Location: Mayreau, SVG
Wowzers, what a day weve had today! Woke up this morning anchored in the middle of Tobago Cays Marine Park, in southern St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This is the furthest east we have been, and the trade-wind blasted cays sure show it bush blown forever sideways covers the top of each island while sharply eroded crags dot the shoreline near the waves. After a delicious pancake breakfast, we put the boat to bed before braving the building chippity choppity waves and weaving through cruising catamarans and their accompanying zig-zagging dinghies in search of turtles! The nearby cay Baradal is surrounded by sandy, seagrass-filled meadows, a green sea turtles favorite place to be, and we filled the rest of our morning swimming with new turtle and cushion seastar friends. Additional highlights include getting tossed in the waves on the windward side of the island and barefoot climbs to the highest lookout, where blue hue views greeted us. Despite what wed been told, not a single land tortoise was spotted (although many rodents and birds were heard).
After lunch, the students sat through Leadership with Tom Tom and got a sneak preview of what team challenges may lie ahead in the next few days before finishing up chemical oceanography with yours truly. During class, the boat was moved to a more protected anchorage off Mayreau, and we all then had a little nap ahem, study time before dinner. But this was no ordinary dinner time. Just as we all finished serving ourselves, suddenly, a 45ft ketch was noticed quickly drifting backward into our bow. Calum grabbed the boat hook and ran to the bowsprit in preparation to defend – this is the first image of the incident that most of us looked forward to seeing. We all quickly raced to launch our dinghy Tia to provide a little help, and Tom and Nick zoomed off towards S/V Parsifal. As this commotion was happening, an older German woman (supposedly associated with the drifting vessel) was spotted hastily rowing a small skiff away from the danger but barely making any headway with the wind and relatively small surface area of oar she decided to utilize. She does indeed finally make her way back to their boat to assist in the re-anchoring operation. From Vela, we see Tom jumping from the bow to the helm and back as this process progresses from pulling anchor (a task, especially as theyve now snagged our own chain), finding a new safe anchorage, and re-dropping the hook. All in all, Vela and S/V Parsifal are both safe, Tom made some new friends (G and Ina), and we all received some quality entertainment for the evening.
1. I like turtles
2. Rolling with the homie
3. Outer barrier reef and blue hue views
4. Tom Tome chuffed as that he gets to drive another sailboat (feat. G and Ina)