July 26, 2016
Our morning today blended into the night before, a continuation of our overnight passage! Our crew kept up with their night watch rotations into the morning, the sunrise a welcome greeting to all who had braved the helm in the darker hours. Finally, we reached Simpson Bay in Sint Maarten, the destination of our 100 nm journey!
We were delighted to realize that our final passage time of 17 hours was a new Sail Caribbean record for speed! Tired but proud of our accomplishments, we rested for a bit and then began cleaning up the aftermath of our sail. Salon and cabins tidied once more, we set off to explore town, and to reconnect with our crew members who had just arrived by air in Sint Maarten. We spent the afternoon having a delicious lunch together in town, crew complete once more, and strolling around the Simpson Bay area.
As the afternoon weaned, we all met back at the dinghy and headed back to our anchorage. The evening brought with it time to relax and enjoy each other’s company after a crazy 36 hours! Our burger dinner was followed by a special dessert of cake balls to celebrate altogether the birthday of one of our crew members. The night ended with a boat meeting and an appreciation circle where we all shared gratitudes with one another. Fully exhausted, crew and staff alike went straight to bed to rest up for more down island adventures tomorrow.
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.