Foxtrot 1 – Day 11

Posted Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at 10:43 am

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!


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