A Pirate’s Life 3 begins our weeklong adventure of learning to sail the 38′ lagoon catamaran named La Moquette (meaning: the seagull). We start the day at Barefoot, where we meet our skipper Alessandro (Alex) and crew mates Zach and Jonathan. As we hop aboard, Alex immediately dives into a quick down-and-dirty lesson of sailing basics. Feeling immensely overwhelmed, I was sure to smile and nod as if I understood this foreign sailor language he was speaking. Nervous excitement was felt all around as we took turns completing various tasks; trimming the mainsheet, steering, and learning to use our sea legs.

Our first anchorage was in Bequia (beck-way), where the next morning brought a test and ample new information. We learn to jibe and tack, and if you watch closely, I learn to brush off getting whacked with the mainsheet line on the traveler like it was no big deal. After successfully passing jibing and tacking, we being our sail toward Canouan. As we pass the westernmost point of Bequia we’re able to check out what we thought at the time to be very interesting ruins. Turns out, this was one of 17 homes on a 30 acre parcel owned by the Moonhole Company Limited, a conservation trust started by Tom and Gladdie Johnston during the 1960’s. The Moonhole Company is dedicated to conserving the unique architecture, flora, fauna and aquatic life, as per their website. Interested in planning your next vacation? The homes are available to rent! Check out their website to learn more of their cause and book your stay: Moonhole Company. We are hoping the large cargo shipwreck nearby is helping to form coral reefs.

Our day ended with a beautiful sunset anchored at Canouan (can-oh-awn), where Jesse was the only lucky one on board to witness the elusive green flash. Did you see it? Check out what we learned next on A Pirates Life – Part 4.

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