Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Carriacou Sloops Vol. I & II now available in St. Barth's & BVI

The last 3 weeks saw GENESIS sailing from Antigua to Tortola with a cargo of books. The aim was to generate interest in Caribbean Boatbuilding while promoting the books. 1st stop was St. Barth's where we were welcomed by LouLou Magras - himself a photographer with a unique collection of slides taken during the 60s & 70s of Carriacou Sloops & Schooners when they regularly docked at Gustavia to exchange produce for cigarettes & liquor. We had an impromptu slide projection of the Carriacou Sloops books outside the Capitanerie while the crew of a French frigate looked on from the bridge deck.
Next stop was St. Maarten and the museum in Philipsburg to deliver more books. Then on to Anguilla where we stopped for a drink with Sir Emil Gumbs, ex Prime Minister of Anguilla and captain of the legendary Warspite. 4 am saw us sailing out of Road Bay and on to Trellis Bay and Jost Van Dyke to do the same at Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta. Here we met all kinds of interesting salts including the builder of the new Jost Van Dyke 32 Tortola Sloop being built behind Foxy's by Kevin and his team of students from the local school. Next it was Tortola and Aragorn's Studio in Trellis Bay where again we held an evening of Fish Fry with Slide Presentation. The invited guests ranged from Government officials, Yachts People, book sellers and museum curators. Aragorn got on the mike and spoke at some length about his plan to build a new Tortola Sloop right there on the beach at Trellis next to his earlier project the beautiful Dominican GliGli Carib Canoe .
After a 30 hr beat across the Sombrero Passage GENESIS sailed onto the dock at St. Barth's once again, this time to project the slideshow at the Gallery PORTA 34 where LouLou was holding an exhibition of 120 of his wonderful framed prints. We then joined Marius for his 85th birthday party at the select with 2 nights of live music...

Next week we sail South to Bequia, PSV, Carriacou, , PM & Grenada where we shall be doing more signings and slide presentations.