written by Tango Rotating Captain, Courtney Sarik
July 26, 2017
After the first night of sleeping out under the stars, the Tango students woke to a beautiful sunrise with a big day ahead. After a 7a.m. breakfast, the Open Water divers headed to shore to continue work on their confined underwater skills while the rest of the students went to the beach for a marine biology lesson on fish ID, form, and function. After the lesson, they shuttled over to Cistern Point for a snorkel in which they identified many kinds of fish and corals that included: cuttlefish, parrot fish, rays, trumpet fish, brain coral, and fan corals. Even though they saw all those unique fish, their highlight of the day was seeing a huge sea turtle in the mooring field on their way back to the boat.
Once back on their boats, they prepped a peperoni pasta salad lunch for the sail ahead, had a de-mooring lesson, and set sail for the Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island. While underway, the Tangos learned points of sail, downwind sailing, and how to jibe. Once arriving at the Bight, they had time to jump off the boat, snorkel around, and play water games. They ate an early dinner so they could make it to land in time for a sunset hike up to the helipad where we played “The Wind blows,” and “Oh Captain, My Captain.” We hiked down with the pink and purple sun setting behind Tortola in the distance. The Tango and Alpha fleets ended their evening with a social onshore and could buy frozen virgin Pina Coladas, virgin Daquiri’s, and tasty desserts.
Photos to accompany this blog post will be posted later today!
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.