written by mate, Sarah Enticott
July 27, 2018
All the crews aboard our Alpha vessels awoke and crawled out from their various sleeping quarters, the most fun being that of a homemade ‘cockpit fort’, and eagerly prepared to start their day. A breakfast of apple crumble and bagels and cheese was served and then the crew rallied about doing pre-departure checks.
With student skippers on Tintoret (AKA TinTin), Kirabati (AKA Kiki) and Meursault, lines were de-threaded and crews headed for the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The mighty Alpha fleet sailed approximately 5.8 nautical miles to Great Harbour on Peter Island.
After picking up a mooring ball, for many boats it was on their first attempt (the sailors skills are improving hugely!), we enjoyed a yummy lunch of chicken caesar wraps and then the supreme water-sporting tube, Poparazzi arrived in time for water-sports. Many students tried their hands at skiing and wake boarding, some got launched into the air on the tubes — laughter was heard all around.
Later, we enjoyed a cannon ball competition and photo-shoots off the bow, snorkeling around spotting sea turtles and just generally floating between the Alpha boats. After boat showers, dinner on board and boat meetings, everyone settled 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.