In this Issue:
Excellent Turnout in Grant Thornton Keelboats
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club reports: This pandemic has allowed some points of light. It is clear that local sailing has been strong, regular, and well supported, as we have noticed in our club activities. The same has occurred in other islands, such as Antigua, where keelboat sailing has been very popular on Saturday afternoons for the last four months, their Melges 24s and Cork 1720s being major players. Their dinghy sailing remains prevalent as well, with the focus on Optimists and Lasers. In Curaçao, they recently had a strongly supported regatta that involved Sunfish, Centaurs, and Ynglings.
The first Grant Thornton keelboat race of the new season, held on November 15th, saw an excellent turnout and sailing under idyllic conditions in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten. There were two classes: one for the larger racing boats and one for the smaller participants....
Climate Change Adaptation Project on Union Island
A new climate change adaptation project has commenced on Union Island to protect the island’s biodiversity, strengthen wildlife conservation and stimulate local livelihoods...
My Worst Night at Sea
By John Everton • After spending several years in Deltaville, Virginia, on the lower western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, while our son finished high school, I was looking forward more than ever to a Caribbean winter: the warm sweet tradewinds in the palm trees, the colour of the water, the lovely friendly people, all of it. The year was 2004 and that summer my wife and I had attended the traditional workboat festivals in Brest and Douarnanez on the Brittany coast of France, where the most awesome collection of vessels I had ever seen were assembled. When we returned to the States I got a job as member of the shallop crew in the movie The New World about Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Jamestown Virginia Settlement. It was a great sailing job to get: paid for sailing and rowing the 35-foot shallop on the James and Chicahominy Rivers, eating great meals and hanging out with the stars...
Happy New Year 2021!
Best wishes for a bright, happy and healthy New Year to all of our readers, contributors, advertisers and friends from all of us at Caribbean Compass!
ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS 2020
First run in 1986, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, popularly known as the ARC, annually brings together yachts from around the world to sail across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia. Over the years alternative routes have been added, including an ARC+ stop in the Cape Verde islands and an ARC+SVG St. Vincent final landfall.
The recent 35th edition of the ARC was unusual owing to the impact of the Covid pandemic and extraordinary due to the organizers’ and 2020 participants’ commitment to going ahead. The most noticeable difference was the smaller size of the fleet — 84 boats versus an all-time high of over 200. • Photo right: Presented with St. Lucian rum punch and a basket of local produce by WCC staff, the Banzai crew celebrates making the fastest-ever crossing for a multihull in the ARC. Photo: WCC / Tim Wright
Crossing Inter-Island Channels with Minimal Pain
By Don Street • St. Pierre, Martinique, makes a good starting point for the northbound crossing to Dominica. Get organized at anchor, then sail or motor sail along the lee of the island to your ‘jump off’ point. See page 18 (Photo: Chris Doyle)
Our Cruising Life is Child’s Play …and so much more
by JoAnne and Bill Harris • ...After a few years cruising the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean and the south coast of Hispaniola, we island hopped to Panama and the San Blas Islands. We spent countless treasured moments with many Kuna Indian families during our years there.Before departing Panama in 2019 for the last time, we offered Ultra as a “good Samaritan vehicle” to carry donations we received from generous cruisers in Shelter Bay Marina to the San Blas Islands... • See page 29
After being tested at the quarantine dock (upper right), ARC crews could move their boats to the other parts of Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia. Photo: Christopher Kessell • Article page 15 • See a drone view at https://youtu.be/IC8ZzzELCa8
Cover: Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com / Sophia Steele / Mike Kucera / Cartoon: Sarah Steenland / WCC-Tim Wright / Catherine Booker / Esteban Biondi / Chris Doyle / Christopher Kessell