RoRC Report - Western Caribbean

RoRC Report - Western Caribbean

New RoRC, with massively successful rallies under her belt, introduced herself to the OCC membership

By RoRC Suzanne Chappell - 19/04/2018

Recently appointed a Roving Rear Commodore for the Western Caribbean this is my first opportunity to introduce myself. David and I sail a Beneteau 57 called Suzie Too, she’s our home for 8 months a year. We started sailing in our 40s when the children left home in 2002. Launching ourselves into this new way of life, learning and studying everything we could, taking Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Sea Survival and Ocean Yacht Master. We decided to change our lifestyle after surviving the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand 2004, where we were on a sailing yacht anchored in the bay of Phi Phi.

Since then we have sailed over 55,000 miles, cruising the UK, France, Holland, The Baltic, Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde Islands, crossed the Atlantic twice. Once to Brazil and the Amazon, the second crossing to the Eastern Caribbean, USA east coast, Bahamas and the last few seasons in the Western Caribbean, which is becoming our favorite cruising area.

We have accomplished a lot, made friends, sailing buddies and created lasting memories to talk about when we are too old to sail.

In 2016, we held the inaugural ‘Suzie Too OCC Rally’ Curacao to Belize, taking 27 boats with 8 nationalities on a 4 ½ month Western Caribbean adventure. Because of its success we announced a second Suzie Too Rally, we’ve had over 100 enquires and 72 boats signed up, and we are completely full with a waiting list. Rather than disappoint so many OCC members we decided to form a 2nd group which sets off 10 days behind the 1st Group. Both groups depart from Curacao in the Dutch West Indies November 2018, visiting Aruba, Colombia, San Blas, Colon, Panama, San Andres, Providence, The Honduras Bay Island and finishing in Belize in April 2019.

We are going to write a regular piece for the OCC sharing our experiences with you, including the ups and downs of everyday life on board. Watch out for the future installments plus pictures of our fun times together.

In closing my introduction, I wanted to express to you all including the Committee at the OCC how honored I am to receive this position. My aim is to help spread the Ocean Cruising Club's message and ethos to the corners of the world we travel.


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