BVI: Session 2 - Mary Jewell
Posted: Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Today’s weather was sunny and rainy, and the wind was calm and strong. The sea conditions were calm. We woke up after an epic beach BBQ last night at Sommer’s Beach, a beautiful beach. After motoring back to Muskmelon Bay we waterskied for the first two hours, then sailed Picos for the second two. Lunch was tuna salad sandwiches. After lunch we went diving for the sixth time and everybody became certified open water divers! We then motored to Cane Garden Bay for water and showers on the dock, which were the greatest showers ever! For dinner we had Thai peanut chicken with Mike. Movie night was insane. Goodnight!
Rotation Day in Muskmelon Bay
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today we woke up at Muskmelon Bay and had a tasty breakfast of scrambled eggs and blueberry muffins. Then the Questers went off Questing while the rest of the boat went waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding, which was super fun. Then everybody learned how to make the decorative Turk’s Head knot by two amazing staff members Mike and Charlie. Then we had a great lunch of chicken salad sandwiches. We all had tons of fun cleaning it up. Everybody got very excited about diving, especially the Barracudas, who made their first 70 foot dive. The dives were very exciting and we saw a couple of stingrays at the end. After that we motored over to Sommer’s Beach and were reunited with the Questers. We are very excited about tonights beach BBQ!
Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2011
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today we woke up to a beautiful morning and had cereal. The Vegas had another dive today, and so did the Barracudas. There was an awful storm during lunch that drenched some people. Anyways, back to the diving. Everybody passed the scuba diving test, which is a huge relief to some people, including me, but so far the diving has been awesome! I want to dive a lot when I get home now! Jonny and I made a lot of funny quotes but we don’t remember most of them. We have been playing cards a lot today, but mostly the game type Speed. So far the program is awesome and it seems like we have lived here forever! It’s going to be sad leaving. We just got back laundry here and it’s like Christmas! Well I can’t wait for our next dive and neither can anybody else!
Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2011
A Birthday Onboard
Location: Marina Cay
Today was Averill’s birthday and we all got up early to make her little gifts and wake her up with singing happy birthday to her. When we were about to leave Sam (a staff member from another boat) came and gave her a captain’s hat and teddy bear with Tom and Mike. For breakfast we had cereal and then we were off. We practiced sailing for our test. Then we went to Cockroach Island so the Barracudas could dive. Today was the first dive that the Barracudas did navigating themselves. For lunch we had ramen and made a huge mess. The deckies had fun with that one. Afterwards we did more sailing skills with Averill. Around three we got to go to port and go shopping. Then we went to get more water and on the way got to have Hibiclens showers. For dinner we had tortellini with Ragu and garlic bread. We had a great day and when we were done we gave Averill the cake we had made for her. We had a great day and we all wish her a happy birthday.
Posted: Sat, Jul 16, 2011
To Enjoy The Days
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
It was a sunny day and like usual the wind was constant and shifted constantly. There were few large waves in the sea today. The Vegas had their first fun dive today. They were able to go down to 30 feet. During the same dive the Barracudas were on the same dive just with a different instructor, and for different reasons. It was a rotation day so we got to try some new things. During the rotations we learned or relearned navigation, like the difference between a chart and a map. We also got to Pico, which is a plastic sailboat that only has one sail that is small. They are designed for one or two people. We also did some mooring drills, which is when we tie up to a buoy. I did the two jobs necessary, which were the helmsman, which is the person at the wheel steering the boat, and the other job for mooring is the hooker, which is the person with the boat hook to grab the mooring ball and tie the bow line to the mooring ball.