Location: Passage to St Barth's
The day began early at 6 a.m. with an optional hike to Fort Berkeley that only Dave and I made. Unfortunately, many of the people who had wanted to were otherwise committed by a little gift from Shirley Heights (or possibly St. Johns!). Breakfast began promptly at 7:15, accompanied by a few stories for entertainment, a massive clean-up, and boat prep. We waited for Mrs. Baltimore to return our laundry, and then we were out of the port by 9 a.m. We motored out past Cidi’s reef and then raised sails and cut the engine. It was great to be under sail without the engine. It was awesome. The day was fairly calm, and we made an average of 6 knots. Barbie and Beaker served up teriyaki noodles for lunch and leftover stew for dinner – which many were forced to skip due to uneasiness still present from Shirley Heights! We had dolphins in our bow at 5 p.m. and beautiful stars and a lightning storm off to the port after dinner for those who didn’t wobble out. Boomer brought up his guitar, and Gretchen and I made tea and cocoa for everyone, and we sang kum-ba-yah (just kidding about the singing!). But watch team awesome, led by Steph, was formed and held strong as we pulled into St Barths around midnight, lowered sails, and anchored, calling it a night.