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Bravo 1 & Charlie 1, Day 4: Cooper Island Fun

By wpdev June 27, 2019
Written by James Cordery
Edited by Meredith Evridge

We started off our day nice and early with a wholesome breakfast of loaded eggs. Peppers, cheese and tomatoes enlivened our sleepy selves. Once the last of the feast was scraped from the bottom of the pot, breakfast was cleaned up and we fastened our life jackets. The first lesson of the day was how to successfully and efficiently drop a mooring ball, for which every boat executed perfectly! Once off the ball, we made way for Cooper Island Beach Club. This sail was slightly different than that of day two because today, we were upwind sailing! Underway, we learned about points of sail, understanding the “no sail” zone, and the importance of tacking.

Upon our arrival into Cooper, we ate chicken caesar bowls for lunch, prepping ourselves for the busy afternoon ahead. After lunch, we had a sea turtle lesson and went snorkeling at Cistern Rock. We saw two green sea turtles! Every time we spot one of these stunning creatures, it is the same reaction as if we’re seeing a celebrity magically appearing.

After our snorkel, we headed to shore for some water sports, stand up paddleboarding, ice cream and hermit crab watching! Some of us even took out the keelboats. After a fun day in the sun, we were treated to spaghetti bolognese by our dinner duty crewmates, accompanied with an evening soda social on shore. Lanterns were strung up by our caring counselors, and we enjoyed an ice cold beverage as one of our staff members spun light balls. It was an amazing end to our 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.