THIS is why we went Cruising!
25 March 2010 | BVI's
A good night's sleep makes all the difference, and we wake this morning to another beautiful Caribbean day. While we are getting ready to go ashore and take care of the 1st order of business, clearing customs, we see sea turtles. They are supposed to be elusive, and neither Jim nor I have seen them before on any of our trips. We take it as a positive sign for the day. We dingy-ed into the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, as lovely as its name and found the foot path over to the customs office. Immigration; two forms plus a declaration form and then the boat paperwork to complete. Back to the immigration booth, one form not visible thru all 5 carbon copies, so redo all the items again on the last three copies. Ok - immigration secure, on to customs, forms stamped and processed, ok, now on to the cashier... about 1.5 hours and $14.50 later we were officially cleared into the gorgeous BVI's. We can stay as long as we wish, and because we are a private boat we do not need a cruising permit! Yahoo.
Then we took a walk thru the stores just at the water front, nice market here and about 1.5 mile walk to the baths. We also found a great breakfast spot that is a wifi hotspot and has electrical outlets...we are in business.
Jim has a terrific cold today, so we are planning on just crossing over to Trellis Bay, near the airport to await our friends on Saturday. So we head back to the boat and up anchor. To do so, we get to within about 20 feet of the boat who anchored just in front of us this morning. Yikes!
The winds are light and directly off our stern, so we make Trellis Bay easily in about an hour. I keep forgetting how close everything is here. Just before we picked up a mooring east of The Last Resort we spotted another sea turtle, hmm - maybe they are not so elusive after all, or maybe they just like us! The mooring fee is currently $25 per night, and there are a few places to anchor in here...but they are very close quarters, we're not quite that comfortable yet!
We took a swim and found 2 puffer fish feeding off the port keel...excellent, clean that thing up for us please. Then took the dingy over to the dingy dock to check out the various shops on the beach. A nice little market here, ice, fresh foods, everything you might need.
We put up our sun awnings on the back of the boat and they make just a world of difference. Since the trade winds are always from the east, generally speaking here, you are always facing east, into the breeze, and so the setting sun shines right into the cockpit; very hot and uncomfortable, but much more manageable with the extra awnings.
The moon is more than half now waxing toward full, and exceptionally bright overhead. The breeze just on the edge of cool, a perfectly comfortable Caribbean evening. This is why we went cruising.