written by Provisions Manager, Allie Faulkner
July 16, 2018
We had an early wake-up this morning to start off our first full day in the Caribbean. We had breakfast family-style with an array of options and it was delicious! Then all the boats gathered around and Sail Caribbean’s Founder/Director, Mike Liese, talked to us about all some rules and protocols here on program, in addition to all the fun we are going to have! We went back to our boats so our captain and mate could teach us how everything functions within our vessel, both above and below decks. We felt very acquainted with everything by the end of the morning. The crews also went to the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive shop to meet our dive instructors and to wrap up logistics before our students would be diving this afternoon.
After a de-docking lesson and a de-docking plan told to the dock hands, we struck our lines from the docks and set sail to Cooper Island Beach Club! Our first sail was an amazing experience which included a lesson of raising and lowering the main sheet and furling and unfurling the jib. We then enjoyed a mooring lesson as we would be securing our vessels to a mooring ball at our destination overnight. We dined on a yummy lunch of sandwiches while we were underway.
Once at Cooper, we had a swim test and then our divers on program started on their confined skills learning in the shallow waters and our non-divers got to hang out on shore, exploring the shops and coffee shop.
Later in the afternoon, we went back to our boats, had an exciting first night of ocean showers and started dinner preparation as the sun started to set in the sky. We ate like kings and queens, filling ourselves with burritos after an eventful first day on the water.
We ended the night with a big boat clean and a boat meeting where we learned more about each other and recapped on the highlights of the day. Then, we all turned in for the night to rest up for our next eventful day on program!