written by Alpha mate, Erika Florian
July 13, 2017
Today, our crews would be heading back to docks to re-provision. From the beautiful Pirate’s Bight at Norman Island, we headed over to Nanny Cay Marina. Underway, the students sat attentively for a knot lesson — some simple, others more unique and challenging. Ultimately, everyone learned how to tie the most essential boat knots: a bowline, square knot, figure 8, etc. We also taught everyone how to properly and successfully dock one of these 50′ monohulls we’ve been calling home for the last few days. It takes a great amount of teamwork tackling a big boat docking, and our kids did an awesome job, feeling the spirit of accomplishment as our yachts smoothly slid into the slips.
We made it to docks with a completely kid run boat, and couldn’t be more proud of them. Once we were docked, we did a deep clean of the boat and had a cleaning inspection in order to get our phones to check in with loved ones back home. It was a great motivator, they couldn’t wait to talk to their families to tell them all about the adventures we’ve been having!
We had lunch, and then they all were able to hang out at the marina’s beach, the pool, the restaurant, or the shops. Then, everyone got an air conditioned land shower! To finish off the night, we all headed to a restaurant nearby where all the kids watched the movie ‘Get Smart’ in an outdoor theater. They all grazed on some French fries and cold sodas, and had a pretty relaxing evening. They all loved today, but are really excited to get off docks to get on with some more sailing!
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.