|chillin in theTRAMPOLINE|
You definitely want to take your time, have some drinks, enjoy the sun and create your own party boat atmosphere; perhaps dropping anchor to take a dip in the warm sea or even more exciting, go sightseeing for whale sharks or dolphins. I know of one person who offers this out of the ordinary recreational activity and he goes by the name of Captain Vern Fine. He offers this ferry service between Roatan and Utila; I even got his phone numbers 3346-2600 and 9910-8040 in case you ever want to contact him. If you don’t have a phone with you, you can probably ask around for him in any of the most frequented hangouts in either downtown Utila or in West End, Roatan, apparently he is quite famous amongst the usual barflies or they may just point to one of his own flyers posted strategically on the wall for some general information. Another option is to be on the lookout for his catamaran, the Nina Elisabeth II, docked somewhere in plain view. Nevertheless, we did not do any of the above! Instead, our group (still 15 of us), decided to go an alternate route; we took advantage of a little know connection I had made a year earlier while working for Sunwing Vacations, in Roatan. Back then as the administrator for this tour operator I had the opportunity to sell some airplane tickets to a yacht owner from Quebec named Pierre Ricard. His quote after I hooked him up with a return flight to Canada was, and I remember clearly, “if you are ever in Utila and want to take a ride in my yacht, give me a call”, and he gave me his phone number. It never crossed my mind at the time, I would be taking up his offer a year later to arrange a fantastic sea voyage for our little group of honeymooners.
|capt. Ricard'sVESSELin the middle of a roll|
|about to set sail in capt. Michele'sCATAMARAN|
In the end, sailing in the Caribbean did not turn out as expected. It so happened that almost half of the crew on each boat had a miserable time for almost the entire duration of the trip. Only a few of us touched the food, most of us only took pictures at the beginning and then upon arrival to Roatan, and I can remember only one person drinking booze at all. In fact if anyone was going to be boasting about anything it was going to be about how much they threw up! Yes indeed, for some odd reason no one even thought about the possibility of getting seasick! I guess the whole idea was too good to be true.
It took maybe 30 minutes after leaving the Utila docks on Capt. Michele’s catamaran that we entered the open sea and that’s when the boat really started rocking. Even though it looked like a perfect day to go sailing as there were clear blue skies all around, there was plenty of wind which roughed up the sea creating large waves and as a result a constant but pronounced swaying up and down. Capt. Ricard’s yacht sailed close to us, and we could see it was extremely tilted to one side, yet it appeared not to bounce as much as it slowly cut through the crest of each wave. However, their accounts of their voyage were not much different than ours. Soon enough, the trip got sour for most of us. Even I got a little ill, and I have spent a good deal of time on all type of boats when diving. A good tip if this happens to you is to focus on a steady point, for example, the horizon or dry land. Eating a few crackers tends to settle the stomach as well, but the best solution would have been to have taken a Dramamine pill for motion sickness half an hour earlier. It would have saved us a lot of trouble.
|15DAUPHINSgreeted us as we arrived inROATAN|
|a beautifulSUNSETto end a beautiful day|