Day Eleven, March 4, 1997; Sailing for Montserrat
We set sail for Montserrat at 6:00 a.m., Red watch got us underway, once again they were able to raise the anchor without Green watch and of course they raised the sails.
We sailed all morning, and reached Iles des Saintes, just off the coast of Guadeloupe. The captain decided that we would learn how to sail into a harbor without the use of the motor. So we ran the wind as far as we could and then tact into the wind, to get back upstream.
"Aye, ready captain!!"
"HELM, HARD TO PORT !!"
Gene quickly cranked the helm in the direction we wanted to turn.
Then the Captain bellowed further directions "IN ON THE HALLIARDS, OUT ON THE DOWNHALLS!!, NOW TURN YOUR BRACES, IN ON THE PORT BRACES AND OUT ON THE STARBOARD BRACES!!"
We came in under sail, and as usual, every one of the
boats in the harbor stopped what they were doing, and watched as we came
in. It was such an awesome feeling to be the spectacle in the water. We
had three hours to have fun, and take a break before the ship was going
to sail again. So those of us brave enough to make a coarse yard jump took
turns. To the right is a picture of Jessica taking the plunge from the
coarse yard. After everyone going who wanted to, we went swimming and touring
the reefs. Before long though we were back onboard, and sailing back out