Category Archives: Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda, BVI

Richard at Leverick Bay We had a great sail to Virgin Gorda, Karen had the max spead of 7.4 knots on the way. We plan on spending the next few days here; a weather window to St Maarten opens on Thursday where our friends Jeanne & Tim will be meeting us on February 21. We are on a mooring ball at Leverick Bay, at the south end of North Sound.

Callwood Rum We spent a few days on a mooring ball at Trellis Bay, Beef Island. That is where the airport is and there is a bridge that connects that island to Tortola, the main island in the British Virgin Islands. We took a taxi to Cane Garden Bay for lunch. We had wanted to stay there when we left Jost van Dyke but the swells were too strong. There is a rum distillery there and of course Douglas came with us. The distillery crushes cane starting in March so we were a bit early to see the process. But we were able to see the equipment that is used and to sample the rum. A bottlte is now on our boat…
Cane Garden BayWe stopped for lunch at Rymer’s; we had conch fritters to start and we each had lobster salad, yum!
Road TownWe hitched a ride back to Road Town with a group from the cruise ship (they had started in Punta Arenas Costa Rico, went through the Pananma Canel and were headed for Miami: nice cruise!!) We wandered the streets of Road Town and to the charter company’s dock. Nice location but not too many boats out cruising…
We hope to explore North Sound over the next few days.

US Virgin Islands

We are currently in Cruz Bay, United States Virgin Islands, checking out of the country, doing internet stuff, buying some groceries and paying for the mooring ball in Hacknest Bay that we are using today. We have enjoyed the USVI’s a lot – there is great duty free shopping and some nice sight seeing (the 99 Steps to Blackbeard’s Castle) in St Thomas. St John is largely a park, with lots of hiking trails and excellent snorkelling – we snorkelled here 5 times and 4 of the 5 were very good – the other was on a windy day with poor visibility.
We have been disappointed at the very poor internet connections here so updates have been difficult. Karen will spend some time over the next week getting updates available for when we get back to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and good internet access.
We are sorry to leave here but we need to start inching our way back east to Virgin Gorda and then do the 90 miles to Sint Maarten. Jeanne & Tim will be there on February 23rd and we plan on spending some time with them. We will sail to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands tomorrow.

Virgin Islands

Sailing to US Virgin IslandsUS Virgin IslandsWe sailed to the US Virgin Islands on April 1 with Tenace.  We anchored in Lindberg Bay and were surprised to see our friends on Broad Reaching and Goin’ South already anchored.  We had a couple of days there to catch up on their news

Jost Van Dyke BVIAnd then on April 3rd we headed to OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.  Sailing our boat to Jost van Dyke, anchoring in Great Harbour and having dinner at Foxy’s was number one on Richard’s “Bucket List”.  He certainly looks happy having a beer with Douglas, our boat mascot.  We wanted to be there for Friday and Saturday nights hoping to finally meet Foxy.  Unfortunately, he was on vacation (celebrating his knighthood?) but there is always next year… We had a nice meal at Corsairs where Richard discovered a new drink, a “dark and stormy” (dark rum and ginger beer).  On Saturday night with the crew from Lady M I and Tenance joined us for the infamous bar-be-que at Foxy’s .

Saba Rock BVIWe motored and sailed up to Virgin Gorda on April 5th and picked up a mooring ball at Saba Rock.  We were greeted by a turtle as we enjoyed the beauty of the North Sound.  We enjoyed a day here, doing some boat jobs and waiting for Tenace.  We will buddy boat with them for the overnight sail to Sint Marteen.