Alpha 3 Trip Update Day 7 – Katelynn, Fleet Captain
Howdy! We kicked off our morning with a breakfast of western eggs before heading to shore for some fun! Those who didn’t go on the truck tour yesterday piled into the truck with Perry for a scenic drive around Tortola, and everyone else remained at Trellis Bay to enjoy the hammocks and wander the shops and art studio. Once the truck tour returned, we headed back to boats to start pre-departure checks and cook up some macaroni.
We dropped the ball as soon as lunch was finished, and headed out to the Sir Francis Drake Channel to make our way to Great Harbor, Peter Island. On their way out, the crew of Isle of Skye saw five Sea Turtles in Trellis Bay! Underway, both boats reviewed all the lessons we have learned, and worked on our downwind sailing, gybing, and preventer tying. We pulled into Great Harbor, and were greeted by two yellow SC burgees already flying in the harbor! It was very exciting for us to see and hear about another SC program. Both Isle of Skye and Persephone got the mooring ball on the second try, with Skye on the helm of Isle of Skye and Tyler at the helm of Persephone. In fact, Isle of Skye even performed a silent mooring, using only hand signals as communication!
Once on the ball, we all went for a snorkel. On our snorkel, the crew of Persephone saw a flounder stuck in a lobster trap, along with a bunch of other colorful fish that we are going to work on learning to identify for our next snorkel. Back aboard Persephone, Tyler guided us through the schedule, and along with Sarah, cooked dinner of pasta primavera with bacon and alfredo sauce, yum!!! After dinner, the crews did a deep clean before discussing our goals during boat meeting. Then – surprise! – the crews found out that tomorrow is Challenge Day! Everyone is very excited to take over the boats on their own, and cannot wait to see what the day brings.