Day 1 – Departing the dock and Norman Island.

Elkhorn Coral at the Sandy Ledges in Privateer Cove, Norman Island

Finally, after provisioning the vessel and attending to some minor issues, we left the dock at Road Town around 14:00. We got some wonderful sailing in, arriving at Privateer Bay on Norman Island around 16:30. There was a turtle hanging around at the mooring ball when we arrived! We grabbed some snacks then hit the water for a fantastic, shallow SCUBA dive at the Sandy Ledges. Lots of interesting critters including lobster, brittle starfish, and beautiful coral! We finished the evening off watching Captain Ron on deck and watching the tarpon feed in the light off of the back of the boat!

Travel day

The Atlantic from the air

Whew, that was a long exhausting day. In order to catch my 05:00 flight, I had to leave Ripple before 02:00. 17 hours later, we were finally aboard Windfall, the 45′ Beneteau that will be our home for the next 10 days. The water down here is so beautiful, I’m in my happy place!

Fair Weather!

Good news, the current forecast show no problems in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or Gulf of Mexico through June 28!

We’ll keep a sharp eye out for any changes, looking forward to another wonderful adventure!

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.