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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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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

HIHO, HIHO, it's off to Necker we go!

We were invited to Necker Island on Monday to watch the first day of the Highland Spring HIHO - which is an annual windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding race.  Michael competed in the HIHO last year (and placed 3rd in the SUP one design class I might add!)  

The HIHO is a week long event, during which the participants stay aboard captained yachts.  The days are spent racing from island to island, and the nights are spent...well, pretty much partying!

The first stop for the race this year?  Necker Island!  This is Sir Richard Branson's private island in the BVI.  (You may have heard about the fire on this island on the news nearly a ago.)  We have only been to Necker one other time, back when Michael's band, Da Tree Men played for Sir Richard's Christmas party.

To get there, we first had to catch the North Sound Express from Trellis Bay by the airport.  We met up with our friend (and Michael's co-worker) Sarah and her two precious children, Archie and Charlie.  Here are the three children together on the ferry:
The ferry took us to the Bitter End Yacht Club, where we met up with the participants of the HIHO.  We enjoyed a continental breakfast, complete with fresh wedges of mango that Anna Drake thoroughly enjoyed!  She might be on her way to cutting two more teeth...we shall see!
 We then jumped on one of the large catarmarans participating in the HIHO and headed for the shores of Necker Island.  At one point while Captain Chris was tending to the anchor, Anna Drake took over at the helm.
 Here's what the beach looked like from our boat.
The windsurfers and stand-up paddle boarders weren't far behind.  One by one they arrived on the beach.  Here is one making his way to Necker.

Once on the island, we took in the beauty of this place.  One thing Sir Richard is known for is his infatuation with animals, especially exotic ones.  While Michael was walking from the beach to the pool, he ran into this guy just loafing his way down the sandy path...

Fortunately this next "animal" was a wooden one because Michael and Anna Drake got on its back!

To cool off, we got in the pool.  It is one of most beautiful pools...it goes on forever it seems.

Lunch was catered by the wonderful people who own CocoMaya and Baraka Point.  They served up sushi, grilled chicken, a yummy salad and a sweet lemon pound cake.  It was all really delicious!   When it was time to go back to the Bitter End to catch our ferry, we didn't to leave.  We almost missed the ferry in fact!  It was pulling away as we pulled up; fortunately they saw us frantically waiving our arms in the air and turned around.

Kinda wish they hadn't...I guess we would have had to go back to Necker for the night...ha!   


Brigitte said...

I LOVE that pool :) Glad you guys got the opportunity to go!

BVI Yacht Charter said...

Necker Island is the perfect BVI adventure for families! It is one of our yacht charter guests' favorite land destinations. Sir Richard knows how to do it up right. Your pictures are great! They really show the good times to be had. Another favorite tiny BVI island of ours is Cooper Island...much less to do on land, but amazing snorkeling and beautiful vistas. Check out my post on a recent Cooper Island snorkel where I video'd an eagle ray in flight...amazing!