BVI: Session 3 - Therapy
Posted: Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Staff Update Day 16
Location: West End, Tortola
We’ve reached the end of an amazing trip on board Therapy ” aka the best boat in the world by miles. It’s hard to believe that only two and a half weeks ago we were all strangers. The shipmates have been living, learning, sailing and scuba diving together extremely well and the close bonds formed within the group make us seem like a weird-looking family. The mood on board is as excitable as ever but its plain to see that the emotions are already building as the trip draws to a close.
The Dolphins – our budding marine biologists – have been busy sketching fish, catching sea turtles, dissecting sea creatures and loading up on mind-blowing ocean knowledge. Over the last few days they have completed an excellent set of scientific research projects, finishing up with a written report, and presentations to the entire group. IMPALED ” a project on sea urchins by Kate, Tatiana and Anastacia was written beautifully and presented with style. Pedro, Noah and Harry cracked open the chemical test kits to analyze salinity, and Pedro, our Portuguese explorer, wrote a fantastic report, despite English being a second language.
The Neptunes ” Katie, Schyler and Marita are our scuba diver extraordinaires. Over the last few days they have completed their advanced certifications and specialty courses, most recently a full day of wreck diving on the kissing wrecks, where they learned to properly and safely enter a shipwreck. They, along with the Dolphins, have also completed their night diver certification and every shipmate on board rose to the challenge of completing their first student-led night dive, on their own, in the dark.
Some of our extra-curricular activities have also created a stir amongst the shipmates. Grady, Mike and Boyd have proven to be very talented and valuable crew-members when anchoring, mooring, sailing and generally running the boat. Jarrett and Mihir have highlighted our wreck diving as the favorite part of their trip
overall. The Chikuzen wreck is usually good but this session it was exceptional, with sharks, rays, Goliath groupers, barracudas and huge schools of fish surrounding the shipwreck. Boyd Richie, a frequent ActionQuest returner, made our days by pulling off a historic prank on his ex-crew member, sneakily filling his sailbag with flour, creating huge clouds of white smoke when they raised the sails.
Skipper Cat, Jess and myself have loved getting to know each of the shipmates over the last two and a half weeks. Watching them progress with scuba diving, marine biology, general boat life, face the challenges of storms and salacious diatoms and become a close group of friends, is what makes the whole thing extremely worthwhile for us. Overall we could not have asked for a better group of shipmates to finish off the summer with.
Posted: Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Day 15: Last Night on the Water
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
As our trip is coming to an end, today was like the rest except more melancholy because everyone is glumly talking about the trip and how we’re going to keep in touch when we get back home. Other than the sad moments the day was good. We woke up at the normal hour after sunrise and all ate pancakes which were delicious. Marita made cinnamon pancakes. Afterwards we motored to the Fearless and enjoyed a chill wreck dive while others went turtle tagging unsuccessfully. Then we motored to Road Town for lunch and Gelato. Then we got ready for the race. Boyd’s prank worked like magic because the eight pounds of sail we put in Gemini’s sail bag completely covered the boat when they raised their main. We did awesome in the race finishing third. It was a fun sail and we had a good time. The rest of the day was just chilling at the finish line and enjoying the laughs and dinner.
Posted: Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Day 14: Fresh Prince of Therapy
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today’s events started off at 7am and we all woke up to some interesting British music from Mike’s iPod. All of us ate a rather fast breakfast and then sailed to Cooper Island and moored over Blue Chromis reef where my dive buddy and I saw two spotted eagle rays over the deeper part of the reef! After we surfaced and got back on the boat all of us put together some awesome mega sandwiches and pumped tanks which is very loud! But it was so worth it because after that we moved to the shipwreck alley mooring ball and dove there. We saw a ton of stingrays, which was easily the highlight of everyone’s day. We then sailed back to GHP and made a giant raft with all of dive side. Mike came over for dinner and we played the card game which in my opinion is one of the best things about AQ. All in all today was great! I can’t believe the session is almost over — time flies when you’re having fun!
Posted: Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Day 13: A Few Days Left
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today started off nice and early with a trip back to West End, the port where everything started. We got restocked with fresh fruits and other foods. While staff worked to make sure we had enough food to feed 14 teenagers we had shore time and got to eat non boat food and pick up snacks. We then started our sail to GHP. The Dolphins then completed their last research dive for the projects. On this dive my dive buddy and I saw two large lobsters backed into a small hole. It was quite the sight to see. After the short dive we got to dissect a dog fish! A dog fish is a very cool type of shark and we got to see how the innards of the shark work. It was really interesting and fun. The rest of the day consisted of all of the Dolphins writing up the papers for the research project. It has been cool to see everyone working on their own experiment. Hopefully the next few days don’t go by too fast. This trip has been the trip of a lifetime.
Posted: Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Day 12: Another Extraordinary Day
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
After a rare and early night, I woke up refreshed and with music playing in my head. SO excited to go home and download the entire wake up playlist. After some good laughs around the oatmeal we rode a rollercoaster to the playgrounds. And what a fun sail it was! Only to be followed by a great research dive. Not that studying sea urchins isn’t a thrill but I was really glad to see that sea turtle and trunkfish, though they clearly weren’t as happy to see me. Both escaped before I could get a decent photo. Once we surfaced I realized how hungry I was. The afternoon consisted of relaxing and swimming and casually working on our research paper. I couldn’t be more glad that my group has the same work ethic as I because we are now ahead and stress free. It will be interesting to see what everyone elses project is about when we present them to one another in a few days. Excitement builds for the BBQ tonight. We can’t wait!