Echo 2 Day 13
The crew awoke on Day 13 with a great challenge ahead of them. One of the goals for the group was to sail on the final journey without the staff members saying a word. Alex was the Skipper of the Day, and he created an effective schedule that included Crew & Boson Tests, the final boat cleaning, a last splash in the Caribbean Sea, and the sail back to Hodges Creek. The final sail was sunny and breezy, the perfect Caribbean day. Sam plotted the course, Alex manned the helm, and the crew raised the sails. After a few excellent jibes, we turned towards Hodges Creek, where the last and greatest challenge awaited the crew. They were about to dock Venture III without the staff speaking. There was a detailed discussion of their plan, and Alex steered the boat with Marwan’s guidance. The docking was fantastic!! The crew celebrated their success with sushi and stir-fry at the Sky Bar on the very top of Tortola as the sun went down.
Echo 2 Day 14
It was an early start on the final departure day. The students were all heading off for their next adventure or returning home from this one. No matter where they roam, we hope they keep this poem in mind and answer the call of the sea once again.
If once you’ve slept on an island
You’ll never be quite the same
You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name.
You may bustle about in street and shop
You may sit at home and sew
But you see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go.
You may chat with your neighbors of this and that
And close to your fire keep
But you’ll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep.
Oh, you won’t know why, and you can’t say how
Such a change upon you came
But once you’ve slept on and island
You’ll never be quite the same.