written by Alpha mate, Sarah McMeikin
July 14, 2017
Today, we woke up on the docks at Nanny Cay and after a yummy breakfast, brainstormed our dedocking plan and dedocked. We raised our sails not long after and began our longest sail yet, upwind to Salt Island as well as circumnavigation of the island.
As we sailed, we all practiced our tacking and sail settings before anchoring at Salt Island. While most of us were sailing the big boats, the ASA students sailed Opal Bella, Sail Caribbean’s 26′ Colgate training keelboat across the channel. They triumphantly picked up a mooring ball at Cooper Island and met us at Salt shortly after.
After a quick lunch, the divers were shuttled off to complete their Open Water dives of their PADI OW certification course. While they were diving, the other students were given the chance to sail Opal Bella, each having a go using the tiller, a new experience for many. After an afternoon on the water, we headed back to boats for dinner prep of chicken parmesan before boat meeting where we discussed our boat’s goals for the program and then a much needed early night to bed.
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.