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Sailing in the Virgin Islands on a chartered catamaran
(March 8 to March 18, 2008)

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We    had wondering   what it would be like to sail a catamaran, so we've gone back to the Virgin Islands, and chartered one.

The following is the day-by-day itinerary of the trip:  pictures are available at the italicized areas.

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  1. March 8: Flew from Newark, NJ, to St. Thomas. Stayed at the Frenchman's Reef Marriott Resort and admired the view.

  2. March 9: Boarded the catamaran at the America Yacht Harbor in Red Hook on St. Thomas. Sailed over to Whistling Cay and picked up a mooring in Francis Bay on St. John's.

  3. March 10: Sailed into the BVI, to the Bight at Norman Island. One rain squall with 30-knot winds. No problem handling the cat.

  4. March 11: Light winds; lots of tacking. Finally turned on the diesels and made it to Manchioneel Bay on Cooper's Island.

  5. March 12: Sailed from Cooper's Island to North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Visited the Bitter End, and the hotel at Saba Rock. Listened to music at a wedding reception, and watched fireworks that somebody's daddy paid for...

  6. March 13: Downwind on one giant tack from North Sound to Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. Listened to Quito sing island songs and old favorites at his bar/restaurant, Quito's Gazebo.

  7. March 14: Over to Jost. More music, more shopping for t-shirts, more booze. Ate at Foxy's, and got our pictures taken with him.

  8. March 15: Motored to St. John's after a drippy, dreary, rainy, humid and worse, windless day. Only decent picture was a glorious sunset.

  9. March 16: The wind came up, but we motored over from St. John's to St. Thomas, left the cat, and took a taxi to the airport to pick up our rental Jeep. Looked around St. Thomas. Then back to the Marriott.

  10. March 17: St. Patrick's Day on St. Thomas. We saw the QM2, and visited the St. Thomas Synagogue.

  11. March 18: we flew home from St. Thomas to Newark. Collapse.

Websites of places we visited:

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
Soggy Dollar Bar at Jost Van Dyke — the Painkiller was invented here!
St. Thomas Synagogue

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