BVI: Session 2 - Erocibar
Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Deep Dives and High Tides
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today began as typical as a morning in the BVI could; a beautiful sunrise with the refreshing smell of the salty ocean to awake us. Our first activity was a deep dive, which concluded our advanced scuba certifications. Seth, Willian, Collin, Haynes, and I dove with Kayleigh. She took along 3 eggs and demonstrated how they look when cracked under the pressure. Haynes, William, and I brought Cokes which we drank underwater. After our dive, we had a pretty chill day of bracelet making (Turk’s Head making) and waterskiing. Collin got up on the kneeboard for the first time and killed it. Greg got up on the wakeboard for the first time as well. I tried to get Haynes to slalom and he gave it a try, he’ll be up before day 20 for sure. Tonight we have a BBQ on shore so everyone is excited about good food and seeing land. The mood on the boat is high in spirit despite the fact that we are already halfway through. We still have much to look forward to.
Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Sailing in Circles
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today we slept in until 8:00am, a nice treat after a long night. The staff left for a meeting while we made a pancake breakfast. Then the Carinas left for Squeakybrat while the DMs stayed behind. The DMs set up their gear and helped out with the fish ID divers. All the Carinas went to Squeakybrat to do some fun sailing with Griff and E-dog. We had a great lunch there as well. After lunch, we headed over to La Bella Vita for some more advanced sailing. The trip was on the jib sheet. Haynes on the other jib sheet. Collin was at the helm and I was on the main sheet. We completed a sailing circle in 2:43 seconds, almost beating the staff. Their time was 2:35 seconds. After sailing circles, we made a boom swing with Ben and E-dog on La Bella Vita and after an after-sail swim. We will end the day with a Lifeworks Forum on our boat. We are all having a great time and miss you all very much!!!
Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017
A Sail of a Day
Location: Marina Cay
Today most of Erocibar enjoyed a nice sleep in day until 8:00 at Mountain Point, while Greg and Morgan were up at 6:00 fly-swatter sword fights. We enjoyed a quick cereal breakfast, manually picked up our anchor, and set off for the day. The sailors practiced sailing circles for a couple of hours until we went to Trellis Bay. We all relaxed, ate food and shopped for souvenirs and groceries. Before we left we picked up an engineer to fix our broken windlass so we don’t have to keep manually lifting the anchor, despite it being surprisingly fun in a team-bonding way. We filled up on water and headed towards our final destination for the day- Marina Cay. After a tortellini dinner, we went to another Lifeworks Forum to end the night. Another great day at ActionQuest; tomorrow we head for Muskmelon and more fantastic diving and sailing.
Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Day of the Wreck
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
We started off the day at 6am when we woke the chefs up, Kristen and Colin, to make break burritos. Then we headed out to a new wreck dive in the BVI. It was sick! We did some swimming through the wreck and Shea held down the fort (our dinghy) because her ears couldn’t equalize. Our divemasters, Megan, Gabby, and Kayla, helped with the open water divers and got to do the wreck dive as well. Frances and Ethan rode on the super duper dinghy and laughed at Haynes and Collin while they yelled at each other on the Pico and capsized. Seth and William shredded on the wakeboards and Trip tried to hold onto the ski boat with one foot while slowly skiing (it didn’t end well). Now we are back on the boat for summer Thanksgiving, which Collin is cooking. Looking forward to a good night and tomorrow. Adios!
Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Dive S2N (Season)
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
This morning started early with Seth, Ethan, Collin, Trip and I were woken up to raise the primary anchor by hand. After that, we started a rotation day. Our first rotation was a fish identification dive where I was dive partners with Greg and Collin. We then came back and started a class with Griffin and Ethan where they taught us about the ins-and-outs of the boat. The divemasters also had a very busy day because they had to tidy up their rescue skills. We then had Tuscan white bean soup made by Shea and it was great. After, we watched a movie about a 14-year-old girl who sailed the world by herself. Then, Trip, William, Seth and I went wakeboarding, and Seth busted it on a 360 and Trip somehow landed his 180. Now we are heading to get ready for our night dive tonight, where Collin and I are partners so I hope we don’t spoil it.