|The crew at Point Udall, St. Croix, USVI. Thank you, Patti & Peter!|
|Main sail cover is OFF! Stand by. We're about to get crazy!|
"Sailing. Genoa and main. Engines off. 15-20 kts downwind doing 6 kts. Now we're having some fun! Statia here we come!"
"Sailing 101. Sometimes the autopilot has trouble downwind & occasionally we get a wind shift. Autopilot off. Hand steering :-)"
|Sails are up!|
Stats: Total time 5:47, average speed 5.2, total mileage 30.0 nm. Sailed main & genoa 4:47. Motor sail 1:00
"Still sailing. No engines. Quiet. Making up for all that motoring lately! 66 miles to go."
"Blue moon...there's a country song in there somewhere. Help me out. Leann Rimes? No, that's not it. KY? No, that's hills. 52 miles to go."
"Only seen 2 other boats. Lonely out here. 29 miles to go!"
"Internet! Can't see the island yet but 14 miles to go and we have INTERNET, so we must be close."
"Sunrise. St. Croix in sight. And a "jibe ho" just north of the island that laid us perfectly across our course line. That never happens. Happy, happy, sleepy, sleepy."
|Sunset on the last overnight|
|St Croix in sight!|
|"I don't care that you're anchoring. I don't know where St Croix is. BREAKFAST!" Yeah, that face says it all. Now THAT's the last overnight for awhile, we hope.|
|Marina closed. Pile of flip flops on the dock. Who leaves without their shoes? They were gone the next day.|
|Fort Christian Brew Pub with a view of the "town" anchorage|
|A stroll through downtown and it's unique, historical Dutch architecture|
|One of the five "yellow" buildings in the National Historic district|
(Facebook post) "Random thoughts from St. Croix: Paper maps are useless in the Caribbean except as a prop to get a local to stop and give you directions (required at least twice per destination).
You know you're a cruiser, when you stop to take a pic of the first self-serve laundromat since the Bahamas (Is that right?)"
|A wonderful grocery with all sorts of beautiful things we don't know what to do with--Dragonfruit & Tamarind.|
|Gallow's Bay anchorage, with breathtaking sunrises daily|
|A fabulous lunch at 40 Strand Eatery followed by creme brule--orange, I think it was. Gorgeous & yummy!|
|And another gorgeous sunrise|
|National Radio Astronomy Observatory's VLBA, 82 ft large radio-telescope antenna. "The Big Dish" controlled by an operator in Socorro, NM. Yes, you can see it move!|
|Sunset. We're not in a hurry to leave.|
|A large artistic community here as well. A mural in the laundromat|
|Downtown. Tiny paintings (12" high?) at sidewalk level|
|Every day a little different...|
|Our favorite hang out--wifi, a/c, frappes and the standard group of "old geezers" in the corner talking about airplanes...|