Sierra 1 Trip Update Day 6 – Amelia, Mate
Places like Little Harbor really make you realize how lucky we are to be in this beautiful place. To wake up in a place such as this in the morning is amazing! As the sun broke over the horizon of Peter Island, we were already busy making our breakfast. As we began to clean up everything from Muesli (oatmeal with apples, honey and walnuts) we began to get ready to get underway, closing hatches, taking things off the life lines etc. Just about when we were done with the dishes, the boat was ready for departure. We donned our PFDs, assigned positions and proceeded to raise the anchor. We turned the boat out of harbor, set our Gennaker and sailed on down to the Indians! The Indians are an amazing snorkel location at which we could observe a rich environment. After our lesson on symbiosis and the adaptations to the challenges at sea, we snorkeled around the Indians for about an hour, taking our time and pointing out the different symbiotic relationships that we learned: parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism.
After the snorkel we quickly dropped the ball and started to make way for Village Cay. As we did we waited for some rain to pass before we put up the sails. After motoring for about half an hour, the sky cleared so we turned up wind, raised our main, fell off and set our jib for the close-haul course that we would be sailing on. After another 30-40 minutes, we were overtaken again by a squall. We quickly doused our sails before it arrived and then motored as we slowly made our way the rest of the way up the channel, finally getting the chance to eat the lunch that was prepared for us on the snorkel! (thank you Graham!) As we worked our way toward our destination we continued on with the days curriculum: knots! The bowline — the most influential and most used knot on the boat by far — also happens to be a hard one to master. After a few minutes, we all got the hang of it but it is something we are going to review in the near future. The figure eight, clove hitch and the stopper knot were also on our review.
When it finally came time to dock we had our Gennaker out again and where moving at a good clip into the channel. After furling the sail, we all started to prepare for the inevitable: docking. We tied fenders on with the clove hitch we just learned and set to getting all the lines ready for docking. Jen, our skipper for the day, was responsible for getting the whole crew ready with positions, all the proper lines etc. When it came time to dock, it was clear what we had to do. To say it bluntly, Jen docked the boat perfectly. Most people are shy driving a $750,000 boat around hard concrete docks, but Jen did it with grace and finesse — simple, clean, and calm. It could not have been done better and with all of Foxtrot watching, it was a good show! Once all the lines were made off, we did the final clean, a good once over, got dinner 75% done and then headed to town for the evening. We picked up some tee shirts and tie-dye, materials for projects, swung by the grocery for some snacks and then headed out for the smoothie stand. It was a good walk around the town –it’s a small yet busy place. When we got back to the boat, we indulged ourselves in some amazing lemon pepper chicken with broccoli prepared by Brittany and Zach. After all the dishes were done, we got to head over to the Gelato place in town, grabbed a cone or bowl and then headed back to the boats to wind down (as hard as it may have been after that much sugar). We finally found rest around 10:30 p.m. — well deserved and much longed for!