Friday, February 23, 2007

Update in the Virgin Islands

Too much time has passed since my last blog. After I last wrote we spent a week sailing around St John, USVI exploring her beautiful beaches and snorkeling reefs. The following photos were taken of Event Horizon as we rounded the west side of St John.
Most of our time has been spent in Sopers Hole, West End, Tortola where we have good internet connectivity for doing our day jobs and all important amenities nearby. Each day holds much of the same, great weather, daylight hours spent doing boat chores and web work, and fun-filled evenings thanks to the company of sailing friends. On the occasional day one of the sailing friends will rent a car and then several of the gang will happily join the road trip, usually to the big town of Road Town to visit all of the chandleries and favorite provisioning shops, including a fantastic bakery I discovered in Road Town that is part of the New England Culinary Institute.

Every 20 plus days we do the cruising dance. This is when we must check-out of the BVI (the maximum stay is 30 days, which we have yet to be granted). We typically sail to nearby St John, USVI and check-in at Cruz Bay. (Since we are a USA documented vessel and my captain and I are both US citizens, we do not need to check-out of the USVI. Plus, on our last visit to U.S. Customs and Immigration we were able to sign-up and secure id cards for a local boaters option program that allows us to check-in by telephone the next time we arrive to the USVI or Puerto Rico.) Partial to the British side, we usually check back into the BVI the following day.

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