Sierra 2 Trip Update Day 7 – Graham, Program Director
Today we awoke for the first time to cloud covered skies. It had rained in the night, so most of us were inside. The morning was fairly slow paced, with a breakfast of muffin cake with yogurt. After breakfast, we got our departure checks done and in anticipation of sailing to Savannah Bay! Geneve departed the docks first, leaving by striking her bow and spring, pivoting her bow up wind and then driving effortlessly off the dock. Berlin was getting her port engine checked by the mechanic, but left quickly once they were done. Today was windy, our first day that proved to be a challenge beyond the predictable sun and fair winds. With gusts up to 30 knots, we carefully sailed under motor and storm jib alone. We moved fast to make up lost time, enjoying the rush of the wind and the ominous seas around us. At points when the wind really picked up, both boats dropped sail and motored head to wind to ensure the safety of the voyage. All said and done, both boats arrived unscathed to Savanna Bay on Virgin Gorda’s western shore. After anchors were set, the boats got together on Berlin in order to do a coral seminar. Once the seminars was finished, about an hour later, we all worked on our dinner prep and tucked in for the night. The evening was fairly uneventful, with boat meetings lasting only a few minutes before everyone decided to head to bed. We were all tired from our travels!