So, what ever became of June and Duane? They sailed off to the Virgin Islands and reported that they had made it there successfully. But then the blog posts just sort of stopped. Hope they are OK.
Oh, we are OK, alright! I have become incredibly lazy about writing up our adventures. Here are my reasons:
- Sporadic access to the internet.
- We have no cellular data available (without coughing up cash). We only have Wifi when our extender gets us access to an open AP. Or, in a marina, like we are now - for the first time in over 3 weeks.
- Computer issues.
- For several days, our Dell laptop refused to recognize that it had a battery.We could only use it when plugged into 120 VAC - which we weren't. Then, one morning, the computer found the battery again. Hmm.
- It just takes a lot of time to go snorkeling. Sometimes the snorkeling is good, sometimes marginal. But you never know until you try.
- When moving from place to place, we have been sailing as much as possible. Sometimes, very slowly. So it takes a while to get anywhere and uses up hours.
- Staring at the scenery.
- It is not my fault that the scenery around St John is so captivating. We often spend the first couple of hours in the day just looking around.
- OK, stay with me here. One of our after-dark pastimes while at anchor or on mooring balls has become shining a large flashlight down into the water to attract little fish.Which then attract larger fish. Which keeps us entertained for quite a while. Until the Fishing Bats show up. Yeah. Look them up. When they arrive, we turn off the light and run inside.
|No, we did not take this picture. |
We could never take this picture.
You can't take a shot like this while diving for the cabin.
|Some good snorkeling|
|An occasional rainy day|
|A normal day|
|Scott Beach at Caneel Bay|
We have now moved on (all the way across the Sir Francis Drake Channel) to the British Virgin Islands. We checked into the BVIs on Tuesday at Soper's Hole, West End, Tortola. It was a painless process of sailing from the mooring near Caneel Bay over to Soper's Hole. We worked our way into the harbor and scouted around until we found an open mooring ball near the ferry dock. We raised our yellow 'Quartine' flag to indicate that we were new arrivals to the country and took the dinghy into the Customs and Immigration office. A few minutes later, we were back on SeaClearly raising the BVI courtesy flag indicating that we were, now, officially checked in.
Another short dinghy ride and we were eating lunch at Pusser's Landing, followed by provisioning at the Riteway Market and then back to SeaClearly. We dropped the mooring ball and sailed out of Soper's Hole to start our month-long exploration of the BVIs. We began by sailing back and forth across the channel with no particular destination in mind. We sailed past the entrance to Nanny Cay Marina to check it out. We had reserved a slip there later for a couple of nights. We finally settled on Great Harbour at Norman's Island to anchor for our first night in the British Virgin Islands.
|Duane at Pusser's Landing|
Soper's Hole, Tortola
|The harbor at Soper's Hole|
We chose to anchor all the way out at the edge of the Great Harbour rather than go deep into the bay looking for a $30/night mooring ball. We dropped the hook in about 30 ft of water just inside the corner of the point. Out of the waves and current, nice breeze, beautiful views. Cute little goats grazing on the cliffs - which were not very far from SeaClearly's bow. The water stays deep right up to the island. For us, coming from the Albemarle Sound, having deep water is a joy. As one person told us, "The only underwater hazards here are marked by islands."
On Wednesday, we got up (unhurriedly), watched the scenery for a while (accompanied by coffee) and then started prepping SeaClearly for a marina stay. We had to dig out the docklines that we haven't seen in a few weeks. We also had to lift the dinghy up onto the davits. We have just been towing it around behind us as we circled St John but we chose to lift it for going into a marina slip. We raised the anchor and it came up in Caribbean style - with fine, white sand spilling off of the anchor as it comes up through clear water. A beautiful sight to behold.
We wanted to get to the marina relatively early in order to maximize the facilities but, at the same time, you hate to give up any time out on the water. Especially when the day offers up perfect sailing. We sailed a close reach north toward Tortola and then, eventually, turned downwind toward the marina. You just hate to quit sailing when it is so nice. We really enjoy the sailing hours.
|The Tree of Shame|
Those are all propellers that people have damaged
hitting the reefs and rocks.
|The beach at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina|