written by mate of Xeres, Alex Armson
August 4, 2015
The end of a program is always bitter sweet. You realize how much has been learned and accomplished in such a short space of time, but it also means leaving all the amazing people you have lived with for the past two weeks and returning home. Leaving day is such a blur of last minute packing and rushed good byes that before you even realize what has happened, the boats are empty once more. However, the memories that have been created will last forever.
I feel it is safe to say, from myself and the whole Alpha team, that this program has been filled with a lot of laughter, strong friendships have been made and countless challenges have been overcome. Thank you to everyone on Alpha 3 for contributing to such an amazing two weeks. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your hard work and your excitement which never failed to show. You all now have an extraordinary amount of knowledge not just about sailing, but about working and living with other people, and I hope this carries you far and wide for many more adventures to come.
Fair winds and following seas,
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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.