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Day 16- Race Day!

Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2016


Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Spencer L.
TToday we woke up and ate breakfast excited for our race and last day on the water but also sad that we would soon be leaving. Still, spirits were high as we prepared for the race and assembled the anchor team for the last time. Soon we were out of the harbor and at the starting line, everyone anticipating the start of the race. The signal was given and we unfurled our jib and turned onto the first leg of the race with cheers and laughing. Although our start wasnt the best and put us near the back of the fleet, we soon began to recover, gaining on some of the boats ahead of us as we strove to maximize our speed. From then on, it was a battle to keep the wind from turning us off course and losing speed. On the first leg of the race, we drew close to Calypso several times, only to have their sails steal our wind and cause us to loose speed. Still, we kept at it and were just a tad behind them at the finish line! By then my arms and legs were aching from fighting the wind and keeping us on course for the race. From there, we moved on to cleaning the boat and getting it ready to return to the charter company. It was great to see everyone work together to clean the boat but brought our imminent departure into sharp focus (not to mention that I chose to clean the head, or ship bathroom, a decision that I came to regret). As we came for the last time into West End, we all enjoyed the beautiful island scenery from the boat for the last time before scrubbing down the deck and cockpit. After we passed our inspection we all headed to shore and most of us went and got lunch together and talked about how we would miss each other and miss being in this amazing place, as well as our excitement to be back home. It has been an amazing time here, learning to dive and sail in the clear water between the beautiful islands and developing such great friendships with people who only two weeks ago were strangers. Today has, above all, reminded me of how lucky I am to have been here and with such wonderful people.

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