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Leadership Through Sailing (in the Virgin Islands!)


During the 2012 Winter Term (January 3-19), Dr. Ken Ayers is teaching a travel class in the Virgin Islands called Leadership Through Sailing. Five students are taking the class and are sending updates and photos for the KWC blog. This is their first entry.


Day One:

Today we set sail from St. Thomas south by southwest. We went to buoy number two and turned east before mooring at Christmas cove about 4 p.m.

Once we anchored, we went snorkeling and saw lots of sting rays, beautiful fish, colorful coral reefs and deadly sea urchins. Our snorkel ended at a beach, where we found a dried-out conch shell.

Later, we had a delicious homemade dinner made by Chef Ayers. (Way better than the caf.) No leftovers of the chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and stuffing remained. After dinner we laid under the clear constellations of St. Thomas.

Tomorrow we set sail for the island of St. John, where we will hike and do sailing instruction. The weather is 82 degrees and we’re loving every minute of it.

Student Quotes from Day One:

“I can’t stop smiling, this place is unreal.” – Maggie Johansen

“This is one of the best adventures I’ve ever had.” – John Bell

“By far the best day of my life.” – Jayden Morrison

“Best time since the big bang.” – Tatum McMahon

“This is my element.” – Jordan Gary

Day Two:

Today we sailed east to the heart and soul of the Caribbean, St. John. We faced strong force five winds and arrived safely to our anchorage on the south side of the island.

We began our adventures with lunch and a snorkel — we got to swim with spotted sting rays that were jumping from the ocean. Next we went on a treacherous hike that almost took us prisoner. We went on the hike alone, as a team building exercise. After a few wrong turns (thankfully no cannibals) we reached our destination, which was the petroglyphs and some ruins. We hiked back like nobody’s business.

When we returned exhausted, we finished the evening with a snorkel, while our Master Chef Ayers prepared another top-notch meal, which consisted of steaks, baked potatoes, asparagus and grilled pineapples.

We just finished our lesson of the night on weather, and are now preparing for bed. As we sit here in the heart of the Caribbean eating ice cream, we are discussing our upcoming adventure. Tomorrow we sail.


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