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Trip report, BVI week 2 5/23 to 05/29 #198743
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May 23 : Diamond Cay Jost to Nanny Cay, Tortola and Happy Birthday special dinner out.

08:00 am: It was a quiet , gray morning at Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke, and we were presented with fairly strong sailing winds. The sail plan was a single reefed main, and full jib sail.
Our planned course is to sail through Thatch Cut and between the West End of Tortola and Little Thatch. Once back out into the Sir Francis Drake Channel it was a few miles to Nanny Cay.

With the brisk winds we are making good knots under both main and jib. However , the sailing directions call for us to roll in the jib and motor when transiting the Cut due to narrow
maneuvering room with the Easterly shifting winds. Of course we would be close hauled as the winds are on our bow.

Following procedures, we enter the Cut. Then just ahead we spot a huge 3 masted tall ship, under full sail appearing out of the gray gloom. What an unexpected and beautiful sight.
Erica makes with all speed, and tears down the companionway ladder to grab her camera. This is a special event for us. Most often you may see a tall ship, but she will not be
under full sail. Actually, it is a remarkable feat just getting all those sails hoisted and properly set.

Passing close aboard on opposite headings, Erica is Nikoning to hearts content, as the skipper and I are waving to each other. Great way to start the day.
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NANNY CAY May 23 rd : ( This will be our first time into Nanny Cay, Looking forward to new adventures ) .

Jib rolled out again, we are sailing close hauled up the coast of Tortola and looking for the NAVAID's to keep us off the shoals and reefs on both sides of the entrance to Nanny Cay.
I have read the Cruising Guide and have the entry somewhat imprinted on my wee mind. Erica has a visual on the red and green channel marker buoys. Good eyes.
We roll in the jib and flake the main into the stack pack.

As per procedures, Erica contacts the Nanny Cay Marina Office to advise them of our approach in order to secure a slip for two days .

Cool, we are assigned November 5 in the new marina. We follow orders to set up dock lines and fenders on our starboard side. As we turn into the slip, the dock master and the
skipper of a 62 ft. private charter catamaran are standing by to take our dock lines. Docking was slow and easy and smooth . Dock lines secured with proper cleat hitches, the
dock master slides some heavy dock steps next to our hull . Very nice , that will make our getting off and on the the boat much easier. He also will hook up a fresh water hose and
meter. Wow ! What a nice welcoming . We highly recommend Nanny Cay.

First, we had to check in at the Marina Office. Well, what a upbeat, helpful and friendly staff of ladies they are. I like it here and we just arrived.

All checked in, it was time to reconnoiter the Marina. All within a short walk from the slip were , a peaceful deserted beach, the swimming pool, all to ourselves, Peg Legs Beach Bar,
and all with a view of the neighbor islands including St. John, USVI. Not hard to figure out what happens next, we snugged up to Peg Legs Beach Bar and Restaurant and met the
vivacious Debora, who was manning the helm at Peg Legs. She was right there to assist us with two Caribs and limes . She was brimming with energy, sporting grand true smiles, and made us feel
right at home.

Later, back at Vibeke, we met our slip neighbor , Matt, who was from Britain and the skipper of the 62 ft. cat who helped us with our docklines.
We asked him if he could suggest a special place for a birthday dinner this evening. He suggested BRANDYWINE, so we made reservations for dinner and taxi driver at the Marina Office.
Absolutely prefect suggestion. It was a bit of a drive, about 20 plus minutes. The sun had set, an we are now off the main coastal road driving up a single lane dirt road into a darkening
jungle. Higher up on a cliff we arrive at Brandwine, a fabulous 5 star restaurant, .

Victoria was our server. We fell in love with her vivaciousness and professionalism that was topped off with warm hearted friendship. Added to all of that, we had the best filet steaks that
we have ever had , anywhere on this planet . During dinner, the owner/chef came out several times to talk with us for a minute or two. Actually, he visited and chatted with all of the guests.
They even brought out our desert with a sparkling candle and had the whole place singing Happy Birthday to me.

It was a marvelous evening, and when we walked out after dinner, our taxi driver was waiting for us at our appointed pick up time. No traffic on the way back to the Marina.
Oh, the taxi driver's wife was with him , and she and Erica chatted away for the whole return trip. After driving us to near our dock, they got out of the taxi, and we all
shared aloha hugs. Fun wakes cross once again.

Comment:

For us, when visiting anywhere, In addition to the natural wonders of where ever that trip may take us, a big part of any vacation is the people. And, as you can read,
the people we meet are most always open, friendly, interesting, and fun.

More scoops on Nanny Cay......later.

Denny and Erica

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Re: Trip report, BVI week 2 5/23 to 05/29 [Re: captdennyj] #198744
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We also passed a three mast ship in the cut on 5/9/19! beautiful sight!

