written by mate, Sarah Enticott
July 16, 2018
It was a windy night with spotted showers on board for the mighty Alpha fleet. Many slept above decks, protected in camping hammocks while others enjoyed listening to the showers from their cockpits or in comfy cabins. Stories were shared about the night’s sleep over a breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup the next morning.
Our brave sailors set off around 9:30a.m. From George Dog Island, the destination was Oil Nut Bay. It was a short sail around the north side of Virgin Gorda and into the North Sound. The student helmsman of the day had a more difficult job of maneuvering their vessels today due to how shallow the passage was but they were all triumphant and navigated us and our boats safely to the docks.
Next up was fun ashore – some students sailed on the Hobie cats, some relaxed on the beach, some played games on the beach, some ordered milkshakes at the swim-up bar. It was a relaxing afternoon ashore in a beautiful area, and a great time for the crews of all the boats to mingle and get to know each even better than they already have. This was followed by a quiet evening on board with a delicious dinner of spaghetti bolognaise, bracelet making and boat meetings with tasty treats to finish off the day.
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.