BVI: Session 2 - Erocibar II

Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Day 11

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Maddy B.
Today started off incredibly busy. We had our shipmates in for their second open water dive! Everyone was all smiles as we surfaced. Fish, coral and even a white tip reef shark were spotted in the crystal clear waters of Great Dog. After our divers were done, three other boats came to our boat to do their dives. The divemasters and other Vegas all gladly helped everyone get into and out of their gear with ample time between dives to do flips, snorkel, and do tank runs. The divemasters went on a mapping snorkel and dive to practice dive-mapping skills. Our lunch of quesadillas was kindly made by Madeline, Gus and Casey. Our boat wolfed down the meal, as per usual, and no eat offs were needed as all of them were eaten. Next, we sailed to Marina Cay, where we filled up on water and had a few minutes of shore time. Now the chefs are making tortellini as we prepare for our Lifeworks Forum on Marina Cay tonight.

Posted: Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Day 10

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Brandon B.
Today, for the DMs, our day started at 7. We had to move every single tank from Manic to our boat. Everyone else was getting ready for their first open water dive. It was awesome having everyone talk about the cool and amazing things they saw on their dives. The 4 DMs got to assist and sometimes lead the dives. The Vegas also got to make Turk’s Head anklets/bracelets and practice man overboard drills. Everyone also passed the first part of his or her open water exams. Presently, I hear my fellow shipmates singing Disney classics while cleaning the dishes. I think I’ll go join them.

Posted: Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Day 9- A Terrific Day Under The Water

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Gus D.
This eventful Friday was commenced with a melon and yogurt breakfast. The divemasters prepared the diving gear for today, while us rookies fought over the banana-cherry flavored yogurts that remained. Once breakfast was done, my boat started the day with a confined water dive in order to finally master the skills of taking various things off underwater and putting them back on. Have you ever seen someone take off their BCD, tank and all the other gadgets and put them back on 3 meters underwater? We all did, as well all took just about all of our diving gear off while under the sea! While down there we also admired the schools of minnows, which occasionally dodged the boat swinging above us. Several more gadgets, temperature drops and a stingray later, we onboard and heading to our next activity- navigation! Onboard Bella Vita my Vega-mates and I learned how to determine our coordinates without GPS. After that, we returned to our boat to indulge ourselves in grilled cheese sandwiches! After enjoying those, we continued with our day; racing on Picos! We had a small race: Josh, Liza, and Madeline vs. Pedro, Alonso, Adam, and I. Though a close race, at least in the first half, my team lost. We then just sailed freely, enjoying the tropical seas and winds. Alonso managed to dry roll a Pico, or flipping a capsized Pico without getting off/wet. I attempted to outdo him, only to end up completely turning the small boat over, losing the mast in the process. A staff-assisted fix later, we (Shannon, a staff member who along with Casey helped fix the Pico, and I) were safely afloat. Next was waterskiing. Shredding the clear waves on a board can be tough work, but Pedro made it look like a joke on his wakeboard. Adam refined his skills on the waterskies while Alonso tried his hand in wakeboarding, settling for knee boarding several crashes later. Eden happily viewed from the dinghies towing us as we cruised the pristine bay, admiring the coral reefs and colorful real estate ashore. Myself, I rediscovered my waterskiing “talent, surviving a few turns on the fast dinghy aptly named Bolt. With the sun setting, we retreated to our boat, where the divemasters are now cleaning up the dive gear. Eden and Adam are cooking up chicken salad and corn, which Brandon will eat all of. The fly population aboard went from 20+ to zero in the past twenty minutes, thanks to Brandon and I. My fellow shipmates are relaxing on deck, and I’m signing off.

Day 8- 10.4 Knots!

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Aaron D.
6:30am came and yet another early morning commenced. After a quick breakfast of oatmeal, we set off for Leverick Bay. Some shore time was well needed by all, especially Brandon who downloaded the newest Pokemon app after telling me he REALLY needed to use my internet hotspot. All refueled with snack stocked, we set sail for Anegada. Finally getting to be at the helm was definitely my favorite part of the day, and we pushed the boat to 104 knots! Gus and Alonso seemed to be loving life on deck at this point as if they were in the Hilton- they lay down and took in the scenes. Rocking up to Anegada at lunchtime, the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made an appearance and we prepped for our beach picnic. Because of the appetite the hard sailing had given us, the sandwiches didn’t last long and we set to work exploring Anegada. Not before making a ten-man, pyramid of course, with Madeline on top. We couldn’t miss a prime photo opp. Eden also looked sharp practicing his martial arts. Anegada was beautiful with some of the clearest water in the Caribbean and only 200 residents, it’s population increased with us. The beaches were perfect for Maddy to take us on a run and Madeline to lead yoga. All this was followed by chicken fights in the water to find the best team (me and Brandon). After the exhaustive few hours on the white sands of Anegada, we took our anchor up and headed back to Mountain Point. The sail was smooth and we even saw a dolphin, which Casey seemed to fall in love with. At the time of writing, Josh and Pedro are preparing Mexican food for our dinner and it smells amazing. I hope that with the guiding hand from Hannah it will be one of the best dinners yet. Unfortunately for deckies Adam and Liz, it’s going to be one of the messiest. However, we do everything with a smile on our face, as always. Mexican food, dolphins, 10.4 knots- what a day!

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