written by mate, Jess Michael
June 24, 2018
Our morning started off great with an early breakfast so that we could get off docks early! The most crucial lesson of the day was our prior-to-first sail lesson. This lesson is very important to orient students to boat life and to teach them about the vessel itself; we cover everything from what parts of the boat are called to how to use the head. Students are now well-versed in all things above and below decks.
Our student skipper of the day along with all of the trusty crew came up with and carried out a de-docking plan which they then executed very smoothly. Raising the main sail and the jib were two lessons taught while underway. The last lesson of the morning was picking up a mooring ball, which would be necessary for our destination of the day.
We set our course for Cooper Island Beach Club and arrived just before lunch time. Day 2 is always long because everyone is tired from traveling the previous day so after lunch we got to spend the afternoon hanging out on the boat and splashing around in the water while the Open Water scuba certification students started their class with their confined skills learning.
Later, we all enjoyed a nice ocean shower with some fun tunes playing. Quiet evening on the boat and early to bed was perfect way to end the day.
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.