written by Early Alpha mate, Emily Graf
June 18, 2017
Today, we woke up eager and early because it was Race day! We had a nice breakfast buffet and quickly prepped the boat to get ready to set off from Anegada to Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda for the day. All the Sail Caribbean boats from the Alpha, Sierra, and Foxtrot headed out of the Anegada mooring field and to the start line for Race Day.
Race day started strong with everyone raising main sails fast! It was a close race. The first boat in was an Alpha boat Fermi with Sierra/Foxtrot boat Paso Doble in close second. It seemed some protest against the winning parties was later investigated by other neutral party boats and examples of mischievous trickery came to light that disqualified one of the boats from the race. All in good fun of course with a bundle of good laughs!
After we anchored and ate lunch following the comedown of great competition, we went diving for fun for the first time since we all finished our courses. We had excellent dives and were happy to explore without having to demonstrate any skills. Those that opted out of diving for the day got to hang out and have a marine science lesson followed by a snorkel of the surrounding beautiful environment (most of our staff members agree — it’s our favorite destination!).
After diving finished up, we got some down time to relax and float in the water together with our boats. We made a delicious dinner of falafel with Tzatziki sauce. A lot of us hadn’t eaten this before and were hesitant at first but ended up loving it!
After dinner, we all headed to Paso Doble of the Foxtrot and Sierra fleet to have a night adaption lesson. Then, we all hopped in the water for a night snorkel! We got to see some of the most incredible bioluminescence. When we got out of the water, we had hot cocoa waiting for us. We were all wiped out from a long and jam-packed day and headed straight to our beds within this home on the water.
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.