Finding the right people to go sailing with isn’t easy… On a small boat you need to get along fabulously with your crew because there is little or no privacy and no room for disagreements. Make a poor choice and all will suffer for the duration of the voyage…
So when I advertise for crew, they must (at least) meet a few criteria including:
An ability and eagerness to do what I say…. preferably before I say it;
Failing that, (I’ve yet to find anyone meeting that first criterion) an ability to do what I mean, even if I didn’t say it;
Thick skin or selective deafness for tolerating the captains tantrums;
Somewhat masochistic tendencies in order to deal with the inevitable sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, seasickness and frequent irate outbursts from the captain;
Most of the time I forgo the difficulties of finding such ideal crew by sailing alone, but on occasion, I have been fortunate in sourcing sailing companions (they didn’t know what they signed up to) and this post is a tribute to the courageous few.
Gianluca (a.k.a. The Animal). Now isn’t that a face you can trust! An accomplished musician and lyrical poet, one look of those puppy eyes and women swoon..
The Bart Man (Armed and ready for pirates). Faster than a speeding caterpillar, more powerful than a mosquito, able to leap small small furry animals in a single bound!
The brave Eva Kangaroo Ears. A vivacious and ferociously loyal sailing companion. The only person I know that’s able to get seasick before setting foot on a boat, yet she keeps coming back for more!!!
Herr Matt. (a.k.a. White-Beard). The wild-card crew member… Artist extraordinaire, such a tranquil aspect could only be attained after decades of friendship with said captain.
Chester (Yea Old Sea Dog). The best looking and most hirsute crew-member by far!
Jean Gustave (The rabid ribald rapscallion). This photo had to be censored! No further comments on the grounds that it may incriminate him…
Captain Dave (a.k.a. The $@^#@# and (&*(!@ etc. etc too many more expletives to fit here…) That’s me! What more can one say….