February was rather quite, school runs, Mel studying all rather domestic. I popped down to Barra Navidad, south of Puerto Vallarta to bring Princess 1 back to La Paz, as expected on the nose most of the way so, double the time taken to get down there, some 3 days for some 350 miles much of the time at around 7 knots. A few days later to Cabo San Lucas so she could be hauled out for her yearly maintenance.
We had a magnificent week with our dear friends from Monaco, Poala, Antoine and Daniel their 6 year old son. Some fun day trips driving near La Paz and 4 days at our beach Bonanza, hopefully saw them ‘chill’ from hectic work load. Our new old two car family made arrangements easy. Mel was also busy for a few days helping arrange provisions for a couple of large yachts, something we might consider more of later on.
Finally we actually had some of that thing called work. Princess Two in the Caribbean was within days without a crew – Mel biting the bullet, agreed to come along for 4 weeks to cook. Leaving the boys for such a time was a very big decision, but with our delightful La Paz friends and children Igor and Daniella we could feel they were in very safe hands.
Princess Two was in St Thomas the US Virgin Islands, the first demonstration trip was cancelled and the second charter with guest from Mexico city is best not talked about we did our best in trying conditions with untrained crew – the fact that the two Mexican crew were left tips and the 3 Anglo Saxons were not says it all – funny to experience a little discrimination on our side, makes one respect what other non-white Anglo Saxon cultures have to deal with. Our taxi driver, Sobers, providing me with several hours of laughs as we went shopping for parts and food.
With 4 crew for the 900 mile trip from St Thomas to the Bahamas a couple of long nights, made longer by the 10 minute departure in the Turks and Caicos of the rather useless South African stewardess.
Now in Hurricane Hole Marina for the last day of a very quick two day hand over to the 4 new crew. Cipriano, our hard working and delightful Mexican mariner will stay until the boat heads to Florida in April. Nassau interesting to say the least – so typically the wealthy and pretentious cruise liners, Atlantis resort where WiFi at $25 /day $40 for a few cartons of milk and a packet of cereals and on the other side of the bridge poverty to the extreme.
Looking forward to being back on Sonrisa with the boys and Peluchie for the normal Easter cruise.