Back In The USA
17 December 2010 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgins
I've got some explaining to do. Without internet, no blog updates...so this one catches up for a lot of goings on.
We were blessed with a perfect weather window leaving Antigua for Nevis and north. Winds shifted behind us, always good for comfortable sailing. We arrived Nevis late in the afternoon, picked up a mooring and were presented with first a rain bow we could almost touch. The closest we've ever experienced, rain coming off the volcano falling toward us with sun behind us, wow just amazing to experience. Then... behold, we experienced the elusive GREEN FLASH. Yup, as the sun almost disappeared it flashed a beautiful bright green, so brilliant we both shouted WOW!! So the score is Bob three green flashes and Alice two, but who's counting.
We departed Nevis early planning to stop at Saba. The wind gods were blessing us and we sailed past St. Kitts and Statia, two incredible volcanic islands with their tops in the clouds. With Saba on the horizon we continued on and by late afternoon we were within striking distance of the island. Then it happened......We were boarded again!! This time is was the Dutch Coast Guard. About six big guys with guns in a RIB with their mother ship not too far off came along side and asked if they could board? Yea right, like we could say no! Bang and three guys were sitting on Lucky Bird. They were professional asking for our papers, passports and the like, then just like that they were gone and we were once again alone on the sea. It was decision time and we decided to sail through the night for the BVI's or the US Virgins. The BVI's were closer so by 05:30 the next morning with our radar and chartplotter helping we rounded the corned of Peter Island inside Deadman's Island and dropped the hook in one of our most liked bays. This is where almost a year ago, our family spent time on the beach just after Christmas. Such memories, this is what this trip is all about.
From Deadman's we powered to Cruz Bay on St.John's to check back into the USA, hello America. We provisioned in Red Hook and then spent a night in Christmas Bay before sailing to Charlotte Amalie where we are tonight. I think Sunday we'll sail to Culerba, Spanish Virgins and then to Puerto Rico. Still so much to see and experience.
If by chance you look at some of the pictures I uploaded you may wonder about the odd looking yacht. We spent our first night back in the water at Hermitage Bay thinking no one would be there. Wrong, first a 60 foot power boat anchored behind us, then a 100+ foot sail boat anchored next to us and THEN, this shall I say odd looking 100+ foot power yacht came over and anchored between us and the sail boat. Wow, now that's really cool especially since they were doing a photo shoot. It turned out this was the first power yacht of one of Italy's larges sailing mega-yacht manufactures and they were taking pictures right next to us. For several hours we were entertained by this no longer odd but now magnificent looking yacht. Their captain sent a tender over to inform us of their intension and not for us to worry about being too close that he would be on the bridge at all times. Such attention to detail and courtesy.
Just picture yourself, sitting on your boat, rum drinks in hand and the rich and famous are entertaining you within a couple of hundred feet of your boat. Go figure! Totally unexpected, totally appreciated and fun to watch.
So now we're moving again, Calubera, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Cacos and then the Bahamas. And, all the while we're watch out for those nasty Northers with winds 20 - 25 with gusts to 40, Yuck!!