- Updates from the Islands -

- - Tortola & Virgin Gorda (BVI) - -

| home | tools | pleas for help | QHWRN | guide | climatology | archive

Page sponsored by: Gobeach Vacations where stormCARIB began:
- Tropical Storm Harvey has a name
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:24:34 -0400
Big effing mess out there headed for the islands.

Time to check the rum supply!

The red X could become a tropical depression tonight, boy won't that be depressing.

The orange X is a tropical wave just waving at the islands.

Dark and cloudy at 9am on Cooper Island

Cloudy and wet in St Croix
Sunny and hazy at Cruz Bay, St John

Looking for the bartender at Foxys on Jost Van Dyke




- Chainsaws
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:02:08 -0400
That drawing looks like a chain saw in motion. Varoom! Varoom!

We are rapidly approaching the crazy time of year... September when other hurricanes hit this area.

Think positively, push them out to sea with brain power!

Make power while the sun shines, so many nifty solar power banks on the market now to run your USB gadets and some are big enough to run a few 110 outlets too.

Happy Hurricane Unhunting,


- Franklin in our future?
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 10:41:09 -0400


A beautiful day in paradise.

But on the horizon...

 We have the future "Franklin" to look forwards to.

Or not.

Might want to pick your hidey hole for your boat early on!




- Tropical Depression Likely
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 20:31:11 -0400

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A vigorous tropical wave accompanied by a broad low pressure system
is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers more than 300
miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental
conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual development, and
a tropical depression is likely to form by early next week over the
eastern or central tropical Atlantic Ocean. This system is forecast
to move toward the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the
next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

2. A strong tropical wave located over the southeastern Caribbean Sea
is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms, along
with tropical-storm-force wind gusts in squalls. Environmental
conditions are expected to become a little more conducive for
development by Sunday over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and by
early next week over the Bay of Campeche while the disturbance
moves westward or west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph. This system
could produce brief heavy rainfall and gusty winds over Aruba,
Bonaire, and Curacao tonight and Friday. For additional information
on this system, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National
Weather Service.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


LOTS to watch out for!


These days we also have wonderful solar powered lights and battery banks. One thing the Caribbean has is plenty of sunshine 360 days a year!
Warm and Watching Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid


- Keep an Eye Out
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:18:51 -0400
Shower activity associated with a tropical wave located about
midway between west Africa and the Lesser Antilles remains limited.
Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur
over the next several days while the system moves westward to
west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.


West of Tampa, Florida is the formation of Tropical Depression 6.

Deal of the day, but it expires in 20 hours. $880 and free shipping. Price may be different after the sale. 

Just in time for hurricane season:

 

 

Briggs &amp; Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart 3000-Watt Inverter Generator with (4) 120-Volt AC Outlets &amp; (1) 12-Volt DC Outlet

Warm and Watching Regards,


- Yee Haw
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:40:30 -0400
You got fins to the left, fins to the right, and you're the only bait in town.


Day 61 of hurricane season is keeping us entertained.




- This one bears watching just in case
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 22:29:16 -0400

- Trick or Trough
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:25:57 -0400
More stuff to watch out for!

Probably not a threat to the Virgin Islands, but just the same, time to prepare for the worst and then nothing happens.

Most folks in the islands though, prefer that last minute rush when there is absolute chaos and the liquor shelves empty out first followed by the batteries as a close second.Next it the candles.

If you buy candles and everyone should, get a few dozen of the hurricane globe type citronella candles.

You can see with them, they keep the bugs at bay and the globes prevent the wind from blowing them out.

One candle in the dark is kind of depressing. Having 2 dozen lit up is a bit more livable. You can keep one or two in the bathroom and the rest scattered around your home in the rooms you are utilizing.

Having the bathroom lit up with candles is handy indeed. During a hurricane, you may find yourself in there pretty often. My tummy doesn't do well during hurricanes. Also often times the bathroom is the sturdiest part of the home, another reason to be in there during a hurricane.

 

 

Mason jar citronella candles are terrific. Even once you use them up, it's easy enough to just buy more candles to stick in the jars. 

