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2021 Blog del crucero de la flotilla de las Islas Vírgenes Británicas

By Noviembre 19, 2021January 5th, 2022Sin Comentarios


En tiempos de COVID; es un pequeño milagro cuando todos llegan a tiempo, y todos lo hicimos, asombroso! Noviembre 6-13, 2021, nuestra Flotilla Colgate Sailing Adventures® nos llevó a las Islas Vírgenes Británicas, verdaderamente un paraíso para los marineros! El clima de Tortola era soleado y 86 grados, así que vale la pena! Day one is always a lot of running around storing provisions and baggage, and learning the boats. This trip we had four identical Moorings 48.4 monocascos. Nate skippering, "Bright Idea" conmigo, Lonnie, Jenny Roberto y Joanne. Frank Passarge capitaneando "Wombat" con el primer oficial Ruth, Pablo, Pat y Bob y Vicky. El tercer barco estaba destinado a ser,"Cariñosamente renombrado" Meant to Sail,”Patroneado por John Bound y tripulado por Tom, Jeff, Peter y Lisa. Y por último pero no menos importante, "Marty J" patroneado por Joel Wolfe, primer compañero Susan, tripulación Richard, Bonnie, Nelson and Susan. These were our new friends for the next seven days and we had a great crew!

Día 1, Sábado – Amarres Base Tortola

Tuvimos una reunión de Skipper / Navigator al aire libre debajo de la carpa donde repasamos los gráficos, the general itinerary for the week and safety precautions. It turned out to be a Plan B kind of a day. Nate and I made the decision to stay in port the first night instead of the hoped-for Cooper Island visit, para abordar varios problemas del barco. It was a good decision based on safety. We quickly shifted gears and as it worked out, people were able to relax around the pool and get to know one another before dinner at The Moorings Yacht Club restaurant. We toasted to a safe and fun trip with Pain Killers followed by spiced mahi mahi among other choices, and finished dinner with chocolate cake for dessert. The bunk was a welcome sight that night.

Día 2, Domingo – Cayo de Wickham, Tortola (Base de amarres) to Cooper Island

La lluvia y los problemas con el barco nos mantuvieron en el muelle hasta 10:45 a.m. when we threw off the lines and headed out to the promised Cooper Island. It’s a short distance but we put up the mainsails and unfurled the genoas, más para familiarizarnos con la configuración del aparejo, than to sail since there was not much wind. We power sailed and picked up our Boaty Balls at Cooper. Most swam, algunos bucearon, while others went ashore. We assembled later on the beach for our group photo and marveled at the gorgeous sunset. Part of our group headed to the Cooper Island Rum Bar for refreshments before dinner while we awaited for our tables. Dinner was amazing! We had preordered so upon being seated our drinks immediately. . . para la mayoría, analgésicos, y para otros, refrescos o cerveza. El atún era de calidad sushi y raro, lo que se adaptaba a la mayoría de las personas y se informó que el pollo jerk era gourmet, así como el postre. – una tarta de chocolate con mango, morir por! We took our dinghy back to the boat afterward and enjoyed a night cap before retiring to our bunks. Para aquellos de ustedes que no están familiarizados con Boaty Ball, it is a company that maintains moorings in the BVI. You set up an account on their website,, and at 7:00 a.m. entras en el sitio y haces clic en la bola de amarre que deseas, reserva de golpe, presione pagar y $40 más tarde voila, you don’t have to rush to get a first come-first served mooring. It worked out great for us as we could squeeze a lot of sailing into the day.

Día 3, Lunes – Cooper Island a los baños, luego a Leverick Bay en Gorda Sound

Después de las rondas de navegación, we dropped moorings for a spirited close reach sail on starboard tack to the famous Baths. It was a perfect blue sky, puffy cloud day. Not too much surf, así que después de asegurar un amarre, Podríamos navegar hasta el anillo exterior de flotadores y amarrar nuestro bote, jump over board and swim to shore. We brought life jackets and they came in handy because the swim in is longer than you think. Someone (no ser nombrado) thought they had lost their phone on the swim in so a few folks were searching the sandy floor of the water only to find out it had been left in the dinghy. Problem averted, Gracias a dios! Losing your phone is a nightmare in today’s world, I cringe to think of losing mine when I travel. After lunch aboard we headed off for another nice sail, to Gorda Sound. We started off on a beam reach and ended close hauled. When I saw “Meant to be” sailing right up to the end, se ganaron su nuevo nombre . . . “Meant to Sail.” We secured to our reserved moorings and headed ashore to Leverick Bay and the Pusser’s Store. After a swim ashore and a lookabout, incluyendo una ducha abreviada en el lavabo (lo que hacemos los marineros para ahorrar agua!), we grilled marinated steaks on the yacht’s barbeque with veggies and brown rice for dinner aboard. Jenny was our grill master and she did an excellent job.

