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John Join the BVI !!

The one thing about John is that he is super positive and very appreciative of everything you do or show him and needless to say … it is a pleasure to have him on board! He was very quick to ask all the questions of how the ropes work and getting boots and all into helping with the sails and things around the boat. He only has about 6 days to learn “the ropes” before we leave and trust me … he never stops talking and asking questions! HaHa… if he could he would have liked to meet the designer and manufacturer of the boat too question them too!! !! …

Getting the hang of it... ropes and all!
Getting the hang of it... ropes and all!

The few places that we went to was quite special … the Baths, Marina Cay to listen to Eric Stone while introducing him to Bushwhackers and Painkiller cocktails! The boys are getting right into all the fun and it is good to see them smiling all the time … in spite of being in pain… hahaha…

Beautiful Cooper Island!
Beautiful Cooper Island!

As I type we are making our way (for the 4th time!) to The Bitter End … John cannot leave the BVI without seeing it! So… Saba Rock here we come … the boys went snorkelling right where they feed the massive Tarpans and had a lot of fun with that too!! I was way too scary to go along …
At Saba Rock / Bitter End... with Scolamanzi in the background
At Saba Rock / Bitter End... with Scolamanzi in the background

The discovery of ants (shortly after we left Trinidad) has now escalated to a full on war with the little irritating monsters! They are just everywhere (in my microwave and bed too!!)… Panels will fly this afternoon in search of the nest and the Queen! We have noticed the ants are carrying eggs now! Man… besides a fly they are my biggest source of irritation!
To top that off we have discovered that the microwave and coffee machine is tripping the generator …soo…another thing that is vital to get fixed before the crossing! Oh my … does it ever stop?
Well the Captain has decided that Willy T will not happen on this trip … sadly do … but that and the Full Moon Party that I have missed will make me come back to the BVI next time!! (not if it depends on the Captain though!) Anyway … talking about full moon … we will be leaving on the day of the next full moon… I will have my little moment in the full moon then! ?
First night at Nanny Cay... having missed the fun!... now in for the run!A swing seat at the Beach Pub at Nanny Cay ...
First night at Nanny Cay... having missed the fun!... now in for the run!

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Having seen it all …means we can do what we want now!

The best way to sail is to not have much of a schedule and plenty of time … that is what it felt like the last 2 weeks! Seeing that we have been to all the islands and have done most of the things we have planned to …. We could afford to do just that!….We went sailing (just to get some practice and fine tune a few techniques with some of the manoeuvres) early in the morning and depending on how we felt at the time we would go into a bay where we might not have been before or loved so much that we had to go back! … and then just stay over without any plans for tomorrow!

Patrick, Gareth and Johann ... sharing ideas and notes before the crossing!
Patrick, Gareth and Johann ... sharing ideas and notes before the crossing!

One of our special stops was North Sound … The Bitter End Yacht Club again! This time it was all quiet – hardly any boats here … a true sign of the end of the sailing season … and I LOVE the fact that it is all slowing down… third time in Bitter end… this time we are here to wait for Chez Patrick (another South African Leopard 46 cat). We have met Patrick’s wife Sherryl in Cape Town but never met him. He and Johann have been talking on Skype sharing notes like old friends … so it was just delightful to finally meet Pat and his son Gareth at last in North Sound! It is terribly sad that Sherryl was not with them and that we could not spend more time together. Good luck on your crossing this weekend! Best of winds and weather for you!!! ..Hopefully we can share another bottle of Champaign in France!

The following day we ended up in Scrub Island Marina…. Johann was there one evening to use their Wi-Fi for a Skype conference and has there and then decided I need to be spoiled before we leave on the crossing… when I saw the place …I had to wonder what really was his motives and if he knows something about the crossing lying ahead of us that I don’t know about?


Scrub Island has a small but super smart Marina with the clearest water I have ever seen in any Marina ever! We had the use of the beautiful swimming pools and gym (we have decided to stay clear of the later in case it causes painful and stiff muscles in a few days’ time when we have to be tip top!!

Johann at the Pool's Pub at Scrub Island
The Pool Pub ... just the coolest place to be! 🙂

For the rest we just enjoyed the low season feel in a normally very busy little Marina … having a splendid time one night all by ourselves on the little beach in front of the Marina
Having a romantic moment ... a campaign picnic at sunset till the moon comes up!
… with a picnic basket … great Yarrabrun Champaign and great selection of French cheese and spreads and dips from the deli… (We initially wanted the marina to set it up for us with a little table and light … but the setup costs was $250 … so we thought to leave that for another day and do it ourselves 😉 )
It was sad to leave this lovely place after 2 days … but it was taking big bites out of our budget … so 2 days were just enough!
The exciting prospect of picking John (our good friend and third crew member for the leg between BVI and Bermuda) up today is a making up for the sad goodbye to Scrub Island! What is sad that each and every place is now burning it’s pictures into my brain … remembering the tastes of the BVI and making metal notes of the lingo, wonderful people, the special cocktails and the music!! (My word I will miss those steel-band sounds!)… I wonder if we would ever come back here …sadly maybe not … the list is just too long of places to see…I will surely miss it!

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