written by Provisions Manager, Allie Faulkner
July 25, 2018
After rubbing our sleepy eyes, we jump-started our day by preparing a breakfast of pancakes, to everyone’s delight! We cleaned up a bit and once our pre-departure checks were completed, we were ready to sail to our new destination under the confident leadership of two now well-seasoned student crews. Our navigators of the day plotted our voyage and our skippers of the day led their teams in relinquishing ties with mooring balls in Trellis Bay and heading off to the Dogs Islands before we continued on our way to Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda.
The sail to the Dogs was long and allowed all of us to gain more confidence and become more relaxed under sail. Once arriving at the Dogs, we picked up a mooring ball and began to prepare lunch. After lunch, the divers got picked up by the dive boat to go for another dive and the rest of us continued on to Mountain Point.
When we got to Mountain Point, we anchored with ease, as this has become second nature to our crews. The non-divers then had the afternoon to go water sporting, snorkeling, but most of us also enjoyed floating behind the boat and chatting with our friends. The divers came back and we showered and started to make a fantastic dinner of sausage and broccoli pasta. After all had a filling meal, we started doing a deep clean so we could pass our cleaning inspection the next day. After everyone had completed their daily cleaning duties, all the Bravo and Charlie students gathered on Manao for a marine biology lesson. One of our staff members gave a lesson on bioluminescence and then we were all able to jump into the water and look at it ourselves up close and personal. It was amazing!
It took a lot of effort to finally leave the magical waters and retreat back to our home boats, but once we did, we held our nightly boat meeting, and then headed to bed to rest up for another day in the Caribbean.