written by Tango mate, Zosha Witor
July 15, 2017
Today, the Tangos woke up at Salt Island after a full night of rest. For breakfast, we had a lovely buffet accompanied with fresh banana bread made by our captain Courtney. The banana bread was devoured and the crew started getting ready for the fun day ahead.
The first group to leave the boat were the Discover Scuba Divers. They got all their gear ready and after the dive boat came by to pick them up, they went over to Ginger Island for two fun dives. The divers saw giant lobsters, reef squid, puffer fish, a grouper and eight sharks! They had a blast.
The non divers stayed on Salt Island for the morning. We started with a lesson on plastic pollution in our oceans and on our coasts. Plastic is a huge problem in our seas and it has been reported that there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the ocean by 2050(!). We learned how long different pieces of trash last in the ocean and different ways to reduce our plastic input in the ocean. Then we had a competition with the Alpha fleet on who could pick up the most trash on the beach. Altogether, we filled six trash bags full of cans, bottles and other single use plastics.
After the beach clean, we went on a hike to the top of Salt Island where we learned about the local wreck, the RMS Rhone, and the history of the island. We hiked down the mountain and went back to the boats for snorkel time and water sports. After a yummy lunch, we picked up-anchored and headed out to Little Harbor on Jost Van Dyke. The sail was an excellent downwind sail around the west end of Tortola. We arrived at Little Harbor with plenty of time to shower and get ready to head to shore for dinner at Sydney’s Peace and Love restaurant.
Sydney’s is a great place for an evening hang out. There’s cool shops for island tshirts and souvenirs along with the best food on Jost Van Dyke. We had a delicious family style dinner with the Alpha fleet and the staff boat crew. Full and exhausted from the day, we shuttled back to Miss You for boat meeting. We had our boat meeting on the trampoline and watched the stars while talking about the day. We saw at least four shooting stars in a matter of ten minutes. What a fantastic day!
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.