Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Baths, BVI

Needed a change of venue so I decided to follow Team Sandpiper and Shiraz over to the BVI. It is usually very easy to travel to Jost Van Dyke from St John as it is a beam reach for 6 miles. Anything east can be difficult when the trades are blowing. We left late in the afternoon for Jost and had a marvelous sail right into the harbor by Foxys.

Next morning we cleared in with customs and the wind was blowing south at 10 kts. We shot out of there and had a great sail along the south side of Tortola all the way to Virgin Gorda. A rare occurence for sure.

I grabbed a mooring in front of the Baths and went for a swim to cool off while Shiraz checked out anchoring options at Spanish Wells, about a mile North. I motored North and anchored in 25 ft of deep sand.

Next Morning we went back to the Baths and hung out there for most of the day.The Virgins are volcanic in origin and the Baths are granite boulders the size of houses that were at one time suspended in lava. The ocean has eroded the lava and laeft these enormous rocks jumbled together on the beach. They foorm grottos and caves all along the waterfront. Definitely a must see if in this area.

1 comment:

Aimee said...

Cool pictures! :-)