written by Mate-In-Training, Quinton Cirko
July 20, 2017
The day began bright and early at Deadman’s Bay. Onboard, scrambled eggs were devoured the moment they were served. This made for a swift clean up in preparation for our departure. While under sail, a “right of way” lesson was taught. After a lovely two and a half hour downwind sail, we arrived at the Bight on beautiful Norman Island. Upon arrival, we picked up a mooring ball and began lunch preparation.
After lunch, our divers were shuttled to the dive boat for an afternoon underwater exploration. The rest of us then had an hour to relax and hang out on our boats until it was time to go to shore. At 2p.m., everyone was taken ashore for a short hike up to a helicopter pad at the highest peak of the Bight. While there, we played group-bonding games such as “Oh Captain My Captain” and “The Way the Wind Blows.”
After the hike down, we all had time to hang out on the beach, play volleyball and get some frozen drinks to refresh ourselves. Before we knew it, it was time to go back to our boats to eat dinner. When back onboard it was time for showers and dinner preparation. For dinner, we had pasta with bolognaise sauce — quite a delicious treat. After a thorough boat clean following the meal, we began shuttles to shore for our evening’s social. Onshore, students mingled and had time to talk with other boats on different programs in the cool night air. As energy began to run low and the night wound down, we once more went back to our boats and powered down for a night’s rest under the stars.
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.