Charlie 3 Trip update – Day 6 – Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
The Charlie fleet awoke at 7:30am this morning in anticipation for a very busy day of dive training, truck tours, and sailing! The Emergency First Responder divers went to the VISAR (Virgin Island Search and Rescue) headquarters at 9:30 for a full day of training before they begin their Rescue Diver certification. Around 10, everyone else hopped in the back of our trucks and went on a tour around the island! They drove along the coast and then up the steep mountain roads to get a great view of the island, the towns below, and the other islands beyond. On the north side of the island everyone could see how the winds made the seas a lot steeper than the protected channel we typically sail in. After the truck tour returned, there was a little free time to enjoy lounging by the pool and sipping virgin daiquiris, soon lunch had to be made and they prepped for dedocking. Igor steered Monet out of her slip with Captain Mark by his side, and cleared the docks beautifully on this windy day.
Next up was Venture, and with Eliza at the helm and Captain Beta alongside, she was dedocked in minutes! With both boats dedocked, they left Road Town harbor and sailed across the channel to Great Harbor on Peter Island. Venture had a small tear in her mainsail, and the crew expertly lowered the sail to reduce any further damage. This didn’t stop them from sailing, and the boat sailed under Jib for the rest of the passage! The winds today were blowing from the remnants of a tropical low, but the boats sailed with reefed (reduced) sails and had an exciting time breaking through the waves and practicing tacking and learning points of sail. Once the boats had both moored in Great Harbor, everyone showered and prepped dinner. All of the Charlie fleet went diving this evening at the Painted Walls, where they saw a lion fish, baby sea turtle, and lots of great night time creatures. After returning and having their boat meeting, a scallywag of a pirate, the Dread Pirate Eric, boarded each boat and announced that tomorrow was Challenge Day – the “Opportune Moment” in which students take full command and responsibility of their vessel and schedule.