Catching the prevailing easterlies, we set a course from Tortola’s West End, up the Sir Francis Drake Passage and over to Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay, where we stopped for a spot of lunch and were rewarded with spectacular views across the azure waters of the Caribbean. The plan was to moor overnight at Cooper Island then head north towards Bitter End and Anegada, but concern over significant swells and movement on the water at night led us in search of a more sheltered anchorage.
So we set sail, crossing the Sir Francis Drake Passage once more to Fat Hog’s Bay and Penn’s Landing Marina, where we had heard the natural geography of the bay provides superb shelter from choppy seas. Upon arrival in the bay, we climbed aboard our dinghy and tied up at the dinghy dock next to the marina office. Checking in was straightforward, with friendly, helpful staff on hand to answer our (many!) questions on everything from provisioning to repair work and even where we could indulge in a delicious meal and cocktail in the evening.
However, before we could settle in at the Red Rock Restaurant & Bar, there was some work to be done. We took the dinghy to the dock at the nearby RiteWay Food Market, where we restocked on food, cold beers and other essentials, loading them directly into the dinghy. Stopping at the Honey & Spice Pastry Shop next door, we purchased freshly baked bread and treated ourselves to croissants for breakfast aboard the yacht the next morning. Next stop was the well-stocked chandlery, where Michel at the marina office had correctly informed us we could find the parts needed.
It was the start of our journey, so we did not use the laundromat, but with a next-day laundry concierge service available from the marina office, we took note for our return journey! A final stop at the the waterside gas station next to the marina office and we were ready to continue our BVI sailing adventure the following day. With the yacht and dinghy refueled, we stocked up on fresh water and left our empty propane tank to be refilled and collected later.
All tasks completed, and laden with supplies, we returned to the yacht then headed back to shore in time to catch the end of happy hour – from 3pm to 6pm – at the Red Rock Restaurant & Bar. A glass (or two!) of excellent wine later and we were sat watching the sun set as we finished a delectable meal, the perfect way to end a glorious day in the Caribbean. Back at the yacht we bunked down for a blissful night’s sleep in the calm waters of one of the BVI’s most sheltered bays.
Next morning we breakfasted on buttery croissants before tying up at the office’s dinghy dock and utilizing the marina’s excellent shower facilities – a welcome change from bathing in the sea! Stopping at the office, we took the opportunity to chat with the staff and draw on their expertise. With Justin pointing us in the right direction, we had already purchased spare parts at the chandlers the day before. However, there were still issues requiring expert attention, so we made plans to dock at Penn’s Landing on our return journey where Michel could perform some on-site maintenance and repairs to the rigging.
Refreshed and with supplies replenished, including the last-minute addition of ice from the gas station – we couldn’t resist the prospect of cold cocktails on deck later in the evening! – we headed back to the yacht for the final time, hoisted the sails and caught the pleasant north-easterlies up towards the white, sandy beaches of Anegada.
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