December 8, 2006 Friday
Dinner last night on M/V Never Never Land with Ron and Janis was very nice. Janis served a fantastic spaghetti; a recipe that she learned from Ron’s mother, who learned it from the Italian women that she worked with in the
New York area. That sauce must take all day to cook and
included meatballs and sausages.
Fantastic! Their Hatteras is more
like a true home than a yacht. They have
3 full bedrooms with bathrooms that have regular size bathtubs and regular size
beds; nothing like most boats. They also
have a normal full-size electric stove and full-size refrigerator; unheard of
on most boats. The engine room is like
what you might expect to see on a small ship, and Ron keeps it immaculate. Their furniture is regular full-size
furniture that is bolted down, including a leather sofa with recliners built
into each end. It is truly a luxury way
to enjoy boating. Except that the helm
room is located very high and towards the front of the boat, which allows good
views of everything but also accentuates all movement. Judy would probably stay seasick in that helm
There was a gorgeous full rainbow this morning before we left Christmas Cove. Judy took way too many photos of it. It is just so unusual to actually see a complete rainbow and especially one so close and so vibrantly colored.
We motored over to
and collected our small box of boat parts from Amel. Picked up a few fresh veggies and fruits and
treats at the supermarket there. Bought
tee shirts for the grandkids and mailed them off. Then we spent the rest of the day sailing
back and forth between Cruz Bay St. John
and Jost Van Dyke, BVI. We made it into
Soper’s Hole on Tortola to clear BVI Customs
and Immigration before they closed for the day.
Treated ourselves to dinner at the Jolly Roger and brought back
leftovers for another meal tomorrow.
Judy was hoping that they would have their special of crispy bacon and
mango pizza with crushed red pepper flakes, but it was not available
today. Darn! And she was really looking forward to that
strange pizza again. It was very good
when she had it last year.
We talked to a guy who does fiberglass and gel coat repair and arranged for him to repair the five tiny chips that are spread around our boat. We are supposed to meet him here in Soper’s Hole on Sunday morning for him to begin that work.
December 9, 2006 Saturday
It was too beautiful a day to sit on a mooring ball in Soper’s Hole (plus we really have an aversion to paying $25 - $30 per night for a mooring ball), so we left this morning as soon as we bought our freshly baked French bread for the day. Love that little store for hot, fresh breads each morning.
We sailed on the north side of
for awhile and then stopped at Marina Cay for lunch – on the boat of
course. Marina Cay is a tiny island that
was donated by Laurence Rockefeller to the BVI with the stipulation that it
must remain a park. It is a lovely place
with crystal white sands and clear blue-green waters and reef around 3
sides. But it also has millions and
millions of sand fleas, which Judy is highly allergic to; so we don’t get off
the boat at Sandy Cay.
The sail from Sandy Cay to
on Jost Van Dyke was really nice. We
sailed wing-on-wing --- which is the genoa to one side of the boat and the
mainsail to the other side of the boat.
Since Security is a ketch, we also have a mizzen sail – which we put on
the same side as the genoa. We were
doing 5 knots in 6 knots of apparent wind.
This is a particularly calm point of downwind sailing that is really
enjoyable as long as the weather isn’t too hot, as you cannot feel any breeze
whatsoever. The boat is moving with the
speed of the wind. Great Harbor
anchored right next to a couple that we had met in Soper’s Hole yesterday
evening. They are Jim and Barbara on S/V
Koshari. Bill invited them over for
sundowners and we enjoyed visiting a bit. Great
December 10, 2006 Sunday
Jim came over first thing this morning and said they were going to sail up to Gorda Sound, even though the winds were predicted to be 20-25 knots from the east. Bill thought this also sounded like a good idea and said we might see them there later in the afternoon. Yeah, right.
Winds were directly on our nose when we exited
. Rather than tack for hours getting nowhere,
we decided to motor to Great Harbor
and then sail from there. We sailed for
about 4 hours toward Anegada and trailed 2 fishing lines. Didn’t catch a thing, even using the real
flying fish that we had saved in our freezer after they landed on our deck
during our passage from Cane
Garden Bay Bonaire. Bill then calculated how long it was going to
take us to eventually reach Gorda Sound, and we decided that it just was not
worth it. Beating into high winds is
Koshari had tacked toward Monkey Point at least an hour before we gave up and tacked toward
on Great Camanoe
island. Koshari radioed us as we were
approaching Camanoe, and we told them that we planned to anchor for the night
Bay ; so they decided to join us. They came over for dinner, and while we were
eating dinner the swell started moving in.
This was not predicted and not a good thing. Lee Bay
After they returned to their boat later in the evening, Bill decided that he felt somewhat responsible for them being anchored there with us. If the winds were to die during the night and the swell continue to build, then our anchors might lose their holding. So Bill spent the night sitting in the cockpit watching out for both our boats. Judy came up and slept in the cockpit because the swell was making too much noise slapping our stern for her to sleep in the aft cabin. But the night passed uneventfully, thank goodness.
December 11, 2006 Monday
At first light we pulled anchor and moved to a mooring ball in
Friends that we had met in Trellis Bay Venezuela
have a private mooring in . They had said we could use it. But we found that another boat was on their
mooring and that the owner of that boat had left the country, so we were out of
luck for this chance of a free mooring.
So we moved over to Marina Cay and found a perfect spot to anchor – just
north of the mooring ball field at Marina Cay between Great Camanoe island and Trellis
Bay . We like it here so much that we have put up
our shade awning and plan to stay several days. Scrub Island
S/V Koshari also is now on a mooring ball here at Marina Cay. They came for the internet. They invited us over for sundowners. Jim has retired and they plan to cruise the
Caribbean for a few years as soon as their house in Phoenix sells, which
might take awhile. But Jim retired from
America West, so they can fly almost free of charge and they can easily
continue to commute to their boat as they move down the Caribbean.
A small power boat marina is being built on
. We had first learned of this new development
when at the Miami Boat Show in 2004. The
developer obtained permission from the BVI government to blast out the reef in
order to build this marina and some condos.
Don’t know who he paid off, but that is a terrible idea! The last thing this area needs is a bunch of
power boats zooming all over the place.
Imagine, killing all that reef just for power boats to park there. Scrub Island
We are just sitting here, doing nothing but watching the charter boat people and reading our books.