Cuan Law Sailing Blog

August 2018 Charter Recap

Another fun week on Cuan Law exploring the British Virgin Islands. We had some really nice weather with winds around 20 knots most of the week. The visibility underwater was pretty good as well especially when diving the RMS Rhone at Salt Island. Guests spotted several nurse sharks, eels and turtles during the dive.

Our island excursion began with a hike on Salt Island to explore the salt ponds and views. The hike takes about 30 minutes and provides sweeping views of the bay below. We anchor nearby and this bay provides a calm setting for the evening dinner.

The following day we setup for diving on the north side of Tortola with a stop at Brewers Bay. Guests enjoyed water skiing, hobie cat sailing and kayaking between dives with a mexican inspired lunch and salmon dinner.

The fun continued over at Guana Island the next day with a dive at Alice in Wonderland and Angelfish Reef. During our lunch our more adventurous guests decided to go for the cliff jumping on a nearby rock. Exploring the bay with the kayaks a few guests spotted some green sea turtles.

Our most popular day is always Virgin Gorda because guests hike the baths and enjoy a beach side BBQ in Spring Bay. Our new crew member Kelly, lead the group thru the Baths National Park hike and down to Devils Bay. Guests enjoy snorkeling and swimming the calm waters and white sand beaches. After the hike we head over to Spring Bay for the beach BBQ where Chef Kellie and crew had a delicious spread of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fresh fruit and cookies.

We ended the charter with a surprise as one of our guests was celebrating a birthday. Chef Kellie hand made the cake complete with edible coral and reef fish!

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Why is Cuan Law named Cuan Law?

Cuan Law is the third in the fleet of trimarans designed and built by the owners, Duncan and Annie Muirhead. Duncan is of Scottish heritage and his family home overlooks the Misty Law mountain range there. Law is Gaelic for mountain. Their first vessel which was more of a collaboration than an original Duncan design was named the Misty Law in memory of these mountains as Annie and Duncan took off for their sailing adventure in the 1970’s.

They spent many seasons working charters in the Mediterranean in the summer months then sailing across the Atlantic to work the newly imagined Caribbean charters in the winter months. One of those early guests, a Canadian businessman Hal McCarney became a great friend and collaborator and in the 1980’s they planned, designed and and built the next vessel together with him, a luxury live-aboard dive vessel. This one, the Lammer Law, was named after the largest mountain in the Misty Law range.

Duncan and Hal could not stop at two, so the third one came along and they started construction in June 1987, but although they wanted to stick with the “Law” tradition, they had run out of names. They decided to ask former guests to come up with ideas and following in the Gaelic tradition, Cuan Law was submitted. At the time they all understood Cuan to mean Ocean, hence Cuan Law = Ocean Mountain, quite apt for the largest sailing trimaran in the world. It was discovered a while later that another dialect of Gaelic translates Cuan to mean peaceful, which is also lovely, so Cuan Law = Ocean Mountain, or Peaceful Mountain! 🙂

Cooper Island Rum Bar

This is a great stop while we dive Wreck Alley. Guests can spend time ashore and also try their hand sailing our Hobie Cats. They are open everyday from 2-11pm serving over 190 of the world’s best rum. Also worth checking out the solar powered beer distillery on property offering six unique flavors but recommend the Amber Ale. 4-6pm happy hour 1/2 prince on all beers. This is a popular stop on our weekly sail thru the British Virgin Islands.


If you are interested in a BVI sailing vacation then give Cuan Law a try! Here is one of our latest reviews from Trip Advisor.

“I booked this trip with a friend at our local dive shop (shout out to Central Coast Dive Center). As this was my first live-aboard experience and really my first dive trip, I couldn’t have asked for more! The crew were just fantastic! A big thank you to Scott, Kellie (DUDE, THE FOOD!!!), Chris, Alayna, Simeon, Rèka and Ariel. They were welcoming, willing to teach us if we wanted to learn how things worked, helped me improve my dive skills and they were all really just a great hang!! I would highly recommend this trip, even if you don’t dive, because they have so many other activities available. I’m hoping to sail with them again in the future!”