Anegada, unlike all the other islands in the BVIs, is as flat as a pancake, just some sand atop a giant coral reef. It is situated to the north-east of the rest of the BVIs and is a 2-hour sail from North Sound. Shortly after picking up a mooring in the main anchorage, we were met by Sammy in a little red, blue and yellow wooden dinghy. As it turns out, Sammy owns the imaginatively named “Sammy’s Bar and Restaurant”, right on the beach. He is a complete charmer and the girls were sold on his invitation to join him (and anyone else willing to pay) for lobster dinner that night. You can see Sammy preparing the lobster for the grill in the video below. The lobster was a big hit, especially with the girls. They were even more intrigued with the limbo contest that followed. The multi-talented Sammy is not only a great salesman, he is also very adept at limbo. While there were many contestants, Sammy managed to hold off all comers and won the day. Anne cleverly crawled under the limbo bar on her hands and knees, to much applause. The judges declared her a good sport, but totally off-side – nothing but the soles of your feet can touch the ground as you dance under the limbo bar.
On the way back down to Marina Cay, we hoisted our Code-0 sail for the first time. It is a large foresail that is meant for light winds. In the right conditions, Panache goes faster with just this one sail up than she does with under both mainsail and jib. We love our Code-0 and are delighted to have it on board.
From Marina Cay, Buff and I dinghied over to nearby Scrub Island. It’s a spot for the wealthy. Guests arrive by boat and are greeted with drinks served on a silver platter at the end of the dock. I was dressed in board-shorts and a tee-shirt so was conspicuous without my ascot. We met a delightful English family who were waiting to board a 120-foot sailboat the next day. They were definitely the “right-sort” for this up-market resort. Interestingly, they brought two model sailboats that were remote controlled. The kids raced their father, who made a valiant comeback right at the end, but fell just shy of the mark. See the time-lapse video below.
Four of us went snorkeling at Monkey Point while Anne kept look-out aboard Panache. Underwater video loses much of its brilliance as saltwater blocks certain colours (reds in particular) from the spectrum, and more the deeper you go. I have a filter for my GoPro that is supposed to counteract that problem, but unfortunately forgot to attach it on that day.
The last few days of our trip were spent on Jost Van Dyke island where Mum gave Benny and me a hair cut, just like old times. Our final stop was Sopers Hole. Rick & Buff brought champagne to celebrate our last evening. Great idea, but unfortunately, Rick and I carried on with scotch and Montecristo’s (also from Rick) late into the night. After taking the crew in the dinghy to their taxi the next morning, I returned to the boat to sleep off the excesses of the night before!
The two-week tour just flew by. I was particularly delighted to have Mum join in the fun, just like so many other times over the years. She adapted to the “cruising life” very well and seemed to love every minute (I know I certainly did). While getting on and off Panache was a bit challenging at the start, she never complained, and by the end, as Rick had predicted, she was more-or-less hopping in and out of the dinghy with minimal assistance. Buff was a hoot as always and kept the rest of us well entertained and in good spirits. Rick helped out wherever a hand was needed and was very adept at keeping the girls under control (no small feat, but he his definitely well-practiced!).
Thank you all for coming!