Sierra 2 & Foxtrot 2 2015 – Day 4
written by mate of Spyglass, Grace McKenna, Brought to you by the crew of Spyglass
July 17, 2015
Patrick was the skipper on Spyglass today, and he woke everyone up at 8a.m. for a breakfast buffet of bagels, yogurt, granola, cereal, bananas, and anything else the students wanted to throw together! After breakfast, the students began preparing to drop the mooring ball to head out to the Pirate’s Bight. Quinton and Hannah de-threaded the mooring line while Kenya spotted the mooring ball and other surrounding boats for us. Then, we set sail for the morning! It was a fun downwind sail, and with Matteo and Adam on the main halyard, we got our main sail up fast! Skylar spotted our wind for us, and then James, Ashley, and Lisa unfurled the jib together. Everyone’s teamwork was awesome and everyone helped out during the sail. While underway, our captain Alex taught us a points of sail lesson so that the students could trim their sails better and move faster.
After two hours underway, we picked up a mooring ball at a favorite mooring field on Norman Island called the Bight. Once there, we all had some Greek pita wraps for lunch, which everyone loved. Then, our Open Water Divers-in-training, Matt, James, Adam, and Lisa, headed to shore for some more confined water dives. While the divers were gone, the rest of us motored over to the Indians, a gorgeous dive and snorkel site home to rich coral reefs. Callum, Sam, Tomer, and Daisy from I Am Free joined us for the brief trip. We all had a lesson on Fish ID in the BVI and learned some basics of fish form and function. The lesson was followed by a community service snorkel, and all the students completed Project REEF together. Will and Kenya worked together and identified fifteen different fish species!
After our snorkel, we headed back to the Bight again, and had a little down time before we started showers and dinner prep. Matt and Kenya made delicious sloppy joes for dinner while we watched a gorgeous sunset. During dinner, we played two truths and a lie, and all had a blast learning fun and funny facts about each other. We learned that Ashley once read the dictionary, and Adam has met Beyonce! Then, we all cleaned up the boat and settled down for a boat meeting. We all did our full value contract, and talked about what we want on the boat and off the boat during program. Some of the things we wanted on the boat included openness, teamwork, and laughs, and we all decided we wanted impatience, judgment, and dirt off the boat, among other things. All in all, it was a great day, and it was so fun to see the students starting to really connect, work together, and experience the beautiful environment around us.
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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.