Back in the Tropics

We arrived back in Puerto Rico on Thursday, March 3rd. On the 4th, Julie and Tracy flew in from Pennsylvania. Today, the 5th, we departed Puerto Rico after having spent the last six weeks in the Enchanted Isle. We were so excited to have Julie and Tracy on board for the next 10 days, which will be spent, almost entirely, in the British Virgin Islands.

Picking up Julie and Tracy at the San Juan Airport

Picking up Julie and Tracy at the San Juan Airport

They've arrived!

They’ve arrived!

The long walk up A-dock to Beatitude

The long walk up A-dock to Beatitude

Around 6:40 this morning, we released the last lines holding us to the dock in Sunday Marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. A few minutes later, we made our way south of Isla Palominos and began to cross the Vieques Sound. The route was familiar since we had been to Culebra and Culebrita twice already. About four hours into our trip we passed Culebrita, bringing Beatitude into waters she had not seen before.

Beatitude in Sunbay Marina

Beatitude in Sunbay Marina

Our total passage today covered 58.2 nautical miles over about 11 1/2 hours. We spent the day heading directly into a 10-15 knot East-Southeasterly breeze, which was accompanied by 2-5 foot waves. Although it is obviously not the most comfortably point of sail, it was, in all other aspects, a very pleasing day of motorsailing. Around 6:10 in the early evening, we dropped anchor in 25′ of water in Round Bay, St. Johns, USVI. The anchorage was calm and protected from the winds which had opposed us all day. Although the trip was very enjoyable, we were tired and ready to relax for the evening.

The girls enjoying the passage to St. Johns

The girls enjoying the passage to St. Johns

Sails in the wind!

Sails in the wind!

The appropriately named Sail Rock, just southeast of St. Thomas

The appropriately named Sail Rock, just southeast of St. Thomas

Passing by the south side of St. Thomas

Passing by the south side of St. Thomas

We had the fishing lines out all day. Just before reaching St. Thomas, we had a hit on our starboard line. Tracy reeled in a 2.5′-3′ King Mackerel that ended up on our supper table as fish tacos. Mmmm! Just after catching the mackerel, something hit our port side line and snapped it almost immediately. I can only imagine what it was (Likely a shark in my estimation). Other than the frenzied activity which occurs when we have a fish on the line, the day was lazy, sunny, and beautiful. The views of St. Johns as we made our way along the southern border were truly breathtaking. It was absolutely gorgeous!

Holy Mackerel!

Holy Mackerel!

Julie exploring St. Johns through our binoculars.

Julie exploring St. Johns through our binoculars.

The magnificent St. John

The magnificent St. John

A quadruple selfie with St. John in the background

A quadruple selfie with St. John in the background

Taking a picture of Cindy taking a picture.

Taking a picture of Cindy taking a picture.

St. John as a backdrop

St. John as a backdrop

We made it as far as we could today. Our goal was to reach the BVIs in one day. We are only a handful of miles away. Beating into the wind and waves knocked down our speed a little bit, so tomorrow morning we will arise and complete the last 8 to 9 nautical miles of our journey to Road Town, Tortola, BVI, where we will check in to the country. We’re so enthused to spend the next week and a half with Julie and Tracy, having fun in the BVIs.

Approaching our anchorage in Round Bay, St. John, USVI

Approaching our anchorage in Round Bay, St. John, USVI

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