written by mate of Spyglass, Grace McKenna, Brought to you by the crew of Spyglass
July 23, 2015
Anegada to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
We got up this morning and had a yummy breakfast of banana bread that Patrick bought from the Bitter End yesterday to share with everyone. Then we all clambered into the dinghy and headed to shore. All the students piled into the back of our rented trucks, and we set off for Loblolly Bay on the other side of Anegada.
Once there, all the students sat down for a coral lesson taught by Alex and Grace. After our coral lesson, the students broke into groups to do a community service project, Coral Watch, where students record the health of corals on the reef. Matt, Adam, and Ashley each led a group of students for the community service snorkel. Lisa and Quinton spotted an adorable juvenile trunkfish, smaller than a dime, hiding in the rocky reef! After we finished our community service, we all relaxed on the beach for a little bit and grabbed some refreshing ice cream. Then, we piled back into the trucks and headed back to our boat for lunch and a long sail back into the Sir Francis Drake channel.
With James on the helm, we got our sails up super fast after we dropped the mooring ball. Hannah and Skylar took in the main halyard, getting our mainsail up, and then Patrick, Quinton, and Will unfurled our jib. Kenya used her navigation skills to find us a compass heading to hold, and helped James steer into the channel. After holding a beam reach for a few hours, we had made it to our destination, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. Our crew flew into action in order to get the boat ship shape to pass the cleaning inspection that Oliver, our Program Director, does every time we get on docks. Thanks to our hard work, we passed the inspection, and the students got to explore the shops for a bit, grab some snacks, and take a much-needed freshwater shower.
Dinner tonight was chicken korma and rice, a favorite curry-like dish. Hannah and Patrick made the meal, and everybody enjoyed it. At boat meeting, every student shared an accomplishment, skill, or bit of knowledge that they were proud to have learned so far on program, and what skill or knowledge they were still excited to accomplish on the rest of program. It was a great way to check in now that we’re halfway through! With a group of students as fantastic as ours, this program has really flown by!
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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.