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Follow Our Journey! Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot, & Sierra 1- Day 17

By Josephine A July 10, 2024

Written by Topher P., captain on Tonga

Today, we woke up med-anchored in the beautiful bay of Little Harbor. We started the day by making croissants for breakfast, followed by the divers getting ready for their last dive of the program! On this dive, they saw all sorts of fun and interesting wildlife. This included reef sharks, pufferfish, and turtles! Overall, this was a great way to end diving for the program and start an amazing day! 

After the divers left for the morning, the remaining students had time to swim around, mingle with other boats, and even spend time refining our sailing skills on our 26 ft Colgate! This location is known in the Sail Caribbean community as a scenic and magnificent snorkeling spot, so it was amazing to be able to explore the crystal clear waters with little current and wind. We even saw a trumpet fish while we were up-anchoring!

After everyone was back to boats, we did pre-departure checks and set sail to Diamond Cay, a small yet picturesque harbor on the coast of Jost Van Dyke. We did some great downwind sailing with consistent winds in the high teens, and it was one of the first days on program that we were able to shake our reefs and completely raise our sails! 

Along the way, we made a pit stop to dock at Soaper’s hole to refill our water tanks and then had a beautiful sunset sail to Diamond Cay. After picking up the mooring ball, we had a fun ocean shower party and made Tiki Masala with rice for dinner. Following that, we powered down with our daily boat meeting with cookies and went to sleep with a gentle ocean breeze.

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.