Departing from Nanny Cay, Andrew Waters single-handedly sailed his IC-24 around the BVI on the weekend of May 19/20 to raise awareness of, and funds for, research into Vitiligo, a non-life-threatening but incurable skin pigmentation disorder that affects his 10-year old daughter. Some of the funds raised will also go towards the music programme at Cedar International School.  To date, Andrew has raised more than $5,000.

Andrew completed the 200 nautical mile journey in just over 24 hours, far less than the 30 to 36 hours he had expected.

Sharing his experience, Andrew said, “It was quite rough and wet but it didn’t take as long as I expected.”

The IC-24 is a popular 24-foot racing boat in the Caribbean that is usually crewed by two or three persons. Because the IC-24 is a small racing boat it has no frills – there is no sleeping accommodation, no engine, no facilities of any kind. Andrew had to install an auto-helm so that he could rest during the voyage.

Starting from Nanny Cay at 8am on Sunday, May 19, Andrew proceeded to enter the Caribbean Sea between Salt Island and Dead Chest, leaving Salt, Cooper and Ginger Islands to port, then proceeding to leave Virgin Gorda to port as well before continuing Eastwards some significant distance to clear Horseshoe Reef of Anegada. Once Anegada is left to port a long downwind run to leave Jost van Dyke and the Tobago Keys Island also to port, following with a long upwind leg leaving the remaining BVI islands of Great and Little Thatch, Norman and then finally Peter Islands to port before completing the journey by reentering the Sir Francis Drake channel via the same cut between Salt Island and Dead Chest, completing the circumnavigation back at Nanny Cay.

Nanny Cay was delighted to support Waters’ fund-raising excursion and provided dockage, storage, and haul-out services. Andrew expressed his gratitude to Nanny Cay for the support provided in a letter to Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay:

“I wanted the especially thank both of you [Miles and Brendan] for all your efforts in assisting me in my trip around the BVI, without both of your help and support it would have been so much harder and far less pleasurable to get ready! On the grander scale, I would also like to thank Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, it goes without saying that the support that the company gives to all sailing events, both large and, as mine was, small is fantastic. The BVI is lucky to have a facility such as yours, but also to have great professionals running the place and getting behind the territory’s largest pastime of boating.”

Andrew wants to raise at least $10,000 and he’s planning to embark on a similar journey to achieve that.  To pledge, visit www.sailingforcure.com.  You can also find out more on Andrew’s facebook page.