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- C for Cindy
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:09:22 -0400
Hurricane season is starting off busy, we are up to C for Cindy but she is over in Louisiana in the USA and not a threat to the Virgin Islands.

However another tropical wave is waving at us from Africa. Wave back and wish him onward to anywhere but here!

Below is some exciting news from Nanny Cay:






A news digest of some of the Nanny Cay happenings so far this year!

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FIRST MAHI MAYHEM
FISHING TOURNEY




SECOND EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCH 2018

Tournament director, Ken Pemberton, from the BVI Conservation & Fisheries Department, was pleased to see 14 boats registered and 56 anglers taking part.  He said: “The event was a tremendous success, very well organised at a perfect location for a fishing tournament.”

Anglers caught 573lbs of the eligible species of mahi, wahoo, tuna and kingfish.  The two-day event was presented by Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries in partnership with Nanny Cay Marina.


ARC Europe & USA

ARC RALLIES DEPART TORTOLA

On Saturday 6 May, crews of two World Cruising Club rallies waved goodbye to the shores of Tortola as they set off for their offshore adventures as part of the 2017 editions of ARC Europe and ARC USA.


Jon Sanders

ROUND THE WORLD

Australian yachting legend Jon Sanders and his faithful SV Perie Banou II, stopped off at Nanny Cay for a few nights on his record-breaking 10th voyage around planet earth.

Jon, now 78 years old, is taking one last circumnavigation of the world. Jon stopped at Reunion Island, Cape Town, and St Helena Island, before making his port of call here in the BVI. He is now heading towards Panama.

BVI Spring Regatta

BVI SPRING REGATTA 2017

Competitors in the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta were only too happy to call it quits after one final race on Sunday when extremely light air made for very shifty and challenging conditions.

Little breeze translated to a very hot day so a swim and a cold beer was the perfect race substitute for most of the 86-strong fleet. Final results in several classes came down to the wire in the last race


Marine Studies Course

Eight Graduate New Marine Studies Course

In March, eight students graduated from “Introduction To The Marine Industry”, the first of four courses in the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance course. This is a new marine certification programme run by the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and Nanny Cay Marina.


Chris Bertish

RECORD-BREAKING PADDLE

After paddling unassisted across the Atlantic on a SUP, landing in Antigua on Thursday 9th March 17, Chris Bertish spoke to an enthralled crowd at Nanny Cay.  After 93 days at sea alone, overcoming shark encounters, equipment failures, unfavorable trade winds, loneliness and huge swells, he became the first man to SUP across the Atlantic albeit 26 pounds lighter!

Plastic recycling

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Over the year’s Nanny Cay has been making constant improvements to the facilities, and considerable strides in making itself fully self-sufficient in terms of infrastructural needs.

We are also steadily greening operations where we can.





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- Dancing in the Middle
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:35:46 -0400
Fins to the left, fins to the right!

Let's just hope we don't get  bit...


 

 

 




 Just-Say-No-To Hurricane Season


Dear Miss Mermaid

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- Dancing in the Middle
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:34:41 -0400
Fins to the left, fins to the rightt!

Let's just hope we don't get  bit...


 



 Just-Say-No-To Hurricane Season


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- Day 3 Hurricane Season
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:12:01 -0400
Day 3 of hurricane season and no storms on the way.
YAY!
 
 
Below are some stunning pictures from the Botanical Gardens in Road Town Tortola, BVI submitte by another awesome mermaid!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tortola Marina Outdoor Garden Hammock
Tortola has a hammock named after the island now and it sure looks like some good limin' to me! Click here for more info.
 

Happy Just-Say-No-To Hurricane Season,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- First day of hurricane season!
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:10:25 -0400
Pray for no hurricanes! It only takes one... to make a mess of things.
 
Posted at the laundry room near the marina docks in East End:
Look at that shiny new equipment! No rust, no out of order signs, lights working.
 
When I first came to the BVI in the 1980's self serve  laundry places like this were not to be found. I sent my clothes out with a laundry lady who did wash dry fold. Even when self serve laundries popped up, many were dominated by laundry ladies all day long. If you weren't paying a laundry lady, you weren't likely to get a hold of a washer or dryer.
 
In those days, I was so busy working 7 days a week, on sailing yachts, having a laundry lady was awesome. The rates were ridiculously affordable  back then, but all that has changed now.
 
I miss my former laundry ladies. They took such good care of us.
 
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Speaking of hurricanes and progress made over the years...
 
Survival gear including emergency food and water, can now be bought in a backpack!
 
Warm and Sunny Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid and friends
 
 

- Poker Run
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 09:32:01 -0400
If you can see through the Sahara haze, the BVI poker run is happening during daylight. The loud roar sure to accompany the event is just the vroom of go-fast boats racing around playing poker!
 
