Written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Paul McCormack
July 2, 2017
Day nine started with a beautiful sun rising in Little Harbour on the island of Jost Van Dyke to kick start Sail Caribbean’s infamous Race day! An early breakfast fueled the skippers and crews for an action packed and competitive race from Little Harbour to Marina Cay. The impressive upwind sail to Marina started at 8:30a.m. on the dot. Each of the boats were hot on each other’s wake. It’s clear that the crews’ tacks have become faster and smoother as skippers fine-tuned their sails to find the best course to victory.
The race finished when the boat was safe on a mooring ball at Marina. As the race was quite tight, deliberations will be made and the final winners announced at our ending ceremony! After we enjoyed a meal to come down from all the competition and excitement, a fun dive was scheduled for the divers, and for the non-divers, a snorkel at Diamond Reef where lots of coral and reef fish took center stage.
After the snorkel, we went to shore for a more thorough invertebrates lesson that was enjoyed by all. We then headed back to the boats for dinner prep to restore all the energy used throughout the day. We ended the night with a soulful sunset and great anticipation for what adventures tomorrow will bring.
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.