written by mate, Megan Lundequan
June 29, 2018
On day 7, we left our mooring at the Bight, Norman Island, and headed back to Tortola – more specifically Nanny Cay – west of Road Town. The day started with a hike up to a helicopter pad in the hills of Norman Island. An amazing viewpoint unfolds to the south, revealing the shallow, wide Whelk Bay, a common location for shark sightings. As a fleet, Charlie, Bravo, Sierra and Foxtrot programs played team building games at the summit.
We returned to the boats and left our mooring balls behind, headed for Nanny Cay. Nanny is an infamously difficult Marina to navigate, and our students were also hindered by severe cross-winds. Despite all this, our young proteges prevailed, skillfully slotting the boats into their respective berths with ease. After this, a deep clean of the vessel was carried out, with a thorough inspection from the Program Director taking place afterwards. Mayotte and Zanzibar passed with flying colors.
Provisioning arrived, and I personally have never seen so much food in my entire life. Everyone pitched in for the better part of 2 hours to make sure every boat had sufficient foodstuff for the following journeys; provisioning wasn’t to occur again for 8 whole days. With bagels bursting out of every nook and cranny, the boats took a well-deserved break that evening. The students had a social with the other boats, celebrating their newly found abilities.
Everyone returned to their boats that evening dreary-eyed and content, excited for the morning times’ call to home and visit to the local grocery store. If this hadn’t exhausted us, the following day would; 5 hours of upwind sailing to Marina Cay where we would then moor overnight.
More photos coming soon!
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.