Alpha 2 2015 – Day 10
written by mate, Alex Armson, brought to you by the crew of Venture
July 16, 2015
Today, Carla was our captain and David was our navigator and mate. Up bright and early, Renée and Alex motored us to the Dogs and let the students sleep in until we arrived and enjoyed breakfast. After, Olivia, Alex, Bridget, David, Matt and Casey went for their last class to complete their Open Water certifications. Meanwhile, the non-divers for the day, Carla, Garrett, John, Will and Joseph, sat for a fish identification class with Xeres, and then went snorkeling where the divers were to use what they had just learned to identify the marine life.
After lunch, we set sail for Anegada which was a four hour sail away. Anegada is the only inhabited British Virgin Island formed from coral and limestone rather than being of volcanic origin, which means while the other islands are mountainous, Anegada is flat and low. It was the first sail we did where we couldn’t actually see our destination on the horizon, so we had to maintain a course of 24 degrees north to navigate to our goal. We moored successfully then had bucket showers and made dinner.
Today our crew did a great job of maintaining a consistent point of sailing. We need to work on maintaining a clean boat throughout the day. Our miracle moment was when we saw the palm trees of Anegada on the horizon.
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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.