A Trip Through the BVI With President Kirstie Palmer

As I sit here overlooking the stunning views of Cane Garden Bay, I wonder, what better place could I be working from home? Tortola has had strict protocols to protect this tiny island from COVID-19 the past 18 months, but things are changing, and the BVI is getting excited about the upcoming season. The place I’ve called home for the last 15 years was fortunate to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in February 2021, and I was one of the first people in line to receive the shot. Since receiving my second dose, I have not looked back. I have just recently returned home from my trip to Annapolis and am feeling grateful that it is a much simpler process when entering the BVI. I was required to take a PCR test five days before traveling and then fill in the BVI Portal in order to get permission to enter the territory. If fully vaccinated, a rapid test is provided upon arrival and then you’re good to go. If you’re not vaccinated, don’t worry, we will talk you through your entry protocols.

This past weekend I decided that even though the Cane Garden Bay view is stunning, I wanted a change of scenery. I decided to hit the water on my own Fountaine Pajot catamaran and share my experience working from the waters. It was the first time I had been out on the water for nearly 18 months and it did not disappoint. It certainly makes you appreciate where you live and why you live there. That wanderlust moment is nice and sometimes you need that little reminder!

DAY 1

Saturday afternoon we set sail for Cooper Island – a stunning little resort. Sadly, at this moment, all bars and restaurants are not open to the public for indoor dining; however, that didn’t stop us from sitting on the beach with a cocktail in hand that was served by polite staff and without contact. There were several boats in the Mooring Buoy field and everybody just seemed happy to be on the water. To be honest, who can complain about sitting on a beach with one of the world’s best unrestricted sunset views? The water on Cooper Island was beautiful, and with no real water traffic this past year, the marina life is amazing. Every few seconds you would see a turtle’s head pop out of the water, and the fish were amazing when snorkeling alongside them. After stargazing from the trampoline and an amazing barbeque from the back of the boat, a good night’s sleep was had by all.

Drinks in the BVI

DAY 2

There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of water splashing the side of the boat, with a gentle rock from the waves as a boat passes, and jumping straight into the turquoise waters with the sun rising above your head. We picked up anchor and, with sails up and a beautiful breeze, set sail for Virgin Gorda, Leverick Bay. The BVI is so green and beautiful to see boats on the water. Everyone we met appeared thrilled to be out, even if they were working from the water. Leverick Bay has had a little refit and relocation of the bar, and they are ready for next season’s guests with the new pirate ship for children to enjoy the show! We also enjoyed the fuel dock, which was open for fuel, water, and ice, an essential mix for a sundowner.

Relaxing in the BVI

DAY 3

Today we were up bright and early. While I worked from the helm and the crew cooked breakfast, we set sail for Anegada. We had a beautiful 2.5-hour sail with a nice breeze and sunshine, and the entrance was easily marked, making it easy to navigate. Once we hit the anchorage, we hired a Mini Moke for the day to tour the island. This is the easiest way to get around the island, and at $85 for the day, you can’t go wrong. We hit Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada Beach Club, Loblolly, and Anegada Reef Hotel just in time for sundowners to take us back to the boat for an evening under the stars. Anegada is a place you cannot miss, and I certainly came back from my day feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Car parked in the BVI

DAY 4

We set sail nice and early again for our 3-hour sail to Guana Island, where we stopped to swim at Monkey Point for a nice brunch before sailing down the channel to return home.

In conclusion, it’s important to note that just because things are different right now here in the BVI, it isn’t any less enjoyable. In fact, everyone seemed to truly enjoy the peace and quiet of a small Caribbean Island in the glorious sunshine.