written by Program Director, Phil Yudin
Finally… the day that we have been waiting for…. Dock day! We woke up bright and early at Marina Cay to do a snorkel where we observed the grass growth on the ocean floor and tracked it for marine science purposes! Virginia and Caroline spotted a big clump of turtle-grass, so named because of the turtles who chomp on it during the day. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any turtles around… Must have been too early for them! Afterwards, we all dropped our moorings at Marina Cay to head over to Nanny Cay Marina.
After three smooth dockings by our skippers of the day, Grayson, Ellie, and Daisy, we had cleaning inspections to make sure that the boats were spotless and healthy environments before we were allowed to head ashore to check out the beach, pool, shops, and most importantly the Nutty Banana Ice Cream Café! Olivia, Moss, Jake, Lorenzo, and Sebastian were so excited about the ice cream that they even got two helpings to make sure that they got to try the interesting flavors.
In the afternoon, we all took truck tours to see the West End of Tortola from the land as opposed to from the sea. Gavin and Lizzie particularly liked the view from the top of Tortola on the Ridge Road that overlooked the backside of Tortola and Jost Van Dyke! After some refreshing freshwater showers, we ate dinner on the boats and celebrated a very special birthday, May Brennan’s! A delicious cake was gobbled up among friends in proper celebration.
Our tummies full, we all went to the beach to play some nighttime volleyball and other fun games before a boat meeting and then a quiet night on docks. We’ll sure be sad to leave docks tomorrow, but we can’t wait to see what’s next!
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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.