Ladies and gentlemen, please, welcome Sharyn, this week’s blog star and our guest for the past few days. Sharyn is Andrea’s sister and as you’ll see below she is an expert sailor, a brave swimmer and she sure knows how to party!

We spent Sharyn’s first night by Cooper Island, where we met up again with our friends Debby and Bob from Chimayo, just in time for Happy Hour.

We hadn’t seen them since Luperon, where Andrea and Debby were queens of karaoke for a night so we had a lot of stories to exchange. The next day, we all went to the Baths at Virgin Gorda together. The baths are an unusual formation of granite boulders where the sea washes in creating natural pools. The water is often sparkling with the light that filters in through the rocks creating some interesting dramatic effects.

Later in the day, Sharyn took the wheel and sailed Can Drac to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, where we spent a couple of days relaxing at anchor in our favorite spot, a shallow patch between the Bitter End and Biras Creek.

Appetite for island food and our adventurous spirit took us to the Mangrove Trail leading to Fat Virgin’s Cafe. Not surprisingly, our hike on the wild side of Virgin Gorda didn’t lack excitement. See the video below for a vivid illustration:

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Of course, we were not about to do that long scary walk again so swimming to the boat became the best alternative. Although, as you can see below, perhaps walking would have been a “safer” option…

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Back on board, and safe from all land and marine dangers, Sharyn did something she hasn’t done in a very long time: read a book. Cover to cover in just four days!

That afternoon we paid a visit to Saba Rock, the smallest inhabited island in the area where we got a glimpse of the wild life in the sound. No more swimming after that!

So soon we were sailing again, setting course towards Norman Island, which is very close to the South Drop, where deep-water fishing is possible.

So we tried and we tried but luck was not on our side this time. Seems that paying for the fishing permit for the BVIs is the worst investment we’ve made in a very long time. Luckily, here in the islands they have the best remedy against such woes. They call it rum and they serve it in buckets!

But of course, our nights of partying weren’t just about tasting island spirits. Sharyn is very creative. Take our visit to the Last Resort in Trellis Bay, for example. There, Andrea was able to persuade the band to play Billy Joel (took a few tries!) while Sharyn persuaded the singer to take a break and took over the stage. We’re not making this up! We have pictures to prove it!

Whether it was singing, drinking, swimming, fishing, reading, tanning or sailing, Sharyn didn’t do that alone this week. Just like sisters in paradise, she shared all of that with Andrea, making this dream vacation one to be remembered for a very, very loooong time.

Wish you could join us in Europe too, Sharyn and thanks for your donation!


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Comment by YACHTASEA on May 4, 2009 at 2:52pm
: ) ! ! !
Comment by Sharyn on May 4, 2009 at 1:11pm
I wish I could join you guys in Europe too! I had such a great time! Thanks for everything!

Miss you already. Good luck on your big sailing adventure coming up! : )
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on May 4, 2009 at 12:59pm
That was the best tour yet,,,thanks, I feel like I learned somethin -I'll watch where I kick my feet while swimmin!
Cant wait to throw these lines -looks like its gonna be next year w/ hurricanes knockin at the door. Where are yall goin to avoid them? Dont come this way!!! Yer always welcome to tie th boat and come 80 miles inland here, but i wouldnt,,,,

Carry on,

Comment by LOLA on May 4, 2009 at 11:15am
This was great...thanks for sharing
Comment by Mary Ann on May 4, 2009 at 10:31am
This is a great update to the perfect getaway! Franc & Andrea, you are the BEST!!! This wassoo much fun to watch. Better than what's on TV...

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