Bravo 1, Charlie 1, Foxtrot 1 & Sierra 1, Day 8: Tortola Truck Tour and Trellis Trash Clean
Written by Mia Altenau
Edited by Meredith Evridge
Waking up in beautiful Cane Garden Bay, we continued to take in the stunning views all around our fleet. After breakfast was eaten and cleaned up, and pre-departure checks were run through, we motored out and got our sails up in a jiffy. We set our sights for Trellis, having a fair rotation for sheets and tacking. The campers were in the groove of the sailing routine and settled into their favorite spots for the sail. The helm was handled, books were read, friendship bracelets were braided, and each lunch duty duo prepared sandwiches for lunch.
As we arrived at Trellis, we had our Open Water divers prepare their things to head out for another dive for the day. The non-divers enjoyed their slower morning, relaxing on the bow with their boat mates. Corralling all campers into the dinghies to go ashore, we divided our group in half. One half got to have their turn with truck tours!
Truck tours on Tortola are always super cool. Ten campers at a time, our land operations fella, Adam, took us all around the island and up steep hills. Cows, sheep, and goats were spotted. Locals were friendly and waved as we passed. We took in incredible views as we reached each peak of Tortola. Kids whipped out their GoPros and took plenty of selfies! The sun was bright as usual, illuminating the faint shadow of Anegada in the distance. This is usually hard to see but today, it happened! We were excited to be visiting there the following day.
For those that were to have their truck tour the following day, they passed their time participating in a beach clean! They gathered about a hundred pounds of trash. There is nothing like doing our small part to help. As both activities came to an end, we all headed back to boats for boat showers, dancing and dinner! This was followed by an incredible sunset which we appreciated immensely while we gathered for a boat meeting. Very comfortable by now with each other, each boat meeting was special and intimate. Miracle moments and the quote of the day were noted for the ship’s log. Teeth were brushed, goodnights were said and we all headed to sleep, looking forward to Anegada 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.