Monday 28th September
On Monday morning the wind was out of the east. We left the beautiful White Bay on Jost Van Dyke and set sails for Sandy Spit which took about 2 tacks on a beat into the wind.
Sandy Spit is located at the east end of Little Jost Van Dyke and is a little sandy island all the way around with a few palm trees and scrub trees in the middle. Don’t confuse Sandy Spit with Sandy Cay which is much bigger and to the south. The guys challenged each other to a sprint run race around the island. It took about 90 seconds sprinting in the sand which was not easy. A cool dip off in the clear clear water was welcomed afterward. You can easily anchor at sandy spit on the west side in about 20 feet of water although be careful if there is a swell running. Sandy Spit is well worth a visit because of the sand and the clear water next to it.
Next our friend Arun texted us to say that he had arrived and was waiting for us at our prearranged meeting place in Cane Garden Bay 2.5 miles to the South East of Sandy Spit with a fishing License in hand – yah!
Cane Garden Bay is a really beautiful spot with a long beach and lots of nice vacation homes dotted up the steep hill behind. There is a grocery store, post office and lots of restaurants. The Bay is fairly well protected but if a swell is running from the north the swell can wrap into the bay. We picked up Arun, his wife Jo and their 2 1/2 year old daughter to add to our 1 year old.
Annie K joined us a few hours later and we all spent the afternoon and night in the wide bay. The afternoon was spent playing in the warm Caribbean water.
Only two other boats were moored in the whole bay. This is very different from high season where dozens (and dozens) of boats stay over night there. We highly recommend a stay in Cane Garden Bay (especially in low season).
For Dinner on Bobcat, Vanessa whipped up an incredible Mediterranean Tuna Salad which is a highly recommended staple to the yacht chartering lifestyle.