written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Meredith Davies
July 19, 2017
This morning, students woke up refreshed after a sleep in until 8:00a.m. After a delicious egg breakfast, the crews of Paso Doble, Hully Gully, and Iracunda dropped the ball at Cooper Island. Today, students were able to get both sails up and learned about points of sail on our voyage over to Dead Man’s Chest on Peter Island. We dropped anchor for the first time when we arrived and it went beautifully!
In this stunning new location, students had lunch and then all met together on Iracunda for a lesson on sea turtles. We spent the afternoon tubing, spending time onboard the boats, and turtle tagging! Today, we caught and tagged two turtles. The first turtle caught was caught by Paso Doble Captain Rowsey. This was her first turtle catch! The second turtle was caught by Program Director Will. This was the largest turtle ever caught at Sail Caribbean! Students watched during the tagging and measuring process and actively looked for turtles in the anchorage. After a long afternoon, students headed back to boats for showers and dinner. Following dinner, we all shared some laughs and sweet treats and later gathered for a great boat meeting to end the 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.