Bravo 1 & Charlie 1 2015 – Day 11
written by student, Erin Wildermuth, Brought to you by the crew of Fermi
The morning schedule is increasingly becoming embedded in the habits of our crew: early wake-up, engine checks, pre-departure checks and the day’s sail. Today we traveled from Bitter End back to Hodges, which is Sail Caribbean’s home dock. Each boat completed slightly different lessons in preparation for tomorrow’s Challenge day, where the crew takes over the day’s sail without staff aid. We completed an extensive right-of-way lesson and were sure to point out some navigational cues that will surely help them find their way from Hodges Creek to Trellis Bay without staff assistance tomorrow. Ford and Reagan were excited to go wing-on-wing for the first time. Docking is one of our more challenging sailing maneuvers, and was excellently executed by Skipper Jackie.
After a delicious lunch, divers Annie and Murrie were hard at work this afternoon completing knowledge reviews and out-of-water training for their Emergency First Responder and Rescue Diver courses. Jules and Dante went on another Discovery Scuba dive while a few students took turns sailing our small training boat Opal Bella. Chris, Reagan and Jackson enjoyed some quality water sporting time while Ford, Hayes, Jackie, Frances, and Ben B. joined the Bravo students working on their advanced open water certifications.
Docks are also home to fancy, fresh water showers, which everyone enjoyed. We also took the opportunity of land to host a small soda social where the fleet spent the evening inter-mingling. The night ended with the now familiar hum of the relaxing, gradual dying down of evening chatter.
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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.