One of the things on our “must do” list for Grenada was the sailing camp. The yacht club in St. Georges offers a 3 week sailing camp where the kids learn theory for the first few days, then spend weeks running around on Opti’s (look them up, a cool boat that was designed to only use 2 sheets of plywood). So perfect considering that Party of Five just acquired an Opti of our own. Sigh… I’m gutted to report that we missed it again this year even though we were in Grenada with plenty of time. Yes, we are bad parents!
So you can imagine how excited we were when our next door boat, Numada contacted us and said there may be another camp running here in Prickly Bay. You see, Rafaela’s husband (Richard) has recently been hired as the manager for the best boat yard in Grenada. Through his contacts at that new job he was approached by a local business owner that had 5 Open BIC sailing boats. That person (Matt of North Yacht Shop, go buy some stuff if you are in Grenada) offered those 5 BICs to us cruisers to run a local sailing camp with a combination of local kids and cruiser kids.
(Funny aside, when we say “next door boat”, we really mean “next door”. We often skip the VHF and just pop on deck to yell between the boats. The kids swim between our boats as its usually 40ft at most. On “strange” weather days our boats come within 20ft of each other).
Rafaela was and absolute legend and the rock that made this camp happen. Although she wasn’t a lonely hero as we had parents from other boats that selflessly offered their time as well. I won’t name names, as I will invariably forgot some names and I don’t want to accidentally insult someone. Lets just say it was a true “cruisers effort” that made it happen.
Now without further gilding the lilly, and with no more adieu, I give to you the pictures!
(P.S. to those wondering, “Where is Quincy”. He actually wasn’t included in the camp as there was limited space and Jonah/Daph didn’t know how to sail. Not to mention, they actually did much better without him there(the whole big brother thing messes them up). He did come for the final day, when the wind was blowing over 20 knots. The little bastard was an absolute machine as he tacked back and forth on a BIC, racing the older kids and beating them. At one point one of the local kids asked me where he learned to sail. I will say, I was pretty proud to watch him execute a perfect tack as he scooted to the other side, tucked his feet in and hiked out with a huge smile on his face. There is no doubt that one of Quincy’s skills is sailing. Sigh, I really wish he could have spent more time with Chris.. Miss ya fella..)
This is the Optimist that Party of Five now owns. We bought her from our friends on Fille De Joie. We miss them everyday, but this little boat helps us remember them. This is the first time Jonah was actually enjoying sailing.
Opps. (the wind was really light and this was pretty much just a tap)
Look at Jonah!