written by Tango mate, Allie Faulkner
July 25, 2017
The real adventure began today! Tango had an early morning wakeup after a solid first night’s sleep. They had a traditional breakfast buffet with most of them chowing down on cereal. After tiding up the boat from breakfast, they headed down to the Sail Caribbean Divers dive shop where they were able to purchase anything they might have left behind or wanted just for fun. They walked back to their beautiful catamaran, Miss You, and started to make lunch so they could eat it underway. They followed lunch prep with a deep explanation of the boat and all its elements that the crew will be handling.
After these morning activities, the captain, Richard, taught a lesson over dedocking so all the Tangos could come up with a plan to have a successful and smooth dedocking. They waited out a small rain shower and were ready to depart. With a smooth and easy dedocking, the Tangos were on their way to Cooper Island Beach Club! While underway, some engaging lessons were taught on how to raise the main sail, how to unfurl the jib sheet and how to pick up a mooring ball. The Tangos were able to raise both sails while making their way to Cooper Island and had a beautiful first sail!
Once at Cooper, they had a successful mooring ball pickup as they were able to get it hooked, threaded and secured on the first try! After a swim test, all the divers headed to shore for their first dive while the other non-diving Tangos got their things together for an afternoon ashore. While on shore, students were able to do a little shopping, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or just relax and take in the magnificent view. Once the divers returned, they all headed back to Miss You for showers and dinner. The Tangos had a delicious meal of Teriyaki chicken stir-fry that they made all on their own. Following a good clean of the boat, they had brownies to celebrate a crew member’s birthday on board! To end the night, they had their regular boat meeting where they all talked about their awesome first day on the water.
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.