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We are celebrating two birthdays this week – Captain Jerry and one of our gorgeous office ladies, Maday!
Jerry actually celebrated his 29th birthday on the last overnight tour – lucky passengers – as he chose to be on the seas (as that is his favorite place to be) and Maday’s birthday 28th birthday is today and she is at home with her friends and family!
Captain Jerry is one of the original crew members at Raggamuffin as he can actually boast that he was sailing with Captain Jimmy, long before Raggamuffin even became a reality – a true member of the Ragga family!!! Jerry is a true favorite of both passengers, crew and office staff due to his highly infectious cheery personality – in fact, Jerry won our crew ‘Personality of the Year’ which was voted on by all our staff as their choice of their favorite person to work with – well done Jerry!
But we have to make a big shout out for Maday as today is her birthday! Maday has been with us for almost a year and in that time she has become very much an integral part of the office team – her sweet, selfless and humble nature easy for everybody to absolutely love!
A big shout out to these two wonderful crew members – may they both have many more blessed birthdays to come – we love you both!!!
Raggamuffin Junior – Malik, son of Jimmy and Charlie turned 7 yesterday and in good old Ragga fashion, we all celebrated with him!
What does a spoilt 7 year old want to do on his birthday - have fun on a jetski and an inflatable ring with all of his friends!! This new and increasingly popular rental business in Caye Caulker – Reef Watersports has got all the kids on the island buzzing with the excitement of Big Bertha, the inflatable ring that is pulled behind a motor boat – too much fun!!!
Yesterday Malik’s party had the added attraction of a jetski that responsible Captain Jimmy took command of, spinning the kids round the back of the island at great speed! Jerry took the responsibility for Raggadat and Big Bertha and as many as 4 kids were pulled around at a time – great fun!!
The party finished off at Malik’s house with a water balloon fight, followed by pizza and of course 2 cakes!!
Needless to say, once the kids left, the rest of the Ragga crew came round the house to ensure that Malik’s birthday was a success!!
Yes, can you believe it but yesterday at Hol Chan, Captain Kevin and a group of G Adventure snorkelers found a turtle covered in oil and saved its life!!
The group were out snorkeling in the Channel with Captain Kevin being their guide, when they came upon the motionless turtle. The turtle initially looked dead and covered in black oil that surrounded it but when they lifted out of the water and away from the oil the turtle looked to try and gasp for air. Kevin removed the excess oil from its mouth and quickly summoned the attention of the Marine Park Rangers who quickly took the injured turtle back to San Pedro to be treated!!
Initially all concerned, including Rangers felt that the turtle had traveled some miles with the oil as this had been an isolated incident that day and there were no reported oil spills around San Pedro that day. However, the day was far from over!!
Only minutes after the turtle was saves, continuing with their snorkeling of the Reserve the same group encountered yet another patch of oil and this time snorkeler Alexandra Bagge from the UK managed to tangle herself in the heavily sticky black liquid!! Enough was enough and the extremely good humored group made their way back home and commenced on the intensive job of trying to get the oil out of Alexandra’s hair (gasoline and huge amount of shampoo) right outside the Raggamuffin office – everybody was involved as Madai and Adela drove poor Alexandra to the clinic to try and save her hair!!
We are happy to say that Alexandra’s hair is looking as good as ever and experience is now quite a story to tell her friends!!
The Hol Chan office reported this morning that the turtle is doing better than yesterday – he is under strict observation and they are hoping that he continues to improve and can be set back into the reserve as soon as possible. They are very much looking into the cause of the oil as there is no drilling here in Belize and as mentioned, there were no reported oil spills from boats. What is a small possibility is that there can often be natural oil spills from a location called Rocky Point – all of these are being looked into to avoid this unusual incident from happening again!!
Keep up the good work Hol Chan Marine Reserve staff!!
All boats need an enormous amount of tender loving care but particularly wooden boats. Our three wooden boats (Ragga King, Ragga Prince and Ragga Gal) get re-painted twice a year – one of those times the paint job requires pulling the entire boat out of the water to dry and renovate old and rotten planks or seating, applying a resin to the boat to make them ‘water tight’ and then finally the re-painting.
This is the time of the year that the boats are one by one are hauled up out of the water and when each one is finished, it is like a beautiful work of art!! Ragga Prince (our green sailboat) always takes the longest as she is the oldest of our wooden boats and drying her tends to take much longer. She was pulled up at the end of May and Ragga King commenced her work two weeks ago.
Over the past two weeks King required a number of planks replaced, the seating, the stairs and even the cock-pit have all been renovated. She has also a 35 gallon gas tank added inside her to increase the amount of space we have during the overnights.
