Charlie 3- Day 9

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Charlie 3, Trip Update Day 9  – Eric von Aschwege

Charlie 3 Trip Update- Eric  The winds and current at Mountain Point were swirly last night, and many people were occasionally awakened by the boat being pushed in different directions.  Such is life aboard a boat sometimes, and the students have become accustomed to living on a vessel that is never stationary.  Everyone was up early this morning so that they could depart from Mountain Point and arrive at Nanny Cay in time for an afternoon dive.  The skies were clear with puffy cumulous clouds, and Elliot, Curtis, and Eliza came over to the staff boat to check the weather forecast as they worked towards their Mate certification. 

The students on Monet were ready to depart well in advance, and pulled up their anchor with almost no assistance from Captain Mark.  They turned south west and headed down the channel towards their destination.  Not too long after, Venture was pulling up their anchor and heading out to do the same.  They got their main up right away, then bore away on a run with the wind right behind them.  Running off the wind can sometimes feel slower because you don’t have the wind on your face, it’s also sometimes a lot hotter!  Everyone played some hydration activities to keep themselves fully hydrated and energized in preparation for their dive.  Around noon both boats had made great time and were waiting outside Nanny Cay for docking instructions. 

The crew of Monet readied their boat for a stern to, starboard to docking, in which they reverse their boat into the slip!  With Captain Mark by her side, Annette took the wheel and backed Monet carefully past the docks and into her slip for a nice gentle docking!  Venture came in soon after and made a very careful approach with Elliot at the helm.  Elliot expertly docked Venture in a very tight slip with Beta standing by. 

The Charlie fleet ate some lunch and cleaned their boats, then were off for some diving!  The rescue divers continued their course, where Travis lifted his friend Curtis out of the water and up the beach as they practiced rescue techniques and CPR.  Other specialty divers continued with their coursework, and dove at Parrot Shoals and Spyglass.  It was a great afternoon, and divers returned looking forward to experiencing the showers at Nanny Cay, which are the best we visit!  They showered and ate dinner of Chicken stirfry, then relaxed and socialized on the docks before doing homework and heading to bed. 



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