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Come, Service your Yacht in Trinidad and Tobago

North Western Trinidad © InvesTT
North Western Trinidad © InvesTT
Las Cuevas at low tide © Chris Anderson
Las Cuevas at low tide © Chris Anderson
View of Chaguaramas Bay © visitTrinidad
View of Chaguaramas Bay © visitTrinidad


Trinidad and Tobago’s strategic geographic location below the hurricane belt positions the country as an attractive location over other territories in the region for storage, repair and maintenance services. During the Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1 to November 30), some Caribbean islands are affected by devastating tropical storms and hurricanes, however, Trinidad and Tobago’s location, just south of the hurricane belt, offers shelter and protection for cruisers and yacht owners.


Located in the northwestern peninsula of Trinidad, Chaguaramas is a busy commercial port and is the main hub for yachting activities in Trinidad and Tobago. Chaguaramas boasts of some of the best repair facilities in the Caribbean. Boatyards and marinas are equipped with advanced machinery and equipment to undertake repair and maintenance services of vessels of various sizes, including haul-out services. Staff are also highly trained, skilled and experienced to undertake technical work.

Safely launched at Peake Yacht Services - photo © Bruce Amlicke
Safely launched at Peake Yacht Services – photo © Bruce Amlicke

Boatyards and marinas attract vessels from various countries internationally and in the Caribbean due to their world-class repair services and competitive pricing. Products and services offered at these boatyards include, but are not limited to repairs and maintenance (fiberglass work, welding, woodwork, upholstery services, sail making, electronics and electrical work, mechanical services, painting and rigging, propeller repairs, signs and engraving, tank cleaning, refrigeration, air conditioning), marina services (hospitality services, haul-out facilities, storage facilities and dock spaces) and other services (retail shops, travel agencies and readily available spare parts).

Leopard 44 at Peake Yacht Services - photo © Bruce Amlicke
Leopard 44 at Peake Yacht Services – photo © Bruce Amlicke

Some of the larger boatyards located at Chaguaramas are listed below (Source: YSATT):

Coral Cove:

  • Project Management, Fiberglass Repair, Tank Cleaning, Mechanical Supplies, Marine Hardware, Upholstery, Chandlery and Paint Supplies.
  • Address: 125 Western Main Road
    Telephone: 1(868) 634-2040

Peake Yacht Services

  • Rigging, Marine and Insurance Surveyors, Sails and Canvas, Paint Supplies, Hydraulics, Woodworking, Propeller Repair, Welding and Fabrication, Metal Work, Air Conditioning, Engine Repair, Polishing, Osmosis Blister Repair, Antifouling and Bottom Painting and Machinists.
  • Address: Lot 5 Western Main Road
    Telephone: 1(868) 634-4420, 1(868) 634-4423
    Email: [email protected] peakeyachts.com

Power Boats

  • Electricians, Mechanical Supplies, Marine Hardware, Paint and Varnish Repair, Osmosis Blister Repair, Polishing, Dinghy and Bicycle Repair, Metal Work, Sails and Canvas, Engine Repair, Woodworking, Winch Repair, Outboard Engine Mechanics, Tour Service, Paint and Varnish Finishers, Plumbing and Electronics.
  • Address: P.O. Box 3163,
    Carenage, Trinidad W.I.
    Telephone: 1(868) 634-4303
    Email: [email protected] www.powerboats.co.tt
Yacht in the cradle at Peake Yacht Services - photo © Bruce Amlicke
Yacht in the cradle at Peake Yacht Services – photo © Bruce Amlicke

For a more detailed listing of the services available in each boatyard, see www.ysatt.com/services-table.php.


Marinas and Accommodation

Trinidad and Tobago ideally caters to all yachting needs within a convenient one-mile radius. To facilitate this, there are several marinas and hotels located in the Chaguaramas area that provide different types of services, including storage, accommodation and hospitality yachting for visitors. The three main hotels in the area are Chaquacabana, Crews Inn Hotel & Yachting Centre and Coral Cove Marina Hotel. Each hotel offers visitors a suite of hospitality services including restaurants, coffee shops, Wi-Fi, and other amenities for cruisers’ comfort.

Some of the major hotels located at Chaguaramas are listed below:


Address and Contact

Crews Inn Hotel & Yachting Centre

Point Gourde, Chaguaramas
Telephone: 1(868)-607-4000
Email: [email protected]
Link: www.crewsinn.com

Coral Cove Marina Hotel

125 Western Main Road
Telephone: 1(868) 634-2040, 1(868)634-2244
Fax: 1(868)634-2248


Western Main Rd, Chaguaramas
Telephone: 1(868)634-4319
Email: [email protected]

The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago (YSATT)

The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago (YSATT) is a non-profit organization established in 1994 by the boatyards and marinas in the Western Peninsular of Trinidad, to facilitate the growth and development of the Yachting sector in Trinidad and Tobago. YSATT is the umbrella body for information in the sector for both local stakeholders and foreign visitors.

Tourist Attractions

Trinidad and Tobago is home to a multiplicity of attractive activities that visitors can be immersed in all year long. Activities range from hiking, nature trails, tours of heritage sites, beaches, festivals etc. The possibilities for fun and recreation are endless. Visitors can dock their vessels at any of the many boatyards or marinas available in Chaguaramas and enjoy all the diverse attractions that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer.

For those cruisers who do not wish to vacation or stay in Trinidad and Tobago, the twin island nation is also an ideal one-stop-shop for refueling, provisioning or undertaking any repairs required before continuing along to another destination. Although a twin island state, both Trinidad and Tobago offer unique experiences.

Things to Do: Trinidad

Trinidad offers a wide range of activities that cater to every preference. There are many nature tours and hikes within close proximity to Chaguaramas, such as the abandoned Tracking Station, Bamboo Cathedral and Gasparee Caves. For the adventure seeker, Macqueripe Bay, also located in Chaguaramas, has a zip line adventure through the rainforest, as well as over the Bay. In addition, there is the Five Islands Water & Amusement Park. Trinidad’s coastline hosts a wide array of spectacular beaches with pristine waters. A favourite is the Maracas Bay, which is a short 30-minute drive through the mountainous and lush Northern Range from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago.

Gasparee Caves1 - photo © visitTrinidad
Gasparee Caves1 – photo © visitTrinidad
Macqueripe Bay1 - photo © Zip-ITT Adventure Tours
Macqueripe Bay1 – photo © Zip-ITT Adventure Tours

For more information on things to do and places to visit in Trinidad, please click the link at visittrinidad.tt.

Things to Do: Tobago

Tobago, on the other hand, is located 20 miles from Trinidad. To get to Tobago from Trinidad, visitors can sail to Tobago or they can remain docked at their boatyard or marina and board a short flight with Caribbean Airlines (the national airline) to Tobago. Alternatively, there is also an inter-island ferry service that can be used to journey to Tobago. Both modes of transportation are very efficient and quite cost-effective.

Tobago is home to the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere and is a bird watcher’s paradise. For tourists interested in diving and snorkeling, Tobago’s reefs are rich in biodiversity. Popular spots that satisfy these hobbies include Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool, Pigeon Point and Little Tobago.

Exploring Trinidad

Pigeon Point1 - photo © visitTobago
Pigeon Point1 – photo © visitTobago
Buccoo Bay1 - photo © visitTobago
Buccoo Bay1 – photo © visitTobago
Nylon Pool swimming - photo © visittobago
Nylon Pool swimming – photo © visittobago
Little Tobago - photo © visitTobago
Little Tobago – photo © visitTobago

For more information on Tobago please visit the link at visittobago.gov.tt.

Make Trinidad and Tobago Your Next Stop:

It’s no secret that Trinidad and Tobago is a yachting haven. It is the perfect spot for yacht visitors desirous of undertaking repairs and maintenance on their vessels or those searching for the ideal vacation destination. If cruisers are searching for a mixture of business and entertainment or to simply wait out the Atlantic Hurricane season, Trinidad and Tobago is definitely the place to be.

For more information on entry requirements for cruisers, visit the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago on the following platforms:

Additionally, you can contact Jesse James at +1 (868) 683-5202 and Sharon Rose at +1 (868) 757-0139.

For accommodation and boatyard information, visit the following:

Download the Trinidad and Tobago: Travel Guide App and check out their Facebook page for more information: facebook.com/exploretrinidad

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Rum Review: Kuna 8 Year Old – Panama


The “newly arrived” rum immediately caught our eyes at our local supplier. An indigenous tribal head adorned the white box with eyes that drew us in wanting to know if he was evil or friendly. Here’s hoping Kuna 8 year old is friendly.

In researching the rum, it’s clear we found another rum cloaked in mystery. Lookout Beverages Group LTD markets Kuna along with Emperor and Canaoak Rums. The company is based in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. They have been in business since 2014 and began exporting their rums worldwide in 2016. The company’s website has a lot of fluff in its ‘About Us’ section around marrying tradition with innovation, however, there are no verbs to explain either. Founder and CEO Christophe Aulner does say that it’s their “unique finishes” which sets their rums apart from the others.

