listens to us, rarely barks and is well behaved). We try











Left: The author, with
her partner, Mark,
and indispensable
crewmember Darwin


Right: Well mannered
and friendly, a good
boat dog makes new
pals wherever he goes

to research the regulations, prepare 1..1 and
request details where needed. None I ii..- .- easy,
however, as there is no consistency, a lot of inform
tion on line is incorrect, correspondence remains
unanswered, things change without notice and few
people really know what the actual regulations are or
what to do when we go through the check in process.
With the following overview I will try to inform you
about the check-in procedures for your dog in the
Eastern Caribbean islands. This information is based
on correspondence with government officials and agri
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Continuedfrom previous page
Procedure: Fill out application obtained via e-mail or
fax with tentative date and time of arrival. Fax applica
tion, Government Health Certificate (for example, in
USVI, obtained from vet in St. Thomas -in walking
distance from Charlotte Amalie -and endorsed by
Department of Agriculture in Dorthea via cab ride),
Rabies Certificate, DHCCP Certificate, Titer Certificate.
Ideally all the documents state the dog's microchip.
Dog must be checked in at West End or Road Town in
Tortol, Th- :-rn;n; ---; -I-part port for Tortola, call
(284) 1 1' I to let them know more
specific date and time of arrival. Bring yourself and pet
to Customs. Officer will meet you there, inspect the
animal, read the microchip, look through the docu
ments, collect the fee and issue the import permit.
Fee: US$10 per dog.
Experience: We e-mailed back and forth multiple
times, but the important communication had to be
done by fax. They need a fax number to send the con
editions and application form. They faxed us an appli
cation, we filled it out and sent it back. They would fax
an import permit back to us, but we preferred that the
vet who would examine our dogs would bring the per
mit with him in West End.
Remarks: Ms. Tyson is very nice, helpful and respon
sive to e-mail correspondence. The ... e
friendly, efficient and professional. I1 I i .,,i
tions state additional requirements but the abovemen
tioned ones seem sufficient. We did get questioned
about only having one instead of two titer (serological)
tests done and about the fact that our titer is older
than 12 months. We proved that our dogs were healthy
(we had two then) and stressed the fact that it is very
hard to obtain extra titer certificates from the Caribbean
(blood samples can only be tested in two places in the
whole world: the UK and the USA). As long as the dog
has subsequent rabies shots to date, one titer certifi
cate should do, .---r-1;; t- th- strict UK require
ments we use as "... ... ..- guidelines".


St. Martin, St. Barth's, Guadeloupe, Martinique
When checking in to these French islands, pets don't
have to be declared. It is recommended that you have the
dog's paperwork on board and that you act responsibly.


We promised to never take him beyond the beach and
received a reluctant "go ahead" until we got in touch
with the -'-- rmnnt vet, which never happened dur
ing our i -


Above: Land ho! Darwin wonders how long it will take
to complete the formalities so he can go ashore

Left: Mark and Darwin at St. Pierre, Martinique.
The French islands are pas de problem

Remarks: We have found that many beaches have
"no dogs" signs (not often enforced) and locals don't
seem too pleased about or interested in pets (com-
pared to the English-speaking islands). Many restau
rants do allow a dog at your side, however.
Anguilla
Contact: William K. Vanterpool
Phone: (264) 497-2615
Fax: (264) 497-0040
Website: www.gov.ai/pets.htm
Requirements: Health Certificate, Rabies Certificate
(<1 year)
Procedure:Apply : ........ I. ..... I .
phone. The perm it 1.1 I .. 11. 1. .. -.,.. I
by the vet and faxed to you. Once in ...... ii take
permit and health certificate to the port I .. The
permit must then be paid for at the Agriculture
Department in The Valley (on the road to Crocus Bay).
Fee: US$16 (EC$40)
Experience: We did not make any preparations and
only planned .I = :-..i-in. two nights in Road Bay if all
worked out o .. I to contact the government
vet multiple times, without success, and ended up
explaining our predicament (of :. iI... i response
and a dog that needed to relieve i ...... Customs.


Remarks: The government of Anguilla is very strict
about Import Permits, so it is highly recommended to
get in touch with them before arrival. Persistence is
required ... .... through to the office.
Saba, StliaL St Maarten
Contact: Glenn Holm
E-mail: glenn.holm@sabagov.com
Recommended: Current Health Certificate, Rabies
Certificate, dog's paperwork
Procedure: Pets do not have to be declared on the
Customs form.
Experience: Before we arrived in Statia, the Director
of Tourism of Saba, Glenn Holm, replied to my inquiry
as follows: "There's a great chance you won't even be
checked or asked for the documentation but it's
always good to have it on hand just in case you are
asked." He indicated that the rules are the same for all
three islands.
Remarks: E-mailing with Glenn Holm was a pleasant
experience and we encountered no problems whatso
ever taking our dog ashore in Statia and St. Maarten.
St. Kitts & Nevis
Contact: Dr. Challenger, Dr. Lesroy Henri
E-mail: I i .1i . ,. 1.,,, ... skbvet@hotmail.com
Phone: -, 'i II
Fax: (869) 465-2928
Website: www. agriculture. gov. kn/default.
asp?Pageldentifier= 110
Requirements: Rabies Certificate, Titer Certificate,
Health Certificate
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Procedure: E-mail or fax the dog's documents with
an idea of the date and time of the ship's arrival. In the
port of entry, a vet will inspect the animal and issue
an import permit.
Fee: US$40 (EC$100) weekdays from 8:00AM to 4:00PM
US$50 (EC$125) after 4:00PM and on weekends
Experience: Information on-line is inadequate
(doastk@sisterisles.kn never responds or its mailbox is
full), communication with the government vets ranges
from non-existent (many unanswered enquiries) to


your dog can do his or her business.) We decided to
move the boat to a more remote area during our visit
in these islands. Voted the most difficult Eastern
Caribbean country to visit with your dog.
Remarks: Good luck with this one! Inefficiency and
lack of communication make it hard for a cruising pet
owner to do the right thing in order to visit this coun
try. If you need some assistance, Akela Browne of the
St. Kitts Tourism Bureau in Basseterre (akela.browne@
stkittstourism.kn, tel [869] 465-4040 or cell 662-7588)
proved helpful in one instance.


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confusing and non-clarifying. After e-mailing the
required documents and not hearing anything back,
we decided to show up in Basseterre with our dog.
Nobody at Customs knew what to do, the vets were
unreachable or busy for at least 24 hours, and every
thing was a huge hassle and mystery while our dog
was not allowed on shore. (During subsequent e-mail
correspondence, one of the officials indicated that
there is a quarantine period of four weeks, but if you
only stay a week, there are "designated" areas where


irI e's crew 'rocks'


at Virgin Gorda
after checking into
the BVI at West
End, Tortola


Montserrat
Contact: Dr. Selvin Maloney
E-m ail: i... .1 .. ..
Phone: 11 i -i _'..- 491-2546
Fax: (664) 491-9275
Website: in progress
Requirements: Rabies Certificate, Titer Certificate,
DHCCP Certificate, list of all ports visited within the
last six weeks prior to arrival in Montserrat, treatment
for internal and external parasites (between three and


seven days before arrival), Health Certificate from pre
viously visited country.
Procedure: E-mail or fax the required health docu
ments with the list of visited ports. Inform the veteri
nary officer of the date and approximate time of arrival
at least 48 hours prior to anchoring. Upon checking
in, inform the Customs officer about the dog aboard
and a f---rnm-nt vet will inspect the animal and
make a i.i i .1 1I on on its entry (and more than
likely hand you an import permit).
Fee: Free
Experience: Correspondence with the vet department
went smoothly and the inspection was short and effi
cient. No questions were asked and no more documents
needed to be shown. We treat our 1- i~-i.tl.l f-
parasites, but were not asked for proof i I I
a health certificate from St. Kitts & Nevis (the previ
ously visited country), but when we explained why, they
accepted our health certificate from St. Maarten.
Remarks: Temporarily .... i .'.. your dog in
Montserrat can be done 11. ..I painlessly, and
in a timely manner. Dr. Waldron and Dr. Maloney
were prompt and courteous with their responses
and inspection.
Antigua & Barbuda
Contact: Helena Jeffery Brown, Dr. Oona Edwards
(the new ChiefVet Officer)
E-mail: helenacjeffery@yahoo.com, vld@ab.gov.ag,
oonaedwards@hotmail.com
Phone: (268) 462-6104 or 764-1263
Fax: (268) 460-1759
Website: http://agricultureantiguabarbuda.com/
departments/vet and livestock/
Requirements: Microchip, Rabies Certificate (<1
year), Titer Certificate, Lyme Disease test (<6 months),
medical and vaccination history, Government Health
Certificate (<7 days), treatment for internal and exter
nal parasites (<7 days before arrival).
Procedure: Fax or e-mail the information required to
start the import license process. After the documents
have been reviewed, an import license can be issued
upon arrival. Inform the Veterinary Division of the date
and time of arrival at least 48 hours ahead of time and
contact them (let them know you need a Lyme Disease
testifneeded) Lu i, i ,, L-1. 1 ,i ,,,
to inspect the ..... i I, i i I ,, i
have a Lyme Disease Certificate, the test can be done
upon arrival for the equivalent of US$41 (EC$110).
Fee: US$50 (EC$130) for the inspection.
Continued on next page


make your -: f t- and more comfortable. The table below, courtesy Don
Street, auth i 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 explain l n-r li- tries to run toward the moon. The tide starts
running to the east .11 .noonrise, 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. Timrn- i- 'n nr" local.
Note: the maximum tide is 3 or 4 i 1. i. new and full moons.
For more information, see "Tides and Currents" on the back of all Imray Iolaire
charts. Fair tides!


November
DATE TIME
1 0721
2 0819
3 0910
4 1003
5 1058
6 1155 (new)
7 1253
8 1352
9 1448
10 1542
11 1631
12 1718
13 1801
14 1842
15 1923
16 2003
17 2045
18 2148
19 2215


20 2304
21 2357
22 0000 (full)
23 0053
24 0150
25 0246
26 0341
27 0434
28 0525
29 0615
30 0704

December
1 0755
2 0847
3 0941
4 1038
5 1136 (new)
6 1233
7 1329
8 1423
9 1509


1555
1637
1718
1758
1839
1921
2006
2054
2145
2240
2338
0000 (full)
0036
0133
0229
0321
0412
0502
0552
0642
0735
0829


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Experience: Before we arrived in Antigua, we never
found out about the fees (they are mentioned on the
website now) and we didn't have a Lyme Disease test.
Our boat had to be tied on the quarantine dock in Jolly
Harbour before we were allowed to check ourselves in
with a dog. (Check on this procedure in English/
Falmouth Harbour.) We were prepared to obtain the
Lyme Disease test here if the fee was reasonable.
After four hours of waiting, the vet arrived and before
agreeing to proceed we wanted to know the fees. They
were *. ii..... i at reasonable. It would cost us more
than I - ... -1 for the dog to be able to legally visit
Antigua & Barbuda. Add the fee for a -r-ii;n. permit
and the cost was just too high for t.- decided
against T.n. -n 1 therefore against visiting these
islands. I .... I the situation to Customs and
Immigration, and also told them it was too late and we
were too tired to set sail for Guadeloupe. We obtained
permission to spend the night in Jolly Harbour after
paying for the cruising permit and were told to keep
the dog on board.
Remarks: If you are willing to pay the high fees, vis
.1. Antigua and Barbuda with your dog is possible
1 declaring the animal in Antigua. Check the price
of the Lyme Disease test in a previous country first to
save some money. The rules are straightforward and
the vets efficient. Communication seems to have
improved as well.
Dominica
Contact: Dr. St. Aimee
E-m ail: 11i i .... .. i
Phone: -
Fax: (767) 448-8632
Website: www.dominica.gov.dm/cms/index.
php?q=node/786
Requirements: Health Certificate, DHCCP Certificate,
Rabies Certificate (<1 year), Titer Certificate, treatment
for parasites
Procedure: Fax or e-mail the dog's paperwork and
health certificate. If all is in order, an import permit
will be faxed/e-mailed back to you after the docu
ments have been reviewed. Show this import permit
when you check in.
Fee: Free
Experience: Communication with the vet department
and obtaining the import permit is easy and straightfor
ward (and free!). The permit is valid for one month. After
the Customs officer saw our printed permit, all was okay
the first time we visited Dominica in 2009, but now the


Customs Department insists you call the government
vet for an inspection before landing the dog. The phone
numbers on the permit were invalid or remained unan
swered when we tried multiple times, so we sent our
contact another e-mail to clarify the matter. We were
informed that, so far, no inspection is needed to land
your dog in Dominica; a valid import permit is enough.
Remarks: Dominica is an easy place to temporarily
import your dog, but be prepared to ignore the


Customs officer if asked to call the vet before landing
your dog.
Liesbet Collaert is a freelance writer who lives and
cruises on S/V Irie with her partner, Mark, and their
dog, Darwin. For more stories and pictures, check out
their website www.itsirie.com.
Next month: Cruising the Eastern Caribbean with
Your Dog, Part Two: The Windwards, Trinidad &
Tobago and Barbados.


Relaxing aboard in St. Martin. Cruising the Lesser Antilles with man's best friend can be challenging, but Liesbet
has compiled a wealth of information to help her fellow pet owners. Next month, she takes us south














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have been anchored in the Bale a Feret, Ile-a-Vache, Haiti and are
preparing to set sail for Jamaica.
Jamaica is an extraordinary destination and so often overlooked by the cruising
community. Many have asked about crime in Jamaica. There is no denying that
Jamaica has crime. However, the vast majority of the crime takes place in the ghet
tos of Kingston and in almost all cases Jamaicans are the victims of it. Thousands
of tourists arrive on cruise ships and many more people stay at the many hotels in
Jamaica without incident.
The Jamaican mountains and countryside are exceptional and will leave you
breathless. In addition there is Jamaican culture. It is diverse, exotic and vibrant.
The colors, the food, the people all come together to form an impression that is dis
tinct in the Caribbean. Last but not least, are those Jamaican smiles; you will never
forget them!
Our sail to Port Antonio, at the northeast corner of the island, is westbound and
the current will be with us. The distance is approximately 150 miles. We want to
make our departure with an assurance of continued tradewinds, or if it is early in
the tradewind season and a norther is blowing, we want to catch the norther as it
peters out. Either way we should have a good sail. If we depart at 0900 hours,
most boats should make landfall in Jamaica between 0800 and 1200 hours the
following day.
Jamaica is one of the larger Caribbean islands and has mountain ranges that
affect wind, particularly at night. Overnight, the katabatic winds of both Jamaica
and the Dominican Republic are likely to reduce the tradewinds. If we want to sail
with the full force of the trades, then we need to get out of the shadow of the islands
by standing offshore at least five miles or more. In such a case we would plan our
westing by going to the south (or west-southwest) and then coming back up to our
destination.
We must also take into account Formigas Bank, which lies approximately 31
miles northeast of Jamaica's northeast corner. In heavy weather it breaks and
there is a navigation hazard there as w ii 1.... .t is a simple matter. Formigas
Bank is a rocky bank about 16 miles i. I .1., I, I ... southwest to northeast, with
less than 60 feet of water for the t, .t part of its area. At the northeast corner
of the bank the water is about 15: 1 i I During strong tradewinds with a heavy
swell running, the north end of the bank breaks. The most dangerous part of the
bank is an old stranded wreck, which is sometimes visible. It is located at
1831.45N, 7545.47W and is noted on most charts.
We will make our landfall at Port Antonio, which is an easy entry. As we approach
we will see the John Brown Mountains as well as the famous Blue Mountains. The
sight is quite imposing and if the day is clear no description can do it justice. The
lighthouse at Port Antonio is easy to spot and we will leave it to port as we enter.
The Errol Flynn Marina is located at Port Antonio and you can take a slip or anchor
out. The marina and the boatyard are owned by the Jamaica Port Authority and run
under the supervision of Dale Westin. You will find him and his staff to be very


Si..... I 'aise them on VHF channel 16. Entrance procedures .1,
i I.. I, i is no charge of any type. You will be boarded by i. ...
Quarantine, Customs and Immigration. Be sure to have your quarantine flag flying
as well as your Jamaican .. i- i. I.... ica has had 300 years of British tradi
tion and while everyone ii- i .I I I .... protocol and procedure is considered
important.
Once cleared in, you will find yourself in a wonderful town. There is an open
market that is very active on the weekends. There you will find fruit and vegetables
as well as crafts. The handicrafts market is delightful, as are the people you will
meet there. You can walk the market safely and you will find most people helpful
and engaging. The town also has a supermarket and banks. The marina has free
WiFi. At the marina there are a number of good restaurants as well as a nice beach.
You can take any number of day trips from Port Antonio and go river-rafting or visit
more remote beaches.
When we are ready to leave Port Antonio, we will proceed westward to Ocho Rios.
At a distance of just over 45 miles with the wind and the current in your favor, it is
an easy overnight stop en route to Montego Bay.
Early in the tradewind season the north coast of Jamaica can become quite lively
and if a norther is forecasted and you are in a secure harbor such as Port Antonio,
you should stay put.
In normal conditions and even in a mild norther, you will find Ocho Rios suitable.
Ocho Rios is a tourist town in every sense of the word. Cruise ships call there fre
quently and discharge boatloads of visitors. In addition, Ocho Rios has its fair share
of hotels. If you like a lively setting filled with people, this is your town.
From Ocho Rios we continue west and can make stops at St. Ann's Bay and Discovery
Bay (ust west of Runaway Bay) along the way. (For details on these harbors, see the free


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Montego Bay, our next major stop, i,- '1 I .... .1 -I ....I -1 I Ocho Rios.
It is not the perfect refuge in a norther, but tucked in at the yacht club one can
make do. In the rare instance that conditions get beyond a normal norther, one
can enter Bogue Lagoon. The Montego Bay Yacht Club has excellent facilities. You
will find the staff to be very accommodating. They have a small daily charge to use
the facilities, which include the pool, the club, and fine bathrooms and showers.
Their lunches and dinners are moderately priced and well presented. As you exit
the marina by taxi, to the right is Bogue Lagoon; the Houseboat at the Lagoon
serves great meals in a pretty setting.
There is a "Sam's Club" type supermarket close to the yacht club if you need to
reprovision in a serious way. A cab can take you there in ten minutes or so. '4-nt.-
Bay also has a crafts market that should not be missed. It is full of color, .I ,, i
some of the craftwork is quite good. The vendors are very nice people, albeit a little
persistent. If you are not ready to buy, simply say, "Little more time, Man, little more
time" (locally it sounds like "likkle more time, Mon"). Smile when you say it, and
everyone will lighten up. You do need to bargain and a 20 to 30 percent discount is
normal. Do not over-negotiate, as a few dollars one way or the other will not change
your life, but means a great deal to these vendors. The cruise ships do not call at
this market en masse and you will find the vendors anxious to please you. The more
you smile the better it is.
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There is also the "Hip Strip" where you will find a long line of restaurants to suit
different tastes and pocketbooks.


The island's signature expression


Lime Cay anchorage -a peaceful spot
in huge Kingston Harbour


When we leave Montego Bay we head for Negril at the western tip of the island, an
easy sail of 25 miles. Here we can anchor in a beautiful and very protected anchorage
and watch the most dramatic sunsets. Nothing much to do but relax and take it all
in. Most of this coast is taken up by beachside hotels, and we can land if we want to
see the facilities. Most often we can have the guard on the beach keep an eye on the
dinghy.
When we are ready to leave Negril, the Bluefields anchorage is 25 miles to the east


along the south coast of Jamaica. If we do this sail early in the morning, we can avoid
strong easterlies that get up and blow daily from about 1100 hours. In addition, the
western part of Jamaica is in somewhat of a lee as Portland Point extends nearly 30
miles into the sea. Bluefields is a simple and very pretty anchorage. There are no
shoreside diversions and the view is of attractive homes. You will anchor in ten feet
of water and find yourself well protected from sea and wind.
If we choose not to stop at
Bluefields, we can go the extra
12 miles to Black River,
Jamaica's longest river. Black
River Bay is reasonably well
protected and provides very
adequate shelter and good hold
ing. The town of Black River is
active with eco tourism. The
river is famous for its birds
herons and snowy egrets among
many others -and for its croc
odiles. There is a bridge over
the mouth of the river that
unfortunately does not allow for
sailboats to go upriver. There is
a dock at the mouth of the river
that carries eight feet. More
than that and you will have to
anchor out and dinghy in. If
you like nature, stop at the
river and arrange for a guide at
the bridge to take the tour up
river. It is extraordinary! The
guide can assist you with hav
ing your boat watched if you
leave no one aboard.
From Black River we can con
tinue our discovery of Jamaica
and plan stops at Portland
,I Kingston Harbor and
.1I Port Morant at the
southeast corner of the island.
Portland Bight is a large pro
tected bay with many cays and One sizefits all. Jamaica's
is often especially by local yachts craft markets should not be missed
men, especially on the week
ends. A comfortable distance
from Portland Bight going east
i 1.- 1.. Itis il ..'i. i .. .I i, ..I in the world, and aside from the
S ...... -cial .11, ,, ,i ,, I -; you go up harbor, you can stop
at Lime Cay, a beautiful stop, and wait until morning to continue to Port Royal or
the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club. Whether you stop at Lime Cay or go all the way to
Port Royal or the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club, get an early start, as once the wind
gets up in Kingston Harbor it is no small matter. Gusts to 30 knots are not unusual
once the sun is up and the plateau heats up.
The Royal Jamaican Yacht Club is inviting and well situated within a stone's throw
of the airport very convenient
if you are picking up or dis
charging crew. Reprovisioning is
easy and there are many inter
fractions, not the least
I I, is the Bob Marley
museum. With the help of one
of the club recommended taxi
vans, the trip around town will
be inexpensive and safe. Historic
Port Royal is just west and
south of the yacht club and well
worth a visit. -
Port Morant is the last harbor
in Jamaica on the south side at r
the east end. It is truly a beauti
ful stop, well protected with a A snowy egret uwades along the Black River
backdrop of mountains. The
small marina that was here has
been given over to the Coast Guard and Marine Police. They will offer you free dock
age as well as water if you want to tie up at their more than ample wharf. Or anchor
out off the dock for more privacy and, at sunset, fewer mosquitoes. Port Morant may
well be the best kept secret in Jamaica.
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PONDERING


'PIRACY'

by Frank Virgintino

When I was a young man and set off cruising, when sailors got together a large
part of the discussion was aboi'i .. . 1i -tial, coastwise, dead reckoning,
parallel rulers and sextants. We .. .. I I I -.... our way, and spent a great deal
of time learning how to stay on course. Now, with the advent of GPS and chart plot
ters, those conversations have largely ceased. Today, we have concerns about being
the victims of crime. In our anxiety, we discuss carrying firearms, how to secure the
boat, where to and where not to anchor, and what to do about piracy.
Not all crimes committed against cruisers are piracy. In order to understand what
our risk is, we must understand the differences between burglary, robbery, assault
and piracy. Knowing the difference helps determine how to prepare for and reduce
being at risk.
Basically, theft simply involves taking something from someone else with the intent
to permanently deprive them of it, burglary is the intent to break in with the intent
of committing a crime, assault is a crime of violence against another person, and
robbery involves both theft and violence or threat of violence used to deprive some
one of their property. We'll get to piracy in a minute.
Don't Be a Mug
On land, we cruisers are susceptible (like everyone else) to being mugged when we
visit different countries around the world. Just because we are sailors, this is not
piracy. It is robbery. To avoid it, we must be as aware of our surroundings as we can
be. It is best not to be conspicuous, especially pertaining to valuables such as jew
elry or cash. It is never a good idea to wear any jewelry when going ashore. Even the
most innocent piece of jewelry, such as a solid gold wedding band or nice-looking
watch, can result in a problem. To you, the band may just be your wedding band;
but to someone who is desperate for cash, it is an oppo. I...:;I I I.; :k money.
Why carry a wallet full of credit cards when one or two 1 ,. -,, 11, I I.1 sure you
have a list of the credit cards you're carrying.) Why pull out a roll of cash to pay a
bill when you can separate your funds into two separate pockets and take out just
what you need?
In most cases, if you are accosted it is best not to resist -let them have what they
want. Have sufficient cash on you that the mugger is satisfied to take it and leave.
Saying "I have nothing" can get you bopped on the head or worse.
Lock It or Lose It
The second type of crime cruisers worry about is having things stolen from the boat
while at anchor or at a marina. This also is not piracy. It is like having one's home
burgled. There once was a time when we anchored and slept with the hatches and
companionways open. There was also a time when many of us can remember sleep
ing with the front door of our homes open. Those days are over.
The main target of crimes against anchored boats is the dinghy with its motor.
Therefore, it makes sense that the dinghy sh ..1 11 ... 1 .i ... ... . 1 I left in
the water. Another prudent idea is to secure I .' '.... .. .. I .. .. I certain
of a given anchorage's security.
All anchorages are not the same. Some afford better protection against wind and sea,
and some are more or less susceptible to theft. It is a no-brainer that we should select
the ; .-t : --; .-1-,;--: If an anchorage has a bad history, do not anchor there.
If y .. .....- i- ... ....-. harbor, then secure the boat in every way that you can.
Some cruisers have installed motion detectors, while others have hot-wired the life
lines so that a boarder gets a surprise. The point is that you must work just as hard
to secure your boat from a potential thief as you do to set your anchor properly.
There are websites such as noonsite (www.noonsite.com), the Caribbean Safety and
Security Net (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com), and others that record crimes against
yachts; researching those sites before you choose your anchorage is prudent.


Some sailors use marinas as protection, and most marinas have security. However,
do not be lulled into a false sense of security. It is easy to become complacent in a
marina setting, but one must evaluate the marina's security carefully and take addi
tional precautions if required. In a marina, it is always best to lock your boat when
you leave and to let the office know if you will be gone for an extended period of time.
Even consider having someone watch the boat in your absence, in addition to the
marina's security. Many times the culprit is another yachtsman a few slips away,
who has admired your chart-plotter and wished he had one just like it.
The 'P Word'
Piracy isa separate categoryof .. . .. , ,,i .,, .
hearts. Piracy is an attack against I .i i . i I i i i
The first thing to do is to avoid, in every way possible, being a victim of piracy. The
next thing is to prepare for it. Keep in mind that avoidance is always best, even if
you are armed.
Avoidance must be ii i., ..,.1 .i ... I searched. We need to know what the
probabilities are that '11 I .11 I I i.i underway in the area we are cruising.
This takes research and consideration of only the facts. We cannot listen to gossip
about what someone thought happened to someone, somewhere, but rather be com-
pletely certain of what really happened.
For example, the attack on December 21, 2009 against the yacht Triton en route
to Trinidad from Grenada is well documented. The boat was attacked offshore by a
pirogue with seven or eight men who fired guns and forced the crew to stop. They
stripped the yacht of a wide range of items including electronics, cash, food, clothing
and alcohol. The crew did not resist and no one was ,,,, I .111 ... .. I resisting is
no guarantee of physical safety). This was a very clea' I .1 .11 I [t was not a
mugging on shore or a burglary at anchor: it was high seas piracy.
What could the Titon crew have done to avoid it? When a pattern of activity arises
in an area, any nearby area is susceptible too. This has already happened along the


Not all crimes committed

against cruisers are piracy

Peninsula of Paria, where, as the peninsula became less and less visited by cruising
sailors, pirates began to go farther and farther offshore in search of what they want.
The offshore oil rigs between Grenada and Trinidad are between 40 and 50 miles
north of the Peninsula of Paria as the crow flies, and in a good pirogue .1 i
outboard engines, that is less than a two-hour run. Each year, many
Grenada and head for Trinidad via this il r-- ;;t Why follow the same path each
year that other cruisers followed before ..- .. d to learn what the predictable
routes are near problematic areas, and avoid them.
Avoidance is best because it may really be the only way to keep our cruising life
styles safe from pirates. We cannot rely on weaponry because, unless one is trained
in weapon usage and willing to go through a firefight, being armed is not worth
much. There are many cases in which guns have triggered more violence. For exam
ple, Sir Peter Bl1 i .. i. .i. .. ... I I aboard his yacht in Brazil, was shot dead
after coming on I I ,II ..11 .... .. L saying that I am opposed to being armed.
However, if one chooses to be armed, one must be trained and willing to engage in a
gunfight. Ii .....i ,I I cruisers, whether they have a gun aboard or not, are not
trained in *'... I .. I. If there are four or five or more armed men in a boat with
big engines the chances of them boarding you is in their favor.
Pirating is not a new phenomenon. Pirates of today are no different than the pirates
of old. They want what you have and will attack you to get it. Most are not inter
ested in killing, they just want to steal. Plunder is their business. Most are not good
seamen; they are just thieves in a fast outboard. They do not like nighttime excur
sions and do not like sea conditions beyond the norm. Most of us who have cruised
for some time know the sea and can handle sea conditions as well as nighttime
: 11i..- .- I ...- advantage and we must be conscious of how to use it.
11 .... i .- a way that we can feel secure. The truth is that there is no
such thing as complete safety on a cruising sailboat. We are always at risk of the
wind and the seas and crime is just one more risk. We must learn how to manage
and reduce our susceptibility to crime, and the best way to do that is to be conscious
of all of the elements of the risk at hand and to prepare well in advance.


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BIG OIL

A Solar-Powered

Electric/Sailing Dinghy

by Flora Van Heteren

Anchored in the lagoon in St. Martin, we were sur
prised to see this unusual dinghy cruising fast and
without sound, although there was no wind. An inter
view with the sailor was the result of my investigation.
Rob van de Calseyde on Linda is a pioneer. His inter
est in renewable energy has kept his thoughts occu
pied for many years, and in 1993 he made an electric/
sailing dinghy that served him for one and a half years,
till Hurricane Luis destroyed it.
He decided to build another dinghy that doesn't need
fossil fuels, but is stable, quick and economical
back to electric/sailing again. It also had to be safe
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part of the bottom of an RIB, which he found dumped
on the little island in the lagoon. He was given some
damaged sheets of four-millimetre plywood that would
have been thrown away.
Now he could start to put it all together.
The raft that is moored alongside Linda was the
workshop where Big Oil was born.
The construction has been done with alternative
energy, keeping the carbon footprint of the project low.
The mothership, Linda, has threr ----1 .-.-rt-r- .4I
two solar panels to charge her I .. -
which operated all the power tools needed.
The sail is a recycled battenless windsurfer sail that
is rolled up on the reinforced rotating windsurf mast
for reefing In f1 .rli;;r which takes about five seconds
to do with 1I I 11 i string. The mast is flexible, and
adds to safety. In strong gusts it bends, and spills
some of the wind.
The engine is a recycled golf-cart starter motor,
which replaces the powerhead of an old ..1. 1. .
power Johnson long shaft outboard. Thai ..... ...
tions as a ruddershaft as well. The AGM battery
(dumped but still good), chosen because it is leak
proof, is charged by a solar panel. (A lithium battery
could also be used, but because of the price remains a
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Rob was sure of what he wanted, and after a while Rob likes the concept of electric motor/sailing. "The
the parts he needed started to "roll in". Somebody gave best of both worlds. It is quiet, relaxed, and cheap to
him the remnants of a pedalo: two PVC floats, heavy run, and it gives a lot of room to 'cheat'. The simple
but stable. For the bottom between the floats he used click of a switch can change the mode of operation


I, ........ i ,., I )r sailing." The pull of -. i -.
.11. I . II thesail, andinjust i ..
one is m-t-ri;n Tt ..-.;;- thint ---mi don't have to do a
lotof I ,,'. i' .. ... -... urway, orwhen
the w..i .. I I ... I1 you can motor
sail, or motor only.
"It is very dry transport," says Rob. "Now I only put
my phone in a ziplock bag when it rains." It is perfect
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A dry, stable and fuelefficient harbor runabout, Big
Oil sports a solar panel and electric engine-cum-rudder
(at left), plus a windsurfer sail (above) on a rotating
step (inset)

be great for exploring the south coast of Grenada, the
Tobago Cays, and many other areas in the Caribbean.
Rob still has his other, heavy dinghy with 15-horse
power outboard to run for heavy transport and back
up. "I used to pay out 40 or 50 dollars per month for
fuel, but now only ten or 20. That includes the fuel for
the emergency generator for Linda"
This is only the beginning. He hopes to inspire other
people with Big Oil, and will improve and make chang
es where he sees it necessary.
The treasures one needs to build a dinghy of this
kind are:
two floats (scavenged, or built from plywood, fiber
glass, etcetera)
the bottom of on old RIB or other hard-bottomed
inflatable dinghy, preferably with bow locker
plywood to build the seats, battery box, rudder and
three little discs epoxied on mast as reefing/furling drum
windsurfer mast and sail
fiberglass/epoxy to reinforce mast and do other
little jobs
AGM, gel or lithium battery
solar panel, and thin wood strips to laminate
S-frame for it
electric trolling motor, or a modified outboard
engine like Rob used
"But, why this name?" I asked. Rob's humor may not
be for everybody, but he answered, "Just imagine a
four-letter word beginning with the letter F in front of
the name Big Oil!"
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by Amal Thomas


Bequia is known for its seafaring men and women. The activities of sailing, fishing
and boatbuilding continue, and ambitious youths continue to show interest in them.
More young people from Bequia anc 'i.... i. .. the Caribbean are venturing into
maritime careers and I give them a I.....
The commercial and recreational marine industry is getting ever more serious about
regulations and training for crew and officers. These measures prepare sailors to be
properly educated and disciplined to ply their trade and to respond to emergencies.
Gone are the days when a person could become captain or hold another responsible
position on a cargo or passenger vessel without possessing the proper certification.
I came across a recent graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship, located in
Stuart, Florida. Kellee Myers, 22 years of age, grew up in Paget Farm, Bequia, and
had a great interest in becoming a sea captain. As a youth he was very much
involved in a local sail;.-: :;--i -lich gave him much necessary exposure. He is
currently employed at: I I .- i. Charters in St. Vincent.
I conducted the following interview with him.
AT: At what age did you first think of becoming a sea captain?
KM: For me it was around age 12 when I was in the Bequia Youths and the Sea
(BYATS) programme, which is sponsored by the Bequia Rotary Club.
AT: What motivated you in choosing a marine career?
KM: Being on the sea was a quieter environment, and that created the love for the
sea. Also, seeing captains of mega yachts and ocean going ships was a push to
become a captain.
AT: What steps were taken to achieve your goal?
KM: First of all, I started out in the BYATS club and built my sailing, boat handling
and water safety skills. I also participated in regional races on the club's J/24. These
exposures motivated me to further my education in seamanship. After graduating from
the Bequia Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, I proceeded to Florida and
attained my certificate from the Chapman School. On my return to St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, I applied for and received a Boat Master's License from the SVG General
Maritime Administration.
AT: How ha -- -f tb- i-i.- .;;--1 -t . ..ii:ibi- 1 1--1 benefited you?
KM: I have i i. '.. I ; .. ... r .. I .r is very impor
tant. It is important to make sure that all emergency systems are functional for
instance, that radios, lifejackets and lferafts are all in place in the event of accident
or abandoning ship.
I also learned how to do coastal navigation on charts as well as with electronics, in
case the electronics fail. I know how to make my way out of dangerous situations.
AT: What qualifications have you obtained?
KM: I have obtained the STCW 95 (the International Maritime Organization's
Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers), Sailing Endorsement,
Towing Endorsement, Marine Radio Operator's Permit, CPR and First Aid Afloat
Endorsement, and my Boat Master's License.
AT: As a young man, how far do you intend to venture into the marine industry in
the future?
KM: I plan to work to become a captain on private yachts or charter boats. In
the future I would like to be financially equipped to do my own charter business
in the Caribbean.
AT: To encourage other youngsters who are heading for this industry, what would
you advise them?
KM: I would advise them to be focused, stay away from drugs, keep pushing them
selves to the limit to learn, and get as much on the-water experience as possible. As
time goes by things will fit into place.
AT: Are there any persons who you looked up to as role models?
KM: There is a person who I looked up to, who is now a captain on a mega-yacht,
who grew up in Bequia. This man came fom a background where he had to fight to


obtain whatever he needed in his life. He did that and moved up the ranks from deck
hand to captain. Also I must thank my parents, Timothy and Rosetta Myers, and other
family members, plus Tom Hopman and Sally Erdle, Keithon Grant, Steve Miller,
Captain Jack Carl Captain Mack, Jim Boos and Trent Palmer. All these are people
who pushed meforward and gave much needed advice to help me become a graduate
of a professional seamanship school.
AT: Being aware of the international yachting industry, what changes, if any,
would you as a Caribbean person like to see implemented?