 
In the tiny print BVI tourism promises a fast and smooth boat clearance process at customs and immigration. WOW!
 
Times be changing, mon!
 
I have been through laborious clearances that required a picnic lunch in your back pocket before it was over. At times there seemed to be a crazy resentment and an unwillingness to do anything efficient no matter how small the boat and crew or how long the line.
 
Other times when the BVI was way more casual, um, back in the 80's I often cleared in verbally with a certain gentleman who held court at a beach side bar. At some point over the next few days, I would manage to get my rubber stamped endorsements and carry on... or maybe not.
 
These days, that sort of thing could land one in Her Majesty's Not so Pleasant  Prison.
 
But back in the daze... it was a slower pace, a more of who ya knew to get ya through and if the purchase  of cheap rum sped things up, that's what we paid. ;)
 
Now that I think about it... cheap rum is part of the past, not the present.
 
When I first landed in the islands, rum was less than a dollar per bottle, selling at 99 cents on the US side of the Virgin Islands and $1 on the British side of the island chain.
 
A lot of happy laid back laughing people in those days and ya never thought to wonder why...
 
 
 

- Waterspouts
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 11:53:16 -0400
Message in a bottle, found on seashore...
 
Dear Miss Mermaid,
 
Good morning,

Here is a picture of a waterspout that we came across last 9 days ago or should I say we ran away from between St. Martin and the Bvi. It was one of "7", 3 of which touched down and were sucking up water!! It was quite scary, and we adjusted our course so that instead of arriving in the BVI we sailed into St. John.  Going just 4.5 knots away from something like that makes you really think about things.

Thought you could use this, I'm sure you have had your own experiences avoiding them.
Hugs
Lori
 
You are so right. In my sailing days aboard boats afloat as professional crew and later on my own little 30 foot sailboat, I did run  and hide from those crazy dangerous water spouts that can just sink a boat faster than you can kiss it goodbye.
 
Thanks for sharing.
 

- Rocking My World
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 12:05:06 -0400
 
 
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.61 on the Richter scale occurred in the Virgin Islands region at 1:46a.m. on Tuesday, 23 May.
 
If you felt this earthquake, please click here and report your personal observations to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.
 
They would love to hear from you!
 

- Dusty Musty Rusty
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 10:46:25 -0400
Cough, cough, cough, sputter, putter, mutter...
 
That mutter futter Sahara Dust is here!
 
Makes for a dirty life and gorgeous sunsets.
 
 
Look how thick dusty musty the east end of Tortola looks today!
 
Nope, the camera lens isn't dusty, the sky is!
 
Countdown to hurricane season starting June 1st....
 
The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November. There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity.
 
When the Weather Bureau organized its new hurricane warning network in 1935 it scheduled a special telegraph line to connect the various centers to run from June 15th through November 15th.
 
Those remained the start and end dates of the 'official' season until 1965, when it was decided to start at the beginning of the month of June and run until the end of November.
 
Warm and Dusty Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Sunny and Breadfruit
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 11 May 2017 09:51:04 -0400
Another beautiful day in paradise and no hurricanes on the horizon.
 
Tropical storm Arlene came and went like a quick sneeze. Thank goodness for small favors!
 
Now back to the fun in rum...
 
 

THE LATEST edition of Caribbean Cookbook brings you a special recipe from the Sugar Mill Hotel in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. It’s called Breadfruit Vichysoisse; the Sugar Mill’s Jinx Morgan has more:

At the restaurant at the Sugar Mill Hotel on Tortola we have our own lush breadfruit tree that shades the hotel’s entrance and provides our kitchen with bushels of cannonball-size fruit.  We like to think our tree is related to those that Captain Bligh of the Bounty brought to St. Vincent in 1793 after surviving the notorious mutiny.  In the Caribbean, breadfruit stands in for potatoes in many dishes, and nowhere more elegantly than in our island interpretation of a French classic.  You can substitute potatoes for the breadfruit, if you like, and thereby return the dish to its French origins.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup butter
1  cup minced onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped breadfruit, or 4 slices canned breadfruit, coarsely chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Garnish:

Thinly sliced green onions or snipped chives

Directions:

Melt the butter over moderate heat in a large, heavy pot.  Add the onions and garlic, and sauté them for about 5 minutes, until they are soft and transparent.  Stir in the chopped breadfruit and the chicken broth, and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot tightly and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the breadfruit is tender enough to be easily mashed against the side of the pan.

In a blender or food processor or using a hand blender, purée the soup in batches, with the cream.  Season the puréed soup with salt and pepper, and chill the soup for at least 3 hours.  Garnish with sliced green onions or chives.

The recipe comes from the Sugar Mill Cookbook by Jinx and Jefferson Morgan.

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- Paying to Get In Not Out
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:51:52 -0400
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! One of the funniest ones was:
 
Happy Birthday Reggae Style
 
Great lyrics!
 
