On-board the Salaway / Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
Last year we gained our US Sailing Basic and Bareboat Cruising certifications during a week-long sail through the British Virgin Islands. There were three of us plus our instructor Louise. It was an amazingly intense week of hands-on learning aboard a 49.5 foot Jeanneau. At one point, we endured several hours of winds in excess of 40 knots and waves that swallowed the boat with every crest - think White Squall. And damn if it wasn't my day to captain. We all were convinced Louise special ordered the weather just for us - she thought it was awesome - we thought not. However, we survived. For our final test, the three of us (sans-instructor) departed Roadtown Harbor for 24 hours of solo sailing. We anchored for the night just off Peter Island where we found that the gulls were gourmands for Pringles potato chips.