The soul of a sailor.

He’s never been to Starbucks (don’t even get me started).  He lives on a boat.  Named Old Bob.  He’s madly in love with Emma…a ginger haired Welsh who sails the world with him.  He uses words like mate and rubish…which I plan to immediately add into my vocabulary.  He lives a life that is so different from mine…but so intriguing.  He made our trip more amazing than we could have imagined…and is someone I will forever call a friend.  He is Captain Dave…the best one at that.


Where do I even start?  Last week I went on a trip that was truly an experience.  And one I will never forget.  I called a sailboat home for 8 days and found out just what it takes to be a sailor.  I saw places that postcards are made of and made friends with sea turtles.  I learned the difference between Port and Starboard…and overcame my fear of the ocean.  I learned that ginger ale and baguettes are the cure to sea sickness…and saw my first flying fish.  I experienced a Regatta and now refer to speed in knots.  I slowed down and savored the moments.  When I stepped foot on our boat I knew it was going to be awesome.  But what I didn’t know was awesome would only be the beginning.  The early morning excitement of setting sail.  A hot cup of coffee and a cool ocean breeze.  Watching the sun rise over the horizon…and the anticipation of what’s ahead.  I fell in love with art of sailing…and our family grew by one captain.  I left a little piece of my heart on that sailboat…and one day I’ll go back to get it.



Seeing our boat for the first time.  Isn’t she pretty…

Caiou Italia, Catamaran, Sailing

Best spot on the boat….the trampoline.  Oh yea…I’m totally down with the boat lingo.

Caiou Italia, Catamaran, Sailing

Our first sail…

Caiou Italia, Catamaran, Sailing

Dad trying to be the captain…

Captain Bill Caiou Italia, Catamaran, Sailing

Captain Dave!!!!!

Captain Dave

Old Bob…Captain Dave’s home.  That boat has seen the world….

Old Bob

Sunsets on the boat were the best…

Caiou Italia, Catamaran, Sailing

Falmouth Harbour…the biggest boats I have ever seen.  An 100 foot sailboat was a midget…if that gives you any idea.

Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

Morning coffee at Skullduggary’s…Captain Dave’s hangout.


Breakfast on the boat.  Mmmmm…bacon.

Sailing, Catamaran, Lagoon 440

Boats…big big boats.

Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

This boat name made me laugh.

Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

The view from the top…

Shirley Heights Shirley Heights Shirley Heights

Steel band…it’s amazing what they can do with these drums…

Shirley Heights Shirley Heights

We saw so many rainbows…

Sailing Trip

Setting sail at sunrise.  It was so beautiful…

Sunrise Sunrise


Lauren the sailor…has a nice ring to it I think…

Learning to sail

I was so proud of myself for getting the sail up.  🙂


Gary learning to drive…fasten your seat belts kids!

Gary and Captain Dave Gary sailing

We took an island tour to see some waterfalls and our driver just happened to have a machete….ummmmm…what?


Swimming in the waterfalls…

waterfalls, cascades The perfect vacation

A little bubbly…yes please!

The fam Sailing Mt fav

My favorite view…

Falmouth Harbour


Gary became a master at the anchor.  He may have been named the First Mate…maybe…


The perfect way to end the day…


Watching the Regatta…maybe one of the coolest things I’ve ever done…


These boats were fast…I mean really fast.

Regatta Regatta Regatta Sailing

Saying goodbye…

Saying Goodbye

I drew a picture for Captain Dave…I was one of the few who did NOT get seasick! It was a miracle.

My sailing art

The end of a perfect adventure….



Definitely the trip of a lifetime…

  • Ann Oleinik - January 31, 2012 - 7:38 pm

    Awesome! Looks like a fantastic trip, and we’ll have to remember the tip about ginger ale and baguettes!ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - January 31, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    OH MY GOD. I love everything about this. You make me want to go and be a sailor! SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL. Each and every one. I can’t wait to see these plastered all over your house 😀 XXOOReplyCancel

  • Ravyn :: Three Fifteen Design - February 1, 2012 - 3:39 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. That trip looks AMAZING! I love your family … So awesome to see your dad up at the wheel! I’ve been waiting to see the beautiful-ness of your trip … Thanks for satiating my need for sunshiny photos!! Much love!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - February 1, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos and amazing memories! What more could a fabulous girl like yourself ask for!! Simply wonderful!ReplyCancel

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    […] few weeks ago…on our way to our sailboat adventure…Gary and I stopped in Miami for a night.  We checked in…got a little dressed […]ReplyCancel

  • Little Tommie - February 14, 2012 - 11:23 pm

    Lauren and Everyone CCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL………..I’m going to Ireland in April for 2 weeks! Wish you could come shoot the sights for us! LOVE YA…………ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Tree - March 30, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    Beautiful!! What an amazing vacation <3 <3ReplyCancel

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