Thank you for having us on your very exquisite boat. I assure you we
had a wonderful time. We will all miss you guys, even if it's just for
two years. We'll be waiting for a load of fun when you get back. We'll
keep you in mind and in prayer for safe keeping. Please always stay in
touch (smile). God Bless!
Jumoke, Tayna and Jayleen
What an amazing day! This is sweet T&T, and sailing with you made
it even better! Thanks!
-Ryan D'Arcy (right)
For me this was a fantastic trip, especially meeting you guys. I hope
to see you some day again. You are very kind and considerate people. Thanks
-Antonio Reyes (left)
Thanks for having the girls and myself aboard. It's nice to get to know
new people from all over and we think you all are "fine folks"!
-Nicole(top-left), Nikita(top-right), and Kristen(bottom)
Thank you to the Ladybug crew for making our trip to paradise a reality.
It would be so easy to get used to living here and enjoying this forever.
So many things were so wonderful. I anticipated the beauty of Tobago,
but big surprise: - The things I will most remember are the friendly people
and the sounds, especially at night - the waves on the beach, the soft
breeze and gentle rain showers. Thanks for all of this.
Thanks for the very unique experience. The day of sailing was great.
There were so many new experiences. The drum band, pan band and some very
different food - all of which was great. Meeting many of your friends
who all were so friendly and could mot do enough for us, gave both of
us a refreshing new outlook. People with vast differences still get along.
Each respecting the other's culture and learning from them. You all were
perfect hosts and hostess. Everything was very much appreciated. Love
Manche Leute werden niemals verrueckt. Welch ein wirklich schreckliches
Leben mussen sie leben.
Some people never get crazy. What a really terrible life they live.
-Antje Tretow & Michael Preikschas
What a lovely trip it was! Thank you all.
Great to meet Buzz and wish him Happy Birthday. We really enjoyed Billy
Bass. Too bad he didn't sing Happy Birthday!
-Jerry & Carolyn Hoyt s/v Nova
A party for Laurie and Linda. We drank wine, ate burritos and had a wonderful time!
Valentin, Michel, Jamie, Wendy, Davika and Lotfi.
Sally and Allen on s/v Saliander.
Today is my last full day on Ladybug. I've stayed here for 2 weeks and I've had the best vacation ever. Dave, Stacy, Jo and Laurie went out of their way to show me a good time. They cooked delicious meals, some I'd never heard of before. Because of them I was able to attend a native wedding, several parties and Sunday School in Tobago. I also met a lot of wonderful people on Tobago and Trinidad that went out of their way to make me "Happy". I had the opportunity to go out on a fishing boat and see how hard the fisherman really work, it was great. I've taken a lot of pictures, but my memories are even better. Thank you all for allowing me to stay with you on "Ladybug" and I will always treasure the time I spent with you.
Thank you - Love Linda "Mum"
A big thank you to all of the Ladybug crew for showing me paradise and so much hospitality - Beautiful Scenery, Sailing, Snorkeling and so much more. Tobago is so quiet and peaceful - somewhere you can truly relax. I would like to thank all of the fine people from Tobago for making this trip extra special. It was so worth the long trip on cargo planes, and losing my luggage. All that was needed was shorts and the right attitude I guess. May the wind and current always be at your back and may we meet again soon somewhere on this incredible voyage. Until then, Vaya con dios.
Eric "Pilot boy" Slayback
Joe, Jose and Leslie along with Frank, Melissa, Eric and Linda joined us for a day of sailing along the coast of Tobago.
Waka Waka AKA "Bulldog" came aboard later to help make dumplings and coconut fish stew.
Royston Antoine and Pahald (Perry) Tankoo brought us curry fish and had a few beers with us.
I am having fun on this boat. Riding the dinghy, snorkeling, checking
out the binoculars, drinking, eating, playing cards, fishing, looking
at the computer!
I caught a cavali (small fish) and it got away.
The day after Melissa and Frank's wedding we invited a few people for dinner and it turned into another party!
Happy, Frank and Melissa, Andrea, Ali and Joe.
John, Allison, Laurie, Linda and Nigel.
My name is Alix Williams from Tobago. It was nice to be on Ladybug. I
love to give lots of jokes and also love to fish. Some time my friends
call me Short Boy.
My name is Brian Harris. They call me Murdock. I am a fisherman also.
I love fishing You can see I don't like to drink or eat. First time in
my life I have been in a floating guest house. I love being around the
members of the floating guest house, they make me laugh and get drunk.
See you next weekend!
I Love you all!
-Ricardo Eccles (Sharon Eccles and Ryan Eccles)
So there I was - 8 hour plane ride from home, on the only English speaking
island which I could not understand the language - and the e-mail came
in. Ladybug here, we're in Trinidad, you too? Yes, let's meet. So with
driver Ricardo in tow, off on the dinghy we head into the ocean abyss.
