Sailfest’s sail parade is one of the most popular and en joy able events. For a mere 300 pesos you sign up for adays ride on one of the many sailboats that have arrived to help invest in the future of the local children.
It’s a bit of a “cluster” at the beginning, all the participants arrived at the pair before the organizers, with everyone wondering what’s going to happen. Once folks find out the name of their boat and gather together loading goes fairly smooth. You first get on a panga to take you out to your assigned boat. I was on the Patricia Belle and it took 3 boat loads to load her 30 passenger and before we set sail 2 more arrived. So you can see what a massive job this is as I think there were 20 or so sail or power boats with over a hundred guests to be loaded.
The Patricia Belle is a very large wooden boat hand-built by its captain from trees on his own property,
aside from the captain and his lady they had a crew of 3 who were very informative, accommodating and hardworking . It’s quite a job to raise the large heavy sails by hand. Shortly after boarding the boat I learned the captain was not only from our town of Port Orchard, WA where he built his boat was just a short was from us. He was building his boat at the same time my father-in-law was building his boat. Not only was he familiar with the boat, he had a tally done some work on it for him. Truly a small planet!
Aside from the personal connection, this was one of the best sailfest voyages I have ever participated in. Many of the guests were better prepared than I and took advantage of the wait time from boarding to sail time and took a refreshing dip in the bay. The crew showed off their skill at swinging from a rope to enter the water just before one would hit the boat broad side.
Even a couple of the braver guest tried it. The boat was roomy, even with that a y people aboard you could walk around and find either sun or shade. It was a very friendly crowd, my wine glass sippy cup was a hit.
We spotted a few dolphins, I’ve given up trying to photo such sites as I never quite get the picture, and get so busy trying to get the picture I don’t really get to watch the dolphins. Today I enjoyed the dolphins. After the parade, and a bit more swimming, the Captain returned us to the bay where we were promptly picked up by I’m sure was a pretty arranged panga and our wonderful day on the water came to a close. I will return to the Patricia Belle next year, but with a swimsuit. 02 06 2015 signing off KO