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In Topic: Any tips on Windward islands?

08 March 2017 - 10:48 PM

Don't know if Robin's experience was before or after the 2006 gangrape of 2 teenaged tourists coming back from a hike.
Sorry I couldn't find a more mainstream website (although the original source material was the Miami Herald), but this incident where 2 teenaged girls were raped while their mother was beaten is one of the reasons I "plan around" St. Vincent.

It was well before.

In all fairness, you can find crime anywhere in the world.
And to be balanced and candid, I highly recommended Union Island.  A few years ago there was a machete attack on a anchored boat on Frigate Island, which is adjacent to Union Island.  That is why I like staying at the Anchorage YC.
My intention is not to make this place, which is a great cruising area, sound like a war zone, but I really think that St. Vincent proper is a "pass."

In Topic: Any tips on Windward islands?

06 March 2017 - 10:38 PM

Many years ago, while staying in Mustique (so this may be out of date) chartered a boat for a day sail and tour of St Vincent. Left early in the morning and left St Vincent before dark. Left the boat in Kingston, hired a car and guide for the rainforest which was absolutely spectacular. Had no trouble and would highly recommend it. I have not stayed overnight on a yacht in St Vincent.

In Topic: Binoculars?

19 January 2017 - 10:10 PM

I have a very old pair (late 1980s or early 90s) of Steiner Commander RS 2000 (7x50) (military--ugly green) with compass that were so beaten up (used and abused for more than 20 years on various race boats) that my crew actually bought me a new pair of sailing binoculars and I put the Steiner's aside. I recently sent them back to the factory to see if they could be refurbished and requested a quote. About 8 weeks later a completely refurbished pair appeared on my doorstep, free of charge. They are like new and I do mean like new. All of the optics are great and the compass is working, etc. There is real value in a company like that. Consider finding a pair on ebay if you do not want to purchase new.


In Topic: too much?

17 January 2017 - 10:31 PM

Assuming you were Yellow.
Pos 1 you were overlapped with green
Pos 2, you were overlapped with both green and blue
Both overlaps started outside of 2 boatlength circle, which would be between positions 2 an 3.
You needed to give Green room and were entitled to room from Blue.
Becasue you are not AT the mark, nor gybeing around it, 18.4 does nto apply and you are entitled to continue on starboard as far as you like.
However, once you gybed, Blue only needed to give you room to sail to the mark whilst giving green room and you were not entitled to take blue wider than necessary for this.

3 boat length circle

In Topic: too much?

13 January 2017 - 10:05 PM

As it happens, in my opinion (not fact) course configuration and an over emphasis on "pure" windward--leeward racing has diminished participation.