Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
We awoke to a beautiful day and beautiful breakfast of pancakes (optional with bananas, Nutella, and syrup). The instructors went to a staff meeting, and we saved pancakes for them, hence cooking, eating, and cleaning without supervision, a new feat for us. Being skipper, I was prepared to have to employ the “iron fist” method, but I was proud to see there was little need to do so because the shipmates emanated great initiative. When the instructors returned, they discovered a surprise the chefs (Max A. and Julia) left for our skipper Mitch. His name was spelled out in pancakes arcing over an enormous pancake. After breakfast, we spotted a small sea turtle. It was so close to the boat I was tempted to jump off and name and tag it like they do in Lifeworks. We then left Marina Cay and made our way to Trellis Bay near the Tortola airport. Trellis Bay is home to the famous Hiho BVI and the “amazing sandwich.” After we departed from the dinghy, we got smoothies, got a chicken parmesan tomato sandwich for lunch, and shopping at Hiho. During a quick stop at the Aragorn art gallery/studio, I blew a conch horn. We left Trellis Bay behind and made our way over to Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island. Cliffs lined the entire bay and are essentially beachless. There we practiced man overboard drills and jibed and tacked a bit. We had deck showers and are sitting down to a dinner of chili and rice. After dinner, we have a sail chat. Altogether it was an uneventful day, but nearly perfect nonetheless.