Saturday, May 4th, 2002
Snorkeling off the dinghy and a book about Force Five
Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Today we took our dinghy out on the ocean
to do a little snorkeling. It was pretty neat. I can't get
over how the blue water is. We went out near Sunterra (the
time-share Amie works for at their headquarters in Florida),
but it was windy and we didn't see much in the way of fish.
On the way home we stopped by Lady C (formerly referred to
as the Floating Bar) on the way home for dollar Caribs since
we're trying to stick to happy hour prices. Suzy, the bartender
there seems to know us now as she had greeted us with our
"usual." She gave us the 411 on fish on the island.
Though we keep hearing that people don't eat fresh fish here,
I guess Curt and I just don't want to believe it. She told
us that there's one fish market, but everyone is so afraid
of this disease the reef fish often carry, not many people
actually try it. So for now, I guess we keep eating chicken
and beef flown in from the U.S. Seems totally bizarre to me.
We only had enough money for two beers each
so headed out early. As we got up to leave, a man caught up
with us to ask if we're the couple that bought Force Five.
It turns out the man is Gary, a close friend of Sean's that
he had mentioned has done quite a bit of racing and cruising
on our boat (I actually recognized him from our earlier visits
to Lady C- he looks just like the pirate in the Captain Morgan
ads, with his long hair and moustache). He wanted to introduce
himself and congratulate us. He told us how much he's enjoyed
our boat and told us about a book Martin, Force Five's first
owner, had written about our her. Curt and I are both delighted!
So Gary tells us he may come by tomorrow morning when Sean
helps Curt tune our engine to deliver the book.