Sailboats move – whether sailing or at anchor or in a marina – they still move – sometimes a lot! So when my 82 year old mother, Margie, (Meemaw to her 9 grandchildren) announced that she wanted to visit us on Mira, I was nervous. Glenn was more than nervous. Granted, Mom is very active – walking miles every day, taking exercise classes, driving all over Atlanta, etc, etc – but, still ……… a sailboat?!?!
So, a plan was hatched. We would dock Mira at the Rodney Bay Marina on St. Lucia, and mom would come and visit. But, she would spend the night in the Harbour Club Hotel adjacent to the Marina – not on the sailboat. It was a perfect plan! We explored the beautiful island of St. Lucia both by day sails and by car. She ate many meals on Mira – as well as at some delicious restaurants. Mom climbed in and out of the dinghy (our only car) onto the dock next to Mira and also, on to the dock at the Harbour Club. By the way, climbing in and out of a “bucking bronco” dinghy in winds and waves is not an easy feat! I myself have been known to take a dip or two due to a misstep out of the dinghy!