Sierra 2 Trip Update Day 9 – Graham, Program Director
Today started as any other day might, by waking up and preparing breakfast. After we all ate our fill, the divers who were participating in the advanced open water course sat down to work on their dive homework while other students got a chance to go for a snorkel, kayak or just go for a swim. After about an hour elapsed, we got ready to depart. As we exited the bay, we watched for the coral reef that surrounds Savannah Bay, giving it a wide berth. As we headed, full sail, up the channel toward our destination, the skies upwind suddenly grew dark with clouds. As the temperature began to drop, so to did our sails; the rain hit us just as the wind was picking up. While we were head to wind in our foul weather gear and stowed sails, we took the squall head on. The wind was not too ferocious, 30-32 knots but strong enough to make us take all cautions. The rain, as it stung our faces and wiggled its way into our rain coats, hid the island that was not 200 meters off our starboard beam! When the horizon grew lighter and the storm began to subside, it brought with it the warmth of the late morning sun. We set sail once again and continued on our way to the North Sound. When we arrived at The Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC), we all ate lunch and prepared for the day ashore. With lunch cleaned up, we headed to shore in our dinghy. A day at BEYC is a day of relaxation and fun. There are small boats such as Lasers and Hobies, windsurfing, and other water sports such as tubing, wake boarding and waterskiing. There is a great hike for students to enjoy that goes up oover the ridge with views for the island from the very top, and there are shops to explore. In general it is a non-structured time for the students to pick the activities in which they want to participate for the day!
Many students went sailing on the small boats, while others spent most of the time just hanging out on the beach and enjoying the beauty of the British Virgin Islands. At 4:30 p.m., we all made our ways back to the boats. When we all got back to the boats, we showered, did our chores and started to prepare dinner. Lasagna is not the easiest meal to make. Each boat worked together with no help from the instructors at all in order to accomplish making this meal. The dinner was exquisite! It was finely prepared on each boat. When all was said and done, we all needed a few minutes before we moved, our stomachs were so full! When we all could finally move, it was high time that we all helped with cleaning and prepared to head ashore for the evening. The night held an evening at the pub, joined by the crews of the Foxtrot and Tango programs! We enjoyed milkshakes and virgin drinks as we played pool, darts and foosball. When 10:00 p.m. came to pass, we were all heading back to the boats, still riding on the wave of energy provided to us from such a fun day; however, as soon as heads touched pillows, all was quiet aboard the boats.