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Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Foxtrot, Sierra, and Tango: Days 1 & 2 – Travel and Hodges Creek Marina

By wpdev June 27, 2022

Written by Anna Sutton, Mate & Social Media Coordinator 

Day 1: 


Campers had a busy travel day, waking up bright and early to begin their travel to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Students who arrived via the USVI received a warm welcome from Sail Caribbean staff at the St. Thomas airport before loading into taxis and boarding a fast ferry for an hour long journey with views of the islands. After clearing customs, campers reached their final destination at Hodges Creek Marina at last. 


Campers settled into their new floating homes and spent time getting to know their new crew-mates. After a hot meal of grilled chicken, veggies, rice, and coleslaw was enjoyed, everyone had the opportunity to shower. Captains and mates lead boat meetings, allowing their crews to get to know each other better before heading to bed. 

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Day 2: 


Campers woke up at 7 am on their new vessels still docked at the Hodges Creek Marina home base. Students enjoyed a breakfast buffet that included bagels, cereal, yogurt, and fruit before having a meeting with founder Mike Liese. Campers then learned more about their boats during a prior to first lesson that covered boat vocab, a full tour, and more essential information to prepare for life onboard. Boats then departed docks, with Alpha and Tango programs heading to Benures Bay, the Delta boats sailing to Soldier Bay, and Bravo, Charlie, Sierra, and Foxtrot all mooring at Marina Cay. Students took their swim tests, ate sandwiches for lunch, and enjoyed the rest of the beautiful afternoon onboard before taking their first boat showers! Dinner crews cooked up yummy buddha bowls for dinner and boats spent the evening continuing to get acquainted with their boat-mates! Crews tucked into bed under the stars to prepare for another fun day in the BVI! 


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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.