Finally the historic Road Town museum is open for tours. The cost is $5.00 per person and there are times when you can even have a tour guide lead you through telling vivid stories of what happened in the prison.
 
 
 
 
 
 
People used to pay big bucks to stay OUT of the prison, now they pay $5 to get into the prison.
 
Life is goof...
 
Warm and Furtive Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Calendar Confusion
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:10:33 -0400
Here you go an early invest out there. Somebody wake up mother nature and tell her hurricane season doesn't even start until June 1st.
 
What is that fruit?

This is a breadfruit tree right off of old main street in Road Town located next to the prison.
 
 
East end pic

Warm and Confused Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Aerial pics of the BVI
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:19:31 -0400
Another gorgeous day in paradise.

















 
Warm and Flighty Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Extreme event
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 07:52:37 -0400
 
Researchers from the United States Geological Survey are looking at new evidence on Anegada to determine what caused an unusual flood from the sea that brought ashore large coral boulders around the 1400’s.
 
The team also observed a series of conch shell mounds with flat tops on Anegada with the highest found being 12 feet.
 
“It turns out that the conch shell mounds are probably connected to the boulders and other evidence of over wash since the flat tops can be explained by over flow from an extreme event,” Dr. Atwater explained.
 
Dear Miss Mermaid repliess:
I got news for dat Doctah Atwater...
That extreme event is just another party in paradise.
Those large conch shell mounds are cause we be lovin' our conch fritters at dem bars on Anegada.
 
Warm and Goofy Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid

 
Hurricanes and Hangovers
by Dear Miss Mermaid

- Too wiindy to sail? Try a tour of the prison!
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:01:33 -0500
Good afternoon

Winds and squally weather are still here and stirring up Sir Fances Drake channel so maybe a trip to Her Majesty's Prison Museum. Located right on old Main Street. Cost $5.00 per person and includes a knowledgeable tour guide, open Monday through Friday 830am to 230pm.  Well worth going especially with the tour guide who tells wonderful historical stories. 

Cheers everyone!
The Mermaid Gardener
 
 
Dear Miss Mermaid chimes in with a story:
 
Decades ago island life was so safe and peaceful, there was only one prisoner in the jail.
 
Someone had reason to call the Police. The guy on the phone told them that the policeman had stepped out but would be back, and they would take a message and give it to him upon his return.
 
"Well who are you?" asked the caller.
 
The reply, was "I am the prisoner. I answer the phone when they need help."
 
Ah don't we all wish for a safer time in the islands.
 

- Murky in the Islands
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:43:01 -0500
 
Finally back down in the BVi for a few days. Thought I would send you a picture from East End overlooking Penn's landing.  Weather is turning from a sunny morning with typical puffy Caribbean clouds to a murky skyline.  Winds are up and predicted to be up to 25knots or more through next weekend!  Sailors are recommended to put out lots of chain instead of 3 to 1, put out more! No sense in dragging and possibly compromising your boat or your neighbors!

Be safe out there sailors!

- Surprise Visitors!
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:43:22 -0500
The Obamas spent a week in the BVI!
 
Amazing!
 
Tons to read about it all...

- Another Rough Day...
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 15:17:35 -0500
Another Rough Day at the Office
 

- Most Beaches Re-Opening!
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:24:35 -0500
 
Subject: SEA CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE EARLY THIS WEEK

Sea

conditions are expected to gradually improve this week according to the latest forecast from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service.

The Met Service has indicated that sea conditions are now moderate to locally rough with waves of 6-8 feet.  These waves are predicted to subside gradually. Nonetheless, small craft operators and sea bathers are urged to continue to exercise caution.

As a result of the improving sea conditions, Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer’s Bay Josiah’s Bay, Long Bay Beef Island and The Baths have been yellow flagged.  Although these beaches are open, caution must be exercised and weak swimmers are discouraged from entering the water.

Sea conditions at Savannah Virgin Gorda, North Shore Anegada and Bubbly Pool Jost Van Dyke have also improved, however persons are advised to exercise caution.

Red Flags are still flying at Long Bay (Tortola), Capoons Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Lambert Beach & Little Bay. A red flag means danger and there should be no swimming.

As it relates to the general weather conditions, the Territory will continue to be influenced by a surface Atlantic high pressure system and a low pressure system.

Partly sunny conditions with periods of increased cloudiness and scattered showers have been forecasted for today becoming partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy with scattered showers tonight.

Winds are blowing from the east to east north east at 19-33 knots per hour with higher gusts.

The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.

Road Harbor is well protected today, as it's on the opposite side from the open seas and beaches.

 


- Gorgeous Day At The Beach
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:30:38 -0500
Protect yourself from mosquito bites when you visit da islands otherwise you be singing the blues too.
 
