Day nine of the Bravo/Charlie program was especially exciting because the students got to teach their new sailing skills to the local kids in the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). Early in the morning, before the YEP kids arrived, the divers got together with the Sail Caribbean instructors to work on knowledge reviews. Meanwhile, Monet 1, Sao Jorge, Vivaldi, and Bang Bang prepared for the visitors’ arrival. The YEP-ers were divided equally among the boats and each crew immediately made them feel at home. Sami, Aaron, Nat, and Shannon gave great mini “prior-to-firsts” to the new kids. Max, Dylan, Drew, Carly, and Jessi taught them how to raise the anchor as Nadja directed one of the girls on the helm. On Sao Jorge, Sam took the helm to lead the new crew members out of Long Bay.
The fleet sailed for a while near Guana Island then headed back into Long Bay. All the boats met up together for a hoagie picnic with the entire YEP group. After lunch, everyone headed to the shore for some swimming and beach games. Lucy and Eug had a blast doing water sports with their new buddies. Jon and Connor also enjoyed playing with the group in the water.
After a bit of free time, everybody came together to play a massive game of “birdy on a perch”. As the games started to wind down, crews headed back to their boats to prepare for departure to Trellis Bay. While Heather, Joe, Carlos, Aaron, and the rest of the Bravo divers went out for a dive the rest of the fleet had some down time to relax and say goodbye to their new friends. Boats had fun trying out new tricks jumping into the water. Several of Sao Jorge’s crew decided to tackle the back flip from the beam gates on deck. After one or two flops, Will successfully perfected flips in perfect Olympic gymnast form.
For dinner, the students prepared a classic, homestyle meal of grilled cheese and tomato soup before they headed to shore for the Fireball Party!! Members of the Alpha and Sierra fleet also joined the Chavo crew ashore. Joe, Nat, and Shannon got to dance with the Jumbies and formed a huge conga line. Adam, Erik, Chad M, Chris, and Jeremy played an enthusiastic game of musical chairs—in which Chad M. defeated all the fleets! Kelsey celebrated completing all of her advanced open water knowledge reviews by “ripping up the dance floor”. Exhausted from the day’s fun, everyone headed back to boats and settled into bed underneath a clear sky of stars.