Thursday, January 28, 2010

David & Kate Nikolai & Friends

Dave and his lovely wife Kate and Jim and His very special wife Diane the Dolphin whisperer came from Chicago and St Louis to enjoy a sail aboard the good ship RA on our great Biscayne Bay. It was a wonderful afternoon, about 10- 15 Knots of wind, a little chilly for Florida, but they had no problem being from from the North.
Diane had the ability to call the dolphins and sure enough they showed up. I was really impressed. It is indeed very unusual to see them under such wind conditions. We then all went across the street to the Mutiny Hotel for music, food and drinks for a fund raiser for Haiti. Here is what they wrote in the log:

"Our cruise not as romantic as the above, but fabulous anyway. With the Dolphin whisperer we were blessed to see 2 dolphins playing. We also enjoyed a beautiful sunset, conversations with Asaad and good laughs. A wonderful adventure and a great way to end our vacation. Thanks so much, Dave and Kate & Diane and Jim"

Friday, January 22, 2010

January 20th, 2010, Arash&Behnaz Engaged

Arash and Behnaz came all the way from Baltimore Maryland to enjoy our sunshine and get engaged aboard the sailing vessel RA on our great Biscayne Bay, and yes the bay lived up to their expectations for an ideal day for the two lovebirds to sit on the bow of the boat holding hands and sipping campaign to celebrate the occasion.. She did not know what was in store for her until when the sun was about to set, he popped the question. and you showld see how happy she was.
Here is what Arash wrote in the ship's log:

"Arash and Behnaz take a cruise around the bay. After a lovely day enjoying the breeze and watching the sunset, Arash proposes to Behnaz. She is totally surprised, she said YES. We celebrate with kisses and champagne. What a wonderful afternoon".

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Elena & the Russians

They were here from Russia, and elena suggested that they enjoy a day sail on our beautiful Biscyan Bay. It was cold. the day started with a gentl breeze, We sailed for a while then the wind died completly. so we motored towards the city. It was a beautiful quiet day and we all had fun

Sunday, January 03, 2010

January 1st, 2010, Isis, & frinds

The stillnes of new year's eve, turned into a small kraft Advisory with 40% chance of thunder storms. My daughter Isis really wnated to go sailing with her frinds and I did not have the heart to say no. I knew RA can be safe on Biscayne bay even in stormy weather. When we left it was blowing 25 knots from the south west. Just getting the boat out of the slip took a great dal of maneuvering, thanks to Titus and Aramis.  We raised the staysail and the Mizzen and sailed out of the channel full speed. We headed east on a close hauled for a while. I saw the sky darkening, and decided to tack to head home. While attempting to tack, we were hit by gusts exceeding  40 Knots and heavy rain. The crew were fantastic and supported me in managing the sailes and heading home. They all really were exhilirated with the experience. Here is what they wrote in the ship's log:

"Today we prais the boat God RA for bringing us to shore safe and sound. We also praise the Captain Asaad & Co Captain Titus for their expert sailing skills which faught hard against the 40 knot winds . What a way to kick off a new year and a new decade ! Our unborn baby loves you dearly, warm wishes  and all the best, Aina, Isaac & lorie"

"90 Degree sailing, rain, wind, heavy chop.... Amazing in every way. Spiritually , physically & emotionally, RA forever, Aramis Lorie & Desiree Almodover"

Dec 31, 2009-Jan 1, 2010, Douglas Haag & Family

Douglas wanted to do something special with his children who are visiting from Michigan. My friend Cristy suggested that he takes his family sailing in Biscayne bay to watch fire works on the bay and celebrate the New Year aboard the sailing vessel RA.
It was so still on the bay so we had to be under power . However the night was beautiful, the temperature was unseasonably warm, the fireworks were spectacular and we all toasted the champagne and wished each other a great new year.Here is what Katie wrote in the ship's log:

A beautiful night, I could not imagine a better way to spend my new year, thank you captain, katie U"

December 30th, 2009, Ester & Joe Kazaronski

This is the second time Jo sailed with me. He came once with the children, this time he wanted to enjoy the sail on Biscayne bay with his wife Ester. Here is what she wrote in the log:
"Thank you so much for a wonderful relaxing and enjoyable day. It was really vey special. we hope to be back again soon, Ester & Jo"

Saturday, January 02, 2010

December 27th, 2009, Cecilia Toth & frindes

Cecilia had visitors from California. she wanted to show them what it is like to sail on the waters of Biscayne Bay. We stayed on the bay until after sunset and watched the sky line of the great city by the bay light up. Every body had a good time. Here is what Cecelia wrote in the ship's Log:
"We had an awesome day with you on the RA ! Thank God for his beautiful creation   and thank you, Asaad  for

your kind and generous heart.... Happy new Year , Cecelia Toth and friends"

December 26th, 2009, Albert Harum Alvarez & Family

Albert wanted to watch the sunset over our great Biscayne bay. It was indeed a beautiful day. Here is what Albert wrote in the ship' Log

"What a wonderful afternoon! The Magic hours were truly magical on Biscayne Bay this evening. My niece Anna called it the best day of my life. I look forward to returning to the RA, Albert Harum Alvarez & Family"

December 23rd, 2009, Charles Castilla & Family

It was a windy day, we raised the big Jib and the Mizzen. had great sailing. we all had a good time especially the guests from Switzerland. here is what they wote in the log
"Great sailing day, almost perfect @ 20 knots. Thank you so much for the experience. Everyone enjoyed the day. It made our family reunion, the Ruiz de Castilla, Jellical and Menkin family"