In this Issue:
NEW ENTRY RULES: Major Changes for Vaccinated Cruisers
Many Caribbean countries have now relaxed their requirements for quarantine upon entry for visitors with proof of having been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival. Generally, all travelers must still submit negative PCR test results taken before arrival and be retested on arrival, but on receiving negative results subsequent quarantine is not required. Whatever your position on vaccines, it is clear that this is good news for the cruising community members and for the countries they visit. NOTE: The basic information that follows is correct to the best of our knowledge, but there are more details and things are changing daily so always look for updates before embarking for a new port...
• by Don Street • In 1984 I got caught at St. Maarten by a late-season hurricane. Hurricane Klaus barreled through on November 8th. Due to a warning about an approaching hurricane, I had positioned my engineless yawl, Iolaire, on the north side of the island, where we’d be safe from winds from the south. Then we discovered that the hurricane was coming east toward the Virgins, turning our sheltered anchorage into a deadly lee shore. It was too late to get to a safe harbour. Klaus was the first hurricane on record to hit the Leeward Islands from the west, catching many of us by surprise. At St. Maarten, the seas wrecked a cruise ship; the passengers and crew swam to shore. Iolaire survived by deploying six of the seven anchors aboard (see “Surviving Klaus” at www.street-iolaire.com).After that, I decided that I had to do some research...
Caribbean Eco News
Eastern Caribbean artistes sing to reduce marine litter
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States' marine space ranks among the highest in the Western Hemisphere for endemic marine species. Being approximately 85 times larger than its land space, the OECS marine space supports an extensive array of livelihoods and industries. Entertainers from the OECS are calling on OECS nationals to help reduce pollution of the marine environment...
International Optimist Regatta this month
International Optimist Regatta this month • Carol Bareuther reports: A record of 122 sailors have signed up to race in the International Optimist Regatta (IOR) to be held in St. Thomas, USVI, from June 14th through 20th. The entry list for the event was already filled back in January. According to regatta director Hollis Jenkins, the reason for filling up so fast is pent-up demand after the lack of international and US regattas due to Covid...
A Certain Paradise, by James Ryan. Perfect Wind Publishing, © 2013. 262 pages. ISBN: 1470091658, ISBN 13: 9781470091651
• The Oxford English dictionary defines paradise as “noun: an ideal or idyllic place or state” and I’m stating the blindingly obvious when I say the word is regularly tossed around in the context of the Caribbean, like tropical paradise or sailor’s paradise. Beaches are called it, cocktails namecheck it and touristy websites sprinkle it liberally in their heavenly descriptions of Caribbean paradise on earth. But who are we kidding?...
21 Hours from initial enquiry to delivery!
Tom Gerker of Parts & Power Ltd. in Tortola, BVI, received a call from Erwan Le Normand at Caraibes Diesel in St. Maarten at 5:45pm on April 19th. Erwan desperately needed a Northern Lights M673L3G marine generator for S/Y Encore, whose owner was due to arrive on April 21st for the first visit in over a year...
Special thanks to the Superyacht Services Guide
Meet the Adventurous Sailors & Team behind Caribbean Compass! Congratulations to the team at Caribbean Compass, who have proudly celebrated their Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary Year these last 12 months...
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CAN’T STOP ANTIGUA CLASSICS SPIRIT!
• by Ed Gifford • For classic yacht owners and crew alike, the month of April has always been synonymous with the Antigua Classic Regatta. For over 35 years, yachts have sailed from all directions of the compass to be a part of these breathtakingly beautiful, historical, and spirited competitions. In spite of this year’s Classic Yacht Regatta being canceled due to considerations relating to Covid, some of Antigua’s classic fleet met in Falmouth Harbour on April 10th for a friendly race around the cans, titled “The Mary Rose Schooner Race”...
WHERE ARE THE YACHTS?
