And So Sad the Packer’s Lost the Playoffs! Jill and Bill (their real names have been removed to protect the innocent), hailing from Atlanta, were novice sailors when they came aboard to celebrate 25 years of marriage. By the time they left, Bill was sailing the boat, while Jill continued to look beauty queen good while writing the Great American Romance Novel of the Century (OK, I just made that up…!) And in the middle of their voyage they took a spur of the moment airplane trip up to Anegada! Pretty Amazing. Also amazing was the weather we had, which was just beautiful for their entire week aboard. After our first anchorage at Christmas Cove, St. James Island, we sailed up to Jost Van Dyke, overnighting in White Bay and enjoying Pain Killers and Bushwackers (Bill discovered Bushwackers and couldn’t leave them alone!). Then on to Cane Garden Bay after a quick stop at Sandy Cay. While there wasn’t much wind, the North Swell continued to build and we needed to put down a stern anchor to keep Bel Ami from rocking too much. The night was finished off with some dancing at Quitos. Next day we sailed through the Sir Francis Drake Channel to the south side of Peter Island, tucking in just west of Key Point. Fabulous snorkeling, and we just about had the place to ourselves. Then on to Sprat Bay Marina to watch the Falcons cream the Packers (so sad!!). Next day Jill and Bill flew up to Anegada with Chuck and Whyte, friends they had made at dinner the night before. Wow!! That was a first for us…having folks leave to vessel to fly to another island in the middle of their voyage! While they were gone, we sailing over to Peter Island’s Deadman’s Bay, where the anchoring condition was uncharacteristically fantastic. Jill and Bill made it back to Bel Ami in one piece fortunately, and the next day we set sail to Mary’s Point on St. John by Leinster Bay, where we enjoyed another beautiful anchorage until the National Park Service range came by and told us to leave because we were in a no anchoring zone!! So we sailed ahead through Francis Bay to Cinnamon Bay where we picked up a mooring for the night. Next day was back to St. Thomas where we bid Jill and Bill adieu. They talked about coming back down here with all their kids (4 of them) sooner or later, and we hope to see them again soon.
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