This is day 3 and 4 of sailing in The BVI with BVI Yacht Charters on a Lagoon 450.
DROP AND GIVE ME 20 yelled Jeff as we did mountain climbers, burpies, press ups and beach sprints for a morning workout. What a way to start a day and White Bay beach is the best for it. Imagine working out and jogging on this beach in the morning to work up a good sweat then just fall in the water at the end – now stop imagining and go there!
White Bay Beach, JVD, BVI
Sandy Cay was on our way to our next stop Cane Garden Bay. I’d never been to Sandy Cay before – always electing the much smaller Sandy Spit which is also very cool and not to be missed but Sandy Cay is pretty special too, now that I know. It has a most amazing white sandy beach with awesome swimming. We did a reenactment of Hallie Berry in the James Bond movie where he offered her a mojito as she came out of the water. But alas not as good as the original. Still, the model was great – biased option of course.
Mojito? On Sandy Cay!
Don’t miss the incredible sandy beach at Sandy Cay – usually you can have this beach to yourself. (not after this blog goes viral though).
Still with plenty of time in the day we decided to reverse direction a little and go see Bubbling Pools at the north east end of JVD (Jost Van Dyke); between JVD and Little JVD. Here the wash of the water rushes through some rocks and ends up in a little pool. Since the water has been roughed up through the rocks, it is like a little jacuzzi -fun.
To get there, you anchor or grab a mooring ball next to Foxy’s Taboo (Not Foxy’s) and walk north along the trail for about ½ a mile. Turn left as you climb a little knoll. With a Northerly swell, Bubbling Pools can be a lot of fun and depending on the size of the swell can border on dangerous. Anyway, it is great to see and well worth the walk. On the way, I walked past the Caribbean Manchineel poison apple tree and shot this video.
After Bubbling Pools we stopped at Foxy’s Taboo Restaurant. Of all the trips I’ve done to the BVI, this was the first time I had visited Foxy’s Taboo. Big mistake should have done it before because speaking of danger, they’ve got a few dangerous drinks which is dependant more on the swill than the swell.
Foxy’s Taboo Jost Van Dyke
“Friggin in the Riggin” drink was the most popular amongst the crew.
Back to the boat we set sails for Cane Garden Bay. The entrance into Cane Garden Bay is well marked with a green and red. Keep red to right. This is one of my more favorite spots in the BVI – why? Don’t know – just is. There is a long beach that is populated with bars and restaurants. It’s a little touristy as it caters to the Cruise ship crowd taxi’d over from Road Town. Still, the bay is quaint and the locals are friendly. There are heaps of mooring balls and if they run out you can save $30 and anchor just beyond the most outer mooring which is still pretty close to the beach anyway. There is a decent grocery store, Bobby’s – well decent enough to pick up a few extras. They could up their game a little on the vegies.
Cane Garden Bay
To the north end of the bay is a large pier where you can get fuel, water and ice. The bay is open to the north and west so stay away if there is a big swell as you’ll get slammed against the pier wall. We stayed in CGB for 2 nights just because of its idyllic setting. They have lots of water sports on the beach and a giant swimming area.
A quick digress: A note about the bays and beaches anywhere you go in the world. While it may seem obvious to us all, but the Charter Companies would rather you dump out the head rather than send it into the tanks. They do this to not clog the tanks or get calls from clients saying they flushed something they should not have could you please come unblock it. BUT please, no matter what they say, close the seacocks when in a harbor. Then just remember to dump after you get out away from the shore 3 miles.
Back in Cane Garden Bay, the next morning we had a massive pig out breakfast with Bloody Mary’s to start the day. Then we went on a hunt for a set of flip flops for Jeff who blew out his flip flop (and stepped on a pop top) on the hike to Bubbling Pools yesterday. Seemingly the day flew by but not without some serious fun in the water, fun with the dinghy and fun with the sea kayak. There was a weak call for to check out the night life on shore but moment later the call was followed by snoring. Yet again – failing from the experience of yesterday, we went from Blue to black and back to blue Ducks again. I mean come on people. We neglected to secure the Sea Kayak. Some rotten
Yet again – failing to learn from the experience of yesterday, we went from Blue to black and back to blue Ducks again. I mean come on people. We neglected to secure the Sea Kayak. Some rotten soles in the middle of the night went joy riding on our kayak that was tied up behind. They left the kayak at someone else’s boat. We only found out about the joy ride part rather than theft by a keen eyed crew member spotting a dinghy driving around the harbor towing a red sea kayak and stopping at each boat. This happened just as we had resigned ourselves to paying the rental company for the Sea Kayak. So potential black again turned to only blue. Notes to self and Crew. Let’s secure the boat properly prior to going to bed.
