Global: Session 2 - Minerva: Leeward Islands
Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011
2 Helicopters and a PFD
Location: St. Barth’s, St. Martin, Saba
Today was an interesting day. It started off with a bowl of cereal then as we were getting ready to cast off to go to the fuel dock in St. Barth’s, we found out they didn’t have space for us. So we had to change our plans and headed over to St. Martin to refuel the boat. There we found ourselves with another boat and their captain, a woman who was yelling out orders to her crew. We all laughed at it. Then we started our 4-5 hour cruise to Saba. Around halfway this helicopter shows up and hovers at least 75 feet away from us and the guy waves at us, saying hi, we all got excited about that. When we arrived at Saba we snagged a mooring ball and as soon as we turned off the engine this other helicopter comes and hovers about the same distance, doing the same thing as before. Then while lowering the dingy, Marta’s PFD, which is automatically inflated when it gets wet, exploded and we all laughed except for Marta, she got scared. For diner we had tortilla soup and we started these intelligent conversations about how we got to where we are now and on evolution. After doing dishes we turned off all lights and stared at the millions of stars in the pitch dark sky. By far the best sailing day ever!!
Posted: Wed, Jul 20, 2011
Surfing St. Barth’s
Location: St. Barth’s
Today we woke up to breakfast out and ready. It was cereal, quick and easy but good. Then after we cleaned up, we rented a car and some surf boards to go to the beach. It was a blast, lots of people learned how to surf. Then, for lunch we had PB and J and tuna sandwiches. After lunch we surfed a little longer and played on the beach. Next, we went back to the boat and had some shore time. After that we made dinner, it was beanies and weenies, DELICIOUS! Next we cleaned, up had a sail chat, then went to bed with another adventuresome, fun, fulfilling day.
Posted: Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Exploring St. Barth’s
Location: St. Barth
After waking up to scrambled eggs and toast we immediately left the boat to explore the beautiful island where we had docked. Although most of the stores were very expensive we still had a great time spending euros and speaking French. We found an excellent Creperie and we all went and ate there. Later, some of us visited Shell Beach and went cliff jumping. For dinner, we ate chicken risotto and Caesar salad.
Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2011
Twelve Hours of Sailing
Location: Antigua, St. Barth
We left Antigua at 3am. Some of us woke up but most were lazy and kept sleeping. We first sailed in a calm night, then we watched the sun rise. During the day we sailed through some rain but enjoyed sunshine too. After having motor sailed almost all of our sails we finally could stop the engine and have a quiet and awesome sail. After 12 hours, we made it to St. Barths and 3pm, and had a bit of shore time. We had a Thanksgiving dinner!
Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2011
BBQ at Antigua
We all woke up early and had breakfast. Some of us decided to go scuba diving, it was amazing. The rest of the crew stayed on land and went for a hike around English Harbor, the hike was beautiful, we even got to see lots of goats. After the hike we went to the museum which was pretty cool. Later we all met back at the boat for lunch and discussed plans for the night. We all took fresh water showers and got ready to leave for a BBQ party of top of Shirley Heights, Antigua. When we got there everybody seemed happier. I think it was the steel drum band playing and the taste of the delicious red meat that we had not eaten for days! We watched the sunset and spent a few hours more, then we went back to the boat and got ready for our 12 hour cruise to St. Barths, which would start at 3am!! This was my favorite day of the trip!