written by Tango mate, Andrew Dyer
July 2, 2017
With a 9a.m. departure from Trellis bay, the day started with a little sleep in. Dropping the ball right on schedule, we headed out into the channel to start the first of two sails today. Setting our course to our first stop, Great Dog, we enjoyed a solid breeze. In between tacks and trimming of the sails, the kids enjoyed playing cards, writing in their journals and playing word games.
After a relaxed sail, we anchored at Great Dog and began lunch prep. Once we had polished off several stacked plates of tasty grilled cheese, we tidied the boat and moved to the bow for a Fish Identification lesson. For many of the kids, the lesson was a refresher lesson, so they got to proudly display their knowledge while helping teach the others. After the lesson, they slipped on their snorkel gear and jumped in the water excited to discover the treasures of the sea. Spending a good 45 minutes in the water, the kids came back excited to share all that they saw, which included: two turtles, three stingray, three lobsters, plenty of feather dusters and a myriad of fish.
We up-anchored at Great Dog content with our time there and set our sights on Bitter End Yacht Club. We all appreciated the crisp wind that filled our sails, carrying us along to our safe haven for the next two nights. Once on the ball at Bitter End, we proceeded with showers and dinner prep. As the pasta for dinner simmered on the stove, we dried ourselves in the slowly setting sun. With dinner ready, we sat down, hungry and soon to be satisfied.
After dinner, we all pitched in and finished the regimen of daily chores. We finally settled in for an evening of boat meeting and power down. With our hearts full of the sea breeze and the wonders of the ocean, we felt giddy over the warmth of the friendships that surrounded us all. Stars were brazen in the clear night sky as our gaze couldn’t help but drift upwards, their taunting gleam pulling our minds to the beauty and adventure that we’ve had, and that awaits us still.