Day One particular — Our trip begins as we meet in St Thomas. For a lot of, this is a return pay a visit to to Island Retreat and we recollect on our final class, the places we visited and items we learned. For other people, this is the initial voyage with Fair Wind and its time to get began. We begin with meal planning, provisioning and a boat security check. When our days operate is full, its off to dinner in Red Hook to get acquainted and get pleasure from some island fun before we set sail.
Day Two — We start off with a weather briefing, then, its on to trip planning. We check the tide tables, cruising guides and charts. Next, we decide on our destination, plot our course and figure out our ETA. Finally, we fill the tanks and set sail around mid-day. Our very first leg is a short hop over to the BVI. Along the way, we all take turns at the wheel and get back in the swing of Caribbean sailing. Right after clearing customs on Jost Van Dyke we have time to get pleasure from the entertainment at Foxy’s prior to resting up for our journey down island.
Day 3 — Its early to rise as we weigh anchor and head out for St. Martin. Jack lines are secured, harnessed donned and tethers connected as we head north and away from the familiar protection of the Drake Channel. The swells are larger than we saw on our last trip as we round the far side of Guana Island and Virgin Gorda. With 100 nm dead upwind and into the existing, our progress is slow but steady. We get a quick peak at the luxury on Necker Island ahead of we head off into open water.
As both daylight and the BVI fade off into the western horizon, our 1st night at sea starts. The watch schedule is reviewed, the sea berths rigged and dinner is complet, time for our shifts to begin. The Caribbean night sky is gorgeous with also many stars to count! But focus should be kept at the horizon anyway as our evening is also lit by the cruise ships passing. We progress toward the middle of the Sombrero Passage, and are rewarded by the glow from St Croix to the South. Its tough operate sailing this far upwind, but it certain is enjoyable!
Day Four — Land Ho!! Sunrise at sea and we see our destination, St Martin. Even though still hours away and while tired form our 1st night as sea, we are encouraged by the island rising out of the water, expanding bigger by the minute. Right after what appears like all day, we lastly make the strategy into Marigot Harbor, the adrenaline is flowing now — we’ve carried out it! We drop anchor, raise our Q Flag and head to shore to clear customs. We’re rewarded on island with a superb French meal and some wonderful wine. We’ll all sleep properly tonight.
Day 5 — We keep on the hook nowadays and tonight in Marigot. As we rest up from our all evening sail, we realize we have perform to do. The day is spent completing the lessons for our navigation class and we all happily pass our ASA 105 Navigation exam. Time to celebrate with an additional delicious meal on St Martin, some island exploration and a restful night at anchor.
Day Six — One particular final website-seeing trip ashore on this stunning island before clearing out of customs. We plot our trip back to the USVI and following a nice lunch weigh anchor for house. Quickly, we understand how considerably simpler it is sailing downwind and with the current. The wind builds from behind as we clear the lee of the island and we make great time heading back to St Thomas. We’ve grown accustomed to the rhythmical rocking of the downwind sail and currently really feel much more comfy then we did just a couple of days ago. As the sun sets and we prepare for our second evening at sea, it is relaxing and we’re having fun.
Day Seven — A little ahead of dawn we awake to the cries of Man More than Board! Its time for the final of our sensible tests – the night time man more than board drill. As the boat circles around to get our MOB pole, we realize why this is the advanced class significantly tougher to spot the pole and strobe at night then it was during the daytime.
After completing are MOB drills, we rest and discuss the encounter in the cockpit. The sun starts increasing over Norman Island, we are back in the friendly and comfy confines of the Drake Channel. There is time for a new pot of coffee and fresh baked pound cake for breakfast just before we clear back into customs on St Johns. Welcome Residence!
Our journey sadly ends as we tie up to the dock in Red Hook. We full our final overview and then our Sophisticated Sailing exam. Much more success! We depart getting made new friends, additional developed our sailing capabilities and expanded our horizons to new lands. We leave confidently understanding we’re sailors!!