written by Foxtrot/Sierra captain, Liz Deveau
August 1, 2017

The day started bright and early with a morning session of turtling! As the students rotated through shifts of turtling, others were relaxing on their boat and taking turns going out to watersport. On the last rotation of the morning, a student from Paso Doble caught a huge turtle; Even cooler, it was his second catch of the summer! After we tagged the turtle and collected all the data necessary, we dropped our mooring ball at Diamond Cay and made our way to Sandy Cay for an afternoon at easily one of the most beautiful beaches.

At Sandy Cay, some crewmates and staff started a game of capture the flag that got intense in competition. It ended in a tie but the struggle back and forth for a victory went on for some time. It was an all-around blast. Some students went on a hike around the back side of the island and came back raving about the beautiful views and the welcome shade provided by the trees. A few of the students wandered over to the tide pools to check out the cool invertebrates that live there. We saw a few see hares, hermit crabs, and anemones. We spent the afternoon playing games on the beach and in the water, ending with a huge game of human knot which took a very long time to get untangled but no one gave up!

After a few lovely hours at the beach, we all went back to our home boats to drop our mooring balls and head over to Little Harbour on Jost van Dyke. It was a short motor and as soon as we got on the ball, we started showers to get ready for a social at Sidney’s Peace & Love restaurant onshore! Everyone got dressed up and we headed ashore early to check out the cool tshirts and some even had braids put in their hair.

Dinner was a huge buffet that everyone always loves to take part in. We had a DJ there to play enjoyable music during our feast and after dinner, the music led to an energetic dance party. Students and staff alike were all singing and dancing the night away. No one wanted to leave when it was time to go, but we eventually wound down and headed back to our home boats to have boat meeting and settle in for the evening.

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