Written by Mia Altenau
Edited by Meredith Evridge
Campers awoke at Nanny Cay this morning and promptly prepared a breakfast of Nutella-peanut butter pancakes. They were quite a treat, and needless to say, there were no leftovers! After breakfast, campers from the whole fleet gathered on shore for a game of “Oh Captain, My Captain”. The game is very similar to Simon Says, and drew a lot of laughs. The energetic morning activity definitely wiped the last of the sleep from everyone’s eyes.
Next, campers had free time to roam the shops and restaurants of Nanny or to go in a truck tour of Tortola. The steep hills of the island brought a slight adrenaline rush and incredible views of other places we had already visited! At 11:30, campers returned to boats to make pesto turkey melts and prepare the boat for departure. Our campers were learning so many new skills, including how to make a satisfying meal for ten people! Once all tummies were full and lunch cleared away, all boats on fleet dedocked by one o’clock. Sail were raised for the four hour journey to Cane Garden Bay—a beautiful and vibrant harbor on the south side of Tortola. The downwind sail was a very peaceful few hours, with lovely views passing us.
Coming into Cane Garden, we could see a long, white beach stretching out. Once the fleet had picked up their share of mooring balls, campers swam, took boat showers, and prepared dinner. Tonight’s menu consisted of oven-baked potatoes with sautéed onions and honey-mustard chicken. Dinner was absolutely delicious and students digested while playing card games and enjoying a quiet night on board. An early bed time followed boat meeting for the tired, young sailors.
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.