Nine months ago we had one final send-off dinner and drank a bottle of champagne to toast our friends Brian and Lauren on Nightengale Tune as they turned south for hurricane season and we turned north.
Together we had covered over 1500 nautical miles together as we travelled together from Florida, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico and finally the Virgin Islands. We had great days and terrible days – but we were together to learn and laugh as we plowed our way east in our matching boats. Selah and Nightengale Tune are sister ships and are fairly identical save for a few small details. Both are older and very forgiving as our young crews try and sail ourselves safely to the islands.
To say we had a lot of fun together would be severely understating our close ties with these two. We learned, laughed, and lamented together – sometimes all on the same day. We snorkeled, shopped, laundried, cooked, and ate together – sometimes also all on the same day. Lauren and I called Brian and Bo “Frick and Frack” as they schemed up the best routes to get us where we were going with minimal drama.
Our parting last summer was sad as we bid them farewell and they sailed on and we returned back to dry land, but of course we had big plans to reunite this year back in our beloved Virgin Islands. Delays, weather, dog adoptions and boat projects threatened our reunion plans, but we finally landed all together last week in Christmas Cove, St. Thomas – our home away from home.
We spent last week right back in the swing of things snorkeling, sharing meals, grocery shopping, and of course happy houring with our best boat buddies. We have gone separate ways for a a week or so, but we are confident there are many more happy times to come.