Trip Review: Alternate Latitude 44′ Catamaran
By the John Giesick and Friends April 27 – May 4, 2014
This was our first catamaran charter and after what seemed liked an enormous amount of research we decided on the 44′ Alternate Latitude catamaran.
We are 2 couples who have been friends and have traveled together for many years. The moment we met Captain Steve and his lovely wife Deb, we knew we had made the right choice!
Our 1st night was a sleep aboard in Red Hook, St. Thomas. We all agree what a great decision that was. It gave us plenty of time to unload groceries and luggage and get settled in.
We left mid morning the next day, got through Customs at Soper’s Hole, Tortola and headed for Norman Island. We had bought ‘The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI” and had a whole lot of fun using the free/ buy one get one drink coupons…maybe a little too much fun!
Pirate’s was our 1st stop. What a great job they did re-building after the fire last fall! We had hoped to have dinner there but the dining room was closed for a private party. That didn’t stop us from having a few drinks at what was the temporary bar/restaurant while it was being re-built. No trip to the Bight is complete without a stop at Willy T. It was a Sunday night and VERY busy, but we ate there ( pretty good, actually) and had our fair share of rum.
Monday morning we got a relatively early start and made a snorkel stop at The Indians. Unfortunately it didn’t seem there was much to see, so we took off for Salt Island. If you are a sea glass collector, this is an AMAZING stop. There was the more sea glass than I’ve ever seen in one place! Lunch was at Cooper Island Beach Club. Very cool place with great food and drinks. ( Best mojito I found the whole trip ). We hung around in the bay awhile trying to master the SUP….didn’t happen for me…but everyone else did very well! Our stop for the night was Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda. BEAUTIFUL!!! We had brought garlic marinated filets from home, so we grilled dinner and had a gorgeous sunset. Ahhhhhhh…life is good!
Captain Steve dinghy’d us to shore the next morning so we could be picked up by J.D.’s taxi. He was right there waiting for us. It was a quick drive to The Bath’s and can I tell you how happy we were that we got there early! We were able to make our way through the caves/rocks to Devil’s Bay taking our time and taking alot of pictures. A couple hours later it was time for us to move on as the hoards of cruise ship passengers showed up. We had an early lunch at The Top Of The Baths and a dip in their freshwater pool. We had been there once before and this is a “don’t miss” place for us. The views are beautiful, and the food/drinks/service were very good. Back on the boat we headed to Bitter End Yacht Club in the north sound. We had a slip that night, which was really nice. Great pool and showers. We dinghy’d over to Saba Rock for the Tarpon feeding and of course to use our “Drinking Man’s Guides” ! We had dinner at The Crawl Pub…shared appetizers actually and the guys played pool.
Next morning we had a beautiful hike over to Biras Creek resort and up some pretty steep terrain. Gorgeous views overlooking the marina and a pretty good work out as well. We had a birthday girl with us, and she wanted to spend the day in Anegada, so off we went. Smooth sailing and we really enjoyed trip! We hung out the whole way on the trampolines. While we were getting settled in the bay, Barry from ” Whistling Pines” came up in his little boat and sang us a song inviting us to dinner at his restaurant. We rented a car from Dean ($70) and were off to Loblolly Beach….so pretty! Drinking Man’s Guides were used again @ Big Bamboo and lunch was the BEST conch fritters ever @ Flash of Beauty. As we made our way to Cow Wreck beach, we hoped to see the flamingos at the pond, but no such luck. Cow Wreck, I think was our favorite. It’ s gorgeous! The guys got to play pool again and Belle made us some tasty drinks. We had planned on going back to the boat before dinner, but the car wouldn’t start so once Dean came to put a new battery in, we had to head to the restaurant. “Whistling Pines” did not disappoint…the lobster was SO good. As were the sides, drinks and service.
Thursday morning and we’re off to Pam’s Kitchen for breakfast. Take it from us and don’t miss this place. Coconut Rum french toast…yummmm…the Breakfast Sandwich….yummmm …. and the best hashbrowns you’ve ever had…no kidding! We weren’t in that big of hurry because we were only going as far as Leverick Bay in the north sound, so we took our time leaving Anegada. Off to Leverick, another fun sail! We had a slip for the night and were lucky enough to catch the “Michael Beans” show. If you are there January to early May, don’t miss his show! He is hilarious and a great entertainer!
Another steep walk in the morning. Pretty views and fun to look at all the villas. After breakfast we were off to Jost. A snorkel stop at The Dogs. It wasn’t stellar but still interesting. Once we got to Little Jost, we stopped at The B-line bar…what a fun little place. Definitely worth a stop. We had a nice dinner at Foxy’s Taboo…..wonderful BBQ ribs.
The only rain we had the whole trip, was most of last night and into the morning. Once it quit we headed to White Bay to enjoy all that goes on there! We had been there before and just love it! A quick swim to the beach and on a mission to use as many spots in our books as possible! Mission accomplished! Great people watching, beautiful clear water, white sandy beach, fun beach bars…the total package! Dinner was in Great Harbour at Corsairs and a swim back to the boat in the dark…perfect! ( Captain Steve offered to pick us up, but we were feeling very brave )
Our last day started with a sunrise out on the front of the cat in our pajamas….knowing we were leaving was rather sad because we had had such a wonderful trip. As we pulled out of White Bay, Kenny Chesney’s song “It’s that time of day” was on the Ipod and I’m pretty sure there were a few tears.
We couldn’t have had a better experience! The boat…the captain…his 1st mate/wife…the weather…the company…SO GREAT! I guess it’s time to plan another trip!
John Giesick and Friends