written by mate, Anna Steinmetz
July 10, 2018
Today, we woke up bright and early at Hodges Creek, ready to take advantage of the clearing skies and set off onto the water. Our Open Water divers climbed aboard the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive boat and drove off to Cooper Island for their confined water dives.
The rest of the crew followed close behind as we de-docked our vessel and left the marina in exchange for the Sir Francis Drake channel. We learned how to raise our sails and steer the yacht, moving with the wind to Cooper Island. At Cooper, we picked up a mooring ball and began to make lunch.
Our hungry divers rejoined the crew for a tasty lunch of quesadillas and burritos. Afterwards, everyone dinghied to shore. The divers to continued their training while the rest of the crew enjoyed shop times, water sports, stand up paddle boards, and our favorite water-sporting tube, Poparazzi!
After a fun-filled afternoon, everyone returned to boats to have our first ocean showers! The whole crew loved jumping in and out of the water all while getting clean. Later, we made an amazing dinner of steak and veggie stir fry.
The crew then shuttled to shore for a social with the other boats on our fleet. Everyone could get a soda or dessert while chatting and mingling. We met on the beach for our boat meeting and then headed back aboard for a night of well-deserved sleep.
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.