Kuna refers to a tribe and one of Panama’s oldest communities. In this complex world, they have maintained their tribal identity, balancing life free from the complexities of modern society. Their customs are passed down to the younger generation through dance, song, and storytelling. It’s this slower pace of life that Lookout is trying to convey in their rum. 

Kuna is a blend of “superb matured rums from Panama’s best reserves.” From whom Lookout Group is getting their rum from is not disclosed. The blend is aged six to eight years in small American white oak bourbon barrels, less than 52 gallons, then an additional six months in Grand Cru de Bordeaux barrels. The type of still is not disclosed nor whether it is bottled using a solera method or from a single cask.

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He Said 

The nose definitely has a bourbon note with undertones of oak. There is also fruit floral that sits under the bourbon. On the palate, I continue to get a bourbon feel. While I find there are slight hints of dates, and raisins, the overall note is a smooth-aged bourbon. There is very little sweetness and nothing much to explore. The finish is long and satisfying, inviting me back for more. This is not your typical rum.

She Said

The very light honey liquid hugs the glass with tiny lacing which eventually gives way to fat droplets. The rum has a strong nose with notes of crisp, sweet apples picked right off the tree. The taste surprised me because I was ready for the alcohol burn but there was none. For a minute I get a hint of cinnamon but that quickly gives way to boot leather. I agree with Clint, there is very little sweetness to this rum and the finish is long and satisfying.

Overall Rum Review of Kuna 8 Year Old

Based on the age and color, we were completely prepared to not like Kuna. But to our surprise, the uniqueness of the rum is quite enjoyable, although Terry wanted a little more sweetness. It’s well worth the $35/bottle price point.

4.5 of 5

About Clint and Terry: We have sampled many a dram over our 33 years of marriage and quite often we don’t fully agree. Could be the difference is male/female taste buds. Or, somebody is just wrong.

Laundry Done at Leisure

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Learn to Pilot a Submersible


There’s a new way to build your yacht crew resume. Earn a submersible pilot’s certification. Far from a daydream, this expertise could soon be in high demand. The doubly good news is that there is now a training facility in the Caribbean.

“The submersibles market is a new market,” says Sophy Willemsen, marketing and communication executive for Netherlands-based manufacturer, U-Boat Worx. “Everyone knows submarines but having a submersible for leisure is a completely new idea. Our company started 17 years ago and at the start, we were mainly busy with developing high-quality mini submersibles. As pioneers, it was unknown to many people, but we did see a high demand in the research field straight away. Nowadays we also see a higher demand in the yachting industry. A NEMO 2-seater for example, our series model, takes up the same space as two jet skis. So yes, this makes a submersible the new ‘must-have’ for private and charter yachts.”

© Tom Van Ossanen 2020
© Tom Van Ossanen 2020

Submersible Pilot Training Facility

It’s the recreational popularity of these submersibles, along with a more reasonable than in the past price tag averaging US $600,000, that is leading the demand for trained drivers to pilot these craft. To this end, U-Boat Worx is the first in the world to open a submersible training center, and the company did so in 2019 with their Sub Center Curacao, in Willemstad.

“We chose this location because of the deep reefs around the island. It’s a hotspot for divers because of the multiple species of coral and fish. And with the collaboration with Adrien ‘Dutch’ Schrier, a well-known Caribbean entrepreneur and diving expert, this location was an easy choice,” says Willemsen.

Launch and Recovery. © Tom Van Ossanen 2020
Launch and Recovery. © Tom Van Ossanen 2020

There are five courses available, starting with the Introduction Pilot Course (IPC). Anyone can learn some of the basics of becoming a submersible pilot in this 1-day course. It starts with a brief classroom session followed by three submersible dives under the supervision of the pilot instructor. No certificate is issued, but the experience is definitely worthwhile and it’s a good test to see if you want to go further and learn more. Next up in difficulty is the Supervised Pilot Course (SPC). You’ll learn about the most exciting aspects of operating a submersible including buoyancy control, maneuvering, navigation, communication, and critical safety procedures, and take 13 dives. In the end, you receive a Supervised Pilot Certificate, where you can make dives under the supervision of the chief pilot. The third of the courses to provide experience is the Private Pilot Course (PPC), with 12 days, 21-dives, and 6 theory exams. Tuition for these ranges from US $4,200 for the IPC to US $26,500 for the PPC.

© Tom Van Ossanen 2020
Sub Center Curaçao © Tom Van Ossanen 2020

The two other courses the Center offers are those designed for professional certification. These are the Surface Officer Course (SOC), which is 10 days, 4 dives, and 7 theory exams, and then to the most highly technical Chief Pilot Course (CPC), which lasts 16 days, 24-dives and 7 exams. At the end of this, you’ll be able to make your own dives solo, or with passengers. Tuition for these is US $15,500 and US $31,000.

“This availability of this training, which lowers the bar to entry by not having to own your own submersible to learn, is creating a lot of enthusiasm. There are pilots now who are excited to work in this field either freelance or full-time. And some submersible customers now feel comfortable knowing there are trained pilots available to drive them,” says Roy Heydra, U-boat Worx marketing manager.

© Tom Van Ossanen 2020
© Tom Van Ossanen 2020

Sea More

Unlike their larger counterparts, i.e., fully autonomous submarines, submersible’s fit only a few passengers, are relatively short in range, and require a source of support, like a yacht, to repower and replenish breathable gasses. The latter limitations are hardly drawbacks for the chance to stay dry, roam typically further than snorkel or scuba allow, and explore the deep like a modern-day Jules Verne. 

“In my opinion, you take all the good parts from snorkeling and diving, like the freedom that you have and the view that you have and the weightlessness that you experience, minus all the bad parts like the pressure, cold, decompression, and difficulty breathing, and that equals what a submersible experience offers,” says Heydra. “You’re sitting in the same environmental pressure as there is at the surface, although you may be at 300 feet, and limited only by your battery power, which can operate for up to 8 hours. Plus, you stay dry.”

In addition to U-Boat Worx, Triton Submarines in Florida, USA; DeepFlight and SEAmagine, both in California, USA; and Silvercrest Submarines and Subeo, in the UK, are other manufacturers of leisure market submersibles. 

Predive. © Tom Van Ossanen 2020
Predive. © Tom Van Ossanen 2020

On the Horizon

Perhaps the next type of pilot certification Sub Center Curacao will offer is for U-Boat Worx 1,250-ton, 123-foot-long yacht submarine, the Nautilus. The company debuted its designs for this yet-to-be-built craft that functions as a superyacht and a submersible at the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show. Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea fiction may soon be fact.

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Haul & Launch Suggestions


Invariably, our clients haul or launch their yachts or otherwise prep them for use or layup. A significant percentage ask us for tips, and we have accumulated some ideas over the years to pass along.


Before the Launch

Inspect the BottomRule number one: Whilst working on the hull, always have yard employees move stands and chains, straps, and blocking. Do a thorough inspection of all the through-hull fittings above and below the waterline and ensure all through-hulls are clear. Make sure you exercise them regularly, so they operate smoothly throughout their full range. Make sure soft wood plugs are tied to the fitting for emergency use.

Zincs – Sacrificial zinc anodes attached to the hull and underwater parts should be removed prior to painting. Prepare metal surfaces or attachment points until clean and bright before you replace the zincs. 

Transducers and Running Gear – Underwater transducers for depth sounders, fish finders and knot meters should be carefully inspected. The same for propellers and shafts. Spin the shaft and check for damage and straightness. Inspect swim step supports, trim tabs, thruster grates and boarding ladders. 

Rudders and Steering – Check the rudders for smooth operation from stop to stop. Inspect support struts. Check shaft and rudder bearings for wear. Check outdrive/Saildrive flexible bellows mounted between the drive unit and the transom for age-related or other deterioration. Inspect them carefully! Failed bellows are a major cause of sinking. Inspect lower units for oil leaks and change the oil. Don’t forget the plug! If the exhaust ports were plugged to keep critters out, remove the plugs. If the hull has a garboard or other drain plug, be sure it’s in place and tightened securely before launch.

Exhausting All Hope!

Bonaire Boatyard
Bonaire Boatyard

Inside the Boat

Hull Fittings and Steering – Ensure all seacocks operate smoothly. Inspect every strainer. Pull the removeable knot meter paddle and give it a spin while watching the gauge to ensure it works. Operate the steering gear from stop to stop. Inspect all hydraulic and/or mechanical components.

Clamps and Hoses – Inspect hoses attached to all pumps, seacocks, and through-hulls. Replace soft, bulging, hardened, cracked, or damaged hoses. Enure hose clamps are in good shape and free of rust. Double clamps on all hoses are encouraged.

Bilge Pumps and High-water Alarms – When inspecting the bilges from stem to stern, lift every float switch to confirm your bilge pumps and high-water alarms operate properly.

Engine systems and Batteries – Check and replace zincs and impellers in engine and generator cooling systems. Check every drive belts. Mufflers and exhaust systems should be inspected for leaks or deterioration and corrosion-free condition of double hose clamps. Clean battery terminals, install terminal post covers. Ensure batteries are fully charged and are securely fixed in place, preferably in a  covered battery box.

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During the Launch

Monitor your boat – Boatyards are busy places. Yard staff may not check for leaks after the splash. You, or someone who knows your boat, should immediately board her after she is launched.

