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  19 February 2010   Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas    

Geoff on the arch, fixing the batten, yet again!

 

Sail Rock

 

Twin Otter landing in Charlotte Amalie

Made the 18 mile trip from Isla Culebrita to Charlotte Amalie, the main city of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

Charlotte Amalie is a very busy port with the hustle and bustle of ferries, seaplanes, cruise ships, and pleasure craft of every description.

The town has a Dutch history and many old Dutch style buildings still survive. The major business here is the cruise ship traffic, so every possible method of squeezing money out of cruise ship passengers is represented. There are dozens of little bars and restaurants, up market international fashion and jewelry shops and local markets. Most are along the waterfront overlooking the enormous natural harbour, or in narrow renovated side streets.

We did not stay long, just enough time to get a flavour and to do some grocery shopping, but this may be the main point for us to meet any visitors, so we are sure we will be back.

While at the dinghy dock doing our shopping, we saw a dinghy marked T/T (tender to) GeWil. Now we only know of one GeWil and that's an Irwin monohull belonging to Gene and Wilma from North Carolina who we met in the Bahamas in 2005. So we dinghied through the very large anchorage and found them. At least we found Gene, Wilma was ashore. They will be there until June, so we will most probably see then again on our return to St. Thomas.

Charlotte Amalie

 

 

Charlotte Amalie

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           
  20 February 2010

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  Left Charlotte Amalie harbour and headed around the southeast corner of St. Thomas heading for St. John. Met a whole bunch of squalls along the way. We haven't seen rain like that in a long time. Until we have our new hardtop fitted, (5 days from now) and then have a dodger made, we are a little vulnerable to rain and the present old canvas bimini leaks like a sieve.

As we were headed for a narrow, fast running gap between islands, we pulled into anchor at St. James Island for a break and dry out to wait for a rain break.

We found a break, headed through the gap and spent the night in beautiful Caneel Bay on the northwest corner of St. John. St. John is mostly a nature reserve, so there is little development and most bays have mooring buoys to prevent anchor damage to the seafloor.

 

 

 

 

 

           
  21 February 2010

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  Left Caneel Bay and made an early morning potter around the next few bays, Hawksnest, Trunk and Cinnamon, ending just 3 miles away in Frances Bay. Another beautiful bay surrounded by steep hills with a few great beaches. Arrived in Frances on Sunday so the beaches were a little busy.

St. John is definitely a place to which to return. There are many bays we missed and we would like to have a look around onshore some time.

Again it rained for much of the time as a weather system passes through which cleared by Monday 22nd when we moved to the British Virgin Islands.

Nowhere else in the world can you move from the US to the UK in 4 miles. We motor out of this bay, turn through a gap between islands to head northeast and there, immediately ahead is Tortola, BVI.

Headed into Soper's Hole, West End, Tortola to clear Customs and Immigration..

 

 

 

 

 

           
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