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The Drake Channel Tour: January 2009
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Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:42 am    Post subject: Note The Drake Channel Tour: January 2009

Hello again all.
Wanted to give you a trip report. January 19 – 29 2009

First time charter with BVI Yacht Charter.
Slept aboard the night before, early on that evening a little noisy loading the ships next door, but they were quiet by 9:00.
The company was great, An all women team. Very knowledgeable. Honeymoon Suite is an older boat, but was in great shape. Had one block blow out of the starboard truck for the jib sheet. Made a phone call and it was fixed at Cooper island by there chase boat. No inconvenience. Had no other problems all week.
Day 1:
After an arranged 0830 chart briefing, headed up to the north sound to Leverick bay. 20-25 knot breeze. Had a couple of reefs in. The wife is not a heeling fan at all and this was our first time alone. We sailed reefed most all week . We had some pretty high winds, plenty of gusting, and a bunch of squalls. Just flew up to the north sound, moored in Leverick in 3.5 hours. Had a perfect wind direction to shoot right up the channel. What a great sail.
Day 2:
Anegada….What more can I say, We left Leverick Bay early and got to Anegada early enough to watch everyone coming out. Perfect directions, and GPS help, from Walker made it very easy. What a beautiful place. We rented a jeep and had a great time. Seeing the sites. Walked for miles by ourselves on the powder soft beaches. Got some great photos of the Flamingos. Walker, your front yard is absolutely beautiful. Some of the guys got a huge shark out in front of the bar the night before, so we had some great shark tacos for lunch.
Day 3:
More of cruising around Anegada. Hit most of the same spots over again, soaking up the sun . Had a great meal at Neptunes.
Day 4:
Awoke early to an angry looking sky, got off the moor and made for the North sound. Looked back and watch Anegada get dumped on. Beat the rain all of the way back.
Moored up at Saba and waited out a 10 minute squall. We then Dinked over to the Fat Virgin for a great Lunch. The girls at the charter told us about a great dingy trip around the northeast side toward Oilnut bay. Then we cut across onto the beach on the back side of Prickly Pear Island. We also took the hike between The Bitter End over to Biras creek in the evening. Ended up on Biras Creek’s beach all by ourselves at dusk. What a neat day seeing all new stuff at places we’ve been before.
Day 5:
Squalls one after another.
High winds.
We hadn’t done any of the snorkeling around the dogs, so wanted to get in there early. Apparently people are overnighting there, cause everything was full by 0900. We were getting beat by the winds. Double reef sail down to Cooper island in no time flat, with all that wind behind us. Then POW , the wheel of the block on the truck just blew out. Took a bit to figure out what the noise was. The boat sailed fine after, just couldn't keep the foot of the sail flat. Snorkeled along the beach line, out to Cistern point. A juvenile tagged Sea turtle, and a school of squid were the stars of the show.
Day 6:
Day tripped back up though cut by Little Camanoe and went to Monkey point and White bay. In white bay there are a bunch of moorings, but noticed everyone was anchoring at the end of the bay toward Monkey point. We have never been out through here, and what a beautiful area. The day trip was also recommended during our chart briefing when we told them about wanting to see new sights. We were going to go around the outside back to Marina Cay. Got nailed by a big squall. We were already reefed down and it got ragged. We watched another boat get knocked down. Why is it that people try to sail all heeled over with so much sail up. It certainly doesn’t make you sail any faster. It is so dangerous. Saw all of the guys from Haiti at the Happy Hour Show at Marina Cay.
Day 7:
Down to The Caves for some great snorkeling(thousands of fish) then back to base. Flew out back to the great white north into a snow storm (Now that sucks)
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Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:29 am    

Great report!

Hope you got some pics too!

Good on you to keep the reefs in the sail.

Maybe consider a cat to ease your Wife's heeling worrys.
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Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:21 pm    

Thanks, I have never sailed a cat before...
Should I use it as an excuse and go down for the Cat course or could I sail one without it.
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Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:15 pm    

Sounds like a really nice trip. I bet you will be back to Anegada. It grows on you...
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Link to this postPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:19 pm    

It was a really nice trip..A very different trip, with it being just the 2 of us. We will be back to Anegada for sure.
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