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Bluegrass rang loud and true aboard Bel Ami with our guests Jo and Phil, who celebrated their 40th anniversary! As sea-faring folks from San Diego—OK, they have a power boat that retired Phil takes out periodically and tries to catch some fish—they took to Bel Ami like fish in the water! Complete with banjo and mandolin. We caught a southerly breeze and on day 1 sailed from St Thomas to Anegada on a single uphill/upwind starboard tach, an almost unheard of trip length for the first day. After a lunch stop at the north end of Guana Island, we enjoyed seclusion at the West End anchorage of Anegada, rented a car and toured the land of a lot of nothing, ended up at Big Bamboo at Loblolly bay where we enjoyed food and drink (yeah bushwhackers! From there the trip was all downhill and with the wind, and included Virgin Gorda/Gorda Sound, the Bathes (yes Euchre), Hog Heaven (what a view), Cooper Island (played music all afternoon), Salt Island (got bags of salt and snorkeled the Wreck of the Rhone), Normal Island (watched some young fellas jump off the 2nd level of the Willi T), snorkeled the Indians, toured the sugar mill ruins by Annenberg (and discovered some new ruins by Watermelon Cay/Leinster Bay), and eventually found ourselves back in Charlotte Amalie a week after we shoved off. And the week sure did fly by! Can’t wait for one of these x-masses when we show up on Jo and Phil’s doorstep for their annual x-mass party. I’ll bring the ole squeeze box and we will have a jolly ole time!!