Trellis, Cane Garden, Sopers and St.Thomas
08 April 2014
DAY 99 – April 5th, 2014 – Saba Rock – Virgin Gorda
Another day on the boat, but enjoyed not going ashore, caught up on work and am reading huge amounts lately. I got through another book.
DAY 100 – April 6th, 2014 – Trellis Bay – Tortola – BVI
Hopped across to Trellis Bay today, great sail even though the wind is still topping 17knots and up. Met a couple from the UK at the Loose Mongoose, Tina and Martin on Petronella, had a great chat and then dinner, the best Shrimp Alfredo I have ever had.
DAY 101 – April 7th, 2014 – Cane Garden Bay – Tortola – BVI
Coffee on board Petronella, what a lovely boat, Tina and Martin had bought her across the Atlantic in December and have been cruising for ten years. We let go of the mooring and headed off to Cane Garden, I have wanted to visit here for a while but have heard stories of the big swells so we thought we should give it a try and if it was too bad head over to Jos Van Dyke. It was beautiful; the bay is very large with mooring balls that are spread far apart. The bay was protected with the wind direction tonight so we decided to stay. We also found a dock where we could get propane, good note for anyone as propane is not that easy to get and sometimes have to carry the tank a long way, well Cane Garden has it right there. Ashore we found many beach bars and a few little groceries with limited supplies. Happy hour and munchies at the Sailors Rest, a cute little place on stilts by the dinghy dock, chatted with a few cruisers, one couple from Canada another strange guy we were not sure where or what he was doing or going.
DAY 102 – April 8th, 2014 – St. Thomas – US Virgin Islands
Doug found a rum factory here in Cane Garden so we went ashore for a walk and then a visit to this very ancient rum factory where Doug bought a 10 yr old bottle of rum. Left Cane Garden and had a great sail to Sopers hole to check out, I was even able to sit on the deck. No mooring ball fights today, got one straight away and Doug went ashore to check out. Actually the amount of boats especially charters are getting less and there is a mooring ball everywhere you go now. Heading off to St. Thomas, we did a drive by or sail by I should say past all the lovely bays on the North Side of St. John, will stop there another time, the wind is picking up and as we sailed between John and Thomas the waves grew, but going downwind is not so bad. Arrived in Charlotte Amalie early enough to head in and Visit Belle at the Customs Office, “we’re back I said” Belle has family in Toronto and we had chat a lot about Canada each time we go in. She even gave us our check out papers so that we did not have to go in again. Then a windy walk back to Blackbeards pub for Nachos.