Ladybug, Madison, WI is the destination, and a welcome one at that.
Drinking, pizza, hospitality... I thank all of you for making me feel so comfortable, although 6000 miles from home. I am truly jealous of your forethought, ambitions, and goals. I will never forget the single experience of that one night on Ladybug in Trinidad. Thank you all for your welcome spirit.
Had a great time. Good to see you again. Enjoy the sailing and hope to
see you in the near future. Thanks for a great evening.
-Kerry & Dave s/v Tequila (South Africa)
Thanks guys, great to be on the water again. Head west soon as you can!
Get outta here!
Chaguaramas. Great to see you guys again - We'll look forward to seeing
you again somewhere west of here.
-Lynn & Larry Lewis s/v Zephyr
Thanks for the sailing trip. It was a nice taste of living on the water.
Enjoyed the Humus and carrot dip! Enjoy your adventures to come for the
next several years. If you pass through Ohio please stop by.
So far, a lovely time. Anytime beer, food and music get combined, it
turns out nice! Thanks so much and I hope your sea saga continues nicely...
Yo...great company, view, food ( humus!). Love that Beck's Beer. Cheers
and happy sailing.
Thanks for your hospitality and generosity. A great way to spend the
day three weeks before finishing Peace Corps! Enjoy the rest of your adventures
You are living our my dream! Thank you generously for taking on 7 Peace
Cops folks for a beautiful sail! All de Best ( as Grenadians say)
*contact me if you ever need more crew or anyone who needs some.
Thanks so much for everything - wonderful food, company, and boat ride
It was a great time and so generous.
Hope this trip provides you with wonderful memories! Many thanks for
a great day. I'll check in on the site to see your progress! I may be
here for a while (past my PC experience) so if you find yourself back
in Grenada be sure to send me an e-mail.
Thanks for sharing all your tales with us, have a fantastic time on your
Such a great adventure ahead of you - have a ball. It was great to meet
up with others that don't conform to the usual image we are suffering
from here in the Caribbean.
Enjoy Venezuela, Pacific & New Zealand (If you get there, check out Paradise Bay - Bay of Islands, we loved it)
-Richard Wakeford, Yacht "The Alderman"
Very jealous of your future. All the best wishes and fair winds.
I've already been here since Monday and every where I look it is beautiful.
The first night Jo and Laurie picked me up at the airport in St. Maarten
and took a cab to the French side of the island, Marigot... and straight
to the bar, Speed 2. Carib is the beer of choice even cheaper than H2O.
Dave and Stacy met up w/ us shortly after the 1st beer. Ladybug is bigger
than I expected. I brought about 100 pounds of loot that was quickly sorted
on the table. Marigot is filled with shops and open markets. Lots of color.
Sounds like we will hit two plus more of the islands before I need to
rejoin society. Everyday is like Saturday. We have spent a lot of time
shopping for Ladybug. Oh, did I forget snorkeling? The water is so clear.
Lot's of fish. So from Marigot, the French side St Martin, we sailed to
the Dutch side of Philipsburg. Although the island is small, there are
huge differences between the two. First was that the ATM gave only $100
and $50 dollar bills. What does one do with a $100 dollar bill? I still
think that it is a scam tghat makes people buy more than they planned.
ie. I doubt they will break the $100 if I buy only one shirt, but if I
throw in a pair of trousers, bottle of rhum and these post cards, they
will have to break it. Philipsburg was pleasent. Laurie and I cleaned
up at the nickel slots at the cashino. My favorite place was the Almond
Tree's best BBQ and the owner was generous. I officially had my first
ocean passage when we sailed to Guadelupe. This is one beautiful island.
We anchored next to a sleepy town, Deshires. The bus rides were amazing,
music was cranked and everywhere one looked, the island was full of color.
My favorite sight was that of a cow tied to a stake in the middle of a
large city block. I guess the cow was there to keep the grass low. If
so, what a great idea. Here we also visited waterfalls and rainforest.
We left Deshires and sailed south to Martinique, another French island.
On the way we passed Basse Terre, capitol of Guadelupe. I am happy that
we decided not to anchor there because our experience would not have been
as great. 30 hours later, we arrived in Martinique, Port du France. Could
this island beat the lush rainforest and 300 foot waterfalls of the previous
island? I would have to say it came close. On the way in to anchorage,
we (my first) had a dolphin show. Magnificent! We checked in at Port du
France then headed to a small beach, Grand Anse de Aret. It was here we
celebrated the end of slavery day with the locals. We were at a tiki bar
listening to a great band drinking beers. Two hours later the band ended,
but the music just started. Next to a roaring boomfire, 15 drums set up
and played late into the night. I was most impressed by the fact they
were not just playing solo in a group. You could see there was a conductor
leading the drummers and singing traditionsl songs. Even Dave played for
awhile. All and all, the best Holiday! Thanks to everybody who got me
to this day to share it with Ladybug. Thanks.