Day 9 Alpha 1
Coming at you live from the staff boat, with a TON of pictures to make up for the last few days of bad internet connection!!
Today was a day full of adventure! We started out by staff motoring from Cooper Island to The Baths. When the students wake up, they came on deck to look and see what most people only see on screensavers or postcards.
We ate a quick breakfast and then began Day. Challenge Day allows the students to take complete control of the boat in every aspect. From staying on schedule to sailing, the staff step down and let the students operate the boat.
We started off with a swim ashore for a hikel (hike and snorkel). We hiked up through the rocky caves of the Baths and snorkeled to see the beauty underwater.
We always see lots of cool creatures on a snorkel but this time we got a rare encounter with a shark!
We finished up our time at the Baths by jumping off the ‘Jumping Rock’. It was a great opportunity to watch students conquer their fears are jump off the rock.
After our exciting morning, we ate some lunch and set sail to Marina Cay. The students did a great job of putting their skills to the test and all the new information they have learned to successfully arrive at Marina Cay.
Upon arrival, we had a bit of free time to float and swim around with other students on the fleet.
We had breakfast for dinner which was delicious! During boat meetings, we discussed what an amazing opportunity we are presented with every moment of every day on this program. We all have the opportunity to grow ourselves and the people around us in one of the best and most beautiful places to sail in the world.
Today we each were reminded of the importance challenging ourselves and our peers to lead instead of being led, to act instead of watch, to and participate instead of waiting with ideal hands.
Everyday a new challenge awaits. I cannot wait to see our fleet continue to tackle them together.
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.