July 20, 2016
Today was another action packed day full of long sails and diving and Bitter End Yacht Club fun! We started off at Cooper Island and from there our OW and AOW divers left for a day of diving while everyone else went to Bitter End for a few hours of fun! It took 3 hours to sail to Bitter End; we sailed just past numerous islands and students learned more about BVI geography along the way.
Once at Bitter End, water sports, beach time, and relaxation began. Students were able to go tubing and wake boarding on Poparazzi and go wind surfing. It was an awesome chance for people to show skills we haven’t seen yet. After Bitter End, we sailed to the Bight on Norman Island. Students got a chance to learn and practice new maneuvers like tacking and jibing. Returning students really stepped up and showed new students how to work the boats, a great demonstration of peer teaching. Once we reached the Bight, our divers returned and we made a delicious dinner. Everyone was exhausted after a full day and went straight to bed after boat meeting. It was a great day and it left everyone excited for more!
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.