July 30, 2016
Challenge day is here! Today, students awoke to Captains and Mates who would be just observers to the daily activities. Challenge day is the day of program that entails the students leading the responsibilities of the day including the sailing, meal preparation, and timeliness. However, captains and mates are always present for risk management concerns.
Some students in the Charlie and Bravo fleets even woke up earlier than scheduled to make chocolate chip pancakes and cook breakfast in bed for their staff! Much appreciated. Scheduled divers left after breakfast, while the skippers of the day orchestrated their transport to the dive boat. All on their own merit, the students dropped the mooring balls, raised sails, and set off for Soper’s Hole.
The sail was downwind, involving multiple gybes, which are considered more elaborate than tacking. The students all preformed tremendously taking the proper safety precautions for each gybe, with minimal staff interventions. The students picked up mooring balls at Soper’s Hole, then prepared lunch as the scheduled divers returned. After lunch, divers left again, while the rest of the fleet went to land to browse the shops and have refreshments at Pusser’s, with the divers joining them on land hours later. After returning back to the boats, the skipper of the day kept the students (and staff) in check, making sure all designated chores had been completed before boat meeting and power down.
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.