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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:22 pm    Post subject:  South Sound, Virgin Gorda

Here is a chartlet for South Sound, Virgin Gorda:



Any personal experience anchoring there? Pointers to resources or logs?

I presume one would sail North of VG and down the East coast to get there. Comments?

sail fast, dave
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Kerry
Link to this postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:32 pm    Post subject:  South Sound

South Sound. Lovely place. Tons of conch. You can get at it either way depending on seas, we do both. Really too far out of the way to be an anchorage, and i hate to give clear directions on it to keep the stampede out!
But, here is enough to keep you out of trouble. If coming from the West, follow along the reef on the outside you will be in about 30 feet of water. The edge of the reef is very clearly defined as it is very steep to. Stay fairly close to the main reef and follow edge of the reef to the north into the bay. Keeping an eye out on your starboard side for an isolated patch of reef that only has about 6 or 7 feet over it. The gap between the point of the main reef and the isolated patch of reef is about 300 feet. As you come around the point of the reef coming into the bay then aim straight for the large tin shed that is on the northeast end of the bay. There is often many fish traps in the area. The deepest water in the bay is a couple of hundred feet from the beach and that is about 8 feet. If you go past the pink house you really have to start picking it if you are going in deeper to the southwest mangrove area.
Between the beach and the reef for most of the bay there is 6-7 feet getting shallower as you go closer to the reef. Over near the mangrove hole, there are many shallow areas. Deepest water is very close to the beach.
Fishermen clean their conch shells in there by the mangroves and tons of pelicans. Eeks! I just gave way directions to one of my sure fire noone else will ever go to spots!! I would copy the directions down quick before I have a change of heart and take them down!!!.
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:45 pm    Post subject:  Re: South Sound

Kerry wrote:
If coming from the West, follow along the reef on the outside you will be in about 30 feet of water. The edge of the reef is very clearly defined as it is very steep to. Stay fairly close to the main reef and follow edge of the reef to the north into the bay. Keeping an eye out on your starboard side for an isolated patch of reef that only has about 6 or 7 feet over it. The gap between the point of the main reef and the isolated patch of reef is about 300 feet. As you come around the point of the reef coming into the bay then aim straight for the large tin shed that is on the northeast end of the bay. There is often many fish traps in the area. The deepest water in the bay is a couple of hundred feet from the beach and that is about 8 feet. If you go past the pink house you really have to start picking it if you are going in deeper to the southwest mangrove area.
Between the beach and the reef for most of the bay there is 6-7 feet getting shallower as you go closer to the reef. Over near the mangrove hole, there are many shallow areas. Deepest water is very close to the beach.


Thanks Kerry. The good news is that South Sound is out of bounds for all the charter companies I know about. <grin>

sail fast, dave
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tpcook
Link to this postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:48 pm    

Hello:
I own the South Sound Villa on South Sound. Do not use GPS and the moving maps to enter or navigate in South Sound. The map has a 300 ft error. Would surely put you on the reef.

South Sound is a fishery protected area. No fishing or conch and legally no anchoring, although boats do anchor in SS.

TpCook


www.videoautomation.com/virgingordavilla
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:51 pm    

tpcook wrote:
legally no anchoring, although boats do anchor in SS.


Thanks for your thoughts -- can you point me to the law against anchoring? It is news to me that there are specific anchoring restrictions that apply to entire bays/coves/whatever in BVI.

sail fast, dave
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HillsideView
Link to this postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:55 pm    

Thorny's post got me thinking, so I did some looking around. Kind of hard to read this map, but I think this is what he is referring to: http://www.bvidef.org/main/content/view/21/58/
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 5:58 am    

Very interesting. Again, news to me. The "no anchoring" designation is pretty clear.

Also interesting that Kerry's description included local fisherman cleaning conch on the beach when SS is a protected area.

It sure would help to have higher resolution charts, and to understand the overlap of priority and protected areas. The designations would seem to be in conflict.

I'll write to DEF this week and ask for additional insight. I'll also compare the areas to the red-lines on Moorings and (if I can find it) Sunsail maps.

sail fast, dave
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tpcook
Link to this postPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:31 am    

Hello:
Did you ever get a response from DEP? More definition on a map?

Thanks
TpCook
South Sound Villa
Virgin Gordas
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DawnB
Link to this postPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:14 am    

HillsideView wrote:
Thorny's post got me thinking, so I did some looking around. Kind of hard to read this map, but I think this is what he is referring to: http://www.bvidef.org/main/content/view/21/58/


Wow - I followed the link and found out that you aren't supposed to anchor or fish near Green Cay either? Yet when we were there last January, we saw lots of locals fishing, and lots of boats anchored there...
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Auspicious
Link to this postPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:48 am    

Hi Thorny,

Thank you for reminding me. I never heard back. I'll write again.

No luck with better resolution maps. Even Google Earth imagery looks like it is all satellite stuff taken at a slant, so the locations and even some shapes are suspect.

It did get me started on a project to build an inexpensive sounding system for a dinghy ...

sail fast, dave
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