Destination Pretty: St. Maarten’s Sailing Takes Me Away

I have always loved water. I seriously think I should have been born under the Pisces sign, but I’m a true Sagittarius. Although, I was born to a Pisces mom. There are times I even go to bed with the beach waves application on my phone because I just need to hear the waves, look at the ocean, enjoy the sun, and just relax. I have always been like this and as I get older I need more heat and water in my life. On my trip to the lovely St. Maarten we participated in a true sailing activity. I was stoked.

When I say sailing, it was on a huge sailboat. An America’s Cup sailboat to be exact. Imagine my delight when I realized that we were going to be the crew. Of course, I wasn’t appropriately dressed. I had on a dress and tennis shoes. Nevertheless when duty calls I’m there. How often are you on a beautiful island with a real Captain Morgan. No joke. See the photograph below of Captain Morgan and I. The Captain even let me steer the boat for a few minutes. Insane.

Here’s the rundown. This is a 12 meter challenge against another boat and team. The crew is made of tourists competing against each other. We did have a real crew on board, obviously. These guys and one lady taught us what we needed to learn, before we assumed our necessary roles on the boat. There was also a person to pass out beverages (hello beer, soda, and water) whenever there was a need to hydrate.

My position on the boat was to work on the winch, which basically means I swung the rope around this mechanical device (crank) to release the sail. Can I tell you how much fun I had. Of course, before all the sailing festivities I still had to apply some type of lip gloss. I think I saw the crew give a slight chuckle during my prep time, but I was okay with that. I was a  wet mess, hair in a curly salt-water-bun, and oh so happy. I loved every single minute of it. The only question I had was “when can I do it again.”

I finished my time of sailing with a hearty lunch of Bang Bang Shrimp at the Greenhouse Restaurant.

So I came home and learned about various Regattas around the world. It is definitely time to get these sea legs wet again. Beach Babe 2012 in full effect. The only words that “get me” at this moment are from Christopher Cross.

My visit to St. Maarten was sponsored by the St. Maarten Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.

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