written by mate of Miss You, “KB” Broderick, Brought to you by the crew of Miss You
August 13, 2015
Bitter End Yacht Club to Trellis Bay Via the Dogs
The fleet woke up at 7a.m. with excitement in the air, as it was CHALLENGE DAY! Challenge Day is a tradition at Sail Caribbean, where the students take full control of the boats. They have to work as a team and without the guidance of their captain and mate to keep on schedule with the day’s activities and complete the daily tasks without reminders. The day started off with Caitlin, the skipper of the day and CJ, the mate, going to a morning meeting to get all the details for the day, which included the schedule and destination.
At 8:30 a.m., the crew had dropped the ball with Carlos and Kinsey as de-threaders, Sydney as spotter and Tyler as relay. En route, the students’ sailing abilities and new knowledge came to light. The crew worked together and combined all their skills to sail efficiently and correctly! The boats tacked, jibed, sailed upwind and sailed downwind! By 11:30a.m., all boats were on time and on the ball at the Dogs. It was a massive achievement for all boats. The captain and mates of the boats were very proud of all the students.
At 11:45a.m., the staff gave a coral lesson and by 12:15p.m., everyone was in the water doing coral watch. At 1:15p.m., the crew had eaten lunch and the Open Water Divers and Fun divers left to explore the depths of the ocean. Micheal and Kinsey were the Fun divers while Caitlin, Sydney and Tristan all completed their final dive to become Certified Open Water Divers! It was all very exciting!
Back at the boats, CJ and Carlos continued Challenge day with other students on fleet and successfully moored the boat at Trellis Bay. At Trellis, there was a snorkel clean with Carlos spotting an eagle ray and CJ finding a moray eel in a plastic pipe. They never knew picking up trash would be so much fun!
For dinner, the students prepared and devoured Caribbean chicken with plantains. It was quite a relaxing evening and later, at boat meeting, the day was discussed. It was a phenomenal day for both students and staff. The students got to experience running the boats and apply the knowledge they have learned so far and the staff watched their students grow and thrive in the challenge which was super exciting to watch!
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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.