We’d been listening to the cruiser’s net in the mornings to find out where all the parties are for New Year’s Eve. However, no one came on and announced anything specific, so we decided to wing it. I brought some roadies (beers to go) in the dinghy and we faked engine problems to make Francois and Vanessa from Why Knot IV stop to get their beers. It works every time! Hee hee! We stopped by to see Ken and Katrien on Sunshine. Richard and Estelle from Bella Stella were already there and making an evening of it. We didn’t plan to stay but when cruisers gather the alcohol flows and the appetizers appear. It’s an amazing phenomenon and happens without fail. Therefore, a five-minute stop turned into Vanessa hopping in the dinghy to pick up Greg and Linda from Mile High Dream. We were supposed to meet by Greg’s boat and it quickly became obvious that plans had to change. Beer was flowing fast and we got a quick start to the NYE celebrations!
This was going to be a problem unless we got some real food in us. Why Knot IV, Mile High Dream, and Livin’ Life dinghied to the St Maarten Yacht Club for dinner. The waitress made room for us, moved in another table, and the food was really good. I tell you, we really needed it! The drinks were still flowing freely and then someone (I suspect it was Dave) got the brilliant idea to do shots. First round: Jaeger bombs. Second round: chocolate cake (Frangelica and Vanilla Vodka – delicious and dangerous!!!). Third round: redheaded slut, which was recommended by our waitress. We told her we would buy a round if she would do one with us. She did. It was good and smooth, but I’m not sure what all was in it. Three rounds of shots within ten minutes may not have been such a good idea. So we decided to stop by a store and buy some snacks and beer to bring back to Sunshine.
We weren’t the only ones that had been partying pretty hard. It wasn’t long before the dancing started. Then somehow all the women gravitated to Greg (pictured at the top of the page). It looks like I am on his back, but I am actually crouched down behind Greg. It’s after this that the night starts getting a little fuzzy.
I think Ken innocently brought out some red Solo cups. Now for those of you who have hung around Dave, you know this automatically means “Flip Cup”. Oh yeah, it was on! Besides, we had to wash down all those shots. We split up into two teams, poured some beer in the cups, and said, “Go!” I think we played three rounds. All I can say is that it was a good thing midnight came around and the fireworks started!
The fireworks were amazing. Sunshine was on a mooring ball in middle of Simpson’s Lagoon and the flashes of color and loud booms surrounded us. It didn’t matter which direction we looked we saw fireworks. Ken also brought out champagne, so we toasted in the New Year in style. What a wonderful evening. We all even made it safely back to our respective boats. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? We hope it was special and we’d love to hear about it. Happy 2016 to all our friends and family. May you have a year of good health, good times, and making good memories! Live it like you mean it!