Today at the beach on Jost Van Yikes *oops* Jost Van Dyke in front of the Soggy Dollar Bar.
 
 
Fabulous blues sung and played with all his heart and soul.

The guitar solo at the beginning is provocative enough for serious bedroom athletics.

Having suffered through dengue fever twice while living in the Caribbean, I can easily identify with the unique lyrics which describe the horrible misery of fever, bone breaking aches in the bones as if already broken in a thousands pieces, coupled with  the delirious malady of being forced in bed  but the desire to plunge into the deep blue sea and never surface again. I had dengue fever so bad once that after a trip to the doctor, I was later found at 4am asleep on the beach in my dinghy, unable to summon the energy to get myself and dinghy out to my waiting boat on anchor.

Whether Jimmie Vaughan is referring to a dangerous woman or the dengue disease is anyone's guess, but the song is a must have for serious blues lovers and those amassing enravishing tunes for the bedroom.

Lyrics:

Dengue woman
Stay away from me
Dengue woman
Stay away from me
You got your fever and you rush
Over me

That's why
Everyday you bring me misery
Everyday you give me misery
I think about jumpin
Jumpin' in the deep blue see

You got me all crazy
I can't get outta bed
Bones are achin'
Bad thoughts in my head
Dengue woman
Stay away from me
I've got your aches and things
Over me
 
Warm and Soggy Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- LONG BAY, BEEF ISLAND CLOSED DUE TO HAZARDOUS SEAS
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:34:26 -0500
Kinda hard to sit on the beach all day drinking rum... if the beaches are closed! Soon as the crazy weather passes, all will be fun again!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long Bay on Beef Island has been red flagged and therefore closed as a result of the ongoing hazardous sea conditions affecting the Territory.
 
This follows the previously announced closures of Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay, Brewers Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, Cane Garden Bay, North Shore of Anegada, the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda.
 
All beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are also closed to bathers, swimmers, snorkelers and paddle boarders until further notice. The Mooring field is also closed, therefore no access to the beaches is permitted.
 
The beach closures are as a result of a huge low pressure system which is pushing large dangerous swells into the region.
 
The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has therefore issued warnings for sea bathers and small craft operators as swells are expected to reach 3.0 metres of 10 feet.
 
A cold front associated with the low pressure system is also affecting the area and will likely keep the atmosphere unsettled tonight. Possible rainfall total for the next 24 hours is 0 to 1 millimetres (0 to 0.04 inches).
 
Weather conditions tonight are forecasted to be partly cloudy with a moderate or 30% chance of showers before midnight. Partly sunny conditions are expected tomorrow (Thursday January 12) with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.
 
The Department of Disaster Management continues to advise all to adhere to these warnings and adjust your activities accordingly.
The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.
 
Please visit our website at bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or join us on face book at https://www.facebook.com/bvi.ddm/
 
Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.
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- UPDATE: MORE BEACHES CLOSED DUE TO HAZARDOUS SEAS
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:53:18 -0500
Cane Garden Bay on Tortola and Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda have been added to the list of closed beaches as a result of the rough sea conditions.
The closure of these beaches follow the previously announced closures of Smugglers Cove, Long Bay West End Tortola, Capoons Bay, Brewers Bay, Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay, the Baths, North Shore of Anegada and the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke.
 
All beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are also closed to bathers, swimmers, snorkelers and paddle boarders until further notice. The Mooring field is also closed, therefore no access to the beaches is permitted.
 
A yellow flag is currently flying at Long Bay (Beef Island).  This means persons should exercise caution and weak swimmers are not encouraged to enter the water.
 
Forecasters have indicated that seas up to 12 feet and winds of 20 knots occasionally up to 25 knots or slightly higher will remain possible across the regional waters.
 
Small craft advisories are in effect for all local waters. A High surf advisory and high rip current risk is in effect for the Virgin Islands.
 
Hazardous seas are forecast to continue for the rest of the week.
 
The Department of Disaster Management is strongly advising all to adhere to these warnings and adjust your activities accordingly.
 
The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.
 
Please visit our website at bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or join us on face book at https://www.facebook.com/bvi.ddm/
 
Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.
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Time to head for the seaside bars where you can have a salty rum punch!
 
Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- BEACHES ON THE NORTHERN SHORES CLOSED
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:47:39 -0500
The Warnings for Small Craft Operators and Sea Bathers issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service last evening remain in effect as seas are expected to deteriorate across the Virgin Islands tonight (Tuesday January 10)  into tomorrow (Wednesday January 11).
 
The Met Service says wave heights of 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 metres) are possible along with high surfs and rip currents, specifically on the Northern Coasts of the Virgin Islands.
 
Due to these hazardous sea conditions it is expected that all beaches will be red flagged and closed before the end of today.  This also applies to the North Shore of Anegada and the Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke.
 
