By Shakir Khan
Just around 7 a.m. on Friday morning, Brac residents were on hand at the Scott’s Dock to welcome the Wind Surf sailing ship. According to Raymond Scott the veteran seaman, “It is the largest and widest sailing ship in the world, as it relates to tonnage and capacity. She is awesome.”
The Wind Surf which operates out of the Windstar Cruises was making its 2nd stop on Cayman Brac, having made its inaugural trip on January 1st, 2020. Passengers on this trip originally boarded in Cozumel, Mexico, as well as, Colon, Panama. The Windsurf has a capacity of 310 passengers. The Grand Cayman stop preceded this stayover.
As the passengers disembarked they were treated to rousing local music by Mr. Dixon, who is a regular at such occasions. Some could be seen shaking and moving their bodies to the rhythms of the music. Others strolled along gingerly, stopping at the various booths, and purchasing local items. Still, others ventured into the beach area to relax and absorb the natural beauty of Cayman Brac. A group of Canadians who were captivated by the pristine beauty of the island and warmth of the people told me:
“This is the ideal place we dreamed off. Friendly, congenial, quiet, and simply relaxing. We surely will come again hopefully for a long stay over. The sand on the shore feels so great as we walk along.” They also expressed an interest in spicy food to which we gave some directions as to how to get to the nearest restaurant.
Cathy, an excited and smiling Floridian had this to say, “This place is just awesome. I am taken aback by the freshness and serenity of the island. I am so delighted that Wind Surf chose to stop here. This to me is an unspoiled island,” she replied while asking for a photograph.
When we spoke with Mrs. Chevala Burke, Marketing and Promotions Manager at District Administration, she was delighted to have the Wind Surf return.
“This is a boost for us here on Cayman Brac. We have organised two different guided tours for the passengers which are currently underway. One is a Bike tour and the other is Deep Sea Fishing. Also, there are two future stayovers. One would be on October, 20th, and the other November 1st, 2020,” she said.
The response from other passengers can be summed up in a short phrase as they strolled along, “This place is beautiful!”