Back to Sailing the Familiar Waters of the BVI

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.

Exploring the BVI - round and round we go

Exploring the BVI – round and round we go

The secluded North shore beach on Prickly Pear Island

A secluded North shore beach on Prickly Pear Island

Yes a dolphin, off the beautiful white sand beach of White Bay, Guana Island

Yes a dolphin, off the beautiful white sand beach of White Bay, Guana Island

A GoPro view of the dolphins

A GoPro view of the dolphins

A stop for snorkeling off Great Dog Island

A stop for snorkeling off Great Dog Island

Sue wins the conch shell blowing contest at a Michael Beans pirate performance. Bad lighting but she sounded great for 14 seconds!

Sue wins the conch shell blowing contest at a Michael Beans pirate performance. Bad lighting but she sounded great for 14 seconds!

The spectacular view from Jost Van Dyke

The spectacular view from Jost Van Dyke

Our crew couple, Tom and Hannah, meet the one and only Foxy at his beach bar on Jost Van Dyke

Our crew couple, Tom and Hannah, meet the one and only Foxy at his beach bar on Jost Van Dyke

Another special days end at Norman Island

Another special day’s end at Norman Island