Date: Sunday 27 March 2022
Position: 18° 43.616’ N 64° 24.385’ W
SOG: 11 kn
Distance Sailed during the week: 123 nm
Distance Sailed total: 7125 nm
Weather: , 25°
Most popular on the menu: Banana muffins (yes, that is what you do with the all the bananas when they starting to get brown)
Animals spotted: Turtles, lizards, horses
Comment of the week: “We can see the bottom!”
The stop in St Martin was just a pit stop, we had things to fix, vaccination shots to take, grocery to stock up on and laundry to do. And the whole list was done in 3 days! We have decided to have Sint Maarten (Dutch side) as our final destination in the Caribbean and will prepare ourselves and the boat there before we do the crossing back to Europe. It’s the perfect place to do that and also nice to know the place beforehand. Hopefully we can do a little more sightseeing next time as well, not just ticking things off the list.
We left Saint Martin at sunset for a night sail to the BVI. Started in calm water with a steady breeze and flat water, but as usual here, the squalls can be heavy and change the weather from nice to unpleasant, and do that quickly. We had a rule on the crossing here, that before sunset we make the boat ready for the night. For example, make sure that we don’t have more sails up than we can manage during a heavy squall. Somehow we must have forgotten that when we had such a nice sail in the evening and had too much sails up. After broaching twice around 4 in the morning we decided to add two reefs in the main. Ok, a good reminder!
After the check in at Road Town, maybe the most difficult and cumbersome in the Caribbean, we found this amazing, quiet and perfect bay for a bunch of kids boats: Little Harbour on Peter Island. Thank you Henrik Hiilamo for the amazing pictures! We anchored at 7 meters depth with 40 meters of chain in the bow and a 50 meter line to shore. The water was crystal clear, no problem to see the bottom.
The days flew by, school before lunch and then hanging out with friends. The kids can’t get enough of swimming, exploring the beaches and having bonfires in the evenings with their friends. And we don’t complain, such a wonderful way of living!
To our big surprise (but very much appreciated!) it wasn’t as crowded as we had expected here in the BVI. The same for next stop, Anegada. We have heard that it can be super crowded and charter boats everywhere. And yes, there are a lot of charter boats, but so far, it hasn’t been hard to find anchoring spots!
Sailing here in BVI is like sailing in the archipelago of Stockholm, a lot of different islands to cruise between, a lot of bays to visit and no long distance between the islands. The sail between Peter Island and Anegada was the first sail for a very long time that we sailed in no waves, no squalls and light wind, what a pleasure!
Next week – continue to explore the BVI.
Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson