In this Issue:
For yachts sailing to Cuba
Commodore Escrich of the Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC) of Cuba reports: Because the epidemiological situation in Cuba is still complex due to the number of people infected with Covid-19 and the pandemic does not appear uniformly in the territories where our international marinas are located, the protocols that are applied to sailors from other countries who arrive on the island have been updated with a view to facilitating the stay of yachtsmen during their stopovers in these marinas or navigation along our coasts...
USVI Spring Yacht Show next month
Carol Bareuther reports: The US Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association’s (VIPCA) first Spring Yacht Show, set for May 16th through 18th, will showcase new and veteran USVI-based crewed charter yachts to brokers in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Working in partnership with the Virgin Islands Port Authority, 20 to 30 sailing multihulls, monohulls, and power yachts will tie stern-to along the waterfront, which has been recently renovated with new cleats and fendering. This location enables yacht brokers to easily step aboard while also being close enough to stroll into town. Charter yachts exhibiting will be cordoned off to the public, with security personnel on duty...
Major step toward Blue Economy for five OECS states
As Toni Allen explained in a recent article at https://technewstt.com/blue-economy, Caribbean nations are still struggling to find their place in an increasingly global world. One in five Caribbean citizens remain below the poverty line, growth is almost three percent lower than the global average, and the region is the second most at risk from environmental hazards due to climate change...
New Windward 500 offshore series
Steven Kern reports: The Caribbean Ocean Racing Club has announced the Windward 500 race series, an environmentally focused low-carbon-footprint sailing event set to start on May 17th. With an inspiration to achieve Sailors for the Sea Powered by Oceana’s Clean Regatta status and attention to World Sailings’ Offshore Racing Environmental Code, we invite you to join the race to resilience. The pandemic has awakened the resilience of the OECS and Windward Islands yacht racing community. The Caribbean Ocean Racing Club has risen to the challenge by organizing and designing a race series that respects regional Covid-19 protocols, keeps the spirit of sportsmanship alive, and embraces purpose...
Antigua Classics 2021 Cancelled & Antigua Sailing Week 2021 cancelled
CAN CARIBBEAN CRUISERS GET THE COVID JAB?
Favorite cruising destinations throughout the Eastern Caribbean are rolling out Covid-19 vaccination programs. Visiting cruisers want to know, “Can we get jabbed, too?”The answer is… maybe, at some times and in some places. Fifteen Caribbean countries are due to receive just over 2.1 million doses of vaccines through the international COVAX program by May. These include Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Surinam, and Trinidad & Tobago...
Aildee — A Boat to Fall in Love With
• By John Everton • Somehow out of all the boats I’ve lived on I loved Aildee the most. After selling Pole Star, my first wooden boat (see “Pole Star Days” on page 24 at www.caribbeancompass.com/online/july20compass_online.pdf), I twice crossed the Atlantic on Zephyrus, a gaff-rigged 57-foot Brixham trawler ketch built all of teak for the owner of a fleet of Brixham trawler fishing vessels. It was my first experience in gaff rig.
St. Lucia welcomes new ‘ARC January’ rally in 2022
Large photo: Sarah Collins reports: World Cruising Club has announced an exciting new addition to their Atlantic crossing portfolio of rallies with the launch of ARC January, sailing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, in 2022. Responding to the enthusiasm of cruising sailors wishing to sail with the safety and social benefits of being part of the world-renowned Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), this new route choice offers further capacity to the over-subscribed November departures. An extra 75 yachts (approximately 400 crew) now have the opportunity for a superb tradewind crossing in the new year. Large Photo: The scene in Las Palmas before an ARC start. The new ARC January offers further capacity to the over-subscribed November departures. Large Photo: WCC/Clare Pengelly
THE BOATS OF SARTENEJA
by Edward Le Rouvre
The Sarteneja Easter Regatta is a very popular event in the north of Belize, gathering the fleet of traditional wooden fishing boats and bringing hundreds of visitors from the surrounding inland and coastal communities of the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. Large Photo: Boats at the pier, Easter 2019 • Photos: Edward Le Rouvre
GROUPERS AND SEA BASS
• by Darelle Snyman • Groupers and sea bass are a large tribe of fishes belonging to the family Serranidae, many of which are well-known food and sport fishes. Members of this family are known by a variety of unique names such as soapfish, hamlet, hind, coney, and graysby. • Large Photo: A Red Hind will turn around and watch you intently from a safe distance.
Cover photo: Hauke Dressler/www.robertharding.com / Chris Doyle / WCC/Clare Pengelly / James Mitchell / Virgin Island Consortium/Viconsortium.com / Edward Le Rouvre