Jeff Kelly, who took an Advanced Coastal Cruising course (ASA106) in the Virgin Islands in February, 2010, sent the following comments:
Dear fellow sailors,
I just wanted to follow up with everyone since our ASA106
experience. My wife and I had a wonderful 8 days of sailing in the BVI's. Our
friends, who had boated but never sailed, loved the 4 days they spent with my
wife and I. We had some heavy rain at times, but they took it in stride. After
they left, we focused on some of the attractions of the BVI's. We spent a whole
day at the Bitter End Yacht Club - what a beautiful place. We went back to
Marina Cay to see Michael Bean's "Happy Arrr" show - what a treat! He
has been a street singer for 33 years and started this 2 hour pirate themed show
many years ago. Here's a link to his homepage: http://www.beansmusic.com/.
If any of you come back to the BVI's make sure you stop and see him.
I also wanted to express my appreciation for having the
opportunity to meet and sail with all of you. 8 days in close quarters with
total strangers has a way of creating strong bonds of friendship. I certainly
consider all of us as friends. I just hope we have an opportunity to get
together again. I believe I can say that the students learned much from this
course. Lee and Tom had so much to offer; I'm just sorry that I wasn't more of a
sponge. In particular, I thought that having Tom on board was like having the
Encyclopedia Britannica of sailing with us!
I enjoyed our discussions particularly; they really added
to the experience. It was great to learn that all of you, except Pete and me are
accomplished musicians. We'll have to have a reunion and the 4 of you can jam
I hope each of you has a wonderful year and many more
opportunities to sail.