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Old 03-08-2012, 05:01   #1
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A few years ago, I was sailing the Virgin Islands on a 37 ft O'Day; a nine-day cruising trip. There were 5 of us on board. We took off from Christiansted, St. Croix - USVI and headed to St. John - USVI. I anchored, for the night, across Cinnamon Bay. I know Cinnamon very well, as I visited this campground for several years. Early in the morning, at day break, I launched the row-boat dingy to shore. Ashore, I did my business and showered. I also picked up a couple of coconuts for the crew.

Returning back to the boat, everything went well until I was about to jump on board. An unforeseen bow wave, from a ferry boat, pushed the dingy hard against the sailboat...making an awful sound...as if the boat has collided. The sleepy crew was abruptly awaken and jumped up on deck. I explained what had just happened; none was amused. There was no damage to the boat or the dingy.

As "punishment" I wound up making dinner (including Greek pastries) for a few nights. By the end of the trip, we all had a blast and laughed it off!

Memories are made of these silly events!
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:13   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Teknav.
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Those coconuts probably had an owner.
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Hi Bruce,

Cinnamon Bay, at St. John - USVI, is covered by coconut palm and (poisonous) manchaneel trees. There are plenty of coconuts on the ground. If you have camped overnight there, you will hear the crashing sound of coconuts falling all night long. The rangers who manage this National Park, have never objected at taking a few freshly dropped coconuts. (I know that for a fact, as I asked.)

Alternately, you can stop at Cruz Bay (downtown), and buy all the coconuts you want for about $1.75 each. Pina Colada anyone?
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Those coconuts probably had an owner.
If my understanding is correct and most of the island is a national park, then the cocoanuts are mine (ours), and in my opinion you are free to have them.
Don't forget to mix some of the milk with rum. Which you can buy nearby.

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