Young Caribbean mariner Kellee Myers has put himself at the helm of future at
sea by obtaining professional credentials

KM: I think if you are offered employment on, for example, a US-based vessel, the
US Immigration should not turn your visa application down. The Embassy officials
should see employing properly trained international crew, if the owners or skippers
want to hire them, as a way of helping the industry to grow.
Various Caribbean islands should have their berthing and mooring fees under con
trol, and also improve on their various security services. The Coast Guard should do
more patrols around anchorages to ease the fears of visiting sailors.
There should be increased training for Immigration Officers because too many of
them lack professionalism.
Many waterfront areas need to have more services provided, along with the customary
restaurants. These comments are constantly being expressed by guests and sailors.
AT: Thanks a lot, Kellee, for sharing part of life story and airing your views. All the
best in your career.
KM: Thanks to you, Amal, for the opportunity to share my experience.
I would personally recommend that Caribbean countries invest in the commercial
and recreational marine industry. Important areas include assisting students in
studying not only seamanship, but also subjects such as marketing, marine biology
and ecology, maritime law, vessel surveying and other related disciplines. This type
of investment can equip governments as well as the private sector to increase their
revenue from this vital sector.
Professional seamanship training is offered in the Caribbean at the Maritime School
of the West Indies in St. Maarten (www.mswi.org), the Caribbean Fisheries Training
and Development Institute in Trinidad (www.onefish.org), and the Caribbean Maritime
Institute in Jamaica (www.cmi.edujm). The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in
Barbados (www.sjpp.edu.bb) provides a certificate program in Maritime Operations
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Comes Home


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by Les Hewitt


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Somehow Loose Cannon managed not to hit any islands on
her westward driftfrom Barbados to Curacao


T H E story started in May, when a
J/24 called Loose Cannon left
St. Lucia's Rodney Bay Marina
L L..to sail the hundred miles to
Barbados to represent St. Lucia in the annual Mount
Gay/Boatyard Regatta. After some exciting racing, the
crews assembled on May 23rd for the prizegiving cer
emony -during which the aptly named boat broke
loose from her mooring and drifted away into the
Caribbean night.
A search was started but after several weeks spent
scouring the surrounding waters no sign of the miss
ing boat was found.
All hope was lost, when one day Loose Cannon's
owner, Edgar Roe, received news from the Maritime
Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Martinique that the
small red boat had been sighted north of Curacao by the
i,. icht Fayole on June 23rd exactly one month
S11 went missing. Loose Cannon had drifted more
than 500 miles in the open sea and was picked up by
the local volunteer coastguard, CITRO (Citizens' Rescue
Organization, Curacao) and towed to safety.
Now a new problem emerged: how to get her back
home? A fundraising event was organized in St. Lucia
.. 1 . ..1 ...- .i 1 by well-wishers, who raised in
S.. i ..... fund the rescue attempt. The
plan was to use Annie T, a local 50-foot charter boat
owned by Jerry Bethel, to sail to Curacao and tow
Loose Cannon back home -a round trip of more than
1,000 miles in open water and no mean feat.
After an easy downwind sail Annie T and her volun
teer crew of local sailors arrived safely in Curacao on



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Above: Racing in
Barbados just
before her disap
pearance


Left: At the
coastguard dock
in CuraQao, with
Annie T ready
to tow her home

September 29th and found Loose Cannon in fairly good
condition, though needing some repair. After a couple
of days' spent replacing broken shrouds and complete
ing general repairs, the crew set about the task of tow
ing the J/24 back home.
On reaching Bonaire, recovery crew Jerry Bethel,
Sean Compton, Nick Forsberg and Jacobo De Camps
decided to race Loose Cannon in that island's 43rd
International Sailing Regatta, held October 11...-. i,
9th t-rrin Pr-.n;; l.ss II and coming t... I .11
S... 1 .1 i in Los Roques and three days


Above: Loose
Cannon, leading
the pack, was a
surprise entry in
the Bonaire
Regatta
Left: Accepting
the trophy for
I First Place in
Racing Class II
at Bonaire, left
to right: Jerry
Bethel, pit/mast;
Sean Compton,
jib and spinna
ker trim; Nick
Forsberg, skip-
per; Jacobo De
Camps, foredeck

of sailing into the east wind, Annie Tand Loose Cannon
arrived home safely in Rodney Bay on October 18th,
for a well earned rest....
Well, not much of a rest. As of this writing, the crew
plans to be racing Loose Cannon in Rodney Bay on
October 24th just as if nothing had happened!
The Loose Cannon crew would like to give special
thanks to CITRO, the rescue expedition fundraisers,
and Jerry Bethel i,,, i .
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NOVEMBER 2010


Y ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr)
After the 14th you'll be full of -nrm. Ind f-l-n1 talk
active time for a shipboard : ,i .. ..' Put
these fair winds to work for you and have a good time.

d TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May)
Any creative attempts you make this month will be
rough sailing. Drop the hook and give yourself some
rewarding time off.

SGEMINI (22 May 21 Jun)

will be stormy and could lead to serious misunder
ntn- --1 n-nt Why not try turning the radio
S .... rest, and Just... sailing on a


CANCER (22 Jun 23 Jul)
This will be a month 1 .. I I .. 1 1 .1. -youll
be going from side to s'i hi I. i .. Since
thor,- little pr-^r^^o t be made, you might as well stay
... I book.

Q LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug)
Thiswillbea i. .. i .. ... ', youcan manage
not to be blown '11 i 1. I temptations.

W VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep)



SLIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct)
Keep the helm on course in your business and every
thing else will follow in your wake.

T SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov)
While romance is in irons you can maintain your "ni--
through creative boat projects. Try to complete ...
before month's end so as not to leave parts strewn all over
the deck.

I SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec)
Now's a fine time to sail through projects of an intellec
tual nature. Aspects are good for positive communication
with crew and buddy boaters.
6 CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan)
Life for you is generally aspect-free this month -clear
skies and calm seas. Enjoy!

B AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb)
Si i ting, so devote time and
S.. your business or financial
I ek.

SPISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar)
Concerntrae n unyr onlt-n- creativity and try to steer
clear of .. .. 1 1 I ... .1.1 surround you in your
dally life.




Crossword Solution
ACROSS 27) OR 12) BURNS
2) SEARCHES 29) GOODY 13) SPI
6) ROBBER 32) OFF 15) DASH
7) SPAR 34) REOCCUR 17) LILLY
8) SHAKES 35) KRUG 19) GALLEY
9) ALOFT 36) REASONS 21) GOLD
10) PI 25) SCOLD
12) BS DOWN 26) KNEES
14) BOARDS 1) ABOARD 27) OGC
16) UP 2) SERE 28) ROCKS
17) LOA 3) ER 30) OUR
18) RING 4) CUSTOMS 31) DRUG
20) IGS 5) SORE 33) FIR
22) ALCOHOL 6) RUST
23) SAIL 9) AIR
24) LOL 10) PANIC
25) STREAK 11) STABILITY


THE STORY OF LADYA

There was no thought, when we came here, of staying.
We only planned to work on the boat and rest.
Would you believe she was once "the green machine"?
We picked her up for a song in Port of Spain.
She's been let go but we were loolkng for
a small freighter and she was lust the thing.
We put her back on her feet and painted her
the color of a maple leaf in May,
and turned her into something we could use
to make a living and, at the same time,
live aboard no small trick.We used to joke:
we spent more time with the boat than with each other;
nights, we'd pick the paint off each other's skin.
But when the LadyA came steaming in,
heads turned.We always had the flags flying,
the hold chock-a-block and we were seldom late.
She was activity and she meant money
to lots of people (in addition to
the shipping agent).The people trusted us.
Our manifest was really a list of their hopes
and dreams: cement, steel rod and PVC;
outboard engines, freezers, and spare parts;
hardwoods from Guyana, fresh produce from
St.Vincent; steel drums, pianos, a Rolls Royce once...
the donkey winch was music to our ears.
The smuggling we did of rum and nails,
razor blades and mayonnaise:the high-tax,
essential items was supplementary
for us and condoned, of course. In our time with
her, she was never used to run guns or drugs.

The light that fell on her fell on us as we
ran up and down the islands, Kingston to Kingstown,
Port-au-Prince to Paramaribo.
Each island was different, a discovery;
and I loved being at sea: all that limitless blue.
We got along with people.They iked us and we
were smart enough not to try to outsmart them.
I sometimes wonder if any of them wonder where
"the green machine" went but word travels, I guess.
Marianne came along then, but we kept going.
I used to nurse her and steer at the same time.
She slept in a hammock a child of the sea;
the noise of the diesel was like a lullaby.
It turned out she was a big draw on the docks,
and good for business.We were doing fine.
The LadyA did all we asked, and more.
She was a lot of work but it suited us.
With the right boat and luck, of course, and love,
you can do anything.We had the life

This is a good place to put into and work
We did careen the boat, recaulk and paint
her hull the green that made her shine like a scarab.
We chartered her a few times and partied a lot,
and turned her hold into a kind of disco.
But it was the rest that did us in, I think
Suddenly, what she needed was more than we
could give or afford to do.The engine was tired,
for one thing. So, one day, he left Marianne
was walking then and reading "The Three Little Pigs."
He was going to Guyana to get work,
he said. I stayed behind. Somebody had
to stay with the boat. I kept her going for
as long as I could. But keeping the LadyA
at anchor beneath the sun just beating down
and the green absorbing that sun day after day,
until it faded gray, blistering into chips,
and not being able to hire any help...

The one time Lenny sent some money, I had
to decide what to do with it, to put
it into the boat or not.Well, I had
already begun to sell off the obvious stuff:
the clock and barometer and weather fax,
and the bronze vice that had been his prized possession.
After a while, the engine wouldn't run
at all, and I sold the prop and then the shaft.
The transmission, too. I got good money for them.
Once, this guy says he'd take her off my hands:
he'd come on to me first (he was a looker
and Marianne adored him), and that was one thing;
but somehow I just couldn't give the boat away.
"Honey," the harbormaster said to me.
"Honey, she's going the way of all boats.
I know you pretty well and you're gonna have
to do something with her, definitely"
Proceeds from the auction moved Marianne
and me ashore. I kept her riding sail
and sewing machine to help me start this loft.
Now, she's nothing but the bones of a dream
and I'd have sold the lumber if someone wanted it.
A strange thing was how a bird who'd lived aboard
disappeared when the mast was pulled out of her,
and how suddenly I was aware of all
the other boats arriving and departing.
I'd watch them and think and lkck the sand at my feet.
It's a toss-up now, whether to leave her run-up
on the beach, part of the landscape, a tourist attraction,
or tow her out to sea and sink her with
a well-placed stick or two of dynamite.
Either way, she's a long way from the fjords
and the May bloom in her cheeks, and so am I.
S.- Richard Dey


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The Morne Champagne trail offers many photo ops, including a shot of your boat in Grand Anse DArlet


Anses I* .1 i ... Martinique. A pleasant 45-minute hike wanders over
this hill and leads from one village to the other. The path is clear but
not always perfectly signposted. You can return by the same trail or
wander back by the main road; allow a couple of hours for a relaxing round trip.
From the dinghy dock in Grand Anse D'Arlet, turn right on the road, walk for
about three minutes, and look on your right for the signpost to Morne
Champagne. Turn right at the sign and follow the road. At the bottom is a fork:
a driveway with twin concrete tracks goes up to the left, and dirt with a good
concrete road visible just beyond leads up to the right. You want the right fork.
Follow the road up the hill and at the top look for the path heading off to your
left; it is quite clear. If you arrive at the next house on the right you have gone a
bit too far.
The trail is a rocky path cut through dry scrubby trees. If you look back as you
climb, you will be rewarded by some good views of Grand Anse D'Arlet.


After the climb you come to a plateau where small side trails lead off to views or to
the sea. The main path continues past a small grassy savannah where a sleeping
lion would not seem out of place. Eventually you imagine you have reached the top
of the hill and the path heads down. At the bottom is a trail division with a well
marked trail leading to the right and back towards the coast -I have not explored
this yet. Since it heads in th- ---n : direction, it would be hard to make a mistake.
But the same would not be ... .1 .were starting in Anses DArlet, in which case
at this division you want to turn right.
The path heads uphill again, and this will be the last uphill. Near the top the trail
divides again. Take your choice; the right is a short cut, the left takes you up higher
to a shrine then cuts back and joins the other trail. Now it is all downhill to Anses
D'Arlet with some pretty views of the bay along the way.
If you are starting in Anses D'Arlet, turn left from the dock and follow the shore
and the boardwalk till it turns into a road going uphill. Take this road and look for
the trail, which has a sign, on your left.


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DEEP SECRETS
I by Elaine Ollivierre
SWe have looked at coral reefs and seagrass meadows. What else on our shore
lines helps to protect the coast?
SMangroves are trees and shrubs that live .1-n: th- --ist in the muddy zone
where land meets sea. There are three kinds I ........ red, black and white.
IThey are found only in the tropics and they protect the coast because they grow
in great tangled masses that can stand up to natural disasters like tsunamis and
hurricanes. Mangroves have very unusual root systems that help to anchor them
Iin rough weather.
Red mangrove trees (Rhizophor mangle) grow closest to the sea. They are eas
ily recognized by their prop roots (rhizophores), which hang down from the trees,
down to the water and into the mud below.
i i1.... i I .i ... -, are the black mangroves (Avicenniagerminans). Their
: .. i .. i ~I i. ....d and water into the air like snorkels. These roots are
called pneumatophores.
Behind the black mangroves are the white ones (Laguncularia racemosa). Their
roots may be either rhizophores or pneumatophores. White mangroves are often
Found growing with another coastal tree called the buttonwood.


Now, why do the mangroves need these peculiar root systems?
Plants need I . .. .. Respiration is the process 1, ......
into food and ,. I i, i i ,,I I ..igroves grow in tl. i i i I
mud is brown and absorbs c .. i. ... ...- and water around it. Deeper mud
is black and contains no oxygen so the mangroves have to find a way to get oxygen
to the roots in the deep mud.
The prop roots of the red mangroves take oxygen down to the underwater roots.
Above the water surface, the prop roots are hard and woody but, below the sur-
face, they are softer and .i -i .. 1.1 I .ir.
The pneumatophores o: 11. I i ........ allow air directly through spongy
tissue to the roots.
Mangroves grow in tidal areas. Nutrients come in when the tide rises. Waste
washes away as the tide recedes. Without mangroves, soil particles would also
wash away, eroding the shoreline. The mangrove roots slow down the flow of water
allowing mud particles to settle, stabilizing the shoreline. This is one reason why
it is very important to conser-- -- .t ;., ---- swamps.
Now try this experiment to -. 11 1.11 i .. ...ponents of soil.
Put a handful of soil in a jar that is half full of water. Put the top on the jar and
shake it well to make sure that the soil particles are evenly distributed in the
water. Leave the jar for an hour or more to let the soil particles settle. Look
closely at the soil after it has settled.
The soil will settle in layers according to the size and mass of its particles. Gravel I
will sink to the bottom then particles of sand will settle on top of the gravel. Silt
forms the next layer and you may find a thin layer of red clay at the top. Any
organic matter or humus (dead animals, leaves, grass, stems, etcetera) will be
resting on top of the soil, as it is very lightweight. Mangroves help to stabilize the
silt and clay layers and they add humus to the mud.
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I THE CARIBBEAN SKY:-I FRE SHW NIGHTLY!


THE SKY IN



NOVEMBER



by Scott Welty
The Planets in November
MERCURY -May be visible as an "evening star" during the last third of the month.
VENUS -Becomes a "morning star" in the east at about mid-month.
EARTH Voted off the island.
MARS II,,. i .. .. ...id 1800 and 1830 hours all month.
JUPITER i, i i.. i... i ,,, 1 east at sundown and setting after midnight all month.
SATURN Rises in the early morning all month.
Sky Events This Month
4th -Saturn rises with the crescent moon at about 0515 hours.
6th New Moon
7th -Mars sets with the crescent moon.
16th -Moon and Jupiter travel together.
21st -Mercury and Mars set together at about 1800 hours (see Figure 1).
Full Moon
Binary Stars
About half the stars you can see in the sky are actually two stars. There's a main star,
called the primary, with a secondary star orbiting it. The rules of orbiting stars are the same
as the rules for i i .. I ., i ,i,. 1 ie sun or satellites orbiting the Earth, and these rules are
from the 18th ..i... ... -. I old Uncle Isaac. Your naked eyeball cannot resolve the
binaries. We still see what we think is a single star when in fact there are two.
How do we know, then? One way is to see the primary star wiggle back and forth very
slightly. This shows that the secondary star is jerking the primary back and forth as it
orbits. From the time it takes to complete one cycle, we can calculate things about the
stars such as their mass. Sometimes the plane of the binary system is edge-on, as viewed
from Earth. We call this an eclipsing binary and we can see this because the brightness
of the star changes as the smaller star goes in front of and behind the primary.
The :. -1 .... ..- i .1 -..... I ... .. .5 "demon star", Algol, in the constellation
Perseu I 1 11 I I i I' 67 but probably known about long before
that. L. I I i I grow dim and then get bright again over
the co ... I I' ...- I .- I .. i........ .-ible to the naked eye. The Algol system
consists of a bright primary star and a much dimmer secondary. When the secondary
passes in front of (eclipses) the primary we see a drastic dip in brightness. You'll notice
from the graph (see Figure 3) that there is another little dip when the dim star passes
behind the bright one.
Below is a list of dates and times when Algol is at it ............... 1 1 .... -.ou can see
from the graph that this dimming begins maybe five .... I ... I i......- five hours
after. So, I'd give Algol a look when it is at normal brightness and compare it to the stars
around it. Look again then at one of the minimum times listed below. Specifically, com-
pare to Almach. Almach (in Andromeda) and Algol are nearly the same brightness, but
i' i1 1i i.ns it will be noticeably dimmer than Almach.
1 I -I at 10:41PM
11/18/2010 at 07:30PM
12/08/2010 at 09:13PM
To Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck
Recently, planet hunters from the University of California at Santa Cruz announced the
discovery of an extra-solar planet 1 .... the star Gliese 581. il-- --li.-i;;n- i-;- t.-
presence of extra-solar planets is ":.I .. I from movements of I. -. I11 1 ..........
ment comes after 11 years of study! This is not the first extra-solar planet discovered b-- 1-n
shot but what is significant about it is that this planet is only about three times the :...--
the Earth (giving it enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere) and it is orbiting in the
'Goldilocks Zone'. That is, it is a distance from the star that is not too hot and not too cold but
just right for liquid water -the key to life! AND, this star is a mere 20 light years away. That's
practically next door by galactic distances. While there is no guarantee that there is any liquid
water or that life evolved on this planet it does tend to make one think that there may be mil
lions of similar such planets in a galaxy with hundreds of BILLIONS of stars. Hmmm... I
wonder if the residents of Gliese 581 ever wonder about us? Hey wait, maybe they're already
in Facebook!
Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, 2007.


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Figure 1: Mars and Mercury setting together, November 21st, 1815 hours
Figure 2: Position ofAlgol around 2100 hours in November
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Which Way is the Tide Running?


Dear Captain Science,
Every month I cut out of the Compass the table
showing the Meridian Passage of the Moon. There, Don
Street explains that the tide starts running to the east
soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about
an hour after the moon reaches its zenith, and then
runs westward.


Compass each month [see this month's table on page 22].
We note, for example, that the column reports that
the time of the moon's zenith for March 29th is 2351
while the time of zenith for March 30th is 0000. As
you know, while the Earth revolves once in 24 hours,
the moon revolves around the Earth (technically the
moon and Earth both revolve around a point approx


effects of the sun and moon give rise to the tides (the
moon's effect being approximately two-and-a-half
times greater than that of the sun, given its much
closer proximity.
-ontinued on next page


Wave Velocity


The fact is, when the moon rises, we have Low
Water, and when the moon is at its zenith we have
High Water. Of course there is two to three hours
delay in the time. The water must come from low tide
towards high tide. If I am, for example, in Trinidad
the water must flow from the east to the west to
bring the high tide (NOT west to east, as mentioned
by Mr. Street).
Next point: In Trinidad the word goes around among
cruisers: when leaving for Grenada it is best to leave
two hours before Low Water because the eastward
flowing current ill :_ 1 tter angle for sailing to
Grenada. (After i 11I water runs from east to
west, and the sailors will get swept more to the west,
is my thinking.)
I am sorry, my opinion is, when we have Low Water
in the Caribbean (and everywhere else in the world)
then follows High Water and the water must come
FROM the east running to the west. I discussed this
with some other cruisers, and they have the same
opinion as I.
Would it be possible to write a detailed article about
the tides? Thank you very much!
Angelika Gruener
S/V Angelos
Dear Captain Science,
I will try to set out my concern with the Meridian
Passage of the Moon column that is published in the


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Figure 4a: The motion due to the squashed ovals
accounts for tidal flow
Figure 4b: Same as 4a, with the wave wrapped
around the Earth
imately 1100 miles within the Earth) every 27 1/3
days. At the same time the Earth/moon system is
revolving around the sun. Thus, the moon comes to
the same celestial longitude (i.e. position between
the Earth and sun) every 29 1/2 days (the synodic
period). This is important because the combined


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Continued from previous page
So every 29 1/2 days we experience a similar tidal
event (absent consideration of the tilt of the Earth's
axis and other very minor considerations).
So what is the net result of this celestial merry-go
round? As Mr. Street notes, the tides and their respect
tive currents are born and sailing yachts are borne
with them. And to align one's passage with these
inexorable events the critical factor is timing.
Given that the rotation of the Earth and moon are
approximately regular, it is impossible that the time
between the moon's meridian passage at one point on
Earth would shift from day to day by an average of 50
minutes, and then one day appear nine minutes later
(or 18 minutes later as occurs per Mr. Street's table
between April 28th and the 29th).
I don't know the source for these tables [Editor's
note: source of data is the British Admiralty Nautical
Almanac] but they are clearly not designed for the
purposes of estimating tides and, as such, are inap
propriate for guiding the timing of- -- .:- between
islands. 1'i ........ )f the tides does .. -1" by nine
(or 18) : ....., 1 i .... day to day.
John DeLong
S/V Alouette

Captain Science responds:
Why Tides at All?
The existence of tides on Earth is due to the press
ence of the moon and somewhat by the presence of the
sun. Near the moon the water is pulled away from the
Earth creating a bulge on the moon side. The Earth
itself is pulled on harder than the water on the far
side, pulling the Earth away from the water creating a













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similar bulge on the far side (see i ..... 11 T iis is the
classical start of an explanation I i 11. are two
high tides a day. As the Earth spins around once in 24
hours, the moon only moves slightly (about 1/28th of
a circle) in its orbit. So we will spin into the high tide
and the low tide configuration twice a day.
That's fine as far as it goes, but there are places with
one tide a day and places with virtually no tides, so
this simple model comes up a little short.
Tides as Long Wavelength Waves
Water waves are a bit complex. It might seem that
the water is simply moving up and down but in fact
there is a rotary motion involved. Watching waves roll
over sea grass while snorkeling can show you that
there is a back-and-forth motion under the water (see
Figure 2 on previous page). The rotary motion dimin
ishes with depth and if the rotations completely dis


sipate before getting to the bottom (deep enough
water) we have 'deep water waves' and their speed is
given as a function of their wavelength. If the depth
becomes small compared to the wavelength, however,
the circles get squashed (see Figure 3) and the result
ing ovals give a much more forward-and-back move
ment to the water than a deep water wave would give.
Note that it's not really critical how deep the water is,
but how deep compared to the wavelength.





Figure 5: The colored .
bars show the posi-
tion of high tide at
three-hour intervals


















Look back now at our simple two-bulge tides picture.
That is also the picture of a long water wave with the
Ii ..ji. I om one crest to the next) being half the
S .......I ,, of the Earth. That makes the wave
length about 12,000 miles compared to ocean depths
averaging 1.5 miles over half the oceans. So thinking
of the tides as a long 1i ...11. us to also con
sider them to be, by -i. .11 iter waves. The
tidal wave velocity is east to west as the bulges stay
relatively fixed relative to the moon while the Earth
spins underneath.
Tidal waves then (not tsunamis!) are an example of
an extremely squashed shallow water wave. The back
and-forth movement of the squashed wave is our tidal
flow (see Figures 4a and 4b on previous page).
Further Complications
The average excursion due to this flow is about
three miles at one knot and that makes the move
r.-. t ;l j-t to the Coriolis force -yes, the same
i ,, i.- I that twists our winds around high and
low pressure systems. Another complication is that
our pretty model of wave motic.. screwed up by
all the continents sticking up ..I i the water. The
result is rather surprising: tidal flow is rotary around
some nodal points scattered around the planet (see
Figure 5).
The: -r- yh (.- 1 1,, '1,, 1,. /

tion of this) shows the position of high tide at three
hour intervals. The arrows indicate the direction of


travel. You see that most tides flow around nodes in
the ocean where there would be virtually zero tide.
Between parallel coasts such as the South Atlantic
between Africa and South America, the tide flows as a
broad northbound wave over and over .:;
Add to this the fact that there are -... i.... I ocean
currents caused by unequal heating and cooling of the
seas, such as the equatorial current that flows west
ward between the southern Windward Islands, and













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you complicate the situation even more. Suffice it to
say that which way the current flows at any point at
any time is perhaps best left to simply looking at the
historical data for that point, or what the locals
already know! This may agree with the idea of water
flowing toward the moon or it may not.
Finally, there are still more details about tides to
There is the lag between the meridian pas
,. I ,' moon and the high tide due to friction
between the tidal flow and the sea bottom. Also the
behavior of tide running up an estuary (think of the
Bay of Fundy) is a VERY local event and the shape of
the channel has a large effect on the behavior of the
tides. The moon is not necessarily over the equator,
which accounts for or 1...1. 1 1 ng higher than the
other, typically. The t' I .1 II I '- I to run parallel to
a shore regardless of the global pattern in Figure 5.
References:
College of William and Mary -Virginia Institute of
Marine Science (http://web.vims.edu/)
Seafriends (www.seafriends.org)
Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences,
University of Wisconsin -Green Bay

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John Mendes, to present yachties with a little taste of
some favorite foods in Tri I I I I
If offered an alu pie, whichisb,, i.. I. ... i I I of soft
white-flour dough stuffed with potato or channa (chick pea)
and fried, partake. The spicy seasoned filling may delight
your palate. However, if the offer is for babash, also called
mountain dew or bush rum, be aware; it is alcohol illegally
distilled in homemade stills.
Bake, on the other hand, is a Trinidadian staple. It is a
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baked -fri i 1 t w ... .... -.I bake grated coconut is sometimes added to the mixture. It can be prepared in
quick time c I .- II .. .. I ,l I altimes in place of bread. Bakes can be fried plain ... . .. plain bake is
called fried bread) or stuffed with either corned beef or mincemeat. Bake and shark, I .1 ,,, I I. or bake and
salt fish with attendant condiments are always in great demand with locals, especially at the popular Maracas
Beach where bake and cheese is also available. These favourites are also sellout items at cultural and sporting
events, and available from wayside vendors. Whichever way, Trinis love their bake.
Callalou, "a thick green soup made from dasheen leaves, ochroes (okra), coconut milk, seasoned to taste," can
now be found on the menu of most Caribbean islands. Callalou, which often includes crab, can be used as a first
course, or as a side dish with the main meal. In Caribbean communities living in the US and Europe, spinach is
often used as a substitute for dasheen leaves.
Trini float does not mean to stay buoyant in water; float being "a morsel made of flour, deep fried in oil, like a
fried bake but lighter".
You'd often hear the word lime in Trinis' conversations. However, more often than not, the lime being talked
about is not the citrus fruit with which you're familiar. In the lingo, lime is the getting together of a small group
of persons for a pleasurable time: "Ah going on a beach lime this week end!"
You can't sail all the way to Trinidad and not try mauby. It is a drink made from boiling the bark of the rham
naceae tree. Aniseed is added to the boiled bark; the liquid is then diluted, sweetened wit' : .- .'.- :wizzled
until the drink gets a frothy head very much like beer when poured into a glass. Although a i I I,,,, drink,
because of the aniseed, mauby has .i .i' I iii .1, .i
Oil Dong you may just love it's ga .I I I . I I I I -, coconut milk with seasonings and salted meats.
Oil Dong is a "one pot", since it is a complete meal with various ingredients all cooked at the same time in the
same pot".
Pasteles are especially favoured as part of the Christmas fare although they can be obtained year round.
Pastelles are made from corn flour stuffed with chopped meat, raisins, olives and seasonings, then wrapped and
tied in banana leaves and boiled. Pelau must be the most popular Trini one pot cookup. It is a quick dish made
with rice, pigeon peas, pumpkin, carrots, meat of choice (pork, chicken or beef0, and seasoning to taste. Pone, a
sweet pudding, can be made from either cassava, bread, sweet potato, pumpkin or a combination of any of these
main : -., i, ..n- ,nixed with grated coconut, milk, eggs, and sugar then baked. Pow is "a Chinese puffed,
steam( I I' 111 I pie" of either chicken or pork.
Saadaa (spelt "sada" on restaurant menus), a plain type of roti, is usually eaten with spicy, curried c ---t.1 1
and sauces. Sahena is another of the "Indian fried morsel mixture of dough, dasheen bush and -i1 I 1
Sapodilla is a rough skinned, round, brown fruit with flat black seeds that has pulp with a delicious sweet taste.
Seamoss, as the name implies, comes to us via dried seaweed, which is made into a drink by soaking, "adding milk
and spices, then swizzling briskly". Sorrel, another favourite drink, is made from the red, velvet skinned sepals of
a plant related to hibiscus, which bears around December and is a Trini must for Christmas. Soursop is a fruit
with a soft prickled exterior. It has a white fleshy interior with black seeds. The fruit makes a creamy, lip-smack
ing punch when water is added to the fleshy pulp, which is then drained and condensed milk added. Makes a
heavenly ice cream too.
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Dear Compass Readers,
Those who have been following the reaction to my
original letter about Chaguaramas, Trinidad in the
July 2010 issue of Compass will have noticed that
amid the rebuttals respondents have, between them,
confirmed every significant comment I raised.
No single action could better sum up the security
situation in Trinidad than the re-establishment of
'vigilante' security patrols. (Regarding the rate of crime
in Chaguaramas back in July 2008 and the forming of
a patrol by visiting cruisers then, see www.noonsite.
com/Members/doina/R2006-08-05-1.) In the October
2010 Compass it was reported that the -i. .... ... -
Business Community (CBC) group i i .... i
'neighborhood watch' in the form of patrols on the
water in i 1. .... ...... Bay. These patrols, which com-
r ,, I f-; l t- combat
ti -i ,, .I,,, I I i I ,,, .. h . Ith e fa ct
that neither the Police nor Coast Guard has accepted
responsibility for the security of the harbor.
Initially these patrols were manned by members of
the CBC, but they were not able to get enough volun
teers from within their membership and now there are
regular requests on the Cruisers' Information Net for
volunteers from the cruising community. The patrols
aim to maintain a vessel patrolling the anchorage
nightly. The vessel is manned, usually, by one or two
unarmed volunteers (including women) and equipped
with a VHF radio and cell phone. Should the patrol
detect a suspicious presence or disturb a crime in
- : it i: their intention to radio the Coast Guard

These patrols are not universally supported by the
yachting community and locals, many of whom believe
that foreign visitors should not become involved with
enforcing the law of another country. Imagine the
response if a bunch of foreigners started patrolling
your home harbor?
The basic difference between 'vigilante' action and
: 1.1 .1, 1 watch' is the approval and assistance
c i 1 i. Definition of vigilante: Any person who
takes the law into his or her own hands. These patrols
do not have the approval or co-operation of the police.
The Coast Guard is aware of the patrols but has no
authority to approve them. The Coast Guard response
to a patrol volunteer's call is no different from that of
a request from any other person. Taken from selected
websites: "The 'Neighborhood Watch Program'...
enlists the active participation of citizens in cooper
tion with the Police Department to reduce :. ,.1.1
hood crimes. Police endorsement is critical tc 1
group's credibility."
Since the commencement of the patrols there have
been four motors and two 1:...1.; -. 1 .. another rob
bery was disturbed by the .. I 1. boat, not the
patrol. I am concerned that, as the thieves appear to
know all the moves of the patrol an -1. 1 ---
daring, it can only be a matter of .... I i ..-
confrontation occurs. It is reasonable to expect that as
the thieves would be armed, the people manning these
p atrols a ,, .1 i1 i .. . 1i . .. I J .. 1 il... i .... r
is a job l. .1 -h .1111 I II I II 1. .... I ... 11 I .. I
As long as 'vigilante cowboys' want to play games, the
authorities will be happy to sit back and watch.
In a recent incident of motor theft, after the com-
mencement of the patrols, the crew of the yacht
involved, who claimed to have been coming to Trinidad
for 12 years, said on the Information Net that they
were well aware of Trinidad's reputation for theft but
had no idea of just how serious the problem in
Chaguaramas had become, and further suggested it
should be part of the Net Controller's responsibility to
warn boats arriving of the seriousness of the threat.
The average number of motors stolen per month
before the patrols started was 2.3. With patrols it is
presently 2.0 -and rising. My records show a total of
17 motors and seven dinghies stolen over the past five
months. The oft-used adage "lift it, lock it or lose it"
does not hold. Lifted on davits or side halyard, they


still lose it. At least a dozen yachts have been burglar
ized while in the boatyards and marinas.
There have been three reported incidents of cruisers
being run down in their dinghies by speeding pirogues,
and many more near misses. I am pleased to report
the placing of the first of a number of 'No Wake Zone'
signs scheduled to be erected along the shoreline of
the harbor. Now comes the hard part, education and
enforcement, hopefully before another person is run
down. I look forward to reporting progress on this long
overdue but urgently needed initiative.
Ron Llewellyn
PS: Without consulting the 160 members, the
administrators of the Facebook Group 'Trinidad
for Cruising Sailors' have decided to close it and
move to a new site. There are still many questions
awaiting response.

Editor's Note: We asked Niels Lund, coordinator of the
Chaguaramas Business Community's volunteer securi
ty patrol, for his comments, which follow.