Engine and Bilge – As soon as the boat is in the water, go below and check for leaks. Ensure the engine seawater intake seacock is fully opened. With the engine running, check for exhaust water flow. Watch the temperature gauge to make sure the engine’s cooling system is working.

For Sailboats – If your sailboat’s mast was un-stepped, most yards will step it when the boat is in the water. Be sure all turnbuckles are secured with cotter pins after the rig has been tuned.

When your boat is on her mooring or in her slip, spend some time checking everything before you depart on your first cruise. Start on the foredeck and work your way aft before going below.

Anchors and Mooring Lines – Ensure the anchor and rode are secured properly and ready to use. If there’s a windlass, make sure it works properly. Look over mooring lines and fenders, and the mooring bridle if the boat is kept on a mooring.

Deck Chores – Ensure pulpits, wire lifelines, stanchions and ladders are secure and in good repair. Ensure the running and anchor lights work. Set up deck canvas and check for leaks. Secure windows, portlights and hatches and give the boat a thorough washing. As soon as you’re done, go below and look for leaks.

Check Your Shore Power – Before you plug into shore power, inspect both ends of the cord and the onboard connection point for signs of heat damage.

Electrical and Mechanical – Start engines and generators and warm them up thoroughly. Check battery voltage; a 12-volt system charges at about 14 volts. Inspect fuel, cooling and exhaust systems for leaks. 

Water Tanks and Water Heater – If the domestic water and waste systems were winterized, drain and flush. Reconnect disconnected fittings. Check the LPG/CNG system. Turn on the gas and light the burners on the appliance. Then close and close to test the various supply and burner valves to ensure they function properly. Check for leaks.

Sail Rig Inspection – A Quick “How-To”

Check your owners’ manual for other maintenance items.

The content herein is provided as general information and is not intended to act as, amend, replace, alter or modify advice given by a marine surveyor or loss control specialist. As a prudent insurance buyer, you should consult your agent, broker, or other insurance professional with questions about your insurance needs

The Paradox of Yacht Racing


There are two types of blow-boaters—cruising sailors who savor the experience of being at sea and yacht racers who rush to get it over with. Most top international racers wouldn’t be caught dead delivering their racing boat. I’ve crewed on maxi yachts that have a ‘guy on starter switch’ to crank the diesel the instant the horn is heard at the finish line—as if the thought of sailing a few extra seconds is so abhorrent that they dare not chance it. 

These are two different worlds. The cruisers have dedicated their lives to escaping the rat race. But the racers believe they can win it—that the other rats are really dumb and totally suck at finding cheese. And, thus, these highly-motivated, goal-oriented, brimming-with-confidence racers usually do win!

Ah, the power of a positive mental attitude! America’s Cup sailor Ted Turner—affectionally dubbed the Mouth from the South—didn’t give up when the Congress of the United States passed a law discouraging the use of satellite dishes in the news business. In fact, Ted pretended that he didn’t know about the prohibition—then built three or four of these giant satellite dishes at great expense, burst into tears, and frantically petitioned the Fat Cats in Congress to allow him to commission his ‘mistakenly constructed devices’ if they wanted to get even fatter. 

Thus, CNN was born—and Ted handily won the America’s Cup at the same time. 

Racers are often rich. Cruising sailors are often so poor that they scour marina dumpsters for discarded cans of WD-40 in hopes of ‘getting lucky’ by finding a can with a few more squirts left. 

Racers, of course, have a whole ‘nother idea of what ‘getting lucky’ means. 

Just look at the spouses if you want visual clues. Cruising spouses tend to be pear-shaped and carry their weight low-in-the-thigh while racing spouses tend to be narrow waisted, small-butted, and carry extra floatation built-right-in. (There’s a reason in WWII why sailors named their PFDs after the buxom Mae West.) 

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Racers measure the longevity of their delicate, hi-tech, hybrid sails in the number of tacks. Penny-pinching cruisers wonder how many circs they can squeeze from their low-tech vanilla Dacron rags… haphazardly made by Lee of Hong Kong. Ditto, Dyneme versus polyester. Racers measure their stretch with a micrometer; cruisers use a yardstick as they mutter to their Euro buddies, “What’s a meter or two of stretch amongst friends?”

Now I have a confession to make, dear reader—the marine community has a few brain-addled, bipolar members and I’m one. That’s right, I’ve got a foot in both camps. One minute aboard my cruising sailboat I can sail to Antigua Sailing Week with mis-trimmed rags, while practicing mindfulness on my serene foredeck. But then, after the starting gun goes off, I can begin acting like a speed-crazed IMS Nazi with the best of ‘em!

Yes, what happens on the race course, stays on the race course—otherwise no new racer would return. That’s right—in the ‘80s I was cursed out and called stupid, very stupid, and f’n stupid by half the hot racers in the Caribbean during a race, all of whom would later hug me and scream, “…may our blessed friendship endure forever, Fatty!” while ashore. 

Talk ‘bout Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!

Competition, of course, is at the very core of yacht racing. It’s no wonder that Dennis Conner was a backgammon champion—and would bet on the flip of coin hastily plucked from a dead man’s eye. (Do you think, dear reader, that it’s possible, from a journalistic viewpoint, to be too tough on Dennis the Menace—who was, at the end, just another world-class sportsman who couldn’t see his toes? Maybe? Maybe not? Me, I dunno.)

So why do otherwise sane individuals buy racing boats and begin to terrify their rapidly-diminishing circle of friends each weekend?

Wait—you want me to be serious for a moment? 

Here’s the truth as my pea-brain perceives it: different people relax in different ways. Some folks relax from their competitive jobs by searching out peaceful, non-competitive, individual tasks that encourage self-reflection. But others want to experience an entirely different way to be competitive while using the exact same skills they’ve honed in the boardrooms of the most powerful corporations in the world. 

Winning the America’s Cup or a Wednesday Nite Beer Can race at your local yacht club involve many of the identical skills as conquering Wall Street does—honing a highly competitive, highly motivated team with divergent skills that can work towards a common goal. Teams have to understand the racing rules—and the unwritten social rules as well. Getting in sync with the race committee and the judges are equally important. 

JFK and Jackie watching the America’s Cup in Newport, early 1960s.
JFK and Jackie watching the America’s Cup in Newport, early 1960s.

The boat is all-important—even the best sailors can’t win with a poorly-designed boat. The boat must be designed to be fast, and then built to be fast. 

Ditto, it’s rig. 

Ditto, it’s sails. 

All these components must not only be massaged with hundreds and thousands of dollar bills—but they must have been built by teams of players that were all functioning at a high level. 

Does money play a part? Of course, you can’t win at the top level with empty pockets. But money is just one factor. Yes, the America’s Cup was traditionally won by the NYYC because it had both deeper pockets and, ahem, a more flexible approach to the rules of its competitors—but not always. 

When high-school drop-out Ben Lexcen drew the first winged keel in 1982, he didn’t glue it onto the best-funded boat—far from it. Nonetheless, Australia II won the Cup in 1983.

Ditto, when Peter Blake raised money for Kiwi Magic by hustling red socks door-to-door in 1995, he trashed Stars and Stripes 5-0 with a boat that was built and campaigned on only a fraction of the American team’s spare-no-expense budget. 

It isn’t mere excellence in any one area that wins yacht races—it is excellence in nearly all areas—and shoddiness in none—that wins. 

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And there’s timing. It isn’t enough to win more races, you have to win more of the races when they count!

The Kiwis are famous for peaking at the right moment. While Dennis Conner’s “No Excuse to Lose” might have once been the motto of a winning team, we now know that hard work, determination, and mega bucks can only go so far. 

Timing, in life and on the race course, counts too. 

And there’s tactics as well. At some point, two vessels and their crews face each other and both have to pick the side of the course they want—pick wrong and you won’t be first to the windward mark and, thus, statistically, you lose. 

Does luck ever enter in? Of course! But luck isn’t the predominate  factor—it is how a crew respond to that luck that ultimately carries the day. 

And that’s why the AC is a series of races staged over a number of days—not a single race. 

Thus, yacht racing and corporate success go hand-in-glove. In fact, even in the Caribbean, it is hard to parse the difference between the two. 

And in a way, yacht racing is crazy. Peter Holmberg, the USVI Olympic medalist, might be the winningest sailor the Caribbean has ever produced. But at the time same time (and, in a sense, for the same reason) he’s lost more races that anyone in the Caribbean as well. 

Yacht racing is notoriously ego-bruising—most participants lose the vast majority of the time. I’ve raced all my life and could fit all the silver I’ve won in a thimble. (When other racers ask me during regattas what my handicap is—I tell ‘em the truth. “My IQ!” I lament.)

Match racing in particular is a mental game. I’ve watched (from a few feet away on the press boat) match races at the highest level during which both skippers started out the same size—and then the winner appeared to double in stature while the loser shrank. (Watching this race was the most astounding moment of my 40 years of servitude to professional yacht racing.)

One way to view yacht racing and the America’s Cup is that the team that is still learning/evolving late the game is the team that wins. Ditto, in life. 

