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My Star Clipper Blog - Day Four

By Todd Botsford - Published February 28, 2006 - Viewed 1640 times

I feel great in the morning and am out of bed and showered before Terri. She reminds me that I want to climb the mast today. I head up for coffee while she gets up. The day is hot and the sun is almost too much even this early. I will use lots of sun screen today. Terri is very red from our day on the beach yesterday but I put aloe on her last night and she says it doesn't hurt this morning.

After breakfast we gather with others who want to climb. I am the 4th one up and so have had the advantage of seeing how it is done. After I put on a harness I am hooked to a safety line and up I go. It is an easy climb. I expected a bit more sway once I was up in the air, but don't notice any difference.

Later we ride in the tender to Virgin Gorda. We are going on an excursion to The Baths National Park. I have brought our snorkeling gear and after landing we join our group on an open air tour bus for the journey, stopping several times to take pictures of the beautiful views. Once at the park we walk from the parking area to the beach. Today the water is choppy and snorkeling isn't very good. Like most of our group we decide to explore the hugh boulders along the waters edge. They are so large that it is almost like walking in a cave.

We spend the night at anchor and will head for nearby Norman Island and Tortolla in the morning.

Terri and I are continually finding things to delight us. I have now discovered that when the Star Clipper is anchored overnight some of the crew will fish off of the back of the boat. They have spools of line that they have attached several hooks to and are using chunks of leftover fish from the kitchen for bait. They show me the ones in a bucket they have already caught, none of which I recognize. The fishermen and I talk for quite a while and I will join them and watch several times during the trip.

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