written by Alpha mate, Zosha Wiktor
July 27, 2017
The adventure began today at the infamous Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island. We had a delicious egg and bacon breakfast before the divers headed out for fun dives and Open Water dives. The rest of the crew headed to the beach to hang out on land. We played Frisbee, snorkeled around the pier, and had a chance to water ski before heading back to Mont Louis for a coral lesson.
Once everyone made it out of the water, we had a marine biology lesson on coral. Coral and coral reefs are a huge part of the underwater world in the BVI and an essential ecosystem all over the world. Coral reefs take up less than 1% of the oceans surface area but hold about 25% of all marine life on our planet. We learned about coral biology and different organisms that live within coral reefs. The coral lesson was a great intro to our snorkel at the Caves around the corner.
After the snorkel, we went back to the boats where we met the divers for lunch. We feasted on chicken Caesar wraps and a mountain of quesadillas. After the feast, some students went on Sail Caribbean’s very own 26′ training keelboat, Opal Bella to sail to Peter Island. The rest of the crew stayed on their own boats to learn about points of sail, tacking and anchoring. When we arrived at Norman, we med-anchored the boats which is when we anchor and then tie the stern of the boat to a point on land. All the boats successfully anchored and prepared for a quiet evening in Little Harbor. The sunset was a perfect way to end the great day in the BVI.
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.