Monday, January 11, 2021
We started the day off a little earlier than normal. Holly came around 0630. We split up into two groups and went into town to get our COVID tests out of the way. I was a part of the second group going to get our tests. Luckily we didn't have to wait more than 3 hours for our test. After receiving our test and IDs from the nurses we headed to the World Ocean School office to await boarding Roseway. We waited in the office enjoying the last bit of Wifi and music as we ate Pizza Hut. As soon as Holly got the all good from Brooks that we all were negative we started for the wharf. We walked to Roseway which was docked at the end of the wharf. We were all greeted by the crew, Captain, and engineer. We boarded Roseway and headed to the fish hold where all of our bunks are. We settled in for a bit and made our bunks. We were all instructed to come up to deck to prep for our first sunset sail. We casted off from the dock untying our bow, stern, and spring lines. And our time aboard Roseway had finally begun. We motored out of the channel and mooring field. As soon as we were clear of the channel we started hauling up the sails. We started with hauling the mainsail, then the foresail and then the jumbo. Finally, we hauled the jib and we started on our course. The crew taught us 3 different ways to coil lines or sheets. We learned how to ballantine coil which is the most useful because it allows the line to handle easier. While underway on the beautiful deep blue waters of St. Croix we learned some basic sailing terms. Our captain and crew notified us that it was time to tack which means that the sails travel to the other side. As the sun started to fall behind the horizon we headed back to the mooring field for the night. We took down the sails as we motored up to our mooring. With sails furled, Bernie got to work cooking up some chili which was amazing with his homemade tortillas. After dinner we showered in the water and watched tarpon circle around the boat. We settled into our bunks and went to bed. What an amazing first day aboard Roseway!