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285--Virgin Islands: BVI Spring Regatta 2005
@ CherieSpotting     Apr 09 2005 - 06:31 PST
Led by skippper Phil Otis, BVI Yacht Charters, wins 1st place in the Bareboat B division in the 2005 BVI Spring Regatta...our secret to success--ice-cream on the downward leg.

Led by skippper Phil Otis, BVI Yacht Charters, wins 1st place in the Bareboat B division in the 2005 BVI Spring Regatta...our secret to success--ice-cream on the downward leg.

cherie writes: Gentlemen, stop your engines. The results are in and the trophies have been awarded. Newport Beach sailors Phil Otis and Mark Duranty had to lug another first place trophy home from the Caribbean.

April 3rd was the final day of the 34th annual BVI Spring
Regatta, held in the British Virgin Islands. With more entries than ever before--140 yachts, lasers and windsurfers raced for three days in 10-15 knot winds. The yachts ranged from tiny radial lasers to the massive 75-ft Titan XII. The racers were just as diverse as the yachts and ranged from America's Cup veteran Peter Isler to novice first timers like our own intern Oscar.

Our team came in 1st place in the Bareboat B division beating the accomplished “Team Germany” who steered into 2nd place with two-time Star European champion Joerg Moessnang at the helm. Third place went to the Dutch team “Compass Rose”.

“Even with four ladies on board, the only cat-fighting on our boat was between the two captains,” co-skipper Duranty joked. “Even though Phil and I may need ‘couples counseling’ to work on our communication, we still prevailed.”
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197--Tortola: Island Pub Crawl
@ CherieSpotting     Mar 16 2004 - 04:04 PST
Cherie feeds the donkey at "The Last Resort."

Cherie feeds the donkey at "The Last Resort."

cherie writes: Joe, Milo, Lee and I decided we wanted to rent a van and tour the island of Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. Tour the island’s pubs, that is. We spent the day jumping from one bar to the next, each savoring one “specialty drink” per pub.

*We drank a ‘Mongoose Magic’ at “De Loose Mongoose.”
*We gulped down a ‘Hogwacker’ at “Fat Hog Bob’s.”
*Then we guzzled an ‘Island Moose’ and fed the donkey at “The Last Resort.” (Which is only accessible by ferry or boat!)
*The crew had to sail to the Willy T where we threw back “shot-skis”—4 shots of rum on a water-ski that everyone has to toss down together.
*Finally, we sipped a 'Sex in the Jungle' at "Myett's Bar" even though I'm not aware of any jungle in Tortola.
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191--St. Croix: Woman Overboard
@ CherieSpotting     Mar 02 2004 - 03:22 PST
The crew of 4 Play at the St. Croix Regatta.

The crew of 4 Play at the St. Croix Regatta.

cherie writes: St. Croix Regatta-Woman overboard!

Why did “4 Play”, the Beneteau 505 we raced in the St. Croix Regatta, only get 3rd place? Why not 1st place?

Usually I’d make up a bunch of excuses. I might say that the boat that got 2nd place was 20 feet longer than ours. (It was a Santa Cruz 70.) But excuses are weak and the ammunition of cowards. I’ll just tell it as it happened.

It was the second race of the second day. The air was sticky hot and clung to you like a tight shirt on a European hunk. It was the kind of day when you really wish you had a hat.
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190--St. Thomas: $2 Million View
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 27 2004 - 09:35 PST
The ladies on Dolly's balcony in St. Thomas.

The ladies on Dolly's balcony in St. Thomas.

cherie writes: Dolly is a hoot. She’s a gorgeous accountant who spends half her time in St. Thomas and the other half in Florida. Dolly’s real name is Dolly. She has friends who are named Barbie and Brownie.

When Joe and I met Dolly in St. Croix she told us about her million dollar view from her little cottage in the hills of St. Thomas. Intrigued, Joe and I had to see it for ourselves.

When we arrived in St. Thomas to visit our new friend, we realized that Dolly was a liar. She easily has a two million dollar view.
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189--Virgin Gorda: The Baths
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 26 2004 - 04:19 PST
Cherie at The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI.

Cherie at The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI.

cherie writes: They call her the fat virgin. Virgin Gorda, the 3rd largest British Virgin Island, is an 8-mile long slice of heaven. The more you explore Virgin Gorda, the more her beauty keeps unfolding. She’s like a decadent dessert with free refills.

There’s not a single traffic light on the island. Amongst Virgin Gorda’s pristine anchorages lies a unique group of rocks called The Baths. The history of The Baths is horrible, but its beauty is unmatched. African men and women were taken there for a final bath after their long voyage before they were sold into slavery. But the only misery that remains today is the wind crying through the rigging of the anchored yachts.
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188--Tortola: Mardi Gras at the Bat Cave
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 25 2004 - 09:07 PST
Fat Tuesday--Island Syle.

Fat Tuesday--Island Syle.

cherie writes: Mardi Gras isn’t just in New Orleans anymore. Tortola’s favorite bar—the Bat Cave—celebrated Fat Tuesday in style.

Sailors, locals and tourists showed up in feathers and masks to collect beads from each other. Some were so slathered in beads you couldn’t see their necks. I got beads as big as Christmas ornaments and draped them around my neck. If you’re going to celebrate Fat Tuesday—go big!

Mardi Gras 2004 was a night of feathered masks, crazy glasses, spicy jambalaya, and silly fun. Everyone dressed up. I wore a mask of feathers, Joe wore the “happy hat” and Milo wore a silky pair of underwear like a toupee.
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187--Jost Van Dyke: Spinnaker Sailing at Soggy $ Bar
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 23 2004 - 07:58 PST
Cherie learns spinnaker sailing in White Bay in Jost Van Dyke.

Cherie learns spinnaker sailing in White Bay in Jost Van Dyke.

cherie writes: John is a crazy captain with crazy hats. He has a stockpile of silly hats to choose from and I picked the Wizard hat (for you Mike) and then I was imbibed with the ability to answer any question correctly. Normally one would charge for a service like that, but I gave away the “right answers to everything” for free.

Jon took a gang of us (Dolly, Joe, Lou, Laura, Michelle, Carol, Bill and I) for a day-sail on his Beneteau 38 named Tempest. We headed for Jost Van Dyke, a tiny island with a few hundred residents. I’m pretty sure they were all at Soggy $ Bar the day we were there.
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