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British Virgin Islands

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  • Jost van dyke ist eine kleine Insel der bvis die ca 150 Einwohner hat. Eine richtige pirateninsel.
    Keine Hotels - alle Gäste kommen mit dem Segelboot - keine Kreuzfahrer.
    Es gibt nur ein paar holzbuden- sonst nichts - u genau das macht es so schön u besonders.
    Wir sitzen gerade am Strand der White bay u ich bin total geflasht. Das ist gleichzeitig der schönste u coolste Ort der Welt den ich je gesehen habe.
    Man ankert draußen an festen Ringen die in den Boden betoniert sind u fährt mit dem dingyi auf die Insel.
    Ankern direkt auf dem Meeresboden ist verboten um die Korallen nicht zu zerstören.
    Die white bay ist Mega. Geiler Strand geiles wasser coole Bar u coole Leute. U in der Bar läuft gerade Toby keith- was will man mehr ;)
    Umgeben von einer unfassbar schönen Natur - im Wasser schwimmen Schildkröten u wunderschöne Vögel tauchen nach Fischen.
    U das liegt nicht am Bier oder am painkiller (Cocktail der hier erfunden wurde) das ich das schreibe - wenn man das hier gesehen hat muss man einfach ehrfürchtig u dankbar sein dass man hier sein darf!
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  • Ist weltbekannt unter den Seglern u wirklich sehenswert! Sieht aus wie eine Piraten Kneipe. An den Wänden hängen Visiten Karten führerscheine Schuhe etc. - jeder der hier war hinter lässt etwas :)
    Und wir hatten hier richtig viel Spaß ;)

  • Heute sind wir von Jost van dyke wieder zurück nach Virgin gorda.
    Von hier starten wir morgen früh um 3 zurück nach st Maarten der Endstation unserer Reise.
    Alle hoffen dass es nicht so schlimm werden wird - die Vorhersage bezüglich der wellenhöhe u Wind sehen aber ganz gut aus.
    Segeldauer sind ca 10h.

  • Christmas is coming and so are the crowds.

    Felicity has been safely dropped at the ferry and begins her five day voyage home. Glad that's not me! It's been great having her aboard despite the numerous cups of tea required throughout the day.

    We had a fantastic days diving the RMS Rhone, wreck on the western shore of Salt Island. It was a spectacle to behold. The ship has broken into four or five parts and contains numerous swim throughs. It is home to all kinds of coral and fish including the green sea turtle and many large lobster - luckily protected from their greatest predator (Scott) by national park regulations. To give you and idea of the size - the propellor is 18 feet in diameter! I'll get some go pro footage up when I can.

    Planning is now in full swing, as we nut out how to play Christmas, new year, guests and the remainder of our charter.

    In the undernews, the boys are diving 45 feet on a single breath. Scotty probably a little more. Soon we will be fish and never need land again...except for the wifi. Everybody loves a wifi party.
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  • We're headed back to our favourite spots, and making efforts to cover those we missed.

    Battling to keep up on the blogging front. Watch these spaces for updates and additions. Hopefully you're all on holiday and have a good novel to fill that reading void! I've got a hold of some photos and updated the Puerto Rico blogs, and if you're on insta, add joolspeters for video updates or head towww.instagram.com/joolspeters to see his work. It's a lot of footage so we're about four weeks behind!

    Update:

    It's been great having the extra company aboard. The extra hands are also pulling their weight; dividing time in the galley, partaking in missions ashore and giving us the option to split into two teams when necessary.

    Since new years', time has flown by. We've hit JVD, Virgin Gorda, Anagada then readied about and hailed Cooper, Salt and Norman Islands eventually docking back at Tortola to drop Dave and restock the ship.

    A few highlights from the week that was:

    The windsurf gear has held together, now ragged but still in very much usable condition. Windguru is in the red from tomorrow on - no doubt one of us will be putting a shoulder through the main panel in due course. We had a cracker of a windsurf in both Gorda and Eustatia Sounds, with cool 18-20kt breezes and flat seas calmed by an outer reef. In the mix was a failed attempt to windsurf from Anagada to Virgin Gorda (14nm), Jools not happy with the dying breeze. I took advantage of more breeze and a slightly shorter distance to tackle Euststatia Sound to Dog Islands. A howler of a downwind rendering me physically useless for much of the day. Cat and Dave added to the returns, with hours of uphauling and not much sailing - credit to both of them for the perseverance under challenging conditions!

