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Winds and Waves and Rain, Oh My!

The spirit of the “Christmas Winds” were upon us during parts of our BVI visit in December.  The Christmas Winds are expected in the Caribbean and usually means wind speeds of 20-30 knots.  Thus, the sailing can be spritely, to use a Christmassy term, during the holidays.

One particularly gusty day, we were anchored off of Sandy Spit when a fairly ominous looking storm approached:

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The sun highlights Sandy Spit like a favored haven.

The usually blue waters took on a more menacing green cast and the waves built out in the channel.  Luckily we were a bit protected by the reef that runs between Sandy Spit and Green Cay.  Though the storm didn’t last long, the winds and waves remained throughout the night.

We were very happy that we had invested in a heavier Spade anchor at the Annapolis Boat Show and that TMM had already installed it for us:

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As a precaution we let out a little more anchor chain, set an anchor alarm, and had a very restful night.  We are really glad there weren’t many boats anchored nearby because the boat that was anchored parallel to us on our starboard side? Well, the next morning it was at least three boat lengths behind us!

I’m really thankful for a good anchor, a solid hold and an anchor alarm to let us know if something goes awry.

Electronic Free Entertainment

One lazy afternoon while anchored near Sandy Spit, BVI, we decided to see what sort of hike we could make on Green Cay.  Green Cay is a small, uninhabited island just off of Little Jost which we have pretty much ignored on past stops to Sandy Spit.  But this time we thought we would see if we could take our dog, Captain, and hike Green Cay.

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Captain keeping us company at an outdoor bar.

We were really surprised by the number of hermit crabs all over the Green Cay, even way up high as we trekked through the trees, past the cacti and to the top.  Other than crabs and plenty of lizards, there really wasn’t much to Green Cay. Still, we enjoyed our walk and got some good pictures:

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View of Sandy Spit from top of Green Cay

But the funniest part of our walk was when Frank and I each chose a hermit crab and set up for crab races!  The joy of plenty of time and no electronics; we were free to create our own fun…

“Sebastian” winning his 4th race

I am proud to tell you that my crab, Sebastian, managed to win 5 out of 6 races, against TWO competitors.  And I think he only lost the one race because he was so tired from all his previous sprints! This video shows Sebastian demolishing Frank’s 2nd and larger crab. The first crab was cuter but the video wasn’t as good as this one.

Much as I enjoyed racing Sebastian, we left him on Green Cay where I am sure he is now recognized as the supreme racer among all the Green Cay crabs!

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