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Early Alpha Day 1: We have arrived!

By wpdev June 12, 2016
written by Social Media Coordinator, Ryan Smith
June 10, 2016

All our team members were moving about extra excitedly today, preparing for our first kid arrivals day of the season! Although the day can be a bit long and tiring for our traveling campers, at the end of the day, it’s the start of a new adventure! Myself, Rowsey, our Marine Biology intern and Kyra, one of our Mates-in-Training, were the three staff members that travelled to meet all the arriving students at the St. Thomas airport throughout the day. One student, Sofi, is local to Tortola and was dropped off right at base! After a the waves of arriving students made their way back to Hodges following the gorgeous ferry ride through the islands, students were assigned and settled into their boats. Two students unfortunately had some minor flight delays that placed them overnight in a hotel stay with me, but we made the very best of it with a fun dinner of bang bang shrimp, coconut shrimp and spicy chicken wings and fell asleep to Jurassic World.

The students back at base enjoyed a delicious meal of chicken, rice and slaw, gobbling it up from the cockpits of their new homes, among new friends.

Following dinner, students sat attentively as an infamous “Mike Talk” was delivered naturally by Mike Liese himself under the moonlight, outlining Sail Caribbean policies, standards, and expectations during the program. After taking some refreshing shore showers, each boat’s crew held their first boat meeting within their yacht’s salon. During each boat meeting, crews got acquainted with each other and had brief introductions to different aspects of the program, such as the roles on the duty roster and ship’s logs. After wrapping up the meeting, it wasn’t long before students were fast asleep in anticipation of leaving the docks the follow morning. Look forward to the crews’ boat photos prior to leaving docks in the next trip update for Day 2, or have an early look by checking out our Sail Caribbean Facebook page!

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.