Attached Files Three mast ship.jpg
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Thank you, on the 23d of May, when we passed her in the Cut, she was under full sail. We have the photos, but not sure how to attach them here. No fancy apps or anything special about our home computer.


Great, that you were able to photograph her for all of us to see. .

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May 25........Nanny Cay to Norman, and entertainment provided by us at the Caves.

The log of Vibeke.......

Beginning our second week into our BVI sailing vacation, we have been having a grand time at all of our many destinations. Life is good. People ans Sailing have been fabulous.

Nanny Cay to the Bight at Norman island ...good winds, great weather and lazy sailing, we are headed across the SFD channel to Norman Is. ( Sometimes known as Treasure Island where
pirates burried their plunder and booty. There are wonderful names for some of the places there, like Treasure Point, and Privateer Bay .)

There is one restaurant company ashore, of course it is named Pirates, and the Club ( same owner ) is next door a few feet away. Very nice dinghy docks for when going ashore.

Around Privateer Point there is a nice snorkeling area known as the Caves that we dinked to and secured our dink painter to the small buoyed string line . Before heading over,
I thought we might need some assistance getting back into the dinghy after snorkeling due to the very high freeboard of the dink tubes. . Maybe two feet for the inflated tubes. So, along with our
mask, snorkels, and fins, I also tossed our very long dock line into the dink to rig a rope ladder if necessary.

This is going to get good, But as the old sailing term goes.... ATTITUDE, the difference between an ordeal and an adventure .

That idea of the long dock line for a rope ladder was good, but when we finished snorkeling the Caves, the long loop that I had left over the side was rather deep in the water, and
when putting our feet into the loop, one person at a time, our legs would swoop under the dink and we could not get a purchase to pull ourselves back on board.
We could not get our legs, feet, ankles or bodies up and over the side. Were we looking good, or what ! Kick, pull, fall, splash, cuss. Impressive !

Try as we might, it was failure after failure. We just could not pull ourselves up to get back in. Never had a problem with that before, but this was a high fat momma beast of bloody dinghy.

Erica finally decides to swim around to the other side of the dink. I toss her the bitter end of the long dink line. She is pulling from her side, and I am reaching up and over the tube trying to help
haul her in from my end of the dock line. At the same time, I make up a shorter loop higher up on my genius rope ladder . Erica manages to wrap one of her long fantastic legs over the
tube on her side, and struggles on board.

Well , she grabs my arm, and I have one foot in that shorter loop. She is pulling on my arm, I am pushing with my leg, and I am foundering over the tube, and falling unceremoniosly , thunk, splat, flat, on my back onto
the floor of the dinghy, with my legs, arms, and fists pointed to the sky in VICTORY ! Touchdown !

Fact is we could have been great entertainment for the Caves and Privateer Bay, but we looked around and not one person was paying a bit of attention to our ridiculous show of fighting for our lives.

All was well, we were laughing, as we dinked back to Vibeke for a well earned mid day rum. The rest of our snorkeling this trip, was done off the swim step of Viibeke, and we used the stern swim
ladder to re- board and then enjoyed a fresh water wash down showers on the stern.

Tomorrow, things are going to get energized...big time.

For those who were down in the BVI, you all know what was happening on Sunday the 26th of May.




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I've been bringing down my Sea Step for years....works wonders and takes up very little packing space.

https://www.clevel.com/product/sea-step-two-step/


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May 26 Sunday from the log of Vibeke

07:30 am: We dropped off our mooring temporarily to motor Vibeke the one mile out to Snorkel the Indians and Pelican. Great snorkeling, and early is mandatory as there are very few National Park Mooring balls
that have a 1.5 hour time limit. We honor that, and have plenty of time to snorkel and then drop off to allow other sailors and boaters to use the limited time N.P. moorings for their snorkeling adventure.

We were the first boat to arrive, and snugged close in to the Indians. We got our snorkel gear ready and waited a bit for the sun to get higher and light up the corals and marine life. Within a few minutes other vessels began
to arrive and the moorings were beginning to fill up. ..

We did a giant stride entry off the swim step, exchanged OK signals, and began finning along the tall rocks to the Indians. We were treated to an amazing underwater world of brain, finger, fan and other corals. A huge
school of Blue Tangs swarmed around us, and we also observed many other species of plentiful and colorful marine life. Finning back to Vibeke, we climbed the stern swim ladder to board . Easy stuff as we
used the stern shower hose to clean our snorkel gear and take fresh water showers. Just fresh boat water, no soap or chemicals went back into the water . Nice way to begin the day.

For us, mother natures treasures are very special.
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09:00: We dropped off the N.P. mooring , and motored back into the the Bight. It was a peaceful calm, sunny morning as we slowly cruised along the inner shore line past the laid up broken bones and wreck of the old Will-yT.
She was sent to her doom by the 180 to 200 mph winds and ranging waves of Hurricane Irma . September Remember !
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12:00 Noon: Sunday May 26th. Peacefully resting to our mooring.

