The Sunsail trip would certainly be the highlight of the fall for me. I have worked with Sunsail on a few different projects over the last year but to be involved with them on this photo and video project was definitely a different beast. Especially since I had my son with me. My son has only gone down to the Caribbean once before and he was only three years old at the time so the opportunity to take him back at age 7 and to spend some direct time with him on the Ocean was very special. He is a total water rat so the idea of spending a week on a boat snorkeling and exploring was a dream come true for him. I guess it was a dream come true for both of us actually. I probably average two trips a year to the Virgin Islands but I realized that I hadn't been down to just explore and enjoy it in almost 10 years - which is crazy. Its easy to see why it is such a popular cruising destination with short sails between the islands and great anchorages and swimming spots. Not to mention watering holes like Willy T's and Potters up at Anegada. Towards the end of the trip I started prying into him to see what his highlights were. Without question he answered snorkeling at the Indians, pretty great choice in my opinion as the Reef is still more alive there than anywhere. My snorkeling highlight would be at the Baths with the perfect sandy bottom and crystal clear water and to watch my son drop down 14 feet with ease. It wasn't so much about the venue but more about watching my son progress and gain a new sense of comfort in the Ocean.
It will be interesting to see the media that comes out from the trip as Tony Demin was there shooting still photography and AeroVest was there with multiple drones buzzing overhead. Their involvement was exceedingly interesting as I had not fully grasped their level of production or their ability to capture this moment in my life with my son. Its something that I will forever be grateful for and certainly there are captured moments that he and I will have a very big laugh about when he is a bit older.
So now with all the hectic bits of travel and adventure over and done with for a few weeks its time to keep plugging away at the maintenance on Moneypenny which never stops. Besides its only 7 months until she is back in the water and sailing again and you never know what adventure might pop up between now and then.