written by Mate-In-Training, Megan Lundequam
June 29, 2017
We had an early start today here on Delta because today was everyone’s favorite day — cleaning inspection day! Around this time, in the program we give our boats a deep clean, in addition to our every day maintenance, to assure our floating home stays in excellent condition. Our Program Director are the lucky individuals that get to come around and inspect each boat to make sure they all meet the same standard. First, we dirtied our galleys once more and filled our bellies with a scrumptious breakfast and once we had dropped off our certified divers for their morning fun dive, it was grind time. We had all hands on deck – literally – and worked together to get our two boats spick and spam.
Around 9:30a.m., we left Norman and sailed to Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola. We encountered a rather hefty squall on the sail over, and our crews were able to put their sailing skills to the test and really met the challenge. By using our knowledge of points of sail, we were able to set our sails to a beam reach and coast across the channel with the heavy winds standing no match against the power of our teamwork.
After a swift docking at Nanny Cay, we ate lunch, finished up our deep clean and we were ready for inspections. With both boats passing with flying colors, our certified divers were able to have a bit of shore time while our Open Water divers set off for their final dive of their open water certifications! Excitement was palpable in the air. Our non-open water students wandered around the shops, floated in the marina’s pool and hung out on land while mingling with the students of some of the other programs.
Before we knew it, our divers were back (and certified!) and everyone was off to the ‘greatest bathrooms in all of the BVIs’ to take their first fully-fresh-water-showers since leaving Hodges Creek Marina 5 days ago. Needless to say, it was a little while since we were all back on boats, but we eventually reconvened, feeling cleaner than ever, just in time for a family dinner.
At around 8:30p.m., the Delta fleet met on shore and spent some time getting to know each other, setting personal and group goals for the program and playing some team building games to give us all a chance to bond before we all head down island in just a few short days! Once back at boats, we capped off the evening with a boat meeting and a debrief of the day before heading to bed after another beautiful day in the islands.
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.