1988: Cruising in the Caribbean

In July 2013, Markus Simmeth was walking along the dockside in Palma to meet a friend who had sailed in from the Caribbean, and was struck by a sight that took him back 25 years: Amokura.

Back in February 1988, after crossing the Atlantic as deckhand on a small boat Markus found himself, with neither job nor money, in Carlisle Bay, Barbados.  After investing his last $5 in a cold beer, he struck up a conversation with Alex and Su Pulver, then-owners of Amokura, who were looking for a deckhand to help them sail to Bequia.  He joined them and sailed to Bequia, Mustique, St. Lucia and Martinique.  These photos were taken en route.

With thanks for Markus Simmeth for providing these photos and the background information.  The photos were taken in February-March 1988 just before he set off back to Europe.  There Markus worked skippering a boat in Yugoslavia before spending seven years skippering Jongert yachts all over the world.  He has since quit the world of professional sailing to set up a software company in Germany.