Category Archives: Spanish Virgin Islands

Sailing Culebra and Vieques

I read somewhere that running into dolphin’s the first time you put up the sails is good luck….
Sure hope thats true.. Wasn’t too long after Island dancer heeled from the wind, 3 dolphin came to play in the bow wake!..
Been waiting along time for that experience.. very very cool.

Allie put together a very good video of our 4 or 5 day trip.. we had a blast.. so fun to explore different islands.. The reason we are on this adventure!
She is getting really good at holding her breath on snorkel trips.. she spends move time under the water than on top!!

Ran into a lot of bioluminance at a bay in Vieques..(pronounced “B” – “A” – “KISS”… really hard to get pictures of it.. Its a lot like fireflies, but its in the water..
We spent hours playing with the water.. you wait until dark, then launch the dingy.. stick you finger in the water …. wiggle it.. and the water lights up..
crazy!!… Running the dingy on plane, we had a spotlight following us.. By chance there was no Moon.. so it was completely dark, until you disturbed the water.. then Bright Bright Blue..
They sell tours that must be expensive from the mainland.. we found a small bay to anchor at with no one else around.. just us.. no stores.. no people..no cars.. very remote…
I was really hoping it would be a bioluminance bay.. we were not disappointed!

Had a blast over on Culebra thats “KOO.. LEB…RA”.. or something like that!! ha
… rented a golf cart for $25.00 for a 24 hours.. tons of fun and didn’t break it!!! a new record for Timbo!!!

Met a lot of very nice people, and can’t wait to go back..

Here’s the video….

Now we can Say we are Cruisers !!!

First night on the hook.. in our own boat.  with everything we own (well most..nice try Owen)..  We are in a very sheltered bay, with hills climbing all directions around us..  many boats, but most setting out for hurricane season…
We are on the island of Culebra, off the east coast of Puerto Rico… you can see St. Thomas in the USVI from here..The breeze goes through the Whole boat..  there is no comparison to a marina..  air conditioning is not required out here..  its 80F+ at 8pm, but the humidity is low (in our mind), and the breeze is steady..  super comfy..

Anchor set first time, very nice having so much chain to work with.. this boat is made to anchor out ‘all the time’

That saves $20 – $40 a night paying for a mooring ball..  a preset hung of who-knows-what, someone sunk and put a floating ball on…  ha…  don’t laugh.. its a little too close to the truth!!

Had a very good night ‘sail (into the wind)’.. we left at midnight from San Juan..  heading directly into the wind all night..  it was fairly low winds (leaving at night BONUS!), but this is the ocean, a few rollers dictated the items below that were not stowed correctly..  not many.. Robin has this art mastered..  I was drilling hooks on the wall at 11pm, before we left to secure her Baskets!!!

Love this place..  it just feels right..  sound of water, gently washing against the hull..  full sky of stars, with no city lights..  air is as clean as it can be I’m sure…

Pico has his sea legs now… loves dingy rides to go “P”, over on a small island near us…

Tomorrow, we are renting a Jeep, and exploring the island..  I’ve never rented a Jeep without a story, so keep tuned in!!!

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