Dear Compass,
I don't quite see the point of RL's comments regard
ing our security patrol. He does not support the patrols
and I respect his position. However, I wish to point out
some facts of which he and others may not be aware.
The volunteer security patrol uses a boat that has
been generously loaned to us to motor around
i. ... .. ...". -Bay at night. Any suspicious behavior is
-.. I ., I 'i necessary, reported to the Coast Guard
by phone. In what way are we "vigilante cowboys" tak
ing the law into our own hands? We have every right
to motor around the anchorage. The police, while
indifferent to this problem, are aware that we are
patrolling and have never indicated to us that this was
an illegal activity.
The statistical picture that RL paints is misleading.
According to reports that I can finch i i ....
have gone missing in the last 12 :.. 11- 111', i 1.-
is 17 too many, it is not two or three per month. Since
the start of the volunteer security patrol (August 3rd),
there have been five dinghy/outboard thefts:
The first theft was in the early evening before the
security patrol had begun. We start at 10:00PM and
finish at 5:00AM.
The second and third thefts took place on the first
night in 12 nights that there was no patrol.
The fourth theft took place while the watch was on
duty. The dinghy was stolen from a boat where I had
warned the captain that he should lift his dinghy
because of the theft problem. Notwithstanding the fact
that he had a dedicated davit on deck above the din
ghy, he declined to do so.
The fifth theft took place after the patrol boat was
withdrawn from service (because it had been damaged
while pulling a yacht that had dragged onto a lee dock
during a bad storm).
During this period (July to mid-October), three
engines were stolen off boats at Hart's Cut -one
cruiser and two local boats -but our patrol does not
cover the Hart's Cut area.
With only one theft taking place in Chaguaramas
while the security patrol boat was physically in the
area, it would seem to me that when the patrol is pres
ent on the water, it is making a significant difference.
We are trying to get funding so that we can offer Ron
a job.
As far as I am aware, it was one of the VHF radio net
controllers, a cruiser, who called for volunteers from
the foreign cruisers to take part in the patrols. I initi
ated the patrol by appealing only to concerned mem-
bers of the -iI. ........... business Community.
Foreign cruisei- ..... .. 1 1 .I I their help spontane
ously and it has been sincerely appreciated. It has
helped to reduce the load on people who have to work
the next day. We would all much prefer it if a paid
professional security patrol could be provided and are
working towards that goal. In the meantime, we are
doing the best we can.
Niels Lund
Chaguaramas Business Community

Dear Compass,
Re: Keith Bowen's What's On My Mind column,
"Expensive, Slipperyand Shiny: ADeadly Combination",
in the September issue of Compass:
I write to express some concern regarding the sky-is
falling tone employed by Mr. Bowen in his tale of woe
concerning the stainless steel anchoring system any
one in the know could identify as WASI. (Whether they
actually supplied the chain that failed is not even cer
tain according to the column.)
That aside, I wish to take issue with the general
slander of stainless steel anchoring components
including chain.
Mr. Bowen's photograph and general description of
chromium carbide build-up is consistent with a failure
caused by aggravated intergranular corrosion, during
which chromium (which provides stainless steel with
its stainless properties) is depleted as the crystals
grow, also known as the sensitization effect. This is
initiated typically at the regions subjected to high
heats, such as weld boundaries.
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Continued from previous page
To achieve quality stainless steel fabrication, it is
firstly necessary to use a grade of adequate compo
sition such as 316L or the 316Ti claimed in this
case, and secondly it is necessary to "passivate" the
weld afterward.
The failure of the chain in the manner described
suggests nothing more than the steel's properties were
lacking in either one or both of these two require
ments, or additionally that the chain was not ade
quately maintained (e.g. kept in a damp salty locker
and never cleaned).
The failure could also be caused by the usage of an
incorrect welding rod material. I have seen otherwise
high-quality 316L plate fabrications fail very quickly
when welded incorrectly (the weld rusted and was
gone completely within a season). Again this comes
back to the quality of the particular product and the
competence of the manufacturer, and is no indictment
of stainless steels in general.
In general it is recommended that anchor chain
comes from a reputable manufacturer, who stands to
lose brand reputation, and is proof tested. In Mr.
Bowen's case it seems he does not even know who the
manufacturer is, let alone if there was adequate qual
ity assurance (clearly not). This is no indictment of
stainless steel anchor components in r-n-r1l
There is nothing wrong with the -. i .i ..' i
in anchoring systems, i.... 11 ... ....... -
....... .. i m o o r., ... .. .. - ....
-I i i ...- commonly come back to cheap and
poor-quality products. Stainless is expensive -marine
grade 316/L/Ti very expensive, and still superior
grades like 2205 ultra-expensive (relative to galvanized
steel alternatives). Comparing quality Italian chain
available locally, I find that 316L is approximately four
times more costly than the stronger G40 galvanized
from the same manufacturer. Typically, a stainless
steel product may be expected to cost between three
and five times the equivalent grade galvanized version.
If not, you are getting what you pay for.
By the way, I have no association with WASI.
Craig Smith
Affiliated with Rocna Anchors
Auckland, New Zealand

An Open Letter to Davon Baker
Dear Davon,
Let me start by congratulating the Sandy Island/
Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) for help
ing protect some vital reefs around Carriacou. It is not
easy to get people to curtail fishing activities, even if it
is in .. .. i ... term interest, and I am sure it took
a lot i i- ..--. .. and meetings. We all hope this
aspect of the park will help in long-term protection of
marine resources in Carriacou.
Unfortunately, such discussions were not initiated


win tne 1I1 ,. community, wnicn is proDaDly wny,
in one : -. i Compass, there were no fewer than
three letters expressing disquiet about aspects of the
park. One of these was from Jerry Stewart, not only a
Carriacou resident, but also part owner of Tyrrel Bay
Yacht Haulout, an important small business in
Carriacou. You may have consulted with the excellent
o . ... I, , I I i . .. .. I , . 1. ,
O I .. I I .1 . .- . .. n 1 I I ..
yachts, they are mainly an organization of business
people in Grenada who have the yachting community
as customers, and while they do look out for yachting
interests, they are not always aware of issues impor
tant to those of us in the field.
I understand, too, that as part of a land-based orga
nization, you may not think yachting is very impor
., ii .1... ,,. I i m other
..... i .1 1 IiL should
,,. i, ,,, i, ,, I ,I ii yachting
is a vital part of the economy of Grenada, Carriacou
and Petite Martinique, and in the current recession it
has proved its worth by putting dollars into the econ
omy while land-based tourists backed off. I feel we
should do everything we can to support yachting, as
long as it is not detrimental to the environment.
In your letter to October's Compass you said: "We


have many items to revisit and new ones to give con
siderations to." With this in mind, I would like to
revisit one aspect of the park that has made yachting
people unhappy, to see if there is anything that can
be done.
Tyrrel Bay has been an important anchorage going
way back into the distant past. As you know, most
yachts anchor on the south side of the bay. But there
is also an important anchorage on the north side of the
bay that is now inside the park boundaries. This
anchoring area is quite restricted. It is a little ways to
the north of the entrance to the mangrove swamp in
the one place where there is a good anchoring shelf
between the channel and shore.
In general, only one or two yachts anchor here. This
changes when there is a bad northerly swell and this
becomes the only protected part of the bay. At these
times, you can see 15 or more boats anchoring here to
avoid the swells. Even in lesser swells yachts will
choose to anchor here when they want to climb the
mast, get work done in quieter water, or even be on
their own. The seabed in which they anchor is old
"rubble" coral, stones, sand and mud. There is some
live coral, but it is close to shore, in water too shallow
to anchor, and is therefore not threatened. It seems to
me, and others in the yachting community, that there
is no good environmental reason not to let yachts con
tinue to use this anchorage, and unless the park has
some pressing environmental considerations we don't
know about, to ban yachts from anchoring here
unnecessarily restricts yachting and is a discourage
ment to the 1i1, -,. ,, -1.' r with no tangible benefit
to the envirn ..... ..I ild therefore like you to
consider .11i ,. hts to anchor in this area freely,
as before 11 .. . good reasons not to allow this,
then perhaps you could publish the reports showing
what damage anchoring is doing here. We would at
least know our activities are being curtailed for a good
reason, not just a bureaucratic one.
Chris Doyle
Yacht Ti Kanot

Editor's Note: We askedDavon Bakerfor his response,
which follows.

Dear Chris Doyle,
I appreciate very much your letter and the approach
you have taken. Being aware of your handle on yacht
ing and regional maritime issues, I was somewhat
disappointed when you previously suggested that we
had no real reason to implement a marine protected
area in Carriacou, because our reefs were mostly
intact. However, several studies have shown that our
reefs are, in fact, as threatened as any others, the
causes being both natural and human-induced. We
believe that a prophylactic, pre-emptive approach
would serve us well.


In acinuon, 11 appears mat your taKe was in reacuon
to information that was disseminated with some mea
sure of prejudice and bias. In fact, in the case of Jerry
Stewart, his accusations lack accuracy. I also think
you misunderstood my intent when I made reference
to MAYAG. I did not mean it to say that they were the
de facto yachting organization consulted, because
SIOBMPA consultations with the yachting communi
ties date back to mid-2004, when representatives vis
ited the very Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout owned and
operated by Mr. Stewart.
I have also been informed that discussions followed
in September 2004, early 2005, and also in 2009. In
April 2005, so as not to omit yachties from the early
planning process, the Tyrrel Bay marina was selected
to represent all local marinas, and by extension the
yachting community, on the stakeholders' board. I am
not aware that the yachting community in Carriacou
is otherwise organized.
The truth is, representation on the SIOBMPA
Management Board is not intended for individuals
and/or businesspersons. Instead, the board is com-
prised of representatives of community and non-gov
ernmental stakeholder groups, as well as the agents of
relevant government departments.
Continued on next page


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-Continued from previous page
As such, simply having an important business in
Carriacou does not qualify one for a seat on the board.
In spite of that, exception was made in the earlier
years simply to capture the input of the yachting com-
munity. As such, ;i ;.- 1.;1.1 1;.;.. .... us of Mr.
Stewart to suggest h. -I I II .I 1 I to initiate
discussions with that sector.
At the same time, if a person cares truly for what
SIOBMPA is seeking to achieve, then there are several
avenues for making input into the process. We are
open to new thoughts and ideas, even if we cannot
implement them all. And of course, we are well aware
of the value of the yachting community to Carriacou
and SIOBMPA. It would better serve our community if
persons from within the community engage the
SIOBMPA directly.
SIOBMPA values the frank suggestions and factual
criticisms of the various communities, the same apply
ing to you. We would love to consult with, and learn
from, you. I assure you that keen attention is paid to
your suggestions. As I have indicated before, we are
adaptive in our approach, and already an area is iden
tified where anchoring would be permitted, especially
for the bigger yachts.
The bottom line is the MPA is real in its intent
endorsed by the Government of Grenada and several
regional and international conservation organize
tions. Given time, I am quite sure it will be realized
that it is not just a facade targeting the tourist dollar,
but that we are truly conserving valuable marine
ecosystems for future generations, through effective
co-management.
Eagerly looking forward to hearing from you, and to
establishing an open line of communication.
Davon Baker, Chairman
SIOBMPA
Carriacou
siobmpa@gmail.com

Open Letter to all Tourism-Related users of the
SMMA/CAMMA,
The Soufriere Marine Management Association
(SMMA) of St. Lucia is a local Management Authority
that extends services to all water-based tourism
interests such as yachtin. i.-1..... -. diving,
beach recreation, and the ....... ....i in gen
eral as part of Governments policy for national devel
opment. Indeed one of the primary mandates of the
organization is to enhance the equitable economic,
social and cultural benefits generated from the sus
tainable use of the coastal and marine resources of
Soufriere at the local and national level. Enshrined in
this broad mandate is the need for the SMMA to take
necessary steps to mitigate anthropogenic impacts
on the marine and coastal resources of the area and
to protect the fragile marine ecosystem while ensur
ing all stakeholders benefit from hassle-free use of
the area.
In addition to being designated a Local Fisheries
I... .. I ... i. ..i .... I 1,. Fisheries Act, No. 10
Si i 1 i i.. n given the mandate
to oversee the Canaries Anse la Raye Marine
Management Area (CAMMA). The increased response
ability has had a direct impact on the limited human
and financial resources of the Association, with addi
tional expenditure required for fuel and maintenance
of the patrol vessel, the need for additional staff, as
well as the necessary infrastructure/platform to facili
tate the extended responsibilities that are required for
the CAMMA.
The SMMA is a small nonprofit entity that depends
exclusively on user fees to meet the costs of all expen
diture. The Association does not receive a subvention
fr-m f---mmnnt- h--ever cabinet conclusion 724(b)
S I... ii. SMMA would continue collect
.. th- inrir,- n t An r- .
Recurring expenditure :.. .. I - ... ... I -. .
nance and replacement of infrastructure (demarcation
buoys, dive moorings, -- -ht --rin =1 ;;-1 ---1- -.
well as equipment to i ... ,, .... ,
ing, public education and enforcement activities,
important to fulfilling our mandate.
Three kinds of fee categories have been established
within the area:
Dive Permits: where each person diving within the
'4n -.r l Area pays either an annual or daily permit
i, md EC$13.50 respectively).
Snorkel permits: where each individual who visits
the Managed Area through an organized snorkel tour
or cruise ship pays for a snorkel permit.
Yacht mooring permits: where each vessel coming
into the area must pay a mooring fee dependent on the
length of the vessel.
Fees for the use of resources within the SMMA and
CAMMA have remained constant since January 1st,
2004. Increases in fuel and other i, ,... costs, as
well as the added responsibility for I without a
-- -rease in fees, have resulted in the
S- ability to effectively carry out its
mandate. At the same time, stakeholders continue to
demand an increas- in ,ri,,n- infr,, tr-tur- rn --rn
buoys), increased e..I ..... i .. i I ...
Rangers, increased maintenance of marine infrastruc
ture and adjustments to perceived inequalities in the


GOOD GUIDES ARE TIMELESS
Rocks 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.


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Fee and Billing Systems.
To address these issues, the Association has
embarked on a restructuring of the Fee and Billing
Systems with a formula that aims to represent equity
for all resource users as well as improve the efficiency
of revenue collection. Without this action, the sustain
ability of the SMMA is under threat and a real possi
ability exists of a return to the conflict and disorder
that existed prior to the establishment of SMMA. A
return to such a state will negatively impact the abil
ity of all stakeholders to continue their present liveli
hood operations.
The fnlln"in. ohhnges to the fee system are expected
to coni ... 11 i j November 1st, 2010:
The three categories of fees will remain; addition
ally a User Entrance Fee will be applied to all persons
-nt-;rin the Marine Management Area. The fee will be
I i person entering the area .=2n. -1-- --.t
charters. There is no increase in the : -. i
and dive permits.
A fee of US$2 will be applied, per person per day,
to anyone entering the Marine Management Area
using yachts.
Yachts will have the option of paying for one night's
use of mooring buoys in the SMMA/CAMMA instead of
the current minimum rate, which covers one to two
days. There is no increase in the fee for a yacht moor
ing permit within the SMMA/CAMMA.
A central billing system will come into effect where
stakeholders will have the option of signing contracts
to pay annually, biannually, quarterly or monthly.
Day boat charters will be billed annually at 25
percent of their licensed boat capacity (or US$0.25
per person) in the first year to take into account
charters that have already been booked for the
upcoming season.
Dive operators will be centrally billed annually (or,
as preferred, biannually, quarterly or monthly), at the
rate of a daily dive permit fee, at 25 percent of their
licensed boat capacity.
In return the SMMA reaffirms its commitment to do
the following:
Increase education and public and user awareness
activities to re-build support and sustainable use of
the area.
Improve response time to assist in managing con
flicts and other user issues.
Increase enforcement activity and patrols within
the SMMA/CAMMA.
Increase infrastructure in the Managed Area
(mooring buoys) to satisfy user requirements.
Increase the maintenance of marine infrastructure
in the SMMA/CAMMA.
Your continued support and full cooperation is
appreciated.
Newton Eristhee, General Manager
Soufriere Marine Management Association
Soufriere, St. Lucia
Tel (758) 459-5500 or 724-6330
neristhee@smma.org.lc

Dear Compass Readers,
This is a note to any cruisers who are traveling
with a pet. Plan to have a titer test done on your pet
and carry that paper with your rabies certificate.
More and more rabies-free countries are requiring
them, it seems.
This past summer we flew back to the USA with our
very healthy, always vaccinated 15-year-old pet cat
who has spent her whole life on the boat. We have
flown out of Trinidad many times, but upon returning
this year we found the government is now requiring a
titer test, along with a health certificate, to give your
animal import permit. Allow plenty of time for this test
if you are in the United States -it takes four to five
WEEKS minimum! This test is not a blood test that
can be done in the vet's office. Your vet will take blood
from your pet then it has to be express mailed to a
special I -,,,. facility. In the US, there are only a
couple I I that do this test.
Tf fl-inf back to the islands with a boat pet, allow
Si .1 I time for receiving the results of this test.
Leslie Jones
S/V Phaedrus

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I HTS0NM MIN


There is a fine line we walk when we choose to live a
life on the water, particularly if we do boat deliveries.
We make the decision to be separated from our loved
ones and there are times when we have to make tough
decisions and times when we have no control because
of where in the world we are.


In early May I was in southwest Florida getting ready
to crew on a delivery to Maine when my sister called
and said that our mom had been rushed to the hospi
tal and things didn't look good.
Fortunately my delivery wasn't leaving for another
week and I was able to fly to Cleveland, Ohio and
spend some time with Mom, my sister and my cousin.
When we arrived at the hospital and walked into CCU
we found Mom in good spirits. She rallied with all of
us around her, but I knew in my heart that this would
be our last time together.


I went back to Florida and spent two weeks sailing to
Maine. Then I received another call from my sister that
Mom was back in the hospital, and I knew that I would
not make it back to see her. Now was the time that I had
to do my own soul searching and realize that no matter
the distance between us, we would always be connected.
I called my sister, who is very supportive of my life-
style, and told her that I was flying to the Dominican
Republic to crew on a delivery to St. Lucia and that I
would call her in ten days' time. About three days later
we were sailing off Puerto Rico and I was able to get
phone service. There was the inevitable message from
my sister that my mom had passed away.
Please indulge me; I asked my sister Karin to read
this to my mother during her memorial service. For
this is how a sailor said goodbye...
We live our lives in seasons and no matter how we
prepare ourselves, we just can't. My mother's life has
always been filled with trials and tribulations, but she
never wavered when it came to Karin and me.
I have chosen to live a very unconventional lifestyle.
I'm seeing what the world has to offer by sailing the
high seas. Mom once told me that living in Gary, Indiana
was the longest time that she had ever spent anywhere
and she wasn't sure how comfortable she felt about it!
When I would call her, she'd always ask me where I
was. It made her smile.
My Mom has been my inspiration to embrace every
single day while I can, and so I dedicate this chapter
of my life to her. As I sit here during my late-night
watch, just offshore of Puerto Rico and, yes, crying, a
wavejust crashed over the boat mixing my tears with
salt water and smudging this piece of paper I want
you to know that this is not a day of mourning, this is
a day ofjoy. Mom has finally been released from the
confinements of life.
Thank you Karin for all your love and support andfor
being my "Sister Girl".
I have placed the hand written version of my thoughts
into a corked bottle and cast it out to sea. Mom, have a
great journey.
I love you, your baby forever,
Gail


Delivery crew Gail Isaacs reminds us of one of the
tough realities bluewater sailors face

My mother had the insight to share her wishes for
her final days with us years ago. Here's what I'd like to
share with all of you: while you are at a point in your
life while you and your loved ones are still healthy, sit
down and talk about what you want in case of a cata
strophic illness. (For years, I've made absolutely sure
that my family knows that I'm an organ donor.) It's the
kindest anc ... -I .. ..- ii..... that you can do for
your loved .


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NOVEMBER

1 All Saints' Day. Public holiday in many places
2 All Souls' Day. Public holiday in many places
3 Independence Day, Dominica. Public holiday
3 21st Annual Caribbean 1500, Virginia to Tortola, starts.
www.carib1500.com
3 Bahamas Cruising Rally, Virginia to Abacos, starts. www.carib1500.com
6 St. Maarten Optimist Championship. St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC),
tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, info@smyc.com, www.smyc.com
6 Drakes Channel Treasure Hunt. Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club
(RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, rbviycdrbviyc.com, www.rbviyc.net
12 14 3rd Heineken Regatta Curacao. www.heinekenregattacuracao.com
12 14 BMW J/24 International Regatta, St. Lucia. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC),
tel (758) 452-8350, secretary@stluciayachtclub.com,
www.stluciayachtclub.com
12 14 Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Regatta, Antigua. JHYC, tel (286) 770-6172,
miramarsailing@hotmail.com, www.jhycantigua.com
12 20 20th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. www.arubaregatta.com
13 14 IC24 Nations Cup. RBVIYC
13 17 Golden Rock Regatta, St. Maarten to Statia.
www.goldenrockregatta.com
18 22 St. Barth Cata Cup (F18 catamaran regatta), www.stbarthcatacup.com
18 5 Dec. Vuelta a la Hispaniola (Around Hispaniola) Race: 360 Challenge.
www.vueltalahispaniola.com
19 20 Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival, Barbados.
www.rumandbeerfestival.com
20 Round Tortola Race. RBVIYC
21 FULL MOON
21 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Canaries to St. Lucia, starts.
www.worldcruising.com
21 ARC Flotilla, Castries to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. arcflotilla@gmail.com
26 28 7th Course de L'Alliance Regatta, St. Maarten/St. Barth's/Anguilla.
www.coursedelalliance.com
27 29 Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Regatta, Antigua. Jolly Harbour Yacht Club
(JHYC), Antigua. tel (268) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com,
www.jhycantigua.com
28 30 J/24 Barbados Match Racing Championships. http://sailbarbados.com
28 Winter Series begins for J/24s and yachts, St. Lucia. SLYC





DECEMBER

2-5 Carlos Aguilar Memorial Match Race, St. Thomas, USVI.
St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC), tel (340) 775-6320, fax (340) 775-3600,
info@styc.net, www.styc.net
3-5 Gustav Wilmerding 20th Annual Memorial Challenge, BVI.
West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 496-8685,
mvh@surfbvi.com, www.jollyrogerbvi.com
6- 11 48th Antigua Charter Yacht Show. www.antiguayachtshow.com
7 8 Yacht Industry Security Conference, St. Thomas, USVI.
www.maritimesecurity.org
11 13 Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy & Diamond Dash' Races from
St. Lucia to Martinique and back. SLYC
12 SLYC Fun Day. SLYC
12 21 Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba. www.jazzcuba.com
13- 17 Christmas Camp Youth Sailing, St. Lucia. SLYC
19 Carols Afloat in the Bay, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. SLYC
21 FULL MOON
21 Winter Solstice
25 Christmas Day. Public holiday in many places
26 Boxing Day. Public holiday in many places
31 Nelson's Pursuit Race, Antigua. AYC
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lunch and dinner
VHF CH68
Phone (784) 458-3458
A friendly atmosphere where you can sit and meet people.
Admiralty Bay, Bequia
Noelina & Lennox Taylor welcome you!


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#1 CHOICE IN FISHING &
SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING GEAR
FRONT ST, BEQUIA ISLAND
McCOY ST, KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT
' UNION ISLAND
TEL: (784) 458-3420 / (784) 485-6255
FAX: (784) 458-3797
E-mail: lulley@vincysurf.com


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CARRIACOU REAL ESTATE

Land and houses for sale
For full details see our website:
www.carriacou.net
or contact Carolyn Alexander at
Carrlacou Real Estate Ltd
e-mail: Islander@splcelsle.com
Tel: (473) 443 8187 Fax: (473) 443 8290

We also handle Villa Rentals &
Property Management on Carriacou



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Cheese, Cream,Juices etc.
Seafood, Shrimp, Prawns, smoked & fresh Salmon, Fish, Lamb,
Steaks, Baguettes baked freshly every day.
Enjoy our popular Baguette Sandwiches made to order on
or off the premises or takeaway.Try our Smoothies
Provisioning forYacht Charters, large or small orders
for Restaurants, Hotels,Villas or simply to enjoy at home.
Call us on VHF for our delivery service to your yacht
We are also situated in Calliaqua, St. Vincent 456 2987
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TechNick 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
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Didier and Maria
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Sails & Canvas (repairs & fabrication]
located at Carenantilles dockyard
Open Monday to Friday 8-1 2am 2-6pm
Saturday by appointment
tel/fax: (596] 596 74 88 32
e-mail: didier-et-maria@wanadoo.fr


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Inboard Diesel Service
Case PI.:e Martinique
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Fabrication pulpits, stanchions, davits, chainplates,
anchor rMalets, solar panel arces A more
Rodney Bay Boatyard, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Tel: (758) 485-0665 or (758) 384-0665
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ROGER'S OUTBOARD SERVICE
St. Lucia
OFFERS PROMPT AND EFFICIENT REPAIRS
AND SERVICING OF ALL MAKES
OF OUTBOARD ENGINES.
WE PICK UP AND DELIVER
TO AND FROM RODNEY BAY MARINA.
ALSO AVAILABLE ARE PRE-OWNED
RECONDITIONED OUTBOARD ENGINES.
CALL ROGER AT [7581 284-5050


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awnings, new sails,
rigging, splicing,
cockpit cushions,
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Agents for Doyle,
Furlex & Profurl
Call KENNY
STel: (758) 452-8648 or
St. Lucia (758) 584- 0291
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St. Lucia

CHATEAU MYGO
HOUSE OF SEAFOOD :
Steaks Seafood Pizzas
Marigot Bay, St Lucil
Third Generation locally.
owned & operated.
Happy Hour All Day & -I1 IJ.cWht
on our cocktails & b..r "'
Free docking for yachts dining with us!
Free Water Taxi Pick Up
from your yacht to our dock!
5 and more people & captain eats for free!
Phone: 758-451-4772 VHF 16


Installation / Repair
Zac artimer Le Marin, Martinique FWI
Tel: + (596) 596 650 524 Fax: + (596) 596 650 053
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Diploma in Massage/SPA Therapy from Sweden

St. Maarten

CIRExpress
COURIER SERVICES
St. Maarten/ St. Martin, collect
and deliver door to door
ST. MAARTEN
Packages Pick up call:
Tel/Fax: + (599) 544-3276
Tel/Fax: +1(305) 515-8388
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twin Perkins 225
diesels, dual helm
stations, generator,
a/c, 4 cabins/2 heads, beautiful teak interior & ample
storage. Outboard & dinghy included.
Professionally maintained. Located in Tortola.
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US$ 59,000.00
Lying in St. Maarten Will deliver to neighboring islands.
Contact: Don Robertson E-mail: cooklelee4u@cox.net
Phones: (599) 552- 9078 / US (619) 368-9078


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CRUISER 1988 Center cock-
pit, single owner, lovingly
maintained. Sailed through-
out the Caribbean and now
located in Trinidad. Ready
for you to start cruising tomor-
row. USD 189,999 E-mail
SailingOnFree@aol.com
17FORMULA 111 85Yamaha,
Good Condition, Lying
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fridge, computer. Tel (473)
415-8271 E-mail Richard.
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dry sailed, up-to-date hard-
ware/rigging. Includes road
trailer with new wheels. New
North Sails Runner, sheets and
lines, complete set of racing
and delivery sails, rigging has
only 2 seasons. Willing to assist
buyer in showing how to the
set up, tune andmaintain the
boat US$16,500 open to al
negotiation. E-mail:
Christopher.marshall
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CARRIACOU SLOOP
'PIPEDREAM' 1984. 39 over-
all. New cockpit, deck etc.
Re-planked & re-fastened
in bronze. Quick boat. Lying
Antigua. Become part of
W.Indian sail. A non-profit
heritage rebuild.
US$29,000.00 Offers. E-mail
raylinnington@hotmail.com







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worsley@hotmail.com
1990 HUNTER 433 Turn key,
US$70,0D0, Lying Trinidad
Contact Peter
Tel: (868) 683-7946


butfirstlaunched 19/3/2010.
30 hours on twin engines
(2x260HP). All factory
options (inc.Bimini top) and
guarantee. On boat lift.
US$95,000. Contact Frank
Tel: (599) 5231619 E-mail
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lagoon, nicely renovated,
fully furnished, launderette,
security and parking.
Tel: (599) 5442611
www.lagoon-marina.com
info@lagoon-marina.com
LA POMPE, BEQUIA
Large 2 bedroom house and/
or 1 bed studio apartment.
Big verandah and patio,
stunning view, cool breeze.
Interne, cable TV. 2 weeks
minimum, excellent long-
term rates. Tel: (784) 495 1177
email: louisjan@vincysurf.com


SAIL-LOFT, UPHOLSTERY
100m2, established since
2002 located Carenantilles
Dockyard, Le Marin,
Martinique. New sewing
machines (less than 4 years)
Price 120 00D Euros Tel: (596)
596 74 88 32 E-mail didier-et-
maria@wandoo.fr



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RYA SAILING AND
POWERBOAT training availa-
ble now in Antigua by recog-
nized company ONDECK.
Competent Crew to
Yachtmaster Ocean availa-
ble. Pease call (268) 562
6696 E mail eb@ondeck-
oceanracing.com or visit us in
Antigua Yacht Club Marina,
Falmouth Harbour, Antigua.
HOMESTAYS GRENADA
Would you like to spend some
time on shore? We offer rooms
and apartments in local
homes all over Grenada at
affordable rates. US$30-120
per night. Come and be part
of the family!
Tel: 73 4 845473 456 9378
4735334281
www.homestaysgrenada.com


US 50 per word Include name,
address and numbers in count Line
drawings/photos accompanying
classified are US$10 Pre-pald bythe
15th of the monlh No replies


Tel: (473) 538-4346 SAPPHIRE VILLAGESt.Thomas,
USVI. One bedroom/studio
units short/long term availa-
ble. Starting at $125
MARINA SLIP SAPPHIRE BEACH Daily/$875 Weekly Tel:
St. Thomas USVI. 65 ft Marina (787) 366-3536 or E-mail
Slip (N-6) with full title. East End, Ivc99@aol.com
St Thomas facing St.John and
the BVIs. Adjacent to a beauti- ST. MAARTEN COMMERCIAL
ful beach and pool facilities. SPACE Lagoon Marina Cole
Safe, secure and just a 20 min- Bay 50 m2 ground floor + 24
utes boat ride to Tortola, BVI. m2 entresol $ 1450/per
US$1250D0. OBO Tel: 787-366- month. Office space 40 m2
3536 E-mail Ivc99@ad.com first floor $ 970/per month
Roadside unit with apart-
YANMAR OUTBOARD DIESEL ment upstairs, ideal for shop/
36hpTriniadcell(868)650-1914 living combo $ 1550/per
E-mail jandutch@tstt.net.tt month. Water access, secu-
rity and parking included.
SAILBOAT PROPS used 3 blade Tel: (599) 5442611
from 13 to 22 diameter www.lagoon-marina.com
Selftailing winches, Barlow, info@lagoon-marina.com
Barient, Lewmar E-mail
Yachtsales@dl-yachfing.com ST. MAARTEN COLE BAY
Tel (758) 452 8531 Unique!! Short term or long
term rental. Marina water-
CUMMINS DIESEL 300HP front, 2 bedroom apartment
MODEL 6CTA8.3-M1 with dock space available
6 cylinders 225 KW Located within 10 meters. Overlooking


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ADVERTISER LOCATION PG#
A&C Yacht Brokers Martinique MP
ABC Manne Curacao 8
Admiral Yacht Insurance UK 39
Anjo Insurance Antigua 11
ARC Dynamic St Lucia MP
Art & Design Antigua MP
B & C Fuel Dock Petite Martinique 35
Barefoot Yacht Charters St Vincent 24
Barrow Sails & Canvas Trinidad MP
Basil's Bar Mustique 36
Bequia Venture Bequia MP
Budget Manne Slnt Maarten 2
Business Development Co Trinidad 23
BVI Yacht Sales Tortola 42
Captain Gourmet Union Island 37
Caralbe Greement Martinique 27
Caralbe Greement Martinique MP
Caralbe Yachts Guadeloupe 40
Caribbean Manne Electncal Trinidad MP
Canbbean Propellers Ltd Trinidad MP
Caribbean Woods Bequia MP
Carnacou Silver Diving Carriacou MP
Chateau Mygo Restaurant St Lucia MP
CIRExpress St Maarten MP
Clippers Ship Martinique MP
Cooper Marine USA 9
Curacao Marine Curacao 8


ADVERTISER LOCATION
De Komah Bar St Lucia
Diesel Outfitters St Maarten
Diginav Martinique
Dockwise Yacht Transport Martinique
Dominica Manne Center Dominica
Dominican Rep Guide Dominican Rep
Down Island Real Estate Carriacou
Doyle Offshore Sails Tortola
Doyle Sails c/w
Doyle's Guides USA
Echo Marine Jotun Special Trinidad
Eduardoho Boats Colombia
Edward William Insurance International
Electropics Trinidad
Errol Flynn Manna Jamaica
Femando's Hideaway Bequia
Food Fair Grenada
Glttens Engines Trinidad
Gourmet Foods St Vincent
Grenada Manne Grenada
Grenada Sailing Festival Grenada
Grenadines Sails Bequia
Inboard Diesel Service Martinique
Insurance Consultants Grenada
lolaire Enterprise UK 3!
Island Water World Sint Maarten
Johnson Hardware St Lucia


ADVERTISER LOCATION PG#
Jones Mantime St Croix 38
Kerry Manne Services Bequia MP
Kingfisher Manne Services Bequia MP
Laurena Hotel Carnacou 31
Le Phare Bleu Grenada 25
Le Phare Bleu Regatta Grenada 13
LEssence Massage St Lucia MP
Lulley's Tackle Bequia MP
Marc One Manne Tnnidad MP
Mangot Beach Club St Lucia 28
Manna Zar-Par Dominican Rep 11
Mclntyre Bros Ltd Grenada 38
Mercury Marine Canbbean Wide 47
Mid Atlantic Yacht Services Azores MP
Off Shore Risk Management Tortola 9
Perkins Engines Tortola 18
Petit St Vincent PSV 32
PJ's Laundry Service Grenada MP
Porthole Restaurant Bequla MP
Power Boats Tnnldad MP
Quantum Sails Tortola 10
Renaissance Manna Aruba 16
Rodney Bay Sails St Lucia MP
Roger's Outboard Service St Lucia MP
Sea Services Martinique MP
Ship's Carpenter Tnnidad MP
Sparkle Laundry St Lucia 38


ADVERTISER
St Maarten Sails
St Thomas Yacht Sales
SVG Air
SVG Tounsm
Technick
The Lure
Ti Mange
Tikal Arts & Crafts
Trade Winds Cruising
Trans Caraibes Rallies
Turbulence Sails
Turbulence Sails
Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout
Vemasca
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Volles Assistance
Volvo
Wallilabou Anchorage
WIND
Woodstock Boatbuilders
Xanadu Manne
YES


LOCATION
St Maarten
St Thomas
St Vincent
St Vincent
Grenada
Tnnidad
St Lucia
Grenada
Bequia
St Maarten
Grenada
Grenada
Carnacou
Venezuela
Virgin Gorda
Martinique
Martinique
St Vincent
Martinique
CW
Venezuela
Martinique


CW = Caribbean wide
MP = Market Place pages 43 to 45


Martinique, Le Marin. Price
negotiable. Tel: (596) 696
227113, E-mail padusa90@
gmail.com
SAILS AND CANVAS
EXCEPTIONALLY SPECIAL
DEALS at http://doylecarib-
bean.com/specials.htm
TACKTICK WIRELESS/SOLAR
INSTRUMENTS, Discountprices:
AVncrhernrcckhs plates ccm


MARINE TECHNICIAN Marine
Engineering Co. in Grenada is
seeking technicians with work-
ing experiencein marine diesel
engines, AC and refrigeration,
electrical, electronics, water-
makers & wind generators.
Ideal for cruiser or independ-
ent tech. Pease E-mail CV to
enzamarine@spiceisle.com
CYOA YACHT CHARTERS in
St Thomas has full and part
time openings. Check our
ad on page 42


DECKHAND/MATE available.
Chapman School of
Seamanship graduate.
STCW-5, First Aid CPR, SVG
50T Masters License, also a
good cook! Photos/experi-
ence/references available.
SVG/Bequia national. E-mail
kellee 435@hotmail.com


CARRIACOU LAND, Lots and
multi-acre tracts. Great
views overlooking Southern
Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay.
www.caribtrace.com

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SALL ECO CONCEPTS CLEANERS
"Green Concepts" marine care products -A range that Includes
Barnacle Removers, Bilge, Hull & Deck, Glass and Chrome Cleaners
as well as degreasers. All these products carry
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
'Design for the Environment' (DIE) seal. )I
Deal effectively with the harsh stains,
markings, scaling and barnacles that
the seagoing environment inflicts on
our boats without worrying about
dangerous, toxic problems in
application and disposal. -


WHAT'S NEW?

