Now many people marvel that the two of us can coexist in a 38ft boat without falling out (with each other, if not from the boat) so surely adding a third person to such a small space would be a real challenge? Well, we are delighted to report that it has been a real pleasure to have Laura aboard - she's a great sailor and a quick learner, very positive and just good fun to have aboard. She makes cracking shortbread as well, as you will have read from a previous blog!
We ended her Vanuatu adventure in some style when we spent the last weekend on a mooring off the very swanky Ratua Private Island Resort.
The resort is upmarket and expensive but beautifully built and furnished; it's owned by a Frenchman who imports wine from his own chateau in France onto the wine list and the staff are impeccably trained.
|In the Yacht Club bar|
|Restaurant with a view - Maunie on the mooring to the right|
|Laura was very happy with her chocolate pudding|
We had an excellent supper with the entertainment of the local Bamboo Band (playing instruments made of bamboo, of course) on Friday and then returned for cocktails whilst the string band, whose members are all regular Ratua employees, provided some great music on Saturday.
|Dressed up for cocktails on Saturday night|
As we write this Laura is at the Luganville airport which she describes as slightly chaotic; hopefully her flight (on Air Vanuatu's new Boeing) will be smooth. We'll miss her, though Maunie will feel lighter without her huge rucksack and assorted baggage:
|Laura's bags are ferried ashore|