Sierra 1 Trip Update Day 10 – Graham, Program Director
We dropped the ball quite soon after breakfast to start off our busy day! Right as we exited the channel leaving from the Bitter End Yacht Club, we set sail for a downwind course towards Savannah Bay. We were able to put our sails up in an orientation called “wing on wing” which allows us to run with both our main sail and gennaker. Our navigator for the day, Ainsley, pointed us in the right direction and as we got closer we switched out the gennaker for the jib so we could be more maneuverable. This was a good move because as we set a course to enter the bay, the traffic flow increased! Ezra was at the helm and made some great calls to tack in order to avoid collision. By the 3rd tack we were working like a well-oiled machine! The bay is tricky to enter with lots of reef but we navigated it and anchored in the beautiful bay among a few other sailboats. After lunch the staff did a lesson on invertebrates (animals that don’t have a spine) and then we were able to snorkel the reef in the bay. This was awesome because we could connect the lesson to the inverts we saw on the reef, like sea urchins, corals, and sponges! We got some time to relax after the snorkel as we went over our knowledge reviews for the advanced open water certification which we start tomorrow morning. With all the swimming, dinner was a much welcomed energy boost that we needed for tye-dying tank tops after boat meeting! As the color soaked in, we powered down with Blue Planet – Coral Seas, which reinforced a lot of information that we had learned during the marine biology lessons!