August 19, 2016

Today, we went from Soper’s Hole to Long Bay on our last big sail of the program. We started our day off running with a 6:45 wake up immediately followed by breakfast. The Open Water divers left at 7:30 for a morning of diving while everyone else got the boats ready to leave Soper’s Hole. Once pre-departure checks were complete, we dropped the ball at Soper’s Hole and started our sail. To get to Long Bay, we sailed around the back side of Tortola and got to see a different perspective of the islands we’ve been around during this program. During the sail, the campers took the lead and directed the boat and crew as needed. Everyone got a chance to be at the helm and lead maneuvers such as taking and raising sails. The sail took us four hours and was a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy each other’s company and jam out to some sweet tunes.

As we rounded Guana Island, we dropped our sails and motored through the Guana Island cut to Long Bay. Once we reached Long Bay, we anchored beautifully and got lunch ready. As lunch was being prepared, the boats started making their flags for the Olympics! The divers returned just in time for lunch, and once everyone ate, we all went to shore!

The Olympics events for this program were dizzy fender, bury-your-mate, and tug of war! Spyglass won dizzy fender and I Am Free dominated the tug of war while Venture excelled at burying their mate and captain. It was a great Olympic games and afterwards, everyone got a chance to relax in the water and on the beach. Land staff graciously treated everyone to a barbecue of hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, portobello mushrooms, honeydew, chips and potato salad. While Land staff grilled, Sierra students worked on their projects finalizing their data collection and analysis in preparation for their presentations tomorrow. After everyone ate dinner, we relaxed a bit more together before going back to our respective boats to shower and start taking crew tests. Everyone did well on their crew tests and was wiped out after such a fun long day.

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