written by Mate-In-Training, Julia Malone
July 10, 2017
Day 17 of the trip started off with a 7:30a.m. wake up and a large breakfast of eggs, bagels and avocado. The specialty and fun divers had a morning dive while everyone else went on an amazing snorkel of Mountain Point and the wreck of the Kodiak Queen, a new dive site in the Caribbean.
Students also had a lesson on the different kinds of fish found on reefs and wrecks in the Caribbean islands. For the rest of the morning, students participated in wake boarding, tubing, and other various water sports. At lunch, all the divers returned and students prepared to depart on their Challenge day sail.
Challenge day is an opportunity for students to demonstrate how much they have learned by doing everything on their own and without staff help and leadership. The sail was from Mountain Point to Great Harbour, Peter Island. After arriving at Mountain Point, preparation started for the traditional Sail Caribbean Chili cook off! Each boat creates a different theme and different chili that is judged by the traveling Chilean judges. Some of the themes included Greek Chilli, Wedding and Christmas in Hawaii. After the Chili Cook off, the boats powered down to get plenty of rest for the next day.
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.