In this Issue:
Record-breaking RORC Transat
The first monohull to complete the RORC Transatlantic Race in less than ten days, Johannes Schwarz’s Volvo 70, Green Dragon, crossed the finish line in the seventh edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race on January 19th in an elapsed time of 9 days, 18 hours, 53 minutes, and 40 seconds. The 2021 Royal Ocean Racing Club event started in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, and finished in Antigua.
Covid regulation updates
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: As of February 10th, all arriving passengers by air must have a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test for SARS-CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab taken within seven days of their flight. Passengers arriving by yacht are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. All arriving passengers must complete a health declaration form and will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival.
New lava dome expanding at St. Vincent’s Soufriere
A new lava dome with fresh magma adjacent to the existing dome in the crater at La Soufriere volcano, St. Vincent, has been growing since late December 2020. Fresh magma has made its way to the surface without the associated volcanic earthquakes typically found in the Lesser Antilles. This is an “effusive” rather than explosive eruption. Soufriere erupted explosively on April 13th, 1979. No lives were lost.
Caribbean Multihull Challenge
The third annual Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) took place successfully on February 6th and 7th. The event, open to all multihull racing sailors as well as those on chartered cats and cruising multis, was the first international regatta of the 2021 Caribbean regatta circuit to take place. In a year when many regattas either were forced to cancel due to government restrictions or chose to do so out of justifiable caution, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) chose to go ahead with this unique event.
SAILORS’ BOOKSHELF BY NICOLA CORNWELL
First published in 1986, this harrowing classic “boaty book with a hook” is about the author’s real-life existence in the Atlantic Ocean for 76 days in 1981 in an inflatable life raft after his small sloop sank. What happens is a survival story of epic proportions set in the smallest of arenas. It’s a solo journey that precariously sits on the knife edge between life and death, sanity and madness.
A Tribute to Don Hanson
• By John Everton • Don Hanson, sailor, builder, teacher and compassionate friend to all who came in contact with him, passed away on January 21st in Florida. He is well remembered and loved by people in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.Don began building boats as a kid in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He was always fascinated by sailing and crewed on fancy wooden yachts during summer to pay for college, where he majored in English with minors in Math and History. After college Don taught school on Washington Island, Wisconsin.
SOUTHERN PUERTO RICO
by Joan Conover and José Mendez • Since the start of more active hurricane seasons, cruisers have found many changes in their favorite anchorages. In 2017-2018 the islands from Cuba to St. Barths, and also Dominica, suffered badly from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Recovering from these disasters and from the pandemic and its restrictions, we find the eastern, southern and western coastlines of Puerto Rico an increasingly attractive cruising area, part of the northern Caribbean sailing triangle composed of St. Thomas and St. John, southern mainland Puerto Rico and St. Croix.
• See story pp. 20 / 21
Carriacou & Petite Martinique Boatbuilding Aims for UNESCO Status
by Nikoyan Roberts
Smelling sea brine. Hearing the call of wild seabirds carried on cool wind currents. Feeling the exhilarating salt spray on your face flung high into the air as a ship’s pointed bow cuts through the water. Is this Paradise? I truly believe this is as close as you can get to it while sailing through the Caribbean’s amazingly blue waters on wooden sloops and schooners built using traditional craftmanship in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The first Carriacou sloops and schooners were built in 1886. Main Photo: www.jussail.com
Flowers of the Sea: THE SEA ANEMONES
• by Darelle Snyman • These colorful, graceful sea creatures with their swaying tentacles are often compared to flowers. No wonder they were named after one of the most beautiful terrestrial flowering plant families, the anemones. The ocean is home to over a thousand species of these unique relatives of jellyfish and corals.
Cover Painting: Gilly Gobinet | James Mitchell | Chris Doyle | UWI Seismic Research Centre | Edward Penagos | José Mendez | www.jussail.com