Jan 9th to Jan 27th
The days at Nanny Cay were stressful. The solar panel installation took longer than expected so we had too extend our stay. The marina wanted us to leave but fortunately Brendon the manager was able to juggle some boats around and allow us to stay and complete the work. Brendon also made us aware of the 3 for 5 rule. If you need boat work done and its supposed to take 3 days you reserve the slip for 5. Royce installed the inverter and helped the electrician route the wires. He also helped the employee from BVI marine services install the solar panel between the davits and route the wires inside the boat for all of the solar panels. Once everything was in place we motored into the wind to Great Harbor, Peter Island so Royce could connect the solar panel wires to the controller and finish mounting the solar panels on the hard top. He spent several hours under the galley sink running the wires, a very tight space 🙂 At the end of the day we were making our own electricity, 25 amps an hour with the sun up. It is so good not to have to run the engines to charge the batteries.
We stayed at Peter Island a couple of nights to relax, clean the boat and enjoy not having to run around doing work. On the 18th we sailed to the islands we hadn’t visited yet Virgin Gorda and Anegada. Time to have some fun!
The sail to Gorda Sound (North Sound), Virgin Gorda was great. We were able to make good time although we were on a Close Reach. We anchored at Prickly Pear Island, very quite and beautiful. We visited the Marinas in our dinghy, Bitter End, Leverick Bay and Saba Rock. We snorkeled in Eustatia Island and saw a small lobster hiding in the coral. This part of Virgin Gorda is very beautiful, we would stay longer but we didn’t want to loose the great weather to sail to Anegada, the most remote of the British Virgin Islands.
Sailing to Anegada was awesome, we made great speed between 6 and 8 knots, perfect weather, and good visibility to find the channel. Anegada is surrounded by a large reef and numerous coral heads, that have claimed over 300 known wrecks at the Horseshoe Reef. We anchored at Neptune’s Treasure, in very shallow water We only had 1.9 feet under the keel, scary 🙂 but that is one of the advantages of having a catamaran, our draft is only 4 feet 6 inches . Anegada is such a beautiful island. Miles and miles of white sandy beaches. The turquoise color of the water is just beautiful, we loved it. The people of Anegada are so warm and friendly, no pressure, they just treat you very nice. We spent 4 nights there, enjoying the beaches, snorkeling and eating fresh seafood. One day we rented a jeep and drove around the island, great way to visit all the great spots like Cow Wreck , Big Bamboo, and Flash of Beauty Beaches. We also drove around the Salt ponds in the center of the island looking for the elusive flamingos, but were only able to see them in the distance. Snorkeling on the reef was amazing, but no luck there either, we didn’t see any big fish or sting rays 😦 We would love to spend more time on Anegada, but unfortunately we had to check out of the BVI on the 26th, our 30 days had run out, so on the 25th we sailed back to Jost Van Dyke.
We sailed 31 miles from Anegada to Jost Van Dyke , our longest sail to date. It took us 5 hours to get there. We enjoyed the solitude, no other boats around, we felt so free and happy …. until we arrived at Great Harbor, it was full of boats ha ha. It is high season in the Islands, so most of the harbors are full of boats. We found our friends Rex & Dixie there, so we had happy hour on their boat, dinner at Corsairs Restaurant and late night dancing at Foxy’s. We had a blast!
The following day although we were tired from the previous nights dancing we were up early to check out of the BVI and sail to St. John. We took a mooring ball at Caneel Bay (also full of boats) and use the dinghy to Cruz Bay to check into the USVI. We stayed here one night and we sailed today to Charlie Amalie, St. Thomas to do some shopping. We are planning on staying here at Charlie Amalie for a couples of days and then we will sail around the Island visiting the locations we haven’t seen yet .
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Solar Panel installation in progress.
A remora under our boat Group of blue tangs
Sailing to Virgin Gorda Harmony anchored at Prickly Pear Island
Bitter End Sandbox Beach
Snorkeling at Eustatia Island
Sailing to Anegada
Cow Wreck Beach
Beautiful Sunset The jeep we rented
Big Bamboo Beach Flash of Beauty Beach
Great pictures of Flash of Beauty reef, taken by Royce
Salt Ponds Driving around the island
Bye bye Anegada
Sailing to Jost Van Dyke
Bye bye Great Harbor Hello Caneel Bay