Archive for December, 2008
It’s hard to believe that I actually thought about not making this trip down to Trinidad. Luckily flights were reasonable and other opportunities arose. Becky lucked out too as her ticket was even cheaper. And it wasn’t until this morning that I was able to add Tobago to the title as we were offered Peter’s place there for a couple of nights. So two tickets to Tobago and tomorrow night we are off. But not until we go to the Zen Christmas party tonight. Supposedly nicer than the places in South Beach. And did I mention that this little island nation has a lot going on. The downtown is very much a big city as there are large office buildings and rush hour is a true traffic jam as I found out after arriving here at 5pm.
The people here are great and the opportunities keep coming up. I will be updating the website soon as we now will be working with the new Southern Caribbean Circuit which includes regattas in Carriacou, Grenada and Tobago. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend Carricou this season but will definitely make the trip in 2010.
But before I forget. The real reason we came down here was to check on the R/P 44 Storm. This is the race boat that I raced on last season in St. Maarten, BVI and Antigua. This year I will add Grenada which I missed last year. The boat looks great as the guys here at Peake Yacht Services have rebuilt almost everything and put new non-skid on and new clearcoat on the spars. I brought down and built new spin sheets and main halyard. The meeting with Jerome about the Southern Caribbean Circuit was planned as well.
Ed is down in Ft. Lauderdale for the Melges 32 Gold Cup. He brought the Etchells down for the season and the Jaguar Cup next weekend and decided to stick around and work with the Protector guys who are supporting the event with the new and very cool 38’. Check out the photos page for some great pics. The event has some pretty tough competition and each race winner was punched out pretty good. Look at the scores at melges32.com to see how amazingly close things are. Ed thinks there are more bowchicks at this event than any other class. See photo above of Star bowchick Lindsey Bartel. Ed will try to give an update tomorrow before he jumps back in the truck to drive back to Annapolis to grab the Sail22 box trailer and head back down to South Florida for the Etchells event.