November Captain’s Log, we had a slow start to December, as we had a last minute cancellation. However the month picked up and we had more interest from the corporate market in Dar es Salaam. Our catamaran provides an ideal platform for companies to entertain their clients or have management meetings along with a little R & R thrown in.
We were delighted to participate in the Dar to Tanga Yacht Race from 5th – 9th December. We hadn’t entered the race as we hadn’t expected to be around, but with our cancellation we decided to join in the fun. Although we simply went along as a cruising yacht we found that despite being a heavy live-aboard catamaran we performed extremely well and made a big impression with our newly returned 200 square metre spinnaker.
Having finalised the last of our permits and licences to conduct our business we are getting down to the serious business of marketing. Next month a UK magazine “Country” is publishing an article about Eric and our business. Unfortunately with the recent UK warnings to tourists about visiting Tanzania, it may not be the best time for the article, however we are having more and more enquiries and are confident that our business will be very successful as we have had positive feedback from the various guests we have had on board to date.
Zanzibar on an overnight stay. The delight they experienced when snorkelling at a deserted sandbank was terrific and for the children it was their first experience of snorkelling on coral and seeing the wonders of the underwater world. They thoroughly enjoyed the moonlit evening and we prepared a seafood dinner for them of freshly caught kingfish whilst they were ashore.
In early January we had a group on board who were celebrating 2 of the party’s 60th birthdays. We started in fine style with Moet champagne, then sailed to Sinda Island, where Eric prepared his special, spicy pumpkin soup, followed by honey glazed prawns with sesame dressing. We were expecting a long night of partying, however the excitement of the sail across to Sinda had tired the group out, so most of them retired to bed after dinner. The next day was spent exploring the island with Eric as the guide. We collected fresh oysters and ate them with lime juice & tabasco, delicious. Everyone had fun trying out the kayaks and after another great sail back to the Slipway, a very satisfied group said their goodbyes with promises to return for more!
kayaking became a test of who could surf the waves into the beach. Lots of fun was had by all and it was a great day for Paul & Astrid in particular who had organised the trip whilst Astrid was back here on a visit from Germany where she is now working.
We are putting the Log on the website before the end of the month as this Thursday (23rd January) we are heading south for a week or so to dive the islands between Kilwa and Mafia. Three of the group who came with us to Aldabra & Cosmoledo will be joining us, so it will be good to catch up with them again.
We have begun to note our guests comments on our Guest Book page – Enjoy!