The stories started getting bigger and better as Easter WEEK drew closer. Now it sounded like all of Belize leaves their homes and makes the pilgrimage to Placencia. Buses packed to the gills with people with their beach gear were expected. There also started the talk of the Great Exodus from town by the people that live in the village. It started to remind me of Daytona Beach at Spring Break time and our plan began to formulate.
Friends were coming into town for the week and we wanted to show them "our" village but it seems as though they were going to be getting a slightly skewed view. Getting in on Thursday we were able to beat the influx of people at a few of our favorite watering holes.
On Easter Sunday we were set to participate in the "Not-A-Regatta". In order to get ready we went out with Jeff and Daytripper Catamaran Charters on Saturday. The trip is one of our most favorite things to have our guests experience. Its a great sail out with plenty of rum drinks to be had along the way. After snorkeling at a couple of spots and a lunch break we sailed back in with rum drinks in hand. The crew got into shape and felt pretty good about our ability to perform the next day.
Sunday came and you could feel the excitement at the captains meeting. Plans were set and we prepared to set sail. Getting to the starting line early we honed our skills jibing and tacking, threading between boats and crossing within inches of other swiftly moving boats with the grace of a dancer. You could feel the excitement in the air. The 5 minute warning came and we prepared for a great start. Watching the time and doing some fancy sailing the start was announced and we were off! The crew performed well under Captain Jeff's watchful eye as did the catamaran. After a photo finish it was off to celebrate.
All in all it was a a good time but not the village that I have come to enjoy. It seems silly to say that it was too many people but once you start getting used to knowing everyone on the street when you add to that it does seem like a lot of people. Wish me luck on our trip back to the States...