Day 11: 

 

Written by Megan Deevy, Mate (Boat: Torne)

 

Today was our first full day upon our trip down island. We woke up in Saint Martin after our 24 hour sail the day before. It felt quite amazing to get a full night sleep after the crazy, incredible, chaotic experience of night sailing. We spent some time on shore today going to local vendors and eating some French cuisine as we are on the French side of the island. The kids swam in the crystal blue waters after shore time before we headed under way. As soon as we up-anchored, we got squalled on. And this one was a big one. It was cold fast moving rain, but we made the best of it. We sang songs and sea shanties while getting down poured on, and the kids had a fun moment of gathering around the cockpit and swaying back and forth to the song Heat Waves. Once the squall ended and we made it past the end of Saint Martin, we set sails for Ile Fourchue. It was a beautiful sail over. We saw blue footed boobies and turtles along the way. Ile Fourche is an uninhabited island right off the coast of Saint Barts. When we moored here, we went on a hike up a rock scramble to the top of the island. We got incredible views and a short but challenging hike with both Delta boats. We ended the day with swim time and showers as the sun set behind us on this unique and beautiful island. The kids are bonding incredibly well and are already getting sad to leave each other (even though they are only half way!) We are thrilled to be down island experiencing once in a lifetime opportunities in the Caribbean waters!

 

Written by Luca Norton, Mate 

 

We awoke after a needed night of rest post night sail and headed ashore for covid tests. After testing we had shore time and explored street vendors, restaurants, and got smoothies. An hour later we headed back to boats and prepared to sail to Ile Fourche. As soon as both boats dropped the ball we got hit with an insane Squall!

 

We motored out of Marigot bay in sheeting rain and it didn’t stop for over an hour. On Torne brownies and quesadillas were made. Once the squall cleared we raised sails and made way to Ile Fourche. After a great sail we picked up the mooring ball and then headed ashore for a fun hike to the top of the uninhabited island. At the top of Ile Fourche pictures were taken and everyone marveled at the views of St Barths and St Marten from the top. 

 

After coming down from the hike everyone showered and snorkeled around and even a couple turtles were spotted. Everyone cleaned and enjoyed dinner then powered down early for another good night’s rest.