witten by Bravo/Charlie Program Director, Jen Borderud
July 18, 2017
The Charlie and Bravo fleet’s first morning out on the water began by waking up to the sights and sounds of Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island. In the early mornings here, the water is glassy and the wind is light. In just a few minutes of watching the water’s surface, one is likely to see half a dozen green sea turtles popping up to take a few breaths before diving back down to continue grazing on their sea grass breakfast.
Today, divers continued working on their certifications while the rest of the crew headed off to Cistern Rock for a snorkel. After lunch, our students pursuing ASA certifications jumped aboard Sail Caribbean’s very own Opal Bella, a 26-foot Colgate Keelboat, for the afternoon while others went wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding, tubing and kayak.
After a delicious, family-style dinner of burrito wraps and bowls, the crew banded together to quickly clean up dinner and settle in for their nightly boat meeting. Boat meeting is a time to share highlights of the day and learn each other’s stories as the crew winds down for the evening.
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.