July 4, 2016
After a bit of a windy and wet night on anchor at Lee Bay, we woke up to yet another beautiful Caribbean morning! We enjoyed a lovely breakfast buffet in the cockpit looking out over the bay. As the Rescue divers got ready to join the dive boat, the rest of us cleaned up after breakfast and got the boat ready for the day. Shortly after the divers departed, the rest of the crew attended a wonderful marine bio lesson on coral reefs, where they learned all about the condition of the coral in the BVI and how they are affected by differing PH levels in the oceans. Then, we enjoyed a snorkel checking out some of the awesomely colorful and beautiful corals around Lee Bay.
After, the snorkel was complete, we up-anchored at Lee Bay and motored over to Trellis Bay, where some shopping and chill time was enjoyed. We had a cake baking contest where each boat pulled together a fabulous cake! To follow, we had a chicken BBQ dinner and headed ashore for a social to celebrate the 4th of July! This social wasn’t like any other social, because it took place at Aragorn’s Studio! He is a local artist that crafts most enduring and expressive artworks and sculptures. The social included festivities of music and kids enjoying sodas as Aragorn lit his sculpted fire balls on land and wading in the water. This was great to get everyone together and there were some great vibes all around. We then headed back to boats and called it a night after what was such an adventurous day.
Hey Parents: It’s Day 10! Time for another student check-in! We sat down with the two crews from the Sierra 1 and Foxtrot 1 adventures to ask them…What have you found to be the most memorable moment from your time so far with Sail Caribbean? Here’s what they had to say!
“The beautiful hike around the Bitter End Yacht Club on ‘Guy’s Trail’ was my favorite Sail Caribbean experience!” -Zach
“The rescue training and the beautiful view during the sailing.” -Jerko
“Sleeping on the deck watching the Caribbean sky all night has been my favorite Sail Caribbean experience.” -Luca
“The truck ride around the island and the speed bumps! We said hi to everyone we saw on the island.” -Alexis
“Learning to scuba dive and meeting people from around the world!” -Devlin
“Snorkeling in the Beef Island cut with everyone on Rioja and Fermi has been my favorite part of program!” -Zeneth
“Not only the diving around the islands, but also being able to experience my first night dive ever.” -Max
“Being able to experience sailing everyday and getting my ASA 101 even though I’m in the Charlie diving program.” -David
“My favorite part of Sail Caribbean is hanging out with everyone on shore and playing football.” -Ann-Jolie
“My first snorkel at Cistern Rock has been my favorite part of Sail Caribbean so far!” -Jacky
“Seeing three sea turtles at Angelfish Reef while diving was jaw dropping.” -Badis
“I was really excited when I got my Advanced Open Water and Basic Keelboat certifications! I really enjoyed all the diving and sailing that came along with the certifications and I’m excited for the rest of program.” -Charlie
“Diving, sailing, learning about marine biology has made me have a greater awareness and has made me appreciate the environment around me.” -Daisy
“I think it’s cool how learning and getting certifications can still be so much fun!” -Matthew
“Learning to scuba dive was pretty cool. Breathing underwater was odd, surprising, but very cool.” -Jojo
“It was amazing to be three feet away from an 8 ft. nurse shark with my new friends from all over the world.” -Fillip
“Fantastic, fun, friendship, amazing, and hard work. I’m excited for the rest of program.” -Gustavo
“I’ve enjoyed getting my Advanced Open Water and Basic Keelboat certifications and getting to learn new things and meet new people.” -Andrew
“We saw an octopus eating a conch on our first Open Water dive. I’ve had a lot of fun diving and island hoping around the BVI’s. I’ve made a lot of close friends here.” -Matthew
“I had fun diving for the first time. We saw a lot of fish and a big shark!” -Louanna
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.