Red flags which mean danger and therefore no swimming, are now flying at Trunk Bay, Rogues Bay, Josiah’s Bay, Lambert Beach, Little Bay and the Baths.
 
Please note that all beaches under the management of the National Parks Trust are closed to bathers, swimmers, snorkelers and paddle boarders until further notice.  The Mooring field is also closed therefore no access to the beaches is permitted, however the terrestrial trails are still open for hikers and sight-seers but persons in the Park must follow all instructions of the Trust Wardens on duty.
 
All commercial marine traffic going into Virgin Gorda Harbour may have to be transferred to the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour Marina due to the sea conditions.
 
Persons wishing to obtain more details about marine traffic entering the Virgin Gorda Harbours should contact BVI Ports Authority on telephone number 494-3435
 
The hazardous sea conditions are being generated by a frontal trough which is affecting the area and is also expected to increase the chances for cloudiness and showers today and tonight.
 
Small craft operators should refrain from venturing out from shore due to the sea conditions and persons should ensure that vessels are secured properly as rough seas could cause them to get loose and damage nearby property. Businesses and tourism properties that operate close to shore, especially on the northern coasts, should secure properties and closely monitor coastal activity for high surge from waves that could potentially cause serious damage.
 
The Department of Disaster Management and the Met Service is strongly advising all to adhere to these warnings and adjust your activities accordingly.
 
The DDM will continue to monitor these conditions and provide updates.
 
Please visit our website at bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or join us on face book at https://www.facebook.com/bvi.ddm/
 
Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.
 
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Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Those Were the Daze!
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:15:02 -0500
 
I remember my first time at Foxy's New year's Eve party, um a few decades ago (mermaids are ageless).  Those were some wild days and the BVI, at that time,  was comfortably disorganized about the whole affair which made for an even more bizarre event. Anything goes, or it did in that day and time. By midnight, the beach was crowded with dinghies tied to palm trees, tied to each other and anchored in shallow water.

Some brave sorts had sailed over on small catamarans, like 10-14 foot Hobies, and dragged them up on shore. A few people hired a plane and sky dived into the event, landing smartly on the beach, just before sunset. Others brought in tents and set up in the yards of local friends and still others were in the coveted hammocks, or lounge chairs or a chair at all. Large rocks were strategically placed up and down the beach, serving as nature's stools.

Tired folks could be found sleeping on the beach, some in a dinghy or on the trampoline of their Hobie Cat, others in the sand, some had spread  a sarong or towel out to sleep. A few drunks were making love in the dark bushes, oblivious to the crowds wandering around them. And all this plus more  was going on all before 10pm.

After midnight, things roared to life again, as nappers found a 2nd wind, and everyone huggy kissy over the New years and so on. Still others passed out on the beach, in the bushes, in a strangers bed or bunk and so on.  Many small bars had already been forced to close due to lack of inventory and the food ran out long before. This was back time, and Jost didn't even have electricity at the time.

Foxys old diesel genset was grinding away,  the band had another generator to keep them powered up. You had to pee in the swamp out back, or for ladies only there was a lone shack down a path,  thrown up with sticks and woven palm fronds, with a door on uncertain hinges made of rope. The roof was open to the sky, and you could go inside (one at a time) and squat over  a wooden bench with a large hole dug below it, outhouse style. The line for this was very long indeed, so most opted for the swamp.  Other ladies used the bush behind the outhouse while the line of women waiting, kept cover for them.

Down the beach, it was palm tree to coconut tree full of people dressed in Tuxedos, expensive evening gowns, sarongs, suits, bikinis,  tattered shirts, faded shorts, yuppie tourist stuff and even a man in a diaper as the New Year Baby. He was 50-ish but had a big round baby face, a massive pot belly and custom made large diaper.  Someone had written in glitter on his bare front and back "New Year's Baby" and he wore a decorated Top hat that wasn't cheap.  A few other assorted costumes were sported, so everyone assumed my costume was a mermaid and never realized I was for real.

I traversed the beach meeting friends, dancing with strangers, groped by the lascivious, pursued by the island boyz and thoroughly enjoying people watching.  I remember some women arriving in expensive evening gowns, stiletto heels, perfectly applied makeup and not-a-hair-out-of-place coiffures. Their jewelry was worth more than  the cost of my first home, I can tell you that. Their escorts were in Tuxedos and they all looked a tad bewildered as they came off the ramshackle wooden dock (was that the year it collapsed from too many people on it at once?)  and they stood there in the sand, looking around, like:

Um, did we take a wrong turn somewhere off Broadway?

Back in those days, there wasn't much publicity about Foxy's except that his New year's Eve party was made world  famous when Time magazine had it listed as the top three places to be worldwide,  on Old Year's Night. So now a whole new well heeled trendy crowd flocked to the islands, to attend this must-be-seen-at world famous party.