So now another America’s Cup is getting underway in Spain. Booms are disappearing beneath the deck—and other odd, unexpected things are happening. For example; After the Kiwi team dramatically reduced its operating costs and increased its team’s chances of winning by instituting the crew nationality rules… as any patriotic Kiwi would… they then coldly turned around and divorced their motherland and sold themselves to the highest bidder, in this case Spain.

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Will it work? Can Team New Zealand (which I’ve strongly supported for 30+ years) have its-cake-and-eat-it too? Will Apple Products, realizing that it is bigger and more powerful than most countries, begin to flex it corporate muscles in different ways?

Am I mixing Apples and oranges? Being sensational? Spreading lies? Attempting to enflame national sympathies? Cheating? Spying? And taking advantage thereof? 

Of course I am! Isn’t that what the America’s Cup had evolved (or devolved) to? Isn’t it a race for column inches and seconds of media exposure as well an ‘around the buoys’ bash? 

Winning once upon a time was one thing—today it is quite another. Especially as regatta organizers realize that the big question isn’t what caused a competing boat to dismast—but rather how many Internet clicks did that dismasting generate?

This will be the 37th running the 172-year-old America’s Cup. I’m 70 years old and have avidly followed 20 of those series. And last week I steered an Olsen 34 to a podium finish during a Wednesday night beer can race. And the one thing I know is that regardless of whether I’m standing on the deck of slow cruising vessel or a speeding racer, I can look at the opposite vessel and sneer to my crew, “…what a bunch of idiots!”

Ah, yachting! (End)

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Caribbean’s Pillar Coral Moved to Critically Endangered List


The chance to snorkel over stands of tan-colored, 6-8 foot tall, finger-like coral could soon be a thing of the past. Pillar Coral, (Dendrogyra cylindrus), found throughout the Caribbean from the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida to Trinidad and Tobago, is now on the Critically Endangered list. This news comes from the December-announced update to the Red List of Threatened Species by the Montreal, Canada-headquartered International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network.

Pillar Coral’s move from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered is because its population has shrunk by over 80% across most of its range since 1990. The most urgent threat to Pillar Coral is Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. This has emerged in the past four years and is highly contagious, infecting between 290- and 320-feet of reef per day. Bleaching caused by increased sea surface temperatures and excess antibiotics, fertilizers, and sewage running into the sea have weakened corals and made them more susceptible to disease. Overfishing around coral reefs has depleted the number of grazing fish, allowing algae to dominate and putting further pressure on corals. On the positive side, research is and has been underway to stop this disease with some successes so far.

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“The pillar coral is just one of the 26 corals now listed as Critically Endangered in the Atlantic Ocean, where almost half of all corals are now at elevated risk of extinction due to climate change and other impacts,” says Dr. Beth Polidoro, associate professor at Arizona State University and Red List Coordinator for the IUCN SSC Coral Specialist Group. “These alarming results emphasize the urgency of global cooperation and action to address climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems.” www.iucn.org

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Wally Castro Marine Earns Outstanding Sales Award from Boston Whaler


The year 2022 was a very good one for Wally Castro Marine, located at Puerto del Rey, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The Boston Whaler dealer earned the first place Outstanding Sales award at the brand’s Regional Dealer Forum held on October 26. What’s more, Wally Castro Marine employee Javier Perello picked up an engraved plaque in recognition of Sales Excellence by an Individual as did Jose Mosquera, who received an award for Top Sales Recognition. 

Wally Castro (third from left). Courtesy Wally Castro Marine
Wally Castro (third from left). Courtesy Wally Castro Marine

“The sales team has done an outstanding job this year,” says Castro. “The word is teamwork. We have an amazing team that is not only sales, but we also have an excellent service team that supports them. Boston Whaler is a great brand. Customers become family and stay loyal to the brand. As families grow, the Whalers they buy grow too!”

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In 2023, Wally Castro Marine will open new offices, a shop, and a service center in western Puerto Rico. In Puerto del Rey, the company is expanding and renovating its service center to offer more services to its customers. The company also keeps enhancing the benefits of membership in the Puerto Rico Boston Whaler Owners Club and offering exclusive events, of which the largest is Christmas in July, in Virgin Gorda, BVI.

Boston Whaler, an Edgewater, FL-based division of Brunswick Corporation, also announced its regional Caribbean runner-ups in Outstanding Sales. These are Performance Boats, with its Caribbean location in Cancun, Mexico, second; Harbour House, in Grand Cayman, third; Corsa Marine, in Trinidad & Tobago, fourth; and Paradise Boat Sales, in Antigua, fifth. www.bostonwhaler.com 

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ScubaJet Stars in Avatar, You Can Own One Too


Feel like a movie star with a ScubaJet. This battery-powered water-jet system, which can be enjoyed as everything from a swim, snorkel, or dive scooter to an electric-powered motor for a SUP, canoe, or kayak, gained Hollywood notoriety last fall with its debut in Disney’s Avatar 2: The Way of Water. 

The road to fame started in 2017 when the team for Canadian filmmaker, James Cameron of Titanic, Aliens and The Terminator fame, reached out to the Austrian-headquartered company to see if it could provide ScubaJets to support the film’s underwater scenes, tells Sabrina Hanneman, co-founder, and chief marketing officer. “We provided our ScubaJets with a custom-made controller. It’s called the ScubaJet jet pack. The actors put these on their backs. They could then trigger the ScubaJet themselves whenever needed.”

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SCUBAJET underwater scooter snorkeling
SCUBAJET underwater scooter snorkeling

Essentially, after the actors completed a stroke and were in the glide phase of the swim, they’d trigger the jet packs, and it would push them forward several feet. At the same time, the actors moved their hips as if they had a tail making the propulsion seem natural. ScubaJet played such a significant role in making the movie’s underwater scenes that the watersport device was listed in the credits.

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Beyond filmmaking, ScubaJet is a perfect watersports gadget, says Hanneman. “The Pro model weighs only 6.6 pounds and is 16.5 inches long, meaning it can fit in backpacks and even carry-on luggage due to its smart stackable fly battery. Those who want to go underwater for their own filming can buy a modular mounting system for accessories like the ScubaJet camera mount. In January, we launched a brand-new ScubaJet Performance product line that we think will be an industry game changer.”

ScubaJet models range in cost from just under $1,200 to over $4,000 with accessories. Buyers can order via the company’s website or Caribbean-based dealers such as Blue Ocean Marina, in Carolina, PR. www.scubajet.com 

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Six Top Caribbean Beach Bars on Their Own Islands

There’s nothing like a toes-in-the-sand, rum-soaked, calypso-themed Caribbean beach bar experience. Now take that vision one step further with a venue on a deserted or barely habited island reachable only by boat. Here is a sampling of six top beachfront bars and restaurants that fit this quintessential Caribbean vibe:

Dinghy’s Beach Bar and Grill, Water Island

Dinghy’s Beach Bar and Grill, Water Island

1. Dinghy’s Beach Bar & Grill.

Water Island, often called the fourth U.S. Virgin Island, isn’t uninhabited as there are nearly two hundred residents. However, this residential enclave has no cars, gas stations, or shops, but it does feature this beach bar at Honeymoon Bay. “We are famous for our on-beach dining, beautiful calm waters, and amazing food and service,” says Jeff Birchenough. “Our signature beverage is the famous Paddle Wacker. It’s a Bushwhacker with peanut butter and chocolate. People call it a Reese’s Cup in a drink.” The beach here is also famous as the venue for the sunset scene in the Brad Pitt movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Water Island Ferry departs from St. Thomas’ Crown Bay Marina for the 10-minute trip. Dinghy’s offers a free shuttle from the dock to the bar. dinghysbeachbar.com 

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Pirate’s Bight Bar and Restaurant, BVI
Pirate’s Bight Bar and Restaurant, BVI

2. Pirates Bight at Norman Island.

Legend tells this British Virgin Island is the setting for Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Today, most guests arrive at the island by charter, on their own boat, or via the Norman Island ferry that runs 7 days a week, departing at 11 a.m. from the Hannah Bay Marina in Sea Cow’s Bay Tortola and returning from Norman Island at 3 and 4:30 p.m. “Most special is the open-air restaurant that allows you to bask, eat, drink and play on the pristine beach and water that are protected in The Bight,” says Natalie Matthias-Wilkinson. The bar at Pirate’s Bight creates an awesome Pirate’s Punch made with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Beef lovers, fish lovers, vegans, kids, and those looking for Caribbean cuisine will all find something on the lunch and dinner menus. www.piratesbight.com

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Prickly Pear Bar + Restaurant, Anguilla
Prickly Pear Bar + Restaurant, Anguilla

3. Prickly Pear Bar & Restaurant.

Located six miles west of Road Harbour, Anguilla, and reachable by private boat, charters and private water ferries that depart from Sandy Ground, the easternmost of the cays is home to this palm-shaded beach bar. “Prickly Pear offers an oasis of memorable activities from the pink salt pond to the nature trails, fishing, diving the underwater caves, and lounging on the talc soft sand. This experience is translated in the specifically crafted cocktails and new menu,” tells Ivan Melfield Connor Jr. The signature cocktail is a Prickly Pear Punch. It’s a turquoise rum punch made with five select rums and fresh juice. One of the new menu offerings is a Cay Catch Lunch – fresh-caught fish, grilled crayfish, lobster, and other island delicacies, combined with a guided snorkel tour. pricklypearanguilla.com 

