Location: Antigua

Today we fell back into the routine of watch team rotations with the first team, Marco, Jane, Lydia, Matt, and Kris, starting off at 3 am. With the assistance of Brit, watch team one raised the main halyard, unfurled the jib and set sail for Antigua. The entire first group passed the time on their watch, taking in the beautiful sunrise over Nevis Island, only to be interrupted when Kris got smacked in the leg by a flying fish. Like anyone in his position would’ve been, Kris was startled, to say the absolute least. Watch team two, Brit, Alex C, Billy, Griff, and I, relieved watch team one around 6 am so they could catch up on missed sleep or prepare for the International Yacht Training Competent Crew exam that nearly everyone will take tomorrow. Either my watch team has suddenly become morning people, or we didn’t get our fill of cereal because we spent nearly our entire watch discussing food and our orders at various fast-food restaurants. About an hour and a half into our watch Brit spotted 20 dolphins, I kid you not, off the port side of our lovely sailing vessel. Previous indicative conversations of the differences between the Big Mac and the Quarter-Pounder forgotten, almost the entire crew scurried to catch a glimpse of this rare sight. As the second watch team rotation commenced around nine, watch team one appeared on deck ready to take charge while watch team two collectively napped in our respective locations. When my watch team went to relieve watch team one after their second rotation of the day, Matt and Lydia had helped set out our lunch that consisted of tuna salad, deli meat, Nutella, and peanut butter sandwiches with an assortment of various snacks. As watch teams studied below deck, my watch team and I began our second watch of the day with full bellies and excitement to get to Antigua. Halfway through the watch, Billy decided to challenge me in our newly invented game called Perch. Essentially, the contenders vie for ultimate bragging rights by seeing who can maintain stability on the seats without holding onto anything for the longest. With Alex C as the referee, I won ultimate bragging rights. During the period of the watch, when we weren’t brainstorming new games, the entire watch team group discussed our plans for the remainder of the summer and our personal highlights of the trip so far. When the second watch team emerged, Marco, Billy, Alex C, and I began to formulate a new game that involves placing cups the farthest into the table separating the two rows of seats on deck without using feet as support- somewhat easy but fun nonetheless. As our second and final watch of the day came to a close, watch team two was relieved and continued to brush up on our IYT knowledge. About an hour into the watch team, one final watch of the day, Antigua’s one-of-a-kind, historically rich marina came into sight. We all were incredibly thrilled to finally see Antigua and its dock, which Kris claims as one of the most unique docks in the world. After tying onto the cleats and a thorough clean of the boat, the crew received amazing news. As Marco claims an angel or what most would call the SunSail dock authority- take your pick of the moniker, told Kris that we would be able to have free AC and water during our stay in Antigua. We all got to end the day with a heaping bowl of tortellini, a steaming cup of tea, and a surprise piece of delicious yellow cake prepared by the lovely Brit. The entire crew has had a huge smile on their faces since arriving in Antigua, with freshwater showers, cake, and a truly unique marina to call home for the next few days- life can’t get much better for the crew of Squeaky Brat! We finished this lovely day in our air-conditioned throne room, known to some as the sitting area in the galley, and brushed up on a few last-minute sailing questions for the exam tomorrow morning. Today’s been so much fun, and we all cant wait to begin exploring Antigua tomorrow!