written by Early Foxtrot & Early Sierra mate, Paul McCormack
June 13, 2017
Day five started by waking up in the beautiful Pirate’s Bight and we had a hearty breakfast in preparation for our first hike to the helicopter pad on shore. We headed to land with are feet fortified by real shoes for the first time in a couple days, all in great determination to reach the top.
As we peaked the summit, we hydrated and played three games called “Oh Captain, My Captain”, “When The Wind Blows” and “World’s Biggest Fan.” Each game took students out of their comfort zone as well as learning about things we all shared in common.
With smiles on our faces, we made our decent back to the boats and were ready to do our pre-departure checks before dropping our mooring balls and heading towards Great Harbour on Peter Island. While underway, we did a Points Of Sail lesson and learned how to sail upwind while tacking our yachts up the Sir Francis Drake channel. A great effort was made by each boat, allowing everyone to arrive at Peter Island and settle in for the night.
We picked up our mooring balls in Great Harbour and the divers went to finish their confined water skills and the non-divers had an unmissable Caribbean Creatures lesson by Rowsey and Zosha. After the lesson, they hopped in the sea and went for a snorkel alongside the boats in the mooring field and saw the wealth of marine life that the harbor had to offer. Turtles, sting rays and big schools of fish were all spotted by the group — definitely one of the best snorkels of the trip so far.
After the snorkel, water sports kept everyone pleasantly busy. From water skiing to wake boarding, most got up even if it was just for a few seconds! The challenge was so entertaining.
The night ended with each boat having a more than satisfactory dinner and boat activities broke out in the mooring field from hide and seek, workouts and dancing! The night was filled in great expectation and excitement for another day to come.
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.