July 4, 2016
Today, we had a busy day full of fun times! We started off with breakfast followed by a snorkel at Monkey Point off of Guana Island. We saw a huge school of minnows with birds and tarpon all around us. It was a great opportunity to see different hunting styles and how the animals of the air and sea interact. Everyone also helped collect percent coral cover data and learned new experimental design techniques in the process. Overall, a great start to the day!
We then went to Trellis Bay on Beef Island and had lunch on the boats. Next, we went on an AMAZING truck tour of Tortola! We saw the top of the island, downtown Road Town, and everything in between! The tour was full of beautiful views and intense hills. It was concluded by a stop at a homemade ice cream shop. Everyone had a great time on the tour and was sad to see it end. The days’ antics did not end there. When Spyglass returned to their boat, they saw their beloved pineapple floaty had been snatched and was hanging from the forestay of Moselle. Moselle was kind enough to leave a note on Spyglass’s cockpit table in Bananagram tiles informing them of what they did.
Right before dinner, there was a cake decorating contest and both boats made pineapple-themed cakes in honor of the prank pulled earlier. Moselle won the best backstory and Spyglass won the best presentation. In honor of the Fourth of July, we had barbeque chicken for dinner and went to shore to celebrate together at a local artist’s art studio on the beach. Aragorn, the artist, lit hand-crafted fireballs in the water and on land in celebration. After hanging out and celebrating, everyone went back to their respective boats, had boat meeting, and went to bed exhausted and satiated with fun.
Hey Parents: In honor of Day 10, it’s time for another student check-in! We sat down with the two crews from the Sierra 1 and Foxtrot 1 adventure to ask them…What will you remember from your time so far with Sail Caribbean? Here’s what they had to say!
Poparazzi at bitter end and the view throughout the trip
Diving Joe’s Cave and seeing schools of thousands of fish glimmering in the light, it was majestic!
The first ‘bro’ toothbrush party!
Tagging the sea turtle
Snorkeling at the Indians when we saw lots of cool fish, a great way to start the day!
The truck tour around Tortola
When we snorkeled Monkey Point and I tried to grab some pelicans
All the diving!
Measuring the turtle during turtle tagging!
Biolume splash and seeing all the stars above and below
Bitter End Day!
Being skipper of day and Captain Will saying I was a good skipper
When Beckett and I pretended to be British on the day of arrivals to show up and find our captain was British
Turtling a hobie cat on Bitter End day
‘Chilling’ during the sails, feeling breeze on my face!
Living an active life style; Using a lot more muscles than I usually do 🙂
Sailing Hobie cats with Ben and Ethan
P.S. Stay tuned for photos to be added within this update later on tonight! I know you are all eager to see the adventures taking place, and we’re excited to show you! Please be patient as we round up the sights on fleet!
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.