written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Emily Graf
July 31, 2017
Today, we got to sleep in a bit until 8a.m. We woke up and had a nice breakfast looking out at Cane Garden Bay. After breakfast, we stopped by the dock to re-fuel and water up our boats. Then we headed off on a nice sail to Jost Van Dyke. There was not much wind but we still had an excellent ride. Underway, we learned how the proper measures to take if there was ever a time of a “man overboard.” Then we practiced some man over board drills out on the water in real time.
Once we arrived to Diamond Cay, we had some lunch and got ready to hike. The water was beautiful so we hopped in right before we headed to shore. When we got to shore, we learned about mangroves and why they are an important part of our ecosystem to protect. We even saw a baby black tipped reef shark in the shallows by the mangroves!
We continued on our way to hike to a spot called the bubbly pools. The bubbly pools get their name because there is a small pool of salt water that gets filled by the ocean waves and creates bubbles. The water was nice and warm for lounging. After spending some time bathing in the pools, we headed back from the hike. On the way back, we did a mangrove clean and picked up all the trash we could find to help protect them from unwarranted harm.
Once we got back to our boats, we had rotations where each boat got to relax on their boats and swim, get some water sports in, or search for turtles to tag. We really loved wakeboarding and tubing, and searched hard for turtles but they were too quick for us today. We are excited to try again tomorrow for more success.
After rotations, we showered off the back of the boat in the nice clear blue water. We made some dinner, cleaned our boats and relaxed until bedtime, wondering how this program has passed so fast already.
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.