Early Alpha 2013 – Trip Update Day 9
Written by Christie Lee; Social Media Intern
The Early Alpha fleet had the exciting opportunity to spend their entire Sunday on the beach at the luxurious Bitter End Yacht Club. After a yummy breakfast of sweet banana breakfast cake with either cinnamon apple or nutella topping, everyone arrived ashore the resort around 9:00 a.m. where Betsy, the program director, provided a short briefing about all the fun amenities available and activities that the students would have the option to participate in.
The morning kicked off with a quick and quirky marine biology lesson beneath the shady seaside cabanas as Sondra, the marine biology coordinator, shared her knowledge about sharks while Trevor, a fleet mate, impersonated the creatures in the water behind. Coincidentally enough, Oliver, one of the captains, even spotted a nurse shark just off the shallow shoreline a few moments after! Stations picked up around 10:00 a.m. as students had the chance to choose between fun activities like water sports and tubing, hobie cat sailing, island hiking, or just lounging on the beach! Sail Caribbean’s notorious tube, the Paparazzi, was no doubt a favorite as students flew through the water behind the ski boat driven by ops staff, Jason. Students were also given the opportunity to shop around the resort’s souvenir shop as well as skip out on the program lunch provided to eat at the Bitter End’s outdoor restaurant instead; the delicious milkshakes were by far the biggest hit! The water and land activities continued after lunch until around 4:00 in the evening, as well as the Skype calls students were allowed to make home in honor of Father’s Day!
After cleaning up the fleet’s beach spot, students and staff headed back to the boats for showers, dinner prep, and nightly boat meetings, as well as some leisurely swimming and social time! Yummy dinners of pesto pasta, chicken, and salad, were served as students sat atop the boats enjoying the cool breeze blowing through the mooring field. The boat crews, sleepy from the long and active day in the sun, all settled down for bed. Everyone would need rest before the longest sail of the program that was to come in the morning; a journey all the way to Anegada!