XANTREX PURE SINE INVERTERS
The PROwatt SW Series feature Trae Sine-Wave
AC output with 1000 and 2000 watts respectively.
With high surge capability, the PROwatt SW
Seres provides the necessary current to startup
demanding electrical loads. In addition to dual
GFCI AC receptacles, the PROwatt SW Series In-
clude an innovative USB connection for providing
power to most USB chargeable devices.
000watt Priced at $315.00,2000watt $436.50


From as low as $6.20


WHAT'S ON SALE

IN STORE?=*


ALL YO-ZURI HYDRO MAGNUM LURES
This sinking lure design produces incredibly lifelike action no matter
the trolling speed. The realistic holographic vacuum melallizalion
finish is augmented by the over-sized 3D eyes, integral gill plates and
etched lateral line. Through-wire construction makes this lure extremely
durable and the smaller size makes it equally effective when cast and
retrieved. The Hydro Magnum can reach depths of 15 to 20 feet.
From $16.70 **


FENDRESS FENDER COVERS
A range of premium fender covers professionally de-
signed and manufactured to offer the highest level of
quality, strength and durability. Made with a premium
quality UV resistant, non
abrasive loop knit acrylic.
Available In Navy Blue to fit all
Polyform Fender Sizes.
Starting as low as $19.70 a pair


KYOCERA 185 WATT
SOLAR PANELS :
As a pioneer with 35 years In solar, Kyocera
demonstrates its leadership in the development
of solar energy products. This 185 watt panel has
a maximum Power Voltage 23.6V, Open Circuit
Voltage 29.5V. As this panel generates 24 volts
nominal it must be used with an MPPT controller
such as the Mornngstar IMStar MPPT 45 amp
solar controller for 12v or 24v systems. Size
52.7"x 39".
Priced at $810.00


NU-TEAK CLEANING PRODUCTS
Nu-Teak 1 step cleaner removes gray mildew
stains, oil, fuel and fish blood stains from marine
teak wood without softening deck seams. Seals,
preserves and enhances natural appearance of
Steak wood. Nu-Teak Brightener brightens
teak and other hardwoods to their natural beauty.
Easy application, destroys mildews, contains no
bleach, doesn't raise wood grain.
Priced at $17.55 each
.


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freight
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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 3 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. Compass gets our message to the sailors by keeping the publication interesting and current, with lots of must-read articles. Thank you, Compass !Ž „ Linda Phillips Doyle Sailmakers BVI, Ltd. www.doylesails.com NOVEMBER 2010 € NUMBER 182www.caribbeancompass.com The Caribbeans Monthly Look at Sea & ShoreIn the ZoneA Panama Canal trip ............18Clearing with FidoCruising rules for dogs .........20Miles of SmilesCircumnavigating Jamaica ...24A Green DinghySolar power and sail .............27Future CaptainSeeking a career at sea .........28Lost and FoundOne J/24s big adventure .....29 DEPARTMENTS Info & Updates ......................4 Business Briefs .......................7 Caribbean Eco-News...........10 Regatta News........................12 Meridian Passage .................22 Fun Pages.........................30, 31 Sailors Hikes .........................32 Dollys Deep Secrets ............32 The Caribbean Sky ...............33 Ask Captain Science ...........34 Book Review .........................36 Cooking with Cruisers ..........37 Readers Forum .....................3 Whats on My Mind ...............41 Calendar of Events ...............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. ©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@gmail.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 & Distribution Maurice Moffat Tel: (758) 452 0147 Cell: (758) 720 8432. mauricemoffat@hotmail.com St. Maarten/St. Barths/Guadeloupe: Ad Sales Stéphane LegendreMob: + 590 690 760 100steflegendre@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 Chris Bissondath, Tel: (868) 222-1011, Cell: (868) 347-4890, chrisbiss@yahoo.com Venezuela: Ad Sales & Distribution Patty Tomasik Tel: (58-281) 265-3844 Tel/Fax: (58-281) 265-2448 xanadumarine@hotmail.comISSN 1605 1998Cover photo by Wilfred Dederer, Wallilabou Bay on the Leeward side of St. Vincent COLLAERTVAN HETEREN

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 4 Yachting Community Provides Scholarships in Carriacou The Carriacou Childrens Education Fund (CCEF) is an informal, voluntary group of individuals from visiting yachts from around the world, and concerned local businesspeople. Since 2000, CCEF has conducted fundraising activities during the first week of August at the Carriacou Yacht Club, coinciding with the annual Carriacou Regatta Festival. The CCEF continues this year with an additional set of scholarships: Trevin McLawrence and Leah Hagley from Bishops College and Camille DeRoche and Gloria Wells from Hillsborough Secondary School have begun their studies at the Carriacou campus of TA Marryshow Community College, with full tuition and fees as well as a stipend of EC$1,000 towards the purchase of textbooks. These students bring to 13 the number of scholarships awarded by the CCEF. Previous awardees have already put their education to good use: Tahera Paul and Rena Noel are working at Hillsborough Secondary School, as are Stacey Bain and Carnisha Charles. Marcia Scott is employed by Bullens Enterprises and Reann Martineau is with the Board of Tourism. Each student writes an essay on the topic How I will use my education to build a better GrenadaŽ, and the primary focus for all students has been development of opportunities for the youth of Grenada. Rholda Quamina and Brian Lendore, the principals of the two secondary schools in Carriacou, select the scholarship recipients based on CXC/CSEC scores and financial need. Patrick Compton, Carriacou branch of the Grenada Union of Teachers, assists in the process every year, collecting and reviewing the essays. To date, CCEF has raised more than EC$125,000 to provide uniforms, school supplies and other educational assistance to the children of Carriacou. The mission is to help as many children as possible and to fill the gap between what is required for a child to receive a proper education and what the families can provide. Since its inception, CCEF has provided assistance towards this goal in more than 500 cases. Success is due primarily to the hard work and generosity of the visiting yachts and the local population who support CCEF, and is the yachts way of saying thank youŽ to the people of Carriacou for the warm welcome always received. These scholarships at TAMCC are an extension of the assistance that CCEF has provided to primary and secondary school children of Carriacou in the past, targeting assistance for the future leaders of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. In some places visitors can expect to pay US$10 or more per day for WiFi. In Tyrrel Bay it is free through the sponsorship of Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout, Chris Doyles Cruising Guides, and Island Water World. Technical support is provided by Michael Ward. All that is asked is for visiting yachts to make a contribution to the CCEF! A password is required and yachts can obtain a free password at the Carriacou Yacht Club. Contributions are voluntary and all proceeds are used for the educational needs of the less fortunate children of the island. Yacht Attacked Off Los Testigos The US-flagged yacht Boldly Go was attacked by four armed men at 10:00AM on October 16th at approximately 011°05N, 063°23W. The yacht was about four and a half hours sail west of the Venezuelan offshore islands of Los Testigos, en route to Porlamar, Isla Margarita. The couple aboard had originally planned to avoid the area, but when sailing from Grenada wind conditions prevented them from sailing directly into Porlamar from the north. The two-handed crew, Jim Hutchins and Ellen Birrell, were assaulted and held at gunpoint. The pirates struck Jim in the head and back several times with a pistol; fortunately, his injuries were not serious. They also clicked the trigger with the gun held to his neck. The boarders ransacked the Sun Odyssey 40, taking all valuable items they could carry in their 16-foot piñero „ including an EPIRB, all radios, two computers, chartplotter, GPS, other electronics, tools, bikes, outboard engine and money. With no land in sight and only a compass left on board for navigation, Jim and Ellen sailed back to Los Testigos, arriving just before dark. A Venezuelan Coast Guard vessel was on station in Los Testigos and took a report of the incident. „Continued on next page Info & Updates Left to right: Nadia Edwards and Codell Stafford (2009 scholarship winners) with Trevin McLawrence, Camille DeRoche, Leah Hagley, Gloria Wells and Fleure Patrice, Director of the Carriacou campus of TA Marryshow Community College

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 5 „ Continued from previous page The Coast Guard then escorted the yacht to Porlamar, stopping two piñeros with four men in each during the trip; neither of these piñeros contained the men who robbed the yacht. Ellen would like to remind cruisers about the ongoing danger of sailing between Los Testigos and Isla Margarita during daylight hours. Cruisers Site-ings € Fantasy Island Marina in Roatan has a new website: www.fantasyislandmarina.com/index.html . € Sanctuaries of the Caribbean, a film about the Marine Protected Areas in the southeastern Caribbean, produced earlier this year as part of the Coastal and Marine Management and Education in the Southeastern Caribbean project, can now be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMKKkpLreXw . € Founded in 2006, the Yacht Aid Global humanitarian organization is a worldwide effort to deliver school and medical supplies to coastal locations that need help, utilizing a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, patrons that sponsor the supplies, and yachts that offer to transport them. Visit www.yachtaidglobal.org to learn how to take an active role in this charitable project. Eight Bells CAPTAIN OLIVER The Sint Maarten Yacht Club newsletter announced the passing of Olivier Lange, better known as Captain Oliver, on September 25th. He was the founder of Captain Olivers Marina, Captain Olivers Yacht Club and Captain Olivers Regatta. The Captain lived by the mantra La joie de vivreŽ and encouraged all whose lives he touched to embrace the lifestyle. He will be dearly missed. The SMYC extends sincere condolences to the Captains family and friends. JIMMY SCOTT, JAMARLY MEADE John Burnie reports: Yachtsmen visiting the Antigua Yacht Club this season will be sad to learn that long-serving barman Jimmy Scott passed away with great dignity after a long illness. His friendly welcome in the upstairs bar since 1987 will be much missed. Equally sad is the clubs loss of one of their full-time sailing instructors, Jamarly Meade, who succumbed very suddenly to an aggressive form of leukemia at the age of 22. An accomplished Laser sailor (he qualified as RYA Instructor at UK Sailing in Cowes), Jamarly was a key part of the recently launched Antigua National Sailing Academy and was frequently invited to crew during regattas on iconic yachts, including Leopard 3 and Rebecca . Deeply involved in all aspects of the Antiguan yachting community, Jamarly will be missed. KEES STAPEL John A. Smith aboard the Mermaid of Carriacou writes: One of the boons of this sea-gypsy lifestyle that I have lived for the past 42 years is the great diversity of people I have met and often befriended. I have known people from dozens of countries and a hundred professions „ doctors, fishermen, lawyers, scientists, cooks, writers, poets, painters, teachers and even an occasional Indian chief „ but I have never met anyone else quite like Kees Stapel. Kees was foremost a sailor and a happy man. But more importantly he was my friend. Kees was everyones friend. He loved people. He loved women and children and people from all walks of life and he affected everyone who ever met him, and that is thousands of people from all over the world. Kees became their friend and teacher and confidant, and often, with women, their lover. But one thing Kees was not was overbearing. Euphemistically speaking, for Kees, life was never a pissing contestŽ. He never had to brag or tell a lie. Kees, like Popeye, was just what he was, and maybe „ well, no, definitely „ a hell of a lot more. Kees was perhaps a bit touched, but divinely touched, and as a consequence he was always a bit magicalƒ and he did it without even trying. He was one of the most sensitive and at the same time brutally honest people I have ever met. I will assume this applies to most who knew him, and his legacy still affects us. Even though we mourn his passing, he is still with us „ and that is why I will not, I cannot, write an obituary about him. Rather I will write this small orbituaryŽ, because that is what he was and always will be: in orbit somewhere! To paraphrase Neil Young, He sleeps with angels; he is always on someones mindŽ, and so can never really be gone. He will always be with and among those who knew and inevitably loved him. I celebrate his life and my good fortune for having known him. Kees was born in Rotterdam, Holland in the early 1930s and grew up under the heel of the Nazi occupation. Like many of his countrymen, he went to sea as both a profession and an escape from a world that had gone completely mad. I met him in 1972 when he had just finished a multiple-year stint as captain of the famous Dutch schooner Blue Peter in St. Maarten. Prior to this he had been the epitome of the clean-cut, well-groomed, four-stripe yacht captain working as both an advisor and agent for many shipping firms in Miami, but the 1960s and 70s changed a lot of us, including Kees. He became the ultimate Caribbean boat hippie and, in the manner of Bernard Moitessier, chose happiness and peace over economic gain. He let his hair and beard grow and often as not when aboard was naked. He bought the old Piver Nimble catamaran Sunset from the dock in St. Maarten, renamed it The Wizard of Id , and set out on his own personal odyssey of self-discovery „ and what a journey it became! Most people in the Caribbean remember him from this period. He later bought the sloop Argonaut and with it singlehanded around the globe, completing his voyage when he was well into his 60s. Returning to Florida he hit a reef in the Bahamas and lost the boat, but Kees had made too many friends to be left on the beach and so soon found himself aboard a small wooden cutter which he renamed Lady Hoppy in memory of his mother. It was while aboard this vessel that he met the Great Pilot who ultimately led him across the final bar and into his last port. As Kees enveloped us in his love and friendship it seems right that he spent his last few years enveloped aboard a vessel that represented for him the shelter and love of his mom. Just as she so many years before had brought him into the world, I would like to think that her spirit eased his way into a better one. Kees was one of a kind and I know he is still here in orbit. So take care, Brother Man „ I love you. „Continued on next page Among the four Caribbean sailing personalities to whom we say farewell this month is AYC Instructor Jamarly Meade, who died on July 17th aged 22

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 6 „ Continued from previous page 2010 Yacht Industry Security Conference The Maritime Security Council will host its 2010 Yacht Industry Security Conference at the Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands on December 7th and 8th. The focus of this event is to identify security best practicesŽ appropriate for application to the yachting industry, and to reduce opportunities for this sector of the maritime industry to serve as a vector for the successful introduction of threats into the yachting marina host countries. The MSC, established in 1988, is a non-profit, member-driven organization representing maritime industries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance the security of the United States and the international maritime community by representing maritime interests before government bodies; acting as liaison between industry and government; disseminating timely information; encouraging and assisting in the development of industry-specific technologies; and convening educational and informational conferences. For more information visit www.maritimesecurity.org/meetings.html. New Tobago-New York Flight Planning a crew change or family visit in Tobago? A new Caribbean Airlines flight between New Yorks JFK Airport and Tobagos Crown Point International Airport will begin on December 12th. Caribbean Airlines flight BW529 will depart JFK every Sunday at 2:35PM and arrive at Tobagos Crown Point International Airport at 7:30PM. Flight BW528 will depart Tobago at 7:35AM, arriving JFK at 12:40PM, allowing for connections throughout the US and Canada. For more information visit www.caribbean-airlines.com. Fair Winds, Jack! Jack Dausend, a 20-year resident of Trinidad, is retiring and moving to Arizona, USA to live closer to his family. Jack was the editor and publisher of the annual Boaters Directory , which recently completed its 15th year. He also started the popular monthly Boca magazine, which ran for ten years, as well as being the long-time Trinidad & Tobago agent of the Caribbean Compass . This will actually be the third retirement for Jack. The first one was in 1982 when he left his engineering job in California and sailed to Hawaii for the good life with a coowner of a 32-foot sailboat called Wind Psalm . After six months his partner missed the rat race and flew back to the States, leaving Jack to sail singlehanded back to San Francisco where he resumed his old job and bought the boat outright. His second retirement came in 1985 when he met his sailing partner „ later his wife „ Cathryn, and left to go sailing again until he resumed work in Trinidad in 1995. Jack first came to Trinidad in 1990, this being his first Antilles port of call, having come east from Cartagena, Colombia via Venezuela. Arriving just before Christmas and Carnival, Jack and Cathy entered thoroughly into the Carnival experience. This love of Carnival led Jack many years later to put on Carnival seminars to introduce new yachties to the many activities and encourage them to join in. For the next three years, Jack and Cathy continued to travel between Trinidad and Bonaire, always coming back for Carnival. In 1995 Jack was approached by TIDCO (now known as the Tourism Development Company) for his help in putting together a directory for the increasing numbers of foreign boaters who had begun to discover Trinidad. Being an experienced international sailor and very familiar with Trinidads business community, mainly in Chaguaramas, Jack was in a unique position to help set up a very helpful guide for visiting yachtsmen. He quickly became a familiar figure while he walked around town and to all the marinas and contractors, wearing his red cricket hat. After many happy years living at anchor at TTSA, Jack and Cathy swallowed the anchor and moved ashore. After the first edition of the Boaters Directory of T&T proved to be a success, TIDCO turned it over to Jack, who then set about learning the advertising and publishing businesses. Having graduated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he had a lot to learn about publishing but he enjoyed every minute of it with his hands-on approach. Together with his all-Trini staff, he oversaw all the artwork, layout and printing of the Directory and later the Boca . At the age of 77, Jack now is assuming this will be his last retirement „ but who knows! We wish the best of luck to Jack and Cathy in sunny Arizona. Welcome Aboard! In this issue of Compass we welcome new advertisers Ti Mange restaurant of St. Lucia, on page 36; and Inboard Diesel Service of Martinique, in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45. Good to have you with us! Jack Dausend sailed into Trinidad in 1990 and was instrumental in catapulting Chaguaramas to prominence in the international cruising community. Look out, Arizona!

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 7 BUSINESS BRIEFSNew Beach Bar/Restaurant in St. Lucia Halfway down the west coast of St. Lucia on the popular Anse Cochon Beach is the new addition to the picturesque Ti Kaye Village Resort: Ti Manje restaurant and bar. As the name suggests, they serve tasty and simple foods for both visiting yachtsmen and local boaters. A stop at Ti Manje Restaurant on the way to the Pitons from Rodney Bay in the north is just what the doctor prescribed for the weary sailor. Mooring in the clear pristine waters of the bay is simple and safe, and the restaurants burgers and fries, salads and fish dishes, not to mention ice-cold beers and cocktails, are all reasonably priced. Ti Manje does boatside orders, too, which can be arranged by calling the restaurant directly at 456-8118 or via VHF channel 16. Ti Manje offers a waterfront dining experience at a price you can afford, from 1000 hours to 1700 hours every day. For more information see ad on page 36. Just Because Summers Overƒ Summer is over, but thats no reason to forget about insuring your yacht. Offshore Risk Management offers customized insurance coverage, personal claims service, expertise since 1972 and lower insurance costs. For more information see ad on page 9. Insurance Consultants of Grenada Launches Web-Based Policy An easy to use web-based proposal form is now available on the website of Insurance Consultants of Grenada, www.iclgrenada.com. The form can be filled in on-line and e-mailed back. Their aim is to provide a fast response with competitive terms and conditions using A-rated security (AM Best). For more information see ad on page 33. Just Say YES! YES has started afresh! YES (Yachting Engineering System) of Martinique offers a new look and new products for the 2010/2011 season. Here is a list of their new products: inside/outside waterproof LED lights; solar equipment (new solar panels 130w, MPPT regulators, decorative lights, etcetera); new portable, compact and quiet generators; wind turbines, batteries, and more. Come and see the new products either by dinghy via the Artimer channel, now marked out with green and red beacons, or by car (a big parking area is at your disposal). The new products will be available this month. Open from Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to12 noon and 2:00PM to 5:00PM. Open Saturday mornings during high season. For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45. Better Shipping and Storage Services To offer you the best services in shipping, business or household storage, inland freight, and courier services, CIRExpress has sealed a strategic alliance with Caribbean Freight Systems/Laparkan, guaranteeing the speed, reliability and efficiency that you demand. In addition, CIRExpress has just upgraded its automated e-mail cargo arrival notifying service, so you can track in real time the status of your cargo as it arrives in CIRExpresss warehouses. With weekly sailing from Miami, CIRExpress, based in St. Maarten, now also has a new address in Florida: Caribbean Freight Systems, c/o CIRExpress 3775 NW 77th St., Miami, FL. 33147 Tel (305) 836-2878, Fax (305) 836-2581 E-mail: mlmeighan@cfsmiami.com / info@cirexpresslogistics.com For more information see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45. Szyjan Named Yacht Broker in Grenada Richard Szyjan is the newly appointed agent for Bernard Gallay yacht brokerage. His office is located in the recently completed Port Louis Marina in St. Georges Lagoon, Grenada. Richard, originally from Larmor-plage in Brittany, has lived in the Caribbean for 20 years and heads Turbulence Ltd. This Grenada-based company, with a staff of 20, provides sailmaking, rigging and electronics services for yachts (see ad on this page). On your next visit to Grenada, dont hesitate to pay Richard a visit, either at Port Louis Marina, or at the Turbulence shops at Spice Island Marine Services and Grenada Marine. For more information phone (473) 439-4495 or visit www.bernard-gallay.com. „Continued on next page

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 8 On Curaao there was a need for an inexpensive Chandlery without compromising quality and service. That is how ABC MARINE was born. ALL YOU NEED FOR BOATING & FISHING Caracasbaaiweg 158 Curaao Neth. Antilles Ph (+5999) 461 4476 Fax (+5999) 461 4925 bas@abcboatsnv.com www.abcboatsnv.com Open Monday Friday 08.30 17.30 Saturday 09.00 13.00 „ Continued from previous page UKHO Drops Caribbean Chart Folios According to the September 8th edition of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) newsletter, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced plans to restructure the Admiralty Leisure product range. This will involve phasing out, from this month, a number of charts including the Admiralty Leisure Folios for the Caribbean Sea. Also to be phased out this month are other non-UK and Ireland Admiralty Leisure Folios, Admiralty Leisure Editions (excluding SC2036, SC2045, SC2656, SC2669 and SC808, which will be withdrawn from summer 2011), Admiralty Leisure Tough Charts, and the RYA Chart Plotter. Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager, says, We are naturally very disappointed by this announcement. By discontinuing the Small Craft Editions the UKHO are pulling the very charts that support the leisure sailor. These charts are lightweight and easy to use and provide detailed information for localized areas.Ž The increase in use of digital charts, and a rise in print costs have made it a lot harder for companies to produce cost-effective paper charts; if there are not sufficient sales then it becomes harder to sustain profit margins and production levels,Ž Steen Ingerslev, RYA Publications Manager, explains. St. Lucias Baywalk Mall Now Open When you come to St. Lucia you now have more shopping options. The much anticipated, much talked about Baywalk Mall in Rodney Bay Village is now open, complete with the convenience of a five-storey parking lot. A soft opening was held on October 1st, with 20 of the 70 stores opening their doors to customers. The outlets include new-to-St. Lucia MAC (the international cosmetic brand), US Polo and Nine West, branches of Castries-based stores Access and Taxi, and Digicel, Courts and M&C Drugstore. Another highlight of the mall is the GL Foodmarket, which has been marketed as offering a wide selection of American brands and products that were formerly unavailable via the existing grocery outlets on the island. The modern decor is a conversation piece all its own when meeting friends for an afternoon espresso or evening drink. Rodney Bay Marina Prepares For 25th Anniversary ARC On November 21st, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) sets sail for St. Lucia from Las Palmas, Grand Canaria, marking the 25th anniversary of the event. On that same day in St. Lucia, a commemorative ARC flotilla of local and visiting boats will set sail from Castries Harbour to Rodney Bay Marina, as part of IGYs promotional activities for ARC 2010. On arrival at the Marina, the partying will begin. For the last 20 of the past 25 years of ARC, St. Lucia, and specifically Rodney Bay Marina, has hosted the thousands of participants who have participated in this event, and provided docking, security, services and entertainment throughout their stay „ which in many cases took in the Christmas season and well into the New Year, too. As a result, Rodney Bay Marina has become known as the Home of the ARCŽ, an accolade the marina highly appreciates for a job well done. However this year will be different: Bigger and better,Ž says Portia Mogal, IGY Marinas Marketing, Sales and Events Manager. This years celebration will feature a Village Theme and focus on local culture and music. The ARC Village will be constructed on the new Boardwalk along the waters edge to showcase the beautiful features of the Marina, including the lighting of the mega-yacht berths. The Village will open from the 10th to 17th of December, directly after arrival of the first ARC boats. Vendors in the village will be offering locally made products such as glass works, hand-carved masks, soaps, jams, Lucian expression T-shirts and much more. Other vendors will provide local delicacies including crab backs, accras, bakes and cocoa-tea, while the permanent tenants of the Marina will continue to provide the goods and services they are famous for. Cultural entertainment will be of a local flavour, with groups such as the Helen Folk Dancers, masqueraders, drummers, fire-eaters, and students of the School of Music already slated to perform on the docks and at business premises. Local bands Fourth World, Off Island, Groove and TEM have agreed to make appearances. All thats needed now are the crowds! At the time of writing, Windward Islands Breweries, Digicel, St. Lucia Tourist Board, and St. Lucia Yacht Club have come aboard with sponsorship, and discussions are well afoot with others to join in the effort. However IGY Rodney Bay Marina would like to see more local participation as St. Lucia attempts to take a bigger slice of the yachting industry pie. Says Portia Mogal, ARC is St. Lucias biggest yachting event to date, and its success is vital for the continued thrust in this ever-developing industry.Ž Mega-Yacht Repair Facility for Guadeloupe International Marine Management, (IMM), a company formed in 2007 to specialize in the management of refit projects for yachts of 80 metres (262 feet) and longer, has won a competitive bid to develop a new mega-yacht repair and refit centre in Guadeloupe. The bidding was held from October last year. Some ten international companies responded,Ž says Marc Gautier of the Guadeloupe Port Authority. The aim of the bid was to upgrade facilities in Guadeloupe for larger yachts.Ž Located at Pointe-à-Pitre, the new facility will have a 300-metre (984-foot) deepwater quay meeting ISPS standards, and eight buoy moorings for yachts up to 130 metres (427 feet). The site includes a large hangar with office and related workshop space. There, IMM can provide any repairs afloat and will also provide all necessary services for the vessel, officers and crew. For contracts requiring drydocking, the company will have access to the 140-metre (459-foot) drydock in Martinique, but it is hoped that by early 2011 a new floating dock able to accommodate yachts up to 46 metres (150 feet) will be available in Guadeloupe. IMMs facilities in Guadeloupe are literally in the middle of where the boats will arrive at the finish of the 2010 Route du Rhum transatlantic race in early November. For more information visit www.imm-yachting.com.

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 9 NEXT time you dock in St. Lucia at either Rodney Bay or Marigot Bay, you might be pleasantly surprised to find an upgrade at those marinas in the supply of food and beverages. A seminar held in mid-September, hosted by The Marina at Marigot Bay in collaboration with Marine Industries Association of St. Lucia (MIASL) and the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) focused on the improvement of yacht provisioning with special emphasis on the larger yachts. The purpose of the seminar, which was attended by 50 delegates from the sectors of agriculture, fishing, wholesale and retail grocery outlets, importers, shippers, and Customs and Excise, was to improve the quality of food and beverage provisioning to the islands yachting market. To accomplish this, steps include educating and sensitizing stakeholders in the private and public sectors, defining the existing and potential market more clearly, recognizing business opportunities for the private sector and identifying public sector measures that will enhance the market. The Consultant Director of Yachting for St. Lucia, Cuthbert Didier, says, The seminars main focus was to deal with provisioning and to bring all the parties together. That includes all the service providers, including Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture. We have done a great job in building the infrastructure, now we need to improve on the services „ and provisioning is a key one.Ž St. Lucia has been able to host yachts over 80 feet since the latter part of the 1990s. The infrastructural upgrade to the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in 2007 encourages mega-yachts to spend not just a few nights in port, but to base themselves here for the entire November to May season. For persons who do not yet view the yachting sector as a bona fide part of the tourism industry, an analogy to consider is that yachts are like floating hotel rooms and the marinas are the concierge, therefore marinas should be outfitted with everything from basic information to high-end food and beverage provisioning as a range of amenities that should be on hand. In the tourism industry in general, basic information is valuable, like the location of the nearest supermarket or where to buy fresh fruit. These are the things that not only the guests on the visiting cruising yachts would like to know, but also the crewmembers of the charter and mega-yachts. A 350-foot vessel has a crew of some 42 members and their economic spillover into the local economy „ namely the patronage of restaurants and bars „ is another spin-off of this water-based tourism product. McHale Andrew, the Executive Vice President of the SLHTA, spoke on the economic strength of the yachting sector: I made the point in stating that what tourism does, is it expands markets. With respect to yacht provisioning, the evidence is very strong that the yachting sector has been increasing its overall share of the tourism market in St. Lucia but also has been the fastest growing sector within tourism. Even in 2009, when we had very sluggish overall tourism arrivals (a 5.8 percent decline), yet in the yachting sector we had an increase of over 20 percent in that same year.Ž This 20-percent increase in yachting arrivals he is referring to is for the IGY Rodney Bay Marina exclusively. Other statistics to justify the St. Lucian yachting product are a direct contribution to GDP of US$40 million, with 130 businesses directly involved, 450 persons directly employed, 700 persons indirectly employed and the linkage with all aspects of the economy. St. Lucias yachting product includes many highlights, which makes the island a great locale for berthing. It has spectacular geography and excellent infrastructure including marina facilities and hotel resorts, and well-placed special events on the St. Lucian calendar including St. Lucia Jazz in May and St. Lucia Carnival in July. Despite the positives, there are challenges that the St. Lucian yachting sector is facing. In addition to the ability to provision the yachts, which is being tackled head on, there are bureaucratic and administrative procedures „ not only in the importation of goods, but also Immigration-wise „ which restrict St. Lucia from becoming a major southern charter base in the Caribbean. Bob Hathaway, the manager of The Marina at Marigot Bay, says, St. Lucia is the fastest growing yachting destination in the Eastern Caribbean and attracts all sizes and types of yachts from participants in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers up to the largest mega-yachts afloat today. This growth provides an opportunity for the farmers and fishers of St. Lucia to use our wonderfully fertile lands and seas to provide the highest quality produce to these yachts and add to their yachting experience with real Caribbean food and drink.Ž Yachting officials acknowledged that St. Lucia is at the infancy stage of the megayacht industry, but this should be used as an advantage, particularly when it comes to creating strong linkages with the local agricultural supply chain to minimize the level of imports required. And it is this marriage between agriculture and tourism that is necessary for the improvements to food and beverage provisioning aimed at increasing the number of mega-yachts and other yachts that use St. Lucia as a base. St. Lucia Seminar: Provisioning is Key to Building Yacht Tourism by Shayne Perri Since the 1960s, when yachtsman Walter Boudreau opened the Hurricane Hole Hotel, Marigot Bay has been growing. The Marina now offers 32 slips and 20 moorings

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 10 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 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 CARIBBEAN ECO -NEWSFrance and Netherlands Declare Caribbean Whale Sanctuaries The official establishment of two new marine mammal sanctuaries in the Caribbean has been announced. One is located at the Saba Bank and the other comprises the territorial waters of the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The announcements were made at the combined 14th Intergovernmental Meeting on the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme and 11th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in early October. France reconfirmed the establishment of a Marine Mammal Sanctuary in a maritime zone of 138,000 square kilometers. This sanctuary is named AgoaŽ, in honor of the mother of the spirit of the waters in Amerindian tradition, Maï dAgoa. The Netherlands Antilles stated that they were developing a management plan within their established Marine Protected Areas, of which the most recent is the Saba Bank, that would permit that part of the region to conclude a joint marine mammal sanctuary initiative with France. These joint initiatives and that of the Dominican Republics Silver Bank Whale Sanctuary will considerably enlarge safe havens for marine mammals and other forms of ocean life in the Caribbean. Turtles Released in Carriacou MPA In September, two mature hawksbill turtles, caught in a lobster net in Carriacou waters, were purchased by Kido Foundation for release inside the Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA). The Kido Team, which acts to preserve ecosystems and encourage eco-tourism in the Southern Grenadines, examined the turtles for wounds, then measured and tagged them before release. Data collected are passed on to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project (www.barbadosseaturtles.org) and the Grenada Fisheries Department. To date Kido Foundation has rescued, tagged and released 287 endangered sea turtles. Specimens tagged in Carriacou have been found in North Carolina, Guadeloupe and Nicaragua. Lumbadive PADI Resort, a dive center located in Harvey Vale, Carriacou, assists Kido Foundation by providing a boat captain and the speedboat for the release of the animals in deep waters. Presently, a hawksbill turtle named Charlie, carrying a satellite electronic tag, has been cruising the Southern Grenadines. Anyone who spots Charlie is asked to take photos, if possible, and to report to the Kido Foundation at (473) 443-7936 or marina.fastigi@gmail.com, specifying where Charlie was seen. The public should know that electronic tags on turtles have no commercial value whatsoever. Satellite tags provide researchers with crucial data of their wide ocean travels of nesting turtles, to better comprehend the life cycle and range of these magnificent sea creatures. Fishers are asked not to catch Charlie! For more information on Lumbadive see ad in the Market Place section, pages 43 through 45. Turtles Released in Union Island, Too On October 3rd at dusk at Belmont Beach on Union Island, local students and tourists marveled as baby hawksbill turtles made their way down the sand and commenced their journey out to sea. When sea turtles hatch, their first instinct is to head towards the natural glow of the open ocean horizon. But with human development on and around beaches its now a common problem that turtles and their hatchlings become disoriented and wrongly follow artificial lighting which leads them onto roads, pathways and into bars and hotels. The chef at the Bougainvilla Hotel, Marcia Richards, described that this is what recently happened with 15 hatchlings. Some local children found the baby turtles wandering around and they brought them to us at the hotel. The staff immediately took the turtles into their care and were happy to mind them until they could be released.Ž Currently working on Union Island for the Tobago Cays Sea Turtle Assessment, Emma Doyle, representative of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) explained, After they hatch, sea turtles make a dash across the sand. Its important that they get to run down the beach, as we believe this helps to set their internal compass so that they know where to return to lay their own eggs. We want to ensure that they come back to these waters in future. The tiny turtles then go through a swimming frenzy for a couple of days to reach the open ocean where they hide in amongst floating seaweed and start feeding. They live for many years at sea and then, when theyre about 30 centimetres long, they return to coastal waters and well start to see them feeding in places like the protected reefs of the Tobago Cays Marine Park.Ž WIDECAST presented the hotel staff and Union Island Secondary School with books and other teaching materials about sea turtles. Geography teacher Marcus Wilson was present at the release with his students and commented, When these turtles come back to nest on the same beach in 20 or more years time, those of you who are students now will be responsible for ensuring that that there is still a suitable beach here for the turtles to find.Ž „Continued on next page Off you go! Well-wishers in Carriacou free a hawksbill turtle

