Delta 2- Trip Update Day 5, Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
The cove in Ile Fourche is perfectly situated with the hills of the island breaking the wind and the swells, creating a peaceful and quiet anchorage. Everyone slept well last night and we were well rested when we awoke at 7:15 for a morning hike on the island. The group hiked across the saddle of the island towards the eastern shore, passing numerous cacti and agave plants, and an occasional lizard as well. The view looking towards the Atlantic was spectacular, with St. Barths just a few miles away and the peaks of St. Martin well to the north. After taking in the scenery, we headed back to the boats and ate a delicious fruit salad with toast and jam!
We departed Ile Fourche and set sail for Saba, a remote island 30 miles away. On a crystal clear day you can just make out Saba as a large rock on the horizon, but on most days Saba is invisible in the haze, only appearing once you are halfway there. Today was one of those days, and we steered by compass bearing 242* until Saba came into view. On Arwen, Grace was at the helm for demooring, while Helen steered Patricia J. out of Ile Fourche and into the open Caribbean waters.
Both boats practiced several jibes while on our broad reach course to Saba. The wind was fresh and we flew along at over 6 knots along our 30 mile course. Students learned more about navigation and how to locate their position on a chart without any GPS or electronic equipment. Throughout the long sail, everyone switched roles and became comfortable on the helm. It was late afternoon by the time we arrived at Saba, and Joaquin steered Arwen up to the mooring and Lucy hooked the ball on the first try.
With the rocky cliffs and lush green hills of Saba looming off our Starboard side, we showered and began prepping lo-mien for dinner. The winds are blowing strong this evening, which is making the boat refreshingly cool for sleeping. Tomorrow is a big day of diving, hiking, and exploring Saba – we’re off for a full night of rest!