written by Alpha mate, Sarah McMeikin
July 17, 2017
Today, we woke up early for our first fun dive since being certified. As the divers headed off for two dives near Long Bay, the non-divers prepared the boat for departure, and of course made some banana bread. By 9a.m, we had dropped the ball and began the short motor to Trellis Bay on Beef Island. After picking up a mooring ball at Trellis, we began our trash cleanup snorkel around the bay, to contribute to our community service hours. After the trash snorkel, GP3 went out for some water sports while Montlouis had an art lesson with Richard, where we learned how to draw the boats and scenery around us.
After the divers came back and we had some lunch, we headed to shore to look at Aragon’s Art studio. Aragon is a local artist who carves elaborate designs into old metal mooring balls to use as fire balls. We then had the chance to look at the pottery studio and souvenir shop. In the afternoon, we had a truck tour of Tortola where we went to the highest point on the island and waved to all the locals along the way. The drenching rain and big puddles just added to the excitement.
After the truck tours, we were super excited to call home and talk for a short time to friends and family. After, we headed back to boats to start dinner prep and relax as all of our boat cleaning duties were already done at lunch! After dinner, we headed to bed, ready for Race Day tomorrow!
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.