Man Over Board

June 20, 2018

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It’s a scenario no one on a moving vessel wants at sea. Safety is key especially with kids. We drum it in everyday: Three points of contact when moving around the boat. Stay out of the “triangle of death” – the area below the boom which can swing, hard and fast. And the Man Over […]

Tera firma

June 20, 2018

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She emerged from the water, head first. Her hair bleached blonde from the sun. Still wearing her mask and snorkel she reached her hands out of the water and handed me her black fins, beaming. Gripping the handles of the stepladder she climbed slowly, setting foot onto the boat stumbling forward like a toddler uneasy […]

VISAR – Virgin Island Search And Rescue

June 14, 2018

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The scream came suddenly. The high pitched shrill echoed through the boat. “Aghhhhhhhhhh…..CURTIS!!!! Someone help him. Currrrtis, are you ok?”. Followed by hysterical crying. We’d just returned from diving and had taken our ocean showers. All of us rushed to the top deck and peered anxiously through one of the small hatches leading to the […]

All hands on deck

June 12, 2018

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The first night spent at Hodges Creek Marina was a challenging one. Dock days usually are though. There’s little breeze and at this time of the year and the Sargasso weed is building up and decomposing in the water. Large pools of this yellow plant knit tightly together. It floats on the surface of the […]

You’ve got children

June 12, 2018

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The night before the kids were due to arrive I was pulled aside at the bbq and told, “you’re on airport duty,”… “Uhmmm ok, no problem,” I replied. I’m always happy to see all aspects of how a business operates. Although I hadn’t quite anticipated the hurdles I’d face along the way. Thankfully my previous […]

The Baths – Virgin Gorda

June 8, 2018

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After ten days of sailing we ended our staff training this morning with a visit to The Baths on the southwest tip of Virgin Gorda. It’s famed for its large granite boulders that form a series of caves. It’s a climber’s paradise. We moored early to beat the tourist scrum and splashed into the deep […]

Broken

June 7, 2018

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We’d just finished dinner and cleaning up. All of us were exhausted. It was late, past 10pm when the accident happened. I was in my room getting ready for bed when my roomie came hurtling in through the door with a bit too much gusto. The next thing I heard was a yelp. I swung […]