Charlie 1 Trip Update Day 18 – Scott Barnhill, Mate & Ryn Steck, Mate
Today the fleet woke at the docks of Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. After a quick and hearty breakfast, the Charlie divers went off for an early morning dive to complete Nitrox and wreck specialty classes. Diving with Nitrox allows for longer dive times by breathing gas that has a slightly higher oxygen percentage. One of the highlights of the dive was definitely when the divers spotted a majestic spotted eagle ray gliding though the water during their dive! Upon returning to VGYH the fleet enjoyed a great lunch of pizza bagels (everyone’s favorite) and prepped the boats for de-docking and departure.
The past few weeks’ sailing experience was evident as all three Charlie boats smoothly de-docked and made their way over to Savannah Bay, where they navigated through coral heads and shallow patches in order to find perfect anchoring locations. With boats secured, the fleet got to take some well-deserved time to relax with water sports, games, and snorkeling in the surrounding waters. After everyone had a turn on the newest water inflatable, dubbed the “Poparazzi” the crews dried off and settled down to take their Crew and Bosun Tests. The evaluations give each student the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have acquired during the program, covering such topics as boat terminology, wind awareness and points of sail, and other ideas of sailing theory.
Soon enough, it was time to rock out to some tunes and soap up for shower time. The crews filled up on a delicious dinner of lemon chicken, mashed potatoes, and salad and then powered down at boat meetings with reflections of how far they have progressed since the commencement of their adventures at Sail Caribbean.