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Follow Our Journey! Early Alpha, Foxtrot, Charlie, Sierra, & Tango- Day 10

By Josephine A June 18, 2024

Written by Lewis K., mate on Sonsbeek

The fleet woke up early and enjoyed a breakfast buffet- a choice of cereal, granola, and yogurt. Shortly after they completed their pre-departure checks to make sure their boats were safe and ready for the day’s sailing. They dropped the mooring ball at Bitter End and had a smooth four-hour sail through the shallow, turquoise waters to the island of Anegada.

After picking up mooring balls in their field, the crews cooled off with a quick swim before taking a dinghy ashore and trucking to Big Bamboo, a local cafe, for some ice cream and a browse of the gift shop!  Next, they took part in a “Human Impacts” lesson from our Marine Bio coordinators where they discussed various threats the oceans face- from plastic pollution to harmful sunscreens.

After this, each boat took part in a beach cleaning competition and managed to fill multiple trash bags with a variety of litter that would have otherwise found their way into the ocean! Before heading back to boats, the groups took a truck tour to a local shark and flamingo nursery- where they saw each of these amazing animals in their natural habitats. Once back on board, crews prepared a delicious meal of spaghetti bolognese!

Next, it was time for the crews to decide who their skipper, mate, and navigator would be for challenge day- which will take place tomorrow. Finally, it was time to finish the day with a PM boat meeting before unwinding with a quiet night on board, and some Taylor Swift playing of course!

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.