written by mate of Spyglass, Grace McKenna, Brought to you by the crew of Spyglass
July 30, 2015
Hodges Creek Marina to Dead Man’s Bay
Day 17 was Ashley’s 16th birthday! In the morning, she got to go on a dive at the Wreck of the Rhone, along with the rest of our divers and Discovery Scuba Diving students. The students saw an eel eat a fish, and got to rub the lucky porthole! While our divers were away, our non-diving students hopped onto I Am Free to sail to Dead Man’s Bay on Peter Island. The divers returned and met us at Dead Man’s Bay, and everyone went back to their home boats. James and Skylar made us all pizza bagels for lunch.
After lunch, all the Sierra students took some time to work on their projects and analyze the data they’ve been collecting all program. Patrick, Lisa, and Ashley did a plankton tow, and we found some cool fish larvae! Matt, Hannah, Kenya, and Skylar went turtling for a while, but sadly no turtles were sighted. It was a fun afternoon filled with loads of marine science. After everyone made some progress on their research projects, we got ready for the Olympics!
Everyone headed to shore and the events began! First was tug of war, and despite our best efforts, Miss You took home the gold in that event. They even gave the staff a run for our money! (…but staff still beat them as well). Next was dizzy fender, a Sail Caribbean classic. James, Patrick, and Hannah really carried the team in that event, and everyone had a hilarious time watching each other try and run straight after turning circles around a fender. Then came synchronized swimming, and finally, Bury-Your-Mate, which involved me (Grace) being turned into sand art. Hannah, Adam, and Quinton took the lead on designing me into a sand shark! After the four events, we headed back to boats, and begun preparations for chili cook-off.
Chili cook-off is a time-honored Sail Caribbean tradition, where each boat makes chili and presents it in a thematic manner. Adam was our chili chef of the evening, and it tasted amazing! Our boat chose “Prom” as a theme because Lisa missed her high school prom to be at Sail Caribbean! The ladies wore dresses and the lads put on khakis and button-ups, and everyone, even the visiting Chileans, slow danced and took some prom pictures. The crazy fun day concluded with everyone singing and eating cake for Ashley’s birthday. It was an absolutely fantastic day!
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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.