Written by Program Director, Oliver Bierman-Lytle
With one week left in my second summer with Sail Caribbean, I can honestly say this has been one of the most memorable days in the Caribbean! It started with the smell of chocolate chip pancakes being cooked by Nick, then the excited scream of Sammy when she noticed a baby Hawksbill sea turtle swimming off of our transom. The entire crew of Samba crowded around as we ogled over the adorable baby turtle. After breakfast, we headed for one of the diver’s favorite spots in the whole BVI, the Dog Islands. We found a spot for our fleet at Bronco Billy’s dive site, located on the leeside of George Dog Island. After a quick sail, we settled in for lunch, a student favorite, Mac N’ Cheese and Grilled Cheese. We began our afternoon with swimming and a lesson on coral reefs. Aboard Isandra, Elliot, Delaney, and Jack showed off their knowledge from previous years by masterly answering question after question. All of the students then participated in a global study, observing the health of the coral reefs and recording the data for Coral Watch. The careful analysis of the corals, led us to discover flat worms, lettuce slugs, and even an octopus! After dropping our mooring balls and navigating the narrow passage between George Dog and Great Dog Islands, we made our way for the North Sound. Again, another narrow channel granted us access to the protected North Sound of Virgin Gorda. We made our way to the mooring field off Saba Rock, and began preparations for chicken fajitas! Sadly the avocados weren’t ripe yet, so we had to skip the homemade guacamole. After a late, though delicious dinner, prepared by Reagan and Ava, we had all hands on deck to clean up and be the first boat to shore at Saba Rock for a fleet wide social with Tango. Although we were all full from the meal, everyone seemed to have plenty of room for a sodas, virgin drinks, and ice cream milkshakes. And now we find ourselves back on boats, tired from the previous day’s long sail and excited for the beach day at Bitter End Yacht Club starting in the morning!
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.