March 12, 2012
Seal Dog, Mosquito Island, Neckar Island, Prickly Pear, the Dogs, Cock Roach Island in the British Virgin Islands? What is this all about? Fantasy Sailing Vacation.
Morning approaches and Captain Jeffery and his first mate, Heidi, are preparing our exit from North Sound. Lines released, engines started and we glide out of the mooring field before the world wakes up. Hugo and I are enjoying a leisure morning with breakfast in bed. It is our last day and our last night and we are sad to be leaving this Caribbean paradise. Every day blue skies, sun shine, crystal clear warm water and a new adventure around every corner. A gentle breeze and the sails are hoisted. We finally surface from our deluxe cabin and are briefed on the next destination. Green Cay: a small 14 acre uninhabited island covered with native flora and a beautiful white sandy beach.
Our 44’ catamaran, “Mardi Gras” is cutting through the waves as we see numerous islands dotting the turquoise ocean. Jeffery points out an out cropping of rocks, known as the Dogs. A short stop, we grab our snorkel gear and set out to see some of the most amazing coral and sea life in the ocean. There is so much to see and each snorkel site offers a different view. So many tropical fish varieties we can’t wait to get back on the boat to look at our chart and identify the species.
Soon we our under sail again and Jeffery points out the different islands; Neckar Island is privately owned by the famous creator of Virgin Air,…Richard Branson, then comes Prickly Pear, Mosquito , Cockroach island and finally we see Green Cay. A short snorkel to the sandy beach and then we venture on a hike around the island. The local vegetation is interesting and different from anything we have ever seen. Upon our return Jeffery and Heidi have set up a picnic lunch on the beach and we enjoy a leisure rest.
Resting was good, our next destination is Jost Van Dyke, a small island of about 225 inhabitants and it appears that time has stood still. Jeffery threads the needle as we come in to the narrow channel at White Bay. This is home to the famous Soggy Dollar bar and we know where the name came from. There are no dinghy docks so we jump over and swim to the bar and are greeted by large group of cruisers from Spain. The BVI is a favorite vacation destination for the international set and of course the common language is English and everyone understands the meaning of fun. White Bay has a beautiful white sandy beach and is dotted with numerous quaint beach bars, each have a differing ambiance and bringing a new meaning to the words “pub crawl”. Great hamburgers, pain killers, tequila shooters, rum runners. There is music and dancing and as the sun is setting the tempo increases. More boats are coming in and the party is jumping. A fitting last night of my fantasy vacation.
It is hard to believe that just over seven days ago we were freezing in sleet and dreary, overcast weather. This has truly been the best vacation ever. No crowds, no agenda, beautiful weather, great crew, quiet times, party time, gourmet meals in a spectacular setting. The natives are friendly and speak English.
Hugo and I have decided that we will make this an annual event. Hugo made one call to Sail With Terry LTD and the trip was arranged. Captain Terry was able to find us the perfect boat and crew for our romantic fantasy vacation. Next year will ask Captain Terry to plan an adventure sailing charter so that we can sail, dive, paddle board and kite sail. Perhaps we will invite some friends and charter a huge boat.
Love, from the islands