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In this Issue:

Excellent Turnout in Grant Thornton Keelboats

Melges 24 Team Island Water World took the Grant Thornton win

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....

See Regatta News page 13

Climate Change Adaptation Project on Union Island

Union Island rangers and Roseman Adams of the UIEA, on Mount Taboi. Photo: Sophia Steele

A new climate change adaptation project has commenced on Union Island to protect the island’s biodiversity, strengthen wildlife conservation and stimulate local livelihoods...

See ECO News page 11

My Worst Night at Sea

I learned a lot on that trip and must have had some good karma. Photo: Mike Kucera

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...

See story on pp. 16 - 17

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!

Sarah Steenland Cartoon


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

See article on page 15

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This Month in Pictures:

Photo: Catherine Booker - Exuma Foundation, Mangroves were planted along the shoreline of a new marina in the Exumas.

Environmentally and Socially Beneficial Marinas

by Esteban L. Biondi • See pp. 24 -25. Big Photo: Esteban Biondi. Natural vegetation in a marina both protects the shoreline and enhances authentic visitor experience

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

A volunteer project at El Amatillo School needed help to paint the school and repair desks. It soon evolved to a larger project to include a playground

ARC 2020

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

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USVI Arrivals Need Test, Anchor Permit

The Government of the US Virgin islands informs the boating public, including vessels arriving from Puerto Rico, that due to the Emergency declaration caused by the outbreak of Covid-19, all incoming vessels seeking safe anchorage are required to submit a request for an anchoring permit. Visit dpnr.vi.gov for the application and information on anchoring locations.

Every traveler aged five or older must use the Tourism Travel Screening Protocol and submit a negative Covid-19 test result prior to travel. Visit https://usviupdate.com/travel-form


Colombian authorities have formally announced the reopening of the ports effective December 1st.

Kelly Johanna Fernandez at Marina Santa Marta says, “ We are just waiting for the procedures to follow to receive cruisers. As soon as I have more information I will let you know. Meanwhile, cruisers wanting to come to Marina Santa Marta can contact me at operaciones@marinasantamarta.com.co

Cruisers wishing to visit Club de Pesca in Cartagena can contact contacto@clubdepescadecartagena.com

Updated Yacht Entry Protocol for Grenada

Grenada - Photo Chris Doyle

ALL yachts MUST Register on SailClear at least 24 hours prior to entering the State of Grenada https://sailclear.com

A negative PCR test is required to be taken within 72 hours of embarking on the journey to Grenada from last port of call (children 5 years and under are exempt). Mandatory quarantine of up to 7 days is required upon arrival in Grenada.

PCR test is done on the 4th day after arrival in Grenada. A Ministry of Health Clearance will be required to exit quarantine after receiving a negative test result. It can take up to 48 hours for results to be available. Yachts that have been at sea for a minimum of 4 consecutive days, with no land stop, will be permitted to test upon arrival or at the earliest available testing day. Proof of route will be required by providing GPS tracker data.

Yachts that do not register on SailClear or follow the above entry requirements will be escorted out of Grenada territorial waters.


BVI borders are closed to US tourists because of COVID restrictions...

On November 29th, The US Embassy Bridgetown advised travelers by sea, including private/charter vessel day cruises, to exercise caution when traveling near the British Virgin Islands. The Embassy said “ BVI borders are closed to US tourists because of COVID restrictions and the government is strictly adhering to its border restrictions and Covid-19 protocols. Violating current restrictions and protocols may result in criminal charges including detention with the inability to disembark, significant fines, and boat seizure.”


After much discussion internally and after consultation with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, it was decided that the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) had no option but to cancel the RORC Caribbean 600 due to take place in February.

The escalation in the spread of the new strain of COVID-19 in Europe, the state of lockdown in the UK and concern that a large number of sailors travelling to Antigua could transmit the virus to the Island were all taken into consideration when making this decision. The safety of the population of Antigua, competitors, local volunteers and RORC staff is paramount and the committee felt that this could be compromised if the race was run.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club would like to thank the Antigua and Barbuda Government for their co-operation and support and looks forward to organising the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600, which is scheduled to start on February 21, 2022.

For more information go to: http://caribbean600.rorc.org/

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Cover: Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com / Sophia Steele / Mike Kucera / Cartoon: Sarah Steenland / WCC-Tim Wright / Catherine Booker / Esteban Biondi / Chris Doyle / Christopher Kessell