We’re no strangers to having lots of people round. At home Albane can rarely resist inviting 12 or more for what started out as a small dinner party, and is never flustered by the prospect of catering for large numbers. This was something else. We wanted to host a birthday party for one of our friends. Chili, Delphia, Take Off, Aretha, Matilda and Khujada 2. 6 boats. 12 adults. 16 children. 28 people on board to celebrate – double the maximum permitted by the manufacturer. Champagne, cava, wine and beer (even some water) accompanied confit de canard, rice and fondant de chocolat. It all went wonderfully. Tomorrow we’re expecting still more for our New Year’s Eve celebration on the beach here in Chatham Bay on Union Island. Happy New Year everyone!