Saturday, 14 February 2015

Winning a Hobie Cat race in Antigua...

Hey! I hope everyone is having a good Valentines Day! Whilst I wait for my partner to come home from work so we can go out for dinner, I thought I’d write a post about my last long-haul trip to Antigua. I have to say, it was probably one of my favourite trips! 

I didn’t think I was actually going to make it. On the morning of my flight, it decided to snow which meant a lot of slow cars and a lot of traffic. I ended up running into my briefing room with 3 minutes to spare. I was very surprised to find I was actually the second person in! Clearly the snow had affected everyones journey. I was on the trip with a lovely girl from my training course and a guy I had flown with before so I was happy when they finally walked in, and the traffic hadn’t made them miss it. 

We were given our briefing sheets and I was very surprised to find I WASN’T AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST!!! There was a guy from the course after ours on the trip. It’s sad that I got very excited not to be at the bottom for the first time. Unfortunately, I still ended up in club, my favourite place…not. I ended up getting along really well with everyone working in club, and as I had done the same position on my last flight to Mauritius, the flight ended up being really fun. My friend from my training course was down the back though so it was kinda sad that we didn’t get to work together. 

After an easy flight, we arrived in Antigua. I don’t know if you remember one of my first ever blogs I wrote when I first went to Antigua: it was a pretty boring trip. No-one really done anything so I had tainted views of the place. This trip however was completely different. It was amazing! We had a quick hour to chill in our room when we arrived and then it was straight down the beach to some moon party the hotel was hosting. I was with two other girls and we were meeting all the rest on the beach. As we were walking down, a guy that worked at the hotel stopped us and asked us if we were going to the party. He knew we weren't in all-inclusive rooms as he had somehow deduced we were BA Crew (are we really that easy to spot?!). Next thing you know, he is handing us a wristband each, giving us free food and drink at the party for the rest of the night!. Loved this dude! When we went to beach to meet the others, none of the others were given one and at $50 each, we ended up being the only three of the group to have been lucky to get given them for free! In the end, we spent the evening grabbing plates of food and drinks for everyone, so no-one missed out! The Buffet was amazing! They had sushi, prawns, a variety of bbq’s. Along with food they also had a bonfire, music and entertainment. Add free alcohol into the equation, and it was an awesome night. We ended up playing games on the beach until late. 

The next day we met for breakfast and had a short relax on the beach until it was time for our shuttle to St Kitts. As the plane ride was only 20 minutes long, we were back in time for another evening out. This time we didn’t go quite so crazy. A few of us agreed that the next day, we would take a whack at some free water-sports. 

We were going home that next day in the evening, so after breakfast, we headed straight to the beach to book ourselves in for water-sports. We somehow ended up entering ourselves into a Hobie Cat race so it was lucky that one of our crew knew what to do. We stood there pissing ourselves laughing about the fact that two of us had never even been on a Hobie Cat and how rubbish we were going to be. I had just been on one for the first time in Mauritius, so at least I knew a little about them. 

In the first heat there were around 4 teams. Luck must of been on our side that day because we ended up winning the heat and then winning the final as well! We ended up having to paddle a bit as there was no wind, and right at the end when it looked like we were about to lose, I jumped out and pretty much pushed the boat onto shore, inching ahead of the competition (yes, I am very competitive, and I hate to lose!). But hey, a win is a win. There were no rules…well not that we were aware of. We were so proud of ourselves as no-one(not even ourselves) expected us to win. 

By the evening it was time to go back home. During the few hours that we were resting before pick-up, our prizes for winning the race arrived at our hotel rooms. We had each won a t-shirt! I know it doesn’t sound like much but its something I can now keep to remember the trip by.

The flight back was a little more tricky than on the way. For some reason there were a few electrical issues on board. For the whole night flight, passengers in two of the four cabins had no access to call bells, seatbelt signs or reading lights. The cabin lights also would not turn off so the passengers ended up being in a fully lit cabin whilst trying to sleep. They were not impressed. I was very glad when we finally landed back in London and could get away from the evils that we were being given! 

Although long-haul can be tiring, I can’t wait for my next long-haul trip. I’ve just spent 3 days doing short-haul so am excited for my Barbados tomorrow! Bye bye cold England! 

Speak soon,