I’ve had it with Bin Laden,
Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. I’m doing my part to thwart
terrorism and stimulate the economy by heading off to my boat for the
first two weeks of December. I expect shares in Mount Gay
Rum and diesel fuel retailers to soar.
Micro Suspect Garrett
Holmes is making the rounds. This time, he appears at ABYC
Presentation Night, asleep inside the Overall Club Racing Trophy
won by fellow Suspect Winston Beckett. See photo.
As the 2001 hurricane season
comes to an official close, I thought it appropriate to write
about the effects of such natural phenomenon on the mind of a
charter boat owner.
Background Photo features the pristine beach on the
uninhabited island of Baradal in the Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and
Things are getting back to
Surprisingly, I have received no
charter cancellations, and booking are actually better than where they
were last year at this time. There appears to be no better
way to demonstrate how not to be deterred by terrorism
than to get on a plane, head down to the Caribbean, and charter
This month, we have some great
guest articles from two visitors who ventured into The
- The Adventures/Experiences
- Field Correspondent Harman Stinson has returned from the
Windward Islands from his quest to discover every brand of
beer offered there. His in-depth evaluation is
documented in detail in A
Review of The Beers of the Windward Islands.
The incredible odyssey is described in The
Quest to Discover the Beers of the Windward Islands.
- The Adventures - St
Vincent & The Grenadines - “Just the
two of us, one phenomenal trip”
are the words Hervé Liegeois used to describe his
June 2001 trip. That trip is described online,
complete with photos. In December of this year, Hervé takes delivery of a
brand new Lagoon 410 catamaran, Mama Cocha, to be
placed in charter with Sunsail in the BVI.
Read about the boat and the adventures on the Mama
Background Photo features the spectacular Tobago Cays, as
seen from the hills of Mayreau under the late afternoon sun.
September has not been a good month.
First, I received the news that Keeth
Stone’s mother, Doreen Rosemary Stone, passed away
suddenly at the tender age of 74. The Usual Suspects
offer our condolences, and tip our glasses to a fine woman who
raised a fine family.
Then came September 11.
During the attack, I received news
that an old University friend, long-time crew member on my J24,
and fellow crew on other J24 campaigns, Bruce “Slo-Mo”
Maclean, passed away suddenly at the age of 41 as a result of a
serious illness. Bruce will be sadly missed by the many J24
sailors he has come to know in Toronto and Halifax. A tribute to
Bruce will now permanently appear in The
Suspects section of this website.
In the midst of all the
several crew members, and myself managed to get Winston’s J35 Crime
Scene through the Great Lakes to Detroit and compete in the
J35 North American Championship. Gord
Burt, stranded in Allentown, PA for two weeks because of the
US attack, somehow managed to get on a plane and join us.
We raced well enough to place 5th (see Results)
in a tough fleet of professionally-run boats.
As September 2001 wound down, the
wonderful news came that Garrett Alton Holmes,
son of Prime Suspects Dave
Holmes and Julie
Hughes, was born. We look forward to teaching this young
man how to sail, chase girls, and pour Rummers.
This month’s update features two
excellent guest articles; one from Roy Burley of Calgary, and one
from Keith MacDonald of Ottawa.
- The Adventures
“Porto Flip” - Roy Burley and the
crew of Porto Flip from Calgary leave the Stampede behind
in search of adventure of a different sort. Roy
provides a colorful description of their odyssey through
The Grenadines, down to Grenada, and back.
Greek Islands, W.I. - Ottawa resident Keith MacDonald,
who actively practices The Usual Suspects
lifestyle, while contributing to the immense body of research
in this field, is en-route to the Greek Islands to further
that research. Discover his secrets for preparing
for that trip, in Part 1 of a two-part series,
The Greek Islands, W.I. Part 2 of this series will be featured in the November
Background Photo features the crew of Porto Flip
encountering fierce squalls on their passage between Grenada and
Photo by Roy Burley and the Porto Flip crew
First, we (Gord
and I, and the crew of Winston’s
J35 Crime Scene) are the J35 Lake Ontario Champions as
well as the J35 Western Lake Ontario Series Champions. We
are off to Detroit in mid-September to test our mettle against
the very best J35s at the North American Championship.
- About This Website -
Each and every month, between fifteen to twenty hours are
spent updating this website. A detailed and painful
description of that production process is described in the
article A Whole Lot of
- The Adventures
- These are the words that Terry Shuster used to
describe his July 2001 experience in The Grenadines.
Read about his double adventure cruising The Grenadines
back-to-back on two separate boats.
Log is another definitive website for the serious
cruiser. It contains recent yacht positions of cruisers
worldwide, narratives, radio networks, classifieds, crew
finder, a chat room, and a message board. Updated
regularly, this site is worth a visit.
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Rummers in hand, cruising Casuarina Beach on Palm Island on a
The number of visits to The Usual Suspects
website mysteriously tripled on June 1 of this year. I
discovered that the reason for this was an overwhelming number
of referrals from a site called CruiseNews.
Suspects was featured in the “New Discoveries”
section. Upon viewing the website, it became apparent that
Cruisenews is the definitive website for cruising
stories and adventures, and deserves to be mentioned here.
- The Boat
- Link to one of the best reference sites for detailed
information on charter boat ownership.
- The Adventures - CruiseNews
is the definitive site for sailing and cruising stories.
Given a Suspect’s appetite for a good story, a visit to
this website is a must.
Background Photo features a schooner from Union Island with
day-charter guests, about to drop anchor at Palm Island - one of
the many sights of the lower Grenadines.
