Bravo 1, Charlie 1, Delta 1, Foxtrot 1, and Sierra 1 Day 5: Great Harbour Peter Island
Movement stirred aboard our ships at 7:30 am as the creaking sound of dock-lines faded downed out by the chatter of freshly awoken teens. Breakfast was dished out by 8:00am for all to enjoy and prepare us for the day ahead.
Following breakfast, some students were taken to get their quarantine exit testing done. Everyone else stayed aboard and cleaned up the morning meal. Since docking is a special occasion, all crews took the opportunity to top off their vessel’s water supplies in addition to giving their boats one final fresh water clean. While boats were watering up, the much anticipated re-provisioning arrived! Snacks, meats, veggies, galore were added to every vessel creating a stockpile for the next week!
With test-takers back and pantries now full it was time for our crews to venture to the helm once more for their second de-docking as a team. With skippers prepped and all lines ready to cast-off, it was no time before we were back out on the water again heading for Great Harbour, Peter Island. With the upcoming weather system that was passing well beneath the BVI, we did experience a rise in swell height and wind. Which presented a perfect opportunity for students to learn the importance of reefing sails. Reefing a sail means to reduce the area of a sail. By doing so, the carrying of a partial sail in strong winds is a primary safety precaution in stronger wind conditions.
Before we knew it it was time to drop sails and pick-up a mooring ball. With a successful sail at our backs, students enjoyed a well deserved swim and down time before showers, dinner, and boat clean began the evenings activities. Once the boat was in tip top shape, our students sat down for another boat meeting and played some games which was followed by a swift bed time, as contagious yawns spread throughout the crew.
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.