July 25, 2016
The Delta crew awoke this morning on the mooring ball at the Bitter End ready for the expedition ahead. The day we had all been waiting for was finally upon us. It was time to travel down island!!!
We started off our day with a delicious round of chocolate chip pancakes and a group hangout in the salon. Then, our students started cleaning and organizing the boat for departure; there is no small task when preparing for a long passage. We took a break in between to water up our boat and go over some emergency procedures, and then we dropped our mooring ball to fuel up over at Leverick’s Bay Marina.
Docked at Leverick’s, the crew bid farewell to the two students and staff members who would be flying down to Sint Maarten to meet up the next afternoon and continued prepping the boat to sail. With every last item stowed and safety equipment ready, it was time to embark on our biggest adventure yet. At 6:10 p.m., we set our course and sailed off for Sint Maarten, roughly 100 nautical miles away, full of excitement to reach the Leeward Islands. After an easy dinner during the sunset, the boat began night watch shifts to last through the sail into the following day.
A Note to Our Delta 2 Families & Friends! We are excited to next share all the details about how our down island adventures are going…. A reminder we will have intermittent ability to email daily updates and photos so bare with us as we are busy creating amazing memories…we’ll do our best to supply but of course, tell you all about them later too!
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.