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Yellow Beach Restaurant at Pinel Island, St Martin
Yellow Beach Restaurant at Pinel Island, St Martin

4. Yellow Beach Restaurant at Pinel Island.

A small fishing boat-type ferry runs on the half-hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Rue de Cul de Sac on St Martin to Pinel Island. The one-way trip is 10 minutes, or 15 if you’d rather go by kayak or SUP from the beach. The bar and restaurant here is the perfect spot to spend the day. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or sun-soaking with a cocktail in hand. Then, book a table at the restaurant for grilled lobster basted in either Creole sauce or garlic butter. The most popular cocktail is the Bam Bam, made with rum, lime, sugar, and passionfruit juice. www.yellowbeach.restaurant

Happy Island, Grenadines
Happy Island, Grenadines

5. Happy Island.

A shallow bottom boat, either your own or a charter, is the best way to reach this manmade island of conch shells located off Union Island, in the Grenadines. Union is the main spot for sourcing this seafood delicacy, hence the heaps of leftover shells available. “It was a labor of love that required patience and time, but Janti Ramage was determined to use these discarded shells to craft his very own paradise. Today Happy Island is a destination where good friends, fun memories, and great drinks are made,” says Natasha Anderson, marketing officer for the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, in St. Vincent. The drink to order is a Happy Island Rum Punch. www.facebook.com/happyislandgrenadines 

Singer Sabrina Frances performs at Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar, Hog Island Grenada
Singer Sabrina Frances performs at Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar, Hog Island Grenada

6. Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar.

Technically there’s a bridge to Hog Island, but most people get to this island off Grenada’s south shore by boat, either their own or a water taxi from the Woburn dock. Sunday is the big day here when there’s a BBQ and often live entertainment. “Live music events are hugely popular and occur every month or so. They are announced on our Facebook page,” says Helen Mussell. “The most popular well drink is a rum punch and Roger (Strachan) always makes a big pot for Sundays.” New is a rebuild to the bar with an African theme. www.facebook.com/Rogers-Barefoot-Beach-Bar 

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How I Became Obsessed With Thomas Tangvald


The Boy Who Fell to Shore

This all started innocently enough, in the spring of 2013. Phil “Snake Wake” Cavanaugh, an old sailing buddy, and I arrived at Marina Puerto del Rey in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to reconnect with Lunacy, my Tanton 39 cutter, so we could cruise the Spanish Virgin Islands for a couple of weeks. We were hustling through routine preparations, scoring groceries and parts needed for minor repairs, when Phil returned to the boat from Puerto del Rey’s chandlery and casually dropped a magazine in my lap—the March 2013 issue of All At Sea. Once I got around to reading it, my mouth fell open.

Inside, on page 52, was a feature story, the first in a series of three, by one Thomas Tangvald.

Thomas with Christina and Gaston. Photo courtesy of Christina Pasquinucci
Thomas with Christina and Gaston. Photo courtesy of Christina Pasquinucci

I recognized the name immediately. Back in the 1990s, early in my own career as a bluewater sailor, I’d read a very memorable book entitled At Any Cost. This was an autobiography by Thomas’s dad, Peter Tangvald, who was in his day a renowned bluewater sailor. He was the man who inspired Lin and Larry Pardey to roam the planet in a sailboat without an engine. And his autobiography, some will recall, was posthumous. The last pages of his book—written as an epilogue by Thomas, who at the time was just 15 years old—described how Thomas lost his dad and younger sister in a terrible wreck one night on the windward shore of Bonaire.

I cannot tell you how happy I was to connect those two disparate dots over that chasm of 20 years—from the sad orphaned boy, stranded on Bonaire, to the seemingly confident and competent young man writing in All At Sea of his “micro-farm” on Vieques and of his plan to emigrate to Brazil by sailboat with his wife and young boy. I was very pleased—ecstatic even—to learn that Thomas seemed to be doing so well.

When I got home, I wrote a long enthusiastic post about Thomas and his father’s career on my blog WaveTrain (wavetrain.net) and, of course, looked for the next two issues of ALL AT SEA. In his trilogy of feature stories in this magazine, entitled “Two Thousand Miles to Brazil,” Thomas described how he modified Oasis, a 34-foot Puerto Rican nativo racing sloop, and transformed her into a modest barebones bluewater boat. It was, by the sound of it, an agonizing process. He also described how he sailed this crude vessel through the Caribbean basin and ultimately arrived safely in Brazil, where his wife Christina just three days later gave birth to their second child.

Thomas, at last, had arrived in his promised land! And he was the father of a newly born Brazilian citizen. The future looked bright.

Thomas aboard Oasis taking a sextant sight during the voyage to Brazil. Photo courtesy of Christina Pasquinucci
Thomas aboard Oasis taking a sextant sight during the voyage to Brazil. Photo courtesy of Christina Pasquinucci

So I was stunned and genuinely gutted when I got word just a year later, in May 2014, that Thomas had disappeared at sea while sailing solo on Oasis off the coast of Brazil. No wreckage or remains were ever found, and no one knows what really became of him. Some believe he must still be alive, hiding out from the modern world somewhere. One old cruising friend of his later assured me Thomas couldn’t possibly be dead—he was much too good a sailor for that—and that he must now be king of a lost tribe up a river somewhere.

Though I had never met him, thoughts of Thomas haunted me for nearly a year. Eventually, I realized I’d have to do something with the energy he had created within me. So I embarked on a quest to tell his story, a project that has consumed me for the past six years.

Peter with his last wife Florence aboard L'Artemis with (from left to right) Thomas, Carmen, and Virginia. Photo courtesy of Clare Allcard
Peter with his last wife Florence aboard L’Artemis with (from left to right) Thomas, Carmen, and Virginia. Photo courtesy of Clare Allcard

The deeper I got into the story, the more obsessed I became. Anyone who has read At Any Cost will know even the bare bones of Thomas’s early biography are quite out of the ordinary. He was born during a passage on his father’s homebuilt boat, L’Artemis de Pytheas, in the Indian Ocean, two weeks from land. At age two, he saw his birth mother, a young French woman, shot to death by boarding pirates during a passage across the Sulu Sea, south of the Philippines. At age four, he saw his first stepmother, an Asian woman, badly beaten and nearly raped by thieves in Tunisia. At age seven, he saw this woman lost overboard during a transatlantic passage from Europe to the Caribbean. Finally, there came the awful denouement—having known nothing but the cruising life afloat, he was suddenly cast ashore, all alone, on the jagged coral shore of Bonaire.

The full story of Thomas’s life is both inspiring and terrifying. For a number of years as he was growing up, he had such limited contact with human society he believed most people must live on boats, just as he and his family did.  He received almost no formal education, and mostly educated himself, reading the books he found on his father’s boat, watching the natural world around him, and listening to what grown-ups talked about. By the time he was orphaned, Thomas was fully fluent in three languages, had taught himself celestial navigation, and was fascinated by mathematics and physics. Ultimately, he had little trouble gaining admittance to prestigious universities in Great Britain.

Thomas down below on Melody as he prepared the boat to sail from Cornwall for Puerto Rico.
Thomas down below on Melody as he prepared the boat to sail from Cornwall for Puerto Rico.

Having largely satisfied the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Leeds in advanced mathematics and fluid dynamics, Thomas might easily have followed his passion and become a yacht designer. But there was an unfathomable darkness within him that prevented this. Some readers of this magazine may recall Thomas’s career on Culebra in the earliest years of this century—all the decrepit boats he tried to maintain and ultimately lost, and his run-ins with the police there. Others may recall his time on Vieques—the exquisite little house he built, his micro-farm, the Rasta Pasta food truck he ran with Christina, and the Norwegian TV crew that once descended on the island like a comic horde so as to lead him back to the wreck site on Bonaire.

My ultimate purpose here, of course, is to titillate you into buying my new book. And perhaps you are laughing at me, thinking I have spilled all the beans and have shared too many spoilers. But no, I assure you, we have only scratched the surface here.

The Author, Charles Doane, at sail
The Author, Charles Doane, at SAIL

It truly is an amazing story… and I am still very obsessed by it.

Falmouth Harbour Marina Expands Its Superyacht Dock


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is building a new 417-foot private yacht, one that will set a new record for the world’s largest sailing yacht. If Bezos cruises to the Caribbean, he’ll find a perfect place to tie up at the Falmouth Harbour Marina in Antigua.

A recently completed expansion to one of the marina’s custom-built concrete docks has created a super yacht dock 535-foot in length by 20-foot width, the latter of which makes it easy for these mega vessels to receive deliveries conveniently and drive charter clients right to the gangway. Piles driven some 40-foot into the seabed means it’s sturdy too. Electricity, fuel, and water are available on all of Falmouth Harbour Marina’s docks, including the new super dock. Plus, its free-to-guests Wi-Fi is being expanded and upgraded, with the option of a hard wire connection, if requested.

