November 26 to December 09
We have been experiencing a lot of bad weather these days, rain and strong winds. The strong “Christmas winds” are normal for this time of year. Fortunately the sun comes out between the rain showers and we jump in the water and enjoy most of the day.
We motored into the wind from Nanny Cay to Great Harbor, Peter Island to relax for a few days. We marked the chain so I know how much chain I am putting down and I am able to give Royce an accurate number for the amount of scope we have out. It has made a huge difference in setting the anchor. It is so nice to spend days anchored without having to pay for mooring balls. Most of the harbors in the BVI are full of mooring balls, making anchoring a difficult task, little space and lots of boats.
We are only allowed to remain in the BVI for 30 days at a time so we sailed to Soper’s Hole to check out of the BVI and head to the USVI. We will be spending our time between the US and BVI for now.
After clearing customs at Soper’s hole we sailed to St. John and took the dinghy to Cruz Bay to clear customs and do some grocery shopping. We took a mooring ball in Caneel Bay and the view of the beach is beautiful. Caneel Bay is very choppy with the wake from the fast ferries. We had our first experience meeting other cruisers and decided to stay for the weekend. We have all taken turns hosting happy hour on our boats. We feel like we have made new friends and have really enjoyed spending time with them. We hiked the Lind Trail on St. John, which offers great views of Cruz Bay and St Thomas. While visiting the Caneel Resort we saw the donkeys that roam St. John wandering through the resort .
Yesterday we sailed to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to wait for our water maker, order the Solar Panels, and shop for things to make the boat feel more like home. It was a windy crossing with large waves and 20 knot winds. The anchoring at Charlotte Amalie was easy, it’s a large bay with plenty of space to anchor. You can see all the Cruise Ships docked at the West Indian Dock and watch the seaplane land and depart.
On our way to Peter Island
Beautiful Blue Tang Fish.
Sailing to St. John, USVI
Spectacular Sunset in Caneel Bay, St. John
Hollywood Beach, Caneel Bay
View of Cruz Bay, from the Lind Trail
On our way to St. Thomas
Arriving to Charlotte Amalie
Edited by Royce Musselwhite