This week we were joined by Wolf and Lutz, father and son from Germany and two individual ladies, Pauline and Sue, one of whom had never sailed before. We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip around the island with good winds and great sailing. They had the following to say:
A lovely introduction into sailing in the extremely capable hands of Lin and Richard. I felt really safe. Some very funny stories told by Lin about her round the world trip – what a laugh!! A faultless week and some good food. The mushroom dish was yummy thank you Richard
Best wishes to you both, Sue
If you want real fun join Lin and Rich for adventure sailing. Big fun, great experience, nice holiday’s unbeatable hospitality just to name a few. Thank you very much
Lutz and Wolf now ready for the last tack home to Germany!
What can I say to follow Sue and Wolf? The best week of my life!
Amazing sailing – every day a new experience. My confidence and learning has increased. Fantastic food and Lin and Richard were perfect hosts and coaches – very patient!! Looking forward to joining them later for a milebuilder! Pauline
PS Velvet Lady is beautiful to sail
One of the questions we regularly get asked is what will the other people be like and will we all get on. The truth is that before we meet them we know very little specifically about individual guests except name, age, sex and sometimes a little bit about their sailing experience. What we do know is that they will have an interest in sailing and have made a conscious decision to share their holiday with other people. Those two common factors are enough for us, and we work to ensure that everyone on board enjoys their time aboard.
Our holidays are very social and our first evening is spent in ‘getting to know each other’ mode. Within a very short space of time we have everyone chatting and laughing. The conversation usually starts with sailing and sailing experience but quickly moves on to all sorts of other more interesting topics. We regularly discover that our guests have more in common than sailing.
The trade winds blew at a steady force 4/5 this week and so we followed our regular route, Marina Rubicon – Puerto Calero – Arrecife – La Graciosa – Playa Papagayo – Isla Lobos and back to Marina Rubicon. A total of 164 miles with lots of tacking.
Whether experienced or beginner sailor we encourage everyone to have a go at hauling the sails and helming the boat. This week was no different and Sue, who had never sailed before, found helming Velvet Lady very exciting.
‘It’s just like riding a horse she said, you need to make subtle movements with the wheel and to be in tune with the boat and the environment.’ I couldn’t have put it better myself.
What we do in the evenings varies from week to week. Dinner is served on board at 2000, but the time between arriving in port 1600ish and dinner is free time to enjoy at your leisure.
A few weeks ago I received an e mail from Wolf – I like a Gin Tonic in the evenings at 1800, will that be allowed. Well of course it would. Our policy is to not drink when sailing but once we have finished the day we are happy for guests to enjoy a sundowner on board.
Pre-warned meant we were pre-armed and the fridge was full of tonic and lemon (sadly no ice). The gin was provided first by Wolf and then later in the week replenished. This became our routine for the week. Arrive in harbour, go for a walk, and return to the boat for 1800 for Gin Tonic and a few nibbles, Wolf was responsible for charging the glasses. Sunset is around 1845 now and so this was perfect timing to enjoy the last rays of the sun.
As usual the week went too quickly and all too soon it was over and time to say goodbye to our new friends.
In preparation for the next trip, Lin has spent a few hours stitching our yankee which burst a seam last week but is all repaired now and back on the furler.
Joining us we have a mix of 3 old friends and 2 soon to be new friends and as usual we are really looking forward to another week on the water.
We have one last place now for a single male from 8th to 15th March and apart from 2 spaces on a milebuilder no more cruising places until the end of June.
Why not think of joining us this summer sailing Velvet Lady in the Danish Archipelago with a mix of sun, sailing and relaxation.