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We have quoted Lorraine's letter in full. They chartered 'Sabore' in July, 2004
On July 11th, 2004 we embarked on the most wonderful vacation ever aboard Sabore. This was a surprise birthday trip for my husband, and it turned out to be the trip of a lifetime for all of us. Our group consisted of 4 couples, each with diverse interests. Not only did the beauty and space of the Sabore exceed our expectations, but Captain Tom and Nicki Ashwell completely surpassed our hopes for a successful week on board.
This couple truly works perfectly together, making everything run smoothly. Tom's sailing was excellent, the choice of destinations in the gorgeous British Virgin Islands each day was perfect, and their suggestions as to these and the activities for us were just right. Nicki's talent in teh kitchen was a constant surprise--each meal, from the first course to dessert, was of gourmet quality, and her presentation was so lovely. (she even swam ashore to pick seagrape leaves to make the appetizer look even prettier!). Of course, don't sell Tom's napkin-folding tricks short either! Nicki accommodated one of our guest's seafood allergy in a way so that she never felt slighted, and we frequently ended up tasting the "alternative" meal as well! She even prepared a surprise birthday cake with champagne for the birthday boy on our last night.
Anyone who wished to participate in water sports, from windsurfing to scuba diving, couldn't have been happier, and for a non-sailor like myself, (although I loved this whole trip) they even arranged for a lovely spa day on Virgin Gorda.
We all hope to see Tom and Nicki again, since they made us feel not only welcome, but like friends.
Anyone who has the opportunity to sail with them on the Sabore should pack their bathing suits and go! You will be SO glad you did!
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