La Aventura with Patti & James

06 July 2018 | Faial Island –Atlantic Portugal
24 June 2018 | National Holiday day in Faial
22 June 2018 | afternoon whale watching boat trip
20 June 2018 | an enjoyable day trip to another island.
19 June 2018 | Fabulous Faial. – Azorean Island
18 June 2018 | Faial Island – Horta Harbour - Mid Atlantic
29 May 2018 | Mid Atlantic - in the middle of nowhere
26 May 2018 | the cruising yachtsman’s haven
25 May 2018 | party day in Hamilton
10 May 2018 | Vero Beach/Ft Pierce –road trip to Jacksonville.
12 April 2018 | Vibeke onboard
17 March 2018 | lovely to return to Belize and Mexico and meet up with sailing friends along the way
24 January 2018 | I have become so interested in Guatemala textiles
17 January 2018 | So great to catchup with so many friends and our families
01 November 2017 | what a wonderful Guatemalan fiesta to experience
29 October 2017 | Volcanic crater
28 October 2017 | Antiqua - Guatemala

British, US & Spanish Virgin Islands

03 March 2012 | February 2012 - Caribbean
beautiful clear waters and sunshine
FEBRUARY
We both celebrated our birthdays at sea in early February - James 55 and Patti 54. 19 days out on 6th Feb we had our best mileage day of 149 mile. Downwind in 20-25 knots in trade winds she goes like a train with no stopping her. On day 23 – Friday 10th during our last contact with Herb he told us the wind would die – thankfully we were able to sail all the way into Tortola BVI arriving early morning of Saturday 11th Feb. So we survived spending 24 days with each other in 12metres of living space. After 24 days and 2,900 nautical miles (an average of 120 miles a day) we arrived safely as planned in the British Virgin Islands. We rounded Richard Bramston’s Necker Island and Virgin Gorda in the early morning on 1st light. It was wonderful to be sailing the Francis Drake Passage – to West End, Tortola to Sopers Hole for our official arrival at 11am.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS -Customs & Immigration into the BVI was all too easy. We were both very boatlagged, so were thankful to be able to pick up a buoy in Sopers Hole –18.23.21N / 64.42.11W and have a well earned afternoon sleep before heading off the boat for our 1st night out. We had an absolutely perfect evening – our 1st Caribbean rum per dinner drinks and then lovely steak and seafood meal with light reggae live music – it wonderful to be here!!! With good Wi-Fi access via Pussers Bar we spoke with our good friend Sue in the USVI and Mum. Our good friends Rico & Jackson- Apparition – arrived in Sopers Hole on Sunday 12th to help us celebrate our arrival and catch up on each others news since we said our goodbyes in Turkey over a year ago. Monday 13th we caught the ferry from West End dock-(just opposite where we were moored) to St John USVI. At the immigration office and after a finger print scan and photo taken – we both had our 90 day personal visas – all too easy! And meeting the requirement to initially enter the US via a commercial vessel, we could return now in our own yacht with no problems. Whilst waiting for the return ferry we had a walk around the hamlet of St John – all very touristy! In the early afternoon we ‘checked-out’ from the BVI - so we could leave early tomorrow and all enjoyed afternoon drinks (and computer using) ashore. Both yachts had an early morning departure on Tuesday 14th for the 5 miles motor to St John USVI . We had to take up one of the National Park moorings in Caneel Bay,18.20.48N/ 64.47.57W as there is no anchoring allowed in the National Park areas, and then all went in the dingy to check-in ourselves and the yachts into USVI – again all too easy. We had a long, lazy lunch in one of the local cafes and then a walk of the shopping centres – lots of lovely little boutique arts and crafts shops. The afternoon wind had really kicked in and we all got VERY wet on the dingy ride back to the boats as these mooring were a long way from the town. Tourist day in St John on Wednesday 15th. We all went into town and caught the local Bus at $1.00 fare across the island to Salt Pond Bay – a lovely windy ride. The snorkelling was not great – but it was good to swim about. We took a walk to the nearby Drunk Bay to look at the shell and coconut beach sculptures. We enjoyed another long, lazy lunch at The Tourist Trap before catching the bus back into town and then back to our boats – a lovely day out with good friends. Rico and Jackson departed for the Spanish VI on Thursday 16th – so after a quick morning coffee in their cockpit it was goodbye to our friends. We spent the day cleaning the boat and getting her ship-shape. In the mid afternoon we moved the boat over to the anchorage just off the Customs Office at St John – but the Park Ranger came and told us that we could not anchor here overnight! Meanwhile we had a few good rain