The Caribbean rally is not dead. Nor, unfortunately, is it in the BVI as originally planned. It is resting quietly in other parts of the Caribbean. The combined destruction wrecked by Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria has meant that our first choice of sailing area, The British Virgin Islands is not viable this year. So our dream itinerary had to be abandoned. Our preferred charterers, Sunsail, offered us several other options and we have all made different choices. So there is currently one boatload of Little Shippers sailing round Grenada and another out of St Lucia. Some of us will try again next year. And some may try for the Sunsail Regatta in the Mediterranean in 2018.
The BVI, which normally does not see a hurricane from one decade to the next, was the most severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, then took further hits from the following two. Other islands we might have visited, Antigua, Barbuda, Domenica have all sustained serious damage and though they all need the support that tourism brings in order to rebuild their economies, at the present time, we would just be a burden to them. We wish them a speedy recovery.
Date and time
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00