July 20, 2016
Today, the crew of Rioja enjoyed a jam-packed day of adventure and new experiences. Bright and early at 6:00 a.m., the two Open Water students awoke to shuffle over to Meursault, a Bravo/Charlie boat, for the day. After hanging out with new friends for an hour, they headed to The Indians for a relaxing snorkel filled with colorful reef fish and amazing coral heads. The two divers then sailed over to the Bight, on Norman Island, and spent the afternoon completing numerous skill-oriented dives, coming even closer to being certified divers!
Meanwhile, the rest of the crew dropped the mooring ball at Cooper Island and began a long upwind sail to the Bitter End Yacht Club. Many students led the boat through spectacular tacks from the helm. Once moored at Bitter End, the students participated in a number of activities. Some students had the chance to water sport and ride on board Poparazzi, our massive tube, while many others learned to small boat sail for the first time on board some Hobie Cat’s. They also walked around shops and played on the beach. Around 3:00 p.m., in the afternoon, Rioja left the North Sound and motor-sailed downwind to meet up with the rest of their boat mates at the Bight. Everyone ate some delicious spaghetti bolognese before a quick boat meeting. As the students lied down to go to bed, they observed a beautiful full moon through some scattered clouds!