Alright I know that’s it’s been a while since we’ve last posted but we’ve been having so much fun and really been on the move so it’s been hard to stop and take the time to make a post.
We have lots of photos and stories to share so as always we hope that you enjoy.
Here’s where we last left you hanging….
So the first thing that I heard when Brian and Rachel got back from their adventure of climbing the mountain in Brewers Bay was that I should be thankful that I did not go. It’s as steep as it looks, Rachel says. The path was rocky and steep and not so defined that you could always tell what way to go. They said that there were even a few times that they climbed in a direction only to find out that they had to turn around because it was the wrong way. They were determined to get to the top and they did it!
I kept an eye out from the boat waiting to see them emerge on top of the large rocks. I waited and waited but it seemed to me that it was taking a long time. Then finally I heard a whistle blowing from somewhere. I poked my head outside the cabin and there they were perched way…way up on the mountain top. Brian was blowing his whistle and waving the yellow bag that he had brought with him. Good thing that he had that bright bag because they were nothing but specks on top of the massive rock formation, I could barely see them!
Mission accomplished…my mountain goats had made it to the top of the caves! They told me that they had made it on top of the gigantic rock but were not able to get into the caves because the only way to get into it would have been to repel down from the top. I’m glad that they did not fashion a rope made of vines or something like that…you never know with these two, at least this time common sense came through and thankfully they made it back down safe and sound!
We spent one more night in beautiful Brewers Bay and headed out the next morning to the bay that always has a way of emptying our pockets. Long Bay in front of the town of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. This bay is a favorite of ours for only one reason. It’s a great place to re-provision. We bought lots of groceries, washed our laundry, ate at Pizza Hut, visited the local K-Mart and of course stocked up on rum!
After spending as much as I could get away with it was time to leave the land of plenty.
We sailed out of the harbor and headed over to Buck Island a small island on the South side of St. Thomas, some list it as part of the Capaella Islands. The winds and waves were on our nose as usual as we headed south-east.
We thought that we would spend the afternoon at Buck Island but with all of the bouncing around Rachel and I were really not up to it. If the weather was calmer we would have spent the night but it was not to be. We passed beautiful Buck Island and headed to another anchorage called Christmas Cove at St. James Island.
Last time we anchored in Christmas Cove we did not like it at all! The ferry boats pass by this harbor throughout the day because it is right by the main channel that reaches all of the other islands. It can be a bit rolly here to say the least.
The thing is that lots of our cruising friends love this harbor. It also seems that since we’ve been here we have had a lot of low pressure systems building on us and this harbor is protected from the north winds that were forecast for the following night. So with these things in mind we decided to give it another try.
I have to say that I am glad that we did. It was still a bit rolly when the ferries went by but it did not seem as bad this time. We picked up a mooring ball that was closer in to the beach and this might of made a difference. We were able to swim right from the boat to the beach and surrounding reefs. The snorkeling here was great and we were protected from the strong northerly winds that came through that night. I’ve changed my mind about Christmas Cove and now have a new favorite anchorage!
After weathering out the strong northerly winds we headed over to Red Hook, St. Thomas for Rachel to do some tourist shopping and for us to stock up on some fresh veggies. They have the best (but expensive) store here called “Moe’s Fresh Market”. Finally we were able to get some spring mix salad, yum!
While in Red Bay we invited our friend Bob to go sailing with us. If you’ve read our past blogs you know that Bob and his wife Sally live here in St. Thomas and they have a Searunner trimaran just like ours. We sailed in east winds of 15 to 18 out of Red Hook Bay and through the Pillsbury Sound and Windward Passage. We had hoped to stop at St. John to snorkel the underwater trail at Trunk Bay but there was a north swell and the waves were crashing over the reef so it was not meant to be.
Unfortunately while we were underway we came across a patch of crazy waves and currents and we damaged the board that attaches our port net to the boat tearing it apart and off. Oh joy something else to have to repair! Most importantly no one was hurt…except sadly for our beloved Moon.
All things said though we all had a great day and it was awesome to have Bob aboard sailing with us.
With our fill of Red Hook we headed to our next ports of call. Caneel Bay, St. John. Then off to Jost Van Dyke, BVI. We cleared in at Great Harbor home of the famous Foxy’s. We hung out at Foxy’s on our last trip here and we wanted to try a new spot so after we cleared into the BVI’s we headed over to White Bay.
You know the song from the Zack Brown Band “Toes in the Sand”? Supposedly that song was inspired by this beach….and as the song says it’s true…life is good today!
White Bay is a beautiful beach and a fun spot, we hung out at the Soggy Dollar Bar. Perfect stop. After we had all of the fun we could handle in White Bay we spent some time anchored at Sandy Cay. Rachel had fun swimming and floating behind the boat.
Next on to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. This was one of our favorite beaches last time that we were here and we planned on spending Thanksgiving weekend here. We pulled in the day before and found a great spot to anchor. It was nice when we first got there but a north swell picked up and the waves got big! There were even a few surfers riding the waves along the shoreline! Before we knew it we were bouncing around pretty good, or um, pretty bad. We sat through the night but others boat did not. A few left the harbor in search of a calmer anchorage. We thought that it might lay down a little but it did not so we headed out on Thanksgiving day to Soper’s Hole to pick up a mooring where we knew that it was very protected and calm.
We enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving dinner at Pusser’s Restaurant in Soper’s Hole. Not the traditional meal that you think of. Brian had fish and chips, me a salad and Rachel and I a small pizza. Not what you would think of for thanksgiving dinner but it sure was good and the anchorage was nice and flat!
Well, you can see that we are finally moving around not a little but a lot! We’re currently in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda,…still BVI’s. We spent the day at the famous Baths yesterday and are recuperating today. We’ve been going and going and going like the energizer bunny so today is a down day…at least so far.
I think that I have worn myself out writing so I’m closing for now and hopefully will post on the Baths soon. We’re going to stay here for a few days and visit the Baths again. The spot that we are anchored in is pretty calm so Brian can get some much needed work done and we can relax a bit. We’re keeping a eye on the weather though looking for a north-east wind to come through so that we can head out to Saint-Martin or Sint Maarten. Depending on what side of the island we come in on. That’s where we are probably going to spend Christmas but you know mother nature will have the final say on that!
Take care all and if you made it through all of my ramblings and did not just look at the pictures…thanks. 🙂
Jennifer, Brian and Crew Rachel