written by mate, Marina Chissus
July 11, 2017
This morning, we woke up to the beautiful scenery of Cooper Island! We went swimming and jumped off the boat into the blue water in utter delight. We then continued our morning making breakfast, cleaning up and then getting ready for departure. Our skipper of the day assigned jobs/positions for de-mooring and we all worked together to drop the mooring ball. When we got far enough out into the Sir Francis Drake channel, our skipper got ready to raise the main sail, and then following with the unfurling of the jib sheet.
Our first destination of the day was an anchorage at Deadman’s Bay to do a Pirate lesson and listen to a marine biology lesson from one of the Alpha mates, Zosha about fish forms, functions, and physiology. We then went snorkeling and saw so many turtles and fishes! Also, we saw two huge spotted eagle rays. Everyone had a big smile on their face. We got back to the boat and pulled up the anchor and started to head to Norman Island, our destination for the evening.
We sailed over to Norman and picked up our second morning ball of the program!.It went very well. Everyone understood their positions and did an excellent job at executing them. Once we were moored, everyone started to shower and others worked on dinner prep. We had stir-fry chicken for our meal and it was so yummy! We worked together to clean up the boat afterwards and get ready to go to shore for the social with some of the other program boats on the water. We started shuttling over to the beach and went to the restaurant for some fruity drinks and decadent desserts. All of us slowly felt ourselves getting tired as we soon headed back to our beloved home on the water. We held our nightly boat meeting with the Captain and Mate and then we all went to sleep to rest up for our next big day or adventure.
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.