Sierra 2 Trip Update Day 10 – Graham, Program Director
Wake up was a little bit later this morning. The long night before put us to bed late, so we all got to sleep in until 7:30 a.m. this morning. When we did wake up, the sun had already crested the horizon above Virgin Gorda. And although the day was going to be fairly relaxing, we needed to make sure we all stayed on schedule.
We dropped the ball right on time at 8:30 a.m. and started out of the North Sound through the channel. Our destination was Lee Bay, which is a beautiful little cove on the eastern shore of Great Camanoe. With almost a run as our point of sail, we set off and crushed along at about eight knots. We sailed along the northern edge of the islands with nothing but Anegada and America to our north. We raced above the Dog Islands and then rounded down between Scrub and Guana Island.
Geneve went first and reported what they found as far as bottom composition, depth, and water conditions to Berlin. When they anchored, it was well timed and on schedule. Afterwards, Berlin dropped their anchor. And just when we were settling in to the days lesson, three giant fishing boats came and med-moored right in front of us. The lesson continued as usual though, with a pause as we watched one of them drop their anchor and then take a stern line ashore.
The lesson covered general marine invertebrates. We discussed the general phylums and talked about each of their key characteristics and then gave examples of what we were going to see. Prior to the lesson the instructors had collected some of the anime we were going to see. A baby long-spine sea urchin, two lettuce sea slugs, a worm, some sponge, chitons, and other critters such as snakes and arrow crabs were all in the large green container with the aerator. After we all looked at the animals, we went on a snorkel where we dropped quadrants and then counted the number of invertebrates that were found in that part of the reef. We then headed back to the boats and did our dinner preparations. We scarfed down dinner and had a great boat meeting where we went over group dynamics, respect for others, and various other aspects of group development. We were all pretty tired when 10:00 p.m. came around, and so sleep was found easily for all!