written by mate, Meredith Davies
July 16, 2018
This morning, the crews of Paso Doble and Salome awoke for their first breakfast altogether! The students spent the morning preparing for de-docking and their first week on the water complete with fresh food and provisioning and newly-fitted life jackets. After a few late arrivals joined us, students and staff worked together to brainstorm their de-docking plans and after two smooth student-driven de-dockings, we were all off to Cooper Island for the day.
We had an exciting sail over to Cooper and it felt great to have the wind in our hair and the warm Caribbean sun on our faces once again for some and for the first time for others! The afternoon was action-packed for the students with Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Fun Divers all heading over to the dive boat for dives or getting ready to begin their courses. Non-divers from all fleets came together to snorkel Cistern Rock this afternoon where students saw a variety of Caribbean reef fish. Some highlights included squid, barracuda, and some beautiful yellowtail damselfish.
When students returned to their home boats, they had some time to relax and play in the water while they waited for the divers to come back. When all were returned to the boats, the students who did a fun dive told the group that they saw three sharks and an eagle ray! Students then learned how we shower on board at Sail Caribbean and then enjoyed shower time from the transom.
We spent a great deal of time making dinner and beginning our first boat clean of program. We then enjoyed a delicious dinner of burritos and then held our nightly boat meeting where we discussed our favorite parts of the day and what we’re looking forward to tomorrow and on program, in general. Today was a great day of getting to know one another better and learning all things life on board!