Updates to the 2017/18 guide (18th
General note on pets in the Caribbean
People througout the Caribbean use poisons for everything from crabs to nuisance dogs. These are deadly to pets, and quite a few pet owners have lost their companions to poison while walking them ashore. The poisons are attractive to dogs so keep your dog on a leash and watch what it is up to. A muzzle may help but make sure your dog can still pant to stay cool. If your dog gets poisoned, immediate ingestion of a strong sugar/water solution may help until you get to the vet.
Changes are under way in Marin Harbour. One you enter the channel towards either Marin Marina or CarenAntilles there is no longer any anchoring to the north or east of any channel. They have now given authority for this to be policed and fines to be collected. You may still anchor where you see anchos on this chart.
Page 201 Laborie Chart. Two markers on my sketch chart that were originally part of the buoyage system have been removed. Gone are the outer red and white center buoy and the Iala buoy furthest to the west. The amended chart is below.
The Rainforest Hideaway restaurant, one of the best in St. Lucia, has now permenantly closed. They hope to reopen as a bar sometime int he future. Their guuest house still is open, and they use the dock where the restaurant was for local kids swimming evens and other things.
Warning Chateau Belair – There has been another nasty attack in Chateaubelair on a yacht on October 10th 2016. It is probably safe to stop during the day temporarily to clear customs, but given all the problems we have had in the past, and now this, I would not recomment overnighting. It is time for the government to move the main customs station to their facitily in Cumberland Bay.
As an update to this I would say you are safe from at least one of the attackers – apparently the victim managed to break his neck and get rid of the others, before he got help to get to hospital for the treatment of his cutlass wounds. Brave man!
Warning Canouan –
Canouan’s resident boat sneak thief is out of jail atgain and preying on unwary visitors to Charlestown Bay. He tends to swim out at night, enter unlokced boats and sterals what he can see. You are still safe in Glossy Bay Marina which is open and lovely.
Glossy Bay marina is now open. This is the first real marina right in the Grenadines, and when you go in it feels surprisingly large, Wide at the western end then becoming narrower as it winds around the inside of the beach. There are openings at both ends to encourage water flow, but the only entrance is at the western end. Depths are about 16 feet at the western part, 10 feet half way down shallowing to about 8 at the eastern part. Fuel, electricity and water, wifi and toilets are available, the elegant walkways are finished and the gardeners have made a great start. There is still a fair bit of construction going on at the western end. Prices right now for all this elegance are about a US dollar a foot. It is open to the curious public at this time and in no way gated, you can also anchor outside and dinghy in. For larger yachts there is a center channel approach buoy and one pair of red and green channel buoys
New restaurant in Blue Lagoon. I received the followng info:
Having sailed up and down the Caribbean using your guides we (Martin an Jenny) have
‘swallowed the anchor’ for a place on Blue Lagoon, St Vincent, with a small
local rumshop. Jean’s bar (owned by us but managed by Jean herself) is on the windward
highway between Barefoot and Blue Lagoon . It’s a no frills locals rumshop, with prices to match. The food is cooked to order by Jean and depends what she has available, but local
specialities such as Souse are often on the menu. Open 7 days/week and open until last person leaves (Caribbean hours).
Jean – 784-528-2957
Grenada and the Grenadines. New Baobab boutique sells artistic clothing and t-shirts. In Grenada they have two Baobab Company Shops: Baobab Company, Esplanade mall, St George, and Baobab Company, Spiceland Mall, Grand Anse. In Union Island, Sunseekers Shade Boutique, Clifton Beach Hotel, Union Island, WI – Abigail Hazell has a full range of Baobab Company brand in her boutique.
Overtime fees have been increased significantly. Overtime clearance fee in now $100 EC. Immigration are now asking everyone arriving by yacht to fill in an immigration form. This does complicate arrival as only the skipper is supposed to go in and clear, which means you will end up making two trips. One to customs and to pick up the immigration forms then back to your boat to get them filled in, then back in again to immigration. To save yourself a trip you can download the form at St. Lucia now. If you would prefer it in word format so you can type on the form CLICK HERE
Soufriere security note:
I have had a confirmed report of people being held up after dark at the corner dock by the Hummingbird Restaurant. Given this I would adivise avoiding this dock after dark. If you are going to the Hummingbird, beach directly outside the hotel, elsewhere use the main Soufriere dinghy dock which is a well lit area.