I followed the evening gown dressed women around, in the shadows, it was so crowded and they were fun to watch.  I had seen one of them in a movie before, but in those days and times, I hadn't seen a TV in over 10-15 years, but sometimes caught an odd movie, so all of them could have been movie stars, for all I knew.

I think their dresses were probably worth well over 5 figures and the hottest thing off 5th Avenue and one-offs no doubt. Now that is something I rarely get to see here, is the latest high  fashion.

Oh yes, we have lots of high fashion in the islands, but it's a very different kind of  high fashion.  Many folks here make their own clothes or  hire a seamstress or  tailor to make them custom outfits. Then others simply buy the most outrageous colors or styles and make up their own sense of style, not to be seen anywhere else. Then we have cultural dressing with cultures from around the world represented.  Some culturally dress from cultures they aren't from, but because they like the style and this is the islands where different is expected, eccentric the norm and few strive to follow a set clique.

These gorgeous ladies and their stilettos were sinking into the sand, making it nearly impossible to walk.  The lovely long sequined and feathered gowns  were starting to drag on the beach and the winds were whipping their hairdos into hair-undones.  A quick sudden 2 minute downpour, transformed their faces and in less than a half hour, the sand, the winds, the slight shower, and now they barely resembled their original selves when they had arrived all glamorous.

I couldn't believe they weren't willing to take their shoes off and go barefoot.  I could have made money selling flip-plops outta my backpack.  After awhile, realizing that THIS WAS IT, the crowd of Tuxedos and Gowns headed for the bar, traipsing through the sand to fetch drinks. The men's Italian shoes were dusted in sand, the women walked as if severely handicapped as their stilettos sunk with every step.

Finally one lady, having enough of this ridiculousness, slipped her shoes off and passed them to her escort. So this Tuxedoed man is trying to juggle his drink, pull out his wallet to pay and hold his lady's three thousand dollar shoes by the straps with his pinkie finger.  His happy date, now roamed freely, barefoot, the long gown hiding the bare feet and no longer cared she was leaving a trail of sequins down the beach as the hem of her gown began giving way.

Her hair was already blown out of place, the sudden rain had rearranged her makeup and THIS WAS IT.

THE PARTY to be at.

On a beach, on a tiny island, in the middle of nowhere, tragically stuck without a lighted makeup mirror within five miles.

A few drinks later, a thousand yards down the beach, I ran into the same couple again and the man was still carrying her shoes on his pinkie by the straps. From the look of his and her faces they were getting quite smashed.   I tried not to laugh but maybe he saw the smirk on my face of one who is about to burst out laughing for the sheer helluvit.

Someone was flirting with his date and he looked at me, in my casual silk sarong, dripping with every piece of gold jewelry I owned (probably all together  worth about the same as one of his fine Italian shoes). He studied my  swishy mermaid tail, glanced at the  seashells woven in my hair,  while I smiled at him, trying not to laugh as he stood there in this lavish Tuxedo, holding these exquisite stiletto heeled shoes in his hands.

He looked at them, back at me and burst out laughing.  While his date was turned the other way, he drew his arm back pitcher style and flung those stilettos so far and high, that we actually thought we heard a splash as they landed in the swamp out back. Then he carefully made a beehive down the beach and didn't stop for about 500 feet.

This left his date looking around for him and the place was so crowded, it took her  hours to find him again. I ran into him down the beach and he asked me to dance.  Since he wasn't sporting a wedding ring, I had quite a few dances and drinks with him. Meanwhile, he removed the jacket and hung it on a seagrape tree, then the bow tie, and now the ruffled shirt was loosened up, but he kept on his shoes, and top hat, saying they would make a fun souvenir. The sand was grinding into the polish and leather and by morning, those shoes would look well worn as if found and worn for years on end by a street urchin, not by a movie star on New Year's Eve.

I saw an islander go by, study the sea grape tree, then he pulled off his faded T-shirt, grabbed  the tux and tails jacket and bow tie, put them on, then sported it down the beach, dancing side to side excessively, barefoot and complimented by a pair of long tattered faded jeans. I said nothing to my dancing partner. If he could afford to throw his date's shoes into the swamp, without a care, then what the heck if some skinny island boy danced away with his jacket.

Later, when he saw the islander coming back down the beach, dancing away shirtless in his lavish tailed coat and bow tie, having the time of his life, my new friend merely laughed heartily and bought the guy a drink.  Thousands of people came and went up and down the beach, drinking, dancing, walking, flirting, partying.  The harbor was packed to the outer limits with boats and yachts represented from around the world. Bands played all night long. Dinghies seemed to make endless trips back and forth.  Many people had altered their outfits by now, or added to them with silly hats. Inappropriate shoes were abandoned, all over the docks, in the dinghies, in the bushes, in the swamp. People made love in the bushes, and on the beach while others snored loudly nearby them.

