The strong trades have finally eased back and things are back to normal around here in Christensted Harbour. Cargo boats are coming and going again with a sweet little wooden cargo ‘sloop’ from Anguilla right ahead of us on the pier. Loading anything and everything from windows to barrels of oil, to frozen food. A larger roll-on freighter just backed in 'stern-to' most likely coming from Puerto Rico and delivering building materials and even a nice power boat. ‘Big Beards’ snorkel tour is back operating after a long absence due to the weather and the 1925 Gloucester Schooner Roseway is again alongside preparing to conduct our educational sails followed by our famous ‘Sunset Sails’. It was a good break for getting maintenance and training done and the crew are nice and fresh. It was a solid 5 day stretch of 25-30kts of wind, whipping the seas up to 8-12 feet and keeping most boats and operations in port. Not conditions any of these boats can’t operate in and surely not too rough for a Gloucester fishing schooner, far from it, but not conditions that would bring any joy or positive experiences for any of our guests and students. As for the cargo boats, they know that they would risk damaging cargo as well as burning extra fuel fighting with higher winds and seas and as nothing much operates on a stressful timeline down here in the Caribbean, most boats have no problem waiting it out.The crew of Roseway are excited to go sailing again and welcoming students back onboard. With the boat clean and tidy, they are down in the salon getting a lesson from Chief Mate Sarah on more advanced navigation. Just after lunch we will board local Maritime students and set sail. A cooling rain squall just passed and the skies are clear with a pleasant 15 kt Caribbean trade wind blowing from the east, as it should be.
Captain Mike Moreland