Our friends arrived as planned on Monday and meeting them couldn’t have been easier. Trellis Bay is right next to the airport, so not only do you get to watch their plane land, you can also walk to the terminal and wait in the café by arrivals. It is literally a 5 minute walk from the dinghy dock and we moved mooring to be as close to the beach as possible to shorten the journey to the boat.
We came to Trellis Bay in 2007 but the only thing I could remember is that it is crowded. There are plenty of moorings and several were free when we arrived, so it wasn’t an issue this time. It becomes very shallow in the south of the bay though and a reef extends from the islet in the centre, which houses the ‘Last Resort’ restaurant.
On the beach there is a market, a cyber-café, a gallery, bars and a couple of dinghy docks. Small ferries run from here to Marina Cay and Virgin Gorda. We saw ice being delivered to one boat and their rubbish was taken away.
We saw some new charterers come in and bless them, they obviously had no idea how to tie the boat to the moorings. Perhaps the charter company should have told them but they went from buoy to buoy looking for one with lines attached already. They didn’t head into the wind, which should have been obvious from the way all the boats were lying and struggled to grab the pick up line. In the end they did hook one but the lady on the foredeck just tried to hold the boat in place whilst her husband left the helm and came forward. They tried to pull the small eyelet onto their boat but it is too small to fit over a cleat. Eventually they had to let it go as the boat weighed too much. By this time the whole anchorage was watching them but they at least looked around and saw the rest of us had long lines from our cleats to the little eyelet so they got a rope. However, they didn’t fasten the rope to the boat, so same result. Glad to say they did eventually get their boat tied up but it was a good reminder of how much you take for granted when you have a little experience.
We have been snorkelling most days in the National Park and Virgin Gorda. Saw a couple of sharks but nothing dangerous! Leverick Bay has a lovely resort feel about it, happy hours and you get free water with your mooring, saving us 20 US$. We watched the ‘Happy Aaaarh’ pirate show and Dennis took up the challenge of the conch shell blowing contest.
Gorda Sound has enough anchorages to spend several nights, so we moored in Leverick and Bitter End and also anchored close to the reef another evening. On our way back west we will stop at Necker Island’s reef if the weather is calm enough for snorkelling. The Bitter End marina is very up-market and the mooring buoys cost an extra 5 US$ for the privilege but you can use the showers. Dennis and Paula went to the supermarket and brought back delicious pecan tarts for coffee time and had a good time snorkelling in Eustatia Sound.