September 29, 2006
Well it all started with a “special offer” eMail from Sunsail, two week flotilla out of St Vincent, and the discovery that they were offering a “share-a-yacht” option, four up on a Sun Odessey 43DS.
Looked like a good trip, into an area I had never sailed before, so I suggested to my sister that she might like to join me..
When is it? October. When is the hurricane season? June to November. Not likely!
Oh well so its off on my own with three strangers then…
A week before I am due to go, I was wondering if Pat had made the right decision, THREE named storms in the Atlantic at the same time, Florence, Gordon and Helen…
Then I get a phone call from SunSail, “We have a little problem, the other three have all cancelled”. “No you have a problem, I have a yacht, but I’ll need to borrow someone from the Lead Crew to help sail it. Can I have the hostess please?”
Unfortunately the Hostess had been a barmaid the month before and had never sailed before so I had to go out with the Flotilla Skipper as my crew, whilst the Engineer and Hostie handled the lead boat.
This also meant that we had to be the first to arrive at each anchorage, which is not my normal behaviour when out on flotilla, I like sailing not necessarily going straight from A to B.