August 5, 2016
It’s the final full day of program! Staff woke up at 6:00a.m. to motor our boats from Long Bay to the Bath’s on Virgin Gorda. Once we picked up the mooring ball, the students woke up for their final breakfast all together. When the boat was tidy, students grabbed their snorkel gear and swam to shore.
On shore, students hiked through the rock formations that lead to Devil’s Bay. At the beach, students got to learn about the history of the Bath’s and that the Baths were voted to be one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world! After we swam around at the beach, students snorkeled the reef and the Baths and went to jump rock! Jump rock is a rock by the beginning of the hike where students get to climb and jump off the rock and into the water with their friends. After everyone got to jump, it was time to head back to boats and prepare for the final sail of program!
Students worked together to unfurl the jib one last time and sail downwind to Fat Hogs Bay on Tortola. At Fat Hogs, we got fuel and water for our boats before heading back into Hodges. Fermi was the first to arrive at Hodges Creek, followed by Montlouis then Meursault. Once all lines were fast on the docks, students got to work on writing plane letters to their friends that they would have to say goodbye to soon enough and cleaning the boat. Students then showered and called home before dinner. For dinner, we had ribs and mac and cheese which was served by the staff. We all went to bed not wanting to go to the airport in the morning to start the journey home.
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.