"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean

>> Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beating to weather is never the most efficient or comfortable way to sail. But to get where you need to go, you sometimes have to roll with the punches. The first major passage proved a challenging one, but our new student crew matched the challenges of seasickness, wet decks, rain squalls, and a constantly moving deck to arrive at St. Eustatius of the Dutch Caribbean.
Once here, we've delved into the rich colonial heritage and explored the island's unique link to American history, hiked into the mouth of the dormant volcano called the "Quill," where we studied the diverse ecosystem of the tropical evergreen rainforest that thrives in the dormant crater, and snorkeled the ruins of Lower Orangested, taken by the rising sea level and countless storms. We've also indulged in cold soda pop and ice cream, which taste even better after a few days at sea.

All aboard are well and looking forward to a much easier passage due south, bound for the French Islands and beyond. We wish all our families following a wonderful Valentine's Day; know that you are all missed and loved!



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