August 16, 2016
Today was Challenge day!!! Challenge day is when staff turn the boat over to the campers and let them run the show. It’s an opportunity for the campers to show what they have learned and prove to themselves that they can do it independent of staff aide. It started off with campers waking everyone up at 6:45a.m. and making chocolate chip pancakes! After it was cleaned up, the campers led pre departure checks and got us off the ball at Trellis Bay on Beef Island. They navigated the mooring field like professionals and got us successfully into the channel followed by raising the sails and navigating to Little Harbor on Peter Island. We got some great gybes done on the sail and the students loved it! Everyone participated and it was amazing to watch their teamwork throughout the sail.
Once we reached Little Harbor, staff helped the students med-anchor the boats. After, the campers led cooking lunch of chicken Caesar wraps. We then started water sporting, tubing, turtling, and hanging out! The Sierra students worked on their projects for a bit and then participated in other activities too. It was a great afternoon for everyone to swim and hang about between boats. Towards the end of the afternoon, we went to shore and explored Peter Island. We returned from the exploration, then showered and made an amazing spaghetti dinner. The campers led boat meeting and a debrief of how Challenge day went with everyone giving feedback and learning from each other.
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.