written by mate, Ava Zockoll
July 17, 2018
Today, we woke up at Oil Nut Bay and it was Challenge day! The student skippers, mates, and navigators from each crew headed to staff boat for an early morning staff meeting to get the day’s schedule and new location because today was the day that each of the crews would take over their respective boats completely, from sailing their vessel to keeping to a timely program day schedule.
After the meeting, it was time to de-dock and set our course for Marina Cay. Once on the water, everyone faced many successes and difficulties taking over their boat completely but in the end, succeeded at their sailing and handling of the boat. The day’s destination was Marina Cay where all the boats picked up a mooring ball.
We spent the afternoon participating in a trash snorkel at a nearby reef where students saw sharks and many other cool creatures. After the snorkel, it was time for showers and dinner preparation as the night continued and the crews stayed on schedule! Ending an empowering Challenge day with our nightly boat meeting, we all reflected on what had been accomplished on the water today, and relished in the opportunity to take pride in all that we have been learning here in the BVIs.
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.