Jan 7 we departed Marina Cay and had a pleasant sail to Cane Garden Bay. This bay has one of the prettiest beaches on Tortola. There are mooring balls, but also plenty of room to anchor behind them, which we did. We’ll happily save our money and anchor anyday. I personally find it much more pleasant at anchor, especially in light winds (mooring balls tend to bang on the hull in light winds). We launched the dinghy as soon as the anchor was set and headed to town. Fresh veggies were my target. Plus Charlie was desperate for a good walk. We located the small grocery store and followed that with a romp on the beach for Charlie. He never tires of chasing his ball. He now welcomes us to throw it in the water so he can swim. His first encounter with small surf (big to him) was to just head straight into it after the ball. The first time a wave broke in his face, he turned around and came back to the beach with a look saying “why did you do that to me?”. He is now starting to figure out that he can back away from curling water or jump over it then swim to get his ball. Fascinating watching him learn and developing strategies to cope with the curl and undertow. So today he learned to jump the surf, and he experienced it pull him out and bring him in. Check out the video:
Today, Jan 8, we paddled ashore for more beach time. We followed that with a swim off the boat. While catching up the blog, P sighted a dolphin off our bow which lazily swam to and fro teasing us for 10 minutes. We both got pictures and a good video. Our days are becoming more relaxed and rich with the pleasure of being here in paradise.