Preparations are under way!

After much discussion, we have booked a vessel for our next BVI adventure. We are currently scheduled for 11 days on a 45′ Beneteau monohull in late June. We will be keeping a close eye on the weather as hurricane season starts at the beginning of June in this area.
At this point everything except the charter and airline reservations are entirely flexible. Here’s the TENTATIVE itinerary:

  • Day 1 Board and provision vessel
  • Day 2 Captains briefing > Boat checkout > Indians > Norman Island > Snorkel the Caves > Willy T
  • Day 3 Snorkel the Caves > Dive/snorkel the Rainbow Canyons > Kay Bay, Cooper Island > Dive/snorkel the Willy T > Cooper Island
  • Day 4 Refill Tanks > Dive/snorkel the Rhone > Dive/Snorkel the Baths > Top off water > Bitter End Yacht Club
  • Day 5 Refill Tanks > Kodiak Queen > Great Dog > Leverick Bay > provision food
  • Day 6 Refill Tanks > Necker Island > Anegada
  • Day 7 Visit the Flamingo Pond > Wander Anegada
  • Day 8 Playground > Explore Sandy Spit > Jost Van Dyke – Foxy’s
  • Day 9 Refill Tanks > Soggy Dollar
  • Day 10 Indians > Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
  • Day 11 Covid Tests > Kodiak Queen > Baths again > Norman > Snorkel the Caves > Willy T again
  • Day 12 Snorkel Caves > Road Town and disembark

Ready for another adventure?

It’s time to start planning the next SailRipple adventure. If you are interested in a sailing or sailing/diving trip in 2021 or 2022 please send me a note via the contact form and we can begin to get things rolling!

I’m currently thinking June of 2022 for the BVI or Jan-Feb of 2022 for Tahiti, that’s the off season, when the prices are lower!

PS – If you’re not vaccinated, don’t bother. It’s hard enough travelling internationally when vaccinated, I can’t imagine that other countries will be letting unvaccinated US citizens into their countries anytime in the near future.

In the books

After a good night sleep ashore in Galveston, I dropped Captain Tony off at Houston Hobby Airport and made my way back to Sun Suite. We cleaned her up and secured the new dock lines for a permanent docking solution and prepped her for our departure.

1533.4 nautical miles
16.28 days

Many mistakes were made, lots of things learned. I’m a better sailor now and have much more confidence in my skills with this crossing under my belt.

I made my way back to Galveston some some wonderful crab bisque at the Cajun Greek before another nice night of sleep ashore in Pirates Cove.

Galveston, oh Galveston…

We made it to the Galveston jetties around 08:30 Friday morning. It was nice to be back in familiar waters. Lots of morning traffic in the Houston Ship Channel. Four hours later we had passed under the Kemah bridge and were approaching the dock in Clear Lake. Clear Lake has changed lot since my sailing days with Lawrence, I barely recognized the place. We hit secured Sun Suite and met the new neighbors.

Thursday 20:00-24:00 watch

A couple of storms early in the watch. Massive lightning strikes less than a mile away from the boat.  Not much wind or rain though.

I can see the glow of Port Arthur (about 30nm) off to the starboard,

There are some vessels moving out here, keeping in my eyes open for anything headed our way or in our path.

Thursday 08:00 – 12:00 watch

I have clear skies and open seas for my watch this morning.  Quite a bit of a difference from the slalom course of oil platforms last evening and night. Still no wind, it’s a good thing that we topped off the fuel yesterday.

Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00 dog watch

The Lia Jane from Grand Isle, LA

Well… It’s been a trying day. Shortly after sunrise, I contacted a nearby tug boat who informed me that the marina at Grand Isle would be an easy access location to top off the fuel and water. On arriving, we find that the diesel dock was closed for repairs and that the only other fuel dock on the island that is deep enough for a sailboat is set up for work boats that are purchasing 4-5000 gallons at a time. They were kind enough to sell us 19 gallons to top off our tank so that we can safely make it to Galveston if the wind stays flakey like it has been.

Tons of dolphins playing in the bayou, but they were fairly camera shy.

We are back in the gulf now, about 2 miles offshore in 30′ of water motorsailing our way home. With both the motor and the light winds we are making an easy 7.5-8 kts. At this rate we should be in Galveston Friday morning!

Lots of oil rigs out here, there are at least 75 visible from our location. We’ll have to keep our eyes open tonight.

Wednesday 04:00 – 08:00 watch

Gentle breeze out of the West tonight. Storms in the distance, and a few ominous clouds floated over us. With less that 100nm from shore, we decided that it was time to crack up the engine. I chatted with a tugboat shortly after sunrise and he confirmed that our destination of Grand Isle would have deep enough water for a sailboat. With a minor course alteration, we should be making landfall by mid afternoon.

Lots of oil rigs out here, and a hefty about of traffic coming in and out of the Mississippi.