Sailing in the British Virgin Islands with Crew

Our week with Joe and Casey covered a lot of the same ground – uh, water, that we’d just traveled. But we decided to check out a few new places along the way. We now had a dinghy with an outboard motor, and having a motorized runabout makes life aboard a whole bunch easier. We once again sailed over to Great Harbor for the first night where we did all the things boaters do in the BVI; we snorkeled, swam, relaxed, had some nice wine, and grilled some juicy steaks. Life doesn’t get much better.

Typical Windy Day in the BVI
Typical Windy Day in the BVI

We hauled anchor in the morning with the wind still blowing about 25 and headed up the Sir Francis Drake channel, straight into the teeth of the wind. But, what the heck, it was only about 15 miles, so we tucked a reef , hauled the main in tight, and headed for Virgin Gorda and North Sound.
Looking out from the Bitter End Yacht Club
Looking out from the Bitter End Yacht Club

While sailing along we called our friends Pat and Darnell on Island Dream since we knew they were somewhere in the BVI. Lo and behold, they were anchored near one of our favorite spots in North Sound. Later, as we coasted in to drop anchor they were just ahead and to the left of us. Once securely anchored we hailed them on VHF to get together for sundowners and snacks and to swap stories. We’d not spent any time together since we were in Guatemala back in 2008, and we had a lot of catching up to do. We spent a great evening with them and promised to stay in touch as we both wandered further south.
Biras Creek Marina with YCCS in the Distance
Biras Creek Marina with YCCS in the Distance
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The next morning all four of us wandered around in the dinghy, heading first to the Biras Creek Resort. We’d heard that the facilities had undergone major renovation since Hurricane Earl devastated the area, and we wanted to see first hand what they’d accomplished.
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda BVI
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda BVI

We knew they’d rebuilt the docks as the marina had been destroyed along with those at the Bitter End. Although we didn’t inquire about rates or accommodations, it appears that the facility is trending towards the very upscale market. Part of the original property is now occupied by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) which is home based in Sardinia. If you’ve never heard of this place, check it out on the internet for a first hand look at lifestyles of the rich and famous. 

Our Last Day with Friends Aboard