Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda

We started off the day with the scenic spyglass hike on Norman Island with the other Minerva Crew. Once we reached the top of the peak we could look out to right and see our small boats moored in the cove and many of the island of the BVI and to our left we could see the expansive waters that we’ll soon be sailing and the strong breeze at the top was a relief after the dusty and rocky passage up. Apparently, Black Beard used to use the point at the end of spyglass hike to search the horizon for incoming British and American ships and would warn his crew hidden in the coves on the other side of the island when a ship was approaching. It was pretty cool to think we would soon be sailing the same ocean where that took place. Once we got back to our boat, we quickly set sail for the island Virgin Gorda, a long upwind sail up the Sir Frances Drake straight. It was so nice to finally be out in more open water and we had a great day of strong wind and some good peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while out on the water. We practiced for a little once we got close to the island and all started to get comfortable with the boat. We’re now moored at Virgin Gorda and after setting up a swing off the boom, we had a nice swim and relaxing evening as we get ready for our big passage tomorrow.