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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.

Ponce

Ponce, Puerto RicoOn March 23rd we sailed to Ponce (named after Ponce de Leon, its founder) and stayed at its local Yacht Club for a few days.  We rented a car with Danielle and Ron of Lady M I to help re-provision our boats (us beer, them wine) and we explored Ponce. 

Ponce, Puerto RicoIt has a beautiful town square, Plaza de las Delicias, with a large cathedral and fountain.  It has the Spanish influence with wonderful buildings surrounding the square. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dick and I drove to the Museo Castillo Serralles on the hill overlooking Ponce, whose owner Juan Serralles founded Serralles Distillers that makes Don Q Rum.  We had earlier driven to the distillery to see if we could have a tour and sampling.  Unfortunately, they don’t offer tours but we were able to buy some samples at their store.  However, we did enjoy the museum and the Cruz Del Vigía that is on the hill just above the castle.  The hill had been used in the 19th century by the Spanish to watch for pirates.  It now has a lovely Japanese Garden to explore.

Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto RicoWe tried to go to the local art museum in Ponce but it was closed for 2009 for renovations.  So with Danielle and Ron of Lady M I, we drove to San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, for the day.  It is an amazing city, one that we would like to go back to and explore further. 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA San Juan, Puerto RicoThe old section of town is very Spanish with lots of tapas bars, old forts and beautiful squares.  San Juan was originally a walled city, founded in 1521, and we walked along part of the old wall, saw the one remaining gate into the old city and on to one of the forts: Castillo San Felipe del Morro.  This fort is now a World Heritage Site.  There is another fort in Old San Juan that we did not have time to visit; perhaps next time. 

San Juan, Puerto RicoSan Juan, Puerto RicoWe stopped at a tapas bar for lunch just off one of the many lovely squares.  There are classic statues as well as some more contemporary ones.  My favourite was “Gato Jirafo”.

Finding Gilligan’s Island

Cabo Rojo, Puerto RicoCayo Puerco, Puerto RicoOn March 21 we sailed around Cabo Rojo, home of the pirate Roberto Confresi, to Bahia Montalvo.  We anchored just off Cayo Puerco (Pig Island) and were greeted by a bottle nosed dolphin.  We are now officially in the Caribbean Sea.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We sailed into Bahia de Guanica and anchored off what locals call Gilligan’s Island (they say it reminds them of the island on the old TV show).  We had a local style lunch at Punta Jacinto near the ferry boats. 

 

 

Gilligan's Island, Puerto RicoThat afternoon we celebrated arriving in the Caribbean Sea with champagne with Danielle & Ron of Lady M I.  They are from Quebec City and we have been travelling with them since GeorgeTown.  We enjoyed a bottle of champagne and Danielle’s home-made duck pate…