Delta 1 2015 – Day 7

written by Program Director, Jen Borderud

The Delta Crew awoke to sights and sounds of a bustling morning in the west end of Tortola.  With a long and windy passage ahead of them, the crew settled in for a lesson on sail reefing with Cass and then Dylan, our skipper of the day, took charge and led his crew through pre-departure preparations. Once out of the mooring field and through the Thatch Cut, Grande Plaisance III took to the over 20 knot winds of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.  With 2 reefs in the mainsail and jib, the Delta crew ran through tacking drills and fine-tuned their skills and ability to work together as a unit.  Dylan, Pablo, and Chloe all took a turn at the helm and led their tacking team through timed tacks.

Dylan got back on the helm when it was time to enter Hodges Creek Marina for the first docking of program.  After the crew had lines and fenders prepared, Dylan successfully navigated the 53-foot boat into her slip.
Once on docks, the crew enjoyed some lunch and Pablo, Elvira, Madison, Emily, Sam and Stephanie went diving in the afternoon while Emma, Chloe, Hawkey, Dylan, Kricket, and Cassidy went for a truck tour on Tortola.  Cass made a delicious dinner of Mahi Mahi, cous cous, broccoli, and sweet potatoes while everyone gave a call home and enjoyed fresh showers.

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