January 27, 2021
Back on the boat schedule again, we woke up at 0715 and enjoyed a delicious breakfast made by our new chef Adam. Then shortly after we set sail and left Christiansted Harbor by 0900. Today we voyaged to St. John for a total of 8.5 hours and got to experience a watch under way for the first time. We broke into two watch groups and learned how to be forward look-out, do a boat check under way, and take the helm (steer the boat). After each group's four hour watch and overcoming some seasickness, we sailed past many breathtaking islands and cool houses on the sides of mountains to eventually reach the bay we would spend the night in. We sailed in by using the mainsail to gybe which happens when you turn the stern of the boat into the wind, as opposed to the bow, which is what we usually do. This took a lot of communication and teamwork because the mainsail has a lot of power and takes a lot of strength to control. Then we set the anchor and took in the sails. Casten, Ang, and I got to go out on the headrig for the first time and furl the Jib. Ending the night with a refreshing swim call and a meeting on core values aboard the ship, we set a schedule for anchor watch and ended the night.
More adventures tomorrow,