showers that gave the boat a really good wash down. We upped anchor and moved over to Great Cruz Bay,18.19.26N/ 64.47.51W and after a bit of messing about we anchored safely in the bay just out of the fairway. As the lights of all the posh hotels and homes twinkled we enjoy a few scotches and a lovely evening. There is very little twilight, and it very dark by 7pm. US VIRGIN ISLANDS - Off to St Thomas on Friday 17th. Up with the dawn at 6am and found we had internet access from one of the nearby hotels – fantastic. I collected my emails and made a Skype call to Sue to arrange for us to come over to St Thomas and James even got some downloads. We had a lovely few hours motor sail over to anchor by 3pm in Honeymoon Bay, 18.18.99N / 64.47.51W Sue arrived in the rib at 4pm for a quick hello – it was great to see her. As Abrie was away working in Miami the 3 of us went out for dinner (lobster for me) at Frenchman Bay restaurant. We had a lovely night –with many years of catching up to cover. As we had the big Offshore Marine work rib we had a quick ride around St Thomas town on Saturday 18th and then went to collect our own new outboard engine– all great. Saturday night Sue & Abrie came to us for pre-dinner drinks and then we went to dinner on the beach at Honeymoon – a great experience and great night out with good friends. Sunday morning 19th Feb we had a usual weekly cooked breakfast – this lifestyle is great! I met up with Sue at the office and we drove around the island to do the weekly shopping. After Abrie had done a few hours in the office he drove us home with him to their wonderful home up in the hills for dinner- (and two loads of laundry)great to spend time with good friends. Mon 20th was cooking and odd jobs day on the boat, at a 6.30pm we went to the evening movie on the beach at Honeymoon Bay – great! The screen it tied to the palm trees, deck chairs put out and hamburgers and popcorn available. SPANISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. We had an easy downwind sail for 30 miles west to Culebra- 18.18.20N/ 65.17.85W on Tuesday 21st and dropped anchor in the main town harbour with about 30 other cruising yachts – no charter boats. Apparition (Rico & Jackson) Wind Machine (Jim & Michelle) Memory (Bruce & Maureen) returned after their short trip to the other small island of Vequies about an hour after we arrived. We needed to officially check-in - so walked to the Airport. $37 later we had filled in all the paperwork and were issued a cruising permit for 12 months in the US. We settled in well with the other 3 yachts, Wednesday 22nd being laundry and internet day, with an evening meal all together on Memory. We had a boat odd jobs day on Thursday 23rd. whilst at anchor in Culebra. The sewing machine came out so I could made a dingy engine cover and lifting strap. But not all work, and no play – we enjoyed an afternoon at the local Flamingo Beach. PUERTO RICO – just a day trip via the local ferry on Friday 23rd. All 8 of us plus Chloe (the boat dog from Wind Machine) had an early start as the Ferry left at 7am. We had 2 hire cars for our tourist and shopping day. Our 1st stop was at the visitor centre at the El Yunque Rainforest. A well set-up centre – the US Parks Service do this type of thing very well. After the info movie we had a drive, a few photo stops and lunch in the rainforest, and then we hit the shops - Wal-Mart and West Marine. We had a enjoyable Mexican food early evening dinner before heading back to catch the ferry – but it was 2 hours late, so it was a late night not getting back on board until 11pm – long, but enjoyable day. Another normal, beautiful day in Culebra on Saturday 25th - laundry and internet day .We said goodbye to Rico & Jackson over an evening meal on board. US VIRGIN ISLANDS We set out at 1st light on Sunday 26th in 20 knots for a tough 6 hour, but enjoyable 35 mile tacking sail back to Honeymoon Bay- we haven’t done this type of sailing for a long time. We saw a whale breaching – thankfully a long way ahead of us whilst we were dodging squalls, rocks and ships. The swimming on the beach is beautiful in this spot. Monday 27th is evening movie night at Honeymoon Bay, and after an afternoon driving around the town with Sue we again enjoyed the movies. We had a busy, but successful day around the town to the hardware store, chandlery, phone shop and dive shop on Tuesday 28th- thankfully Sue gave us her car for the day. Sue arranged for us to have a tourist afternoon on Wednesday 29th. We joined a trip arranged by their company for the cruise boat passengers on their fast rib to Buck Island. We swam with turtles; saw a few rays and many yellow fin tuna and snorkelled on a wreck – a lovely afternoon and great experience.
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Vessel Name: La Aventura
Crew: James & Patti

Who: James & Patti