written by Social Media Coordinator, Ryan Smith
It was a long day for all of our Sierra 3 and Foxtrot 3 program travelers, but all have safely arrived at Hodges Creek Marina. Emily, our Tortola Office Manager, and I were both very excited, waiting for all the arriving students at the St. Thomas airport today. I, myself, had the pleasure of escorting 7 students that arrived a little later than the rest, and we got to witness a very beautiful sunset ferry ride back to Hodges Creek Marina, our home marina on Tortola. As students arrived at base, 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 travel day, so we enjoyed a delicious meal of Sail Caribbean’s favorite chicken, rice and slaw, gobbling it up from aboard our new floating homes, among new friends.
Following dinner, students sat attentively as an infamous “Mike Talk” was delivered under the moonlight, outlining policies, standards, and expectations of the program. Then, after taking their last refreshing shore showers for a few days, 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 boat life. After wrapping up the meeting, the students fell asleep, some choosing to sleep up on deck under the stars, at least until the slight rain caused them to move to their cabins. Everyone had high anticipation of leaving the docks the follow morning to start a new adventure!
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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.