Written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Kyra Benforte
July 10, 2017
Today was Challenge Day for our boats! Our students were in charge of every aspect of our day and activities from wakeup to power-down. The control of the ship and the day’s schedule is completely taken over by our students. Our skipper of the day, mate, and navigator held a staff meeting in the morning to go over the schedule for the day and learn more about the voyage we would be making to our new destination.
After breakfast, we had a lesson about sharks and what makes them some of the most interesting fish species. Some of us went scuba diving and the rest of us snorkeled Mountain Point Reef. Snorkeling was followed by a couple rounds of gnarly tubing as well. After lunch, we got ready for our Challenge Day sail to Great Harbour on Peter Island. Our sail, completely led by the students, was amazing and we got to Great Harbour with time to spare!
We ended our evening with a Sail Caribbean Chili Cook-Off in which we have a competition between the boats in our fleet for who can make the best chili. After we prepared our chili and decorated our boats with a creative theme, the travelling Chileans came to taste our chili, and judged it based off of smell, taste and the all important plop test. Needless to say, we had a delicious dinner. We later debriefed our Challenge Day happenings and powered down early after our long, exciting 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.