We met Adam in the Bahamas this past winter. He’s younger, probably mid-twenties, and looks very much at home there. We’re often asked by older cruisers how we’re able to live this way. We asked Adam.
He runs crewed charters on his St Francis 44, Rubicon, taking paying guests aboard for weeks at a time. We see crewed charter boats a lot, but never before with such a young captain. He caters to a more active clientele, and is probably the source of the kitesurfers that are often buzzing around Elizabeth Harbor on windy days.
We learned that Adam was a cruising kid and sailed around the world with his family. He looks at home in the Bahamas because he is. He practically grew up there.
When someone on an internet forum was looking for a charter captain in the Bahamas, I suggested they contact Adam. I didn’t expect to hear anything else about it, but then recently received this:
"Your suggestion was excellent. We just returned from a 10 day sail with Adam and had a great experience. He is mechanically astute, a great sailor and a perfect addition to our group. He's now a good friend whom we will see again. Thanks." I was strangely pleased, and not just at having provided good advice.
We don’t know what our kids will do with their lives, what skills they will develop, or what loves they will pursue. We expect them to be different, though. We’d be proud if any of them turned out like Adam.