It’s been a whirlwind week since the Salty Dawg Fleet began to arrive here in Falmouth Antigua. As Port Captain for Antigua, I have been crazy busy setting up events to be sure that when the 55 boats in the rally arrive so I can be confident that “the Dawgs will like the Dawg Food”. Of course, I’ll never know for sure that everyone is having a good time but I see plenty of evidence that things are going swimmingly.
There have been quite a few events already but last night’s reception at the Antigua Yacht Club hosted by the yacht club for all of us. Oh hand for the festivities in the clubhouse was Antigua Tourism Minister Fernandez, as well as Franklyn Braithwaite, AYC Commodore. From left to right, Me, Brenda, Minister Fernandez, his wife Jill and Commodore Braithwaite. As Port Captain I had the honor of presenting a rally flag to the Minister. Hey wait, is that Forest Gump in the background?And a rally flag and club burgee to the AYC Commodore.
We had a full house of SDSA rally skippers and crew along with Antigua Yacht Club members and everyone had a terrific time. It takes a lot of work to put on an event like this and we are indebted to the Minister, club and others who’s hard work are making us feel so welcomed here in Antigua.
One thing for sure, the Antigua Yacht Club is indeed, going to the Dawgs and it’s great fun being a part of it.
Tonight we have our “safe arrival dinner” at Boom, a beautiful venue overlooking historic Nelson’s Dockyard. I can’t wait. Oh yeah… I almost forgot. Remember the “royal visit?” Prince Charles did visit the dockyard yesterday but Brenda and I missed him. Perhaps had I met Minister Fernandez a day earlier…
Who knows, there’s always next time. You know me, “ever hopeful”. Yes, indeed.