Moving South in 2016

We left Anegada on April 6th and sailed back to anchor in Leverick Bay for our last week in the BVI; while there we carried out the usual chores and found time to have fun as well. We dinghied ashore one late afternoon to join the crazy tourist crowd for Michael’s “Happy Arrgh”! What a blast we had. The next morning we took a cab to the top of the BVI to have lunch at Hog Heaven, a fantastic BBQ restaurant at the highest peak on Virgin Gorda. You can just about see the curve of the earth from this beautiful location. Take a look.

The weather gods shined, and we had perfect beam reaching conditions for our sail back to Sint Maarten. We encountered only one problem on the trip down; the winds were too light! I failed to watch my timing closely enough, and we missed the last bridge opening of the day by less than 5 minutes. Had I been watching carefully, I could have fired up the engine sooner and powered for the last two hours to gain the time needed to make the bridge. As it was though, we had a very benign night at anchor in the outer harbor with no rolling whatsoever.

We moved into the lagoon on the first bridge of the day, and found an anchoring spot.
As we anchored Joy looked over at the boat next door, a dark blue Hylas 46, and asked, “Don’t we know those people?” As the boat swung, I saw the name of the Hylas, “Nychea”, and exclaimed, “Yes, that’s Jill and Tony. We met them in Puerto Rico back in 2011”. A short dinghy ride over to say Hi, and we’d found cruising friends here in Sint Maarten. At a happy hour with Jill and Tony we met friends of theirs, Al and from Sweet Dreams. These new acquaintances opened another set of additional doors to the future. It’s amazing how small our world is sometimes