The Far Reach, Anchored, Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI–26 Feb 2016
Hooray! My family finally arrived a couple weeks ago. It’s terrific to have us all together after being separated for almost three months! We spent some time in St Thomas getting everyone settled in to life on the Far Reach. The kids have been working on dinghy handling, snorkeling, and sailing skills. They had no trouble restarting homeschool just where they left off a few days before. It a lot of fun to sit on the bridge deck and watch them down through the companionway at the saloon table working through their lessons.
Last week wehad a fine sail under settled conditions during a 15 mile hop to St John and spent a couple of gorgeous days in Maho Bay. Then we sailed off the mooring (you are required to take a mooring in the National Park) and had a five mile close reach in brisk winds with a reefed main and working jib to Jost Van Dyke and once again the Far Reach found herself anchored in Great Harbor in 35′ of water. We cleared back in to the BVI. We had a great time there and a few days later we sailed up wind about five miles over to the very picturesque Cane Garden Bay on the west end of Tortola and anchored on a sandy bottom in about 20′ of water. This is a fabulous anchorage.
In the next few days we will probably head east up the Drake Channel eventually working our way to the Baths and Virgin Gorda.