Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Thanked 152 Times in 144 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Soling questions....
I did not own the boat(s) I sailed out of Road Town. I was staying at the Treasure Island Hotel (on the hill overlooking the harbor) and doing some work there at the time. The hotel had made a deal with Doris and Steve Colgate to operate an "Offshore Sailing School" out of the place and, from time to time I'd help the OSS staff do maintenance and up-keep on the boats in exchange for the right to use one when it wasn't being used by guests of the hotel/school. It was a great deal--for me-and I did love the boat. My OAO and I would often sail one over to the Peter Island Yacht Club for lobster and beer "lunches" and then sail back to Road Town in the late afternoon. We were broad reaching across the Sir Francis Drake channel and going like a bat out'a heck in both directions and really had a great time. I'm not sure I could offer much useful information on the boats after 36 years, however.
When I get too old/weak to sail out current yacht, I may very well buy another Soling for day sailing. When I die, my wife can load my remains in the boat, trim her for a broad reach, point her off toward Isla, and send me off as did the Vikings. That'd be a fine way to go on a last sail, eh?
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."