Next morning after breakfast I ran the dinghy over to Gun Creek to clear in with Immigration and Customs, a reasonably straightforward process. We had a couple days to begin cleaning and shining the boat for her presentation with North Sails and the international media. On the 21st, we made a short sail down Sir Francis Drake Channel to Roadtown, Tortola to berth at Village Cay Marina where we’d be able to catch up on laundry, meet up with the North Sails personnel, and make final preparations to Ocean Angel for her international debut.
Later that afternoon, Bill Fortenberry, Director of Cruising Sail Marketing for North Sails, dinghied over to meet us, take a look at Ocean Angel, and brief us on the next few day’s activities. Both Joy and I expected that we’d be meeting with some pretty stuffy, high end executives, but much to our surprise, all the folks we met from North Sails were just the most down to earth people you could ever imagine. T-shirts ruled the day with a passion for sailing and sail-making that was pretty darned impressive.
Though the photo above was not taken at Village Cay Marina, quite a few of the North Sails Team and media personnel care in this photo.
We went out to dinner on the 22nd with Dan Neri, North Sails CEO, his wife, Karen, their daughter Dani, Bill Fortenberry, and eight others including some of the media and North Sails photographer, Amory. Dinner was a very casual affair at the Village Cay restaurant, and we got to know everyone just a little bit.