Arrivals and First Sail

The students arrived in St. Thomas and were greeted with pizza and excited staff members. After a taxi and ferry ride, they were finally in the BVI! The boats were docked at Hodges Creek Marina and students were escorted to their new home for the next couple of weeks. The evening was spent getting to know each other, eating a hot meal and making a phone call home.

In the morning the boats were up and enjoying a breakfast buffet by 8 am. Next on the agenda was a prior to first briefing and chat from the Program Director, Arter. The prior to first is an in-depth orientation of the boat and life onboard.

By 10 am the boats were ready to complete their first de-docking. Kajsa, Moet, Thor and Stella made their way off the docks and set sail for Benures Bay off of Norman Island. On the journey over students learned how to raise/lower the mainsail and furl/unfurl the jib.

After an epic sail and quesadillas for lunch, students learned how to pick up a mooring ball and had an early evening of jumping off the boat, paddleboarding and learning how to take boat showers. Some exciting marine life was spotted, such as an Eagle ray and a variety of fish. As the sun was setting, hammocks were hung and dinner was made. Each student found their cozy sleeping spot for the night and headed to bed.