US Virgin Islands

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.

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On our way to Peter Island

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Beautiful Blue Tang Fish.

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Sailing to St. John, USVI

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Spectacular Sunset in Caneel Bay, St. John

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Hollywood Beach, Caneel Bay

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View of Cruz Bay, from the Lind Trail

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On our way to St. Thomas

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Big waves

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Arriving to Charlotte Amalie

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Charlotte Amalie

 

Edited by Royce Musselwhite

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