Ocean slog ends with a man overboard

Yachtsman Malcolm Russell reached St Helena exhausted but unharmed after a gruelling 1,600-mile voyage – then fell overboard in James Bay. He couldn’t climb up out of the water, and his brother Rusty no longer had the strength to haul him in. Now Malcolm has told how the pair were taken in by “the angel […]

How a gift from a lost tribe helped island jewellery take shape

Eye-catching paper necklaces link St Helena with a lost tribe of bush people in Botswana. They are based on a piece of jewellery that was passed to the island’s craft enterprise, SHAPE, by Hazel Wilmot, owner of the Consulate Hotel in Jamestown. Her father had been a member of an expedition in the 1960s to record the tribe’s disappearing […]

Tourism leaders welcome more sailings, but not the selling

A new strategy for operating the RMS St Helena has been given a mixed response by tourism leaders on the island. A proposed new sailing schedule was welcomed at a meeting with Enterprise St Helena officials, but there was strong criticism of “counter-productive” marketing. Julian Morris, head of economic development, said he had intervened since […]

Tourist cash sails away – in a ‘millpond’ sea

She came, we saw, she left – the words of hotelier Hazel Wilmot after the P&O cruise ship Arcadia left James Bay without allowing passengers ashore. Questions are now being asked about why the island traders lost the chance of tourist income,  despite “millpond” conditions at the landing steps. It is understood some passengers were too elderly […]

Chamber leaders are re-elected

Stuart Moors is reported to have been comfortably re-elected as president of the St Helena Chamber of Commerce, with John Styles continuing as vice president. Brenda Moors and Pat Williams will serve as secretary and treasurer, and nine other members were elected to an expanded chamber committee at the organisation’s annual general meeting on 12 April […]

Hotel owner is censured for chamber resignation call

Hazel Wilmot has been formally rebuked for publicly demanding the resignations of the leaders of the island’s chamber of commerce, over the closure of the St Helena Independent. A statement from the chamber – sent to this website by Ms Wilmot – says the owner of The Consulate Hotel in Jamestown has been given a “public censure”. It says […]

Men behind The Sentinel face call to resign

An open letter is calling on Stuart Moors and John Styles  to resign as heads of St Helena’s chamber of commerce, because of their role in the closure of the island’s only private-sector newspaper. Hazel Wilmot says that if they don’t step down as president and vice-president, then all the other members should walk out […]