Foxtrot 2 & Sierra 2 Day 14: Visiting The Fossilized Coral Island Of Anegada Rising Out Of The Third Largest Barrier Reef In The World
written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Meredith Davies
July 29, 2017
This morning the crews of Hully Gully, Paso Doble, and Spyglass dropped the ball at the Bitter End for an exciting sail to Anegada. Today, we were to have a “lad” sail on Fermi of the Bravo and Charlie fleet and two “lady” sails on Paso Doble and Hully Gully. We started off the morning with a lovely pancake breakfast that included turtle-shaped pancakes! This made for a morning of good times with new friends too. We sailed for three hours based on a compass heading and no landmarks which allowed the students to test their navigation skills.
As the boats neared Anegada, they began to see the palm trees that have grown on this once ancient reef that is now a fossilized coral island rising out of the third largest barrier reef in the world. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, the students had lunch onboard and then ventured to shore to hop onto trucks whisking them off to Cow Wreck, a beautiful beach on the island. Students enjoyed beach time, good food, engaging with friendly and fun local kids, a snorkel, and a lesson on sharks and rays. We also saw cows, donkeys, and goats on the ride over — a unique treat
After a relaxing afternoon, students returned to their boats to have dinner and hang out with their crews. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and a delicious dinner together. Later in the evening, Sierra students led their boats through informative lionfish dissections. We had another exciting day on Foxtrot and Sierra today, and tomorrow students are looking forward to take on Challenge Day!
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.