This morning started off as energetic and high intensity as it could as the students were woken up to a racing lesson followed by a race between the boats of the fleet. Having proven themselves during challenge day as capable of handling the boats by themselves, they now had the opportunity to take their skills a step further and use them in a competition. In their lessons, the students got a basic crash course on start sequences, course layouts, strategies and rules.
Excited for another opportunity for inter-boat competition, everyone was very quick to jump on their positions for completing every maneuver, displaying a newfound enthusiasm for sailing efficiently that hadn’t really been seen before as they were learning. Every time students rounded a mark, which were either Claire or Jeff in the tender, cheers erupted from the students on board. Venture III, our youngest boat, ended up coming in first, and crossed the finish line chanting “Baby-Boat! Baby-Boat!” Patricia J came close in second, followed by Venture of Tortola.
After the race, the fleet headed over to Diamond Cay, on the other side of Jost Van Dyke, and picked up a mooring. After a yummy bean burrito lunch, the students set out for a hike over to the Bubbly Pools, a pretty, enclosed beach where the water splashing through the rocks makes the water foam as it comes into the beach. As soon as we got there, Alex B., Edwin and Jorge jumped right into the water. Swimming among the rocks surrounding the beach was a tiny gold ringed moral eel, a rare spotting which was really cool to see up close. At about 3:30, the students headed back to the boats to prepare for their sunset sail to Monkey Point, a beautiful mooring spot on the tip of Guana Island. Lu skippered on the way over and felt so comfortable on the boat that she steered for part of the way using only her feet! Monkey Point was the perfect place to watch the end of an absolutely breathtaking the sunset glide down over the horizon as the day ended. I couldn’t think of a better way to end such a great day.