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Follow Our Journey! Early Alpha, Foxtrot, Charlie, Sierra, & Tango- Day 5

By Josephine A June 13, 2024

Written by Emily D., Mate on Mile Hi

Today the students woke up to a beautiful sunrise and some amazing buttermilk pancakes. We started the day off right with morning announcements and scuba diving before moving on to swimmy fun time! We rotated through some Colgate fun and tubing before chilling in the shade. 

After some much-needed chill time, we got ready to drop the mooring ball and set sail! Gwen was our skipper today and she was quick to assign positions to drop the ball and raise sails. Her mate, Sara, made sure all ropes were away while the navigator of the day, Lorelei, charted our course!

We had an eventful sail filled with knot tying and points of sail lessons before we arrived at our second dock of the program, Nanny Cay! Everyone did a great job of deep cleaning Mile Hi in time for clean inspections! Mile Hi passed in the first round! This was after a very impressive docking maneuver by skipper Gwen led by Captain Reed.

Everyone is having a great time exploring Nanny Cay and taking their first land shower of the program since setting sail from our home base at Hodge’s Creek Marina. Auggie, a student on Mile Hi who loves to cook, was our chef for dinner tonight. His carbonara smelled so good! We finished the day with incredible views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and the sunset over the islands.

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.