captain’s log
July started with a tandem trip with two Virgin Trader power boats traveling together, a 48-ft Horizon named Virgin Flyer and a 56-ft Horizon named Virgin Explorer. It was a group of family and friends from New York, Puerto Rico and Brazil vacationing and cruising the BVI to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of the guests. I had guests from Brazil on my boat. Brazilian ladies are pretty indeed! It was interesting to learn that the country of Brazil, having a population of more than 180 million people, is totally independent of importing foreign oil!  Duh! wake up North America!! Those that have been around long enough to remember the oil shortage of the early seventies witnessed what Brazil took as a wake-up call. They have since developed alternative energy sources and vehicles and equipment to use the alternative fuels.
My second trip in July was also a tandem trip with two Virgin Traders 48-ft Horizons the Virgin Flyer and the Virgin Spirit. It was a trip with a great group from Texas. Some of the group took scuba classes and became certified divers before the trip. We dived one or two dives every day around the BVI. It was good to get back in the water again, especially as the water was warm, as it is here in the summer and the visibility was good. The group has already rebooked another trip for early November so we will get to do it all over again soon!
The third trip in July was also on a Virgin Traders power boat, a 56-ft Horizon named First Lady. It was the last week of July with a great family from Puerto Rico. I enjoy chartering with Puerto Ricans because I love hispanic people and the hispanic culture and I can practice my spanish which I have been working on for some time now. Puerto Rico has several holidays in the month of July, especially during the last week. They call it "Christmas in July". Seems like they shut down Puerto Rico and all come to the BVI to celebrate! There are literally hundreds of Puerto Rican sport fishing boats around for the week. They are affectionately known as "The Puerto Rican Navy". Many local charter boats are also rented for the week by Puerto Ricans. Being a very family oriented and sociable group, as most hispanics are, the boats were seen anchored and rafted together in the many bays around the BVI. One big event was in Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda for Wednesday, July 25th. It was amazing to see the many boats come into the bay, anchor and raft together with families and friends spending hours socializing in the water in groups near the beach. Puerto Rican women are some of the most beautiful women in the world, and there were plenty around. However, I had by far, the prettiest girls from all of Puerto Rico on my boat!:)
August is the month where we really start to watch the weather for potential storm activity, especially after the middle of the month. I have two sailing catamaran charters booked for August. If all goes well weather-wise, I will finish the charters and then be away for the month of September which is known as the "month to remember" when talking about storms. Historically, more hurricanes occur in September than any other month of the year. More on that later. Many operators and resorts shut down operations for September and part of October to do repairs and maintenance. Chartering activity in the BVI normally resumes some time after the middle of October.
See the photo album “Puerto Rican Christmas in July” in the Gallery.
July 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007