Off the Hard at Nanny Cay Jan. 25th.
Hi there. Here we are. The flights down all went fine. Everybody did what they were supposed to do. TSA got a little over-zelous with inspecting our bags, and one of Chuck's bags really got the once over. They opened up every compartment on his dobbs kit which was FULL of items and they didn't even bother to rezip it, but rather dumped the insides out into his suitcase. They opened a container of liquid soap and didn't bother to tightly rescrew the top back on and it spilled all over his clothes and the inside of his bag. They even opened his zipper bag of bandaids and dumped them loose inside the bag. The whole thing was a mess and it took him a couple hours to clean it up, and rewash his clothes and wash out the suitcase. He was not well pleased.
We are here in the BVI's, currently enjoying a lovely warm day in Gorda Sound on Virgin Gorda and have anchored just off Levericks Bay in 17 ft of clear water. We are getting great internet in this spot on the boat - better here than what we had at Nanny Cay on the dock. Last night we went to a beach barbecue at Leverick's Bay complete with jumbie dancers and live island band. Moko jumbies are guys on 7 foot stilts and costumes who dance around do various antics like hopping on one stilt while holding onto the other stilt of the jumbie in front of them. The finale ends with a couple of them even diving into the swimming pool stilts and all. We have rendezvoused with a couple of boat buddies here, including Alesto who is one of the cruiser's we have known the longest - having met them in Nassau, Bahamas that first year as we were on our way to the Caribbean. They just left this morning to cross over to St. Martin. The weather conditions were optimal, but we aren't ready to head that way yet. We will stick around these parts awhile longer. We just had the required 4 year insurance survey, which included a thorough inspection of all the rigging with a fine tooth comb and magnifying glass. We seemed to have passed with flying colors.
It seems to be clear weather finally after 10 days of multiple showers every day. We stayed busy doing the " hatch dance " for those 10 days. Every time we would get all the ports and hatches open, and tools out of the cockpit lockers it would start to rain. We were constantly opening and closing everything. And you can never both walk away from the boat at the same time unless everything is all closed up because it's a surefire set up for it to instantly start raining. But it looks like clear skies now. We went to a "Blues Cruise" event last weekend in Cane Garden Bay and saw several blues acts including The Kinnsey Report. We were hoping Taj Mahal would stop in and jam (since he was one of the acts on the cruise), but he was there just as a spectator that day and didn't perform.
The charter companies are hurting as the economy has really affected the businesses here. The Moorings base has their dock full of boats and some even rafted together off the dock. Boat sales have had contracts stopped as financing is not available. But the cruise boats seem to be full as per the beach photos attached. We met a couple of single handed sailors (no, that doesn't mean they only had one hand) while in the marina at Nanny Cay. For any of you single women who have a hankering to go sailing I want you to know there seems to be plenty of lone guys out here in need of first mates. One of them was an older retired doctor. I asked him what had happened to his wife and if she had died. He said "No", and that that was conclusive proof to him that there was no God. The other one was a retired NY air controller and general contractor who had been married twice before. He said he was now ready for a possible third since he was now well trained by the others that " everything was his fault and he could just as well accept it". Seems reasonable to me. Hope all is well with you at home. It is beautiful day and we might go ashore for a walk around the area and take the free shuttle ferry over to the Bitter End Yacht Club Resort which is always nice shopping with its upscale clientele. That's all for now. More later,
1st Mate and the Skipper