written by Tango mate, Sarah McMeikin
June 25, 2017
After a much needed night’s sleep on the docks at Hodges Creek Marina, we woke up very excited for our first day of program! After a delicious breakfast buffet made by our Captain Richard and Mate Sarah we headed over for a ‘Mike Talk’ with the rest of the Delta and Alpha programs. Once we knew what to expect from the program and what was expected of us in return, we headed back to our boat called Miss You for a ‘prior to first’ lesson where we learned all about how our boat works inside and out as well as sailing and boat terms. Our last job on docks was to head to the dive shop to sort out diving and snorkel gear as well as last minute details regarding the dive courses the Tango students will take on!
Finally, after a hot and windless morning at Hodges Creek, we were able to set off for Cooper Island! With our Skipper of the Day at the helm, we motored out of the channel and learned how to raise our jib sheet. The Sir Francis Drake channel crossing only took about 45 minutes with our jib unfurled however once we got to Cooper Island there were unfortunately no mooring buoys for us as there was a World Sailing Regatta that had just finished up their last leg there. We headed around to Hallovers Bay to anchor before a lunch of yummy salad and meat sandwiches.
After lunch, the divers set off to start their Open Water programs or for a refresher fun dive while others got to go SUPing (stand up paddle boarding), sea kayaking, snorkeling at Cistern Rock and play beach games. It was an action packed afternoon and we arrived back to our boat ready for showers and dinner. After a Sail Caribbean shower demo from Captain Richard, we had a bit of time for showers, boat cleaning duties and dinner prep of Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry. After dinner and our first boat meeting out on the water, we went to bed early for another big day tomorrow.
Note: Missing from the photo is Jill Roberts, who was finishing up some last minute dive homework! We’re working on getting an updated boat photo within the next couple days!
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.