July 20, 2016
As the days of the program progress, the staff voices grow quieter and quieter, commencing as driving commands, diminishing into encouraging whispers, and on this day, slipping into silence. CHALLENGE DAY! This day is a special tradition at Sail Caribbean. Today, the controls are relinquished entirely to the students. From the moment that they wake up to the moment that they go to sleep, the duties of the day are their responsibility.
This day their leadership teams went to the staff boat to have breakfast and participate in a staff meeting where they got the schedule and a briefing on the places that we would be traveling to. Then, they left to direct the day on their boats! They led a volleyball tournament in the morning to get moving. Then, they were responsible for de-docking the boats, and setting sail for Diamond Cay on the island of Jost Van Dyke. Once here, they had to maintain a strict schedule of relaxation in the sun before heading to the island for a short hike to the infamous bubbly pools. Here, we took pictures and laughed and ran and played.
Upon returning back to the boats, it was time to set out for our resting location, Little Harbor on Jost Van Dyke. As soon as we got on the mooring ball, we headed to shore for a hosted dinner and desert to celebrate the accomplishments of our students – to celebrate the learning that they have done thus far, and demonstrated mastery of throughout the day.