Kat and Andy flew into our lives early January 2016 from Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While I still aspire to be memorialized as a solo rock and roll accordion player, I won’t hold my breath. Nevertheless, it is with vim and vigor that I keep pumping out the old standards (Runaway, House of the Rising Sun, Satisfaction and more) whilst I have a captured audience in the form of our charter guests. After their airport pickup, Kat and Andy wasted no time in coming aboard and setting sail for Christmas Cove, where we enjoyed a great pizza from Pizza Pi, the sailboat/pizzaria boat now anchored out there. Day 2 saw us sail the south side of St. John stopping at Reef Bay for a hike to the petroglyphs and old sugar mill. Andy particularly enjoyed the very cool and unusual flora that graced Reef Bay Trail. Then we sailed further eastward to the lee of Ramshead, just outside of Salt Pond Bay, taking advantage of the unusually great weather that allowed us to stay there and enjoy an incredible hike up to Rams Head, Drunk Bay and sunset. Kat and Andy were introduced to cactus berries, tasty little critters. Day 3 we sailed into Road Town to check into the BVI and get a new propeller for Bel Adinghy. Then on to Trellis Bay where we enjoyed desert on Belamy Cay (no relation to Bel Ami) and great entertainment. I even got to play a little keyboards, while Andy did some great vocals. The morning of day 4 we went ashore for some vittles and exploring Aragon’s studio. Then shoved off past Scrub Island Resort and made for Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, arriving in time to spend a lovely afternoon hanging out at Prickly Pear Beach, making Saba Rock for the 5 PM Tarpon feeding. The local kite boarding meister was displaying his tricks, hoping (?hopping) from the water onto the top of tall pilings. We overnighted at Leverick Bay where we enjoyed the Friday night beach Bar-B-Que, Moko-Jumbles and live band. Day 5 found us exploring the area, including taking a tour of Oil Nut Bay, land of the super rich. Kat and Andy, being in the landscaping business, were suitably impressed by the landscape. Lennox the bartender fixed us some of his favorites, and we enjoyed lunch in lush surroundings. Day 6 we sailed southeast through the Camanoe Passages and along the North Side of Tortola and made for Cane Garden Bay, where we enjoyed sunset dinner and live music at the Elm Beach Bar. Winding up the Voyage was Sandy Cay and then Jost Van Dyke, where we checked out of the BVI at Great Harbor, heard some stories from Foxy, and ended up for the night at White Bay, enjoying Pain Killers from the Soggy Dollar Bar and Gertrudes. This trip was particularly interesting in the fact that neither Kat nor Andy were avid snorkelers, and in fact they spent very little time in the water. Just shows to go ya that you can enjoy cruising the islands without have to spend much time in the water…!!! By the end of the trip, we were all great friends, and we hope to see Kat and Andy down again sooner than later.
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