You can close them up between uses. Remember, you may have to pour out some of the wax before you blow it out so there is a wee bit of wick sticking up to light up next time.





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 17 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A small low pressure system located about 800 miles east of the
Windward Islands is moving westward at about 15 mph. Associated
shower and thunderstorm activity is beginning to show some signs
of organization, and environmental conditions are forecast to be
marginally conducive for some development of this system before it
reaches the Lesser Antilles in two to three days. After that time,
less favorable upper-level winds are expected to hinder additional
development. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is
scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon, if
necessary.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. An area of disturbed weather has developed several hundred miles
west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some development of
this system is possible over the next several days while it moves
slowly toward the west-northwest or northwest over the open Atlantic
Ocean.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


Well it's time for a trip to the beach!



- Trough trotting
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:48:50 -0400
A low pressure trough located about 1000 miles east-southeast of
of the Windward Islands is producing disorganized showers and
thunderstorms.  Although this system is close to dry air, some
slow development is possible over the next few days while the
system moves westward at 15 to 20 mph.  An Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the
disturbance Monday afternoon, if necessary.


Another beautiful day in paradise!






- Here's Another Wave On The March
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:02:21 -0400
A new tropical wave to watch and pay attention.


In the meantime, go snorkeling with one of these newfangled masks!

 

 

 

Life underwater is beautiful!

 

 



- The Future hurricane Don???
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:18:40 -0400
Hurricane Don is trying to form in the eastern Atlantic. Let's hope he fizzles out.
But if he doesn't, my friend Don (who hates that a storm may be named after him!) has shared his hurricane supplies list with us:

Hurricane Emergency Supplies Shopping List:

Rum, Dark
Veggies, Canned
Beer, Carib
Meats, Canned
Wine, White
Candles, Lots
Rum, Light
Matches, Wooden
Beer, Red Stripe
Juices, Long Life
Rum, 151
Baggies, Ziplox
Wine, Sparkling
Milk, Long Life
Rum, Mount Gay
Cigarettes, Reds
Beer, Presidente
Crackers, Assorted
Rum, Cruzan
Peanut Butter, Crunchy
Champagne, Cheap
Jelly, Jam
Beer, Heinekein
Water, Sparkling
Rum, Pussers
Cookies, Assorted
Bleach, Plain
Wine, Jug
Flashlight, Torches
Beer, More
Batteries, Assorted
Rum, Case

Well, thank you Don! We can just print this out and go shopping (or just come to your house!)

 



We will look for your 3 x 5 foot flag, Don!




- Christmas in July
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:08:44 -0400
Yikes!

Looks like a big bat coming to stomp us.

Time to stock up on rum and other necessities for hurricane season.







- Blast from the past
  • By Dear Miss Mermaid <dearmissmermaid at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:15:52 -0400

Keep an eye out for the next tropical wave.

He is supposed to steer clear of the Virgin Islands, but he could change his mind any day now.

Any excuse to stock up on rum will do, this is as good as any!


Blast from the past...
Sopers Hole in March of 2008

I love the multiple shades of blue!

 Warm and Waving Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid

Author of:


- 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!

No Images? Click here


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.





The App

For Android

For iOS

WE HAVE OUR VERY OWN APP FOR ANDROID & IOS SMARTPHONES!

This full featured app includes key waypoints and real-time weather information. Customizable data feeds include: local time, temperature, pressure, wind speed, average wind speed, and most importantly, a happy hour countdown!


Download Android
Download iOS



- 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

Author of:



- 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


Dear Miss Mermaid

Author of:



- 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
 
Author of:


- 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.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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
 
Author of:

- 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.

Product Details

 


- 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
 
Author of:

- 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
 
Author of:

- 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
 
Author of:

- 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
 
Author of:

 
 
 
 
 

- 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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

- 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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Time to head for the seaside bars where you can have a salty rum punch!
 
Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
Author of:

- 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.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Warm and Wet Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
 
Author of:

Back to top | home | tools | pleas for help | QHWRN | guide | climatology | archive