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Charlie 3 & Alpha 4 2015 Trip Blog- Day 9

By wpdev August 15, 2015
written by mate of Venture, Alex Armson, Brought to you by the crew of Galilee
August 14, 2015

Today, Nicole was the skipper of the day, Selena was the navigator and James was the mate. In the morning, James went diving and pet a lobster! While James, Jerko and Louisa went diving, the rest of the crew went water sporting. Jerko, Spencer, Harry and Cailey all went on the poparazzi. We then set sail for Great Harbor on Peter Island. We motored out into the channel, away from Trellis Bay, then raised our sails. It was a downwind sail, so we got a chance to practice our jibing. Nicole was great at safely maneuvering the boat and controlling the speed. Chloe and Louisa helped to tie the preventer to make sure it was safe while sailing down wind, in case we accidentally jibed.

We picked up a mooring ball on our second try at Great Harbor. Sophia, Selena, Harry, Chloe and Spencer all went out on Opal Bella, our 27 foot keel boat, which they said was a lot of fun. It was great to see how the smaller boat worked, which helped us to better understand Galilee.

We then began preparation for the Chili Cook Off! Our theme was camping, so we turned the cockpit into a giant tent and had stars attached to the ceiling. The visiting “Chileans” came to judge our chili and had three tests to demonstrate – the plop test, the smell test and the taste test. After these rituals were complete, we sang the traditional chili song and gobbled the chili up! We will find out if our chili and theme won at the end of program ceremony.

Today our crew did a great job of sailing downwind and working together as a team to execute the chili cook off. Our miracle moment was when our chili tasted amazing!

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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.