Our winter season in the Caribbean had started in the BVI last November and since that we had not returned. Mid of April it was time to get back there for a “second” round. We started our trip from St. Martin/Sint Maarten – one of our favorite islands in the Caribbeans. On the way to the BVI we did a “pitstop” in Anguilla – always a pleasure to visit this beautiful island. Than we hoisted our sails for a memorable trip to the BVI – so much fun to sail along under spinnaker.
Moonwave glided through the water with elegance, comfort and speed – but honestly who cares about boat speeds in the upper “twenties” if you can produce up to 13 KW of power at the same time. [Didn’t manage to take a proper picture – too excited…]
We enjoyed to cruise the British Vigin Islands – the islands seem to recover nicely. A lot of effort in reconstruction is noticeable, even if it’s still sad to see some of our favorite spots deserted. We anchored off beautiful beaches or grabbed a mooring in protected bays including [not in chronological order]: West End/Soper’s Hole, Jost van Dyke & Sandy Cay, Norman Island, White Bay, Marina Cay, Gorda North Sound, The Baths Virgin Gorda, Salt Island, Cooper Island, Beef Island. The sailing between the islands was awesome – Moonwave performed great and the daggerboards are really making a huge difference compared to before. It’s always fun to “fly by” some of the charter cats and monohulls ;-)
We went for a short scuba dive at the RMS Rhone and the visibility and dive conditions were great. We spotted some small reef sharks, rays and lots of fish – great to see such beautiful underwater world.
During the week, we were are also “spoiled” by a beautiful full moon. And not to forget a fun “chocolate” easter egg hunt – had to be fast to find them all for the chocolate melts in the sun ;-)
We really enjoyed our time in the BVI. The trip back to St. Martin was upwind and very “salty” – but still great sailing conditions. Our next stops will be Turks & Caicos as well Bahamas before returning to New England for the summer.
[Pictures are not in a chronological order]