Happy New Year
02 January 2013
Jan 2, 2013 – Happy New Year
After leaving Sopers Hole last Friday…we headed over to The Bight for a few days, before heading up to Trellis Bay for New Years Eve. The swells around the corner from Sopers Hole reminded us about the bumpiness of the north bound trips up the channel (note to self…make sure not to tell guests how bumpy it can get…maybe they won’t notice!) Soon, however, it leveled out and we cruised into the Bight. We have been noticing a problem with our battery charging over the past few days, so we took a can on the north side of the bay in order to have more sun on our solar panels. Both Friday and Saturday were exciting days in the Bight as Charterers on their last day (Friday) fill the bay and cram as much fun as possible into their last day at sea. By Saturday morning the anchorage is very thin, and then 1:30 rolls around and the boats begin streaming in with the first day charterers, with their pale white skin and first day boat jitters.
On Sunday, we headed up to Trellis Bay a day early in order to get a mooring for New Years Eve. This is the Full Moon Party on steroids, with Moko Jumbies, their signature fireballs in sculptures, West Indian Buffet, and LOTS of alcohol. For those who know us…you realize this is NOT our thing, but what we really came for is to see the fireworks. We took the kayak down and explored all around the bay, which since the winds were very light was a treat, and we spun out and around the Last Resort as well…just cause we could. Late in the day on the 31st, just before sunset we noticed a single kayak, sans paddler, just drifting down on us. So we snagged it, and fortunately for us we paid attention to the boats around us so we knew who it ran away from. We towed it back and discovered a very grateful group of 20-somethings, who didn’t notice it’s escape, as they were too busy trying to fix their outboard engine…they asked us if we knew anything about outboards….um, yeah…No, sorry can’t help…here’s your kayak…good luck with the engine.
We watched a few episodes of Eureka, then turned in around 9pm…but set our alarm for 11:45pm…and when it went off, we perched ourselves on deck to await the countdown to Midnight and enjoyed a 10 minute, brief, but lovely fireworks display, set off from a barge just to the east of us. A little reminiscent of the Chicago Fireworks we so loved on fourth of July, except the temperature was 75 degrees here, and it was midnight, and their were maybe 200 people on shore for the show, rather than the 2 million we were used to. Ahh, how we love new experiences.
Yesterday, we left Trellis Bay and had a beautiful downwind sail all the way to Sopers Hole in order to check out of the BVI’s. Turns out there was no real problem with our batteries and Jim managed to change the display to read a different way, so it stopped flashing the ‘Low Battery’ alarm and making us nervous. This made it possible for us to sail, rather than motor-sail, all the way today. After attending to the necessary chores in Sopers… garbage, Customs, lunch, internet and groceries, we were soon all set for departure to the USVI’s tomorrow. While we were checking out at customs we met the captain, Molly, from Weatherbird, a training boat we moored right in front of as we came in. Turns out, she needed to pay an entry fee, since it was the holiday, and she wasn’t carrying any cash. We spotted her the 16$ so she didn’t have to dingy back to the boat and return. She was very appreciative, and promised to repay us…we weren’t really concerned about it and headed off to shore. When we eventually returned to Regenero, Weatherbird had already departed, but tucked into the starboard dingy hoist lock was 16$, all rolled up and secured. Pretty clever of her! We THINK we have our SVRS check in to the USVI’s properly set up, and activated…so that we will be able to call in our arrival. We shall see!
Last night was an exceptional night for boat traffic into Sopers Hole, after dark. We saw several boats come in and try to navigate in the full dark looking for a mooring to pick up. One boat managed to anchor behind us (in 60 feet of water!) but they were gone this morning when we woke, so who knows how well they held. Another boat came within 3 feet of us, as they were circling around, and SHE at the helm, clearly terrified, was cursing and snapping at HE on the foredeck, seemingly cavialier about communications. We never did see where they ended up…but somehow I suspect that is was NOT here, although I can’t imagine where they did go at 7:30pm., or how well they slept, or indeed the longevity of the relationship, based on the communications that we overheard.
This morning we headed out and after 5 phone calls, finally got to the proper person in the proper office and was able to clear into the USVI’s via Phone. Hurray and Hallelujah! Once you get the right person, you give them a few numbers and Viola! You are in…Happy New Year, and Have a nice day. We may make it a requirement that all our guests get a LBO / SVRS number before they arrive…um, ok, not really – but it was magnificently convenient! We are now at Christmas Cove, St. James Island, enjoying the view of St. Thomas and watching the boat traffic cruise thru the narrow cut behind us. Except for the ferry wakes, which fortunately stop about 9pm, it is a lovely spot. We filled up the fuel tanks and did a few other housekeeping chores; sewing for me, engine maintainence for Jim, and electronics charging for all our goodies and updating our blog…next I am planning a swim to the reef we are moored beside…another grueling day in the Caribbean.