written by mate, Lindsay Walsh
June 11, 2018
Today, our crew spent the morning at Cooper Island Beach Club, and as we were getting ready to drop the mooring ball, a slight rainstorm rolled into the area. We admired the beautiful falling rain on our surrounding waters, and once we had clear skies, we got underway and raised our sails. Our crew then learned about downwind sailing and gybing during the short voyage to Little Harbour, Peter Island.
At our new location, our crew had the test of med anchoring for the first time! Med anchoring is when we drop an anchor and attach a line to our stern and attach it to a point on land. Needless to say, both boats had a flawless execution. Students then enjoyed a lunch of Greek pita’s before our divers left to continue their training courses for the various certifications such as Open Water and Advanced Open Water. While our divers were off, the rest of our crew received their first sea turtles lesson and learned about how to properly catch, tag and release them! The students were fascinated by all the various types of turtles which inhabit our waters, their migration patterns, and the importance of tagging turtles in the BVI! After the lesson, our Sierra students got into the water first to check out how many turtles were in the area and attempted to catch one! Next to get in the water was our Foxtrot students who snorkeled around the 6 turtles the Sierra found earlier. Unfortunately, we had no luck catching turtles, but there will be plenty more opportunities throughout program!
Once our divers returned, everyone enjoyed swimming around Little Harbour (an extremely picturesque and remote location) and even socialized with the Alpha fleet a little. A few of our Sierra students snorkeled a reef and began working on their research projects by collecting data. We finished the day with a delicious veggie stir fry for dinner and the crew learned about the location that they will be traveling to tomorrow!