Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 3

Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 3

Christiansted, St. Croix

Sam J.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 

Today was a beautiful day from start to finish on the colorful island of St. Croix! We started things off with breakfast at 0800! After breakfast, we all diligently worked on our dive certifications. Holly is planning out first dive soon... and I can speak for everyone when I say we are PUMPED! After wrapping those up, we joined our all-school assembly with a backdrop everyone on campus considered a dream. After making faculty and students jealous of our surroundings, it was time to receive our third and final class syllabus. We received our Navigation and Seamanship syllabus and a practice line for our first set of knots. Starting off with a square knot and tying it all together for the dreaded bowline knot. The bowline is a difficult, yet necessary tool to use on the boat. It is an array of loops and bunny holes, which in the end, results in the strongest loop. After a lot of frustration and rage, I learned the bowline. I guess you could say I am the bowline master! After tying knots we met up with Frandelle, the best tour guide in St. Croix! She showed us downtown Christiansted and gave us the ultimate history lesson. We learned about Alexander Hamilton and David Hamilton Jackson. Their stories vary tremendously from each other, yet stay connected by their roots. We wrapped up the day with a pot luck of local styled foods. It was awesome to wrap-up a culture filled day with a staple in St. Croix culture, their delicious food! Ranging from goat to locally caught fish, I experienced more than I ever thought I could, and it was only day 2. We will be sleeping good tonight from our food comas!

Best,

Sam Jewett :)

P.S. The power turned off and I left my apartment room sink on. I came back to a flooded room, which I am happy we could get a laugh about, but am currently mopping the pain and water away.