Cay and George

Taking a strong friendship to a new level
Taking a strong friendship to a new level
Alembic
Alembic

Bill and I were looking forward to Cay and George’s arrival for months. Sharing this journey with family and friends makes everything more real, more special. I must admit that I was a little concerned that they would find Alembic too small, too salty, too rolly at sea or at anchor, the food too limiting, or the challenges of using a marine compost toilet too gross! You’ll have to get their honest reactions, but from my perspective, it was all perfect!

Cay and George came to our OCC farewell party
Cay and George came to our OCC farewell party
Cay wanted to dive into course planning
Cay wanted to dive into course planning

Cay had only been sailing twice; once on Alembic for a few hours in Maine, and once on another boat for a day trip. She didn’t really know the first thing about how anything worked or fit on a sailboat, let alone how to walk about without hurting herself. George had more sailing experience, but mostly on very small daysailers. Both have plenty of ocean experience on kayaks and skiffs, and their seamanship was evident.

George takes over the galley
George takes over the galley

George took over the galley for both production and clean up, and Cay did her best to try to keep up there as well.

Halyard lesson
Halyard lesson
Working jib lesson
Working jib lesson
Crazy hair moment!
Crazy hair moment!

Every task that involved sailing, from removing covers to raising and adjusting sails, steering, anchoring, and dingy hoisting and deployment, was mastered by both Cay and George by day 3.

It's handy having guests who will help with the maintenance of a cruising boat
It’s handy having guests who will help with the maintenance of a cruising boat

Most fun of all, was their eagerness to snorkel. Our days were spent seeking the next site and reading the books to learn the names of everything we saw. I learned more during the ten days with Cay than I had in the last few decades of snorkeling.

Cay shares her new findings
Cay shares her new findings

When we returned from a snorkel excursion, Cay immediately dove into the books (not enough on board) to learn the names and behaviors of each new creature and shared her new knowledge with all of us.

Many dinghy rides
Many dinghy rides
Starfish
Starfish

 

Bill shows Cay how to get the conch out of its shell
Bill shows Cay how to get the conch out of its shell

We sailed every day, many long days, and Cay and George both smoothly got into the rhythm of running around to set sails, then lounging and enjoying the passage.

Siestas underway were important
Siestas underway were important
Dolphins were often frolicking along with us
Dolphins were often frolicking along with us
A bunny was a bit unexpected!
A bunny was a bit unexpected!

We were blessed with perfect weather, so we could go anywhere we wished, as long as there was daylight to read the coral heads under our keel. We managed to go significant distances yet have energy for immediately plunging into the water to explore the underworld.

Barracuda
Barracuda
Angelfish
Angelfish
Grouper
Grouper

Our friendship with these two strengthened as we blended our daily lives and shared dreams and hopes about our futures in retirement. All four of us have had careers that we loved, still love, and are somewhat perplexed about how to proceed without the identity, salary, and structure that these professions have provided. We all have many projects and intentions that we are pursuing and I enjoyed the camaraderie around these conversations.

Beautiful sunsets every  night
Beautiful sunsets every night

Saying goodbye was sad, but I knew we would soon carry on with adventures together when we return to Maine. Seven weeks is not far off!!

This beach bar felt like Spring Break.  No, we did not order this ridiculous drink!
This beach bar felt like Spring Break. No, we did not order this ridiculous drink!
Ta Ta For Now
Ta Ta For Now

One thought on “Cay and George

  1. Gordon & Grete May 7, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Beautiful photos and (as usual) a very interesting narrative. Sail on!
    Gordon & Grete

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