10 000 Miles
|19 July 2013||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Travel & Cruising world|
Marius is a young internship student with our Californian dealer Naos Yacht Sales. In his work he met a Lagoon 450 owner with an unusual history. Below is a quick summary:
Congratulations from Naos Yacht sales to Brian Fitzpatrick and his mate Andrew Starr. They just completed a long journey together from France to California. Brian bought a Lagoon 450 one year ago precisely to bring it back to America. They crossed more than 20 countries during their trip, which made them discover many parts of the world indeed: France, Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands, Santa Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Venezuela, Colombia, Dutch ABCs, San Blas Islands, Bolivia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, USA.
When I saw Brian for the first time, I asked him which place or country he enjoyed best. His answer was: “I have a lot of favorite places; my boat is a way to go on the water, only when the water is warm. With this Lagoon 450 we have comfort everywhere.” As a matter of fact, his own Lagoon 450 named “INNcredible” seems to be his favourite place!
Something very exceptional was that Andrew, crew mate of Brian, had just a week of basic sailing lessons before this trip to Berkeley; he had never sailed before. Truly, even sailing oceans is something possible for just about anyone if you are determined, with the right captain and the right boat!
Bryan’s way of thinking is “Take your time”. While they were always one of the last boats to leave their anchorage, they often came in first because of their faster Lagoon 450. Not a bad way to live and cruise!
One of their best stories happened in Saint Lucia, in Rodney Bay on Christmas day. Brian had accumulated a lot of gifts and candies from all their stops, and they brought them as gifts to the local village and distributed them to all the children. The great part is that Brian’s long white beard makes him really look like Santa Claus. This brought on many smiles with each treat he handed out.
This is a sample of what they told me during a lunch with the Naos Yacht Sales team on their first day back in California. They welcomed us onboard their Lagoon 450 with a yellowtail on the barbecue and some squash from the Canary Islands. A great meal! Thanks for sharing your stories, Brian and Andrew.
To know more about this Inncredible journey: http://inncrediblesealodge.com/blog/