I wanted to let the experiences of our fantastic week onboard Tellstar to settle in before adding a personal note so the time has come to share some recollections of our charter. Even so I’m sure I’ll miss a few highlights.
Let’s just start with our warm and welcoming greeting from the entire crew and our first view of the absolutely gorgeous Seventy7 Lagoon. Nothing short of a spectacular yacht – we didn’t know it yet but it didn’t take long for us to realize the crew was equally spectacular in their own rights.
You all must be experienced at keeping your laughter under wraps to the land dwellers trying to find their sea legs but we had an especially challenging experience as the Christmas winds came late this year and we had pretty consistent winds in excess of 20-25 knots. Thank you for making us feel safe at all times.
Each of you have such individual talents but collectively – what a team! I loved when Jaimey sent Jake to a nearby yacht so he could have a moment of puppy time – nice and considerate to provide surprises to each other when the opportunity presents itself. And you never stop. We’re enjoying water activities while you are in the water keeping that yacht looking beautiful. We’re busy with breakfast and you’re all making up the cabins/likewise dinner and turning down the beds. So fun to walk out of my cabin to hear Jack and Jake having a very serious discussion on the table settings for the evening – humorous to me but just a simple example on how the details were important to you at every turn.
Jake – such an interested and interesting young man. Always ready to learn and waiting for the opportunity to provide us with a delicious beverage of choice. Our group tended to be pretty self-sufficient so we had to make sure to let you show off your skills on occasion – and we were always pleased, but not surprised, with the results. You take pride in your abilities – rightfully so. So fun as the week went on to see your personality come out. When I try to describe you I generally end up at young Renaissance Man – that must be part personality and part upbringing so equal kudos to your family and your own self-determination. Varied interests, funny, humble, knowledgeable and just a joy to be around. The skies the limit young man! Thank you for the reminders on remaining curious and self-development regardless of age. And another thank you for being the source of our random question of the week – What is the difference between lasagna and diversity? (a nod to ASL)
Chef – WOW – the food that just kept coming! Each meal a treat. I hope you know that it was a compliment when we requested an end to the 5 o’clock appetizer. Each meal was so delicious that we had to find a way to limit our excesses since when the meals appeared we tended to clean our plates. AND a very special thanks for providing GF meals to my friend Vikki – so often she is left with a “less than” meal but not on this trip – she really felt taken care of and special and, again, for that a very big thank you. And that GF birthday cake was more than we had hoped for. Making my friends happy makes me very happy. Now in addition to the fresh, delicious, and well-presented meals you have so many additional skills – like accompanying us on snorkel trips – how long can you hold your breath anyways? I was busy doing the group safety counts and had to wait for you to pop up!!! Thank you for the many unobserved hours you spend in the galley working your magic for all of us. (and for the very funny milk pouch story!!!)
Capt. Jack – Where to start? For always making us feel safe and cared for in some rough seas – your captain skills were on full display. You navigate that yacht with remarkable skill that makes it look easy when we’re fully aware that it is not – and the communication with your team and your guests is top notch. That skill is matched with your joyful demeanor and the ability to quickly respond to any concerns that were raised. We had one room issue that was addressed head on with grace and complete satisfaction – thank you. In addition that one issue has provided us with so much laughter as we recount some of the charter highlights (the pitter patter between cabins). Another thank you for helping me navigate the “primary” responsibilities with grace and ease as we established the days activities. Your history of the area and story-telling accentuates the overall experience. I enjoyed watching you provide Jake with learning opportunities under your guidance – a great leader knows how to challenge his deck mate and build their confidence – you’re a really good teacher in that way. AND you were always so quick to direct praise to the appropriate crew member. You have such an evident joy in providing a unique experience for your guests but, for me, the real skill was in making us all feel like we were in the home of friends that were the BEST HOSTS EVER!!!! Thank you for the “homework”. At first it seemed an impossible task to come up with a favorite meal, favorite location and favorite experience BUT what a fantastic way for all of us to both consider and then share our highlights with each other. I don’t believe we came up with a single meal but the recall was a feast in and of itself.
From now on my challenge for future vacations is to “top that”. You’ve set the bar high so I hope to let you know how we do. Hoping to see you again in a couple of years – until then smooth sailing to you all.
I said it in person but want to say it again – A THOUSAND THANK YOU’S and I still might be a little short of all the gratitude for our week as your guests on Tellstar Seventy7.