Delta 1 Trip Update Day 10 – Kieran, Program Director
Today we sailed from Statia to Basseterre Bay on St. Kitts. St. Kitts is a very long island and we sailed up most of its length today. The westernmost part of the island is topped by a huge extinct volcano, with fertile plains of black soil stretching down to the sea. St. Kitts is known for its combination of tall peaks which draw the rain out of the sky, and healthy soil: locals often claim that anything can be grown on this island.
Upon arrival to Basseterre Bay, we quickly prepped our boats for docking, rigging lines and fenders and learning our positions for docking. All positions were manned by students: even the helm! Skippers of the day were James and Riel, and they were lucky enough to experience the pressure of bringing a very expensive boat in to a narrow slip, threading the needle between two wooden pylons! A terrifying and rewarding experience for the entire crew! Both boats came in to their slips effortlessly on their first try, before the captains had to rush off to customs.
Our boats then had to pass a “Program Director” cleaning inspection. The boats were given a very deep clean before kids got to head off to what feels like the ultimate treat after being on a boat for 10 days: Shore Showers in a cool tiled bathroom! After showers, we settled in on our nice clean boats for a dinner of Taco Salad and some time for both boats to intermingle.
Tomorrow, we head out to explore the island, heading off to a Batik factory and a tour of an old UNESCO world heritage site. Until tomorrow!