August 2, 2016
Every now and then, you get really lucky and you get to sleep in as you should on a perfect summer’s day. This morning, we laid in until the sun rose and brought the temperatures with it. We rose out of our bunks and jumping in the water first thing!
Between the intermittent light rains passing though, we slow-motion watersported in colorful inflatable tubes and laughed ourselves into the day.
When time came to raise our sails, though, it was all about speed and agility, remembering and putting to practice all that we’ve learned thus far. Today was the occasion for this focus because today was race day! Venture vs Galilee, boys vs girls sail to Little Harbor on Jost Van Dyke. It was a close match, each boat neck and neck up until the very final end. Both boats secured themselves to a mooring ball almost simultaneously. The tie was broken by the added challenge of securing a secondary line the fastest. In the end, Venture won by millimeters.
Later that evening, we all celebrated together with a delicious dinner at Sydney’s Peace and Love restaurant. We were joined by the other fleets in the company as well. It was a lovely night of making friends and seeing old ones!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.