captain’s log
Well, February has come and gone. The weather in the BVI has been quite good. We had the normal North swells that come and go this time of year which had an affect on where to moor for the night. Two charters this past month had groups that partied pretty heavy, drinking lots of booze and playing loud music. One group kept the staff (and me) on duty longer than normal, late into the night while partying at Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island. Dancing on and streaking across the bar were only some of the activities observed (we won’t mention any names here).
A visit to the island of Anegada is almost always requested by newcomers to the BVI. I like Anegada for what it is; a flat, isolated island with nice beaches, undeveloped with a relatively small population. Anagada is known for Loblolly Bay beach and Cow Wreck beach on the North side of the island and for the highly prized (and priced) Anegada lobster dinners. On one trip to Anegada, we experienced unusually flat calm seas with no wind, waves or swells, what a rarity! It was so calm that we could clearly see the bottom of the sea bed at 35-ft depth as we cruised across the open passage to Anegada. There were star fish everywhere along the bottom, hundreds and hundreds of them! Quite a site to see.
Anegada is liked by some but not by all. Twice this month on different charters, we departed Anegada early because the charter guests did not care for it that much. I think they thought the lobster dinners were a bit too expensive.
We often get beautiful star-lit nights in the BVI when there is no cloud cover or light from a full moon. Full moon nights are spectacular to experience as well. I have the most amazing star watching program on my computer. It’s called Starry Night, from Imaginovia. Check it out at to see the different products available. It is absolutely amazing what this program can do. It even shows satellites moving across the sky. You enter your location and the exact time and date and it shows you what is in the sky above. You can advance the time and date in increments to see what is coming ahead of you. This time of year, two of my favorite constellations come into view; Orion and the Southern Cross (Crux). Currently, soon after 11:00PM till around 3:00AM, the Southern Cross can be seen in the low southern sky. As the season moves on, it will be in and out of view earlier in the night. Orion marches across the sky, nearly overhead from our location in the BVI. To get your bearings, look at Orion’s belt and sword. The sword points south towards the Southern Cross. Look opposite to the north and you will see the Big Dipper and Polaris, the North Star.
March is not going to be a very busy month. I have a lot of one-day trips scheduled and a week charter on a motor yacht with a repeat charter guest. It will be a good time to catch up on other business related issues. The photo at the top of this page is an evening photo taken from my balcony overlooking Roadtown, Tortola and Village Cay Marina.
See you next month........
Wednesday, February 28, 2007