We started off our day with a relaxing cereal breakfast. The crew from Firebolt then came over to Ocean Star to meet us for our PEN lecture (that’s our seamanship course). Today’s lecture included information buoys. We also learned about other navigational aids like different audible signals we might hear on the water and what they mean. We then had some free time before lunch. Most of us used this time to prepare for our fast approaching emergency first responder exam. Some also used the time to take their last showers using the dock house before leaving on our passage to St. Barts. We then had a nice lunch of chicken and cheese quesadillas and the last bit of shore time before our departure. We walked around Antigua one last time, and get some much-needed candy for our upcoming night watches. After free time we finished preparing the boat for departure by taking the sail covers off and making sure everything was 40/40 (aka ready to be potentially knocked around a little on passage). Finally, we pushed off the dock and set off on our overnight passage to St. Barts. This was our first time sailing downwind, which required us to be on our game on the helm to avoid any chance of an accidental gybe. We arrived safely to St. Barts the next morning after a pleasant passage.
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