Sunday, April 6, 2014

Passion


To do what you love for a living, is a wonderful thing. 


 In the sailing world, I recently learned, it is actually possible to do just that,
  sail for a living that is.


Of course a lot of these guys are America's Cup and Olympic champion sailors.


 Mitch, the tactician here on the left is an 11 times World Champion, twice Olympic medalist,
and has two America's Cups on his resume.
 Mike the helmsman at the tiller,  has raced in  single-handed races around the world.
(Yeah, sailed round the world, by himself, both ways.)
These guys are impressive. It is a joy to watch them at work.


It was also a pleasure to see other crew on board  like these women, 
who have chosen to do what they do on the water. 
Sonia, on the right for example, prepares food at a 45 degree angle, that would knock your socks off!
My only regret is I did not take any photos of her work! Quite frankly I was too  busy eating it...and hanging on.


It was such an incredible experience, being on this boat, 
I cannot imagine doing it year round and being good enough to do so.

It also brought out the competitive side in all of us, as on the last day we were so excited to be ahead of these spinnakers instead of behind.
(Ok, we, the guests, did absolutely nothing but stay out of the way but still....we were emotionally invested)


The competition didn't end on the water. 
It was full-on for the boat who threw the best party on Saturday night.



Also it was much fun to check out the other boats.



We did NOT have a competition for best dancing on a table the next night at  Le Ti...


...but I am pretty sure Pam and Peter would have won!


The sailing was ......soo beautiful, like a dream.


For the crew who make it happen, is it a dream come true?
Even though racing keeps them away from home for weeks at a time and the work 
can often be inconsistent , 
 I am still convinced they might have been  among the  happiest people on that boat,



and an inspiration to the weekend warriors the rest of us may be. 
For me this experience was a great reminder,


that to follow your passion is a wonderful thing.



Love your body, love each other, eat your carrots and follow your passion!


THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL AND PASSIONATE HOSTS OF THE LADY B!

(Photo credits-Some photos, identified by their watermarks, came from the St. Barth's Bucket Regatta website photo galleries-

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