written by Ocean student, Jess Michael
June 9, 2018
Today was really fun! We spent some time in the bay at Mountain Point while the Ocean students went over one of the scientific papers we were reviewing about the different species and color morphs of hamlets. Some of the crew made delicious cinnamon buns for breakfast and we jammed out to music before up-anchoring at 10a.m.
Our skipper of the day and her navigator set us on a course for Long Bay, Tortola. Our captain threw us through a loop when we had a man-over-board drill while we were raising the sail. Everyone worked together and we were able to rescue the buoy (our man-over-board for the drill). Once the drill was complete, we finished raising the sail and got underway. On the way, we had a second MOB drill which went as smoothly as the first one.
We made lunch on the way and ate once we sailed into the channel with smoother waters. We had something snagged on the starboard dagger board so we had to maneuver and lower the sails only using the port engine. We anchored in Long Bay and found a rope with some floats snagged on the dagger board.
We spent the afternoon on the beach playing games and swimming. We had a very lively and competitive game of wiffle ball. Some of the other Sail Caribbean operations and land staff brought a grill to the event and we had a delicious barbeque onshore. We spent the evening doing course evaluations and sharing our favorite memories with everyone. It was a very nice way to end our evening and one of the last days of the program.
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.