Early Bravo Trip Update Day 4 – Eric von Aschewege, Early Bravo Program Director
The divers were awake early today for an 8 a.m. dive, but that didn’t mean the rest of the fleet was sitting idle. At 9 a.m. everyone shuttled over to Cistern Rock at the end of Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay for some snorkeling. Desda — one of our marine biologists and captains — led the snorkel, pointing out different species of coral and fish to the students. Students saw huge brain corals, horn coral, and brightly colored parrot fish nibbling away at the reef. As we swam away, some students even saw a barracuda lurking under the dinghy in hopes of a stray fish swimming by.
After the divers returned, the fleet left Cooper and sailed down the channel, past Peter Island, to moor at Normal Island in the bight. Today we sailed with the wind behind us, giving captains the opportunity to discuss downwind sailing safety and technique. Students had the chance to rotate through the helm to get a feel for how the boat handled on this point of sail. Ashore at Norman, the divers nearly finished their coursework while everyone else enjoyed swimming on the beach, playing games, and sipping virgin daiquiris.
Once duties and responsibilities were completed on Venture and J Phaurom, students had the option to go ashore for some evening activities at “Pirates” beach club. Monet instead opted for a quiet evening on board full of good conversation.