I danced to maybe 40-50 tunes with many partners, sweating out the drinks, smiling and laughing, ringing in the New Year.

It was a fun time and I had an absolute blast. Glad I did it when I did it and don't regret it one bit.   I've been back since, but this story, was just memories from my first ever  trip there.

You've just got to dance barefoot, on the sand, by the ocean's edge, under the stars, on a faraway island at least ONCE in your lifetime, even if only  just to savor the memory that life is good.

And if you've made this far in life and never done that, I truly feel so sorry for you.
 
Life is for the Living and Live it Up you should!
 
 

 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Dear Miss Mermaid

 
 
 
 

- Ho ho ho!
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:10:24 -0500
Seasons Greetings from Dear Miss Mermaid!
 
 
 
 

- Dirty Secrets
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:05:45 -0500
Finally we have a laundromat at Trellis Bay, for us cruisers this is one of things that this cute community was missing. Four washers and four dryers.  Normally we would either have to walk with laundry slung on our backs to East End near Penn's Landing to the laundromat taking cover under what ever tree we could race to when I started to rain, or take a taxi. The bus service here is sketchy at best!!  This addition is wonderful!

Earlier this week the weather guessers guessed that our weather was suppose to turn very wet and quite gusty on Wednesday but that weather missed us and so Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were quite beautiful with Thursday spotty showers barely missing the boat.

Cheers to laundry!
The Mermaid Gardener
 
 
 

- Trellis Bay Fun
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:09:56 -0500
Good afternoon!

Just another day in Paradise...true but there is still work to be done on the sailboat.  Our no wind days of last week have been pushed out by a strong front, our stationary front is no more.  We now have gusty winds 20-25knots out of the NE with scattered overnight showers.  We moved this morning to a little bit more sheltered mooring ball in Trellis, one that allows us to sleep better and work more effectively rather than holding on due to the ferry traffic in and out of Trellis which is constant. 

With lighter ferry waves hitting us right on the beam of the boat I was able to do a 20 minute defrost on the freezer.  We also were able to complete part of the catchment system that we have on board, still have to make the silicone dam for it before we can actually catch water in the aft tank.

So switching gears I decided it was a great time to make a very nice lunch before we head into the Loose Mongoose for College football.
Lunch consisted of BBQ coffee rubbed boneless pork slices with "Dreamland" BBQ sauce, pan brazed corn on the Cobb, modified Waldorf salad and doctored up baked beans! A feast!! Sometimes it even surprises me what I can come up with for lunch or dinner living out of a very small galley!




Happy Saturday in breezy Paradise!
The Mermaid Gardener
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Shopping for Christmas for those hard to buy for friends? Try!
 

- hurricane Otto?
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:14:36 -0500
Dear Miss Mermaid is running amok... hiding from hurricanes!
 
Hurricane Otto on the prowl around Central America, not likely to bother the Virgin islands, but still we're worried for our friends there.
 
Do they have enough rum?
 
And that mermaid gardener, she is reporting from Nanny Cay:
 
Weather synopsis:

Nanny Cay, our weather this morning was a peek a boo sunny start which has now turned into full out pouring rain.  They had predicted .05 to 1.5 inches. I'd say we made that and then some. Has pretty much poured for 2 hours with a continuation forecasted all day.  Here we thought it would be a great day to wash down the boat with boat zoap...😀 mother nature only gave us time to do the port half! Starboard side is now a dancing in the rain with the boat brush and soap!  The other option is a nice fresh water bath!

Stay dry out there sailors!
The Mermaid Gardener

 
Good afternoon!

An intermittent rainy start of the day allowed us to cut loose from the dock at Nanny Cay, had a good passage over to Trellis Bay seas were not sharp, rather sloppy but not large, going up the Sir Frances Drake Channel with light winds. Arrived at Trellis Bay at 3pm with still a fair amount mooring balls (the charter season is just beginning) a few Salty Dawgs sailors are here as well! Continued squally weather with sprinkles enough to tell us that tomorrow will be dinghy day, she's still on the deck from being on the hard for hurricane season.

Tonight we will sit back, have a sundowner and let the rocking of the boat put us to sleep.

Cheers!
The Mermaid Gardener
 
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Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Hurricane Matthew and the next one?
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400
Thick cloud cover from edges of hurricane Matthew in the BVI today.
This math equation below could get pretty messy. Better run out and stock up on rum and candles. That innocent X could be named later today or tomorrow.
Ut OH!
Thick cloud cover is in evidence.
After Hurricane Matthew the names are :
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tobias
Virginie
Walter
 
And in case you need a ready made shopping list to prepare for the hurricane, here's a copy of mine I kept around:
Rum
Batteries
Rum
Canned Goods
Rum
Candles
Rum
Bottle Water
Rum
Matches
Rum
CD
Rum
Big Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Rum
Chocolate
Rum
Ganja
Rum
Gasoline
Rum
 
What?  A CD?  Yes, everyone needs at least ONE CD on hand. It's great for signaling after the hurricane. If the sun catches the CD while you are twisting it around, it makes a really bright signaling device, better than a mirror.
 
