Now THIS is a Party!

Every full moon, there is a fabulous, family-friendly get together at Trellis Bay, near the Beef Island Airport, on the  British Virgin Island of Tortola.  Sculptured balls are aflame… there are fire jugglers (don’t try this at home!), a Caribbean buffet, Moko Jumbie dancers, reggae bands, and tons of frivolity.  It is one jolly good time!   Check out the full moon party at Trellis Bay…see a video of it here.  Oh yeah, and if you can’t make it to a party for the full moon, at least go outside and look at it…once in a blue moon!

I Hear it gets Better

     “I hear it gets better, that’s what they say…as soon as I sail on to Cane Garden Bay.” 

-Jimmy Buffet

As I celebrate this birthday, I am reminded of a place where I would love to be tonight…I remember so clearly back in 1989 the first time I sailed to Cane Garden Bay.  We were a flotilla of two sailboats, a total of 13 people from all over the country, who came together for a fabulous BVI sail.  It was my initial visit to the Caribbean, but it certainly won’t be my last.  I fell in love with the turquoise waters and white sand beaches.  I also loved the diversity of the islands…some look  so completely tropical while others have cacti!   How could you help but love it?

Back to Cane Garden Bay…once you dinghy ashore you can hang out in many different places.   We had so much fun there, having dinner with everyone at one restaurant, and then “bar hopping” the rest of the night.  We jump-danced and wore ourselves out completely.  There was a place with a steel drum band, a country-western bar, and several others. (we danced at all of them)  We walked on the beach, hand in hand in the moonlight.  We toasted each other and our new and old friendships.  That was 23 years ago. 

Fast forward to 2011.  Captain Jon and I were alone in the BVIs when we sailed in to Cane Garden Bay.  We remembered our great time there so many years ago and were anxious to check it out.  This time we dinghied ashore during the day.  We had a quiet lunch and painkiller (famous drink of the BVIs). There were still several places open during the day, but I believe Cane Garden Bay comes alive at night.  Bars and restaurants line the beach, and I cannot wait to go back and explore them all!

Tonight I’m just going to imagine that’s where I am….back in the late 80s, at Cane Garden Bay.  That way, I’ll be 23 years younger, and having fun at one of my personal “happiest places on earth.” (move over Disneyland!)

We’re going back in the spring of 2013–want to join us?  Please leave a comment and I’ll send  you details.

Here’s to you,  and finding YOUR happy place!

-Alyce

Mentor Monday- 8.27.12 Blue Moon!

Are you going to be  sailing this coming Friday night?  If so, you’ll be under the light of the “blue moon.”   Do you know what that is? A blue moon is the second full moon in a month, and it happens only once every two or three years.  The last one was in 2010; the next one is in 2015.  Our last full moon was at the beginning of August–that set us up perfectly for a blue moon…the full moon occurs approximately every 29 days so it is not likely we’ll have two full moons in one month. Hence the phrase, “once in a blue moon.” (not very often!!)

But is the blue moon really blue?  Not likely, say the scientists.  It takes a certain atmospheric condition to see a moon with a true bluish hue.  There is a lot more about it out there on the web…but I just wanted to talk about sailing on a full moon.

I won’t be lucky enough to be sailing this Friday night, but I have experienced sailing at night on a full moon.  It is an awesome experience.  The moonlight lights up the ocean, and it feels like you can see for miles, just like during a good daytime sail minus the glare of the sun reflecting off the waves and ripples of the water.

Hopefully YOU will be lucky enough to be sailing on THIS blue  moon…and if so, I hope it’s a fabulous night!  If you’re not sailing, sit back and look at the night sky and know that it’s a special evening…