We have had an amazing welcome in Charleston.
We sailed into Charleston as the sun was setting under full main and A4. The Brown pelicans were diving next to the boat with the tern’s screaming. Dropping our sails just before the marina where all of our competitors, hosts, race organisers and sponsors were standing. After we had cleared through all of the red tape the champagne came out! We all had dinner together at the hotel next to the boat. Stories from the leg were told and everybody laughed and smiled! It was a wonderful way to start our stay here in Charleston.
Simon Lewis and his family are kindly hosting us here. Simon is an OD at Bishops College in Cape Town. My Dad and my two brothers went there and so did Nick and his brothers. Nick’s Dad even taught at Bishops so we have a very close relationship with the school and they have been wonderful at finding us a fantastic host family here.
The following morning we rented a car and started work on Phesheya. We have not done all that much work on Phesheya thus far as lunch or dinner seems to be more important at the moment! On Friday night we had a wonderful barbeque at the Slovak house which is right on the Cooper River. Marco and Sergio from Financial Crisis are staying there and did a fantastic job of cooking and hosting everybody and a big thank you to Peter who is the representative from the Slovak embassy here.
Yesterday Simon’s family hosted a high tea at their house. We joined in to tell a few story’s about our voyage around the world and some of our other adventures. We had a chance to enjoy some extremely good cakes and hear some old war stories.
Everybody has kept us on our toes here meeting new people and eating some wonderful food. On Monday its going to be time to start work on board Phesheya. Phesheya needs her stop over TLC….