Today was the second of our night sails. We had a very smooth crossing and made great time. The weather was beautiful and we were lucky to see a beautiful sunset as we sailed away from Saba and to see a beautiful sunrise as we approached the BVI. We were on docks by 11am at Spanishtown, where we fueled and watered before heading to Trellis Bay. Below is an extract from the ships log on Rioja.
Written by Paul Pruss:
“Paul, Steph and Abbie woke up at 5:00am in the morning. They started their second shift while Soph, Newport, Dylan and Aidan took a well deserved rest. Ashley, for the first time, was not sailing with us but instead sailing with our sister ship God Speed Mary (GSM), We saw a beautiful sunrise at 6:00am. We had egg and bacon bagel sandwiches, it was delicious. We practiced tacking and gybing in the afternoon. The second night sail was more smooth than the first night sail experience. We arrived at Spanishtown in Virgin Gorda at noon. Paul performed well dedocking off Spanishtown and steering the ship to Tortola. Once we were attached to the mooring ball in Trellis Bay we chilled, and swam around the the water, and had a good laugh here and there. We ended the day in celebrations of near completion of the program with cookies, to remember what events happened in this place, to enjoy those moments to the fullest.”
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.