written by mate, Claire Lennarz
July 29, 2018
This morning, we awoke at the pristine Oil Nut Bay docks where we had spent a peaceful, quiet evening the night before. For breakfast, cheesy eggs were cooked and a breakfast buffet spread was put on. All boats then passed a cleaning inspection with the reward of going turtling! The turtling was a huge success as the group tagged yet another turtle! During the turtling process, a nurse shark, rays, and squid were seen as well.
After a truly successful morning, students returned back to boats for lunch preparation of sandwiches. They also then created a de-docking plan with the help of their captain, mate, and fleet captain. De-docking at new locations can be tricky, but these crews are seasoned sailors now and prove it more and more with each passing day!
After lunch, all vessels de-docked and maintained a beautiful broad reach sail to Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, which was about five hours voyage. Upon picking up the ball at Cane Garden, the crew began dinner prep of Mac N Cheese or Sloppy Joes, boat dependent tonight. Both were huge successes and went down like a treat. The crews then prepared to go to land after dinner for a social ashore with a DJ and the opportunity to buy yummy frozen beverages!
Onshore, before we indulged in fruity drinks, we were brought together as a huge group to hear the announcement that we would be participating in a huge and impactful surprise community service project in conjunction with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, who would be visiting Cane Garden Bay in the coming day, and ARK (the Association of Reef Keepers). This massive service project was all put together by a few of Sail Caribbean’s Program Directors, ARK’s Director Shannon Gore and the RFA themselves!
After the social ashore, everyone retreated back to their home boats and sat down to an intimate boat meeting, where we discussed plans for the big day ahead. Foxtrot and Sierra would be teaming up with the additional SC programs in the area (Bravo, Charlie, Alpha and Tango) to make extraordinary waves in terms of giving back to the islands we’ve called home for the last two weeks.
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.