I have heard you call
Wanted to sail upon a Lagoon
since I was three feet tall"
The story you are about to
read is true. Really.
Well, as true as I can make it, given the conditions
I am forced to work under.
“Of Cats and Boys” is the historically-accurate
account of the infamous Dudes Cruise of 2002.
This is the event where four cruising sailors,
unknown to each other, joined up in the British Virgin Islands
for a boys week on the water and plenty of bullshit.
CNN covered it as a breaking story.
How it came about is
somewhat incredible. About
a year ago, I received an e-mail from some guy named
Hervé Liegeois who professed to be an avid follower of The
Usual Suspects Website.
He was en route to The Grenadines for a holiday and
wanted some advice. He
later published a trip report that appeared on his Mama Cocha website. He
went on to purchase a 2002 Lagoon 410 catamaran and placed it in
charter with Sunsail in BVI.
Over the past year, we exchanged numerous “owner”
type e-mails, and I followed his entertaining antics on the TravelTalkOnline
BVI Forum. It became clear from TTOL that
he was certifiable, and that the people who hung out on this
forum were a fun bunch.
In mid-August, out of the
blue, he invited me down for a week aboard Mama
Cocha - boys only. There
was no way I could refuse.
Having never been to the BVI, the opportunity to be
escorted through every anchorage by an experienced guide was
too good to turn down.
Hervé lined up a crew
consisting of John Daix Leipold, retired Navy Reservist
Navy internal newspaper system out of DC, and Doctor Ray, a podiatrist
from Atlanta. This
is how the joint exercises of the Canadian and USA Olympic
Bullshitting Teams were established.
The BS flowed freely on TravelTalkOnline during the
weeks leading up to the trip, and during that time, this
unlikely group became known as The
was no question we would have more fun than we deserve.
Cocha, I have
This historic chronicle of
the Dudes Cruise unfolds in