29 March 2007 | Norman Island
After surviving a night in Great Harbor we decided to move on early in the day. Our goal was to end up in the Bight at Norman Island. The Bight is probably the most protected anchorage in all of the BVI. It is also a fun spot to hang out for a day or two.
Norman is east of JVD (the wind pretty much always blows from the east here) and we wanted to sail a bit and try some fishing so we decided to head down JVD toward Saint John and the USVI. On the way we popped into White Bay.
White Bay is a spectacular little bay on JVD but there's room between the reef and the beach for only a single row of anchored yacths. The only spot free when we got there had a private mooring in it. Unfortunatly we had to give it a miss. White Bay is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in the BVI and it was nice to at least cruise by.
At this point we set sail and Hideko got the fishing gear out. Three seconds later, bang, the line was running. Pablo must have bought us an enchanted fishing rod. It never misses. Atsuo San reeled 'er in. A baracudda. Ug. Took me a while to get this one off the line without getting chewed on.
We tacked back around as we approached Saint John and headed up the narrows between Saint John and Tortolla. We were hoping for a mackeral or something on the way to Norman but it wasn't to be on this day. The fishermen sadly hauled in their gear as we came up on the Indians, a set of rocks standing just outside of the Bight at Norman Island.
We picked up a mooring deep in the anchorage by the Willy T. The Willy T (William Thornton actually) is a floating restuarant at the back of the anchorage. It is a wild place but they have great food and it is mellow at lunch time. You used to get a free T Shirt for jumping off of the top of the boat with certain elements of your clothing missing. A drunk guest jumped off into a dinghy a while back ending that tradition. Add to that the fact that the first Willy T sunk (you can now dive on the wreck near Great Harbor Peter Island) and you get the idea for the kind of place it is.
We stopped by the Willy T for a drink and they poured us some stiff ones. Hideko and I had a great time playing bridge later that night because the Pain Killers seemed to be giving us an edge over the competition.