The End of the (Caribbean) Road

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

By: Kerry

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands

Our original agenda had us sailing Fantazia all the way to Antigua, but we need to get back to NZ to turn Sel Citron around and point her towards Fiji before winter hits.

Delays out of Florida and a few longer-than-anticipated sailing legs mean we aren’t going to make it all the way.

From Marina del Rey on the east coast of Puerto Rico, we jumped off to the island of Culebra – in the ‘Spanish Virgin Islands’ – and then on to St Thomas in the US Virgins and finally to Virgin Gorda and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

In all, we sailed 1500 nautical miles from Florida to Tortola – a sizeable chunk of it into strong headwinds.

It’s been a really good trip on lots of levels: we’ve seen places we’d probably never have seen otherwise and shared good times with Mick and Garth. We’ve learned a thing or two from John, who’s got a few sea miles more than us under his belt – and who’s kept us amused with yarns about his days on the road with rock stars. And Christine’s stories of Parisian photo exhibitions and village life in the Loire have us wanting to move to France!

Sue and Alan, old friends of Christine and John, joined us in St Thomas, and we had a few fun, chilled out days in Cane Garden Bay and Virgin Gorda, before catching the ferry from Road Town back to St Thomas for the long journey home…

Iguana, St Thomas

Iguana, St Thomas

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