Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sun, Sea and Sails

Now I think about it, flying half way around the world, sharing a boat with 3 strangers, battling sea sickness and sleeping in a space about the same size as a sardine can does not sound like an ideal holiday plan. But it's lucky I didn't let that put me off because Neal and I just got back from a great trip to the Caribbean where we did exactly that. The goal was to get our 'Day Skipper' licenses, the hope was to have some fun along the way.

We visited the cutest spots but sadly so did hoards of other people. Soper's Hole, once the headquarters for pirates and a hiding place for treasure, now a hotspot for deck shoe clad tourists lacked the authenticity I was hoping for. Pirates Bight at Norman Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' was a more unspoilt place where I would have happily stayed for a week had we had the chance. Even there the hundred or so moorings were almost constantly full.

That said, there's something awesome about sailing. The ability to go where the wind takes you, drop anchor when you're ready and explore places you can't get to on foot certainly outweighs the problems of a tiny 'galley' and the occasional bout of sea sickness. I even managed to check off 'watch the sun rise' from my must-do list for which I am super grateful now - though at the time being on deck in what felt like the middle of the night was tough. Anyway, now we are both qualified, we can plan future holidays chartering a yacht for ourselves and plan our routes to our own agenda. That's super exciting.

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