Chilling in Virgin Gorda

Chillin' in Virgin Gorda

Chillin’ in Virgin Gorda

We are anchored about a mile from Richard Branson’s private island in Virgin Gorda, BVIs. The picture here is of my feet as I was chillin’ on the front deck in the shade looking at the Bitter End Marina. This was some well-deserved relaxation after a bunch of running around for a few days when our prop suddenly went out on our dinghy motor.

We tried to find a new prop, or repair the old one, in St. Martin. But, despite it being a part mecca for boats, no one could find the specific model we needed for our Yamaha motor. I got on the Internet, and found a dealer in the BVIs who had a new prop in stock. Since we planned to go there anyway, we spent a day prepping to leave St. Martin and cleared out with plans to leave Thursday morning at 4AM.

We had a nice fast sail from St. Martin to Road Harbour, BVIs on Thursday and actually arrived by 4PM after 89 nm. We quickly dropped the dinghy in the water and went to the customs house to clear into the country before they closed at 4:30. We stayed the night in the swelly harbor (thanks to the constant flow of ferries in and out behind us). Then the next morning I made a quick trip to the Yamaha dealer who sold me the prop, and I went back to the boat and in about 15 minutes changed out and put on the new prop. Awesome!

Party time

Party time

We immediately left Road Harbour to sail back east to Virgin Gorda. Several boats we know were rendezvousing there, including s/v Gromit, s/v Salty Ginger, and s/v Rhythm who we last saw in Simons Town. They all three have kids, so its a family atmosphere here. Last night we had a potluck at Rhythm, and the photo here is a few of the adults in their cockpit.

Below is a map showing our track from St. Martin to Road Harbour, and then over to Virgin Gorda.

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