LETTER: Applause For The Antiguan Coast Guard!


Dear Editor,

We are a South African sailing family and have been in Antigua since the 3rd March.

We have, along with so many other cruisers watched the Covid-19 processes and restrictions unfold and have been witness to how the authorities have handled such an unusual and sudden pandemic.

As a live-aboard family and on behalf of fellow cruisers around Antigua, we’d like to applaud the Coast Guard. They have been present, responsive, polite, and efficient.

When a request to move anchorage for provisioning, check out of the country or other marine related services, the Coast Guard has efficiently assisted the sailors we know around the island.

When communicating either over the VHF or in person they have been professional with a complimentary attitude; our kids thanked them in person a few days ago and they responded with a smile; ‘This is what we do!’

The Coast Guard’s reaction to such an unusual situation has been exemplary. We have felt safe and welcomed in Antiguan waters.

Thank you and well done, please keep up the good work during this pandemic!
Kind regards
The LodeStar Family

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  1. Fully agree – they have been very friendly and polite to make the best out of the situation…

  2. All we ever hear are the negative comments, so it’s good to hear this. It can’t all be bad!! KUDOS Coast Guard!

  3. Thank you for taking the time.
    The kindness in this period has been overshadowed, and while this is the coastguard’s call of duty, I sincerely say ‘we value you’.
    For all the patronizing and the chestbeating out there: please just spread kindness today, & EVERYDAY.
    All Antiguans and Barbudans, its time to just be KIND.

  4. I’ve trained with 09/10 batch, big up my squaddies good job fellas! Jarvis both male and female, Ephraim,Ralph, Morgan, Martin, nuh know if white boy,Nanna and Hector still there but big up everyone else still!

  5. Fully concur! We are a family of four living on a sailboat. We have been in Antigua-Barbuda since late February. The Coast Guard has been very professional and responsive…THANKS! We’d also like to thank every Antiguan-Barbudian for their incredible patience, hospitality and kindness. After hearing stories from other islands, we feel fortunate to be “stuck” in Antigua…in this crazy time, I can’t think of a better place.


    s/v TwinSanity

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