12 March 2007 | Virgin Gorda
We slept until the sun came up today! Wow, what a concept. I was getting used to beautiful sunrises.
After some great omelets a la Hideko, we got set to dinghy ashore to clear in. I had launched Little Star earlier in the morning. When we went out to get going I realized that the dinghy was now a swimming pool. I promptly jumped in and inserted the drain plug. We stow the dinghy upright on the after deck and always remove the plug to drain things if it rains. I almost always reinsert it before lowering the boat into the water. Almost being the operative word. I was bailing for a while.
The clear in process was very easy and only cost 20 or 30 buck. The BVI uses US currency so commerce is pretty straight forward for us yanks.
We had reservations at Leverick Bay Marina, which is a nice place in North Sound Virgin Gorda, just the other side of Tortolla. I had talked to my parents last night to tell them to get a hotel for the first night and that we would meet them at Leverick tonight.
We wanted to sail around Tortolla and up into North Sound. Hideko was set on catching some fish so we planned a route across the Kingfish Banks. It was a great sail and sure enough, as soon as we hit the banks Hideko pulled in a big Mackerel. I caught and returned a Barracuda as usual.
While we were playing around the wind backed to 30 degrees. Of course that was our heading. We fired up the Yanmars and motored the rest of the way into North Sound.
We docked the boat at 6PM and took a big exhale. We were home, for a while. Of course we had a flight to Japan booked for the next day so that we could attend Hideko's brother's wedding but at least Roq and Swingin' on a Star would be comfortable for the next week or two.
Once tied up we immediately located my Dad at the bar. It was great to see my parents in the tropics again. We also located Cindy, our friend from the Lauderdale Marine Center. Fred was out on the dive boat but their Amel was happily anchored in the harbor.
After quickly catching up Hideko and I set about ensuring the boat was secure for our week away. It was strange to be on the dock, but we slept just fine.