written by mate, Ava Zockoll
July 30, 2018
This morning, we awoke up eager and ready to prepare to help out with a massive clean up effort in Cane Garden Bay, joining forces with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Association Of Reef Keepers. Our crew headed to shore to watch them arrive and broke into groups with all of the other Sail Caribbean programs who had stayed in the area overnight as well. The day consisted of a remarkable itinerary of “Beach Sweeping”, from snorkel cleaning and surface support by our students, scuba diving the ocean floor for hurricane debris by our staff, and a general beach clean by any and all who could lend a hand. It was an awesome, hardworking and accomplished day for the fleet and BVI community with the amount of help that our Tango’s gave to the environment making a palpable impact.
After this incredible day together, it was time for celebratory ice cream on shore and hanging out at the local beach before back to boats for ocean showers and a delicious dinner. It was an early night for everyone because of the hard work all day long!
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.