Retrieving new Crew at Village Cay Marina

For Joe and Casey’s visit, we decided to give Village Cay Marina a try as it is right in the heart of downtown Roadtown and within walking distance of Bobby’s Market, a large fully stocked grocery. Here we were able to take care of all the little cruising details, laundry, grocery shopping, a few minor repairs, and a meal out for a change, without having to spend $30 each way for a taxi from Nanny Cay to the grocery, a real plus. 

Tucked into the Corner with Wind Astern
Tucked into the Corner with Wind Astern

I wanted to back into our assigned slip to make departure easier, so as the marina office instructed, we stood off for about 20 minutes waiting for a dock hand to show up. I called a couple times, but calls to the dockmaster went unanswered. I needed help with the lines when backing in because the wind was howling, and the million dollar yacht sharing our slipway was too close to make me comfortable backing in with a 25 knot wind on our bow. I finally gave up and eased the boat in bow first, quickly securing our lines. No sooner had I tied the last line to the cleat than the dock hand saunters up to ask if we need any help. Thanks bud, but no. I made up my mind right then that this would be our first and last visit ever to Village Cay.
The Office at Village Cay Marina
The Office at Village Cay Marina

Docking in tight quarters with lots of wind is always tricky in a sailing yacht, and it’s worse if you try to back downwind. The bow can be thrown off to one side or the other very quickly, and you lose control in an instant. That’s why you find most sailboats bow in to the docks. At most marinas in the Caribbean you’ll have at least one, if not two or more hands on the dock to help you get secured quickly, because they know just how fast damage can happen. A few weeks earlier we’d witnessed a captain panic and totally lose control of his multi-million dollar yacht, ramming another yacht in the process. There was plenty of help on hand at the dock, but he refused assistance and as result, caused thousands of dollars in damage to another fine yacht.
Wander the Docks at Village Cay
Wander the Docks at Village Cay

Soon though, the docking was forgotten, as Joe and Casey came strolling down the docks arms open wide to greet us. They walked, rather than take a taxi from the ferry docks to ours; just a fifteen minute walk, Joe said. 

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