Saturday March 22 – Mark and Fran…Our first day at Leverick Bay

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Smeralda yacht club … north sound Virgin Gorda

We were two very busy people today!  We went up to shore to take advantage of the showers available here when staying on a mooring.  Quite a few boats around us so not sure I’d be too comfortable showering on the back locker like I usually do…I left Mark at the beach bar while I visited Pusser’s (my favorite) and the few other shops here.  I spotted a few Christmas gifts that I could bring back for a very reasonable price but I did not get them yet.  We had a few Happy Hour drinks and returned to the ship to change and take a water taxi to Saba Rock for their happy hour!  We were hoping to catch the end of the race from there which would have offered an awesome view of all the participating boats but we were informed that the race had ended at approx. 2pm at which time we had been in the showers!!!  Oh well, painkillers helped us to regroup and focus on feeding the tarpon!  I got a nice slimy piece of left over Mahi Mahi skin and laid on the dock to try my luck!  I was able to hang on for a total of 4 passes before it slipped out of my hand.  I wanted to hold the fish food in my teeth but apparently the fish now know how to jump out of the water!  Tarpon are very smart fish in my estimation as they were nowhere to be seen until exactly 5pm feeding time!  Even a barracuda was hanging back hoping for any stray morsels. Also part of a team of hermit crab races…two young kids found them on the fake beach (man-made) and Mark and I suggested racing them…Shell won with Chester close behind! The kids were a lot of fun!  Dinner was excellent and I would have to say the conch fritters to be one of the best in the BVI!  Portion size was great for the two of us and we also had grilled Mahi Mahi Caesar salad…prices extremely reasonable.  We went to Smeralda Marina on our way back to the ship to see the “Big Boys” from the race.  There were 20 “super yachts”   –   each of which is over 100 feet long – and at least five additional motor yachts of comparable size attending the 4th annual Loro Piana Caribbean Super yacht Regatta and Rendezvous’. The winner was Nilaya. Luxury Sailing Yacht NILAYAReturned to Grand Cru and went to bed at boater’s midnight.  Not certain if the solo sail or all the painkillers were responsible but we had a great sleep. 

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