Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The sun rose over Sandy Spit early this morning as everyone woke up for a long, tough day of racing to the West End of Tortola, and after a short stopover, we resumed racing with a long haul to Peter Island. As everyone woke up, Patrick and I ran off to our skipper’s meeting, where racecourses and rules were explained. Shortly afterward, all of the boats were lined up for a sprint race sailing to West End on a beam reach the whole time. After 45 minutes of sailing the race was decided, and we finished 4th. Right after the race ended, we pulled into West End to get food, water, gas, and lunch. With full stomachs, everyone jumped back onto the boat for the marathon leg, which took around two hours. We sailed from Tortola to Peter Island. Every boat lined up parallel into the wind, and then the countdown began after the VHF radio when it hit zero. Every boat rushed over the line in a rush. After the mad scramble we came out on top and were out there for a while, but as the fleet began to spread out we fell back to third, but eventually closer to the finish we managed to pass one of the boats that pulled ahead but the boat holding first, Zourite, was too fast and we weren’t able to make up for lost ground and pulled into Peter Island in second, which everyone was happy with. After anchoring, everyone was eager to get in the water to swim, which was a lot of fun, which made everyone very hungry, and luckily, it was Mexican night. After some antics during dinner, everyone was pretty content with our long, fast day of racing.