written by Mate-In-Training, Megan Lundequam
July 3, 2017
Today, the crew was up bright and early so they could make breakfast, clean the boat and make it to the shores of the Bitter End Yacht Club as soon as physically possible. Once ready, we started our shuttling ashore so we could get briefed on the day and get ready for all the activities lined up for us. Before we started signing up for rotations of activities, we convened and embarked on a hike to the top of the mountain at the Bitter End, winding along Guy’s Trail. Although it isn’t the longest hike, it is rather steep but it is safe to say the views were well worth the short-lived struggle!
Once back at the bottom, we had a group meeting with the Alpha and Tango fleets as well to talk about all of the options for the day and give everyone a chance to sign up for whichever activities they wanted to partake in! We had Sail Caribbean’s Poparazzi watersporting tube, small boats sailing rentals and various water sports available. Everyone raced to the white board the second we opened it up for sign ups. We spent the day laughing hysterically while racing small boats, swaying in hammocks on the beach, and munching on ice cream as we walked from the dinghy dock to base.
Finally, the highlight of the day occured when we all gathered together at the end of the day for a big game of beach volleyball where we played multiple rounds, sometimes playing boat versus boat and sometimes boys versus girls. It was an action packed day and there wasn’t a second spent not laughing and having the time of our lives.
Around 5p.m., we all shuttled back to boats for dinner prep, showers, and story time where we shared our adventures from the day and unwound. We enjoyed a dinner of taters, chicken and garlic bread. It was a relaxing and satisfying end to a long and packed day. “QNOBs” (SC translation: Quiet night on board) all around!
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.