Yacht movements in the Caribbean since March 2020 have been very different from those in past years. To avoid the risk of spreading Covid-19, virtually all major regattas, as well as music festivals, carnivals and other events that attract sailors, were canceled. With tightened yacht entry regulations designed to stop the spread of the pandemic, which often involved a period of quarantine on arrival and occasionally saw borders closed altogether, many cruisers gave up island-hopping and stayed put...
REMEMBERING THE ANTILLES
Part One: First Responders
In 1971 the 568-foot passenger liner SS Antilles ran aground off the island of Mustique. Although three US Coast Guard planes and a Navy aircraft were dispatched from Puerto Rico, a French Navy ship and Air Force planes were sent from Guadeloupe, and a British anti-submarine frigate was diverted toward Mustique from Anguilla, it was local boats and charter yachts already in the area that rescued all of the Antilles’ passengers who had abandoned ship and were drifting helplessly in lifeboats in the night....
• All Photos: Justyna Kramer
ISLAND IMAGES IN BLACK & WHITE
• by David H. Lyman • “After a few days of walking around with a camera making photos, people get used to me,” Justyna is telling me. “‘Oh, she’s the one with the camera. She’s okay.’” Justyna is an amateur photographer, and, for the past ten years, has been the mate on The Dove, Larry Tyler’s 54-foot charter yacht. Recently, due to Covid restrictions, Larry and Justyna elected to stay in the Grenadines for 12 months, moving in a bubble between Admiralty Bay, Bequia, and Chatham Bay on Union Island. With little to do, other than live and work on the boat, Justyna has been working on her photography remotely, taking online tutorials, and going ashore to photograph the people and their habitat.“
“Since March 2020, after we dropped off our last charter client, I gave myself an assignment. I said to myself, ‘I will upload a new set of my photos every week.’ That would mean I had to find images in my files, or make new ones, make the conversions to black and white, and upload them to my Facebook and Instagram accounts. So far, I’ve not missed a week and it’s been almost a full year...
NORTH COAST PORTS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: LUPERÓN AND SAMANÁ
• by Joan Conover and Denise Simpson • The northern coastline of the Dominican Republic (DR) has a long history of supporting maritime vessels going all the way back to the Spanish treasure flotillas. In addition to providing useful harbors on the coast, the entire country offers attractions ranging from historic cities to rainforests. Check out the tourism site www.godominicanrepublic.com if you plan a visit.The large bay at Luperón can support 200 yachts swinging on rodes, and at least a hundred have been known to anchor here permanently at one time or another. • Main Photo: Bruce van Sant • The large bay at Luperón can support 200 yachts swinging on rodes, and at least 100 have been known to anchor here permanently at one time or another.
WHO IS RUFFANUFF? A Tale of Two Very Salty Musicians
• by John Evertonr • I first saw Ambler, the vessel that the traveling musicians Stan and Cora Lojda circumnavigated on, anchored on the Hamilton side of Admiralty Bay in Bequia. I was intrigued by both the design and exaggerated sheer line of the boat, which I later learned was designed by G.L. Watson and built as a motor-sailing lifeboat for the Swanage LifeBoat Station on the south coast of England... • Main Photo: Old Photo Print of Ambler
50 WAYS - Photo Challenge: ‘How I Get Ashore!’
by Jim Hutchinson • Hutch reckons there are 50 ways to get ashore from your boat. Are there? Let’s accept the challenge! Send a photo of how YOU get ashore — inflatable with outboard, rowing dinghy, sailing dinghy, kayak, paddleboard, windsurfer, noodles, fins — or something else entirely? Set your phone or camera to the largest image setting, snap your getting-ashore vehicle of choice, and send the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we succeed in getting different 50 ways, your photos will appear in a full-page montage in a future issue of Compass. It might even be suitable for framing!
Cover Photo: Davon Baker | Chris Doyle | Just Cool Photos | Matias Capizzano | Ed Gifford | Chris Doyle | Tutty Lee | Collection of John Cunard-Shutte | NASA / NHC | Justyna Kramer | Bruce van Sant