Charlie 3 Trip Update Day 11- Eric Von Ashwege, Program Director
The Charlie Fleet slept in this morning amidst occasional passing showers. The gray weather didn’t hamper their spirits however, and around 10 they motored over to Long Bay to anchor and go ashore to the beautiful white sandy beach. They dodged some more rain, and then took a dinghy ride ashore.
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. The girls on Monet collected 2 bags of trash, while the boys came in tied also with 2 bags for a total of 4 bags loaded with beach trash. Venture collected 3 as well! It was great to see everyone chip in and the transformation on the beach was amazing. Everyone learned how working together they were able to transform the beach into something much nicer with only an hour of hard work.
The crews headed back to boats just in time to miss another rain squall, then made and ate lunch while the divers studied for their final advanced and specialty dives. At 1:30 everyone was off on their second-to-last dive, which for many included their practical exams. The rescue divers finished up strong, each learning basic CPR, First Aid, and Rescue swimming techniques. The navigation divers expertly swam their courses using their compass and watches.
Back on board the boats at 5:30, everyone showered and made dinner, then prepped their boats for the night sail. Captains Beta and Mark 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 the anxiety that some people had about sailing at night. Students could see the clear skies above as well as flashing thunderstorms 20 miles 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 got right to sleep.