Sailing in the BVI January 2013

Sailing the BVI in January 2013
The British Virgin Islands doesn’t disappoint for easy short passages on a flat sea and with good winds, great snorkelling and lively nightlife….

Pirate Style Entertainment

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was a fabulous trip in the Virgins with Eileen, Carianne, Jeff, Beverly and Mike; starting out at Trellis Bay close to the airport, we headed East to catch the Pirate show at Virgin Gorda’s Pirate’s Bight, stopping for lunch and a snorkel at the Dogs anchorage on the way. Pirate entertainer Michael J Bean puts on a great show and we had a fun night there with some time for looking around the following morning.

Sailing Jost van Dyke

Then it was off to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda for some provisioning and a nice dinner ashore in a lovely restaurant there with some live music on the piano. From Virgin Gorda we sailed around the North of Tortola to Little Jost van Dyke with its Bubbly Pool and French restaurant, and on to Foxy’s on Jost van Dyke for the evening. A short hop along the coast and we found ourselves in the stunning anchorage behind the reef at White Bay, where Jeff and his dad had left their mark a few years before. The sunset that night was stunning.

Snorkelling the Wreck of the Rhone

The following day we went on to Soper’s Hole and Norman Island. After some fantastic snorkelling at the Indians it was time for some fun at the famous Willy T floating bar and [pullquote_right]”a freighter blown onto the rocks by a hurricane”[/pullquote_right]walks along the beach. Although it was a bit overcast and showery the next morning we stopped at Salt Cay to snorkel the wreck of the RMS Rhone, a freighter that was blown on the rocks in a hurricane and sank in 30 feet of water. Even in the cloudy conditions it was an impressive sight .

I have to say a huge well done to Beverly Stewart for learning to swim so she could feel more confident on the trip and for pushing her boundaries even further to go snorkelling! And a massive thank you to Jeff Bardwell for introducing me to ‘Cards Against Humanity’…so far I’ve not managed to offend anyone too badly, Jeff, honest!

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