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Welcome to THE Caribbean Compass - the most widely read boating publication in the Caribbean!

Click here to download Compass Annual Calendar of Events 2021

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:

Tip-Top Tips for First-Time Caribbean Cruisers

• Cover photo: Steve Jost •

Plan ahead — but leave room for spontaneity if you find a place you want to linger. • 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

Business briefs

First Balance 482 Launched
All of the Balance 482’s reefing and sail management takes place at the upper helm station.

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...

Read more in Business Briefs on page 9

Caribbean Eco News

Shark Studies Underpin Protection
A Caribbean Shark Coalition team tagging and collecting tissue samples from a lemon shark.Photo: Wilson Haynes for Beneath the Waves

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...

See story on page 10

Regatta News

Congratulating Our Caribbean Sailing Olympians
Representing St. Lucia, Stephanie Devaux-Lovell was one of the Caribbean sailors competing in this year’s Olympics.

Congratulations to all Caribbean sailors who participated in the Olympic games held in Tokyo from July 24th through August 8th...

Read more stories in Regatta News page 8

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.

Regattas Reset • Small Photo: St. Maarten Heineken Regatta • Michele Korteweg, General Manager of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, echoes many of the ideas expressed above, and notes that regattas are adapting: “I am hoping to see an increase in confidence of boatowners to make the crossing to spend the season in the Caribbean. There has been a lot of sailing happening in both the USA and Europe, unlike last year, so hopefully they are keen to continue this in the Caribbean...

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.

Read more in story on page 15

The Sailor: Award-Winning Documentary

•Story of a storm rider washed ashore •directed by Lucia Kašová•

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.

• All Photos: Lucia Kašová • We see Paul reflecting on his life.

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.”...

See story on page 25

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32' BHM DOWNEAST CRUISER - Lying Grenadines. US$75,000

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This Month in Pictures:

Regatta News

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...

See story on page 9

•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...

• All Photos: Chris Doyle • Main Photo: Terre de Haut is a valuable bird nesting site, so access is limited to a tiny beach. • Small Photo above: Moorings are in the deepest part of the lagoon.

See story on page 13

The Sailor King of Carriacou

• Main Image: Hope lives in this classic Windward house. There are usually one or two boats under construction in the vacant lot to the right. • Small Image: Around the Island race in 1998. Hope’s Imagine never relinquished the lead.

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...

See story on pp. 22/23

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 sally@caribbeancompass.com. 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!

Gerald Shapiro: My personal favorite for a singlehander’s dinghy — a modified Sabot, shown here sailing in company with our friend Hutch.


Dear Compass,

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.

This dinghy can be powered by outboard motor or by sail.

See Letter of the Month on page 34

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Busy Yacht Transport Time

Peters & May has ramped up its sailings to the Caribbean and Florida ahead of what is expected to be a busy period for people moving their yachts. October and November departures to the Caribbean include:

From Europe:

• Destination: Antigua & Fort Lauderdale - Loading Genoa 20th October and sailing via the Balearics

• Destination: Fort Lauderdale & St. Thomas - Loading Window 1st – 15th November. Loading Malta and sailing via Genoa & Lanzarote

• Destination: Antigua, St Thomas & Fort Lauderdale - Loading Window 5th – 25th November. Loading Southampton and sailing via a French Atlantic port

From USA/Caribbean:

• Destination: Fort Lauderdale - Loading window 15th – 25th October. Loading St Thomas and sailing via Tortola

• Destination Antigua & St Thomas - Loading window 1st – 15th November - Loading Newport and sailing via Freeport & Fort Lauderdale

Visit www.petersandmay.com/en/contact-us/usa for more information.

Grenadines Ports of Entry Reopened for Yachts

Admiralty Bay Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines • Photo: Wilfred Dederer
Good news for those arriving in SVG by yacht!

The popular Grenadine ports of entry of Bequia and Union Island have reopened for yachts, as has Wallilabou on St. Vincent. Blue Lagoon and Kingstown remain open as well.

All arriving yachts must request permission for entry at least five days in advance, by e-mail to SVG Arrivals at svgarrivals@gmail.com, and must submit a Request for Entry and Quarantine Form and copies of vaccine certificates in English which will be validated pre arrival.

At least 24 hours before arrival, send pre-entry negative PCR test results and estimated time of arrival to svgarrivals@gmail.com

Also complete Sail Clear at www.sailclear.com • Also complete a Pre-Arrival Form https://stv.servicedx.com/formmgmt/travelform for each passenger

Quarantine moorings are available at:

Young Island Cut, tel (784) 529-2876 • Bequia, tel (784) 530-8300 • Canouan Marina, tel (784) 533-0000 • Union Island, tel (784) 458-8678 • All can be contacted at svgarrivals@gmail.com

For details of SVG Yachts Entry Protocols click HERE

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Dugout Gommiers racing off Gros Ilet, St. Lucia, 2019 Photo: Anonymous

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Cover Photo: Steve Jost | Wilson Haynes for Beneath the Waves | Chris Doyle | Lucia Kašová |