Key Point, Peter Island to Nanny Cay
This morning the students got to sleep in a bit to help them recover from the three days of diving. We had a hearty breakfast of eggs and bacon on Samba, and breakfast buffet complete with eggs three ways on Geneve.
After predeparture checks, all of the boats hoisted their anchors from the sea bed and took off across the Sir Francis Drake Channel towards Nanny Cay, a quant marina located on the west side of Tortola. We were met by IC24 practice, students from all over the Caribbean preparing for a regatta the next day. The boats made it to docks, Hunter gracefully landed Geneve at her slip for the night, and boat cleaning quickly ensued. In order to get off the boats, each one needs to pass a cleaning inspection. Isandra and Samba quicly moved through this process, using teamwork to pass on their second round of inspections. With bellies full of chicken quesadillas, they ascended on the shops, air conditioned bathrooms, and ice cream parlor.
Students from Samba, followed by Geneve enjoyed seeing Tortola from land on a renowned truck tour, getting up to the top of the mountains and seeing the north coast. Meanwhile, Oliver, Max, Elliot, Hill, Jack, and Delaney from Isandra led the Fun divers on their first dive of the trip. They came across an arrow crab and several baby lobster at the Indians! Some of the students lent their hands in the massive provisioning endeavor, then relaxed by the pool and on the beach. After fresh water showers in an air conditioned room, phone calls to parents, and a brief check back to reality on social media, we all returned to our respective boats for dinner, then reconviened on the beach for a fleetwide soda social. It was a busy day with lots of activities and shore time, and more fruit than we know what to do with…an apple and banana a day, and plenty left over for apple crumbles!!
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.