Falmouth Harbour Marina’s new 535 ft dock
Falmouth Harbour Marina’s new 535 ft dock

“We have been considering this dock expansion for a few years, but it got delayed by COVID,” says Bobby Reis, Falmouth Harbour Marina’s general manager. “We have done it for two reasons. First, we recognized that if Antigua was to maintain its position as the leading place for yachting, there was a need to expand. Demand was outstripping the available dockage. We are the only marina with the space to expand and we felt it had to be done in the interest of our country. While most islands have one event or regatta, Antigua has many regattas and events that are internationally recognized. Our Charter Yacht Show starts the season in early December. There is also the RORC Caribbean 600, the Classic Yacht Regatta, the Superyacht Challenge, the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, the Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta, the Oyster Regatta, and Antigua Sailing Week followed by the Antigua to Bermuda Race. Secondly, the yachts are getting larger. Yachts over 300 feet are increasing.”

Based on current bookings, Reis adds, it appears that the upcoming season will be very successful. Now, the Falmouth Harbor Marina has the space to welcome more and bigger yachts. antigua-marina.com 

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Rum Review: Diplomático – Distillery Collection No 2 Barbet Rum


We’ve been eyeing Diplomático Distillery Collection No 2 Barbet Rum for quite some time, however the price point always leads us to another rum. Our review of Diplomático Reserva left us wanting more from a rum at $40.00/bottle, so we pondered if doubling that price was going to yield different results. We hope that the Barbet Still distillation process will be worth the price.

Diplomático was established in 1959 at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Venezuela. The ecosystem in this area produces a variety of sugar cane with exceptionally high sugar content. This combined with their own non-commercial yeast strain, three different distillation processes, and the diversity of barrels used in their aging process has always made Diplomático stand out.

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The No 2 Barbet Rum is part of the Limited Edition Distillery Collection which is aimed to capitalize on their different stills. The Barbet Still was designed in France at the end of the 19th Century. It’s designed with two columns with plates of bubbling bells and two condensers which provides refrigeration to help the separation of the alcohol from the other minor compounds (other than ethanol) produced in distillation. Diplomático says this leaves the liquid with fruity, creamy, and smokey characteristics. The rum is aged in American and French oak bourbon barrels for an unadvertised amount of time.

He Said

The nose is very fruity with cherry, orange peel, and green banana. There is an undertone of sweetness coming from molasses. I also get a slight oak note on the nose. The front of the palate presents all the fruits from the nose but it finishes with a strong coconut, which lingers. Once the coconut settles, the oak peeks its head out. For the second sip, the fruit continues to shine on the palate, however the coconut isn’t as powerful. The coconut and oak make an interesting combination of the finish. I quite enjoy this rum.

She Said

The rum has a beautiful golden hue that doesn’t hug the glass or provide much lacing. I agree with Clint that the nose is very fruity, but I’m going more tropical with mango, very ripe pineapple, and papaya. For me, the sweetness is coming from the fruit, not molasses. The rum has a hardy mouth feel which provides a slight alcohol burn before presenting the tropical fruits. Here I get the mango, papaya, and a little bit of banana. I’m not sure where Clint is picking up the coconut. My finish is very warming and banana-forward. I too enjoy the finish however, I don’t enjoy the lingering alcohol burn on my palate.

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As we poured ourselves another dram of Diplomático – Distillery Collection No 2 Barbet Rum, we contemplated whether it was worthy of the $82/bottle price point. The unique play of fruit and oak kept us coming back for more. When we poured our third dram, we knew it was worth the price.

4.75 out of 5

About Clint and Terry: We have sampled many a dram over our 33 years of marriage and quite often we don’t fully agree. Could be the difference is male/female taste buds. Or, somebody is just wrong.

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Pick a Peck of Prickly Pears


It might be too early to call prickly pear cactus a superfood, but it can be part of a healthy diet. It’s high in fiber, antioxidants and carotenoids. Prickly pear cactus is endorsed for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers. It’s also touted for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

The edible parts are the leaves, flowers, stems and fruit. I have only used the fruit. You can eat it whole (boiled or grilled). Here a few recipes for you to try.

Prickly Pear
Prickly Pear

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour. Serves: 6 – 8
1-1/2 cups prickly pear
3 cups water
½ cup sugar

Take your de-thorned prickly pear fruit and cut them in half. Remove the seeds in the middle and cook in a heavy bottomed, medium size saucepan. Add water and sugar. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. When the mixture thickens, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Place a strainer over a bowl and use the back of a spoon to press the mixture, one soup ladle at a time to get all the liquid out. Emptying the strainer between ladles full. Hint: This simple prickly pear syrup can be used for cocktails or on desserts. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Serves: 1
Coarse salt as needed
2 oz. tequila
2 oz. sweet and sour mix
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. prickly pear syrup

Pour salt onto a small plate. Wet the rim of margarita glass and dip rim into salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; pour tequila, sweet and sour mix, triple sec, lime juice, and prickly pear syrup over ice. Cover shaker and shake drink; strain into prepared margarita glass. Enjoy!

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Preparation time: 5 minutes. Serves: 1
2 oz. Bourbon
½ cup prickly pear syrup
Garnish: Twist of lime

In a cocktail shaker, add bourbon, prickly pear syrup and ice. Put the lid on and shake to mix. Pour into your favorite glass, add the lime, and savor!

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Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes
Sitting time: 15 minutes. Serves: 4
1-1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, room temperature
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 prickly pears
¼ red chili pepper
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 fresh bay leaf, chopped
3 oz. water

Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large cast iron pan, over medium high; heat the butter and oil. Sprinkle the tenderloin with salt and pepper and place in pan. Brown on each side about 3 minutes. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap the tenderloin in aluminum foil and let sit for another 15 minutes.

Prickly Pear Sauce:
Peel the prickly pear (the deep red fruit) with a vegetable peeler; please wear gloves. Place the cactus fruit on your chopping board and cut it in half. Scoop the flesh and cut the fruit into small pieces. Put the flesh in a pan with bay leaf, pepper, sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt and water. Bring to a boil and let it boil down 2/3 of the liquid (1/3 remaining). Serve sauce with pork.

Tip: Most prickly pears are sold without spines/thorns. The plant grows very easily in shallow sandy soil. I grow it here in Charlotte NC. Looks lovely but the hair-like thorns, are brutal. Be sure to handle them with heavy leather work gloves and scrub them hard to ensure all the painful little barbs are off. They are definitely worth the hard work; they taste somewhere between a strawberry and watermelon. 

Jan Robinson, Health Coach, Charter Yacht Consultant, 2019 CYBA Hall of Fame, Chef Competition Coordinator/Judge, and author of the Ship to Shore Cookbook collection; available on Amazon and www.shiptoshoreinc.com [email protected]

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Dream Caribbean Blue Opens at BVI’s Scrub Island Resort

New is Blue in the British Virgin Islands. The all-inclusive Dream Caribbean Blue charter company will make the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina its official operating base in the BVI effective January 1, 2023. The company’s fleet of 14 sailing catamarans, all built either in 2019 or newer and from 48 to 58 feet in length, will base at Scrub Island’s 55-slip marina. Each yacht is crewed by a seasoned commercial captain and skilled culinary chef to offer year-round, luxury crewed experiences designed to impress guests.

“The upscale offerings and amenities at Scrub Island Resort and its Marina Village are a perfect complement to the exceptional sailing experience we deliver,” said Gregory Clum, co-owner and CEO of Dream Caribbean Blue. “Our guests know they can count on us for a superior sailing experience; now, at Scrub Island, they can expect the same level of outstanding service and exceptional amenities before and after every voyage.” 

Dream Caribbean Blue also has charter bases in the Bahamas and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. www.dreamcaribbeanblue.com, ScrubIsland.com 

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Bajío Sunglasses Launches Campaign to Conserve Coral Reefs


It’s one thing to see, and yet another to commit to saving coral reefs. The latter is what Bajío, producer of blue-light filtering, sustainably made, performance sunglasses did in August when the company kicked off its Temples of Change campaign. The New Smyrna Beach, Florida-based shades maker teamed with Oceanus, A.C., a non-profit organization based in Quintana Roo, Mexico, that develops projects for coral reef conservation, and artist and fisheries biologist, Piper Nunn, to help save the coral reefs of Xcalak, Mexico, in the Western Caribbean.

Bajío Sunglasses Temple of Change Coral Reef Project. Courtesy Bajio
Bajío Sunglasses Temple of Change Coral Reef Project. Courtesy Bajio

“In Xcalak, The Great Mayan Reef is only a few hundred yards from the beach and is a critical part of the habitat we fish. A healthy reef means a healthy fish population, so we want to do our part to protect and renew it,” said Al Perkinson, founder of Bajío Sunglasses. 

