Jim returns to Uproar
08 September 2019
Jim Leguizamon knows well that sailing on Uproar may lead to a blog post. This is his second time sailing in the tropics with us. His first time was in Carriacou (Grenada) where were were forced to flee to Tobago from Hurricane Matthew, 2017. Showing further poor judgment, Jim signed on to keep me company in the French Polynesian islands for a few weeks while Lisa was visiting friends and family in the US and Bahamas. This time we had great weather and a fun time in the Leeward Islands, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora.
These islands are a cruising paradise. Distances between volcanic islands are 20 miles and each of is surrounded by coral fringed lagoons. Jim flew into Raiatea, the largest island of the group but we quickly sailed to Huahine for Steve's (S/V Liward) music show. The following night there was a local DJ/singer at the Huahine Yacht Club and an enthusiastic local crowd. That's about it for nightly entertainment in these quiet islands and we had a great time.
Jim is not a sailor but spends a lot of time on the ocean near his Orange County, CA home. He has gone on some extended fishing trips for days aboard rough charter boats, casting for large tuna. Unfortunately, the French Polynesian curse of “no fish” filled our log book while Jim was own board.
Jim and I worked together on several robotic projects in the 90's and beyond. That fateful day, September 11, 2001, I showed up at Jim's house, in LA for another project. Since, we worked on some robotic projects in the medical industry in the early 2000's. We have not spent a lot of time together but formed a quick bond and have always stayed in close.
This trip, we spent hours chatting about friends and family while consuming more than a few bottles of local rum. But that quality rum left us surprisingly healthy in the following mornings for bike rides, sails and snorkeling in crystal clear waters. Surprisingly, Jim was on a working vacation. His boss didn't care that he was not around for work as long as he could be reached. Jim diligently worked on some projects and stayed in touch with his wife, Angie and kids like a teenager with a new cell phone. We even called a former customer of mine with a business proposition. He was sure surprised to learn that I retired to a boat for the past four years. Isn't technology wonderful?
Jim, come back any time. We had a great two weeks that went by too fast!