From the Valenza Trip Journal:
Today was an interesting day in the life of Broadreach. The day began with a wake up at 7:30 and a breakfast of cereal. After breakfast, the sail began. The anchor was lifted and each participant took turns in pairs manning the helm and navigating. While Peter and Maggie began the sail helping Joe and sailing, everyone else played a hydration game with Jordan. The game was played with water with the purpose of keeping everyone hydrated. There were two teams and starting with one person on each team they had to chug a cup of water and then put their cup on their head. Then, the next person would chug their water and so on until the first team to finish all their water were the winners. There were many laughs and Sarah was a natural. She amazed everyone with how quickly she drank her water!
During our long sail many people took naps and enjoyed the wind and views. Emma quickly learned how fun riding the waves is! At the bow of the boat is a trampoline type net that catches the huge waves. Emma and Natalie shrieked with laughter every time the waves swallowed them whole! However, the sail took a different turn, literally, when we found out there was a tropical storm heading for Saba. Since there isn't a good harbor there to shelter the boat, we had to turn around and go back to Gustavia. The sail ended up being extra long, which no one seemed to mind. Miriam took a great nap and woke up with a smile on her face. Ellie really enjoyed steering the boat and learning some more about sailing. Once we got back to Gustavia, we immediately set up to go diving! While setting up, Steve the photographer arrived. He's here to take photos for Natalie's article in Sport Diver and for Broadreach's brochure. He seemed very excited to be here and everyone else was refreshed and excited too.
Two groups went out with Jordan and Tiffany. Tiffany's boat, which included Miriam, Joe, Natalie, Ellie, Scott, and Trevor, saw a baby sea turtle, a juvenile trunk fish and two swimming moray eels! Jordan's boat, which included Maggie, Sarah, Logan, Ben, Emma and Peter, found two moray eels and a shrimp. Ben found his 5th moray eel since the trip started, which is very impressive!
Once back from the dive, Ben and Joe began to prepare our dinner of gumbo n' rice and cornbread. Peter helped tremendously too. At dinner we had two guests from the support boat named James and Dave, as well as Steve, the photographer. It was a big dinner with lots to eat. Once everyone filled up with food there was some chatting before everyone cleaned up. Joe was a big help with cleaning the cockpit, as well as Emma.
Afterwards, Tiffany and Jordan took Logan and Trevor out for a night dive, which they are on right now! They were adventurous and pumped to go night diving while everyone else was exhausted. Today was an interesting day with many twists and turns and we're excited for the many days to come!