As someone who grew up in a very landlocked state (hello Nevada desert), the idea of sailing has always fascinated me.
The open ocean at your beckon call, allowing the wind to literally take you where it wills, the sway of the water rocking you to sleep at night. Admittedly, I’ve gone on large scale cruises before and of course, sailboats for the afternoon with friends of friends who had boats (note to self: make more friends who have boats!) but I’ve never sailed on an actual yacht.
Naturally, when The Moorings team invited me on one of the chartered 5800 yacht cruises through the British Virgin Islands, I had to 1.) pinch myself and 2.) start packing! Despite hopping around the Caribbean quite a bit the past few years since moving to the East Coast, I haven’t spent much time in the British Virgin Islands specifically, so I was excited for the chance to experience it as part of such an intimate sailing experience. By intimate I mean, the yacht comfortably fits 11 to 12 people, three of whom were our small but mighty crew: one fearless captain, Martin, one amazing chef, Katie, and the friendliest stew ever, Kay (who makes an amazing BVI painkiller cocktail). We had 5 full days at sea ahead of us, with plenty of islands to stop off at along the way, so each day started early with a coffee at sunrise, plenty of swimming and sunshine filled naps in between, and ended with sunset cocktails on our top deck.
If it sounds like I’m describing a scene from The Talented Mr. Ripley (minus the whole messy homicide plot twists), then we’re on the same page — I felt like Gwyneth Paltrow at times, and even donned my head scarf most days as a sartorial nod to her character. I’ll detail our exact island itinerary below, including everything I packed for the trip — but just wanted to underscore what an incredible experience it all was. Our crew made us feel instantly at home, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and while the aftermath of last season’s hurricanes is still apparent on most of the islands, it was amazing to see the communities there banding together to rebuild, and to know that, bringing tourism back to life in these areas is the best remedy for a speedy recovery.