When in Trinidad we spend a great deal of time on the yacht while docked at Crews Inn Marina. In the left hand photo we’re tied stern to Dock “C”, just behind the big white yacht, Kiss, in the foreground. Every week cruisers here organize a potluck dinner on Thursday evenings where we have fun gathered with up to 30 cruisers from around the world. There’s little talk of sailing, much about friends and family, places we’ve visited, and places we wish to see again or not. We pick up a lot of useful information at these informal gatherings, and we make many new friends often finding we know people in common. This year we met Judy and Dave Nofke and discovered their home is in Sarasota, Florida, barely an hour from ours. We also learned they had delivered boats for AMI Kids in years past, as had I. We knew many of the same people affiliated with AMI. What a small world.
Another popular weekly gathering for cruisers is Bake ‘n Shark held at the Wheelhouse Pub every Saturday evening. One of the most popular dishes in Trinidad, this meal consists of dough encrusted deep fried shark with a baked pastry dish and a side salad. We don’t know what they use to prepare the shark, but it becomes the lightest, flaky white fish we have ever eaten – yummy. Our friends usually pull together a table of 16 to 20 cruisers for this gathering, and with other tables also packed we might see as many as 50 people at this weekly event. It’s a night everyone looks forward to as a chance to gather at a friendly, inexpensive, local restaurant where we have a great time.
I’ve mentioned in the past that Chaguaramas harbor is a very busy place. There’s a mix of pleasure and commercial vessels, but the big money comes from the huge tankers, freighters, service vessels, ferries, and assortment of globe girdling ships of all sizes and descriptions that ply Trinidad’s waters.
We see many of the crew from these ships at Crews Inn as they arrive, clear customs, then later board for their next duty billet. There is a never ending cycle of ships arriving, loading and off-loading, performing repairs, crew coming and going – all the day to day work of supplying the world’s needs taking place right here where we live. Tedious at times with all the noise, but always something interesting going on.