Stranded at Peter Island

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of Virgin Islands British  , Tortola,
Sunday, July 18, 2010

The boat is rocking calmly in the protection of the bay of Norman Island. We see blue skies and some sun outside the windows of our cabin when we woke up. We head out to the deck where our breakfast is served. This is fantastic, it feels like the boat is all ours. Other boaters, passing in their dingies complement us on the exceptional beauty of this ship. It does stand out, as the bay is dotted with moorings, all holding bare boat rentals. They all look similar, nice boats, but the same clean design from either Bavaria or Jennau, This classic ketch, with two masts, looks like it escaped from a movie.

Today we explore some islands, the plan is to go to a bay at Peter Island and to spend the night at Cooper Island. After our breakfast, we raise sail and head out, The weather is perfect, the sun is shining, we have a good 15 to 20 knots of wind and the sea is a bit calmer. We both sit in our deck chairs at the back of the boat, sailing like a king and queen. Charly and Carolina take turns navigating us through the Caribbean sea. Around lunch time we reach Peter Island, where we secure the boat at a mooring. Peter Island is a resort island, there is nothing else there than Peter Island resort and spa. Charly dropped us off with the dinghy as we were planning to explore the island a bit. We also wanted to use a bathroom as well, one where we can safely throw paper into the bowl, as the idea of putting used paper in a bin was not too appealing to us.

We walked around the resort a bit, and visited the beach where we had a few drinks at the bar. There was a steel band playing Caribbean tunes on the steel drums, and the resort was really quiet. Just before we headed out we saw a familiar sight. The skies turned gray as a sign that rain was coming our way. We tried to outrun the rain, but no such luck. A resort transport van rescued us and brought us back to the main lobby, giving us two towels to protect ourselves. But we had to go a bit further, as the boat was 'parked' in a bay at the back of the island. We had to walk through some dirt roads to reach it. We arranged for Charly to pick us up there, but as the rain was too hard we assumed he would wait a bit as well. The rain died down a bit and we decided to make a run for it. With our towels over our head we headed out to the remote beach. Surprisingly we found that Charly was waiting for us over there. He was also surprised by the sudden rain, and had sought shelter under a plywood board. The three of us were sitting under the trees, like shipwrecked passengers, waiting for the rain to stop enough to head back, and after some minutes we pushed back the dinghy and made it to the boat. We both took a nice warm shower to recover.

Before we headed out to Cooper Island, our berth for the night, we enjoyed a lovely lunch prepared by our cook. We had some very nice shrimp cocktails with a shrimp and avocado salsa and a brownie dessert. It was a short sail to Cooper, where we found our mooring for the night. We all boarded the dinghy and went ashore to the beach bar. Here we introduced Charly to the Bermuda signature drink, “dark and stormy” (yes they had Goslings Rum there!) as this was quite appropriate for our sailings so far. Charly persuaded the restaurant chefs to cook us some fries for a snack.

Back at the boat, we enjoyed a very nice dinner. Charly made us some mussels and shrimp marinara. The weather had cleared up a bit, so we enjoyed our feast at the deck on a romantic table for two, as this was already our last night on the Crystal Clear.

After dinner we were surprised with some gifts, a Crystal Clear Cap, and a copper engraved key chain. But most surprisingly, Charley sang us a song from Andrea Borcelli's Romanza, so sweet. We cheered with some more champagne and had a wonderful evening.

Tomorrow we have to leave paradise, we stay a few nights in Puerto Rico before heading to Europe.

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