The Oceanus, A.C.-developed coral restoration program that Bajío is using for Temples of Change includes the construction of coral nurseries and the transplantation of thousands of colonies a year. To fund this, every purchase of the limited-edition Nata Permit Tail or Balam Coral Reef frames from Bajío’s newly launched Temples of Change collection results in a $20 donation to Oceanus, A.C., and one coral colony is planted and maintained. Each coral will grow up to five square meters, helping to restore vital ocean populations critical for fish habitat. www.bajiosunglasses.com

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Caribbean Represented at International Yacht Racing Forum

A Who’s Who of sailors attended the International Yacht Racing Forum (IYRF), held November 21-22 in Malta. The two-day forum program was jam-packed with business, networking, and socializing opportunities. Knut Frosted, president and CEO of Navico and former CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, kicked off the forum by delivering the keynote, while other speakers included David Graham, CEO of World Sailing; Jonquil Hackenberg, chair of The Magenta Project; and Forum Chair, UK double Olympic Gold medalist, Shirley Robertson. The audience was equally A-list, including St. Maarten’s Michele Korteweg, president of the Caribbean Sailing Association.

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Korteweg reports on the top topics discussed at the forum and what it means for the Caribbean:

“The IYRF brought together lots of great minds to discuss topics that are relevant to all sailing events, big or small, like sustainability, gender equality, and where do we stand 10 years from now with the changing demographics,” says Korteweg. “Foiling was a big topic, not just when it comes to the technology seen in races like the America’s Cup and Sail GP, but as an organization on its own. In 10 years they have developed every area of the sport, for youth, females, and the disabled and are hosting events worldwide. They include sustainability in their program and much more. Where they have come in 10 years, most sailing programs are still talking about. I would like to recommend everyone to look into the Foiling Organization as it presents a complete overview of the sport, and you can bet it will be coming to your island soon (if it hasn’t already!).” www.yachtracingforum.com 

Anguilla: An A-List Port of Call

Green Cruising

Impractical Piece of Scottish Maritime History to be Lost Forever

New Sargassum Book Launched by St. Martin’s Les Fruits de Mer



Seaweed is everywhere and a new book tells why. Suddenly, Sargassum!, written by Mark Yokoyama, co-founder of the Les Fruits de Mer association in St. Martin, tells the story of why so much sargassum has been washing up over the last decade. Also inside are facts about this unusual seaweed, the process that brings sargassum blooms to St. Martin, the creatures that depend on it both in the sea and on the land, its impacts, and even how this seaweed inspires art. Vivid photos reveal an entire world of life that is hidden in the sargassum, from microscopic sea creatures to birds that have learned to hunt and forage in it. The book is available in English and French.

Credit Mark Yokoyama
Credit Mark Yokoyama

“Interesting things in the book for sea-oriented folks are the mechanics of how the sargassum started coming here and why it comes back each year. Also, the marine life that lives on and around it. We’re still learning about the ecology of this tropical sargassum, so anyone on the water could make important observations about how it is being used by fish and birds,” says Yokoyama.

Suddenly, Sargassum! Is available on Amazon (www.amazon.com/dp/B0BBFLNSTS) for $19.99. www.lesfruitsdemer.com

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Sargassum Grown Veggies May Contain Toxic Metals


Eden Rock – St. Barths Coral Restoration Program

https://www.allatsea.net/restoring-gulf-beyond-shore/The iconic Eden RockSt Barths is famous for its celebrity clientele and being a Five-Star Winner of the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2022 Star Award. However, what makes this hotel really rock, especially for fans of the undersea world, is its coral restoration project. In 2019, a partnership with the Island Nature St. Barth Experiences association was set up to partially restore the reef surrounding the rocky promontory on which the Eden RockSt Barths sits. The group placed Biorock structures, making it possible to introduce or reintroduce coral colonies in areas where they had been dislodged or jeopardized. The project was delayed by problems like the pandemic, power cable damage, and a seaweed infestation, but it’s now functioning again.

“Several dozen coral frags have chalked up considerable growth, and the return of an important variety of fish, including a growing population of juveniles, has been observed,” says Laureen Alenda, communication, and marketing coordinator for the hotel. “The year 2022 was especially notable for the installation of galvanized tubes to protect cables in the zone where the tides move back and forth. They act as hosts to coral populations striving for development. The propagation of old and new fragments of coral is underway, benefitting from protection cables. Our Guests can swim around the Rock and observe the Biorock project when snorkeling.” www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/eden-rock-st-barths/

Restoring the Gulf Beyond the Shore

Visiting Everglades National Park


Into the Deep: Swimming Lessons Cruiser Style


Laughing into the Prevailing Wind


Up until 2000, a Caribbean sailor with a fair breeze would have been insane to be depressed—now, with our current state of world affairs that same sailor would be delusional not to be. Yes, our cup runneth over with international worry—of worldwide financial depression, mental depression, rising suicide rates, and shrinking expectations. 

I mean, even the Queen gave up! 

Let’s aim this marine column directly at the younger generation—no matter how dismal, difficult, or limiting your parents’ tawdry, pointless little existences were, your life is gonna be far worse… assuming you survive for, say, half as long.  

Oh—and don’t forget the nuclear worry. Not that I have any doubt my noble country of US of A could handily win the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) tossing game. That’s right—when it comes to making the planet uninhabitable for the next 5,000 years, I believe in American exceptionalism!

Worse—the standard solutions of getting drunk, getting high, or getting laid no longer seem to apply. Liquor is bad for the liver. Drugs are not only illegal—but nowadays they auto-arrest you (with a robot from Boston Dynamic, no less) for chemical-coping-in-any-form. 

As far as sex goes, forget it—not only are STDs rampant, partners increasingly prudish, and licentiousness now frown on—but the sperm counts are falling worldwide (should procreation be your sick, sick, make-my-offspring-suffer-horribly kink). 

And the increasingly vocal incels blame all this on, of course, on any woman with enough criteria not to sleep with them!?! 

Why bother getting (it or yourself) up? 

I dunno. 

On the positive side, Russian mega-yachts are dirt cheap right now—the docks of St. Thomas, Sint Maarten, and Antigua are cobwebbed with ‘em. On the downside, Ukrainian marine engineers in Mallorca are finding employment scarce—I mean, why pay a talented grease monkey like the 55-year-old Taras Ostapchuk to sink your boat before it is seized by a Western country that is suddenly-pretending-to-have-a-conscience?

What do the yachts Lady M, Lena, SY A, Dilbar, Ragnar, Crescent, Sechin, Valerie, Lady Anatasia, and Royal Romance… all have in common? They’re jailed/impounded. All around the world. With all their water toys. 

It’s enough to make a hedonistic sailor weep!

Hey, don’t get me wrong—I’m totally in favor of stealing vessels obtained with stolen cash—it is just that I’m shocked this is suddenly a socially-approved, NATO-sanctioned ting, mon! 

Oh, I remember the glory days of the Yacht A (the stinkpotter, not that ugly $800,000,000 blow boat) when we envied Andrey Ignorevich Meinichenko’s Whoopie Room with all its whips, chains, and video cameras… ah, the carefree, healthy, fun international yachting scene, ruskie-style.

I’m not joking about the Whoopy Room—the most notorious cabin on that decadent vessel. While it was anchored off Moorea, my wife and I sailed close alongside on port tack. I shouted, “Just let us use the whoopie room for half an hour!” while my wife, less prone to exaggeration, shouted, “Two minutes will do!” 

This reminds me of another Randy Andy—whose press secretary informed me when I inquired how he was doing, “No sweat!”

But isn’t that new three-master of Andy M’s (we’re good enough friends that I call him by his adorable nickname) full-ugly or what? Somebody told me it was stark—hey, it is waaaaaay beyond stark. That freak’n thing is an insult to every French curve in existence!

And to think that just six months ago the United Caribbean Marine Industry were welcoming sleazy Oily Arks into the dock with open arms, steel drum bands, and dollar signs in their industrial eyes. What could go wrong? So, what if Putin was poisoning innocents in England and Europe—most of ‘em didn’t own mega-yachts that needed spare parts, did they? 

I mean, so what if the Ruskies were killing Syrians, right? How many Syrians buy Harken blocks or Rule Bilge Pumps—very, very few! Why didn’t Syrians just shut up and take their lumps, right?

To phrase it another way, can’t the poor people who ‘elected’ to be on the wrong side of genocide stop constantly complaining? I mean, choices have consequences, right?

Whenever I start to chuckle about the overheated antics of a boiling population on a warming planet, I quench my giggles with the sobering thought of how many polar cruise ship companies will go bankrupt when the melting glaciers have literally ‘went south’ forever. 

What’s gonna happen as a result? Polar bears are gonna strip down and go naked on Orient Beach, St. Martin? Will Eskimos trade in their snowmobiles for jet-skis? Will snow cones become lukewarm drinks? Will Canadians be prevented from getting drunk and going clubbing… their seals? 

While constructing igloos, will the Eskies have to leave holes for the Carrier air-con units?

Admittedly I’m old but back-in-the-day, when a sailor wore a mask, he was going snorkeling! Speaking of breathing air—why is it still free? Think about it! Sure, in classy marinas maybe—but in public anchorages? On public beaches? For the hoi polloi? Do we really have the wealth to continue subsidizing the poor to this degree? 

The trick, of course, is to make a profit while hotting-up the oceans—then buy a used air conditioned mega-yacht and install ever more, ever bigger air-con units… not only will you get cooler, the poor folk outside become warmer, ha-ha-ha!

That’s a two-fer, dude. 

