BVI: Session 1 - Rangitoto Too
Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Day 12 – Best Night Dive
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today consisted of lots of sailing and two dives. We started the day by making pancakes, tea, and fruit. After that we sailed two hours to a wreck named the Chikuzen, a Japanese refrigeration ship that started to sink so the crew let it sink and is now a reef. During the dive we ran into a massive school of fish that we swam through. Then we found a huge Lionfish, and explored the rest of the wreck. On the sail back we ate above average sandwiches and chilled on the roof. During the night dive we saw two huge lobsters, a massive tarpon, and I saw an octopus. Also, during the day Bruce lost his laundry bag, but we recovered it. Overall we all had a very good day and can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings us.
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2016
Day 11 – The Day Of Rush
Location: Marina Cay
Today was a good day. We woke up at 4:30 ish. We didn’t have to, but we did anyways. I could have slept a lot longer. After a delicious bowl of frosted flakes. Then a motor down to Road Town. During the motor across, Brandon and I played a game of speed, which we both won once. Then we rode the dinghy to Toad Town. I had a delicious breakfast sandwich. Then the “Rangitoto too-ers” walked through town. I bought a 48 dollar shirt, which I still haven’t tried on. We got on the boat at 1:00 and didn’t leave until 2:00. The time between was cool, not sweaty and very cool. **That was sarcasm**. Then a fantastic sail to Ginger Island. Then an awesome dive, and finally arrived at Marina Cay, where I am writing this blog. Conner out!
Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2016
Day 10 – A Day Of Fearlessness
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was definitely a memorable day. To start the day Bruce made breakfast burritos, which were fabulous, and then him and Mariel mad the best lemon poppy seed muffins. Next we all went on “the Fearless” dive. It earned that name due the boat being names “the Fearless. After the dive we sailed to GHP where we swam in the water. After swimming, everyone played cards. Then we ate grilled cheese. For the following three hours the whole crew and I hung out and chilled together. Bruce, the leader of the dive today, Michael, Ryan, and I dove together without an instructor. This meant we got to navigate ourselves from and back to the boat, which we succeeded with no problem. After the dive the crew played cards again. After cards we ate a Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Matt!, and following the dinner we had a “squeeze” in which everyone gave their favorite moments of the day, along with the happiest, and scariest moments of their lives. Also thanks to Bruce I am now able to wakeboard.
Day 10 – Staff Update – Mid Cruise News!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Hear aboard Rangitoto Too, our group has been developing into a truly salty crew! They’ve turned into excellent divers as well. Bruce has showed his awesome leadership by always keeping us on task and encouraging others. Meriel has showed off her insane diving skills by showing us all up on her perfect hovering safety stops. Reese learned all about hovering and safety stops while she completed her open water certification! We all celebrated with her and she has been inspiring us all with her passion and knowledge for marine creatures. Alina has used the beautiful Caribbean atmosphere as inspiration for her writing and has her head down in her journal any time she’s not in the water. Brandon has kept us all in stitches with his crazy antics and professional belly flops. Connor succeeded in converting everyone to southern sweet tea by buying and helping me make sweet tea for every body. Michael may have shown up a day late but he jumped right in the group. I’ve never seen a group get along so well so fast. Kealy’s never ending kindness has been the glue that’s held us all together more than once. The dynamic duo Gabby and Brooke are our constant source of smiles and are really making great strides as advanced divers. Carmela is our acting big sister figure and giving everyone tips on how a boat is run and helping others out with their knot tying. Another returning AQer, Ryan, has also been killing it on the helm and helped our skipper Matt out mooring today. We are all having more fun than we can handle and my fellow staff members and I cannot wait to see how this group will continue to grow as divers, sailors, and most importantly as a boat family.
Posted: Thu, Jun 23, 2016