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

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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:

For yachts sailing to Cuba

Boats tied at canal in Marina Hemingway.

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...

Read in Info & Updates pp. 5 / 6 / 7

USVI Spring Yacht Show next month

At the USVI Spring Show, 20 to 30 yachts will tie stern-to along the Charlotte Amalie waterfront, which has been recently renovated with new cleats and fendering.

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...

Read more in Business Briefs pp. 8 / 9

Major step toward Blue Economy for five OECS states

Anse Cochon. St. Lucia is one of the five OECS member states that have begun validating Coastal and Marine Spatial Plans. • Photo: Chris Doyle

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...

See ECO News pp. 10 / 11

New Windward 500 offshore series

Competitors finish at their start island — no return deliveries or flights needed.

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...

See Regatta News 12 /13

Antigua Classics 2021 Cancelled & Antigua Sailing Week 2021 cancelled

Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classics looking forward to 2022! • Photo: WWW.SAILINGWEEK.COM

See Regatta News 12 /13


Lining up for vaccination in St. Croix, USVI

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...

See story on page 18

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.

John and Kylie: Nature took its course and we were blessed with two wonderful children — first Kylie. • Main Photo: Ron was always compatible with everyone on board.
We took her out for a test sail. It didn’t take but a few minutes for us all to fall totally in love.

See story on page 22

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This Month in Pictures:


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

See Regatta News 12 /13

Photo: James Mitchell


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

Master Shipwright Juan Guerrero of Sarteneja building Zayann.

See story on page 19


• 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.

Photo above: The Harlequin Bass’s appearance and agility is reminiscent of a court jester.rom the safety of a crevice.

See story on page 28

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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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Cover photo: Hauke Dressler/www.robertharding.com / Chris Doyle / WCC/Clare Pengelly / James Mitchell / Virgin Island Consortium/Viconsortium.com / Edward Le Rouvre