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 11 Visit: marinazarpar.com email: info@marinazarpar.com Tel: 809 523 5858 VHF Channel 5 € High Quality Sheltered Moorings € Slips to 120 with depth 10 € 70 Ton Travelift (30' beam) € ABYC certified machanics € Shore power 30, 50 and 100 amps € All slips with fingers € Showers, Laundry, Restaurant, 24 hr security € Immigration office in the marina for clearance € Free WIFI and Free Internet € Dinghy Dock € 12 miles East of Santo Domingo & 7 miles East of International Airport Marina Zar-Par M M M M a a a a a r r r r i i i i i Z THE FOCAL POINT FOR CRUISING YACHTSMEN 18.25.50N 69.36.67W „ Continued from previous page Critically endangered by unsustainable levels of use and the loss of habitat, hawksbill turtle populations worldwide have been reduced by more than 80 percent over the last three sea turtle generations (the equivalent of about a hundred years). Ms. Doyle described that beachfront hotels, bars and homes can make small changes in their lighting to help stop hatchlings from getting disoriented. Lowpressure sodium vapor lights are yellow rather than white and are more turtlefriendlyŽ. Angling the direction of lights or shielding them so that they arent visible from the beach also helps hatchlings to start their lives safely. Similarly, motion sensors that switch beachfront lights on only when people are around save money, reduce coastal lighting, and help save turtles. Anyone finding disoriented hatchlings should place them in a bucket with some damp sand (not water) in the bottom. On Union Island the public can call staff of TCMP, Grenadines Dive or the Environmental Attackers, who will help to release the hatchlings safely at a suitable, dark beach. In other parts of the Grenadines, contact the Fisheries Conservation Officer and WIDECAST Country Coordinator Lucine Edwards on (784) 456-2738. For more information about sea turtles and how to help them survive visit www.widecast.org. Barbados Turtle Project Trains Tobago Cays Staff The Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP) recently took part in an international training workshop convened by the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) and the Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP). Designed to share Barbados sea turtle expertise with staff and partners of the TCMP, the workshop was funded by the Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to develop capacity in the TCMP to conduct sea turtle population assessments. University of the West Indies Professor Julia Horrocks, Director of the BSTP, commented, Barbados has achieved quite a lot of success in protecting its sea turtles, and we are always pleased to share what weve learned with colleagues from other islands. Because sea turtles move freely between Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, its important that we all work together to ensure their survival.Ž The workshop provided an opportunity for the TCMP trainees to learn from BSTP staff about the various techniques used to catch sea turtles for research and census purposes. During fieldwork, trainees tagged and measured the hand-captured turtles, practiced filling out standardized reporting forms, and released the endangered animals back to the sea. Trainees also accompanied BSTP staff on nightly beach patrols to document sea turtle nesting and hatching, which peaks at this time of year. Dr. Karen Eckert, Executive Director of WIDECAST, which is an international scientific network comprised of sea turtle experts, natural resource professionals and community-based conservationists in more than 40 Caribbean countries (including Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines), noted that Barbados was selected to host the training workshop because the research conducted there is an excellent example of a professional, long-term approach to sea turtle population monitoring „ its exactly the kind of thing wed like to see implemented throughout the Caribbean, and especially within the boundaries of the regions marine protected areas.Ž In addition to scientific techniques, workshop participants discussed threats to sea turtle survival and shared ideas about how to reduce these threats, which range from the illegal hunting of sea turtles and poaching of eggs to pollution and the loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development. Strategies for successfully increasing public awareness of the protected status of sea turtles were also shared. According to Olando Harvey, TCMP Marine Biologist, The workshop was extremely valuable because it focused on practical approaches to management issues that we all face, including limited resources and a lack of public awareness. It was useful for us to gain first-hand experience in Barbados to share practical ways to solve common management issues.Ž For more information about the Barbados Sea Turtle Project visit www.barbadosseaturtles.org. For more information about the Tobago Cays Marine Park contact Olando Harvey on (784) 485-8191. Bequia Businesses Join Coastal Cleanup Day Supported by PADI Americas, the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day reaches more than 15,000 volunteers in more than a hundred countries throughout the world. The Bequia diving community, local companies including Tradewinds Cruise Club, and residents celebrated International Cleanup Day on September 25th by contributing to marine debris data collection. Dive Bequia asked the local businesses help to target underwater and shoreline debris. Project AWARE Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization, spearheaded the cleanup events. Polly Philipson, Dive Bequia Cleanup Organizer, said, This year we found suitcases, microwaves, building materials and an ironing board amongst lots of plastic items and fishing line. By bringing water-based businesses together we can take care of the oceans that provide us with work, play and happiness.Ž Every year an estimated seven billion tons of debris enter the worlds oceans. Annually, nearly one million birds are killed by aquatic litter and an estimated 100,000 marine animals, including dolphins, whales and sea turtles, choke on or get tangled in debris. Project AWARE inspires thousand of divers to be ambassadors for the underwater world. A continued drive for strong consistent data is the key to help inform, reform, educate and legislate. If youre interested in participating in marine clean-ups and contributing data to the Global Marine Debris Index, contact cathy@bequiadive.com or phone (784) 458-3504. For more information on Project Aware visit www.projectaware.com. Divers display their Project AWARE Certificates of Recognition for clean-up participation

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 12 REGATTA NEWS Royal BVI Yacht Club Back to School Regatta On September 25th, the Royal BVI Yacht Club held its annual Back to School regatta, staged at Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, for the first time. The racing was split into two fleets, Advanced and Green, with a total of seven races run. Green Fleet was won by Julian van den Driessche and runner-up was Skyler Anspacher; both are from St. Thomas Yacht Club. Advanced Fleet was won handily by Colin Brego, with runner-up Scott Mckenzie, both also from St. Thomas. For more information visit www.rbviyc.org. Colin Rathbun Wins Pete Sheals Regatta for Record 4th Time! The annual Pete Sheals Memorial Match Race Regatta, hosted by the Royal BVI Yacht Club on October 2nd and 3rd, was won by Colin Rathbun of the BVI. His team defeated William Baileys St. Thomas team in the final, 2-0. Third place went to Andrew Waters and his team, also from the BVI. The ninth running of this invitation-only event was raced in one-design IC24 keelboats, with entries this year from the USA, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the BVI. Racing was just off Nanny Cay Marina, providing an ideal vantage point for spectators. The weather was kind, with varying wind conditions to challenge the crews. There were no weather delays, and the round-robin qualifiers were raced all day Saturday and Sunday morning, leaving four qualifiers for the semi-finals: Rathbun, Bailey, Waters and Leo Vasiliev of the USA. The best of three races resulted in further elimination for Waters and Vasiliev, with Waters winning third place. This left Bailey and Rathburn, the two highest scorers in the round robins, to duel for first. For next years tenth anniversary of the race, the RBVIYC hopes to attract more teams to build upon the great success of this years event. For more information visit www.rbviyc.org. Route du Rhum Transatlantic Race Sets Sail The Route du Rhum transatlantic race is held every four years and is one of the highlights on the French yachting calendar. More than 80 skippers will be competing this year in the 3,500-mile solo race from St. Malo, France to Guadeloupe. The ninth edition of the Route du Rhum was scheduled to depart on October 31st. For more information visit www.routedurhum-labanquepostale.com. The Golden Rock Regatta 2010 Changes Course After consulting with local sailors, charter companies and sponsors, organizers of the Golden Rock Regatta 2010 have decided not to sail the northern route from Anguilla to St. Barths, but instead to sail up the Anguilla Channel, passing between Tintamarre and St. Martin en route to Gustavia, St. Barths. Officially the Golden Rock Regatta has four races going from island to island. Participants from the surrounding islands are invited to join in at any point of the regatta. This years event takes place from November 13th to 17th. For the first time, a team from the island of Statia will take part in the Golden Rock Regatta, which was founded to highlight the historical ties between the US and St. Eustatius (Statia). During the American Revolution, the brigantine Andrew Doria brought a copy of the Declaration of Independence to St. Eustatius, receiving the first-ever salute to the United States flag by a foreign power when she arrived on November 16th, 1776. Team Statia is being supported by the Tourism Department of the island. For more information visit www.goldenrockregatta.com. St. Lucia to Celebrate the Start of the ARC, Too! A symbolic celebration of the official start of the 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) will be held in St Lucia on November 21st „ a fun flotilla sail from Castries Harbour to Rodney Bay Marina, with everyone welcome. Meet in Castries at 9.30AM. There will be complimentary post-flotilla drinks and snacks at The Boardwalk Bar in the marina for up to six crewmembers per boat; if you have more crew, you can purchase extra tickets. Free registration! Put the following details as a comment on this Facebook event or e-mail to arcflotilla@gmail.com: name of boat, details of boat, skippers name and cell number, and number of crewmembers. „Continued on next page Back-to-school time is fun „ when you race dinghies in the Virgin Islands! First salute. The regatta memorializing this event sails from St. Maarten to Anguilla, St. Barths and Statia

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 13 „ Continued from previous page Skippers Briefing and ticket distribution takes place Friday, November 19th at 6:00PM at The Boardwalk Bar. For more information phone Danielle at (758) 718-5010 or Portia at (758) 724-7609, or e-mail arcflotilla@gmail.com. La Course de LAlliance 2010 Marina Fort Louis presents La Course de LAlliance from November 26th through 28th this year, an initiative of Marina Fort Louis in St. Martin to cement the alliance between St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barths and Anguilla. For the sixth consecutive year, four yacht clubs will work together to organize the regatta, which will start and/or finish at each of the clubs. One of the great things about this regatta is the camaraderie and fun at each finish location. There is a new on-line entry system for this years Course de LAlliance at www. coursedelalliance.com „ the earlier you enter the easier it is for the organizers to finalize the classes! Conch Republic Navy Heads for Jamaica Next Month A flotilla of some 50 boats, dubbed the Conch Republic Navy, is expected to arrive in Port Antonio, Jamaica on or about December 23rd. The Conch Republic Navy Flotilla Sail Along is designed to allow both seasoned and novice passage-makers to travel flotilla style from Key West, Florida to Jamaica. The fleet sets sail from Key West on December 9th. En route, the flotilla stops for three days in Georgetown, Bahamas, departing for Port Antonio on December 17th. Following arrival in Jamaica, a host of events are planned, including a New Years Eve gala on the cruise ship pier. For more information contact sailaway@schoonerwolf.com. January Excitement: Grenada Sailing Festival 2011 The Grenada Sailing Festival 2011 will take place with yacht races from January 28th through February 1st and workboat races from February 4th through 6th. Once again, Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina will be the yachts Home Port for the Grenada Sailing Festival, with special docking deals for regatta participants. No boat? No worries! Charter options are available for racing and cruising classes. Some of the most exciting sailing in the Southern Caribbean happens at this regatta. Join it in 2011! On-line registration is now open at www.grenadasailingfestival.com. For more information see ad on page 12. RORC Caribbean 600: On-line Entry Now Open Online entry opened October 1st for the third edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, and a serious line-up of offshore racing boats has shown interest in the race, which starts in Antigua on February 21st, 2011. This race is firmly on the calendar for those boats that enjoy offshore racing,Ž said Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen. Many boats are using the ARC race, which starts in November, as a way of crossing the Atlantic in time to participate in this regatta.Ž Italian Danilo Salsi in his Swan 90, DSK Pioneer Investments, is racing the regatta for the third time.  The RORC Caribbean 600 is the best offshore race in the world,Ž said Danilo after winning the Maxi Division of the recent Rolex Swan Cup in Sardinia. The race has everything to offer: wind, warm water, lots of islands to round, beautiful scenery and even an active volcano. With cold weather in Italy in February, its the perfect time for us to race in the Caribbean, and we are looking forward to it.Ž For more information visit www.caribbean600.rorc.org. Grenada South Coast Regatta Set for February Based at Le Phare Bleu Marina on Grenadas beautiful south coast, the Grenada South Coast Regatta 2011 will take place from February 25th through 27th. There will be racing under the IRC rules in the following classes: Spinnaker, NonSpinnaker, Catamaran, Fun, Traditional and J/24. This event offers great competition on the water and lots of fun ashore for the whole family. For pre-registration visit www.southgrenadaregatta.com/registration.html. For more information see ad on page 13. Caribbean Rallies for 2011 The sixth Route du Carnival rally, starting at Port du Marin Marina in Martinique and taking participants through the highlights of the Windward Islands to finish at the famous Trinidad Carnival, starts on February 27th. The Transcaraibes rally to Cuba will start in St. Martin this year, instead of in Guadeloupe as in previous years. Organizer Stéphane Legendre explains, It saves the journey from Guadeloupe, which can be lengthy and uncomfortable, and it also gives more time in St. Martin for preparations, provisioning and shopping for chandlery items duty-free in US dollars.Ž The 12th Transcaraibes rally will begin at the new Marina Fort Louis Yacht Club on April 2nd. For more information on both rallies see ad in Market Place section. ATTENTION REGATTA AND EVENT ORGANIZERS: We are now preparing our comprehensive Annual Calendar of Events 2011. Send your details today to sally@caribbeancompass.com „ deadline November 31st. The crew from Tulaichean II : Andy Peters, Chris Alexis, Mike Bingley, Lucy Murchie, Jeanie Parr and Gary Adams. Lucy says, We came second in all three races in 2010. We had a great time, really enjoyed the courses, and are looking forward to next year!

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 14 by Ellen BirrellA flash of light onshore diverted my attention from the foredeck where I wrestled to still the maddening tap of plastic ball against fiberglass bow. In midnight darkness, a man slid onto a surfboard and paddled toward me. This could be very good or very bad,Ž I thought. My husband, Jim, and I were on the only yacht in Keartons Bay, and St. Vincents reputation, tarnished by robberies, had us on the defensive. Reaching me, the man took hold of our mooring line. Bring the ball on deck,Ž he said as he strained to lift the ball to me. Rosi asked me to fix this.Ž It was the soothing voice of Orlando, co-owner of the Rock-Side Café. This January night was during our second pass through St. Vincent since December. We hadnt met him before, but had a positive experience anchoring aside two charter boats on moorings. This time, Orlando welcomed us into cozy Keartons Bay, south of Wallilabou and north of beautiful Bottle and Glass Rocks of Leeward St. Vincent, introducing himself and describing services available. Succinct and polite, he contradicted the badboy reputation that shrouds Vincentian kindness. Another day, I said to our Swedish hiking partners Henrik, Gustav and Kristo, Nothing like communing with the Father, Son and Holy GhostŽ as we sat awestruck watching Trinity Falls. This supernatural high is a three-hour hike from Chateaubelair through a defunct but not decrepit agricultural college campus into rainforest. Descending wooden stairs, on paths of dark rich soil, one arrives to the mist from triune blasters. St. Vincent, like Dominica, the Nature IslandŽ, has variety: from tame, easy-access Dark View and Wallilabou Falls, and Vermont Nature Trail, to bring it onŽ adventure Trinity Falls, Soufriere Volcano and other off the beaten path, jaw-dropping hikes. Their trailheads are within minutes of Chateaubelair, about three miles north of Keartons. (By the way, do not visit the holy place during rainy season. Three Czechs lost their lives this June near Trinity Falls when wet, unstable ground gave way.) From December 2009, through July this year, we sailed St. Lucian and SVG waters examining harbors and anchorages, and exploring onshore. The etiquette of boat boys in St. Vincent was superior to that we experienced in St. Lucia, where many were annoying hangers onŽ. Rules prohibiting jet-skis and spearfishing in St. Vincent, as well as their Customs/Immigration policies, were a plus over St. Lucia. „Continued on next page Re-Think Leeward St. Vincent Chateaubelair has its rainbow and its dinghy dock DESTINATIONS

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 15 „ Continued from previous page A Fresh Look at Security Facts Before arriving in the Windwards, our 2008/09 Cruising Guide to the Windward Islands , our Garmin chart and other cruisers all overtly cautioned against overnight anchoring in Leeward St. Vincent. The 2006-08 crime reports tainted cruisers desire to include St. Vincent anchorages when traveling north and south along the Windwards. The potency of that reaction continues. No place is perfect, but after weeks in St. Vincent, we believe it is time for other cruisers to take a fresh look. Are anchorages in Leeward St. Vincent statistically as safe as other southeastern Caribbean islands? Endorsed by guidebook icon Chris Doyle, safetyandsecuritynet.com is a reliable source for the Eastern Caribbean. It separates reported crimes against yachts in the region into theft, burglary, robbery and assault, and includes attemptsŽ. A tally of Dominica, St. Lucia, SVG, Grenada and Trinidad data from 2009-2010 shows nine thefts in Tyrell Bay (Carriacou). Closest runner-up was Rodney Bay (St. Lucia) with seven thefts and one attempt. Chaguaramas (Trinidad) and Wallilabou tied with four thefts each. Other Leeward St. Vincent anchorages had zero thefts. Cruiser favorites Admiralty Bay (Bequia) and St. Georges (Grenada) were the only anchorages with reported burglaries. Regarding robberies, Prince Rupert Bay (Dominica) had two; Chateaubelair one. Prince Rupert and PSV (Grenadines) had two assaults; Chateaubelair and Clarkes Court (Grenada) one each. You need to take into account that visitation of PSV compared to Leeward St. Vincent is ten to one,Ž Chris Doyle pointed out. Regarding his new 2010/2011 Guide to the Windward Islands : As far as I am concerned, Chateaubelair is the only anchorage on the west coast of St. Vincent with a major security problem, and the only one we caution against.Ž „Continued on next page Cumberland Bay, popular especially with the French due to long-time French ownership of one of the beachside restaurants  D e K o r n a h  B a r & R e s t a u r a n t De Kornah Bar & Restaurant S t . L u c i a St. Lucia De Kornah Bar & Restaurant in Gros Islet is a great place to chill out! De Kornah serves up a great lunch and dinner menu six days a week with perfectly mixed drinks at great prices. Be at the heart of all the action all week, but especially on Friday nights. For reservations and takeaways call: (758) 450-8056 CRUISING GUIDE PUBLICATIONS Chateaubelair has its dinghy dock

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 16 „ Continued from previous page The problem time for Leeward St. Vincent was 2006-08. While nary a theft or burglary was reported, nine robberies and two armed assaults in Chateaubelair rocked the cruising world. Chaguaramas had two robberies/two attempts and three assaults. Chateaubelair suffered while Chaguaramas grew in popularity. Thefts: Tyrrel Bay (Carriacou) had 11, PSV seven and Marigot Bay (St. Lucia) five plus six attempts. Burglaries at three each: Rodney Bay and Soufriere (St. Lucia) and Chaguaramas. If Chateaubelair is proximal to astounding waterfalls and volcanic hikes, it is also the heart of St. Vincents numero uno cash crop, ganja. Driven by developed countries demand to buy, come international drug dealers and crack, creating harsher drug deals and hardened criminals. Exacerbated by the UK and US all but curtailing buying Vincentian bananas, which continue to be their number-one legitimate agricultural export, Vincentians grasp for economic opportunities. With the international ties that tourism brings, cocaine is a recent phenomenon for St. Vincent. Being aware of the criminal element in any destination is wise. Arriving on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2002, days before a business meeting, I referred to a guidebook for volcanic hikes. It warned that you dont want to go bushwhacking around the South Island unawares: Straying into someones ganja field, you might not come out to tell about it.Ž Twenty-four-year cruising veteran Jim Hutchinson disagrees: There is no danger walking about the mountains and farms of Leeward St. Vincent. Problems come with people of little opportunity meeting people of seemingly limitless opportunity and wealth.Ž When we wanted to see the real St. Vincent, a respected local guide and farmer hiked us through two valleys into what we thought was as glorious as Dominicas Morne Diablotin summit or peaks along the way to Boiling Lake. An hours bushwhacking brought us beyond the reach of agricultural officials. Perched above vertical rows of ganja, beans, ganja, and more ganja, we marveled at the agricultural feat. Our guide answered questions on planting, harvesting, transporting and marketing. From his heavenly Vincentian throne, our eyes wandered the ethereal landscape, mesmerized by colors and scale. I wondered: Converting from EC to US dollars the annual profit, he told us, is $50,000. Would we begrudge anyone for wanting to make a middle-class income? With the banana market in shambles, what is hard to understand about choosing a thriving marijuana business? Responding to questions about assault, drug abuse, and crack, an SVG Customs official said candidly: No, it is not crack that is the problem. Ganja crops run in cycles. After a ganja crop is sold, it takes three months until the next harvest. Sometimes, if a farmer runs out of money, hell steal from yachts to get by. There are also drug deals gone bad.Ž While there are unprovoked crimes against yachtsman, there are also drug deals run amuck, and sailors who dont behave on shore, provoking contempt. New Improvements on the Ground Scroll ahead to 2009-2010: the Leeward anchorages still waters are deathly quiet. Just as it takes money to make moneyŽ, the squeeze of the cruisers and charterers de facto boycott has created a silent scream of economic paralysis. What are Vincentians doing about it? Parliamentary Representative and 2001 founder of North Leeward Tourism Association (NLTA), Dr. Jerrol Thompson, had these remarks related to the robberies and assaults in his district from 2008 to present: (of the...) three perpetrators, one left the police station during the investigation and took a boat for St. Lucia and is still wanted. The second migrated to North America after his family decided to get him into a new environment. The third is in jail on a seven-year sentence for other crimes. „Continued on next page Bringing new meaning to collecting rainwater, Gustav hydrates on a hike to Trinity Falls Inset: When hiking in St. Vincent, look for sensitive plants growing low along the trail. Touch the leaves and theyll fold up temporarily

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 17 „ Continued from previous page I believe we are way past those days. In early August this year, the Ministry of Tourism conducted a refresher course for tour guides in Cumberland, just north of Wallilabou. Persons from Coulls Hill (between Troumaca and Cumberland) and Chateaubelair attended. There is a brand-new attitude at Cumberland. Chateaubelair Beach is actively patrolled. Pay phones are being placed on these beaches. There is a new tour service. Heritage Nature Tours takes customers from the Grenadines wharf in Kingstown to sites in North Leeward including Cumberland, Troumaca Dam, Chateaubelair jetty (for boat rides to the Falls of Baleine), Dark View Falls and Richmond Beach (for trips to La Soufriere volcano). The tour links each group with a trained, certified professional tour guide.Ž He further explained that in 2003 and 2005, 45 persons were trained in Wallilabou. In 2006 advanced training began. Responding to yacht robbery and theft problems that year, all local police stations were equipped with VHF radios. By 2007, NLTA Chapter Cumberland Bay Tourism OrganizationŽ was formed. A Rapid Response Unit (RRU) based out of the village of Layou began patrolling nightly. Beach-front service providerŽ replaced the term boat boyŽ, and best-practices training, certifications and capturing names into a database were also implemented that year. By 2008, additional RRU bases started in Chateaubelair and Cumberland, and tourism operators were issued certification cards. In 2009, operators and police representatives met in Cumberland. They decided to install land and harbor entrance solarpowered lights, a visitors center and other improvements. When pressed regarding visitor safety and security at Chateaubelair, since it is a Port of Entry and has the best access to Soufriere Volcano, the Falls of Baleine, and Trinity and Dark View Falls, Dr. Thompson replied, From 6:00PM to 6:00AM there are citizen patrols working directly with police and RRU to keep Chateaubelair secure for yachts.Ž When Jim and I anchored in Chateaubelair, middle-aged vendor John told us, I cannot hang around your boat for more than five minutes. Police on shore are watching.Ž He reminded us that he is mentioned in the Doyle Guide, as he has been trained to do. Dr. Thompson is also SVG Minister of Telecommunications. He is enthused about rolling out the Global Marine Distress Signaling System in late 2010. GMDSS is an emergency alert device that signals SVG Coast Guard and local police in Cumberland and Chateaubelair. He believes it will be useful for cruisers, charter boats, and fishermen. Vida Bernard, Director of the SVG Ministry of Tourism: We recognize the importance of the yachting industry. We realize the onus is on us to meet the yachts needs. Unlike visitors who come by plane and are greeted first by Customs and Immigration, cruisers first contact is with waterfront service providers. Since July, 2006, the SVG Ministry of Tourism has supported regular customer-service and tour-guide training and tourism education targeting the North Leeward coast of St. Vincent.Ž Beginning in August 2010 training included conflict resolution. By 2011, the program will be intensified and expanded into the Grenadines from Bequia to Mayreau. An international airport on windward St. Vincent is scheduled for 2012 completion. Bernard adds, I believe with completion, we can expect to see more yacht chartering because it will be easier to fly direct from Europe and North America.Ž The Ministry of Tourism has planned meetings with the Police Department, Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs & Excise officials. Theyve completed a tour of St. Lucia to provide beachfront service providers with first-hand experience of best practices, and conduct annual training in customer service and conflict resolution. Like Dominica, St. Vincent recognizes that easy access to amazing natural phenomena is a strong suit. Doing Our Part If we look in the mirror, what can we cruisers do? Researching benefits and risks beforehand is key. On the risk-tolerance spectrum, Jim and I consider ourselves middle of the road. Do we... stay on board for hours after arrival to observe the anchorage? Yes. Lock our dinghy when ashore and at night, normally lifting it out of the water? Yes. (Take a look at www.safetyandsecuritynet.com to see how many times unlockedŽ was noted related to crime.) Have an antenna booster so that we dont haul our precious MacBook and laptop ashore? Yes. Lock ourselves in at night? No. March with an air of confidence when on shore, even if we are unsure of where were heading? Yes. Do we dress unobtrusively? Yes. Use We dont buy from boat vendors, we only shop on shoreŽ line in certain anchorages? Yes. Always use a local guide when hiking? No, but we have a background in the wild places of the US Intermountain West. Have we abandoned hikes due to danger of flash floods? Several times. You get the idea: we are present to the place we are in, understanding locals and Mother Nature. Lets get real on whos in charge. A universal code for cruisers is checking in and helping one another. Extend that to include checking in with local charter companies or on-shore establishments. In Chateaubelair, your contact could be Gail at Beach Front Restaurant, in Cumberland, someone at Black Baron, Ronnie at Wallilabou, or Orlando in Keartons Bay, and so forth. As with any destination, be informed and manage your expectations. There is a price for paradise. Be willing to pay it with prudence, a good physical workout, patience and empathy for locals and an understanding of Mother Nature. Leeward St. Vincent may be the most incredible part of your Caribbean memories. Dark View Falls, a 20-minute walk from Chateaubelair. Youll likely have it to yourselves, as we did

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 18 by Eddy HuybsIts three oclock in the morning of August 12th, 2010, and I cant sleep. We are anchored in The Flats and in a few hours our sloop, Helena, will be measured for our Panama Canal transit. The Preliminaries After Glenda and I sailed from Portobello, we anchored off the Club Náutico on the east side of Colon. Before going in to town they want to make a copy of all your permits and boat papers, and you pay US$5 a day to use the dinghy dock. You can walk to the Colon 2000 mall „ theres a nice supermarket, Super 99 „ and come back with a taxi. All of the taxi fares within Colon are US$1, but most taxi drivers try to take more. If you ask the supermarket manager beforehand (important!) for servicio a domicilio , theyll pack your groceries in boxes and bring them to your dinghy for free. Yesterday morning we went to the admeasurers office by taxi. After our cab driver finally found it, having first gone to a completely wrong place miles away, the lady on the gate wrote down the address for me: Puerto de Cristobal, Colon, Calle 12 y Avenida del Frente, Torre ACP. Here you will write your names in a register and will be searched for weapons, then you will be transported on a small bus to the Panama Canal Authority building, which is a two-minute drive. The bus drops you off at the gate, and opposite this gate you have a bell; ring this bell and they open the gate automatically. Go to the garage under the tower, and take the elevator to the first level. When you exit the elevator, the office is on the right-hand side. Very friendly, English-speaking people will want a copy of your boats registration and crew list (not including line handlers). They give you a date (normally the next day), time, and where you have to be (The Flats) with your boat, and tell you the requirements, such as lines and a horn, for measurement and inspection. The position of the Torre ACP is 009°2132N, 079°5490W. Look at your c-map: its at the end of the breakwater. It is close to The Flats, and they can see your boat at anchor. They monitor VHF channel 12 (call sign Cristobal Signal Station), and when passing this breakwater every boat has to make clear his intentions to them. Yesterday at 1700 hours we left the anchorage at Club Náutico to go to The Flats, a 35-minute passage between all the big boats anchored in the bay. Call Balboa Signal Station when you are in sight of the breakwater. Because of the passing ships the night was a bit rolly. The next day, we waited until 1000 hours for the admeasurer, who was due at 0830. The inspection and the paperwork take about 25 minutes; the man gives you the paperwork to go and pay at the bank. As soon as he was gone we lifted anchor, asked permission from Balboa Signal Station, and went back to Club Náutico, where we grabbed a cab to the Citibank. The cost for our boat was US$1,500: $609 for the passage and an $891 bond „ you get the bond back later by check when everything goes well. I found out that this bank and the Oficina de Maritima (zarpa), and the gates to go to the admeasurements office are within some 200 metres of each other. There is also a brandnew restaurant where we could eat; lots of workers from the docks eat there too. Because we were in the neighbourhood, we did the zarpa at the same time. Three offices and a lot of copies later, and US$13.50 lighter, we had the zarpa from Cristobal (Colon) to Balboa (Panama City). Remember to take copies of your crew list, passports and registration with you. On the third day, I went ashore to call the scheduler and ask for Monday morning, August 16th. Okay, but I have to call back when my line handlers are on board and we leave for The Flats. The Transit My line handlers „ Tom and Rose from S/V Sojourn and Pam from S/V Songbird „ came on board at 1000 Sunday morning, a little bit earlier than expected. I had scheduled my passage for Monday, so we had more than a day to kill. We took lunch at a restaurant, went to the supermarket, had sundowners, and the day was gone. Next day after breakfast we prepared the boat, getting the ropes ready, covering the solar panels, and placing extra fenders between the tyres. It turns out we were to do the first locks in the afternoon, and complete our transit the following day. At 1700 hours the advisor came on board, and from then on all went fast „ lift anchor and hustle to the first lock! There we went in after a big vessel and we tied up alongside a tugboat. When each of the three upŽ locks was full we would cast off from the tugboat, go slowly close to the lock wall, and let the tug pass. The water is very turbulent and the skipper has to pay full attention to the boat. When the tug was tied to the next lock wall, then we tied up again to the tug. Skippers note: Look at the water around the tug. Close in only when he has shut off his propellers „ the tug skipper uses them to stay against the wall while his crew ties up. Once he is tied, the tug skipper turns them off. „Continued on next page 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 Fit to Be Side-TiedA PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT Helenas line handlers prepare to tie up to their companion tug in one of the Canals six locks

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 20 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 If you think Eastern Caribbean check-in procedures are inconsistent, different on every island, time consuming, annoying and sometimes costly, try doing it with a dog. We human beings can visit any country in the Caribbean without proving our healthiness, but our totally healthy pets (who would want to have a rabid dog on their boat?) need health records, up-todate vaccinations, microchips and health certificates. To be able to experience the Lesser Antilles with our four-legged friends, and do it legally, as required by all the different islands, cruisers have to put up with a lot of hassle, frustration, misinformation, time commitment and fees and show a high level of endurance on top of it all. But, it is possible! There are certain rules for bringing a pet into every country, and my partner Mark and I dont mind following them as long as they make sense and the fees arent exorbitant. We respect the fact that islands want to stay rabies free and want to protect their people. We try to do whatever we can to abide by the rules to properly check our dog, Darwin, in to each country. We have all the documents and vaccination records, we keep up-to-date with all the required shots, we give him his monthly dose of heartworm pills and flea-andtick medicine, we obtain health certificates when necessary and we are responsible dog owners (we clean up after our dog in areas where people walk, and our dog listens to us, rarely barks and is well behaved). We try to research the regulations, prepare accordingly and request details where needed. None of this is easy, however, as there is no consistency, a lot of information on-line is incorrect, correspondence remains unanswered, things change without notice and few people really know what the actual regulations are or what to do when we go through the check-in process. With the following overview I will try to inform you about the check-in procedures for your dog in the Eastern Caribbean islands. This information is based on correspondence with government officials and agriculture departments, on-line regulations and our own experience. It will give you an idea about what cruising the Caribbean with your dog involves and hopefully will make things easier when checking in to different countries. Whether things go as planned will always be a surprise. I cannot guarantee that you will receive the same treatment, fees or information as we did. This is the Caribbean after all! US Virgin Islands Just like in the United States and Puerto Rico, it is very easy to visit the USVI with your dog. There is a check box on the Customs form and the officer might ask a few questions. Be sure to bring your dogs paperwork, just in case the officer needs to see the vaccination records. You should have a Rabies Certificate that is less than three years old. British Virgin Islands Contact: Ms. M. Tyson E-mail: bvigov_vet@hotmail.com Phone: (284) 495-2110 (ext 124), 468-9693, 4689243 or 495-2532 Fax: (284) 495-1936 or 495-1269 Website: www.bvi.gov.vg/products_directory. asp?iProd=12&iCat=6&hierarchy=0 Requirements: Microchip, Government Health Certificate, Rabies Certificate (<1 year), DHCCP Certificate, Titer Certificate. „Continued on next page Cruising the Eastern Caribbean with Your DogPart One: THE VIRGINS AND LEEWARDSby Liesbet Collaert Left: The author, with her partner, Mark, and indispensable crewmember Darwin Right: Well mannered and friendly, a good boat dog makes new pals wherever he goes

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 21 NEW JET ADDED TO THE FLEET!New Services: AIR AMBULANCE FLIGHTS TO & FROM ST. LUCIA „ Continued from previous page Procedure: Fill out application obtained via e-mail or fax with tentative date and time of arrival. Fax application, Government Health Certificate (for example, in USVI, obtained from vet in St. Thomas „ in walking distance from Charlotte Amalie „ and endorsed by Department of Agriculture in Dorthea via cab ride), Rabies Certificate, DHCCP Certificate, Titer Certificate. Ideally all the documents state the dogs microchip. Dog must be checked in at West End or Road Town in Tortola. The morning you depart port for Tortola, call (284) 468-9693 or 468-9243 to let them know more specific date and time of arrival. Bring yourself and pet to Customs. Officer will meet you there, inspect the animal, read the microchip, look through the documents, collect the fee and issue the import permit. Fee: US$10 per dog. Experience: We e-mailed back and forth multiple times, but the important communication had to be done by fax. They need a fax number to send the conditions and application form. They faxed us an application, we filled it out and sent it back. They would fax an import permit back to us, but we preferred that the vet who would examine our dogs would bring the permit with him in West End. Remarks: Ms. Tyson is very nice, helpful and responsive to e-mail correspondence. The inspecting vets are friendly, efficient and professional. The official regulations state additional requirements but the abovementioned ones seem sufficient. We did get questioned about only having one instead of two titer (serological) tests done and about the fact that our titer is older than 12 months. We proved that our dogs were healthy (we had two then) and stressed the fact that it is very hard to obtain extra titer certificates from the Caribbean (blood samples can only be tested in two places in the whole world: the UK and the USA). As long as the dog has subsequent rabies shots to date, one titer certificate should do, according to the strict UK requirements we use as our make sense guidelinesŽ. St. Martin, St. Barths, Guadeloupe, Martinique When checking in to these French islands, pets dont have to be declared. It is recommended that you have the dogs paperwork on board and that you act responsibly. Remarks: We have found that many beaches have no dogsŽ signs (not often enforced) and locals dont seem too pleased about or interested in pets (compared to the English-speaking islands). Many restaurants do allow a dog at your side, however. Anguilla Contact: William K. Vanterpool Phone: (264) 497-2615 Fax: (264) 497-0040 Website: www.gov.ai/pets.htm Requirements: Health Certificate, Rabies Certificate (<1 year) Procedure: Apply for an import permit for your dog by phone. The permit is filled out over the phone, signed by the vet and faxed to you. Once in Anguilla, take permit and health certificate to the port of entry. The permit must then be paid for at the Agriculture Department in The Valley (on the road to Crocus Bay). Fee: US$16 (EC$40) Experience: We did not make any preparations and only planned on spending two nights in Road Bay if all worked out okay. We tried to contact the government vet multiple times, without success, and ended up explaining our predicament (of not getting a response and a dog that needed to relieve himself) to Customs. We promised to never take him beyond the beach and received a reluctant go aheadŽ until we got in touch with the government vet, which never happened during our brief visit. Remarks: The government of Anguilla is very strict about Import Permits, so it is highly recommended to get in touch with them before arrival. Persistence is required in getting through to the office. Saba, Statia, St. Maarten Contact: Glenn Holm E-mail: glenn.holm@sabagov.com Recommended: Current Health Certificate, Rabies Certificate, dogs paperwork Procedure: Pets do not have to be declared on the Customs form. Experience: Before we arrived in Statia, the Director of Tourism of Saba, Glenn Holm, replied to my inquiry as follows: Theres a great chance you wont even be checked or asked for the documentation but its always good to have it on hand just in case you are asked.Ž He indicated that the rules are the same for all three islands. Remarks: E-mailing with Glenn Holm was a pleasant experience and we encountered no problems whatsoever taking our dog ashore in Statia and St. Maarten. St. Kitts & Nevis Contact: Dr. Challenger, Dr. Lesroy Henri E-mail: itchallenger@hotmail.com, skbvet@hotmail.com Phone: (869) 465-2110 Fax: (869) 465-2928 Website: www.agriculture.gov.kn/default. asp?PageIdentifier=110 Requirements: Rabies Certificate, Titer Certificate, Health Certificate „Continued on next page Above: Land ho! Darwin wonders how long it will take to complete the formalities so he can go ashore Left: Mark and Darwin at St. Pierre, Martinique. The French islands are pas de problème

