written by mate of Venture, Alex Armson, Brought to you by the crew of Venture
August 11, 2015
Jenna was the skipper of the day today, Greg was our navigator and Daniella was the navigator. The day began when Marc, Daniella and Jenna went on their first Open Water dive! Meanwhile, Greg, Matt, Anna, Nes, Parker, Lindsay and Mary all went on a truck tour of the island which was awesome and we all had a lot of fun. Once the Open Water divers returned, we had a delicious lunch made by Mary and Nes. We then had a dedocking lesson and executed our plan perfectly. Jenna was amazing at the helm and kept calm and focused throughout the whole process.
We then set course for Bitter End Yacht Club. It was the furthest destination yet, as it is located at one of the most northern points on Virgin Gorda. We motor jibed across the channel then raised our sails when we had passed Peter Island. The whole crew did an amazing job at unfurling the jib. silently as to show how far we’ve progressed from the beginning of the program. We also got a lot better at tacking and got to the point where we didn’t even have to use the winch handles, our timing was that perfect. Daniella and Jenna did amazingly at maneuvering the jib sheets while Mari and Lindsay excelled at lowering the main when we needed to. Four hours later, we arrived at Bitter End and picked up a mooring ball at Saba Rock. The team at the bow consisted of Parker, Nes and Matt, who helped ensure we picked up a ball on the first attempt.
We had boat showers then shuttled to Saba Rock for dinner on shore which was delicious. We then got to hang out on the hammocks on Saba Rock and look up at the stars which are never disappointing in the Caribbean. We returned to the boat and had a boat meeting and ate cookies. Today, our crew did a great job of dedocking and sailing. Our miracle moment was when we did have to use winch handles anymore to pull in the jib.
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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.