written by Captain, Alex Elliott
July 5, 2018
Day 13 began early for the Charlie & Bravo students; Zanzibar left her berth at the brisk hour of 6a.m. to travel to the Dog Islands, more poignantly Great Dog, for diving that morning. All the Rescue divers went, granting all the Advanced Open Water divers a well-deserved lie-in. The non-divers eventually awoke, de-docked from Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda and left for the Dogs as well. On our way out, we passed Necker Island, Richard Branson’s famous Caribbean hideaway.
After arriving at the Dogs, crews were returned to their original home boats, and underwent a coral lesson followed by a snorkel! The decision was made to give the students a tester for the daunting Challenge Day Sail coming up on the itinerary, so the crew of Mayotte gave it a go. Entirely unassisted by the staff, the student crew relinquished their ties from their mooring ball at the Dogs, sailed to Mountain Point, and anchored adjacent to a beautiful reef.
That night, half the students had a night dive whilst the remainder were taught about the magnificent bio-luminescence, plankton that light up at night when subject to disturbance. The sun set, and we all enjoyed a picturesque view of the event to the east. With knowledge that the following day contained a long sail to Anegada, we all slept soundly in preparation.
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.