Posted by David Goodman on Monday, January 11, 2016
Breaking a glass summons the Jewish culture's notion that sweetness can only exist alongside bitterness--breaking the glass reminds us that although this wedding has provided joy, the world is still in turmoil, and requires our care and love. Its breaking is not only a reminder of sorrow, but also an expression of hope for a future free from all violence. Frailty of the glass also suggests the frailty of human Relationships. The glass, then is broken to "protect" the marriage with the implied prayer, "As this glass shatters, so may your marriage never break." (-by Rabbi Lawrence M. Schuval) Julie and Mark’s honeymoon voyage aboard Bel Ami was marked by the “breaking of the main halyard.” OK, a halyard is not a glass, but even so, the analogy sort of works. Not that they are Jewish (actually don’t know their religion!) Julie and Mark floated aboard Bel Ami for their Honeymoon in early November 2015 and were one of the first guests we had of the season. We picked them up in the BVI at Scrub Island after a day and a half of very challenging sailing against very strong winds. Theirs truly was a shakedown cruise, resulting in the main halyard breaking enroute to the Bitter End in the North Sound. Thats a boat for ya…something always seems to want to give way. Having blustery winds at the beginning of the trip may have had something to do with it. We made way for Great Harbor, Peter Island where we found a calm anchorage out of the wind and the waves. After a short hike to the Peter Island Resort and some expensive but delicious cocktails, we walked back to Great Harbor, passing by “Conrad’s Conch Shell Sales.” Next day we had a great sail up to the Bitter End in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, where we got a slip and yours truly (Captain Dave) was hauled up the mast multiple times to fix the mainsail halyard. After a frustrating afternoon of unsuccessful attempts at dropping a new halyard down the mast (it kept getting caught in the spreader support bars within the mast I later learned), dinner was had and a new day dawned. The morning of the new day, up the mast again I went, and I dropped a fishing line with a counter weight attached and was able to feed the line down the inside the mast, past the internal spreader support bars, attach a new halyard to the end of the line, and voila, we were back in business. A couple hours later we made Anegada, passing a partially sunk ship in the channel to the Anagada anchorage along the way. Yes, gotta pay attention when sailing around up there. Julie and Mark enjoyed lobster on the beach, and the next day we sailed to the Bathes, where Julie posed for some wonderful Yoga pictures. Make sure you check out Bobbie’s butt shot (“that’s my Yoga pose” says Bobbie Rae)!! Next day found us partying at the Willi T on Norman Island, then on to Leinster Bay and the Annenberg Sugar Mill Ruins. Then back to St. Thomas for some ultimate Wedding Watch shopping (hey, what time is it??)—Excuse me, do you have the time…?), not to mention libations in the Beir Garten. Then off they went to their new lives together as husband and wife. Enjoy the slide show.
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