Today the crews all woke up excited and ready to go. The divers met the dive boat early for a dive at the Wreck of the Rhone which everyone has been waiting for, and those of us not diving hopped onto Da Vinci for the morning and motored over to Salt Island where we hiked up and over the ridge line to the windward side. There we could actually see where the RMS Rhone sank and watch our friends gearing up on the boat and then blowing bubbles from below the surface of the water.
It was a beautiful hike and felt great to stretch our legs a bit. Nate told us about the family who was given the island and only had to pay the British throne a tax of one bag of salt per year to keep the property. We walked alongside the salt ponds and thought about how great it would be if we could pay rent with salt! Kyle taught a small lesson about the tidepools we could see below us and we discussed some of the interesting animals that live there. Everyone then hiked back, up-anchored, and headed back to Cooper to make lunch in time for the hungry returning divers.
With only a short detour by Savannah Bay, the fleet sailed over to Long Bay where each boat anchored seamlessly and headed to shore with their team spirit to compete in the Sail Caribbean Olympics! The Olympian goddesses came ashore in the aqua-chariot to announce the events which included the Dizzy Fender Race, Hydration Relay Race, and a Sandart Contest utilizing the Captains and Mates of each crew as the base of the creation. Winners of each contest will be announced at Awards Night! After dinner of Honey Mustard Chicken with couscous, the crew of Da Vinci took their Crew test and everyone enjoyed a quiet night on board their boats at a splendid anchorage enjoying the clear night sky.
The crews all awoke at Long Bay, Beef Island to a big breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. Lizzy, Ana, Megan, and Inigo made breakfast. And Liz and Alaina spiced up Berlin’s breakfast with some homemade hashbrowns. Cristian navigated DaVinci through the reefy channel to Monkey Point where all crews anchored or moored for the day. The waters at Monkey point were filled with fish and squid that made the crew’s reef check just that much more exciting. A lunch of Greek Pitas were made by Ellis and Maddie, Sam and Kate and Natalie and Christina. After lunch we all went ashore for a hike on Guana Island to see the wildlife on the island in addition to the water.
After the hike, the crews cooled down with some power snorkeling on the search for some turtles. Once again the Foxies were unable to find turtles, but were instead fascinated by the bait balls attracting tarpon. Sam and Rachel, Sean and Matt were some of the cooks for the boats and made delicious spaghetti for the evening. After dinner the crews finished their tests, wrote letters to self and some enjoyed a talk from Josh about his travels over the past year and sea life he has experienced. The crews went to bed early in preparation for an early morning to the Baths and their last sail together.