Breakfast on the beachfront veranda at Quito's. We make some new friends. Full beach day with festival music starting in the afternoon. Take out lunch on the beach from Stanley's. Dinner at Quito's. Food is fabulous with the festival music playing in the background. This is the big night for the festival . Naomi (daughter of the Smith's of Smith's ferry) opens for Grammy winners Steel Pulse from England. The beach rocks till
almost 2am. Quito plays at his club until 6am . Sleep comes only from exhaustion.
The experience however not to be missed.
Sunday breakfast at Quitos. Another beach day at CGB till about 2pm.Odette at Ole Works calls us a cab and we are off to Road Town. We climb over the mountains mid island to Road Town from CGB . It's better than a coaster ride at Six Flags.
We're dropped off at the dock in town where Flying Cloud picks up passengers with their launch.We can not board till 5pm but we can send our luggage ahead on hourly launches. While we wait we meet Al and Nancy from, NC. We head over to Pusser's to get acquainted. We are joined by Rod and Pris from NY (about 5 miles from our home)
and Pat and Pat from Tx. We are fast friends before we even head to the launch for boarding. At the dock we meet the Party Fools from Texas. 24 or so singles from the Dallas area sailing on their second annual Windjammer trip. The launch arrives at 5 and takes the first 24 of us aboard. Greeting and check in in the Saloon (dining room)
where we meet Captain Adrian, Purser Jane and activities mate Nancy. We also meet bosens mate Mr. Brown and Chief Steward Renwick and his staff. This evening is called stow away night. We stay in port and have dinner, steel drum band and the party begins. Most people are having a bit of shock over size and spartan nature of accomadations. Mrs. Bill and I are in the Honeymoon suite . We have a private entrance at the stern of the ship to our cabin which spans the width of the ship. We have
a queen bed, couch, mini fridge, tv/vcr, stereo , four port holes and six windows
accross the stern of the ship. By 10 oclock half the passengers have toured our room as we are THOSE people. We also have a shower with adjustable hot and cold water.
Unique on the ship. The party goes on till whenever fueled by the Party Fool group.
We head for first nights sleep in 3 days at about 11. I wake early and go on deck.
Al's daughter in law is doing a complete workout . I grab tea and a sticky bun and relax hoping the urge to join her will pass.There are bloody mary's available for those who party harder than I do. We are joined SLOWLY by others. Breakfast
in the saloon followed by our first Captains story time. This is where we gather amid ships and the Captain lays out the day. Captain Adrian passes on tons of information and displays his legendary dry sense of humor.Many people then head ashore for a tour of Tortola. Having spent two days there we use the time to organize our stuff and relax.
Stuff, we brought way to much stuff. If you have more than one bag, you have brought too much. Thank goodness for the big room.
We raise sails at noon to the sounds of Amazing Grace and head for Salt Island under
sail with classical music for a background. At this point everyone knows this is going to be a great cruise. We anchor at Salt Island. Captain conducts a thorough safety drill.
Ships ladders are dropped and diving platform extended and 60 or so adults frolic in the water like a bunch of kids. Rum swizzles and snacks at 5pm on deck (complementary). Dinner in two shifts, we join the first. Choice of entre with great salad and side dishes. Desert on deck. White and red wine served with dinner.
And then the party rocks on. We are getting to know just about everyone. Don, Steve , Nick, Scott, Scott, Gary , Gayla , Judy and the rest of the Party Folls are great folks and great fun as are the rest of our fellow passengers.
Next day a pure sail ( no engines ) down Drake's passage to Mountain Point and a private beach on Virgin Gorda. We spend the day on our own beach with great snorkeling , kayacking, swimming, lunch on the beach, beach combing etc.
Tonight is the PPP party . You do not want to know . Just take my word that it was beyond hilarious and may have broken new ground even for Windjammer. I do not want to spoil the fun so I will not elaborate. More in Chapter 3.