August 3, 2016
Today, we woke up at 8a.m. and made egg burritos for breakfast. We dropped our mooring ball and sailed over to White Bay. We had grilled cheese for lunch and then had a coral lesson where we learned about coral nurseries and coral transplanting that had been done on the reef moored next to. One of our staff had been involved with the coral restoration project so she had a ton of interesting information to present and share to the students. We went on a snorkel at the reef and could see how the younger corals had been zip tied onto the rocks in order to rebuild the damaged reef.
After the snorkel, we went back to boats and anchored at a nearby bay. Students had some free time on boats and then we had chicken fajitas for dinner. Moselle made brownies for dessert!
After dinner, the whole Foxtrot and Sierra fleet gathered on the bow of Moselle for a lesson on night adaptations. We went on a night snorkel, and the students even saw an octopus! We went back to boats where the students started a dance party in the cockpit before going back to their boats.
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.