Sierra 2 Trip Update Day 5 – Graham, Program Director
Today was special for a couple reasons. First the diving locations were some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, with huge high profile reefs, rich life and colorful sponges. At 8 a.m. we started boarding the waiting dive boat, moving all our things from the dinghy and carefully stepping onto the transom of the boat. Dead Chest North was the first site for the fun divers and the second for the Open Water students (they started at Painted Walls). After the first dive we switched. When we all arrived back in the boat, we talked for a bit about what we had seen: Eagle Rays, Hawksbill turtles, Black Durgens and many other animals had been spotted. We prepared our lunch as we continued to talk about the animals and after about forty minuets, we sat down to eat the quesadillas that we had made.
After lunch, it was time to complete our pre-departure checks. On Geneve, Kellin led the crew through dropping the ball and making sure we all had positions to raise the main sail. As they motored out, Jordan and Emily E. taught a lesson on how to raise sails, reviewing winch safety as the went. On Berlin, Alex Polli and Alex Warren taught lessons on knot tying and points of sail. We sailed away from Peter Island and headed into the Sir Francis Drake Channel. We set our course for due south, heading between Peter Island and Dead Chest. We were out of the channel. We sailed around the outside of Peter Island and around the southern tip, arriving on its southern coast at White Bay. The sail was long and enjoyable, giving the crew a chance to feel how the boat moves in the wind. As we approached, Andy gave us an amazingly creative anchoring lesson about making moves on some shallow blondes (shallow sand). After the anchors were set we all showered, prepared dinner and hung out until dinner, with a short boat meeting. We were all really tired from the intensive diving in the last few days.