Written by Lilly S., Mate/Social Media Coordinator
Greetings all! The Delta 1s have been up and at ’em, busy and soaking up down island fun this past week. Due to our lack of adequate cell service/WiFi, our ability to upload consistent trip updates has been limited, so we apologize. But here we are! Currently, we are moored in Ladder Bay, Saba Island in the Leeward Islands, preparing for our second overnight sail–this time back to our home base in the BVIs. The kids are looking forward to seeing their friends on other fleets and a change of scenery.
We spent some time at St. Eustatius, or ‘Statia’, and got to see more historical fortresses and spots of significance. At Statia, we walked around, did a few short hikes into town, and enjoyed ice cream and ‘land sweets’ as we’ve started calling them, and enjoyed the opportunity to see a new island. We left Statia and made it to Saba on July 8, and caught a mooring ball in Ladder Bay. While we have been moored in Ladder for a few days now, we have seen and experienced so much! ‘Saba Day’ on July 9 was spent immersing ourself in Saba’s natural beauty. From completing rainforest hikes, glass-blowing at Jobean’s Glass Art shop in town, walking around the local shops and seeing local art–our day was packed full of fun. We also had the chance to sit down at a little lunch spot and catch up with each other while enjoying hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes!
Once we arrived back to boats, crews enjoyed a break and rested up before dinner prep. For dinner, both boats and crews contributed to make a massive Breakfast for Dinner meal. Seeing everyone work together and make a yummy meal for everyone in our fleet was awesome. It is also very rewarding to notice and observe all the kids continue to better their cooking skills!
In the early hours of July 11, the crews of S/Y Polygala and S/Y Nosy Be were faced with a bit of a challenge. Nosy Be’s mooring line snapped and caused the vessel to drift ashore. The crews stayed calm, cool, and collected, and everyone was safely brought to Polygala, later taken to shore to enjoy a night in a hotel. Nosy Be is was taken to the docks for an inspection. Not to worry, both boats are safe, getting ready to depart and head back to the BVIs.
We spent the rest of our time at Saba enjoying the remoteness of the island, and the bay that we’re at. The water is a deep Caribbean blue, the trees and greenery of the land is lush, and the clouds roaming over the top of the island provide us with some of the most beautiful scenery we’ve had the pleasure to witness. The kids have also practiced their free-diving skills with their captains, and everyone has had the chance to read, write/journal, and reflect on their time here in the Leeward Islands.
Stay tuned for another Delta trip update coming very soon, and thank you for your patience as we’ve navigated our journey the past few days!