Vacation Mistake or The Perfect BVI Float Plan? An Extra day on Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Written by Captain Mark Cochran: Professional Yacht captain in BVI with The Catamaran Company”
The island of Anegada is a sailors must-see. The beaches, bars and people here have a familiar comfort that is impossible to forget and more difficult to ignore. Once a visitor, always a friend, you will be back again.
It’s a conservative tradition of the “Sailor’s Wisdom” that sees us pay homage to the lyrical superstitions we recite to remind seafarers not to trifle with the unforeseen forces of wind and tide.
“Red Sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red Sky at morning, sailor take warning!” It’s a planned early departure from Virgin Gorda's North Sound. We want to take advantage of the forecasted breeze that is expected to fill in, on our starboard beam. It is with eased sheets and out-stretched arms, that we head off into the unknown.
Stories abound of a legendary “drowned island” off to the North. Earning its’ name, "Tierra Anegada” the Spanish term for flooded land. The island barely crests the water’s surface, with an elevation of only 28 feet, she remains unseen. Many a visitor who ply the beautiful blue waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and the surrounding seas of the Isla de Virgines, never visit Anegada’s distant shores and it’s a mistake. Bareboat charter companies previously restricted less experienced crew from making the long journey, thus, further adding to the island’s mystique.
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