Happy 2009

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One of the things we really enjoy about our job is meeting new people and sharing our boat with them.  We are regularly joined by people of all ages and from all walks of life – we learn about peoples hobbies (sailing usually being one of them!) and their occupations and they vary so much.  What is exciting and often challenging is running a sailing holiday which will satisfy all of their needs and expectations.  What is most rewarding then is when we read the comments in our guest book 

Lin and Richard – many thanks for making our first sailing adventure such a wonderfully relaxed time.  The excellent food and super boat and your experience willingly shared made this the best of times.

Thanks for a fab New Year break which has lived up to expectations and exceeded it.  Thanks for making us feel so welcome

I have had a wonderful time and have enjoyed every moment of the trip

What a great way to start the year! 

We were joined for this New Year trip by 5 people – a mix of ages from mid twenties to mid fifties and a real mix of occupations.  Only Jane had done any sailing on larger yachts before and everyone was just looking forward to going out on the water and ‘learning’.  Despite a gale on the first day, which forced us to stay in port and entertain ourselves we sailed 127 nautical miles in the week, circumnavigated Lanzarote and climbed a volcano on La Graciosa. For the all important New Year celebration we were in the marina at Puerto Calero and treated to a wonderful firework display at midnight.  We missed the chimes of Big Ben so had to settle for a time countdown on the GPS display – and then we joined in with our fog horn as all the other boats in the marina started blasting theirs.

The sun came out for the start of the New Year and the weather settled down allowing us some fantastic sailing and plenty of navigation practice, it all seemed to be over too quickly. 

Its very busy on Velvet Lady at the moment as as well as cleaning up after our New Year trip Richard and I are trying to put the boat to bed and pack for our skiing holiday.  We’ve got 6 hours left until we need to get to the airport so I’d better get a move on!

Happy New Year to you all – and may fair winds and good weather be with us all this year.