Written By: Anastasia Babicki
The fleet woke up to a beautiful calm morning at Cooper Island. Today, was going to look a bit different for our whole armada, as we were splitting up for a good part of the day. There was a morning dive for most students and the Charlie, Bravo, Delta groups had a nice sail planned directly to Little Harbour.
Our Foxtrot and Sierra crews prepared themselves for a full day of community service as they headed to Soldier’s Bay for turtle tagging with the Association of Reef Keepers (ARK). The fleet enjoyed loaded eggs for breakfast and then we were off on our own paths. Once breakfast was devoured all crews got ready to set sail sail.
The Bravo, Charlie, and Delta crews swiftly glided down-wind to Little Harbour in no-time. Upon their arrival, they refreshed themselves on med-anchoring and put their skills to the task once again. One by one, anchors dropped in the harbour and med-moors were set. Once everyone was secured for the evening, an afternoon of Water-sporting, Colgating, Hobie sailing, and relaxation began. In between some water-sporting, some students tried their hand at learning a few sailing knots and mastered those knots before hopping back in for the next round of tubing!
Meanwhile, with their sails at full canvas, the Foxtrot and Sierra crews made their way on over to Soldier’s Bay, Norman Island. After arriving at Norman the boats all enjoyed some yummy shark dip and prepared to turtle. Our ARK trained turtle staff members prepared and educated the students on how to properly turtle, data requirements and how to properly prepare the boat for the turtles. It was a great day for all of the students because, we not only caught one turtle, we caught four turtles! In total we caught one hawksbill (more rare for the BVI) and three green turtles. Before we knew it it was time to say goodbye to Soilder’s Bay and meet back up with the rest of the fleet at Little Harbour.
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.