Bruce and I spent Thursday night in Beeville with long time friends and Cruisers, Karl and Jan. Karl owns the boat that Bruce and I were crewing aboard when we met. They plan to Cruise again beginning this October as well and we enjoyed the opportunity to catch up and hear some of their Cruising stories.
Navy Regatta, she decided to invite MORE friends out for a day sail. OK with us, the more the merrier. So we invited Karl and Jan, partly to pay them back for their stellar hospitality, and partly so that we would have more "boat people" on board for moral support.
Turns out, we need not have worried... Brittney has become such a sailor girl, she pretty much took care of her guests, leaving us to do some more catching up with Jan and Karl.
The girls spread themselves over the deck with front row seats for the scenery along the Lydia Ann Channel and the occasional dolphin sighting.
Mud Island was our destination. The forecast East winds made it perfect for sailing the Lydia Ann channel without motoring. When we turned to approach the anchorage, we dropped sails and motored straight upwind until I found a spot with sufficiently flat water. We dropped anchor and Brittney went down below to begin making piles of sandwiches for our hungry crew.
So many people ask us how we can live on a boat. Once they attend one of these afternoons, they begin to see more why we love this life. These are the good times.
We certainly felt like the "Cool-Aid Boat" today! Everyone was happy.
Bruce and I sat on the deck in the evening after everyone went home. We talked over the events of the day and we couldn't be happier with the way the boat handled, the smiles on the faces of our guests, and our pride in our daughter. We had a GREAT day and will say to Brittney's friends: You are all welcome again for our next Sailing Party!