Regenero's Great Escape

06 February 2016 | Francis Bay, St John, USVI
31 January 2016 | Privateer Bay, Norman Island
16 January 2016 | Christmas Cove
07 January 2016
30 November 2015 | Puerto Del Rey, Puerto Rico
25 February 2015
04 February 2015
18 January 2015
11 January 2015
01 January 2015
31 December 2014
28 December 2014
18 December 2014
09 December 2014
06 December 2014

Getting ready for the next round

27 January 2013
Karen
January 27, 2013, Sunday

Well, we survived Louise' departure and after a suitable mourning period...we got back to our chores. We rented a car Thursday afternoon, as we needed to take care of some immigration business and shopping in Roadtown, as well as do laundry. So we drove off and found a laundromat about 15 minutes away. While in most other islands having your laundry done is a service and very reasonably priced (also, they really don't have Laundromats), here, if you choose the service it is very pricey, so when you have the time, it makes more sense to handle it yourself. And while it might sound strange, doing laundry is one of the great ways to connect with the locals on the island. I met several lovely ladies, two of which, Emma and Marguerite are sisters and they work in this shop. After setting our laundry in 5 machines, for the bargain price of $2.50 per load, I settled down to read my book in the doorway with an amazing view of the Sir Francis Drake channel, while Jim relaxed outside in the car in the shade with his book. After dumping all the laundry in the Dryers, the ladies and I started chatting and the next thing you know they are helping me fold my laundry, sheets and towels, talking about life on the islands, business, children...all the usual things women talk about everywhere in the world. An hour and a half and $15.25 cents later the laundry was done and we were on our way back to the boat.

Friday we braved the single lane rush hour traffic and headed into Road Town. It took us 40 minutes to get into town, and we arrived at the Immigration office right at 9am. By 9:30 we have our visa extensions in hand and are wandering around Road town, taking care of the other light shopping we needed to do. While walking thru Village Cay Marina, we ran into Bill, who we know from Grenada so we sat down to visit awhile. Then it was off to the market, then headed back to West End. We dropped off the car, programmed our float plan for departing to the USVI's tomorrow and cleared customs for Saturday, and then we could relax for the day.

Saturday...Big trip....6 miles over to Francis Bay. We waiting out a little rain, and then headed out and over to the USVI's. When we pulled in we saw Artic Tern and Tusen Takk II already here, and then saw several of the girls we know all participating in Water Aerobics with the boat just behind us. After mooring, I made my Immigration phone call and in 5 minutes, we were checked in ....Welcome to the USVI's - Amazing! Gosh we LOVE this system! Batteries charged, and now we are ready to get our chores done over the next few days. The moon is full, and rose magnificently tonight just over the hills...early Saturday morning Jim also was able to see it set behind ST. Thomas ...we are looking forward to tonight's show...if we are lucky. We plan to stay here several days, then maybe head over to Christmas Cove, then to Crown Bay Marina for Monday. In the meantime it is now time to get serious, rest up and plan for the neighbors...
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Vessel Name: Regenero
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 41 S2
Hailing Port: Chicago, IL
Crew: Jim & Karen Doyle
About:
Jim retired from the legal field but continues to lecture and teach as an adjunct professor at several Universities both in Illinois and as well as a US MBA program in Eastern Europe. Karen is currently on hiatus from her job. [...]
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Who: Jim & Karen Doyle
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