We seem to have a group of rather poor boat vendors in Soufriere right now. Especially those in inflatables. The moorings close to town are private fishing boat moorings. They are neither desgned for, nor meant for yachts. Some vendors now put yachts on these and charge a mooring rental equivalent of the SMMA fee. Select you own mooring from of he SMMA mooring fields and go to it. Do not just follow the vendor, he is only inerested in getting as much as he can from you.
The Edge Restaurant has closed.
Wallilabou security note:
One man was murdered and another wounded in an attack on a German yacht spending the night in Walilabou in March 2016. The information I have from a couple of sources is that the attacker came from the outside in a white boat and the shooting started quickly. Unfortunately, since this was, as it were, a boat coming in, and the police have not arrested the muderers, the same could happen in any bay in this area, so caution is advised. Having said this, we do not usually get multiple murders in the these islands and a handful of yachts are still spending the night in Chateaubelair, Cumberland, Wallilabou and Keartons. Cumberland Bay at least has security cameras mounted on the government building covering much of the bay.
Grenada and Carriacou
Clarks Court Boatyard is now up and running, with the biggest travel lift in the Southeastern Caribbean – CLICK HERE for more information
Some volcanic activity around Grenada and Trinidad – CLICK HERE for more information
Customs and Immigration is now open at Blue lagoon Hotel and Marina every afternoon, 1200-1800. overtime is charged out of normal office hours. http://bluelagoonsvg.com/blMarina.aspx
From Rosi Morgan: In order to help the arriving sailors with their mooring, we gave some guys who we trust a yellow ribbon with ‘ROCK SIDE CAFÉ’ and our names printed on it. As long as the captain announces his arrival by phone, land line or when close VHF 68, we can tell him/her, how these men are recognized. (and or you show the picture already during your briefing) We can then send one of them to our moorings for assistance. The names on the picture (from left to right) are Orlando, Curtis, Squinn and Kinsley (Alex also has a ribbon, but is not on the picture). We hope, that this measure will contribute to a more stressfree anchorage.
Yachts are now banned from anchoring in Corbay. Ashore Mr. Pignataro has spread lot of white sand and built himslef a fine kitchen and dining room. This is apparently enough to justify banning yachts anchoring the bay. You may anchor just outside and dinghy to the beach as all beaches are open to the public.
Yachts are now banned from anchoring on the east side of Canouan in the protected lagoon. This has apparently been decreed at the request of the Italian owners of the boutique hotel at the north end of this bay. Kite surfing is also banned. While there may be some safety issues at the north end where the hotel is, it seems hard to come up with any rational justifiction for a ban covering the whole lagoon.
This is to clarify the write-up in the 2015-2016 guide about Mustique shore access. As mentioned, most of the coast from the local village to the end of the salt pond with associated beaches is almost always open, including the salt pond walk. You can always arrange visits to places like Cotton House. From about May to October there are usually no restrictions and you can normally wander all over the island. The most restricted times are the busy times like Christmas to New Year, February and Easter; about 7 weeks a year, when you may be restricted to the area mentioned, though even at these times you can discuss what you would like to do with Berris Little at Mustique Moorings and it is possible he can help. The rest of the time it depends on how many owners are around, and usually you can go most places, except maybe to one or two of the most popular beaches. When you visit, keep in mind, how we are treated depends to some extent on how we behave.
Salt Whistle bay;
The Tobago Cays Marine Park TCMP has put some moorings in this bay, as the bay is crowded it is quite convenient to take one. They charge $60 EC for one night, reduced fees for longer stays wil be coming. A local man collects the fees, but he has a proper recipt book from the TCMP. I think one or two unofficial moorings may still be around, so try and get on the TCMP ones.
The Tobago Cays Marine Park has put some moorings in Union Island, mostly out close to the reef. They are numbered and have TCMP on them. They charge $60 ec for one night, reduced fees for longer stays wil be coming. If a local person helps you on a mooring, take the slip he gives you and hand it to the park ranger when you pay, so he gets a comission. There is no compulsion to use them, but for those that like to, this should end the unregulated and poor moorings of the past.
Bertrand has marked the passage through the reef to Sparrow’s Beach Club. He has also put in some moorings. His map is below. Remember it is not always calm in here and you definitely do not want to go in a northerly swell, but for a lunch stop for the adventurous it could be interesting!
Moorings are in about 2 meters, or Betran says you can anchor further out in about 5 meters.