Bravo 3 Trip Update Day 10 – Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
The Bravo fleet awoke on docks this morning and made a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with ham, peppers, and onions. After cleaning breakfast, students from Vivaldi and Sao Jorge went out to explore Nanny Cay. Some students first took advantage of the great showers offered and had their second shower in the morning before going out! The local grocery had some snacks for everyone to enjoy – and several students bought some treats to share with the boats. Students left the docks empty handed and most came back carrying bags with goods bought for family and friends at Arawak studios.
The fleet couldn’t wander too long, and was soon prepping their boats to dedock and head back out to sea. Sao Jorge cast off her bow and spring, then drove forward on her stern to pull the boat into the center of the slip and out into the fairway. Soon after it was Vivaldi’s turn to dedock, and she pulled away from the pier smoothly, using a spring line to pivot like a sling shot around a tight corner– all of her crew experts at this by now!
Once into the channel the fleet raised their sails and headed East into the wind towards Marina Cay, all the way around the Eastern end of Tortola. Today was a “free” afternoon, in which the captains and students could decide where they wanted to sail or visit along the way to Marina Cay. Sao Jorge chose to sail to the south side of Salt Island and snorkel over the wreck of the RMS Rhone mailship. They picked up a ball and explored the waters. Vivaldi sailed further East and picked up a mooring ball in Fallen Jerusalem, a small island much like the Baths, but without any trails built in. Students enjoyed scrambling over the boulders and exploring natural caves with sparkling water at their feet. Before long it was time to finish the passage and head to Marina Cay.
Once moored at Marina Cay, students showered and cooked dinner, then divers finished the last bits of their advanced open water homework in preparation for their final dive of the program tomorrow. It was a crystal clear night and the Milky Way galaxy shined bright above, as students slept in hammocks or on deck and watched for meteors.