July 11, 2016
We woke up this morning and had a breakfast buffet. Then, everyone headed to Moselle to start a morning of turtling rotations! Sierra students turtled for the first hour, and though several greens were sighted, no one managed to catch one. Sierra students swapped out with Foxtrot students, and while the Foxtrot students turtled, Sierra students worked on their research projects, which they’ll present in a few days time! When not turtling or working on projects, students went wake boarding, floated around the boats, and had a relaxing morning.
Then, we motored on to Sandy Cay, a neat little island just off of Jost Van Dyke. There, we ate some quesadillas for lunch, and then swam ashore. The island is full of birds, lizards, crabs, and other cool wildlife, so we hiked around it and explored all afternoon! We even found some nudibranchs in the tide pools, and a few students managed to knock down coconuts to snack on.
We headed back to boats and motored to Little Harbour, another beautiful spot on Jost Van Dyke. After showers and a quick boat clean, we headed to shore for dinner at Sidney’s! Sidney’s is a delicious restaurant and T-shirt shop situated on a little beach. We browsed the T-shirts and some students even got braids put into their hair. Dinner was a delicious buffet of chicken, coleslaw, rice, salad, and fresh fruit, which everyone enjoyed with a soda. Students finished out their meal by getting some cold scoops of ice-cream, mint-chip and cookies-n-cream being the favorite flavors of the evening. Finally, we all headed back to boats, had a quick boat meeting, and headed to bed to rest up for the next day’s adventure.
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.