July 7, 2016
Let me start by saying that the students hands down agreed this was the BEST day at Sail Caribbean so far!
We started off our morning waking up after ‘sleepovers’. A chance for the boat crews to mix and get to know each other better, by having all the female campers sleepover together and all the male campers sleepover on the other yacht. This morning, the crews enjoyed a pancake cookoff competition judged by our staff.
By 9.00 a.m., we were ready for our day exploring St Barts … and staff showed up in convertible jeeps for exploring! We split into groups with most of us snorkeling and relaxing at famous Shelly beach while the rest piled into the jeeps, cranked the tunes and took off. St Barts is a labyrinth of winding narrow roads, that plunge in and out of valleys flushed with palms and cactus growing together. Each crew had 1.5 hours of island tour time which included salt ponds, lagoons, coastal roads with pounding surf, ice-cream stops and lookouts from the tippy top of the mountains.
After most of the day off the boats, we headed back to get ready to dedock at 5 p.m. Around the northern point of the island, we settled into another picturesque bay, Columbier, for the evening.
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.