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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:

Mermaid of Carriacou January 1968 – July 2021

• Cover painting: Bruce Smith •

John relaxing next to Mermaid. • Photo: Jerry Johnson

by Sally Erdle • The Carriacou sloop Mermaid of Carriacou, launched in 1968, sank late on the afternoon of July 18th, 2021, after leaving the shipyard in La Ceiba, Honduras, where she had undergone extensive repairs. According to her owner and captain, John Smith, while the engineless wooden sloop was being towed from the yard through a shoal-filled zig-zag entrance to open water earlier that day, Mermaid ran aground twice. Pumps and buckets couldn’t keep up with the resulting leaks, and she went down in deep water at 15°56.3539N, 86°52.1166W, some 12 miles south of the island of Utila. John and his two crew were rescued after dark by Utila Search & Rescue...

See Story on page 19

Info & Updates

Regional system to strengthen maritime security
Basseterre, St. Kitts. The Eastern Caribbean region is highly dependent on the maritime space for its economic survivability.Photo: Chris Doyle

Safer seaports and wider maritime spaces in the Eastern Caribbean are anticipated once the Regional and National Maritime Security Strategies currently being formulated by the Regional Security System (RSS) are implemented...

Read more in Info & Updates on page 5

Caribbean Eco News

Antigua group developing marine conservation programme
Antigua Sea Turtle Project team members measuring a nesting Green Turtle.Photo: Ashton Williams

The Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) reports: The EAG is pleased to launch the Antigua Marine Conservation Programme (AMCP). This programme, supported by the Team Antigua Atlantic Rowers and rooted in the best available science, will take a full ecosystem approach to sea turtle conservation, focusing on protecting the species we have all come to know and love by taking care of them and the habitats they call their home...

See story on page 10


Book Review by Blossom Browne

Adventures of a Pirate Girl: Hitchhiking the High Seas, by Davina Menduno
©2021. Wildgeese Communications, 286 pages. ISBN 978-1-7371327-0-7 (trade paperback), ISBN 978-1-7371327-1-4 (eBook)

Here be dragons...” said the old charts about potentially dangerous unexplored regions, and Davina Menduno has risked the dragons by writing this sailing memoir. If Liesbet Colleart broke barriers in the cruising memoir genre by writing openly and honestly about the “sea trials” of her liveaboard marriage in the recently published Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary, Davina has gone further into uncharted waters with her sex-forward account of being a single young female boat-hopper with a lively libido, replete with unabashed accounts of hot encounters on the high seas. And she’s not kidding about “high” seas, either...

See review on page 25

Regatta News

Caribbean Multihull Challenge adds a sprint
Photo: Caribbean Multihulls

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club has announced that the Notice of Race for the fourth edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) is now online and registrations for the regatta are open. The dates for the event are February 4th through 6th, 2022.

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club has announced that the Notice of Race for the fourth edition of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) is now online and registrations for the regatta are open. The dates for the event are February 4th through 6th, 2022.

The CMC continues to grow and innovate. New in 2022 is a race within a race — a 60-nautical-mile sprint from Simpson Bay in St. Maarten upwind to St. Barth, and then a reach over to the French island of Tintamarre, where the racers will turn downwind in the famous Anguilla Channel to the western end of St. Maarten, and upwind again to the finish in Simpson Bay. The sprint is open to any CMC-registered yacht that can finish the course in six hours or less...

Read more in Regatta News page 12

Storm Anchoring in the Caribbean

• by David Lyman with the help of a few fellow sailors • The height of hurricane season is upon us, and Don Street, Larry Tyler and I have been kicking around what gear and techniques we’ve used to survive hurricanes at anchor in the islands. This is far from a definitive report, and much has been published on the topic previously in Compass and elsewhere, but we felt that a reminder or two might be helpful.

Anchorages like Ste. Anne in Martinique are popular. But in the event of a big blow, where do you want to be?

Besides, this was a good excuse for the three of us to swap stories — and you’ll notice we often don’t agree. • Anchoring techniques in a hurricane • If you would be at anchor in the event of a big blow, where — in which harbor, cove or roadstead — would you want to be? What’s the bottom like there? What’s the storm’s track?

Read story on pp. 22/23

Paul Erling Johnson:

A Tribute •1938 – June 28, 2021
• Photo: Kirsty Morrison • Paul Johnson and his cat.

Paul Johnson was a man of mythic proportions, one who was dealt more than his share of charisma. To those of us who got to know him — well, he was, on the one hand a real-life down-to-earth character, a friend, and a mentor, and on the other hand a man who rose above the status reserved for human beings to a higher plane...

See page 33

St. Maarten Opti Championship next month

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club will host its 16th annual St. Maarten Optimist Championship on October 30th and 31st. This year, the event will continue to offer exciting sailing, excellent prizes and trophies, and much more fun! Photo: SMYC

See Regatta News on page 12

The Sky from Mid-September to Mid-october

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles

I’m feeling very still

And I think my spaceship knows which way to go

Far above the moon

Planet Earth is blue

— “Space Oddity” (1969), David Bowie

by Jim Ulik • The above lyric excerpts reference Major Tom and the difficulties he experienced adrift during his mission to the stars. Bowie’s interest in science fiction and fascination with 2001: A Space Odyssey led him to write “Space Oddity.” The song was released a few days before the Apollo 11 mission and Eagle’s setting down on the surface of the Moon...

Photo: From Earth’s perspective at around 1900 hours Saturn appears to be near to the Moon as asteroid 342843 Davidbowie passes by. • Photo Jim Ulik

See story on pp. 26/27

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This Month in Pictures:

Roatan to Rio Dulce: Lightning, Water Spouts, Dolphins & Rainbows

• Small Photo: The dock staff appreciated JoAnne’s special thank-you cake for all their assistance. • Main Photo: We anchored in front of Nanajuana Marina, where a spectacular rainbow was on display... • Photos: J& B Harris

by JoAnne & Bill Harris • After we and our cruising buddies Sabina and Paul on Chat-Eau took our very first ever Covid PCR tests, which thankfully had negative results, we checked out of Roatan and Ultra was soon Rio Dulce bound for our third visit. The weather was expected to be calm so we fueled up in preparation to motor most of the way. Although the passage from Roatan, Honduras, to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, is just an overnight sail, it can by super easy or super wicked, depending on weather. We had experienced it both ways...

See story on pp.14/15


Keeping the Yacht Races Alive

Thanks to Frank Pearce, Sally O’Regan and Lorraine Seatle for information in this report. • The end of July and the first of August is regatta time in Carriacou. For those readers not in the know, Carriacou is a smaller sister island to Grenada, with a population of about 9,000 and a strong tradition of building wooden sailing cargo and fishing vessels.

Back in the 1960s a Jamaican yachtsman and owner of the Mermaid Tavern, J. Linton Rigg, commissioned the building of the Carriacou sloop Mermaid of Carriacou (see story on page 19) and encouraged the local sloop owners to race. The Carriacou Regatta was born...

The skippers’ briefing was held on July 29th 2021 at the Lambie Queen bar and restaurant. Three days of racing followed. Fifteen yachts, including six multi-hulls, took part in Race One...

• All Photos: Gill Douch • Main Photo: The turnout showed that sailors were eager to get back out on the race course. • Small Photo above: Spirit of Everest, winner of races two and three in the multihulls.
After placing behind Chao Lay on days one and two, Galatea emerged victorious in the final race.

See story on page 13

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.
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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

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Cover Painting: Bruce Smith | Jerry Johnson | Chris Doyle | Caribbean Multihulls | SMYC | Gill Douch | J & B Harris | Jim Ulik | Wilfred Dederer