written by Fleet Captain, Sara Stone, Brought to you by the crew of Rioja
July 22, 2016
Today was Challenge Day for the Chavo fleet! On Rioja, our skipper of the day was James and our navigator of the day was Jaden. Liz was our mate of the day. Together, James, Jaden and Liz made sure that the whole crew of Rioja woke up and was ready for the day. While James and Jaden headed off to staff meeting to get the schedule for the day and a navigation briefing, Liz ensured that breakfast preparations were underway and that bedding was stowed from the night before. Once James and Jaden returned from staff meeting, the whole crew conducted pre-departure checks before dropping the ball at Soper’s Hole and heading off towards Monkey Point, Guana Island with a stopover at Sandy Cay.
After successfully making it to Sandy Cay and picking up a mooring ball, the crew swam to shore for a few hours of sand and sun. Claire went exploring all over the island while Shane and Timmy cracked open coconuts to eat the meat. After a few hours on shore, everyone went back to boats and Bennett took the helm for the sail from Sandy Cay to Monkey Point. Bennett and Shane took turns on the helm and executed loads of tacks!
Once the crew made it to Monkey Point, they needed to anchor. James was at the helm and Jaden was at the bow. While anchoring, Jaden saw a spotted eagle ray! After anchoring, we all snorkeled and snubbed the anchor and then began shower time. Anne was gone all day diving and working hard towards her Dive Master but she made it back just in time for dinner with us and got to hear all about Challenge Day! We had a boat meeting in the evening and everyone fell into bed after a very fun but exhausting 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.