written by mate of Xeres, Alex Armson, Brought to you by the crew of Xeres
July 29, 2015
Today, Sydney was our skipper of the day, Kat was her navigator and Andrew Lee was her mate. In the morning, we took advantage of the land showers at Nanny Cay and had breakfast. We then had a volleyball tournament with Venture on the beach and played one of the most intense games of ultimate Frisbee. We then had a de-docking lesson and made a plan for leaving Nanny Cay. Sydney did a great job of maneuvering out of the marina and soon, we were on our way to the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda by the helpful navigation of Kat and enthusiastic crewmanship of Sam and Charlie.
The sail to Bitter End was our furthest one yet, taking around 4 hours, but our crew did a great job of sailing upwind in heavy winds. Lily and Allegra both did really well at controlling the jib sheets while we were tacking and ensuring the sails were set correctly for sailing in a close hauled position. When we arrived at Bitter End, we successfully picked up a mooring ball thanks to Nick, Jeremy and Davis working well together at the bow. We then took boat showers and had an amazing dinner thanks to Davis and Andrew Lewis. Afterwards, Sam and Allegra made rice crispy buns for the entire boat, which everyone loved!
Today, our crew did a great job of working together but we need to work on time management. Our miracle moment was when we finally left docks and began our voyage.
Check out some awesome photos captured by student, Kirk Holton!
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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.