Monday, February 28, 2011
On Friday we scampered out of Norman Island over to Sopers Hole to check out of British customs. We then went to Cruz Bay to check back into the US and pick up a package at ‘Connections’ which was our new Wifi system. Then we went on to Red Hook to pick up our new windlass motor which was finally delivered and finally picked up a mooring ball on St James for the night. Here the guys are installing the new motor for the windlass…yeah!
We chose to have dinner that night at Pirates Bight this is a picture of Sharon’s dinner (mine was the same). We had much leftover chicken needless to say and made a great chicken salad the next day for lunch.
And with a bit of hullaballoo we launched it and had a wonderful quiet downwind sail – it took about 4 hours but yours truly missed about two hours of it in the v-birth taking the best nap I have had in years.
We left the Bitter End for Norman Island and since it was down wind and calm Mark called for the cruising spinnaker. Since we have not used it since Lake Lewisville we decided it was high time. Here I am helping the spinnaker sock out of the forward locker (under our v-birth bed) out of it’s resting place.
These open weave sculptures are used for the Full Moon party held each month. Rumor has it that local politics are frowning upon this long tradition. The ash produced is hurting the environment….but…one has to wonder about the many other pollutants caused by boats, airplanes, cars and people…drat the politics!
From Cane Garden Bay we sailed upwind to Trellis Bay on Beef Island near the airport for Tortola. On this chart it is called Bellany Cay (pronounced key for all you non-island folks) – the new navigation charts, GPS, etc. do make a sailors job a lot easier. Needless to say we still have paper charts and do know how to use them in case of ‘electronic’ problems.
The next day we ventured a long way (about 3 miles) over to Cane Garden Bay – one of our new favorite places to go this year. We stopped at Stanley’s Welcome Bar for refreshment – it is one of the two original places on shore. Mark and I stopped here in 1993 when we were bare boating and what a difference two decades make!
The girls enjoying a glass of wine at Foxy’s Taboo after the hike back from the pool. I must say that we enjoy this place better than the more famous Foxy’s around the corner. This place is MUCH less touristy and inviting.
The Jolly Roger Inn and Bar on the north side of Sopers Hole –Tortola. We motored east from St. John (known as St. Johns to my sister…tee, hee hee) to Sopers Hole to check into customs and spend a night. We are stuck with picking up mooring balls everywhere we go as our windlass motor did not arrive before Carl and Sharon…drat!
AOH means Ancient Order of Hibernians and LAOH means Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians – this is an Irish Catholic organization guess we need to join as my family is both….no idea if Mark has any Irish in him but I guess he qualifies by marriage. Here is a hyperlink if you are interested:
A picture to add to Roses’ collection. The ‘dudes’ (my nephew Robert and adopted nephew Cody) came for spring break 3/2010 and we took a posed picture of them. Much to my surprise Rose framed it and put it on her porch in Ohio.