Written by Alex McCrindle, Mate & Dive Instructor
Today the Mega fleet sailed from the historic Trellis Bay on Beef Island to the Sail Caribbean Divers hub on Cooper Island. Students enjoyed learning more about points of sail and sail trim, and arrived on Cooper before noon. In the early afternoon, Discover SCUBA diving students (DSD) were shuttled ashore and began a brief introduction aboard the dive boat “Endeavor.” After completing mask clearing and regulator recovery skills in confined water, the DSD’s headed into open water at Thumb Rock. The divers loved exploring the underwater reef system, and close interactions with tarpons, stingrays, butterfly fish, and moon jellyfish.
That night, the campers aboard Mega Fleet jammed out to a marina-wide dance competition, ate chicken fajitas, and enjoyed a quiet night at Cooper Island.
We’re looking forward to more fun dives, water sport activities, long sails, and a trip to Nanny Cay in the coming days.
Written By Sasha Yolles, Student
Our day began with a 7:15 wakeup call, after a night of frequent rain showers. We started our day off with delicious fluffy pancakes, and dropped the mooring ball at Cooper at 9am. We motored over to Salt Island where we took dinghies to shore, and hiked to a cliff overlooking the Wreck of the Rhone. The island is uninhabited by humans, but has a large salt flat, deeming it Salt Island. After our short hike, we headed back to the boats and motored back to Cooper to drop off the divers. The divers went to Painted Walls and Chromis Reef where they saw lionfish, lobsters, and beautiful coral. The rest of the fleet sailed to Little Harbor, where we med-anchored. The water in the harbor is turquoise and so clear. We spent the late afternoon and evening swimming around, paddleboarding on the glassy water, snorkeling, and socializing with other boats. The divers left again on a night dive, and went to Willy T, where they saw multiple shipwrecks, fish, and bioloom. We showered the day off, and cheffed up some fried rice. We did a thorough clean of our boat, which was much needed. Our night ended with boat meeting, cups of tea, and lights out.