Location: BVI

Last night we had anchor watch, which served as a little taste of the nights to come in the next two weeks. Waking up at 3 AM was not the best. The day started with us learning our new watch groups, discussing what to do during watches, and then learning each group’s specific duties. After that, we raised anchor and headed back to West End to start passage preparation. Once the hatches were dogged and the lines coiled, it was one last dip in the sea for showering. It’s deck showers from now until the Azores. With our captain back from customs and immigration, we lifted anchor and set off for the open ocean. Ian took us step-by-step through raising the mainsail, the main staysail, the forward staysail, and the jib. We cut off the engines and had dinner to the sound of the sea and the setting sun.