In this Issue:
Covid Commentary Navigating the Protocols
We know that cruising this season will not be easy and we all expect bumps along the way but those of us who venture out will be the better for it. This season’s cruising cohort will earn experiences that even lifelong cruisers do not have. All of us will be newbies this year and as we charge towards the start line of the season our excitement is growing.
— Addison Chan, Cuba, Land and Sea
Here are some updates to help navigate those bumps along the way. Keep in mind that Caribbean governments are constantly “trimming their sails” according to current conditions, so refer to the website links provided for up-to-date information.
Tip-Top Tips for First-Time Caribbean Cruisers
Since 2005, Caribbean Compass has been asking experienced Caribbean cruisers to share their top tips for first-timers. In this, our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Year, we’re proud to present a tip-top collection selected from among all the top tips offered over the years. It’s interesting to see how much good advice remains timeless. If you’re heading out for your first Caribbean cruise, one of the best things you’ll find is the willingness of the Caribbean cruising community to give advice!
A SAILORS GUIDE LOOKS AT 40
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRIS DOYLE
Caribbean Compass: Chris, your Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with the publication of the latest edition. Congratulations! Other cruising guides covering the Windwards to a greater or lesser degree had already been published by 1980, including those by Don Street, Hart and Stone, Carleton Mitchell, et al. What was the impetus that led you to write your first edition of Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands? What did you think would set it apart or be an improvement?
Christmas in the Caribbean
(Doesn’t Jimmy have a song about this?)
by David Lyman. I had a delivery to do last year, over Christmas. A nice 54-foot expedition sloop located in Antigua needed to be in Martinique by the end of January.
“I’m coming!” My daughter e-mailed me from her dorm room at Maine Maritime Academy. I admitted I could use the help. Island to island, it’s only 200 miles as the shearwater flies: a 24-hour jaunt, start to finish. I could do it solo, but why hurry things? “Slow down, mon… You go too fast.” That was said to me by the dock master at the marina at Virgin Gorda on my first trip to the Caribbean. It’s a mantra I’ve had to repeat to myself throughout my life in the West Indies. “Can we visit the islands on the way?” My son chimed in on WhatsApp. He was in England at Solent University studying Marine Engineering and Yacht Design. “Last time the family was together,” he added, “on a boat for Christmas, in the Caribbean, was ten years ago. Can we not rush it this time?” He was right. We had the time. Why not spend it?
41st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Ahead
The future course of the Covid-19 pandemic is far from clear; however, the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation and the Government of St. Maarten are confident to host the 41st St. Maarten Heineken Regatta from March 4th through 7th, 2021. Entries are now open. Participants are asked to sign up as soon as possible, so organizers can finalize plans and ensure safety for all. Photo: Laurens Morel
See Regatta News on pp. 13 - 15
Inaugural IGY ‘Caribbean Yacht Launch’
As the Caribbean gears up to welcome the 2020-21 charter season, IGY has announced its inaugural Caribbean Yacht Launch. • See Business Briefs on pp. 9 - 10
Cover Photo Megan Dyson • Essential Detail / Scott Wilks / Lorraine Seatle / Laurens Morel / NASA