June 3, 2017

Challenge day! Today, we sailed from Bitter End Yacht Club all the way to Anegada without any help from our lovely staff. My role today was skipper of the day and I sailed twelve nautical miles to an island you can’t actually see from your starting point, which you can imagine is pretty challenging. However, with the help from my team, we made it safely and ahead of schedule to the very shallow (2 meters) mooring field. Another part of challenge day was to do a silent mooring ball pickup upon arrival. It was the most beautiful silent morning ball pickup our veteran staff have ever seen. I am lucky to be on this program with my little Ocean family. There are only six of us but we all have our own skills we can bring to the table. Watching all of us work together has been one of my favorite parts of this entire program.

After our sail, we went ashore and drove to Loblolly Bay on Anegada for a much deserved afternoon of lounging in the shade. It was a great time for most of us to recover from spells of dehydration while swinging in the hammocks. Some of us had a little treat-yo-self action with quality ice cream and Diet Coke. Meredith is addicted to Diet Coke. If she doesn’t have it, she starts twitching.

We saw the botanical garden and hung out with goats in the Settlement while looking for flamingos.  On our way back to Good Times, we fished trash out of the ocean while watching the sunset over the lovely trees of Anegada. In case you were wondering, the tallest point on Anegada is 28 feet which HAS to be a man made structure. No montañas here. Looking forward to more adventures and Good Times tomorrow!

Zosha Wiktor, Ocean student, age 23, La Canada, CA