    Jools and Scott tangoed in a battle of epic proportions with the elusive and, frankly quite frustrating, Anagada lobster. Snorkelling the same reef four times proved fruitless, while the boys made good use of the first aid kit, tending to an ever increasing number of coral cuts. Loblob: 4, boys: 0... for now. I'll note that coral reefs definitely add to the homefield advantage of a lobster, when compared to a rocky surround. This purely because the monolithic mass of rocks offers little more hiding than a superficial crack or overhang. Whereas coral is typically a large network of vacant spaces, tangled in itself and plentiful other reef based organisms. We're increasingly careful with the fields in which we choose to do battle.

    The RMS Rhone is such a fantastic dive. I've now done it twice and it is well and truely my favourite dive. Perfect warm, blue, calm water, three swim throughs, one of which into darkness with nothing but silhouettes of fish around you, lobster, turtles, stingrays and sharks, coral everywhere, five seperate sections of ship, I struggle to do it justice with words alone. If you're ever in the area put this at the top of the list.

    If you've been missing stories of boat problems you can miss away. Aside from a dodgy fridge and a busted (spare) bilge the new year has been kind to us. Nine days left, here's hoping!

    Norman Island again delivered. I personally love this island, it would come in second favourite to Virgin Gorda of all our stops to date. Plus, it's less than an hour from our home port so it's a no brainer either side of call to port. We spent our last night with Dave there and it was another cracker. Crystal blue waters have not yet failed us, visibilty there hasn't been less than 15 meters. We've also taken a liking to the floating bar, Willy T's - which was well and alive this night. We danced, there was drunken tomfoolery incuding more bombs of the top deck, and we gossiped about the eclectic mix of patrons; the very rich, the very high, the very drunk and of course the very local - circling the bar in 17 feet of boat with at least 500 horsepower of unmuffled inboard engine. That night ended in the first three of what, no doubt, will be many cat-splits; the process of rowing dinghy under occupied catamaran, a hilarious combination of stupidity, cheek and silent oarsmanship. The giggling gaggle of five happy to have finally ticked the cat split off the list.
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  • The time to say goodbye to our trusty stead is upon us. Looking back, here's how the numbers stacked up...

    Today marks 56 days on a boat. 55 consecutive nights in a rocky bed. Six of those were on moorings and three in a marina, making for 45 restless nights on our own tackle. No mean feat considering how easily one could succumb to the ease of a nearby mooring ball. All of which, I might add, were dropped inside Scott's free diving range (60 feet).

    We've been to 20 islands comprising three countries on three different boats, and dragged ourselves through customs countless times.

    We've swum on every day except one (Puerto Rico) and we've snorkelled far far further than we've walked in that time. I haven't done the math but I'm quite confident we've breathed more air underwater than on land, 42 collective dives equating to US $350 dollars worth of air. I guess that qualifies us as fish? We've windsurfed in every country, and repaired the sail at least half a dozen times. Between activities we've read 28 books collectively.

    Keeping the team full of energy was tough given the appetites on board but we've eaten like kings and queens. All meals cooked aboard save for four dinners ashore. We've caught and cooked crayfish and fish (and coconuts...never again) and baked dozens of loaves of bread, baguettes and even bagels. To the patisserie, we've indulged in brownie, biscuits, cake and scones, and made do with limited resources and a faulty three burner gas stove/oven. That there is $2700 worth of groceries.

    We've barely seen a car, let alone a traffic jam. Public transport has not featured, period. We've set two alarm clocks and only risen to one. I've done two loads of washing and the same number of shaves and a total of three hot showers in two months. Pressing a shirt is but a far far distant dream.

    We've swum the bluest waters, sailed the strongest winds, climbed the rockiest mast, lay on the whitest beaches and watched the most glorious sunsets. The elusive green flash, still just that. To no end we will miss this lifestyle. I guess you could say, we've been living the dream.

    We're back on Tortola for two nights (courtesy of Cat's cousin Patrick and his family), then St Thomas for one before flying out to Cuba on the 22nd. Ten days in Cuba then we hit Mexico where we hope to rendezvous with our unemployed compatriots, Mike and Char. Tally Hoe!

    Hope everyone had cracking Christmas breaks, sounds like NZ took a bit of a battering but there'll be plenty of summer left yet!
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  • Nach 10h fahrt haben wir Virgin gorda erreicht. Weil mich die ganze spuckerei inzwischen langweilt habe ich einfach mal 8h davon geschlafen;)

    Hier ist es wunderschön- anders kann man es nicht sagen! Das Meer hat unglaublich tolle Farben - wow.
    Morgen erkunden wir die Insel.

You might also know this place by the following names:

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