Exploring | Spanish Virgin Islands

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. – Rumi

Indeed it is. With my family joining me on Silver Lining to sail into the New Year, it’s not just the wind that is perfect. We’re off to an early start on our crossing to the Spanish Virgin Islands, also known as the Puerto Rican Virgin Islands.  We motored into the channel, then sailed dead down wind for a good part of the way and made it to Playa del Rey in Puerto Rico in 5.5 hours; averaging 7 knots.

We will be exploring the area and will let you know what we find. One advantage: you don’t need a US passport, as we won’t leave US territories for the whole week. Also, Puerto Ricans know how to have fun in and near the water.

Here’s wishing you many rainbow-framed adventures in 2014.

Puerto Rico 1_Dec 2013

Puerto Rico 2_Dec 2013

Can’t Get Here by Car | Big Major Cay, Bahamas

And if you prefer pigs to ponies, there’s this: “The huge animals – easily as large as a Shetland pony – were friendly and not shy. At all.” Check out Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, where four legs are way more common than two. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/swimming-pigs-of-big-major-cay

Where will you go when you learn how to sail?

Swimming Pigs