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 22 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! November DATE TIME 1 0721 2 0819 3 0910 4 1003 5 1058 6 1155 (new) 7 1253 8 1352 9 1448 10 1542 11 1631 12 1718 13 1801 14 1842 15 1923 16 2003 17 2045 18 2148 19 2215 20 2304 21 2357 22 0000 (full) 23 0053 24 0150 25 0246 26 0341 27 0434 28 0525 29 0615 30 0704 December 1 0755 2 0847 3 0941 4 1038 5 1136 (new) 6 1233 7 1329 8 1423 9 1509 10 1555 11 1637 12 1718 13 1758 14 1839 15 1921 16 2006 17 2054 18 2145 19 2240 20 2338 21 0000 (full) 22 0036 23 0133 24 0229 25 0321 26 0412 27 0502 28 0552 29 0642 30 0735 31 0829 MERIDIAN PASSAGE OF THE MOONNOVEMBER DECEMBER 2010 WALLILABOU ANCHORAGEWALLILABOU BAY HOTEL VHF Ch 16 & 68(range limited by the hills) ... PORT OF ENTRY MOORING FACILITIES WATER, ICE, SHOWERS CARIBEE BATIK BOUTIQUE BAR AND RESTAURANT TOURS ARRANGED CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED HAPPY HOUR 5-6 P.O. Box 851, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies. Tel: (784) 458-7270 Fax: (784) 457-9917 E-mail: wallanch@vincysurf.com „ Continued from previous page Procedure: E-mail or fax the dogs documents with an idea of the date and time of the ships arrival. In the port of entry, a vet will inspect the animal and issue an import permit. Fee: US$40 (EC$100) weekdays from 8:00AM to 4:00PMUS$50 (EC$125) after 4:00PM and on weekends Experience: Information on-line is inadequate (doastk@sisterisles.kn never responds or its mailbox is full), communication with the government vets ranges from non-existent (many unanswered enquiries) to confusing and non-clarifying. After e-mailing the required documents and not hearing anything back, we decided to show up in Basseterre with our dog. Nobody at Customs knew what to do, the vets were unreachable or busy for at least 24 hours, and everything was a huge hassle and mystery while our dog was not allowed on shore. (During subsequent e-mail correspondence, one of the officials indicated that there is a quarantine period of four weeks, but if you only stay a week, there are designatedŽ areas where your dog can do his or her business.) We decided to move the boat to a more remote area during our visit in these islands. Voted the most difficult Eastern Caribbean country to visit with your dog. Remarks: Good luck with this one! Inefficiency and lack of communication make it hard for a cruising pet owner to do the right thing in order to visit this country. If you need some assistance, Akela Browne of the St. Kitts Tourism Bureau in Basseterre (akela.browne@ stkittstourism.kn, tel [869] 465-4040 or cell 662-7588) proved helpful in one instance. Montserrat Contact: Dr. Selvin Maloney E-mail: maloneys@gov.ms Phone: (664) 491-2076 or 491-2546 Fax: (664) 491-9275 Website: in progress Requirements: Rabies Certificate, Titer Certificate, DHCCP Certificate, list of all ports visited within the last six weeks prior to arrival in Montserrat, treatment for internal and external parasites (between three and seven days before arrival), Health Certificate from previously visited country. Procedure: E-mail or fax the required health documents with the list of visited ports. Inform the veterinary officer of the date and approximate time of arrival at least 48 hours prior to anchoring. Upon checking in, inform the Customs officer about the dog aboard and a government vet will inspect the animal and make a final decision on its entry (and more than likely hand you an import permit). Fee: Free Experience: Correspondence with the vet department went smoothly and the inspection was short and efficient. No questions were asked and no more documents needed to be shown. We treat our dog monthly for parasites, but were not asked for proof. We did not have a health certificate from St. Kitts & Nevis (the previously visited country), but when we explained why, they accepted our health certificate from St. Maarten. Remarks: Temporarily importing your dog in Montserrat can be done efficiently, painlessly, and in a timely manner. Dr. Waldron and Dr. Maloney were prompt and courteous with their responses and inspection. Antigua & Barbuda Contact: Helena Jeffery Brown, Dr. Oona Edwards (the new Chief Vet Officer) E-mail: helenacjeffery@yahoo.com, vld@ab.gov.ag, oonaedwards@hotmail.com Phone: (268) 462-6104 or 764-1263 Fax: (268) 460-1759 Website: http://agricultureantiguabarbuda.com/ departments/vet-and-livestock/ Requirements: Microchip, Rabies Certificate (<1 year), Titer Certificate, Lyme Disease test (<6 months), medical and vaccination history, Government Health Certificate (<7 days), treatment for internal and external parasites (<7 days before arrival). Procedure: Fax or e-mail the information required to start the import license process. After the documents have been reviewed, an import license can be issued upon arrival. Inform the Veterinary Division of the date and time of arrival at least 48 hours ahead of time and contact them (let them know you need a Lyme Disease test if needed) upon check-in. A government vet will come to inspect the animal and the documents. If you dont have a Lyme Disease Certificate, the test can be done upon arrival for the equivalent of US$41 (EC$110). Fee: US$50 (EC$130) for the inspection. „Continued on next page Iries crew rocks at Virgin Gorda after checking into the BVI at West End, Tortola

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 23 „ Continued from previous page Experience: Before we arrived in Antigua, we never found out about the fees (they are mentioned on the website now) and we didnt have a Lyme Disease test. Our boat had to be tied on the quarantine dock in Jolly Harbour before we were allowed to check ourselves in with a dog. (Check on this procedure in English/ Falmouth Harbour.) We were prepared to obtain the Lyme Disease test here if the fee was reasonable. After four hours of waiting, the vet arrived and before agreeing to proceed we wanted to know the fees. They were anything but reasonable. It would cost us more than US$90 just for the dog to be able to legally visit Antigua & Barbuda. Add the fee for a cruising permit and the cost was just too high for us. We decided against paying and therefore against visiting these islands. We explained the situation to Customs and Immigration, and also told them it was too late and we were too tired to set sail for Guadeloupe. We obtained permission to spend the night in Jolly Harbour after paying for the cruising permit and were told to keep the dog on board. Remarks: If you are willing to pay the high fees, visiting Antigua and Barbuda with your dog is possible after declaring the animal in Antigua. Check the price of the Lyme Disease test in a previous country first to save some money. The rules are straightforward and the vets efficient. Communication seems to have improved as well. Dominica Contact: Dr. St. Aimee E-mail: agrivet4@hotmail.com, forestvet@gmail.com Phone: (767) 266-3824 or 266-3827 Fax: (767) 448-8632 Website: www.dominica.gov.dm/cms/index. php?q=node/786 Requirements: Health Certificate, DHCCP Certificate, Rabies Certificate (<1 year), Titer Certificate, treatment for parasites Procedure: Fax or e-mail the dogs paperwork and health certificate. If all is in order, an import permit will be faxed/e-mailed back to you after the documents have been reviewed. Show this import permit when you check in. Fee: Free Experience: Communication with the vet department and obtaining the import permit is easy and straightforward (and free!). The permit is valid for one month. After the Customs officer saw our printed permit, all was okay the first time we visited Dominica in 2009, but now the Customs Department insists you call the government vet for an inspection before landing the dog. The phone numbers on the permit were invalid or remained unanswered when we tried multiple times, so we sent our contact another e-mail to clarify the matter. We were informed that, so far, no inspection is needed to land your dog in Dominica; a valid import permit is enough. Remarks: Dominica is an easy place to temporarily import your dog, but be prepared to ignore the Customs officer if asked to call the vet before landing your dog. Liesbet Collaert is a freelance writer who lives and cruises on S/V Irie with her partner, Mark, and their dog, Darwin. For more stories and pictures, check out their website www.itsirie.com. Next month: Cruising the Eastern Caribbean with Your Dog, Part Two: The Windwards, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados. Relaxing aboard in St. Martin. Cruising the Lesser Antilles with mans best friend can be challenging, but Liesbet has compiled a wealth of information to help her fellow pet owners. Next month, she takes us south

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 24 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 WE have been anchored in the Baie à Feret, Ile-à-Vache, Haiti and are preparing to set sail for Jamaica. Jamaica is an extraordinary destination and so often overlooked by the cruising community. Many have asked about crime in Jamaica. There is no denying that Jamaica has crime. However, the vast majority of the crime takes place in the ghettos of Kingston and in almost all cases Jamaicans are the victims of it. Thousands of tourists arrive on cruise ships and many more people stay at the many hotels in Jamaica without incident. The Jamaican mountains and countryside are exceptional and will leave you breathless. In addition there is Jamaican culture. It is diverse, exotic and vibrant. The colors, the food, the people all come together to form an impression that is distinct in the Caribbean. Last but not least, are those Jamaican smiles; you will never forget them! Our sail to Port Antonio, at the northeast corner of the island, is westbound and the current will be with us. The distance is approximately 150 miles. We want to make our departure with an assurance of continued tradewinds, or if it is early in the tradewind season and a norther is blowing, we want to catch the norther as it peters out. Either way we should have a good sail. If we depart at 0900 hours, most boats should make landfall in Jamaica between 0800 and 1200 hours the following day. Jamaica is one of the larger Caribbean islands and has mountain ranges that affect wind, particularly at night. Overnight, the katabatic winds of both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are likely to reduce the tradewinds. If we want to sail with the full force of the trades, then we need to get out of the shadow of the islands by standing offshore at least five miles or more. In such a case we would plan our westing by going to the south (or west-southwest) and then coming back up to our destination. We must also take into account Formigas Bank, which lies approximately 31 miles northeast of Jamaicas northeast corner. In heavy weather it breaks and there is a navigation hazard there as well. Avoiding it is a simple matter. Formigas Bank is a rocky bank about 16 miles in length from southwest to northeast, with less than 60 feet of water for the greater part of its area. At the northeast corner of the bank the water is about 15 feet deep. During strong tradewinds with a heavy swell running, the north end of the bank breaks. The most dangerous part of the bank is an old stranded wreck, which is sometimes visible. It is located at 18°31.45N, 75°45.47W and is noted on most charts. We will make our landfall at Port Antonio, which is an easy entry. As we approach we will see the John Brown Mountains as well as the famous Blue Mountains. The sight is quite imposing and if the day is clear no description can do it justice. The lighthouse at Port Antonio is easy to spot and we will leave it to port as we enter. The Errol Flynn Marina is located at Port Antonio and you can take a slip or anchor out. The marina and the boatyard are owned by the Jamaica Port Authority and run under the supervision of Dale Westin. You will find him and his staff to be very accommodating. Raise them on VHF channel 16. Entrance procedures are straightforward and there is no charge of any type. You will be boarded by officers from Quarantine, Customs and Immigration. Be sure to have your quarantine flag flying as well as your Jamaican courtesy flag. Jamaica has had 300 years of British tradition and while everyone is cordial, following protocol and procedure is considered important. Once cleared in, you will find yourself in a wonderful town. There is an open market that is very active on the weekends. There you will find fruit and vegetables as well as crafts. The handicrafts market is delightful, as are the people you will meet there. You can walk the market safely and you will find most people helpful and engaging. The town also has a supermarket and banks. The marina has free WiFi. At the marina there are a number of good restaurants as well as a nice beach. You can take any number of day trips from Port Antonio and go river-rafting or visit more remote beaches. When we are ready to leave Port Antonio, we will proceed westward to Ocho Rios. At a distance of just over 45 miles with the wind and the current in your favor, it is an easy overnight stop en route to Montego Bay. Early in the tradewind season the north coast of Jamaica can become quite lively and if a norther is forecasted and you are in a secure harbor such as Port Antonio, you should stay put. In normal conditions and even in a mild norther, you will find Ocho Rios suitable. Ocho Rios is a tourist town in every sense of the word. Cruise ships call there frequently and discharge boatloads of visitors. In addition, Ocho Rios has its fair share of hotels. If you like a lively setting filled with people, this is your town. From Ocho Rios we continue west and can make stops at St. Anns Bay and Discovery Bay (just west of Runaway Bay) along the way. (For details on these harbors, see the free downloadable cruising guide to Jamaica at www.jamaicacruisingguide.com.) Montego Bay, our next major stop, is approximately 50 miles west of Ocho Rios. It is not the perfect refuge in a norther, but tucked in at the yacht club one can make do. In the rare instance that conditions get beyond a normal norther, one can enter Bogue Lagoon. The Montego Bay Yacht Club has excellent facilities. You will find the staff to be very accommodating. They have a small daily charge to use the facilities, which include the pool, the club, and fine bathrooms and showers. Their lunches and dinners are moderately priced and well presented. As you exit the marina by taxi, to the right is Bogue Lagoon; the Houseboat at the Lagoon serves great meals in a pretty setting. There is a Sams ClubŽ type supermarket close to the yacht club if you need to reprovision in a serious way. A cab can take you there in ten minutes or so. Montego Bay also has a crafts market that should not be missed. It is full of color, safe and some of the craftwork is quite good. The vendors are very nice people, albeit a little persistent. If you are not ready to buy, simply say, Little more time, Man, little more timeŽ (locally it sounds like likkle more time, MonŽ). Smile when you say it, and everyone will lighten up. You do need to bargain and a 20 to 30 percent discount is normal. Do not over-negotiate, as a few dollars one way or the other will not change your life, but means a great deal to these vendors. The cruise ships do not call at this market en masse and you will find the vendors anxious to please you. The more you smile the better it is. „Continued on next page THE FORGOTTEN CARIBBEAN BY FRANK VIRGINTINO Around-the-island races are popular, but have you considered an extended around-the-island cruise? Jamaica beckons Inset: Beware Formigas Bank when approaching from the northeastMAURICE LETHBRIDGE Part Three: CIRCUMNAVIGATING JAMAICA Sunset at Negril

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 25 „ Continued from previous page There is also the Hip StripŽ where you will find a long line of restaurants to suit different tastes and pocketbooks. When we leave Montego Bay we head for Negril at the western tip of the island, an easy sail of 25 miles. Here we can anchor in a beautiful and very protected anchorage and watch the most dramatic sunsets. Nothing much to do but relax and take it all in. Most of this coast is taken up by beachside hotels, and we can land if we want to see the facilities. Most often we can have the guard on the beach keep an eye on the dinghy. When we are ready to leave Negril, the Bluefields anchorage is 25 miles to the east along the south coast of Jamaica. If we do this sail early in the morning, we can avoid strong easterlies that get up and blow daily from about 1100 hours. In addition, the western part of Jamaica is in somewhat of a lee as Portland Point extends nearly 30 miles into the sea. Bluefields is a simple and very pretty anchorage. There are no shoreside diversions and the view is of attractive homes. You will anchor in ten feet of water and find yourself well protected from sea and wind. If we choose not to stop at Bluefields, we can go the extra 12 miles to Black River, Jamaicas longest river. Black River Bay is reasonably well protected and provides very adequate shelter and good holding. The town of Black River is active with eco-tourism. The river is famous for its birds „ herons and snowy egrets among many others „ and for its crocodiles. There is a bridge over the mouth of the river that unfortunately does not allow for sailboats to go upriver. There is a dock at the mouth of the river that carries eight feet. More than that and you will have to anchor out and dinghy in. If you like nature, stop at the river and arrange for a guide at the bridge to take the tour up river. It is extraordinary! The guide can assist you with having your boat watched if you leave no one aboard. From Black River we can continue our discovery of Jamaica and plan stops at Portland Bight, Kingston Harbor and finally Port Morant at the southeast corner of the island. Portland Bight is a large protected bay with many cays and is often used by local yachtsmen, especially on the weekends. A comfortable distance from Portland Bight going east is Kingston Harbor. It is the seventh largest harbor in the world, and aside from the intensity of commercial traffic you will find it safe. As you go up harbor, you can stop at Lime Cay, a beautiful stop, and wait until morning to continue to Port Royal or the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club. Whether you stop at Lime Cay or go all the way to Port Royal or the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club, get an early start, as once the wind gets up in Kingston Harbor it is no small matter. Gusts to 30 knots are not unusual once the sun is up and the plateau heats up. The Royal Jamaican Yacht Club is inviting and well situated within a stones throw of the airport „ very convenient if you are picking up or discharging crew. Reprovisioning is easy and there are many interesting attractions, not the least of which is the Bob Marley museum. With the help of one of the club-recommended taxi vans, the trip around town will be inexpensive and safe. Historic Port Royal is just west and south of the yacht club and well worth a visit. Port Morant is the last harbor in Jamaica on the south side at the east end. It is truly a beautiful stop, well protected with a backdrop of mountains. The small marina that was here has been given over to the Coast Guard and Marine Police. They will offer you free dockage as well as water if you want to tie up at their more-than-ample wharf. Or anchor out off the dock for more privacy and, at sunset, fewer mosquitoes. Port Morant may well be the best-kept secret in Jamaica. Next month: Jumping off from Jamaica for the Western Caribbean. Lime Cay anchorage „ a peaceful spot in huge Kingston Harbour Marina & Yachtclub60 slips for boats up to 120 feet and 15 draft Customs & Immigration 230/110V (50/60Hz), Water, Webcam, Wi-Fi Showers, Lounge, Pool, Restaurants, Bar Fuel & Gasoline Minimarket, Car Rental, Laundry Hurricane Moorings Restaurants “ne dining on a unique, historical lighthouse ship breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day at the Pool-Bar Restaurant Le Phare Bleu MarinaVHF CH 16 phone 473 444 2400 contact@lepharebleu.com www.lepharebleu.com Petite Calivigny Bay, St. Georges, Grenada W.I., POS 12°0011N / 61°4329W JOHANNES49/EN.WIKIPEDIAThe islands signature expression One size fits all. Jamaicas craft markets should not be missed A snowy egret wades along the Black River

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 26Dominican Republic Cruising Guide www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com Jamaica Cruising Guidewww.jamaicacruisingguide.com FREE CRUISING GUIDES Marina Zar-Par M Compliments of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic www.marinazarpar.com by Frank VirgintinoWhen I was a young man and set off cruising, when sailors got together a large part of the discussion was about navigation: celestial, coastwise, dead reckoning, parallel rulers and sextants. We were afraid of losing our way, and spent a great deal of time learning how to stay on course. Now, with the advent of GPS and chart plotters, those conversations have largely ceased. Today, we have concerns about being the victims of crime. In our anxiety, we discuss carrying firearms, how to secure the boat, where to and where not to anchor, and what to do about piracy. Not all crimes committed against cruisers are piracy. In order to understand what our risk is, we must understand the differences between burglary, robbery, assault and piracy. Knowing the difference helps determine how to prepare for and reduce being at risk. Basically, theft simply involves taking something from someone else with the intent to permanently deprive them of it, burglary is the intent to break in with the intent of committing a crime, assault is a crime of violence against another person, and robbery involves both theft and violence or threat of violence used to deprive someone of their property. Well get to piracy in a minute. Dont Be a Mug On land, we cruisers are susceptible (like everyone else) to being mugged when we visit different countries around the world. Just because we are sailors, this is not piracy. It is robbery. To avoid it, we must be as aware of our surroundings as we can be. It is best not to be conspicuous, especially pertaining to valuables such as jewelry or cash. It is never a good idea to wear any jewelry when going ashore. Even the most innocent piece of jewelry, such as a solid gold wedding band or nice-looking watch, can result in a problem. To you, the band may just be your wedding band; but to someone who is desperate for cash, it is an opportunity to get quick money. Why carry a wallet full of credit cards when one or two will suffice? (Make sure you have a list of the credit cards youre carrying.) Why pull out a roll of cash to pay a bill when you can separate your funds into two separate pockets and take out just what you need? In most cases, if you are accosted it is best not to resist „ let them have what they want. Have sufficient cash on you that the mugger is satisfied to take it and leave. Saying I have nothingŽ can get you bopped on the head or worse. Lock It or Lose It The second type of crime cruisers worry about is having things stolen from the boat while at anchor or at a marina. This also is not piracy. It is like having ones home burgled. There once was a time when we anchored and slept with the hatches and companionways open. There was also a time when many of us can remember sleeping with the front door of our homes open. Those days are over. The main target of crimes against anchored boats is the dinghy with its motor. Therefore, it makes sense that the dinghy should be secured at night and not left in the water. Another prudent idea is to secure the companionway if you are not certain of a given anchorages security. All anchorages are not the same. Some afford better protection against wind and sea, and some are more or less susceptible to theft. It is a no-brainer that we should select the most secure anchorages. If an anchorage has a bad history, do not anchor there. If you must choose an unsafe harbor, then secure the boat in every way that you can. Some cruisers have installed motion detectors, while others have hot-wired the lifelines so that a boarder gets a surprise. The point is that you must work just as hard to secure your boat from a potential thief as you do to set your anchor properly. There are websites such as noonsite (www.noonsite.com), the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (www.safetyandsecuritynet.com), and others that record crimes against yachts; researching those sites before you choose your anchorage is prudent. Some sailors use marinas as protection, and most marinas have security. However, do not be lulled into a false sense of security. It is easy to become complacent in a marina setting, but one must evaluate the marinas security carefully and take additional precautions if required. In a marina, it is always best to lock your boat when you leave and to let the office know if you will be gone for an extended period of time. Even consider having someone watch the boat in your absence, in addition to the marinas security. Many times the culprit is another yachtsman a few slips away, who has admired your chart-plotter and wished he had one just like it. The P Word Piracy is a separate category of crime against cruisers. Just the word strikes fear in our hearts. Piracy is an attack against a boat on the high seas for the purpose of robbery. The first thing to do is to avoid, in every way possible, being a victim of piracy. The next thing is to prepare for it. Keep in mind that avoidance is always best, even if you are armed. Avoidance must be well thought out and researched. We need to know what the probabilities are that we will be attacked while underway in the area we are cruising. This takes research and consideration of only the facts. We cannot listen to gossip about what someone thought happened to someone, somewhere, but rather be completely certain of what really happened. For example, the attack on December 21, 2009 against the yacht Triton en route to Trinidad from Grenada is well documented. The boat was attacked offshore by a pirogue with seven or eight men who fired guns and forced the crew to stop. They stripped the yacht of a wide range of items including electronics, cash, food, clothing and alcohol. The crew did not resist and no one was hurt (although not resisting is no guarantee of physical safety). This was a very clear pirate attack.Ž It was not a mugging on shore or a burglary at anchor: it was high seas piracy. What could the Triton crew have done to avoid it? When a pattern of activity arises in an area, any nearby area is susceptible too. This has already happened along the Peninsula of Paria, where, as the peninsula became less and less visited by cruising sailors, pirates began to go farther and farther offshore in search of what they want. The offshore oil rigs between Grenada and Trinidad are between 40 and 50 miles north of the Peninsula of Paria as the crow flies, and in a good pirogue with strong outboard engines, that is less than a two-hour run. Each year, many of us leave Grenada and head for Trinidad via this oil-rig route. Why follow the same path each year that other cruisers followed before us? We need to learn what the predictable routes are near problematic areas, and avoid them. Avoidance is best because it may really be the only way to keep our cruising lifestyles safe from pirates. We cannot rely on weaponry because, unless one is trained in weapon usage and willing to go through a firefight, being armed is not worth much. There are many cases in which guns have triggered more violence. For example, Sir Peter Blake, confronting intruders aboard his yacht in Brazil, was shot dead after coming on deck with a rifle. I am not saying that I am opposed to being armed. However, if one chooses to be armed, one must be trained and willing to engage in a gunfight. The majority of cruisers, whether they have a gun aboard or not, are not trained in armed conflict. If there are four or five or more armed men in a boat with big engines the chances of them boarding you is in their favor. Pirating is not a new phenomenon. Pirates of today are no different than the pirates of old. They want what you have and will attack you to get it. Most are not interested in killing, they just want to steal. Plunder is their business. Most are not good seamen; they are just thieves in a fast outboard. They do not like nighttime excursions and do not like sea conditions beyond the norm. Most of us who have cruised for some time know the sea and can handle sea conditions as well as nighttime navigation. This is to our advantage and we must be conscious of how to use it. We are all searching for a way that we can feel secure. The truth is that there is no such thing as complete safety on a cruising sailboat. We are always at risk of the wind and the seas and crime is just one more risk. We must learn how to manage and reduce our susceptibility to crime, and the best way to do that is to be conscious of all of the elements of the risk at hand and to prepare well in advance. yypyppg PilfPihthilbldliitdbiig Not all crimes committed against cruisers are piracy PONDERING PIRACY

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 27 Anchored in the lagoon in St. Martin, we were surprised to see this unusual dinghy cruising fast and without sound, although there was no wind. An interview with the sailor was the result of my investigation. Rob van de Calseyde on Linda is a pioneer. His interest in renewable energy has kept his thoughts occupied for many years, and in 1993 he made an electric/ sailing dinghy that served him for one and a half years, till Hurricane Luis destroyed it. He decided to build another dinghy that doesnt need fossil fuels, but is stable, quick and economical „ back to electric/sailing again. It also had to be safe and dry. Rob was sure of what he wanted, and after a while the parts he needed started to roll inŽ. Somebody gave him the remnants of a pedalo: two PVC floats, heavy but stable. For the bottom between the floats he used part of the bottom of an RIB, which he found dumped on the little island in the lagoon. He was given some damaged sheets of four-millimetre plywood that would have been thrown away. Now he could start to put it all together. The raft that is moored alongside Linda was the workshop where Big Oil was born. The construction has been done with alternative energy, keeping the carbon footprint of the project low. The mothership, Linda , has three wind generators and two solar panels to charge her 24 golf-cart batteries, which operated all the power tools needed. The sail is a recycled battenless windsurfer sail that is rolled up on the reinforced rotating windsurf mast for reefing and furling, which takes about five seconds to do with the pull of a string. The mast is flexible, and adds to safety. In strong gusts it bends, and spills some of the wind. The engine is a recycled golf-cart starter motor, which replaces the powerhead of an old eight-horsepower Johnson long shaft outboard. That unit functions as a ruddershaft as well. The AGM battery (dumped but still good), chosen because it is leakproof, is charged by a solar panel. (A lithium battery could also be used, but because of the price remains a wet dreamŽ for now.) Rob likes the concept of electric motor/sailing. The best of both worlds. It is quiet, relaxed, and cheap to run, and it gives a lot of room to cheat. The simple click of a switch can change the mode of operation from sailing to motor sailing.Ž The pull of a string can either reef or roll up the sail, and in just a few seconds one is motoring. It means that you dont have to do a lot of tacking. When something is in your way, or when the wind direction is less favourable, you can motorsail, or motor only. It is very dry transport,Ž says Rob. Now I only put my phone in a ziplock bag when it rains.Ž It is perfect in the big lagoon in St. Maarten/St. Martin, and would be great for exploring the south coast of Grenada, the Tobago Cays, and many other areas in the Caribbean. Rob still has his other, heavy dinghy with 15-horsepower outboard to run for heavy transport and backup. I used to pay out 40 or 50 dollars per month for fuel, but now only ten or 20. That includes the fuel for the emergency generator for Linda .Ž This is only the beginning. He hopes to inspire other people with Big Oil , and will improve and make changes where he sees it necessary. The treasures one needs to build a dinghy of this kind are: € two floats (scavenged, or built from plywood, fiberglass, etcetera) € the bottom of on old RIB or other hard-bottomed inflatable dinghy, preferably with bow locker € plywood to build the seats, battery box, rudder and three little discs epoxied on mast as reefing/furling drum € windsurfer mast and sail € fiberglass/epoxy to reinforce mast and do other little jobs € AGM, gel or lithium battery € solar panel, and thin wood strips to laminate S-frame for it € electric trolling motor, or a modified outboard engine like Rob used But, why this name?Ž I asked. Robs humor may not be for everybody, but he answered, Just imagine a four-letter word beginning with the letter F in front of the name Big Oil !Ž For more information contact Rob at rob_linda_2000@yahoo.com or visit www.evalbum.com/preview.php?vid=3475.BIG OILA Solar-Powered Electric/Sailing Dinghyby Flora Van Heteren A dry, stable and fuel-efficient harbor runabout, Big Oil sports a solar panel and electric engine-cum-rudder (at left), plus a windsurfer sail (above) on a rotating step (inset)

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 28 DOMINICA MARINE CENTER18 Victoria Street, Roseau Dominica, WI 767-448-2705 Ext Marine Fax: 767-448-7701 VHF 16 info@dominicamarinecenter.com Agent: Budget Marine, Doyle Sailmaker, SeaChoice Products Dealer: Mercury Marine, Yanmar Marine Transport has never been easier … with no floor boards Air Deck boats can be stowed most anywhere. FEATURES : € Air filled floor makes kneeling or sitting extremely comfortable € Easy to carry 25% lighter than wooden-floor inflatables AVAILABLE: 6 7Ž (200cm) 46lb(21kg) 710Ž (240cm) 75lb(34kg) 810Ž (270cm) 86lb(39kg) 102Ž (310cm) 92lb(42kg) 112 (340cm) 99lb(45kg) ENGINES: 2.5-350hp (2-Stroke & 4-Stroke) @ DUTY-FREE Prices Bequia is known for its seafaring men and women. The activities of sailing, fishing and boatbuilding continue, and ambitious youths continue to show interest in them. More young people from Bequia and throughout the Caribbean are venturing into maritime careers and I give them a thumbs upŽ. The commercial and recreational marine industry is getting ever more serious about regulations and training for crew and officers. These measures prepare sailors to be properly educated and disciplined to ply their trade and to respond to emergencies. Gone are the days when a person could become captain or hold another responsible position on a cargo or passenger vessel without possessing the proper certification. I came across a recent graduate of the Chapman School of Seamanship, located in Stuart, Florida. Kellee Myers, 22 years of age, grew up in Paget Farm, Bequia, and had a great interest in becoming a sea captain. As a youth he was very much involved in a local sailing group, which gave him much necessary exposure. He is currently employed at Barefoot Yacht Charters in St. Vincent. I conducted the following interview with him. AT: At what age did you first think of becoming a sea captain? KM: For me it was around age 12 when I was in the Bequia Youths and the Sea (BYATS) programme, which is sponsored by the Bequia Rotary Club. AT: What motivated you in choosing a marine career? KM: Being on the sea was a quieter environment, and that created the love for the sea. Also, seeing captains of mega-yachts and ocean-going ships was a push to become a captain. AT: What steps were taken to achieve your goal? KM: First of all, I started out in the BYATS club and built my sailing, boat handling and water-safety skills. I also participated in regional races on the clubs J/24. These exposures motivated me to further my education in seamanship. After graduating from the Bequia Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, I proceeded to Florida and attained my certificate from the Chapman School. On my return to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, I applied for and received a Boat Masters License from the SVG General Maritime Administration. AT: How have some of the experiences gained at seamanship school benefited you? KM: I have learned that proper preparation for sailing on a given day is very important. It is important to make sure that all emergency systems are functional „ for instance, that radios, life jackets and liferafts are all in place in the event of accident or abandoning ship. I also learned how to do coastal navigation on charts as well as with electronics, in case the electronics fail. I know how to make my way out of dangerous situations. AT: What qualifications have you obtained? KM: I have obtained the STCW 95 (the International Maritime Organizations Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers), Sailing Endorsement, Towing Endorsement, Marine Radio Operators Permit, CPR and First Aid Afloat Endorsement, and my Boat Masters License. AT: As a young man, how far do you intend to venture into the marine industry in the future? KM: I plan to work to become a captain on private yachts or charter boats. In the future I would like to be financially equipped to do my own charter business in the Caribbean. AT: To encourage other youngsters who are heading for this industry, what would you advise them? KM: I would advise them to be focused, stay away from drugs, keep pushing themselves to the limit to learn, and get as much on-the-water experience as possible. As time goes by things will fit into place. AT: Are there any persons who you looked up to as role models? KM: There is a person who I looked up to, who is now a captain on a mega-yacht, who grew up in Bequia. This man came from a background where he had to fight to obtain whatever he needed in his life. He did that and moved up the ranks from deckhand to captain. Also I must thank my parents, Timothy and Rosetta Myers, and other family members, plus Tom Hopman and Sally Erdle, Keithon Grant, Steve Miller, Captain Jack Carl, Captain Mack, Jim Boos and Trent Palmer. All these are people who pushed me forward and gave much needed advice to help me become a graduate of a professional seamanship school. AT: Being aware of the international yachting industry, what changes, if any, would you as a Caribbean person like to see implemented? KM: I think if you are offered employment on, for example, a US-based vessel, the US Immigration should not turn your visa application down. The Embassy officials should see employing properly trained international crew, if the owners or skippers want to hire them, as a way of helping the industry to grow. Various Caribbean islands should have their berthing and mooring fees under control, and also improve on their various security services. The Coast Guard should do more patrols around anchorages to ease the fears of visiting sailors. There should be increased training for Immigration Officers because too many of them lack professionalism. Many waterfront areas need to have more services provided, along with the customary restaurants. These comments are constantly being expressed by guests and sailors. AT: Thanks a lot, Kellee, for sharing part of life story and airing your views. All the best in your career. KM: Thanks to you, Amal, for the opportunity to share my experience. I would personally recommend that Caribbean countries invest in the commercial and recreational marine industry. Important areas include assisting students in studying not only seamanship, but also subjects such as marketing, marine biology and ecology, maritime law, vessel surveying and other related disciplines. This type of investment can equip governments as well as the private sector to increase their revenue from this vital sector. Professional seamanship training is offered in the Caribbean at the Maritime School of the West Indies in St. Maarten (www.mswi.org), the Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute in Trinidad (www.onefish.org), and the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Jamaica (www.cmi.edu.jm). The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in Barbados (www.sjpp.edu.bb) provides a certificate program in Maritime Operations and a diploma in Marine Diesel Operations.Local Youth Preparing for a Maritime Career by Amal Thomas Young Caribbean mariner Kellee Myers has put himself at the helm of a future at sea by obtaining professional credentials

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 29 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 THE story started in May, when a J/24 called Loose Cannon left St. Lucias Rodney Bay Marina to sail the hundred miles to Barbados to represent St. Lucia in the annual Mount Gay/Boatyard Regatta. After some exciting racing, the crews assembled on May 23rd for the prizegiving ceremony „ during which the aptly named boat broke loose from her mooring and drifted away into the Caribbean night. A search was started but after several weeks spent scouring the surrounding waters no sign of the missing boat was found. All hope was lost, when one day Loose Cannons owner, Edgar Roe, received news from the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Martinique that the small red boat had been sighted north of Curaçao by the sailing yacht Fayole on June 23rd „ exactly one month after she went missing. Loose Cannon had drifted more than 500 miles in the open sea and was picked up by the local volunteer coastguard, CITRO (Citizens Rescue Organization, Curaçao ) and towed to safety. Now a new problem emerged: how to get her back home? A fundraising event was organized in St. Lucia and strongly supported by well-wishers, who raised in excess of EC$6,000 to fund the rescue attempt. The plan was to use Annie T , a local 50-foot charter boat owned by Jerry Bethel, to sail to Curaçao and tow Loose Cannon back home „ a round trip of more than 1,000 miles in open water and no mean feat. After an easy downwind sail Annie T and her volunteer crew of local sailors arrived safely in Curaçao on September 29th and found Loose Cannon in fairly good condition, though needing some repair. After a couple of days spent replacing broken shrouds and completing general repairs, the crew set about the task of towing the J/24 back home. On reaching Bonaire, recovery crew Jerry Bethel, Sean Compton, Nick Forsberg and Jacobo De Camp s decided to race Loose Cannon in that islands 43rd International Sailing Regatta, held October 3rd through 9th, topping Racing Class II and coming third overall! Finally, after two days in Los Roques and three days of sailing into the east wind, Annie T and Loose Cannon arrived home safely in Rodney Bay on October 18th, for a well-earned restƒ. Well, not much of a rest. As of this writing, the crew plans to be racing Loose Cannon in Rodney Bay on October 24th „ just as if nothing had happened! The Loose Cannon crew would like to give special thanks to CITRO, the rescue expedition fundraisers, and Jerry Bethel for providing Annie T . Thanks to Sean Compton for additional input in this report. Loose Cannon Comes Home a Winner by Les Hewitt Somehow Loose Cannon managed not to hit any islands on her westward drift from Barbados to Curaçao Above: Loose Cannon , leading the pack, was a surprise entry in the Bonaire Regatta Left: Accepting the trophy for First Place in Racing Class II at Bonaire, left to right: Jerry Bethel, pit/mast; Sean Compton, jib and spinnaker trim; Nick Forsberg, skipper; Jacobo De Camps, foredeck Above: Racing in Barbados just before her disappearance Left: At the coastguard dock in Curaçao, with Annie T ready to tow her homeSEAN COMPTON MAXINE RIGOT

