Wednesday 16th March – Antigua
Arriving in Antigua after a day spent fighting with airport officials in Zurich over a my visa requirements to transfer through London Gatwick, being mean to annoying little pom brats elbowing me in the Easyjet flight (ZRH - LGW), arguing with uninformed BA staff in Gatwick and flicking through a list of already-seen movies on the gruelling 9 hour flight, I was chuffed to find out that HQ for the next few days was going to be a fantastic villa over-looking Deep Bay with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi out front.
Turns out Mom and Annie were spending their days milling around the villa, moving furniture, being pampered, relaxing by the pool reading, facebooking or not facebooking. Some with a “G ‘n T” or the occasional “Voddie”, others with a glass of white or water. Dad on the other hand was travelling the some 45 minutes to the boat every morning to chase up on the work being done to get ready for our odyssey, or so he said. I think a lot of time was spent in the bookshop or the yacht club but we’ll never know. Fact is though that the boat was being repaired rather slowly and everyday another problem was found and added to the task list. When I first saw the boat in Falmouth she looked sad to be in hospital. The first few days in Antigua were spent sorting out all the little things that the yard was too busy to do. I got through my to-do list on the Saturday just in time to start my Day skipper course on Monday 21st . But before that it’s off to Shirley Heights for the Sunday BBQ Party.