Of course, in the Caribbean, hurricane season is never very far away—and the NOAA news that storm categories will remain the same for the first one-through-five categories is reassuring… that the additional 95 stronger categories will just be tacked-on to the top end. 

Fine, why not? 

Future sailors will brag about surviving ‘boom-caine’ storms—those with winds in excess of the speed of sound. Hey, just think of the waterspouts of the future—hell, it could rain Oily Arch boats just outside the harbor of Monte Carlo!

One thing I really dig (from a PR angle) is when the builder of one of these ‘over one bil’ mega-yachts decide not to put an additional birthday candle on the owner’s kid’s birthday cake—and then buys a full-page ad in BOATING INTERNATIONAL about how his ‘latest build’ is more energy-efficient than ever! 

Hooray, we’re saved!

Or when Jeff and Elon get together, form an organization, and lobby that consumers should not be given straws… that straws should be rationed by being priced very, very expensively, ha-ha!

That’s right—they can have ‘em, we can’t!

…how ‘green’ is that? 

Which brings us to the subject of whales—they poop in the sea, you know. (Well, according to a nasty press release by some very hungry Japanese people, they do.)

Why, for example, is everyone against the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? When we transited, a container of flip-flops had gone overboard during a blow—and we ‘boat-hooked’ up a dozen pairs of size 11 conveniently zip-tied together.

How cool is that? 

Do any circumnavigators really think that islands that used to charge $3 to clear-in—and during the pandemic started charging three thousand dollars (combined charges)—are ever going back to three bucks? 

I doubt it. Perhaps in the parallel universe but not on this earth. 

Oh, I long for the days of celestial navigation when, while shooting the evening stars, I might see a falling meteor to make a wish upon—and not wonder if it was an incoming ICBM. 

Of course, I don’t know what I’m talking about—hell, I can remember, after 2021, thinking that 2022 could not be worse. 

Ah, the naivete! 

As a writer, I know enough to put a positive spin on things—for instance, why have your life raft inspected just before the apocalypse? There’s a saving! Or, maybe not. With inflation headed for double digits—perhaps waiting to pay in tomorrow’s shrinking dollar isn’t such a good idea? 

During the two-year pandemic when almost everyone alive lost money, billionaires in the US saw their income skyrocket up 57%. 

Fair is fair, I guess. 

I personally believe in trickle-down. If the wealthy want to feed the poor, they just feed their thoroughbred racehorse corn… and then grin as the penniless follow behind the horse, hoping to get lucky. 

Hey, I’m for capitalism—what’s not to like?

What am I really trying to say during all these sophomoric ramblings? That I’ve based my entire watery life on the idea that this planet is a smorgasbord of endless delights—and that a small sailing vessel was the perfect way to inexpensively enjoy it. If Thailand is the current Garden of Eden, then sail to Thailand—or Tahiti, New Zealand, or Madagascar. That universal brotherhood was just around the corner—if everyone just voted with their keel. If the monetary competition was for happiness, equality, and justice—not pain. 

Now, suddenly, all of that’s in doubt. 

Where I used to clear-in in Southeast Asia for twenty bucks and twenty minutes, now takes weeks and costs $3,000 (before bribes). That’s depressing. Especially with an empty purse. And a ravenous, pent-up appetite for an open horizon. 

On the other hand, I currently live in the world’s most expensive, safest city for pennies a day—something I’d never be able to do if I didn’t live abroad. 

So, I truly don’t know whether to laugh or cry. So, I inappropriately giggle at evil and cry with compassion while witnessing good deeds… one confused sailor adrift on the sea of his own mixed-up philosophy. 

On the other hand, yesterday I had a spanking good sail between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. The wind is still free. For the moment. Until Jeff Bezos figures out how to blister-pack it. 

Bio note: Fatty and Carolyn are still ‘aground on their coffee grounds’ in Southeast Asia.

Refit or Brain Fade?

A Portal Into Hell

Sailing with Charlie: Mega Rich

Practical Provisioning: Tips for Before, During & After Passage to the Caribbean


There are no service center stops with fast food outlets or small towns with restaurants on the waterway highway from the U.S. or Europe to the Caribbean. Plus, supermarkets on the islands don’t have the selection or same brands as on the mainland. That’s what makes provisioning well before you cast off so important.

Overall, “my biggest piece of advice is to have food that you and your crew enjoy and will eat.  A well-fed crew is a great asset and provides something that everyone looks forward to.  I query the crew beforehand as to their dietary preferences and try to make sure I include that in my provisioning. I provision based on two different scenarios. The first is while on passage and the second is essentials during our time in the islands,” Jo Ella Barnes, secretary of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association’s (SDSA) board of directors and longtime cruiser aboard the Hallberg-Rassy 43, Starburst.

Provisioning Tips BEFORE Passage-Making

A good rule of thumb is to provision 1.5 times the number of passage days, according to the SDSA-written pamphlet, Provisioning for a Happy Passage. For example, this translates to 15 dinners for a 10-day passage. As for a timeline, buy non-refrigerated food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food wraps, etc., weeks or months before departure. The week before, stock up on ingredients for pre-planned meals and frozen foods. Lastly, buy fresh foods the day before casting off.

“We will visit the market in Las Palmas for fresh produce, oranges, green tomatoes, bananas, onions, etc.,” says Kathryn Taylor, who will be sailing the ARC 2022 aboard the Beneteau 411, Pelagria. “White Bimbo brand bread may not look very appealing, but it does last for weeks. We also take flour for bread making but need to balance up against the use of gas. A pressure cooker is good for doing stews/veggie curries, stock cubes, garlic, and chili. It saves time and gas.”

Catching Fish on Passage
Catching Fish on Passage

Before a rally, Barnes spends time in her kitchen at home preparing and freezing meals. “These are the main meals of the day. This is for several reasons. It is easy to heat a meal. And, if the chef is down or the seas are extremely high, there is no food prep necessary. You can still have a hot meal. You can lay out your meals for several days without having to decide what to have that day. And, even if you catch a big fish and have fresh fish during the trip, those frozen meals are still available if needed.” 

Some cruisers like Bob Osborn, SDSA president who with his wife Brenda sail their Aerodyne 47, Pandora, prefer not to pre-prep and freeze dinners. “I don’t generally do that as it means running the oven a lot and that heats up the boat. I tend to prepare for the first 4 to 5 days in that way, but after that, it’s simple pasta, meatballs, chicken and I make it up as I go.”

Still, others do a bit of both. “For the first night out, I pack a family-size frozen lasagna to put in the oven, along with two loaves of garlic bread. “Beyond that, my wife ‘volunteers’ to make meatloaf and chicken cutlets so it is heat-and-serve,” says Hank Schmitt, founder of the North American Rally to the Caribbean (NARC), and chief executive officer of Offshore Passage Opportunities. “Another thing I pack is Zatarain’s box Jambalaya or Etouffee meals. Three boxes feed six hungry people. All the spices and rice are in one box. Throw in anything else you need. A good one pot meal to make underway.”

Storage is the most important thing during the pre-rally stage, says Carlota Texeira, who handles public relations for the Viking Explorers rally. “Know which items can be stored together and which will not make the food last longer. For example, potatoes and onions can’t be stored together. Another good tip is to put bay leaves in the Tupperware of the rice and pasta to prevent the appearance of insects. Also recommended is to wash every piece of fruit and vegetables before bringing it on board to avoid insects.”

Storage: Provisioning fruit in net
Storage: Provisioning
fruit in net

Meal-Making at Sea

Some of the things that are important to have on passage are oatmeal for an easy and filling breakfast, saltines to ease the stomach in case of seasickness, a favorite electrolyte powder (for example, Gatorade) to add to water again for seasickness, rice for stir-fries and to eat for upset stomachs, and oranges and apples for snacking and kept out of the refrigerator, recommends Barnes. “Have treats that your crew will like. I keep a big box of all types of things that the crew can access whenever they want. It contains everything from granola, nuts, and ginger candy, to crackers.”

Grilled cheese sandwiches are easy to make and sit in the belly well, suggests the NARC’s Schmitt. “Same for Pancakes. Hot dogs are easy to boil and serve.”

There are lots of ways to dress up a soup with extra meat to make it different, adds the SDSA’s Osborn. “Eggs are a great way to prepare interesting meals. Nothing like an egg sandwich. I also use lots of cold cuts, canned tuna, and chicken.”

“We always fish on our trips, so fresh fish is always a treat,” says Barnes. “I keep lime juice around to make ceviche which is always enjoyed by everyone.”

Provisioning Tips On Arrival & Cruising the Caribbean

Fresh food such as meat, vegetables, and fruits are the first things needed on arrival to the Caribbean, according to Viking Explorer’s Texeira. “We arrive in Grenada, and you can find almost everything at the main supermarkets like Foodland and IGA. But, of course, the prices are higher as most items are imported from the U.S.”

Depending on what island she’s on determines where Barnes shops. “For example, in Dominica, there are wonderful fresh produce vendors to restock your vegetable supply. The French islands have wonderful bakeries for fresh bread and pastries. Antigua has several supermarkets with many carrying gourmet items. You usually won’t have as many choices or find the same brands as you do in the U.S. But remember, this is a fun trip and part of the fun is experiencing the ambiance of each country and its food.”

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