Tuesday, 4 March 2014

BVIs & CULEBRA. 3rd March 2014

Good to see you MAATE!!
We left Rodney Bay, St Lucia on Sunday 23rd of Feb to sail the 356NM to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The passage took 42 hours roughly and it started daily boisterously with 91nm in the first 12 hours then settling down after the wind dropped.

 Sopers Hole anchorage at the West End became home for a couple of nights where we completed the easy checkin formalities right at the anchorage  The following day we caught a ferry to Cruz Bay St John Island, in the US Virgin group to get stamped into US with a 90 day visa issued upon arrival  You cannot take your boat until you have the stamp in your passport. So having achieved the first goal… the stamp … we returned to Taipan and made our way to Trellis bay at the far eastern end of Tortola. About a 3 hour sail. Here we caught up with a very old friend, Captain Magic on Destino. We haven't seen him since 2004 in Brisbane. A couple of days in the very nice anchorage at Trellis Bay included a visit to Aragorns Art Center on the beach. This is an excellent gallery. Well worth the stop.

Taipan on the left with the Aboriginal flag flying. Destino on the right. Green. 
On Saturday the 1st we headed to Sopers Hole to grab a bit of grocery although there is a good grocery at Trellis bay also. Then we made it to Lower Belmont Bay for a swim and then anchored the night at Diamond Cay on Jost Van Dyke Island just to the north. Very sheltered spot with some snorkelers about so maybe there is something to see there.

The 2nd of March we headed down to Culebra just 38nm to check the boat into the US. We phoned when we arrived because the customs at the airport was closed then this morning we went ashore to the airport again and were given our 12 month cruising visa for the USA.

Tomorrow we head out to Salinas on the south coast of Purto Rico.

Our first edible fish in ages and we had to throw it back!

Virgin Islands Photos