above: Rufus and Kate say good bye :(
above: Local's Christmas show
above: Christmas lunch
above: Charlotteville Village
above: Beach vibes in Pirate Bay
above: 26th bonfire in Pirate Bay
As Kate and Rufus were getting ready to leave, a big swell started arriving in the Bay, so we ended up moving the boat and anchoring a little further out. Having to say a sad goodbye to Kate and Rufus the day before Christmas made the separation of our special team all that much harder. Our first couple of days after Kate and Rufus left made for some eventful nights that ensured no sleep for three days. With boats anchoring too close to us, heavy swell and a strong squall hitting us in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve we ended up moving the boat to a more remote location. It was a challenging few days but proof to the two of us that we are going to have a great time taking on this adventure together. The deprivation of sleep made for some good laughs and brought me back to my study days of all nighters and the stressful moments showed us how well we work as a team.
The kindness and generosity of the other cruisers ensured that we had a eventful and happy Christmas. A South African couple, John and Joe, invited us for a big celebration on their boat, Out of Africa, on Christmas eve. Dario and Sabine, from Top to Top, organized a fantastic Christmas lunch at one of the local restaurants where all the cruisers gathered for the day and the children even put on a play for us. We all ended up on the beach in Pirates Bay at the end of the afternoon where Wil had an awesome time skim boarding with the kids, while we watched the sun setting. On the 26th, after finally having a good night's rest, we all had a bonfire on the beach, where we ended up staying until late into the evening sitting around the fire, Wil playing guitar and listening to the waves crashing in the back ground - What dreams are made of.