With so many boats gathering in Curacao for the start of the OCC Rally it is no wonder we are getting very busy with social events. A few boats are in Curacao marine in Willemstad, a few in Seru Boca marina, another few in Santa Barbara and the rest are anchored in Spanish Water with us. The marinas are in Spanish Water too, all a short but wet dinghy ride away.
Saturday we booked 4 luxurious sun loungers for Jeff, Di and ourselves at the Jan Thiel beach, a 20 minute walk away. An ice bucket with water was included and we hired towels there.
Breakfast was about 13 pounds and included all the food in the photo! Wonderful day just reading, relaxing, swimming in their infinity pool overlooking the ocean and sleeping. We had heard it was ‘the place’ for the beautiful young things to be seen with full make up on the beach but the friendly staff saw to it that we felt at home.
Later we shared a pitcher of Mojito and wandered back to the dinghy dock after dark. The loungers with a bottle of water cost about 16 pounds but it was well worth it. We felt like holiday-makers although rather smug about our golden tans and that we wouldn’t be leaving after a week or two 🙂
On Sunday more than 20 gathered on the beach by the Santa Barbara Resort for drinks, snacks, a swim and a chat. A few Christmas decorations brightened up the tree we shaded the food under and an iguana got fed lots of carrot and red pepper sticks.
Yesterday we decided it was high time to try out our spinnaker pole as we haven’t used it in years. Once Christmas is over we only have a couple of free days before we should be leaving for Aruba. The pole helps keep our genoa (front sail) out when we are downwind (sailing with the wind behind us) and prevents it collapsing and banging around. With all the dust in Bonaire and here, we needed to clean the track the pole slides on and lubricate it as well.
We also wanted to try out the ropes required to hold it up, forward and back. In essence we try to keep it rigid but the genoa line runs through a loop in the pole, meaning we can still furl away the genoa if the wind gets too strong.
The reason we are still in Curacao rather than Colombia is graphically illustrated by this Weather 4D image. Red is bad and windy!
Today was a girl’s day out. Shopping, lunch and cocktails at the Saint Tropez beach hotel with 5 other OCC Rally ladies. Really nice to get away from the boat and look at dresses and shoes for the formal reception in Cartagena! We enjoyed a good lunch before more shopping, a revitalising cocktail and finally some Christmas food shopping.
With Christmas fast approaching, we would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Fair winds and safe passages to all our sailing friends and we hope our non-sailing friends and family will visit us in 2016!