Written By: Henry Joslin-Davis
Today was such a wonderfully fun and relaxed day. We said goodbye to our divers as they went on a morning dive fun dive officially as certified divers! Everyone else enjoyed a lovely lie-in till 8 o’clock. Fully rested, the breakfast team made a delicious breakfast of banana pancakes. After everyone was done eating, the day got cracking on with breakfast clean which didn’t take too long thanks to teamwork.
We lounged around beautiful Little Harbor on Peter Island for the rest of the morning. Some kids snorkeled while others wakeboarded and tubed. Some students preferred to just hung out and relaxed with a book or a swim to other boats to socialize. We were lucky enough to see the occasional sea turtle pop it’s head out of the water! Overall it was a wonderful morning.
Then, around noon boats began to up-anchor and start their sail to Dead Man’s Bay, which is also on Peter island. Instead of just sailing straight there, we tacked and jibbed zigging-zagging our way through the Sir Francis Drake channel enjoyed a relaxed sail. The tunes broadcast during the sail were an absolute chef’s kiss, as some of our students would say.
Those students who are earning their ASA certifications hopped into one of our Colgate 26’s for the sail to Dead Man’s. Practicing their small boat sailing skills and preparing for their practical exam. kids The Colgate is a smaller sailboat that is really fun to sail and feels like a completely different experience compared to sailing the much larger Catamarans and Monohulls.
After sailing for a few hours we anchored at Dead Man’s Bay. The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging out, snorkeling some more, and preparing for this evening’s infamous Sail Caribbean Chili Cook-Off! Chili Cook-Off is a competitive competition between the boats in a fleet to determine who has the best theme, best presentation and who can create the best pot of chili for our judges. Around 5 o clock kids began boat showers and dinner preparations for the big event.
Everyone who wasn’t cooking chili was helping decorate the boat according to their chili cook-off theme. After a lot of hard work and preparation, the stage was set and the chili was made, just in time for a couple of judges to visit each boat and judge the chili. Once the judging was complete and everyone was full. We had a deep boat clean and a nice boat meeting. Then everyone powered down for the night and turned in.
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.