Alpha Program 2013 – Trip Update Day 7
Written by Kat Murphy; Mate
The air was filled with excitement and anticipation as our boats prepared to leave docks this morning at Nanny Cay. Alpha discovery and open water divers were up bright and early for a morning dive on Chromis reef and the Rhone, while the rest of the fleet prepared to get underway. Campers stood poised and ready to receive docklines, fend their boats off of docks, and relay commands given by their skippers. JP was the first to depart, followed closely by Badger B and Venture. Once sails had been raised campers were able to practice their upwind sailing techniques on the way to Cooper Island by tacking their way up the channel. Malcolm and Parker led the Venture crew through a handful of tacks and Drew worked hard winching in the jib sheet multiple times!
The fleet entered Manchioneel Bay on Cooper safely by noon, just in time for Alpha and Charlie divers to swap to head out and dive the Rhone. The wreck of the ocean steamer RMS Rhone sank off of Salt Island during a hurricane in 1867. The ship remains remarkably intact, encrusted with colorful sponges and vibrant corals it is highlighted as one of the most impressive wrecks in the Caribbean! While the Charlie’s were diving, Alpha campers were busy cruising around the bay on stand up paddle boards, taking turns going tubing and waterskiing, and relaxing underneath palm trees on Cooper Island Beach Club’s white sandy beach. Cay tried waterskiing today for the first time, and was able to stand up after only one try! Everyone went back to their boats for showers and a quick dinner while Charlie divers prepared themselves for a night dive.
After an action packed day, everyone turned in early to rest up for tomorrow’s Challenge Day, where campers will have the opportunity to take over every aspect of running their boats. Stay tuned for details on tomorrows adventures!