Week 23 Jimmy, Clovers, Steve and Dawn

Ending on a high note is key (cay).

It started innocently enough, with Dawn proclaiming that all she needed was more rum…..
 
Christine exclaiming that she needed all the water and that it’s too hot and to call her Chris.
 
And we were off to Laughing Bird Cay on our first full day together. Nice view, huh?

So Dawn was a good sport and used the melted ice out of the beer cooler to rinse her hair!
 
 
And then we forgot to take pictures during our fast, dark drive back to base, we were a bit busy saving a heart victim’s life. All of us helped a great deal, and our reward was that “those guys” decided against coming back out with us.

Heave Steve, let’s get outta here.
 
Shakin’ off the funk by doin’ the Trimmer! I’ve never seen that shade of sunburnt before.
 
 
Dinner at Polly’s was nice, we got to dress up a bit. What is that smell?
 
The beaches, sunsets and attitudes got better as the week progressed.
 
Jimmy and Klovers got some great scuba dives in. It fact we all were scuba divers this week, which was awesome. Jimmy was my hero when he dove for the mooring pin off Frank’s Cay. When we told Polly about it a couple of weeks later, she was very impressed he found it on his own. Lindsay and Klovers brought the mooring line back up after the dive. Way to go gang!
 
Apparently, this group loved their happy hour. Aren’t you guys ready for a shower yet, dinner’s almost ready!
 
Lindsay and I are so happy that you guys turned out to be our last charter with Tradewinds. We definitely ended on a high note. I’m glad the dog liked our leftover pork. Sorry you lost your undies, Jimmy! Peter made me pay for that bottle of rum, by the way! Hahaha!

Week 22 Jon, Janine, Steve and Kendall

This was a really fun and HOT week. We all spent lots of time in the water either under the boat…

Or snorkeling like John and Janine did. We also managed to take four different scuba dives!

We went looking for whale sharks with our friend Polly, “Y0 ho, blow the man down…”

Then drinking and being silly. What did you just do John?

Steve tried to convince me that the Hermit Crab mother ship was coming to take me captive and torture me for my underwater crab racing technique.
No tan lines on Kendall or Janine this week.
Lindsay on the other hand, needs her fair skin covered from the sun, so the suit stays on….sorry Tadd.
 
I’m not sure how Lindsay and I survived this week, but I’m glad we did. We look forward to spending time with John and Janine, and Steve and Kendall again. Sometime soon we hope!

April in a nutshell

April was a busy month, with lots of fun trips around the Cayes… we met lots of cool people and managed to survive the evermore blistering temperatures and intense spring sun of Belize

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S/V Ocean Dreams is aground……okay let’s bongo.

We were moored up for the night at Queens Caye, with a squall coming through. While we were enjoying dinner on board Stess, in passing, JR questioned whether our sister boat, Ocean Dreams, was moving. I calmly replied that it just looked that way, but it was just all the movement of the waves and turning on the mooring. But JR became progressively more insistent, until it became, “Missy!! That boat is moving!!!” As Tadd rushed over to hail them on the radio, it jumped to life with Capt. Nick’s voice… “Stess, Stess, Stess… this is Ocean Dreams.”

It turned out that, while dealing with a bunch of seasick guests and trying to serve dinner to those people not suffering, OD was bouncing around in the big waves out on an outer mooring. With everything going on they didn’t notice when the mooring line gave out from the sea floor and they began drifting. Sadly, they were close to a piece of reef and were on top of it before they knew it… bang!!! The sound of it apparently reverberated throughout the yacht.

 

 

The pictures are out of order, sorry about that. Here are our guests for the week, after we transferred the guests of Ocean Dreams on board and returned them to shore.

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Now here are pictures of “the rescued” on the morning after…….

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Our guests made everyone feel welcome, helped them dry off and cheered them up!

the boys 2 The boys The whole crowd 2 The whole crowd Tom & duncan 2 tom & duncan tom in diving gear tom jim adam

 

What an adventure we had together.

30 no more…..what is a rumfish?

Another group… another charter… but not quite the same… Tadd turned 40 and got to be king for a day!!!
King for the day

We had a fun crowd…
Tadd sports his epaulettes
Tadd sports his epaulettes

and Brian caught his fish!

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Tadd caught a few too!
Tadd's first tuna
Hey, that’s a tuna.
This is how Tadd humanly kills the fish, with RUM.
This is how Tadd humanly kills the fish, with RUM.
Rum-flavored sushi?
Rum-flavored sushi?
Jeff and Kim on the bow.
Jeff and kim on bow
Megna enjoyed the local beer, Belikin.
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We enjoyed a great night out on Hunting Cay at Reef Conservation International celebrating Tadd’s last night of being 39. Jeff and Kim, Tadd and Lindsay, Megna and Brian, Bob and Leslie Berlan.
last night at 39
We had so much fun it took a 40-yr-old Tadd the whole day to recover… but he made it to cocktail hour again!!
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drinks on the beach
We tried out a little coconut bowling… but we had to rethink the beer bottle pins after Kim literally had a crashing strike!
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And as always, another amazing sunset!
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And even though we weren’t up for much drinking, Polly @ ReefCI.com was nice enough to arrange a bonfire for the night.
bonfire
The perfect end to the week with a dinner at Rumfish
dinner at rumfish
Rumfish

The seahorse brigade

This week was photographed more than usual. We are getting well practiced at the “routine” and have some more time to appreciate and share some of the highlights through Lindsay’s excellent photos.

