'Erik': My unintended alias to get aboard Mezza Luna
Once I came up with the idea of taking a year or so off, the Caribbean seemed like an ideal place to spend the winter. Sun, warmth, kiteboarding, diving, adventure, a friend to visit! One problem - how was I to get there? Since I have recently fell in love with sailing, I searched for a job as a crew member on a boat heading to the Caribbean. As luck would have it, I found one!
Mezza Luna is her name, a gorgeous 53 foot Swan yacht located in Annapolis, Maryland heading to Puerto Rico. 4 crew members required. Perfect, I thought. The only problem is that I'm a novice sailor with no off shore experience. Oh well, I applied anyway and anxiously awaited a response. A prompt reply e-mail arrived in my inbox the following day: "Hi Erik, Very happy for you to join the crew.....". Peter, the British captain and owner briefly described the 3 other male crew members, the journey, where I had to meet them, etc. As for the lack of an "a" at the end of my name, I figured it was simply a typing error. Simple as that. And if it was an unconcious gender error on Peter's part, well I wasn't going to correct him. Females can do anything males can do!
Once I arrived in Annapolis, I found out that indeed, Peter did think I was an "Erik", not "Erika". Whew, that was a close one, but I was in!
So the crew consisted of:
Dale (wearing a hat)- a retired US Navy/Coast Guard man who had sailed with Peter twice before
Marty (wearing glasses) - a fellow Canuck from TO, previously a stock trader turned farmer/ property manager/owner/house fixer/jack of all trades who had also sailed with Peter twice before
Tom (centre of pic) - also a retired US Navy Explosives Ordinance Device guy and electrical engineer who had done one Transatlantic sail and has his Day Skipper certification. Sailing experience and can fix stuff.
And.....Me - a 30 year old girl with virtually no sailing experience, can't really fix stuff, and no idea what I've gotten myself into!
Peter (wearing red shirt)- the British Skipper, boat owner, and retired paratrooper from the British military, is a very experienced sailor who has done this trip 3 times before.
If anything, the trip would be interesting!
Mary (O'Connor) Hamilton Way to go ErikA !!! Good for you! Happy sailing! Love, Mary
Wanda McFarlane I'm anxiously waiting for the next "update". Good luck on your adventure, keep us posted.:)
Michele so cool!!! Thanks for the updates!!!!
Cindy Maher Ricker That's my lil sister! You go girl! and show them what we Mahers are made of lol. Keep us posted, love the blog!!!!
Dale H. Arden Quite frankly, I'm glad the confusion in your name worked to your advantage. It was a lot of fun to have you on board as the official representative of the female gender.
Gail Hi Erika, You constantly amaze me! Mark Twain's quote sums it all up. Every day is a gift and we have to make the most of it and you certainly are doing that! Have fun!
Melissa Dempsey So.. Did you give up after 2 blog posts.. I believe this were the adventure began. Get back to blogging!!