Bravo 3 Trip Update Day 11 – Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
The Bravo Fleet awoke this morning amidst occasional passing showers. The gray weather didn’t hamper their spirits, and the divers were off at 8:30 for their final dive of the program! The navigation specialty divers went to Lee Bay on Great Camanoe, where they expertly swam their courses using their compass and watches. The deep water divers went to the Flintstones, off of Great Dog Island, where they saw a Yellow Toadfish, which has a face that looks just like a toad! Those who didn’t go diving weren’t sitting idle, and took turns as PD Eric drove them around in the Paparazzi tube! After the divers returned at 12:30, lunch was made and everyone motored to Long Bay, which has a beautiful white sandy beach.
Once ashore, they noticed that the beach was not quite as clean as the white sand originally appeared, so everyone pitched in with trash bags and each boat cleaned as much of the beach that they could. Vivaldi and Sao Jorge each collected two bags of trash! It was great to see everyone chip in and the transformation on the beach was amazing. After the trash was collected, there was a competition between boats to see who could create the best trash sculpture. Vivaldi created a “tree of life” out of their garbage, using pvc pipe for branches and bottles for leaves. Sao Jorge created a globe in the sand and called it “the world in trash”. Everyone learned how working together they were able to transform the beach into something much nicer with only an hour of hard work. Teamwork doesn’t seem work!
Back on board the boats at 5:30, everyone showered and made dinner, then prepped their boats for the night sail. Captains Sara and Kat showed students how to rig a jack line and how to wear harnesses so that everyone could remain safe at night. The boats pulled up their anchor around 7pm and headed north between Camanoe Island and Guana Island. Once beyond the islands the breeze picked up and the boats healed over on their westward course. The excitement of the breeze helped ease any anxiety students had about sailing at night. Students could see the clear skies above as well as flashing thunderstorms far off in the distance as they learned to navigate using stars and their compass as a guide. Around 10pm the boats slowly approached their moorings at Monkey Point, on the south end of Guana Island. They were tired from a long day, and everyone fell asleep soon after lights were out.