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Well sometimes you have to travel to get some wind. We escaped the sullen winds of
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grace our bow. I could hope, but that was about all I could do. Photo below is our Skipper and
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Mate, great friends fro...
them. They were so close the spray from their breaths tossed into the air. My camera was
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They say when cruising in the British Virgin Islands that most Charters are lucky to get 3 days
out of 7 of good wind. We ...
After a great day of sailing you get these fabulous sunsets!
After a great day of sailing you get these fabulous sunsets!
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William McCoy on the Cape Dory Typhoon

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William McCoy, retired U.S. Army Chaplain, and Cape Dory enthusiast, on the Cape Dory Typhoon:

So a gentle storm was "a-brewin" from the west, moving onto our lake for one day this week. The winds were estimated to be all over the map, from 10 to 20, to as much as 17 to 30kts. All sorts of wind variations were indicated. It is nearly the end of December and the Yacht Club is deserted but for a few hearty folks who scoff at the wind and set sail anyway. Like a friend said years ago, "if it were easy, everyone would be out sailing today...!"

I figured there was just this one day of good sailing in the next week or so, then Christmas holidays would require family visiting and travel and demands would keep BaggyWrinkles on her trailer. So a trip to the club was in order despite the forecast.

Winds were forecast to be out of the West-SouthWest, just perfect conditions for making it back to our cove in safety if it proved more stormy than enjoyable. However, looking at the photo below, you'd think no one in their right mind would want to be in that weather! Even the lake was transformed into a dark lava looking surface strafed with lines of white left by heavy gusts.

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William McCoy on the Cape Dory Typhoon

  1. 1. Well sometimes you have to travel to get some wind. We escaped the sullen winds of Lake Murray for the bejeweled waters of the Caribbean a couple of weeks ago. Sailing with our friends, Hugo and Sharon, expats to the UK Island of Tortola, we arrived with fanfare and pleasure to the balmy temps of Nanny Cay and set sail aboard “Buff” the 41’ Beneteau 3 cabin design and began our “tour” of the Islands we have become so enamored with since having our yacht with the Moorings there for five years. And the trip was just “pre hurricane season” and we noticed the meteorological signs were quite evident that the storms were boiling a bit. But we managed to squeeze out a bit of gentle winds during a week with our friends. And throughout the week, I had mentioned that I wanted to see just one thing, dolphins. After sailing here since 2004, I’d never had dolphins
  2. 2. grace our bow. I could hope, but that was about all I could do. Photo below is our Skipper and 1st Mate, great friends from several years of sailing with the Moorings. Our plan was to lollagag from Cooper Island to the Baths (photo), then off to Marina Cay ( Pusser’s Restaurant location ) and then on to Virgin Gorda, then Anegada Reef, return to Jost van Dyke ( and Foxy’s ) and back to Tortola via the Norman Island Bight. With friends, we caught up nightly, with a great table of delights cooked up by our 1st Mate Sharon, and then cigars. I had told the Skipper, Hugo, I’d bring a selection of cigars. I brought 2 cigars for every night aboard. This way we could sample the choices together each evening. We enjoyed the gentle winds but hoped for more. Not yet. Sailing past Necker Island, we made our way to Anegada Reef, and the shallow moorings at that location. Sometimes your keel kisses the bottom at Anegada. We awoke to another day of gentle winds and so much so that we abandoned our sail plan for the iron genny and made our way in calm to still seas towards Jost van Dyke, about 15 to 20 nautical miles. Get the sunscreen! Somehwere about half way towards Jost, Skipper Hugo yelled “Dolphins!” And I immediately grabbed my Nikon, set it on automatic, and headed for the bow. Suddenly the playful dogs of the sea had joined our passage and began to play, rolling over and looking at us with their happy eyes. It was a magical arrival! Since the winds had been so fickle, I’d given myself up for a deck monkey and didn’t care if I touched the helm at all. It was balmy and calm, and in the azure water appeared these happy characters of the sea. I almost jumped in to join
  3. 3. them. They were so close the spray from their breaths tossed into the air. My camera was clicking light crazy and I felt this was the highlight of our trip. So there we were, close enough to touch the dolphins and we reveled in their appearance! They say it’s a good omen to see these kids at sea. And we couldn’t stop talking about them frolicking in the brilliant waters. After only maybe five minutes of play, they lost interest and found something else to do. We motored on. Hugo had wanted to try his genny and we deployed it for some further fun. I jumped into the zodiac and snapped a few pics of the event.
  4. 4. They say when cruising in the British Virgin Islands that most Charters are lucky to get 3 days out of 7 of good wind. We must have beat the odds because we got at least 4 days on this trip. But then who is worried when the scenery and the temperature is so nice! Ah well, it was great times with great friends in a splendid climate. Plus we got Dolphins on this trip! If you’re headed to the BVI this winter, be sure you check out the Baths (photo 1) where you can move over and under some of the largest boulders you could ever imagine. And think of stopping by Marina Cay (below) where you can have a delightful dinner at the Pusser’s restaurant there. Plus, don’t forget that long trek to and from Anegada Reef, you might see Dolphins too!
  5. 5. After a great day of sailing you get these fabulous sunsets!
  6. 6. After a great day of sailing you get these fabulous sunsets!

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