written by Provisions Manager, Lindsay Walsh
July 25, 2018
It’s our first full day down island! Students woke up and truly witnessed the beauty of Île Fourchue for the first time with well-rested eyes. Île Fourchue is a deserted island located an hour outside of St. Barth’s. After breakfast, the crew of Delta gathered on shore for a hike and a chance to snorkel along the coast. At the top of the hike, students took pictures and observed the beautiful scenery that overlooks St. Barth’s. On the swim back to the boats, students saw an octopus and a turtle! Since the port of Gustavia is so close, we quickly motored over and docked. This was our most difficult docking of program, requiring our crews to drop anchor then tie two lines off the stern and attach them to the dock. Even though it was tricky, each vessel performed the docking flawlessly.
When lines were fast and we were checked into customs, everyone jumped at the opportunity to check out the shops in the town of Gustavia. When everyone returned to boats, our staff showed up with two mini coopers for some island tours! The island tours gave students a feel for what St. Barth’s is truly like. For the students that weren’t on their turn of the tour, they took the short walk to check out shell beach! While at shell beach, students got the opportunity to swim out to a jump rock too! The day itself was one of the top highlights of the trip so far.
For dinner, both boats whipped up a delicious stir fry that they enjoyed from their cockpits. Everyone went to bed swapping stories of their adventurous day at St. Barth’s and excited to travel to St. Kitt’s the next morning.
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.