written by Delta mate, Luka Walshe
July 23, 2017
It was an early morning today; we woke and dropped the ball at Trellis Bay at 6.30a.m. and proceeded to motor out past Beef Island before raising sails and powering towards Virgin Gorda. We passed the Dogs, a magnificent set of islands protruding forth from the sea, and headed towards Mosquito Island, before making for Saba Rock, where we picked up a ball. We then headed ashore to the Bitter End Yacht Club!
At the Bitter End, we went for a hike up and around the rolling hills, taking stock of the majestic views and photo opportunities. After the hike, we went and gathered at the gazebo, where we signed up for watersports and small boat sailing activities. Over the next few hours ,we took out Hobie cats, 420’s and keelboats, and had a few blasts on Sail Caribbean’s infamous watersporting tube, Poparazzi. We went for lunch at the restaurant and visited the shops for souvenirs and snacks.
After the Bitter End day, we headed back to the boats to have the Chili Cook Off, a sail Caribbean tradition where we cook chili and decorate our boats in line with a creative theme and presentation we come up with. The chili cook off was hilarious — everyone got involved in the skits and had a grand ol’ time. After the Chili Cook Off, we held a boat meeting, and talked about the plan for the next day, about the sail down island, and the preparations we would need to make the following day. We went to sleep under the stars, eagerly anticipating the dawn.
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.