BVI: Session 2 - Mahi Mahi
Posted: Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Staff Update Day 20: Our Awesome Trip!
Location: West End, Tortola
Oh wow, it’s hard to believe that we are back on the dock in West End where we started this journey 21 days ago. Mike, Tor, and I have really enjoyed watching the crew of Mahi Mahi become a tight-knit family. Our Dolphins finished their projects and presented in front of our Marine Biology instructors. Ben, Casey and Jules presented the change of CO2 levels in different depths. Eliza, Zoltan and Sydney researched about eating habits of parrot fish. Mike had a wonderful time working with all of the Dolphins during their dives and projects! The Neptunes, Jared, Duncan, Emma, Yasmine, Isa, Wesley, Tanner and Nika have all completed their advanced open water, night, wreck, fish ID, boat and equipment specialties. Tor and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them. Everyone has grown so close together over these three weeks. I know there will not be a dry eye when we say goodbye.
Posted: Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Day 19: Race Day
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We started off the morning with some delicious pancakes cooked by our fabulous chefs of the day. the Neptunes then went on a dive and the Dolphins went turtle tagging. We then sailed to Road Town where we had shore time in which we had lunch and shopped around. When we got back on the boat, we prepared for our sailing race with the rest of dive side. After a two hour sail we came in last in the race. Although we came in last, we put up a very valiant effort in the race. After the race was over we headed to a bay to anchor overnight with all of Action Quest. The staff left for a staff meeting and while they were gone we made a delicious dinner which was followed by a double squeeze.
Posted: Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Day 18: Shipwreck Diver
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
It’s crazy to think how fast this trip has gone by. I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun with such a great group of people. Today consisted of sailing, diving, eating and napping. Both Dolphins and Neptunes had two dives exploring shipwrecks. We saw huge fish, stingrays and even a shark. The weather was perfect so we all spent our free time reading and sleeping outside on the roof. Isa showed us how to make bracelets right before we ate breakfast for dinner. Right now Dolphins are getting ready to present our projects. Me, Ben and Jules studied why the carbon dioxide levels change the deeper you go in the ocean. Neptunes are also studying for an exam they’re going to take tonight. All’s good — wish us luck!
Posted: Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Day 17: Man of the Sea!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was one of the best days of the trip so far because it was the first time I took the helm on by myself: today I was the skipper. The wind was so strong today, 20-30kts. With Tor gone Meghann has taken charge and she rocks, but today I took the helm by myself at some points. I had great help today in the crazy sea. Wes helped a huge part today with everything and also J-rod. Our sail made me a much better sailor. We sailed to GHP again. We had a dive after the sail, the dive was fun because J-rod, Wes, Duncan and I were in a dive group. We had so much fun underwater. We had foot race, blew bubble rings, and played some other games as well. Tonight’s dinner was Mexican night. The chefs did an awesome job (Zolt and Syd). Tonight is a study night for the Neptunes — Dolphins just finished their papers for their projects. Casey bought some cake mix today at port and she is making it for the whole boat tonight. I can already feel my mouth watering. we only have four more days left, and I know that everyone on the boat will cherish these last days to the fullest. I know this from last year, because at this moment everyone is like family and we all care about each other. At the end of the trip we will be very sad but we will know that we’ll stay in touch and stay a family.
Posted: Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Day 16: Pancakes and Playgrounds
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today was certainly an amazing day in paradise. After a very long and fun day, we were all excited to sleep in until 7:30. We awoke to Ben and Casey’s fantastic pancakes. We motored over to Sandy Spit from Little Harbor and anchored to dive the Playgrounds. The Neptunes had a fun dive while the Dolphins had a research dive. Some of us even saw a juvenile lion fish! Lunch was Ramen noodles. After, the Dolphins worked on their research projects and met the Neptunes at the beach. We all then returned to the boat for franks and beans for dinner. After a heartfelt squeeze we headed over to Mary Morgan for a Lifeworks forum with all of the dive side run by Sam. Although it has only been 16 days I feel like I have known the other shipmates my entire life. I cannot imagine saying goodbye in 5 days. We are all eating cornbread and laughing as we prepare for another amazing day in paradise tomorrow!