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Alpha 2 & Tango 2, Day 7: To Cane Garden Bay We Go

By wpdev July 31, 2019
Written by Kyra Benforte
Edited by Meredith Evridge

Our morning at Nanny Cay began with a sleep-in until 8 o clock! Relishing in this slow morning where we didn’t need to rush anywhere, we set out a breakfast buffet for all. Taking our time with the first meal of our day, we sat a bit longer around the breakfast table with our crew members that had become close friends. We cleared away the remains of the spread, putting extra bagels and yogurt back in the refrigerator for the following morning. We brushed our teeth and put on some comfortable t-shirts and shorts for the day. Nanny Cay still had a bit more to offer us.

While the rest of the truck tours ensued for those that didn’t get to go yesterday, the shops were again visited by Sail Caribbean campers with one thing on their mind: snacks. They also explored other shops in the marina that had interesting souvenirs for sale. Several colorful shirts and hats were purchased and immediately displayed! The local swag would have kept us blending in if it hadn’t been for our bright yellow life jackets that we wore under sail.

Around 11 AM, we all headed back to our boats where we had a dedocking lesson. The skippers of the day working together with their captain, they had a solid plan for pulling away from Nanny in a graceful and experienced manner. After our beautiful dedockings, we all set our sails towards Cane Garden Bay. On this long sail, we practiced downwind sailing, jibing, and points of sail. After passing through the Thatch cut, we saw the North side of Tortola for the first time and we got a view of Jost van Dyke!

We dropped sails and headed into vibrant Cane Garden Bay where we picked up mooring balls. Cane Garden is a long, white beach that stretches on and on. We immediately headed ashore, sipped on daiquiris, and some of us got our hair braided! After relaxing on shore, we dinghied back to our boats to prepare dinner. After another family style meal, we cleaned our boat with care, had our boat meeting and powered down for the night!

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.