Written by Mia Altenau
Edited by Meredith Evridge
Anegada is unlike any other island in the BVI. 100,000 years ago, the seas were seven hundred feet higher than current levels which allowed corals to flourish where Anegada is now. When the next glacial period began, the sea level dropped again and the dense coral forests calcified into limestone. This formed the magical island and surrounding shallow teal waters that kids enjoyed all morning, after they fueled up around the breakfast table.
Campers trucked between Anegada Beach Club and Cow Wreck Bay. The whole fleet relished in the much-needed beach vibes. Swimming, snacking and sunbathing was interspersed with a marine science lesson about sharks and rays, and even a lionfish dissection! Burgers and chicken tenders were ordered and gobbled! Around midday, everyone returned to boats for couscous salad. The fleet dropped their mooring balls following lunch, and set out for a smooth four hour sail. It was decided that since there were three girls on Vanuatu and three on Nolde, and the rest were boys, it would be fun to have a “girls sail” and “boys sail!” The campers were excited, especially the girls, because they wanted to be together. The girls reported having an absolute blast. They applied fake tattoos, had a mini photo shoot, and bonded over how messy the boys on their boats were.
The sail ended back in Long Bay, part of Tortola. Dinner was sloppy joes. Looking forward to the morning in Long Bay (always a beautiful place to watch the sunrise) all had boat meetings and said goodnight.
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.