Oh Boy--what a great day of sailing! We are definitely getting our sea legs and beginning to live in the sailing rhythm! Our trip seems to be exploring the islands around Tortola starting with Peter Island just south of Road Town, Tortola and moving counter-clock wise. Yesterday we sailed east to Cooper Island and today we sail out east/northeast to Virgin Gorda. Here we are sailing to the Baths located on the southern end of Virgin Gorda.
The Baths are protected by the BVI National Parks so there's a whole list of DON'Ts to protect the reefs. Don't anchor. Don't use Park's moorings unless you have paid for a permit (we have, thanks to Conch Charters). Don't use Park's moorings if your boat is longer than 60 feet (okay, we're good with our 34 footer). Don't bring your dinghy to the beach (okay we tied it off on the buoy lines surrounding the Baths boulders). Don't spend the night on the Park's mooring (fine, fine we just stopped to snorkel and swim ashore--we have lots more sailing to get us to the other end of Virgin Gorda and the Bitter End Yacht Club). And, I have to say that snorkeling in the Baths was very nice. Corals and little tropical fish were abundant. On shore we found a little outside bar (well, they're all outside here!) and had a refreshing beer before swimming back to the dinghy. Nice!
So the rest of the afternoon was spent sailing up Sir Francis Drake Channel to Gorda Sound--the northern end of Virgin Gorda. Ahhhh--wonderful, wonderful sailing--we could do this forever!
Tucked into Gorda Channel are rental moorings at Saba Rock Resort and Bitter End Yacht Club (not really a yacht club--it's a resort). We tied up to Saba's moorings as they will come pick up your trash and they give you free ice and water! This is what Saba Rock looks like from our mooring. Dinghies just tie up to the porch.
We called in a reservation to Bitter End Yacht Club for dinner and dingied over early to look around and enjoy happy hour.
We watched the sun go down and dined sumptuously!