Suspects - Suspects Charuk
successfully tricked fellow Suspect Winston
into buying a J35 for racing in Toronto. We have joined
his J35 program and will compete on the Lake Ontario
summer. In September, we will try our skills against the
very best at the North American Championship in Detroit.
The name of the boat? Crime Scene, of
- The Adventures - “One
Great Adventure” - A Trip Report from Bob Sherer.
During the last half of 2000, Bob communicated with the Suspects
about possible Grenadines adventures. In February 2001,
he finally put his plan to work. His report describes
- The Experiences
- Dinghy Docks
of The Grenadines - A Prime Suspect
reports on the condition of the dinghy docks in The
Grenadines. Find out why it is difficult to come
ashore in some locations.
101 - An Introductory Course. Readers have
pointed out that The Rummer has not been included
as a basic prop in this course. This was an
oversight, and the problem has been corrected in this
update. I regret any inconvenience or pain this may
have caused anybody.
and Destination: St.
Lucia are now available in downloadable Adobe
Postscript (PDF) format, providing you the ability to
print them with proper formatting.
Background Photo features a traffic jam at the dinghy dock
June 2001 is the First Anniversary of
The Usual Suspects website, believe it or not.
During the past year, Suspects have had the opportunity
to share a number of adventure stories, as well as the many
Caribbean experiences we enjoy so much. I have had the
opportunity to meet a large number of adventurers (over the
Internet and in person) who enjoy the same things. It has
been a very rewarding year.
One such adventurer is a
Calgarian named Roy Burley, who has booked his bareboat vacation
in The Grenadines in August of this year. We have
exchanged numerous e-mails
on the topic, and his enthusiasm is quite refreshing. Have
a splendid trip Roy, and put down a few Rummers for all of us
Background Photo features Prime Suspect Rob
Charuk conducting field research on the aft swim platform of The
- The Experiences
- Major update to Destination:
The Grenadines. New and updated information for each
of the anchorages is reflected in this update. This update also includes a major revision to the Boat
Boys of The Grenadines feature. In addition, these features are now available in
downloadable Adobe Postscript (PDF) format, providing you the
ability to print them with proper formatting.
Background Photo features the morning sun on The
Usual Suspects at anchor in the Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent, with
Fort Duvernette in the background.
- The Boat -
Revision to the Boat section that includes a complete write-up
on the yacht charter company responsible for managing my boat, Barefoot Yacht Charters.
Numerous photos of the boat are
now available thanks to the marvels of digital photographic
- The Suspects -
The February 2001 adventure in The Grenadine increased the
cruiser's "Most Wanted" list with the addition of
five new Suspects, including Julie
Hughes, Dave Holmes, Jeff
Long, and Silvia Presenza.
Peter Hallberg is in the queue
for future criminal activities that will include gross
misrepresentation of the chronology of events.
- The Adventures
Days in the Life Aboard "The Usual Suspects" -
The latest Suspects, Jeff Long and Silvia Presenza,
write about their February 2001 adventure in paradise aboard The Usual
Suspects. Their perspective on life in the slow
lane is most entertaining.
- For those of you who can't handle
the truth, there is a highly suspect version of the same
adventure that is 99.44% fact-free. Find out how a
lawyer, a spin doctor, and two lumberjacks avoid being
voted off the boat in the February
2001 Adventure - Survivor III The Grenadines.
Background Photo features the latest batch of Suspects
lounging around aboard The Usual Suspects on another
perfect day in the Tobago Cays.
- The Experiences
The Grenadines. This update adds a section that
island of Carriacou.
- Destination: British
Virgin Islands - I have yet to visit so I
cannot write about them. Given that the BVIs are
the single most popular charter destination, a Usual
Suspects BVI report is conspicuous by its
absence. Pat and Jere Lull have put together the
most comprehensive report the BVIs that I have seen to
date. I recommend that you have a look at Pat
& Jere’s BVI Pages.
Background Photo features the crystal waters, white
sand beach, and lone thatched hut that greets visitors to the
Mopion Sandbank in The Grenadines.
- The Experiences - Destination:
Grenada. Experience the “Isle of Spice” first hand,
from the aromatic spices to the pristine mountain
rainforests to the bustling streets of St. George’s.
Grenada has it all.
Background Photo features a morning walk on a deserted
beach in Mayreau, The Grenadines.
- The Adventures - Lots
- December 2000
Adventure - The Isle of Spice. Complete
trip report on the activities from our December 2000
adventure in Grenada.
- Special surprise
"Round Man" Stone, Chief Beverage Technician
on The Usual Suspects AND Scurvy Dog #4 on Destiny
Calls, hosted a huge party in early November. Crew
from both boats met for the first time to exchange stories.
The body count was heavy. Here is the police
complete record of the “trip of a lifetime.” Don Boyd
and Joni Crosby from Montreal Canada completed a 17 month
journey to the Caribbean and South America aboard their CS27
Calls. Their log
entries were posted to the web while they cruised from
port to port.
- No longer wannabe cruisers,
Jim (Scurvy Dog #6 on Destiny Calls) and Janette
Laverdiere from Montreal are on their trip of a lifetime
aboard CS33 Borean
. They plan a six month+ cruise that will take in
Florida and the Bahamas. Follow their progress from
periodic updates on their website.
- The Experiences -
Mini-update to the Boat
Boys of The Grenadines feature. Includes a few updated
photographs, plus new biographies on Allex
Hutchinson and Erika’s
Marine Services on Union Island, and Ritchie
Alexis and Devon David from Tyrrel Bay.
Background Photo features sunrise over The Usual
Suspects at Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou, during a pre-dawn swim.
Last Updated: March 1, 2002
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