I got an early start on the boat and after breakfast of coffee and a granola bar I set about getting the dinghy out of the garage and back into the water and this time around the process went quite a bit faster and without any bruising or scratching; it took about 45 minutes this time but still included time where I just sat and planned on what to do next and how to do it. I'm sure I'll get that total time reduced with a bit of practice.
After finishing preparations I weighed anchor and motored out of the North Sound then turned of the diesel and sailed, at first with just the genoa then later with both sails, for Spanish Town and the BVI customs & immigration office. Although there was only one boat ahead of me in line the whole process took quite a bit of time but once complete I was free to roam the islands. I purchased some bread at Bobby's then had an exhilarating sail back up to the North Sound with both sails reefed against the 20 knot (apparent) wind and sailed into and around the North Sound before putting on the engine to anchor.
I went to happy hour at Saba Rock and met the couple who owned the motor cruiser “Poet Warrior” which is a fixture in the North Sound, Paula and Sara. After too many libations I dinghied home, made a simple dinner and started watching a movie on the PC but didn't make it very far before switching to a paperback book and then an early night in a comfortable anchoring spot (the wind and current move in the same direction, minimizing swinging around at night).

Sailing in the North Sound Sailing Zanshin into and around the boats anchored in the North Sound was fun, but a bit nerve-wracking with all that expensive hardware floating around and my engine not on.
(2011-12-29 19:14:05 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 320 Focus 2.66m)
Sailing in the North Sound
Someone's littel boat in the Caribbean Just another little powerboat puttering about the Caribbean.
(2011-12-29 19:14:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/640s] ISO 320 Focus 21.10m)
Someone's littel boat in the Caribbean
Blue ketch megayacht A beautiful and elegant ketch anchored in the waters of Virgin Gorda's North Sound
[18°30'8.93"N 64°21'50.49"W (facing S)]
Blue ketch megayacht
Sailboats and Powerboats in the North Sound Big toys anchored in the North Sound. Genevieve is certainly more elegant than the big powerboats.
(2011-12-30 12:56:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 320 Focus ∞)
Sailboats and Powerboats in the North Sound
Genevieve anchored in the North Sound Genevieve, a 1995 Alloy Yacht with 37 meters length and drawing up to 3.25 meters, is an elegant yacht.
(2011-12-30 12:55:51 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 320 Focus 15.00m)
Genevieve anchored in the North Sound
Yacht Kisses I liked the name of this superyacht, as well as the lines. It is a 53 meter long Feadship and ostensibly owned by Jim Pattison of Canada.
(2011-12-30 12:55:57 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 320 Focus 21.10m)
Yacht Kisses
Private Aloe Vera plant Carmen and Bernd gave me a surplus Aloe Vera plant which has already seen good medicinal use as I got a bit of a sunburn and the sap really was very soothing. I still need to figure out a way to firmly fasten the plant, though.
(2011-12-30 12:56:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 320 Focus 1.00m)
Private Aloe Vera plant
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