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We arrived at St. Thomas airport on Sunday and were greeted by Captain Dave Goodman. Admiral Bobby Rae and we proceeded directly to the Bel Ami on St. Thomas's east end. Once we were on board, we set sail for our first destination - Christmas Cove on Great St. James Island. We had a lunch of rotisserie chicken and mango cole slaw. Following lunch we snorkeled Christmas Cove. We were able to view numerous fish species along with an eel and a mother and child octopus. We had a dinner of Shrimp Diablo with spaghetti before retiring for the evening. The following day, Monday, we sailed to Jost Van Dike. We went to Great Harbour first to check into the British Virgin Islands and visited Foxy's for a drink. We met Foxy himself and walked along the beach. We then set sail for White Bay. At White Bay we had a painkiller at the Soggy Dollar Bar and beers at Ivan's Stress Free Bar. We lounged on the beach before returning to the boat for dinner of grouper fingers with potatoes and cheesy broccoli. We spent the night at White Bay. On Tuesday we sailed first to Sandy Cay. We swam to shore and hiked a trail around the small island. We spent the remainder of our time relaxing on the beach. Next we sailed to Sandy Spit, where we once again swam to shore and enjoyed the beautiful beach. From there, we sailed to Brewer's Bay on Tortola. We had lunch of chicken salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and olives. We then snorkeled the bay. We concluded the day by sailing to Lee Bay on Great Caminoe Island. We had a wonderful romantic dinner of grilled mahi mahi with asparagus and cheesy risotto. We spent the night in Lee Bay. On Wednesday we sailed to Virgin Gorda. We swam ashore and snorkeled Devil's Bay before taking a short, but cool hike to the Baths. We snorkeled the Baths before returning to the boat. We had a hot dog lunch as we sailed to Anegada. Once at Anegada, we were dropped off via dingy at Palmetto Point where we walked the deserted beach back to the Anchorage. We ate grilled Anegada lobster at the Anegada Reef Hotel and spent the night in the harbor. Thursday morning we realized the we were bottomed out in the harbor due to the tide. We therefore took a taxi to the north shore of Anegada to Loblolly Bay. We went snorkeling with Captain Dave out past some incredible coral heads and relaxed on the magnificent pink sand beach. After some ice cream at the Big Bamboo, we returned to the boat, which had been liberated from the bottom by the tide. We ate lobster pizza for lunch and set sail for Great Dog Island. We kayaked around Great Dog Island before a dinner of seafood gumbo. We spent the night on the north side of Great Dog Island. On Friday, our tenth anniversary, we set sail for Norman Island. Once we were anchored in the Bight, we went ashore and hiked some trails that gave us some spectacular views of the islands. Ali had her first Bushwacker at the Pirate's Bight Bar before returning to the boat for a lunch of sandwich wraps and chips. Following lunch, we first dinghied to Pelican Island and The Indians. However, the water was too choppy and the current too strong to enjoy any Snorkeling, so we dinghied to Treasure Point to snorkel The Caves. We had our official tenth anniversary dinner at the Pirate's Bight followed by a drink on the Willy T before turning in for the night. On Saturday, we left Norman Island to sail to Soper's Hole on Tortola to check out of the BVI. Following that, we sailed to Leinster Bay on St. John. Captain Dave led us on a hike through some old sugar plantation ruins to Coral Harbor. We ate cheeseburgers at Skinny Legs Restaurant before hiking back to the boat. We snorkeled the reef in Leinster Bay and around Waterlemon Cay. We went ashore on Waterlemon Cay before returning to the boat for a dinner of Fish soup, Greek salad and strawberry cheesecake. Due to some incoming inclement weather, we made a night sail back to the slip on St. Thomas. On Sunday, we packed up and went on a short island tour via car. We ended up at the Smoking Rooster for a great lunch of barbecue ribs, chicken and brisket hash. Then it was back to the airport to go home.--Submitted by Ali and Phil, July Voyages 2016