written by Mate-In-Training, Andrew Dyer
July 19, 2017
Bitter End day began with threatening clouds spotted on the horizon. But the morning sky turned blue as we finished breakfast and headed ashore. First on the agenda was the hike on Guy’s Trail! Starting out steep, the hike seems difficult at first but the grade evens out and its nothing but beautiful views from the top.
Following the hike, back at the pavilion the students signed up for the day’s activities which included small boat sailing, water-sports, tubing and windsurfing. While some eagerly signed up for all the activities, other students enjoyed just roaming around the shops, lounging on the beach and hanging out at the resort’s restaurant.
After an eventful day of relaxing and fast-paced fun, we headed back to boats for showers and one of Sail Caribbean longest traditions, Chili Cook Off. Every boat had to come up with a theme and cook the best chili of their lives. Tangos theme was fitness and they set up a little optical course around the boat for the judges to complete before they could sit down to the chili. In addition to the heart-pumping theme, the presentation of the chili reflected the thought and care they all put into it.
After the boat was all clean following an hour’s worth of giggles surrounding chili-related fun, we settled down for boat meeting. We finished boat meeting as eye lids drooped and it wasn’t long before the boat was all quiet and still, the excitement of the day still settling in our sleeping minds.
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.