Monday, December 5, 2016

Sailing from Anagada to Virgin Gourda

Here is Onapua, sailing off her mooring last Friday, heading for Anagada.
Well Sunday I sailed back to the Bitter End Yacht Club and I had a chance to play around with the sails on the boat to try and get the best upwind speed as possible. I am heading down island tomorrow after I check out of the BVI and it is all upwind. I did come to the conclusion that i need to set my genoa fairleads forward.
I set my traveler to windward.
And I put a control line on the clew of the staysail to shape the sail.
It is about 100 miles to Anguilla, St Martin and Saba from here, all up wind, and I am not sure, which one I will end up at. It all depends on the wind and timing. If I leave noon on Monday, I should make it there Tuesday but I don't want to go in to an unknown Anchorage at night, so I might just slow down and get there Tuesday morning.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Inside my boat

First of all the sunset here was gorgeous so I couldn't pass up a photo.
I have been meaning to do a video of the inside of my boat for a while now and one of my fellow Westsail 32 owners, David Fincher on Dreamboat Annie did one so I followed suit.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Several squalls passed through overnight so I swapped my lighter 35lb CQR anchor for my better 45lb Manson Supreme first thing this morning before rowing ashore.
I did take a couple of clips yesterday on my sail across to Anegada that I combined into a sailing video that you can watch here.

 I shared a taxi with a neighboring boat over to Lolobby Bay on the north side of the island. A beautiful place for sure with a white sandy beach and nice snorkeling. I took a video of my swim and you can see it below.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sail to Anegada

It was an easy reach over in 10 knot trade winds from the SE and I anchored among 20 charter boats all on mooring balls and 3 other boats anchored well to the west of me. It took all of 3 hours to sail the 15 nautical miles over here in blue skies and puffy clouds. Because it is part of the BVI, I did not have to fly my quarantine flag or pass through customs and immigration.

I don't seem to be able to upload photos on this connection, so I will have to wait until I get to shore and find some WiFi. Before I do that though, I had noticed that the first link on my anchor chain is seriously rusted, so I want to pull that up and swap it out for the next link.

I want to do some snorkeling here on the other side of the island at a place called Loblolly where I am told that it is spectacular and the best in the BVI. Friends of mine on sailing vessel Windsurf said that the lobsters were very large there. I first have to work out how I am going to be able to get over there. There is supposed to be a bicycle rental place to cover the 9km distance to the bay but that means I may be snorkeling by myself which I do not like to do. Otherwise I might meet some other cruisers here. We will see how my day turns out. One thing about cruising is that I never know just what the day will bring.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Another visit to Hog Heaven

Last week I went to a restaurant overlooking North Sound called Hog Heaven to prepare for a group of us from the Salty Dawg Rally to visit and today was the day.
I took a photo of my boat Onapua from there and it is the one with the green sail covers in the middle of this next photo.
Here is a short video of our trip up there.

I am off now to Anagada, which is a dozen miles north of Virgin Gourda, reaching in these SE trade winds. If I can't get the internet there, I will update my blog when I get back here to the Bitter End Yacht Club in a few days.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A new sunny day

A gorgeous sunrise here in Virgin Gorda with the crew on board a mega yacht Cloud Break up early  cleaning the boat.
After yoga, yogurt, sodoku and lunch, it was time for Mexican Train Dominoes.
Then a hike for a couple of hours.
I couldn't resist this photo on the way.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rainy day

What to do? Reading only takes up so much time. After that it is "Farcle."
With Bill and Maureen on board Rum Runner. Lots of fun!
Later that evening I had dinner on board Zipporah with Doug and Mary from Minnesota .
Both couples have blogs documenting their cruising .

Bill has one at
and Mary has one at