Written by Mate-In-Training, Meredith Davies
July 13, 2017
Students awoke in the early hours of the morning to large amounts of thunder, lightning, and rain. While the storm was cool, it hindered our ability to travel to the Baths in the morning. Instead, staff up-anchored at Long Bay and quickly moved to a safe harbor at Trellis Bay.
Students had breakfast on shore while the rain passed and within a few hours, we were on our way to the Baths! Once we arrived, students had a lesson on the formation of the beautiful boulders. Then, we proceeded with a “hikel” of this beautiful spot, ending in a snorkel back to our boats in Devil’s Bay.
After we made it back to our yachts, boats were deep cleaned and then we made the solemn final voyage back to Hodges Creek Marina after three incredible weeks on the water. Once we were all on the docks, we finished our deep cleans and had a tasty dinner of ribs, mac n’ cheese and vegetables. Following dinner, students performed skits, received awards and then we all participated in an appreciation circle to end the night on a wonderful high. Students wrote airplane letters to one another, completed evaluations, and had one final night on board with their boat families.
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.