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Nov 21, 2013 - Tortola, British Virgin Islands

It was raining in Tortola. We were just going to walk into town. We did talk to some of the van drivers about an island tour. Due to the rain and I wouldn't be able to take pictures out the window I was not in favor of a tour. When we got near town we found a truck driver that had the bed of the truck with seats, and it was all open. For half the money he gave us a private island tour, that way we had tons of room to ourselves.

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Jan 22, 2013 - Jost van Dyke to Norman Island

Tuesday, Jan 22 -- Our breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt was quick to eat and clean up. The winds were quite light (5-10 mph) as we motored southwest out of Little Harbour. We hoisted the sails anyway in hopes of some good sailing once we were out of the shadow of Jost van Dyke. We tacked several times between Jost van Dyke and the West End of Tortola. The swells were small here. There wasn't any traffic through the Thatch Island Cut so we sailed through rather than starting up the motor again, even though the passage has shoals off each...

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Virgin Islands 2013

Jan 21, 2013 - Jost van Dyke

Monday, Jan 21 -- Couple #3 set out in the dinghy at first light to look for birds. We got to sleep in a little longer but breakfast was still ready when they returned, mosquito-bitten and disappointed to have not seen any of the birds on their list. We had plans to dinghy to several close-by snorkeling spots this morning. Sandy Spit was our first destination. This spit is just a tiny bump of sand rising above the water, looking like the cartoon island of a marooned sailor. At its south beach the Atlantic meets the Caribbean in such a...

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Virgin Islands 2013

Jan 20, 2013 - Marina Cay to Jost van Dyke

Sunday, Jan 20 -- There was no rain last night and the partyers were not noisy. We slept well. The French Toast breakfast was so good that we lingered a little before cleaning up and readying the galley for today's shorter sail. The motor started at 8:00 but idled for the whole trip to try to bring the battery reserve above 12 volts. It was 12.8 volts by the end of the day. To take showers this evening before dinner we had to switch over to tank #2. Tank #1 was empty after 3.5 days. At 60 gallons that is 10 gallons per person for that...

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Jan 16, 2013 - Cooper Island to Marina Cay

Wednesday, Jan 16 -- Today started off sunny and a little calmer than last night. Hubby cooked oatmeal and coffee for breakfast because our 'designated' cook was still a little queasy from yesterday's rough seas. She ate her breakfast on deck in the cockpit. By 8:50 we were motoring around The Dogs looking for a possible snorkel location. Nothing looked good. The winds made a morning of sailing our obvious best choice. Our mooring destination for today was Marina Cay between Beef and Scrub Islands, just off the northern tip of Tortola....

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Virgin Islands 2013

Jan 15, 2013 - Peter to Cooper via Salt

Tuesday, Jan 15 -- It was not a good night for me last night. We ate late, I didn't stretch, it was too hot and the bed was still sloped. Nevertheless we were all up and eating a hearty breakfast by 7:00. We pulled out of Great Harbour at 8:30, motoring over to a beach which we read was a good snorkeling spot. With the strong wind and high wave action again today we could not see a suitably calm place to bring the dinghy onto the beach. It was a great day for sailing though, so we hoisted the main sail, unfurled the jib and sailed to...

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Virgin Islands 2013

Jan 14, 2013 - Sail away - Tortola to Peter Island

Monday, Jan 14 -- On our first night aboard last night none of the six of us had a really sound, solid sleep. The boat was moving unnaturally due to the way it was tied to the dock and there were so many unfamiliar noises. Added to that was the way the berths in each cabin slightly "V-ed" where they were tucked along the outer hull. Nevertheless we were all up by 7:00, had finished eating breakfast and were waiting for the Conch office to open at 8:30 to start our briefing and checkout. They were still preparing our paperwork so we...

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Virgin Islands 2013

Dec 29, 2011 - Road Town, British Virgin Islands

 Tortola, British Virgin Isles: Our stop is in Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Isles. It is a delight to stroll through the narrow streets and along the clear, beautiful water and to move in and out of the numerous street and market shops (a mainstay in any port of call). It certainly appears to be a vibrant, thriving community and a great place to spend some time off the ship.

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May 20, 2011 - BVI - Cane Garden Bay and Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke

Our next destination? Cane Garden Bay on the island of Tortola. Viewed by some as one of the more beautiful areas of the BVI, the bay has beautiful white beaches rimmed with palm trees and colorful hillside homes. There are several shops and bars on the bay, but because it is so close to Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, its touristy and more commercialized. We spent a quiet afternoon walking the beach, had refreshments at a beachside bar, and then returned to the boat for dinner. I think we were starting to wind down...

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May 17, 2011 - BVI - Anegada and Trellis Bay

Up until now, we had only been sailing a few hours a day and visiting mountainous, volcanic islands, but today our destination was Anegada, a small coral and limestone island where the highest point is only 28 feet above sea level (the height of the tallest tree). All the other islands, too, were easy to spot because of their high peaks, but Anagada can’t be seen until you are almost there. First it’s just a ripple on the horizon, then you can finally make out the tree tops, and as you get closer you begin to see the gorgeous, white sandy...

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May 11, 2011 - Beauty,Views, and Isles in the British Virgin Islands

Our sailing adventure was finally here! On Wednesday, May 11, we flew to St. Thomas, arriving about 3:00 p.m. where we met Gary and Blanche in the airport bar for our first rum punch of the week. Our hotel was a short distance from the airport, so we walked over to wait at the hotel bar for Dan and Dee who arrived a little after 6:00 p.m. Dinner followed and then because we had all been travelling since early morning, we called it a night. On Thursday we were up early to catch the ferry that would take us to the British Virgin Island (BVI)...

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Apr 5, 2010 - Tortola

Tortola was one of the best islands of our cruise. It was also a new one for us. We hired a taxi for $10.00 each was the best $20.00 we have spent. It was a tour of the ENTIRE island. The taxi driver was born and raised on the island and knew all the good locations. We went to beaches had something to eat. At one of the beaches we visited we enjoyed homemade ice cream and saw a native chop a coconut and serve it as a drink. Talk about mountains we went up some extremely STEEP mountains and to top it off they drive on the wrong side of the...

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