The November overhaul is merely just painting the inside of the boats as within the next few months, the boats will need it!! And for all those asking – yes of course we have thought that fibre-glassing the boats would minimise the enormous work and costs that the wood boats require – however, these are traditional Belizean built boats and that is the way our passengers like them!!
I have to, with pride, introduce you to the newest member of the Raggamuffin Team – Max!
Max is a 1 year old German Shepard that we are lucky enough to have adopted last week. Estice and Lisette Schraven have raised Max but unfortunately for him they have been forced to move back to Holland. They have been looking around for someone suitable and responsible enough to adopt this handsome dog and the family of Raggamuffin are the lucky ones!!
Max’s role in Raggamuffin will be that of security! By the nature of his breed this fiercely protective and loyal dog will police the property and the personel of the crew as well as have a lot of fun with us too!!
We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Lisette and Estice – we promise to look after your boy!!!
On July 05, 2012 in Ragga Crew
Harry Cadle – often known as Caveman (and various other names depending on which character you are talking to at the time) grows a year older and wiser today!
Harry came to Caye Caulker when he was 8 years old and has been Guiding tours alongside the famous Chocolate in the Swallow Caye reserve for the manatees for over 20 years. Harry came to us only a year ago and has found a home that he very much feels part of and in turn, we are grateful to have him.
Harry’s one of the most humble and genuine characters here in Caye Caulker. His passion for the environment and Belize comes very much through in any tour that he undertakes and, once he has finished his serious and thorough role as a Guide, the playful side of Harry comes out and he will challenge all on his boat to a ‘punta contest’!!!
Today Harry will be spending the day with his family and will be undertaking an overnight tour tomorrow!
Happy Birthday Harry … wishing you many more to come!!!
On June 29, 2012 in Ragga Crew
Big Buff Chris or Chris Jaynes turns 24 today and therefore we want to wish him a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Chris is famous for being part of the crew on the overnight tour and therefore many of you have had the pleasure to get to know this gentle giant very well. Chris came to Raggamuffin through Jacob (his ‘partner in crime’) about 2 years ago and he has become a valuable member of our team!
Chris has set off this morning on an overnight tour and therefore he will be celebrating his island along with Jerry and a handful of passengers on Rendezvous Caye tonight – not a bad way to spend your birthday!!!
Happy Birthday Chris – wishing you many more!!
Each year much time, effort and money goes into maintaining our fleet of boats. June is the month where we commence this work as it is traditionally slow for business. Ragga Prince is the first boat to be hauled up and, as you can see from the photos she has already dried and had numerous repairs to her already.
The wooden boats that are 75% of our fleet are modeled on the traditional wooden fishing boats. Wooden boats need far more maintenance than the lighter fiberglass versions and therefore they are painted twice a year (June and November). The work we do in June entails the boats to be dried out and for repairs such as replacing braces or planks, re-corking and eventually giving the boat that water tight seal (the gluvit) applied liberally to the boat. After the boat has been repaired then the re-painting takes about a week to finally finish off the boat.
The work we do in June is a general re-touch of paint and does not require the boats to get haul out of the water at all.
Ragga Prince, due to the fact that it was originally a fishing boat that we converted to do tours is older than the other two wooden boats (Ragga King and Gal) as they were both made to our specifications. This means that Ragga Prince takes by far the longest to repair and which is why she is always out of the water the first!!
The finished product should be something like the photo above … these boats become an attraction for photographers around the world as they look like a perfectly painted toy for the next few months!!
Guiltily we have to admit that we missed Jacob’s birthday this Friday so we will try and make up for it by telling you just how amazing he is!!!
Firstly, Jacob is not on the island on the moment. As a Belizean/ American that lives in Belize he takes the opportunity for the slower time of the year to slip back and see his family. He will be gone for probably about a month in total but he has already been gone for a couple of weeks and obviously ‘out of sight, out of mind’ allowed for his birthday to slip our mind – shame on us!!
Jacob has been with Raggamuffin for the past 4 years and in this time he has grown from side man to Captain, Tour Guide and Tour Leader – an excellent achievement given the high standards that we set for any of these qualifications. Jacob is yet another crew member that we are most proud of. He is a trusted member of our team – exceedingly professional (despite his tattoo wording!!), excellent sea and sailing skills and very much a member of the team that you can rely on.
Happy Birthday Jacob … although we missed it on Friday, you can guarantee that we will be together enjoying a drink at the split on your behalf tonight!!! (We will post the photo tomorrow to make you jealous!!!!)
Happy Fathers day to all daddy’s around the world and indeed here in Caye Caulker and Belize. Many of the crew are lucky enough to be fathers, not all though but those who are not will be permitted to join the celebration in anticipation!
Although Father’s day is observed on many different days during the year, here in Belize we follow the more popular date in the Americas with it falling on the 3rd Sunday of June. Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.
Happy Fathers day to one and all!!!