written by mate, Meredith Davies
July 22, 2018
After a great night of sleep at Great Harbour on Peter Island, students geared up for a day of excitement and new challenges. A few divers left for the morning and dove the Indians and Santa Monica Rock where they saw lots of sharks and lionfish. The rest of the students all went to Paso Doble for a circumnavigation sail of Peter Island with staff members Claire and Meredith. The sail was absolutely beautiful. The backside of Peter had beautiful rock formations and crashing waves, it was a beautiful day for a circum-nav. It was also awesome to have most of the Foxtrot and Sierra students altogether on one boat. They spent much of the sail together in the cockpit getting to know one another and making friendship bracelets.
When we arrived at Little Harbor on Peter Island, we faced the new challenge of Mediterranean anchoring our boats. Once on anchor, students returned to their home boats and divers returned. After a refueling lunch of broccoli mac and cheese, students all came to Salome for a lesson on sea grass before their third turtling session of program. Although no one caught a turtle today, many students had hands on turtles and we saw more turtles today than we have seen at any other site the entire summer!
After turtling, Sierra students worked on their projects for a while including water sampling, a coral cover snorkel, and a plankton tow! Students then made a delicious dinner of chicken stir fry and saw an incredible sunset! Following boat clean, students had a quiet night on board after a full day of adventures and learning.
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.