The William Thornton II known as the ‘‘Willy T’‘-because after you’re here for a bit you won’t be able to say its full name without slurring- is a 98-foot schooner that was converted into a bar/restaurant and anchored in the Bight of Norman Island in 1996.
Yachties yearning for grog and grub aim their dinghies at the Willy T as a traditional stop on the BVI’s bar-hopping-by-boat tour. On Sundays, the Bight becomes a floating parking lot as flotillas of locals from Tortola join the sailors. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Willy T serves baskets of homemade conch fritters, chicken and seafood rotis, barbecue and fresh fish.
You haven’t been on the Willy T until you’ve jumped off her. The stern bar is the center of debauchery on deck where body shots are facilitated by ropes and whipped cream and where the ‘‘shotski,’’ a waterski modified to hold 4 shot glasses, is available for synchronized swilling.