It’s time to dust off my good old cruising guide to the British Virgin Islands. That’s right, come February we’re leaving the friendly confines of the Salish Sea for a weeklong family charter, and I have to say, it’ll be nice to simply charter a boat on my own. I used to lead flotillas and teach sailing and cruising classes for Offshore Sailing School in the BVI and other eastern Caribbean destinations, and while the job was fun and rewarding beyond measure, I always yearned to do a charter down there with just my friends or family.
Now I find myself in the position of those eager-eyed students who sat across the cockpit table from me, gazing over a chart, wanting to plot every tack and jibe, mooring pick-up, snorkeling spot, beach walk and sundowner. As I thumb through the guidebook, though, I know the realities of planning any cruising adventure. Things can and will change, so we might as well just get down there, point our bow out into the Sir Francis Drake Channel and see what happens.
Enjoy this week’s edition.