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Follow Our Journey! Alpha & Tangos – Day 13

By Vada H July 6, 2024

Written by Reed P., a Captain on Maora

It was a bittersweet morning as the staff rose in the early dawn hours to drop the mooring ball at Trellis Bay and undo some residual Fourth of July pranks. The crew of Maora slept soundly, only stirring for a moment to slide into life jackets. By 7:30, all boats were anchored at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. At 7:31 the fleet was directed to pick up anchor and motor directly to the Baths just down the Island. There’s nothing like extra practice!

After some bagels down the gullet, the crew swam ashore for a hike through one of the Caribbean’s most popular national parks, the Baths. Once everyone was on the beach, Captain Mikey led some warmup games and gave a great history lesson on these giant igneous rock formations and the tragic history of the park with its relation to the slave trade.

The rain came and it came hard. The rocks that we were traversing became slick but the kids’ newly developed sea legs kept everyone upright.

The next leg of our journey was a breezy motor to Cooper Island Beach Club where the crews started to clean and write one another’s airplane letters. It’s starting to hit that camp is coming to a close. On Maora, the kids made sure to exchange social media accounts on a piece of scrap paper.

The final leg of our trip today was a quick motor over to our home port, Hodge’s Creek Marina, where we continued boat clean and packing. The night was capped off with a delicious catered dinner. No rib was spared. All is well so ends this day.

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.