Therapy, I'm not sure that a mass exodus of yachts would solve anything. Firstly, where would they relocate that can guarantee no crime against cruisers or tourists? Nowhere. We should also be aware that while we may like to think otherwise, to the local people cruisers are really just tourists who arrive in their own boats - and who then stay in less secure environments than most hotels!
is a beautiful island with a decent infrastructure and with a great number of businesses geared towards the cruiser. 'Stuff' happens and really, it could just as easily have happened in our own backyards. I live in a very safe and small community and, especially since crack cocaine has hit our streets, we have had a sad, but significant increase in both robberies and murders. As I alluded to earlier, cruisers by definition should not/cannot become immobilized by fear.
Lampe, I am sorry that you are writing off the entire Windward Islands
, which I gather you just cruised, and now the Leewards because of this incident. But crime in the Virgin Islands
- and especially the USVI's, against cruisers/tourists is also not unknown. Yes, we can be ruled by fear - but eventually, if we wish to cruise
, we just have to accept that there will always be some risks associated with the activity beyond storms and reefs
. If we are not prepared to accept that, then we had best just stay locked up in our own homes - a place where we can at least have the illusion