written by Mate-In-Training, Andrew Dyer
July 11, 2017
We woke up at Cooper Island after a long-needed night’s sleep. As soon as breakfast and cleaning were finished, we began pre-departure checks. Dropping the ball on schedule, we set our sites for Dead Man’s Bay. After a smooth several hour sail, we arrived at our first stop of the day. Dead Man’s Bay was home to many a pirate activity back in the day, and when we went ashore for an marine biology lesson, we also learned about the rich history of this once pirate infested island. After enjoying an informative fish identification lesson, we all headed out to the reef for the first snorkel of program. With their new found knowledge of marine life, the kids eagerly pointed out all the exciting sea life.
Finishing up the snorkel an hour or so later, we headed back to boats. After a quick snack, and some excited chatter about what we had just experienced, we prepared the boat to up anchor and head to Norman Island. Back under way, a cool breeze carried us along to our destination for the night. We smoothly picked up a ball and began showers and dinner prep. We finished all our cleaning and ate our dinner earlier than usual, and prepared for a social ashore.
Under the full moon, we enjoyed tropical drinks and desserts on the beach and enjoyed good conversation with all our friends from the different boats. Even in such good company, we couldn’t help but feel the long day weighing on our eyelids urging us to bed. We headed back to boats for a quick boat meeting after which it wasn’t long before the gentle rocking soothed us all into a peaceful slumber.
Look forward for photos to come tomorrow morning!
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.