Saturday January 23, 2016, The beginning……..
What happens when you get 11 women friends together on a week-long sailboat charter in the BVI? A memorable adventure full of laughter, adventure, sisterhood and fun! Watch out BVI!!!!
The sailors are captain Vilia and her crew, Rasyte (first mate), Alma, Crystal, Denise, Ausra, Caroline, Laura, Anne, Rasa and Judie.
After a stressful and long wait through the TSA security check at O’Hare, we all arrived to our flight (some of us barely made it!) ready for some adventure. Our non-stop 4.5 hour flight to St. Thomas, USVI came in early and the island greeted us with 80 degree temps, sunny skies, a shot of flavored rum and Caribbean music. Ya mon! We peeled off the Chicago warm clothing and pinched ourselves to check if we were really here. We were- woo hoo!
The next leg of our trip was a very bumpy 1.5 hour ferry ride to Road Town, BVI. The swells were unusually high and the wind was very strong. Yes a few of us felt queasy. A short taxi ride got us to the Sunsail charter base and we settled into our boat tired but excited to finally be here.
Our sailboat is a 44 ft catamaran called Job 36:11. It is a beautiful 4 cabin/4 head catamaran that accommodates our large group very comfortably.
Dinner was at the base and we all finally had our first painkiller (a delicious rum drink with coconut milk, pineapple juice and orange juice topped with a sprinkle of nutmeg). Many of us tried the local cuisine- coconut curry conch, mahi mahi and jerk chicken. Delish!
Our evening plans were a bust. Our misinformed (??) taxi driver drove us 25 minutes to Trellis Bay, Tortola where we expected to participate in the famous full moon party. We were surprised to find music, a bartender and an empty beach. It turns out that the full moon party was the next day! UGH.
No worries mon, we decided to have our own full moon relaxing evening on the bow of our boat!