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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:

St. Kitts & Nevis open only to fully vaxxed visitors

Since May, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed entry into St. Kitts & Nevis

Effective May 29th only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed entry into St. Kitts & Nevis. There are exemptions for citizens, residents, and non-vaccinated children under 18 traveling with fully vaccinated parents. Vaccinated parents traveling with a non-vaccinated child will not be allowed to integrate into the community until after the child is tested on day 14 and the test results come back negative. Visitors arriving by sea must submit Covid-19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEO 17025 standard, taken within 72 hours of travel, along with required embarkation form and all other supporting documentation...

Read more in Info & Updates pp. 5 - 7

HIYC of Cuba marks 29th anniversary

Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC) • Photo: Cubaplusmagazine.com

• On May 21st the Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC) of Cuba celebrated its 29th Anniversary. The club preserves Cuba’s maritime traditions, thanks to the collaboration and support of the international nautical community. It is a place where the bonds of friendship forged by the sea are strengthened. Breaking the isolation of Cuba from the global nautical community, HIYC has the honor of representing the most important cruising and angler associations in the world as well as holding Honorary Membership in dozens of yacht clubs and nautical institutions...

Read more in Info & Updates pp. 5 - 7

Regatta News

Carib Marine Regatta brings racing back to Philipsburg

Frits Bus with Team Island Water World was the clear winner in the Racing class, with five first places.

• Eight boats participated in the Carib Marine Regatta in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, over May 15th and 16th under excellent conditions. Frits Bus was the clear winner in the Racing class, with five first places. On the first day, there were two short races and a long one ending in Great Bay. On the second day, one long race and two short ones ended in Simpson Bay. The event was hosted on Saturday evening at Aziana restaurant in Bobby’s Marina and sponsored by Carib Marine products, a range of marine products exclusively available at Budget Marine...

Read more in Regatta News pp. 12 /13

USVI’s Team Thompson wins Invitational Regatta

First place, left to right: the USVI’s Addison Caproni, Cy Thompson and Rian Bareuther. • Photo: Dean Barnes

• Carol Bareuther reports: Sailing their own race, minimizing distractions, and clean sailing with no penalties or protests were the strategies employed by the winning teams in the second annual St. Thomas Yacht Club Invitational Regatta, held in mid-May. The USVI’s Cy Thompson’s team finished first, followed by Dave Franzel and crew from the USA in second place, and USVI’s Mike Finley and fellow sailors in third...

Read more in Regatta News pp. 12/13

Business Briefs

Balance Cats at The Multihull Company

Phillip Berman found most cruising catamarans too sluggish, and, on the other side of the spectrum, found most performance sailing catamarans not suitable for voyaging, in terms of comfort and livability. A balance was what he was seeking, which led to the brand name Balance Catamarans.

• Anne Gordon reports: In 2001, Phillip Berman, a lifelong catamaran sailor and racer, founded The Multihull Company, a brokerage exclusively for used catamarans. He was on the cutting edge of the catamaran sailing revolution. Since then, The Multihull Company has sold thousands of catamarans to sailors across the globe. It is this vast experience and the many conversations with his clients about what they longed for in a “perfectly balanced” catamaran that prompted Phil to create Balance Catamarans and immediately co-design the Balance brand with South African naval architect Anton du Toit...

Read more in Business Briefs pp. 8/9

Bigger facility for Turbulence Ltd.

Turbulence Ltd. in Grenada

• Richard Szyjan reports: Turbulence Ltd. of Grenada is happy to announce the relocation of its Clarkes Court Boatyard & Marina (CCBM) rigging department to a bigger facility within the yard...

Read more in Business Briefs pp. 8/9


Book Review by Nicola Cornwell

18 Days: A Rescue Mission, by Alexandra Palcic © 2021. Self-published. 368 pages.

• Ahoy there, dear readers! We’re back on board this month with a book written by a cruising sailor. This is Alexandra Palcic’s first published book, one in which she opens up about all that took place over 18 days in late 2020...

