We were tossing out bread pieces trying to attract fish for the snorkelers but this sneaky fellow got in on the act in a split second and stole off with the goods. This is my first post after returning from the British Virgin Islands aboard the catamaran Sealandia where this seagull stole off with his treasured meal.

 

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Viceroy at Mead's Bay

We departed from Simpsons Bay on the Dutch side of St. Martin early enough in the morning to catch the draw bridge at Marina Port de Blaisance and motor to customs right away.  In order to depart from St. Martin the Smitten Kitten’s captain, Stuart, had to speed off to clear all those aboard through customs so that we could go into International seas and set sail to Anguilla.  We were pretty much first in line, though a hot-shot from another charter (to remain un-named) did try to one up us.  He almost “tagged” us as he tried to snuggle between us and the shore.  He gave up quickly, rounded about and moved away to allow for clearance. After clearing customs, we set sail along the coast of St.Martin heading towards the French side.

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As we sailed along the North West side of St. Martin (French Side) we passed several sights of interest including a mansion in Meads Bay that sold a few years back for 11 million.  This same mansion was awarded the best worldwide architectural award 2012-2013 by International Property Awards and was the winner from over 2000 entries.

Very close to this mansion is a timeshare resort called the Viceroy. It expands the coast line on Mead’s bay for quite some time.

Viceroy at Mead's Bay
Viceroy at Mead’s Bay

Along the way to Viceroy on our first day sail to Road Bay and Anguilla,  Stuart, our captain made us up some of the best pain killer cocktails ever.  You have got to try them and the secret to the recipe is the nutmeg topper. I was hoping to get the actual recipe but have guessed at the measures.  I’m going to experiment diligently but until then here is my best guess.

Captain Stuart's famous Pain Killer
Captain Stuart’s famous Pain Killer

Pain Killer Cocktail

Fill blender with Crushed Ice
1 can Coco Lopez
1 cup Orange juice
1 small can pineapple juice
Caribbean Rum to taste!!
garnish each cocktail with ground nutmeg

The mid-day appetizer made especially delicious by Jenny, first mate on the Smitten Kitten, featured spring rolls, fresh ginger and a wakame seaweed salad.  I’ve never liked seaweed but this was different.  It was light and slightly sweet.  A lovely taste.  I was surprised to see a package in Costco back in Arizona a month later that looked very similar to the seaweed that Jenny served.  Maybe it was the same dish.  This seaweed salad doesn’t have that typical taste of seaweed which I normally do not like.  I didn’t buy it to try because it was to large a package for two people but I was tempted.   These were some yummy Appetizers.

Spring Rolls with Fresh Ginger and Seaweed Salad
Spring Rolls with Fresh Ginger and Seaweed Salad

Dinner that same night was chicken stuffed with goat cheese and lemon sauce over pasta noodles. A very original dinner served by Jenny and with the help of Stuart.

Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese

We were to have continued on to Road Bay to dock for the evening but the waters were rough enough that we decided to stay where we where over night.  I for one was in favor of anchoring the boat and our butts right there and not pitching with the waves to make our way onward so quickly.

Overnight there was a constant patter of evening rain on the decks.  The poor Greek hubby left side port window open and he got late evening bath.  In the dark of night, I had to help him close the window.  I don’t think he had ever closed them himself.  Oh, well…. he demanded to sleep on that side of the bed.  His loss!  My gain!  Of course, I would probably would have closed the window a little better than he did.

Up next… Day 2 Anguilla and Guadalupe.

This is not the furry Cat you’re thinking about.  It’s a fine sailing yacht.  Now, my hubby Gus would be fine with the sailing but if he were faced with the feline cat that could be an issue.  We won’t go there though.  Instead.. lets talk about the water gliding Cat…  felines don’t like water.

Our Cat set sale from  the British Virgin Islands which are in the Caribbean just east of Puerto Rico and makes it a fairly easy trip for us from Arizona.  BVI is located in the northeastern Caribbean and are known for their beauty and calm waters.  There are a multitude of excellent anchorages and off the beaten route islands.  I’m alway talking the captain into letting me take over after we have  set sail and then attempt to tack the ship.

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KC Sailing the Cat

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While on our Catamaran tip which departed from Nanny Cay, we spent the week exploring  the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.  During mid-day stops we would usually anchor at a remote Cay for a light lunch, snorkel or walk along a beach.

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The pictures below are from the Baths in Virgin Gorda.  First, you take the small dinghy to the main cove and gingerly step out into shallow waves specifically designed to knock you on your butt.  After emptying your suit of the sand you’ve gather your senses and continue to make our way to the beach.  From there you work your way through dense trees and then into cave like groups of boulder while using scaling ropes to reach the warm baths.  It’s worth every moment and grain of sand that was imbedded on my fanny.

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Beach Before the Baths
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The Path to the Baths
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At the warm and soothing Baths

Our hosts are Festiva Sailing Vacations and these are featured images from their website.  We began sailing with Festiva when the first hit the waters in 2005 or 2006 visiting The Soggy Dollar Bar, Foxy’s and The Willie T while in the BVI.  We’ve been enjoying their vacations ever since.

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Map of the BVI