Alpha Program 2013 – Trip Update Day 11
Written by Elise Anderson; Program Director
Starting at the Bitter End Yacht Club today, the Alpha crew set sail for their epic voyage to the sunken island of Anegada. Anegada is a coral atoll featuring the fourth largest coral reef in the world. Raising our sails next to the famous Necker island, the crew then fell off the wind and headed on a course of 007, double o seven, as we like to say on Alpha. The exciting part of the navigation to Anegada is that it is absolutely impossible to see when you start your sail so the skipper has to be dead on for steering the boat and following a heading.
After a breezy and blustery sail, Badger B spotted the channel markers on the horizon and went to drop their sails fast as it began to rain. Seth did a great job taking the jib in fast and Haris was excellent at skippering the boat during the mooring ball pick up in windy conditions. Then it was onto shore as we loaded into an open air taxi and headed to Loblolly Bay. On the way we saw a flock of flamingos! Once we arrived, we went on a snorkel to identify the number and species of fish on the reef. Then everyone had a trash lesson and the two boats had a competition of who could find the most trash on the beach. Canaan, Jared, Izzy, and Brandon were absolute superstars running down the beach and finding plastic bottles. All together the Alpha crew filled three huge black trash bags! Alpha spent the rest of their afternoon chilling on the pristine white sandy beach, eating ice cream, and even playing an impromptu game of volleyball.
Dinner was at a lovely beach restaurant called the big bamboo and followed by a boat meeting at sunset on shore. People made souvenir papers for each other with nice and funny comments written on them and everybody had a good time with lots of laughs. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and man does Sail Caribbean have some fun surprises in store for the programs. But you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow!