We spent 3 days slowly tacking our way to the BVI, first anchoring overnight at Christmas Cove off St. Thomas, then Maho Bay on St. Johns, and finally clearing into West End, BVI.
From West End we worked our way upwind towards Marina Cay, eventually resorting to motor-sailing the last mile or two as we ran into a torrential downpour, so heavy we could not see the bow of the boat. I watched both the radar and the plotter as we carefully turned the final corner towards the small harbor on the northwest side of the island; thankfully, the rain let up as we neared the cay and we found an anchoring hole with a little difficulty as space was at a premium.
Our anchoring spot turned a bit rolly overnight, so the next morning, after the charter boats rushed on to their next destination, we moved to a mooring out of the mainstream channel where we were able to spend a morning and afternoon watching the incoming traffic. A most entertaining opportunity. Late that afternoon we dinghied ashore for an early dinner and the obligatory shopping stop at Pussers.