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One of the main events for us cruisers was a Christmas Day Dinner. This whole idea was devised by two cruising ladies while waiting out hurricane season in Grenada. When thing can go wrong, they will. The lady who was putting together the dinner had to go back to England because of major health problems with both her parents. That threw the planning and execution on a poor fellow to make it happen. He did a fantastic job right to getting the bill paid.

Cruisers are a funny lot. First they are cheap. Second you never know if they will show up when and where something is happening. We arrived 9 days early. The weather was to turn nasty, so we went early. The man in charge was trying to find a good number that would go to the dinner and then finding a place to take us for a sit down dinner. First the place that was used last year closed. Like forever. So to get a Restaurant committed, they want a solid number of people. He got 30 cruisers. Remember I said cheap. That means driving down the price for a dinner that the establishment sees as one of their big money making days. There were about 10 others that decided to do there own dinner. It sounded as good as ours but not as elegant.

The man did well. Expensive, yes, but not out of line. We had turkey, ham different type vegies, great desert, good wines at a reasonable price. It was great.

Other happenings started with a group of us going to a Mexican restaurant for dinner on Tuesday before Christmas. Wednesday there was a Cocktail party at a restaurant that is part of the yacht clubs. After cocktails, the mate and two of our cruising buddies went to a restaurant that was doing a sing along Christmas carol dinner. Good food and it was fun. We had Mince Meat Pie. We never had it before and it was really good. We also had Mullied Wine. Never heard of that either. It is served hot. Interesting. Not bad, but hot wine? The Brits do strange things. They think the same of us. The carols were like ours, but the melody could be totally different. Lots of fun.

On Christmas Eve there was a potluck on the local beach. You brought a meat dish for yourselves and another dish for sharing. The mate did her rolls.

Christmas the dock yard puts on a champagne charity event. You can buy a bottle of champagne from $30EC a bottle to how ever much you want to spend on a bottle. Then you wander around and look at the big boats that are moored around the yard. You can not go on them, but they are nice to look at. About 5pm we wandered over to the Pillars Restaurant for dinner. This is the same place we had Christmas dinner last year.

The facility is Nelson’s Dockyard. It was a ship repair facility for the British Navy, built in 1671. The building have been restored and filled with modern shops and restaurants. My Facebook site will have pictures of the place. We were here last year and you can look back to see more pictures.

Now we are waiting for a weather window to head to St Martins, Today was the mildest day since we came here. Many of our cruising buddies made a break for places further north and west. We are not in a hurry since we probably will skip St Barts. Last year one session of the Christmas Wind lasted 6 weeks. That would put us behind our schedule for the Bahamas by the last week in March. I am most unhappy about missing New Years in St Barts, but the mate would not have liked this milder day of 7-8 foot seas. Me neither.


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