July 22, 2016
This morning, the crew awoke in quiet Little Harbour, Peter Island. While the two Open Water diving students left to complete their certification course, the rest of the boat prepared for the sail to Nanny Cay Marina. Everyone enjoyed a nice few hours of sailing, getting plenty of sail trimming and tacking practice. Once at the mouth of the channel into the marina, the students dropped the sails and the skipper of the day confidently led the crew through a flawless docking into the slip. The two divers rejoined the rest of the crew as newly certified PADI Open Water Divers!
After helping provision the boat with an abundance of food for down island, the crew of Rioja departed for a truck tour of Tortola. They even stopped and enjoyed some ice cream in Road Town. Once back, the students received their phones to call home and began showering. After eating a delicious dinner of philly cheesesteaks and sautéed veggies, four divers went for a night dive at The Indians. Some of them even saw some spotted moral eels and a massive school of over one hundred squid! Meanwhile, back at Nanny Cay, the non-diving students went to Meursault, one of the Charlie and Bravo boats, to hang out. The divers finally returned, and after showering, the students gathered for a boat meeting before lying down and falling asleep.
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.