written by Bravo/Charlie mate, Megan Lundequam
July 27, 2017
We started our day on the docks of Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and banana bread that we had made the night before to give a second life to a few of our bananas. Being tied up so close to each other on docks gave us the opportunity to visit and eat with some pals on different boats so we had a nice and social morning. After breakfast was cleaned away, we had a bit of time to take a second shower if anyone felt so inclined and then to get a last look around at the shops. Our students came back adorned with starfish earrings and bracelets, sporting new t-shirts and a couple particularly smart shoppers came back with the greatest turtle backpacks the world has ever seen.
Once everyone was back on the boat, we de-docked and motored across the channel to the north side of West Dog for a snorkel around Joe’s Cave. We picked up a mooring ball and spent the afternoon swimming around, snorkeling and just relaxing and spending time together. It was a perfect afternoon in a perfect place with amazing music and even better people.
At about 3:00p.m., we dropped the ball and began sailing over to the Bitter End. We had another afternoon of Challenge Day practice and the students tapped into what they learned yesterday and we were all delighted to see remarkable improvement. We looked like a well-oiled machine by the end of the sail with well-trimmed sails and excellent teamwork.
We picked up a ball at Saba Rock, right next to the Bitter End, and immediately jumped into dinner prep and showers. We had a slow evening of cooking and laughing and showering and dancing. After sitting down for dinner, we grabbed our wallets and dinghied to Saba Rock for a dessert and fruity drinks social with all of Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot and Sierra fleets. It was a really nice evening and a great chance to hang with the rest of the crew but we were also glad to head back to boats after an hour or two and rest up for a day full of activities at the Bitter End tomorrow!
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.