Day 1, Red Hook, St. Thomas to Francis Bay, St. John
Red Hook to Francis Bay about-6.5nm. It’s just a short sail across the well-protected Pillsbury Sound to lovely Francis Bay, part of the U.S National Parks, for the evening meal and sunset. Where you can take your first dip into the aqua waters, then have a drink, and unwind from the busy travel day.
Day 2, Sopers Hole to clear into customs, then to Normal Island
Sopers Hole otherwise known as West End on Tortola, has some nice colorful shops for souvenirs, and the Immigration and Customs offices for the BVI's. Then off to Norman Island, and the popular anchorage known as The Bright. The Bright has several fun places to visit, including the floating bar/restaurant named the Willie T. A replica of a 93-foot lumber schooner. It is known for dancing, jumping off the top, and the shot ski. Norman Island is also home to the caves at Treasure Point, a fascinating location for snorkeling. Just to the north of Norman Island are Pelican Island and The Indians, four rock pinnacles considered one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots in the area.
Day 3, Norman Island to the Bathes on Virgin Gorda Island then to North Sound
Norman Island to Virgin Gorda, North Sound – 14nm. After sampling the pleasures of Norman Island, your British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary will take you northeast to the beautiful island of Virgin Gorda. About 9 nautical miles from Norman Island, on the southwest end of Virgin Gorda, is The Baths, a fascinating jumble of granite boulders, some of which form interesting caves to explore.We are not allowed to take the dinghy ashore, you must swim in or snorkel in, which is preferred, this is also a must-see highlight.
Another option is stopping at The Dog islands, a cluster of small islands off Virgin Gorda’s westerm shore. The snorkeling is spectacular. Then off to North Sound, about 5 nautical miles you’ll find a plethora of marinas, resorts, restaurants, and scenic anchorages. Many sailors allocate two days to explore Virgin Gorda.
Day 4, North Sound to Marina Cay
Virgin Gorda North Sound to Marina Cay- 8nm. By now you’re completely in sailing mode. The stresses of life have faded, washed away with the combination of excellent sailing conditions, paralleled Caribbean beauty, along with fine dining and a variety of pleasures ranging from the laid back music to the fun activities on board. A downwind passage of roughly 8 nautical miles from North Sound to the small island of Marina Cay will carry you along the south shore of Scrub Island, to a secure and comfortable anchorage for the evening. Just northeast of Tortola, is Marina Cay. It is nestled among three larger islands- Great Camanoe, Scrub and Beef. Worthy of a painting by one of the great artists of history, Marina Cay’s beauty is breathtaking. The anchorage is sheltered and offers numerous mooring balls. Nearby Trellis Bay is also beautiful. It has a number of shops and restaurants.
Day 5, Marina Cay to Cane Garden Bay
Marina Cay to Cane Garden Bay – 18nm. In a few shorts legs, you can sail northward around Scrub and Great Camanoe islands into the open waters caressing the northern shore of Tortola, passing the long tip of Guana Island, where a day anchorage are available at Monkey Point. Beyond, the land runs straight and bold, and then curves south until you arrive at picturesque Cane Garden Bay. Many residents of Tortola consider the bay one of the prettiest on the island, with its crescent-shaped beach of fine white sand juxtaposed against a lush backdrop of swaying palms. A number of fun nightspots are located right on the beach, or close to it, and dancing, dining, and enjoying great island cuisine are all popular pursuits.
Day 6, off to Jost Van Dyke, White Bay and Great Harbour
Cane Garden Bay to White Bay and Great Harbour- 5nm. Your British Virgin Islands itinerary has taken you east to the northern end of Virgin Gorda, and then progressed downwind to the west back to Tortola. There’s no reason to stop sailing west because the scenic island of Jost Van Dyke is just a short cruise away. You’ll have plenty of time to stop at Soggy Dollar at White Bay, for some snorkeling and a tasty lunch. Then over to Great Harbour. There are numerous anchorages or mooring sites at Great Harbour. Peaks averaging 1,000 feet in elevation soar skyward from the shore of Great Harbour, home to Foxy’s, one of the most famous bar/restaurants in the Caribbean.
Day 7, St. Johns & St.Thomas Great Harbour to St. John, USVI Island – 4nm. The last moments of your British Virgin Islands sailing itinerary will take you South by southwest from Great Harbour, St. John, USVI to clear back into U.S. Customs at Cruz Bay, then off to St. Thomas, USVI for departure.