February 17, 2021
Today was a day we had been looking forward to since we all arrived on the island. We woke up to a windy but warm morning at the mooring in Christiansted. After breakfast and chores we jumped right into the start of our voyage planning. We discussed the places we could visit in the U.S. Virgin Islands; St. John, St. Thomas, Culebra and Vieques. We ultimately ruled out Vieques but we still have some destinations on the docket. We will finish up our planning over the next couple of days. We then prepped dock lines and shifted over to the dock a bit earlier than usual to prepare for our first day with the Boys and Girls Club of St. Croix. We ate lunch, then we were stood down for a little bit before they arrived. When they got here we started with some games on the dock, then hopped on the boat. All of the kids loved helping hauling the halyards for both the foresail and jumbo; all super enthusiastic and happy to be here. After getting out of the harbor some of the other crew members taught some sailing history lessons. When we got back to the dock, we got right into a deck wash and prepped the boat for another sunset sail. It was an interesting one to say the least. We had 17 people aboard. Some crazy weather with 25 knots blowing from the north-east, and a wall of rain that about 3 miles out you could not see any part of the island. Eventually, we got hit by that, but as soon as it passed, we enjoyed some smooth sailing back to port.