Welcome apps & cocktail
Welcome apps & cocktail
Tradewinds Cruising Club base at Placencia, Belize
Tradewinds Cruising Club base at Placencia, Belize
S/V Stess, Bindi Jade and a bit of Third Aye
S/V Stess, Bindi Jade and a bit of Third Aye
We leave our sailboat, Third Aye, back at the base as we sail out of the protected harbor.
We leave our sailboat, Third Aye, back at the base as we sail out of the protected harbor.
Lindsay handles the rusty anchor chain with big gloves
Lindsay handles the rusty anchor chain with big gloves
Tadd at the helm of S/V Stess
Tadd at the helm of S/V Stess
Another awesome sunset
Another awesome sunset
Lindsay posing on the bow
Lindsay posing on the bow
Tadd steady hand at the helm
Tadd steady hand at the helm
Our guests at Queens Cay
Wages are placed as we beging racing crabs at Queens Cay
Shallow water navigation in a dinghy full of people takes a trick of the trade....holding up the outboard.
Shallow water navigation in a dinghy full of people takes a trick of the trade….holding up the outboard.
Spinach salad is delicious when Lindsay adds goat cheese and lentils!
Spinach salad is delicious when Lindsay adds goat cheese and lentils!
Chilling under the palms on Tom Owens Cay
Chilling under the palms on Tom Owens Cay
Tadd fetches coconuts for tonights cocktalis
Tadd fetches coconuts for tonights cocktalis
S/V Stess rests peacefully at Ranguana Cay
S/V Stess rests peacefully at Ranguana Cay
Hooray, what a week! We found seahorses!
Hooray, what a week! We found seahorses!

It’s five o’clock somewAAAaaaarrrrrrrr!

After a rocky start, where one of the couples coming on charter with us didn’t make it through the snow storms in Houston, we finally welcomed them on board at Lark Cay, less than a day late… and just in time for some G&T’s and Caribbean chicken salad.

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We enjoyed another week with Rick & Joyce, Jaques & Barb, and Doug & Cindy… and everyone’s friend Tanqueray!!

Tadd's not really steering from there, is he?
Tadd’s not really steering from there, is he?

I managed not to kill Rick … though I did try to sneak in some Thai food… but him and his serious peanut allergy were not having anything to do with it… and he was kind enough not to complain when he was left with just eating the side dishes…ooops… one hell of a learning curve.

In any case, we had a great time with lots of fun snorkeling, while Jaques, Rick & Joyce got in some choice diving!

Some kind of sponge..
Some kind of sponge..
Christmas tree worms
We love playing with the Christmas tree worms!
French Angelfish swim in pairs
French Angelfish swim in pairs
Tadd and his seastars!
Tadd and his seastars!
David's Memorial Plaque underwater in Belize
A memorial plaque placed underwater at Seal Cay in Belize
Another spectacular sunset offshore from Belize
Another spectacular sunset offshore from Belize

Beware of conch terrorists!

After our adventures in Belize City and beyond, it was back to work as usual. We had a fun mixed group out in early February with Ann & Rich, Dave & Lois, and our independent lady, Jean.

Although the weather wasn’t always the best… the rain showers provided some amazing rainbows… I for one can’t say I’ve ever seen a complete double rainbow before!!
Double rainbow over Queens Cay
Double rainbow over Queens Cay

And we had a delightful night when a Moorings boat decided (against our advice… he listened to another useless captain nearby, who was only thinking of himself!) to anchor right next to Stess, so by morning, once the wind had changed direction, was a matter of feet off our stern!! He skulked off early without a word…. OH those lovely bareboaters!!!

Too close for comfort
Too close for comfort

Eventually the sun came out and the snorkeling was as amazing as ever.

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Dave, the hunter-gatherer went all out to find us plenty of conch… a shell for everyone and plenty to make some pan-fried conch one day and some rather tasty conch ceviche (if I say so myself) the next.
S/V Stess offshore in Belize
S/V Stess offshore in Belize

All in all another great week. Our ladies set off home with their souveneer conch shells… but we soon discovered that, although stunningly beautiful… are also dangerous weapons! Or so the security people at Belize Airport claimed!! Ann was told she couldn’t carry her conch shell in her had luggage as it could be used as a weapon to slice somebody!!!

Conch shells on the trampoline
Conch shells on the trampoline

CONCH: tasty, beautiful… but potentially deadly!! Watch out for conch terrorists!!