Day Four: February 25, 1997: Sailing from Barbados to Union Island
Captain of Fair Jeanne: Alex Mulder
There is something to be said about sailing through the vast ocean, with no land in sight. For those of us who had never sailed before it was an amazing experience. We all soaked it up, and tried to take in every moment while sailing. The captain stayed on deck, and constantly checked the ocean to make sure we were on course.
We sailed 17 hours, arriving at Union Island, at 2:30. The captain, Tony and Tim, went to shore to clear customs, while those who were inclined went for a snorkel. The current was strong, and most of us just made it out to the sea grasses. We swam around there for a while, but most of us were tired from sailing, and headed back to the ship for dinner.
Tonight we began what was called anchor watch. Whenever
we were anchored in port we were still on duty, having to maintain and
care for the ship. During anchor watch we completed safety checks every
half hour, and checked our bearing to make sure we were not drifting into
shore, or onto other vessel.