What the heck is that !!! Great hammering and roaring engines that sounded like we were at the National Hotrod Association Drags ! From my old street and strip drag racing days, I still love the the sound
of high powered muscle cars and dragsters. Real built up V-8 engines roaring with mega horse power, only these monsters were in sleek go fast race boats.

It was the ANNUAL BVI POKER RUN . They just kept coming in until late in the afternoon to pickup their card to fill their poker hand and have a fun lunch and booze stop at Pirates. They had several different stops
at various islands where they would pick up one card and blast off to the next island eventually fill their poker hands, The big party was at the finish at Leverick Bay.

We dinked ashore, and went into the Club since the major mass of party goers were next door, crowded into Pirates. Sitting on the outside edge of the Clubs deck with our toes in the sand and a rum, we watched all of the
action. Aye, and a good lively , fun loving bunch they were.
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3:30 pm: The fleets of go fasts of all kinds are leaving, and that included two 100 ton high decked ferry boats filled with non racers who just wanted to join in on the good times.

Back on board Vibeke, i am relaxing in the cockpit with a rum, toasting to the departing high powered sleek go fasts with double rooster tails trailing behind their sterns.

Ahhhhhm Peace has returned to the Bight.

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Originally Posted by Kirk
I've been bringing down my Sea Step for years....works wonders and takes up very little packing space.

https://www.clevel.com/product/sea-step-two-step/


On one charter we took the version with the two loops and had the same problem described by captaindennyj when trying to board using the bottom loop. We were experimenting near the yacht so it wasn't critical and didn't try to use the higher loop, but avoided situations where it may be necessary to use it. On our recent charter we rented a dinghy ladder which looked like it would work better but never had occasion to use it.


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Kirk,

Thank you. and others may be able to use Sea Step as well. It looks tough, light weight, easy to stow and easy to handle. Excellent.

Great Idea, not only for dinks, but boats as well that do not have a swim ladder. Even with one, in a seaway, that stern can be rising and falling and slapping hard down into the seas.

I have tried to retrieve people from the water.....one time was in the ocean waters between Catalina and Hermosa Beach, CA. . We were an escort boat for a friend who was
paddle boarding the 20 plus miles across open ocean waters. . Big time paddle board race. All padlders had to have an escort boat and be in contact with race control .
We had a 33 plus foot sailing vessel, no swim step or swim ladder.

The wind and seas came up, very strong, and large swells. A few miles out of Two Harbors, Isthumus Cove, Catalina Island, our paddler was veering greatly off course, he became exhausted , disoriented,
and totally fatigued,

Other vessels were calling race control that they were pulling their paddlers out of the water and to list them as DNF. " did not finish "

We needed to get him out of the water and on board. With the freeboard of our sailing vessel, I could not haul him up. He weighed about 180 pounds. He was very weak, so I took two docklines and made loops
with bowlines to a bite,

Very much like the photos of Sea Step. We hung them down into the water from the jib sheet winch and sheet cleat. . He was able to put his feet into those loops, but he was very week.
Erica and Hauled him up and into the cockpit. He was also suffering from a mild sea sickness due the the swells..

I called race control on the VHF, and reported our paddler was on board and out of the race ( DNF)...He had family meeting him at hermosa, beach so we motored him to just off the beach in a few hours,
and he was able to paddle in from our boat after resting up a bit and had totally recovered. Dried off, liquids, food and rest..

After dropping him off outside the surf line at Hermosa Beach, , ..... .

We hauled out and up with our jib and main, and sailed the rather long distance along the coast, south to our home port of Newport Beach.

Same situation goes for docks, and trying to climb out of the water on to high docks. Or M.O.B , or people just leaping off a boat and going for a swim.

Thank you. Excellent safety gear to have on board..

Denny and Erica


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I’ve used C-Step for over 20 years and it has come in handy for getting the people who are out of shape into the dink.
A tip: tie a line to the opposite side of the step so when boarding you have something to grab to help you up.

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TMM has free dink ladders that come with your charter (you might have to ask) and they are very helpful!

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May 27: Norman Island to Cooper Island. We were hoping for a spirited sail up the SFD Channel.......King Neptune is about to oblige.

09:00 am. We need a good day of sailing . Priority is to get up to Cooper before all their first come first served moorings are taken.
We are getting an early start from Norman. Sail plan is a single reef in the main and a lapper sized 110% jib.. Sails are set before leaving the Bight.

The skies are gray, and we are passing the Indians when WHAMMMOOOO !

Yahoooo ! Strong winds and pelting rain. Visibility is low, and add large seas that are building fast. The wind direction is such that we will be close hauled to a close reach and tacking
up the SFD channel . We love it ! Vibeke is a well found boat , and we are already prepared with the reef and small jib sail.

