Written by Melissa Pollard
Edited by Allie Faulkner
It was another bright and early morning in the BVI for everyone on fleet. A nutritious breakfast was laid out for the crew members so they could fuel up for the full day ahead of them! The open water, rescue and fun divers left soon after breakfast to go on a dive on the newly sunken, “Willy-T” wreck which was sunk 3 days ago. They were one of the first groups to dive it! The Willy-T is a world famous boat bar that washed up on shore during tragic hurricane Irma in 2017. The wreck was a project put together by Beyond the Reef. They created lots of artwork to add to the wreck like skeleton pirates all around the ship doing different things. It was a super cool and exciting dive for everyone!
As for the rest of the crew, they dropped the ball at Cooper Island Beach Club and set sail towards Scrub Island! It was a upwind sail so they got lots of tacking practice in. Their sailing terminology and techniques are already becoming second nature to them. Before getting all the way to Scrub, they picked up a mooring ball at Marina Cay, which is right outside of Scrub Island. Here they cleaned out their fridges and made leftovers for lunch so they could make room for new provisioning. The divers came back for lunch and then they all did a deep clean of the whole boat. All the nooks and crannies were cleaned and scrubbed till the boat smelt clean and everything sparkled!
After the crew passed a thorough cleaning inspection of the boat, everyone began to dock at Scrub Island! Once docked, they all hopped off the boat to go enjoy the amenities that Scrub Island has to offer. The students split their time between the pool, water slide, beach, water trampoline, boutique, grocery store and the swim-up beach bar (virgin drinks of course!). There was lots of laughing and smiles on shore while they all enjoyed the fresh water pool and all the other fun activities.
Time flew by in the afternoon with all of those activities and it was soon time to go back to boats to call home. The students then had a bit more time on shore to hang out with their friends but they soon came back to get started on dinner prep. People who weren’t on dinner prep went to take showers; they were all very excited for normal land showers! They had a delicious meal of tacos prepared by their wonderful crew mates. We ended our full day with a boat meeting on the bow looking up at the stars… and of course, with some cookies.
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.