written by Provisions Manager, Lindsay Walsh
July 16, 2018
The crew of Delta woke up eager to learn about their home vessels and get out into the channel to start sailing! After breakfast, our whole fleet sat down with Sail Caribbean’s Founder/Director Mike Liese to learn a little bit about the British Virgin Islands and what Sail Caribbean is all about. After, everyone got to check out the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive shop and our student divers filled out paperwork for their courses.
When everyone headed back to their boats, staff captains and mates took their new crews around the boat to give a lesson on how everything on the boat works. Students learned everything from what the main sail is to how to turn the stove on. After students felt they had a thorough understanding about their home vessels, it was time to head out into the Sir Francis Drake Channel!
Zanzibar was the first vessel to de-dock, followed by Hully Gully, both vessels had a fantastic de-docking from our docks at Hodges Creek Marina. Out in the channel, students raised their main sail and unfurled their jib for the first time together as a crew and headed towards Cooper Island. Cooper Island is home to the Cooper Island Beach Club which has a smoothie bar, shops and a Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive shop location.
Once each boat successfully picked up a mooring ball at Manchioneel Bay on Cooper, divers headed to shore to begin their courses! Our Open Water divers met with their instructors and went over knowledge reviews. Our fun divers hopped on the dive boat to meet the dive staff and learn about our custom dive boat, Endeavour. After learning about the dive boat, our divers headed out for their first dive of the program! Our non-divers hung out on shore and enjoyed the beautiful sandy beach at Cooper, coordinating some beach games along the way.
When divers were done with their training for the day, everyone headed back to their home boats to shower and get ready for dinner. For dinner, the crew enjoyed and delicious dinner of burritos and got ready for another day at Cooper tomorrow!
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.