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Alpha 3 & Tango 3, Day 10: Challenge Day Sail to Scrub Island

By wpdev August 2, 2019
Written and edited by Meredith Evridge

Bright and early, the skipper, mate and navigator popped over to staff boat to have a briefing on Challenge Day. Today was the day where staff took a step back during the sail so the students could take over the boats. Using what they had learned thus far, they’d be sailing to Scrub Island.

During the briefing on staff boat, the fleet captain and program director went over the itinerary for the day, letting them know that they’d be responsible for getting places on time! They ended with a short lesson on navigation. Everyone returned to home boats to relay the information to their crew. The skippers of Gingembre, Greuze and Ormindo delegated tasks so that we could depart in a timely manner. One by one, boats dropped their mooring balls and set their sails for Scrub Island.

During this sail, the crews worked together and used their collective knowledge since they were only allowed three questions to the staff. This was a reminder that as a boat, they know enough to figure things out! When students forgot that they weren’t supposed to direct inquiries to staff, staff would respond with, “Is that a question??!” Campers would then redirect questions to their teammates and would find the answer there!

Around 10:30, a few nappers fell into a slumber, gently rocked by the waves. They were awoken shortly after with the scent of broccoli mac n’ cheese. Those cooking took pride in their creations. Everyone gathered around the lunch table and scooped up their portion.

Once Alphango Fleet arrived to Scrub Island, they all docked smoothly. It is a lovely resort but before anyone could go explore, cleaning inspections were in order. The Delta fleet had also docked at the same time and were wielding hoses and soap as well. Everyone knocked out a deep clean, side by side, and then once passing the cleaning inspection, all were free to walk around.

There were two pools, a couple small shops and a market to peruse. Phones were handed out so everyone could connect with home! Before dinner, the deluxe showers were visited and appreciated by all. Once each member of Alpha and Tango had shined themselves up nicely, we enjoyed the last meal of the day. It rested comfortably in our stomachs while we had our usual boat meetings, and then all crawled into bed 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.