Christmas is over – now New Year’s is over too….
Again, we had a great time with our fellow cruisers.
On New Year’s Eve, we all met in the Yacht Club in the marina for some eggnog and a screening of Dinner for One. This comedy sketch from 1963 is an all-time classic and a favourite in Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway and is watched traditionally every year on 31.12 – New Year’s Eve. I am glad we were able to bring this gem of NYE tradition to everyone else in the world – Americans, English, Scottish, Dutch, Italians,… Can’t remember, who else was there.
Afterwards, the group split up and some went out to a restaurant in town (We were told that it may not be too safe in downtown Licata around midnight because people are allowed to fire their guns – in the air only - but still this was a bit too dodgy for us). And we went back home to our neighbours on the Cat Takamaka for a deliciously scrumptious Raclette meal – special thanks goes out to Deimante and Saulius from Takamaka for hosting this event and Stefan and Jessica from SY Sundowner for bringing their Raclette grill from Germany. We had so much food, it wasn’t funny! After pan fulls of melted cheese, potatoes, bread, meats etc, the party started. Who knew you could have so much fun with glow sticks and party lights as a grown-up! So, we ate and drank and danced and just before midnight, we headed to the BBQ area where we met up with the others again to set off our expired flares. We heard that everyone seemed to have a few expired ones on board, and what better opportunity to learn how they work on, than on New Year’s Eve. A few days before we checked with the marina if it was ok for us to set them off and they agreed and also checked in with Coast Guard to make sure that there wouldn’t be any issues – all legal! Most of the flares worked alright – but, man, they are scary as! They are loud, they are bright, they are hot – which is a great plus if you are in trouble, but not so much when just doing them for ‘fun’.
When that was over we headed back to Takamaka (a Lagoon 440) and suddenly our little group grew from 6 in the beginning to 10 (or more?) after midnight – song and dance continued until the early morning hours.
And even though it was a long night, most of us still managed to head over to the BBQ on time for Sunday lunch – sailors are the real troopers!
Happy New Year to everyone out there – Have fun, live free, go on adventures, be happy!
Love from the STN crew
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