written by Early Alpha mate, Emily Graf
June 15, 2017
Today, we woke up at Nanny Cay and had a nice breakfast altogether with our boats. After breakfast, we headed to the beach to play a volley ball tournament. We separated into two teams; the Aardvarks and the cleverly named Team 2. Team 2 won the first round, with the Aardvarks wining the second. The third game was a close call but the Aardvarks came out on top!
After the volleyball tournament, we jumped in the sea to cool off. Then we headed back to our boats to brainstorm a dedocking plan. The students came up with their own plans without any help from their captains or mates! The boats both got off the docks with ease and headed out to sail to the North Sound.
On our sail, we learned about rights of way and how to tie certain knots that are most commonly used while sailing. We had a yummy lunch as we sailed upwind. As we tacked our way towards the North Sound, we tried to sail as fast as possible reaching speeds of up to 8.6 knots! We had the most fun on this sail and it was our longest sail yet. Once we got to the North Sound, we headed towards Saba Rock for our final destination of the day. We picked up a mooring ball on the first try without any help from our captain and mate as well!
Once we got on the ball, we had some down time to swim around and relax. After a yummy dinner of chicken fajitas, we cleaned the boat really quick so that we could head to Saba Rock for a social with the other boats and programs. We had lots of delicious treats like hot fudge sundaes, s’mores, and smoothies. After our social on shore, we headed back to boats and got ready for bed. We were all very excited to go to Bitter End Yacht Club the next day and have a full day on shore.
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.