Sierra 2 Trip Update Day 16 – Graham, Program Director
This morning was a late wake-up. We started our day at 8:00 a.m. to the tunes of Jack Johnson. We had a leisurely morning, eating a big breakfast of eggs and toast and preparing for a trash cleanup activity. Being careful to stay together, we snorkeled around the mooring field, with some people pulling the kayak and the rest loading what they found on the bottom into it. We scanned a good sized area, and collected a tremendous amount of junk!
When the collection was done, the instructors took the trash ashore and put it all in a dumpster, before returning to the boats so we could drop our mooring balls and head to the Dog Islands. We prepared lunch underway, and after a 20 minute motor we were moored off Great Dog island. There, we observed a huge number of jelly fish in the water, so we did not jump in for a snorkel after our lesson, which was about sharks! We learned about sharks’ seven senses (humans only have five!), their modified scales and fin shapes, and how they actually are not dangerous. After all, you’re more likely to be bitten by a New Yorker than a shark in your lifetime!
When we where all done, it was time to again drop the ball and continue across the channel to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, where we docked for the evening. Jordan docked Berlin and Christen docked Geneve. Both boats made it onto the dock in a timely and orderly fashion, with all boats secured by 3:00 p.m. When we arrived we finished cleaning up, then got our phones and had some time to explore the shops onshore. At 5:30 p.m., we all got got back to the boats and prepared a pot luck dinner. Afterwards, the night’s activity was a Talent/No Talent Show with the Foxtrot and Tango fleets, followed by an epic game of Hubba Hubba Squeak.