Written by Anna Sutton, Mate & Social Media Coordinator
Campers had a busy travel day, waking up bright and early to begin their travel to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Students who arrived via the USVI received a warm welcome from Sail Caribbean staff at the St. Thomas airport before loading into taxis and boarding a ferry for an hour-long journey with views of the islands. The 5pm ferry traveled as the sun set over the peaks of the islands. After clearing customs, campers reached their final destination at Hodges Creek Marina at last.
Campers settled into their new floating homes and spent time getting to know their new crew-mates. After a hot meal of grilled chicken, veggies, rice, and coleslaw was enjoyed, everyone had the opportunity to shower. Captains and mates lead boat meetings, allowing their crews to get to know each other better before heading to bed.
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Written by Anna Sutton, Mate & Social Media Coordinator and Morgan Sfreddo, Kathryn mcGranahan, & Addie Stockton, Students
Campers woke up at 7:15 am on their new vessels still docked at the Hodges Creek Marina home base. Students enjoyed a breakfast buffet that included bagels, cereal, yogurt, and fruit before having a meeting with founder Mike Liese. Campers then learned more about their boats during a prior to first lesson that covered boat vocab, a full tour, and more essential information to prepare for life onboard. Campers then made a lunch of sandwiches and chatted while they munched on their meal. Boats then departed docks, learning and practicing how to raise the mainsail, unfurl the jib, tack! Each boat sailed around, before ultimately setting course for the Marina Cay destination. Each boat picked up their first mooring ball then jumped into the crystal clear blue water for the swim test. Campers then enjoyed the rest of the beautiful afternoon onboard and splashing around in the water before taking their first boat showers! Students got to know their crewmates, playing games and learning about each other’s lives back home. Dinner crews cooked up yummy burritos for dinner and boats spent the evening continuing to get acquainted with their boat-mates! Crews tucked into bed under the stars to prepare for tomorrow’s journey to Cooper Island!
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.