July 5, 2016
We slept in late this morning to wait for a light storm to roll through. The weather cleared up while we ate our hearty breakfast, and then we dropped the ball and headed out for a sail!
Our destination today was Anegada. It’s quite a long sail, so while underway we made sandwiches for lunch, made bracelets, hung out, and finessed our sail trim like experts.
We rocked into the channel at around 2:00pm and picked up a mooring ball. It’s a notoriously tricky mooring given the winds and numerous coral heads, but both Moselle and Spyglass completed the maneuver skillfully and safely.
After a snack, Sierra students gathered to discuss a research paper we all read together on hawksbill turtle growth rates here at Anegada. Foxtrot students splashed and swam around the moored boats and floated among friends in our lovable, inflatable pineapple.
We started dinner prep after a relaxing afternoon. Fajitas were on the menu and they were delicious to say the least. Then, our Program Director, Lindley, made a fleet-wide announcement that tomorrow would be Challenge Day! The student skipper and mate on each yacht for the next day headed ashore to receive the day’s schedule and get a fleet captain briefing for the navigation and maneuvers tomorrow. Each crew is eager to put what they’ve learned so far to work and excited to try running their boat without staff member assistance tomorrow!
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.