We arrived Saturday night and took full advantage of the new lounging areas at the Sunsail base while our boat, La Bella Vita, was being provisioned. The next morning, base manager Antony Wighting dropped by and gave us a few tips that would get us off the beaten path, and after a short boat briefing-the 384 is relatively uncomplicated, from a systems standpoint-we were on our way. Outside the breakwater, we hoisted the main and were off, bound for Norman Island and a visit to The Caves. We were all eager to dive in for a swim, so eager, in fact, that in the light air we found right outside the harbor, everyone, sans moi, jumped in for a tow behind the boat. Wouldn't you know, that's all it took for the trade winds to kick in and never falter for the rest of the week. Rounding up to slow us down, I collected the crew, and we pushed onward to The Bight for the night, and from there to North Sound and Virgin Gorda.