Delta 1 Trip Update Day 5 – Kieran, Program Director
We woke up early this morning so that we could hike up to the top of Ile Fourchue before breakfast. This craggy and remote island, with only our two boats at the moorings, provides an excellent view of St. Martin, as well as St. Barths, and because this morning was so clear, we could even see a very faint outline of Saba to the southwest of us. After some snacks on the top — and lots of photos — we headed back to boats where our captains had kindly stayed behind to cook breakfast for us!
Our sail down to Saba was exceptional. There were very few clouds in the sky today, and the seas were calm. Saba is unique though: it is a small island, when you think about how long it would take to sail around it, but it rises to amazing heights. It’s so tall that its peak is constantly embedded in clouds, and the top of the island has its own unique cloud forest ecosystem. Even though we didn’t depart until 11:00 a.m., we still took our time for the 28 mile sail, appreciating the mellow wind and water. We sailed the entire way and still managed to arrive by 5:30 p.m.; we had just enough time to clean up our boats from the long sail and take boat showers.
With a pastel sunset, a chicken chow-mein dinner, and a quiet night on board, we settled in for a good night’s sleep, excited to be exploring Saba tomorrow!