written by Program Director, Lindley Barrow, Brought to you by the crew of Galilee
July 30, 2016
Anegada to Hodges Creek Marina
This morning, we were gently woken at 6:15a.m. and moved down below decks to continue sleeping, while Captain Ace, Mate Aoife and Michael dropped the ball at Anegada and started our sail back to our home marina, Hodges Creek Marina. On the way out of the Anegada channel, they saw an ENORMOUS turtle whose head was the same size as the dinghy’s engine. They think it may have been a leatherback sea turtle – which are extremely rare in the BVI!
With the rest of the crew snoring downstairs, Michael and the staff set the sails and got a start on the beautiful journey to the Sir Francis Drake Channel. At 7.30a.m., the rest of the crew grabbed some breakfast and came up on deck to begin a challenging sail, beginning at 8a.m. until we reached Hodges Creek. This meant that the staff sat back and let the students take complete charge of the boat. We had an excellent sail with Maeve successfully navigating us through the channel to Hodges Creek. Erin and Jakub both spent time at the helm, and Erin and Stella did a great job on the jib and main sheet.
After an awesome docking by Michael, we cleaned Fermi top to bottom, only to get her all dirty again after a lunch of chilli and chicken Tikka Masala. Anton, Jakub and Erin left after lunch clean to go diving for their Emergency First Responder course, while the rest of the crew did water sports and sailed on Opal Bella. After Michael got up on water skis, he, Maeve, and Justin hung out by the pool, while Max and Stella went wake boarding. Max stood up on the wake board for the first time – and then four more times after that!
In the evening, Anton and Michael prepared a mouth-watering dinner of pasta carbonara, which was followed by a soda social with the other boats in our fleet. After a fun boat meeting full of giggles and games, the tired Fermites crawled into bed for well-deserved rest.
Enjoy Galilee’s celebratory photo from Race Day!
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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.