written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Meredith Davies
August 13, 2017
This morning, students woke up at Little Harbour on the island of Jost Van Dyke. We had a delicious pancake breakfast and then got ready to drop our mooring ball. Today the crews of Spyglass and Paso Doble had a challenge sail! They de-moored, raised sails, and dropped sails with minimal assistance from their Captain and Mate. Students did an amazing job working together, using their strengths, and teaching each other new skills along the way.
We later ended the challenge sail docking our 45′ catamarans at Nanny Cay marina on Tortola, a huge feat to accomplish as independent student crews. Shortly after our arrival to the marina, students were excited and eager to have some time on land. Following a deep clean and cleaning inspections, students had a chance to enjoy the shops at Nanny as well as swim in the pool, hang out on the beach, and go sailing on small boats with two of our instructors, Mike and Arter.
In the evening, students had dinner onboard and then had time to hang out with students on other boats or on their home boats. The magic of the mingling was a wonderful sight as all our crews have grown so close to one’s own home boat crew but also others on the fleet. Later on, students finished the night with a boat meeting and a surprise movie night onboard.
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.