written by Provisions Manager, Lindsay Walsh
July 24, 2018
Around 6:30a.m., you could find our student crews on watch sailing and watching the sunrise while being surrounded by nothing but open ocean. All students successfully covered every watch and performed the duties that were expected of them, and enjoyed every minute of it! During the night, there were a few rainstorms so both boats lowered sails from about 4a.m. to 7a.m. for safety and comfort.
Once the sun was up, everyone hung out in the cockpit with eager smiles, excited to get the first glimpse of land. We didn’t see land again until about noon when we spotted St. Martin in the distance. In the afternoon, as we neared St. Martin, the crew of Fidji witnessed a pod of dolphins swimming around the starboard side of the boat for a little bit!
The rest of the day was spent sailing and making our way towards il Forchue, an island between St Barth’s and St Martin. Zanzibar was the first vessel to reach our destination around 7:00 pm, followed by Fidji who arrived an hour later. Our crew went to bed completely exhausted from the sail, but they were so proud of themselves for the major accomplishment of the sail from the BVIs all the way to St. Barth’s.