13 November 2009 | Nanny Cay, Tortola BVI
Bob, hot, sunny and wonderful
This afternoon was the awards ceremony. We received our silver plate and complements for completing the voyage. Tonight we had a great dinner coupled with lots of shared stories about the trip. Randy left this afternoon and Jeff leaves tomorrow morining. It seems so long ago that I saw Jeff walking down our dock in Hampton. So much anxiety and uncertainty then replaced now by a sense of accomplishment. A realization that four people came together on a 42 foot boat and made it happen.
There were times when I suspect the crew was concerned even worried but I was so confident in our collective abilities that I knew we could handle whatever Mother Nature thru at us. I now have a far greater appreciation for this boat and how she can protect us from the worst of the seas. This was one of those experiences you categorize as life influencing. After the fact it now seems as not such a big deal, and yet, while we were out there dealing with the day to day, night to night wind and seas it was a big deal and it was stressful and it was difficult to manage the rolling and jossling about. I think everyone now appreciaes their accomplishments having dealt with the bumps and bruzes. I am so greatful to Alice Jeff and Randy each of whom rallied to the cause and made it a fun trip.
I encourage everyone to step outside the comfort zone and say yes to a dream or a challenge. It just feels good.
Now Alice and I will explore the BVI and the US Virgins waiting for our family to join us later in December. St. Croix is looking like a destination.
The Caribbean 1500 is now completed and we are so certain we made the right decision to join. Our pink rally flag will serve us well helping reconnect with rally friends as they work their way south through the islands. Again we are on Island Time, with waters in the low eighties and constant winds of 15 or less this is truly paradise. It is time to enjoy.