captain’s log
 
 
 
The month of December in the British Virgin Islands is as good as any weather wise. The early part of the month is normally quiet as most tourists prefer to vacation over Christmas and New Year. In fact, Christmas & New Year are the busiest times in the BVI for boat charters. There are also a lot of visiting boats, especially big megayachts in the BVI over the holidays.
 
Christmas is celebrated in the BVI just like it is in North America, although a bit unusual with Christmas decorations, nativity scenes and inflatable snowmen with no snow on the ground. In fact, most of the local people here have never seen snow. The average air temperatures for December range from the mid 80’s during the day to the low 70’s during the night.
 
I spent Christmas week on charter with a very nice family from Pleasant Valley, Arizona. We sailed around the BVI on a 47-ft Moorings charter catamaran visiting many of the islands for snorkeling and beaching. The boat, named Summer Wind was comfortable and sailed very well. It had four cabins, each with it’s own bathroom and shower. There were five people plus myself aboard. We had a nice Christmas dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixins at the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda. The family liked Bitter End so much that we spent two days there. They sailed Hobie Cats, and hung around the pool all day.
 
We also visited Peter Island, Norman Island, Guana Island, and Jost Van Dyke. All in all it was a good week of sailing and fun in great Caribbean weather. Pardon me if I think I have one of the best jobs in the world........
 
See the photos “Christmas in the BVI” in the Photo Gallery.
 
Gerry
Christmas in the BVI
Sunday, December 31, 2006