Written by Mate-In-Training, Quintin Cirko
July 4, 2017
The day began in a beautiful anchorage on Salt Island. After our breakfast of champions, we raised anchor and liberated ourselves from the sea floor. Once off anchor, we began our upwind sail to Trellis Bay on Beef Island. While underway, there were student taught (!) lessons on the different points of sail.
We arrived at Trellis Bay and chowed down on an assortment of creatively crafted and ingredient-filled quesadillas before heading ashore and sending our Advanced Open Water divers out to the dive boat for more underwater exploration. Ashore, students rotated between having shop time and going on an hour plus long scenic truck tour of Tortola. Riding in the back of Sail Caribbean’s pick up truck, the wind in one’s hair, meandering the peaks and crevices of the island Sail Caribbean calls home is an unequivocal highlight for all students.
Following the rotations, we made our way back to the boats to begin a snorkel clean of Trellis Bay, particularly the mooring field itself which is consistently littered by visitors. With simple care, time and manpower shown by our crews, it felt great to resurface some of the beauty of a beloved location that had been polluted.
Before we knew it, it was time to go back to our boats again to begin showers and prepare dinner. After dinner, all Sail Caribbean students of the various programs on the water at the time met ashore for a 4th of July celebration! There was a DJ, a dancefloor and a soda and smoothie bar that the students thoroughly enjoyed. Everyone danced like there was no tomorrow until regrettably we had to come to terms with the fact that there definitely was a tomorrow and it was time for bed. We went back to boats and nobody had any problems falling right to sleep after the thrilling night we had.
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.