At the end of October, Scott and I took a vacation to the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands for the 30th Anniversary Pro Am Regatta.

Scott and Martha with a view of North Sound.

Scott and I with a view of North Sound behind us.

It was an amazing trip with  beautiful scenery, terrific sailing and plentiful outdoor activities. We were joined by friends Michael and Angel Ganey and Jimmy and Sondra Lee. We met new friends along the way. We found lots of motivation for sailing our boat all the way to the BVIs.
We flew into St. Thomas, took a ferry to Tortola and spent the night at Nanny Cay. The roosters crowing at 4 a.m. were a novel change from the standard alarm clock (not!). We then took another ferry to Virgin Gorda, where we spent seven nights at the Bitter End Yacht Club.
map-of-north-soundThe Pro Am Regatta featured top notch pros and some devoted racing amateurs. Scott and I raced a Hobie Wave (lots of fun!) and participated in the racing of IC 24s with a variety of pro skippers.
Sailing a Hobie Wave.

Sailing a Hobie Wave around North Sound.

Many participants “raced” Leopards to the Baths in the Mount Gay Defiance Day Race. Our skipper was Steve Benjamin (Benj), 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.
For fun, we went snorkeling and took a day to visit Foxy’s and the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. We also sailed a Hobie Getaway around Necker Island (owned by Sir Richard Branson) and Prickly Pear National Park on Virgin Gorda.
Scott and Martha sitting in beach chairs at Jost Van Dyke

Toes in the Sand

On the way home, Angel found us a three bedroom, three bathroom suite at the Marriott on St. Thomas. The accommodations were sweet and the view was even better. (Thanks, Angel!)
Next post: a recap of the first month living aboard Island Time.
More photos:
Finding a conch while snorkeling

Scott finds a conch while snorkeling.

Sunset

Sunset in St. Thomas, USVI