We have just come to the end of our maiden voyage in Ariadne. She is everything we had hoped she would be, and more besides! The first day, in 12 knots of breeze she proved herself nimble sailing close to 10kts upwind; the next day we touched 11.5kts on a beam reach under the new Screecher on passage between Cooper Island and the Dogs. We arranged to meet Guy from YachtShotsBVI en route and one of his pictures is added here.
The trip was great. First night in the Bight on Norman Island; diving with Blue Water Divers the next day with an overnight stop in Cooper Island. Fresh winds in the morning made for a fast passage to the North Sound on Virgin Gorda, with a lunchtime snorkel stop at George Dog to break up the day. Next up was a long passage West along the North Shore of Tortola to Cane Garden Bay followed by a visit to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke for lunch the morning after. Through the cut at Little Thatch that afternoon and a brisk upwind sail to Peter for an overnight anchorage in Little Harbor, with stern line to the shore to prevent swinging. This was probably the highlight of the trip for its peace and tranquility as an overnight stop.
Lastly a reach across the channel to Road Town for the end of the week. Sharkys Cantina at the BVI Yacht Club, right next to TMM, is well worth it for a first/last night crew dinner.
Not a long trip, but a good shakedown of the yachts systems. With the exception of a few simple niggles that we will have repaired she is in great shape and ready for the first charterer in a week or so. I will be back in late July for a week to see how she is getting on!