written by captain, Megan Lundequam
June 28, 2018
This morning started extra early for our DSD divers who had to get ready to head out to Salt Island for an early morning dive just as the rest of the crew was waking up to a bright and sunny morning at Deadman’s Bay! After getting some breakfast in our systems, we assumed positions and up-anchored from our beautiful blue bay and sailed downwind over to the Indians!
On the sail over, the crew learned about jibing and the different positions and precautions one must take when performing a jibe as opposed to a tack. Even despite the petite squall that rolled through during our sail, we executed and maintained a safe and controlled downwind adventure. We moored up next to the Indians by 10:30a.m. and after a Fish ID lesson, we all hopped into the water and snorkeled around the 50 foot rock structures, putting our newfound knowledge to the test!
After our underwater excursion, we hopped back on board and assumed positions for a de-mooring before heading over to the Bight on Norman Island. Once secured on a mooring ball, lunch preparation was underway and by 1:00p.m., we were all sat down for a delicious meal of quesadillas. Once lunch was cleaned away, we dinghied to shore for some beach games, swim time, and water sports!
By 4:30p.m., we were back on boats for showers and dinner preparation and our crew was working diligently knowing that they had to pass a thorough cleaning inspection at 7:00p.m. before they were allowed to head back to shore for an evening, fleet-wide social. Luckily all of our students are diligent hard workers and come 7:00p.m., dinner was made, eaten, and cleaned along with the rest of the boat and we passed the inspection with flying colors.
On shore, everyone enjoyed some time to socialize with other boats and some even indulged on virgin pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris. We all made our way back to boats around 8:45 and ended the night with a boat meeting and another round of hot seat where we had a new crew member take the spotlight and reveal fun facts about themselves. Everyone was very ready to hit the hay after a jam packed day and lights were out and eyes were closed before the clocks struck 10. 🙂
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.