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Cruising World March 2020

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4 min.
island time

“When I landed in St. Thomas this past fall, bound for the British Virgin Islands, I was shocked—in a good way!” When a pair of Category 5 hurricanes swept through the Virgin Islands and leveled just about everything in sight in September 2017, well, it made me, and probably many other folks, wonder what the future might hold. The destruction we saw, the task of rebuilding, and the time it might take was unimaginable. But when I landed in St. Thomas this past fall, bound for the British Virgin Islands, I was shocked—in a good way! Life seemed normal, from a tourist’s perspective at least. Restaurants were open, ferries were running, the hillsides looked green, the water was blue. My first stop after arriving in Road Town was Nanny Cay, which suffered a…

3 min.
dusting off the cruising cobwebs

Perched on Yahtzee’s high side with my back resting against the lifelines, I watched the early morning sunlight spread across the Gulf of Alaska to the south and the verdant mountains of the Kenai Peninsula to the north. Sailing closehauled for Kodiak Island in a fresh breeze and steep chop, green water washed over the foredeck and under our overturned dinghy while my wife, Jill, and I soaked in the scene. Then, in what seemed like an instant, my face fell from a happy “We’re sailing!” smile to a sudden “Oh, no!” bug-eyed panic. We’ve all had this feeling before. Rushing down below, I pushed quickly through the galley and saloon to the V-berth, where my fear was quickly confirmed: A lot of that water I’d been watching pour over the foredeck…

1 min.
passage notes

In a recent post on Sailing Totem, Behan Gifford offered some perspective for sailors who are planning to cruise the Bahamas in 2020. “First it’s important to know that overwhelmingly, the islands of the Bahamas are unaffected,” Gifford said. “Dorian’s impact was focused on the very north: Grand Bahama, and Abaco. Grand Bahama is officially open for tourism again; only Abaco is not. “If you are self-sufficient and willing and able to help, by all means—sail to the Abacos! Volunteer workers are encouraged. “If you can contribute to the recovery by sailing to Abaco and offering services, it’s warmly welcomed. The need for this help is ongoing. Specialized skills such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, roofing, mechanics or operation of heavy equipment are especially welcomed, but grunt labor is helpful too.” For tips on how…

2 min.
nice choice!

Holly Martin and her father have a good eye for a good boat (below) (“Maiden Voyage,” January 2020). One of the original Grindes was imported on spec to the UK by a broker. To publicize the boat, he contacted excellent helmsmen, two friends of mine, the late Richard Scott Hughes and Dieter Tim, to race the boat. The broker entered the Grinde in Cowes Week in the IOR half-ton class. With a pickup crew, Richard and Dieter raced against the hotshot IOR crews and won going away! The Grinde became a very popular boat in the early ’70s. STICK TO SAILING, FATTY Et tu, Fatty? As you described, yes, plastic in the oceans is a big problem (“Running Hot and Cold on Climate Change,” November 2019), but a recent study found that…

3 min.
willy t’s watery reincarnation

If you cruised the British Virgin Islands prior to 2017, you’re likely familiar with the William Thornton, more commonly known as Willy T, the infamous floating bar that was the scene of much fun and defrocked debauchery before it was destroyed by hurricanes Irma and Maria and lodged on the beach on Norman Island. After one failed salvage attempt, Chris Juredin, a longtime BVI resident who owns two local diving-related businesses, and Kendyl Berna, an environmental scientist and filmmaker, joined forces, acquired the Willy T, and founded the non-profit organization Beyond the Reef in 2018 to build artificial reefs around the BVI while fostering positive change ashore. Beyond the Reef’s goals were fourfold. Juredin and Berna wanted to “recycle” derelict vessels, create reef habitat, foster positive public relations for the BVI,…

2 min.
island artist

The people of Omoa—a tiny town tucked into a steep valley on Fatu Hiva, in the Marquesas—are some of the most generous we have encountered on our travels. Their unassuming kindness, easy smiles and casual patience bridged our deep language barrier, and we soon formed memorable friendships. Locals would frequently call us over with energetic gestures to practice their few English words or welcome us with gifts of fruit off their trees. This is how we met Bartolome, lounging in the front yard of his cousin’s house. A gregarious local artist, Bartolome invited us to see his carvings the next morning and pointed vaguely down the street—the only directions we would need to find his home. When we ambled by the next day, Bartolome guided us around the house to his workshop:…