Sunday, February 25, 2007
Bareboat Charter Captain!
So, I have returned fom my first week of training, obtaining three different sailing certifications, including the ability to charter a boat on my home! Therefore, when any of you feel like taking a sailing vacation anywhere, just let me know and we can all charter a boat for a week or so, do some sailing and snorkelling and have our own personal floating resort. Overall, everything went well with the trip. One day of 8 to 10 foot waves and lots of wind and rain, which was a really fun and good experience to be able to handle a 45 foot boat in those conditions. Other than that, fair skies and light winds, some rum, red stripe and good company. The trip went withou incident excluding a smashed finger by the top opening refrigerator onboard. The swelling and pain kept me from sleeping f or a few nights, but I then made the decison to cut my finger open in order to drain out all the blood developing beneath the nail and skin. This provided relief from the pain, but my fuinger proceeded to bleed fro three solid days afterward. Not badly, just constantly. This provided me with a quick tour of my first third world hospital upon returning to Tortola. They decided to cut the fingernail out. That part ot the process wasn't near as bad as the local anisthetic, injected in a ring around my finger and around my nail. The pain of that alone hurt worse than anything with regards to my shoulder surgery earlier in the year. All is well now, and being sent on my way with some bandages and oral antibiotics, I am good to go, minus a middle fingernail. Anyway, I think about all of my friends back home and already miss al of you. I wish I could find a cheap place to sit down and email you all but unfortunately the service here is very slow and very expensive. Tomorrow, I am off for another week long sailing course aboard a brand new Lagoon 45 foot catamaran. We will most likely be sailing to St. martin and St. Barts before returning to Tortola. If winds are not favorable, then we will probably be sailig to st. croix. After that, it looks like I will be spending some time till May on a 75 foot sailboat cruising the carribbean. This results in a bit of time back in Alabama, end of May to the begining if June. I will keep everyone posted on dates. Oh, I should have photos for everyone next week! Stay tuned for more!