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to ear. Glenn met us at Beef Island airport, on tortola,
following our short hop from the madness of Antigua
airport on a busy Friday afternoon. A short stroll from
the airport terminal down to the dinghy hauled up the
beach at trellis Bay, a two minute ride to the anchored
yacht and we found ourselves relaxing in the cockpit
with rum punches in hand, enjoying the evening
breeze. It started well.
I certainly had ample opportunity to screw up the
holiday, but a first-class boat like the trintella helped
me out quite a bit. the below deck accommodation is
truly luxurious, even somewhere to plug in a hair dryer
– one of the early prerequisites in our negotiations
at home. on deck there is a guest cockpit forward of
the working cockpit separating the sailors from the
“tourists”. the iconic trintella doghouse made it very
easy to duck out of the wind, and the absence of a
bimini was a bonus. every english sailor likes sailing
with the sun on his face. Also, from the aft cockpit,
I could happily steer from within easy reach of the
electric winches for mainsheet and foresails.
our first full day aboard Valour saw us test the
seagoing ability of this great ron holland design as we
beat upwind in 30 knots to Virgin Gorda. We anchored
off the upscale Bitter end Yacht Club, and joined in
the traditional sunday regatta. Lasers in the morning,
hobie Cats in the afternoon. sam and I had a score afternoon sail all the way around the west end of
to settle and, although I’m ahead in our photo, sam tortola up the north coast to arrive in Cane Garden
showed a total lack of respect and took overall honours Bay at sundown. We ate well ashore and watched live
on the day. Between us we won enough Mount Gay pictures of the Mardi Gras celebrations in new orleans.
rum to last us the week. they weren’t having any more fun than we were!
After enjoying the confines of north sound, the next morning, we reached across to Jost Van
sampling saturday dinner on saba rock and sunday Dyke, avoided the overcrowded tourist destinations of
dinner at the fabulous Fat Virgin Café, we reached back the soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy’s, anchored near Little
to roadtown, tortola, on Monday, to properly stock Cay and ventured ashore. We had a worthy destination
up with groceries. It was raining and blustery, but by for our short trek up and over the
evening Glenn had us anchored off the main charter headland: the Bubbling pool. We all
thoroughfares in Little harbor on peter Island, stern cooled off amidst the swell surging
tied to a tree, without another boat in sight. in through the rocks. that afternoon,
here we all had our first go at snorkelling, and we sailed upwind again to Monkey
although I came close to drowning, it was a key point, on the northern tip of tortola,
objective of the holiday I’d been dreaming of – and I for more snorkelling practice and a
got better at it as the week progressed. cup of tea.
For tuesday’s adventure, we set sail for the ocean on thursday and for the first
by way of the northern tip of peter Island, reached time, we set sail for an island we
around norman Island, and dropped the hook for the couldn’t see. Compared to most of
lunchtime swim in the Bight. We then enjoyed a fine the lofty islands in the archipelago,
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