Alpha 2 Trip Update Day 9 – Elise, Program Director
Today dawned bright and early as CHALLENGE DAY on the Alpha fleet. This is where the Alpha crew takes over their boats entirely for the whole day with no assistance from the staff unless to take necessary safety precautions. The crew keeps us on a tight schedule, runs th activities for the day, and sails the boat from our starting point to the destination. Along with that, they head up all the meals and make all of the decisions themselves for that day. At 6:45 a.m. the leadership teams from both boats met to receive the schedule and a navigation briefing for the day. On Persephone, Campbell, Melissa, and Logan were the leaders of the day and on Isle of Skye it was Owen, Jack, and Isabelle. The Alpha crew then headed out for a hike to the Bubbly Pools on Jost Van Dyke. They were magnificent! Along the way people saw mangroves, goats, cactus, and then arrived at dark rocks with waves crashing over them right on the ocean edge. Right on the beach was a little tide pool where the ways would crash in and the crew hung there for a while enjoying the waves and bubbles coming over the rocks.
Afterwards it was the official beginning of challenge day as the crews began to navigate their boats around the backside of Tortola. Here the ocean is windier and less protected than the channel making it an extra exciting and challenging day for the crew. Campbell and Jack T on Persephone were magnificent leaders through throughout the sail raising and making sailing maneuvers. Melissa and Anita were excellent at knowing what needed to be done and making sure it happens right. Also Melissa was one of the best navigators I have ever seen. Every minute of the day she knew exactly where we were. On Isle of Skye Jack and Lexi led up the sailing decisions and maneuvers for the day. Owen and Franck supported them with the navigational knowledge necessary. Overall both crews did a superb job and we all arrived at little Monkey Point on Guana Island for what do you know, watersports!!!!!! It was a lovely conclusion to a challenging day that took lots of determination, teamwork, and perseverance from the crew. And tomorrow we dock!