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- - St.Vincent & Grenadines - -

  • From: "N Sethia" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 10:02:26 -0500
Well, as Lenny continues to move to the east, we are still experiencing some
fairly rough seas out of the west.  After winds as high as 40-knots during
the night, today we have 25+ knot winds and some pretty unpleasant seas,
with breakers continuing to pound the west coasts of the islands.   Most
yachts have moved out of Admiralty Bay, Bequia, and gone round to Friendship
Bay which has been much calmer.  The Tobago Cays also continue to be a safe
place to be.  Salt Whistle Bay and Saline Bay in Mayreau are untenable and
have no vessels there.  Canouan is also bad, and huge breakers were reported
rolling into the normally tranquil Chatham Bay on Union Island's west coast.

We are not allowing charter guests to sail today - conditions remain too
rough, but the forecast is for the winds to ease off by tomorrow and
hopefully this will lead, by Tuesday or thereabouts, to the return of
"normal" November weather.


  • From: "N Sethia" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 08:46:10 -0500
Very still and humid this morning but fortunately the swells have abated

Serious damage reported in Port Elizabeth, Bequia - all docks washed away,
including Bequia Marina.  The ferries are out of action too.

Most west-facing Grenadines anchorages have lost docks and suffered beach

The Tobago Cays definitely turned out to be the best place for yachts.

  • From: "N Sethia" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 12:28:19 -0500
Well, we didn't expect wind but we were wrong.  We have just recorded gusts
to 35 knots and now have heavy rain and strong winds (20 to 25 knots)
blowing across into the Lagoon.  The tide is very high and staff members who
have been here for 10 years or more are saying that they cannot remember the
lagoon ever looking like this.  Large rollers are smashing into the
coastline and actually entering the lagoon on the shallower, northern side.

  • From: "N Sethia" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 11:58:16 -0500
Heavy swells continue to wash through St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Serious damage to the new cruise ship terminal and the terminal buildings.
Damages also reported at Ottley Hall haul-out facility and at Wallilabou
Bay.  The Young Island ferry is unable to land either at Young Island or on
the mainland, and is currently sitting in the middle of the channel.

I just spoke with a crewed charter skipper who was passing Mayreau en route
to Union Island.  He reports that Salt Whistle Bay and Saline Bay in Mayreau
are empty of yachts but have large swells rolling into the bays.  Same with
Canouan.  It seems that the Tobago Cays are one of the safest places to be
right now - this skipper had just come from there and said that there were
no problems in the Cays.

Very still and very overcast, hot and humid as the large band protruding
from Lenny (and reaching a far south as Trinidad) starts to cross our
islands.  Looks like we may get some heavy rain, but no wind.

We're all concerned about our friends further north and are keeping our
fingers crossed for them.


  • From: "N Sethia" <barebum AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 09:31:50 -0500
Hello from St Vincent and the Grenadnies.  We will be happy to give you

Right now, we have some serious problems in St Vincent and the Grenadines
caused by massive south-westerly and westerly swells -

a.    The Bequia ferry was unable to land passengers at Kingstown dock this
morning and has had to turn back to Bequia
b.    One ship has been destroyed in Bequia
c.    The entire shoreline in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, has gone
d.    Blue Lagoon has 10-foot breakers on the fringing reef, and massive
swells coming into the Lagoon.
e.    The new cruise ship terminal in Kingstown has been partially destroyed
and waves are coming over the roofs of the new terminal buildings. The
Financial Complex (home to most of the Ministries) is also experiencing
flooding, and the cruise ship Customs office has been destroyed
f.    Kingstown has waves and sea-water washing up into the main town

This is only part of it - reports continue to come in on AM radio and it
looks as if there will be more serious damage as the day progresses.

It is very humid and hot, and there are very light winds.


Barefoot Yacht Charters
PO Box 39, Blue Lagoon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
West Indies

Tel. 784-456-9526  Fax. 784-456-9238

- Preparations going fine
  • From: "Antonio & Bobzie Joyette" <zabs AT caribsurf.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 00:49:50 -0300
Hi Gert,

Greetings from St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Here all things seem to bee going as the authorities would wish. We are
under a Hurrican Watch now and the folks here are taking it serious. I went
to the grocer's today and found out that all the possible hurricane supplies
were depleted. I felt good. My people are learning. Pretty much the people
here are just waiting and praying to see the Storm (Jose) make a need turn
towards the north.

The Authorities are doing well to get the message out and the shelters
prepared in the event they are needed. The Radio stations and TV stations
are doing there bit too...I am pleased. We have also seen a spirit of unity
in this attempt to protect property and prevent loss of life. This makes me
feel good.

Otherwise .....its quiet here.

well until later 
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  • - Jose Coming?
    • From: Karl Eklund <karl AT eklund.com>
    • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 17:33:21 -0400
    We have only been back on St Vincent for a few days, so we haven't
    really settled in yet; but I did have to go into Kingstown to get things
    back to normal in our house. I asked a lot of people what they thought
    about the approach of Hurricane Jose, and, I'm sorry to say, the most
    prevalent answer was a smile and "St. Vincent is a blessed island.
    Nothing bad ever happens here.". The radio station I listen to in the
    car didn't mention anything, and, as far as I know, there have been no
    pronouncements by the Government. Nobody else I asked has heard anything
    official either. I'm going to spend the afternoon picking up loose
    things around the yard.
    I couldn't get this out earlier. By 5 PM or so evidently a hurricane
    watch has been declared; and the path has shifted northward? Maybe the
    vincies are right after all!
    Karl Eklund, Villa, St. Vincent, 784-457-5416

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