Day 8 Trip Update, Echo 1
The group dynamic was altered by the time the group reached day nine. Through poor decisions and bad judgment we lost two crew members and are now down to 6 students. Erica and Claire had to take a ferry to check the remaining students out of the country so that we could proceed on our night sail to Saint Martin. The result of this was a day spent with Graham doing various water sports and lounging on the beach. We awoke a little later, 8 AM, and began our day. After the normal routine of breakfast and basic boat roles we were able to do pretty much whatever we wanted. Graham took a few students, including myself, wakeboarding and tubing which stirred excitement and gave us workouts. Besides that our day continued as scheduled. We had lunch and hung out on the beach for a few hours which was gorgeous and really enjoyable considering it had been awhile since we were able to do so at our own will. After our long day of leisure activities our true test begun. Once a briefing was conducted on what had to be done in order to properly night sail, we worked as a crew to prepare the boat without our two former members. As stated earlier, our dynamic was altered but did not stop us in effectively carrying out the tasks needed to proceed on our sail to our new destination. After all our gear was stowed and our dinghy was aboard our boat we were all set to go. Caroline, our skipper of the day, advised us to begin our trip and cook supper while underway. We all ate and picked our shifts for the night. Afterwards the two members assigned to the first shift stayed up while the rest of the crew quickly retired to their beds to be well rested for the long night ahead.