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Our B.V.I. Adventure is designed to give our family, friends and any other interested followers a look into the life of two expatriates making their way on the island of Tortola. Tortola is the largest island in the British Virgin Islands.

So, why did we move 2,000 miles away from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee? Michael accepted a position as the director of retail and international sales for a Caribbean clothing brand.



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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Star of our Saturday SUP

We joined the BVI SUP club for another day of paddling on Saturday.  We started off at Trellis Bay on Beef Island and paddled two miles to the Beef Island Bridge.  Here's a map of the area, if you're interested in following this journey geographically:

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We headed over to Little Camanoe and checked out the beach there.  For the most part the paddle was downwind...
At one point though, our fearless leader, Andy directed me towards a reef somewhere between Beef Island and Camanoe.  He wanted me to see the reef through the window in my board.  Well, the current took me too far to the right and I missed it.  I turned around (ever so carefully) and headed straight into the current, hoping to catch a glimpse of this reef.
Andy estimates the water was moving at two knots.  So there I am paddling my little heart out and not getting anywhere.  It was like trying to walk up a down escalator.  I could see a piece of brain coral through the window in the my board - it stayed in sight for a good minute or so as I paddled left, then right, right, then left and again and again.  By the time I actually made forward progress, I was too into my own paddling stroke that I missed the reef completely!  Andy so coolly says to me, "It can be quite the work-out."  Understatement of the day.
So, after a story like that - it's clear I was not the "star" of the day, as the title of this post may have led you to believe.  This was the star or the day...
We saw three or four starfish in this shallow area off of Beef Island.  We also paid a visit to the conch mound.  A few people in our group hadn't seen it before.  Here are some photos from day...
All in all, it was another great paddle!  Our longest yet that's for sure!