written by Bravo & Charlie Captain, Lindsay Walsh
June 25, 2017
Bravo and Charlie fleet had an early morning to prepare getting off docks and begin program! We started the day by visiting the Sail Caribbean Divers dive shop followed by having the students learn more about their home boats during a prior-to-first sail lesson.
Once Skippers of the Day for our three boats created their dedocking plans and went over it with their crew, everyone got into positions to leave Hodges Creek Marina and begin their journey to Cooper Island Beach Club. Each boat had a smooth dedocking and headed out towards the channel. Once we had the marina at our backs, the students learned how to unfurl the jib. The crew of Xeres got to learn about picking up a mooring ball at Cooper Island while Meursault and Fermi got to learn how to anchor for the first time on the backside of Cistern Rock.
When everyone was settled, divers headed to shore to start working on gaining their certifications! Open Water divers stayed on the beach for some basic skills, while our more advanced divers got to refresh their skills on a fun dive at Thumb Rock! Those students that did not go diving got a chance to hang out at Cooper Island Beach Club and go on SUPs (stand up paddle boards), sea kayaks, and snorkel at Cistern Rock.
Once everyone reconvened following their afternoon activities, everyone headed back to their home boats for some showers and dinner prep. Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner of Chicken Stir-fry! Everyone went to bed excited for another day under the Caribbean sun.
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.