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Sierra 2 & Foxtrot 2 Day 13: Searching for the Perfect Turtle

By wpdev July 27, 2015
written by Provisions Manager, Kathryn Broderick, Brought to you by the crew of I Am Free
July 26, 2015

Cane Garden Bay to Diamond Cay Via Sandy Cay

I Am Free woke up at 7:30a.m. to have a breakfast of eggs and toast prepared by their captain, Jen, and mate, Eliot. After a hearty meal, Mike Liese stopped in for a chat about how the program was going for the crew and if everyone was having a great time. At 9a.m., the crew successfully dropped the ball with Charlotte as skipper, Bel as the port de-threader, Skyler as starboard de-threader, Daisy as spotter and Jack as relay. After a successful de-mooring, the crew made their way over to Sandy Cay and moored the boat again. It was windy out, so it was a tricky mooring-ball pick up, but the crew worked together and got the ball first time with Sam P. as hooker!

Everyone put sun cream on, jumped in the crystal clear ocean and swam to shore. Sandy Cay is a small island with a beautiful sandy beach with a short trail up and around the island. Sam L., Tomar, Callum, Matteo and Ben headed straight to for the trees and tried to knock down coconuts. The boys were very successful and managed to get a few down. The next half hour was spent cracking open the coconuts, drinking the milk and eating the flesh. It was delicious!

After, a big game of football was played on the beach before heading back to boats and eating lunch. At 1p.m., the boats left Sandy Cay and went to Diamond Cay. At Diamond, Jen, I Am Free‘s captain, gave a turtle lesson and with that, everyone hopped into the water to find some turtles.

There were a lot of turtles about but they are fast creatures and were not in the mood to be tagged. The crew swam around for a couple of hours searching for the perfect turtle but unfortunately were unsuccessful at catching one. Later that afternoon, Oliver, the Program Director, stepped in and caught a giant green turtle. We took measurements and tagged and pit-tagged the turtle. It was an exciting and memorable experience for everyone.

The day ended with a meal of BBQ chicken with lots of Oreos for dessert. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by the whole fleet.

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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.