Written by Anna Sutton, Mate & Social Media
Today was challenge day! This means that the students are responsible for fully running the boat. They are tasked with staying on schedule, completing pre-departure checks, cooking all meals and cleaning (which they have been doing a fantastic job at every day!), navigation, and sailing maneuvers. Campers have to use each other as a resource and work as a team, as they can only ask their staff members three questions throughout the entirety of the day. Campers successfully woke themselves up on-time, preparing a delicious breakfast of pancakes and bacon! The crew then completed pre-departure checks and dropped the ball at Bitter End to set sail for Anegada. This is the longest journey of the program and always a blast! The team successfully raised the mainsail, unfurled the jib, and navigated their way to Anegada, where after a few attempts they picked up a mooring ball! After enjoying the beautiful green Anegada water, Sierra and Foxtrot kids enjoyed a seagrass lesson. The rest of the fleet departed for truck tours of the island (always a favorite activity!). Anegada is a completely flat, coral island, topographically different from the other volcanic Virgin Islands. On the truck tours, students stopped off at a local shop, a flamingo lookout, and a shark nursery. The group was lucky enough to spot a shark! Everyone then returned to boats in time for an ocean shower and dinner prep. Today was breakfast for dinner! Boats then completed their nightly boat clean and had a challenge day debrief during boat meeting. The fleet is excited to explore Anegada again tomorrow!
Written by Catherine Costello, Mate & Divemaster in Training
Today we awoke in Anegada’s quiet harbor, ready to spend the whole day getting to experience everything it has to offer. After breakfast, we prepared for the day’s first set of activities: turtling for Sierra and Foxtrot and a beach clean for Charlie and Bravo. Sierra and Foxtrot received lessons on sea turtles and the importance of tagging. Then they jumped in the water and spent the rest of the morning snorkeling looking for turtles. Though we saw plenty of turtles, unfortunately we weren’t able to catch one. Meanwhile on shore, the Charlie and Bravo students were busy cleaning up one of the local beaches. The clean was incredibly successful, filling the truck with trash bags. After morning activities, all of the students got the opportunity to go to Big Bamboo at Loblolly Bay for lunch and relaxing on the beach. After a few hours of free time, the Marine Bio students went to the shark nursery and flamingo pond. Finally, after a long day of learning, service, and fun, all of megafleet returned to their boats for dinner prep and showers. Following boat meeting, Stella Blu invited the fleet to a gathering on their boat. After laughs were shared and Oreos were devoured, the fleet returned to their boats and headed to bed to prepare for the early morning ahead.