written by Delta mate, Sarah McClain
July 25, 2017
The few and the proud witnessed a beautiful sunrise after sailing through the night. Just after daybreak a morning shower rinsed the drowsiness from our faces and we took in the view of a St. Martin framed with a rainbow. Despite our exhaustion from the sail, there were smiles across the crew expressing the wonder. Is there any better way than a rainbow to start off on a new adventure?
We picked up a mooring ball and took a swim with starfish and sand dollars. What goes better with a morning swim than a fried egg breakfast? The crew gobbled up a well deserved meal and set off to explore the island. We wandered the town: through open markets, French bakeries, street side stands, and tropical shaved ice huts. To celebrate our successful passage and commemorate the beginning of a new adventure, our crew enjoyed a lovely dinner ashore. Our evening consisted of French music, European pizza, and a lovely harbor view.
As we strolled the streets back through the marina, the crew exchanged sleepy smiles of remembrance. It had been a long day and there was so much to be grateful for. The bond of friendship is no more tightly bound than with cords of grit and wonder; both of which captivate the past twenty four hours beautifully. Return to the boat that night was a welcoming sight. The crew enjoyed a much-deserved evening of deep sleep under the stars in the beautiful St. Martin.
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.