Sunday 25th December

Tue 27 Dec 2005 00:01
Title: Message
Xmas Day - Bitter End Virgin Gorda
Guess who was up early this morning? Before anyone had risen out of their bunks we could hear Rory and Frazer creeping around the main cabin whispering "He's been, He's been... look at all these presents under the tree!"
Yes we could not have Christmas without a tree so we had a small on in the main cabin with a few decorations. Rory had paid a lot of attention to dressing it last night before he went to bed. Farther Christmas had slid down the mast and in through the hatch we had left open for him and filled the place with presents.
This one's for you Frazer", said Rory, as he tried to hide his excitement. It was 6.45am and the boys were not going to let anyone sleep much longer. Soon we were all up and prezzies were being opened at a rapid rate. Andy set about making bacon butties for breakfast and we waited for the Nico's to arrive.
Today was an extra special occasion as it was also Sophie's 18th Birthday. When the family came over from the hotel the first hour was dedicated to her birthday. She had some very special presents from her Mother who was back in Wales and everyone sat around the cockpit as she opened her gifts from the crew. Then it was Champaign and birthday cake for breakfast! What a good start to the day.
When birthday celebrations were over we exchanged Xmas gifts and all enjoyed the excitement of seeing what everyone had received.Prezzies of the day was Ian's goat from Gillian! Serves him right for insisting he did not want anything for Christmas so she bought him an Oxfam goat that is donated to a family in Africa.
After the gift opening had finished we all made a quick call to families back home and then set sail from Nanny Cay towards Virgin Gorda, an island to the north of Tortola where we were going to anchor up for the night and have our Xmas dinner.
The winds were strong and started on the nose of the boat so we motored for an hour before changing direction and then it was sails out and tacking practice for Ian at the helm with Daniel and Nico manning the sails. We had a good sail up the east side of Virgin Gorda and then rounded Mountain point and entered Gorda sound through a narrow gap between Mosquito Island and Necker Island which is owned by Richard Branson.
We picked up a buoy off Bitter End Yacht Club and settled in the boat for the night. We were about to start Xmas dinner when someone noticed steam coming out of the back of the boat. The generator was not working properly and so the next 2 hours was spent tracking down the problem and fixing it! Oh what fun on Christmas day.
Sarah and Babs had been preparing Xmas dinner in the meantime and we soon sat down to eat. As usual with so many people this was a 3 hour event but the girls did us proud and we had a magnificent feast.
After dinner Frazer and Rory put on a special panto for the rest of the crew. There were songs, magic tricks and clown acts that were amazing. The show was ended with a Billy Connelly CD and then we all flaked and crashed.
Merry Xmas,
Nowcrew out.