Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 47

Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 47

Caneel Bay, St. John

Casten C.

February 24, 2021

Good morning! Today was another day of sailing from Lindbergh Bay, St. Thomas to Christmas Cove (or so we thought). We woke up at a normal time and ate a breakfast of breakfast bowls. We prepared to set sail right after breakfast and ended up setting out around 0930. Today was closer to land, so smoother seas, kind of, and a lot of tacking. We were going an average of 6-8 knots depending on the tack. The creepiest thing was we sailed by Epstein Island, also called Little St. James. Definitely an eerie feeling sailing by. My watch, port watch, was on for about 3.5 hours working on boat checks, helm and forward lookout. I helped teach the 3-point bearing fixes where you find the ship's location with compass measurements and intersecting course lines. As we started making good time and progress, we decided to sail to the west point of St. John instead of east St. Thomas. It is a beautiful cove with lots of white sandy beaches and blue water. We finished off our night with some swimming off the boat, a formal Wednesday dinner with a beautiful sunset and a Moana on deck movie night. Super excited for a hopefully beach filled time tomorrow.

Good luck Charlie,

Casten Crosby