July 8, 2016 (Posted a little out of order, apologies!)
Stars greeted us this morning as we rose at 4:45 am to be off our mooring by 5 a.m! Crew on Montlouis especially got in the early morning mood, as they had tied their secondary mooring line in a non-retrievable style. Splash!, as captain Curtis hit the water to remove it. As we motored out of the bay, the sun peeked over the watery horizon and we raised mainsail.
Today’s passage was the third longest of our program… a 59nm southwest passage which took about 8 hours – less than half of our longer passages to get to the Leeward Islands and back.
Many campers slept in while the more adventurous were on the helm in the building breeze. On the way, we learned about the theory behind how sails work, practiced knots and campers that are taking basic keel boat certifications also practiced maneuvering the boat into hove-to (stalled) position.
By 2 p.m., we raised the beautiful St Kitts flag, along with the Q flag and arrived into Port Zante. After checking into the country, we headed out for a spot of exploring before dinner. In the evening, campers gathered around the laptop with sodas to enjoy movie night, featuring the blue planet oceans series…
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.