written by Provisions Manager, Lindsay Walsh
June 24, 2018
This morning, our students woke up eager to begin their adventure with Sail Caribbean. They were all very excited to first take a visit the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive shop and then learn about their new homes aboard Fidji and Grenade. After a thorough prior-to-first sail lesson was taught, the crews felt more comfortable about all aspects of their vessels, both above and below deck.
It was then time to head out into the Sir Francis Drake channel and start sailing! On on way to Cooper Island, the destination for the day, the crew learned about how to raise their sails and tacking maneuvering. Once both yachts reached Cooper Island Beach Club, they successfully picked up a mooring ball for the night on the first try!
Our Open Water divers began working on their certification course with their confined skills learning and diving. All other divers got to get in the water and go diving at Chromis Reef. Our non-divers explored the island, hanging out on the beach, participating in beach activities and checking out the local coffee shop.
When divers were done with their training for the day, everyone reconvened and headed back to their home boats to shower and get ready for dinner. For dinner, the crew enjoyed a dinner of burritos followed by a boat meeting where we enjoyed getting to know each other a little better. The crews then powered down to get ready for another day at Cooper tomorrow!
Missing from Boat Photo: Gavin Schmidtke (who was a late arrival) *Updated photo coming soon!*
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.