So after 16 Days in the lovely Island of Mauritius, we were all ready to
push off, and head further west across the Indian Ocean – next stop – a
short 130 miles away is Reunion – a real French Island (Euros, Expensive,
and semi socialist – at least when it comes to Sailing boats!) but described
as a mini Hawaii (hopefully without the American tourists) – but enough
about what’s next
Mauritius – was a fun stop off with lots of Friends and family making the
trip to spend time with K8 & Her Crew, to the stunning beaches, the Sega
Dancing and another round of great WARC parties,
The official crew party was fun , in a British (style) Pub , awful food ,
but with DJ Nick to get the Music going and table dancing as is now expected
. Northy’s tours again put on a good trip, Eureka , a Colonial house
followed by a spectacular restaurant , the lookilikey competition results
were announced , with Adrian & Jens playing a blinder as joint hosts – great
way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The unofficial Crew part mostly organised by the K8 and the Oyster 56 Into
the blue – was a blast with a live band, Great BBQ food and great dancers
– both female and transvestite! not to mention a raft of air hostesses who
somehow joined in the fun .
Prize giving organised by WARC – paid for by the Mauritius Tourist board was
fun ( for a wine free event – Note we prefer Free Wine events! ), Prizes
were excellent for once , and yes K8 managed to pick up 2 – most accurate
ETA and while first in class A , with the combination of class A&B for
prizes we were delighted to accept 2nd place the hard working and fast guys
Diana H – made another pilgrimage to see her loved one (and David)and had
a great time touring the island , all that essential shopping ( a carpet
??) a tea factory , Bird watching , Glass Blowing , Botanical Garden – you
name it !
From Richmond the Hearsum family Jane, Louise, Sarah, Charlie and Katie -
had a blast, Charlie (aged 15) catching the bug and loving driving a 72ft
Oyster to the Bay of Turtles , where a fun night aboard was had by all , as
ever with Jens spectacular epicurean delights .
While on the beach Rosie & Nick relaxed with Shaun & Emily – roughing it
in a mix of a Euro35 per night apartment and the New 4 Seasons Hotel -
while all the time still managing to make it to the main parties
We are lucky to be joined by Neil & Edda A – who are so looking forward to
their trip across the last of the Indian Ocean – Neil brings his
considerable Sigma 38 skills – with over 300 channel crossings, not to
mention a transatlantic or 2 and some Fastnet’s – Dr Edda ( not Dr Ed from
into the blue !) will be adding to our vast knowledge of medical matters -
so we figure, it will be motoring leg and the most hazardous medical ailment
will be sunburn – just our luck.
Finally we have to report that we may be in trouble with the Royal Naval Tot
Club of Antigua & Barbuda – as the K8 toast (good ships and wood ships….)
has been set to music – the instrumental version of Sailing by Rod Stewart -
and seems now to have become the fleet toast – hopefully Mike Rose will
forgive us for trifling with such serious Naval matters.