04/17/2011, Atlantic Ocean WINDWARD MARK!
We were invited on our new friend's 'cat', Kuhala, along with 10 or so others to watch the race way out at the windward mark! This sure beats hiking up the mountain, in the heat, carrying tp, water, sunscreen, towels, lunch, chairs, bug spray...you get the idea and everybody who had already done this said it was HOT!
What a spectacular day! The photography that was going on today was over the top! I shot almost 500 photos, and Lauren said she shot 1,800 with her Nikon and zoom lens! I got a ton of amazing shots of these incredibly gorgeous machines with my Canon, too scared to bring my new Nikon out here on the water!
What a treat! Thank you so much Kuhala, that was awesome taking us all out to the windward mark for this magnificent display of incredibly beautiful boat designs. The classes were: Traditional: fishing or cargo vessels built or converted to sail; Vintage: yachts with a full keel in original condition designed and launched before WWII; Classic: yachts with a full keel designed and launched after WWII; Classic GRP: fibreglass boats with long keels and descendants of wood boat design; Spirit of Tradition: Yachts built recently using modern methods and design, but retaining the original grace and style of the old classics. Last but not least is the Tall Ship class: Sail training and passenger vessels.
Truly a gift to be able to see these majestic boats in action with so many crew that it had to take months to train for this event! Remarkable!
Thanks so very much Kuhala, Lin and Harry, you are a class act yourselves!
Now you try picking just one of these beauties or a bunch...hopefully I'll get a chance to set up a photo album on this site for you to see the Classic Regatta or a lot of it anyway!
04/16/2011, Mad Mongoose...Party Central!
I don't know who really organized this evening, but I'd wager it was Lorry! They are planning the strategy for obtaining Mount Gay Hats, and other momentos for the Classic Regatta!
What a great bunch of people! Only problem is we are all still kids! Immediately, the guys gathered at one end and the girls at the other! Are we back in high school! Or is this our second childhood?
Connie has a great chef, Basil and the food is consistently super! Thanks Lorry! Thanks Stephen...and most of all thanks honey for another night out!
We seriously are going to have to go somewhere and dry out! This is only day 5 and we are bushed! The Regatta just started too!
04/16/2011, Behind Kuhala...
I went to help organize the evening where a big gang was going to meet at Mad Mongoose tonight and I was tied up to my new best friend's CAT, Kuhala!
As I was leaving, unclipping the painter from the stern, my wonderful, waterproof camera, the Canon, took a dive! I tore off my hat, my camera bag (which should've been zipped), and dove right in! The weather was cloudy, overcast and the water was turbid! I free dove about three times, they were anchored in 20' of murky water, but I couldn't get to the bottom nor see anything long enough. I was determined not to get discouraged, but I needed help. Lin immediately gave me some fins and a mask...still not able to get to the bottom and see anything! I flew back to Altair, got my weight belt, my mask and fins and it helped, but now I had to figure the swinging path the boat was making on her anchor. When I got back to our boat, I asked Dudley if I could call the diver that cleaned our bottom yesterday! He had to come back for the $30 we accidentally shorted him, so I didn't feel bad asking him to him to come by Kuhala next to us.
Maurice has a good system, for just such a predicament...score the bottom slowly to mark where he'd been then move along accordingly! He sent his two young helpers to get another tank and now I'm wondering if I closed all the openings as if I was going on a dive, etc.
He was taking too long and I was now afraid that a current might have carried my wee whittle camera away and he was going to charge more than the camera was worth!
He came up trying to act like he was not successful, but in the end he had a great big smile and the good news! He didn't want to charge a thing, was glad we were honest about the $30, but we gave him $70EC, (only $26 US), but it was a glorious moment. I love that camera!
Thanks Maurice, thanks honey, thanks Lin (for all your support)!
04/15/2011, Falmouth Harbor Neighbors!
We thought we were going in to join the festivities and share the Dark and Stormy party at the Antigua Yacht Club! We were dressed, almost ready to go when we got an invite to come join our friends Lorry and Steve on Kuhala with Lin and Harry! They would not take no for an answer and when I found out that she turns into Patrisse after a couple of sundowners, I knew we'd hit it off! They have this huge party boat, a bit catamaran that was the plan to host parties and have friends and family join them when they sold their home and took off for the Caribbean. They have kept to their wishes and plans...we will attest to that!
We skipped the dark and stormy night with strangers and made new friends! Thanks Kuhala for including us!
04/14/2011, Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
We took off with Lorry and Stephen to check out the mega yachts here from all over the world for this elite regatta! The rich and famous are here lined up on the dock with their crew and monster sail bags lined up as far as the eye can see! The frenzied activity is breathtaking...with each and every boat doing the last minute touch ups on varnish or brass or stainless! We think they take the lifelines off for cleaner lines and some clearly never had them to begin with and you can see the hand grips are the only thing to brace a foot to to grab!
Our dear friends, Pam and Brian on the classic gaff schooner, Rebecca, gave me back my flip flops, in the middle of their personal frenzied last minute touches, and even suggested we might have a chance to be on board for one day of the races, depending on how their crew works together! Wow! Just to be considered is an honor! She's gorgeous and she knows it...but seriously, she's a newbie by these standards, and tiny in comparison to some of the mega yachts, reaching lengths well beyond 40 meters!
Here are just a few that can wet your whistle! OMG...what a treat! So was the free Mt. Gay Rum!
04/13/2011, Nelson's Dockyard...
We walked over to English Harbor, and had to take a peak at the classic yachts over there. We were early and needed to check in with Customs and Immigration in an historical building just across from the Copper and Lumber, another historical building, serving breakfast 'til 10:30. As is true to form with the British clearing in officials, it was past serving time when we left their offices, duly allowed, formally paid for all the park fees, service fees and now we're searching for food!
We just stopped in to ask what food was available since breakfast is officially over! We bumped into Cassandra...a good friend we've kept in touch with since we met her 2 years ago when we were here! She got the chef to cook us a top notch English breakfast and hugs were the star of the morning!
Ok, so these Classic Yachts are too...later!