Bravo 1 Trip Update Day 14 – Luke, Mate
Today we had an early morning wake up at 6:45 a.m. for a SCUBA dive first thing in the morning! At 12:30 p.m. we dropped the ball at Marina Cay and headed out to Saba Rock in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, right next to the Bitter End Yacht Club. We had some rock-solid mooring ball pickups there, and once secured we restocked on ice and cold freshwater — a nice treat in the heat of the day! During the sail to the North Sound everyone had a chance to practice man overboard drills. These can be tricky, since they are practiced without the use of a motor. The students had to steer in a circle around their “man overboard” (actually a fender), then sail upwind to it while coming close enough to reach the target while bringing the boat to a stop at the same time. Though it’s one of the more complicated maneuvers we practice, everyone did a great job being patient and effective communicators so the fender could be retrieved. Great work! Now everyone can check man overboard drills off their crew and bosuns checklists as well! It was definitely a challenging day, but very rewarding for all.