Foxtrot 3 Trip Update Day 9- Graham Benton, Program Director
Today was an exciting day, we set sail to Anegada. We dropped the ball promptly at 9:00am after a big egg and toast breakfast. We motored out of the sound and put up our sails right in front of Necker Island, Richard Branson’s island. Once our sails were set, we fell onto course of 007 degrees North.
This is the heading to the channel of Anegada. Anegada is an island that looks nothing like the rest of the islands in the BVI. It was formed not by volcanism but is rather a coral reef that has been eroded away and sunken until it is but a 20 foot tall pile of sand and limestone. It is one of the worlds largest reefs and has some of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world.
3 hour s later after a fantastic sail, we picked up a mooring ball and ate lunch. This is a little trickier then ever before because the mooring field, and the channel for that matter, are both very shallow, just a foot or two bellow the keels and dagger boards of the boats. After lunch we headed to shore where a taxi met us and took us on a tour of the island. The truck, an open bodied truck with benches and a cover on the back took us to the Iguana farm where we stopped and saw the endemic animles.
These lizards where brought almost to extinction by house cats that were released on the island. Since the rehabilitation project, the species is regaining strength. Afterwards we drove to The Big Bamboo, a restaurant and beach bar where we did a lesson on coral reefs and sharks, then went on a long snorkel out on the giant reefs that surround the island.
When we got back, we had some free time to chill on the beach. Dinner was brought out at 6:30, while we were all sitting around two tables. After we finished up dinner, we all headed to the ice cream shop then took it down to the beach where we had a boat meeting before hopping back into the taxi and heading home. We all were back on the boats by 9:00 and ready to sleep!!