Georgia set sail from Anguilla at 0610 this morning, heading for the BVI, specifically Virgin Gorda. We sailed 78 miles in a little less than nine hours, all downwind. It was a beautiful day for a sail, with the breeze checking in at 25 to 30 knots. The swells made life a bit tough for our passengers, but they soldiered through. They’ll have a great day tomorrow in Gorda Sound, as there’s lots of snorkeling and beach walking to be found.
It’s nice to be back in the BVI. I’ve spent a lot of time here in the past three decades, so it feels very much like home. The last time I was in Gorda Sound for any length of time was on Sheherazade II (I know it’s spelled wrong, the owner insisted), a 98-foot steel sloop designed by Ladd. Frank Crane, Janine Tomasovic, Holly Vrotsos and I were here caring for the boat and one of the wackiest owners ever. Great memories. We were here for about a month in 1990, and got to know the place pretty well. It’s a lot more built up, and the great little bar on Saba Rock seems to have been turned into more hotel housing. Bummer, it was one of those cool little run-down yachtie bars with cheap beer, paperbacks for trade, and a couple of scraggly old dogs lying in the shade with tails thumping lazily when you walked by.
It was a long, but rewarding day. I love working on big boats, even in my dotage.