Monday, February 21, 2011

Into the BVIs

We set off in the morning with the plan to head to Jost Van Dyke (JVD) and it appears that Caitlin and Jim brought some weather with them. The winds are blowing at 20+ knots and the accompanying swells are from the ENE.

We headed along the south shore of St. Thomas and then headed up through the cut into the BVIs but with the wind on the nose we decided to motor most of the way and made Great Harbour on JVD by early afternoon. Since the last time we were here two years ago they have put in ~30 mooring balls which is great because the holding for anchoring is poor and this lessens the number of boats that come in, drop their anchor and leave for the bar only to drag into the boat behind them. We headed into Foxy's famous beach bar for a cold drink and then decided to hike over the hill to the Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay. Given the winds and the narrow bay behind the reef in White Bay we were happy to be in Great Harbour but White Bay definitely has the most amazingly fine white sand beach anywhere! Painkillers at the Soggy Dollar Bar, where they originated, were a treat and then, much fortified, we hiked back over the hill. The 'hill' rises to about 500' and the road is probably about 3 km long so we were definitely feeling the steepness of the climb in our legs the next morning!

We rounded out the evening with appies at Foxy's and then headed back to dinner on the boat. Hey family, do you remember the Laura Secord Monopoly chocolate game we picked up at Xmas and never played? It was great family entertainment for the evening, but we owe you all one!

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