written by Early Foxtrot & Early Sierra mate, Sarah McMeikin
June 15, 2017
After a much needed night’s rest at Nanny Cay, we woke to another delicious breakfast buffet and loads of fresh fruit. Before long, it was time for the much anticipated volleyball tournament! The Aardvarks Vs. Team Two, with the Aardvarks coming home victorious. (Aardvarks Vs. Staff tomorrow for a showdown!).
We then set our sails for the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda — 22 nautical miles away and our longest sail yet. De-docking our boats went super smoothly despite being the first time on the helm for the skipper’s of the day. The wind was blowing up to 25 knots and the sun was shining — a perfect day for a long sail! As part of a series of mini challenges, the students were handed the responsibility of raising the sails and setting course without the help of the staff. They worked together and raised the sails in record time!
Being on the catamarans, progress upwind was slow but fortunately, that meant we were able to practice countless tacks. As a team, we really honed our skills. While others caught up on sleep with a few cheeky naps, we rotated skippers and now everyone feels quite comfortable on the helm.
After five hours at sea, filled with songs, smiles, and snacks, we moored at Bitter End Yacht Club and devoured a delicious dinner of fajitas. Once dinner was finished, we headed to Saba Rock for a social as well as some extravagant desserts. After a fun night, we crashed once more around 9:30pm for another full day of activities tomorrow at the Bitter End.
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.