captain’s log
We are already moving into April!  Wow!  The charter season in the BVI is passing rather quickly. In the month of March, I had one sailing charter and two powerboat charters. The first powerboat charter was on a Virgin Traders 56-ft Horizon with a repeat charterer from last June. We had reasonable weather and scuba dived every day. The guests very much enjoyed the wreck diving here in the BVI. We dived the famous wreck of the Rhone, twice on the bow section and once on the stern section. We also dived wreck alley at Cooper Island and the wreck of the Chikuzen which lies in 80-ft of water, seven miles north of Tortola.
The second powerboat charter was on a TMM 36-ft Heritage yacht that was built in China. I was only onboard for three days as a training Captain for a family from Las Vegas, Nevada.
The only sailing charter I did in March was on a TMM 37-ft Jenneau mono-hull sailboat. It was a spring break trip for a group of high school students from the Columbus Academy in Columbus Ohio. There were a total of 18 students and five chaperones traveling on three sail boats; two mono-hulls and one catamaran. The purpose of the trip for the students was to learn about camping (they camped for three days in Brewer’s Bay on Tortola’s north side before joining the sailing boats), sailing, geology, cultural studies, biology which included whales, fish and coral. They even did a night snorkel at Virgin Gorda using dive lights, something you would not catch any of the Captains doing! I was fortunate enough to have five very talented and personable high school seniors on my boat; Kelsey, Maura, Alex, Brad, Ryan. We had training sessions every day where the students learned about sailing, chart-work and knot tying. With us having the smaller boat, the students slept wherever they could lay out their therma-rest mattresses. The keen sailors of the group (the girls) were up early to help with sailing on the days when we set sail before breakfast. We did a couple of fairly long sails where all students took turns working with the sails and steering the boat.
For a few months it has been very dry in the BVI with the islands looking brown rather than green, however the last few days of the month we had torrential downpours especially on Tortola. It was much needed rain, especially for the houses that still use cisterns. The BVI Spring Sailing Regatta is currently running here in the BVI. There are many sailboats, all different sizes out racing and they have fairly strong winds for sailing today.
For April and especially Easter Week, most charter companies and myself will be fairly busy. The week after Easter Week is expected to be slow however. See the “Spring Break” photos in the Gallery
March 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007