written by Bravo/Charlie mate, Megan Lundequam
July 31, 2017
This morning, our divers had to be up and ready to load up on the dive boat by 8:30a.m. but the rest of the crew could have a lie-in. The non-divers had a relaxing morning of waking up to Jack Johnson and the slow yet obvious temperature rise as the sun assumed its position in the sky. Before starting pre-departure checks and dropping the ball, we did a bit of boat swapping for the day! Mersault stayed behind to wait for divers and take all of them over at once so our non-divers loaded up on Attila and Fermi. As for the rest of the fleet, we decided a good “lad” and “lady” sail was in the cards. All the girls went over to Attila and all the boys sailed on Fermi. Everyone had a good chance to hang with new crewmates, maybe sail on a different boat for a change and just kick back with the guys or gals.
It was a relaxing downwind sail across the north side of Tortola and a great opportunity to practice our jibing and use of preventers! Before leaving, we also had an in depth navigation lesson as we had to navigate through the Guana Channel before sailing past Tortola. We then needed to navigate around the northeast side of Sandy Spit to get into the bay. We were all in awe once we finally dropped anchor in front of the little island as it hardly looked real with bright turquoise waters leading up to soft white sand surrounding a small forest of trees in the middle of the island, all sitting in front of a backdrop of open ocean.
We swam to shore and explored for a bit but our sail down was a long one so we only had a bit of time to swim around before it was time to head back to boats to begin showering and prepping for dinner. After dinner, we dinghied back to shore for boat meeting and a chance to walk around the island a bit more and lay down in the sand and look at the stars. A short rainstorm chased us off the island shortly after our boat meeting ended but it was all part of the adventure. Once we dried off, we were ready to hit the hay and rest up before another day on the water!
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.