Wednesday, 31 December 2014

On the last day of the year

Local festive cheer.

Happy New Year’s Eve to you from the Captain & Crew!

I’d like to tell you that we’ll be dancing up a storm, and actually, we already are, but not for reasons you might think. Doubtless there will be music from the clubs floating across the water tonight, but we have no plans other than to sit on the boat and eat homemade pizzas with a few friends.

We are already partying because it’s our last night on the dock!  

Tomorrow, we shall take our new batteries (installed yesterday and looking good) and our new stove (the Captain gets a goofy grin when he makes the morning tea now) and head out to the mooring.  There we shall swing in the breeze and enjoy 360 degree views, as well as a smidgen more privacy.

It’s been interesting living on the dock for the past two and a half months.  We've been lucky enough to get fresh mahi mahi when the fishing boats come in and there’s more than enough to go around.  I've also got to know several of the guys that work on the power boats, like Man O’War, Catfish, Wilford, Duffy, and Clive.  It sounds a bit like the seven dwarfs of the dock, but none of them are small and all of them are happy to lend us a hand if we’re ever in need.

Just the same, we’re looking forward to life on the mooring and being able to take the boat sailing again.  Lots of short local trips are on the agenda for January and February, plus many boat jobs for the Captain (and even a few for the Crew.)  I've heard whispers of more sailing adventures for March, so stay tuned…

But tonight, on the eve of a new year, I’d like to wish you the following for 2015:

May the winds fill your sails from behind, pushing you forward,

May the nights on anchor be calm, making your sleep sweet and easy,

May there always be enough water and fuel in your tanks and plenty of provisions in your galley, and

May you enjoy the best that life has to offer, wherever your ship may sail.