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Every month the Compass brings you THE MOST NEWS YOU CAN USE — more feature articles on cruising destinations, more news about regattas and events, more news about our Caribbean environment and more news about marine-related businesses. Plus we’ve got THE MOST FUN: poetry, fiction, history, book reviews, recipes and cartoons.

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In this Issue:

Record-breaking RORC Transat

Luke Berry, Corentin Douguet and Olivier Magre leaving Lanzarote aboard the Class40 Palanad 3 in the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race. They arrived in Antigua ten days later. • Photo: James Mitchell

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.

Read in Regatta News pp. 15 / 16 / 17

Covid regulation updates

Extensions of stay in Antigua can now be issued at English Harbour. • Photo: Chris Doyle

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. 

Read more in Info & Updates pp. 5 / 6 / 7

New lava dome expanding at St. Vincent’s Soufriere

On January 6, 2021, St. Vincent’s Soufriere’s new dome could be seen reaching the crater wall, where heat and gases have damaged vegetation. The old dome, from the 1979 eruption, is at the right. • Photo: UWI Seismic Research Centre

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.

See ECO News pp. 11/ 12 / 13

Caribbean Multihull Challenge

The Overall Winner was Aravilla/Maritime School West Indies. • CARIBBEAN-MULTIHULLS.COM / Photo: Edward Penagos

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.

See story on page 18


Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea, by Steven Callahan. ©1986, 237 pages. ISBN-10 0618257322, ISBN-13 978-0618257324

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.

See more book reviews on page 27

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.

Don Hanson, sailor, builder, teacher and compassionate friend. • Main Photo: One day a gaff-rigged Danish fishing ketch sailed into the harbour. She looked just his kind of vessel.

See story on page 24

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This Month in Pictures:



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

Quiet anchorages can be found at the end of each passage. • (Photo: José Mendez) • Large Photo: DISCOVERPUERTORICO.COM

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

Baldwin DeRoche, the oldest living shipwright in Petite Martinique, built beloved wooden boats like Beauty and Savvy.

See story on page 19

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.

Photo above: The Sun Anemone’s tentacles range in hue from green and yellow to golden brown. • Main Photo: The Knobby Anemone tends to remain hidden in reef recesses and coral rubble.

See story on page 31

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UPDATE to articles in March issue!

If you like the feature articles in the March 2021 issue of Compass about cruisers providing help to communities in Central America, check out this free interactive Zoom webinar. Join Seven Seas Cruising Association Station Hosts and Clean Wake Project Leads and learn how cruisers are making a difference in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, and the Bay Islands of Honduras. Local people will tell their stories of what is happening with flood recovery. Learn how you can assist.

• Friday, March 5th at 6:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) / 7:00PM in the Eastern Caribbean

Register early here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l6hxlluqThmccLEnhZ1_1g

Cancellation of LES VOILES DE ST. BARTH

On February 3rd, the organizers of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille announced, after conferring with the Collectivité de St. Barthélemy and their sponsors, that the regatta will not be held for the second consecutive year, due to the global pandemic of the coronavirus.

The return to ‘business as usual’ in St. Barthélemy as of June 2020 had given much hope that the 2021 edition of Les Voiles could have been held under positive conditions, while respecting all Covid-19 regulations. But new conditions for entering and leaving the island, with a seven-day quarantine upon arrival, as well as an obligatory reason for travel, and the need to get PCR testing for all involved, made an international regatta such as Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille impossible to organize in terms of logistics.

The next Les Voiles de St. Barth is scheduled for April 17-23, 2022.

Covid Concerns Scuttle Two More Major Regattas for 2021

Despite best efforts to provide safe regattas, due to ongoing concerns raised by the Covid-19 pandemic, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the St. Barths Bucket have decided to cancel their events for 2021. A resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus has resulted in heightened health uncertainties and rapidly changing travel restrictions for prospective regatta participants.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

On January 28th the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta race committee reported: The Sint Maarten Council of Ministers decided to cancel the March 2021 execution of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The government body stated, “…various new strains of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in several countries around the world resulting in a travel ban of linked countries; this also includes Sint Maarten for which a temporary ban on incoming flights from high-risk countries containing stronger strains of the COVID-19 virus has taken effect. With these substantial developments, the government was strongly recommended to impose stricter public health measures. This would include the withholding of licenses for large events.”

For more information visit www.heinekenregatta.com

On January 28th the St Barths Bucket organizers also reported: “One by one, over the last few weeks, yacht owners decided that it had become impossible to attend the Bucket in 2021 and that they would postpone participation until 2022. With a committed field of less than five, the collective decision of the race participants had to be acknowledged and accepted by the Bucket Stewards.”

For more information visit https://caribbean-sailing.com/2021-st-barths-bucket-cancelled

Both events’ organizers wish everyone good health until next year for their 2022 editions.

49th BVI Spring Regatta Postponed Until 2022

February 25, 2021 - The 49th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which was scheduled for March 29 to April 4, 2021, has been postponed until 2022 following deep consideration by all entities involved. The BVI Spring Regatta Committee, after discussions with the BVI Government Ministry of Health, concluded that the postponement was in the best interests for the safety of all participants, volunteers, and the wider BVI community. Following in the steps of many of the major Caribbean regattas that have also been postponed, the Spring Regatta was anticipating offering world class racing and camaraderie for all participants.

"As much as we would have loved to welcome everyone back to the BVI, the most important factors are health and safety for all," Judy Petz, Regatta Director, stated. "Our international participants understand the situation and are are already planning for the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in March 2022.”

Visit www.bvispringregatta.org for more information.

Dominica reopens to yachts

Dominica's PAYS EVENTS HOUSE Photo: Bill Harris

Before arriving, submit an online health questionnaire, available at https://domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm, at least 24 hours before arrival. All vessels must submit arrival information at www.sailclear.com. See more information on page 14 of the upcoming February issue of Compass.

Yachts require an agent to enter Dominica. Contact dominicapays@gmail.com, explore@cobradominica.com, info@dominicayachtservices.com, or any agent you are familiar with.

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