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Alpha 2 & Tango 2: Day 3 – Diamond Cay

By wpdev July 15, 2021

Day 3

After breakfast, the students took boat photos (see below!) and learned how to drop their mooring ball. By 9:30 am the fleet was underway and reviewing their lesson on raising the sail. Throughout the sail to Diamond Cay, the crew learned about downwind sailing and the importance of hydration. Overall the sail was leisurely with a few squalls.

The fleet arrived at Diamond Cay around lunchtime and picked up another mooring ball then headed to shore for a hike around the National Park. Diamond Cay National Park is tucked between Little Jost Van Dyke on the southern shore. Today the students hiked Sandy Spit, which is the only limestone island amongst the group of volcanic cays. Thor and Kajsa were able to meet up onshore and hike together since they have fully vaccinated boats. They found coconuts along the way and wasted no time opening them up to drink the juice. Moet and Stella had to stick to just their boats but everyone still had a great time! Moet was the only boat to successfully hike all the way to the top.

By 4:30 pm the boats were enjoying some post-hike showers and preparing stuffed peppers for dinner. The evening consisted of swimming, paddle boarding, taking pictures during golden hour and gathering together for a boat meeting. Boat meetings occur every night and are used to debrief about the day and become closer as a group. Depending on the day they can be silly and playful or used to facilitate deeper conversations with one another.



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.