See review on page 27

Special thanks to the Superyacht Services Guide

Meet the Adventurous Sailors & Team behind Caribbean Compass! Congratulations to the team at Caribbean Compass, who have proudly celebrated their Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary Year these last 12 months...

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Inaugural Windward 500 Offshore Race An Innovative Low-Carbon Event

• The Caribbean Ocean Racing Club (CORC) presented the Windward 500 offshore yacht race as proof that variant events can contribute to diversity and work alongside premier offshore races and regattas in the Caribbean. The Windward 500’s novel race format — each boat starts at its own homeport within the Windward Islands, and the first yacht to sail the designated course and return to its homeport wins the race — including experimental rules and ratings, virtual race management, and remote competitor reporting — was also a race with a purpose...

• Small Photo above: The happy crew of second place winner, Sweet Janina from SVG. • Main Photo: Overall winner J/121 Whistler of Barbados, racing last year at Grenada Sailing Week. • Photo Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com

See story on page 14


• Small Photo above: The rescue made the front page of the New York Times. • Main Photo: A postcard of the SS Antilles in her heyday.

Part Two: Charter and Local Boats coming to the Rescue

• Fifty years ago, the 568-foot passenger liner SS Antilles ran aground, began to take on water and then caught fire off the Grenadine island of Mustique. Although vessels from the US Coast Guard and French and British navies were diverted to the area, it was local boats and charter yachts closer to the scene that rescued all of the Antilles’ passengers after they had abandoned ship and were drifting helplessly in lifeboats and rafts on the night of January 8th, 1971.…

See story on page 26

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This Month in Pictures:

Sailing Eastward Along Puerto Rico’s South Coast Puerto Real to Vieques

• by Don Street • Are you among the sailors who plan to come from the east coast of North America to the Caribbean in the fall via the “Thornless Path” rather than sailing offshore directly to the Lesser Antilles? Here is some advice to make the trip easier and more enjoyable...

See story on pp. 20/21

• Small Photo above • Photo David Broad • You can anchor off the town of Esperanza on Vieques. •• Main Photo: Marina Pescaderia • Get a good night’s sleep at Boquerón.

See story on pp. 20/21

Cruising Through the Pandemic

Part One: Grenada to St. Lucia

by Chris Doyle • Here in Vermont, USA, as I watch how effectively and rapidly the state is reaching 80 percent of the population being vaccinated against Covid-19 and I see people relaxing their mask wearing, bars opening late again, and things generally returning to normal, I feel a sense of relief as I think back to my 2019-2020 sailing season in the Windwards. I spent about a month and half of that time in quarantine or in quarantine-related activities, masks were the norm ashore, and every time I moved it was test, test, test. Picking up and dropping off crew provided an extra challenge...

• All Photos: Chris Doyle • Small Photo above: Kitesurfing in Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines • Main Photo: I was in extended quarantine in Grenada when the perfect St. George’s rainbow appeared.
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau

See story on pp. 18/19


Part 2: Sea Plumes and Sea Rods

Caribbean Sea Plumes show their beautiful purple colors when polyps are retracted. • All photos: Darelle Snyman

by Darelle Snyman • This month we continue with the beautiful gorgonian corals, whose name has its roots in Greek mythology. These delicate corals are named after the Gorgons, three terrifying sisters, with Medusa being the most famous, who had venomous, writhing snakes for hair. These monstrous beings were mainly known for their ability to turn anyone that dared to stare at them into stone. The statues of these unfortunate souls were then displayed in front of the Gorgons’ cave as a warning...

Main Photo: The Bent Sea Rods typically have large, candelabra-shaped colonies...

See story on page 31

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!

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Cover Photo: Richard Sherman/www.richardshermanphotography.com | Chris Doyle | Cubaplusmagazine.com | David Broad | Marina Pedscaderia | Tim Wright/www.photoaction.com | Darelle Snyman