Early Alpha, Charlie, Foxtrot, Sierra, Tango: Day 6 & Day 7 – Nanny Cay and Bitter End Yacht Club
Written by Kiah Williams, Mate & Boat Palilu
We dropped the ball at Great Harbour and did our first full team sail to Nanny. Every boat did lessons underway including raising the sail, points of sail and docking. We made pasta underway and arrived at Nanny in the afternoon. Once docked everyone had a chance to have some refreshing land showers, search through some shops and explore Nanny. The kids also all had a chance to have some phone time and call home. We finished the evening off with music and cooking dinner, good energy all around and a lot of happy campers. Palilu agreed that their favorite parts of the day were sailing properly together as a team and having quality time to explore the marina and local area.
Written by Gabby Foley, Mate & Clover Kunreuther, Student & Riley Hayes, Student
Today we arose on the docks at the beautiful Nanny Cay. We woke up early at 6:45 and fixed a delicious French toast breakfast with cinnamon and sugar. Breakfast cleanup went smoothly and around 8:00am we taught a de-docking lesson and left the docks. The students are quickly picking up skills and anticipating future actions. I am beyond impressed by their ability to learn and adapt in challenging environments.
We then sailed upwind from Nanny Cay Marina to the Virgin Gorda Sound where at 1:30 we moored at Bitter End Yacht Club. The sail was a long and enjoyable trip. The whole time it was calm and relaxing.
Students caught dingy rides ashore to hang out on the beach, sail the hobie cats, ride on the hot dog, and check out the shops. Foxtrot and Sierra students had a turtle tagging lesson in the sound and went turtling. As the sun set, the campers enjoyed an evening swim and shower. The sun sank below the horizon as we all munched on tasty pizza bagels and enjoyed a calm evening on the boat.
Quote from Clover Kunreuther: “I think meeting the locals has been a great part of the trip. They are very nice and make you feel at home. The environment here is very chill and relaxed.”
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.