By Dave Calvert
On the first part of this sailing adventure, we set sail from Cat Island, Bahamas to Provo, Turks and Caicos. We experienced an exuberant sail to Provo from Mayaguna,cleared customs and were ready to see a bit of this most developed Island of the Turks and Caicos group.
Provo, short for Providenciales, has become a very populated tourist destination with condos, high-rise hotels, and shops fully lining the popular Grace Bay. The beaches and reefs here are beautiful although, notunspoiled.
I had first sailed into Provo in 1986. At this time, it was a quiet island with a population of about 1,500 people. Now, 25 years later, there are close to 30,000 in all! During my time at anchor in Sapodilla Bay, on the south side of Provo, I met Canadian multihull sailor Tim Ainley. Tim had built a beautiful Wharram 36 catamaran named Beluga. Tim and I had a lot in common and became good friends and have stayed in touch over the years. We have built his sails and he has acted as our agent on Provo. Tim also was a multihull builder in Canada working closely with Nigel Irens to build the famous Formula Tag catamaran. Tim has found a great niche with high-end adventure charters, entertaining celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Willis to name a few.