The British Virgin Islands, or BVI, are a popular destination for sailors and yachtsmen from all over the world. With crystal-clear waters, stunning scenery, and a relaxed island lifestyle, it’s no wonder why this beautiful chain of islands has long been a favorite among crewed and bareboat sailors.
I recently had the opportunity to embark on a sailing trip to the BVI aboard a Leopard 40 catamaran sailboat, which is a Moorings 4000, named Lasso the Moon. From the moment I set foot on this beautiful vessel, which I had chartered from the Moorings and skippered myself, I felt a sense of freedom and adventure that only sailing can bring.
Our journey began in the bustling town of Wickham Cay at Road Town on Tortola, the largest of the BVI’s islands. As we set sail, I was struck by the beauty of the surrounding islands and the crystal-clear waters that surrounded us. The warm sun and gentle breeze made for the perfect sailing conditions and I was in awe of the stunning scenery that surrounded us.
Being able to skipper our own sailboat, Lasso the Moon, allowed us the freedom to go from island to island on our own time and schedule. As we sailed from island to island, I was amazed by the variety of landscapes and cultures that the BVI has to offer. From the lush green hills of Jost Van Dyke to the pristine beaches of Virgin Gorda, each island had its own unique personality and charm.
One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda. Here, I explored the giant boulders and swim-through grottoes that make this one of the most popular attractions in the BVI. The clear blue waters were perfect for snorkeling and I was able to see a variety of tropical fish and colorful corals.
Another highlight of my trip was a stop at the secluded island of Anegada. This flat, sandy island is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and is a popular spot for lobster and conch. I was able to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Potters Landing, and soak up the stunning views as the sun set over the Caribbean Sea.
Throughout my trip, I was able to enjoy the relaxed island lifestyle that the BVI is famous for, including visits to local favorites such as the Soggy Dollar bar. I spent my days swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the islands, and my evenings relaxing on the deck of Lasso the Moon with a cold drink in hand.
In short, my sailing trip to the BVI was a journey of adventure and independence. Being able to skipper our own sailboat, Lasso the Moon, allowed us to explore the islands on our own terms and at our own pace, including stops at local favorites such as the Soggy Dollar and Potters Landing. From the stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters to the relaxed island lifestyle, the BVI has something for everyone. I would highly recommend a sailing trip to the BVI to anyone looking for a unique and unforgettable experience. Sailing the BVI is an epic adventure with delicious food, beautiful beaches and wonderful people.