The fifth crew member position has been hard to settle down and we’re now on our third change. First a Brit named Trevor whom I was excited to have on board with a range of skills adding to the others had conflicts arise at the last minute with testing for his commercial pilot’s licensing in Great Britain. Then came along a fantastic substitute, Steven from California, with an excellent sailing resume bringing years of experience aboard plus the tremendous bonus of being a doctor. Steven did join us in Lisbon and sailed with us on the wild ride down to the Canaries. Sadly a health issue arose and he made the prudent decision to not continue across the Atlantic. Steven will be missed and thankfully his recovery is progressing well. Our stores of medical supplies provided what was necessary to aid in his recovery.
So the fifth position was again empty. Each of the previous crew member candidates came through friends’ recommendations – a comfortable way to take on someone as opposed to courting someone out of the blue. And the thought of going without a fifth member was worth contemplating too. Quite a handful of boats are going with two, some families with two or three adults and children are going too. So there’s nothing magic about having 5. So i was resigned to letting that possibility develop in a more organic way without pushing it.
Upon check-in with ARC on our arrival in Las Palmas, our ARC representative named Katie graciously orientated us and as conversation ensued her origins arose as a Mainer, that sate that claims ‘the way life should be’. She also recommended that we introduce ourselves to a young couple from Maine at that evening’s Happy Hour who will be serving the beer and wine. And so we did with short conversation because the bar was swamped with thristy sailors.
So just coincidence or divine providence brought us together again, this time as candidates for crew member number 5. Unknown to me they had already checked out my websites both the winery & lodge and the INNcredible Sea Lodge. Eric and Emily came calling to introduce themselves when their contact Katie heard we were thinking of a replacement crew member. After a interview covering a gamut of topics, Eric’s resume as both a charter sailboat captain each summer in Maine and a delivery skipper back and forth several times along the east coast brings much appreciated sailing experience as well as youth. Emily works each summer as an innkeeper mid-coast in Maine and was quick to notice the significance of our boat’s name INNcredible Sea Lodge. Eric quickly touted Emily’s cooking prowess. I know the skills of a seasoned innkeeper and Emily’s experience will add to the culinary skills of both first mate Andrew and myself. I did warn her that we have no freezer, no microwave, no canned food and everything we eat is made from scratch. So their combined skills are excellent additions to any crew.
The INNcredible Sea Lodge is a generous sized vessel with four wonderful staterooms each of which however are already taken with Captain (that’s me) and crew, albeit only one in each room. So my offer was the coffin berth in the port bow, a cozy but snug quarters for two. Eric and Emily actually have experience calling an even smaller coffin berth home on occasion. So after a final interview this afternoon, we will bring aboard a fifth crew member replacement times two.
Captain of the Inncredible Sea Lodge