written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Meredith Davies
July 24, 2017
This morning students woke up stoked for a Sail Caribbean favorite, Race Day! This was the students’ first long sail of the program from Little Harbor on Peter Island to Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda. The crews of Hully Gully, Paso Doble, and Spyglass raised, eased, tacked, and lowered with speed, power, and enthusiasm which made for a close and exciting race. Paso Doble was the winner!
Upon arrival at Mountain Point, students dropped anchor and prepared for an afternoon of fun. Advanced Open Water divers completed their deep and wreck dives while other students got to do watersports and snorkel the Kodiak Queen. Sierra students also spent some of their afternoon working on their projects by snorkeling the reef along Mountain Point.
After showers, dinner, and boat clean, students got to watch the sunset at one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the British Virgin Islands. After the sun had set and the stars had come out, students gathered on Spyglass for a lesson on night life and night adaptations in the ocean and Advanced Open Water, Specialty and Fun divers prepared for their night dive on the Kodiak Queen. Non-divers then swam to the reef and had a extremely cool night snorkel that included visits from three green sea turtles and two sharks! After the snorkel, students warmed up with some tea while reading fish and creature identification books to identify the new species we discovered on our night snorkel. Needless to say, another exciting day on Foxtrot and Sierra!
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.