Perhaps in counter point to a recent discussion, I found myself thinking of my favourite crew memories. There are many, and all have different significance, but I felt if I had to make a list of the top three they would be:
1. Being woken by my delivery
crew, at a port stopover halfway home, with a freshly baked pizza in a box and a six pack of beer
. What a crew!
2. Being phoned by one of the delivery
crew a few months later to tell me he had volunteered to join a professional delivery skipper
on a delivery from Bali to Perth because he enjoyed our journey so much. He wanted us to know before he told his own children
3. Listening to the stories of travel and dreams for his own boat from a 20 something year old from Belgium as he joined me for a day aboard during his travels through Australia
. Gave me hope for the future of the world to meet someone so young and full of dreams.
Maybe the third memory is more of a day guest than a crew member
, but I think of everyone on board as crew, just with different skills.
I wonder if others have such positive memories they'd like to share, I feel like crew are getting some pretty bad press at the moment.
P.S. Might just sneak in a fourth, because it was kinda funny
, and special. Watching a crew member/guest receive a phone
call with a job offer while we were under way, and seeing his reaction after he finished the call, he whooped and hollered and danced a funny
little sailors jig on foredeck.