Written by Lilly S., Mate/Social Media Coordinator
Hello to all from St. Kitts! The last two days have been jam packed full of fun times in town at Gustavia, St. Barths, and now to the sail here. Yesterday morning we dropped the ball at Ile Fourchue, and we did what we call a ‘staff motor’ where we let the kids sleep in and we motored the short hour over to St. Barths and enjoyed our coffees, the breeze, and the views as we pulled into Gustavia Harbour. The kids woke up and helped with docking, and once staff completed customs and immigrations duties, we hit the town! We rotated groups through shopping, hitting the boutiques and cafes in town, to doing car tours throughout the island. We got to see planes fly in and take off at the St. Barths airstrip, learned about the history of St. Barths at different lookout points, and got to go to Shell Beach, a favorite on the small french island, just a short walk from the marina.
For dinner, we made caesar chicken wraps and after dinner and boat clean, we played some games like uno and truth and dare! We also had boat meeting, as we do every night, as a little daily check-in. It’s always a nice moment for students and staff to reconnect and debrief the day.
Today we woke up bright and early, made bacon and eggs, and checked out of St. Barths to head to Basseterre, St. Kitts! The sail took about 7 hours, and we all got to decompress and enjoy the beauty of turning the engines off and letting our sails fill and take hold. By this point in the program, students are starting to really take initiative and run the boats and we love watching it happen! Our kids are also studying for their ASA exams, taking place soon.
We are currently docked in St. Kitts and are excited to start our island hopping fun and see all that Basseterre and St. Kitts has to offer.
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.