We’d discussed our itinerary with Pete and Brenda and told them our primary goal was to be certain they had a great time, weren’t overwhelmed with the sailing, and weren’t exhausted when it was all over. For all these reasons combined, we planned to sail from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, maybe 100 miles from one end to the other, and depending on the weather, just wander and have fun. Sail, snorkel, swim, relax, eat well, and drink some wine – all the things that make for a great Caribbean vacation.
Our first leg would take us from Fajardo back to Culebra in the Spanish Virgin Islands, a short sail for the first day of about 30 miles, hopefully with favorable wind. As usual, I’d been watching the weather forecasts with an eagle eye, and as soon as I saw an opportunity, Captain Steve said it was time to move.
We left SunBay Marina on Saturday, March 11th, in the afternoon, anchoring off Isletta so we could get an early start the next morning. This little move would give Pete and Brenda some time away from the dock to become accustomed to the motion of the boat before heading out to open water.
Next morning dawned perfect, so after we finished breakfast, a short, easy, 5 hour sail brought us to the anchorage off Dewey. We picked a good spot close to town, set the anchor firmly, then spent the remainder of the afternoon talking, resting, laughing – just having a great time.
Our days on Ocean Angel take on a bit of a routine, even with friends aboard. I’m usually the first to wake up in the morning, normally with no alarm clocks, and I check the weather and email, then rouse the crew for a hearty breakfast. We often attend to a few chores after breakfast before embarking on a day’s adventures.
We went ashore to have lunch at the Dinghy Dock, then took a taxi to Flamenco Beach on the north shore. This beach is reputed to be one of the ten top beaches in the entire world, and a few photos will show you why.
The soft sand is brilliant white, the water is incredibly clear, and the trade wind always cools you. Nearby reefs beckon you for great snorkeling, and beach chairs help you snooze away the day.