written by Provisions Manager, Kathryn Broderick, Brought to you by the crew of I Am Free
July 22, 2015
Today, all the boats had a treat of a sleep-in with a wake-up time of 9a.m. It was well needed after a couple of early started days. The morning was relaxed as Bel and Charlotte made pancakes for the crew. At 10a.m., everyone swam to the nearby island of Prickly Pear and had a lesson on mangroves taught by program director, Oliver, and mate, Grace. Sam P. and Daisy happily interrupted the lesson after spotting a juvenile reef shark swimming along the shore. Everyone gathered around and watched it swim away. The lesson then continued with Jack, Sam L. and Skylar showing great interest and asking questions. After the lesson, everyone joined in on a community service activity of a mangrove and beach clean-up. Lots of trash bags were filled to the brim with rubbish. Matteo and Ben found a shipwrecked dinghy while Callum and Tomer discovered a salt flat and covered themselves in mud!
At 11a.m., everyone headed back to boats and had lunch. By 1p.m., the fleet de-moored and headed towards Anegada. The sail to Anegada is the longest sail of the program with the trip taking approximately 3 to 4 hours. The crew loses sight of land for a small while during the voyage which feels very adventurous. It was a beautiful day, with only a few clouds scattered in the blue sky. The crew worked together to get the main sail and jib out and navigate their way to the final destination.
I Am Free arrived at Anegada at 5p.m., ready to make dinner of Tikka Masala, an Indian influenced dinner made by Daisy and Matteo. After dinner, there was a boat meeting with everyone sharing their highs and lows of the day. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing on the boats and enjoying each others’ company.
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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.