Mother Nature is cooperating
There are a few things that we can’t control while on charter. The first one is the weather. While we can choose anchorages that will be calm for the available conditions, Mother Nature gets the final say on pretty much everything else. For the first few days of this charter, She has apparently turned off the wind machine. As we motored to the BVI yesterday, we did so on seas as flat as a table, with next to no wind to hinder our progress. This is quite a difference from the conditions we experienced during our Christmas and New Years charters and believe me, for heading east, we’re quite happy with it.
One of the places that we enjoy taking our guests is the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke. This is a spot that ranges from super exciting to sleepy depending on the state of the ocean swell. Rebecca took the guests there yesterday and relayed to me that it may very well have been the best (biggest swell) that its ever been. Very cool.
A third thing that we can’t really control is the marine life. Yes, we can visit spots known to have good snorkeling but even that doesn’t guarantee that our guests will be able to see all that they want to see. The guests on our last charter were very eager to see a turtle and yet they eluded us for all but the final day. I am happy to report that not only have our present guests been able to see turtles playing around our boat on several occasions already, we actually had the opportunity to see some whales yesterday, a very rare occurrence. The photo below, taken from a distance, may not look like much but it was still a cool experience.
Believe it or not, this is a whale.