|Great Camanoe to Norman's Bight - 7.6 miles
|We passed right by Trellis Bay and the airport...
Sometimes you just get lucky and today was one of those times. The moorings at The Indians are very popular. All day long there is a steady stream of boats coming and going and today... we were coming when someone else was going.
Spotting an empty mooring from almost a quarter mile away... I was ON IT! I quickly scanned the area for other boats approaching and there was one... dang it! I started the engine and increased our speed... The other boat beat us there but our luck held and another boat let a mooring go just as the new boat arrived... leaving our mooring free! Hooray!
I continued motoring directly at my objective... a small dot... while they scrambled. You can see in this Google screenshot that there are two other moorings close-by. There is actually one more just to the NE of the boat in front of us and a boat was on it.
I told the crew that I would approach the ball from downwind and turn sharply into the steady breeze from the east, at which time they should drop the main and then grab the boathook and turn their attention to securing the mooring pennant. Again the stares...
But with people on the boat directly in front of us munching their snacks... we executed our plan flawlessly and were on the mooring in seconds at full stop. I love it when a plan comes together.
The following morning the guys dinghied over to snorkel The Caves just on the other side of the point while I tidied up from breakfast. I needed some alone time and if doing dishes was the way to get it... so be it.
Bruce and I have used one of the National Park moorings on the west side of Salt Island in the past. There is a wreck there at 70ish ft that divers visit and the snorkeling is nice too if visibility is good.
actually produced salt here from the salt pans behind the homestead. We visited the graves of the last inhabitants of the island. There are no people living there now but it is still kept up nicely.
|Bruce likes my piece of coral...
|Evidently our cinderblock was not heavy enough... Just in time!
|Several of these were hovering above holes in the sand...
|A nice sized Tarpon... wish they were edible!
We had every kind of wind from high to calm as we reached the lee of Virgin Gorda and then hit wind as we came out of the lee to the north and headed to the entrance channel.
Two other boats were making way to Leverick Bay and their proximity to us constituted a race! We were proud to be the only finishers as we sailed in through the reef and didn't drop sails until we reached our mooring ball while the others motored in... Suckahs!
Bruce and I are taking every advantage of having CREW aboard!
Virgin Gorda is large enough to warrant a rental car. If you want to go anywhere on the island by taxi, the cost of three people to one stop is more than the cost of a 24 hour rental... It's a no-brainer.
Hog Heaven BBQ is perched high on the hilltop and the view alone would draw a crowd.. but the food is good and inexpensive! SCORE!
|The mooring field far below
The thing I love the best about seeing ruins and such out here is that, unlike the US, they are 1. So much less crowded... and 2. Hardly regulated at all.
|There is copper leaching from some of the rocks
|Looking down into a cistern
|Hog Heaven from the boat
|Watch out for the Chicken crossing the road...
|The trail leads down the hill to the water, weaving around huge rocks.
|Stop for photo op at Skull Rock...
|JD What are you doing? Boys will be boys!
|The beach at The Baths
|Entering the cave trail
|Looking up from inside the boulder pile
|Human assistance for some of the more steep climbs
|Peaking out from the top
|On the way to Devil's Bay
|Looking out into Devil's Bay
|The Beach at Devil's Bay
|Back up the trail to The Top Of The Baths
|Our boat from Marina Cay... check!
|The kitty behaved himself very nicely throughout dinner.
|We watched planes come and go all day.
We went ashore to do some last minute shopping and to see what entertainment was available for dinner.
|Happy hour before dinner was served...
JD was a pleasure to have onboard and acting as a charter boat was fun... but exhausting for us. As soon as he left, we made a run by the grocery store and took off for Cane Garden Bay where we would spend several days doing laundry and just relaxing to allow our minds to slip back into Cruiser Mode.
Having guests is fun... But we're done for the season. The US Independence Day was OUR Independence day this 4th of July...
Soon we will make our way to our Summer Home at Marina de Salinas in Puerto Rico... but first, a few more days in the Virgins all by ourselves.