Those big heavy duty garbage bags are for bagging up your valuables before the storm and before all the leaks in your house or boat spring open.  The wind is so fierce, that water pours inside from everywhere, even from the tiny earthquake cracks, and around all your doors and windows, it's like the whole place sweats rains. Ditto for your boat. You think you own a nice dry boat. Ha!  Let it sit through one hurricane and you will have leaks where you never dreamed of them. Also, your rigging takes a beating. Many are dismasted shortly after hurricanes, due to rigging failure. Check your rigging thoroughly before you set sail. You might be surprised what you find. Also the hurricane will sometimes knock your rig out of tune (and it sings off key.)
 
One of my most memorable hurricanes, I was at Nanny Cay and all the boats in the marina and the yard, were singing. It sounded like a thousand flutes playing off-key. It was an eerie sound that only another hurricane can duplicate.
 
Do NOT stay on your boat during a hurricane. Stay ashore in a solid building with friends (better hurricane parties that way too!)
 
I've never been through a hurricane where there wasn't a great party and copious amounts of libations, herbs and food being passed around, typically by candlelight.
 
Anyhow, now is the time to get ready and stock up for a hurricane. If everyone in the islands is PREPARED, then the hurricanes won't come. Proven fact.
 
From dat
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Hurricane Season Still Going Strong
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:50:17 -0400
Powerful hurricane Matthew is southwest of the BVI but east of the BVI is a tropical disturbance that needs to be watched. Plenty of time to stock up on rum and provisions, but of course, 90% will wait until the 11th hour to do so.
 
Life in da eye-lons...
 
In the picture above, hurricane Matthew is kind of shaped like Australia with red monster eyes. Tee hee hee *hiccup*.
 
 
Stay safe and work on your tan before all the rain hits!
 
Warm and Stormy Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid

 
 Hurricanes and Hangovers
by Dear Miss Mermaid
 

- Powerful Hurricane Matthew
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:18:12 -0400
So far the Virgin Islands have skipped hurricane damages but now Hurricane Matthew threatens parts of the Caribbean though it looks like once again, the Virgin Islands will be spared.
Hurricane Matthew has already been upgraded to a category 4 which is downright powerful.
Stock up on rum in case Matthews stumbles and wobbles! Hurricane Matthew is so BIG, that the islands will definitely feel the outer bands.
 
 
And then Hurricane Matthew may head for the USA where Dear Miss Mermaid is currently visiting. Yikes!
 
Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Bowling Balls
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:57:42 -0400
 
Here come the bowling balls rolling off Africa...
 
Time flies when you're having rum!
 
 
 
Warm and Stormy Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid

 
Hurricanes and Hangovers
by Dear Miss Mermaid
 

- 90% chance of Hurricane Bonnie forming
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:17:31 -0400
I guess there was too much rum involved and I forgot all about hurricane Alex came and went ages ago.
 
Hurricane Alex was in January 2016 being only the 2nd hurricane in recorded history to appear in January. The last one was in 1938.
 
So if this mess in the Atlantic forms into a hurricane, she will be Bonnie. It's still 4 more days before the official hurricane season opens and we may be up to Colin by then.
 
Amazing.
 
Bonnie is not a threat to the Virgin Islands, but she is chasing Dear Miss Mermaid, because I am swimming around the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina where Bonnie might be headed.
 
I guess I better look at swimming up a river inland somewhere.
 

Happy Un-Hurricane Season,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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- Premature Alex
  • By DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:49:51 -0400
June 1st is around the corner when hurricane season officially starts.
 
2016 Tropical Storm & 2016 Hurricane Names
Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Igor
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas
Virginie
Walter
 
Followed by the greek alphabet, if needed. We pray we need that! Lawdy mercy.
 
Actually we could skip a year of no hurricanes. However... X marks the spot!
 
Someone tell Mother Nature she's trying to open hurricane season a wee bit too early!
Shower activity associated with the low pressure area located
between Bermuda and the Bahamas has become somewhat better organized
since yesterday, and the circulation of the low has become a little
better defined.  
Environmental conditions are expected to be
generally conducive for a tropical or subtropical cyclone to form on
Friday or Saturday while this system moves west-northwestward or
northwestward toward the southeastern United States coast.  
All interests along the southeast coast from Georgia through North
Carolina should monitor the progress of this low.  
A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the
low on Friday afternoon. 
 

Happy Un-Hurricane Season,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
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