written by Mate-In-Training, Julia Malone
July 2, 2017
Today was a busy day! We woke up around 6:30a.m. for a quick breakfast before preparing to leave Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke for Cane Garden Bay on the north side of Tortola. At Cane Garden Bay, our Rescue Divers were picked up and taken to the VISAR (Virgin Islands Search and Rescue) headquarters for their Emergency First Responder course!
The rest of the fleet left Cane Garden for a three hour sail to Marina Cay. The winds, weather and waves were all perfect and our crews couldn’t seem to keep the grins from off their faces. Once at Marina Cay, lunch was prepared and thoroughly enjoyed before the rest of the crews were shuttled over to Diamond Reef to partake in a fulfilling snorkel, where we saw some parrotfish, lobsters, and a spotted eagle ray!
At around 4p.m., students were shuttled ashore to check out some local shops, try some of the island’s infamous smoothies, and sit in on a sting ray lesson. As the evening skies greeted us, everybody promptly went back to their boats for a shower and a yummy dinner before powering down for the busy day tomorrow!
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.