Month: May 2016

How We Survived The Anegada (OhMyGodAaaah!) Passage

Passages. Love them or hate them, sometimes they are necessary for getting from Point A to Point B. Prior to our afternoon departure from the BVIs to St. Martin through the Anegada Passage (aptly nicknamed the OhMyGodAaaah! Passage by sailors who have experienced its stomach-churning turbulence – I puked three times), I was chatting online with a friend from Brooklyn. He asked me, “What happens when you sail at night? How do you sleep?” These questions made me realize how little I’ve shared about the practical ways we deal with passages. We’re hardly experts, but we’ve experienced these longer-form trips enough times...

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The Baths at Devil’s Bay

The Baths on Virgin Gorda are a network of natural pools formed by giant boulders rising up from the sea. They are a can’t-miss spot when visiting the BVI, so we woke up at the crack of dawn to raise anchor and beat the charter boat crowds. We were handsomely rewarded for our efforts (and I sailed pre-coffee – that’s saying something!) by being the first people there. We swam in to the beach from Nightingale Tune carrying nothing but our GoPro, and had the place to ourselves to climb boulders and wade through peaceful pools, gawking at the stone structures...

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Snorkeling The Indians, BVI

We will never forget this magical morning spent snorkeling The Indians. They’re not much to look at above water – just a cluster of rocks standing at attention in the middle of the sound. But below the surface, a paradise of abundant ocean life awaits. We’ve been practicing our Go Pro photography skills, and managed to grab a few nice underwater shots during our exploration. Please enjoy!...

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Maho Bay Lobster Weekend 2016

Last weekend, six boats converged on St. John, creating the biggest ruckus Maho Bay has ever seen. That’s what happens when twelve live aboard sailors, seven boat kids, a whole mess of dinghies and water toys, and seven giant lobsters get together for a party. As I moored Nightingale Tune in the bay, a woman flanked by three adorable little girls on the bow of her boat yelled, “You’ve returned to the scene of the crime!” It was our friend Brittany on s/v Asante with her daughters, Isla, Haven, and Mira. We’d met them last year in this very same...

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Snapshots: One Week in the Virgin Islands

Looking through the photos I took this week, everything feels kind of random. At the start, we (temporarily) parted ways with Selah as they entertained some out-of-town guests and enjoyed a few days meandering around the islands of Tortola, Sandy Cay, and Jost Van Dyke in the BVI. We would have stayed longer, but we were running low on fresh food and clothes. With limited access to good grocery options in the BVI, it made sense to sail back to USVI. They are close, so it’s not a huge deal, but we moved slowly in the heat and spent much of the day clearing out of the BVI...

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