Foxtrot 1 Trip Update Day 11 – Julia, student
Challenge Day!!! Today the student crews managed their boats – from cooking and cleaning to sailing and navigating — with no input from the staff. Alyssa was Captain of Da Vinci, and Jess was Captain of Geneve. Both did great jobs surviving the Challenge!
It took a while for everyone to roll out of bed this morning, but after breakfast to re-energize we went turtle tagging. This was definitely a highlight of the day: although we weren’t able to tag any turtles, we did manage to touch a couple before they sped away. Afterwards the captains led a flawless mooring ball disembarking, and both boast maintained a set course, raised their sails with ease, and cruised over to Cooper Island where we picked up mooring balls again. Challenge Day ended with a lesson on seagrass beds (an extremely important marine ecosystem) taught by the students , and some community service seagrass surveying. It’s amazing to see how the crews of both boats have truly become teammates, and how we are able to handle a large catamaran without help, having only been sailing for about a week! Definitely a day full of miracle moments for one and all!