Written By: Hanna von Bernthal
We woke up at Marina Cay and jumped out of bed, ready for our sail to the mysterious island of Anegada. We’d only ever heard of this place. It was so far into the distance that we couldn’t see it, and we knew we had to be on our “A” game for what would be our longest (and most highly anticipated) sail of the summer. We de-moored and motored out of Marina Cay just far enough that we could raise our sails and be on our way. Once raised, we made our way out into the open Atlantic, where we were greeted by unusually friendly conditions – just a mild chop and bright, sunny skies. After about three hours of sailing, we could begin to see Anegada’s little trees poking out of the horizon ahead. Being that this island was formed by the lowering of sea levels which then exposed coral reef, this island is completely flat – unlike any of the other islands in the BVI. As we approached, the water got bluer and bluer, as there are still miles of shallow reef that surround the island.
Once we got to the mooring field and picked up the ball, we packed our beach bags and dingy-ed to shore for our day at the Anegada Beach Club. We spent the day snorkeling, laying in the sun, eating delicious takeout from the beach club restaurant, and learning about Mangroves from one of our Marine Biologists. At 4pm, we hopped into pickup trucks for Sail Caribbean’s famous island “truck tour” which took us all around Anegada to explore more of the beautiful, undeveloped parts of the island. The truck tour stopped at a natural shark nursery, where we were hoping to get lucky enough to see some baby sharks. Unfortunately, they were not out to play. But we did see some bright pink flamingos who were native to the island!
At 5:30, it was time to go back to boats. As soon as we got back, we began taking boat showers and prepping dinner while the sun set in the distance. We reflected on the day’s activities and wrapped up the evening with a few games of Thumper. The moon rose late, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, making for perfect stargazing conditions. The Milky Way stretched all the way across the sky, and we got lucky by seeing lots of shooting stars! Not a bad day to be a student in Sail Caribbean’s mega-fleet.