Day 3: Students Sail Their Way To Marina Cay

Posted Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Da Vinci:

The crew woke up to a beautiful view of the green cliffs of Peter Island. Nick P. cooked up some hot oatmeal, which although a surprise to many, was delicious. While swimming the students realized many moon jellyfish were floating around their snorkel spot.

We decided to drop the mooring ball and head over to Marina Cay. Skipper of the day, Matthew P., led us off the ball, out of the harbor and through our first mainsail raising. It was a beautiful day to sail with about 15 knots of wind on a close hauled course. Every member of the crew had a chance on the helm with Nick W., Kyle and Matthew leading us through tacks.

During the sail the students learned parts of the sail and three knots- the figure 8, cleat hitch and bowline. After Matthew and the crew moored at Marina cay we went on an awesome snorkel at Diamond Reef. Then it was showers and a dinner of BBQ chicken, salad and couscous made by Skipper Matthew and mate Austin. Hopefully when we head ashore tonight for boat meeting the crew won’t get too land sick.


This morning we woke up to a yummy breakfast of oatmeal and fruit prepared by Allegra. We attempted a snorkel but it was quickly aborted due to jelly fish. With Jac at the helm, Carolina, Alli, James and Max all helped us drop the ball. Once out in the channel we put up the mainsail and sailed for Marina Cay. While under sail, we learned a lesson from Emma about parts of the sail. We also learned about points of sail and some right of way rules. Devin and Alli cooked us up some bagel pizzas underway.

Once we arrived at Marina Cay, we met the crew of Da Vinci for a snorkel before showers and a delicious dinner. Max and James cooked a wicked dinner of BBQ chicken, couscous and salad. After our cleanup we headed ashore to Pusser’s on Marina Cay for some milkshakes, beach games and fun. Everyone was exhausted heading back to boats after another long day. Tomorrow is going to be the first day that we meet some new friends from the YEP program and complete a marine biology survey.


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