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 30 NOVEMBER 2010 Crossword Solution ACROSS 2) SEARCHES 6) ROBBER 7) SPAR 8) SHAKES 9) ALOFT 10) PI 12) BS 14) BOARDS 16) UP 17) LOA 18) RING 20) IGS 22) ALCOHOL 23) SAIL 24) LOL 25) STREAK 27) OR 29) GOODY 32) OFF 34) REOCCUR 35) KRUG 36) REASONS DOWN 1) ABOARD 2) SERE 3) ER 4) CUSTOMS 5) SORE 6) RUST 9) AIR 10) PANIC 11) STABILITY 12) BURNS 13) SPI 15) DASH 17) LILLY 19) GALLEY 21) GOLD 25) SCOLD 26) KNEES 27) OGC 28) ROCKS 30) OUR 31) DRUG 33) FIR ARIES (21 Mar 20 Apr) After the 14th youll be full of energy and feeling talkative „ time for a shipboard party-for-no-reason! Put these fair winds to work for you and have a good time. TAURUS (21 Apr 21 May) Any creative attempts you make this month will be rough sailing. Drop the hook and give yourself some rewarding time off. GEMINI (22 May 21 Jun) Any work-type course you try will meet rough seas and wind on the bow, so bear off for now. Communications will be stormy and could lead to serious misunderstandings and arguments. Why not try turning the radio off, giving the e-mail a rest, and justƒ sailing on a reach for pleasure? CANCER (22 Jun 23 Jul) This will be a month of tacking back and forth „ youll be going from side to side like the crab Cancer is! Since theres little progress to be made, you might as well stay in your bunk with a good book. LEO (24 Jul 23 Aug) This will be a very productive month if you can manage not to be blown off course by shoreside temptations. VIRGO (24 Aug 23 Sep) Aspects that are so favorable for Leo will make for rough sailing for you. Try not to make yourself nuts by beating into the winds of endless details. LIBRA (24 Sep 23 Oct) Keep the helm on course in your business and everything else will follow in your wake. SCORPIO (24 Oct 22 Nov) While romance is in irons you can maintain your sanity through creative boat projects. Try to complete them before months end so as not to leave parts strewn all over the deck. SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov 21 Dec) Nows a fine time to sail through projects of an intellectual nature. Aspects are good for positive communication with crew and buddy-boaters. CAPRICORN (22 Dec 20 Jan) Life for you is generally aspect-free this month „ clear skies and calm seas. Enjoy! AQUARIUS (21 Jan 19 Feb) Creativity may prove frustrating, so devote time and effort to getting some way on in your business or financial life, especially in the second week. PISCES (20 Feb 20 Mar) Concentrate on your cruising creativity and try to steer clear of any negativity that might surround you in your daily life. There was no thought, when we came here, of staying. We only planned to work on the boat and rest. Would you believe she was once “the green machine”? We picked her up for a song in Port of Spain. She’s been let go but we were looking for a small freighter and she was just the thing. We put her back on her feet and painted her the color of a maple leaf in May, and turned her into something we could use to make a living and, at the same time, live aboard — no small trick. We used to joke: we spent more time with the boat than with each other; nights, we’d pick the paint off each other’s skin. But when the Lady A came steaming in, heads turned. We always had the flags flying, the hold chock-a-block, and we were seldom late. She was activity and she meant money to lots of people (in addition to the shipping agent). The people trusted us. Our manifest was really a list of their hopes and dreams: cement, steel rod and PVC; outboard engines, freezers, and spare parts; hardwoods from Guyana, fresh produce from St. Vincent; steel drums, pianos, a Rolls Royce once… the donkey winch was music to our ears. The smuggling we did — of rum and nails, razor blades and mayonnaise: the high-tax, essential items — was supplementary for us and condoned, of course. In our time with her, she was never used to run guns or drugs. The light that fell on her fell on us as we ran up and down the islands, Kingston to Kingstown, Port-au-Prince to Paramaribo. Each island was different, a discovery; and I loved being at sea: all that limitless blue. We got along with people. They liked us and we were smart enough not to try to outsmart them. I sometimes wonder if any of them wonder where “the green machine” went — but word travels, I guess. Marianne came along then, but we kept going. I used to nurse her and steer at the same time. She slept in a hammock, a child of the sea; the noise of the diesel was like a lullaby. It turned out she was a big draw on the docks, and good for business. We were doing fine. The Lady A did all we asked, and more. She was a lot of work but it suited us. With the right boat and luck, of course, and love, you can do anything. We had the life! This is a good place to put into and work. We did careen the boat, recaulk and paint her hull the green that made her shine like a scarab. We chartered her a few times and partied a lot, and turned her hold into a kind of disco. But it was the rest that did us in, I think. Suddenly, what she needed was more than we could give or afford to do. The engine was tired, for one thing. So, one day, he left — Marianne was walking then and reading “The Three Little Pigs.” He was going to Guyana to get work, he said. I stayed behind. Somebody had to stay with the boat. I kept her going for as long as I could. But keeping the Lady A at anchor beneath the sun just beating down and the green absorbing that sun day after day, until it faded gray, blistering into chips, and not being able to hire any help… The one time Lenny sent some money, I had to decide what to do with it, to put it into the boat or not. Well, I had already begun to sell off the obvious stuff: the clock and barometer and weather fax, and the bronze vice that had been his prized possession. After a while, the engine wouldn’t run at all, and I sold the prop and then the shaft. The transmission, too. I got good money for them. Once, this guy says he’d take her off my hands: he’d come on to me first (he was a looker and Marianne adored him), and that was one thing; but somehow I just couldn’t give the boat away. “Honey,” the harbormaster said to me. “Honey, she’s going the way of all boats. I know you pretty well and you’re gonna have to do something with her, definitely.” Proceeds from the auction moved Marianne and me ashore. I kept her riding sail and sewing machine to help me start this loft. Now, she’s nothing but the bones of a dream and I’d have sold the lumber if someone wanted it. A strange thing was how a bird who’d lived aboard disappeared when the mast was pulled out of her, and how suddenly I was aware of all the other boats arriving and departing. I’d watch them and think, and kick the sand at my feet. It’s a toss-up now, whether to leave her run-up on the beach, part of the landscape, a tourist attraction, or tow her out to sea and sink her with a well-placed stick or two of dynamite. Either way, she’s a long way from the fjords and the May bloom in her cheeks, and so am I. „ Richard Dey I s l a n d Island P o e t s PoetsTHE STORY OF LADY A

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 31 ACROSS2) Looks for 6) Type of thief 7) Yard or mast 8) Trembles 9) In the rigging 10) Ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle 12) Nonsense! (abbrev.) 14) Water, water, everywhere, and all the ______ did shrinkƒŽ „ Coleridge 16) Not down 17) Length overall (abbrev.) 18) What the ships clock does 20) International GNSS Service, formerly the International GPS Service (abbrev.) 22) Problematic fuel for both stoves and humans 23) Canvas 24) Text-speak for laugh out loud 25) Bolt of lightning 27) Either __ 29) _____ Two Shoes 32) Not on 34) Happen again (variant) 35) A famous champagne 36) CausesDOWN1) On the ship 2) Dry 3) Sound of indecision 4) Clear this on arrival 5) In pain 6) Iron oxide 9) This, in motion, is wind 10) Uncontrolled fear 11) A crucial concept in naval architecture 12) Fire injuries 13) French slang for spinnaker 15) Sprint 17) _____ iron: a small harpoon 19) Accident-prone area of a boat 21) As good as ____Ž 25) Chastise 26) Elements in wooden hull construction 27) Open Geospatial Consortium (abbrev.) 28) Mind the rudder or meet the _____Ž „ Capt. Fatty 30) ___ saucy ships a beauty, were attentive to our dutyƒŽ „ WS Gilbert 31) Stay clear of ____ smugglers 33) Popular wood for masts Solution on page 30 DONT PANIC! Compass Cruising Crossword © Caribbean Compass 2010

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 32 PROUDLY SPONSORED BY PETIT ST. VINCENT RESORT Hello! My name is Dollyand my home is in the sea.DOLLYS DEEP SECRETSby Elaine OllivierreWe have looked at coral reefs and seagrass meadows. What else on our shorelines helps to protect the coast? Mangroves are trees and shrubs that live along the coast in the muddy zone where land meets sea. There are three kinds of mangrove: red, black and white. They are found only in the tropics and they protect the coast because they grow in great tangled masses that can stand up to natural disasters like tsunamis and hurricanes. Mangroves have very unusual root systems that help to anchor them in rough weather. Red mangrove trees ( Rhizophora mangle ) grow closest to the sea. They are easily recognized by their prop roots ( rhizophores ), which hang down from the trees, down to the water and into the mud below. Behind the red mangroves are the black mangroves ( Avicennia germinans ). Their roots stick up out of the mud and water into the air like snorkels. These roots are called pneumatophores . Behind the black mangroves are the white ones ( Laguncularia racemosa ). Their roots may be either rhizophores or pneumatophores. White mangroves are often found growing with another coastal tree called the buttonwood. Now, why do the mangroves need these peculiar root systems? Plants need oxygen for respiration. Respiration is the process that turns oxygen into food and energy for the plant to grow. Mangroves grow in thick mud. Surface mud is brown and absorbs oxygen from the air and water around it. Deeper mud is black and contains no oxygen so the mangroves have to find a way to get oxygen to the roots in the deep mud. The prop roots of the red mangroves take oxygen down to the underwater roots. Above the water surface, the prop roots are hard and woody but, below the surface, they are softer and like a sponge, full of air. The pneumatophores of the black mangroves allow air directly through spongy tissue to the roots. Mangroves grow in tidal areas. Nutrients come in when the tide rises. Waste washes away as the tide recedes. Without mangroves, soil particles would also wash away, eroding the shoreline. The mangrove roots slow down the flow of water allowing mud particles to settle, stabilizing the shoreline. This is one reason why it is very important to conserve the coastal mangrove swamps. Now try this experiment to show the different components of soil. Put a handful of soil in a jar that is half full of water. Put the top on the jar and shake it well to make sure that the soil particles are evenly distributed in the water. Leave the jar for an hour or more to let the soil particles settle. Look closely at the soil after it has settled. The soil will settle in layers according to the size and mass of its particles. Gravel will sink to the bottom then particles of sand will settle on top of the gravel. Silt forms the next layer and you may find a thin layer of red clay at the top. Any organic matter or humus (dead animals, leaves, grass, stems, etcetera) will be resting on top of the soil, as it is very lightweight. Mangroves help to stabilize the silt and clay layers and they add humus to the mud. M orne Champagne is the hill that lies between Grande Anse DArlet and Anses DArlet in Martinique. A pleasant 45-minute hike wanders over this hill and leads from one village to the other. The path is clear but not always perfectly signposted. You can return by the same trail or wander back by the main road; allow a couple of hours for a relaxing round trip. From the dinghy dock in Grand Anse DArlet, turn right on the road, walk for about three minutes, and look on your right for the signpost to Morne Champagne. Turn right at the sign and follow the road. At the bottom is a fork: a driveway with twin concrete tracks goes up to the left, and dirt with a good concrete road visible just beyond leads up to the right. You want the right fork. Follow the road up the hill and at the top look for the path heading off to your left; it is quite clear. If you arrive at the next house on the right you have gone a bit too far. The trail is a rocky path cut through dry scrubby trees. If you look back as you climb, you will be rewarded by some good views of Grand Anse DArlet. After the climb you come to a plateau where small side trails lead off to views or to the sea. The main path continues past a small grassy savannah where a sleeping lion would not seem out of place. Eventually you imagine you have reached the top of the hill and the path heads down. At the bottom is a trail division with a wellmarked trail leading to the right and back towards the coast „ I have not explored this yet. Since it heads in the wrong direction, it would be hard to make a mistake. But the same would not be true if you were starting in Anses DArlet, in which case at this division you want to turn right. The path heads uphill again, and this will be the last uphill. Near the top the trail divides again. Take your choice; the right is a short cut, the left takes you up higher to a shrine then cuts back and joins the other trail. Now it is all downhill to Anses DArlet with some pretty views of the bay along the way. If you are starting in Anses DArlet, turn left from the dock and follow the shore and the boardwalk till it turns into a road going uphill. Take this road and look for the trail, which has a sign, on your left. SAILORS HIKES BY CHRIS DOYLE VILLAGE TO VILLAGE VIAThe Morne Champagne trail offers many photo ops, including a shot of your boat in Grand Anse DArlet

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 33 THE SKY IN NOVEMBER by Scott WeltyThe Planets in November MERCURY May be visible as an evening starŽ during the last third of the month. VENUS Becomes a morning starŽ in the east at about mid-month. EARTH Voted off the island. MARS Setting between around 1800 and 1830 hours all month. JUPITER Already high up in the east at sundown and setting after midnight all month. SATURN Rises in the early morning all month. Sky Events This Month 4th Saturn rises with the crescent moon at about 0515 hours. 6th New Moon 7th Mars sets with the crescent moon. 16th Moon and Jupiter travel together. 21st Mercury and Mars set together at about 1800 hours (see Figure 1). Full Moon Binary Stars About half the stars you can see in the sky are actually two stars. Theres a main star, called the primary, with a secondary star orbiting it. The rules of orbiting stars are the same as the rules for planets orbiting the sun or satellites orbiting the Earth, and these rules are from the 18th century from good old Uncle Isaac. Your naked eyeball cannot resolve the binaries. We still see what we think is a single star when in fact there are two. How do we know, then? One way is to see the primary star wiggle back and forth very slightly. This shows that the secondary star is jerking the primary back and forth as it orbits. From the time it takes to complete one cycle, we can calculate things about the stars such as their mass. Sometimes the plane of the binary system is edge-on, as viewed from Earth. We call this an eclipsing binary and we can see this because the brightness of the star changes as the smaller star goes in front of and behind the primary. The most famous of the eclipsing binaries is the demon starŽ, Algol, in the constellation Perseus (see Figure 2). It was first recorded in 1667 but probably known about long before that. Like clockwork, every 2.867 days, Algol will grow dim and then get bright again over the course of a few hours. This dimming IS visible to the naked eye. The Algol system consists of a bright primary star and a much dimmer secondary. When the secondary passes in front of (eclipses) the primary we see a drastic dip in brightness. Youll notice from the graph (see Figure 3) that there is another little dip when the dim star passes behind the bright one. Below is a list of dates and times when Algol is at its minimum brightness. You can see from the graph that this dimming begins maybe five hours before and returns five hours after. So, Id give Algol a look when it is at normal brightness and compare it to the stars around it. Look again then at one of the minimum times listed below. Specifically, compare to Almach. Almach (in Andromeda) and Algol are nearly the same brightness, but when Algol dims it will be noticeably dimmer than Almach. 11/15/2010 at 10:41PM11/18/2010 at 07:30PM12/08/2010 at 09:13PMTo Contemplate While Having a Glass of Wine on Deck Recently, planet hunters from the University of California at Santa Cruz announced the discovery of an extra-solar planet orbiting the star Gliese 581. Like an eclipsing binary, the presence of extra-solar planets is inferredŽ from movements of the star itself. This announcement comes after 11 years of study! This is not the first extra-solar planet discovered by a long shot but what is significant about it is that this planet is only about three times the mass of the Earth (giving it enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere) and it is orbiting in the Goldilocks Zone. That is, it is a distance from the star that is not too hot and not too cold but just right for liquid water „ the key to life! AND, this star is a mere 20 light years away. Thats practically next door by galactic distances. While there is no guarantee that there is any liquid water or that life evolved on this planet it does tend to make one think that there may be millions of similar such planets in a galaxy with hundreds of BILLIONS of stars. Hmmmƒ I wonder if the residents of Gliese 581 ever wonder about us? Hey wait, maybe theyre already in Facebook! Scott Welty is the author of The Why Book of Sailing, Burford Books, ©2007. THE CARIBBEAN SKY: FREE SHOW NIGHTLY! FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 JOEL STEBBINS / ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNALFigure 1: Mars and Mercury setting together, November 21st, 1815 hours Figure 2: Position of Algol around 2100 hours in November Figure 3: Drop in brightness for Algol as a function of time

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NOVEMBER 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 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 ChandleryTel/Fax: 473.443.8175 VHF: 16 tbyh@usa.net www.carriacouboatyard.com Which Way is the Tide Running? ASK CAPTAIN SCIENCE BY SCOTT WELTY Dear Captain Science, Every month I cut out of the Compass the table showing the Meridian Passage of the Moon. There, Don Street explains that the tide starts running to the east soon after moonrise, continues to run east until about an hour after the moon reaches its zenith, and then runs westward. The fact is, when the moon rises, we have Low Water, and when the moon is at its zenith we have High Water. Of course there is two to three hours delay in the time. The water must come from low tide towards high tide. If I am, for example, in Trinidad the water must flow from the east to the west to bring the high tide (NOT west to east, as mentioned by Mr. Street). Next point: In Trinidad the word goes around among cruisers: when leaving for Grenada it is best to leave two hours before Low Water because the eastwardflowing current will give a better angle for sailing to Grenada. (After Low Water the water runs from east to west, and the sailors will get swept more to the west, is my thinking.) I am sorry, my opinion is, when we have Low Water in the Caribbean (and everywhere else in the world) then follows High Water and the water must come FROM the east running to the west. I discussed this with some other cruisers, and they have the same opinion as I. Would it be possible to write a detailed article about the tides? Thank you very much! Angelika Gruener S/V Angelos Dear Captain Science, I will try to set out my concern with the Meridian Passage of the Moon column that is published in the Compass each month [ see this months table on page 22 ]. We note, for example, that the column reports that the time of the moons zenith for March 29th is 2351 while the time of zenith for March 30th is 0000. As you know, while the Earth revolves once in 24 hours, the moon revolves around the Earth (technically the moon and Earth both revolve around a point approximately 1100 miles within the Earth) every 27 1/3 days. At the same time the Earth/moon system is revolving around the sun. Thus, the moon comes to the same celestial longitude (i.e. position between the Earth and sun) every 29 1/2 days (the synodic period). This is important because the combined effects of the sun and moon give rise to the tides (the moons effect being approximately two-and-a-half times greater than that of the sun, given its much closer proximity. „Continued on next page FIGURE 4a FIGURE 4b FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3Figure 4a: The motion due to the squashed ovals accounts for tidal flow Figure 4b: Same as 4a, with the wave wrapped around the Earth

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LE MARIN Marina: Caraïbe Gréement Capitainerie French Customs Le Ship Mécanique Plaisance Mango Bay Artimer area: Carenantilles Careneshop Clippers Ship Voiles Assistance YES Engineering „ Continued from previous page So every 29 1/2 days we experience a similar tidal event (absent consideration of the tilt of the Earths axis and other very minor considerations). So what is the net result of this celestial merry-goround? As Mr. Street notes, the tides and their respective currents are born and sailing yachts are borne with them. And to align ones passage with these inexorable events the critical factor is timing. Given that the rotation of the Earth and moon are approximately regular, it is impossible that the time between the moons meridian passage at one point on Earth would shift from day to day by an average of 50 minutes, and then one day appear nine minutes later (or 18 minutes later as occurs per Mr. Streets table between April 28th and the 29th). I dont know the source for these tables [ Editors note: source of data is the British Admiralty Nautical Almanac ] but they are clearly not designed for the purposes of estimating tides and, as such, are inappropriate for guiding the timing of passages between islands. The timing of the tides does not shift by nine (or 18) minutes from day to day. John DeLong S/V Alouette Captain Science responds: Why Tides at All? The existence of tides on Earth is due to the presence of the moon and somewhat by the presence of the sun. Near the moon the water is pulled away from the Earth creating a bulge on the moon side. The Earth itself is pulled on harder than the water on the far side, pulling the Earth away from the water creating a similar bulge on the far side (see Figure 1). This is the classical start of an explanation of why there are two high tides a day. As the Earth spins around once in 24 hours, the moon only moves slightly (about 1/28th of a circle) in its orbit. So we will spin into the high tide and the low tide configuration twice a day. Thats fine as far as it goes, but there are places with one tide a day and places with virtually no tides, so this simple model comes up a little short. Tides as Long Wavelength Waves Water waves are a bit complex. It might seem that the water is simply moving up and down but in fact there is a rotary motion involved. Watching waves roll over sea grass while snorkeling can show you that there is a back-and-forth motion under the water (see Figure 2 on previous page). The rotary motion diminishes with depth and if the rotations completely dissipate before getting to the bottom (deep enough water) we have deep water waves and their speed is given as a function of their wavelength. If the depth becomes small compared to the wavelength, however, the circles get squashed (see Figure 3) and the resulting ovals give a much more forward-and-back movement to the water than a deep water wave would give. Note that its not really critical how deep the water is, but how deep compared to the wavelength. Look back now at our simple two-bulge tides picture. That is also the picture of a long water wave with the wavelength (from one crest to the next) being half the circumference of the Earth. That makes the wavelength about 12,000 miles compared to ocean depths averaging 1.5 miles over half the oceans. So thinking of the tides as a long wavelength forces us to also consider them to be, by far, shallowŽ water waves. The tidal wave velocity is east to west as the bulges stay relatively fixed relative to the moon while the Earth spins underneath. Tidal waves then (not tsunamis!) are an example of an extremely squashed shallow water wave. The backand-forth movement of the squashed wave is our tidal flow (see Figures 4a and 4b on previous page). Further Complications The average excursion due to this flow is about three miles at one knot and that makes the movement subject to the Coriolis force „ yes, the same Coriolis force that twists our winds around high and low pressure systems. Another complication is that our pretty model of wave motion gets screwed up by all the continents sticking up out of the water. The result is rather surprising: tidal flow is rotary around some nodal points scattered around the planet (see Figure 5). This graphic (go to www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/ EarthSC202Notes/TIDES.HTM for an excellent animation of this) shows the position of high tide at threehour intervals. The arrows indicate the direction of travel. You see that most tides flow around nodes in the ocean where there would be virtually zero tide. Between parallel coasts such as the South Atlantic between Africa and South America, the tide flows as a broad northbound wave over and over again. Add to this the fact that there are significant ocean currents caused by unequal heating and cooling of the seas, such as the equatorial current that flows westward between the southern Windward Islands, and you complicate the situation even more. Suffice it to say that which way the current flows at any point at any time is perhaps best left to simply looking at the historical data for that point, or what the locals already know! This may agree with the idea of water flowing toward the moon or it may not. Finally, there are still more details about tides to investigate. There is the lag between the meridian passage of the moon and the high tide due to friction between the tidal flow and the sea bottom. Also the behavior of tide running up an estuary (think of the Bay of Fundy) is a VERY local event and the shape of the channel has a large effect on the behavior of the tides. The moon is not necessarily over the equator, which accounts for one high tide being higher than the other, typically. The tidal flow tends to run parallel to a shore regardless of the global pattern in Figure 5. References: € College of William and Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science (http://web.vims.edu/) € Seafriends (www.seafriends.org) € Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin Green Bay Got a question for Captain ScienceŽ? E-mail Scott at weltysail@gmail.com. Figure 5: The colored bars show the position of high tide at three-hour intervalsFIGURE 5 FIGURE 1 STEVEN DUTCH / UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 36 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. 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. Basil’s Bar is home of the only Blues Festival in the Caribbean. The Mustique Blues Festival takes place from January 26 February 9, 2011. 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. Opening of a new coffee shop by the sea. Call (784) 456-2602 Waterfront Dining Boatside Meal Orders Call (758) 456-8118 or VHF Channel 16 Ti Kaye Village Resort on the beach at Anse Cochon (West Coast of St. Lucia) T i M a n j e Ti Manje R e s t a u r a n t & B a r Restaurant & Bar BOOK REVIEWA Genre of OneMargarita Cat: Sketches of the Cruising Life by Bruce Van Sant seeks to illustrate 40 years of the people and places the author encountered and collected in ships logs and letters while traveling four continents by boat. Van Sant first learned how to sail in Florida on boats borrowed from beach lifeguards. During his years of sailing the world, Van Sant worked, wrote and learned six different languages. He has published several cruising guides, including the famous Gentlemans Guide to Passages South . Van Sant and his wife live in the Dominican Republic. Van Sant hopes Margarita Cat will encourage others to discover the freedom and uniqueness of living life on the sea. Economic disasters and social transformations drive millions to their cliffs like lemmings, but they dont have to jump,Ž says Van Sant. An alltime low buyers market exists for yachts, and that presents a lowcost life alternative. Margarita Cat documents it.Ž Sketches in Margarita Cat include yarns about couples, lonely professionals and retirees who attempt to escape the normalcy of their lives, only to find unlikely marriages and mischief throughout uncharted parts of the South Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean. Bruce Van Sant spent 40 years navigating in that subculture, but coming so early into it, he never really fit in with the American cruising crowd as it swelled to a movement,Ž says Peter Swanson, a contributor to Yachting, Soundings Magazine and PassageMaker . His apartness has given him a unique, often hilarious perspective of what happens when Middle America decides to escape by sea. Bruces mind does not work like most of ours, so when he puts his thoughts in writing, as he has done in Margarita Cat , the result is an oddball classic in a genre of one.Ž This book is available at bookstores and at Amazon.com.

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 37 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 I m flipping through the pages of Côté ci Côté la (pronounced coh-tay-see, coh-tay-lah), a dictionary by John Mendes, to present yachties with a little taste of some favorite foods in Trinidad & Tobago. If offered an alu pie , which is an Indian finger-food of soft white-flour dough stuffed with potato or channa (chick pea) and fried, partake. The spicy seasoned filling may delight your palate. However, if the offer is for babash , also called mountain dew or bush rum, be aware; it is alcohol illegally distilled in homemade stills. Bake , on the other hand, is a Trinidadian staple. It is a mixture of flour, yeast, salt, and water, which is „ no, not baked „ fried. When making roast bake grated coconut is sometimes added to the mixture. It can be prepared in quick time and is often used at mealtimes in place of bread. Bakes can be fried plain (in Nicaragua, plain bake is called fried bread) or stuffed with either corned beef or mincemeat. Bake and shark, bake and fish or bake and salt-fish with attendant condiments are always in great demand with locals, especially at the popular Maracas Beach where bake and cheese is also available. These favourites are also sell-out items at cultural and sporting events, and available from wayside vendors. Whichever way, Trinis love their bake. Callalou, a thick green soup made from dasheen leaves, ochroes (okra), coconut milk, seasoned to taste,Ž can now be found on the menu of most Caribbean islands. Callalou, which often includes crab, can be used as a first course, or as a side dish with the main meal. In Caribbean communities living in the US and Europe, spinach is often used as a substitute for dasheen leaves. Trini float does not mean to stay buoyant in water; float being a morsel made of flour, deep fried in oil, like a fried bake but lighterŽ. Youd often hear the word lime in Trinis conversations. However, more often than not, the lime being talked about is not the citrus fruit with which youre familiar. In the lingo, lime is the getting together of a small group of persons for a pleasurable time: Ah going on a beach lime this week-end!Ž You cant sail all the way to Trinidad and not try mauby. It is a drink made from boiling the bark of the rhamnaceae tree. Aniseed is added to the boiled bark; the liquid is then diluted, sweetened with sugar and swizzled until the drink gets a frothy head very much like beer when poured into a glass. Although a very refreshing drink, because of the aniseed, mauby has a slight bitter aftertaste. Oil Dong you may just love „ its a meal of breadfruit cooked in coconut milk with seasonings and salted meats. Oil Dong is a  one potŽ , since it is a complete meal with various ingredients all cooked at the same time in the same potŽ. Pastelles are especially favoured as part of the Christmas fare although they can be obtained year round. Pastelles are made from corn flour stuffed with chopped meat, raisins, olives and seasonings, then wrapped and tied in banana leaves and boiled. Pelau must be the most popular Trini one pot cook-up. It is a quick dish made with rice, pigeon peas, pumpkin, carrots, meat of choice (pork, chicken or beef), and seasoning to taste. Pone, a sweet pudding, can be made from either cassava, bread, sweet potato, pumpkin or a combination of any of these main ingredients, mixed with grated coconut, milk, eggs, and sugar then baked. Pow is a Chinese puffed, steamed, meat-filled pieŽ of either chicken or pork. Saadaa (spelt sadaŽ on restaurant menus), a plain type of roti, is usually eaten with spicy, curried vegetables and sauces. Sahena is another of the Indian fried morsel mixture of dough, dasheen bush and split peasŽ. Sapodilla is a rough skinned, round, brown fruit with flat black seeds that has pulp with a delicious sweet taste. Seamoss, as the name implies, comes to us via dried seaweed, which is made into a drink by soaking, adding milk and spices, then swizzling brisklyŽ. Sorrel, another favourite drink, is made from the red, velvet-skinned sepals of a plant related to hibiscus, which bears around December and is a Trini must for Christmas. Soursop is a fruit with a soft prickled exterior. It has a white fleshy interior with black seeds. The fruit makes a creamy, lip-smacking punch when water is added to the fleshy pulp, which is then drained and condensed milk added. Makes a heavenly ice cream too. Thanks to Mr. Mendes for permission to use material. Côté ci Côté la is available at bookstores in Trinidad. Lime, Eat and Drink with Trini Foodsby J. Wynner

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 38 Dear Compass Readers, Those who have been following the reaction to my original letter about Chaguaramas, Trinidad in the July 2010 issue of Compass will have noticed that amid the rebuttals respondents have, between them, confirmed every significant comment I raised. No single action could better sum up the security situation in Trinidad than the re-establishment of vigilante security patrols. (Regarding the rate of crime in Chaguaramas back in July 2008 and the forming of a patrol by visiting cruisers then, see www.noonsite. com/Members/doina/R2006-08-05-1.) In the October 2010 Compass it was reported that the Chaguaramas Business Community (CBC) group had formed a neighborhood watch in the form of patrols on the water in Chaguaramas Bay. These patrols, which commenced on the 3rd of August, were formed to combat the spiraling rate of theft in the anchorage and the fact that neither the Police nor Coast Guard has accepted responsibility for the security of the harbor. Initially these patrols were manned by members of the CBC, but they were not able to get enough volunteers from within their membership and now there are regular requests on the Cruisers Information Net for volunteers from the cruising community. The patrols aim to maintain a vessel patrolling the anchorage nightly. The vessel is manned, usually, by one or two unarmed volunteers (including women) and equipped with a VHF radio and cell phone. Should the patrol detect a suspicious presence or disturb a crime in progress it is their intention to radio the Coast Guard for assistance. These patrols are not universally supported by the yachting community and locals, many of whom believe that foreign visitors should not become involved with enforcing the law of another country. Imagine the response if a bunch of foreigners started patrolling your home harbor? The basic difference between vigilante action and neighborhood watch is the approval and assistance of the police. Definition of vigilante: Any person who takes the law into his or her own hands. These patrols do not have the approval or co-operation of the police. The Coast Guard is aware of the patrols but has no authority to approve them. The Coast Guard response to a patrol volunteers call is no different from that of a request from any other person. Taken from selected websites: The Neighborhood Watch Programƒ enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Police Department to reduce neighborhood crimes. Police endorsement is critical to a Watch groups credibility.Ž Since the commencement of the patrols there have been four motors and two dinghies stolen; another robbery was disturbed by the owner of the boat, not the patrol. I am concerned that, as the thieves appear to know all the moves of the patrol and are becoming more daring, it can only be a matter of time before a serious confrontation occurs. It is reasonable to expect that as the thieves would be armed, the people manning these patrols are out of their depth and could get hurt. Security is a job that should be left to those trained and prepared. As long as vigilante cowboys want to play games, the authorities will be happy to sit back and watch. In a recent incident of motor theft, after the commencement of the patrols, the crew of the yacht involved, who claimed to have been coming to Trinidad for 12 years, said on the Information Net that they were well aware of Trinidads reputation for theft but had no idea of just how serious the problem in Chaguaramas had become, and further suggested it should be part of the Net Controllers responsibility to warn boats arriving of the seriousness of the threat. The average number of motors stolen per month before the patrols started was 2.3. With patrols it is presently 2.0 „ and rising. My records show a total of 17 motors and seven dinghies stolen over the past five months. The oft-used adage lift it, lock it or lose itŽ does not hold. Lifted on davits or side halyard, they still lose it. At least a dozen yachts have been burglarized while in the boatyards and marinas. There have been three reported incidents of cruisers being run down in their dinghies by speeding pirogues, and many more near misses. I am pleased to report the placing of the first of a number of No Wake Zone signs scheduled to be erected along the shoreline of the harbor. Now comes the hard part, education and enforcement, hopefully before another person is run down. I look forward to reporting progress on this long overdue but urgently needed initiative. Ron Llewellyn PS: Without consulting the 160 members, the administrators of the Facebook Group Trinidad for Cruising Sailors have decided to close it and move to a new site. There are still many questions awaiting response. Editors Note: We asked Niels Lund, coordinator of the Chaguaramas Business Communitys volunteer security patrol, for his comments, which follow. Dear Compass , I dont quite see the point of RLs comments regarding our security patrol. He does not support the patrols and I respect his position. However, I wish to point out some facts of which he and others may not be aware. The volunteer security patrol uses a boat that has been generously loaned to us to motor around Chaguaramas Bay at night. Any suspicious behavior is logged and, if necessary, reported to the Coast Guard by phone. In what way are we vigilante cowboysŽ taking the law into our own hands? We have every right to motor around the anchorage. The police, while indifferent to this problem, are aware that we are patrolling and have never indicated to us that this was an illegal activity. The statistical picture that RL paints is misleading. According to reports that I can find, 17 outboard engines have gone missing in the last 12 months. Although this is 17 too many, it is not two or three per month. Since the start of the volunteer security patrol (August 3rd), there have been five dinghy/outboard thefts: € The first theft was in the early evening before the security patrol had begun. We start at 10:00PM and finish at 5:00AM. € The second and third thefts took place on the first night in 12 nights that there was no patrol. € The fourth theft took place while the watch was on duty. The dinghy was stolen from a boat where I had warned the captain that he should lift his dinghy because of the theft problem. Notwithstanding the fact that he had a dedicated davit on deck above the dinghy, he declined to do so. € The fifth theft took place after the patrol boat was withdrawn from service (because it had been damaged while pulling a yacht that had dragged onto a lee dock during a bad storm). During this period (July to mid-October), three engines were stolen off boats at Harts Cut „ one cruiser and two local boats „ but our patrol does not cover the Harts Cut area. With only one theft taking place in Chaguaramas while the security patrol boat was physically in the area, it would seem to me that when the patrol is present on the water, it is making a significant difference. We are trying to get funding so that we can offer Ron a job. As far as I am aware, it was one of the VHF radio net controllers, a cruiser, who called for volunteers from the foreign cruisers to take part in the patrols. I initiated the patrol by appealing only to concerned members of the Chaguaramas Business Community. Foreign cruisers initially offered their help spontaneously and it has been sincerely appreciated. It has helped to reduce the load on people who have to work the next day. We would all much prefer it if a paid professional security patrol could be provided and are working towards that goal. In the meantime, we are doing the best we can. Niels Lund Chaguaramas Business Community Dear Compass , Re: Keith Bowens Whats On My Mind column, Expensive, Slippery and Shiny: A Deadly CombinationŽ, in the September issue of Compass : I write to express some concern regarding the sky-isfalling tone employed by Mr. Bowen in his tale of woe concerning the stainless steel anchoring system anyone in the know could identify as WASI. (Whether they actually supplied the chain that failed is not even certain according to the column.) That aside, I wish to take issue with the general slander of stainless steel anchoring components including chain. Mr. Bowens photograph and general description of chromium carbide build-up is consistent with a failure caused by aggravated intergranular corrosion, during which chromium (which provides stainless steel with its stainless properties) is depleted as the crystals grow, also known as the sensitization effect. This is initiated typically at the regions subjected to high heats, such as weld boundaries. „Continued on next page R E A D E R S ' READERS' F O R U M FORUM A well organized service awaits you. We pick up and deliver your laundry from the docks at the Rodney Bay Marina and out in The Bay (Pigeon Island). Call us at VHF Ch. 16 or Tel: 1-758-287-8957 or 1-758-724-9805SPARKLE LAUNDRY St. Lucia € Rodney Bay 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

