I do not know where the last few days have gone, but I know that they have been filled with many new developments…
We arrived in Sopers Hole bay in Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, very very early on the 5th of October. It was dark, of course, and we inched our way into the bay, and dropped anchor for the night. This is not where we were to drop the boat off, however it was the only close place to do our immigration matters come daylight.
Bright and early at 7am we were up and headed over to the immigration dock to go through the formalities. Steve and Ellie asked for three days on their stamp, and I got the 30 days I asked for. As usual, the immigration official was taken aback that I was ‘skateboarding half way around the world’. She asked the usual question I get asked in this part of the world. “How do you skate across the water?”. I still haven’t thought of a silly enough answer to such a silly question. Perhaps something along the line of “I had to sail because I couldn’t find the right sized inflatable wheels.”
Once checked into the country, we headed around to Nanny Cay marina – a short three miles. We were all very glad to arrive and be tied up to the dock. Time for sleep!
But not too much sleep. I had on my mind my replacement visa card which was supposed to have been sent from NZ. I had on my mind working out a way of getting the rest of the way up to the Bahamas to get my US visa to get to Florida. I had on my mind my distinct lack of funds at this present time due to the lack of said visa card. I have US$100 to my name right at this present time. This needs to last me about two weeks. I figure that’s how long it will take to get my visa card.
I am sure things will sort themselves out in the end.
And indeed they do seem to be sorting themselves out. Today (the 7th of October), I was introduced to Steve and Ellie’s good friends who live on Tortola, Lesley and Sara. We visited a few bars on the island, and consequently met people who know people who know people who need crew. The yachting network is a tight one here in the BVIs. It looks as though it will work to my advantage, and just tonight I have stumbled upon a lead that may end up in me having an opportunity to assist with a couple sailing up to the Bahamas later this month. Nothing certain yet, but things are looking positive, whatever the outcome of this lead.