After three tacks , we are hit with stronger winds, and lower visibility. The rain is horrizontal. Even with the dodger and strong bimini top, we are soaking wet getting a fresh water wash down of us,
and Vibeke's topsides. No worries, this is good as we are saving the precious water from our boat tanks. " To and fro ", our dinghy, has filled up with a mix of rain and salt water spray. We will
bail her out later at Cooper.

Approaching Cooper and entering Machioneel Bay, we snug into the protection of Quart of Nancy Point ( there must be a good story on how that name came to be ) and roll in the jib and bring
down the main. Inside in the lee of Machioneel Bay, it was much, much calmer than outside . We prepare out double bridles and bring the dink fast to the stern quarter. Good news, we can
pick up an easy mooring, and all is well.

The conditions are calming down, and the squalls are headed some place else, so after securing and making up all running rigging lines, and tying of the halyard away from the mast, and
bailing out the dinghy, we head in to the Cooper Island Beach Club. Cooper is one of our faves, always good and friendly vibes. We met and talked story with Jason the bartender
and also Capt. Neil, and his charter party. The BVI tends to sprout good , friendly people and we like that. Lot's of good feelings and talk story.

Later, we dinked back to Vibeke, an took hot showers and got into some dry clothes as the few hour storm passed over , and no longer a factor. We headed ashore for dinner. Our table was
at the railing, overlooking the beach, and perfect for the sunset and island views . No more rain, and we did not have any lightning or thunder. Lucked out on that one.
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May 28 Time to head back to Peter Island and the Willy'T for our last 'on board the boat ' evening. What can we say, there was plenty of lively action, dancing and singing, ski shots, leaping
off the overhead deck, and friendly interaction with the patrons of all ages. Things calmed down after several day boats departed, and we stepped down from the bar into the galley deck for
dinner.

The excitement meter is falling, life is slowing up, and this has been one fantastic , active, positive fun filled two weeks of sailing and , yep partying, in the BVI.
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May 29: Returning to Conch Charters.

Ben gave us our post sailing check -in , easy and no problems. We used 8 gals of fuel and put 20 hrs of time on the engine . We also had cleaned the vessel, below and topside, shook out
the reef, and made up and coiled all running rigging. removed the trash, and bagged the linens. It is our way, to show respect for not only the vessel, but to help out the Conch dock crew
to get Vibeke ready for the next charter.

Towing our two duffels down the Conch docks, we did not want to let go and just walk away. This BVI trip, after 35 years may be the best, and perhaps the very last. We do not know for sure.

Honestly, we just could not let go. Erica and I strolled next door to the Pub, which is on the docks overlooking the Conch Fleet .

Sitting up at the bar, we ordered two parting Carib beers with limes. ( each)

We toasted to the brave and strong people of the BVI, and their miraculous recovery from the Cat 5 Hurricane Irma. We toasted to Vibeke and to Conch Charters, and to our many wonderful
years of sailing these marvelous islands.

We toasted to the Conch Crew, Ian, Bobbie, Ben, Jay, and Janice.

We toasted to all of the new friends that we met .

And lastly, we toasted to ourselves , and we ran out beer.

We quietly walked back over to the Conch Office, said good bye, and wheeled our duffels out to the gravel parking lot to the taxi.

Bless you BVI, you have been part of our hearts and thoughts for many, many years.

Also, a huge THANK YOU to this super great Travel Talk forum, and all the help you have been that assisted us in our planning of this, the best sailing vacation , ever.

Fair winds, and following seas

Friendship is precious cargo.

Denny and Erica








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I'm a bigger guy with a titanium shoulder. Best dink advice I ever got was to always go in from the back because it's the lowest/closest to the water. Then, most dinghy engines have a little step on the inside of the propeller. Use that step and push up. Saved my butt when we had tied up at the Baths.


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I gotta try this some time:

The easy way to board a dinghy

Not sure if it requires super-strong abs, or just good technique.

Dan cheers

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I did the back flip into dingy in may for the first time.
It is easier than climbing aboard.
I'm 6'2" 200 lbs and 61 years old. The key to success was to make sure your head goes under water not against the dingy.
Just commit and go for it and you will end up in dingy.
I showed my crew the technique and had them flipping in as well

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Originally Posted by sail445
I’ve used C-Step for over 20 years and it has come in handy for getting the people who are out of shape into the dink.
A tip: tie a line to the opposite side of the step so when boarding you have something to grab to help you up.

Originally Posted by sail445
I’ve used C-Step for over 20 years and it has come in handy for getting the people who are out of shape into the dink.
A tip: tie a line to the opposite side of the step so when boarding you have something to grab to help you up.

The tip about the line on the opposite side is pure gold. A line with a monkey paw at the end makes getting in to the dink so much easier!


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