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03-30-2010 02:29 PM
wind4me I routinely go West to JVD my first day but I have to say I only sail in the BVI's in June and I never hang around Tortolla longer than I have to. There's nothing there unless you've flown all the way to the islands to drink in a bar. Trellis Bay is a ghetto, The Bite....forget it, Manchioneel Bay.....mostly quiet but nothing special, Great Harbour JVD ( we call it Not So Great Harbour). This is my last year in the BVI then we're moving on to the Grenadines. I've planned 2 nights in JVD, 2 nights in Anegada, 2 nights in the North Sound and one night in Peter Island before I return the boat. Three decent sails and some nice anchorages. Have fun.....I've never done Anegada but I don't care how big the bugs are....I've read enough good stuff about it to roll the dice. Yamsailor seems like he's got a handle on it !!
02-16-2010 06:41 PM
Bellita Savanna bay on Virgin Gorda is one of my favorites, and usually not crowded as most people don't see how to get in. It may be marked as off limits from the charter companies, but the first 5 years I chartered I went in and have been going since in my own boat.
go into google earth and put the coordinates of and it will take you right to the entrance of the bay. Go in between 10am and 1pm on a sunny day so you see the cut. it's about 50 feet wide. stay an equal distance off the shore and you'll be in approx 15 feet of water. there will be 3 coral heads after you enter in (they show up on google) that are easily avoided as they show up really dark in the water. once past them, stay in the darker water and find a point off the beach you like. slowly go in and anchor in about 10 feet of water to avoid too much bounce from any northerly swells. if you have east, NE, SE winds, it will be calm and wonderful for overnight.
02-16-2010 12:40 PM
malyea I still can't get my photos to load - what could I be doing wrong - I've resized to small , click attach icon, they just won't upload - says upload failed??????
02-16-2010 12:30 PM
sandcruiser Congratulations!
I'm including a shot or two from our BVI vacation 2 years ago... just in case someone else comes reading for more info.

We almost didn't go to Anegada. I'm so glad that we did- getting there and back was the best *sailing* that we did on the trip. Most other days- by the time we got the sails up and trimmed, and finished a rum drink, it was time to haul everything down and anchor/grab a mooring. The distances are very short. But Anegada was a hoot.

Entering Anegada harbor

here's a sloppy gps track of our route (6 nights)

here are many more photos:
May 2008 British Virgin Islands
02-16-2010 08:59 AM
BoxedUp Congratulations! I hope you will be as happy as I thought I would be...

With a wonderful start to your engagement, it's all downhill from here.

J/K....after 32 years, us long time married folk have to get our licks in.

Our countdown has begun and it's only 102 days away until our charter.
02-16-2010 08:41 AM
She Said Yes!!!!

Thanks to all who contributed to this thread - it was the trip of a lifetime!

I proposed first morning out of Roadtown under full sail, 2 nm NE of Cooper Island on a close starboard reach to the Baths with blue skies and 10-12 kts breeze - how could she not say "YES".

Leverick Bay, Gorda Sound first night - Anegada sunset and lobster next night - then Diamond Cay and Sandy Spit after a glorious offshore reach north of Tortola - short next day and into Great Harbour and Foxy's overnight - then around the point to White Bay and THE BEST Painkillers at Soggy Dollar Bar followed by a heroic sail offshore again north of Tortola on a close reach with quartering 8 to 12' swells and 15 kts breeze to Marina Cay dining on fresh caught grilled Kingfish - last full day gave us a beam reach down SFD Channel to snorkel the Indians and back to Manchoniel Bay, Cooper Island for our last night - up at dawn with one last broad reach into Road Town!


May all of you have a wonderfull sail through this amazing adventure of life - thanks again!

Oh by the way, Cindy and I were high school sweethearts and the last time she sailed was summer 1974 with me in my cartop dinghy - big break of 30+ years and now this.......dreams do come true.

Best to all,
Mike & Cindy, S/V Serenity

Tried to upload some photos but it failed every time even after getting the size right - any ideas?
02-04-2010 07:55 PM
malyea Thanks - guess they'll cover that in the chart brief - appreciate being forewarned. 48 hours from now we'll be in St Thomas on th eve of our grand adventure - THANKS again to all for the tips, insights and advice!!!!
02-01-2010 11:32 AM
SVAuspicious malyea - Who are you chartering with? Moorings now requires someone stay on board at NPT moorings (like at the Baths) due to poor maintenance. You might consider heading straight to Spanishtown or (better IMHO) Leverick Bay and taking a cab to the Baths. Very disappointing that the BVI Gov has let the maintenance slip on the NPT moorings.
02-01-2010 05:39 AM

the first few times into Anegada we hit loblolly. then we discovered Flash of Beauty. Never looked back. Secluded. Agressive snorkeling with a small sailboat wreck lying in 2 parts the hull and the deck, swim thru coral formations and lots of sea life. It is active with a lot of current. NOT for the sometimes swimmer. As you arrive on the beach, you'll walk past the beach bar, hit the beach, drop your gear, spend "chill" time, and then walk to the right to the point. That is where i'd pop the question.
Please be careful with the snorkeling.
As you head to Anegada you'll not see the island for a while, then telephone poles and sailboat masts will start to appear. As the island mass appears,
divide the island in 3rds and head towards the left third of the island. Lots of places on line have gps #'s for the buoys marking the way in. Here's one link to info/navigation:
Navigating to Anegada

Cooper Island is a good first/last stop. Its a short sail back to your base. the snorkeling is nice and if you're a diver some of the best diving spots on the other side of the island. There is a dive shop on island or you can set up a rendezvous dive with other shops.

On St John, Uncle Joe's ribs, 340 693 8806 is out door dining with the best casual food going.I'd suggest calling to make sure you get your order in as they run out of food. Ribs, chicken and the combo. Combo's good for starters then figure it out. I'm ribs solo with cole slaw, mac salad, or corn for sides. Around the corner is Hercules for great local Saltfish, beef or chicken Pates, Johnny cakes, local soups. It doesnt look like much but he's been there since my first stop in 1989.

The first pic shows the Jollly Roger in Sopers Hole (west end on Tortola) its a great spot for sunset dining. Nice food. Reservation suggested.
Second pic is sunrise at Marina Cay. Nice stop.
Third pic is Diamond Cay, Foxy's taboo. You'll find the "bubbler" on this part of the island. Nice walk to an active whirlpool.
Fourth pic is from The Last Resort/Trellis Bay on Beef Island. Good food, good fun. If you hit Marina Cay on the way out, hit Trellis on the way back.
Enjoy and congrats!

PM if I can help.

Originally Posted by malyea View Post
We're just days away now and can't wait! Fast Ferry to RT noon Sun, Feb7th for the evening start and castoff ASAP Mon am - lunch stop at Baths then North Sound VG first night. Off to Anegada on am day 2 for lobster and pink flamingos (we're birders). Day 3 a nice offshore run/reach to JVD and then poke around the islands day 4, 5, 6 - already hate the thought of coming home!
Thanks to all - hope she says 'yes'
01-31-2010 10:10 PM
malyea We're just days away now and can't wait! Fast Ferry to RT noon Sun, Feb7th for the evening start and castoff ASAP Mon am - lunch stop at Baths then North Sound VG first night. Off to Anegada on am day 2 for lobster and pink flamingos (we're birders). Day 3 a nice offshore run/reach to JVD and then poke around the islands day 4, 5, 6 - already hate the thought of coming home!
Thanks to all - hope she says 'yes'
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