We waited in Road Harbour, Tortola for the washing machine for a few weeks in the end thanks to delays with getting the container unloaded etc etc. We used the time well though and offloaded a lot of unused unnecessary items from the boat. It worked out well as many of the people with damaged boats or who had bought damaged boats cheap were happy to take them. The boat floats noticeably higher in the water!
We met an Australian lady Bobbi who has lived here for ages and she drove us around while she dropped off copies of the tourist book that she edits. Pete also managed to order and get delivered new hatch screens for all of our hatches. The old ones haven’t worked properly for years and were very frustrating.
The last few days that we were in Road Harbour, Howard and Sue on Sundowner arrived from Antigua. We went to lunch at Captain’s Kitchen run by an Australia lady charter skipper who decided to try her hand at a restaurant. Very nice.
I’ve been experimenting with bread making to save trying to keep bread on board for longer passages with some success – never done it before. I also made some naan bread…..
We’ve been sailing around the BVI’s since with Sundowner taking in Marina Cays (no coral left at all), Gorda Sound, The Baths and Jost van Dyke. We both checked out of there a week ago and are now in The USVI’s. We have to get our life raft repacked for the ARC Europe by May and it is out of repack life. Pete managed to get one from a wrecked yacht in Tortola so we have saved some big money there but it still has to get repacked here in St Thomas. Howard and Sue have to get a new starter motor here too so in amongst all the lying around, swimming and eating and drinking there are always jobs! Their engine failed to start on one of our trips so we hove to while Howard got it fixed for a few hours (see pics).
We are now in a cute little place called Christmas Cove where they have a Pizza boat that you dinghy over to and buy pizza! Pretty cool. We are all having one for lunch today