Anyway, the time finally came and I met the rest of my travel companions: 7 Germans, 5 English, and one Scotsman. Everyone was traveling with other people, however I never really felt left out; the boat’s far too small for that to happen. Our first sailing experience was quite rough and a lot of people felt rather sea-sick. I was sitting at the front of the boat (everyone sits on the high side while we’re sailing, so there’s not much room), so I was completely soaked by the time we arrived at our mooring point for the evening. Because the sea was so rough Luca had been unable to boil the water for our spaghetti dinner during the voyage, thus we had a rather late meal that evening. It had been cloudy and overcast for most of the afternoon, and it ended up raining that night so we were a bit miserable trying to sleep. We had to keep all the hatches closed to keep the rain out, so there was almost no air circulation (and the heat from cooking dinner hadn’t really had time to escape before we all headed to bed).
No one got much sleep that night, but we were up around 6am the next morning and heading to famous Whitehaven beach, recognized as one of the world’s best beaches with 6 miles of pure white silica sand. It was still cloudy and overcast so it wasn’t quite like the photos you always see, but it was very pretty despite the cloud cover.
We were blessed with what Eugene claims was the best night of sleep he’s had since rainy season began. With no rain we were able to keep all the hatches open, so it was nice and cool. We were up in time for a delightful sunrise and a nearly cloudless sky! Sadly, the sunny day ahead wasn’t exactly the best news for me since I was already feeling my sunburn from the previous two days of cloudy skies. After a nice breakfast and thoroughly sunscreening I I took my turn in the dinghy to get to the beach for a few hours. The sun is so harsh here and even though it was only 8am I could just feel the sunburn so I ended up napping in the shade. Once back on Mandrake we had just enough time to stow all our stuff on the right side of the boat for the ride home (and time for me to reapply sunscreen). Since the wind would be coming from the left the high side of the boat would be left as well so we didn’t want our stuff flying around down below.