written by Ocean student, Philip Yang
June 6, 2018
I woke up sore as the dickens. Who are the dickens you may ask? Well, our dear Mary, or should I say Lemon, as we have christened her, who we have discovered to have many different substitutions for swearing (not that any of us swear) has introduced us to this language and everyone seems to enjoy them.
Why was I sore? The day before, we had a very difficult sail and, in addition, the crew have taken to a goal our fearless captain Arter set for himself: 100 push-ups a day. We’ve taken to the goal better than he has and we’ve also expanded it to a mini-workout.
In continuing with the day, I dragged myself awake to start the morning, here in beautiful Leverick’s Bay. We went to examine the effect of Irma on Prickly Pear Island (infested with salt marshes and crabs) on mangroves and we enjoyed a snorkel there, as well. I particularly enjoyed watching hundreds of crabs run and hundreds of tiny fish swim before me during this excursion and lesson.
Today was a relaxing day and we exploited it to the fullest. We shopped on shore, discovered how to use syllables, and founded a photography company. I think I connected with my inner model today. I’ve also developed a love for this lifestyle: it’s conducive for happiness.
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.