After an incredibly busy 2015 (taking delivery in England, exploring the Mediterranean, and racing across the Atlantic), Spirit is now on a much more relaxed schedule cruising the familiar waters of the British Virgin Islands. Also, we’ve now been able to share the sailing experience with some of our family and grandkids – a real treat watching 4 to 9 year olds adapt to a brand new environment and even take the wheel. Future sailors, all of them!
In early April we’ll be heading to Antigua for the annual Caribbean Oyster Regatta – a week of Island racing and festivities. This will be our first regatta so we’re looking forward to meeting other Oyster owners and hopefully do well, or at least respectable, in the races. After the regatta, we’ll be spending a few weeks exploring the Leeward Islands of Barbuda, St. Bart’s, Ile Fourchue, St. Martin and Anguilla, before heading back to the BVI.
To avoid the Caribbean hurricane season, in mid-June Spirit will make the almost 1,500 nm transit up to the US Northeast coast by way of Bermuda. This will give us the opportunity to explore everywhere from New York City to Long Island Sound, Newport, Cape Cod, and the picturesque coast of Maine before heading back to the Caribbean after the hurricane season ends in November.
Below are a few photos from our recent weeks in the BVI. The journey continues. Life is good.