sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Sint Maarten arrests bode well for the island's future
Sint Maarten arrests bode well for the island's future


'Sailing paradise'    .

There has been a collective sigh of relief by all in the yacht industry in Sint Maarten (St Martin), one of the great sailing venues of the Caribbean, after the arrest of three Domincan men for the grisley murder of 37-year-old French causcasian cook from the mega yacht Cheetah Moon, Ludivic Guillevin, in February.

They have also been accused of the murder of two other men on the half Dutch (Sint Maarten), half French(St Martin) island.

Occurring just before the Heineken Regatta in St. Martin, it had cast a pall over the island. St. Martin is a huge base to yachts and many mega yachts. As a result of the murder of Cheetah Moon's cook, the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association expressed outrage at the increase in crimes against members of the marine community.

Association Treasurer Lorraine Talmi told the local paper, 'This is not the first time nor, do I fear, will it be the last. In fact, this is the second time in a week that a crew member was abducted from the Simpson Bay area. The first one managed to escape, and perhaps that is why, if it is the same gang, the second one wasn't nearly as lucky.'

Readers may remember that solo circumnavigator Mike Harker of the Manhattan Beach-based Hunter 49 Wanderlust 3 was severely beaten on his boat on the hook in St. Martin's Simpson Bay (See Sail-World_story).

For some time there has been serious concern about security on the island - Customs and Immigration Office in St. Maarten used to have a poster warning captains and crews of the dangers of gangs of male youths on the island.

Knowledgeable cruisers, when on the island, have recently remained acutely aware of their surroundings and the circumstances. Precautions included not going anywhere alone after dark, sticking to the more crowded areas, and relaxing only when on the boat or on the beach.

In the Bay -  .. .  
The shame of it all is that St. Martin, which is half French and half Dutch, is spectacularly beautiful, with great bays, a huge lagoon, lots of beaches, and some wonderful people. In fact, it's one of the most naturally beautiful islands in all of the Caribbean.

But once again, it's an island where a small minority of residents, invariably young males, have been destroying the reputation and economic opportunities for everyone else. Remarkably, the island withstood the global recession better than most, and building continues relentlessly, demonstrating a long-term faith in the future of the lovely island.

Hopefully this latest arrest will allow cruising sailors who love the island and visiting long range cruisers to be able to relax and enjoy.


by .

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83050

12:56 AM Mon 2 May 2011GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World



Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,


























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,






































ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT