BVI: Session 1 - Mahi Mahi III

Posted: Sun, Jul 7, 2013

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End
Author: Mike
When I look back on our voyage I can finally see how far we have come as a crew but also as individuals. There have been many ups and downs during this adventure but each one I feel has taught us more about ourselves and each other. As I think back to the first day with Haley as our skipper, sailing out of West End I think few of us really knew what we were in for. Many of us have found a new passion, like Kali becoming an open water diver, or Lucy and Sarah working on their marine biology projects. Arjun has found his talents as a helmsman, working with Nacho and Dan to win our impromptu race with Distant Drums. It has been extremely rewarding to see the crew coming together and new friendships made. To see people come out of their shells and express their joy at being on AQ has been extremely fulfilling. Joe has grown so much in the last few weeks that he’s hardly recognizable as the boy that came. There were several shipmates who have been here before but I think each would agree that every year’s experience is unique. Lydia has developed her diving and now seems more out of place on land than in the water, whilst Alyssa was the glue that held the boat together. I am so proud that Lindsay managed to achieve her qualifications despite being sick for part of the trip. If anything needed to be done on board Matt always stood up to be counted. I think Alex may have found his next calling as a sailor, as he was always involved and even stayed during shore time to help out. A huge thank you must go to my staff, Jin and Jess for their hard work throughout the trip. As our time comes to an end I feel blessed to have met and interacted with the crew on Mahi Mahi. It has certainly been a life altering three weeks and I hope it stays in the memories of all of us who have experienced it. Fair winds and calm seas, out.

Posted: Sat, Jul 6, 2013

Day 20

Location: West End
Author: Kali B.
This morning started off with breakfast and a dive at the Indians – our last dive on program. After that we began our Boat Appreciation, cleaning Mahi Mahi from top to bottom in preparation for our departure. We cleaned all the way to West End, where we docked just where we started three weeks ago. After we docked we finished cleaning the boat, then had shore time to eat lunch and go shopping. Tonight we’re going to have a barbecue. I’ve had an amazing trip, and I can’t believe it’s over so soon!

Posted: Fri, Jul 5, 2013

Race Day

Location: The Bight, Normal Island
Author: Joseph P.
Today started slowly with breakfast which was pancakes which I thought were pretty good. After that we motored to a dive site, the Rhone’s anchor, where some people dove. Others went wakeboarding or relaxed on the boat. Afterwards we went to Road Town to have lunch ashore. Then we had an all-dive-side race to The Bight. All in all it was a good day.

Posted: Wed, Jul 3, 2013

Day 17

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Arjun M.
Today was one of the most exciting days yet on Mahi Mahi. We started the day off with a short and sweet sail to West End, the same marina we started from. Standing on solid ground for a couple of hours was pleasant but it was only after we ate a hearty lunch and set sail again that the real fun began. A short while after raising our sails, we found ourselves in a sailing race with one of the other dive boats, Distant Drums. A sailing race may seem boring to some but I think that everyone on our catamaran that today’s face-off was epic. Not only were the wind conditions fantastic, but the race was truly neck-in-neck with both crews tacking mere meters from one another. We drew, and look forward to racing again the day after tomorrow. The diving in the BVIs never fails to impress, and today’s afternoon wreck dive wasn’t about to start. The Fearless , a small ship sitting at a depth of 80 feet, was a spectacular sight underwater. All in all, it has been an awesome day and our night dive in a few hours might just be the cherry on top!

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