July 10, 2016
After insisting he meet us for a fare-well (no matter that we were departing at 6 a.m.), Percy the taxi driver biked down to the marina, took the stern lines, un-cleated them from the dock and cast us off…. This signaled the end of our St Kitts adventure, and the beginning of the passage to our next, and last, Leeward Island before we return to the BVI. Saba here we come!
Towering out of the ocean…vertical cliffs leading to forests, leading to ridges, leading to the clouds obscuring the highest peak of Mt Scenery… like some fictional island Fortress, we advanced upon Saba Island. As the squalls moved across our bow, somehow, we dodged them all and arrived by midday. As Saba has no natural protection anywhere around the circumference of the island, we picked up a customs mooring in 20 kt winds and 3 ft swell.
By 1 p.m., divers were ashore and SeeSaba diving ferried them out to two amazing dive sights – ‘Ladder Labyrinth’ and ‘Tent Reef’. Divers were treated to more turtle sightings, a seahorse, and….a grey nurse shark!
Back on the boats, we finished up the day by moving around to Wells Bay moorings for the night – a much calmer spot for sleeping. Although mega tired…campers had another great day! We wrapped up by giving them the opportunity to write a note to their loved ones…
Hello, I miss you and I’m having lots of fun! The only not fun things are sea-sickness and some chores. The Caribbean is beautiful! Right now, I am on a mooring ball off an island called Saba. I’ve slept on a boat every night since I left! This place is very fun.
Hi family. Well, this place is really fun and exciting, lots of things to do and explore. We are going to hike around the island tomorrow, very exciting. Hope all is well, miss you!
Dear family. I’m still alive! I can’t say how much I’ve enjoyed the trip so far. I have seen and accomplished many things I can’t wait to explain….
Dear Mum, Dad, Char and Teagan. Hey guys, I miss you so much! I hope you are all having a great summer so far and a great boat trip! I’m having SUCH an amazing time here. This trip is AWESOME! I have met a lot of great people and seen a lot of cool things. Today at Saba, when we were diving I saw a nurse shark! This trip is such an amazing experience and thank you so much for letting me come. Love and miss you and can’t wait to see you!
Yesterday, was the coolest day EVER! We were at docks at St Kitts. In the morning, we went hiking in a rainforest and toured the island. Then, we walked around a fort with an incredible view and ate lunch under a tree. Then, we went to a beach that had black sand and ate CHICKEN FINGERS!, and saw monkeys. Then, Mike (Director of Sail Caribbean) surprised us by taking us to the movies to watch ‘Finding Dory’.
Hi Dad, Lori and other family. I am currently writing this from the saloon of the boat while eating a rice cracker smothered in Nutella. I’m having a great time here. I’m in Saba, a gigantic mountain in the ocean. I went scuba diving today and saw multiple eels, rays and turtles. I am having a great time and looking forward to seeing you soon.
This trip is amazing! Yesterday, we hiked through a rain forest in St Kitts and saw monkeys! Today, we sailed to Saba Island and I went on two dives. I saw a turtle and a nurse shark! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I miss you!
Today, we left St Kitts at 6 a.m. heading for Saba. We arrived and despite the rough conditions, we loaded up the dinghies and went diving! Everything is great.
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.