Bravo 1 Trip Update Day 16 – Luke, Mate
All of the students woke up to the boat already underway as it was an early morning wake-up for Lily and Tamara so we could head out to Anegada. The crew woke at around 7:00 a.m., started breakfast, and raised the sails for a quick sail to Anegada, the “drowned island”. During the sail, the crew had some great tacking practice upwind before spotting the first sign of this very low island: trees lining a thin white sand bar. Once we entered the tricky channel everyone quieted down, as we were all had a weather eye out for shallow water and coral patches. The crew guided the boat perfectly into the mooring field and picked up a mooring ball on the first try, with no problems. Awesome job!
After an exciting morning the crew and staff piled into the dinghy and motored ashore for a taxi ride across the island to Loblolly Bay. The crew of Sao Jorge picked up the most trash on the beach during our clean-up of Loblolly Bay. The clean-up was followed by an environmental themed trash sculpture competition. The crews went for a snorkel on the beautiful fringing reef, and then gathered together on the beach with the rest of the feet for a Sail Caribbean tradition: beach olympics! Crews competed in feats of strength, agility, creativity, and speed (the winners will be announced at the end of the program!). After a fun afternoon, all the competitors sat down for a celebratory meal at the Big Bamboo Restaurant, then it was back to boats in preparation for an early morning tomorrow!