written by mate of Venture, Alex Armson, Brought to you by the crew of Venture
August 17, 2015
Today, Greg was the skipper and Parker was the navigator. The day began when the Charlie divers went for their last session. Matt and Lindsey went for a fun dive while Anna, Mary, Greg, Parker and Nes finished their Rescue Diver course. It involved a lot of medical scenarios and Matt and Lindsay even became practice casualties. Meanwhile, Marc went sailing on Opal Bela with Keith, our ASA Instructor, to continue working towards his Basic Keelboat certification. Jenna and Daniella went to Galilee in the morning to have a lesson about Mangrove trees and their importance within our ecosystem. They then went snorkeling around Long Bay to see where the mangroves grow.
In the afternoon, everyone reconvened on Venture where we had lunch then raised our anchor by hand which was a challenge but a great accomplishment! Parker did a great job at spearheading this task and motivating everybody. We set sail for Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda and then got a radio call from Galilee. During the BBQ last night, Nes, Parker and Alex went to prank Galilee by tying a fender to the head of the sail, which they didn’t notice until they raised their sails today. Needless to say, they weren’t too impressed. Today’s voyage was a great upwind sail to our destination, and Marc did an amazing job at the helm and had the boat keeling over a lot.
We arrived at Savannah Bay, then set our anchor by hand. We then hosted a soda float and Galilee came over and hung out with us which was a lot of fun. We had dinner and ended the last full day with a boat meeting which involved a lot of cookies. Today our crew did a great job of anchoring by hand and working as a team.
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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.