In this Issue:
Tip-Top Tips for First-Time Caribbean Cruisers
• Cover photo: Steve Jost •
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! We asked a wide selection of experienced Caribbean “old salts” for their top tips, just for you. (One correspondent remarked, however, “I object to the term old salt! I’m not an old salt, I’m a person of mature years and saline disposition!’)...
See Story on page 12
First Balance 482 Launched
Balance Catamarans has recently launched the first Balance 482 in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s the latest performance cruising catamaran in the company’s range. Present at the launch was Phil Berman, president of Balance Catamarans and The Multihull Company, the agent for Balance Catamarans in the Caribbean.
The Balance 482 is crafted in sandwich construction, using E-Glass with a PVC foam core, and carbon fiber for local support and reinforcement structures...
Caribbean Eco News
Shark Studies Underpin Protection
By studying local shark populations, habitats and migration patterns, researchers will be able to devise evidence-based recommendations for protecting these species.
As reported by Teresa Tomassoni at www.bloomberg.com in September, one day earlier this summer, Tadzio Bervoets stood on a boat idling just off the shore of West Caicos...
Congratulating Our Caribbean Sailing Olympians
Congratulations to all Caribbean sailors who participated in the Olympic games held in Tokyo from July 24th through August 8th...
Predictions for the 2021-2022 Winter Season: Many Challenges and Much Optimism
The pandemic that began in March 2020 turned the Caribbean sailing scene upside down. Measures such as restrictive yacht-entry rules, vaccination and testing slowed both the spread of Covid-19 and the usual movement of yachts through the region. Although the tide is turning now toward relaxed entry rules for vaccinated sailors, bringing hope that the coming season will see more yacht movements, regattas and marine business activity, there are setbacks such as, as of this writing, the lockdown in Grenada.
In light of all this, Caribbean Compass asked a cross-section of people involved in the Caribbean yachting sector to gaze into their crystal balls and reveal their predictions for the upcoming sailing season 2021 – 2022. Here’s what they see!...
• Main photo: Chris Doyle • Store Bay, Tobago - Get here and enjoy the reason you bought a yacht in the first place.
The Sailor: Award-Winning Documentary
•Story of a storm rider washed ashore •directed by Lucia Kašová•
MOVIE REVIEW BY JOHN EVERTON
This documentary about the life of the late sailor, artist and yacht designer Paul Johnson (see “Tales of a Salty Legend” on page 18 at www.caribbeancompass.com/online/october20compass_online.pdf) was directed by Lucia Kašová, born in Czechoslovakia 37 years ago. Lucia met Paul in Carriacou in 2016 and retuned to the island the following year with a small crew, and the year after with a bigger crew, to film for one month each time. The movie took two years to finish after all the editing.
The Sailor premiered at the 2021 HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival, held April 29th through May 9th in Toronto. In August it won the award for best feature documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The RIFF jury said “An intimate and profound portrait, The Sailor serves as a testament to fine documentary filmmaking as it celebrates the dynamic bond between filmmaker and subject.”...
Organizers Confident about St. Maarten Heineken 2022
• St. Maarten Heineken Regatta organizers have opened registration for their 42nd annual edition, which takes place from March 3rd through 6th, 2022. Relying on implementing proper health protocols, safety measures, and clear communication, entries are now being accepted...
•DESTINATIONS•Les Iles de la Petit-Terre
by Chris Doyle
When I started writing The Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands a quarter of a century ago, I heard about les Iles de la Petit-Terre. It was portrayed as a magical place: two uninhabited islands on the edge of the world, a palm-backed beach, a good anchoring area with ten to 12 feet of water, and a lovely reef. But — and it was big but — it was subject to swells and you had to cross a hard dead-coral bar of only seven or eight feet, making it, I was told, dangerous to approach in a boat like mine, which in those days was the CSY41 Helos, which had a six-and-a-half-foot draft.
I heeded the warnings for a year or two, but I was intensely curious...
The Sailor King of Carriacou
• by Ralph Trout • A few years ago my attention was diverted from a pool game at the Wheelhouse in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, when I heard someone referred to as the “Sailor King of Carriacou.” A thin man with thick gray hair wore a beaming smile in response. Over a Stag beer, I listened to the story of Mr. Hope McLawrence of Windward, Carriacou. Quiet and unassuming, he unfolded the short story of a man born to sail...
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!
MORE WAYS TO GET ASHORE!
Domi Montesinos: I’m happy to tell you I accept your challenge with a great smile. How do we get ashore? With a plywood-epoxy homemade dinghy catamaran! This dinghy can be powered by outboard motor or by sail. In the year or more that we’ve been using this dinghy many people have expressed interest in it, especially in the English-speaking islands.
Cover Photo: Steve Jost | Wilson Haynes for Beneath the Waves | Chris Doyle | Lucia Kašová |