Called “Ancient Taxi” (no lie!) at 0900 for a 0930 pickup to make the short run to SouthEast Sailing & Yachts for their seminar “Bahamas Bound.” The taxi was early and the ride short. The driver still managed a story about 11 women and a doberman (all at the same time) in his taxi one night and his overnight run from St Augustine to Key West towing the boat of a fisherman whose car broke down.
If it had been a longer ride, we would have had a Carl Hiaasen novel or Jimmy Buffet song on our hands. We got a great welcome from the SES-Y crew and the “wedding” tent venue had a great view of the San Sebastian River and our favorite trawler yacht “Walrus.”
The wind kept up and it was chilly for the first couple of hours, but the well organized program with excellent content pushed that to the background. One speaker of note was a former Navy wife who professed limited public speaking skills and proceeded to give an absolutely captivating presentation on cruising. I told her it was a good thing she wasn’t selling something or we would have bought it.
Janet won the drawing for a “Quarantine Flag” and now we must put it to the proper use. [Must be displayed until local officials “clear” the boat and crew into the port — universal worldwide.] Lunch was excellent; the whole program was a convincer for Bahamas cruising; and I’m always a sucker for people who serve Oreos at the break.