By Valentina Semenova
Today, we woke up around 7:00 AM and prepared to say goodbye to the Anegada mooring ball field. We enjoyed a breakfast of yogurt and granola and a boat meeting lead by our skipper of the day Candice. At 9:00, we dropped the ball and set off on our longest day sail to Diamond Cay. We successfully sailed a close hauled course for most of the morning. We later encountered a minor “squall” which stressed the topping lift on our main mast beyond its capacity and broke off straight into Erica’s chest. Luckily, she was alright. On our way into Diamond Cay, we saw one of the islands used during the filming of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
After our sail, we enjoyed an afternoon of exploring the cay and the nearby island, Jost Van Dyke. The cay offered a range of wildlife we hadn’t seen before. It was composed primarily of pools of shallow water with mangrove trees and had juvenile fish and sea urchins that used the roots to hide from predators. We then hiked to cliffs overlooking the ocean where we scrambled to some wonderful views and got nibbled by small sergeant major fish in their attempt to defend their territory. We then returned to the boat, showered, and had a delicious pasta dinner cooked by Marwan and Charlotte. During the boat meeting, we ate a surprise cake which Erica baked for us with cake mix and sprite, and we had several interesting discussions while we were choosing 5 out of 11 fictional people to save during a boat wreck.