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Follow Our Journey! Early Alpha, Foxtrot, Charlie, Sierra, & Tango- Day 9

By Josephine A June 17, 2024

Written by Beck L., mate on FLX

Another beautiful, sunny morning in the BVI’s for our Earlies fleet! Today, we woke up to a warm sun, had delicious yogurt parfaits for breakfast, and got ready for an exciting day: boat swap! Each boat’s campers and mates spread out amongst the fleet to experience a different boat and crew. It’s a great way to meet new people and make even more friends!

After a round of name games and tours of our new boats, we dropped the ball at Trellis, on skipper Caroline’s command, and set sail to the North Sound on Virgin Gorda, with the help of navigator of the day Emmy. While sailing, we learned about sail trim, reviewed Points of Sail, and had a refreshing lunch of pasta salad underway, cooked by Auggie from Mile-Hi.

We dropped sails midday and headed into the sound. After mooring and a deep clean of the boat, the campers went ashore for a few hours at the Bitter End Yacht Club for some snacks, drinks, shopping, and water sports with our crew, which was so much fun! And of course, our campers were so excited to talk to their families during “phone time”—a special Father’s Day treat!

Once evening began to set in, we said goodbyes to our new friends and returned to FLX, our home boat, for dinner, cooked by Quinn and Eloise: Buddha Bowls with quinoa, yams, veggies, and chicken to refuel after a busy day!

We ended the evening with a boat meeting, cookies, and a game of Fishbowl. Max G. said he thought the boat swap was great, and had fun meeting new people and hanging out with the other boats, however, he’s super excited to be with his home crew on the long sail tomorrow! Tomorrow, we set sail for Anegada, and we can’t wait!

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.