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Follow Our Journey! Alpha, Foxtrot, Charlie, Sierra, & Tango- Day 3

By Josephine A June 10, 2024

Written by Darby T., mate on Betty’s Dream

Hello from Betty’s Dream!

We have had a fantastic first few days on board, and all agree each day has been better than the last. Today, we woke up to a bright, sunny morning and were excited to sail from Marina Cay to Cooper Island. After filling up with bowls of yogurt and Frosted Flakes, we successfully dropped our mooring ball before any of the other boats in the fleet! 

With Luigi leading us at the helm and AJ hoisting up the main halyard, we got our sails up swiftly and set off. Upon arriving at Cooper quickly, thanks to strong and steady winds, our Mooring Ball Hooker Isabel, our spotter Brady, and our trusty bowline threaders Ava and Betts showcased fantastic teamwork skills in hooking our mooring hall and getting us secured for the afternoon!

Before we knew it, everyone was excitedly throwing on their snorkeling gear and setting off for some very necessary exploring! After lunch, our Discovery Scuba Divers had a quick lesson, before going tubing and small boat sailing. Tessa and Elise agreed that tubing was a highlight of the afternoon (but wished they went even faster)! Meanwhile, Luigi went for his first Sail Caribbean dive; Jack got a private pre-dive lesson from PADI instructor Hannah; and our Open Water candidates had an awesome lesson just off the shore of Cooper Island.

Afterward, many students went for snorkel #2 around the coral reefs near our boat, where Caroline and Nikki spotted some parrot fish and sea urchins! We are keeping track of all the awesome sea creatures we’ve seen and are up to a collective 5 sea turtles.

After ocean showers and a game or two of Uno, Nikki and Hayley made a crowd-favorite dinner of baked feta pasta- we appreciated their hard work! Everyone is adjusting to life at sea quite well, and we can’t wait to see all the memories and achievements that the next 10 days hold. Thanks for sharing your crew with us on Betty’s!!

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.