July 28, 2016
Every now and then you just deserve a nice sleep in! This morning, we slept in until the sun was well above the horizon and the roosters had stopped cawing into the dawn. It was nice to enjoy a breakfast at a leisurely pace and watch the day wake up. Boats start moving in a mooring field relatively early. So we got to watch as the mooring field at Cooper Island cleared out and out until it was almost exclusively Sail Caribbean boats floating in our own little world.
Then it was time for us to spread our wings – or our sails, if you will – and take flight along the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This gently curving channel stretches diagonally in Northeasterly and Southwesterly directions. Today’s sail was a dead downwind run along the main channel. We reached our sails out to either side of the boat and sailed wing on wing down to the Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island, slinking into the deep cut into the island and mooring close up to the tucked away beach.
Our divers spent another day in the underwater world while everyone else snorkeled above, enjoying the underwater landscape all the same. When we all returned back to boats, it was time to have boat showers and make some dinner together!
After a meal of barbecue chicken, pineapple, and mashed potatoes, we got dressed up and headed to shore for a soda social with the other boats in our program, ending the night with games on the beach and reflections on the journey thus far.
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.