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60Isea&iIWINTER 2012main industry, the grand English manor houses and originalstorage buildings are being put to good use. The latter, whichwere once used for storing stolen pirate goods, have been con-verted into shops and boutique hotels. Spend a day ashore soaking up the fascinating architecture,buildings and museums. Fort William, located on the waterfrontin Charlotte Amalie, is the oldest building still in use and datesback to the 1670s. Over the years it has seen use as a fort, ajail, a courthouse and a police station - the building nowhouses a museum. St Thomas remains a vital Caribbean port due to its shelteredlocation, and its situation between Europe and the PanamaCanal. The US Virgin Islands are free ports, and while downtownCharlotte Amalie is where you can find trinkets and Caribbeanartefacts, St Thomas' Yacht Haven Grande is the place to headfor designer boutiques.The island has only recently upped its game when it comesto dining, and is better known for its eclectic mix of cuisines- including American, Italian, Mexican and Asian - ratherthan its quality. That said, the standard of Caribbean cuisineis generally fantastic. There are a number of local establish-mentsalong the waterfront of Charlotte Amalie servingpopular East Indian influenced dishes. Don't miss the pates(fried breads with meat fillings), stewed mutton soup,conch, plantains, Johnny cake, green sweet potatoes, cur-ried roti and unusual island fruits. Alternatively, join fellow yachties at one of the Yacht HavenGrande's restaurants and bars - W!kked (a bar and bistro),PARSIFAL III54m (177'), 12 guestsfrom US$245,000 per week

WINTER 2012I sea&iI61aboardashoreGrand Cru (a wine bar and Mediterranean restaurant) and FatTurtle (a Caribbean roadhouse). With the BVIs and their stunning beaches next on theitinerary, you may wish to give St Thomas' beaches a miss butthose looking for some beach activity could try Magens BayBeach as it is said to be one of the best in the US Virgin Islands,with calm waters and white sand. Virgin Gorda, BVI Reclining to the east of the British Virgin Islands' chain, VirginGorda is the third largest in the group. The island is most widelyknown for The Baths on the southwest coast - a Stonehenge-esque collection of boulders amid pools of turquoise waters.With their colourful fish and coral, they are a delight to discoverby kayak or snorkelling. Close to The Baths is Spring Bay. The white sandy beach islapped by some of the clearest waters to be found in the BVIsand the beach merges into a vast lawn that is great for picnics.Also nearby is the quiet Devil's Bay Beach, which is only acces-sible by boat or by walking The Baths' trails. On the island's west coast, Little Dix Bay is another perfectspot for snorkelling and swimming; it is also where you will findthe Little Dix Bay Spa set on the hillside with panoramic viewsfrom the treatment rooms over the island. Savannah Bay, alsoon the island's west coast, is a beautiful stretch of secludedbeach, and north of this is Mahoe Bay Beach, with picturesquereefs and a tropical landscape. The interior of the island has lots to offer, including Spanishfortress ruins at Little Fort National Park, and National Parks atGorda Peak, Devil's Bay, Spring Bay and North Sound. There are also many first-class restaurants and resorts. Theaptly named Top of the Baths has an American-inspired menuand serves the island's famous Painkiller cocktails. Don't missthe weekly barbecue and live steel bands on Sundays. Further north, the Bitter End Yacht Club combines seafaringtradition with glamour, thanks to two restaurants and bars, anEnglish-style pub, boutiques and a spa. Alternatively, BirasCreek is known for international cuisine. The open-air restauranton the northern tip of Virgin Gorda overlooks the North Soundand your yacht anchored below. For a fine dining experience,book a table in the over-water lounge of Saba Rock. VIRGIN ISLANDS' ITINERARY When it comes to the Virgin Islands, you don't have to choosebetween the US and British groups - both can easily becombined in one charter.DAY1 St Thomas - Trunk Bay, St John (11nm)DAY2 St John - Soper's Hole, Tortola (5nm) DAY3 Tortola - Peter Island (9nm) DAY4 Peter Island - The Baths, Virgin Gorda (15nm) DAY5 The Baths - North Sound, Virgin Gorda (8nm) DAY6 Virgin Gorda - Anegada (15nm) DAY7 Anegada - Beef Island (20nm) DAY8 Beef Island - Norman Island (10nm) DAY9 Norman Island - Cane Garden Bay, Tortola (15nm)DAY10 Tortola - Jost Van Dyke (15nm) DAY11 Jost Van Dyke - St John (13nm) DAY12 St John - St Thomas (10nm) THE EXPERT'S ADVICE.Captain Emile Coetzee recommends the BVIs for family charters orfirst-time charterers as the distances between the islands are shortand the waters are calm. ?Opposite page:red-roofed houses and lush landscapestypify the Virgin IslandsAbove: The Baths atVirgin Gorda