Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Cane Garden Bay to Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke

We work hard for our pleasures here in the BVI. It took us a full hour to move over to Jost Van Dyke this morning (Dec 29th). Initially we were doing about 6 knots under genoa alone (too much effort to hoist the main for such a short trip) but then the wind dropped to about 6 knots so the iron sail brought us into Great Harbour. While the main.. Read More

Soper’s Hole to Cane Garden Bay

Slipped our mooring right on schedule at 10 AM per our arrangement the night before with Sue and Ash. Raised the full mainsail, then the staysail as we rounded Steel Point at the Western end of Tortola (and opposite Great Thatch) and had another lovely sail in about 15-21 knots of Easterly winds. Almost made it to Cane Garden Bay in one tack but decided to head the last little.. Read More

Crossing borders

We raised our mainsail and slipped our mooring at Francis Bay around midday, then sailed through Fungi Passage (between Whistling Cay and Mary Point) for a spanking sail in 12-15 kt Esterly (of course) winds close-hauled, initially heading towards Jost Van Dyke, then tacking when we could make it around the Eastern end of Great Thatch and into Soper’s Hole. We were met by Ash and Sue in their dinghy… Read More

St John

So, we made it to Francis Bay on St John with only one minor hitch (a lost flip flop) after our midday libations in Cruz Bay. Cruz Bay is well worth the visit for interesting arty shops and a selection of good restaurants; whereas Francis Bay is a wonderful peaceful bay that is part of the National Park that covers 2/3 of the island of St John. However, it is.. Read More

Xmas in the USVI

Merry Christmas from Howard, Hope, Scott and Sonia! Having picked up the new crew from Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas yesterday, Howard has safely navigated the family through Christmas Bay cut (how appropriate) to Cruz Bay on the National Park island of St John.  After a couple of Pain Killers we hope he is still up to navigating us to nearby Francis Bay where we plan to enjoy our Christmas.. Read More