written by Alpha mate, Zosha Wiktor
August 5, 2017
Even though we fell asleep at Long Bay, the Alpha fleet woke up at the Baths as the staff woke up at 5:30a.m. to sunrise motor to Virgin Gorda. The Baths are probably one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the British Virgin Islands and usually extremely packed with vacation goers. Today, we were lucky enough to encounter zero cruise ship groups and had the majority of the place to ourselves. We spent the morning climbing through the rocks and hiking around the Baths.
When we got back to the boats and enjoyed our lunch, we were ready to take on a big deep clean of our boat before heading back to docks in the afternoon. Underway, we got the chance to relax on the boat and enjoy the beautiful weather. We made a pit stop at Fat Hog’s Bay to refuel our boat and continue our deep clean; our boat did really well working together to get the boat spotless. Everyone was actively cleaning and offering to help out their friends when they finished their own jobs. We naturally had cookie breaks periodically until we passed the cleaning inspection. When the boat was clean, we had our final jumps into the ocean for the program. It was extremely refreshing.
Alpha left Fat Hog’s Bay and headed back to Hodges Creek Marina excited to get on land for showers, dinner and prepare for the awards ceremony. We docked the boat flawlessly and did a final debrief of the maneuvers. Everyone was really happy about the success of the docking and proud of all the things they had accomplished over the past two weeks.
That night at the awards ceremony, we watched and preformed skits and received awards for various activities or superlatives. We watched an end of program slideshow full of photos and video of the last two weeks and had a fantastic evening. The Awards ceremony was the perfect way to cap off the amazing day and the program we had. Go Alpha!
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.