Early Alpha 2015 – Day 10
written by Program Director, Phil Yudin
Today was quite the full day for the Early Alpha crew, even though we didn’t even move our boats anywhere! We got up bright and early for a breakfast of French Toast and right afterward we went ashore to the Bitter End Yacht Club, where we would spend the whole day. During the day, some of us meandered around the shops and checked out the wares for sale at the gift shop and dive shop. We also got to sail small Hobie-cat sailboats around in the North Sound, and had little mini-races with them. Lorenzo, Harry, Moss, Garrett, Jake, and Grant practically spent the whole day out on the water! There were a bunch of places where we could get lunch, though most of us settled for the “Quarterdeck Pub”, which has the best pizza on Virgin Gorda!
All day long there were two boats going with water sports activities such as tubing or wakeboarding. Kyle tried his hand (or feet!) at water-skiing and managed to stand up on his first try, while Lizzie and Ashley went out on the tube. Caroline even went out on the wakeboard for the first time since 3rd grade!
The coolest water-sports part of the day was having Popparazzi, a special three-person tube that requires a ton of teamwork and coordination to stay upright! Mark, Gavin, and Kyle worked as a team to stay afloat for a fairly long time until Jay managed to throw them off the tube. After a long day of activities at the Bitter End, we went ashore at Saba Rock, just across the channel, for a dinner out with our boats. After dinner, we checked out the gift shop at Saba and watched a kite-boarder cut back and forth across the channel. Then it was time to head to bed to prepare for our next day of program. Can’t believe that day 10 is already over and done with!
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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.