By: Catherine Guiader
Ahoy Fellow Sailors!
As I sit at home doing my part to flatten the curve, I find myself dreaming of sailing and looking back at my most recent trip on the water. It sometimes feels like forever ago but my little girls, who have no notion of what’s going on in the real world, still ask every day: “Maman, when do we go sailing in Tortola again?“ You guessed it, I was lucky enough to take part in the 2020 BVI Rendezvous. And “Lucky” is an understatement considering the timing of events.
If you are not familiar with this event, it is essentially a gathering of Jeanneau owners sailing around the British Virgin Islands for a week having a grand time meeting up for an assortment of organized cocktails, dinners, and even a pirate party!
As a member of the Jeanneau America team, I had participated in the very first BVI Rendezvous in 2012 but I hadn’t been able to get back since. So, when the invite came to be a part of the 2020 event, I jumped at the chance. Tough job I know!
In 2012, I had gone solo, crewing and mostly being on the organization side of things. While of course there was plenty of sailing, I was more of a crew member, helping with the boat, tending to the music and making cocktails onboard and making sure the event ran smoothly for everyone. This time however, things would be a bit different for several reasons:
➡️ One, I was very lucky to be bringing my whole family with me; that is my husband, Chris and two little crew members, Emilie and Caitlin ages 4 and 6.