written by Mate-In-Training, Anna Steinmetz
June 24, 2018
Today, everyone woke up to the hustle and bustle of Hodges Creek Marina as everyone worked hard to prepare for our departure from docks! After participating in a Prior-to-First sail lesson where we learned all about our vessels, both above and below decks, we then followed suite to learn how to de-dock! With our student skippers of the day manning the helms, the crews of Meursault and Tintoret worked together to safely and successfully leave the docks and head off into the Sir Francis Drake Channel for a late morning of sailing!
Underway, we raised our sails for the first time and sailed across the channel to Cooper Island, our destination for the day. The Sail Caribbean Dive boats were waiting for us there to begin teaching our open water, advanced open water and specialty divers. While the divers were gone, the rest of our crews came ashore to kayak, stand up paddle board, and explore the beach club and its shops.
After the divers returned, we all returned back to our boats and took our first ocean showers on program! For dinner, the crews cooked and crafted some delicious burritos! After dinner, everyone gathered for boat meetings where we reflected on the day and got to know each other better. Having had such a long and action-packed day, everyone was pretty wiped. We happily welcomed powering down for the evening to rest up for the day ahead.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.