written by Echo student, Emily Mussio
June 7, 2018
This morning, we were a bunch of rays of sunshine with an early wake up of 6a.m. for Challenge dayyyy! The crew of Moselle was anticipating a 5 hour sail which only took us 3 hours. During the sail, we held a dance party at the same time broke Captain Arter’s speed record with a whopping speed of 9.5 knots. Our fearless skipper of the day guided us to a perfect mooring ball pick up (on the first try). The bow of the boats had a little more difficulty with leading the lines properly, but with great teamwork and leadership we were able to figure out where the issues were and were able to fix it.
After securing the lines at Anegada, we had some time to relax and cook lunch due to our speedy sailing. After lunch, we dinghied to shore and loaded up on a pick up truck which brought us to Loblolly Bay. At this bay, we spent the day picking up trash, observing lemon sharks and extremely neat coral, and enjoyed some ice cream.
After some delicious ice cream, we split up for an ASA 103 lesson which resulted in learning about right-of-way, life onboard and weather. We then packed up to head back to boats just in time for a crew workout followed by beautiful ocean showers.
Dinner was chicken and veggies, which then brought us into boat meeting ending the night with a classic game of pirates. Challenge day was very successful and gave the crew the confidence we had been striving for.
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.