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Alpha 1 Day 7: Straight Tack From The Bight To Sandy Cay

By wpdev July 2, 2017
written by Mate-In-Training, Andrew Dyer
June 30, 2017

Day seven dawned bright and early on our moored boats at the Bight. There was a long and exciting day ahead, which the kids woke to with anticipation. After breakfast and general clean, the boat was prepared for the coming sail. The morning light was fading as the boats dropped their balls and set their sails for Sandy Cay.

The wind was strong and the course straight. Once the sails were raised, it was a straight tack from the Bight to Sandy Cay. The whole sail was smooth, and fast (!), with the boat hitting a proud seven knots at one point.

Once anchored safely at Sandy Cay, the kids were eager to get ashore. The pristine beach which once hosted the leather boots of Captain Jack Sparrow beckoned to be explored. From sun bathing to exploring beneath coconuts to taking pictures, all the kids found their own way to enjoy the golden beach.

After Sandy Cay, the fleet up-anchored and rounded the point heading for Little Harbor on Jost Van Dyke. At Little Harbor, the students partook in early showers and prepared to go ashore for dinner. Due to an unforeseen crowded population of other boats in the small harbor for the night, we chose instead to drop our mooring ball and head around the bend to Great Harbor, having our dinner order instead delivered to us “to-go” straight to our boats, which the kids found quite swanky and luxurious.

As the sun set and the last of the BBQ sauce was being devoured, the reflections on the day began. Like everyday, we reflected on our highs, our lows and what we look forward to tomorrow as well as for the remainder of our time together here, enveloped by the beauty and sense of adventure and pursuit the British Virgin Islands holds.

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.