written by Bravo/Charlie Program mate, Megan Lundequam
July 21, 2017
Today commenced with a delicious breakfast which then progressed into Open Water divers preparing for their final dive before certification! We waved goodbye to our divers as we cleaned up breakfast and prepared to head to shore and hang out for a bit before setting sail for Nanny Cay. On shore we waded in the water, played soccer on the beach and tanned in recliners, taking advantage of the time we had to just relax. At about 10:30a.m., we shuttled back to boats, went through pre-departure checks, dropped the ball, and pointed north for Nanny and her infamous air-conditioned showers.
On our sail, we talked about points of sail and how we know how to set our sails depending on the angle the wind is hitting our boat. With happy tell tales, we sailed across the channel and just before dropping sails, we went over docking and what positions we would need for the maneuver. After an extremely smooth docking by all Bravo/Charlie boats, we immediately scarfed down lunch so we could get started with our deep clean, as we had to pass inspections at 2p.m.! We scrubbed the decks, cleaned the cockpit, swept the floors, organized our cabins, wiped down the galley countertops and cleaned out our fridges and by the time we had our inspection, we passed with flying colors.
After that, we headed to the shops to purchase floaties and t-shirts and then popped over to the convenience store for some ice cream and biscuits! It was a fantastic treat. Once we had some time to walk about, we went home to our boats and had a chance to receive our phones for a bit and check back in with the “real world.” After dinner, we all gathered together on the catamarans to listen to some live music courtesy of the Sail Caribbean staff. It was a phenomenal day in the BVI, and we look forward to the dawn of a new day. Finally, we settled into our beds and watched the stars meander across the sky.
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.