Arrivals and Day 2
The students that traveled from St. Thomas to Road Town truly brought the energy! After clearing customs, the ferry brought everyone straight to Hodges Creek Marina. Students were greeted by excited Sail Caribbean staff and a hot meal of chicken, coleslaw, beans and rice. After a call home and a shower, the docks were quiet as students fell fast asleep from a long day of traveling.
The boats were awake by 8 am and eager to get going with the first sail of the program. Breakfast teams cooked for their fellow crew members and got ready for the prior to first briefing. This is an in-depth orientation of the boat and life onboard. Right before de-docking, the boats all had a visit from our Director, Mike Liese. Mike met with the students to go through some rules and expectations to make for a fun and safe time in the British Virgin Islands.
The first lesson of the program was de-docking. The five boats in the fleet made their way off the docks and headed to Cooper Island. On the journey over, students learned how to raise/lower the mainsail and furl/unfurl the jib.
In the afternoon some of our students started their diving courses and the others either went for a hike on Salt Island or snorkeled near Cooper Island. The students that went snorkeling were pumped about seeing a stingray and other marine wildlife!
Around 6 pm, boats prepared dinner and many students could be seen making friendship bracelets and taking their first boat shower. The day concluded with students sitting down for a family-style meal followed by their nightly boat meeting.
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.