While spending the Christmas holiday with Brenda's sister Karen and her husband Peter, they told us they really wanted to charter a sailboat this year in the British Virgin Islands. They have crewed on previous charters and are now enrolled in a series of ASA classes to become certified for bareboat chartering. Doesn't that sound like a fun vacation? Lucky them!
As we discussed their trip the conversation quickly evolved into, "Hey, why don't the four of us do this charter together?" One month later and the Beneteau 43/3 is reserved for 20 (yes 20) days and all four of us have booked our flights for late spring/early summer. Yippee! The charter company we are working with starts their off-season rates just before our charter begins and is also running a 10 days for the price of 7 days special. So we can book for two weeks and enjoy the wonderful sailing, snorkeling, beaches and food for 20 days.
This will be a great way for Brenda and I to gauge our future boat size requirements. We may find that our current target boat length of 31 to 37 feet is fine for us or way too small. The same is true of the RIB that will be supplied with the sailboat. After using this dinghy for twenty days we should have a pretty good idea of what size and horsepower we would want later.
Foxy's, Soggy Dollar Bar, Tortola Full Moon Festival, local music, fresh fish, sailing, snorkeling, The Baths, Painkillers,................. We're in!