Farewell Echo 2…

Posted Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

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.

 

Rachel Field

 

 
 
 

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