written by mate, Andrew Dyer
July 15, 2018
We woke to a relaxed morning schedule. After an easy breakfast and clean-up, we headed ashore to watch the final game of the World Cup! Those who were not glued to the enticing game, checked out the shops and enjoyed a lunch they didn’t have to cook (bonus!). After the game was over, and France’s fans celebrated the victory, we headed back to our boats.
Dropping the ball with the ease of an experienced crew, we headed out to steady wind and friendly waves. Knowing the students had enough experience and confidence, staff let the student crews raise the mainsail without any assistance. The procedure, once seemingly so difficult, was easily executed by the seasoned students. After a while of upwind sailing, we headed into our new anchorage, George Dog.
With a clear view out to open ocean, it made for a beautiful sunset evening. After showers were over, we started the evening’s entertaining chili cook off! Every boat had to come up with a theme and cook the best chili of their lives. Besides the unique theme, the presentation of the chili reflected the thought and care they all put into it.
After the boat was all clean following the chili-palooza, we settled down for boat meeting. We finished boat meeting as eye lids drooped and it wasn’t long before the boat was all quiet and still, the excitement of the day still settling in our sleeping minds.
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.