Once we made it down to the BVI it was time to relax, drink a few painkillers and snorkel. Well, that was after cleaning, waxing, fixing and reorganizing the boat of course! Since we left a day early on the rally we had a week in the BVI before our crew were going to fly home. That meant a little exploring was in order.
First though we arrived in Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola which is actually quite nice. This is where they held the final happy hours for the Carib1500 rally and the awards ceremony party. We spent a few days just hanging in the marina and enjoying being on land! We enjoyed rehashing the trip with our fellow rally folks and sharing our stories of rough weather and faulty equipment. The final party was fun too and we all dressed up in our matching shirts!
Docked at Nanny Cay marina.
Dressed up for the party in our matching shirts. I think it took 4 tries to get this picture! (ahem…graham!)
Ryan was trying to win a mustache contest (he came in 2nd) which is why he looks so ridiculous!
Father and son
When we got out of the marina (finally!) it was time for some snorkeling. We headed to the Indians and got in the water and splashed around.
Graham relaxing on the sail over to Cooper Island.
After that we went to Cooper Island to relax for the night. We met up with Te Mana there and had happy hour aboard our boat and dinner on theirs. Our resident bartender Greg went the extra mile by printing a list of drinks our boat offered and serving them up with a smile. 🙂 Then we had a great dinner on Te Mana with great company!
Kirk serving up dinner.
Russell reading from their drinks menu.
Pierre and Heather enjoying dinner.
Graham, Tony and Greg relaxing with their drinks.
Next up on our BVI tour was Jost Van Dyke. We moored the boat in White Harbor, had drinks at the Soggy Dollar and dinner at Foxy’s. Ahh….this is the life. Plus Stanley got to chase balls on the beach and ride on the paddle board!
At the Soggy Dollar
Graham finding the tag he previously left at Foxy’s from “The Virgin Excursion”.
Stanley chasing after a ball.
Tony keeping an eye on Stanley (or is it the other way around!)
Stanley on the paddle board.
Stanley gets concerned when we’re in the water! It’s okay buddy!
After Jost we headed back to Tortola. This time we stopped at Cane Garden Bay. We headed in for lunch, toured the rum distillery and generally just hung out and relaxed. We made a dinner on the boat and in the morning sadly bid farewell to Graham as he left to catch his flight.
Graham learning about how they make rum.
Greg holding his new rum “the panty dropper”….
Stanley dressed up for Graham’s last night.
Bye Bye Graham. 🙁
Lastly, we headed over to Trellis Bay to bid farewell to Greg and Tony.
Greg testing his PFD.
At Marina Key looking at Scrub Island.
Prosciutto wrapped melon (made in Graham’s honor) spiced up with some mustaches!
It was sad to see everyone leave after a great passage and a fun time in the BVI. You guys are welcome to come back anytime!!!