Sierra 2 & Foxtrot 2 2015 – Day 1
written by Social Media Coordinator, Ryan Smith
It was a long day for all of our Sierra 2 and Foxtrot 2 program travelers, but all have safely arrived at Hodges Creek Marina. Aoife and Brad, two of our OP’s staff and Eliot, one of Foxtrot’s mates, were all excited, waiting at different locations for all the arriving students today. As students arrived, they were assigned and settled into their boats, waiting for the rest of the crew to arrive. After all were together, we were all starving for some proper nourishment after such a long day, so we enjoyed a delicious meal of Sail Caribbean’s favorite chicken, rice and slaw, gobbling it up from inside our new floating homes, among new friends.
Following dinner, we had a slight change in our typical arrivals day routine as we had the chance to hear an “Oli Talk” rather than a “Mike Talk.” Unfortunately, founder Mike Liese had a dinner to attend, leaving Soxtrot’s program director, Oliver, in charge of outlining the policies, standards, and expectations of the program for the students sitting attentively under the moonlight. Following the talk, students had the chance to take their last refreshing shore showers for a few days, and then each boat held their first boat meeting with their new crew. Everyone got acquainted and shared introductions, followed by captains and mates leading an introduction to life on board. After wrapping up the meeting, the students fell fast asleep in anticipation of leaving the docks the follow morning.
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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.