January 18, 2007 Thursday
St. James island, USVI
We spent the past few days in
Bay, St. John.
This is a very pleasant anchorage.
Can’t anchor here because most of St.
John is a US National Park, but there are mooring balls
available for $15 per night. Only
somewhat negative thing about is that you must land
your dinghy on the beach and then walk 20 minutes to deposit your payment
envelope. Good thing that you can pay
for multiple overnight stays in advance, so you only have to do that walk
once. Judy got dozens of insect bites
doing this short little walk. Leinster
The bay host said that when the winds are calm then the noseeums come out early in the morning. But the winds were high for the few days that we were in
, so the noseeums stayed on shore; it
was very pleasant on our boat out on the mooring. Leinster Bay
There are at least 100 starfish located in
maybe even more. They congregate between
the mooring balls that are closest to the beach, on the right side. Most of the starfish are yellow but also some
red and orange ones can be seen. Judy
tried to take photographs of these starfish but they were too deep and the
photos just looked like blue-green water.
Some of the starfish were moving about while Judy was snorkeling over
them. It was really cool. Leinster Bay
Porpoises are all over the place right now in the Virgins. We have seen porpoises in
Jost Van Dyke; Soper’s Hole, West End, Tortola; and here in Leinster Bay,
St. John. Not to mention also seeing them when out
sailing several times. Must just be the
time of the year because it is not normal to see so many porpoises around this
area. Also saw a hawksbill turtle the
other day on the northern side of St.
There are now 3 cruiser boats waiting for the next weather window for the passage to
including us. And another 2 cruisers
also want to make the trip to St. Martin
within the next 2 weeks. Time for all of
us to start moving over eastward to begin the southward travel through the
Leewards and Windwards. We plan to leave
on the next good weather prediction, which might be as early as this
weekend. We are waiting to hear back
from the weather forecasting guy, Chris Parker, regarding what night would be
the best time for this passage.
We stopped by the mailing service in
St. John yesterday and collected the
remaining two packages of stuff that we had ordered to be shipped here. Then we returned to our favorite anchorage at
Christmas Cove, where we can anchor and save that $15 per day for mooring balls
which we would have to pay if we stayed at St. John.
As much as we have enjoyed the USVI and BVI, it is time to move on.
BTW, we also met another person who had their dinghy and outboard stolen in Soper's Hole on
Tortola. Cruisers beware!