Location: Statia

“Please report on deck, the fire alarm has been activated, please report on deck the fire alarm has been activated” was the sound of our 6:30 wake-up call today. After we all managed to get on deck with our PFD’s on and our pillows in hand in an orderly fashion, we were assigned to our places to help raise the anchor. During our sail, we were able to put up the fisherman and the flying jib sail. Since we trimmed the sails and coiled all the lines, we were able to relax and enjoy our sail. While relaxing on the deck and taking naps in the sun, we didn’t realize how hot it was with the breeze. As we were preparing to drop the anchor in Statia, we all started to feel the slightest sting on our bodies and poking others to show how red they were. Meanwhile, the anchor crew ran into a few difficulties. While dropping anchor, we realized that the chain had wrapped around the anchor, so it was unable to hold on to the bottom. I was soon asked to go down to the anchor locker and flake the chain as it was brought up to re-drop to the bottom. We successfully dropped the anchor and quickly started to flake and cover the sails. By the time we were done with our brief boat appreciation, everyone rushed down to the salon to grab their shower materials to quickly get clean. Showers ran very smoothly and fast. While dinner was being made by our two chefs, people either laid out on the chart house on down on the salon benches and took and nap or simply was just resting. After a delicious dinner, we, as usual, started our daily clean-up chores. We had a beautiful view of the sunset with 6-7 tanker ships sitting in the background. Once clean-up was done, we all mustered in the salon to get ready for our oceanography class. In the end, it was a long and gorgeous sailing day today, and we will all get well rested tonight to get ready to explore Statia tomorrow.