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.

Step to Shore
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.

Festiva Sailing Catamaran

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Map of the BVI

Gus first learned to scuba dive at Lake Pleasant in Arizona. That’s were he was certified but he wasn’t impressed with his beginning dive in the lake. He said the water was murky and bitter cold there in the lake! Since this was just before we left for the Caribbean in April of that same year, I’m sure he wasn’t exaggerating. He is a bit of a wimp (like me) when it comes to cold weather or cold water. That’s why we love to vacation in the Caribbean warm waters.

It was our maiden voyage to set sail on a four cabin catamaran that departed from St. Martin in the Nether Antilles. The water was around 80 degrees F, smooth and crystal clear.  To scuba or snorkel in these waters is a delight.  With salt water snorkel you just float along and casually view the sea creatures below.  Sometimes those sea creatures are the divers themselves.  Since this was Gus’ first dive, I think I was more nervous than he and snorkeled out to watch from above.

 
Checking the Tanks
Heading out to the Dive sight
Practice Shallow Water Descent
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We had a fantastic captain and gourmet cook. They spoiled us rotten with fine food throughout the day. After a dip in the sea we would be greeted with a spread of appetizers and spirited beverages. Each day we would pull anchor and set sail on the smooth waters surrounding the small islands in the Antilles then anchor again for lunch on a hidden cove.  After lunch, a leisure snorkel or walk on the beach..  we again set sail for the nights destination.  A perfect vacation for the work weary  who need a break from the rapid pace of everyday life.

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The Perfect Lunch Cove

Trellis Bay on Beef Island in the BVI is famous for its Full Moon Festival.  This monthly event which is a gathering of locals, sailing ship inhabitants and other fun finders out for an evening of dancing, drinking and festivities.   Locals in colorful garb balance way up high on stilts while dancing in the streets with anyone crazy enough to join them.  Of course, I was right there with them in the midst of the craze.

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The main theme is the Fireball Party which is the cultural event not to miss.  I was still using the Minolta DiMage Z1 so the images are not a crisp as I would like but still show the spectacular setting of fire on the water.  The Fireball rests on the water fully ablaze and was mesmerizing as flames flickered in the breeze.

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