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sailing and diving around the world
So, this was our destination, from Bermuda, and it was really nice to finally arrive. We took a slip at Ocean Reef Resort. Nice enough place, but sort of out of the way. You need to take a short cab ride to get to the market. It's just a little too far to walk, unfortunately. But it is walkable for you guys that are used to longer hikes :)
It was morning when we arrived, so we were just in time to get breakfast at the resort restaurant, before they switched over to their lunch menu. Great food :) I stayed on the boat with Mark and Liz for one more night, and then took a room at the Bell Channel Inn for a couple of nights. Mark and Liz took Peter and I to dinner, at The Grill Restaurant, in the Marketplace, and it was fabulous!
I walked to the Market, from my hotel, and strolled around for a bit. Zorbas does a great Mocha Latte, so I got one and went in search of some souvenirs. I found a little place that is owned by Renee. She didn't have the bead choker that I was looking for, but she, and Tira, made one up for me :) There wasn't as much action going on as there normally is because they were hit by hurricane Nigel recently, and repair work was still going on. You could see many roofs that had tiles blown away, still needing repairs.
Hey guys :) Added another 1100 sea miles to the resume. Once again, I got this crew gig through cruisersforum.com. This time the boat owners were Canadian, and so was the other crew member, so it was the first time that I was on a boat with a full Canadian crew :)
Mark and Liz have a Saga, and it was a very comfortable sailboat. Very fast, too. I flew to Bermuda to meet up with them, and Mark very kindly picked me up from the airport. The other crew member, Peter, was already on the boat. Great people, and very hospitable, and they made me feel welcome right away. I've been to Bermuda many times, but the boats I crewed on have always been located in St. George's. This time, the boat was in the old Navy Dockyards, so it was nice to become familiar with a different part of the island. There was a lot of activity going on because they're preparing for the America's Cup. It was pretty cool to see some of the boats out on the water, training.
We thought it would take us around six days to get to Freeport, Bahamas, but it ended up taking nine days. We sailed south for a day, and then turned west. It was particularly beautiful during the night sailing because we had the moon with us all the way to the Bahamas. We had a few days of rough weather, with 40 knots of wind and close to twenty foot seas. The night sails were absolutely exhilarating for me. But, it was a bit chilly.
I'm back in Toronto, now, preparing for the Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean levels, which I'll be doing in Grenada at the end of May. After that, it's off to England, to do the Master 200/OOW 500.
You can check out Mark and Liz's sailing blog at http://www.svsavinggrace.com/blog/