BVI: Session 1 - Odyssea
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Location: West End, Tortola
Today we all woke up to Marissa playing “Party in the USA.” We ate a breakfast of what we had left. After breakfast we heard Kris coming in his dinghy so we all got on the roof and sang the Star Spangled Banner to welcome our favorite Brit. Then we picked up the mooring ball and headed to our final dive at Pelican Island. We saw some cool life including squid, sharks, and a tilefish. After we picked up anchor and slowly began motoring to West End. On the way we thoroughly cleaned the boat. It literally had to be spotless. Once we reached the dock we cleaned the outside of the boat and were the first to finish and be released. We explored West End (again), hung out in the coffee shop, ate at Pusser’s, and checked out Ocean Star. Now we are showering and watching the last BVI sunset. All of us are excited to go but sad to leave, a sign this trip was perfect. I will truly miss every one of Odyssea’s shipmates and staff, but I look forward to my family and friends.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011
Penetrating a Wreck
So today started out with eating some delicious pancakes made by our awesome cooks! We then sailed to Cooper Island to dive the Inganess, which we penetrated for the first time. It was pretty cool! We had a delicious meal tonight. It was macaroni and cheese and cheesy biscuits. Yum! It’s so sad there is only one day left here. It’s gone by so fast just like Dr. Seuss says, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011
Port and Wakeboarding
After a stormy night we found the whole crew waking up on the floor inside instead of under the beautiful BVI star littered sky. We had a full day of diving planned and we were supposed to dive a few wrecks in Wreck Alley due to the weather we sailed to port and stayed at Roadtown for 2 hours where we waltzed around and found a Chinese place that the locals recommended. After leaving port we went to a cool little cove called GHP (Great Harbor, Peter). Me and Marti went on a little dive by ourselves and found 2 towels and a shirt that blew off the line the night before. We also played a cool game of moon bounce: fins off holding big rocks. After Rikki and Marissa made my hair look absolutely wild. After that we went wakeboarding off our dinghy Phantom. We got absolutely destroyed by waves that were way too big. After showers and dinner the Neptunes had to take a test. Our whole boat passed so that’s good. The Dolphins had to give some presentations on research that they worked crazy hard on. Everyone went to bed outside on the trampoline and hammocks but we had a slight problem: it rained. So we all crowded in the galley for the night. Almost being done here makes me want to cry.
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Fender Wars and Raging Winds
Any day on Action Quest is always a quest packed with action. For 17 days in on the Odyssea and although I am the new shipmate it will never cease to amaze me how 13 wildly different teenagers have joined together on this one boat. Every individual here brings his or her own spark of life to the boat that makes this adventure so incredible. Today was defiantly a more wild ride than most days. I woke up today to the sunrise and the wind just like every day. At 7:45 after breakfast we sailed to port to use our phones, spend some money, eat a sandwich, and walk off sea legs for a hour and a half. After getting back on the boat we decided to take the fenders and have a dual match on the trampoline while standing on a wind surfing board. The first person knocked off loses. Sky and Martin are really into it and sky took the win for that match up. Matt wanted to see Marissa and I face off. The round ended pretty quickly when Marissa’s glasses fell off. We had the craziest sail to GHP for two hours. The winds were ripping and we all lined up on the front of the tramp getting nailed by the waves. Being the skipper it was hilarious watching everyone get soaked by the waves. We split up into dolphins and Neptunes, and the dolphins did their research dive while the Neptunes dove a wreck. We ended the day with a Mexican feast in the pouring rain.
Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Today was Speedo Jam! We dove twice at a dive spot named the playgrounds where we played with some turtles and a spotted eagle ray. During my second dive a imitated being an astronaut, as I bounced around the ocean floor running with a heavy weight. It is impossible to believe that we are nearing the end of our voyage. While it feels that we have been in the BVI sailing with the people we now know so well forever, it also seems like the last sixteen days have been no time at all. In a few years time i will probably have forgotten the specifics of today, but i will defiantly remember the calm i felt on those beautiful dives.