Seven Seas Cruising Association Director Judi Mkam announced today that Jean Samuel Altema has been appointed the SSCA Host for Ile à Vache, Haiti. The designation is a well earned recognition of the assistance to cruising sailors that Samuel has provided informally for fifteen years.
The Altema family are long time residents of Ile à Vache, and Samuel has for many years been the go-to man for, among others, the Canadian non-profit group, Friends of Ile à Vache. His services for many cruisers have included arranging for visits to Madame Bernard and other parts of Ile à Vache as well as information about and transportation to points on the main island such as Les Cayes, Jacmel, and Port-au-Prince.
Educated in Les Cayes, Samuel’s fluency in Creole, French, and English is invaluable for the international cruisers who call at Ile à Vache. He is the proprietor of a well-stocked sundries shop on the Baie a Feret in Caille Coq.
Samuel can be contacted at [email protected].
For more information about cruising stops in Haiti, check out Noonsite and Free Cruising Guides. Plans are currently under way to install moorings at five cruising stops in Haiti, beginning with Ile à Vache.