In honor of Dave's recent birthday, I wanted to share a sliver of an amazing throwback memory! This is, if I'm not mistaken the Spring of 1997 (maybe '98). What I do know is that it was the inaugural voyage of what we all have come to LOVE so deeply... sailing the beautiful blue waters of the Turks & Cacios aboard the Atabeyra. We were so fortunate to be part of the very first excursion on the very first day (prime example of being at the right place at the right time). Dave was the Captain, Mongo the First-Mate, and Jenny behind the scenes meeting us at Windjammer Landing (???, I think that's what it was called... anyway it's long gone and has now become Seven Stars Resort) while the Atabeyra sailed right up to Grace Bay and we boarded from the beach (BTW, Grace Bay was only populated with 3 resorts). On that day, little did we know that we were part of history in the making. All we did know is that it was the BEST day of our Caribbean vacation. 20 years later and I still remember that feeling and can honestly say in all of our travels since, it ranks in our top 3 most favorite days ever. We sailed, we snorkeled, had a gourmet lunch, sailed some more, shared the waters with the mascot Dolphin, explored Iguana island, snorkeled again, lost all sense of time (as all perfect days should be) and in the end, unbeknownst to us our full day sail excursion turned into a Sunset Sail as we enjoyed the gorgeous colors that appeared low on the horizon. Only then were we dropped off on the beach in front of our resort where the day had started. Reluctantly this awesome day had come to an end. Yes, it was the first day and if Dave was to tell this story, I'm sure his take may be somewhat different. Things not going as planned or small hiccups along the way (isn't that everyday at sea). But for all of us lucky souls on board, we were treated like instant friends and welcomed guest. In this ever changing world, I think we all would agree that how you make people feel is what sustains a business and keeps it alive. Over the past 20 years, friendships have evolved and many memories have forever been sealed. For us personally, this day was a catalyst to send us to sailing school to earn our Captain's license, to explore many islands and to always during our travels, try to carve out a day to spend on a sailboat out at sea. Many wonderful adventures have come our way but none have ever compared to the lovely Atabeyra. Keep setting those sails Dave and providing us all with so many wonderful moments. You're living the dream and you deserve every blessing that it brings your way ⛵️⚓️⛵️⚓️⛵️!!!
*Disclaimer ~ This is a photo of a photo (we're the couple in the center) taken from our camera somewhere in the Provo seas on a moving dingy attempting to capture this gorgeous sailboat. Of course it doesn't do her justice but it's not bad... just proof of what a beauty Atabeyra really is ⛵️!!!