August 12, 2016
This morning, the crews of I Am Free, Venture and Spyglass woke up in the mooring field at Cooper Island. As our crews rose from their slumber, breakfast prep began and we all munched on yogurts, bagels, spreads, and cereal. Well fed, all divers including Discovery Divers were shuttled to shore for a morning of diving. Each certification group split up to work on their skills before everyone got on the dive boat, heading over to Chromis Reef and Wreck Alley. On the dive, all groups saw awesome sea life, from trumpet fish to reef sharks to the bright purple eggs of the Sargent major fish.
Meanwhile, our 3 non divers sailed Opal Bella, our 26 ft. keel boat, and they had a wonderful time learning and feeling their maneuvers more intimately as a small sailboat always allows. It was a beautiful day on the water, so smiles were wide as ever.
All divers back on Cooper, the crews were shuttled back to their respective boats and started on pre departure checks and lunch preparation. All ready to go, Venture set out first, followed by Spyglass and I Am Free, all setting our sights on Saba Rock, just next to the Bitter End Yacht Club.
Underway, our crews shared a delicious lunch of Sail Caribbean’s favorite pizza bagels. Some were crafted to be plain, while others got creative with their toppings. During our journey, captains and mates taught lessons on upwind sailing, points of sail, right of way rules and parts of sail. Venture arrived first at Saba, grabbing a mooring ball as the other boats arrived.
Once all secured on the ball, students and staff had a bit of time to hang out and relax. Swimming, practicing backflips and playing with floaties, all crews had an awesome time just chilling out with each other. Once showers were done, all crews got ready to go to shore for dinner. At the lovely Saba Rock restaurant, everyone enjoyed an awesome meal together. As our evening came to a close, crews headed back to boats for boat meeting and bed, excited for the day to come.
Enjoy a sneak peak at tomorrow’s Bitter End activities below, and look forward to more photos on the upcoming post as well!
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.