Bravo 1 & Charlie 1 2015 – Day 5

written by Photography mate, Erin Wildermuth

Day five on program was leisurely by Sail Caribbean standards, with breakfast beginning and 8:00, routine pre-departure checks completed at 9:15 and dropping our mooring balls to commence a morning of sailing at 9:30. Students learned about the points of sail and the mechanics of reefing while underway. They also recapped a number of previous lessons and practiced the basics of raising and lowering sails while checking their wind-direction awareness skills. Upon our arrival to the Bight on Norman Island Drew of Galilee had great focus and control at helm during what proved to be a challenging mooring ball pick-up. Frances of Fermi also excelled at leading his boat’s mooring ball pick-up, especially in regards to supporting strong teamwork.

Lunch consisted of pizza bagels, which is the recreation of the basic pizza on a bagel. Isabelle and Julia of Rioja did a particularly good job. Their ensemble of ingredients included pepper, onions, pepperoni, barbeque chicken and cheese sauce.

Today was a major diving day with only four students opting to snorkel and participate in watersports instead. It was a particularly exciting day for divers. Ethan, Sophie, Matt, Gardner, Murrie, Annie and Chris can all now count themselves as advanced open water divers! Dante of Fermi was among those to complete a discovery scuba dive. Dante was originally nervous about equalizing his ears but had no problems and even saw a trumpet fish! Annie of Fermi got to dive with a turtle and Max of Galilee also sighted ray and tarpon. All in all, a strong diving day for everyone.

Tonight, the students completed their Full Value Contracts, where they chose what they want to keep on their metaphorical and physical boat and what they’d like to keep away. The outcome of a Full Value Contract is a document that represents behaviors or just plain silly items that the group agrees will allow them to be successful as well as behaviors that the group agrees will be unacceptable and therefore prevent success, teamwork and fun.

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