Closing the Loop

Today we finished our second circumnavigation of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  We made our first clockwise tour in November, just after Jeff and Felipe brought the boat down from the Chesapeake, and before we started our stint as Bay Hosts for the Virgin Island National Park Service (USVI).  On our initial trip we hit up anchorages on Jost Van Dyke, Trellis Bay, the Dogs, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, and the West End. 

First Tortola circumnavigation. We left from Nanny Cay (red X) and checked out at Soper’s Hole (green x).

On our second circumnavigation, we circled Tortola counterclockwise.  We knew that there were several things we wanted to see before we began the slow sail home , so we made a list while we were still at Leinster and took a little over 2 weeks to check off most of our goals (You always gotta leave something undone to return to!). On this time around, we hit up several of the islands on the Sir Francis Drake Channel including Norman, Peter, Salt, and Cooper.  We also spent a night in Road Town before heading around to Trellis Bay again.  Our last night in the BVI was spent in Cane Garden Bay grooving to the trio Too Smooth at Quito’s.  And just before we checked out, we did one of the most important things on our list – stopped in at Sebastian’s to pick up a bit of rum. 

Our second Tortola circumnavigation began when we left Leinster Bay (USVI, red X) and returned to clear out of Soper’s Hope in the West End (green X)
Visiting Leverick Bay in Gorda Sound. This is a nice stop to get provisions, do laundry, have a good meal, and if you are lucky, catch the Michael Beans pirate sing-a-long.
Can you spot Jeff between the boulders at The Baths?
Sailing Bear west through the Sir Francis Drake Channel.
Bear at the head of the mooring field at The Bight on Norman Island.
Hiking the trails (soon to be roads to private homes) on Norman Island.
Jeff diving down for a closer look at The Indians off of Norman Island.
Bear on the north side of Salt Island.
Margaret collecting salt for a photographic project, on Salt Island.
The wreck of the RMS Rhone off Salt Island. This 310′ long royal mailer steamer went down in 1867 during a hurricane.
Jeff enjoying a new rum at the Cooper Island Rum Bar.
Margaret snorkeling at The Cistern off of Cooper Island.

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