|Dinghy dock in Great Harbour YVD|
We have anchored in about 40 ft. here several times at these coordinates: N18°26.444, W064°45.103. I'll share this with you but if we show up you have to give up our spot! We've tried anchoring several times to the east near the wall in more shallow depths, and although it LOOKS like nice sandy bottom, it is mostly rock and the holding is dismal.
I've heard all sorts of stories about the Officials being less than... well, official. But on the day we were here, the office was packed in the late afternoon but we were treated very courteously and with unexpected efficiency. We were charged extra for clearing in after 3:30 however, so next time we will know to get in earlier or wait for morning.
Yeah, I know... we're really party animals. People confuse us with Delos all the time!
But really we were only here to clear in before moving on.
NOT paying for a mooring ball means that we can spend as long as we wish here. There are two grocery stores and two laundromats within easy walking distance.
|The distillery is past the cemetery...|
It's really easy to miss the small sign that marks the left turn that takes you to this dilapidated old place.
Sure it's kind of a dump, but that's part of it's charm!
|Bananas growing on the property|
|And even STARFRUIT|
We took a walk on the beach and spent some time back on the boat before we got dressed up for a dinner at Myett's Restaurant.
Even with the Sahara Dust Haze, this sunset is beautiful and serene.
|Little bit of rain but it never came our way|
Normally we sail from the north of Virgin Gorda to Anegada... but it looked like we would have our two days of good sailing conditions and kindly seas now.
|Cane Garden Bay to Anegada and back|
|Our purple track shows our spot|
Maybe our months in the shallow waters of the Bahamas make this anchorage seem like child's play.
|The dinghy dock|
|Bonding with our dinner...|
|Their days are numbered...|
|Happiness is our boat in this view...|
By this time JD was really beginning to unwind and enjoy himself. It was good to hear him laughing and kidding around with the bartender and the other patrons. We got friendly with one guy who was chartering with his daughter, and even arranged to sit together at dinner this evening.
The rain also came quickly... It has rained on us every time we've eaten here. Every. Time.
|He never stopped chewing...|
It was exceptionally good lobster though... and the ambiance was superb as well! Rain and all!
I watched them paddle off arguing about the correct way to perform this exercise... Poor Bruce gets it from every direction. He never gets to do things his way!
|Anchorage on the left|
We are tired by this point. Bruce and I are just not used to moving this much. We like our slow life and while having a guest who is as good a friend as JD is can be lots of fun... there is a certain amount of stress involved.
Cooking three meals a day with the exception of some dinners ashore is exhausting. It would have been the end of me if not for the fact that JD was washing ALL of the dishes and cleaning up the galley after every meal. He was also cleaning the cockpit and making sure everything was stowed away before we got underway every day... He was really just the perfect guest... And ladies... he's single! Wink Wink!
By this time we are half way through the BVI's. Take a bathroom break and I'll meet you back here in the next blog post...