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Staff Update Day 21

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015


Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Carolyn

The last three days have been the perfect combination of the three weeks we have spent sailing, diving and growing together as the crew of Celestial Storm. Racing yesterday against the other six boats from sail side, everyone’s personality shown through. Natalia led the way on sail trim while Diego and Emma showed their ability on the helm to focus on keeping us pointed close to the wind while still dancing along to Walking in Memphis and other classics being played in the cockpit speakers. Between the tracks the rest of the shipmates lined the rail on the high side of the boat but Chase, always wanting to stretch things out to the end, stayed put on the main sheet just in case a sudden ease became necessary. Austin kept track of our position relative to the other boats and Ben and Jake kept us laughing as usual this time with their boat imitations and refusal to speak in a normal voice. Despite opting to keep a reef in our sail we still managed to come in third! Just as yesterday left us amazed at how much everyone has learned about sailing in the past 17 days, today was a marker of how far we’ve coming in diving. This morning we did our first fun dive as newly certified Open Water and Advanced Divers as we dove the wreck of the RMS Rhone. We had an early start but Claire made sure breakfast got underway for our trip to the wreck. As we all lined up to jump in the water one by one, Eli was quick to answer any questions from less advanced divers. Everyone’s excitement could be felt in post-dive chatter. After such a long day we were all exhausted and the lazy passage back to our anchorage for the night led to a relaxed atmosphere. Aubrey, always quick to help wherever she can and ready to tell stories and talk kept me company at the helm. Thanks everybody for such a great trip!

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