Published: March 19th 2007
March 19th 2007
testing the new camera
bought duty free in st marteen and caught the local style and passer by for my first shot
Hello there all of you lovely brillant and fabulous people wherever you all are. The time has come to create a new website that will allow me to update my travel journals, so no more bugbitten, (it appears it chewed me up and spat me out and ended up on this travel logging website instead. Well its been busy since January this year. From the sport fisher Gaycita, I left to brighter bigger and superyacht paths of the stewardess life on MuMu. A 130ft Sailing Yacht (Yes Yes Yes Sailing!!!) No more stinkers and was full swing into detailing rooms, folding toilet paper, making beds and cleaning heads, ironing, washing (the real housewife duties to the extreme!). Well all in all it was short lived (thankfully) the owner didnt take to the way I interacted with the guests and told the captain that I was to leave!!! Couldnt of worked out better since I really really really cant take to the stewardessing!! Its more than I could put up with, so I thought. The owner of the Yacht is Turkish and very demanding, his wife was stunning and kid gorgeous but wanted to tie his grubby hands up so I didnt
now i thought my party days were over yet there has been much partying in the island of st marteen that is hard to pull myself away from. Its been alot of fun and some of the people ive bonded with are just fantastic! more people to meet up again with along the way!
have to clean the mirrors so often! The crew were great. Love to them all, Lisa and Duncan miss you guys but hopefully will get to see you on the beach somewhere in the med or better yet back in your home of South Africa. (I look forward to the feast as well!!) Dan the man, the sailing is awsome the time we shared was more than a wealth of information and good laughs with the solid strength of genuinity. We are watching The Secretary tonight on board, wish you were there!!! Bruna girl remember Sydney awaits your presence and enjoyment, ive bought three bikinis shopping since, ask lisa where it is!!
In between the charters life on board is relatively cruisy. Almost like your looking after a hotel for yourselves. But still I was longing for work on the outside, and that time came when we were running short of time before the next charter. I was scrubbing decks, polishing and chammoing with the best! LIfe on the outside as I thought was better and more rewarding. You could learn more about boats thanks to dan again, and often look up and out to the other smaller boats
a day trip around the island, dan and i walked up the ragged and mostly barren hill off the north of the french side in st martin and enjoyed the findings of colourful cactus and a panoramic view of the ocean and tentermere island. It was thenn onto orient beach for succulent sushi and swimming in the aquamarine calm water. a really good day all round
of my preffered style in the Marina. Knowing deep inside that one day I will be the very proud owner of a beast of one cruising away. So from the charter of demands came the charter of doing almost nothing for a week. A great way to stack away some more cash plus tips for the awaited cruising lifestyle I have now happily embarked on.
Yet again thanks dan for the introduction to Chris the canadian with a wicked sense of humor and wealth of knowledge he is readily passing on in between relaxing and talking and trimming some sails. So life on board Spyglass a 48ft Jennau is relatively cruisy and soon we will be taking off from the beloved (for a time) St Marteen. The place is wearing thin and there is only so much getting pissed and that malarcy that I can take to nowadays. Although I swear the crew of Mumu would have something else to say!
Its already been ten days since plonking myself on Spyglass we have sailed to and from Simpson Bay to Phillipsburg twice and been on dry dock cleaning hull and reapplying antifoul without any success of fixing the
veiw from the top of that hill and the north of the french side of st martin
as its trade winds here the winds are mostly from the same point constantly. the breeze is really nice here and the perfect sunny day everyday is hard to get tired of.
auto pilot. So this is cruising life!! Its nice to have seen the process with more knowledge of the boat and boat occurences in general though. Its done the complete opposite of putting me off by the whole Yachting thing. Definitely found my labor of so called love!!
The days keep flying by and today I was up on the bosun chair attatching the radar reflector in a stronger manner and applying some chaffing gear for the running backstays. The small workings on deck just make me feel so satisfied. So I treated myself and Chris to a salad lunch with Tempeh and sangria. Ah not so much of a Monday Bloody Monday today!! Ive gone vegetarian again, enough of the meat, not really vege vege, since I am so looking forward to catching a fish and eating her!!! ah heavenly treats of life at sea!!
So Heinekin Regatta was pretty fun. We indulged in the action being a spectator sailor on Mumu following the race around and fooling around on the last day. The night was filled with hanging out watching Damien Marley and brother play the reggae up and repeat the dads stuff. It was great
the top of the hill was a good place to kick back and relax
to see not only the yachties out and about, the locals finally beat us in numbers!! It felt like you were truly somewhere else than a home away from home. The rest of the night was a bit of a blur as nights out here tend to go but enjoyable all the same.
So im leaving here to keep researching on the best camera for me to buy with what I want to do. Ive also made and in the processing of refining my plans for Central America!!! woo hoo. Its back off to soggy in the meantime though for buck beers. Although I must say I think i spend extra and get the rum!
Lots of sunshine and cruisy times to you all!!
There are more photos below