May 10, 2013
After five great weeks in Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgins, Michael and Sarah flew into Culebra to help us take the boat to St Martin and St, Kitts, via the US and British Virgin Islands.
Early the first morning, we sailed across the Virgin Passage to St. Thomas and then on to St. John Island. The trip was occasionally very rough with large, closely spaced waves, but at least it was not too long, only about 7 hours total.
We anchored just west of Cruz Bay in St, John Island in Hawksnest bay, but the next morning, we moved to St. Francis bay after spending a very “rolly” night. Apparently the wakes from the many ferries plying the Virgins can make some of these anchorages very uncomfortable.
That evening, we took the dinghy into Cruz Bay and checked out a few bars and restaurants.
Our third morning, we took a 20 mile run to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda and cleared in with customs about 11:00 a.m. We then rented a car and drove to the Baths and then later that evening to Hog Heaven, a bar on the side of Virin Gorda peak with an incredible view and a pretty good mudslide.
The next morning, we left Spanish Town and headed for Leverick Bay on the North tip of Virgin Gorda. This is the best stepping off point for sailing to St. Martin as it gets you as far east as possible to avoid head seas. You can see Leverick Bay with the boats at anchor in the background of the picture below.