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Sailing in the Virgin Islands
(February 1 to February 10, 2000)

Sailing the Glory of Christiansted

After two cruises aboard the M.V. Royal Princess in South America, we decided to try the other extreme: sailing with Capt'n Dave aboard his 37-foot cutter, the Glory of Christiansted. We wanted to become more familiar with sailing, and get instruction from a pro... and we did!

As we have during previous vacations, we’re putting a travelogue of our trip on-line. The following is the day-by-day itinerary of the trip:  pictures are available at the italicized areas.

  1. February 1: Leave from Detroit for St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. No problems with the flight. Check in for an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn. (Everybody calls it the Windward Passage: apparently Holiday Inn recently bought it.) Wander around St. Thomas, and go over to the Yacht Haven Marina and get our first view of our home for the coming week.

  2. February 2: More sight-seeing in Charlotte Amalie. At noon, boarded the Glory of Christiansted at Yacht Haven. Sailed to Christmas Cove at St. James Island, USVI.

  3. February 3: From Chrismas Cove to Leinster Bay, St. John, USVI. Took some pictures on board.

  4. February 4: Trade Wind Marina (the old CSY marina) at Road Town, Tortola, BVI. Dinner at the Spaghetti Junction restaurant (excellent Italian food!)

  5. February 5: From Road Town, Tortola, to Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI. Sailed around south Tortola to the northeast, to the dogs and Virgin Gorda, past Mountain Point to North Sound.

  6. February 6: From Virin Gorda north to the coral atoll, Anegada. Had dinner at the Anegada Reefs Hotel. Glorious sunset.

  7. February 7: We watched a rain squall while at Anegada, then sailed south back to the volcanic islands of the BVI, to Great Camanoe Island. We anchored at Lee Bay.

  8. February 8: Sailed from Lee Bay to Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke Island. Visited Foxy, got our typical tourist photo taken, and saw the Sea Cloud and had another wonderful supper at Foxy's (and had a kitty mooching for food!).

  9. February 9: Leave the Glory of Christiansted at St. Thomas. Back to land and the Windward Passage hotel. More shopping!

  10. February 10: Fly home from St. Thomas. Collapse.
(For those of you who are interested, the Sailing Vacations website ( has further information on chartering the Glory of Christiansted and other boats. You can contact them at We highly recommend them: their staff is very knowledgeable, friendly, and goes the extra mile to assure an excellent match between your dream vacation and the available boats.

Everything on the sailboat was at no additional charge, except meals ashore. David is an excellent, patient and foregiving instructor in the fine arts of sailing, and we learned more and more day by day. He's also a gourmet cook, who loves his work. Oh, and we brought way too much "stuff"; 2-3 pairs of shorts, 6-7 T-shirts, swimsuit, and some excellent deck shoes would probably do. Dave has an full library of sailing and general books on board: you don't need to bother bringing any.)

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