written by Ocean student, Adam Collins
June 7, 2018
Today, many of the crew experienced their first Challenge Day, a day where the staff relinquishes control of the boat and trusts that the crew has learned enough over the past week and a half to not run us aground on the sail 🙂
The day started with a 6 a.m. wake up time to the chagrin of some of the boat’s staff members. Once we had received an exquisite navigation lesson from our captain and plotted our course to Anegada, we dropped the mooring ball and set sail!
Once underway, we hoisted the main, unfurled the jib, dropped the dagger boards, and achieved speeds never before seen by the human race on the seven seas. We arrived at Anegada just a bit ahead of schedule so there was time to relax, catch some sun rays, start lunch, and even take a short power nap.
After enjoying a delicious meal of grilled cheese and tomato soup, we headed ashore to snorkel and discuss a research paper on turtle growth rates in Anegada lead by two of our crew. Post-wonderful day spent ashore discussing various aquatic critters, we headed back to the boat, prepped dinner, took showers, and spent the rest of the evening enjoying the standard sessions of singing and laughing.
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.