By: Olivia Schleicher, Communications Specialist at Jeanneau America
Most people I meet automatically assume that because I work for a French sailboat manufacturer I must know how to sail. Well… sorry to say, that isn’t exactly true. Growing up just north of Baltimore, I was somewhat close to water but other than the occasional kayak trip, I didn’t spend much time on the water boating or learning to sail. So when the chance presented itself to travel to the Caribbean for the 2018 Jeanneau Owner’s Rendezvous, I couldn’t say no, right? I have to say however, that while I was excited to go, I was also a bit wary. Not being a sailor was part of it but the one time I did go sailing, I got extremely sea sick. But I was committed to make this trip a great one and besides, as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained so throwing caution to the wind, I went for it.
Our adventure began by flying first from Baltimore to San Juan and then to Tortola where we taxied to the Sunsail/ Moorings base in Road Town. Our crew of four consisted of myself, my lucky boyfriend Nick (and I do mean LUCKY), and fellow Jeanneau team members, Paul Fenn and Jeff Jorgensen.
Shortly after arriving in Road Town, we boarded a beautiful Mooring’s Jeanneau 509 and settled in with a few bottles of cold Carib beers, which brings me to the first thing I learned about sailing in the BVI: