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Early Alpha, Early Charlie, Early Foxtrot, Early Sierra, Day 7: Cooper Island Beach Club

By wpdev June 19, 2021

Written by Natalie Pemberton

Day 7

Today was another fantastic day in the BVI.. but being out of quarantine definitely made it that much better of a day! Students woke up a the picturesque Scrub Island Marina, and made delicious loaded eggs for breakfast. Shredded cheese, tomatoes, green onions, bell peppers, bacon, and other delicacies could be found in frying pans throughout A-dock. With bellies full and breakfast clean finished, it was time to muster the crews for another day of sailing the ocean blue.

Today’s lessons under sail included navigation, right of way, and the art of motor-jibbing as they made their way from Scrub Island’s turquoise waters and to Cooper Island. Now that quarantine was a thing of the past, the real fun could begin…. DIVING!

Shortly after arrival to Cooper Island, our Open Water, Advanced Open Water and fun diving students packed their snorkel gear and headed ashore to meet our Sail Caribbean Divers team and begin their courses or enjoy a recreational dive. The sound of dive tanks being moved, regulator checks, and diving instruction filled the beach of Cooper Island Beach Club.

While our divers were breathing underwater, those who weren’t registered enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of water-sporting, sailing the Colgate 26s, and socializing with other boats! A marine science lesson was also held on how to test water quality in marinas.

Before they knew it, it was time for students to return to their home boats for a showers and dinner prep. Dinner kept up with the celebration of our quarantine as pans of loaded nachos made their way to the table centers of each vessel. Following the final crunch of the last nacho chip, boats dispersed from the table to complete their evening chores. To round out the evening, a round of card games was played to add a cherry on top of another amazing 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.