Delta 1 2015 – Day 2
written by Program Director, Jen Borderud
The crew of Grand Plaisance III woke up eager to tackle the morning, strike lines, and set sail. Elvira stepped up as our Skipper of the Day and was not at all shy about getting her crew organized and ready to depart. After a beautiful de-docking in which Elvira skillfully pivoted the 53’ sloop-rigged monohull on her starboard stern line, the Delta crew was thrilled to get out to sea and raise sails.
With a healthy dose of wind, GP3 (as she is affectionately called by her crew) flew across the Sir Francis Drake Channel towards Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island. Once on the mooring ball, Cassidy, Dylan, Hawkey, Kricket, and Chloe went for a sail on our 26’ Colgate Keelboat, Opal Bella, to begin working towards their American Sailing Association certification. Pablo and Elvira began their dive education while Sam, Stephanie, Madison, and Emily went for a fun dive at Vanishing Rock. We spent the afternoon setting up all our hammocks and jumping off the boat for the first boat shower of the summer!
While dinner crew prepped and jammed to music in the galley, the rest of the crew practiced the bowline knot, rolling hitch, and other handy knots. By the end of the day, everyone was ready to hit the hay and sleep under the summer stars.
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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.