Day 5 coming soon
See day 2 of sailing in the BVI with BVI Yacht Charters on a Lagoon 450
This is an email to me from some friends, Chris and Chris and their kids, who took the plunge and went off cruising in their Catamaran – Stray Kitty. Cool name for a Catamaran by the way. It’s posted here with their permission. We thought that is was such an inspiring story that we wanted to share it. And oh by the way keep an eye out for the NauticEd Catamaran Confidence course that is currently in the works. Follow us on twitter to be informed about it’s launch.
Subject: Limin’ in Grenada, West Indies
At the beginning of April, we decided to head back North to Martinique
from St. Lucia. We sailed half the way until we got tired of fighting
the current against us so we motored the rest of the way. Martinique
is another island owned and administered by France so it has very
European feel to it. We rented a car and drove all around the island,
the roads were very nicely paved and they even had round-a-bouts!
Yeah we are back in the land of baguettes and cheese.
We headed back to St. Lucia and picked up our friends Mike and Lynn
who came to visit us from Ottawa for a week. We sailed down to Bequia,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines with them and stayed there for the
week.. We had a great reunion. Thanks again Lynn for the girl guide
cookies and Tim Hortons coffee!!!
After they left we tried to visit all the islands of the Grenadines,
there are eight of them. We almost accomplished it, we stopped at all
of them except Palm Island. The Tobago Cays were amazing – clear
water, amazing snorkelling, we were able to snorkel with turtles every
day. We met our friends on sv Pickles and they introduced us to
another family on sv Alouette with two children the same ages as ours.
There really is nothing better than that.
Union Island, one of the Grenadine Islands is where Ryan turned
seven!!! There were no other kid boats around so we tried extra hard
to make it special for him. We gave him a children’s recipe book and
asked him to choose what he wanted for his birthday. We spent the day
eating chocolate chip pancakes, hot dogs, dishes of dirt, and
mudslides!!! Mike and Lynn brought down gifts from Grandma and
Grandpa and we found him a few things here in the Grenadines, Chris
took him tubing and the kids played in the water for a long time.
Good thing, because the next day there were thousands and thousands
and thousands of large green jelly fish that floated by the boat all
day long, so swimming was absolutely out of the question.
We have been in Grenada now for approximately three weeks and
counting. We hauled the boat out of the water and survived living on
the hard for five days. We replaced the fixed propellers to feathering
propellers (Kiwis), they turn streamline when sailing so they are not
left spinning. We also sanded the bottom and repainted it with salt
water anti-fouling as opposed to the fresh water anti-fouling that was
barely there. We hope to regain our speed now without all the marine
life that was clinging to the bottom of our boat!
There is a large cruising community in Grenada. A cruising net on the
VHF radio every morning broadcasts the upcoming social activities,the
weather and what people have for sale. We are exhausted as we are not
used to all these organized activities! So far we have been to a fish
and chips night, taken a two hour bus ride to see leatherback turtles
crawl out of the ocean and lay their eggs on the beach, gone to an oil
down which is the local dish of Grenada where they throw a ton of
locally grown vegetables, pig snouts and chicken in a pot then boil it
down on an open fire with coconut milk that they make themselves.
Everybody helped cut the vegetables and prepare the food. It was
absolutely delicious and the kids loved it too. And been to a rasta
organized beach bbq.
We met a few other families with young children. SV Airbender, a
couple from California have six year old twins on their 60 foot
catamaran. (We thought we had a lot of room until we saw their boat)!
They are on the same route as us and we plan to buddy boat with them
which will be great as Ryan and Elliot were so happy to make
acquaintances! SV Heat Wave with six year old Charlotte on board was
another boat we spent time with in Grenada. SV Wild Vanilla has two
children on board and we spent a couple of afternoons hanging out at
June 1st is the official start of hurricane season. People we have
met here are either staying for the season in one of the protected
anchorages, getting ready to haul out here or in Trinidad (an
overnight sail away) or leaving for the ABC’s (like us). Charter
boats are nowhere to be seen now, the season is over for another year.
Also while here in Grenada, we are working like mad fiends trying to
finish the school year. Our goal is to be done by Friday. Chris had
an alternator repaired and we are getting some sun covers for the
cockpit made. Once school is done, we plan to go on an island tour as
a celebration. Then we are very excited to start heading west into
new cruising territory. We plan to go to the Venezuelan offshore
islands, then the ABC’s which are Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. We are
getting ready to say good-bye to the Eastern Caribbean!
The big news is that we have booked flights to Ottawa on July 26th.
We will leave the boat in a secure marina in Aruba and fly to Ottawa
for a three week visit. The kids are so excited. We have booked them
into camps for two weeks and the rest of the time we just plan to hang
out and spend time with family and friends.
Till next time………
Christine and the crew on Stray Kitty