Alpha 1, Sierra 1 & Foxtrot 1 2015 – Day 1
written by Social Media Coordinator, Ryan Smith
It was a long day for all of our Alpha 1, Sierra 1 and Foxtrot 1 program travelers, but all have safely arrived at Hodges Creek Marina. Aoife and Brad, two of our OP’s staff, Grace, our Marine Science Intern, and Emily, our Water Sports intern, were all excited, waiting at different locations for all the arrivingstudents today. After arriving, students were assigned and quickly settled into their boats because we were all starving for some proper nourishment after such a long day. So we enjoyed a delicious meal of Sail Caribbean’s favorite chicken, rice and slaw, gobbling it up from inside our new floating homes, among new friends. Some even had seconds and thirds!
Following dinner, students sat attentively as an infamous “Mike Talk” was delivered under the moonlight, outlining policies, standards, and expectations of the program. After taking their last refreshing shore showers for a few days, each boat held their first boat meeting with their new crew. Everyone got acquainted and shared introductions, followed by captains and mates leading an introduction to boat life. After wrapping up the meeting, the students fell fast asleep in anticipation of leaving the docks the follow morning to start a new adventure!
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.