Día 4, Martes – Bahía de Leverick a Anegada

El clima se veía bien, así que después de las rondas de navegación y conseguir agua para algunos, salimos del canal y luego navegamos 6 grados, 14 miles to Anegada. It seems so distant to me because in the old days Anegada was a place people were discouraged to sail to because it is surrounded by reefs. Hoy en día, la gente visita con regularidad y el canal está bien marcado.. Como el destino quisiera, una pequeña ráfaga estalló justo cuando estábamos llegando a la entrada del canal. "Marty J" tuvo dificultades para enrollar su génova y finalmente, como se indica, alejado del viento (y el arrecife) y pude enrollarlo sin más desafíos. We were definitely glad to have the reserved moorings. It gusted to 25 nudos y llovió . . . not the nicest entry to Anegada. We got in early so some rented a vehicle, Cogimos un transporte gratuito al Anegada Beach Hotel y disfrutamos de la hermosa playa y la más grande. (sólo) pool on Anegada. Then back to the boat for cheese and crackers and the sunset before heading into Potters for a lobster and ribs bake. Huge spiny lobsters, mantequilla dulce derretida, patatas y verduras al horno . . . what a fun and tasty meal. The DJ spun good dance music into the night and the dance floor was a hot gyrating mass of people (algunos con mascaras) open air under a high roof. Sam with a capital S was the grill master and he knew a thing or two about it. We all slept well aboard “Bright Idea” after a really great day.

Día 5, Miércoles – Anegada Jost Van Dyke

Después de las rondas de navegación y la obtención de hielo., we dropped the mooring and headed out the channel. We set sail for a nice moderate air broad reach on port tack most of the way. Salimos a las 9:00 y llegamos 2:30 and after rounding Sandy Cay we picked up our mooring in Great Harbor off Jost Van Dyke. I had pre-arranged with the clinic there to test eleven of our participants the following morning for a COVID test which is required now to reenter the USA. Así, I shared the QR code with everyone and they input their information to receive their personal QR code which allowed them to be tested the following morning. Those that went ashore visited Foxy’s for t-shirts and drinks. "Marty J" y Bonnie habían invitado a todos a un cóctel en 6. Estaba oscuro cuando hicimos un bote y fue un momento divertido. Luego de regreso a nuestro bote para preparar mahi mahi y pollo a la parrilla con ajo y cebolla., beans and rice. We were rocked to sleep that night.

Día 6, Jueves – Jost a Little Jost, luego a West End (Agujero de Soper)

Temprano para que algunos se realicen la prueba de COVID dentro de 36 hours of return to the USA. Breakfast for some ashore. Joanne treated our boat to cinnamon buns from Christine’s Bakery, donde el servicio es lento pero los productos horneados son deliciosos! After devouring those we powered around the corner to Little Jost to pick up moorings and investigate the Bubbly Pool. Again “Meant to Sail” lived up to their name, never stopping but sailing all day. Despues del almuerzo, salimos de allí a las 2:30 por el aproximado 7 NM navegamos a Thatch Island Cut y nos agachamos en Soper's Hole en el extremo oeste de Tortola y conseguimos nuestros amarres. 1,2,3, & 4 lucky strike. Some had a good meal ashore that night at Omar’s Fusion. We choose to have “todo pasta” which Nate and I concocted with the remaining veggies and sauce. We enjoyed a relaxing meal and gazed at the stars with our aplicación starwalker2 to identify the constellations and listened to cool jazz. Gorgeous night aboard.

Día 7, Viernes – West End Tortola a Isla Normanda

Dejamos los amarres en 8:30 de la mañana, alimentado a través del corte, zarpó y virar hacia adelante y hacia atrás en una enérgica vela de ceñida a Norman, being careful not to sail into US territory. Winds were ENE about 20 nudos, so we got a good work out tacking back and forth up Sir Francis Drake Channel. We picked up moorings at the Bight on Norman at around 10:30ish. Plenty of time to snorkel the caves and have a relaxing swim from the beach.

Para un cóctel temprano, algunos visitaron el famoso barco pirata Willy T. Uno que no será nombrado enloqueció a toda la multitud joven cuando saltó del espejo de popa al aire libre por así decirlo. The young crowd apparently followed suit or no suit to be more exact. A good laugh was had by all. The final dinner took place at the Norman Island Bight Restaurant. A table was set nicely for the 23 de nosotros en 6:15. Por primera vez, tu elección de cócteles, seguido de filete de pargo a la parrilla, costillas a la parrilla, quinua vegetal, o pollo jerk y luego helado con pastel de zanahoria. El restaurante estaba lleno y a la mañana siguiente conocimos a algunas personas que en broma nos culparon por comer arroz y frijoles para la cena, ya que no pudieron obtener una reserva en el Bight.. Fue una comida muy buena y todos estaban cansados ​​después de un buen, packed day and adventure-packed week. Back to the base early the next morning . . . soltamos amarres en 7 y volvimos a Wickham's Cay en 8:30 a.m. The End of another great Colgate Sailing Adventures® Vacation!

Esta publicación de blog fue escrita por Heather Atwater, quien organiza cruceros de flotilla Colgate Sailing Adventures® con su esposo, Nate Atwater. Se planean seis fantásticos cruceros para 2022, so dirígete a esta página AHORA y obtenga sus reservas antes de que se agote su elección!