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 39 Admiral Marine Ltd, 4 Barnack Centre, Blakey Rd, Salisbury, SP1 2LP, UK E-mail: quotes@admiralyacht.com Web: www.admiralyacht.com Tel: +44 (0)1722 416106 Fax: +44 (0)1722 324455 Admiral Marine Limited is authorised & regulated by the Financial Services Authority 2 3 4 5 1 Download our free guide to laying up from www.admiralyacht.com Year-round insurance coverageAdmiral Boat Insurance have been operating in the Caribbean for more than 25 years. Our network of locally appointed surveyors and our knowledge of the area and facilities make us the sailors choice for Caribbean marine insurance. Call the Admiral team now on +44 (0)1722 416106 or visit www.admiralyacht.com for an online quotation and free laying-up guide. 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 „ Continued from previous page To achieve quality stainless steel fabrication, it is firstly necessary to use a grade of adequate composition such as 316L or the 316Ti claimed in this case, and secondly it is necessary to passivateŽ the weld afterward. The failure of the chain in the manner described suggests nothing more than the steels properties were lacking in either one or both of these two requirements, or additionally that the chain was not adequately maintained (e.g. kept in a damp salty locker and never cleaned). The failure could also be caused by the usage of an incorrect welding rod material. I have seen otherwise high-quality 316L plate fabrications fail very quickly when welded incorrectly (the weld rusted and was gone completely within a season). Again this comes back to the quality of the particular product and the competence of the manufacturer, and is no indictment of stainless steels in general. In general it is recommended that anchor chain comes from a reputable manufacturer, who stands to lose brand reputation, and is proof tested. In Mr. Bowens case it seems he does not even know who the manufacturer is, let alone if there was adequate quality assurance (clearly not). This is no indictment of stainless steel anchor components in general. There is nothing wrong with the use of stainless steel in anchoring systems, providing they are not immersed permanently (e.g. mooring components). Tales of stainless steel failures commonly come back to cheap and poor-quality products. Stainless is expensive … marine grade 316/L/Ti very expensive, and still superior grades like 2205 ultra-expensive (relative to galvanized steel alternatives). Comparing quality Italian chain available locally, I find that 316L is approximately four times more costly than the stronger G40 galvanized from the same manufacturer. Typically, a stainless steel product may be expected to cost between three and five times the equivalent grade galvanized version. If not, you are getting what you pay for. By the way, I have no association with WASI. Craig Smith Affiliated with Rocna Anchors Auckland, New Zealand An Open Letter to Davon Baker Dear Davon, Let me start by congratulating the Sandy Island/ Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) for helping protect some vital reefs around Carriacou. It is not easy to get people to curtail fishing activities, even if it is in their own long-term interest, and I am sure it took a lot of discussion and meetings. We all hope this aspect of the park will help in long-term protection of marine resources in Carriacou. Unfortunately, such discussions were not initiated with the yachting community, which is probably why, in one issue of Compass , there were no fewer than three letters expressing disquiet about aspects of the park. One of these was from Jerry Stewart, not only a Carriacou resident, but also part owner of Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout, an important small business in Carriacou. You may have consulted with the excellent organization MAYAG (Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada), but while some members of MAYAG own yachts, they are mainly an organization of business people in Grenada who have the yachting community as customers, and while they do look out for yachting interests, they are not always aware of issues important to those of us in the field. I understand, too, that as part of a land-based organization, you may not think yachting is very important; after all, many yachting people come from other lands and you might feel it reasonable that they should just fit in with whatever you decide. However, yachting is a vital part of the economy of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and in the current recession it has proved its worth by putting dollars into the economy while land-based tourists backed off. I feel we should do everything we can to support yachting, as long as it is not detrimental to the environment. In your letter to Octobers Compass you said: We have many items to revisit and new ones to give considerations to.Ž With this in mind, I would like to revisit one aspect of the park that has made yachting people unhappy, to see if there is anything that can be done. Tyrrel Bay has been an important anchorage going way back into the distant past. As you know, most yachts anchor on the south side of the bay. But there is also an important anchorage on the north side of the bay that is now inside the park boundaries. This anchoring area is quite restricted. It is a little ways to the north of the entrance to the mangrove swamp in the one place where there is a good anchoring shelf between the channel and shore. In general, only one or two yachts anchor here. This changes when there is a bad northerly swell and this becomes the only protected part of the bay. At these times, you can see 15 or more boats anchoring here to avoid the swells. Even in lesser swells yachts will choose to anchor here when they want to climb the mast, get work done in quieter water, or even be on their own. The seabed in which they anchor is old rubbleŽ coral, stones, sand and mud. There is some live coral, but it is close to shore, in water too shallow to anchor, and is therefore not threatened. It seems to me, and others in the yachting community, that there is no good environmental reason not to let yachts continue to use this anchorage, and unless the park has some pressing environmental considerations we dont know about, to ban yachts from anchoring here unnecessarily restricts yachting and is a discouragement to the yachting industry with no tangible benefit to the environment. We would therefore like you to consider allowing yachts to anchor in this area freely, as before. If you have good reasons not to allow this, then perhaps you could publish the reports showing what damage anchoring is doing here. We would at least know our activities are being curtailed for a good reason, not just a bureaucratic one. Chris Doyle Yacht Ti Kanot Editors Note: We asked Davon Baker for his response, which follows. Dear Chris Doyle, I appreciate very much your letter and the approach you have taken. Being aware of your handle on yachting and regional maritime issues, I was somewhat disappointed when you previously suggested that we had no real reason to implement a marine protected area in Carriacou, because our reefs were mostly intact. However, several studies have shown that our reefs are, in fact, as threatened as any others, the causes being both natural and human-induced. We believe that a prophylactic, pre-emptive approach would serve us well. In addition, it appears that your take was in reaction to information that was disseminated with some measure of prejudice and bias. In fact, in the case of Jerry Stewart, his accusations lack accuracy. I also think you misunderstood my intent when I made reference to MAYAG. I did not mean it to say that they were the de facto yachting organization consulted, because SIOBMPA consultations with the yachting communities date back to mid-2004, when representatives visited the very Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haulout owned and operated by Mr. Stewart. I have also been informed that discussions followed in September 2004, early 2005, and also in 2009. In April 2005, so as not to omit yachties from the early planning process, the Tyrrel Bay marina was selected to represent all local marinas, and by extension the yachting community, on the stakeholders board. I am not aware that the yachting community in Carriacou is otherwise organized. The truth is, representation on the SIOBMPA Management Board is not intended for individuals and/or businesspersons. Instead, the board is comprised of representatives of community and non-governmental stakeholder groups, as well as the agents of relevant government departments. „Continued on next page

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 40 Read in Next Months Compass : Mini-Poll: Cruisers Favorite Caribbean Destinations Custom Self-Steering, Island Style Eat Like a Local in St. Lucia ƒand much more! 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. „ Continued from previous page As such, simply having an important business in Carriacou does not qualify one for a seat on the board. In spite of that, exception was made in the earlier years simply to capture the input of the yachting community. As such, it is highly disingenuous of Mr. Stewart to suggest that SIOBMPA neglected to initiate discussions with that sector. At the same time, if a person cares truly for what SIOBMPA is seeking to achieve, then there are several avenues for making input into the process. We are open to new thoughts and ideas, even if we cannot implement them all. And of course, we are well aware of the value of the yachting community to Carriacou and SIOBMPA. It would better serve our community if persons from within the community engage the SIOBMPA directly. SIOBMPA values the frank suggestions and factual criticisms of the various communities, the same applying to you. We would love to consult with, and learn from, you. I assure you that keen attention is paid to your suggestions. As I have indicated before, we are adaptive in our approach, and already an area is identified where anchoring would be permitted, especially for the bigger yachts. The bottom line is the MPA is real in its intent „ endorsed by the Government of Grenada and several regional and international conservation organizations. Given time, I am quite sure it will be realized that it is not just a facade targeting the tourist dollar, but that we are truly conserving valuable marine ecosystems for future generations, through effective co-management. Eagerly looking forward to hearing from you, and to establishing an open line of communication. Davon Baker, Chairman SIOBMPA Carriacou siobmpa@gmail.com Open Letter to all Tourism-Related users of the SMMA/CAMMA, The Soufriere Marine Management Association (SMMA) of St. Lucia is a local Management Authority that extends services to all water-based tourism interests such as yachting, fishing, scuba diving, beach recreation, and the tourism fraternity in general as part of Governments policy for national development. Indeed one of the primary mandates of the organization is to enhance the equitable economic, social and cultural benefits generated from the sustainable use of the coastal and marine resources of Soufriere at the local and national level. Enshrined in this broad mandate is the need for the SMMA to take necessary steps to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on the marine and coastal resources of the area and to protect the fragile marine ecosystem while ensuring all stakeholders benefit from hassle-free use of the area. In addition to being designated a Local Fisheries Management Authority under the Fisheries Act, No.10 of 1984, the SMMA has also been given the mandate to oversee the Canaries Anse la Raye Marine Management Area (CAMMA). The increased responsibility has had a direct impact on the limited human and financial resources of the Association, with additional expenditure required for fuel and maintenance of the patrol vessel, the need for additional staff, as well as the necessary infrastructure/platform to facilitate the extended responsibilities that are required for the CAMMA. The SMMA is a small nonprofit entity that depends exclusively on user fees to meet the costs of all expenditure. The Association does not receive a subvention from government; however cabinet conclusion 724(b) of 2000 agreed that the SMMA would continue collecting user/entry fees to the Marine Management Area. Recurring expenditure includes salaries, fuel, maintenance and replacement of infrastructure (demarcation buoys, dive moorings, yacht moorings) and vessels; as well as equipment to perform the necessary monitoring, public education and enforcement activities, important to fulfilling our mandate. Three kinds of fee categories have been established within the area: € Dive Permits: where each person diving within the Managed Area pays either an annual or daily permit (EC$40 and EC$13.50 respectively). € Snorkel permits: where each individual who visits the Managed Area through an organized snorkel tour or cruise ship pays for a snorkel permit. € Yacht mooring permits: where each vessel coming into the area must pay a mooring fee dependent on the length of the vessel. Fees for the use of resources within the SMMA and CAMMA have remained constant since January 1st, 2004. Increases in fuel and other operating costs, as well as the added responsibility for CAMMA without a corresponding increase in fees, have resulted in the erosion of SMMAs ability to effectively carry out its mandate. At the same time, stakeholders continue to demand an increase in marine infrastructure (mooring buoys), increased enforcement and presence of Marine Rangers, increased maintenance of marine infrastructure and adjustments to perceived inequalities in the Fee and Billing Systems. To address these issues, the Association has embarked on a restructuring of the Fee and Billing Systems with a formula that aims to represent equity for all resource users as well as improve the efficiency of revenue collection. Without this action, the sustainability of the SMMA is under threat and a real possibility exists of a return to the conflict and disorder that existed prior to the establishment of SMMA. A return to such a state will negatively impact the ability of all stakeholders to continue their present livelihood operations. The following changes to the fee system are expected to come into effect by November 1st, 2010: € The three categories of fees will remain; additionally a User Entrance Fee will be applied to all persons entering the Marine Management Area. The fee will be US$1 per person entering the area using day boat charters. There is no increase in the fee for snorkeling and dive permits. € A fee of US$2 will be applied, per person per day, to anyone entering the Marine Management Area using yachts. € Yachts will have the option of paying for one nights use of mooring buoys in the SMMA/CAMMA instead of the current minimum rate, which covers one to two days. There is no increase in the fee for a yacht mooring permit within the SMMA/CAMMA. € A central billing system will come into effect where stakeholders will have the option of signing contracts to pay annually, biannually, quarterly or monthly. € Day boat charters will be billed annually at 25 percent of their licensed boat capacity (or US$0.25 per person) in the first year to take into account charters that have already been booked for the upcoming season. € Dive operators will be centrally billed annually (or, as preferred, biannually, quarterly or monthly), at the rate of a daily dive permit fee, at 25 percent of their licensed boat capacity. In return the SMMA reaffirms its commitment to do the following: € Increase education and public and user awareness activities to re-build support and sustainable use of the area. € Improve response time to assist in managing conflicts and other user issues. € Increase enforcement activity and patrols within the SMMA/CAMMA. € Increase infrastructure in the Managed Area (mooring buoys) to satisfy user requirements. € Increase the maintenance of marine infrastructure in the SMMA/CAMMA. Your continued support and full cooperation is appreciated. Newton Eristhee, General Manager Soufriere Marine Management Association Soufriere, St. Lucia Tel (758) 459-5500 or 724-6330 neristhee@smma.org.lc Dear Compass Readers, This is a note to any cruisers who are traveling with a pet. Plan to have a titer test done on your pet and carry that paper with your rabies certificate. More and more rabies-free countries are requiring them, it seems. This past summer we flew back to the USA with our very healthy, always vaccinated 15-year-old pet cat who has spent her whole life on the boat. We have flown out of Trinidad many times, but upon returning this year we found the government is now requiring a titer test, along with a health certificate, to give your animal import permit. Allow plenty of time for this test if you are in the United States „ it takes four to five WEEKS minimum! This test is not a blood test that can be done in the vets office. Your vet will take blood from your pet then it has to be express mailed to a special testing facility. In the US, there are only a couple of places that do this test. If flying back to the islands with a boat pet, allow plenty of time for receiving the results of this test. Leslie Jones S/V Phaedrus 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

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 41 There is a fine line we walk when we choose to live a life on the water, particularly if we do boat deliveries. We make the decision to be separated from our loved ones and there are times when we have to make tough decisions and times when we have no control because of where in the world we are. In early May I was in southwest Florida getting ready to crew on a delivery to Maine when my sister called and said that our mom had been rushed to the hospital and things didnt look good. Fortunately my delivery wasnt leaving for another week and I was able to fly to Cleveland, Ohio and spend some time with Mom, my sister and my cousin. When we arrived at the hospital and walked into CCU we found Mom in good spirits. She rallied with all of us around her, but I knew in my heart that this would be our last time together. I went back to Florida and spent two weeks sailing to Maine. Then I received another call from my sister that Mom was back in the hospital, and I knew that I would not make it back to see her. Now was the time that I had to do my own soul searching and realize that no matter the distance between us, we would always be connected. I called my sister, who is very supportive of my lifestyle, and told her that I was flying to the Dominican Republic to crew on a delivery to St. Lucia and that I would call her in ten days time. About three days later we were sailing off Puerto Rico and I was able to get phone service. There was the inevitable message from my sister that my mom had passed away. Please indulge me; I asked my sister Karin to read this to my mother during her memorial service. For this is how a sailor said goodbyeƒ We live our lives in seasons and no matter how we prepare ourselves, we just cant. My mothers life has always been filled with trials and tribulations, but she never wavered when it came to Karin and me. I have chosen to live a very unconventional lifestyle. Im seeing what the world has to offer by sailing the high seas. Mom once told me that living in Gary, Indiana was the longest time that she had ever spent anywhere and she wasnt sure how comfortable she felt about it! When I would call her, shed always ask me where I was. It made her smile. My Mom has been my inspiration to embrace every single day while I can, and so I dedicate this chapter of my life to her. As I sit here during my late-night watch, just offshore of Puerto Rico and, yes, crying, a wave just crashed over the boat mixing my tears with salt water and smudging this piece of paper „ I want you to know that this is not a day of mourning, this is a day of joy. Mom has finally been released from the confinements of life. Thank you Karin for all your love and support and for being my Sister GirlŽ. I have placed the hand-written version of my thoughts into a corked bottle and cast it out to sea. Mom, have a great journey. I love you, your baby forever, Gail My mother had the insight to share her wishes for her final days with us years ago. Heres what Id like to share with all of you: while you are at a point in your life while you and your loved ones are still healthy, sit down and talk about what you want in case of a catastrophic illness. (For years, Ive made absolutely sure that my family knows that Im an organ donor.) Its the kindest and most generous thing that you can do for your loved ones and yourself. WHATS ON MY MIND A Sailor Says Goodbyeby Gail Isaacs Delivery crew Gail Isaacs reminds us of one of the tough realities bluewater sailors face

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 42 CALENDARNOVEMBER 1 All Saints Day. Public holiday in many places 2 All Souls Day. Public holiday in many places 3 Independence Day, Dominica. Public holiday 3 21st Annual Caribbean 1500, Virginia to Tortola, starts. www.carib1500.com 3 Bahamas Cruising Rally, Virginia to Abacos, starts. www.carib1500.com 6 St. Maarten Optimist Championship. St. Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC), tel (599) 544-2075, fax (599) 544-2091, info@smyc.com, www.smyc.com 6 Drakes Channel Treasure Hunt. Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC), tel (284) 494-3286, rbviyc@rbviyc.com, www.rbviyc.net 12 … 14 3rd Heineken Regatta Curaçao. www.heinekenregattacuracao.com 12 … 14 BMW J/24 International Regatta, St. Lucia. St. Lucia Yacht Club (SLYC), tel (758) 452-8350, secretary@stluciayachtclub.com, www.stluciayachtclub.com 12 … 14 Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Regatta, Antigua. JHYC, tel (286) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com, www.jhycantigua.com 12 … 20 20th Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. www.arubaregatta.com 13 … 14 IC24 Nations Cup. RBVIYC 13 … 17 Golden Rock Regatta, St. Maarten to Statia. www.goldenrockregatta.com 18 … 22 St. Barth Cata Cup (F18 catamaran regatta). www.stbarthcatacup.com 18 … 5 Dec. Vuelta a la Hispaniola (Around Hispaniola) Race: 360 Challenge. www.vueltalahispaniola.com 19 … 20 Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival, Barbados. www.rumandbeerfestival.com 20 Round Tortola Race. RBVIYC 21 FULL MOON 21 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Canaries to St. Lucia, starts. www.worldcruising.com 21 ARC Flotilla, Castries to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. arcflotilla@gmail.com 26 … 28 7th Course de LAlliance Regatta, St. Maarten/St. Barths/Anguilla. www.coursedelalliance.com 27 … 29 Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Regatta, Antigua. Jolly Harbour Yacht Club (JHYC), Antigua. tel (268) 770-6172, miramarsailing@hotmail.com, www.jhycantigua.com 28 … 30 J/24 Barbados Match Racing Championships. http://sailbarbados.com 28 Winter Series begins for J/24s and yachts, St. Lucia. SLYC DECEMBER 2 … 5 Carlos Aguilar Memorial Match Race, St. Thomas, USVI. St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC), tel (340) 775-6320, fax (340) 775-3600, info@styc.net, www.styc.net 3 … 5 Gustav Wilmerding 20th Annual Memorial Challenge, BVI. West End Yacht Club (WEYC), Tortola, BVI, tel (284) 496-8685, mvh@surfbvi.com, www.jollyrogerbvi.com 6 … 11 48th Antigua Charter Yacht Show. www.antiguayachtshow.com 7 … 8 Yacht Industry Security Conference, St. Thomas, USVI. www.maritimesecurity.org 11 … 13 Sir John Compton Memorial Trophy & Diamond Dash Races from St. Lucia to Martinique and back. SLYC 12 SLYC Fun Day. SLYC 12 … 21 Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba. www.jazzcuba.com 13 … 17 Christmas Camp Youth Sailing, St. Lucia. SLYC 19 Carols Afloat in the Bay, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. SLYC 21 FULL MOON 21 Winter Solstice 25 Christmas Day. Public holiday in many places 26 Boxing Day. Public holiday in many places 31 Nelsons Pursuit Race, Antigua. AYC 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 ATTENTION REGATTA AND EVENT ORGANIZERS: We are now preparing our comprehensive Annual Calendar of Events 2011. Send us your details today „ deadline November 31st. ST. THOMAS YACHT SALESCompass Point Marina, 6300 Est. 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Apply by email to kirsten@cyoacharters.com CYOA YACHT CHARTERSUSVI based bareboat Charter Company is accepting applications from experienced team players for the following full and part-time positions:

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 43 continued on next page Caribbean Compass Market Place 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 (15%) 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.carriacou.net or contact Carolyn Alexander atCarriacou Real Estate Ltd e-mail: islander@spiceisle.comTel: (473) 443 8187 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 KINGFISHER MARINE SERVICE€ FUEL € WATER € MOORINGS € GARBAGE DISPOSAL EMAIL: bequiaboy01@hotmail.com PHONE: 1 (784) 532 8006Quality Services & the Best Prices in the Caribbean FRONT ST, BEQUIA ISLAND McCOY ST, KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT UNION ISLANDTEL: (784) 458-3420 / (784) 485-6255 FAX: (784) 458-3797 E-mail: lulley@vincysurf.com LULLEYS TACKLE SHOP# 1 CHOICE IN FISHING & SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING GEAR F R O NT S T , BE Q UIA I S LAND M c COY ST, KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT U NI O N I S LAND T EL: ( 784 ) 458-3420 / ( 784 ) 485-6255 FAX: ( 784 ) 458-379 7 E -mail: lulley@vincysurf.co m Y L L ULL EY S T AC K LE S HO P T T # 1 C H O I C E IN FI S HIN G & S N O RKELIN G & SCU BA DIVIN G G EA R KERRYS MARINE SERVICES Marine/Land Mechanical Service € Diesel / Outboard repair € Welding / Electrical € Refrigeration Moorings available VHF 68 KMSŽ Tel: (784) 530-8123/570-7612 E-mail: vanessa_kerry_1@hotmail.com Tel: 458 3485  VHF 68 Situated just below Coco’s Restaurant Specialising in chilled, frozen & canned foodsGreat selection of Cold Meats, Salami, Turkey, Prosciutto, Cheese, Cream, Juices etc. Seafood, Shrimp, Prawns, smoked & fresh Salmon, Fish, Lamb, Steaks, Baguettes baked freshly every day. Enjoy our popular Baguette Sandwiches made to order on or off the premises or takeaway. Try our Smoothies! Provisioning for Yacht Charters, large or small orders for Restaurants, Hotels, Villas or simply to enjoy at home. Call us on VHF for our delivery service to your yacht We are also situated in Calliaqua, St. Vincent 456 2987 Experience our friendly service as always!

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 44 continued on next page Caribbean Compass Market Place 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 A ARC DYNAMIC Specialist in welding, machining & fabrication Managing Director Lawrence Lim Chee Yung aka ‘Chinaman’. Rodney Bay Boatyard, Gros Islet, St. Lucia Tel: (758) 485-0665 or (758) 384-0665 e-mail: limcheyung34@yahoo.com Rebuild and repair all types of machinery Fabrication of pulpits, stanchions, davits, chainplates, anchor brackets, solar panel, arches & more A&C Yacht BrokersUSED AND NEW BOATS FOR SALE Dominique AMICEPort de Plaisance, 97290 Le Marin, Martinique, F.W.I.Tel: + (596) 596 74 94 02 • Fax: + (596) 596 74 79 19 Mobile: + (596) 696 28 70 26 • acyb@mediaserv.net www.acyachtbrokers.com • www.bateaux-antilles.fr R O D N E Y RODNEY B A Y BAY S A I L S SAILS St. LuciaSail repairs, biminis, awnings, new sails, rigging, splicing, cockpit cushions, servicing of winches. Agents for Doyle, Furlex & Profurl Call KENNY Tel: (758) 452-8648 or (758) 5840291 C H A T E A U M Y G O CHATEAU MYGO H O U S E O F S E A F O O D HOUSE OF SEAFOOD Steaks € Seafood € Pizzas Marigot Bay, St. Lucia Third Generation locally owned & operated. Happy Hour All Day & All Night on our cocktails & beer! Free docking for yachts dining with us! Free Water Taxi Pick Up from your yacht to our dock! 5 and more people & captain eats for free! Phone: 758-451-4772 VHF 16 ROGER'S OUTBOARD SERVICE St. LuciaOFFERS PROMPT AND EFFICIENT REPAIRS AND SERVICING OF ALL MAKES OF OUTBOARD ENGINES. WE PICK UP AND DELIVER TO AND FROM RODNEY BAY MARINA. ALSO AVAILABLE ARE PRE-OWNED RECONDITIONED OUTBOARD ENGINES. CALL ROGER AT (758) 284-6050 TechNick 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 SAILMAKING, RIGGING, ELECTRONICS Grenada Marine € Spice Island Marine Tel/Fax (473) 439-4495 turbsail@spiceisle.com

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 45 Caribbean Compass Market Place F O R S A L E FOR SALE 4 0 f t 40 ft G O L D C O A S T GOLDCOAST W a v e P i e r c i n g C a t a m a r a n Wave Piercing Catamaran C a l l 7 5 8 7 2 1 7 0 0 7 Call 758-721-7007 C R U I S E R S Y A C H T S 3 0 7 5 CRUISERS YACHTS 3075 2 0 0 2 , F r e s h w a t e r c o o l e d 2002, Fresh water-cooled 5 l i t e r E F I B r a v o 3 x 2 M e r c u r y e n g i n e s . 5-liter EFI Bravo 3 x 2 Mercury engines. G e n e r a t o r , A i r c o n d i t i o n i n g , 1 9 0 e n g i n e h o u r s . Generator, Air-conditioning, 190 engine hours. B o a t i s i n p e r f e c t c o n d i t i o n € N e e d s n o t h i n g . Boat is in perfect condition € Needs nothing. U S US $ 5 9 , 0 0 0 . 0 0 $ 59,000.00 L y i n g i n S t . M a a r t e n € W i l l d e l i v e r t o n e i g h b o r i n g i s l a n d s . Lying in St. Maarten € Will deliver to neighboring islands. C o n t a c t : D o n R o b e r t s o n € Contact: Don Robertson € E m a i l : c o o k i e l e e 4 u @ c o x . n e t E-mail: cookielee4u@cox.net P h o n e s : ( 5 9 9 ) 5 5 2 9 0 7 8 / U S ( 6 1 9 ) 3 6 8 9 0 7 8 Phones: (599) 5529078 / US (619) 368-9078 Packages Pick – up call: Tel/Fax: + (599) 544-3276 Tel/Fax: +1(305) 5158 3 88 info@cirexpresslogistics.com www.cirexpresslogistics.com CIRExpress COURIER SERVICES St. Maarten/ St. Martin, collect and deliver door to door This 1998 model is an ideal cruising & live-aboard yacht. Fully equipped with twin Perkins 225 diesels, dual helm stations, generator, a/c, 4 cabins/2 heads, beautiful teak interior & ample storage. Outboard & dinghy included. Professionally maintained. Located in Tortola. Asking $280,000USD, offers considered. Tel: (284) 494-4289 or e-mail: boats@boatshedbvi.com TRADER SIGNATURE 475 L'Essence Massage Try Karens special Yacht Crew MassageŽRodney Bay Marina, Tel: (758) 715 4661 E-Mail: Lessencemassage@spray.se Karen O. Roberts Diploma in Massage/SPA Therapy from Sweden

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NOVEMBER 2010 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 46 CLASSIFIEDS BOATS FOR SALE 1987 Irwin 44 119.500 US1999 Jeanneau SO42.2. 80.000 US1986 Oyster 435 135.000 GBP E-mail Yachtsales@dsl-yachting.com Tel (758) 452 8531 YOUNG SUN 46ft VENUS 1984 KETCH fiberglass, 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 US$179,000 or MAKE US AN OFFER!! Lying St Lucia. Email venus46@live.com or Tel: (596) 696 90 74 29BOATS FOR SALE IN TRINIDAD Tel (868) 739-6449 www.crackajacksailing.com SY SULA 50FT BENETEAU 1989. 5 cabins, yacht can be inspected at Young Island Cut St. Vincent. View pictures at: www.friendshipbayvillas.com/sula www.grenadine-escape. com/yachts/sula.htm Tel: (784) 451-2453 (w) / 528-8130 (m) E-mail: ballantyne_enterprises@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 17' FORMULA 111 85 Yamaha, Good Condition, Lying Trinidad Contact Peter Tel: (868) 683-7946 OPEN 45 BUILT 2000 , wood/ West system,Twin rudders, Hydro auto pilot, Profurl furlers, Dyform rigging, Kevlar code 0. Fast cruiser with accommodations, electric toilet, double bed, stove, fridge, computer. Tel (473) 415-8271 E-mail Richard. turbulence@spiceisle.com Melges 24 READY TO RACE! Winner in class 2010 Heineken Regatta.Maintained annually, dry sailed, up-to-date hardware/rigging. Includes road trailer with new wheels. New North Sails Runner, sheets and lines, complete set of racing and delivery sails, rigging has only 2 seasons. Willing to assist buyer in showing how to the set up, tune and maintain the boat. US$16,500 open to all negotiation. E-mail: Christopher.marshall @budgetmarine.com. CARRIACOU SLOOP 'PIPEDREAM' 1984. 39' overall. New cockpit, deck etc. Re-planked & re-fastened in bronze. Quick boat. Lying Antigua. Become part of W.Indian sail. A non-profit heritage rebuild. US$29,000.00 Offers. E-mail raylinnington@hotmail.com 35FT CARRIACOU SLOOP SWEETHEART , 30hp Yanmar, lots of extras. US$45,000 Lying Antigua E-mail phillipworsley@hotmail.com 1990 HUNTER 433 Turn key, US$70,000, Lying Trinidad Contact Peter Tel: (868) 683-7946GIBSEA 33 , Price negotiable, needs work, well equipped & documented located at Grenada Marine Tel: (473) 4053947 E-mail arthurbain@gmail.com BAYLINER 300 2007 Model but first launched 19/3/2010. 30 hours on twin engines (2x260HP). All factory options (inc.Bimini top) and guarantee. On boat lift. US$95,000. Contact Frank Tel: (599) 5231619 E-mail frankdreis@yahoo.com 1996 HUNTER 29.5 , good condition, lying in Barbados. Kiss wind generator, Caribe dinghy with 2 HP Honda outboard. Sailaway. Must Sell, asking US$30K E-mail nick@silvermoonbarbados.com 46 POWER BOAT/FISHING TRAWLER. Hallelujah, floating bar in Carriacou. 2 Detroit 371 diesel engines. Sleeps five with amenities. Tel: (473) 538-4346 MISC. FOR SALE MARINA SLIP SAPPHIRE BEACH St. Thomas, USVI, 65 ft Marina Slip (N-6) with full title. East End, St. Thomas facing St.John and the BVI's. Adjacent to a beautiful beach and pool facilities. Safe, secure and just a 20 minutes boat ride to Tortola, BVI. US$125,000. OBO Tel: 787-3663536 E-mail lvc99@aol.com YANMAR OUTBOARD DIESEL 36hp Trinidad cell (868) 650-1914 E-mail jandutch@tstt.net.tt SAILBOAT PROPS used 3 blade from 13" to 22" diameter Selftailing winches, Barlow, Barient, Lewmar E-mail Yachtsales@dsl-yachting.com Tel (758) 452 8531 CUMMINS DIESEL 300HP MODEL 6CTA8.3-M1 6 cylinders 225 KW Located Martinique, Le Marin. Price negotiable. Tel: (596) 696 227113, E-mail padusa90@ gmail.com SAILS AND CANVAS EXCEPTIONALLY SPECIAL DEALS at http://doylecaribbean.com/specials.htm TACKTICK WIRELESS/SOLAR INSTRUMENTS , Discount prices: www.northernrockiesassociates.com WANTED MARINE TECHNICIAN Marine Engineering Co. in Grenada is seeking technicians with working experience in marine diesel engines, AC and refrigeration, electrical, electronics, watermakers & wind generators. Ideal for cruiser or independent tech. Please E-mail CV to enzamarine@spiceisle.com CYOA YACHT CHARTERS in St Thomas has full and part time openings. Check our ad on page 42 CREW POSOTIONS DECKHAND/MATE available. Chapman School of Seamanship graduate. STCW-5, First Aid/CPR, SVG 50T Masters License, also a good cook! Photos/experience/references available. SVG/Bequia national. E-mail kellee_435@hotmail.com PROPERTY FOR SALE CARRIACOU LAND, Lots and multi-acre tracts. Great views overlooking Southern Grenadines and Tyrrel Bay. www.caribtrace.com RENTALS SAPPHIRE VILLAGE St. Thomas, USVI. One bedroom/studio units, short/long term available. Starting at $125 Daily/$875 Weekly Tel: (787) 366-3536 or E-mail lvc99@aol.com ST. MAARTEN COMMERCIAL SPACE Lagoon Marina Cole Bay 50 m2 ground floor + 24 m2 entresol $ 1450/per month. Office space 40 m2 first floor $ 970/per month Roadside unit with apartment upstairs, ideal for shop/ living combo $ 1550/per month. Water access, security and parking included. Tel: (599) 5442611 www.lagoon-marina.com info@lagoon-marina.com ST. MAARTEN COLE BAY Unique!! Short term or long term rental. Marina waterfront, 2 bedroom apartment with dock space available within 10 meters. Overlooking lagoon, nicely renovated, fully furnished, launderette, security and parking. Tel: (599) 5442611 www.lagoon-marina.com info@lagoon-marina.com 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 BUSINESS FOR SALE SAIL-LOFT, UPHOLSTERY 100m2, established since 2002 located Carenantilles Dockyard, Le Marin, Martinique. New sewing machines (less than 4 years) Price 120 000 Euros Tel: (596) 596 74 88 32 E-mail didier-etmaria@wandoo.fr SERVICES RYA 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. HOMESTAYS GRENADAWould you like to spend some time on shore? We offer rooms and apartments in local homes all over Grenada at affordable rates. US$30-120 per night. Come and be part of the family! Tel: 473 444 5845, 473 456 9378, 473 533 4281 www.homestaysgrenada.com CLASSIEFIEDS  A&C Yacht Brokers Martinique MP ABC Marine Curacao 8 Admiral Yacht Insurance UK 39 Anjo Insurance Antigua 11 ARC Dynamic St. Lucia MP Art & Design Antigua MP B & C Fuel Dock Petite Martinique 35 Barefoot Yacht Charters St. Vincent 24 Barrow Sails & Canvas Trinidad MP Basils Bar Mustique 36 Bequia Venture Bequia MP Budget Marine Sint Maarten 2 Business Development Co. Trinidad 23 BVI Yacht Sales Tortola 42 Captain Gourmet Union Island 37 Caraibe Greement Martinique 27 Caraibe Greement Martinique MP Caraibe Yachts Guadeloupe 40 Caribbean Marine Electrical Trinidad MP Caribbean Propellers Ltd. 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