44' Luxury Catamaran Mustang Sally

Doug, Wendy and Mustang Sally cruise the Virgin Islands. Follow along on their adventures meeting funky local characters and visiting hot spots and hidden treasures with links to our favorites websites and additional interesting information.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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BVI KiteJam 2010

This past February we got to see professionals from all over the world kite surf for one whole week in the pristine waters of British Virgin Islands, renowned for steady trade winds blowing 25 knots.
Necker Island and surrounding islands are pleased to host Kite Jam and the athletes. Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s tropical, private island. Richard Branson is a huge fan of kite surfing and had taken up the sport a few years back. Is there anything he can’t do? In fact, he has kite surfed from Necker to Anegada, which is a quad crushing 12 mile race over open seas.
6 of us boldly set out on Mustang Sally to party our buns off at each night of festivities, which started at Necker and was held at a different island (Prickly Pear, Mosquito, Anegada, Eustatia) every nite for the remainder of the week. Oh yeah, we were interested in watching the pros kite surf each day too!
The week proved to be a lot of fun even though the there was very little wind. Mid week the wind piped up for one day and we saw some spectacular kite surfing. The remainder of the time we managed to keep ourselves occupied with beach BBQ’s, great live music, and amazing talented athletes at every venue. I was impressed to meet Kristin Boese, 9 time world champion female kite surfer, along with many others champs.
It was also a real thrill meeting Richard Branson as well. Outside of being a billionaire entrepreneur he is really just a normal nice guy. Go figure.
We are very anxious to be a part of Kite Jam 2011 again this upcoming season. It’s an amazing spectator sport to watch from Mustang Sally as these pros whip past the cat doing flips in midair while we whistle, hoot and holler encouragement. Next year, I am sure there will be good winds. Can’t wait!


Leverick Bay Resort & Marina

In Gorda Sound you will find Leverick Bay Resort and Marina. A collection of colourful buildings and rooftops line the bay full of mooring buoys giving off a happy, relaxed vibe. Everyone here is barefoot, smiling and wishing “good day”.
Leverick is a safe and fun haven for boaters. $25 to take a mooring buoy which also offers fresh water fill up and free bag of ice, gold to boaters. There is also plenty of dock space if you would rather. Above and beyond these services, there is a laundry facility, large, warm water showers, toilets and a spa. If you like to dive Dive BVI has a base here with a snorkel tour, and a beginner dive courses available among other things. There is a good gift shop and also Pussers Rum retail store where you can purchase your tin Pussers Rum mug for your Painkillers (Captain Doug’s are the best tho, ask our guests).
We love hitting Leverick any nite but Friday nites are our fave as they host a fabulous buffet and live bands that play calypso/reggae/soca etc. Also, on Friday nites, the Mocko Jumbies give a great show with their incredibly high stilts and bright costumes. Everyone gets up to dance with the Jumbies.
At Jumbie’s Beach Bar we have met many characters while sipping our dark and diets (more dark than diet I can assure you). Once the happy hour bell rings, a cheer goes up and everyone commences ordering from the friendly staff. There is a lot of storytelling (listen and determine if it is true)and camaraderie.
Other days when the buffet is not offered the restaurant is open. We were fortunate enough to be treated to a fantastic meal. The steak is the best both Doug and I have ever had, but I chose the full rack of lamb and it was truly divine. Big kudos to the great staff here.
There are a few other people that make this place so kewl and that’s Nick and Monika. Nick, the General Manager of the marina, is the really tall, big hearted, sentimental sweetie pie who runs around making sure you have everything you need (be sure to check out Nicks’ weather board by the Dockmasters office! What a laugh!). Monika, or Monzie to her friends, is Nick’s very petite, gracious wife who manages the villa rentals and keeps everyone toeing the line.
It’s a very kewl place and we feel right at home when we’re at Leverick. Check it out for yourself when sailing aboard Mustang Sally!