Brought to you by the crew of Montlouis
June 15, 2016
We all awoke early on Montlouis and had a breakfast prepared by Lizzie and Carson. We chowed down on veggie scrambled eggs and then did predeparture checks. Our skipper of the day, Georgia, was on the helm as we dropped the mooring ball, motored out of the Bight, and raised our sails. We set off on a circumnavigation of Peter Island with the guidance of Grant, the navigator for the day. Grace, Grant, Maggie, and Maddie, our four Basic Keelboat students, helped teach the crew how to tack. As we rounded Peter Island, we practiced jibes, and Nathan, Daniel and Ben all took turns at the helm.
Our morning sail concluded with a smooth docking at Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola. Once all lines were made fast, Daniel and Ben prepared us a yummy lunch; pesto pasta! After a thorough boat cleaning, everyone headed off to explore the docks at Nanny. The crew enjoyed shop time and ice cream, and then they all headed back to boats to get their phones and call home. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their first land shower after being at sea at the famously luxurious Nanny cay showers.
Grant and Alex made us chicken curry for dinner, which was super spicy, but super delicious. We had a fun evening by having a soda social on the beach with the other boat. The students all played volleyball enjoyed some of the local favorite sodas: Ting and Ginger beer. We quieted down for boating meeting and everyone went around and said their highs and lows of the day. We settled in for the evening, and everyone fell asleep hard after a long but fun day!
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.