Monday, January 17, 2011
Saying Hello to a new boat
“I don’t know,” I answered.
Then I just explained that I had sent an email to the skipper about my plans but that I knew what it was like on a boat and not being able to access the internet. Chances were, they did not know I was there. So if there was a restaurant, I would just go there and figure it out. So, there I sat, in front of the restaurant at the Prickly Bay Marina. I knew I needed the internet or a VHS radio, maybe both.
“Your crew is here,” the marina operator told the female voice with a crisp English accent on the other end of the radio.
After a long pause the reply came:
“Okay then, we will dinghy in and gather her up shortly,” she said.
Soon a young girl with a big smile was pulling a dinghy up to the dock.
No, they had not gotten my email and did not know I was coming that day. But it was a warm welcome with apologies that they were all a little under from having a late night going out the night before.
I felt my entire body relax and I knew that this was going to be a good fit.
The boat is an Oceanis Benetaeu 50 and only 3 years old! She is beautiful with vast amounts of space that I am not used to. Automatic widgets everywhere and two, yes two heads! (bathrooms)
The team includes the Skipper, a handsome Brit who self describes himself as a sea gypsy currently living on a boat in Malaysia. The Spaniard, a young Biologist with a gentle persona and an easy going personality. The Brit, a bright, pretty women with more life experience than seemed to match her youth. Together, they had crossed the ocean from the Canaries to Grenada and had formed an obvious bond.
Nervous, like the first day of college I moved into share the front cabin with the Brit.
Within no time, I knew this was going to be a blast. There is a lot of work to do with the project but they are as committed to the project as they are embracing to the beauty of earth and the fun that life holds.
I can’t wait.