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9th November, 2014

Road Town, Tortola

One hundred and seventy miles later and the vessel entered the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the relatively sheltered water that is within the territory of the British Virgin Islands. It is in places quite shallow and the navigation must be precise, but the weather was now good with just a light breeze as we backed down to the anchorage of Road Town. The only cruise ship pier is being enlarged for the new ‘mega’ ships so our passengers had to tender ashore, not a particularly long ride, but the south east Trade wind started to pick up soon after breakfast resulting in the operation taking a little longer than we would have hoped. It was a little choppy by the pontoon and safety necessitated careful boarding.

The passengers were on good form though, glad to see the sunshine, and everyone I met after their return had had a fine time. Not surprising really as the views from some of the higher roads are quite spectacular, taking in all the many islands of the territory. The steep and twisting roads pass through villages with names like Long Trench and Fahie Hill, drop down to Carrot Bay, Pussers Landing and the beautiful Cane Garden Bay, one of the most delightful beaches in the Caribbean.

We left in the evening, which gave a chance for the passengers who were still resting when we arrived to watch our progress back across the channel, past the outer islands as we headed south east into the Trades, catching a Caribbean sunset.

Captain Philip Rentall

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