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Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Arriving at St Barths

Location: St Barths
Author: Ollie D.
We started the day by finishing off the sail downwind from Antigua to St. Barth’s. The watch team that ended the sail down was me, Bria, and Even and we started at 4:00 and ended at about 7:00 in the morning. On the way over we saw a really nice sunrise that was almost perfect and a great way to start the day off. We moored in Gustavia harbor by picking up a ball to stand by to make sure we had a spot on the dock to get water but unfortunately, we were too late and we didn’t get there in time, the dock was full. This meant we had to pick up the mooring ball and eat a breakfast of milk and cereal.We then got to get shuttled into the town. Everyone split up and the day of shopping began; I started by walking to the famous Crepe place, I had both an egg and apple tart crepe for lunch. After that, we went to go shopping in the town to get some really pricey clothes. Lots of people went to the beach but I wanted to explore the fort at the top of the hill and it was worth it because the views were excellent. As the shuttles came back at around 4, the chefs made some really good peanut chicken Pad Tai. We ended off the night with our written test for the advanced sailors.

Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Sailing Practice

Location: Antigua
Author: Andy D.
Today we had some sailing practice and got underway to St. Barth’s. We started with a sailing class right after breakfast to review everything before we took our written exams soon. After that, we went out and spent a few hours sailing around and practicing our sailing circles before we came back into the harbor and had ramen for lunch after one brave soul swam some eggs over from the other boat. After that, we just chilled and swam around until dinner. Thereafter we went started our 12-hour sail to St. Barth’s. All in all, it was a pretty calm and fun day.

Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Shirley Hights

Location: Antigua
Author: Evan E.
Today started with eggs and lemon poppy seed muffins at 8:15. After clean up, we went to a long sail chat. Then everyone got 3 or 4 hours of shore time most people got food while they got food Oliver K and I when to the fort. I went on a longer hike to Pigeon Beach but it was more of a hill, not a beach. When everyone was back on the boat we saw Kris go to see what happened to the other boat’s jib that broke so we had to lift him up in a harness. After going on a hike to Shirley Heights which had an amazing view over the harbor. Which we had many of the staff pose for Josh from drinking coke looking like a sponsored picture to a classic look out on to the horizon. We took a taxi down to the boats as Kris prepared a BBQ for everyone. Which we saw a tarantula which turned out to be a crab in a hole by the BBQ. now we are on clean up finishing up the day to just start chilling out. PS I took a good bit of these photos. Signing Off Evan E.

Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Clean Up Day

Location: English Harbour, Antigua
Author: Hannes H.
Today we woke up at 7:30 am. then we had a really difficult docking because the wind was strong and the anchor was stuck on another line so we spent a lot of time getting off this line.When we were done with docking we had the best breakfast in days, pancakes! The chefs did a great job. After breakfast we had to collect our dirty clothes and put them into our laundry bags. Then we had a giant clean up. It was awesome because we all worked together and made the boat clean again.In the afternoon after our lunch, we got our cellphones and went into the little city trying to find a supermarket. Now we are waiting for our dinner and taking showers. All in all, it was a really good day!

Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The Long Day

Location: Antigua
Author: Oliver K.
Today is day 10 which means we have reached the half-way point of our crazy adventure. I am not going to focus on that too much because it freaks me out. Instead, let me tell you about the day we had.We woke up this morning at 7 a.m. to the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls being cooked by our two chefs, Hellie and Ollie D. While they were cooking, Jake, Zack, and myself removed the outboard engine from the dinghy and hoisted it onto the engine mount. Then we hoisted the dinghy onto the deck using the main halyard and ratcheted it to the deck. After enjoying our cinnamon rolls and yogurt we left for Antigua. The journey from Nevis to Antigua is upwind; which means the direct 45 nautical mile journey becomes more like 65. After three hours we passed Redonda, tacked, and began to head North-East. We enjoyed sandwiches for lunch and a few hours later we began to head back toward Antigua. We sailed past Western Antigua and headed around to English Harbor on the southern side of the island. Before we headed into the harbor we ate while underway, which is no easy task. Especially when it is tortellini with marinara sauce and garlic bread. However, if you think it would be difficult to eat on a 35-degree angle, try cooking. It is an arduous task that our chefs handled like pros. After eating, we dropped sails and headed into the harbor to dock, do the dishes, and shower. This day has been packed full of sailing and it has all been amazing. I cannot wait for tomorrow. More exciting things are coming the second half of our adventure. Stay tuned!

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