written by mate, Claire Lennarz
July 27, 2018
Day 13 was certainly an eventful day as today was Challenge Day! This is the day that students get to show off all of their newly learned sailing skills. Students are responsible for running their boats completely on their own with only three questions allowed to be asked of staff members during the entire day. The crew woke up at Leverick Bay, dropped their mooring ball, and successfully navigated the channel out of the cove. They then raised sails and had breakfast underway on the way to Anegada. This beam reach sail was carried out with ease and they soon found themselves entering the extremely shallow channel leading into Anegada. Here, the student crews picked up a mooring ball and began lunch prep of chicken ceasar salad wraps!
After lunch, the crew dinghied to shore for a fun afternoon at Cow Wreck beach, where they got blended fruity drinks and snacks. After Cow Wreck, we also went to another beach, Loblolly, for a lesson on sharks and yummy local ice cream! In the early evening, the crews returned to boats to start dinner preparation of Jerk chicken and plantains! Challenge day ended with a fantastic meal and a thorough debrief of the successful day. These exceptional teens proved they can run a boat without the help of staff members and worked together as a team to overcome small challenges that arise from a day on the water.
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.