Dean and Allison came with us aboard Bel Ami for a week in February. This was their 2nd trip aboard Bel Ami, and we are so glad they came. They introduced us to several new places we’ve never been before, and we did an itinerary unlike any before. The trip got off to a slow start as they missed their original Saturday afternoon flight to St. Thomas. They arrived the next day on an early morning flight and came aboard. Initially wanting to concentrate on visiting beach bars, we sailed to Abi Beach Bar on the south side of St. Thomas for a day of sand, local music and libation. A jet powered stand-up paddle board provided more entertainment. That evening we picked up a mooring at Turtle Cove and next morning we were swimming with the turtles. Then we sailed against big winds to Leinster Bay on St. John where we hiked up to the ruins and snorkeled Watermelon Cay area. We managed to pick up a protected mooring in the bay, but by the next morning the wind did a very unusual about face, blowing hard out of the West. We shoved off and took the westerly wind around the east end of St. John, stopping off at Lucy’s beach bar, which was a new one for me and the admiral. Then we sailed around Ram’s Head to Salt Pond Bay getting into a safe anchorage for the night. Next day saw us at Cooper Island Beach Resort. We had hoped to anchor at Haulover Bay, but it was too crowded with boats escaping the north wind. So we went around the corner to a new anchorage tucked in behind Cistern Point. We got there in time for a quick dinghy ride over to the Cooper Island Rum Bar, perhaps the ultimate rum beach bar. Arrrrgh!! Then on to Benere’s Bay on Norman Island, where we enjoyed a fabulously calm anchorage. The normal easterly trade winds finally reestablished themselves, and we sailed west and north to Cane Garden Bay where we spent a pleasant afternoon. However, the north swell continued to rear its ugly head, forcing us to leave and take shelter in Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, where we threw the hook down in front of Sidney’s Peace and Love and enjoyed a fabulous on shore dinner. After enjoying a very quiet anchorage we sailed to Great Harbor, visited Foxy’s, and Dean and Allison ended up at Corsairs taking in the local flavor. Then back to St. Thomas for a quiet night in Christmas Cove. After a relaxing morning and an island tour we bid farewell to Dean and Allison, and hope to see them again soon.
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